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Summer Anime Trailer Watch Party

Watch all of this season's trailers with Lynzee Loveridge, Jacki Jing, and Geoff Thew from Mother's Basement! You'll want to stick it through to the end and maybe you'll find your next "must-watch!"

Genocyber Wants to Break You

Genocyber is considered by many to be one of the most hardcore animated horror experiences ever made. It's also considered to be one of the more ridiculous anime OVAs from the early 90s. Matthew Roe takes a look back at the infamous 1994 adaptation, and discusses how it tries to break you.

Crunchyroll Announces Release Schedule for Summer 2022 Anime Season

Rent-a-Girlfriend Season 2, The Devil is a Part-Timer! Season 2, RWBY: Ice Queendom, ORIENT, and more

The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague Manga Gets TV Anime

Chiaki Kobayashi, Yui Ishikawa plays snow fairy descendant & his oblivious colleague in workplace fantasy romantic comedy

My Isekai Life: Strongest Sage Online Game Launches Worldwide

Television anime of Shinkoshoto's My Isekai Life light novel series premieres on July 4

Nao Iwamoto's Kin no Kuni Mizu no Kuni Shōjo Manga Gets Anime Film Next Spring

Btooom!'s Kotono Watanabe directs film at Madhouse, Hugtto! Precure's Fumi Tsubota pens script

Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Anime Season 2's 1st Promo Video Announces Fall Debut, More Staff, Opening Song Artists

Kano and Uzaki-chan (Naomi Ōzora) return for new opening song

This Week in Anime - All According to Kaguya-sama

As we approach the hour-long finale of Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ultra Romantic-, Nick and Steve look back on the wild ride that led us here. Who will confess first, or will their egos once again get in the way of romantic bliss?

Why Were Light Novel Fans Furious at Classroom of the Elite's First Season?

Kim Morrissy breaks down why the first season of Classroom of the Elite left a bad taste in novel readers' mouths.

This Week in Anime - Totally Spy×Family

Easily one of the stand-out series of the season, Jean-Karlo and Nicky check out why this family of misfits is winning the hearts of everyone across the otaku-sphere.
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Dropkick on My Devil!! Dash

Maybe it's the Stockholm-esque relationship I cultivated in consuming so much Dropkick in only a couple of weeks, but this opening stretch of the new season was the most fun I had with the series. ― So here we are with the second season of Dropkick on My Devil and immediately it feels like I'm in an even trickier critical position than I was with the first season. At least I could approach the origin...
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This Week in Games - Final Fantasy XVI's Goodest Boy

New Xenoblade Chronicles and Final Fantasy news dominate this week's column with a special shoutout to Torgal! ― Hey everybody! After last week's influx of big, BIG news, things are (thankfully) a bit quieter this week. I did a review of Sonic Origins over at GameSpot, where I was extremely nitpicky Nintendo launched a new Direct broadcast, but not the big, multi-game showcase we were all hoping for,...
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Orient Episodes 1-12 Streaming

Based on the manga by Shinobu Ohtaka, Orient's first twelve episodes are both comfortably within shonen norms and just different enough to give it an edge. ― Based on the manga of the same name by Shinobu Ohtaka, creator of the Arabian Nights-inspired series Magi and the battle comedy Sumomomo, Momomo, Orient's first twelve episodes are both comfortably within shounen norms and just different enough ...
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Hikaru in the Light! GN 1

Hikaru in the Light! is an idol competition tale, and while its initial description and unfolding feels a little like Blue Lock but for girl idols, it's actually a bit more grounded than it wants to let on in its opening chapters. ― Japan's idol industry has a problem. No, it's probably not the one you think it is; according to M. Hayama, a producer in Mai Matsuda's manga series Hikaru in the Light!,...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is Fruits Basket -prelude- Worth Watching?

It's been a dry shojo season for way too long, so let's check out the new movie from the fan-favorite series Fruits Basket! Does this Kyoko and Katsuya origin story deliver the drama? ― Is Fruits Basket -prelude- Worth Watching? It's been a dry shojo season for way too long, so let's check out the new movie from the fan-favorite series Fruits Basket! Does this Kyoko and Katsuya origin story deliver ...
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Island in a Puddle GN 1

From the creator of ERASED comes a new series about jumping through time when fifth grader Minato switches bodies with adult career criminal Tomohiro Takita – in the moment just after Takita committed murder. ― Kei Sanbe certainly has a way with stories about tormented little boys, doesn't he? But it's hard to complain that the protagonists of Erased, For the Kid I Saw in My Dreams, and now this seri...
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Rock Bands One OK Rock, Scandal Hold Concert Tours in North America

