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This Week in Anime - Previously On Final Fantasy VII

Before you boot up Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, let's remember Squaresoft's foray into feature films, including Spirits Within and the divisive Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. ― Before you boot up Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, let's remember Squaresoft's foray into feature films, including Spirits Within and the divisive Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed...
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The Klutzy Witch: Fukka and the Witch of Darkness Anime Movie Review

There are some fun moments of slapstick, but the humor fades as the film goes on, and the action is never particularly impressive or memorable. The Klutzy Witch: Fukka and the Witch of Darkness screened at the 2024 New York International Children's Film Festival as a double bill with the short film Magic Candies. Despite the festival's name, many of the anime movies screened there have also held st...
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The ANN Aftershow - Best, Worst, and Weirdest Pokémon

James, Jacki, and Lynzee pick their favorite Pokémon from every type to celebrate Pokémon Day 2024! Best, Worst, and Weirdest Pokémon Jacki, Lynzee, and James share their Pokémon memories for Pokémon Day 2024. What Pokémon gave them nightmares, what was their first starter, and what is their trainer persona? The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter Spaces on Tuesdays at 6p...
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Lovely Complex Anime Blu-Ray Review

Fans of romantic comedies with human characters, people who love and relate to weirdo protagonists, and long-time Lovely Complex admirers, pick up this Blu-ray. ― Lovely Complex seems like an unlikely candidate for a dubbed Blu-ray release, even from a company that specializes in releasing older anime like Discotek. It first came out in 2007, natively animated in 480p, and the simple, frequently off-...
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This Week in Anime - Off-Brands In My Anime

With the new, official WcDonald's campaign, Nick and Nicky revisit some of the off-brand appearances of real products in anime and other official campaigns that seem too weird to be true. ― With the new, official WcDonald's campaign, Nick and Nicky revisit some of the off-brand appearances of real products in anime and other official campaigns that seem too weird to be true. Disclaimer: The views an...
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Sympathy Kiss Game Review

Sympathy Kiss is guaranteed happy escapism despite its workday setting and sometimes awkward writing. This is a nice low-key treat for otome game fans. ― Some otome games go all in on the escapism factor, putting their playable protagonists in various fantasy or dangerous situations where finding love and survival go hand in hand. That's not the kind of game Sympathy Kiss is. Otomate and Idea Factory...
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God Bless the Mistaken Volume 1 Manga Review

Bloom Into You's Nio Nakatani is no one-trick pony as she takes on a gentle slice of magic realism life tale in God Bless the Mistaken. ― Sometimes, a creator works on a series that is so good that it risks shadowing all of their other works. For Nio Nakatani, that series is Bloom into You, and fans of that one might find themselves a little dismayed that God Bless the Mistaken isn't a similar gentle...
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Earth Defense Force: World Brothers 2 Game's Trailer Reveals September 26 Launch in West

Game launches in Japan on May 23 ― D3Publisher Inc. announced on Thursday in a trailer that it will release Earth Defense Force: World Brothers 2, a sequel to the Earth Defense Force: World Brothers spinoff game in the West on September 26 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. The game will launch in Japan on May 23. The game is getting a deluxe edition. There are differences in pric...
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This Week in Anime - Previously On Final Fantasy VII

Before you boot up Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, let's remember Squaresoft's foray into feature films, including Spirits Within and the divisive Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. ― Before you boot up Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, let's remember Squaresoft's foray into feature films, including Spirits Within and the divisive Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed...
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Tokyopop Licenses A Smart and Courageous Child, Watch Dogs Tokyo, A Beast's Love Is Like the Moon, More Manga

Also: The Man Who Shattered My World, The Genius Puppeteer Loves the Holy Knight Fiercely ― Tokyopop revealed on Monday that it has licensed the following manga: Title: A Smart and Courageous Child (Kashikokute Yūki Aru Kodomo) Creator: Miki Yamamoto Release: June 18 Summary: Every young couple has high hopes for their unborn child, and Sara and Kouta Takano are no different. But only days away from ...
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Bang Brave Bang Bravern #8 [rate]
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Urusei Yatsura #31 [rate]
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Crunchyroll to Stream A Condition Called Love, KonoSuba 3, Kuramerukagari, Kurayukaba Anime

A Condition Called Love, KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world! 3 debut in April ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the A Condition Called Love and KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world! 3 anime for the spring 2024 season. The company will also stream Shigeyoshi Tsukahara and Twiflo's original full-length anime film project Kurayukaba and brand-new spinoff...
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The Klutzy Witch: Fukka and the Witch of Darkness Anime Movie Review

