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Combatants Will Be Dispatched! Novel 1

If you're looking for a more comical addition to your light novel roster, then this new series about super-villains from the author of KONOSUBA! should tickle your funny bone. Theron Martin has the details. ― Combatants Will Be Dispatched! is a light novel that challenges the exact definition of isekai, though probably not deliberately. The two main characters are transported to another world, it's b...
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This Week in Games - Forever Dreaming

Guess who's back - both Cloud, Sephiroth, and everyone's favorite classic console, the Sega Dreamcast! Heidi's got the details from Tokyo Game Show - don't miss it. ― Hey folks! Sorry for the slight delay on this column, I had the kind of headache yesterday that made me want to hurl if I looked at a screen for more than a few minutes. Not very fun! It worked out for the best, though, because now I ca...
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Yuri Life GN

This collection of flash fiction stories provides a variety of cute girls-love premises, but lacks enough punch or depth to stand out in the genre. Rebecca Silverman digs into this haphazard anthology. ― Flash fiction and slice of life are two styles of literature that do not always sit comfortably together. The reason is in the very definitions of each type of story: flash fiction aims to tell a com...
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Premiere Report - Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!

Jacob Chapman has the details from the premiere of this ostensibly cute comedy about four weird girls struggling to succeed at an RPG Academy - but there are some issues. ― Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! is hardly the first isekai light novel series with a title that's barely able to fit on its own poster, but at least that massive moniker gives viewers an accurate idea ...
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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Trilogy Blu-ray

This triad of films seeks to reinvent the story of Code Geass to make room for its new movie sequel, but can it capture the spirit of the original series in a much shorter runtime? James Beckett has the answers. ― Recap movies are one of those anime industry mainstays that have never appealed to me, especially in this day and age of ubiquitous digital streaming. Nowadays, instead of having to cram do...
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The Rising of The Shield Hero Anime Gets Stage Play

Play runs in Osaka, Tokyo in spring 2020 ― The Rising of The Shield Hero anime is inspiring a stage play adaptation that will run in Osaka and Tokyo in spring 2020. The play will run at Cool Japan Park Osaka TT Hall from March 27-29, followed by Theater Sun-mall in Tokyo from April 2-12. Satoshi Ōgita (Bobjack Theater) is directing the play, and Kaori Moriyama (Bobjack Theater) is writing the script....
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Godzilla, Alita Films Do Not Win at 45th Saturn Awards

― The Saturn Awards, the awards that honor the best science fiction, horror, and fantasy movies and television programs of the year, announced the winners of the 45th awards on Friday. Alita: Battle Angel was nominated for the Best Science Fiction Film Release award, but Ready Player One won the award. Godzilla: King of the Monsters was nominated in the Best Fantasy Film Release category and in the ...
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Smile Down the Runway Manga Gets TV Anime

Yumiri Hanamori, Natsuki Hanae to star in anime based on manga about aspiring model, fashion designer ― An official website opened on Monday to announce that Kotoba Inoya's Smile Down the Runway (Runway de Waratte) manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation that will premiere in January 2020. The website began streaming a promotional video and revealed a key visual and the main cast and staff f...
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Black Clover Franchise Gets New Novel Centered on Yuno

3rd novel in franchise ships on October 4 ― Shueisha's Jump J-Books website is listing that it will release a new novel based on Yuki Tabata's Black Clover manga on October 4. The novel is titled Black Clover: Yuno no Sho (Book of Yuno). Johnny Onda is returning from the first two novels in the franchise to pen the third novel. The novel will tell four different short stories about Yuno. In one story...
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Natsume's Book of Friends Film's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Aniplex USA will release film on BD on November 26 ― Aniplex of America began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Sunday for its release of the Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond anime film. The company will release the film on Blu-ray Disc on November 26. The film's home video release will have English subtitles. Aniplex of America screened the film at the Anime NYC convention last No...
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Hinomaruko Game's Tokyo Game Show Trailer Reveals Story

PS4, Switch takes place in alternate future in occupied Japanese Empire ― The official website for publisher Pikii and developer Tamsoft's (Senran Kagura, Utawarerumono Zan games) Hinomaruko game began streaming the first teaser trailer for the game on Monday. The companies previously screened the trailer at Tokyo Game Show, where the companies announced the game. The video reveals that the game's st...
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Persona 5 Stage Play Unveils Character Visuals

Stage play debuts in December ― The official Twitter account for the stage play adaptation of Atlus' Persona 5 role-playing game unveiled photographs of the cast in costume on Saturday. Kouhei Shiota as Ryūji Sakamoto (left in image above) and Yuki Odera as Ann Takamaki Yoshihide Sasaki as Gorō Akechi (left in image above), Kōji Kominami as Yūsuke Kitagawa (center), Kaoru Marimura as Sae Niijima (rig...
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Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Stage Play Reveals New Visual for 2nd Play

― The official website for the stage play adaptations of Yoshinobu Akita's Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi) light novel series revealed a new visual for the second stage play on Sunday. The second stage play will run at Rikkōkai Hall in Tokyo from November 7-12. The first stage play ran at Shinjukumura LIVE in Tokyo from August 15-18. Takehiro Yoshida is writing the scripts, a...
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ACTORS: Songs Connection Anime Unveils New Visual

― The official website for ACTORS: Songs Connection, the television anime based on Exit Tunes' ACTORS CD project, unveiled a new visual for the anime last Friday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, BS NTV, and AT-X on October 6 at 11:30 p.m. Osamu Yamasaki (Hakuoki series, Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East both seasons) is directing the anime. Yukio Nagasaki (Love Live! School idol project, Love L...
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Violet Evergarden Gaiden Anime Gets Screenings Beyond 4 Weeks

― The official website for Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll (Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidō Shuki Ningyō), a side story to the Violet Evergarden anime, revealed last Friday that the anime will still have screenings after four weeks. Theatergoers for the anime's fourth week screening will receive a mini shikishi, while theatergoers for the fifth week will receive one of ...
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23rd Detective Conan Film Earns Record 131 Million Yuan in China

Film surpasses total Chinese box office of last year's film in 1 weekend Meitantei Conan: Konjō no Fist (Detective Conan: Fist of Blue Sapphire), the 23rd Detective Conan anime film, opened in China on Friday and earned 131 million yuan (about US$18.52 million or 2 billion yen) from Friday to Sunday. The film's opening weekend gross in China surpassed the total Chinese gross earnings of last year's...
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Tokyo Game Show Draws 262,076 Attendees

― Tokyo Game Show 2019 reported an attendance of 262,076 over the course of four days (September 12-15) this past week. That is less than last year's 298,690, the highest attendance on record, but more than 2017's attendance of 254,311. The last public day (September 15) drew in around 102,333 people. The event counts the equivalent of turnstile attendance, meaning a person who attends all four days...
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Super Nintendo World in Osaka to Open Next Spring

Area will be "fully interactive" with magnetic wristband tracking scores for rides ― Universal Parks & Resorts chairman and CEO Tom Williams confirmed last week that the Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka will open the "Super Nintendo World" area in spring 2020. The area was previously slated to open in time for the Tokyo Olympics next summer. The first phase of the area will open with two r...
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Kiratto Pri☆Chan Anime Unveils New Visual

― The official website for the second season of the Kiratto Pri☆Chan anime revealed a new visual for the anime on Sunday. The second season premiered in April, and it is the latest anime series in the Pretty Series franchise. The first season premiered in Japan in April 2018. The anime has video uploading and streaming sites as a central focus, and once again has themes of singing, dancing, fashion,...

