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Strike Witches: Road to Berlin

Studio David Production takes over the animation job for this series, and the result is maybe the best-looking TV series yet in the franchise. ― This Fall 2020 series is the fifth TV series and ninth animated title overall in the expansive Strike Witches franchise, as well as being the third installment in the core storyline. It is not going to be the last animated title in the franchise, as the spin...
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I Reincarnated as Evil Alice, So the Only Thing I'm Courting is Death! Novel 1

I Reincarnated as Evil Alice is dark and bit grim. But it does successfully merge a host of popular tropes into one engaging novel. ― Lewis Carroll's Alice duology, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, have inspired plenty of anime and manga over the years, and a few otome games besides. With the popularity of the isekai subgenre of characters being reincarnated into otome ...
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This Week in Games - All The King's Fighters

Updates on KOFXV, Cham Cham is finally, finally back in the main Samurai Shodown roster, and Cyberpunk devs wants you to know they're really sorry. ― Hi folks. Today's one of those days where I can't really form a coherent introduction to the column. But that's okay, because there's plenty of interesting news to look at! THE KING OF FIGHTERS IS BACK, BABY You may recall that last week there were a Ki...
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Berserk of Gluttony Volume 1

Essentially, the story looks like it is boiling down to a protagonist who is forced to take on some evil airs due to the nature of his abilities and the idol he hopes to support despite that. ― As I read more light novels, I feel that I am developing a good sense for which ones are promising candidates for potential anime adaptations. Based on that, I rate this one as “likely.” Its simple, relatively...
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This Week in Anime - Just Who is Boogiepop?

Written by Perfect Blue's Sadayuki Murai, Boogiepop Phantom is a supernatural take on obsession, memories, death, and how we're all connected. ― A practically impenetrable horror anthology, Boogiepop Phantom premiered nearly two decades before Boogiepop and Others despite being a sequel. The series brings together director Takashi Watanabe, probably known best for Slayers of all things, writer Saday...
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Moriarty the Patriot GN 2

Moriarty the Patriot continues to be solid, recognizable, and still totally original. ― Think of the previous volume and the first three chapters of this one as the prologue for Moriarty the Patriot. When viewed in light of the fourth chapter in this second volume – which begins retelling A Study in Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes story published in 1887 – everything that comes before it is in ser...
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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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Strike Witches: Road to Berlin

Studio David Production takes over the animation job for this series, and the result is maybe the best-looking TV series yet in the franchise. ― This Fall 2020 series is the fifth TV series and ninth animated title overall in the expansive Strike Witches franchise, as well as being the third installment in the core storyline. It is not going to be the last animated title in the franchise, as the spin...
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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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Cells at Work! Code Black ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

It's going to be weird to say, but this is an exceptionally well edited and fantastically scored horror episode.
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Cells at Work!! Season 2 ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Cells at Work! is doing its job: I'm learning things in a fun way! But it could do one better by not immediately sidelining its main cast. That we're already having animation issues this early is also not a great sign.
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Sailor Moon Eternal Anime Films' Theme Song Music Video Streamed

2nd film opens on February 11 ― Momoiro Clover Z's official YouTube channel began streaming an animated music video for "Tsukiiro Chainon" ("Moon Color Chainon"), the two-part Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal (Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal The MOVIE) anime film project's theme song. The video features subtitles in English, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish. The first film was originally scheduled...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba's Rengoku Also Gets Life-Sized Sword Replica

First it was Tanjiro, and now it's Rengoku's turn to get a life-sized replica of his iconic sword. ― First it was Tanjiro, and now it's Rengoku's turn to get a life-sized replica of his iconic sword. Tamashii Nations' "Proplica" (a portmanteau of "prop" and "replica") line of character items aimed at adult collectors is selling a replica of Kyojuro Rengoku's Nichirin Blade for 11,000 yen (approximate...
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Crunchyroll Reveals Most Watched Anime of 2020 by Region

Black Clover, Jujutsu Kaisen among the most commonly appearing titles ― Crunchyroll revealed its most-watched anime of 2020 by region, along with other viewership trends of the year. The most commonly appearing titles from throughout the world are as follows: Black Clover (87 countries and territories) Jujutsu Kaisen (71 countries and territories) Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (32 countries and ter...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Film's English Dub Trailer Streamed

Film screens subbed, dubbed in N. America in early 2021 ― Aniplex of America began streaming an English dub trailer for the Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime on Friday. Funimation and Aniplex of America will screen the film with both subtitles and an English dub in theaters in North America in early 2021. After 12 consecutive weeks at #1 in the box office in Japan, the fi...
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Your Winter 2021 Daily Streaming Reviews Schedule

Click to find out who will be covering (or in some cases suffering through) this season's anime line-up! ― This season was full of highly-anticipated sequels and stellar premieres (check the Preview Guide for evidence), ANN opened voting for readers to decide the fate our intrepid review team. You did not disappoint! Look below for who will be covering (or in some cases suffering through) this season...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 957

If you are a freshly unfrozen homosapien from the middle paleolithic who is struggling to adapt to a modern world beyond your mind's wildest imaginations - then, my soggy hairy friend, this episode is for you.
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Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU ‒ Episode 15

It was really hard to choose a screencap this week that didn't show someone's eyes popping out of their skull.
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D4DJ First Mix Anime's English Dub Streams on Sunday

Latin American Spanish dub debuts in early February ― Bushiroad announced on Friday that English-dubbed versions of D4DJ First Mix, the television anime in Bushiroad's D4DJ multimedia project, will debut on the D4DJ Global YouTube Channel on January 17 at 12:00 a.m. EST. The first three episodes with launch simultaneously. The Latin American Spanish-dubbed version will then debut in early February. J...
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Ginga Force, Natsuki Chronicles Shoot 'em Up Games Get Physical PS4 Releases in Europe

Games to ship in 2nd quarter of 2021 ― Rising Star Games and First Press Games announced on Thursday that they are collaborating to physically release the Ginga Force vertical shoot 'em up game and the Natsuki Chronicles horizontal shoot 'em up game for the PlayStation 4 in the second quarter of 2021. Both games will be available for pre-order on January 16 at 1:00 p.m. EST. The releases will be avai...
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Redo of Healer Official Twitter Account Issues Content Warning

'The content is not made to endorse any specific way of thinking or belief ... Also includes extreme violence.' ― The Redo of Healer official Twitter account issued a content warning for the anime shortly before its television debut on Wednesday. The message is translated as follows: This program is fiction and bears no relation to any existing person, place, or organization. Furthermore, the content...
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Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (Season 2) ‒ Episode 15

Otto and Emilia get some meaty development, and the result is a very satisfying episode all around.
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Hetalia World Stars Anime Confirms 4 More Returning Cast Members

