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My Sadistic Boyfriend GN 1

This steamy shojo romance might be enticing to fans of certain kinks, but its lack of character development will make it a dud for most readers. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― If you're familiar with Yuna Anisaki as a manga artist, My Sadistic Boyfriend won't come as any surprise. A staple of racy shoujo magazines in the early 2000s, Anisaki belongs to the same school of romance as Mayu Shinjo ...
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This Week in Anime - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Gets (Even More) Gruesome

JJBA Part 5 has started to shine in all its gory glory now that King Crimson is after Giorno and his friends. Nick and Micchy steel their stomachs for a deep dive into the show's escalating brutality. ― Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind has started to shine in all its gory glory now that King Crimson is after Giorno and his friends. This week, Nick and Micchy steel their stomachs for a deep dive...
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DIVE!! GNs 1-2

This diving manga suffers slightly when compared to its contemporaries in Free! and Haikyu!, but there's still enough thoughtful character drama to merit a look for genre fans. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Dive!!'s manga and anime adaptations perhaps came at an unfortunate time for the series. Although the original light novels date to 2002, the anime didn't come until 2017, and the manga, wh...
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Cosplay Gallery: Anime Boston 2019

Peruse some of the colorful and impressive costumes on display from the show floor at this year's Anime Boston. ― IMG resized_img_1490.jpeg IMG resized_img_1492.jpg IMG resized_img_1493.jpeg IMG resized_img_1494.jpeg IMG resized_img_1495.jpeg IMG resized_img_1499.jpeg IMG resized_img_1505.jpg IMG resized_img_1508.jpg IMG resized_img_1513.jpg IMG resized_img_1525.jpg IMG resized_img_1531.jpg IMG resi...
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Shelf Life - Ace Attorney

Paul finds out if this disappointing anime adaptation of Capcom's exciting game series has anything to offer Phoenix Wright fans, plus our full breakdown of all this week's new blu-ray releases! ― Since I'm taking a season off from our Daily Streaming Reviews, I'm starting to fill up my streaming queue with all the shows I've had to either skip or drop halfway through over the last few years. As it ...
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The Mike Toole Show - noitaminA ekiL I

Mike stays up past his bedtime to appreciate Fuji TV's legendary late-night animation block, home to an eclectic array of anime ranging from Psycho-Pass to The Promised Neverland! ― About a month ago, I got to do something I'd been wanting to do since 2006: I got to watch the TV series Hataraki Man nice and legally. Way back around the time of its premiere, I'd taken in a couple of fansubbed episodes...
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So I'm a Spider, So What? Novel 5

The pieces of Okina Baba's mysterious world begin falling into place in this momentous volume. Theron Martin has the details. ― I am writing this review while in the midst of doing episode reviews for the anime adaptation of The Rising of the Shield Hero, so I can't help but be struck by the different ways that the two presentations are handling their world-building and vast difference that creates i...
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Kodansha USA Publishes 1st Chapter in English of Bootsleg Manga by Yozakura Quartet's Suzuhito Yasuda

Manga debuted in Japan on Friday ― Kodansha Comics published the first chapter digitally for free on Friday of Suzuhito Yasuda's new dark fantasy manga Bootsleg. The manga launched in Japan on Friday in the May issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine. Kodansha Comics did not state if it will continue to publish the manga digitally or in print, but asked readers to "stay tuned for more Boot...
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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato Anime Film Previewed in 2nd Promo Video

Film opens in Japan on May 10; will also stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video ― The YouTube channel for Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block began streaming a second promotional video on Friday for the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato (Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri: Unato Kessen) sequel anime film. The film will open in Japan on May 10 and will screen for a two-week limited engagement. Th...
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The Island of Giant Insects Anime Adds 3 More Cast Members

New Die! The Island of Giant Insects manga launches ― The official website for the video anime of Yasutaka Fujimi, RED ICE, and Shu Hirose's The Island of Giant Insects (Kyochū Rettō) manga is currently listing more cast members for the anime. The new cast members include: Takuya Eguchi as Kazuhiko Kai Wataru Komada as Atsushi Kamijō Marina Inoue as Inaho Enoki Anime producer Tatsuya Ishiguro stated ...
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Yutaka Yamamoto's Hakubo Anime Film Opens in Japan on June 21

― The official website for director Yutaka Yamamoto's original anime project Hakubo (Twilight) revealed on Friday that the film open in Japan on June 21. The anime was previously slated for 2018 before being delayed to 2019. The anime was most recently slated to open at Porepore Cinemas Iwaki Onahama in Fukushima prefecture on May 24, then screen elsewhere in Fukushima before getting the larger coun...
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Tokunana TV Anime Casts Toshiyuki Morikawa

Original anime premieres this fall ― The official website for the original television anime Keishichō Tokumu-bu Tokushu Kyōaku-han Taisaku-Shitsu Dai-Nana-ka -Tokunana- (Special Crime Investigation Unit Special 7 or literally, Metropolitan Police Department Special Division Heinous Crime Investigation Unit Special 7: Tokunana) revealed one more cast member on Friday. Toshiyuki Morikawa as Sakon Zeroe...
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PS4 Console Sells 96.8 Million Units Worldwide

Wall Street Journal reporter: Next-gen console won't launch in next 12 months ― Sony revealed in its financial results presentation on Friday for the fiscal year 2018 (April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019) that it shipped 17.8 million PlayStation 4 units during the fiscal year, bringing its worldwide total to 96.8 million units. Sony predicted it would ship 17.5 million units during fiscal year 2018. The ...
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Cross Infinite World to Release Another World's Zombie Apocalypse Is Not My Problem! Light Novel

Standalone novel volume launches digitally on May 31 ― Cross Infinite World announced on Friday that it has licensed author Haru Yayari and illustrator Fuyuki's Another World's Zombie Apocalypse Is Not My Problem! (Zombie Darake no Kusatta Sekai wo Seijo no Chikara de Jōka Shimasu!) light novel. The company describes the novel, which is "a spoof on zombie apocalypse and isekai (another world) stories...
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Minami Tanaka, Sayaka Ohara Join Cast of Isekai Cheat Magician Anime

Series also stars Kōhei Amasaki, Rie Takahashi ― The official website for the television anime of Takeru Uchida's Isekai Cheat Magician (Fantasy World Cheat Magician) novel series revealed two more cast members for the series on Friday. The full cast announced so far, from left to right in the above image, includes: Kōhei Amasaki as Taichi Nishimura Rie Takahashi as Rin Azuma Minami Tanaka as Myura S...
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Cells at Work! Spinoff Manga About Platelets Launches in May

Cells at Work! anime's writer Yuuko Kakihara, Toradora illustrator Yasu work on manga ― The June issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed on Friday that Yuuko Kakihara (Cells at Work! anime series composition) and Yasu (Joshiraku, Toradora) will launch a spinoff manga of Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! manga titled Hataraku Kesshōban-chan (Platelets at Work) in the magazine's next i...
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3x3 Eyes' Yuzo Takada Launches New Compilation Manga

New manga launches in Monthly Shonen Sirius on May 25 ― The June issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed on Friday that manga creator Yuzo Takada will launch a new "compilation" manga titled Chikyūgai Kisōka AI Mugō no Shunel Gear (Unearthly Armored AI Unnumbered Shunel Gear) in the magazine's next issue on May 25. Takada's 3x3 Eyes manga ran from 1987 to 2002. The manga inspired ...
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Manami Numakura, Nao Tōyama Join Cast of Kochoki: Wakaki Nobunaga Original Anime

Original anime by Studio DEEN premieres in July ― The official website for Studio DEEN's original television anime series Kochoki: Wakaki Nobunaga announced two more cast members on Friday: Manami Numakura as Ohana Nao Tōyama as Oichi The anime will give a "bold interpretation" on historical figure Oda Nobunaga starting with his youth as an early teen. The series will follow him and his rivalry with ...
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Digital Manga Launches New Yuri Dōjin Label on May 1

― Digital Manga, Inc. revealed on Thursday that it is launching a new imprint named "Lilyka" that will specialize in yuri dōjin manga. The company will acquire manga from self-published Japanese creators. The imprint's online store will launch on May 1. The company's other publishing imprints include DMP Books (general audience manga), Juné (yaoi), 801 Media (adult yaoi), and Project-H (hentai), amo...
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Kengan Ashura Anime Reveals 15 More Character Roles

Visual also revealed for series debuting on Netflix globally on July 31 ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Yabako Sandrovich's Kengan Ashura manga revealed 15 roles on Friday for 13 previously revealed cast members. The site also revealed a new visual. The newly revealed character roles include: Akira Ishida as Hajime Hanafusa Hiroshi Shirokuma as Julius Reinhold, Shigeru Komada Ryōko...
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Heroic Legend of Arslan Manga Gets Stage Musical in September