One OK Rock in September-October; Scandal in July ― Rock bands One OK Rock and Scandal are going on tour in North America. Their concert schedules are as follows: One OK Rock September 19 - Emo's - Austin, TX September 20 - House of Blues - Houston, TX September 21 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX September 23 - House of Blues - Orlando, FL September 24 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA September 25 - The Unde...
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Publisher Seven Seas Voluntarily Recognizes UW7S Workers Union

UW7S union seeks to negotiate better working conditions for Seven Seas employees/freelancers ― The United Workers of Seven Seas (UW7S), a union for employees of manga and light novel publisher Seven Seas Entertainment, announced on Friday on Twitter that Seven Seas has agreed to voluntarily recognize UW7S as a union based on a majority card check. This eliminates the need for a National Labor Relatio...
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Lupin III Partners With MetaSamurai 3D NFT Project For Virtual Sneakers

The Lupin III series is partnering with the "MetaSamurai" 3D avatar project in order to issue virtual sneaker 3D models as NFTs. The designs are based on the Lupin the IIIrd anime films directed by Takeshi Koike. MetaSamurai will issue 120 3DCG collectible sneakers in total on OpenSea. There will be three different designs—Lupin, Jigen, and Goemon—each with 40 items. The films are also inspiring 2...
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Shogakukan, Bandai, Bandai Spirits Launch Reality Show for Manga Creators

Toon Gate premieres on YouTube on June 28 ― Shogakukan, Bandai, and Bandai Spirits are launching a reality show for manga creators titled Toon Gate on YouTube on June 28 at 8:00 p.m. JST. The prorgram features ten groups of challengers who compete to create a full-color vertical scrolling manga. The staff of Toon Gate received over 500 applications and chose 10 groups of people of various ages. Recru...
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Skeleton Knight in Another World ‒ SEASON FINALE

Here in the final episode of Skeleton Knight in Another World we get exactly what we've come to expect—i.e., Arc laughing with joy as he shows off just how overpowered he truly is.
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Film Japanese Dub Casts hololive's Inugami Korone

Film will open in Japan on August 19 ― The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise's Sonic Station Live! livestream announced that Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog 2 sequel film will cast the hololive Virtual YouTuber Inugami Korone in the Japanese dub for an unspecified role. The film opened in the United States on April 8, and it will open in Japan on August 19. In addition, the franchise's Japanese Twi...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Series Gets New Anime

3rd season's final hour-long episode aired on Friday ― The official website and Twitter account for Kaguya-sama: Love is War television anime announced on Friday a new anime for the series. The staff did not specify the format of the anime, but it will reveal more details on the website and Twitter at a later date. The final hour-long episode of Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai -Ultra Romantic-, the series...
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Date A Live IV's Final Episode Announces Date A Live V Anime

Original illustrator Tsunako drew announcement picture ― The 12th and final episode of the Date A Live IV anime announced on Friday that the series will get a fifth anime titled Date A Live V. Original illustrator Tsunako drew a picture for the announcement: The anime premiered on the AT-X channel on April 8. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired, and it is also streaming an English dub. The an...
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New Mononoke Anime Film Producer Addresses Why Original Character Designer Did Not Return

Yamamoto explained that Takashi Hashimoto stepped down the project last July due to physical, mental health issues ― Last week, the Mononoke anime franchise announced that it is getting a new film in 2023. Kenji Nakamura will return to direct the film, with production at Twin Engine. Takahiro Sakurai will return to voice the Medicine Seller. Missing from the announcement, however, was Takashi Hashimo...
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Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town Game's PS4 Version Launches on July 26 in N. America

Europe on July 29, Japan on July 28 ― XSEED Games announced on Friday that it will release the Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town (Bokujō Monogatari Olive Town to Kibō no Daichi) game for PlayStation 4 physically and digitally in the North America on July 26. Marvelous Europe will release the game in Europe on July 29. XSEED Games streamed a release date trailer: The PS4 version will launch in ...
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Dropkick on My Devil!! Dash

Maybe it's the Stockholm-esque relationship I cultivated in consuming so much Dropkick in only a couple of weeks, but this opening stretch of the new season was the most fun I had with the series. ― So here we are with the second season of Dropkick on My Devil and immediately it feels like I'm in an even trickier critical position than I was with the first season. At least I could approach the origin...
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Lycoris Recoil Anime's Short Video Reveals, Previews ClariS' Opening Theme

Anime debuts on July 2 ― The official website for director Shingo Adachi's original television anime Lycoris Recoil posted on Friday a video that reveals and previews ClariS' opening theme song "ALIVE." The anime will premiere on the Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and BS11 channels (as well as on the Abema streaming service in Japan) on July 2 at 11:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. EDT). It will also run on the ...
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Extreme Hearts Anime Casts Chinami Hashimoto, Reveals Character Video

