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Silver Spoon GN 1

Hiromu Arakawa's pastoral drama about the highs and lows of farm living at an agricultural college is a far cry from Fullmetal Alchemist, but just as rewarding. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Hiromu Arakawa's agricultural coming of age tale's anime adaptation reached English-speakers long before now, which makes it feel like a real treat to finally get the chance to read the manga. Based roughl...
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Shelf Life - Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

Paul discovers a hidden gem in a surprisingly lazy package with this lovely slice-of-life comedy. Plus, all this week's new anime releases and a brand-new Shelf Obsessed! ― I've been working on putting together a Star Wars model kit recently, and holy heck that process is easier if you have a decent set of the appropriate tools. It's almost a relaxing experience when you don't have to threaten each ...
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Taboo Tattoo BD+DVD

This attempt at a gritty action spectacle falls prey to confusing storytelling and baffling editing. Theron Martin examines what went wrong. ― In the Summer 2016 Preview Guide, I gave the first episode of this manga adaptation a middling score, saying that it isn't without potential. Rarely have I looked back at a review and been more perplexed at what I wrote, as on a second view that first episode ...
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The Mike Toole Show - Rocket from the Script

Mike digs into the legendary and idiosyncratic career of Ryousuke Takahashi, from Cyborg 009 to Armored Trooper Votoms to Phoenix. ― A few weeks back, the Right Stuf folks were running some sort of cheap-o blowout sale, and one of the items for sale, along with a still-absurdly-large quantity of Geneon and ADV Films DVD backstock, was this hat. Yep, for just one dollar, you could be the proud owner o...
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Ao Oni Novel

This adaptation makes great use of its difficult source material to tell a trapped-in-a-game/escape room story worth digging into. Rebecca Silverman explains why. ― If you've played the original game of Ao Oni (“blue demon”) or watched the series of anime shorts, Kenji Kuroda's novelization may come as a surprise. That's not a bad thing, though – Kuroda's reimagining of the source material not only c...
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The List - 6 Completely Dissimilar Twins

If it weren't for their physical resemblance, you'd never know these troublesome twins were related! This week's list is all about twins who are far more different than alike. ― This week's list is a rerun, but check back next week for a brand new list! Twins remain a topic that entertainment loves to revisit. Genetically identical people are used in horror to highlight fears of lack of individual i...
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Takane & Hana GN 1

This manga's take on age gap romance is slightly more self-aware than its peers, delivering an interesting and complex premise. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― At first glance, Takane & Hana looks like any one of a number of vaguely problematic shoujo romances. It features a sixteen-year-old heroine and a twenty-six-year-old hero, an overbearing romantic lead, and a host of power dynamic issues....
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Wednesday, February 21

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PriPara All Idol Perfect Stage Switch Game's Trailer Teases Original Story

Game ships March 22 in Japan ― Takara Tomy A.R.T.S began streaming a trailer for its PriPara All Idol Perfect Stage game for the Nintendo Switch last week. The trailer shows the game's original character creation, live performances, and story mode. The game will have a new original story starring the player's original character and an anime story that summarizes the events of the anime. The game will...
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Arizona's Saboten Con to Host Singer Akira

Live performance, fashion show appearance scheduled ― Arizona anime convention Saboten Con announced on Saturday that it will host singer Akira at its 2018 event. Akira will hold a live concert and autograph sessions, be a guest model in the J-fashion show, and participate in a tea party. Akira is the female lead singer for the visual kei band DISACODE and an accomplished fashion model. She debuted a...
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Saori Hayami, Daisuke Namikawa Join Creatures Family Days Animation's Cast

Hayami, Namikawa play genetically modified siblings in April show ― The official Twitter account for the Taiwanese-Japanese animation adaptation of Yanai's Jikken-hin Kazoku: Creatures Family Days manga revealed more cast members on Wednesday. The staff also revealed a new visual for the show. The new cast members include: (Note: Character name spellings are not official) Saori Hayami as Ashise, 16 y...

Tuesday, February 20

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Pop Team Epic's Latest Episode Inspires 'Hellshake Yano' Meme

Pop Team Epic's unique and inscrutable nature lends itself to meme creation. Unsurprisingly, the anime's seventh episode, which debuted on Saturday, has inspired a fittingly bizarre meme. The "Hellshake Yano" meme took off on Twitter in Japan on Monday, inspiring a wide variety of official celebrity and company accounts to spread the meme. ヘルシェイク矢野は原作時点で相当笑ったんだけど、多分名前的に竹書房の元担当さんがネタ元な気がするので登場するたびにご...
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Ni no Kuni II Game's Video Previews 1st 15 Minutes

Level-5's game launches for PS4, PC worldwide on March 23 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a gameplay video for its and Level-5's Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PlayStation 4 and PC game on Wednesday. The video previews the first 15 minutes of the game. The game is slated for worldwide release on March 23 after several delays. The game's "King's Edition" in Europe comes with a sea...
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Girls und Panzer Dream Tank Match Game's Video Shows University Selection Team Tanks

Game ships in Japan on February 22, in English in Asia on February 27 ― The official website for the Girls und Panzer Dream Tank Match PlayStation 4 game began streaming a new promotional video on Wednesday. The video, narrated by character Yukari Akiyama, highlights the tanks of the University Selection Team. The game will ship on February 22 in Japan. The Premium Edition of the game in Japan will b...
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Figure Skating, Shogi Prove Real Life Can Beat Anime Feats

In a long-standing debate, some people posit life imitates art more often than art imitates life. Yet, it may be rare that real humans are able to match and exceed the deeds of anime heroes who sometimes posses superhuman abilities. Recently, two real-world stars rose to the challenge. Twitter user @AftamC shared images on Monday noting how real-world celebrities have surpassed the accomplishments...
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Bleach Live-Action Film's Teaser Shows Ichigo's 1st Hollow Battle

Film opens July 20 in Japan ― Warner Bros. Japan began streaming a teaser trailer for the live-action film of Tite Kubo's Bleach manga on Wednesday. The teaser shows Ichigo becoming a shinigami for the first time to fight a Hollow. The film will open in Japan on July 20. The film will center on the "Substitute Shinigami Arc," the manga's first arc which ran from its first to eighth volume. Shinsuke S...
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Mr. Osomatsu Season 2 ‒ Episode 20

"It's meta time once again on Mr. Osomatsu, with a variety show accompanied by Dayon's reaction shots."
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Soul of Chogokin Adds Nadia's V-Nautilus to the Line-Up

Soul of Chogokin has carved a name for itself with its line of immaculately sculpted mecha figures, from Mazinger Z to the the iconic 1970s series Captain Harlock's starship, the Arcadia. Now the line has set its sights on Captain Nemo's V-Nautilus submarine from Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi's classic 1990s anime Nadia - The Secret of Blue Water. The Soul of Chogokin GX-80 Universal Battleship...
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Kodansha USA Lists Dragon Head Manga as Digital Release

Series was previously released by Tokyopop ― Kodansha Comics is listing that it will release the first volume of Minetarō Mochizuki's Dragon Head manga digitally on February 27. Kodansha Comics describes the story: The end of everyone was just the beginning… Returning home by train after a class trip, Teru Aoki takes a most frightening ride inside a mountain tunnel. When the train derails, nearly eve...
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KOKKOKU ‒ Episode 7

"Kokkoku continues to chug along at its own erratic pace this week, offering up plenty of plot developments and exposition in an idiosyncratic and stilted way."
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Laid-Back Camp Staff Went Location Scouting, Winter Camping

A recent interview with Laid-Back Camp producer Kaoru Wada on Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web site revealed that staff went on a winter camping trek to make sure the series maintained a high level of authenticity. The series director Yoshiaki Kyougoku and production staff scouted out 10 different locations that the series' characters visit. A model camp site was also set up during the winter and the...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 18-24

All Out!! anime; Giant Spider & Me - A Post-Apocalyptic Tale, Saint Seiya Saintia Sho, Silver Spoon, The Voices of a Distant Star manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date All Out!! Part 1 BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 February 20 Dragon Ball Super Part 3 BDCite Funimation Entertainment US$44.98 February 20 Dragon Ball Super Part 3 DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Fu...
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Edogawa Rampo's 'The Man Traveling with the Brocade Portrait' Story Gets Museum Anime Short

