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Roll Over and Die

Author kiki explains that the story for this novel is a mishmash of their main interests: “fantasy, lesbian romance, horror, and fight scenes.” ― In the Afterword, author kiki explains that the story for this novel is a mishmash of their main interests: “fantasy, lesbian romance, horror, and fight scenes.” kiki indicates no greater purpose for the story than for it to be about a girl fighting to be a...
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Human Lost BR/DVD

While the ambitious effort here is laudable, it does not quite work because the script delves too deeply into scientific gobbledygook and gets too distracted by the movie also needing to be a visual spectacle. ― This 2019 movie is, essentially, a reinterpretation of the novel No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai, one of the most important Japanese authors of the earlier 20th century. In moving the setting ...
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Blue Period. GN 1

The book is also interesting for its treatment of Yuka, a nonbinary character about whom no one really makes a fuss. ― Despite the title and a theme of art, this book has nothing to do with Picasso, which is good since I tend to agree with comedian Hannah Gadsby about him. What it does have is a story about a young man finding the place where he wants to belong – before discovering that he not only e...
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Baki Hanma Anime Confirms Returning Lead Actor, Posts Art by Creator

Nobunaga Shimazaki returns to play Baki Hanma ― Netflix revealed art on Monday for TMS Entertainment's Baki Hanma anime by Keisuke Itagaki, creator of the original Hanma Baki - Son of Ogre manga. The company also confirmed that Nobunaga Shimazaki is returning to play lead character Baki Hanma. Baki Hanma will be the third Baki series on Netflix, and a sequel to the recent Baki: Dai Raitaisai-hen seri...

LeSean Thomas, MAPPA's Yasuke Anime Reveals Spring 2021 Debut, Character Designs

Character designs for Yasuke, Oda Nobunaga unveiled ― Netflix revealed character designs and the spring 2021 debut for LeSean Thomas and MAPPA's Yasuke anime on Monday. Netflix describes the story: In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes th...
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Looking for Magical Doremi Film's Special Video Streamed

Film commemorating Ojamajo Doremi anime's 20th anniverasry opens November 13 ― Toei began streaming a special video on Wednesday for Looking for Magical Doremi (Majo Minarai o Sagashite), the brand-new anime film commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Ojamajo Doremi magical girl anime franchise. The film will open on November 13 after a COVID-19 delay. Toei and Toei Animation announced in March th...
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Funimation Reveals 'Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World' Anime's English Dub Cast

Emily Neves, Jason Liebrecht star in English dub premiering on Wednesday ― Funimation announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming the English dub for the Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World anime on Wednesday. The company also revealed the English dub cast. The cast includes: Emily Neves as Aliceliese Lou Nebulis IX Jason Liebrecht as Iska Anastasia Munoz as Millavair Lou Nebulis VIII D...

B: The Beginning Anime Season 2 Unveils Title, Updated Staff, 2021 Debut

Itsuro Kawasaki directs B: The Beginning Succession ― Netflix unveiled on Monday the title, staff, visuals, and 2021 debut for the second season of the B: The Beginning anime. The second season will be titled B: The Beginning Succession. Kazuto Nakazawa (Kill Bill's animated segment, Moondrive, Parasite Dolls) and Production I.G are listed as the original creators. Itsuro Kawasaki (episode director f...
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To Love Ru's Saki Hasemi Launches New Manga

GT-giRl manga about racing, high school girls debuts on November 27 ― This year's December issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Maoh magazine revealed on Tuesday that Saki Hasemi (To Love Ru) and artist Wise Speak will launch the GT-giRl manga in the magazine's next issue on November 27. The magazine teased that the manga focuses on vehicle races and high school girls. Writer Hasemi and artist Kentaro...
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 21

If it's got to be an overall rollercoaster of expectation-shaking highs and lows, at least I can confirm it as still enjoyable when it's just being a solidly fun little cartoon.
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Warlords of Sigrdrifa Anime Casts Marina Inoue, Kanon Takao, Mayu Sagara

Series premiered on October 3 ― The official website for Aniplex's original anime Warlords of Sigrdrifa (Senyoku no Sigrdrifa) revealed more cast members on Tuesday. The newly announced cast includes: Marina Inoue as Yayoi Amatsuka with the F7F Kanon Takao as Kurumi Suzuhara with the P-51D Mayu Sagara as Moe Isurugi with the P-51D The anime's first episode premiered on Tokyo MX, BS11, and other chann...
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Fate/Grand Order Epic of Remnant Woman of Agartha Manga Enters 'Final Stage'

Hideo Takanaka launched series based on game in February 2019 ― Manga creator Hideo Takanaka announced on Twitter on Saturday that his Fate/Grand Order Epic of Remnant Woman of Agartha manga is entering the "final stage." Takanaka launched the manga based on the second part of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Epic of Remnant" story, "Ashu Tokuiten II Denshō Chitei Sekai Agartha: Agartha no Onn...
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Roll Over and Die

Author kiki explains that the story for this novel is a mishmash of their main interests: “fantasy, lesbian romance, horror, and fight scenes.” ― In the Afterword, author kiki explains that the story for this novel is a mishmash of their main interests: “fantasy, lesbian romance, horror, and fight scenes.” kiki indicates no greater purpose for the story than for it to be about a girl fighting to be a...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 171

Having been promised a reduced sentence if he's able to defeat Boruto, Shojoji holds nothing back during his rematch with the younger Uzumaki.
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Visual Art's/Key Announces 3 New Kinetic Novels

Project:LUNAR, Project:PORTER launch in 2021; Project:LOOPER "coming soon" ― Visual Art's/Key announced on Monday three new kinetic novels: Project:LOOPER, Project:LUNAR, and Project:PORTER. Title: Project:LOOPER Release: "Coming Soon" Creators: Ryukishi07 (scenario), Kei Mochizuki (illustrations) Synopsis: Let's set out to find a real treasure Taira is a high school student who is obsessed with geoc...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Given Anime Film in 2021

English-subbed trailer streamed ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will stream the anime film of Natsuki Kizu's Given manga under the title Given The Movie beginning in 2021. The film will be available in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The company began streaming an English-subtitled version ...
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Kazuhiro Yoneda Directs Kageki Shoujo!! TV Anime for 2021 Premiere

Tadashi Morishita writes scripts, Takahiro Kishida designs characters for Pine Jam series ― An official website launched on Wednesday to confirm that Kumiko Saiki's Kageki Shoujo! manga is getting a television anime adaptation in 2021. Though the anime's title is Kageki Shoujo!!, its story will come from Kageki Shoujo!! Season Zero. The website revealed the anime's staff and a teaser visual. Kazuhiro...
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Hanasaku Iroha TV Anime Gets Digital Book Sequel

P.A. Books releases Tohru Fujimoto's story set seven years after series' end ― P.A. Works' digital book label P.A. Books will release a digital book sequel to the Hanasaku Iroha television anime on Friday. Tohru Fujimoto wrote the book, titled Hanasaku Iroha ~Itsuka Saku Basho~ (Hanasaku Iroha: The Place That Blooms Someday), while Iroha Kohinata provided the cover and other illustrations. The book's...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 947

