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Right Stuf President, Co-Founder Shawne Kleckner Leaves Right Stuf/Crunchyroll

Kleckner co-founded anime retail, licensing company in 1987

Bandai to Launch Union Arena Crossover Trading Card Game in March

Featuring Jujutsu Kaisen, Hunter x Hunter, Demon Slayer, My Hero Academia, Code Geass, Bleach, more

Gundam: The Witch From Mercury Anime's 1st Part Ends on January 8 Due to Special Programming

Anime suspends broadcasts on December 18, January 1

Kyūri Yamada's AI no Idenshi Sci-Fi Manga Gets TV Anime at Madhouse

Story about doctor for robots stars Takeo Ōtsuka, Yume Miyamoto, reunites Police in a Pod main staff

Bandai Namco, Dragon Ball's Akira Toriyama Tease SAND LAND Project

Project reveals more details on December 17

This Week in Anime - Stone Ocean Closes the Joestar Saga...For Now

Originally imagined as the end of the series, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean closes out with time travel, Vincent Van Gogh, and enough snails to make Junji Ito proud.

Interview: Gungrave G.O.R.E. General Director Kay kim

With Beyond The Grave's return to the world of video games, we have some burning questions for the team Gungrave G.O.R.E team. We were lucky enough to sit down with general director Kay Kim for a quick one-on-one with Grave's resurrectors.

This Week in Anime - Does Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Save the Franchise?

"I mean, it's still no Gun Gale Online, but color me converted as well. I'll watch the next film. Heck, maybe I'll watch or read some more of the original, at least for the context."

Production I.G and Studio Wit President George Wada

The newly minted president and CEO of Production I.G talked to us about why Wit Studio has seemingly passed on later seasons of its hit series, whether work-life balance has improved for animators, and how Netflix could better promote anime.
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Rainbow Days GN 1

If the anime failed to hold your attention, you'll want to check out the source material for a much more entertaining read. ― About a third of the way through this volume, I became reasonably certain that I reviewed the anime version of this title and that it didn't leave much of an impression on me. This absolutely turned out to be the case, and I'm delighted to say that the manga is much more fun. ...
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The ANN Aftershow - Makima's Terrifying Power is Revealed

The follow-up to episode nine is 24 minutes of gruesome carnage and terrifying revelations about the head of Denji's unit. ― Makima's Terrifying Power is Revealed Chainsaw Man episode nine follows up on last week's mass execution event with some seriously scary revelations about Makima. Kobeni also gets a chance to show off when the chips are down. Also: why it's important to wear pants on live stre...
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The Apothecary Diaries GN 5 & 6

Whether you read the original light novels, the manga, or both, The Apothecary Diaries mysteries are interesting enough to keep you turning the pages. ― While it's natural that there would be differences between a light novel and its manga adaptation, the most striking change between The Apothecary Diaries' source material and its manga version comes down to focus. Both versions of Natsu Hyuga's Chin...
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Hi, I'm a Witch, and My Crush Wants Me to Make a Love Potion GN 1

Rose is the most recent Witch of the Lake. She lives a largely solitary existence until she saw and fell for the knight Sir Harij Azm. Imagine her shock when he shows up asking for a love potion! ― Presumably one of the first things to cross your mind upon reading the title of this book is, “This is an adaptation of a light novel, isn't it?” That is, in fact, correct, although the novel's title was t...
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Your Anime Rankings - Best of Fall 2022, Nov 26-Dec 2

Chainsaw Man rocks, but Bocchi rocks harder. Find out how your favorite shows stacked up according to viewer votes. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated individual episodes ...
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Hikaru in the Light! GN 2-4

Hikaru in the Light! has characters that are easy to root for, and there are breathtaking moments of brilliance. ― They say that nothing ever dies on the internet. Once it's there, it's there forever, and that means that yes, Hikaru will always be “Mop Girl” in its undead reaches. But that doesn't mean that she has to look herself up to be sure. Yes, “never Google yourself” is one of the hard lessons...
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Fire Emblem Engage Game's Video Previews Expansion Pass

1st part of 4-part expansion pass releases on game's launch day on January 20 ― Nintendo revealed a new video for its Fire Emblem Engage strategy RPG, the newest entry in the Fire Emblem game series, during The Game Awards 2022 event on Thursday. The paid expansion pass will release in four parts, with the first part releasing on the game's launch date. The expansion will include new characters, acce...
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The tale of outcasts Anime Reveals 7 More Cast Members

Makoto Furukawa, Atsushi Abe, more join cast for series premiering on January 8 ― The official website for the television anime of Makoto Hoshino's The Tale of the Outcasts (Nokemono-tachi no Yoru) manga revealed seven more cast members for the series on Friday. The new cast includes: Makoto Furukawa as Holmes (left) and Atsushi Abe as Watson (right) Gara Takashima as Iberta Hidenori Takahashi as Sta...
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Kizuna Ai's Kizuna no Allele Anime Reveals Cast for BRT5 Group

Randhi, Haruka Yoshiki, more join cast for 2023 anime ― Entertainment planning company Isaribi Inc. revealed more cast members on Friday for Kizuna no Allele, the upcoming anime project for virtual YouTuber (VTuber) Kizuna Ai. The new cast members belong to the BRT5 group. Yuri Matsuoka as Niska Randhi as Jessie Haruka Yoshiki as Ellie Hina Natsume as Sarah Hinaki Yano as Halle The television anime w...
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Endo and Kobayashi Live! Anime's 3rd Promo Video Reveals More Cast, Theme Song Artists

