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The Summer 2018 Anime Preview Guide

The summer anime season has begun, and we're reviewing every new anime of the season. Check back daily for new reviews!
Now Available: Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs - Late night! The Genius Bakabon - Revue Starlight - Grand Blue Dreaming - Happy Sugar Life - Lord of Vermilion - Free! Dive to the Future - Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion - Drop Kick on my Devil! - Asobi Asobase - Planet With - Chio's School Road - and much more!

Anime Expo 2018 News, Premieres and Cosplay Roundup

We've got brand new premiere reports for you! Check out Laughing Under the Clouds, Sirius the Jaeger, plus panels with Khara and Trigger!

Catching Up With Free!

Those swim boys are at it again! The third season of Free! is already underway, but what if you're a few laps behind? Catch up on Free! just in time with this handy guide to the first two seasons and Take Your Marks!

Anime Spotlight - Overlord III

Time for Ains to descend onto the frontlines to show his true power.

Anime Expo 2018: Sirius the Jaeger Premiere Report

Legendary action animator Masahiro Ando teams up with PA Works for this gorgeous and gory vampire hunting anime that premiered its first episode at Anime Expo 2018 - with PA Works CEO Kenji Horikawa on hand to answer some questions!

This Week in Games - Anime Expo Extravaganza

For Japanese game enthusiasts, Anime Expo 2018 served as an afterparty for this year's E3, overflowing with new games from Japan! Heidi goes through everything at the show, from Tokyo Ghoul to Kill la Kill to Soul Calibur VI!
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Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle 2-3

The story jumps between Alita's present and past over the course of these two volumes, as Kishiro's saga grows into greater ambitions. Theron Martin has the details. ― After focusing exclusively on the youth of Alita and Erica during volume 1, Mars Chronicle shifts to a present-day focus for volume 2, looking at the adult characters and what happens after the events of Last Order. Volume 3 then retur...
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The List - 7 Drastic Character Design Changes

When anime characters get a facelift, the results aren't always beloved (or even recognizable)! Here are just a few examples of art style shifts radically changing a beloved design—for better or for worse. ― I'm in Anime Expo recoup mode, guys. I braved miles upon miles of foot traffic, over 100,000 people crammed into Los Angeles Convention Center and lines out the door to get those panel reports a...
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Anime Expo 2018: XOGenaSYS Pilot Premiere Report

At Anime Expo 2018, Johnny O'Bryant's Noir Caesar Entertainment debuted the pilot episode of XOGenaSYS, a hard-hitting superhero story based on the serialized manga; here's a full report from the premiere. ― As attendees entered quickly into the small theater at Anime Expo this weekend, the air was abuzz with anticipation. Many of those waiting in line were already avid fans of the company Johnny O'B...
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Anime Expo 2018: Laughing Under The Clouds Gaiden Premiere Report

An early look at the first Laughing Under The Clouds Gaiden film, which Eleven Arts Anime Studio premiered at Anime Expo 2018 ahead of its US theatrical run this August. ― Two-thirds of the Laughing Under the Clouds Gaiden film trilogy will make their way to American audiences on August 24th for a limited screening in theaters, as Eleven Arts Anime Studio announced at their panel over the convention ...
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Manga Answerman - Do English-Language Publishers Ever Collaborate On Manga Releases?

One reader writes in with an interesting find - an old copy of Hellsing with both Dark Horse AND Digital Manga logos on it! Deb gets to the bottom of this mystery - and talks with Dark Horse about how such a thing came about. ― Today's Answerman question comes from Ara, who found a manga that had a curious quirk: I just came across a copy of the English Hellsing manga in the wild and was surprised t...
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Beatless ‒ Episodes 1-20 streaming

Despite its wonky production values and frequent recap episodes, this sci fi thriller overflows with compelling ideas and just enough action to thread them together. Theron Martin has the details. ― This science fiction novel adaptation does not make a strong first impression. With mediocre-at-best artistry, the comical portrayal of Arato's little sister, and a cross between a classic Magical Girlfri...
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Calamity of a Zombie Girl

This gruesome 80-minute ONA about a blase zombie girl adapts a popular light novel series and debuted alongside the Summer 2018 anime season - Theron Martin checks his gut and dives in. ― Calamity of the Zombie Girl has a bit of a weird history coming to anime form. The original light novel series was published in two volumes in 2012 (with a two-volume sequel later that year), and an anime adaptation...
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Ghibli Fest 2018 - Princess Mononoke Ticket Giveaway!

GKIDS has another treat this month for lucky ANN readers as they are giving away free tickets to watch the classic Princess Mononoke! ― GKIDS has another treat this month for ANN readers as part of GHILBI FEST 2018. They are giving away 2 TICKETS EACH to 5 LUCKY WINNERS to watch the classic animated film Princess Mononoke! Synopsis From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, and Aca...
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Monday, July 16

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Dies Irae Game Gets Switch Version With New Scenario

Switch version ships on September 27 with new prequel scenario for smartphone game ― Developer Light revealed on Friday that its Dies irae ~Amantes amentes~ visual novel will get a Switch version that will ship on September 27 in Japan. The new version will have new scenario titled "Saoshyant Desantile: Kami Naru Za ni Resshi Tsutawaru Kyūseishu" (The Savior That Sat Upon the Throne of Gods) that wil...
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Sengoku Basara Gets New Manga, 2 New Stage Plays

Manga by Satsuki Urushiji debuts in September, 2 stage plays debut in December ― Capcom announced on Saturday that its Sengoku Basara franchise will get a new manga and two new stage productions. The manga by Satsuki Urushiji is titled Sengoku Basara -Sarutobi Sasuke Eininden- (Sengoku Basara -Sarutobi Sasuke Hidden Shadow Chronicle-, visual pictured right), and will debut in the October issue of Squ...
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Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] Game Gets PC Release on August 20

― Steam is currently listing a PC version release for French Bread's Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] fighting game. The game is listed with an August 20 release date, with Arc System Works as the publisher. The arcade version of the game launched in July 2015 in Japan, and Arc System Works released the game on the PS3 and PS4 in Japan last July. Aksys Games released the game for the PS4 and PS Vit...
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Memories Off -Innocent Fille- Game Gets Switch Version in October

Taiwanese version also slated for PS4, Vita, Switch in October ― The official website for the Memories Off game series revealed last Friday that the Memories Off -Innocent Fille- game will get a Nintendo Switch version that will ship in Japan on October 25. In addition, the game will get a Taiwanese version release for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Switch on October 25. MAGES. president Ch...
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I Want to Eat Your Pancreas Film's Trailer Previews sumika Songs

Emi Wakui plays Sakura's mother in September film ― The official website for the anime film of Yoru Sumino's I Want to Eat Your Pancreas novel began streaming a new trailer for the film on Sunday. The trailer previews two songs by the rock band sumika that will feature in the film, titled "Fanfare" and "Shunkashūtō" (The Four Seasons). The video also reveals that actress Emi Wakui will voice Sakura's...

Sunday, July 15

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Children of the Sea Manga Gets Anime Film by Studio 4°C

Project is 1st anime film adaptation of Igarashi manga ― Studio 4°C (Mind Game, Tekkonkinkreet, Harmony) announced on Monday that it is producing an anime film adaptation of Daisuke Igarashi's Children of the Sea (Kaijū no Kodomo) manga. The film will be the first long-form anime film adaptation of an Igarashi manga. Viz Media published the manga in English, and it describes the story: When Ruka was ...
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Montreal's Fantasia Festival Screens Saku Sakamoto's Aragne: Sign of Vermilion Film

Festival also screened Shinya Sugai, Production I.G's "Walking Meat" short ― The Fantasia Festival in Montreal, Canada screened Saku Sakamoto's Aragne: Sign of Vermilion (Aragne no Mushikago) film, as well as Shin'ya Sugai's "Walking Meat" short anime on Sunday. The screening of Aragne: Sign of Vermilion at the festival was the film's world premiere. Fantasia Festival describes Aragne: Sign of Vermil...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 355

"Silver Soul continues to fire on all cylinders, deftly weaving its trademark comedy into action-packed moments of this increasingly hard-fought final battle."
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DARLING in the FRANXX's Zero Two Gets Nendoroid Figure

DARLING in the FRANXX's Zero Two is getting her own Nendoiroid figure from Good Smile Company. The figure costs 5,000 yen (about US$45), and it is slated for release in December. In addition to Zero Two's regular smiling face, the figure comes with a flirtatious face that can show her sucking a lollipop or sticking out her tongue, as well as an innocent smiling face. Zero Two can also appear with...
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Tokyo Big Sight Transit Station's Long Name Gets Easier in March 2019

Kokusai-tenjijō-seimon Station is where visitors to Tokyo Big Sight convention center typically disembark. The station is named after Tokyo Big Sight's official name of Tokyo Kokusai Tenjijō (Tokyo International Exhibition Center). However, that is about to chance as the station is set to receive a new name next March. The station's tongue-twisting name will change to Tokyo Big Sight Station next ...
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Gegege no Kitaro Anime's Mook Features Character Design Evolutions, Interviews, Original Designs by Shigeru Mizuki

