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This Week in Games - The Not Very Epic Conclusion

The gaming lawsuit that could determine the fate of gaming platforms is over. Kind of. So, who won? ― Hey folks! By the time you read this, the internet will be on the cusp of going completely bonkers over Deltarune Chapter 2. It was announced on creator Toby Fox's Undertale 6th anniversary stream that the game will be dropping at 8 PM EST today, so if you don't want spoilers, you should probably kno...
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Doughnuts Under a Crescent Moon GN 2

While this is a positive from the point of view of representation, it also raises a different question: is there a conflation of homosexuality and asexuality in manga about queer characters? If so, it's not terribly helpful. ― It is interesting, to me anyway, to note that I have now encountered three separate yuri titles where one or both of the protagonists exhibit signs of being on the asexual/demi...
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The Sky is Blue with a Single Cloud GN

Nominated for an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Collection, Kuniko Tsurita explores gender fluidity, ideas of death, and what it means to participate in the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s. ― Kuniko Tsurita may be the most important manga creator you've never heard of. That sounds like an exaggeration, perhaps, but it isn't: Tsurita, who tragically died of lupus at age thirty-seven in 1985, was the...
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Ragna Crimson Volume 3

The high fantasy action between super-powered demigods is exceptionally thrilling, as Daiki Kobayashi delivers remarkably well-realized pages that incorporate detail, artistic flair, and bone-crushing impact. ― Three volumes in, I think Ragna Crimson is finally hitting a good stride. If you have been following the series thus far, then you already have some idea of what to expect. The art is consiste...
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The ANN Aftershow - Why Shigaraki Needs a Hug

Shigaraki awakens the latent memories of his past, including what happened to his parents, grandparents, and older sister, and its super dang sad, guys. Also: The Case Study of Vanitas and the PlayStation showcase! ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 111: Why Shigaraki Needs a Hug The fight between Shigaraki and ReDestro heats up, causing the League of Villains leader's own power to increase. ...
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I Will Cook with My Fluffy Friends Novel 2

It's hard to argue with an isekai heroine whose grand plans include “baking lots of strawberry pastry” and “building a dog park.” ― It's hard to argue with an isekai heroine whose grand plans include “baking lots of strawberry pastry” and “building a dog park.” I Will Cook with My Fluffy Friends' second volume definitely treads closer to iyashikei territory than the first, mixing that with Laeticia's...
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Peach Boy Riverside ‒ SEASON FINALE

One at-last appreciable element of Peach Boy Riverside is the understanding we don't need to judge this episode as a true 'finale'.
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Deep Insanity: The Lost Child Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, Cast, Theme Songs, October 12 Premiere

Deep Insanity: Asylum game debuts on October 14 ― The official Twitter account for Square Enix's Deep Insanity media project revealed on Friday the second promotional video, additional cast, staff, theme song artists, key visual, and October 12 premiere for Deep Insanity: The Lost Child, the television anime part of the project. The video previews the opening theme song "Inochi no Tomoshibi" (Light o...
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Manga Plus Editor Says the Service Is Growing Fast, But Translation Costs Are High

Yūta Momiyama predicts even split in 10 years between Japanese, overseas manga readership as machine translation technology improves ― Shueisha editor Yūta Momiyama, who manages Weekly Shonen Jump's Shonen Jump+ and Manga Plus online services, highlighted the current state of the Manga Plus service in an interview with ITMedia earlier this month. He explained that the service currently has 5 million ...
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Series Gets Movie

2nd season's final episode aired on Saturday ― The official website for the television anime of 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...) light novels announced on Saturday that the series is getting a movie. The staff will reveal more details about the movie and its premier...
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The aquatope on white sand ‒ Episodes 10-11

There's this… unique tension and momentum to episode 10 that's kind of like watching a car crash: it happens all at once and so slowly. I feel like we're caught at that initial moment of impact.
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This Week in Games - The Not Very Epic Conclusion

The gaming lawsuit that could determine the fate of gaming platforms is over. Kind of. So, who won? ― Hey folks! By the time you read this, the internet will be on the cusp of going completely bonkers over Deltarune Chapter 2. It was announced on creator Toby Fox's Undertale 6th anniversary stream that the game will be dropping at 8 PM EST today, so if you don't want spoilers, you should probably kno...
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My Senpai Is Annoying TV Anime Reveals 4 Cast Members

Akio Ohtsuka, Yutaka Aoyama, Yuta Odagaki, Takayuki Kondō ― The official website for the television anime of Shiro Manta's My Senpai Is Annoying (Senpai ga Uzai Kōhai no Hanashi) manga announced four cast members on Friday. The newly announced cast includes (pictured above from left to right): Akio Ohtsuka as Ojii-chan, Futaba's grandfather Yutaka Aoyama as Department Chief Yuta Odagaki as Oishi Taka...
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The Case Study of Vanitas Anime's 2nd Part Premieres in January 2022

Rie Kugimiya joins cast as Chloe ― The official Twitter account for BONES' anime of Jun Mochizuki's The Case Study of Vanitas (Vanitas no Carte) manga announced on Saturday that the anime's second part will premiere in January 2022 for the winter season. The anime has cast Rie Kugimiya as Chloe (pictured below), who appeared in the first part's 12th and final episode on Saturday. The anime premiered ...
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Doughnuts Under a Crescent Moon GN 2

While this is a positive from the point of view of representation, it also raises a different question: is there a conflation of homosexuality and asexuality in manga about queer characters? If so, it's not terribly helpful. ― It is interesting, to me anyway, to note that I have now encountered three separate yuri titles where one or both of the protagonists exhibit signs of being on the asexual/demi...
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NisiOisin, Posuka Demizu Collaborate for 1-Shot Sequel for Hirohiko Araki's Mashōnen B.T. Manga

51-page full-color 1-shot sequel of Jojo's creator's first serialized manga debuts on October 19 ― Shueisha revealed on Friday that writer NisiOisin (Monogatari series) and artist Posuka Demizu (The Promised Neverland) are collaborating to create a one-shot manga sequel to Hirohiko Araki's Mashōnen B.T. (Cool Shock B.T.) manga titled Marōshinshi B.T. (Cool Shock Old B.T.). The 51-page full-color one-...
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Kochikame Manga Gets 4-Page 1-Shot Chapter on September 27

1-shot celebrates 201st volume debuting on October 4 ― This year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that Osamu Akimoto will publish a four-page one-shot chapter for his Kochikame manga in the magazine's next issue on September 27. The one-shot will celebrate the manga's upcoming 201st volume, which will ship on October 4. Akimoto has published several extra ch...
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Radwimps Band's Guitarist Akira Kuwahara Goes on Hiatus

Remaining band members acknowledge report of extramarital affair ― Rock band RADWIMPS announced on Friday that guitarist Akira Kuwahara is going on hiatus, and acknowledged a report that he had an extramarital affair. The band will continue on with remaining active members Yōjiro Noda and Yūsuke Takeda. The band's members and staff will discuss the situation before making a final decision on the band...
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Live-Action Bungō Stray Dogs: Beast Film's English-Subtitled Teaser Unveils More Cast, Staff, January 7 Debut

