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Crest of the Stars Complete Series DVD

Light on action but heavy on drama, this sci fi classic is a must-see for diehard fans of the genre. Nick Creamer has the details. ― First airing back in 1999, and based on a trilogy of acclaimed novels from three years earlier, Crest of the Stars belongs to a different era of anime space operas, and stands apart even from many of its contemporaries. There are no epic robot battles or clashes between...
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Umineko When They Cry Episode 8: Twilight of the Golden Witch GN 19

This murder mystery heads into its final arc as the story's many indulgent threads threaten to become too much to handle. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― As an author, Ryukishi07 has one particularly bad habit: he's entirely too enamored with his own schtick. That's hardly a sin unique to him as a creator, but it does make Umineko: When They Cry a much less tightly-plotted series, and that's som...
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This Week in Games - (Re)Make it So

Cloud and Sephiroth are back - and so is Omega Labyrinth, and Super Mario Maker! Catch up on this week's news and next week's big releases. ― Usually I expect Nintendo to be the ones who immediately outdate my news column, as they're prone to dropping Directs at the worst possible times. But last week, it was actually Sony who made internet nerddom erupt in a flurry of excited squealing and hot takes...
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Sega Reveals Fist of the North Star: Legends Revive Smartphone Game

Manga artist Tetsuo Hara supervises project ― Sega revealed on Monday that it is developing the Hokuto no Ken LEGENDS ReVIVE smartphone game for the Fist of the North Star franchise. Sega plans to officially launch the role-playing game this year. The game is commemorating that last year was the 35th anniversary of the original manga. Original artist Tetsuo Hara is supervising the project. Hara state...
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Voice Actress Saki Ogasawara Takes Hiatus to Undergo Medical Treatment

My Hero Academia actress was diagnosed with stage 1 tongue cancer in early April ― Voice actress Saki Ogasawara announced on Twitter on Monday that she was diagnosed with stage 1 tongue cancer in early April. She stated that she will go on hiatus from her voice acting activities while she has surgery and undergoes treatment. Ogasawara added that because the cancer was luckily detected at an early sta...
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Cardfight!! Vanguard EX Game's Video Previews Argonavis Theme Song

Game ships for PS4, Switch on September 19 ― Furyu Corporation began streaming a promotional video for the Cardfight!! Vanguard EX PlayStation 4 and Switch game on Monday. The video reveals and previews the game's theme song "STARTING OVER" by BanG Dream! band Argonavis. The video also reveals the game's release date of September 19. The game will feature an original story with the new Vanguard chara...
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Nippon Ichi Software Sells Stocks at Lower Price to Raise Funds

NIS to use funds to pay employees ― Nippon Ichi Software announced on Friday that it will issue stock warrants through a third party allotment, issuing 3,750 warrants for an issue price of 837 yen each (for 3,138,750 yen in total) in order to aim to raise funds equivalent to 573,638,750 yen (about US$5.20 million). This type of MS ("moving strike") warrant is often used by companies to raise funds du...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, May 6-12

Natsuzora's latest episode earn 21.7% rating ― The latest episode of the Natsuzora live-action series about the early Japanese animation industry aired on NHK on Thursday, May 9 at 8:00 a.m. and earned a 21.7% rating. The latest episode of the live-action series adaptation of Tomohiro Yokomaku and Taishi Mori's Radiation House medical drama manga aired on Fuji TV on Monday, May 6 at 9:00 p.m. and ear...
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23rd Detective Conan Film Earns 8.3 Billion Yen

Film has sold 6.51 million tickets since April 12 debut ― The official website for Meitantei Conan: Konjō no Fist (Detective Conan: Fist of Blue Sapphire), the 23rd Detective Conan anime film, revealed on Monday that the film has sold 6.51 million tickets and earned a total of 8.3 billion yen (about US$75.35 million). To celebrate the milestone, the film will have "cheering" screenings in 20 theaters...
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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Ranks #3 in the U.S. in 2nd Weekend

Film earned US$24.8 million in 2nd weekend, for US$287.4 million worldwide total ― Rob Letterman's live-action Pokemon: Detective Pikachu film earned US$24.8 million to rank #3 in its second weekend in the United States box office. The film has earned an estimated cumulative total of US$94,001,846 in the United States. The film earned an estimated US$53.8 million internationally over the same weekend...

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Atsuko Nanba's Come on a My House Manga Goes on Hiatus

Nanba goes on maternity leave ― The June issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on May 13 that Atsuko Nanba's Come on a My House (Kamona My House) manga will go on hiatus due to Nanba going on maternity leave. The magazine and its official website will announce the manga's return date when it is decided. The manga centers on Hinata, a high school student who often goes to an empty hous...
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Viz, Shueisha Add Double Taisei Shogi Manga in English

Kentaro Fukuda launched manga in Weekly Shonen Jump on Monday ― Viz Media's Shonen Jump website and Shueisha's Manga Plus site both added Kentaro Fukuda's new Double Taisei (Futari no Taisei) manga in English on Monday. The manga launched in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on the same day. Shueisha describes the manga: Genius shogi player Taisei Amado has a secret...Kentaro Fukuda, the creator...
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Naruto: Song of the Akatsuki Musical Reveals More Cast in Costume

Musical runs in Osaka, Tokyo from October through December ― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed images of five more characters in costume on Monday for the new run of the Live Spectacle Naruto: Akatsuki no Shirabe (Live Spectacle Naruto: The Akatsuki Investigation) stage musical. Yui Itō as Sakura Yūki Kimisawa as Kakashi Rei Fujita as Yamato Fūma Sadamoto as Sa...
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Dr. Stone Anime Reveals Designs for 4 More Characters

― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed four more character designs on Monday for the television anime adaptation of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga. The magazine previously revealed the cast for the characters in March. Gen Sato as Chrome Manami Numakura as Kohaku Tomoaki Maeno as Kinro Ayumu Murase as Ginro Shinya Iino (storyboards, episode direct...
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Black Clover Anime Reveals Visual for New Arc Featuring Humans vs Elves

― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed a fourth main visual on Monday for the Black Clover anime. The visual is for the upcoming new arc in the anime, which will feature a great battle of humans vs. elves. The anime premiered in Japan in October 2017. The show was originally listed with 51 episodes, but it continued into a new season with episode 52 last October....
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Latest Studio Ghibli Exhibit Shines Light on Toshio Suzuki's Impact as Producer

'Hayao Miyazaki drew pictures, while Toshio Suzuki wrote words.' ― The Edo Culture Complex's (Edocco) exhibit highlighting the work of Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki ran from April 20 to May 12. This exhibit is the same as the previous "Studio Ghibli Toshio Suzuki Magical Exhibition of Words" that was held in Hiroshima in 2017 and in Ishikawa and Aichi last year. It is well worth going to if yo...
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Attack on Titan Gears Up For Series Conclusion With DiverCity Tokyo Invasion

Attack on Titan started a collaboration with DiverCity Tokyo on April 19. The series has had many different collaborations with various IPs and public places over the years, but it appears as if things are finally wrapping up to a conclusion because this event opened to commemorate the opening of the "Attack on Titan Exhibit Final." From April 19 to June 30, DiverCity will be decked out with over ...
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Rakuma Poll: Over 80% of High School Girls Identify as an 'Otaku' of Something

The majority have a positive impression of 'otaku,' but only 13.9% identify as an anime or voice actor otaku. ― Rakuten's flea market app Rakuma conducted a poll with 1,230 of its female users aged between 15 to 18. The survey was conducted over the internet on April 17 and 18. The results found that over 83.5% of respondents self-identified as an "otaku." Moreover, the vast majority have a positive ...
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Sarazanmai ‒ Episode 5

