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With You and the Rain GN 1 & 2

Naturally one of the most entertaining parts is the fact that everyone is aware that the “dog” is anything but. Psst, it's a tanuki. ― I know he's not a dog. You know he's not a dog. The vet definitely knows he's not a dog, but good luck convincing his new owner of that, no matter who you are. What he is is a tanuki, a real Japanese animal that has the sort of folkloric side that coyotes have in some...
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This Week in Anime - Does The Ultraman Hold Up In Anime Form?

Ultraman's legacy in Japanese popular culture runs deep and wide. With the 1979 The Ultraman anime installment finally streaming in the U.S., it's time to tackle the kaiju in the room. How well does this series hold up in anime form? Ultraman's legacy in Japanese popular culture runs deep and wide. Despite its enduring influence, however, the acclaimed tokusatsu series remains relatively obscure o...
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The ANN Aftershow - Attack on Titan - Two Brothers

Lynzee is MIA, so Jacki and James are taking the reins on the newest episode of Attack on Titan. Eren is edging ever closer to Zeke...will they start the rumbling? Will Falco make it out in one piece? ― The ANN Aftershow - Two Brothers Lynzee's out on vacation so Jacki and James are taking the reins on the newest episode of Attack on Titan. Eren is edging ever closer to Zeke...will they start the ru...
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The Girl I Want Is So Handsome! GN

The Girl I Want Is So Handsome! maintains a sense of light playfulness throughout, and it doesn't dip too hard into melodrama for most of the run. ― Like its title suggests, The Girl I Want is So Handsome! is a very basic and straightforward manga. When I was given a chance to review this series, all I wanted was a sweet, gay romance between a shy and bubbly high school student and her cool athletic ...
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Vampire Dies in No Time 1-12 Streaming

The Vampire Dies in No Time is precisely what you'd expect from a series that ends with a dance-off. It's silly, features an inexplicably furry armadillo, and involves vampiric veggies that are scarier to cook than live lobster ― If there's one thing you can say about The Vampire Dies in No Time, it's that it absolutely doesn't lie: within the first few minutes Draluc, the main but by no means only v...
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Interview: BELLE English Dub Cast

BELLE's English dub impressed us with its casting of the 19-year-old Kylie McNeill in her first voice acting role. Lauren Orsini spoke to the voice team about the casting and performances in NYAV's dub. ― BELLE, the latest film from Mamoru Hosoda, is also one of the director's most ambitious. Aside from its smooth animation and fairytale art, it also features a score of bold, evocative musical number...
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Frieren: Beyond Journey's End GN 2

All in all, this volume of Frieren: Beyond Journey's End turns out to be just as good—if not better—than the first. ― In general, Frieren: Beyond Journey's End is a manga that utilizes both serialized and standalone storytelling. Sometimes, events may flow naturally from one chapter to the next. Other times, we get a chapter that is unrelated to any overarching narrative. And there are also one-shots...
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Toho Animation Reveals Wonderism Anime Music Video Project

Project debuts music video in March featuring Kobe City, theme song by HOWL BE QUIET band ― Toho Animation announced a new anime music video project titled Wonderism: Kimi o Yobu Koe (The Voice Calling Out to You) on Thursday. The project will debut an anime music video in March. 🎬MV制作には新進気鋭の若きアーティストが集結!!原案・コンセプトデザインを担当するのは有名アーティストのMVや人気アニメにも携わる今注目のアニメーター【しの】@cozy_ashfilm荒廃した近未来を背景とした独特の世界感で目の前にある日常の...

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Salaryman's Club Badminton Anime Casts Takaya Kuroda as Sunlight Coach

Episode 1 preview video, character chart also posted for anime premiering Saturday ― The official Twitter account for TV Asahi and Liden Films' original badminton sports anime Salaryman's Club (Ryman's Club) revealed on Thursday that Takaya Kuroda is joining the anime's cast as Yasuomi Ōno, the coach of the Sunlight Beverage badminton team. The Twitter account also posted a web preview video of the f...
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My Stepmom's Daughter Is My Ex Anime Reveals 1st Teaser, Cast, Staff, 2022 Debut

Rina Hidaka, Hiro Shimono star in anime of light novel series ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Kyōsuke Kamishiro and Takayaki's My Stepmom's Daughter Is My Ex (Mamahaha no Tsurego ga Moto Kano Datta) light novel series revealed on Thursday its first teaser promotional video, key visual, cast, staff, and 2022 premiere. The cast includes Rina Hidaka as Yume Irido and Hiro Shimono as Mizu...
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Live-Action noise Film's Clip Shows Main Characters Disposing Body