Between Big Mom collapsing from hunger and Queen hustling her out in such a rush, everything feels a little anticlimactic given all that lead up to this moment.
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The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc ‒ Episode 4

Yet, while Tatsuya may be showing empathy for those around him—including, supposedly, Lina—that doesn't mean he doesn't do Lina dirty to an extreme degree.
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Precure Miracle Leap Film Previews Battle Scenes, Announces Midnight Screenings

Film about mysterious time loop opens on Halloween after COVID-19 delays ― The official YouTube channel for the Precure magical girl franchise posted a new special video for the Eiga Precure Miracle Leap: Minna to Fushigi na 1-nichi (Everyone and the Mysterious One Day) anime film on Tuesday. The video highlights the film's battle scenes. The anime's official website also announced on Tuesday that 14...
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Burning Kabaddi Sports TV Anime Casts Tatsuhisa Suzuki

Suzuki plays ex-delinquent who becomes a team player in TMS Entertainment's April show ― The official website for the television anime of Hajime Musashino's Burning Kabaddi (Shakunetsu Kabaddi) sports manga announced a new cast member on Tuesday. Tatsuhisa Suzuki plays Kyōhei Misumi, a second-year student on Nōkin High School's kabaddi team. Misumi was a delinquent who spent his time getting into fig...

Vampire in the Garden Anime Reveals Staff, 2021 Debut, Teaser Screenshots

The Empire of Corpses' Ryoutarou Makihara directs Netflix anime at Wit Studio ― Netflix announced that Wit Studio's original anime Vampire in the Garden will debut worldwide on the streaming service next year. It also revealed the main staff and two teaser screenshots, shown below: Ryoutarou Makihara (Hal, The Empire of Corpses) is directing the anime with Hiroyuki Tanaka (Claymore, Hellsing Ultimate...

High-Rise Invasion Survival Horror Manga Gets Anime Series in February 2021

Zero-G animates Netflix show based on manga by Ajin: Demi-Human's Tsuina Miura ― Netflix announced on Tuesday that Tsuina Miura and Takahiro Ōba's High-Rise Invasion (Tenkū Shinpan) survival horror manga is inspiring an anime series. Netflix released a teaser trailer, which revealed the show's worldwide premiere date in February 2021 on the streaming platform. Netflix describes the anime's story: The...

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan Anime Spinoff to Stream Globally on Netflix Next Spring

David Production's 4 episodes about Hirohiko Araki's alter-ego artist character ― Netflix announced on Tuesday that it will stream the anime of Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai), Hirohiko Araki's spinoff manga for his JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga, globally next spring. Netflix will stream the four episodes that david production animated with Takahiro Sakurai as the title characte...

Thermae Romae Bathhouse Comedy Manga Gets 2021 Anime on Netflix

NAZ animate stories from manga, new stories written by creator Mari Yamazaki ― Netflix announced that Mari Yamazaki's Thermae Romae manga is inspiring a new anime series, titled Thermae Romae Novae, that will debut on the streaming platform in 2021. NAZ is producing the animation with the original manga as a base, while also featuring new stories written by Yamazaki. Yamazaki drew special artwork to ...
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Godzilla Singular Point Anime Series Reveals Story, Video, More Staff, Visual

Date A Live's Satoshi Ishino adapts Kazue Kato's original character designs ― Netflix Anime Festival 2020 presented a story introduction, promotional video, and new teaser visual for the Godzilla Singular Point anime series on Tuesday. The story will follow "the young geniuses Mei Kamino, a female researcher, and Yun Arikawa, a male engineer, as they take on an unprecedented threat with their compani...

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Rilakkuma Returns With Rilakkuma's Theme Park Adventure Series on Netflix

Masahito Kobayashi directs again at dwarf, TYO Inc. with Mikako Tabe reprising Kaoru ― Netflix Anime Festival 2020 announced on Tuesday that San-X's "Rilakkuma" character is starring in a new stop-motion anime series titled Rilakkuma's Theme Park Adventure that is "coming soon." Netflix describes the story: The series depicts an active day of incidents and meetings that take place when Rilakkuma, Kor...
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Netflix Reveals Spriggan Anime Series' New Teaser Trailer

3D anime by David Production to debut worldwide in 2021 ― Netflix revealed a teaser trailer for David Production's new anime series based on Hiroshi Takashige and Ryōji Minagawa's Spriggan (Striker) manga. Hiroshi Kobayashi (Rage of Bahamut Genesis assistant director, Kill la Kill episode director) is directing the anime. Hiroshi Seko (Attack on Titan, Mob Psycho 100, Jujutsu Kaisen) is supervising a...

Way of the Househusband Manga Gets 2021 Anime Series Starring Kenjiro Tsuda

Netflix streams story of retired yakuza member living as househusband ― Netflix Anime Festival 2020 announced that Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga is inspiring an anime series debuting worldwide on Netflix in 2021. The anime stars Kenjiro Tsuda, who both directed and starred as Tatsu in a live-action promotional video for the manga last December. Chiaki Kon (Pretty Guar...

Netflix Teases Pacific Rim: The Black Anime Series for 2021

Legendary Entertainment, Polygon Pictures produce anime with showrunners Craig Kyle and Greg Johnson ― Netflix Anime Festival 2020 announced the Pacific Rim: The Black anime series for 2021 and released its first teaser screenshots, shown below: Polygon Pictures (BLAME!, Godzilla: Kaijū Wakusei film trilogy) will produce the 3D-animated series based on the live-action Pacific Rim films. Craig Kyle an...
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Netflix's Eden Anime Reveals Cast, May 2021 Delay, New Visual

Marika Kōno, Kentaro Ito, Kyoko Hikami, Kōichi Yamadera star in 4-episode anime from Qubic Pictures, CGCG ― Netflix posted a new visual and updated teaser trailer for the four-episode original anime Eden on Tuesday, and also revealed its May 2021 premiere date. (The anime was previously scheduled for Fall 2020.) At its Netflix Anime Festival livestream, Netflix revealed the voice cast: Marika Kōno as...
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LiSA Is 1st Solo Female Artist in a Decade to Top Japanese Singles Chart for 2 Straight Weeks

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba film's "Homura" single sold 42,000 copies in 2nd week ― LiSA's new single "Homura" (the theme song for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Movie: Mugen Train film) ranked #1 for the second week in a row on Oricon's weekly singles chart. It sold about 42,000 copies from October 19 to October 25. She is the first solo female artist to rank #1 for two straight weeks s...
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Dennō Coil's Mitsuo Iso Reveals Extra-Terrestrial Boys & Girls Anime's New Studio, Early 2022 Debut, Visual

