Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S Anime's Promo Video Previews Unaired Episode

Unaired episode will be on Volume S BD/DVD on January 19

The Demon Sword Master of Excalibur Academy Novels Get Anime

Yen Press publishes Yū Shimizu's fantasy series about Dark Lord reincarnating as 10-year-old boy

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime Season 3's Teaser Unveils Title, Returning Cast & Staff, April 2022 Debut

Teaser video adapts manga chapter 110

This Week in Anime - Is The Heike Story Accessible for Newcomers?

Science SARU and Naoko Yamada's retelling of a 12th century story with a supernatural twist. The story is well-known within Japan, but can newbies still follow along?

The ANN Aftershow - What're You Watching Right Now?

Lynzee and Jacki surf through anime limbo in search of this season's big hit. Also, what the hell is going on in Platinum End? Is takt.op Destiny awesome or boring? Is Ranking of Kings the fantasy epic we've been waiting for?

The Tale of the Heike in Text and Animation

Rebecca Silverman looks at the original classic story that inspired Science Saru and Naoko Yamada's beautiful, historical anime series.

This Week in Anime - In the Evergarden of Good and Evil

The conclusion of Violet's story is here; love, loss, and picking up the pieces of war. Nick and Steve look to see if the gorgeously rendered finale sticks the landing.

Yoshiyuki Tomino Doesn't Want You To Read This Article

When Bandai Entertainment was preparing to license Mobile Suit Gundam in North America in 2001, director Yoshiyuki Tomino had an unusual request: Delete episode 15. Now it's inspiring a feature film next year.
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Witch Hat Atelier GN 6-8

This returns us to one of the themes of the series – that magic is something that should never be viewed as mundane. ― It isn't hard to realize that, having been deprived of her attempt at the Second Trial, Agott is going to be even more upset than usual. Her drive to succeed, which is almost pathological at this point, means that she's very likely to be resentful of not only the Brimmed Caps who int...
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Gekijō-ban Macross Delta: Zettai LIVE!!!!!!

Zettai LIVE!!!!!! perfectly understands that when it's time to go big, you ought to go ham. ― This movie is a lot. It throws a bunch of different plot elements at the viewer in the hopes that at least a couple of them will stick, and to its credit, this approach does actually work. With its high stakes and deliberate callbacks to Macross history, Zettai LIVE!!!!!! feels like a fitting climax to the M...
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Her Royal Highness Seems to Be Angry GN 1 & 2

Although Her Royal Highness Seems to Be Angry does borrow from a lot of other stories, or at least to share distinct similarities with them, it manages to bring everything together in a way that's good enough to stand on its own. ― We all know better than to judge a book by its cover (in theory, at any rate), but what about by its title? If you've been reading manga and light novels for a while, you'...
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Love After World Domination

An super sentai hero and his archenemy from an evil organization are the focal point in Love After World Domination, a comedy that is both genuinely funny and sweetly romantic. ― What an absolute delight this manga is. I have to admit, I picked this one from the review pile on a whim. I only had the title to go on, and in the lull between seasonal reviews I thought I'd give it a whirl. If I had known...
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Mandarake Executive Charged for Operating Adult Store in Tokyo's Nakano Broadway

Police searched shop in September after complaints that it was near store for teenaged girls ― Tokyo Metropolitan Police formally charged the 60-year-old male executive of legal affairs for the secondhand otaku retail chain Mandarake on Friday with violating the Businesses Affecting Public Morals Regulation Law. The charge alleges that the retail chain operated a store that displayed a large amount o...

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NetEase Games Acquires No More Heroes Developer Grasshopper Manufacture

Transfer came into effect on May 31 ― Gōichi Suda's (SUDA51's) game developing studio Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. announced on Friday that Chinese developer NetEase Games has acquired the company from GungHo Online Entertainment. The transfer came into effect on May 31. Suda added that Grasshopper Manufacture now has "a unique opportunity to rethink the game development and organization structure." ...
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Netflix Unveils Trailer, More Cast for Super Crooks Anime

Hiroshi Yanaka, Yasuji Kimura, Pierre Taki, Junichi Suwabe, 6 more co-star in November 25 anime ― Netflix unveiled a new trailer for the Super Crooks anime based on the comic by Mark Millar and Leinil Francis Yu on Thursday. Netflix also revealed more cast members for the anime. The cast (including the previously announced Kenjiro Tsuda and Maaya Sakamoto include): (Top row, left to right in image ab...
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Tetsuo Hara, Seibō Kitahara's Ikusa no Ko Manga Heads to Climax

Manga about Oda Nobunaga debuted in 2010 ― The official Twitter account for Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine announced on Wednesday that Tetsuo Hara and Seibō Kitahara's Ikusa no Ko -Legend of Oda Nobunaga manga is heading to its climax. Japanese publisher Coamix and The Silent Manga Audition Committee offer chapters from the manga online in English. The Silent Manga Audition Committee de...
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CEO of Japanese Art Commission Platform Skeb Warns of Misinformation Around NFTs

Kazunari Kida expressed concern that artists may be misunderstanding NFTs as a form of art ownership ― The NFT (Non-Fungible Token) boom has been picking up steam in the anime and manga industries in recent months, but the practice of attaching art to NFTs has also attracted concern in art communities around potential scams, money laundering, and their environmental impact. Kazunari Kida, CEO of the ...
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Gaku Kuze's Torimania Manga Moves to Manga Park

Hakusensha's Manga Park website and app announced that Gaku Kuze's (Life Lessons of Uramichi-Oniisan) Torimania manga will move from Square Enix's Gangan Online website to Manga Park and resume serialization there in early winter 2022. The manga debuted on Gangan Online in November 2015. The manga's fifth compiled book volume shipped in Japan in January 2019. The romantic comedy takes place in the...
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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! ‒ Episode 11

Jahy learns what every millennial in the pandemic learned: growing a plant is hard.
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City Hunter Spinoff About Umibōzu Ends

Manga's 5th, final volume shipped on Wednesday ― The official Twitter account for Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine confirmed on Wednesday that the fifth and final volume of City Hunter Gaiden Ijuin Hayato-shi no Heion Naranu Nichijō (City Hunter Gaiden Mr. Hayato Ijuin's not peaceful life), Est em's (IPPO, Age Called Blue) City Hunter spinoff manga, has shipped on Wednesday. The manga end...
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Bandai Gives Away Recycled Plastic 'EcoPla' Gunpla Kits For Recycling Day

Gundam Recycle Strategy campaign aims to educate public about recycling starting from October 20 ― Bandai Namco Group is launching a "Gundam Recycle Strategy" campaign starting from Recycling Day on October 20. "EcoPla" plastic model kits made out of recycled materials will be distributed at the Gundam Base Tokyo and other select stores around Japan alongside informational booklets in order to educat...
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The World's Finest Assassin ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Now, info dumps like this can be boring when animated. However, what keeps this episode interesting is that it's more than just an introduction to magic: it's an introduction to a new main character.
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Yūenchi: Baki Gaiden Light Novel Series Ends

Series ends on October 28 ― This year's 47th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine announced on Thursday that Baku Yumemakura's Yūenchi: Baki Gaiden (Amusement Park: Baki Side Story) light novel series will end in the magazine's next issue on October 28. The light novel series will get a manga adaptation by Yuria Fujita, who provides the art for the novels. Yumemakura launched the Y...
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Banished From The Heroes' Party ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

While Red saw Rit as just another member of the party, Rit sees Red as the person who believed in her at her lowest point—who convinced her to stand up and do what was right for her kingdom.
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Neptunia, Senran Kagura Crossover PS4 Game's Trailer Previews Gameplay

Game launches in N. America on October 26, Europe on October 29 ― Idea Factory International began streaming on Thursday a gameplay trailer for Neptunia x Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars (Senran Nin Nin Ninja Taisen Neptune), the crossover action RPG for the Senran Kagura and Hyperdimension Neptunia franchises. The game will launch for PlayStation 4 physically and digitally in North America on October 26 a...
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Hanasaku Iroha Character Designer Mel Kishida Reflects on Changing Attitudes Towards Fanservice In Japan

“I think focusing on fanservice and making it the main aspect [of games and anime] is really starting to change." ― Illustrator and character designer Mel Kishida (Sound of the Sky, Hanasaku Iroha, Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland) has identified a change in his video game work over time: There's less emphasis on fanservice now. “I think focusing on fanservice and making it the main aspect [o...
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takt op. Destiny ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

What takt op. Destiny is, at least so far as these first three episodes are concerned, is an exceedingly entertaining and well-produced action-adventure anime with a great premise, a strong cast, and some absolutely kickass fight scenes.
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Ange Vierge: Girls Battle Game Ends Service After 8 Years

