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Chivalry of a Failed Knight Novel 1

Chivalry of a Failed Knight is one of those light novels that fans have been waiting for ever since the anime aired in 2015, and now Sol Press has delivered. ― Chivalry of a Failed Knight is one of those light novels that fans have been waiting for ever since the anime aired in 2015, and now Sol Press has delivered. The story is an interesting mix of the bog-standard and something much more engaging ...
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Middle-Aged Businessman, Arise in Another World!

"You definitely can't say that authors who write in the isekai genre aren't trying to come up with some novel angles, even if the substance of the content does not ultimately vary that much from norms." ― You definitely can't say that authors who write in the isekai genre aren't trying to come up with some novel angles, even if the substance of the content does not ultimately vary that much from norm...
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This Week in Anime - Stars Align is Here and It's Hella Queer

The little show about a boys' soft tennis club is well underway to being one of the most heartfelt and sincere representations of LGBTQ+ youth in a long time. ― The little show about a boys' soft tennis club is well underway to being one of the most heartfelt and sincere representations of LGBTQ+ youth in a long time. Micchy and Andy break down everything the drama is doing right and how its charact...
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This Week in Games - Seeing S.T.A.R.S.

Heidi's back with a Mario Maker 2 update, plus news from Persona 5, Resident Evil 3 and, of course, the dreaded return of the Game Awards! ― Can you believe it's December already? Jeez, where did the year go? Hopefully you all successfully avoided brick and mortar retail hell last weekend. I stayed here at home over the Black Cyber weekend and finished painting a resin kit. (Though I may have splurge...
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Witch's Printing Office GN 1

"Yet another in the never-ending stream of isekai series that seem set to define the 2020s as well as the 2010s, but it's one with a gimmick that makes it feel less cookie cutter than some." ― A Witch's Printing Office may be yet another in the never-ending stream of isekai series that seem set to define the 2020s as well as the 2010s, but it's one with a gimmick that makes it feel less cookie cutter...
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Event Report: Lantis Matsuri at AnimeNYC

All the details from Lantis Matsuri's gigantic 20th anniversary event at AnimeNYC 2019 - including TRUE, Jam Project and more! ― Hype and expectations ran high for the Lantis Matsuri 2019 Concert Series at Anime NYC. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Japanese music label Lantis, the lineup of popular anisong stars featured two solo artists ZAQ and TRUE — the latter has performed all three years of ...
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Fragtime

"This yuri OVA from the folks behind Kase-san has an intriguing premise but overall feels rather scattered, without a clear sense of narrative structure or direction." ― This new yuri OVA by the Kase-san and Morning Glories team is having a limited theater run in Japan. I never watched Kase-san, so I wasn't sure what to expect, although I can say I wasn't imagining anything like Fragtime. The story h...
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Right Stuf, Eleven Arts Reveal Trade-in Programs for A Silent Voice, Maquia Anime Film Releases

― Right Stuf and Eleven Arts announced on Thursday that they have launched trade-in programs for those who have purchased the home video releases of the A Silent Voice and Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms films. Those who participate in the program and return their copy of either film will receive a US$35 discount on the limited editions of those films. Right Stuf and Eleven Arts released the...
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Inu to Neko Docchimo Katteru to Mainichi Tanoshii Pet Manga Gets Anime

Manga about raising sweet dog, vicious cat by Survival Game Club's Hidekichi Matsumoto ― Manga creator Hidekichi Matsumoto announced on her Twitter account on Sunday that her essay manga Inu to Neko Docchimo Katteru to Mainichi Tanoshii (I Enjoy Raising Both a Dog and a Cat Every Day) will get an anime adaptation. The manga recounts Matsumoto's daily life while raising both a sweet, innocent dog and ...

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Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Riko Breaks Out the Puns in 7-Eleven Sandwich Ad

Convenience store chain 7-Eleven released an ad for its sandwiches on Thursday, featuring narration by Love Live! Sunshine!! character Riko Sakurauchi (voiced by Rikako Aida). The ad brings out a stream puns, eventually escalating to galaxy level. Riko starts by counting sandwiches: "Ikko (one), niko (two), sanko (three." Then she counts again, this time changing some letters around: "Ikko, Riko, ...
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Sword Art Online Alicization: Lycoris Game Slated for May 21 in Japan

SAO game special with Yoshitsugu Matsuoka to stream live tonight ― The official Twitter account for the Sword Art Online games announced on Sunday that Bandai Namco Entertainment will launch its Sword Art Online Alicization: Lycoris game on May 21 in Japan. Store pre-orders will begin on Monday, December 9. A "SAO Home Console Game Series 2019 Retrospective With Yoshitsugu Matsuoka" and "SAO Alicizat...
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The Pet Girl of Sakurasou Illustrator Celebrates Series 10th Anniversary

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou light novel illustrator Keeji Mizoguchi posted an image to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the series on Sunday. He wrote: "In October 10, I accepted the request to work on character designs, and in January the next year, the first volume was published. Congratulations to The Pet Girl of Sakurasou for its 10th anniversary, and thank you so much! It's been 10 years sin...
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Psycho-Pass 3 ‒ Episode 7

In which Sibyl's plan becomes clear. A lot happens in this, the penultimate episode of Psycho-Pass 3. We get a resolution to the third case, learn more about Bifrost, and even get a peek at Akane's plan. But it also has some interesting character work worth talking about—especially when it comes to Kei. Over the course of the series, it's become more and more clear that while Arata may be cut out...
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Doraemon Gets Its Own Film Festival in February

All 39 Doraemon films, plus 14 accompanying short films/specials will be screened at Jimbocho Theater ― The popular children's anime Doraemon will get a film festival all to itself in February next year. From February 1 to March 5, Shogakukan's Jimbocho Theater will screen all 39 Doraemon films, plus 14 short films/specials that were initially screened alongside the feature films. All films that were...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fourth Plate ‒ Episode 9

It's also feeling like this whole team shokugeki was just too ambitious. There are far too many characters with way too many cook-offs, and if twelve episodes wasn't enough to fill it, twenty-four is way too many.
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Second ‒ Episode 11

It's easy to guess at the beginning that the ketchup's about to hit the fan in this episode of Legend of the Galactic Heroes, even if you're unfamiliar with previous iterations of the material. The framing of Kircheis's entrance into the post-victory ceremony, with special mind paid to him having to check his gun at the door, is pretty effective foreshadowing. That's not necessarily a bad thing; ...
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Blade of the Immortal ‒ Episode 10

The lack of cohesion takes what has the potential to be a haunting and evocative piece of violent period drama and transforms it into, well, a rushed and scattershot manga adaptation that feels like it is getting across the gist of the source material, but at a cost that might be too great for the show to bear,
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No Guns Life ‒ Episode 9

How close are we to the transfiguration of late capitalism's death spasms into a medieval sense of terrible and religious awe towards our incomprehensibly wealthy overlords? Good sci-fi is never too far-removed from modernity.
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Chivalry of a Failed Knight Novel 1

