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A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow GN 1-4

A charming story about two girls who don't quite fit who learn that you really only need one person who understands you to make things worthwhile. ― While all stories have layers to one degree or another, Makoto Hagino's quiet yuri tale A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow may be covering up more than we might at first think. This possibility comes from the fact that one of the protagonists, Konatsu, keep...
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Interview: FAIRY TAIL Game Producer Keisuke Kikuchi

Kikuchi details what makes this franchise entry a unique, rewarding experience, including content not previously seen in the manga. ― Based on Hiro Mashima's hit manga series by the same name, the FAIRY TAIL RPG was recently released on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in both Japan and the West in July. To discuss the offerings of this new game, we interviewed FAIRY TAIL producer and...
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Fairy Tail

I went into Fairy Tail with the low expectations I've been accustomed to when dealing with many anime-adapted games, but I must say, this title blew them away. ― I went into Fairy Tail with the low expectations I've been accustomed to when dealing with many anime-adapted games, but I must say, this title blew them away. It's been a good while since I've seen an anime-based game so well realized – not...
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Strike Witches: 501st JOINT FIGHTER WING Take Off! BR

"If you're a fan of the franchise in general, Strike Witches: 501st JOINT FIGHTER WING Take Off! is must-view content." ― The Strike Witches mixed media franchise began in the mid-2000s with a series of magazine illustrations, a three-chapter manga, and an OVA, but it really took off with the first anime TV season in 2008. Over the dozen years since then its has maintained its popularity through a se...
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Pokémon GO Fest: Home Edition

COVID-19 might have put a halt on the annual Pokémon GO Fest gathering, but Niantic still found a way to bring Trainers together virtually. ― In a normal year, Pokémon GO Fest would have returned to Chicago in July to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Niantic's most popular game. Responding to the pandemic, we instead participated from our own parks, backyards, and couches. No gatherings of thousan...
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The Extraordinary, the Ordinary, and SOAP! Novels 1 & 2

This light novel series changes up the formula by focusing on a regular fantasy world denizen and a summoned hero who is NOT interested in saving the world. ― It's a truth that most iterations of the isekai genre focus on the summoned heroes. Equally true is that they're usually relatively okay with having been summoned – and if they're not, they still manage to find their niche somehow or at least t...
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Kotobuki Shiriagari Ends New Normal Days Mini-Series Manga in September

Manga about "new normal" lifestyle with COVID-19 launched in June ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Beam magazine revealed on Wednesday that Kotobuki Shiriagari's New Normal Days mini-series manga will end in the magazine's next issue on September 12. The manga tells stories about the "new normal" life during the ongoing new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Shiriagari launched...
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MAPPA's Gymnastics TV Anime Taiso Samurai Previewed in Promo Video

Daisuke Namikawa, Kensho Ono, Yuuki Kaji stars in October 10 anime ― The official Twitter account and website for Taiso Samurai (Taizō-Zamurai or Gymnastics Samurai), the new original sports television anime from the studio MAPPA (Yuri!!! on Ice, Zombie Land Saga), opened on Thursday and began streaming the anime's first promotional video. 2020 年 10 月10 日(土)放送開始のTVアニメ「体操ザムライ」の解禁PVが公開されました!ぜひご覧ください!ht...
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Desert Punk Manga Ends in October

Manga launched in 1997, inspired anime in 2004 ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Beam magazine revealed on Wednesday that Masatoshi Usune's Desert Punk (Sunabozu) manga will end in the next chapter in October. The magazine revealed in June that the manga would end in two chapters. The chapter on Wednesday is the first of the last two chapters. Usune launched the manga in Monthly Comic...
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MAPPA's Zombie Land Saga Team Makes Original Gymnastics TV Anime Taiso Samurai in October

Daisuke Namikawa, Kensho Ono, Yuuki Kaji stars in late-night sports anime ― The Say You (Seiyū) to Yo Asobi program announced the title, cast, story, and other details for Taiso Samurai (Taizō-Zamurai or Gymnastics Samurai), the new original sports television anime from the studio MAPPA (Yuri!!! on Ice, Zombie Land Saga), on Thursday. The anime reunites director Hisatoshi Shimizu (Zombie Land SAga, e...
ep. review

Kill la Kill ‒ Episodes 21-22

You can't count out the show's abilities to craft an arc, and these next two episodes deliver on all that pent-up stress and set-up.
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Little Miss P Manga Goes on 2-Month Hiatus Before Ending in October

Ken Koyama's manga about anthropomorphized period launched in 2018 ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Beam magazine revealed on Wednesday that Ken Koyama's Little Miss P (Seiri-chan) manga will go on hiatus for two months before publishing its final chapter in October. Yen Press is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the series: It's that time of the month, and you know wh...

Variety: AT&T Asks at Least US$1 Billion for Crunchyroll From Multiple Buyers

Sony reportedly declined US$1.5 billion asking price ― Entertainment news source Variety reported on Wednesday that parent company AT&T has set an asking price of at least US$1 billion for its sale of Crunchyroll. According to the website, the company is pitching Crunchyroll to potential buyers aside from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Though AT&T reportedly offered Crunchyroll to Sony for US$1.5 billi...
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Kyoto Animation Awards Remain Suspended for Now

Studio will dispose of any submissions unopened ― The studio Kyoto Animation announced on Thursday that it is suspending the Kyoto Animation Awards for now. The studio had already canceled the 11th Kyoto Animation Awards last November, after the fire that killed 36 at its Studio 1 building earlier that July. Since then, it has been holding internal discussions about whether to bring the awards back. ...
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Ōkami-san wa Taberaretai TV Anime's Promo Video Previews Voices, Song, Risque Romance

'A Wolf Wants to Be Eaten' story about teacher, student with explicit net edition ― The official website for the television anime of Musubi Onigiri's Ōkami-san wa Taberaretai (A Wolf Wants to Be Eaten/Ōkami Wants to Be Eaten) manga posted the first promotional video on Thursday. The main cast members Yō Suzushiro and Iroha Haruno narrate the video as their characters, and the video features the theme...
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MVSX Home Arcade to Launch With 50 Pre-Installed Games in October

Unico's system based on SNK's Neo Geo MVS arcade cabinet retails for US$449.99 ― A website opened on Wednesday to announce Unico's MVSX Home Arcade, a system based on SNK's Neo Geo MVS (Multi Video System) arcade cabinet. The website reveals that the MVSX Home Arcade will include 50 pre-installed Neo Geo games and will launch in October. The system will retail for US$449.99, and an optional cabinet b...
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Yoshimasa Hosoya Stars in Pierre Itō's Mouseman Anime Film

September 25 indie anime about mouse cyborg hero produced entirely remotely ― Anime director Pierre Itō revealed on Thursday that he is producing Mouseman ~Ai no Katamari~ (The Bundle of Love), an anime film based on his Mouseman series. The 52-minute film will run at the Cine Libre Ikebukuro theater in Tokyo from September 25 to October 8, and it will star Yoshimasa Hosoya as the titular Mouseman. O...

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Kimi wa Kanata Anime Film Casts Saori Hayami, Yui Ogura

Hayami plays mysterious girl Kiku-chan, Ogura plays Mio's friend Madoka in November 27 film ― The official website for Toho's Kimi wa Kanata (You Are Beyond) theatrical anime film revealed two additional cast members for the film on Thursday. Saori Hayami plays Kiku-chan (both top row in image above), a mysterious girl who helps out Mio after she awakens in an unknown world. Yui Ogura plays Madoka (b...
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Poupelle of Chimney Town Anime Film Unveils Trailer, Visual

Berserk films' CGI director Yusuke Hirota, Genius Party designer Atsuko Fukushima work on December film ― The official website for Studio 4°C's December 2020 anime film of Akihiro Nishino's Poupelle of Chimney Town (Entotsu-chō no Poupelle) picture book unveiled a teaser trailer and visual on Thursday. The teaser features the ending theme song created by Nishino himself. Nishino was previously listed...
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Limited Fate/Grand Order Waltz in the MOONLIGHT/LOSTROOM Smartphone Rhythm Game Launches

Game featuring 3D Mash model only available for first 550,000 downloads ― The Fate/Grand Order smartphone game celebrated its 5th anniversary by releasing an all-new smartphone rhythm game in Japan—but only for the first 550,000 people to download it. The Fate/Grand Order Waltz in the MOONLIGHT/LOSTROOM launched for iOS and Android devices on Monday. As in the parent Fate/Grand Order game, you play a...
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Netflix Adds The Promised Neverland Anime on September 1

Netflix streams anime's 1st season in U.S., Canada, Latin America ― Netflix announced on Twitter on Wednesday that it will begin streaming the first season of The Promised Neverland anime in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America on September 1. The anime's first season premiered in January 2019. Aniplex of America streamed the anime on Crunchyroll, Hulu, Funimation, and HIDIVE as it aired. Toonami prem...
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BONES' 'Josee, the Tiger and the Fish' Anime Film Reveals Cast, Theme Song, Trailer, December 25 Premiere

Anime of Seiko Tanabe's romance short story was delayed from summer opening due to COVID-19 ― The official website for the anime film of Seiko Tanabe's short story Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi (Josee, the Tiger and the Fish) announced on Wednesday that the film will premiere on December 25, delayed from its scheduled summer opening due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The web...
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Sword Art Online Opens 'Kirito Only Shop'

Are you hyped for Kirito's return in War of Underworld? ― The Sword Art Online series is celebrating Kirito's long-awaited return in Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 with a two-week-long event called "Kirito Week." It kicked off on Sunday with a "Kirito Only Shop" in Tokyo and Osaka, a shop that only sells Kirito-themed merchandise. Kirito is a character whose outfit and appeara...
ep. review

Black Clover ‒ Episode 138

The resulting exclusive focus on Zora here partly makes up for his dearth of recent appearances so far and suggests that we may see a bit more of him down the road.
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Production I.G, Avex's Cinema Lab Reveals Beautiful Dreamer Live-Action Film

Psycho-Pass' Katsuyuki Konishi directs film about university filmmaking group ― Anime studio Production I.G and video and music conglomerate Avex's Cinema Lab live-action film label announced Beautiful Dreamer on Wednesday as its first film project, which will open in Japan on November 6. Katsuyuki Motohiro is directing the film. In addition, Cinema Lab added directors Kazuya Konaka (Ultraman series)...
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A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow GN 1-4

A charming story about two girls who don't quite fit who learn that you really only need one person who understands you to make things worthwhile. ― While all stories have layers to one degree or another, Makoto Hagino's quiet yuri tale A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow may be covering up more than we might at first think. This possibility comes from the fact that one of the protagonists, Konatsu, keep...
ep. review

Outlaw Star ‒ Episode 23-24

“Hot Springs Planet Tenrei” almost feels like a different show, as if an episode from a lost Gainax property somehow got shuffled into the edit while nobody was looking.
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Destiny Lovers Sequel Manga Serves as Original Manga's Last Arc

8th volume of original, 1st volume of sequel both shipped on August 5 ― The eighth compiled book volume of Kazutaka and Kai Tomohiro's Destiny Lovers (Desu-Raba) manga revealed on August 5 that the sequel, also titled Destiny Lovers, will serve as the final arc of the series. The sequel manga launched on April 18 on Magazine Pocket, the official free manga app for Kodansha's Shonen Magazine. While bo...

