How BOFURI Defies Gamer Expectations

BOFURI's Maple is an inspiration to everyone who has been told they were playing a game 'wrong,' even when that playstyle brought them immense enjoyment.

Marvel, Viz to Publish Deadpool: Samurai, Marvel Meow, 'Secret Reverse' Manga

Companies release Marvel Meow on October 12, Deadpool: Samurai in February 2022

Restaurant to Another World TV Anime Season 2 Listed

Fairy Ranmaru ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

It's Fairy Ranmaru's unapologetically loud sexuality that first got me to take note and when voters were too cowardly to pick it, I decided to rectify the situation myself. You cannot control me. We're going to follow this muscular manshow until someone inevitably yells, "Daddy!"

This Week in Anime - The Daily Lives of High School Boys is Comedy Perfection

What makes a comedy not only good, but timeless? The Daily Lives of High School Boys might have nailed down the formula by blending irreverence with characters too stupid to chew their own food.

Interview: Chainsaw Man Creator Tatsuki Fujimoto

Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man shocked and delighted audiences around the world. With the conclusion of the manga's first part, we interviewed Fujimoto about the manga's creation and got his thoughts on the upcoming anime.

PREVIEW: Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster

The rise of the Shin Megami Tensei series in the US can be charted back to Nocturne on the PS2. Atlus and Sega are now remastering the third numbered SMT game for modern consoles and PCs. We sat down with the Switch version to check it out.
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Blue Flag GN 7

In the aftermath of Toma's confession, rumors are flying all over the school and everyone has an opinion. Everyone, that is, except the three people who matter: Taichi, Futaba, and Toma himself ― If you have biases or prejudices, does that mean that you shouldn't speak of them? Is it wrong to view others using the same lens through which you view yourself? What happens when you can't even whisper the...
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Asadora! GN 2

While Asa and the old pilot are looking for the rest of her family, they witness a strange sight: a giant tail or tentacle rising from the sea, right near where a giant reptilian footprint marks the spot where Asa's house used to stand. ― This volume wraps up the aftermath of the typhoon, but not before we see it leave its lasting mark on Asa Asada. While she and Kasuga, the old pilot, are looking fo...
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I Hear the Sunspot: Limit GN 3

Given that it's dealing with some heavier, more reality-based themes than we typically see in BL manga, that's a major positive, and even as this volume flirts with a couple of major tropes, it still remains grounded and full of heart. ― From its first volume, Yuki Fumino's I Hear the Sunspot has been a thoughtful, gently-paced story about two young men finding each other and learning how they want t...
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The ANN Aftershow - Class 1-A Wins The First Match!

The real question is, was there finally enough action to satisfy Jacki? ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 92: Class 1-A Wins The First Match! The first match between Class 1-A and 1-B wraps up with a victory for Shinso, Froppy, Red Riot, Chargebolt, and Anima. While the previous episode was mostly set-up, episode 92 gives the heroes a chance to shine while also showing off Shinso's potential...
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Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection GN

Lovesickness proves to be familiar territory for Ito's storytelling both in characterization and twists. ― Junji Ito's horror catalog features a number of recurring characters; the best known might be the titular Tomie, but she's joined by the likes of nail-chewing occult brat Sōichi, man-eating supermodel Miss Fuchi, and the dimension-hopping Toru Oshikiri. The handsome ghost of Lovesickness joins I...
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This Week in Anime - Indie Visionaries and Alternative Animation

This week the team is highlighting animation that goes off the beaten path, be it stop-motion, sand art, and even puppetry. Here's to a celebration of anime in all of its forms. ― We all debate about what anime is, but regardless of where you fall in the argument it's undeniable that animation goes beyond traditional 2D artwork. This week the team is highlighting animation that goes off the beaten p...
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Ride or Die Live-Action Film

Rei Nagasawa and Nanae Shinoda have known each other since high school. When she gets a call from Nanae asking for help, Rei walks away from her life and a happy relationship to commit murder for a woman she hasn't seen in ten years. ― Content Warning: Domestic abuse, graphic violence, graphic sex Every live-action adaptation is, to some extent, an example of Theseus' ship: How much of the original c...
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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Omega ‒ Episode 3

This week's episode wastes pretty much no time making apparent that, in the established dispute between the Church and the city's Lordship, the Church definitely weren't the Good Guys.
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Otsuchi Town Produces Short Anime Starring Shouta Aoi

Anime debuts this fall ― The town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture announced on Friday that it is producing a short anime, with voice actor Shouta Aoi voicing the character Kai Otsuchi. The anime will debut this fall. Otsuchi mayor Kōzō Hirano stated that the project is designed to bridge the physical boundaries that the current new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has brought about the world, w...
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Blue Flag GN 7

In the aftermath of Toma's confession, rumors are flying all over the school and everyone has an opinion. Everyone, that is, except the three people who matter: Taichi, Futaba, and Toma himself ― If you have biases or prejudices, does that mean that you shouldn't speak of them? Is it wrong to view others using the same lens through which you view yourself? What happens when you can't even whisper the...
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Samurai Warriors 5 PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC Game's Trailer Reveals New Characters

Game adds Sandayū Momochi, Hattori Hanzō, Magoichi Saika, Yasuke ― Koei Tecmo Games revealed on Friday four new characters for Samurai Warriors 5 (Sengoku Musō 5), a new installment in its Samurai Warriors series. The company began streaming a character trailer: The new characters include kusarigama expert and head of the Iga ninjas Sandayū Momochi, Ninja Sword master Hattori Hanzō, professional merc...
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Pokémon Journeys TV Anime Casts Hiroshi Kamiya, Ryoko Shiraishi

Promo video previews new characters, teases Gary's return ― The staff of the ongoing television anime Pokémon Journeys: The Series revealed on Friday that the series has cast Hiroshi Kamiya as Tsurugi and Ryoko Shiraishi as Asahi, characters who are part of the Project Mew team. The anime's official Twitter account began streaming a promotional video that previews upcoming episodes and teases the ret...
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Universal Studios Japan, Super Nintendo World to Close During New COVID-19 State of Emergency

Nintendo area just opened on March 18; Detective Conan, Hello Kitty attractions also affected ― The official website for the Universal Studios Japan theme park announced on Friday that the park will temporarily close from Sunday, April 25 due to the third state of emergency against the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Osaka, among other prefectures. The announcement noted that the government is ...
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Japan Declares New COVID-19 State of Emergency in 4 Prefectures

Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo under declaration from April 25 to May 11 ― Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a new state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo prefectures on Friday, after the government's expert panel approved a plan earlier in the day. The new state of emergency will last from Sunday, April 25 to Tuesday, May 11 (unless it is extended further). The government is a...
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'Ore, Tsushima' Feline TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals July Premiere

Akio Ohtsuka, Mayumi Tanaka star in anime ― The official website for the television anime of Opūnokyōdai's Ore, Tsushima cat manga began streaming its first full promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals the anime's July premiere date in the Super Animeism programming block on MBS, TBS, and their 26 affiliates. The anime will star Akio Ohtsuka (One Piece's Blackbeard, Ghost in the ...
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Ghibli's Earwig and the Witch CG Feature Delays Theatrical Release in Japan Due to COVID-19

Was slated to open next Thursday after TV premiere, overseas release ― The official website for Earwig and the Witch, Goro Miyazaki's anime of Diana Wynne Jones' novel of the same name and Studio Ghibli's first CG feature, announced on Friday that the staff have decided to delay the film's planned theatrical screenings in Japan due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The film was slat...

