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Im: Great Priest Imhotep GN 1

It isn't perfect or completely devoid of genre tropes, but it is a good story with an interesting use of Ancient Egyptian mythology as its base. ― If there's one edge Im: Great Priest Imhotep has over its fellow supernatural action series, it's that it bases its story in Ancient Egyptian mythology. That's certainly not unheard of in manga, but the glee with which creator Makoto Morishita uses it and ...
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BEASTARS Season 1

What we have here is a technological powerhouse that never forgets the achingly human emotions in the hearts of its characters, using 3D animation in a manner than respects and complements its 2D source-material. ― Two things have had Netflix's adaptation of Beastars on my radar for a long time now. For one, I'm already a huge fan of Paru Itagaki's weird, wild, genre-defying manga, so I coming at thi...
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This Week in Anime - Does Magia Record Live Up to Its Predecessor?

Magia Record has some big heels to fill. As the anime successor to Madoka Magica, can the series step out of the magical girl behemoth's shadow? ― Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story has some big heels to fill. As the anime successor to the genre-defining Madoka Magica, can the series step out of the magical girl behemoth's shadow? Does its gacha game roots give it a handicap or does ...
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My Status as an Assassin Obviously Exceeds the Hero's GN 1

If you're a fan of isekai, this is definitely worth picking up. If you're more ambivalent on it, this is still one of the better examples of what the genre is capable of. ― If you read the title of this manga and immediately had the dual thoughts “this is based on a light novel” and “this is boilerplate isekai,” you'd basically be right on both counts. My Status as an Assassin Obviously Exceeds the H...
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A Condition Called Love GN 1

Based on solely this volume, this reads like a terrible warning about toxic relationships rather than the sweet love story it's advertised as. ― Romance for teens has had a problem for a long time, probably since even before Cathy and Heathcliff began their tumultuous romance back in 1847. (Not that Wuthering Heights was YA, strictly speaking, but it's been embraced by that reading community.) What i...
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Sazae-san Anime is 1st to Win Hashida Prize

Anime's new opening sequence in April to be set in Tokyo for 1st time in 10 years Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web news website reported on Sunday that the Sazae-san anime series is the first anime to win the Hashida Prize. The anime won the 28th Hashida Prize for serving as a "national program" of Japan. The live-action Natsuzora television series about the early Japanese animation industry also won ...
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Square Enix Announces NieR Re[in]carnation Smartphone Game

Applibot develops free-to-play game for NieR franchise ― Square Enix announced a smartphone game in the NieR video game franchise on Sunday titled NieR Re[in]carnation. Square Enix revealed a teaser video and visual for the game. The video features English text, but Square Enix has not yet confirmed if the game will release outside of Japan. The role-playing game will be free to play, with optional i...
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NieR Replicant Action RPG's Remaster Gets Confirmed Western Release

Toylogic develops upgraded version of 2010 game ― Square Enix confirmed on Sunday that it will release NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139..., the remastered version of Cavia and Square Enix's NieR Replicant game, in the West. Square Enix will release the remaster for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam). Toylogic is developing the game, which will be a higher-quality version using the original g...
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Studio DEEN Produces 5-Minute 'Samurai & Shogun' Short for Rick and Morty Animated Series

Kaichi Sato directs, writes short featuring Japanese dialogue ― Adult Swim began streaming a five-minute "Samurai & Shogun" animated short on Saturday for the Rick and Morty animated television series. Anime studio Studio DEEN produced the short. Staff members include director and scriptwriter Kaichi Sato, producer Koji Iijima, and executive producer Maki Terashima-Furuta (President of Production I.G...
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Strike the Blood IV OVA Series Previewed in Promo Video

1st of 6 home video releases ships on April 8 ― Warner Bros. began streaming a promotional video on Saturday for Strike the Blood IV, the fourth OVA series for the Strike the Blood franchise. The first two-episode home video release will ship on April 8, after a delay. The remaining five volumes (each with two episodes) will ship as planned on June 24; September 30; December 23; March 24, 2021; and J...
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NieR Replicant Action RPG Gets Remastered Release for PS4, Xbox One, PC

New version of game to be fully voiced with some re-recorded dialogue ― Square Enix announced on Sunday that Cavia and Square Enix's NieR Replicant game is getting a new release titled NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam). Toylogic is developing the game, which will be a higher-quality version using the original game as a base. The new version of the gam...

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One Piece Anime Announces 1st Orchestral Concert in June

Concert on June 20 commemorates composer Kōhei Tanaka's 40-year musical career ― The One Piece anime will hold its first ever orchestral concert in Tokyo's Suntory Hall on June 20. The concert commemorates the 40th anniversary of the anime composer Kōhei Tanaka's musical career, and the soundtrack will be performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Iconic theme songs such as "We Are!", "We Go!", a...
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Sanrio Theme Park Keeps Hope Alive During Pandemic Closure

― The Sanrio Puroland theme park is home to the mascot company's most iconic characters, but like many businesses in Japan and abroad, it's had to close its doors amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The park won't open its doors any sooner than early April but staff released two emotional videos for fans starring Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Little Twin Stars. In the first video, Hello Kitty asks the...
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Iconic A Certain Scientific Railgun Theme Song 'Only My Railgun' Gets 2020 Version

'fripSide infinite video clips 2009-2020' music video compilation blu-ray ships on April 1 ― fripSide's iconic theme song for the first season of A Certain Scientific Railgun "Only My Railgun" first released in 2009. Over ten years later, it's getting a new arrangement and a music video that will be included in the "fripSide infinite video clips 2009-2020" music video compilation Blu-ray. In anticipa...
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NHK Launches Evangelion Mega Poll

Voting for best character, line, Eva, Angel will run until April 29 ― Straight off the heels of its Final Fantasy poll last month, Japan's national television broadcaster NHK has announced its "All Evangelion Mega Poll" with categories for best character, line, Eva, and Angel. Voting on NHK's website will run from March 27 to April 29. The results will be announced in a program on NHK BS Premium sche...
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Takeshobo's Manga Club Magazine Ends, Merges with Manga Life Magazine

Several manga to move to Takeshobo's other publications ― This year's May issue of Takeshobo's Manga Club magazine announced on Friday that the magazine has ended publication as of this issue. The magazine will merge with Takeshobo's Manga Life magazine starting next month. Yuka Santō's Hakata Joshi wa Kishin no Gotoku Ki ga Tsuyoka!?, Tae Sano's Morita-san wa Mukuchi​, and Akira Shinsenji's Tonari n...
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Aksys Games Releases Collar x Malice Switch Game in June, Collar x Malice Unlimited in August

1st run of game's physical edition includes character cards ― Aksys Games announced on Wednesday that it will ship the Collar x Malice game for Nintendo Switch in June and the Collar x Malice Unlimited game for Switch in August in North America. The first run of the Collar x Malice physical edition will include a set of character cards. Aksys Games describes the game: A terrorist organization's bruta...
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Anime Confirms 2nd Season

13th episode ends with teaser for next season "coming soon" ― The 13th episode of the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story television anime ended on Sunday with a teaser preview video that confirmed a second season is in the works and "coming soon." 【🎊第2シリーズ制作進行中🎊】TVアニメ「マギアレコード 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ外伝」第13話ご覧いただきありがとうございました!そして、第2シリーズ制作進行中✨ここでは、予告を大公開🎉第2シリーズもお楽しみに!#マギレコ pic.twitter.com/NqZGASgwpr—...
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Arc of Alchemist Game Gets Physical Release in the West

― Idea Factory International announced on Friday that Compile Heart's Arc of Alchemist role-playing game will get a physical release in the West. The company, in collaboration with Limited Run Games, will open pre-orders for the game's physical edition on the Nintendo Switch on March 31. Idea Factory International will sell the PlayStation 4 version's physical edition on its online store at a later ...
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Im: Great Priest Imhotep GN 1

It isn't perfect or completely devoid of genre tropes, but it is a good story with an interesting use of Ancient Egyptian mythology as its base. ― If there's one edge Im: Great Priest Imhotep has over its fellow supernatural action series, it's that it bases its story in Ancient Egyptian mythology. That's certainly not unheard of in manga, but the glee with which creator Makoto Morishita uses it and ...
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Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town Switch Game Launches in N. America This Summer

Announcement trailer previews gameplay ― XSEED Games announced on Friday that it will release Marvelous' Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (Bokujō Monogatari: Saikai no Mineral Town) game for Nintendo Switch in North America this summer. The company streamed an announcement trailer: The game is a full remake of the Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town and Harvest Moon: More Friends of Minera...

Strike Witches: Road to Berlin TV Anime's 2nd Video Reveals October Premiere

Luminous Witches cast also previews music video for 1st single "Flying Skyhigh" ― The official website for the World Witches franchise posted the second promotional video and a key visual for the Dai-501 Tōgō Sentō Kōkū-dan Strike Witches: Road to Berlin (501st Joint Fighter Wing Strike Witches: Road to Berlin) television anime series on Saturday. The video reveals that the anime will premiere in Oct...
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GKIDS Streams 18 Films for Free on Kanopy Library, University Service Including 3 Anime Films

A Letter to Momo, Patema Inverted, Welcome to the Space Show, Kingdom of Dreams and Madness stream on service ― GKIDS announced on Thursday that it has added 18 of its films to the Kanopy service for free, including the anime films A Letter to Momo, Patema Inverted, and Welcome to the Space Show, and the Studio Ghibli documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. To access the films, viewers must go...
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Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- side D.H & B.A.T Manga Launches in April

New manga focuses on Osaka, Nagoya divisions ― Kodansha announced on Saturday that its Magazine Pocket app will start a new manga in the Hypnosis Mic franchise titled Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- side D.H & B.A.T on April 10. The manga will center on the Osaka Division Dotsuitare Hompo and Nagoya Division Bad Ass Temple. Kikō Aiba is drawing the manga and Yūichirō Momose is writing the scenario...
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Moto Hagio's Latest The Poe Clan Manga Resumes in June

Poe no Ichizoku: Himitsu no Hanazono manga launched last May ― The May issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine announced on Saturday that it will resume Poe no Ichizoku: Himitsu no Hanazono (The Poe Clan: The Secret Garden), a new arc in Moto Hagio's Poe no Ichizoku (The Poe Clan) manga, in the August issue on June 27. The magazine's July issue will also publish a spinoff chapter on May 28. Th...
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Sand Chronicles' Hinako Ashihara Ends Bread & Butter Manga

Manga about woman who proposes to baker launched in 2013 ― The May issue of Shueisha's Cocohana magazine published the final chapter in the main story of Hinako Ashihara's Bread & Butter manga on Saturday. The manga will also have a bonus story at a later date. Ashihara launched the manga in Cocohana in 2013. Shueisha published the manga's ninth volume on November 25. The manga centers on 34-year-old...
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Mary Skelter Finale Game Announced for PS4, Switch

Teaser movie streamed for new entry in 3D dungeon-crawler game launching on August 27 ― Compile Heart, Dengeki Bunko, and Dengeki PlayStation revealed the new Kangokutō Mary Skelter Finale 3D dungeon-crawler game on Thursday. The game will ship for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on August 27. The companies began streaming a teaser movie for the game on Saturday. The game will also include an "adve...
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Yuriko Asami's Angel Beats! -The Last Operation- Manga Ends 1st Part

Manga's "next season" has release this fall ― The fourth compiled volume of Yuriko Asami's Angel Beats! -The Last Operation- manga revealed on Friday that the manga's "first part" ended with the volume. The manga volume also teased that it will have a "next season" with a release this fall. Asami launched the manga in Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Comic magazine in August 2017. As with Angel Beats!: Heaven'...
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Absolute Duo Manga Artist Shinichirou Nariie Launches 'See You Tomorrow, at the Food Court' Manga

Manga centers on 2 very different high school girls who meet every day at a food court ― Kadokawa's Comic Newtype manga website launched a new manga by Shinichirou Nariie titled Food Court de, Mata Ashita. (See You Tomorrow, at the Food Court) on the site on March 10. The manga centers on two high school students who meet every day at a food court to hang out together. One is an honor student who giv...
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Fairy Tail: Happy's Heroic Adventure Manga Ends on April 2

Kodansha Comics releases spinoff by Kenshiro Sakamoto in English ― Manga creator Kenshiro Sakamoto revealed on his Twitter account on Thursday that he will end the Fairy Tail: Happy's Heroic Adventure (Fairy Tail: Happy no Daibōken) spinoff manga in its next chapter on April 2. Sakamoto launched the manga on Kodansha's Magazine Pocket manga app in July 2018. Kodansha shipped the fourth volume on Octo...
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Takako Shimura's 'Sayonara, Otokonoko' Manga Ends in 3rd Volume 

Manga about man who suddenly wakes up in body of child self launched in 2016 ― Takako Shimura posted on Twitter on Friday that her Sayonara, Otokonoko (Farewell, Boy) manga will end in its third volume. Shimura launched the manga in Libre Publishing's Be x Boy magazine in May 2016. Libre Publishing published the second volume in November 2018. The manga centers on 25-year-old theater actor Kana Ashis...
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OZMAFIA!! -vivace- Game Gets Switch Port in Japan on July 23

Game inspired anime shorts in 2016 ― Nippon Ichi Software announced on Saturday that it will release the OZMAFIA!! -vivace- game for the Nintendo Switch on July 23. The new port will feature an original short story by Yūmasu, who is credited with the original work on the game. Poni-Patchet released the original visual novel game in 2013 on PC, and released a PlayStation Vita port titled OZMAFIA!! -vi...
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Anime Tamago 2020 Shorts Stream Online for Free

3 shorts for this year's project stream until April 30 ― The Anime Tamago project's website began streaming all three anime in the Anime Tamago 2020 slate on Friday. The three anime are streaming in one video, as part of an overall two-hour video that also includes roundtable talks with guests. The three anime start at 18:00, 1:00:05, and 1:44:45 in the above-linked video. The video will be available...
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Rie Takahashi, Shunsuke Takeuchi Perform Themes for Bakugan: Armored Alliance Anime

Anime premieres in Japan on April 3 ― The official website for Bakugan: Armored Alliance, the second season of the Bakugan: Battle Planet anime series, announced on Saturday that cast member Rie Takahashi (Dan Kūsō) will perform the opening theme song "Planet Hero," and cast member Shunsuke Takeuchi (Dragonoid) will perform the ending theme song "Go! Bakugan Blow!". The anime will premiere online in ...