Film reuniting live-action Death Note films' stars opens on Friday ― Warner Bros. Japan began streaming a new clip from the live-action film of Tetsuya Tsutsui's noise manga on Thursday. The footage shows the characters Keita, Jun, and Shinichirō attempting to hide the body of someone they accidentally killed before anyone discovers it. The suspense manga is set in a rural hunting town that has been ...
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Live-Action Joshikōsei ni Korosaretai Film's Teaser Unveils More Cast, April 1 Opening

Yuko Oshima cast as ex-girlfriend in Usamaru Furuya's suspense story ― The official website for the live-action film of Usamaru Furuya's Joshikōsei ni Korosaretai (I Want to be Killed by a High School Girl) suspense manga unveiled a teaser trailer on Thursday. The teaser and the website reveal new cast members and the April 1 opening for the film. Yuko Oshima (seen below) joins the cast as Satsuki Fu...
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Kodansha Comics Licenses Falling Drowning, Tying the Knot with an Amagami Sister, Fungus and Iron, Lightning and Romance, More Manga

Also: The Transcendent One-Sided Love of Yoshida the Catch, Sakura's Dedication ― Kodansha Comics announced on Wednesday new manga titles that will debut digitally in February and in print in this fall. The company will release the following titles digitally in February: Title: Tying the Knot with an Amagami Sister Creator: Marcey Naito Debut Date: February 1 Synopsis: Uryu Kamihate has had a rough s...
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HIDIVE Streams 3 Short Anime Films by Director Pierre Itō

Mouseman: Dark Child, Kenda Master Ken, World, Before You End ― HIDIVE announced on Wednesday that it will stream three of director Pierre Itō's anime films in North America, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavian and Nordic Countries, Spain, Portugal, Central America, and South America. The service will premiere the anime on the following dat...
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The Day I Became a God Manga Ends

Manga launched in November 2020 ― ZEN's manga adaptation of The Day I Became a God (Kami-sama ni Natta Hi) — the third original anime from Key, Aniplex, and P.A Works, ended on Tuesday. ZEN launched the manga on the ComicWalker and Niconico Seiga websites in November 2020. The manga's first compiled book volume shipped in Japan in May 2021, and the second volume will launch on February 26. The anime ...
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Valve's Steam Deck Portable PC Gaming Console Launches on February 25

Valve announced on Wednesday that its Steam Deck portable PC gaming console will launch on February 25. Reservation holders will get order emails first in the order reservations were made. The Steam Deck was originally scheduled to launch this December, but it was delayed due to global supply chain issues and material shortages. Components were not reaching the company's manufacturing facilities i...
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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Part 2 ‒ Episode 1-3

Even though we're talking about the diplomatic resolution to a feudal conflict and control of a war-torn region, there's this sense that Souma has a near-omniscient view of everything.
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Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet Movie Gets Manga

Detective Conan: Quarter of Silence manga ended on Tuesday ― This year's March issue of Shogakukan's Shōnen Sunday S revealed on Tuesday that Yutaka Abe and Jirō Maruden are launching a new manga based on Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan), the 24th film in the Detective Conan franchise, in the magazine's next issue. Abe and Maruden's manga adaptation of the Detect...
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Medical University's "Cringe" Mario Kart COVID-19 PSA Goes Viral

Twitter users can't seem to decide whether it's "funny" or "cringe" ― The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released a video on Twitter on January 13 promoting COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. The video slipped under the internet's radar for two weeks, until it suddenly went viral earlier this week. The reason: it uses edited Mario Kart 8 game footage to spread its message, and Twitter u...
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Sasaki and Miyano ‒ Episode 3

BL is not only the common point of interest that brings our leads together, but the means through which they poke and prod at the borders of their relationship throughout this whole episode.
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Crunchyroll Streams The Greatest Demon Lord is Reborn as a Typical Nobody Anime

English-subbed trailer streamed for April anime ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will begin streaming the anime adaptation of Myōjin Katō's The Greatest Demon Lord Is Reborn as a Typical Nobody (Shijō Saikyō no Daimaō, Murabito A ni Tensei Suru) novels in April for the spring 2022 anime season in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and ...
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With You and the Rain GN 1 & 2

Naturally one of the most entertaining parts is the fact that everyone is aware that the “dog” is anything but. Psst, it's a tanuki. ― I know he's not a dog. You know he's not a dog. The vet definitely knows he's not a dog, but good luck convincing his new owner of that, no matter who you are. What he is is a tanuki, a real Japanese animal that has the sort of folkloric side that coyotes have in some...
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Summit of the Gods Animated Film Nominated for France's César Awards

France-Luxembourg animated film nominated for Best Animated Feature ― France's 2022 César Awards nominated the France-Luxembourg animated film of Jiro Taniguchi's The Summit of the Gods (Kamigami no Itadaki) manga for its Best Animated Feature category. Netflix has the worldwide rights to the The Summit of the Gods film outside of France, Benelux, China, Japan, and Korea. Netflix released the film in...
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This Week in Anime - Does The Ultraman Hold Up In Anime Form?

