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ANNCast - Let's Go Beyond Plus Ultra Chili Dog Farts

It's movie time! Zac makes Lynzee watch sneak previews of My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, Masaaki Yuasa's gorgeous Ride Your Wave, and, naturally, Sonic the Hedgehog. ― ANNCast 373 - Let's Go Beyond Plus Ultra Chili Dog Farts It's movie time! Zac makes Lynzee watch sneak previews of My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, Masaaki Yuasa's gorgeous Ride Your Wave, and, naturally, Sonic the Hedgehog. Because...
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Misfortune Devouring Witch is Actually a Vampire Novel

With its attention to detail, unique vampire mythology, and characters who have a reason to act as they do, it's worth picking up if you like a little blood and history with your romance. ― Although Kiiro Himawari's standalone novel The Misfortune Devouring Witch is Actually a Vampire is fantasy, it feels very much like historical fiction set in the late 19th century. In large part this is due to som...
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A Certain Magical Index III part 1 BR/DVD

Given the quality of Railgun, these episodes show why the core Index series isn't the standard-bearer of the animated side of the franchise. ― I did episode reviews for this series when it originally streamed during the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 seasons, so if you want to see a more detailed episode-by-episode breakdown, look here. I decide to revisit the series with the advent of Funimation's releas...
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One-Punch Man 6th New OVA Episode's 1st 2 Minutes Previewed in Clip

OVA included in 6th BD/DVD in Japan on March 27 ― The official website for the second season of the One-Punch Man anime began streaming a clip on Friday from "#06: Zombieman Satsujin Jiken 2 ~Fubuki no Sansō to Samugari-tachi~" (The Zombieman Murder Case 2 ~A Chalet Amid the Blizzard, and the Ones Bothered by the Cold~), the sixth 10-minute original video anime (OVA) included in the season's sixth Bl...
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Kadokawa Launches Official Goods Store for Overseas Fans

― Kadokawa opened EJ ANiME STORE — a new online store for anime, manga, light novels, games, and merchandise — on January 30. The store is targeted toward fans outside of Japan, and is available in 17 countries and regions on launch, including the United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Kadokawa plans to expand the store in the future to 80 countries, including...
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Senryū Girl Manga Ends With 13th Volume in June

Manga launched in October 2016, inspired spring 2019 TV anime ― The 12th compiled book volume of Masakuni Igarashi's Senryū Girl (Senryū Shōjo) manga revealed on Monday that the manga will end with the 13th volume, which will ship on June 17. The manga centers on Nanako Yukishiro and Eiji Busujima. Nanako is a girl who can only communicate what she wants to say by using senryū (a poetry style similar...
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Ice Blade's Tsutomu Takahashi Launches Guitar Shop Rosie Manga

Series launches in Big Comic Zōkan magazine on May 16 ― The March issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Zōkan magazine revealed on Monday that Tsutomu Takahashi will launch a new manga titled Guitar Shop Rosie in the magazine's June issue on May 16. The manga's first chapter will have an opening color page. Tokyopop published Takahashi's Jiraishin detective action manga, under the title Ice Blade, as one o...
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The Seven Deadly Sins Manga Ends With 41st Volume in May

Nakaba Suzuki to launch new series, then publish more Seven Deadly Sins side stories ― The 40th volume of Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins manga confirmed on Monday that the manga will end in the 41st volume, which will ship on May 15. In the manga's side story collection that also debuted on Monday, Suzuki stated in an afterword that side stories based on the "remaining characters" will come ou...

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Psycho-Pass 3 Anime Film Opens on March 27 for 2-Week Run

Visual also unveiled for film concluding season 3's story ― The official website for Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector, the Psycho-Pass 3 anime's upcoming film, revealed a new visual and the film's March 27 opening date on Monday. The film will screen for only two weeks in theaters in Japan. Participating theaters will begin selling an advance MoviTicke card with a bonus clear case, while supplies last,...
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Universal Studio Japan's Jurassic World Area Collaborates with Latest Doraemon Film

The dinosaur action film Jurassic World will collaborate with the 2020 Doraemon film Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Kyoryū (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's New Dinosaur) for an attraction at the Universal Studio Japan theme park in Osaka. The collaboration will began on March 6, the same date as the film's opening, and conclude on May 10. Inside the park's "Jurassic Park" area, a Doraemon dressed up i...
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Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop Romance Anime Film Casts Kikuko Inoue

Inoue plays daughter of Cherry's haiku teacher in May 15 film about 17-year-olds ― The official Twitter account for Flying Dog's original anime film Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop (Cider no Yō ni Kotoba ga Wakiagaru) revealed on Monday that Kikuko Inoue will play the character Tsubasa Fujiyama in the film. The character is the daughter of Fujiyama, Cherry's haiku teacher. Inoue is well-known for jokin...
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The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese Boys-Love Film Streams Trailer

Live-action film starring Tadayoshi Okura, Ryō Narita opens on June 5 ― The official website for the live-action film of Setona Mizushiro's The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese (Kyūso wa Cheese no Yume o Miru) and The Carp on the Chopping Block Jumps Twice (Sōjo no Koi wa Nido Haneru) manga began streaming a new trailer for the film on Monday. It also revealed a new poster visual for the film. Tadayos...
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Anime Holds End of Production Party

Anime produced by SILVER LINK to debut in April ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Satoru Yamaguchi and Nami Hidaka's My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta...) light novel series announced on Thursday that the staff has "finished production on the main feature." The account posted a photo of the ...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Second Anime Gets TV Broadcast in April

― The official website for Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, the new anime of Yoshiki Tanaka's epic science fiction novels Legend of the Galactic Heroes, revealed on Thursday that the 24-episode series will air on NHK Educational TV (NHK E Tele) on April 6 at 10:50 p.m. The broadcast will mark the television debut of Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Second, the second "seas...
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Kikuko Inoue Celebrates Her Daughter Turning '5 Years Older' than Herself

Veteran voice actress says she'll always be 17 years old ― Veteran voice actress Kikuko Inoue (Fairy Tail's Minerva, Ah! My Goddess' Belldandy) celebrated her daughter Honoka's 22nd birthday on Twitter on February 9, tweeting: "Happy birthday, Hocchan! I'm shocked at how she's become 5 years older than me in the blink of an eye! I'm thankful that she's grown so well." She also thanked everyone for su...
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'All-Color' Quintessential Quintuplets Manga Volume Listed in April

Series that debuted in August 2017 ends serialization this month ― Kodansha is listing a tentatively titled "All-Color" version of the first volume of Negi Haruba's The Quintessential Quintuplets (Gotōbun no Hanayome) manga for release on April 17. The publisher previously released an "All-Color" version of Chūya Koyama's Space Brothers manga. Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on February 4 ...

Sonic the Hedgehog Film Earns US$57 Million for Best Video Game Movie Debut Ever in U.S.