Service ends on December 20 ― The official website and Twitter account for Sega's Ange Vierge ~Girls Battle~ smartphone app game announced on Wednesday that the game will end service after eight years because it has become difficult to maintain the quality of service that satisfies its users. The game will end service on December 20 at 2:00 p.m. JST. The game has halted sales of in-game "GG" currency...
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Witch Hat Atelier GN 6-8

This returns us to one of the themes of the series – that magic is something that should never be viewed as mundane. ― It isn't hard to realize that, having been deprived of her attempt at the Second Trial, Agott is going to be even more upset than usual. Her drive to succeed, which is almost pathological at this point, means that she's very likely to be resentful of not only the Brimmed Caps who int...
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Crunchyroll Adds Over the Sky Anime Film to Catalog

Toho's film opened last November ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming Toho's Over the Sky (Kimi wa Kanata) theatrical anime film on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. EDT in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland. The film opened in Japan in November 2020. The teaser poster visual (seen right) shows th...
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Muv-Luv Alternative ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

I respect a show that gives us a two-sentence explanation of tropes we're all to familiar with these days, but that instantly-infodumped context makes it clear that we are absolutely watching an accelerated adaptation.
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Pokémon Legends: Arceus Game's 'Restored' Video Reveals Hisuian Zorua, Zoroark

Game launches for Switch on January 28 ― The Pokémon Company International began streaming a new trailer for its Nintendo Switch game Pokémon Legends: Arceus on Thursday. The trailer is an updated, "restored" version of a previously posted found footage-style video, and it reveals that the teased, mysterious Pokémon are Hisuian forms of Zorua and Zoroark. Pokémon Legends: Arceus will launch worldwide...
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DEEMO Memorial Keys Anime Film Reveals February 25 Debut, 5 More Cast Members

Naomi Watanabe, Kōichi Yamadera, more join cast ― Rayark Inc. revealed on Wednesday that DEEMO Memorial Keys (Deemo: Sakura no Oto - Anata no Kanadeta Oto ga, Ima mo Hibiku), the anime film based on Rayark Games' Deemo game, will debut in Japan on February 25. The staff also revealed five more cast members for the film. The new cast includes: (from left to right in image above) Kōhei Matsushita as Ha...
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Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Compilation Film Unveils New Trailer, Visual

Ilya Kushinov drew new visual under direction of millennium parade's Kōta Mori ― Bandai Namco Arts' YouTube channel began streaming a new trailer for Kōkaku Kidōtai SAC_2045 Jizoku Kanō Sensō (Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 - Sustainable Warfare), the compilation film of the Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 anime's first season, on Thursday. The trailer features millennium parade's theme song "Fly with me....

The Demon Sword Master of Excalibur Academy Novels Get TV Anime

Yen Press publishes Yū Shimizu's fantasy series about Dark Lord reincarnating as 10-year-old boy ― Kadokawa revealed in its new promotional video for Yū Shimizu and Asagi Tōsaka's The Demon Sword Master of Excalibur Academy (Seiken Gakuin no Maken Tsukai) light novels on Thursday that the novels are inspiring a television anime. The announcement did not reveal any further details. Saki Miyashita narr...
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Danganronpa Decadence Switch Collection's Trailer Previews Gameplay

Franchises ships over 5 million copies ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming a trailer for the Danganronpa Decadence game collection on Wednesday. The trailer shows the various games in the collection, as well as the gameplay for the Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp bonus board game. Spike Chunsoft also revealed on Wednesday that the Danganronpa game series as a whole has shipped over five million copi...

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TV Asahi Reveals Original Badminton Anime Ryman's Club for January Premiere

Junya Enoki, Shinichiro Miki, Kaito Ishikawa, Ryota Ohsaka, Tetsuya Kakihara play corporate badminton players ― TV Asahi and Liden Films announced on Thursday that they are producing an original badminton sports anime titled Ryman's Club that will premiere on Asahi Broadcasting, BS Asahi, and 22 other affiliated channels in January within the NUMAnimation anime programming block. 🏸2022年1月放送『リーマンズクラブ』...

Hideaki Anno Supervises Remastered Shin Complete Thunderbirds TV Compilation

"Digest version" with HD footage airs in 2022 ― Star Channel announced on Wednesday that Evangelion director Hideaki Anno is supervising Shin Complete Thunderbirds, a "digest version" of the 1965-1966 Thunderbirds puppet television series featuring HD remastered footage. When he was 25, Anno had worked on The Complete Thunderbirds compilation in 1985 as his first professional editing job. The origina...
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New Yo-kai Watch TV Anime Gets Compilation Film on November 12

Film adds new scenes & recounts Keita's first Yo-kai encounter, Jibanyan's origin, shorts ― Level 5 revealed on Thursday that Yo-kai Watch ♪, the new television anime series in the Yo-kai Watch franchise, will have a compilation film titled Yo-kai Watch ♪ Keita to Orecchi no Deiai-hen da Nyan ♪ Wa, Watashi mo~ ♪♪ (Yo-kai Watch ♪ How Me and Keita Met ♪ M--Me Too~ ♪♪) with new added scenes. The film wi...
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Blue Giant Manga About Aspiring Jazz Musician Gets Anime Film

Film of manga by Gaku creator Shinichi Ishizuka opens in 2022 ― Shogakukan announced on Thursday that Shinichi Ishizuka's Blue Giant manga is inspiring an anime film that will open in 2022. Ishizuka drew the below illustration to celebrate the announcement. Seven Seas Entertainment publishes Ishizuka's 10-volume Blue Giant manga series as five omnibus volumes. The company released the first omnibus v...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime Season 3's Teaser Unveils Title, Returning Cast & Staff, April 2022 Debut

Teaser video adapts manga chapter 110 ― The official website for the Kaguya-sama: Love is War television anime posted a 10-minute "teaser promotional video" on Thursday. The teaser adapts the entirety of the manga's 110th chapter, and reveals the third season's Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai -Ultra Romantic- title and April 2022 premiere. The video's description and the website also announced the returni...
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60 Tatsunoko Productions Characters Pose for Studio's 60th Anniversary Visual

Studio will turn 60 on October 19, 2022 ― Anime studio Tatsunoko Productions (Speed Racer, Gatchaman, Time Bokan, Infini-T Force) released a visual on Tuesday in anticipation of its 60th anniversary on October 19, 2022. The visual features 60 characters across various Tatsunoko properties. The company's online shop plans to sell 60 different types of goods based on that visual. In addition, Yatterman...
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Seven Seas Licenses The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace, Namekawa-san Won't Take a Licking! Manga

Also: I Don't Really Get It, but It Looks Like I Was Reincarnated in Another World, ― Seven Seas announced on Wednesday that it has licensed The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace, I Don't Really Get It, but It Looks Like I Was Reincarnated in Another World, and Namekawa-san Won't Take a Licking! manga. Seven Seas will release the first volume of Coolkyoushinja and Amahara's The Idaten Deities Know Only ...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S Anime's Promo Video Previews Unaired Episode

Unaired episode will be on Volume S BD/DVD on January 19 ― The official website for the Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S anime began streaming on Wednesday a promotional video for the new unaired episode that will be included on the "Volume S" Blu-ray Disc and DVD on January 19, 2022. The episode is titled "Nippon no Omotenashi (Attend wa Dragon Desu)" (Japanese Hospitality (My Attendant Is a Dragon))....
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Japanese Variety Show Displays Nintendo Switch's Market Share Dominance At a Glance

The "Ichigeki Kaimei Variety: Hitome de Wakaru!!" (Instant Unraveling Variety: Understand at a Glance) variety show debuted on NTV on Tuesday. The concept behind the program is simple: Educate audiences about various topics using easy-to-understand photos and graphics. The first episode had a segment on video game console market share in Japan over the past decade, which shows at a glance the shee...
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The Heike Story ‒ Episodes 1-6

Biwa gives us an entry into the complex tale, and she also ties the anime to performed versions of Heike Monogatari over the centuries, because biwa players are known to have been part of its legacy in terms of keeping the story alive.
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Gekijō-ban Macross Delta: Zettai LIVE!!!!!!

