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This Week in Anime - Does Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Save the Franchise?

"I mean, it's still no Gun Gale Online, but color me converted as well. I'll watch the next film. Heck, maybe I'll watch or read some more of the original, at least for the context."

Production I.G and Studio Wit President George Wada

The newly minted president and CEO of Production I.G talked to us about why Wit Studio has seemingly passed on later seasons of its hit series, whether work-life balance has improved for animators, and how Netflix could better promote anime.

Crunchyroll Reveals 7 New Anime Licenses for 2023 Including Legend of Heroes, Handyman Saitō in Another World

Also: Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts, Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari, more

See Ghibli Park's Grand Opening

Catch a glimpse of the Catbus for grown-ups, Laputa's robot soldier, more

Negi Haruba's 'Go, Go, Loser Ranger!' Manga Gets TV Anime

Video, visual unveiled for anime from The Quintessential Quintuplets creator

Rascal Does Not Dream Sequel Anime to Play in Theaters

Tickets for Rascal Does Not Dream of a Sister Venturing Out, Rascal Does Not Dream of a Knapsack Kid offered

Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World! Anime's 2nd Video Unveils More Cast & Staff, April Debut

Maria Naganawa, Kaori Nazuka, Miyu Tomita, Sayumi Suzushiro, Shizuka Ishigami join cast

The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie Earns Estimated US$502,000 in 1st 3 Days in the U.S.

Crunchyroll opened film in U.S., Canada last Friday
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Hi, I'm a Witch, and My Crush Wants Me to Make a Love Potion GN 1

Rose is the most recent Witch of the Lake. She lives a largely solitary existence until she saw and fell for the knight Sir Harij Azm. Imagine her shock when he shows up asking for a love potion! ― Presumably one of the first things to cross your mind upon reading the title of this book is, “This is an adaptation of a light novel, isn't it?” That is, in fact, correct, although the novel's title was t...
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Your Anime Rankings - Best of Fall 2022, Nov 26-Dec 2

Chainsaw Man rocks, but Bocchi rocks harder. Find out how your favorite shows stacked up according to viewer votes. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated individual episodes ...
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Hikaru in the Light! GN 2-4

Hikaru in the Light! has characters that are easy to root for, and there are breathtaking moments of brilliance. ― They say that nothing ever dies on the internet. Once it's there, it's there forever, and that means that yes, Hikaru will always be “Mop Girl” in its undead reaches. But that doesn't mean that she has to look herself up to be sure. Yes, “never Google yourself” is one of the hard lessons...
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The Holy Grail of Eris Novel 2

If you're a fan of historical mysteries and want to see a little something different with a villainess light novel, The Holy Grail of Eris is worth giving a chance. ― Note: you can read our review of the first volume here. You really can't always tell who you can trust, can you? For the late Scarlett Castiel, it was less a question of whether or not they deserved her faith and more about her firm bel...
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Lost Lad London GN 2

If the threat of racism was simmering beneath the surface of the first volume of Shima Shinya's mystery series Lost Lad London, it's definitely bubbled to the top in the second, as Detective Ellis struggles to keep Al safe. ― It's a terrible truth, but a truth nonetheless: people are often judged by the ignorant based on their race. If that fact was simmering beneath the surface of the first volume o...
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Spy×Family Wins Big at Yahoo! Japan Search Awards 2022

Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc theme song, Splatoon 3 also top in their categories ― The Yahoo! Japan Search Awards announced the biggest buzzing search terms of 2022 on Monday. Spy×Family was among the biggest winners, topping the "anime" category. Anya Forger voice actress Atsumi Tanezaki was also the top voice actor. In the music category, "Zankyō Sanka" (Song of Reverberation), Aimer's ...
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Hideaki Anno's Legendary Gundam Doujinshi Gets Reprint at Comiket 101

Features interviews with Yoshiyuki Tomino, Toshio Suzuki, Mamoru Oshii ― The Web Anime Style online Japanese animation magazine announced on Monday that it will issue a new printing of a Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack doujinshi publication edited by Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno. The new printing will be available at the upcoming Comic Market (Comiket) 101 event on December 30-31. The "Mo...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 1043

We rarely see Robin deploy her full power set for any meaningful duration, and this episode only whets my appetite for more Fleur De Rip and Tear we'll get next time.
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Toho International Appoints Former Crunchyroll Executives Kristin Parcell, Stacy Burt to Build E-Commerce Platform for Godzilla Franchise

New platform launches in 2023 ― Toho International, Toho's U.S.-based subsidiary, appointed former Crunchyroll executives Kristin Parcell as general manager and Stacy Burt as director of marketing. The two will focus on building an e-commerce platform catered to fandom for Toho's Godzilla franchise, including its anime. The new platform will feature existing products and exclusives, and Toho is plann...
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Hi, I'm a Witch, and My Crush Wants Me to Make a Love Potion GN 1

Rose is the most recent Witch of the Lake. She lives a largely solitary existence until she saw and fell for the knight Sir Harij Azm. Imagine her shock when he shows up asking for a love potion! ― Presumably one of the first things to cross your mind upon reading the title of this book is, “This is an adaptation of a light novel, isn't it?” That is, in fact, correct, although the novel's title was t...
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Gundam: The Witch From Mercury Anime's 1st Part Ends on January 8 Due to Special Programming

