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A Ballad of Sword and Wine Danmei Novel Review

This pitch-perfect enemies-to-lovers novel might be too dense for those new to the genre. ― If you're a BL fan who hasn't discovered danmei (Chinese homoerotic romance novels), now is a great time to jump on the bandwagon – just maybe not with A Ballad of Sword and Wine as your first title. It's a good book and will improve even more as the story continues. Rather it's that this is the densest danmei...
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This Monster Wants to Eat Me Volume 1 Manga Review

Is Shiori a friend, foe, love interest, or some combination of all three? With the sexual meaning of “eat” also present in the text, it's hard to know. ― Yuri mermaid horror. That's not word salad, it's the genre identifiers for Sai Naekawa's manga This Monster Wants to Eat Me, a dark literary folktale about a high school girl and the mermaid who's protecting her until she reaches the perfect stage o...
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This Week in Games - Nintendo Direct June 2024: New Age of Hype

Nintendo's 40-minute Direct left a lot of room to get excited! Jean-Karlo dives into the latest news as well as some bonus lost gems that were recently unearthed. ― Welcome back, folks! What a wild week this has been. As you read this, I'm currently fighting off a summer cold that's been going around. The good news is, I'm just warm and congested—no sore throats (I hate having a sore throat). Not the...
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Sherlock Hound Anime Series Review

Whether or not the many adventures Sherlock Hound goes on in this series are new takes on old classics or completely new adventures, they're wacky and enjoyable if a bit formulaic and repetitive, all the same. ― Although the English title of this Japanese-Italian anime is Sherlock Hound and characters in the English dub refer to the titular detective as "Sherlock Hound," no other version of this anim...
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This Week in Anime - The House that Gainax Built

Once upon a time, Gainax was the infallible studio that birthed Evangelion, Gunbuster, FLCL...and that magical girl show sponsored by car brand Subaru. It wasn't all giant robots and rainbows. Steve and Nick look back on the animation studio in the wake of its bankruptcy. ― Once upon a time, Gainax was the infallible studio that birthed Evangelion, Gunbuster, FLCL...and that magical girl show sponso...
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Your Anime Rankings - Best of Spring 2024, Jun 10-16

The Duke of Death and His Maid ranks at #2 this week, which allows it to reach a tipping point and climb 7 spots in the cumulative! Discover what else is moving in the rankings. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that the...
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Ultraman: Rising Anime Movie Review

Visually, the movie looks pretty solid as it takes some strong cues from the Spiderverse films with some stylistic flourishes. The iconic transformation is one of the coolest shots of the whole film. ― So some full disclosure here: I'm not exactly what one would call a tokusatsu expert. In general, my experience doesn't extend too far beyond watching early seasons of Power Rangers as a kid and watchi...
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My Deer Friend Nokotan Streams on Crunchyroll, Prime Video, ADN, Anime Onegai, More

Series starts streaming on July 7 ― Anime distributor Remow revealed the streaming platforms on Saturday for the television anime of Oshioshio's My Deer Friend Nokotan (Shikanoko Nokonoko Koshitantan) manga. The anime will stream on Crunchyroll, Amazon Prime Video, ADN, and Anime Onegai, as well as on "additional streaming services in over 140 countries and territories." The series will stream starti...
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Minoji Kurata's The Apothecary Diaries Manga Adaptation Returns from Hiatus on July 19

Kusuriya no Hitorigoto: Mao Mao no Kōkyū Nazotoki Techō manga returns after Kurata's childcare leave in May ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine announced on Wednesday that Minoji Kurata's Kusuriya no Hitorigoto: Mao Mao no Kōkyū Nazotoki Techō (The Apothecary Diaries ~The Palace Cloister Mystery-Solving Notebook of Mao Mao~) manga — one of the manga adaptations of Natsu Hyūga'...

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One Piece #1109 [rate]
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Live-Action Saint Young Men Film Reveals Team Demon's Cast

Masataka Kubota, Mizuki Yamamoto, Hinako Sakurai, Seina Nakata join cast ― The staff for Saint Oniisan The Movie ~Holy Men vs Akuma Gundan~ (Holy Men vs Demon Army), the first live-action film of Hikaru Nakamura's Saint Young Men (Saint Oniisan) manga, revealed the cast of the Mara family in "Team Demon" via a new behind-the-scenes making-of video on Sunday. The Mara family's cast members are (from l...
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Wonderful Precure! #21 [rate]
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Gintama Anime's Kintama Arc Also Gets Compilation Screenings This Fall