There are some fun moments of slapstick, but the humor fades as the film goes on, and the action is never particularly impressive or memorable. The Klutzy Witch: Fukka and the Witch of Darkness screened at the 2024 New York International Children's Film Festival as a double bill with the short film Magic Candies. Despite the festival's name, many of the anime movies screened there have also held st...
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Brave Bang Bravern! Original TV Anime Reveals 3 More Cast Members

Series casts Atsuko Tanaka as Kunus, Hikaru Midorikawa as Vanitas, Chafūrin as Pessimism ― The official website for Cygames, Cygames Pictures, and Masami Obari's Brave Bang Bravern! (Yūki Bakuhatsu Bang Bravern) original television anime revealed on Thursday three more cast members who appear in the eighth episode: Atsuko Tanaka as Kunus Hikaru Midorikawa as Vanitas Chafūrin as Pessimism The website ...
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Delusional Monthly Magazine #8 [rate]
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My Instant Death Ability Is So Overpowered #9 [rate]
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Nina the Starry Bride Anime's Teaser Trailer Reveals Main Staff, October Premiere

Kenichiro Komaya directs series at Signal.MD ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Rikachi's Nina the Starry Bride (Hoshifuru Ōkoku no Nina) manga began streaming on Friday a teaser promotional video, and it reveals the main staff and October premiere: Kenichiro Komaya (Kizuna no Allele) is directing the series at Signal.MD. Yuka Yamada (Saint Cecilia and Pastor Lawrence) is i...
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Exclusive: Titan Manga to Release Working for God in a Godless World Manga in English

Aoi Akashiro, Sonshō Hangetsuban's manga's 8th compiled book volume launched in Japan on December 27 ― Titan Comics' Titan Manga imprint announced on Thursday that it will release Aoi Akashiro and Sonshō Hangetsuban's Working for God in a Godless World (Kaminaki Sekai no Kamisama Katsudō) manga in English on October 29. The first volume of the manga is now available on pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & N...

One-Punch Man Season 3 Anime's Trailer Reveals Staff, Cast

J.C. Staff returns to animate 3rd season ― The official Twitter account for the anime of ONE and Yūsuke Murata's One-Punch Man manga revealed on Friday a new trailer, staff, and returning cast for the third season. The video features Saitama voiced again by Makoto Furukawa and Garou again played by Hikaru Midorikawa. Daisuke Namikawa, who plays Dr. Genus, narrates the trailer. J.C. Staff is returning...
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Chained Soldier #9 [rate]
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Atlus, Vanillaware's Unicorn Overlord Game Gives Combat Tips in New Trailer

Tactical fantasy RPG launches for Switch, PS4/PS5, Xbox Series X|S on March 8 ― The official Atlus West YouTube channel streamed a new trailer for Vanillaware's Unicorn Overlord game on Wednesday showcasing the game's battlegrounds, battle system, as well as preparations the player can make before engaging in combat. The game's digital "Monarch Edition" includes a 132-page digital artbook, and a digi...
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Delicious in Dungeon #9 [rate]
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth Game Series Gets Switch Release on May 23

Game series also gets Triple Pack on Switch, download-only future release for PS4 ― Compile Heart started streaming an announcement video on Thursday for the Nintendo Switch release of its Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth game series on May 23. Compile Heart will release the Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 Sisters Generation, and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth...
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Mysterious Disappearances Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals More Cast, Theme Songs & Artists, April 10 Debut

Rie Takahashi, Saya Aizawa, Yūya Uchida join cast ― Kadokawa revealed the second promotional video, key visual, additional cast, theme songs and artists, and the April 10 premiere of the television anime of Nujima's Mysterious Disappearances (Kaii to Otome to Kamikakushi) manga on Thursday. The video previews the opening theme song "Hazard Symbol" by Yuyu, and the ending theme song "Shuku Somete Shin...
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1st Haikyu!! Final Film Stays at #1, Demon Slayer: Hashira Training at #3

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED FREEDOM drops to #4, live-action Golden Kamuy to #6, SPY×FAMILY Code: White stays at #7 Gekijōban Haikyu!! Gomi Suteba no Kessen (Haikyu!! the Movie: Decisive Battle at the Garbage Dump), the first film in the two-part Haikyu!! Final sequel film project, stayed at #1 at the Japanese box office in its second week. The film sold 781,000 tickets to earn 1,120,105,990 yen (about...
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Hiromasa Okujima's Baban Baban Ban Vampire Manga Gets Live-Action Film, TV Anime Adaptations in 2025

Manga about vampire protecting boy's virginity launched in 2021 ― The official X (formerly Twitter) account of Hiromasa Okujima's Baban Baban Ban Vampire manga announced on Thursday that the series will get a live-action film and television anime adaptation in 2025. The live-action film is a joint production between Shochiku and TV Asahi. The announcement coincides with Japan's Garlic Day celebration...
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Toworu Miyata's Living With Him Boys-Love Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series