Report: AT&T Offers Crunchyroll to Sony for US$1.5 Billion

Sony reportedly "balked at" price valuing service at US$500 per subscriber ― Technology website The Information reported on Wednesday that AT&T has offered to sell Crunchyroll to Sony for US$1.5 billion, citing "three people familiar with the situation." Sony reportedly "balked at" the price, which effectively values the streaming service at US$500 per subscriber. According to another "person familia...
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Machine Learning Can Turn Photos Into Anime-Style Background Art

Study shows 'AnimeGAN' framework rendering photos in Hayao Miyazaki, Paprika, Makoto Shinkai styles ― A Chinese research team from Wuhan University and Hubei University of Technology has developed a machine learning framework that can turn photographs into high-quality anime-style background art. Their study includes an example of a photo rendered in "Hayao Miyazaki," "Paprika" (a film directed by Sa...
ep. review

Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 44

Rin slowly warms up to Tohru, seeing her first as a mother figure and then as an equal, in an episode that uses light and color like a painter to convey mood and tone.

Viz Media Cancels Publication of act-age Manga's Last Chapter

Also: further volumes, backfill chapter translations delisted ― Viz Media announced on Monday that it will not publish the final chapter of storywriter Tatsuya Matsuki and artist Shiro Usazaki's act-age manga on its English Shonen Jump service. The company posted the official English translation of Shueisha's Japanese statement, which Shueisha also posted on its Manga Plus service. Additionally, Viz ...
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Interview: FAIRY TAIL Game Producer Keisuke Kikuchi

Kikuchi details what makes this franchise entry a unique, rewarding experience, including content not previously seen in the manga. ― Based on Hiro Mashima's hit manga series by the same name, the FAIRY TAIL RPG was recently released on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in both Japan and the West in July. To discuss the offerings of this new game, we interviewed FAIRY TAIL producer and...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Jujutsu Kaisen in October

The God of High School's Sunghoo Park directs supernatural action series ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will stream the television anime of Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga this October. The anime will be available worldwide outside of Asia. The company began streaming a promotional video for the series. Crunchyroll describes the anime's story: Hardship, regret, shame: the negative f...
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Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendō Film Segment's Opening Animation Streamed

Eiga Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendō opens as part of Toei Manga Matsuri omnibus on Friday ― The official website for the television anime of author Reiko Hiroshima and illustrator jyajya's children's novel series Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendō began streaming the opening video on Wednesday for Eiga Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendō. The video features the theme song "Kisōtengai Fushigi o Dōzo," performed by Emi ...
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Netflix Streams Zoids Wild Anime in U.S. on August 14

Anime premiered in July 2018 ― Netflix will begin streaming "Season 1" of the Zoids Wild anime on Friday in the U.S. The service does not list what language the anime will stream in. The series' description lists Japanese cast members Kensho Ono, Takahiro Sakurai, and Mikako Komatsu. Netflix describes the story: A quest for freedom and legendary treasure begins when a cheerful, young adventurer follo...
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Netflix Announces Great Pretender Anime's English Dub Cast

Alan Lee, Aaron Phillips, Kausar Mohammed, Laura Post, Mike Pollock, Karen Huie join cast ― Netflix announced on Twitter on Tuesday the English dub cast for WIT Studio's original television anime series Great Pretender. The dub cast includes: Alan Lee as Makoto Edamura Aaron Phillips as Laurent Thierry Kausar Mohammed as Abigail Jones (Abbie) Laura Post as Cynthia Moore Mike Pollock as Kudo Karen Hui...
ep. review

Wolf's Rain ‒ Episodes 25-26

I've described Wolf’s Rain's approach to piecing together its narratives and characters as "dreamlike" before these episodes continue to crank the show's abstract fluidity ever closer to the "eleven" notch.
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Dragon Goes House-Hunting Anime's 1st Promo Video Streamed

Signal.MD produces fantasy anime ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Kawo Tanuki and artist Choco Aya's Dragon Goes House-Hunting (Dragon, Ie o Kau.) manga began streaming the first promotional video on Wednesday. Haruki Kasugamori (Dia Horizon (Kabu), Hitorigurashi no Shōgakusei, Lunatan: 1-Mannen no Himitsu) is directing the anime at Signal.MD (Napping Princess, Atom The Beginning), ...

Books Kinokuniya Sydney: 7 Manga Were Removed Due to Ongoing Classification by Australian Board

Bookstore: Some titles may return unrestricted, while others face restriction or refusal ― Books Kinokuniya Sydney sent a statement to ANN on July 24 regarding its removal of seven manga titles for sale following a written complaint by South Australian legislator Connie Bonaros. The bookstore stated that the removal was not due to political pressure, but due to Australia's Classification Board determ...
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Little Witch Academia VR Game Debuts on Oculus Quest on October 13

Trailer streamed for broom racing game ― Game developer UNIVRS announced on Wednesday that it will release its Little Witch Academia VR Broom Racing game for the Oculus Quest first on October 13. The company began streaming a new trailer: English Japanese The game will launch for the PSVR, Oculus Rift, and SteamVR in early 2021. UNIVRS originally aimed to release the game in April 2020, but stated in...
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Live-Action 1/100,000 Film's Teaser Reveals More Cast, November 27 Opening

Mio Yūki, Jin Shirasu, Eiji Okuda join cast of film ― The official website for the live-action film of Kaho Miyasaka's 1/100,000 manga began streaming a teaser trailer for the film on Wednesday. The teaser reveals the film's additional cast and November 27 opening date. Mio Yūki plays Rino's best friend Chihiro Tachibana. Jin Shirasu plays Shō Hinase, Ren's best friend and the boyfriend of Chihiro. E...
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2020 Doraemon Anime Film Opens at #1

Live-action Grand Blue Dreaming opens at #4 ― The Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Kyoryū (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's New Dinosaur) anime film opened at #1 in 377 theaters in its first weekend. The film sold 630,000 tickets for 761 million yen (about US$7.13 million) from Friday to Monday. (Monday was a holiday in Japan.) The film sold 334,000 tickets for 413 million yen (about US$3.86 million) on Sat...

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Kensho Ono Stars in New Anime by Yuri!!! on Ice's MAPPA Studio in October

Anime premieres in TV Asahi's late-night weekend block NUMAnimation as it goes nationwide ― TV Asahi announced on Wednesday that its NUMAnimation block will premiere a new original anime by the studio MAPPA (Yuri!!! on Ice, Zombie Land Saga) on October 3. Kensho Ono will voice a role in the new anime's main cast. The Seiyū to Yoasobi program will reveal more details on the anime on Thursday. The NUMA...
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Iwa-Kakeru! -Sport Climbing Girls- Anime Launches Asahi's New 'ANiMAZiNG!!!' Late-Night Block on October 3

Aina Suzuki sings opening, 4 main leads sing ending ― Asahi Broadcasting (ABC) announced on Wednesday that it will launch a new late-night anime block named "ANiMAZiNG!!!" on its network of affiliates throughout Japan on October 3. The block's first title is the Iwa-Kakeru! -Sport Climbing Girls- television anime. The block will air on Saturday nights at 2:00 a.m. (effectively Sunday morning). In add...
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Microsoft Launches Xbox Series X Console in November

Over 50 new games planned for console in 2020, but not Halo Infinite until 2021 ― Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it will launch its next-generation Xbox Series X console worldwide in November. The company reported that over 100 games optimized for the Xbox Series X are planned for this year, including over 50 brand-new games such as Yakuza: Like a Dragon. However, 343 Industries will not launch ...
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New Gintama Anime Film's Teaser Claims January 2021 Film Is 'Finale for Real'

Gintama The Final film also gets net anime special in early 2021 ― Warner Bros. Japan began streaming a teaser trailer for the new anime film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga on Wednesday. The teaser reveals the film's Gintama The Final title and its January 8, 2021 opening date. The teaser opens with Gintoki complaining that he can't do his job because of having to stay at home during the new coro...
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Häagen-Dazs Japan Releases Animated TV Commercial

15-second ad depicts Nisekoi live-action actress Ayami Nakajō ― Ice cream brand Häagen-Dazs released its first animated commercial in Japan, which began playing on television on Friday. The brand's Japanese YouTube account posted a web version of the ad a week earlier: The 15-second ad depicts an animated version of fashion model and actress Ayami Nakajō (Fatal Frame, Nisekoi live-action films), who ...
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Princess Tutu ‒ Episode 21

Princess Tutu taps into a folktale often left in the dark corners, "The Girl With No Hands".
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Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Autobiography Gets Manga Version

A manga version of Harriet Jacobs' autobiography Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl released its first collected volume on Friday. The manga by Mariko Arai debuted on the online manga serialization site Web Comic Action on May 15. Harriet Jacobs was born into slavery in North Carolina in 1813, and her autobiography was first published in 1861. It tells the story of the struggles and sexual assa...
ep. review

The God of High School ‒ Episode 6

To describe this episode in a linear fashion feels fairly pointless, since the episode itself seems to lose track of time constantly.
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Yen Press Licenses 9 Manga, Releases 2 Omnibus Editions

Titles include Interspecies Reviewer anthology, Adachi and Shimamura manga, Solo Leveling novels, manga ― Yen Press announced nine manga licenses and two omnibus edition manga releases on Tuesday: Title: Interspecies Reviewers Comic Anthology: Darkness Creators: Amahara (story), various artists, Dragon Age Editorial Staff (editing) Summary: A loving tribute to the monster brothel adventurers of Inter...
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 10