Paramount Pictures' film projected to earn US$111 million globally over 4-day weekend ― The Variety and Deadline entertainment news websites reported on Sunday that Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog film earned an estimated US$57 million in its first three days at the box office in the United States. The film now holds the record for the highest U.S. opening weekend for any film adaptation of a ...
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Lelouch Orders You Where to Go in Maplus Navigation App

Lelouch vi Britannia is used to giving out orders and telling people where to go. Now, thanks to a collaboration between Code Geass and the Maplus nagivation app, Lelouch can instruct you on where to go whenever you need directions. The Code Geass voice pack for the Maplus app will include lines from Lelouch in both his regular and Zero persona. The lines are voiced by Jun Fukuyama. Some sample li...
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[email protected] Cinderella Girls Theater Anime Gets 'Extra Stage' in Spring

Anime streams exclusively in franchise's smartphone games ― The official Twitter account for The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage smartphone game revealed on Sunday that the franchise is getting an The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Gekijō Extra Stage ([email protected] Cinderella Girls Theater) anime this spring. The anime will stream exclusively in the The [email protected] Cinderella Girls and The IDOLM...
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My Hero Academia Manga Takes 1-Week Break

― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga will take a break in the 13th issue, and will resume in the 14th issue on March 2. The magazine did not give a reason for the break. Horikoshi launched the superhero manga series in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in July 2014. Shueisha published the 25th volume ...
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Twittering Birds Never Fly Anime Listed With 3 60-Minute Installments

1st film opened in Japan on Saturday ― Fuji Creative Corporation's English website is listing that the anime project of Kou Yoneda's boys-love manga Twittering Birds Never Fly (Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai) will have three theatrical installments, with each installment being 60 minutes in length. Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai - The Clouds Gather, the first film in the anime franchise, opened in Japan on...
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Panzer Dragoon: Remake Game to Get Release on Stadia

Remake also gets release for Switch, PC this winter ― Google's Stadia gaming service announced on Thursday that Panzer Dragoon: Remake ⁠— Sega and Polish game developer and publisher Forever Entertainment's remake of Sega's Panzer Dragoon game ⁠— will join the service. The company did not give a timeframe of release. The game is also scheduled to launch for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam this winte...
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HIDIVE Adds Lupin the Third: Part 5 Anime

24-episode series premiered in April 2018 ― The HIDIVE streaming service announced on Thursday that it will add the Lupin the Third: Part 5 anime to its catalog on February 20. The anime will be available in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. The Lupin the Third: Part 5 anime premiered in NTV's AnichU programming block in April 2018. Crunchyroll streamed the series in Japanese with English...
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Crunchyroll Streams 1st English-dubbed Episodes for Somali and the Forest Spirit, 'Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove it' Anime

Kyle Hebert, Corina Boettger star in Somali and the Forest Spirit ― Crunchyroll began streaming the first English-dubbed episode of the Somali and the Forest Spirit anime on Thursday. The company also began streaming the first English-dubbed episode of the Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove it anime on Friday. Voice actor Kyle Hebert confirmed on Friday that he is voicing the character Golem i...
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Crunchyroll Adds English Dub of Konosuba Season 2 Anime on February 25

Company added dub for 1st season in January 2019 ― Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that it will stream the English dub of the KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! 2 anime starting on February 25. 💧 #AnimeAwards ANNOUNCEMENT 💧Konosuba Season 2 English Dub Comes to Crunchyroll February 25th! pic.twitter.com/NMVS2FiXi8— Crunchyroll 🔜 #AnimeAwards! (@Crunchyroll) February 16, 2020 Crunchy...
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Funimation to Stream English Dub of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Anime This Fall

Crunchyroll to also stream sequel series ― Funimation announced on Saturday that it will stream the second season of the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime with an English dub this fall. The anime will premiere in Japan this fall. Crunchyroll will stream the anime in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and the Middle East. The anime studio 8 bit is retur...
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Funimation to Stream Listeners Anime This Spring

Company to stream original TV anime with subtitles, English dub ― Funimation announced at the Katsucon 2020 event on Saturday that it will stream the original television anime series Listeners this spring. The company will stream the anime with English subtitles and an English dub. The series will premiere in Japan in April on the Animeism programming block on the MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS channels. The "...

Crunchyroll to Stream 'The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me?,' My Next Life As a Villainess, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2, 'So I'm a Spider, So What?' Anime

'The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me?,' My Next Life As a Villainess premiere in April ― Crunchyroll announced during its Anime Awards ceremony on Saturday that it will stream the following anime: The 8th son? Are you kidding me?, My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!, the second season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, and So I'm a Spider, So What?. The television anime of Y.A...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Takes Home Anime of the Year at Crunchyroll's Anime Awards

Series protagonist Tanjiro Kamado took the "Best Boy" category, also won "Best Fight Scene." ― There was a little something for everyone at this year's Anime Awards, but the biggest prize went to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba with anime of the year. The win comes as no surprise; the supernatural action series has won accolades all awards season including Best Television Anime at the Newtype Anime Aw...
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Interspecies Reviewers ‒ Episode 6

A golem brothel lets the reviewers make their perfect mate, but things get hairy when they recreate someone they know.
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Haikyu!! To The Top ‒ Episode 6

Given that “expressing himself” and “clearly explaining stuff” aren't some of his better skills, Kageyama is left floundering as he tries to settle back in with the Karasuno team.
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Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove it ‒ Episode 8

This whole opening scene is a fantastic example of subtle, layered writing and makes for the best character-focused scene of the series so far.
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Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun ‒ Episode 6

The series at last opens up about Hanako-kun's mysterious origin story.
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T ‒ Episode 6

Kinuho and Maaya, the two girls who form Mitsuko Kongo's posse, get a very satisfying chance to show what they can do against Baba and his mechanical Great Danes.
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Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Chika Becomes Ambassador of Nishiura Oranges

The Love Live! series official Twitter account announced on Wednesday that the Love Live! Sunshine!! character Chika Takami will become the ambassador of Nishiura oranges, a specialty food item of the Numazu region where the story of Love Live! Sunshine!! is set. Chika's voice actress Anju Inami attended the inauguration ceremony on the character's behalf. 【沼津】JAなんすん様より熱いオファーを頂き、本日、高海千歌が『西浦みかん大使』に...
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Car Dealer Puts Kemono Friends Car Up For Sale

Car dealer D-zone, which is based in Fujieda city in the Shizuoka prefecture, posted a notice on its website last Tuesday that it is putting up a Kemono Friends-themed car for sale. The dealer also posted a notice on Twitter last Thursday, announced that they had acquired the rights to sell the car and that any interested buyers should contact them directly. 【お知らせ】運営サイドより例の車売却の依頼を受け本日より例の車販売を開始します...
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Smile Down the Runway ‒ Episode 6

The second half the episode is part edutainment about the modeling industry and part Chiyuki trying to get her hustle on.
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Love Live's New u's Song Gets Anime Music Video

New single with bundled music video ships on March 25 ― The official YouTube channel for the Love Live! franchise began streaming a new animated music video on Friday for the new single "A song for You! You? You!!" by the group μ's. The single will ship on March 25, and a version of the single will include a disc with the animated music video. The global version of KLab Games and Bushiroad's Love Liv...
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Bushiroad Launches Global Version of Symphogear XD Unlimited Smartphone Game

Game launched with Attack on Titan campaign on Friday ― Bushiroad released the global version of Pokelabo's Symphogear XD Unlimited smartphone game on Friday. The game has also launched a collaboration campaign with the Attack on Titan franchise. The collaboration event will run until February 28. Bushiroad describes the game: This work is a Symphonic Battle RPG that faithfully recreates the world of...
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Twittering Birds Never Fly Anime Film Gets Sequel Film, OAD

OAD bundled with manga's 7th volume to focus on Kageyama, Kuga's 1st meeting ― The official website for Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai - The Clouds Gather, the anime film of Kou Yoneda's boys-love manga Twittering Birds Never Fly (Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai), revealed on Saturday that the manga is inspiring a second film titled Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai - The Storm Breaks. The website revealed severa...