DAZBEE, Anna perform theme songs for series premiering on January 6 ― The official website for the anime of Suzu Enoshima's Endo and Kobayashi Live! The Latest on Tsundere Villainess Lieselotte light novel series posted the anime's third promotional video on Friday. The website also revealed the show's theme song artists and more cast members. The new cast members include Shun Horie as Fabian Oldenbu...
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Golden Kamuy Anime's 4th Season Restarts in April 2023 With 1st Episode

4th season had delayed episodes 7-13 after main staff member had passed away ― The official website for the Golden Kamuy anime announced on Friday that the anime's fourth season will restart its broadcast in April 2023 with its first episode (overall episode 37 for the anime franchise). The home video releases for the season will now ship on July 26, August 30, and September 27 in 2023. The staff had...
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Handyman Saitō in Another World Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals More Cast, January 8 Debut

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Yū Serizawa, more join cast ― Kadokawa began streaming a second promotional video for the television anime of Kazutomo Ichitomo's Benriya Saitō-san, Isekai ni Iku (Handyman Saitō in Another World) manga on Friday. The video reveals that the anime will premiere on January 8. Kadokawa also revealed a new visual and more cast members for the series: (Note: Character name romanizatio...
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Wild Hearts Game's Gameplay Trailer Highlights 'The Mighty Kemono'

Hunting game launches on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC on February 17 ― Electronic Arts (EA) and Koei Tecmo revealed a gameplay trailer for their Wild Hearts hunting game at The Game Awards 2022 on Thursday. The trailer is titled "The Mighty Kemono" and highlights the beasts Deathstalker, Amaterasu, and Golden Tempest. The game will launch for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via the EA App, Steam, ...
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Elden Ring Wins Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2022

Final Fantasy XIV, Splatoon 3, Bayonetta 3, more also win awards ― FromSoftware and Bandai Namco Entertainment's Elden Ring game won Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2022 event on Thursday. The game also won three other awards at the event. Other Japanese games or games based on Japanese franchises that won awards include: Best Family Game: Kirby and the Forgotten Land Best Art Direction: Elden Ri...
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Splash Damage Develops Transformers: Reactivate Game

1-4 player online action game to launch for PC, consoles ― Developer Splash Damage revealed the Transformers: Reactivate game during The Game Awards 2022 event on Thursday. The game will launch for PC and consoles. In the 1-4 player online game, players will fight back against the Legion. Hasbro describes the story: "The gravest threat to humanity has arrived. And it's already won." Source: The Game ...
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Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon Game Announced for March 17 Release

Abebe Tinari directs game with Hideki Kamiya as supervising director ― Nintendo revealed the Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon game in the Bayonetta franchise during The Game Awards 2022 event on Thursday. The game will launch for the Nintendo Switch on March 17, 2023. English trailer: Japanese trailer: Abebe Tinari is directing the game, with Tomoko Nishii as art director and Hideki Kamiy...
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Forspoken Game Launches Demo for PlayStation 5

PS5, PC game launches on January 24 ― Square Enix announced at The Game Awards 2022 event on Friday that it has launched a PlayStation 5 demo for its Forspoken game. The company is streaming a demo announcement trailer for the game. English Japanese The PlayStation 5 and PC game will launch on January 24, 2023. The game was originally scheduled to launch on May 24, but Square Enix had delayed the gam...
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Bandai Namco's Blue Protocol Multiplayer Online Action RPG Launches Globally in 2nd Half of 2023

New trailer reveals release for PS5, Xbox X|S, Steam ― Bandai Namco Online and Bandai Namco Studio revealed a new trailer at The Game Awards 2022 event on Thursday for Project Sky Blue's multiplayer online action role-playing game Blue Protocol. The game will be available globally for free in the second half of 2023 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. Bandai Namco is developing the ...
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Tekken 8 Trailer Reveals Returning Characters, Highlights Story

Jun Kazama, Paul Phoenix, Marshall Law, King, Lars Alexandersson, Jack-8 return as playable characters ― Bandai Namco Entertainment unveiled new story and gameplay footage for its upcoming Tekken 8 fighting game during The Game Awards 2022 event on Thursday. The trailer reveals returning characters Jun Kazama, Paul Phoenix, Marshall Law, King, Lars Alexandersson, and Jack-8. English trailer: Japanese...
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Street Fighter 6 Trailer Reveals 4 New Characters, June 2 Release Date

Dee Jay, Manon, Marisa, JP join game's playable cast ― Capcom unveiled a new trailer for its upcoming Street Fighter 6 fighting game during The Game Awards 2022 on Thursday. The video reveals more characters for the game, as well as its June 2, 2023 release date. English trailer: Japanese trailer: The new characters include Dee Jay, Manon, Marisa, and JP. Dee Jay is a returning character from previou...
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Kojima Productions Officially Reveals Death Stranding 2 Game

Kojima also reveals work on another "completely new" game, other visual projects ― Hideo Kojima appeared at The Game Awards 2022 event on Thursday to officially reveal that Kojima Productions is developing the Death Stranding 2 game. Koijma also said he was working on another "completely new" game that he is experimenting with, as well as other visual projects. Kojima said he had the story for the se...