Ultraman's legacy in Japanese popular culture runs deep and wide. With the 1979 The Ultraman anime installment finally streaming in the U.S., it's time to tackle the kaiju in the room. How well does this series hold up in anime form? Ultraman's legacy in Japanese popular culture runs deep and wide. Despite its enduring influence, however, the acclaimed tokusatsu series remains relatively obscure o...
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ALA's Graphic Novels for Adults 2021 Top 10 List Includes My Alcoholic Escape from Reality Manga

Tono Monogatari, Remina manga included in full list ― The American Library Association's Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) announced on Monday its 2021 Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List, and the top ten list includes Kabi Nagata's My Alcoholic Escape from Reality (Genjitsu Tōhi Shitetara Boroboro ni Natta Hanashi) manga. Shigeru Mizuki's Tono Monogatari and Junji Ito's Remina mang...
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Love of Kill #3 [rate]
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Blade Runner: Black Lotus ‒ Episode 11

Even though the same rough patches mentioned before are still here, it really feels like Black Lotus is finally getting started after all this time.
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Police in a Pod #4 [rate]
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Uchi no Danna ga Amachan de Manga Ends

3rd volume ships on March 9 ― The March issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine published the final chapter of Raizō's manga adaptation of Atsushi Kagurazaka's Uchi no Danna ga Amachan de (My Husband is Amachan) novels on Wednesday. The manga's third compiled book volume will ship on March 9. The manga takes place in Japan in the Edo period and follows a husband, who is a constable but als...
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In the Land of Leadale #4 [rate]
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Parrot Analytics: Attack on Titan Was World's Most "In-Demand" Show of 2021

Anime is 1st non-English language series to earn the title ― Market research firm Parrot Analytics identified Attack on Titan as world's most "in-demand" television show of 2021 in its 4th annual Global TV Demand Awards. It is the first non-English language series to earn the title, previously held by only The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Attack on Titan was also named the most In-demand anime s...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 1007

An interesting episode to say the least. A lot of your enjoyment is going to come down to how much you like seeing Queen goof about and make monsters.
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Anime Scriptwriter Atsushi Maekawa, Artist Kōichi Shimahoshi Pen New Manga

Assassin's Labyrinth "assassin battle royale" manga launches on February 19 ― The March issue of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine revealed on January 19 that writer Atsushi Maekawa and artist Kōichi Shimahoshi will launch a new manga titled Assassin's Labyrinth ~Koroshiya no Meikyū~ in the magazine's next issue on February 19. The "assassin's battle royale" manga's story begins when a gathering o...
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Midnight Occult Civil Servants Manga Ends in Next Chapter on February 22

Manga launched in 2015, inspired 2019 TV anime adaptation ― Manga creator Yōko Tamotsu announced on their Twitter account on Tuesday that their Mayonaka no Occult Kōmuin (Midnight Occult Civil Servants) manga will end in the manga's next chapter. The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Comic Newtype website confirmed on the same day that the manga's next chapter will debut on February 22. The mod...
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Chikage Yuniwa's Battery Manga Goes on Hiatus

Yuniwa working on manga's final chapter ― The March issue of Kadokawa's Asuka magazine revealed on Monday that Chikage Yuniwa's manga adaptation of Atsuko Asano's Battery novels is on hiatus and did not appear in the issue. The magazine did not reveal when the manga will resume. In addition, the announcement noted that Yuniwa is working on the manga's final chapter. Asano's novels revolve around Taku...
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VTuber Group holostars to Launch Their '1st 3D Anime' on Friday

hololive's male virtual entertainers to stream stars*collection! episode 1 on YouTube ― The hololive production agency's holostars virtual YouTuber (VTuber) group announced on Wednesday that they will start streaming their "first original 3D anime" on Friday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m. (5:00 a.m. EST) on their official YouTube channel. An English-subtitled video announced the first episode of the stars*...
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FuRyu's Monark RPG's Trailer Highlights Demo