Chivalry of a Failed Knight is one of those light novels that fans have been waiting for ever since the anime aired in 2015, and now Sol Press has delivered. ― Chivalry of a Failed Knight is one of those light novels that fans have been waiting for ever since the anime aired in 2015, and now Sol Press has delivered. The story is an interesting mix of the bog-standard and something much more engaging ...
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Dragon Quest Retsuden: Emblem of Roto Sequel Manga Ends on January 4

Manga launched in 2004 as sequel to Dragon Quest Saga: Emblem of Roto manga ― This year's 24th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine revealed on Friday that Kamui Fujiwara's Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshō - Monshō o Tsugumono-tachi e (Dragon Quest: Emblem of Roto ~To the Children who inherit the Emblem~) manga will end in the magazine's second 2020 issue, which will ship on January 4. T...
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Kodansha to Open Mixalive Tokyo Entertainment Venue in Ikebukuro

Building with 9 floors, 2 basement floors to feature event halls for King Records, Nelke Planning, more ― Japanese publisher Kodansha announced on Friday that it will open a new nine-floor entertainment venue building called Mixalive TOKYO in Ikebukuro on March 19, 2020. The building will feature "live" content for manga, novels, children's books, practical books, gravure works, and fashion. Kodansha...
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Jordan Vogt-Roberts: New Draft Script Turned In for Metal Gear Solid Film

― Filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts stated on Twitter on Wednesday that his staff have turned in a new draft for Sony Pictures' live-action film adaptation of the Metal Gear Solid video game series. Vogt-Roberts said the draft is "full [Hideo] Kojima-quirk and full Military surrealism." He added he is hoping to meet with a specific actor "very soon." Entertainment news website Variety reported in Novemb...
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Saikyō Jump, Jump+ Magazines Launch Gag Manga Competition With Anime Adaptation as Prize

Winner to have anime adaptation on Oha-Suta variety program ― Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine, the Shonen Jump+ app and website, the variety program Oha-Suta, and Bandai's vendor division are collaborating on a "Jump Saikyō Gag Manga Award" competition, which launched on Friday. Contestants can submit their entries until February 6. The competition is for a manga that would be a good fit for both Sai...
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Granblue Fantasy: Versus PS4 Fighting Game's Trailers Preview Lowain, Ladiva

Game ships in West in Q1 2020 ― The official YouTube channel for PlayStation began streaming a character trailer for Cygames and Arc System Works' Granblue Fantasy: Versus PlayStation 4 fighting game on Friday. The video previews Lowain. XSEED Games similarly streamed a similar video for Ladiva on Saturday. XSEED Games and Marvelous Europe will release the game in North America and Europe, respective...
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Sentai Filmworks Sends Final Funds from GoFundMe Campaign to Kyoto Animation

Campaign had raised US$2,367,030 ― Sentai Filmworks confirmed on Friday that it has sent the final distribution of funds from its GoFundMe campaign to the Kyoto Animation studio. Sentai Filmworks stated it had sent "nearly all" of the funds to the studio on November 21, leaving a "small percentage" for credit card processing purposes. Now, the final distribution of reserved funds is complete. Sentai ...
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Princess Maker: Faery Tales Come True Game Launches in English on Switch, PC on December 23

CFK to also release Princess Maker Go! Go! Princess on same date ― Korean game publisher CFK began streaming a launch trailer on Friday for its release of the Princess Maker: Faery Tales Come True (Princess Maker: Yumemiru Yōsei) game for the Nintendo Switch as well as PC via Steam. The company will release the game in English for both Switch and PC on December 23 (the game will launch in Japanese on...
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Konami Streams 13-Minute Features Video for TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine Mini Console

Console debuts in N. America, Europe, Japan on March 19, 2020 ― Konami began streaming a "features" video on Friday for its TurboGrafx-16 mini console. The company is also streaming videos for the European and Japanese versions of the console. The console is a compact device pre-loaded with games from the catalog of NEC's original TurboGrafx-16 console. The console will launch in North America, Europ...

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My Hero Academia Ranks #11 on New York Times Graphic Books Bestseller's December List

― The first volume of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga ranked #11 on The New York Times' monthly Graphic Books and Manga bestseller list released in early December. The New York Times posted its first Graphic Books and Manga bestseller list in October, and it is one category of the newspaper's new bestseller lists. Dragon Ball Super volume 6 ranked at #14 on the list in October, and My Hero ...
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My Hero Academia Ranks #3 on U.S. Monthly Bookscan November List

Berserk, Demon Slayer, Uzumaki, One Piece, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure also rank ― Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga volume 1 ranked #3 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for November. This month's list featured 11 manga volumes, including: #3 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 #4 — Kentarou Miura's Berserk Deluxe volume 3 #7 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume ...
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Crunchyroll Posts 41-Minute Documentary Video for Food Wars Anime

Video features interviews with anime's staff ― Crunchyroll began streaming a 41-minute documentary video on Friday about the making of the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma television anime franchise. The video features interviews with the anime's staff at J.C. Staff. Crunchyroll previously posted a similar documentary about the Dr. Stone anime in September, and then revealed at the Anime NYC event in Nov...
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Kingdom Hearts III Game's DLC Briefly Listed With January 23 Debut on PS4, February 25 Debut on Xbox One

― The official YouTube channel for Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts franchise briefly posted a video on Friday that revealed new information about the planned DLC for the Kingdom Hearts III game. The video description listed that the planned DLC, titled "Re Mind," would launch on PlayStation 4 on January 23 and on Xbox One on February 25. The video was uploaded on Friday as an "unlisted" video, meaning ...
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Moriarty the Patriot, Kemono Jihen Manga Both Have 'Important Announcements' in January

― The January 2020 issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine teased on Wednesday that Ryōsuke Takeuchi and Hikaru Miyoshi's Yūkoku no Moriarty (Moriarty the Patriot) manga and Shō Aimoto's Kemono Jihen (Monster Incidents) manga will both have an "important announcement" in the magazine's February issue, which will ship on January 4. Both manga will be featured on the cover of the February issue. Moriart...
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14 New Manga Launch on LINE App Including Adaptation of Star Wars Rebels TV Series

Mr. Osomatsu spinoff, manga with story by Yokō Tarō to also launch ― The LINE Corporation announced on Friday that the LINE app will launch 14 new manga including Akira Aoki's Star Wars Hanransha-tachi (Star Wars Rebels) manga and Wanyanpu's Urumatsu-san manga. Star Wars Rebels debuted on Friday and adapts the Star Wars Rebels animated series. Urumatsu-san is a spinoff of Fujio Akatsuka's Osomatsu-ku...
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ORESAMA Performs Zashiki-Warashi no Tatami-chan Mini Anime's Theme Song

Zero-G to animate story of sardonic ghost directed, scripted by Hi Score Girl's Rensuke Oshikiri ― The Makuake crowdfunding page for manga creator Rensuke Oshikiri's mini anime project Zashiki-Warashi no Tatami-chan (Tatami-chan the Guest Room Spirit) announced on Friday that ORESAMA will perform the project's theme song. Oshikiri launched a crowdfunding campaign for the project on October 25, and it...
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Kadokawa's Original Maesetsu! Anime Reveals Character Designs, 2020 Premiere