San-ei Shobo Publishing released a special edition "mook" (magazine book) on Friday for the anime based on Shigeru Mizuki's Gegege no Kitaro manga. The Gegege no Kitaro Daikaibō (Large Analysis) mook celebrates the 50th anniversary of the anime adaptations. The mook features a gallery of the evolution of the character designs of characters such as a Kitaro, Medama-Oyaji, Nezumi-Otoko, and others f...
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 16

"If there's something that people in this show need to learn, it's not to open random sealed jars/doors/rocks/whatevers."
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Railway Collaboration Offers Special Prizes

The Tokyu Corporation railway company launched a collaboration with the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card anime on Thursday. The project's visual shows Sakura and Syaoran seeming to enjoy a day out together. The collaboration's stamp rally will run from August 1 to September 24. Depending on how many stamps fans collect, they will be able to receive postcards and clear files. People who collect all th...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 52

"The past few episodes of My Hero Academia have been taking it pretty easy, but this was the first episode in a while where the straightforward direction started to bring me down."
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Celebrate Pokémon Nostalgia with Sepia-tone Goods Line

Sepia tones often emit a nostalgic feeling, so what better way for adult Pokémon fans to revel in the nostalgia of their beloved franchise than with a new round of goods in the "Sepia Graffiti" goods line. The new goods, appropriately, feature the first generation of Pokémon, with starters Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu, as well as Lapras and Mew. The full line features 31 items, inc...
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Solid Gold Mega Man Medal Will Set You Back 350,000 Yen

Capcom began taking taking pre-orders on Friday for a solid gold medal to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Rockman/Mega Man game franchise. The medal is shaped like a coin, and also comes with a chain attachment so buyers can also wear it as a necklace. The medal is 26mm (about an inch) in diameter, and weighs 20 grams (0.7 ounces). But the real kicker is the price. The 18-karat gold medal...
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Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle 2-3

The story jumps between Alita's present and past over the course of these two volumes, as Kishiro's saga grows into greater ambitions. Theron Martin has the details. ― After focusing exclusively on the youth of Alita and Erica during volume 1, Mars Chronicle shifts to a present-day focus for volume 2, looking at the adult characters and what happens after the events of Last Order. Volume 3 then retur...
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B-Project Anime's 2nd Season Reveals Title, Visual, January Debut

1st visual features Kitakore duo ― The official website for the B-Project anime revealed on Sunday that the anime's second season is titled B-Project: Zecchō Emotion (Summit Emotion), and the anime will premiere in January 2019. The site also revealed the first "unit visual" for the anime. The visual features the group Kitakore. Returning staff members include MAGES head Chiyomaru Shikura (Steins;Gat...
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Yomawari: Night Alone, Yomawari: Midnight Shadows Games Get Bundle Release for Smartphones

Both games also get Switch release in the West in October ― Nippon Ichi Software announced at a 25th anniversary event on Sunday that it will release its Yomawari: Night Alone (Yomawari) and Yomawari: Midnight Shadows (Shin Yomawari) games together for smartphones as one app. Nippon Ichi Software had originally announced that it was working with ForwardWorks on the smartphone versions, but is now dev...
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Disgaea Smartphone Game Revealed in Teaser Video

Lahar's voice actress Kaori Mizuhashi narrates teaser video that shows gameplay footage ― Nippon Ichi Software announced at a 25th anniversary event on Sunday that it is working with ForwardWorks to develop a tentatively titled Makai Senki Disgaea smartphone game. The basic game will be free to play, with some charges inside the app. Kaori Mizuhashi, the voice of Laharl in the franchise, appears at t...
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Video Game Designer, Illustrator, Manga Creator Hiroshi Kajiyama Passes Away

Illustrator worked on Golden Sun, Shining Force games; Seven Senses of the Reunion anime; Curse Blood manga ― Video game illustrator, designer, and manga creator Hiroshi Kajiyama's son posted on Kajiyama's Twitter account on Saturday that Kajiyama has passed away. The notice did not reveal when he passed away, the cause of death, or how old he was. The editorial department of Tokuma Shoten's Comic Ry...
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New York Comic Con, Anime Expo Partner to Debut 'Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo' Event

Event takes place during same October 4-7 dates as NYCC ― ReedPOP and The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) announced on Saturday that New York Comic Con (NYCC) and Anime Expo are partnering to launch the "Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo" event. The event is taking place at Pier 94 in New York on October 4-7, the same days as New York Comic Con. Calling all NYCC Otakus, this Octob...
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God Wars 2 Sequel Game Announced

1st game launched in June 2017, more information on sequel to be announced next week ― Voice actor Shō Karino and voice actresses Moa Tsukino and Yū Serizawa all revealed on Twitter on Saturday that Kadokawa Games announced the God Wars 2 game during a God Wars event in Tokyo on Saturday. All three voice actors were present at the event. Karino added that the event also revealed a new character, and ...
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07th Expansion Reveals Umineko: When They Cry Saku Compilation Game, All-New When They Cry Work

Both games slated for simultaneous release this winter ― The official Twitter account for game developer 07th Expansion announced on Sunday that it is developing a new game in the Naku Koro ni (When They Cry) franchise, tentatively titled ●● no Naku koro ni. The company also announced it is working on an Umineko no Naku Koro ni Saku game. The game will be a compilation disc of all previous Umineko ga...

Saturday, July 14

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CLAMP Designs Seal Books for Temple Pilgrimage Route's 1,300th Anniversary

Creator team CLAMP is teaming up with a project to celebrate the 1,300th anniversary of the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage. CLAMP provided two designs for temple seal books for the collaboration. The front and back of both of the books have inverted colors. The temple seal books are special editions of seal books that pilgrims and other people can use to collect seals from a variety of Shinto shrines a...
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Happy Sugar Life Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Tomiyaki Kagisora's Happy Sugar Life manga is listing that the anime will have four home video releases with 12 total episodes. The series premiered on TBS and MBS on July 13 at 25:55 (effectively July 14 at 1:55 a.m.). The show is airing in the "Animeism" programming block. The series will stream online only on Amazon Prime Video inside ...
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Shonen Jump Exhibition's New Café Menu Showcases Modern Manga

The third wave of the three-part art exhibition honoring the 50th anniversary of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, "Weekly Shonen Jump Exhibition VOL. 3: The Present of the Evolving Ultimate Magazine," will debut on July 17 and run through September 30. Accordingly, the third part of the related café will open at Cafe THE SUN in Tokyo's Mori Arts Center Gallery on July 14. The main dishes wi...
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Final Fantasy VIII's Rinoa Joins Dissidia Final Fantasy NT PS4 Game

Character also joined arcade game on Thursday ― Square Enix began streaming a character trailer for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, the PlayStation 4 version of the Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade game, on Thursday. The video reveals and previews the character Rinoa Heartilly from Final Fantasy VIII as the game's next DLC character. She will fight with her dog Angelo at her side. Rinoa will debut in the gam...
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PERSONA 5 the Animation ‒ Episode 15

"Persona 5 has always excelled at directing the numerous dialogue scenes of the story in interesting ways, and this is just another successful example of that."
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Pop-Up Book Showcases Yu Suzuki's 80s Sega Game Cabinets

Darren Wall and his team are holding a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for their SEGA Arcade: Pop-Up History book project. If funded, the book will feature pop-up paper sculptures of five of Yu Suzuki's iconic "body sensation" video game cabinets: Hang-On, Space Harrier, OutRun, After Burner, and Thunder Blade. The crowdfunding campaign's goal is to raise 40,000 pounds sterling (about US$52,796)...
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Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition Game's Anime Expo Trailer Streamed

Remastered game launches for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC this winter ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a new trailer on Wednesday for the Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition game. The company first showed the trailer at Anime Expo last Sunday. The game is a remastered version of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tales of Vesperia role-playing game. The company will release the remastered...
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Comedian Yūsuke Inoue Cosplays as Kirito for SAO x Monster Strike Collab Commercial Series

The upcoming Sword Art Online: Alicization anime is the latest anime to collaborate with XFLAG's Monster Strike game, and comedian Yūsuke Inoue from the NON STYLE duo donned a full Kirito cosplay outfit for a commercial advertising the event. In the "episode 1: Forming a Party Version" ad, Inoue is introduced as the "Black MonSt Swordsman Kirito Inoue." Instead of Kirito's dual swords, he holds a ...
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Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts Celebrates Metal Gear's 31st Anniversary with Video, 31 Days of Fan Art

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island), who is directing the upcoming live-action adaptation of Konami and Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid game, is taking the next month to celebrate the franchise's 31st anniversary. Vogt-Roberts will post "concept art he created with a series of 'next-gen artists'" over the next 31 days to celebrate the milestone. He also posted a video announcing the ...
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Disgaea 1 Complete Game's 2 Ads Highlight Etna, Laharl

PS4, Switch game launches in Japan on July 26, in the West in October ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming a character commercial on Thursday for Disgaea 1 Complete (Makai Senki Disgaea Refine), the HD remake of the first game in the series. The video highlights the character Etna (voiced by Tomoe Hanba). Nippon Ichi Software streamed a similar video last week for Laharl (Kaori Mizuhashi). The game...
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Fathom Events Streams English Video for 'Night is Short, Walk On Girl' Anime Film Screenings