Ryūga Satō, Shō Sakai star in series premiering on April 11 ― NBC Universal Entertainment Japan announced on Thursday that Toworu Miyata's Living With Him (Kare no Iru Seikatsu) boys-love manga is getting a live-action series adaptation. The live-action series will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 11, and will also stream online. The series will star Ryūga Satō as Kazuhito Tanaka and Shō Sakai as Ryota ...
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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Game's Discs Printed with Wrong Labels in Asia

Game's copies distributed in Asia reported to have mislabeled discs ― Square Enix's official Asian website reported on Wednesday that its Final Fantasy VII Rebirth game's physical copies were labeled incorrectly. The game's staff explained that the cause was an error during Sony Interactive Entertainment's manufacturing process, where the Data Disc was erroneously labeled as the "Play Disc," and the ...
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Live-Action Black Jack Series Reveals More Cast

Shizuka Ishibashi, Takayuki Yamauchi, Eiji Okuda, Tetsuya Chiba, Ryōsuke Mikata join cast ― The official website for the live-action series of Osamu Tezuka's Black Jack manga revealed more cast members for the series on Thursday. The new cast members include Shizuka Ishibashi (center in image above) as Kiriko, as well as Takayuki Yamauchi (upper left in image above), Eiji Okuda (upper right), Tetsuya...

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Keiji Nakazawa Inducted into Eisner Hall of Fame

Late Barefoot Gen manga creator was previously nominated in 2020, 2023 ― The 2024 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards will induct late manga creator Keiji Nakazawa into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame this year. The judges will also induct Ron Turner, the founder of Last Gasp Publishing which released Nakazawa's Barefoot Gen and other manga in English. Nakazawa was previously nominated but no...
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Kaiju No. 8 Anime's Promo Video Reveals Theme Songs, April 13 Debut

British singer Yungblud sings opening, rock band OneRepublic sings ending ― The official website for the anime of Naoya Matsumoto's Kaiju No. 8 manga began streaming the anime's second main promotional video on Thursday. The video reveals the anime's April 13 premiere date, and also reveals the anime's opening theme song "Abyss" by British singer Yungblud, and the ending theme song "Nobody" by Americ...
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'Anyway, I'm Falling in Love with You' TV Anime Confirmed

Kodansha confirmed the television anime for Haruka Mitsui's Anyway, I'm Falling in Love with You. (Dōse, Koishite Shimaunda. or KoiShima) manga on Thursday. Mitsui drew the below illustration to celebrate the announcement. Kodansha USA Publishing is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story: Mizuha's seventeenth birthday is the pits. Her parents totally forgot, and the senpai she ...
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Re:Monster Anime Reveals More Cast, April 4 Premiere

Aya Yamane, Nichika Omori, Hibiku Yamamura, Miyuri Shimabukuro, Hisako Tōjō join cast ― The staff for the television anime of Kogitsune Kanekiru's Re:Monster light novel series revealed more cast, a new visual, and the anime's April 4 premiere date on Thursday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on April 4, and on TV Hokkaido on April 12. The new cast members include: Aya Yamane as Hobsei N...
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Kurayukaba, Kuramerukagari Anime Films Reveal Main Visuals, Full Trailers

Trailers preview theme songs for films opening on April 12 ― The staff for Shigeyoshi Tsukahara and Twiflo's original full-length anime film project Kurayukaba and brand-new spinoff full-length anime film titled Kuramerukagari revealed the main visuals and full trailers on Thursday. The trailers preview Kurayukaba's theme song "Naisho no Uta" by Charan-Po-Rantan and Kuramerukagari's theme song "Bokur...
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Seven Seas Licenses Alpha Wolfgirl x Omega Wolfboy, Killer Shark in Another World Manga, More

Also: She's the Strongest Bride, But I'm Stronger in Night Battles: A Harem Chronicle of Advancing Through Cunning Tactics, Ripping Someone Open Only Makes Them Bleed ― Seven Seas announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the following titles: Title: She's the Strongest Bride, But I'm Stronger in Night Battles: A Harem Chronicle of Advancing Through Cunning Tactics manga Creators: Singyougaku (art)...
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Sundome's Kazuto Okada Launches New Manga on March 12

Okada to launch ecchi comedy Surikomi! ― This year's sixth issue of Akita Shoten's Young Champion magazine revealed on Tuesday that Kazuto Okada will launch a new manga titled Surikomi! (pictured right in image below) in the magazine's seventh issue on March 12. The ecchi comedy manga centers on Kenta, who is instilled with sensual memories during the summer of his fifth year in elementary. Now a hig...
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Boichi, In-Wan Youn's SuperString: Isekai Kenbunroku Manga Ends

