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The ANN Aftershow - Class 1-A Wins The First Match!

The real question is, was there finally enough action to satisfy Jacki? ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 92: Class 1-A Wins The First Match! The first match between Class 1-A and 1-B wraps up with a victory for Shinso, Froppy, Red Riot, Chargebolt, and Anima. While the previous episode was mostly set-up, episode 92 gives the heroes a chance to shine while also showing off Shinso's potential...
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Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection GN

Lovesickness proves to be familiar territory for Ito's storytelling both in characterization and twists. ― Junji Ito's horror catalog features a number of recurring characters; the best known might be the titular Tomie, but she's joined by the likes of nail-chewing occult brat Sōichi, man-eating supermodel Miss Fuchi, and the dimension-hopping Toru Oshikiri. The handsome ghost of Lovesickness joins I...
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This Week in Anime - Indie Visionaries and Alternative Animation

This week the team is highlighting animation that goes off the beaten path, be it stop-motion, sand art, and even puppetry. Here's to a celebration of anime in all of its forms. ― We all debate about what anime is, but regardless of where you fall in the argument it's undeniable that animation goes beyond traditional 2D artwork. This week the team is highlighting animation that goes off the beaten p...
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Ride or Die Live-Action Film

Rei Nagasawa and Nanae Shinoda have known each other since high school. When she gets a call from Nanae asking for help, Rei walks away from her life and a happy relationship to commit murder for a woman she hasn't seen in ten years. ― Content Warning: Domestic abuse, graphic violence, graphic sex Every live-action adaptation is, to some extent, an example of Theseus' ship: How much of the original c...
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To Your Eternity ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

A lot of anime especially have a bad habit of being more concerned with filling out their own personal wikis than with spinning a good yarn. Thankfully, we spend a good deal of time simply living with March in her village and establishing a central conflict that has absolutely nothing to do with the orb himself.
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MARS RED ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

MARS RED's pedestrian concept belies the artfulness of its presentation, steeped in the visual and literal language of theater, ponderously paced, and coated in a dreary gothic veneer.
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Special Deal for ANN Readers: 20% to 30% off Yukata at Modern Sakura (link fixed)

Get into a nice summer kimono for as little as $16. ― Summer is coming, and so is your chance to wear a beautiful Yukata thanks to Modern Sakura. Yukata are the beautiful, casual "summer kimono," that you see everyone wearing at summer festivals in Japan (and in your favorite anime). They are perfect for any festive occasion; People love its vibrant colors, affordable prices, and breathable materials...
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The ANN Aftershow - Class 1-A Wins The First Match!

The real question is, was there finally enough action to satisfy Jacki? ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 92: Class 1-A Wins The First Match! The first match between Class 1-A and 1-B wraps up with a victory for Shinso, Froppy, Red Riot, Chargebolt, and Anima. While the previous episode was mostly set-up, episode 92 gives the heroes a chance to shine while also showing off Shinso's potential...
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Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection GN

Lovesickness proves to be familiar territory for Ito's storytelling both in characterization and twists. ― Junji Ito's horror catalog features a number of recurring characters; the best known might be the titular Tomie, but she's joined by the likes of nail-chewing occult brat Sōichi, man-eating supermodel Miss Fuchi, and the dimension-hopping Toru Oshikiri. The handsome ghost of Lovesickness joins I...
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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Omega Anime Casts Shinnosuke Tachibana

Tachibana plays Banakness in 3rd episode on April 22 ― The official website for the television anime of Yukiya Murasaki's How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord light novel series revealed on Tuesday one new cast member for How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Ω, the second season. Shinnosuke Tachibana joins the show's cast as Banakness, general of the Demon King Army. The character will debut in the anime in the ...
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'Girlfriend, Girlfriend' Anime Premieres on July 2

― The official website for the television anime of Hiroyuki's Girlfriend, Girlfriend (Kanojo mo Kanojo) manga announced on Wednesday that the series will premiere on July 2 at 2:25 a.m. (effectively, July 3) on the Animeism programming block on the MBS and TBS channels. The anime will then run later that night on BS-TBS. The anime stars Junya Enoki as Naoya Mukai, Ayane Sakura as Saki Saki, Azumi Wa...
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Puzzle Bobble VR Game Launches on Oculus Quest on May 20

Game features 100 new puzzles, story mode, infinite mode, online duel mode ― Taito and Servios announced on Thursday that they will release the Puzzle Bobble VR: Vacation Odyssey VR game for Oculus Quest on May 20. Oculus describes the game: Aim, Shoot & Pop in VR! Bub and Bob are in for a surprise when their island vacation takes an unexpected turn for an epic, bubble-popping adventure! Bursting wit...
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Usogui Manga Gets Spinoff, Batuque Manga Serializes Irregularly

Usogui ended in 2017, inspired OVA in 2012 ― Manga creator Toshio Sako stated on Twitter on April 16 that all chapters of their Batuque manga beginning with the 106th chapter will serialize irregularly due to the planning and writing of an upcoming spinoff manga for Sako's Usogui manga. The 105th chapter of Batuque debuted on April 16. Sako added that while they are unsure, they might still be able t...
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Nyankees Author Atsushi Okada Launches New Manga

Sо̄sei Yūgi manga debuts on April 26 ― This year's 21st issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine revealed on Monday that Atsushi Okada (Nyankees) is launching a new manga titled Sо̄sei Yūgi (Twin Game) in the magazine's next issue on April 26. The magazine teases that the story is about brothers' conflict over the traces of the strongest family organization. Kodansha's Days Neo website posted a list...
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This Week in Anime - Indie Visionaries and Alternative Animation

This week the team is highlighting animation that goes off the beaten path, be it stop-motion, sand art, and even puppetry. Here's to a celebration of anime in all of its forms. ― We all debate about what anime is, but regardless of where you fall in the argument it's undeniable that animation goes beyond traditional 2D artwork. This week the team is highlighting animation that goes off the beaten p...
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Square Enix Denies Considering, Receiving Offers to Sell Company

Stocks jump after reports from CTFN, Bloomberg ― Square Enix released a statement on Friday denying rumors that it had received any offers to acquire the company. Bloomberg Japan had reported earlier in the day that the company had received M&A interest, according to CTFN. Square Enix's full statement reads: Bloomberg has reported today that there is interest from several buyers to acquire Square Eni...
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World Events Productions Founder, Voltron Producer Ted Koplar Passes Away

TV pioneer was instrumental in introducing Voltron franchise to the world ― The official English Facebook page for the Voltron franchise announced on April 7 that Ted Koplar (Edward J. Koplar), who helped introduce the Voltron franchise to the world, passed away on April 4. He was 77. Koplar was also a pioneer in St. Louis television, helping to grow the KPLR-TV station. He developed the station's fi...
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Himenospia by Killing Bites' Shinya Murata Manga Ends

Manga by Lord Marksman and Vanadis artist Nobuhiko Yanai launched in 2017 ― Hero's Inc.'s Compilex published the final chapter of Shinya Murata and Nobuhiko Yanai's Himenospia manga on April 16. The manga's eighth and final volume will ship on April 28. The manga centers on Himeno Endō, a high school girl who is bullied and treated like a slave at school, and abused by her mother at home. But one day...
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'86' Sci-fi War Novels Get Prequel Manga

Asato Asato's novels have currently airing TV anime ― Kadokawa's listing for the June issue of its Comic Alive magazine lists a new prequel manga for Asato Asato's 86 light novel series titled 86 -Fragmental Neoteny-. The listing does not provide a description for the manga. The magazine will ship on April 26. Yen Press is publishing the light novel series in English, and it describes the story: The ...
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Stalker Jokers Manga Has 3 Chapters Left