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Restaurant to Another World Anime's 2nd Season Confirmed With Returning Cast, New Studio

Director Masato Jinbo returns with OLM replacing Silver Link ― Kadokawa officially confirmed the second television anime season of Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami's Restaurant to Another World (Isekai Shokudo) light novel series on Friday. The anime's official website unveiled a teaser visual, the three returning main cast members, and the anime's staff. The returning cast includes: Junichi Suwabe a...
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Mamoru Hosoda's Belle Film Holds Global Casting Call for Singing Extras

Also: Blood Blockade Battlefront's Taisei Iwasaki joins staff as music director, composer ― The official website for Mamoru Hosoda and his Studio Chizu's new Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, literally "The Dragon and the Freckled Princess") anime film announced on Friday that the film's staff are holding a global open casting call for singing extras for a particular scene in the film. The site also re...
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Google Japan Adds 14 AR Models of Gundam, Evangelion, Ultraman, Bandai Namco, Sanrio Characters

Models include RX-105 Xi Gundam, Eva Unit-01, Ultraman, Pac-Man, Hello Kitty ― Google Japan announced on Tuesday that it has added 14 augmented reality (AR) models of characters from various Japanese franchises to its Google search service. The characters will appear when users search for the character name on their smartphones and tap the "View 3D" option. Google Japan began streaming a trailer: Use...
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Cells at Work! Lady Spinoff Manga's 1st Season Ends

Manga's 3rd volume ships in Japan on June 23 ― This year's June issue of Kodansha's Morning two magazine published on Thursday the final chapter of the first season of writer Shigemitsu Harada (Cells at Work! Code Black) and artist Akari Otokawa's Hataraku Saibō Lady (Cells at Work! Lady) spinoff of Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! manga. The magazine teased the second season, though it did not reveal ...
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Attack on Titan Commemorates Manga's Conclusion With Ramen Collaboration

Attack on Titan The Final Season production committee releases key visual ― The Attack on Titan series is commemorating the conclusion of the manga by teaming up with Myojo Food's Charumera for a limited-time campaign. The Attack on Titan The Final Season production committee has released a key visual drawn by the anime's staff to be featured on the packaging. Those who purchase the package or cup Ch...
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HIDIVE Streams 'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' Anime's 3rd OVA on April 28

OVA launches on BD, DVD in Japan on same day ― HIDIVE announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III OVA: Is It Wrong to Crave Hot spring in Orario? - God of the Hot Spring Forever, the third original video anime (OVA) in the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? franchise, on April 28 at 1:00 p.m. EDT in the U.S., Canada, Ireland,...
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Super Cub ‒ Episode 3

I suspect that their friendship will be more than that: not romantically. Rather, I think that Reiko and Koguma will be bonded over their love of Cubs, and the freedom they've brought each girl.

Big West to Distribute Macross Works Made After 1987 Globally; Streams Flash Back 2012 OVA

Big West to handle worldwide release of Gekijōban Macross Delta: Zettai LIVE!!!!!! film ― The official Macross portal site confirmed on Thursday that Big West will handle the worldwide release of all works that are part of the Macross franchise made after 1987. This includes the upcoming Gekijōban Macross Delta: Zettai LIVE!!!!!! (Macross Delta the Movie: Absolute Live!!!!!!) film and future works. B...
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Variety Show Anime Segment Gets Cancelled After Voice Actors Were Coerced to Buy DVD Copies

Actors were asked to buy 50 DVDs, costing 198,000 yen (US$1,833) in total out of pocket ― J-Cast reported on Wednesday that the Machine To Heart short anime, which was originally scheduled to air as part of the Topic Magazine variety program on Television Saitama this spring, has been cancelled. The news was announced on the anime's now deleted official website. The website announcement also went int...
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Full Dive ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

I guess that pacing is as good a place as any. The first episode alone spends a solid half of its runtime showing our hero Yuki trudge through his shitty real-life just to set him up for his experiences in the shitty game life.
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Ys IX: Monstrum Nox Game's Trailer Reveals July Release for Switch, PC Versions

Game launches July 6 in North America, July 9 in Europe, July 16 in Oceania ― NIS America began streaming on Thursday a trailer for Nihon Falcom's Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, the latest entry in the Ys role-playing game series, and it reveals that the game will launch for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam on July 6 in North America, July 9 in Europe, and July 16 in Oceania. NIS America released the game for ...
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Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis Game Launches Worldwide in June

Game launches for Xbox One, PC in West; PS4, PC, Switch cloud in Japan ― Sega announced on Thursday during a livestream program that its Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis game will launch in June for Xbox One and PC via Steam, the Epic Games Store, and Microsoft Store in the West, and for PlayStation 4, PC, and Switch (cloud version) in Japan. A character creator benchmark application will launch a...
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Asadora! GN 2

While Asa and the old pilot are looking for the rest of her family, they witness a strange sight: a giant tail or tentacle rising from the sea, right near where a giant reptilian footprint marks the spot where Asa's house used to stand. ― This volume wraps up the aftermath of the typhoon, but not before we see it leave its lasting mark on Asa Asada. While she and Kasuga, the old pilot, are looking fo...
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Sony, Funimation Announce My Hero Academia: The Strongest Hero Smartphone Game for the West This Spring

Trailer streamed for open world action RPG ― Sony Pictures Television Games and Funimation announced on Thursday that it will launch the My Hero Academia: The Strongest Hero game, based on the My Hero Academia franchise, on iOS and Android devices this spring. The companies will release the game in English in North America, Latin America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Scand...
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Funimation Streams Back Arrow Anime's English Dub

1st 2 dub episodes premiere on Friday ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it will stream an English dub for the Back Arrow television anime beginning on Friday. The English dub cast includes: Shannon McCormick as Back Arrow Arnie Pantoja as Bit Namital Alexis Tipton as Elsha Lean Natalie Rose as Atlee Ariel Kristen McGuire as Jim Nazeeh Tarsha as Debugger Suzie Yeung as Sam Brandon McInnis as Shu...
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Star Ocean anamnesis Smartphone Game Ends Service on June 24

Game gets offline version for some elements ― The official website for Square Enix's Star Ocean anamnesis smartphone game announced on Thursday that the game will end service on June 24 at 2:00 p.m. JST. The company will distribute an offline version of the game that will allow players to peruse the first three episodes and acquired character models, although only a limited number of collaboration ch...
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Marvel, Viz to Publish Deadpool: Samurai, Marvel Meow, 'Secret Reverse' Manga

Companies release Marvel Meow on October 12, Deadpool: Samurai in February 2022 ― Viz Media announced on Thursday that it is collaborating with Marvel Comics to publish manga and comics based on Marvel characters. The companies will release Nao Fuji's Marvel Meow based on the comic strips from Marvel's official Instagram page on October 12, writer Sanshirō Kasama and artist Hikaru Uesugi's Deadpool: ...
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Restaurant to Another World TV Anime Season 2 Listed

― The official website for Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine is hosting a cover image of the magazine's June issue, and the image lists a second television anime season based on Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami's Restaurant to Another World (Isekai Shokudo) light novel series. The same issue is launching Yamizawa-Morozawa's new manga series adaptation, Isekai Shokudo ~Yōshoku no Nekoya~ (Restau...

