Girls' Frontline Show Confirmed as TV Anime by Asahi Production

Distributor Unable to Simulcast Redo of Healer Anime in Germany

Uncensored, uncut version releases on DVD/BD in fall 2021

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- The Prophecy of the Throne

Prophecy of the Throne tells a compelling story that satisfied me greatly as a Re:Zero fan. It has everything I like about the original series: An intriguing mystery, fun characters, entertaining dialogue, and clever foreshadowing.

Tai Ari Deshita. ~Ojо̄-sama wa Kakutо̄ Game Nante Shinai~ Game-Playing Schoolgirl Manga Gets Anime

Manga about high school girls who play fighting games debuted in January 2020

This Week in Anime - Who Are the Villains of Attack on Titan?

In its final season, Attack on Titan has flipped the script on its heroes and villains. Our once righteously vengeful protagonist stopped toeing the line in pursuit of his ideals, leaving the audience to ponder exactly who is the villain here?

Interview: Akudama Drive Assistant Director Yoshifumi Sasahara

Sasahara looks back on his role as an episode director, screenwriter, and storyboard artist on episode 6 plus details about that Anime Awards-nominated fight scene!

This Week in Anime - Isekai Until I Die

The Winter 2021 season brought us almost 40 new anime series to choose from and among those were the requisite isekai series, of course. Steve and Jean-Karlo go world-hopping to find which series will give you the most bang for your buck.

PREVIEW: Twenty Hours with the Princess Connect! Re:Dive Mobile Game

If the worst thing I can say about the game is that I'm annoyed I can't play more of it, that should give you a hint as to how much I have enjoyed it so far.
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A White Rose in Bloom GN 1

Ruby and Steph both attend an elite boarding school for girls somewhere in Europe. Ruby, younger by a year, has no real reason to interact with Steph until the two of them are the only girls to stay at the school over Christmas break... ― Of all of the manga you would expect to find a bibliography of works consulted for, Asumiko Nakamura's Class S yuri series A White Rose in Bloom is probably not hig...
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Days of Love at Seagull Villa GN 1

The romance, therefore, has a lot of work to do to conquer the women's assumptions about each other and to steer them in the right direction. ― Days of Love at Seagull Villa is Naoko Kodama's third title (not counting short stories in anthologies) to be translated into English, and it almost feels like she's reworked elements from both of those other two titles into this one: Mayumi's fiancé and her ...
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Asadora! GN 1

Asa is the kind of spitfire heroine that's easy to get behind – she's vulnerable in what she doesn't say and afraid of pretty much nothing, possibly because if she stops to be afraid she'll never get moving again. ― Although it's not strictly a post-war story, Asadora's first volume is steeped in the trauma of WWII, primarily in how it affected the everyday people and the soldiers who came home. The ...
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Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU ‒ Episode 16

I have a big problem with this episode and this time it's not because it upends the Higurashi status quo. I just find the moral of it pretty reprehensible.
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Dr. Stone: Stone Wars ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Outside of showcasing the merits of the series' story structure, these first two episodes also hint to us about Tsukasa's glaring weakness.
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Cuddle Up With Sleepy Kuroko's Basketball Plushies

Miracles they might be, but the top basketball players of Teikō Junior High and Seirin High deserve a good rest every now and then. ― Miracles they might be, but the top basketball players of Teikō Junior High and Seirin High deserve a good rest every now and then. Now you can watch over them as they catch some well-earned snoozes. Chara-ani has announced plushies of sleeping Kuroko's Basketball char...
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2.43: Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

If the establishing episodes of 2.43 seemed a bit too heavy and melodramatic to be your bag, I think the third episode, more representative of the show's true face a la Shin, may warrant another look.
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Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne Game's Overview Trailer Streamed

Game launches in Japan on January 28, N. America on January 29, Europe on February 5 ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming an overview trailer for the Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne (Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu - Itsuwari no Ōsen Kōho) game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on Friday. The video previews the Adventure, Movement, Briefin...
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Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ ‒ Episodes 1-3

I do enjoy Quints, and this new season has done a solid job of reminding me why that is.
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Touch's Infamous Love Triangle Sells McDonald's Burgers

Minami is torn between the Chicken Tatsuta or Setouchi Lemon Tartare Chicken Tatsuta ― Mitsuru Adachi's Touch features one of the classic love triangles in manga history, with heroine Minami Asakura torn between the brothers Tatsuya and Kazuya. Instead of choosing a lover, however, this time she has to make a choice between McDonald's burgers: Chicken Tatsuta or Setouchi Lemon Tartare Chicken Tatsuta...
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Netflix Adds Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba TV Anime in U.S.

26-episode series premiered in April 2019 ― Netflix announced on Friday that it is now streaming the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime in the United States. The NX Twitter account described the release as the anime's "first season." The anime premiered in April 2019, and it ran for 26 episodes. Aniplex of America licensed the series and is also streaming the show on Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Funimati...
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The Promised Neverland Season 2 ‒ Episode 3

Things weren't quite so simple for the kids in the manga, and I found it a lot easier to go along with the bunker development when those additional layers of complication kept the story feeling dangerous.
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Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (Season 2) ‒ Episode 16

After all the intricate plots and counter-plots this season, it was honestly kind of a relief to see that Garfiel's side of it wasn't anything too complicated at the heart of it.
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Heaven's Design Team Anime Gets 'Special Version' on Amazon Prime Video in April

Original anime premiered on January 7 ― The official website for the television anime of Hebi-Zou, Tsuta Suzuki, and Tarako's Heaven's Design Team (Tenchi Sōzō Design-bu) "workplace comedy" manga announced on Thursday that the anime will get a "special version" that will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in Japan on April 1 at 24:00 (effectively, April 2 at 12:00 a.m.). The "special version" will add ne...
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MediBang Allegedly Pays Manga Translators 120 Yen Per Page

Translators Meru and David Evelyn recently spoke up about manga translation and localization company MediBang, which allegedly pays manga translators 120 yen per page. On Twitter, Meru wrote: "A company really shows you who they are when they respond to your application, which demonstrated that you're a highly qualified and experienced translator, with a copy-paste email offering 120 yen per page ...
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Heaven's Design Team ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

I could see it dragging later on, but right now, I'm looking forward to seeing what the deal is with all of those pastel-colored dolphins in the preview for episode four.
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Kizuna Ai Insists Her Voice Actor Was Never Changed in Recent Video

'Even an AI experiences one or two changes, sometimes 10. What's wrong with that?' ― In 2019, the Virtual YouTuber Kizuna AI became the subject of backlash due to the Multiple A.I. project, which introduced multiple versions of the character, each with their own voice actress. Fans at the time speculated that her original voice actress, Nozomi Kasuga, was being phased out. A recent video by Kizuna AI...
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Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

The trade-off is that episode two is mostly a series of info-dumps and recap information, but I'm inclined to think that was the better plan than making episode one follow that route
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Hetalia World Stars Anime Confirms 5 More Returning Cast Members

Daisuke Namikawa, Katsuyuki Konishi, Go Inoue Atsushi Kousaka, Yuki Kaida join spring 2021 anime ― The official website for the new anime of Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia World Stars manga confirmed five more returning cast members on Friday. Daisuke Namikawa as Romano (South Italy) Katsuyuki Konishi as Canada Go Inoue as Bulgaria Atsushi Kousaka as Greece, Estonia Yuki Kaida as Narrator The anime will ...
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Viz Media to Publish Yusei Matsui's New Manga in English

Nigejozu no Wakagimi debuts in Shonen Jump on January 25 ― Viz Media's Shonen Jump Twitter account announced on Thursday that the service will publish Yusei Matsui's Nigejozu no Wakagimi (The Young Lord Who is Skilled at Escaping) manga in English. The series will launch on Sunday. The manga will also debut in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on January 25. It will have 52 pages in its first ch...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Hero Mask Anime for Home Video Release