Anime suspends broadcasts on December 18, January 1 ― The official Twitter account for the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury anime announced on Tuesday that the anime's 1st part will end with its 12th episode on January 8. The anime will suspend its broadcast on December 18 due to TBS' Hо̄dо̄ no Hi special end-of-year programming. The series will then postpone airing again on January 1 due t...
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Your Anime Rankings - Best of Fall 2022, Nov 26-Dec 2

Chainsaw Man rocks, but Bocchi rocks harder. Find out how your favorite shows stacked up according to viewer votes. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated individual episodes ...
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The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten TV Anime Reveals January 7 Premiere, Opening Theme Artist

Anime gets advanced screenings in Japan on December 24 ― The official website for the television anime of Saekisan's The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten (Otonari no Tenshi-sama ni Itsu no Ma ni ka Dame Ningen ni Sareteita Ken) light novel series revealed on Tuesday the opening theme song artist and January 7 premiere. Masayoshi Ōishi will perform the opening theme song "Gift." The website also unvei...
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VazzRock the Animation #10 [rate]
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Crunchyroll Releases Makoto Shinkai's Suzume Film Outside Asia Starting on April 12

Suzume to initially screen in U.S., 14 other countries ― Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom announced on Tuesday that they will screen Makoto Shinkai's Suzume (Suzume no Tojimari) film worldwide except in Asia starting on April 12, 2023. The movie will screen in the following dates and countries: April 12 France Malta April 13 Australia Brazil Germany Mex...
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Vendor Hospitalized After Anime NYC Accident, GoFundMe Campaign Underway

Anime Palace vendor Wade Wiles suffered injury at Anime NYC on November 20 ― Anime Palace vendor Wade Wiles suffered an injury due to an accident that took place at the Anime NYC convention on November 20. Katherine Mui, a friend of Wiles', established a GoFundMe campaign on November 24 to assist in covering Wiles' hospital bills, with Wiles' sister Gretchen listed as the beneficiary. The campaign ha...
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Shinobi no Ittoki #10 [rate]
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Children of the Whales Manga Ends Serialization in Next Chapter

Manga launched in 2013, inspired TV anime in 2017 ― The official Twitter account of Abi Umeda's Children of the Whales (Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Utau) manga revealed on Tuesday that the series will end its serialization in its next chapter, which will launch in the February 2023 issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Mystery Bonita magazine on January 6. The February issue will also celebrate the 10th anni...
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Hello Kitty: Super Style! 3D Animated Series Premieres on December 7

Series debuts in U.S., Canada, U.K., Japan on Amazon Kids+ ― Distributor Kids First announced on Monday that the Hello Kitty: Super Style! 3D animated series for Sanrio's Hello Kitty franchise will premiere on December 7. The series will debut in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Japan on Amazon Kids+. The series will then debut in Germany in 2023. Amazon Kids+ is streaming a trailer...
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Blue Lock Spinoff Novel Series Gets 2nd Novel in January, 3rd Novel Next Fall

2nd novel releases on January 17 ― The official Twitter account of Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yūsuke Nomura's Blue Lock soccer manga revealed on Monday the cover design for the second novel in the Shōsetsu Blue Lock Tatakai no Mae, Bokura wa. (Novel Blue Lock: Us, Before the Battle) spinoff novel series, which will release on January 17. The manga's staff also confirmed that a third novel is set for rele...
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'Apparently, Disillusioned Adventurers Will Save the World' Anime's Character Video, Visual Highlight Nick

Yūsuke Kobayashi voices character in anime premiering on January 10 ― The official website for the television anime of Shinta Fuji's Apparently, Disillusioned Adventurers Will Save the World (Ningen Fushin no Bōkensha-tachi ga Sekai o Sukuu Yō Desu) light novel series began streaming a character video on Tuesday for the character Nick. The site also revealed a character visual for Nick. The series wi...
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Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia World Stars, Sōri Club Manga Take Short Break

2 Manga series take break due to Himaruya's poor health ― Manga creator Hidekaz Himaruya announced on Twitter on November 30 that their two manga series Sōri Club (Prime Minister Club) and Hetalia World Stars will take a break due to Himaruya's poor health. 体調不良によりジャンプSQ.1月号と少年ジャンプ+12月第2週&3週の更新をお休みさせていただきます。『ヘタリアWorld☆Stars』は12/22(木)より、『総理倶楽部』はジャンプSQ.2月号(1/4)より連載再開予定です。ご心配おかけして申し訳ありませんが再開まで少々お待ちください(...
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A Springtime with Ninjas' Narumi Hasegaki Launches New Manga in December

Hasegaki launches new manga in Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine ― The official Twitter account of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine announced on Thursday that Narumi Hasegaki will launch a new manga titled Ore to Mō Ichido, First Love (Be My First Love Again) in the magazine's February 2023 issue, which will release on December 28. Hasegaki launched the Gokutsuma Days ~Gokudō Sankyōdai ni Semaretemasu~ (Yak...
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Cardfight!! Vanguard will+Dress Season 2's Video Reveals More Cast, Opening Song, January 14 Premiere

Idol group Strawberry Prince performs opening song; Suzuko Mimori, Seiji Maeda, Hina Aoki join cast ― The staff of the Cardfight!! Vanguard will+Dress anime revealed a new promotional video for the anime's second season on Tuesday. The video reveals the second season's additional cast members, opening theme song artist, and January 14 premiere. Idol group Strawberry Prince will perform the second sea...
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World is Still Beautiful's Dai Shiina Launches New Manga Mini-Series