Film of what-if role-reversal story reunites several cast members from stage plays ― The official website and Twitter account for Bungō Stray Dogs the Movie: Beast, the live-action film of Kafka Asagiri's light novel Bungō Stray Dogs: Beast, posted an English-subtitled teaser trailer on Friday. The teaser announces more of the film's cast and staff as well as its January 7 opening date. The cast memb...
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My Isekai Life TV Anime Reveals Teaser Visual, 2022 Premiere

REVOROOT, Pony Canyon produce story of protagonist gaining 2nd profession as powerful sage ― The staff of the television anime of Shinkoshoto's Tensei Kenja no Isekai Life ~Daini no Shokugyō o Ete, Sekai Saikyō ni Narimashita~ (The Reincarnated Sage's Alternate World Life: I Got a Second Profession, and Became the Most Powerful in the World) light novel series opened a website for the anime, which re...
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Rumble Garanndoll Anime's Video Reveals More Staff, Aina Suzuki's Ending Song, October 11 Debut

Yūsuke Shirato scores anime, which also gets manga adaptation ― The official website for the Rumble Garanndoll (Gyakuten Sekai no Denchi Shōjo: Rumble Garanndoll, literally, Turnabout World's Battery Girl) anime unveiled a new visual and second promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals the anime's additional staff members and October 11 premiere date, and it also previews the chara...

ufotable Founder Hikaru Kondo Admits to Evading 138 Million Yen in Taxes

Prosecution: Demon Slayer & Fate anime's studio, president allegedly hid 441 million yen in income ― Anime studio ufotable's founder, representative director, and president Hikaru Kondo admitted to the charge of violating the Corporation Tax Act and Consumption Tax Act by failing to pay 138 million yen (about US$1.25 million) in taxes at a preliminary hearing by the Tokyo District Court on Friday. Du...
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Hakuōki Original Video Anime Unveils Teaser, Staff, Cast, Dates, Song Artists

1st episode streams in Japan on November 13 with returning cast, staff ― The official website for the anime adaptations of Otomate's Hakuōki otome game franchise unveiled a teaser promotional video, the main staff and cast, debut dates, theme song artists, and a new key visual for the franchise's new original video anime (OVA) project on Friday. The OVA will have three episodes that will ship on Blu-...

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Live-Action 'Will I Be Single Forever?' Film's Teaser Highlights 4 Women's Pursuit of Happiness

Film of Mari Okazaki's manga opens on November 19 ― The official website for the live-action film of Mari Okazaki's Will I Be Single Forever? (Zutto Dokushin de Iru Tsumori?) manga posted a teaser trailer for the film on Friday. The teaser highlights the film's main characters — the single writer Mami, the single real-estate agent Yukino, the unemployed Miho seeking a well-off husband, and the Instag...
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SD Gundam World Heroes Project Gets Side Story This Coming Winter

Side story takes place in Knight World, centers on Knight Strike Gundam ― Sunrise announced on Friday that it is planning a side story for SD Gundam World Heroes, the newest anime in the SD Gundam World franchise. Sunrise did not reveal the format of the new side story, but it will debut this coming winter. The side story takes place in Knight World, and focuses on Knight Strike Gundam as he overcome...

Funimation Announces The World Ends With You Anime's English Dub, Cast

Funimation to stream Cardfight!! Vanguard overDress anime's 2nd season ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming an English dub for The World Ends with You the Animation (Subarashiki Kono Sekai The Animation), the anime of Square Enix's The World Ends with You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai) action role-playing game on Friday. Funimation also announced that it will stream the second se...
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Wealthy Yu-Gi-Oh! Fans Can Emulate Seto Kaiba With His Briefcase

25th anniversary "Ultimate Kaiba Set" includes Kaiba's card deck ― The Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series is commemorating its 25th anniversary by releasing an "Ultimate Kaiba Set." This deluxe package, which costs 33,000 yen (approximately US$301), comes with Seto Kaiba's iconic briefcase, plus his entire card deck with original edition artwork. This includes three copies of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon and three...

Former Employees Sue Good Smile for Distributing 'Potentially Obscene Sexually Explicit Anime Merchandise'

Good Smile initially sued former vice presidents for corporate misconduct ― Two former employees of Nendoroid and Figma toy company Good Smile, Guy Brand and James Young-sik Kim, are suing Good Smile for distributing "potentially obscene sexually explicit anime products and merchandise" of underage characters, engaging in false designation of corporate officers as independent contractors, tax evasion...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S ‒ Episode 11

This week's episode of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid is a lot of pontificating about freedom when what I really wanted was Tiny Tohru Adventures.
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Gets Remade as Children's Books

Simplified 3-part version of light novel's 1st volume shipped on Wednesday under Micro Magazine's new Kanade Bunko imprint ― A children's book version of Fuse's That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime light novel series was released in Japan on Wednesday. It is part of the debut lineup of Micro Magazine's Kanade Bunko imprint, which launched this month. The illustrations are drawn by Moryo based on c...
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Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU ‒ Episode 13

Another week of Higurashi, another week of me trying to squeeze blood from a stone.
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Pompo: The Cinéphile Anime Film Screens in N. America in 2022

GKIDS screens film with sub/dub ― GKIDS announced on Thursday that it will screen the anime film of Shogo Sugitani's Pompo: The Cinéphile (Eiga Daisuki Pompo-san) manga in Japanese with English subtitles and an English dub in North America in 2022. The film was slated to open in 2020 in Japan, but was delayed to a March 19, 2021 opening due to "various circumstances," and then delayed again to a June...
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Artists Draw Tribute Visuals For 4K Remaster of Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell Film

1995 film gets IMAX screenings in Japan, US from September 17 ― Artists AC-bu (Pop Team Epic), omao, Tsukimizu, and Bustaskill drew tribute visuals for the 4K remastered version of Mamoru Oshii's 1995 Ghost in the Shell film. Bandai Namco Arts is holding a giveaway campaign for film viewers in Japan. Those who follow the @VSTORAGE Twitter account and tweet their ticket stub for the film will enter a ...
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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom ‒ Episode 11

This had to be one of my favorite episodes if for no other reason than it was unintentionally hilarious.
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The Sky is Blue with a Single Cloud GN

Nominated for an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Collection, Kuniko Tsurita explores gender fluidity, ideas of death, and what it means to participate in the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s. ― Kuniko Tsurita may be the most important manga creator you've never heard of. That sounds like an exaggeration, perhaps, but it isn't: Tsurita, who tragically died of lupus at age thirty-seven in 1985, was the...
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Phantom Breaker: Omnia Game Delayed to Early 2022

