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Shelf Life - Twin Star Exorcists

Twin Star Exorcists is finally out on bluray, and Gabriella Ekens is here to take it for a spin. PLUS: all of this week's DVD & bluray anime releases! ― Holy crap, we have a lot of new releases this week. You'd almost think it was the beginning of the holiday rush or something. Well, no matter how many titles get shoved out the door in a single week, we'll be here to cover them. Welcome to Shelf Lif...
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Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle

Capcom resurrects a bunch of their classic arcade brawlers with a seven-game collection. Do they still put up a fight? ― Brawlers. Beat 'Em Ups. Belt-Scrollers. Double Dragon Clones. Punk Punching Parades. Those Arcade Games That Mom And Dad Always Said Were Too Violent For You Back in 1988. Whatever you call them, they never quite got their moment on top. True, they were staples of arcades in the la...
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UQ Holder! GN 10

UQ Holder’s tenth volume leans heavily on Akamatsu’s laziest tendencies, trending far more harem than action spectacle. ― Ken Akamatsu's works have been a balancing act between harem shenanigans and fantasy aspirations, ever since Love Hina's mild-mannered Keitaro was spirited away by a squad of zeppelins. Negima more or less split the difference between these goals, offering legitimately thrilling a...
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Escape Journey GN 1

Escape Journey is one of those BL manga that struggles to hit a note between “romantic” and “kind of upsetting.” ― Escape Journey is one of those BL manga that struggles to hit a note between “romantic” and “kind of upsetting.” It's the story of a relationship that could be termed unhealthy from some points of view, and like many of what are known as “Old Skool” romances, consent isn't always a given...
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ANNCast - Your Eternal Reward

Kodansha Comics is releasing the Sailor Moon manga all over again, so Manga Answerman Deb Aoki joins the show for a chat with Kodansha editor Lauren Scanlan and superstar translation team Alethea and Athena Nibley for a chat about what it took to put this giant book together. ― ANNCast 335 - Your Eternal Reward Kodansha Comics is releasing the Sailor Moon manga all over again, so Manga Answerman Deb...
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30 Years of Gunbuster

It's been three decades since a team of now-legendary artists at Gainax first unleashed the sci-fi mecha classic Gunbuster on the world - Dawn H. files an appreciation of this massively influential OVA. ― For people of a certain age (like yours truly), Gunbuster might have been something you first saw at an anime club viewing many years ago. Crowded around a 19” tube TV, watching the old US Rendition...
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Manga Answerman - Why Do So Many Manga Artists Avoid Being Photographed?

Many mangaka are notoriously camera-shy, choosing instead to only represent themselves with an illustration. What are their reasons for this? Deb gets into it. ― Editor's note: Originally published June 2018 - Manga Answerman is taking the week off, but we'll be back next week with a new column. Q: Why do a lot of manga artists prefer to not have their photos taken at events, like comic or anime con...
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The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 12

Too many rushed plots and the continuation of the slave issue make this one of the series' weaker volumes. ― The Rising of the Shield Hero has been consistently upping the stakes for protagonist Naofumi, the eponymous Shield Hero, with mixed results. While early volumes dealt with the prejudices he faced as the Shield Hero, beloved of the demi-humans and not so much by the human population of Melroma...
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Tuesday, September 25

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Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka Anime Casts Eriko Matsui, Ayana Taketatsu

Series premieres in January 2019 ― The October issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine revealed two additional cast members for the television anime of Makoto Fukami and Seigo Tokiya's Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka (Mahō Shōjo Tokushūsen Asuka) manga on Tuesday. The new cast members include: Eriko Matsui (Agū: Tensai Ningyō's Machi, The [email protected] Cinderella Girls' Nao Kamiya) as Mia Cyru...
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TBS Producer's Kidnapping Charge Dropped

TBS still fires producer for violating work regulations ― The Shizuoka District Public Prosecutors Office on September 21 dropped charges against Yo-Kyō, the 30-year-old staff member of TBS Television's film and anime department who was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a middle school girl earlier this month. However, TBS Television revealed that, as a result of its own investigation, it has fired...