Film screens with English subtitles in U.S. on August 21-22 ― Fathom Events began streaming an English video on Friday for it and GKIDS upcoming screening of Masaaki Yuasa's The Night is Short, Walk On Girl anime film. The two companies will screen the film with English subtitles on August 21 and 22. Tickets are available on GKIDS' website. GKIDS will also host a limited theatrical release independen...
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Black Clover Smartphone Game's 1st Promo Video Streamed

Game where players can create their own squad launches this year ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the first promotional video on Thursday for its Black Clover: Mugen no Kishidan (Dream Knights) smartphone game. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game for iOS and Android devices this year. The game will be free to play, with the opportunity to purchase some in-game items. In the r...
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The List - 7 Drastic Character Design Changes

When anime characters get a facelift, the results aren't always beloved (or even recognizable)! Here are just a few examples of art style shifts radically changing a beloved design—for better or for worse. ― I'm in Anime Expo recoup mode, guys. I braved miles upon miles of foot traffic, over 100,000 people crammed into Los Angeles Convention Center and lines out the door to get those panel reports a...
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Super Neptunia RPG Game's Opening Movie Streamed

Game launches in Japan on PS4 on September 27, in the West on PS4/Switch this fall ― Compile Heart began streaming the opening movie on Thursday for the Super Neptunia RPG (Yūsha Neptune: Sekai yo Uchū yo Katsumoku se yo!! Ultimate RPG Sengen!!) PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch game. Eri Sasaki performs the opening theme song "Dia vo Lhizer." Idea Factory International will release the game in North...
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Live-Action Bleach Film's 2 New Ads Streamed Before July 20 Premiere

Film's N. American premiere to be held in New York on July 28 ― Warner Bros. began streaming two new ads on Thursday for the live-action film of Tite Kubo's Bleach manga. Protect Version Action Version The film will open in Japan on July 20, and will have its North American premiere with two screenings on July 28 at the Japan Cuts Festival in New York. The cast includes: Sōta Fukushi (live-action Str...
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Gakuen Basara TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Previews Takanori Nishikawa's Theme Song

New visual also revealed for series premiering on October 4 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Gakuen Basara, a high school spinoff project based on Capcom's Sengoku Basara game franchise, began streaming the show's first promotional video on Saturday. The video previews Takanori Nishikawa's (T.M. Revolution) theme song. The video also reveals that the show will premiere on...
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Octopath Traveler Nintendo Switch Game's Overview Launch Trailer Streamed

Game by Square Enix launched on Friday ― Nintendo began streaming an overview launch trailer on Friday for Octopath Traveler, Square Enix's new original role-playing game project for the Nintendo Switch. The video introduces the game's eight protagonists and different game systems. The game shipped worldwide on Friday. At the beginning of the game, the player will choose one of the characters to foll...
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Studio Chizu Launches Countdown Website Featuring The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Anime Film

― Studio Chizu launched a countdown on Friday on the "https://miraidematteru.com" website ("Mirai de Matteru" means "Waiting in the Future") that features a logo, video, and insert song for Madhouse and Mamoru Hosoda's The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki o Kakeru Shōjo) anime film. (Note: The website is meant to be accessed through smartphones.) The image on the website and on Studio Chizu's Twitt...
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Yo-Kai Watch 4 Nintendo Switch Game Launches this Winter

― Level 5 revealed on Saturday that its Yo-kai Watch 4 Nintendo Switch game will launch this winter 2018. The game's official website also confirmed that the game will "connect" the three "worlds" of original franchise protagonist Keita, Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu film protagonist and Keita's daughter Natsume, and the upcoming protagonist of the Yōkai Watch: Forever Friends film Shin...
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Future Card Buddyfight Ace English Dub Debuts on YouTube

Bushiroad also streams series with English subtitles ― The official English Facebook account for Bushiroad's Future Card Buddyfight franchise announced that the English dub of the Future Card Buddyfight Ace (Future Card Shin Buddyfight) anime began streaming on its YouTube channel at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 13. The anime premiered on TV Aichi, TV Tokyo, BS Japan, and other networks on June 2. T...

Friday, July 13

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Konami Develops Weekly Shonen Jump Jikkyō Janjan Stadium Game for Smartphones

Fighting game featuring characters from over 39 Shonen Jump manga slated for this year ― This year's 33rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that Konami is developing a new game for smartphones titled Weekly Shōnen Jump Jikkyō Janjan Stadium, slated for release this year. The game allows up to four players to fight in matches using characters from more than 39 Weekly...
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Hibiki: Shōsetsuka ni Naru Hōhō Live-Action Film Reveals Trailer, Visual

Eisaku Yoshida, Yukiya Kitamura join cast ― The staff for the live-action film of Mitsuharu Yanamoto's Hibiki: Shōsetsuka ni Naru Hōhō (Hibiki ~How to Become a Novelist~) manga revealed a poster visual and trailer on Saturday. The film's official blog also announced two new cast members. The new cast members are: Eisaku Yoshida as Akihito Soboe, Rika's father and a famous novelist Yukiya Kitamura as ...
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Live-Action Tobaku Haōden Zero Will Have Hulu-Exclusive Original Prequel

NEWS idol group members star in 3 prequel episodes ― The official website for Zero Ikkakusenkin Game (Zero: Get Rich Quick Game), the live-action television show based on Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Tobaku Haōden Zero gambling manga, announced that the series will get three original stories that will stream exclusively on Hulu Japan. The Hulu series is titled Zero: Episode Zero and the first episode will pre...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, July 2-8

2nd Attack on Titan compilation film airs ― The Attack on Titan Part 2 – Jiyuu no Tsubasa anime compilation film aired at 12:10 a.m. on NHK on Sunday, July 8 and earned a 1.3% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV July 8 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 12.5 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV July 8 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 8.4 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi July 6 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 8.2...
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Osamu Tezuka's Dust 18 Gets 1st Original Version Book Printing

Manga creator Osamu Tezuka's career is so prolific, we're still finding sketches and manuscripts long after his death. Recently, there's been a number of reprintings and compilations of Tezuka's works, sometimes including newly found material. Publisher Rittorsha is the latest to gather a long out of print Tezuka work, this time collecting it into book format for the very first time. The publisher...
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Saiyuki: Ibun Stage Play Reveals Cast in Costume

Play runs in Tokyo in September ― The official website for Saiyuki Kageki-den -Ibun-, the new stage musical based on Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki manga, revealed 13 cast visuals on Friday. The cast includes: Shin Tamura as Hōmei Shōta Ōnuma as Tōdai Taiga Fukuzawa as Genkai Yamato Furuya as Seiran Yūki Maekawa as Dōtaku Yū Futaba as Joan Hirokazu Tsukioka as Ganpuku Kenshin Saitō as Choun Shōta Fukui as...
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New, Old Heroes Hang Out on Weekly Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary Issue Cover

Next issue promises Sanji and Soma cross-over in "Shokugeki no Sanji" ― We've got more details about Weekly Shonen Jump's 50th anniversary issue, now available in Japan. On top of the already announced new one-shot by Bleach manga creator Tite Kubo, the magazine's front cover is a multi-artist collaboration. Prominent artists drew their own characters side by side with their favorite characters from ...

Funimation Offers Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!! Anime Digitally

4th Prisma Illya series is 1st not licensed by Sentai Filmworks ― Amazon is offering the 12-episode Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!! anime series for digital purchase from Funimation Entertainment. ANN reached out to Funimation to confirm if the company has any other plans to release the series, but Funimation has not responded as of press time. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!!, the fourth ...
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100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams Anime Casts Tarusuke Shingaki, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Hiro Shimono

3 princes from snow kingdom revealed ― The official website for 100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams: The Animation, the television anime of GCREST's Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama smartphone puzzle role-playing game, revealed three more cast members on Friday. The three characters are brothers and princes of the snow kingdom of Snowfiria. The are: Tarusuke Shingaki as Frost Yos...
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Pop Team Epic Joins Sanrio Mascots for Unlikely Comiket Collab

Just earlier this week, I wrote about Cardcaptor Sakura teaming up with Little Twin Stars for cute merchandise and an upcoming event at Sanrio Puroland. The collaboration was nothing particularly new; Sanrio has started teaming up with a bunch of different anime series lately. Most of the collaborations are with established, popular series within the target demographic, like Fullmetal Alchemist an...
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Steins;Gate 0 Anime Reveals Visual for 2nd Half

The official website for the Steins;Gate 0 anime posted a key visual for the second half on Friday. The website also announced that the Steins;Gate: The Movie - Load Region of Déjà Vu film will have revival screenings at Cinema Sunshine Ikebukuro from July 20-31. The second half will premiere on July 18 with episode 14. Asami Imai's new ending theme song for the second half is titled "World-Line."...
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Anime Expo 2018: XOGenaSYS Pilot Premiere Report