"If finally losing everything is what it takes to force Kazuki to start making real connections with others, maybe this fate isn't as cruel as it seems on the surface."
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Directors Discuss Film's Japanese Anime Influences

Team cites Hayao Miyazaki films, Sailor Moon, Akira. ― In anticipation of the 2018 CG animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse's Japanese home video release on August 7, the film's directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman held an interview in Japan about the film's anime inspirations. Perischetti explained that Hayao Miyazaki's films were a big inspiration, and that they col...
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Crest of the Stars Complete Series DVD

Light on action but heavy on drama, this sci fi classic is a must-see for diehard fans of the genre. Nick Creamer has the details. ― First airing back in 1999, and based on a trilogy of acclaimed novels from three years earlier, Crest of the Stars belongs to a different era of anime space operas, and stands apart even from many of its contemporaries. There are no epic robot battles or clashes between...
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I'm From Japan Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on May 27

― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Seiji Hayashi's I'm From Japan (Jimoto ga Japan) manga will have an "important announcement" in the magazine's next issue on May 27. The manga's television anime adaptation premiered within the Oha-Suta program on April 8. New episodes air on Mondays within the program's new "Kyara Suta" segment. Viz Media pub...

'How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?' Anime Unveils More Cast, Song Info, July 3 Debut

Kaito Ishikawa cast as trainer in "body-building comedy" ― The official website for the television anime of Yabako Sandrovich and MAAM's How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? (Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? or How much heavy dumbbells can you lift?) manga announced on Monday another cast member, information about the theme songs, and the July 3 premiere. The website also posted a new key visual: Kaito Ish...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Casts Maaya Sakamoto, Daiki Yamashita (Updated)

Sakamoto to voice Tamayo, Yamashita to voice Yushirō ― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed two more cast members on Monday for the television anime of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga. Maaya Sakamoto as Tamayo, a woman who conceals herself from the world and has many mysteries Daiki Yamashita as Yushirō, a young man who accompanies Tamayo T...

Saudi Arabia's Manga Productions, Toei Animation Reveal Title, More Staff, Visual for Upcoming Collaboration Film (Updated With Video)

Tetsuro Iwamoto designs characters, Kaoru Wada composes music for The Journey film. ― Toei Animation and Saudi Arabian media company Manga Productions revealed at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday the title, visual, and more staff for one of its upcoming collaboration projects. The film collaboration is titled The Journey. Manga Productions also began streaming a trailer for the film later on Sunday...
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'Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?' Anime's 2nd Character Video Previews Wise

Sayumi Suzushiro voices character in series premiering in July ― The official website for the television anime of writer Dachima Inaka and illustrator Pochi Iida's Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? (Tsūjō Kōgeki ga Zentai Kōgeki de Ni-kai Kōgeki no Okā-san wa Suki desuka?) light novel series began streaming a character video on Sunday for Wise. The site previously streamed a ...
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Pie International to Release Artbooks for Illustrators Katsuya Terada, Baron Yoshimoto

Katsuya Terada to also attend San Diego Comic Con ― Pie International announced on May 14 that it will release two artbooks in October from illustrators Katsuya Terada and Baron Yoshimoto. The artbooks will be available in both the United States and Europe, and will retail for US$49.95 each. The Art of Baron Yoshimoto will be a bilingual (Japanese and English) hardbound artbook featuring 184 pages. T...

HIDIVE Confirms English Dub for Domestic Girlfriend Anime

Anime premiered in January ― Streaming service HIDIVE confirmed at its Anime Central panel on Saturday that it will produce an English dub for the Domestic Girlfriend television anime. The anime premiered in Japan on January 11. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime for streaming and home video release, and HIDIVE streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. Crunchyroll also began streaming the anime after...

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Spira Spica Perform Opening Theme for 'Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?' Anime

Series starring Ai Kayano, Haruki Ishiya premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime of writer Dachima Inaka and illustrator Pochi Iida's Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? (Tsūjō Kōgeki ga Zentai Kōgeki de Ni-kai Kōgeki no Okā-san wa Suki desuka?) light novel series revealed on Saturday that Spira Spica will perform the show's opening theme song. The thr...
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Viz Media Reveals More English Dub Cast Members for Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Anime

Corina Boettger, Faye Mata, more added to cast; 1st home video release ships on June 18 ― Viz Media revealed more English dub cast members on Saturday at its Sailor Moon panel at Anime Central for its home video release of the Sailor Moon Sailor Stars anime. Corina Boettger as Sailor Tin Nyanko Faye Mata as Sailor Aluminum Siren Katie Leigh as Sailor Iron Mouse Andi Rich as Sailor Lead Crow Viz Media...

Sentai Filmworks to Dub Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories, Golden Time Anime

Both dubs to premiere this year ― Sentai Filmworks announced at its panel at the Anime Central event on Saturday that is producing English dubs for the Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories anime and Golden Time anime, with both slated for release this year. The Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories anime's first season premiered in 2013, and the sixth and most recent season premiered last July. Crunchyrol...
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Sarazanmai ‒ Episode 4

"It's circles within circles as Kazuki comes face to face with Haruka's dark alternate future in Toi, for an episode that combines the straightforwardness of Enta's story with the melodrama of Kazuki's."
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Sentai Filmworks to Screen 'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion' Film in U.S. on July 23

Film opened in Japan on February 15 ― Sentai Filmworks announced at its panel at the Anime Central event on Saturday that its screening of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion film will be held on July 23. The Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion anime film opened in Japan on February 15. Sentai Filmworks describes the film: Far fr...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Uta no Prince Sama Film for Anime Expo Premiere

Takuma Terashima, Mamoru Miyano to attend Anime Expo for premiere ― Sentai Filmworks announced at its panel at the Anime Central event on Saturday that it has licensed the Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love Kingdom anime film, and that the film will have a premiere screening on July 5 at this year's Anime Expo event. Voice actors Takuma Terashima (Otoya Ittoki) and Mamoru Miyano (Tokiya Ichinose) will be i...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 7

"This is a great setup for the next stage of the story's conflict, and when you couple it with Muzan's slick and devious character design, you've got a recipe for an excellent villain."
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Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episode 31

"Little as I enjoy Atsushi's Sad Orphan Flashbacks, I think that the second half of this episode would have benefited from a deeper exploration of them."

Eleven Arts to Screen Satoshi Kon's Millennium Actress Anime Film in U.S. in August with New English Dub

Film to also have English-subtitled screening ― Eleven Arts announced at its panel at Anime Central on Saturday that it will screen Satoshi Kon's Millennium Actress anime film in theaters in the United States. Eleven Arts will screen a digital remaster of the film in partnership with Fathom Events on August 13 (English subtitles) and on August 19. The screening on August 19 will feature an all-new En...
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Eleven Arts Reveals Home Video Release for Penguin Highway Anime Film on August 6

Film based on Tomihiko Morimi's novel screened in U.S., Canada in April ― Eleven Arts announced at its panel at Anime Central on Saturday that it will release Hiroyasu Ishida and Studio Colorido's Penguin Highway anime film on home video. Eleven Arts will release Penguin Highway in a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack, on DVD, and via digital download on August 6. Bonus features will include interviews ...
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Eleven Arts Confirms U.S. Screenings of Sound! Euphonium The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day Anime Film in July

Film to have both subtitled, dubbed theatrical screenings ― Eleven Arts confirmed at its panel at Anime Central on Saturday that it will screen the Sound! Euphonium The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day (Gekijōban Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale) anime film in the United States. Eleven Arts will screen Sound! Euphonium The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day in partnership with Fathom Events ...
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The Helpful Fox Senko-san ‒ Episode 6