Monday, September 24

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Gintama ‒ Episode 365

"After three consecutive episodes of classic Gintama hijinks, the series once again puts on its serious face as the real final battle's stakes are laid out."
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Hanebado! ‒ Episode 12

"Beyond its animation, Hanebado's other main strength has been its catharsis factor, so hopefully the release of that should be worth it for the big finish next week."
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Witch Hat Atelier Manga's 4th Volume Bundles Coloring Pages, Colored Pencils

The fourth compiled book volume of Kamome Shirahama's Witch Hat Atelier manga shipped on Friday in regular and limited-edition versions. The limited edition bundled coloring pages as well as special colored pencils. Shirahama selected the 12 colors for the colored pencils and provided the original illustrations for the eight coloring pages. The special-order pencils feature embossed details and co...
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Season Finale: Asobi Asobase -workshop of fun- ‒ Episode 12

"Asobi Asobase stood out among this summer's offerings as one of anime's sharpest school comedies."
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Series Finale: Planet With ‒ Episode 12

"Over the course of just twelve episodes, Planet With was able to deliver a tightly-paced, action-packed, and emotionally powerful science-fiction saga."
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Netflix U.S. Adds Mobile Suit Gundam UC Anime

Death Note, Vampire Knight, One-Punch Man anime to expire from service next month ― Netflix is now streaming all seven episodes of the Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) original video anime in the United States. The show is available with English, Japanese, and Cantonese audio and English, Spanish, French, and Traditional and Simplified Chinese subtitles. The streaming service is also listing expiratio...
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 25

"This week's GeGeGe no Kitaro takes on cyber-bullying, albeit not as impressively as it has in the past."
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Cells at Work! ‒ Episode 12

"Of all the threats the body has faced in Cells at Work, this is the most drastic."
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Live-Action RikeKoi Film Unveils Original Characters, February 1 Premiere Date

Theme song artists unveiled for film based on Alifred Yamamoto's manga ― The official Twitter account for the live-action adaptations of Alifred Yamamoto's Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita (Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It) manga announced on Monday that the film, RikeKoi ~Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita. ~, will open on February 1 in Japan. The staff also ann...
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ANN Readers: The Most Anticipated Fall 2018 Anime Series

Earlier this month, readers at the website Charapedia ranked the fall 2018 anime season and chose Sword Art Online: Alicization as the most anticipated show. The fan-favorite anime's third season marks the debut of Eugeo, Alice, and of course the return of Kirito. Fans came together last weekend in Los Angeles to get an early viewing of the sci-fi action series and it's supposed to run for a full ...
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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs ‒ Episode 11

"Pick your favorite girl in the series and you'll probably find something suiting your tastes in this episode."
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NoisyCell Performs New Ending Song for Mr. Tonegawa Anime

Series continues this fall ― The official website for the Mr. Tonegawa Middle Management Blues (Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa) anime announced on Friday that the band NoisyCell (Barakamon) is performing the ending theme for the second half of the series. The anime is continuing this fall with its second cours (quarter of a year). The show premiered on NTV's "AnichU" programming block on July 3, and Crunc...
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New Super Mario Bros. U's Peachette Leads to 'Bowsette' Trend on Twitter

Confusing fans everywhere, the new character (form?) Peachette debuted in a trailer for the New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Nintendo Switch game on September 13. Toadette uses the new Super Crown item to transform into Peachette in the trailer. Peachette resembles Princess Peach and has some of her abilites, but she also retains some of Toadette's characteristics. Almost a week after Peachette's de...
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Discotek Licenses English-Dubbed Dinosaur King Anime

Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon, Hells scheduled for November ― Discotek Media announced on Facebook on Monday that it has licensed Dinosaur King, the English-dubbed and localized version of Sunrise's Kodai Ōja Kyōryū King D-Kids Adventure anime. The company plans to release the 49-episode first season and the 30-episode second season on Standard Definition Blu-ray Discs on November 27. ...
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PERSONA 5 the Animation ‒ Episode 25

"This week's exercise ends up shortchanging both its action and its characters."
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Miki Aihara's Hot Gimmick Manga Gets Live-Action Film in 2019

