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Shelf Life - June 17, 2019

Sailor Moon: Sailor StarS arrives on Blu-ray for the first time! Check out this week's full list of anime, manga, and video game releases! ― Welcome to Shelf Life! We've got a couple of big-name franchises headlining the anime release list, including a One Piece special and the latest Sailor Moon collection. On the manga side of things, Attack on Titan is getting a new "season 3" box set, and the bl...
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Hakyū Hōshin Engi Blu-ray

This Shonen Jump adventure about the fall of the Shang dynasty could use an aesthetic facelift and a few rewrites when it comes to pacing. Theron Martin has the details. ― This 23-episode series from 2018 is the second anime adaptation of the late '90s manga by Ryu Fujisaki, which was itself a loose adaptation of the classic Chinese novel Investiture of the Gods. That novel provided a mythological ve...
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Whenever Our Eyes Meet GN

This anthology of short love stories between women in the workplace offers an engrossing variety for yuri enthusiasts. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Short story collections are like a grab bag, and that's part of what's wonderful about them. Fortunately Whenever Our Eyes Meet…is more hits than misses, and it has a unique aspect that stands to endear even the less stellar stories to readers: it...
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Torture Princess: Fremd Torturchen Novel 1

This unconventional isekai series takes gothic horror to the extreme when its hero must serve as the butler to a demonic mistress of torture. Theron Martin has the details on this sordid series. ― This novel series, which currently spans eight volumes in Japan, is technically an isekai reincarnation title, but the “reborn in another world” aspect is more an excuse for the protagonist to be where he i...
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That Blue Sky Feeling GN 2

Noshiro's feelings for his classmate Sanada continue to develop in the thoughtful continuation to this coming-of-age romance. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Although awakening sexuality may be read as a theme of Okura and Coma Hashii's That Blue Sky Feeling, volume two makes it clear that it may not be so much “awakening” as it is “awareness.” That's a word with at least two potential connotati...
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Ensemble Stars!, Cheer Boys!! Voice Actor Yūki Yonai Announces Marriage, Birth of 1st Child

Voice actor Yūki Yonai announced on Twitter on June 16 that he is married and he and his spouse recently welcomed their first child. Yonai's wife is not involved in the entertainment industry. Yonai plans to continue working as a voice actor. He previously starred in D.Gray-man Hallow as Devit, Cheer Boys!! as Haruki Bandō, and Piace: Watashi no Italian as Mallow Kitahara. He'll voice Nazuna Nito ...
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Funimation Adds Dr. Stone Anime Simuldub to Summer Lineup

Dub launches in U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand ― Funimation announced on Monday that it has added the television anime adaptation of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga to its summer simuldub lineup. The dub will be available through FunimationNow in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. The company did not reveal a debut d...
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Artists Dare Each Other to Model Pokémon in Five Minutes Amid Pokémon Sword/Shield Backlash

After Nintendo revealed that only 'mons in the Galar Pokédex can be transferred to the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games from previous generations, the backlash inspired the hashtag #bringbacknationaldex. However, that's not the only hashtag the news has inspired. After a Japanese Twitter user stated that they were disappointed with Game Freak because "it only takes 5 minutes to create the gr...
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Shelf Life - June 17, 2019

Sailor Moon: Sailor StarS arrives on Blu-ray for the first time! Check out this week's full list of anime, manga, and video game releases! ― Welcome to Shelf Life! We've got a couple of big-name franchises headlining the anime release list, including a One Piece special and the latest Sailor Moon collection. On the manga side of things, Attack on Titan is getting a new "season 3" box set, and the bl...
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Hakyū Hōshin Engi Blu-ray

This Shonen Jump adventure about the fall of the Shang dynasty could use an aesthetic facelift and a few rewrites when it comes to pacing. Theron Martin has the details. ― This 23-episode series from 2018 is the second anime adaptation of the late '90s manga by Ryu Fujisaki, which was itself a loose adaptation of the classic Chinese novel Investiture of the Gods. That novel provided a mythological ve...
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Naka no Hito Genome [Jikkyōchū] TV Anime's Video Previews Ending Song

Series premieres on July 7 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Osora's Naka no Hito Genome [Jikkyōchū] (Naka no Hito Genome [Now Streaming]) manga revealed the third promotional video and second key visual on Monday. The video previews fhana's ending theme song "Boku wo Mitsukete" (Find Myself). The show will premiere on AT-X on July 7 at 10:00 p.m., before airing later that...
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Japan's Anime Home Video Market Drops 2.9%, Streaming Grows 13% in 2017

AJA publishes English summary of "Anime Industry Report 2018" document ― The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) published on June 8 a summary of its "Anime Industry Report 2018" document that examines industry trends from 2017. The AJA published the Japanese version of the document last December, with the overall value of the anime market and the growth of the overseas market revealed at that t...
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters Drops to #7, Detective Pikachu to #13 in U.S.

Godzilla earns US$8.11 million in 3rd weekend ― Legendary Pictures' Godzilla sequel film Godzilla: King of the Monsters earned an estimated US$8,105,000 to rank at #7 in the in the United States box office in its third weekend, a 48% drop from its second weekend. The film has earned an estimated total of US$245,800,000 in the foreign market, for an estimated total worldwide gross of US$339,488,172. T...
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Voice Actor Yuzuru Fujimoto Passes Away at 83

Actor has voiced roles in Appleseed, Gigantor, Ninja Scroll ― Agency 81 Produce announced on Monday that voice actor Yuzuru Fujimoto passed away due to heart failure on June 10. He was 83. Fujimoto was undergoing medical treatment in the hospital when he passed away. According to his family's wishes, his family held a private funeral. Fujimoto has voiced roles in such anime as Appleseed (Uranus), Gig...
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Tokyo Ghoul S Live-Action Film's New Trailer Streamed

Film opens in Japan on July 19 ― The official website for Tokyo Ghoul S, the second live-action film based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga, began streaming a new trailer for the film on Monday. At the end of video, voice actor Mamoru Miyano, who voices Shū Tsukiyama in the anime version of Tokyo Ghoul, narrates the film's title. The film will open in Japan on July 19. Masataka Kubota (center in ima...
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Kill la Kill IF Game's Videos Preview Ryūko Matoi, Satsuki Kiryūin

PS4/Switch/PC game launches in Japan on July 25, in West on July 26 ― Arc System Works began streaming two character videos on Monday for Kill la Kill IF, the first game based on the Kill la Kill anime. The videos preview the characters Ryūko Matoi and Satsuki Kiryūin. Arc System Works will release the game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in Japan on July 25, and in North America on Ju...
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Nekopara Vol. 3 Game Launches for Switch, PS4 on June 27