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Final Fantasy XVI Game's Latest Trailer Reveals June 22, 2023 Release

Japanese collector's edition also announced for game exclusive to PS5 until December 31, 2023 ― The Game Awards 2022 event on Thursday screened a new trailer for Square Enix's Final Fantasy XVI role-playing game that revealed the game's June 22, 2023 release date. Revenge is a weapon. I sometimes wonder if I am controlling it or if it's controlling me.Final Fantasy XVI launches June 22nd, 2023 on Pla...
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The Super Mario Bros. Movie's Clip Highlights Mushroom Kingdom

Film opens in N. America on April 7, in Japan on April 28 ― The Game Awards 2022 event on Thursday unveiled a new clip from Nintendo and Illumination's The Super Mario Bros. Movie animated film. The clip shows Mario and Toad traveling through the Mushroom Kingdom. The film will open on April 7 in North America and April 28 in Japan, after a delay. The film was previously slated to open on December 21...
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FromSoftware Announces Armored Core VI Game for 2023

Latest game in mecha action franchise will launch for PS5, PS4, Xbox X|S, Xbox 360, Steam ― Bandai Namco Entertainment and FromSoftware announced at The Game Awards 2022 event on Thursday that both compares are developing the Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon mecha action game. The game will release in 2023 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. Bandai Namco Entertain...
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Sugar Apple Fairy Tale Anime Unveils More Cast, Collaboration Visual With I'm the Villainess Anime

Kazuyuki Okitsu, Ayumi Mano, Aya Yamane, Minori Suzuki join cast ― The staff for the television anime of Miri Mikawa and Aki's Sugar Apple Fairy Tale light novel series revealed four new cast members for the anime on Friday. The new cast members include: Kazuyuki Okitsu as Elliot Collins, a Silver Sugar Master and vice-head of the Page Workshop Ayumi Mano as Bridget Page, the daughter of the head of ...
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Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre Anime Unveils More Cast, All 20 Stories

New visual for "The Strange Hikizuri Siblings" story also unveiled ― The official website for Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre, a new anime based on horror manga artist Junji Ito's various stories, unveiled more cast, a new visual, and a complete list of all the Ito stories that will be included in the anime on Friday. The visual below highlights the previously announced "The Strange H...
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Heat the Pig Liver Anime Reveals Main Cast, Visual, 2023 Premiere

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Tomori Kusunoki reprise roles from isekai light novels' promotional video ― The staff for the television anime of Takuma Sakai's Heat the Pig Liver (Buta no Liver wa Kanetsu Shiro) light novel series revealed the anime's main cast, teaser visual, and 2023 premiere on Friday. Yoshitsugu Matsuoka will voice the pig, and Tomori Kusunoki will voice Jess. The two reprise their roles f...
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Akiba Maid War ‒ Episode 10

Is it possible Ranko has found a true love worthy of abandoning her life as a murder maid? Not if panda has anything to say about it.
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Do It Yourself!! ‒ Episodes 9-10

I never expected Do It Yourself!! to deliver one of the most dire cliffhangers of the season, but somehow it does, and it follows through with the dexterity of an adept dramatist.
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Hiroshi Motomiya Launches New Manga About Politician Korekiyo Takahashi in December

New manga features real-life historical figure Korekiyo Takahashi ― The first 2023 issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine announced on Wednesday that Hiroshi Motomiya will launch a new manga titled Takeki Ōgon no Kuni: Takahashi Korekiyo, in the magazine's second 2023 issue on December 21. The historical manga will focus on politician Korekiyo Takahashi, who is credited for pulling Japan out of the ...
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The Eminence in Shadow ‒ Episode 10

This week's episode takes on a unique format while still delivering laughs in each vignette. Slime boobs, who knew?
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Cutie and the Beast Manga Resumes After 11-Month Hiatus

Seven Seas releases manga in English ― Yuhi Azumi resumed their Cutie and the Beast (Pujo to Yajū: JK ga Akyuyaku Wrestler ni Koi Shita Hanashi) manga with a new chapter in pixiv's "Palcy" manga app on Monday after an 11-month hiatus. Azumi's most recent chapter before this new one debuted on January 10 earlier this year. The manga will end with its fourth compiled book volume. Seven Seas licensed th...
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Crunchyroll Awards Changes Up Categories for 2023

New categories added, some retired, awards will be split between live show and streaming program ― Disclosure: The writer of this article is also a judge for the Anime Awards. Crunchyroll announced the categories for its 2023 Anime Awards on Thursday with a few change-ups from last year's awards ceremony. The streaming company also revealed that some winners will be announced during the presentation ...
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Reincarnated as a Sword ‒ Episode 10

Fran's use of thunder magic might be cute, but more is needed to pull this episode out of the bland, filler-like territory.
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Yōsuke Shiokawa's Fahrenheit 213 Studio Reveals Tsurugihime RPG

Company releases teaser trailer, key visuals for game launching for PC via Steam in 2024 Fate/Grand Order producer Yōsuke Shiokawa's Fahrenheit 213 game development studio revealed its upcoming Tsurugihime side-scrolling action role-playing game on Sunday. The game will launch for PC via Steam in 2024. The company is streaming a teaser trailer IMG 1.png IMG 2.png IMG 3.png IMG 4.png Fahrenheit 213 ...
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Yasuo Ohtagaki's Gundam Thunderbolt Manga Goes on 2-Month Hiatus