Tsubasa Kizu, Shō Katō, Shūsuke Saitō, Yū Imari star in musical ― Office Endless announced on Thursday that it is producing a stage musical based on Hiromu Arakawa's manga adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka's Arslan Senki (The Heroic Legend of Arslan) novel series. The play will run in Osaka's Cool Japan Park Osaka TT Hall from September 5 to 8, and then in Tokyo's Theater 1010 from September 11 to 16. Nao...
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Super Neptunia RPG Game Launches in June for PS4, Switch, PC

― Idea Factory International announced on Thursday that it will release Compile Heart's Super Neptunia RPG (Yūsha Neptune: Sekai yo Uchū yo Katsumoku se yo!! Ultimate RPG Sengen!!) game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on June 25 in North America and June 28 in Europe. The game's Steam version will launch on June 20. The game will have both physical and digital editions for PS4 and Switch. The ...
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7SEEDS Anime Reveals 3 More Cast Members

Sho Hayami, Kazuyuki Okitsu, Minako Kotobuki join cast for Netflix series premiering in June ― The official website for the anime of Yumi Tamura's 7SEEDS manga revealed three more cast members on Friday. Sho Hayami as Takashi Kazuyuki Okitsu as Mark Ibaraki Minako Kotobuki as Maria Miki Previously revealed cast includes: Summer A Team: Kensho Ono as Ango Takahiro Sakurai as Ryō Haruka Chisuga as Koru...
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Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Anime Gets Sequel Adapting Game's 'Vol. 3'

Frontwing to launch crowdfunding campaign for anime in June ― Frontwing announced on Thursday that it has greenlit a sequel to the anime adaptation of its Grisaia: Phantom Trigger game. The sequel will tell the story of the "Vol. 3" game. Frontwing will launch a crowdfunding campaign for the anime in June in order to produce a better quality product. The first anime opened on March 15 at Tokyo's EJ A...
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Shin Chūka Ichiban! Anime Reveals Teaser Promo Video, Visual, More Character Designs

Anime adapts sequel manga that ran from 1997-1999 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Etsushi Ogawa's Shin Chūka Ichiban! sequel manga series revealed a new teaser visual, teaser promotional video, and more character designs on Friday. The new character designs include: Leon, Shell, and Fei (from left to right in image below). Previously revealed characters include: Meili, M...
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Chihayafuru Season 3 Anime Reveals Theme Song Artists

99RadioService returns for opening song, Band Harassment performs ending song for October anime ― The official Twitter account for the anime adaptations of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga revealed the opening and ending theme song artists for Chihayafuru 3, the third television anime season, on Friday. 99RadioService, who performed the opening themes for both previous seasons, returns to perform th...
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Samurai 8 Manga Preview Chapter Debuts on English Shonen Jump Site on Friday

Masashi Kishimoto, Akira Ōkubo's new manga's preview chapter will be available on Friday at 4:00 p.m. EDT ― The official Twitter account for Viz Media's Shonen Jump website announced on Thursday that it will publish the preview chapter for the new Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru (Samurai 8: Hachimaruden) manga by Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto and manga artist Akira Ōkubo. The chapter will b...
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Kiyotaka Oshiyama's Studio Durian Reveals 'Shishigari' Short Anime

Megumi Han plays protagonist in story about boy who goes on hunt ― Kiyotaka Oshiyama's Studio Durian revealed a trailer for its "Shishigari" (Lion Hunter) anime short on Thursday. Oshiyama (Flip Flappers) is directing the anime, and is also credited for the story concept, screenplay, and as animator for the short. Megumi Han plays the "Boy" main character. Studio Durian describes the short: Deep in t...

Kou Yoneda's Twittering Birds Never Fly Boys-Love Manga Gets Anime Film

Yuri!! on Ice, Banana Fish episode director Kaori Makita directs winter film at GRIZZLY ― Fuji TV's new Blue Lynx boys-love anime label revealed on Friday that it is producing an anime film adaptation of Kou Yoneda's Twittering Birds Never Fly (Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai) manga titled Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai - The Clouds Gather. The film will open this winter. The film's website also revealed a ...
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KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! Anime Film Reveals Song Artists, August Debut

Machico performs theme song; Ai Kayano, Rie Takahashi, Sora Amamiya perform ending song ― The official website for the Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Kurenai Densetsu (KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! Crimson Legend) anime film based on Natsume Akatsuki's light novel series revealed the film's theme song artists and August 30 opening on Friday. Machico, who performed the open...
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2019 Free! Compilation Film Reveals Teaser, Visual, Title

Free! ~Road to the World~ Yume opens on July 5 ― Kyoto Animation and Animation Do opened a website for the next compilation film in their Free! anime franchise on Thursday, and revealed the film's title as Free! ~Road to the World~ Yume (Dream). The site also revealed a new teaser video and visual for the film. The film will open on July 5, and will have a returning cast and staff from the Free! Dive...
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Pokémon Psyduck and Snubbull to Launch at Build-A-Bear

Two of the key characters from Detective Pikachu are coming to Build-A-Bear Workshop as online exclusives on Friday. The company will add snugly versions of Psyduck and Snubble to the BuildABear.com and BuildABear.co.uk sites. The Psyduck Bundle includes a 13-inch tall Psyduck plush, a raincoat, a matching hat, a Luxury Ball hoodie, a 6-1 sound chip, and an exclusive trading card. The Psyduck bund...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 21-27

B't X Neo, Record of Grancrest War anime; O MaIdens in Your Savage Season, DIVE!! manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date B't X Neo DVDPlease Anime Midstream US$59.99 April 26 Doreiku the Animation BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 April 23 Maria the Virgin Witch Essentials BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation Entertainment US$29.98 April 23 Mikagura School Suite Essentials BD...
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Sword Art Online Goes to the Dogs in 2 Game Ads

Cats get a lot of the attention as the official mascot of the internet, but their barky brothers aren't short on charm. The marketing staff of The Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization game decided to have a little fun with the game's title and bring in some pups to promote the Nintendo Switch version's release in Japan on April 25, and in the West on May 24. The two ads "Sword Art Wanline" plays c...
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The 'Wackey 7' Are the Stinkiest Anthro Characters You'll Ever Meet

Deodorant brand introduces seven male odors as characters ― Deodorant is a staple of of a good hygiene, especially with temperatures amping up into spring and summer. The Japanese men's cosmetic brand Gatsby is introducing a new line of men's deodorants and hopes to make the product memorable with a unique advertising campaign. You might be thinking, "what exactly did I just watch?" The answer is sim...
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Watch Splatoon 2's Pearl and Marina Go 'Off the Hook' at Tokaigi 2019

Fans of Splatoon 2 idols Pearl and Marina got to experience a one-of-a-kind undersea concert at Tokaigi 2019 (Game Party 2019) in Japan. The two-day gaming megashow was held in January. Fans of the duo who weren't able to cross oceans to see them can now enjoy the idols "Off the Hook" concert from home thanks to Nintendo UK. The company uploaded the 36-minute show on YouTube on Thursday. Pearl and...
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This Week in Anime - Is Rilakkuma and Kaoru Worth Watching?

This slice-of-life series uses its unique style of stop-motion animation to explore feelings of loneliness and ennui in warm and fuzzy ways. Andy and Steve break down what makes this Netflix short stand out from the crowd. ― Rilakkuma and Kaoru uses its unique style of stop-motion animation to explore feelings of loneliness and ennui in warm and fuzzy ways. This week, Andy and Steve break down what ...
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Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland Game's Video Previews Combat

Game launches in N. America on May 21, in Europe on May 24 ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming a promotional video for the Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland (Lulua no Atelier ~Arland no Renkinjutsushi 4~) game on Thursday. The video previews combat. KOEI Tecmo America will release the game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on May 21 in North America. The company's limited edition...
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Sarazanmai Anime's Pitch Did Not Mention Butts

Director Ikuhara waited until after the pitch had been approved before writing this key element into the plot. ― Butts are a very important part of Sarazanmai. You might even call them an essential part of the package. It's hard to imagine what the anime would be like without those raucous musical segments every episode. In the anime's official guidebook, an interviewer asked director Kunihiko Ikuhar...
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Haruichi Launches Star Wars: Leia Ōjo no Shiren Manga on May 4

Story centers on 16-year-old Leia as she completes test to be queen ― The LINE Manga app announced on Thursday that Haruichi will launch the Star Wars: Leia Ōjo no Shiren (Princess Test) manga on May 4 (Star Wars Day). The story centers on 16-year-old Leia Organa as she faces a mandatory test in preparation for becoming queen of Alderaan. Leia is busy with her studies of various topics such as politi...
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One Punch Man Season 2 ‒ Episode 3

"Unfortunately, Garou's likability isn't quite enough to save a dull interstitial chapter in ONE's superhero saga."
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Bloom Into You Yuri Manga Ends in 8th Volume in November

Nio Nakatani launched manga in 2015, inspired TV anime last October ― The seventh compiled book volume of Nio Nakatani's Bloom Into You (Yagate Kimi ni Naru) yuri manga revealed on Friday that the manga's eighth volume will be the manga's final volume. The eighth volume is slated to ship in November. Seven Seas Entertainment publishes the manga in North America, and it describes the story: Yuu has al...
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Goblin Slayer: Brand New Day Manga Ends in May

Spinoff manga launched in May 2018 ― The May issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine revealed on Thursday that it will publish the final chapter of Masahiro Ikeno's Goblin Slayer: Brand New Day spinoff manga in the magazine's next issue on May 25. Yen Press is publishing the manga simultaneously with Japan. The manga launched in May 2018 in Monthly Big Gangan, and it follows the people aro...

Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers Game Revealed for PS4, Switch

Koei Tecmo Games, Omega Force develop franchise's 1st action RPG ― Atlus and its P-Studio division announced during a livestream event on Thursday that Koei Tecmo Games and Omega Force are developing the Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The game will be the series' first action role-playing game. Atlus began streaming a promotional video for the gam...
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Nintendo Sees 13.7% Increase in Sales in Fiscal Year 2019, Reveals Sales Data for Switch Console/Games

Company sells 16.95 million Switch consoles in fiscal year for total of 34.74 million units ― Nintendo revealed on Thursday its year-end report for the fiscal year that ended on March 31. The company saw net sales of 1.2005 trillion yen (about US$10.7 billion), a 13.7% increase from last year. The company saw an operating profit of 249.7 billion yen (about US$2.232 billion, up 40.6% from last year), ...
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Tokyo RPG Factory's Oninaki Game Previewed in Character Trailer

Game launches for PS4, Switch, PC this summer ― Square Enix began streaming a character reveal trailer on Thursday for its Tokyo RPG Factory subsidiary's ONINAKI (Japanese title: Oni no Naku Kuni, or "country where the ogre cries") action role-playing game. The game is slated for release in North America, Europe, and Japan this summer on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The game's pr...
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The Demon Prince of Momochi House Manga Ends in 16th Volume

Viz Media releases manga in English ― The 15th volume of Aya Shouoto's The Demon Prince of Momochi House (Momochi-san Chi no Ayakashi Ōji) manga revealed on Wednesday that the manga will end in its 16th volume this fall. Shouto had stated on Twitter in November that the manga was nearing its final arc. Shouoto launched the manga in Kadokawa's Asuka magazine in February 2014. The manga inspired a dram...
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Boarding School Juliet Manga Starts Final Arc

Yōsuke Kaneda's school romantic comedy manga inspired 12-episode series last year ― This year's combined 21st and 22nd issues of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine launched the final arc, titled "West Arc," on Wednesday of Yōsuke Kaneda's school romantic comedy manga series Kishuku Gakkō no Juliet (Boarding School Juliet). The story follows two students from two nations who attend the Dahlia Academy b...
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24th Detective Conan Film Confirmed for 2020

Also: Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in The Sky manga ends, Zero the Enforcer manga starts ― This year's combined 21st and 22nd issues of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine confirmed on Wednesday that Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan (Case Closed) manga will again inspire an anime film in 2020. The film will be the 24th film in the franchise. Additionally, the June issue of Shogakukan's Shonen ...
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Manga Creator Usamaru Furuya Collaborates With Photographer Hirokazu Kobayashi for Live-Action 'Project' Starting With Amane Gymnasium Photo Book

Book features photographs of Shōhei Hashimoto, Hisanori Satō in costume ― Manga creator Usamaru Furuya announced on Tuesday that he and photographer Hirokazu Kobayashi will launch a project to adapt Furuya's manga into live-action form. The first phase of the project will be the release of the Amane Gymnasium concept art book, which will feature photographs. The project is based on Furuya's manga of ...
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P.A. Works Producer Expresses Desire to Work With Jun Maeda on New Original Project

― Both the official Japanese and English Twitter accounts for the P.A. Works animation studio revealed on April 18 and 19, respectively, that studio producer Mitsuhito Tsuji would like to work on a new original work with writer Jun Maeda. Tsuji also noted that the sixth episode of Charlotte and the 10th episode of Angel Beats! were the most that Tsuji cried at a P.A. Works show. Maeda first collabor...
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Nekopara Vol. 3 Game Launches for Switch, PS4 in June

Nekopara Vol. 2 launched on both consoles on February 14 ― CFK announced on Thursday that it and Neko Works will release Neko Works' Nekopara Vol. 3 game on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in mid-June. Nekopara Vol. 1 launched for PS4 on November 2. The Switch version launched on July 4 in Japan and North America and on August 23 in Europe. CFK and Neko Works then released the Nekopara Vol. 2 game ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, April 15-21

Natsuzora earns 23.6% rating, Mystery of Mamo earns 8.8% rating ― The latest episode of the Natsuzora live-action series about the early Japanese animation industry aired on NHK on Wednesday, April 17 at 8:00 a.m. and earned a 23.6% rating. The latest episode of the live-action series adaptation of Tomohiro Yokomaku and Taishi Mori's Radiation House medical drama manga aired on Fuji TV on Monday, Apr...
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Sega's Tokyo 2020 Olympics: The Official Game's Promo Video Reveals July 24 Release in Japan

Game launches outside of Asia in 2020 ― Sega revealed in a video on Tuesday that it will release the Tokyo 2020 Olympics: The Official Game video game for the Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan and Asia on July 24. The game will launch outside of Asia for the PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and Steam in 2020. Sega is developing four total game titles in connection with the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo....
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 15-21

Langrisser I & II remake's PS4 release debuts at #2, Switch release at #6 ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 8-14 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain D3 Publisher April 11 12,923 68,496 2PS4Langrisser I & II Chara-Ani April 18 11,902 11,902 3NSwSuper Smash Brothers Ultimate Nintendo December 7, 2018 11,080 3,029,577 4NSwNintendo Labo Toy-Con ...
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Majimoji Rurumo OVA Previewed in Video

2-part "concluding" OVA ships with manga's 9th volume on July 9 ― Kodansha began streaming a promotional video on Thursday for the new anime adaptation of Wataru Watanabe's Magimoji Rurumo manga. The Magimoji Rurumo: Kanketsu-hen (Concluding Volume) anime will be a two-part original anime disc that will run for a combined total of about 50 minutes. The OVA will ship with a limited edition of the Magi...
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Ys IX: Monstrum Nox PS4 Game Launches in Japan on September 26

― The official website for Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, Nihon Falcom's latest entry in its Ys role-playing game series, announced on Thursday that the game will launch for the PlayStation 4 on September 26. The game's story takes place in Baldeuk, northeast of Esteria in the Gria Eldlingen region. A new adventure will unfold in this "prison city" and will revolve around the mystery regarding "Monstrum," peo...
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Fairy gone Anime's 1st BD/DVD Volume Bundles Racing Game

Allows players to control Free Underbar in race ― The official website for P.A. Works' original television anime Fairy gone revealed on Wednesday that the anime's first Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video volume release in Japan will bundle an 8-bit PC racing game titled Free ride - Free Underbar Ride. The game allows players to control main character Free Underbar as he drives his motorcycle. The volume...
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Bloomberg: Nintendo Plans to Release 'Cheaper' Switch by End of June

"Modest upgrade" also planned for main console ― Business news website Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that according to its sources (who wished to remain anonymous), Nintendo will launch a "cheaper" version of its Switch gaming console by the end of June, with a "modest upgrade" also planned for the console. Bloomberg also noted that its sources claimed that Nintendo does not have any plans to relea...
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The Helpful Fox Senko-san Anime Adds Rie Kugimiya to Cast

Plays main character of in-story kids' anime ― The third episode of the The Helpful Fox Senko-san anime added voice actress Rie Kugimiya to the anime's cast on Wednesday. Kugimiya voices Inari Shojo Yōko, the main character of a kids' anime in the story. Funimation is streaming the series with English subtitles as it airs, and is also streaming an English dub. Crunchyroll is also streaming the anime ...
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Tsugumomo OVA's Crowdfunding Reaches 2nd Goal for 20-Minute Runtime

OVA to bundle with manga volume in 2020 ― The crowdfunding campaign to fund a new original video anime (OVA) for the Tsugumomo anime franchise announced on April 19 that the campaign has reached its 6 million yen stretch goal (about US$53,500) to make the OVA have a runtime of 20 minutes or more. The campaign has earned 6,974,000 yen (about US$62,200) as of press time. The campaign will end on Friday...