Zettai LIVE!!!!!! perfectly understands that when it's time to go big, you ought to go ham. ― This movie is a lot. It throws a bunch of different plot elements at the viewer in the hopes that at least a couple of them will stick, and to its credit, this approach does actually work. With its high stakes and deliberate callbacks to Macross history, Zettai LIVE!!!!!! feels like a fitting climax to the M...
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I-Chu Game Heads to Switch in Spring 2022

Game launched for smartphones in 2015 ― D3Publisher and OperaHouse announced on Wednesday that it will release Liber Entertainment Inc.'s I★CHU game for Nintendo Switch in spring 2022. Liber Entertainment Inc. released the original "love rhythm adventure" game for iOS and Android in summer 2015. The game features 42 voice actors in the main story, performing original songs. In the game's story, a fam...
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Team Liquid Esports Organization Launches 2nd Naruto Shippuden Apparel Line

Collection will launch in United States, Canada, Europe from October 29 ― When the popular esports organization Team Liquid launched its first Naruto Shippuden apparel collection in February, most of it sold out in under 10 minutes. The team is now launching its second apparel line on October 29, this time with a focus on the Akatsuki. The lineup features 20 pieces of fully custom streetwear and acce...
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Love Live! Superstar!! ‒ SEASON FINALE

Alas, “Song For All” is the final episode of Superstar!! for now, and we wrap this season up on a note that's both anticlimactic and thematically perfect for this entry of the franchise.
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Muv-Luv Alternative Anime Adds 3 Cast Members

Yō Taichi, Hibiku Yamamura, Azumi Waki join cast ― The official website for the Muv-Luv Alternative anime revealed three new cast members for the anime on Sunday. The additional cast members are: Yō Taichi as Michiru Isumi Hibiku Yamamura as Mitsuki Hayase Azumi Waki as Tо̄ko Kazama The anime premiered on October 6 on Fuji TV's [+Ultra] programming block. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it air...
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UserLocal Data Ranking: There Are Now Over 16,000 Virtual YouTubers

hololive English's Gawr Gura is the most popular VTuber with 3.49 million subscribers ― Data analysis firm UserLocal revealed on Tuesday that there are now over 16,000 Virtual YouTubers being tracked by the service. The service outlines the number of VTubers over time as follows: March 19, 2018: 1,000 April 27, 2018: 2,000 May 28, 2018: 3,000 July 10, 2018: 4,000 September 12, 2018: 5,000 December 19...
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The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

There's something distinctly selfish and self-serving about Hiyakawa's behaviors, most notably that he appears to think that if it can happen and he wants it to happen, it simply should.
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Bandai Namco Restructures, Combines Visual Business, Music/Live Event Companies

Reorganization to take place on April 1, 2022 ― Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. announced on Tuesday that it is reorganizing the companies belonging to the IP Production Unit by combining three visual business companies into one company, as well as three music and live event businesses into another company. After the conclusion of the agreement in February 2022, the restructuring will take place on April ...
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Super Robot Wars 30 Game's Trailer Previews 1st DLC Pack

DLC including Sakura Wars, Voltes V launches in November ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a trailer on Wednesday for Super Robot Wars 30, the latest game in the long-running Super Robot Wars crossover strategy role-playing game series. The video announces the game's first DLC pack, and reveals that it will launch in November. The first DLC package will include units from the following int...
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'Godzilla vs. Hedorah' Short to Stream on November 3

Original Godzilla vs. Hedorah opened 50 years ago ― The official YouTube channel for the Godzilla franchise began streaming a video on Wednesday, and it reveals that the new short "Godzilla vs. Hedorah" ("Gojira vs. Hedorah") will debut on November 3 on the official YouTube channel starting at around 6:15 p.m. JST as part of the online Godzilla Fes 2021 event. "Godzilla vs. Hedorah" is the second ins...
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Voltage Announces New even if Tempest Visual Novel

Switch game debuts digitally next year with Japanese, English text support ― Visual novel developer Voltage announced a new visual novel titled even if Tempest on Tuesday. The game will debut digitally on the Switch via the Nintendo eShop in 2022 with support for both Japanese and English text. The game will be Voltage's first original release for Switch. Voltage describes the game: In a world where ...
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Capcom Ships 20 Million Copies of Monster Hunter: World Game Worldwide

Also: Capcom sells 7.5 million copies of Monster Hunter Rise game worldwide ― Capcom revealed on Tuesday that has shipped 20 million copies worldwide of its Monster Hunter: World game including the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition release. The company also announced that its Monster Hunter Rise game has sold a cumulative 7.5 million units for Nintendo Switch as of September 24. Monster H...
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Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Compilation Film's Character Video Highlights Togusa

Film opens in Japan for limited 2-week run on November 12 ― Bandai Namco Arts' YouTube channel began streaming a character trailer on Tuesday for Kōkaku Kidōtai SAC_2045 Jizoku Kanō Sensō (Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 - Sustainable Warfare), the compilation film of the Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 anime's first season. The video highlights Togusa and features voice actor Kōichi Yamadera discussing th...
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Keiichi Arawi Resumes Nichijō Manga on October 26

Manga originally ended in 2015 with 10 volumes ― Kadokawa revealed on Wednesday that Keiichi Arawi will resume his Nichijō manga in the December issue of Monthly Shonen Ace on October 26. Arawi additionally stated on Twitter that he wanted to draw the manga again, so he is resuming the series. The November issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine had teased last month that Arawi would publish ...
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Funimation Reveals Banished from the Hero's Party Anime's English Dub Cast

English dub debuts on Wednesday ― Funimation announced the cast for its English dub of the television anime of Zappon and Yasumo's Banished From the Heroes' Party (Shin no Nakama janai to Yūsha no Party o Oidasareta node, Henkyō de Slow Life Suru Koto ni Shimashita) light novel series on Tuesday. The cast — under ADR director Christopher Wehkamp, lead ADR engineer Alyssa Dumas, ADR scriptwriter Jessi...

Voice Actor Jack Angel Passes Away

Prolific voice actor voiced prominent roles in Voltron, Transformers ― Agency Arlene Thornton & Associates announced on Instagram on Tuesday that prolific voice actor Jack Angel passed away. He was 90. Angel was born in 1930, and he graduated from San Francisco State University. He worked for 10 years as a promo announcer for NBC and as a disc jockey for 18 years. He has also worked as a news anchor,...
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Bright: Samurai Soul Anime Film's Behind-the-Scenes Video Streamed

Film debuted on Netflix on October 12 ― Netflix Anime's YouTube channel began streaming a behind-the-scenes video on Tuesday for Bright: Samurai Soul, its new anime film based on the 2017 Bright live-action film that starred Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. The film debuted on Netflix on October 12. Yūki Nomura — a Kyōgen stage actor — made his voice actor debut in the film, starring as Izo the ronin. D...

Voice Actor Chris Ayres Passes Away

Actor, director, fight choreographer was diagnosed with end-stage COPD in 2017 ― Voice actress Krystal LaPorte reported on Tuesday that voice actor Chris Ayres passed away on October 18. He was 56. In November 2017, non-profit corporation Anime Twin Cities Inc. launched a fundraising campaign for Ayres' medical expenses. Ayres had been diagnosed with end-stage COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary dise...

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'Kono Healer, Mendokusai' Anime's Teaser Unveils Cast, Staff, 2022 Debut

Aguri Ōnishi, Takuya Satō star in fantasy comedy anime, with Ōnishi also performing opening song ― The official website for the television anime of Tannen ni Hakkō's Kono Healer, Mendokusai (This Healer's a Handful) manga unveiled a visual and teaser promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video reveals the anime's main cast, main staff, opening theme song artist, and 2022 premiere date. Ag...
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Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Anime Film Casts Kana Hanazawa as Rika Orimoto

Prequel film opens on December 24 ― The official website for the Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (Jujutsu Kaisen 0 the Movie) announced on Friday that Kana Hanazawa will voice the character Rika Orimoto. The character is key to the film's story, and is the childhood friend of main character Yuka Okkotsu (voiced by Megumi Ogata). The two had promised to marry each other, but Rika passes away in a car acci...
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'Yūsha, Yamemasu' Fantasy Novels About Hero Joining Enemy Demon Army Get Anime in April 2022

The Faraway Paladin's Yuu Nobuta directs anime at EMT Squared ― Kadokawa announced on Wednesday that Quantum and Hana Amano's I'm Quitting Heroing: Next Gig Is at the Demon Queen's Castle (Yūsha, Yamemasu: Tsugi no Shokuba wa Maōjō) fantasy light novel series is inspiring a television anime that will premiere in April 2022. The cast includes: Kensho Ono as Leo Demonheart Kaede Hondo as Echidna Shizuk...
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LiSA Is 1st Japanese Female Solo Artist to Stream Song Over 300 Million Times

LiSA also debuts 5th #1 digital single with Sword Art Online Progressive theme "Yuke" ― LiSA's recent single "Homura," the theme song for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Movie: Mugen Train anime film, has been streamed 300,139,425 times — thus making her the first female solo artist on the Oricon streaming ranking chart to have a song streamed over 300 million times. The "Homura" single debu...
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The Fruit of Evolution: Before I Knew It, My Life Had It Made ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