Announced in opening weekend of 2nd new compilation, Gintama on Theater 2D: Ikkoku Keisei-hen ― The official X (formerly Twitter) account for the anime of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga announced on Saturday that the Kintama arc will also have compilation screenings this fall. The announcement of Gintama on Theater 2D: Kintama-hen came during the opening weekend of the Gintama on Theater 2D: Ikkoku...
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Tonari no Yōkai-san #12 [rate]
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YATAGARASU: The Raven Does Not Choose Its Master #12 [rate]
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The New Gate #11 [rate]
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Whisper Me a Love Song #9 [rate]
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Jellyfish Can't Swim in the Night #12 [rate]
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 10-16

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengance debuts at #1 for Switch, at #2 for PS5 ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 3-9 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwShin Megami Tensei V: Vengance Atlus June 14 31,888 31,888 2PS5Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengance Atlus June 14 18,610 18,610 3NSwPaper Mario RPG Nintendo May 23 10,663 179,496 4NSwMonster Hunter Stories Capcom June 14 10,216 10,216...
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A Ballad of Sword and Wine Danmei Novel Review

This pitch-perfect enemies-to-lovers novel might be too dense for those new to the genre. ― If you're a BL fan who hasn't discovered danmei (Chinese homoerotic romance novels), now is a great time to jump on the bandwagon – just maybe not with A Ballad of Sword and Wine as your first title. It's a good book and will improve even more as the story continues. Rather it's that this is the densest danmei...
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Black Butler: Public School Arc #11 [rate]
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Kaiju No. 8 #11 [rate]
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Kumarba Anime Gets 2nd Season

New season airs in October ― The staff for the television anime based on the Kumarba animation YouTube channel for kids announced on X (formerly Twitter) on Sunday, following the last episode, the anime will get a second season in October. The cast from the YouTube channel will reprise their roles for the second season, including Fairouz Ai as Kumarba, Mai Satō as Tabris, Honoka Inoue as Nekorun, and...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, June 10-16

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc ranks at #1 ― The episode of the live-action series adaptation of Kana Ozawa's Blue Moment manga that aired on Fuji TV on Wednesday, June 12 at 10:00 p.m. earned a 6.6% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Fuji TV June 16 (Sun) 23:15 30 min. 6.4 Sazae-san Fuji TV June 16...
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No Longer Allowed in Another World Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, Additional Cast

Trailer previews theme songs by Kashitaro Ito, Mayu Maeshima ― The staff for the television anime of Hiroshi Noda and Takahiro Wakamatsu's No Longer Allowed In Another World (Isekai Shikkaku) manga revealed on Saturday the second promotional video and additional cast. The trailer previews the opening theme song "Shura Nikki" by Kashitaro Ito, and the ending theme song "Sayonara, Subarashiki Sekai yo"...
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Idol Group Boku ga Mitakatta AOZORA Performs Give It All Anime Film's Theme Song

Sports anime about girls' boating club opens on October 25 ― The idol group Boku ga Mitakatta AOZORA announced at a one-year anniversary concert on Saturday that the group is performing the theme song for the theatrical anime of Yoshiko Shikimura's Give It All (Ganbatte Ikimasshoi) novel. The 23-member group formed as "Nogizaka46's official rival" after 35,678 applicants nationwide auditioned in Febr...
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4 of Kinnikuman Perfect Origin Arc Anime's Cast Members Play Dual Roles

Jun Kasama, Tomokazu Seki, Katsuyuki Konishi, Sumire Uesaka each play 2 roles ― The staff for the upcoming Kinnikuman Perfect Origin-hen (Kinnikuman Perfect Origin Arc, or literally, Kinnikuman Perfect Chо̄jin/Superhuman Origin Arc) anime announced the cast members for four more roles on Saturday: Jun Kasama as Brockenman Tomokazu Seki as Kinkotsuman Katsuyuki Konishi as Iwao Sumire Uesaka as Bibimba...

Voice Actor Tōru Furuya Steps Down From Detective Conan, One Piece Roles

Voice actor admitted to 4-year affair with acknowledged abuse last month ― The talent agency Aoni Production and voice actor Toru Furuya jointly announced on Saturday that Furuya has stepped down from the roles of Tōru Amuro in the Detective Conan franchise and Sabo in the One Piece franchise. Aoni Production added that it had asked Furuya to step down, and Furuya obliged. Furuya himself added that h...
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My Hero Academia #146 [rate]
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Seven Seas Adds Leave the Sacrifice at the Gate, Yonoi Tsukihiko's Happy Hell Manga

Both manga to debut in English in November ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced two new manga licenses on Friday. The company has licensed Susu Katoh's Leave the Sacrifice at the Gate (Ikenie Monzenbarai) supernatural boys-love manga, and Hina Sakurada's Yonoi Tsukihiko's Happy Hell (Yonoi Tsukihiko no Shiawase na Jigoku josei romantic comedy manga. Brand-new license announcement! LEAVE THE SACRIFICE...
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KLab Resumes Development on JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Online Mobile Game With New Partner