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Resident Evil 3 Remake Game's Trailer Highlights Jill Valentine

Resident Evil: Resistance online game to add Jill Valentine as playable character ― The official YouTube channel for the Resident Evil series began streaming on Friday a trailer for CAPCOM's remake of the Resident Evil 3 survival horror game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. The video highlights Jill Valentine. A future update for the game will add Jill Valentine as a playable character ...
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Crunchyroll Pauses English Dub Releases, Lists Premiere Dates for More Spring Anime

Company reveals dates for Fruits Basket 2nd Season, Tower of God, 2nd half of Ascendance of a Bookworm ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it is changing its schedule for the production of its English-dubbed anime "to ensure the safety of the Crunchyroll team." The company is still working on pre- and post-production for its English dubs, but is pausing all recording "for the foreseeable future." ...
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Netflix's Castlevania Animated Show Gets 4th Season

10-episode 3rd season premiered on March 5 ― Netflix announced on Twitter that Adi Shankar's Castlevania animated series is getting a fourth season. pic.twitter.com/ZuPyKxGRDF— NX (@NXOnNetflix) March 27, 2020 The third season premiered on March 5 with 10 episodes. The first four-episode season premiered worldwide on Netflix in July 2017. The second eight-episode season premiered worldwide on Netflix...
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Psycho-Pass 3 First Inspector Anime Footage Featured in Cö shu Nie's Ending Theme Music Video (Updated)

Film debuted in theaters in Japan, on Amazon Prime Video in U.S./U.K/Japan on Friday ― The rock band Cö shu Nie began streaming a short teaser version of the music video for "red strand," the ending theme song of the Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector film, on Friday. This version features footage from the film. Cö shu Nie released the song's digital single on Friday. Cö shu Nie also performed the Psycho...

Funimation to Stream New Sakura Wars, Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2, The Millionaire Detective Anime

Funimation to dub both seasons of Kaguya-sama Love is War anime ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will stream the Sakura Wars the Animation (Shin Sakura Taisen the Animation), the second season of the Kaguya-sama: Love is War anime, and The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED (Fugō Keiji Balance: Unlimited) as part of the spring 2020 season. Funimation reports that Kaguya-sama: Love is ...
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Smile Down the Runway ‒ SERIES FINALE

I expected a shake-up in the season finale of Smile Down the Runway, but the episode played out like a bombshell.
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Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun ‒ SERIES FINALE

I'm not ready to say goodbye to Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun yet, and especially not like this, with so much left undone.
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Infinite Dendrogram ‒ Episode 11

You get a backstory! And you get a backstory! Hot off the heels of so many other Secret Origins last week, this episode kicks off with the history of everyone's favorite (?) monster pimp, Rook.
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Nikkei: Gloomy Times Ahead for Japanese Anime Industry as China Puts Focus on Domestic Animation

"[China] can easily offer three times the annual salary an animator would get in Japan, so there will probably be more cases of Japanese talent going overseas." ― Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei posted an editorial on its online site on Tuesday discussing the effects of China's recent pivot to its domestic animation industry. Although China was the country with the most contracts with the Japanes...
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If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die ‒ SERIES FINALE

It becomes apparent that I could talk forever about all the things this episode surprised me by doing so right.
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Science-Fiction Author Hiroshi Yamamoto Reports Cerebral Infarction

Author: Treat Project Piano novel as his "last will and testament" as "hard sci-fi writer" ― Publisher Hayakawa Shobo published on Thursday the afterword by Hiroshi Yamamoto in the new edition of his Project Piano novel, where Yamamoto revealed that he has been suffering from cerebral infarction, and enjoins readers to treat the novel as his "last will and testament" as a "hard sci-fi writer." Yamamo...
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BEASTARS Season 1

What we have here is a technological powerhouse that never forgets the achingly human emotions in the hearts of its characters, using 3D animation in a manner than respects and complements its 2D source-material. ― Two things have had Netflix's adaptation of Beastars on my radar for a long time now. For one, I'm already a huge fan of Paru Itagaki's weird, wild, genre-defying manga, so I coming at thi...
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Dropout Idol Fruit Tart TV Anime's 1st Video Unveils More Staff, July Premiere

MONACA scores anime about up-and-coming idol unit with nothing to lose ― The official website for the television anime of Sou Hamayumiba's Dropout Idol Fruit Tart (Ochikobore Fruit Tart) manga posted the anime's first promotional video on Saturday. The video and the website unveil the anime's July premiere, additional staff members, and character designs. The newly announced staff members are: Main A...
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Crying Freeman's Ryoichi Ikegami Launches New Manga Mini-Series

New manga will have 3 chapters; set 3 months after ending of Ikegami, Buronson's BEGIN manga ― This year's eighth issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine revealed on Friday that manga creator Ryoichi Ikegami (Crying Freeman) will launch a three-chapter manga mini-series titled Samayoeru Onna (Wandering Woman), with one new chapter for each new issue of the magazine, beginning with the magaz...
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New Sakura Wars Game's Combat Trailer Streamed

PS4 game ships in West on April 28 ― Sega of America began streaming a combat trailer for the new Sakura Wars game on Friday. The game will ship in the West on April 28. The physical Launch Edition will include the Theater Costume Add-on Bundle and a sticker set. The Digital Standard Editions will include an Imperial Combat Revue PS4 Dynamic Theme and Neko Ears Add-on Bundle. In addition to those two...
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May's Machi Asobi Vol.24 Event Canceled Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

Organizers in Tokushima City still planning on Vol. 25 this fall ― The organizers of the Machi Asobi anime and game event announced on Friday that they have canceled Machi Asobi Vol.24, which Tokushima City would have hosted in May. The organizers cited the safety of visitors and the staff as the highest priority during the ongoing spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The organizers are ...
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Kodansha Comics, Vertical Release Manga Digitally on izneo e-Comics Platform

2,000+ of Kodansha Comics, Vertical's works to launch on platform ― Kodansha Comics and Vertical announced on Friday that they are launching nearly their entire digital manga library on izneo, a European digital comics, manga, and webtoons distribution platform. The two publishers will feature 2,000 of their manga works in English, including manga such as Attack on Titan, Ghost in the Shell, Pretty G...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, March 16-22

Animal Crossing: New Horizons tops ranking ― Japan's Game Ranking: March 16-22 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20 1,880,626 1,880,626 2PS4Nioh 2 Koei Tecmo Games March 12 26,140 118,032 3NSwPokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Nintendo March 6 21,954 206,893 4NSwPokémon Sword & Shield Nintendo November 15, 2019 1...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, March 16-22

3rd live-action Chihayafuru film earns 3.7% rating Chihayafuru: Musubi, the third live-action film based on Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga, aired on NTV on Sunday, March 22 at 3:00 p.m., and it earned a 3.7% rating. Eiga Oshiri Tantei: Curry Naru Jiken, the first film in the Oshiri Tantei (Butt Detective) anime franchise, aired on NHK Educational on Friday, March 20 at 9:00 a.m., and it earned a...
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Comic Market 98 Event Canceled Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Cancellation comes after 4 straight days of record increases in new cases in Tokyo ― The Comic Market Committee announced on Friday that it has canceled this year's Comic Market (Comiket 98) dojinshi convention to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Comic Market 98 Catalog (pictured below) will still go on sale on April 11, and the committee asks people to purchase ...
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Fruits Basket Anime Season 2 Unveils Theme Song Artists, Episode 1 Stills

AmPm featuring Miyuna perform opening, THE CHARM PARK performs ending ― The official website for the Fruits Basket 2nd Season anime announced the musical artists behind the anime's new theme songs on Friday. The masked unit AmPm featuring vocalist Miyuna perform the opening theme song “Prism” as their first anime theme song, while singer-songwriter and former Hemenway guitarist THE CHARM PARK, who li...
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Viz Media Publishes My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising Manga Chapter in English

9-page manga originally featured in free book for theatergoers in Japan ― Viz Media published Kohei Horikoshi's "My Hero Academia - League of Villains: Undercover" manga chapter in English on its website and app on Thursday. The nine-page manga was included in the Boku no Hero Academia Vol. R (My Hero Academia Vol. Rising) book that theatergoers to the My Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising- film...
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Kiratto Pri☆Chan Anime Reveals 5 More Cast Members for 3rd Season

New season starts on April 5 ― The official Twitter account for the Kiratto Pri☆Chan anime series revealed more new cast members for the anime on Friday. Junichi Suwabe as Mega Anii (reprising the role from the Pripara franchise) Ai Fairouz as Alice (top) and Mitsuki Saiga as Solulu (bottom) Maria Sashide as Eve (top) and Hibiku Yamamura as Luluna (bottom) Previously announced new cast members includ...
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Shigemitsu Harada's Majo wa Mioji kara Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Manga by Cells at Work! Code Black writer centers on 300-year-old single witch ― This year's seventh issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that Shigemitsu Harada and Kyūjo Matsumoto's Majo wa Mioji kara (The life of the witch who remains single for about 300 years) manga will end in three chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end on May 8. The manga centers on a wi...
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Ore no Yubi de Midarero. Anime's Videos Preview Theme Song

Latest ComicFesta anime about beauty salon romance premieres on April 5 ― The official website for Ore no Yubi de Midarero. ~Heiten-go Furatikiri no Salon de...~, the television anime of neco's Ore no Yubi de Midarero. ~Heiten-go no Salon, Ijiwaru ni Jirasarete~ adult manga, began streaming two different promotional videos for the anime on Friday. The "complete version" video reveals and previews the...

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Sing 'Yesterday' for Me Anime Unveils 1st Episode's 1st 9 Minutes

Coming-of-age anime about life after college premieres on April 4 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Kei Toume's Sing "Yesterday" for Me (Yesterday o Utatte) manga began streaming the first nine minutes of the anime's first episode on Friday. The "long trailer" ends with a digest video featuring the theme song "Kago no Naka ni Tori" (A Bird in a Cage) by the rock band yourness...
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'What Did You Eat Yesterday?' Manga Gets Live-Action Film in 2021

Cast, staff returns from live-action show about gay couple breaking bread together ― TV Tokyo announced on Friday that Fumi Yoshinaga's What Did You Eat Yesterday? (Kinō Nani Tabeta?) manga is inspiring a live-action film that will open in 2021. Seiyo Uchino (left in image below) and Hideotshi Nishijima (right) will reprise their roles from the manga's live-action television series adaptation as Kenj...
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Pokémon Sword/Shield Games' Trailer Previews 'The Isle of Armor' Expansion

Trailer for game's 1st expansion previews Kubfu, Urshifu, Gigantamax forms of starter Pokémon ― The Nintendo Direct Mini livestream presentation revealed on Thursday a new trailer for "The Isle of Armor," the first of two expansions for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Switch role-playing games. The trailer reveals the Gigantamax forms and moves for the evolved starter Pokémon: Gigantama...
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Pops' Ryo Ikeumi Launches New Manga in May

Rose Rosey Roseful Bud centers on manga creator in her 40s ― The May issue of Shueisha's Cookie magazine revealed on Thursday that Ryo Ikuemi will launch a new manga titled Rose Rosey Roseful Bud in the magazine's July issue on May 26. The magazine teased that the manga will be about the work and love life of Shōko Kanbara, a manga creator "on the edge" and in her 40s. The manga will have a 40-page o...
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COVID-19-Canceled Wedding Recreated in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

In these uncertain times of social isolation, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has proven itself to be perfect respite, allowing gamers to get together from miles away. The game has smashed Switch game sales records with 1,880,626 copies sold in Japan its first three days. Japanese voice actors are hanging out, and in the case of one couple, players are using the game as option to make-up for major l...
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Alicia's Diet Quest's Aoi Fujiwara Launches New Manga in April

Hankō Dekinai! Ibara-chan centers on rebellious younger sister, older brother ― The May issue of Kadokawa's Shonen Ace magazine revealed on Thursday that Aoi Fujiwara will launch a new manga titled Hankō Dekinai! Ibara-chan (Ibara-chan Can't Rebel!) in the magazine's next issue on April 25. The manga will center on Ibara, a second year junior high student, and the younger sister among two siblings in...
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Kotomi Aoki's 'Niji, Lean on Me' Manga Ends in 4 Chapters