At Anime Expo 2018, Johnny O'Bryant's Noir Caesar Entertainment debuted the pilot episode of XOGenaSYS, a hard-hitting superhero story based on the serialized manga; here's a full report from the premiere. ― As attendees entered quickly into the small theater at Anime Expo this weekend, the air was abuzz with anticipation. Many of those waiting in line were already avid fans of the company Johnny O'B...
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Masotan Dragon Plush Measures 13in Tall, Won't Devour You

The adorable dragon from studio BONES' Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan can come with you. MOVIC is offering a plush version of Masotan, and this one won't eat you. Masotan measures 33cm high (13in) and is a limited production item. MOVIC will also fulfill orders for the plush if it receives at least 200 orders. MOVIC will ship orders in October if the quota is met. Each Masotan plush costs 7,344...
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Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists Game Heads West on PS4, Switch, PC

Newest Atelier series game slated for this winter ― Koei Tecmo America announced on Friday that it will release Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World (Nelke to Densetsu no Renkinjutsushi-tachi: Arata na Daichi no Atelier) in the West this winter. It will be available physically on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, and digitally on PC via Steam. Koei Tecmo Europe also announced ...
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Anime Expo 2018: Laughing Under The Clouds Gaiden Premiere Report

An early look at the first Laughing Under The Clouds Gaiden film, which Eleven Arts Anime Studio premiered at Anime Expo 2018 ahead of its US theatrical run this August. ― Two-thirds of the Laughing Under the Clouds Gaiden film trilogy will make their way to American audiences on August 24th for a limited screening in theaters, as Eleven Arts Anime Studio announced at their panel over the convention ...
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Capcom Releases Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection International Game in Japan on October 25

― Capcom announced on Friday that it will release the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection International game in Japan for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC on October 25. The collection will feature all 12 titles between Street Fighter and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike in both their Japanese and overseas editions. The game includes an online mode for the overseas editions of t...
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Turn Your Palico into a Moogle in Monster Hunter World x Final Fantasy XIV Collab

Duel collaboration kicks off on August 1 ― Sony revealed more details on Thursday for the Monster Hunter: World and Final Fantasy XIV dual collaboration originally revealed during E3 last month. The new video highlights the update on August 1 at 8:00 p.m. EDT for Monster Hunter: World. In the event, Monster Hunter: World players will be able to obtain a "Drachen" armor set, a "Gae Bold" insect glaive...

Funimation Announces Summer SimulDub Premiere Dates

Also: Attack on Titan dubbed trailer ― Funimation Entertainment announced its simuldub schedule on Thursday. The premiere dates are as follows: ISLAND - July 21 Angels of Death - July 23 Harukana Receive - July 24 Chio's School Road - July 25 Hanebado! - July 25 How Not to Summon a Demon Lord - July 25 The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar - July 28 Magical Girl Raising Project - July 29 Over...
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Black Clover: Quartet Knights Game's Video Previews 'Crystal Carry' Mode

Game for PS4, PC also adds Fana as playable character ― The official website for the Black Clover: Quartet Knights game for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam began streaming a new gameplay video on Thursday. The video previews the game's "Crystal Carry" game mode. In the game mode, teams must attempt to retrieve and place the crystal on a designated point on the map. In addition, this year's 33rd issue ...
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Manga Answerman - Do English-Language Publishers Ever Collaborate On Manga Releases?

One reader writes in with an interesting find - an old copy of Hellsing with both Dark Horse AND Digital Manga logos on it! Deb gets to the bottom of this mystery - and talks with Dark Horse about how such a thing came about. ― Today's Answerman question comes from Ara, who found a manga that had a curious quirk: I just came across a copy of the English Hellsing manga in the wild and was surprised t...
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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Gets 3rd OVA With Manga's 13th Volume

13th volume slated for December 4; 2nd OVA slated for October 4 ― This year's 33rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that Tadahiro Miura's Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san) manga will get a third OVA that will bundle on a Blu-ray Disc with a limited edition of the manga's 13th volume when it ships on December 4. The new OVA will adapt the man...
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Beatless ‒ Episodes 1-20 streaming

Despite its wonky production values and frequent recap episodes, this sci fi thriller overflows with compelling ideas and just enough action to thread them together. Theron Martin has the details. ― This science fiction novel adaptation does not make a strong first impression. With mediocre-at-best artistry, the comical portrayal of Arato's little sister, and a cross between a classic Magical Girlfri...
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HIDIVE to Stream GARO – Red Requiem Live-Action Film Starting on July 18

Keita Amemiya live-action film debuted in 2010 ― The HIDIVE streaming service announced on Thursday that it will stream the GARO – Red Requiem live-action film starting on July 18 at 1:00 p.m. EDT for audiences in the United States and Canada. HIDIVE describes the film: Follow Kouga, the bearer of the gold wolf armor, as his mission leads him to a city plagued by followers of a Horror known as Karma....
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Samurai Love Ballad: Party Anime's 1st Episode Posted

Anime based on Voltage's smartphone game premiered in app on May 28 ― Voltage's official YouTube channel began streaming the first episode of Tenka Tōitsu Koi no Ran ~ Shutsujin! Saika 4-nin Shū, the short anime adaptation of its Samurai Love Ballad: Party (Tenka Tōitsu Koi no Ran Love Ballad) smartphone game, on Friday. The episode shows Sanada Yukimura and Kirigakure Saizō meeting Tsubame, Hibari, ...
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Studio Ponoc's Modest Heroes Anime Anthology Film Reveals New Visuals

― The official website for Studio Ponoc's three-part anime anthology film Modest Heroes (Chiisana Eiyū: Kani to Tamago to Tōmei Ningen) revealed a new visual for the three films on Friday. The image below shows the visuals for (from left to right) "Life Ain't Gonna Lose" ("Samurai Egg"), "Kanini & Kanino" ("Kani no Kanino"), and "Invisible" ("Tōmei Ningen"). Studio Ponoc describes the shorts as "tal...

Revue Starlight Anime's BD Releases Include Unaired Shorts

Anime listed with 12 episodes premiered on Thursday; English simulcast to premiere on Saturday ― The official website for the Revue Starlight anime revealed the details for the anime's Blu-ray Disc home video release in Japan on Friday. The anime will feature three home video volumes that will ship on October 24, December 26, and February 27. Each volume will ship with an eight-minute unaired episode...
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Funimation to Screen Cowboy Bebop Anime Film in U.S. Theaters on August 15-16

Screenings to feature English dub, English subtitles on different days ― Funimation's Funimation Films website is listing that it will screen the Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door anime film in the United States on August 15 (English subtitles) and August 16 (English dub). Funimation describes the film: Caught up in a world of dreams, lost in the cruelty of reality. What should have been an eas...
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Maaya Sakamoto Joins Cast of 2nd Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Anime Film

Film opens in Japan on October 19, in N. America this winter ― The official website for the anime film project of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga revealed on Friday that Maaya Sakamoto is joining the cast of the second film Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 2 (Haikara-san ga Tōru Kōhen: Hana no Tōkyō Dai Roman) as the character Larisa (left in image below). Larisa is the wife of Sasha...
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Muhyo & Roji Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Oresama's Theme Song

Series premieres on August 3 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yoshiyuki Nishi's Muhyo to Roji no Mahōritsu Sōdan Jimusho (Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation) manga began streaming a second promotional video for the anime on Monday. The video previews Oresama's ending theme song "Hotohashiru." The anime will have an advanced screening event in Tokyo on Jul...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 40

"I don't hate the padding, but I wish we could have progressed a little further in the story so we at least had a solid hook."
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Atsuko Nanba's New Manga is Titled 'Come on a My House'

Age-gap romance between teenage girl, 24-year-old man launches on August 10 ― The August issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on Friday that manga creator Atsuko Nanba's new manga series is titled Come on a My House (Kamona My House). The manga will debut in the magazine's September issue on August 10 with a 91-page first chapter with three color pages. The original announcement in M...
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Live-Action Kasane Film Unveils 2 Visuals

― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Daruma Matsuura's Kasane manga unveiled two new visuals for the film on Friday. The first visual (below) features the tagline, "Can just being beautiful make me happy?" on the left, and the tagline, "Can just being ugly be a sin?" on the right, as well as the text, "Superiority complex/inferiority complex" at the bottom of the visual. The...
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My Hero One's Justice Game's Videos Highlight Gran Torino, Muscular

Game launches on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC in Americas on October 26 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming two gameplay videos for its My Hero One's Justice (My Hero Academia: One's Justice) game on Thursday. The videos show Gran Torino and Muscular in action. The game will will launch in the Americas for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on October 26. People ...
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Adds Godzilla-Themed Hero, Chidori Comedians

Godzilla hero will use sounds from Heisei-era Godzilla films; Chidori duo play themselves ― The official website for the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: Futari no Hero) film revealed on Friday that Nobu and Daigo from the comedy duo Chidori will play themselves in a special appearance in the film (seen below). The film will also feature the appearance of a new Godzilla-theme...