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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 23

"This episode acts more as table-setting for the season's final climax than a story on its own, but for good reason."
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Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? ‒ Episode 10

"Mamako's triumphs in this episode provide a glimpse of this narrative's potential platonic ideal, where motherhood is exalted as a superpower in ways that are both silly and heartfelt."
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 24

"If you've been feeling deprived of your weekly dose of Zenitsu antics lately, then boy howdy does Demon Slayer have an episode for you."
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Attack on Titan FINAL Exhibition Crashes Into Osaka

The Attack on Titan FINAL exhibition will head to Osaka on September 21 after finishing its run in Roppongi. The event has new key visuals for the upcoming event depicting the Survey Corps and Eren in Titan form exploring the area. One image shows the group enjoying some well-earned peace in the Hirakata Park amusement park and another shows Eren looking like he's about to full-fist punch a roller...
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 326

"Hop aboard the Mest Express for the lead up to the final episodes of Fairy Tail!"
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Meet the Cast During the KONOSUBA Official Bus Tour

Fans of the far-flung fantasy and antics of KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! will get a chance to meet the voices behind Kazuma and Ruffian during an official bus tour. The trip takes off on October 26 and will take travelers to the city of Yugawara in Kanagawa prefecture. Participants will meet Jun Fukushima and Tetsu Inada for a talk event followed by mandarin orange picking an...
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Kochikame Creator Publishes 1st Business Tips Book

Kochikame manga creator Osamu Akimoto will publish his first book on business titled Akimoto Osamu no Shigoto-jutsu (Osamu Akimoto's Work Technique) on August 5. The book details how Akimoto managed to serialize a successful manga for 40 years through schedule management and introduces how to create a similar life rhythm for office workers. Akimoto's technique centers on creating "free time" for b...
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Combatants Will Be Dispatched! Novel 1

If you're looking for a more comical addition to your light novel roster, then this new series about super-villains from the author of KONOSUBA! should tickle your funny bone. Theron Martin has the details. ― Combatants Will Be Dispatched! is a light novel that challenges the exact definition of isekai, though probably not deliberately. The two main characters are transported to another world, it's b...
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 22

"The impact of Hanajima's arc comes not from her powers themselves, but how she feels about them."
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New Kamen Rider Kaixa Manga Launches on September 27

Actor Kōhei Murakami, scriptwriter Toshiki Inoue collaborate on new manga with artist Yūshi Kanoe ― Kadokawa's Dengeki Maoh magazine announced on Friday that it will launch the Kamen Rider Kaixa (Kamen Rider 913) manga in the magazine's November issue on September 27. The manga will feature on the cover of the issue, and the issue will also feature a special appendix booklet for the manga. The manga ...
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Dead or Alive 6 Game Adds New Playable Character Momiji

Character joins game on September 19 ― Sony announced on Sunday that Momiji from Ninja Gaiden will join Koei Tecmo Games' Dead or Alive 6 fighting game on September 19 as a playable character. The DLC will come with five debut costumes (deluxe costume, happy wedding costume, seven seas pirates costume, paradise swimsuit costume, "summer dress rustling in the sea breeze" costume) for Momiji and 26 oth...
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Eir Aoi Performs Ending Theme for Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia Anime

New commercial streamed for anime premiering on October 5 ― The official website for Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia (Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia), the television anime of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia" (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) story, announced on ...
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New Sakura Wars Game Gets Stage Play in Spring 2020

Also: music video streamed for video game ― Sega announced on Sunday at Tokyo Game Show that its Shin Sakura Taisen (Project Sakura Wars in English) game is getting a stage play adaptation. The play, titled Shin Sakura Taisen the Stage, will star former Cheeky Parade member Yūna Sekine as Sakura Amamiya. The play will debut in spring 2020. The event also revealed a music video for the character Sakur...
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Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate Game's Promo Video Reveals December 19 Release

Video highlights new characters, guest characters from other franchises ― Koei Tecmo Games began streaming the first promotional video on Sunday for it and Omega Force's Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate (Musou Orochi 3 Ultimate) game. The video reveals that the game will launch for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan on December 19. The video also highlights the new characters Gaia and Hades, as wel...
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Tales of Crestoria Smartphone Game's New Video Highlights Battle Mechanics

Game launches in English, Japanese this year ― Bandai Namco Entertainment released a new video for its Tales of Crestoria smartphone game on Sunday. The video features English subtitles, and highlights battle in the game. Wit Studio is handling the animation for the game, and Jun Kumagai is in charge of the story outline. Character designers include Kosuke Fujishima, Mutsumi Inomata, Miyuki Kobayashi...
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Puzzle & Action: Ichidant-R Game Launches on Switch in Japan Through Sega Ages Project on September 26

― Sega announced at Tokyo Game Show on Sunday that it will release the Puzzle & Action: Ichidant-R game in Japan for the Nintendo Switch as part of its Sega Ages project on September 26. Sega is reviving its Sega Ages project for Nintendo Switch in Japan, North America, and Europe. The company has already released Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Force IV/Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar, Phantas...
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Tales of Arise RPG Teased in New Trailer

Takuya Satō, Shino Shimoji star in 2020 RPG developed with Unreal Engine 4 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment debuted a new trailer for its Tales of Arise role-playing game at Tokyo Game Show 2019 on Sunday. The next chapter in the "Tales of" JRPG franchise uses Unreal Engine 4, but the staff tried to incorporate the artistic style of previous games in franchise. That includes rendered cut-scenes with a wa...

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Granbelm ‒ Episode 11

"Conceptually and emotionally, this is probably the strongest Granbelm has ever been."
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Bushiroad Founder Explains BanG Dream!'s Success in Struggling Anime Industry

Bushiroad founder Takaaki Kidani spoke to Oricon on Sunday about the BanG Dream! franchise's success, from the qualities inherent to BanG Dream! to the industry situation around to it. The idea for BanG Dream! first came up in March 2014, and at the time "there were no examples of making a band out of voice actors" as opposed to an idol unit. "Everyone thought it was impossible." Kidani spoke abou...
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A Certain Scientific Accelerator ‒ Episode 10

"This episode's gimmick doesn't sit well with me, introducing a character in a flashback right before revealing that the character in question is at the heart of the series' biggest plot twist."
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 10

"This episode is nowhere near as exciting or emotionally resonant as Fire Force's first pair, but it feels more like the show I was expecting to see, which is a step up from the last arc's misfires."
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Gatebox's Mass-Produced Holographic Talking Girlfriend to Finally Ship in October

Gatebox has paved the way for two-dimensional waifus, first by introducing its "Holographic Communication Robot" in 2016 and followed by establishing its Jigen Tokō Kyoku (Dimensional Voyage Department) and offering a marriage registration service for people who want to record their unions with 2D characters. Its Communication Robot has so far included the company's original character Hikari Azuma...
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O Maidens in Your Savage Season ‒ Episode 11

"I don't know about you, but I sure didn't see the final twist of this week's episode coming."
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Inio Asano, Yuki Kodama Draw Elton John Bio-Pic Rocketman

Goodnight Punpun and Kids on the Slope manga creators Inio Asano and Yuki Kodama drew their interpretations of Elton John as he's seen in the biopic Rocketman. Kodama drew Elton John at the various phases of life from boyhood to stardom. Asano's interpretation focused on Elton John at the height of his career, in gleaming sequins and colorful feathers. Both artists were fans of the film with Asano...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II ‒ Episode 10

"The Haruhime arc ends here, and while it does a decent job of wrapping things up, I can't help but feel like giving it those last two episodes of the season might have lent it more impact."
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Given ‒ Episode 10

"How does you even follow up an episode as show-stopping as last week's? Anyway, here's Wonderwall."
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Trigger Animator Sushio Shows Alternative Side in Illustration Collection

Following the recent release of his Sushio the Idol artbook, the Trigger animator has new collection in the works, this time compiling his work for musicians and other artists. The 304-page ALTERNATiVE SiDE of SUSHiO book will include art of the female band BiSH, the 10-member group GANG PARADE, and other WACK-affiliated artists. A limited edition "BiSH version" will be sold exclusively at the gro...
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This Week in Games - Forever Dreaming