Series launched on April 19 ― Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday will publish the final chapter of Boichi and In-Wan Youn's SuperString: Isekai Kenbunroku (Super String: Marco Polo's Travel to the Multiverse) manga on March 6. The LINE manga app is also publishing the final chapter. Boichi and Youn (Defense Devil, Island, Shin Angyo Onshi) launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Sunday in April 2023. The...
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Coffee Moon Manga Ends in March

Supernatural series launched in 2020 ― The April issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki Maoh magazine revealed Mochito Bota's Coffee Moon manga will end in the next issue on March 27. Yen Press publishes the series in English and describes the story: Pieta, a Normal Girl, leads a normal, uneventful life in a world of constant black rain. As the rain pours down, like it always does, she takes her usual route to...
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Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance Game Streams Long Trailer

Game ships for Switch, PS5/4, Xbox, PC on June 21 ― Atlus began streaming on Tuesday a long version of the announcement trailer for Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance, an updated version of its Shin Megami Tensei V game. Atlus will release the game for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on June 21. The updated version will feature a new storyline, ...
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Tekken 8 Game Sells Over 2 Million Copies

Game to add Tekken shop in late-February to early-March 2024 update, DLC character Eddy in spring ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Monday that its Tekken 8 game has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. The story of the newest entry, Tekken 8, takes place nearly six years after Tekken 7. The Guinness World Records recognize the Tekken franchise as having the longest running narrative in vide...
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The ANN Aftershow - Best, Worst, and Weirdest Pokémon

James, Jacki, and Lynzee pick their favorite Pokémon from every type to celebrate Pokémon Day 2024! Best, Worst, and Weirdest Pokémon Jacki, Lynzee, and James share their Pokémon memories for Pokémon Day 2024. What Pokémon gave them nightmares, what was their first starter, and what is their trainer persona? The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter Spaces on Tuesdays at 6p...
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Fate/Apocrypha Manga Ends

Manga adaptation of light novels launched in 2016 ― The April issue of Kadokawa's Comp Ace magazine revealed on Monday that the Fate/Apocrypha manga adaptation by Akira Ishida and Yūichirō Higashide will end in the next issue. Ishida launched the manga adaptation in Comp Ace in June 2016. Kadokawa shipped the 15th compiled book volume on October 26. Higashide first published the Type-Moon series as ...
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Metallic Rouge #8 [rate]
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B-Project Ryūsei*Fantasia Visual Novel Heads West for Switch, PC

Game debuted in Japan in September 2021 ― PQube announced on Tuesday that it will release B-PROJECT Ryūsei*Fantasia (B-PROJECT Shooting Star*Fantasia), the first console game in the B-PROJECT idol franchise, in English for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. PQube did not reveal a release date. The company streamed an announcement trailer: PQube describes the game: Become the representative of the famo...
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Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Manga Gets Novel Adaptation

Novelist Mei Hachimoku writes prequel novel slated for April 17 ― Shogakukan is listing a novel adaptation of Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe's Frieren: Beyond Journey's End (Sōsō no Frieren) manga titled Shōsetsu Sōsō no Frieren ~Zensō~ (Novel: Sōsō no Frieren ~Prelude~) for release on April 17. Mei Hachimoku (The Mimosa Confessions, The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbye light novels) is writing...
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Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! #8 [rate]
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Lovely Complex Anime Blu-Ray Review

Fans of romantic comedies with human characters, people who love and relate to weirdo protagonists, and long-time Lovely Complex admirers, pick up this Blu-ray. ― Lovely Complex seems like an unlikely candidate for a dubbed Blu-ray release, even from a company that specializes in releasing older anime like Discotek. It first came out in 2007, natively animated in 480p, and the simple, frequently off-...
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Manga Plus Adds Set it and Forget it, The Days of Diamond, Catenaccio Manga

Set it and Forget it debuted on Thursday ― Shueisha's Manga Plus announced on Wednesday that it is publishing the Set it and Forget it, The Days of Diamond, and Catenaccio manga. The company has posted chapters up to the latest one for each series. Kakaru and Kiri Tono debuted the Set it and Forget it (Hottarakashi Meshi) with five-star rice meister Rie Shibuya on Shonen Jump+ on Thursday. Manga Plus...
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Sengoku Youko #8 [rate]
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Gushing Over Magical Girls #9 [rate]
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Launches for PS5, Xbox Series X|S on February 29

Game's new versions launch digitally with rollback netcode ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it is releasing the Dragon Ball FighterZ game digitally for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S on February 29 with rollback netcode. The versions have already launched in areas where it is February 29. Players with the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One versions can update their game to the respe...
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Classroom of the Elite #9 [rate]
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Doctor Elise: The Royal Lady with the Lamp #8 [rate]
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Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki 2nd Stage #9 [rate]
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Ishura #9 [rate]
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation II Season Reveals Theme Songs' Artists

Hitorie performs "On the Frontline" opening, Yuiko Ōhara performs "Mamoritai Mono" ending ― The official X (formerly Twitter) account for Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation II, the second Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation anime season, revealed the new opening and ending theme songs' artists on Wednesday. Rock band Hitorie performs the opening theme song "On the Frontline," and female artist ...