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Live-Action Gintama 2 Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Film opens in Japan on August 17 with theme by back number ― The official website for Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu Tame ni Koso Aru (The Law is Surely There to be Broken), the second live-action film based on Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga, began streaming a trailer for the film on Friday. The trailer previews the film's theme song "Daifuseikai" by back number. The film opens in Japan on August 17. Th...
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Nico Nico Streams 13 Beach Episodes Full of Swimsuit Service

If you survived the Anime Expo heat wave, you know there's no doubt that summer is here and with it, all of the activities to try to beat the heat. If you're like me and anything about 75°F is enough to make you recoil in fear, you might be more interested in watching summer-themed anime than actually jumping into the deep end of the pool. Japanese streaming service Nico Nico feels you on that. Th...
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New Tari Tari Novel Is Set 10 Years After Anime's Story

New novel debuts serialization on August 1 ― The official website of P.A. Works' P.A. Books eBook label revealed the title and story of the planned sequel book to the studio's Tari Tari anime on Thursday. The book is titled Tari Tari ~Mebaitari Terashitari Yappari Tokidoki Utattari~ (Tari Tari ~Budding, Shining, and Sometimes Singing~), and is set 10 years after the events of the anime, with Wakana, ...
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Mirai of the Future Film Collaborates With Drink Brand for Anime Ads

Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's new Mirai no Mirai (Mirai of the Future) anime film and SUNTORY's drink brand Green Da-Ka-Ra are collaborating for animated commercials. The initial 15-second "Nap" commercial premiered on television in Japan on Friday. In the commercial, Suntory's drink mascot characters Green Dakara-chan and Mugi-chan come inside Mirai of the Future protagonist Kun's house. He te...
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Industry, Artists Reach Out to Support Japan Flooding Victims

Large evacuations have made their way along the western coast of Japan as heavy rainfall caused flooding and landslides throughout the area. Hiroshima has felt the brunt of the disaster. Overall, at least 200 people have died in relation to the flooding and destruction and more than 7,000 are taking shelter amid power outages and supply shortages throughout Hiroshima, Okayama and Ehime areas. Prim...
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Tsukiuta Stage Play Reveals Cast For 6th, 7th Runs

New plays premiere in October, December ― The official Twitter account for the stage adaptations of the Tsukiuta franchise announced the cast members for the franchise's sixth and seventh stage plays last week. Both plays will star the members of the Six Gravity and Procellarum group. The cast for the Six Gravity group includes: Kentarō Menjō as Hajime Mutsuki Gaku Matsuda as Haru Yayoi Tatsuki Jōnin...

Funimation to Release Dragon Ball Super: Broly in Theaters in January

Also acquires film's home entertainment, video on demand, broadcast rights ― North American anime distributor Funimation announced on Thursday that it has acquired the rights to screen the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film in theaters in the United States and Canada in January 2019. It has also acquired the film's home entertainment, video on demand, and broadcast rights, as part of its distribution agre...
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Weekly Shonen Jump's 50th Anniversary Issue is Packed with Nostalgia

This year's 33rd issue of Weekly Shonen Jump will hit store shelves on July 14, and it already looks to be a collector's item for long-time manga fans. This week's issue, released on July 9, gave some peeks of what readers can expect next week. The magazine will include a manga short by Tomohiro Hasegawa titled "Bleach to Boku" (Bleach and Me) that describes Hasegawa's experience seeing the first ...
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Nintendo of Europe Announces New CEO, President

Koji Miyake is new CEO, Chairman; Stephan Bole is new COO, President ― Nintendo of Europe announced on June 28 that Koji Miyake will be the company's new CEO and Chairman, while Stephan Bole (seen right) is the new COO and President. The title changes follow the departure of Satoru Shibata, the President of Nintendo of Europe for the past 18 years, as he returns to the main Nintendo office in Japan a...
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Neptunia Standees Net US$1,300 at AX Silent Auction

Twitter user @RemiDaPyon is now the proud owner of two new Hyperdimension Neptunia series character standees. While he may be reveling in his luck, this otaku's wallet may not be so happy with him. @RemiDaPyon had to shell out US$1,300 for the standees after winning Idea Factory's silent auction at Anime Expo. That didn't seem to phase him, however, as he happily posed for photos with his winnings...
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Today's Menu for the Emiya Family ‒ Episode 7

"The series finally gave me what I wanted most: just straight-up Fate/hollow ataraxia-style fanservice involving a bunch of my favorite characters."
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Japanese Voice Actors Cover Disney Songs on New 'Princes' CD

After four years, the Disney Koe no Ōji-sama (Disney Princes of Voice) CD series is returning with new recordings of Disney songs by Japanese voice actors. The Disney Koe no Ōji-sama Voice Stars Dream Selection CD, which is the fifth in the series that debuted in 2012, will ship on September 19. The new release will feature the following songs: "I Wan'na Be Like You" (The Jungle Book) by Kaito Ish...
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Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity Game's Steam Launch Video Streamed

Steam version includes support for resolutions up to 4K, new "Bullet Hell" difficulty level ― XSEED Games began streaming a launch trailer on Wednesday for the PC via Steam release of Ankake Spa's Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity (Touhou Kōkishin, or Adventures of Scarlet Curiosity) game. The game launched on Wednesday. The Steam release includes support for resolutions up to 4K, and a new "Bullet Hell" dif...

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!/Eevee! Nintendo Switch Games' Trailer Streamed

Games set in Kanto ship on November 16 ― The Pokémon Company began streaming a new trailer for its Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! Nintendo Switch games on Thursday. The company's website also revealed additional details about the games. The games are set in the Kanto region of the first Pokémon games, and are specifically based on 1998's Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edit...
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Calamity of a Zombie Girl

This gruesome 80-minute ONA about a blase zombie girl adapts a popular light novel series and debuted alongside the Summer 2018 anime season - Theron Martin checks his gut and dives in. ― Calamity of the Zombie Girl has a bit of a weird history coming to anime form. The original light novel series was published in two volumes in 2012 (with a two-volume sequel later that year), and an anime adaptation...

Mob Psycho 100 Anime's 2nd Season Reveals Visual, January Premiere

Staff return from anime's 1st season in 2016 ― The official website for BONES' television anime of ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga revealed a new teaser visual for the second season on Friday. The visual reveals that the second season is slated to premiere in January 2019. The "Mob Psycho 100 Reigen: Shirarezaru Kiseki Reinōryokusha" (The Miraculous Unknown Psychic) event announced the anime's second seas...
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The Seven Deadly Sins Anime Film Reveals New Character Visuals

Film opens in Japan on August 18 ― The staff of the Gekijōban Nanatsu no Taizai Tenkū no Torawarebito (The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky) anime film revealed the full character visuals and descriptions for the original characters on Thursday. The new characters include: Tsubasa Yonaga as Sorada, a young man and member of the Winged People Clan from Sky Palace. He is searching for ...
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Gundam: Battle Operation 2 PS4 Game's New Video Reveals July 26 Launch in Japan

Pre-registration available now for free-to-play team battle action game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a four-minute promotional video on Thursday for Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2, the sequel to its Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation and Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation Next games. The video reveals that the "team battle action" game will launch in Japan on the PlayStati...
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Last Hope Anime's Special Video Previews Action Scenes

Leon, Queenie's mecha available in Super Robot Wars X-Ω game in August ― The official website for the Last Hope (Jūshinki Pandora) anime began streaming a "special video" for the anime last week. The video previews the action sequences in the anime and highlights the main characters and their mecha. The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Super Robot Wars X-Ω smartphone game also announ...
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Mayaka Nakano's Bungaku Shojo Romance Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series

Live-action Inside Mari's Sumisu directs show about romance between novelist, editor ― MBS and TBS announced on Thursday that they are producing a live-action series adaptation of Mayaka Nakano's Bungaku Shojo (Literature Virgin) manga that will debut in the channels' Dramaism programming block this fall. Sumisu (live-action Inside Mari series) is directing the series. The manga is unrelated to Mizuk...
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Okko's Inn Anime Film Reveals New Trailer, Visual

Supernatural film opens in Japan on September 21 ― The official website for the anime film adaptation of writer Hiroko Reijō and artist Asami's juvenile literature series Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei! (The Young Innkeeper Is a Grade Schooler!, or Okko's Inn) began streaming a new trailer for the film on Thursday. The film opens in Japan on September 21. The film already screened in competition at the Ann...
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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Anime's Long Promo Video Previews Opening, Ending Themes

Series premieres on July 14 with Crunchyroll streaming ― The official website for the television anime of Tadahiro Miura's Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san) manga began streaming a long promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video previews Luna Haruna's opening theme song "Momoiro Typhoon" (Peach-Colored Typhoon) as well as Miyuri Shimabukuro, Eri Suzuki, and Rie Tak...
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Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter Anime Films' Manga Ends

2nd volume of manga adaptation of film trilogy slated for fall ― The August issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Comic magazine published the last chapter of Nitaka Ichifuji's manga adaptation of the Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shō (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter) theatrical anime project on June 30. The manga's second volume will ship this fall. The films debuted in Japan last yea...
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Trinity Seven Manga Gets New Spinoff Series

Misaki Mori draws Trinity Seven: Seven Days romantic comedy spinoff ― The August issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine revealed on Monday that Misaki Mori will launch the Trinity Seven: Seven Days manga spinoff of Kenji Saito and Akinari Nao's Trinity Seven manga in the magazine's next issue on August 9. The magazine describes the spinoff as a "sometimes slapstick romantic comedy." The July...
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Karin-po Manga by Takasugi-san's Obento Creator Nozomi Yanahara Ends in August