Sonic the Hedgehog Film Earns US$3 Million in Thursday Preview Screenings in U.S.

Film now forecasted to earn US$55 during 4-day holiday weekend ― The Variety and Deadline entertainment news websites reported on Friday that Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog film earned US$3 million during Thursday night preview screenings in the United States. Deadline additionally stated the film earned US$17 million on Friday, although Box Office Mojo has yet to reveal its theatrical earnin...
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Sing 'Yesterday' for Me Anime Reveals Promo Video, 21 More Cast Members

4-member rock band Yourness to perform theme song for series premiering on April 4 ― The official website for the television anime of Kei Toume's Sing "Yesterday" for Me (Yesterday o Utatte) manga began streaming the anime's promotional video on Saturday. The website also revealed the show's full cast and theme song artist. The four-member rock band yourness will perform a theme song for the anime. T...

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Seven Seas Adds The Conditions of Paradise: Our First Time, The Conditions of Paradise: Azure Dream Yuri Manga

2 yuri short story collections ship this fall ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed two new manga by Akiko Morishima: The Conditions of Paradise: Our First Time (Hajimete, Kanojo to.) and The Conditions of Paradise: Azure Dream (Ruri-iro no Yume). The company describes both manga: In The Conditions of Paradise: Our First Time, a collection of manga tales about multiple l...
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Crunchyroll Adds Snack World CG Anime with English Dub

Also: Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl - Gold Switch game's English launch trailer streamed ― Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that it is streaming the English-dubbed version of Level 5's The Snack World CG anime. The anime is available in North America, Central and South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Nordics, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, ...
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Castlevania Animated Show's 3rd Season Previewed in Video

New 10-episode series premieres on March 5 ― Netflix began streaming a promotional video on Friday for the third season of Adi Shankar's Castlevania animated series. The new season will premiere on March 5 and will have 10 episodes. The first four-episode season premiered worldwide on Netflix in July 2017. The second eight-episode season premiered worldwide on Netflix in October 2018. Viz Media has r...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime's 3rd Season Previews Nagi Yanagi's Theme Song

New season premieres on April 9 ― The official website for Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Kan (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU: Fin) — the third season of the television anime of Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light novel series — began streaming the show's first promotional video on Friday. The vid...
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Blade of the Immortal ‒ Episode 19

Everything in “Massacre” – including the castle battle that makes up a large portion of the episode – feels like Blade of the Immortal moving all of its pieces into position for its endgame.
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Infinite Dendrogram ‒ Episode 6

I'm not quite sure where Infinite Dendrogram was prior to the shocking uptick in quality this arc has brought, but I am extremely glad it finally got here.
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Anime Streams on Kidoodle.TV Streaming Service

All 148 English-dubbed episodes begin streaming this month ― Konami announced on Thursday that the Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V anime will begin streaming on the Kidoodle.TV streaming service this month. The service will stream all 148 episodes of the anime in English. The anime's story is set in Maiami City on the coast of Japan. Yūya is a second-year middle school student who loves to entertain people. Although...
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Chihayafuru 3 ‒ Episode 17-18

The past two episodes have given us some truly great character moments, especially with Haruka and Shinobu, but they have suffered slightly with jerky pacing.
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Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 Smartphone Game's Trailer Reveals May Release

Game launches worldwide for iOS, Android on May 7 ― Sega began streaming a trailer on Friday for Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020, one of four games it is developing in connection with the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The video reveals that the game will launch worldwide for iOS and Android devices on May 7. Pre-registration offering in-game rewards is available now. The game will include over ...
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One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 Game's Videos Preview 3 Admirals

Game launches in Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia on March 27 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming three character videos for the One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on Friday. The videos preview Akainu (Sakazuki), Kizaru (Borsalino), and Aokiji (Kuzan). Akainu (Sakazuki) Kizaru (Borsalino) Aokiji (Kuzan) The game will debut for ...
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ANNCast - Let's Go Beyond Plus Ultra Chili Dog Farts

It's movie time! Zac makes Lynzee watch sneak previews of My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, Masaaki Yuasa's gorgeous Ride Your Wave, and, naturally, Sonic the Hedgehog. ― ANNCast 373 - Let's Go Beyond Plus Ultra Chili Dog Farts It's movie time! Zac makes Lynzee watch sneak previews of My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, Masaaki Yuasa's gorgeous Ride Your Wave, and, naturally, Sonic the Hedgehog. Because...
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California's Gallery Nucleus to Host Ghibli Art Director Yoichi Nishikawa

Nishikawa to teach painting workshop, sign books, participate in reception on March 21 ― The Gallery Nucleus in the Los Angeles suburb of Alhambra will host Studio Ghibli art director Youichi Nishikawa for a solo exhibition titled "Painting the Ghibli Way" on March 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Nishikawa will teach a five-hour painting workshop, sign books, and participate in a reception. Nishikawa ...
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Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding Game Wins 2 D.I.C.E. Awards

Super Mario Maker 2, Mario Kart Tour, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Luigi's Mansion 3 also win ― The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 23rd annual D.I.C.E. Awards on Thursday. Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding game won the Outstanding Achievement in Audio Design and Outstanding Technical Achievement awards. The game was also nominated for the Game of the Year, Adventure Ga...
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Love Live! School Idol Festival All Stars Game Slated to Launch Globally on February 25

Smartphone game launched in Japan on September 26 ― KLab Games announced on Wednesday that the global version of it and Bushiroad's Love Live! School Idol Festival All Stars game tentatively will launch on iOS and Android devices on February 25. The official YouTube channel for the Love Live! franchise began streaming a cast video that reveals the global version's pre-registration is available now. K...
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Viz Licenses Remina, Moriarty the Patriot, Fly Me to the Moon, More Manga

Naruto: Sasuke's Story - Star Pupil, Chainsaw Man, Tokyo Ghoul: re Illustrations: zakki, also ship in fall ― Viz Media announced on Friday the following titles for release in fall 2020: Jun Esaka, Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto: Sasuke's Story - Star Pupil (Sasuke Shinden) novel (print, digital) Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man manga (print, digital) Kenjiro Hata's Fly Me to the Moon (Tonikaku Kawaii) man...
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Love Live! School Idol Festival Developer KLab to Create Kumamon Game