Kokoro Tanaka, Takahiro Mizushima, Keikou Sakai, Keiichiro Asai return for spring 2021 anime ― The official website for the new anime of Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia World Stars manga confirmed four more returning cast members on Friday. The newly announced returning cast members are: Kokoro Tanaka as Latvia Takahiro Mizushima as Finland Keikou Sakai as Sweden Keiichiro Asai as Australia The anime will...
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Persona 5 Strikers Game's 'All-Out-Action' Trailer Streamed

Action RPG launches on PS4, Switch, PC in West on February 23 ― Atlus began streaming on Friday the "All-Out-Action" trailer for Persona 5 Strikers (Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers) ⁠— the new action role-playing game in the Persona franchise by Atlus, Koei Tecmo Games, and Omega Force. Persona 5 Strikers will launch for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in the West on Februar...
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I Reincarnated as Evil Alice, So the Only Thing I'm Courting is Death! Novel 1

I Reincarnated as Evil Alice is dark and bit grim. But it does successfully merge a host of popular tropes into one engaging novel. ― Lewis Carroll's Alice duology, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, have inspired plenty of anime and manga over the years, and a few otome games besides. With the popularity of the isekai subgenre of characters being reincarnated into otome ...
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Crunchyroll Announces Nominees for 5th Annual Anime Awards

BEASTARS, Great Pretender, Jujutsu Kaisen, and Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! all pulled at least nine nominations. ― Disclosure: The writer of this article is also a judge for the Anime Awards. Crunchyroll announced the nominees and opened voting for its fifth annual Anime Awards on Friday. Several series are looking to dominate the program, including Beastars, Great Pretender, Jujutsu Kaisen, and Ke...
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The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent TV Anime Unveils Main Cast

Yui Ishikawa, Takahiro Sakurai, Takuya Eguchi, Yusuke Kobayashi, Taku Yashiro star in slow-life isekai anime ― The official website for the television anime of Yuka Tachibana and Yasuyuki Syuri's The Saint's Magic Power Is Omnipotent (Seijo no Maryoku wa Bannō Desu) light novel series revealed the main cast on Friday. The cast includes: Yui Ishikawa as Sei Takanashi Takahiro Sakurai as Albert Hawke T...
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'Farewell, My Dear Cramer' Soccer TV Anime Reveals More Cast, Visual

Tomoyo Kurosawa, Aoi Yūki, Shiho Kokido join cast of April anime ― The official website for the anime project for Naoshi Arakawa's Farewell, My Dear Cramer (Sayonara Watashi no Cramer) manga revealed on Friday more cast and a key visual for the television anime. The visual shows the main character's soccer team as well as teams from rival high schools. The newly announced cast includes (pictured belo...
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Original Anime Odd Taxi Announced with Cast, Staff, Promo Video, Manga

April anime about taxi driver's customer chats that leads to missing girl ― A new website opened on Friday to announce a new original anime titled Odd Taxi that will premiere on TV Tokyo and AT-X in April. The website revealed the anime's promotional video, teaser visual, cast, staff, and manga adaptation. The teaser visual shows anthropomorphic characters in a city of neon lights. The story follows ...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, December 28-January 3

Studio Ghibli's Earwig and the Witch earned 6.1% rating; Makoto Shinkai films, Major 2nd marathon also rank ― Studio Ghibli's first CG feature Earwig and the Witch, Goro Miyazaki's anime adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones' novel of the same name, aired on NHK on Wednesday, December 30 at 7:30 p.m. and it earned a 6.1% rating. Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You film aired on TV Asahi on Sunday, January...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, January 4-10

Momotaro Dentetsu stays at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: January 4-10 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwMomotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! Konami November 19, 2020 87,087 1,510,537 2NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20, 2020 45,124 6,517,609 3NSwRing Fit Adventure Nintendo October 18, 2019 44,282 2,202,001 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Ninten...
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My Boy in Blue's Maki Miyoshi Launches New Manga on February 13

Yoru no Shita de Machiawase manga centers on friendless girl meeting handsome guy from another world ― The February issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on Wednesday that Maki Miyoshi will launch a new manga titled Yoru no Shita de Machiawase (A Rendezvous Under the Night) in the magazine's next issue on February 13. The manga will have a color opening page and will feature on the is...
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Blue Spring Ride's Io Sakisaka Launches New Manga on February 13

Sakura, Saku manga centers on girl looking for boy who helped her ― The official Twitter account for Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine revealed on January 10 that Io Sakisaka will launch a new manga titled Sakura, Saku (The Cherry Blossoms Bloom) in the magazine's March issue on February 13. The manga will center on a girl named Saki, who thinks of herself as always just blending in with the crow...

P.A Works Reveals Aquatrope of White Sand Original Anime for July

Anime taking place at Okinawa aquarium reunites staff of IRODUKU: The World in Colors anime ― P.A. Works revealed on Friday that it is producing a new anime series titled Aquatrope of White Sand (Shiro Suna no Aquatrope) that will debut in July. The original story takes place in a small aquarium in Okinawa. Toshiya Shinohara (Black Butler, IRODUKU: The World in Colors, A Lull in the Sea) is directing...
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Matinee to Soiree Manga Enters Climax

Megumi Osuga's manga about rookie stage actor living in shadow of brother's career launched in 2016 ― The February issue of Shogakukan's Gessan magazine announced on Tuesday that Megumi Osuga's Matinee to Soiree manga is heading toward its "climax." The manga centers on Makoto Mitsuya, a rookie stage actor who is trying to make a name for himself, but has so far lived under the shadow of his deceased...

Re:ZERO Creator, Scriptwriter Pen WIT Studio's April TV Anime Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song-

Tappei Nagatsuki, Eiji Umehara's original AI story teased with promo video, visual ― WIT Studio announced on Friday that it is producing the original television anime Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song-. Tappei Nagatsuki (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, Warlords of Sigrdrifa) and Eiji Umehara (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- episode scriptwriter, Chaos;Child) created the story and wrote the...
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Beauty and the Feast Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

Square Enix to release Satomi U's romantic comedy manga in English ― This year's third issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine revealed on Friday that Satomi U's Beauty and the Feast (Yakumo-san wa Eduke ga Shitai) manga will end in two chapters. The manga will not appear in the fourth issue, so the next chapter will appear in the fifth issue on February 19. Square Enix Manga & Books licensed th...
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Discotek Adds Cyber City Oedo 808 OVA, Lupin III: Missed by a Dollar Special

Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Hajime no Ippo Collection 2, Submarine Super 99 also get releases in March ― Discotek Media announced on Thursday that it will release the Cyber City Oedo 808 OVA and the Lupin III: Missed by a Dollar anime special on March 30. The company will also release the previously announced Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine series, Hajime no Ippo Collection 2 (wi...
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Saki Manga Franchise Has 10 Million Copies in Circulation

7 new books debut for franchise this month ― Square Enix reported on Friday that Ritz Kobayashi's Saki manga franchise, including its various spinoff manga, has 10 million copies in circulation. Square Enix will publish the main manga's 21st compiled book volume on January 22, as well as an illustration art book, and new volumes for the spinoff manga, for a total of seven new books in the month of Ja...
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Philippines' GMA Network Posts Teaser for Live-Action Voltes V Legacy Series

Video teases volt-in sequence, Ultraelectromagnetic Sword attack ― Philippine television network GMA-7 began streaming a teaser trailer on Thursday for Voltes V Legacy, its live-action remake of the classic Voltes V mecha anime. The video teases the titular mecha's "volt-in" sequence, and also teases the iconic "Tenkūken" ("Laser Sword" in the Philippines) attack. GMA-7 has not yet revealed a premier...
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You Higuri Launches Manga Adaptation of Harlequin Romance

Manga of Abby Green's A Christmas Bride for the King novel debuted on January 9 ― You Higuri launched the Shakunetsu no Ō to Utsukushiki Tōbōsha manga adaptation of Abby Green's A Christmas Bride for the King novel in HarperCollins Japan's Harlequin Original magazine on January 9. The story centers on the younger brother of the hero in Green's A Diamond for the Sheikh's Mistress novel, which received...