Manga centers on ordinary girl trying to make it in entertainment industry ― The first 2023 issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed on Monday that manga creator Dai Shiina will launch a new manga mini-series titled Shining Star (Kagayakeru Hoshi) in the magazine's second 2023 issue on December 20. The manga is about an ordinary girl born into a family of world-famous performers, and she ...
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Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine Gets New Web Publication

New publication launches in February ― The January 2023 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine (issue cover pictured at right) announced on Tuesday that the magazine will launch a web publication titled Getsu Maga Kichi (Monthly Magazine Base) in February. The web publication will feature many original serializations. Kodansha describes the new publication as creating a "secret base" just for re...
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Chainsaw Man Ranks #1 on U.S. Monthly Bookscan November List

19 manga volumes rank including Shuna's Journey, Demon Slayer, My Hero Academia, more ― Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man manga ranked at #1 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for November. This month's list featured 19 manga volumes, including: #1 — Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man volume 1 #2 — Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man volume 2 #3 — Hayao Miyazaki's Shuna's Journey #4 — Tatsuki ...
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Dragon Goes House-Hunting Manga Ends, Gets Spinoff in January

Manga launched in December 2016, inspired 2021 TV anime ― The January issue of Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Garden magazine published the final chapter of Kawo Tanuki and Choco Aya's Dragon Goes House-Hunting (Dragon, Ie o Kau.) manga on Monday. The manga will have a new spinoff manga that will launch in the magazine's next issue in January. Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing the manga in English, a...
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Spy×Family Tops Da Vinci Manga Ranking

One Piece, Golden Kamuy, Do not say mystery, Detective Conan round out top 5 ― The January 2023 issue of Kadokawa Media Factory's book and manga news magazine Da Vinci unveiled its 22nd annual "Book of the Year" lists on Monday. The magazine's comic rankings of the top 50 titles are: 1. Tatsuya Endō's SPY×FAMILY (Volumes 1-10) 2. Eiichiro Oda's One Piece (Volumes 1-104) 3. Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy ...
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Chainsaw Man Anime Adds Kengo Kawanishi, Hitomi Ueda to Cast

Kawanishi, Ueda play Devil Hunters Kurose, Tendo in episode 9 later today ― The staff of the television anime of Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man manga revealed additional cast members for the anime on Tuesday. Both cast members play Public Safety Devil Hunters. The additional cast members include Kengo Kawanishi as Kurose, and Hitomi Ueda as Tendo. Both characters will appear in the anime's ninth epi...
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Lupin III vs. Cat's Eye Anime's Video Reveals More Cast, Theme Songs, January 27 Amazon Debut

Anri returns for new version of "Cat's Eye" theme song; fox capture plan perform opening theme ― The official website for Lupin III vs. Cat's Eye, the new cel-shaded CG crossover anime between the Lupin III and Cat's Eye franchises, unveiled a new promotional video and key visual on Tuesday. The video reveals more cast for the anime, the theme song artists, as well as the anime's January 27 worldwide...

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The First Slam Dunk Anime Film Tops Box Office on Opening Weekend

Makoto Shinkai's Suzume drops to #2, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Scarlet Bond to #4 The First Slam Dunk, the new anime film of Takehiko Inoue's Slam Dunk basketball manga, ranked at #1 in its opening weekend. The film sold 847,000 tickets and earned 1,295,808,780 yen (about US$9.50 million) over the weekend. The film opened in Japan on Saturday. The movie has IMAX screenings in 40 cine...
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The Dangers in My Heart Anime's Teaser Reveals Cast, Staff, April Debut

Shun Horie, Hina Yomiya star in school romantic comedy from Shin-ei Animation ― Avex announced on Monday that the television anime of Norio Sakurai's The Dangers in My Heart (Boku no Kokoro no Yabai Yatsu) manga will premiere in Japan in April 2023 on TV Asahi and its affiliates in the "NUMAnimation" programming block. The company also announced the anime's main cast and staff, and has released a tea...
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Live-Action Candy Color Paradox Series' Trailer Previews Opening Song

Stills unveiled for episode 1 premiering on December 15 ― The staff for the live-action series of Isaku Natsume's Candy Color Paradox (Ameiro Paradox) manga unveiled a new trailer on Tuesday. The 30-second trailer previews the opening theme song "Go Sign" by Billy Laurent. The staff also unveiled stills from the first episode: Fantastics from Exile Tribe member Keito Kimura stars as Satoshi Onoe, and...
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Bleach Manga's Famous Poetry Gets Official Karuta Game

Bleach: Songs of the Soul karuta collection gets wide release in Japan on December 19 ― Tite Kubo's Bleach manga is iconic not just for its stylish art and hot-blooded battles but also for the artful poetry at the start of each volume. These poems are now being compiled into a custom karuta collection called Bleach: Songs of the Soul. 昨年、久保帯人公式ファンクラブ「Klub Outside」にて先行販売された #BLEACH 巻頭歌骨牌<カルタ>の全国発売が決定!...