Nogizaka46 member Miona Hori stars as Hatsumi Narita in adaptation of shōjo manga ― Toei announced on Tuesday that Miki Aihara's Hot Gimmick manga is inspiring a live-action film adaptation that will open in Japan in 2019. The film will star Nogizaka46 member Miona Hori as Hatsumi Narita. The show's main male cast includes: (From left to right in below image) Hiroya Shimizu as Ryōki Tachibana Mizuki ...
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FLCL Alternative ‒ Episode 3

"This episode felt like it was underachieving."
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Live-Action Gangoose Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Film based on manga about 3 boys who start extortion racket opens in November ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Daisuke Suzuki and Keisuke Hiya's Gangoose manga updated with a new trailer and visual on Monday. The video previews the theme song "Crybaby" by The Gangoose. The film will open in Japanese theaters on November 23. The main cast includes: Ryo Kato as Kazuki, the ...
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Shaman King Creator Designs New Yoh Asakura Figure

Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga is getting a new figure of protagonist Yoh Asakura. Kotobukiya's ARTFX J series will release the figure in February 2019. The figure recreates a special illustration from Takei. The creator supervised the design of the figure, which includes details such as creases and pockets on Yoh's clothes. The figure includes a version of Amidamaru made of translucent materi...
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 47

"Even with all of the manga's fat trimmed off, I can see why this part of AoT's narrative wasn't everyone's favorite part of the story."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 62

"This feels like a necessary step for the story as it digs into some nitty gritty world-building and manages to be pretty entertaining as we coast into the season's non-climax."
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Bakumatsu Anime's Commercial Streamed

Anime with time-traveling heroine debuts on October 4 ― FuRyu began streaming a 30-second commercial for Bakumatsu, the television anime of its Renai Bakumatsu Kareshi smartphone game, on Sunday. The video previews MIKOTO's opening song "Spiral Maze." The anime will premiere on the TBS station on October 4 at 25:58 (effectively, October 5 at 1:58 a.m.), and then it will start on the BS-TBS channel on...
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Joysound Lets Pop Team Epic Fans Dub Scenes Through Karaoke

The karaoke company Joysound is offering Pop Team Epic fans a new way to recreate the one-of-a-kind series. The company is now offering ten types of "dubbing karaoke" for the anime. Joysound's dubbing karaoke lets people dub their own versions of Pop Team Epic scenes. Some of the series' most iconic segments are available, including meme-creating clips like "Hellshake Yano." 『ポプテピピック』のセリフをカラオケ化!JO...
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Grand Blue Dreaming ‒ Episode 11

"This episode offers a solid reminder of the dumb gags and hijinks that I'll miss when the series ends next week."
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HIDIVE to Add Kissdum R - Engage Planet OVA

26-episode TV series already streaming ― HIDIVE announced on Monday that it will stream the original video anime (OVA) for Kissdum R - Engage Planet (Engage Planet Kiss Dum R) in the United States and Canada on September 26 at noon EDT. The Engage Planet Kiss Dum television anime series premiered in 2007, and the revised version Engage Planet Kiss Dum R premiered in 2008. The OVA debuted in 2011 with...
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Shelf Life - Twin Star Exorcists

Twin Star Exorcists is finally out on bluray, and Gabriella Ekens is here to take it for a spin. PLUS: all of this week's DVD & bluray anime releases! ― Holy crap, we have a lot of new releases this week. You'd almost think it was the beginning of the holiday rush or something. Well, no matter how many titles get shoved out the door in a single week, we'll be here to cover them. Welcome to Shelf Lif...
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Live-Action Meiji Tokyo Renka Series, Film Adds 8 Cast Members

Series, film debut in 2019 ― The official blog for the live-action series and film adaptation of Broccoli's Meiji Tokyo Renka romance visual novel revealed additional cast members for the live-action project last Friday. The additional cast includes: Yutaka Kobayashi as Charlie Shūto Miyazaka as Ōgai Mori Makaha Takahashi as Shunsō Hishida Taiki Yamazaki as Otojirō Kawakami Toman as Kyōka Izumi Yūki ...
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Bakutsuri Bar Hunter TV Anime Reveals Additional Cast

Takeshi Kusao, Daisuke Sakaguchi, Takashi Matsuyama, Megumi Urawa join cast ― The official website for the Bakutsuri Bar Hunter television anime series revealed four additional cast members on Monday. The new cast members are: Takeshi Kusao as Totta's father Tōma Tachitsute Daisuke Sakaguchi as Totta's uncle Tonpei Tachitsute Takashi Matsuyama as Kiba's father and Code Bank president Hoojirō Samejima...
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Akiko Higashimura's Tokyo Tarareba Girls Manga Gets 3 New Chapters