Parts don't really come together to create a proper sense of extreme circumstances that should lead to Greymon's monumental power-up, nor is there enough character work specifically earning it.
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Inuyasha Anime Gets First-Ever Retrospective Exhibition

Exhibition in Tokyo's Parco Factory will run from November 7 to 23 ― The Inuyasha anime will get its first-ever retrospective exhibition in Tokyo from November 7 to 23. The exhibition will explore the history of the anime and allow visitors to experience the world of Inuyasha. The exhibition will be held in the Parco Factory in the 7th floor of Ikebukuro's Parco building. It will also travel to Niiga...
ep. review

Monster Girl Doctor ‒ Episode 5

Lorna being the emotional focus of this episode was an unexpected and welcome highlight.
game review

Fairy Tail

I went into Fairy Tail with the low expectations I've been accustomed to when dealing with many anime-adapted games, but I must say, this title blew them away. ― I went into Fairy Tail with the low expectations I've been accustomed to when dealing with many anime-adapted games, but I must say, this title blew them away. It's been a good while since I've seen an anime-based game so well realized – not...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 936

The slow relent into trusting one another and snuggling together as cold sets in is very sweet.
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New York Comic Con Cancels Physical Event, Announces Digital Event

Virtual convention runs from October 8-11 ― Reedpop announced on Tuesday that this year's physical New York Comic Con (NYCC) event scheduled for October 8-11 is canceled, and the organizers are partnering with YouTube to hold a digital event on the same dates. The event will feature streaming panels from "leading entertainment brands," live Q&A sessions, autographs, videos, workshops, and a virtual m...
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Oreskaband to Host Livestream Concert Available Worldwide

Online concert for Tomi streams on August 16 at 6:00 a.m. EDT ― Japanese music group Oreskaband (ORE SKA BAND) will stream their first solo livestream concert "SAYONARA Homerun! – Cheers to Tomi!" worldwide on August 16 at 6:00 a.m. EDT. This concert will honor Tomi, bassist and one of the original band members. Tomi announced her departure to pursue other musical endeavors earlier this year, and thi...

Crunchyroll Announces English Dub Casts, August Premieres for Monster Girl Doctor, The God of High School, Rent-a-Girlfriend

English dub of 2nd season of Re:ZERO also debuts in August ― Crunchyroll announced the English dub casts and August premiere dates for Monster Girl Doctor, The God of High School, Rent-a-Girlfriend, and the second season of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- on Tuesday. Crunchyroll will launch the English dub of the television anime of Yoshino Origuchi's Monster Girl Doctor (Monster Musume no O...
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Inugami's Masaya Hokazono Launches New Ihon Horror Manga

New Yami Ihon manga continues horror manga series with Motosuke Takaminato ― Manga author Masaya Hokazono announced on his Twitter account on August 5 that he is launching a new manga series for his and writer Motosuke Takaminato's Ihon horror manga series. The new manga is titled Yami Ihon (The Dark Tome), and will launch on the LINE Manga app on Thursday. In addition, Hokazono and Nao Kurebayashi's...
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Yoshizaki Seimu, Richard Woo End Abracadabra Mystery Manga in October

Series launched in 2014 ― The September issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Original Zōkan magazine revealed on Tuesday that Richard Woo (pen name of Takashi Nagasaki) and Seimu Yoshizaki's Abracadabra ~Ryōki Hanzai Tokusōshitsu~ (Abracadabra ~Special Bizarre Crimes Squad~) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on October 12. The manga's story begins when Kanemaki, the lieutenant of a police's dete...
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Island of Giant Insects English Dub Kickstarter Casts Michaela Laws

"Round 2" campaign ends on September 1, has lower funding goal ― The Kickstarter crowdfunding page for the English dub of the The Island of Giant Insects anime film announced on Monday that the project has cast Michaela Laws as Emiko Miyazono. The project attempted a previous Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, but fell short of its 8,500,000-yen (about US$80,000) goal. The project launched a "Ro...
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Darker than Black, Dimension W's Yuji Iwahara Launches New Manga

Clevatess manga centers on dark lord taking care of baby ― The LINE Manga app announced on Monday that Yuji Iwahara will launch the new manga Clevatess -Majū no Ō to Akago to Kabane no Yūsha- (Clevatess - The King of Beasts, the Babe, and Cadaverous Champion) in the app on Wednesday. LINE Digital Frontier will publish the manga's first compiled book volume on the same day. The manga centers on the th...
ep. review

Ouran High School Host Club ‒ Episodes 21-22

Things can't stay the same way forever. It's an obvious, but necessary lesson for people, especially romantically confused high schoolers.

act-age Stage Play Canceled After Manga Writer Tatsuya Matsuki's Arrest

Auditions for heroine Kei Yonagi also canceled ― The entertainment companies Hori Pro and Hori Pro International announced on Tuesday that they decided to cancel the stage play of Tatsuya Matsuki and Shiro Usazaki's act-age manga. Their message on the act-age ~Ginga Tetsudō no Yoru~ (act-age: Night on the Galactic Railroad) play's website explained that they took the August 8 arrest of Matsuki seriou...

Australia Bans Import, Sales of 3 'No Game, No Life' Novels

Board refused classification of novel volumes 1, 2, 9 ― The Australian Classification Board is listing that sales and imports of the first, second, and ninth volumes of Yuu Kamiya's No Game, No Life light novel series are banned in Australia. The board refused classification of the novels on July 23, and stated regarding the refusal for volumes 1 and 2: Pubs 1(b): The publication is classified RC in ...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Anime Streams on Kartoon Channel

All 148 episodes to stream on service ― Genius Brands International announced on Monday that the Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V anime has begun streaming on its Kartoon Channel! streaming service. The company reported that it will stream all 148 episodes of the anime. The anime's first 49 English-dubbed episodes are currently available on the service. The anime's story is set in Maiami City (Paradise City in Englis...
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Yōkai Ningen Bela Live-Action Film's Trailer Previews BREAKERZ Theme Song

Spinoff based on Yōkai Ningen Bem's Bela character opens on September 11 ― The official website for Yōkai Ningen Bela (Humanoid Monster Bela), the live-action film based on the character Bela from the Yōkai Ningen Bem (Humanoid Monster Bem) franchise, began streaming a trailer for the film on Tuesday. The film reveals and previews the film's theme song "BARABARA" (In Pieces) by BREAKERZ. The film wil...

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The Promised Neverland Anime Season 2 Unveils New Visual

― The official website for the anime of Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland manga unveiled a new visual for the anime's second season on Tuesday. The first season premiered in January 2019. Aniplex of America streamed the anime on Crunchyroll, Hulu, Funimation, and HIDIVE as it aired. Toonami began airing the anime in April 2019. A second season of the anime was scheduled to premi...
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Eagle Talon Comedy Anime Gets New TV Series in October

Jouji Nakata cast as childhood friend of Eagle Talon's supreme commander ― The official website for the Eagle Talon (Himitsu Kessha Taka no Tsume) comedy anime franchise confirmed on Tuesday that the franchise will have a new television anime series titled Himitsu Kessha Taka no Tsume ~Golden Spell~ (Secret Society Eagle Talon: Golden Spell) that will premiere on Tokyo MX, BS11, CS Family Gekijō, J:C...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 160

The mystery of the recently surfaced Hashirama Cell deepens in this week's Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
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Coolkyoushinja Confirms Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi TV Anime

Manga about gods living in 800 years of peace debuted in 2018 ― Coolkyoushinja confirmed on Twitter on Tuesday that Amahara and his Heion Sedai no idaten-tachi (Idaten Deities in the Peaceful Generation) manga is getting a television anime project. Coulkyoushinja posted a picture commemorating three of his series that are getting new television anime: The image shows characters from (from left to rig...
ep. review

The Misfit of Demon King Academy ‒ Episode 6

From nearly the moment its introduced, the upcoming sword tournament is clearly a trap.
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Shonen Jump Magazine Debuts 3 New Manga Starting on August 31

Isobe Isobee Monogatari's Ryō Nakama launches new manga on September 7 ― This year's combined 36th and 37th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Tuesday that the magazine will launch four total new manga starting in the 38th issue on August 24. The new manga in that issue will be Tite Kubo's Burn the Witch short manga. Storywriter Tōgo Gotō and artist Kento Matsuura will launch...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 ‒ Episode 5

Just when things look darkest, Eiji and Yuna appear and temporarily stall the Prince of Hell with Eiji battling him while Yuna provides song-based buffs.
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Rent-A-Girlfriend ‒ Episode 5

In what may become the defining moment: Kazuya tries to make W. K. Kellogg weep in the afterlife as he fantasizes about Mami, but his mind drifting to Chizuru as he's about to add milk to his cornflakes.
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HIDIVE Streams Demon City Shinjuku OVA, The Demon Girl Next Door Anime's English Dub

HIDIVE streams Demon City Shinjuku subbed/dubbed on August 17, The Demon Girl Next Door dubbed on August 27 ― HIDIVE announced on Monday that it will begin streaming the Demon City Shinjuku anime in Japanese with English subtitles and an English dub on August 17 at 1:00 p.m. EDT in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The company also announced that it will begin streaming The Demon Girl Next Door anime's E...
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Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! ‒ Episode 5

Not only did I actually laugh at some of the jokes, but against all odds presented by even the most up-to-date scientific models, Uzaki herself came out of this episode as an almost likeable character.
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Voice Actress Chinatsu Akasaki Announces Birth of Her 1st Child

Voice actress Chinatsu Akasaki announced on Twitter on Monday that she gave birth to her firstborn child. The child is a healthy boy. She made the announcement on her 33rd birthday and thanked people for their messages. "I feel much gratitude and affection about this day, now that my son has been safely born. I'm going to keep powering up, and I'm looking forward to putting my all into both my job...
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 30

The first half of “It's Time to Choose” is the most compelling by far, since it puts the titular choice of which faction to follow in Inca's hands.
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T ‒ Episode 18

With this episode the series delves deeper into the nature of Indian Poker, and it does so by taking a somewhat perverse approach to it.
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Strike Witches: 501st JOINT FIGHTER WING Take Off! BR

