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The Mike Toole Show - Lastman, Standing

Mike devours a few episodes of the genre-smashing French action cartoon Lastman and wonders - is this anime? ― Earlier this year I was at the Crunchyroll Expo, where I hosted a bunch of discussion panels and presented a couple of my own. The homogenous look and omnipresent Crunchyroll branding took some getting used to, but it was ultimately an energetic and well-run show, a deft mix of the stuff I l...
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My Monster Secret GN 6

My Monster Secret’s sixth volume maintains its madcap romcom appeal in spite of some predictably glacial pacing. Nick Creamer has the details. ― At last, it's time for action. As My Monster Secret's sixth volume opens, our hero Asahi reiterates his determination to actually confess to his vampiric classmate Shiragami. Having been spurred into action by the courage of his childhood friend Mikan, he's ...
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The Promised Neverland GN 1

Shonen Jump's rising hit series captivates with a dark tale about a cruel and unusual home for orphans. Rebecca Silverman plunges the depths of this promising new title. ― When Jonathan Swift published his satirical treatise on why the economic crisis in Ireland could be solved by eating children in 1729, it took him until the final lines to clue his readers in on the joke. The Promised Neverland tak...
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ANNCast - Ecchi Sketches

Jacob Grady, FAKKU founder and freshly-minted owner of Kitty Media drops by ANNCast for another round of questions and answers about the business of ero (plus skateboards). ― ANNCast Episode 313 - Ecchi Sketches Jacob Grady, FAKKU founder and freshly-minted owner of Kitty Media drops by ANNCast for another round of questions and answers about the business of ero (plus skateboards). You can listen to...
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Honey So Sweet GN 8

The charming shoujo series ends much as it began - sweet and cute enough to give you cavities. Rebecca Silverman reflects on this heartwarming story's conclusion. ― There isn't much to wrap up in Amu Meguro's tooth-rottingly adorable shoujo romance Honey So Sweet. Nao and Taiga are together. They're happy. They plan to be together for the duration. Short of manufacturing a dreadful disease or a paren...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Nov 26-Dec 2

Land of the Lustrous remains on top of the throne, but March races up 7 places! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 31 anime series of the Fall 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rank...
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Wolf & Parchment Novel 1

This sequel to Hasekura's long-running Spice & Wolf series flips the emphasis from economics to religion and opens the story's world up to new readers once again. Theron Martin takes a closer look. ― After finishing his Spice and Wolf novel series, Isuna Hasekura followed it up with some short stories set many years later. Two of those set the stage for this new series, which is technically a spin-of...
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Monday, December 11

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Fate/Grand Order VR feat. Mash Kyrielight Game's 3rd Video Teases Artoria Story

PlayStation VR project launched on December 6 ― Type-Moon began streaming the third promotional video for its Fate/Grand Order VR feat. Mash Kyrielight PlayStation VR game on Saturday. The video introduces another story provided by the project in the form of an "Artoria Pendragon VR Drama." The "Fate VR drama" project allows players to enter the world of Fate/Grand Order and meet with the Servant Mas...
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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Season 2's Ad Features Saiki's Narration

Anime premieres January 16 ― The official website for the television anime of Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. manga began streaming a commercial for the second season on Monday. The video features narration by Saiki. (Note: The video in the link above is region-locked to Japan.) The anime will premiere late at night on January 16 at 25:35 (effectively January 17 at 1:35 a.m.) on TV Toky...
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Amazon to Stream Killing Bites Anime's Director's Cut Worldwide

The official Twitter account for the television anime of illustrator Kazasa Sumita (Witchblade Takeru) and storywriter Shinya Murata's (Jackals) Killing Bites manga revealed last Friday that Amazon Prime Video will stream the anime worldwide, and it will exclusively stream the anime's unaired "director's cut." The post did not indicate what would be included in the director's cut. The anime will p...
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Live-Action Princess Jellyfish Show Casts Asuka Kudō as Shū Koibuchi

Kudō plays male lead Kuranosuke's brother in January show ― The official website for the live-action television series based on Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish manga announced on Monday that Asuka Kudō is playing the character Shū Koibuchi. Shū is Kuranosuke's brother with a past trauma regarding women, and an assistant to their politician father. Kyōko Yoshine plays protagonist Tsukimi Kurash...
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Shonen Jump Magazine Inspires Live-Action Drama in January

Oh My Jump! follows salesman who encounters adult Shonen Jump fans ― TV Tokyo and Shueisha announced on Monday that the two are collaborating on a new live-action series centering around Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine titled Oh My Jump! ~Shonen Jump Shikyū o Sukuu~ (Oh My Jump! ~Shonen Jump Saves the World~). The series will premiere on January 12 at 24:12 (effectively 12:12 a.m. on January 1...
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New Digimon Story Game in Development for PS4

Kazumasa Habu, the producer of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory game, revealed in an interview with game news website 4Gamer on Saturday that a new game in the Digimon Story series is in development for the PlayStation 4. He noted that favorable impressions of Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth outside Japan prompted the developers to make the new game with a worldw...

Sunday, December 10

Attack on Titan's Wit Studio Animates 2018 Pokémon Film With OLM

July film's teaser shows new character from director Tetsuo Yajima, deisgner Shizue Kaneko ― The official website for the Pokémon anime films began streaming a teaser trailer for the franchise's 2018 film on Monday. The teaser shows a new character, the film's July 13 opening, and the text "Everyone's story begins." The teaser credits Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) with a...
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It's MY LIFE Fantasy Manga Launches Crowdfunding for Anime in January

Creators in Pack to produce anime about retired knight living with young witch ― Shogakukan opened a teaser website and Twitter account on Saturday that revealed that it will launch a crowdfunding campaign for an anime adaptation of Imomushi Narita's It's MY LIFE fantasy manga at the Makuake website in January. The site also reveals that the studio Creators in Pack (Love is Like a Cocktail, Kiitaro's...
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Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden Anime Premieres January 10

The official website for Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden anime series revealed on Saturday that the series will premiere on Tokyo MX1 at 00:00 on January 10 (effectively midnight on January 11), followed by ABC Asahi and TV Aichi on January 10, BS11 on January 11, and HTB Hokkaido TV on January 13. Netflix will stream the anime series worldwide. The company will stream the series inside Japan ...
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Wish Your Loved Ones 'Happy New Year' with Detective Conan

The Detective Conan franchise is having a hell of a year. There's a new movie in production, he's the star of several upcoming Universal Studios Japan attractions, and he's traveling through time. It's no wonder creator Gosho Aoyama gets practically no sleep. Fans have a lot to look forward to and they can share that enthusiasm with six newly released Detective Conan New Year's cards. The website ...
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Rozen Maiden's Peach-Pit Draws Trailer for Kamijo x Hatsune Miku Project

Manga artist duo Peach-Pit (Rozen Maiden, Shugo Chara!, Zombie-Loan, DearS) drew illustrations that appear in a trailer for a new collaboration between visual kei singer Kamijo and Vocaloid idol Hatsune Miku. Kamijo is a former member of Lareine and a current member of the Versailles band. He began streaming the trailer on his official Twitter account on Thursday. 2018年、新プロジェクト「KAMIJO & 初音ミク」トレーラー...
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Isobe Isobee Monogatari Manga Gets 1-Shot in January

The 2018 second and third combined issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Ryō Nakama's Isobe Isobee Monogatari ~Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo~ manga will get a one-shot side story titled "Sessha wa Salaryman" (I Am a Salaryman) on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website on January 4. Shueisha is publishing the one-shot as part of a "one-shot festival," where Shueisha will publish 19 ...
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Pixiv Will Hold Character Design Contest for Ikebukuro Promotional Anime

Animate and the Toshima ward of Tokyo held a joint press conference on Friday to announce that an "Ikebukuro PR Anime" is in the works. Toshima mayor Yukio Takano was at the press conference and explained that organizers hope the project spreads the "Cool Ikebukuro" image as a place for anime pilgrimages prior to the Olympic Games in 2020. The promotional anime will be about three minutes long and...
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Boruto Anime Adapts Side-Story Manga Chapter About Mitsuki on December 27

"The Path Lit by the Full Moon" chapter debuted in Japanese, English in April 2016 ― The 2018 combined second and third issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime will adapt the Naruto manga side story chapter "Michita Tsuki ga Terasu Michi" ("Naruto: The Path Lit by the Full Moon"), which shows the past of the character Mitsuki. ...
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Butt Detective Shakes His Booty in New Dance Video

The official website for the Oshiri Tantei (Butt Detective) web anime project began streaming a "Puputto Fumutto Kaiketsu Dance" ("A Wind-Breaking Victory Dance") video on Friday. The video features English, traditional Chinese, and Korean subtitles. In the video, the project's titlular character and his dog assistant Brown perform a triumphant dance. TEMPURA KIDZ, a Harajuku-style dance and vocal...
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The Mike Toole Show - Lastman, Standing

Mike devours a few episodes of the genre-smashing French action cartoon Lastman and wonders - is this anime? ― Earlier this year I was at the Crunchyroll Expo, where I hosted a bunch of discussion panels and presented a couple of my own. The homogenous look and omnipresent Crunchyroll branding took some getting used to, but it was ultimately an energetic and well-run show, a deft mix of the stuff I l...
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Book Compiles Osamu Tezuka's Shakespeare-Inspired Manga

Many manga and anime fans know Osamu Tezuka was a prolific creator who became known as "The God of Manga." However, most people don't know that a few of his works included manga based on William Shakespeare's works. Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha, Ltd. is celebrating those manga, and the publisher released them in a compiled book on Friday. The Tezuka Osamu Shakespeare Mangakan (Osamu Tezuka's Shakespeare ...
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Sword Art Online Novels Enter 'Unital Ring' Arc

The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko imprint noted that Volume 59 of the Dengeki Bunko magazine (cover pictured at right) published the prologue chapter for the new "Unital Ring" arc of Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online light novel series on Saturday. Kawahara himself noted on Twitter that the new arc's title uses a mathematical term in the same vein as the earlier Ordinal Scal...
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Gintama Anime Enters 'Silver Soul' Arc on January 7

The 2018 combined second and third issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the Gintama television anime series will enter the manga's "Gin no Tamashii" (Silver Soul) arc on January 7. The arc is the manga's final arc that began in July 2016. The new arc will air in the same late-night timeslots as the current arc on TV Tokyo and its affiliates. The new arc will also...

