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UQ Holder! GN 11

UQ Holder’s eleventh volume offers a sometimes unsatisfying but generally well-executed sampling of all the manga’s various priorities. ― It sure has taken a while to get here. First introduced all the way back in volume seven, this volume sees the Mahora Martial Arts Tournament finally on the immediate horizon. We aren't there quite yet, and unfortunately, a great deal of this volume does feel like ...
column

Shelf Life - Twin Star Exorcists

Twin Star Exorcists is finally out on bluray, and Gabriella Ekens is here to take it for a spin. PLUS: all of this week's DVD & bluray anime releases! ― Holy crap, we have a lot of new releases this week. You'd almost think it was the beginning of the holiday rush or something. Well, no matter how many titles get shoved out the door in a single week, we'll be here to cover them. Welcome to Shelf Lif...
game review

Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle

Capcom resurrects a bunch of their classic arcade brawlers with a seven-game collection. Do they still put up a fight? ― Brawlers. Beat 'Em Ups. Belt-Scrollers. Double Dragon Clones. Punk Punching Parades. Those Arcade Games That Mom And Dad Always Said Were Too Violent For You Back in 1988. Whatever you call them, they never quite got their moment on top. True, they were staples of arcades in the la...
review

UQ Holder! GN 10

UQ Holder’s tenth volume leans heavily on Akamatsu’s laziest tendencies, trending far more harem than action spectacle. ― Ken Akamatsu's works have been a balancing act between harem shenanigans and fantasy aspirations, ever since Love Hina's mild-mannered Keitaro was spirited away by a squad of zeppelins. Negima more or less split the difference between these goals, offering legitimately thrilling a...
review

Escape Journey GN 1

Escape Journey is one of those BL manga that struggles to hit a note between “romantic” and “kind of upsetting.” ― Escape Journey is one of those BL manga that struggles to hit a note between “romantic” and “kind of upsetting.” It's the story of a relationship that could be termed unhealthy from some points of view, and like many of what are known as “Old Skool” romances, consent isn't always a given...
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Tuesday, September 25

daily briefs

Sound Director: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou Heads to PS4

Zakuro Motoki, sound director for 07th Expansion works, said on Twitter on Tuesday that Ryukishi07's Higurashi - When They Cry Hou (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou) game is getting a PlayStation 4 release. He said in the tweet, "And I'm also glad about Higurashi Hou being released on PS4! I have to work hard on new music, too...!" The game launched for Nintendo Switch in Japan on July 26. The releas...
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Funimation Adds Ulysses, Goblin Slayer, Senran Kagura, Radiant Anime to Fall Season Dub Lineup

4 anime series also streaming with subtitles on Crunchyroll ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it will stream English dubs for the following series as part of its fall 2018 simuldub season: Goblin Slayer Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight (Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc to Renkin no Kishi) Radiant Senran Kagura Shinovi Master Goblin Slayer, based on Kumo Kagyu's Goblin Slayer lig...
news

Monster Hunter Stories Launches for Smartphones in the West

Free demo, paid game now available for iOS/Android ― Capcom launched the Monster Hunter Stories game for iOS and Android devices on Tuesday with language support in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. A demo titled "Monster Hunter Stories The Adventure Begins" is available for free, and data from the demo can be transferred to the full game, which is available for purchase for US$19.99. Th...
interest

Manga Creators Enthralled By 'Bowsette' Meme

The concept of "Bowsette" has taken the internet by storm this week. Twitter user @ayyk92 first created a short comic strip based on the newly introduced "Super Crown" concept from the New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Nintendo Switch game. The idea was simple: what if the Super Crown that turns Toadette in Peachette was used by Bowser? Thus, Bowsette was born (and eventually other Mario enemy-turned...
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Eleven Arts to Host The Laws of the Universe: Part 1 Anime Film's World Premiere in L.A. on October 6

Premiere screening at Awareness Film Festival to be English dubbed ― Eleven Arts Anime Studio announced on Tuesday that it will host the world premiere of The Laws of the Universe: Part 1, the new anime film sequel to the The Laws of the Universe Part 0 religious anime film, at the Awareness Film Festival on October 6. The screening will be English-dubbed. Cast members will appear at the screening fo...
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Love and Lies Voice Actor Shinnosuke Tachibana Welcomes Baby

Shinnosuke Tachibana can add "dad" to his growing list of roles. The Love and Lies and Dynamic Chord voice actor announced on his blog on Tuesday that he is the new father to a baby girl. He wrote that both the child and mother Ao Takahashi are in good health and described his daughter as very cute and his "princess". He also wrote that he'd like to add the title of "Ikumen Ikupapa" to his reperto...
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Pokémon GO Game Reveals All-New Mythical Pokémon Meltan

Ditto disguised as Meltan debuted in smartphone game on Saturday ― The Pokémon Company International announced on Tuesday that the Pokémon that debuted in Niantic's Pokémon GO smartphone game on Saturday is the all-new Mythical Pokémon Meltan. The company describes the creature as the Hex Nut Pokémon, and it began streaming an introduction video for Meltan on Tuesday. Meltan debuted in Pokémon GO wit...
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Shinjuku Station Gets Slimed with Rimuru Stickers, Poster, Ads

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime also inspires battery, paperweight ― The world of isekai stories is about to get slimy this season and Tokyo Marunouchi line's metro promenade at Shinjuku Station is marking the event with a huge poster of the titular monster from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime series. The poster is on display until September 30 and depicts various situations Sat...
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Exclusive: My Hero Academia Clip Shows Deku Meeting Melissa Shield

Film opens in U.S., Canada for several days this week ― Funimation Entertainment shared an English-dubbed clip for the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes anime film. The video shows Deku meeting the film-original character Melissa Shield. Funimation streamed a clip on Thursday featuring Melissa's voice actress Erica Mendez discussing the character. Funimation will screen the film in more than 400 theaters ...

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Bloom Into You Anime

Series streams "soon" with planned home video release ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has acquired exclusive distribution rights for the television anime of Nio Nakatani's Bloom Into You (Yagate Kimi ni Naru) yuri manga in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. The ...
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Magimoji Rurumo Manga by Yowapeda's Watanabe Gets 2-Part OAD

New anime with original story features return of Suzuko Mimori, Makoto Takahashi, J.C. Staff ― The November issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed on Wednesday that a new anime adaptation of Wataru Watanabe's Magimoji Rurumo manga has been green-lit. The anime will be a two-part original anime disc that will run for a combined total of about 50 minutes. The first part will be inc...
ep. review

Season Finale: Holmes of Kyoto ‒ Episode 12

"This episode dropped the series' chance to end with something conclusive, be it either a solid mystery or a firm cementing of the romance plot, leaving things to finish much as they began."
review

UQ Holder! GN 11

UQ Holder’s eleventh volume offers a sometimes unsatisfying but generally well-executed sampling of all the manga’s various priorities. ― It sure has taken a while to get here. First introduced all the way back in volume seven, this volume sees the Mahora Martial Arts Tournament finally on the immediate horizon. We aren't there quite yet, and unfortunately, a great deal of this volume does feel like ...
news

Kill la Kill Game Reveals Story About Satsuki, Teases New Form

Anime scriptwriter Kazuki Nakashima provides new story for game launching in 2019 ― The official website for Kill la Kill the Game -If- (Ifu), the first game based on the Kill la Kill anime, revealed story information and the protagonist for the game on Tuesday. The game's protagonist will be Satsuki Kiryūin, rival and ally of the original anime's protagonist Ryūko Matoi. The anime's scriptwriter Kaz...
ep. review

One Piece ‒ Episode 854

"This is a decent episode for the Katakuri fight, but you don't reach the end feeling like a whole lot of progress is made."
news

Kō-Kyō-Sei Million Arthur Smartphone Game Reveals Opening Video, Key Visual

Game launches for iOS, Android in Japan on October 4 ― The staff of the Kō-Kyō-Sei Million Arthur iOS and Android game revealed the game's full opening animation and a new key visual on Tuesday. The video features the theme song "Birth of Legend" performed by Nana Mizuki. The newest title in the Million Arthur franchise will launch in Japan on October 4. Square Enix's Operation Han-Gyaku-Sei Million ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, September 17-23