Nekopara Vol. 2 launched on both consoles on February 14 ― CFK announced on Monday that it and Neko Works will release Neko Works' Nekopara Vol. 3 game on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on June 27. Nekopara Vol. 1 launched for PS4 last November. The Switch version launched last July in Japan and North America and last August in Europe. CFK and Neko Works then released the Nekopara Vol. 2 game on F...
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Hakubo Anime Film's New Trailer Streamed

Yutaka Yamamoto's new film opens in Japan on June 21 ― The official YouTube channel for director Yutaka Yamamoto's original anime project Hakubo (Twilight) began streaming the film's trailer on Monday. The film open in Japan on June 21. The anime was previously slated for 2018 before being delayed to 2019. The anime was most recently slated to open at Porepore Cinemas Iwaki Onahama in Fukushima prefe...
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MangaGamer: Valve Rejected The Expression Amrilato Game's Steam Release

― MangaGamer announced last Friday that Valve has rejected MangaGamer's release of SukeraSparo's The Expression Amrilato (Kotonoha Amrilato) visual novel on Steam. MangaGamer has released the game through its own website and CD Projekt's GOG.com website. MangaGamer stated Valve claimed the game "sexualizes minors," but MangaGamer claimed the game "has no sexual content." The game has a story that pr...
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Nagasarete Airantou's Takeshi Fujishiro Launches New Manga on July 1

New manga is titled RiriRe Customize - Modeler mo Isekai de Renkinjutsushi!? ― The July issue of Square Enix's Shonen Gangan magazine revealed on June 12 that Takeshi Fujishiro will launch a new manga titled RiriRe Customize - Modeler mo Isekai de Renkinjutsushi!? (Even a Modeler is an Alchemist in a Parallel World?!) on Square Enix's Gangan Online website on July 1. Fujishiro recently ended the Cafe...
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Waiting for Spring Manga Ends in 13th Volume, Gets Bonus Chapter

Manga launched in 2014, inspired live-action film last December ― Anashin announced on their official Twitter account on April 26 that the Waiting for Spring (Harumatsu Bokura) manga's 13th volume will be the last volume. The manga will also get a bonus chapter after it ends, but Anashin did not clarify where the bonus chapter will appear. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga in English, and it de...
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Kinnikuman Manga Returns to Shonen Jump After 11 Years With 1-Shot

"Sayonara, Kinnikuman!! no Maki" shows 10 supermen arriving at Kinnikuman's retirement ceremony ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published a new 47-page one-shot manga of Kinnikuman by Yudetamago on Monday. The one-shot, titled "Sayonara, Kinnikuman!! no Maki" (The 'Goodbye, Kinnikuman' Story), is the first time the manga has returned to Weekly Shonen Jump in 11 year...
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1st 12 Minutes of Dr. Stone Anime's 1st Episode to Stream on July 1

― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga revealed on Monday that the first 12 minutes of the anime's first episode will stream on YouTube on July 1 at 7:00 p.m. JST. The stream will also feature a talk event featuring voice actors Yūsuke Kobayashi (Senku) and Makoto Furukawa (Taiju Ōki). The anime will debut on Tokyo MX on July 5 at...
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Zone-00 Stage Musical Reveals Cast Visuals, Illustration

Musical runs on July 14-21 ― The official website for Twilight Musical Zone-00 Mangetsu (Full Moon), the stage musical adaptation of Kiyo Qjo's Zone-00 manga, revealed the cast visuals and a special illustration for the musical on Monday. Qjo drew the below visual for the musical. The cast includes: Wataru Yoza as Ango Shima Seishirō Sawada as Saburō Kujō Kazuharu Ara as Benten Kōhei Tanaka as Senryō...

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My Hero Academia Anime's 4th Season Casts Rie Murakawa

Murakawa plays Bubble Girl in season premiering on October 12 ― The official Twitter account for the fourth anime season based on Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga revealed on Monday that Rie Murakawa will play Bubble Girl. The anime's website confirmed on Sunday that Shinichiro Miki will play Sir Nighteye in the fourth season, after the voice actor made an uncredited cameo as the character in...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 34

"I'm playing along with this turn of events so far, though it's far from how I imagined this climactic battle progressing."
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Austrian Animator Bahi JD Gets Exhibit in Tokyo

Austrian animator and illustrator Bahi JD will be getting an exhibit at the Shinjuku Ophthalmologist (Ganka) Gallery from June 21 to July 3. The theme of the exhibit is "Moment," and it will consist of illustrations, oil paintings, sketches, and animation works. Part of the exhibit will also showcase an animation device inspired by flickering strobe lights and the zoetrope. Bahi JD is a self-taugh...
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 313

"When it comes to Fairy Tail, sometimes not knowing your family history is a good thing."
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 11

"This episode delivers a different style of comedy for Demon Slayer, and as long as the show can keep using Zenitsu without abusing him, I think he'll make a good addition to the cast."
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Dragon Quest Slime Controller Hops To Nintendo Switch

In 2017, Dragon Quest's iconic Slimes found a new form as PlayStation 4 controllers. And now with the news that Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition is coming to the Nintendo Switch on September 27, the Square Enix Store has announced that the Switch will get its own premium Slime controller to ship on the same day. The controller comes with a cardboard stand shaped lik...
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My Boy in Blue Manga Approaches 'Climax' in 15th Volume

Maki Miyoshi's P to JK manga inspired live-action film in 2017 ― The 14th volume of Maki Miyoshi's P to JK (My Boy in Blue) manga revealed on Thursday that the manga will be approaching its "climax" in the 15th volume, which will ship this fall. Kodansha Comics began releasing the manga in English digitally last August, and it describes the story: Kako gets tangled up when she lies about her age in o...
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Voice Actor Fukushi Ochiai Recounts Upsetting Encounter with Police

Police asked for proof that his daughter was his when they were playing in the park ― Voice actor Fukushi Ochiai (Moguzo from Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions, Andō Morinari from Ninja Girl & Samurai Master) recounted an incident he experienced with the police on Twitter. In a tweet posted on June 7, he linked to a news article about a man who was treated as a suspicious person by the police simply becau...
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Final Fantasy XIV Dad of Light Film's Web Video Streamed

Film opens in Japan on June 21 ― The official YouTube channel for the Final Fantasy XIV game began streaming two commercials on Sunday for the live-action Final Fantasy XIV Dad of Light (Final Fantasy XIV: Hikari no Otōsan) film remake. The film will open in Japan on June 21. The film will star Kentarō Sakaguchi as the son Akio, and Kōarō Yoshida as Akio's father. Other cast members include Yui Sakum...
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Whenever Our Eyes Meet GN

This anthology of short love stories between women in the workplace offers an engrossing variety for yuri enthusiasts. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Short story collections are like a grab bag, and that's part of what's wonderful about them. Fortunately Whenever Our Eyes Meet…is more hits than misses, and it has a unique aspect that stands to endear even the less stellar stories to readers: it...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Manga Gets 3 More Chapters in Jump GIGA Magazine

Manga ended its run in Weekly Shonen Jump on Monday ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga will get three more chapters under the title Shokugeki no Soma: Le dessert in Shueisha's Jump GIGA magazine starting with the issue releasing on June 27. The manga ended its run in Weekly Shonen ...