. All of us now living in a world where The Fruit of Evolution somehow got enough votes to warrant weekly coverage of the show, and with me being the lucky son of a gun to get the job done.
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86 Season 2 ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

I firmly believe that 86 is one of the best-written shows of 2021 and perhaps one of the best war stories told in an anime.
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Muv-Luv Alternative, Yatterman Series Sell NFTs

Digital cards will feature key animation frames from the ongoing Muv-Luv Alternative anime. ― The Muv-Luv and Yatterman franchises are jumping headfirst into the recent trend of selling art as NFTs. The Muv-Luv Verse English website announced on Friday that it is partnering with the Sakura Gate tech company to launch a Keyframe Card service on October 23. The first of the digital cards on offer will ...
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Blue Period ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Yatora drawing and painting isn't the sole content presented in the show. His relationships with two classmates and his mother are also important components, and all three are interesting characters in and of themselves.
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Mieruko-chan ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

While this season has vampires and ghouls aplenty, the show that so far tickles my horror bone the most is Mieruko-chan.
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Crunchyroll Adds Hajime no Ippo OVA, Original Anime's 76th Episode

Both anime begin streaming on Tuesday ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will add the Hajime no Ippo - Mashiba vs. Kimura original video anime (OVA) and the 76th episode of the original Hajime no Ippo anime to its service on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. EDT in the U.S. and Canada. Neither the OVA nor the anime's 76th episode had been previously available in the U.S. and Canada. The 76th episode origi...
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Sunrise Moves to New Head Office Named After Gundam's White Base

New office in Tokyo's Suginami Ward will gather 4 affiliated companies under the same building starting from October 25 ― Animation studio Sunrise announced on its website on Monday that it has relocated to a new head office in Tokyo's Suginami Ward. The office's name is "White Base," a reference to the iconic spaceship in the Mobile Suit Gundam anime. Sunrise hopes to "bring together each and every ...
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My Senpai Is Annoying ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Before I sat down and watched the first two episodes of My Senpai Is Annoying, I had been feeling particularly drained from the everyday struggles of adult life. But now I have a huge grin on my face and my heart feels full!?
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, October 17-23

Nozo x Kimi, Say "I Love You" anime; Vampire Dormitory, Kiruru Kill Me manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan Essentials BDPlease Funimation US$29.98 October 19 Naruto Set 5 BDCite Viz Media US$39.99 October 19 Nozo x Kimi BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$29.98 October 19 Say "I Love You" BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 O...
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AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

The one thing AMAIM definitely does start off strong with is its action. Part of that is just the novelty of having 2D robots in a TV production, but there's just strong action fundamentals here.
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Eevee To Make Its Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Debut

Eevee will be the first non-Pikachu Pokémon to be represented ― The Pokémon Eevee will make its debut at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as the first non-Pikachu Pokémon to be represented. Instead of a lone Pikachu as featured in last year's event, an Eevee and Pikachu balloon will fly over Manhattan, riding together on a 34-feet tall Poké Ball-inspired sled. The event will also celebrate ...
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Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

I'm curious as to how the intrigue both within the government and relating to geopolitics might develop, and the handling of points in that parachute training made it clear the show could make even those more procedural elements endearing.
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

I know you all don't need me to tell you how big this show has gotten, but hot damn has it been a trip to watch unfold in real-time.
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Pokémon Legends: Arceus Game's Found Footage Video Teases Pokémon

Game launches for Switch on January 28 ― The Pokémon Company International began streaming a new trailer for its Nintendo Switch game Pokémon Legends: Arceus on Tuesday. The video uses a found footage style as opposed to actual gameplay footage. In the footage, a researcher encounters and describes a Pokémon that is not pictured in the video in an area called the Canalave Library. The researcher stat...
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Her Royal Highness Seems to Be Angry GN 1 & 2

Although Her Royal Highness Seems to Be Angry does borrow from a lot of other stories, or at least to share distinct similarities with them, it manages to bring everything together in a way that's good enough to stand on its own. ― We all know better than to judge a book by its cover (in theory, at any rate), but what about by its title? If you've been reading manga and light novels for a while, you'...

Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation Code Fairy PS5, PS4 Game's Video Reveals November 5 Launch

Game's 2nd volume launches on November 19, 3rd volume on December 3 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming an announcement trailer for the Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation Code Fairy game for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. The video reveals that the game will launch digitally on November 5 with the first volume, which consists of episodes 1-5. The second and third volumes will launch on N...
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Wataru Mitogawa's Ganbared Sisters Manga Ends With 4th Volume

Manga about warrior nuns who hunt down supernatural beings launched in 2019 ― Shogakukan is listing the fourth compiled book volume of Wataru Mitogawa's Ganbared Sisters manga as the final volume. The volume will ship on November 19. The manga is set in a world where, beginning with vampires, the supernatural world has been exposed to the public. Dorothy, a member of the Red Sisters clergy group that...
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Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Arc Anime's Episode 4 Delayed Due to Election Coverage

Delayed from October 31 to November 7 ― The official website and Twitter account for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime announced on Tuesday that the fourth episode of the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-Hen) television anime will be delayed by one week due to election coverage for the Japanese House of Representatives. The fourth episode, which wa...
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Cyborg 009 Bgooparts Delete Manga Enters 'Final Battle'

― The December issue of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine revealed on Tuesday that Tsuguo Okazaki's Cyborg 009 Bgooparts Delete manga is entering its "final battle." Okazaki launched the manga in Champion Red in July 2019. Akita Shoten published the manga's third compiled book volume on July 19. Shotaro Ishinomori's classic Cyborg 009 manga inspired television anime series in 1968, 1979, and 2001...

Netflix's Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Show Teased With 'The Lost Session' Video (Updated)

Series premieres on November 19 ― Netflix began streaming on Tuesday a standalone teaser video titled "The Lost Session" for the live-action adaptation of Sunrise's Cowboy Bebop anime. The live-action series will premiere on November 19. The series will have 10 episodes. Netflix describes its Cowboy Bebop series: COWBOY BEBOP is an action-packed space Western about three bounty hunters, aka “cowboys,...
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The Savior's Book Cafe Story in Another World Manga Enters Last Arc

Seven Seas licensed manga with 1st volume's release slated for November ― The official Twitter account for Shogakukan's Manga One app revealed on Monday that Kyōka Izumi, Ōmiya, and Reiko Sakurada's The Savior's Book Cafe Story in Another World (Isekai ni Kyūseishu to Shite Yobaremashita ga, Arasa ni wa Muri Nanode, Hissori Book Cafe Hajimemashita.) manga has entered its final arc with the 21st chapt...

Mob Psycho 100 Anime Gets 3rd Season With New Director

Sk8 the Infinity episode director Takahiro Hasui directs new season with returning cast, other staff ― Warner Bros. Japan and anime studio BONES announced on Tuesday that BONES is producing a third anime season for ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga, titled Mob Psycho 100 III. BONES also unveiled a promotional video and visual for the third season. The studio also revealed the staff with a new director and t...
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Shigemitsu Harada, Karoti's Megami no Sprinter Manga Ends in November

Sexual comedy manga about track-and-field sprinter with unusual training method launched in 2017 ― The November issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine revealed on Tuesday that Shigemitsu Harada and Karoti's Megami no Sprinter (The Goddess's Sprinter) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on November 18. The manga centers on Kōta, a track runner in high school who has so far not stood out at...
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'Goodbye, Don Glees!' Anime Film's Collaboration Trailer With A Place Further Than the Universe Streamed

Both projects have same director, character designer ― The official website for Atsuko Ishizuka and Madhouse's original anime film Goodbye, Don Glees! began streaming a collaboration promotional video on Tuesday with the A Place Further Than the Universe anime series. In the video, the four main characters of the A Place Further Than the Universe anime talk over the trailer for the Goodbye, Don Glees...
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Crystar Game's Switch Version Heads West in Spring 2022

NIS America's release includes Limited Edition with soundtrack, artbook, more ― NIS America announced on Monday that it will release the Switch version of Furyu Corporation's Crystar game in North America and Europe in spring 2022. The Switch version will ship in Japan on February 24. NIS America's release of the Switch version will have a Limited Edition that includes the game's soundtrack, a hardco...