Prison School Manga Ends on December 25

Akira Hiramoto's manga launched in 2011, inspired TV anime, live-action series ― The 2018 combined second and third issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine revealed on Monday that Akira Hiramoto's Prison School manga will end in the next issue on December 25. North American publisher Yen Press publishes Hiramoto's main Prison School manga for North America, and it describes the series: Hachimitsu Private ...
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One Piece 'Dawn' Project Revealed as One Piece: World Seeker PS4 Game Launching in 2018

"Dramatic free world action adventure" game features Luffy as playable character ― The 2018 combined second and third issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the official title for the previously revealed One Piece "Code Name Dawn" video game is One Piece: World Seeker. The "dramatic free world action adventure" game will ship for the PlayStation 4 in 2018. The game wi...
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Kino's Journey - the Beautiful World- ‒ Episode 10

"This episode's climactic scene is a great encapsulation of the thematic and emotional complexity that I originally expected from Kino's Journey 2017 going in."
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My Monster Secret GN 6

My Monster Secret’s sixth volume maintains its madcap romcom appeal in spite of some predictably glacial pacing. Nick Creamer has the details. ― At last, it's time for action. As My Monster Secret's sixth volume opens, our hero Asahi reiterates his determination to actually confess to his vampiric classmate Shiragami. Having been spurred into action by the courage of his childhood friend Mikan, he's ...

My Hero Academia Gets Anime Film With Original Story in Summer 2018

Movie will show previously unrevealed past of certain character ― The 2018 combined second and third issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga is inspiring an anime film that will premiere in summer 2018. The film will feature an original story. The issue listed film's title as My Hero Academia The Movie. The Jump Festa 2018 event...
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Pretty Rhythm Shōjo Idol Franchise Launches Pretty All Friends Project

More details about latest in game/anime franchise in late January ― The official Twitter account for the PriPara anime franchise announced on Sunday that a new project in the franchise's magical girl skating predecessor, Pretty Rhythm, is launching under the title Pretty All Friends. The first part of the project is a newly drawn visual which debuted on the same day. The project will unveil more deta...
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Haruhi Suzumiya Light Novel Series Has 20 Million Copies in Print Worldwide

Kadokawa's Sneaker Bunko imprint is listing that Nagaru Tanigawa and Noizi Ito's Haruhi Suzumiya light novel franchise has more than 20 million copies in print worldwide. Kadokawa had announced in June 2014 that the light novel franchise had 18 million copies in print worldwide. Tanigawa and Ito published 11 novels for the series between 2003-2011. The Little, Brown Books for Young Readers imprint...
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Super Mario Run Tops Apple's List of Free iPhone Games in 2017

Game launched with free, paid versions in December 2016 ― Apple released its 2017 charts for the most popular apps, music, movies, TV shows, books, and podcasts on Thursday. Nintendo's Super Mario Run game topped Apple's list of free iPhone games in 2017. The game didn't rank on Apple's list of paid iPhone games. The game launched for iOS devices in December 2016 and for Android devices in March. A o...

Right Stuf: Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress Anime Film Goes Out of Print

NISA released film on BD in May 2014 ― North American retailer Right Stuf revealed on Friday that NIS America's release of the Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress anime film is going out of print soon. NISA had released the film on Blu-ray Disc in May 2014. The film is an adaptation of Kazuki Sakuraba's Fuse Gansaku: Satomi Hakkenden novel. In Kyokutei Bakin's classic Japanese epic novel Nansō Satomi Hakkend...
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Sengoku Night Blood Franchise Gets Stage Play Featuring Anime Cast

Ikkei Yamamoto, Yoshihiko Aramaki star in play debuting next August ― Marvelous, Kadokawa, and Otomate opened a website on Friday to announce that their Sengoku Night Blood smartphone game is getting a stage play adaptation. The play will debut in August 2018. The stage play stars: Ikkei Yamamoto as Maeda Toshiie Yoshihiko Aramaki as Uesugi Kagekatsu Both actors are reprising the roles from the game ...
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Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

4th anime season premieres on January 8 ― The official website for Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line, the Yowamushi Pedal anime series' fourth season, began streaming the show's second promotional video on Sunday. The video previews rock band Rhythmic Toy World's opening theme song "Boku no Koe" (My Voice). The video also reveals the show's January 8 premiere date. The series will air on TV Tokyo and TV Osa...

Saturday, December 9

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Slow Start Anime's TV Ad Reveals January 6 Premiere

Sangatsu no Phantasia performs ending theme for slice-of-life series ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yuiko Tokumi's Slow Start manga began streaming a new 15-second and 30-second commercial on Saturday. (Note: The videos on the website are region-locked to Japan.) The ads reveal the show's January 6 premiere. The anime will air on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and BS11...
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Shadow of the Colossus PS4 Game Remake's Comparison Video Streamed

Physical special edition also revealed for game launching on ― Sony began streaming more videos on Saturday previewing the PlayStation 4 remake of the Shadow of the Colossus video game. The videos feature a comparison of the PS2, PS3, and PS4 versions of the game, and also preview the game running at 60 fps. Sony and PlayStation Underground also streamed a 14-minute gameplay video on Saturday. The re...

Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

Anly performs ending theme for series premiering on January 6 ― The official website for the Seven Deadly Sins anime franchise began streaming the second promotional video on Sunday for the new season, The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments (Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu). (Note: The above linked video is region-locked to Japan.) The video previews FLOW and GRANRODEO's collabora...
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Code Geass Gets 2 New Manga on Comic Newtype Site

Comedy spinoff launches on December 22, 2nd manga by Tomofumi Ogasawara launches in 2018 ― The January 2018 issue of Kadokawa's Newtype magazine revealed on Saturday that the Code Geass franchise will get two more new manga. The first manga is titled Katei Kyōshi no Lelouch-san (Lelouch the Home Tutor) by Urushidama, a comedy spinoff manga that casts Lelouch as a home tutor of C.C. The manga will lau...
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Market Research Reveals Idol, Vocaloid, Doujinshi Market Growth in 2016

Cosplay, adult game/videos, romance games, boys love market saw reductions ― Yano Research Institute released its report on the otaku marketplace for 2017 on Tuesday. The report indicated that the idol market, doujinshi, plastic model, pro wrestling, Vocaloid, and toy gun/airsoft market all grew from 2015 to 2016, and Yano Research projected all markets for growth in 2017. The idol market grew 20.6% ...
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Rozen Maiden Gothic Frills Inspire New Lingerie

The gothic lolita anime and manga franchise Rozen Maiden is the latest inspiration for new lingerie by SuperGroupies. The Peach Pit series is inspiring both Shinku and Suigintō lingerie sets. The Shinku set, like her namesake, is mostly crimson. Suigintō's set is black like her own outfit. Each lingerie set retails for 9,800 yen (US$87). Pre-orders are open until December 17 and orders are expecte...
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Those Who Hunt Elves 2 Manga Listed as Ending With 10th Volume

Manga reuniting main characters launched in 2013 ― Online retailers Amazon and Honya Club are listing the 10th compiled volume of Yu Yagami's Those Who Hunt Elves Two (Elf o Karu Mono-tachi 2) manga as the final volume. The book will ship on January 11. The story, which is not the same as that of the similarly named anime Those Who Hunt Elves 2, reunites elf Celsia Marie Claire with three travelers f...
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Animonozukuri Awards Will Return for 2nd Year

The Animonozukuri Awards, a newly minted event that honors strategically crafted business partnerships between otaku culture and merchandising, will return for a second year in May 2018. Last year's awards saw over 120 entries across multiple categories including animated commercials, campaigns featuring anime characters, and new original merchandise. Last year's winners included Suntory's campaig...
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Detective Conan Project Lets Fans Experience Crime Scene Investigation

A new Detective Conan project will let fans solve cases alongside their favorite manga and anime characters. The "Meitantei Conan Kagaku Sōsa-ten ~Shinjitsu e no Abduction~" (Detective Conan Scientific Crime Investigation: Abduction Toward the Truth) exhibition will run at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo from April 18 to July 8. The immersive experience will have th...
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GARO -Vanishing Line- ‒ Episode 10