Localization, porting processes taking longer than expected ― Rocket Panda Games revealed on Tuesday that it has delayed its release of the Phantom Breaker: Omnia 2D fighting game, an update of MAGES.' Phantom Breaker: Extra game, from 2021 to early 2022. Sakari "P," the game's director and producer, revealed that the localization and porting processes have been taking longer than expected. He noted ...
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Love Live! Superstar!! ‒ Episode 7

For as familiar as Ren feels, she's actually pretty novel in her direct antagonism of all things School Idol, especially when she admits to not having a particular reason for her disapproval beyond them not aligning with her vision for Yuigaoka.

bilibili Removes Art, Data for Chinese Servants in Chinese Version of Fate/Grand Order Game

13 characters tentatively changed to generic class name/number ― Chinese online platform bilibili removed and altered illustrations, voices, names, and data for several Chinese servant characters from the Chinese version of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game on Thursday. The following characters' names have been tentatively changed to a generic class name and number. Jingke: Assassin 042 Lu Bu: Ber...
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Gunma-chan Mascot Anime Streams Episode Before October 3 TV Premiere

2nd promotional video also streamed ― The official website for the television anime based on Gunma Prefecture's mascot character Gunma-chan announced on Thursday that one episode will stream for free before the anime's October 3 broadcast premiere. The tsulunos channel on YouTube will stream a full seven-minute episode from the anime from Friday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. (5:00 a.m. EDT) until Octobe...
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Alice Gear Aegis Original Video Anime Launches

15-minute OVA only viewable via QR code bundled with 3 separate figures Alice Gear Aegis: Doki! Actress Darake no Mermaid Grand Prix (Throb! The Mermaid Grand Prix Full of Actresses), the original video anime (OVA) adaptation of COLOPL's Alice Gear Aegis smartphone game, launched on Wednesday. People who purchase MegaHouse's Sitara Kaneshiya Desktop Army figure, Kotobukiya's Sugumi Kanagata Megami ...
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Yomiji Otono's Boku ga Aishita Subete no Kimi e, Kimi o Aishita Hitori no Boku e Sci-Fi Romance Novels Get 2022 Anime Films

Both parallel-world films to open simultaneously next year ― Hayakawa Shobo announced on September 9 that Yomiji Otono's Boku ga Aishita Subete no Kimi e (To Every You I've Loved Before) and Kimi o Aishita Hitori no Boku e (To The Solitary Me That Loved You) novels are inspiring two anime films, which will open at the same time next year. Otono released the two science-fiction romance novels on the s...
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Live-Action Musicophilia Film's Trailer Reveals November 19 Opening

Film based on Akira Saso manga stars Kai Inowaki, Honoka Matsumoto, Ikusaburō Yamazaki ― The official website for the live-action film of Akira Saso's Musicophilia manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Thursday. The trailer highlights the film's characters, and also reveals the film's November 19 opening date. The "youth story" manga centers on Saku, who has a complex about music and attend...

Artist huke Launches New Black Rock Shooter Anime Project

Black Rock Shooter: Dawn Fall teased with visual ― Illustrator huke revealed on Thursday that a new anime project for the Black Rock Shooter franchise is launching. The project is titled Black Rock Shooter: Dawn Fall. The announcement did not reveal any other details, but huke drew the below visual for the new project. The Black Rock Shooter franchise began with an illustration by huke of the eponymo...
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Baki Hanma Anime Adds 6 Cast Members

Tesshō Genda, Kensho Ono, Ryoichi Tanaka, more join anime debuting in 2 weeks ― The official website for TMS Entertainment's Baki Hanma anime revealed more cast members on Thursday. The new cast includes: Tesshō Genda as Saman Kensho Ono as Chamomile Lessen Ryoichi Tanaka as Prison Warden Tomohisa Asou as Old Prisoner Taiten Kusonoki as Deputy Warden Samuel Toru Ohkawa as George Bosch The anime will ...
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'Everything for Demon King Evelogia' Anime Reveals Theme Song in Videos

2 main leads highlighted in anime debuting October 1 ― The official website for the AnimeFesta series of Kajiwara's isekai fantasy boys-love manga Everything for Demon King Evelogia (Maō Evelogia ni Mi o Sasage yo or Reincarnated Into Demon King Evelogia's World) began streaming two new promotional videos for the anime on Wednesday. The first video below highlights the character Eve, while the second...
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Sword Art Online Progressive Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song, Highlights Asuna, Mito's Relationship

LiSA performs theme song "Yuke," Inori Minase plays Mito in October 30 film ― The official website for the Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night anime film began streaming a new trailer for the film on Thursday. The trailer previews the film's theme song "Yuke" by LiSA, who also co-wrote the song. The trailer also highlights the new character Mito, played by Inori Minase. ...
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CLAMP Releases Limited Edition Magic Knight Rayearth-Inspired Kimono

Only three kimonos of each color will be made and sold ― As part of a collaborative project between the manga creator quartet CLAMP and the city of Kyoto, a set of Kyo Yuzen kimonos inspired by the Magic Knight Rayearth series are currently available for sale. Representing the primary colors of the series' protagonists Hikaru Shidou, Umi Ryuuzaki, and Fuu Hououji, the kimonos come in red, blue, and g...
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Sentai Filmworks Reveals English Dub Cast for 1st Girls und Panzer das Finale Anime Film

Sentai Flimworks released film on BD on Tuesday ― Sentai Filmworks revealed the English dub cast for the first Girls und Panzer das Finale film on Tuesday. Margaret McDonald as Miho Rebekah Stevens as Yukari Caitlynn French as Hana Jessica Calvello as Saori Molly Searcy as Mako Christina Stroup as Anzu Serena Varghese as Yuzu Elizabeth Maxwell Genevieve Simmons as Isobe Kalin Coates as Taeko Cynthia ...

Seven Seas Licenses 3 Manga, 1 Light Novel Series

Magic Artisan Dahlia Wilts No More, Wicked Trapper: Hunter of Heroes, X-Gender, more ― Seven Seas announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the It's a Little Hard to be a Villainess of an Otome Game in Modern Society light novel series and the Magic Artisan Dahlia Wilts No More, Wicked Trapper: Hunter of Heroes, and X-Gender manga. Seven Seas will release the first volume of Tofuro Futsukaichi and ...
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Battle Spirits: Connected Battlers PS4, Switch Game Launches on January 20, 2022

Trailer reveals over 1,000 cards for video game ― Game developer and publisher FuRyu announced on Wednesday that Battle Spirits: Connected Battlers, its game for the Battle Spirits card game franchise, will launch for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on January 20, 2022. The company streamed a promotional video: The game will feature over 1,000 cards. Bandai launched its original Battle Spirits trad...
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Netflix Previews Sailor Moon Eternal Films' Key Animation Drawings

Netflix began streaming both films worldwide on June 3 ― The Netflix Anime YouTube channel posted a "Step by Step" video previewing the Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie (Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal) anime films' key animation drawings. The short video can be watched using clips from the English, German, French, Spanish, Thai, and Portuguese dubs. Closed-caption subtitles are avai...
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Record of Ragnarok Series Gets Stage Play