Negi Haruba's 'Go, Go, Loser Ranger!' Manga Gets TV Anime

Video, visual unveiled for anime from The Quintessential Quintuplets creator ― Negi Haruba's Go, Go, Loser Ranger! (Sentai Daishikkaku) manga is getting a television anime. An official website opened for the anime on Tuesday, and it revealed a special project video and visual: Haruba shared an illustration to commemorate the anime's announcement: Keiichi Satō (Tiger & Bunny) is directing the anime. H...
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Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War ‒ Episode 9

Unohana will repeatedly kill and revive Zaraki until he finally unleashes his unrestrained power in the face of death. It's a brilliant, quintessentially shonen move and had me clapping like a seal over the end credits.
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Touhou Danmaku Kagura Game's Trailer Previews Story

Game launches for PC, Switch in 2023 ― The official YouTube channel for Unknown X's Touhou Danmaku Kagura rhythm smartphone game for the Touhou Project franchise began streaming a trailer on Monday. The video previews the game's story: The game is getting an updated and expanded PC version via Steam in 2023 worldwide. The game will also get a Nintendo Switch version in 2023. Unknown X's Campfire crow...
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More Than a Married Couple, But Not Lovers ‒ Episode 9

This show is full of tropes and comprises that hit a check mark on someone's fetish list (I see what you guys were doing with the cream gag)...

Crunchyroll: Some Home Video Releases May Be Unavailable While SKUs Refresh

Crunchyroll: "There are current Funimation SKUs that will be retired and replaced with new SKUs" ― Crunchyroll revealed to ANN on Monday that some stock keeping units (SKUs) for home video releases from Funimation will be retired and replaced with new SKUs. Subsequently, there may be a period of time when select titles are unavailable on home video. Crunchyroll provided a comment to ANN: There are cu...
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Former Fate/Grand Order Game Director Unveils Tsurugihime Indie RPG

Side scrolling action RPG releases on PC via Steam in 2024 ― Former Fate/Grand Order director Yōsuke Shiokawa unveiled the Tsurugihime side-scrolling action RPG at the Indie Live Expo event on Sunday. The game will release on PC via Steam in 2024. Shiokawa's new studio Fahrenheit 213 is streaming a gameplay trailer: The developer describes the game as follows: The final battle takes place in 100 days...
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BLUELOCK ‒ Episode 9

This episode encapsulated almost everything I love about sports anime, and I was genuinely anxious when the episode ended because I wanted to see more.
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Play It Cool, Guys #9 [rate]
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Hikaru in the Light! GN 2-4

Hikaru in the Light! has characters that are easy to root for, and there are breathtaking moments of brilliance. ― They say that nothing ever dies on the internet. Once it's there, it's there forever, and that means that yes, Hikaru will always be “Mop Girl” in its undead reaches. But that doesn't mean that she has to look herself up to be sure. Yes, “never Google yourself” is one of the hard lessons...
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Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Season 2 ‒ Episode 10

There were some surprisingly solid laughs here, and it makes me feel like the show has finally returned to form.
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GKIDS Releases Giovanni's Island Anime Film on BD, Digitally on February 21

English-subbed trailer streamed ― GKIDS announced on Monday that it and Shout! Factory will release Production I.G's Giovanni's Island anime film on Blu-ray Disc and digital platforms in North America on February 21. The company streamed an English-subtitled trailer: GKIDS describes the story: Brothers Junpei and Kanta live in Shikotan, a tiny fishing island that has been spared from the devastations...
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Lilas Ikuta Performs Theme Song for New Live-Action Ōoku: The Inner Chambers Series

Attack on Titan The Final Season's Kohta Yamamoto composes music ― NHK announced on Monday that Lilas Ikuta will perform the theme song "Tanpopo" (Dandelion) for the new live-action series of Fumi Yoshinaga's Ōoku: The Inner Chambers manga. The company also revealed that Kohta Yamamoto (Attack on Titan The Final Season, Kingdom) will compose the music. The series will premiere on NHK on January 10, 2...
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Cross Infinite World Announces 4 New Light Novel Licenses, 2 Audiobooks

The Do-Over Damsel Conquers the Dragon Emperor, The Abandoned Heiress Gets Rich with Alchemy and Scores an Enemy General!, more ― Cross Infinite World announced on Saturday that it has licensed four light novel series. The company also revealed two audiobook releases. Title: The Do-Over Damsel Conquers the Dragon Emperor Creators: Sarasa Nagase (author) Mitsuya Fuji (artist) Release Date: March 29 (d...
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Lupin III Won't Bother Stealing Your McDonald's

He'll just have it delivered, according to this new ad ― Why bother stealing someone's McDonald's burger when you can have one delivered straight to you? Even the famed thief Lupin III is tempted by this way of thinking, as demonstrated in McDonald's Japan's newest collaboration ad with the Lupin III series. The fast food chain began streaming the ad on Monday, which will air on Japanese television o...
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I'm the Villainess, So I'm Taming the Final Boss ‒ Episode 11

Once again, I'm the Villainess, So I'm Taming the Final Boss has surprised me with its deft avoidance of genre cliches.
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Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury ‒ Episode 9

Now that the major character introductions are done, I'd like to see this show move past the duels as the primary means of settling conflicts.
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To Your Eternity Season 2 ‒ Episode 7

An episode of To Your Eternity that could have been great once again ends up being just barely passable instead
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Suzuhito Yasuda's Yozakura Quartet Manga Enters Final Arc

Manga enters final arc on December 26 in Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine's February issue ― The January issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine announced on November 26 that Suzuhito Yasuda's Yozakura Quartet manga will enter its final arc on December 26 in the magazine's February issue. Yasuda had revealed on Twitter in January that the manga would enter its final arc this year, although Y...
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Management of a Novice Alchemist #10 [rate]
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Pop Team Epic Season 2 ‒ Episode 10

Without further ado, here is my humble list of The Top Ten Greatest Eyecatches in Pop Team Epic Season 2
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'Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun' Manga Gets Stage Play