"I'm shocked to report that not only is Luke's first solo outing good, it's one of GARO's best episodes yet."
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Yasuhiro Irie Aims to Launch New 'Halloween Pajama' Kickstarter in March for 90-Second Opening Video

Irie also plans 5-volume manga release for Kindle by end of year ― Anime director Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Scorching Ping Pong Girls, Code:Breaker) announced on the "Halloween Pajama in Seattle" Kickstarter campaign page on Friday that he plans to launch a new campaign in March for a 90-second opening sequence for the anime project. The goal for the new project would be 2 mill...
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Erwin Tops 3rd Attack on Titan Character Popularity Poll

The January 2018 issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine revealed the results of its third Attack on Titan character popularity poll on Saturday. The poll received a total of 6,624 votes. Levi received nearly double the number of votes as Erwin in the magazine's second popularity poll for the manga, which published its results in 2015. However, Erwin beat Levi by a large margin in this year's...
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Yuki Yuna is a Hero Season 2 ‒ Episode 10

"If last episode was one of the action highlights of this second season, then this episode represents one of its dramatic highlights."
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Dies Irae ‒ Episode 9

"Giant fighting skeletons are one of the very few points of enthusiasm that this series can offer at the moment."
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Kirara Fantasia Smartphone Game Launches Next Week (Updated)

The official website for Houbunsha's Kirara Fantasia smartphone game announced on Friday that the game will launch in Japan next week. The official Twitter account additionally stated on Saturday that the game will launch "approximately" on December 11. The "Manga Time Kirara meets Fantasy RPG" all-star game will feature characters from manga that run in the various Manga Time Kirara manga magazin...
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Series Finale: Recovery of an MMO Junkie ‒ Episode 10

This massively multiplayer online romance comes to a heartwarming conclusion, but there's still room for a bonus episode next week!
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Girls' Last Tour ‒ Episode 10

"As we approach the show's conclusion, our heroines have made a significant gain, but that also makes me suspicious of some impending loss on the horizon…"
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The Promised Neverland GN 1

Shonen Jump's rising hit series captivates with a dark tale about a cruel and unusual home for orphans. Rebecca Silverman plunges the depths of this promising new title. ― When Jonathan Swift published his satirical treatise on why the economic crisis in Ireland could be solved by eating children in 1729, it took him until the final lines to clue his readers in on the joke. The Promised Neverland tak...
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1st Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel Anime Film Gets 4D Screenings in Japan

The official website for Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower, the first film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy, revealed on Friday that 74 theaters in Japan will host 4DX and MX4D screenings of the film starting on February 3. The film's regular screenings in Japan will expand to 30 theaters beginning on December 16. Screenings will also extend to January. The f...
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Nekopara OVA Gets Theatrical Screenings in Japan on January 1

NEKO WORKs' official Twitter account announced on Friday that it will screen the NEKOPARA OVA three times at the Akihabara UDX Theater in Tokyo on January 1. The Comic Market (Comket) 93 catalog will reveal more information about the screening soon. NEKO WORKs announced on November 20 that the OVA was finished. The Kickstarter campaign for the OVA revealed on Monday that the physical goods for bac...
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Fate/Grand Order Gets 2 New Year's Eve Anime Shorts

Fate/school life 4-panel manga, Kinoko Nasu inspire shorts in TV special ― The "Fate/Grand Order Guest Talk Stage in Akihabara Festival 2017" event announced on Saturday that the Fate/Grand Order role-playing game app franchise will air two new anime shorts at the end of the year. They will air as part of the Fate Project Ōmisoka TV Special (Fate Project New Year's Eve TV Special) on December 31 from...
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Yo-kai Watch Shadowside Anime Film's New Trailer Previews Gegege no Kitarō Characters

4th film in franchise opens in Japan on December 16 ― The official website for Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu (Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: The Return of the Oni King), the fourth film in the Yo-kai Watch franchise, began streaming the film's new trailer on Friday. The end of the video previews the movie's Gegege no Kitaro characters. The franchise's official YouTube channel also streamed thr...
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Voice Actor Toru Ohkawa Goes on Hiatus to Treat Illness

Voice of Fullmetal Alchemist's Roy, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure's narrator, Killing Bites' Ichinosuke Okajima ― Takako Hasegawa, president of the talent agency Mausu Promotion, announced on Saturday that voice actor Toru Ohkawa is going on hiatus due to treatment for an unspecified illness. The agency will post again when it can announce the timeframe of Ohkawa's return to work. Ohkawa's many credits in...
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Mitsuboshi Colors Anime's Promo Video Reveals 5 More Cast Members

Hisako Tōjō, Kaori Nazuka, more join cast for series premiering on January 7 ― The official website for the television anime of Katsuwo's Mitsuboshi Colors manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Saturday. The official website also revealed new cast members: Atsushi Tamaru as Saitō Tesshō Genda as Old Man Kaori Nazuka as Sacchan's Mother Ayaka Asai as Nonoka Hisako Tōjō as Momoka T...
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Gundam Build Fighters Site Teases News With Promo Video

The official website for the Gundam Build Fighters franchise began streaming a new video on Thursday to tease a new project for the franchise. The video is region-locked to Japan, and it teases more news on February 2. Amazon Prime Video in Japan began streaming the fifth episode of the Gundam Build Fighters: Battlogue anime on Friday. The Gundam.info portal site also began streaming the episode w...
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Soul Calibur VI Game's PSX Trailer Previews Gameplay

Game arrives on PS4, Xbox One, PC in 2018 ― Sony showed a new trailer for Bandai Namco Entertainment's recently revealed Soul Calibur VI game during the PlayStation Experience 2017 event's opening celebrations livestream on Friday. The video features gameplay for a battle between Mitsurugi and Sophitia. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in 2018 in Japan and North Am...
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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Fighting Game's PSX Trailer Streamed

Crossover game launches in Japan, N. America in 2018 ― Sony began streaming a new trailer for Arc System Works' BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle crossover fighting game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC at the PlayStation Experience 2017 (PSX) opening celebrations event on Friday. BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is a crossover between Arc System Works' BlazBlue and Persona 4 Arena fighting games, French ...
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Monster Hunter: World Game's PSX Trailer Reveals Mega Man Collaboration

English PS4 beta for PS+ launches on Saturday, game launches on January 26 ― Sony streamed a new trailer for Capcom's Monster Hunter: World game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC at its PlayStation Experience 2017 (PSX) opening celebration event on Friday, which highlights some of the game's story. The end of the video reveals a collaboration with the Mega Man franchise. Japanese Version The ga...

Friday, December 8

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The Last Guardian Game Gets Free VR Demo for PSVR on December 12

Fumito Ueda's original PS4 game launched in December 2016 ― Sony revealed at the opening celebrations livestream for the PlayStation Experience 2017 event on Friday that Fumito Ueda's The Last Guardian video game is getting a VR demo for the PlayStation VR for free on December 12. In the demo, players will solve puzzles and interact with the beast character Trico. The PlayStation Experience event is ...
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Mitsuboshi Colors Anime Premieres on January 7

The official Twitter account for the television anime of Katsuwo's Mitsuboshi Colors manga revealed on Saturday that the anime will premiere on January 7. The show will air on AT-X at 10:30 p.m. before airing later on BS11, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, and KBS Kyoto. The show will also stream on AbemaTV in Japan, as well as other streaming services. The manga takes place in a certain corner of a certain park...
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Fire Emblem Heroes Wins Japan's Google Play Best of 2017

Google Play announced its winners for the Best of 2017 Japan division on Monday, hailing Fire Emblem Heroes as the best mobile game of the year. 『ファイアーエムブレム ヒーローズ』がGoogle Play ベスト オブ 2017「2017年ベストゲーム」に選ばれました。これもひとえに、日ごろから応援してくださっているみなさんのおかげです!本当にありがとうございます。これからもよろしくお願いいたします♪#FEヒーローズhttps://t.co/QPd5JM23p1 pic.twitter.com/34B21KJ0z0— ファイアーエムブレム ヒーローズ (@FE_Heroes_JP) December 5, 2017 In the game, pl...
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My Hero Academia Manga Tops U.S. Monthly Bookscan November List

Akira, Tokyo Ghoul:re, The Legend of Zelda, Black Butler also rank ― The tenth volume of Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga ranked at #1 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 list for November. The series' ninth volume previously ranked #1 on the BookScan list in August. This month's list featured six manga volumes including: #5 — Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set #9 — Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghou...
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A Certain Magical Virtual-On Promo Video Previews Characters, Gameplay

Game ships in Japan February 15 ― Sega began streaming a new promotional video for its A Certain Magical Virtual-On )To Aru Majutsu no Virtual-On) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Friday. The video introduces the game's cast of characters and gameplay demo featuring Touma's virtuaroid, "Temjin." Like previous promotional videos, the new video previews the theme song "Get Ready!" by Yuka Igu...
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Ace Combat Infinity PS3 Game Ends Service on March 31

1st free-to-play Ace Combat game launched in 2014 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Friday that its Ace Combat Infinity PlayStation 3 game will end service on March 31. Item sales will cease on January 9 and free items, product codes, and new game downloads will stop on March 1. Items will still be usable until the last day of service. The company began streaming a memorial trailer: English V...
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App Users Rank Best Anime, Manga, Video Games, Characters of 2017