Yasuo Ohtagaki's manga returns on February 24 ― The first 2023 issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine announced on Friday that Yasuo Ohtagaki's Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt manga is going on a two-month hiatus, and it will return in the magazine's sixth issue on February 24. Ohtagaki had put the manga on hiatus in September 2018 due to tenosynovitis (inflammation surrounding the tendons)...
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Chainsaw Man ‒ Episode 9

Chainsaw Man can evoke dread and horror with little more than a wry smile, a whispered name, and a deceptively simple twist of the hands.
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Urusei Yatsura #9 [rate]
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Shin Honkaku Mahō Shōjo Risuka Manga Goes on Hiatus Due to Author's Maternity Leave

Nao Emoto plans to resume manga next spring ― The January 2023 issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shonen Magazine revealed on Friday that manga creator Nao Emoto (O Maidens in Your Savage Season, Josee, The Tiger and the Fish) is taking maternity leave, and her Shin Honkaku Mahō Shōjo Risuka manga is going on hiatus. The manga is scheduled to return next spring. Emoto launched the manga adaptation of autho...
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Rainbow Days GN 1

If the anime failed to hold your attention, you'll want to check out the source material for a much more entertaining read. ― About a third of the way through this volume, I became reasonably certain that I reviewed the anime version of this title and that it didn't leave much of an impression on me. This absolutely turned out to be the case, and I'm delighted to say that the manga is much more fun. ...

HIDIVE: Some Temporarily Unavailable Series Expected to Return to HIDIVE in Early 2023

Series such as Amagi Brilliant Park, Di Gi Charat are unavailable due to ongoing curation of HIDIVE library ― HIDIVE revealed to ANN that due to "a regular and ongoing curation" of its library, some series such as Amagi Brilliant Park and Di Gi Charat are temporarily unavailable but "are expected to return to HIDIVE in early 2023." HIDIVE did not list all series that are missing or when it removed th...
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NieR:Automata Ver 1.1a Anime's Video, Visual Highlight A2

Ayaka Suwa returns from game to voice A2 ― The official website for NieR:Automata Ver 1.1a, the television anime of Square Enix and Platinum Games' NieR:Automata action role-playing game, unveiled on Thursday a new visual and "Promotion File 007" video that highlight the android A2. Ayaka Suwa will return from the Nier:Automata game to play A2. The anime will get an announcement special with cast and...
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Akiba Maid War #10 [rate]
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Bibliophile Princess #10 [rate]
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy II Anime's 2nd Video Unveils Theme Songs, January 7 Debut

Rock band Lenny code fiction, singer-songwriter Momosumomosu perform theme songs ― A live-streamed special for The Misfit of Demon King Academy II, the second season of the The Misfit of Demon King Academy anime, debuted the season's second promotional video on Thursday. The video announces and previews the theme songs, and it also announces the anime's January 7 premiere The rock band Lenny code fic...
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Kubo Won't Let Me Be Invisible Anime's 2nd Video Reveals More Cast & Staff, January 10 Debut

Mamiko Noto, Mariya Ise, Naoki Tatsuta join cast with music by In the Land of Leadale's Kujira Yumemi ― Kadokawa started streaming the second promotional video for the television anime of Nene Yukimori's Kubo Won't Let Me Be Invisible (Kubo-san wa Mob o Yurusanai) manga on Thursday. The video reveals additional cast and staff members and the January 10 premiere or the anime. The anime's additional ca...
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Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown Anime Announces Ending Song Artists, January 7 Debut

Musical unit Tuyu performs ending theme song ― The staff for the Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown sequel anime announced details on the ending theme song and January 7 premiere on Thursday. Tuyu, the musical unit formed by songwriter and guitarist Pusu, vocalist Rei, and pianist miro, is contributing the ending theme song "Kizutsukedo, Aishiteru" (officially translated as “It might be painful, bu...
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Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill Anime's Key Visual Announces January 10 Premiere

Anime streams first in Japan before broadcast airing with tie-ins with real-life ingredients, utensils ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Ren Eguchi and illustrator Masa's Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill (Tondemo Skill de Isekai Hōrō Meshi) light novel series debuted a new key visual on Thursday. The visual announces that anime's January 10 premiere. The...
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Bandai Namco, Dragon Ball's Akira Toriyama Tease SAND LAND Project

Project reveals more details on December 17 ― Bandai Namco opened a teaser website on Thursday to announce the company and Akira Toriyama's SAND LAND Project. Bandai Namco streamed a teaser trailer, and will reveal more details about the project on December 17. The website's countdown timer will end on that date at 8:30 a.m. (December 16 at 6:30 p.m. EST), a half hour before the opening of the Jump F...
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Kizuna Ai Gets VR Rhythm Game for PS5, PS4, Switch, PC

Kizuna AI - Touch the Beat! launches 1st alongside PSVR 2 device on PS5 on February 22 ― Developer Gemdrops announced on Thursday that it is developing a new game titled Kizuna AI - Touch the Beat!. The virtual reality (VR) project allows players to play a rhythm game alongside famous VTuber Kizuna Ai. The game will release first for the PlayStation 5 alongside the PlayStation VR 2 device on February...
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Touken Ranbu Game Gets Kabuki Stage Play Next July

Onoe Matsuya II stars, co-directs play ― DMM Games and Nitroplus announced on Thursday that their Touken Ranbu game is inspiring a traditional kabuki stage play adaptation that will run at the Shinbashi Enbujo theater in Tokyo in July 2023. The play will star kabuki actor Onoe Matsuya II (seen below), who is co-directing the play with Onoe Kikunojō. Ryo Matsuoka is penning the script. The kabuki play...