Sakura Wars' Smartphone Game Ends Service on June 30

Sakura Kakumei ~Hana Saku Otome-tachi~ launched last December after tie-in anime short ― The official website for Sakura Kakumei ~Hana Saku Otome-tachi~, Sega and Delight Works' new smartphone game for the Sakura Wars franchise, announced on Thursday that the game will end service on June 30. The game already stopped selling Ryōshi Suishō (Spirit Crystals), the in-game units of currency, on Thursday,...
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2021 Crayon Shin-chan Film Delays Friday Opening Due to COVID-19

Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo seek new state of emergency before upcoming Golden Week holidays ― The official website for Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Nazo Meki! Hana no Tenkasu Gakuen (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie - Shrouded in Mystery! The Flowers of Tenkazu Academy), the 29th film in the Crayon Shin-chan franchise, announced on Thursday that the staff has postponed the film's opening due to the new coronaviru...
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Square Enix, Fairy Tail's Hiro Mashima Unveil Gate of Nightmares Smartphone RPG

Mashima designs characters, world for new RPG with Yūya Hirose, Lynn, more in cast ― Square Enix and Kodansha announced a new smartphone role-playing game titled Gate of Nightmares featuring character designs and world-building by Fairy Tail and Edens Zero manga creator Hiro Mashima on Thursday. The game is slated for iOS and Android, but Square Enix did not reveal a release date. The game is plannin...
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In the Land of Leadale VR Isekai TV Anime Unveils 1st Visual

― The official website for the television anime of Ceez and Tenmaso's In the Land of Leadale (Leadale no Daichi nite) light novel series unveiled the first visual for the anime on Thursday. Yen Press licensed the novel series, and it describes the story: The last thing she can remember is her life support beginning to fail. Her body had suffered terribly after a fateful accident and the only freedom...

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Resident Evil 4 VR Game's Video Reveals 2021 Release Date

New game for Oculus Quest 2 VR headset will have FPS controls, upper body control, Touch controller features ― Facebook's Oculus Studios began streaming a new video for the new virtual reality version of the Resident Evil 4 game for the Oculus Quest 2 headset system on Wednesday. The video reveals that the game will debut later this year. Capcom partnered with Facebook and developer Armature for the ...
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Prince of Tennis 3D CG Film's Teaser Shows 21 Characters From Manga

Film opens in Japan on September 3 ― The official website for the Ryōma! Shinsei Gekijōban Tennis no Ōji-sama (Ryōma! Rebirth: The Prince of Tennis Movie) 3DCG anime film began streaming a teaser trailer. The teaser ends with a visual of 21 characters from the original manga, but does not reveal if all the characters will make appearances in the film. The film will open in Japan on September 3. The f...
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Cygames Recruits "Master Skyfarers" as Granblue Fantasy Play Testers

1st recruitment drive is for work starting in mid-May ― Cygames posted a recruitment ad for "Master Skyfarers" who will serve as play testers on the Granblue Fantasy smartphone and browser game. The job title refers to the role of the player character in the game. Play testers will be expected to play through the game contents that are developed, check game balance, and provide reports on any bugs or...
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Gilbert Gottfried Recites the One Piece Rap

One of the many possibilities if you pay the comedian US$150 on Cameo ― Comedian Gilbert Gottfried makes a killing on the video-sharing website Cameo. According to Entertainment Weekly, Gottfried has earned more than US$1 million since 2018 through the site, where he charges US$150 per request. One of his recent videos is sure to bring a smile to anyone who watched the 4kids dub of the One Piece anim...

Tales of Arise RPG's Trailer Reveals September 10 Launch, PS5/Xbox Series X|S Versions

Game launches on September 9 in Japan ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced through a trailer on Wednesday that its Tales of Arise role-playing game will launch for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on September 10 in the West and on September 9 in Japan. The trailer also reveals that the game will also get PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions on the same day in each respective region....
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The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

part of what's fun about this series thus far is that it isn't just a romance – it's also about Sei trying to settle in to a new life she had no idea was coming.
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Dr. Stone: Stone Wars Anime Debuts on Toonami on May 15

Toonami to air series' 2nd season on Saturdays at 1:00 a.m. EDT ― The official Facebook page for Adult Swim's Toonami programming block announced on Wednesday that the block will begin airing Dr. Stone: Stone Wars, the second season anime of Boichi and Riichirou Inagaki's Dr. Stone manga, on May 15 at 1:00 a.m. EDT (effectively, May 16). The full lineup for May 15 includes: 12:00AM – Dragon Ball Supe...
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Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Even though there is a lot going on in this first quarter of episodes, it just so happens that reckless binge-watching may just be the ideal way to consume Joran, as ridiculous a spectacle as it has turned out to be.

Nintendo Increases Amount of Money in Damages in Lawsuit Against Colopl

Nintendo seeks 9.6 billion yen in infringement lawsuit regarding Shironeko Project game ― Game developer Colopl announced on Wednesday that Nintendo has raised on April 13 the amount of money in damages that it is seeking from its lawsuit against Colopl from 4.4 billion yen (about US$40 million) to 9.6 billion yen (about US$90 million). The number is increasing due to the amount of time that has pass...
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Luffy's Rubber Arms Snatch Food in Hybrid Live-Action, Anime Ad

Luffy is so eager to eat that he extends his rubber arms and takes the package while the man is still cycling on his bicycle. ― The One Piece series is promoting the food delivery and takeout app "menu" with a hybrid live-action and animated ad. In the ad, a delivery man is shown taking some food to the Straw Hat pirates. Luffy is so eager to eat that he extends his rubber arms and takes the package ...
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Odd Taxi ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Reading like Taxi Driver with a splash of A Scanner Darkly, and looking like a forgotten Nicktoon, Odd Taxi builds its offbeat crime thriller out of wry observational humor, seedy characters, and talking animals.

