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Umineko When They Cry Episode 8: Twilight of the Golden Witch GN 19

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

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

Gundam: The Origin has arrived in TV form, elaborating the backstory of one of the most iconic franchises in history - but what's the story behind the story? Lauren Orsini breaks it down. ― On April 29, 2019, Gundam: The Origin hit the small screen as a TV anime, but it didn't always take that form. This ambitious project to explore a “behind the scenes” look at one of the science fiction genre's mos...
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'Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?' Anime's 2nd Character Video Previews Wise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Frame Arms Girl Anime Film's Trailer Streamed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crunchyroll Adds Kimagure Orange Road, Photon, Psybuster Anime

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hajime Kanzaka Launches 3rd Part of Slayers Novel Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sentai Filmworks Releases Sakura Wars, Orphen TV Anime on BD

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

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

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

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

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

Square Enix Announces Paid DLC for Kingdom Hearts III Game

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Musical with returning cast, staff runs in Tokyo from June 29 to July 7 ― The official website for the stage musical adaptations of the Revolutionary Girl Utena (Shōjo Kakumei Utena) anime announced the new Shōjo Kakumei Utena ~Fukaku Hokorobu Kuro Bara no~ musical on Wednesday. The musical will run at Theatre G-Rosso in Tokyo from June 29 to July 7. The musical will center on the Black Rose arc from...
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The Origin of Gundam: The Origin

Gundam: The Origin has arrived in TV form, elaborating the backstory of one of the most iconic franchises in history - but what's the story behind the story? Lauren Orsini breaks it down. ― On April 29, 2019, Gundam: The Origin hit the small screen as a TV anime, but it didn't always take that form. This ambitious project to explore a “behind the scenes” look at one of the science fiction genre's mos...
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Manga Artist-Favored Dr. Ph Martin's Ink Will Continue to Be Sold in Japan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 106

"With a premise that's ripe for shenanigans, the latest arc is off to a very strong start."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 308

"The real battle of ice and fire is on its way – dragon and demon included."
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Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life ‒ Episode 6

"It's just not believable that a brand new koto club could possibly make this many enemies so soon, making this one of the show's weaker episodes so far."
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Stand My Heroes Anime's 1st Promo Reveals Misato Murai as Protagonist

Murai plays narcotics unit recruit Rei Izumi in October anime ― The official website for Stand My Heroes: Piece of Truth, the television anime of the Stand My Heroes smartphone game, began streaming the first promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video, narrated by Tomokazu Sugita, reveals that Misato Murai will play main character Rei Izumi. The site also posted a new visual for the anim...
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Detective Pikachu Film Writers Talk Hypothetical Zelda, Smash Bros. Movies

Hot off the success of Detective Pikachu, film writers Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit talked to Screen Rant on how they would handle the lead up to a Super Smash Bros. film. The fighting game has a huge roster of characters from Sonic to Persona 5's Joker. In order to properly build up to the Nintendo IP free-for-all, Hernandez and Samit would want to create successful, independent game films first...
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'Kamen Rider Zero-One' Trademark Registered Under Toei

― A trademark for "Kamen Rider Zero-One" was filed under Toei on April 19. The trademark went public on May 14. The first television series that launched the live-action special effects franchise Kamen Rider premiered in 1971, and the current series, Kamen Rider Zi-O, premiered last September. The trademark for Kamen Rider Zi-O went public in May last year. Thanks to XLord31 for the news tip. Source...
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Man Jailed for Robbing Homes While Cosplaying Evangelion's Rei

A man has received a three-year penal labor sentence for robbing homes, TV Asahi reported on Monday. In February, the man broke into a home in Munakata, Fukuoka, while dressed in Neon Genesis Evangelion cosplay. He stole approximately 17,000 yen (US$155) in cash. Tetsuya Fujisawa is a 37-year-old unemployed man. He has previously been known to break into homes while dressed in a bunny girl outfit....
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Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Stage Play's Cast Revealed in Costume