Asahinagu play sells 3,266, followed by live-action Kids on the Slope, My Hero Academia, Hozuki no Reitetsu, 2018 Doraemon film ― The Asahinagu stage play sold 3,266 copies to rank #3 on the overall DVD chart. The DVD deluxe edition for the live-action film of the Kids on the Slope manga landed at #4 with 2,729 copies. The regular edition was #26 with 683 copies. Daisuke Ono and Hiro Shimono's Ono-Sh...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, September 17-23

Asahinagu play sells 8,611, followed by live-action Kids on the Slope, Hozuki no Reitetsu, JAM Project, Lupin III Part 5 ― The Asahinagu stage play sold 8,611 copies to rank #2 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The Blu-ray deluxe edition for the live-action film of the Kids on the Slope manga landed at #9 with 3,529 copies. "JAM Project Japan Tour 2017-2018 Tokyo Dive" BD was #15 with 1,232 copies. ...
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Vocaloid Producer rerulili's 'Young disease outburst Boy' Song & Novel Get Anime

Girl deals with boys suffering from adolescent delusions ― The official website for Minato Tonami's novelization of Vocaloid producer rerulili's "Young disease outburst Boy" ("Chūbyō Gekihatsu Boy") song announced on Tuesday that an anime adaptation is in the works. The story centers around Mizuki Hijiri, a high school girl who just transferred schools. At her new school, she has a fateful encounter ...
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Director Masaaki Yuasa to Announce New Work on October 28

Tokyo Int'l Film Fest to screen Devilman Crybaby, Adventure Time, Space Dandy, more ― Anime director Masaaki Yuasa revealed at the press conference for this year's Tokyo International Film Festival lineup on Tuesday that he will announce a new work on October 28. He added that he cannot reveal more details about the new work until that date, on request from the sponsors. Yuasa started as a key animat...
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Tomo-chan Is a Girl! Manga Ends With 8th Volume

Seven Seas publishes manga about tomboy who confesses to childhood friend ― Manga creator Fumita Yanagida revealed in a Twitter post on Monday that the eighth volume of the Tomo-chan Is a Girl! (Tomo-chan wa Onna no Ko!) manga will be the last volume. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga, and it describes the story: Boyish high school girl Aizawa Tomo finally manages to tell her childhood frie...
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The Sneaker Light Novel Magazine's Special Issue Includes Haruhi Short Story

Lodoss, Konosuba, more short stories also included in October 31 issue ― Kadokawa's Sneaker Bunko label revealed on Tuesday that The Sneaker Legend, a special one-time revival issue of its The Sneaker light novel magazine, will include an all-new short story in Nagaru Tanigawa's series. The draft of "Nana Fushigi Overtime" (Seven Mystery Overtime) is relatively long for a short story at 120 Japanese ...
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Hajimete Koi o Shita Hi ni Yomu Hanashi Manga Gets Live-Action Adaptation

Aki Mochida's manga about underachieving adult meeting delinquent student launched in 2016 ― The sixth compiled book volume of Aki Mochida's Hajimete Koi o Shita Hi ni Yomu Hanashi manga revealed on Tuesday that a live-action adaptation of the manga has been green-lit. The announcement did not reveal the adaptation's format. The manga centers on 31-year-old woman Junko Harumi. She fulfilled her paren...
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Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka Anime Casts Eriko Matsui, Ayana Taketatsu

Series premieres in January 2019 ― The October issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine revealed two additional cast members for the television anime of Makoto Fukami and Seigo Tokiya's Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka (Mahō Shōjo Tokushūsen Asuka) manga on Tuesday. The new cast members include: Eriko Matsui (Agū: Tensai Ningyō's Machi, The [email protected] Cinderella Girls' Nao Kamiya) as Mia Cyru...
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TBS Producer's Kidnapping Charge Dropped

TBS still fires producer for violating work regulations ― The Shizuoka District Public Prosecutors Office on September 21 dropped charges against Yo-Kyō, the 30-year-old staff member of TBS Television's film and anime department who was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a middle school girl earlier this month. However, TBS Television revealed that, as a result of its own investigation, it has fired...

Monday, September 24

ep. review

Gintama ‒ Episode 365

"After three consecutive episodes of classic Gintama hijinks, the series once again puts on its serious face as the real final battle's stakes are laid out."
ep. review

Hanebado! ‒ Episode 12

"Beyond its animation, Hanebado's other main strength has been its catharsis factor, so hopefully the release of that should be worth it for the big finish next week."
interest

Witch Hat Atelier Manga's 4th Volume Bundles Coloring Pages, Colored Pencils

The fourth compiled book volume of Kamome Shirahama's Witch Hat Atelier manga shipped on Friday in regular and limited-edition versions. The limited edition bundled coloring pages as well as special colored pencils. Shirahama selected the 12 colors for the colored pencils and provided the original illustrations for the eight coloring pages. The special-order pencils feature embossed details and co...
ep. review

Season Finale: Asobi Asobase -workshop of fun- ‒ Episode 12

"Asobi Asobase stood out among this summer's offerings as one of anime's sharpest school comedies."
ep. review

Series Finale: Planet With ‒ Episode 12

"Over the course of just twelve episodes, Planet With was able to deliver a tightly-paced, action-packed, and emotionally powerful science-fiction saga."
news

Netflix U.S. Adds Mobile Suit Gundam UC Anime

Death Note, Vampire Knight, One-Punch Man anime to expire from service next month ― Netflix is now streaming all seven episodes of the Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) original video anime in the United States. The show is available with English, Japanese, and Cantonese audio and English, Spanish, French, and Traditional and Simplified Chinese subtitles. The streaming service is also listing expiratio...
ep. review

GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 25

"This week's GeGeGe no Kitaro takes on cyber-bullying, albeit not as impressively as it has in the past."
ep. review

Cells at Work! ‒ Episode 12

"Of all the threats the body has faced in Cells at Work, this is the most drastic."
news

Live-Action RikeKoi Film Unveils Original Characters, February 1 Premiere Date

Theme song artists unveiled for film based on Alifred Yamamoto's manga ― The official Twitter account for the live-action adaptations of Alifred Yamamoto's Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita (Science [Majors] Fell in Love, So Tried to Prove It) manga announced on Monday that the film, RikeKoi ~Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita. ~, will open on February 1 in Japan. The staff a...
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ANN Readers: The Most Anticipated Fall 2018 Anime Series

Earlier this month, readers at the website Charapedia ranked the fall 2018 anime season and chose Sword Art Online: Alicization as the most anticipated show. The fan-favorite anime's third season marks the debut of Eugeo, Alice, and of course the return of Kirito. Fans came together last weekend in Los Angeles to get an early viewing of the sci-fi action series and it's supposed to run for a full ...
ep. review

Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs ‒ Episode 11

"Pick your favorite girl in the series and you'll probably find something suiting your tastes in this episode."
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NoisyCell Performs New Ending Song for Mr. Tonegawa Anime

Series continues this fall ― The official website for the Mr. Tonegawa Middle Management Blues (Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa) anime announced on Friday that the band NoisyCell (Barakamon) is performing the ending theme for the second half of the series. The anime is continuing this fall with its second cours (quarter of a year). The show premiered on NTV's "AnichU" programming block on July 3, and Crunc...
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New Super Mario Bros. U's Peachette Leads to 'Bowsette' Trend on Twitter

Confusing fans everywhere, the new character (form?) Peachette debuted in a trailer for the New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Nintendo Switch game on September 13. Toadette uses the new Super Crown item to transform into Peachette in the trailer. Peachette resembles Princess Peach and has some of her abilites, but she also retains some of Toadette's characteristics. Almost a week after Peachette's de...
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Discotek Licenses English-Dubbed Dinosaur King Anime

Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon, Hells scheduled for November ― Discotek Media announced on Facebook on Monday that it has licensed Dinosaur King, the English-dubbed and localized version of Sunrise's Kodai Ōja Kyōryū King D-Kids Adventure anime. The company plans to release the 49-episode first season and the 30-episode second season on Standard Definition Blu-ray Discs on November 27. ...
ep. review

PERSONA 5 the Animation ‒ Episode 25

"This week's exercise ends up shortchanging both its action and its characters."
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Miki Aihara's Hot Gimmick Manga Gets Live-Action Film in 2019

Nogizaka46 member Miona Hori stars as Hatsumi Narita in adaptation of shōjo manga ― Toei announced on Tuesday that Miki Aihara's Hot Gimmick manga is inspiring a live-action film adaptation that will open in Japan in 2019. The film will star Nogizaka46 member Miona Hori as Hatsumi Narita. The show's main male cast includes: (From left to right in below image) Hiroya Shimizu as Ryōki Tachibana Mizuki ...
ep. review

FLCL Alternative ‒ Episode 3

"This episode felt like it was underachieving."
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Live-Action Gangoose Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Film based on manga about 3 boys who start extortion racket opens in November ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Daisuke Suzuki and Keisuke Hiya's Gangoose manga updated with a new trailer and visual on Monday. The video previews the theme song "Crybaby" by The Gangoose. The film will open in Japanese theaters on November 23. The main cast includes: Ryo Kato as Kazuki, the ...
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Shaman King Creator Designs New Yoh Asakura Figure

Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga is getting a new figure of protagonist Yoh Asakura. Kotobukiya's ARTFX J series will release the figure in February 2019. The figure recreates a special illustration from Takei. The creator supervised the design of the figure, which includes details such as creases and pockets on Yoh's clothes. The figure includes a version of Amidamaru made of translucent materi...
ep. review

Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 47

"Even with all of the manga's fat trimmed off, I can see why this part of AoT's narrative wasn't everyone's favorite part of the story."
ep. review

My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 62

"This feels like a necessary step for the story as it digs into some nitty gritty world-building and manages to be pretty entertaining as we coast into the season's non-climax."
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Bakumatsu Anime's Commercial Streamed

Anime with time-traveling heroine debuts on October 4 ― FuRyu began streaming a 30-second commercial for Bakumatsu, the television anime of its Renai Bakumatsu Kareshi smartphone game, on Sunday. The video previews MIKOTO's opening song "Spiral Maze." The anime will premiere on the TBS station on October 4 at 25:58 (effectively, October 5 at 1:58 a.m.), and then it will start on the BS-TBS channel on...
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Joysound Lets Pop Team Epic Fans Dub Scenes Through Karaoke

The karaoke company Joysound is offering Pop Team Epic fans a new way to recreate the one-of-a-kind series. The company is now offering ten types of "dubbing karaoke" for the anime. Joysound's dubbing karaoke lets people dub their own versions of Pop Team Epic scenes. Some of the series' most iconic segments are available, including meme-creating clips like "Hellshake Yano." 『ポプテピピック』のセリフをカラオケ化!JO...
ep. review

Grand Blue Dreaming ‒ Episode 11

"This episode offers a solid reminder of the dumb gags and hijinks that I'll miss when the series ends next week."
news

HIDIVE to Add Kissdum R - Engage Planet OVA

26-episode TV series already streaming ― HIDIVE announced on Monday that it will stream the original video anime (OVA) for Kissdum R - Engage Planet (Engage Planet Kiss Dum R) in the United States and Canada on September 26 at noon EDT. The Engage Planet Kiss Dum television anime series premiered in 2007, and the revised version Engage Planet Kiss Dum R premiered in 2008. The OVA debuted in 2011 with...
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Shelf Life - Twin Star Exorcists

Twin Star Exorcists is finally out on bluray, and Gabriella Ekens is here to take it for a spin. PLUS: all of this week's DVD & bluray anime releases! ― Holy crap, we have a lot of new releases this week. You'd almost think it was the beginning of the holiday rush or something. Well, no matter how many titles get shoved out the door in a single week, we'll be here to cover them. Welcome to Shelf Lif...
news

Live-Action Meiji Tokyo Renka Series, Film Adds 8 Cast Members

Series, film debut in 2019 ― The official blog for the live-action series and film adaptation of Broccoli's Meiji Tokyo Renka romance visual novel revealed additional cast members for the live-action project last Friday. The additional cast includes: Yutaka Kobayashi as Charlie Shūto Miyazaka as Ōgai Mori Makaha Takahashi as Shunsō Hishida Taiki Yamazaki as Otojirō Kawakami Toman as Kyōka Izumi Yūki ...
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Bakutsuri Bar Hunter TV Anime Reveals Additional Cast

Takeshi Kusao, Daisuke Sakaguchi, Takashi Matsuyama, Megumi Urawa join cast ― The official website for the Bakutsuri Bar Hunter television anime series revealed four additional cast members on Monday. The new cast members are: Takeshi Kusao as Totta's father Tōma Tachitsute Daisuke Sakaguchi as Totta's uncle Tonpei Tachitsute Takashi Matsuyama as Kiba's father and Code Bank president Hoojirō Samejima...
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Akiko Higashimura's Tokyo Tarareba Girls Manga Gets 3 New Chapters

New side story chapters will debut 1 chapter per month from October-December ― The November issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine revealed on Tuesday that Akiko Higashimura will publish three new "side story" chapters for her Tokyo Tarareba Girls (Tokyo Tarareba Musume) manga in the magazine's next three issues. The manga will feature on the cover of the next issue on October 25, and the first new chapte...
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Answerman - Why Doesn't Anime Record Voices Before Animating?

Western animation - particularly the big-budget mainstream kind - tend to record performances before they animate, but when it comes to anime, this is rarely the case. Why is that? Justin gets into it. ― James asked: Some time ago, you stated that one of the major differences between western animation and Japanese animation is that, in western animation, all dialogue is recorded first, and then the ...
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New Captain Tsubasa Anime Reveals Visual, Additional Cast

Yūto Uemura, Yūsuke Kobayashi, Daisuke Hirakawa, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Kazuhiko Inoue, Daisuke Namikawa join cast ― The official website for the Captain Tsubasa franchise revealed revealed a new key visual and additional cast members for the new anime on Monday. The new cast members are: Yūto Uemura as Shun Nitta Yūsuke Kobayashi as Makoto Soda Daisuke Hirakawa as Hiroshi Jito Hiroyuki Yoshino as Mitsuru...
game review

Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle

Capcom resurrects a bunch of their classic arcade brawlers with a seven-game collection. Do they still put up a fight? ― Brawlers. Beat 'Em Ups. Belt-Scrollers. Double Dragon Clones. Punk Punching Parades. Those Arcade Games That Mom And Dad Always Said Were Too Violent For You Back in 1988. Whatever you call them, they never quite got their moment on top. True, they were staples of arcades in the la...
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Goblin Slayer's Spinoff Serialized Novel Also Gets Manga

Goblin Slayer Gaiden 2: Tsubanari no Daikatana novel, manga both launch in "a few days" ― The October issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine revealed on Tuesday that Goblin Slayer Gaiden 2: Tsubanari no Daikatana (Daikatana of Singing Death), Kumo Kagyu's new serialized spinoff novel for his Goblin Slayer novel series, will also get a manga adaptation in addition to the novel serializatio...
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Rapper/Singer Boku no Lyric no BŌYOMI Retires in January

Kokkoku, live-action March comes in like a lion theme song performer debuted in 2015 ― Rapper and singer Boku no Lyric no BŌYOMI announced on NTV's NEWS ZERO television program on Friday that he will end his career in the music industry in January. He will release his final original album Botsuraku (Ruin) and greatest hits album Ningen (Human) on December 12. Often described as a "prodigy," he explai...
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Thunderbolt Fantasy Puppet Show's 2nd Season Previewed in Opening Video

2nd season premieres on October 1 ― Good Smile Company began streaming the opening movie on Monday for Thunderbolt Fantasy: Tōriken Yūki 2, the second season of the Thunderbolt Fantasy puppet-show series. The video will stream only until October 2 at 5:00 p.m. JST (4:00 a.m. EDT). The video previews Takanori Nishikawa's opening theme song "His/Story." Nishikawa is collaborating with Hiroyuki Sawano o...
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Bandai Namco Ent. America Confirms English Release for 2 Sword Art Online Switch Games

Switch versions of Fatal Bullet, Hollow Realization games revealed at TGS on Saturday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America revealed via a video on Monday that the previously revealed Nintendo Switch versions of the Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet games will get a release in English. Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed at Tokyo Game Show on Saturday that both ga...
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Lost Song Anime Gets 'New Project'

Original TV anime premieres on Netflix outside Japan on September 30 ― A commercial after the final rebroadcast episode of the Lost Song original anime revealed on Saturday that the anime is getting a "new project." The show's staff will hold an event on February 11. The show's directors Morita and Junpei posted a picture on Twitter on Saturday that said "To Be Continued." Netflix Japan began streami...