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime Gets 4th Season in October (Updated)

New series is titled Shokugeki no Soma: Shin no Sara ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the anime based on Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga will get a fourth season that will premiere in October. The new anime will be titled Shokugeki no Soma: Shin no Sara (The Plate of God). The magazine also revealed a visual fo...

Vinland Saga Anime's New Promo Video Previews Aimer's Ending Song

1st 3 episodes to premiere on NHK on July 7 ― The official website for the television anime of Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga manga began streaming the anime's fourth promotional video on Sunday. The video previews the anime's ending theme song "Torches" by Aimer. The show will premiere with the first three episodes on July 7 at 24:10 (effectively, July 8 at 12:10 a.m.) on the NHK General channel, ex...
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Makoto Yotsuba's Record of Grancrest War Manga Ends on June 28

Manga based on Ryo Mizuno's light novel series launched in 2016 ― The website for Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that Makoto Yotsuba's Grancrest Senki (Record of Grancrest War) manga will end in the magazine's 13th issue on June 28. Yotsuba launched the manga in Young Animal in 2016, and Hakusensha published the manga's sixth compiled volume on May 29. Viz Media is releasing th...
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My Hero Academia Anime's 4th Season Reveals Promo Video, More Cast, October 12 Debut

Shinichiro Miki confirmed as Sir Nighteye ― The official website for the anime of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga posted a new promotional video and a new visual for the fourth season on Sunday. The website also confirmed another cast member for the anime: Shinichiro Miki as Sir Nighteye The anime will premiere on October 12, and will air on YTV and NTV on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. Funimation w...
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Nokoshi Yamada's IDOLiSH7 Manga Ends This Month

Manga launched in 2015 ― The Twitter account for Hakusensha's Manga Park manga app revealed on Friday that the next chapter of Nokoshi Yamada's IDOLiSH7 manga will be the final chapter. The app will publish the 37th chapter in two parts. The manga updates on the app on Fridays, so if there are no breaks the manga will end on June 28. Yamada launched the manga on Hakusensha's "Hana LaLa online" site i...
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Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation Anime Gets 2nd Season

1st season premiered last August ― Manga creator Yoshiyuki Nishi announced on Twitter on Sunday that the anime based on his Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation manga is getting a second season. Nishi posted an illustration on Twitter to commemorate the announcement. ムヒョロジアニメ2期決定しましたみなさまのおかげです本当にありがとうございます pic.twitter.com/2qEOJkZrAA— 西 義之 (@nishiyoshiyuki) June 16, 2019 The official Tw...
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Kana-Boon Rock Band's Bassist Returns Home Safely

Band had been unable to get in contact with Yūma Meshida since June 5 ― The official website for rock band Kana-Boon announced on Sunday that the band's bassist Yūma Meshida returned home to his family on Friday evening. According to his family, Meshida was exhausted, but was unhurt. The band reported on Thursday that they had been unable to contact Meshida since June 5, and Meshida's family contacte...
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Sasaki Aoko's Seven Days War Manga Ends in July

Osamu Sōda's original novel that inspired manga is also inspiring anime film ― The website for Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine began listing on Friday that Sasaki Aoko's Seven Days War manga will end in the magazine's August issue on July 13. Aoko (Jingai CP Catalogue.) launched the manga based on Osamu Sōda's Bokura no Nanokakan Sensō (Our Seven-Day War) novel in Monthly Comic Gene in April. ...
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Aniplex USA to Screen Cencoroll Connect Anime Film at Anime Expo

Screening combines Cencoroll short, Cencoroll 2 sequel ― Aniplex of America announced on Friday that it will screen Cencoroll Connect, a special joint screening of director Atsuya Uki's first Cencoroll film short and the Cencoroll 2 sequel, at Anime Expo on July 4. The company first stated on Thursday that it would screen the film this summer, but then stated that it is screening the film in "the U.S...

Funimation Lists Release of The Tatami Galaxy Anime on BD/DVD in September

Masaaki Yuasa directed 2010 series ― Funimation and retailer Right Stuf are currently listing on their websites that Funimation will release Masaaki Yuasa's The Tatami Galaxy anime series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD with subtitles only on September 3. The listings state the release will feature an OVA, promotional videos, commercials, and "Europe Kikaku's Guide to Kyoto" as video bonuses. The release wou...
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Tales of Crestoria Smartphone Game's New Video Highlights Characters' Mystic Artes

Video also highlights characters from other Tales Of games ― Bandai Namco Entertainment released a new video for its Tales of Crestoria smartphone game at the "Tales of Festival 2019" event on Saturday. The video features English subtitles, and shows off the Mystic Artes and other skills of the game's main characters, as well as characters from other Tales Of games. Wit Studio is handling the animati...

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Tales of Arise Game Details Main Staff, Cast in Promo Video

Takuya Satō, Shino Shimoji star in game; ufotable to handle animation ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed the voice cast and character details for the two main characters of its Tales of Arise role-playing game at the "Tales of Festival 2019" event on Saturday. The event also revealed a new promotional video for the game that introduces the two characters, and details more staff members. The game's...
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BanG Dream! FILM LIVE Anime Film's Trailer Streamed

Film opens in Japan on September 13 ― The official YouTube channel for the BanG Dream! franchise began streaming a trailer on Sunday for the BanG Dream! FILM LIVE anime film. The film will open in 56 theaters in Japan on September 13. Sanzigen is returning to animate the film, and Bushiroad will distribute the film. The main BanG Dream! television anime's first 13-episode season premiered in January ...
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Nintendo's Shares Fall After Animal Crossing Game Delay

Nintendo of America's president Doug Bowser says the delay was ensure employees have good work-life balance ― Nintendo's shares fell by 3.53% on Wednesday after the company announced in its E3 presentation that Animal Crossing: New Horizons would be delayed until March 20, 2020. Nintendo of America's president Doug Bowser told IGN that the game was delayed "to make sure that our employees have good w...
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Hirohiko Araki Says He Could Never Have Created JoJo's Bizarre Adventure If He Hadn't Read Sherlock Holmes

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure creator Hirohiko Araki mentioned in an interview in the Japanese literary magazine Kotoba that he would never have created JoJo's Bizarre Adventure if he hadn't read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. Araki said that he learned the fundamentals of storytelling from Sherlock Holmes, particularly narrative structure and how to create charismatic characters. Ho...
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Sarazanmai ‒ Episode 8