Studio Pierrot anime debuted on Netflix in December 2018 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has acquired home video rights for Studio Pierrot's Hero Mask original anime series worldwide except in Asia. The first season of the anime debuted on Netflix in December 2018 with 15 episodes. The second season debuted in August 2019 with nine episodes. The show's official English website descri...
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ANN 2021 Reader Survey

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Final Evangelion Film's TV Ad Features New Footage of Unit-02

Film was slated to open on Saturday, but was delayed with no new date announced ― Studio Khara began streaming a television commercial for Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the new Evangelion film, on Friday. The commercial features new footage of Evangelion Unit-02, Shinji, and Asuka. The commercial also previews more of Hikaru Utada's theme song "One Last Kis...
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Final Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution Film's New Teaser Reveals Early Summer Opening

Film has been delayed since 2019 ― The official website for the Eureka Seven franchise announced on Friday that the third and final film in the Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution (Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution) film trilogy will debut in early summer 2021. The website also unveiled the second teaser trailer and a teaser visual for the final film, titled EUREKA/Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution....
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'Farewell, My Dear Cramer' Soccer TV Anime Reveals 9 More Cast Members

Yu Shimamura, Marina Yamada, Rena Maeda, more join spring anime ― The official website for the anime project for Naoshi Arakawa's Farewell, My Dear Cramer (Sayonara Watashi no Cramer) manga revealed on Friday nine new television anime cast members for the Wallabies, the protagonist's soccer team. The newly announced cast includes (pictured below from left to right in each image): Yu Shimamura as Erik...
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Girls' Frontline Show Confirmed as TV Anime by Asahi Production

The official website for Warner Bros. Japan and Sunborn Networks' animation based on Sunborn Networks' Girls' Frontline opened on Friday and confirmed the animation is a television anime that will premiere this year with streaming. The game's story is set in an alternate timeline near-future Earth in the 2060s. The aftermath of a military accident that resulted in widespread disease, as well as th...
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Girls' Frontline Game Gets 2021 Animation by Warner Bros. Japan

Chinese smartphone game takes place in dark near-future with combat androids ― Sunborn Network announced on Friday that it and Warner Bros. Japan are producing an animated adaptation of Sunborn Network's Girls' Frontline smartphone game. The show is set to premiere this year. To celebrate the anime's announcement, Duoyuanjun, one of the artists in the original game, drew new illustrations for the cha...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, January 4-10

Kaguya-sama: Love is War live-action film's TV premiere earns 4.0% rating ― The live-action film of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga aired its television premiere on TBS on Tuesday, January 5 at 8:57 p.m. and it earned a 4.0% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV January 10 (Sun) 18:30 ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, January 11-17

Momotaro Dentetsu stays at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: January 11-17 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwMomotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! Konami November 19, 2020 107,064 1,617,601 2NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20, 2020 36,009 6,553,618 3NSwRing Fit Adventure Nintendo October 18, 2019 35,397 2,237,398 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nint...
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Jujutsu Kaisen Takes 15 of Top 16 Spots in Weekly Manga Sales Ranking

Manga jumped from 8.5 million copies in circulation in October to 20 million by January 13 ― Oricon revealed on Friday its top 50 manga ranking for the week of January 11-17, and all 15 volumes of Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga (including the volume 0 prequel) ranked in the top 16 spots for the week. The 14th and most recent volume of the manga sold 190,724 copies in the week, for a total of 845...
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Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto Diagnosed With Rectal Cancer

Sakamoto beat throat cancer 6 years ago, but now says he will be "living alongside" cancer ― Musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto announced on his official website on Thursday that he has been diagnosed with rectal cancer. He added that he has undergone surgery and is currently undergoing treatment, but noted that he will now be "living alongside" cancer, and hopes to "make music for a little while...
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Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne Game's Opening Streamed

Mayu Maeshima performs opening theme "Reline" ― Spike Chunsoft started streaming the opening theme video for the Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne (Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu - Itsuwari no Ōsen Kōho) game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on Thursday. Mayu Maeshima performs the opening theme "Reline" in the video. The company previo...
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Live-Action Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Film's Clip Shows Main Characters

Hiyakawa, Mikado ask Erika to lift curse in clip for film debuting today ― Shochiku began streaming a clip from the live-action film of Tomoko Yamashita's The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window (Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru) boys-love manga on Friday. The clip shows Hiyakawa and Mikado asking Erika to lift a curse she unwittingly put on someone. The film opened on Friday. The film was previously...
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Japanese Gov't Denies Report it is No Longer Considering Tokyo Olympics This Year, Aiming for 2032 Games

― Japan's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Manabu Sakai in a press conference on Friday denied a report by the British newspaper The Times stating the Japanese government has "privately concluded" that it can no longer hold the Tokyo Olympics in its planned opening this year, and is now aiming to win the bid for the 2032 Games. Sakai added, "Of course we have to take into account the situation abroad,...

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Megami-ryō no Ryōbo-kun Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, TV Airing

Misuzu Yamada, Ayaka Nanase star in anime by Asread ― The official website for the anime of Ikumi Hino's Megami-ryō no Ryōbo-kun (Dorm Mother of the Goddess' Dorm) manga revealed the anime's cast, staff members, and confirmed the anime as a television anime on Friday. It also unveiled a new visual. The anime's cast includes: Misuzu Yamada as Kōshi Nagumo Ayaka Nanase as Atena Saotome Chiaki Takahashi...
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Azuki Shibuya Graduates From i☆Ris Idol Group on March 31

Shibuya plans to continue entertainment industry career, i☆Ris carries on as 5-member group ― Avex Pictures announced on the idol group i☆Ris' official website on Thursday that member Azuki Shibuya will graduate from the group on March 31. Shibuya will have her last live performance as a member of the group on March 28. The announcement noted that Shibuya herself told the staff of her intent to leave...
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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom TV Anime Casts Reina Ueda

Ueda plays songstress Juna Doma in July anime ― The official website for the television anime of Dojyomaru's How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Genjitsushugi Yūsha no Ōkoku Saikenki) light novel series announced on Friday that Reina Ueda is joining the cast as Juna Doma, a songstress from the Kingdom of Elfrieden who supports the protagonist Kazuya Souma. Yūsuke Kobayashi voices protagonist Kazu...
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Looking for Magical DoReMi, On-Gaku Win at 74th Mainichi Film Awards

Films receive Best Animation Film award, Noburou Oofuji Award ― The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper announced the winners for the 74th Annual Mainichi Film Awards on Friday. Looking for Magical Doremi (Majo Minarai o Sagashite), the anime film commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Ojamajo Doremi magical girl anime franchise, won this year's Best Animation Film award. Kenji Iwaisawa's On-Gaku: Our Soun...
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Voice Actress Akari Kitō Diagnosed with Gastroenteritis

Voice of Demon Slayer's Nezuko tested negative for COVID-19 ― Voice actress Akari Kitō announced on Twitter that she has been diagnosed with gastroenteritis. She had posted on Twitter last week that she had a cold, but when she did not recover, she went to a large hospital to get re-examined. The hospital diagnosed and treated Kitō's gastroenteritis. Kitō shared that she is now in better physical con...
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The [email protected] Poplinks Puzzle Game Launches on iOS, Android

Promo video previews franchise's latest smartphone game ― The [email protected] franchise's latest smartphone game, The [email protected] Poplinks puzzle game, launched on iOS and Android devices in Japan on Thursday. The game is free to play with in-app purchases. The game's official YouTube channel began streaming a new promotional video: The game is in the "original unit-training & live concert puzzle game" gen...
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Resident Evil Village Game's Trailers Reveal May 7 Release, New Multiplayer Game