Stage play runs in Tokyo from November 27-December 5 ― The anime of Shinya Umemura, Ajichika, and Takumi Fukui's Record of Ragnarok (Shūmatsu no Walküre) manga is inspiring a stage play that will run at Kokumin Kyosai Co-op Hall in Tokyo from November 27 to December 5. The cast includes (pictured above from left to right, starting with top row): Haruna Iikubo as Brunhilde Marina Tanoue as Göll Naoya ...
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2nd Sumikko Gurashi Anime Film Gets Switch Game

Game launches on December 2 Eiga Sumikko Gurashi: Aoi Tsukiyo no Mahō no Ko (The Magical Child of the Blue Moonlit Night), the second film in San-X's Sumikko Gurashi franchise, is getting a game for Nintendo Switch on December 2. The Eiga Sumikko Gurashi: Aoi Tsukiyo no Mahō no Ko – Game de Asobō! Eiga no Sekai party game includes 20 mini-games based on the movie's episodes. Every mini-game can be ...
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Overlord's Ainz Tries Out a Skirt in Crossover Visual With Upcoming A Couple of Cuckoos Anime

Television anime of Miki Yoshikawa's manga will debut in 2022 ― The official website and Twitter account for the upcoming A Couple of Cuckoos television anime series unveiled a spooky crossover visual with the Overlord anime series on Wednesday. The visual depicts the respective protagonists wearing each other's clothes. Amusingly, this means that the skeleton lord Ainz is shown wearing an ill-fittin...
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Delicious in Dungeon Manga Nears Climax

Manga's 11th volume shipped on Wednesday ― The wraparound jacket band on the 11th compiled book volume of Ryōko Kui's Delicious in Dungeon (Dungeon Meshi) manga revealed on Wednesday that the story is nearing its climax. Yen Press licensed the manga, and it describes the story: What do you get when you cross dungeon adventures and food manga? You get Delicious in Dungeon, where we find our troupe of ...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 ‒ Episode 47

. If anything, the addition of Beretta (not to mention Veldora) makes things so lopsided in Rimuru's favor that half of the ongoing fights is resolved instantly.
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Demon Slayer Film's Blu-ray Disc Ships in U.S., Canada on December 21

Film gets limited edition BD on same day ― Funimation announced on Wednesday that it will release the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Movie: Mugen Train anime film on Blu-ray Disc in the U.S. and Canada on December 21. Aniplex of America will release the film on a limited edition Blu-ray Disc on the same day. The releases will include the film in Japanese with English subtitles and with the Engl...
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Ragna Crimson Volume 3

The high fantasy action between super-powered demigods is exceptionally thrilling, as Daiki Kobayashi delivers remarkably well-realized pages that incorporate detail, artistic flair, and bone-crushing impact. ― Three volumes in, I think Ragna Crimson is finally hitting a good stride. If you have been following the series thus far, then you already have some idea of what to expect. The art is consiste...
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The Heike Story TV Anime Posts Short Video, Visual Before Premiere

Anime premieres on Wednesday ― The official website for The Heike Story, Naoko Yamada and Science Saru's television anime of Hideo Furukawa's Heike Monogatari novel posted a 15-second promotional video and key visual on Wednesday. The anime will begin streaming on Fuji TV's FOD service in Japan on Wednesday at 24:00 (effectively, Thursday at midnight) and abroad through Funimation and bilibili. The a...
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LiSA Co-Writes, Performs Sword Art Online Progressive Film's Theme Song

YOASOBI's Ayase composes theme song "Yuke" ― The official website for the Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night anime film announced on Wednesday that LiSA (Sword Art Online, Demon Slayer) co-wrote and performed the film's theme song "Yuke." LiSA wrote the lyrics, and composer Ayase of the YOASOBI duo (Beastars) composed the song. This is LiSA's first song for the Sword Ar...
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Nintendo Reduces Switch Prices in UK, Europe

Switch console in UK reduced from £280 to £259.99 on Nintendo's online store ― Video game news website Eurogamer reported on Monday that Nintendo reduced the price of its Switch console from £280 (about $387) to £259.99 (about $360) on its online store in the United Kingdom ahead of the release of its new OLED model on October 8. A Nintendo representative stated to the news outlet that the consoles' ...
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Seven Knights 2 Sequel Smartphone Game Gets Global Release This Year

Original game inspired TV anime earlier this year ― Netmarble announced on Tuesday that it will release its Seven Knights 2 sequel game worldwide this year for iOS and Android devices. Netmarble released the sequel game in November 2020. The original Seven Knights game launched for iOS and Android devices in Japan in 2016. Netmarble has also released the smartphone game in English. The company descri...
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Nippon Ichi Software's Bokuhime Project Game Comes to PC via Steam in Japanese Only on October 16

Game launched for PS4, Switch in April 2020; on PC via DL Site on February 5 ― Nippon Ichi Software listed its Bokuhime Project "all-ages women's clothing awakening adventure" game for release on Steam on October 16. The game will be available for PC via Steam only in Japanese. The game launched for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in April 2020. It later launched for PC via DL Site on February 5. N...
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FuRyu's Monark RPG's English Trailer Previews Party Members

Game launches in English in early 2022 ― NIS America began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for publisher FuRyu and developer Lancarse's new game Monark on Tuesday. The video reveals the party members in the game. NIS America will release the game in English for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in early 2022. The game will ship for PS5, PS4, and Switch in Japan on Oc...
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Shinka no Mi TV Anime Reveals New Promo Video, October 4 Debut

Also: Tetsu Inada to play character Saria before "evolution ― The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Miku and U35's Shinka no Mi ~Shiranai Uchi ni Kachigumi Jinsei~ (The Fruit of Evolution ~Before I Knew It, My Life Had It Made~) light novel series began streaming the show's second promotional video on Wednesday. The video reveals that the anime will premiere in Japan on ...
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Marvelous Producer Discusses Possible Daemon x Machina Game Sequel

Original game launched on Switch in 2019, Steam in 2020 ― Marvelous Entertainment producer Kenichirō Tsukuda discussed the possibility of a sequel to the company's Daemon X Machina game during the second anniversary live stream event for the first game on Tuesday. In the video (at 1:05:30 mark in the video below), Tsukuda states, "while this isn't an announcement, I want to make a strong declaration ...
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Bandai Namco to Unveil Life-Size RX-93ffν Gundam Statue in Fukuoka Next Spring

New mobile suit based on RX-93 ν Gundam will have protagonist tricolor, new long-range fin funnel mount ― Sunrise and the Bandai Namco Group announced on Wednesday that they will unveil a new life-size Gundam statue in Fukuoka's Mitsui Shopping Park Lalaport in spring 2022. The statue will depict a new mobile suit named the RX-93ffν Gundam, heavily based on Amuro Ray's RX-93 ν Gundam (pronounced "Nu ...

Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Directs Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island Anime Film Opening in 2022

Film to retell 15th episode of original Gundam TV series ― Sunrise revealed at the "Dai 2-kai Gundam Conference" event on Wednesday that it is producing a new anime film titled Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Cucuruz Doan no Shima). The film will open in 2022. Manga creator and animator Yoshikazu Yasuhiko will direct the film. Yasuhiko had revealed in June that he was w...

Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Anime Gets 9-Part Compilation TV Special

Compilation premieres in spring 2022, connects to Urðr-Hunt spinoff ― Sunrise announced on Wednesday that it is producing a new television special compilation of the Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans) television anime series. The new compilation will have nine parts, slated for a spring 2022 premiere — the same period as the Kidō Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu...
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Latest Poe Clan Manga Arc Listed as Ending in 2nd Volume

2nd volume ships in November ― Shogakukan is listing the second compiled book volume of Poe no Ichizoku: Himitsu no Hanazono (The Poe Clan: The Secret Garden), a new arc in Moto Hagio's Poe no Ichizoku (The Poe Clan) manga, as the last volume of the manga. The volume will ship on November 10. The manga launched in May 2019, and the end of the first chapter announced a hiatus for the manga. The manga ...

Sunrise Reveals Gundam: The Witch From Mercury, 1st New Gundam TV Anime in 7 Years

Series will premiere in 2022 ― Sunrise revealed at the "Dai 2-kai Gundam Conference" event on Wednesday that it is producing the first new Gundam television anime series in seven years, titled Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo). The new anime will premiere in 2022. Sunrise opened a website in multiple languages for the anime and also revealed a logo, but w...
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Serena Kōzuki Returns to Perform Duel Masters King!'s New Ending Song

Nightmare to perform new opening theme ― The staff of Duel Masters King! (with an exclamation point), the new television anime in the Duel Masters King television anime series, announced on Wednesday that the Serena Kōzuki is returning to perform the new ending theme song for the anime titled "Minna to Iru Sekai" (The World Where I'm With Everybody). The song will debut in the anime in October. In ad...
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A Couple of Cuckoos TV Anime's Video Reveals Nao Tōyama as Hiro Segawa

Toyama joins cast of 2022 anime alongside Kaito Ishikawa, Akari Kitō ― The official website for the television anime of Miki Yoshikawa's A Couple of Cuckoos manga revealed a new key visual and began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video reveals that Nao Toyama is joining the cast as the character Hiro Segawa, and highlights the character. The anime will premiere in 2...
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Netflix Debuts Komi Can't Communicate Anime on October 21 With Weekly Stream Outside Japan

Netflix began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the television anime of Tomohito Oda's Komi Can't Communicate (Comi-san wa Comyushō desu.) manga on Tuesday. The trailer reveals that Netflix will debut the anime outside of Japan on October 21, two weeks after its Japanese premiere, with weekly new episodes. Netflix will stream the anime in over 190 countries and territories in eight langua...

Komi Can't Communicate Anime's Video Previews Theme Songs, Lists Netflix Streaming Globally (Updated)

Cider Girl performs opening song 'Cinderella' for October 6 anime ― The official website for the television anime of Tomohito Oda's Komi Can't Communicate (Comi-san wa Comyushō desu.) manga began streaming the second full promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video reveals and previews the anime's opening theme song "Cinderella" by Cider Girl, and also previews the ending theme song "Hika...
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Yuruyuri Manga Creator Namori Draws Fanart of VTubers, Anime Idols, and More

Yuruyuri's manga creator Namori blessed Twitter users with a deluge of fanart that they have recently drawn, ranging from Virtual YouTubers, to the idols from [email protected], Love Live!, and Ensemble Stars! ― Last week, Yuruyuri's manga creator Namori blessed Twitter users with a deluge of fanart that they have recently drawn, ranging from Virtual YouTubers, to the idols from [email protected], Love Live, and E...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, September 12-18

Girls und Panzer das Finale, Magical Girl Site anime; Mao, Animal Crossing New Horizons: Deserted Island Diary manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Black Clover Season 3 Part 5 BD/DVDPlease Funimation US$54.98 September 14 Black Clover Season 3 Part 5 BD/DVD + ArtbookCite Funimation US$69.98 September 14 Girls und Panzer das Finale Part 1 BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai F...
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Satellite Arts Offers Custom Signed Shikishi by Kenichi Sonoda, Kia Asamiya (NSFW)

Shoppers can request a character illustration from a select list of series and have it specially delivered to them for a price usually between 40,000 (US$363) to 50,000 yen (US$454). ― The Satellite Arts delivery service offers custom signed shikishi by acclaimed retro anime artists, with a particular emphasis on the works of Kia Asamiya (Martian Successor Nadesico, Silent Möbius), Kenichi Sonoda (Gu...
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Seirei Gensouki - Spirit Chronicles ‒ Episode 11

Because the series flew through the source material so callously, none of the characters are quite developed enough to make this the episode they deserve.
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The ANN Aftershow - Why Shigaraki Needs a Hug

Shigaraki awakens the latent memories of his past, including what happened to his parents, grandparents, and older sister, and its super dang sad, guys. Also: The Case Study of Vanitas and the PlayStation showcase! ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 111: Why Shigaraki Needs a Hug The fight between Shigaraki and ReDestro heats up, causing the League of Villains leader's own power to increase. ...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 991

And at this point, we are only just now meeting Yamato, who has to be one of the most developed and pivotal characters in the entire arc.

Folks… we have a long way to go.
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Funimation Streams English Dub for Madhouse's Sonny Boy Sci-Fi Anime

Dub premieres on Thursday ― Funimation announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming an English dub for Shingo Natsume (One-Punch Man, ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., Space Dandy) and Madhouse's original science-fiction survival television anime Sonny Boy on Thursday. The English cast includes: Derick Snow as Nagara Tia Ballard as Mizuho Daman Mills as Asakaze Luci Christian as Nozomi Ry McK...
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Rilakkuma and Kaoru Animator Recreates Iconic Akira Scene in Stop-Motion

Kenta Shinohara's latest work is a step-up in ambition and complexity: recreating the bike slide from Akira. ― Stop-motion animator Kenta Shinohara (Rilakkuma and Kaoru) has gone viral before through making animations with video game and anime figurines. His latest work is a step-up in ambition and complexity: Recreating the iconic Akira motorcycle scene with stop-motion animation. フィギュアコマ撮り【バイクでダッシュ...
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Battle Game in 5 Seconds ‒ Episode 10

As we're constantly cutting between everyone else's pasts, having them explain their backstories and hang-ups to us mid-fight, it creates this awkward start-stop effect that makes Battle Game feel even more stuttered and scattershot than it already did.