New side story chapters will debut 1 chapter per month from October-December ― The November issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine revealed on Tuesday that Akiko Higashimura will publish three new "side story" chapters for her Tokyo Tarareba Girls (Tokyo Tarareba Musume) manga in the magazine's next three issues. The manga will feature on the cover of the next issue on October 25, and the first new chapte...
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Answerman - Why Doesn't Anime Record Voices Before Animating?

Western animation - particularly the big-budget mainstream kind - tend to record performances before they animate, but when it comes to anime, this is rarely the case. Why is that? Justin gets into it. ― James asked: Some time ago, you stated that one of the major differences between western animation and Japanese animation is that, in western animation, all dialogue is recorded first, and then the ...
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New Captain Tsubasa Anime Reveals Visual, Additional Cast

Yūto Uemura, Yūsuke Kobayashi, Daisuke Hirakawa, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Kazuhiko Inoue, Daisuke Namikawa join cast ― The official website for the Captain Tsubasa franchise revealed revealed a new key visual and additional cast members for the new anime on Monday. The new cast members are: Yūto Uemura as Shun Nitta Yūsuke Kobayashi as Makoto Soda Daisuke Hirakawa as Hiroshi Jito Hiroyuki Yoshino as Mitsuru...
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Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle

Capcom resurrects a bunch of their classic arcade brawlers with a seven-game collection. Do they still put up a fight? ― Brawlers. Beat 'Em Ups. Belt-Scrollers. Double Dragon Clones. Punk Punching Parades. Those Arcade Games That Mom And Dad Always Said Were Too Violent For You Back in 1988. Whatever you call them, they never quite got their moment on top. True, they were staples of arcades in the la...
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Goblin Slayer's Spinoff Serialized Novel Also Gets Manga

Goblin Slayer Gaiden 2: Tsubanari no Daikatana novel, manga both launch in "a few days" ― The October issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine revealed on Tuesday that Goblin Slayer Gaiden 2: Tsubanari no Daikatana (Daikatana of Singing Death), Kumo Kagyu's new serialized spinoff novel for his Goblin Slayer novel series, will also get a manga adaptation in addition to the novel serializatio...
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Rapper/Singer Boku no Lyric no BŌYOMI Retires in January

Kokkoku, live-action March comes in like a lion theme song performer debuted in 2015 ― Rapper and singer Boku no Lyric no BŌYOMI announced on NTV's NEWS ZERO television program on Friday that he will end his career in the music industry in January. He will release his final original album Botsuraku (Ruin) and greatest hits album Ningen (Human) on December 12. Often described as a "prodigy," he explai...
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Thunderbolt Fantasy Puppet Show's 2nd Season Previewed in Opening Video

2nd season premieres on October 1 ― Good Smile Company began streaming the opening movie on Monday for Thunderbolt Fantasy: Tōriken Yūki 2, the second season of the Thunderbolt Fantasy puppet-show series. The video will stream only until October 2 at 5:00 p.m. JST (4:00 a.m. EDT). The video previews Takanori Nishikawa's opening theme song "His/Story." Nishikawa is collaborating with Hiroyuki Sawano o...
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Bandai Namco Ent. America Confirms English Release for 2 Sword Art Online Switch Games

Switch versions of Fatal Bullet, Hollow Realization games revealed at TGS on Saturday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America revealed via a video on Monday that the previously revealed Nintendo Switch versions of the Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet games will get a release in English. Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed at Tokyo Game Show on Saturday that both ga...
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Lost Song Anime Gets 'New Project'

Original TV anime premieres on Netflix outside Japan on September 30 ― A commercial after the final rebroadcast episode of the Lost Song original anime revealed on Saturday that the anime is getting a "new project." The show's staff will hold an event on February 11. The show's directors Morita and Junpei posted a picture on Twitter on Saturday that said "To Be Continued." Netflix Japan began streami...