Game available for current & last-gen consoles, PC with demo on PS Store now available ― Capcom revealed a new trailer on Thursday for Resident Evil Village, the eighth entry in its Resident Evil survival horror game series. The trailer reveals the game's May 7 release date for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. (Users who purchase the PS4 and Xbox One version ...
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Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny Game's Trailer Previews Characters

Game launches for PS4, Switch on January 28 in Japan; for Switch in summer 2021 in West ― NIS America began streaming a trailer on Thursday for Nippon Ichi Software's Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny game. The video previews the game's characters. Nippon Ichi Software will release the game in Japan on January 28 for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. NIS America is releasing the game in the West for th...
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Fantasia Re:Build Light Novel Crossover RPG Adds Saber Marionette J

New event debuts Saber Marionette characters on Thursday ― The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Fantasia Re:Build crossover game revealed on January 15 that it will add the Saber Marionette J anime into the game's story through a new event that will debut on Thursday. The event will feature the appearance of Lime and other franchise characters in the story. The game debuted on December 17 for ...
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A Bad Boy Drinks Tea! Manga's Live-Action Show Adds 6 Cast Members

Seira Nagashima, Karin Nishina, Yuzuki Hirakawa, more join cast ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Hiroyuki Nishimori's A Bad Boy Drinks Tea! (Ocha Nigosu.) manga announced six additional cast members on Thursday. The new cast members are: Seira Nagashima as Chika Iikura Karin Nishina as Tamami Shindaiji Yuzuki Hirakawa as Tamiko Okunuma Naohiro Yamamoto as Kōki Kashizawa S...
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ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos VR Game Gets SteamVR, PlayStation VR Releases

Tokyo Chronos sequel launches on SteamVR on February 19, PS VR on April 15 ― Game developer MyDearest announced on Thursday that Altdeus: Beyond Chronos, the sequel to its Tokyo Chronos VR game, will launch on SteamVR on February 19 and PlayStation VR on April 15. The game launched for Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift on December 3. The single-player VR adventure game will feature English and Japanese au...

Crunchyroll Streams Original Digimon Adventure Anime in Europe, Middle East, North Africa

1999 anime began streaming on Thursday ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it is streaming the original Digimon Adventure anime in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. The anime began streaming on Thursday. Crunchyroll describes the story: While at summer camp, seven kids come across seven Digivices and are transported to a strange digital world. In this new world they make friends with cr...
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The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Artist Jet Kuma Leaves Cygames, Praises Company's Working Conditions

"We would get told, 'Don't work so much! I'm begging you to go home!'" The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Theater manga artist and anime character designer Jet Kuma announced on Wednesday that he has left Cygames after being a full-time employee at the company for 9 years. He said that the reason he left was because the company has grown over tenfold since when he first joined, and that he feels that...
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A White Rose in Bloom GN 1

Ruby and Steph both attend an elite boarding school for girls somewhere in Europe. Ruby, younger by a year, has no real reason to interact with Steph until the two of them are the only girls to stay at the school over Christmas break... ― Of all of the manga you would expect to find a bibliography of works consulted for, Asumiko Nakamura's Class S yuri series A White Rose in Bloom is probably not hig...

Amazon Prime Video Removes Scum's Wish, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, More Anime

Also: The Great Passage, Eromanga Sensei, Just Because! ― Amazon Prime Video has removed the Scum's Wish, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, The Great Passage, Eromanga Sensei, and Just Because! anime from its service in the United States. The listings for all five anime are still available, but the anime are not available to stream. The Scum's Wish anime premiered in Japan on Amazon Prime Video and Fuji TV's Noit...
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Virtual YouTuber Agency hololive Opens Recruitment for New Online Service, Game

The ideal is to create a service where "everyone can live online as a 2D character." ― Virtual YouTuber agency hololive CEO Motoaki “Yagoo” Tanigo announced that the company is recruiting staff for a new online service involving the hololive performers and fan community. To that end, hololive is looking for people who can fulfill the following roles: Virtual Live Event, Game, Community App, etc. Mana...
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Sanrio's New Gudetama Anime Premieres Online with English Subtitles

Gudetama Freestyle stars Sanrio's egg character ― Sanrio launched a new series of animated shorts for its Gudetama character titled Gudetama ~Muhо̄ Chitai de Jiyū mo Fujiyū~ (Freedom Is Also Inconvenient in the Lawless Area, or Gudetama Freestyle) on YouTube on Thursday. The first episode, "The Secret Story of Gudetama's Birth," is available with English subtitles. New episodes will launch on the cha...
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Final Fantasy XIV Game Gets Saki Mahjong Collaboration Manga

Saya Kiyoshi's Saki to Final Fantasy XIV launches on Friday ― Square Enix announced on Thursday that its Final Fantasy XIV MMORPG is getting a collaboration manga with Ritz Kobayashi's Saki manga franchise titled Saki to Final Fantasy XIV (Saki and Final Fantasy XIV). The first two chapters will debut on Friday on Square Enix's Manga Up! app, and a new chapter will launch on the fourth Friday of ever...

Distributor Unable to Simulcast Redo of Healer Anime in Germany

Uncensored, uncut version releases on DVD/BD in fall 2021 ― AniMoon Publishing announced on Facebook on Tuesday that it was unable to find a simulcast partner for Redo of Healer, the television anime adaptation of Rui Tsukiyo's Kaifuku Jutsushi no Yarinaoshi: Sokushi Mahō to Skill Copy no Chōetsu Heal light novel series, in Germany. Although there are currently no plans for a simulcast, the company w...
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Go Nagai's Violence Jack Gets New Manga by Yū Kinutani

Violence Jack 20XX manga launches on February 19 ― The February issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Go Nagai's Violence Jack manga is inspiring a new manga by Yū Kinutani titled Violence Jack 20XX that wil launch in the magazine's next issue on February 19. The manga teases a similar story to the original Violence Jack manga, with a "Great Kanto Hell Quake" that rava...
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Nobuaki Tadano Ends Oni no Mataoni no Amo Manga

Manga about huntress tracking down mountain god to rescue friend launched in September 2017 ― The February issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine published the final chapter of Nobuaki Tadano's Oni no Mataoni no Amo (Amo the Demon Hunter) manga on Wednesday. The manga's third and final compiled book volume will ship in April. The manga centers on Amo, a girl in a small village in Japan. While wom...
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Kingdom Anime's 3rd Season Casts Natsuki Hanae, Kenichirō Matsuda

Anime resumes in April after COVID-19 delay ― The official website for the Kingdom anime announced two new cast members for the anime's third season on Thursday. The new cast includes: Natsuki Hanae as Futei Kenichirō Matsuda as Kaioku The staff had revealed three other new cast members on Tuesday, including (pictured below from left to right): Kousuke Toriumi as Seikai, Daisuke Hirakawa as Keisha, a...
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Shadows House Anime Casts Ayane Sakura

Mystery series about aristocrats with lifelike doll attendants premieres in April ― The staff of the television anime of two-person creator team So-ma-to's Shadows House manga revealed on Thursday that Ayane Sakura is joining the show's cast as Louise / Lou. The anime will premiere in April, and will star Akari Kitō as Kate and Yū Sasahara as Emiriko. Kazuki Ohashi (episode director for Kakegurui, Gi...
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Nishi Ogikubo Mitsuboshi Yōshudō Live-Action Series Reveals Cast, February 11 Premiere

Keita Machida plays protagonist bartender Ryōichirō Amemiya in series ― The official website for the live-action series adaptation of Sai Asai's Nishi Ogikubo Mitsuboshi Yōshudō manga revealed a cast member and the series' February 11 premiere date on Wednesday. Keita Machida (seen in costume below) will play Ryōichirō Amemiya, the handsome young bartender of Mitsuboshi Yōshudō. The series will premi...
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Nagabe Delivers Final Manuscript for The Girl from the Other Side Manga

Manga's final volume ships on April 10 ― Nagabe revealed on their Twitter account on Tuesday that they have submitted the manuscript for the final chapter of The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún manga. The manga's 10th volume previously revealed last September that the 11th volume will be the final volume. That volume will ship on April 10. Seven Seas is releasing the manga in English, and it d...
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Santa Company Gets New Anime With MyAnimeList Worldwide Debut on January 28

Santa Company: Manatsu no Merry Christmas aims to raise awareness of marine waste ― ORENDA and Umi no Magnet Education Committee announced on Thursday that they are producing a new Santa Company anime film titled Santa Company: Manatsu no Merry Christmas (A Merry Christmas in Summer) that will debut worldwide online through MyAnimeList on January 28 at 6:00 p.m. EST/3:00 p.m. PST (January 29 at 8:00 ...