Manga resumes after 1-month break ― Manga creator Kotomi Aoki announced on her Twitter account on Tuesday that her Niji, Amaete yo. (Niji, Lean on Me.) manga will end in four chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end in July. The manga resumed after a one-month hiatus in the April issue of Shogakukan's Cheese! magazine on Tuesday. Aoki put the manga on a one-month break in March due to a c...
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Ikki Tousen Extra Burst Smartphone Game's Promo Video Previews Gameplay, Characters

Game featuring original story launches for iOS, Android devices this spring ― Marvelous began streaming on Thursday the first promotional video for Ikki Tousen Extra Burst, the new smartphone game based on the Ikki Tousen franchise. The video previews the gameplay and characters. The game will have an original story and over 40 characters, including Masumi Asano as Hakufu Sonsaku, Yuko Kaida as Shime...
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Konami: No Truth to New Silent Hill Game Rumors

― Horror video game news website Rely on Horror reported on Tuesday that it confirmed with Konami that the recent rumors surrounding possible new installments in the Silent Hill franchise are "not true." A representative said that the company is "aware of all the rumors and reports but can confirm that they are not true. I know it's not the answer your fans may want to hear." However, the company is...
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Somali and the Forest Spirit ‒ Episode 12

In the end, this isn't just a daddy/daughter road trip, it's about overcoming differences, forming a family, and finding a place to belong.
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Catherine: Full Body Game Gets Switch Release on July 7

Game launched for PS4 in West in September ― The Nintendo Direct Mini livestream presentation announced on Thursday that Atlus USA will release the Catherine: Full Body game for the NIntendo Switch on July 7. The livestream revealed an announcement trailer for the game. People who preorder the physical version of the game will receive a sheep keychain while supplies last. The game launched for the Pl...
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Panzer Dragoon Remake Game Launches on Switch

Limited Run Games opens pre-orders for physical standard, classic editions on Friday ― The Nintendo Direct Mini livestream presentation revealed on Thursday that Panzer Dragoon: Remake ⁠— Sega and Polish game developer/publisher Forever Entertainment's remake of Sega's Panzer Dragoon game — has launched on Thursday on the Nintendo Switch as a timed console exclusive. Limited Run Games will release th...
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Killing Bites' Shinya Murata Launches New Manga in June

zunta illustrates Konchuki manga ― This year's second issue of Kadokawa's Young Dragon Age magazine revealed on Wednesday that Shinya Murata will launch a new manga titled Konchuki with artist zunta in the magazine's next issue on June 25. Murata is writing the manga, while zunta is drawing the art. Murata's Killing Bites manga with artist Kazasa Sumita inspired a 12-episode television anime that pre...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Game Launches for Switch on June 30

Trailer previews demo available now ― NIS America announced on Thursday that the Nintendo Switch version of Nippon Ichi Software's The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (Eiyū Densetsu Sen no Kiseki III) game will releaselaunch on June 30 in North America and Europe, and on July 7 in Oceania. A demo is available now via the Nintendo eShop, and NIS America began streaming a trailer for the dem...
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Actor Bruce Willis Crashes Into a House as Doraemon in TV Ad

SoftBank's new ad for its 5G cellphone service stars actor Bruce Willis crashing his way through a house while wearing a blue hoodie and white t-shirt. The Die Hard and Golden Globe-winning actor is none other than the time-traveling feline Doraemon, although he's very un-catlike in his appearance. The ad premiered in Japan in Friday, the same day Softbank rolled out its 5G service. The ad propose...
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Blade of the Immortal ‒ SERIES FINALE

If you came into the finale of Blade of the Immortal hoping for the samurai showdown to end all showdowns, do I have bad news for you.
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Servamp Manga Gets Stage Play

Manga debuted in 2011, inspired anime in 2016 ― The official Twitter for Strike Tanaka's Servamp manga announced on Wednesday that the manga is inspiring a new stage play. Tanaka launched the series in Monthly Comic Gene in 2011. Kadokawa published the manga's 15th volume on Friday. Seven Seas Entertainment publishes the manga in North America, and it published the manga's 13th volume on November 26....
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The Magnificent Kotobuki Manga Ends

Tenjin duo's manga adaptation of original anime debuted in April 2019 ― Muneaki Taoka (Tenjin) and Tsubasa Sugie's (Tenjin) manga adaptation of director Tsutomu Mizushima and scriptwriter Michiko Yokote's original television anime project Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai (The Magnificent KOTOBUKI) ended on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ app on Wednesday. The manga's compiled book volume will ship in July. Taoka and...
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Funimation Streams 'Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?' Original Video Anime

OVA shipped in Japan on Wednesday ― Funimation announced on Twitter on Thursday that it has begun streaming the new original video anime (OVA) for the television anime of writer Dachima Inaka and illustrator Pochi Iida's Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? (Tsūjō Kōgeki ga Zentai Kōgeki de Ni-kai Kōgeki no Okā-san wa Suki desuka?) light novel series. The new OVA shipped in Japa...
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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition Switch Game's Video Reveals May 29 Launch

Remake gets all-new epilogue ― The Nintendo Direct Mini livestream presentation revealed on Thursday that Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, the Nintendo Switch remake of Monolith Software's Xenoblade Chronicles game, will launch on May 29. The livestream also revealed a trailer for the game. The game will feature overhauled graphics and models, improved battle HUD and menus, and more than 90 ...
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This Week in Anime - Does Magia Record Live Up to Its Predecessor?

Magia Record has some big heels to fill. As the anime successor to Madoka Magica, can the series step out of the magical girl behemoth's shadow? ― Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story has some big heels to fill. As the anime successor to the genre-defining Madoka Magica, can the series step out of the magical girl behemoth's shadow? Does its gacha game roots give it a handicap or does ...
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BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense. ‒ SEASON FINALE

BOFURI started out with a simple but cute and effective gimmick, and let that carry it all the way to this season's end.
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Evangelion Battlefields Smartphone Game Delays Release

Game was originally slated for Thursday release ― The official Twitter account for Evangelion Battlefields, Mobcast's smartphone game for the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise, announced on Wednesday that Mobcast has delayed the game's release. The company did not announce a new release date. The game was originally slated to launch on Thursday. The game will be set in Tokyo-3, and will feature vario...
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Shin-Ei Animation's Honorary Chairperson Sankichiro Kusube Passes Away

Founder, former president of Doraemon anime's production company passes away at 82 ― Sankichiro Kusube, the honorary chairperson of animation production company Shin-Ei Animation, passed away on March 20. He was 82. After college, Kusube joined Tokyo Movie. He founded Shin-Ei Animation with his older brother Daikichirō Kusube, an animator, in 1976. The younger Kusube became president and chief execut...
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Game Sells 1.88 Million Copies in 1st 3 Days

Switch, Switch Lite sells 392,576 units in same week ― Kadokawa's Famitsu.com website reported on Wednesday that Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the latest entry in the Animal Crossing game franchise, sold 1,880,626 copies in Japan its first three days, the highest ever number of first-week copies sold for a Switch game in Japan. Nintendo also sold 392,576 units of the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite ...
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New Monster Strike The Movie: Lucifer Zetsubō no Yoake Anime Film Opens in June

Film unveils trailer, key visual, staff, theme song ― The official Twitter account for the Monster Strike The Animation franchise revealed on Thursday that the series is getting a new movie titled Monster Strike The Movie: Lucifer Zetsubō no Yoake (Lucifer Dawn of Despair). A website opened for the film and unveiled the movie's first trailer, key visual, staff, theme song, and June premiere. Kobun Sh...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Re:ZERO TV Anime's 2nd Season

Trailer streamed for anime delayed to July ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- anime's second season in July in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The company also began streaming a trailer. The anime's second season was delayed fr...
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GKIDS Licenses Lupin III THE FIRST CG Anime Film

Franchise's 1st 3D CG anime film opens subbed/dubbed in N. America this year ― GKIDS announced on Thursday that it has licensed Lupin III THE FIRST, the first 3D CG feature-length anime film in Monkey Punch's Lupin III franchise. The film will open in North America in 2020 with English subtitles and an English dub. The film opened in Japan on December 6. The film sold 220,000 tickets and earned 307,3...
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Minako Kotobuki Reaches U.K. Despite COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Kotobuki to study language, drama in U.K. ― Voice actress Minako Kotobuki wrote on her official blog on Wednesday that she has successfully traveled to the United Kingdom for her previously announced study trip, despite recent travel restrictions due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Kotobuki added that, since residents are currently under a stay-at-home order, she has refrained from going o...
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My Status as an Assassin Obviously Exceeds the Hero's GN 1

If you're a fan of isekai, this is definitely worth picking up. If you're more ambivalent on it, this is still one of the better examples of what the genre is capable of. ― If you read the title of this manga and immediately had the dual thoughts “this is based on a light novel” and “this is boilerplate isekai,” you'd basically be right on both counts. My Status as an Assassin Obviously Exceeds the H...
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Dropkick on My Devil! Anime's 2nd Season Reveals Opening Video

Season debuts with halca's opening theme on April 6 ― The official website for the television anime of Yukiwo's Dropkick on My Devil! (Jashin-chan Dropkick) manga began streaming the opening video for the second season on Thursday. The video previews halca's opening theme song "Toki Toshite Violence" (Violence on Occasion). The website will begin streaming the ending video with ZAMB's ending theme so...
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Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear VRMMO Anime's 1st Video Unveils Cast, Staff

High School Fleet's Yuu Nobuta helms EMT Squared anime starring Maki Kawase, Azumi Waki ― The official website for the television anime of Kumanano and 029's Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear light novels posted the anime's first promotional video and a key visual on Friday. Both the website and the video announced the anime's cast and staff. The anime stars: Maki Kawase as Yuna, an obsessed gamer who logs into a ...
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Show By Rock!! Franchise Gets New TV Anime Series

Show By Rock!! Stars!! revealed with video, visual ― The 12th and final episode of the Show By Rock!! Mashumairesh!! anime announced the Show By Rock!! Stars!! television anime series on Thursday. The anime will air on Tokyo MX, BS Fuji, and Hokkaido Cultural Broadcasting Co., Ltd. 【重大発表】「SHOW BY ROCK!!」TVアニメ新シリーズ「SHOW BY ROCK!!STARS!!」制作決定!!新キービジュアルやメインスタッフ、出演者情報も解禁!!キャスト、スタッフ共にTVアニメ全シリーズのオールスター勢揃い!...
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Wixoss Franchise Gets New TV Anime in 2020

NC Empire, Ui Shigure provide designs ― Takara Tomy's Wixoss Presentation 2020 livestream presentation announced on Thursday that the Wixoss franchise is getting a new television anime series that will premiere in 2020. Takara Tomy also began streaming a video for the announcement. NC Empire is credited with the visual concept design, and Ui Shigure is credited with the character designs Lostorage co...
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Oasis Games Launches Bleach: Immortal Soul Smartphone Game

iOS/Android game features anime's voice actors ― Hong Kong-based game publisher Oasis Games announced on Thursday that it launched GREE's Bleach: Immortal Soul game for iOS and Android devices in English on the same day. The company also began streaming a launch trailer for the game. The game officially licensed from TV Tokyo is based on the television anime adaptation of Tite Kubo's Bleach manga. Th...
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3rd Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Anime Film Delayed to April 25

Slated for Saturday until Tokyo, other prefectures called for residents to stay home ― The official website for the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel film trilogy announced on Thursday that the opening of the third film Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song has been delayed from Saturday, March 28 to Saturday, April 25. Before the announcement, screenings of the film had been selling out. Toho...
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Sazae-san, Anpanman Voice Actor Hiroshi Masuoka Passes Away Due to Cancer at 83

Voice actor played Sazae-san's Masuo, Anpanman's Jam Ojisan until last year ― Voice actor Hiroshi Masuoka passed away due to rectal cancer on Saturday, March 21. He was 83. Masuoka's relatives held a private wake and funeral. In accordance with Masuoka's wishes, there will not be a public memorial service. Masuoka was born in Saitama prefecture in 1936. He is best known for his roles as the second Ma...
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3rd Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Anime Film Packing Theaters Despite Government Warnings

Update: The film's website announced on Thursday that the film is delayed to April 25. ― Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike made an urgent request on Wednesday for the people of Tokyo to stay indoors this weekend, after 41 new cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were confirmed in Tokyo the same day — the largest spike within a single day. Koike said that Tokyo is facing the risk of seeing an "ex...
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2020 Anpanman Film Casts Kyoko Fukada as Heroine

Fukada plays Fuwari in June 26 film ― The official website for Eiga Soreike! Anpanman Fuwafuwa Fuwari to Kumo no Kuni (Soreike! Anpanman the Movie: Fluffy Fuwari and the Cloud Country), this year's Anpanman anime film, announced on Thursday that Kyoko Fukada (live-action Kamikaze Girls, Yatterman) will star in the film as the heroine Fuwari. The film will open in Japan on June 26. In the film's story...
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Dark Horse Reduces Releases, Allows Product Returns

Toronto's Anime North convention canceled, Nintendo closes N. American repair centers ― Publisher Dark Horse Comics announced on Wednesday that it will reduce the number of its releases in the coming months, and that it will allow return of periodicals up to 90 days after the on-sale date, due to the effect of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on its business. In addition, Toronto anime conventi...