Sunday, September 23

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'Pet' TV Anime Reveals Cast, Stage Play Adaptation

Psychic suspense anime by Durarara!! director Takahiro Ōmori to premiere in 2019 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of the Remaster Edition of Ranjō Miyake's Pet manga revealed the show's cast via a video on Monday. The anime stars: Keisuke Ueda as Hiroki Kishō Taniyama as Tsukasa Yuuki Ono as Satoru Yasuyuki Kase as Hayashi The site also revealed that the anime and manga are ...
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Blazblue: CentralFiction Game Gets 'Special Edition' Switch Version

Latest entry in Blazblue 2D fighter launched in Japanese arcades in November 2015 ― French Bread battle planner Kamone Serizawa posted a picture on Twitter on Friday from a stage presentation at Tokyo Game Show where Arc System Works announced that it will release Blazblue: CentralFiction Special Edition for the Nintendo Switch. Arc System Works in Japan has not yet confirmed the news online or revea...
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Run with the Wind Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Unison Square Garden Song

Anime's October 2 premiere date revealed ― The official Twitter account for Run with the Wind, the television anime of Shion Miura's Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru (Feel the Wind) novel, began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Sunday. The video previews the opening theme song "Catch up, latency" by Unison Square Garden. The official website for the anime also revealed the premiere dates fo...
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Gundam's Haro Plastic Model Shows Inner Workings by Designer Okawara

Inquisitive robot enthusiasts will finally get a glimpse of what's inside Gundam's Haro mascot thanks to a new figure in Bandai Spirit's Figure-rise Mechanics line. The same line revealed the inside of Doraemon and Dr. Slump's Arale is showing how all those metal bits turn into a cheerful green orb. Gundam franchise mechanical designer Kunio Okawara designed the robot's internal mechanisms for the...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episodes 74-75

"The gang makes a little bit of progress on the Mitsuki front in this week's double-sized Boruto."
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Anime Character Designers Akemi Takada, Mutsumi Inomata Design Cat-Themed Boxes for New Year Foods

Magical Angel Creamy Mami character designer Akemi Takada and Future GPX Cyber Formula character designer Mutsumi Inomata have provided cat illustrations for special osechi, which are fancy Japanese New Year foods. The special boxes, called jūbako, will be available with one design from each artist from Tobu Department Store. The boxes will be 13 centimeters (about 5 inches) square, and each of th...
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Angels of Death ‒ Episode 12

"It looks like the halcyon days of thwarting killer floor masters with the power of puzzle-solving and companionship are well and truly over for our motley duo."
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Happy Sugar Life ‒ Episode 11

"After delivering a couple of powerhouse episodes in a row, Happy Sugar Life eases off the throttle as it sets up for next week's finale."
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Yuuki Kaji, Maaya Uchida Star in Mizuho Bank's Anime Shorts by DLE

Mizuho Bank is targeting its younger clients with an anime and manga starring Aomaru, one of the company's social media mascot characters. An official website and Twitter account for the anime and manga, titled "Aomaru no Tenshi ka Akuma ka" (Aomaru Angel or Devil), opened on Monday. The website features a series of animated shorts for the campaign. The "opening movie" video begins with Aomaru eat...
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Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Documentary Drama Reveals 5 More Cast Members

The official website for the documentary drama Kono Manga ga Sugoi! revealed five more cast members and the live-action manga adaptations they will star in on Wednesday. The new cast members are: Masahiro Higashide as Ryū Oshikōji in Motoka Murakami's Ryū -RON- Kami Hiraiwa as a woman considering divorce in Machio Same's Machi Kinema Aoi Morikawa as Misaki Nakahara in Kendi Oiwa's Welcome to the N...
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Black Jack Chair Celebrates Osamu Tezuka's 90th Birthday

This November 3 marks what would have been Osamu Tezuka's 90th birthday. The legendary creator received a medical degree before devoting himself to manga, so it seems fitting to celebrate his life and accomplishments through a manga that stars a doctor. A certain U-shaped chair appears in Tezuka's Black Jack manga. Now, the chair is getting a real-world version. Japanese furniture maker Yamaso Ind...
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UQ Holder! GN 10

UQ Holder’s tenth volume leans heavily on Akamatsu’s laziest tendencies, trending far more harem than action spectacle. ― Ken Akamatsu's works have been a balancing act between harem shenanigans and fantasy aspirations, ever since Love Hina's mild-mannered Keitaro was spirited away by a squad of zeppelins. Negima more or less split the difference between these goals, offering legitimately thrilling a...