Capcom Announces The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles Game for Switch, PS4, PC on July 27 in West

Compilation with both Dai Gyakuten Saiban games launches in Japan on July 29 ― Capcom announced on Wednesday that it will release The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, a compilation that includes the 2015 The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures (Dai Gyakuten Saiban) and the 2017 The Great Ace Attorney: Resolve (Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Kakugo) games, in the West on July 27 and in Japan on...
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I Hear the Sunspot: Limit GN 3

Given that it's dealing with some heavier, more reality-based themes than we typically see in BL manga, that's a major positive, and even as this volume flirts with a couple of major tropes, it still remains grounded and full of heart. ― From its first volume, Yuki Fumino's I Hear the Sunspot has been a thoughtful, gently-paced story about two young men finding each other and learning how they want t...
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Tokyo Requests COVID-19 State of Emergency from April 25 to May 9 or 11

Osaka, Hyogo already requested 3rd state of emergency ― The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is asking the national government on Wednesday evening to declare a state of emergency, to counter the increase in new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases and to significantly reduce the number of people out during the upcoming "Golden Week" holidays. In its discussions with the national government, the metropo...
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Detective Conan Creator Teases Next Film's Headlining Characters in Now-Deleted Tweet

― The official Twitter account for a new series of Detective Conan collaboration cafés briefly posted an image on Tuesday of an illustration that original manga creator Gosho Aoyama drew to commemorate the seven cafés being held in four cities across Japan. The illustration featured members of the franchise's police academy, including Wataru Takagi stating, "we will be taking the lead in the next mo...
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Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Tops 45 Million Copies in Circulation

Circulation rose 530% since anime's premiere 6 months ago ― Shueisha reported on Wednesday that Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga has over 45 million copies in circulation, including print and digital copies, as well as copies not yet sold. The manga's circulation rose 530% in the past half year since the premiere of its anime adaptation last October. The manga had: 8.5 million in early October 10 ...
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English Memorial Project Launched for Osamu Kobayashi

Octas to send submitted memorials to Kobayashi's family ― Patrick Macias of Octas, Inc. launched a memorial form on Tuesday for animator and director Osamu Kobayashi (pictured right in image at right), who recently passed away on April 17. Overseas fans who wish to write a memorial to Kobayashi's family can do so through the form. Octas will send the memorials to Kobayashi's family. 57-year-old Kobay...
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Night Head 2041 Anime Gets Novel, Manga, Stage Play Projects

TV anime to premiere in July ― The official website for Night Head 2041, a new television anime based on the 1992 live-action Night Head drama series, revealed on Wednesday that the anime is getting a manga, novel, and a stage play adaptation. The manga (pictured above) will launch on April 28 on Kodansha's YanMaga Web website. Rookie manga creator Akira Ogawa (name romanization not confirmed) is dra...
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Yuu Watase's Arata: The Legend Manga Returns on May 19, With All-New Chapter Debuting on July 7

Manga went on hiatus in 2015 ― This year's 21st issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Yuu Watase's Arata: The Legend (Arata Kangatari) manga will return in the 25th issue on May 19. The magazine will first republish chapters of the manga that will be included in the 13th volume of the "remastered" edition of the manga. The magazine will publish all-new chapte...
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ForwardWorks Reveals Nyorokko Smartphone Game by Tsubasa Honda

Actor, online game fan Honda designs asymmetrical game launching early summer ― Game developer ForwardWorks announced on Tuesday that it is publishing a new smartphone game early this summer titled Nyorokko, with actor Tsubasa Honda (a self-professed fan of online games) leading the project as planner, character designer, game designer, and the service model. Microsoft Japan is also collaborating wit...
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Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō Manga Nears Ending

Manga spinoff launched in 2013, inspired net anime in 2018 ― Manga creator Chimaki Kuori wrote in the afterword to the 15th volume of the Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō spinoff manga (seen right) on Tuesday that the manga is approaching its ending. Kuori alluded to the manga continuing even after announcing in 2018 that it was approaching its climax, but assured readers that this time the story was truly a...
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Manga Creator, Animator Fumio Hisamatsu Passes Away at 77

Former assistant to Osamu Tezuka created Bōken Gabotenjima anime, drew manga adaptation ― Publisher Seirindo announced on Sunday that manga creator Fumino Hisamitsu passed away on April 16. He was 77. Hisamitsu was born in Nagoya in 1943, and debuted with the Chikyū Ayaushi manga volume when he was 15 years old. He also worked as an assistant to Osamu Tezuka. He designed characters and served as a ke...
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Sakugan Anime Unveils Minami Tsuda's Character

Tsuda plays Linda, childhood friend to protagonist Memenpu ― The official website for Sakugan (Sacks&Guns!!), Satelight's anime of Nekotarō Inui's Sakugan Labyrinth Marker (Drilling Labyrinth Marker) novel, revealed on Tuesday that previously announced cast member Minami Tsuda will play the character Linda, a childhood friend and older sister figure for Memenpu. Together with her father Walsh, they m...
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Craftar, LDH Forge Strategic Partnership, Establish Tokyo Pop LLP

Companies produce Battle of Tokyo "mixed reality entertainment" project ― Animation studio Craftar announced on Sunday that it is forming a strategic partnership with entertainment company LDH Japan, jointly founding the Tokyo Pop limited liability partnership (not to be confused with the similarly named American publisher Tokyopop). The companies' first collaboration together as Tokyo Pop will be th...

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Live-Action Tokyo Revengers Film's Trailer Reveals Theme Song

Super Beaver band perform "Namae o Yobu yo" song for July 9 film ― The official website for Warner Bros. Japan's live-action film of Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga began streaming the full trailer for the film on Wednesday. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song "Namae o Yobu yo" (I'll Call Your Name) by rock band Super Beaver. Hiro Shimono, a prolific voice actor and self-professe...
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Fruits Basket the Final ‒ Episode 3

High drama is the name of the game for the always-emotive Fruits Basket, but this is a particularly thoughtful episode that sensitively addresses complex emotional topics.
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 18-24

Kaiji anime, Laughing Under the Clouds manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Kaiji BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$99.98 April 20 Print Manga Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Arifureta From Commonplace To World's Strongest Zero Graphic Novel (GN) 4Please Seven Seas US$12.99 April 20 Asadora! GN 2Cite Viz Media US$14.99 April 20 Blue Flag GN 7AnimeNew...
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To Your Eternity ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

A lot of anime especially have a bad habit of being more concerned with filling out their own personal wikis than with spinning a good yarn. Thankfully, we spend a good deal of time simply living with March in her village and establishing a central conflict that has absolutely nothing to do with the orb himself.
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MARS RED ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

MARS RED's pedestrian concept belies the artfulness of its presentation, steeped in the visual and literal language of theater, ponderously paced, and coated in a dreary gothic veneer.
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Special Deal for ANN Readers: 20% to 30% off Yukata at Modern Sakura (link fixed)

Get into a nice summer kimono for as little as $16. ― Summer is coming, and so is your chance to wear a beautiful Yukata thanks to Modern Sakura. Yukata are the beautiful, casual "summer kimono," that you see everyone wearing at summer festivals in Japan (and in your favorite anime). They are perfect for any festive occasion; People love its vibrant colors, affordable prices, and breathable materials...
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The ANN Aftershow - Class 1-A Wins The First Match!