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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection Anime Film Gets 4D Screenings

Screenings start on January 29 with exclusive bonus postcards ― The official website for the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection anime film announced on December 5 that the film will get 4DX and MX4D screenings in 82 theaters in Japan on January 29. The site revealed on Thursday the postcards that theaters will hand out to theatergoers for the screening. MX4D screenings will hand out the postcar...
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Bakuten!! Rhythmic Gymnastics Anime's 2nd Video Reveals More Cast, Staff, Opening Song (Updated)

Ayumu Murase, Katsuyuki Konishi, Kenichi Suzumura, Tomokazu Sugita, Sōma Saitō, Daiki Yamashita join cast ― The official website for the Bakuten!! (Backflip!!) original television anime began streaming the second promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video reveals new cast, staff, and previews the opening theme song "Seishun no Enbu" (The Dance of Youth) by the band Centimillimental. The n...
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Corpse Party's PS4/Switch Version Launches on February 18 in Japan

New version will add new voice work to Corpse Party: Blood Covered …Repeated Fear ― The official Twitter account for the Corpse Party horror game franchise announced on Tuesday that the PlayStation 4 and Switch versions of the Corpse Party: Blood Covered …Repeated Fear game will debut digitally in Japan on February 18. MAGES. also began streaming a video showing the game's prologue on Wednesday. The ...
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Miyagi Prefecture to Install Pokémon Manholes

'PokeLids' project aims to install manholes across all 47 prefectures in Japan ― Asahi Shimbun reported that the Miyagi Prefecture will install Pokémon-themed manholes across 20 inland cities and towns. Many of the covers depict Lapras, which was appointed as Miyagi's Pokémon Support Ambassador in 2019. The initiative is part of the “PokeLids” project, which aims to install manhole covers across all ...
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The Voynich Hotel's Seiman Douman Launches New Manga

Vivarium de Chōshoku o launches on February 19 ― The April issue of Akita Shoten's Young Champion Red magazine revealed on Tuesday that manga creator Seiman Douman is launching a new manga titled Vivarium de Chōshoku o (Breakfast at the Vivarium) in the magazine's next issue on February 19. The manga centers on three friends who meet up at morning to get to the bottom of their town's "seven mysteries...
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Koushi Tachibana Reunites With Date A Live Illustrator Tsunako for Next Work

Creator team plans spring launch Date A Live creator Koushi Tachibana announced on Wednesday that he is reuniting with illustrator Tsunako for a new work. Tachibana is planning to launch the new work this year, around spring if everything progresses smoothly. This year's March issue of Fujimi Shobo's Dragon Magazine also featured the announcement when it shipped on Wednesday. Tachibana and Tsunako ...
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Studio 4°C Gets Retrospective Art Exhibition in Los Angeles

Gallery Nucleus holds exhibit from February 6 to 21 ― The Alhambra-based art gallery/boutique Gallery Nucleus is holding a retrospective art exhibition for Studio 4°C in February. Artwork from various anime produced by the studio, including Children Of The Sea, Genius Party, Mind Game, Eternal Family, and Extra, will be on display at the gallery from February 6 to 21. The exhibit will include animati...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

All in all, tying up these dangling plot threads—especially that of the beastmen envoy—is an excuse for the series to do some quality world-building.

Demon Slayer, Earwig & the Witch, Lupin III, On-Gaku, Ride Your Wave, A Whisker Away Submitted for Animated Feature Oscar

93rd annual Academy Awards takes place on April 25 ― Media news website The Wrap reported on Monday the 27 films that have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category at the 93rd annual Academy Awards. A maximum of five films from the list will receive the nomination. The following anime films are submitted for nomination: Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen ...
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Wonder Egg Priority ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

For now, I'd wager that Ai's salvation lies less in the almost-certainly-hollow promise of Koito's resurrection, and more in the bonds she's forging with both the egg girls and her coworkers.
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Days of Love at Seagull Villa GN 1

The romance, therefore, has a lot of work to do to conquer the women's assumptions about each other and to steer them in the right direction. ― Days of Love at Seagull Villa is Naoko Kodama's third title (not counting short stories in anthologies) to be translated into English, and it almost feels like she's reworked elements from both of those other two titles into this one: Mayumi's fiancé and her ...
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Crunchyroll Adds Onihei TV Anime, OVA to Catalog

Both begin streaming on Thursday ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will add the Onihei television anime series and its prequel OVA to its catalog on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. EST. The anime will be available to users worldwide except in Asia. Crunchyroll describes the series: It's the latter half of the Edo period when cruel thieves feared Heizo Hasegawa, known as “Heizo the Oni". He is the he...
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Mushoku Tensei Author Addresses Criticism about Perverted Protagonist

"I think that as his level of understanding goes up, he will do less criminal actions and other things that ignores other people's feelings." Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation author Rifujin na Magonote recently addressed criticism they have heard about the series protagonist Rudeus. Their tweets on the subject are translated as follows: There are a lot of people who can't accept how in Mushoku...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 160

The first blows of the Clover Kingdom/Spade Kingdom conflict were struck, but those were just warm-ups. Now the conflict is starting to get serious.

Sentai Filmworks Reveals Venus Wars Anime's English Dub Cast

English clip previews dub starring Adam Gibbs ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday the English dub cast for the Venus Wars anime film. The company also began streaming an English dub clip: The cast includes: Adam Gibbs as Hiro Maggie Flecknoe as Susan Luci Christian as Maggie David Matranga as Will Christine Auten as Miranda David Wald as Donner Seán Patrick Judge as Kurtz John Gremillion as Gary ...
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Tai Ari Deshita. ~Ojо̄-sama wa Kakutо̄ Game Nante Shinai~ Game-Playing Schoolgirl Manga Gets Anime

Manga about high school girls who play fighting games debuted in January 2020 ― Eri Ejima's Tai Ari Deshita. ~Ojо̄-sama wa Kakutо̄ Game Nante Shinai~ (Young Ladies Don't Play Fighting Games) manga is inspiring an anime. Ejima drew an illustration to commemorate the anime's announcement. The manga centers on high school girls at an elite finishing school who play fighting games. The story begins when ...
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Designer Takaya Imamura Leaves Nintendo

Designer for Star Fox, F-Zero, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask games leaves after 32 years ― Takaya Imamura, artist and designer for multiple games in Nintendo's Star Fox, The Legend of Zelda, and F-Zero series, revealed on Wednesday on Facebook that he is leaving Nintendo after 32 years. Imamura shared a photo of himself in front of Nintendo's office building on his last day. He stated that he wi...
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Yen Press Licenses 3 Light Novels, 5 Manga

Includes The Detective Is Already Dead, Captivated, By You, Farewell to My Alter ― Yen Press announced last week that it has licensed the light novels The Detective Is Already Dead, I'm the Villainous Daughter, So I'm Keeping the Last Boss, and Spy Classroom. It has also licensed the manga Captivated, By You, The Maid I Recently Hired is Mysterious, The Whole of Humanity Has Gone Yuri Except for Me, ...
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Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, 12-Part Run, February 25 Debut (Updated)