Eureka Seven's Kenichi Yoshida designs anime funded by Avex Pictures, Asmic Ace ― The official website for Chikyūgai Shōnen Shōjo (Extra-Terrestrial Boys & Girls), director and writer Mitsuo Iso's first new original anime since 2007's Dennō Coil, unveiled a new anime studio, the early 2022 debut, and teaser visual for the anime on Tuesday. The studio Production +h was established specifically to make...
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Moriarty the Patriot ‒ Episode 3

Many people have mentioned the ikemen-style beauty of young Professor Moriarty, citing that as a concern. I see it as a spin on Victorian notions of angelic beauty, a Dorian Gray-style refutation of the belief that outer beauty equals inner goodness.
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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Game Gets Free Card Game Mode DLC

Trailer streamed for "Dragon Ball Card Warriors" card game, launching on Tuesday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Monday that it will add a new collectible card game mode titled "Dragon Ball Card Warriors" to its Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot game as a free update on Tuesday. The company began streaming a trailer that previews the card game and explains its rules: Engli...
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Veteran Animator Toshiyuki Inoue Releases Guide on Hand-Drawn Animated Effects

'Water', 'Explosions, Fire, & Smoke' editions available for pre-order outside Japan via Tokyo Otaku Mode ― The veteran animator Toshiyuki Inoue is releasing two books on how to create hand-drawn animated effects. Both the My Thoughts on How to Animate Special Effects (Water Edition) and the My Thoughts on How to Animate Special Effects (Explosions, Fire, & Smoke Edition) books feature completely new ...
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TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You ‒ Episode 4

They make a sweet couple, and the mystery here is interesting, which makes it such a shame that the artistic and animation efforts are so mediocre.
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Just 4 Days Left to Enter the Pumpkin Carving Contest!

The competition is heating up but there's still time to enter for a chance to win over US$1,000 in anime DVDs and swag! Click to find out how! ― Anime News Network's annual pumpkin carving contest is back in BIG WAY! Sharpen your knives and your carving skills and you could walk away with not only a GARGANTUAN stash of anime goodies, but also the coveted title of Pumpkin Carving Champion. In the pas...
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Bucchigiri's Yuu Nakahara Launches New Manga

Crime comedy Terukan Boys debuts on November 27 ― The December issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Spirits magazine revealed on Tuesday that Yuu Nakahara will launch the Terukan Boys crime comedy manga in the next issue on November 27. Nakahara is the joint pen name of Hideki Nakazawa and Hiroyuki Tajima. Nakahara's other manga include Naoko, Last Inning, Wild Pitch!!, and Bucchigiri. Bucchigiri inspired a...
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The Gymnastics Samurai ‒ Episode 3

The Gymnastics Samurai has notably been light on showing actual gymnastics, but the time has come to finally show off the titular activity in something akin to a competition, and the show thankfully succeeds at drawing us into this game it's staked its existence on.
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Vinland Saga Gets Crossover Manga with Assassin's Creed Valhalla Game

7-page manga drawn by Makoto Yukimura depicts the unlikely encounter between Thorfinn and Eivor ― The Vinland Saga manga released a short crossover manga with the Assassin's Creed Valhalla role-playing game to promote its release in Japan. The 7-page manga drawn by Vinland Saga series creator Makoto Yukimura depicts an unlikely encounter between Vinland Saga's Thorfinn and Assassin's Creed Valhalla's...
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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon ‒ Episode 4

Moroha is great. She's just an adorable, spunky, charismatic little bundle of murder, and literally every single scene that she is in is elevated by her presence.
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Voice Actors Ayaka Fukuhara, Reo Nakanishi Announce Their Marriage

Fukuhara played Rin Shibuya in The [email protected] Cinderella Girls ― Voice actors Ayaka Fukuhara and Reo Nakanishi announced on their blog and Twitter accounts on Sunday that they have gotten married. Both actors posted handwritten messages. On her blog, Fukuhara described Nakanishi as a person who puts her heart at ease with his calmness and kindness, and who offers her his warm humor and a smile even d...
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 41

Given that his self-declared reason for being is rooted explicitly in abusing weak people, especially children, it would be utter nonsense to try and frame Kurono as anything other than a cartoonishly despicable prick under any circumstances.

Funimation Announces Inuyasha Spinoff Anime Yashahime's Dub Cast

English dub stars Erica Mendez, Kira Buckland, Morgan Berry ― Funimation announced on Monday that it is partnering with Viz Media to release an English dub of the Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (Hanyō no Yashahime) anime spinoff of Rumiko Takahashi's Inuyasha series. Erica Mendez is voicing Towa Higurashi, Kira Buckland is voicing Setsuna, and Morgan Berry is voicing Moroha. The anime premiered in Ja...
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Jujutsu Kaisen ‒ Episode 4

“Curse Womb Must Die” jettisons our three heroes right out of the introductory arc and cranks the Danger Dial straight up to eleven.
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Hotaru's Way Creator Satoru Hiura Launches New Manga

Saint Love Survivors debuts with 10 chapters on October 31 ― Satoru Hiura revealed on her Twitter account on Saturday she will launch the Saint Love Survivors manga in Kodansha and pixiv's Palcy manga app on October 31. Palcy's announcement image for the new manga teased, "Even though she married the man she longed for, 0 sex!?" The series will launch with 10 chapters, three of which will be availabl...
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The Day I Became a God ‒ Episode 3

I foolishly assumed that watching more would give me a better idea of where this whole mess of ideas is heading. Thankfully Mr. Maeda was kind enough to slap me across the face with a fistful of restaurant menus for my audacity.
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Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club ‒ Episode 4

The relative ease with which Nijigasaki's crew has formed is definitely to its benefit, since it means we basically get the whole group together and bouncing off one another way faster than usual.
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Kageki Shoujo!! Manga Listed With TV Anime in 2021

Original series about girls at arts academy ships in English next month ― Retailer Rakuten's listing for the December issue of Shueisha's Melody magazine includes a cover image that states Kumiko Saiki's Kageki Shoujo!! manga is getting a television anime adaptation in 2021. The issue will ship on Wednesday. Saiki serialized the original manga under the title Kageki Shoujo! (with one exclamation mark...
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I'm Standing on 1,000,000 Lives. ‒ Episode 4

Anyway, the more I see of this series, the more I have to wonder how seriously it is intending to take itself.
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Bow Ditama Ends 'Shōgakusei wa Mama demo Ii desu ka?' Manga

Series centering on man's reincarnated mother launch in December 2017 ― Bow Ditama ended the Shōgakusei wa Mama demo Ii desu ka? (Is it Alright if the Grade School Student is my Mother?) manga in the December issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine on Monday. The fourth and final compiled book volume will ship on December 4. The "heart-warming reincarnation comedy" centers on Takehiro Toku...
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Kumiko Suekane's Versailles of the Dead Manga Ends

Seven Seas publishes manga about twin brother of Marie Antoinette taking sister's place to face zombie threat ― Shogakukan's Manga One app published the final chapter of Kumiko Suekane's Versailles of the Dead manga on Saturday. The manga's fifth and final volume will ship in December. Seven Seas Entertainment is publishing the manga in English, and it describes the story: While en route from Austria...
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Captain Tsubasa Smartphone AR Soccer Game Launches in 37 More Countries on October 30

Game launched in 7 European countries last month ― Developer miraire announced on Monday that the Captain Tsubasa franchise's Tsubasa+ smartphone augmented reality game will launch in 37 countries on October 30. The game launched in Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom on September 30, and was then slated to launch in some Asian countries on October 15. The ...
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Funimation App Will Be Available on PS5 at Launch

Other apps available at lunch include Crunchyroll, Netflix, YouTube ― Funimation announced on Friday that its Funimation App will be available on the PlayStation 5 console at launch. Other apps that will be available at launch include Crunchyroll, Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, Disney+, Apple TV, and Twitch. Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and other apps will arrive later. The PS5 will launch with an optional ...