The real question is, was there finally enough action to satisfy Jacki? ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 92: Class 1-A Wins The First Match! The first match between Class 1-A and 1-B wraps up with a victory for Shinso, Froppy, Red Riot, Chargebolt, and Anima. While the previous episode was mostly set-up, episode 92 gives the heroes a chance to shine while also showing off Shinso's potential...
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Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection GN

Lovesickness proves to be familiar territory for Ito's storytelling both in characterization and twists. ― Junji Ito's horror catalog features a number of recurring characters; the best known might be the titular Tomie, but she's joined by the likes of nail-chewing occult brat Sōichi, man-eating supermodel Miss Fuchi, and the dimension-hopping Toru Oshikiri. The handsome ghost of Lovesickness joins I...
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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Omega Anime Casts Shinnosuke Tachibana

Tachibana plays Banakness in 3rd episode on April 22 ― The official website for the television anime of Yukiya Murasaki's How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord light novel series revealed on Tuesday one new cast member for How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Ω, the second season. Shinnosuke Tachibana joins the show's cast as Banakness, general of the Demon King Army. The character will debut in the anime in the ...
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'Girlfriend, Girlfriend' Anime Premieres on July 2

― The official website for the television anime of Hiroyuki's Girlfriend, Girlfriend (Kanojo mo Kanojo) manga announced on Wednesday that the series will premiere on July 2 at 2:25 a.m. (effectively, July 3) on the Animeism programming block on the MBS and TBS channels. The anime will then run later that night on BS-TBS. The anime stars Junya Enoki as Naoya Mukai, Ayane Sakura as Saki Saki, Azumi Wa...
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Puzzle Bobble VR Game Launches on Oculus Quest on May 20

Game features 100 new puzzles, story mode, infinite mode, online duel mode ― Taito and Servios announced on Thursday that they will release the Puzzle Bobble VR: Vacation Odyssey VR game for Oculus Quest on May 20. Oculus describes the game: Aim, Shoot & Pop in VR! Bub and Bob are in for a surprise when their island vacation takes an unexpected turn for an epic, bubble-popping adventure! Bursting wit...
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Usogui Manga Gets Spinoff, Batuque Manga Serializes Irregularly

Usogui ended in 2017, inspired OVA in 2012 ― Manga creator Toshio Sako stated on Twitter on April 16 that all chapters of their Batuque manga beginning with the 106th chapter will serialize irregularly due to the planning and writing of an upcoming spinoff manga for Sako's Usogui manga. The 105th chapter of Batuque debuted on April 16. Sako added that while they are unsure, they might still be able t...
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Nyankees Author Atsushi Okada Launches New Manga

Sо̄sei Yūgi manga debuts on April 26 ― This year's 21st issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine revealed on Monday that Atsushi Okada (Nyankees) is launching a new manga titled Sо̄sei Yūgi (Twin Game) in the magazine's next issue on April 26. The magazine teases that the story is about brothers' conflict over the traces of the strongest family organization. Kodansha's Days Neo website posted a list...
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This Week in Anime - Indie Visionaries and Alternative Animation

This week the team is highlighting animation that goes off the beaten path, be it stop-motion, sand art, and even puppetry. Here's to a celebration of anime in all of its forms. ― We all debate about what anime is, but regardless of where you fall in the argument it's undeniable that animation goes beyond traditional 2D artwork. This week the team is highlighting animation that goes off the beaten p...
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Square Enix Denies Considering, Receiving Offers to Sell Company

Stocks jump after reports from CTFN, Bloomberg ― Square Enix released a statement on Friday denying rumors that it had received any offers to acquire the company. Bloomberg Japan had reported earlier in the day that the company had received M&A interest, according to CTFN. Square Enix's full statement reads: Bloomberg has reported today that there is interest from several buyers to acquire Square Eni...
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World Events Productions Founder, Voltron Producer Ted Koplar Passes Away

TV pioneer was instrumental in introducing Voltron franchise to the world ― The official English Facebook page for the Voltron franchise announced on April 7 that Ted Koplar (Edward J. Koplar), who helped introduce the Voltron franchise to the world, passed away on April 4. He was 77. Koplar was also a pioneer in St. Louis television, helping to grow the KPLR-TV station. He developed the station's fi...
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Himenospia by Killing Bites' Shinya Murata Manga Ends

Manga by Lord Marksman and Vanadis artist Nobuhiko Yanai launched in 2017 ― Hero's Inc.'s Compilex published the final chapter of Shinya Murata and Nobuhiko Yanai's Himenospia manga on April 16. The manga's eighth and final volume will ship on April 28. The manga centers on Himeno Endō, a high school girl who is bullied and treated like a slave at school, and abused by her mother at home. But one day...
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'86' Sci-fi War Novels Get Prequel Manga

Asato Asato's novels have currently airing TV anime ― Kadokawa's listing for the June issue of its Comic Alive magazine lists a new prequel manga for Asato Asato's 86 light novel series titled 86 -Fragmental Neoteny-. The listing does not provide a description for the manga. The magazine will ship on April 26. Yen Press is publishing the light novel series in English, and it describes the story: The ...
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Stalker Jokers Manga Has 3 Chapters Left

Artist Hiroto Ōishi continued manga after author Hiromichi Ōga passed away last year ― The latest update of manga artist Hiroto Ōishi and late manga creator Hiromichi Ōga's Stalker Jokers (Stalker Jōka-dan, or Stalker Purification Team) manga revealed on Tuesday that the manga will end in three chapters. Ōga and Ōishi (Dorei-ku: Boku to 23-nin no Dorei manga) launched the manga in Evening in July 201...

