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This Week in Games - You Will Be Assimilated

RIP 3DS. The game-changing handheld is finally put out to pasture. Meanwhile, Microsoft scoops up fan-favorite game developing studios including Bethesda. It's all in here for This Week in Games! ― Hey all! Tokyo Game Show is starting up as I write this (Wednesday night), and announcements streams are scheduled to go on for a few days. Sometimes I delay the column a bit when I know some big announcem...
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The Legend of Dororo and Hyakkimaru Volume 1

The primary struggle of the definition of humanity is a big part of what makes this work effective. ― “Just an empty sheath.” It's one of the first lines spoken by our hero Hyakkimuaru. Accosted on the road by bandits, they demand the sword at his hip as payment to pass through. He informs them with a smirk that the sheath is empty – it's just for show. They attempt to jump him and find out that he i...
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Given (Movie)

Given isn't just about cute and fluffy first love or teenage angst; there are some murkier aspects of romantic relationships being explored here. ― This approximately 60-minute film is a direct continuation of the TV series, although the focus is less on the main characters and more on the supporting band members Akihiko and Haruki. Even after the story moves on from Mafuyu's struggle to come to term...
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How Bloom Into You Defies and Reinforces Yuri Tropes

Writer Nicki “YuriMother” Bauman looks back on the pivotal romance series and why it's so important to the yuri sub-genre. ― Warning: This article contains spoilers for all of Bloom Into You Nio Nakatani's hit series Bloom Into You is one of the most successful yuri works in recent memory, selling over one-million print copies and spawning two manga anthologies, a spinoff light novel trilogy, a stag...
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I Don't Know How to Give Birth! GN

Kazama's crash-course in babymaking is part of what makes I Don't Know How to Give Birth! so approachable. ― Every birth story is different. This is an extremely important point to keep in mind when approaching any personal recollections of giving birth. What happened during one pregnancy can be completely different the second time around, not just from person to person. That said, as a two-time mom,...
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Sarazanmai - The Complete Series BD

Even as plot lines get tangled and explanations have to be glossed over, the empathy the series has for its cast through every moment is what I'll recall more than any ludicrously complex butt jokes or lengthy otter monologues about being a conceptual evil. ― There are sparse few anime directors working right now with a more iconic reputation than Kunihiko Ikuhara. While his works haven't always been...
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This Week in Games - You Will Be Assimilated

RIP 3DS. The game-changing handheld is finally put out to pasture. Meanwhile, Microsoft scoops up fan-favorite game developing studios including Bethesda. It's all in here for This Week in Games! ― Hey all! Tokyo Game Show is starting up as I write this (Wednesday night), and announcements streams are scheduled to go on for a few days. Sometimes I delay the column a bit when I know some big announcem...
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Variety: Sega's Yakuza Game Franchise Gets Live-Action Film

1212 Entertainment/Wild Sheep Content develop film with producers Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande, Joshua Long ― Entertainment news source Variety reported on Thursday that Sega is developing a live-action film adaptation of its Yakuza (Ryū ga Gotoku) game franchise in collaboration with 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content. Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande, and Joshua Long are producing the film, and ...
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NieR:Automata Gets New Stage Play With All-Female Cast in December

Staff return for Butai Shōjo YoRHa Ver1.1a play in Tokyo ― Square Enix announced during the Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online event on Thursday that the NieR:Automata game is inspiring a new stage play titled Butai Shōjo YoRHa Ver1.1a that will run at Tokyo Tatemono Brillia HALL from December 3 to 6. The play's story will be based on the first play but include new arrangements. The play will feature an all...
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NieR Re[in]carnation Smartphone Game Reveals Trailer, Western Release

Square Enix announces N. American, European launch for franchise's 1st iOS/Android game ― Square Enix revealed a trailer for NieR Re[in]carnation, the first a smartphone game in the NieR video game franchise, during the Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online event on Thursday. The company also announced that the game will get a release in North America and Europe. The role-playing game for iOS and Android devic...
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NieR Replicant Action RPG's Remaster Launches on April 22

Trailer previews Toylogic's upgraded version of 2010 game ― Square Enix announced during the Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online event on Thursday that NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139..., the remastered version of Cavia and Square Enix's NieR Replicant game, will launch for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on April 22. The PC version will launch outside Japan on April 24. Square Enix also revea...
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Scarlet Nexus Game's Music Video Streamed

Video features The Oral Cigarettes' song "Dream in Drive" ― The digital Tokyo Game Show event revealed a special music video for Bandai Namco Studios' Scarlet Nexus role-playing game on Thursday. The video features The Oral Cigarettes' song "Dream in Drive," which shipped on the band's Suck My World album on April 29. The game will launch on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, an...
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Happinet Releases Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia Game for PS4 on December 10 Worldwide

Game gets "major updates" based on player feedback "close" to launch ― Happinet announced on Thursday that it will release the Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia game physically and digitally worldwide for the PlayStation 4 on December 10. The company confirmed that the game will be playable on the PlayStation 5. Happinet also began streaming a trailer for the announcement. Happinet will release "maj...
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BEM: Become Human Film's Promo Video Recaps BEM Anime Series

Kiyoshi Kobayashi, voice of Bem in 1968 Yōkai Ningen Bem anime, to narrate film ― The staff of Gekijо̄ban BEM~BECOME HUMAN, the upcoming anime film based on the rebooted BEM anime series, began streaming a promotional video on Wednesday that recaps the anime series. The video begins with narration by Kiyoshi Kobayashi, the voice actor of Bem in the original 1968 Yōkai Ningen Bem anime. Kobayashi will...
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Nekopara Vol. 4 Game's Promo Videos Reveal December Debut for PS4, Switch

Steam release will include English subtitles ― CFK began streaming two promotional videos on Thursday to announce that Neko Works' Nekopara Vol. 4: Neko to Patisserie no Noel game will launch for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in December. Neko Works had previously announced on September 10 that the game will launch on November 27, with a simultaneous launch on Steam. The Steam listing states ...
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Dragon Quest XI S Game Reveals TGS Trailer, 6 Million Copies Shipped

Game will also release on Epic Games Store on December 4 alongside PS4, Xbox One, Steam, Microsoft Store ― Square Enix began streaming the TGS 2020 trailer on Thursday for its Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition game. The official Twitter account for the game also revealed on Thursday that the game has a shipped 6 million copies worldwide, including digital sales. Square ...
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Live-Action Seiho Boys' High School! Series Adds 4 More Cast Members

Hiyori Sakurada, Mizuki Kayashima both play "Erika" characters in series premiering on October 7 ― TV Tokyo's official website for the live-action series adaptation of Kaneyoshi Izumi's Seiho Boys' High School! (Men's Kō) manga revealed four more cast members on Thursday. The new cast includes, from left to right in image above: Hiyori Sakurada as Erika Harushima, a mysterious girl who has an effect ...
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Mega Man X Series' Smartphone Game Slated for Japan This Fall

Rockman X DiVE side-scrolling game features "what-if" story ― Capcom revealed on Wednesday that Rock Man X DiVE, a smartphone game based on the company's Mega Man X game series, will debut in Japan this fall for iOS and Android devices. The game already debuted in Taiwan and other Asian countries this past March. The game will feature characters from the Mega Man X series, in a "what-if" scenario for...
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New Monster Strike 'Interactive Anime' Hareruya: Unmei no Sentaku Announced for September 28

Viewers will be able to choose anime's ending ― XFLAG announced on Thursday that a new anime in the Monster Strike franchise titled Hareruya: Unmei no Sentaku (Hareruya: Fated Choice) will stream online on September 28 at 7:00 p.m. JST on YouTube, Twitter Live, and Abema TV. The anime will be the franchise's first "interactive anime": viewers will be able choose between two options to decide how the ...
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D3 Publisher to Release Abyss of the Sacrifice Game on Nintendo Switch, Steam in English