Alita: Battle Angel Film Returns to U.S. Theaters on October 30

Film originally opened in February 2019 ― James Cameron announced on Twitter on October 7 that the live-action Alita: Battle Angel film will return to U.S. theaters on October 30. Cinema chains Cineworld and Regal revealed earlier this month that they are temporarily closing due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, but chains AMC Theaters and Cinemark will remain open. 20th Century...
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Yoshitaka Ushiki's Dream Eater Merry Manga Ends in November

Manga inspired 13-episode anime in 2011 ― The December issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine revealed on Saturday that Yoshitaka Ushiki's Dream Eater Merry (Yumekui Merry) manga will end in the magazine's January 2021 issue, which will ship on November 24. The manga's 24th and final volume will ship in December. Dream Eater Merry follows high school student Yumeji Fujiwara and a mys...
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Viz Media Confirms It Will Release JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Manga

Company to release 5th part of Hirohiko Araki's manga starting in summer 2021 ― Viz Media confirmed on Twitter on Saturday that it will release JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 5 - Golden Wind, the fifth part of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga, digitally and in hardcover print starting in summer 2021. Viz Media started releasing the manga in 2005, but began rereleasing the series in har...
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Grisaia: Phantom Trigger 05 Switch Game's Opening Movie Streamed

Switch version launches with English text on November 19 ― Prototype began streaming the opening movie video on Monday for its Nintendo Switch version of the fifth volume of Frontwing's Grisaia: Phantom Trigger game. Prototype will publish the game digitally for Switch in Japan on November 19. The release, titled Grisaia: Phantom Trigger 05, will have full voice support for all characters except the ...
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My Hero One's Justice 2 Game Reveals Itsuka Kendo as Playable DLC Character

3rd DLC character for game launches "soon" ― This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's My Hero One's Justice 2 video game will add the character Itsuka Kendo as a playable DLC character. She will be the third DLC character for the game, and will join the game "soon" The game launched in Japan for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switc...
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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Game Gets Smartphone Version

NetEase Games to release game "soon" worldwide in 9 languages ― NetEase Games and ArtPlay announced on Monday that ArtPlay's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night game is getting a smartphone version that will release "soon" worldwide. The game will support English, Japanese, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Korean languages. The game will release with a one-time purchase model....
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My Hero Academia Ultra Impact Smartphone Game Revealed

Free-to-play battle RPG to launch next year ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed a new smartphone game in the My Hero Academia franchise on Monday titled My Hero Academia Ultra Impact. The "Hero Quirks bursting battle RPG" will release next year on the App Store and Google Play. The game will be free to play, but will have optional purchasable in-game items. The game will have a "casual Quirk battle...
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Violet Evergarden Film Earns 1.5 Billion Yen

Film sells about 1.11 million tickets ― Kyoto Animation announced on Monday that the Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime film has earned 1.5 billion yen (about US$14.3 million) and has sold approximately 1.11 million tickets as of Sunday, 38 days after the film opened in Japan. The film ranked at #6 in its sixth weekend. The film opened in Japan on September 18. The film's official website announced o...
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Demon Slayer Film Becomes Fastest Film in Japan to Earn 10 Billion Yen

Film earns 10.7 billion yen, sells 7.9 million tickets in 10 days ― Toho and Aniplex announced on Monday that the Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-Hen) film has sold 7,983,442 tickets to earn 10,754,232,550 yen (about US$102.52 million) in its first 10 days at the box office. The film set a new record in Japan for the fastest film to earn 10 bil...

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Assault Lily Bouquet ‒ Episode 4

The continuous drip-feed of every component of Assault Lily instead of any real attempt to focus means we're still trying to get a handle on all the characters and relationships at this point in the story.
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Wandering Witch - The Journey of Elaina ‒ Episode 4

The Princess Without Subjects” tells a suitably tragic tale without ever really finding a point or lesson in any of it.
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Haikyu!! To The Top ‒ Episode 17

Do we need to cut away from Karasuno's match right in the middle? Maybe not, but it's definitely important to see what Nekoma's up to.
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III ‒ Episode 4

Wiene and her fellow Xenos are in a lot of trouble, having fallen into Ikelos Familia's trap, and Hestia Familia has a lot to mull over before they can even think about going back down.
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Human Lost BR/DVD

While the ambitious effort here is laudable, it does not quite work because the script delves too deeply into scientific gobbledygook and gets too distracted by the movie also needing to be a visual spectacle. ― This 2019 movie is, essentially, a reinterpretation of the novel No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai, one of the most important Japanese authors of the earlier 20th century. In moving the setting ...
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Gundam's Latest Face Masks Lets You Become Char or Zabi

Stay safe out there with STYLE! ― Premium Bandai is selling new face masks inspired by Char and the Zabi family of Mobile Suit Gundam. Each mask has two different versions: The Char mask has a design based on either his Zaku or his personal mark, while the Zabi mask has a Gihren or Garma version. The masks went up for order on Thursday, and are expected to ship in February. They will cost 1,650 yen (...
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Fujihiko Hosono Ends Buddy Dog Manga

Manga's 11th, final volume ships on December 25 ― This year's 21st issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine published the final chapter of Fujihiko Hosono's Buddy Dog manga on Saturday. The manga's 11th and final compiled book volume will ship on December 25. Hosono launched the manga in Big Comic in 2017. Shogakukan published the manga's 10th compiled book volume on September 30. The story follows t...