Guess who's back - both Cloud, Sephiroth, and everyone's favorite classic console, the Sega Dreamcast! Heidi's got the details from Tokyo Game Show - don't miss it. ― Hey folks! Sorry for the slight delay on this column, I had the kind of headache yesterday that made me want to hurl if I looked at a screen for more than a few minutes. Not very fun! It worked out for the best, though, because now I ca...
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Man Arrested for Multiple Robberies Said His Toy Gun Was to Honor Lupin the 3rd

Police officers in Tokyo arrested a 40-year-old man on September 10 who they believe to be responsible for multiple convenience store robberies. The suspect allegedly used a toy Walther P38 in order to obtain cash from three convenience stores and the toy was visible in security footage obtained by police. When police arrived to make the arrest on Tuesday, they encountered the suspect named Masafu...
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Yuri Life GN

This collection of flash fiction stories provides a variety of cute girls-love premises, but lacks enough punch or depth to stand out in the genre. Rebecca Silverman digs into this haphazard anthology. ― Flash fiction and slice of life are two styles of literature that do not always sit comfortably together. The reason is in the very definitions of each type of story: flash fiction aims to tell a com...
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2020 Doraemon Anime Film Gets Manga Adaptation

New Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Kyoryū film to open in March 2020 ― The October issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine published the first chapter of a manga adaptation of the 2020 Doraemon film Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Kyoryū (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's New Dinosaur) on Saturday. Shintarō Mugiwara is drawing the manga. The film will open in March 2020. The film's story begins with Nobit...
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Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 7 Game's 1st Promo Video Streamed

Latest in romance adventure franchise launches next spring ― Koei Tecmo Games' Ruby Party brand began streaming a promotional video on Friday for Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 7 (Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 7), a new game in its Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time game series. The game stars: (family names are listed first for characters) Mikako Takahashi as protagonist Amano Nanao (players can chan...
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Angelique Game Franchise Gets 1st New Work in 17 Years

New game to launch on Switch in 2020 ― Koei Tecmo Games announced on Friday that it is developing a new entry in its Angelique love simulation game series. The game's setting will take place in a new "third universe." The game will also feature a new illustrator and a new cast. The new game will release on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite in 2020. Koei Tecmo Games is also developing a version...
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Hiromitsu Takeda's Maken-Ki! Manga to End in 24th Volume

Manga inspired 2 TV anime, 2 OVAs ― The 23rd volume of Hiromitsu Takeda's Maken-Ki! manga announced on Monday that the 24th volume of the manga will be the final volume. The 24th volume is slated to ship in March 2020. The story revolves around Takeru Ōyama, a boy enrolled in an elite school where the girls (and boys) fight with mysterious items called Maken. The student body includes the enigmatic g...
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game's 12th DLC Character is Ohnoki

Character part of game's 2nd season pass ― This year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Ohnoki will be the 12th DLC character for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game. Ohnoki is a healer character in the game. The character will launch "soon" in the game. The game's second season pass so far also includes Zabuza Momochi and Ha...
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Crunchyroll Posts 25-Minute Documentary Video for Dr. Stone Anime

Video features interviews with TMS Entertainment staff ― Crunchyroll began streaming a 25-minute documentary video on Friday about the making of the Dr. Stone television anime series. The video features interviews with producer Shusuke Katagiri and director Shinya Iino at TMS Entertainment. Dr. Stone debuted on July 5. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs, and Funimation is streaming a simu...
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Takara Tomy Arts Reveals New 'Japanda' Character With Animated Short by Fanworks

Olympic mascot designer Ryō Taniguchi designs new character ― Takara Tomy Arts announced on September 3 that it is developing merchandise and media around a new character named "Japanda." Ryō Taniguchi (designer for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games' official mascots) designed the character. Fanworks (Aggressive Retsuko) produced an animated short for the character's debut. The target audience ...
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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Game Ships 2.5 Million Copies, Reveals New Horizon Collaboration

Expansion launched on September 6 ― Capcom began streaming a new video on Saturday to reveal that the Monster Hunter Word: Iceborne expansion game will have a new collaboration with the Horizon Zero Dawn game. The collaboration event will start in November. Monster Hunter World has previously collaborated with the Horizon Zero Dawn game in the past. The new collaboration will feature new quests in bo...
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Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Masterpiece 1995-2001 Game Collection for PS4 Launches on November 27

― Sega announced on Friday at the Tokyo Game Show event that it will release the Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Masterpiece 1995-2001 game collection digitally for the PlayStation 4 in Japan on November 27. Sega had announced the collection in March. The collection includes the Cyber Troopers Virtual-On, Cyber Troopers Virtual-On: Oratorio Tangram M.S.B.S. Ver. 5.66, and Cyber Troopers: Virtual-On Force ...
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Tokyo Chronos' MyDearest Announces Project MEGALiTH Game

New work is latest entry in Chronos Series ― MyDearest, the company that developed the VR adventure game Tokyo Chronos, announced at Tokyo Game Show on Saturday that it is developing a new game titled Project MEGALiTH. The game will be a new entry in the Chronos Series. MyDearest revealed a visual for the game at the event. The game will launch in 2020. Sekai Project launched a Kickstarter campaign f...
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Ove Generation Game's Opening Video Streamed

Pre-registration opened on Thursday for DMM Games' smartphone, PC game ― DMM Games began streaming on Thursday the animated opening song video for its Ove Generation ~Kōbō Suru Inōryoku Shōjo~ (Ove Generation ~Offensive and Defensive Superpowered Girls~) role-playing game for smartphones and PC. DMM Games opened up pre-registration for the game on Thursday. The game takes place in a world where the l...
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Danchi Tomoo's Tobira Oda Launches New Manga

Yokosuka Kozue manga debuts on September 30 ― This year's combined 42nd and 43rd issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Saturday that Tobira Oda will launch a new manga titled Yokosuka Kozue in the magazine's next issue on September 30. The manga will debut with two chapters. Oda launched the Danchi Tomoo manga in Big Comic Spirits in 2003, and ended it on February 4. Shogakukan...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, September 2-8

Natsuzora earns 21.1% rating, 14th Detective Conan film earns 8.6% rating ― The latest episode of the Natsuzora live-action series about the early Japanese animation industry aired on NHK on Friday, September 6 at 8:00 a.m. and earned a 21.1% rating. The latest episode of the live-action series adaptation of Misato Konari's Nagi no Oitoma (Nagi's Long Vacation) manga aired on TBS on Friday, September...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, September 2-8

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition, Regular Edition debut at #1, #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: September 2-8 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition Capcom September 6 206,156 206,156 2PS4Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Capcom September 6 44,160 44,160 3NSwSuper Mario Maker 2 Nintendo June 28 18,296 600,297 4PS4NBA 2K20...
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Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life Anime Unveils New Visual for 2nd Half

― The official website for the television anime of Amyū's Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life (Kono Oto Tomare!) manga unveiled a new visual for the show's second half on Friday. The anime's second half will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX1 and BS11 on October 5 at 25:00 (effectively October 6 at 1:00 a.m.). The anime will then debut on AT-X and Tochigi TV on October 7, on WOWOW on October 9, and on Hokk...
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Final Fantasy VII Remake Game's 'Classic Mode' Brings Back Menu-Based Combat

Alternative combat system brings combat closer to original game ― Square Enix revealed during its Tokyo Game Show live stream on Sunday that its Final Fantasy VII Remake game will feature an alternative "Classic Mode" that switches the combat from its default real-time action RPG style to a menu-based combat system similar to the original game and older Final Fantasy titles. While players can still m...
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Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout Game Unveils Trailer, Gameplay Video

Story trailer previews theme song by Sayaka Kanda, gameplay video previews crafting ― Koei Tecmo Games' Gust brand began streaming a story trailer and gameplay video for its Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout (Ryza no Atelier ~Tokoyami no Joō to Himitsu no Kakurega~) game on Saturday. The story trailer previews the game's theme song "Nijiiro no Natsu" by Sayaka Kanda. The gameplay video...
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Atelier Dusk Trilogy Games Get 'Deluxe Pack' Releases for PS4, Switch, PC