Sony Reverses Decision, Will Continue PlayStation Store Operations for PS3, PS Vita

Company will still disable PS Store operations on PSP on July 2 ― Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan stated in a blog post on Monday that Sony will continue PlayStation Store operations for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita consoles. Sony had previously announced on March 29 that it had planned to close the PlayStation Store on PS Vita on July 2 and on PS3 on August 27. Th...
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Ririo, Aya Tsukishima Launch Perfect Crime Spinoff Manga in Late April

Tsukishima also launches new Anata o, Nomu manga in late May ― The official Twitter account for Ririo and Aya Tsukishima's Perfect Crime manga revealed on April 15 that the planned spinoff for the manga will launch on the online manga distribution platform Mecha Comics sometime late this month. (Note: The Japanese word "mecha" means "absurd" or "extreme" and does not refer to robots or mechanics.) Th...
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Magical Girl Site's Kentarō Satō Works on New Manga

― Manga creator Kentarō Satō revealed on Monday that they are working on a new manga. Satō revealed a rough storyboard for the new manga, but did not reveal more details. 新作のマンガ描いてます。 pic.twitter.com/bCG290LYCt— 佐藤健太郎 (@sato_ken_taro) April 19, 2021 Satō (Magical Girl Apocalypse) launched the Magical Girl Site horror manga on the Champion Tap! manga website in July 2013, before moving it to Weekly S...
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24th Detective Conan Film Ends Evangelion 3.0+1.0's 5-Week Reign at #1

Evangelion 3.0+1.0 now at #2, Girls und Panzer das Finale 3rd movie back at #8 ― The Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan film sold 1,533,054 tickets and earned 2,218,130,800 yen (about US$20.5 million) in its first three days to rank #1 in the Japanese box office in its opening weekend. The film earned the equivalent of US$16.8 million in China in its first three day...
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Tasuku Karasuma's No Guns Life Manga Ends in 13th Volume

Shueisha released 12th compiled book volume on Monday ― Tasuku Karasuma announced on Twitter on Monday that his No Guns Life manga will end in its 13th volume. Viz Media licensed the manga and shipped the ninth volume on March 16. The company describes the story: With no memory of his previous life—or who replaced his head with a giant gun—Juzo Inui now scratches out a living in the dark streets of t...

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2021 Butt Detective Film's Teaser Reveals Title, Cast, Staff, August 13 Opening

Film opens as part of Toei Manga Matsuri alongside Shinkai no Survival! film ― The official website for Toei's Toei Manga Matsuri omnibus film series began streaming a new teaser trailer for the new film in the Butt Detective (Oshiri Tantei) franchise on Tuesday. The video reveals the film's title, cast, staff, and August 13 opening. The site also revealed that the Shinkai no Survival! (Survive! In t...
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Final Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Film's Teaser Highlights Kenshin's Batttōsai Days

Meeting with Tomoe also teased from 2nd of 2 upcoming films ― The official website for the two 'final chapter' films in the live-action film series based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga began streaming a teaser trailer for Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Beginning, the second of the two films, on Tuesday. The video previews Kenshin's days as the assassin Battōsai for the Isshin Shishi rebel...
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Higehiro ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

The only reason that I can take Higehiro seriously as a narrative is because the show takes itself seriously. It characters are written as intelligent, nuanced, real people, and they all take the time to discuss their feelings, and the reality of their situation
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Super Cub ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Most of the episode is spent with Koguma slowly realizing that her world is, after so long, opening up. It's beautifully executed, to the point that I was brought to tears multiple times for this very sweet kid who just…has been so alone.
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The World Ends with You the Animation ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

There's a frenetic pace to episodes 1 and 2, which in a way, kind of fits the source material. Of course, the perk of the game is the simple fact that you have more time with Neku, Shiki, Beat and Rhyme.
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SINoALICE, Re:Zero Collab Event Launches In-Game

Smartphone game collaboration will run from April 16-30 ― Square Enix's SINoALICE smartphone game's collaboration event with the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- anime launched on Friday. It will run until April 30. The original story event will feature music from the anime's official soundtrack. In the story, Subaru is transported to the world of SINoALICE and fights to make his way back to ...

Crunchyroll Expands Reborn! Anime's Streaming Territories

Anime streams in Americas, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Middle East, North Africa ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will expand the streaming territories for the anime adaptation of Akira Amano's Reborn! manga. The updated list of streaming territories includes the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, non-French-speaking Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Crunchyroll previously stream...

Stars Align Anime's Director Shares Updates on Sequel Plans

Kazuki Akane plans to make episodes 13-24, but cannot find production company Stars Align anime director Kazuki Akane reported on Twitter on Tuesday that he has been unable to find a company willing to fund the production of a sequel to the series. However, he is still planning to make episodes 13-24 of the anime someday. Akane adds that the 13th episode will help viewers understand the "Special Fa...
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Megalobox 2: Nomad ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

The story that Nomad is aiming to tell is shockingly ambitious and timely, weaving Joe's slow climb out of the pit he's made for himself with the lives of the immigrants that have made their home at the bottom rung of this world's society.
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Ride or Die Live-Action Film

Rei Nagasawa and Nanae Shinoda have known each other since high school. When she gets a call from Nanae asking for help, Rei walks away from her life and a happy relationship to commit murder for a woman she hasn't seen in ten years. ― Content Warning: Domestic abuse, graphic violence, graphic sex Every live-action adaptation is, to some extent, an example of Theseus' ship: How much of the original c...
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Michi Ichiho's 'Maо̄ no Kikan' Short Story Gets Manga Mini-Series

Nori Arashiyama launches manga on April 24 ― The official Twitter account for Kodansha's Afternoon magazine announced last Tuesday that Nori Arashiyama will launch a manga mini-series about a family based on the short story "Maо̄ no Kikan" (Return of the Demon King) by Michi Ichiho's (Yes, No, or Maybe?) from the book Small Worlds on April 24. Ichiho launched the Yes, No, or Maybe? (Yes ka No ka Hanb...
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Attack on Titan, Fullmetal Alchemist Creators Talk Manga in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine July Issue

Free online Attack on Titan exhibit also announced, as well as new Character Encylopedia book, Full Color edition ― The July 2021 issue of Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine will feature a conversation between manga creators Hajime Isayama and Hiromu Arakawa, best known for their works Attack on Titan and Fullmetal Alchemist respectively. The magazine will ship on June 9. The issue will also include a free pos...
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Combatants Will Be Dispatched! ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

In the end, if nothing else, these first three episodes give you a good taste of the true nature of the show. Combatants Will Be Dispatched! is first and foremost a shock comedy.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 970

As the retelling of Roger's life ends, the true story of One Piece begins.
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NieR Director Yoko Taro Works on New Game as Creative Director

Extra content trailer streamed for NieR Replicant remaster game ― Game producer Yosuke Saito announced on Monday during the first livestream for the NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… that NieR series director Yoko Taro is working as a creative director for a new Square Enix game. The game will be a digital-only title, although Saito teased the possibility of a special physical edition. Saito describe...
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So I'm a Spider, So What? ‒ Episode 14

know I promised to give the CG a chance. Rather, I hoped that it would grow on me … which it hasn't. Sometimes, Kumoko looks like a digital muppet being manipulated around the screen.
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 92

We're back with more coverage of the latest in teen hero grudge matches! Let's just jump right into the action folks, as you're not gonna want to miss a second of this.
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Haruhisa Nakata's Levius/est Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

Manga inspired Netflix anime in 2019 ― Haruhisa Nakata announced in this year's May issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine on Monday that his Levius/est manga will end in two chapters. If the manga does not take any breaks, it should end in the July issue in June. The ninth compiled volume of the manga announced on December 18 that it will end in its 10th volume. The 10th volume of the manga will sh...
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DAKAICHI Boys-Love Manga's Spain Arc Gets Anime Film This Fall