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Violet Evergarden Film Sells 1.45 Million Tickets for 2.1 Billion Yen

Kyoto Animation film opened on September 18 ― Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime has sold 1,450,000 tickets for 2.1 billion yen (about US$20.2 million) as of Thursday. The film opened in Japan on September 18 last year, and it ranked at #2 in its opening weekend. The film is the first new Japanese anime film (as opposed to compilation films) to open in Dolby Cinemas, with Dolby Cine...

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S Anime Unveils New Visual, July Premiere

2nd season of Kyoto Animation anime based on Coolkyoushinja's manga ― The official website for the television anime of Coolkyoushinja's Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid manga unveiled a new visual and the July premiere date on Friday for the show's second season, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S. Kyoto Animation is returning to produce the anime. The "S" in the show's second season title stands for "Super ...
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Wataru Murayama's Alcafus Manga Ends in Next Chapter

Isekai story debuted in July 2018 ― The February issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine revealed on January 9 that Wataru Murayama's Alcafus manga will end in the next issue on February 9. The manga's story begins when a boy named Tasuku makes a mysterious friend at a Shinto shrine. He encounters a collapsed girl with the ears and tail of an animal at the shrine. She wakes up, and he gives h...
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Gintama The Semi-Final Net Anime Special's Trailer Highlights Shinsengumi

1st part of special debuted on Friday, 2nd part on January 20 ― The online dTV service began streaming a new trailer for Gintama The Semi-Final, the new net anime special in the Gintama franchise, on Friday. The trailer previews the special's second part debuting on January 20, and centers on the Shinsengumi. The special has two episodes, and is a prequel to the Gintama The Final anime film. The spec...
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Super Cub Motorbike Anime Unveils New Visual, April Premiere

Anime adapts Toni Koken, Hiro's novels about girl whose new motorcycle opens up her world ― The official website for the television anime of Tone Koken's Super Cub novels unveiled a new visual and the anime's April premiere date on Friday. The site had streamed a promotional video in May 2020. The anime stars: Yuki Yomichi as Koguma Ayaka Nanase as Reiko Natsumi Hioka as Shii Eniwa Toshiro Fujii (Bor...
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Knights of Sidonia Anime Film's Trailer Reveals 4 New Cast Members, May 14 Opening

Yūma Uchida, Yūto Uemura, Inori Minase, Miho Okasaki join film with all-new story ― The official website for Sidonia no Kishi: Ai Tsumugu Hoshi (Knights of Sidonia: The Star Where Love is Spun), the all-new anime film based on Tsutomu Nihei's Knights of Sidonia (Sidonia no Kishi) manga, began streaming the first full trailer for the film on Friday. The trailer reveals four new cast members, as well a...
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Shueisha Denies Involvement in Recent Twitter Copyright Takedowns

Third party caused Twitter to lock accounts, delete images related to Shueisha properties ― Beginning on Thursday last week, Twitter locked numerous accounts and deleted uploaded images in response to copyright claims allegedly under the name of Japanese manga publisher Shueisha. Many of the images deleted were related to Shueisha properties, in particular to the manga One Piece and Dragon Ball Super...

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe OVAs Launch on Netflix Worldwide on February 18

English-subtitled trailer streamed for 4-episode anime ― Netflix announced on Friday that it will stream the anime of Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai), Hirohiko Araki's spinoff manga for his JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga, in 190 countries starting on February 18. Netflix is also streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the anime. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan is a series of Hirohiko...
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Trinity Seven: Anastasia Holy Story Spinoff Manga Ends in Next Chapter

Series launched in September 2019 ― The February issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine revealed on January 9 that Bcoca's Trinity Seven: Anastasia Seiden (Trinity Seven: Anastasia Holy Story), a spinoff manga to Kenji Saito and Akinari Nao's Trinity Seven manga, will end in the next issue on February 9. The spinoff launched in the magazine in September 2019. Kadokawa published the second co...
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Gift Plus Minus Manga Author Aims to End Series This Year

Manga debuted in 2015, inspired anime in 2018 Gift Plus Minus manga creator Yuka Nagate announced on Twitter on Wednesday that she aims to complete the series by the end of 2021. The manga inspired an anime adaptation that debuted in Production I.G's Anime Beans app in September 2018. The manga centers on Tamaki Suzuhara, a high school student who is skilled at hunting people. She tracks down crimi...
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Shueisha Responds After One Piece Editor Gets Spotted With Pirated Adult Manga Viewing History

He had inadvertently touched the link while surfing the net, claims Shueisha ― Shueisha issued a statement to the news outlet J-Cast after a recent controversy involving a One Piece editor's internet viewing history. The editor's smartphone screen was shown in a recent livestream; in the search history it was briefly shown that one of the links was to an adult manga pirate site. The livestream, which...
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Ikigami Creator Motoro Mase's Nenkin Ningen Hitomoji Manga Ends

4th volume launches in late March ― Motoro Mase's Nenkin Ningen Hitomoji manga ended in this year's second issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine on January 9. Shogakukan will publish the fourth and final volume in late March. The magazine had revealed in November that the manga was entering its "final series." The issue alternatively described the manga's new arc as an epilogue. The "dramatic bio ...
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Surfers, Designers and Animals Frolick On The Beach in WAVE!! x Heaven's Design Team Collaboration Illustration

Asahi Productions, who produced both anime series, released the image ― To commemorate the recent premieres of WAVE!! Surfing Yappe!! and Heaven's Design Team, Asahi Productions, who produced both anime series, have released a collaboration illustration of the two. The illustration depicts Masaki Hinaoka and Shou Akitsuki from WAVE!! Surfing Yappe!! playing with various animals on the beach alongside...
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This Week in Games - All The King's Fighters

