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Fruits Basket Limited Edition Blu-Ray

One of the most beloved shojo anime of all time comes to Blu-ray in this "sweet sixteen" special edition set! Rebecca Silverman looks back on how this heartwarming classic has held up sixteen years later. ― Back when it was first released, Fruits Basket, based on the manga of the same name by Natsuki Takaya, was a sensation. Combining elements of fantasy, slice-of-life, and reverse harem romance come...
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The Mike Toole Show - Lastman, Standing

Mike devours a few episodes of the genre-smashing French action cartoon Lastman and wonders - is this anime? ― Earlier this year I was at the Crunchyroll Expo, where I hosted a bunch of discussion panels and presented a couple of my own. The homogenous look and omnipresent Crunchyroll branding took some getting used to, but it was ultimately an energetic and well-run show, a deft mix of the stuff I l...
review

My Monster Secret GN 6

My Monster Secret’s sixth volume maintains its madcap romcom appeal in spite of some predictably glacial pacing. Nick Creamer has the details. ― At last, it's time for action. As My Monster Secret's sixth volume opens, our hero Asahi reiterates his determination to actually confess to his vampiric classmate Shiragami. Having been spurred into action by the courage of his childhood friend Mikan, he's ...
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The Promised Neverland GN 1

Shonen Jump's rising hit series captivates with a dark tale about a cruel and unusual home for orphans. Rebecca Silverman plunges the depths of this promising new title. ― When Jonathan Swift published his satirical treatise on why the economic crisis in Ireland could be solved by eating children in 1729, it took him until the final lines to clue his readers in on the joke. The Promised Neverland tak...
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ANNCast - Ecchi Sketches

Jacob Grady, FAKKU founder and freshly-minted owner of Kitty Media drops by ANNCast for another round of questions and answers about the business of ero (plus skateboards). ― ANNCast Episode 313 - Ecchi Sketches Jacob Grady, FAKKU founder and freshly-minted owner of Kitty Media drops by ANNCast for another round of questions and answers about the business of ero (plus skateboards). You can listen to...
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Honey So Sweet GN 8

The charming shoujo series ends much as it began - sweet and cute enough to give you cavities. Rebecca Silverman reflects on this heartwarming story's conclusion. ― There isn't much to wrap up in Amu Meguro's tooth-rottingly adorable shoujo romance Honey So Sweet. Nao and Taiga are together. They're happy. They plan to be together for the duration. Short of manufacturing a dreadful disease or a paren...
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Tuesday, December 12

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Terraformars Manga to Resume in April After Co-Creator Recuperates

Story creator Yū Sasuga back in good health after one-year hiatus ― The official Twitter account for Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine announced on Tuesday that Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana plan to resume their Terraformars manga next April. The manga has been in on hiatus since this year's 15th issue on March 9, while story creator Sasuga recuperates from unspecified health issues. The Twitte...
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Live-Action Rainbow Days Film's Teaser Reveals July Opening

Film stars Mahiro Takasugi, Reo Sano, Taishi Nakagawa, Ryūsei Yokohama ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Minami Mizuno's Rainbow Days (Nijiiro Days) manga debuted a teaser and an on-set photo for the film on Tuesday. The video reveals the film's July opening. The film's cast includes, from left to right in the photo above, Mahiro Takasugi as Tsuyoshi Naoe, Reo Sano (of the...
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Laid-Back Camp Anime Premieres on January 4

The official website for the television anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga revealed on Sunday that the anime will premiere on AT-X, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, Tokyo MX, and BS11 on January 4. The "slow outdoor manga" follows two young women. Rin likes to go camping by herself along the lakes that provide a scenic view of Mt. Fuji. Nadeshiko loves to take cycling trips by herself ...
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Occultic;Nine Game Being Ported With 'True Ending' to New Platform

New story elements hint at being tied back to Science Adventure games ― Author and MAGES. president Chiyomaru Shikura revealed on Sunday that a port of 5pb.'s visual novel game of Shikura's Occultic;Nine novel is in development for a new platform. The new port will contain new foreshadowing, and a "true ending" that portrays what happens after the main story. Those who have purchased the game will re...
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Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory Game Previewed in 8-Minute Video

PS4/Vita game ships in Japan on Thursday, in the West on January 19 ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game began streaming an eight-minute promotional video for the game on Tuesday. The video previews the game's story and gameplay. The game will ship in Japan on Thursday. In addition to the standard e...
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Shinkai's 'your name.' Nominated for San Francisco Film Critics Awards

Pixar's Coco won for Best Animated Feature ― The San Francisco Film Critics Circle announced the winners for its 2017 awards on Sunday. Pixar's Coco won the Best Animated Feature award, but Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film was nominated for the award. The film centers on Taki, a high school boy living in Tokyo who works part-time at a restaurant, and Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a town...

Monday, December 11

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Kamen Rider Film Tops Box Office, 1st Girls & Panzer Finale Film Opens at #4

Live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film drops to #5 in 2nd week ― The Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL Build & Ex-Aid with Legend Rider crossover film opened on Saturday in 330 theaters. It sold 303,100 tickets to earn 359 million yen (about US$3.16 million) and rank #1 at the Japanese box office. The film sold 32.6 more tickets and earned 30.1% more on the first week compared to last year's film, K...
ep. review

Himōto! Umaru-chan R ‒ Episode 10

"Most of this week's episode felt like the show was spinning its wheels, but it still takes just enough time to remind its audience that 90% of this show's cast are lovable dorks who you can't help but root for."
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Kamen Rider Amazons Series Gets Film in Spring 2018

Web series' 1st season debuted in April 2016, 2nd season in April 2017 ― The Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL Build & Ex-Aid with Legend Rider film opened in Japan on Saturday, and the film's end credits revealed that the Kamen Rider Amazons web series will get a sequel film tentatively titled Kamen Rider Amazons - Kanketsuhen (Final Chapter) in spring 2018. Returning cast members from season one...
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A Sister's All You Need ‒ Episode 10

"If this episode was going to eschew the show's stronger elements in favor of teasing plot points, it should have at least made them worth teasing."
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Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond ‒ Episode 10

"I've been waiting for K.K's dedicated showcase for a long time, and I'm happy to say that it more than lives up to expectations."
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Mitsuboshi Colors TV Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website for the television anime of Katsuwo's Mitsuboshi Colors manga updated with information on the series' home video releases on Monday. The series is listed with a total of four Blu-ray Disc/DVD releases, each with three episodes, for a total of 12 episodes. The anime will premiere on January 7. The show will air on AT-X at 10:30 p.m. before airing later on BS11, Tokyo MX, Sun TV...
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Nanachi Reunites With Mitty for Made in Abyss Figure

Keep your tissues at the ready because this new figure from Good Smile Company and FREEing is a real tearjerker. Measuring at 1/8-scale, the figure depicts Nanachi embracing her friend closely on a grassy field.The field itself is actually a soft, plush material. The pose is based on an original image from the manga's third volume. The figure costs 10,926 yen (US$96) and is expected to ship in Ju...
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Anime-Gataris ‒ Episode 10

"It's safe to say that Anime-Gataris has officially gone off the rails."
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Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Game Adds Sakura, Blanka, Cody, G, Falke, Sagat