Kana Hanazawa, MAO star in J.C. Staff anime about cook in Kyoto geisha lodge ― NHK World Japan, the international service of Japan's public broadcaster NHK, announced the main cast, staff, 12-part length, and February 25 premiere for the anime of Aiko Koyama's Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san (Makanai in the Maiko Lodge) manga on Wednesday. The cast members are: Kana Hanazawa as Kiyo, a 16-year-old girl ...
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The Detective Is Already Dead TV Anime Confirmed With Cast, Staff

Shin Nagai, Saki Miyashita star in romantic comedy from ENGI ― The official website for the television anime of Nigojū and Umibōzu's The Detective Is Already Dead (Tantei wa Mō, Shindeiru) light novel series opened on Wednesday and announced the main cast and staff. The main cast members are: Shin Nagai as Kimihiko Kimizuka Saki Miyashita as Siesta Ayana Taketatsu as Nagisa Natsunagi Kanon Takao as Y...
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Detective Conan Anime Gets Compilation Film About Akai Family

Compilation opens on February 11, before The Scarlet Bullet film's April 17 opening ― The official website for the Detective Conan anime films announced on Wednesday that, in anticipation of the upcoming Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan0 film, the franchise will have a new compilation film titled Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Fuzai Shōmei (Detective Conan: The Scarlet...

Banished From The Heroes' Party Anime Reveals Cast, Staff

Ryōta Suzuki, Kanon Takao, Naomi Ōzora, Sora Amamiya, Taku Yashiro star in Wolfsbane's anime ― The official website for the television anime of Zappon and Yasumo's Banished From The Heroes' Party (Shin no Nakama janai to Yūsha no Party o Oidasareta node, Henkyō de Slow Life Suru Koto ni Shimashita) light novel series revealed the anime's cast, staff, and visual on Wednesday. The cast includes: Ryōta ...
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Seven Deadly Sins Anime Gets All-New Original Sequel Film This Summer

Nakaba Suzuki pens story for The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed By Light set after ongoing TV anime ― Kodansha announced on Wednesday that The Seven Deadly Sins franchise is inspiring a new anime film titled The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed By Light (Nanatsu no Taizai: Hikari ni Norowareshi Mono-tachi) that will open in Japan this summer. The film will feature an all-new story by original manga author Nakaba...
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Anime Season 2's Teaser Unveils July Debut

New visual also unveiled ― The official website for the television anime of Satoru Yamaguchi and Nami Hidaka's My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta...) light novels unveiled a new teaser trailer and visual for the anime's second season on Wednesday. The video reveals the second season's July premiere date. J...
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Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Love Come Anime Listed With April Premiere

― Kadokawa's description for the March issue of its Monthly Comic Alive magazine lists an April premiere date for the television anime adaptation of Shūichi Nimaru's Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Love Come (A Romantic Comedy Where the Childhood Friend Absolutely Will Not Lose) light novel series. "OsaMake," as the teen romantic comedy light novels are nicknamed, centers around Sueharu Maru, an av...
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New Shaman King Anime Casts Nana Mizuki, Takumu Miyazono, Noriaki Kanze

Mizuki reprises Tamao; Miyazono, Kanze voice Ponchi, Konchi in April anime ― The official website for the new television anime of Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga revealed three additional cast members for the anime on Wednesday. The newly announced cast members are: Nana Mizuki as Tamao Tamamura, a shy apprentice shūgenja who has lived with the Asakura family since she was four years old (returnin...
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'Tantei wa Mō, Shindeiru' Mystery Romantic Comedy Light Novels Listed With TV Anime

Nigojū's story about boy returning to normal life after 3-year adventure with detective ― Kadokawa's description for the March issue of its Monthly Comic Alive magazine is listing a television anime adaptation for Nigojū and Umibōzu's Tantei wa Mō, Shindeiru (The Detective Is Already Dead) light novel series. The novels center around Kimihiko Kimizuka, a third-year high school student and former assi...
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Tsumugi Voice Actress Minako Kotobuki Visits K-ON! Movie Locales in London

In March last year, K-ON! voice actress Minako Kotobuki traveled to the United Kingdom for her previously announced study trip. Around that time, she started a YouTube channel where she talks about her observations about English culture. One of her recent videos shows her visiting some of the locations in K-ON! (movie), in which she played the role of Tsumugi. The areas are relatively secluded, an...
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Cells at Work! Code Black ‒ Episodes 3-4

Seeing this entire cast espouse the sacred duty of fornication for 20 minutes is, figuratively and literally, fucking hilarious.
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Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Overpowered fantasy light-novel protagonists are of course a dime-a-dozen these days, but LasDan's implementation of its particular powerhouse, the adorable and awesomely-named Lloyd Belladonna, does an interesting job from the start of uncoupling his role from the actual focus of the story.
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Otherside Picnic ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

“Daphne and Velma from Scooby-Doo go tromping around the Shimmer from Annihilation and also maybe they wanna smooch each other?”
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 17-23

Blade of the Immortal, Bartender anime; Asadora!, Adachi and Shimamura manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Bartender 15th Anniversary Collector's Edition BDPlease Shout! Factory US$69.98 January 19 Blade of the Immortal BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$89.98 January 19 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Part 2 Standard Edition BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$64.98 January 1...
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Mr. Osomatsu, WAVE!! Surf Together in TV Ad

The Mr. Osomatsu and the WAVE!! anime are teaming up for a series of 15-second TV commercials. The first of the ads shows WAVE!! protagonist Masaki Hinaoka (voiced by Tomoaki Maeno) surfing alongside Osomatsu (voiced by Takahiro Sakurai). avex pictures posted the video on its YouTube account: The first ad debuted on Monday. The second and third ads will debut on February 8 and March 8 respectively...
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 32

Alright, this is my stop. Weekly coverage of Digimon Adventure: episodes ends with this review, but speaking frankly, it could have stopped at any episode in the past several weeks/months and felt about the same.
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Jump Force Game Adds JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's Giorno This Spring

"Work-in-progress" version of character accidentally launched in November ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Tuesday that it will add Giorno Giovanna from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind to the Jump Force crossover fighting game as a playable DLC character this spring. Bandai Namco Entertainment had accidentally released Giorno and the character Yoruichi from Bleach to a small nu...
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Evangelion's Rei and Asuka Get Intimate in New Figure

Figure is based on the cover illustration of the premium limited edition version of manga volume 13. ― Union Creative has unveiled a new figure which sees Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley Sohryu from Neon Genesis Evangelion huddling close together on the seat of an Eva's Entry Plug. The figure, which is named "Neon Genesis Evangelion Rei & Asuka~twinmore Object", is based on Evangelion's character desig...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 958

However, I think the brilliance of the way Oda uses bounties is that they are as much a direct measure of power as they are a measure of political importance in the setting.
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Asadora! GN 1

Asa is the kind of spitfire heroine that's easy to get behind – she's vulnerable in what she doesn't say and afraid of pretty much nothing, possibly because if she stops to be afraid she'll never get moving again. ― Although it's not strictly a post-war story, Asadora's first volume is steeped in the trauma of WWII, primarily in how it affected the everyday people and the soldiers who came home. The ...
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Hypnosis Mic Anime's Soundtrack Album Debuts at #1

Album sold 41,000 copies ― The Hypnosis Mic franchise's Straight Outta Rhyme Anime album, the soundtrack album for the recent Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Rhyme Anima television anime, sold 41,000 copies and ranked #1 in the Oricon weekly album chart for the January 11-17 week. The album shipped on January 13. The anime was originally slated to premiere in July 2020, but was delayed to October ...
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Channel Great Sage With This Soft and Squishy Rimuru Replica