CLAMP's Tokyo Babylon Manga Gets TV Anime in 2021 by GoHands

King Amusement Creative announced on its official YouTube channel on Monday that CLAMP's Tokyo Babylon manga is inspiring the Tokyo Babylon 2021 television anime next year. The studio GoHands (K) is producing the "brand-new anime set in Tokyo in 2021." Tokyopop and Dark Horse Comics published the manga in English, and Dark Horse Comics describes the story: It's 1991, the last days of Japan's bubbl...
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Muv-Luv's 'Project Mikhail' Smartphone Game's New Video Streamed

Smartphone game launches next year ― Staff members at the game developer âge revealed a new trailer during a livestream event on Saturday for its previously announced new "Project Mikhail" game for the Muv-Luv franchise. The video features pre-alpha footage. The game will launch in 2021, after being delayed from late 2020. Hitoshi Kumano is directing the game, and Yoshiki Kashitani is serving as tech...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Film's New Promo Video Highlights New Characters, Cast

Akira Ishida, Rikiya Koyama, Megumi Toyoguchi, Junya Enoki voice surprise roles in #1 film globally last weekend ― The live-streamed "Kimetsu TV: Mugen Train Opening Special" debuted a new promotional video and third key visual to celebrate the hit run of the Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-Hen) film on Sunday. Both highlight the battle between...
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Perfect World Manga Ends Serialization in 3 Chapters

Manga debuted in February 2015 ― The official Twitter account of Kodansha's Kiss magazine announced on Friday that Rie Aruga's Perfect World manga will end serialization in three chapters. The 11th compiled book volume of the manga had revealed on August 12 that the manga will end in the 12th volume. Aruga previously revealed in April 2019 that that manga was heading toward its "final stage." Kodansh...
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Gang King Manga Ends in 37th Volume

Manga launched in 2003, entered "climax" in February 2019 ― The 36th compiled book volume of Daiju Yanauchi's Gang King manga revealed on Friday that the manga will end in the 37th volume, which will ship in 2021. The manga entered its "climax" in the manga's 32nd volume, which shipped in February 2019. Yanauchi launched the manga in Shonengahosha's Young King magazine in 2003. The series moved to Ko...

New Steins; Science Adventure Project Announced, Steins;Gate 0 Elite Game Confirmed

New Steins; project will not be Steins;Gate ― MAGES. announced during a livestream event on Sunday that it is developing a Steins;Gate 0 Elite game. MAGES. had previously teased in January an upcoming announcement for the game when it announced that the Steins;Gate game is inspiring a live-action television adaptation in Hollywood. The staff also revealed on Sunday a "new Steins; science-adventure pr...

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime Gets 3rd Season, OVA

Show's 2nd season premiered in April ― The official Twitter account for the Kaguya-sama: Love is War television anime announced on Sunday that the anime will get a third season as well as an OVA project. The OVA will launch in 2021. The franchise held an event on Sunday. 【緊急告知】恋愛頭脳戦。それは、お互いの尊厳をかけた男女の戦いー。この物語は、まだまだ始まったばかりなのである……。TVアニメ「かぐや様は告らせたい」新作アニメーション製作決定#かぐや様 pic.twitter.com/KaW7o5xjPB— アニメ「かぐや様は...
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Anonymous;Code Game to Release in Fall 2021

Latest game in "science adventure" series was originally announced in 2015 ― MAGES. announced during a livestream event on Sunday that it will release the Anonymous;Code game in fall 2021. The game was originally planned for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, but MAGES. announced in 2017 that the game will also release for Nintendo Switch. However, MAGES. trailer at the event on Sunday did not list ...

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien Visual Novel Gets English Version

Visual novel that inspired Rumbling Hearts TV anime also to get manga adaptation ― Staff for the Muv-Luv franchise announced during a livestream on Saturday that the Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (KimNozo) game is getting an English version. The announcement also noted that the game is getting a manga adaptation. The franchise's Twitter account announcement referenced a survey from January where staff asked fa...

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World Witches Take Off! TV Anime's New Visual Unites Strike Witches & Brave Witches

― The official website for the World Witches franchise revealed new key visual art for the World Witches Hasshin Shimasu—! (World Witches Take Off!) television anime on Friday. The visual highlights that fact that the anime unites the 501st Joint Fighter Wing from Strike Witches with the 502nd Joint Fighter Wing from Brave Witches. The anime is slated to air in 2021. Like the previous Strike Witches...
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Takara Tomy Streams English Dub of Cap Kakumei Bottleman Net Anime

B-Daman maker launched bottle-cap-shooting toys with Switch game in Japan on Saturday ― Takara Tomy posted the first English-dubbed episode of the web anime for its Cap Kakumei Bottleman (Cap Revolution Bottleman) franchise on Friday. The web anime debuted on Takara Tomy's YouTube channel in Japanese on October 9. Takara Tomy describes the episode: “This is a cap revolution for me and COLAMARU!” BOTT...
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Precure Miracle Leap Film's Special Video Highlights New Character Miraclun

Film about mysterious time loop opens next weekend after COVID-19 delays ― The official YouTube channel for the Precure magical girl franchise posted the second special video for the Eiga Precure Miracle Leap: Minna to Fushigi na 1-nichi (Everyone and the Mysterious One Day) anime film on Sunday. The video highlights the new character Miraclun, the "spirit of tomorrow," dancing enthusiastically with ...
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Rimuru Engulfs You In A Warm and Cozy Embrace With Limited-Edition "Predator"-inspired Merch

This limited-edition lineup seems to feature several products inspired by Rimuru Unique Skill "Predator" that can also keep its users warm and cozy during the chilly fall season. ― Despite being one of the most powerful entities in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime's fantasy setting, series protagonist RImuru Tempest sports a simple and harmlessly adorable character design that lends itself wel...
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NIJISANJI VTuber Agency Releases Details Regarding Termination of Kingyozaka Meiro's Contract

VTuber requested to retire on two separate occasions, leaked confidential information twice ― Virtual YouTuber agency NIJISANJI released an official statement on Wednesday detailing the circumstances behind the termination of Virtual YouTuber Kingyozaka Meiro's contract. According to the statement, Kingyozaka Meiro requested to retire and the company has complied with that request. Since then, the VT...
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Blue Period. GN 1

The book is also interesting for its treatment of Yuka, a nonbinary character about whom no one really makes a fuss. ― Despite the title and a theme of art, this book has nothing to do with Picasso, which is good since I tend to agree with comedian Hannah Gadsby about him. What it does have is a story about a young man finding the place where he wants to belong – before discovering that he not only e...
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Dennō Coil Director Mitsuo Iso Appointed Judge for 16th Shogakukan Light Novel Award

The annual light novel writing competition gives cash prizes and a guaranteed publishing deal to winning submissions. ― GAGAGA Bunko announced on its Twitter account on Wednesday that anime director Mitsuo Iso has been appointed a guest judge for the 16th Shogakukan Light Novel Award. The annual light novel writing competition gives cash prizes and a guaranteed publishing deal to winning submissions....

Hetalia World Stars Manga Gets Anime in Spring 2021

Cast, staff return for anime; manga also resumes, with new manga on December 4 ― A website and Twitter account opened on Sunday (which is October 25, "World Birthday") to announce that Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia World Stars manga is inspiring a new anime adaptation in spring 2021. The account also announced that the Hetalia World Stars manga will resume, and that Himaruya will launch a new manga wit...

Muv-Luv Alternative Anime's Teaser Reveals 2021 TV Airing

Planned as a 'full-length TV series,' not OVA ― Game developers anchor announced via a teaser promotional video during its live "Muv-Luv October 24th Web Event" stream that the Muv-Luv Alternative anime will debut in 2021. The company also announced that the anime is going to be "a full-length TV series and not an OVA." The company revealed the anime during its live "âge 20th Anniversary broadcast [s...