Also: Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection game available in May 2018 ― Capcom revealed the opening cinematic for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, its update for the Street Fighter V fighting game, during the Capcom Cup tournament at the PlayStation Experience event on Sunday. The video reveals that the new characters Sakura, Blanka, Cody, G, Falke, and Sagat will join the game as playable cha...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 339

"As usual, Gintama manages to up the ante in the humor department and leave audiences wondering, “What the heck did I just watch?”"
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Live-Action Gintama Film to Screen in U.S., Canada in January

Azoland Pictures to distribute film with Well Go USA ― Film distribution company Azoland Pictures announced on Monday that it will release the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga in theaters in the United States and Canada starting on January 19, 2018. Azoland Pictures is partnering with Well Go USA, the company that is releasing the film on home video in North America. The DVD, Blu-r...
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Love Live! School Idol Fes Announces Its 5th Anniversary Campaign Girls

The official website for the Love Live! School Idol Festival fifth anniversary general election announced the winners on Monday. The idols from the original μ's, Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Aqours, and the recently introduced Nijigasaki Academy's Idol Appreciation Club battled it out among each other to grab one of three #1 slots. The three winners will serve as the game's campaign girls for the anniv...
ep. review

One Piece ‒ Episode 817

"The core of this episode is a great hook that suffers from the usual pacing problems pushed to their extreme, as well as art that sporadically drops in quality."
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1st Eureka Seven Hi Evolution Film's U.S. Theatrical Release Dated for February

Screenings will be in Japanese with Subtitles, English ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Monday that it will release the first Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution film in United States theaters on February 5 and 7. There will be screenings in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub. The first film in the trilogy opened on 107 screens in Japan on September 16, after making its worldwide...
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My Hero Academia Creator Draws Poster for The Last Jedi

Manga artist Kōhei Horikoshi is taking a break from super-powered teens to draw the characters from this winter's most highly anticipated film. The My Hero Academia creator drew Rey, Finn, Luke Skywalker, and Kylo Ren in a promotional image for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Horikoshi is a self-proclaimed Star Wars fan. He said he is honored to be involved in any way with his favorite series. He also s...
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 31

"Although March's narrative may wander this way and that, its overarching trajectory reflects the confidence of a master storyteller."
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Shinkalion Anime Casts Tomokazu Sugita, Sora Amamiya, Hikaru Midorikawa

Saitama's Railway Museum to host advance screenings December 24-25 ― The official website for Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion the Animation, the television anime adaptation of Takara Tomy's Shinkalion toy line, announced three additional cast members on Monday: Tomokazu Sugita as Hokuto Hayasugi, Hayato's father and a staff member at The Railway Museum Sora Amamiya as Futaba Mihara, a newbie operat...
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Transform Yourself With Super Mario Odyssey Cappy Papercraft

Nintendo is providing all the instructions you need to make your own Cappy. While this paper version can't take out hordes of Goomba or let you possess a T-Rex, it'll look awful cute on your desk. The instructions are in Japanese, but Siliconera has translated them for English-speaking crafters. Above is the image needed for the pieces, but head over to Alistair Wong's article to get the low-down ...
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Land of the Lustrous ‒ Episode 10

"Another episode of beauty in motion, made unstable by a frightening new enemy."
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Sega Games, Uta no Prince-sama Designer to Unveil New Idol Raising Project

Reveal event scheduled for February 14 ― Sega Games opened a teaser website and Twitter account for a new "idol raising" project aimed at female players on Saturday. The company will reveal more information at an event at Roppongi Nicofarre in Tokyo on February 14. The staff includes: Producer: Hideki Irie Director: Akiko Akata Script: Takashi Mizuno Sound Director: Keiichi Nozaki (Magical Warfare) C...
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Spot the Gundam Cameo in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One Trailer

The latest full-length trailer for Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One sci-fi film is hiding all kinds of Easter Eggs for the sharp-eyed fans. The newest footage hides Overwatch's Tracer, Street Fighter's Chun-Li and the original RX-78-2 Gundam. (What Tracer is doing in a giant nostalgia piece on the 1980s' pop culture is anyone's guess.) There are of course, even more references lurking around th...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 119

"This week, we finally come down from our action-packed adrenaline high and get back to basics."

Super Robot War X Game Announced, English-Subtitled Release Planned for Asia

PS4/Vita game slated for next spring ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Monday that it will release a new game in the Super Robot Wars franchise titled Super Robot Taisen X (Super Robot Wars X). The game is slated for release on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on March 29, 2018. The game will also ship in Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia)...
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The Ancient Magus' Bride ‒ Episode 10

"The time is right to go back to the past and answer at least some of the questions teased about Elias' nature and backstory."
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Answerman - Why Are Anime Voices Recorded After Animation Is Done?

We frequently hear about how in Western animation, performances are often taped before animation really starts - but the opposite is apparently true in Japan. Justin gets into it. ― James asked: Some time ago, you stated that one of the major differences between western animation and Japanese animation is that, in western animation, all dialogue is recorded first, and then the animation is done to m...
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BLEND-S ‒ Episode 10

"This episode has a “back to basics” vibe, as the show puts most of its energy into making a simple premise work well."
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One Piece: World Seeker Game Ships for PS4, Xbox One, PC in West in 2018

"Dramatic free world action adventure" game features Luffy as playable character ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe announced on Monday that the One Piece: World Seeker game will ship for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in the Americas and Europe in 2018. The publisher also released key art and screenshots for the game. IMG screenshot_ufo01_1512984266...
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Detective Conan Manga Goes on Hiatus for Creator's Medical Treatment

Gosho Aoyama plans to "recharge" with extended break ― The third and fourth combined 2018 issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday that the Detective Conan manga is going on an extended hiatus beginning in the next issue so that creator Gosho Aoyama can receive medical treatment and "recharge." The issue is publishing a handwritten message from Aoyama for the anno...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! ‒ Episode 23

"This episode hit all the right notes, and it may have been one of the series' best to date."
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Fruits Basket Limited Edition Blu-Ray

One of the most beloved shojo anime of all time comes to Blu-ray in this "sweet sixteen" special edition set! Rebecca Silverman looks back on how this heartwarming classic has held up sixteen years later. ― Back when it was first released, Fruits Basket, based on the manga of the same name by Natsuki Takaya, was a sensation. Combining elements of fantasy, slice-of-life, and reverse harem romance come...
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Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth- ‒ Episode 10

"The endgame is well underway now, but Cardia isn't the wilting blossom she was when the series began."