Demo out now on PS4, PS5, Switch ― NIS America began streaming an English trailer for publisher FuRyu and developer Lancarse's new game Monark on Tuesday. The video previews the game's demo, which is out now for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Switch, with progress in the demo carrying over to the main game. The game will launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil's Carlo Zen Launches New Manga With Artist Ikumi Fukuda

Hachigatsu no Sora Hōsei no Kodama "steampunk war chronicle" manga launches February 22 ― The February issue of Akita Shoten's Dokodemo Young Champion magazine revealed on Tuesday that writer Carlo Zen and artist Ikumi Fukuda are launching a new manga tentatively titled Hachigatsu no Sora Hōsei no Kodama (The Guns Echo Across an August Sky) in the magazine's next issue on February 22. The magazine de...
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Rent-A-Girlfriend's Reiji Miyajima Launches New Manga

Shiunji-ke no Kodomo-tachi sibling romcom launches in February ― Manga creator Reiji Miyajima announced on his Twitter account on Tuesday that he is launching a new manga titled Shiunji-ke no Kodomo-tachi (The Shiunji Siblings). The sibling romantic comedy centering on seven siblings will launch on Miyajima's Fanbox account on February 22, and in this year's fifth issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal m...
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DEEMO Memorial Keys Anime Film's New Video Features 'Dream' Song

Film debuts in Japan on February 25 ― The staff for DEEMO Memorial Keys (Deemo: Sakura no Oto - Anata no Kanadeta Oto ga, Ima mo Hibiku), the anime film based on Rayark Games' Deemo game, unveiled new footage from the film on Wednesday, featuring the song "Dream" from the original Deemo game. Rayark Games will hold an online concert on February 12 to commemorate the company's 10th anniversary. The fi...
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Viz Media Debuts 1st 8 Chapters of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 6: Stone Ocean Manga Digitally

Company has not confirmed hardcover volume release for manga ― Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it has added the first eight chapters of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 6: Stone Ocean, the sixth part of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga, digitally through its Shonen Jump service. The company's website and app both state a new chapter will be available in seven days. Viz Media has not a...
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Miss Kuroitsu From the Monster Development Department Anime Casts Yukari Tamura, Yui Horie

Tamura, Horie play magical girl duo in currently airing anime ― The staff of the anime of Hiroaki Mizusaki's Miss Kuroitsu From the Monster Development Department (Kaijin Kaihatsubu no Kuroitsu-san) manga revealed new cast members for the anime on Wednesday. The two new characters are a licensed hero duo known as the Magical Girl Piria Magica duo. The new cast members include: Yukari Tamura as Reo Sh...

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25th Detective Conan Film Casts Former Nogizaka46 Idol Mai Shiraishi

Shiraishi voices Russian woman opposing terrorist bombers ― The staff of Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween (Meitantei Conan: Halloween no Hanayome), the 25th anime film in the Detective Conan franchise, revealed on Wednesday that actress and former Nogizaka46 idol group member Mai Shiraishi will join the film as a guest cast member. She plays the character Erenika Lavrentyeva (Romanization not ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 23-29

Kakegurui XX, Maesetsu! Opening Act anime; The Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse, Spy Classroom manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Appleseed BDPlease Discotek Media US$29.95 January 25 Case Closed: Sunflowers of Inferno BDCite Discotek Media US$29.95 January 25 Kakegurui XX BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 January 25 Kenichi the Mightie...
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The ANN Aftershow - Attack on Titan - Two Brothers

Lynzee is MIA, so Jacki and James are taking the reins on the newest episode of Attack on Titan. Eren is edging ever closer to Zeke...will they start the rumbling? Will Falco make it out in one piece? ― The ANN Aftershow - Two Brothers Lynzee's out on vacation so Jacki and James are taking the reins on the newest episode of Attack on Titan. Eren is edging ever closer to Zeke...will they start the ru...
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Akebi's Sailor Uniform ‒ Episode 1‒2

I really, really like the moments where we get deep inside Akebi's head and her passion, and I hope they get highlighted over the weirdly sexual moments.
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Golden Reel Awards Nominates Star Wars: Visions Anime Short 'The Duel' for Award

MPSE nominates short film for "Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Animation Series or Short" award ― The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) announced on Monday that it has nominated the animated short titled "The Duel" from Lucasfilm's Star Wars: Visions anthology of animated shorts for the "Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Animation Series or Short" award at 69th annual Golden Ree...
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Flip Flappers Director Kiyotaka Oshiyama Designs Pokémon Cards