Maesetsu! Channel TV program premieres December/January ― The official website for Kadokawa's original anime Maesetsu! announced on Friday that the anime will premiere in Japan in 2020. Maesetsu! Channel, a television program to promote the anime, will launch in Japan on either December 30 or January 6. The anime will have a New Year Presentation in Akihabara on January 7. The website also revealed n...
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IFF Toronto Event to Host Voice Actress Marina Inoue

Event on June 19-21 to be held at Metro Toronto Convention Centre ― The staff of the International Fan Festival Toronto (IFF Toronto) 2020 event announced on Friday that voice actress Marina Inoue will appear as a guest. The convention will mark Inoue's first convention appearance in Toronto. Inoue's anime voice roles include Attack on Titan's Armin Arlert, Gurren Lagann's Yoko Littner, My Hero Acade...
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Stars Align ‒ Episode 9

It's still clear that in Stars Align, there's no such thing as a perfectly happy family.
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The Wonderland Anime Film Screens in U.S., Canada on January 31

Trailer previews English-subtitled screening ― Eleven Arts announced on Friday that it will screen Keiichi Hara's The Wonderland (Birthday Wonderland) anime film in theaters in the United States and Canada on January 31. The screening will have Japanese dialogue with English subtitles. The company also began streaming a trailer for the film. Eleven Arts describes the film: On the day before her birth...
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Koisuru Asteroid Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Theme Songs

Anime about astronomy club premieres on January 3 ― The official website for the television anime of Quro's Koisuru Asteroid (Asteroid in Love) manga began streaming the second promotional video on Friday. The video previews the opening theme song "Aruiteikō!" (Let's Go for a Walk!) by Nao Toyama and the the ending theme song "Yozora" (Night Sky) by Minori Suzuki. The website also updated the anime's...
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Tsugumomo Anime's 2nd Season Reveals Promo, More Cast, April Premiere

Shogo Sakata, Riho Sugiyama, Mami Uchida, Yūko Ōno join cast ― The official website for the Tsugumomo television anime revealed on Friday the first promotional video, a key visual, additional cast, staff, and the April 2020 premiere for Tsugu Tsugumomo, the series' second season. The newly announced characters and cast members are: Shogo Sakata as Akito Ashimine Riho Sugiyama as Arumi Ashimine Mami U...
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Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious ‒ Episode 9

If you thought that plot twist at the very end of the previous episode of Cautious Hero was a case of tonal whiplash, just wait until you watch the beginning of this one.
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Middle-Aged Businessman, Arise in Another World!

"You definitely can't say that authors who write in the isekai genre aren't trying to come up with some novel angles, even if the substance of the content does not ultimately vary that much from norms." ― You definitely can't say that authors who write in the isekai genre aren't trying to come up with some novel angles, even if the substance of the content does not ultimately vary that much from norm...
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Ascendance of a Bookworm ‒ Episode 10

This episode firms up a theory I've had ever since Benno explained The Devouring: the reason that only nobles have magic is that they are the only ones with the money and connections necessary to survive long enough to manifest and control it.
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Latest One Piece Cup Noodle Ad Shows Vivi's Heartbreaking Departure

In spring, Cup Noodle launched its "Hungry Days" animated ad campaign focusing on the One Piece characters in school uniforms, leaving fans "hungry" for more. Since then, Cup Noodle has released two ads focusing on Zoro and Nami's school days. The third ad, which was released online on Friday, focuses on Vivi and her heartbreaking departure from her friends after transferring to a new school. The ...

Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya CG Anime's 2nd Part Premieres Worldwide on January 23

Netflix began streaming 1st 6-episode part in July ― The official website for Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya, the CG anime remake of Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac) manga, revealed on Friday that the second six-episode part of the first season of the anime will begin streaming on Netflix worldwide on January 23. All six episodes will debut simultaneously. The website also re...
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Itai no wa Iya nano de Bōgyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu. Anime Casts Saori Hayami, Ai Kakuma

Nanaka Suwa, Noriaki Sugiyama, Satomi Satou also join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Yuumikan's Itai no wa Iya nano de Bōgyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu. (All points are divided to VIT because a painful one isn't liked., literally "I Think I'd Like to Max Out All My Points on VIT Since I Don't Like to be in Pain") light novel series revealed five additional cast memb...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate Game Heads West in 2020

PQube releases game for Switch, PS4, PC ― PQube announced on Friday that it will release 5pb.'s Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate game for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC in the West in 2020. The company also began streaming an announcement trailer. The game is based on the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa ...
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Maki Enjoji's An Incurable Case of Love Manga Gets Bonus Chapter

Manga is inspiring live-action TV series adaptation ― The January 2020 issue of Shogakukan's Petit Comic magazine revealed on Saturday that it will publish a bonus chapter for Maki Enjōji's An Incurable Case of Love (Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko made mo) manga in the magazine's February issue, which ships on January 8. The manga will be featured on the cover of the February issue, and the bonus chapter wil...
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Isekai Quartet 2 Anime Reveals January 14 Premiere, Theme Songs

Minoru Ashina returns to direct, script series at Studio Puyukai ― The official website for the Isekai Quartet anime revealed on Friday theme song information and the January 14 premiere for the show's second season, Isekai Quartet 2. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on January 14 late at night at 12:30 a.m. (effectively January 15), before debuting later on MBS, BS11, and AT-X. Satoshi Hino, Jun ...
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Twittering Birds Never Fly Boys-Love Anime Film Reveals Visual, February 15 Opening

Tarusuke Shingaki, Wataru Hatano star as yakuza boss, bodyguard ― The official website for Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai - The Clouds Gather, the anime film of Kou Yoneda's boys-love manga Twittering Birds Never Fly (Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai), revealed a key visual and the February 15 premiere on Friday. Tarusuke Shingaki and Wataru Hatano are reprising the main character roles from the earlier dram...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, November 25-December 1

Pokémon Sword & Shield stays at #1; SD Gundam debuts at #2, #3; 13 Sentinels at #4 ― Japan's Game Ranking: November 25-December 1 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwPokémon Sword & Shield Nintendo November 15 275,959 2,023,043 2PS4SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays Bandai Namco Entertainment November 28 64,538 64,538 3NSwSD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays Bandai Na...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, November 25-December 1

Lupin III TV special earns 10.1% rating ― Last week's episode of the live-action series adaptation of Ryo Ikuemi's G Senjō no Anata to Watashi (You and I on the G string) manga aired on TBS on Tuesday, November 26 at 10:00 p.m., and it earned an 8.6% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV December 1 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 12.4 Lupin III Prison of the Past NTV N...
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Fairy gone Anime's Video Previews Show's Climax

Series will have total of 24 episodes ― The official website for P.A. Works' original television anime Fairy gone began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Friday that previews the show's climax. The anime premiered on April 7, and the second of the anime's two cours (quarters of the year) then premiered on October 6. The anime will have eight Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video releases i...
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Meow Meow Japanese History Anime Film Reveals Visual, February 22 Debut

Film gets novel adaptation on December 20 ― The official website for Eiga Neko Neko Nihonshi ~Ryōma no Hachamecha Time Travel ze yo!~ (Meow Meow Japanese History the Movie: Ryōma's Topsy-Turvy Time Travel!), a feature film for the television anime of Kenji Sonishi's Meow Meow Japanese History (Neko Neko Nihonshi) manga, announced on Friday that the film will open in Japan on February 22. The website ...