Teaser, visual, returning cast & staff unveiled ― The staff of the television anime of Hashigo Sakurabi's Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu. (DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year-) manga announced on Tuesday that the manga is inspiring an anime film that will open this fall. As the title indicates, Gekijō-ban Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu. Spain-Hen (DAKAICHI -I'm...
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Moriarty the Patriot ‒ Episode 14

Call her Bonde. James Irene Bonde.
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Mars Red Manga Enters Climax With 3rd Volume

Manga launched in January 2020, 2nd volume shipped on April 15 ― The second compiled book volume of Kemuri Karakara's manga adaptation of Bun'ō Fujisawa's MARS RED dramatic stage reading series revealed on April 15 that the manga will reach its climax with the third volume. Karakara launched the manga in Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Garden magazine in January 2020. The stage reading series also has an ...
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Back Arrow ‒ Episode 15

The situation in Lutoh spirals out of control. The people of Lutoh's anger over the war has grown to a fever pitch, and they begin to demand Princess Fine's execution for this situation.
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HIDIVE Streams Nana Anime

Platform will stream 2 episodes every week beginning on April 22 ― HIDIVE announced on Thursday that it will stream the English-dubbed version and the English-subtitled version of the NANA television anime series. The platform will stream two episodes every week beginning on April 22 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. The series will be available in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, th...
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Hoero Pen Manga Gets New Story Set During COVID-19 Pandemic

New manga debuts on May 19 ― The May issue of Shogakukan's Sunday GX magazine revealed on Monday that Kazuhiko Shimamoto will draw a new story for his Hoero Pen manga titled Hoero Pen RRR in the magazine's next issue on May 19. The new story will have 52 pages, and will be set during the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and centering on the "max stressed" protagonist Moyuru Honoo. The ann...
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Rin Asano's Deaimon Manga Gets Anime Project

Manga about father-daughter relationship in confectionary shop launched in 2016 ― The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine revealed on Monday that Rin Asano's Deaimon manga is getting an anime project. The announcement did not reveal the anime's format. Asano posted a commemorative illustration on Twitter on Monday. 「であいもん」、アニメ化企画進行中ですッ!🍡ひー、このツイートするのに緊張してる。指震えてるもんッ。宜しくお願い致しますッ。#...
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Aoi Hane Mitsuketa! Anime Short Reveals 2 Promo Videos, Story, Staff, Cast, April 26 Online Debut

Nanako Mori, Rina Endō, Tomokazu Sugita star in anime short based on picture book ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Itsumo Togashi's Aoi Hane Mitsuketa! Sagashitemiyō Mijika na Tori-tachi (We Found a Blue Feather! Let's Seek Out Nearby Birds) picture book revealed two promotional videos on Monday. The website also revealed the show's main staff and cast. The anime will stream on d An...
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Demon Slayer Anime Film Earns 39.7 Billion Yen in Japan

Film sells 28.76 million tickets after 27 weeks at box office ― The Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film has sold a total of 28.76 million tickets for 39.7 billion yen (about US$367.4 million) in Japan as of Sunday. The film ranked at #5 in its 27th weekend. After 12 consecutive weeks at #1 in the box office in Japan, Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen T...
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24th Detective Conan Film Tops Japanese, Chinese Box Offices

Film earns US$37 million globally, sells 1.5 million tickets in Japan ― The Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan film topped both the Japanese and Chinese box offices last weekend. The film sold 1,533,054 tickets in Japan in its first three days to earn 2,218,130,800 yen (about US$20.5 million). The film earned the equivalent of US$16.8 million in China in its first t...
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Zombie Land Saga Gets 1st Side Story Manga in May

Character designer Kasumi Fukagawa draws Zombie Land Saga Gaiden: The First Zombie ― The official website for the Zombie Land Saga Revenge sequel anime project announced on Monday that the franchise will have its first side story manga titled Zombie Land Saga Gaiden: The First Zombie. Kasumi Fukagawa, the character designer for the first and second seasons of the anime, is drawing the manga. The mang...
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Demon Slayer Console Game Adds Urokodaki as Playable Character

Game slated to ship this year ― The official Twitter account for the Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Keppūtan video game revealed on Monday that the game will feature Sakonji Urokodaki as a playable character. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, and Steam this year. The game will feature a story mode that will allow fans to relive the story of the first ...
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Godzilla vs. Kong Film Ranks at #1 in U.S. for 3rd Weekend

Film has earned US$80.5 million in U.S., US$390.2 million total worldwide ― Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment's Godzilla vs. Kong film earned US$7.7 million in its third weekend in the United States box office, ranking #1 once again for the third consecutive weekend. The film has now earned a cumulative total of US$80.5 million in the United States. The film's weekend revenue dropped off 44.58...
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Final Evangelion Film Tops 5 Million Tickets in 42 Days

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time earns 7.799 billion yen Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the "final" Evangelion film, has sold 5,088,007 tickets for 7,799,314,050 yen (about US$71.7 million) as of Sunday, its 42nd day in the Japanese box office. In its third week, the film surpassed the domestic earnings of Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, which ea...

Key's 1st Crossover TV Anime Series Kaginado Premieres in October

Kanon, Air, Clannad, Little Busters!, Rewrite cross over ― The "KSL online 2021 -Kaginado-" event announced on Sunday that Kaginado (Key, Etc.), the first crossover anime series featuring the franchises by Visual Arts' Key brand, will premiere on television and via streaming in October. The chibi-character anime will be a crossover of some of Key's most popular visual novel and anime titles, includin...

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Live-Action Kaguya-sama: Love is War Sequel Film's Teaser Unveils Final Title, More Cast

Mayu Hotta, Jiro Sato return in Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen Final ― The official website for the (tentatively titled) live-action sequel film Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai 2: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen unveiled a new teaser trailer and visual for the film on Monday. Both the teaser and visual reveal the film's final title as Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Re...
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Kakegurui's Homura Kawamoto Creates Build Divide, Aniplex's 1st Trading Card Game with Original Anime

Liden Films, card game design firm Yūhodō work on October TV anime set in "New Kyoto" ― Media company Aniplex, card game design company Yūhodō, and animation studio Liden Films announced a new multimedia project titled Build Divide, with Kakegurui manga writer Homura Kawamoto and his younger brother Hikaru Muno credited for the original work. The project will have a trading card game, as well as an o...
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Naoshi Arakawa Pens Bonus Manga 'Volume 0' for 'Farewell, My Dear Cramer' Film

New story set between middle school, high school stories ― The official website for Eiga Sayonara Watashi no Cramer First Touch, the anime film of Naoshi Arakawa's Farewell, My Dear Cramer (Sayonara Watashi no Cramer) manga, revealed on Monday that Arakawa will pen a new "volume 0" of the manga that participating theaters will give out as a bonus to theatergoers for the film while supplies last. The ...
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Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Is this in fact part of the gimmick? Am I too to be bullied by Miss Nagatoro as I spend these weeks wondering how to properly articulate how I feel about her? This better not awaken anything in me.
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Tokyo Revengers ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Takemichi is mentally an adult. He knows he's going against full-on dangerous criminals who could very well kill him, and is fully unequipped to face that kind of danger.
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Starving Anonymous Manga Gets Sequel