Crunchyroll Confirms Testing A.I. for Subtitling

Company also tests using generative A.I. for different workflows ― In an interview with technology news website The Verge on its Decoder podcast on Monday, Crunchyroll president Rahul Purini confirmed that the company is testing the use of generative A.I. (artificial intelligence) on subtitling and closed captioning. The testing is an effort to "optimize [their] processes" to allow them to release su...

Korean Live-Action Parasyte Series Premieres on April 5 on Netflix

Parasyte: The Grey also presents new visual ― The staff for Parasyte: The Grey (Kiseiju: The Grey), the South Korean live-action adaptation of Hitoshi Iwaaki's Parasyte (Kiseiju) manga, revealed its April 5 worldwide premiere on Netflix along with a new visual on Wednesday. The series will run new episodes until June. Jeon So-nee, Koo Kyo-hwan, and Lee Jung-hyun star in the adaptation. Yeon Sang-ho (...
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The National Gallery in London Partners with Detective Conan for 30th Anniversary Goods

East meets West in Detective Conan's 30th anniversary collaboration with art by Van Gogh, Monet, more ― In January 1994, Weekly Shonen Sunday introduced Japan to one of its most iconic characters, Shinichi Kudo and his alias, Conan Edogawa from Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan (also known as Case Closed). It wasn't long until the manga was adapted into an anime series of the same name in 1996. Since th...
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Villainess Level 99 ‒ Episode 8

Yumiella gushing over her precious little dragon baby is hands-down her at her most relatable.
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Dopeman's Yūhei Ogino, MITA Ends Kodoku no Immortal Manga

Series launched in December 2022 ― The 21st issue of Kadokawa's Young Dragon Age magazine published the final chapter of Yūhei Ogino and MITA's Kodoku no Immortal on Monday. The second and final compiled book volume is scheduled for April 8. The manga's "immoral x suspense" story is about a man who entered the world of compensated dating or dating for money. He gets caught up in women's desire and l...
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Gundam F90 FF Manga Ends on March 26

Manga launched in June 2019 ― The April issue of Kadokawa's Gundam Ace magazine revealed on Monday that Kiyoshi Imanoya, Nobuyoshi Ino, and Sejoon Kim's Mobile Suit Gundam F90 FF (Fastest Formula) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on March 26. The manga's 11th and final compiled book volume will also ship on the same date. The manga launched on Gundam Ace in June 2019. Nobuyoshi Ino is writ...
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Shangri-La Frontier ‒ Episode 20

Imagine my surprise when this episode screams in your face for ten minutes that Shangri-La Frontier is just a video game.

Netflix Adds Dragon Quest: Adventure of Dai Anime

Anime streams on service on Friday ― Netflix is adding the recent anime of Riku Sanjo and Kōji Inada's Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibōken) manga on Friday. The manga's latest anime adaptation premiered in October 2020. The anime's 100th and final episode aired in October 2022. Crunchyroll and Hulu streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. Hoopla is streaming the anime's ...

Sony Reduces Global PlayStation Workforce by 8%

900 employees affected across U.S., U.K., Japan, among other offices globally ― Sony announced on Tuesday that it will lay off 8% of its global PlayStation workforce, which includes an estimated 900 employees. The company cited the changing industry landscape, as well as the need to maintain the "long-term sustainability" of the company. The layoffs will be implemented differently across its global ...
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The Dangers in My Heart Season 2 ‒ Episode 20

We're still waiting in the wings for Anna and Kyosuke to cement their feelings for one another.
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This Week in Anime - Off-Brands In My Anime

With the new, official WcDonald's campaign, Nick and Nicky revisit some of the off-brand appearances of real products in anime and other official campaigns that seem too weird to be true. ― With the new, official WcDonald's campaign, Nick and Nicky revisit some of the off-brand appearances of real products in anime and other official campaigns that seem too weird to be true. Disclaimer: The views an...
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Hiroaki Magari, Yukiarare Launch New Manga in March