Macross Franchise Gets New Delta Film, New Crossover Concerts

June concerts to feature singers from every Macross TV show ― The "Walküre Senjō no Premium Live Event at Toyosu Pit" announced in Tokyo on Sunday that production has been green-lit on a new Macross Delta film. The event also announced that the Macross franchise will hold two "Crossover Live 2019 at Makuhari Messe" concerts in June. The announcement specifically describes the upcoming Macross Delta f...

Re:Zero Anime Gets 2nd OVA Episode About Emilia, Pack's 1st Meeting

1st OVA episode opens in Japanese theaters on October 6 ― Kadokawa began streaming a video on Sunday to reveal that the Re:Zero franchise will get a second original video anime (OVA) episode. The episode will be titled "Hyōketsu no Kizuna" (Frozen Bonds), and will adapt the meeting between Emilia and Pack. The original Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Zenjitsu-tan: Hyōketsu no Kizuna prequel novel was included...
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Street Fighter V Game Gets Release in Arcades in 2019

Capcom to hold location tests in Japan on October 5-7 ― Capcom announced at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 event on Sunday that it will release the Street Fighter V game in arcades in Japan in 2019. Taito is working with Capcom on the arcade version. Location testing will be from October 5-7 in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka. The arcade version will be based on the Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition upgra...
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Kō-Kyō-Sei Million Arthur Smartphone Game Launches on October 4

― A stage presentation for the Million Arthur franchise at Tokyo Game Show 2018 revealed on Sunday that the Kō-Kyō-Sei Million Arthur iOS and Android game will launch in Japan on October 4. The game is a new title in the series after Kaku-San-Sei Million Arthur and Kai-Ri-Sei Million Arthur. Square Enix's Operation Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur (Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur) massively multi-player on...
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Death Stranding Game Reveals More Character Designs, Cast Members (Updated)

Troy Baker, Tommie Earl Jenkins join English cast; Japanese cast stars Kenjiro Tsuda, Kikuko Inoue, Nana Mizuki, more ― The stage event for Kojima Productions' Death Stranding PlayStation 4 game at Tokyo Game Show on Sunday revealed more cast members for the game's English and Japanese version. The event revealed that Tommie Earl Jenkins will play a new character who wears a mask. Akio Ohtsuka will v...
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Rock Band FLOW Perform Theme Song for Code Geass Social Game

― DMM Games revealed during a livestream presentation at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 event on Sunday that rock band FLOW will perform the theme song "Pendulum" for the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Lost Stories social game. The band performed the song at the event, and announced that they will have a solo concert at the Nippon Budokan hall on January 30. The presentation also revealed that the ...
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Kiyoshi Hikawa Performs New Ending Theme for GeGeGe no Kitaro Anime

Hikawa also sings show's opening theme song ― The official website for the new GeGeGe no Kitaro anime revealed on Sunday that Kiyoshi Hikawa will perform the show's new ending theme song "Mien Keredomo, Orun da yo" (I Can't See Them But They're There). The song will debut in the show starting on October 7. Hikawa is also performing the anime's current classic opening theme song "Gegege no Kitarō," an...
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Dragon Quest XI Game for Switch Officially Announced as Dragon Quest XI S

Game launched in the West on PS4, PC on September 4 ― Square Enix formally announced at Tokyo Game Show on Sunday that it is producing a Nintendo Switch version of its Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete (Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age) role-playing game. While Square Enix had stated in 2015 that it planned to release the game on the Switch (then known as "NX") console, the websit...
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Visual Novel Developer Circus Announces Da Capo 4 Project

Developer also reveals D.C. Da Capo Archives Sakura Edition game collection featuring 21 titles ― Adult visual novel developer Circus announced on Sunday that it is developing a Da Capo 4 (D.C. 4) project as its 20th project. The company will open the official website for the project on November 11. The company also revealed on Sunday that it is releasing the D.C. Da Capo Archives Sakura Edition game...
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Netflix Lists Live-Action Jin-Roh Film for October 19

S. Korean remake of anime film opened in July ― Netflix USA and Netflix Japan are both currently listing that Illang: The Wolf Brigade, Kim Jee-woon's live-action film of Hiroyuki Okiura and Production I.G's Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade anime film, will launch on the service on October 19. Netflix had announced in July that it would stream the film outside of South Korea. The film opened in South Korea...