"The show's not bad by any stretch, but it's disappointing to look at Senko-san and imagine a version that manages to be both fluffier in its aesthetic and meatier in its writing."
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Nozomi Ent. to Release Gravitation TV Series, OVA on BD on September 3

Company issues statement regarding show's upscaling process ― Nozomi Entertainment announced at its and Right Stuf's panel at Anime Central on Saturday that it will release the Gravitation Complete Blu-ray Collection on September 3. The company provided ANN with a statement regarding the show's release. We're really excited to be bringing this upscale to the fans because there is no HD source for thi...
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Ghostly Sadako Appears on the Pitcher's Mound...Again

The Ring's Sadako is once again haunting the baseball fields of Japan. The ghostly figure appeared on the pitcher's mound at Sapporo Dome on May 12. She wasn't actually there to scare the crowd; Sadako pitched the first ball for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters vs Saitama Seibu Lions game. The cursed pitch was captured on video but watch at your own risk. This marks Sadako's second foray as a base...
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Detective Conan Manga Artist, Voice Actors Visit Official Collab Cafe

The currently running Detective Conan café in Shibuya got some high-profile visitors on Tuesday when the manga creator Gosho Aoyama and the voice cast, including Kappei Yamaguchi (who plays Shinichi Kudo and Kaito Kid), Toru Furuya (Rei Furuya), and Nobuyuki Hiyama (Makoto Kyōgoku), swung by to enjoy the cuisine. They left their signatures on a poster, which the café's official Twitter account pos...
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Rilakkuma and Kaoru Animator Makes Stop-Motion Animations with Anime Figurines

Watch Ryu from Street Fighter beat up a tin can, and Megumi from KONOSUBA cast her explosion. ― Stop-motion animator Kenta Shinohara, who recently worked on the animated series Rilakkuma and Kaoru, has been posting some of his own stop-motion animations on Twitter lately. A number of them revolve around figurines of anime and video game characters performing amusing actions. On March 25, Shinohara po...
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Anime Tourism Researcher Takeshi Okamoto Warns Against Over-Commercializing the Phenomenon

In recent years, anime-related tourism has been on the rise, as dedicated fans flock to the real-life locations that inspired the backgrounds in their favorite anime. Many local governments have recognized the potential positive economic effects this could have on their area and have been supporting anime-related tourism, but researcher Takeshi Okamoto warns against over-commercializing the phenom...
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The List - Put These 8 Moments in the FFVII Remake, You Cowards

Cloud and his pals are coming back for another round - but will Final Fantasy VII ever be the same if they don't include these scenes? ― Let me revel in my age here for a minute and bestow you all with a bit of context re: Final Fantasy VII. This PlayStation classic and myself go way back. I specifically recall wanting to rent from Hollywood Video and my dad telling me "no" because it was three disc...
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Umineko When They Cry Episode 8: Twilight of the Golden Witch GN 19

This murder mystery heads into its final arc as the story's many indulgent threads threaten to become too much to handle. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― As an author, Ryukishi07 has one particularly bad habit: he's entirely too enamored with his own schtick. That's hardly a sin unique to him as a creator, but it does make Umineko: When They Cry a much less tightly-plotted series, and that's som...
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Fullmetal Alchemist Helmer Seiji Mizushima, Loveless Creator Yun Kouga Reunite for Tenkasoul Project

Gundam 00 creators' "sengoku rock action" project casts Hiroshi Kamiya, Mamoru Miyano, Shouta Aoi ― The "Sacra Music Fes. 2019 -New Generation-" event announced on Saturday that Fullmetal Alchemist anime director Seiji Mizushima is serving as chief director on a new "sengoku rock action" project called Tenkasoul. Yun Kouga, the creator of the Loveless manga and Mizushima's character design collaborat...
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Granbelm Anime Reveals Eir Aoi Song in New Promo, More Cast

Manaka Iwami cast in July modern magical fantasy anime ― The official website for the Granbelm original anime series began streaming an opening promotional video on Saturday, and it also announced the opening theme song artist and an additional cast member. Eir Aoi is singing the opening theme song "Tsuki o Ou Mayonaka" (Following the Moon in the Middle of the Night) that the video previews: Manaka I...
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Fairy gone TV Anime's 2nd Half to Premiere in October

Cast to host advance screening of episodes #13-#15 in Tokyo on September 29 ― The official Twitter account and website for P.A. Works' original television anime Fairy gone announced on Saturday that the anime will premiere the second of the anime's two cours (quarters of the year) in October. The cast will appear at a premium screening event for the first three episodes (#13-#15) of the anime's secon...
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Gorgeous Carat's You Higuri Ends Frankenstein no Matsuei Manga

Manga about daughter of Dr. Frankenstein launched in August 2016 ― The June issue of Akita Shoten's Princess Gold magazine published the final chapter on Thursday of You Higuri's Frankenstein no Matsui (A Descendant of Frankenstein) manga. Higuri launched the manga in Princess Gold in August 2016. Akita Shoten published the manga's second compiled volume on August 17. The manga centers on Rena, the d...
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Kochikame's Osamu Akimoto Ends Ii Yu da ne! Manga on June 19

Manga about bathhouse launched in March 2017 ― The June issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Friday that Osamu Akimoto will end his Ii Yu da ne! (What a Nice Bath!) manga in the magazine's July issue on June 19. Akimoto launched the manga in Ultra Jump in March 2017 as one of four new manga he launched after ending Kochikame. The manga's first volume shipped in April 2018. The manga is...
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Anime Expo to Host Tiger & Bunny, Dororo Composer Yoshihiro Ike

Also: MangaGamer to host illustrator, character designer Q-Gaku at July event ― The official website for the Anime Expo convention announced on Friday that it will host composer and musician Yoshihiro Ike. Ike will host a concert with a 50-piece orchestra on July 7 that will play music from B: The Beginning, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, Tiger & Bunny, Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary, Dororo, and Shadow...
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Aniplex USA to Release Sword Art Online II BD Box Set in September

― Aniplex of America announced at its panel at Anime Central on Friday that it will release a complete Blu-ray Disc box set for the Sword Art Online II television anime series. The set will feature Japanese and English audio tracks and English and Spanish subtitles. Bonus content includes audio commentary, textless openings and endings, the "Sword Art Offline 2" anime short, web previews, a mini pin...
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Rock Band 'Survive Said The Prophet' to Perform Opening Theme for Vinland Saga Anime

24-episode series premieres on July 7 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga manga revealed on Friday that five-member rock band Survive Said The Prophet will perform the show's opening theme song "MUKANJYO." The band previously performed an opening and ending theme song for Banana Fish. The staff provided a comment in English from the band's vocalis...