"If you're a fan of the franchise in general, Strike Witches: 501st JOINT FIGHTER WING Take Off! is must-view content." ― The Strike Witches mixed media franchise began in the mid-2000s with a series of magazine illustrations, a three-chapter manga, and an OVA, but it really took off with the first anime TV season in 2008. Over the dozen years since then its has maintained its popularity through a se...
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Voice Actress Ari Ozawa Marries Musician Hige Driver

Both artists worked together on Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, Monster Musume ― Voice actress Ari Ozawa announced on her blog on Monday that she has gotten married to musician Hige Driver. She shared the announcement on the same day as her 28th birthday. Hige Driver also announced their marriage on Twitter, stating that he has previously had many opportunities to work with Ozawa and was drawn to her dili...
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No Guns Life ‒ Episode 17

This is a deeply strange episode, and probably not the detour I would have advised taking for a change of pace, but here we are.
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Pokémon GO Fest: Home Edition

COVID-19 might have put a halt on the annual Pokémon GO Fest gathering, but Niantic still found a way to bring Trainers together virtually. ― In a normal year, Pokémon GO Fest would have returned to Chicago in July to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Niantic's most popular game. Responding to the pandemic, we instead participated from our own parks, backyards, and couches. No gatherings of thousan...
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English Voice Actors, Musicians Create My Hero Academia Charity Track

Original soundtrack composer Yuki Hayashi participates in project by Cowboy Bebop charity song team ― In May, Cowboy Bebop composer Yoko Kanno participated in a charity song project with over 40 guest musicians and vocalists to recreate the anime's iconic ending theme "The Real Folk Blues." The track was arranged by Mason Lieberman (RWBY, Sarazanmai), a senior game audio coordinator at Tencent, with ...
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Suteki na Kareshi Manga by My Love Story, Aozora Yell's Kazune Kawahara Approaches Climax

Manga about high school student who wants to get a boyfriend launched in January 2016 ― The September issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret (Betsuma) magazine revealed on Tuesday that Kazune Kawahara's Suteki na Kareshi (Where's my lovely sweetheart?) manga is nearing its climax. Kawahara launched the manga in January 2016. The manga's 13th volume shipped on July 22. The manga has a combined total of...

Kyoto Animation Produces Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Anime Season 2 for 2021 Debut

Titled Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S ― The official website for the television anime of Coolkyoushinja's Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid manga confirmed on Tuesday that the second season will premiere on 2021 with Kyoto Animation returning on production. The season is titled Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S, with "S" standing for "Super Supreme Second life Starts." The Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid manga ...
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Junko's Star-Crossed!! Manga Ends in September

Manga by "Kiss Him, Not Me" creator centers on idol otaku ― The official website for Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on Tuesday that Junko's Star-Crossed!! (Wota Doru: Oshi ga Watashi de Watashi ga Oshi de) manga will end in the magazine's October issue on September 12. Junko launched the manga in June 2019, and Kodansha published the third compiled volume on June 11. The manga's fourth ...
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Argonavis from BanG Dream! Franchise Gets Manga

Kyōhei Miyajima draws bi-weekly manga ― This year's combined 36th and 37th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Tuesday that the Argonavis from BanG Dream! franchise is getting a manga on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website and app. The manga also launched on Tuesday. Kyōhei Miyajima is drawing the manga, and Hikaru Miyoshi is credited with the original character designs. Additiona...
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Killer Joins One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 Game as DLC

Game's "Character Pack 2" DLC to also include X Drake ― This year's combined 36th and 37th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Tuesday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam will add the character Killer as the game's fifth DLC character. The game's "Character Pack 1" DLC launched on...
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Snow Man Group Member Daisuke Sakuma Voices Original Character in Black Clover Anime

Boy band group Snow Man performs current opening theme for series ― This year's combined 36th and 37th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Tuesday that Daisuke Sakuma, a member of the boy band group Snow Man, will voice an original character named Makusa in the Black Clover anime. The character is a man who loves research. Snow Man are performing the current opening theme song...
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Tsurun Hatomune's Mitama Security: Spirit Busters Manga Ends

Manga gets special spinoff chapter on Shonen Jump+ on August 31 ― This year's combined 36th and 37th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the final chapter on Tuesday of Tsurun Hatomune's Mitama Security: Spirit Busters (Mitama SecuREIty) manga. The manga will have a bonus spinoff chapter on the Shonen Jump+ website and app on August 31. Viz Media as well as Shueisha's Manga Plus...
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The Promised Neverland Manga Gets New Chapter at Tokyo Exhibition

Exhibit takes place from December 11 to January 11 ― This year's combined 36th and 37th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Tuesday that Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu will publish a new 19-page chapter of their The Promised Neverland manga at the "The Promised Neverland Special Exhibition" event in Roppongi Hills in Tokyo from December 11 through January 11. The duo published ...
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Eve, Ali Perform Theme Songs for Jujutsu Kaisen Anime

Supernatural action series premieres in October ― This year's combined 36th and 37th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed the theme song artists on Tuesday for the television anime of Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga. Eve will perform the opening theme song "Kaikai Kitan," and Ali will perform the ending theme song "Lost in Paradise feat. AKLO." The anime stars: Junya Enoki as ...
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Tite Kubo's 4-Chapter Burn the Witch Manga Debuts on August 24

Short serialization adapts author's 1-shot published in July 2018 ― This year's combined 36th and 37th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Tuesday that Tite Kubo's new Burn the Witch manga will have four total chapters, and will debut in the magazine in its 38th issue on August 24. The manga will feature on the cover of the 38th issue, and the first chapter will have 57 pages ...

Aikatsu Planet Show Outlines Cast, Staff, Story, Characters

Kaaya Date, Rio Ogura, Mizuki, Shizune Nagao, Amy, Narumi Uno, Rurika Uno, Sayaka Akimoto star ― The official website for the Aikatsu! idol franchise posted more information about Aikatsu Planet, the franchise's first television project that combines animation, 3D CG, and live-action. The story revolves around "Aikatsu Planet," a world where anyone can assume the role of an avatar and become an adora...
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Fate/Zero ‒ Episodes 20-21

The cast continues to thin as the Holy Grail War heads towards its final hours.
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Kawaii Kon Co-Founder, AWA LLC Chairman Marlon Stodghill Passes Away

Stodghill was also involved in Izumicon, Anime Crossroads ― Voice actor Christopher Sabat and anime convention Anime Weekend Atlanta both reported on Twitter on Saturday that Marlon Stodghill, a founder and Chairman for many anime conventions in the United States, has passed away. A GoFundMe campaign for Stodghill that opened on July 18 stated that he was fighting cancer and was in the ICU. The GoFun...
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King of Fighters Game Franchise Gets Chinese Animated Film in 2022

Trailer shows Goenitz fighting Kyo, hints at "NESTS arc" story ― SNK revealed last week that its King of Fighters franchise will have a new Chinese CG-animated film titled The King of Fighters: Awaken. The film will debut in China in 2022. The trailer shows Goenitz fighting series protagonist Kyo Kusanagi. The appearance of Goenitz hints that the movie will enter the games' "NESTS arc" story, which c...

Aikatsu! Idol Franchise Unveils Live-Action/Anime Show Aikatsu Planet

Franchise's 1st hybrid live-action/anime TV show delayed from fall to January 2021 ― Monday's live-streamed "[BB Fes] BANDAI × BN Pictures Festival" event announced the Aikatsu Planet title, theme song, and January 2021 delay for the new television project in the Aikatsu! idol franchise. For the first time in the franchise, Aikatsu Planet will be a hybrid of live-action and animation. The unit Starry...
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Bandai Namco Pictures Announces Saikyō Kamizmode Anime

New anime is part of larger franchise about sumo, including rhythm card arcade game ― Bandai Namco Pictures announced more details on Monday during a "BANDAI × BN Pictures Festival livestream" event for its Saikyō Kamizmode franchise. The company announced the franchise on July 22, with a planned arcade game and anime project. The anime will premiere this fall on YouTube and on Tokyo MX. The anime st...
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Battle Spirits: Kakumei no Galette Anime Unveils Video, Cast, Theme Song Artist, August 28 Net Debut

Takahiro Sakurai, Jun Fukuyama, Ayane Sakura star with song by Nami Tamaki ― Bandai Namco Pictures revealed a new promotional video for Battle Spirits: Kakumei no Galette, the new anime in the Battle Spirits multimedia franchise, during the "[BB Fes] BANDAI × BN Pictures Festival" livestream event on Monday. The event announced the anime's main cast, theme song artist, and August 28 online premiere d...
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Japanese Physical Home Video Sales Dip 7.9% in Japan in 1st Half of 2020

Home video purchases down 6.4%, rentals down 13.5% ― The Japan Video Software Association (JVA) released on August 6 its statistical report on physical home video sales in Japan for the first half of 2020 from January to June, which stated that domestic DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales (including rentals) amounted to 71.439 billion yen (about US$675 million), a 7.9% decrease from the same period last year....
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Maaya Sakamoto's 'Yakudō' Single is Fate/Grand Order Game's New Opening Theme Song

New single available digitally on Tuesday ― The official website of singer and voice actress Maaya Sakamoto announced on Monday that her new single "Yakudō" (Active Motion) is the new opening song for the second part of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Lostbelt" story line. The single will be available digitally beginning on Tuesday. The single is a collaboration with rock band Yourness, and f...
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1st Fate/Grand Order Anime Film's Teaser Video Previews Theme Song

Maaya Sakamoto performs theme song "Dokuhaku" for December 5 film ― The official Twitter account for the Fate/Grand Order The Movie Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot (Fate/Grand Order Shinsei Entaku Ryōiki Camelot) film project began streaming a teaser trailer for Wandering: Agateram, the first film in the series, on Monday. The trailer previews the film's theme song "Dokuhaku" (Monologue) by ...