Sunday, September 23

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'Pet' TV Anime Reveals Cast, Stage Play Adaptation

Psychic suspense anime by Durarara!! director Takahiro Ōmori to premiere in 2019 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of the Remaster Edition of Ranjō Miyake's Pet manga revealed the show's cast via a video on Monday. The anime stars: Keisuke Ueda as Hiroki Kishō Taniyama as Tsukasa Yuuki Ono as Satoru Yasuyuki Kase as Hayashi The site also revealed that the anime and manga are ...
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Blazblue: CentralFiction Game Gets 'Special Edition' Switch Version

Latest entry in Blazblue 2D fighter launched in Japanese arcades in November 2015 ― French Bread battle planner Kamone Serizawa posted a picture on Twitter on Friday from a stage presentation at Tokyo Game Show where Arc System Works announced that it will release Blazblue: CentralFiction Special Edition for the Nintendo Switch. Arc System Works in Japan has not yet confirmed the news online or revea...
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Run with the Wind Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Unison Square Garden Song

Anime's October 2 premiere date revealed ― The official Twitter account for Run with the Wind, the television anime of Shion Miura's Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru (Feel the Wind) novel, began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Sunday. The video previews the opening theme song "Catch up, latency" by Unison Square Garden. The official website for the anime also revealed the premiere dates fo...
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Gundam's Haro Plastic Model Shows Inner Workings by Designer Okawara

Inquisitive robot enthusiasts will finally get a glimpse of what's inside Gundam's Haro mascot thanks to a new figure in Bandai Spirit's Figure-rise Mechanics line. The same line revealed the inside of Doraemon and Dr. Slump's Arale is showing how all those metal bits turn into a cheerful green orb. Gundam franchise mechanical designer Kunio Okawara designed the robot's internal mechanisms for the...
ep. review

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episodes 74-75

"The gang makes a little bit of progress on the Mitsuki front in this week's double-sized Boruto."
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Anime Character Designers Akemi Takada, Mutsumi Inomata Design Cat-Themed Boxes for New Year Foods

Magical Angel Creamy Mami character designer Akemi Takada and Future GPX Cyber Formula character designer Mutsumi Inomata have provided cat illustrations for special osechi, which are fancy Japanese New Year foods. The special boxes, called jūbako, will be available with one design from each artist from Tobu Department Store. The boxes will be 13 centimeters (about 5 inches) square, and each of th...
ep. review

Angels of Death ‒ Episode 12

"It looks like the halcyon days of thwarting killer floor masters with the power of puzzle-solving and companionship are well and truly over for our motley duo."
ep. review

Happy Sugar Life ‒ Episode 11

"After delivering a couple of powerhouse episodes in a row, Happy Sugar Life eases off the throttle as it sets up for next week's finale."
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Yuuki Kaji, Maaya Uchida Star in Mizuho Bank's Anime Shorts by DLE

Mizuho Bank is targeting its younger clients with an anime and manga starring Aomaru, one of the company's social media mascot characters. An official website and Twitter account for the anime and manga, titled "Aomaru no Tenshi ka Akuma ka" (Aomaru Angel or Devil), opened on Monday. The website features a series of animated shorts for the campaign. The "opening movie" video begins with Aomaru eat...
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Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Documentary Drama Reveals 5 More Cast Members

The official website for the documentary drama Kono Manga ga Sugoi! revealed five more cast members and the live-action manga adaptations they will star in on Wednesday. The new cast members are: Masahiro Higashide as Ryū Oshikōji in Motoka Murakami's Ryū -RON- Kami Hiraiwa as a woman considering divorce in Machio Same's Machi Kinema Aoi Morikawa as Misaki Nakahara in Kendi Oiwa's Welcome to the N...
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Black Jack Chair Celebrates Osamu Tezuka's 90th Birthday

This November 3 marks what would have been Osamu Tezuka's 90th birthday. The legendary creator received a medical degree before devoting himself to manga, so it seems fitting to celebrate his life and accomplishments through a manga that stars a doctor. A certain U-shaped chair appears in Tezuka's Black Jack manga. Now, the chair is getting a real-world version. Japanese furniture maker Yamaso Ind...
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UQ Holder! GN 10

UQ Holder’s tenth volume leans heavily on Akamatsu’s laziest tendencies, trending far more harem than action spectacle. ― Ken Akamatsu's works have been a balancing act between harem shenanigans and fantasy aspirations, ever since Love Hina's mild-mannered Keitaro was spirited away by a squad of zeppelins. Negima more or less split the difference between these goals, offering legitimately thrilling a...

Macross Franchise Gets New Delta Film, New Crossover Concerts

June concerts to feature singers from every Macross TV show ― The "Walküre Senjō no Premium Live Event at Toyosu Pit" announced in Tokyo on Sunday that production has been green-lit on a new Macross Delta film. The event also announced that the Macross franchise will hold two "Crossover Live 2019 at Makuhari Messe" concerts in June. The announcement specifically describes the upcoming Macross Delta f...

Re:Zero Anime Gets 2nd OVA Episode About Emilia, Pack's 1st Meeting

1st OVA episode opens in Japanese theaters on October 6 ― Kadokawa began streaming a video on Sunday to reveal that the Re:Zero franchise will get a second original video anime (OVA) episode. The episode will be titled "Hyōketsu no Kizuna" (Frozen Bonds), and will adapt the meeting between Emilia and Pack. The original Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Zenjitsu-tan: Hyōketsu no Kizuna prequel novel was included...
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Street Fighter V Game Gets Release in Arcades in 2019

Capcom to hold location tests in Japan on October 5-7 ― Capcom announced at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 event on Sunday that it will release the Street Fighter V game in arcades in Japan in 2019. Taito is working with Capcom on the arcade version. Location testing will be from October 5-7 in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka. The arcade version will be based on the Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition upgra...
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Kō-Kyō-Sei Million Arthur Smartphone Game Launches on October 4

― A stage presentation for the Million Arthur franchise at Tokyo Game Show 2018 revealed on Sunday that the Kō-Kyō-Sei Million Arthur iOS and Android game will launch in Japan on October 4. The game is a new title in the series after Kaku-San-Sei Million Arthur and Kai-Ri-Sei Million Arthur. Square Enix's Operation Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur (Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur) massively multi-player on...
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Death Stranding Game Reveals More Character Designs, Cast Members (Updated)

Troy Baker, Tommie Earl Jenkins join English cast; Japanese cast stars Kenjiro Tsuda, Kikuko Inoue, Nana Mizuki, more ― The stage event for Kojima Productions' Death Stranding PlayStation 4 game at Tokyo Game Show on Sunday revealed more cast members for the game's English and Japanese version. The event revealed that Tommie Earl Jenkins will play a new character who wears a mask. Akio Ohtsuka will v...
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Rock Band FLOW Perform Theme Song for Code Geass Social Game

― DMM Games revealed during a livestream presentation at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 event on Sunday that rock band FLOW will perform the theme song "Pendulum" for the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Lost Stories social game. The band performed the song at the event, and announced that they will have a solo concert at the Nippon Budokan hall on January 30. The presentation also revealed that the ...
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Kiyoshi Hikawa Performs New Ending Theme for GeGeGe no Kitaro Anime