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Frame Arms Girl Anime Film's Trailer Streamed

Compilation film opening on June 29 also adds new footage ― The official website for the Frame Arms Girl: Kyakkyau Fufu na Wonderland anime film began streaming the film's trailer on Saturday. The film will be a compilation film with new added footage, and will open in Japan on June 29. Kotobukiya had originally revealed in March 2018 at the AnimeJapan 2018 event that a sequel project for the anime w...
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Promare Anime Film's Long Promo Video Streamed

Original anime film by Trigger, XFlag opens in Japan on May 24 ― Toho Animation began streaming a long promotional video on Saturday for Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare. The video previews Superfly's song "Kakusei." The film will open in Japan on May 24. Theatergoers will receive character cards with serial codes to grant access to advance streaming of a prequel anime. The all-...
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YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world. ‒ Episode 7

"This was less like watching an episode of a show and more like reading a forum post on it with all the spoiler tags turned on."
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Sekai Project Licenses Winter Polaris, Sanarara R, How to Raise a Wolf Girl Games

Games slated for release on Steam in 2019 ― Sekai Project announced at its panel at Anime Central on Friday that it has licensed the Winter Polaris, Sanarara R, and How to Raise a Wolf Girl games. The company will release the games for PC via Steam. Sekai Project will release Stage-nana's Winter Polaris game, the developer's 41st project, this summer. The company describes the game: In one story, a m...
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Wise Man's Grandchild ‒ Episode 6

"This story has never been entirely certain what tone it wants to strike, and the biggest problems come back to Sizilien again this week."
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Crunchyroll Adds Are You Lost?, Magical Sempai, To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Anime

Also: Hakata Mentai! Pirikarako-chan, In/Spectre ― Crunchyroll announced at its panel at Anime Central on Friday that it will stream the Are You Lost?, Magical Sempai, Hakata Mentai! Pirikarako-chan, To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts, and In/Spectre anime. In/Spectre will debut in winter 2020, and the other anime will debut this summer. The anime adaptation of Kentarō Okamoto and Riri Sagara's Are You L...
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Staff Announce Nanoha 15th Anniversary Event

Organizers announced an event to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha anime franchise. The "Lyrical Live" event is set for January 18, 2020 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya. Series voice actresses Yukari Tamura, Nana Mizuki, Kana Ueda, and more are scheduled to attend. The first Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha television anime premiered in October 2004 and has s...
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The Rising of The Shield Hero ‒ Episode 19

"It's pretty sad when you can tell a mere third of the way through the episode that nothing much will be accomplished by the end."
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Tokyo Rose Garden Plans The Rose of Versailles Event

The Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho business complex is celebrating "Kioi Rose Week" with the classic manga The Rose of Versailles this month. The Akasaka Prince Classic House banquet hall will be decorated with 90 different varieties of rose blooms intermingled with art and objects from The Rose of Versailles. Visitors can see famous scenes from the manga and try on costume pieces like Marie Antoine...

Aniplex of America Reveals Cells at Work! Anime's English Dub Cast, BD Release (Update)

Cast includes Cherami Leigh, Billy Kametz, Robbie Daymond, Laura Post ― Aniplex of America announced at its panel at Anime Central on Friday that it will release the Cells at Work! anime in a Blu-ray Disc box set with an English dub on August 27. The release is available for pre-order now through The Right Stuf International. The release will include an English dub for the opening theme song "Mission...
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AKB48, HKT48 CDs Mysteriously Left Around Fukuoka City

Police in the Sawara district of Fukuoka city are dumbfounded at the culprit or motive behind the recent mysteriously placed CDs in the area. A total of 14 AKB48 and HKT48 CDs were brought into the station as "found" items by locals. It doesn't seem to simply be a case of lost goods; residents have found the items on the street and in mailboxes for apartment complexes and homes between May 11-15. ...
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Biore Anime Ad Focuses on High School Friendships

An animated commercial for Kao Biore Sarasara Powder Sheets focuses less on a personal hygiene routine, instead opting to tug at viewers' heartstrings. The ad stars three high school friends, one a flutist named Mina and the other a burgeoning photographer named Akane. Mina finds herself getting wistful as the school year is drawing to a close but through the encouragement of her friends (and some...

Viz Media to Release Inuyasha Anime on Blu-ray Disc This Fall

Release is 1st BD release for anime in N. America ― Viz Media announced during its panel at Anime Central on Friday that it will release the Inuyasha anime on Blu-ray Disc this fall. The release will be the first time the anime is released on Blu-ray Disc in North America. The 167-episode anime series based on Rumiko Takahashi's manga of the same name ran from 2000-2004. A 26-episode sequel anime tit...
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Actress, Singer Rina Kawaei Announces Marriage, Pregnancy

Partner is fellow actor Tomoki Hirose ― Actress, singer, and former AKB48 A-Team member Rina Kawaei announced both her marriage and pregnancy on Friday. The 24-year-old Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us voice actress married fellow actor Tomoki Hirose and they are expecting their first child. The pair married after about six months of dating and are expected to submit their marriage registration soo...
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Batman and the Justice League Manga Ends in 4th Volume in July (Updated)

Shiori Teshirogi launched series in 2017, ended serialization on Friday ― Manga creator Shiori Teshirogi revealed on her blog in February that the fourth compiled book volume of her Batman and the Justice League manga will be its last. Amazon is listing the volume as shipping in Japan on July 19. DC Comics is releasing the manga in English, and the second volume shipped on April 24. The company descr...
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This Week in Anime - Baki the Grappler Gets Distressingly Sexy

This new anime adaptation of the classic fighting manga has returned to Netflix after a few months of hiatus, but this time our hero is more of a lover than a fighter. Micchy and Andy gawk at Baki's truly bizarre experiments in lovemaking. ― This new anime adaptation of classic fighting manga Baki has returned to Netflix after a few months of hiatus, but this time our hero is more of a lover than a ...
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Black Clover ‒ Episodes 82-83

"This tournament had to get bent completely out of shape in order for its best drama to happen, and what's left are a number of peripheral matches that are difficult to care about."
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Promare Anime Film Gets 10-Minute Prequel 'Galo-hen'

1st theatergoers get cards for advance streaming of anime short ― The official website for Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare announced on Friday that theatergoers will receive character cards with serial codes to grant access to advance streaming of a prequel anime. The all-new 10-minute "Galo-hen" anime will be set one day before the events of the film. The cards are the first t...
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The Magnificent KOTOBUKI Anime Gets Sequel Novel in June

Manga's Tsubasa Sugie returns to illustrate story set 6 months after anime's ending ― The official Twitter account for Shueisha's Jump J-Books imprint revealed on Friday that director Tsutomu Mizushima and scriptwriter Michiko Yokote's original television anime project Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai (The Magnificent KOTOBUKI) is inspiring a novel. The 240-page Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai Kōya Senichiya novel ...
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Square Enix Launches English Manga Imprint in Fall 2019

Launch titles include FINAL FANTASY XV: The Dawn of the Future novel; Hi Score Girl, A Man and His Cat, Soul Eater manga ― Penguin Random House Publisher Services announced on Friday that it has reached a multi-year sales and distribution agreement with Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.'s American subsidiary Square Enix, Inc. to launch a line of English-language manga, novels, and art books. The line is...
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Jinrui no Minasama e Survival Adventure Game's System Video Streamed

PS4, Switch game launches in Japan on June 27 ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming a system introduction video on Friday for it and Acquire's Jinrui no Minasama e (To All of Mankind) survival adventure game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The video highlights the game's setting of an abandoned and ruined Akihabara. In the game players will search for items and information in the area, find a...
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Bakutsuri Bar Hunter Franchise Gets All-New Switch Game This Winter

Also: Sabakan Suzuki's Bakutsuri Bar Hunter manga ends, new manga planned ― The June issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Wednesday that the Bakutsuri Bar Hunter franchise is getting a Nintendo Switch game. The game will feature the Joycon controllers as the fishing reel. The completely new game will launch on the Switch this winter. The magazine also published the final chapte...
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The Irregular at Magic High School: Raihōsha-hen Manga Ends Serialization

Majiko's manga adaptation of volumes 9-11 of Tsutomu Satou's novels launched in 2015 ― The official website for Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine revealed on Friday that the magazine's July issue will publish the final chapter of Majiko's Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Raihōsha-hen (The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc) manga on June 18. The manga's fifth compiled book volume previously revealed ...
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Disaster Report 4 Plus -Summer Memories- Game Gets Switch Release in September