"Despite being the messiest installment of Sarazanmai overall, this served as a nice bridge between the cucumber-salad days of friendship that our kappa trio shared and the dark trials that face them ahead."
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Sailor Moon Gets Premium Phone Case Encased with Swarovski Crystals

iPhone X, XS case to cost over US$900 ― The Sailor Moon franchise is one of the top producers of wacky and expensive merchandise, especially in the wake of the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal reboot, so the next logical step is for it to inspire a phone case covered with actual Swarovski crystals. The smartphone case, which is compatible with the iPhone X and XS, was initially sold at the "Maison...
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Kiratto Pri☆Chan Anime Crosses Over With Takashi Miike's Live-Action Magical Girl Show

Eclectic Japanese director Takashi Miike, best known for horror films like Audition and Ichi the Killer, has been directing the live-action magical girl show Secret × Heroine Phantomirage!, which premiered in April. This show which is aimed at young girls will be having a crossover with the children's TV anime Kiratto Pri☆Chan on July 28, when both shows will have an episode depicting characters f...
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Torture Princess: Fremd Torturchen Novel 1

This unconventional isekai series takes gothic horror to the extreme when its hero must serve as the butler to a demonic mistress of torture. Theron Martin has the details on this sordid series. ― This novel series, which currently spans eight volumes in Japan, is technically an isekai reincarnation title, but the “reborn in another world” aspect is more an excuse for the protagonist to be where he i...
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Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episode 35

"This episode is structured more like a typical episode of Fairy Tail – it jumps between characters and fights (both metaphorical and actual) with rapidity, never spending too long on any single one."
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Hozuki's Coolheadedness Manga's 1st New Original Anime DVD Unveils Cast, Story

Mariko Kouda, Shinya Takahashi join cast, then Hozuki & company go karaoke ― The "Anime Hozuki no Reitetsu Jigoku no Daikanshōkai & Talk Show in Hibiya" event announced on Saturday the story premise and new cast members for the first new original anime DVD (OAD) bundled with Natsumi Eguchi's Hozuki's Coolheadedness (Hozuki no Reitetsu) manga. The limited edition of the 29th manga volume will ship on ...
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Somali and the Forest Spirit TV Anime Reveals More Cast, January Delay

Former Takarazuka star Hiroki Nanami, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Saori Hayami, Yuuki Ono join Satelight anime ― The official website for the television anime of Yako Gureishi's Somali and the Forest Spirit (Somali to Mori no Kamisama) manga announced more cast members and a delayed January premiere on Saturday. The newly announced cast members are: Hiroki Nanami, a former Takarazuka Revue (Star Troupe) star w...
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Midnight Pulp Streaming Service Adds Devil Lady, Space Adventure Cobra - The Movie Anime (Updated)

Site also adds Key the Metal Idol, Golgo 13: The Professional; AsianCrush adds Library War ― Digital Media Rights' streaming services AsianCrush and Midnight Pulp announced on Friday the new live-action and anime works that they are adding to their services this month. Midnight Pulp has already added the Golgo 13: The Professional and Key the Metal Idol anime, and added the Space Adventure Cobra - Th...
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Live-Action Kaguya-sama: Love is War Film's 1st Trailer Streamed

Film opens in Japan on September 6 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga began streaming the film's first full trailer on Saturday. The film will open on September 6. Hayato Kawai (live-action My Love Story!!, Nisekoi) is directing the film. Yūichi Tokunaga (live-action Ton...
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Vancouver's Anirevo Event to Host Voice Actress Ami Koshimizu

Event to be held from August 9-11 ― The organizers of the Anirevo convention in Vancouver announced on Friday that the event will host voice actress Ami Koshimizu. Koshimizu has voiced characters in such anime as Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Kallen Stadtfeld), Eureka Seven (Anemone), Kill la Kill (Ryūko Matoi), Strike Witches (Charlotte E Yeager), Yurikuma Arashi (Konomi Yurikawa), Sailor Mo...
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Jun Fukushima Joins Fruits Basket Anime's Cast as Makoto Takei (Updated)

Kyle Hebert reprises role for English dub ― The official website for the new anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga announced on Saturday that Jun Fukushima (Yowamushi Pedal's Shōkichi Naruko, KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world!!'s Kazuma Satō) is joining the show's cast as the student council president Makoto Takei. The official Twitter account for the anime revealed that Kyle ...
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Otakon to Host 3 Voice Actors from Fruits Basket Anime

Makoto Furukawa, Manaka Iwami, Nobunaga Shimazaki attend July event ― The organizers of Otakon announced on Friday that the event will host Fruits Basket voice actors Makoto Furukawa (Hatsuharu Soma), Manaka Iwami (Tohru Honda), and Nobunaga Shimazaki (Yuki Soma). Furukawa has also voiced roles in One-Punch Man (Saitama), That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Benimaru), Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of...
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Kana-Boon Rock Band Cancel Live Event in Wake of Bassist's Disappearance

Yūma Meshida's family contact police to start search investigation ― Rock band Kana-Boon announced on their website on Thursday that because they have not been able to get in contact with the band's bassist Yūma Meshida (pictured second from the left) since June 5, that his family has contacted the police to start an investigation into his disappearance. As a result, the band has cancelled its "KANA-...

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Funimation to Stream Fire Force, Hensuki, 'How heavy are the dumbbells you lift?,' The Ones Within Anime

Company to also stream simuldubs of all 4 series ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will stream the following new anime titles on FunimationNow starting in July: Fire Force (Simuldub premieres on July 5. Show is available in U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.) Hensuki: Are you willing to fall in love with a pervert, as long as she's a cutie? (Simulcast premieres on July 8,...
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Ni no Kuni Film Streams Character Trailers Previewing Yoki, Gabaras, Danpa

Film opens in Japan on August 23 ― The official website for Warner Bros. Japan and Level 5's Ni no Kuni anime film began streaming three character trailers on Saturday for the characters Yoki, Gabaras, and Danpa. Yoki Gabaras Danpa The film will open in Japan on August 23. The film stars: Kento Yamazaki as Yū Mackenyu as Haru Mei Nagano as Asha Mamoru Miyano as Yoki Kenjiro Tsuda as Gabaras Maaya Sak...
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Anime Expo to Host Fire Force Creator Atsushi Ohkubo at Anime's Overseas Premiere

Manga editor Megumu Tsuchiya to also appear at premiere panel ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will present the overseas premiere of the Fire Force anime at Anime Expo on July 5 at 1:00 p.m. PDT. Fire Force manga creator Atsushi Ohkubo and editor Megumu Tsuchiya will appear at the panel, which premiere the anime's English dub. Kodansha Comics publishes the manga in English, and it describes t...
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Anime Expo to Host My Hero Academia Season 4 Premiere