Artist Hiroto Ōishi continued manga after author Hiromichi Ōga passed away last year ― The latest update of manga artist Hiroto Ōishi and late manga creator Hiromichi Ōga's Stalker Jokers (Stalker Jōka-dan, or Stalker Purification Team) manga revealed on Tuesday that the manga will end in three chapters. Ōga and Ōishi (Dorei-ku: Boku to 23-nin no Dorei manga) launched the manga in Evening in July 201...
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Sony Reverses Decision, Will Continue PlayStation Store Operations for PS3, PS Vita

Company will still disable PS Store operations on PSP on July 2 ― Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan stated in a blog post on Monday that Sony will continue PlayStation Store operations for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita consoles. Sony had previously announced on March 29 that it had planned to close the PlayStation Store on PS Vita on July 2 and on PS3 on August 27. Th...
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Ririo, Aya Tsukishima Launch Perfect Crime Spinoff Manga in Late April

Tsukishima also launches new Anata o, Nomu manga in late May ― The official Twitter account for Ririo and Aya Tsukishima's Perfect Crime manga revealed on April 15 that the planned spinoff for the manga will launch on the online manga distribution platform Mecha Comics sometime late this month. (Note: The Japanese word "mecha" means "absurd" or "extreme" and does not refer to robots or mechanics.) Th...
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Magical Girl Site's Kentarō Satō Works on New Manga

― Manga creator Kentarō Satō revealed on Monday that they are working on a new manga. Satō revealed a rough storyboard for the new manga, but did not reveal more details. 新作のマンガ描いてます。 pic.twitter.com/bCG290LYCt— 佐藤健太郎 (@sato_ken_taro) April 19, 2021 Satō (Magical Girl Apocalypse) launched the Magical Girl Site horror manga on the Champion Tap! manga website in July 2013, before moving it to Weekly S...
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24th Detective Conan Film Ends Evangelion 3.0+1.0's 5-Week Reign at #1

Evangelion 3.0+1.0 now at #2, Girls und Panzer das Finale 3rd movie back at #8 ― The Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan film sold 1,533,054 tickets and earned 2,218,130,800 yen (about US$20.5 million) in its first three days to rank #1 in the Japanese box office in its opening weekend. The film earned the equivalent of US$16.8 million in China in its first three day...
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Tasuku Karasuma's No Guns Life Manga Ends in 13th Volume

Shueisha released 12th compiled book volume on Monday ― Tasuku Karasuma announced on Twitter on Monday that his No Guns Life manga will end in its 13th volume. Viz Media licensed the manga and shipped the ninth volume on March 16. The company describes the story: With no memory of his previous life—or who replaced his head with a giant gun—Juzo Inui now scratches out a living in the dark streets of t...

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2021 Butt Detective Film's Teaser Reveals Title, Cast, Staff, August 13 Opening

Film opens as part of Toei Manga Matsuri alongside Shinkai no Survival! film ― The official website for Toei's Toei Manga Matsuri omnibus film series began streaming a new teaser trailer for the new film in the Butt Detective (Oshiri Tantei) franchise on Tuesday. The video reveals the film's title, cast, staff, and August 13 opening. The site also revealed that the Shinkai no Survival! (Survive! In t...
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Final Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Film's Teaser Highlights Kenshin's Batttōsai Days

Meeting with Tomoe also teased from 2nd of 2 upcoming films ― The official website for the two 'final chapter' films in the live-action film series based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga began streaming a teaser trailer for Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Beginning, the second of the two films, on Tuesday. The video previews Kenshin's days as the assassin Battōsai for the Isshin Shishi rebel...
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Higehiro ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

The only reason that I can take Higehiro seriously as a narrative is because the show takes itself seriously. It characters are written as intelligent, nuanced, real people, and they all take the time to discuss their feelings, and the reality of their situation
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Super Cub ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Most of the episode is spent with Koguma slowly realizing that her world is, after so long, opening up. It's beautifully executed, to the point that I was brought to tears multiple times for this very sweet kid who just…has been so alone.
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The World Ends with You the Animation ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

There's a frenetic pace to episodes 1 and 2, which in a way, kind of fits the source material. Of course, the perk of the game is the simple fact that you have more time with Neku, Shiki, Beat and Rhyme.
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SINoALICE, Re:Zero Collab Event Launches In-Game

Smartphone game collaboration will run from April 16-30 ― Square Enix's SINoALICE smartphone game's collaboration event with the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- anime launched on Friday. It will run until April 30. The original story event will feature music from the anime's official soundtrack. In the story, Subaru is transported to the world of SINoALICE and fights to make his way back to ...
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Crunchyroll Expands Reborn! Anime's Streaming Territories

Anime streams in Americas, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Middle East, North Africa ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will expand the streaming territories for the anime adaptation of Akira Amano's Reborn! manga. The updated list of streaming territories includes the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, non-French-speaking Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Crunchyroll previously stream...

Stars Align Anime's Director Shares Updates on Sequel Plans

Kazuki Akane plans to make episodes 13-24, but cannot find production company Stars Align anime director Kazuki Akane reported on Twitter on Tuesday that he has been unable to find a company willing to fund the production of a sequel to the series. However, he is still planning to make episodes 13-24 of the anime someday. Akane adds that the 13th episode will help viewers understand the "Special Fa...
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Megalobox 2: Nomad ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

The story that Nomad is aiming to tell is shockingly ambitious and timely, weaving Joe's slow climb out of the pit he's made for himself with the lives of the immigrants that have made their home at the bottom rung of this world's society.
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Ride or Die Live-Action Film

Rei Nagasawa and Nanae Shinoda have known each other since high school. When she gets a call from Nanae asking for help, Rei walks away from her life and a happy relationship to commit murder for a woman she hasn't seen in ten years. ― Content Warning: Domestic abuse, graphic violence, graphic sex Every live-action adaptation is, to some extent, an example of Theseus' ship: How much of the original c...
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Michi Ichiho's 'Maо̄ no Kikan' Short Story Gets Manga Mini-Series

Nori Arashiyama launches manga on April 24 ― The official Twitter account for Kodansha's Afternoon magazine announced last Tuesday that Nori Arashiyama will launch a manga mini-series about a family based on the short story "Maо̄ no Kikan" (Return of the Demon King) by Michi Ichiho's (Yes, No, or Maybe?) from the book Small Worlds on April 24. Ichiho launched the Yes, No, or Maybe? (Yes ka No ka Hanb...
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Attack on Titan, Fullmetal Alchemist Creators Talk Manga in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine July Issue

Free online Attack on Titan exhibit also announced, as well as new Character Encylopedia book, Full Color edition ― The July 2021 issue of Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine will feature a conversation between manga creators Hajime Isayama and Hiromu Arakawa, best known for their works Attack on Titan and Fullmetal Alchemist respectively. The magazine will ship on June 9. The issue will also include a free pos...
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Combatants Will Be Dispatched! ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

In the end, if nothing else, these first three episodes give you a good taste of the true nature of the show. Combatants Will Be Dispatched! is first and foremost a shock comedy.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 970

As the retelling of Roger's life ends, the true story of One Piece begins.
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NieR Director Yoko Taro Works on New Game as Creative Director

Extra content trailer streamed for NieR Replicant remaster game ― Game producer Yosuke Saito announced on Monday during the first livestream for the NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… that NieR series director Yoko Taro is working as a creative director for a new Square Enix game. The game will be a digital-only title, although Saito teased the possibility of a special physical edition. Saito describe...
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So I'm a Spider, So What? ‒ Episode 14

know I promised to give the CG a chance. Rather, I hoped that it would grow on me … which it hasn't. Sometimes, Kumoko looks like a digital muppet being manipulated around the screen.
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 92