Right Stuf President, Co-Founder Shawne Klecker Leaves Right Stuf/Crunchyroll

Kleckner co-founded anime retail, licensing company in 1987 ― In an email sent to Crunchyroll staff and shared with Anime News Network, anime retailer Right Stuf president and co-founder Shawne Kleckner told fellow employees this week that he will leave Right Stuf and Crunchyroll on December 14. He expressed his confidence in the current Right Stuf management team at Crunchyroll. Kleckner's friend To...
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Attack on Titan Manga Gets VR Game for Meta Quest 2 Next Summer

UNIVRS Inc. develops Attack on Titan VR: Unbreakable game ― Game developer UNIVRS Inc. announced on Thursday that it is developing a virtual reality (VR) game based on the Attack on Titan franchise titled Attack on Titan VR: Unbreakable. The game will debut for the Meta Quest 2 VR headset in summer 2023. UNIVRS describes the game as a "hunting action game." Players take on the role of a soldier from ...

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Motomu Kiyokawa, Toru Hara, Kazutaka Miyatake, Yoshio Urasawa, More Win TAAF's Lifetime Achievement Awards

Akihiro Kanayama, Iwao Yamaki, Shizuo Kurahashi also honored ― The staff of the Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF) event announced the winners of the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Awards on Thursday: Producer Toru Hara (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro) Scriptwriter Yoshio Urasawa (Lupin III: Part II, Anmitsu Hime, Nintama Rantaro) Animator Akihiro Kanayama (Ashita...
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Kyūri Yamada's AI no Idenshi Sci-Fi Manga Gets TV Anime at Madhouse

Story about doctor for robots stars Takeo Ōtsuka, Yume Miyamoto, reunites Police in a Pod main staff ― Madhouse announced on Thursday that it is producing a television anime adaptation of Kyūri Yamada's AI no Idenshi (The Genes of AI) manga. The anime's official website unveiled a promotional video, a key visual, the cast, and staff for the anime. The tagline on the visual reads, "This is the story o...
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The ANN Aftershow - Makima's Terrifying Power is Revealed

The follow-up to episode nine is 24 minutes of gruesome carnage and terrifying revelations about the head of Denji's unit. ― Makima's Terrifying Power is Revealed Chainsaw Man episode nine follows up on last week's mass execution event with some seriously scary revelations about Makima. Kobeni also gets a chance to show off when the chips are down. Also: why it's important to wear pants on live stre...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Film Tops 750 Million Yen in 12 Days

Film sold 570,000 tickets since opening on November 25 That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Scarlet Bond (Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken: Guren no Kizuna-hen) anime film has sold over 570,000 tickets for over 750 million yen (about US$5.48 million) as of Tuesday, December 6, its 12th day at the Japanese box office. The film opened in Japan on November 25, and ranked at #2 and sold 225,000 ticke...
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Bullet Train Boy Band Inspires NFT Anime Videos

TV program debuting on December 27 will tell behind-the-scenes stories of group's 4 newest members ― The boy band Bullet Train will release animated videos for its four newest members. The "Bullet Train Anime Adaptation Plan ~First Confession of the New Members' Rumored Secret Stores~" program will premiere on BS TV Tokyo for four consecutive days starting from December 27, and the anime scenes will ...

Game Director Yuji Naka Faces More Charges of Insider Trading

Naka suspected of purchasing shares of Ateam ahead of Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier game's announcement ― The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office arrested game programmer and director Yuji Naka again on Wednesday on suspicion of insider trading, or buying/selling stock on the basis of nonpublic information. While still at Square Enix, Naka allegedly invested in Ateam, developers of the com...
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Dyschronia: Chronos Alternate VR Game Project Gets PSVR2 Release at Launch

Game, console launch on February 22, 2023 ― MyDearest, Inc. announced on Wednesday that it will release it and IzanagiGames' DYSCHRONIA: Chronos Alternate virtual reality game for PlayStation VR2, the new virtual reality (VR) system for the PlayStation 5 console. The first two episodes will launch alongside the system on February 22, 2023. The second episode of the game will launch on Thursday (Frida...
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NIJISANJI EN's 7th Virtual YouTuber Group "XSOLEIL" Debuts This Weekend

Mixed gender group debuts on December 9-10 ― NIJISANJI English announced its seventh Virtual YouTuber group, "XSOLEIL," on Tuesday. The group consists of six performers of mixed genders: Zaion LanZa, Doppio Dropscythe, Meloco Kyoran, Hex Haywire, Kotoka Torahime, and Ver Vermillion. The talents will debut on December 9-10. Further information about each debuting talent is as follows: Zaion LanZa: Zai...