PS4 version gets "sequel" DLC in late May ― Granzella announced on Thursday that it will release its Disaster Report 4 Plus -Summer Memories- (Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4 Plus -Summer Memories-) game for the Nintendo Switch in September. The company released the game for the PlayStation 4 on November 22 after a delay. The PS4 version is compatible with PlayStation VR. The PS4 version of the game will get...
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Spike Chunsoft Releases AI: The Somnium Files Game in Europe on September 20, Crystar Game in Europe on August 30

― Spike Chunsoft announced on Friday that it will release Furyu Corporation's Crystar game in Europe physically and digitally for the PlayStation 4 on August 30. The company will release the game in North America for PS4 and PC via Steam on August 27. In the game's story, Rei and her younger sister Mirai find themselves in the afterlife world "Hengoku." While they are both confused and trying to fin...
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Libra of Nil Admirari Manga Ends in June

Manga adapts Otomate's romance game ― The official website for Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine revealed on Friday that the magazine's July issue on June 18 will publish the final chapter of Shō Yuzuki's Nil Admirari no Tenbin manga. Yuzuki launched the manga in the magazine in January 2018. The manga's second volume shipped on January 26. The manga is based on Idea Factory and Otomate's Nil Admirari...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate Game Now Listed With General 2019 Release

― The official website for 5pb.'s Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game is currently listing the game with a general 2019 release date. The game was originally slated for release in March 2018. 5pb. has delayed the game multiple times to summer 2018, then a general 2019 release, then again to a spring 2019 release before this most ...
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'If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord' Anime Reveals July 4 Premiere, Ending Theme Artist

Nobuhiko Okamoto performs ending theme as character Dale ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of CHIROLU's If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord (Uchi no Ko no Tame Naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maō mo Taoseru Kamoshirenai.) light novel series revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on July 4 at 11:30 p.m. on Tokyo MX and BS11. The show will also air on ...
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Human Lost Anime Film's Clip Reveals Jun Fukuyama in Cast

3D CG anime film opens worldwide this year ― The official website for the Human Lost 3D CG anime film began streaming a new clip from the film on Friday. The clip reveals the cast member Jun Fukuyama as Takeichi, the leader of a reckless group living in the poverty-stricken area of "Ichi Roku" (One Six). He is also the sole friend of protagonist Yozo Oba. The "new sci-fi, cyberpunk film project" is a...
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Cop Craft Anime Reveals More Cast, Theme Song Artists, July 8 Premiere

Masayoshi Ōishi performs opening, Mayu Yoshioka performs ending ― The official website for Cop Craft, the television anime of Shoji Gatoh's Cop Craft Dragnet Mirage Reloaded light novel series, revealed the theme song artists, three more cast members, and July 8 premiere on Friday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 8 at 24:00 (effectively July 9 at 12:00 a.m.), before premiering on...
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Vancouver's Anirevo Event to Host Singer Asaka

Event takes place on August 9-11 ― The Anirevo convention in Vancouver announced on Thursday that it will host singer Asaka as a guest. Asaka's debut single "Open Your Eyes" was the ending theme song for the Occultic;Nine anime. She has since performed theme songs for such anime as A Centaur's Life, Laid-Back Camp, and ISLAND. She most recently performed the opening theme song for the YU-NO: A girl w...
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Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files Anime Reveals Visual, July 6 Premiere

Show's "Episode 0" available now on Crunchyroll ― The official website for Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note, the anime adaptation of Makoto Sanda's Lord El-Melloi II-sei no Jikenbo (The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II) mystery novel spinoff series for Type-Moon's Fate franchise, revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on July 6. The series will air on Tokyo MX, BS11, ...
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Touhou Kikeijū: Wily Beast and Weakest Creature Game Launches on Steam on September 10

― Steam is listing that Mediascape will release Team Shanghai Alice's Touhou Kikeijū: Wily Beast and Weakest Creature, the 17th main game in the Touhou Project game series, on September 10. The release will have text in Japanese only. ZUN (founder and sole member of the Team Shanghai Alice dōjin game developer circle) stated in April he plans to complete the game by this summer. ZUN released a demo ...
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nonoc, Riko Azuna Perform Astra Lost in Space Anime's Theme Songs

nonoc performs opening song "star*frost," Riko Azuna performs ending song "Glow at the Velocity of Light" ― The official website for the television anime of Kenta Shinohara's Astra Lost in Space (Kanata no Astra) manga revealed the anime's theme song artists on Friday. nonoc will perform the anime's opening theme song "star*frost," while Riko Azuna will perform the ending song "Glow at the Velocity o...
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XSEED Releases Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls Game on PC on May 29

Game debuted on PS3 in Japan in 2009, in the West in 2011 ― XSEED Games announced on Thursday that it will release Acquire's Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls game on the PC via Steam and the Humble Store on May 29. XSEED Games is streaming a trailer for the game. The game shipped in Japan for the PlayStation 3 in 2009, and shipped in the West in 2011. The game also launched for iOS in 2011, and for ...
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Archimedes no Taisen Live-Action Film Unveils New Trailer, Visual

Film opens on July 26 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Norifusa Mita's Archimedes no Taisen (The Great War of Archimedes) manga began streaming a new trailer for the film on Friday. The site also unveiled a new visual for the film. The film will open in Japan on July 26. Masaki Suda (right in picture below) is playing the main character Tadashi Kai. Takashi Yamazaki (Stan...

Crunchyroll Adds Kimagure Orange Road, Photon, Psybuster Anime

The Adventures of the Little Prince also added ― Crunchyroll has announced that it has added the following anime to its catalog: Kimagure Orange Road (TV series and OVA) Photon the Idiot Adventures Psybuster The Adventures of the Little Prince Psybuster, The Adventures of the Little Prince, and Kimagure Orange Road are available in the United States and Canada. Photon the Idiot Adventures is availabl...
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Bushiroad Reveals CharaExpo USA 2019 in California in December

BanG Dream's Roselia, RAISE A SUILEN bands to appear at December 7-8 event ― Bushiroad announced on Thursday that its CharaExpo USA 2019 event this year will take place on December 7 and 8 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The announced guests include the Roselia (Aina Aiba, Haruka Kudou, Yuki Nakashima, Megu Sakuragawa), and RAISE A SUILEN (Raychell, Riko Kohara, Natsume, Reo ...

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Love Live! Sunshine's Aqours, Steins;Gate's Kanako Ito to Perform at Anime Expo

Funimation holds "Steins;Gate Crash" event with Ito at convention ― The official website for the Anime Expo convention announced on Thursday that Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Aqours group will perform at The Novo venue in downtown Los Angeles on July 5 and 6. The group will perform without Arisa Komiya due to the performer suffering from a hives outbreak. The group previously performed in last year's Anim...
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Sony, Microsoft Agree to Co-Develop Streaming for Games, Content

Collaboration also explores integration of Microsoft Azure AI with Sony image sensors ― Sony and Microsoft announced on Thursday that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop solutions to support their game and content streaming services using Microsoft Azure. The joint development aims to deliver "enhanced entertainment experiences" to customers, as well as develop new platf...
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Tōken Ranbu Fans Raise US$726,500 for Sword Restoration Crowdfund

The fans of DMM's Tōken Ranbu game and anime franchise closed out the Campfire crowdfund campaign to restore the Ishikirimaru sword after raising a whopping 79,797,388 yen (US$726,590), nearly eight times the initial goal. The surplus money will go towards repairing, maintaining, and managing swords in the Ishigirisaki Shrine. Restoration of Ishikirimaru will take place from April 15 to May 15, 20...
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One Punch Man Season 2 ‒ Episode 6