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Sound! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale Film's Video Shows New Footage

Film opened on April 19, ranked #5 in opening weekend ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's Sound! Euphonium franchise began streaming a promotional video for Gekijōban Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale (Sound! Euphonium The Movie: Oath's Finale), the second of two planned new films in the franchise, on Wednesday. The video features more footage from the film, and features excerpts from the ...
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Gundam Creator Yoshiyuki Tomino Holds Press Conference For Upcoming Exhibit

Mobile Suit Gundam director Yoshiyuki Tomino held a press conference on Tuesday for the upcoming "World of Yoshiyuki Tomino" exhibit. Shōzō Yabu, one of the organizers for the exhibit and leader of the arts division at the Kobe Shibun, said, "We made this happen because of the passion Tomino puts into animation and film, and because of the zeal of the curators at each of the museums. Mobile Suit G...
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Blade of the Immortal Gets Official Sequel Manga in May

Kenji Takigawa, Ryū Suenobu pen Bakumatsu-era story; "important announcement" teased ― The June issue of Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine revealed on Thursday that Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal manga is receiving an official sequel manga titled Mugen no Jūnin - Bakumatsu no Shō (Blade of the Immortal - Bakumatsu Arc). Kenji Takigawa is writing the story, and Ryū Suenobu is drawing the a...
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Date a Live: Rio Reincarnation Slated for the West on PS4 in June

June 18 in N. America, June 21 in Europe; PC release date to be revealed later ― Idea Factory International announced on Wednesday that the PlayStation 4 version of its Western release of Compile Heart's Date A Live Rio Reincarnation game is slated for June 18 in North America and June 21 in Europe. The game will have both physical and digital versions. The game's release date on PC via Steam will be...
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Rilakkuma and Kaoru Stop-Motion Animator Shigeru Okada Seeks Crowdfunding for Horror Project

Stop-motion animator Shigeru Okada earned recognition in 2009 when he was nominated for the YouTube Video Awards Japan. His short "Kamisumou" was recognized for its blend of live-action and special effects work. Okada's YouTube channel is filled with behind-the-scenes videos and cute stop-motion shorts. Beyond social media, he's worked in the stop-motion art form for 15 years and was an animator o...
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TMS Entertainment Opens Anniversary YouTube Channel with Over 100 Classic Anime Episodes

Anime production studio TMS Entertainment Animation opened an official YouTube channel to celebrate its 55th anniversary. The channel is offering over 100 episodes for free from the studio's classic series until January 2020. Some of the series are region-locked while others are available in the U.S. The channel is currently offering the first three or more episodes from Lupin III, The Rose of Ver...
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Fighting the Monotony of Homelessness with Granblue Fantasy

Toby is 25 and without secure shelter—but his mobile gaming life is rich ― The world of mobile games (mobage) is vast. There's an estimated 2.2 billion mobile gamers logging in on their smartphones to pass the time in dungeon puzzlers, questing in a fantasy world, or hoping to pull that rare Servant card. The average user spends just 23 minutes a day playing their game of choice but that hasn't stopp...
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Kristen McGuire, Aaron Campbell Star in The Helpful Fox Senko-san Anime's English Dub

Funimation's dub premiered on Wednesday ― Funimation announced the English dub cast of the The Helpful Fox Senko-san television anime on Wednesday. The company also began streaming the dub on its FunimationNow streaming service at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The "healing comedy" stars: Senko – Kristen McGuire Nakano – Aaron Campbell Shiro – Kristin Sutton Kōenji – Hayden Daviau Yozora – Dawn M. Bennett Jad Saxton...
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Crunchyroll Adds New Strike Witches, 2nd Trinity Seven Anime Film in U.S.

1st 3 episodes of Strike Witches: 501st JOINT FIGHTER WING Take Off! launched today ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it is streaming the Strike Witches: 501st JOINT FIGHTER WING Take Off! anime. The company also announced that it will add Trinity Seven: Heavens Library & Crimson Lord (Trinity Seven: Tenkū Toshokan to Shinku no Maō), the second anime film based on Kenji Saito and Akinari Nao'...
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Charapedia Poll Reveals Most Popular Anime Voice Actors

Yūma Uchida and Yuko Sanpei won this year's Annual Seiyū Awards for best performance but which voice actors were fans' top choices? The website Charapedia calculated votes from its readers to find which actors and actresses are the current fan favorites. Topping the women's list is the versatile Aoi Yūki. Yūki has a broad range of voices from the determined Tanya Degurechaff (Saga of Tanya the Evi...
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Dragon Ball Fighterz Game's Video Previews Goku From Dragon Ball GT

Character launches as part of "FighterZ Pass 2" season on May 9 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new gameplay trailer for the Dragon Ball FighterZ game on Wednesday. The video previews the DLC character Goku from the Dragon Ball GT anime. The character will launch on May 9. The new character is part of the game's new "FighterZ Pass 2" season. As with the previous FighterZ Pass, ...
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Isekai Quartet ‒ Episode 3

"The balance of the four series is nearly perfect, the irony of their interactions is deliciously rampant, and the anticipation for future events is great."
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Dororo ‒ Episode 15

"While the narrative of this episode is interesting and nuanced, the choppy scenes and ugly animation make its finer points difficult to appreciate."
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Answerman - Do Japanese School Kids Really Get To Go On Class Trips?

Pretty often in anime you see high school kids taking big, eventful class trips - does that really happen in Japan? Justin digs in. ― Jake asked: I have watched a lot of school anime over the years and I have always found school trips to be a bit peculiar. Most of the time they are beach trips, which is pretty normal fare. But more often than not it's to some exotic expensive local that is multiple ...

Persona 5 The Royal Game Revealed With Videos for October 31 Launch in Japan

PS4 game ships in West in 2020 ― Atlas revealed on Wednesday that the Persona 5 franchise's Persona 5 The Royal role-playing game will launch for PlayStation 4 in Japan on October 31. The game will launch in the Americas and Europe in 2020. Atlus began streaming the first promotional video for the game, and Atlus USA began streaming an English teaser trailer. The game will feature the new character K...
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My Sadistic Boyfriend GN 1

This steamy shojo romance might be enticing to fans of certain kinks, but its lack of character development will make it a dud for most readers. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― If you're familiar with Yuna Anisaki as a manga artist, My Sadistic Boyfriend won't come as any surprise. A staple of racy shoujo magazines in the early 2000s, Anisaki belongs to the same school of romance as Mayu Shinjo ...
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Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life ‒ Episode 3

"For its third-episode twist, this club drama certainly isn't breaking any new ground. But a steady pace, new character development, and a budding romance keep the result interesting, if entirely predictable."

Rifle is Beautiful TV Anime Reveals Visual, Cast, Staff

Machico, Akane Kumada, Saki Minami, Anna Yamaki join cast ― This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed a visual, cast, and staff for the television anime adaptation of Akki Sarumi's Rifle is Beautiful four-panel manga on Thursday. The main cast members, who also form the related idol unit Rifling 4, include: Machico as Hikari Kokura Akane Kumada as Izim...
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Kingdom, Shin-chan, Sound! Euphonium Debut in Top 5 at Japanese Box Office

Detective Conan stays at #1 for 2nd week; Doraemon, Tonde Saitama stay in top 10 Meitantei Conan: Konjō no Fist (Detective Conan: Fist of Blue Sapphire), the 23rd Detective Conan anime film, stayed at the top of the Japanese box office ranking in its second weekend. The film sold 678,000 tickets and earned 886 million yen (about US$7.91 million) over the weekend, and has cumulatively sold 2.75 mill...
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Granbelm Anime Streams 1st 10 Minutes, Reveals More Cast & July 5 Debut

Aoi Yūki, Chinatsu Akasaki, Hikaru Akao join modern magical fantasy anime ― The official website for the Granbelm original anime series began streaming the show's first 10 minutes on Wednesday. The site also revealed more cast members and the series' July 5 premiere date in the "Animeism" programming block on MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS. The new cast includes: Aoi Yūki as Suishō Hakamada, one of Anna's stud...
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Laid-Back Camp Anime's Heya Kyan Anime Shorts Unveil Staff, January 2020 Premiere

Main anime's opening director Masato Jinbo helms anime at C-Station again ― The official webstie for the anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga announced the staff and January 2020 premiere of the "Heya Kyan△" (Room Camp) short anime on Wednesday. It also unveiled a new visual for the entire franchise: Masato Jinbo, the director of the main anime's opening animation sequence, is...