Play debuts in Tokyo in July ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of Chiaki Kisaki and Hako Ichiiro's Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens light novel series revealed the cast of the play in costume last Friday. The cast includes: Shōri Kondō as Zenji Banba Ryōhei Takenaka as Lin Xianming Yūto Adachi as Saitō Kakeru Toda as Enokida Mondo Ukai as Jirō Sana Hoshimori as Misaki Hiroki Satō as Shigemat...
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Bunshun: Kalafina Members Want to Get Back Together

Singing unit's breakup was reportedly due to management issues. ― The female singing unit Kalafina officially disbanded in March, but according to reports by Weekly Bunshun Digital, this was due to issues at the management level and the members themselves want to get back together. Weekly Bunshun Digital interviewed an anonymous industry insider, who said that Kalafina broke up due to the whims of th...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 12-18

Armored Trooper Votoms OVA Collection; Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Heed My Call, Beast!, Love in Limbo manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Armored Trooper Votoms OVA Collection BD 1Please Maiden Japan US$39.98 May 14 Guilty Crown Essentials BDCite Funimation Entertainment US$34.98 May 14 Hentai Heaven BD 7 (adult)AnimeNewsNetwork Kitty Media US$39.99 May 14 Hentai Hea...
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Beshari Gurashi Manga Gets Sequel Mini-Series in July

Masanori Morita serialized manga from 2005 to 2015 ― This year's 23rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on May 9 that Masanori Morita will launch a new mini-series serialization of his Beshari Gurashi manga in the magazine's 31st issue on July 4. The new manga's story will take place after the final chapter of the original manga. The manga's story centers around Keisuke Agatsuma...
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Geodude Becomes Iwate Prefecture's Pokémon Tourism Ambassador

Iwate prefecture has been in recovery mode since the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster struck the area in 2011. Various companies have collaborated with the local government to help with tourism effort, including The Pokémon Company. In the last eight years, efforts have included a themed tourism train and Pokémon Go events. The in-game Lapras event brought over 10,000 visitors to northeastern ...
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Crunchyroll Adds Dub of Bungo Stray Dogs Anime's 3rd Season

Dub debuts on May 17 with new episodes on Fridays ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming the English dub of the third television anime season based on Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa's Bungō Stray Dogs manga on May 17 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. New episodes will debut on Fridays. Funimation announced on Monday that it will stream the dub with the same release schedule. The series pre...
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Samurai Shodown Game's Trailers Streamed

Fighting game launches for PS4, Xbox One in West in June ― SNK began streaming a trailer for its new Samurai Shodown (Samurai Spirits) game on Tuesday. The official PlayStation YouTube channel also began streaming a Genjuro character trailer. Additionally, SNK began streaming a Charlotte character video last Thursday. The game will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Japan on June 27, and in the...
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Controversial Mascot Chiitan Finds Itself in Social Media Limbo

The wacky character mascot Chiitan might have to put its beef with John Oliver on hold; at least until it gets out of Twitter jail. The popular mascot's official Twitter accounts are currently suspended on the social media platform and, according to Chiitan's account management team, they have no idea why. Only the "0-year-old fairy baby" otter's English Twitter account is unaffected. "From what w...
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2nd Made in Abyss Compilation Film Opens in U.S. on May 27

Film premieres at Anime Central on May 17 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it will screen Made in Abyss: Wandering Twilight (Made in Abyss: Hōrō Suru Tasogare), the second Made in Abyss compilation anime film, in theaters in the United States beginning on May 27. Bonus features with the screening will include behind-the-scenes content and interviews. Anime Central will host the U.S. premi...
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ufotable President Hikaru Kondo Steps Down as Machi Asobi Committee Head

Anime studio allegedly owes 400 million yen in taxes ― Tokushima Prefecture governor Kamon Iizumi revealed on Monday that ufotable company founder, representative director, and president Hikaru Kondo has resigned from his role of chairman of the executive committee for the Machi Asobi anime event. According to the prefecture, Kondo told ufotable in mid-April that he wanted to step down as head of the...