"Once again, One Punch Man spends an entire episode winding up a whirling dervish without actually following through with an impact."
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Shonen Champion Launches 3 Crowdfunds for Baki, Yowamushi Pedal, The Vampire Dies in No Time

All three campaigns will realize manga creator's "dream projects" for fan appreciation event ― Publisher Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a "Dream Project" crowdfund campaign. The project isn't aiming to fund just one project, but a trio based on the Yowamushi Pedal, Baki-dou, and Kyūketsuki Sugu Shinu (The Vampire Dies in No Time) manga series. ...
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Tatami Galaxy's Yusuke Nakamura Draws Stranger Things Promo Art

The Japanese Twitter account for the Netflix streaming service shared promotional artwork for its Stranger Things horror series on Tuesday. The art, one of many collaboration pieces planned with international artists, was drawn by illustrator Yūsuke Nakamura of The Tatami Galaxy and Night is Short, Walk On Girl fame. Nakamura's image is based on the events from the series' second season and includ...
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Isekai Quartet ‒ Episode 6

"Though it doesn't have much for big laugh-out-loud moments, this episode does provide an excuse for the various characters to thoroughly mix and interact."
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Shin Hayarigami 1・2 Pack Game's Promo Video Streamed

Switch collection launches in Japan on July 18 ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming a promotional video for its Shin Hayarigami 1・2 Pack game for Nintendo Switch on Thursday. The video previews the scenario and game systems. The game will launch in Japan on July 18. The collection includes Shin Hayarigami and Shin Hayarigami 2. The Shin Hayarigami game shipped for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita...
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This Week in Games - (Re)Make it So

Cloud and Sephiroth are back - and so is Omega Labyrinth, and Super Mario Maker! Catch up on this week's news and next week's big releases. ― Usually I expect Nintendo to be the ones who immediately outdate my news column, as they're prone to dropping Directs at the worst possible times. But last week, it was actually Sony who made internet nerddom erupt in a flurry of excited squealing and hot takes...
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Controversial Mascot Chiitan's Expulsion from Twitter Continues

The wacky character mascot Chiitan is finding it even more difficult to share its antics on Twitter. Following the suspension of its Japanese, Korean, Brazilian, Arabic, and Turkish accounts this week, the promotional team found that the "0-year-old fairy baby" otter's English Twitter account @ogecebel and the account for Chiitan's turtle hat @macegem are now suspended as well. Both accounts were ...

Hajime Kanzaka Launches 3rd Part of Slayers Novel Series

Series' 1st volume in 18 years shipped in October ― A Fantasia Bunko livestream presentation revealed that Slayers novels writer Hajime Kanzaka launched a third part in the series in the July issue of Fujimi Shobo's Dragon Magazine on Friday. The first part of the novel series includes the first eight compiled book volumes, and the second part includes the ninth to 15th volumes. The 16th and most rec...
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This Week in Anime - Is Wise Man's Grandchild Worth Watching?

This anime combines the Isekai and Magic High School genres for a twist on both premises, but is that enough to make its milquetoast protagonist stand out? Nick and Steve weigh the pros and cons of this unassuming light novel adaptation. ― Wise Man's Grandchild combines the Isekai and Magic High School genres for a twist on both premises, but is that enough to make its milquetoast protagonist stand ...
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Female Vocalist of New Linked Horizon Song is Mikasa's Voice Actor Yui Ishikawa

Linked Horizon released short version of promo movie for 'Winter of 13' song on Monday ― The female vocalist of the new Linked Horizon song "13 no Fuyu" (Winter of 13) is Attack on Titan character Mikasa's voice actor Yui Ishikawa. The song is included with Linked Horizon's fourth single Shinjitsu e no Shingeki (Advance to the Truth), which will go on sale on June 19. On April 1, a part of the song w...
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'Is the order a rabbit?? Sing For You' OVA Ships on September 26

― The official website for the Is the order a rabbit?? Sing For You original video anime (OVA) project revealed on Friday that the anime will ship on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on September 26. The website also revealed a key visual. Hiroyuki Hashimoto returns to direct the OVA at production doA. Kazuyuki Fudeyasu returns as scriptwriter, and Yousuke Okuda returns as character designer. In the story, Chin...
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Seven Deadly Sins Smartphone RPG Launches on June 4

― The official website for Netmarble's Nanatsu no Taizai ~Hikari to Yami no Grand Cross (The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross of Light and Darkness) smartphone role-playing game announced on Thursday that the game will launch in Japan on June 4. The game has received more than 3 million pre-registrations. Netmarble began streaming a promotional video and a content introduction video for the game in Ma...
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Kōta Shinzato Performs 3rd Starmyu Anime Season's Opening Song

New season premieres on July 1 ― The official Twitter account for the Starmyu television anime revealed on Thursday that Kōta Shinzato will perform the opening theme song for the show's third season. Shinzato plays Shū Kūga in the Starmyu musicals. The song's CD will ship on July 31. The third season of the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on July 1 at 10:00 p.m. before airing later that evening on BS...
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Given Boys-Love Anime's Mafuyu Promo Video Streamed

Series debuts on Noitamina in July ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Natsuki Kizu's Given manga began streaming a new promotional video on Thursday. The video previews the character Mafuyu Sato (voiced by Shougo Yano) with his first dialogue clips. A similar new character voice video will debut every week for the next three weeks. The series will premiere on Fuji TV's Noitamina progr...
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My Hero Academia Manga Franchise Takes 10 of Top 20 Spots on U.S. Monthly Bookscan April List

Junji Ito's Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection ranks at #3 ― Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga volume 18 ranked at #2 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for April (the volume ranked at #2 in March as well). This month's list featured 13 manga volumes, including: #2 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 18 #3 — Junji Ito's Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection #4 — Kōhei Ho...
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Doraemon: Story of Seasons Game's System Introduction Trailer Streamed

Game launches for Switch in Japan on June 13, in N. America for Switch/Steam this fall ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a system introduction video on Thursday for the Doraemon: Story of Seasons (Doraemon: Nobita no Bokujō Monogatari) game. The video highlights aspects of the produce part of the game, such as tilling fields, planting seeds, watering the fields, harvesting, and shipping ou...

Sega Reveals 10 More Games for 'Sega Genesis Mini' Console's Japanese Version

Street Fighter II, Golden Axe, Phantasy Star IV among new additions ― Sega revealed during a Dengeki Online livestream on Thursday 10 more games for the Mega Drive Mini, the Japanese version of the Sega Genesis Mini console. The new games are: Daimakaimura (Ghouls 'n Ghosts) Street Fighter II Dash Plus: Champion Edition Rockman: Mega World (Mega Man: The Wily Wars) Golden Axe The Super Shinobi (The R...
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Castlevania Anniversary Collection Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Collection launches on PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Steam with 8 classic games ― Konami began streaming the launch trailer on Thursday for its Castlevania Anniversary Collection game collection for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, and Nintendo Switch. The collection's full lineup includes: Castlevania Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge Super Castlevania IV Castlevania Blo...
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Famitsu: Switch Outsells Combined Sales of PS4, PS4 Pro in Japan

― Japanese gaming news website Famitsu announced on Thursday that according to its research, the Nintendo Switch console has sold an estimated 8,125,637 units in Japan. Comparatively, Famitsu stated combined sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro consoles in Japan number at an estimated 8,077,756 units (6,918,073 for PS4 and 1,159,683 for PS4 Pro). According to Famitsu's research, the Wii sold 7,814...
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Sengoku Basara: Battle Party Game's Video Highlights Characters, Mechanics

Video introduces new Izumo no Okuni character as player guide in June smartphone game ― The official website for Sengoku Basara: Battle Party, the first smartphone game in Capcom's Sengoku Basara franchise, began streaming a promotional video on Thursday. The video introduces the game's mechanics and characters, and introduces a new character named Izumo no Okuni (voiced by Inori Minase) who will be ...