Smartphone game developer KLab (Love Live! School Idol Festival, Bleach: Brave Souls, Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team) announced on Wednesday that it has signed a global license agreement to develop a game based on the Kumamoto Prefecture mascot character Kumamon. KLab signed the deal with Kumamoto Prefecture ADK Emotions Inc. Kumamon is a mascot character for Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan born in March ...
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My Boy in Blue Manga Ends

16th volume ships on April 13 ― The March issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine published the final chapter of Maki Miyoshi's P to JK (My Boy in Blue) manga on Thursday. The manga's 16th and final compiled book volume will ship in Japan on April 13. The 14th compiled book volume of the manga hinted in June that the manga will approach its climax with the 15th volume. The 15th volume shipped on...
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Rune Factory 4 Special Game's Videos Preview 'Bachelors, Bachelorettes'

Game debuts in N. America on February 25, in Europe/Australia on February 28 ― XSEED Games began streaming "bachelors" and "bachelorettes" videos on Friday for Rune Factory 4 Special, a remastered Nintendo Switch version of Rune Factory 4. The company is releasing "Earthmates" parody profiles on its Twitter and Facebook accounts for the game's characters daily until February 25. XSEED Games will rele...
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Petit Asobi Event Organizers Request Attendees to Wear Masks Amid Coronavirus Concerns

28 people have tested positive for the virus in Japan as of Thursday; no reported cases in Tokushima ― The Machi Asobi Twitter account posted a notice for attendees of the Petit Asobi vol. 8 event, scheduled for this weekend. The notice requested attendees to take countermeasures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and influenza, including wearing a mask and washing one's hands. [お知らせ]ぷ...
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Tamayomi Baseball Anime's Teaser Promo Video Streamed

Anime premieres in April ― The official website for the television anime of Mountain Pukuichi's Tamayomi manga began streaming a teaser promotional video on Friday. The anime will premiere in April on AT-X, ABC TV, Metele (Nagoya TV), Tokyo MX, and Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting. Toshinori Fukushima (Major, Beyblade the Movie: Fierce Battle) is directing the anime at studio A-CAT (Frame Arms Girl, Pastel ...
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Misfortune Devouring Witch is Actually a Vampire Novel

With its attention to detail, unique vampire mythology, and characters who have a reason to act as they do, it's worth picking up if you like a little blood and history with your romance. ― Although Kiiro Himawari's standalone novel The Misfortune Devouring Witch is Actually a Vampire is fantasy, it feels very much like historical fiction set in the late 19th century. In large part this is due to som...

Island of Giant Insects Anime Film Launches Kickstarter for English Dub

Campaign runs from February 14 to March 15, offers backer appearances in anime ― The staff of the theatrical film edition of the anime of Yasutaka Fujimi, RED ICE, and Shu Hirose's The Island of Giant Insects (Kyochū Rettō) manga will launch a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign on Friday at 10:00 p.m. EST to fund an English-dubbed "final edition" of the film. The campaign will end on March 15 at 11:00...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, February 3-9

Granblue Fantasy: Versus debuts at #1 with 86,000 copies ― Japan's Game Ranking: February 3-9 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Granblue Fantasy: Versus Cygames February 6 86,248 86,248 2NSwRing Fit Adventure Nintendo October 18, 2019 23,149 675,906 3NSwPokémon Sword & Shield Nintendo November 15, 2019 23,114 3,402,851 4PS4Yakuza: Like a Dragon Sega January 16 1...
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Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers Game's 3rd Promo Video Streamed

Sequel game for PS4, Switch launches in Japan on February 20 ― Atlus began streaming the third promotional video on Friday for Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers ⁠— the new action role-playing game in the Persona franchise by Atlus, Koei Tecmo Games, and Omega Force. The game will launch for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan on February 20. The game's story is set half a year after...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, February 3-9

Tonde Saitama film earns 16.7% rating ― The live-action film of of Mineo Maya's Tonde Saitama (Fly Me to Saitama) manga aired on Fuji TV on Friday, February 8 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned a 16.7% rating. Last week's episode of the live-action series adaptation of Toshiya Higashimoto's Ship of Theseus manga aired on TBS on Sunday, February 9 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned an 11.0% rating. Last week's epis...
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Live-Action Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku Series Reveals More Cast

Yukino Kishii, Miki Mizuno, Toshio Sakata, Taiyō Saitō, Chikara Honda join as Ōsawagi family members ― The official website for the live-action series adaptation of Kenji Hamaoka's Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku (Super Radical Gag Family) manga revealed new cast members for the show on Friday. The cast, including the previously announced Jiro Sato, includes: (Top row, left to right in image above): Yukino Kis...
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Final Fantasy VII Remake Game's Opening Movie Posted

Launches worldwide on PS4 on April 10 ― The official YouTube channel for the Final Fantasy franchise began streaming the opening movie for Square Enix's Final Fantasy VII Remake game in English and Japanese on Friday. Square Enix announced last month that the PlayStation 4 game has been delayed from March 3 to April 10. The game wil be a PlayStation exclusive until April 10, 2021. The game will have ...
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Voice Actress Yui Ogura's Event Changes Visitor Policy Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Saturday event celebrates release of Ogura's latest single ― Voice actress and singer Yui Ogura announced on her official website that the "Valentine Day Party" event to celebrate the debut of her 11th single "I・LOVE・YOU‼" will have changes due to concerns of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The changes include requiring visitors to come in masks, using disinfectant, serving the event's tea in...
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New 'World's Greatest First Love' Theatrical Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Anime screens in theaters in Japan starting on February 21 ― Kadokawa began streaming the second promotional video on Friday for Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi: Propose-Hen (The World's Greatest First Love: Proposal Arc), the new anime based on Shungiku Nakamura's The World's Greatest First Love: The Case of Ritsu Onodera boys-love manga. The video previews the anime's theme song "Mirai mo Kimi no Te no Naka de...
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New Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe Anime Episode 'The Run' Previewed in Video

2 new episodes screen in Japan until March ― The official website for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime began streaming a promotional video for the second of two new episodes in the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai) original video anime (OVA) project on Friday. The second episode is titled "The Run." Kouki Uchiyama voices the character Yoma Hashimoto (pictured left in image below)...
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7SEEDS Anime's 2nd Season Reveals March 26 Debut, New Visual

2nd season to debut simultaneously worldwide on Netflix ― The official website of the anime of Yumi Tamura's 7SEEDS manga revealed on Friday that the show's second season will premiere on Netflix worldwide on March 26. The website also revealed a new key visual. Mone Kamishiraishi will perform the opening theme song "From the Seeds" for the second season, and rock band Cider Girl will perform the end...
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Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Anime Casts Noriko Hidaka as Tsubame's Mother

Character will appear in anime's 7th episode on Sunday ― The staff for the television anime of Sumito Ōwara's Eizouken ni wa Te o Dasu na! (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) manga announced on Friday that Noriko Hidaka (Rurouni Kenshin's Seta Sōjirō, Ranma ½'s Akane Tendo, Gunbuster's Noriko) will voice Tsubame Mizusaki's mother. The character will appear in the anime's seventh episode on Sunday. The an...
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A3! Anime's Remaining Episodes Delayed to April or Later