Hashimoto plays Nono in anime premiering on July 9 ― The official website for Extreme Hearts, the new project from writer Masaki Tsuzuki, revealed on Friday a new cast member and a character video that highlights Hiyori Hayama, Saki Kodaka, and Sumika Maehara. Chinami Hashimoto will play QON-N4CX Nono, or Nono for short. The show will premiere on July 9 at 25:30 (effectively July 10 at 1:30 a.m.). Th...
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This Week in Games - Final Fantasy XVI's Goodest Boy

New Xenoblade Chronicles and Final Fantasy news dominate this week's column with a special shoutout to Torgal! ― Hey everybody! After last week's influx of big, BIG news, things are (thankfully) a bit quieter this week. I did a review of Sonic Origins over at GameSpot, where I was extremely nitpicky Nintendo launched a new Direct broadcast, but not the big, multi-game showcase we were all hoping for,...
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Love After World Domination #12 [rate]
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Date A Live IV #12 [rate]
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RWBY: Ice Queendom Anime Streams 2nd Promo Video

Anime's 1st 3 episodes are streaming online ― Emotion's YouTube channel began streaming the second promotional video and a commercial for RWBY: Ice Queendom (RWBY: Hyōsetsu Teikoku), the new television anime for Rooster Teeth's RWBY franchise, on Friday. Both videos preview the opening theme song "Beyond Selves" by Void_Chords feat. L. The anime's staff is streaming the show's first three episodes on...
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RWBY: Ice Queendom #3 [rate]
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Cygames, P.A. Works Reveal Akiba Maid War Original TV Anime

Reina Kondo, Rina Satou star in anime set in Akihabara ― Cygames and P.A. Works revealed on Friday that they are producing a new original television anime series titled Akiba Meido Sensō (Akiba Underworld War). The companies also revealed a visual, video, staff, and cast for the show. The anime's English title is Akiba Maid War. The anime will star Reina Kondo as Nagomi Kazuhira, a woman who moves to...
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Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Film's 1st 5 Minutes Streamed

Film opened on June 19 Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the second anime film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise, has sold over 1 million tickets after 12 days at the box office. To celebrate, the official Toei channel on YouTube will stream the film's first five minutes tonight at 6:00 p.m. JST (5:00 a.m. EDT). The stream will be available only until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. (10:59 a.m. EDT), although n...
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Tsurune Anime Film's Trailer Previews Luck Life's Theme Song

Film will open in Japan on August 19 ― Kyoto Animation began streaming a new trailer for Gekijōban Tsurune: Hajimari no Issha (Tsurune The Movie: The Beginning Arrow), the upcoming film for its Tsurune (Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu) anime franchise, on Friday. The trailer features the film's theme song by Luck Life titled "Hand." The film will open in Japan on August 19. Takuya Yamamura is returnin...

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer Anime's Video Reveals Theme Songs

Half time Old performs opening song "Gyōkō," SpendyMily performs ending song "Reflexion" ― The official website for the television anime of Satoshi Mizukami's Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer (Hoshi no Samidare) manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals and previews the anime's opening's theme song "Gyōkō" (Dawn Light) by Half time Old, and also reveals the en...
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Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Film Sells 1 Million Tickets After 12 Days (Updated)

Film opened on June 19 Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the second anime film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise, has sold over 1 million tickets after 12 days at the box office. To celebrate, the official Toei channel on YouTube will stream the film's first five minutes tonight at 6:00 p.m. JST (5:00 a.m. EDT). The stream will be available only until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. (10:59 a.m. EDT), although n...
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Shin Ultraman Film Sells 2.62 Million Tickets for 3.9 Billion Yen After 42 Days

Film's 1st 10 minutes debuts on YouTube later tonight for limited time ― Studio Khara's new Shin Ultraman (New Ultraman) film has sold 2.62 million tickets for 3.9 billion yen (about US$28.92 million) after 42 days in the theaters, as of Thursday. To celebrate, Toho will stream the film's first 10 minutes and 33 seconds on YouTube tonight at 8:00 p.m. JST. The stream will be available for only two da...
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Kounodori: Dr. Stork Manga's COVID-19 Arc Ends in 3 Chapters

Manga arc's compiled book volume ships on August 23 ― This year's 30th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Thursday that the ongoing COVID-19 arc of Yū Suzunoki's Kounodori: Dr. Stork (Kōnodori) manga will end in three chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end on July 14. In addition, Kodansha is listing the arc's one compiled book volume with a release date of August 23. The ...
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Uta no Prince-sama All-Star After Secret Game Launches on Switch in Japan on December 22

Earlier Uta no Prince-sama All-Star game released on Switch in December 2021 ― Broccoli announced on Thursday that the Switch version of its Uta no Prince-sama All-Star After Secret game will launch in Japan on December 22. The Switch version of the earlier Uta no Prince-sama All-Star debuted in Japan in December 2021. Broccoli released Uta no Prince-sama All-Star for the PlayStation Portable in 2013...
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Soul Hackers 2 Game's Trailer Reveals English Dub Cast