Hikawa also sings show's opening theme song ― The official website for the new GeGeGe no Kitaro anime revealed on Sunday that Kiyoshi Hikawa will perform the show's new ending theme song "Mien Keredomo, Orun da yo" (I Can't See Them But They're There). The song will debut in the show starting on October 7. Hikawa is also performing the anime's current classic opening theme song "Gegege no Kitarō," an...
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Dragon Quest XI Game for Switch Officially Announced as Dragon Quest XI S

Game launched in the West on PS4, PC on September 4 ― Square Enix formally announced at Tokyo Game Show on Sunday that it is producing a Nintendo Switch version of its Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete (Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age) role-playing game. While Square Enix had stated in 2015 that it planned to release the game on the Switch (then known as "NX") console, the websit...
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Visual Novel Developer Circus Announces Da Capo 4 Project

Developer also reveals D.C. Da Capo Archives Sakura Edition game collection featuring 21 titles ― Adult visual novel developer Circus announced on Sunday that it is developing a Da Capo 4 (D.C. 4) project as its 20th project. The company will open the official website for the project on November 11. The company also revealed on Sunday that it is releasing the D.C. Da Capo Archives Sakura Edition game...
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Netflix Lists Live-Action Jin-Roh Film for October 19

S. Korean remake of anime film opened in July ― Netflix USA and Netflix Japan are both currently listing that Illang: The Wolf Brigade, Kim Jee-woon's live-action film of Hiroyuki Okiura and Production I.G's Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade anime film, will launch on the service on October 19. Netflix had announced in July that it would stream the film outside of South Korea. The film opened in South Korea...

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Channel Your Inner Villain With My Hero Academia's Tomura Mug

The "Boku no Hero Academia My Hero Museum ~Shōnen-tachi no Kiseki wo Tadore~" (My Hero Academia My Hero Museum: Following the Children's Tracks) exhibition revealed merchandise last week. The exhibition's mug and coaster inspired by League of Villains leader Tomura Shigaraki will let fans recreate the character's characteristic facepalm look. The mug will cost 2,000 yen (about US$18) and come with...
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Season Finale: Harukana Receive ‒ Episode 12

"Harukana Receive presented a lot of emotions, but most powerful among them was joy."
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Visit 221B Baker Street at Tokyo's New Sherlock Holmes-Themed Bar

Fans who like Sherlock Hound, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, and Holmes of Kyoto are in luck because a Sherlock Holmes-themed bar just opened in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The new Sherlock House bar captures the feel of the fictional detective's London home at 221B Baker Street with 19th-century vibes. The bar opened in August, and it has become especially popular with women. Damask wallpaper exudes the atmosp...
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 12

"This episode really ramps up Ash's descent into murder and darkness."
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pixiv Launches VRoid Hub Platform for Sharing 3D Characters

pixiv announced on Friday that it will release the VRoid Hub platform for sharing 3D character models in December 2018. Users will be able to use the shared models as avatars across various virtual reality and augmented reality platforms. The company will simultaneously launch the software development kit VRoid SDK, which will let developers use the model data of characters posted on VRoid Hub on ...
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Yuichiro Umehara Voices Bartender to Promote Sapporo Beer's New Drink

Sapporo Beer's Ume Kaku Kajitsu Shitate no Umeshu Cocktail Yuzu (a plum wine drink with yuzu) went on sale in Japan on Wednesday. To promote the release, voice actor Yuichiro Umehara is voicing a bartender character in a series of web videos. Umehara's character is a worldly bartender at Ume Kaku Bar, whose personality reflects both the good and bad things he has seen in this life. There are a tot...
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Season Finale: How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord ‒ Episode 12

"In the end, this adventure was good (not great) most of the way through, but it still worked way better than I gave it credit for at the start."
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Sentai Filmworks' Mardock Scramble Film Trilogy License Expires

Sentai Filmworks announced on Saturday that its home video release of the Mardock Scramble film trilogy is out of print. Sentai Filmworks confirmed with ANN that its license has expired. Sentai Filmworks announced its license for the film trilogy — Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (2010), Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion (2011), and Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust (2012) — in 201...
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March comes in like a lion Season 2's English Dub Trailer Streamed

Blu-ray Discs slated for December, April ― Aniplex of America began streaming a trailer for its English dub of the second season of March comes in like a lion on Saturday. The company will release the series on Blu-ray Disc in two parts on December 18 and April 9, respectively. The second season premiered on NHK last October, and Crunchyroll streamed the 22-episode series as it aired. Aniplex of Amer...

Mr. Osomatsu Anime's English Dub Casts Matsuno Sextuplets

Billy Kametz, Chris Niosi, Michael Sinterniklaas, Kyle McCarley, Ray Chase, Max Mittleman join cast ― Viz Media announced the English dub cast for the six Matsuno brothers from the Mr. Osomatsu anime at its Anime Weekend Atlanta panel on Saturday. The cast includes: Billy Kametz as Osomatsu Chris Niosi as Choromatsu Michael Sinterniklaas as Jyushimatsu Kyle McCarley as Ichimatsu Ray Chase as Karamats...

Aniplex USA Announces Fate/Apocrypha Blu-ray Release

2 sets slated for November, February ― Aniplex of America announced on Saturday that it will release the anime adaptation of TYPE-MOON and Yuichiro Higashide's Fate/Apocrypha novels on Blu-ray Disc. The first Blu-ray Disc box set is slated for November 20 and the second is slated for February 12, 2019. Each set will include a rigid box, booklet, and original soundtrack CD. The anime premiered in Japa...

Viz Media Licences Snow White with the Red Hair Manga

1st volume of manga that inspired 2 anime series slated for next spring ― Viz Media announced on Saturday that it has licensed Sorata Akiduki's Snow White with the Red Hair (Akagami no Shirayuki-hime) manga. The first volume is slated for release in spring 2019. Viz Media describes the story: Shirayuki is an herbalist with bright red hair. Raj, the prince of her kingdom, catches word of her beauty an...
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Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond to Have U.S. Premiere at Anime NYC

Screening takes place on November 16 ― Aniplex of America announced on Saturday that Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond (Natsume Yūjinchō ~Utsusemi ni Musubu~), the anime film of Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, will have its United States premiere at the Anime NYC convention on Friday, November 16 at 7:45 p.m. EST. The anime will premiere on September 2...
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Aniplex of America Announces DAKAICHI, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Anime for Fall Season (Updated)

Both series debut in Japan in October ― Aniplex of America announced on Saturday that it will offer the DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year- (Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu.) and Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai (Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume wo Minai) anime for its fall 2018 simulcast lineup. Aniplex of America will premiere DAKAICHI -I'm be...
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Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san Anime's TV Spot Streamed

Anime about bookstore employees premieres on October 7 ― Production company Asmik Ace began streaming a 15-second TV Spot for the television anime adaptation of Honda's Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san (Skeleton Bookstore Employee Honda) manga on Saturday. The video previews the opening theme song "ISBN ~Inner Sound & Book's Narrative~" by TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND feat. Honda (voiced by Sōma Saitō)....
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Hatsune Miku Goes Down in History... Book

How do you know you've made it big? Receiving a mention in a history book is probably a pretty clear sign. Virtual idol Hatsune Miku is now adding that to her list of accomplishments. Twitter user @non_A1207 posted a picture of Hatsune Miku's entry in a high school history book on Tuesday. 日本史の教科書に初音ミクがのる時代… pic.twitter.com/VaMH4CFPQ5— のん氏っしー (@non_A1207) September 18, 2018 The book describes the ...
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Manga Creator Yasuyuki Kunitomo Passes Away

Author's Junk Boy manga inspired OVA in 1987 ― The Comic Natalie news website reported on Saturday that manga creator Yasuyuki Kunitomo passed away on September 20. He was 65. Kunitomo is known for the 100-oku no Otoko (10 Billion Men) manga (pictured at right), which inspired a live-action TV series adaptation in 1995. Kunitomo also wrote the Shiawase no Jikan, Shin Shiawase no Jikan, and Junk Boy m...
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Escape Journey GN 1