New release is based on each games' "Plus" versions for PS Vita ― Gust and Koei Tecmo Games announced on Saturday that they will release the Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The release will contain all three games from the Atelier game series' Dusk trilogy of games. Koei Tecmo Games did not reveal a release date. Koei Tecmo America and Koei Te...
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Code Vein Game's Behind-the-Scenes Video Highlights Music

PS4, Xbox One, PC game launches on September 27 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a behind-the-scenes video for the Code Vein post-apocalyptic role-playing game on Friday. The video highlights the game's music, and composer Gō Shiina's process in composing the themes for the game. The game will launch in Japan on September 26, and in North America and Europe on September 27 for Pla...
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Aniplex USA Streams Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia Anime's English-Subtitled Trailer

Anime premieres on October 5, with N. American premiere screening in Los Angeles on September 29 ― Aniplex of America began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Friday for Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia (Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia), the television anime of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia" (Order VII: T...
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New Sakura Wars Game Unveils Opening Video With Series Theme Song

PS4 game launches in Japan on December 19, in the West in 2020 ― Sega began streaming the opening video for the Shin Sakura Taisen (Project Sakura Wars in English) game on Saturday. The video highlights the game's theme song "Geki! Teikoku Kagekidan," the long-running theme song of the series, with a new arrangement. Bleach manga creator Tite Kubo is the main character designer for the new game in th...
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Spike Chunsoft Reveals Way of the Samurai Spinoff Game Katanakami

PS4, Switch, PC game ships in Japan in early 2020 ― Spike Chunsoft revealed during Tokyo Game Show on Saturday that developer Acquire is developing a new game titled Samuraidō Gaiden Katanakami (Way of the Samurai Side Story: God of the Sword). The game is a spinoff of Acquire's Way of the Samurai game series, and it will ship in Japan both physically and digitally for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Swi...
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Azur Lane Anime's Video Reveals Theme Song Artists, More Cast, Staff, October 3 Debut

Yui Horie, Yō Taichi, Maria Naganawa, Nozomi Yamane reprise roles; May'n, Kano perform opening, ending songs ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi's Azur Lane smartphone game began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Saturday. The video reveals and previews the anime's theme song "graphite/diamond" by May'n, and also reveals the e...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization Rising Steel Smartphone Game Unveils Opening Video

Game's theme song "Selfrontier" by ASCA previewed in video ― Bandai Namco Entertainment debuted the opening video for its Sword Art Online: Alicization Rising Steel (Sword Art Online: Alicization Blading) smartphone role-playing game at Tokyo Game Show on Saturday. The video reveals and previews the game's theme song "Selfrontier" by ASCA. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game in both Japa...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris Game's TGS Trailer Reveals More Characters, Where Story Branches From Anime

Game follow Alicization story's 1st half, before branching away from War of Underworld ― Bandai Namco Entertainment debuted a new trailer for its Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris game at Tokyo Game Show on Saturday. The trailer confirms that the characters Cardinal, Selka, Ronye, and Tiese will appear in the game. The game staff also clarifies how the game's story relates to the anime's story. T...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris Producer: Sexual Assault Scene Will Not Be Shown Directly in Game

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris game producer Yōsuke Futami confirmed with Anime News Network that the game will not directly depict the controversial sexual assault scene shown in the TV anime's 10th episode. The anime's depiction is widely considered the most graphic and violent episode of the series to date. Futami stated that although the context around the scene is highly important for ...
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Gundam Battle: Gunpla Warfare Smartphone Game's Video Previews Big Zam Battle

4-player "multi-mission" previewed for game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed a new promotional video for its Gundam Battle: Gunpla Warfare (Gundam Breaker Mobile) smartphone game on Saturday. The video previews the game's four-player cooperative "multi-mission" where players take down the Big Zam. The game launched for iOS and Android devices in North America and Japan on July 30. The smartphone...
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Weathering With You, Children of the Sea, Ride Your Wave to Premiere at L.A.'s Animation Is Film Fest

Cencoroll Connect also screening in October festival ― The Animation Is Film Festival in Los Angeles announced its lineup on Friday. The festival will host the United States premiere of the Weathering With You film and the North American premiere of the Children of the Sea film. It will also screen the West Coast premiere of the Ride Your Wave film, and it will screen the Cencoroll Connect anime. Wea...
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Granblue Fantasy: Versus Game Reveals Metera in Video

Fighting game ships on PS4 in Japan on February 6 ― The official website for Cygames and Arc System Works' Granblue Fantasy: Versus fighting game began streaming a new promotional video on Saturday. The video reveals the new character Metera as a playable character. The game will launch in Japan on the PlayStation 4 on February 6. The game was originally slated to release this year in Japan. XSEED Ga...
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My Hero Academia Anime's Season 4 Reveals Cast for 3 More Pro Heroes

Kaori Yagi, Kenta Ōkuma, Yasuhiro voice Ryukyu, Centipeder, Lock Rock ― This year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed three more cast members for the fourth season of the My Hero Academia anime on Saturday: Kaori Yagi as Ryukyu Kenta Ōkuma as Centipeder Yasuhiro as Lock Rock The new season covers the manga's Hero Intern arc that began in the 14th volume. The season will pr...

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Suzuko Mimori, Kengo Kawanishi Star in JRA Website Anime Ad

The Japan Racing Association is no stranger to anime collaborations whether its putting Gundam pilots on the racetrack or helping produce weird one-off episodes of Pop Team Epic. JRA-VAN, the information service for all things horse racing, launched its own anime ad to raise awareness about its website. The ad stars Suzuko Mimori and Kengo Kawanishi as two more-than-friends-but-less-than-lovers. T...
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Steins;Gate 0's Amadeus AI is 100% Real

In Steins;Gate 0, Okabe meets Maho Hiyajo, one the lead scientists behind the Amadeus project. Amadeus is an artificial intelligence and memory storage system that was first theorized by Kurisu Makise. After her death, Hiyajo and professor Alexis Leskinen upload Kurisu's memories to Amadeus, essentially making an A.I. mirrored after Okabe's late friend. But that's all in the visual novel and anime...
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Yo-Kai Watch 4 Game Gets PS4 Release

Game launched for Switch on June 20 ― Level 5 announced on Thursday that its Yo-kai Watch 4: Bokura wa Onaji Sora o Miageteiru (We Look Up Toward the Same Sky) Nintendo Switch game will get a PlayStation 4 release. The company also began streaming an announcement trailer. The game shipped for Switch on June 20 after multiple delays. The game "connects" the three "worlds" of original franchise protago...
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Takes the Cake at the Japan Game Awards

The winners of this year's Japan Game Awards were announced at Tokyo Game Show at Makuhari Messe in Chiba prefecture on September 12. The awards honor the hottest games of year in multiple categories. This year's winner across the board was Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch with five total awards. The cross-franchise fighting game took home the Minister of Economy, Trad...
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Pikii, Tamsoft Announce Hinomaruko Action Game for PS4, Switch

Girl faces giant mecha in game's military world ― Publisher Pikii and developer Tamsoft (Senran Kagura, Utawarerumono Zan games) announced the Hinomaruko game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch at Tokyo Game Show on Thursday. The action game is set in a military world in which a girl faces off against giant mecha. The companies also unveiled a teaser promotional video at Tokyo Game Show and opened...