Enhanced ports of PSP game launches on December 17 ― D3 Publisher revealed on Thursday that it will release the Abyss of the Sacrifice (Misshitsu no Sacrifice) game on the Nintendo Switch and PC (via Steam) on December 17. The game will have Japanese audio and text in Japanese, English, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. The game originally launched on the PlayStation Portable in Japan in F...
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Shonen Jump Magazine to Publish Demon Slayer Spinoff Manga in October

2-chapter manga about Kyōjurō Rengoku runs on October 12, 17 ― Shueisha announced on Thursday that Ryōji Hirano will publish the previously announced short spinoff manga of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga in this year's 45th and 46th issues of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on October 12 and 17. The spinoff is titled Kimetsu no Yaiba: Rengoku Gaiden, and it will center...
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Aleste Collection PS4/Switch Game Compilation Bundles 5th Game Gear Micro Color Variant

Compilation with Aleste, GG Aleste, GG Aleste II, Power Strike II games launches on December 24 ― M2 revealed last Wednesday that it will release a four-game compilation titled Aleste Collection for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on December 24, and the compilation's limited edition bundle will include a new white Game Gear Micro, a miniature version of Sega's classic handheld Game Gear system. Th...
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Assault Lily Bouquet Anime's Video Previews Theme Songs

BanG Dream!'s RAISE A SUILEN performs opening theme, Hikaru Akao performs ending theme ― The official YouTube channel for the Assault Lily mixed-media franchise began streaming a promotional video for the Assault Lily Bouquet television anime on Thursday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Sacred world" by RAISE A SUILEN, as well as the ending theme song "Edel Lilie" by Hikaru Akao as...
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Rock Band saji Performs Kimi wa Kanata Anime Film's Theme Song

Anime film opens in Japan on November 27 ― The official website for Toho's Kimi wa Kanata (You Are Beyond) theatrical anime film revealed on Thursday that rock band saji will perform the anime's theme song. This is the first time the band will perform a theme song for an anime film, and saji vocalist Takumi Yoshida is composing the song specifically for the film. The film will open in Japan on Novemb...
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'Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World' Anime's Videos Highlight 2 Protagonists

Yūsuke Kobayashi, Sora Amamiya play protagonists in October 7 anime ― The official website for the television anime of Kei Sazane and Ao Nekonabe's Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World (Kimi to Boku no Saigo no Senjō, Arui wa Sekai ga Hajimaru Seisen) light novel series began streaming two new promotional videos on Thursday for the story's two protagonists. The first video below highlights Isk...
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Akira Volume 1 Is 1st Kodansha Manga to Get 100th Printing

Iconic sci-fi manga shipped 36 years ago ― Kodansha announced on Thursday that it is issuing the 100th printing of Katsuhiro Otomo's first Akira manga volume on Friday. It is the first manga volume in Kodansha's history to reach this milestone. The volume shipped 36 years ago in 1984, and Otomo thanked readers for their support throughout the years. The science-fiction action manga is set in Neo-Toky...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Releases Wacky Music Video for Ruby Kurosawa's 1st Solo Album

Onkun Suko produces video with art style reminiscent of Pop Team Epic ― The Love Live! official YouTube channel has released a special music video for the Love Live! Sunshine!! song "Cotton Candy Ei-Ei-Oh!", which was released on Monday. The video, which is created by artist Onkun Suko, features a quirky visual style reminiscent of some of the crazier segments of the Pop Team Epic anime. The visuals ...
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Nintendo Confirms, Releases Kirby Fighters 2 Game for Switch

Fighting game available exclusively on Nintendo eShop ― Nintendo announced and released the new Kirby Fighters 2 fighting game on the Nintendo Switch eShop on Wednesday. The game is available in Japan and the West. One of Nintendo's websites had been listing the game since at least Tuesday. Nintendo describes the game: Choose from a cast of Kirby's most iconic copy abilities—including the brand-new W...
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2nd Touken Ranbu Musical's New Version Canceled Due to COVID-19

Musical was scheduled to run in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Kyoto in September-November ― The official website for the Touken Ranbu musicals announced on Wednesday that the staff of the updated version of the franchise's second musical, Touken Ranbu - Bakumatsu Tenrōden, have decided to cancel the musical's run in order to maximize safety for all theatergoers in light of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). T...
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1st Princess Principal Sequel Film Opens on February 11 After COVID-19 Delay

1st Crown Handler film delayed from April 21 ― The official website for the Princess Principal: Crown Handler sequel films announced on Thursday that the first film in the series will open in Japan on February 11, 2021. The film was originally slated to open on April 21 earlier this year, but the films' production committee delayed the film's release, citing the government policies to contain the spr...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Will Be 8th Jump Manga to Top 100 Million in Circulation

After KochiKame, Dragon Ball, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Slam Dunk, One Piece, Naruto, Bleach ― Shueisha confirmed on Thursday that when the 22nd compiled book volume of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga ships on October 2, the manga will have 100 million copies in circulation (including digital copies). It will be the eighth manga title from Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazin...

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Laid-Back Camp TV Anime's 2nd Season Unveils New Visual

― The official Twitter account for the second season of the television anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga unveiled a new image visual that director Yoshiaki Kyougoku personally laid out for the second season on Thursday. The visual shows Nadeshiko alongside her friend Ayano in middle school on a summer day, before Nadeshiko moved to Yamanashi at the start of the first seaso...
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Violet Evergarden: The Movie Debuts at #2

Crayon Shin-chan film at #3, Doraemon at #6 ― Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime film sold 175,000 tickets and earned 252 million yen (about US$2.39 million) on Saturday and Sunday to rank at #2 in its opening weekend. As of Tuesday, the film has sold 390,000 tickets to earn 559 million yen (about US$5.31 million), and has a per-screen average of 1.64 million yen (about US$15,600). ...

Attack on Titan The Final Season Anime Premieres on December 7 (Updated)

Funimation, Crunchyroll to stream anime in English ― NHK is listing in its "Changes in Domestic Programs in the Second Half of 2020" document that the Attack on Titan The Final Season anime will premiere on Monday, December 7 at 12:10 a.m. (Sunday, December 6 at 10:10 a.m. EST). Funimation confirmed it will start streaming the anime on December 7, and revealed a new key visual. A special preview vide...
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Cross Infinite World Licenses Reset! The Imprisoned Princess Dreams of Another Chance! Light Novel Series

Kei Misawa, poporucha's series launches digitally on January 14 ― Cross Infinite World announced on Monday that it has licensed writer Kei Misawa and illustrator poporucha's Reset! The Imprisoned Princess Dreams of Another Chance! (Torawareta Ōjo wa Futatabi, Shiawase na Yume wo Miru) light novel series. The light novel's first volume is currently available for pre-order, and it will launch worldwide...
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BanG Dream! FILM LIVE 2nd Stage, Episode of Roselia I: Yakusoku Anime Films Reveal Promo Videos

Both films open in 2021 ― The official websites for the BanG Dream! FILM LIVE 2nd Stage anime film and BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia anime films revealed on Sunday a promotional video and visual each for the BanG Dream! FILM LIVE 2nd Stage and BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia I: Yakusoku (Promise) films. BanG Dream! FILM LIVE 2nd Stage BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia I: Yakusoku BanG Dream! FILM LIVE 2...
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Funimation Adds Inuyasha TV Anime, 4 Films to Catalog

1st 54 episodes of 1st series, 4 films debut subbed/dubbed on September 29 ― Funimation announced on Wednesday that it will begin streaming the first 54 episodes of the Inuyasha anime and the series' four anime films Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time, Inuyasha the Movie 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass, Inuyasha the Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler, and Inuyasha the Movie...
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Cardcaptor Sakura X Magic Knight Rayearth Lottery Announced For CLAMP's 30th Anniversary

― Ichiban Coffret recently announced a collaboration lottery campaign between Cardcaptor Sakura and Magic Knight Rayearth to commemorate the 30th anniversary of manga creator group CLAMP. A visual of the campaign has been released, which depicts Sakura Kinomoto and Hikaru Shido, the protagonists of their respective series, applying make-up on each other in a beautiful field of white cosmos flowers. ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, September 20-26