Funimation Adds Aria, Gakuen Alice Anime; Date A Live, Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi Anime Films to Catalog

Anime begin streaming on September 21 ― Funimation announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming the following anime in partnership with Kadokawa and Nozomi Entertainment on September 21. ARIA The ANIMATION ARIA The NATURAL ARIA The OVA ~ ARIETTA ARIA The ORIGINATION ARIA The AVVENIRE Gakuen Alice Date A Bullet: Dead or Bullet Gekijōban Date A Live: Mayuri Judgment Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi: The Case...
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Toei Animation Makes Promo Videos for Senya Mihagi's Novels

Video previews Tanabata no Yoru ni Okaeri novel, Tokimori no Last Dance sequel to Popin Q ― Kawade Shobo Shinsha began streaming on Tuesday a promotional video animated by Toei Animation for Izumi Todo (the collective pseudonym for the Toei Animation staff) and novelist Senya Mihagi's Tokimori no Last Dance, a sequel novel to Toei Animation's Popin Q anime film, and Mihagi's Tanabata no Yoru ni Okaer...
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I Will Cook with My Fluffy Friends Novel 2

It's hard to argue with an isekai heroine whose grand plans include “baking lots of strawberry pastry” and “building a dog park.” ― It's hard to argue with an isekai heroine whose grand plans include “baking lots of strawberry pastry” and “building a dog park.” I Will Cook with My Fluffy Friends' second volume definitely treads closer to iyashikei territory than the first, mixing that with Laeticia's...
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Junji Ito Launches Genkai Chitai Season 2 Manga

1st season ended in February ― Horror manga creator Junji Ito revealed on Twitter on Tuesday that he has launched the second season of his Genkai Chitai (Disturbing Zone) on the AERA dot website. The manga will update on Tuesdays. The first chapter is titled "Demon King of Dust" ("Jinai no Maо̄"). Ito launched Genkai Chitai on the LINE Manga service in April 2020. The manga centers on the oddities th...
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Live-Action A3! Spring & Summer Film's Trailer Announces December 3 Opening

Poster visual also unveiled ― The official website for the live-action films based on the stage plays of Liber Entertainment's A3! male actor-training smartphone game revealed on Tuesday that the Mankai Movie A3! ~Spring & Summer~ film will open on December 3. The website also unveiled the film's full trailer and poster visual. The film is based on the Spring & Summer stage play. The cast members for...
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Otoko Juku Gaiden: Date Omito Manga Ends

10th, final volume ships on September 29 ― Chiwa Omatsu's Otoko Juku Gaiden: Date Omito manga, a spinoff of Akira Miyashita's Sakigake!! Otoko Juku manga series centering on the character Date, ended in Nihonbungeisha's Manga Goraku Special digital manga magazine on Friday. Omatsu launched the manga in Bessatsu Manga Goraku in 2014. The manga moved to Manga Goraku Special in 2015. Manga Goraku Specia...
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The Vampire Dies in No Time Anime Announces 3 More Cast Members

Takehito Koyasu, Kōtarō Nishiyama, Seiichirō Yamashita join anime premiering on October 8 ― The official website for the television anime of Itaru Bonnoki's The Vampire Dies in No Time (Kyūketsuki Sugu Shinu) manga announced three more cast members for the anime on Tuesday: Takehito Koyasu as Yomotsuzaga, the famous, brilliant head of the vampire research center Kōtarō Nishiyama as Sagyō, a member of...
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Ikebukuro West Gate Park Anime's English Dub Cast Announced

All 12 dubbed episodes starring Griffin Puatu, Howard Wang, more available now ― Funimation announced the English dub cast for the television anime of Ira Ishida's Ikebukuro West Gate Park novel series on Sunday. The company started streaming all 12 episodes of the English dub on Monday. The English dub cast includes: Griffin Puatu as Makoto Howard Wang as Takashi Billy Kametz as Kyouichi Suzie Yeung...
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Melty Blood: Type Lumina Fighting Game Streams Character Video for Roa, New Gameplay Videos

Gameplay videos showcase characters Akiha Tohno, Arcueid ― Type-Moon began streaming a gameplay video for the Melty Blood: Type Lumina 2D fighting game on Friday. The video is a battle preview for the character Roa. Type-Moon also began streaming two gameplay video on Saturday and Tuesday, showcasing the characters Akiha Tohno and Arcueid. The game will launch for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox...
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Cardfight!! Vanguard overDress Anime Gets 3rd, 4th Seasons

2nd season reveals October 4 premiere, visual, promo video ― Bushiroad announced during the "Bushiroad TCG Strategy Presentation 2021" livestream event on Tuesday that the Cardfight!! Vanguard overDress television anime series will get a third and fourth season. The show's first season will have a rebroadcast on Tokyo MX starting on October 4. The event also revealed the second season's key visual an...
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The Genius Prince's Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt TV Anime's Promo Video Unveils More Cast

Yōko Hikasa, Yuki Sakakihara, Yuki Nakashima join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Toru Toba's The Genius Prince's Guide To Raising a Nation Out of Debt (Hey, How About Treason?) (Tensai Ōji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu ~Sō da, Baikoku Shiyō~) light novel series posted the first full promotional video and the "1.5th" key visual on Tuesday. The video announces three more cast mem...
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My Hero Academia Film Returns to #1, Belle Drops to #3

Prince of Tennis CG film makes top 10 in 2nd weekend My Hero Academia The Movie: World Heroes' Mission, the third anime film in the My Hero Academia franchise, rose from #4 to #1 in its sixth weekend. The film earned 155,064,200 yen (about US$1.41 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 2,904,730,700 yen (about US$26.41 million). The film sold 101,000 tickets over the w...
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Inuyasha Composer Kaoru Wada Discharged From COVID-19 Hospitalization

Composer was hospitalized late last month ― Composer Kaoru Wada revealed on Tuesday that he was hospitalized late last month due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), but has been discharged. He added that he will slowly return to work as he recovers. He added he is undergoing rehabilitation after having been bedridden. Wada has composed music for a number of anime, including Inuyasha, Samurai 7...

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Dua Lipa's 'Levitating' Song Gets Anime Music Video With Nostalgic 80s Style

English singer-songwriter Dua Lipa's song "Levitating" has received an official Japanese animated music video with a nostalgic 80s visual style. NOSTALOOK, an animation group who specializes in creating works reminiscent of retro Japanese anime, is credited for the animation. Yu Tsubaki is the video's creative director, and Kenta Orisaka is the art director and writer. Yuta Ueno is the producer. "...

Shang-Chi's Simu Liu Stars in Bright: Samurai Soul Anime Film's English Dub

Fred Mancuso, Yuzu Harada also star in Netflix's October 12 film ― Netflix revealed the English dub cast and an updated story synopsis on Monday for Bright: Samurai Soul, its new anime film based on the 2017 Bright live-action film that starred Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. The English dub cast features Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Star Wars: Visions) as Izo, Fred Mancuso as R...