Scheduling issues, COVID-19 coronavirus concerns delayed production ― The official website for A3! Season Spring & Summer, the television anime of Liber Entertainment's A3! actor-training smartphone game, confirmed on Thursday that the production has delayed the remaining episodes. The production committee is working to resume the anime in April or later. The anime's official website and Twitter acco...
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Happy-Go-Lucky Days Anime Film Unveils Cast, May 8 Opening

Kana Hanazawa, Mikako Komatsu, Takahiro Sakurai, more star in Takako Shimura's short stories ― The official website for the anime film of Takako Shimura's Happy-Go-Lucky Days (Dōnika Naru Hibi) manga revealed the film's cast and May 8 opening on Friday. Kana Hanazawa plays Ecchan, and Mikako Komatsu plays Aya-san in the "Ecchan to Ayasa" segment about the feelings of two women who once met at a weddi...

The Seven Deadly Sins Manga Creator: There Is 1 More Volume Left

40th volume ships on February 17 ― The Twitter account for the editor of Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins manga posted a color printing proof for the manga's 40th volume (seen right) on Thursday. The photograph of the color proof shows the Author's Note, in which Suzuki reports that the manga has "one more volume left" after volume 40. The 40th volume will ship on February 17. The magazine previ...
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Monster Girl Doctor TV Anime Casts Saori Ōnishi, Shunichi Toki

Anime about doctor who treats monster girls premieres this year ― The official website for the television anime of Yoshino Origuchi's Monster Girl Doctor (Monster Musume no Oisha-san) light novel series revealed the two main cast members for the anime on Friday. Saori Ōnishi plays Saphentite “Sapphee” Neikes (left in visual below), while Shunichi Toki plays Glenn Leitbeit (right). The anime will prem...
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Given Boys-Love Anime Film Reveals Theme Song Artist, May 16 Opening

centimillimental returns to perform song for new film focusing on Haruki, Akihiko ― The official website for the anime of Natsuki Kizu's Given manga unveiled a new visual, the May 16 opening date, and the theme song artist for the upcoming anime film based on the manga on Friday. The artist centimillimental will return to perform the film's theme song. A new batch of advance tickets will go on sale o...
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Violet Evergarden Film Unveils 2nd Teaser Trailer, Theme Song Artist

TRUE returns to sing theme for April 24 film getting expanded release ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime film project began streaming the second teaser trailer for the film on Friday. In addition, the film's Twitter account announced that singer TRUE will return to perform the film's theme song "WILL." The website also announced that the film's release is ...
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'Wave, Listen to Me!' Anime's Video Teases tacica's Song, Reveals April 3 Debut

Blade of the Immortal creator's anime about late-night talk radio ― The official website for the television anime of Hiroaki Samura's Wave, Listen to Me! (Nami yo Kiite Kure) manga began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "aranami" by the duo tacica, and also reveals the anime's April 3 premiere date. The anime will premiere on...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Is 3rd Manga to Sell Over 1 Million Copies of 1 Volume in 1st Week

Series also takes entire top 10 for 2nd straight week ― Koyoharu Gotouge's 19th Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga volume sold an estimated 1.378 million copies to rank #1 on Oricon's weekly print sales chart for the February 3-9 week. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is the third manga series to have a single print volume sell more than 1 million copies in its first week, after One Piece (45 times) ...
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Hideki Ohwada's Nobunaga-Sensei Manga Ends

Manga about Oda Nobunaga as teacher in modern-day Japan launched in December 2017 ― The 2,698th issue of Nihon Bungeisha's Weekly Manga Goraku magazine published the final chapter of Hideki Ohwada's Nobunaga-Sensei (Teacher Nobunaga) manga on Friday. Nihon Bungeisha will publish the manga's sixth and final compiled book volume on March 28. The comedy manga centers on historical Japanese warlord Oda N...
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Somali and the Forest Spirit ‒ Episode 6

Get your tissues and teddy bears ready – this episode, which marks the halfway point of Somali and the Forest Spirit, is the most difficult to date.
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ReLIFE Manga's Final Volume Includes New Epilogue Chapter

Manga ended in 2018, 15th volume shipped on Thursday ― The 15th and final compiled book volume of Yayoiso's ReLIFE manga, which shipped on Thursday, included an exclusive new epilogue chapter set after the manga's final chapter. The first print edition of the volume also includes an illustration card. The manga revolves around Arata Kaizaki, an unemployed, single 27-year-old who has just been cut off...
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My Hero Academia Ranks #2 on U.S. Monthly Bookscan January List

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Demon Slayer, Uzumaki, No Longer Human, Persona 5, The Promised Neverland also rank ― Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga volume 1 ranked at #2 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for January. This month's list featured 17 manga volumes, including: #2 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 #4 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volum...
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Anime Boston to Host Studio Trigger's Hiroyuki Imaishi, Hiromi Wakabayashi, Shigeto Koyama

Convention runs at Hynes Convention Center from April 10-12 ― Anime Boston announced on Thursday that it will host Studio Trigger staff members Hiroyuki Imaishi, Hiromi Wakabayashi, and Shigeto Koyama at this year's event. Imaishi previously worked at Gainax, and made his animator debut as an in-between and key animator in Neon Genesis Evangelion. He went on to work as key animator and as animation d...
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Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen Remake Game's Trailer Reveals May Release

Remake of AQUAPLUS' game launches in N. America on May 26, Europe/Oceania on May 29 ― NIS America began streaming a trailer for the Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen remake of AQUAPLUS' original Utawarerumono: Chiriyukumono e no Komoriuta game on Thursday. The video reveals that the game will launch in North America on May 26 and in Europe and Oceania on May 29. The game will be available physical...
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New Kaiketsu Zorori Anime Reveals Cast, Theme Songs, April 5 Premiere

Kōichi Yamadera, Rikako Aikawa, Motoko Kumai, Yuuki Kaji star in franchise's 1st TV anime in 13 years ― The official website for Motto! Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori (More! Seriously Unserious Incredible Zorori), the new television anime based on Yutaka Hara's Kaiketsu Zorori children's book series, revealed on Thursday the anime's cast, theme songs, and April 5 premiere. The anime will air on S...
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Dead or School Game Heads West on March 13

PS4/Switch side-scrolling adventure game debuts in N. America, Europe ― Marvelous Europe announced on Thursday that it will release Studio Nanafushi's Dead or School game for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch physically and digitally in North America and Europe on March 13. The company began streaming a trailer for the announcement. Marvelous Europe describes the "2.5D zombie-infested adventure":...
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Prince of Tennis to Stream 24 Hours of Valentine's Day Character Songs

The Prince of Tennis franchise has been releasing covers of the classic Sayuri Kokushō pop song "Valentine Kiss" since 2004. For Valentine's Day this year, the series will stream 24 hours of "Valentine Kiss" character songs on Nico Nico Doga. The "Valentine Kiss" line of Prince of Tennis character songs first launched in 2004, when the Keigo Atobe (voiced by Junichi Suwabe) character CD was first ...
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Katana Kami Game Heads West on February 20

PS4/Switch/PC game launches digitally in N. America, Europe ― Spike Chunsoft announced on Thursday that it will release Acquire's Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story (Samuraidō Gaiden Katanakami) game in North America and Europe digitally for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on February 20. The release will feature Japanese audio with English text. People who purchase the game...
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Virtual Character Project Kotodama Shōjo's Anime Casts Sora Tokui

Sora Tokui plays Hierar Beef in net anime ― The official website for Avex Pictures' "virtual character project" Kotodama Shōjo (Word Soul Girls) announced on Thursday that Sora Tokui will play Hierar Beef in the project's Kotodama Shōjo the Animation: Microphone soul spinners net anime. The character will debut in the anime's fifth episode. The anime premiered on Showroom and YouTube Live on January ...