Updates on KOFXV, Cham Cham is finally, finally back in the main Samurai Shodown roster, and Cyberpunk devs wants you to know they're really sorry. ― Hi folks. Today's one of those days where I can't really form a coherent introduction to the column. But that's okay, because there's plenty of interesting news to look at! THE KING OF FIGHTERS IS BACK, BABY You may recall that last week there were a Ki...
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Dragon Quest Franchise Eases Rules on Monetized Streaming in Japan

Streamers may earn profit from monetized videos/streams ― Square Enix announced on Thursday that the Dragon Quest franchise is easing the rules on monetized streaming for its games. The new guidelines, which went into effect on Thursday, allow Dragon Quest games' streamers in Japan to earn profit from their monetized streams and videos. The new guidelines do not apply for streamers outside Japan. In ...
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Berserk of Gluttony Volume 1

Essentially, the story looks like it is boiling down to a protagonist who is forced to take on some evil airs due to the nature of his abilities and the idol he hopes to support despite that. ― As I read more light novels, I feel that I am developing a good sense for which ones are promising candidates for potential anime adaptations. Based on that, I rate this one as “likely.” Its simple, relatively...
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Bravely Default II Switch Game's Trailer Previews Snow Country, Asterisk Holders

Game launches on February 26 ― Square Enix began streaming a new trailer on Wednesday for its Bravely Default II Nintendo Switch game. The video previews the deep snow country of Rimedahl and the Asterisk holders for the Dragoon, Swordmaster, Spiritmaster, Oracle, and Salve-Maker jobs. Bravely Default II will launch on February 26, after a delay from 2020. Nintendo previously stated that the delay wa...
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US-Japan Face Mask Design Contest Calls for Submissions

Submissions are open until January 22 ― The New York branches of the Japan Foundation and The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership are calling for submissions for the “U.S.-Japan Face Mask Design Contest 2020.” The winning designs will be produced and donated to medical institutions and U.S.-Japan related nonprofit organizations. The winners will also receive gift cards to Kinokuniya and Bl...
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This Week in Anime - Just Who is Boogiepop?

Written by Perfect Blue's Sadayuki Murai, Boogiepop Phantom is a supernatural take on obsession, memories, death, and how we're all connected. ― A practically impenetrable horror anthology, Boogiepop Phantom premiered nearly two decades before Boogiepop and Others despite being a sequel. The series brings together director Takashi Watanabe, probably known best for Slayers of all things, writer Saday...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Laidbackers Theatrical Anime Project

Anime film debuted in Japan in April 2019 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has acquired home video and digital sell-through rights for Studio Gokumi's Laidbackers theatrical anime project in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, and the Netherlands. The company will release the anime on home video in April. The stu...
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My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, Attack on Titan Rank on NYT Bestseller January List

Junji Ito's Remina manga also makes list ― Two volumes of Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga, one volume of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga, Junji Ito's Remina manga, and one volume of Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga ranked on The New York Times' monthly Graphic Books and Manga bestseller list released in early January. The first volume of My Hero Academia ranked ...
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Kanojo mo Kanojo Anime Unveils Main Staff,Teaser Visual

Quintessential Quintuplets' Satoshi Kuwabara directs Tezuka Productions anime of Hiroyuki's romantic comedy ― The official website for the television anime of Hiroyuki's Kanojo mo Kanojo (She's a Girlfriend Too) manga revealed the main staff and teaser visual on Friday. The visual shows Nagisa (pictured below left) and Saki (pictured right). Satoshi Kuwabara (The Quintessential Quintuplets) is direct...
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My Hero Academia Ranks at #1 on U.S. Monthly BookScan December List

16 manga volumes including Demon Slayer, Uzumaki, Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun, Remina, Attack on Titan, Tokyo Ghoul, Death Note rank in top 20 ― Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 ranked at #1 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for December. This month's list featured 16 manga volumes, including: #1 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 #2 — Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slaye...
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New Pokémon Snap Switch Game Launches on April 30

Trailer previews new Lental region ― The Pokémon Company International announced on Thursday that its New Pokémon Snap game will launch for Nintendo Switch on April 30. The company began streaming a new trailer, and it previews the Lental region and its Pokémon. Bandai Namco Studios is developing the New Pokémon Snap game. The game, inspired by the 1999 Pokémon Snap game for the Nintendo 64, lets pla...
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1st Standalone Macross Frontier Concerts in a Decade Delayed Due to COVID-19

Macross Delta's Walküre concerts moved up 1 hour to end by 8:00 p.m. ― The official Macross portal site announced on Thursday that the "SANKYO presents Macross F Galaxy Live 2021 ~Madamada Futari wa Kore kara! Watashitachi no Uta wo Kike!" concerts, the first standalone live Macross Frontier concerts in a decade, have been delayed due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the Japanese governm...
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Murenase! Seton Gakuen Manga Only Has 'A Little More' to Go

Animal-themed romantic comedy manga launched in 2016, inspired 2020 TV anime ― Manga creator Bungo Yamashita announced on their Twitter account that their Murenase! Seton Gakuen -Animal Academy- (Come Together! Seton Academy -Animal Academy-) manga only has "a little more" to go. The "survival of the fittest animal romantic comedy" manga takes place at a school for animals, where the students' curric...
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Mamisu Arizawa Publishes Inukami! Novels' Sequel Work

Arizawa publishes sequel in new WiZH publishing company comprised of GoRA creator group members ― Writer Watatsuki Miyazawa announced on Monday that they have established a new publishing company named WiZH, with plans to publish new works in Mamisu Arizawa and illustrator Kanna Wakatsuki's Inukami! novel series, among others. The company also plans to make original works and novelizations of anime i...
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Mohiro Kitoh's Nōryoku: Shujinkō Hosei Manga Ends

Manga about average guy who gains power to become protagonist at life launched in November 2019 ― The February issue of Kodansha's good! Afternoon magazine published the final chapter of Mohiro Kitoh and Tōma's Nōryoku: Shujinkō Hosei (Superpower: Protagonist Revision) manga on January 7. The manga's third volume will debut in March as a digital-only release. The manga centers on Katō, who only wishe...

Final Evangelion Film Delayed Again Due to COVID-19

Film was slated to open on January 23, no new release date announced ― The official Twitter account for the Evangelion franchise announced on Thursday that Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the new Evangelion film, will not open on January 23 as planned. The staff stated they are delaying the film again after careful consideration due to the new state of emerge...
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Universal Studios Japan Postpones Super Nintendo World Opening

New theme park area was scheduled to open on February 4 ― Universal Studios Japan announced on Thursday that it is postponing the planned opening date of its Super Nintendo World area due to the new state of emergency declaration for Osaka prefecture on Wednesday. The new theme park area was planned to open on February 4. Universal Studios Japan stated it will reveal the new official opening date aft...
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Oh! My Konbu Manga Returns After 30 Years

Gourmet manga sequel by creators Yasushi Akimoto, Takahiro Kamiya brings back Konbu as middle-aged man ― This year's seventh issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine featured the return of the Oh! My Konbu manga on Thursday with the serialization of the new Oh! My Konbu Middle manga. Original creators Yasushi Akimoto and Takahiro Kamiya are once again returning to supervise and draw the manga, respective...
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Neptunia Virtual Stars Game's Teaser Reveals March Western Release

PS4 version out in N. America on March 2, Europe on March 5; PC version out on Steam on March 29 ― Idea Factory International unveiled a new teaser trailer and the release date of Compile Heart's VVVtunia (Neptunia Virtual Stars) game on Wednesday. The game will be available on PlayStation 4 physically and digitally in North America on March 2, and in Europe on March 5. The PC version will be availab...
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Cells at Work! Code Black Manga Ends on January 21

Spinoff about cells in unhealthy body launched in 2018, has ongoing TV anime ― This year's seventh issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Thursday that Shigemitsu Harada and Issei Hatsuyoshiya's Cells at Work! Code Black (Hataraku Saibō Black) spinoff manga will end in its next chapter on January 21. The manga's eighth volume will be the final volume, and it will ship on February 22. Kodans...