Pokémon Sword/Shield Games' Website 'Glitch' Teases New Pokémon

New Fighting-type Pokémon teased for November 15 games ― The official website for the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Switch role-playing games teased a new Pokémon on Friday. The website presents the reveal as a glitch, in which a blurred image of what looks like a green and white Pokémon appears on the right side of the screen. The image moves around the screen when the cursor to...
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Man Arrested for Selling Nude Love Live! Dakimakura Cover

Example: An unofficial Love Live! pillow cover, used for illustrative purposes only. A 50-year-old man was arrested by Ibaraki prefectural police on Thursday for allegedly violating copyright law by selling a nude dakimakura (hug pillow) cover featuring a Love Live! anime character. The suspect is an office worker from Ichikawa city in Chiba prefecture. The suspect has denied the charges. The cha...
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XL Jōshi Anime's Promo Video Previews Theme Song

Voice actors for Keisuke Sudō perform theme song ― The official ComicFesta Anime YouTube channel began streaming a promotional video on Friday for XL Jо̄shi (XL Boss), the anime adaptation of Itо̄ Kani's Jо̄shi no Asoko wa XL Size!? Futoi Sakippo... Haitteru...! manga. The video is available in censored and uncensored (may be NSFW) versions. The video previews the anime's theme song "XL BO$$," which ...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 100

"Black Clover has been up and down on the quality scale for the past few months, but it's clear Pierrot wanted to make sure this week was something special with a major turning point in the story and production values out the wazoo."
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Premiere Report - Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!

Jacob Chapman has the details from the premiere of this ostensibly cute comedy about four weird girls struggling to succeed at an RPG Academy - but there are some issues. ― Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! is hardly the first isekai light novel series with a title that's barely able to fit on its own poster, but at least that massive moniker gives viewers an accurate idea ...
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Cup Noodle Shows One Piece's Nami Struggle with High School Life

Following this spring's commercial imagining One Piece's Roronoa Zoro's high school days in the kendo club, Cup Noodle is back with a new anime ad focusing on Nami. The Straw Hat pirate is shown studying for tests, working in a noodle shop, and becoming overwhelmed with her high-pressure routine. While sitting alone in the classroom she quietly asks for someone to help her. It's easy to infer who ...
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Astra Lost in Space ‒ Episode 11

"In the debate between nature and nurture, Astra Lost in Space tells determinism to bug off with an episode that's equal parts tragic and triumphant."
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Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Complete Edition Game's Trailer Previews Raising Digimon

Game collection launches for Switch, PC in West on October 18 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new trailer on Friday for the Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Complete Edition game. The video previews raising and training Digimon. The game will release for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam on October 18, and will launch in Japan a day earlier on October 17. The game collection will fea...
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How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? ‒ Episode 11

"It's another volume of all outside and at-home exercises, with a surprising amount of retreading as the show eschews the New Year's-themed opportunity to try something new."
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Blade of the Immortal Anime Reveals 9 More Cast Members

The official Twitter account for Mugen no Jūnin: Immortal, the new anime adaptation of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no Jūnin) manga, revealed nine new characters and cast members on Friday. The newly announced cast members are: Yousuke Akimoto as Saburō Anotsu Masato Obara as Araya Kawakami Jouji Nakata as Kagimura Habaki Marika Hayashi as Kyakurin Hiroshi Shirokuma as Giichi Toor...
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Momotaro Densetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! Game Unveils Trailer

Switch game slated for 2020 release ― Konami began streaming a new trailer on Thursday for Momotaro Densetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! (A Staple in the Showa, Heisei, and Reiwa Periods!), its new Nintendo Switch game in its Momotaro Densetsu game series. The game is slated for a 2020 release. Series creator Akira Sakuma returns as designer and director for the game. The first game in the serie...
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Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 Smartphone Game's Trailer Reveals 2020 Release

Game features Sonic characters in 2020 Olympic events ― Sega began streaming a trailer on Thursday for Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020, one of four games it is developing in connection with the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The video reveals the game's spring 2020 release date for iOS and Android devices. Sega describes the game: "SONIC AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES - TOKYO 2020 ?" is an Olympic Mobile ...
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New Evangelion Smartphone Game Linked to Figures

Evangelion Battlefields game debuts in 2020 with "lead controller" peripheral, figures ― Japanese mobile game developer Mobcast revealed more details for the smartphone game it is developing for the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise on Thursday, including the game's title of Evangelion Battlefields. The official YouTube channel for Kadokawa's Famitsu app website is also streaming gameplay footage of ...
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Domestic Girlfriend Manga Takes 1-Week Break

― Manga creator Kei Sasuga revealed on their Twitter account on Wednesday that their Domestic Girlfriend (Domestic na Kanojo) manga will take a one-week break. The manga did not have a new chapter in this year's 41st issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine on Wednesday, but it will return in the magazine's next issue on September 19. Sasuga launched the ongoing series in Kodansha's Weekly Shonen ...
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Sohryuden - Legend of the Dragon Kings Gets 1st New Novel in 16 Years

Yoshiki Tanaka's supernatural fantasy series debuted in 1987, inspired 1991-1993 OVA series ― Amazon is listing a 14th volume for Yoshiki Tanaka's Sohryuden - Legend of the Dragon Kings supernatural fantasy series for release on October 9. The new novel will be the first novel in the series since 2003. The novel series centers on the four Ryudo brothers, who were born with special powers as reincarna...
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Synaptic Drive Shooting Game's Trailer Highlights Weapons, Characters

Game by Custom Robo's Kōji Kenjō slated for Switch, PC this year ― Publisher Yunuo Games posted a new promotional video on Monday for Synaptic Drive, the new 3D shooting game from developer Thousand Games. The video highlights the game's weapons and characters. Custom Robo game creator Kōji Kenjō is helming the project. The game is slated to launch for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam in 2019. The or...
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New Guilty Gear Game's Trailer Reveals May as Playable Character

New game in long-running fighting game series launches in 2020 ― Arc System Works revealed a new trailer for its new Guilty Gear game on Friday. The trailer reveals that series character May will return for the game. The game will launch in 2020. Daisuke Ishiwatari is the game's general director, and Akira Katano is directing the game. Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, the series' latest entry, was marketed as ...
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Null & Peta Net Anime Premieres on October 4

― The official website for Tokyotoon and Shinei Animation's new original multimedia project Null & Peta announced on Friday that the anime part of the project will premiere online on October 4 at 12:00 p.m. The anime will stream on 15 services in Japan. The anime will star Azumi Waki as Null (right in image at right) and Reina Ueda as Peta (left). Hato (Nora, Princess, and Stray Cat) is credited wit...
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Human Lost Anime Film's New Visual, Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Film screens in U.S. on October 22, 23 ― The official website for the Human Lost 3D CG anime film revealed a new English-subtitled trailer for the film on Friday. The site also revealed a new visual drawn by Yūsuke Kozaki. The film will open in the U.S. before it opens in Japan. Funimation will screen the film in theaters in the United States on October 22 and 23. Screenings on October 22 will have E...
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Granblue Fantasy 2nd Season Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme Song

Series premieres on October 4 ― The official Twitter account for the Granblue Fantasy the Animation anime series began streaming a second promotional video on Friday for the show's second season. The video reveals that Seven Billion Dots will perform the opening theme song "Stay With Me" for the show. 「GRANBLUE FANTASY The Animation Season 2」のPV第2弾を公開いたしました!オープニングテーマは、Seven Billion Dots「Stay With Me」...
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ID: INVADED Anime Project Reveals TV Format, More Cast

Anime debuts in 2020 with character designs by Blood Lad's Yuki Kodama ― The official website for the original anime project ID: INVADED revealed the show's television format and more cast members on Friday. The new cast includes: Yoshimasa Hosoya as Momoki M.A.O as Hondocho Sarah Emi Bridcutt as Togo Manabu Muraji as Hayaseura Takashi Kondo as Shiratake Shuuhei Iwase as Habutae Junya Enoki as Wakash...
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Yakuza: Like a Dragon PS4 Game Reveals Gameplay Trailer, Play Spots, Additional Cast

7th game in Yakuza series debuts in Japan on January 16 ― The official YouTube channel for the Yakuza video game franchise began streaming a trailer on Thursday for Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue), the seventh game in Sega's Yakuza series. The video previews gameplay, including RPG battles, jobs, earning money, allies, and play spots. The game's official website also ...