Escape Journey is one of those BL manga that struggles to hit a note between “romantic” and “kind of upsetting.” ― Escape Journey is one of those BL manga that struggles to hit a note between “romantic” and “kind of upsetting.” It's the story of a relationship that could be termed unhealthy from some points of view, and like many of what are known as “Old Skool” romances, consent isn't always a given...
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Koei Tecmo Games to Release Smartphone Version of Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI Game

Game originally launched in N. America for PS2 in 2007, on PC in 2008 ― Koei Tecmo Games announced on Wednesday that it is working with BBGame to produce a smartphone version of Koei's Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI game. The game will launch in "multiple languages" in November for iOS and Android. The New Romance of the Three Kingdoms smartphone game had a soft launch in China earlier this year an...
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Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata Anime Film's Clip Streamed

Film opens in Japan on October 5 ― The official YouTube channel for the Monster Strike anime franchise began streaming a clip on Saturday for the Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata (Beyond the Sky) 3DCG anime film. The film stars: Masataka Kubota (live-action Death Note series' Light, live-action Tokyo Ghoul's Kaneki) as the "boy of destiny" Kanata Yoshimasa Hosoya (Attack on Titan's Reiner, My...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Previews Android 17 in Video

Character is 8th DLC character for fighting game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new video on Saturday for the Dragon Ball FighterZ game. The video previews the previously announced Android 17 as the game's eighth DLC character. The character appears with his Dragon Ball Super design; his Dragon Ball Z design is already in the game as an assist to his sister Android 18. Android...
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Dōkyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue. Feline Anime's Teasers Reveal Main Cast, Composer

Kensho Ono, Haruka Yamazaki voice novelist & his cat; In This Corner of the World's Kotoringo pens music ― The official website for the 2019 television anime of Minatsuki and As Futatsuya's Dōkyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue (My Housemate Is on My Lap, But Sometimes on My Head) began streaming three teaser promotional videos on Saturday. The three videos — an overall one, and one each from the p...
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Kenjiro Tsuda Voices Villain Overhaul in My Hero Academia Anime

Character appeared in penultimate episode of 3rd season on Saturday ― The official website for the My Hero Academia anime revealed on Saturday that Kenjiro Tsuda has joined the anime's cast as the Villain character Overhaul. The character appeared in the third season's 24th episode on Saturday. The third anime season will end with the 25th episode on September 29. The new season premiered on April 7,...
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Crunchyroll Adds RErideD TV Anime's 1st 4 Episodes on Saturday

Anime premieres on Japanese TV on October 3 ― Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that it will begin streaming the first four episodes of Kadokawa's RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida (RErideD: Derrida, who leaps through time) original anime starting on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. EDT. The episodes will go live throughout the day. Crunchyroll will stream the series worldwide outside of Asia. The anime will premier...

Tetsuya Nomura: Kingdom Hearts Will Not End with Kingdom Hearts III

Stage event at Tokyo Game Show reveals boss battle details, confirms secret movie, characters' ages Kingdom Hearts game series director Tetsuya Nomura said during a stage presentation at Tokyo Game Show 2018 on Saturday regarding the previously revealed news that Kingdom Hearts III will end the "Dark Seeker Saga" of the game franchise, "it's most definitely not the end of Kingdom Hearts. I'd like t...
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Virtua Racing Game Added to Sega Ages Project for Switch

Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Force IV launched on Switch for project on September 20 ― Sega announced on Saturday at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 event that the Virtua Racing game is joining the lineup for the Sega Ages project for the Nintendo Switch. Sega did not reveal a release period for the game. With the project, Sega will release more than 15 of its classic games for the Switch. M2 is developing t...
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God Eater 3 Game's Opening Anime by ufotable Previewed in Sneak Peek Video

New demo in PS Store Japan before game launches on December 13 in Japan, in early 2019 in N. America ― Bandai Namco Entertainment presented a sneak peek at the opening animation for its God Eater 3 game at its Tokyo Game Show booth on Saturday. The company announced that the anime studio Ufotable is returning to animate the opening sequence. Bandai Namco Entertainment also announced during a special ...
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Ace Attorney Anime's Season 2 Reveals Promo Video, Opening Theme Artist

Tomohisa Yamashita performs opening theme for series premiering on October 6 ― Capcom's stage presentation at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 event on Saturday revealed a new promotional video for the Ace Attorney Season 2 (Gyakuten Saiban ~Sono "Shinjitsu," Igiari!~ Season 2) anime. The event also revealed that Tomohisa Yamashita will perform the show's opening theme song "Never Lose." The show's official ...
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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy Game Announced for Switch, PS4, Steam, Xbox One

Game's Japanese, English release set for early 2019 ― Capcom announced during a livestream at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 event on Saturday that it will release the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (Gyakuten Saiban 1 2 3 Naruhodō Selection) game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC (via Steam) in early 2019. Capcom USA confirmed the game will get an English release in early 2019, and...
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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato Sequel Anime Film Opens in Spring 2019 with Focus on Mumei

― DMM Games revealed during a stage presentation at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 event on Saturday that the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato (Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri: Unato Kessen) sequel anime film will open in Japan in spring 2019. Tickets will go on sale for the film on October 20. Director Tetsuro Araki stated at the event that the film will focus on the character Mumei. The film wil...
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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Games Get Switch Release

Also: Sword Art Online: Lost Song game will get Steam release ― A "Sword Art Online Game Series 5th Anniversary Special Stage" presentation at Tokyo Game Show on Saturday revealed that the Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet games will get a release on the Nintendo Switch console. The games are in development now, and Bandai Namco Entertainment might not release th...
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Atelier Online Smartphone Game Launches on October 1

― Koei Tecmo announced during a livestream presentation at Tokyo Game Show on Saturday that the Atelier Online ~Bureseiru no Renkinjutsushi~ (Atelier Online: The Alchemist of Blasel) smartphone game from its Gust brand and NHN Play Art will launch in Japan on October 1. The game currently has more than 500,000 pre-registered users. The game was originally slated to launch in winter 2017 but was dela...
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Crunchyroll Confirms Territories for Sword Art Online: Alicization Anime

― Crunchyroll announced the territories on Friday where it will stream the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime this fall. The site will stream the anime in North America, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Crunchyroll describes the series: Where…am I…?” Before he knows it, Kirito has made a full-dive into an epic, fantasy-like virtual world. With...

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Black Clover Anime Unveils Visual for New Season

― This year's 43rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine unveiled a new visual for the Black Clover anime on Saturday. (Note: The below visual at the end of this article may contain spoilers for the anime.) The staff also revealed that the anime is getting a "selection broadcast" starting on October 14 that will screen selected episodes. The selection broadcast will air on TV Tokyo and TV ...
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Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition Adds Art Supplies Collab

Brand-new CLAMP art book also scheduled ― The upcoming Cardcaptor Exhibition -The Enchanted Museum- event at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi Hills opens on October 26, ushering in collectible merchandise and a collaboration with stationary brand Sakura Color Products Corporation (Sakura Coupy). Items include the Sakura Coupy colored pencil packs with super-deformed versions of Sakura, Tomoya...
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WFLE, Otomate Establish Firm to Produce VTubers 'You Can Meet'

2 companies already introduced VTuber character Amon Flockhart ― Wright Flyer Live Entertainment (WFLE) and Idea Factory have agreed to launch a joint venture called REALITY Factory with the aim of producing virtual YouTubers (VTubers) aimed at female audiences. The venture will also focus on "events where you can meet meet VTubers," and hold performances at the Otomate Building, which opened in Ikeb...
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Tokyo Ghoul Gets 2nd Live-Action Film in 2019

Masataka Kubota returns as Kaneki; Maika Yamamoto, Shota Matsuda join cast as Tōka, Tsukiyama ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga announced on Saturday that a sequel film, tentatively titled Tokyo Ghoul 2 has been green-lit for 2019. Masataka Kubota (center in image below) is returning as Ken Kaneki, but Maika Yamamoto (left in image below) is ...
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This is the House That BL Built: Magazine Uses Hot Guys to Teach Architecture

How's your knowledge on the complex inner workings of building design? Most of us are familiar, at least visually, with buttresses, arches, balconies, and columns and can maybe discern a Queen Anne from a Colonial Revival home. If you're looking to dig real deep into architecture terminology but feel intimidated to get started, the October issue of Kenchiku Chishiki (Architectural Knowledge) has c...