Both the slime and human forms of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime's Rimuru Tempest have inspired numerous merchandise ranging from figures to cushions and wind chimes, with even Rimuru's Unique Skill "Predator" conceptualized as ponchos, belly-wraps and neck pillows. However, none of his real-world physical incarnations has so far sought to incorporate "Great Sage" – Rimuru's second, almos...
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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon ‒ Episode 15

Finally, after fourteen goddamned episodes, the show has finally seen fit to stop jerking us around and explain what happened with Inuyasha, Kagome, Sesshomaru, and Rin.
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Chainsaw Man, Teasing Master Takagi-san, Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction, More Win 66th Shogakukan Manga Awards

Duel Masters, Chocolat no Mahō, Yuzuki-sanchi no Yon Kyōda also win ― The judging committee of the 66th Shogakukan Manga Awards announced this year's winners on Tuesday. Each winning title will be honored with a bronze statuette and a prize of 1 million yen (about US$9,000). Best Children's Manga Title: Duel Masters series Author: Shigenobu Matsumoto Serialized in Coro Coro Comics (Shogakukan) Title:...
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Hellsing Ultimate Holds Digital Art Collection Sale

A digital collection of artworks from the Hellsing Ultimate OVA is on sale until January 25 through digital artwork vendor Anique. 12 pieces of high-definition artwork drawn by series creator Kouta Hirano and anime character designer Ryoji Nakamori are available. Anique utilizes blockchain technology to issue certifications of ownership to purchasers of the artwork. The certificates are authentica...
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Funimation Announces Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear Anime's English Dub, Cast

Marissa Lenti, Xanthe Huynh star in dub premiering on Wednesday ― Funimation announced on Tuesday that it is premiering an English dub of the Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear television anime on Wednesday. The company announced the English dub cast, which includes: Marissa Lenti as Yuna Xanthe Huynh as Fina Mallorie Rodak as Helen Steph Garrett as Kai Lindsay Seidel as Kumakyu, Kumayuru Justin Duncan as Lanz Jama...
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Kingdom Anime Season 3 Casts Kōsuke Toriumi, Daisuke Hirakawa, Hiroyuki Kinoshita

Anime resumes in April after COVID-19 delay ― The official Twitter account for the Kingdom anime announced on Tuesday three new cast members for the anime's third season. The cast includes (pictured below from left to right): Kousuke Toriumi as Seikai, Daisuke Hirakawa as Keisha, and Hiroyuki Kinoshita as Orudo. The anime's production committee announced last April that it was delaying the broadcast ...
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3rd Girls & Panzer das Finale Anime Film Reveals Trailer, March 26 Opening

3rd part in 6-part series ― The official website for the six-part Girls und Panzer das Finale film series revealed a trailer, commercial, key visual, and the March 26 opening date for the series' third film on Wednesday. Director Tsutomu Mizushima had revealed last May that production of the film was continuing. He added that the staff members had started editing the film, and that they were steadily...

Sacrificial Princess & the King of Beasts Manga Gets TV Anime

Yu Tomofuji's manga about relationship between young girl and Beast King ended last year ― This year's fourth issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine announced on Wednesday that Yu Tomofuji's Sacrificial Princess & the King of Beasts (Niehime to Kemono no Ō) manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation. The manga also published a new prequel "episode.0" chapter in the fourth issue of Hana to ...
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Gundam's Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Wins Japan Academy Film Prize Association's Special Award

Character designer, manga creator to be honored in March 19 ceremony ― The Japan Academy Film Prize Association announced on Tuesday that it is presenting manga creator and animator Yoshikazu Yasuhiko with the Association's Special Award for lifetime achievement at the 44th annual Japan Academy Film Prizes. The Association's Special Award honors individuals who engage in functions that contribute to ...

'Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro' Anime Posts 1st Full Promo Video

Sumire Uesaka stars as sadistic schoolgirl in April anime ― The official website for the anime of Nanashi's Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro (Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san) manga posted the anime's first full promotional video on Tuesday. The video gives more details on the anime's spring television premiere. The series will premiere in April on the Tokyo MX, BS11, and MBS channels. Vertical publishes the...

Gundam: Hathaway Film's 1st Full Trailer Unveils More Cast, 4D & Dolby Cinema Screenings

Film of Yoshiyuki Tomino's novel opens in franchise record 214 theaters in Japan on May 7 ― The Gundam Channel on YouTube posted the first full trailer for the Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway) anime film on Tuesday. The Japanese version of the trailer reveals that Sōma Saitō will voice Lane Aim, the young Earth Federation pilot of the mobile suit Penelope. The Japa...
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Cardfight!! Vanguard Gets New TV Anime With CLAMP Designs

Revue Starlight's Kinema Citrus animates Vanguard overDress series premiering April 3 ― Bushiroad announced on Tuesday that its Cardfight!! Vanguard trading card game franchise is inspiring a new television anime series titled Vanguard overDress, with new character designs by manga creator group CLAMP, and animation production by Kinema Citrus. Bushiroad describes the anime: Yu-yu is a boy living in ...

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Sakugan Anime's Video Previews Opening Song, Fall Premiere

Masaaki Endoh performs theme song "Kо̄kotsu Labyrinth" ― The official website for Sakugan (Sacks&Guns!!), Satelight's anime of Nekotarō Inui's Sakugan Labyrinth Marker (Drilling Labyrinth Marker) novel, began streaming an English-subtitled promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video previews the film's opening theme song "Kо̄kotsu Labyrinth" ("Enchanted Labyrinth") by Masaaki Endoh, and als...
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Shinkalion Gets New TV Anime This Spring

New series features 2 new characters, Hayabusa shinkansen, E235 series train ― Takara Tomy announced on Tuesday that its Shinkalion toy line will have a new television anime titled Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion Z that will premiere on TV Tokyo and its affiliates this spring. The anime's website is streaming a teaser trailer and also revealed a visual. The visual above shows two new characters, as...
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The Blue Period. Art Manga Gets TV Anime This Year

Tsubasa Yamaguchi's award-winning manga about student finding calling in art launched in 2017 ― Kodansha announced on Tuesday that Tsubasa Yamaguchi's The Blue Period. manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation that will premiere this year. Yamaguchi drew an illustration to celebrate the announcement. Kodansha Comics licensed the manga, and it describes the story: Yatora is the perfect high sch...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Film Reclaims Box Office #1

Gintama The Final at #2, Poupelle of Chimney Town at #3 Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train rose back to #1 in its 14th weekend. The film has earned 36,176,405,350 yen (about US$348.8 million) and has sold 26.44 million tickets as of Sunday. The film returned to the #1 spot over the weekend, its 14th weekend in Japan. The film sold 123,000 tickets and earned 203,391,700 yen (ab...
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Code Geass Launches Ashford Academy Student Council Magazine

12-issue monthly magazine will include original stories, illustrations ― The Code Geass series is launching a 12-issue monthly magazine starting from April 23, focusing on the Ashford Academy Student Council. Called "Student Council Magazine HOPE!", each issue will contain original stories and illustrations. The first issue will contain the story "Opening Special Feature: True Account! Student Counci...
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Tori Matsuzaka Stars in Live-Action Monster Hunter Film's Japanese Dub

Dub cast also includes Akio Ohtsuka, Marina Inoue, Natsuki Hanae, more ― The official Japanese website for the Hollywood live-action film of Capcom's Monster Hunter game franchise revealed the film's Japanese dub cast on Thursday. The dub will star Tori Matsuzaka (live-action Gatchaman, Library Wars) as "The Hunter." The Japanese dub cast also includes: Takako Honda as Captain Natalie Artemis Akio Oh...
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ANN:Connect - Jujutsu Kaisen Cast Session