Oshiyama has drawn 11 Pokémon cards in total since the start of 2021 Flip Flappers director Kiyotaka Oshiyama announced on his Twitter account on Friday that he has designed a Pokémon card featuring a Vmax Blaziken. 「ポケモンカード」バシャーモVMAXのイラストを描かせてもらいました。【VMAXクライマックス】 pic.twitter.com/QX0FtuMjzt— 押山清高/Kiyotaka Oshiyama (@binobinobi) January 21, 2022 The illustration is used for the Secret Rare print of ...
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Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 ‒ Episode 78

If it seems like I'm a little all over the place this week, it's only because I'm having a hard time “reviewing” something that is so precision engineered to make me feel so terrible.
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Guilty Gear -Strive- Game Launches Character Baiken, Combo Maker Update on January 28

Arc System Works streams character trailer, starter guide for Baiken; video guide for Combo Maker ― Arc System Works began streaming a trailer and a starter guide for the DLC character Baiken for its Guilty Gear -Strive- fighting game on Monday, revealing that the character will launch on Friday for Season Pass holders. The character will be available as individual DLC on January 31. The company also...
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Shaman King Finds a Spiritual Connection With Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Crossover ad for film's Japan release features commentary from the Shaman King characters ― In today's new surprise anime and Hollywood collaboration, Sony Pictures has released a crossover ad between Shaman King and the Ghostbusters: Afterlife film. The two properties do have some similarities. Both are popular vintage stories about the supernatural getting a new release in 2021: Shaman King with it...
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Requiem of the Rose King ‒ Episode 3

After the old-fashioned three-episode test, I feel it's safe to say that Requiem of the Rose King is not living up to its artistic ambitions.
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Pokémon Legends: Arceus Game's Trailer Teases Final Hisuian Starter Evolutions

Game will launch worldwide for Switch on Friday ― The official Pokémon YouTube channel began streaming a trailer teasing the final Hisuian starter evolutions on Tuesday. Nintendo also began stremaing a six-minute overview trailer for its Nintendo Switch game Pokémon Legends: Arceus on Monday. Pokémon Legends: Arceus will launch worldwide for Switch on Friday. The game will take place in the Hisui reg...
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The Girl I Want Is So Handsome! GN

The Girl I Want Is So Handsome! maintains a sense of light playfulness throughout, and it doesn't dip too hard into melodrama for most of the run. ― Like its title suggests, The Girl I Want is So Handsome! is a very basic and straightforward manga. When I was given a chance to review this series, all I wanted was a sweet, gay romance between a shy and bubbly high school student and her cool athletic ...
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Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin Game's Final Trailer Previews Story

Game launches for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC on March 18 ― Square Enix began streaming the final trailer for its Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin action game on Monday. The trailer previews the game's story. English Version Japanese Version The game will launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via the Epic Games Store on March 18. The game wil...
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Love of Kill ‒ Episode 2

This week's episode of Love of Kill definitely leaned more towards its dark and edgy side while developing the mystery that was only hinted at before.
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Hensuki Light Novel Series Ends

14th, final volume launched on Tuesday ― Tomo Hanama's Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasuka? (Hensuki) light novel series ended with its 14th volume, which shipped in Japan on Tuesday. The story of the romantic comedy begins when a love letter arrives out of the blue for Keiki Kiryū, an ordinary high school student who has never had a girlfriend as long as he has been alive. The letter do...
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13th, 14th Paralympics Anime Shorts Feature Character Designs By Hisashi Eguchi, Kazuhiko Shimamoto

Stop!! Hibari-kun!, Blazing Transfer Student manga creators contribute to shorts with winter sports theme ― The 13th and 14th installment of the NHK's "Anime x Para: Who is Your Hero?" (Ani × Para: Anata no Hero wa Dare Desu ka) animated project will feature character designs by manga artists Hisashi Eguchi (Stop!! Hibari-kun!) and Kazuhiko Shimamoto (Blazing Transfer Student) respectively. In antici...
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Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Anime Film Opens in U.S., Canada on March 18

Prequel film opened in Japan on December 24 ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 anime film will open with English subtitles and with an English dub in the U.S. and Canada on March 18. The film will launch in over 1,500 theaters, as well as in IMAX theaters. Tickets will go on sale on February 25. The company streamed an English-subtitled trailer: The movie is also "coming soo...
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In the Land of Leadale ‒ Episode 3

While episode 3 doesn't exactly rectify my issue with this show's overall lack of direction, it does manage to take some
constructive steps.
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The Genius Prince's Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt #3 [rate]
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Yakuza Game Creator Toshihiro Nagoshi Establishes New Studio at NetEase Games