KLab first announced game in in 2020 but stopped development due to circumstances surrounding original development partner ― KLab announced on Wednesday that it is resuming development on an online mobile game based on the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime series with a new partnership with Beijing-based Wanda Cinemas Games. KLab had announced in August 2020 that it had acquired the mobile game distribu...
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Yona of the Dawn Manga Has 15 Million Copies in Circulation Worldwide

Manga is in final arc ― The 44th volume of Mizuho Kusanagi's Yona of the Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona) manga revealed on Thursday that the manga has 15 million copies in circulation worldwide. This number includes both physical copies in circulation (not sold) and purchased digital copies. Kusagani confirmed on June 1 that the manga is in its final arc. Kusanagi — the creator of Mugen Spiral, Game X Rush, ...
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Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Manga Resumes on July 22 With New Arc

Manga went on hiatus in December to "prepare, recharge" for story's new development ― The July issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine announced on Friday that writer Homura Kawamoto and artist Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga will resume with a new arc in the magazine's August issue on July 22. The new chapter will have an opening color page, and the manga will be featured on...

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Anime Concert's AI Flyer Art Leads to Evangelion Singer Yoko Takahashi Bowing Out

Orchestra released flyers with new art, with July 10 performance moving forward as planned ― The Ikebukuro Anime Philharmonic, an orchestra dedicated to performing anime music, announced on Wednesday that iconic anime singer Yoko Takahashi will no longer perform as a guest in the orchestra's July 10 performance due to the orchestra using generative AI for promotional art. The announcement noted that ...
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Tower of God 2nd Season Anime's Promo Video Previews NiziU's Opening Theme

NiziU performs both opening, ending themes for season debuting on July 7 ― Crunchyroll began streaming a new trailer on Saturday for the Tower of God anime's second season. The video previews NiziU's opening theme song "Rise Up." The new season will debut on July 7. Crunchyroll will stream the anime in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS te...

My Deer Friend Nokotan Streams on Crunchyroll, Prime Video, ADN, Anime Onegai, More

Series starts streaming on July 7 ― Anime distributor Remow revealed the streaming platforms on Saturday for the television anime of Oshioshio's My Deer Friend Nokotan (Shikanoko Nokonoko Koshitantan) manga. The anime will stream on Crunchyroll, Amazon Prime Video, ADN, and Anime Onegai, as well as on "additional streaming services in over 140 countries and territories." The series will stream starti...
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Shadowverse Flame: Arc-hen #86 [rate]
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Oi! Tonbo #12 [rate]
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, June 16-22

Sister and Giant: A Young Lady Is Reborn in Another World, Sword Art Online: Kiss & Fly, Senpai, This Can't Be Love!, Chasing Spica manga ship ― Print Manga Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Adachi and Shimamura GN 5Please Yen Press US$13.00 June 18 Adults' Picture Book: New Edition GN 2Cite Yen Press US$15.00 June 18 Ako and Bambi GN 2AnimeNewsNetwork Yen Press US$15.00 June 18 A...
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Wind Breaker ‒ Episode 12

I feel confident saying Wind Breaker has got its groove back.
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Highspeed Étoile #12 [rate]
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The IDOLM@STER Shiny Colors #12 [rate]
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Highspeed Étoile Original Anime Gets Visual Novel for Switch

Highspeed Étoile Paddock Stories game launches on November 21 ― Entergram announced on Friday a new visual novel based on the original television anime project Highspeed Étoile titled Highspeed Étoile Paddock Stories. The company will release the game for Nintendo Switch on November 21. The game will get a limited edition that includes a Prima Stella acrylic figure, B2W suede tapestry, soundtrack, vo...
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This Monster Wants to Eat Me Volume 1 Manga Review

Is Shiori a friend, foe, love interest, or some combination of all three? With the sexual meaning of “eat” also present in the text, it's hard to know. ― Yuri mermaid horror. That's not word salad, it's the genre identifiers for Sai Naekawa's manga This Monster Wants to Eat Me, a dark literary folktale about a high school girl and the mermaid who's protecting her until she reaches the perfect stage o...
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The irregular at magic high school #12 [rate]
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime #60 [rate]
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This Week in Games - Nintendo Direct June 2024: New Age of Hype

Nintendo's 40-minute Direct left a lot of room to get excited! Jean-Karlo dives into the latest news as well as some bonus lost gems that were recently unearthed. ― Welcome back, folks! What a wild week this has been. As you read this, I'm currently fighting off a summer cold that's been going around. The good news is, I'm just warm and congested—no sore throats (I hate having a sore throat). Not the...
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Kaiten Books Licenses Blue Archive: Problem Solver 68 Business Diary Manga

1st volume launches physically/digitally in English on July 12 ― Kaiten Books announced on Friday that it has licensed Kaede Nogiwa's Blue Archive: Problem Solver 68 Business Diary (Blue Archive: Benriya 68 Gyо̄mu Nisshi) spinoff manga, based on Yostar and Nexon Games' Blue Archive smartphone role-playing game. The company will release the first volume physically and digitally on July 12. Kaiten Book...
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Anime Expo to Host Producer Takatoshi Chino