Shueisha Cancels Publication of act-age Manga (Updated)

Chapter in Tuesday's issue of Weekly Shonen Jump will be final chapter ― The official Twitter account for Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Twitter on Monday that storywriter Tatsuya Matsuki and artist Shiro Usazaki's act-age manga is canceled. The chapter that will appear in the magazine's combined 36th and 37th issue, which will ship on Tuesday, will be the final chapter. Shueisha...
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New Revue Starlight Film's Teaser Video Reveals 2021 Opening

Series compilation film opened in theaters in Japan last week ― The official YouTube channel of the Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight franchise began streaming a teaser trailer on Monday for the franchise's upcoming brand-new anime film. The trailer reveals the film's 2021 opening date. The trailer also appeared as a post-credits scene in the Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Rondo Rondo Rondo compilation film...
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Yumi Matsutoya Sings Touken Ranbu Game's New Theme

New song "Anata to Watashi to" celebrates game's 5th anniversary ― The official website of singer Yumi Matsutoya announced on Monday that she is performing the new theme song "Anata to Watashi to" (You and Me) for the Touken Ranbu browser game. She wrote the song specifically for the game to celebrate its fifth anniversary. The game's official YouTube channel is streaming the new opening video featur...
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Cardfight!! Vanguard Turnabout Manga Launches

Naoyuki Kageyama, Akira Itō work on manga ― The September issue of Bushiroad's Monthly Bushiroad magazine launched a new manga in the Cardfight!! Vanguard franchise titled Cardfight!! Vanguard Turnabout on August 7. Naoyuki Kageyama is drawing the manga, and Akira Itō is drawing the storyboards for the manga. Kageyama launched the Gyakuten Saiban: Sono "Shinjitsu", Igi Ari! manga series based on the ...
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Granblue Fantasy: Versus Game Streams Update Video, Belial DLC Video

Also: Cagliostro joins roster in October ― The official YouTube channel of the Granblue Fantasy franchise streamed two videos on Saturday for Cygames and Arc System Works' Granblue Fantasy: Versus fighting game. The first video showcases the new main quest chapters added to the game's 1.40 Update. The video reveals that the new update released on Saturday and includes chapters 41-45. Additionally, th...
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My Hero Academia Ranks #11, #15 on New York Times' August Graphic Books Bestseller List

― The first volume of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga ranked at #11 on The New York Times' monthly Graphic Books and Manga bestseller list released in early August. The manga's 24th volume ranked at #15 on the list. The New York Times posted its first new Graphic Books and Manga bestseller list in October, and it is one category of the newspaper's new bestseller lists. Dragon Ball Super vol...

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Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories Anime Inspires Live-Action Show in September

Horror tales recounted in series of still photos similar to anime & kamishibai paper theater ― TV Tokyo announced on Monday that it is producing a live-action series adaptation of the Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories television anime that will premiere on September 9. Noboru Iguchi (Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories season 2, The World Yamizukan), Yūki Kumagai (Tokyo Living Dead Idol), and Daisuke...
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'Yes, No, or Maybe?' Boys-Love Anime's Trailer Reveals Theme Song, December Debut

Atsushi Abe, Yoshihisa Kawahara sing duet as main leads ― The BL FES!!-Boys Love Festival!!- project unveiled a new trailer and visual for the anime of Michi Ichiho's Yes, No, or Maybe? (Yes ka No ka Hanbun ka) boys-love light novel series on Monday. The trailer reveals and previews the anime's theme song "Sekai to Kakurenbo" (Hide and Seek With the World) by Atsushi Abe and Yoshihisa Kawahara as the...
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The Extraordinary, the Ordinary, and SOAP! Novels 1 & 2

This light novel series changes up the formula by focusing on a regular fantasy world denizen and a summoned hero who is NOT interested in saving the world. ― It's a truth that most iterations of the isekai genre focus on the summoned heroes. Equally true is that they're usually relatively okay with having been summoned – and if they're not, they still manage to find their niche somehow or at least t...

Street Fighter Game Producer Yoshinori Ono Leaves Capcom This Summer

Ono steps down after 26 years with Capcom on Monster Hunter, Onimusha, more ― Street Fighter series executive producer Yoshinori Ono announced on Sunday that he is leaving Capcom this summer. He is resigning as brand manager for Street Fighter as well as other titles. However, he assured fans that the remaining Capcom staff will maintain the franchise's legacy and that he himself looks forward to its...
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Killing Bites Manga Gets Spinoff on August 21

Spinoff by original manga artist Kazasa Sumita to center on character Inaba Killing Bites manga artist Kazasa Sumita announced on Twitter on Friday that they will launch a spinoff of the manga on Hero's Inc.'s "Wild Hero's" website on August 21. The manga is titled Hoshigarisugi Desho!? Inaba-san (Desire Overload, Right Inaba!?). Sumita launched the Killing Bites manga with storywriter Shinya Murat...
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Crunchyroll Adds Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu Manga

Manga available to subscribers worldwide, except in Japan ― Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that the company's Crunchyroll Manga platform has added the Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu manga to its catalog. The manga will be available to subscribers worldwide, except in Japan. The first chapter of the manga is currently available for free. Crunchyroll describes the semi-autobiographical manga: Hell-...
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Masami Kurumada's Otoko-Zaka Manga Enters Final Arc

"Honjin Shitō-hen" arc ended on Saturday ― Manga creator Masami Kurumada ended the "Honjin Shitō-hen" arc of his Otoko-Zaka manga on the Shonen Jump+ app and website with its sixth chapter on Saturday. The final page of the chapter revealed that the next arc of the manga will be the manga's final arc. The arc will be titled "Shōwa Sekigahara-hen." Otoko-Zaka's initial eight-chapter revival began in S...
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Viz VP States Company Has Done 'Extraordinarily Well' During COVID-19

Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga series has been leading sales ― The Vice President Publishing Sales at Viz Media, Kevin Hamric, stated in an interview with ICv2 published on Friday that Viz Media has been doing "extraordinarily well" during the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Hamric did not give any sales figures, but said that sales were "beyond expectations." Hamric noted that...
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My Hero Academia Ranks at #4 on U.S. Monthly BookScan July List

12 manga volumes including Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Berserk, Uzumaki, Haikyu!! rank on top 20 ― Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 ranked at #4 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for July. This month's list featured 12 manga volumes, including: #4 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 #5 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 24 #7 — Kentarou Miura's Berse...

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Granblue Fantasy Game's Guraburu! Comedy Anime Spinoff Unveils Studio, October TV Debut

DMM.futureworks produces anime of Kikuhitomoji's 4-panel manga ― The "Guraburu Live Broadcast: It's Hot! Guraburu Summer!" special announced the production studio and the October television premiere for the anime of the Granblue Fantasy franchise's official four-panel gag comedy manga Guraburu! on Saturday. DMM.futureworks (BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! Pico, Umayon) is producing the anime. The artis...
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Live-Action O Maidens in Your Savage Season Show Reveals Main Male Cast

Ōshirō Maeda, Mizuki Inoue, more join cast for series premiering on September 8 ― The staff of the live-action series of Mari Okada and Nao Emoto's O Maidens in Your Savage Season (Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo) manga revealed the show's main male cast on Saturday. The new cast includes: Ōshirō Maeda (top row left in image above) as Shun Amagiri, who is in the same class as Rika Mizuki Inoue (top ...
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Child of Kamiari Month Anime Film's 1st Trailer Streamed

Film opens in Japan in 2021 after delay ― The official YouTube channel for Cretica Universal's Child of Kamiari Month (Kamiari no Kodomo) anime film project began streaming the film's 60-second trailer on Saturday. The anime film will open in 2021, delayed from its original 2020 opening date. Aju Makita (live-action Shino-chan wa Jibun no Namae ga Ienai's Kayo) voices the protagonist Kanna, who loses...
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Live-Action Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Film Screens at Virtually at Fantasia Int'l Film Fest

Festival also streams live-action Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler film ― Montreal's 24th Fantasia International Film Festival announced on Thursday that it will screen the live-action film adaptation of Fujita's Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku manga. The film will have its North American debut at the virtual film festival, which will stream from August 20 to September 2. The Fantasia International Fil...

NHK: act-age Story Writer Tatsuya Matsuki Arrested on Suspicion of Committing Indecent Act with Minor (Updated)

Middle school student alleges Matsuki touched her inappropriately while walking in Nakano ward of Tokyo ― NHK reported on Saturday that act-age story creator Tatsuya Matsuki (29) was arrested on suspicion of committing an indecent act with a female middle school student. NHK reported that according to police, the girl was walking in the Nakano ward of Tokyo on June 18 at 8:00 p.m. when the suspect ap...
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Atelier Mimina's Giraffe and Annika Indie Adventure Game Launches for Xbox One on August 27

― The Microsoft Store and the official YouTube channel for Japanese indie developer Atelier Mimina's Giraffe and Annika 3D adventure game revealed on Wednesday that Playism will launch the game for Xbox One on August 27. The game will launch for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in North America on August 25, Europe on August 28, and Oceania on September 4. The game is getting a digital release and ...
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Death Come True Game Launches on PS4 on October 15

― The official Twitter account for the the Death Come True game revealed on Friday that the game will launch on PlayStation 4 on October 15. Early editions of the physical version will include a Blu-ray Disc with bonus footage. The game launched on June 25 for the Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android. The game supports subtitles in 10 languages, including: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chi...
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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Game's 'Doomsday' Trailer Streamed

Vanillaware game launches on PS4 in West on September 22 ― Atlus began streaming a new "Doomsday" trailer for Vanillaware's 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim PlayStation 4 game on Friday. The game will launch in the West on September 22, delayed from September 8. The game will launch with a free patch at launch to add English audio. In addition to Japanese and English audio, the game will feature subtitles in ...