Vinland Saga Anime's Subtitled Promo Reveals More Cast, 24-Episode Run, July 6 Debut

Naoya Uchida, Kensho Ono, Akio Ohtsuka, Hiroki Yasumoto join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga manga unveiled the anime's second animated promotional video (with English subtitles) and new key visual on Wednesday. The website and the new video reveal more cast members, anime's 24-episode length, and the July 6 streaming premiere. The newly announce...
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For Whom The Alchemist Exists Anime Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Huwie Ishizaki performs theme song, ending song for June 14 film ― The Anime! Anime! website began streaming a new trailer on Wednesday for For Whom The Alchemist Exists, the theatrical film adaptation of the The Alchemist Code (Ta ga Tame no Alchemist or For Whom the Alchemist) smartphone game. The trailer previews the film's theme song "Namida" (Tears) by Huwie Ishizaki. The film will open in theat...
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Live-Action Meiji Tokyo Renka Film's Trailer Reveals June Opening

KENN theme song, new poster visual also previewed for new film ― The official website for the live-action series and film adaptation of Broccoli's Meiji Tokyo Renka romance visual novel began streaming a trailer for the film on Tuesday. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song "Kawatare no Sora" (Dawn Sky) by KENN, and also reveals the film's June 21 opening date. The site also revealed...
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Final Fantasy XIV Dad of Light Film's Trailer Previews GLAY Theme Song

June 21 film also has insert song by The Beat Garden ― The official website for the live-action Final Fantasy XIV Dad of Light (Final Fantasy XIV: Hikari no Otōsan) film remake began streaming a new trailer for the film on Wednesday. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song "Colors" by GLAY. The trailer also reveals that the film will have an insert song titled "Start Button" by The Bea...
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New Pop Team Epic Horse-Racing Short Features Return of AC-bu, Hellshake Yano

New JRA campaign to run until June 30 ― The Japan Racing Association (JRA) announced on Wednesday that it has launched a new collaboration with the Pop Team Epic anime. As in the last year's collaboration, the new collaboration features a new short. Production team AC-bu handled the "high speed kamishibai (paper theater)" short with the return of character Hellshake Yano, as a jockey in a horse race....

Toonami Premieres Lupin the Third: Part 5 Anime on June 15

Latest Lupin III TV anime premiered in Japan in April 2018 ― The official Facebook page for Adult Swim's Toonami block announced on Tuesday that the block will premiere the Lupin the Third: Part 5 anime on June 15. The newest television anime in the franchise moves the story's setting to modern France. While Lupin still uses classic cars and traditional guns like the Walter P38, he also employs the I...
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Dwango Establishes TUNEDiD Brand, 3D CG Studio, Tokyo's Largest Motion Capture Studio

New brand to meet increasing demand for CG animation in anime, games, live events ― Media and telecommunications company Dwango announced on Monday that it has established a new CG animation brand named "TUNEDiD," along with an accompanying animation studio named "TUNEDiD film," as well as a new motion capture studio named "TUNEDiD studio." Dwango describes TUNEDiD studio as the largest motion captur...
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Kenshi Yonezu Performs Children of the Sea Film's Theme Song

"Umi no Yūrei" is Yonezu's first theme song for any film ― The official website for Studio 4°C's anime film of Daisuke Igarashi's Children of the Sea (Kaijū no Kodomo) manga announced on Wednesday that Kenshi Yonezu wrote and performed the film's theme song "Umi no Yūrei" (Ghost of the Sea). The newly written song is Yonezu's first theme for a film. Yonezu and Igarashi have been friends since Yonezu ...
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Hanshin Tigers, Toyo Carp Prepare for Gundam Baseball Battle on May 17

Amuro Ray backs Hanshin Tigers, Char Aznable sides with Toyo Carp ― It's the Hiroshima Toyo Carp versus the Hanshin Tigers in an all out Gundam-sized baseball sortie! Both professional teams have enlisted Mobile Suits and their pilots to represent them in collaboration merchandise as part of the Mobile Suit Gundam 40th Anniversary Project. The project now spans new anime, a face-off against Hello Kit...
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Gag Manga Artist Man-gatarō Redesigns Library Mascot

Adorable tree transforms into something...else ― Manga creator Man-gatarō's (Gatarō Man) has a uniquely graphic art style. His terrifying character Babā (Old Woman) being one recent example (link NSFW). While comedic in its grotesqueness, it's not exactly the type of art you'd expect to find on, say, your library card. That didn't deter the Saga Prefectural Library. The library has its own cute masco...
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Gintama's Lewd Snow Sculpture Immortalized as Flower Vase

When it comes to Gintama merchandise, you never know what you're going to get. It could be weird doodles masquerading as fashion or an Elizabeth incense holder that looks like its smoking. Sometimes the items are particularly lewd like a fork that's literally shoved up Gintoki's butt. This latest bit of merchandise falls in the latter category. The comedy action series is currently collaborating w...
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John Oliver's Last Week Tonight Talks Chiitan

The unofficial mascot responded with a challenge for the talk show host ― John Oliver's late-night talk show Last Week Tonight revisited Japan's world of mascots last night to discuss the controversial Chiitan. The segment opens with the bloody death of a Jigglypuff before getting to the mascot's introduction. Chiitan's nearly one million social media followers are already familiar with its antics bu...
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Crunchyroll Streams The Helpful Fox Senko-san Anime

1st two episodes are available now ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it is streaming The Helpful Fox Senko-san anime. The first two episodes debuted at 3:30 p.m. EDT, and new episodes will begin streaming on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. EDT. The series is available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and ...
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Maiden Japan Licenses This Art Club Has a Problem! Anime

Company plans streaming, home video releases ― Maiden Japan announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the This Art Club Has a Problem! (Kono Bijutsu-bu niwa Mondai ga Aru!) anime for streaming and home video release. Maiden Japan describes the series: A totally ordinary art club at the totally ordinary Tsukimori Middle School. There, Subaru Uchimaki squanders his artistic talent on his true passion a...

Funimation Streams Saranzanmai Anime's English Dub

Simuldub premieres on May 9 ― Funimation announced on Tuesday that it will stream Kunihiko Ikuhara's original television anime project Sarazanmai. The simuldub will premiere on May 9 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, and it will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Crunchyroll is also streaming the series with English subtitles as it airs in Japan. Crunc...
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This Week in Anime - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Gets (Even More) Gruesome

JJBA Part 5 has started to shine in all its gory glory now that King Crimson is after Giorno and his friends. Nick and Micchy steel their stomachs for a deep dive into the show's escalating brutality. ― Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind has started to shine in all its gory glory now that King Crimson is after Giorno and his friends. This week, Nick and Micchy steel their stomachs for a deep dive...
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Crunchyroll Adds Isekai Quartet Crossover Anime

Series to stream as part of spring lineup ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will stream the crossover anime Isekai Quartet as part of its spring lineup. Funimation is also streaming the series with English subtitles as it airs. The English dub will premiere on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Funimation describes the story: The button appeared out of nowhere. There weren't any signs NOT to push it…...
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Famitsu Readers Vote Chrono Trigger as Top Video Game From Heisei Era

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, NieR: Automata place 2nd and 3rd respectively. ― Famitsu released the top three results of its "Top Video Game From the Heisei Era" poll on its website on Monday. 7,158 votes were submitted on Famitsu's website between April 3-8. The top-ranked game was Chrono Trigger (1995) developed by Square Enix (then Square), which received 230 votes. The classic 1995 SNE...
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Fire Force TV Anime Casts Mamoru Miyano as Benimaru Shinmon

1st title in "Super Animeism" block premieres on July 5 ― The official website for the television anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga revealed on Tuesday that Mamoru Miyano will play Benimaru Shinmon. He is both a second and third generation pyrokinetic and battalion commander of Company 7. He does not abide by the rules of the organization and only focuses on Asakusa. The ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, April 15-21

Haikyu stage production sells 4,247, followed by Funassyi, Yarichin Bitch-bu, Sanrio Boys play, Quintessential Quintuplets ― Hyper Projection Engeki Haikyu!! "Saikyō no Team" landed at #5 on the overall DVD chart with 4,247 copies. Funassyi's Funanomix 5 -Nassyi Vacation Kumamoto/Ōita-Hen debuted at #8 with 3,567 copies. Miracle Stage Sanrio Boys was #18 with 1,259 copies. Shin God One Man 2019.1.23 ...
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DIVE!! GNs 1-2