Nagoshi serves as Representative Director, CEO; Daisuke Satō serves as producer ― NetEase Games announced the formation of Nagoshi Studio Inc. on its website on Monday. The creator of Sega's Yakuza (Ryū ga Gotoku) game series Toshihiro Nagoshi will serve as the Representative Director and CEO of the company while former Yakuza series producer Daisuke Satō will serve as a producer. The other founding ...
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Valérian et Laureline Artist Jean-Claude Mézières Passes Away

Prolific sci-fi artist also worked as conceptual designer on The Fifth Element film ― The French newspaper Le Monde reported on Sunday that artist Jean-Claude Mézières passed away on Sunday. He was 83. Mézières was born in Paris in 1938. He met frequent collaborator Pierre Cristin during air raids on Paris in World War II. At age 15, Mézières took classes at the School of Applied Arts, where he met f...
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She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man #3 [rate]
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JAM Project's Hironobu Kageyama Tests Positive for COVID-19

Performer canceled Monday event after feeling ill, received positive test result on Tuesday ― Musician and performer Hironobu Kageyama revealed on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Kageyama noted that he had hoped it would just be a normal cold, since he no longer had a fever, but he then received a positive test result. He added that he is only experienc...
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Manga Creator Tsunezō Murotani Passes Away

Best known for historical, comedy manga ― Manga service Manga Toshokan Z announced on Tuesday that manga creator Tsunezō Murotani passed away on November 22 last year. He was 87. Murotani was best known for his history manga, but also drew comedy and horror manga. Murotani debuted with the Nihon Rekishi Manpo (Strolling Through Japanese History) manga in The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper's Mainichi Chūg...
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Liar Game's Shinobu Kaitani, Kurosagi's Takeshi Natsuhara Launch Manga

Kamo no Negi ni wa Doku ga Aru launches on February 2 ― The official website for Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on January 19 that Shinobu Kaitani and Takeshi Natsuhara will launch a new manga titled Kamo no Negi ni wa Doku ga Aru -Kamo Kyōju no "Ningen" Keizagaku Kōgi- (Kamo's Onion is Poisoned -Instructor Kamo's Lecture on "Human" Economics-) in the magazine's next issue on February 2. Shu...
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Higurashi: When They Cry Gets New Manga on February 25

Asahi draws new Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Oni manga ― The March issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed on Tuesday that Asahi will launch a new manga in the Higurashi franchise titled Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Oni in the magazine's next issue on February 25. The manga will have a color opening page and will feature on the issue's front cover. The magazine describes the manga as telling ...
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Fūta Kimura Launches Manga With Planned Net Anime Adaptation

Unmei no Makimodo Shi manga centers on time police; anime planned for spring debut ― The February issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine published the first chapter of Fūta Kimura's new manga titled Unmei no Makimodo Shi - All Great Achievements Require Time (Destiny Rewinders) on January 15. The first chapter has 53 pages. In addition, the manga will have a net anime adaptation on YouTube t...

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My Dress-Up Darling ‒ Episode 3

While I understand some people's reservations about the show's fanservice given how regularly and poorly it's integrated in anime, I can't say that I share those sentiments personally.
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Jujutsu Kaisen Singer Eve's Khara-Animated Film Debuts on Netflix on March 15

Adam by Eve: A Live in Animation features new Eve songs with anime, live-action segments ― Netflix unveiled a new anime/live-action hybrid film titled Adam by Eve: A Live in Animation on Monday. The film will focus on singer Eve (Jujutsu Kaisen, Josee, The Tiger and the Fish), with animation by Studio Khara. The film will debut on Netflix on March 15, and will also open in theaters in Japan simultane...
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Slow Loop ‒ Episode 1-3

Out of all the Winter 2022 series, Slow Loop is easily the one I'm most excited about. It's pleasantly inexplicable, carrying its simple premise with lovely animation and a heck of a lot of heart.
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Satanophany Manga Takes Break, Resumes in March

Manga's 20th volume launches on February 4 ― This year's eighth issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine revealed on Monday that Yoshinobu Yamada's Satanophany manga is taking a break, and it will return in the magazine's 15th issue on March 14. The manga entered the final stage of its story in July 2021. The manga is set in a world like ours, but where an illness known as Medusa Syndrome exists. This illn...
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'Are You Lost?' Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Manga entered its climax last April ― This year's eighth issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine revealed on Monday that Kentarō Okamoto and Riri Sagara's Are You Lost? (Sōnan desuka?) manga will end in three chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end on February 14. The manga's eighth compiled book volume revealed last April that the manga had entered its climax. Kodansha Comics is releasing th...
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New Rurouni Kenshin Stage Musical Opens in May After Previous Cancellation