New Sakura Wars Game Gets TV Anime in 2020

SAO: Alicization's Manabu Ono directs anime at Sanzigen ― Sega announced during its Tokyo Game Show stream that the Shin Sakura Taisen (Project Sakura Wars in English) game is inspiring a television anime that will premiere in 2020. Manabu Ono (Sword Art Online: Alicization, The irregular at magic high school, The Asterisk War) is directing the anime at Sanzigen. Tatsuhiko Urahata, who collaborated w...
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Nintendo Reveals Ring Fit Adventure Exercise Game

Game ships for the Switch on October 18 ― Nintendo announced a new exercise game for its Switch console titled Ring Fit Adventure, along with new peripherals for the game. Players fit the Joy-Con controllers to the new Ring-Con and leg strap peripherals, and play the game by performing various exercises. The game will ship on October 18. The game will have a story mode that plays like role-playing ga...
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High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World Anime's 1st Episode Previewed in Video

Series premieres on October 3 with Crunchyroll stream ― The official website for the television anime of Riku Misora and Sacraneco's High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World (Chōjin-Kokoseitachi wa Isekai demo Yoyu de Ikinuku Yōdesu!) light novel series began streaming a preview video on Friday for the anime's first episode, titled "Chōjin-Kokoseitachi wa Isekai ni Kiteshimatta Yōdesu...
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Live-Action Flowers of Evil Film Shows 60-Second Clip of Compromising Scene

Film opens in Japan on September 27 ― Phantom Film began streaming a clip from the live-action film of Shūzō Oshimi's manga The Flowers of Evil (Aku no Hana) on Friday. The clip shows Nakamura forcing Kasuga to wear female gym bloomers. The film will open in Japan on September 27. The cast (from left to right in the photographs below) includes: Marie Iitoyo as Aya Tokiwa, a girl that Takao interacts ...
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'Her Blue Sky' Anime Film's Trailer Previews Aimyon's Ending Song

anohana team's October 11 film offers bonus art featuring heroines from past works ― The official website for Her Blue Sky (Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo), the original anime film by the Super Peace Busters creative team, began streaming a new trailer for the film on Friday. The trailer previews the film's ending theme song "Aoi" (Mallow Blue) by Aimyon. In addition, theatergoers will receive an A4 cl...
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Aniplex USA to Release Natsume's Book of Friends Film on Blu-ray Disc in November

Aniplex USA previously screened film at Anime NYC last November ― Aniplex of America announced on Thursday that it will release the Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond anime on Blu-ray Disc on November 26. The film's home video release will have English subtitles. Aniplex of America screened the film at the Anime NYC convention last November. It describes the film: The film finds Natsume, voi...

Toonami Premieres Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime on October 12

Premiering with English dub ― Adult Swim's Toonami programming block announced on Wednesday that the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba television anime will premiere on October 12. Aniplex of America announced in July that the anime will premiere on Toonami with an English dub. The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime adapts Koyoharu Gotouge's manga of the same title. The anime premiered on April 6, and...
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Live-Action Hell Girl Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

GIRLFRIEND performs "Figure" song for November 15 film ― The official website for the live-action film of the Hell Girl (Jigoku Shōjo) anime franchise began streaming a trailer for the film on Friday. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song "Figure" by the band GIRLFRIEND. The site also revealed a new visual for the film. The film will open in Japan on November 15. The cast includes: T...
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Crunchyroll Adds Saga of Tanya the Evil Anime Film

Film opened in Japan on February 8, with U.S. screening by Crunchyroll on May 16 ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has the Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) anime film for users worldwide except in Asia and German-speaking countries. Crunchyroll previously screened the film in more than 500 theaters in the United States on May 16. It describes the story: The time is UC 1926. The Imperial ...
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Dr. Stone ‒ Episode 10

"Senku was right that a liar like Gen would never easily admit to being impressed, but I think he's wrong about the impact he's had on Gen from the start."
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Promare Anime Film's English-dubbed Clip Streamed

GKIDS, Fathom Events screen film on September 17, 19 ― GKIDS began streaming a new English-dubbed clip of Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare on Thursday. The video shows Galo taking on a trio of Mad Burnish. The English dub cast includes: Billy Kametz as Galo Thymos Johnny Yong Bosch as Lio Fotia Crispin Freeman as Kray Foresight Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld as Aina Ardebit John Bentley...
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This Week in Anime - Is Fire Force Worth Watching?

Fire Force is Soul Eater mangaka Atsushi Okubo's newest creation, but can David Production's adaptation live up to this action series' explosive premise? Nick and Andy blaze through the highs and lows of this shonen hit. ― Fire Force is Soul Eater mangaka Atsushi Okubo's newest creation, but can David Production's adaptation live up to this action series' explosive premise? This week, Nick and Andy ...
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Funimation Adds Fate/Zero Anime to Catalog

English-subbed, -dubbed streams begin on Friday ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming the Fate/Zero television anime series on Friday. The company will stream the entire series in both English and Japanese with English subtitles in the United States and Canada. The anime adapts the prequel novel by Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Phantom - The Animation, Blassreiter...
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Funimation, Hulu to Stream Simulcast of My Hero Academia Anime's 4th Season on October 12

― Funimation announced on Thursday that it and Hulu will begin streaming the My Hero Academia anime's fourth season with English subtitles on October 12, the same day as it premieres in Japan. Funimation will stream the anime in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia. Funimation will also stream an English simuldub at an as-yet unannounced date. The new season covers the m...
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Umihara Kawase BaZooKa!! Game Launches for PS4, Switch, PC in Summer 2020

Game to include support for Japanese, Chinese, English ― Game developer Success revealed on Twitter on Thursday that the new game in the Umihara Kawase franchise is Umihara Kawase BaZooKa!!, and it will launch for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in summer 2020. The "rubbering action game" will have language support for Japanese, Chinese, and English. Success began passing out a f...
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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Trilogy Blu-ray

This triad of films seeks to reinvent the story of Code Geass to make room for its new movie sequel, but can it capture the spirit of the original series in a much shorter runtime? James Beckett has the answers. ― Recap movies are one of those anime industry mainstays that have never appealed to me, especially in this day and age of ubiquitous digital streaming. Nowadays, instead of having to cram do...
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Exclusive: Tokyo Ghoul S Live-Action Film Clip Features Tsukiyama

Funimation screens film in U.S. on September 16, 18, 20 ― Funimation shared an English-subtitled clip from Tokyo Ghoul S, the second live-action film based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga, with ANN on Thursday. The clip shows Tsukiyama preparing for and eating a meal. Funimation will screen the film in theaters in the United States on September 16, 18, and 20. The company.screened the film at Anime...
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War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Game Reveals New Trailer

Smartphone game gets worldwide release this year ― Square Enix began streaming a trailer for the War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius (Final Fantasy Brave Exvius: Genei Sensō) smartphone tactical role-playing game on Thursday. The game is slated to release this year. The game will have a worldwide release. The game will be free to play with optional in-game purchases. Square Enix released t...
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Inazuma Eleven SD Smartphone Game's Video Reveals October Release

Video also previews gameplay ― The official website for Inazuma Eleven SD, the new smartphone game for the Inazuma Eleven franchise, began streaming a promotional video for the game on Thursday. The video reveals the game's October release date, and also previews the gameplay. The game uses the traditional children's game of "ohajiki" as a base. Players create their own teams and compete against othe...