Digimon Adventure tri. 6th Anime Film's Teaser Video Streamed

Digimon Adventure tri. Bokura no Mirai opens on May 5 ― The official website for the Digimon Adventure tri. anime film project began streaming a teaser video on Monday for Digimon Adventure tri. Bokura no Mirai (Our Future), the sixth and final film in the project. (Note: The official video linked above is region-locked to Japan.) The film will open in Japan on May 5 and screen for three weeks. As wi...
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Violet Evergarden's 4th Promo Video Previews Aira Yuki Song

Anime series premieres on January 10 ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden anime began streaming the fourth promotional video for the series on Monday. The video features the image song "Violet Snow" performed by Aira Yuki. The song debuted in May 2016 in the anime's first commercial, which featured English subtitles for the song. The website also revealed the anime's third k...
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Fate/Grand Order VR feat. Mash Kyrielight Game's 3rd Video Teases Artoria Story

PlayStation VR project launched on December 6 ― Type-Moon began streaming the third promotional video for its Fate/Grand Order VR feat. Mash Kyrielight PlayStation VR game on Saturday. The video introduces another story provided by the project in the form of an "Artoria Pendragon VR Drama." The "Fate VR drama" project allows players to enter the world of Fate/Grand Order and meet with the Servant Mas...
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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Season 2's Ad Features Saiki's Narration

Anime premieres January 16 ― The official website for the television anime of Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. manga began streaming a commercial for the second season on Monday. The video features narration by Saiki. (Note: The video in the link above is region-locked to Japan.) The anime will premiere late at night on January 16 at 25:35 (effectively January 17 at 1:35 a.m.) on TV Toky...
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Amazon to Stream Killing Bites Anime's Director's Cut Worldwide

The official Twitter account for the television anime of illustrator Kazasa Sumita (Witchblade Takeru) and storywriter Shinya Murata's (Jackals) Killing Bites manga revealed last Friday that Amazon Prime Video will stream the anime worldwide, and it will exclusively stream the anime's unaired "director's cut." The post did not indicate what would be included in the director's cut. The anime will p...
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Live-Action Princess Jellyfish Show Casts Asuka Kudō as Shū Koibuchi

Kudō plays male lead Kuranosuke's brother in January show ― The official website for the live-action television series based on Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish manga announced on Monday that Asuka Kudō is playing the character Shū Koibuchi. Shū is Kuranosuke's brother with a past trauma regarding women, and an assistant to their politician father. Kyōko Yoshine plays protagonist Tsukimi Kurash...
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Shonen Jump Magazine Inspires Live-Action Drama in January

Oh My Jump! follows salesman who encounters adult Shonen Jump fans ― TV Tokyo and Shueisha announced on Monday that the two are collaborating on a new live-action series centering around Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine titled Oh My Jump! ~Shonen Jump Shikyū o Sukuu~ (Oh My Jump! ~Shonen Jump Saves the World~). The series will premiere on January 12 at 24:12 (effectively 12:12 a.m. on January 1...
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New Digimon Story Game in Development for PS4

Kazumasa Habu, the producer of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory game, revealed in an interview with game news website 4Gamer on Saturday that a new game in the Digimon Story series is in development for the PlayStation 4. He noted that favorable impressions of Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth outside Japan prompted the developers to make the new game with a worldw...

Sunday, December 10

Attack on Titan's Wit Studio Animates 2018 Pokémon Film With OLM

July film's teaser shows new character from director Tetsuo Yajima, deisgner Shizue Kaneko ― The official website for the Pokémon anime films began streaming a teaser trailer for the franchise's 2018 film on Monday. The teaser shows a new character, the film's July 13 opening, and the text "Everyone's story begins." The teaser credits Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) with a...
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It's MY LIFE Fantasy Manga Launches Crowdfunding for Anime in January

Creators in Pack to produce anime about retired knight living with young witch ― Shogakukan opened a teaser website and Twitter account on Saturday that revealed that it will launch a crowdfunding campaign for an anime adaptation of Imomushi Narita's It's MY LIFE fantasy manga at the Makuake website in January. The site also reveals that the studio Creators in Pack (Love is Like a Cocktail, Kiitaro's...
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Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden Anime Premieres January 10

The official website for Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden anime series revealed on Saturday that the series will premiere on Tokyo MX1 at 00:00 on January 10 (effectively midnight on January 11), followed by ABC Asahi and TV Aichi on January 10, BS11 on January 11, and HTB Hokkaido TV on January 13. Netflix will stream the anime series worldwide. The company will stream the series inside Japan ...
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Wish Your Loved Ones 'Happy New Year' with Detective Conan

The Detective Conan franchise is having a hell of a year. There's a new movie in production, he's the star of several upcoming Universal Studios Japan attractions, and he's traveling through time. It's no wonder creator Gosho Aoyama gets practically no sleep. Fans have a lot to look forward to and they can share that enthusiasm with six newly released Detective Conan New Year's cards. The website ...
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Rozen Maiden's Peach-Pit Draws Trailer for Kamijo x Hatsune Miku Project

Manga artist duo Peach-Pit (Rozen Maiden, Shugo Chara!, Zombie-Loan, DearS) drew illustrations that appear in a trailer for a new collaboration between visual kei singer Kamijo and Vocaloid idol Hatsune Miku. Kamijo is a former member of Lareine and a current member of the Versailles band. He began streaming the trailer on his official Twitter account on Thursday. 2018年、新プロジェクト「KAMIJO & 初音ミク」トレーラー...
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Isobe Isobee Monogatari Manga Gets 1-Shot in January

The 2018 second and third combined issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Ryō Nakama's Isobe Isobee Monogatari ~Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo~ manga will get a one-shot side story titled "Sessha wa Salaryman" (I Am a Salaryman) on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website on January 4. Shueisha is publishing the one-shot as part of a "one-shot festival," where Shueisha will publish 19 ...
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Pixiv Will Hold Character Design Contest for Ikebukuro Promotional Anime

Animate and the Toshima ward of Tokyo held a joint press conference on Friday to announce that an "Ikebukuro PR Anime" is in the works. Toshima mayor Yukio Takano was at the press conference and explained that organizers hope the project spreads the "Cool Ikebukuro" image as a place for anime pilgrimages prior to the Olympic Games in 2020. The promotional anime will be about three minutes long and...

Boruto Anime Adapts Side-Story Manga Chapter About Mitsuki on December 27

"The Path Lit by the Full Moon" chapter debuted in Japanese, English in April 2016 ― The 2018 combined second and third issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime will adapt the Naruto manga side story chapter "Michita Tsuki ga Terasu Michi" ("Naruto: The Path Lit by the Full Moon"), which shows the past of the character Mitsuki. ...
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Butt Detective Shakes His Booty in New Dance Video

The official website for the Oshiri Tantei (Butt Detective) web anime project began streaming a "Puputto Fumutto Kaiketsu Dance" ("A Wind-Breaking Victory Dance") video on Friday. The video features English, traditional Chinese, and Korean subtitles. In the video, the project's titlular character and his dog assistant Brown perform a triumphant dance. TEMPURA KIDZ, a Harajuku-style dance and vocal...
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The Mike Toole Show - Lastman, Standing

Mike devours a few episodes of the genre-smashing French action cartoon Lastman and wonders - is this anime? ― Earlier this year I was at the Crunchyroll Expo, where I hosted a bunch of discussion panels and presented a couple of my own. The homogenous look and omnipresent Crunchyroll branding took some getting used to, but it was ultimately an energetic and well-run show, a deft mix of the stuff I l...
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Book Compiles Osamu Tezuka's Shakespeare-Inspired Manga

Many manga and anime fans know Osamu Tezuka was a prolific creator who became known as "The God of Manga." However, most people don't know that a few of his works included manga based on William Shakespeare's works. Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha, Ltd. is celebrating those manga, and the publisher released them in a compiled book on Friday. The Tezuka Osamu Shakespeare Mangakan (Osamu Tezuka's Shakespeare ...
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Sword Art Online Novels Enter 'Unital Ring' Arc

The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko imprint noted that Volume 59 of the Dengeki Bunko magazine (cover pictured at right) published the prologue chapter for the new "Unital Ring" arc of Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online light novel series on Saturday. Kawahara himself noted on Twitter that the new arc's title uses a mathematical term in the same vein as the earlier Ordinal Scal...
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Gintama Anime Enters 'Silver Soul' Arc on January 7

The 2018 combined second and third issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the Gintama television anime series will enter the manga's "Gin no Tamashii" (Silver Soul) arc on January 7. The arc is the manga's final arc that began in July 2016. The new arc will air in the same late-night timeslots as the current arc on TV Tokyo and its affiliates. The new arc will also...