Kentarō Hiyama's First Pregnancy Live-Action Series' Trailer Reveals More Cast, Staff

Netflix debuts series in 2022 ― Netflix unveiled a new trailer, teaser art, and more cast and staff for the live-action series adaptation of Eri Sakai's Hiyama Kentarō no Ninshin (Kentarō Hiyama's First Pregnancy) manga on Tuesday. The series' English title is He's Expecting. The additional cast members include Mariko Tsutsui, Lily Franky, Ryō Iwamatsu, Kazuya Takahashi, Shōhei Ueno, Maho Yamada, Gak...
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Bakugan: Evolutions Anime Debuts in Early 2022

Anime will air on Teletoon; stream on StackTV, Amazon Prime ― Corus Entertainment's Nelvana, Spin Master, and TMS Entertainment announced on October 13 that the Bakugan: Evolutions anime will premiere in Canada in early 2022. The anime will air on Teletoon and stream on STackTV and Amazon Prime. The anime will have 26 episodes. Each episode will be 22 minutes long. The anime will serve as the fourth ...
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Laws of the Universe Ranks at #3, Macross at #8 in Japanese Box Office

1st Free! The Final Stroke film drops to #10 Uchū no Hō: Elohim-hen (The Laws of the Universe: Elohim Chapter), the newest film in The Laws of the Universe film series by controversial religious organization Happy Science (Kōfuku no Kagaku), dropped from #2 to #3 in its second weekend. The film earned 131,468,450 yen (about US$1.14 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total o...
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Akebi's Sailor Uniform Anime Adds 12 Cast Members

Anime premieres in January 2022 ― The official website for the television anime of HIRO's Akebi's Sailor Uniform (Akebi-chan no Sailor Fuku) manga revealed more cast members for the anime on Tuesday. The cast (including previously announced) cast members, are as follows: First row, left to right in image above: Manatsu Murakami (in her first lead role in a television anime) as Komichi Akebi, the prot...

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To Love-Ru 15th Anniversary Exhibit Releases Main Visual By Kentaro Yabuki

1st ever exhibit for Yabuki's classic ecchi manga will run in Tokyo from November 6 to 15 ― Kentaro Yabuki's To Love-Ru -Trouble- manga is celebrating its 15th anniversary with its first ever art exhibit. Eastage, the company which is organizing the exhibit, released the event's key visual drawn by Yabuki on Monday. Tickets are also now on sale for the exhibit in the Tokyo Solomachi entertainment com...
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Ace Attorney Celebrates 20 Years of Courtroom Spectacle With New Website, Illustrations, and Merch

Illustrator Yusuke Nakamura (The Tatami Galaxy, Night is Short, Walk On Girl) contributed artwork for the anniversary ― The Ace Attorney video game franchise hit the ripe old age of 20 last Tuesday, and to celebrate the occasion, Capcom has launched a commemorative 20th Anniversary website, complete with new illustrations by Yusuke Nakamura (character designer for The Tatami Galaxy and Night is Short...
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Lupin the 3rd Part 6 ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Indeed, apart from the old Lupin gang continuing straight off their Part 5 adventures, it's the World's Greatest Detective who provides the cleanest entry point into the story starting with this episode.
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Crunchyroll Adds Tawawa on Monday Anime's 1st Season to Catalog

Crunchyroll also streams 2nd season ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will begin streaming the first season of the anime of manga creator Kiseki Himura's Tawawa on Monday (Getsuyōbi no Tawawa) illustrations on Monday at 9:00 p.m. EDT in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The first 12-episode seas...
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'Special Project' for Saint Seiya Author Masami Kurumada to Appear in Champion Red on December 18 (Updated)

― The December issue of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine teased on Tuesday that the magazine will publish a "special project" by Masami Kurumada (Saint Seiya, pictured right) in the February 2022 issue, which will ship on December 18. The magazine teases the "shocking" project as a Christmas gift, and a "new frontier" for Kurumada. The magazine's January 2022 issue on November 19 will reveal mor...
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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon - The Second Act ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Everyone has potential, but no one really lives up to it; honestly I think I like Riku the most and that's probably because his sword earring is kind of cool.
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Imagica's Video Production Services Transfer to Takeshiba Media Studio

Company begins move in November ― Imagica Group announced that it will begin transferring its video production services from Higashigotanda in Shinagawa to Takeshiba Media Studio in Takeshiba in Minato in November. The company will move sound and media division equipment in early November, color grading equipment and editing-related equipment in mid-November, the second preview room in early December...
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Fist of the North Star NFT Sold Out Within The First Day of Its Release

MyAnimeList has recently collaborated with e-book publisher Media Do for a series of NFT products based on the Fist of the North Star manga. ― MyAnimeList has recently collaborated with e-book publisher Media Do to release "Fist of the North Star Manga Fragments: Dying Like A Man", a series of NFT products based on the Fist of the North Star manga. Part One of the series, "Nanto Rokusei Ken", opened ...
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The aquatope on white sand ‒ Episode 15

This episode continues to settle viewers into Tingaara, and showing us how starkly different it is from Gama Gama.
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Game's Trailer Previews DLC Character Super Saiyan 2 Caulifla

"Legendary Pack 2" DLC launches this fall ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming on Monday a new trailer for its Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 game. The video previews the new DLC character Caulifla (Super Saiyan 2). The character will launch as part of the "Legendary Pack 2" DLC in fall 2021. "Legendary Pack 2" also includes Jiren (Full Power) and Gogeta (from Dragon Ball Super: Broly). The ...
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Love After World Domination

An super sentai hero and his archenemy from an evil organization are the focal point in Love After World Domination, a comedy that is both genuinely funny and sweetly romantic. ― What an absolute delight this manga is. I have to admit, I picked this one from the review pile on a whim. I only had the title to go on, and in the lull between seasonal reviews I thought I'd give it a whirl. If I had known...
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Fena: Pirate Princess ‒ Episode 11

I'm honestly not sure how this show is going to wrap things up. I'm not sure it can. I've enjoyed it, but I do think they may have written themselves into a corner with this one.
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FromSoftware's Elden Ring Game Delayed to February 25

Closed Network Test takes place on November 12-14 ― FromSoftware announced on Monday that it and Bandai Namco Entertainment's Elden Ring action RPG for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam has been delayed from January 21, 2022 to February 25, 2022. The company also revealed that the game will have a Closed Network Test on November 12-14. The game will be playable...

Runa Narumi Leaves SoundOrion Unit, Which Then Cancels Album, Events

Narumi had taken hiatus on Friday ― The official website for the SoundOrion unit announced on Monday that voice actress Runa Narumi will no longer be part of the unit, stating that her activities have become "difficult." The website subsequently announced that the unit's first album märch, which was scheduled to launch on October 27, has been canceled "due to various reasons." The following events re...
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German Fans Are Disappointed That Tokyopop's New Light Novels Are Translated From English, Not Japanese (Updated)

Tokyopop Germany General Manager Susanne Hellweg revealed in an interview with the Manga Passion German news website on October 9 that the publisher's recent light novel lineup, which includes The Rising of the Shield Hero, Konosuba - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!, and Overlord, is translated from English instead of Japanese. The move represents a departure from Tokyopop's previous strat...
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Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Yuki Yuna as a franchise has always functioned best when it's walking that thin line between putting its mighty magical girls through wringers both physical and emotional.
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Spinoff Manga About Josuke Launches in December

Kouhei Kadono to write story, Tasuku Karasuma to draw manga ― The November issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine announced on Tuesday that the first spinoff manga belonging to the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise (aside from Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan) will launch in the magazine's January 2022 issue on December 18. The manga will take place in Morioh from the series' fourth part Diamond is Unbreak...
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Namco's Original Xevious/Galaga/Dig Dug Pixel-Art Designer Hiroshi Ono Passes Away

"God of Pixel Art," "Mr. Dotman" was 64 ― The official Twitter account of the original pixel-art designer of Namco's Xevious, Galaga, and Dig Dug games Hiroshi Ono, also known as "Mr. Dotman" and the "God of Pixel Art," announced on Monday that Ono passed away on October 16 due to illness. He was 64. Although the illness was not specified, he had been hospitalized for autoimmune hepatitis as of Octob...
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation 2nd Part ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

At this point, though, it's hard to anticipate just how Rudeus will get directly involved with the larger-scale events, and it's this low-key intrigue that makes his coming-of-age story continuously interesting.
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Your Fall 2021 Daily Streaming Reviews Schedule

This season's Preview Guide featured a lot of variety, so it was interesting to see where the poll results landed. Check here to see how the Daily Streaming reviews were divvied up! ― This season's Preview Guide featured a lot of variety, so it was interesting to see where the poll results landed. The fall season is now underway and we have 30 different series set for Daily Streaming reviews; althoug...
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Ultra Q/Ultraman Director Toshihiro Iijima Passes Away