Manga about 2 sisters living together launched in June 2016 ― The August issue of Kadokawa's Comic Flapper magazine revealed on July 5 that Nozomi Yanahara will end the Karin-po manga in the magazine's next issue on August 4. Kadokawa will ship the manga's fourth compiled book volume on September 22. The manga centers on two sisters. Karin, the older sister, is about to graduate from college, but has...
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Reborn! Stage Play's Visuals Reveal Cast in Costume

Stage play based on Akira Amano's Reborn! manga runs in September-October ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of Akira Amano's Reborn! manga revealed more visuals of the cast in costume on Wednesday. The new visuals, along with the respective cast members, include: Kōsuke Kuwano as Hayato Gokudera Ryōsuke Yamamoto as Takeshi Yamamoto Teru Uesugi as Ryōhei Sasagawa KIMERU as Lambo Yūt...
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London Detective Mysteria Game's Opening Video Features Yumi Suzuha's Theme Song

Game launching this fall on PS Vita, PC is written in Victorian English ― XSEED Games began streaming the English opening video for Karin Entertainment's London Detective Myseria (Eikoku Tantei Mysteria: The Crown) romance adventure visual novel on Wednesday. The video highlights the game's main characters, and features the opening theme song "Night Fog Masquerade" by Yumi Suzuha. XSEED Games reveale...
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Koi no Tsuki Live-Action Series Casts Daichi Watanabe, Fūju Kamio

Ad also posted for July series ― The official website for the live-action series adaptation of Akira Nitta's Koi no Tsuki (Love and fortune) manga revealed two additional cast members for the series on Thursday. The new cast members include: Daichi Watanabe as Fūta Aoi, the protagonist Wako Taira's boyfriend Fūju Kamio as Yumeaki Iko, the high school student whom Wako meets The site is also streaming...
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Live-Action Real Girl Film's New Poster Visual Unveiled

The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga revealed a new poster visual for the film on Thursday. The visual's tagline reads, "A beautiful girl and an otaku, both from different worlds, but they fall in love?!" The film will open in Japan on September 14. Tsutomu Hanabusa is directing the film with some of the same staff as his previous dir...
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Maki Marukido's Pornographer Boys-Love Manga Gets Live-Action Series

Series about college student taking down dictation from erotic novel author debuts on July 28 ― Fuji TV's FOD (Fuji TV on Demand) streaming service announced on Thursday that it is producing a live-action series adaptation of Maki Marukido's Pornographer boys' love manga. The show will premiere on FOD on July 28, and then on Fuji TV on August 8. The series stars Terunosuke Takezai (right in image abo...
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ENDRECHERI Performs Live-Action Gintama 2 Net Series' Theme Song

Tsuyoshi Dōmoto heads solo project, also plays role in upcoming August 17 film ― The official Twitter account of the tie-in live-action Gintama 2: Yo ni mo Kimyō na Gintama-chan show announced on Thursday that ENDRECHERI, the solo project of KinKi Kids member Tsuyoshi Dōmoto, will perform the show's theme song "one more purple funk… -Kōmei katana-." Dōmoto previously played the character Shinsuke Tak...
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Natsume's Book of Friends Film's Trailer Previews Uru's Theme Song

Kengo Kora, Sumi Shimamoto, Ayumu Murase guest star in September 29 film ― The official Twitter account for Gekijōban Natsume Yūjinchō ~Utsusemi ni Musubu~ (Natsume's Book of Friends the Movie: Tied to the Temporal World), the anime film of Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, began streaming a new trailer for the film on Thursday. The trailer reveals and previews th...
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Funimation, Toei Reschedule Streaming of Dubbed Dragon Ball Super Episodes

Funimation Entertainment announced on Wednesday that, as per an update from Toei Animation, it will now stream each 13-episode batch of English-dubbed Dragon Ball Super episodes "a few weeks before" their home video release. Funimation began streaming 39 dubbed episodes in December, and announced at the time that subsequent 13-episode batches would stream two weeks after the final episode of the b...

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Domestic Girlfriend Romance Manga Gets TV Anime

Maaya Uchida, Yōko Hikasa star in diomedea's anime of Kei Sasuga's manga ― Anime studio diomedea announced on Thursday that it is producing a television anime adaptation of Kei Sasuga's Domestic Girlfriend (Domestic na Kanojo) manga. Maaya Uchida will play the character Rui Tachibana, while Yōko Hikasa will play Hina Tachibana. Shōta Ihata (Girlish Number) is directing the anime at diomedea, while Ta...
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Monster Hunter Games Get 3D Animated Special in 2019

Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild from Pure Imagination Studios, writer Joshua Fine ― Capcom announced on Wednesday that it is producing Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild, a 3D animated special based on its Monster Hunter game franchise. The company is collaborating with Pure Imagination Studios, and the special is slated for next year. Joshua Fine (Ultimate Spider-Man) is writing the special. ...
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Lupin the Third: Part 5 ‒ Episode 14

"This wouldn't be the first time the franchise has tried to be thoughtful, so I'm looking forward to seeing how it decides to push itself."
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Kengan Ashura Manga Ends in August

Manga is inspiring anime slated for 2019 on Netflix ― The Manga ONE app announced on Thursday that Yabako Sandrovich and Daromeon's Kengan Ashura manga will end on August 9. Prior to this, the manga will take a two week hiatus and return with the penultimate chapter (chapter 235) on August 2. Sandrovich launched Kengan Ashura with Daromeon's illustrations in the Manga ONE app in 2012. The 25th compil...
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Anime Expo 2018 Caps Out Attendance at 110,000; Next Year's Dates Set

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) announced that this year's Anime Expo in Los Angeles had 110,000 unique attendees, which was the attendance cap the staff placed on badge sales. The event's turnstile attendance was more than 350,000. The SPJA also noted that it had more than 524 exhibitors, 1,700 volunteers, and 150 guests and industry appearances. Attendees came from mor...
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Dive!! Manga Listed as Ending With 3rd Volume

Amazon is listing the third volume of Ruzuru Akashiba's manga adaptation of Eto Mori's Dive!! novels as the final volume. Both the second and third volumes will ship on September 4 in Japan. Yen Press has licensed the manga and describes the story: The Mizuki Diving Club has fallen on hard times, and their sponsors are ready to pull their support. They promise to give the club another year of spon...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, July 2-8

Haikyu!!, My Hero Academia, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, World's End Harem, Slam Dunk in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Haikyu!! 32 343,256 343,256 2018/07 Shueisha Haruichi Furudate 1 1 2 My Hero Academia 19 313,511 313,511 2018/07 Shueisha Kohei Horikoshi 2 1 3 Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma 30 174,324 174,324 2018/...
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Cardcaptor Sakura Joins Twins Stars for Tea in New Sanrio Collab

Splatoon, Ensemble Stars, HoneyWorks, Yuri on Ice, Fate/Grand Order, and Fullmetal Alchemist are just a few of the recent anime, game, and industry folks to collaborate with Sanrio. Some of these collabs included events at the Sanrio Puroland theme park while others focused on cute merchandise. The latest series to join up with the adorable mascots is Cardcaptor Sakura. The magical girl will get ...
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Q Hayashida's Dorohedoro Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Sci-fi manga launched in 1999 ― Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine announced on Thursday that Q Hayashida's Dorohedoro had three chapters remaining, including the chapter in this month's issue. If there are no breaks, the manga will end with the 167th chapter on September 12. The science-fiction manga debuted in Shogakukan's Monthly Ikki magazine in 1999. When Monthly Ikki ended serialization in 2014 the...
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Sentai Filmworks Streams Scum's Wish Anime's English Dub Clip

BD slated for September 25 ― Sentai Filmworks began streaming an English-dubbed clip for Scum's Wish on Wednesday. The clip previews Avery Smithhart as Hanabi, Adam Noble as Narumi Kanai, Maggie Flecknoe as Akane Minagawa, and and Greg Cole as Mugi Awaya. The Scum's Wish anime series will star: Avery Smithhart as Hanabi Greg Cole as Mugi Awaya Maggie Flecknoe as Akane Minagawa Adam Noble as Narumi Ka...
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Sound! Euphonium, Shirobako VA Yuri Yamaoka Announces Marriage

Voice actress Yuri Yamaoka announced on Twitter on July 7 that she was recently married. Yurioka made the announcement on her birthday and described her husband as someone who is not in the entertainment industry. She asked for her fans continued support. Yamaoka has appeared in multiple anime works by Kyoto Animation. She appeared in Tamako Market as Choi Mochimazzui, Beyond the Boundary as Ai Sh...
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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Legend of the Piko-Piko Middle School Students Manga Ends on August 4

Dark Horse Comics publishes Evangelion gag manga spinoff in English ― The August issue of Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine revealed on July 4 that Yūshi Kawata and Yukito's Neon Genesis Evangelion: Legend of the Piko-Piko Middle School Students manga will end in the magazine's next issue on August 4. The manga's fifth volume will ship on October 4. Dark Horse Comics is releasing the manga in English, an...
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Square Enix's Idol Fantasy Idol-Raising Smartphone Game Gets Anime Promo