Sentai Filmworks Releases Sakura Wars, Orphen TV Anime on BD

Waiting in the Summer anime gets English dub ― Sentai Filmworks and Section23 Films announced on Tuesday that Sentai Filmworks will release the Sakura Wars television anime and the Sorcerous Stabber Orphen television anime on Blu-ray Disc. The company will also re-release the Waiting in the Summer anime on Blu-ray Disc with an English dub. The Sakura Wars Blu-ray Disc release is slated for August 13,...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, May 6-12

Days Gone stays at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: May 6-12 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Days Gone Sony Interactive Entertainment April 26 11,988 160,183 2NSwSuper Smash Brothers Ultimate Nintendo December 7, 2018 10,086 3,076,992 3NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 8,431 2,295,735 4NSwMinecraft Nintendo June 21, 2018 8,255 776,378 5NSwNew Super Mario Br...
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Gero×Araki Perform To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Anime's Ending Theme

Series premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime of Maybe's To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) manga revealed on Thursday that Gero×ARAKI will perform the show's ending theme song "HHOOWWLL." The anime will premiere in July on Tokyo MX, MBS, and BS11. The anime stars: Katsuyuki Konishi as Hank Ai Kakuma as Nancy Schaal Bancroft Yūichi Nakamura a...
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Medabot Smartphone Game Unveils Title, Story

Medarot S: Unlimited Nova game debuts sometime in fall/winter ― The official YouTube channel for Imagineer's Medabots (Medarot) franchise began streaming a video on Thursday that revealed that the franchise's new smartphone game is titled Medarot S: Unlimited Nova, and will debut sometime this fall or winter for iOS and Android in Japan. The game's story begins when the protagonist (seen below) comes...
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Suehiro Maruo Pens New 1-Shot 'Olanda-san' Manga

― Manga creator Suehiro Maruo published a new 32-page one-shot manga titled "Olanda-san" (The Dutchman) in this year's 24th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine on Thursday. The manga centers on a missionary and a nameless boy, both connected by the "two hells" that are Auschwitz and Nagasaki. The one-shot is part of the magazine's series of "Carnaval" one-shots that celebrate the magazine's 35th an...

Square Enix Announces Paid DLC for Kingdom Hearts III Game

DLC to feature new scenario, secret episode, boss fights ― News website Famitsu confirmed on Thursday that game director Tetsuya Nomura announced at the "Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-" concert in Tokyo on April 27 that Square Enix is developing paid DLC for the Kingdom Hearts III game. Nomura stated that the DLC is temporarily titled "Kingdom Hearts III ReMIND." The DLC will have a new sce...
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Anime Expo Hosts Shikizakura Staff for Audition

Director Shin'ya Sugai, director of audiography Takumi Saito to judge auditions alongside vTuber Miya Kimino ― The official website for the Anime Expo convention announced on Wednesday that Shin'ya Sugai, Takumi Saito, and virtual YouTuber Miya Kimino will attend the convention to judge the audition for an English-speaking role in one episode of the upcoming Shikizakura television anime. Sugai is the...
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Crunchyroll Adds Eat-Man '98, Cosmo Warrior Zero Anime

Elemental Gelade, 8 Man After also added ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it has added four anime to its catalog, including: Eat-Man '98 Cosmo Warrior Zero Elemental Gelade 8 Man After All four anime are available in the United States and Canada, and all but Eat-Man '98 feature both an English dub and English subtitles. The Eat-Man '98 anime based on Yuzo Takada's Eat-Man manga debuted in 19...
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Yo-Kai Watch 4 Game's Videos Reveal Delay to June 20

Switch game was previously slated for June 6 ― Level 5 began re-streaming the opening movie on Thursday for its Yo-kai Watch 4: Bokura wa Onaji Sora o Miageteiru (We Look Up Toward the Same Sky) Nintendo Switch game. The video reveals that Level 5 has delayed the game from June 6 to June 20. Level 5 began streaming two other videos for the game on Thursday. The game was originally slated to launch in...
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Fujisawa Plans to Resume GTO: Paradise Lost Manga

Manga will resume after 2 chapters of Re: Animal Joe manga ― Manga creator Tohru Fujisawa announced on Wednesday that he will resume his GTO: Paradise Lost manga in Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine after he finishes the two chapters of his Re: Animal Joe manga. Fujisawa put the manga on hiatus after finishing its first part. He put the manga on hiatus due to a staff shortage, and said that once he ca...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, April 29-May 5

Natsuzora's 2 episodes earn 22.9% rating ― The latest episodes of the Natsuzora live-action series about the early Japanese animation industry aired on NHK on Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1 at 8:00 a.m. and earned a 22.9% rating. The show also aired on May 1 at 12:45 p.m. and earned an 8.4% rating. The latest episode of the live-action series adaptation of Tomohiro Yokomaku and Taishi Mori's ...
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Try Knights Anime Casts Seiji Maeda, Shūta Morishima, Yoshiki Nakajima

Shōgo Sakamoto, KENN star in summer rugby anime ― The official website for the television anime of Senzoku Erisawa and Shunsaku Yano's Try Knights manga revealed three additional cast members for the anime on Thursday. The newly announced cast members include: Seiji Maeda as Tomomi Hōryū, who played volleyball until junior high school, before joining the rugby team upon entering high school Shūta Mor...

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Assassin's Pride Anime Reveals EMT Squared as Animation Studio, 2019 TV Premiere

New visual unveiled for anime of Kei Amagi's light novels ― Kadokawa opened a website and Twitter account for the anime of Kei Amagi's Assassin's Pride light novel series on Thursday. The site reveals that EMT Squared (The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar, Kumamiko - Girl meets Bear) is animating the series for airing this year. They also posted a new visual. The series takes place in a worl...
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Gag Manga Shows What Bishōnen Do Behind Closed Doors

The beautiful boys in shōjo manga aren't all flower petals and sparkles. Kamaboko RED's Bishōnen Club no Himitsu (The Beautiful Boy Club's Secret) manga reveals all the not-so-charming things school idols get up to behind closed doors. The gag comedy stars four elementary school boys that hang out in a classroom after school. Their female peers refer to them as the "Bishōnen Club" and imagine all ...
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DeNA's Hacka Doll News App Ends Service

App for customized news feed inspired TV anime in 2015 ― The official blog of DeNA's Hacka Doll app announced on Wednesday that it will end service on August 15, with a final version update scheduled for later this month. The app delivers a customized feed of news for each user. The user answers some simple questions when launching the app for the first time, and then the app will filter the news tha...
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Pokémon Go Returns to Yokohama's Pikachu Invasion Event

Last year it was Eevee that infiltrated the Pikachu Outbreak event in Yokohama while Pikachu got a high-tech makeover for night-time parades and laser light shows. This year the event is adding even more parading Pikachu to bring the number up to 2,000 and include projection mapping, LED costumes, and nightly parades. The event's tie-in with the Pokémon GO mobile game is also back after last year'...
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AI: The Somnium Files Game Delayed to September in N. America

― Spike Chunsoft announced on Wednesday that Kōtarō Uchikoshi's new AI: The Somnium Files game has been delayed to September 17 in North America. The game was previously slated to launch worldwide on July 25 for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The visual novel is set in modern-day Tokyo, but with some technology advancements. Players play as Kamane Date, a detective tracking do...
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Tenjin Air Combat Manga Ends on May 29