Toonami Premieres One-Punch Man Season 2 on October 12

Subtitled version premiered on April 9 with Hulu stream ― Adult Swim's Toonami programming block announced on Wednesday that the second season of the One-Punch Man anime will premiere on Toonami on October 12. The new season began with a television special on April 2, then the first episode premiered in Japan on April 9. Viz Media acquired the master license to the second anime season, including digi...
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Love Plus Every Smartphone Game Slated for November

― The official Twitter account for Konami's LovePlus franchise announced on Wednesday that the LovePlus EVERY smartphone game is slated to debut in November. The game was previously slated for last winter but then was delayed until August, and then delayed again to an indefinite date. The game's cast includes Sakura Tange as Rinko Kobayakawa (left in picture above), Saori Hayami as Manaka Takane (ce...
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Yakuza 7 PS4 Game Heads West in 2020

New game in Yakuza series with new protagonist debuts in Japan in January ― Sega confirmed on Wednesday that it will release Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue, the seventh game in its Yakuza series, in the West in 2020 with the title Yakuza: Like a Dragon ("Like a Dragon" is the translation of the series' Japanese title Ryū ga Gotoku). Sega is streaming an English-subtitled announcement traile...
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Gungrave G.O.R.E PS4 Game's 'Reunion' Trailer Highlights Characters, Gameplay

Game slated for December 2019 release ― The official PlayStation YouTube channel began streaming the "Reunion" trailer for the Gungrave G.O.R.E (Gungrave Gore) PlayStation 4 game on Thursday. The trailer shows a cinematic highlighting a new character named Quartz and the franchise characters Beyond the Grave and Bunji Kugashira. It also previews gameplay footage. The game is slated to launch in Decem...
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New Sakura Wars Game's Trailers Showcase Designs by Girls & Panzer's Humikane Shimada

Chisa Yokoyama returns as new character Yasha ― Sega began streaming two new trailers for the Shin Sakura Taisen (Project Sakura Wars in English) game. The first trailer highlights the game's story, introducing the new Berlin Combat Troupe characters designed by Humikane Shimada (Girls und Panzer, Strike Witches). It also highlights the character Yasha voiced by Chisa Yokoyama, who voiced the protago...
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Harvest Moon: Mad Dash Game Reveals Gameplay Video

Game ships in N. America, Europe fall ― Natsume began streaming a gameplay video for its Harvest Moon: Mad Dash game for the PlayStation 4 and Switch on Wednesday. The game will ship this fall in North America and Europe. Natsume describes the game: Go solo or take a few friends along for the frenzy! Harvest, fish, milk, and more as you fulfill orders to complete each level! Things may start out easy...
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Shenmue III Game's Trailer Highlights Environments

Japanese version of gameplay trailer also revealed ― The official website for Deep Silver's Shenmue III PlayStation 4 and PC game began streaming two new trailers for the game on Wednesday. The first trailer highlights the game's environments and locations. The second trailer is a Japanese version of the previous gameplay trailer. Shenmue III was originally slated for release in December 2017, but wa...
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Sarazanmai Gets Stage Play in November

Ikuhara supervises play with Teiko reprising Sara Azuma role ― The official website for Kunihiko Ikuhara's original television anime Sarazanmai revealed on Thursday that the anime is inspiring a stage play adaptation titled Sara ni Sarazanmai ~Ai to Yokubō no Stage~ (Sarazanmai Once More ~A Stage of Love and Desire~). The play will run in Theater 1010 in Tokyo from November 28 to December 1, and in t...
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One-Punch Man OVA Episode's 1st 80 Seconds Previewed in Clip

OVA included in 1st BD/DVD in Japan on October 25 ― The official website for the second season of the One-Punch Man anime began streaming a clip from the "#01: Saitama to Sokosoko no Nōryokumono-tachi" (Saitama and Those With Reasonable Abilities), the new 10-minute original video anime (OVA) included in the anime's first Blu-ray Disc/DVD volume, on Thursday. The series' Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases...
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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Game Previews Gameplay in Trailer

Switch remake of 1993 Game Boy game debuts on September 20 ― Nintendo began streaming an overview trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remake game on Wednesday. The trailer shows the game's adventuring and exploration mechanics. The game will ship on September 20. The original game launched for Game Boy in Japan and the West in 1993. The game then received an updated Game Boy Color rele...
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Hōkago Saikoro Club Anime Casts Kōhei Amasaki

Anime about girls playing board games premieres on October 2 ― The official website for the television anime of Hirō Nakamichi's Hōkago Saikoro Club (Afterschool Dice Club) manga revealed on Thursday that Kōhei Amasaki will join the anime's cast as the character Shōta Tanoue, who has a crush on Aya, and will be important to the anime's story. The anime will premiere on ABC TV on October 2, and on Tok...

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Square Enix Reveals Romancing SaGa 3, SaGa SCARLET GRACE: AMBITIONS Games' Release Dates

Romancing SaGa 3 slated for November 11, SaGa SCARLET GRACE for December 3 ― Square Enix announced on Wednesday that its Western releases of the Romancing SaGa 3 and the SaGa SCARLET GRACE: AMBITIONS (SaGa Scarlet Grace: Hiiro no Yabō) games are slated to debut on November 11 and December 3, respectively. Square Enix also posted a trailer for Romancing SaGa 3. Romancing SaGa 3 is slated for the PlayS...
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Sega Streams Gameplay Video for ChuChu Rocket! Universe Game

Game launches on Apple Arcade service on September 19 ― Sega's Twitter account began streaming a gameplay preview video for ChuChu Rocket! Universe, its new ChuChu Rocket! game for the Apple Arcade service, on Wednesday. The game will debut alongside the service on September 19. 20 years later… it's time to go ChuChu crazy all over again! With new 3D puzzles to explore and the frantic multiplayer you...
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'Project Resistance' PS4/Xbox One/PC Game Unveils Gameplay Video

Highlights 4 vs. 1 asymetrical multiplayer gameplay in Resident Evil world ― The official teaser website for "Project Resistance," Capcom's new Resident Evil series project for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam, began streaming a gameplay video on Thursday. The video shows each character's abilities, and also highlights the Mastermind, a fifth player that will impede the survivors' progress. ...
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Nioh 2 PS4 Game's Trailer Reveals Early 2020 Release Date

Sequel to 2017 action adventure game ― The official U.S. PlayStation blog debuted a new trailer for Koei Tecmo Games' Nioh 2 sequel game on Thursday. The trailer reveals the game's PlayStation 4 release for early 2020, the yokai in the game, as well as the characters. The first Nioh game launched for the PlayStation 4 in North America, Europe, and Japan in February 2017. Koei Tecmo America released t...
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Death Stranding Game's 'Briefing' Trailer Outlines Sam's Mission

New trailer for November 8 game has English-, Japanese-dubbed versions ― The official YouTube channel for Hideo Kojima's Kojima Productions game studio began streaming a new trailer on Thursday for its Death Stranding PlayStation 4 game. The trailer highlights protagonist Sam's mission to connect disparate cities in the former United Cities of America. The official PlayStation Japan YouTube channel i...
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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Game's New Teaser Reveals January 17 Launch in the West With Buu Saga, Saiyaman

Bonus content, special editions outlined ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced at Tokyo Game Show on Thursday that it will release the fighting game Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot on January 16, 2020 in Japan, and on January 17 in the West. It also confirmed that players can experience the Buu Saga in the game, and previews Saiyanman in a new teaser trailer. The company outlined the pre-order bonus contents...
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Rise Up! Animal Road Anime Reveals 4 New Cast Members

Rie Suegara, Taketora, Hana Tamegai, Kenichirou Matsuda join October 2 anime ― The official website for Hataage! Kemonomichi (Rise Up! Animal Road), the television anime of Natsume Akatsuki's Kemonomichi manga, revealed four new cast members on Wednesday. The new cast members include (Note: Character name romanizations are not official.): Rie Suegara as Hiroyuki, a mixed-breed dog who was summoned to...
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Karuna Kujō's Do Aphorism Manga Ends on October 12

Manga following from Aphorism series launched in June 2018 ― The October issue of Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan revealed on Thursday that Karuna Kujō's Do Aphorism (Bow and Arrow Aphorism) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on October 12. The manga is a new series following from Kujō's Aphorism manga. Like the original manga, the new series centers on Naraka High School, a school that ...
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Voice Actress, Singer Tomo Sakurai Worked at Noodle Shop During Career Hiatus