Saturday, September 22

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Channel Your Inner Villain With My Hero Academia's Tomura Mug

The "Boku no Hero Academia My Hero Museum ~Shōnen-tachi no Kiseki wo Tadore~" (My Hero Academia My Hero Museum: Following the Children's Tracks) exhibition revealed merchandise last week. The exhibition's mug and coaster inspired by League of Villains leader Tomura Shigaraki will let fans recreate the character's characteristic facepalm look. The mug will cost 2,000 yen (about US$18) and come with...
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Season Finale: Harukana Receive ‒ Episode 12

"Harukana Receive presented a lot of emotions, but most powerful among them was joy."
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Visit 221B Baker Street at Tokyo's New Sherlock Holmes-Themed Bar

Fans who like Sherlock Hound, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, and Holmes of Kyoto are in luck because a Sherlock Holmes-themed bar just opened in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The new Sherlock House bar captures the feel of the fictional detective's London home at 221B Baker Street with 19th-century vibes. The bar opened in August, and it has become especially popular with women. Damask wallpaper exudes the atmosp...
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 12

"This episode really ramps up Ash's descent into murder and darkness."
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pixiv Launches VRoid Hub Platform for Sharing 3D Characters

pixiv announced on Friday that it will release the VRoid Hub platform for sharing 3D character models in December 2018. Users will be able to use the shared models as avatars across various virtual reality and augmented reality platforms. The company will simultaneously launch the software development kit VRoid SDK, which will let developers use the model data of characters posted on VRoid Hub on ...
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Yuichiro Umehara Voices Bartender to Promote Sapporo Beer's New Drink

Sapporo Beer's Ume Kaku Kajitsu Shitate no Umeshu Cocktail Yuzu (a plum wine drink with yuzu) went on sale in Japan on Wednesday. To promote the release, voice actor Yuichiro Umehara is voicing a bartender character in a series of web videos. Umehara's character is a worldly bartender at Ume Kaku Bar, whose personality reflects both the good and bad things he has seen in this life. There are a tot...
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Season Finale: How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord ‒ Episode 12

"In the end, this adventure was good (not great) most of the way through, but it still worked way better than I gave it credit for at the start."
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Sentai Filmworks' Mardock Scramble Film Trilogy License Expires

Sentai Filmworks announced on Saturday that its home video release of the Mardock Scramble film trilogy is out of print. Sentai Filmworks confirmed with ANN that its license has expired. Sentai Filmworks announced its license for the film trilogy — Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (2010), Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion (2011), and Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust (2012) — in 201...
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March comes in like a lion Season 2's English Dub Trailer Streamed

Blu-ray Discs slated for December, April ― Aniplex of America began streaming a trailer for its English dub of the second season of March comes in like a lion on Saturday. The company will release the series on Blu-ray Disc in two parts on December 18 and April 9, respectively. The second season premiered on NHK last October, and Crunchyroll streamed the 22-episode series as it aired. Aniplex of Amer...

Mr. Osomatsu Anime's English Dub Casts Matsuno Sextuplets

Billy Kametz, Chris Niosi, Michael Sinterniklaas, Kyle McCarley, Ray Chase, Max Mittleman join cast ― Viz Media announced the English dub cast for the six Matsuno brothers from the Mr. Osomatsu anime at its Anime Weekend Atlanta panel on Saturday. The cast includes: Billy Kametz as Osomatsu Chris Niosi as Choromatsu Michael Sinterniklaas as Jyushimatsu Kyle McCarley as Ichimatsu Ray Chase as Karamats...

Aniplex USA Announces Fate/Apocrypha Blu-ray Release

2 sets slated for November, February ― Aniplex of America announced on Saturday that it will release the anime adaptation of TYPE-MOON and Yuichiro Higashide's Fate/Apocrypha novels on Blu-ray Disc. The first Blu-ray Disc box set is slated for November 20 and the second is slated for February 12, 2019. Each set will include a rigid box, booklet, and original soundtrack CD. The anime premiered in Japa...