Tokyo Governor Tells People to Stay Home This Weekend

Also: Shogakukan employee diagnosed with COVID-19, Naruto kabuki play canceled ― Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike called for Tokyo residents on Wednesday night to stay at home, after Tokyo confirmed 41 new cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Wednesday — the third straight day of record increases. Koike enjoined residents to work from home, and to not go out at night or on the weekend. Tokyo...

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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story ‒ Episode 12

We have the big reveal of Yachiyo's sordid history with Mifuyu, the culmination of the Wings of Magius' mission, and a veritable avalanche of secrets uncovered.
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Live-Action Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Film Unveils Ad With Mecha KAIRI, Propeller Skirt

Nogizaka46's Minami Umezawa, Asuka Saitō, and Mizuki Yamashita star in May 15 film ― The official Twitter account for the live-action project for Sumito Ōwara's Eizouken ni wa Te o Dasu na! (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) manga began streaming a commercial for the project's upcoming film on Thursday. The commercial features recreations of the girls' imaginary Mecha KAIRI and Propeller Skirt. The Twit...
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22/7 ‒ Episode 11

This is normally where I'd ask, “Was it worth the wait?”, but I think it's time we settle in to the conclusion that there probably isn't much about 22/7 that was worth the wait.
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The Wonderful 101: Remastered Game's Trailer Streamed

Game launches for Switch, PS4, PC in West in May; Japan on June 11 ― Platinum Games began streaming a trailer on Wednesday for The Wonderful 101: Remastered, a remastered version of its The Wonderful 101 Wii U action game for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam. English Japanese The game will launch in North America on May 19, in Europe on May 22, and in Japan on June 11. Platinum Ga...
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T ‒ Episode 8

For the first time in three weeks (and only the second time in the last five), A Certain Scientific Railgun T is back with a new episode.
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Japanese Voice Actors Hang Out Together in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Nintendo Switch game shipped worldwide on March 20 Animal Crossing: New Horizons released last week, and over a million players around the world have been developing their island. Even Japanese voice actors have been getting in on the fun, with a number of them reporting their progress on Twitter. Attack on Titan voice actor Yuuki Kaji started his island life on March 19 and has advertised when spe...
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Masaaki Yuasa's Japan Sinks Anime Reveals Main Cast, Stills

Reina Ueda, Tomo Muranaka, Yuko Sasaki, Masaki Terasoma play family in disaster series ― Science SARU unveiled the main cast and new stills from Masaaki Yuasa's upcoming anime series adaptation of Sakyo Komatsu's Japan Sinks (Nihon Chinbotsu) science-fiction novel on Thursday. The cast includes (from left to right in image above): Reina Ueda (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba's Kanao Tsuyuri, Darwin's G...
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Interspecies Reviewers ‒ Episode 11

An incubus has shown up in Stunk and Zel's comment section to let them know just how wrong they are!
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One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 Game's Videos Highlight Capone, Katakuri, Vinsmokes

Game launches in Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia on Friday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a trailer for the One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on Wednesday. The video previews Capone Bege. Bandai Namco also streamed four character videos on Friday that highlight Charlotte Katakuri and the Vinsmoke siblings. Bandai Namco E...
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Isekai Quartet 2 ‒ Episode 11

The episode is setting up for a two-part finish: the second-stringers facing down the Destroyer while the protagonists and other assorted characters continue on with the plays.
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, March 22-28

Appleseed XIII, The Silver Guardian anime; Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town, Cosmo Familia manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Appleseed XIII Essentials BDPlease Funimation US$29.98 March 24 Aquarion EVOL Season 2 Essentials BDCite Funimation US$34.98 March 24 Maria Watches Over Us BDAnimeNewsNetwork Maiden Japan US$99.98 March 24...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 127

After spending almost the entirety of last episode messing around, the Black Bulls get down to some serious, consequential business in their pursuit of clues about devils and forbidden magic.
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HIDIVE Adds Cinderella Nine Anime to Catalog

Baseball anime begins streaming on March 31 ― HIDIVE announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming all 12 episodes of Cinderella Nine, the television anime of Akatsuki and Kadokawa's Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine smartphone game, on March 31 at 1:00 p.m. EDT with English, Portuguese, and Spanish subtitles. The anime will stream in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South...
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Yū Mamada Performs Hagure Idol Jigokuhen Live-Action Film's Theme Song

Film based on Rui Takatō's "sexy comedy" manga opens this fall ― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Rui Takatō's Hagure Idol Jigokuhen manga revealed on Wednesday that Yū Mamada is performing the theme song "Bakayarō." Mamada is also in charge of the film's music. Mamada released the song on her Heisei Kōkai album on February 26. The film will open in Japan this fall. Rina Hashimoto is s...
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A Condition Called Love GN 1

Based on solely this volume, this reads like a terrible warning about toxic relationships rather than the sweet love story it's advertised as. ― Romance for teens has had a problem for a long time, probably since even before Cathy and Heathcliff began their tumultuous romance back in 1847. (Not that Wuthering Heights was YA, strictly speaking, but it's been embraced by that reading community.) What i...
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Tamayomi Baseball Anime's Video Previews Opening Song

Series debuts on April 1 ― The official website for the television anime of Mountain Pukuichi's Tamayomi manga revealed a promotional video on Wednesday. The video previews Naho's opening theme song "Never Let You Go." The anime will begin airing on AT-X on April 1 at 10:00 p.m., before debuting later that night on ABC TV. The series will also air on Metele (Nagoya TV), Tokyo MX, Kyushu Asahi Broadca...
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Tower of God Anime's Video Reveals Stray Kids Opening Song

Crunchyroll Originals series debuts on April 1 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Korean creator SIU's Tower of God manhwa revealed on Wednesday that Korean all-male band Stray Kids are performing the opening theme song "TOP-Japanese ver.-." The website also began streaming a promotional video that previews the song. 【主題歌入り新PV公開】『神之塔 -Tower of God-』オープニング主題歌、Stray Kids「TOP ...
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Anime Frontier Convention Cancels Inaugural Event Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Convention was scheduled to take place on May 8-10 in Forth Worth, Texas ― The Anime Frontier Powered By Crunchyroll convention informed ANN on Wednesday that it has canceled its inaugural event "out of an abundance of caution and rising coronavirus concerns," and organizers will hold the event on May 14-16, 2021. Attendees who already bought tickets for the convention may retain them for entry next ...
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Seven Deadly Sins Anime Ad Teases Lead-Up to New Series

October's Fundo no Shinpan anime teased with story leading to final manga arc ― A 30-second commercial aired in the final episode of The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods anime to promote the upcoming Nanatsu no Taizai: Fundo no Shinpan (The Seven Deadly Sins: Anger's Judgment) anime on Wednesday. The commercial sets up the story leading into the final arc in Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins ...
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Plunderer Anime's 2nd Half Introduces More Cast in New Video

Satoshi Hino, Kaito Ishikawa, Kotono Mitsuishi join cast; Miku Itō's new song previewed ― The official website for the television anime of Suu Minazuki's Plunderer manga posted the anime's fifth promotional video on Wednesday. The video previews the second half's opening theme song "Kokō no Hikari Lonely dark" (Lofty light, Lonely dark) by Miku Itō, and it also announces more cast members from the 13...
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Cautious Hero Makes Surprise Cameo in Isekai Quartet

Yuichiro Umehara, Aki Toyosaki join cast for brief scene in episode 11 ― Isekai Quartet 2 already introduced the Rising of the Shield Hero characters, but it turns out they aren't the only isekai light novel characters to guest star in the expanded universe of Isekai Quartet. Seiya and Ristarte have a brief cameo in episode 11, where they are shown poised to join in on the school festival fun. Howeve...
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Flowers of Evil's Shūzō Oshimi Draws New 1-Shot Manga

"Kusakabe-san" 1-shot debuts on Web Action website on Friday ― Manga creator Shūzō Oshimi announced on his Twitter account on Monday that he will draw a new one-shot manga titled "Kusakabe-san" when Futabasha opens the renewed version of its Web Comic Action website as Web Action on Friday. Oshimi unveiled a sketch alongside the announcement. Oshimi will launch a new manga titled Okaeri Alice (Welcom...
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Voice Actor William Dufris Passes Away Due to Cancer

Voiced Bob the Builder character, Lupin III in Bye Bye, Lady Liberty & Mystery of Mamo dubs ― Podcast production company Pocket Universe Productions announced on Tuesday that voice actor William Dufris (Bill Dufries) passed away due to cancer. Dufris is perhaps best known for voicing the titular character in the children's animated series Bob the Builder for the North American dub of the first nine s...
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Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time Reveals Theme Song Artists, Visual

Yui Ninomiya performs opening, Hilcrhyme performs ending ― The official website for the television anime of Daisuke Hiyama's Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time (Peter Grill to Kenja no Jikan) manga revealed the anime's theme song artists and a new visual on Wednesday. Yui Ninomiya will perform the opening theme song "Tsuranuite Yūtsu" (Piercing Melancholy) as her character Luvelia Sanctos. Hilcrh...
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BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! ☆ Pico Mini Anime Season 2 Unveils Visual, Ending Song, May 7 Debut

BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! ☆ Pico ~Ohmori~ premieres on BanG Dream! TV LIVE 2020 stream ― The cast and staff for BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! ☆ Pico ~Ohmori~, the second season of the mini anime of the BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! game app, revealed the second season's key visual, ending theme song, and May 7 premiere date on Sunday. The anime will premiere on the BanG Dream! TV LIVE 2020 stream...

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Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin 'Final Chapter' Films Bring Back Yusuke Iseya, Tao Tsuchiya, ONE OK ROCK

Iseya, Tsuchiya reprise roles as Aoshi, Misao in July 3, August 7 films ― The official website for the 'final chapter' films in the live-action film series based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga revealed on Wednesday that Yusuke Iseya (first image below) and Tao Tsuchiya (second image) will reprise their roles from previous film as Aoshi Shinomori and Misao Makimachi, respectively. The roc...
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Relive My Hero Academia's Amazing School Festival Concert

If just can't get enough of Class 1-A and Jiro's explosive performance of "Hero Too" from last week's episode of My Hero Academia, you can listen to again and again in the anime's official music video. Toho started streaming the music video on Saturday and it's already racked up over 3 million views. The video highlights all of 1-A's own heroes, including those that aren't usually in the spotlight...
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In/Spectre ‒ Episode 11

As we approach the end, I imagine the most pressing question on most viewers' minds is: did the Steel Lady arc really need to be 9 episodes long?
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Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia ‒ SERIES FINALE

In a sense, all characters in all stories have an expiration date, whether it comes within the narrative or as part of the inevitable ending.
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LiSA Performs Theme Song for 10th Paralympic Anime Short

NHK-produced short is based on Mashiro Hi blind marathon manga ― The 10th installment of the NHK's "Anime x Para: Who is Your Hero?" (Ani × Para: Anata no Hero wa Dare Desu ka) animated project will air on March 31 on NHK BS1. It will collaborate with the Mashiro Hi manga written by Masahito Kagawa and illustrated by Shō Wakasa. LiSA (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Sword Art Online) will sing the th...
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Kengo Hanazawa's Under Ninja Manga Gets U.S. Release in April

Manga to begin publication in U.S., Italy, China, more countries ― NHK World TV's imagine-nation, an English-language program shown on the international broadcast service, revealed on Tuesday that Kengo Hanazawa's Under Ninja manga will begin publication in the U.S., Italy, China, and other countries in April. Hanazawa (I am a Hero) launched the manga in Kodansha's Young Magazine in July 2018. The th...
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ID: INVADED ‒ SERIES FINALE

It's a terrible fact, but it's true – not everyone can be saved. There is no magic fix that brings Narihisago back in time for real to save his wife and daughter.
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180,000 Manga Readers Vote for Their Most Wanted Anime Adaptation

Chainsaw Man, act-age, SPY×FAMILY all rank ― AnimeJapan was cancelled in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,but before the event was ever planned to start, the staff organized its third annual poll to find out what property fans want to see adapted into an anime. The official website first took nominations and then opened those nominations up to voting with the final results announced on the ...
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Live-Action Wotakoi Film Sells Over 1 Million Tickets

Film opened in Japan on February 7 at #1 ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film of Fujita's Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) manga revealed on Tuesday that the film has sold over one million tickets. The film opened in Japan on February 7 on 304 screens. It debuted at #1 in its opening weekend. The film sold 169,000 tickets for 229,400,150 yen (about US$2....
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 149

In the latest arc's second installment, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations delivers another by-the-numbers but wholly enjoyable half hour.
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Darwin's Game ‒ SERIES FINALE

I can't decide if I love Darwin's Game commitment to B-movie madness or if I'm reviled by the cruel mess.
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime's Video Reveals English Dub Cast for Hashira

Mark Whitten, Ray Chase, Kira Buckland, Crispin Freeman, more join cast ― Aniplex of America began streaming a video on Tuesday for the anime of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga. The video reveals and previews the Hashira's English voices. The newly announced cast includes: Mark Whitten as Kyojuro Rengoku Ray Chase as Tengen Uzui Kira Buckland as Mitsuri Kanroji Crispin Freeman...
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Diamond Comic Distributors Halts Shipment of New Products Due to COVID-19

N. American distributor also signs deal with Kodansha Comics ― Comic book distributor Diamond Comic Distributors announced on Monday that it will halt all shipments to retailers of products slated for release on or after April 1 until further notice, and Diamond UK will do the same for all products slated for March 25 or later. Diamond Comic Distributors said that it will continue to fulfill direct-s...
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Dark Horse Licenses Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, Mob Psycho 100: Reigen Manga

Also: Blade of the Immortal gets "deluxe" re-release in hardcover, 7x10 size ― Publisher Penguin Random House is listing English releases for the first volumes of Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (Eizouken ni wa Te o Dasu na!) and Mob Psycho 100: Reigen (Reigen ~Reikyūchi Max 131 no Otoko~) under Dark Horse Comics. Penguin Random House is also listing a new Dark Horse Comics release of Hiroaki Samura's ...
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Ikebukuro West Gate Park Anime Reveals Cast, Staff

Kentarō Kumagai, Kouki Uchiyama, Reiō Tsuchida star in July 2020 series ― The official website for the television anime of Ira Ishida's Ikebukuro West Gate Park novel series revealed a teaser visual, cast, staff, and the July 2020 premiere on Wednesday. The cast includes Kentarō Kumagai as Makoto, Kouki Uchiyama as Takashi, and Reiō Tsuchida as Kyōichi. Tomoaki Koshida (The Helpful Fox Senko-san, Zok...
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Gundam: Hathaway Anime Film Reveals Video, Visuals, Song Artist

Kensho Ono, Rena Ueda, Junichi Suwabe lead cast of July 23 anime ― A Gundam livestream event revealed a promotional video, visuals, and the theme song artist for the Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway) anime film project on Tuesday. Rock band [ALEXANDROS] (live-action Bleach film) is performing the anime's theme song. The anime's cast includes: Kensho Ono as Hathaway ...