Wasteful Days of High School Girls, Jungle de Ikou! anime; If Witch, Then Which?, Last Round Arthurs manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Dr. Stone Season 1 Part 1 BD/DVDPlease Funimation US$64.98 September 22 Fairy Gone Season 1 Part 2 BDCite Funimation US$64.98 September 22 Hanebado! Essentials BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$29.98 September 22 Hinamatsuri Essent...
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Our Dreams At Dusk's Yuhki Kamatani Launches New Manga in October

Hiraeth wa Tabiji no Hate manga begins with immortal man, god meeting girl who wants to die ― The November issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine revealed on Wednesday that Yuhki Kamatani will launch a new manga titled Hiraeth wa Tabiji no Hate (Hiraeth Lies at the End of the Journey) in the magazine's next issue on October 22. The magazine teased that the manga will be an "introspective story" tha...
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Draw Two Sips of Your Favorite Beverage with Yu-Gi-Oh!'s Pot of Greed, Pot of Avarice Cups

The Pot of Greed spell card from the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game comes with a simple three-word description explaining its use: "draw 2 cards". As such, it has gained a certain degree of notoriety among both duelists and fans of the franchise for two reasons: first, it is forbidden in most official tournaments for having no drawbacks to its use and second, the characters in the anime series often ...
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You Got Me, Sempai! Manga Ends in October

Kodansha Comics publishes manga digitally in English ― The November issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine revealed on Thursday that Azusa Mase's You Got Me, Sempai! (Mairimashita, Senpai) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on October 24. The manga's ninth volume previously revealed in June that the series will enter its climax in the 10th volume in December. Kodansha Comics is publishing the ...
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The Legend of Dororo and Hyakkimaru Volume 1

The primary struggle of the definition of humanity is a big part of what makes this work effective. ― “Just an empty sheath.” It's one of the first lines spoken by our hero Hyakkimuaru. Accosted on the road by bandits, they demand the sword at his hip as payment to pass through. He informs them with a smirk that the sheath is empty – it's just for show. They attempt to jump him and find out that he i...
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Given (Movie)

Given isn't just about cute and fluffy first love or teenage angst; there are some murkier aspects of romantic relationships being explored here. ― This approximately 60-minute film is a direct continuation of the TV series, although the focus is less on the main characters and more on the supporting band members Akihiko and Haruki. Even after the story moves on from Mafuyu's struggle to come to term...
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The Promised Neverland Artist Draws Illustration for Fashion Magazine Cover

8 manga artists also draw latest fashion for 'Power of Manga' feature ― Posuka Demizu, who handled the artwork for The Promised Neverland manga, drew the cover illustration for the November issue of the women's fashion magazine Spur. The image, which depicts a woman wearing a colorful dress as she stands upon broken glass, represents the theme of "Reaching a new world after smashing the glass ceiling...
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Fruits Basket ‒ SEASON FINALE

The good news: Fruits Basket Season 3 will be here in 2021! The bad news: that means we have to sit with Kureno's shocking cliffhanger for at least a couple of months.

Inuyasha Spinoff Anime Yashahime to Stream on Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu

Sub premieres on October 3 with dub "shortly after" ― Viz Media announced on Wednesday that it will begin streaming the Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (Hanyō no Yashahime) anime spinoff of Rumiko Takahashi's Inuyasha series on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu on October 3, the same day as the Japanese premiere. The simulcast will be available in North and Latin American territories with English subt...
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How Bloom Into You Defies and Reinforces Yuri Tropes

Writer Nicki “YuriMother” Bauman looks back on the pivotal romance series and why it's so important to the yuri sub-genre. ― Warning: This article contains spoilers for all of Bloom Into You Nio Nakatani's hit series Bloom Into You is one of the most successful yuri works in recent memory, selling over one-million print copies and spawning two manga anthologies, a spinoff light novel trilogy, a stag...
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'Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?!' Live-Action Show Reveals More Cast

Kōdai Asaka, Yūtarō, Takuya Kusakawa, Ryō Satō, Suzunosuke join cast ― TV Tokyo revealed more cast, a poster visual, and the theme songs for the live-action series of Yuu Toyota's Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! (30-sai Dōtei da to Mahō Tsukai ni Nareru Rashii) manga on Wednesday. The new cast members are:(Note: some character name romanizations are not confirmed.) (to...

Beastars Manga Ends in 3 Chapters, Anime Casts Yuuki Kaji

Yuuki Kaji to play Pina in anime's 2nd season ― This year's 43rd issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine revealed on Thursday that Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS manga will end in three chapters. If there is no break, the manga will end in October. Itagaki posted an illustration on Twitter for the announcement. The magazine also revealed that Yuuki Kaji (Attack on Titan's Eren, My Hero Acade...
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D4DJ First Mix Project Reveals 8 More Cast Members

Crunchyroll, HIDIVE, YouTube, more also stream October anime series ― The official Twitter account for Bushiroad's D4DJ multimedia project announced eight more cast members on Wednesday. The new characters are all backup members for the franchise's six DJ units. The new cast members are: (top row, left to right) Nana Mizuki as Airi Amano Raychell as Shano Himegami Toru Furuya as Ryūjin Kofune Naoto T...
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Log Horizon Anime's 3rd Season Premieres on January 13

― NHK announced on Wednesday that Log Horizon: Entaku Hōkai (Log Horizon: Fall of the Round Table), the third season of the television anime based on author Mamare Touno and illustrator Kazuhiro Hara's Log Horizon novel series, will premiere on E-Tele (NHK Educational) on January 13 at 7:25 p.m. The broadcaster also began streaming the series' first promotional video. The series was delayed from Oct...
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Noblesse Anime Casts DA-5 Special Forces Unit

Jun Kasama, Katsumi Fukuhara, Hiroki Yamada join fall anime of dark fantasy manhwa ― The official website for the Crunchyroll Original anime of Jeho Son and Kwangsu Lee's Noblesse manhwa revealed the members of Union's special-forces unit DA-5 and their respective voice cast members on Wednesday: Jun Kasama as Kranz, the leader of DA-5 Katsumi Fukuhara as Shark, a bellicose, arrogant DA-5 member Hiro...
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Dogeza de Tanondemita Sexual Comedy Anime's Video Reveals More Staff, Theme Song, October 14 Debut

Yui Ogura, Saika Kitamori, Akane Kaida, Tomokazu Sugita sing theme as their characters ― The website for the short anime of Kazuki Funatsu's Dogeza de Tanondemita (I Tried Asking While Kowtowing) sexual comedy manga posted a promotional video and a new key visual on Wednesday. The video presented more staff members, the theme song, and the October 14 premiere of the anime: The newly announced staff m...
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Funimation Streams D4DJ First Mix Anime, Which Debuts in Japan on October 30

Bushiroad's D4DJ project also includes rhythm game app debuting on October 25 ― Funimation announced on Wednesday that it will stream D4DJ First Mix, the television anime for Bushiroad's D4DJ multimedia project. as part of its Fall 2020 streaming lineup. The project's official Twitter account also revealed on Wednesday that the anime will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX, BS NTV, and other channels on O...
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Violet Evergarden: The Movie Anime Earns 559 Milion Yen in 1st 5 Days

Film opened last Friday, sold 390,000 tickets as of Tuesday ― Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime film has sold 390,000 tickets to earn 559 million yen (about US$5.31 million) after five days in the box office as of Tuesday. (Monday and Tuesday were holidays in Japan.) The film earned 76.4% more than the first three days of last year's Violet Evergarden I: Eternity and the Auto Memor...
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Death Come True Game's PS4 Version Delayed

The official Twitter account for the Death Come True game announced on Wednesday that the game's PlayStation 4 version is delayed to an as-yet undecided date, after "an issue flagged up requiring a fix after passing the SIE QA test." The game was previously slated to ship for PS4 on October 15. Early editions of the physical version will include a Blu-ray Disc with bonus footage. The game launched...
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Nintendo Site Lists 'Kirby Fighters 2' Game for Switch

Nintendo's website is listing a "Kirby Fighters 2" game for its Switch system. The listing has the price of US$19.99, but does not reveal a release date. (The listing can be seen by heading to the Nintendo website's Game Finder and clicking "Nintendo Switch systems" under the "Which system do they play on?" drop-down menu. The site describes the game: Choose from a cast of Kirby's most iconic copy...
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Dokapon UP! Mugen no Roulette Game Posts Video With Utawarerumono Characters

Utawarerumono-themed Dokapon PS4/Switch game ships December 10 in Japan ― Aquaplus began streaming a promotional video for Sting's Dokapon UP! Mugen no Roulette game on Tuesday. The game is a new entry in the Dokapon game franchise, with characters from Aquaplus' Utawarerumono franchise. The game will ship in Japan on December 10 for the PlayStation 4 and Switch. The Dokapon series is a hybrid RPG an...