Seven Seas Licenses Princess Jellyfish Creator Higashimura's Autobiographical Manga Blank Canvas

Series ran in Japan from 2011-2015 as Kakukaku Shikajika ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Akiko Higashimura's semi-autobiographical manga Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist's Journey (Kakukaku Shikajika) manga. The first volume is slated for physical release with a large trim size on May 21, 2019. Seven Seas describes the manga: High schooler Akiko has big plans to b...
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Hozuki's Coolheadedness Smartphone Game Reveals Developer, Visual

Game will be free free to play ― An official website for the iOS and Android game based on Natsumi Eguchi's Hozuki's Coolheadedness (Hōzuki no Reitetsu) manga opened on Friday, revealing that Taito is developing the game. The website also shared a key visual. Taito has not revealed a release window, but confirmed that the game will be free to play with in-game items. Eguchi launched the manga in Koda...
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Seven Seas Licenses My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Manga (Updated)

Manga follows otome gamer reborn into game as villain ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Satoru Yamaguchi and Nami Hidaka's My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta...) manga. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on July 30, 2019. Seven Seas describes the stor...
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Chio's School Road ‒ Episode 12

"Looking back on the series as a whole, I liked the majority of Chio's School Road but never really found a reason to love it."
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HIDIVE Schedules English Dubs for Tada Never Falls in Love, Made in Abyss Anime

Tada Never Falls in Love dub debuts on September 30, Made in Abyss on October 23 ― HIDIVE announced at its Anime Weekend Atlanta panel on Friday that it will stream the English dub of Tada Never Falls in Love. In addition, the service announced details for its stream of the English dub of Made in Abyss. The first English-dubbed episode of Tada Never Falls in Love will debut at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Septem...
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Re:Zero's Emilia and Subaru Share Cup Noodle in China-Exclusive Commercial

Chinese streaming platform bilibili is hosting exclusive Re:Zero footage--of the two protagonists enjoying cup ramen. The ad is in Japanese with Chinese subtitles and show Subaru introducing Emilia to Cup Noodles' Chinese brand, Hé Wèi Dào, after a study session. The pair enjoy a cup of the seafood flavor Cup Noodle, China's most popular flavor. Cup Noodle regularly collaborates with anime series ...
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The Best of "This Week in Anime"

Just over a year after its creation, Nick, Micchy, Jacob, and Steve of This Week in Anime have laughed and cried over an avalanche of great and terrible anime. Here are some of our favorite memorable moments. ― Hello everyone! Our "This Week in Anime" feature will return next Tuesday to cover the newest avalanche of Netflix premieres, but in the meantime, we thought we'd put together a Best Of TWIA t...

Funimation Licenses Japanese Live-Action Death Note Films

Subtitle-only BD/DVDs slated for January 22 ― Funimation Entertainment announced at Anime Weekend Atlanta on Friday that it has licensed the Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name, and Death Note Light up the NEW world live-action films. The company will release the films on subtitle-only Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and Digital combo packs on January 22, 2019. The first two films will be bundled together. Deat...
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Seven Seas Licenses Creature Girls: A Field Journal in Another World Manga Under Mature Reader Imprint

Company also announces adult yuri anthology Eve x Eve ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed KAKERU's Creature Girls: A Field Journal in Another World (Kagakuteki ni Sonzai Shiuru Creature Musume no Kansatsu Nisshi) under its Ghost Ship imprint for mature readers. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on June 4, 2019. The ongoing series launched on Akit...
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Free! -Dive to the Future- ‒ Episode 11

"Right now, Free! Dive to the Future is more highlight reel than story."
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Steins;Gate 0 ‒ Episode 22

"This penultimate episode spends a lot of time and effort putting an overindulgent bow on a storyline that was never all that compelling to begin with."
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2nd New Celestial Method Image Hints at New Character

Last month, producer Takayuki Nagatani announced a sudden merchandise revival of the 2014 fantasy drama Celestial Method anime. Nagatani shared two new pieces of artwork of the original story's main characters. Nagatani shared another new piece of artwork on Thursday. The image shows the series' characters inside Boyotei Restaurant, a real restaurant within the series' real setting, Tōyako, Hokkai...
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Hitorijime My Hero Anime's English Dub Cast Revealed (Updated With Video)

Austin Tindle, David Matranga star ― Sentai Filmworks revealed the cast for the English dub of the Hitorijime My Hero at Anime Weekend Atlanta on Friday. The company also began streaming a dubbed clip: The cast includes: Austin Tindle as Masahiro Setagawa David Matranga as Kousuke Ohshiba Daman Mills as Asaya Hasekura Alejandro Saab as Kensuke Ohshiba Houston Hayes as Fukushige Greg Cote as Yamabe Ho...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Adds Android 17

Character to launch as part of DLC pass ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Friday that Android 17 will be the eighth DLC character for Dragon Ball FighterZ. The character appears with his Dragon Ball Super design; his Dragon Ball Z design is already in the game as an assist to his sister Android 18. The company shared screenshots, and a moveset video will debut on Saturday. img IMG 171.jpg IMG...
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Actress, Former AKB48 idol Atsuko Maeda Welcomes 1st Child

Former AKB48 idol Atsuko Maeda welcomed her first child recently, according to the actress' agency. Maeda (27) and her husband, actor Ryo Katsuji (32), married at the end of July. According to Maeda's agency, she is stable and recovering from the child's birth. Maeda commented through Ota Production that she plans to continue working so long as her physical condition allows it. She apologized for ...
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill Anime Gets Manga by Tiger & Bunny's Mizuki Sakakibara

Manga launches digitally on October 1 ― The official blog for the Tonari no Young Jump editorial department announced on Friday that Sunrise's Double Decker! Doug & Kirill, an anime series that is "one part" of the "new Tiger & Bunny animation project," will get a manga adaptation that will run on both Shueisha's Tonari no Young Jump website and the YanJan! app. The first chapter will debut at midnig...
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Boarding School Juliet Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website for the television anime of Yōsuke Kaneda's school romantic comedy manga Kishuku Gakkō no Juliet (Boarding School Juliet) is listing the anime with 12 episodes. The website revealed the anime's Blu-ray Disc release information on Friday. The series will have a total of four Blu-ray Disc releases with three episodes each, for a total of 12 episodes. The Blu-ray Disc releases wi...
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Kemono Friends 2 Stage Play Reveals Visual, Cast in Costume

Ayane Suzuki, Kotoko Sasaki star in November play set in Snowy Mountains Area ― The official website for Kemono Friends 2 ~Yuki Furu Yoru no Kemono-tachi~ (Kemono Friends 2: Beasts on the Night When Snow Falls), the new stage play adaptation of Nexon and Mine Yoshizaki's Kemono Friends franchise, revealed the main visual and cast visuals for the play on Thursday. The play's cast includes: Ayane Suzuk...
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Persona Q2 Game Previews 4 Protagonists, Opening Anime in Videos

Game ships in Japan on November 29 ― Atlus began streaming an opening anime video and four protagonist videos for its Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game on Friday. The protagonist videos highlight the protagonists of the Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 5 games. Opening Anime P3 Female Protagonist P3 Male Protagonist P4 Protagonist P5 Protagonist The game will ship on November 29 in ...
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Kaho Miyasaki's 1/100,000 Manga Gets Live-Action Film Adaptation

Spinoff manga of Miyasaka's Akai Ito launched in 2015 after main manga ended ― The November issue of Shogakukan's Cheese! magazine revealed on Saturday that Kaho Miyasaka's 1/100,000 manga will get a live-action film adaptation. The magazine also revealed that Miyasaka will launch a new manga in the magazine's December issue on October 24 titled Kiniro Japanesque ~Yokohama Karentan~. 1/100,000 is a s...
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Gintama 2 Falls to #5, Hibiki Opens at #6 at Japanese Box Office