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Dragon Quest Tact Smartphone Game Launches in the West on January 27

Game launched in Japan in July 2020 ― Square Enix announced on Wednesday that the Western release of Dragon Quest Tact, the tactical role-playing game based on the Dragon Quest franchise, will launch on January 27 for iOS and Android devices. The game launched for iOS and Android devices in Japan in July 2020. The free-to-play game includes in-app purchases. In the game, players command the franchise...
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High-Rise Invasion Anime Unveils Trailer, More Cast, Staff, Song Artists, February 25 Debut

Jun Fukuyama, Yoko Hikasa, Megumi Ogata, Koji Yusa, Chika Anzai, Shizuka Itou join cast ― Netflix unveiled a new trailer for the anime series of Tsuina Miura and Takahiro Ōba's survival horror manga High-Rise Invasion (Tenkū Shinpan) on Thursday. The anime's official website also unveiled more cast and staff members, theme song artists, and the anime's February 25 Netflix debut date in Japan. Japanes...
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Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town Game's Videos Preview Bachelors, Bachelorettes

Switch game launches in Japan on February 25, West on March 23 ― XSEED Games began streaming two videos on Tuesday for Marvelous' new Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town (Bokujō Monogatari Olive Town to Kibō no Daichi) game for the Nintendo Switch. The videos preview the game's bachelors and bachelorettes. The game will ship in Japan on February 25 and in the West on March 23. XSEED Games descri...
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Kaiji Series Gets Spinoff Manga About Seiya Ichijō

Spinoff of Nobuyuki Fukumoto's manga launches on January 21 ― This year's seventh issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Thursday that a spinoff of Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Kaiji manga will debut in the magazine's next issue on January 21. The manga will center on Seiya Ichijō. The magazine teased an incomplete version of the title in which "O" represents obscured text: "OOOO Roku Ichijō." Tense...
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Hentai Kamen Creator Draws His Unique Take on Demon Slayer

Hentai Kamen creator Keishuu Andou has jumped onboard the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba trend by posting his fanart on Twitter. His fanart, however, is rooted in the quirks of his own hit manga, which tells the story of a superhero who gains his powers from wearing panties over his head. 便乗 pic.twitter.com/yEeyfrZOld— あんど慶周 (@and_k_dna) January 9, 2021 The illustration depicts the Hentai Kamen pr...
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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Switch Game's Trailers Preview New Bowser, Mario Forms

Updated port of 2013 Wii U game launches on February 12 ― Nintendo began streaming on Tuesday and Wednesday two new trailers for its Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury game, an updated port of the Super Mario 3D World Wii U game for Nintendo Switch. The trailers reveal and preview Bowser's Fury form, Giga Cat Mario, the "free-roam adventure" gameplay of the "Bowser's Fury" mode, and a playable Bows...
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Sk8 the Infinity Anime Gets Spinoff Manga

Toriyasu draws comedy spinoff of original skateboarding anime ― The February issue of Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine revealed on January 4 that Sk8 the Infinity, the original anime project from director Hiroko Utsumi (Banana Fish, Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club, Free! Eternal Summer) and animation studio BONES (Eureka Seven, My Hero Academia), is inspiring a spinoff manga titled Sk8 Chill Out! that will la...
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Code:Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ Game's Switch Version Launches in West on February 25

― Aksys Games announced on Tuesday that it will release the Nintendo Switch version of Otomate's Code:Realize ~Shirogane no Kiseki~ game in the West on February 25. The release will have both a standard and limited-edition release. The limited-edition release will include five metal buttons with artwork, and a keychain of Cardian in a winter costume. The Switch version shipped in Japan last July. Th...
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Kata Konayama's Love Me for Who I Am Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

Series about non-binary high schooler launched in 2018 ― The 26th chapter of Kata Konayama's Love Me For Who I Am (Fukakai na Boku no Subete o) manga revealed on January 8 that the manga will end in two chapters. Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story: Mogumo is a cute but lonely high school student who just wants a few loving friends. Fellow student Iw...
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Moriarty the Patriot GN 2

Moriarty the Patriot continues to be solid, recognizable, and still totally original. ― Think of the previous volume and the first three chapters of this one as the prologue for Moriarty the Patriot. When viewed in light of the fourth chapter in this second volume – which begins retelling A Study in Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes story published in 1887 – everything that comes before it is in ser...
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Magatsu Wahrheit Smartphone Game Ends Service in Japan on March 31

Game launched for iOS, Android in Japan in April 2019 ― The official website for KLab's Magatsu Wahrheit smartphone role-playing game announced on Tuesday that the game will end service on March 31 at 6:00 p.m. JST. The game has halted sales of in-game Gem and Gacha Ticket currency as of Tuesday. The game itself will detail in a notice on March 31 on how to request refunds. The game will continue ser...
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Pokémon 25th Anniversary Video Reveals Katy Perry Collaboration

Franchise gets anniversary cards, product collaborations with other brands ― The official YouTube channel for the Pokémon franchise began streaming on Wednesday a video commemorating the series' 25th anniversary. The video reveals the franchise will collaborate with Katy Perry. The series' official website revealed that the Pokémon franchise is teaming up with Universal Music Group and musical artist...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV Game's Switch Version Launches on April 9

Game launched for PS4 in N. America, Europe on October 27 ― NIS America announced on Tuesday that the Nintendo Switch version of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV game, the fourth installment in Nihon Falcom's Trails of Cold Steel role-playing game series, will launch in North America and Europe on April 9, and in Oceania on April 16. Heroes must unite! Trails of Cold Steel IV is coming t...
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hololive's Usada Pekora Cracks Top 5 Most-Viewed Female Streamers of 2020

The Virtual YouTuber racked up 14.6 million views last year ― Dexerto reported on the top five most-viewed female streamers of 2020, citing data analytics by Stream Hatchet. Although Valkyrae was the top-viewed streamer, racking in 23.6 million views across her videos throughout last year, the data also revealed the surprising success of a Japanese Virtual YouTuber: hololive's Usada Pekora's channel ...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 159