Yoshimasa Hosoya, Yuuki Kaji, Raikō Sakamoto star in story about brother's disappearance ― An anime adaptation of "The Man Traveling with the Brocade Portrait" ("Oshie to Tabi Suru Otoko") short story by mystery and supernatural author Edogawa Rampo (Rampo Edogawa) will run in three museums as part of an exhibit this year. Independent animator Shigeyoshi Tsukahara ("Hashi no Mukou," Sekai no Owari ro...
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12th Yowamushi Pedal Stage Play Reveals Cast Visuals

Play to run from March 2-11 in Tokyo, March 16-18 in Kobe ― The official website for the stage play adaptations of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal manga revealed a key visual and character visuals for the 12th stage play, titled Butai Yowamushi Pedal Shin Interhigh-hen ~Hakone Gakuen Ōja Fukukaku (The Kingdom)~ (Stage Yowamushi Pedal New Interhigh Arc: Restoration of Hakone Gakuen's King [The Kingd...
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Netflix "Eye-Jacks" Shinjuku Station with 280 Pairs of Anime Eyes

You ever get the feeling you're being watched? Netflix is giving its viewers a taste in a new campaign at Shinjuku Station where 280 pairs of anime eyes stare out at passerbyes. The streaming service is upping its reputation as a home for anime after the success of Devilman crybaby and the upcoming release of Bones' B: The Beginning with this "eye-jack" campaign. The 280 different eyes come from N...
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 Plus PS4 Game Ships on May 31 in Japan

Video game news website Dengeki Online revealed on Tuesday that Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 Plus, Compile Heart's "refined" PlayStation 4 version of its Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 PlayStation Vita game, will ship on May 31 in Japan. Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 is a remake of the first game in Compile Heart's Hyperdimension Neptunia game series. The game original shipped for t...
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This Week in Anime - Is Citrus' Forbidden Romance Trash or Treasure?

Citrus has turned a few heads with its incestuous twist on lesbian romance. We suss out whether this makes for a juicy love story or just sour pulp. ― Citrus has turned a few heads with its incestuous twist on lesbian romance. This week in anime, Michelle and Steve suss out whether this makes for a juicy love story or just sour pulp. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in...
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Garden of Sinners' Fujino Follows Yūichi Nakamura Into Fate/Grand Order

Voice actor Yūichi Nakamura is a known Fate/Grand Order player who also happens to voice the Archer-class Servant David in the game. The Garden of Sinners character Fujino Asagami recently debuted in the game, and Nakamura tweeted his reaction. ネジられちゃうんです? pic.twitter.com/N40w1q4htv— 中村悠一 (@nakamuraFF11) February 15, 2018 Nakamura seems a bit worried that Fujino has arrived in the game. The tweet ...
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Metal Gear Survive Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

PS4/Xbox One/PC game shipped on Tuesday in N. America ― Konami began streaming a launch trailer for its Metal Gear Survive game on Tuesday. The game shipped for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in North America on Tuesday. The game shipped for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 21 in Japan and will ship on February 22 in Europe. The "Survival Pack" release includes four gold plated weapons, t...
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Lost Child Game to Also Launch for Nintendo Switch

Game already slated for PS4/Vita ― NIS America announced on Tuesday that it will release The Lost Child for Nintendo Switch in addition to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The game is slated for this summer on North America and Europe on all three systems. The game will be available physically and digitally for PlayStation 4 and Switch, and digitally for PlayStation Vita. The game will have Englis...
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God Wars Game Gets Updated Version for Switch

Game launched for PS4/Vita in June ― NIS America announced on Tuesday that it will release God Wars The Complete Legend, an expanded version of the God Wars Future Past PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game, for Nintendo Switch. The game is slated for physical and digital release this fall in North America and Europe. God Wars The Complete Legend will include all the downloadable contents of the or...
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Silver Spoon GN 1

Hiromu Arakawa's pastoral drama about the highs and lows of farm living at an agricultural college is a far cry from Fullmetal Alchemist, but just as rewarding. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Hiromu Arakawa's agricultural coming of age tale's anime adaptation reached English-speakers long before now, which makes it feel like a real treat to finally get the chance to read the manga. Based roughl...
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Miyuki Sawashiro Performs Lupin III Part 5 Anime's Ending Theme

Sawashiro also plays Fujiko Mine ― The official website for the fifth Lupin III anime series announced on Tuesday that Miyuki Sawashiro, the voice of Fujiko Mine, is performing the show's ending theme song, composed by longtime Lupin III composer Yuji Ohno. The song is titled "Seine no Kaze ni... (Adieu)" (To the Winds of the Seine... (Farewell)). Sawashiro's ending theme song will ship on CD on May ...
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Megalobox Anime's Video Previews COMA-CHI's Rap

Series based on Ashita no Joe manga with new story premieres in April ― The official website for Megalobox, a new television anime based on Ikki Kajiwara (pen name Asao Takamori) and Tetsuya Chiba's Ashita no Joe manga, began streaming a promotional video for the series on Tuesday. The video features footage from the anime and previews COMA-CHI's rap insert song. The previously revealed cast members ...
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Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori Anime Reveals 2nd Video, Visual, More Cast

Tomoaki Maeno, Kousuke Toriumi, Kōhei Amasaki join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yū Shimizu's Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori manga revealed the series' second promotional video, second visual, and additional cast on Wednesday. Junichi Suwabe narrates the video as his character Sui. The new cast members are: (Note: the romanizations of the characters' full names are not ...
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Kimeru Performs Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Anime's New Opening Theme

New theme song to begin in April ― This year's April issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine announced on Wednesday that Kimeru will perform the new opening theme for Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS beginning in April. The song is titled "go forward." Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo and its affiliated networks last May. Crunchyroll later began streaming the series as it airs. Crunchyroll describes the s...
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Beatless Anime Casts Hiroshi Kamiya, Kana Hanazawa

New characters debut in 6th episode on February 26 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Satoshi Hase and redjuice's Beatless novel revealed two new characters and cast members on Tuesday. The characters will debut in the anime's sixth episode on February 26. Hiroshi Kamiya as Ginga Watarai, the head of Memeframe Corporation's research planning. Kana Hanazawa as Mika Tsutsumi,...
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Uta no Prince-sama's 'Ultra Blast' Single Ranked #2 on Weekly Chart

Single debuted on February 14, ranked daily at #3, #2, #1 throughout week ― The official Twitter account for the Uta no Prince Sama franchise revealed on Monday that the franchise's "Ultra Blast" single ranked #1 in Oricon's daily single chart on Sunday. It sold 7,626 copies on Sunday to cap its weekly total at 114,359. It eventually ranked #2 for the week, under Hey! Say! Jump's "Maeomuke" (244,765 ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, February 12-18

Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond sells 1,447, followed by Tatsuki's "Keifuku-san," Yowamushi Pedal Re:Generation, My Hero Academia, Takuya Eguchi ― Takuya Eguchi's Event DVD Eguchi Takuya no Ore-Iya & Nishiyama Kōtarō no Sukoboku: Ariake to Chofu no Tabi sold 829 copies to rank #23 on the overall DVD chart. Real Car Series Initial D sold 637 more copies for a new total of 2,456. It rose from #34 t...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, February 12-18

Land of the Lustrous sells 5,088, followed by Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond, Love Live! Sunshine!!, My Hero Academia, Himōto! Umaruchan R ― Kenichi Suzumura's Theatrical Live Dai-4 The Black Prince sold 600 copies to rank #28 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Land of the Lustrous ...
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Fumikiri Jikan Anime Reveals Character Visuals for Ai, Tomo

The official Twitter account for the television anime of Yoshimi Satō's Fumikiri Jikan (Railroad Crossing Time) manga revealed two character visuals for the anime on Monday. The characters, along with their previously announced cast members, are as follows: Sayaka Senbongi as Ai Yui Ogura as Tomo Both characters are from "Futari no Seishun" (Their Youth), the first story from the manga's first com...
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Live-Action Anitomo Casts Kōdai Matsuoka, Karin One

Series premieres March 25, film in early summer ― Hakusensha's official website for Modomu Akagawara's Anitomo (My Brother's Friend) manga revealed additional cast members for the live-action film and series adaptation of the manga on Tuesday. Kōdai Matsuoka (right in picture below) will play Itsuki Kaga, Sōta's handsome but oddball cousin. Karin One (left) will play Aki Nishino, Sōta's younger siste...
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Kyūso Nekokami Performs Opening Theme For Major 2nd Anime

Single CD for opening theme to ship on April 25 ― The official website for the anime of Takuya Mitsuda's Major 2nd baseball manga announced on Tuesday that Kyūso Nekokami is performing the opening theme song "Koete Ike" (Go Beyond It) for the anime. The single CD for the theme song will ship on April 25. Kyūso Nekokami is a five-member rock band that formed in December 2009, and is mostly active in t...
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Live-Action Marmalade Boy Reveals House Built Just for Film's Production

Film opens in Japan on April 27 ― Media news website Natalie revealed a behind-the-scenes report on the live-action film of Wataru Yoshizumi's Marmalade Boy manga on Tuesday. The report includes on-set photographs of the house, which stands in Ibaraki prefecture, and was built specifically for the film. Natalie's article includes more on-set photographs. The film opens in Japan on April 27. Previousl...