Prison School Manga Ends on December 25

Akira Hiramoto's manga launched in 2011, inspired TV anime, live-action series ― The 2018 combined second and third issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine revealed on Monday that Akira Hiramoto's Prison School manga will end in the next issue on December 25. North American publisher Yen Press publishes Hiramoto's main Prison School manga for North America, and it describes the series: Hachimitsu Private ...
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One Piece 'Dawn' Project Revealed as One Piece: World Seeker PS4 Game Launching in 2018

"Dramatic free world action adventure" game features Luffy as playable character ― The 2018 combined second and third issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the official title for the previously revealed One Piece "Code Name Dawn" video game is One Piece: World Seeker. The "dramatic free world action adventure" game will ship for the PlayStation 4 in 2018. The game wi...
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Kino's Journey - the Beautiful World- ‒ Episode 10

"This episode's climactic scene is a great encapsulation of the thematic and emotional complexity that I originally expected from Kino's Journey 2017 going in."
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My Monster Secret GN 6

My Monster Secret’s sixth volume maintains its madcap romcom appeal in spite of some predictably glacial pacing. Nick Creamer has the details. ― At last, it's time for action. As My Monster Secret's sixth volume opens, our hero Asahi reiterates his determination to actually confess to his vampiric classmate Shiragami. Having been spurred into action by the courage of his childhood friend Mikan, he's ...

My Hero Academia Gets Anime Film With Original Story in Summer 2018

Movie will show previously unrevealed past of certain character ― The 2018 combined second and third issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga is inspiring an anime film that will premiere in summer 2018. The film will feature an original story. The issue listed film's title as My Hero Academia The Movie. The Jump Festa 2018 event...
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Pretty Rhythm Shōjo Idol Franchise Launches Pretty All Friends Project

More details about latest in game/anime franchise in late January ― The official Twitter account for the PriPara anime franchise announced on Sunday that a new project in the franchise's magical girl skating predecessor, Pretty Rhythm, is launching under the title Pretty All Friends. The first part of the project is a newly drawn visual which debuted on the same day. The project will unveil more deta...
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Haruhi Suzumiya Light Novel Series Has 20 Million Copies in Print Worldwide

Kadokawa's Sneaker Bunko imprint is listing that Nagaru Tanigawa and Noizi Ito's Haruhi Suzumiya light novel franchise has more than 20 million copies in print worldwide. Kadokawa had announced in June 2014 that the light novel franchise had 18 million copies in print worldwide. Tanigawa and Ito published 11 novels for the series between 2003-2011. The Little, Brown Books for Young Readers imprint...
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Super Mario Run Tops Apple's List of Free iPhone Games in 2017

Game launched with free, paid versions in December 2016 ― Apple released its 2017 charts for the most popular apps, music, movies, TV shows, books, and podcasts on Thursday. Nintendo's Super Mario Run game topped Apple's list of free iPhone games in 2017. The game didn't rank on Apple's list of paid iPhone games. The game launched for iOS devices in December 2016 and for Android devices in March. A o...

Right Stuf: Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress Anime Film Goes Out of Print

NISA released film on BD in May 2014 ― North American retailer Right Stuf revealed on Friday that NIS America's release of the Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress anime film is going out of print soon. NISA had released the film on Blu-ray Disc in May 2014. The film is an adaptation of Kazuki Sakuraba's Fuse Gansaku: Satomi Hakkenden novel. In Kyokutei Bakin's classic Japanese epic novel Nansō Satomi Hakkend...
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Sengoku Night Blood Franchise Gets Stage Play Featuring Anime Cast

Ikkei Yamamoto, Yoshihiko Aramaki star in play debuting next August ― Marvelous, Kadokawa, and Otomate opened a website on Friday to announce that their Sengoku Night Blood smartphone game is getting a stage play adaptation. The play will debut in August 2018. The stage play stars: Ikkei Yamamoto as Maeda Toshiie Yoshihiko Aramaki as Uesugi Kagekatsu Both actors are reprising the roles from the game ...
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Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

4th anime season premieres on January 8 ― The official website for Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line, the Yowamushi Pedal anime series' fourth season, began streaming the show's second promotional video on Sunday. The video previews rock band Rhythmic Toy World's opening theme song "Boku no Koe" (My Voice). The video also reveals the show's January 8 premiere date. The series will air on TV Tokyo and TV Osa...

Saturday, December 9

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Slow Start Anime's TV Ad Reveals January 6 Premiere

Sangatsu no Phantasia performs ending theme for slice-of-life series ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yuiko Tokumi's Slow Start manga began streaming a new 15-second and 30-second commercial on Saturday. (Note: The videos on the website are region-locked to Japan.) The ads reveal the show's January 6 premiere. The anime will air on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and BS11...
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Shadow of the Colossus PS4 Game Remake's Comparison Video Streamed

Physical special edition also revealed for game launching on ― Sony began streaming more videos on Saturday previewing the PlayStation 4 remake of the Shadow of the Colossus video game. The videos feature a comparison of the PS2, PS3, and PS4 versions of the game, and also preview the game running at 60 fps. Sony and PlayStation Underground also streamed a 14-minute gameplay video on Saturday. The re...

Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

Anly performs ending theme for series premiering on January 6 ― The official website for the Seven Deadly Sins anime franchise began streaming the second promotional video on Sunday for the new season, The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments (Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu). (Note: The above linked video is region-locked to Japan.) The video previews FLOW and GRANRODEO's collabora...
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Code Geass Gets 2 New Manga on Comic Newtype Site

Comedy spinoff launches on December 22, 2nd manga by Tomofumi Ogasawara launches in 2018 ― The January 2018 issue of Kadokawa's Newtype magazine revealed on Saturday that the Code Geass franchise will get two more new manga. The first manga is titled Katei Kyōshi no Lelouch-san (Lelouch the Home Tutor) by Urushidama, a comedy spinoff manga that casts Lelouch as a home tutor of C.C. The manga will lau...
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Market Research Reveals Idol, Vocaloid, Doujinshi Market Growth in 2016

Cosplay, adult game/videos, romance games, boys love market saw reductions ― Yano Research Institute released its report on the otaku marketplace for 2017 on Tuesday. The report indicated that the idol market, doujinshi, plastic model, pro wrestling, Vocaloid, and toy gun/airsoft market all grew from 2015 to 2016, and Yano Research projected all markets for growth in 2017. The idol market grew 20.6% ...
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Rozen Maiden Gothic Frills Inspire New Lingerie

The gothic lolita anime and manga franchise Rozen Maiden is the latest inspiration for new lingerie by SuperGroupies. The Peach Pit series is inspiring both Shinku and Suigintō lingerie sets. The Shinku set, like her namesake, is mostly crimson. Suigintō's set is black like her own outfit. Each lingerie set retails for 9,800 yen (US$87). Pre-orders are open until December 17 and orders are expecte...
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Those Who Hunt Elves 2 Manga Listed as Ending With 10th Volume

Manga reuniting main characters launched in 2013 ― Online retailers Amazon and Honya Club are listing the 10th compiled volume of Yu Yagami's Those Who Hunt Elves Two (Elf o Karu Mono-tachi 2) manga as the final volume. The book will ship on January 11. The story, which is not the same as that of the similarly named anime Those Who Hunt Elves 2, reunites elf Celsia Marie Claire with three travelers f...
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Animonozukuri Awards Will Return for 2nd Year

The Animonozukuri Awards, a newly minted event that honors strategically crafted business partnerships between otaku culture and merchandising, will return for a second year in May 2018. Last year's awards saw over 120 entries across multiple categories including animated commercials, campaigns featuring anime characters, and new original merchandise. Last year's winners included Suntory's campaig...
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Detective Conan Project Lets Fans Experience Crime Scene Investigation

A new Detective Conan project will let fans solve cases alongside their favorite manga and anime characters. The "Meitantei Conan Kagaku Sōsa-ten ~Shinjitsu e no Abduction~" (Detective Conan Scientific Crime Investigation: Abduction Toward the Truth) exhibition will run at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo from April 18 to July 8. The immersive experience will have th...
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GARO -Vanishing Line- ‒ Episode 10

"I'm shocked to report that not only is Luke's first solo outing good, it's one of GARO's best episodes yet."
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Yasuhiro Irie Aims to Launch New 'Halloween Pajama' Kickstarter in March for 90-Second Opening Video

Irie also plans 5-volume manga release for Kindle by end of year ― Anime director Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Scorching Ping Pong Girls, Code:Breaker) announced on the "Halloween Pajama in Seattle" Kickstarter campaign page on Friday that he plans to launch a new campaign in March for a 90-second opening sequence for the anime project. The goal for the new project would be 2 mill...
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Erwin Tops 3rd Attack on Titan Character Popularity Poll

The January 2018 issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine revealed the results of its third Attack on Titan character popularity poll on Saturday. The poll received a total of 6,624 votes. Levi received nearly double the number of votes as Erwin in the magazine's second popularity poll for the manga, which published its results in 2015. However, Erwin beat Levi by a large margin in this year's...
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Yuki Yuna is a Hero Season 2 ‒ Episode 10

"If last episode was one of the action highlights of this second season, then this episode represents one of its dramatic highlights."
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Dies Irae ‒ Episode 9

"Giant fighting skeletons are one of the very few points of enthusiasm that this series can offer at the moment."
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Kirara Fantasia Smartphone Game Launches Next Week (Updated)

The official website for Houbunsha's Kirara Fantasia smartphone game announced on Friday that the game will launch in Japan next week. The official Twitter account additionally stated on Saturday that the game will launch "approximately" on December 11. The "Manga Time Kirara meets Fantasy RPG" all-star game will feature characters from manga that run in the various Manga Time Kirara manga magazin...
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Series Finale: Recovery of an MMO Junkie ‒ Episode 10

This massively multiplayer online romance comes to a heartwarming conclusion, but there's still room for a bonus episode next week!
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Girls' Last Tour ‒ Episode 10

"As we approach the show's conclusion, our heroines have made a significant gain, but that also makes me suspicious of some impending loss on the horizon…"
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The Promised Neverland GN 1

Shonen Jump's rising hit series captivates with a dark tale about a cruel and unusual home for orphans. Rebecca Silverman plunges the depths of this promising new title. ― When Jonathan Swift published his satirical treatise on why the economic crisis in Ireland could be solved by eating children in 1729, it took him until the final lines to clue his readers in on the joke. The Promised Neverland tak...
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1st Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel Anime Film Gets 4D Screenings in Japan

The official website for Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower, the first film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy, revealed on Friday that 74 theaters in Japan will host 4DX and MX4D screenings of the film starting on February 3. The film's regular screenings in Japan will expand to 30 theaters beginning on December 16. Screenings will also extend to January. The f...
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Nekopara OVA Gets Theatrical Screenings in Japan on January 1

NEKO WORKs' official Twitter account announced on Friday that it will screen the NEKOPARA OVA three times at the Akihabara UDX Theater in Tokyo on January 1. The Comic Market (Comket) 93 catalog will reveal more information about the screening soon. NEKO WORKs announced on November 20 that the OVA was finished. The Kickstarter campaign for the OVA revealed on Monday that the physical goods for bac...
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Fate/Grand Order Gets 2 New Year's Eve Anime Shorts

Fate/school life 4-panel manga, Kinoko Nasu inspire shorts in TV special ― The "Fate/Grand Order Guest Talk Stage in Akihabara Festival 2017" event announced on Saturday that the Fate/Grand Order role-playing game app franchise will air two new anime shorts at the end of the year. They will air as part of the Fate Project Ōmisoka TV Special (Fate Project New Year's Eve TV Special) on December 31 from...
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Yo-kai Watch Shadowside Anime Film's New Trailer Previews Gegege no Kitarō Characters

4th film in franchise opens in Japan on December 16 ― The official website for Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu (Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: The Return of the Oni King), the fourth film in the Yo-kai Watch franchise, began streaming the film's new trailer on Friday. The end of the video previews the movie's Gegege no Kitaro characters. The franchise's official YouTube channel also streamed thr...
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Voice Actor Toru Ohkawa Goes on Hiatus to Treat Illness

Voice of Fullmetal Alchemist's Roy, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure's narrator, Killing Bites' Ichinosuke Okajima ― Takako Hasegawa, president of the talent agency Mausu Promotion, announced on Saturday that voice actor Toru Ohkawa is going on hiatus due to treatment for an unspecified illness. The agency will post again when it can announce the timeframe of Ohkawa's return to work. Ohkawa's many credits in...
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Mitsuboshi Colors Anime's Promo Video Reveals 5 More Cast Members

Hisako Tōjō, Kaori Nazuka, more join cast for series premiering on January 7 ― The official website for the television anime of Katsuwo's Mitsuboshi Colors manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Saturday. The official website also revealed new cast members: Atsushi Tamaru as Saitō Tesshō Genda as Old Man Kaori Nazuka as Sacchan's Mother Ayaka Asai as Nonoka Hisako Tōjō as Momoka T...
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Gundam Build Fighters Site Teases News With Promo Video