The Japanese anime, manga, and game goods app otamart asked fans in November to weigh in on the best this year had to offer. A survey ran down the app users' favorite anime, manga, light novels, video games, characters, voice actors, idols, and character goods. Which series and games stuck with fans the whole year through? Take a look below for the results. This year's biggest hits in anime, manga...
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Pop Team Epic Chapter Delayed Due to Author's 'Illness'

The official Twitter account for the Manga Life Win website's editorial department announced on Friday that the latest chapter of Bkub Ōkawa's Pop Team Epic has been delayed from December 10 to December 13 due to the author's "sudden illness." However, the post referred to the illness in parentheses as "Hawaii." Ōkawa launched the manga on the Manga Life Win website in 2014, and ended it in 2015. ...
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Bungo Stray Dogs Characters Get Babied for New Merch

It looks like the staff of the Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple film are anticipating the January premiere of Gakuen Babysitters, or at least that's the impression with this latest round of merchandise. The cast of literary greats are getting very little for the "Neo Gate" series. "Neo Gate" is known for transforming characters into baby versions of themselves. The company did just that for button pi...
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Onsen Musume Project Holds Women-Only Event

The Onsen Musume multimedia project has so far targeted a mostly male crowd. The animated music videos and over 36 hot spring-inspired, singing girls started as a crowdfund campaign earlier this year. It reached its goal in 10 days and ultimately raised 7,110,540 yen (about US$64,000), enough to fund production of a drama CD with the main cast. The project then added a manga, fan clubs, live event...

Crunchyroll to Stream Recovery of an MMO Junkie's Episode 11 OVA on December 15

Episode contains two original short stories; main series ended on Friday ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the Recovery of an MMO Junkie (Netojū no Susume) episode 11 original video anime on Friday, December 15. The episode debuted in Japan on the anime's Blu-ray Disc box set, which shipped on Friday. The episode features two original short stories: "Riajū no Susume" (Recommendati...

Live-Action Alita: Battle Angel Film's 1st Trailer Streamed

Film opens July 20, 2018 ― 20th Century Fox began streaming the first trailer for Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga, on Friday. The film's Twitter account streamed an 11-second teaser on Thursday. The film will star Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Man Seeking Wo...
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Stamp Set Celebrates 1970s Giant Robot Anime

Japan Post is offering a new limited-edition stamp set inspired by 1970s robot anime. The set features art from 10 robot anime from the genre's golden age. The anime with robots that appear on the stamps are: Mazinger Z Toshi Gordian Getter Robo Reideen the Brave Kotetsu Zieg UFO Robo Grendizer UFO Senshi Daiapolon Chō Denji Robo Combattler V Blocker Corps IV: Machine Blaster Chō Denji Machine Vo...
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Romancing SaGa 2 Remaster Launches on December 15 in N. America, Europe, Japan

Game to launch digitally on PS4, Vita, Switch, Xbox One, PC ― Square Enix announced on Friday that it will release Romancing Saga 2 on PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC on December 15 in Japan, North America, and Europe. North America and Europe will also get the PlayStation Vita version, which has been out in Japan since Match 2016. The game will be digital-only on all platforms. Square Enix a...

Live-Action Alita: Battle Angel Film Reveals 1st 11-Second Clip

Video teases "journey beginning" on Friday ― The official Twitter account for Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga, released the first 11-second clip on Thursday. The teaser reads, "Her journey begins tomorrow." Her journey begins tomorrow. #Alita pic.twitter.com/v5e6FTWQgU— Alita: Battle Angel (@Alitamovie) De...
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How to keep a mummy Anime Reveals Key Visual, January 11 Premiere

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kakeru Utsugi's How to keep a mummy (Miira no Kaikata) manga revealed a new key visual and the premiere dates on Friday. The series will premiere on Thursday, January 11 at night at 1:58 a.m. (effectively Friday morning) on TBS. It will also air late night on BS-TBS on January 13 and iTV on January 25. The show's staff will hold a pre-scr...
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Inuyashiki Last Hero ‒ Episode 9

"This series understands how to exploit violence to dramatic effect without descending too deeply into crass sensationalism."
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Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles Anime Premieres on January 4

The staff of the television anime of Naru Narumi's Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san (Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles) manga announced on Friday that the series will premiere on January 4 at 8:00 p.m. on AT-X. It will also air the same night at 10:00 p.m. on Tokyo MX and 1:00 a.m. on BS-11, as well as the night of January 6 on MBS. The official website also announced that a pre-screening of the first epis...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film Gets 8-Bit Game-Themed Trailer

Film opened in Japan on December 1 at #1 ― The official website for the live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga began streaming a new trailer for the currently-running film on Friday. However, unlike other trailers, this web-exclusive trailer features a charming retro homage to 8-bit video games. The trailer commemorates the film topping the Japanese box office in its first wee...
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Gakuen Babysitters Anime Casts Satomi Akesaka, Toshiyuki Someya, Motohiro Ōta, Kaede Hondo

TV anime premieres on January 7 ― The staff of the television anime adaptation of Hari Tokeino's Gakuen Babysitters manga revealed four more cast members on Saturday. Satomi Akesaka as Maria Inomata Toshiyuki Someya as Tomoya Yagi Motohiro Ōta as Chūkichi Nezu Kaede Hondo as Yuki Ushimaru The anime will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX at 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, and on Sun TV and BS11 at 12:00 ...
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ANNCast - Ecchi Sketches

Jacob Grady, FAKKU founder and freshly-minted owner of Kitty Media drops by ANNCast for another round of questions and answers about the business of ero (plus skateboards). ― ANNCast Episode 313 - Ecchi Sketches Jacob Grady, FAKKU founder and freshly-minted owner of Kitty Media drops by ANNCast for another round of questions and answers about the business of ero (plus skateboards). You can listen to...
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King's Game The Animation ‒ Episode 10

"After ten episodes of going on about saving everyone, our alleged hero Nobuaki finally demonstrates his desire to try and save the other contestants."
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Answerman - What Is The Purpose Of Recap Episodes?

Recap episodes pop up in plenty of anime, retelling parts of a story you just watched. Why do these recap episodes exist in the age of streaming? Justin gets into it. ― It's the holiday season, so people are pretty busy. There's gift-buying, there's decorating, there are parties and for students, final exams. But that also means my questions tend to run dry, so if you can spare a moment, please send...
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Killing Bites Anime Reveals Visual, More Cast, Staff

Rikiya Koyama, Toru Ohkawa, Yūichi Nakamura, more join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of illustrator Kazasa Sumita (Witchblade Takeru) and storywriter Shinya Murata's (Jackals) Killing Bites manga revealed a new visual, more cast and staff members, and the January 12 premiere date for the anime on Friday. The newly announced cast members are: Rikiya Koyama as Reiichi ...
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Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori Anime Reveals Video, Visual, Cast, Staff

Junichi Suwabe, Yūichi Nakamura, Daisuke Ono, Daiki Yamashita star in April series ― An official website for the television anime adaptation of Yū Shimizu's Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori manga opened on Saturday and revealed a teaser video, key visual, cast, staff, and April premiere for the anime. The video previews the main characters and cast. The main cast includes: (Note: the romanizations of the cha...
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Just Because! ‒ Episode 9

"Just Because! may be approaching a conclusion, but that doesn't mean these kids are any closer to figuring out how to be adults."
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Honey So Sweet GN 8

The charming shoujo series ends much as it began - sweet and cute enough to give you cavities. Rebecca Silverman reflects on this heartwarming story's conclusion. ― There isn't much to wrap up in Amu Meguro's tooth-rottingly adorable shoujo romance Honey So Sweet. Nao and Taiga are together. They're happy. They plan to be together for the duration. Short of manufacturing a dreadful disease or a paren...
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Welcome to the Ballroom Manga Takes 2-Month Break

Series' chapter had fewer pages in October due to author's health ― The January 2018 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine revealed on Saturday that Tomo Takeuchi's Welcome to the Ballroom manga will go on a two-month break. The series will not appear in the February or March issues, but it will return in the April issue. The upcoming issue is also revealing that the manga's first official fanb...
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Hakumei to Mikochi Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, Key Visual

Series about dwarf girls who live in forest premieres on January 12 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Takuto Kashiki's Hakumei to Mikochi: Tiny little life in the woods (Hakumei and Mikochi) manga began streaming the second promotional video and revealed a new key visual for the anime on Friday. The video previews the ending theme song "Harvest Moon Night," performed by Sh...
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Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2018's Top 20 Manga Magazine List

Flowers, Shonen Jump, Be-Love top list ― The 2018 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook is announcing its list of the top 20 manga magazines on Saturday: Monthly Flowers published by Shogakukan Weekly Shonen Jump published by Shueisha Be-Love published by Kodansha Morning Two published by Kodansha Big Comic Spirits published by Shogakukan Weekly Young Maga...
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Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2018's Series Ranking for Female Readers

The Seven Knights of the Marronnier Kingdom, Poe no Ichizoku, Satoko & Nada top list ― The 2018 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook is announcing its lists of the top manga series on Saturday. The top 20 on its list of manga for female readers are: Marronnier Ōkoku no Shichinin no Kishi (The Seven Knights of the Marronnier Kingdom) by Nao Iwamoto Poe no ...
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Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2018's Series Ranking for Male Readers