GKIDS Announces New English Dub Cast for Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers Film

4K restoration screens in U.S. on March 9, 11 ― GKIDS announced the cast of the its new English dub of Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers film on Thursday. The cast includes: Jon Avner as Gin Victoria Grace as Miyuki Shakina Nayfack as Hana Kate Bornstein as Mother Crispin Freeman as Miyuki's Father David Manis as Old Man Jamieson Price as Oota Kirk Thornton as Yasuo GKIDS describes the film's story: In ...
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Kakushigoto Anime Casts Natsuki Hanae, Rikiya Koyama, Manami Numakura

TV series premieres on April 2 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kōji Kumeta's Kakushigoto manga revealed three additional cast members on Thursday. The new characters are all members of the fictionalized version of Weekly Shōnen Magazine's editorial department in the series. The new cast members are: Natsuki Hanae as Satsuki Tomaruin Rikiya Koyama as Rikirō Daiwa Manami N...
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BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense. ‒ Episode 6

I'm starting to have concerns that BOFURI may be running out of gas.
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your name. Unit Director Yoshitoshi Shinomiya Directs 2nd Indonesian Pocari Sweat Ad

Illustrator and director Yoshitoshi Shinomiya is responsible for directing the memorable flashback sequence in your name. In October last year, he directed and storyboarded an animated commercial to promote the Pocari Sweat sports drink in Indonesia. Earlier this month, he followed up with a second ad, where he is credited as director, storyboard artist, animation director, and art director. The s...
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Plunderer ‒ Episode 6

As the pair get caught up in the troubles surrounding a young woman making an illegal flying machine, Hina gives Licht a chance to open up to her.
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Netflix Adds Hi Score Girl II Anime Outside Japan, China on April 9

9-episode season premiered on October 25 ― Warner Bros. Japan announced on Friday that Hi Score Girl II, the second anime season based on Rensuke Oshikiri's Hi Score Girl manga, will premiere on Netflix outside of Japan and China on April 9. The nine-episode second season premiered in Japan on October 25. The staff of the previous season returned, but Yūya Hatano replaced Eri Sekido as character mode...
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A Certain Magical Index III part 1 BR/DVD

Given the quality of Railgun, these episodes show why the core Index series isn't the standard-bearer of the animated side of the franchise. ― I did episode reviews for this series when it originally streamed during the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 seasons, so if you want to see a more detailed episode-by-episode breakdown, look here. I decide to revisit the series with the advent of Funimation's releas...
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Princess Connect! Re:Dive Anime Reveals Video, Cast, Staff, April 6 Premiere

Takaomi Kanasaki directs TV anime at CygamesPictures ― The official website for the television anime of Cygames' Princess Connect! Re:Dive smartphone game revealed the first promotional video, key visual, cast, staff, and April 6 premiere on Thursday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, BS11, Sun TV, and KBS Kyoto on April 6 at 24:30 (effectively April 7 at 12:30 a.m.). The series will then air on T...
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New Sakura Wars Game Ships in West on April 28

English-subtitled video previews PS4 game ― Sega of America announced on Thursday that the new Sakura Wars game, previously known as Project Sakura Wars in English, will ship in the West on April 28. The official PlayStation YouTube channel began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the announcement. The game launched with the title Shin Sakura Taisen (New Sakura Wars) for the PlayStation 4 in ...
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Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Anime's Video Previews Mili's Ending Song

Anime premieres on Netflix worldwide in April ― The official website of Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, the new 3D CG Ghost in the Shell anime, revealed on Thursday that Mili are performing the ending theme song "sustain++;." Mili's YouTube channel began streaming a video for the song that shows the lyrics in programming text. The anime will debut on Netflix worldwide in April. Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ohts...
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Luminous Witches Anime Casts Kyō Tachibana

Anime about "witches who don't fight" premieres in 2021 ― The official website for the Renmei Kūgun Kōkū Mahō Ongakutai Luminous Witches (Allied Air Force Magical Idols Luminous Witches) television anime revealed on Thursday that Kyō Tachibana will play Joanna Elizabeth Stafford. The website also revealed a visual of all nine cast members in costume. Kyō Tachibana as Joanna Elizabeth Stafford, 12 yea...
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Sailor Moon Ice Show Reveals More Cast

Satoko Miyahara, Mirai Nagasu, Alissa Czisny, Becky Bereswill, ANZA, more join Evgenia Medvedeva in June show ― The staff of the upcoming ice show for Sailor Moon franchise announced more of the cast for the ice show during a press conference at the Shining Moon Tokyo Sailor Moon restaurant on Thursday. The cast includes: Satoko Miyahara as Sailor Mercury/Ami Mizuno Mirai Nagasu as Sailor Mars/Rei Hi...
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Resident Evil: Resistance Game Reveals 2 New Mastermind Characters

Alex Wesker, Ozwell Spencer join playable Masterminds in asymmetrical 5-player game ― The official website for CAPCOM's remake of the Resident Evil 3 survival horror game revealed two new Mastermind characters for Resident Evil: Resistance, the online game included with the remake. The new characters are Alex Wesker (left in image below) and Ozwell Spencer. In the game, Alex Wesker will be able to ma...
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Carole & Tuesday Supervising Director Shinichiro Watanabe to Speak at SXSW

Director will speak on same day as Carole & Tuesday artists Nai Br.XX, Celeina Ann's performance ― The South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas announced on Wednesday that Carole & Tuesday supervising director Shinichiro Watanabe will also attend the festival to speak at a conference panel on March 17. Watanabe's conference talk will be on the same day as the performance of Nai Br.XX and C...

Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin 'Final Chapter' Films Cast Mackenyu as Enishi

Mackenyu plays black market arms dealer in July 3, August 7 films ― The official website for the 'final chapter' films of the live-action film series based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga revealed on Thursday that Mackenyu will play Enishi Yukishiro in the films. The site revealed a new visual showing Mackenyu in costume. In the film, Enishi operates a black market arms company on the Chi...
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In/Spectre ‒ Episode 5

The big answer we get this week about the Steel Lady's origins is more or less what I expected.