The official website for the Gundam Build Fighters franchise began streaming a new video on Thursday to tease a new project for the franchise. The video is region-locked to Japan, and it teases more news on February 2. Amazon Prime Video in Japan began streaming the fifth episode of the Gundam Build Fighters: Battlogue anime on Friday. The Gundam.info portal site also began streaming the episode w...
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Soul Calibur VI Game's PSX Trailer Previews Gameplay

Game arrives on PS4, Xbox One, PC in 2018 ― Sony showed a new trailer for Bandai Namco Entertainment's recently revealed Soul Calibur VI game during the PlayStation Experience 2017 event's opening celebrations livestream on Friday. The video features gameplay for a battle between Mitsurugi and Sophitia. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in 2018 in Japan and North Am...
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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Fighting Game's PSX Trailer Streamed

Crossover game launches in Japan, N. America in 2018 ― Sony began streaming a new trailer for Arc System Works' BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle crossover fighting game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC at the PlayStation Experience 2017 (PSX) opening celebrations event on Friday. BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is a crossover between Arc System Works' BlazBlue and Persona 4 Arena fighting games, French ...
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Monster Hunter: World Game's PSX Trailer Reveals Mega Man Collaboration

English PS4 beta for PS+ launches on Saturday, game launches on January 26 ― Sony streamed a new trailer for Capcom's Monster Hunter: World game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC at its PlayStation Experience 2017 (PSX) opening celebration event on Friday, which highlights some of the game's story. The end of the video reveals a collaboration with the Mega Man franchise. Japanese Version The ga...

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The Last Guardian Game Gets Free VR Demo for PSVR on December 12

Fumito Ueda's original PS4 game launched in December 2016 ― Sony revealed at the opening celebrations livestream for the PlayStation Experience 2017 event on Friday that Fumito Ueda's The Last Guardian video game is getting a VR demo for the PlayStation VR for free on December 12. In the demo, players will solve puzzles and interact with the beast character Trico. The PlayStation Experience event is ...
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Mitsuboshi Colors Anime Premieres on January 7

The official Twitter account for the television anime of Katsuwo's Mitsuboshi Colors manga revealed on Saturday that the anime will premiere on January 7. The show will air on AT-X at 10:30 p.m. before airing later on BS11, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, and KBS Kyoto. The show will also stream on AbemaTV in Japan, as well as other streaming services. The manga takes place in a certain corner of a certain park...
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Fire Emblem Heroes Wins Japan's Google Play Best of 2017

Google Play announced its winners for the Best of 2017 Japan division on Monday, hailing Fire Emblem Heroes as the best mobile game of the year. 『ファイアーエムブレム ヒーローズ』がGoogle Play ベスト オブ 2017「2017年ベストゲーム」に選ばれました。これもひとえに、日ごろから応援してくださっているみなさんのおかげです!本当にありがとうございます。これからもよろしくお願いいたします♪#FEヒーローズhttps://t.co/QPd5JM23p1 pic.twitter.com/34B21KJ0z0— ファイアーエムブレム ヒーローズ (@FE_Heroes_JP) December 5, 2017 In the game, pl...
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My Hero Academia Manga Tops U.S. Monthly Bookscan November List

Akira, Tokyo Ghoul:re, The Legend of Zelda, Black Butler also rank ― The tenth volume of Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga ranked at #1 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 list for November. The series' ninth volume previously ranked #1 on the BookScan list in August. This month's list featured six manga volumes including: #5 — Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set #9 — Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghou...
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A Certain Magical Virtual-On Promo Video Previews Characters, Gameplay

Game ships in Japan February 15 ― Sega began streaming a new promotional video for its A Certain Magical Virtual-On )To Aru Majutsu no Virtual-On) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Friday. The video introduces the game's cast of characters and gameplay demo featuring Touma's virtuaroid, "Temjin." Like previous promotional videos, the new video previews the theme song "Get Ready!" by Yuka Igu...
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Ace Combat Infinity PS3 Game Ends Service on March 31

1st free-to-play Ace Combat game launched in 2014 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Friday that its Ace Combat Infinity PlayStation 3 game will end service on March 31. Item sales will cease on January 9 and free items, product codes, and new game downloads will stop on March 1. Items will still be usable until the last day of service. The company began streaming a memorial trailer: English V...
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App Users Rank Best Anime, Manga, Video Games, Characters of 2017

The Japanese anime, manga, and game goods app otamart asked fans in November to weigh in on the best this year had to offer. A survey ran down the app users' favorite anime, manga, light novels, video games, characters, voice actors, idols, and character goods. Which series and games stuck with fans the whole year through? Take a look below for the results. This year's biggest hits in anime, manga...
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Pop Team Epic Chapter Delayed Due to Author's 'Illness'

The official Twitter account for the Manga Life Win website's editorial department announced on Friday that the latest chapter of Bkub Ōkawa's Pop Team Epic has been delayed from December 10 to December 13 due to the author's "sudden illness." However, the post referred to the illness in parentheses as "Hawaii." Ōkawa launched the manga on the Manga Life Win website in 2014, and ended it in 2015. ...
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Bungo Stray Dogs Characters Get Babied for New Merch

It looks like the staff of the Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple film are anticipating the January premiere of Gakuen Babysitters, or at least that's the impression with this latest round of merchandise. The cast of literary greats are getting very little for the "Neo Gate" series. "Neo Gate" is known for transforming characters into baby versions of themselves. The company did just that for button pi...
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Onsen Musume Project Holds Women-Only Event

The Onsen Musume multimedia project has so far targeted a mostly male crowd. The animated music videos and over 36 hot spring-inspired, singing girls started as a crowdfund campaign earlier this year. It reached its goal in 10 days and ultimately raised 7,110,540 yen (about US$64,000), enough to fund production of a drama CD with the main cast. The project then added a manga, fan clubs, live event...

Crunchyroll to Stream Recovery of an MMO Junkie's Episode 11 OVA on December 15

Episode contains two original short stories; main series ended on Friday ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the Recovery of an MMO Junkie (Netojū no Susume) episode 11 original video anime on Friday, December 15. The episode debuted in Japan on the anime's Blu-ray Disc box set, which shipped on Friday. The episode features two original short stories: "Riajū no Susume" (Recommendati...

Live-Action Alita: Battle Angel Film's 1st Trailer Streamed

Film opens July 20, 2018 ― 20th Century Fox began streaming the first trailer for Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga, on Friday. The film's Twitter account streamed an 11-second teaser on Thursday. The film will star Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Man Seeking Wo...
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Stamp Set Celebrates 1970s Giant Robot Anime

Japan Post is offering a new limited-edition stamp set inspired by 1970s robot anime. The set features art from 10 robot anime from the genre's golden age. The anime with robots that appear on the stamps are: Mazinger Z Toshi Gordian Getter Robo Reideen the Brave Kotetsu Zieg UFO Robo Grendizer UFO Senshi Daiapolon Chō Denji Robo Combattler V Blocker Corps IV: Machine Blaster Chō Denji Machine Vo...
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Romancing SaGa 2 Remaster Launches on December 15 in N. America, Europe, Japan

Game to launch digitally on PS4, Vita, Switch, Xbox One, PC ― Square Enix announced on Friday that it will release Romancing Saga 2 on PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC on December 15 in Japan, North America, and Europe. North America and Europe will also get the PlayStation Vita version, which has been out in Japan since Match 2016. The game will be digital-only on all platforms. Square Enix a...