Square Enix's idol-raising smartphone game Idol Fantasy combines the magical character traits of a traditional RPG with the attractive, boy idol craze. Imagine the buff warrior, fresh from defeating the Demon Lord, starring as the 'center' with a glasses wearing white mage and fiery heartthrob black mage. This is the kind of team the game creators imagined when creating Idol Fantasy The game is se...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, July 2-8

Spike Chunsoft's Zanki Zero game debuts ― Japan's Game Ranking: July 1-8 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1NSwMario Tennis Ace Nintendo July 22 32,697 205,614 2NSwMinecraft Bandai Namco Entertainment June 21 19,148 106,685 3NSwSplatoon 2 (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo July 21, 2017 16,362 2,427,352 73 4PS4Zanki Zero: Last Beginning Spike Chun...
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Pop Team Epic's 'Hellshake Yano' Makes Top 3 Buzzwords for 2018 (1st Half)

Every year there's a multitude of lists recognizing trending catchphrases on the internet. Some are dedicated solely to anime while the Ryūkōgo Taishō buzzword contest looks at all phrases across the board. Last year, both Kemono Friends and DMM's Touken Ranbu managed to infiltrate the mainstream buzzword list. This year is only half way done, but Pop Team Epic, Comic Girls, and A Place Further Th...

Pony Canyon USA Confirms Plans to Release Sound! Euphonium 2

Series to be available 'later this month' ― The official Twitter account for Pony Canyon USA confirmed on Twitter on Tuesday that it plans to release Sound Euphonium 2 for purchase "later this month." The company noted that it is "finalizing details" and asked fans to watch the Twitter account for the Right Stuf Anime online store. Pony Canyon previously released the first Sound! Euphonium anime base...
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Live-Action Bleach Film Adds Encore Screening at U.S. Premiere on July 28

Film screens twice during New York's Japan Cuts festival ― The Japan Society revealed on Monday that it will have encore an screening of the live-action Bleach film on July 28 at 11:00 p.m. as part of JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, in addition to the previously announced screening at 7:45 p.m. on the same day. Tickets for the earlier screening are now sold out. Director Shinsuke Sato will...
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Speed Inc.'s Neko Kikaku CG Anime Project Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

Anime has planned fall theatrical debut in Nagoya, Tokyo, Osaka ― The official Twitter account for Speed Inc.'s Neko Kikaku (Cat Project) anime announced on June 28 that the project launched a Campfire crowdfunding campaign to fund its 3D CG animation, marketing, and advertising. The campaign seeks to raise 1.5 million yen (about US$13,515). The campaign will end on September 15. The crowdfunding cam...
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FLCL Progressive, FLCL Alternative Anime Films Reveal Video, Visual

Compilation films premiere in Japan on September 7, 29 ― Toho began streaming a promotional video for the compilation films of the FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative anime on Wednesday. The video previews The Pillows' theme songs "Star overhead" and "spiky seeds." The anime's official website also revealed a new key visual drawn by character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. Advance tickets for the fil...
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Code Vein Game Delayed to 2019

Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Wednesday that the release of its Code Vein post-apocalyptic role-playing game has been delayed to 2019. The company said that based on feedback received in the past several months, it has decided to spend more time on development "to ensure that the final product delivers on the expectations set amongst media and fans." The game was originally slated to lau...
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The Seven Deadly Sins Anime Film's Video Previews New Characters

Film opens in Japan on August 18 ― The official website for the Gekijōban Nanatsu no Taizai Tenkū no Torawarebito (The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky) anime film began streaming a new character introduction video on Wednesday. The video previews the Winged People Clan members Zoria and Banes, as well as the Six Knights of Black of the Demon Clan members Bellion, Gala, Dahaka, Deroc...
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Hisone to Masotan, Death March Arisa Spinoff, Boys Be ~young adult~ Manga End

Compiled book volumes slated for fall, August, October ― The August issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine published the final chapters of Toshinao Aoki's Hisone to Masotan manga, Akira Segami's Death March Kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyōsōkyoku Ex: Arisa Ōjo no Isekai Funtōki spinoff manga, and Masahiro Itabashi and Hiroyuki Tamakoshi's Boys Be... ~young adult~ manga on Monday. Aoki's Hisone to Ma...
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Hugtto! Precure Anime's New Visual Shows 5 Precure Girls Together

The staff of Toei Animation's Hugtto! Precure television anime series revealed a new visual for the anime on Wednesday. The visual shows the main characters Cure Yell, Cure Ange, and Cure Étoile, as well as the newly added characters Cure Ma Cherie and Cure Amour. The anime premiered on February 4 on ABC, TV Asahi, and affiliated stations. Akifumi Zako (Fresh Pretty Cure, Toriko) and Junichi Sato ...
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Star Ocean anamnesis Smartphone Game's English Trailer Posted

English version debuted on Monday ― Square Enix's North American branch began streaming an English trailer for the Star Ocean anamnesis iOS and Android game on Tuesday. Square Enix released the game's English version on both iOS and Android devices on Monday. Square Enix launched the game in Japan in December 2016. The action battle game allows players to control characters from other installments in...
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Angolmois Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website for Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion, the television anime of Nanahiko Takagi's Angolmois: Genkō Kassen-ki manga, revealed on Wednesday that the anime will have two volumes on Blu-ray Disc or DVD in Japan. The volumes list 12 episodes for the anime and they are slated for November 28 and December 21. Each volume will also feature an exclusive manga by Takagi. The anime pre...
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Ghibli Fest 2018 - Princess Mononoke Ticket Giveaway!

GKIDS has another treat this month for lucky ANN readers as they are giving away free tickets to watch the classic Princess Mononoke! ― GKIDS has another treat this month for ANN readers as part of GHILBI FEST 2018. They are giving away 2 TICKETS EACH to 5 LUCKY WINNERS to watch the classic animated film Princess Mononoke! Synopsis From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, and Aca...

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Archimedes no Taisen Manga by Investor Z's Mita Gets Live-Action Film

Manga about mathematician investigating warship construction launched in 2015 ― The 10th compiled book volume of Norifusa Mita's Archimedes no Taisen (The Great War of Archimedes) manga revealed on July 6 that the series will get a live-action film adaptation. The manga is set in 1933, when the Imperial Japanese Navy is outlining the plans that would set the country on its course for the Pacific thea...
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Mob Psycho 100 Sequel Stage Play Reveals Additional Cast

Play adds 3 new cast members alongside returning cast ― The official website for the stage play based on ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga revealed more cast members for the stage play sequel on Tuesday. The cast includes both new and returning cast members. The new cast members include: Shoichiro Oomi as Tenga Onigawara (replacing Yūya Kido) Kentarō Kanesaki as Musashi Gōda (replacing Naoya Gōmoto) Seiichi...
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Mary Skelter 2 Game's Digest Video Summarizes Mechanics

PS4 game ships in Japan on Thursday ― The official website for Compile Heart's Kangokutō Mary Skelter 2 PlayStation 4 game began streaming a digest video for the game on Monday. The video summarizes the game's features and mechanics, including combat, dungeon exploration, character growth, and the "Purification" system. The game was originally slated to ship on June 28, but has been delayed to Thursd...
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Attack on Titan Detergent Campaign Aims for Laundry With No Regrets

Clean freak Levi has no tolerance for messy Survey Corps members, and that includes making sure your shirts are properly starched and crisply white. His dedication to cleanliness makes him the perfect spokesperson for Kao's "Attack" brand laundry detergent. Eren, Armin, Mikasa, and the rest of the crew appear in a re-dubbed ad for the campaign titled "Well, for laundry with no regrets." The title ...
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Monster Hunter: World Game's PC Trailer Reveals August 9 Release

Game is now available for pre-order ― Capcom began streaming a trailer for the PC version of its Monster Hunter: World game on Monday. The trailer reveals the game's August 9 release date on the PC via Steam. Those who pre-order the game will receive the Origin Armor Set and Fair Wind Charm in-game items. Monster Hunter: World launched worldwide on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 26, and shippe...
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Comedian Channels Kirito in Monster Strike's Sword Art Online: Alicization Collaboration

XFlag's Monster Strike smartphone game is collaborating with the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime from July 13 to August 2. As a stand-in for Sword Art Online protagonist Kirito, NON STYLE comedy duo member Yūsuke Inoue will appear in collaboration commercials as "Black Monster Swordsman Kirito Inoue." The initial "Party Formation Support Campaign" web commercial will debut on July 13, followed...
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Ano ko no, Toriko. Trailer Previews Theme Song by Nissy

Film opens on October 5 in Japan ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Yuki Shiraishi's Anoko no Toriko manga announced on Wednesday that singer Nissy (Takahiro Nishijima) is performing the film's theme song "Toriko." The website also posted a trailer previewing the song. The film will open in Japan on October 5. The original manga launched a new serialization on July 5 to com...
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Season Premiere: Overlord III—Episode 1