The Promised Neverland, BEASTARS, To Your Eternity top list ― The 2018 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook is announcing its lists of the top manga series on Saturday. The top 20 on its list of manga for male readers are: The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu BEASTARS by Paru Itagaki To Your Eternity by Yoshitoki Ōima Getsuyōbi no Tomodach...
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Drifters Anime's Episodes 13, 14 Previewed in 2nd Video

Episodes ship on Blu-ray Disc in Japan on December 23 ― NBCUniversal began streaming a second promotional video on Friday for the 13th and 14th episodes of the Drifters anime. The company streamed the first promotional video on Monday. The episodes will ship on Blu-ray Disc in regular and limited-edition versions on December 23. The limited edition will cost 6,800 yen (about US$60) and include an out...
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Laughing Under the Clouds Gaiden 2nd Anime Film's Trailer, Visual Revealed

2nd film in trilogy opens on June 9 ― Shochiku began streaming a teaser video on Friday for the second film in the anime trilogy film adaptation of Kemuri Karakara's Donten ni Warau Gaiden (Laughing Under the Clouds - Side Story) manga. The second film, titled Donten ni Warau Gaiden: Shukumei, Sōtō no Fūma (Fate, The Double-Headed Fūma), will open in Japan on June 9. The staff also revealed a new vis...
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Hiroya Oku's New GIGANT Manga Previewed in Video

New manga by Gantz, Inuyashiki creator launched on Friday ― Shogakukan began streaming a promotional video on Friday for GIGANT, Hiroya Oku's new manga that launched in the January issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine on Friday. Kōtarō Nishiyama narrates the video. Art from the manga adorns the front cover of the issue. The manga's story centers on Yamada Yoko, a high school boy who has ...
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Gintama Rumble Game's 13-Minute English-Subtitled Video Highlights Playable Characters

PS4/Vita game ships on January 14 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a new promotional video for its Gintama Rumble (Gintama Ranbu) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita action game on Friday. The video highlights the game's features and playable characters. The video has both an English-subtitled and Japanese version. Previously announced playable characters include Gintoki, Shinpachi, Kagura...
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Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals Yuiko Ōhara's Opening Theme

Ōhara's short music video, new anime visual, January 8 premiere also revealed ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Sōichirō Yamamoto's Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san (Takagi-san, the Master of Teasing) manga began streaming the second promotional video on Friday for the series. The video reveals and previews Yuiko Ōhara's opening theme song "Iwanai kedo ne." The site also began s...
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Devil May Cry HD Collection Launches on PS4, Xbox One, PC on March 13

Collection features 1st 3 games in franchise ― Capcom announced on Thursday that it will release a Devil May Cry HD Collection set for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in North America on March 13. The set will have both digital and physical editions, and will retail for US$29.99. The game set includes: Devil May Cry (2001) Devil May Cry 2 (2003) Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition (2006) The latest ...
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World of Final Fantasy Meli-Melo Smartphone Game Launches in Japan on December 12

Square Enix announced on Friday that its World of Final Fantasy Meli-Melo iOS and Android game will launch in Japan on December 12. In the game's story, tiny Lilikins live in Valgallan together with legendary beings called Mirages. The land is divided into fire, ice, wood, light, and darkness sections that serve as the source of different energies. The Guardian Beasts control those powers. The Hol...
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Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online Game's Steam Release Slated for February

Idea Factory International announced on Thursday that it will release the Steam version of Compile Heart's Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online (Cyber Dimension Neptune: 4 Goddesses Online) game in February. The game will have subtitle language options in Japanese and Traditional Chinese in addition to English, and will feature audio in Japanese and English. Idea Factory International relea...
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English Character Trailer Streamed for Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms Game

PS Vita sequel to Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds launches in spring 2018 ― Idea Factory International began streaming a character trailer on Thursday for the Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms (Hakuōki Shinkai: Hana no Shō) PlayStation Vita game. The company plans to release the game in North America and Europe in spring 2018. The game will be available physically and digitally. Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms originally launched in...
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Idea Factory International Streams Character Trailer for Megadimension Neptunia VIIR Game

PS4/PSVR game launches in N. America, Europe next spring ― Idea Factory International began streaming a character trailer on Thursday for the Megadimension Neptunia VIIR (Shin Jigen Neptune VIIR) PlayStation 4 game. The company plans to release the game in North America and Europe next spring. The game is the first VR game in the Neptune/Neptunia franchise. The game launched for the PlayStation 4 in ...
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Magical Girl Ore Anime Reveals Visual, Spring 2018 Debut

Kaito Ishikawa, Wataru Hatano star in series about gender-bending magical girls ― An official website opened on Friday for the television anime adaptation of Icchokusen Mōkon's Mahō Shōjo Ore (Magical Girl Ore or lit: I Am a Magical Girl) manga, revealing the anime's visual and spring 2018 debut. The anime stars Kaito Ishikawa as Saki Uno (pictured left in image above), and Wataru Hatano as Sakuyo Mi...
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Steam Stops Using Bitcoin as Payment Method

Valve announced on Wednesday that its online game retail platform Steam will no longer use Bitcoin as a payment method. The company cited the increasingly large transaction fee and volatility of the cryptocurrency as factors in the decision. In recent weeks, Bitcoin has seen dramatic spikes and dips in value, sometimes over 24 hour periods. With processing time for the currency also taking upwards...
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Gundam Versus Game Adds GM Sniper II, Aegis Gundam

DLC characters available on December 12 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming two videos for its Gundam Versus game on Thursday. The videos introduce two new playable mobile suit DLC: RGM-79SP GM Sniper II from the Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise From The Ashes Dreamcast game and the GAT-X303 Aegis Gundam from the Mobile Suit Gundam SeeD television anime series. Both mobile suits will...

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Wins Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2017

NieR: Automata, Persona 5, Resident Evil 7, Super Mario Odyssey also win awards ― Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game won the award for Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2017 event on Thursday. The game also won the award for Best Game Direction and Best Action/Adventure Game, and was also nominated for Best Score/Music, Best Art Direction, and Best Audio Design. The game also w...
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FromSoftware Teases New Game in Video

FromSoftware unveiled a teaser video for a new game that it is currently developing during The Game Awards 2017 event on Thursday. FromSoftware is best known for its Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, and Bloodborne action games, as well as its Armored Core mecha action game. The company released its latest game, Dark Souls III, in Japan for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in March 2016, and then in North Amer...
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Death Stranding Game's Story Trailer Highlights Norman Reedus' Character

Metal Gear Solid's Hideo Kojima directs new game ― Kojima Productions revealed a new trailer for Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding PlayStation 4 game during The Game Awards 2017 event on Thursday. The trailer once again highlights Norman Reedus' character, identified in the video as Sam. Kojima Productions, Kojima's own development studio, is developing Death Stranding, and it will star Norman Reedus. K...
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Bandai Namco Reveals Soul Calibur VI Game for PS4, Xbox One, PC in 2018

Weapons-based 3D fighting game's previous main installment shipped in 2012 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed a trailer for Soul Calibur VI, the newest installment in its Soul Calibur fighting game series, during The Game Awards 2017 event on Thursday. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in 2018 in Japan and North America. The trailer features the returning charact...

Bayonetta 3 Action Game Revealed for Switch

Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 ported to Switch on February 16 ― Platinum Games revealed Bayonetta 3, the newest installment in its Bayonetta character action game series, during The Game Awards 2017 event on Thursday. The game is in development exclusively for the Nintendo Switch console. In addition, Platinum Games revealed that it will release the Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 games for the Switch on February...
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2nd Code Geass Anime Compilation Film's Teaser Highlights Zero's Return

2nd film in compilation film trilogy opens on February 10 ― The official website for the Code Geass project began streaming a teaser video for Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch - Handō (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion - The Rebellion Path), the second film in the planned compilation film trilogy for the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 anime series. ...

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Aggretsuko Netflix Anime's English-Subtitled Announcement Video Posted

10 shorts premiering spring center on red panda who exercises her work rage in death metal ― Sanrio began streaming an English-subtitled announcement video on Thursday for the new original anime for its Aggressive Retsuko/Aggretsuko character. The show will begin streaming on Netflix worldwide next spring. The series will have 10 15-minute episodes. Rareko, the director of the first Agressive Retsuko...
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Karada Sagashi Horror Manga Ends, New Series Launches

Karada Sagashi Kai manga begins January 5 ― Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ web manga site published the 54th and final chapter of author Welzard and illustrator Katsutoshi Murase's Karada Sagashi (Body Search) on Friday. A new series titled Karada Sagashi Kai (Body Search Solution) will debut on Shonen Jump+ on January 5 after a prologue debuts on December 29. Welzard and Murase launched the manga in Septem...
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Bushiroad's Revue Starlight Franchise Gets 2 Manga

1 manga is 4-panel series ― This year's January issue of Monthly Bushiroad magazine announced on Friday that Bushiroad and Nelke Planning's Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight franchise will get two manga that will run simultaneously beginning in the next issue on January 6. The magazine showed preview images for the two manga, one of which is a four-panel manga with super-deformed characters. Bushiroad ann...
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2 Men Found Guilty in Trial for Posting Yowamushi Pedal, Other Manga Online