Platinum End, F/GO: Camelot producer attends LA event on July 4-7 ― Anime Expo announced on Thursday that Signal.MD producer Takatoshi Chino will attend this year's event. 📣 Announcing Takatoshi Chino to appear at #AX2024. Takatoshi is the President of https://t.co/QvwJNInLSZ and formerly served as a Producer at XEBEC. He has produced works such as "Platinum End" at https://t.co/QvwJNInLSZ. 🎬 pic.twi...
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Astro Note #12 [rate]

Udon Ent. to Release Bubblegum Crisis: Complete Archive Artbook; Kenichi Sonoda Attends San Diego Comic-Con

Sonoda, Udon debut new Bubblegum Crisis: Complete Archive artbook at July event ― Udon Entertainment announced on Friday that manga creator and illustrator Kenichi Sonoda will attend this year's Comic-Con International San Diego, which will take place on July 25 to 28 at the San Diego Convention Center. Sonoda and Udon Entertainment will debut the previously unannounced Bubblegum Crisis: Complete Arc...
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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence 4K Release is a Sight to See

This 4K restoration is a must-see for fans and cinephiles. 2024 is closer only eight years away from the movie's setting of 2032, but the world of Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is still an everlasting visual marvel. ― GKIDS is bringing Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence to theaters from June 23rd to 26th in celebration of its 20th anniversary. This follows the 2021 limited theatrical ru...
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A Nobody's Way Up to an Exploration Hero Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews Theme Song by May'n

New visual also revealed for series debuting on July 6 ― The official website for A Nobody's Way Up to an Exploration Hero, the television anime adaptation of Kaito's Mob kara Hajimaru Tansaku Eiyūtan light novel series, revealed a second key visual and a third promotional video on Friday. The video previews May'n's ending theme song "Strobe Fantasy." Amatsuki performs the opening theme song "UpStart...
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Live-Action Takara's Treasure Show's Teaser Video Previews Androp's Ending Theme

Series debuts on July 1 ― The official X/Twitter account for the live-action adaptation of Minta Suzumaru's Takara's Treasure (Takara no Vidro) boys-love manga began streaming a teaser video on Thursday. The video reveals and previews androp's ending theme song "Vidro." androp specifically wrote the song for the show. ドラマ「#タカラのびいどろ」 映像初解禁&ED主題歌発表🫧 ꙳✧˖°⌖꙳✧˖°⌖꙳✧˖°⌖꙳✧˖°⌖꙳✧˖°˖°⌖꙳エンディング主題歌#androp に決定‼主題歌「...
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Alya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in Russian Anime Reveals Masha Character Video

New commercial also previews opening theme ― Kadokawa unveiled a character video on Friday highlighting the character Maria "Masha" Mikhailovna Kujō for the anime of writer Sunsunsun and artist Momoco's Alya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in Russian (Tokidoki Bosotto Russia-go de Dereru Tonari no Alya-san) light novel series. The staff also revealed a new commercial video, which previews the opening th...
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The Magical Girl and The Evil Lieutenant Used to Be Archenemies Anime's Main Promo Video Reveals Theme Songs

Lezel performs opening theme, main 2 cast members perform ending theme ― The official website for The Magical Girl and The Evil Lieutenant Used to Be Archenemies, the television anime of late creator Cocoa Fujiwara's Katsute Mahō Shōjo to Aku wa Tekitai Shiteita. manga, revealed the main promotional video on Friday. The video previews Lezel's opening theme song "Mikansei Rendezvous" (Incomplete Rende...

Suicide Squad Isekai Anime Unveils More Cast, Opening Sequence

Yōji Ueda, Hōchū Ohtsuka, Shizuka Itō, Tarō Kiuchi join cast as Ratcatcher, Thinker, Enchantress, Killer Croc ― Warner Bros. Japan unveiled the opening title sequence and four new cast members for it and Wit Studio's original Suicide Squad ISEKAI anime on Friday. The new cast members include: Yōji Ueda as Ratcatcher Hōchū Ohtsuka as Thinker Shizuka Itō as Enchantress Tarō Kiuchi as Killer Croc The an...
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Live-Action Ayaka is in Love with Hiroko Series' Video Previews Opening Theme

Series debuts on July 4 ― MBS revealed a new video and the opening theme song information on Friday for the live-action series adaptation of Sal Jiang's office girls-love manga Ayaka is in Love with Hiroko (Ayaka-chan wa Hiroko-senpai ni Koishiteru). Hashimero is in charge of the music and lyrics for the opening theme song "Palette," while MIMiNARI arranged the song and Makoto Hoshino was in charge o...
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Live-Action Koi o Shiranai Boku-tachi wa Film Casts Rio Komiya