Game launches in West on August 26 ― Atlus unveiled a trailer for its Soul Hackers 2 game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Windows, and Steam on Tuesday. The trailer reveals the game's English dub cast. The game's English dub cast, under English voice director Christian La Monte, includes: Megan Harvey as Ringo Erica Mendez as Figue Zach Aguilar as Arrow Erica Lindbeck as ...
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Voting Opens for Next Manga Awards 2022

Witch Watch, High School Family: Kokosei Kazoku, Dai Dark, I'm in Love with the Villainess, more nominated ― Voting opened for the eighth "Next Manga Awards" (Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Taishō) on Friday, with 50 titles nominated in both the print and web manga categories. Readers can vote for their favorite choice until July 11. The nominees are listed below, with many currently available in English in th...
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Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival Switch Game's Trailer Reveals September 23 Launch

Game launches in Japan on September 22 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Thursday that it will release the Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival game, a new game in the Taiko no Tatsujin franchise, for Nintendo Switch on September 23 worldwide (September 22 in Japan). The company streamed a trailer: The game will include 76 songs, local multiplayer, and online multiplayer. The digital de...
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Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Game's Steam Version Launches on July 20

aNCHOR inc. announced on Wednesday that it will release the Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse game in the West for PC via Steam on July 20. The game was originally scheduled to launch last winter. The game will be a stand-alone title, and it will not include the prequel "The Burning of the Imperial Capital." This prequel was included in the game's original PC version. Muv-Luv Alternative: Total E...
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Kawaii Tanuki mo Raku ja nai Manga Gets YouTube Anime on July 23

Hiroki Yasumoto, Jun Fukushima star in anime about tanuki who slashes humans ― This year's August issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine announced on Friday that Kei Kawaguchi's Kawaii Tanuki mo Raku ja nai (The Cute Tanuki is Not at Ease Either) manga will get an anime on YouTube on July 23. Hiroki Yasumoto will play the main character Ponkichi. Jun Fukushima will play Hayato Saionji. The manga launche...
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Special Class Lets Kids Remote-Control Life-Size Gundam Statue's Hand

Gundam Factory Yokohama holds robotics class while facility undergoes maintenance ― Gundam Factory Yokohama, the facility which houses a life-size, moving RX-78-2 Gundam statue, has been holding educational seminars aimed at elementary and middle schools students since November. On Tuesday, the facility held a "special" class for elementary school students focusing specifically on the mechanisms that...
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Birdie Wing -Golf Girls' Story- ‒ Episode 12

This episode ends with Eve declaring her intent to kill someone. In golf. If that moment doesn't perfectly encapsulate the appeal of Birdie Wing, then I don't know what does.
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Yostar Pictures Animates Virtual YouTuber Unit ROF-MAO's Music Video

Video features song "Shitteiru Tegami" ― Virtual YouTuber group NIJISANJI's unit ROF-MAO released a short animated music video for their song "Shitteiru Tegami" on their official YouTube channel on Thursday. Yostar Pictures (Sorairo Utility) animated the video. The video is ROF-MAO's thanks to the fans for supporting their album "Crack Up!!!!," which features the song "Shitteiru Tegami." The video de...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses 'When Will Ayumu Make His Move?' Anime

HIDIVE to stream series ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed the television anime of Sōichirō Yamamoto's When Will Ayumu Make His Move? (Sore Demo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru) manga. HIDIVE will exclusively stream the anime for the summer 2022 anime season. Sentai Filmworks will release the series on home video at a later date. The anime will premiere on TBS on July 7 and on BS-TBS o...
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Orient Episodes 1-12 Streaming

Based on the manga by Shinobu Ohtaka, Orient's first twelve episodes are both comfortably within shonen norms and just different enough to give it an edge. ― Based on the manga of the same name by Shinobu Ohtaka, creator of the Arabian Nights-inspired series Magi and the battle comedy Sumomomo, Momomo, Orient's first twelve episodes are both comfortably within shounen norms and just different enough ...
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Crunchyroll Screens One Piece Film Red in N. America, Australia, New Zealand This Fall

Film will also have Anime Expo panel on July 2 revealing more details about film ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will theatrically screen the upcoming One Piece Film Red anime film in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand this fall. The screenings will be available in both Japanese audio with English subtitles, and an English dub. Toei Animation will reveal more details ab...
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Science SARU's Yurei Deco TV Anime Reveals Ending Theme Song, Previews Opening Theme Song