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Kakafukaka Manga Reaches Climax

Romance manga launched in October 2013 ― This year's December issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine revealed on Saturday that Takumi Ishida's Kakafukaka manga will reach its climax in the magazine's next issue on November 25. Kodansha Comics licensed the manga, and it published the 10th volume digitally in English on July 28. The company describes the story: Takumi Ishida's modern-world romance about a w...
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Is the order a rabbit? BLOOM Anime's 2nd Episode Features Phantom Thief Lapin Character

Character originally debuted as an April Fool's joke. ― The second episode of Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka? BLOOM (Is the Order a Rabbit? BLOOM), the third television season of the Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka? (Is the Order a Rabbit?) anime franchise, aired an animated segment featuring the "Phantom Thief Lapin" anime-within-an-anime, the first time the character featured extensively in the show. To celeb...
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Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Rhyme Anima ‒ Episode 4

I'm sitting here in awe because somehow Hypnosis Mic managed to put together a somewhat well thought out yakuza caper in 25 minutes.
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Mushishi's Yuki Urushibara Ends Neko ga Nishi Mukya Manga

Manga debuted in April 2018, ends on December 25 ― This year's December issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine revealed on Saturday that Yuki Urushibara's Neko ga Nishimukya (The Cat is Facing West) manga will end in the February issue on December 25. Urushibara (Mushishi) debuted the manga in April 2018. The series' second compiled book volume shipped in February. The story is set in a world with a ...
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Akudama Drive ‒ Episode 3

The heist is fun in large part due to the absurdity of its setting. The gang isn't breaking into a bank or stealing from a casino; they're going to a train station.
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Manga Gets New Spinoff About Fafnir

Series about "otaku dragon" debuts on November 25 ― The December issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed on Saturday that Nobuyoshi Zamurai will launch a new spinoff manga of Coolkyoushinja's Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid manga in the next issue on November 25. The manga is titled Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon Okomori Gurashi no Fafnir (Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Fafnir the Recluse...
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Crossdressing Pandemic Manga Gets Voiced Preview with NIJISANJI Virtual YouTubers

Yuki Chihiro, Rindou Mikoto, Suzuki Masaru participate ― Mikuzu Shinagawa's Crossdressing Pandemic (Josō Pandemic) manga is collaborating with the Virtual YouTuber agency NIJISANJI to produce voiced videos of the opening chapters. The VTuber voice cast is as follows: Yuki Chihiro as Nanaki Koga Rindou Mikoto as Ryou Sonogami Suzuki Masaru as Hikaru Watakashi In addition, voice actress Yuka Hiyamizu p...
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Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU ‒ Episode 4

At the center of this episode is framing and how Keiichi and in turn, the viewer, could be misinterpreting what's going on in Hinamizawa.
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The Twelve Kingdoms ‒ Episodes 37-39

Sitting here I'm confused as to what the remaining 6 episodes could be, but that's a question for another time.
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CloverWorks, Orange Animates Latest Eve Music Video

Japanese singer Eve posted the music video of his latest song "Yakusoku" (Promise) on Friday. The video was produced by CloverWorks with CG portions animated by studio Orange. Eve is mainly known as a Vocaloid song cover artist and as one of the lead singers for the Japanese indie band einie. He performed the opening theme song "Ambivalent" for Sae Okamoto's Mecha-Ude short anime project in 2018. ...

Shikke Cancels Pink Heart Jam Manga's 2nd Chapter Due to Unauthorized Translations

Series launched on August 25 ― Manga creator Shikke announced on their Twitter account on October 16 that they have canceled the second chapter of their Pink Heart Jam boys-love manga due to the manga appearing with unofficial English translations on various websites. The announcement noted that Shikke's works have been uploaded without authorization "countless times" on "illegal pirated websites" as...
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Moon Land Gymnastics Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Sai Yamagishi launched series in December 2018 ― Sai Yamagishi announced on Thursday that their Moon Land manga will end in three chapters, including the 77th chapter that debuted the same day. Yamagishi is working on the series' ninth compiled book volume, which will launch in December. Shueisha's Manga Plus service is simultaneously serializing the manga in English, and it describes the series: Mit...
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Pokémon: Twilight Wings Net Anime Gets Special Episode in November

Pokémon YouTube channel, Pokémon TV app to exclusively stream "Twilight Wings—The Gathering of Stars" ― The Pokémon Company International announced on Friday that Pokémon: Twilight Wings (Hakumei no Tsubasa) ⁠— Studio Colorido's net anime short series for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Switch role-playing games ⁠— will get a special episode titled "Twilight Wings—The Gathering of Stars...
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New Etotama Anime to Be 1-Episode Short

Project announced in February 2018 as series ― The official website for the Etotama anime announced on Friday that the new anime in the franchise will be a one-episode short. The announcement said that staff "want to deliver a fun and lively work befitting of Etotama." Staff plan to announce more details within 2020. The franchise's "Shin Eto Ryōran Matsuri" event announced the new anime as a series ...
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Mangamo Manga Subscription App Now Available Worldwide on iOS

Manga subscription service launched for U.S., Canada in April ― The staff of the Mangamo app announced on Thursday that the app is now available worldwide for iOS devices except in Japan, China, and Korea. Mangamo is a mobile manga subscription service that gives readers ad-free unlimited access to legally licensed and professionally localized titles. The app launched in the U.S. and Canada on April ...
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The Promised Neverland Franchise Gets 4th Novel

Novel out on December 4 collects previously published stories, adds new short story ― The official Twitter account for The Promised Neverland franchise revealed on Monday that the franchise is getting its fourth novel. The novel will contain stories told in the first anime season's DVD booklet, and in the Jump GIGA magazine, as well as a new short story. The novel will ship on December 4, alongside t...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, October 12-18

Demon Slayer Natagumoyama arc compilation earns 15.4%, Demon Slayer marathon earns 6.5% ― This week's episode of the live-action series of Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga aired on NTV on Sunday, October 18 at 10:30 p.m., and it earned a 10.1% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Kimetsu no Yaiba: Natagumoyama-hen Fuji TV October 17 (Sat) 21:00...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, October 12-18

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: October 12-18 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwMario Kart Live: Home Circuit Nintendo October 16 73,918 73,918 2NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20 34,547 5,862,668 3NSwRing Fit Adventure Nintendo October 18, 2019 27,303 1,696,146 4NSwSuper Mario 3D All-Stars Nintendo September 18 ...

1st Fire Emblem Game Heads to Switch on December 4

Trailer previews updated game's new save states, rewind/fast forward functions, physical special edition ― Nintendo announced on Thursday that it will release an updated version of its Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light game, the first title in the Fire Emblem series, for the Nintendo Switch on December 4. The game will launch digitally and with a physical 30th Anniversary Edition packag...