Komiya plays Takahiro Kamijo in August 23 film ― The official X/Twitter account for the live-action film of Minami Mizuno's Koi o Shiranai Boku-tachi wa (We Who Know Nothing of Love) manga revealed on Friday that Rio Komiya will join the cast as Takahiro Kamijo, Koharu's upperclassman. Previously announced cast members include: (top row, left to right): Airu Kubozuka as Naohiko Bessho Naniwa Danshi m...
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Lunny-chan to Tanjōbiya-san Picture Books Get Short Anime

New short is part of Kodansha's "Animehon" project adapting picture books into commercials, short anime ― Kodansha's "Animehon" project adapting Japanese picture books ("e-hon") into animated commercials or web shorts unveiled its second installment on Friday: a short anime adaptation of writer Tarout and illustrator Uranai Shiitake's Lunny-chan to Tanjōbiya-san (Lucky Bunny Lunny & Mx. Birthday) pic...
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Code Geass: Rozé of the Recapture #1 [rate]

Actor Donald Sutherland Dies at 88

Sutherland voiced roles in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, 2009 Astro Boy film ― Actor Donald Sutherland died on Thursday, June 20. He was 88. His son and fellow actor Kiefer Sutherland announced the news of his father's death. With a heavy heart, I tell you that my father, Donald Sutherland, has passed away. I personally think one of the most important actors in the history of film. Never daunted...
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Minoji Kurata's The Apothecary Diaries Manga Adaptation Returns from Hiatus on July 19

Kusuriya no Hitorigoto: Mao Mao no Kōkyū Nazotoki Techō manga returns after Kurata's childcare leave in May ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine announced on Wednesday that Minoji Kurata's Kusuriya no Hitorigoto: Mao Mao no Kōkyū Nazotoki Techō (The Apothecary Diaries ~The Palace Cloister Mystery-Solving Notebook of Mao Mao~) manga — one of the manga adaptations of Natsu Hyūga'...
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One Piece Gets New Luffy's Bento Panic Tabletop Game in Fall

Eat your way to victory with your NAKAMAAAA! ― There's no doubt one of the biggest anime franchises today is One Piece. Based on manga author Eiichiro Oda's manga, the anime has amassed over 1,100 episodes, 15 feature films, and nearly 100 video games across multiple platforms. The franchise has alsoe ntered the trading card game space with the One Piece Card Game. Aside from the card game, One Piece...
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Fatal Fury: City of the Wolves Team Discuss Updating the Series After 25 Years

The video game industry has changed quite a bit since Fatal Fury's hiatus. The team discuss updating for the modern fighting game community. ― The Fatal Fury series made its debut in 1991 with Fatal Fury: King of Fighters around the time when other fighting game franchises were starting to appear or hit their stride. The biggest ones we know and love today, including Street Fighter, Tekken, and Mort...
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Evangelion Theme 'Cruel Angel's Thesis' Might Be Tops Globally, but Not in the U.S.

You only get one guess what came in at #1 in the United States. ― Time and again, the incomparable "A Cruel Angel's Thesis" theme song from Hideaki Anno's classic Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series has topped the anisong rankings in Japan and around the world. It's so popular that Japanese karaoke goers are sick of hearing it over and over again. In 2015, composer Neko Oikawa disclosed that she earned...
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A Salad Bowl of Eccentrics #12 [rate]
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That's My Atypical Girl Author Sōhachi Hagimoto Launches New Series

New series debuts on June 19 That's My Atypical Girl (Asperu Kanojo) creator Sōhachi Hagimoto launched a new series with artist Minoru Taruro on Ichijinsha's comic HOWL web manga platform on Wednesday titled Favela no Mangaka (Mangaka da Favala). The story follows a manga artist Hiroto Takei, who has just failed a meeting for serialization. He decides to give up on his dream and go take a trip to B...
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Urusei Yatsura #46 [rate]
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Web3 Anime Brand Azuki Hires Steve Chung as COO

Los Angeles-based Web3 anime-styled brand Azuki announced on Thursday that it has hired former Fox and CJ ENM executive Steve Chung as its inaugural chief operating officer. Chung will also separately be a contributor involved with the launch of AnimeChain, a blockchain network for anime fans. With Chung, Azuki plans to "expand its presence in both the anime and entertainment industries." Chung wa...
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The Many Sides of Voice Actor Radio ‒ Episode 11

Viewers simply aren't given all that much information about what the shortcomings of Yasumi's performance are
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Doughnuts Under a Crescent Moon's Shio Usui Launches New Manga