Stage musical of "Kyoto Arc" runs from May 17-June 24 ― The stage musical of the "Kyoto Arc" of Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga will open at the IHI Stage Around Tokyo from May 17 to June 24. The musical was originally scheduled to run at the IHI Stage Around Tokyo in November 2020, but it was canceled due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The musical's director and sp...
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Kingdom Anime's 4th Series Reveals 3 Returning Cast Members

Masakazu Morita, Jun Fukuyama, Yoshimasa Hosoya return for spring anime ― The official website for the Kingdom anime revealed on Monday three returning cast members and character visuals for the fourth anime series. The cast includes: Masakazu Morita as Shin Jun Fukuyama as Ei Sei Yoshimasa Hosoya as Ō Hon A teaser visual featuring Sei Kyou (Cheng Jiao) debuted with the tagline, "I'm next," following...
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Obey Me! Gets Manga That Launches in Japanese, English

Manga runs in English on MangaPlaza service ― NTT Solmare Corp announced on Monday that it has launched Obey Me! The Comic, a new manga based on the romance simulation mobile game Obey Me! – One Master to Rule Them All, on the trial page for its new MangaPlaza digital manga platform. The manga's release is part of MangaPlaza's pre-registration campaign, which runs until February 28. The manga's first...
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Tour Zombie Land Saga Anime Locations With Official Rental Bicycles

The Zombie Land Saga anime has made extensive efforts to help promote tourism in the Saga Prefecture; even Saga's own governor has gotten on board with cosplay and reenacting scenes from the anime. Now, in an attempt to facilitate easier travel within the city of Karatsu, Saga, the rental bike service PiPPA has teamed up with the Anime Tourism Association to provide official Zombie Land Saga bicyc...

Exclusive: Kodansha Comics Publishes Great Teacher Onizuka, GTO: 14 Days in Shonan Manga Digitally

Both series launch on February 1 ― Kodansha Comics announced on Monday that it will publish all 25 volumes of Tohru Fujisawa's GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka) manga series and all nine volumes of his GTO: 14 Days in Shonan manga digitally on February 1. The manga will be available on Bookwalker, comiXology, Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play, Nook, Kobo, izneo, MyAnimeList and other retailers. Preorders wi...
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Teasing Master Takagi-san Season 3 ‒ Episodes 1-3

If the rest of the season can keep up this balance of delivering equal parts character development and cozy comfort food, then it might just prove to be Teasing Master Takagi-san's finest hour.
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Vampire Dies in No Time 1-12 Streaming

The Vampire Dies in No Time is precisely what you'd expect from a series that ends with a dance-off. It's silly, features an inexplicably furry armadillo, and involves vampiric veggies that are scarier to cook than live lobster ― If there's one thing you can say about The Vampire Dies in No Time, it's that it absolutely doesn't lie: within the first few minutes Draluc, the main but by no means only v...
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Orange Series Gets Special Edition Manga About Hiroto

Manga commemorates series' 10-year anniversary ― This year's March issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine published a special edition manga of Ichigo Takano's Orange manga on Tuesday to commemorate the manga's 10-year anniversary. The manga is told from Hiroto Suwa's perspective. Takano (Dreamin' Sun) launched the original shōjo manga in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine in 2012 and moved i...
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World's End Harem ‒ Episode 3

Maybe I'll change my tune if/when I see Doi evolve into an absurd gigachad sex machine, but at this moment, his introduction is a huge step back for World’s End Harem.
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Touhou Project's Takkoman -Kouzatsu World- Gets Steam Release

Trailer streamed for action platformer ― Playism announced on Monday that it will launch Touhou Project action platformer Takkoman -Kouzatsu World- for PC via Steam in 2022. The company streamed a trailer: Playism describes the story: A world of bounty and order--Gensokyo. A world of ruin and chaos--Kouzatsukyo. A great calamity evoked by an unknown being, which spun these opposite worlds together. W...
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Slow Loop Fishing Anime Inpires Seafood Theme Café

Feast on the deep-fried horse mackerel​ and zukedon from the series ― The fishing-themed Slow Loop anime is inspiring a limited-time café with a seafood theme. The Cure Maid Café in Akihabara will host the café from January 21 to February 6. The main dishes are the deep-fried horse mackerel​ and zukedon depicted in the series. The dessert menu also has a prominent seafood theme, featuring clams and f...
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Case Study of Vanitas Season 2 ‒ Episode 1 - 2