Interspecies Reviewers Anime's Promo Video Reveals January 11 Premiere

Video also previews opening theme song sung by 3 cast members ― The video and key visual in the below article may not be safe for work. The official website for the television anime adaptation of writer Amahara and artist masha's Interspecies Reviewers (Ishuzoku Reviewers) manga began streaming the show's promotional video on Friday. The video previews the opening theme song "Ikōze☆Paradise" by voice...
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Black Clover Phantom Knights Smartphone Game Launches in English in 2020

Kingdom defense RPG launched in Japan in November 2018 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Friday that it will release the Black Clover Phantom Knights (Black Clover Mugen no Kishidan) game for iOS and Android devices in English in 2020. Pre-registration is available on the game's official website and Facebook page. The company began streaming a 15-second trailer for the announcement. T...
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Dangerous 1969 Manga's 1st Part Ends

Supernatural battle manga by Takuma Yokota, Kyōsuke Cagami launched in March 2018 ― The first 2020 issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine the 3rd published the final chapter of the first part of Takuma Yokota's and Kyōsuke Cagami's Dangerous 1969 manga on Friday. Kodansha will publish the manga's fifth compiled book volume in February. The supernatural action manga is set in 1969, in an alternate world w...
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ATASHIn'CHI Manga Returns After 7 Years With New Serialization

Eiko Kera drew manga for 17 years in Yomiuri Shimbun ― Manga creator Eiko Kera announced on Friday that she will launch a new serialization for her ATASHIn'CHI manga at the end of December, seven years after she originally ended the manga. The official "ATASHIn'CHI Best" website will reveal the details of where and when the manga will start on December 20. The manga will also get a five-volume compil...
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Kumamoto Prefecture's Natsunagu! Anime Premieres on January 6

― The official Twitter account for the Kumamoto Prefectural Government's Natsunagu! original television anime revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on January 6 and on Kumamoto Broadcasting on January 9. Each episode will be five minutes in length. The anime's cast includes: Ai Hashimoto as Natsuna Keyaki Shigeru Chiba as Shige Chiba Yoshino Aoyama as Izumi Chiba The anime is s...
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BONES' 'Josee, the Tiger and the Fish' Anime Film Gets Manga in January

O Maidens in Your Savage Season's Nao Emoto draws manga after designing film ― The January 2020 issue of Kadokawa's Da Vinci magazine revealed on Friday that the anime film of Seiko Tanabe's short story Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi (Josee, the Tiger and the Fish) short story is itself inspiring a manga adaptation. The manga will debut in the magazine's next issue on January 6. Nao Emoto, the artist ...
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Ryo Sumiyoshi's New Tekkai no Senshi Manga Launches in 4 Languages

Manga will launch in Japanese, English, French, Chinese on January 6 ― The January 2020 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine revealed on Friday that Ryo Sumiyoshi will launch a new manga titled Tekkai no Senshi (Steel World Warrior) in the magazine's next issue on January 6. The manga will launch in Japanese, English, French, and Chinese simultaneously worldwide. Kodansha did not reveal where ...
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Kingdom Manga Tops Da Vinci Ranking

One Piece, Attack on Titan, March comes in like a lion, Detective Conan also rank ― The January 2020 issue of Kadokawa Media Factory's book and manga news magazine Da Vinci unveiled its 19th annual "Book of the Year" lists on Friday. The magazine's comic rankings of the top 50 titles are: 1. Kingdom (Volumes 1-56) - Yasuhisa Hara 2. One Piece (Volumes 1-94) - Eiichiro Oda 3. Attack on Titan (Volumes ...

Gleipnir Action Romantic Comedy TV Anime's Premiere Listed as April 2020

Yona of the Dawn's Kazuhiro Yoneda directs series at Pine Jam ― The first 2020 issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine the 3rd revealed in an ad for Sun Takeda's seventh Gleipnir manga volume on Friday that the television anime of the manga will premiere in April 2020. Kazuhiro Yoneda (Yona of the Dawn, Kabukibu!) is directing the anime at Pine Jam. Shinichi Inotsume (The Price of Smiles, PERSONA 5 the An...
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Seitokai Yakuindomo School Comedy Manga Gets 2nd Film in July

Director Hiromitsu Kanazawa, GoHands studio return with Miho Okasaki joining cast ― Kodansha announced on Friday that anime studio GoHands is producing a second anime film based on Tozen Ujiie's Seitokai Yakuindomo manga. The Klockworx Co., Ltd. will release the film on July 10. Miho Okasaki joins the cast as Yū Hirose. The other cast members are returning from the previous film and other anime insta...

Ascendance of a Bookworm Anime's 2nd Part Premieres Next Spring

1st part's 2-episode finale airs on December 25 ― The official website for the television anime of Miya Kazuki's "biblia fantasy" novel Ascendance of a Bookworm (Honzuki no Gekokujō: Shisho ni Naru Tame niwa Shudan o Erandeiramasen) revealed on Friday that the anime's second part will premiere next spring. The site also revealed a new visual for the anime. The last two episodes of the anime's first p...
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Sengoku Baseball Manga Enters Climax in February

Manga about baseball with Warring States-era commanders launched in June 2016 ― The January 2020 issue of Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine revealed on Friday that Hiroshi Wakamatsu's manga based on Shinta Ryokuchi's Sengoku Baseball: Nobunaga no Yakyū (Sengoku Baseball: Nobunaga's Baseball) novel series will enter its "climax" in the next issue on February 1. Wakamatsu's manga launched in June 2016. T...
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Cells at Work! Baby Manga Goes on 2-Month Hiatus

Yasuhiro Fukuda's spinoff manga set inside baby's body debuted on October 17 ― The first 2020 issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Thursday that Yasuhiro Fukuda's Hataraku Saibō Baby (Cells at Work! Baby) spinoff manga of Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! manga will take a two-month hiatus and return in the magazine around February 2020. The manga launched in Morning on October 17. Fukuda's ...
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Young Jump Love Magazine Supplement Reveals Manga Titles, December 23 Launch

Kaguya-sama's Aka Akasaka, Minamoto-kun's Minori Inaba to contribute manga to romance-focused publication ― The first 2020 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Shueisha will launch its Young Jump Love companion supplement to the magazine on December 23. The magazine revealed that the supplement, which focuses on romance stories, will launch with the following manga...
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Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack Game Collection's 2nd English Promo Video Streamed