Manga is titled Bokura no Ai wa Kimochi Warui ― The August issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Yurihime magazine revealed on Tuesday that manga creator Shio Usui will launch a new manga titled Bokura no Ai wa Kimochi Warui (Our Love Feels Sick) in the magazine's next issue in July. The manga centers on a girl with a peculiar fetish who was content to live alone, until now. 【告知】来月の百合姫9月号から「僕らのアイは気持ち悪い」連載スタートさ...
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Sherlock Hound Anime Series Review

Whether or not the many adventures Sherlock Hound goes on in this series are new takes on old classics or completely new adventures, they're wacky and enjoyable if a bit formulaic and repetitive, all the same. ― Although the English title of this Japanese-Italian anime is Sherlock Hound and characters in the English dub refer to the titular detective as "Sherlock Hound," no other version of this anim...
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Assassin's Creed Shadows Makes Great Use Of Its Two Protagonists

With a series focusing on stealth, trickery, and assassinations, you'd think there'd be an Assassin's Creed game in Japan, right? It took a while, 17 years to be exact, but we're finally here. Assassin's Creed has been a household name in the gaming industry ever since it debuted in 2007. With a series focusing on stealth, trickery, and assassinations, you'd think there'd be an Assassin's Creed gam...
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Brave Bell Manga by ACMA:Game Author Ends

Meebu, Okane launched manga in June 2023 ― The 29th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine published the final chapter of Meebu and Okane's Brave Bell manga on Wednesday. The manga's fifth compiled book volume will ship in August, and the sixth and final volume will ship in September. The manga centers on Sōji Sanada, a third-year high school student who is gifted with both intelligence and athel...
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Laid-Back Camp #12 [rate]
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2024 Crayon Shin-chan Film Reveals 6 Cast Members

Nana Mizuki, Haruka Tomatsu, Hiroki Yasumoto, Yū Kobayashi, Tomoko Kaneda, Maaya Uchida join cast ― The official website of Eiga Crayon Shin-chan: Ora-tachi no Kyōryū Nikki (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Our Dinosaur Diary), the Crayon Shin-chan franchise's 31st 2D animated film, revealed six guest cast members on Thursday. The cast includes: Nana Mizuki as Nana, a small dinosaur Haruka Tomatsu as Ange...
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27th Detective Conan Film Stays at #2, Rabbits Kingdom the Movie Debuts at #10

1st Bocchi the Rock! compilation film drops to #4 ― The Detective Conan: Hyakuman Doru no Michishirube (Case Closed: The Million-dollar Pentagram) film stayed at #2 in its 10th weekend at the Japanese box office. The film sold 92,000 tickets and earned 130,450,870 yen (about US$826,300) from Friday to Sunday. The film has sold a total of 10.40 million tickets and earned a cumulative 14,882,959,450 ye...
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This Week in Anime - The House that Gainax Built

Once upon a time, Gainax was the infallible studio that birthed Evangelion, Gunbuster, FLCL...and that magical girl show sponsored by car brand Subaru. It wasn't all giant robots and rainbows. Steve and Nick look back on the animation studio in the wake of its bankruptcy. ― Once upon a time, Gainax was the infallible studio that birthed Evangelion, Gunbuster, FLCL...and that magical girl show sponso...
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Japan Cuts Film Festival Screens Live-Action Blue Period Film, Tatsuki Fujimoto's 'Look Back' Anime Film

Blue Period live-action film makes international premiere, "Look Back" anime film makes East Coast premiere at July film festival ― The Japan Society revealed on Tuesday that it will hold the international premiere of the live-action film adaptation of Tsubasa Yamaguchi's Blue Period manga on July 13, and the East Coast premiere of the anime film of Chainsaw Man creator Tatsuki Fujimoto's "Look Back...
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Farmagia Game's Extended Trailer Unveils Asian Kung-Fu Generation's Theme Song, Anime Project

Asian Kung-Fu Generation performs 'Life is Beautiful' ― Marvelous Europe unveiled the extended trailer for the monster-farming/action game Farmagia on Thursday. In addition to a deeper look at the gameplay, the trailer announces and previews Asian Kung-Fu Generation's theme song "Life is Beautiful," and it also announces that the game has an anime project in production. The game will launch for the N...
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One-Punch Man Manga Goes on 2-Month Hiatus

Manga scheduled to return on August 22 ― The blog site of the editorial department of Shueisha's "Tonari no Young Jump" manga website announced on Thursday that ONE and Yūsuke Murata's One-Punch Man manga will go on hiatus for two months, due to various adjustments and preparations by Murata. The manga is scheduled to resume serialization on August 22. Murata and ONE launched the One-Punch Man manga ...