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3rd Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Film Earns 1.7 Billion Yen for Trilogy's Highest Box Office

Film has sold 1.06 million tickets since August 15 opening ― The official website for the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel film trilogy announced on Tuesday that the third film, Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song, has sold 1,061,415 tickets for a total of 1,719,689,300 yen (about US$16.3 million) as of that day. It is now the highest-grossing film in the trilogy. The site also revealed tha...
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U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar Gets Her Gundam (Fanart)

Congresswoman Omar shares picture of herself with Gundam ― Ilhan Omar, the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district, posted a picture by artist Benjamin Sawyer (@sketchsawyer on Twitter), depicting her with a Gundam. The picture was shared on Representative Omar's Twitter account on Tuesday. (@IlhanMN)September 22 Sawyer's picture and Omar's post are the results of an earlier Tw...
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Rent-A-Girlfriend ‒ Episode 11

I anticipated learning more about just why Mami is the way she is, and I'm still kind of hoping that happens now that the show's remembered she exists.
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 49

This week on Fruits Basket, Yuki got a chance to show off the emotional intelligence he's picked up from Tohru in two different scenarios that would have both previously left him flummoxed.
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HIDIVE Adds Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit Anime to Catalog

Anime begins streaming subbed/dubbed on September 29 ― HIDIVE announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming the Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit (Seirei no Moribito) television anime series on September 29 at 1:00 p.m. EDT in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub. The anime will stream in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavian c...
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Azur Lane: Crosswave Game's Switch Version Heads West in 2021

Opening movie streamed for game launching in Japan on September 17 ― Idea Factory International announced on Tuesday that it will release Felistella and Compile Heart's Azur Lane: Crosswave game for Nintendo Switch in the West in 2021. Idea Factory International began streaming the game's opening movie. The Switch version will add previous DLC Taihou and Formidable as playable characters, three suppo...
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The God of High School ‒ Episode 12

No amount of flashy spectacle can save this calamity of a story from itself at this point, and believe me, the show tries its best.
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 16

So then this week's episode theoretically deals with the kids ending up somewhere very familiar to them which ironically leaves us as viewers in that sweet, sweet uncharted territory.
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Monster Girl Doctor ‒ Episode 11

This was a pretty good episode overall. In some ways it was not as engaging emotionally as things have been with, say, Sapphentite or Tisalia, but it was an interesting attempt to try and give Arahnia a bit more depth.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 942

Seeing Sanji and Zoro back together again and arguing like old times feels great, and it's a reminder of how much these times of separation for the crew really impact the viewer.

Funimation to Stream Attack on Titan The Final Season Anime With Subtitles, Dub (Update)

Subbed version debuts in U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland simultaneously with Japan ― Funimation announced on Tuesday that it will stream the Attack on Titan The Final Season anime with English subtitles and an English dub. The English-subtitled version will be available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland on the same day it premieres in Japan. The series will also stream in Brazil a...
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Lupin III THE FIRST CG Anime Film's Teaser Video Previews Dub

Tony Oliver, Richard Epcar, Lex Lang, Michelle Ruff, star in dub ― GKIDS began streaming English-dubbed and -subtitled versions of a teaser video on Tuesday for Lupin III THE FIRST, the first 3D CG feature-length anime film in Monkey Punch's Lupin III franchise. The film's English dub cast includes: Tony Oliver as Lupin III Richard Epcar as Daisuke Jigen Lex Lang as Goemon Ishikawa Michelle Ruff as F...

Uma Musume Pretty Derby TV Anime Gets 2nd Season in 2021

― The official live-streamed Poka Live TV Vol. 1 program for Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby franchise announced on Tuesday that the second season of the main Uma Musume Pretty Derby television anime will air in 2021. The program introduced a teaser promotional video and visual (featuring the characters Tōkai Teiō and Mejiro McQueen) for Uma Musume Pretty Derby Season 2: The first season will rerun...
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MAPPA's Taiso Samurai TV Anime Reveals More Cast, Video, Visual

Atsuko Tanaka, Kotono Mitsuishi, Kappei Yamaguchi, Hiroyuki Yoshino, more join cast ― The official website for Taiso Samurai (Taisō-Zamurai or Gymnastics Samurai), the new original sports television anime from the studio MAPPA (Yuri!!! on Ice, Zombie Land Saga), revealed more cast members, the main promotional video, and a new key visual on Tuesday. 2020 年 10 月10 日(土)放送開始のTVアニメ「体操ザムライ」の本PVが公開されました!ぜひ...
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Physical PS4, Xbox One Release for Katamari Damacy Reroll Game Listed for N. America

Both releases slated for November 20 ― Amazon is listing a physical release by Bandai Namco Entertainment for Katamari Damacy Reroll (Katamari Damacy Encore in Japan), an HD version of its Katamari Damacy game, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in North America. Both versions are slated for November 20. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game for PS4 and Xbox One in Japan on November 20. The ga...
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Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds Smartphone MMORPG's Animated Teaser Posted

Smartphone game debuts later this year ― The official YouTube channel for Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds, Netmarble's smartphone game based on Level 5's Ni no Kuni game series, began streaming a teaser trailer for the game on Tuesday. The game teases the game's "two worlds." The game is slated to launch later this year. The story's main character is a beta tester for "Project N," a virtual reality game dev...
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New Wixoss TV Anime Unveils Teaser, Title, Cast, Staff, Story, January Delay

Saya Fukuzumi, Haruka Shiraishi, Shizuku Hoshinoya star in anime about virtual Diva Battles ― Takara Tomy opened a website for the new television anime for its Wixoss franchise on Tuesday. The website posted a teaser promotional video that reveals the anime's title as Wixoss Diva(A)Live (pronounced "wi-cross diva alive"), and also reveals the cast, staff, story with a new world setting, and January 2...

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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 166

Team 7 faces off against a duo of next-level foes in an action-heavy Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
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One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 Game's Video Previews DLC Character Urouge

Game's "Character Pack 2" DLC including X Drake, Killer, Urouge launches this fall ― Bandai Namco Entertainment's official YouTube channel began streaming a preview video on Friday for the One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The video features the game's sixth DLC character Urouge. The game's "Character Pack 1" DLC launched on July 21 w...
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy ‒ Episode 12

There's no sugarcoating it: this, the penultimate episode of The Misfit of Demon King Academy is by far the weakest episode of the series—which is odd when you consider how strong it starts.
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Looking for Magical Doremi Film Reveals 2nd Visual

― Toei revealed the second visual on Tuesday for Looking for Magical Doremi (Majo Minarai o Sagashite), the brand-new anime film commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Ojamajo Doremi magical girl anime franchise. The film will open on November 13 after a COVID-19 delay. Toei and Toei Animation announced in March that they were postponing the May 15 opening of the movie due to production issues, a...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 ‒ Episode 11

And so, with this episode, the story of Sword Art Online comes to its original conclusion.