We're back with more coverage of the latest in teen hero grudge matches! Let's just jump right into the action folks, as you're not gonna want to miss a second of this.
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Haruhisa Nakata's Levius/est Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

Manga inspired Netflix anime in 2019 ― Haruhisa Nakata announced in this year's May issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine on Monday that his Levius/est manga will end in two chapters. If the manga does not take any breaks, it should end in the July issue in June. The ninth compiled volume of the manga announced on December 18 that it will end in its 10th volume. The 10th volume of the manga will sh...
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DAKAICHI Boys-Love Manga's Spain Arc Gets Anime Film This Fall

Teaser, visual, returning cast & staff unveiled ― The staff of the television anime of Hashigo Sakurabi's Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu. (DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year-) manga announced on Tuesday that the manga is inspiring an anime film that will open this fall. As the title indicates, Gekijō-ban Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu. Spain-Hen (DAKAICHI -I'm...
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Moriarty the Patriot ‒ Episode 14

Call her Bonde. James Irene Bonde.
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Mars Red Manga Enters Climax With 3rd Volume

Manga launched in January 2020, 2nd volume shipped on April 15 ― The second compiled book volume of Kemuri Karakara's manga adaptation of Bun'ō Fujisawa's MARS RED dramatic stage reading series revealed on April 15 that the manga will reach its climax with the third volume. Karakara launched the manga in Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Garden magazine in January 2020. The stage reading series also has an ...
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Back Arrow ‒ Episode 15

The situation in Lutoh spirals out of control. The people of Lutoh's anger over the war has grown to a fever pitch, and they begin to demand Princess Fine's execution for this situation.
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HIDIVE Streams Nana Anime

Platform will stream 2 episodes every week beginning on April 22 ― HIDIVE announced on Thursday that it will stream the English-dubbed version and the English-subtitled version of the NANA television anime series. The platform will stream two episodes every week beginning on April 22 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. The series will be available in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, th...
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Hoero Pen Manga Gets New Story Set During COVID-19 Pandemic

New manga debuts on May 19 ― The May issue of Shogakukan's Sunday GX magazine revealed on Monday that Kazuhiko Shimamoto will draw a new story for his Hoero Pen manga titled Hoero Pen RRR in the magazine's next issue on May 19. The new story will have 52 pages, and will be set during the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and centering on the "max stressed" protagonist Moyuru Honoo. The ann...
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Rin Asano's Deaimon Manga Gets Anime Project

Manga about father-daughter relationship in confectionary shop launched in 2016 ― The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine revealed on Monday that Rin Asano's Deaimon manga is getting an anime project. The announcement did not reveal the anime's format. Asano posted a commemorative illustration on Twitter on Monday. 「であいもん」、アニメ化企画進行中ですッ!🍡ひー、このツイートするのに緊張してる。指震えてるもんッ。宜しくお願い致しますッ。#...
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Aoi Hane Mitsuketa! Anime Short Reveals 2 Promo Videos, Story, Staff, Cast, April 26 Online Debut

Nanako Mori, Rina Endō, Tomokazu Sugita star in anime short based on picture book ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Itsumo Togashi's Aoi Hane Mitsuketa! Sagashitemiyō Mijika na Tori-tachi (We Found a Blue Feather! Let's Seek Out Nearby Birds) picture book revealed two promotional videos on Monday. The website also revealed the show's main staff and cast. The anime will stream on d An...
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Demon Slayer Anime Film Earns 39.7 Billion Yen in Japan

Film sells 28.76 million tickets after 27 weeks at box office ― The Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film has sold a total of 28.76 million tickets for 39.7 billion yen (about US$367.4 million) in Japan as of Sunday. The film ranked at #5 in its 27th weekend. After 12 consecutive weeks at #1 in the box office in Japan, Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen T...
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24th Detective Conan Film Tops Japanese, Chinese Box Offices

Film earns US$37 million globally, sells 1.5 million tickets in Japan ― The Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan film topped both the Japanese and Chinese box offices last weekend. The film sold 1,533,054 tickets in Japan in its first three days to earn 2,218,130,800 yen (about US$20.5 million). The film earned the equivalent of US$16.8 million in China in its first t...
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Zombie Land Saga Gets 1st Side Story Manga in May

Character designer Kasumi Fukagawa draws Zombie Land Saga Gaiden: The First Zombie ― The official website for the Zombie Land Saga Revenge sequel anime project announced on Monday that the franchise will have its first side story manga titled Zombie Land Saga Gaiden: The First Zombie. Kasumi Fukagawa, the character designer for the first and second seasons of the anime, is drawing the manga. The mang...
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Demon Slayer Console Game Adds Urokodaki as Playable Character

Game slated to ship this year ― The official Twitter account for the Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Keppūtan video game revealed on Monday that the game will feature Sakonji Urokodaki as a playable character. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, and Steam this year. The game will feature a story mode that will allow fans to relive the story of the first ...
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Godzilla vs. Kong Film Ranks at #1 in U.S. for 3rd Weekend

Film has earned US$80.5 million in U.S., US$390.2 million total worldwide ― Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment's Godzilla vs. Kong film earned US$7.7 million in its third weekend in the United States box office, ranking #1 once again for the third consecutive weekend. The film has now earned a cumulative total of US$80.5 million in the United States. The film's weekend revenue dropped off 44.58...
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Final Evangelion Film Tops 5 Million Tickets in 42 Days

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time earns 7.799 billion yen Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the "final" Evangelion film, has sold 5,088,007 tickets for 7,799,314,050 yen (about US$71.7 million) as of Sunday, its 42nd day in the Japanese box office. In its third week, the film surpassed the domestic earnings of Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, which ea...

Key's 1st Crossover TV Anime Series Kaginado Premieres in October

Kanon, Air, Clannad, Little Busters!, Rewrite cross over ― The "KSL online 2021 -Kaginado-" event announced on Sunday that Kaginado (Key, Etc.), the first crossover anime series featuring the franchises by Visual Arts' Key brand, will premiere on television and via streaming in October. The chibi-character anime will be a crossover of some of Key's most popular visual novel and anime titles, includin...

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Live-Action Kaguya-sama: Love is War Sequel Film's Teaser Unveils Final Title, More Cast

Mayu Hotta, Jiro Sato return in Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen Final ― The official website for the (tentatively titled) live-action sequel film Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai 2: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen unveiled a new teaser trailer and visual for the film on Monday. Both the teaser and visual reveal the film's final title as Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Re...
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Kakegurui's Homura Kawamoto Creates Build Divide, Aniplex's 1st Trading Card Game with Original Anime

Liden Films, card game design firm Yūhodō work on October TV anime set in "New Kyoto" ― Media company Aniplex, card game design company Yūhodō, and animation studio Liden Films announced a new multimedia project titled Build Divide, with Kakegurui manga writer Homura Kawamoto and his younger brother Hikaru Muno credited for the original work. The project will have a trading card game, as well as an o...
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Naoshi Arakawa Pens Bonus Manga 'Volume 0' for 'Farewell, My Dear Cramer' Film

New story set between middle school, high school stories ― The official website for Eiga Sayonara Watashi no Cramer First Touch, the anime film of Naoshi Arakawa's Farewell, My Dear Cramer (Sayonara Watashi no Cramer) manga, revealed on Monday that Arakawa will pen a new "volume 0" of the manga that participating theaters will give out as a bonus to theatergoers for the film while supplies last. The ...
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Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Is this in fact part of the gimmick? Am I too to be bullied by Miss Nagatoro as I spend these weeks wondering how to properly articulate how I feel about her? This better not awaken anything in me.
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Tokyo Revengers ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Takemichi is mentally an adult. He knows he's going against full-on dangerous criminals who could very well kill him, and is fully unequipped to face that kind of danger.
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Starving Anonymous Manga Gets Sequel