Heroine wa ×× wo Kasegitai debuts in Magazine Pocket on March 2 ― The Twitter account for Kodansha's Magazine Pocket app announced on February 23 that Yukiarare and Hiroaki Magari will collaborate on a new manga Heroine wa ×× wo Kasegitai (Heroines want to earn xx) that will debut on the service on March 2. Magari ran a successful Kickstarter project to animate Shunji Enomoto's Enomoto: New Elements ...
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Futari H Creator Aki Katsu Launches New Manga About Memories

Wasurena Tsuma no Kimi to premieres on March 27 ― The April issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Tuesday that Aki Katsu will debut a new manga Wasurena Tsuma no Kimi to (With You, My Forgetful Wife) in the May issue on March 27. The announcement teases a story about the aftermath of loved ones when someone loses all of their precious memories. Katsu (Psychic Academy, T...
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Motion Picture Academy Splits Short Films, Animation Branches

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday that it has voted to make two new branches: a Short Films Branch and Animation Branch, both derived from the formerly combined Short Films and Feature Animation Branch. The Short Films Branch will have 200 Academy members and one governor overseeing live-action short films, while the Animation Branch will have 700 Academy members ...
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Voice Actress Yui Ninomiya Goes on Hiatus Due to Health

Aikatsu Friends! voice actress, Classroom of the Elite performer to concentrate on resting ― The staff of voice actress Yui Ninomiya announced on her official X (formerly Twitter) account that her activities will be suspended as of Tuesday due to poor health, and she will concentrate on resting. The announcement did not state Ninomiya's illness or a possible date of her return. Ninomiya is best known...
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Sympathy Kiss Game Review

Sympathy Kiss is guaranteed happy escapism despite its workday setting and sometimes awkward writing. This is a nice low-key treat for otome game fans. ― Some otome games go all in on the escapism factor, putting their playable protagonists in various fantasy or dangerous situations where finding love and survival go hand in hand. That's not the kind of game Sympathy Kiss is. Otomate and Idea Factory...

Crunchyroll Offers to Compensate Funimation Digital Copy Owners With 'Appropriate Value'

The Verge's Ash Parrish tested policy to no avail ― In an interview with technology news website The Verge on its Decoder podcast on Monday, Crunchyroll president Rahul Purini revealed that the company is working to offer users migrating from the soon-to-shut-down Funimation app to Crunchyroll with "an appropriate value" of compensation for their digital copies, which Crunchyroll does not support. Cr...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 1095

Watching them so compelled to observe and collect data regardless of danger or side effects or even the fear that they might poop their pants was good stuff!
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Pokémon Trading Card Game Pocket App Announced for iOS, Android in 2024

App allows users to open 2 free digital Pokémon TCG booster packs everyday ― The Pokémon Company International announced during its Pokémon Presents stream on Tuesday, February 27 (Pokémon Day) a new app titled Pokémon Trading Card Game Pocket that will launch for iOS and Android devices in 2024: The app allows users to open two free digital booster packs for the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) every...

The Pokémon Company Announces New Pokémon Legends Z-A Game for Switch in 2025

Trailer teases connections to Pokémon X/Y games ― The Pokémon Company International announced during its Pokémon Presents stream on Tuesday, February 27 (Pokémon Day) a new game titled Pokémon Legends Z-A that will launch worldwide for Nintendo Switch in 2025. The company unveiled a trailer: The video reveals an urban development plan, "a vision of beautiful coexistence between people and Pokémon," f...
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Frieren: Beyond Journey's End ‒ Episode 24

If anyone knows Frieren's weaknesses, it would be the girl who has spent half her life traveling with the immortal elf: Fern.
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy II Season's New Video Reveals More Cast, Opening Song, April 12 Debut for 2nd Part

Nao Tōyama, Toshihiko Seki, Aoi Yūki join cast ― A live stream for The Misfit of Demon King Academy II anime season announced on Tuesday that the season's second cours (quarter of a year) will premiere on April 12. The livestream also revealed the next part's first promotional video with the new cast members, and it previews the new opening theme song "Maō" (Demon King) by BURNOUT SYNDROMES. The new ...
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Koi wa Futago de Warikirenai Anime Reveals 3 More Cast Members

Katsumi Fukuhara, Misaki Ikeda, Yūko Ōno play classmates in July anime ― Kadokawa revealed more cast members and a special AnimeJapan 2024 visual for the television anime of Shihon Takamura and illustrator Almic's Koi wa Futago de Warikirenai (Love Between Twins is Indivisible) light novel series on Tuesday. AnimeJapan 2024 Special Visual The newly announced cast members play classmates of Jun, Rumi,...