Collection of Atelier Ayesha, Atelier Escha & Logy, Atelier Shallie games launches in West on January 14 ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming on Thursday the second promotional video in English for Gust and Koei Tecmo Games' Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack game collection for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The video debuted in Japanese in November. The game collection will lau...
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This Week in Anime - Stars Align is Here and It's Hella Queer

The little show about a boys' soft tennis club is well underway to being one of the most heartfelt and sincere representations of LGBTQ+ youth in a long time. ― The little show about a boys' soft tennis club is well underway to being one of the most heartfelt and sincere representations of LGBTQ+ youth in a long time. Micchy and Andy break down everything the drama is doing right and how its charact...
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Khara Distances Itself From Gainax After Studio Representative Director's Arrest

Company emphasizes Gainax has no involvement with Evangelion ― Anime studio Khara issued a statement on its official website in response to Gainax representative director Tomohiro Maki's arrest on Thursday. The studio noted that some news reports about the arrest referenced Neon Genesis Evangelion and Evangelion franchise works. Khara said, "There is no truth to [Maki's] involvement in Neon Genesis E...
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One Piece ‒ Episodes 911-912

So after about three episodes of sitting around and catching our heroes up to speed, it sounds like we finally have a concrete plan for moving forward with the Wano arc.
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This Week in Games - Seeing S.T.A.R.S.

Heidi's back with a Mario Maker 2 update, plus news from Persona 5, Resident Evil 3 and, of course, the dreaded return of the Game Awards! ― Can you believe it's December already? Jeez, where did the year go? Hopefully you all successfully avoided brick and mortar retail hell last weekend. I stayed here at home over the Black Cyber weekend and finished painting a resin kit. (Though I may have splurge...
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Los Angeles Toy Importer Arrested for Counterfeit Pokémon, Hello Kitty, Mario Goods

Counterfeiter manufactured more than US$1.4 million in counterfeit goods ― The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced on November 26 that Wan Piao, owner of a toy import store in El Monte, California, has been arrested and charged with manufacturing and possessing more than US$1.4 million in counterfeit goods. According to Deputy District Attorney Duke Cha, Piao had more than 500,000...
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Reincarnated as a Slime, Ride-On King, Shūmatsu no Walküre Manga Team Collaborate on Poster

The manga artist behind the adaptation of Fuse's That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime light novel, Taiki Kawakami, has teamed up with the artist and creative trio of the Shūmatsu no Walküre (Record of Ragnarok) manga and The Ride-On King manga artist Yasushi Baba to cross-promote one another's respective series. Shūmatsu no Walküre artist Chika Aji will draw three illustrations for the collab t...
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Demon Slayer, Weathering With You Win at Yahoo! Japan Search Awards

One Piece's Eiichiro Oda wins in creator category, Yuki Kaji wins in voice actor category ― The Yahoo! Japan Search Awards announced the winners of each category on Wednesday. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba took the award in the anime category and Weathering With You took the film category. One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda won in the author category, and Yuki Kaji won in the voice actor category. The a...
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Witch's Printing Office GN 1

"Yet another in the never-ending stream of isekai series that seem set to define the 2020s as well as the 2010s, but it's one with a gimmick that makes it feel less cookie cutter than some." ― A Witch's Printing Office may be yet another in the never-ending stream of isekai series that seem set to define the 2020s as well as the 2010s, but it's one with a gimmick that makes it feel less cookie cutter...
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Kemono Michi: Rise Up ‒ Episode 10

Probably we should just be happy that all Gang and his pals did was kidnap and sell Hiroyuki to a wealthy man and his daughter who obviously loves the pup.
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Capeta's Masahito Soda Ends Change! Manga

Manga about high school girls in world of freestyle rap battles launched in 2017 ― The January 2020 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine published the final chapter of Masahito Soda's Change! manga on Friday. Kodansha will publish the manga's sixth and final compiled book volume on December 17. The manga centers on Shiori Kozono, a high school girl who leads a prim and proper everyday life. Bu...
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Fire Force Anime's Promo Video Previews Netherworld Arc

Shinra battles Shō in episode 20 on Friday ― The official website of the anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga began streaming a promotional video on Thursday. The video previews the "Netherworld" arc and a battle between Shinra and Shō. The "Netherworld" story arc will feature in episode 20, "Hokori o Matotte" (Clad in Pride), on Friday. The television anime series premiered...
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High School Fleet Anime Film Casts Naomi Ōzora

Film opens in Japan on January 18 ― Staff of the High School Fleet anime revealed additional cast and the third key visual on Thursday. Naomi Ōzora will play the new character Susan Reyes. Naomi Ōzora as Susan "Sue" Reyes The film will open in Japan on January 18. The previously announced new cast members include: Minami Takahashi as Tōmi "Miya" Miyazato Maria Naganawa as Shia "Nomu" Nomura Tomori Ku...
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Kakushigoto Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, April 2020 Premiere

Hiroshi Kamiya, Rie Takahashi star in anime by Yūta Murano, Ajia-do ― The January 2020 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine revealed on Friday the cast, staff, visual, and April premiere date for the television anime adaptation of Kōji Kumeta's Kakushigoto manga. The anime's official website also began streaming a teaser video for the anime. In addition, Kumeta provided an illustration to cele...
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Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga Anime Reveals Video, Visual, January 10 Premiere

Dog-themed show centers on Oda Nobunaga reincarnated as a canine ― The official website for the television anime of Una Megurogawa's Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga (Oda Shinamon Nobunaga) manga revealed a promotional video, key visual, and the January 10 premiere on Thursday. The anime will debut on TV Tokyo on January 10 late at night at 1:23 a.m. (effectively January 11), before airing later that night on T...
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My Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising- Film Casts Yūichi Nakamura

Character Hawks makes anime debut in film on December 20 ― The official website for Boku no Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising- (My Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising-), the new anime film based on Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga, revealed on Thursday that Yūichi Nakamura will play Hawks. The character will make his anime debut in the film before he appears in the television series...
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Sanrio's New Jewelpet Anime Film & Kukuriraige Film to Open in February

Both films set in China's Sichuan Province ― Sanrio announced on Thursday that Jewelpet: Attack Travel, a brand-new anime film in its Jewelpet franchise, will open in Japanese theaters in February. It will screen with the animated film Kukuriraige -Sanxingdui Denki- (Kukuriraige: Sanxingdui Fantasy). The new Jewelpet film's story has Ruby, Garnet, and the other familiar, jewel-eyed Jewelpet character...
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Kamisama Kiss' Julietta Suzuki Draws New 1-Shot in January

Suzuki also draws new Kamisama Kiss spinoff chapter on January 25 ― The first 2020 issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed on Thursday that Julietta Suzuki will draw a one-shot manga in the magazine's third issue on January 4. The magazine describes the one-shot manga as a "avant-garde mystery," and it will have a color opening page. Suzuki is also drawing a new spinoff chapter from her ...
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Mikage LLC Develops PS5, PS4, Switch, PC Game With Aksys

New game aimed at N. America with VR version planned for 2021 ― Mikage LLC, former Imageepoch CEO Ryohei Mikage's new company, announced on Wednesday that it is working with publisher Aksys Games on a new game aimed at North America. The companies are planning to release the game for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC via Steam in 2021. The game will also have a VR version. Aksys Games ...
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Aho-Girl's Hiroyuki Launches New Manga Series in 2020

Weekly Shōnen Magazine to run new manga ― Manga creator Hiroyuki announced on his Twitter account on Wednesday that he will launch a new manga series in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine next year. Hiroyuki's previous manga Aho-Girl also ran in Weekly Shōnen Magazine before it moved to Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2015. Hiroyuki's Aho-Girl, The Comic Artist and His Assistants, and Doujin Work manga ha...