With voice actors Kaori Nazuka, David Matranga, Patrick Seitz, Ricco Fajardo ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will present the premiere of the fourth My Hero Academia anime season on July 6 at 10:00 a.m. at Anime Expo. Voice actors Kaori Nazuka (Toru Hagakure), David Matranga (Shoto Todoroki), Patrick Seitz (Endeavor), and Ricco Fajardo (Mirio Togata) will appear at the screening. The new sea...
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New Attack on Titan Cafe Will Look at the Past

A new Attack on Titan pop-up cafe will take over the Tower Records Cafe's Omotesando location starting on June 21. This time the Titans are everywhere, even hiding in the menu. NOTE: Some of the food items in this article contain major spoilers for the Attack on Titan series, including events not yet depicted in the anime. A trio of titans wait outside a (broccoli) forest for our heroes. One wrong...
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The Helpful Fox Senko-san ‒ Episode 10

"Its contrasting halves make this a particularly odd episode, but if you're a fan of peaceful snow days and big anime boobs, you'll find something to enjoy here."
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Classical Music Festival Adds Your Lie in April Performance

A two-day festival dedicated to classical music will take the stage in Yokohama in September. The STAND UP! CLASSIC FESTIVAL 2019 line-up includes a performance from the musicians and voice talent behind the anime drama Your lie in April. Pianist Tomoki Sakata, violinist Yūna Shinohara, and voice actresses Risa Taneda (Kaori Miyazono) and Ai Kayano (Nagi Aiza) will appear on stage. The musicians a...
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Sakuna Game Reveals English-Dubbed Trailer

Gameplay demo video also posted for winter PS4/Switch/PC game ― XSEED Games began streaming an English-dubbed video for game developer Edelweiss' side-scrolling action platformer game Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin (Tensui no Sakuna Hime) on Thursday. Nintendo is also streaming a gameplay demonstration video for the game. The game will debut in Japan for the PlayStation 4 and Switch this winter. XSEED Game...
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Tokyo Ghoul Creator Draws Rocker MIYAVI for New CD

Tokyo Ghoul manga creator Sui Ishida drew artwork for both the limited and normal editions of Miyavi's new album NO SLEEP TILL TOKYO. The CD will be released on July 24 and is Miyavi's first new album in about three years. Rock musician Miyavi was a guest at this year's Anime Boston convention. He debuted on the international stage as a guitarist for Dué le quartz in 1999 followed by the launch of...
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Ys IX: Monstrum Nox PS4 Game's Video Previews Gameplay

Game slated for release on September 26 ― Nihon Falcom began streaming a video for Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, its latest entry in its Ys role-playing game series, on Thursday. The video previews the game's combat and exploration mechanics. The game will launch for the PlayStation 4 on September 26. The game's story takes place in Baldeuk, northeast of Esteria in the Gria Eldlingen region. A new adventure w...
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Giorno's Ladybug Pin, Mista's Sex Pistols Stand Get Pretty as Lottery Prizes

Giorno Giovanna's lucky ladybugs and Guido Mista's Sex Pistols stand are just two itemss in Bandai's Ichiban Kuji lottery campaign coming in October. The items aren't just replicas from the anime series, they also hide a secret; each also a variety of cosmetics. Giorno's ladybug compact contains white, gold, and bordeaux pink eyeshadow. Each of the Sex Pistol bullets is a mini lipstick. A total se...
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Omega Labyrinth Life Game's Opening Video Highlights Characters

Switch, PS4 game launches in Japan, Southeast Asia on August 1 ― D3 Publisher began streaming the opening video for its Omega Labyrinth Life role-playing game on Thursday. The video highlights the game's characters. The game will launch in Japan on August 1 for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The PS4 version will be titled Labyrinth Life, a separate version of the game with less sexual content...
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Kemono Friends' Fennec Voice Actress Kana Motomiya to Graduate From Franchise

Voice of Fennec & Giant Armadillo to also leave Doubutsu Biscuits musical group ― The official website for the Kemono Friends franchise announced on Friday that Kana Motomiya, the voice actress for the characters Fennec and Giant Armadillo, will be graduating from the franchise and the related musical unit Doubutsu Biscuits. Motomiya's graduation will be during the "Kemono Friends Party" event on Jul...
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That Blue Sky Feeling GN 2

Noshiro's feelings for his classmate Sanada continue to develop in the thoughtful continuation to this coming-of-age romance. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Although awakening sexuality may be read as a theme of Okura and Coma Hashii's That Blue Sky Feeling, volume two makes it clear that it may not be so much “awakening” as it is “awareness.” That's a word with at least two potential connotati...
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Jinrui no Minasama e Game's Character Video Previews Sukhaya

PS4, Switch game launches in Japan on June 27 ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming a character video on Friday for it and Acquire's Jinrui no Minasama e (To All of Mankind) survival adventure game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The video highlights the character Sukhaya Shuka, voiced by Yuki Yagi. The game will launch in Japan on June 27 after a delay from May 30. The game will retail for 6...
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Comic Market 98 Scheduled for May 2-5 to Accommodate Olympics

The official website for Comic Market (Comiket), Japan's largest event for selling self-published dōjinshi works, revealed on June 9 that Comiket 98, the summer Comiket for 2020, will be held during Golden Week on May 2-5 of that year instead of the usual August. The event's usual Tokyo Big Sight venue will serve as the main press center and international broadcasting center for the 2020 Tokyo Oly...

O Maidens in Your Savage Season Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

Series premieres on July 5 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Mari Okada and Nao Emoto's O Maidens in Your Savage Season (Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo) manga began streaming the show's second promotional video on Friday. The video previews CHiCO with HoneyWorks' opening theme song "Otome-domo yo." The anime will air on MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS' Animeism programming block, s...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime Star Aoi Koga to Appear in Live-Action Film Version

Koga plays movie theater employee in film opening on September 6 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga revealed on Friday that voice actress Aoi Koga, who played Kaguya in the anime adaptation, will have a guest role in the live-action film version as a movie theater employ...
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Live-Action Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy Film's Music Video Streamed

"Virtual singer" Kafu performs theme song for film opening on June 28 ― The Mantan Web entertainment news website began streaming a music video on Friday for Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy, the live-action film of Miki Aihara's Hot Gimmick manga. The video features the theme song "Yoru ga Furiyamu Mae ni" (Before Night Stops Falling) by "virtual singer" Kafu. Vocaloid producer Iori Kanzaki composed, arr...
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Kazuya Nakai, Sōma Saitō Join Cast of Ahiru no Sora Anime

Basketball anime premieres in October ― The official website for the television anime of Takeshi Hinata's Ahiru no Sora manga revealed two more cast members for the series on Friday. Kazuya Nakai as Shinichi Chiba (left) and Sōma Saitō as Tokitaka Tokiwa (right) The anime will premiere in October. The previously revealed cast includes: Yuuki Kaji as Sora Kurumatani Yūma Uchida as Momoharu Hanazono Ka...
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To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Anime Reveals Kenjiro Tsuda's Role