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By the Grace of the Gods Anime Unveils More Cast, Theme Song Artists

Yūki Hirose, Yūki Takada, Yui Fukuo, Tetsu Inada, YouTuber MindaRyn join fall anime ― The official website for the anime of author Roy and illustrator Ririnra's By the Grace of the Gods (Kami-tachi ni Hirowareta Otoko) light novel series posted more cast members, the theme songs' artists, and the second key visual on Saturday. The newly announced cast members are: Yūki Hirose as Welanna, Miya's forme...
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Sae Okamoto's 'Shiro, the Giant, and the Castle of Ice' Anime Shorts Launch After COVID-19 Delay

1st episode by Mecha-Ude director now streaming with Lien's music video ― TriF Studio has announced that the first episode of Sae Okamoto's Shiro, the Giant, and the Castle of Ice (Kyoshin to Hyōka no Shiro) anime debuted on NCC Nagasaki Cultural Broadcasting's YouTube channel on Saturday. The music video for Lien's theme song also debuted on YouTube: The first episode of Shiro, the Giant, and the Ca...
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Virtual Crunchyroll Expo Event Features The God of High School Series Creator Yongje Park, Director Masahiko Komino, More

Also: voice actor Soma Saito, director Yoshikatsu Kimura, light novel artist Tsukasa Kiryu ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that the virtual version of its Crunchyroll Expo convention on September 4-6 will feature the following guests: Yongje Park, The God of High School series creator Masahiko Komino, Gibiate anime's director and character designer Soma Saito, voice actor of Tadashi Yamaguchi in ...
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HIDIVE to Stream Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time Anime's English Dub

HIDIVE also streams The Pet Girl of Sakurasou anime's English dub ― HIDIVE announced on Friday that it will begin streaming the English dubcast of the television anime of Daisuke Hiyama's Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time (Peter Grill to Kenja no Jikan) manga on August 14 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The first four dubbed episodes will premiere on that day. HIDIVE also announced that it will begin streamin...
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Sawako Hata Narrates 5th Tenchi Muyo! OVA Season's Promo Video

3rd episode of 5th season ships for home video on August 28 ― The official YouTube channel for the fifth season of the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki original video anime (OVA) series began streaming an updated promotional video for the anime on Friday. Sawako Hata (Bang Dream!) narrates the video as her character Apuesta da Rumah. The third episode will have a tropical island setting. The third episode will ...
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Voice Actors Participate in Super Taikyu Racing Event

Shinichiro Miki, Daisuke Namikawa, Kaito Ishikawa, Tasuku Hatanaka participate ― Voice actors Shinichiro Miki, Daisuke Namikawa, Kaito Ishikawa, and Tasuku Hatanaka joined anime sound director Masafumi Mima at the Ebisu Super Taikyu Race event at the Ebisu Circuit last Saturday. The five men are part of the Voice Actors Racing Team (VART) project, which was formed in November 2019. The 12-hour race w...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax ‒ Episode 5

This episode is all about laying out the problem our heroes face and the personal stakes involved should they fail to overcome it.
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Jump Force Game Adds Hunter x Hunter's Meruem

DLC includes characters from My Hero Academia, Hunter x Hunter, Yū Yū Hakusho, Bleach, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Friday that Meruem from Hunter x Hunter will be a playable DLC character in the Jump Force crossover fighting game. Meruem will be part of the game's Character Pass 2. IMG IMG jump-force-meruem-2.png IMG jump-force-meruem-3.png IMG jump-forc...
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Crunchyroll, Funimation Add Sword Art Online: Alicization Anime's English Dub

Both services stream anime's 1st 24 episodes on Friday ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will begin streaming the first 24 English-dubbed episodes of the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime on Friday at 5:00 p.m. EDT in North America, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., and Ireland. Funimation also announced that it has begun streaming episodes 13-24 of the anime...
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Appare-Ranman! ‒ Episode 6

Now after five episodes of build up it's finally time for the rip-roaring spectacle of the Trans-America race to speed past the starting line!
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Doujinshi Convention Comitia Announces Crowdfunding Campaign After Canceling September Event

Event for original doujinshi was originally scheduled for September 21 ― The doujinshi convention Comitia announced on Tuesday that it has canceled its upcoming COMITIA133 event, which was scheduled for September 21, due to COVID-19. The official website stated that although Japan was originally supposed to loosen restrictions on large gatherings of up to 5,000 people on August 1, the government deci...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate ‒ Episode 6

This show has prided itself on chefs with very, very specific specialties, but I categorically refuse to buy that Sarge can make “a fluffy and delicate” meringue with a chainsaw.
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The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED ‒ Episode 4

This episode brings something that's felt a longer time coming than it's actually been: a comeuppance for Daisuke.
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Practice Your Breathing Techniques With Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Sword Toy

If you've ever thought about role-playing as one of the Demon Slayers from Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, then Bandai is releasing a toy just for you. The "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba DX Nichirintō" toy is a recreation of the Nichirin Blades from the series. There are two different types of blades that you can attach to the hilt in order to recreate the Water Breathing Technique or Sun Breathi...

Toei, Kodansha, Other Anime Firms Launch YouTube Initiative With Overseas Plans

Anilog streams Black Jack, Future Boy Conan on launch in Japan ― The Variety entertainment trade magazine reported on Friday that Toei Animation, Kodansha, and other anime content providers are collaborating to start a YouTube channel named Animelog, or Anilog. The channel is currently available in Japan, but the staff also intends to provide subtitled content in English and Chinese for overseas fans...
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Sushi Sumo Picture Book Gets TV Anime Next April

Masako An's comedy about sushi entrees competing in sumo ring ― A television anime of Masako An's Dosukoi Sushi-Zumo (Sushi Sumo) picture book will premiere on tvk and other channels next April. The franchise's YouTube channel is streaming the anime's opening sequence: The comedy follows various sushi entrees as they enter the sumo wrestling ring. The cast includes: Miyuki Ōshima (Morisanchū comedy t...
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Talentless Nana Anime Announces 16 More Cast Members

Mai Nakahara, Toshiki Masuda, Takuya Nakashima, Atsushi Kousaka, Koji Yusa join fall anime ― The official website for the television anime of Looseboy and Iori Furuya's Talentless Nana (Munō na Nana) manga announced 16 more cast members for Nana's classmates and school staff on Friday. Mai Nakahara as Michiru Inukai Toshiki Masuda as Yōhei Shibusawa Takuya Nakashima as Moguo Iijima Yūki Inoue as "Mog...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, July 27-August 2

Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Maxiboost ON debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: July 27-August 2 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Maxiboost ON Bandai Namco Entertainment July 30 123,147 123,147 2NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20 56,730 5,337,128 3NSwRing Fit Adventure Nintendo October 18, 2019 37,217 1,242,596 4...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, July 27-August 2

A Silent Voice earns 9.6% rating, Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Treasure Island earns 3.0% rating ― Kyoto Animation and Naoko Yamada's A Silent Voice anime film aired on NHK on Friday, July 31 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned a 9.6% rating. The Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Treasure Island anime film aired on TV Asahi on Sunday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m., and it earned a 3.0% rating. Title Station Date Time Le...
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I'm Standing on a Million Lives Anime's 2nd Video Unveils More Cast, Ending Song Artist, October 2 Debut

Chiwa Saito, Shanghai cosplayer Liyuu join isekai anime ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Naoki Yamakawa and Akinari Nao's I'm Standing on a Million Lives (100-Man no Inochi no Ue ni Ore wa Tatteiru) manga posted the anime's second promotional video and a new key visual on Friday. The video announced a new cast member, the ending theme song artist, and the anime's October 2 p...
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Ōke no Monshō Manga Goes on Hiatus

― The September issue of Akita Shoten's Princess magazine revealed on Thursday that Chieko Hosokawa's Ōke no Monshō (Crest of the Royal Family) shōjo manga is going on hiatus due to "circumstances," but will return in the magazine's January 2021 issue in December. The original manga's story centers around Carol, an archaeology student on a study trip in Egypt. When an excavation team unearths the to...
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Tomodachi Game Manga Heads Toward Final Arc

Yuki Sato debuted manga in December 2013 ― The September issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine revealed on Friday that Yuki Sato's Tomodachi Game (Friends Games) manga is entering its final arc. The story, based on Mikoto Yamaguchi's original concept, centers on Yūichi Katagiri, a young man with a perfect student life who has four friends with difficult lives. His peaceful daily life comes to ...
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Sega Group Managing Director Kenji Matsubara Steps Down

― Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. announced on July 31 that Sega Group Corporation managing director Kenji Matsubara has resigned due to personal reasons. Matsubara joined Sega in 2014, and rose to managing director in 2017. Prior to his employment at Sega, he was also the representative director of game company Koei Tecmo Holdings for nine years. Sources: Sega, GameSpark (Mr. Katoh) via Otakomu, gamesindu...
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PS4 Console Sells 112.3 Million Units Worldwide

― Sony revealed on Tuesday in its financial results presentation for the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 that it shipped 1.9 million PlayStation 4 units during the quarter ending on June 30, bringing the console's worldwide total to 112.3 million units. The 1.9 million units shipped is down from 3.2 million units shipped during the same period of the previous fiscal year. Sony shipped a total of 1...
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Trinity Seven Spinoff's Yōichi Nishio Launches Isekai Yurutto Survival Seikatsu Manga

Manga based on Ayano, Waon Inu's light novel centers on classmates transported to another world ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine revealed on Friday that Yōichi Nishio will launch a manga adaptation of Ayano's Isekai Yurutto Survival Seikatsu light novel in the magazine's next issue on September 9. The novel centers on Hokage Shinomiya, a high schooler who dreams of livi...
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Crows Explode Manga Enters 'Last Station'

Tatsuya Kanda's manga adaptation of live-action film launched in 2017 ― The September issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Thursday that Tatsuya Kanda's manga adaptation of the Crows Explode live-action film is entering its "last station." The manga adapts Toshiaki Toyoda's 2014 live-action film of the same name, which itself is based on Hiroshi Takahashi's Crows manga...
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Tokyo Tarareba Girls Live-Action TV Special Reveals More Cast, October Premiere

Kentaro Sakaguchi, Ryohei Suzuki, Kei Tanaka, Yuta Hiraoka, Ryo Kato, A-chan reprise roles ― The official website for the new live-action television special for Akiko Higashimura's Tokyo Tarareba Girls (Tokyo Tarareba Musume) manga revealed additional cast members and the October premiere date for the special on Friday. The additional cast members, who are all reprising their roles from the earlier l...
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Broccoli's Jack Jeanne Switch Game's Promo Video Previews World

Game collaboration with Sui Ishida launches in Japan on December 3 ― The official YouTube channel of Broccoli's Jack Jeanne collaboration game project with Tokyo Ghoul manga creator Sui Ishida began streaming a "World Guide" promotional video on Wednesday. The game will launch in Japan on December 3, delayed from its original August 5 release due to "various circumstances with production." The staff ...
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Street Fighter V Game Adds Dan, Rose, Oro, Akira as DLC Characters

SFV: Champion Edition's summer update teases new characters ― The official YouTube channel for PlayStation began streaming a summer update video for Capcom's Street Fighter V: Champion Edition game, and the video reveals that Capcom is adding Dan Hibiki, Rose, Oro, and Akira Kazama from the Rival Schools series as DLC characters for the game's fifth season. Dan will join the roster this winter. The c...