Manga launched on Kodansha's Comic Days app on April 8 ― Yuu Kuraishi, Kengo Mizutani, and Kazu Inabe launched a sequel to their Shokuryō Jinrui: Starving Anonymous (Starving Anonymous) manga on April 8 titled Shokuryō Jinrui Re: Starving Re:velation. The manga launched on Kodansha's Comic Days website and app. The new manga takes place in a normal school, in a normal classroom, with normal classmate...
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86 ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Fiction is full of allegories for racism, and while 86 clearly isn't all too apt in that regard – fridging its only brown character in minutes – there is an attempt at nuance.
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Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song- ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

If two AI working together to stop the robot apocalypse weren't enough of a twist on the genre, there is a second one.
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So-He- Inaba's Binbin Fukufuku Nazuna-sama! Manga Ends

Manga about office worker's meeting with god of poverty launched in 2019 ― So-He- Inaba's Binbin Fukufuku Nazuna-sama! manga ended in this year's 20th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine on Thursday. Inaba launched the manga series in 2019's 42nd issue of Weekly Young Jump in September 2019 after debuting the manga as a one-shot in Weekly Young Jump and its YanJan! app in February 2019. Th...
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Shadows House ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Emilico is, at this point, far too naïve to suspect something sinister going on beneath the surface. In fact, she's so naïve and precious that it feels like setup for a later spectacular revelation of some sort of terrible truth.
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Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun Season 2 ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Wait, wait, wait. Didn't the final episode of the first season of Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun show us that Iruma had turned evil? So why is he still his adorable, dorky self in the first episode of the new season?
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Toho's Anime Business Tops 12 Billion Yen in 2020 Amid Overall Sales Decline

Anime business sees 26% increase from previous fiscal year ― Film distributor TOHO published on Tuesday its earnings report for the fiscal year ending February 2021. The company announced consolidated earnings of 191.948 billion yen (about US$1.8 billion), a decrease of 27% from the previous year. Operating profit was 22.447 billion yen (about US$206 million), down 57.5% from last year. Ordinary prof...
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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Omega ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

So is it actually the fault of sexy skyward sniper Laminitus for closing down the church and demanding taxes from them? It's hard to say at this point.
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Key's Jun Maeda Reveals Nekogari Zoku no Osa Novel's Story, May 19 Release

Kanon, Air, Clannad writer pens new novel about college student, genius composer ― Media company Visual Arts/Key formally announced writer Jun Maeda's new novel Nekogari Zoku no Osa (The Cat-Hunting Tribe's Chief) on April 12. The novel will ship on May 19. The novel's site also provides a summary of the novel's story. The novel's story begins when a college student sees a woman on a cliff by the sea...
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Tokyo Ravens: Sword of Song's Ran Kuze Launches New Manga

Kuroiwa Medaka ni Watashi no Kawaii ga Tsūjinai manga gets serialization on May 26 ― This year's 20th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Ran Kuze's "Kuroiwa Medaka ni Watashi no Kawaii ga Tsūjinai" (My Cuteness Isn't Getting Through to Medaka Kuroiwa) one-shot manga will have a full serialization that will launch in the magazine's 26th issue on May 26. The magazine ...
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Jr.EXILE Performers Collaborate on LDH Japan's Battle of Tokyo 'Mixed Reality' Project With Anime, Game

Members create avatars who battle in Craftar animation designed by Yūsuke Kozaki, Yutaka Izubuchi ― The press conference for LDH Japan's Battle of Tokyo "mixed reality entertainment" project announced on Sunday more details on the anime, game, and other digital and virtual contents planned in the initiative. 38 members of LDH's Generations from Exile Tribe, The Rampage from Exile Tribe, Fantastics fr...
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Moto Hagio Nominated for 2nd Consecutive Year for Eisner Hall of Fame

4 out of 16 nominees to be inducted during [email protected] virtual event in July ― Comic-Con International announced on Friday that the Eisner Awards judges have nominated manga creator Moto Hagio to be inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame this year. The judges have nominated 16 people, and voters will choose four to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Other nominees for this year in...

The Quintessential Quintuplets Anime Sequel Film to Open in 2022

Sequel first announced after season 2 finale in March ― The official Twitter account for The Quintessential Quintuplets (Gotōbun no Hanayome) television anime announced on Sunday that the Eiga Gotōbun no Hanayome (The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie) sequel will open next year. The film news came during the evening session of "The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ Special Event 2021 in Nakano Sun Pla...
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Flowerchild's Warikitta Kankei Desu kara Yuri Manga Resumes, Nears Climax

Manga about student, teacher who meet via online dating app launched in 2019 ― The June issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Yuri Hime magazine revealed on Friday that Flowerchild's Warikitta Kankei Desu kara (Because It's a Divided Relationship) yuri manga will resume in the next issue, and is nearing its climax. Flowerchild had put the manga on hiatus starting in December due to "personal reasons." Flowerch...
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GKIDS Rereleases Children of the Sea, 3 More Anime Films in U.S. Theaters

Company will also screen Weathering with You, Lupin III The First, Promare from June to September ― GKIDS and Fathom Events announced Friday that they will rerelease four anime films in theaters in the United States from June through September: Children of the Sea will screen with an English dub on June 13 and in Japanese with subtitles on June 15. Weathering with You will screen with an English dub ...
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Brave10's Kairi Shimotsuki Launches New Manga in Rusted Armors Franchise

Multimedia project also includes stage plays, upcoming anime ― The official website for Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine revealed on Thursday that Kairi Shimotsuki is launching a new manga titled Sabiiro no Armor: Reimei (Rusted Armors: Daybreak, pictured left below) in the magazine's June issue on May 14. The Sabiiro no Armor (Rusted Armors) franchise is a multimedia project that started as a ...

Love and Lies Manga Gets 2 Endings

Manga to take break so author can prepare "marrying Misaki," "marrying Ririna" routes ― The official Twitter account for Musawo's Love and Lies manga revealed on Sunday that the manga will have two different endings: a "marrying Misaki route" and a "marrying Ririna route." Musawo is taking a break to write the manuscript to make the "ideal ending" for the series. Musawo stated on Twitter that she had...

Paradise Kiss, BECK Director Osamu Kobayashi Passes Away at 57

Director, animator, scriptwriter battled kidney cancer for 2 years ― The Twitter account for animator and director Osamu Kobayashi (pictured right in image at right) posted on Sunday that Kobayashi passed away on Saturday evening. He was 57. The Twitter post explained that for the last two years Kobayashi was battling kidney cancer. The post added, "it is regretful that there were more things he want...