Verdict handed down on Wednesday ― The Morioka district court delivered a guilty verdict on Wednesday to the two men who were on trial for illegally uploading and offering manga on a foreign website. The two men were sentenced to one year and six months in prison and a 500,000 yen (about US$4,420) fine, but the sentence is suspended for three years. The judge declared that degree of the copyright inf...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, November 27-December 3

Time Bokan, Pokémon Sun & Moon, Snack World rank in top 10 ― The live-action series adaptation of Yū Suzunoki's Kounodori: Dr. Stork manga aired on TBS on Friday, December 1 at 10:00 p.m. and earned an 12.9% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV December 3 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 13.1 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV December 3 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 10.2 Detective Conan...
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Universal Studios Japan Outlines 2018 Detective Conan Collaboration

Universal Studios Japan revealed on Thursday the full details of its collaboration with Detective Conan for the Universal Cool Japan 2018 attractions. The main part of the collaboration is "Meitantei Conan the Escape ~Zero no Prelude~" (Detective Conan the Escape: Zero's Prelude), Scrap's latest Real Escape Game inspired by the Detective Conan franchise. The story of the Real Escape Game will be a...
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Japan's Kids Will Pick the Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games Mascots

The final choices for the official mascots of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games are in but the results are being left up to the nation's children. Elementary school students all over Japan will get to vote for one of three pairs to represent the events. The blue and pink pair are supposed to represent the duality of Japan's cutting-edge technology (blue) and its serene, natural environm...
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Otome Yūsha Smartphone Game Slated for Mid-December in Japan

Release window revealed in 2 promo videos ― Level 5 began streaming two promotional videos for its Otome Yūsha (Otomé HERO) iOS and Android game on Thursday, revealing that the game is slated to launch in Japan in mid-December. Level 5 initially planned to release the game for iOS and Android devices in Japan last winter, but it has been delayed multiple times since. The latest trailer revealed a win...
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'When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace' Light Novel Series Ends in 13th Volume

Author to release new novel about tennis player in another world ― Author Kota Nozomi announced on Thursday that his Inō-Battle wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de (Inou-Battle in the Usually Daze) light novel series will end with the 13th volume in January. Nozomi will launch a new work titled Isekai Tennis Musō: Tennis Player Toka Iu Nazo no Otoko ga Chotto Tsuyosugirun Desu Kedo! (Alternate World Tennis War...
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Haruhi Stars Reunite for Penmanship Course Mascot's Anime Commercial

Voice actors Aya Hirano and Tomokazu Sugita are together again, not as Haruhi and Kyon, but in an upcoming anime commercial for a long-standing pen mascot. Nippen no Miko-chan is the mascot for the Japan Penmanship Study Group at Gakubun University General Education Center in Waseda. The character has represented the ballpoint pen calligraphy course there for over 40 years. Hirano will voice Miko-...
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Amazing Katamari Damacy Mobile Game's Trailer Streamed

Game available now on iOS, Android ― Bandai Namco Europe began streaming a trailer for its Amazing Katamari Damacy game on Thursday. The endless runner game is now available on iOS and Android devices. Bandai Namco Entertainment filed trademarks for "Amazing Katamari Damacy" in Europe and Japan last year. The game launched in Canada last year. Bandai Namco released the rolling puzzle game Katamari Da...
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Anime! Anime! Readers Decide Which Waifu is Best, Once and for All

The readers of anime news website Anime! Anime! asked its readers to decide which anime character would make the best wife. The site held a poll on December 3 in honor of "Wife Day." The candidates were selected from the top 25 choices previously nominated via Twitter. A total of 879 people responded to the poll, 67% male and 23% female. Reigning waifu Asuna from Sword Art Online took first place....
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PS4 Sells 70.6 Million Consoles Worldwide, PS VR Sells 2 Million

Sony announced on Thursday that it has sold more than an estimated 70.6 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide as of December 3. In addition, it estimates that it has sold more than 617.8 million copies of PlayStation 4 games at retail stores and via digital downloads as of the same day. The PlayStation VR has likewise sold more than 2 million units worldwide as of December 3. The 150 titles tha...
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Dragon Ball Z Figure Set Offers 101 Meta-Coolers for US$3,400

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to control the Meta-Cooler Corps? The wait is over! Dragon Ball Z fans can now have their very own armies of Cooler's clones thanks to the Bandai Premium online shop. Meta-Coolers debuted in the 1992 Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler film. In the anime, Super Saiyan Goku and Vegeta face off against the Meta-Cooler Corps. Premium Bandai is offering a ...
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Late Manga Creator Jiro Taniguchi's Final Works Published

2 compilations include finished pages & drafts ― Shogakukan released late manga creator Jiro Taniguchi's previously unpublished Kōnen no Mori and Izanau Mono works this week. The publisher held a press conference for the release on Thursday. Taniguchi worked on both projects simultaneously for about two years while he was ill. He passed away on February 11 at the age of 69. Kōnen no Mori is the story...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Nov 26-Dec 2

Land of the Lustrous remains on top of the throne, but March races up 7 places! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 31 anime series of the Fall 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rank...
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This Week in Anime - A Sister's All You Need...But Is It Really?

To call this romcom divisive would be a gross understatement, mixing wry observations on the publishing industry with a heap of eyebrow-raising fetishes. Is this show's journey worth taking despite several miles of speedbumps? ― To call A Sister's All You Need. divisive would be a gross understatement, as a romcom that mixes wry observations on the publishing industry with a heap of eyebrow-raising f...
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Konohana Kitan ‒ Episode 10

"Konohana Kitan remains one of the most humbly excellent series I've seen all year."
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URAHARA ‒ Episode 10

"Once as pretty and insubstantial as cotton candy, URAHARA has slowly become more engaging as it's gradually forced its protagonists into increasingly dire situations."
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IDOLiSH7 Anime Premieres on January 7 With Episode 3

The official website for the IDOLiSH7 television anime revealed on Thursday that the main broadcast of the series will premiere on Tokyo MX on January 7 at 10:30 p.m. The anime will also air on KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting Co., Ltd., and BS11. The broadcast will begin with episode 3 of the anime. In addition, the anime's first two episodes will air together as ...
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Memories Off -Innocent Fille- Game Ships on March 29

The official website for the Memories Off game series revealed on Thursday that the Memories Off -Innocent Fille- game will ship for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC via Steam in Japan on March 29. The regular physical version of the love adventure game will cost 7,800 yen, and the digital version will cost 7,000 yen. The limited edition will cost 9,800 yen. The "Last Memories Set" versio...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 36

"One of Boruto's best action episodes to date."
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Wolf & Parchment Novel 1

This sequel to Hasekura's long-running Spice & Wolf series flips the emphasis from economics to religion and opens the story's world up to new readers once again. Theron Martin takes a closer look. ― After finishing his Spice and Wolf novel series, Isuna Hasekura followed it up with some short stories set many years later. Two of those set the stage for this new series, which is technically a spin-of...
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Hibiki: Shōsetsuka ni Naru Hōhō Manga Gets 'Shocking News' on December 22

The first 2018 issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine revealed on Friday that the magazine will reveal "shocking news" for Mitsuharu Yanamoto's Hibiki: Shōsetsuka ni Naru Hōhō (Hibiki ~How to Become a Novelist~) manga on December 22. In the manga's story, a handwritten novel manuscript is sent into a rookie contest, but it doesn't meet the conditions and is thrown in the trash. Still, a...
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Discotek Posts The Adventures of the Little Prince Anime's 1st Episode With English Subtitles

Original series aired in Japan between 1978 and 1979 ― Discotek Media began streaming the first English-subtitled episode of the The Adventures of the Little Prince television anime on Wednesday under the title The Prince of the Stars: Le Petit Prince. Discotek Media released the English-dubbed version of the anime on DVD on October 31. The 35-episode series aired on television in Japan between 1978 ...
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Fate/Grand Order Arcade Game's 2nd Promo Video Reveals 6 Playable Characters

Location tests to be held this weekend in Akihabara ― Type-Moon began streaming the second promotional video on Thursday for its Fate/Grand Order Arcade game. The video reveals the following playable characters: Saber (Artoria Pendragon) Archer (Emiya) Lancer (Elizabeth Bathory) Saber (Siegfried) Archer (Atalanta) Lancer (Leonidas I) The team battle game is slated to launch in arcades in Japan in 201...
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Actually, I Am… Rap Duo Hilchryme Suspends Activities After Member's Arrest

DJ Katsu was arrested on suspicion of violating Cannabis Control Law ― The official website for the rap duo Hilcrhyme announced on Monday that the group will indefinitely suspend activities due to the arrest of its member DJ Katsu on suspicion of violating Japan's Cannabis Control Law. Universal Music has cancelled its recording contact with the group and with DJ Katsu, and CD shipments and digital m...
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Mahō Shōjo Ore Manga Gets TV Anime Starring Kaito Ishikawa, Wataru Hatano

Rental Magica's Itsuro Kawasaki directs anime at Pierrot+ ― The January 2018 issue of Kadokawa's Newtype magazine is revealing on Saturday that Icchokusen Mōkon's Mahō Shōjo Ore (Magic Girl ORE or lit: I Am a Magical Girl) manga is getting a television anime adaptation. The issue is also revealing the anime's cast and staff. The cast includes Kaito Ishikawa as Saki Uno, and Wataru Hatano as Sakuyo Mi...
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Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