While most of the episode is time-killing fluff, the first and last couple of minutes deal with Ralph, who was found by Sister Lily last episode.
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BEASTARS 2nd Season's Opening Music Video Premieres

BEASTARS and YOASOBI'S song "Kaibutsu" premiered on YouTube on Wednesday. ― The music video for BEASTARS and YOASOBI'S song "Kaibutsu" premiered on YouTube on Wednesday morning. The song is the opener for the second season of Studio Orange's animated adaptation of Paru Itagaki's manga series. Orange noted that Itagaki along with Hyperbole's Toshiyuki Yamashita and Rinna Miwa worked on the music video...
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Jun Maeda's New Book Delisted From Kodansha's Site

Neko Kari Zoku no Naga book previously listed for March 23 launch ― Kodansha has removed Jun Maeda's new Neko Kari Zoku no Naga (The Cat-Hunting Tribe's Chief) book from its list of upcoming books. The company had previously listed that it would publish this book on March 23. Maeda first collaborated with P.A. Works to develop the Angel Beats! mixed media project in 2010, and they collaborated again ...
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Japan Adds 7 Prefectures to COVID-19 State of Emergency

Japan to suspend entry of foreigners again, Ghibli Museum delays re-opening to January 22 ― Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga confirmed on Wednesday that the government is expanding the state of emergency to seven more prefectures — Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Aichi, Fukuoka, Gifu, and Tochigi — in response to the high rate of new infections of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The state of emerg...
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Shogakukan Launches 5 Isekai Fantasy Manga for Female Readers

Manga launch for 5 consecutive days starting on January 18 ― Shogakukan's Manga One app will launch five isekai fantasy manga of the "Saikyо̄ Heroine 5" (Strongest Heroine 5) project over five consecutive days starting on January 18. The project will include: Isekai de Seikishi no Hakо̄shi Shitetara Tо̄tomi ga Sugite Seijo ni Natteta by Yuki Yama based on work by original creator Nonbendarari - Janua...
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Sony Reveals New Dates for Project Athia, Pragmata, GhostWire: Tokyo Games

Project Athia debuts in January 2022, Pragmata delayed to 2023 ― Sony announced the release dates of some PlayStation 5 game titles, including Square Enix's Project Athia and Capcom's Pragmata, in a video for the CES 2021 digital event on Tuesday. It also narrowed down the release date of the GhostWire: Tokyo game to October this year. Project Athia will debut on January 2022. The game is also slated...
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Reina Kondo Sings Battle Athletes Daiundōkai ReSTART! Anime's Ending

Kondo sings "Sakura Maichiru Yoru ni" for April 2021 anime ― The official website for Battle Athletes Daiundōkai ReSTART! (Romanized as Battle Athletess Daiundokai ReSTART! on the website), the anime of Rui Takatō's new Pale Blue Dot Battle Athletes Daiundōkai ReSTART! manga, revealed on Tuesday that Reina Kondo will perform the anime's ending theme song "Sakura Maichiru Yoru ni" (On the Night When C...
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LiSA's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie Theme Is #1 Song Download for 13 Straight Weeks

Song now has 843,000 downloads ― LiSA's "Homura" single, the theme song for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Movie: Mugen Train anime, has ranked #1 on Oricon's weekly digital singles ranking chart for 13 consecutive weeks. It sold 26,200 downloads during the January 4-10 week for a new total of 843,281 downloads. Last month, in its 11th week at #1 on the weekly digital singles ranking chart,...

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Bandai Namco Pictures Launches Shinsengumi Kitchen Diary Project With Anime Plans

Gourmet project about high school girl chef lost in time also has web novel, manga ― Bandai Namco Pictures announced on Tuesday that it is producing a new original project titled Shinsengumi Kitchen Diary (Shinsengumi Chūbō Roku), with a planned web novel, manga, and anime. The project's themes are "gourmet," "time travel," and "shinsengumi." The manga centers on Izumi Inaba, a high school girl who h...
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Voice Actor Anri Katsu Diagnosed With COVID-19

Katsu quarantining at home after fever, positive test result last week ― Talent management agency Ken Production announced on Tuesday that voice actor Anri Katsu tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Katsu had a fever on the evening of January 6, received a PCR test the following day, and received the positive result on January 9. He is currently self-quarantining at home. A med...

Edens Zero Anime's Teaser Video Reveals More Staff

Yoshihisa Hirano scores anime of Hiro Mashima manga premiering on April 10 ― Kodansha unveiled a new promotional video for the television anime of Hiro Mashima's Edens Zero manga on Wednesday. The teaser video reveals additional staff members, and confirms the anime's April 10 premiere. The new staff members include: Audio Director: Shōji Hata Audio Production: Magic Capsule Music: Yoshihisa Hirano M...
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Jujutsu Kaisen Manga's Circulation Jumped 235% After Anime's Premiere

From 8.5 million to 20 million in 4 months since October ― Shueisha reported on Wednesday that Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga has 20 million copies in circulation (not sold), including digital copies. The manga's number of copies in circulation has risen to 235% since the premiere of its anime adaptation last October. The manga had around 8.5 million copies in circulation in the beginning of Oct...
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New Shaman King Anime Casts Michiko Neya, Tooru Sakurai

Neya reprises Tao Jun, Sakurai replaces Nobutoshi Canna as Lee Pailong in April anime ― The official website for the new television anime for Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga revealed two additional cast members for the anime on Tuesday. The newly announced cast members are: Michiko Neya as Tao Jun, Tao Ren's sister, and a daoshi who fights using jiangshi zombies (returning from 2001 anime) Tooru S...
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Edens Zero Anime Premieres on April 10

― This year's seventh issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine announced on Wednesday that the television anime of Hiro Mashima's Edens Zero manga will premiere on NTV and other channels on Saturday, April 10 at 24:55 (effectively, April 11 at 12:55 a.m.) Shinji Ishihara (Fairy Tail, Log Horizon) is the chief director of the anime at JC Staff, and Yūshi Suzuki (episode director for Fairy Tail seas...
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Flat Studio, banishment Produce Original Anime Concept Movie Starring Daiki Yamashita

Akari Kitō, Marie Miyake also provide voices for "Life of Falling" ― Animation studio Flat Studio and one of its creators "banishment" produced an original anime concept movie titled "Rakka-sei" ("Life of Falling") and posted it on YouTube on Saturday. Daiki Yamashita plays the anime's hero, Akari Kitō voices the heroine, and Marie Miyake provides the voice for the teacher. Eve performs the theme son...
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Funimation Adds Log Horizon Anime's 1st Season to Catalog

Series about players stranded in online game premiered in 2013 ― Funimation began streaming the first season of the Log Horizon anime on Tuesday with English subtitles and the English dub in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. The story of author Mamare Touno and illustrator Kazuhiro Hara's Log Horizon novel series begins when 30,000 Japanese gamers are trapped in the fantasy ...
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BONES Launches Weekly Blog for Sk8 the Infinity Anime

Learn about the director's favorite scenes and who drew them ― Anime studio BONES has started a weekly blog column for the Sk8 the Infinity original anime series. The column highlights key frames from each episode that made an impression on director Hiroko Utsumi. From the first episode, which aired on Saturday, the blog highlights four drawings: "Reki's sparkling smile" by Tomoyo Kamoi "Transfer stu...