Manga launched on Kodansha's Comic Days app on April 8 ― Yuu Kuraishi, Kengo Mizutani, and Kazu Inabe launched a sequel to their Shokuryō Jinrui: Starving Anonymous (Starving Anonymous) manga on April 8 titled Shokuryō Jinrui Re: Starving Re:velation. The manga launched on Kodansha's Comic Days website and app. The new manga takes place in a normal school, in a normal classroom, with normal classmate...
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86 ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Fiction is full of allegories for racism, and while 86 clearly isn't all too apt in that regard – fridging its only brown character in minutes – there is an attempt at nuance.
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Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song- ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

If two AI working together to stop the robot apocalypse weren't enough of a twist on the genre, there is a second one.
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So-He- Inaba's Binbin Fukufuku Nazuna-sama! Manga Ends

Manga about office worker's meeting with god of poverty launched in 2019 ― So-He- Inaba's Binbin Fukufuku Nazuna-sama! manga ended in this year's 20th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine on Thursday. Inaba launched the manga series in 2019's 42nd issue of Weekly Young Jump in September 2019 after debuting the manga as a one-shot in Weekly Young Jump and its YanJan! app in February 2019. Th...
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Shadows House ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Emilico is, at this point, far too naïve to suspect something sinister going on beneath the surface. In fact, she's so naïve and precious that it feels like setup for a later spectacular revelation of some sort of terrible truth.
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Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun Season 2 ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Wait, wait, wait. Didn't the final episode of the first season of Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun show us that Iruma had turned evil? So why is he still his adorable, dorky self in the first episode of the new season?
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Toho's Anime Business Tops 12 Billion Yen in 2020 Amid Overall Sales Decline

Anime business sees 26% increase from previous fiscal year ― Film distributor TOHO published on Tuesday its earnings report for the fiscal year ending February 2021. The company announced consolidated earnings of 191.948 billion yen (about US$1.8 billion), a decrease of 27% from the previous year. Operating profit was 22.447 billion yen (about US$206 million), down 57.5% from last year. Ordinary prof...
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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Omega ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

So is it actually the fault of sexy skyward sniper Laminitus for closing down the church and demanding taxes from them? It's hard to say at this point.
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Key's Jun Maeda Reveals Nekogari Zoku no Osa Novel's Story, May 19 Release

Kanon, Air, Clannad writer pens new novel about college student, genius composer ― Media company Visual Arts/Key formally announced writer Jun Maeda's new novel Nekogari Zoku no Osa (The Cat-Hunting Tribe's Chief) on April 12. The novel will ship on May 19. The novel's site also provides a summary of the novel's story. The novel's story begins when a college student sees a woman on a cliff by the sea...
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Tokyo Ravens: Sword of Song's Ran Kuze Launches New Manga

Kuroiwa Medaka ni Watashi no Kawaii ga Tsūjinai manga gets serialization on May 26 ― This year's 20th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Ran Kuze's "Kuroiwa Medaka ni Watashi no Kawaii ga Tsūjinai" (My Cuteness Isn't Getting Through to Medaka Kuroiwa) one-shot manga will have a full serialization that will launch in the magazine's 26th issue on May 26. The magazine ...
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Jr.EXILE Performers Collaborate on LDH Japan's Battle of Tokyo 'Mixed Reality' Project With Anime, Game

Members create avatars who battle in Craftar animation designed by Yūsuke Kozaki, Yutaka Izubuchi ― The press conference for LDH Japan's Battle of Tokyo "mixed reality entertainment" project announced on Sunday more details on the anime, game, and other digital and virtual contents planned in the initiative. 38 members of LDH's Generations from Exile Tribe, The Rampage from Exile Tribe, Fantastics fr...
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Moto Hagio Nominated for 2nd Consecutive Year for Eisner Hall of Fame

4 out of 16 nominees to be inducted during [email protected] virtual event in July ― Comic-Con International announced on Friday that the Eisner Awards judges have nominated manga creator Moto Hagio to be inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame this year. The judges have nominated 16 people, and voters will choose four to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Other nominees for this year in...

The Quintessential Quintuplets Anime Sequel Film to Open in 2022

Sequel first announced after season 2 finale in March ― The official Twitter account for The Quintessential Quintuplets (Gotōbun no Hanayome) television anime announced on Sunday that the Eiga Gotōbun no Hanayome (The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie) sequel will open next year. The film news came during the evening session of "The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ Special Event 2021 in Nakano Sun Pla...
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Flowerchild's Warikitta Kankei Desu kara Yuri Manga Resumes, Nears Climax

Manga about student, teacher who meet via online dating app launched in 2019 ― The June issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Yuri Hime magazine revealed on Friday that Flowerchild's Warikitta Kankei Desu kara (Because It's a Divided Relationship) yuri manga will resume in the next issue, and is nearing its climax. Flowerchild had put the manga on hiatus starting in December due to "personal reasons." Flowerch...
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GKIDS Rereleases Children of the Sea, 3 More Anime Films in U.S. Theaters

Company will also screen Weathering with You, Lupin III The First, Promare from June to September ― GKIDS and Fathom Events announced Friday that they will rerelease four anime films in theaters in the United States from June through September: Children of the Sea will screen with an English dub on June 13 and in Japanese with subtitles on June 15. Weathering with You will screen with an English dub ...
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Brave10's Kairi Shimotsuki Launches New Manga in Rusted Armors Franchise

Multimedia project also includes stage plays, upcoming anime ― The official website for Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine revealed on Thursday that Kairi Shimotsuki is launching a new manga titled Sabiiro no Armor: Reimei (Rusted Armors: Daybreak, pictured left below) in the magazine's June issue on May 14. The Sabiiro no Armor (Rusted Armors) franchise is a multimedia project that started as a ...

Love and Lies Manga Gets 2 Endings

Manga to take break so author can prepare "marrying Misaki," "marrying Ririna" routes ― The official Twitter account for Musawo's Love and Lies manga revealed on Sunday that the manga will have two different endings: a "marrying Misaki route" and a "marrying Ririna route." Musawo is taking a break to write the manuscript to make the "ideal ending" for the series. Musawo stated on Twitter that she had...

Paradise Kiss, BECK Director Osamu Kobayashi Passes Away at 57

Director, animator, scriptwriter battled kidney cancer for 2 years ― The Twitter account for animator and director Osamu Kobayashi (pictured right in image at right) posted on Sunday that Kobayashi passed away on Saturday evening. He was 57. The Twitter post explained that for the last two years Kobayashi was battling kidney cancer. The post added, "it is regretful that there were more things he want...
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