Crunchyroll Adds Liz and the Blue Bird, Maquia, Isekai Quartet: Another World, The Wonderland, Penguin Highway, More Anime Films

Also: Haikara-San, Sound! Euphonium, Overlord, Digimon Adventure tri, Shirobako films ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it is streaming the following anime films on Thursdays in November: December 1 Strike Witches: The Movie December 8 As the Gods Will live-action movie Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 1 Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 2 Sound! Euphonium The Movie - Welcome t...
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Hinako Note Manga Creator Draws Lead Character Pregnant

Four-panel manga ended in January 2021 ― Mitsuki's Hinako Note manga may have ended in January 2021, but time passes for the titular protagonist Hinako. Last Monday, Mitsuki posted an illustration of Hinako visibly pregnant with the caption: "Ah! It moved just now!" 「あ!いま動いた♬」 pic.twitter.com/veYtAXmZ9n— 三月🌸FANBOX&Fantiaはじめました (@marchmiam) November 28, 2022 The manga centers on the titular protagonis...
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Japan's Biggest Cosplay Event Delayed in 2023 Due to COVID-19

Event was canceled in 2020-2022 ― The organizers of Osaka's Nippombashi Street Festa, which they promote as "Japan's biggest cosplay event," announced on Wednesday that they are delaying next year's event due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. The staff considered a full-scale resumption, but decided that that safety and security could not be guaranteed. Organizers will continue to hold discuss...
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The Apothecary Diaries GN 5 & 6

Whether you read the original light novels, the manga, or both, The Apothecary Diaries mysteries are interesting enough to keep you turning the pages. ― While it's natural that there would be differences between a light novel and its manga adaptation, the most striking change between The Apothecary Diaries' source material and its manga version comes down to focus. Both versions of Natsu Hyuga's Chin...
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Mob Psycho 100 III #10 [rate]
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"Ippon" Again! High School Judo Anime Reveals Ending Theme, Visual, January 8 Premiere

Aoba Nishi High School Judo Club performs ending theme song ― The official website and Twitter account for the television anime of Yu Muraoka's "Ippon" Again! (Mō Ippon!) manga revealed on Thursday the ending theme song artists, visual, and January 8 premiere. The Aoba Nishi High School Judo Club will perform the ending theme song "Ipponmichi." The series will premiere on TV Tokyo on January 8 at 1:3...
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Yowamushi Pedal Limit Break Anime Reveals 2nd Part's Theme Song Artists, Visual

Novelbright perform opening, Daiki Yamashita with Yūsuke Saeki perform ending ― The official Twitter account for Yowamushi Pedal Limit Break, the fifth anime season of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal manga, revealed on Thursday the theme song artists and visual for the series' second cours (quarter of a year). Novelbright (who perform the first cours' ending theme song) will perform the new opening...
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The Human Crazy University #10 [rate]
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Bandai to Launch Union Arena Crossover Trading Card Game in March

Featuring Jujutsu Kaisen, Hunter x Hunter, Demon Slayer, My Hero Academia, Code Geass, Bleach, more ― Bandai opened an official website on Wednesday to announce its new crossover trading card game project Union Arena, which will launch on March 24, 2023. The "dream all-star card game" features cards from anime series such as Jujutsu Kaisen, Hunter x Hunter, Demon Slayer, My Hero Academia, Code Geass:...

New Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Anime's Season 3 Unveils More Cast, Theme Songs, January 18 Debut in Video

Junya Enoki, Takuya Eguchi, Kana Hanazawa, Mariya Ise join cast ― The staff for the new television anime of Yoshinobu Akita's Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi) light novel series debuted the full promotional video and main visual for the third season, Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi: Urban Rama-hen (Urban Rama Arc), on Wednesday. The video announces more cast members, theme songs, ...
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Fate/Strange Fake -Whispers of Dawn- TV Anime Special Delayed From December 31

Anime special delayed due to production issues ― The official Twitter account of Ryohgo Narita's Fate/strange Fake spinoff story Fate/strange Fake -Whispers of Dawn- television anime special announced on Wednesday that its scheduled airing on December 31 has been delayed due to production issues. The anime was scheduled to air during the annual Fate Project New Year's TV Special program. 『Fate/strang...

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Detective Conan Anime Gets Compilation Film About Ai Haibara

Film centers on Ai Haibara scenes, 'Jet-Black Mystery Train' arc, opens on January 6 ― The official website for Detective Conan: Kurogane no Submarine (Iron or Jet-Black Submarine), the 26th film in the Detective Conan franchise, announced on Wednesday that, in anticipation of the brand-new film, the franchise will have a compilation film titled Meitantei Conan Haibara Ai Monogatari ~Kurogane no Myst...
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Inu-Oh, Drifting Home, 'Goodbye, Don Glees!' Confirmed Eligible for Oscars

27 films eligible for Animated Feature Film category ― The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday that the following anime films are eligible for consideration at the 95th annual Academy Awards: Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU's Inu-Oh Hiroyasu Ishida and Studio Colorido's Drifting Home Atsuko Ishizuka and Madhouse's Goodbye, Don Glees! There are 27 films eligible for this ye...