Monday, February 19

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Sword Art Online: Integral Factor RPG App Gets Global English Release

Korean, Chinese releases also set in addition to Japanese ― Bandai Namco Entertainment confirmed on Monday that it will release the Sword Art Online: Integral Factor mobile online role-playing game worldwide in English and Korean, in addition to the previously revealed Japanese and Chinese releases. The iOS and Android online RPG is free to play, but in-game items can cost extra. The game is acceptin...
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Valkyria Chronicles 4 Game's Trailer Introduces Imperial Army

Game ships in Japan for PS4 on March 21, for Switch in summer ― Sega began streaming a new character introduction trailer on Friday for Valkyria Chronicles 4: Eastern Front, the fourth installment in its Valkyria Chronicles game series. The video introduces the characters from the imperial army. The game is slated for the PlayStation 4 on March 21 in Japan, and on the Nintendo Switch in summer in Jap...
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New Jersey's AnimeNEXT to Host Rock Band ALL OFF

Mob Psycho 100, Heavy Object band to perform at June convention ― New Jersey-based anime convention AnimeNEXT announced last week that it will host rock band ALL OFF at its 2018 event. The band will perform at the convention. ALL OFF was formed in 2004, and consists of vocalist so-hey, guitarist Yukio, bassist Kossy, drummer Otsuki, and guitarist Gaku. The band released their first EP, "ALL OFF EP," ...
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Shinobi 7's Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers Tabletop Game Kickstarter Reaches Goal

Seven Seas Entertainment's tabletop game subsidiary Shinobi 7 reached the base goal of US$50,000 on its Kickstarter campaign for the miniatures board game Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers last week. The project has since unlocked its stretch goal for the first free expansion, featuring Shadow. Shinobi 7 describes the strategic game for 2-5 players: Burst into action with Sonic the Hedgehog: Battl...
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Fate/Grand Order Meets Classic Japanese Art in Water-Mapping Light Show

The waters of Odaiba Beach will come to life with the magic of classic ukiyo-e painter Hokusai on March 17. The painter, perhaps best known internationally for the print The Great Wave off Kanagawa, lives on, not just as a famous painter but also as a character in the mobile game Fate/Grand Order. Hokusai's depiction in the game is pretty "inspired" compared to his actual life. The major tip-off i...
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Splatoon Manga Has 800,000 Copies in Print

Shogakukan's listing for the fifth volume of Sankichi Hinodeya's Splatoon manga announced that the manga has 800,000 copies in print. Each volume has received a second printing. Hinodeya initially published a Splatoon one-shot manga in Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics in May 2015. The full series then began in Bessatsu Coro Coro Comic Special in February 2016, and also launched in Coro Coro Comics in...
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Tokyo Ghoul Creator, Anime's Star Celebrate Yuzuru Hanyu's Olympic Win

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu became the first man in 66 years to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals in men's figure skating at the PyeongChang Olympics on Saturday. The popular skater has achieved idol-like status and has a legion of supporters in Japan. Now he can add Tokyo Ghoul's original creator and its anime's star to his list of fans. ⛸️ pic.twitter.com/BQVQBNRy9u— 石田スイ (@sotonami) February 18,...
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Live-Action Saint Young Men Casts Ken'ichi Matsuyama as Jesus, Shōta Sometani as Buddha

Adaptation will stream on new streaming service this year ― The official website for the live-action adaptation for Hikaru Nakamura's Saint Young Men (Saint Onii-san) manga announced on Tuesday that Kenichi Matsuyama (live-action Death Note, Gantz) will play Jesus and Shōta Sometani (live-action Parasyte, Bakuman.) will play Buddha. In addition, the staff revealed that the adaptation will debut this ...
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Mitsuboshi Colors ‒ Episode 7

"This Halloween episode expands to show us new examples of how the townspeople regard the Colors."
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Street Fighter V's Blanka Previewed in Introduction Video

Character will be available on February 20 ― The official YouTube channel for the Street Fighter series began streaming a character introduction video for Blanka on Friday. The character will be available for download on February 20. Sakura, Blanka, Cody, G, Falke, and Sagat are joining the game as playable characters for the game's Season 3. Sakura and the game's season 3 pass launched last month al...
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Life-Size Mash Kyrielight is All Painted & Ready to Fight

Figure prototypist and Wonderful Works representative Kaoru Sakaki shared the completed life-size Mash Kyrielight figure on his Twitter account on Saturday, prior to its debut at the Wonder Festival [Winter] event the next day. マシューーーーーできたー!!等身大!ワンフェスで展示します!#wf2018w #FGO pic.twitter.com/EfOh9Ym3cx— 榊馨@WF4-10-5 (@sakaki_kaoru) February 17, 2018 The Fate Grand/Order mobile game character is shown wi...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 348

"While exploring Hata's past this late in the game may seem like an odd turn for the story to take, this ultimately leads to several big payoffs."
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Boys Over Flowers Season 2 Live-Action Series Announces 'C5' Cast

Marie Iitoyo joins cast alongside Jin Suzuki, Tatsuomi Hamada, Mio Imada, Keisuke Nakata ― The official website for the live-action series adaptation of Yoko Kamio's Boys Over Flowers Season 2 (Hana Nochi Hare ~HanaDan~ Next Season) manga announced five additional cast members on Saturday. The new cast, from left to right in the back row of the image below, includes Jin Suzuki as Issha Narumiya, Mari...
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Digimon's WarGreymon, Taichi Prepare for Battle in New Figure Series

Madhouse revealed the first figure in its new Precious G.E.M. figure brand on Thursday. The figure set includes recreations of Digimon Adventure's Taichi and his partner Digimon WarGreymon. Both Taichi and WarGreymon will come in battle-ready poses. The WarGreymon figure will stand about 25 centimeters (about 10 inches) tall. The figure set is available through Madhouse's Megatrea Shop, Toei Anim...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 826

"This is an episode of exposition that sets us up for the juicier exposition to come, and the pacing problems only seem to be getting worse."
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Shelf Life - Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

Paul discovers a hidden gem in a surprisingly lazy package with this lovely slice-of-life comedy. Plus, all this week's new anime releases and a brand-new Shelf Obsessed! ― I've been working on putting together a Star Wars model kit recently, and holy heck that process is easier if you have a decent set of the appropriate tools. It's almost a relaxing experience when you don't have to threaten each ...
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Taboo Tattoo BD+DVD

This attempt at a gritty action spectacle falls prey to confusing storytelling and baffling editing. Theron Martin examines what went wrong. ― In the Summer 2016 Preview Guide, I gave the first episode of this manga adaptation a middling score, saying that it isn't without potential. Rarely have I looked back at a review and been more perplexed at what I wrote, as on a second view that first episode ...
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Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Gets Anime Tie-in Short

Full version to air on March 19 after cast audition ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the "pilot edition" of an animated short inspired by the Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet game. The anime is titled Sword Art Online Fatal Bullet -The Third Episode-. The complete version will air on Tokyo MX on March 19. The website describes the anime as a "third episode" that is not part of the Sword Art...
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Fan Criticizes Hakyū Hōshin Engi Anime, Starts Petition Asking for Staff Explanation

An unhappy fan of Ryu Fujisaki's Hoshin Engi manga launched a petition on Sunday seeking an investigation into the origin and an explanation for the composition and script of the new Hakyū Hōshin Engi anime. The "manga- and anime-loving otaku" who started the petition identified herself as Motohara. Motohara enjoyed the original manga in her youth and was looking forward to the series' new anime a...
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Pop Team Epic ‒ Episode 7

"I feel like I'm approaching a point where mere words become inadequate as a response to Pop Team Epic."
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Maiden Japan Licenses A Spirit of The Sun TV Anime Special

2-part special aired in 2006 ― Section23 Films label Maiden Japan announced on Monday that it has licensed the two-part television anime special adaptation of Kaiji Kawaguchi's A Spirit of The Sun (Taiyou no Mokushiroku) manga. Maiden Japan describes the film's story: When Japan is hit by the twin disasters of the eruption of Mt. Fuji and a massive earthquake, the island nation gets literally shatter...
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Signal.MD Responds to Recovery of an MMO Junkie Director's Anti-Semitic Tweet Controversy

Production I.G sister studio Signal MD, which produced the Recovery of an MMO Junkie television anime, posted a statement in Japanese and English on Friday regarding Recovery of an MMO Junkie anime director Kazuyoshi Yaginuma's anti-Semitic tweets. The full statement reads: It has come to our attention that a series of Tweets under the handle, @yaginuma_san, apparently made by Mr. Kazuyoshi Yagin...
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Answerman - What Is Gambling Like In Japan?