Gainax Representative Director Tomohiro Maki Arrested for Alleged Indecent Acts

Maki allegedly took indecent photos, inappropriately touched aspiring voice actress ― Police arrested 50-year-old Gainax representative director Tomohiro Maki on Thursday on the charge of quasi-forcible indecency. The authorities allege that Maki had committed indecent acts on an aspiring voice actress. According to the arrest report, the aspiring voice actress had signed a voice-acting contract thro...
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24th Detective Conan Film Posts Teaser Trailer

April 17's The Scarlet Bullet centers on kidnappings, Akai family, bullet train ― The official website for the Detective Conan films began streaming a teaser trailer on Thursday for Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan (Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet), the franchise's 24th film. The film's staff also unveiled a visual for the film showing the Akai family. The film will open on April 17. The film wil...
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BEASTARS Manga Gets Stage Play

Paru Itagaki's animal academy story inspired currently airing TV anime ― The first 2020 issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine announced on Thursday that a stage play adaptation pf Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS manga has been green-lit. The stage play will run in Tokyo and Osaka in April and May next year. Viz Media is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story: At a high s...
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Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! ‒ Episode 9

The Average Abilities show wrapped up its latest major, character-developing story in just one episode last week, so it's time for another deeply silly sidequest to balance things.
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Kemuri Karakara's Mars Red Manga Launches on January 4

― The January 2020 issue of Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Garden magazine revealed on Thursday that the manga adaptation of Bun'ō Fujisawa's Mars Red dramatic stage reading series will launch in the magazine's next issue on January 4. The manga was previously scheduled to launch on November 5. Fujisawa and Monthly Comic Garden revealed the manga by Kemuri Karakara (Laughing Under the Clouds) in May. Th...
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Case File nº221: Kabukicho Manga Launches on January 4

― The January 2020 issue of Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Garden magazine revealed on Wednesday that Kinu Mizukoshi's manga adaptation of Production I.G's original Case File nº221: Kabukicho (Kabukichō Sherlock) television anime will launch in the next issue on January 4. The first chapter will have color opening pages. The anime's Twitter account announced the manga adaptation and a novel adaptation b...
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Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia ‒ Episode 9

Sometimes you gotta fight fire with fire, and sometimes you gotta fight a goddess with a goddess.
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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Game Launches for PC on December 10

― Sega of America announced on Wednesday that it will release the Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD (Tabegoro! Super Monkey Ball) game, a new version of the Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz Wii game, for PC via Steam on December 10. The game will launch on PC via Steam in Japan on December 11. Sega released the game for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 29. The game is avai...
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Yoshiyuki Tomino to Write 'First Message' for Gunpla That Will Get Launched Into Space

Message commemorating Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be voiced by Amuro, Char's voice actors ― The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced in May that it will be working together with the University of Tokyo to launch Gunpla models into space next year to commemorate the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. After the satellite launches it will transmit a supportive message as it orbits Earth. Mobile Suit Gunda...
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Dr. Stone ‒ Episode 22

It's kind of abrupt to suddenly humanize the guy that was bragging about taking a wife by force and then offing her, but Senku is a man of practicality and I guess the audience is supposed to be as well.
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Alita: Battle Angel Film Submitted for Visual Effects Oscar

20 films in running for category at 92nd Academy Awards ― The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed on Tuesday that the live-action Alita: Battle Angel film is one of 20 films that have been submitted for consideration in the Visual Effects category for the 92nd Academy Awards. The Academy's Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the preliminary list of films, and it will...
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Demon Slayer, Dr. Stone, Zombie Land Saga Buzzwords Make Gadget Tsūshin 2019 List

Gadget Tsūshin's Anime Ryūkōgo Taishō is a yearly list of the most popular anime-related buzzwords. The site released a tentative list of trending terms in June with nods to Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Demon Slayer, and Kemurikusa. Gadget Tsūshin has released the list of all the trendy contenders and opened voting to the public. Participants can pick up to three terms for this year's biggest anime ...
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Chihayafuru 3 ‒ Episode 8-9

This decision to remove her from the tournament completely fractures this season, and almost grinds it to a halt.
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Manga Creator Leiji Matsumoto Discharged From Hospital

Captain Harlock/Galaxy Express 999 creator was hospitalized in Italy on November 15 ― The website for the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported on Wednesday that manga creator Leiji Matsumoto was discharged from a hospital in Turin, Italy on Wednesday morning after being hospitalized on November 15. According to the hospital, Matsumoto is recovering well and returning to Japan on the same day. Matsumoto h...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, December 1-7

Mai Mai Miracle, Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas anime; Jujutsu Kaisen, Penguindrum manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Angel Blade BD (adult)Please Critical Mass US$19.99 December 3 Bleach Set 5 BDCite Viz Media US$54.97 December 3 Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$64.98 December 3 Is This a Zombie? Complete Series ...
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McDonald's Japan Debuts Animated Ad by G-angle

30-second ad stars Atsuko Maeda, Ayana Taketatsu, Aimi ― The animated commercial for McDonald's Japan's gratin croquette burger debuted on television on Tuesday. McDonald's Japan also posted both the 15-second and 30-second versions of the ad on YouTube. Animation production company G-angle (Hakata Mentai! Pirikarako-chan) posted the credits for the ad on its website. The ad was storyboarded and dire...
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Event Report: Lantis Matsuri at AnimeNYC

All the details from Lantis Matsuri's gigantic 20th anniversary event at AnimeNYC 2019 - including TRUE, Jam Project and more! ― Hype and expectations ran high for the Lantis Matsuri 2019 Concert Series at Anime NYC. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Japanese music label Lantis, the lineup of popular anisong stars featured two solo artists ZAQ and TRUE — the latter has performed all three years of ...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 134

One of this arc's most action-heavy installments, episode 134 sees our heroes going all-out to bring the seemingly unstoppable Urashiki down
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To Your Eternity Manga's 2nd Arc Launches on January 22

1st arc ended on Wednesday ― The first 2020 issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that the second arc of Yoshitoki Ōima's To Your Eternity (Fumetsu no Anata e) manga will launch in the magazine's eighth 2020 issue on January 22. The manga's first arc also ended in the first 2020 issue. The manga won the Best Shōnen Manga award at the 43rd annual Kodansha Manga Awards in May...
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Animator Allegedly Traced FLCL, Steven Universe, Others for PlayStation 4 Lineup Music Video