You're Under Arrest Manga Gets 1st New Chapter in 3 Decades on December 23

New special 1-shot titled 'Taiho Shichauzo GP' ― The official Twitter account for Kodansha's Afternoon magazine revealed on Tuesday that Kosuke Fujishima is drawing a special one-shot chapter for his You're Under Arrest (Taiho Shichauzo) manga titled "Taiho Shichauzo GP," which will appear in the magazine's February 2023 issue on December 23. It is the first new chapter in the three decades since the...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, December 4-10

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation, The Case Study of Vanitas anime; Kamen Rider Kuuga, Rainbow Days manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Beyond the Boundary BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$79.98 December 6 The Case Study of Vanitas Season 1 Part 1 BDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 December 6 Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$59.9...
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Spy×Family Wins Big at Yahoo! Japan Search Awards 2022

Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc theme song, Splatoon 3 also top in their categories ― The Yahoo! Japan Search Awards announced the biggest buzzing search terms of 2022 on Monday. Spy×Family was among the biggest winners, topping the "anime" category. Anya Forger voice actress Atsumi Tanezaki was also the top voice actor. In the music category, "Zankyō Sanka" (Song of Reverberation), Aimer's ...
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Hideaki Anno's Legendary Gundam Doujinshi Gets Reprint at Comiket 101

Features interviews with Yoshiyuki Tomino, Toshio Suzuki, Mamoru Oshii ― The Web Anime Style online Japanese animation magazine announced on Monday that it will issue a new printing of a Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack doujinshi publication edited by Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno. The new printing will be available at the upcoming Comic Market (Comiket) 101 event on December 30-31. The "Mo...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 1043

We rarely see Robin deploy her full power set for any meaningful duration, and this episode only whets my appetite for more Fleur De Rip and Tear we'll get next time.
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Toho International Appoints Former Crunchyroll Executives Kristin Parcell, Stacy Burt to Build E-Commerce Platform for Godzilla Franchise

New platform launches in 2023 ― Toho International, Toho's U.S.-based subsidiary, appointed former Crunchyroll executives Kristin Parcell as general manager and Stacy Burt as director of marketing. The two will focus on building an e-commerce platform catered to fandom for Toho's Godzilla franchise, including its anime. The new platform will feature existing products and exclusives, and Toho is plann...
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Hi, I'm a Witch, and My Crush Wants Me to Make a Love Potion GN 1

Rose is the most recent Witch of the Lake. She lives a largely solitary existence until she saw and fell for the knight Sir Harij Azm. Imagine her shock when he shows up asking for a love potion! ― Presumably one of the first things to cross your mind upon reading the title of this book is, “This is an adaptation of a light novel, isn't it?” That is, in fact, correct, although the novel's title was t...
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Gundam: The Witch From Mercury Anime's 1st Part Ends on January 8 Due to Special Programming

Anime suspends broadcasts on December 18, January 1 ― The official Twitter account for the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury anime announced on Tuesday that the anime's 1st part will end with its 12th episode on January 8. The anime will suspend its broadcast on December 18 due to TBS' Hо̄dо̄ no Hi special end-of-year programming. The series will then postpone airing again on January 1 due t...
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Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit #10 [rate]
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Your Anime Rankings - Best of Fall 2022, Nov 26-Dec 2

Chainsaw Man rocks, but Bocchi rocks harder. Find out how your favorite shows stacked up according to viewer votes. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated individual episodes ...
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The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten TV Anime Reveals January 7 Premiere, Opening Theme Artist

Anime gets advanced screenings in Japan on December 24 ― The official website for the television anime of Saekisan's The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten (Otonari no Tenshi-sama ni Itsu no Ma ni ka Dame Ningen ni Sareteita Ken) light novel series revealed on Tuesday the opening theme song artist and January 7 premiere. Masayoshi Ōishi will perform the opening theme song "Gift." The website also unvei...
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VazzRock the Animation #10 [rate]
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Crunchyroll Releases Makoto Shinkai's Suzume Film Outside Asia Starting on April 12

Suzume to initially screen in U.S., 14 other countries ― Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom announced on Tuesday that they will screen Makoto Shinkai's Suzume (Suzume no Tojimari) film worldwide except in Asia starting on April 12, 2023. The movie will screen in the following dates and countries: April 12 France Malta April 13 Australia Brazil Germany Mex...

Vendor Hospitalized After Anime NYC Accident, GoFundMe Campaign Underway

Anime Palace vendor Wade Wiles suffered injury at Anime NYC on November 20 ― Anime Palace vendor Wade Wiles suffered an injury due to an accident that took place at the Anime NYC convention on November 20. Katherine Mui, a friend of Wiles', established a GoFundMe campaign on November 24 to assist in covering Wiles' hospital bills, with Wiles' sister Gretchen listed as the beneficiary. The campaign ha...
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Children of the Whales Manga Ends Serialization in Next Chapter

Manga launched in 2013, inspired TV anime in 2017 ― The official Twitter account of Abi Umeda's Children of the Whales (Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Utau) manga revealed on Tuesday that the series will end its serialization in its next chapter, which will launch in the February 2023 issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Mystery Bonita magazine on January 6. The February issue will also celebrate the 10th anni...
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Hello Kitty: Super Style! 3D Animated Series Premieres on December 7

Series debuts in U.S., Canada, U.K., Japan on Amazon Kids+ ― Distributor Kids First announced on Monday that the Hello Kitty: Super Style! 3D animated series for Sanrio's Hello Kitty franchise will premiere on December 7. The series will debut in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Japan on Amazon Kids+. The series will then debut in Germany in 2023. Amazon Kids+ is streaming a trailer...
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Blue Lock Spinoff Novel Series Gets 2nd Novel in January, 3rd Novel Next Fall