Netflix's Bright: Samurai Soul Anime Film Reveals Promo Video, Cast, October 12 Debut

Yūki Nomura, Daisuke Hirakawa, Shion Wakayama star in film spinoff of Bright live-action film ― Netflix revealed a promotional video, key art, and the main cast on Tuesday for Bright: Samurai Soul, its new anime film based on the 2017 Bright live-action film that starred Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. The film will debut on Netflix on October 12. Yūki Nomura — a Kyōgen stage actor — will make his voic...
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Edens Zero ‒ Episode 5-6

I like how Mashima subverts our expectations a bit with the “travel to the past'' plotline while finding a rather unique way to basically have his cake and eat it too.
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Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles Game's Development Report Trailer Previews Demons

Game launches on October 15 ― Sega began streaming the third development report trailer for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Keppūtan) game. The behind-the-scenes video previews demons from the game's Adventure Mode: Swamp Demon, Susamaru, Yahaba, Kyogai, and Rui. The game will launch in North America and Europe for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, ...
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Evangelion Ichiban Kuji Prizes Include Long-Haired Rei Figure

Banpresto's Ichiban Kuji lottery will be offering a figure of a long-haired Rei Ayanami from as she appears in Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time as the E prize of its February 2022 lineup. The lineup features figures and merch that are inspired by the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy. Here's a look at some of the prizes: A Prize: Eva Unit 01 PVC Figure B Prize: Eva Unit 13 PVC Figure C Prize:...
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Girlfriend, Girlfriend ‒ Episode 11

This was also the first episode in a while where it feels like the comedy was really undercutting some of the serious stuff that the characters were trying to talk about, and that's a shame because a lot of it was really good.
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J-Novel Club Adds 4 New Light Novels, 1 New Manga

New licenses include Private Tutor to the Duke's Daughter, Full Clearing Another World under a Goddess with Zero Believers ― J-Novel Club announced the license of four new light novels and one new manga on Monday: Title: Goodbye Otherworld, See You Tomorrow Author(s): Kazamidori with illustrations by Nimoshi Release Date: September 13 Summary: The world he woke up in is long dead, dusted in ashen pow...
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Macross Director/Designer Shoji Kawamori Designs Reaper Skin for Call of Duty: Mobile

Anime-inspired "Ashura" skin launched in-game last Thursday ― Anime director and mechanical designer Shoji Kawamori designed a Reaper character skin for Season 7 of the Call of Duty: Mobile game. The anime-inspired "Ashura" skin was made available in-game last Thursday. “When I was thinking about the mecha design of the robot weapons in Call of Duty: Mobile, which has a military-style worldview, I in...
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Tokyo Revengers ‒ Episode 23

With our finale next week we'll doubtlessly dig back into the drama and mystery of Toman's past and future, but for a palate-cleansing pit-stop this week does the trick.
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The Detective Is Already Dead ‒ Episode 11

In this week's episode, we find out that Siesta does resemble at least one other famous detective: Batman! No, no, stay with me here.
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Sailor Moon's DiC English Dub Cues Finally See the Light of Day

DiC Entertainment's English dub for Sailor Moon is nostalgic for many English-speaking fans who grew up with the series over 20 years ago. The series featured a different soundtrack from the Japanese version, composed by Bob Summers at the Don Perry Music company. An early soundtrack for the series, created during the production of the dub, has finally been unearthed after all these years. Online ...
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story ‒ Episode 20

I still have some concerns when it comes to the pacing of these final episodes, but man, it could have been so much worse.
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Fena: Pirate Princess ‒ Episode 6

This week, as you may have noticed, things take a turn for the increasingly Biblical with the addition of Eden.
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Kentarou Miura, Studio Gaga's Duranki Manga Ends

Manga gets compiled book volume on December 24 ― The October 1 issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal Zero magazine confirmed on Monday that Duranki (Duruanki), a manga based on Berserk creator Kentarou Miura's original story, has ended. The decision to end the manga came after careful consideration and discussions between the editors and Studio Gaga following Miura's passing on May 6. The manga will rec...
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Right Stuf, Tokyopop Offer Reprint of Aria Manga in Masterpiece Edition

Collector's edition will receive 'final' reprint if each volume gets 900 preorders ― Right Stuf, Inc. announced in partnership with Tokyopop on Monday that they will reprint all seven volumes of Aria The Masterpiece, the special collector's edition of Kozue Amano's Aria manga, individually and in a complete series bundle for one final run — if each volume receives 900 preorders. Preorders will be ope...
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The Honor Student at Magic High School ‒ Episode 11

This is the point in The Irregular at Magic High School where everything becomes hyper-focused on Tatsuya and the most Miyuki does is sit in the audience and cheer her brother on.
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Kei Sanbe's Island in a Puddle Manga Ends on September 28

Manga's 5th, final volume will ship on November 22 ― This year's 19th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine revealed on Tuesday that Kei Sanbe's Island in a Puddle (Mizutamari ni Ukabu Shima) manga will end in the magazine's 20th issue on September 28. Amazon is listing that the manga's fifth volume will be the final volume. The volume will ship on November 22. Sanbe launched the manga in Kodansha's E...
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Glaeolia 2 Anthology, The Sky is Blue with a Single Cloud Manga Collection Nominated for 2021 Ignatz Awards

Drawn & Quarterly released Kuniko Tsurita's manga collection in July 2020 ― The Small Press Expo event announced its nominees for the 2021 Ignatz Awards on September 1. Glacier Bay Books' Glaeolia 2 collection of indie manga has been nominated in the "Outstanding Anthology" category. Also nominated is Garo cartoonist Kuniko Tsurita's The Sky is Blue with a Single Cloud manga collection in the "Outsta...
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Inzai City Promotional Manga Inzai Aru Aru Gets Net Anime This Winter

Actor Tetsuhiro Ikeda writes script for project ― A promotional website for the city of Inzai in Chiba prefecture announced on Monday that Yūhi Nakamura's Inzai Aru Aru manga is getting an anime that will premiere on YouTube this winter. The four-panel manga launched in 2019, and is a promotional manga for the city. The manga has a total of 11 chapters. The manga centers on a 10-year-old girl named S...
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Fist of the North Star Musical Casts Singers May'n, Ayaka Hirahara as Yuria

Musical debuts this December ― The official Twitter account for the Musical Fist of the North Star stage musical adaptation of Buronson and Tetsuo Hara's Fist of the North Star manga revealed on Monday singers Ayaka Hirahara (pictured left below) and May'n (pictured right below) will play Yuria in the musical. Dancer and actor Yūsuke Ōnuki (The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED's Daisuke Kan...
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Tsurune Anime Film's Promo Video Reveals 2022 Debut

Kyoto Animation's original TV anime based on novel premiered in October 2018 ― Kyoto Animation began streaming a promotional video on Monday for its planned anime film in the Tsurune (Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu) anime franchise. The video reveals that the film will open in Japan in 2022, and also lists Takuya Yamamura as the returning director at Kyoto Animation. Kyoto Animation stated it will re...