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Makoto Shinkai Comments on Anime Producer Kouichirou Itou's Arrest

Kouichirou Itou arrested on February 21 ― Wakayama Prefectural Police arrested anime producer Kouichirou Itou for allegedly soliciting a minor for nude photos on February 21. While the story is developing, Itou's contemporary and oft collaborator, Makoto Shinkai (your name., Suzume), released a statement regarding his arrest on Twitter. 作品関係者逮捕の報道を目にし、とても大きなショックを受けています。まずなによりも被害者の方へ、心よりお見舞い申し上げます。また、...
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ACCA's Natsume Ono Ends Badon Manga

Manga ends on March 25 ― This year's March issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine revealed on Saturday that Natsume Ono's BADON manga will end in the magazine's next issue on March 25. Ono launched the manga in Monthly Big Gangan in January 2019. Square Enix published the manga's eighth compiled book volume on October 25. The story follows four ex-convicts who met in prison. Upon release,...
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Urusei Yatsura ‒ Episode 30

I'm glad that the show is experimenting with longer storylines to break up the more episodic nature of some of its skits.
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Cocoon's Machiko Kyō Launches New Manga

Orizuru manga debuts on March 26 ― This year's April issue of Akita Shoten's Elegance Eve magazine revealed on Monday that Machiko Kyō (Cocoon) is launching a new manga titled Orizuru in the magazine's next issue on March 26. Kyō released the Cocoon manga in 2010, 65 years after the end of World War II. The manga is inspiring an anime (pictured right) that will air on NHK in summer 2025. Hitomi Taten...
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Ninja Kamui ‒ Episode 3

I believe in Ninja Kamui's vision, but it's going to need a shakeup to fully deliver on its promise of 90's OVA-style pulp, and hopefully, that comes sooner rather than later.
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You Look Yummy! Japanese-Chinese Animated Children's Series to Broadcast in Japan

Series based on Tatsuya Miyanishi's Tyrannosaurus picture books won AEAF award in 2023 ― Poplar Publishing and bilibili's Japanese-Chinese 3DCG animated children's series You Look Yummy! (known as Tyranno ga Yattekuru! in Japan), based on Tatsuya Miyanishi's Tyrannosaurus series of picture books, will air on television in Japan. An official YouTube channel opened and streamed a commercial on Sunday: ...
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The Foolish Angel Dances with the Devil #8 [rate]
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Hokkaido Gals Are Super Adorable! #8 [rate]
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'Tis Time for "Torture," Princess #8 [rate]
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God Bless the Mistaken Volume 1 Manga Review

Bloom Into You's Nio Nakatani is no one-trick pony as she takes on a gentle slice of magic realism life tale in God Bless the Mistaken. ― Sometimes, a creator works on a series that is so good that it risks shadowing all of their other works. For Nio Nakatani, that series is Bloom into You, and fans of that one might find themselves a little dismayed that God Bless the Mistaken isn't a similar gentle...
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Koi to Yobu ni wa Kimochi Warui Manga Gets Stage Play

Key visual unveiled for Koikimo play running from April-May in Tokyo, Osaka ― Mogusu's Koi to Yobu ni wa Kimochi Warui (It's Disgusting to Call This Love, also known as Koikimo) "age-gap romantic comedy" manga series is getting a stage play. The official website for the stage play unveiled a key visual on Monday: The play will run from April 26-May 5 at Hulic Hall in Tokyo and from May 10-12 at Cool ...
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2 Men Face New Accusations After Arrest for Posting Shonen Jump Images Early

Suspect Samir Musa allegedly admitted to also posting Weekly Shōnen Magazine images ― The two foreign nationals who were arrested earlier this month for allegedly posting images of manga from Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine faced new accusations on Sunday by the Kumamoto and Niigata prefectural police's joint investigation unit. This time, the suspects are also accused of posting images of man...
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Synduality: Noir #20 [rate]
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Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy- #8 [rate]
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FuRyu's Reynatis Game Heads West for Switch, PS5, PS4, PC

Action RPG's English-subbed trailer reveals fall release ― NIS America announced on Monday that it will release FuRyu's new action RPG Reynatis for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam in fall 2024. The official YouTube channel for PlayStation streamed an English-subtitled trailer: The game will launch in Japan for PS5, PS4, and Switch on July 25. Takumi Isobe (Trinity Trig...
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The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic ‒ Episode 8

We finally got some INCREDIBLE action -- in the last 5 minutes of this episode.
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Tsukasa Fushimi, Hiro Kanzaki's Watashi no Hatsukoi wa Hazukashisugite Dare ni mo Ienai Novel Gets Manga Adaptation