Inuyasha Spinoff Anime Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon's 1st Trailer Reveals Cast, October 3 Debut

Sara Matsumoto, Mikako Komatsu, Azusa Tadokoro play descendants of Sesshomaru, Inuyasha, Kagome ― Viz Media unveiled the first full trailer, a new visual, and the three main cast members for the Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (Hanyō no Yashahime) anime spinoff of Rumiko Takahashi's Inuyasha series on Thursday. The anime's official website and Japanese version of the trailer also revealed the anime's ...
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Golden Bomber Band's Bassist Jun Utahiroba Tests Positive for COVID-19

Band's 3 other members, manager test negative for new coronavirus disease ― The Golden Bomber band's 34-year-old bassist Jun Utahiroba announced on Thursday that he had received the positive test results for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Thursday. He reported a fever of 37.5 °C (99.5 °F) on Tuesday, which led to his cancellation of scheduled work and a PCR test for the virus on Wednesday....
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Netflix Posts Trailer for Aggretsuko Season 3 Anime

Season debuts on August 27 ― Netflix began streaming a trailer for the third season for the Aggretsuko anime on Thursday. The anime will debut on Netflix on August 27. English-subtitled version: English-dubbed version: Retsuko is a 25-year old red panda who works in her dream company's accounting department. But it turns out that she is forced to keep doing more and more impossible tasks by her super...
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Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Inspires Negligee, Tights

Sakura Matoi and Saber Alter from the Fate/stay Night: Heaven's Feel movies are inspiring negligees and legwear items. The outfits recreate their appearances in the anime very closely. Sakura's legwear item is tights that recreate the red streaks on her legs, while Saber Alter gets knee-high socks fashioned like leg armor. The items are available for pre-order in Japan through Bandai's online appa...
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The Vision of Escaflowne ‒ Episode 17-18

In some ways, this marks the deterioration of the series as a whole. Not that episode 17 is all that bad – it continues to use the theme of war and the guilt it brings forth in its survivors.

Discotek Licenses New Getter Robo OVA, Isuca Anime, Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure Special

Discotek to also release 1st Symphogear anime, Cleopatra anime film on BD on October 27 ― Discotek announced on Thursday that it has licensed the New Getter Robo original video anime (OVA), Isuca anime, and Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure anime special. The company will release all three on Blu-ray Disc on October 27. Discotek also revealed details of two other previously announced anime...
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Deca-Dence ‒ Episode 5

. Going into this episode I was dreading the strong possibility that Kurenai, as well as others all the way up to Natsume, could be killed off.
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Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- ‒ Episode 5

This idea that maybe everyone would be better off if Emilia gives up and lets Subaru do everything underscores the entire episode.
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Sentai Filmworks Acquires Digital Rights to Demon City Shinjuku Anime (Updated)

Ninja Scroll's Yoshiaki Kawajiri directed OVA of novel by Vampire Hunter D's Hideyuki Kikuchi ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday that it has acquired the digital rights to the Demon City Shinjuku anime. Sentai will release the anime, including the original English dub, in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The film will be available on "select digital outlets." Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scr...
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The Twelve Kingdoms ‒ Episode 17-18

Seeing the typical selection process (read: no world-hopping or inter-kingdom sabotage to muck things up) is rather interesting.
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hololive Virtual YouTuber Mio Ookami Takes 1-Month Livestreaming Hiatus After Capcom Copyright Strike

Agency issued apology last week for copyright violations, signed streaming deal with Nintendo ― hololive Virtual YouTuber Mio Ookami announced on her Twitter account on Wednesday that she will be taking a 1-month hiatus from livestreaming activities. Her full statement is translated as follows: I deeply apologize to the fans and those I work with regarding the copyright issues surrounding my past You...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 137

Black Clover digs deep back into its history for a guest appearance, while also continuing with content focused on one or another of the Black Bulls.
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Peach Boy Riverside Manga of Reimagined Folk Tale Gets TV Anime Next July

Haruka Shiraishi, Nao Toyama star in expansion of Japanese fairy tale Momotarō ― A website opened on Friday to announce that a television anime of Coolkyoushinja and Johanne's Peach Boy Riverside manga will premiere next July. The manga recounts the story of another "peach" beyond the well-known Momotarō the Peach Boy of Japanese folklore. Once upon a time, there was an old man and an old woman in a ...
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Kill la Kill ‒ Episodes 19-20

The moment-to-moment speed at which Kill la Kill's plot unfolds means that a timeskip of a mere month still feels like a world-changing eternity.
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Char Aznable Voice Actor Shūichi Ikeda Drops Out From Gundam Information Program Due to Health Problems

Program scheduled to air on BS11 on Friday ― Television broadcaster BS11 announced on Monday that Char Aznable voice actor Shūichi Ikeda has dropped out of the "Gundam/Gunpla Latest Information Corner" program due to health problems. Amuro Ray voice actor Toru Furuya will replace him in the program. The program, which is scheduled to air on Friday, commemorates Gunpla's 40th anniversary. For three we...
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Tekken 7 Game Reveals Season Pass 4

Announcement trailer reveals balance updates, new moves for all characters, Tekken Prowess ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Friday that its Tekken 7 game is getting a fourth Season Pass. The company is streaming an announcement trailer: The fourth Season Pass will include battle balance updates, new moves for all characters, Tekken Prowess, and online play enhancements. Tekken 7 laun...
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High Schooler Performs Theme for Live-Action O Maidens in Your Savage Season Show

Show premieres on September 8 ― The staff of the live-action series of Mari Okada and Nao Emoto's O Maidens in Your Savage Season (Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo) manga revealed on Tuesday that 17-year-old high schooler Saki Misaka will perform the film's theme song "Tomo yo Koi yo" (Friend Love). This will be Misaka's first time singing a theme song for a serialized drama. The show's opening seque...
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Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS Manga Approaches Climax

Author had teased in January that manga's "end was in sight" ― This year's combined 36th and 37th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine revealed on Thursday that Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS manga was "right before its climax." Itagaki launched the manga in Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine in September 2016. Akita Shoten published the manga's 20th volume on Thursday. Itagaki had teased in...
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Live-Action Mairu no Vich Series Delayed to Early 2021 Due to COVID-19

8-episode series based on Zakuri Satō's manga was originally slated for fall ― The staff for the live-action series adaptation of Zakuri Satō's Mairu no Vich manga announced on Wednesday that the series has been delayed to an early 2021 premiere due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The series was previously slated to premiere this fall. The romance manga centers on Mairu Kino...
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Coolkyoushinja, Amahara's Heion Sedai no idaten-tachi Manga Listed with TV Anime

Manga about gods living in 800 years of peace debuted in 2018 ― Amazon Japan is currently listing the cover of this year's 16th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine, which lists that Coolkyoushinja and Amahara's Heion Sedai no idaten-tachi (Idaten Deities in the Peaceful Generation) manga is getting a television anime project. The issue will officially ship on August 12. Coolkyoushinja launche...
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Umibe no Étranger Boys-Love Anime Film Reveals Trailer, Main Visual

Film opens in Japan on September 11 ― The official website for the anime film of Kanna Kii's Umibe no Étranger (L'étranger du Plage or The Stranger on the Beach) manga began streaming the film's trailer on Thursday. The site also revealed the film's main visual. The story centers on Mio, a high school boy who lost his parents at an early age. Shun, a gay aspiring novelist living near Mio's house on a...
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Hiroya Oku's GIGANT Manga Enters Last Arc

Inuyashiki author launched manga in 2017 ― Manga creator Hiroya Oku posted on his Twitter account on Tuesday that his GIGANT manga is entering its final arc. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga, and it describes the story: Rei Yokoyamada, a high schooler whose father works for a film production company, is inspired to create his own short film with his friends. One day, while out to find acto...
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Kyōfu Shinbun Live-Action Series Reveals More Cast

New adaptation of Jirō Tsunoda's horror manga premieres on August 29 ― The official website for the new live-action series adaptation of Jirō Tsunoda's Kyōfu Shinbun (Newspaper of Terror) manga revealed additional cast members for the series on Wednesday. TV Tokyo announced the production of the series on July 21. The new cast members include: Taiki Sato (seen above) as Yūsuke Matsuda, Shizuru's boyf...

Nintendo Switch Sells 61.44 Million Units, Animal Crossing Sells 22.4 Million Copies

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition sells 1.32 million copies ― Nintendo revealed its first quarter earnings statement on Friday for the three months that ended on June 30. Nintendo sold 5.68 million Switch units in the quarter, an increase of 166.6% compared to the same quarter in 2019. The company has sold a total of 61.44 million Switch units worldwide. Nintendo also sold 50.43 million softwar...
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Sentai Filmworks Unveils The Demon Girl Next Door Anime's English Dub Cast

Video clip previews dub starring Monica Rial, Genevieve Simmons ― Sentai Filmworks unveiled the English dub cast for the television anime of Izumo Ito's The Demon Girl Next Door (Machikado Mazoku) manga on Wednesday. The company's Facebook page is streaming an English dub video clip. The cast includes: Monica Rial as Shamiko Genevieve Simmons as Momo Emily Neves as Lilith Christina Kelly as Mikan She...
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KLab Partners with Electronic Arts on New Mobile Title

New title to feature "leading IP from EA" ― Japanese game developer KLab Inc. announced on Thursday that it is partnering with American-based entertainment company Electronic Arts (EA) to develop an online mobile title. KLab plans to develop and operate the game, which will be "with a leading IP from EA." KLab is known for games such as Love Live! School Idol Festival, Bleach: Brave Souls, and Captai...
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Live-Action Way of the Househusband Show Casts Jun Shison as Masa

Hiroshi Tamaki, Haruna Kawaguchi star in fall series about yakuza-turned-house husband ― The official website for the live-action series of Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga announced on Thursday that Jun Shison (Yukiatsu in live-action anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day special) will play Masa, an underling in the protagonist Tatsu's former gang. As previously announced...
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Jigokudo Reikai Tsushin Manga's 2nd Season Starts on October 7

Manga adapts novels by Elegant Yokai Apartment Life author Hinowa Kōzuki ― The September issue of Kodansha's good! Afternoon magazine revealed on Thursday that the "second season" of Hinowa Kōzuki and Mimori's Jigokudō Reikai Tsūshin (Jigokudō Spiritual World Communication) manga will launch in the magazine's November issue on October 7. The manga entered the final arc of its "first season" in May 20...
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Attack on Titan Gets Children's Book With Armin as Detective