Seven Deadly Sins Manga Gets New Anime in October

Original manga ended on Wednesday ― This year's 17th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins manga will get a new television anime titled Nanatsu no Taizai: Fundo no Shinpan (The Seven Deadly Sins: Anger's Judgement) in October. The series will air on TV Tokyo's network of six channels and BS-TV Tokyo. The main cast members will retu...
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Seven Deadly Sins Manga Gets Sequel

The Four Knights of the Apocalypse centers on horseman Tristan ― Kodansha USA Publishing confirmed on Tuesday that Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins manga is getting a sequel tentatively titled Mokushiroku no Yon-kishi (The Four Knights of the Apocalypse). This year's 17th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed the sequel on Wednesday. Kodansha released an announcement image for the ...
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Seven Deadly Sins Manga Gets New Stage Play

2nd play of Nakaba Suzuki's manga runs in Tokyo in June ― An official website opened on Tuesday to reveal that Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins manga is getting a new stage play adaptation that will run at The Galaxy Theatre in Tokyo from June 18 to 28. The play is titled Nanatsu no Taizai The Stage -Uragiri no Seikishi-chō- (The Seven Deadly Sins Stage Play: The Treacherous Great Holy Knights)....
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Gundam: Hathaway Anime Film Casts Kensho Ono, Rena Ueda, Junichi Suwabe

Film opens in Japan on July 23 ― A Gundam livestream presentation revealed a promotional video and the main cast for the Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway) anime film project on Tuesday. The cast includes Kensho Ono as Hathaway Noa, Rena Ueda as Gigi Andalucia, and Junichi Suwabe as Kenneth Sleg. The film will open in Japan on July 23. The tagline on the visual at ri...
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Japanese Prime Minister Confirms 2020 Tokyo Olympics Delay

IOC president agrees to 1-year postponement ― Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Tuesday that Japan has reached an agreement with International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach to delay the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Abe said, "I proposed to postpone for a year and [IOC] president Thomas Bach responded with 100% agreement." The Tokyo Olympics were scheduled to be held from July 24 to ...
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Usamaru Furuya's Amane Gymnasium Doll Manga Ends With 7th Volume

Manga about ball-jointed dolls coming to life launched in 2017 ― Manga creator Usamaru Furuya announced on his Twitter account on Sunday that his Amane Gymnasium manga will end with the seventh volume. The manga's sixth volume shipped on Monday, and revealed that the seventh volume will ship in August. The manga centers on a doll maker named Amane Miyakata, as well as her seven ball-jointed dolls who...
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Evangelion Drives Ahead with Honda Civic Collaboration

Automobile manufacturer Honda has opened a special website as part of its recent collaboration with the Evangelion brand. The site has a countdown for seven days. In the meantime, Honda's YouTube channel has released three promo videos, one for each Eva pilot: The collaboration is promoting the Honda Civic Hatchback car. The campaign has started two hashtags: #シン・アオヤマ作戦 (Shin Aoyama Operation) and...
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Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan's Hiroshi Shiibashi Draws New Manga 1-Shot

"Iwamoto-senpai no Suisen" manga debuts on March 30 ― Hiroshi Shiibashi (Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan) revealed on Twitter that he is putting a new one-shot manga titled "Iwamoto-senpai no Suisen" (Upperclassman Iwamoto's Recommendation) on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ app on March 30. Viz Media and Shueisha both began publishing Hiroshi Shiibashi's Kamio Yui wa Kimi wo Yui manga in March 2019 with the En...
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Natsumi Ando's Something's Wrong With Us Manga Gets Live-Action Series

Minami Hamabe, Ryūsei Yokohama star in murder mystery romance ― NTV announced on Tuesday that it is producing a live-action series adaptation of Natsumi Ando's Something's Wrong With Us (Watashi-tachi wa Dōka Shiteiru) manga starring Minami Hamabe (live-action anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, Saki, Let Me Eat Your Pancreas, left in image below) and Ryūsei Yokohama (live-action Hajimete Koi o Shit...

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Shirobako Film, Live-Action Wotakoi Film Drop Off Top 10 in Japan

Kamen Rider Zi-O Next Time: Geiz, Majesty drops to #4 in mini-theater ranking in 4th weekend ― The Shirobako (Gekijō-ban Shirobako) sequel anime film dropped off the top 10 in its fourth weekend, but it still earned 20,014,500 yen (about US$181,300) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 322,655,000 yen (about US$2.92 million). The film opened in 158 theaters in Japan on February...
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Chihayafuru 3 ‒ Episode 23

It all swirls back to my hope that, in the end, Chihaya ends up on Team Nobody Except Yourself, Queen.
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Smile Down the Runway ‒ Episode 11

This episode finally marks a break for Chiyuki and shows what fashion can do at its most artistic.
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Inti Creates CEO Teases 3 Unannounced Games

Game developer Inti Creates CEO Takuya Aizu teased on Twitter on Monday that the company has three games in development to announce. Aizu stated that he was thinking about how Inti Creates could announce the titles and suggested that it could do so "directly" on YouTube. Aizu also commented that Inti Creates will celebrate the anniversary of its founding on May 8. He noted that the BitSummit 2020 ...
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Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun ‒ Episode 11

This marked our second-to-last week watching Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun, and as a penultimate episode this wrap-up felt underwhelming.
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Natsume's Book of Friends' Yuki Midorikawa Draws 1st New 1-Shot in 5 Years

Nakanai Tori no Kaeru Ki wa centers on mysterious girl who can't speak ― The May issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine revealed on Tuesday that Natsume's Book of Friends manga creator Yuki Midorikawa will release a new one-shot for the first time in about five years in the next issue on April 24. The 47-page manga titled Nakanai Tori no Kaeru Ki wa (The Tree Where the Bird Who Doesn't Sing Returns) wil...
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Haikyu!! To The Top ‒ Episode 11

Episode 11 gave me everything I watch this series for: a tense game that has me at the edge of my seat and still takes time to showcase the personalities and teamwork of the players.
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IOC Member: 2020 Tokyo Olympics Delayed

― USA Today reported on Monday that International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Dick Pound told the newspaper that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are postponed. Pound reportedly said that the Olympics will be delayed "likely to 2021," and the IOC will decide the details within the next four weeks. Pound said, "The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on J...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 86

While there's plenty of hijinks across the episode with the rest of the school festival, the centerpiece is obviously 1-A's performance, and on that front it doesn't disappoint.

Funimation Adds Rurouni Kenshin Anime to Catalog

All 94 TV anime episodes begin streaming on Tuesday ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will begin streaming the Rurouni Kenshin anime with English subtitles and an English dub from Aniplex on Tuesday in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Ireland. The company will stream all 94 television anime episodes. Funimation describes the series: Welcome to the Meiji Era. Japan is a land experiencing times o...
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Samurai Shodown Game Launches for PC in Spring

― Epic Games revealed on Monday that SNK's Samurai Shodown (Samurai Spirits) game will launch for PC via the Epic Games Store in spring. The game was previously slated to launch for PC last winter. The game launched for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Japan and the West in June 2019. The Nintendo Switch version launched in Japan on December 12 and in the West on February 25. The arcade version of the ...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Maxiboost ON PS4 Game Ships on July 30 (Updated)

"2-on-2 team battle action" game debuts simultaneously in Japan, Americas ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed during a livestream presentation on Monday that it will release the Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Maxiboost ON game for the PlayStation 4 on July 30 in Japan and the Americas. The livestream also revealed a trailer for the game. A closed beta test will run from April 25-27. Registration i...
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Library Wars: Love & War Bessatsu-hen Manga Enters Final Arc With Original Story

Kiiro Yumi's spinoff manga launched in March 2014 ― The May issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine revealed on Tuesday that Kiiro Yumi's Library Wars: Love & War Bessatsu-hen manga will start its final arc in the next issue on April 24. The final arc will have an original story not featured in Hiro Arikawa's original light novel series. Yumi began serializing the first shōjo manga adaptation of Hiro Ari...

Laid-Back Camp TV Anime's 2nd Season Reveals Visuals, January 2021 Premiere

1st season premiered in January 2018 ― The official website for the second season of the television anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga revealed two teaser visuals and the January 2021 premiere on Monday. The first anime premiered in January 2018, and Crunchyroll streamed the 12-episode series as it aired. The "slow outdoor manga" follows two young women. Rin likes to go camp...
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SINoALICE Smartphone Game's Global Version Launches on July 1

Pokelabo takes over publishing duties of game from Nexon ― Pokelabo Inc. announced on Monday that it will release the global version of Square Enix's SINoALICE smartphone game on July 1. Pokelabo will release the game worldwide except in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau. Nexon Korea Corporation had originally planned to release the game worldwide in July 2019, but the company delayed the r...
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Re:Zero Franchise Gets Smartphone Game This Year

WHITE FOX animates opening movie for game with "what-if," original stories ― The official Twitter account of the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- franchise revealed on Monday that the franchise is inspiring a smartphone game temporarily titled Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu. The smartphone game will launch this year. Sega has launched a website and Twitter account for the game. The ga...
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Viz Media to Publish Tite Kubo's Burn the Witch Manga Simultaneously in English

New manga launches this summer in Weekly Shonen Jump ― Hisashi Sasaki, Vice President of Global Shonen Jump at Viz Media, confirmed on Twitter on Sunday that Viz Media will publish Tite Kubo's new Burn the Witch manga simultaneously in English. Kubo is turning his one-shot manga "Burn The Witch" into a serialization that will debut this summer and will run in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in...
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Tokyo Looks to Extend Limits on Large Events Until April 12

IOC has 4 weeks to make decision on Tokyo Olympics; U.S. retailers Gamestop, Best Buy close stores to customers ― The Tokyo Government announced on Monday its intent to proceed with plans to extend its postponement or cancellation of large-scale events to encompass all events taking place until April 12 due to the COVID-19 coronavirus illness. The government explained that the next three weeks are cr...
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Fire on Set of Live-Action Hakuōki Series Injures 2

Production accidentally set fire to weeds, 2 on staff suffered light injuries ― The Kyoto Shimbun newspaper reported on Saturday that two people were injured during an accidental fire that started on set at the filming of the live-action series adaptation of the Hakuōki game franchise. According to police from Kameoka City in Kyoto Prefecture, the production team for the series were in a nearby fores...
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Ōya-san to Boku's Tarō Yabe Launches New Manga About His Father

New manga about Yabe's picture book author father Mitsunori Yabe launches on April 22 ― The April issue of Shinchosha's Shōsetsu Shinchō novel magazine announced on Saturday that comedian Tarō Yabe will launch a new manga titled Boku no Otō-san (My Father) in the magazine's next issue on April 22. The manga will be in full color, and will focus on Yabe's childhood and relationship with his father, th...
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Black Clover Anime Casts Ryotaro Okiayu, Yū Serizawa, Kana Ueda

Both voice actors play Heart Kingdom citizens ― This year's 17th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced three more cast members on Monday for the Black Clover anime. Kana Ueda as Undine Yū Serizawa as Lolopechka Additionally, Ryotaro Okiayu will voice Gadjah. The anime premiered in Japan in October 2017. The show was originally listed with 51 episodes, but it continued into a new s...