Funimation Confirms Azur Lane Anime's Uncut BD Release With TV-14 Rating

Company comments on "inaccurate information" regarding release ― Funimation confirmed with ANN on Monday that its Blu-ray Disc release of the Azur Lane anime will have a TV-14 rating and be uncensored. The company provided the following statement: "We're aware that inaccurate information on the upcoming Blu-ray release of AZUR LANE is causing confusion with fans and consumers. To clarify, Funimation ...
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HIDIVE to Stream 'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' Anime's 3rd Season

Series begins streaming on October 2 ― HIDIVE announced on Monday that it will begin streaming Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III, the third anime season based on Fujino Ōmori and Suzuhito Yasuda's light novel series on October 2 at 12:30 p.m. EDT in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, the Netherlands, Turkey, the Middle East, a...
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Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! ‒ Episode 11

This week's episode of Uzaki-chan is titled “Does Sakurai Want to Hang Out, Too?”, but it's a question that hardly needs asking at this point.
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Funimation Adds Record of Grancrest War, God Eater, Oreshura Anime

Also: Nanana's Buried Treasure, World Conquest Zvezda Plot ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will add the following anime from Aniplex of America to its streaming service on Tuesday: Record of Grancrest War God Eater Oreshura Nanana's Buried Treasure World Conquest Zvezda Plot The Record of Grancrest War and God Eater anime will stream in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub...
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I Don't Know How to Give Birth! GN

Kazama's crash-course in babymaking is part of what makes I Don't Know How to Give Birth! so approachable. ― Every birth story is different. This is an extremely important point to keep in mind when approaching any personal recollections of giving birth. What happened during one pregnancy can be completely different the second time around, not just from person to person. That said, as a two-time mom,...
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 36

For all of this second season's improvements to Fire Force's writing and direction, it is still an adaptation of a supremely goofy and proudly formulaic shonen battle manga.
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Get a Sneak Peak of the Life-Sized Moving Gundam Statue on Twitter

Official debut of 18-meter-tall statue is delayed to later this year due to COVID-19 ― A Gundam fan on Twitter has posted a video sneak peak of the life-sized moving Gundam statue during a test run, revealing that it is capable of simple actions like sitting, taking steps, and crouching. 実物大ガンダムを動かすプロジェクト「ガンダム GLOBAL CHALLENGE」《動作の構成》・キャットウォークを開放・2歩踏み出し・しゃがみ込んで立膝の姿勢になり・立ち上がる複数回行われ、それぞれ微妙に撮影位置を変えたモノをひ...
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T ‒ Episode 24

The element of the episode which made me happiest, however, was seeing the Scavengers come back into play.

Fruits Basket Anime Gets 'Final' Season in 2021

2nd season concluded on Tuesday ― The 25th and final episode of the Fruits Basket 2nd Season anime announced on Tuesday that a new season titled Fruits Basket the Final will premiere in 2021. The season will air on TV Tokyo, TV Aichi, and TV Osaka. The Fruits Basket 2nd Season anime premiered in Japan on April 6, and continued on into the summer season. Funimation is streaming the English dub of the ...
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Level-5 Announces Further Delays for Inazuma Eleven: Great Road of Heroes Game

Company prioritizes development of Yo-kai Academy Y ― Level-5 president Akihiro Hino revealed on Twitter on Sunday that the company is prioritizing the development of Yo-kai Academy Y over Inazuma Eleven: Eiyū-tachi no Great Road (Inazuma Eleven: The Great Road of Heroes) due to business concerns, and that the latter game may experience further launch delays. Level-5 announced on April 1 that Inazuma...
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Voice Actor Natsuki Hanae Announces Birth of Twin Daughters

Voice actor Natsuki Hanae, who is best known for playing Tanjiro in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, announced the birth of his twin daughters on Twitter on Sunday. The full translation of his tweet reads: "My twin daughters were born the other day. Both mother and children are healthy. With the approval of the doctor, I was able to interact with them just on that day. I am thankful to both the gir...
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Hanma Baki - Son of Ogre Manga Gets Anime as 3rd Baki Series on Netflix

― The studio TMS announced on Tuesday that Keisuke Itagaki's Hanma Baki - Son of Ogre manga is inspiring an anime series on Netflix. It will be the third Baki series on Netflix, and a sequel to the recent Baki: Dai Raitaisai-hen series. The story once again follows the underground brawler Baki Hanma as he challenges his own father, the seemingly invincible Yūjirō "Ogre" Hanma who is known as the "st...
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L'Arc-en-Ciel's HYDE Produces Noblesse Anime's Opening Theme Song

― The official website for the Crunchyroll Original anime of Jeho Son and Kwangsu Lee's Noblesse manhwa revealed last Friday that L'Arc-en-Ciel vocalist and bandleader Hyde is producing Kim Jae-joong's opening theme song "BREAKING DAWN" for the anime. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX at 24:00 on October 7 (effectively October 8 at 12:00 a.m.) and on BS11 at 25:30 (effectively October 8 at 1:30 a....
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Laid-Back Camp TV Anime's 2nd Season Teaser Video Streamed

New season premieres in January 2021 ― The official website for the second season of the television anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga began streaming a teaser video for the new season on Tuesday. The second season will premiere in January 2021. Tomoyo Kurosawa (Sound! Euphonium's Kumiko, Land of the Lustrous' Phos, O Maidens in Your Savage Season's Hongō) is joining the sec...
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Akihiro Itou's Wilderness Manga Resumes in 2021

Manga launched in 2000, went on hiatus after Itou lost use of right hand ― The October issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed last Friday that Akihiro Itou will resume the Wilderness manga next year. The manga will rerun its chapters thus far in the magazine's digital edition until the manga resumes serialization. The manga's story begins with six men starting a bank heist somewher...
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A Whisker Away Film Gets Limited Theatrical Run After COVID-19 Delay

― The official Twitter account for Studio Colorido's second feature-length anime film A Whisker Away (Nakitai Watashi wa Neko o Kaburu or Wanting to Cry, I Pretend to Be a Cat) announced last Friday that the film will have limited theatrical screenings at Aeon Cinema Tokoname in Aichi on October 2, Denmachiza Kyoto in Kyoto on October 9, and Tollywood Shimokitazawa in Tokyo on October 31. The film w...
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Horimiya TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Streamed

Cloverworks series starring Haruka Tomatsu, Kouki Uchiyama premieres in January ― The official website for the television anime of Daisuke Hagiwara's Horimiya manga began streaming the first promotional video on Monday. \ #ホリミヤ 第一弾PV(堀&宮村ver.)解禁!/#堀京子: #戸松遥#宮村伊澄: #内山昂輝原作:#HERO #萩原ダイスケ監督:#石浜真史制作:#CloverWorkshttps://t.co/ito9VUYoLKTVアニメ「ホリミヤ」2021年1月放送決定!お楽しみに!🏫公式サイト🏫https://t.co/zMy5ae8cuO pic.twitter....
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Soredake ga Neck Workplace TV Anime Unveils Main Cast

Stage veterans star in Noboru Iguchi's original story about convenience store workers ― The official website for the new original television anime series Soredake ga Neck announced the main cast on Monday. Many of the cast members are veterans of stage productions, including those based on anime, manga, and games. Yūki Kimisawa as "Mutō (?)," the mysterious protagonist whose face always seems to be o...
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New Haruhi Suzumiya Novel Volume's Cover Art Previewed

― The official Twitter account for the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise unveiled the cover art for The Intuition of Haruhi Suzumiya (Suzumiya Haruhi no Chokkan), the first new installment in author Nagaru Tanigawa and illustrator Noizi Ito's novel series in 9.5 years, on Friday. Series illustrator Noizi Ito returned to draw the cover. The Intuition of Haruhi Suzumiya will ship in Japan on November 25, and ...
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Live-Action Way of the Househusband Show Casts Naoto Takenaka, Izumi Inamori

Takenaka plays yakuza boss Kikujirō, Inamori plays his wife Hibari ― The official website for the live-action series of Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga announced on Sunday that Naoto Takenaka and Izumi Inamori will join the series' cast as Tenjakukai yakuza boss Kikujirō Eguchi (first image below) and Kikujirō's wife Hibari Eguchi (second image), respectively. As previo...
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Actor Yousuke Saitou Passes Away at 69 Due to Cancer

Debuted in 1979, played Toto in The Cat Returns, Chief Uramura in live-action Rurouni Kenshin ― Actor Yousuke Saitou passed away on Saturday, September 19 due to pharyngeal cancer. He was 69. His health had taken a turn for the worse after dinner on September 19, so he was taken to a hospital where he passed away. His family will hold a private funeral. Saitou was born in Nagoya City and made his act...