Viz Media's Website Removes Free Anime Videos

Company's website now directs visitors to watch anime on other streaming platforms ― Viz Media's website has removed its free Hulu-embedded streams of anime episodes. The company's website now directs visitors to watch the anime on other streaming platforms, such as Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, and Netflix. Viz previously offered free streams via Hulu for several of its licensed anime, including Bo...
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Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Anime's 3rd Season Casts Maria Naganawa, Junji Majima

Taiki to perform theme song for 2021 anime ― The official website for the third television anime season of Masaki Ando's Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki (Yatogame-chan Observation Diary) four-panel manga revealed two more cast members for the anime on Friday. The site also revealed that Taiki (Taiki Yamazaki) will perform the new season's theme song. Maria Naganawa as Serura Dobe Junji Majima as Masahid...
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Dōkyūsei Dating Sim Game Gets Remake in February

Game series inspired multiple adult, all-ages OVAs, TV anime ― Fanza Games announced on Friday that its DiGiNation brand is developing a remake of Elf's Dōkyūsei (Classmates) dating sim game, with a slated release date of February 26 for PC. The announcement also unveiled the below visual, which is based on the original cover art for the 1992 game. Elf released the the original game in 1992, followed...
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Live-Action Georama Boy Panorama Girl Film Posts 1st 6 Minutes

Film opens in Japan on November 6 ― The official website for the live-action film of Kyoko Okazaki's Georama Boy Panorama Girl manga began streaming the film's first six minutes on Thursday. The film will open in Japan on November 6. Anna Yamada (live-action Saki) will play Haruko Shibuya, and Jin Suzuki will play Kenichi Kanagawa in his first starring role for a film. The manga's romance story cente...
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3D CG Anime 'OBSOLETE's' Trailer Reveals Part II's December 1 Debut, More Cast

Michiko Kaiden, Hideaki Tezuka join Japanese cast ― The official website for YouTube and Bandai Namco Arts' 3D CG anime OBSOLETE began streaming a trailer for the anime's "Part II" on Friday. The trailer reveals that the anime's episodes 7-12 will debut on December 1. As with the first six episodes, the new episodes will be available all at once on December 1 for YouTube Premium users, or a new episo...
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New World Trigger Anime Season Premieres on January 9

― The official website for the television anime of Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga revealed on Friday that the new anime season will premiere on January 9 as part of TV Asahi's NUMAnimation programming block. Morio Hatano (Saint Seiya Omega's first season, Dragon Ball Super's Future Trunks Saga, episode director for Hugtto! Precure and Star Twinkle Precure) is serving as the series director. ...
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Crunchyroll, Netflix, Twitch, More Platforms Available on PS5 Launch

Amazon Prime Video, Hulu arrive later ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will have an app ready for the PlayStation 5 console when it launches. In addition, Sony Interactive Entertainment's Phil Rosenberg announced other media platforms that will be available on the PS5 at launch. These include Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, Disney+, Apple TV, and Twitch, with Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and more ...

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Killing Bites Anime

Anime premiered in January 2018 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the Killing Bites anime for home video and digital distribution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Mexico. Sentai Filmworks describes the anime: Manji, the Slayer of Hundreds, has been cursed with eternal life — but in the dark of his existence shines a final glimmer of hope. If he...

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Kojima Productions Confirms It Is Working on New Project

Game developer Hideo Kojima's Kojima Productions company confirmed on Thursday that it is developing a new project, and that it is currently seeking applications for various job positions iin its Tokyo studio. Kojima Productions released its Death Stranding game for the PlayStation 4 last November, and released the game on PC on July 14. The game won the Outstanding Achievement in Audio Design and...

Netflix Announces New Partnerships With NAZ, Science Saru, MAPPA, Studio Mir

ID: INVADED, Japan Sinks 2020, Yuri!!! on Ice, The Legend of Korra studios enter partnerships ― Netflix announced comprehensive business alliances with anime studios NAZ (ID: INVADED, Infinite Dendrogram), Science Saru (Japan Sinks 2020, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!), and MAPPA (Yuri!!! on Ice, Jujutsu Kaisen), as well as South Korea's Studio Mir (The Legend of Korra, Voltron: Legendary Defender). N...
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Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU Rena Nendoroid Nails the Expressions

With the release of the new Higurashi anime comes new merch and collectibles. Good Smile Company has put up a new nendoroid of the iconic Rena Ryugu for preorder, and long-time fans will be pleased to note that the face plates nail the character completely. Good Smile describes the product as follows: "It's so cute, I want to take it home!" From the anime series "Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU" co...
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KANA-BOON Band's Maguro Taniguchi Takes Hiatus Due to Poor Physical Health

Band cancels 2 fall concerts ― The official website for rock band KANA-BOON announced on Thursday that the band's vocalist and guitarist Maguro Taniguchi is going on hiatus due to poor physical health. Taniguchi had been feeling ill for some time, and his doctor determined that he needed medical treatment. The "rockin'on presents JAPAN ONLINE FESTIVAL" performance, which was scheduled for November 8,...

Funimation to Release Dub of Strike Witches: Road to Berlin Anime in 2021

Company initially planned to stream series this fall ― Funimation told ANN on Wednesday that it will release an English dub of the Strike Witches: Road to Berlin (Dai-501 Tōgō Sentō Kōkū-dan Strike Witches: Road to Berlin) television anime series in 2021. Funimation issued the following statement: Funimation will be releasing a brand-new English dub for Strike Witches: Road to Berlin in 2021 for fans...
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13-Year-Old Girl Gets Her Dream Date with Godzilla

Couple go out on a date fit for kaiju. ― 13-year-old Seira Watanabe is a huge fan of Godzilla. She has watched all of his films, collected his merch, and can replicate his iconic cry. She thinks he's a hunk and keeps a notebook where she draws her ideal romantic situations with the kaijuu. On an episode of the Japanese variety show Knight Scoop, the young maiden got to go on her dream date with Godzi...
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Anime NYC, NTWRK App Hold Online Event in November

Next in-person Anime NYC scheduled for November 2021 ― Livestream shopping platform NTWRK and the Anime NYC Powered By Crunchyroll convention announced on Thursday that they are collaborating for an online version of the event on November 17-20. The online Anime NYC event will be available worldwide in the NTWRK app. The event "will include exclusive interviews and presentations with the creators and...
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Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear ‒ Episode 3

Why is Yuna respected by the adventuring guild despite being a newbie? How did she get the pet bears? And why is Lanz so caught up with her being a rival to Deborane?
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, October 18-24

Princess Mononoke, Negima! + Negima!? anime; Heaven's Design Team, Heterogenia Linguistico manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King BDPlease Funimation US$29.98 October 20 My Neighbor Totoro Steelbook BD/DVDCite Shout! Factory US$26.99 October 20 Negima! + Negima!? BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$129.98 October 20 Princess Mono...
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Mamoru Hosoda's Studio Chizu Animates Its 1st Original Anime Ad