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Granblue Fantasy Anime Previews Djeeta Anime Special in Video

Special centering on Djeeta, Zeta, Beatrix premieres on March 27 ― The official Twitter account for the Granblue Fantasy anime began streaming a new promotional video for the new "Djeeta-hen" (Djeeta Chapter) anime special on Sunday. The special will premiere on March 27 at 24:00 (effectively March 28 at 12:00 a.m.). The special, subtitled "Extra 1: Mou Hitotsu no Tabiji" (One More Journey), will air...
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Hook a Magikarp Around Your Neck With Premium Necklace

The Pokémon Company's Magikarp-themed necklaces went on sale in Japan on Tuesday, and wearing one is guaranteed to make you feel like an expert angler. The necklaces capture the iconic fish Pokémon in mid-splash. In reference to the fact that Magikarp's Pokédex number is 129, the necklaces have a limited run of 129 units. 119 of them are made of silver, costing 12,900 yen (US$120), while 10 units ...

Sony: 'Overwhelming Majority' of PS4 Titles Will Be Playable on PS5

Backward compatible titles to run at boosted frequency on PS5 ― Sony announced on Friday that the "overwhelming majority" of over 4,000 PlayStation 4 titles will be playable on the PlayStation 5. The company stated that backward compatible titles will run at a boosted frequency on PS5, which may result in higher or more stable frame rates and higher resolutions. The company has evaluated and tested h...
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Eromanga Sensei Opens Limited-Time Virtual Store in VRChat

When you can't go outside but you still want to stock up on anime goods ― Eromanga Sensei is opening a virtual shop via the Gugenka Virtual Shop inside the VRChat social platform from March 21 to April 26. Users will be able to navigate a 3D simulation of the store and interact with the avatars of shopkeepers. Perfect for a time when it's advisable to stay indoors. The goods on display will be the it...
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Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris Game's 2nd Story Trailer Reveals ReoNa's Song (Updated)

PS4/Xbox One/PC game launches in Japan on May 21, in West on May 22 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the second story trailer for its Sword Art Online Alicization: Lycoris game on Monday. The video reveals and previews ReoNa's opening theme song "Scar/let." English-subtitled version The game will launch on May 21 in Japan, and will launch on May 22 in North America, Europe, and Southeast ...
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Today's Menu for Emiya Family Game's Video Reveals May Release

Sangatsu no PHANTASIA performs Switch game's theme song ― The official Twitter account for Mainichi♪ Emiya-sanchi no Kyō no Gohan (Every Day: Today's Menu for Emiya Family), the Nintendo Switch game of the net anime adaptation of TAa's Today's Menu for Emiya Family (Emiya-sanchi no Kyō no Gohan) manga, revealed the first promotional video and May 2020 release for the game on Monday. The video preview...
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Btooom! Creator's New Kaijū Jieitai Manga Launches on April 21

― This year's May issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic Bunch magazine revealed on Saturday that Junya Inoue (Btooom!) will launch his new Kaijū Jieitai (Monster Self-Defense Force) manga in the magazine's next issue on April 21. The manga will begin with a prologue. The magazine describes the manga as a global survival battle and a hyper-realistic monster search-and-destroy operation. Studio Hisekutt...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Videos Preview PS4, Smartphone Games

Kimetsu no Yaiba: Keppū Kengeki Royale launches in 2020; Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Keppūtan ships in 2021 ― During the "Aniplex 48-Hour TV" livestream event on the AbemaTV streaming service on Sunday, Aniplex streamed promotional videos for the two upcoming game adaptations of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga. The videos preview the Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Keppūtan PlayStat...

Masashi Kishimoto, Akira Ōkubo's Samurai 8 Manga Ends

Manga launched last April ― This year's 17th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the final chapter on Monday of Masashi Kishimoto and Akira Ōkubo's Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru (Samurai 8: Hachimaruden) manga. The manga's fifth and final volume will ship in Japan on May 1. The preview chapter for Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump in April 2019, ...
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'86' Sci-Fi Battle Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, 2020 Premiere

Shōya Chiba, Ikumi Hasegawa lead cast of A-1 Pictures anime ― The "Aniplex 48-hour TV" livestream event on the AbemaTV streaming service announced the cast, staff, and 2020 premiere on Sunday for the television anime adaptation of Asato Asato's 86 light novel series. Shōya Chiba is playing Shinei Nōzen, and Ikumi Hasegawa is playing Vladilena Mirizé. The event also revealed a teaser video and key vis...
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Argonavis from BanG Dream! Project's Video Previews Anime, Game, Concerts

Series about all-male bands premieres on April 10 ― The official YouTube channel for Bushiroad's BanG Dream! franchise's Argonavis all-male band began streaming a project promotional video on Sunday. The video highlights the project's anime, game, and live concert events. Argonavis from BanG Dream! Animation, the television anime based on the characters, will premiere on April 10 in the "Super Animei...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Anime's 2nd Part Previews ReoNa's New Song in Latest Video

Eir Aoi sings "I will..." ending, Yuki Kajiura music special streams on April 11 ― The live-streamed "Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Channel" program debuted the latest video from the second cours (quarter year) of Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld, the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime's second half, on Sunday. The video previews ReoNa's new opening theme song "A...
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Princess Connect! Re:Dive Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals More Cast

Rie Takahashi, Miyuki Sawashiro, more join cast for series premiering on April 6 ― Cygames revealed a new promotional video for the television anime of Cygames' Princess Connect! Re:Dive smartphone game on Sunday. The video reveals more cast members: Rie Takahashi as Amesu Miyuki Sawashiro as Rabirista Aya Suzaki as Karin Rina Hidaka as Mimi Sumire Morohoshi as Misogi Yui Ogura as Kyōka Yuka Aisaka v...

'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' Anime Season III's Video Reveals Opening Song Artist

Yuka Iguchi returns to sing theme, with main staff, cast also returning ― Sunday's live-streamed program for the third anime season based on Fujino Ōmori and Suzuhito Yasuda's light novel series Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? debuted a new teaser promotional video and teaser visual. The video revealed that Yuka Iguchi is returning to perform the new opening theme song in the third ...
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Dokyū Hentai HxEros TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Streamed

New key visual also revealed ― The "Aniplex 48-hour TV" livestream event on the AbemaTV streaming service revealed a promotional video on Sunday for the television anime adaptation of Ryōma Kitada's Dokyū Hentai HxEros manga. 【第1弾PV解禁】かつてない地球の危機――HとEROで悪と戦う5人のHEROがいた。その名は……「ド級編隊エグゼロス」2020年7月よりTVアニメ放送開始https://t.co/4Uc771cUo6#エグゼロス— TVアニメ「ド級編隊エグゼロス」公式 (@hxeros_anime) March 22, 2020 The site revealed a...
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Rent-A-Girlfriend Anime's 4th Character Video Highlights Sumi Sakurasawa

Romantic comedy premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Reiji Miyajima's Kanojo, Okarishimasu (Rent-A-Girlfriend) manga began streaming a character promotional video on Sunday. The video and a new "date visual" preview the character Sumi Sakurasawa. The anime will premiere in July on MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS on the Animeism programming block in July. The cast inclu...
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Uma Musume Spinoff Anime Umayon's Video Reveals July Premiere

Franchise also gets new manga in Weekly Young Jump this summer ― Cygames unveiled a new promotional video for the anime adaptation of the Uma Musume Pretty Derby franchise's spinoff manga series Umayon during a live stream on Sunday. The video reveals that the anime will premiere in July. The cast members Azumi Waki, Akari Kitō, Iori Saeki, Minami Takahashi, and Rena Maeda are performing the show's t...
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― The official website for the anime of Satoru Yamaguchi and Nami Hidaka's My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta...) light novels listed the anime's Blu-ray Disc release on Sunday. The anime will have four three-episode volumes which will ship every month from May 27 to August 26. Each volume will include a ...
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Zashiki-Warashi no Tatami-chan Comedy Anime Debuts Streaming on April 10

― The official website for Rensuke Oshikiri's mini anime project Zashiki-Warashi no Tatami-chan (Tatami-chan the Guest Room Spirit) revealed on Friday that the anime will debut on 16 streaming services in Japan on April 10 at 8:00 p.m. JST. The show will debut on dTV, d Anime Store, Video Market, Gyao! Store, DMM.com. Mirail, TSUTATA.TV, Hikari TV, Nico Nico Channel, Movie Full, Happy! Dōga, Bandai ...
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Is the order a rabbit? BLOOM Anime's Teaser Promo Video Streamed

3rd season in franchise premieres in October ― An AbemaTV livestream for the Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka? (Is the Order a Rabbit?) anime franchise streamed a teaser trailer on Sunday for the third season in the franchise, titled Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka? BLOOM (Is the Order a Rabbit? BLOOM). The anime will premiere in October. The first two seasons will rerun on the AT-X and BS11 channels starting in ...
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Idoly Pride Anime Reveals Visual, Winter 2021 Premiere, New Character

Sayaka Kanda voices new character ― AbemaTV's livestream for the Idoly Pride multimedia idol project revealed a key visual on Sunday for the anime part of the project. The livestream also revealed that the anime will premiere in winter 2021. The show will air on TV and will also stream on AbemaTV. The official YouTube channel for the franchise also began streaming a commercial on Sunday. The livestre...

Code Geass Helmer Goro Taniguchi's Back Arrow Anime Unveils Story, More Staff & Cast in Video

Aya Suzaki, Ari Ozawa, Kensho Ono, Ryotaro Okiayu, Tomokazu Seki, Megumi Han join Yuuki Kaji in cast ― The live-streamed program for the Back Arrow television anime debuted the first promotional video and a new key visual on Sunday, and the video details the story, characters, more cast members, more staff members, and 2021 release date. ◆PV第1弾公開◆先ほどのAbemaTV「アニプレックス48時間テレビ」にて、「#バック・アロウ」スタッフ・キャストなど最新情...
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T Anime Previews Bonus Home Video Anime in Video

1st volume includes "Motto Marutto Railgun V" bonus anime on April 30; 5th volume also has bonus anime ― The official website for the A Certain Scientific Railgun T anime previewed the bonus anime that will be included in the first Blu-ray Disc and DVD volume of the anime on Sunday. The anime is titled "Motto Marutto Railgun V." The volume will ship in Japan on April 30. The fifth home video volume w...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime's 5th Season Casts Jun Fukuyama (Updated)

Jun Fukuyama plays Asahi Saiba in anime premiering on April 10 ― AbemaTV's live stream event for Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate, the fifth season of the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, announced on Sunday that Jun Fukuyama will join the show's cast as the character Asahi Saiba. The livestream also revealed a commercial for the new season. The anime will premiere on April 10 at 24:30 (eff...
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'That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime' Anime Season 2 Has Split-Cours Run in October, April

The Slime Diaries spinoff manga also gets TV anime in January ― Bandai Namco Arts' stream for Fuse and artist Mitz Vah's That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime franchise revealed on Sunday that the second season of the anime adaptation will run for two cours (quarters of a year), with the first cours premiering this October, and the second cours premiering in April next year. Crunchyroll is streamin...
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The Irregular at Magic High School Anime Season 2 Reveals 1st Promo Video, Visual

Raihōsha-hen season premieres in July ― The live-streamed special for The Irregular at Magic High School television anime debuted the first promotional video and a new key visual for the second season on Sunday. 【❗️第1弾PVを解禁❗️】TVアニメ『魔法科高校の劣等生 来訪者編』の第1弾PVが解禁されました! 迫力満点の戦闘シーン含む、本作の魅力がたっぷり詰まった映像となっています!-ーー2020年7月放送開始ぜひご覧ください! ▼公式HP▼https://t.co/hJW72njmcj#mahouka pic.twitter.com/Ro6pGyeFYA— 魔法科高校の劣等生 公式 ...
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Monster Girl Doctor Anime Reveals Promo Video, 3 More Cast Members, Visuals

Series premieres in July ― Bandai Namco Arts' livestream for the television anime of Yoshino Origuchi's Monster Girl Doctor (Monster Musume no Oisha-san) light novel series announced three more cast members and a key visual for the anime on Sunday. The livestream also revealed a promotional video. The new cast includes: (character name romanizations are not official) Sarah Emi Bridcutt as Tisaria Scu...
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fripSide Performs A Certain Scientific Railgun T Anime's New Opening Song

sajou no hana contributes "Aoarashi no Ato de" for new ending ― The live-streamed A Certain Scientific Railgun T Special announced on Sunday that the duo fripSide returns for a new opening theme song for the anime. The group sajou no hana is contributing the song "Aoarashi no Ato de" (After the Blue Storm) as the new ending theme. A Certain Scientific Railgun T is the third season of A Certain Scient...
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22/7 Franchise Reveals New 3-Member Rival Unit 'ChouChou'

Nanami Atsugi, Mayu Yoshioka, Yūki Wakai voice characters ― The "Aniplex 48-hour TV" livestream on the AbemaTV streaming service announced on Sunday a new "rival unit" for the 22/7 idol franchise. The unit is named ChouChou (pronounced "Shushu") and stars: (from left to right, name romanizations not official) Nanami Atsugi as Nana Kikujima Mayu Yoshioka as Kaoriko Marunouchi Yūki Wakai as Miko Fumino...
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Warlords of Sigrdrifa Anime Unveils Story, Characters, July TV Premiere

Re:ZERO, Nanoha ViVid, High School Fleet creators depict Walküre maidens defending Earth ― Aniplex revealed the story, character details, July television premiere date, and a new visual for Warlords of Sigrdrifa (Senyoku no Sigrdrifa), the company's new original anime, during a live stream on Sunday. The Pillars suddenly appeared above Earth, threatening all life. A god who called himself Odin came t...
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Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen Anime's Teaser Video Previews Voices

Mitsuboshi Colors' Tomoyuki Kawamura directs anime at Sunrise ― The official YouTube channel for the Love Live! franchise began streaming a new teaser promotional video on Sunday for Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Dōkōkai (Nijigasaki Academy's School Idol Appreciation Club), the franchise's new television anime series. The video highlights the voices of the main cast while using the previou...