There sure are a lot of gambling anime, but what's it actually like to gamble in Japan? Does anime paint an accurate picture? Justin gets into it. ― Jake asked: I have recently been watching Kakegurui Compulsive Gambler on Netflix and it has me curious about gambling in Japan. Gambling is in a ton of anime from Samurai Champloo to Kaiji. Mostly I am familiar with the basic odd even dice game as well...
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Infini-T Force Film's Special Promo Video Streamed

Anime opens in Japan on February 24 ― The official website for the Infini-T anime franchise began streaming a "special video" for the Gekijōban Infini-T Force: Gatchaman Saraba Tomo yo (Infini-T Force the Movie: Farewell Gatchaman My Friend) film on Monday. The video is a four-minute-and-30-second clip from the upcoming film. (Note: The video on the official website linked above is region-locked to J...
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Touken Ranbu Hanamaru Season 2 Anime Casts Masahiro Yamanaka, Junichi Suwabe, Yuuki Ono

New "Touken Danshi" debut in 8th episode on Sunday ― The official website for the Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru anime revealed three new "Touken Danshi" characters and cast members for Zoku Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru., the series' second season, on Monday. The characters will debut in the the season's eighth episode, "Hazuki Kono Koto wa HImitsu Dakara na" (Eighth Month: Because These Things are Secret), on Feb...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re Anime Premieres on April 3

This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine is revealing on Thursday that the television anime adaptation of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul:re manga will premiere on April 3. The anime will air on Tokyo MX starting at 11:00 p.m. before airing later that evening on Sun TV, TV Aichi, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting, and BS11. Odahiro Watanabe (Soul Buster, assistant director on Super Lovers 2,...
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REC's Q-taro Hanamizawa Starts Love App Manga

Love comedy series centers on "greatest love app ever" ― The March issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Monday that Q-taro Hanamizawa will launch a new manga titled Love App in the April issue on March 19. The love comedy story centers a mysterious "Love App" that will appear when someone is worried about love. The app analyzes lots of data, and no matter how impossible the ob...
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Galaxy Express 999 Gets New Manga in March

Gun Frontier reboot's Yuzuru Shimazaki draws new series ― The April issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Champion RED magazine revealed on Monday that Leiji Matsumoto's Galaxy Express 999 franchise is inspiring a new manga titled Ginga Tetsudo 999 Another Story: Ultimate Journey (Galaxy Express 999 Another Story: Ultimate Journey). The manga will launch in the magazine's May issue on March 19, and will ad...
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Persona 5 TV Anime's New Visual Highlights Yusuke

The official website for A-1 Pictures' television anime of Atlus' Persona 5 game revealed a new visual on Monday featuring Yusuke Kitagawa (voiced by Tomokazu Sugita). Like the previous visual, the anime's official website features the "The world will be stolen by them" tagline on the visual. The website previously revealed visuals for the protagonist Ren Amamiya (voiced by Jun Fukuyama), Ryuji Sa...
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Jouji Nakata, Kenji Nomura, Takayuki Sugo Join Golden Kamuy Anime's Cast

Nakata to play Toshizō Hijikata in series premiering in April ― The official website for the television anime of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga announced three more cast members on Monday. Jouji Nakata (Peacemaker's Toshizō Hijikata) as Toshizō Hijikata Kenji Nomura (Drifters' Gilles de Rais) as Tatsuuma Ushiyama The site also announced that Takayuki Sugo (Bungo Stray Dogs 2's Herman M.) will play ...
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Compile Heart Launches Countdown Site

Japanese video game developer Compile Heart launched a countdown site on Monday. The site simply has the number "3" on it. Compile Heart is currently developing the Death end re;Quest role-playing game, which will launch on PlayStation 4 on April 12 after a delay. Source: Dengeki Online
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Kachidoki Studio Produces 4 Anime for Production I.G's 'Vertical Anime' App

Studio celebrating 10th anniversary already produces Neko no Rob anime for app ― The Kachidoki Studio anime studio announced on February 5 that it is producing the Quiz Tokiko-san anime for Production I.G's Tate Anime (Vertical Anime) app. Quiz Tokiko-san premiered on February 7, with new episodes debuting weekly. The anime also airs weekly on Chukyo TV within the Hayariba program, but is being repro...
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Live-Action Furin Shokudō Series Reveals Main Cast

4-episode net series debuts on March 7 ― The staff of the live-action adaptation of Masakazu Yamaguchi's (Dengeki Oshioki Musume Gōtaman) Furin Shokudō (Adultery Restaurant) manga revealed the show's main cast, net series format, and episode count on Monday. The show stars Kei Tanaka (live-action Library Wars' Mikihisa Komaki) as salaryman Ryūichi Yamadera. The female stars include: Yumi Adachi as Ay...

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Live-Action Princess Jellyfish Series Casts Kento Kaku as Kai Fish

Fashion industrialist character debuts in show's 7th episode ― The official Twitter account for the live-action television series based on Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish manga announced on Monday that Kento Kaku (live-action Ranma ½ special, live-action The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.) will play the fashion industrialist Kai Fish in the series starting in the seventh episode. The previously a...
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Konami Announces New Game, Manga for Busou Shinki Franchise

Company had teased new development in franchise in December ― Konami announced on Monday that it is developing a new game in the Busou Shinki franchise. Konami also announced that Kadokawa will publish a manga adaptation of the new game. Additionally, Konami is collaborating with Kotobukiya to create moveable plastic models of the game's characters as part of the "Megami Device" series. Konami had te...
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Live-Action My Little Monster Film's Trailers Feature Kana Nishino's Theme Song

Nishino to also perform 5 insert songs for film opening in Japan on April 27 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Robico's My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun) manga began streaming a second teaser video and a full trailer for the film on Monday. Both videos preview Kana Nishino's theme song "I Love You." Nishino will also perform five insert songs for the film. The tra...
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Black Clover Anime Reveals 6 More Cast Members

KENN, Shouma Yamamoto, Yurika Aizawa join cast as Leopold, Noelle's older siblings ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed more cast members on Monday for the television anime adaptation of Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga. The characters will make their appearance in the show's 20th episode. The new cast members include: KENN as Leopold Vermillion, a member of the...
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My Hero Academia Anime's 3rd Season Reveals New Visual

The official website for the My Hero Academia anime series revealed a new visual for the show's third season on Monday. The new season will premiere on April 7, and will remain in the 5:30 p.m. timeslot on Saturdays that the second season held on YTV, NTV, and 27 other network affiliates. Funimation will stream the series. The third season will feature the same staff, including director Kenji Naga...
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New Captain Tsubasa Anime Adds More Cast Members

Sayuri Hara, Mutsuki Iwanaka, Kōdai Sakai, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Tarō Kiuchi join April soccer remake ― The official website for the upcoming new Captain Tsubasa anime announced additional cast members on Monday: Sayuri Hara as Sanae "Anego" Nakazawa, who falls in love with Tsubasa at first sight, after he transfers into the school and she sees him play soccer Mutsuki Iwanaka as Mamoru Izawa, one of the ...
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card ‒ Episode 7

"This week, Clear Card shakes up the formula by having Sakura meet a card that wants to be her friend."
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School Babysitters ‒ Episode 7