Update: Eallin Animation issued an official statement on Wednesday. We had no knowledge that the work produced by Kevin Bao was plagiarized. We have ceased with immediate effect any representation of Kevin Boa's work and have contacted Kevin for a response.— Eallin Animation (@EallinAnimation) December 4, 2019 Kevin Bao has also removed his work from his social media accounts. (Via Cartoon Brew) P...
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Fragtime

"This yuri OVA from the folks behind Kase-san has an intriguing premise but overall feels rather scattered, without a clear sense of narrative structure or direction." ― This new yuri OVA by the Kase-san and Morning Glories team is having a limited theater run in Japan. I never watched Kase-san, so I wasn't sure what to expect, although I can say I wasn't imagining anything like Fragtime. The story h...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fourth Plate ‒ Episode 8

Fanservice is all well and good, but when it starts to look like this stuff, maybe someone needs to dial it back and let the food carry the cooking show.
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Vinland Saga ‒ Episode 20

It's amazing what a bit of narrative focus and a jumpstart on character development can do to a series, because Vinland Saga is as consistently entertaining and intriguing as its ever been.
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Crunchyroll Finalizes Deal to Become Majority Owner of Viz Media Europe Group

― Crunchyroll and Viz Media Europe announced on Wednesday that they have finalized the deal for Crunchyroll to become the majority owner of Viz Media Europe Group. The companies announced the agreement in September. Crunchyroll and Viz Media Europe Group also announced that they appointed John Easum in the new role of Head of Crunchyroll EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa). The Hitotsubashi Group...
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Sacrificial Princess & the King of Beasts Gets New 1-Shot Manga

New 1-shot is new installment in "parallel world" spinoff "Kemohime to Futsū no Ō" ― The first 2020 issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed on Thursday that Yu Tomofuji's Sacrificial Princess & the King of Beasts (Niehime to Kemono no Ō) manga will have a new one-shot manga in the magazine's next issue on December 20. The new one-shot will be a new installment in the manga's "parallel wo...
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Hypnosis Mic Franchise Gets TV Anime in 2020

Rapper character franchise includes manga, mobile game, stage plays, live events ― The staff behind the Hypnosis Mic multimedia franchise announced on Wednesday that the franchise is inspiring the Hypnonsis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Rhyme Anima television anime in 2020. The staff will reveal more information about the anime in March. The rap-themed project features voice actors who rap in the persona...
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Murenase! Seton Gakuen Animal Romantic Comedy Anime's Video Reveals More Cast, Staff, January 6 Debut

Hina Kino, Haruki Ishiya star as wolf girl, human at animal school in Studio Gokumi anime ― The official website for the television anime of Bungo Yamashita's Murenase! Seton Gakuen (Come Together! Seton Academy) manga posted the anime's first promotional video and a key visual on Wednesday. The video announces the anime's main cast, staff, and January 6 premiere. The newly announced cast members are...
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The case files of Jeweler Richard TV Anime's Video Unveils More Cast, Songs, January 9 Debut

Mystery anime adds Kana Hanazawa, Yūichi Iguchi, artists Nagi Yanagi & Da-iCE ― The official website for the television anime of Nanako Tsujimura's Hōsekisho Richard-shi no Nazo Kantei (The case files of Jeweler Richard or literally, The Mystery Appraisals of Mr. Richard the Jeweler) novel series began streaming the main promotional video on Wednesday. The video shows more of the fateful first meetin...

The Quintessential Quintuplets Manga Ends in 14th Volume

Manga launched in 2017, inspired anime in January with planned 2nd season ― Manga creator Negi Haruba revealed on Wednesday that The Quintessential Quintuplets (Gotōbun no Hanayome) manga will end in its 14th volume. Haruba added that they had been excited about drawing a manga that would "go on and on" before serializing The Quintessential Quintuplets, but found it to be hard to do so once the seria...
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Assault Lily Bouquet Anime Reveals More Staff, July 2020 Premiere, Theme Song Artists

RAISE A SUILEN performs opening song ― The official website for Assault Lily Bouquet, SHAFT's new television anime based on the Assault Lily Project mixed-media franchise, revealed more of the anime's staff as well as its July 2020 premiere date on Wednesday. In addition, the anime's Twitter account revealed the anime's opening theme song artists as BanG Dream! band RAISE A SUILEN. As previously anno...
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Kadokawa, Type-Moon Launch Type-Moon Comic Ace Manga Website

Site launches on December 20 with manga from Type-Moon franchises ― Kadokawa and Type-Moon announced on Wednesday that they will open a new free manga website named Type-Moon Comic Ace for Type-Moon manga on December 20. Kengoro Nishide's currently running Fate/Grand Order ‐Epic of Remnant‐ Ashu Tokuiten EX Shinkai Dennō Rakudo SE.RA.PH manga (seen right) will transfer to the new site. (The manga lau...
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Space Channel 5 PS VR Game Delayed to Next Spring

― Game developer Grounding announced on Tuesday that it is delaying Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash!, its new game based on Sega's Space Channel 5 game, to spring 2020 to improve the game's quality. The game is not a straight port of the original game, but a new version of the game with new characters, graphics, and features. It has virtual reality (VR) features compatible with the PlaySta...
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SIE's Jim Ryan Indicates Sony Is No Longer in Handheld Business

― Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan stated to game news website Game Informer in an article published on Tuesday that the "PlayStation Vita was brilliant in many ways, and the actual gaming experience was great, but clearly it's a business that we're no longer in now." Sony ended production of PS Vita GameCards and ended support for the portable gaming platform in North America and E...
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24th Detective Conan Film Reveals Title, April 17 Opening, Story About Akai Family

Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet set before Tokyo's World Sports Games ― The first 2020 issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed the title, visual, and details of the 24th film in the Detective Conan franchise on Wednesday. The new film is titled Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan (Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet), and it will open on April 17.The visual below by original man...

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Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna Film Casts Mayu Matsuoka, Daisuke Ono

Guest stars play Digimon researchers from New York in February film ― The staff for the Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna anime film revealed two guest cast members for the film on Wednesday. Mayu Matsuoka plays Menoa Bellucci (left in image below, character name romanizations not official), a scientist based in a university in New York who studies Digimon. Daisuke Ono plays Kyōtarō Imura (rig...
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Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE ‒ Episode 9

In a neatly-plotted episode with no extra fat, Hiroto finally learns to rely on other people. It's a reminder that we're far from the usual Gundam message, so the same tricks won't work.
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Inio Asano's Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction Characters Appear on Concert Poster

Artist Inio Asano drew the characters of his current manga series Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction on a poster to promote the upcoming "Fuyu no Mamono" (Winter Monster) multi-band concert at the Shinjuku Loft venue in Tokyo. The Fuyu no Mamono event will be held on December 22 and include performances by Takkyu Ishino, Makoto Ayukawa (from Sheena & The Rokkets), Okite Porsche, THE NEATBEATS, ...
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Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late[cl-r] Fighting Game's Trailer Previews Londrekia

Game launches in Europe on February 21 ― PQube Games announced on Tuesday that the Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late[cl-r] fighting game will launch in Europe on February 21. The company also began streaming a new trailer that previews the new character Londrekia Light. Aksys Games will release the game for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in North America on February 20. The game is getting a colle...
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Flee from the Bizarre Museum in JoJo Part 5 Escape Game