― The official website for the television anime of Maybe's To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) manga revealed on Friday that Kenjiro Tsuda will play Arthur (Behemoth). Tsuda was previously revealed to play one of Hank and Cain's Incarnate soldier comrades. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 1 at 11:00 p.m., before airing on MBS on July 2. The Fuji on ...
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Yuki Kajiura Composes Opening, Ending Themes for Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files Anime

Anime gets screening events in Los Angeles, Paris, Shanghai in early July ― The official website for Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note, the anime adaptation of Makoto Sanda's Lord El-Melloi II-sei no Jikenbo (The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II) mystery novel spinoff series for Type-Moon's Fate franchise, revealed on Friday that Yuki Kajiura is composing and arranging the show...
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Blackfox Theatrical Anime Opens in Japan on October 5

More screenshots revealed for Studio 3Hz's original anime project ― The official website for Studio 3Hz's original theatrical anime project Blackfox revealed on Friday that the anime will open in theaters in Japan on October 5. The anime's staff also revealed more screenshots from the anime. (Note: The Comic Natalie news website has more screenshots.) The anime stars: Ayaka Nanase as Rikka Isurugi / ...
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Assassin's Pride Anime Premieres This Fall

― The official Twitter account for Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed in an image on Friday that the anime of Kei Amagi's Assassin's Pride light novel series will premiere this fall. EMT Squared (The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar, Kumamiko - Girl meets Bear) is animating the series. The series takes place in a world where only those from noble families have the mana to be able to fi...
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Anime Expo Hosts The Promised Neverland, Made in Abyss Voice Actresses

The Promised Neverland director to also attend July event ― The official website for Anime Expo announced on Thursday that The Promised Neverland anime's director Mamoru Kanbe and voice actresses Sumire Morohoshi, Maaya Uchida, and Mariya Ise will attend the convention as guests. They will participate in a panel alongside English dub voice actresses Erica Mendez, Jeannie Tirado, and Laura Stahl. The ...
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Vancouver's Anirevo Event to Host Voice Actor Nobuyuki Hiyama

Event takes place on August 9-11 ― The Anirevo convention in Vancouver announced on Thursday that it will host voice actor Nobuyuki Hiyama as a guest. Hiyama has voiced characters in such anime as Kill la Kill (Uzu Sanageyama), Yū Yū Hakusho (Hiei), The Brave Express Might Gaine (Maito Senpūji), B'tX (Teppei), GaoGaiGar: King of the Braves (Gai Shishiô), Initial D: Extra Stage (Takeshi Nakazato), Mob...
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Otakon Hosts Voice Actor Toru Furuya, Director Yoshiaki Kyougoku

Mobile Suit Gundam voice actor, Laid-Back Camp director attend July event ― Otakon announced on Thursday that it will host voice actor Toru Furuya and director Yoshiaki Kyougoku at this year's convention. Furuya's voice-acting career extends more than 50 years, and he has performed in more than 100 titles. He is known for voicing characters such as Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon, Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit...
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Crunchyroll Adds Thermae Romae, 'Knights of Ramune & 40' Anime

Discotek Media publishes both anime ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added the Thermae Romae and Knights of Ramune & 40 (NG Knight Lamune & 40) anime. Discotek Media is the publisher for both anime. Thermae Romae is available for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland. Discotek...
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Catherine: Full Body Game's Video Previews Persona 5 DLC

DLC adds Joker as playable character for September 3 PS4 game ― Atlus USA began streaming a video for its Catherine: Full Body game on Thursday. The video reveals that the "Persona 5 Character Joker & Phantom Thieves Commentary Set" DLC will be available as part of the game's Deluxe Edition, and will also be available as a standalone purchase. The DLC adds Persona 5's Joker as a playable character, w...
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Black Lagoon Manga Resumes in September

― The official Twitter account for Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Friday that Rei Hiroe will resume the Black Lagoon manga in the magazine in September, with "more surprises planned." The manga was initially announced to resume in spring. The manga had resumed in May 2017 following a hiatus that began in early 2014, but then went on hiatus again last August. Hiroe launched the B...
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WANIMA Performs One Piece Stampede Film's Theme Song

Film opens in Japan on August 9 ― The official Twitter account for the One Piece Stampede anime film revealed on Friday that WANIMA will perform the film's theme song "GONG." The film will open in theaters in Japan on August 9, in celebration of the anime's 20th anniversary. Fuji TV describes the film's story: The world's greatest exposition of the pirates, by the pirates, for the pirates - the Pirat...
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Shenmue III Game's Trailer Previews Cinematics

PS4, PC game slated for November 19 ― The official PlayStation YouTube channel began streaming the E3 trailer for Deep Silver's Shenmue III PlayStation 4 and PC game on Wednesday. The trailer highlights the game's cinematic scenes. Shenmue III was originally slated for release in December 2017, but was pushed back to the second half of 2018 and then to 2019. The game was then slated for release on Au...
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6th Yo-kai Watch Film Reveals Visual, December 13 Opening

Film is set in elite academy for top class students ― The official website for Yo-kai Watch franchise's anime films revealed a visual and the December 13 opening date on Friday for Eiga Yōkai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Gakuen Y - Neko wa Hero ni Nareru ka (Yo-kai Watch Jam the Movie: Yo-Kai Academy Y - Can a Cat be a Hero?), the sixth film in the Yo-kai Watch franchise. The new film's story is set in Y-Academ...

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Anime Expo to Screen Human Lost Film

Voice actor Mamoru Miyano, director Fuminori Kizaki, marketing producer Toshiaki Obata to attend ― The official website for Anime Expo announced on Thursday that Funimation will screen the Human Lost 3D CG anime film at the convention on July 5, with voice actor Mamoru Miyano, director Fuminori Kizaki, and marketing producer Toshiaki Obata in attendance at the screening. Kizaki and Obata will also ha...
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Astra Lost in Space Anime Premieres on July 3 With 1-Hour Special

The official website for the television anime of Kenta Shinohara's Astra Lost in Space (Kanata no Astra) manga revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on AT-X at 9:00 p.m on July 3. It will also debut on the same day on Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and BS11 channels, as well as the d Anime Store and Amazon Prime Video streaming services in Japan. The anime will begin its broadcas...