Main voice actors Mira Kawakatsu, Anna Nagase perform ending theme ― The official website for Science SARU's upcoming television anime Yurei Deco (also written as You0 DECO — the number zero is pronounced "rei" in Japanese) revealed on Thursday that Hack'nBerry, a unit composed of the main voice actors Mira Kawakatsu (Berry) and Anna Nagase (Hack), will perform the ending theme song "Aimuin Love." St...
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1st New Mr. Osomatsu Anime Film to Add Different Bonus Video Each Week

4 videos with different sets of brothers will alternate in 1st 4 weeks ― The staff for the Mr. Osomatsu anime franchise announced on Thursday that Osomatsu-san ~Hipipo-Zoku to Kagayaku Kajitsu~ (Mr. Osomatsu: The Hipipo Tribe and the Glistening Fruit), the first of two new anime films, will include special bonus videos in its screenings. During each of the film's first four weeks in theaters, a diffe...

Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Anime Season 2's 1st Promo Video Announces Fall Debut, More Staff, Opening Song Artists

Kano and Uzaki-chan (Naomi Ōzora) return for new opening song ― The staff for the television anime of Take's Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! (Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!) manga posted the first full promotional video and key visual for the anime's second season on Thursday. The staff also announced the new season's fall 2022 premiere, more staff members, and opening theme song's artists. One of the first s...
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Nozomi Mino's Yakuza Lover Manga Gets Live-Action Series

Manga also gets epilogue chapter in August ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Cheese! magazine announced on Thursday that Nozomi Mino's Yakuza Lover (Koi to Dangan) manga is inspiring a live-action series that will air within MBS' "Drama Tokku" late Thursday night (effectively, early Friday morning) drama block. The manga will also have an epilogue chapter in the magazine's October issue in August. T...
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XSEED Games Releases Rune Factory 5 Game on PC on July 13

Game launched for the Switch in the West earlier this year in March. ― XSEED Games began streaming a new trailer for Marvelous' Rune Factory 5 game on Wednesday. The video reveals that XSEED Games will release the game for PC via Steam on July 13. The game launched on Nintendo Switch in North America on March 22 and in Europe on March 25. The game was previously slated for a release last year before ...

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One Piece Film Red's New Video Previews Big Mom Pirates' Character Designs

Film opens in Japan on August 6 ― The official YouTube channel for the upcoming One Piece Film Red anime film posted a new video on Thursday showing the film's character designs for the Big Mom Pirates. The film will open in Japan on August 6. The film will center on a new character named Uta (seen right), Shanks' daughter. Kaori Nazuka will be the speaking voice of Uta, while Ado will be the charact...
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One Piece Film Red's 2nd Uta Project Song Previewed in Videos

Ado performs "Watashi wa Saikyō" song by Mrs. GREEN APPLE ― The official YouTube channel for singer Ado began streaming a teaser video for the music video of "Watashi wa Saikyō" ("I'm invincible."), the second song for the Uta Project from the upcoming One Piece Film Red anime film, on Wednesday. Rock band Mrs. Green Apple composed the song. The full version of the anime music video debuted later tha...
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Nao Iwamoto's Kin no Kuni Mizu no Kuni Shōjo Manga Gets Anime Film Next Spring

Btooom!'s Kotono Watanabe directs film at Madhouse, Hugtto! Precure's Fumi Tsubota pens script ― Shogakukan announced on Thursday that Nao Iwamoto's Kin no Kuni Mizu no Kuni manga is inspiring an anime film that will open next spring. Kotono Watanabe (Btooom!) is directing the film at Madhouse. Fumi Tsubota (12-Sai: Chiccha na Mune no Tokimek, Hugtto! Precure, Waccha Primagi) is penning the script. M...
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My Isekai Life: Strongest Sage Online Game Launches Worldwide

Television anime of Shinkoshoto's My Isekai Life light novel series premieres on July 4 ― CTW Inc. launched the My Isekai Life: Strongest Sage Online MMORPG based on Shinkoshoto's My Isekai Life: I Gained a Second Character Class and Became the Strongest Sage in the World! (Tensei Kenja no Isekai Life ~Daini no Shokugyō o Ete, Sekai Saikyō ni Narimashita~) light novel series on Monday. The free-to-pl...
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Rose of Versailles Episodes Manga's English Release Delayed to 2023

Udon Entertainment had previously slated 2-volume omnibus series for launch in late spring 2022 ― Chief of Udon Entertainment Erik Ko confirmed with ANN on Monday that the company will release Riyoko Ikeda's The Rose of Versailles Episodes manga in 2023. The company had previously slated the two-volume omnibus series for release in late spring 2022. Ko said to ANN that the company had to "shuffle [it...
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Idol Bu Show Anime Film Reveals 2 New Idol Unit Casts

Casts for Mashiro Honma, It's Your Cider revealed ― The official website for the Idol Bu Show multimedia project revealed two new idol unit casts for the project's upcoming anime film on Wednesday. Reina Kondo will play Mashiro Honma, a solo idol unit led by Kenji Uesagi, a reincarnation of Uesugi Kenshin. Kо̄ichi Tsurusaki is handling the actual music production. QTarō Mōri, a unit of four producers...
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Deaimon: Recipe for Happiness ‒ SEASON FINALE

If you were hoping for a solid conclusion to Deaimon, well, this isn't one. There are still a lot of threads dangling and questions left unanswered. But Itsuka, Nagomu, and Kanoko all seem to be in better places than they were.