Join us on January 28 for an interview with Jujutsu Kaien cast members Adam McArthur (Yuji Itadori), Kaiji Tang (Satoru Gojo), Ray Chase (Ryoumen Sukuna), and Anne Yatco (Nobara Kugisaki)! Learn all about anime's cursed sensation in this mega interview! ― Welcome to Anime News Network Connect! A collaboration between ANN and Anime NYC, ANN Connect is a new way to bring anime fans, anime creators, an...
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Rudy's crass behavior can still be a distraction, but if you let that dissuade you from checking out this title then you could be missing one of the bigger qualitative surprises of the season.
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Sony Removes Previously Revealed Release Windows for Project Athia, Pragmata, Ghostwire: Tokyo Games

CES 2021 video with dates debuted last Tuesday ― Sony removed the release date windows for Square Enix's Project Athia game, Capcom's Pragmata game, and the GhostWire: Tokyo game from the end card of its CES 2021 video. When the video debuted last Tuesday, it stated that Project Athia will debut in January 2022 and that Pragmata has been delayed from 2022 to 2023. It also narrowed down the release wi...
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Sk8 the Infinity ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Apart from everything else in the second episode, the depiction of that central relationship, its give-and-take, is what elevated it for me.
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Yakuza: Like A Dragon Gets Xbox X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10 Release in Japan on February 25

― Sega announced on Monday that it will release the Yakuza: Like A Dragon game for Xbox X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 in Japan on February 25. The company also announced that the PlayStation 5 release for the game in Japan will be titled Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue International and will feature the English dub, faster load times, higher-quality graphics, and an improved frame rate. Seg...
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Kemono Jihen ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

What's not entirely clear is whether Inugami was being completely altruistic when he took Kabane with him back to Tokyo. The conversation he has with a mysterious woman whose smile is distressingly predatory might suggest otherwise
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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Smartphone Game Ends Service on February 18

Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri -Ran- Hajimaru Michiato debuted in December 2018 ― The official website for the Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri -Ran- Hajimaru Michiato (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress -Revolt- Beginning Tracks) smartphone game announced on Monday that the game will end service on February 18 at 5:00 p.m. JST. The game has halted sales of in-game currency as of Monday. The game will start accepting refunds...
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Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Even from just the second episode alone, it's easy to see why Mimimi is a fan favorite. Not only did the animators seem to give her movements the most attention, she's got chill unlike anybody else in this story has so far.
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Live-Action Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Film Casts Keiko Kitagawa

Behind-the-scenes video streamed for film opening on Friday ― The staff of the live-action film of Tomoko Yamashita's The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window (Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru) boys-love manga announced on Monday that the film has cast Keiko Kitagawa as Keiko, a lawyer who has been cursed by Erika Hiura. The staff began streaming a behind-the-scenes video that features Kitagawa and Yu...
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Kin-iro Mosaic Anime Film's Key Visual Reveals Summer Opening

Studio Gokumi, AXsiZ animate Kin-iro Mosaic Thank you!! film ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Yui Hara's Kin-iro Mosaic manga revealed on Tuesday that Kin-iro Mosaic Thank you!!, the franchise's new anime film, will open in theaters in Japan this summer. The account also unveiled a key visual. Munenori Nawa (NAKAIMO - My Little Sister Is Among Them!, R-15) is directing the film at Stud...
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Attack on Titan The Final Season ‒ Episode 6

Maybe this is why this episode has me reflecting so much about the ramifications of political manipulation, conspiratorial thought run amok, and all the other factors that have contributed to the sense of political unrest

Fairy Ranmaru ~Anata no Kokoro O-tasukeshimasu~ Anime's 1st Video Reveals Cast, Staff, Opening Song

Masakazu Hishida directs, Shogo Sakata stars in Studio Comet's April anime ― The official website for the new Fairy Ranmaru ~Anata no Kokoro O-tasukeshimasu~ (Fairy Ranmaru ~I Will Help Your Heart~) television anime unveiled the anime's first promotional video and updated visual on Monday. The video reveals the cast, staff, and opening theme song "Ayashiku Get your heart" (Mysterious Get your heart) ...
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Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Creator Launches New Manga in February

Manga based on Hiroshi Shiibashi's earlier "Iwamoto-senpai no Suisen" 1-shot manga ― The February issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Tuesday that Hiroshi Shiibashi will launch a new manga titled Iwamoto-senpai no Suisen (Upperclassman Iwamoto's Recommendation) in the magazine's next issue on February 18. The manga is based on an earlier one-shot manga of the same name. The original o...
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EX-ARM ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

It's not like the wonderful readers of ANN would purposefully vote for a show they thought was universally horrendous just to make somebody suffer through it for comedy, right?
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New My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Game to Also Include Original Video Anime

Also: New Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Ketsu project also revealed ― The "Oregairu Fes FINAL" event for Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light novel series revealed on Sunday that the franchise is launching a new project titled Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Ketsu (Bind). The ev...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Film Earns 36.1 Billion Yen, Sells 26.44 Million Tickets

Film retakes #1 spot at Japanese box office in 14th weekend ― The Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film has earned 36.1 billion yen (about US$347.9 million) and has sold 26.44 million tickets as of Sunday. The film returned to the #1 spot over the weekend, its 14th weekend in Japan. The film sold 123,000 tickets and earned 203 million yen (about US$1.95 million) on Satur...
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Laid-Back Camp VR Games' Video Reveals March, April Release Dates

For PS4, Switch, iOS, Android, PC with English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, French text support ― Gemdrops began streaming a promotional video on Monday for its two VR games based on Afro's Laid-Back Camp (Yurucamp) manga. The video reveals the game's release dates: Yurucamp Virtual Camp Motosuko-hen (Motosu Lake Version) will debut in March, while Yurucamp Virtual Camp Fumoto Camp Jō-hen (Fumoto Camp...
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WonFes Event Moves Online, Final Fantasy VII Remake Orchestra World Tour Cancels Tokyo Leg

Also: Final Fantasy XIV 14-hour livestream delayed, Tokyo halts "pedestrian paradises" due to COVID-19 ― The model kit and figure convention Wonder Festival 2021 [Winter] revealed on Friday that it will now be an online event that will be held on February 7. The event staff had previously canceled the event, stating that about 6,500 dealers were planning to appear at the February 7 event, and that th...
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Eden Anime Gets Manga Adaptation

Manga adaptation by Tsuyoshi Isomoto launches on February 16 ― Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine's official Twitter account announced on Saturday that Netflix's four-episode original anime Eden is inspiring a manga adaptation. Tsuyoshi Isomoto will draw the manga, which will launch in the April issue of the Young King Ours GH magazine on February 16. The Eden anime will premiere in May after b...
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Jukaimura Manga Based on Ju-on Director's Upcoming Film Ends in February

Manga based on film launched last November ― The February issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine revealed last Friday that Yutoto's manga adaptation of director Takashi Shimizu and writer Daisuke Hosaka's upcoming Jukaimura (Suicide Forest Village) horror film is ending in the magazine's next issue on February 15. The manga's story begins when streamer Akina visits Aokigahara forest at the b...
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Magic of Chocolate Horror Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Maho Yamaguchi stars as Chocolat in summer film ― Shogakukan revealed on Saturday that Rino Mizuho's The Magic of Chocolate (Chocolat no Mahō) manga is inspiring a live-action film starring Maho Yamaguchi (seen in costume in visual below) as protagonist Chocolat. The film will open in Japan this summer. The horror manga series centers on Chocolat and her Chocolat Noir shop. Chocolat can grant wishes ...
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Hell's Paradise Manga Ends on January 25

Yūji Kaku's manga about ninja on quest to find elixir of immortality launched in 2018 ― Yūji Kaku revealed on Monday that the Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku manga will end with its 127th chapter. The 126th chapter revealed on Monday that the next chapter will debut on January 25. The manga centers on Gabimaru, once exalted as the strongest ninja, but who has now quit his trade, violating the laws of his...
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Magical Sempai Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

AZU's manga launched in 2016, inspired 2019 TV anime ― This year's eighth issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine revealed on Monday that AZU's Magical Sempai (Tejina Senpai) manga will end in two chapters. If the manga has no delays, it will end in the magazine's 10th issue on February 1. AZU previously announced in June 2020 that the manga's eighth compiled book volume will be the final volume. The volu...