Stage play scheduled for May 2023 run ― An official website opened on Monday for Mairimashita! Iruma-kun THE STAGE, the stage play adaptation of Osamu Nishi's Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun (Mairimashita! Iruma-kun) manga. The play is scheduled to run in May 2023. Nishi launched the manga in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine in March 2017. The story of Mairimashita! Iruma-kun follows...
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Delicious Party Precure ‒ Episodes 37-38

Seemingly random abilities aside, this little jaunt to the past is important in how it sets up the final showdown yet to come.
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The First Slam Dunk Anime Film Earns 1.29 Billion Yen in 1st 2 Days

Film sells 847,000 tickets in 1st 2 days, tops weekend chart ― The new anime film of Takehiko Inoue's Slam Dunk basketball manga, The First Slam Dunk, has sold 847,000 tickets and earned 1.29 billion yen (about US$9.5 million) in its first two days in cinemas. The film topped the Japanese box office for the weekend. The film opened in Japan on Saturday. The movie has IMAX screenings in 40 cinemas all...
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The Aristocrat's Otherworldly Adventure Anime Reveals Cast, Main Staff, Promo Video

Yoshino Nanjō, Aya Uchida, more star in spring 2023 anime ― The official website for The Aristocrat's Otherworldly Adventure: Serving Gods Who Go Too Far, the television anime adaptation of Yashu's Chronicles of an Aristocrat Reborn in Another World (Tensei Kizoku no Isekai Bōken Roku) light novels, revealed the show's main cast and staff on Monday. The site is also streaming a promotional video. The...
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One Piece Film Red Tops Chinese Box Office, Earns Nearly US$1 Million at Korean Box Office

Film ranked 5th in Korean weekend box office ― Entertainment news magazine Variety reported on Sunday that according to consultancy Artisan Gateway, the One Piece Film Red anime topped the Chinese box office over the weekend and earned RMB56 million (US$7.9 million) between Friday and Sunday, and US$10.5 million in its first four days. The film opened in China on December 1. Detective Conan: The Brid...
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Viz Media, Manga Plus Launch Fabricant 100 Manga in English

"Dark fantasy tale" centers on human, fabricant in search of revenge ― Viz Media and Manga Plus both began publishing Daisuke Enoshima's Fabricant 100 (Jinzō Ningen 100) manga in English on Sunday. Manga Plus will publish its second chapter on December 11. Manga Plus describes the manga: There was once a doctor fixated on creating the "ideal human being." After the doctor's death, his fabricant creat...
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Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari TV Anime Reveals 4 More Cast Members

Saori Ōnishi, Nobuaki Kanemitsu, more join cast for anime premiering on January 9 ― The official website for the television anime of Onigunsō's Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari manga revealed four more cast members on Monday. The new cast includes: (from left to right in image above) Saori Ōnishi as Tsubaki Kadomori Nobuaki Kanemitsu as Taiju Kadomori Shohei Tabuchi as Shota Kadomori Shinya Takahashi...
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Bite Maker Manga Gets Sequel Next Spring

Manga ended serialization on Friday ― The first 2023 issue of Shogakukan's &Flower digital magazine revealed on Friday that Miwako Sugiyama's Bite Maker: The King's Omega (Bite Maker: О̄sama no Omega) manga will get a sequel that will start serialization in spring 2023. The series ended in the same magazine issue on Friday. Sugiyama launched the manga in Shogakukan's digital magazine &Flower in Octob...
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Burn the House Down's Moyashi Fujisawa Launches New Manga on December 12

Kumakuzu draws new Watashi no Arika idol industry suspense manga ― The first 2023 issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed on Monday that Moyashi Fujisawa and Kumakuzu will launch a new manga titled Watashi no Arika (The Way I Am, pictured right in image below) in the magazine's combined second and third issue on December 12. Fujisawa is penning the story, while Kumakuzu is drawing the art...
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Doraemon's New Year's Special 2022 to Feature 2 New Stories

Special program features "Kotoshi no Shippai Kotoshi no Uchi ni," "Amanogawa Tetsudō no Yoru" stories ― TV Asahi revealed details on Saturday for the "Ōmisoka dayo! Doraemon 1-Jikan Special" (It's New Year's Eve! Doraemon 1-Hour Special) program that will air on December 31 at 4:30 p.m. JST. The special will feature two new stories: "Kotoshi no Shippai Kotoshi no Uchi ni" (My Failure This Year), and ...
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Moriarty the Patriot Novels Get Manga Adaptation

Manga's 2nd part to launch after novels' manga adaptation ends ― The January issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine announced on Friday that Hikaru Miyoshi will draw a manga adaptation of Yōsuke Saita's Moriarty the Patriot novels. The manga, titled Yūkoku no Moriarty: The Remains, will launch in the magazine's April 2023 issue on March 3. The manga will adapt episodes from the novels as well as chara...
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The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House Live-Action Series Unveils New Trailer, Key Visual

Series debuts on Netflix worldwide on January 12 ― Netflix began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Sunday for The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House, the live-action series of Aiko Koyama's Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san (Makanai in the Maiko Lodge) manga. The staff of the series also unveiled a new key visual for the series. Netflix will debut the series worldwide on January 12, 2023. The ca...
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Way of the Househusband Anime's 2nd Season Premieres on Netflix on January 1

2nd season will feature returning cast, staff ― Netflix announced on Sunday that the second season of the anime adaptation of Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga will premiere on the service on January 1. What better way to start 2023?The Way of the Househusband: Season 2 is coming to Netflix Jan 1! pic.twitter.com/xbhHO7X45U— Netflix Anime (@NetflixAnime) December 4, 2022 ...