Crunchyroll Announces Release Schedule for Summer 2022 Anime Season

Rent-a-Girlfriend Season 2, The Devil is a Part-Timer! Season 2, RWBY: Ice Queendom, ORIENT, and more ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will stream the following anime (dub languages available in parentheses) as part of the spring 2022 season: July 1 Rent-a-Girlfriend Season 2 (English, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German) Lycoris Recoil (English, Latin American Span...
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Netflix Streams Uncle From Another World Anime on July 6, Detective Conan: Zero's Tea Time Anime on July 29

Uncle From Another World will premiere on Netflix worldwide on same day as Japan ― Netflix revealed on Wednesday that it will begin streaming the television anime of Hotondoshindeiru's Uncle From Another World (Isekai Ojisan) manga on July 6, the same day that it premieres in Japan (not counting the preview screening). The service also revealed that it will stream the anime adaptation of Takahiro Ara...

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Luminous Witches Anime

HIDIVE to stream Strike Witches anime spinoff ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the League of Nations Air Force Aviation Magic Band Luminous Witches (Renmei Kūgun Kōkū Mahō Ongakutai Luminous Witches) television anime series. HIDIVE will exclusively stream the anime for the summer 2022 season. Sentai Filmworks will release the anime on home video at a later date. The anim...
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Troyca, DMM Pictures' Shinobi no Ittoki Anime Reveals Promo Video, Visual, Additional Cast

Aoi Yuki, Hitomi Sekine, Miyu Tomita join cast ― Troyca and DMM Pictures debuted the second promotional video, visual, and additional cast for their original anime series Shinobi no Ittoki (Ittoki the Ninja) on Wednesday. The newly announced cast includes: Aoi Yuki as Kirei Kisegawa Hitomi Sekine as Ryoko Sukuno Miyu Tomita as Satomi Tsubaki The anime will premiere in October. The ninja battle anime ...
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Hikaru in the Light! GN 1

Hikaru in the Light! is an idol competition tale, and while its initial description and unfolding feels a little like Blue Lock but for girl idols, it's actually a bit more grounded than it wants to let on in its opening chapters. ― Japan's idol industry has a problem. No, it's probably not the one you think it is; according to M. Hayama, a producer in Mai Matsuda's manga series Hikaru in the Light!,...
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Smile of the Arsnotoria TV Anime Unveils Promo Video, Additional Cast, Theme Song Artists

Minori Chihara voices Lidel in July anime ― The official website for Smile of the Arsnotoria the Animation, the television anime of Nitroplus' smartphone role-playing game Warau Arsnotoria, revealed on Wednesday a promotional video, visual, additional cast, and theme song artists. The video previews the opening theme song "Hajimari e to Tsuzuku Basho" by Hanauta, a unit composed of the voice actresse...
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Touken Ranbu Teams Up With Traditional Japanese Theatre For Kabuki, Bunraku Performances

The historical sword Kogarasumaru—also a Touken Ranbu character—plays a key role in the "Momijigari" play ― The Japan Arts Council announced on Monday that the National Theatre in Tokyo and the National Bunraku Theatre in Osaka will hold traditional kabuki and bunraku performances based on the Touken Ranbu franchise. The theatres will perform the traditional "Momijigari" (Maple Viewing) play. In the ...
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Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Switch RPG's Video Previews Characters, World, Battles, Classes

Game launches on July 29 ― Nintendo streamed a Direct livestream for Xenoblade Chronicles 3, the latest installment in the Xenoblade Chronicles role-playing game series, and its trailer and footage previewed the characters, world, battle system, and classes. Trailer Direct Livestream The main characters include Noah, Eunie, Lanz, Mio, Taion, and Sena. The world features large open areas, colonies wit...
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Estab-Life: Revengers' Road Anime Film Reveals Trailer, 2023 Debut

Video highlights film's main character Kisaragi ― A special program for the Estab-Life: Great Escape original anime project by Goro Taniguchi revealed on Wednesday that Estab-Life: Revengers' Road, the project's anime film, will debut in 2023. The program streamed a video, which highlights the film's main character Kisaragi. Taniguchi is personally directing and writing Estab-Life: Revengers' Road, i...
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WACCA Rhythm Game Ends Online Service on August 31