Omega Labyrinth Life Switch RPG Launches in Japan on August 1

Labyrinth Life PS4 version launches simultaneously with less sexual content ― D3 Publisher announced on Tuesday that the Omega Labyrinth Life role-playing game will launch for the Nintendo Switch in Japan on August 1. The company also revealed Labyrinth Life, a version of the game with less sexual content, for release for the PlayStation 4 on the same day. Both versions of the game will have most of ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, May 6-12

Live-action Uirabu. film sells 13,263, followed by Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER, Cheer Boys!!, Pacific Rim: Uprising, live-action Waiting for Spring film, ― The live-action film of Yukimo Hoshimori's Uirabu. -Uiuishii Koi no Ohanashi- (Uirabu.: Story of Innocent Love) manga sold 13,263 copies to rank #1 on the overall DVD chart. The 20th Heisei Kamen Rider film Kamen Rider Heisei Generation...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, May 6-12

Live-action Uirabu. film sells 12,560, followed by Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER, Kamen Rider x Super Sentai, live-action Waiting for Spring film, Kamen Rider Hibiki ― The live-action film of Yukimo Hoshimori's Uirabu. -Uiuishii Koi no Ohanashi- (Uirabu.: Story of Innocent Love) manga sold 12,560 copies to rank #2 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The collector's pack for the 20th Heisei Ka...

Toonami Block Shifts to Half Hour Earlier on May 25

Attack on Titan Season 3 added ― The official Facebook account for Adult Swim's Toonami block announced on Monday that the block's schedule will begin at 10:30 p.m., starting on May 25. It will have the following schedule on that day: 10:30 p.m. – My Hero Academia 11:00 p.m. – Dragon Ball Super 11:30 p.m. – Attack on Titan 12:00 a.m. – The Promised Neverland 12:30 a.m. – Sword Art Online: Alicization...
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GKIDS, Shout! Factory Release 'Ronja, The Robber's Daughter' on BD in August

GKIDS announced on Monday that it and Shout! Factory will release Goro Miyazaki and POLYGON PICTURES' Ronja the Robber's Daughter television anime on Blu-ray Disc on August 20. The release will include all 26 episodes with the English dub, English subtitles with Japanese audio, a "making-of" featurette, and an interview with Goro Miyazaki. GKIDS licensed the anime last year. United Kingdom-based d...
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Capcom Announces 1st Sengoku Basara Smartphone Game

Sengoku Basara: Battle Party debuts in June in Japan ― Capcom announced on Tuesday that it is developing Sengoku Basara: Battle Party, the first smartphone game in its Sengoku Basara franchise. The game will launch on iOS and Android devices in Japan in June. The game allows players to collect characters from the franchise, train them, and form teams for battles. Capcom's Sengoku Basara franchise ins...

Viz Unveils Sailor Moon Stars Dub Cast

Stephanie Sheh, Melissa Hutchison, Erika Harlacher, Sarah Williams, Carrie Keranen join cast ― Viz Media announced some of the English dub cast for its home video release of the Sailor Moon Stars anime on Monday. The cast includes: Stephanie Sheh as Chibi-Chibi Melissa Hutchison as Sailor Star Fighter Erika Harlacher as Sailor Star Maker Sarah Williams as Sailor Star Healer Carrie Keranen as Sailor G...
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Dragon Quest: Your Story CG Anime Film Reveals 5 Character Roles

Rocket, Madalena, Sancho, Pusan, Ludman to appear in August 2 film ― The official website for Dragon Quest Your Story, the Dragon Quest game franchise's first 3D CG anime film, revealed which characters that five cast members will play in the film on Tuesday. The website announced the cast members in April, but did not specify their roles then. The newly announced roles include: (Top row, left to rig...