Crunchyroll Adds Marmalade Boy Anime to Catalog

Romance anime begins streaming on Wednesday ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will begin streaming the Marmalade Boy anime on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. EST in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Central and South America including the Caribbean. Discotek Media licensed the anime, and released it on Blu-ray Disc in September 2018. Discotek describes Toei Animat...
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Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia ‒ Episode 16

Things are going mighty rough for both our heroes and villains as Babylonia's endgame escalates into a rising tide of frenzied monsters and apocalyptic mud.
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Viz's Shonen Jump Adds The Right Way to Make Jump! Manga

Manga about Shonen Jump debuted in 2014 ― Viz Media announced on Twitter on Wednesday that it has added Takeshi Sakurai's The Right Way to Make Jump! (Jump no Tadashii Tsukurikata!) manga to its Shonen Jump website. Viz describes the manga: Join a self-professed inept manga artist and his editor as they go on an adventure to learn just how Weekly Shonen Jump is made. Shonen Jump is the world's most p...
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Sword Art Online Aliciation Lycoris Game's Extended Trailer Previews Story, Characters

PS4/Xbox One/PC game launches in Japan on May 21, in West on May 22 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a new trailer for its Sword Art Online Alicization: Lycoris game on Wednesday. The video is an extended version of a trailer the company streamed on Sunday. The trailer previews the game's story, characters, single player, multiplayer, and character creation mechanics. The game will launch...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 121

The episode actually wastes little time introducing the most immediate major issue facing the Clover Kingdom: who's going to get blamed for all of this mess.
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J-Novel Club Licenses 'The Extraordinary, the Ordinary, and SOAP!' Novels

Volume 1 of Nao Wakasa, ICA's series launched in English on Wednesday ― J-Novel Club announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Nao Wakasa and ICA's The Extraordinary, the Ordinary, and SOAP! (Hibon Heibon Shabon!) light novel series for its new Heart shōjo label. The company released two parts for the first volume digitally on Wednesday, and Part 1 is available for everyone to read on the publisher...
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Naoki Urasawa Draws Parasite Director Bong Joon-Ho, Congratulates Him for Oscars Win

Award-winning manga creator Naoki Urasawa (Yawara!, Master Keaton, 20th Century Boys, Pluto) posted an illustration of film director Bong Joon-Ho on Twitter on Tuesday to congratulate him for his Oscar win. The film Parasite won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. ポン・ジュノ監督、おめでとうございます! #ポンジュノ #BonJoonHo #パラサイト半地下の家族 ...
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Amazon Launches Kindle Indies Manga Prize

10 finalists revealed for 1st manga award sponsored by Amazon ― Amazon announced the finalists for its Kindle Indies Manga Award, the first manga award sponsored by the company. Amazon states that the award's goal is to discover manga creators who bring a breath of fresh air to the industry. Reader popularity and judges in the industry, including Shoko Nakagawa, Yoyogi Animation Committee, and Comic ...
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Isekai Quartet 2 ‒ Episode 5

Betelgeuse teams up with Albedo for a perfectly twisted Valentine's Day episode.
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Anime Tourism Association to Hold 'International Correspondent' Experience at AnimeJapan 2020

Participants to gain press privileges at AnimeJapan, opportunity to interview people in anime industry ― The Anime Tourism Association will hold an "international correspondent" experience at its booth at AnimeJapan 2020 on March 21 and 22. Overseas anime fans who participate in the program will gain press privileges at AnimeJapan 2020 and will have the opportunity to interview people directly involv...
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Live-Action Bishoku Tantei Akechi Gorō Show Casts Yukiya Kitamura

Kitamura plays cop who dislikes Akechi in April show ― The official website for the live-action series of Akiko Higashimura's Bishoku Tantei Akechi Gorō (Gourmet Detective Gorō Akechi) manga revealed on Wednesday that Yukiya Kitamura is joining the show's cast as Katōno. The police officer dislikes Akechi's meddling in investigations, but Akechi always ends up saving him. Other show's cast also inclu...
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Bandai Namco Holdings Appoints Bandai Head Masaru Kawaguchi as Vice President

Executive changes take effect on April 1 ― Bandai Namco Holdings announced on Tuesday that the company has appointed Bandai president and representative director Masaru Kawaguchi as Bandai Namco Holdings' executive vice president. He will assume the position on April 1. Kawaguchi joined Bandai in 1983, and succeeded former Bandai president Kazunori Ueno as president of the company in 2015. Additional...
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D4DJ's Peaky P-key Performs Cardfight!! Vanguard Gaiden if Anime's Ending Song

New alternate universe Cardfight!! Vanguard anime premieres in April ― The official website for Bushiroa'ds D4DJ franchise announced on Wednesday that Peaky P-key, one of the franchise's in-story groups, will perform the ending theme song "Gonna be right" for Cardfight!! Vanguard Gaiden if, the newest anime series in Bushiroad's Cardfight!! Vanguard franchise. Bushiroad announced the series on Januar...
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Midori Natsu's Rasen no Meikyū DNA Mystery Manga Gets Live-Action Series

Kei Tanaka, Ken Yasuda star in April series ― TV Tokyo announced on Wednesday that it is producing a live-action television series adaptation of Midori Natsu's Rasen no Meikyū - DNA Kagaku Sōsa (Helical Labyrinth - DNA Science Investigations) manga that will premiere on TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, TV Setouchi, TV Hokkaido, and TVQ Broadcasting Kyushu this April. The Rasen no Meikyū (Helical Labyrin...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Anime's Video Previews 'Last Season'

Season premieres in April with ReoNA's opening song ― The official website for Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld, the second half of the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime, began streaming a promotional video on Wednesday for the series' second cours (quarter year). The video debuted at the Sword Art Online -Ex-Chronicle- in Kyoto event, which was held in Kyoto from January 31 to Feb...
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24th Detective Conan Film Casts Minami Hamabe

April 17's The Scarlet Bullet centers on kidnappings, Akai family, bullet train ― The official website for the Detective Conan films revealed a guest cast member on Wednesday for Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan (Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet), the franchise's 24th film. Minami Hamabe (live-action anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day special's Menma, live-action Saki film's title role) is playin...
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My Monster Girl's Too Cool for You Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Manga by Wagnaria!! author launched in 2011 ― The March issue of Square Enix's Shonen Gangan magazine revealed on Wednesday that Karino Takatsu's My Monster Girl's Too Cool for You (Ore no Kanojo ni Nanika Yōkai) four-panel comedy manga series will end in three chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end in May. Yen Press is publishing chapters of the manga as they are released in Japan, and...

Gangsta. Manga Author Kohske Diagnosed With Autoimmune Disease

Author still working on Gangsta., with new chapter ready Gangsta. manga creator Kohske revealed on their Twitter account on Wednesday that they have been diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus, an autoimmune disease. They elaborated that their "joints and blood vessels become inflamed, causing anemia, malaise and fever. One eye was almost blind." However, they explained that their work will co...
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Sonic the Hedgehog Film Posts Japanese-Subtitled Clip, New Poster Visual

Film opens on Friday in North America, March 27 in Japan ― Paramount Pictures began streaming a Japanese-subtitled clip for its Sonic the Hedgehog film on Wednesday. Paramount Pictures also revealed a new Japanese poster visual for the film. Taishi Nakagawa (top row in image below, live-action Kakegurui's Manyuda Kaede, live-action Kids on the Slope's Sentarō Kawabuchi) voices the titular character S...