Game launched in arcades in Japan in July 2019 ― The official website for Marvelous Entertainment's WACCA arcade rhythm game series announced on Tuesday that the game will end its online service on August 31. The game's cabinets will still be available offline with no save data functionality. The game uses a touch-sensitive conical interface for players to interact with. The game features both origin...
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Twin Engine, Good Smile, Max Factory Tease 'Plantopia' Project at Anime Expo

Twin Engine announced on Tuesday that, as part of its panel at Anime Expo on July 3, it will reveal a new project titled "Plantopia" alongside hobby manufacturers Good Smile Company and Max Factory. Representative director Kōji Yamamoto founded Twin Engine in 2014. The company plans, produces, and coordinates anime projects for a number of anime studios. Twin Engine established the EOTA studio tea...
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No More Heroes III Game Launches in Japan on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S on October 6

Game launches in the West on same platforms in addition to PC this fall ― Marvelous Entertainment began streaming a new video for Grasshopper Manufacture's No More Heroes III game on Wednesday. The video reveals the game's October 6 release date in Japan for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X and S. XSEED Games describes No More Heroes III: Being the “number-one assassin in...

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Blue Giant Anime Film Reveals Main Staff, February 2023 Opening

Mob Psycho 100's Yuzuru Tachikawa directs film at studio NUT ― The official website for the anime film adaptation of Shinichi Ishizuka's Blue Giant manga revealed on Wednesday that the film will open in Japan on February 17, 2023. The film was originally slated to premiere this year. The site also revealed a new visual and the film's staff. Yuzuru Tachikawa (Death Parade, Mob Psycho 100 all three sea...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, June 19-25

Iroduku: The World in Colors, Panda! Go Panda! anime; Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, Blue Lock manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Getter Robo Arc BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 June 21 Hentai Sex School Volume 3 DVD (adult)Cite Adult Source Media US$24.95 June 21 Iroduku: The World in Colors BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 June 21 Panda! Go Panda...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is Fruits Basket -prelude- Worth Watching?

It's been a dry shojo season for way too long, so let's check out the new movie from the fan-favorite series Fruits Basket! Does this Kyoko and Katsuya origin story deliver the drama? ― Is Fruits Basket -prelude- Worth Watching? It's been a dry shojo season for way too long, so let's check out the new movie from the fan-favorite series Fruits Basket! Does this Kyoko and Katsuya origin story deliver ...
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Dragon Quest X Offline Game Launches on September 15 in Japan

Square Enix announced on Tuesday that Dragon Quest X Offline: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku, the offline version of its Dragon Quest X game, will launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on September 15 in Japan. The game's "Dragon Quest X: Nemureru Yūsha to Michibiki no Meiyū Offline" (The Sleeping Hero and the Guiding Friend) large DLC expansion will launch in sp...
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Pop Team Epic Creator Bkub Okawa Debuts as a VTuber

The popular comedy manga artist brands himself as a "crummy middle-aged young boy VTuber" ― Last October, Pop Team Epic creator Bkub Okawa launched a YouTube channel to commemorate his 35th birthday. Now he's debuting a Virtual YouTuber avatar for the channel, branding himself as a "crummy middle-aged young boy VTuber." He revealed his character design on his Twitter account on Monday ahead of the st...
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Irregular at Magic High School Reloaded Memory Smartphone Game Launches on June 28

Square Enix revealed during a livestream on Tuesday for The irregular at magic high school Reloaded Memory, its upcoming smartphone game for the The irregular at magic high school franchise, that the game will launch on June 28. The game for iOS and Android will be free to play, with purchasable optional in-game items. Original novel writer Tsutomu Satou is overseeing the game's original story. Sa...
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The Prince of Tennis II Switch Game Launches on September 29

Opening movie streamed for "documentary adventure game" ― Bushiroad announced on Tuesday that Shin Tennis no Ōji-sama Let's Go! ~Daily Life~ from RisingBeat (The Prince of Tennis II: Let's Go! Daily Life from RisingBeat), a new Prince of Tennis game for Nintendo Switch, will launch on September 29. The company streamed the opening movie: The "documentary adventure game" will tell a brand-new original...
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Skip and Loafer TV Anime Unveils Teaser Video, Cast, Staff

Series casts Tomoyo Kurosawa as Mitsumi, Akinori Egoshi as Sо̄suke ― The official website for the television anime of Misaki Takamatsu's Skip and Loafer (Skip to Loafer) manga revealed on Tuesday a teaser video, main cast, staff, and character visuals. The main cast includes: Tomoyo Kurosawa as Mitsumi Iwakura Akinori Egoshi as Sо̄suke Shima Kotomi Deai (Natsume's Book of Friends) is directing the an...
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Island in a Puddle GN 1