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The Vampire Dies in No Time Manga Goes on 1-Month Hiatus

Manga returns on May 27 ― This year's 20th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine revealed on Thursday that Itaru Bonnoki's Kyūketsuki wa Sugu Shinu (The Vampire Dies in No Time) manga will go on hiatus, and will return in the magazine's 26th issue on May 27. The gag manga centers on Dralc, a vampire who is feared as he is rumored to be invincible. The vampire hunter Ronaldo goes to ...
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The Caligula Effect 2 Game's Trailer Highlights World, Characters

NIS America ships PS4, Switch game in the West this fall ― NIS America began streaming a new trailer for FuRyu's The Caligula Effect 2 sequel game on Thursday. The video highlights the game's simulated world of Redo, and the characters of the Go-Home Club. The game will ship for PlayStation 4 and Switch in Japan on June 24. NIS America will release the game for PS4 and Nintendo Switch this fall in No...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 5-11

Monster Hunter Rise tops chart for 3rd consecutive week ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 5-11 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwMonster Hunter Rise Capcom March 26 194,327 1,774,063 2NSwSuper Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Nintendo February 12 21,590 642,106 3NSwMomotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! Konami November 19, 2020 12,920 2,101,505 4NSwMario Ka...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, April 5-11

Tales from Earthsea earns 8.8% rating, My Hero Academia earns 3.8% ― Goro Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Tales from Earthsea anime film aired on NTV on Friday, April 9 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned an 8.8% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV April 11 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 8.5 Detective Conan NTV April 10 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 7.2 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV April 1...
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Devilman Gets VR Exhibit with Large-Scale Go Nagai Statue

Exhibit on Virtual Utopia VR platform will run from April 28 to May 31 ― Go Nagai's classic Devilman series is getting a VR exhibit on the Virtual Utopia platform from April 28 to May 31. The exhibit will focus on the manga, the TV anime it spawned, and the DEVILMAN crybaby anime streaming on Netflix. Part of the exhibit will also include a large-scale Go Nagai statue created with a 3D scan. There wi...

Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest Anime Season 2 Casts Noriko Shibasaki, Rina Satou

Heiligh's princess, mysterious foe in season airing next winter ― The promotional video that announced the second television anime season of Ryo Shirakome's Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest (Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō) light novel series on Saturday also announced two new cast members. The new additions are: Noriko Shibasaki as Liliana S. B. Heiligh, a princess of the kingdom...
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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Anime Unveils New Teaser, 7 More Cast Members

Taiten Kusunoki, Yui Horie, Jun Fukuyama, Aimi, Hisako Kanemoto, Yui Ishikawa, M.A.O co-star ― The official website for the television anime of Dojyomaru's How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Genjitsushugi Yūsha no Ōkoku Saikenki) light novel series updated on Saturday with a new teaser video, seven more cast members, and a new key viusal. The teaser previews the voices of Souma and Liscia. The n...
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King of Fighters XV Game Reveals Trailer for Shermie

Erina Seto voices character in game slated to launch this year ― SNK began streaming a trailer on Thursday for its The King of Fighters XV game highlighting the character Shermie (voiced by Erina Seto). The King of Fighters XV will launch in 2021. The game's initial roster includes: Shun'Ei, Meitenkun, Benimaru Nikaido, Iori, Joe Higashi, Kyo, Chizuru, K', Leona Heidern, Mai Shiranui, Andy Bogard, Yu...

Skeleton Knight in Another World Light Novels Get TV Anime

Symphogear sequels' Katsumi Ono helms at Studio KAI x HORNETS, starring Tomoaki Maeno, Ai Fairouz ― The live-streamed "Arifureta Hōsō de Sekai Saikyō ~Overlap Bunko Shin Jōhō Happyō-kai" (From Commonplace Streaming to World's Strongest ~Overlap Bunko Imprint's News Announcement) program announced on Saturday that Ennki Hakari's Skeleton Knight in Another World (Gaikotsu Kishi-sama, Tadaima Isekai e O...
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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Omega Anime Includes Usada Pekora Reference

Watch out for the rabbit VTuber in the second episode ― The second episode of How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Ω includes a cheeky reference to the hololive Virtual YouTuber Usada Pekora. A background character with a strong resemblance to the VTuber is briefly shown at roughly the 2:43 mark of the episode. For comparison's sake, an image of Pekora is shown below: How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord is set ...
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SaGa Series' Akitoshi Kawazu: Square Enix 'Plans' New SaGa Work

SaGa game series creator Akitoshi Kawazu revealed during a livestream on Thursday that Square Enix is "planning" a new SaGa work. He did not reveal any further details. He also added that he wants to release remasters of Romancing SaGa, SaGa Frontier 2, and Unlimited Saga. Square Enix released its remastered version of 1997 SaGa Frontier game on Thursday. The game is available for PlayStation 4, N...

The Faraway Paladin Light Novels Get TV Anime in October

Maki Kawase, Katsuyuki Konishi star in fantasy series ― A website opened on Saturday to announce that author Kanata Yanagino and illustrator Kususaga Rin's The Faraway Paladin (Saihate no Paladin) light novel series is inspiring a television anime adaptation that will premiere in October. Yuu Nobuta (High School Fleet, World's End Harem, Maesetsu! Opening Act) is directing the anime at Children's Pla...

Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest Anime's 2nd Season Debuts in January 2022

2nd season to have new director, 1 new studio ― The official website for the television anime of Ryo Shirakome's Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest (Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō) light novel series revealed on Saturday that the show's second season will premiere in January 2022. The website also revealed a key visual and a video. 2ndseason 2022年1月放送決定🎉監督:岩田彰シリーズ構成・脚本:佐藤勝一キャラクターデザ...
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Saiyuki's Kazuya Minekura Reveals Spinal Canal Stenosis Diagnosis, Upcoming Surgery

Author reveals other health troubles she has dealt with in last 2 years Saiyuki manga creator Kazuya Minekura posted on Twitter for the first time since June 2019 on Friday, and revealed in the series of posts that she had to take a rest from doing illustration work because of pain in her lower back from spinal canal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal), followed by a chain of physical troubl...
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Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART! Anime Adds 5 More Cast Members

Satoshi Mikami, Kana Ueda, more join cast for ongoing series ― The staff of Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART!, the anime of Rui Takatō's new Pale Blue Dot Battle Athletes Daiundōkai ReSTART! manga, revealed five more cast members for the show on Saturday. Satoshi Mikami as Jefferson Natdhipytadd (spelling not confirmed), a detective who visits the university boarding school. His nickname is Jeff. Yūko...
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No Anime Win at 48th Annie Awards

― The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced the winners for its 48th Annual Annie Awards on Friday. No anime won awards this year. The June Foray Award was presented to Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi (Toy Story 3 art director, co-director of The Dam Keeper). Kenji Iwaisawa's ON-GAKU: Our Sound and Masaaki Yuasa's Ride Your Wave anime films received nominations in the "Best Indie F...

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SSSS.Dynazenon ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

The most ‘real’ thing we know about SSSS.Dynazenon at this point is that it is its own story to tell with its own characters.
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Those Snow White Notes ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

We've all had some piece of art that spoke to us, pulled some emotion out of us that we maybe didn't entirely understand; whether it be music, illustration, writing, or anything else in the wide world of human creativity. And that's where this series has proven to be magical.
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Oregairu's Iroha Promotes I LOHAS Water in Yomiuri Shimbun Ad

Series author Wataru Watari writes original story about Iroha to commemorate her birthday ― Two peas in a pod: Fan favorite Oregairu character Iroha (also affectionately known as "Irohasu") is celebrating her birthday by promoting the I LOHAS (pronounced "Irohasu") distilled water. Series author Wataru Watari also wrote an original story about Iroha, published on I LOHAS' official website. The collab...
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The Spring 2021 Preview Guide - The Shorts

We close out Preview Guide with a look at the short-form series currently available for streaming, whether it's a bloody pink bear or girls exploring the artistry of pottery. ― This season's streaming shorts include Gloomy the Naughty Grizzly, Let's Make a Mug Too!, and Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S. All three short series are streaming on Crunchyroll Rebecca Silverman First up for me is Gloomy the...
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Ascendent Animation Reveals The Titan's Bride Anime's English Dub Cast