"Has anyone ever thought of installing a lock on the daycare room? Because with Usaida's sleep habits, these kids sure wander off a lot."
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The Ancient Magus' Bride ‒ Episode 19

"The Ancient Magus' Bride hasn't been short on dark underlying themes, but this week still marks a shift toward something darker on a greater scale."
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The Mike Toole Show - Rocket from the Script

Mike digs into the legendary and idiosyncratic career of Ryousuke Takahashi, from Cyborg 009 to Armored Trooper Votoms to Phoenix. ― A few weeks back, the Right Stuf folks were running some sort of cheap-o blowout sale, and one of the items for sale, along with a still-absurdly-large quantity of Geneon and ADV Films DVD backstock, was this hat. Yep, for just one dollar, you could be the proud owner o...
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DARLING in the FRANXX ‒ Episode 6

"This episode is a great example of how to efficiently use action beats to develop character, even if the action and the characters on display are pretty routine stuff."
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Citrus ‒ Episode 7

"The pacing of Citrus almost makes me wish Yuzu's love life would catch a break once in a while, but it was clear from the start that this isn't that kind of show."
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Saint Seiya Episode Zero Manga Ends, 'Next Dimension' Manga Returns in May

Masami Kurumada launched Saint Seiya Episode Zero in December ― The April issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Champion RED magazine published the final chapter on Monday of Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya Episode Zero manga. The same issue also revealed that the new "season" of Kurumada's Saint Seiya: Next Dimension - The Myth of Hades manga will launch in May in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion maga...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 128

"I finally found myself invested in Vegeta during this arc, and the story moves forward with a tone that really hammers home the impossible power of our final opponent."
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Ao Oni Novel

This adaptation makes great use of its difficult source material to tell a trapped-in-a-game/escape room story worth digging into. Rebecca Silverman explains why. ― If you've played the original game of Ao Oni (“blue demon”) or watched the series of anime shorts, Kenji Kuroda's novelization may come as a surprise. That's not a bad thing, though – Kuroda's reimagining of the source material not only c...
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My Hero Academia: One's Justice Game Adds 3 More Playable Characters

Ochaco Uraraka, Tenya Iida, Shōto Todoroki join lineup for game launching this year ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed three more playable characters on Monday who will appear in the My Hero Academia: One's Justice game. The three new characters include Ochaco Uraraka, Tenya Iida, and Shōto Todoroki. Other confirmed playable characters include Izuku Midoriya, ...
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Luck Life, Fo'xTails Perform Theme Songs for Food Wars! The Third Plate's 2nd Cour

Series to return in April ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday the theme songs for the second cour (quarter of a year) of Food Wars! The Third Plate, the third season of the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime. Luck Life (Bungo Stray Dogs, Cheer Boys!!) will perform the new opening theme song "Symbol" while Fo'xTails (Dimension W, Handa-kun) will perfo...

Full Drive, Golem Hearts Manga End in Shonen Jump

Both series debuted last October ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the final chapters of Genki Ono's Full Drive manga and Gen Osuka's Golem Hearts manga on Monday. The second and third volumes of Full Drive will ship in Japan on April 4. The official English website for Shonen Jump describes the story: There was once an ingenious German athlete who had been ...
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Jun Mayuzuki's After the Rain Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

Manga inspired now-airing TV anime, upcoming live-action film ― This year's 12th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Jun Mayuzuki's Koi wa Ameagari no youni manga will end in two more chapters, not including the chapter published on Monday. The manga won't appear in the magazine's 13th issue, and will resume in the 14th issue. The manga centers on 17-year-old high...
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Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan Manga Gets 2nd Anime DVD

Manga gets 10th 1-shot in Shonen Jump on February 26 ― This year's March issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Hirohiko Araki's Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai) manga is inspiring a second anime DVD. The DVD will ship with the manga's second volume on July 19. The deadline to pre-order the limited-edition version of the manga volume with the DVD is May 16...
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Sora wo Kakeru Yodaka Manga Gets Live-Action Netflix Series

Series centers on high school girls who switch bodies ― Shueisha announced on Sunday that Shiki Kawabata's Sora wo Kakeru Yodaka manga is getting a six-episode live-action series that will stream on Netflix this year. The anime stars: (Clockwise from upper left) Daiki Shigeoka as Shunpei Kaga, a popular boy in class Tomohiro Kamiyama as Kōshirō Mizumoto, Ayumi's boyfriend Miu Tomita as Zenko Umine Ka...

Goblin Slayer Light Novel Series Gets TV Anime

WHITE FOX to anime series starring Yuichiro Umehara, Yui Ogura, more ― The "GA Bunko 2018 Happyō Stage" presentation at the Wonder Festival event announced on Sunday that Kumo Kagyu's Goblin Slayer light novel series is getting a television anime adaptation. WHITE FOX is animating the series. The anime will feature the same cast as an earlier drama CD adaptation: Yuichiro Umehara as Goblin Slayer Yui...

'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' Anime Gets 2nd Season, Film Project (Updated)

Film will have original story by light novel author Fujino Ōmori ― The "GA Bunko 2018 Happyō Stage" presentation at the Wonder Festival event announced on Sunday that Fujino Ōmori and illustrator's Suzuhito Yasuda's Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? light novel series is inspiring a second anime season and an anime film. The film is titled Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteir...
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Ashi-Girl Manga Gets Sequel Live-Action TV Special

1st 12-episode live-action TV series starring Yuina Kuroshima, Kentarō premiered in September ― NHK announced on Sunday that the live-action television series based on Kozueko Morimoto's Ashi-Girl manga will get a sequel television special. The first 12-episode series premiered on NHK on September 23. The series stars Yuina Kuroshima (live-action Sagrada Reset, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) as the...

Etotama Anime Gets New Series

1st anime series about Zodiac signs as girls premiered in April 2015 ― The "Shin Eto Ryōran Matsuri" event for the Etotama franchise announced on Sunday that a new series is in production. The Twitter account for the anime series stated that it will reveal more information about the new series at a later date. The first 12-episode television anime series premiered in April 2015. Crunchyroll streamed ...
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Plunderer Manga by Heaven's Lost Property's Suu Minazuki Gets Anime

"Heroic action fantasy" series launched in 2014 ― Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine announced on Sunday that Suu Minazuki's Plunderer manga is getting an anime adaptation. Monthly Shonen Ace will reveal more information about the anime project at at later date. The April issue of Monthly Shonen Ace on February 26 will feature the manga on the cover, and will also feature a poster of the manga dr...

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Saban Reveals Power Rangers Beast Morphers as 26th Power Rangers Season

New season to premiere on Nickelodeon in early 2019, will feature toys by Hasbro ― Saban Brands announced on Saturday that its 26th season of Power Rangers is titled Power Rangers Beast Morphers. The series will premiere on Nickelodeon in early 2019. It's Morphin Time! We are excited to announce that Power Rangers Beast Morphers will be our 26th season of Saban's Power Rangers, debuting in early 2019...

Funimation Announces Re:Zero Home Video Release

1st part slated for this summer ― Funimation Entertainment announced at its Katsucon panel on Saturday that it will release Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- on home video starting with "season 1 part 1" this summer. The 25-episode anime premiered in April 2016. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. Crunchyroll is also streaming both the Re:Zero ~Starting Break Time From Zero~ ...
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GARO -Vanishing Line- ‒ Episode 18

"The road trip arc was a vital and entertaining direction for the story, but I will admit that I'm glad to have the show back in its old element."
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Killing Bites ‒ Episode 6

"At the rate it's going, the Destroyal could compose most of the rest of the season. I'm not convinced that a single-cour series can afford this kind of pacing."
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Record of Grancrest War ‒ Episode 7

"I guess when the plot moves this quickly, cutting a few corners is to be expected."
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Makoto Shinkai Praises Mari Okada's 'Maquia' Anime Film

The perks of being an anime director include being able to go to advance private screenings for new anime before they debut. Makoto Shinkai, acclaimed director of your name., recently attended a private screening of Mari Okada's upcoming film Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarō (Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms). He shared his thought on the film on Twitter on Friday: [I went to] ...
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Junji Ito Collection ‒ Episode 7

"It's difficult to say how intentional it was, but this episode's modest success is rooted in its unknowable horror."
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Kimi ni Todoke Tops Poll of Anime to Watch With Your Lover