89-year-old producer/writer also worked on Ultraseven, Return of Ultraman, Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact, Ultraman Max ― TBS announced on Monday that director, producer, and screenwriter Toshihiro Iijima passed away due to aspiration pneumonia on October 17 at 8:59 p.m. JST at a hospital in Yokohama. He was 89. A funeral service was held for close relatives. He is survived by his wife Hiroko. Ii...
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Palette's 9-nine- Game Gets Release for PS4, Switch in Spring 2022

Sekai Project previously released game's 4 episodes on Steam in English ― Game developer Palette revealed on Sunday that it will release its all-ages 9-nine- PC game for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in spring 2022. The 9-nine- game consists of four "episodes." Sekai Project has released all four episodes on Steam in English. All of the episodes share the same world and setting, but each focuses ...
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Fantasy Bishōjo Juniku Ojisan to Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals Cast, Staff, January 2022 Debut

M.A.O, Satoshi Hino, Kent Itō, more star in gender-bending fantasy comedy series ― Bushiroad began streaming the first promotional video on Monday for the television anime adaptation of Yū Tsurusaki and Shin Ikezawa's Fantasy Bishōjo Juniku Ojisan to (With a Fogie Reincarnated as a Pretty Fantasy Girl) manga. The video reveals the show's staff, cast, and January 2022 premiere. The anime will star: M....
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Non's Harem Marriage Manga Gets Live-Action Series in January

19-volume manga about polygamous marriage life ran from 2014-2019 ― Japan's ABC television channel announced on Monday that Non's Harem Marriage (Hare Kon.) manga is getting a live-action series adaptation that will air on ABC in January 2022. Takashi Ninomiya (live-action Laid-Back Camp, Mairu no Vich) is directing the adaptation. Kana Yamada (The Naked Director) is writing the script and is also di...
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FuRyu's Crystar RPG Gets Switch Version on February 24

Game launched on PS4 in Japan in 2018; on PS4, PC in the West in 2019 ― Furyu Corporation announced on Monday that it is developing a Switch version of its Crystar game that will ship on February 24. FuRyu is streaming a "memorial trailer" for the game. Spike Chunsoft released the game in the West for the PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in August 2019. The game shipped in Japan for the PS4 in October ...
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Detective Conan Manga Has 250 Million Copies in Circulation Worldwide

Manga's 100th volume shipped in Japan on Monday ― Shogakukan revealed on Monday that Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan (Meitantei Conan) manga has 250 million copies in circulation worldwide (including copies not sold). The manga's 100th compiled book volume shipped in Japan on Monday. Aoyama launched the manga in 1994. The manga has spawned a television anime that has been running since 1996, as well a...
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My Home Hero Manga Starts Final Arc This Spring

Manga ends 2nd part, goes on hiatus before returning in spring 2022 ― This year's 47th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine revealed on Monday that Naoki Yamakawa and Masashi Asaki's My Home Hero manga has ended its second part, and will enter a hiatus before returning in spring 2022 to begin the manga's final arc. The magazine previously revealed earlier this year that the manga was approaching...

Funimation Reveals Dropout Idol Fruit Tart Anime's English Dub Cast

Kira Buckland, Kayli Mills, Sarah Williams, Laura Stahl, Xanthe Huynh, Christina Kelly, more star in dub ― Funimation revealed the cast and staff for its English dub of the television anime of Sou Hamayumiba's Dropout Idol Fruit Tart (Ochikobore Fruit Tart) manga on Sunday. The staff at NYAV Post includes producer Michael Sinterniklaas, voice directors Laura Stahl and Stephanie Sheh (the latter also ...
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Batman Ninja Stage Play Unveils Photos of Cast in Costume

Stage play runs this November ― The official website for Batman Ninja The Show, the previously announced stage play adaptation of the Batman Ninja anime, revealed photographs of the play's cast in costume on Sunday. The cast (including double cast roles) are as follows: Takurō Sawada as Batman Shōta Takasawa as Batman Renya Yamakawa as Batman Kei Nakamura as Robin Kazuto as Robin Kō Hosokawa as Joker...

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Tsuburaya, Trigger to Reveal 'Next Gridman Universe' Project This Winter

The official Twitter account for Tsuburaya Productions and Trigger's SSSS.Dynazenon anime project reported on Sunday that the companies will reveal its "Next Gridman Universe" installment this winter. NEXT GRIDMAN UNIVERSErevealed this winter#SSSS_GRIDMAN #SSSS_DYNAZENON #GRIDMAN_UNIVERSE pic.twitter.com/IiRnnjPndp— SSSS.DYNAZENON公式アカウント (@SSSS_PROJECT) October 17, 2021 The SSSS.Dynazenon anime en...
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Kingdom Anime Gets 4th Series Next Spring

Announced after 3rd series' finale with visual featuring Cheng Jiao ― The 26th and final episode of the third Kingdom anime series ended on Sunday with an announcement that a fourth series will premiere next spring. A teaser visual featuring Sei Kyou (Cheng Jiao) also debuted with the tagline, "I'm next": The third anime series based on Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom manga premiered on NHK General in April ...
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My Hero Academia Manga Takes 1-Issue Break

― This year's 46th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga will not appear in the magazine's 47th issue on October 25, and will return in the 48th issue on November 1. The magazine did not give a reason for the break. The manga did not appear in this year's 41st issue in September due to Horikoshi's poor health. Horikoshi launc...
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Kamen Rider W Sequel Anime Fuuto PI Posts Teaser Visuals Online

Funimation's panel at New York Comic Con first revealed the visuals on October 7 ― The official website for FUUTO PI, the anime of the Fūto Tantei manga, posted teaser visuals for the anime on Sunday. Funimation's panel at New York Comic Con first revealed the visuals on October 7. Yousuke Kabashima (Uma Musume Pretty Derby character design, chief animation director) is directing the anime at Studio ...

Chinese Streaming Platforms Remove Ultraman Tiga Following NRTA Guidelines

Jiangsu province authorities listed Detective Conan, other shows in April that may affect minors' growth ― The National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) in China instructed broadcasters and online streaming platforms to remove animation and other content for children that contain any mention of violence, blood, vulgarity, or pornography on September 24. CNN reported on September 28 that con...
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Catwoman: Hunted Animated Film's Trailer Streamed

Film will launch on BD, 4K Ultra BD, digitally on February 8 ― Warner Bros. Animation revealed a trailer for it and Shinsuke Terasawa's Catwoman: Hunted animated film during the DC FanDome 2021 livestream event on Saturday. The film will launch on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, and digitally on February 8. Shinsuke Terasawa (Gintama episode director, Yo-kai Watch animation director) is direc...
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Mixed Vegetables' Ayumi Komura Ends Henshoku Kyūketsuki wa Hito no Chi ga Kirai Manga

Vampire romantic comedy manga launched in May ― Ayumi Komura revealed on Saturday that NTT Solmare published the ninth and final chapter of her Henshoku Kyūketsuki wa Hito no Chi ga Kirai (The Vampire With an Unbalanced Diet Hates Human Blood) romantic comedy manga on Friday. Komura launched the manga digitally on the Comic Cmoa web manga site on May 15, and on other digital storefronts on June 1. Th...
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Zombie Land Saga Anime Gets Film Project

Announcement video for film featuring actors Hakuryuu, Kunio Murai posted ― An event on Sunday for the Zombie Land Saga anime announced that the anime is getting a film project. Avex Pictures began streaming an announcement video on Sunday for the film. The live-action promo video is titled "A Zombie-less Fight: Saga Revenge Edition." The video features actors Hakuryuu and Kunio Murai, who are both f...
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Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Compilation Film's Character Video Highlights Batou

Film opens in Japan for limited 2-week run on November 12 ― Bandai Namco Arts' YouTube channel began streaming a character trailer on Saturday for Kōkaku Kidōtai SAC_2045 Jizoku Kanō Sensō (Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 - Sustainable Warfare), the compilation film of the Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 anime's first season. The video highlights Batou and features voice actor Akio Ohtsuka discussing the c...
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Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition Switch Game's Trailer Reveals Release on December 3

Sequel game originally launched for 3DS in 2016 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Friday that it will release the Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition game for Nintendo Switch on December 3. The company began streaming an announcement trailer for the game. The life-simulation game features customizable avatars, Disney-themed mini-games, and characters from several Disney franchis...