Ad for Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company depicts scenes from Hosoda's films ― Studio Chizu, the production company behind Mamoru Hosoda films like Mirai and The Boy and the Beast, released its first ever original animated commercial on Thursday. Hiroyasu Aoki (The Boy and the Beast assistant director) directed the 30-second commercial for Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company's life plan advisor recr...
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Pumpkin Carving Contest Gallery

Want that sweet grand prize with over $1000 worth of anime, but need inspiration? We've added a gallery of past winners. Whether you're entering this year or not, check them out to see some great anime pumpkins. ― Anime News Network's annual pumpkin carving contest is back in BIG WAY! Sharpen your knives and your carving skills and you could walk away with not only a GARGANTUAN stash of anime goodie...
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Sakura Wars Smartphone Game's Video Previews Song, Gameplay, Story

Sakura Kakumei game slated for release this year ― The official YouTube channel for Sakura Kakumei ~Hana Saku Otome-tachi~, Sega and Delight Works' new smartphone game for the Sakura Wars franchise, began streaming a new video for the game on Wednesday. The video shows gameplay, story events, and previews a song from the game titled "Warera no Inori Warera no Mirai" (Our Prayers, Our Future). The "dr...
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Sengoku Basara: Battle Party Smartphone Game Ends Service in December

1st smartphone game in Sengoku Basara franchise launched in June 2019 ― The official website for Sengoku Basara: Battle Party, the first smartphone game in Capcom's Sengoku Basara franchise, announced on Wednesday that the game will shut down on December 21 due to "changes in the external environment." Capcom released the game for iOS and Android devices in June 2019. Capcom's Sengoku Basara franchis...
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Nana Mizuki, Raychell Perform D4DJ First Mix Anime's Ending Song

Multimedia project's TV series airs on October 30 ― A press advance screening in Tokyo of the first two episodes of D4DJ First Mix, the television anime in Bushiroad's D4DJ multimedia project, announced on Thursday that Nana Mizuki (voice of Airi Amano) and Raychell are performing the ending theme song. The song is a cover of the popular 1995 song "WOW WAR TONIGHT ~Toki niwa Okose yo Movement~." The ...
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Modomu Akagawara's Love Me Pom Poko Manga Ends in 5th Volume

Manga is in final arc ― The fourth compiled book volume of Modomu Akagawara's Love Me Pom Poko manga revealed on Tuesday that the manga will end with its fifth volume in February. The 21st issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine previously revealed on October 5 that the manga is entering its final arc. The manga centers on Ponko, a tanuki who transforms into a girl in order to find a human mate a...
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Disney XD Channel to End in Japan in January

Channel aired anime alongside Western cartoons, sports, live-action series ― Disney announced on October 13 that it is shuttering its Disney XD, Natgeo Wild, and Fox Movies channels in Japan on January 31, 2021, as part of a larger business consolidation of its media properties in the region. Disney will also fold its Marvel DX and Star Wars DX services in Japan into its new Disney Deluxe service. Di...
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Sekai no Owari Vocalist Fukase's Bad Mood Animated Shorts Stream on Amazon Globally

Shorts follow daily lives of The Pink Elephants band ― The official Twitter account for Bad Mood — the character brand of Fukase, lead vocalist for the band Sekai no Owari — announced on Wednesday that animated shorts based on the brand are now streaming globally on Amazon Prime Video. The first 17-minute episode of the Bad Mood anime's six total episodes is streaming on Amazon Prime Video in English...
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My Broken Mariko Manga Wins Bros. Comic Award 2020

Manga's creator Waka Hirako illustrates 2 variant covers for Tokyo News Services' TV Bros. magazine ― Tokyo News Services' TV Bros. magazine awarded Waka Hirako's My Broken Mariko manga with the Bros. Comic Award 2020. The magazine's December issue, which launches on Friday, will feature content related to the manga, including an interview with Hirako. In addition, the December issue will have two di...
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True Cooking Master Boy Anime's Sequel Casts Hiroki Yasumoto

Hiroki Yasumoto plays Alkan in sequel premiering next year ― The official Twitter account for True Cooking Master Boy, the television anime of Etsushi Ogawa's Shin Chūka Ichiban! sequel manga series, revealed on Thursday a new cast member for the show's sequel. Hiroki Yasumoto as Alkan The staff is revealing five cast members across five weeks. The previously revealed new cast includes: Aya Endo as M...
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Final Fantasy VII/VIII Switch Twin Pack, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered for PS4 Get Physical Copies in Europe

Physical editions of both RPGs ship on December 4 in Europe, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand ― The official Twitter account of the Final Fantasy video game franchise announced on Friday that the physical editions of Final Fantasy VII/VIII Twin Pack for Nintendo Switch and Final Fantasy VIII Remastered for PlayStation 4 will release in Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand on Decembe...
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Analogue Reveals Analogue Duo Console to Play NEC System Games

Console launches in 2021 ― Analogue announced its new Analogue Duo console on Twitter on Friday. The console is described as an "all-in-one reimagining" of NEC systems and compatible with NEC system game formats. It has a cartridge slot, controller port, and CD-ROM drive that can be used to play games stored in formats like Hucards, TurboChips, and CD-ROMs. The console supports TurboGrafx-16, PC Engi...
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Kyoto Animation's Tsurune Archery Anime Gets Film

TV anime based on Kotoko Ayano's novel premiered in October 2018 ― The official Twitter account for the Tsurune (Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu) anime revealed on Thursday that the franchise is getting an anime film project. The anime premiered in Japan on the NHK-General channel in October 2018. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime and streamed the series on Crunchyroll and HIDIVE (with an English du...

Quibi Streaming Service Shuts Down

Platform had green-lit live-action adaptation of Junji Ito's Tomie ― The Quibi video streaming platform confirmed on Wednesday that it will shut down, only seven months after its launch. Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman announced the shutdown during an investor conference call on Wednesday, but did not give a date for the shutdown. Quibi had recently green-lit a live-action series...
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Kadokawa Posts Teaser for 'This Is It!' Project About Anime Production Assistant

Hypnosis Mic's Yūichirō Momose, Comic Party's Sekihiko Inui, Tasuku Hatanaka, Hisako Kanemoto collaborate ― Kadokawa began streaming a teaser video for a new project titled "This Is It! Seisaku Shinkō Shinonome Jirō" (This Is It! Production Assistant Jirō Shinonome) on Thursday. The video features the voices of Tasuku Hatanaka as protagonist Jirō Shinonome, a jobless guy who will soon work on his old...
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Hasbro's New Power Rangers Reboot Planned as Both Film, TV Series

The End of the F***ing World creator Jonathan Entwistle to shepherd both, with eOne producing The Hollywood Reporter newspaper's Heat Vision blog reported on Tuesday that Hasbro's planned reboot of the Power Rangers franchise will now involve both film and television. Entertainment company eOne, which Hasbro acquired in 2019, is producing the project, replacing Paramount Pictures at the lead. Jonat...
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