Live-action Kasane film falls off top 10, Kamen Rider/Super Sentai double feature tops 1 billion yen Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu Tame ni Koso Aru (The Law is Surely There to be Broken), the second live-action film based on Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga, dropped to #5 in its fifth week. The film sold earned 145,515,800 yen (about US$1.29 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film has earned a cumulat...
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Aigan Kaijū Short Anime Revealed With October 7 Debut

Marika Kōno, Nozomi Nishida, Yūki Inoue star in series about monsters ― TV Tokyo revealed the Aigan Kaijū (Pet Monsters) series of anime shorts on Friday. The series will debut on TV Tokyo on October 7 and air on Sundays at 6:54 a.m. The design team play set products (Carino Coni) is partnering with TV Tokyo for the anime. Each three-minute episode will be set in a surreal world and center on mysteri...
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Bandai Namco Acquires Bluefin, Establishes U.S. Toy Company

New company to continue operations under Bluefin name, Steve Fujimura remains CEO ― Bandai Namco Holdings announced on Wednesday that it has acquired an 80% controlling stake in Nippon Imports, LLC, the collectible toy sales company that owns and operates under the brand and trade name Bluefin. The company will establish a new subsidiary named Bandai Namco Collectibles in October that will continue t...
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RErideD TV Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews Quadrangle's Opening Theme

Anime premieres on October 3 with Crunchyroll streaming ― The official website for Kadokawa's RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida (RErideD: Derrida, who leaps through time) original anime began streaming a third promotional video on Friday. The video previews Quadrangle's opening theme song "Paradox." The video also reveals that the anime will get a novel adaptation from Kadokawa's Sneaker Bunko imprint that...
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Endro~! Anime's 4th Character Video Reveals Voice Actress Inori Minase

Studio Gokumi's original anime premieres in January 2019 ― The official website for Studio Gokumi's original television anime Endro~! began streaming its fourth character promotional video on Friday. The video introduces Mei (Meiza Endust, spelling not confirmed), voiced by Inori Minase. Mei is a quiet magician who is usually expressionless. When it comes to the mysterious item "Caltard," she becomes...
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Golden Kamuy 2nd Season Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

New series premieres on October 8 ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga began streaming the second promotional video on Friday for the show's second season. The video previews Sayuri and MY FIRST STORY's opening theme song "Reimei." New cast members joining for the second season include: Yūma Uchida as Yasuku Edogai Katsuyuki Konishi as Second Lieutenant ...
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Zoku Owarimonogatari Anime Reveals TrySail Ending Theme, November 10 Debut

Anime to screen in 30 theaters ― The official website for the Monogatari franchise announced on Friday that the theatrical event screenings for the anime adaptation of NisiOisin's Zoku Owarimonogatari novel will debut in Japan on November 10. The anime will screen in 30 theaters. The site also revealed that TrySail will perform the anime's ending theme song "azure." NisiOisin's Monogatari Series nove...
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My Hero Academia Anime Reveals Cast Members, Designs for 'Big 3' Characters

Tarusuke Shingaki, Yūto Uemura, Kiyono Yasuno join cast ― The official website for the My Hero Academia anime revealed three new cast members on Friday for the anime's "Big 3" characters. The characters are all powerful third-year students. The characters will appear in the 24th episode of the third season on Saturday. Tarusuke Shingaki as Mirio Togata Yūto Uemura as Tamaki Amajiki Kiyono Yasuno as N...
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Ace Attorney Game Franchise Gets New Stage Play in January

New play features Godot's stage debut, with new character designed by Tatsurō Iwamoto ― Super Eccentric Theater announced on Friday that it is producing a new stage play based on Capcom's Ace Attorney games titled Gyakuten Saiban -Gyakuten no GOLD MEDAL- (Ace Attorney -Turnabout GOLD MEDAL). The play will have nine performances from January 16 to 21 at Theater 1010 next year. The play will feature th...
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Tsurune Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews 5 Main Characters

KyoAni's archery series premieres on October 14 ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's television anime of Kotoko Ayano's Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu (Tsurune: Kazemai High School's Archery Club) novel began streaming a third promotional video for the series on Friday. Pony Canyon USA describes the show's story: The story opens with Minato Narumiya beginning his freshman year at the local Ka...
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Gakuen Basara Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews Theme Songs

Spinoff of Sengoku Basara game franchise premieres on October 4 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Gakuen Basara, a high school spinoff project based on Capcom's Sengoku Basara game franchise, began streaming the show's third promotional video on Friday. The video previews both EIGHT OF TRIANGLE's opening theme song "Hokore Kedakaki Utsukushiki, Ikizama o" (Live Proudly, No...
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Violet Evergarden Anime's Extra Episode Streams Exclusively on Netflix Japan Starting on October 4

Extra episode previously shipped on 4th DVD/BD release in Japan in July ― Netflix revealed on Friday that as part of its October lineup, the company will stream the Violet Evergarden extra episode in Japan starting on October 4. The stream will be exclusive to Netflix. The "Extra Episode" anime originally shipped with the television series' fourth Blu-ray Disc and DVD release on July 4. The story of ...
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Key's planetarian Visual Novel Gets Switch Release in Spring 2019

N. America, Europe, Japan release includes English, Japanese, Chinese text ― Game developer Prototype announced on Friday that it will release Visual Art's/Key's planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~ "kinetic novel" for the Nintendo Switch in North America, Japan, and Europe with English, Japanese, and Chinese text. The release is slated for spring 2019. Visual Art's/Key (Clannad, Rewrite, Ang...
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PS Now Game Streaming Service Now Allows Downloads

Transferring save files from cloud to local unit requires PS Plus subscription ― Sony announced on Thursday that it will now allow subscribers to its PlayStation Now game streaming service to download games, allowing players to either play the game offline, or stream it online. Sony noted that "almost all" PlayStation 4 games in the service will be available for download, in addition to the remastere...
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Earth Defense Force 5 Game's Western Release Slated for December 11

― D3 Publisher Inc. revealed on Thursday that it will release the Earth Defense Force 5 PlayStation 4 game in the West on December 11. D3 Publisher describes the game: Earth Defense Force 5 finds players taking up arms to defend Earth against a hostile alien invasion. In addition to hordes of alien insect invaders the series is famous for, the next installment in the fan favorite franchise also intr...
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Wild Arms Million Memories Smartphone Game Launches on September 26

― The official Twitter account for ForwardWorks' Wild Arms Million Memories smartphone role-playing game revealed on Friday that the game will launch for iOS and Android devices on September 26. Under Wild Arms game series designer Akifumi Kaneko's supervision, characters from previous games will reappear in the "completely new" smartphone game with a new story. Rin Akatsuki is performing the theme ...
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Happiness Memories Smartphone Game's Promo Video Reveals 2019 Release (Updated)

Maaya Sakamoto performs game's theme song ― Bushiroad began streaming a promotional video on Friday for it and Monstar Lab's Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card-hen Happiness Memories smartphone game. The video reveals the game's returning cast and 2019 release window. The video also previews Maaya Sakamoto's theme song "Flash." Keiichi Tomita is writing and arranging the song. The game is based on CLAMP's ...
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Kemono Friends Gets Game by Sega

For unspecified platform with voices ― Sega Games announced at a stage event at its Tokyo Game Show booth on Friday that it is producing a game based on the Kemono Friends franchise. Sega Games Chief Strategy Officer Minoru Iwaki could not offer more details on the game's contents or platform. However, he said that his company is putting all its effort into the game, and added that it will include vo...

Phantom in the Twilight Anime's Blu-ray Discs Cancelled in Japan

Ongoing TV anime's 4 home video volumes had been slated for November-February ― The official website for the Happy Elements smartphone game company's first original anime Phantom in the Twilight announced on Friday that the anime's Japanese Blu-ray Disc release has been cancelled "due to various circumstances." Before the announcement, the anime was slated to have four monthly Blu-ray Disc volumes th...
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