The Charapedia website conducted a poll to ask users what anime they want to watch with the someone they are romantically in love with. The website conducted the poll from February 1 to 14, just in time for Valentine's Day, and posted the results on Thursday. Among respondents, 53.2% were male, and 46.8% were female. The respondents included 60.1% of people in their 10s or 20s and 39.9% in their 3...
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Stand Turns Nintendo Switch Into Mini 2-Player Arcade Machine

Columbus Circle revealed a mini two-player arcade-style stand for the Nintendo Switch on Tuesday. The stand lets two players face off face to face. The stand requires two Nintendo Switches with four total Joy-Con controllers. Players can insert their Switches into the stand's housing to make them appear as screens on a mini arcade machine. The stand includes adequate ventilation to avoid overheat...
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The List - 6 Completely Dissimilar Twins

If it weren't for their physical resemblance, you'd never know these troublesome twins were related! This week's list is all about twins who are far more different than alike. ― This week's list is a rerun, but check back next week for a brand new list! Twins remain a topic that entertainment loves to revisit. Genetically identical people are used in horror to highlight fears of lack of individual i...
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Takane & Hana GN 1

This manga's take on age gap romance is slightly more self-aware than its peers, delivering an interesting and complex premise. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― At first glance, Takane & Hana looks like any one of a number of vaguely problematic shoujo romances. It features a sixteen-year-old heroine and a twenty-six-year-old hero, an overbearing romantic lead, and a host of power dynamic issues....
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Legend of the Legendary Heroes' Light Novel Sequel to End in Next Volume

Series is sequel to original light novel series that inspired 2010 TV anime ― The 17th volume of Takaya Kagami's Dai Densetsu no Yūsha no Densetsu (The Legend of the Great Legendary Heroes) novels revealed last October that Kagami will end the novel series with the 18th volume. Dai Densetsu no Yūsha no Densetsu is the sequel to Kagami's original Densetsu no Yūsha no Densetsu (The Legend of the Legend...
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Comic Girls Anime Announces Additional Cast Members

Aya Endo, Minami Tsuda, Ayaka Nanase, Reina Ueda join April anime about manga creators ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Kaori Hanzawa's Comic Girls four-panel manga announced additional cast members on Saturday. Aya Endo as Ririka Hanazono (top left in image above) Minami Tsuda as Mayu Amisawa (top right) Ayaka Nanase as Miharu Nijino (bottom left) Reina Ueda as Suzu Fūra (b...
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Tachibanakan To Lie Angle Anime Reveals Staff, Spring Debut, Key Visual

Miss Bernard said. director, studio make anime about high school girls in love triangle ― The official website for the television anime of merryhachi's Tachibanakan To Lie Angle (Love to Lie Angle) manga revamped on Sunday with a listing of the main staff, a Spring premiere announcement, character designs, and a key visual: Hisayoshi Hirasawa (Miss Bernard said., Netsuzou Trap -NTR-, Ojisan to Marshm...
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Kirby: Star Allies Switch Game's 'Special Movie' Posted

Game ships on March 16 ― Nintendo began streaming a "special movie" for its Kirby: Star Allies Switch game on Wednesday. The video shows a special animation for the game. The game ships on March 16 in North America, Europe, and Japan. Nintendo announced the game during last year's E3 in June. The game will feature the return of copy abilities such as Sword, Fire, Water, Bomb, and Broom, among others....

Aniplex Invests in Australia's Madman Anime Distribution Company

CEO Tim Anderson: "We don't expect any changes to Madman's broad strategy, direction" ― Tim Anderson, President and CEO of Madman Anime Group, has confirmed with ANN that Aniplex Inc. has invested in the company. Madman Entertainment management agreed to issue additional shares in its company on November 15, and provided a minority interest to Aniplex Inc. Anderson told ANN he could not disclose the ...

Crunchyroll, Funimation Outline Home Video Releases for elDLIVE, Tsukigarei, Tsugumomo, Clockwork Planet Anime

Companies to also release 2nd half of Ace Attorney, All Out!! anime in May ― Crunchyroll and Funimation announced details on Friday for home video releases in May and June of of six more anime series, as part of the two companies' partnership. Title: Ace Attorney (Part Two) Format: BD/DVD Combo Release Date: May 8 Contains episodes 14-24 Title: All Out!! (Part Two) Format: BD/DVD Combo Release Date: ...
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Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online Game Launches on Steam on February 27

Idea Factory International announced on Friday that it will release the Steam version of Compile Heart's Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online (Cyber Dimension Neptune: 4 Goddesses Online) game on February 27. The game will have subtitle language options in Japanese and Traditional Chinese in addition to English, and will feature audio in Japanese and English. Idea Factory International rele...
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Laid-Back Camp Anime's 1st DVD, BD Includes Extra 'Episode 0' Anime

New anime to tell story before Nadeshiko joins club ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga revealed on Saturday that the anime's first Blu-ray Disc and DVD will feature a "Heya Camp Episode 0" anime on the disc. The anime will tell a story before Nadeshiko joins the club. The Twitter account revealed four screenshots from the ani...
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Tomori Kusunoki Performs Ending Theme for Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online Anime

Spinoff series premieres in April ― The "SAO and GGO New Anime and Original Work Stage" presentation at a Sword Art Online fan meeting event revealed on Saturday that Tomori Kusunoki will perform the ending theme song for the television anime of Keiichi Sigsawa's Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online novel series. Kusunoki also stars in the series as Llenn. Masayuki Sakoi (Celestial Method, P...

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Sword Art Online: Alicization Anime to Cover Entire Alicization Arc

Kazuma Miki, the light novel editor and an anime producer for Sword Art Online, stated at a "SAO and GGO New Anime and Original Work Stage" presentation at a Sword Art Online fan meeting event on Saturday that the upcoming Sword Art Online: Alicization anime will cover the entirety of the Alicization arc from Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online light novel series. Miki didn't mention any information ...
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Real Girl Anime's TV Ad Reveals Quruli Theme Song

12-episode series premieres in April ― The official website for the television anime based on Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga began streaming a commercial for the series on Saturday. (Note: The video on the official website is region-locked to Japan.) The official Twitter account for the anime also revealed on Saturday that the three-member group Quruli (RIN-NE first season) will perform the...
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Tubi TV Streams Sola, Angel Sanctuary Anime

Also: Aria, more Funimation titles ― Video streaming service Tubi TV has added the Angel Sanctuary and Sola anime to its catalog. In addition, it has recently added all three Aria anime (Aria the Animation, Aria - The Natural, and Aria the Origination) and the following titles from Funimation Entertainment: Attack on Titan Attack on Titan: Junior High Chaos Dragon Dimension W Afro Samurai: Resurrecti...

Crunchyroll Manga to No Longer Offer Catalog Chapters of Kodansha Titles

Fairy Tail will be exception with 30 catalog volumes ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that Kodansha manga titles that have ended serialization will be removed from its manga section on February 28. After this time, the titles will only be available for purchase as eBooks from the Crunchyroll Manga store. The affected titles are as follows: A Silent Voice A Town Where You Live As the Gods Will: The S...
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Celebrity Kanō Sisters Get Custom Cutie Honey Costumes at AnimeJapan

The celebrity duo Kyōko and Mika Kanō are no strangers to saucy photo shoots and appealing to their otaku fanbase. The ladies previously starred in a campaign for the Ensemble Stars! male idol game, appeared in commercials for Comic Toranoana dōjin store, and attended last year's summer Comiket convention. Their popularity in otaku circles is actually pretty new. The Kanō sisters were mostly known...
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New Chihayafuru Live-Action Film Gets 5-Episode Hulu Japan Series

2 tie-in titles announced for Hulu Japan premiere on February 20 ― The staff of the live-action film adaptations of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga announced that the films will get a five-episode tie-in series on Hulu Japan on February 20. The series is titled Chihayafuru -Tsunagu- (Chihayafuru: Connect), and it will connect the story of the second film, Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku, with the upcoming...
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Set Your Watch to the Evangelion Bullet Train

The very successful Evangelion bullet train will make its last stop on May 13. Multiple companies are commemorating the train's run, which was so popular it was extended into this year after initially planning to end two years ago. The 500 TYPE EVA train is already set to appear in Shinkalion, a kids' sci-fi mecha show with transforming trains. Fans looking for even more 500 TYPE EVA collectibles...
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How to keep a mummy ‒ Episode 6

"Not every mythical creature makes a great pet—for example, a mandrake."
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Flip Flappers English Dub Launches on HIDIVE

Home video slated for February 27 ― HIDIVE began streaming the first episode of the English dub of Flip Flappers on Friday. The streaming service will add a new episode every week. The cast, under ADR director John Swasey and scriptwriter Marta Bechtol, includes: Luci Christian as Cocona Brittney Karbowski as Papika Patricia Duran as Yayaka David Wald as Salt David Matranga as Hidaka Chelsea McCurdy ...
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Princess Tutu Celebrates 15 Years of Musical Magic

Junichi Sato magical girl fantasy series Princess Tutu is celebrating 15 years of magic with a concert in Tokyo on April 14. The "Princess Tutu 15th Anniversary Concert Gold Crown Town Music Festival ~Das Goldkronefest~" will be held at Mitaka City Public Hall's "Hikari no Hall" and focus on music from the anime series. The orchestra will be led by conductor Daisuke Mogi with the anime series' com...
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After the Rain ‒ Episode 6

"Thankfully, the show continues to hold up even when spending time away from its central relationship."