This diving manga suffers slightly when compared to its contemporaries in Free! and Haikyu!, but there's still enough thoughtful character drama to merit a look for genre fans. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Dive!!'s manga and anime adaptations perhaps came at an unfortunate time for the series. Although the original light novels date to 2002, the anime didn't come until 2017, and the manga, wh...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, April 15-21

[email protected] Million Live! concert sells 7,241, followed by Haikyu, Revue Starlight, Quintessential Quintuplets, Pop Team Epic ― The limited complete pressing of The [email protected] Million Live! 5th Live Brand New [email protected]!!! Live Blu-ray Complete [email protected] sold 7,241 copies to rank #5 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Hyper Projection Engeki Haikyu!! "Saikyō no Team" landed at #6 with 6,417 copies. Revu...
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Doraemon: Story of Seasons Game Gets English Release for Switch, PC in Fall

Crossover between Doraemon, Story of Seasons launches in Americas, Europe, Asia ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Tuesday that it will release the Doraemon: Story of Seasons (Doraemon: Nobita no Bokujō Monogatari) game for the Nintendo Switch and for PC via Steam in the Americas this fall. The game will also launch in Europe and Southeast Asia in fall. Bandai Namco Entertainment began...
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Tokyo Ghoul Creator Sui Ishida, Broccoli's Jack Jeanne Project Is 2020 Switch Game

Ishida wrote original concept, designed characters for game about elite all-boys drama school ― Broccoli revealed on Tuesday that its Jack Jeanne collaboration project with Tokyo Ghoul manga creator Sui Isihida is a game that will launch for the Nintendo Switch in 2020. The game will have both visual novel and rhythm game elements, and will center on the theater and a drama school setting. The game's...
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ZEXCS Animates Magical Beast Sherbert Series Based on K-LINE Character

Jewelpet Twinkle's Takashi Yamamoto directs anime ― Zexcs announced on Tuesday that it is producing Magical Beast Sherbert (Mahō Shōjū Sherbert), an anime series based on K-LINE's Sherbert character. Zexcs opened a Twitter account for the anime on Tuesday, and it is streaming a promotional video which reveals the anime's staff. 「魔法少獣シャーベット」アニメシリーズ制作進行中!新魔法少女シリーズオリジナルのプロモーションビデオ公開!詳しくはこのTwitterアカウントをフ...
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Fuji TV Launches Boys-Love Anime Film Label

"Blue Lynx" posts story by Run With the Wind's Shion Miura, Yōko Tanji before unveiling 1st film ― Fuji TV announced on Tuesday that it has founded a new anime label named "Blue Lynx" that will focus on boys-love anime. The label will announce its first anime film, an adaptation of a boys-love manga, on Friday, April 26. In addition, novelist Shion Miura (The Great Passage, Run With the Wind) and art...
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Luminous Witches Anime Reveals New Cast Members, Character, Video

Ami Aimoto, Mai Narumi, Minako Hosogawa, Sayaka Tsuzuki, Ryō Mamiya star in 2021 anime ― The official website for the Renmei Kūgun Kōkū Mahō Ongakutai Luminous Witches (Allied Air Force Magical Idols Luminous Witches) television anime revealed a new character on Monday. The anime's website also revealed a new promotional video and cast members for the anime earlier this month. The newly revealed char...

Crunchyroll Adds Simulcast for Wise Man's Grandchild Anime

1st 2 episodes now available, with new episodes on Wednesdays ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it has added the Wise Man's Grandchild anime to its streaming simulcast lineup. The first two episodes are already available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands. Future episodes will debu...
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Io Sakisaka's 'Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare' Romance Manga Gets Anime Film, Live-Action Film

Blue Spring Ride creator's shōjo manga gets May 2020 anime film by A-1 Pictures ― Shueisha announced on Tuesday that Io Sakisaka's Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare manga is inspiring both an anime film and a live-action film adaptation. A-1 Pictures (The [email protected], Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Sword Art Online) is producing the anime film for a May 2020 opening. Takahiro Miki, who also directed the live-ac...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Character Designer Expresses Disappointment in Anime Industry

In the midst of news that animation studio Madhouse worked a production assistant to collapse, members of the anime industry are discussing their thoughts and feelings on social media. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable and Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya character designer Terumi Nishii shared her thoughts in English on Twitter on Monday, going so far as to dissuade anyone hoping...
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Shonen Jump, Shonen Magazine Fuse Into Single 2,264-page, 13cm-wide Issue

I'm not sure this is what they meant when they said Shonen Jump and Shonen Magazine carry some of the biggest manga titles. Publishers Shueisha and Kodansha have merged their magazines for one truly gigantic issue as part of the joint "Shōnen Jumaga Gakuen" project. The commemorative issue includes 2,264 total pages with a 13-cm wide spine. Inside are opening chapters for 44 individual manga serie...
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Fairy gone ‒ Episode 3

"The subject matter might be entirely different, but Fairy Gone is still two for two on delivering completely middle-of-the-road table-setting episodes that don't do much beyond dish out new plot beats."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 103

"An eventful finale to a fun mini-arc, Boruto's latest adventure offers plenty of action, a steady dose of heart, and a sprinkling of laughter."
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Voice Actors Jill Harris, Dallas Reid Announce Engagement

The real-life Asta and Noelle are getting hitched! English dub voice actors Jill Harris and Dallas Reid announced their engagement on social media on April 20. The pair went to a renaissance fair that day before sharing the good news. Went to the Renn Faire with my fiancé today. Did I mention that @FortWorthReid and I are engaged? 'Cause we are. pic.twitter.com/ljjPBRQmIy— Jill Harris (@jillybeann...
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 305

"Waiting for reinforcements takes on a whole other meaning when you're Fairy Tail."
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Cosplay Gallery: Anime Boston 2019

Peruse some of the colorful and impressive costumes on display from the show floor at this year's Anime Boston. ― IMG resized_img_1490.jpeg IMG resized_img_1492.jpg IMG resized_img_1493.jpeg IMG resized_img_1494.jpeg IMG resized_img_1495.jpeg IMG resized_img_1499.jpeg IMG resized_img_1505.jpg IMG resized_img_1508.jpg IMG resized_img_1513.jpg IMG resized_img_1525.jpg IMG resized_img_1531.jpg IMG resi...
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Little-Known Monkey Punch Manga From 1975 Reveals Lupin III, Fujiko's Son

After Monkey Punch's passing, fans recall a little-known fact about Lupin III and Fujiko's relationship. ― Monkey Punch's passing last week has prompted fans to celebrate the acclaimed manga artist's life as well as his most famous work: Lupin III. One little-known piece of trivia is that Lupin and Fujiko get married and have a child in a spinoff manga called Lupin Kozō (Lupin the Brat), which Monkey...
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We Never Learn: BOKUBEN ‒ Episode 3

"The themes of this episode do nominally raise the stakes for the story, but the plot is so rigidly boxed into a pattern of character vignettes that it ultimately feels like the series at its most average."
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Shelf Life - Ace Attorney

Paul finds out if this disappointing anime adaptation of Capcom's exciting game series has anything to offer Phoenix Wright fans, plus our full breakdown of all this week's new blu-ray releases! ― Since I'm taking a season off from our Daily Streaming Reviews, I'm starting to fill up my streaming queue with all the shows I've had to either skip or drop halfway through over the last few years. As it ...
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Madhouse Production Assistant Says He Worked 393 Hours in One Month

After being hospitalized due to overwork, assistant joined Black Company trade union. ― On April 5, a Madhouse production assistant joined a trade union and commenced the process of collective bargaining. The anonymous assistant is seeking compensation for unpaid overtime, as well as an apology for the various forms of power harassment he received. Bungei Shunju Online published an interview with the...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 3

"The bones of this plot may not be anything special so far, but Demon Slayer knows how to make every shot and scrap of character count."
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The Mike Toole Show - noitaminA ekiL I

Mike stays up past his bedtime to appreciate Fuji TV's legendary late-night animation block, home to an eclectic array of anime ranging from Psycho-Pass to The Promised Neverland! ― About a month ago, I got to do something I'd been wanting to do since 2006: I got to watch the TV series Hataraki Man nice and legally. Way back around the time of its premiere, I'd taken in a couple of fansubbed episodes...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 27

"By momentarily focusing on the villains, this episode cuts to the heart of what makes Golden Wind stand out compared to its predecessors."
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So I'm a Spider, So What? Novel 5

The pieces of Okina Baba's mysterious world begin falling into place in this momentous volume. Theron Martin has the details. ― I am writing this review while in the midst of doing episode reviews for the anime adaptation of The Rising of the Shield Hero, so I can't help but be struck by the different ways that the two presentations are handling their world-building and vast difference that creates i...
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'Maō-sama, Retry!' TV Anime Reveals Visual, More Cast, Theme Songs

Haruka Tomatsu, Aki Toyosaki, Rina Satou join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kurone Kanzaki's Maō-sama, Retry! (Dark Lord, Retry!) light novel series revealed the second key visual, additional cast, and the theme songs on Monday. The newly announced cast members are: Haruka Tomatsu as Killer Queen Aki Toyosaki as Angel White Rina Satou as Yū Kirino Kaori Ishihara (...