Series taking place in Fukuoka premieres on January 12 ― The official website for the television anime of Chiaki Kisaki and Hako Ichiiro's Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Hakata Pork Bones Ramens) light novel series began streaming a second promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video previews Kishida Kyōdan & THE AKEBOSHI ROCKETS' opening theme song "Stray." The site also revealed a new key visual...
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Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team Mobile Game Launches

Game available worldwide in 6 languages ― Mobile game developer KLab Inc. released the worldwide version of its Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team smartphone game on Tuesday. The game is available worldwide except in Japan, Mainland China, and South Korea, and supports English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese. The game is free to play with in-game purchases. Players are able to cre...
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Crunchyroll Adds Black Butler II, UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie, Excel Saga to Catalog

Episodes 29-56 of Yu Yu Hakusho also added ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it has added the following titles to its catalog: Black Butler II for the United States and Canada UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie 3: Bride of Celestial Souls' Day and UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie 4: Banquet of Time, Dreams, and Galaxies for the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Sou...
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A Certain Magical Virtual-On Game's Video Previews Game Modes, Theme Song

PS4/Vita game ships on February 15 ― SEGA began streaming a promotional video for its Toaru Majutsu no Virtual-On (A Certain Magical Virtual-On) game for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on Wednesday. The video previews the game's various game modes, some of the animated scenes, and the theme song "Get Ready!" by Yuka Iguchi (as Index) and Rina Satou (as Mikoto Misaka). The game will ship in Ja...
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March comes in like a lion Manga Tops Da Vinci Magazine's Rankings for 3rd Straight Year

Silver Spoon, One Piece, Attack on Titan, Detective Conan also rank ― The January 2018 issue of Kadokawa Media Factory's book and manga news magazine Da Vinci unveiled its 18th annual "Book of the Year" list on Wednesday. The rankings are not based solely on sales. Instead, a group of 4,576 voters including book reviewers, writers, and bookstore employees selected this year's lists. The magazine's co...
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Kase-san and Morning Glories Theatrical OVA's Trailer Reveals Cast, June Debut

Minami Takahashi, Ayane Sakura star in OVA adapting Hiromi Takashima manga ― The official website for the OVA anime adaptation of Hiromi Takashima's Kase-san and Morning Glories (Asagao to Kase-san.) manga unveiled a new teaser and visual for the OVA on Thursday. The video reveals the anime's cast and debut date of June 9 in theaters in Japan. The cast includes Minami Takahashi as Yui Yamada, and Aya...
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Live-Action Impossibility Defense Mini-Series' Trailer Previews Theme Song

4-episode mini-series premieres December 22 before film's February 1 opening ― The official website for the live-action mini-series adaptation of Yūya Kanzaki and Arata Miyatsuki's Funōhan (Impossibility Defense) manga began streaming a trailer for the series on Wednesday. The video previews the series' theme song "Oroka Mono-tachi" (Fools) by GLIM SPANKY, which will also be the theme song for the up...
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ufotable Animates Code Vein Game's Opening Cinematic

Bandai Namco Ent.'s PS4, Xbox One, PC game slated for 2018 ― The official Japanese PlayStation blog revealed on Thursday that anime studio ufotable will work on the opening cinematic for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Code Vein post-apocalyptic role-playing game. The post showed 10 screenshots from the animated opening. IMG codevein01.jpg IMG codevein02.jpg IMG codevein03.jpg IMG codevein04.jpg IMG cod...
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Attack on Titan: Lost Girls Anime DVD's Trailer Highlights 'Wall Sina, Goodbye' Story

1st of 3 planned anime DVDs adapting spinoff novel ships on Friday ― The official Youtube channel of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine began streaming a trailer for the anime adaptation of Hiroshi Seko's Attack on Titan: Lost Girls spinoff novel on Thursday. The video previews "Wall Sina, Goodbye," a story centered around Annie in the original novel. The adaptation will have three episodes on DVD, an...
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Yasuhiro Irie's 'Halloween Pajama in Seattle' Anime Kickstarter Fails to Meet Goal

Campaign was launched to fund 20-minute anime based on Irie's original manga ― Anime director Yasuhiro Irie's (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Scorching Ping Pong Girls, Code:Breaker) Kickstarter campaign for his "Halloween Pajama in Seattle" anime project failed to reach its 20 million yen (about US$178,600) goal on Wednesday. The campaign ended with funding of 6,598,984 yen (about US$58,600) from...
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1st 6 Minutes of LayereD Stories 0 Anime's 2nd Episode Streamed

Anime to stream through iOS/Android game after launch this winter ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the first six minutes of the second episode of the anime for its upcoming LayereD Stories 0 smartphone game on Tuesday. Bandai Namco Entertainment previously streamed the anime's first episode last week, and it streamed the first part of the first episode earlier in November. The anime will ...
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Hayao Miyazaki's New Ghibli Museum Anime Short Now Planned for 2018

"Kemuri no Boro" short previously planned for debut in July ― Studio Ghibli chairperson Koji Hoshino revealed during the "Studio Ghibli Dai Hakurankai" event on Tuesday that he hopes to see Hayao Miyazaki's planned "Kemushi no Boro" CG short for the Ghibli Museum "arrive by 2018." Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki previously stated that the short would debut at the Ghibli Museum in July. However, the sho...
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Beatless Anime Casts Takuto Yoshinaga, Kaito Ishikawa, Daiki Yamashita

Saki Ono, Uki Satake, Yūki Wakai, Emiri Suyama also cast in January anime ― The January 2018 issue of Kadokawa's Newtype magazine is revealing additional cast members for the television anime of Satoshi Hase and redjuice's Beatless novel series on Saturday. The new cast members include: Takuto Yoshinaga as Arato Endo Kaito Ishikawa as Ryo Kaidai Daiki Yamashita as Kengo Suguri Saki Ono as Yuka Endo U...
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Vampire Princess Miyu, Vampire Yui Both Get New Manga Series

Also: Tōko Kanno's Hisureba manga transfers to Champion Cross ― Manga creator and animator Narumi Kakinouchi and anime director Toshiki Hirano launched a new manga installment in the Vampire Princess Miyu franchise titled Vampire Miyu: Saku (Vampire Princess Miyu: New Moon) in Akita Shoten's Champion Cross manga website on Tuesday. The new story begins with Miyu transferring into a certain middle sch...

Berserk Manga Returns From Hiatus on December 22

Manga entered current hiatus in June ― This year's 24th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine is revealing on Friday that Kentarou Miura will resume his Berserk manga in the magazine's first 2018 issue on December 22. The manga will have a color opening page. The manga went back on hiatus earlier this year in June, with a planned resumption in winter. Miura had resumed the manga in the seventh ...

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Dropkick on My Devil! Manga About College Student & Her Demon Roommate Gets TV Anime

NouCome illustrator Yukiwo's comedy manga inspires summer 2018 anime ― A television anime adaptation of Yukiwo's Jashin-chan Dropkick (Dropkick on My Devil!) manga has been green-lit for next summer. The anime's staff opened a website, which reveals the anime's visual, on Thursday. The comedy manga centers on Yurine Hanazono, a college student who summons Jashin-chan, a demon from the underworld. Now...
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Sanrio's Aggretsuko Character Gets Original Netflix Anime Worldwide in Spring

10 shorts center on red panda who exercises her work rage in death metal ― Sanrio revealed on Thursday that it will produce a new original anime for its Aggressive Retsuko/Aggretsuko character that will begin streaming on Netflix worldwide next spring. The series will have 10 15-minute episodes. Rareko, the director of the first Agressive Retsuko anime and Yawaraka Sensha, is again directing the new ...
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Food Wars! The Third Plate ‒ Episode 10

"Food Wars doesn't usually have trouble showing rather than telling, but there's always an exception."
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2 Put on Trial for Posting Yowamushi Pedal, Other Manga Online

Suspects claim to have uploaded manga chapters from 13 different magazines ― The Morioka district court held the first trial for two suspects charged with illegally uploading and offering manga such as Yowamushi Pedal and The Seven Deadly Sins on a foreign site. One of the defendants would allegedly scan and upload the manga, while the other would make it available on the site. The suspects were arre...
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Illustrator Kantoku Turns Underwear Into Fancy Bows

Life can throw all kinds of desperate situations at you. If you've ever locked your keys in your car, forgot a key ingredient after putting a cake into the oven, or don't have the right hair accessory for a night out, you know what it feels like. In episode nine of A Sister's All You Need, the eyecatch illustration gives advice on how to solve at least one of these problems. The episode's eyecatch...