Dub casts Edward A. Mendoza, Kiba Walker, Angela Tran ― Ascendent Animation announced on Friday that the English dub cast for the anime shorts of ITKZ's boys-love manga The Titan's Bride (Kyojinzoku no Hanayome). The cast includes: Edward A. Mendoza as Koichi Mizuki Kiba Walker as Caius Lao Bistail Angela Tran as Medina Nall Rosas Kdin Jenzen as Baro Barrows Patrick M. Seymour as Beri Berinal Brittan...
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Tubi to Stream 10 Anpanman Films with English, Spanish Dubs

Apple Boy and Everyone's Hope film is streaming on service ― Streaming service Tubi announced on Friday that it will stream ten films from the Anpanman franchise with English and Spanish dubs in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico. Tubi has begun streaming the first of the ten films, Apple Boy and Everyone's Hope. The ten films include: Apple Boy and Everyone's Hope The Adventure of ...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses 2nd Seitokai Yakuindomo Film

HIDIVE streams film on April 23 ― Sentai Flimworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed Gekijōban Seitokai Yakuindomo 2, the second film based on Tozen Ujiie's Seitokai Yakuindomo manga, in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavian countries, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, and Portugal. The company will release the film on home video and on ...
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Himegoto Manga Creator, Virtual YouTuber Norio Tsukudani Announces Her Marriage

Marriage announcement coincides with Tsukudani's 27th birthday Himegoto manga creator Norio Tsukudani announced on her official Twitter account on Friday that she has gotten married to a company manager. The date coincides with her 27th birthday. 【ご報告】この度私、佃煮のりおは先月結婚しましたことをご報告致します💍お相手は会社経営者の方です。今後も変わらず、犬山たまき&のりプロの運営・プロデュースをより一層頑張って参ります。これからもよろしくお願い致します!本日23時より✨佃煮のりお生誕祭&結婚報告生放送をします🎥 pic.twitter.com/...

Netflix Streams 4th, Final Season's of Castlevania Animated Show on May 13 With Eyes on Possible New Series

Netflix eyes new series set in same universe with new characters ― Netflix announced on Twitter on Friday that the fourth season of Adi Shankar's Castlevania animated series will stream on May 13, and it will be the final season. Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Friday that Netflix is eyeing a new series set in the same universe with a new cast of characters. Netflix shared Deadline's ...
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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Anime Casts Moeka Kishimoto, Masaaki Mizunaka

Series premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime of Dojyomaru's How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Genjitsushugi Yūsha no Ōkoku Saikenki) light novel series announced on Friday that the series has cast Moeka Kishimoto as Tomoe Inui (pictured below left), a girl from the Wolf Tribe, and Masaaki Mizunaka as Poncho Panacotta (pictured below right), who has a talent for eatin...
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Your Spring 2021 Daily Streaming Reviews Schedule

Find out which of your favorite series made the cut! ― If there was any issue this season, it was too much good stuff (check the Preview Guide for evidence), with many highly-rated series coming from our review team. Is this the first time that readers couldn't get a 'hate watch' vote in because there wasn't a single anime to qualify? Look below for who will be covering the hits from this season's an...
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Konami's Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel Switch Game Launches on August 12

Konami announced on Friday that it will release Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel: Saikyо̄ Battle Royale!!, the latest video game in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, for Nintendo Switch on August 12 in Japan. First-print copies include three exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, and customers who pre-orders the game will receive an amiibo card. The game will include characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens anime. Konami debuted the Y...
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Bleach: Brave Souls Game Gets PS4 Version in 2021

KLab opens game's official Discord server ― KLab announced on Friday that its Bleach: Brave Souls game will get a release for PlayStation 4 this year. The game will be available digitally in areas where the PlayStation Store is accessible. The game will include seven languages: Japanese, English, French, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, and Thai. KLab opened an official Discord server...
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Seirei Gensouki - Spirit Chronicles TV Anime Reveals Franchise's 1st Game, 1st Full Promo, Theme Songs, July Debut

Online RPG teased; Marika Kōno, Aguri Ōnishi sing themes ― The official website for the television anime of Yuri Kitayama and Riv's Seirei Gensouki - Spirit Chronicles light novels posted the first full promotional video and the first key visual for the anime on Friday. The video reveals and previews the opening theme song, and it also reveals the ending theme song's artist. The website also announce...
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Kageki Shoujo!! The Curtain Rises TV Anime's 1st Full Promo Reveals Cast, Opening Song Artists, July Debut

Sayaka Senbongi, Yumiri Hanamori, Sumire Uesaka, Yō Taichi, Rico Sasaki, real-life twins Risae & Satsumi Matsuda, Hiroki Nanami star ― The official website for the television anime of Kumiko Saiki's Kageki Shoujo! manga posted the first full promotional video and a new key visual on Friday. The website and the video reveals the anime's main cast, the opening theme song's artists, and July premiere: T...
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CreepHyp Song 'Polico' Inspires Hyper Positive Yogoremon TV Anime Shorts

Song's writer Sekaikan Ozaki stars in Fuji TV shorts premiering on Sunday ― Entertainment company Firebug announced on Friday that a new short anime titled Hyper Positive Yogoremon will begin airing within Fuji TV Chara Dachi Museum program on Sunday, April 18. The character is inspired by the band CreepHyp's song "Polico," which is also the anime's theme song. The story will center on Otarō, a creat...

The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime This Summer

Wakame Konbu's manga about Dark Realm's No. 2, transported to human world without powers ― A website and Twitter account opened on Friday to announce that Wakame Konbu's The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! (Jahysama ha Kujikenai!) manga is inspiring a television anime this summer. Konbu drew an illustration to celebrate the news: Square Enix Manga & Books will publish the first manga volume in Engli...
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Life Lessons with Uramichi-Oniisan Anime's Teaser Shows Main Lead's Comical Despair

Anime premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime of Gaku Kuze's Life Lessons with Uramichi-Oniisan (Uramichi Oniisan) manga began streaming a teaser promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video highlights protagonist Uramichi Omota revealing his dour personality, even as he puts on a happy face on the set of his children's show. The anime will premiere in July, after be...
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Idolls! Anime Streams on YouTube With English Subtitles for Limited Time

Anime premiered on January 8, ran for 10 episodes ― The official website for Idolls!, the television anime from Shin-Ei Animation and voice talent agency 81 Produce, announced on Friday that all 10 episodes of the anime are now available in the anime's YouTube channel until April 30. The episodes include English subtitles. The anime premiered on the BS Asahi channel on January 8. The cast includes: A...
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Capcom Unveils Resident Evil 4 VR for Oculus Quest 2

Video previews new VR features ― Capcom announced on Thursday that it will release a new virtual reality version of the Resident Evil 4 game for the Oculus Quest 2 headset system, in partnership with Oculus parent company Facebook and developer Armature. Facebook unveiled a video demonstrating some of the new VR features in the new version. Capcom released the Resident Evil 4 game for GameCube and la...

AIC, Toei Agency Sign Deal to Co-Own Megazone 23, Tenchi Muyo, Other Classic Anime

Bubblegum Crisis, Zeorymer, Dangaioh, Gall Force also shared ― Anime production company AIC announced on Friday that it has concluded an agreement to transfer partial ownership of some of its existing copyrights to Toei Agency, with the two companies now sharing joint ownership. The intellectual properties that the two companies now share include the Megazone 23 franchise, Hades Project Zeorymer, Dan...
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Higasa Akai's The Royal Tutor Manga Ends in May

Comedy launched in 2013, inspired 2017 TV anime, 2019 anime film ― The May issue of Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine announced on Friday that Higasa Akai's The Royal Tutor (Ōshitsu Kyōshi Heine) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on May 18. The issue will feature the manga on its cover, and it will include a color opening page and a B3-size poster drawn by Akai. Yen Press began releasing the...