Live-Action Alita: Battle Angel Film Reveals 1st 11-Second Clip

Video teases "journey beginning" on Friday ― The official Twitter account for Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga, released the first 11-second clip on Thursday. The teaser reads, "Her journey begins tomorrow." Her journey begins tomorrow. #Alita pic.twitter.com/v5e6FTWQgU— Alita: Battle Angel (@Alitamovie) De...
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How to keep a mummy Anime Reveals Key Visual, January 11 Premiere

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kakeru Utsugi's How to keep a mummy (Miira no Kaikata) manga revealed a new key visual and the premiere dates on Friday. The series will premiere on Thursday, January 11 at night at 1:58 a.m. (effectively Friday morning) on TBS. It will also air late night on BS-TBS on January 13 and iTV on January 25. The show's staff will hold a pre-scr...
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Inuyashiki Last Hero ‒ Episode 9

"This series understands how to exploit violence to dramatic effect without descending too deeply into crass sensationalism."
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Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles Anime Premieres on January 4

The staff of the television anime of Naru Narumi's Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san (Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles) manga announced on Friday that the series will premiere on January 4 at 8:00 p.m. on AT-X. It will also air the same night at 10:00 p.m. on Tokyo MX and 1:00 a.m. on BS-11, as well as the night of January 6 on MBS. The official website also announced that a pre-screening of the first epis...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film Gets 8-Bit Game-Themed Trailer

Film opened in Japan on December 1 at #1 ― The official website for the live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga began streaming a new trailer for the currently-running film on Friday. However, unlike other trailers, this web-exclusive trailer features a charming retro homage to 8-bit video games. The trailer commemorates the film topping the Japanese box office in its first wee...
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Gakuen Babysitters Anime Casts Satomi Akesaka, Toshiyuki Someya, Motohiro Ōta, Kaede Hondo

TV anime premieres on January 7 ― The staff of the television anime adaptation of Hari Tokeino's Gakuen Babysitters manga revealed four more cast members on Saturday. Satomi Akesaka as Maria Inomata Toshiyuki Someya as Tomoya Yagi Motohiro Ōta as Chūkichi Nezu Kaede Hondo as Yuki Ushimaru The anime will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX at 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, and on Sun TV and BS11 at 12:00 ...
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ANNCast - Ecchi Sketches

Jacob Grady, FAKKU founder and freshly-minted owner of Kitty Media drops by ANNCast for another round of questions and answers about the business of ero (plus skateboards). ― ANNCast Episode 313 - Ecchi Sketches Jacob Grady, FAKKU founder and freshly-minted owner of Kitty Media drops by ANNCast for another round of questions and answers about the business of ero (plus skateboards). You can listen to...
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King's Game The Animation ‒ Episode 10

"After ten episodes of going on about saving everyone, our alleged hero Nobuaki finally demonstrates his desire to try and save the other contestants."
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Answerman - What Is The Purpose Of Recap Episodes?

Recap episodes pop up in plenty of anime, retelling parts of a story you just watched. Why do these recap episodes exist in the age of streaming? Justin gets into it. ― It's the holiday season, so people are pretty busy. There's gift-buying, there's decorating, there are parties and for students, final exams. But that also means my questions tend to run dry, so if you can spare a moment, please send...
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Killing Bites Anime Reveals Visual, More Cast, Staff

Rikiya Koyama, Toru Ohkawa, Yūichi Nakamura, more join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of illustrator Kazasa Sumita (Witchblade Takeru) and storywriter Shinya Murata's (Jackals) Killing Bites manga revealed a new visual, more cast and staff members, and the January 12 premiere date for the anime on Friday. The newly announced cast members are: Rikiya Koyama as Reiichi ...
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Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori Anime Reveals Video, Visual, Cast, Staff

Junichi Suwabe, Yūichi Nakamura, Daisuke Ono, Daiki Yamashita star in April series ― An official website for the television anime adaptation of Yū Shimizu's Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori manga opened on Saturday and revealed a teaser video, key visual, cast, staff, and April premiere for the anime. The video previews the main characters and cast. The main cast includes: (Note: the romanizations of the cha...
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Just Because! ‒ Episode 9

"Just Because! may be approaching a conclusion, but that doesn't mean these kids are any closer to figuring out how to be adults."
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Honey So Sweet GN 8

The charming shoujo series ends much as it began - sweet and cute enough to give you cavities. Rebecca Silverman reflects on this heartwarming story's conclusion. ― There isn't much to wrap up in Amu Meguro's tooth-rottingly adorable shoujo romance Honey So Sweet. Nao and Taiga are together. They're happy. They plan to be together for the duration. Short of manufacturing a dreadful disease or a paren...
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Welcome to the Ballroom Manga Takes 2-Month Break

Series' chapter had fewer pages in October due to author's health ― The January 2018 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine revealed on Saturday that Tomo Takeuchi's Welcome to the Ballroom manga will go on a two-month break. The series will not appear in the February or March issues, but it will return in the April issue. The upcoming issue is also revealing that the manga's first official fanb...
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Hakumei to Mikochi Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, Key Visual

Series about dwarf girls who live in forest premieres on January 12 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Takuto Kashiki's Hakumei to Mikochi: Tiny little life in the woods (Hakumei and Mikochi) manga began streaming the second promotional video and revealed a new key visual for the anime on Friday. The video previews the ending theme song "Harvest Moon Night," performed by Sh...
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Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2018's Top 20 Manga Magazine List

Flowers, Shonen Jump, Be-Love top list ― The 2018 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook is announcing its list of the top 20 manga magazines on Saturday: Monthly Flowers published by Shogakukan Weekly Shonen Jump published by Shueisha Be-Love published by Kodansha Morning Two published by Kodansha Big Comic Spirits published by Shogakukan Weekly Young Maga...
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Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2018's Series Ranking for Female Readers

The Seven Knights of the Marronnier Kingdom, Poe no Ichizoku, Satoko & Nada top list ― The 2018 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook is announcing its lists of the top manga series on Saturday. The top 20 on its list of manga for female readers are: Marronnier Ōkoku no Shichinin no Kishi (The Seven Knights of the Marronnier Kingdom) by Nao Iwamoto Poe no ...
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Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2018's Series Ranking for Male Readers

The Promised Neverland, BEASTARS, To Your Eternity top list ― The 2018 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook is announcing its lists of the top manga series on Saturday. The top 20 on its list of manga for male readers are: The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu BEASTARS by Paru Itagaki To Your Eternity by Yoshitoki Ōima Getsuyōbi no Tomodach...
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Drifters Anime's Episodes 13, 14 Previewed in 2nd Video

Episodes ship on Blu-ray Disc in Japan on December 23 ― NBCUniversal began streaming a second promotional video on Friday for the 13th and 14th episodes of the Drifters anime. The company streamed the first promotional video on Monday. The episodes will ship on Blu-ray Disc in regular and limited-edition versions on December 23. The limited edition will cost 6,800 yen (about US$60) and include an out...
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Laughing Under the Clouds Gaiden 2nd Anime Film's Trailer, Visual Revealed