The [email protected] Shiny Colors Voice Actress Runa Narumi Goes on Hiatus Due to Health

Voice actress will not appear at franchise event on October 23-24 ― The Stardust Promotion agency announced on Friday that voice actress Runa Narumi will take a hiatus from entertainment activities due to her poor health. Narumi voices the character Yuika Mitsumine in the The [email protected] Shiny Colors franchise. The official website for the franchise additionally announced on Friday that Narumi will no...
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Shadowverse Card Battle Game Gets Comedy Manga

Manga launches in November ― The November issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Friday that Cygames, Inc.'s Shadowverse card battle smartphone game is inspiring a new comedy manga that will launch in the magazine's next issue on November 15. The collectible card game launched for iOS and Android devices in June 2016 and for PC via Steam in October 2016. The game features both si...
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Animal Crossing New Horizons: Deserted Island Diary Manga Changes Magazines

Manga moves to Bessatsu Coro Coro comics, Coro Coro Manga Toshokan in next chapter ― The November issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Friday that Kokonasu Rumba's Animal Crossing New Horizons: Deserted Island Diary (Atsumare Doubutsu no Mori: Mujintо̄ Diary) manga will move its serialization to Shogakukan's Bessatsu Coro Coro Comics magazine and Shogakukan's new Coro Coro Mang...

Mariko Kikuchi Launches New Essay Manga About Children Born Into Religion

Author of A Life Turned Upside Down: My Dad's an Alcoholic manga launched new manga on September 22 ― Manga creator Mariko Kikuchi launched a new essay manga titled "Kami-sama" no Iru Ie de Sodachimashita ~Shūkyō 2-Sei na Watashi-tachi~ (A Home Life With God ~We Children Born Into Religion~) on Shueisha's Yomitai website on September 22. The anthology essay manga will tell a different story about a d...
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WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me Film Unveils Title, Returning Cast & Staff, 2022 Debut

The live stream to promote Nanatsu Mukunoki's 10th WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me (Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita!) manga volume announced more details on the upcoming anime film on Saturday. The Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! Precious Friends film will open next year. The returning cast includes: Reina Ueda as Miyako Hoshino Maria Sashide as Hana Shirosaki Rika Nagae as Hinata Hoshino Akari Ki...
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Sword Art Online Progressive Film to Open in Over 40 Countries, Territories

New videos, stage greetings, theatrical bonuses, retail goods also teased ― The "Virtual Meeting in #VirtualShibuya" for the Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night anime film confirmed on Saturday that the film will open in over 40 countries and territories around the world. The staff debuted a video for the announcement and also posted a 15-second "World" video: Cast membe...
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Nami Sano's Migi to Dali Manga Ends in November

Manga by Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto author Nami Sano launched in 2017 ― The 88th issue of Kadokawa's harta magazine revealed on Friday that Nami Sano's Migi to Dali manga will end in the magazine's next issue in November. The manga's sixth volume revealed in July that the manga's seventh volume this coming winter will be the final volume. The manga launched in the 46th issue of harta in July 201...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, October 4-10

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc TV anime debuts with 10.0% rating Nihon Chinmotsu - Kibō no Hito (Japan Sinks - People of Hope), a new live-action version of Sakyo Komatsu's Japan Sinks (Nihon Chinmotsu) science-fiction novel, debuted on TBS on Sunday, October 10 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned a 15.8% rating. The first episode of Radiation House 2, the second season live-action series b...
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Sega Opens New Arcade Center in Ikebukuro on October 22

Company closed Sega Ikebukuro GiGO arcade on September 20 after 28 years ― Genda Sega Entertainment president Nao Kataoka confirmed on Saturday that Sega will open a new arcade center in Ikebukuro on October 22. Kataoka stated the opening will be "volume 1" of an "Ikebukuro Project," and Sega will announce volumes 2 and 3 of the project soon. The new arcade center will have five floors and will featu...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, October 4-10

Metroid Dread debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: October 4-10 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwMetroid Dread Nintendo October 8 86,798 86,798 2PS4Far Cry 6 Ubisoft October 7 34,219 34,219 3PS5Far Cry 6 Ubisoft October 7 16,686 16,686 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 12,257 4,085,509 5NSwSuper Smash Brothers Ultimate Nintendo December 7, 2018 11,...
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Jun Mochizuki's The Case Study of Vanitas Manga Takes 1-Issue Break

― The official Twitter account for Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine revealed on Saturday that a new chapter of Jun Mochizuki's The Case Study of Vanitas (Vanitas no Carte) manga will not appear in the magazine's November issue on October 22. The Twitter account did not give a reason for the break. Mochizuki (Pandora Hearts, Crimson-Shell) launched the manga in Gangan Joker in December 2015. Squar...

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Golden Globes 2022 to Take Place on January 9 Regardless of Telecast Partner (Updated)

HFPA will reveal nominations on December 13 ― The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced on Friday that it will present the 79th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 9, 2022 despite NBC not televising the event and whether or not any channel will air the event. The HFPA did not specify any telecast plans. The HFPA will reveal nominations on December 13. The deadline for movie and telev...
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Hideaki Anno Exhibit Tracks His Formative Influences and Lifelong Friendships

For an exhibit about a singular creator, it's remarkable how much of the ongoing Hideaki Anno Exhibit in Tokyo is about the people and the stories that influenced Anno. The exhibit explores Anno's life, from his childhood to his current doings, through the lens of media. It begins with the works of media that inspired Anno before moving onto the projects he participated in. The exhibit dedicates a...
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Tales of Luminaria Anime's Promo Video Previews Fight, Inspiration Song

Funimation to stream anime based on smartphone game ― The official YouTube channel for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tales of series began streaming on Friday a promotional video for Tales of Luminaria the Fateful Crossroad, Kamikaze Douga's anime adaptation of the Tales of Luminaria smartphone game. The video highlights a fight between Leo and Hugo, and previews the game's inspiration song "Answer" b...
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Toyo Keizai: Demon Slayer Franchise's Merchandising Is in 900 Billion Yen Range

Total includes food products, toys ― Japanese business publication Toyo Keizai reported on Friday that merchandising, including food products and toys, for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba franchise is in the 900 billion yen (about US$7.9 billion) range. Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga made about 10 billion yen (about US$87 million) in 2019 and about 44 billion yen (about US...
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TMS Entertainment's 1st Female Producer Explains How the Anime Industry Can Improve For Women

Megalobox producer Minako Fujiyoshi talks about industry conditions and the female character writing in the Megalobox anime ― TMS Entertainment producer Minako Fujiyoshi spoke at an online panel on Thursday hosted by the Femme International Film Festival, which exists to highlight the work of women producers, writers, and directors from around the world. Fujiyoshi is TMS Entertainment's first female ...
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Game Gets Paid Happy Home Paradise DLC

Paid DLC, free update both launch on November 5 ― Nintendo announced during the Animal Crossing Direct livestream on Friday that its Animal Crossing: New Horizons game will get paid DLC titled Happy Home Paradise. The DLC will launch on November 5 for US$24.99, along with a newly announced free update for the game. Happy Home Paradise will also be available as part of the Nintendo Switch Online + Exp...
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Veteran Super Robot Wars Game Designer Daisei Fujii Passes Away

Fujii worked on franchise for over a quarter century, also designed SD Gundam anime, games ― The Super Robot Wars game franchise's producer Takanobu Terada announced on Friday that the franchise's veteran designer Daisei Fujii passed away on October 12. Fujii was born in Kanagawa prefecture, and he worked at a toy design company at the age of 21 before becoming a freelance designer. He specialized in...
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Post-Apocalyptic TV Anime Sabikui Bisco Reveals 1st Video, More Cast, January 2022 Debut (Updated)

Shiro Saito, Kenjiro Tsuda join cast; manga adaptation's 2nd part launches on December 15 ― The official website for the television anime of the Sabikui Bisco (Rust-Eating Bisco) light novel series by Shinji Cobkubo (Kobukubo) posted two more cast members, the first full promotional video, a new main visual, and January 2022 premiere on Friday. The video previews the character voices: The newly annou...
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Police in a Pod TV Anime's 1st English-Subtitled Video Unveils More Cast & Staff, January Debut

Ryota Suzuki, Shimba Tsuchiya, Kana Hanazawa co-star with songs by Riko Azuna, nonoc ― The official website for the television anime of Miko Yasu's Police in a Pod (Hakozume: Kōban Joshi no Gyakushū) manga posted the anime's first full promotional video on Friday. The English-subtitled video announces more cast and staff members, as well as the anime's January 2022 premiere. The website also announce...
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2nd Space Battleship Yamato 2205 Film's Teaser, Staff Interview Video Streamed

2nd film in 2-part project opens on February 4 ― The official website for the modern Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato anime remakes began streaming the teaser trailer for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2205: Aratanaru Tabidachi - Kōshō -STASHA- (Space Battleship Yamato 2205: The New Voyage Part II: Stasha) film on Friday. The film is the second of two films in the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2205: Aratanaru Tabi...
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'With A Dog and Cat, Everyday is Fun' Manga Ends 'For Now' in Volume 7

Hidekichi Matsumoto launched manga in 2010, inspired 2020 TV anime ― The official Twitter account for Kodansha and pixiv's Palcy manga app announced on Wednesday that the recently released seventh compiled book volume for Hidekichi Matsumoto's With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun (Inu to Neko Docchimo Katteru to Mainichi Tanoshii) manga will be the final volume "for now." The volume shipped on Wedn...
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Deep Insanity: Asylum Game Launches in Japan

Square Enix posts launch trailer for game in multimedia project ― Square Enix launched the Deep Insanity: Asylum game for smartphones and PC via Steam (only in Japan) on Thursday, and it is also streaming a launch trailer for the game. The project is set in a world overrun with the mysterious "Randolph syndrome" that causes sudden comas. Simultaneously, a massive underground realm called "Asylum" was...
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Pokémon Journeys: The Series Manga Ends

Manga launched in 2019; Viz Media releases 1st volume in November ― The November issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine published the final chapter of Machito Gomi's Pokémon Journeys: The Series (Pocket Monsters: Satoshi to Gō no Monogatari) manga on Friday. The manga's fourth volume will ship on November 26. The manga adapts the Pokémon Journeys: The Series anime. Viz Media licensed the man...