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World End Economica Visual Novel's Switch Version Launches on April 22

Sekai Games' WORLD END ECONOMiCA -complete- release bundles all 3 episodes ― Sekai Project's Sekai Games label for console games announced on Thursday that its Switch release of Spicy Tails' World End Economica visual novel will launch on April 22. The new release, titled WORLD END ECONOMiCA -complete-, will bundle all three episodes in a single release. Visual novel publisher Sekai Project released ...
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'Science Manga Survival' Educational Books Get 2nd Anime Film About Deep Sea

Shinkai no Survival! stars Satsumi Matsuda, Megumi Han, Akira Ishida on August 13 ― Toei Animation announced on Friday that it is producing a second anime film based on the Kagaku Manga Survival (Science Manga Survival) study manga series. The new Shinkai no Survival! (Survive! In the Deep Sea) film adapts the Shinkai no Survival book. The film will open in Japan on August 13. The film will feature r...
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Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness CG Series Reveals New Trailer, Director, Composer, July Debut

Live-action Umizaru/Assassination Classroom's Eiichiro Hasumi directs with score by Psycho-Pass/JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's Yugo Kanno ― Capcom announced during its live-streamed "Resident Evil [Biohazard] Showcase April 2021" on Friday that the Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness CG anime series will premiere in July. Netflix posted a new character trailer in English and Japanese and announced the direc...
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Godzilla vs. Kong Film's Japanese Trailer Reveals Cast, Previews Theme Song

Japanese dub casts Mana Ashida, Yuji Tanaka, Maaya Sakamoto, more ― The official Japanese website for Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment's Godzilla vs. Kong film began streaming on Thursday a Japanese trailer, and it reveals the Japanese dub cast and previews the Japanese version's theme song "Into the Deep" by Man with a Mission. The cast includes: Mana Ashida as Madison Russell Yuji Tanaka as...
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Tsuburaya Productions Premieres New Ultraman Trigger TV Series on July 10

Koichi Sakamoto directs show starting Raiga Terasaka ― Tsuburaya Productions announced on Thursday a new television series in its Ultraman franchise titled Ultraman Trigger that will premiere on July 10 at 9:00 a.m. JST on TV Tokyo. The company began streaming a teaser trailer: The series is an homage to Ultraman Tiga, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The new hero Ultraman Trigger is ...
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Precure Series Gets Cosmetics Store for Adults

17 years after the debut of the first Pretty Cure anime, the series is getting its first cosmetics store aimed at adults. Bandai launched its "Pretty Holic" online store in February to coincide with the release of the Tropical-Rouge! Precure anime, and last Friday it launched the "Pretty Holic Luxe" store page for adults. The first lineup of items is fragrance balms based on the characters of Futa...
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New Revue Starlight Anime Film Unveils Trailer, Visual

Franchise's 3rd main play to run from July 23-August 1 ― The official Twitter account of the Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight franchise unveiled a trailer and visual on Thursday for the franchise's upcoming brand-new anime film. Film attendees for the first two weeks will receive an illustrated mini colored paper with reproduced autographs from the cast. The franchise's website also revealed that the thi...
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Yoshiyuki Tomino Aims High: "My Next Work Will Crush Demon Slayer and Evangelion"

"If I didn't think that ambitiously, I wouldn't be making TV anime past the age of 80." ― Mobile Suit Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino made a guest appearance on TV Asahi's "Hayashi Osamu no Ima Deshо̄! Kо̄za" program on Tuesday, which discussed influential Japanese anime. Although not one of the anime professionals featured extensively in the two-hour program, Tomino did make a brief appearance when ...

Crunchyroll to Remove Mekaku City Actors, The Idol Master, La Corda d'Oro, More Anime

Also: Miracle Train - Ōedo-sen e Yōkoso, Sound of the Sky, Mitsudomoe, Hourou Musuko ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that the following anime will leave the service on April 21: Mekakucity Actors La Corda d'Oro ~primo passo~ La Corda d'Oro ~secondo passo~ Miracle Train - Ōedo-sen e Yōkoso Sound of the Sky Mitsudomoe Seasons 1-2 Hourou Musuko Wandering Son The Idol Master Dog Days Seasons 1-2 Ghos...
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Funimation Streams Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime's Recompilation Specials

Specials including new footage begin streaming on Thursday ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming three Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba television anime specials on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. EDT with English subtitles and with an English dub. The three specials are recompilations of the anime's first season with new footage, and they are titled Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Sibli...
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Satelight's Sacks&Guns!! Sci-Fi Anime Casts Yoshimasa Hosoya

Yoshimasa Hosoya, Kanon Amane, Hiroki Touchi to appear on live stream on April 24 ― The official website for Sacks&Guns!!, Satelight's anime of Nekotarō Inui's Sakugan Labyrinth Marker (Drilling Labyrinth Marker) novel, revealed on Thursday that the series has cast Yoshimasa Hosoya as Melо̄lo, a staff member of the "Control Bureau" that manages the colony. He has extensive on-hand knowledge and refin...

My Dress-Up Darling Cosplay TV Anime Confirmed

Shinichi Fukuda's manga about popular girl roping loner boy into cosplay hobby launched in 2018 ― Square Enix confirmed on Friday that Shinichi Fukuda's My Dress-Up Darling (Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru) manga is inspiring a television anime. The announcement came in this year's ninth issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine. Square Enix Manga & Books publishes the manga in English, and it des...
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Live-Action 'A Devil and Her Love Song' Show's' Promo Video Reveals More Cast, June 19 Debut

Sō Okuno, Karin Ono, Suzu Yamanouchi, Shiori Yoshida, Keisuke Horibe join cast ― The official website for the live-action series of Miyoshi Tomori's A Devil and Her Love Song (Akuma to Lovesong) manga began streaming a promotional video for the first episode on Thursday. The video reveals more cast members and the June 19 Hulu launch for all eight episodes in Japan. The site also unveiled a new visua...
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Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin: The Final Films Post 2 Ads

1st of 2 finale films opens April 23, 2nd opens on June 4 ― Warner Bros. Japan began streaming two new television commercials, "Kenshin & Kaoru" and "Confession" (featuring the climactic battle with Enishi Yukishiro) for the two 'final chapter' films in the live-action film series based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga on Thursday. Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final, the first of the two ...

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Studio 4°C's Gyokō no Nikuko-san Film's Full Trailer Previews Songs

Kurumi Inagaki sing theme song "Image no Uta," GReeeeN performs ending song "Taketen" ― The official website for Studio 4°C's anime film of Kanako Nishi's Gyokō no Nikuko-chan (Nikuko of the Fishing Harbor) novel began streaming the full trailer for the film on Thursday. The trailer reveals and previews both the film's theme song "Image no Uta" (Image Poem), and the film's ending theme song "Taketen"...
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Zannen na Ikimono no Jiten Anime Gets Film in Summer 2022

Supervisor Tadaaki Imaizumi, studio Fanworks return to anime about animal factoids ― Anime studio Fanworks announced on Thursday that it is producing a new film in the anime adaptation of the Zannen na Ikimono Jiten (Humorous & Adorable Evolutionary Creatures or literally, Encyclopedia of Pitiful Creatures) book series. The film will open in Japan in summer 2022. The book series' Tadaaki Imaizumi ret...
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Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed By Light Anime Film's Full Trailer Reveals More Cast, Theme Song

Yuichi Nakamura plays Fairy King Dahlia, Shinichirō Kamio plays Dabuzu; Porno Graffitti's Akihito Okano performs theme song ― The official website for The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed By Light (Nanatsu no Taizai: Hikari ni Norowareshi Mono-tachi), the all-new original anime film for The Seven Deadly Sins franchise, began streaming the full trailer for the film on Thursday. The trailer revealed two new c...