Jun Maeda to Publish New Book on March 23

Writer of multiple Visual Art's/Key visual novels to release Neko Kari Zoku no Naga ― Kodansha is listing that it will publish a book by Jun Maeda titled Neko Kari Zoku no Naga (The Cat-Hunting Tribe's Chief) on March 23. Maeda first collaborated with P.A. Works to develop the Angel Beats! mixed media project in 2010, and they collaborated again on the 2015 Charlotte anime. Maeda is known for writing...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 10-16

Lupin III The First, BanG Dream! Film Live anime; A Man and His Cat, Fly Me to the Moon manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date BanG Dream! Film Live BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$29.98 January 12 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 8 BDCite Viz Media US$49.98 January 12 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 8 DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Viz Media US$39.99 January 12 Chain Chroni...
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Horimiya Sets New Record For Most-Watched Debut Romantic Comedy Premiere on MyAnimeList

Record was previously held by Rent-A-Girlfriend. ― Since the airing of Horimiya's first episode on Saturday, a total of 69,088 users on the anime listing site MyAnimeList have logged themselves as "watching" the anime on their accounts, seemingly breaking the record for the most-watched premiere for a debut romantic comedy among users of the site. The record was previously held by Rent-a-Girlfriend w...
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Japan Considers Expanding State of Emergency to Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto

Tochigi, Aichi, Gifu also consider request to national government ― The Japanese national government is moving toward expanding the state of emergency to the prefectures of Osaka, Hyogo, and Kyoto, with an announcement coming as early as Wednesday. The Tochigi, Aichi, and Gifu prefectural governments also have requested or are considering requesting the national government to declare a state of emerg...

Redo of Healer Novels Get Spinoff Manga

Spinoff story centers on world where Kayal forsakes vengeance, runs cafe ― The February issue of Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine revealed on January 4 that Rui Tsukiyo's Kaifuku Jutsushi no Yarinaoshi: Sokushi Mahō to Skill Copy no Chōetsu Heal (Redo of Healer) light novel series is inspiring a spinoff manga titled Kaifuku Jutsushi no Omotenashi (Hospitality of Healer) that will launch on Kadokawa's Yo...
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Yoshiyuki Tomino Praises Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, But Describes Its Cultural Success as a 'Coincidence'

'It's strange [for anime to gather staff] that align so perfectly.' ― Livedoor News posted an interview with Mobile Suit Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino on Thursday, where he discussed his thoughts on the hit anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. First, he described the modern anime landscape, remarking that because anime has become so mainstream, a work needs to be created with real seriousne...
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Akeji Fujimura's 'Aishitemasu, Kyōko-san' Manga Goes on Hiatus, Moves to Digital

Manga about "twisted love" launched in 2019 ― The February issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine the Third revealed on January 6 that Akeji Fujimura and Takeshi Nozawa's Aishitemasu, Kyōko-san (I Love You, Kyōko-san) manga will go on hiatus due to "various circumstances." In addition, when the manga returns, it will switch to a digital serialization on the Yanmaga Web and Comic Days websites. The magazi...
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Yuni's It's Personnel! Manga Ends on January 18

Manga about co-workers in company HR department launched in 2019 ― Manga creator Yuni revealed on their Twitter account on January 4 that they will end their It's Personnel! (Hitogoto Desu Kara!) manga in the next chapter on January 18. Manga Planet licensed the manga and is releasing it in English. It describes the manga: Ms. Komori is the ace of the Sales and Marketing Department, and she damned we...
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DAYS Soccer Manga Ends on January 20

Series debuted in 2013, inspired TV anime in 2016 ― This year's seventh issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Tsuyoshi Yasuda's DAYS soccer manga will end in the next issue on January 20. Yasuda launched the series in Weekly Shonen Magazine in April 2013, and Kodansha published the manga's 41st volume on December 17. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga digitally in...
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Tokunana Manga Based on Original Anime Ends

2nd volume ships on March 14 ― The February issue of Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Garden magazine published the final chapter of Namazakana's manga adaptation of the original television anime project Keishichō Tokumu-bu Tokushu Kyōaku-han Taisaku-Shitsu Dai-Nana-ka -Tokunana- (Special Crime Investigation Unit Special 7) on January 5. The manga's second compiled book volume will ship on March 14. Namaza...
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Capcom Verifies Compromised Data for Additional 16,406 People Following Unauthorized Network Attack

Ransomware attack compromised personal, corporate data in November ― Capcom confirmed on Tuesday that personal information maintained by the Capcom Group has been compromised, following the customized ransomware attack caused by unauthorized access to its network on November 2. Capcom had announced on November 16 that personal information of nine people had been compromised, and the company verified ...
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Assault Lily Project Gets Mini Anime by SHAFT This Summer

Bouquet anime aired last fall with Last Bullet game app launching on January 20 ― The "Assault Lily Project Announcement" event unveiled a new mini anime by the studio SHAFT for this summer. While the announcement did not specify the medium of the mini anime, it described the anime with the term used for online streaming. The Assault Lily Project is a mixed-media franchise, based on 1/12-scale actio...

Gintama The Final Ends Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba's 12-Weekend Reign at Box Office

1st Sailor Moon Eternal film opens at #9 Gintama The Final, the new anime film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga, ranked #1 in its opening weekend — ending Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train's 12 consecutive weekends at the top of the Japanese box office. The film opened in Japan last Friday. The film is based on the finale of the original manga, combined with new story eleme...
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Haro Aso's Alice in Borderland Retry Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

Spinoff of manga that inspired Netflix show launched on October 14 ― This year's sixth issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on January 6 that Haro Aso's Alice in Borderland Retry (Imawa no Kuni no Alice Retry) manga will end in two chapters. If the manga has no delays, it will end in the magazine's eighth issue on January 20. The manga's second volume will be the final volume,...
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The irregular at magic high school Franchise Has 20 Million in Circulation

Franchise has 100 volumes of light novels/manga ― Kadokawa reported on Friday that Tsutomu Satou's The irregular at magic high school franchise has 20 million copies in circulation. There are 100 volumes in the franchise, including light novels and manga. Square Enix published Tsuna Kitaumi's Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Nyūgaku-hen (Enrollment Arc) and Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Kyūkōsen-hen (Nine School ...