Jako draws manga debuting on March 8 ― This year's fifth issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Thursday that Jako will launch a manga adaptation of writer Tsukasa Fushimi and illustrator Hiro Kanzaki's Watashi no Hatsukoi wa Hazukashisugite Dare ni mo Ienai (My First Love is So Embarrassing, I Can't Tell Anyone) light novel. The manga will launch in the sixth issue on March 8. The ...
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Viral Hit Anime Reveals Main Cast Members

Satoshi Niwa plays protagonist Kota Shimura ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of storyboarder and writer Taejun Pak and artist Jung Hyun Kim's Viral Hit webtoon series revealed the anime's cast and a character promotional video on Monday. The anime stars: Satoshi Niwa as protagonist Kota Shimura Nobuhiko Okamoto as Kanegon Fairouz Ai as Aki Yashio Yui Ishikawa as Kaho Asamiya...
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Bandai Namco Teases New The Idolm@ster App Game in Video

More info to be revealed on March 5 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a teaser promotional video on Monday for a "completely new brand app game" for its The Idolm@ster franchise. The company will reveal more details in a livestream on March 5 at 7:00 p.m. JST (5:00 am. EST). The livestream will reveal the game's title, the idols who will appear in the game, the voices for the characters, a...
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Kadokawa Launches Vertical-Scrolling Webcomic Adaptation of Elden Ring Game on March 29

Artist Hand Punch will draw webcomic available on Tatesc Comics website ― Kadokawa announced on Thursday that it will release a vertical-scrolling webcomic adaptation of FromSoftware's Elden Ring game titled Elden Ring Become Lord on March 29. Artist Hand Punch will draw the webcomic, which will be available on the Tatesc Comics website as well in several ebook stores in Japan. Kadokawa told ANN a re...
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Shinmai Ossan Bōkensha TV Anime Reveals More Cast, July Debut in 1st Promo Video

New visual also revealed ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kiraku Kishima's Shinmai Ossan Bōkensha, Saikyō Party ni Shinu Hodo Kitaerarete Muteki ni Naru (The Rookie Middle-Aged Adventurer Was Trained to Death by the Most Powerful Party to Become Invincible) novel series revealed the show's July premiere on TV Tokyo, MBS, and BS-TV Tokyo in a first promotional video on Mon...
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Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent Mobile RPG's Manga Adaptation Ends

Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent ~The story of Bargello family~ prequel manga launched on January 30 ― Square Enix's Manga UP! app and website published the fifth and final chapter of manga artist ot's Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent ~The story of Bargello family~, the manga adaptation of Square Enix's Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent mobile RPG, on Wednesday. ...
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27th Detective Conan Film Gets Widest Release in Franchise's History with 515 Theater Screenings

Film's new video, visuals reveals IMAX, MX4D, 4DX, Dolby Cinema screenings ― The official website for the upcoming Detective Conan: Hyakuman Doru no Michishirube (The Million-Dollar Five Guiding Stars) film revealed on Monday two new visuals for the film, and a new video announcing the film's simultaneous screenings in IMAX, MX4D, 4DX, and Dolby Cinema. The film's website also announced that it will ...
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New Shinkalion Change the World Anime Gets Manga Adaptation in April

Saikyō Jump to launch Shinkalion Dive the World manga on April 4 ― The official Twitter account of Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine announced on Thursday that the manga adaptation of Shinkalion Change the World — the new television anime of Takara Tomy's Shinkalion toy line — titled Shinkalion Dive the World, will launch in the magazine's May issue on April 4. Mashino Sawazaki is credited for the orig...
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Taku Kawamura's False Child Manga Ends on March 22

Human drama manga launched in November 2022 ― The March issue of Square Enix's Monthly Gangan Joker magazine revealed on Thursday that Taku Kawamura's False Child (Uso no Kodomo) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on March 22. Square Enix's Manga UP! Global, Kadokawa's BookWalker Global Store, and Comikey publish the manga digitally in English. Manga UP! Global describes the story: Imagine i...

The Fable TV Anime's 2nd Teaser Video Streamed

Kouji Ishii, Ryouta Iwasaki, Yuuki Kaji, others join cast ― This year's 13th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine announced on Monday the television anime adaptation of Katsuhisa Minami's The Fable manga will premiere on April 6. The magazine also revealed new cast members. Update: The official website for the anime is also streaming a second teaser video. The new cast members are: (name spellin...
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Demon Slayer: Hashira Training Arc 1st Episode Screening Earns US$11.5 Million, Ranks #2 in U.S. Box Office in Opening Weekend

Screening earns estimated US$5,525,000 on opening day ― The Box Office Mojo website estimates that the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Hashira Training-, the theatrical screening of the one-hour first episode of the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc television anime and the final episode of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc, has earned US$11,575,000 in its...
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