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Detective Pikachu Tops Endgame, Detective Conan in 2nd Weekend

Cheer Boys!! opens at #8, Kabaneri at #10; Kingdom, Shin-chan, Kakegurui stay in top 10 ― Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.' live-action Pokémon: Detective Pikachu film jumped from #3 to #1 in the Japanese box office rankings in its second weekend, ranking above Disney's Avengers: Endgame film. The film sold 209,000 tickets and earned 312,119,700 yen (about US$2.85 million) over the weekend, a...
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 6

"This episode delivers a landslide combo of resolution and setup that leaves little breathing room for emotional release."
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 52

"While it's nice to get some more perspective on the Titan side of this war, most of this episode didn't work for me nearly as well as I wanted."
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Caravan Stories PS4 Game's Trailer Reveals July 23 Launch in N. America

Open beta for free-to-play exploration game launches on July 16 ― Game developer Aiming began streaming a trailer for its PlayStation 4 version of its Caravan Stories game on Monday. The trailer reveals that the game will launch in North America on July 23. An open beta will also launch on July 16. In the game, players are able to explore the game's world in their caravan, alongside traveling compani...
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The Pokémon Company: 'We Don't Know' What Mr. Mime Is

There are nearly 100 Pokémon scattered about the scenes of the live-action Pokémon: Detective Pikachu film, including Bulbasaur, Jigglypuff, Morelull and the formidable Mewtwo. One creature serves as an informant for Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) and Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds): the mum Mr. Mime. When the film's visual effects supervisor Erik Nordby and creature art director Ravi Bansal asked The Pokémo...
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Viz Media's Shonen Jump Adds Samurai 8 Manga

Magazine's English site also adds JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Golden Kamuy, One-Punch Man ― Viz Media announced on Monday that the first chapter of Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru (Samurai 8: Hachimaruden), the new manga by Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto and manga artist Akira Ōkubo, launched on its Shonen Jump website on Sunday simultaneously with its debut in Japan. New English chapters will be av...
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Shibuya Officials Hope to Alleviate Halloween Crime with Alcohol Ordinance

Shibuya has become party central for ghost, ghouls, and costumed revelry on Halloween. The celebration has become enormous over the last few years and with it an increase in vandalism and littering. Last year things got so wild that multiple individuals were arrested for overturning a truck. Authorities are hoping to deter drunken antics this year by implementing an area-wide drinking ban on the s...

Funimation Adds Dub of Bungo Stray Dogs Anime's 3rd Season

Dub debuts on May 17 with new episodes on Fridays ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will begin streaming an English dub of the third television anime season based on Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa's Bungō Stray Dogs manga on May 17. New episodes will debut on FunimationNow on Fridays at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The series premiered in Japan on April 12, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series with Eng...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 6

"Moving forward, I'm not concerned about Demon Slayer's knack for action set pieces and raw emotional power, but I hope to see it tighten up its storytelling chops."
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Japan Expands Grant Program for Video Projects Aimed at Global Market

Program's 3 areas of support include pilot film projects ― Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO) began accepting applications on Friday for a new grant program abbreviated as "Japan Content Localization and Distribution" (J-LOD) from the Japanese government's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The program expands on the previous "Japan Content Localization and Promotion" (J-LOP) ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 29

"As dire as the situation is for our heroes, this is the most I've felt like Golden Wind was meandering."
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Shueisha and Kodansha's Biggest Manga Stars Appear in 30-Meter Mural in Shibuya Station

Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump and Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine recently collaborated on a 30-meter mural showing off iconic characters from both magazines. This mural was displayed in Shibuya station from May 6 to 12. The collaboration is part of the "Shōnen Jumaga Gakuen" project, and the image shows all the characters interacting in one giant academy. This is what parts of the mural looked ...
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Cowboy Bebop, Carole & Tuesday's Shinichiro Watanabe Directs Flying Lotus Music Video

Carole & Tuesday and Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe and his team of animators worked together to create the music video for Flying Lotus' track "More" featuring Anderson Paak. Flying Lotus is one of several musical talents lending their chops to Watanabe and BONES' Carole and Tuesday anime series. The director and musician pair also worked together on the Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 an...
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Welcome to the Ballroom Manga Prepares to Return From Hiatus