The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie Earns Estimated US$502,000 in 1st 3 Days in the U.S.

Crunchyroll opened film in U.S., Canada last Friday ― The Box Office Mojo website is estimating The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie (Eiga Gotōbun no Hanayome) sequel anime with three-day earnings of US$502,000 in the United States. The site lists the film with a US$266,000 opening day gross on Friday, and with US$143,000 for Saturday, and an estimated US$93,000 on Sunday. Crunchyroll began screening...

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Idolland PriPara Smartphone Game Rescheduled for Next Spring

Game was delayed 4 times from original spring 2021 date ― The staff of Idolland PriPara, the smartphone app based on Takara Tomy Arts and syn Sophia's PriPara franchise, announced on Monday that the game will debut in spring 2023. The staff also debuted the below visual of the game's "Evergold" idol group. The game was scheduled to launch in spring 2021, but was delayed for the first time to summer 2...
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ONIMAI: I'm Now Your Sister! Anime's 2nd Video Reveals More Cast & Staff, January 5 Debut

Kana Yūki, Natsumi Hioka play Momiji's classmates ― The official website for the television anime of Nekotofu's ONIMAI: I'm Now Your Sister! (Onii-chan wa Oshimai!) manga unveiled the second promotional video and visual for the anime on Monday. The video reveals more cast and staff members, as well as the anime's January 5 premiere. It also previews the opening theme song "Identeitei Meltdown." The n...
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Hidenori Hara's Shō mo Nai Bokura no Renai-ron Romance Manga Gets Live-Action Show

Hidekazu Mashima, Seina Nakata, Akiko Yada star in January drama ― Yomiuri TV, NTV, and their affiliates announced on Monday that they are producing a live-action series adaptation of Hidenori Hara's Shō mo Nai Bokura no Renai-ron (Our Little Love Story or literally, Our Hopeless Love Theory) romance manga that will premiere on the "Platinight" programming block on January 19. The cast includes Seina...
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2023 Doraemon Film Casts Marina Inoue, Inori Minase

Poster visual also unveiled ― The official website for Eiga Doraemon: Nobita to Sora no Utopia (Doraemon the Movie 2023: Nobita's Sky Utopia in English), the 42nd film in the Doraemon franchise, revealed a new poster visual and new cast members for the film on Sunday. Marina Inoue (upper left in image above) joins the cast as Marimba (lower left), an adventurer who seeks out the secret of the utopian...
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The Holy Grail of Eris Novel 2

If you're a fan of historical mysteries and want to see a little something different with a villainess light novel, The Holy Grail of Eris is worth giving a chance. ― Note: you can read our review of the first volume here. You really can't always tell who you can trust, can you? For the late Scarlett Castiel, it was less a question of whether or not they deserved her faith and more about her firm bel...
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Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time Super Extra #9 [rate]
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Asian Kung-Fu Generation, Humbreaders Perform New Themes for Boruto Anime

New themes premiere in January ― The first 2023 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Asian Kung-Fu Generation and Humbreaders will perform the new opening and ending theme songs respectively for the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime. Both new themes will debut in January. KANA-BOON is performing the current opening theme song, and Anonymouz is performing the cur...
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More Than a Married Couple, But Not Lovers #9 [rate]
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Bocchi the Rock! ‒ Episode 9

The idea of playing with a band at a school festival has basically been the big milestone of Bocchi's aspirations of musical socialization, and that would make it just about the perfect place to end this season on.
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Urusei Yatsura ‒ Episode 8

It would be pretty cool if this ends up being a well-disguised two-parter, but Episode 8 does stand well enough on its own even if that doesn't end up happening.
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Raven of the Inner Palace ‒ Episodes 9-10

Someone is dead, and the question is whether or not they realize it.
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To Your Eternity #7 [rate]
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My Hero Academia Season 6 ‒ Episode 123

Deku finally manages to move on his own, but it isn't so he can cling to his power or even attack AFO. Rather, what spurs him to action is the same thing it always was – seeing somebody in danger, and leaping forward to help them.
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Spy×Family ‒ Episodes 21-22

Nightfall couldn't understand that a spy also has to be a human being, and her struggles to reconcile her emotions with her spyhood are basically damning her in her ambitions to replace Yor in Loid's life.
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Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun Season 3 ‒ Episodes 8-9

If you've been wondering what Asmodeus would look like on his evil cycle, you are about to be amply rewarded
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Ranking of Kings Anime's Special Episode Announces April Premiere in Teaser

Key visual also posted for story not seen in previous TV anime ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Sōsuke Tōka's Ranking of Kings (Ōsama Ranking) manga debuted a teaser promotional video and key visual for the Ōsama Ranking: Yūki no Takarabako (Ranking of Kings: Treasure Chest of Courage) special episode on Sunday. The teaser announces the episode's April 2023 premiere. (The wording of th...
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Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World! Anime's 2nd Video Unveils More Cast & Staff, April Debut

Maria Naganawa, Kaori Nazuka, Miyu Tomita, Sayumi Suzushiro, Shizuka Ishigami join cast ― Kadokawa began streaming the second promotional video for the television anime of writer Natsume Akatsuki and illustrator Kurone Mishima's Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World! spinoff novel series on Sunday. The trailer announces more cast and staff members as well as the anime's April 2023 premiere. ...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury #9 [rate]
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Animate Group's C-labo Card Shop Chain Accused of Tax Evasion

Company states it has already filed revised tax return, paid full amount due; former CEO indicted ― The Animate Group's C-labo card shop chain revealed on Thursday that the company and its former representative director Keiichirō Nishiura have been accused of violating corporate tax law. The announcement stated the company has already filed a revised tax return under the guidance of the National Tax ...