From the creator of ERASED comes a new series about jumping through time when fifth grader Minato switches bodies with adult career criminal Tomohiro Takita – in the moment just after Takita committed murder. ― Kei Sanbe certainly has a way with stories about tormented little boys, doesn't he? But it's hard to complain that the protagonists of Erased, For the Kid I Saw in My Dreams, and now this seri...
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Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Reveals Why Bright Noa Was Aged Up For Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island Film

Bright was 19 years old in the original series, 25 in the film ― In the original Mobile Suit Gundam TV series, Bright Noa was just 19 years old when he commanded the White Base. In the Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Cucuruz Doan no Shima) anime film, however, he was aged up to 25. Director Yoshikazu Yasuhiko revealed the reason for this at a talk show screening on Mond...

Japan's Ministry of Finance May Restructure Cool Japan Fund Due to Debt Issues

Cool Japan Fund has debt of 30.9 billion yen ― Japan's Ministry of Finance revealed at a subcommittee meeting on Monday that it may have to restructure or abolish Cool Japan Fund, the public-private company that the Japanese government employs to fund projects as part of its "Cool Japan" program, if it does not improve its business performance. As of the end of fiscal year 2021, Cool Japan Fund had a...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 1022

How you feel about episode 1022 will likely depend on how invested you are in Hyogoro's character.
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Regal Reindhardt Contest: 1 Week Left

There's 9 days left in the Regal Reinhardt contest! This is your chance to submit your Reinhardt tribute for a chance to win one of fifteen Amazon gift cards or one two PicassoTab portable drawing tablets. ― Anime News Network is helping the Alchemy Stars Operations Team celebrate the one-year anniversary of the hyper popular mobile game. Haven't heard about Alchemy Stars yet? Read more about it her...
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King of Fighters XV Game's Video Reveals Team Awakened Orochi DLC

Orochi Yashiro, Orochi Shermie, Orochi Chris debut in August ― SNK began streaming a trailer on Tuesday for its The King of Fighters XV game, and it reveals the third DLC team, Team Awakened Orochi. The characters include Orochi Yashiro (voiced by Keisuke Hamaoka), Orochi Shermie (voiced by Erina Seto), and Orochi Chris (voiced by Rui Yamasaki). Team Awakened Orochi will debut in August. SNK released...
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Healer Girl ‒ SEASON FINALE

While it stumbled more than a few times with heavier drama, at its core Healer Girl has mostly succeeded in being the bubbly, musical, unerringly sweet show it set out to be.
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One Piece Film Red Gets Novel Adaptation

Jun Esaka returns to franchise to pen novel shipping on August 9 ― Shueisha is listing that it will release a novel adaptation of the One Piece Film Red anime film on August 9 under its Jump J-Books imprint. Jun Esaka is returning to the One Piece franchise to pen the novel based on Tsutomu Kuroiwa's script. Esaka previously wrote the One Piece Heroines spinoff novel and has also written several nove...
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Interviews with Monster Girls Spinoff Manga Ends in 9th Volume

Occult-chan wa Katarenai launched in January 2019; centers on Yoko, Zashiko ― The eighth volume of Kae Hashimoto and Hajime Honda's Occult-chan wa Katarenai (Can't Talk With Occult Girls) spinoff manga revealed on Monday that the manga will end in its ninth volume this fall. The manga is a spinoff of Petosu's Interviews with Monster Girls (Demi-chan wa Kataritai) manga. Kae Hashimoto is writing the m...
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The Maid I Hired Recently is Mysterious Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals July 23 Debut

Video also previews idol group ≠ME's opening theme song ― The official website for the television anime of Wakame Konbu's The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious (Saikin Yatotta Maid ga Ayashii) manga began streaming the show's first promotional video on Tuesday. The video reveals that the show will premiere on 24 stations in Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and TV Asahi's network on July 23. The...
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Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Film Drops to #2, Shin Ultraman to #4

Quintessential Quintuplets film rises to #3, Detective Conan drops to #7, Gundam to #8, Teasing Master Takagi-san to #9 Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the second anime film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise, dropped from #1 to #2 in its second weekend. The film earned 300,400,030 yen (about US$2.22 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a total of 1,274,075,790 yen (about US$9.43 million)....
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The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague Manga Gets TV Anime

Chiaki Kobayashi, Yui Ishikawa plays snow fairy descendant & his oblivious colleague in workplace fantasy romantic comedy ― Square Enix announced on Monday that Miyuki Tonogaya's The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague (Kōri Zokusei Danshi to Cool na Dōryō Joshi) manga is inspiring a television anime. Tonogaya drew the illustration below to celebrate the news. The "workplace fantasy romantic comedy...
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