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JAM Project Group Gets Documentary Film in 2021

Film follows band through 15 months beginning from 2019 anniversary concert ― Lantis announced on Saturday that the band JAM Project is headlining a 20th anniversary documentary film that will open in theaters throughout Japan in 2021. Lantis is streaming a teaser trailer for that teases a "never-before-seen JAM Project." The documentary follows the band for 15 months beginning from its anniversary c...
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Sarazanmai - The Complete Series BD

Even as plot lines get tangled and explanations have to be glossed over, the empathy the series has for its cast through every moment is what I'll recall more than any ludicrously complex butt jokes or lengthy otter monologues about being a conceptual evil. ― There are sparse few anime directors working right now with a more iconic reputation than Kunihiko Ikuhara. While his works haven't always been...
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Nap on Mash's Shield With Fate/Grand Order Wrist Cushion

Fate/Grand Order's Shielder demi-Servant is looking out for you even when you're drowsy. Fate/Grand Order's Shielder demi-Servant is looking out for you even when you're drowsy. The latest Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia merchandise is a polyester cushion shaped like Mash's shield, which can be strapped to your wrist. It's ideal for resting your head on when you're napping. The i...
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Ohayocon Event to be Held Digitally on January 22-24

Digital event E-hayocon to be hosted on Ohayocon Public Discord Server ― Ohayocon announced on its official website on Friday that Ohayocon 21 will be a digital event named E-hayocon and will take place on January 22-24. The event can be accessed for free on the Ohayocon Public Discord Server. The event has been postponed from January 15-17 and will feature special guests as well as a sales platform ...
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Star Fruit Books Licenses Keshi Kuraibe's Vasilisa! The Wise Princess and Other Classic Folktales Manga

Company also licenses Yoko Miyako's 36-page 1-shot manga "Look Into My Eyes" ― Manga publisher Star Fruit Books announced on Saturday as part of the "#smallpubmanga" indie manga licensing event that it has licensed Keshi Kuraibe's Vasilisa! The Wise Princess and Other Classic Folktales manga and Yoko Miyako's 36-page one-shot manga "Look Into My Eyes." Star Fruit Books describes Vasilisa! The Wise Pr...
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Glacier Bay Books Announces En chan, Glaeolia 2 Licenses

Company released 1st volume of Glaeolia collection in May ― The America-based online bookstore Glacier Bay Books announced on Saturday as part of the "#smallpubmanga" indie manga licensing event that it has licensed Ayumu Arisaka's En chan manga and will release the second compiled volume of the Glaeolia collection of indie manga. Glacier Bay Books describes En Chan as a manga that "combines modern a...
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TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You TV Anime's New English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Series premieres on October 2 ― The official website for TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You, the television anime of Kenjirō Hata's Fly Me to the Moon (Tonikaku Kawaii) manga, began streaming the show's new promotional video on Sunday. Crunchyroll is also streaming the same video with English subtitles, but the video is not available in Asia. English-subtitled version The anime will premiere on the Toky...

SIE CEO Jim Ryan Confirms PS5 Will Not Be Backward Compatible With PS1-3 Titles

Also: Sony apologizes for rollout of PS5 pre-orders ― Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan confirmed in an interview with Famitsu on Thursday that the PlayStation 5 console will not have backward compatibility for the PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3 console games. He had revealed in an interview with The Washington Post on Wednesday that "99 percent" of PlayStation 4 games will...

BONES, Director Hiroko Utsumi Reveal SK8 the Infinity Original Anime

"Youth skateboard race battle" anime to premiere in January 2021 ― Director Hiroko Utsumi (Banana Fish, Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club, Free! Eternal Summer) and animation studio BONES (Eureka Seven, My Hero Academia) officially revealed their new original anime project SK8 the Infinity on Sunday. Aniplex of America is streaming a promotional video for the anime. Get ready for "SK8 the Infinity", a brand ...
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NISA to Release Shōjo Jigoku no Doku Musume PS4, Switch Game Under Title Poison Control

Game launches for PS4, Switch in early 2021 ― NIS America launched a website and streamed a launch trailer on Saturday to announce the Western release of Nippon Ichi Software's Shōjo Jigoku no Doku Musume game. NISA will release the game under the title Poison Control for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in early 2021. The action-shooter game will feature Japanese audio with English subtitles. A lim...

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NSFW Dakimakura Covers of Uzaki-chan's Titular Mother and Daughter Now Available

Hobby Japan appears to be appealing to a broader spectrum of preferences among fans of Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! with the release of suggestive dakimakura (hug pillow) covers of not just the series' protagonist, Hana Uzaki, but also her mother, Tsuki Uzaki. The illustrations on both covers are officially drawn by Manabu Kurihara, the character designer of the anime series. Another Kurihara-ill...
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Partake in the Witch's Tea Party with Re:Zero's Echidna Nendoroid

A Nendoroid figure of Echidna, the Witch of Greed from the Re:Zero franchise, will be released on March 2021. The figure comes with three face plates, including a confidently smiling face, a blushingly embarrassed face, and a cute flustered face. The figure also has exchangeable parts, such as a chair, teacup and saucer, that allow owners to recreate the famous tea party scenes in the anime. Each ...
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No Guns Life ‒ Episode 23

I can't say I expected the anime about the literal gun man to devote so much airtime to the psychological contours of its main character, but I also can't say I'm disappointed.
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Funimation Adds Magatsu Wahrheit TV Anime

Anime of KLab's smartphone RPG joins fall lineup ― Funimation announced on Saturday that it will offer Magatsu Wahrheit -Zuerst-, the television anime of KLab Games' Magatsu Wahrheit smartphone role-playing game, in its fall 2020 anime season lineup. Funimation describes the story: Based on the popular RPG game from KLab. In the Wahrheit Empire, humanity's spirit remains fragmented from a disaster in...
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Manga Toshi Tokyo Exhibit Explores the Destruction and Rebirth of Tokyo Through Anime

"Japanese manga, anime, games, and tokusatsu (SFX films) include a lot of works that depict large-scale destruction of Tokyo and new, reconstructed urban landscapes," writes Manga Toshi Tokyo exhibit curator Kaichirō Morikawa. "In actual history, Tokyo has suffered significant damage from disasters like earthquakes and each time it has been reconstructed. Also, it is known to be destined to suffer...