The House of the Dead Remake Game Gets Switch Release

Trailer streamed for game launching later this year ― Polish game developer and publisher Forever Entertainment announced during Nintendo's Indie World Showcase livestream on Wednesday that it and developer MegaPixel's remake of Sega's The House of the Dead game will launch on Nintendo Switch later this year. The company streamed a trailer: Forever Entertainment signed an agreement with Sega in Octob...
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The Spring 2021 Preview Guide - Cestvs: The Roman Fighter

At the height of the Roman Empire, Cestvs is a boy who is enslaved and placed in a training school for boxers to fight in the Colosseum. He'll have to use brute strength if he wants to find freedom! ― What is this? At the height of the Roman Empire, Cestvs is a boy who is enslaved and placed in a training school for boxers to fight in the Colosseum. Cestvs: The Roman Fighter is based on Shizuya Waza...
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Konami Announces GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon Game for Switch, PC

Game launches in 2022; Early Access on Steam begins on May 13 ― Konami announced during Nintendo's Indie World Showcase livestream on Wednesday a new game titled GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam that will launch in 2022. The game will launch in Early Access on Steam on May 13. Konami streamed a trailer: Konami describes the 2D action game: Ryukotsuki has returned after ...
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Sentai Filmworks Acquires Digital Rights to Earl and Fairy Anime

2008 anime streams on "select digital outlets" ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has acquired the digital rights to the Earl and Fairy anime in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Nordic countries, and Scandinavian countries. The company will stream the series on "select digital outlets." S...
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Anime Limited to Release Jujutsu Kaisen Anime's Soundtrack Digitally, Physically on Vinyl, CD

European distributor releases soundtrack in NA, Europe, Oceania on April 21 ― European distributor based in Scotland Anime Limited (All the Anime) announced on Wednesday that it will release the original soundtrack for the Jujutsu Kaisen television anime in North America, Europe, and Oceania on April 21, the same day that it launches in Japan. The company will also release the soundtrack on vinyl and...
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Peruvian Politicians Cosplay Anime Characters to Score the "Otaku" Vote

― Last Thursday, Spanish international news agency EFE profiled Peruvian politicians Jorge Hugo Romero and Milagros Juárez because of their distinctive strategy to score the "otaku" vote: Cosplaying as anime characters. Romero, who is a member of Peru's Christian People's Party (Partido Popular Cristiano, PPC), is known for dressing up as an Akatsuki member from the Naruto anime and manga series. He...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 969

While it is a nice break to watch legends being made through joyous adventures, the high intensity and high stakes have well and truly returned.
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We Must Never Fall in Love! Manga Ends With 9th Volume

Final volume ships in November ― The eighth compiled book volume of Haru Tsukishima's We Must Never Fall in Love! (Zettai ni Tokimeite wa Ikenai!) manga revealed on Tuesday that the manga will end with the ninth volume in November. Kodansha Comics licensed the series, and it describes the story: After getting turned down by the guy she had a crush on for ages, Sakura thought things couldn't get much ...
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Back Arrow ‒ Episode 14

As much as people think mecha series are about the robots (which they are, don't get me wrong), battles that essentially boil down to “Oh you wanna kiss me so bad right now” are incredibly common.

Crunchyroll to Stream English Dub for 86 Eighty-Six Anime

Series also gets Portuguese, Spanish, French, German dubs ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will stream English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and German dubs for the television anime of Asato Asato's 86 light novel series. The company will reveal more details at a later date. The anime premiered on April 10. The anime will air for two cours (quarters of the year). However, the two cours wi...

Funimation Adds Daily Lives of High School Boys, More NIS America Anime to Catalog

Arakawa Under the Bridge, bunny drop, Genshiken Second Season, more stream on April 15 ― Funimation announced on Wednesday that it will add the following titles from NIS America to its catalog on April 15: Daily Lives of High School Boys Arakawa Under the Bridge Seasons 1-2 bunny drop Chronicles of the Going Home Club Genshiken Second Generation Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up If Her Flag Breaks kimi ...
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How to Draw Manga Artist Katy Coope Redraws Cover Illustration After Almost 20 Years

Coope shares her personal story as 'HowToDrawMangaRedraw' hashtag trends ― In 2002, Scholastic published a book titled How to Draw Manga, which featured drawing advice from the then 16-year-old artist Katy Coope. The cover image is shown below: Why is this long out-of-print book relevant today? Last Thursday, pixel artist TAHK0 started the #HowToDrawMangaRedraw hashtag by encouraging artists to redra...
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Anime Limited Appoints Former Crunchyroll Director Miles Thomas as Chief Marketing Officer

Also promotes Kerry Kasim, Jessica Poce in effort to expand further globally ― Anime Limited (All the Anime), a European distributor based in Scotland, announced on Wednesday that it has appointed former Crunchyroll director of community marketing and social media Miles Thomas as its chief marketing officer. The company stated that Thomas will be supporting "Anime Limited's expansion into new territo...
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The Spring 2021 Preview Guide - Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won't Lose

The "heroine battle" for Sueharu's heart begins and his childhood friend Kuroha Shida isn't about to end up a statistic! ― What is this? The story centers around Sueharu Maru, an average 17-year-old high school boy who has never had a girlfriend, and the "heroine battle" between his beautiful first crush Shirokusa Kachi and his childhood friend Kuroha Shida. Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Frien...
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Sakura Wars' Part II Manga Gets 2 New Volumes After 3 Years

2nd part of Ikku Masa's manga launched in 2009 ― Kodansha is listing an eighth and ninth volume for Ikku Masa's Sakura Taisen Dainibu (Sakura Wars Part II) manga, both slated for a June 17 release. The two volumes will be the first new volumes for the manga in three years, since the seventh volume shipped in July 2018. The manga is the second part of Masa's manga adaptation of the original Sakura War...
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Capcom Identifies Older VPN Device as Entry Point of November's Ransomware Attack

Device at Capcom U.S.A. has been removed from network ― Capcom revealed on Tuesday the results of its investigation on the ransomware attack on its network in November. According to IT specialists, a cyberattack was carried out on an older backup Virtual Private Network (VPN) device that had been maintained at Capcom U.S.A., Capcom's North American subsidiary, in October. Capcom had already introduce...
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Idoly Pride Franchise Posts 2nd CG Concert Video in 4K

TV anime premiered on January 10, ended with 12th episode on March 29 ― The official YouTube channel for the Idoly Pride multimedia project began streaming a 3D CG video of the characters performing the song "Pray for you" from the franchise's smartphone game on Monday. The video is available in 4K, similar to a previous video for the song "Sayonara kara Hajimaru Monogatari" (A Story That Begins With...
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Otoppe Musical Film's Teaser Reveals Guest Cast, October 15 Opening

Takumi Saitou, Asagaya Shimai comedy duo, Mitsunori Fukuda, MoeMi guest star in film ― The official website for Gekijо̄ban Otoppe Papa Don't Cry, the new movie musical for the Otoppe children's anime, began streaming a teaser trailer for the film on Wednesday. The teaser reveals the guest cast and October 15 opening date of the film. The guest cast includes (clockwise from upper left in image above) ...
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ArcLight Cinemas, Pacific Theatres Will Not Reopen After COVID-19 Closures

17 theaters to stay shut, including Hollywood landmark which hosted anime premieres ― The Decurion Corporation announced on Monday that it will not reopen its six Pacific Theatre locations and 11 ArcLight Cinemas locations nationwide. Entertainment news website Deadline reported that Decurion is not bankrupt. However, the company has handed the keys to the locations back to their landlords, and the l...
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