My Brother's Husband Ranks in YALSA's Top 10 Graphic Novels for Teens

16 other manga titles make Great Graphic Novels list ― The American Library Association's (ALA's) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released its 2018 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens this week. Gengoroh Tagame's My Brother's Husband (published by Pantheon Books) ranked in the Top Ten graphic novels this year. Svetlana Chmakova's Brave (published by Yen Press) also ranked in the t...
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Death March to The Parallel World Rhapsody ‒ Episode 6

"It doesn't quite stick the landing, but it's an admirable failure, which is something you don't see often from this series."
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Ni no Kuni II Game's Video Previews Hydropolis

Level-5's game launches for PS4, PC worldwide on March 23 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a Hydropolis tour promotional video for its and Level-5's Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PlayStation 4 and PC game on Friday. The game is slated for worldwide release on March 23 after several delays. The game's "King's Edition" in Europe comes with a season pass for all future DLCs, a "Pri...
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Retro Meets Modern Gaming at Tokaigi Game Party 2018

Dragon Ball FighterZ, Splatoon 2, Street Fighter V, classic Mario Kart, and even Pop Team Epic?! ― This year's Tokaigi Game Party Japan hosted Dragon Ball FighterZ, Splatoon 2, Street Fighter V, and Super Smash Brothers for Wii U tournaments, among other popular competitive games. The bracket was made up of four foreign players and twelve Japanese players. The tournaments were streamed live on the Ni...
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Laid-Back Camp ‒ Episode 7

"Instead of tossing everyone together immediately for the sake of narrative convenience, the show has allowed its main characters to move at a pace that matches their personalities."
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Persona 3, Persona 5 Dancing Game Videos Preview Junpei, Anne

PS4/Vita games slated for May 24 ― Atlus began streaming promotional videos for its upcoming Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5 Dancing Star Night games on Friday. The videos preview two characters, Junpei Iori from Persona 3 and Ann Takamaki from Persona 5. Both games will launch on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on May 24. Atlus will release both games separately but will also ...
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Hasbro to Take Over Has Toy Licensee for Power Rangers Franchise

Agreement provides opportunity for Hasbro's purchase of Power Rangers property ― Hasbro and Saban Brands announced on Friday that Hasbro will be the global master toy licensee for Saban's Power Rangers franchise, outside of Japan and other Asian markets, beginning on April 1, 2019. The first products are slated for spring 2019. According to the press release, the agreement also provides both parties ...
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Bite Kyubey's Head Off at Sega's Madoka Magica Cafe This Month

Still holding a grudge against Kyubey, the disgustingly cute cat-like character from Puella Magi Madoka Magica? You will soon be able to bite that smug little face off when a collaboration cafe debuts at Sega Collabo Cafe Akihabara 2 in Tokyo this month. The cafe will be a collaboration with the smartphone role-playing game Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden, which launched for iOS and...
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Hokuto ga Gotoku Game Videos Show Battle Techniques

Yakuza Studio's Fist of the North Star PS4 game ships March 8 in Japan ― The official YouTube channel for Sega Games' Yakuza franchise began streaming three battle introduction videos for Hokuto ga Gotoku, Yakuza Studio's Fist of the North Star game, on Friday. The three videos show beginner, intermediate, and advanced battle techniques. Beginner: Intermediate: Advanced: The game will ship for PlaySt...
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Light Novel Author Takes on Twitter HQ After Cover is Banned

A light novel author is taking their complaint all the way to the top after Twitter censored the cover image of one of their novels. Mahiro Kisaragi writes The Decision of Isoko Yamamoto (Yamamoto Isoko no Ketsudan) novels with art by Coffee Neko. The second volume is set for release on February 20 but when Kisaragi paid to promote a tweet about the book featuring its cover art, they found that it...
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Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash Launches for PC on March 7

Video previews water gun shooting game's Steam release ― XSEED Games announced on Friday that the Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash game will get a PC release for Steam on March 7. Marvelous began streaming a trailer for the announcement. The standard PC edition of the game will cost US$39.99, and the “Sexy Soaker” special edition will cost US$49.99. The "Sexy Soaker” edition will include a soundtrack...
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Yume Nikki -Dream Diary- Remake Game's Prologue Video Streamed

PC game to launch via Steam on February 23 ― Entertainment company Enterbrain began streaming a prologue video for the Yume Nikki -Dream Diary- game on Tuesday. Kadokawa Games opened a full website for the Yume Nikki -Dream Diary- game on January 25 and revealed that the remake will launch for PC via Steam on February 23. The website includes full details of the release in both Japanese and English. ...
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Splatoon 2 is Switch's 1st 2-Million Seller in Japan

Famitsu: Switch console sells 2.016 million units in Japan ― Kadokawa subsidiary Gzbrain Inc. and Kadokawa's Famitsu gaming magazine reported on Wednesday that Nintendo's Splatoon 2 game has sold an estimated 2,016,182 copies in Japan as of February 11. The game is now the best-selling Nintendo Switch game in Japan so far, and it is the console's first game to surpass 2 million copies sold in Japan. ...
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Answerman - Is It Worth Collecting Anime On VHS?

There are some anime released in the US on VHS but never in any other format - are these (and others) worth tracking down? ― Robbie asked: I recently got into collecting records, and I feel like, although it's not as handy as digital music, there's small things about just the act of listening to them that I really enjoy. I wonder, if there's any feeling you get from watching anime the old fashioned ...
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Kaiji Spinoff Manga Tonegawa's Anime Reveals Visual

The staff of the anime adaptation of the Kaiji spinoff manga Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa (Middle Management Chronicle Tonegawa) revealed a visual on Friday. Madhouse (Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Overlord) will produce the anime, which is slated to premiere on NTV's "AnichU" programming block this year. The third volume of 1-nichi Gaishutsu-roku Hanchō will formally ship on March 6. The manga focu...
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Butlers: Chitose Momotose Monogatari Reveals Visual, Cast, Ending Song

Sachika Misawa plays Tenna Kisaragi, Jay's true younger sister ― The official website for SILVER LINK's Butlers: Chitose Momotose Monogatari (Butlers: A Millennium Century Story) television anime revealed a new key visual, the female lead role with character designs, and the ending theme song for the series on Friday. Sachika Misawa as Tenna Kisaragi, Jay's true younger sister. She has an innocent an...
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One Piece: World Seeker Game Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Video, More Screenshots

"Dramatic free world" action-adventure game ships this year for PS4, Xbox One, PC ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a behind-the-scenes video on Friday for the One Piece: World Seeker PlayStation 4 game. The video features an English-subtitled interview with game producer Koji Nakajima. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam...
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Fate/Extella Link Game's Gameplay Videos Preview Tamamo no Mae, Li Shuwen, Elizabeth Bathory

PS4, PS Vita game ships in Japan on June 7 ― The official website for Marvelous and Type-Moon's Fate/Extella Link PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game began streaming three character gameplay videos on Friday. The videos preview the characters Tamamo no Mae, Li Shuwen, and Elizabeth Bathory. The site previously streamed videos for Mumei and Nero Claudius. The game will ship in Japan on June 7. Lim...
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Chrono Ma:gia Game's Animated Promo Video Streamed