Tomo Sakurai spent her two-year career retirement working at a noodle shop. The 48-year-old voice actress and singer talked about her stint outside of the entertainment industry in an interview in FLASH magazine's September 10 issue. Sakurai told the magazine that she spent her time working in a soba shop, hitting the hot yoga studio daily, jogging, and getting enough sleep. Sakurai debuted in 198...
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Sumikko Gurashi Anime Film Gets Switch Game on November 7

Game features 20 mini-games in picture book worlds ― Nippon Columbia announced on Wednesday that a Nintendo Switch game based on the Eiga Sumikko Gurashi - Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko (Sumikko Gurashi the Movie: The Unexpected Picture Book and the Secret Child) anime film of San-X's "Sumikko Gurashi" (Living in the Corner) characters will ship in Japan on November 7. The game is titled Eiga Sumikk...
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P.T. Demo Hack Shows Lisa Was Always Haunting You

While we all continue to mourn the loss of Hideo Kojima, Junji Ito, and Guillermo del Toro's P.T. aka Silent Hills game, fans continue to uncover more secrets from the discontinued demo. The story that was laid out (or obscured, in some cases) in the demo followed the player haunted by a ghost in a constantly shifting, inescapable hallway. A radio broadcast in the hallway discusses a father who mu...
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Final Fantasy VII Remake Game's Trailer Unveils Turks, Don Corneo

PS4 game launches worldwide on March 3, 2020 ― Square Enix began streaming on Wednesday the Tokyo Game Show trailer for its Final Fantasy VII Remake game. The trailer unveils the Turks members Reno, Rude, and Tseng, and the character Don Corneo. The trailer also shows new gameplay footage including mini-games and the Ifrit and Shiva summons. English Version Japanese Version The game will launch world...
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to the abandoned Sacred Beasts ‒ Episode 11

"This episode easily meets its quota for graphic violence while also building toward some sort of climax in the near future."
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Hiro Aikawa's Mikami-sensei's Way of Love Manga Ends in October

Manga launched in September 2014; Kodansha Comics publishes manga in English ― The official website for Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on Friday that Hiro Aikawa's Mikami-sensei's Way of Love (Mikami-sensei no Aishikata) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on October 12. Kodansha Comics publishes the manga digitally in English, and it describes the manga: Without a single boyfri...
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Armored Trooper Votoms Fans Compare New iPhone to Scopedog

Note: This article is not for the trypophobic ― Apple's new iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are triggering people's fear of holes (trypophobia) thanks to its multi-camera design, mecha fans have noticed a similarity to Armored Trooper Votoms' Scopedog armored troops. Like the new iPhone, the Scopedog has three adjacent lenses mounted on its head. Twitter users are having fun creating cross-over content bet...
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 Game's Trailer Previews Wano Country

Game launches in 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a Tokyo Game Show trailer with English subtitles for the One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on Wednesday. The video previews Wano Country and features footage of the new playable character Carrot. The game will have an original story...
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Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest ‒ Episode 9

"It shouldn't be too much to ask a series like this for a cool monster fight, but problems predictably pop up as soon as the dragon does."
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Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? ‒ Episode 9

"This return to a light and humorous tone is exactly what the story needed after it bit off more than it could chew with Medhi's arc."
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Radiant Anime's 2nd Season Reveals Additional Cast, Theme Songs

Yukana, Hiroshi Shirokuma, Yutaka Aoyama join cast ― NHK revealed the theme songs and additional cast members for the second season of the Radiant television anime on Wednesday. Halo at Yojohan are performing and arranging the opening theme song "Naraku." Shōta Watai is composing and writing the lyrics for the opening song. Emi Nakamura is performing, composing, and writing the lyrics for the ending ...
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Ikebukuro's Halloween Cosplay Festival Returns for Plenty of Scares and Fantasy

The Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival will take over the streets of Tokyo again this year on October 26-27. The festival will return with cosplay fashion shows, cosplay stage performances, and a parade along with some new entertainment. Anisong DJs will keep the scene rocking, tea parties will entrance lolita cosplayers of every stripe, and the final round of the "Cosplayer of the Year" contest...
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Koei Tecmo Games Ordered to Pay US$1.34 Million in Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Capcom claims Koei Tecmo Games infringed on patents for Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors, Fatal Frame games ― The Intellectual Property High Court in Tokyo ruled in favor of Capcom on Wednesday in the company's lawsuit against Koei Tecmo Games for patent infringement. Koei Tecmo Games was ordered to pay 143,843,710 yen (about US$1.34 million), including 130,773,710 yen (about US$1.21 million) in da...
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#1 Eva Fan Will Get to See 4th Rebuild Film Before June Premiere

A contest announced on the NERV Purchasing Department 4th BS Branch program on BSTV on September 12 will let Japan's biggest Evangelion fan see the Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||) film before it premieres in theaters on June 2020. Fans can enter the "Eva Love No. 1 Championship: Me and Evangelion" contest by submitting their fandom "resume" that chronicles their history with H...

Hiro Mashima Launches Heros Manga Mini-Series in October (Update)

Mini-series is crossover between Rave Master, Fairy Tail, Edens Zero ― Manga creator Hiro Mashima announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he will launch the new manga mini-series Heros in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine in October. The mini-series will be a crossover between the world's of Mashima's Rave Master, Fairy Tail, and Edens Zero manga. Mashima noted that the magazine's staff asked him to p...

New Blade of the Immortal Anime's 2nd Promo Reveals Kiyoharu's Opening Song, October 10 Global Debut

"Survive of Vision" song created specifically for anime ― The official website for Mugen no Jūnin: Immortal, the new anime adaptation of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no Jūnin) manga, began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Wednesday. The video announces and previews the anime's opening theme song "Survive of Vision" by musician Kiyoharu. (The song was created specific...
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G.rev Reveals Enzai Shikkō Yūgi Yurukiru Escape/Shooting Game for PS4, PC

Kakegurui's Homura Kawamoto writes 2020 game ― Developer G.rev and publisher Izanagi Games revealed Enzai Shikkō Yūgi Yurukiru, a new game slated for 2020 on PlayStation 4 and PC . Kakegurui manga author Homura Kawamoto is credited for the original concept and scenario for the game, with character designs by Hiro Kiyohara (Valkyria Revolution, Another). Yūko Koyama (Monster Hunter) is composing the m...
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Star Ocean First Departure R PS4/Switch Game Launches on December 5

Promotional trailer for HD port streamed ― Square Enix announced on Tuesday that it will release Star Ocean First Departure R, an HD port with new features of its Star Ocean First Departure remake game, in the west and in Japan on December 5. The game will launch digitally for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Square Enix began streaming a promotional trailer: The enhanced HD port will have the ...
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Square Enix to Launch New Various Daylife RPG on Apple Arcade

From team behind Bravely Default, Octopath Traveler games ― Apple revealed on Tuesday that Square Enix will launch Various Daylife, a new role-playing game by the same team who worked on the Bravely Default and Octopath Traveler games, for the Apple Arcade service. Apple describes the game: In the year 211 of the Imperial Era, players explore a newly discovered continent while living life to the full...
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Apple Arcade Service Launches for iOS on September 19

New games from Sega, Bandai Namco, WayForward, Square Enix also revealed ― Apple announced on Tuesday that it will debut its Apple Arcade service for iOS on September 19, for iPadOS and tvOS on September 30, and for macOS Catalina in October. The service will have a monthly subscription cost of US$4.99 (with "no additional purchases"), and it will have a one-month free trial. Apple also announced new...
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'The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious' Anime Casts Kengo Kawanishi, Aoi Koga

Kawanishi, Koga play dragonblooded fighter, mage in October 2 anime ― The official website for the television anime of Light Tuchihi's The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious (Kono Yūsha ga Ore TUEEE Kuse ni Shinchō Sugiru) novels revealed two new cast members for the anime on Wednesday. The new cast members include (Note: Character name romanizations are not official): Kengo Kawanishi as Mash, a...
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