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New Live-Action GTO: The Early Years Series' Trailer Unveils More Cast, Songs

T-BOLAN performs theme song, opening, insert song, with Takashi Sorimachi also performing insert song ― The official website for the new live-action series adaptation of Tohru Fujisawa's GTO: The Early Years (Shonan Junai-gumi) manga began streaming a new trailer for the series on Wednesday. The series reveals more cast for the series, as well as the series' theme song and insert song singers. The ne...
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Dorohedoro Manga Gets New Chapter 17 Months After Story Finale

14-page chapter featuring Ebisu, Devils premiered on Wednesday ― This year's March issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Shonen Sunday published a new, special 14-page chapter of Q Hayashida's Dorohedoro manga on Wednesday. In the one-shot story, the Devils play a prank on Ebisu. The science-fiction manga debuted in Shogakukan's Monthly Ikki magazine in 2000, and later moved to Hibana and then Monthly Shonen...
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P.A. Works' Appare-Ranman! Wild West Racing Anime Reveals More Cast, April 10 Debut in Video

Takahiro Sakurai, Tomokazu Sugita, Kazuyuki Okitsu join cast; Mia REGINA, Showtaro Morikubo perform songs ― The official Twitter account for P.A. Works' original television anime Appare-Ranman! began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video reveals three new cast members for the anime, as well as the anime's April 10 premiere date on Tokyo MX and other channels. The Twi...
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Good Smile Unveils Almost 200 New Figures at Winter WonderFest 2020

Promare, Demon Slayer, Weathering With You, My Hero Academia, more announced ― Good Smile announced almost 200 new figures at the Winter Wonder Festival 2020 on Sunday. The newest offerings include figures and/or nendoroids for Promare, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, In/Spectre, The Rising of the Shield Hero, Weathering With You, My Hero Academia, Fate/Grand Order and others...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 9-15

Beyblade Burst Turbo, Fruits Basket anime; Citrus+, Scarlet manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Beyblade Burst Turbo Season 3 DVDPlease Cinedigm US$24.97 February 11 Endride Essentials BDCite Funimation US$34.98 February 11 Fruits Basket Season 1 Part 2 BD/DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$64.98 February 11 Fruits Basket Season 1 Part 2 Limited Edition BD/DVDPlease...
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Jump Editor-in-Chief Explains What's Unusual About Demon Slayer's Success

Weekly Shonen Jump editor-in-chief Hiroyuki Nakano spoke to entertainment magazine Nikkei Entertainment about the current trends in manga. One of the main topics of discussion was Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba's sudden and meteoric success in the latter half of 2019. "Normally, a manga gradually sells more copies throughout the anime's run, but Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba's sales shot up strai...
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Bakugan: Armored Alliance Anime Premieres on Canada's Teletoon on February 16

2nd season of Bakugan: Battle Planet anime to have 104 11-minute episodes ― The TV Passport television schedule site is listing a premiere for Bakugan: Armored Alliance, the second season of the Bakugan: Battle Planet anime series, on February 16 on the Canadian television channel Teletoon. Teletoon's website lists the show as Bakugan: Battle Planet with the episode titles "The Mysterious Boy/A New P...
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Made in Abyss Café Serves 'Liquid Extracted from Reg'

The EJ Anime Theater in Shinjuku announced on its Twitter account on Saturday that its collaboration café with Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul will sell "liquid extracted from Reg." The account posted a picture of the yellow-brown liquid along with an image of Reg strapped to an operating chair. ×──────××──────×劇場版「#メイドインアビス 」~コラボカフェ 黎明卿 隠されたボンドルドの拠点~×──────××──────×📸作中シーン比較📸⭐️レグから採取された液体ノンアル...
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Crunchyroll Adds World Trigger Anime's English Dub

48 English-dubbed episodes begin streaming on Tuesday ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming the English dub of the World Trigger anime on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. EST in the United States and Canada. The release will include all 48 episodes with an English dub. The first World Trigger television anime season from Toei Animation premiered in October 2014, followed by a second sea...
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Darwin's Game ‒ Episode 5

Darwin's Game needs to kick up it up a notch in the action and back-stabbing department.
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Alita: Battle Angel Fans Fly Airplane Banner Over Oscars Requesting Sequel

Fans have raised over US$9,000 in donations, funds will also go to Open Bionics ― Screen Rant reported on Sunday that fans of the live-action Alita: Battle Angel film hired a plane with a banner reading #AlitaSequel and #AlitaArmy to fly over the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, where the 92nd Academy Awards were held. A fan site called "The Alita Army" took credit for the stunt, writing in a blog post ...
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Smile Down the Runway ‒ Episode 5

Ikuto basically failed the first step of design here which is knowing your client.
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 143

Team 7 continues to peel back the layers of the mystery surrounding Kokuri and Tsukiyo in a ninja-flavored whodunit.
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Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! ‒ Episode 6

The Eizouken has a concept for their latest project - a giant robot short commissioned by the Robot Club - but now they have a bigger problem. Where do you even get sound effects from?
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Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna Film's 'Last' Promo Video Streamed

Film opens in Japan on February 21, in U.S. on March 25 ― The official website for the Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna anime film began streaming the "last" promotional video for the film on Tuesday. The video features the "Boléro" orchestral piece composed by Maurice Ravel in 1928. The piece also features in the Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure: Bokura no War Game films, as well as t...
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Millepensee, Sanzigen Form lXlXl Anime Studio for 3D CG

Tokyo studio founded in September with staff from Millepensee, new hires ― Anime studio Millepensee and Sanzigen Animation Studio announced on Monday that they have partnered to form the new anime studio lXlXl (pronounced "L-L-L"). The new studio's focus is 3D CG and cinematography. The companies established the new studio in Nerima, Tokyo on September 20 with 6 million yen (about US$55,000) in capit...
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A Sister's All You Need Author Teases Surprise Project With Final Novel Volume

Writer Yomi Hirasaka teased on their Twitter account that the 14th and final volume of their A Sister's All You Need (Imōto Sae Ireba Ii.) light novel series will have a "surprise" project announcement. The volume will ship on February 18. Hirasaka launched the novel series in 2015, with illustrations by Kantoku (The "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat.). Yen Press published the sixth volume on Janu...
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Drifting Dragons Anime's Video Previews New 'Giraud Arc'

Giraud, Katja's chance encounter previewed in video for currently-airing anime ― The official website for the television anime of Taku Kuwabara's Drifting Dragons (Kūtei Dragons) manga began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video previews the anime's "Giraud Arc," which will begin in the sixth episode, and it shows the encounter between Giraud (Sōma Saitō) and Katja (Ay...
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