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Idea Factory Reveals Dimension Tripper Neptune: Top Nep Rail Shooter Game

Game available on PC via Steam in early 2022 with Japanese, English text ― Idea Factory revealed on Friday that the Hyperdimension Neptunia franchise will have a new rail shooter game titled Dimension Tripper Neptune: Top Nep that will launch on PC via Steam in early 2022 with Japanese and English text options. Idea Factory International describes the game: Guide Older Neptune as she takes to the ski...
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Anime Gets 2 More New Original Video Anime

Nep Nep Darake no Festival OVA bundled with 1/7th figure next October ― The official website for the Hyperdimension Neptunia anime revealed on Friday that the franchise will have a new original video anime (OVA) titled Nep Nep Darake no Festival (A Festival Full of Nep Nep) that will be viewable only through a serial code on a PlayPic Card bundled with Good Smile Company's 1/7-scale "Dimensional Trav...
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My Dress-Up Darling Anime Reveals Staff at CloverWorks

Black Fox's Keisuke Shinohara directs anime ― This year's 21st issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine revealed the staff members for the television anime of Shinichi Fukuda's My Dress-Up Darling (Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru) manga on Friday. The anime's official website also revealed a new visual. Keisuke Shinohara (Black Fox, A3! Season Spring & Summer) is directing the anime at CloverWork...
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BanG Dream! Poppin' Dream! Anime Film's Ad Previews Theme Songs

Film opens on January 1 ― The official website for the Gekijō-ban BanG Dream! Poppin' Dream! anime film unveiled a new visual and a new commercial for the film on Friday. The commercial reveals and previews the film's opening theme song "Poppin' Dream!" by the in-story band Poppin'Party, and also reveals the ending theme song "Hoshi no Kodō" (Rhythm of the Stars) by Poppin'Party. The film will open i...
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Universal Studios Japan Park Adds Mario, Pokémon to Mascot Parade Next Spring

Joins Hello Kitty, Snoopy, Elmo, Minions, Sing movie characters ― The Universal Studios Japan theme park announced on Wednesday that its "No Limit! Parade" will add characters from Nintendo's Super Mario and Pokémon series in spring 2022. The company also teased other Nintendo game characters. The characters will join Hello Kitty, Snoopy, Elmo, Minions, and Sing movie characters in the daytime mascot...

Funimation Streams Hetalia: World Stars Anime's English Dub

1st 4 dubbed episodes premiere on Friday ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it will stream an English dub for the new anime of Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia World Stars manga, starting with the first four episodes on Friday. The English dub cast, which includes returning and new cast members, includes: Eric Vale as America Patrick Seitz as Germany Todd Haberkorn as Italy J. Michael Tatum as France ...
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Crunchyroll Adds Gravitation TV Anime, OVA to Catalog

Boys-love anime begins streaming on Thursday ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming the Gravitation television anime and the Gravitation: Lyrics of Love original video anime (OVA) on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. EDT in the U.S. and Canada. The company describes the story: Walking through the park, Shuichi's latest lyrics flutter away and land at the feet of a stunning stranger that...
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Platinum End Anime Reveals 3 Cast Members for God Candidates

Daisuke Hirakawa, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Shiori Sugiura join cast ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba's Platinum End manga announced on Friday three additional cast members. The newly announced cast includes: Daisuke Hirakawa as Metroblue, a god candidate selected by the first-rank angel Emaka Hiroyuki Yoshino as Metroyellow, a god candidate selected b...
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King of Fighters XV Game Highlights Character Heidern in Trailer

Haruo Yamagishi voices character in game launching on February 17 ― SNK unveiled a new trailer for its The King of Fighters XV game on Wednesday. The trailer highlights the previously announced returning character Heidern (voiced by Haruo Yamagishi). SNK will release the game on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Windows 10, Steam, and the Epic Games Store on February 17, 2022. SNK delaye...
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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! ‒ Episode 10

Episode 10's comedy serves as an earnest setup for a confrontation between Jingu and Jahy that feels much more authentic than an all-out brawl ever could be.
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My Hero Academia Ranks #1 on U.S. Monthly Bookscan September List

19 manga volumes rank in top 20 ― Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 29 ranked at #1 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for September. This month's list featured 19 manga volumes, including: #1 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 29 #2 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 #3 — Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba volume 1 #4 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My ...
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Saiyuki Reload -ZEROIN- Anime Reveals Theme Song Artists

"Even a Worm" arc adaptation premieres in January ― The official website for Saiyuki Reload -ZEROIN-, the television anime of the "Even a Worm" arc from Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki Reload manga, revealed on Wednesday that GRANRODEO will perform the opening theme song "Kamino Hotokemo" and Shugo Nakamura will perform the ending theme song "Ruten." The anime will premiere in January. The new cast members...
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Spirited Away Stage Play Reveals Additional Cast

Kenya Ōsumi, Sunao Yoshimura, Obata no Onīsan join play opening in February ― The official website for the first stage play adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away anime film revealed three new cast members. The newly announced cast includes: Kenya Ōsumi as Aniyaku and Chihiro's father Sunao Yoshimura as Chichiyaku Obata no Onīsan as Aogaeru Actresses Kanna Hashimoto (Gintama, ...
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Live-Action Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe Series' 3 New Episodes Premiere on December 27-29

New visual unveiled ― NHK announced on Thursday that the three new episodes of the live-action mini-series of Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai), Hirohiko Araki's spinoff manga for his JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga, will premiere on December 27-29 for three consecutive nights at 10:00 p.m. (8:00 a.m. EST) on the NHK General channel. The company also unveiled a new visual: Issei Tak...

Disney to Stream Tatami Time Machine Blues, Black Rock Shooter Dawn Fall, Summer Time Rendering Anime Globally

Streaming is 'subject to local availability' ― The Walt Disney Company announced during its "APAC Content Showcase" on Thursday that it will stream the Tatami Time Machine Blues, Black Rock Shooter Dawn Fall, and Summer Time Rendering anime worldwide. The company's Disney+ service will exclusively stream these anime in Japan, but Disney did not specify which venue or venues will offer these titles ou...

Tatami Time Machine Blues Anime Reveals Returning Cast, 2022 Disney+ Streaming in Japan

Most of The Tatami Galaxy cast return for sequel; anime also gets compilation film ― The staff for the television anime of Tomihiko Morimi's Tatami Time Machine Blues (Yojō-Han Time Machine Blues) novel revealed the anime's main cast and release details on Thursday. Most of the cast members are returning for the sequel anime, including Shintarō Asanuma as the protagonist "I" (Watashi), Maaya Sakamoto...

Disney Twisted-Wonderland Smartphone Game Gets Anime Project

Anime based on game with characters inspired by Disney villains ― The official Japanese Twitter account for the Disney Plus subscription service announced on Thursday that the Disney Twisted-Wonderland smartphone game is inspiring an anime adaptation project. The announcement did not reveal any further details. The game launched in Japan in March 2020. The first TV ad focused on the Heartslabyul Dorm...
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The Thousand Noble Musketeers: Rhodoknight Game's Video Previews Gameplay

New smartphone game for franchise about anthropomorphized bishonen firearms ― The official YouTube channel for Marvelous' The Thousand Musketeers (Senjūshi: The Thousand Noble Musketeers) franchise began streaming a promotional video for Senjūshi: Rhodoknight (The Thousand Noble Musketeers: Rhodoknight), the franchise's all-new smartphone game for iOS and Android devices, on Tuesday. The video previe...
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