Sword Art Online: Progressive Light Novels Get Anime

Revised retelling of original SAO novels, following Kirito through Aincrad ― The final episode of the Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld anime ended on Sunday with an announcement that an anime project of Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online Progressive light novel series is launching. 《アリシゼーション》編の最終話放送直後に公開となった「ソードアート・オンライン プログレッシブ」アニメプロジェクト告知映像はこちら!YouTube:https://t.co/Ci62vkSWRE公式サイト:http...
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Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days Manga Artist Yō Kokikuji Launches New Manga

Story centers on siblings who bond over cooking on Wednesdays ― The October issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge magazine announced on Thursday that Yō Kokikuji will launch the Suiyō Kyōdai (Wednesday Siblings) manga in the next issue on October 17. The announcement includes the tagline "cooking connects the siblings." The manga's story centers on a woman whose 13-years-younger brother comes to s...
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Nikkei xTrend: [email protected] Franchise Totals Estimated 60 Billion Yen in Revenue

Series originated with arcade game in 2005 ― Japanese financial marketing website Nikkei xTrend reported on Thursday that the overall The [email protected] franchise has totaled an estimated 60 billion yen (about US$570 million) in revenue as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The series first originated with an arcade game in 2005. The franchise has spawned multiple anime, video games, manga, radio shows,...
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Jujutsu Kaisen Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews Eve's Opening Song

12 more cast members announced earlier today for anime premiering on October 2 ― The official website for the television anime of Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga began streaming the anime's third promotional video on Saturday. The video, which first debuted during a streamed special earlier in the day, previews Eve's opening theme song "Kaikai Kitan." Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine reveal...
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tMnR's If I Could Reach You Manga Reaches Climax in October

Kodansha Comics began releasing manga in English in September 2019 ― The November issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Yurihime magazine revealed on Friday that tMnR's If I Could Reach You (Tatoe Todokanu Ito Da Toshitemo) manga will reach its climax in the magazine's next issue on October 17. Kodansha Comics began releasing the manga in September 2019, and released the fourth volume on March 24. The company ...
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Kanan Minami's Awa-Koi Manga Ends

Shōjo manga launched in 2016 ― Manga creator Kanan Minami posted on Twitter on Friday that she ended her Awa-Koi manga in Shogakukan's digital magazine &Flower in this year's 37th issue on September 4. Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine had announced in July 2018 that Minami was putting the manga on a long hiatus, and would return to her work when her condition improved. The manga then resumed in &Flower...
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Hitomi Takano's My Boy Manga Ends in October

Vertical releases manga in English ― This year's 43rd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine revealed on Saturday that Hitomi Takano's My Boy (Watashi no Shōnen) manga will end in its next chapter. The magazine will publish the final chapter in the magazine's 48th issue on October 26. Vertical is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the series: Satoko Tawada, a 30-year-old office worke...
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Shohei Manabe, Hirokazu Fukuda's Pickup Manga Ends '1st Part'

Artist Hirokazu Fukuda works toward new serialization ― The October issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine published the final chapter on Thursday of the "first part" of Shohei Manabe and Hirokazu Fukuda's Pickup manga. The issue also stated that artist Hirokazu Fukuda is working toward a new serialization, but the issue did not confirm if that new serialization will be a continuation of Pickup. ...
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Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Trilogy's 3rd Film Sells 1 Million Tickets for 1.6 Billion Yen

Film reaches tickets-sold milestone 4 days earlier than previous film ― The official website for the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel film trilogy announced on Saturday that the third film, Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song, has sold 1,002,202 tickets for a total of 1,624,840,400 yen (about US$15.5 million) as of Saturday. The film has earned 10% more than the previous film in the franchi...
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Netflix's Live-Action Alice in Borderland Show's Teaser Video Reveals December 10 Premiere

Show will debut in 190 countries worldwide simultaneously ― Netflix revealed on Saturday that the live-action series adaptation of Haro Aso's Alice in Borderland (Imawa no Kuni no Alice) manga will debut on December 10 in 190 countries worldwide. Netflix also streamed a release date announcement video for the show. The series will star Kento Yamazaki (live-action Kingdom, Orange, JoJo's Bizarre Adven...

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The World Ends With You Anime Previewed in Special Video

Anime of Square Enix's action RPG launches in 2021 worldwide ― Square Enix began streaming a 90-second special video for The World Ends with You the Animation (Subarashiki Kono Sekai The Animation), the anime adaptation of Square Enix's The World Ends with You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai) action role-playing game, on Friday. The Super Animeism programming block on the 28-affiliate network of MBS and TBS ...

Deadline: Lee Isaac Chung to Direct Hollywood Remake of Makoto Shinkai's your name.

Minari director to rewrite film adaptation's script based on Emily V. Gordon's draft ― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Friday that Lee Isaac Chung (Munyurangabo, Minari) will direct the planned live-action Hollywood adaptation of Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film. Chung will also rewrite the film adaptation's script based off of a draft from Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick), and no...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax ‒ Episode 11

While Yui has been upfront with herself and others about wanting it all, she is mature enough to know that she can't get it all—especially when it comes to Hachiman's heart.
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KuroCon's Digital September Event to Host Voice Actress Machico

"Volume 2" event also hosts Yun*chi on September 26-27 ― Kurotsuki Online Convention (KuroCon) announced on Wednesday that its "volume 2" event will host voice actress and singer Machico on September 26-27. Machico's anime roles include Hikari Kokura in Chidori RSC, Hikari Kokura in Uma Musume Pretty Derby, and Ithea-Myse-Valgulious in WorldEnd. She also voiced Tsubasa Ibuki in The [email protected] Millio...
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Original Shaman King Anime Director Comments on Anime-Original Material

'The anime-original material in the latter half wasn't something I did on my own accord; it was a request from Shueisha.' ― Seiji Mizushima, director of the original 2001 Shaman King television anime, recently commented on his involvement in the series after the new television anime released a promotional video. Although he is not involved in the new anime, he tweeted that he is looking forward to th...
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Seven Seas Licenses A Tale of the Secret Saint Light Novels, Manga

Light novel series launches in October 2021; manga launches in November 2021 ― Seven Seas announced on Friday that it has licensed the A Tale of the Secret Saint (Tensei Shita Daiseijo wa, Seijo de Aru Koto wo Hitakakusu) light novel series by Tо̄ya and Chibi and the manga of the same name by Tо̄ya, Chibi, and Mahito Aobe. Seven Seas will publish the novel series' first volume physically in October 2...
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Appare-Ranman! ‒ Episode 12

The team's together, the cars are fixed, and even Kosame is back in action despite still having a bullet hole in his guts, which means it's time for the crew to finally take down Gil!
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Crunchyroll Streams Burn the Witch Anime on October 1

English-subtitled promo video streamed ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will begin streaming the theatrical anime based on Tite Kubo's Burn the Witch one-shot and serialized manga on October 1 at 8:00 p.m. EDT in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The company began streaming an English-subtitled...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate ‒ Episode 12

If the story sticks to its theme and means it, Soma will win for the same reason he beat Asahi – his cooking has heart and he knows what it means to care about others.
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Official Evangelion E-sports Team to Debut at Tokyo Game Show Online Event

Tokyo Game Show 2020 event will be held online from September 23-27 ― Evangelion's official website announced on Thursday that it has formed a professional e-sports team, which will debut at the Tokyo Game Show online event scheduled for September 23 to 27. According to the press release, the initiative marks the first time an anime brand has collaborated with a professional gaming team. More details...
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The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED ‒ Episode 10

Despite the fact that he can be either a jerk, a royal pain in the ass, or both, this episode shows that Daisuke does actually both care about and listen to Haru.
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Akira Film's 4K Remaster Gets IMAX Screenings in U.S. on September 24

Katsuhiro Otomo's anime screens with English subtitles ― IMAX announced on Friday that the 4K remaster of the Akira anime film will screen in select theaters in the United States on September 24. The screening will have Japanese with English subtitles. Both AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas began listing a September 24 screening for the 4K remaster earlier this month. Dragon Ball Super: Broly became the...
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Jump Force Game's Trailer Previews Meruem

Character Pass 2 launches for PS4, Xbox One, PC this fall; Switch in 2021 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a Meruem gameplay trailer on Thursday for the Jump Force crossover fighting game. Meruem, known as the Chimera Ant King in Hunter x Hunter, will be part of the game's Character Pass 2. The pass will launch for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam this fall, and for t...
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Octopath Traveller Prequel Mobile Game Launches on October 28 in Japan

Square Enix previews RPG in trailer after delay from 2019 ― Square Enix announced on Friday that it will release Octopath Traveler Tairiku no Hasha (Octopath Traveler: Ruler of the Continent), a smartphone RPG prequel to its Octopath Traveler game, for iOS and Android devices on October 28 in Japan. The company also began streaming a trailer for the game. The game is set on the same Orsterra continen...
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game's 20th DLC Character is Neji