GoHands' Momentary Lily Anime Posts Main Cast & Staff, New Promo Video

Natsuko Abe, Tsugumi Sakuragi, Shion Wakayama, Manatsu Murakami, Misaki Kuno, Miyuri Shimabukuro star ― A website for GoHands' original anime Momentary Lily posted the anime's main cast, main staff, first main promotional video, and main visual on Thursday. The main cast members are: Natsuko Abe as Yuri Kawazu 【キャストコメント到着💨✍️】 ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄河津ゆり役を演じる#阿部菜摘子 さんからコメントが届きました! ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄完全オリジナルアニメ「#もめんたりー・リリィ」2025...
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Koei Tecmo Affiliate Begins Building Game Theme Park in Yokohama

Theme park plans to open in July 2027 ― Real estate company Koyuu announced on Tuesday that it began construction of a video game theme park named the "Game Art Museum" in Yokohama's Minato Mirai area in February, with the park planned to finish by May 2027, and open by July 2027. The company did not reveal details on the attractions for the park, but revealed that the "Game Art Museum" building itse...
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Elden Ring Gag Manga Author Announces Hiatus to Play Shadow of the Erdtree DLC

Manga's editorial team confirms hiatus is so author can "conduct research" ― Manga creator Nikiichi Tobita announced on X/Twitter on Wednesday the Elden Ring: The Road to the Erdtree (Elden Ring: Ōgonki e no Michi) gag manga will enter a hiatus as Tobita will be playing the new Elden Ring game's DLC expansion Shadow of the Erdtree. The series will have a new chapter on July 4 but will not publish a n...
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'Tsuma, Shōgakusei ni Naru.' Anime's Teaser Video Reveals Main Cast, More Staff, October Debut

Daisuke Hirakawa, Aoi Yūki, Maiko Nomura star in St. Signpost anime ― The official website for the anime of Yayū Murata's Tsuma, Shōgakusei ni Naru. (If my wife [became] an elementary school student.) manga started streaming the anime's teaser promotional video on Thursday, which revealed its main cast, additional staff, and October debut. The anime's main cast are: Daisuke Hirakawa as Keisuke Niijim...
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Legendary's Live-Action Street Fighter Film Loses Directors

Conflicting schedule cited as reason; brothers Danny, Michael Philippou to focus on directing Bring Her Back film ― The Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday that brothers Danny and Michael Philippou will no longer direct Legendary Entertainment's planned live-action film adaptation of CAPCOM's Street Fighter fighting game series, due to conflicts of schedule. Legendary and CAPCOM were reportedly hop...

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Ryo Minenami Ends Boy's Abyss Manga in 5 Chapters

1st of last 5 chapters debuted on Thursday ― Ryo Minenami announced on X (formerly Twitter) on Wednesday that the Boy's Abyss (Shōnen no Abyss) manga will end in five chapters. The first of these last five chapters is the 179th chapter, which ran in the 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine on Thursday. If there are no delays, the manga will end on July 18. Minenami previously announced...
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Live-Action Tanabata no Kuni Series' Trailer Reveals More Cast, July 4 Debut

Aya Asahina, Hoshi Ishida, Satoshi Kanada join cast ― Disney+ began streaming a full trailer for the live-action series of Hitoshi Iwaaki's Tanabata no Kuni (Tanabata Country) manga on Thursday. The trailer reveals more cast and the July 4 Disney+ debut date for the series. The new cast members include: Aya Asahina as Yukiko Higashimaru, Sachiko's late mother Hoshi Ishida as Satō, a detective pursuin...
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Fate/Samurai Remnant Game's DLC 3 Launches on June 20

New DLC focuses on Rider Zhao Yun ― The X (formerly Twitter) account for Koei Tecmo's action RPG Fate/Samurai Remnant game announced on Tuesday that the game's DLC 3 "Danshō Haku Ryū Kōki Engi" (Fragment: The Tale of the White Dragon and the Red Demon) will debut on June 20. The final DLC for the season will focus on the character of Zhao Yun. The first DLC launched on February 9. The second DLC laun...
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Baten Kaitos HD Remaster Collection Launches for PC

Collection launched for Switch on September 14 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Tuesday that the Baten KaitosⅠ&ⅡHD Remaster game collection is now available to play on PC via Steam. The game collection shipped for the Nintendo Switch on September 14. The collection includes Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean and the Baten Kaitos Origins prequel, both originally for Nintendo Gamec...
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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Deluxe Edition Game Previews Gameplay in New Trailer

Game launches for Nintendo Switch on July 11 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America started streaming a new trailer for its Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Deluxe Edition game to introduce the gameplay systems on Wednesday. The video shows the game's use of armament in dogfights, mission campaigns, and real-time radio communication. The Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Deluxe Edition launches digitally exclusiv...
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Live-Action Horror Film Sayuri to Open on August 23

The staff for the live-action film of Rensuke Oshikiri's horror manga Sayuri revealed on Thursday that the film will open on August 23. In addition, the Oshikiri drew a new original illustration (seen below) for a postcard included with purchases of the film's MoviTicke Card, which will be available beginning on Friday. Ryōka Minamide plays the film's protagonist Norio, the eldest son of the Kamik...
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Fruits Basket Manga Gets 'Final' Stage Play in October