Aniplex USA Licenses 'Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?' Anime for July Streaming

Anime about player, his mom trapped in game world premieres in Japan on July 12 ― Aniplex of America announced on Thursday that it has licensed the television anime of writer Dachima Inaka and illustrator Pochi Iida's Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? (Tsūjō Kōgeki ga Zentai Kōgeki de Ni-kai Kōgeki no Okā-san wa Suki desuka?) light novel series, and it will stream the series ...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 87

"The plot maneuvering that got us to the new Royal Knight ranking was as slapdash as they come, but it looks like we're on the verge of a much bigger arc."
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MAPPA, Lapin Track Make Tama and Friends' Uchi Tama!? TV Anime for Winter 2020

Anthropomorphization of Sony Creative Products franchise based on cats ― Sony Creative Products Inc. announced on Friday that it is producing a new anime based on its Uchi Tama!? project titled Uchi Tama!? ~ Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?~. The anime will premiere in January 2020 on Fuji TV's noitaminA block. 「うちタマ?! ~うちのタマ知りませんか?~」PVを公開中!!✨豪華キャストも大発表🐱🐶#斉藤壮馬 #小野賢章 #白井悠介 #花澤香菜 #内田雄馬 #黒沢ともよ #梶裕貴 #梅原裕一郎 #羽...

GKIDS Licenses Promare Film for September Theatrical Screenings in N. America

Hiroyuki Imaishi, Trigger, XFLAG's original film opened in Japan on May 24 ― GKIDS announced on Thursday that it has licensed Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare for North America. It will hold a premiere event for the film on September 17 and 19, and will open in select theaters on September 20. GKIDS describes the film: Thirty years has passed since the appearance of Burnish, a r...
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Wise Man's Grandchild ‒ Episode 10

"With minimal Sizilien, a focus on the more engaging aspects of the story, and only brief training bits, this is one of the series' better episodes."
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The Rising of The Shield Hero ‒ Episode 23

"This episode was easily among the series' most lighthearted."
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Monkey Punch's DC Hero Campaign Officially Launches July 3

Lupin III creator Monkey Punch was working on a collaboration with DC Comics before he passed away in April. Since his death, images produced for the project have become public, including drawings Shazam and Aquaman. Staff revealed the entire hero line-up, including Batman, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Green Arrow, and Supergirl. The images are part of a multi-tiered merchandise camp...
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One Punch Man Season 2 ‒ Episode 9

"The tournament/monster uprising arc ends so inconclusively that it can't really justify its own existence, but at least it ends stronger than it began."
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Fate Franchise's Gilgamesh VA Recites The Epic of Gilgamesh for Audiobook

The servants in the ever-expanding Fate universe are based on heroes both famous and infamous, real and mythological. One of the more popular characters is Gilgamesh, the haughty blonde king of ancient Mesopotania. The character is voiced by Tomokazu Seki and is central to the upcoming Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia television anime. The story of Gilgamesh is recounted in the E...
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Gundam Returns to the Racetrack in Latest JRA Collaboration

Japan's horse-racing association (JRA) are bringing Gundam pilots back to the track this year for a new collaboration campaign. The "Mobile Ride Gundam JRA -BEYOND THE TURF-" campaign launched its website on June 13. The project is focused on "BEYOND: to go beyond everything" and so far includes an original video narrated by Mamoru Miyano (the voice of Setsuna F. Seiei in Gundam 00). The campaign ...
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This Week in Anime - Is We Never Learn: BOKUBEN Worth Watching?

We Never Learn isn't the first harem romcom to revolve around tutoring, and it won't be the last. Nick and Steve find out if this slice of fanservice fluff can set itself apart from the rest of the class. ― We Never Learn isn't the first harem romcom to revolve around tutoring, and it won't be the last. This week, Nick and Steve find out if this slice of fanservice fluff can set itself apart from th...
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Fire Force Creator Atsushi Ohkubo Alludes to His Work Being 'Stolen'

Fans have noted striking similarities with Trigger and XFLAG's Promare film ― Fire Force manga creator Atsushi Ohkubo left a comment in the 28th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine 2019, stating: "I'm going to stop talking about the contents of my manga before they get serialized, even to people I know. I don't know where my work could be stolen from." Although Ohkubo did not name any particul...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, June 9-15

Hozuki's Coolheadedness 2, New Game! anime; Komi Can't Communicate, Pokemon The Movie The Power Of Us Zeraora's Story manga ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Hozuki's Coolheadedness 2 BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$89.98 June 11 Hozuki's Coolheadedness 2 DVDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 June 11 Kamisama Kiss Season 1 Essentials BDPlease Funimation US$29.98 June 11 Lord Mar...
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Given Boys-Love Anime Reveals Promo Video, More Cast, Theme Song Artists, Visual, July 11 Premiere

Solo rock project centimillimental performs opening theme, produces ending theme ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Natsuki Kizu's Given manga began streaming the show's promotional video on Thursday. The site also revealed a new visual, and announced that the solo rock project centimillimental will perform the opening theme song "Kizuato," previewed in the above video. The in-anime g...
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SNK, Victor Entertainment Reveal 'King of Fighters for Girls' Smartphone Game

"Love adventure" game features "ikemen" versions of franchise's characters ― SNK Corporation and Victor Entertainment opened a website on Wednesday to reveal that they are developing a spinoff smartphone game in SNK's The King of Fighters franchise titled The King of Fighters for Girls. As the title implies, the game is aimed toward women. The game is a "love adventure" game the style of other otome ...
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Yubisaki kara no Honki no Netsujō Anime Previewed in Video

Short anime premiering on July 7 about firefighters gets "standard," "complete" versions ― The official website for Yubisaki kara no Honki no Netsujō: Osananajimi wa Shōbōshi, the anime adaptation of Tanishi Kawano's Yubisaki kara no Honki no Netsujō ~Kyara Otoko Shōbōshi wa Massugu na Me de Watashi o Idaita~ manga, began streaming two promotional videos for the series on Thursday. The videos preview...
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Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers Game Expansion's Launch Trailer Streamed

MMORPG's 3rd expansion launches on July 2 ― Square Enix began streaming a launch trailer on Monday for the "Shadowbringers" expansion for the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn MMORPG. English Version Japanese Verion The expansion will launch on July 2. The expansion will feature the new "Gunbreaker" and "Dancer" jobs; the new "Viera" and "Hrothgar" races; the new areas "Il Mheg," "The Rak'tika Greatw...
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BiSH, Miyuu Perform Fairy Tail: Final Season Anime's New Theme Songs

New themes premiere in series on July 7 ― The official website for the Fairy Tail anime revealed the new theme songs for the anime on Thursday. BiSH will perform the new opening theme song "More Than Like," and Miyuu will perform the ending theme song "Exceed." The new themes will premiere in the show on July 7. Osaka☆Shunkashūtō are performing the current opening song "NO-LIMIT," and Miyuna is perfo...
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Code Vein Game's New Trailer Reveals September 27 Release

Bandai Namco Ent.'s role-playing game launches for PS4, Xbox One, PC ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Tuesday that it will release the Code Vein post-apocalyptic role-playing game in North America and Europe on September 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Bandai Namco Entertainment is also streaming a new trailer for the game. The game will launch in Japan on September 26. Banda...
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One-Punch Man Volume 16 Tops U.S. Monthly Bookscan May List