Lucky Star Spinoff Manga About Konata 15 Years Later to Launch Next Spring

Kagami Yoshimizu's main manga resumed publication on November 18 ― The third volume of Kadokawa's Mitaina magazine revealed on November 18 that a Lucky Star spinoff manga temporarily titled Konata 31 will debut in the magazine's next issue in spring 2023. The magazine teases the spinoff about Konata will take place 15 years after the main manga. Yoshimizu is credited with the original work, and Haruk...
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Labyrinth of Galleria: The Moon Society's Gameplay Trailer Streamed

Game launches for Switch, PS5, PS4, PC via Steam on February 14 in N. America; February 17 in Europe ― NIS America began streaming a gameplay trailer for its Labyrinth of Galleria: The Moon Society game, a successor to Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk, on Wednesday. The game will launch for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam on February 14 in North America, and on Febr...
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Dyschronia: Chronos Alternate VR Game Project Posts Trailer for 2nd Episode

2nd episode of game launches for Meta Quest 2 on December 8 ― MyDearest, Inc. began streaming a trailer on Thursday for the second episode of it and IzanagiGames' DYSCHRONIA: Chronos Alternate virtual reality game for Meta Quest 2. The second episode of the game will launch on December 8 (December 9 in Japan). The game's first episode debuted on September 22. Episode 3 is scheduled to launch in 2023....
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Tales of Symphonia Remastered RPG's Trailer Highlights Story

Game launches for Switch, PS4, Xbox One on February 17 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a trailer for its remaster of the Tales of Symphonia role-playing game on Wednesday. The trailer highlights the game's story. The game will launch for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on February 17, 2023. The game will also be compatible with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. The Bandai N...

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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts Film's Teaser Trailer Streamed

1st film in trilogy is set to open in June 2023 after delay ― Paramount Pictures began streaming a teaser trailer on Thursday for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, the first film in a planned trilogy for its live-action Transformers franchise. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will open on June 9, 2023, delayed almost one year from its original June 24, 2022 release date. The film will get a release i...
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Live-Action Alice in Borderland 2 Show's Trailer Previews 'Final' Game Venue

Sequel series debuts worldwide on Netflix on December 22 ― Netflix began streaming a new trailer on Saturday for the second season of the live-action series of Haro Aso's Alice in Borderland (Imawa no Kuni no Alice) manga. Netflix also revealed new key art for the show. The second season will debut on Netflix on December 22 worldwide. New cast members include: Yuri Tsunematsu as the high school stude...

The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh Part 1 Anime Film's Clip Features Family Dinner

1st film in 2-part series debuts on Netflix worldwide on December 20 ― Netflix began streaming a subtitled clip on Saturday for the first part of The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh (Nanatsu no Taizai: Ensa no Edinburgh), the all-new two-part anime film project for Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) manga franchise. The clip features Tristan's family talking while having...
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Digimon Ghost Game #54 [rate]
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Northern War Anime's 2nd Video Unveils Opening Song, January 6 Debut

Chisato Akita performs opening; DMM TV streams anime before over-the-air broadcast ― The official website for The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki Northern War, Tatsunoko Pro's television anime of Nihon Falcom's The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (Eiyū Densetsu Sen no Kiseki) game series, debuted the anime's second promotional video on Sunday. The video announces and previews the opening theme...
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Crunchyroll Reveals 7 New Anime Licenses for 2023 Including Legend of Heroes, Handyman Saitō in Another World

Also: Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts, Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari, more ― Crunchyroll revealed at the Anime Frontier event on Saturday that it will stream the following anime in 2023: Handyman Saitou in Another World The Legendary Hero is Dead! Campfire Cooking in Another World with my Absurd Skill Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts The Lege...
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Blue Lock #9 [rate]
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Pop Team Epic S2 #10 [rate]
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Berserk: The Golden Age Arc - Memorial Edition #10 [rate]
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Lost Lad London GN 2

If the threat of racism was simmering beneath the surface of the first volume of Shima Shinya's mystery series Lost Lad London, it's definitely bubbled to the top in the second, as Detective Ellis struggles to keep Al safe. ― It's a terrible truth, but a truth nonetheless: people are often judged by the ignorant based on their race. If that fact was simmering beneath the surface of the first volume o...
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Raven of the Inner Palace #10 [rate]
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#Compass Smartphone Strategy Game Gets New Animation Project

3-vs-3 capture the flag-style battle game already inspired anime shorts in 2018 ― The #Compass Fes 6th event announced on Saturday that NHN PlayArt and Dwango's #Compass—Combat Providence Analysis System (#Compass Sentō Setsuri Kaiseki System) online real-time strategy game is launching an animation project. #Compass is a three-versus-three capture the flag-style battle game. Players form teams of th...
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Beast Tamer #10 [rate]
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I'm the Villainess, So I'm Taming the Final Boss #11 [rate]
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I've Somehow Gotten Stronger When I Improved My Farm-Related Skills #10 [rate]
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A Herbivorous Dragon of 5,000 Years Gets Unfairly Villainized Series' New Japanese Dub Video Unveils More Cast, Opening Song, January 6 Debut