A new JoJo's Bizarre Adventure-themed escape game will tour 30 cities across Japan next year. "Escape from the Bizarre Museum of JoJo." The new escape game lets players take on the roles of Giorno and Bucciarati while trying to escape from a mysterious museum in completely original scenario. The escape game is expected to include some special effects. The experience starts at the Nagasaki Peace Ce...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Second ‒ Episode 10

This whole episode is less a contiguous narrative and more a collection of important moments, final turning points for all the characters involved in this civil war here at the end of it.
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Marika Tanaka Retires From Voice Acting by End of December

Voiced Yuri Hasigaoka in Nobunaga Teacher's Young Bride anime ― Voice actress Marika Tanaka announced on her Twitter account on Monday that she will retire from voice acting by the end of December. She said that she is filled with gratefulness for the staff she has worked with and her fans who supported her. Tanaka's major anime role is Yuri Hashigaoka in the Nobunaga Teacher's Young Bride anime, whi...
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GKIDS Releases Studio Ghibli Films Digitally on December 17

List of 21 films include Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, more ― GKIDS announced on Monday that it will release 21 Studio Ghibli films for digital download-to-own in the U.S. and Canada on December 17 on digital transaction platforms including Apple TV, Amazon VOD, Vudu, Google Play, Sony, Microsoft, and FandangoNOW. The films will be available in English an...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Game Gets Switch Version in Spring 2020

English announcement trailer streamed ― NIS America announced on Tuesday that Nihon Falcom's The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III game will get a Nintendo Switch version in the West in spring 2020. The company began streaming an English announcement trailer. NIS America shipped the PlayStation 4 game on October 22 in North America and Europe, and on October 29 in Oceania after a delay. The ...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld ‒ Episode 8

Hopeless love interests generally do not fare well in anime stories, especially one where characters can die.
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Tetsuya Tsutsui noise Manga Resumes, Ends in 3 Chapters

Suspense manga about rural hunting town launched in December 2017 ― The first 2020 issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Tetsuya Tsutsui's noise manga is resuming serialization in the magazine's next issue on December 18, and will end in three chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end on January 22. The suspense manga is set in a rural hunting town that has bee...
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 19

Missing an opportunity for an undoubtedly lucrative tie-in, “Into the Nether” does not refer to the Company 8 gang getting into a bunch of Minecraft related shenanigans.
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Persona 5 Royal PS4 Game Launches in West on March 31

New English trailer streamed; limited editions revealed ― The official U.S. PlayStation Blog announced on Tuesday that Atlus' Persona 5 Royal (Persona 5 The Royal in Japan) PlayStation 4 role-playing game will launch in the West on March 31. The official website for the game began streaming an English release date announcement trailer. The game will include all DLC from the original Persona 5 game. T...
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No Guns Life ‒ Episode 8

The gradual degradation of his face over the course of the episode is a blunt but apt metaphor for the two-facedness of many politicians—a smiling veneer plastered carelessly over a soulless, power-hungry automaton.
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One Piece Gets New Novel About Nami

Jun Esaka writes, Sayaka Suwa draws for One Piece novel Heroines ― The Twitter account for Shueisha's One Piece Magazine, the magazine for Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga, announced on Tuesday that the manga will have a new novel titled One Piece novel Heroines. The novel will center on Nami. Jun Esaka will write the novel, and Sayaka Suwa will draw the illustrations. The magazine previously serialize...
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Assassins Pride ‒ Episode 8

A big twist near the end of the episode jarred even my cynical expectations. Between that and another key development, there might be something interesting to this arc after all.
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 69

The show keeps finding new ways to present its established ideas, including self-doubt and the inside politics of heroism.
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PlayStation Awards 2019 Winners Announced

PlayStation also gets Guinness World Record for best-selling home console brand ― Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) hosted and live-streamed the PlayStation Awards 2019 in Japan on Tuesday. The ceremony marked the 25th anniversary of the awards, as well as the debut of the original PlayStation console on December 3, 1994. In addition, PlayStation received the Guinness World Record for "best-sellin...
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Dokyū Hentai HxEros Anime Reveals Main Cast Members

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Ai Kakuma, Sayuri Yahagi, Yūki Kuwahara, Ai Kayano join cast ― The January 2020 issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine revealed the main cast members for the television anime adaptation of Ryōma Kitada's Dokyū Hentai HxEros manga on Wednesday. The cast includes: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Retto Enjō Ai Kakuma as Kirara Hoshino Sayuri Yahagi as Momoka Momozono Yūki Kuwahara as Sora Ten...
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New Show By Rock!! Anime Reveals Dokonjofinger Band With Video

Kent Itō, Shōhei Komatsu, Yuuki Ono, Yusuke Shirai join cast ― The official website for the anime of Sanrio's character project Show By Rock!! revealed the new band Dokonjofinger on Tuesday for Show By Rock!! Mashumairesh!!, the franchise's new television anime. The cast for the four-member band includes Kent Itō as Yasu, Shōhei Komatsu as Hachin, Yuuki Ono as Joe, and Yusuke Shirai as Sojun. The ban...
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Alita, Detective Pikachu, Kingdom Hearts III Also Nominated for Annie Awards

Rilakkuma and Kaoru, Ultraman, Carole & Tuesday also nominated ― The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced the nominees for its 47th Annual Annie Awards on Monday. In addition to the Best Indie Feature category, Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You anime film was nominated for the Best FX for Feature (Hidetsugu Ito, Yuko Nakajima, Jumi Lee, Ryosuke Tsuda), Best Direction - F...
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Sumikko Gurashi Film Rises to #2, French City Hunter Film Debuts at #8

Saekano drops to #9, 1st Gundam: G-Reco film debuts at #1 in mini-theater ranking Eiga Sumikko Gurashi - Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko (Sumikko Gurashi The Movie - The Unexpected Picture Book and the Secret Child), the anime film of San-X's "Sumikko Gurashi" (Living in the Corner) characters, jumped back from #4 to #2 in its fourth weekend by selling 121,000 tickets. The film earned 130,778,700 ye...

Alita: Battle Angel Producer Jon Landau: Fans Should Ask Disney for Sequel

Also confirms James Cameron has "plotted out 2 additional stories" ― Producer Jon Landau told film news website CinemaBlend in an interview on Monday that fans of the live-action Alita: Battle Angel film should "keep peppering our family now at Disney and [let them know] how important it is to have another Alita movie and hopefully we'll venture there one day." Landau added that James Cameron had "pl...
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Tatsuya Tokutake Retires from Voice Acting on December 31

Played Kakegurui lead Ryōta Suzui, THE [email protected]: SideM's Kazuki Tsukumo ― Talent production company With Line announced on Tuesday that voice actor Tatsuya Tokutake will retire from the entertainment industry on December 31. In his message, Tokutake thanked the productions, characters, and staff with whom he was able to work, as well as the fans who supported him. He apologized for not being able t...
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