Berserk, Dragon Ball Super, My Hero Academia, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, One Piece, Black Clover, Smashed also make list ― ONE and Yūsuke Murata's One-Punch Man manga volume 16 topped NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for May. This month's list featured 12 manga volumes, including: #1 — ONE and Yūsuke Murata's One-Punch Man volume 16 #2 — Kentarou Miura's Berserk Deluxe volume 1 #3 — Aki...
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'Maō-sama, Retry!' Anime Reveals Promo Video, More Cast

Tomokazu Seki joins cast for series premiering on July 3 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kurone Kanzaki's Maō-sama, Retry! (Dark Lord, Retry!) light novel series began streaming a promotional video for the series on Thursday. The video previews Kaori Ishihara's opening theme song "Tempest." The site also revealed that Tomokazu Seki is joining the show's cast as Isami Tah...
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Anime Expo Hosts Director Manabu Ono, Character Designer Shingo Adachi

Junichiro Tsuchiya to also join Sailor Moon panel; Emiri Kato, Chiwa Saito attend Madoka panel ― The official website for Anime Expo announced on Tuesday that it will host Sword Art Online Alicization director Manabu Ono and character designer/chief animation director Shingo Adachi. They will participate in a panel for Sword Art Online Alicization that will also have the dub cast Cherami Leigh (Asuna...
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Otakon Announces 7 Additional Guests

Kikuko Inoue, Michihiko Suwa, Masao Maruyama, Hiroshi Nagahama, Sayuri Hara, Shōichi Hotta to attend ― Otakon announced more guests for this year's convention over the past three days, including voice actress Kikuko Inoue, producer Michihiko Suwa, producer Masao Maruyama, director Hiroshi Nagahama, voice actress Sayuri Hara, and producer Shōichi Hotta. The event will also host cosplayer Jez Roth. Ino...
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Ni no Kuni Game Gets Remastered Release on PS4/PC

Original version also ships on Switch; all 3 releases slated for September 20 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it will release the Level 5's Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch in a remastered version on the PlayStation 4 and PC, and will also release the original version on the Switch. All three releases are slated to debut on September 20. Level 5 debuted the fantasy role-pla...
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Daemon X Machina Game's Trailer Reveals September 13 Release Date

Designers Shoji Kawamori, Yūsuke Kozaki work on mecha game ― Nintendo revealed a new trailer for Marvelous Entertainment's Daemon X Machina game during its Nintendo Direct stream on Tuesday. The trailer reveals the game's September 13 release date. Nintendo also streamed gameplay demonstration video of the game. Marvelous Entertainment describes the game: When the moon tore apart, the sky bled red wi...
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Yen Press Releases Kingdom Hearts III Manga, Kingdom Hearts χ Novel in English

Yen Press to release manga periodically; novel ships on December 10 ― Yen Press confirmed with ANN on Tuesday that it began publishing Shiro Amano's new Kingdom Hearts III manga on May 29 with the manga's "chapter 0 prologue" chapter. The manga is available on Amazon, Apple, ComiXology, Kobo, and BookWalker. Yen Press added that it is not releasing the manga simultaneously with the Japanese release, ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, June 3-9

Natsuzora's latest episode earns 21.7% rating, Lu over the wall earns 0.4% rating ― The latest episode of the Natsuzora live-action series about the early Japanese animation industry aired on NHK on Friday, June 7 at 8:00 a.m. and earned a 21.7% rating. The latest episode of the live-action series adaptation of Tomohiro Yokomaku and Taishi Mori's Radiation House medical drama manga aired on Fuji TV o...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 3-9

Rage 2 tops ranking in debut week ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 3-9 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Rage 2 Bethesda Softworks June 6 12,146 12,146 2NSwSuper Smash Brothers Ultimate Nintendo December 7, 2018 8,691 3,111,939 3NSwMinecraft Nintendo June 21, 2018 8,235 807,485 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 8,105 2,326,158 5PS4Everybody's Golf VR Sony ...
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Sekai Games Reveals Switch Release for Root Double, Tokyo Chronos for PS VR

New versions for Project Lux, Fault, World End Economica, Narcissu also dated ― Sekai Project announced various developments for its projects during E3 on Wednesday, all under its Sekai Games label for console games. The announcements include: The PlayStation VR version of Isuna Hasekura and Spicy Tails' Project Lux game will launch later this month. Sekai Games will release the Root Double: Before C...
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Luigi's Mansion 3 Switch Game's Video Highlights New Mechanics

Game slated for release this holiday season ― Nintendo revealed a spotlight video for its Luigi's Mansion 3 Switch game during its Nintendo Direct stream on Tuesday. The video highlights the new gameplay mechanics. The game is the newest installment in the Luigi's Mansion game series, and it is slated for release during the holiday season this year. The original game launched for GameCube in 2001. A ...
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Sega's Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Switch Game Launches in November

Video streamed for tie-in to 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics ― Nintendo revealed during its E3 Nintendo Direct stream on Tuesday that Sega will release the previously announced Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 video game on the Switch in November. Sega is releasing four games for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Sega will release Tokyo 2020 Olympics: The Official Game video game for the Playstat...
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ComiXology Adds Mars, You're a Pet Manga

All volumes for both manga available ― ComiXology added all 15 volumes of Fuyumi Soryo's Mars manga and all 14 volumes of Yayoi Ogawa's You're a Pet (Tramps Like Us/Kimi wa Pet) manga as ComiXology Originals on Wednesday. Kodansha Comics is publishing both series. Kodansha Comics describes Mars: Superpopular motorcycle racer Rei and shy, neurotic art student Kira are worlds apart ... until one fatefu...
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Panzer Dragoon: Remake Game Reveals 1st Gameplay Video

Switch game slated for this winter ― Nintendo revealed a gameplay video for Sega and Polish game developer and publisher Forever Entertainment's remake of Sega Panzer Dragoon game during its E3 Nintendo Direct stream on Tuesday. The game will ship this winter for the Nintendo Switch. Panzer Dragoon: Remake will be a "refreshed" version of the original game with new graphics and other modifications. F...
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Ojisan and Marshmallow's Rekomaru Otoi Launches New Romance Omnibus Manga

Sono Toki no Kanojo ga Ima no Tsuma Desu manga launched on Wednesday ― Manga creator Rekomaru Otoi launched a new manga titled Sono Toki no Kanojo ga Ima no Tsuma Desu (My Girlfriend Back Then is Now My Wife) in the June issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Beam magazine on Wednesday. The manga featured in the issue's front cover (seen right). The manga will have an omnibus format, with each chapter cen...
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To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Anime Reveals Kouki Uchiyama's Role

The official website for the television anime of Maybe's To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) manga revealed on Wednesday that Kouki Uchiyama will play Theodore (Minotaur). Uchiyama was previously revealed to play one of Hank and Cain's Incarnate soldier comrades. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 1 at 11:00 p.m., before airing on MBS on July 2. The...
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