Yoshino Nanjō, Mariko Miyase, Shuka Saitō join Japanese dub cast ― The official Japanese website for the animated adaptation of Kaisei Enomoto's Yowai 5000-nen no Sōshoku Dragon, Iware Naki Jaryū Nintei (A Herbivorous Dragon of 5,000 Years Gets Unfairly Villainized) novel series began streaming the second promotional video for the Japanese-dubbed version on Saturday. The video reveals more dub cast m...
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Rascal Does Not Dream Sequel Anime to Play in Theaters

Tickets for Rascal Does Not Dream of a Sister Venturing Out, Rascal Does Not Dream of a Knapsack Kid offered ― The staff for the new sequel anime project based on Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō light novel series announced on Saturday that the project will play in theaters. The sequel anime project will adapt the eighth and ninth novels in the franchise: Rascal Does Not Dream of a Sister Ventur...
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Sony Music Labels: Singer-Songwriter Kiro Akiyama Does Not Face Prosecution

My Hero Academia anime continues playing Akiyama's 'SKETCH' as ending song ― Sony Music Labels announced on Saturday that singer-songwriter Kiro Akiyama had already been released from custody after his November 23 arrest for alleged battery. The company added that Akiyama's legal counsel reported, and it later confirmed, that Akiyama does not face prosecution in the near future. Sony Music Labels sai...

Trigun Stampede Anime's English-Subtitled Main Trailer Reveals Theme Songs, January 7 Debut

Kvi Baba, Salyu, haruka nakamura perform opening, ending songs ― Toho Animation posted the main trailer for the Trigun Stampede anime on Saturday. The English-subtitled video announces and previews the opening and ending theme songs, and it also announces the anime's January 7 premiere. The rapper and singer-songwriter Kvi Baba performs the opening theme song "TOMBI," and singer Salyu and composer ha...
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Like a Dragon: Ishin! Game's New Trailer Highlights Combat

Game ships for PS5/4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC on February 21 with early access on February 17 ― Sega began streaming a trailer for Like a Dragon: Ishin! (Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin! Kiwami), the new "rebuilt" version of the Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin! PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4 game, on Thursday. The trailer highlights the game's combat. The company also announced that the Digital Deluxe Edition of the game...
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Glacier Bay's Crowdfunding Campaigns for Glaeolia 1 Reprint, Rei Hagiwara's Pandora Manga Reach Goals

Company also reveals Glaeolia will be available in stores in U.S., EU, U.K. ― Glacier Bay Books' crowdfunding campaigns for an English edition of Rei Hagiwara's Pandora manga and for reprints of the first volume of its Glaeolia indie manga anthology series have both reached their goals. THe Pandora campaign has three days left, but the Glaeolia campaign has ended. The company also announced that Glae...
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Comic Market Aims to Move to 120,000 Daily Capacity Next August

Event staff plan to offer tickets for international participants for event later this month ― The official Twitter account for the Comic Market (Comiket) event revealed on Saturday that the Comiket 102 event will be held on August 12-13, 2023. The account also stated the event staff are aiming to raise the attendance capacity of the event to 120,000 people per day, as long as government and local gui...
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Maaya Sakamoto Voices Haruko Akagi in The First Slam Dunk Anime Film

Film opened in Japan on Saturday ― The staff of The First Slam Dunk, the new anime film of Takehiko Inoue's Slam Dunk basketball manga, revealed on Saturday that Maaya Sakamoto voices the character Haruko Akagi in the film. The film stars: Shugo Nakamura as Ryota Miyagi Jun Kasama as Hisashi Mitsui Shin'ichirō Kamio as Kaede Rukawa Subaru Kimura as Hanamichi Sakuragi Kenta Miyake as Takenori Akagi Th...
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Killing Bites Spinoff Manga About Inaba Ends Regular Serialization

Manga spinoff launched in August 2020 ― Hero's Inc.'s Comiple website published the "final" chapter of Kazasa Sumita's Hoshigarisugi Desho!? Inaba-san (Desire Overload, Right Inaba!?) manga on November 25. While the chapter is labeled the "final chapter," the manga's afterword noted that it is only the temporary end of the manga's regular serialization. The manga's third compiled book volume will shi...
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Heaven's Lost Property, Plunderer's Suu Minazuki Starts New Manga in December

Minazuki's slapstick comedy manga to serialize in Monthly Shōnen Ace ― The January 2023 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine announced on November 26 that Suu Minazuki will start a new slapstick comedy manga series titled Yūryō Bukken Mō Dame Sō: Furo, Toilet to Tenshi wa Kyōdō Desu (The Superior Manor is Already Hopeless: Sharing a Toilet and Bathtub with an Angel) in the magazine's Febru...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, November 21-27

Pokémon Scarlet/Violet stays at #1 for 2nd week ― Japan's Game Ranking: November 21-27 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwPokémon Scarlet/Violet Nintendo November 18 577,279 3,114,571 2NSwSplatoon 3 Nintendo September 9 39,322 3,407,477 3NSwMinecraft Nintendo June 21, 2018 11,223 2,866,629 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 11,057 4,917,646 5PS5Horizo...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, November 21-27

Violet Evergarden: The Movie aired with 5.1% rating ― Taichi Ishidate and Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime aired on NTV on Friday, November 25 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 5.1% rating. This week's episode of the new live-action series of Takeshi Natsuhara and Kuromaru's Kurosagi - The Black Swindler manga aired on TBS on Friday, November 25 at 10:00 p.m. and earned a 7.5% rating. Ti...
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