― Tomo Takeuchi revealed on her Twitter account on Monday that she has returned to work, and she is preparing to resume her Welcome to the Ballroom manga in Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine. Takeuchi said she is currently revising a compiled book volume, and a manuscript is progressing little by little. The manga went on hiatus in December 2017 due to Takeuchi's health. Although the hiatus was ini...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Anime's 2nd 'Season' Reveals Screening Dates, Visuals

3 films to open in September, October, November ― The official website for Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, the new anime of Yoshiki Tanaka's epic science fiction novels Legend of the Galactic Heroes, revealed the dates on Monday for the three films in the show's second "season," titled The Legend of the Galactic Heroes Die Neue These Seiran (The New Thesis: Stellar War). The films will...
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Crayon Shin-chan Anime, Shiroi Kyotō Live-Action Series Get Collaboration Short Anime

Junichi Okada voices Shiroi Kyotō character Goro Zaizen in anime segment airing on Friday ― TV Asahi announced on Sunday that the Crayon Shin-chan anime will have an anime collaboration with the upcoming live-action Shiroi Kyotō series. V6 member Junichi Okada, who will star in the Shiroi Kyotō (The White Tower) series as Goro Zaizen, will voice the same character in a "short anime" that will air on ...
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Opening Movie Streamed for Summer Pockets Visual Novel's Switch Version

Switch version launches physically, digitally in Japan on June 20 ― Prototype began streaming the opening movie on Tuesday for it, Visual Art's, and Key's Switch version of the Summer Pockets visual novel game. The companies had announced in February that the Switch version will launch digitally and physically in Japan on June 20. The game originally launched for PC in June 2018 in Japan. The compani...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 29-May 5

Days Gone stays at #1, Switch games see bump in sales for Golden Week ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 29-May 5 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Days Gone Sony Interactive Entertainment April 26 33,876 148,195 2NSwSuper Smash Brothers Ultimate Nintendo December 7, 2018 23,756 3,066,906 3NSwMinecraft Nintendo June 21, 2018 20,114 768,123 4NSwNew Super Mario Bros. U Del...
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MYTH&ROID, Rie Takahashi Perform Theme Songs for Isekai Cheat Magician Anime (Updated)

Series premieres in July ― MYTH&ROID vocalist KIHOW announced on Twitter on Monday that the group will perform the opening theme song "Panta Rhei" for the television anime of Takeru Uchida's Isekai Cheat Magician (Fantasy World Cheat Magician) novel series. The single CD for the song is slated to ship on July 24. MYTH&ROID have previously performed theme songs for all three seasons of Overlord, the S...
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Marvelous Inc. Vice Chairman Shuichi Motoda Takes Over as Chairman in June

Current chairman, president, CEO Haruki Nakayama retires due to poor health ― Marvelous Inc. announced on Monday that its current Chairman, President, and CEO Haruki Nakayama will step down from those positions on June 18, and current Vice Chairman (and Executive officer of Amusement business of Marvelous Inc.) Shuichi Matoda will take over as Chairman. Marvelous Inc. explained that Nakayama is retir...
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Live-Action Kaguya-sama: Love is War Film Casts Hayato Sano

Sano plays Yū Ishigami in film opening on September 6 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga revealed on Monday that Hayato Sano (live-action 3D Kanojo Real Girl's Tsuttsun) will play the character Yū Ishigami. The film will open on September 6. King & Prince idol group memb...

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu Has Best Video Game Movie Debut Ever in U.S., Earns US$58 Million

Debuts at #2 below Avengers: Endgame in U.S. but tops Endgame overseas ― The Box Office Mojo website reports that Rob Letterman's live-action Pokemon: Detective Pikachu film earned US$54 million in its opening weekend in the United States. That would be the highest U.S. opening weekend box office for any film adaptation of a video game (unadjusted for inflation), topping Lara Croft Tomb Raider's US$4...
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