Shueisha Reveals New Circulation Numbers, Demographics for its Manga Magazines

Average print circulation for Weekly Shonen Jump in 2018 was 1.74 million ― Shueisha released its "Media Guide 2019" document on Monday, which gives information about its various magazines to advertisers, including the company's manga magazines. The guide lists print circulation numbers and demographic information for the magazines. The circulation numbers listed below are average numbers for the tim...
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Live-Action Kingdom Film Earns 690 Million Yen in Opening Weekend

Film sells 506,861 tickets in 3 days ― The live-action film of Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom manga sold 506,861 tickets to earn 690,219,500 yen (about US$6.17 million) in its first three days from Friday through Sunday. The film ranked at #2 for the Saturday-Sunday weekend. Toho is aiming for the film to earn 4 billion yen (about US$35.7 million). Shinsuke Satō (live-action Gantz, Death Note Light up the N...
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Getter Robo Devolution Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

Seven Seas releases manga by Ultraman, Linebarrels of Iron duo in English ― The official Twitter account for manga creators Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi announced on April 12 that their Getter Robo Devolution (Getter Robo Devolution - Uchū Saigo no 3-bunkan) manga will end in two chapters. The May issue of Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Shōnen Champion magazine published the manga's 36th chapter o...
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Record of Grancrest: Quartet Conflict Smartphone Game Shuts Down in June

Game launched in English on October 31 ― The official English Facebook page for the Record of Grancrest War: Quartet Conflict smartphone game based on Ryo Mizuno's Record of Grancrest War novel series announced on Friday that the game's English version will end service on June 20. The staff disabled purchases of in-game "Crest Stones" with the announcement. The Japanese website for the game also anno...
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NGT48 Idols Maho Yamaguchi, Rena Hasegawa, Riko Sugahara to Graduate From Group

AKB48 member Yuki Kashiwagi also leaves position in NGT48 ― After the final performance by the NGT48 idol group's "Team NIII" and "Team G" sub-units on Sunday, Team G vice captain Maho Yamaguchi announced that she would graduate from the group. The performance was the first time in 101 days that Yamaguchi performed with the group, since her comments in January on her alleged assault in December. Yama...
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Voice Actor Kiyoshi Kawakubo Passes Away

Gurren Lagann's Guame, D.Gray-man's Kevin Yeegar was 89 ― Talent agency 81 Produce announced on Monday that voice actor Kiyoshi Kawakubo passed away on April 16. He was 89. 81 Produce stated that his family had already held funeral services him. The agency did not mention a cause of death. Some of Kawakubo's more prominent anime roles include Guame in Gurren Lagann, Kevin Yeegar in D.Gray-man, Quincy...
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Bandai Namco Ent. Announces One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!! Smartphone Game

Game is 1st puzzle game in franchise ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Monday that it is developing a new smartphone game in the One Piece franchise titled One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!!. The game is the first puzzle game in the franchise, and will be free to play with optional in-game purchases. The official website for the game features short videos of gameplay. Similar to other puzzle games...

Mushishi, The Reflection Director Hiroshi Nagahama: 'My Next Project Will Air in N. America First'

Nagahama also stated he would like to continue universe of The Reflection anime ― Anime director Hiroshi Nagahama (Mushishi, Flowers of Evil, Detroit Metal City, The Reflection) stated at the "Hiroshi Nagahama - Past and Future" panel at Sakura-Con on Sunday that his next project will air in North America first. He added that a U.S. company approached him for the project. Nagahama did not give any ot...

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WIT Studio Animates Eve Music Video 'This World to You'

Japanese singer Eve posted the music video of his single "This World to You" (Kimi ni Sekai) on Saturday. The single is from his latest album Otogi that went on sale in Japan on February 6. The video is available with closed caption subtitles in multiple languages including English. Wit Studio is credited for the production of the music video. Nobutaka Yoda (your name.,, Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no T...
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Experience Real-Life Treasure Hunt In Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Exhibit

Exhibit, treasure hunt experience in Tokyo Anime Center runs from April 18 to May 12. ― In the world of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Danmachi for short), adventurers explore the Dungeon in search of treasure. Fans can now experience the treasure hunting lifestyle for themselves at a Danmachi exhibit at the Tokyo Anime Center. As you admire the artwork and materials on display at...
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Japanese Animation Producers Practice Their Pitching Skills In English

Studio Durian pitched a film as Flip Flappers director Kiyotaka Oshiyama's next project ― Five Japanese animation producers held an English-language pitching session in front of international producers and industry professionals during AnimeJapan 2019. The Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO) organized the session with support from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The VIPO...
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Yowamushi Pedal Teams Up With NHK For Para-Cycling Anime Short

7th short highlighting athletes in the Paralympic Games is scheduled to air in late June. ― Japan's national broadcaster NHK revealed on Friday that the seventh part in its "Anime x Para: Who is Your Hero?" animated project will be a collaboration with Wataru Watanabe's cycling-themed manga series Yowamushi Pedal. The theme of the short will be para-cycling. The NHK opened a website for the collabora...
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Magical Sempai Manga Takes 1-Month Break

― This year's 21st issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed on Monday that AZU's Magical Sempai (Tejina Senpai) manga will take "around" a one-month break. Kodansha will announce the manga's return once preparations are finished on the magazine's official website and Twitter account. The editorial department explained that AZU had previously taken a few breaks in order to raise a child (o...
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Masashi Kishimoto, Akira Ōkubo Launch 'Preview' of New Samurai 8 Manga on April 27 (Updated)

Full manga will be 1st new serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump in Reiwa era ― This year's 21st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the new Samurai 8: Hachimaruden manga by Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto and manga artist Akira Ōkubo will have a "preview version" in the magazine's combined 22nd and 23rd issues on April 27. The preview will be four pages long,...

New Canadian Channel ToonAVision Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal As its 1st Anime

Series originally aired from 2011-2014 ― The new Canadian television channel ToonAVision revealed on Thursday that it will air the Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal anime series as the first anime on the channel. The anime will air in HD on weekdays at 4:30 p.m. and on weekends at 9:00 a.m. ToonAVision launched as a free cable TV service in Canada last June. The channel is on channel 749 through Eastlink. The channel ...

AAA Musical Group Lead Vocalist Naoya Urata Arrested on Suspicion of Assaulting Woman

36-year-old vocalist allegedly slapped woman in convenience store ― Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested AAA lead vocalist Naoya Urata (36) on Friday on suspicion of assaulting a 20-year-old woman. According to police, Urata was at a convenience store in Tokyo's Chuo ward around 5:30 a.m. on Friday, when he allegedly approached a woman who was not an acquaintance in the store to say "Do you wanna have ...
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Sekai Project to Release Whirlpool's NEKO-NIN exHeart 3 Visual Novel

Company releases NEKO-NIN exHeart 2 Love +PLUS on Steam on April 26 ― Sekai Project announced on Saturday that it will release Whirlpool's NEKO-NIN exHeart 2 Love +PLUS visual novel on Steam on April 26. The company also revealed that it will release the NEKO-NIN exHeart 3 visual novel (pictured at right) stated it has already translated 50% of the game. The new game will feature three new characters...

Funimation's 30th Anniversary Dragon Ball Z BD Collector's Edition Set Reaches 3,000 Pre-Order Goal

Company to sell 6,000 total copies of set ― Funimation stated at its panel at Anime Boston on Saturday that it has reached the 3,000 pre-orders necessary to produce the 30th anniversary Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray Disc collector's edition set. The company added that it will produce 6,000 copies of the set. The official website for the set lists that there are 2,813 copies remaining as of Saturday evening, ...
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Jitterbug The Forties, Golgo 13's Takao Saito Win Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes

Areyo Hoshikuzu, Little Miss P also win ― The Asahi Shimbun paper announced the winners for the 23rd Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize awards on Sunday. The awards commemorate the contributions of the manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka (Astroboy/Mighty Atom, Kimba the White Lion/Jungle Emperor, Phoenix, Black Jack) by recognizing the manga that best follow his tradition. Grand Prize Jitterbug The Forties (S...