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'Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town' Anime's Video Reveals More Cast, October Premiere

Seiichirō Yamashita, Sōma Saitō, Satoshi Hino, M.A.O join cast ― AbemaTV's live stream event for the television anime adaptation of Toshio Satō and illustrator Nao Watanuki's Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town (Tatoeba Last Dungeon Mae no Mura no Shōnen ga Joban no Machi de Kurasu Yō na Monogatari) light novel series unveiled a new promotional video for the anime on S...
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Peko Watanabe's 1122 Manga Ends in Next Chapter

Manga debuted in September 2016 ― This year's May issue of Kodansha's Morning two magazine revealed on Saturday that Peko Watanabe's 1122: For a Happy Marriage manga will end in the magazine's next issue in April. The manga's sixth compiled volume had revealed in November that the manga's story was approaching its climax. Kodansha Comics began releasing the manga in English in October, and it describ...
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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Game Reveals New Monster Alatreon in Trailer

Game's new developer diary video outlines 3rd free title update, new seasonal event ― Capcom announced on Saturday during its "Developer Diary 5" livestream that its Monster Hunter World: Iceborne game will add the new monster Alatreon in May as part of the game expansion's fourth free title update. The full developer diary video can be viewed below. The video outlines the third free title update, as...
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Guilty Gear -Strive- Game's Trailer Reveals Millia, Zato-1

Fighting game launches on PS4 late this year ― Arc System Works unveiled a new trailer for its upcoming Guilty Gear -Strive- fighting game during a live stream on Sunday. The trailer reveals returning characters Millia Rage and Zato-1. The PS4 version of the game will launch in late 2020. The game will also have an arcade version through the ALL.Net P-ras MULTI Version 3 service. Daisuke Ishiwatari i...
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Graduation Song Written by Chibi Maruko-chan Creator Released

A previously unpublished song written by Chibi Maruko-chan creator Momoko Sakura prior to her passing was released for the first time on Thursday. Sakura wrote the graduation song "Haru no Uta" (Song of Spring) in 2015 with composer Yoh Yamazaki and singer Kecori. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, graduation ceremonies across Japan have shrunk is size or were cancelled all together to help pre...
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Escape the Labyrinth During Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Event

A Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card escape game is heading to Tokyo just in time for Sakura's birthday. The real escape event will have players team up with Sakura on their own magical quest. Players will receive their own magic wand to utilize the power of Clear Cards. Newly recorded audio will bring the story to life as players attempt to escape from the Labyrinth of Time. A new visual revealed on T...
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Do You Love Your Mom's Mamako Takes Adventuring Break to Teach English

In the light novel and anime series Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?, Masato is stuck adventuring with his cute and surprisingly overpowered mom when they get thrown into an RPG world. Their adventuring life was full of peril, so it's understandable that Mamako wants to take a break from slaying monsters to make sure her son (and all her readers) are prepared to pass thei...

Fate/Grand Order Game's The Grand Temple of Time Solomon Story Gets Anime

Anime of Part 1's Final Singularity by Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia staff ― The official website for Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia (Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia), the television anime of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia" (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia)...
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Tatsuki's Hentatsu Anime Airing Ends With Tease of His New Project

― The 12th and final television episode of director Tatsuki's Hentatsu anime aired on Saturday, and it featured the teaser of a new work. Tatsuki confirmed on Twitter that he is making a new project. へんたつTV版_第12話(最終回なのでTwitterにもアップ) #へんたつ pic.twitter.com/TDfupFQ5wL— たつき/[email protected]へんたつ (@irodori7) March 21, 2020 The television anime version of director Tatsuki and irodori's Hentatsu project began airin...
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ORESUKI: Are you the only one who loves me? Original Video Anime's Promo Unveils May 23 Release

10 theaters in Japan to screen story finale with returning main staff, cast ― The live-streamed Aniplex 48-Hour TV program debuted a new video and key visual for the upcoming original video anime (OVA) project of Rakuda and Buriki's Ore wo Suki na no wa Omae Dake ka yo (Are you the only one who loves me?) light novel series on Saturday. The video announces project's main staff, cast, and May 23 advan...
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Voice Actor Nobuhiko Okamoto Confirms Marriage With Voice Actress Asuka Ōgame, Apologizes for Actions

Bunshun site posted on Okamoto's reported hotel meeting with unnamed female ― 33-year-old voice actor Nobuhiko Okamoto posted on his blog on Saturday to confirm his marriage with 32-year-old voice actress Asuka Ōgame and to apologize for "his unthinking actions despite being a married man." The Weekly Bunshun magazine's website had reported earlier in the day that Okamoto and an unnamed female had a ...
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KLab, Kadokawa's Magic Idol Anime Lapis Re:LiGHTs Reveals Promo Video, Staff, 25 Cast Members

Idol premieres this year ― A livestream on the AbemaTV streaming service for KLab Games and Kadokawa's "Magic x Idol" mixed-media project Lapis Re:LiGHTs revealed a promotional video on Saturday for the anime part of the project. The video reveals the show's cast and staff. The anime will star: Yukari Anzai as Tiara Risa Kubota as Rosetta Live Mukai as Lavie Iori Saeki as Ashley Mizuki Yamamoto as Ly...
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Gundam: Hathaway Anime Film Teased With New Visual

― Sunrise's Gundam.info portal site debuted a new teaser visual for the Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway) anime film project on Saturday. The tagline on the visual reads, "Char's ideals and Amuro's passion .... the heir of their wills [...] 32 years after Char's Counterattack." The planned "Gundam Fan Gathering: Hathaway Heirs to Gundam" event on Tuesday at Zepp Di...
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Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki Anime Reveals Staff, Cast, TV Format

Teaser visual also revealed ― The staff for the anime adaptation of Yūki Yaku's Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki (Jaku-chara Tomozaki-kun) light novel series announced on Saturday that the anime is a television anime series. The staff also revealed the main cast and staff for the show. Shinsuke Yanagi (Angel's 3Piece, The Ryuo's Work is Never Done) is directing the anime at project No.9. Fumihiko Shimo...
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Baki Anime Season 2 Premieres on Netflix on June 4

Dai Raitaisai-hen moves story to China ― The live-streamed Netflix Anime Special announced on Saturday that Baki: Dai Raitaisai-hen, the second new anime season of Keisuke Itagaki's Baki (New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero) manga, will debut exclusively on Netflix worldwide on June 4. Most of the staff are returning for the second season, with the addition of Shingo Ishikawa and Masan...
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Haikyu!! To The Top Anime Casts Yū Miyazaki as Sachirō Hirugami

Kamomedai player debuts in episode 12 on Friday ― The cast for Haikyu!! To The Top, the fourth season of the Haikyu!! anime, announced on Saturday that Yū Miyazaki will play Kamomedai High School player Sachirō Hirugami starting in episode 12 on Friday. The season also introduces Mamoru Miyano as Atsumu Miya and more cast members of the Inarizaki High School team: Hideaki Kabumoto as Osamu Miya Nobun...
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Cells at Work! Anime's 2nd Season Premieres in January 2021 With Part of Anime Screening 1st in Theaters in September

Hirofumi Ogura is new director of 2nd season at David Production ― Aniplex revealed a promotional video during the "Aniplex 48-Hour TV" livestream event on the AbemaTV streaming service on Saturday for the second season based on Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! manga. The video reveals that the anime will premiere in January 2021. 📢「はたらく細胞!!」第1弾PV公開🎥またみんなに会える。体内細胞擬人化アニメ第2期、開幕!2021年1月からのTV放送をお楽しみに✨🎦http...
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Haikyu!! To The Top Anime's New Promo Video Highlights New Challengers

Mamoru Miyano, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Kenji Nojima, Hideaki Kabumoto play Inarizaki team ― The cast for Haikyu!! To The Top, the fourth season of the Haikyu!! anime, debuted a new promotional video for the season on Saturday. The video highlights the new challengers from the Inarizaki High volleyball team in the second round of the Spring All-Japan High School Volleyball Championship. The season introdu...
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Date A Bullet Anime Reveals Staff, Theatrical Anime Format, Visual

Jun Nakagawa directs anime at Geek Toys ― Kadokawa's livestream announced on Saturday that the previously announced anime adaptation of Yuichiro Higashide's Date A Live Fragment: Date A Bullet spinoff novels is a theatrical anime that will have event screenings. The livestream also announced the anime's staff. Jun Nakagawa (episode director for Killing Bites, Saki Episode of Side A) is directing the ...
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P.A. Works' Appare-Ranman! Anime's Video Previews Opening Song, More Cast

Kenjiro Tsuda, Tetsu Inada, Daisuke Ono join cast of Wild West racing anime premiering on April 10 ― Kadokawa unveiled a new promotional video for P.A. Works' original television anime Appare-Ranman! during a live stream on Saturday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "I got it!" by the trio Mia REGINA, and also reveals more cast members. The new cast members include (name romanization...

New Higurashi: When They Cry Anime's Video Unveils Returning Cast, Staff, July TV Premiere

Satsuki Yukino, Mika Kanai, Yukari Tamura reprise roles in new TV anime by Passione ― Kadokawa unveiled a new promotional video for the new Higurashi: When They Cry (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) anime project during a live stream on Saturday. The trailer revealed more of the returning cast, more staff, as well as the anime's July television premiere. The live stream also announced that the new anime wi...
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A3! Season Autumn & Winter Anime to Premiere in October After COVID-19 Delay

Spring & Summer restarts from episode 1 on April 6 with BDs/DVDs starting in June ― The cast for the television anime of Liber Entertainment's A3! actor-training smartphone game announced on Saturday that the A3! Season Autumn & Winter half will premiere in October. It was originally scheduled to run from July to September 2020. The overall A3! show's Blu-ray and DVD release will start with the first...
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Akudama Drive Original Anime Reveals Character Designs for 7 Main Characters

Original series by Too Kyo Games, Studio Pierrot premieres in July ― Too Kyo Games and Studio Pierrot's official website for their original television anime series Akudama Drive revealed the character designs and descriptions for the main characters once a day from March 14 through March 20. Tomoyo Kurosawa as Ordinary Person (Ippanjin), a normal woman who has grown up in an ordinary household, has a...
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Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Anime Reveals Trailer, New Cast, April 23 Debut

Megumi Han plays new Section 9 member Purin Ezaki, Kenjiro Tsuda plays mercenary Standard ― The staff of Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, the new 3D CG Ghost in the Shell anime, unveiled a new trailer, visual, and cast members for the anime on Saturday. The trailer reveals that the anime will debut on Netflix worldwide on April 23. English-subtitled version The new cast members include: Megumi Han as Pu...
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Studio Trigger's BNA: Brand New Animal Anime Gets Prequel Novel

1st 6 episodes premiered on Netflix in Japan on Saturday, with TV premiere on April 8 ― The official website for Trigger's original television anime BNA: Brand New Animal revealed on March 11 that the anime will have a prequel novel titled BNA Zero: Massara ni Narenai Kemono-tachi (The Animals That Can't Be Brand New). The novel will ship on April 23. The first six episodes of the anime debuted exclu...
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Aniplex.exe Reveals June Release, Opening Movies for Adabana Odd Tales, Atri Games

Novel game brand's 2 games launch for Steam, DMM Games in English, Japanese, Chinese ― During the "Aniplex 48-Hour TV" livestream event on the AbemaTV streaming service on Saturday, Aniplex streamed the opening movies for its Aniplex.exe brand's Adabana Itan (Adabana Odd Tales) and ATRI: My Dear Moments "novel games." Both games will launch in June for DMM Games and Steam. Aniplex of America will rel...

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3rd Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Anime Film's New Illustration Promo Video Streamed

Film opens in Japan on March 28, U.S. screenings postponed ― The "Aniplex 48-Hour TV" livestream event on the AbemaTV streaming service revealed a new video on Saturday for Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song, the third film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel film trilogy. 【概念礼装解イラスト解禁!】ufotable描き下ろしの「Fate/Grand Order」概念礼装イラストを解禁!概念礼装の入手方法等詳細は「Fate/Grand Order」公式からの情報発信をお待ちください。▼解禁映像▼h...
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Plunderer Anime's 2nd Half Casts Koji Yusa

Yusa plays mysterious soldier Nikola in 2nd half premiering on April 1 ― The official website for the anime of Suu Minazuki's Plunderer manga revealed on Saturday that Koji Yusa will play the new character Nikola in the show's second half. Nikola is a mysterious soldier serving under Schumelmann. The second half will premiere on Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, KBS Kyoto, and Sun TV on April 1, on BS11 on April 2...
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Cardfight!! Vanguard Zero Card Battle Smartphone RPG Launches in English on April 9

Game announced in 2018 ― The official YouTube channel for the Cardfight!! Vanguard franchise announced in a video on Saturday that the Cardfight!! Vanguard Zero card battle smartphone RPG is getting its global release in English on April 9. The game's official English website describes the story: The card game "Vanguard" that is staged in a different world called "Planet Cray", is experiencing a phen...
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1st Fate/Grand Order Anime Film's 2nd Teaser Unveils More Cast, Song Artists, August 15 Opening

Maaya Sakamoto returns as da Vinci, sings 1st theme, writes 2nd theme for Mamoru Miyano to sing ― The live-streamed Aniplex 48-Hour TV program debuted the second teaser trailer for the first film in the Fate/Grand Order The Movie Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot (Fate/Grand Order Shinsei Entaku Ryōiki Camelot) film project on Saturday. The teaser unveiled additional cast members, the theme so...
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Tite Kubo's 1-Shot 'Burn The Witch' Gets Theatrical Anime This Fall (Updated)

Asami Tano, Yuina Yamada star in anime ― The "Bleach 20th Anniversary Project & Tite Kubo New Project Presentation" livestream announced on Saturday that Tite Kubo's one-shot manga "Burn The Witch" is inspiring a "mid-length" theatrical anime adaptation that that will debut this fall. Studio Colorido and team Yamahitsuji are producing the anime. Tatsurō Kawano (animation director for Psycho-Pass 2, G...