2nd novel releases on January 17 ― The official Twitter account of Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yūsuke Nomura's Blue Lock soccer manga revealed on Monday the cover design for the second novel in the Shōsetsu Blue Lock Tatakai no Mae, Bokura wa. (Novel Blue Lock: Us, Before the Battle) spinoff novel series, which will release on January 17. The manga's staff also confirmed that a third novel is set for rele...
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'Apparently, Disillusioned Adventurers Will Save the World' Anime's Character Video, Visual Highlight Nick

Yūsuke Kobayashi voices character in anime premiering on January 10 ― The official website for the television anime of Shinta Fuji's Apparently, Disillusioned Adventurers Will Save the World (Ningen Fushin no Bōkensha-tachi ga Sekai o Sukuu Yō Desu) light novel series began streaming a character video on Tuesday for the character Nick. The site also revealed a character visual for Nick. The series wi...
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Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia World Stars, Sōri Club Manga Take Short Break

2 Manga series take break due to Himaruya's poor health ― Manga creator Hidekaz Himaruya announced on Twitter on November 30 that their two manga series Sōri Club (Prime Minister Club) and Hetalia World Stars will take a break due to Himaruya's poor health. 体調不良によりジャンプSQ.1月号と少年ジャンプ+12月第2週&3週の更新をお休みさせていただきます。『ヘタリアWorld☆Stars』は12/22(木)より、『総理倶楽部』はジャンプSQ.2月号(1/4)より連載再開予定です。ご心配おかけして申し訳ありませんが再開まで少々お待ちください(...
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A Springtime with Ninjas' Narumi Hasegaki Launches New Manga in December

Hasegaki launches new manga in Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine ― The official Twitter account of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine announced on Thursday that Narumi Hasegaki will launch a new manga titled Ore to Mō Ichido, First Love (Be My First Love Again) in the magazine's February 2023 issue, which will release on December 28. Hasegaki launched the Gokutsuma Days ~Gokudō Sankyōdai ni Semaretemasu~ (Yak...
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Cardfight!! Vanguard will+Dress Season 2's Video Reveals More Cast, Opening Song, January 14 Premiere

Idol group Strawberry Prince performs opening song; Suzuko Mimori, Seiji Maeda, Hina Aoki join cast ― The staff of the Cardfight!! Vanguard will+Dress anime revealed a new promotional video for the anime's second season on Tuesday. The video reveals the second season's additional cast members, opening theme song artist, and January 14 premiere. Idol group Strawberry Prince will perform the second sea...
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World is Still Beautiful's Dai Shiina Launches New Manga Mini-Series

Manga centers on ordinary girl trying to make it in entertainment industry ― The first 2023 issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed on Monday that manga creator Dai Shiina will launch a new manga mini-series titled Shining Star (Kagayakeru Hoshi) in the magazine's second 2023 issue on December 20. The manga is about an ordinary girl born into a family of world-famous performers, and she ...
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Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine Gets New Web Publication

New publication launches in February ― The January 2023 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine (issue cover pictured at right) announced on Tuesday that the magazine will launch a web publication titled Getsu Maga Kichi (Monthly Magazine Base) in February. The web publication will feature many original serializations. Kodansha describes the new publication as creating a "secret base" just for re...
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Chainsaw Man Ranks #1 on U.S. Monthly Bookscan November List

19 manga volumes rank including Shuna's Journey, Demon Slayer, My Hero Academia, more ― Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man manga ranked at #1 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for November. This month's list featured 19 manga volumes, including: #1 — Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man volume 1 #2 — Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man volume 2 #3 — Hayao Miyazaki's Shuna's Journey #4 — Tatsuki ...
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Dragon Goes House-Hunting Manga Ends, Gets Spinoff in January

Manga launched in December 2016, inspired 2021 TV anime ― The January issue of Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Garden magazine published the final chapter of Kawo Tanuki and Choco Aya's Dragon Goes House-Hunting (Dragon, Ie o Kau.) manga on Monday. The manga will have a new spinoff manga that will launch in the magazine's next issue in January. Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing the manga in English, a...
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Spy×Family Tops Da Vinci Manga Ranking

One Piece, Golden Kamuy, Do not say mystery, Detective Conan round out top 5 ― The January 2023 issue of Kadokawa Media Factory's book and manga news magazine Da Vinci unveiled its 22nd annual "Book of the Year" lists on Monday. The magazine's comic rankings of the top 50 titles are: 1. Tatsuya Endō's SPY×FAMILY (Volumes 1-10) 2. Eiichiro Oda's One Piece (Volumes 1-104) 3. Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy ...
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Chainsaw Man Anime Adds Kengo Kawanishi, Hitomi Ueda to Cast

Kawanishi, Ueda play Devil Hunters Kurose, Tendo in episode 9 later today ― The staff of the television anime of Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man manga revealed additional cast members for the anime on Tuesday. Both cast members play Public Safety Devil Hunters. The additional cast members include Kengo Kawanishi as Kurose, and Hitomi Ueda as Tendo. Both characters will appear in the anime's ninth epi...
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Lupin III vs. Cat's Eye Anime's Video Reveals More Cast, Theme Songs, January 27 Amazon Debut

Anri returns for new version of "Cat's Eye" theme song; fox capture plan perform opening theme ― The official website for Lupin III vs. Cat's Eye, the new cel-shaded CG crossover anime between the Lupin III and Cat's Eye franchises, unveiled a new promotional video and key visual on Tuesday. The video reveals more cast for the anime, the theme song artists, as well as the anime's January 27 worldwide...
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