Ryotaro Okiayu Replaces Late Unshō Ishizuka as One Piece's Kizaru/Borsalino

Unshō Ishizuka passed away last August ― The official Twitter account for the One Piece franchise revealed on Sunday that Ryotaro Okiayu is the new voice of the character Kizaru (aka: Borsalino, pictured right in image below) in the One Piece anime after Unshō Ishizuka passed away last August. The character appears in the anime's 881st episode, which aired on Sunday. Okiayu previously also voiced the...

J-Novel Club Licenses Crest of the Stars, Record of Wortenia War, 3 More Light Novel Series

Company also announces print editions for several titles ― J-Novel Club announced on Saturday that it has licensed the following five light novel series: Sai Sumimori and illustrator Ichijirushi's Middle-Aged Businessman Makes a Name for Himself in Another World Thanks to Goddess Power (Arafō Eigyōman, Isekai ni Tatsu! Megami Power de Jinsei Nidome no Nariagari) Ryota Hori and illustrator bob's Recor...
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Tenka Hyakken Sword Girl Media Franchise Get Short Anime Project

Announced on Tenka Hyakken -Zan- RPG app's 2nd anniversary ― The cast of the Tenka Hyakken -Zan- smartphone action role-playing game appeared at an event on Saturday to celebrate the game's second anniversary, and the event ended with an announcement that a short anime adaptation project has launched. The Tenka Hyakken franchise centers around the "Mitsurugi," maidens who are physical incarnations of...
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Series Premiere: Sarazanmai—Episodes 1-2

"Once you get past all the misdirection, fast-scrolling text, and obnoxious double entendres, Sarazanmai is surprisingly straightforward as a magical boy story with sharp edges masked by a fluffy aesthetic."
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Rie Aruga's Perfect World Romance Manga Heads Toward 'Final Stage'

Manga inspired live-action film, live-action series adaptations ― Rie Aruga's posted on Twitter on April 11 that her Perfect World manga is heading toward its "final stage." Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga digitally in English, and describes the story: 26-year-old Tsugumi Kawana reunites with her first crush from high school, Itsuki Ayukawa, at a get-together between an architecture firm and t...
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Legendary Comics, Sunrise Producers Discuss How Live-Action Gundam Film Was Greenlit

Unicorn Gundam cameo in Pacific Rim: Uprising helped pave the way for live-action adaptation talks. ― Legendary Comics Senior Vice President Robert Napton and Sunrise Executive Expert for film production Ken Iyadomi discussed the circumstances in which the live-action Gundam film was greenlit at a talk at a Project Anime industry presentation in Tokyo on March 22. The discussion was mediated by Matt ...
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Major 2nd Baseball Manga Resumes on April 24

Manga went on hiatus in November due to author's health ― This year's 20th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Takuya Mitsuda's Major 2nd baseball manga will resume in the magazine's combined 21st and 22nd issues on April 24. The new chapter will feature a color page. The manga went on hiatus again in November, after just returning from a three-week break. M...
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Filo, Melty Narrate The Rising of the Shield Hero Ad Celebrating 6.2 Million Copies in Print

Light novel and manga series printed 2.2 million copies between February and April this year. ― The Rising of the Shield Hero light novel and manga series is celebrating 6.2 million copies in print with an ad narrated by Filo (voiced by Rina Hidaka) and Melty (voiced by Maaya Uchida). The ad was posted on the KADOKAWAanime YouTube channel on April 10 and promotes the 13th volume of the manga, which w...
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill ‒ Episode 16

"As with all of these extra episodes, your enjoyment will largely hinge on how endeared you were to the cast of Double Decker."

1st New Twelve Kingdoms Novel Story in 6 Years Slated for 4 Volumes in October, November

New work to center on Kingdom of Tai ― Shinchosha's official Twitter account for Fuyumi Ono's The Twelve Kingdoms novel series revealed on Thursday that the newest work in the series will release as four volumes. The first two volumes will ship on October 12, and the last two volumes will ship on November 9. The official website for the novels had announced in December that the new work would ship in...
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Season Premiere: Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episodes 26-27

"These two episodes focus on Osamu Dazai when he was a teenager with the Port Mafia, with an emphasis on his relationship with Chuuya Nakahara."
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 8-14

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain debuts at #1 Editor's Note: 4Gamer stopped providing a top 20 weekly games sales list starting with the week of March 25-31. ANN will be using Famitsu's weekly games sales list going forward. Famitsu's list is not based on Media Create's data, and therefore may contain different numbers. Japan's Game Ranking: April 8-14 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copi...
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Rascal Does Not Dream of Dreaming Girl the Movie Posts 1st Teaser With Footage

3rd special visual, more advance tickets with bonuses also unveiled ― The official website for Rascal Does Not Dream of Dreaming Girl the Movie (Seishun Buta Yarō wa Yume-Miru Shōjo no Yume wo Minai), the anime film based on Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō light novel series, posted a teaser trailer and the third special visual on Saturday. The teaser, which debuted during the film's streamed "P...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, April 8-14

Natsuzora earns 23.1% rating, The Wind Rises earns 10.1% rating ― The latest episode of the Natsuzora live-action series about the early Japanese animation industry aired on NHK on Wednesday, April 10 at 8:00 a.m. and earned a 23.1% rating. Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises anime film aired on NTV on Friday, April 12 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 10.1% rating. Additionally, the Eiga Crayo...
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Right Stuf's License for Cat's Eye Anime Expires

Company released series in 2 season DVD sets in 2014 ― Anime retailer and distributor Right Stuf announced on Tuesday that its license to the Cat's Eye anime has expired. The anime's home video release is going out of print, and Right Stuf is offering the anime at 60% off, although the complete collection set featuring both seasons is no longer available. The Cat's Eye television anime series is base...
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Tooru Nara Joins Mix Anime as Takumi Nishimura

Character is son of Isami Nishimura ― The Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Mitsuru Adachi's Mix baseball manga revealed on Saturday that Tooru Nara will play the character Takumi Nishimura, who is the son of Isami Nishimura. The character will debut in the fourth episode next Saturday. Funimation and Crunchyroll are both streaming the anime as it airs with subtitles. Funimation ...
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Crunchyroll Streams English-Subtitled Trailer for Saga of Tanya the Evil Anime Film

Crunchyroll streams film on May 16 in more than 500 theaters ― Crunchyroll began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Friday for its screening of the Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) anime film. Crunchyroll will screen the film in more than 500 theaters in the United States on May 16 at 7:30 p.m. local time. The English-subtitled screening through Fathom Events will be part of Crunchyroll's C...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Game Adds Super Saiyan God Vegeta as DLC

Character joins game in June ― The June issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that Super Saiyan God Vegeta will join Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 game as a DLC character in June. Bandai Namco Entertainment released Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC in North America and Europe in October 2016, and for the PS4 in Japan in November 2016. The com...
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Goku From Dragon Ball GT Joins Dragon Ball Fighterz Game as DLC in May

― The June issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that the character Goku from the Dragon Ball GT anime will join Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball FighterZ game as a DLC character in May. The new character is part of the game's new "FighterZ Pass 2" season. As with the previous FighterZ Pass, players can purchase the characters individually, or purchase FighterZ Pass 2 for ...
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J-Novel Club Licenses Faraway Paladin, Unwanted Undead Adventurer, Sweet Reincarnation, Marginal Operation, Discommunication Manga

4 manga of light novels, Mysterious Girlfriend X creator's early manga offered digitally ― J-Novel Club announced on Friday that it has licensed the following five manga: Mutsumi Okuhashi and Kanata Yanagino's The Faraway Paladin (Saihate no Paladin), Haiji Nakasone and Yū Okano's The Unwanted Undead Adventurer (Nozomanu Fushi no Bōkensha), Nozomu Koryū and Seriko Iida's Sweet Reincarnation (Okashi n...
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Konami Reveals Lineup, May 16 Release for Castlevania Anniversary Collection Game

Collection launches on PS4 with 8 classic games ― The official U.S. PlayStation Blog announced on Thursday that Konami's Castlevania Anniversary Collection game collection will launch on the PlayStation 4 digitally on May 16. Konami additionally revealed the full lineup that will be included in the collection: Castlevania Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge Super Castle...
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MangaGamer to Release Ciconia When They Cry Game

Latest in Ryukishi07, 07th Expansion's When They Cry series launches in Japan this summer ― Ryukishi07 and MangaGamer announced at Sakura Con on Friday that MangaGamer has licensed 07th Expansion's Ciconia When They Cry (Ciconia no Naku koro ni) visual novel. MangaGamer describes the game's story: In Ciconia When They Cry, World War 3 has come and gone, with nuclear winter only narrowly avoided by ne...
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