Bleach Manga's 'Thousand Year Blood War Arc' Gets Anime

Final arc of manga covers lasts 20 volumes ― The "Bleach 20th Anniversary Project & Tite Kubo New Project Presentation" livestream announced on Saturday that Tite Kubo's Bleach manga is inspiring a new anime adaptation that will cover the manga's "Thousand Year Blood War" arc. The arc is the final arc of the manga, and covers volumes 55-74. The livestream also announced that Bleach is getting an art ...

Bleach's Tite Kubo Turns 'Burn the Witch' 1-Shot Into Full Serialization

New manga runs in Shonen Jump this summer ― The "Bleach 20th Anniversary Project & Tite Kubo New Project Presentation" livestream announced on Saturday that Tite Kubo's one-shot manga "Burn The Witch" is getting a serialization that will debut this summer and will run in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. Kubo said in a comment that he has already finished the manuscripts for the manga. Viz Medi...
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Spider-Man Fake Red Manga Ends 'Phase 1'

Manga's 1st compiled book volume ships on April 9 ― Kodansha's Manga Pocket app published the final chapter of "Phase 1" of Yūsuke Ōsawa Spider-Man: Fake Red (Spider-Man: Itsuwari no Aka) manga based on Marvel's Spider-Man character on Friday. The manga's first compiled book volume will ship on April 9. Ōsawa teased that manga may continue if the book sells well. Ōsawa launched the manga in the Manga...
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Sonic the Hedgehog Film Gets Early Digital Release on March 31

― Paramount Pictures announced on Friday that it will release its Sonic the Hedgehog film early on demand digitally on March 31. The film will ship on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on May 19. The Box Office Mojo website reported on Monday that the film has earned a cumulative total of US$145,753,912 in the United States, overtaking Pokémon Detective Pikachu as the #1 film in the United States based on a game...
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Pop Team Epic Creator Draws Official Pokémon LINE Stamps

After referencing Pokémon in the Pop Team Epic anime and manga series (and then being referenced by Pokemon in return), Pop Team Epic creator Bkub Okawa has received the opportunity to draw their own Pokémon-themed LINE stamps. The official set of 40 stamps depicts trainers and Pokémon from Pokémon Red/Blue all the way up to Pokémon Sword/Shield, and can be purchased through LINE's store as of Thu...
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If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die ‒ Episode 11

Given its track record, I'm not expecting any actual culmination or resolution of this in next week's final episode, but a step forward would be nice.
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HIDIVE Adds To Love-Ru Anime's English Dub to Catalog

Anime's dub begins streaming on March 27 ― HIDIVE announced on Friday that it will begin streaming the English dub of the first anime adaptation of Kentaro Yabuki and Saki Hasemi's To Love-Ru manga on March 27 at 12:30 p.m. EDT in the U.S. and Canada. Sentai Filmworks will ship the English dub of the anime's first season on Blu-ray Disc on March 31. The English dub cast, under director David Wald, sc...
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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Game's Trailer Previews 'Episode: New Hero' Story Mode

PS4/Switch/PC game launches in Japan, West in 2020 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new trailer for the Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on Friday. The video previews the "Episode: New Hero" story mode. The game will launch in the Americas, Europe, and Japan this year. The game will be the franchise's first rele...
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Blade of the Immortal ‒ Episode 23

Blade of the Immortal is really going to be cutting things down to the wire as it wraps up its story (pun absolutely intended).
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Saint Seiya Lost Canvas Manga Gets Special Chapter

Spinoff of Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Meiō Shinwa manga ended in March 2016 ― This year's May issue of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine announced on Thursday that it will publish a special chapter of Masami Kurumada and Shiori Teshirogi's Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Meiō Shinwa Gaiden manga in the magazine's next issue on April 17. The chapter will have color pages. Kurumada and Teshirogi ...
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Singer T.M. Revolution Becomes Playable Character in Shironeko Project Smartphone Game

Takanori Nishikawa, ASCA sing opening theme song for anime debuting on April 6 ― Singer Takanori Nishikawa (stage name T.M. Revolution) is performing the Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle anime's opening theme song, and now he is being added as a playable character in the smartphone game, voiced by the man himself. The "Takanori Nishikawa" character will be added as a reward for an upcoming event com...
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Fathom Events Postpones Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Anime Film Screenings

Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna, Children of the Sea, Promare also delayed ― Fathom Events revealed on Friday that it is postponing its planned screenings of the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower, Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly, and Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song anime films in the United States. Aniplex of America announced on Friday that i...
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Infinite Dendrogram ‒ Episode 10

It'd be easy enough for me to rate this episode highly entirely because of its first half, which delivers the Marie Adler showcase I've been hoping for since the character was introduced.
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BanG Dream! Game Adds Viral 'Baby Shark' Song For Limited Time

Song will be playable from March 27 to April 17 ― Pinkfong's viral "Baby Shark" song will be a playable song in the BanG Dream! music rhythm smartphone game from March 27 to April 17. "Baby Shark" is written and composed by kids' content creator Pinkfong, and arranged by Pinkfong & KizCastle. The music video, first uploaded to YouTube in June 2016, is the 2nd most watched video on the platform as of ...
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Somali and the Forest Spirit ‒ Episode 11

While he's been growing into an exemplary dad over the entire season, this week takes him back to where golems originated as Somali's existence is threatened more than ever before.
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Crunchyroll to Stream Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime's 5th Season

Series premieres in Japan on April 10 ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the fifth season of the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime during the spring season. The series will be available in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Crunchyroll describes the story: With his father's recommenda...
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100 Nichi Go ni Shinu Wani Manga Gets Anime Film

Series about crocodile fated to die also gets manga volume on April 8 ― The official Twitter account for Yuuki Kikuchi's 100 Nichi Go ni Shinu Wani (The Crocodile Who Dies in 100 Days) manga revealed on Friday that the series is getting an anime film adaptation. The account also announced that the manga is getting a compiled book volume that will ship on April 8. pic.twitter.com/ttMazxRMY9— 100日後に死ぬワ...
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Misa Sazanami's Tokunana Spinoff Manga Ends

Prequel manga launched last May ― The April issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine published the final chapter on Sunday of Misa Sazanami's Keishichō Tokumu-bu Tokushu Kyōaku-han Taisaku-Shitsu Dai-Nana-ka -Tokunana- File.0 manga. The manga takes place a few years before the story of the original television anime project Keishichō Tokumu-bu Tokushu Kyōaku-han Taisaku-Shitsu Dai-Nana-ka -Toku...
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Kounodori: Dr. Stork Manga Enters Final Arc

Manga about childbirth doctors launched in 2012, inspired 2 live-action series ― This year's 16th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Thursday that Yū Suzunoki's Kounodori: Dr. Stork (Kōnodori) manga has entered its final arc. Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga in English digitally, and it describes the story: Childbirth isn't an illness, so under normal circumstances, insurance won'...
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Gō Ikeyamada Ends Dō·Kyū·Sei Romance Manga in 4 Chapters

First-love manga debuted in February 2018 ― This year's eighth issue of Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine revealed on Friday that Gō Ikeyamada's Dō·Kyū·Sei ~Zutto Kimi ga Suki Datta~ (Classmates: I've Liked You For a While) manga will end in four chapters. If the manga does not take a break, it will end in the 11th issue in early May. Ikeyamada launched the manga in Sho-Comi in February 2018. Shogakukan...
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Beastars Anime's 2nd Season Premieres in 2021

Taiten Kusunoki, Subaru Kimura join cast ― The official website for the Beastars anime announced on Friday that the show's second season will premiere in 2021. The anime will again air in Japan on Fuji TV's [+Ultra] programming block. The website also revealed two new cast members and character designs. Taiten Kusunoki as Ibuki (left) and Subaru Kimura as Free (right) The first television anime of Pa...
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Precure Miracle Leap Anime Film Opens on May 16

Film was originally scheduled for March 20 opening before being delayed due to COVID-19 spread ― The production committee for the Eiga Precure Miracle Leap: Minna to Fushigi na 1-nichi (Everyone and the Mysterious 1 Day) anime film announced on Friday that the film has been rescheduled for a May 16 opening. The film's staff unveiled new versions of a previous trailer and visual, now with the new date...
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Deca-Dence Original TV Anime Premieres This Summer

― The official website for the original television anime series Deca-Dence announced on Friday that the anime will premiere this summer. Yuzuru Tachikawa (Mob Psycho 100, Death Parade) is directing the "sci-fi action" anime at Nut (Saga of Tanya the Evil). Hiroshi Seko, who collaborated with Tachikawa on both seasons of Mob Psycho 100, is penning the show's script. pomodrosa (Listeners) is credited ...
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Code:Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ Game Gets Switch Release in Japan on July 16

2nd fandisc for franchise originally launched for PS4, PS Vita in Japan in December 2017 ― Idea Factory's Otomate brand announced on Friday that its Code:Realize ~Shirogane no Kiseki~ game will get a release on the Nintendo Switch on July 16. The game is the second fandisc for the Code:Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ game. The game launched in Japan in December 2017 for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStatio...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, March 9-15

Live-action Your Lie in April, Sensei! films earn 5.6%, 0.8% ratings ― The live-action film of film adaptation of Naoshi Arakawa's Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) manga aired on Fuji TV on Saturday, March 14 at 3:00 p.m., and it earned a 5.6% rating. Sensei! ...Suki ni Natte mo Ii desu ka? (Teacher! ...Is it All Right For Me to Like You?), the live-action film of Kazune Kawahara's Sensei!...
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Violet Evergarden Film Unveils 'Intermission' Video, New Visual

Film opens in Japan on April 24 ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime film project began streaming an "intermission" video for the film on Friday. The site also unveiled a new visual for the film on Wednesday. The film will open in Japan on April 24. The film was originally slated for January 10, 2020 before being delayed. TRUE will return to perform the film...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, March 9-15

Nioh 2 debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: March 9-15 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Nioh 2 Koei Tecmo Games March 12 91,892 91,892 2NSwPokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Nintendo March 6 46,391 184,939 3NSwPokémon Sword & Shield Nintendo November 15, 2019 18,567 3,509,920 4NSwMy Hero One's Justice 2 Bandai Namco Entertainment March 12 16,997 16,997 5NS...
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Julietta Suzuki's Ninkoi Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Manga about modern day ninja girl launched in August 2018 ― This year's eighth issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed on Thursday that Julietta Suzuki's Ninkoi manga will end in three chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end on May 5. The manga's fifth compiled book volume will ship this summer. The "modern-day ninja x romantic comedy" manga centers on Anko, who lives in one...
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Nao Hirasawa Becomes Graphinica's New Representative Director

Current representative director Nobuhiro Ito remains as board member ― Anime studio Graphinica announced on Thursday that it will replace its representative director, effective April 1. Nao Hirasawa, the current director of the company's general production department, will be the new representative director. Current representative director Nobuhiro Ito will remain a board member. Graphinica is known ...
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Cannes Film Festival Postponed From May

California orders shelter-in-place statewide; Alberta's Otafest canceled; Hawaii's Kawaii Kon postponed; GDC summer event planned ― The Cannes Film Festival announced on Thursday that the festival cannot be held on its previously scheduled May 12 to 23 date due to concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus illness. The festival is exploring options with the possibility of postponement to a date sometime...
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Idol Unit Hachimitsu Rocket to Break Up After April 26 Concert

Unit formed in 2014, performed Dagashi Kashi 2 anime's ending song ― The official website for the Hachimitsu Rocket idol unit announced on Thursday that the unit will break up after its live concert at the Yomiuri Land NTV Ranran Hall on April 26. The announcement explained that the members of the group all agreed that they wanted to individually embark on new paths. The group formed in 2014. It has ...
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2020 Video Game Hall of Fame Reveals Nominees

Super Smash Bros. Melee, Frogger among 12 nominees ― The Strong — the self-described "national museum of play" in Rochester, New York — announced the 2020 nominees for its Video Game Hall of Fame on Thursday. The nominees are: Bejeweled (2001), Centipede (1981), Frogger (1981), GoldenEye 007 (1997), Guitar Hero (2005), King's Quest (1980), Minecraft (2011), NBA Jam (1993), Nokia Snake (1998), Super S...
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