GungHo Online Entertainment's new digital card game slated for release this spring ― The official YouTube channel of Chrono Ma:gia, GungHo Online Entertainment's new digital card game, began streaming an anime promotional video for the game on Thursday. The video is available in both English and Japanese. Japanese Version English Version GungHo Online Entertainment describes the game's story: The Tim...
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Sega Unveils Readyyy! Game App About Training Male Idols

Game features 18 cast members, backgrounds by Deho Gallery ― Sega revealed a new idol training smartphone game titled Readyyy! on Wednesday. The game is set in Kamakura, and the story's protagonist is a newly-minted producer of the Dia Production talent agency. But the protagonist is also the manager of the dormitory where 18 idols are all living together. The official YouTube channel for the project...
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Neko to Jii-chan Manga About Old Man & His Cat Gets Live-Action Film

Manga debuted in 2015 ― Kadokawa announced on Friday that Nekomaki's Neko to Jii-chan (Cat and Grandpa) manga is getting a live-action film adaptation. Kadokawa will announce cast and debut date details for the film at a later date. The comedy manga centers on Daikichi, an old widower who lives together with his cat Tama. Nekomaki launched the manga in Kadokawa's Comic Essay Gekijō magazine in 2015. ...
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Anime Tamago 2018's Promo Video Previews Shorts

Shorts debut at theatrical screening on March 10 ― The official website for the "Anime Tamago" (formerly "Anime Mirai") project began streaming a promotional video for this year's shorts on Friday. The video has both long and short versions. The cast for Imagica Image Works and Robot's "TIME DRIVER: Bokura ga Kaita Mirai" (TIME DRIVER: The Future We Draw) includes: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Yūto Matsuba...
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Magical Girl Site Anime's 1st Teaser Video Reveals More Cast, More Staff, Theme Song Artist

Nobuhiko Okamoto, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Yūya Asato join series premiering in April ― The official website for the television anime of Kentarō Satō's Magical Girl Site (Mahō Shōjo Site) manga began streaming the anime's first teaser promotional video on Friday. The video reveals three more cast members, more staff members, and the ending theme song artist. Haruka Yamazaki (who voices Sarina Shizukume in t...
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Atlus Reveals Persona O.A. 'Support App' for this Spring

Free app allows users to check news on the franchise, play exploration game ― Atlus opened a website on Friday to reveal a Persona O.A. app that will launch for iOS and Android devices this spring. The app is the first app in the Persona franchise, and it serves as a "Persona series official support app." The official website for the app is hosting a pre-registration campaign. The more people pre-reg...
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Kaiji Spinoff Manga Tonegawa Gets TV Anime This Year by Madhouse

Series about Teiai Group exec's daily life launched in 2015 ― Amazon Japan's listed cover image for the third volume of Motomu Uehara, Kazuya Arai, Tensei Hagiwara, and Nobuyuki Fukumoto's 1-nichi Gaishutsu-roku Hanchō manga (pictured below center) reveals that the Kaiji spinoff manga Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa (Middle Management Chronicle Tonegawa) is getting a television anime adaptation. Madhouse (...
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Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal Game's 2 Videos Show Story Prologue

PS4 remake of 1st game in series ships on February 22 ― Marvelous began streaming two "prologue videos" on Thursday for Honey∞Parade Games' Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal, the PlayStation 4 remake of the 2012 Senran Kagura Burst action game for the Nintendo 3DS. The videos each show the prologue of the story. The first video shows the prologue for Hanzō National Academy, and the second video shows the ...
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12th Annual Seiyū Awards Reveals Merit Award, Kei Tomiyama Award, Kazue Takahashi Award Winners

Hiroshi Masuoka, Tomie Kataoka, Chō, Miina Tominaga win awards ― The organizers of the 12th Annual Seiyū Awards announced the winners of the Merit Award, Kei Tomiyama Award, and Kazue Takahashi Award on Friday. Merit Award Award for the seiyū who have contributed to many genres, including foreign works, over the years Hiroshi Masuoka Agency: Haikyou Roles: Sazae-san (Masuo Fuguta), Soreike! Anpanman ...
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Dagashi Kashi Manga Has 3 Million Copies in Print

The 10th compiled book volume of Kotoyama's Dagashi Kashi manga revealed on Friday that the manga has 3 million copies in print. The manga follows Kokonotsu, who does not want to inherit his family's rural candy store as his father wishes. A girl named Hotaru, who is crazy about small-time candy stores, appears at the store and repeatedly visits in order to convince him to take it over. Kotoyama l...
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Sakurako Gokurakuin's Sekirei 365 Manga Ends on March 16

Manga sequel to Sekirei debuted last May, began regular serialization in October ― This year's fifth issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine announced on Friday that Sakurako Gokurakuin's Sekirei: Kanojo no Inai 365-Hi no Koto (Regarding 365 Days Without a Girlfriend) manga will end in the magazine's seventh issue on March 16. The manga will not appear in the sixth issue on March 2. Gokurakuin b...
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Juni Taisen Stage Play Unveils 3 Cast Members in Costume

Rat, Rabbit, Dragon characters previewed for May stage play ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of Nisioisin and Hikaru Nakamura's Juni Taisen - Zodiac War novel revealed new visuals for three cast members in costume on Friday. The three new visuals include: Ryō Kitamura as Rat Kōji Saikawa as Rabbit Shōhei Hashimoto as Dragon The play will run at Kobe's Shin Kobe Oriental Theater fr...
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New Gegege no Kitarō Anime's Visual Unveiled

The official website of the new television anime based on Shigeru Mizuki's GeGeGe no Kitarō manga revealed new visual for the anime on Friday. The anime will premiere on Fuji TV on April 1 at 9:00 a.m., replacing Dragon Ball Super in the timeslot. Kouji Ogawa is serving as series director while Hiroshi Ohnogi (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) is handling series composition. Sorato Shimizu is the ...
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Saban Brands, Bandai Discontinue Power Rangers Toy License Agreement

Saban Brands announced on Thursday that it and Bandai have mutually agreed to not renew Bandai America's master toy license agreement for Power Rangers, effective April 2019. Bandai will still support the Power Rangers franchise up to its 25th anniversary, and will also support the currently-airing Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel show. Bandai still maintains toy rights to Toei's Super Sentai serie...

GKIDS Acquires Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai of the Future Film for U.S.

Film opens in Japan on July 20 ― Entertainment news website Variety reported on Thursday that GKIDS has acquired the United States rights to Mamoru Hosoda's new Mirai no Mirai (Mirai of the Future) anime film. GKIDS also previously distributed Hosoda's Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and The Boy and the Beast films. Variety also confirmed that Charades has sold the film to MK2 Mile End in Canada, Anime L...
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BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Fighting Game's 6th Character Video Streamed

Game's N. American price, deluxe edition revealed ― Arc System Works began streaming a sixth character introduction video on Thursday for the BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle crossover fighting game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. The video reveals new playable characters, including Platinum the Trinity from BlazBlue CentralFiction, Orie from Under Night In-Birth, and Kanji Tatsumi from Persona ...

J-Novel Club Licenses 'Me, a Genius? I Was Reborn into Another World and I Think They've Got the Wrong Idea!' Novels

Novel about boy mistaken for genius in alternate-universe Japan launched in 2015 ― Digital publishing company J-Novel Club announced on Thursday that it has licensed author Nyun and illustrator Sakana's Me, a Genius? I Was Reborn into Another World and I Think They've Got the Wrong Idea! (Isekai ni Tensei Shitandakedo Ore, Tensai tte Kanchigai Saretenai?) light novel series. The first four parts of t...

Aniplex USA Licenses Persona 5 Anime

Anime based on PS4/PS3 RPG to premiere in April ― Aniplex of America announced on Thursday that it has licensed A-1 Pictures' television anime of Atlus' Persona 5 game. The company also opened an English website for the anime, and lists streaming details as "coming soon." Aniplex of America previously streamed an English-subtitled trailer for the anime on Wednesday. The anime will premiere in April o...
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Swery, Arc System Works Announce New Game The Missing

Game will be 1st developed in-house at Swery's White Owls company ― Arc System Works America announced at a press event on Thursday that it will release The Missing, a new game directed by Hidetaka Suehiro (also known as Swery or Swery65), in 2018. Arc System Works began streaming a video message from Swery, in which he explains that the game is a collaboration between his White Owls development comp...
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