2nd film in trilogy opens on June 9 ― Shochiku began streaming a teaser video on Friday for the second film in the anime trilogy film adaptation of Kemuri Karakara's Donten ni Warau Gaiden (Laughing Under the Clouds - Side Story) manga. The second film, titled Donten ni Warau Gaiden: Shukumei, Sōtō no Fūma (Fate, The Double-Headed Fūma), will open in Japan on June 9. The staff also revealed a new vis...
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Hiroya Oku's New GIGANT Manga Previewed in Video

New manga by Gantz, Inuyashiki creator launched on Friday ― Shogakukan began streaming a promotional video on Friday for GIGANT, Hiroya Oku's new manga that launched in the January issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine on Friday. Kōtarō Nishiyama narrates the video. Art from the manga adorns the front cover of the issue. The manga's story centers on Yamada Yoko, a high school boy who has ...
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Gintama Rumble Game's 13-Minute English-Subtitled Video Highlights Playable Characters

PS4/Vita game ships on January 14 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a new promotional video for its Gintama Rumble (Gintama Ranbu) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita action game on Friday. The video highlights the game's features and playable characters. The video has both an English-subtitled and Japanese version. Previously announced playable characters include Gintoki, Shinpachi, Kagura...
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Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals Yuiko Ōhara's Opening Theme

Ōhara's short music video, new anime visual, January 8 premiere also revealed ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Sōichirō Yamamoto's Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san (Takagi-san, the Master of Teasing) manga began streaming the second promotional video on Friday for the series. The video reveals and previews Yuiko Ōhara's opening theme song "Iwanai kedo ne." The site also began s...
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Devil May Cry HD Collection Launches on PS4, Xbox One, PC on March 13

Collection features 1st 3 games in franchise ― Capcom announced on Thursday that it will release a Devil May Cry HD Collection set for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in North America on March 13. The set will have both digital and physical editions, and will retail for US$29.99. The game set includes: Devil May Cry (2001) Devil May Cry 2 (2003) Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition (2006) The latest ...
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World of Final Fantasy Meli-Melo Smartphone Game Launches in Japan on December 12

Square Enix announced on Friday that its World of Final Fantasy Meli-Melo iOS and Android game will launch in Japan on December 12. In the game's story, tiny Lilikins live in Valgallan together with legendary beings called Mirages. The land is divided into fire, ice, wood, light, and darkness sections that serve as the source of different energies. The Guardian Beasts control those powers. The Hol...
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Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online Game's Steam Release Slated for February

Idea Factory International announced on Thursday that it will release the Steam version of Compile Heart's Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online (Cyber Dimension Neptune: 4 Goddesses Online) game in February. The game will have subtitle language options in Japanese and Traditional Chinese in addition to English, and will feature audio in Japanese and English. Idea Factory International relea...
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English Character Trailer Streamed for Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms Game

PS Vita sequel to Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds launches in spring 2018 ― Idea Factory International began streaming a character trailer on Thursday for the Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms (Hakuōki Shinkai: Hana no Shō) PlayStation Vita game. The company plans to release the game in North America and Europe in spring 2018. The game will be available physically and digitally. Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms originally launched in...
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Idea Factory International Streams Character Trailer for Megadimension Neptunia VIIR Game

PS4/PSVR game launches in N. America, Europe next spring ― Idea Factory International began streaming a character trailer on Thursday for the Megadimension Neptunia VIIR (Shin Jigen Neptune VIIR) PlayStation 4 game. The company plans to release the game in North America and Europe next spring. The game is the first VR game in the Neptune/Neptunia franchise. The game launched for the PlayStation 4 in ...
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Magical Girl Ore Anime Reveals Visual, Spring 2018 Debut

Kaito Ishikawa, Wataru Hatano star in series about gender-bending magical girls ― An official website opened on Friday for the television anime adaptation of Icchokusen Mōkon's Mahō Shōjo Ore (Magical Girl Ore or lit: I Am a Magical Girl) manga, revealing the anime's visual and spring 2018 debut. The anime stars Kaito Ishikawa as Saki Uno (pictured left in image above), and Wataru Hatano as Sakuyo Mi...
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Steam Stops Using Bitcoin as Payment Method

Valve announced on Wednesday that its online game retail platform Steam will no longer use Bitcoin as a payment method. The company cited the increasingly large transaction fee and volatility of the cryptocurrency as factors in the decision. In recent weeks, Bitcoin has seen dramatic spikes and dips in value, sometimes over 24 hour periods. With processing time for the currency also taking upwards...
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Gundam Versus Game Adds GM Sniper II, Aegis Gundam

DLC characters available on December 12 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming two videos for its Gundam Versus game on Thursday. The videos introduce two new playable mobile suit DLC: RGM-79SP GM Sniper II from the Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise From The Ashes Dreamcast game and the GAT-X303 Aegis Gundam from the Mobile Suit Gundam SeeD television anime series. Both mobile suits will...

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Wins Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2017

NieR: Automata, Persona 5, Resident Evil 7, Super Mario Odyssey also win awards ― Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game won the award for Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2017 event on Thursday. The game also won the award for Best Game Direction and Best Action/Adventure Game, and was also nominated for Best Score/Music, Best Art Direction, and Best Audio Design. The game also w...
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FromSoftware Teases New Game in Video

FromSoftware unveiled a teaser video for a new game that it is currently developing during The Game Awards 2017 event on Thursday. FromSoftware is best known for its Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, and Bloodborne action games, as well as its Armored Core mecha action game. The company released its latest game, Dark Souls III, in Japan for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in March 2016, and then in North Amer...
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Death Stranding Game's Story Trailer Highlights Norman Reedus' Character

Metal Gear Solid's Hideo Kojima directs new game ― Kojima Productions revealed a new trailer for Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding PlayStation 4 game during The Game Awards 2017 event on Thursday. The trailer once again highlights Norman Reedus' character, identified in the video as Sam. Kojima Productions, Kojima's own development studio, is developing Death Stranding, and it will star Norman Reedus. K...
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Bandai Namco Reveals Soul Calibur VI Game for PS4, Xbox One, PC in 2018

Weapons-based 3D fighting game's previous main installment shipped in 2012 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed a trailer for Soul Calibur VI, the newest installment in its Soul Calibur fighting game series, during The Game Awards 2017 event on Thursday. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in 2018 in Japan and North America. The trailer features the returning charact...

Bayonetta 3 Action Game Revealed for Switch

Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 ported to Switch on February 16 ― Platinum Games revealed Bayonetta 3, the newest installment in its Bayonetta character action game series, during The Game Awards 2017 event on Thursday. The game is in development exclusively for the Nintendo Switch console. In addition, Platinum Games revealed that it will release the Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 games for the Switch on February...
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2nd Code Geass Anime Compilation Film's Teaser Highlights Zero's Return

2nd film in compilation film trilogy opens on February 10 ― The official website for the Code Geass project began streaming a teaser video for Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch - Handō (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion - The Rebellion Path), the second film in the planned compilation film trilogy for the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 anime series. ...
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