Yūto Hiroi, Nene Shida join cast in new stage play ― The staff for the stage plays based on Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga announced on Wednesday that a new stage play titled Butai Fruits Basket The Final (Fruits Basket Stage: The Final) will run from October 18 to October 27 at Hulic Hall Tokyo. The staff revealed the new play's main cast, a key visual, and a teaser promotional video: The new ...
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Live-Action Oshi no Ko Teaser Unveils Staff, Series' November 28 Debut, Film's December 20 Opening

Inside Mari's Smith, Kimi to Nara Koi o Shitemite mo's Hana Matsumoto helm projects ― The staff for the live-action adaptation of Aka Akasaka and Mengo Yokoyari's Oshi no Ko manga announced in a new teaser video on Thursday that the series will debut on Amazon Prime Video worldwide on November 28 with eight episodes. The staff also posted a new visual and some of the main staff. The sequel film will...
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Your Anime Rankings - Best of Spring 2024, Jun 10-16

The Duke of Death and His Maid ranks at #2 this week, which allows it to reach a tipping point and climb 7 spots in the cumulative! Discover what else is moving in the rankings. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that the...
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Mysterious Disappearances ‒ Episode 11

Oto's got a ticket to ride, and I think she's going to care.
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Marvelous Launches Farmagia Game on November 1

Game features character designs by Fairy Tail artist Hiro Mashima ― Nintendo revealed during the Nintendo Direct presentation on Tuesday that the monster-capture game Farmagia will launch for the Nintendo Switch on November 1 . Players take control of "Farmagia" Ten, who lives in the underworld Felicidad. By cultivating the farm, players can raise and take control of monsters to take on opponents and...
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Spice & Wolf: merchant meets the wise wolf ‒ Episode 12

Lawrence's premonition reminds us that Holo is bestial, but her actions confirm that she is no mere beast.
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Yuri Is My Job! Manga Extends Hiatus Indefinitely Due to Creator's Health

Manga has been on hiatus since May 17 ― The August issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Yurihime magazine gave an update on Tuesday regarding the current hiatus of Miman's Yuri Is My Job! (Watashi no Yuri wa Oshigoto Desu!) manga. The notice stated that the hiatus is being extended indefinitely due to Miman's health issues. The magazine will reveal the date of the manga's return at a later time. The manga has...
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Animated Kiki's Delivery Service Ads Promote McDonald's New Burgers in Japan

Aoi Yūki, Daisuke Sakaguchi voice Kiki, Jiji this time ― With a movie as iconic as Studio Ghibli's Kiki's Delivery Service, it's sometime hard to remember it's based on an existing children's fantasy novel of the same name — so much so, that it's odd to see the novel's characters appear in commercials for something like Cup Noodles. And if we thought seeing the titular Kiki in a Cup Noodles ad was od...
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Ultraman: Rising Anime Movie Review

Visually, the movie looks pretty solid as it takes some strong cues from the Spiderverse films with some stylistic flourishes. The iconic transformation is one of the coolest shots of the whole film. ― So some full disclosure here: I'm not exactly what one would call a tokusatsu expert. In general, my experience doesn't extend too far beyond watching early seasons of Power Rangers as a kid and watchi...
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Live-Action I Hear the Sunspot Series' Teaser Previews flumpool's Opening Song

flumpool performs 'SUMMER LION' opening song for July 3 series ― The official X (formerly Twitter) account for the live-action series of Yuki Fumino's I Hear the Sunspot (Hidamari ga Kikoeru) boys-love manga began streaming a video that serves as the series teaser and the first episode's preview on Wednesday. The video reveals the series' opening theme song "SUMMER LION," which the band flumpool crea...
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Chibi Godzilla Raids Again Anime Casts Subaru Kimura

Kimura's character Chibi Titano to appear in anime's next episode on June 26 ― The official website for Chibi Godzilla Raids Again (Chibi Godzilla no Gyakushū), the anime about the Chibi Godzilla character, revealed a new character for the anime's sequel on Wednesday. Subaru Kimura will voice the new character Chibi Titano, a self-proclaimed delinquent of Monster Island, but no one has ever seen him ...
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Chi's Sweet Summer Vacation 3D CG Anime's New Video Reveals Theme Songs, July 19 Netflix Debut

kobasolo feat. KOPI perform opening song 'Kokoro Makase,' Riko Tanaka performs ending song 'Myr' ― The official website of Koneko no Chi Ponponra Natsuyasumi (Chi's Sweet Summer Vacation), the new 3DCG anime season of Kanata Konami's Chi's Sweet Home and Chi's Sweet Adventure (Koneko no Chi Ponponra Daibōken) series, started streaming the new season's full promotional video on Wednesday. The video re...
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