Book shipped on Wednesday ― Kodansha released a new children's book for the Attack on Titan franchise on Wednesday titled Shingeki Tantei Armin: Nyūdan Shiken o Toppa seyo! (Attack Detective Armin: Pass the Regimental Entrance Exam!). The book features Armin, Mikasa, and Eren solving mysteries while they defeat titans. Armin has always dreamed of solving mysteries with his childhood friends. All thre...
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Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy PS4, Switch Game Ships on December 3

Steam version also debuts in January 2021 ― The official website for Gust's Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy game revealed on Thursday that the game will ship for the PlayStation 4 and Switch in Japan on December 3, and will debut on PC via Steam in January 2021. The sequel is set three years after Koei Tecmo Games' Gust brand's Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout (Ryza no...
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Naked Ape's Samurai ga Tensei Shitara Idol ni Natta Hanashi Manga Ends in September

Manga about samurai reincarnated into modern day as idol group member launched in April 2019 ― The September issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Princess magazine revealed on Thursday that manga creator duo naked ape's Samurai ga Tensei Shitara Idol ni Natta Hanashi (The Story of How a Samurai Was Reincarnated and Became an Idol) manga will end in the magazine's next issue in September. The manga centers...
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Anime Weekend Atlanta Canceled, Online Event Planned

― The official website for the Anime Weekend Atlanta convention announced on Tuesday that this year's convention is canceled. The convention staff will instead plan an online Halloween weekend event this year, which will also highlight artists. The convention will next hold a physical event on October 28-31, 2021, with confirmed plans for conventions in 2022 and 2023. All those who have already regi...
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Degica Games, MAGES. Reveal Ogre Tale Sidescrolling Game

Game debuts on Steam on August 20, with plans for release on PS4, Xbox One, Switch ― Degica Games announced that it is collaborating with developer MAGES. to produce the Ogre Tale side-scrolling beat-em-up game. The game will launch on PC via Steam on August 20, and it is also planned for release at a later date on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch. MAGES. is developing the game, and Degica Games i...
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Polygon Pictures' Star Wars: Resistance Series Nominated for Emmy for 2nd Year

Series nominated for Outstanding Children's Program award ― The staff of the Primetime Emmy Awards revealed on July 28 that they have nominated Polygon Pictures and Lucasfilms' Star Wars: Resistance animated series for the Outstanding Children's Program award. The other nominees are Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest. The...
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Production I.G's Shika no Ō Anime Film Delayed to 2021

Film based on Nahoko Uehashi's novels was slated to open on September 18 ― Toho announced on Thursday that it has delayed the opening date for the anime film of Nahoko Uehashi's Shika no Ō (The Deer King) medical fantasy novel series to 2021. Toei did not cite a reason for the delay. The film was previously slated to open on September 18. Masashi Ando (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, your name. cha...
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NIS America Releases Saviors of Sapphire Wings RPG on Switch, PC in 2021

Stranger of Sword City Revisited game bundled as bonus ― NIS America announced on Wednesday that it will release Experience's Saviors of Sapphire Wings (Aoki Tsubasa no Chevalier) game for the Nintendo Switch and PC in 2021. The company is also bundling the Stranger of Sword City Revisited game with Saviors of Sapphire Wings as a bonus. NIS America describes the game: An epic battle of light and dark...
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Pikmin 3 Deluxe Game Heads to Switch on October 30

Trailer streamed for Switch version of 2013 Wii U game ― Nintendo announced through a trailer on Wednesday that it will release its Pikmin 3 game on the Nintendo Switch as Pikmin 3 Deluxe on October 30: The Switch version will include multiple difficulty modes, new side-story missions featuring Olimar and Louie, and all previous DLC from the Wii U version. The Pikmin series of strategy games allows p...

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'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate' Delayed on PC in the West by 1-3 Weeks

Switch/PS4 versions debuts in Europe on August 7, in N. America on August 11 ― PQube announced on Wednesday that it is delaying the PC release of 5pb.'s Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate game via Steam in the West by one to three weeks because of "some development issues." The PC version was scheduled to launch on August 7. The game will still launch for the Nintendo ...
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Beastars Anime's 2nd Season Premieres in January 2021

Season 1 premiered in October 2019 ― The wraparound jacket band on Paru Itagaki's 20th BEASTARS manga volume revealed on Thursday that the second season of the manga's anime adaptation will premiere in January 2021. The anime will again air in Japan on Fuji TV's [+Ultra] programming block. The anime's second season casts Taiten Kusunoki as Ibuki and Subaru Kimura as Free. Viz Media is releasing the m...
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Sword Art Online to Hold Virtual Reality Event

Anime's Rath console to be replicated at August 10, 12, 15 events ― The story of Sword Art Online has always focused on virtual reality, and now in this era of social distancing, the franchise will hold a series of events through virtual reality on August 10, 12, and 15. The events will be held on the VR social media service "Cluster" and can be accessed via VR headset, smartphone, or computer. Vario...
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Live-Action Promised Neverland Film Reveals 1st Teaser & Poster

Minami Hamabe, Jyo Kairi, Rihito Itagaki star in December 18 film ― TOHO began streaming the first teaser trailer for the live-action film of Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland manga on Thursday. The staff of the film revealed a new teaser poster: The film will open on December 18. 19-year-old actress Minami Hamabe (live-action anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day special's Menma, ...
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Gundam Offers Video Message of Hope to the World

When I find myself in times of trouble, RX-78-2 comes to me... ― The Gundam series released a special video on the GundamInfo YouTube channel on Wednesday, expressing a message of hope in humanity's ability to come together during difficult times. The video's audio is in Japanese, and there are subtitles in English, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese. The video features characters from various Gundam anim...
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Japan Sinks: 2020 ‒ Episode 5

We find out more about the Shan City "community" and how it has managed to grasp the hearts of vulnerable people during a time of crisis. There's also sex, drugs, house music, and murder.
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Tadashi Sudo: Does Japanese Animation Suffer From the Galápagos Syndrome?

Animation industry journalist and analyst Tadashi Sudo wrote an article published by ITMedia on Monday regarding the problems that potentially face the Japanese anime industry in the face of globalization. The central question behind the article was "Does Japanese animation suffer from the Galápagos Syndrome?" The Galápagos Syndrome is a term of Japanese origin which refers to products created in ...
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Wolf's Rain ‒ Episodes 23-24

Thankfully, my prediction about the fruits of Cher and Blue's pairing won out, because the stuff we get with these two is the best traditional storytelling that Wolf’s Rain has done in ages.
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Tiger & Bunny ‒ SERIES FINALE

If a handbook for comic book masterminds existed, rule #1 would be: “if you intend to kill the heroes anyway, never, ever toy around with them when they are at your mercy. Just kill them expediently!"
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Pokémon the Movie: Koko's 2nd Trailer Reveals Christmas Opening, Theme Song

Rescheduled from July 10 after COVID-19 delay ― The official website for Gekijōban Pocket Monster Koko, the 23rd anime film in the Pokémon franchise, began streaming the film's second full trailer and third teaser trailer on Wednesday. The trailers announce that the film will open on December 25 in Japan, and they also feature the main theme song "Fushigi na Fushigi na Ikimono" ("Wonderful, Marvelous...
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WAVE!! Surfing Yappe!! Anime Film Trilogy's Full Trailer Previews Voices, Theme Songs

Main cast sings opening as 'Surfing Boys' & Tomoaki Maeno, Jin Ogasawara sing ending ― The official website for Love&Art's surfing-themed project WAVE!! posted the first full trailer for October's WAVE!! Surfing Yappe!! anime film trilogy on Wednesday. For the first time, the trailer previews the character voices and the theme songs. It also shows the fateful encounter between the first film's main c...
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New Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai Anime Unveils More Cast, Visual

Kenichi Ogata. Ai Furihata join Toei Animation's October show ― The official website for the new anime of Riku Sanjo and Kōji Inada's Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibōken) manga unveiled more cast members and a new key visual on Wednesday. The newly announced cast members are: Kenichi Ogata as Brass Ai Furihata as Gome-chan In the story, after the defeat of the demon lord...
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Kyoto Int'l Manga Anime Fair Set to Return in September

― The official website for the Kyoto International Manga and Anime Fair confirmed on Wednesday that it is planning to return this year. It will take place at the Miyako Messe convention center and Kyoto International Manga Museum on September 19 and 20. As of Wednesday, 39 companies and organizations plan to take part in the event. As in previous years, the event will have an exhibition of manga and...
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Bandai Namco Collectibles Holds Gundam Online Expo in U.S.A.

12-day event starts on August 20 ― Bandai Namco Collectibles (also known as Bluefin) announced on Tuesday that it will hold the "first-ever" Gundam Online Expo event in the United States. The event will run from August 20 to August 31. The event will feature the Gunpla World Ver.MG exhibit and an augmented reality version of Japan's Gundam Base Tokyo venue. Exclusive merchandise will be available for...
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Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Actor Hiroki Iijima Tests Positive for COVID-19

Iijima's agency reported fever, mild symptoms ― The Oscar Promotion talent agency announced on Tuesday that Kamen Rider Ex-Aid actor Hiroki Iijima tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after PCR testing on Monday. Iijima had measured his body temperature on Sunday morning due to malaise, and he reported a fever with a temperature of 37.5 °C (99.5 °F). When his temperature did not...

Ikki Tousen, Elfen Lied's Studio Arms Declares Bankruptcy

Also known under formal name Common Sense; produced Mezzo, Queen's Blade, Samurai Girls ― Credit research company Tokyo Shoko Research (TSR) reported on Tuesday that Common Sense, the official company name for the anime studio Arms, has declared bankruptcy through the Tokyo District Court. The company had filed for special liquidation on July 22, after deciding on that course of action through a shar...
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Rurouni Kenshin Stage Musical Unveils Mario Kuroba in Costume as Shishio

"Kyoto Arc" musical runs November 3-December 15 ― The official website for the stage musical of the "Kyoto Arc" of Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga unveiled a new cast visual on Wednesday showing Mario Kuroba as antagonist Makoto Shishio. World-renowned photographer Leslie Kee shot the photo. The musical will run at the IHI Stage Around Tokyo from November 3 to December 15. Teppei Koike will ...
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