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Funimation Reveals English Dub Cast for The Duke of Death and His Maid Anime

Funimation began streaming 1st episode of English dub on Sunday ― Funimation announced the English dub cast for the television anime of Koharu Inoue's The Duke of Death and His Maid (Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid) manga on Friday. The company began streaming the first episode of the English dub on Sunday. The English dub cast includes: Clifford Chapin as The Duke Kristen McGuire as Alice Kayli Mills...
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The Case Study of Vanitas ‒ Episode 11

At first it seems like a goofy throwaway episode: Jeanne, mistakenly thinking that acting interested in Vanitas will fend him off, asks him on a date, Dante and Domi tail them, and Ruthven takes Noé out for tea.
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Sonny Boy ‒ Episode 9

Every dog has its day, and Yamabiko already had his obligatory one last week, so now it's time for Sonny Boy's talking feline trinity to paw their way onto center stage.
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X ‒ Episode 11

Among the many other things that happen in this episode, including the conclusion to the “Kidnapped Keith” storyline, we get a very firm reminder of why Catarina is so beloved.
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Shonen Jump Launches Maporo 3-Gō's PPPPPP Manga

Music-themed series launches on Saturday ― This year's 41st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that it will launch Maporo 3-Gō's PPPPPP manga in the magazine's next issue on Saturday (Monday, September 20 is a holiday in Japan). The story will center on seven children who are born from the piano genius Gakuon Otogami. Maporo 3-Gō's "Hoshi no Alien ni Doryokushō" (Conso...

Ippon Takegushi, Santa Mitarashi's Candy Flurry Manga Ends in Shonen Jump

Duo launched candy-themed manga in April ― This year's 41st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the final chapter on Monday of storywriter Ippon Takegushi and artist Santa Mitarashi's Candy Flurry (Ame no Furu) manga. The manga's second volume will ship on October 4 and the third volume will ship in December. Viz Media as well as Shueisha's MANGA Plus service are releasing the m...
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Azur Lane Franchise Gets New Console Spinoff Game, Gridman/Dynazenon Collaboration

Collaboration "coming soon" ― The "Azur Lane 4th Anniversary Live Stream" announced on Sunday that a new spinoff game project inspired by Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi's Azur Lane smartphone game is launching. (The announcement describes the spinoff game as a "consumer game" — the Japanese classification for games for consoles or portable game systems, as opposed to PCs or phones.) The announcem...
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I'm Standing on 1,000,000 Lives. ‒ Episode 22

It's hard not to feel just a bit weary of the show's insistence on heaping misfortune and tragedy on the people involved in this story.
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Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun Season 2 ‒ SEASON FINALE

Another season means more time with our favorite characters, but also that we get to watch Iruma's potential ambition to become the demon king grow.
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Vampire Visual Kei Anime Visual Prison Unveils 2nd Video, Golden Bomber Members as Guest Cast

2nd promo video previews in-story band O★Z's opening "Zankoku Shangri-La" ― The official website for Visual Prison, the original television anime from Uta no Prince-sama and Symphogear series creator Noriyasu Agematsu and Aniplex's A-1 Pictures, posted the second promotional video and main visual on Sunday. The video previews the opening theme song "Zankoku Shangri-La" by the in-story band O★Z. The w...
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Azur Lane Queen's Orders Manga Gets Animated Footage

Tsuchii's spinoff from smartphone game, centering on Queen Elizabeth, Warspite ― The "Azur Lane 4th Anniversary Live Stream" announced on Sunday that Tsuchii's Azur Lane Queen's Orders manga is getting "animated footage." The announcement did not specify the format, length, or production studio for the animated footage. The "slapstick daily-life story" centers around the tsundere character Queen Eliz...

Netflix Establishes 'Anime Creators' Base' at Tokyo Office

Designers Namiko Ishidate, Saina Cisse staff new area ― Entertainment magazine Variety reported on Thursday that Netflix has launched an "Anime Creators' Base" at its company's new Tokyo office. Designers Namiko Ishidate and Saina Cisse are staffing the "Designers' Garage" area of the new base, meant to help creators develop conceptual art. Netflix posted a video tour of the base featuring the compan...
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Taichi Mukai Performs New Opening Theme for Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai Anime

New visual also revealed for show's 2nd year of airing ― The official website for the new anime of Riku Sanjo and Kōji Inada's Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibōken) manga announced on Sunday that Taichi Mukai will perform the show's new opening theme song "Bravest." The song will debut in the show on October 2. The site also revealed a new visual for the anime entering in...
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Live-Action Hakuōki Series Reveals Visual, 7 More Cast Members

10-episode series premieres in January 2022 ― The staff for the live-action series of Otomate's Hakuōki otome game franchise revealed a visual and seven more cast members on Friday. The new cast includes: (character names are listed last name first) Takato Nagata as Yamazaki Susumu Kōhei Fukuyama as Tōdō Heisuke Yūki Tokitō as Harada Sanosuke Kōji Saikawa as Nagakura Shinpachi Yū Imari as Kazama Chik...
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Star Fruit Books Licenses 2 1-Shot Manga For Print, Digital Release

Company to release Makiru Momoto's "Chieko Show," zaki's "You're an Idol" ― Publisher Star Fruit Books announced on September 4 that it has licensed two new one-shot manga: Makiru Momoto's "Chieko Show" and zaki's "You're an Idol" ("Kimi wa Idol"). The 18+ title "Chieko Show" is a 16-page one-shot, and Star Fruit Books will release it digitally and in print. Star Fruit Books describes the story: Chie...
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Tsuburaya Convention 2021 Canceled Due to COVID-19

Company still plans to hold online events before end of year ― Tsuburaya Productions announced on Friday that it has canceled the "Tsuburaya Convention 2021" event that was originally planned for this fall due to the current state of emergency in some prefectures and quasi-state of emergency in others. Tsuburaya Productions debuted the event in 2019, with a plan to hold the convention once every two ...

Sasaki and Miyano Anime's Teaser Video Reveals January 2022 Premiere

Yusuke Shirai, Sōma Saitō star in series based on Shō Harusono's manga ― The official website for the television anime of Shō Harusono's Sasaki and Miyano manga began streaming a teaser promotional video for the show on Sunday. The video reveals the show's January 2022 premiere. The cast members are all reprising their roles from the manga's previous drama CDs, and include: Yusuke Shirai as Shūmei Sa...
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Heaven Burns Red Game's 1st Promo Video, Story Details Revealed

Jun Maeda's 1st completely new game in 13 years launches on smartphones this year ― The official website for Heaven Burns Red, Jun Maeda's (Kanon, Air, Clannad, Angel Beats!) new game, began streaming the game's first promotional video on Saturday. The website also revealed the game's story. In the story, mysterious life forms called "Cancer" are attacking Earth, and the planet is on the verge of a t...
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Anna Suzuki Performs Opening Theme for Waccha PriMagi! Anime

Suzuki also voices Lemon Kokoa in series premiering on October 3 ― The official Twitter account for singer and voice actress Anna Suzuki announced on Sunday that Suzuki will perform the opening theme song "Dreaming Sound" for Waccha Purimaji! (Waccha PriMagi!), the latest television anime in Takara Tomy Arts and syn Sophia's Pretty Series franchise. Suzuki also stars as Lemon Kokoa in the anime. The ...
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