Character joins game as part of 3rd season pass ― This year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that Neji Hyūga will be the 20th DLC character for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game. The character will arrive in the game "soon," and will be a part of the game's third season pass, which will include DLC characters 19-23. The game...
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One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 Game Reveals Urouge as DLC Character

Game's "Character Pack 2" DLC to also include X Drake, Killer ― This year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Saturday 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 Urouge as the game's sixth DLC character. The game's "Character Pack 1" DLC launched on July 21 ...
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Demon Slayer Film's Theatergoers in Japan to Get Manga Volume as Bonus

"Rengoku Volume 0" manga will tell story of Rengoku's 1st mission ― This year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that theatergoers in Japan who see the Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-Hen) film will receive a "Rengoku Volume 0" manga volume. The manga volumes are limited to 4.5 million copies. Original m...
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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs OVA Reveals 5 More Cast Members

Honoka Inoue, Sora Amamiya, more join cast for anime shipping on December 4 ― This year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed five more cast members on Saturday for the new OVA based on Tadahiro Miura's Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san) manga. The new cast includes: Honoka Inoue as Hibari Ameno Sora Amamiya as Karura Hiōgi Natsumi Fujiwara as Matora M...
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Jump Festa Event to be Held Online on December 19-20

― This year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that Shueisha will hold the Jump Festa '21 event this year as an online event on December 19-20. Shueisha usually hosts the event in Tokyo each year, and the event features booths, game demos, and stage presentations for popular Shueisha franchises. The event usually reveals news about manga, anime, stage plays, ...
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Jujutsu Kaisen Anime Adds 12 Cast Members

Nobunaga Shimazaki, Takahiro Sakurai, Atsuko Tanaka, Shigeru Chiba, Marina Inoue, more join October anime ― This year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed 12 more cast members for the television anime of Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga on Saturday. The new cast members include: Nobunaga Shimazaki as Mahito Takahiro Sakurai as Suguru Geto Atsuko Tanaka as Hanami Shigeru ...
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Katamari Damacy Reroll Game Gets PS4, Xbox One Release

New versions launch on November 20 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will release Katamari Damacy Reroll (Katamari Damacy Encore in Japan), an HD version of its Katamari Damacy game, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 20. The game launched for Nintendo Switch and PC in December 2018. Bandai Namco Entertainment America describes the game: The King of All Cosmos has kno...
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Arc System Works, WayForward Develop RWBY Game

Game slated for release on multiple platforms in 2021 ― WayForward announced on Twitter on Wednesday that it is developing a video game for the RWBY franchise with Rooster Teeth and Arc System Works. The game is tentatively slated for release on multiple platforms in 2021. The game will allow players to "take control of Team RWBY — Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long — and u...
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Exclusive: Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna Film's Subtitled Clip Features Ken, Cody, Davis

Film gets livestream watch party on October 3 ― Toei Animation and Shout! Factory provided ANN with an exclusive English-subtitled clip featuring Ken, Cody, and Davis for the Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna anime film on Friday. The companies will host a livestream watch party for the film on October 3 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Justin Rojas will host the digital event which will feature English-dub ...
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Umibe no Étranger Boys-Love Anime Film Posts Long Promo Video

Film opened in Japan last Friday with new bonus, cast stage appearance in 2nd week ― The official Twitter account for the anime film of Kanna Kii's Umibe no Étranger (L'étranger du Plage or The Stranger on the Beach) manga posted a long promotional video on Thursday. Like the previous video, the new video features band MONO NO AWARE's theme song "Zokkon" (From the Bottom of My Heart), which the band ...
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New Natsume's Book of Friends Anime Film Reveals Title, Staff, Cast, Story

Teaser visual also revealed for new film featuring 2 stories ― An official website opened on Friday to confirm that the Natsume's Book of Friends anime franchise is getting a new anime film that will open in Japan in early spring 2021. The website revealed a visual, plus the returning staff and cast. The film is titled Natsume Yujin-cho: Ishi Okoshi to Ayashiki Raihōsha (Natsume's Book of Friends: Th...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, September 7-13

27th Crayon Shin-chan film earns 4.4% rating Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Shinkon Ryokō Hurricane, the Crayon Shin-chan series' 27th film, aired on TV Asahi on Saturday, September 12 at 6:56 p.m. and it earned a 4.4% rating. This special episode of Watashi no Kaseifu Nagisa-san, the live-action series adaptation of Furiko Yotsuhara's Kaseifu no Nagisa-san manga, aired on Tuesday, September 8 at 8:57 p.m.,...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, September 7-13

Ring Fit Adventure takes #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: September 7-13 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwRing Fit Adventure Nintendo October 18, 2019 43,459 1,527,444 2NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20 31,558 5,692,156 3NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 12,280 3,157,661 4NSwMinecraft Dungeons Hero Edition Microsoft Japan September 8 11,4...
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Shōjo Manga Creator Shō Akechi Passes Away

Artist drew Shimatsunin series, Pandora, Sample Kitty manga ― Hakusensha announced on Friday that manga creator Shō Akechi passed away on August 4. The publisher did not give a cause of death. Akechi is known for drawing shōjo manga that featured sci-fi, occult, or everyday stories. Akechi's manga was featured in Hakusensha's Hana to Yume and Bessatsu Hana to Yume magazines. Akechi wrote the Shimatsu...
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One Room: Third Season Anime's Promo Video Streamed

Anime premieres on October 5 ― The official website for the One Room anime series began streaming a promotional video on Friday for the show's third season, titled One Room: Third Season. The anime will premiere on October 5, and will air on Tokyo MX and BS-NTV. New cast members include Miyu Tomita as Akira Kotokawa (seen left in image below), a younger student who is in the gardening club with the p...
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Gekidol Original TV Anime Reveals Promo Video, Cast, Staff, January 2021 Premiere

Anime will also have in-play anime project Alice in Deadly School ― The official website for the Gekidol stage play, anime, and idol project revealed on Friday that the anime in the project will premiere in January 2021. The website also revealed the main staff, cast, promotional video, and teaser visual. The Gekidol Production Committee are credited with the original work and as series composition w...
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BONES' 'Josee, The Tiger and the Fish' Anime Selected to Close Busan Int'l Film Fest

Film festival takes place on October 21-30 ― The Busan International Film Festival in South Korea announced on Thursday that it has selected BONES' anime film of Seiko Tanabe's short story Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi (Josee, the Tiger and the Fish) as the closing film for the festival. The festival will take place on October 21 to 30. The film will open in Japan on December 25, delayed from its sch...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga to Top 100 Million Copies in Circulation

― Amazon is previewing the cover of this year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine, which reveals that Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga will top 100 million copies in circulation. The magazine issue will ship on September 24, and the manga's 22nd volume will ship on October 2. As of the manga's 21st volume (which shipped on July 3), the entire franchise has sold 71.6...
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Kusogette Iuna! Short Net Anime About RPG Characters Debuts This Fall

Yuzo Yamamoto, Charaction produce anime about RPG characters who decide to change story ― Anime studio Charaction revealed on Tuesday that it is producing a short net anime adaptation of Omochisan's Kusogette Iuna! (Don't Call it a Crap-Tier Game) story that will premiere this fall. The story centers on an RPG that people call "kusoge" ("crap-tier game," referring to games with quirky or badly implem...
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Live-Action Way of the Househusband Show Casts Kenichi Takito

Takito plays former yakuza thug turned crepe stand owner Shirakawa ― The official website for the live-action series of Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga announced on Friday that Kenichi Takito is joining the cast as the character Torajirō Shirakawa, a former yakuza nicknamed "The Steel-Fisted Tiger" who once rivaled Tatsu's strength, but ended up doing time, and now runs...
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Live-Action Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Film's 2nd Trailer Shows Club's Antics

Film opens in Japan next week ― Toho began streaming the second trailer for the live-action project of Sumito Ōwara's Eizouken ni wa Te o Dasu na! (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) manga on Friday. The trailer shows the Eizouken's antics as the club collaborates with the robot club to make an anime. The film will open in Japan on September 25. The film was originally scheduled to open on May 15, but TO...
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