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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon ‒ Episode 14

Hold on to your Pocky sticks and crack open the intoxicating beverage of your choice, friends and neighbors, because this is going to be the spiciest of Yashahime hot takes.
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 31

It's a testament to how much I want to be interested in the story portions of this battle-obsessed anime that probably my favorite part of this episode comes in the wind-down at the very end.
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Gunslinger Girl's Yu Aida Launches New Manga on February 26

Yūki Aru Mono Yorichire manga centers on immortal girl, warrior who failed to die ― This year's second issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Thursday that manga creator Yu Aida is launching a new manga titled Yūki Aru Mono Yorichire (Those With Courage, Come and Lay Down Your Lives) in the magazine's fifth issue on February 26. The magazine teased the manga with the text: "An immort...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, December 28-January 3

Momotaro Dentetsu stays at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: December 28-January 3 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwMomotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! Konami November 19, 2020 190,427 1,423,450 2NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20, 2020 94,382 6,472,485 3NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 83,853 3,541,036 4NSwRing Fit Adventur...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, December 21-27

Momotaro Dentetsu stays at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: December 21-27 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwMomotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! Konami November 19, 2020 268,816 1,233,023 2NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20, 2020 107,750 6,378,103 3NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 68,199 3,457,183 4NSwRing Fit Adventure Nint...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, December 21-27

Nausicaa Christmas Day airing earned 10.2% rating ― Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind aired on NTV on Friday, December 25 at 9:00 p.m. and earned an 10.2% rating. The 2010 Gintama: The Movie anime film aired on TV Tokyo on Sunday, December 27 at 2:40 a.m. and earned a 0.7% rating. A marathon of the second live-action Gokusen series aired on NTV on Sunday, December 27 at 1:15 p.m. an...
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Blue Flag Manga Ranks in YALSA's Top 10 Graphic Novels for Teens

The Golden Sheep, Witch Hat Atelier, 10 more manga make Great Graphic Novels list ― The American Library Association's (ALA's) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released its 2021 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens on Wednesday. Kaito's Blue Flag manga ranked in the Top Ten graphic novels this year. The 12 manga on the list of 126 titles are: Title: Blue Flag GN 1-5 Creator: Kaito P...
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Square Enix's Bravely Default Producer Teases Future Game

Bravely Default II Switch game launches on February 26 ― Square Enix producer Tomoya Asano teased on the Bravely Default game series' Twitter account on Friday that he thinks he can announce a new work this year. Asano also shared a New Year's illustration of the Bravely Default II Nintendo Switch game by series artist ikusy. Bravely Default II will launch on February 26, after a delay from 2020. Nin...
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Eiji Ohtsuka's Yakumo Hyakkai Manga Ends

Manga about Japanese folklore scholar Lafcadio Hearn launched in 2007 ― The February issue of Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine published the final chapter of Eiji Ohtsuka's Yakumo Hyakkai manga on January 4. The same issue also published the first chapter of Ohtsuka and Hosui Yamazaki's new Kudan no Pistol manga. Yakumo Hyakkai centers on real-life scholar Lafcadio Hearn, also known as Koizumi Yakumo, w...
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Key President Teases Plans for Anime of Summer Pockets, Other Franchises

Takahiro Baba teases new anime, Key-related anime ― Visual Arts/Key's president Takahiro Baba teased in a blog post on Friday that the company is planning collaborative anime projects with partners. One of these projects is the previously teased anime of the company's Summer Pockets game. There will also be a completely new anime and a Key-related anime project. Baba stated that although he cannot an...
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The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Anime Streams Mini-Anime's 1st Episode

New episodes of Doki Doki! Mini Mini! Kakushi Dungeon Gekijō premiere on Saturdays ― The official website for the television anime of Meguru Seto's The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter (Ore Dake Haireru Kakushi Dungeon ~Kossori Kitaete Sekai Saikyō) light novel series posted the first episode of a new mini-anime titled Doki Doki! Mini Mini! Kakushi Dungeon Gekijō on Saturday. New episodes of the mini-...
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Let's Make a Mug Too Anime Casts Haru Miyachi, Nendo Tsumura After Audition With 2,000+ Applicants

Anime of Tajimi's promotional manga Yakunara Mug Cup Mo premieres in April ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of the city of Tajimi's promotional manga Yakunara Mug Cup Mo (Let's Make a Mug Too) revealed on Friday that the anime has cast Haru Miyachi and Nendo Tsumura following an audition that received over 2,000 applicants. Both new cast members will play students who attend...
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Wonder Egg Priority Anime Posts Promo Video Before Tuesday's Premiere

Kanata Aikawa, Tomori Kusunoki, Shuka Saitō, Hinaki Yano star in, sing theme for CloverWorks, Aniplex original series ― The official website and Twitter account for CloverWorks' original television anime Wonder Egg Priority began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Monday. The anime's story begins when the protagonist, a 14-year-old girl named Ai Ohto, hears a mysterious voice while walkin...
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La Corda d'Oro Manga Gets 'What-If' Endings With 4 Routes

New manga debuts in June ― The January issue of Hakusensha's LaLa DX magazine revealed on December 10 that a new La Corda d'Oro manga series will launch in the magazine's July issue this June. The new series will portray four different parallel "endings" to the original La Corda d'Oro story with Kahoko ending up with each of the four male leads of the story: Tsuchiura, Shimizu, Yunoki, and Hihara. Wh...
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Wakako-zake's Chie Shinkyū to End Takako-san Manga in 6th Volume

Manga about woman with perceptive hearing launched in 2014 ― Amazon is listing the sixth compiled book volume of Chie Shinkyū's Takako-san manga as the final volume. The volume will ship on February 20. The manga focuses on the titular protagonist Takako-san, whose hearing is slightly more sensitive than average. She works at a cafe, and finds satisfaction in being able to be perceptive to people and...
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Manga Sutra/Futari H Manga Goes on Hiatus Until April Due to Author's Surgery

Author Aki Katsu is currently hospitalized ― This year's second issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine announced on Thursday that Aki Katsu's Futari H (Manga Sutra) manga will go on hiatus until April due to being hospitalized for surgery. The announcement did not reveal more details on the nature of Katsu's surgery. Katsu (Psychic Academy, The Vision of Escaflowne) has been drawing Futari H (Ma...
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Gintama's Hideaki Sorachi Unveils All His Demon Slayer Art of Tanjirō, Hashira

Art on random cards, double-sided mini-poster handed to Gintama: The Final film audiences ― Last month, we had a tease of three Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba characters as drawn by Gintama author Hideaki Sorachi. Now, we can see the entire collage, with Tanjirō surrounded by all nine Hashira, as well as another illustration of Gintama's Yorozuya trio. In true Gintama fashion, the text on the Demon S...
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Hollywood Reporter: Warner, Legendary Are Close to Godzilla vs. Kong Release Agreement

Film expected to make May 21 opening date ― Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter reported last Friday that Warner Bros. is close to finalizing an agreement with Legendary Entertainment on how to release the Godzilla vs. Kong film. As a result, the film is expected to make its May 21 opening date in theaters (including IMAX) as well as the HBO Max streaming service. The agreement would pre...
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