It's an eventful start to the second half of the story, so grab your wolf repellant and hang on.
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Japan to Expand COVID-19 Quasi-State of Emergency to Most Prefectures

3 prefectures request extension for quasi-state of emergency ― The Japanese government is planning to expand the quasi-state of emergency to eighteen more prefectures - including Osaka, Kyoto, and Hokkaido - amid the rise of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the country due to the new Omicron variant. The quasi-state of emergency would take place from January 27 to February 20. The...
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Magical Angel Creamy Mami and the Spoiled Princess Manga Ends with Volume 7

Seven Seas publishes Creamy Mami spinoff in English ― Manga creator Emi Mitsuki revealed on their Twitter account on January 19 that the Magical Angel Creamy Mami and the Spoiled Princess (Mahō no Tenshi Creamy Mami Fukigen na Ohime-sama) manga's seventh compiled book volume will be the final volume. Seven Seas Entertainment publishes the manga in English, and describes the story: Who can compete wit...
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March on Earth's Mikase Hayashi Launches New Manga in February

Manga centers on step-siblings ― The March issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine revealed on Monday that Mikase Hayashi will launch a new manga in the magazine's April issue, which will ship on February 24. The new manga is titled Soredemo Otōto wa Koishitagaru (Even So I Wish to Love My Younger Brother), and it centers on two step-siblings: an older sister named Nao and her younger brother. Nao wants ...
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Live-Action Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori TV Show Casts Shigeyuki Totsugi, Sho Nishigaki

Yuzuna Katō also joins cast for 5th episode ― The staff of the live-action television series of Yū Shimizu's Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori manga revealed new cast members for the series on Monday. Shigeyuki Totsugi (center left in image above) and Sho Nishigaki (center right) will play Kōichirō Kamiko and Senri Hanaoka, the handsome chefs of a rival Italian restaurant of Rokuhōdō. Yuzuna Katō (bottom in i...
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Tasomachi: Behind the Twilight Game Reveals April 28 Console Release, Xbox Cancellation

Adventure game will now launch for PS4, Switch ― Publisher Playism began streaming a trailer for nocras' Tasomachi: Behind The Twilight game on Sunday. The video revealed that the game will launch for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on April 28. The console version of the game will include new stages. Nocras also plans to update the game with more content soon. Orbital Express and Playism had annou...

Photographer Arrested in Japan for Allegedly Drugging, Assaulting 6 Cosplayers

Suspect allegedly spiked drinks of girl cosplayers ― Content warning: The below article contains descriptions of sexual assault and rape. Chiba City police arrested and charged a 49-year-old male on January 21 on suspicion of "quasi-rape" (the legal term in Japan for forced sexual attempts on individuals who are unconscious or unable to resist) and attempted "quasi-rape" of at least six female cospla...
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Voice Actors for Phantom of the Idol Anime's Pop Duo ZINGS Form Idol Unit in Real Life

Fumiya Imai, Shun Horie to host upcoming event to perform under new unit name ― The official website for the television anime of Hijiki Isoflavone's Phantom of the Idol (Kami Kuzu Idol) manga revealed on Monday that Fumiya Imai and Shun Horie will form a new idol unit named ZINGS. In the manga and anime, the characters Yuuya Niyodo (voiced by Imai) and Kazuki Yoshino (voiced by Horie) also form the p...
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Voice Actor Sōma Saitō Diagnosed With COVID-19

Saitō recovers at home after testing positive on Sunday ― Talent agency 81 Produce announced on Monday that voice actor Sōma Saitō has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The agency stated Saitō developed a fever on Saturday night, and tested positive for the disease the next day. The agency added that Saitō is currently recovering at home after consulting with health care professionals. 81 Produce stated ...

Satoshi Mizukami's Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer Manga Gets TV Anime This Summer

Nobuaki Nakanishi directs anime, with Mizukami, Yūichirō Momose on series composition ― Manga creator Satoshi Mizukami revealed on Monday that his Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer (Hoshi no Samidare) manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation that will premiere this summer. Nobuaki Nakanishi (Koihime Musō, Mahōjin Guru Guru, Kasimasi - Girl Meets Girl) is directing the anime. Mizukami's comment o...
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Voice Actor Junichi Suwabe Diagnosed With COVID-19

Suwabe focuses on recuperating after testing positive on Saturday ― Talent agency Haikyo announced on Monday that voice actor Junichi Suwabe has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Suwabe had previously come into possible close contact with a person infected with COVID-19, and thus began to self-isolate. He had an issue with his throat on Saturday, so he took a PCR test which ...
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