Live-Action Pokémon Film Casts Deadpool's Ryan Reynolds as 'Detective Pikachu'

Film will reportedly use motion capture ― Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Wednesday that Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) will play the "titular character" Detective Pikachu in Legendary Entertainment's planned live-action Pokémon film. The Hollywood Reporter described Reynolds' character as "a peculiar sort from the Pikachu set, a self-styled investigator who is good at finding ...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game's Trailer Previews Adult Gohan

Game ships in West on January 26, in Japan on February 1 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new character introduction trailer for its Dragon Ball FighterZ fighting game on Tuesday. The video previews the character Adult Gohan. The January issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine revealed on November 21 that Gotenks, Kid Buu, and Adult Gohan would join the roster of playable characters...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 10

"This is at least the best looking and slickest directed episode of the show to date, wrapping up the Lord Heath conflict successfully."
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Live-Action Princess Jellyfish Series Casts Koji Seto as Kuranosuke

Visual reveals Seto in women's clothing ― The official website for the live-action television series based on Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish manga announced on Thursday that Koji Seto (Kamen Rider Kiva) will play the lead male character Kuranosuke Koibuchi. The website revealed images of Seto in Kuranosuke's typical women's clothing. Kyōko Yoshine will play protagonist Tsukimi Kurashita. Jun'...
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New VR Experiences Gets Up Close & Personal with Mr. Osomatsu Bros

The six Matsuno brothers of Mr. Osomatsu are stripping down in a new virtual reality experience at VR Park Tokyo Ikebukuro. Its just one of the attractions opening up at the new arcade. The sextuplets were on hand for the grand opening and to explain the new attraction, where the user gets the luxury of enjoying a dip in the hot springs with the characters. All of the boys are fully voiced by thei...
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Yahoo! Search Awards Honor Kemono Friends, Junichi Suwabe, Dragon Quest XI

Yahoo! awarded Kemono Friends in the Anime division of its "Yahoo! Search Award 2017" ceremony on Wednesday. Yuka Ozaki (voice of Serval) was on hand to receive the award while in costume as her character. She said, "Amazing! So everyone's the Friend who loves searching!" The comment uses variations of Serval's catchphrases from the anime, which placed in the top 10 in this year's Gadget Tsūshin's...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, November 27-December 3

A Certain Scientific Railgun, Kūbo Ibuki, Space Brothers, Saki, Tsubaki-chō Lonely Planet in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 A Certain Scientific Railgun 13 93,827 94,906 2017/11 Kadokawa Art: Motoi Fuyukawa / Original Creator: Kazuma Kamachi / Character Design: Kiyotaka Haimura 1 1 2 Kūbo Ibuki 8 81,800 81,800 2017/1...
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Kemono Friends, your name. Themes Top JoySound's Best of 2017 Karaoke

Karaoke giant JOYSOUND revealed this year's most popular tracks this week revealing which new anisongs broke into the ranks and which mainstays are still hanging on (hint: it's "Cruel Angel's Thesis"). The top ten songs that were freshly released this year include "Yōkoso Japari Park e" by Dōbutsu Biscuit x PPP (Kemono Friends) at #2, "Peace Sign" by Kenshi Yonezu (My Hero Academa), "Uchiage Hanab...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, November 27-December 3

Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Kirby Battle Deluxe!, Nobunaga's Ambition: Taishi, Shingeki no Kyojin 2 ~Mirai no Zahyō~, Little Witch Academia: Chamber Of Time games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: November 27-December 3 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DSPokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Pokémon November 17 107,657 944,074 2NSwXenoblade Chronicles 2 (Including...
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Silver Guardian Season 2 Casts Kana Asumi, Sōichiro Hoshi

Staff changes, premiere date revealed ― The official website for The Silver Guardian (Gin no Guardian), Haoliners Emon's anime of the Chinese web comic Yín Zhī Shǒu Mù Rén, announced the second season's cast on Wednesday. The website has also revealed the staff, premiere date, and new visual. The new season, titled Gin no Guardian II, is slated for a January 13, 2018 premiere on Tokyo MX in Japan. Th...
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Sanrio Unveils 2nd Round of Yuri!!! on Ice Collaboration Merch

Sanrio revealed the second wave of its Yuri!!! on Ice collaboration designs on Monday. Like the first set of designs, the new collaboration art features the anime's characters alongside Sanrio's popular characters. The first Sanrio collaboration items focused on the main trio of figures skaters from the anime series. However, the newly revealed designs feature more skaters who compete in the Gran...
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Dragon's Crown Pro PS4 Game Heads West

Remake of Vanillaware's action RPG slated for spring 2018 ― Atlus USA announced on Wednesday that it will release Vanillaware's Dragon's Crown Pro PlayStation 4 game in the West. The game is slated for spring 2018 in North America and Europe. The game is a PS4 version of Vanillaware's Dragon's Crown game. The game will support 4K resolution, and will have a re-recorded fully orchestral soundtrack. In...
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Pokémon GO Adds Hoenn Region Pokémon, Weather Patterns

Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, more to be added in coming weeks ― Niantic announced on Wednesday that it will begin adding more Pokémon from the Hoenn region (creatures that first appeared in the generation three games Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire) later this week and in coming weeks. The developer cited Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip, while the video preview shows Groudon, Salamance, Shiftry, Aggron, ...
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The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! Anime Casts Ichiro Mizuki, Mitsuko Horie

TV series starring Yūma Uchida, Rina Hidaka debuts on January 8 ― The official website for the television anime of Shiratori Shirow and Shirabi's The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! (Ryūō no Oshigoto!) light novel series revealed two more cast members on Wednesday. Ichiro Mizuki will play Ai Hinatsuru's father Takashi Hinatsuru, and Mitsuko Horie will play Ai's mother Akina Hinatsuru. Both characters will...
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Answerman - What Resolution Are Early Digipaint Shows Made At?

Anime from the early 2000s often look kinda blurry and a little washed-out, even in HD - why do they look that way? Justin gets in to the technical details. ― Ryan asked: As you covered before, in the early 2000s anime transitioned to being animated in a totally digital format. This locks the finished product to a set resolution. So my question is: what was the average resolution of a movie produced...
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Rock Band flumpool Goes on Indefinite Hiatus

Vocalist Ryūta Yamamura recovering from functional dysphonia ― Rock band flumpool's agency Amuse announced on the band's official website on Wednesday that the group is going on indefinite hiatus. The hiatus will allow vocalist Ryūta Yamamura (seen below left) to undergo medical treatment for his throat, and the group plans to resume its activities after he has recovered. Yamamura's throat was in poo...
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Kengan Ashura Manga's Anime Adaptation Still Being Planned

Fighting series won fan contest to earn adaptation in 2015 ― The staff of Yabako Sandrovich's Kengan Ashura manga confirmed on Thursday that an anime adaptation is still being planned. Shogakukan's web comic magazine Ura Sunday originally announced on its Manga ONE app in 2015 that the manga would receive an anime adaptation. The anime won a fan voting contest to receive the adaptation. In the manga'...
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Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War ‒ Episode 10

"Episode 10 of Juni Taisen is a perfect demonstration of how this show can come so close to telling an emotionally affecting story, only to be held back by its usual shortcomings."
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'One's Justice' Trademark Filed Under Bandai Namco in Europe

A trademark for "One's Justice" was filed in Europe under Bandai Namco Entertainment on Monday. The first 2018 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that Bandai Namco Entertainment is developing a game titled My Hero Academia: One's Justice, based on Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga. The battle action game ship for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan. T...
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Live-Action River's Edge Trailer Reveals Film's February 16 Opening

Film based on Kyoko Okazaki's manga stars Fumi Nikaidō, Ryō Yoshizawa ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Kyoko Okazaki's River's Edge manga began streaming a new trailer for the film on Tuesday. The trailer reveals the film's February 16 opening. The film stars: Fumi Nikaidō (Himizu, Inuyashiki, Wolf Girl & Black Prince) as Haruna Wakagusa Ryō Yoshizawa (Kamen Rider Fourze,...

Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film Shortlisted for Academy's Visual Effects Category

Film previously won HPA Award for Outstanding Color Grading ― The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed its list 20 shortlisted films for the Visual Effects category for the 90th Academy Awards on Monday. The list includes Paramount Pictures' live-action Ghost in the Shell film. The Academy will announce the nominees on January 23, and the awards will take place on March 4. The film op...
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Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan by Volume: 2017

Shinkai's 'your name.' sells 316,193 + 184,833 more, followed by 2 SAO books, 3 irregular at magic high school books, 1 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU book, 1 Overlord book ― This list covers sales surveyed from November 21, 2016 to November 19, 2017. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title Publisher Release Date Author 1 316,193 Novel your name. Kadokawa 2016/06 Makoto Shinkai 2 315,396 Sword Art Online...
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Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan by Series: 2017

Sword Art Online sells 1.2 million, followed by KonoSuba, Re:Zero, irregular at magic high school, Classroom of the Elite ― This list covers sales surveyed from November 21, 2016 to November 19, 2017. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title Publisher Author 1 1,173,096 Sword Art Online ASCII Media Works Story: Reki Kawahara Illustration: abec 2 960,418 KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world!!...
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Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Volume: 2017

One Piece tops chart for 10th year with 5 books, followed by 3 Attack on Titan books, 1 Hunter x Hunter book, 5 Tokyo Ghoul:re books, 3 One-Punch Man books ― Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga topped the comics category in Oricon's 2017 book ranking. The manga has topped the comics category ever year since Oricon began publishing the lists, making this the 10th consecutive time. One Piece volumes also cl...

Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2017

One Piece sells 11.5 million, followed by Attack on Titan, Kingdom, My Hero Academia, Tokyo Ghoul:re ― This list covers sales surveyed from November 21, 2016 to November 19, 2017. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title Publisher Author 1 11,495,532 One Piece Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 2 6,622,781 Attack on Titan Kodansha Hajime Isayama 3 6,184,214 Kingdom Shueisha Yasuhisa Hara 4 5,852,310 My Hero Academia ...
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