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Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya Teases Bayonetta 3 Info, Unannounced Title in 2021

Hopes to make announcements in 2021 ― Game designer Hideki Kamiya of Platinum Games spoke about the upcoming Bayonetta 3 game as well as unannounced title or titles to Hamster CEO Satoshi Hamada during the Arcade Archives livestreams. Kamiya stated that he can not say too much but hopes to make announcements this year. Bayonetta 3 is in development exclusively for the Nintendo Switch console. Platinu...
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Tomonobu Itagaki Establishes New Itagaki Games Studio

Dead or Alive creator is open to Microsoft offers ― Game designer Tomonobu Itagaki announced on his Facebook page on Sunday that he has established a new studio named Itagaki Games. The announcement was originally in a segment cut from an interview with business news website Bloomberg due to space. In the interview, he noted that he is open to an offer from Microsoft for their Xbox gaming platform. I...
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Shonen Jump Magazine Launches 4 New Manga Including Works by Assassination Classroom, Astra Lost in Space Creators

Yusei Matsui's Nige Jōzu no Wakagimi manga launches on January 25 ― This year's seventh issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that it will launch four new manga in the next four issues. The first new manga to launch will be Yusei Matsui's Nige Jōzu no Wakagimi (The Young Lord Who is Skilled at Escaping), which will launch in the next issue on January 25. The manga will ha...
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Jujutsu Kaisen ‒ Episode 14

Something that we definitely don't want to take for granted as Jujutsu Kaisen enters into its second cour is how goddamned funny it is almost all of the time.
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Horimiya ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

They're both floundering a little as they try to figure things out and come together, and hopefully the pacing will slow down a bit so that we can relish each moment of this sweet, relatively drama-free story.
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World Trigger Season 2 ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

World Trigger chose a very weird place to go on a 5-year hiatus, and I can imagine a lot of folks might feel overwhelmed taking in a multi-front battle involving 90% of the established cast except our main trio. But thankfully the anime has been up the task by bringing every one of these fights to life with fantastic animation and direction.
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So I'm a Spider, So What? ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

The source novels are among the best light novels that I have read at painting truly exciting action scenes in words, and I am pleased to say that director Shin Itagaki and studio Millepensee have done a fantastic job of translating that to the screen.
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The Promised Neverland Season 2 ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

What made The Promised Neverland's first season so remarkable is how deftly it captured the heart of the story, and the visceral emotions that came from watching the kids try to defy their fates and find freedom in a terrifyingly strange world. So far, Season 2 is doing a great job of continuing that trend.
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Uma Musume Pretty Derby Smartphone Game Introduced in Promo Video

Game launches on February 24 for iOS and Android ― The official Poka TV YouTube channel started streaming an introductory promotional video for Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby smartphone game on Saturday. The video is narrated by voice actors Azumi Waki and Rena Maeda. The game will launch on February 24 for iOS and Android. The game was originally slated for a release in Winter 2018 and delayed in ...
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Cells at Work! Franchise Gets New Game by NetEase

Voice casts of both ongoing anime to appear at May 23 event ― The streamed "Joint Cells at Work! Station" program announced on Sunday that the Chinese developer NetEase Games (Knives Out, Identity V) is producing a new game in the Cells at Work! franchise. The staff will announce more details later. The franchise already had a smartphone game app in 2019, but it ended service last January. The voice ...
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Tomohiro Hasegawa's Moriking Manga Ends

Gag manga debuted on April 13 ― Tomohiro Hasegawa's Moriking (Shinrin Ōsha Mori King or Forest Ruler Mori King) manga ended with its thirty-fifth chapter in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Monday. The manga's third volume on January 4 had stated that the manga's fourth volume will be the final volume. The final volume will ship on April 2. The manga debuted in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump ...
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Famitsu: Game Industry in Japan Jumps 12.5% in 2020, Nintendo Switch Makes Up 87% of Console Sales

Switch sells 5.9 million units in 2020, PS4 sells 542,000 ― Video game news website Famitsu released its data regarding video game console and hardware sales for 2020 in Japan on Tuesday. According to the website, the video game industry in Japan made 367.38 billion yen (about US$3.54 billion) in 2020, up 12.5% compared to 2019. The hardware market sold 185.66 billion yen (about US$1.79 billion), up ...
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Aya Tsukishima, Ririo's Perfect Crime Manga Ends, Gets Spinoff

Coolmic website publishes manga in English about woman who has affair with boss ― The official Twitter account for Ririo and Aya Tsukishima's Perfect Crime manga confirmed on Saturday that the manga's 10th and final volume shipped on Saturday. The account also revealed that the manga will get a spinoff starting around this spring. The manga has 1.7 million copies in print. WWWave Corporation's Coolmi...
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Gintama The Final Film Adds Screenings with Commentary by Voice Cast

Viewers can download app with secondary audio starting on January 22 ― The official website for Gintama The Final, the new anime film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga, revealed on Saturday that theaters across Japan will start screening the film with audio commentary by the cast on January 22. Viewers can listen to the second audio channel with commentary by downloading it from a "Hello! Movie!" ap...
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Illustrator Cogecha Passes Away

Novel illustrator, Hatsune Miku music video artist passed away after accident at workplace last June ― The family of illustrator Cogecha revealed on Cogecha's Twitter account on Friday that Cogecha passed away in June 2020. The family stated that Cogecha passed away after a sudden accident at the workplace. The family added that police decided the incident was not criminal in nature. Cogecha illustra...

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Kiki's Delivery Service Gets New Musical in March, April

Neo Inoue, Yūto Nasu star in new musical running in 3 cities ― Eiko Kadono's fantasy novel series Kiki's Delivery Service (Majo no Takkyūbin) is getting a new stage musical adaptation that will run in March and April. Neo Inoue will play Kiki, and Yūto Nasu will play Tombo. The play will run in Tokyo on March 25-28, in Nagoya on April 10-11, and in Osaka on April 15-18. The first stage musical starri...
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B-Project Switch Game Releases This Year, Gets iOS/Android Version

Visual also revealed for game featuring new scenarios, music ― MAGES announced at an event on Saturday that it will release B-PROJECT Ryūsei*Fantasia (B-PROJECT Shooting Star*Fantasia), the first console game in the B-PROJECT idol franchise, this year. The event also revealed that the game will also get a release for iOS and Android. MAGES. also revealed a key visual for the game. The game will encap...
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Godzilla vs. Kong Film's Release Date Moved Up to March 26

― Entertainment news source Deadline reported on Friday that Warner Bros. will release it and Legendary Entertainment's Godzilla vs. Kong film on March 26 instead of May 21. The film will release in theaters (including IMAX) and will also stream simultaneously on the HBO Max streaming service. Warner Bros. and Legendary reached an agreement earlier this month on how to release the film. Warner Bros....
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Samurai Shodown Game Gets Xbox Series X|S Release on March 16

Trailer streamed; those who have Xbox One edition can update for free ― SNK announced on Friday that it will release the Xbox Series X|S version of its Samurai Shodown (Samurai Spirits) fighting game on March 16. Koch Media will release a physical edition of the game in North and South America. The company is also streaming a trailer. Those who have the Xbox One version of the game will be able to up...
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Seven Seas Licenses Sarazanmai Anthology Manga

Collection releasing in June to feature short stories based on Kunihiko Ikuhara's 2019 anime ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed the Sarazanmai Anthology manga collection based on Kunihiko Ikuhara's Sarazanmai television anime series. The company will release the manga in a large-trim single volume in print and digital formats in June. The manga features more than a do...
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