Yoichi Komori, Muneaki Taoka, Tsubasa Sugie launched series in 2013 ― The 62nd chapter of the "third season" of Yoichi Komori, Muneaki Taoka, and Tsubasa Sugie's Tenjin manga revealed on Wednesday that the series will end in the next chapter on May 29. The air combat manga set in fantasy world centers on a boy named Riku Sakagami. He yearns to join the air force and become a fighter pilot like his fa...
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Gunpla Will Get Launched Into Space For Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced on Wednesday that it will be working together with the University of Tokyo to launch Gunpla models into space in 2020. The project is backed by the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Staff at the University of Tokyo will develop an ultra-small "G-SATELLITE" equipped with a Gundam and Char's Zaku to release into sp...
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Dororo ‒ Episode 18

"Interspersed with tension-packed action sequences, this episode's script excels at navigating the moral ambiguity of Dororo's world with well-rounded empathy."
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Ahiru no Sora Manga Enters 'Short Hiatus'

Manga entered final arc in January, is inspiring TV anime in October ― This year's 24th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Takeshi Hinata's Ahiru no Sora manga will go on a "short hiatus" beginning with the magazine's next issue on May 22. The magazine did not state when the manga will return. In the story, 15-year-old Sora Kurumatani is only 149 centimeters (4'10")...
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Fairy gone ‒ Episode 6

"This episode that takes the cake for the single most boring half-hour of television I've watched all year."
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Rune Factory 4 Special Game's Opening Movie Streamed

Remastered Switch game launches in Japan on July 25 ― The official website for Rune Factory 4 Special, a remastered Nintendo Switch version of Rune Factory 4, began streaming the game's opening movie on Wednesday. The game will launch in Japan on July 25. In addition to revealing the remaster, a Nintendo Direct presentation also confirmed in February that Rune Factory 5 is in development. Developer N...
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Utena, Sarazanmai's Ikuhara Likely Directed TMNT Episode

Before introducing the anime world to desire-stealing kappa boys, director Kunihiko Ikuhara worked at Toei Animation. It was during his time there in the early 90s that he directed episodes of Maple Town Stories, Mōretsu Atarō, and later the immensely popular Sailor Moon anime series. During this same period Toei was involved in overseas contract work for American cartoons. The animation studio wo...
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New Utena Stage Musical Covers Black Rose Arc

Musical with returning cast, staff runs in Tokyo from June 29 to July 7 ― The official website for the stage musical adaptations of the Revolutionary Girl Utena (Shōjo Kakumei Utena) anime announced the new Shōjo Kakumei Utena ~Fukaku Hokorobu Kuro Bara no~ musical on Wednesday. The musical will run at Theatre G-Rosso in Tokyo from June 29 to July 7. The musical will center on the Black Rose arc from...
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Manga Artist-Favored Dr. Ph Martin's Ink Will Continue to Be Sold in Japan

Art stores announced last week that they would no longer carry the product due to a price raise ― Dr. Ph Martin's watercolor ink, a favorite among manga artists, will continue to be sold in Japan after various art stores announced last week that they would stop carrying the product after December 31. Dr. Ph Martin's posted a statement on Twitter on Sunday saying that it "does not intend to withdraw f...
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Answerman - Are There More Anime Remakes And Sequels These Days?

Sometimes it feels like everything these days is a sequel or a remake - but is that really even a new phenomenon? Justin digs in. ― Jitendar asked: Today, I take a look at the anime industry, and it feels as if half of the output is either a remake or a continuation, as it's the established franchises that companies seem to turn to again and again. Right now one of the biggest shows streaming is a F...
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Rascal Does Not Dream of Dreaming Girl the Movie Reveals Full Trailer (Updated)

Anime film opens in Japan on June 15 ― The official website and Twitter account for Rascal Does Not Dream of Dreaming Girl the Movie (Seishun Buta Yarō wa Yume-Miru Shōjo no Yume wo Minai), the anime film based on Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō light novel series, began streaming a new trailer on Wednesday. 【本予告公開】6月15日(土)公開『青春ブタ野郎はゆめみる少女の夢を見ない』の本予告映像を公開しました!各種前売券も発売中ですので、ぜひ劇場のスクリーンでご覧ください!▼You...
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'Maō-sama, Retry!' TV Anime Casts Hitomi Nabatame, Sora Tokui

Isekai fantasy series premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kurone Kanzaki's Maō-sama, Retry! (Dark Lord, Retry!) light novel series revealed two additional cast members on Wednesday. Hitomi Nabatame will play Mikan, and Sora Tokui will play Yukikaze. Hitomi Nabatame as Mikan Sora Tokui as Yukikaze The previously revealed cast members are: Kenjiro Tsuda as Ha...
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Pokémon Rumble Rush Game Revealed for Smartphones

Newest Pokémon Rumble game launches soon for iOS, Android devices ― The Pokémon Company announced the Pokémon Rumble Rush (Pokémon Scramble SP) game for iOS and Android devices on Wednesday. The "exhilarating strike action game" is reportedly available in Australia, and it will launch soon in Japan and the Americas. Ambrella is returning from the previous Pokémon Rumble (Pokémon Scramble) games to de...

Ghost in the Shell Director Mamoru Oshii Creates New Anime Series for 2020

Credited with story, chief direction for Ichigo Animation work in spring/early summer ― Ichigo, a Japanese real estate company and clean energy producer, announced on Wednesday that acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii is creating a new animation series for release next year. Oshii is credited for the original story, scripting, and chief direction of the project, which is slated for broadcast and streamin...
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Osamu Tezuka's Black Jack Manga Inspires Isekai Black Jack Manga

Yoshihisa Tokimaru's manga moves setting to alternate world ― The eighth issue of Micro Magazine Publishing Company's Tezucomi Osamu Tezuka tribute magazine began serializing Yoshihisa Tokimaru's new Isekai Black Jack manga on Wednesday. The manga is inspired by Tezuka's Black Jack manga, and moves the setting to an alternate world where Black Jack must struggle. Tezuka's original Black Jack manga ce...

The Rising of the Shield Hero Anime's English Dub to Have 2-Week Delay

Crunchyroll also adds Honey and Clover, Arcadia of My Youth: Endless Orbit SSX, more anime ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that its streaming of The Rising of the Shield Hero anime's English dub will have a two-week delay, beginning with the show's 19th episode until the end of the show's second half, due to "unforeseen circumstances." The new schedule for the dub is as follows: Episode 19 - May 1...
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Anime Expo Hosts Ouran High School Host Club Creator Bisco Hatori

Viz brings manga artist to July 4-7 event for 1st overseas convention panel/signings ― Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it will bring manga creator Bisco Hatori to this year's Anime Expo as a guest. The event will mark Hatori's first overseas appearance at a panel and signings. Hakusensha published two volumes of Hatori's Millennium Snow manga in 2001 and 2002. Hatori then resumed the series in 20...
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Carole & Tuesday Anime Casts Yuki Kaji

Lauren Dyson, Thundercat to sing for Crystal, Skip characters ― The official website for Carole & Tuesday, the new original anime by supervising director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Kids on the Slope, Terror in Resonance) and anime studio BONES, announced on Wednesday that Yuuki Kaji joins the cast as the character Joshua (seen below). Joshua is "a vocalist of the ultra-popular band Omega" who...

Square Enix Closes Studio Istolia, Cancels 'Project Prelude Rune' RPG

Former studio head Hideo Baba resigned from Square Enix in March ― Square Enix confirmed with game news website US Gamer on Tuesday that it closed its Studio Istolia game development studio and canceled the studio's "Project Prelude Rune" RPG project, with staff now being reassigned to other Square Enix projects. Square Enix explained that "following evaluation of various aspects of Project Prelude R...
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