"The current champ of isekai is back and fully ready to defend its title, and hopefully next episode will give us more indication of where the plot is headed."
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Gegege no Kitarō Creator's Shigeru Mizuki Road Attraction Gets Upgrade

Shigeru Mizuki Road is a tourist attraction in Gegege no Kitarō manga creator Shigeru Mizuki's hometown of Sakaiminato, Tottori. The area has undergone various upgrades and changes over the years, such as the addition of a totem pole that Mizuki helped design in 2011. The sightseeing area is receiving a new major update that will debut on July 14. The main part of the tourist area runs down a roug...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 8-14

Ai Tenchi Muyo, Katsugeki Touken Ranbu, Love and Lies, The Tibetan Dog anime Little Devils manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Ai Tenchi Muyo BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$49.98 July 10 Garo: Divine Flame BD/DVDCite Funimation Entertainment US$34.98 July 10 The irregular at magic high school The Movie: The Girl Who Summons the Stars BDAnimeNewsNetwork An...
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FLCL's The Pillows to Perform at San Diego Comic-Con

Band currently on U.S. tour ― Adult Swim announced on Tuesday that it will host a performance by Japanese alternative rock band The Pillows (FLCL) at this year's Comic-Con International: San Diego. The performance will be part of a "Toonami Pre-Flight" presentation on Saturday, July 21 at 7:15 p.m., and the concert itself will begin at 8:15 p.m. Toonami's Jason DeMarco and Gill Austin, along with Ste...
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New York Comic Con to Host Cowboy Bebop Writer, Character & Mecha Designers

Funimation brings guests for show's 20th anniversary ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it will bring character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, and mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane to New York Comic Con as guests. They will appear at a 20th anniversary retrospective for the Cowboy Bebop anime. Funimation is hosting a campaign to win a dinner with all th...
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Moto Hagio Draws Kabuki Actors in The Heart of Thomas Style

The name Kōshirō Matsumoto has existed within the world of kabuki acting since at least the 18th century. The name is passed down from master to protege in grand naming ceremonies. The most recent Kōshirō Matsumoto is tenth in the line, having adopted the name from his father at the beginning of the year. Similarly, the name Somegorō Ichikawa is also continually passed down among kabuki actors. Pr...
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'Nelke and the Legendary Alchemists' Game Slated for 2018 in Japan

Latest game in Atelier series to launch on PS4/Vita/Switch ― Gust announced during a Dengeki Online livestream presentation on Tuesday that Nelke to Densetsu no Renkinjutsushi-tachi: Arata na Daichi no Atelier (Nelke and the Legendary Alchemists: Atelier of a New Land), the latest game in its Atelier series, is slated to ship this year in Japan. It will be available physically and digitally on PlaySt...
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Atelier Arland Trilogy Heads to PS4, Switch in Japan

Atelier Rorona, Atelier Totori, Atelier Meruru games to be released separately or in bundle ― Gust announced in a Dengeki Online livestream presentation on Tuesday that it will release Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland DX, Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland DX, and Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland DX for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan. The announcement begins at 1:37:4...
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Find a Dragon Ball and Win in the Vegeta Fridge Campaign

Toshiba's Vegeta refrigerator brand is teaming up again with one of Dragon Ball Z's toughest fighters to promote its appliances. This marks the Saiyan Prince's fourth campaign: with the company and this time its titled "Fresh Five Star Vegeta Campaign". The tie-in started on July 7 and will run until August 31. Participants can win prizes by hunting down the Dragon Ball hidden on the campaign site...
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Shining Resonance Refrain Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launched on Switch, PS4, Xbox One in the West on July 10 ― Sega of America began streaming a launch trailer on Tuesday for the Western release of Shining Resonance Refrain, the remaster of its Shining Resonance game. The game shipped for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in the Americas and Europe on Tuesday. The Western release has dual English and Japanese audio. The Western launch ...

Made in Abyss English Dub Clip Features Riko, Reg

Luci Christian, Brittany Lauda star in English dub ― Sentai Filmworks began streaming an English-dubbed clip for Made in Abyss on Tuesday. The clip previews Luci Christian as Reg and Brittany Lauda as Riko. The rest of the cast includes: Brittney Karbowski as Nanachi Monica Rial as Mitty Shannon Emerick as Nat Terri Doty as Shiggy Daniel Regojo as Jiruo Kalin Coats as Kiyui John Swasey as Habolg Chri...
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Vocalist Mari Takahashi Leaves Dorothy Little Happy Music Group in December

Takahashi is group's last remaining member ― The official website of the Dorothy Little Happy music group announced on July 1 that Mari Takahashi will graduate from the group in December, with a final "graduation performance" by Takahashi also scheduled for December. Takahashi is the sole remaining member of Dorothy Little Happy after Kana Shirato graduated from the group and retired from the enterta...
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Comic-Con International to Premiere Mega Man: Fully Charged Animated Show

Kazuhiro Tsuchiya, Man of Action, Logan McPherson to present premiere of game-based series ― The official website of the Comic-Con International: San Diego convention revealed through its schedule that the convention will host the premiere of Mega Man: Fully Charged, the new animated television series of the Mega Man (Rockman) games. The premiere will take place on July 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m....
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Game Gets Franchise's 1st Stage Play

Keyakizaka46 members star in play debuting in Tokyo on August 24 ― The staff of the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden smartphone role-playing game revealed on Tuesday that the game is inspiring a stage play adaptation, which will be the franchise's first. About 10 members of the Keyakizaka46 idol unit will star in the play, and it will run at TBS Akasaka ACT Theater in Tokyo from August ...
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Black Clover: Quartet Knights Game's Video Previews Mars

Game for PS4, PC launches in Americas, Europe on September 14 ― The official website for the Black Clover: Quartet Knights game for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam began streaming a Mars character video on Tuesday. The video previews Mars' special attacks and abilities. This year's 32nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Mars is joining the game as a playable chara...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, July 2-8

Miseinen dakedo Kodomo ja Nai film sells 6,884 + 1,235, followed by Yo-kai Watch Shadowside film, Cute High Earth Defense Club Love! Final! event, Mr. Osomatsu, Dragon Ball Super box ― The DVD Deluxe Edition for the live-action film of Kanan Minami's Miseinen dakedo Kodomo ja Nai (I'm a Minor But I'm Not a Child) manga sold 6,884 copies to rank #7 on the overall DVD chart. The regular edition was #27...
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Butt Detective TV Anime Casts Takayuki Sugo, Reika Uyama

Cat characters debut in 1st new episode on July 14 ― The official website for the Oshiri Tantei (Butt Detective) television anime series revealed two additional cast members on Tuesday. Takayuki Sugo will play Master, a cat who runs the Lucky Cat café below Butt Detective's office. Reika Uyama will reprise her role from the web anime of Master's strong-willed daughter Suzu. The characters will debut ...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, July 2-8

Miseinen dakedo Kodomo ja Nai film sells 6,354, followed by Violet Evergarden, The Legend of the Galactic Heroes TV, Love Live! Sunshine!!, Cute High Earth Defense Club Love! Final! event ― The Blu-ray Deluxe Edition for the live-action film of Kanan Minami's Miseinen dakedo Kodomo ja Nai (I'm a Minor But I'm Not a Child) manga sold 6,354 copies to rank #5 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Cute High...
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2001 Nights' Yukinobu Hoshino Begins Manga About Chinese Explorer Zheng He

Manga began on Tuesday ― Yukinobu Hoshino began a new manga titled Kaitei (Ocean Adventurer Kaitei) in this year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine on Tuesday. The manga tells of the "life and death" voyages of Ming Dynasty Chinese explorer Zheng He. The first chapter features a trip to Japan. Hoshino also created the 2001 Nights science fiction manga series, which he originally serializ...
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Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk Game's Trailer Previews Japanese Switch Version

Switch version ships in Japan in September after Western release ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming a promotional video for its Nintendo Switch edition of its Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk game on Wednesday. The Switch version will ship in Japan on September 27. The game is slated for September 18 in North America and September 21 in Europe. It will be available for PlayStation 4, Nintendo ...
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Live-Action Rainbow Days Film Opens at #3

Anpanman, Detective Conan films at #5, #8, respectively ― The live-action film of Minami Mizuno's Rainbow Days (Nijiiro Days) manga opened in 317 theaters last Friday. It sold 87,000 tickets and earned 110 million yen (about US$991,000) to rank #3 in its opening weekend. Ken Iizuka (live-action Arakawa Under the Bridge) directed the film and Rika Nezu (Saint Young Men) wrote the screenplay. Filming t...
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Strike Witches 'Suomus Misfit Squad' Novels by Familiar of Zero's Yamaguchi Get Reboot in October

Original novels debuted from 2006-2008 ― Kadokawa's Sneaker Bunko imprint announced over the weekend that Noboru Yamaguchi's Strike Witches Suomus Iranko Chūtai series will get a reboot novel. Toshihiko Tsukiji (Kämpfer, Maburaho) is writing and Kōsuke Tsukinami is illustrating Silent Witches Suomus Iranko Chūtai ReBOOT! based on Yamaguchi's original story, and it is slated for October 1. A premium e...
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