Viz Media Licences Snow White with the Red Hair Manga

1st volume of manga that inspired 2 anime series slated for next spring ― Viz Media announced on Saturday that it has licensed Sorata Akiduki's Snow White with the Red Hair (Akagami no Shirayuki-hime) manga. The first volume is slated for release in spring 2019. Viz Media describes the story: Shirayuki is an herbalist with bright red hair. Raj, the prince of her kingdom, catches word of her beauty an...
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Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond to Have U.S. Premiere at Anime NYC

Screening takes place on November 16 ― Aniplex of America announced on Saturday that Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond (Natsume Yūjinchō ~Utsusemi ni Musubu~), the anime film of Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, will have its United States premiere at the Anime NYC convention on Friday, November 16 at 7:45 p.m. EST. The anime will premiere on September 2...
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Aniplex of America Announces DAKAICHI, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Anime for Fall Season (Updated)

Both series debut in Japan in October ― Aniplex of America announced on Saturday that it will offer the DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year- (Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu.) and Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai (Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume wo Minai) anime for its fall 2018 simulcast lineup. Aniplex of America will premiere DAKAICHI -I'm be...
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Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san Anime's TV Spot Streamed

Anime about bookstore employees premieres on October 7 ― Production company Asmik Ace began streaming a 15-second TV Spot for the television anime adaptation of Honda's Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san (Skeleton Bookstore Employee Honda) manga on Saturday. The video previews the opening theme song "ISBN ~Inner Sound & Book's Narrative~" by TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND feat. Honda (voiced by Sōma Saitō)....
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Hatsune Miku Goes Down in History... Book

How do you know you've made it big? Receiving a mention in a history book is probably a pretty clear sign. Virtual idol Hatsune Miku is now adding that to her list of accomplishments. Twitter user @non_A1207 posted a picture of Hatsune Miku's entry in a high school history book on Tuesday. 日本史の教科書に初音ミクがのる時代… pic.twitter.com/VaMH4CFPQ5— のん氏っしー (@non_A1207) September 18, 2018 The book describes the ...
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Manga Creator Yasuyuki Kunitomo Passes Away

Author's Junk Boy manga inspired OVA in 1987 ― The Comic Natalie news website reported on Saturday that manga creator Yasuyuki Kunitomo passed away on September 20. He was 65. Kunitomo is known for the 100-oku no Otoko (10 Billion Men) manga (pictured at right), which inspired a live-action TV series adaptation in 1995. Kunitomo also wrote the Shiawase no Jikan, Shin Shiawase no Jikan, and Junk Boy m...
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Escape Journey GN 1

Escape Journey is one of those BL manga that struggles to hit a note between “romantic” and “kind of upsetting.” ― Escape Journey is one of those BL manga that struggles to hit a note between “romantic” and “kind of upsetting.” It's the story of a relationship that could be termed unhealthy from some points of view, and like many of what are known as “Old Skool” romances, consent isn't always a given...
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Koei Tecmo Games to Release Smartphone Version of Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI Game

Game originally launched in N. America for PS2 in 2007, on PC in 2008 ― Koei Tecmo Games announced on Wednesday that it is working with BBGame to produce a smartphone version of Koei's Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI game. The game will launch in "multiple languages" in November for iOS and Android. The New Romance of the Three Kingdoms smartphone game had a soft launch in China earlier this year an...
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Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata Anime Film's Clip Streamed

Film opens in Japan on October 5 ― The official YouTube channel for the Monster Strike anime franchise began streaming a clip on Saturday for the Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata (Beyond the Sky) 3DCG anime film. The film stars: Masataka Kubota (live-action Death Note series' Light, live-action Tokyo Ghoul's Kaneki) as the "boy of destiny" Kanata Yoshimasa Hosoya (Attack on Titan's Reiner, My...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Previews Android 17 in Video

Character is 8th DLC character for fighting game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new video on Saturday for the Dragon Ball FighterZ game. The video previews the previously announced Android 17 as the game's eighth DLC character. The character appears with his Dragon Ball Super design; his Dragon Ball Z design is already in the game as an assist to his sister Android 18. Android...
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Dōkyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue. Feline Anime's Teasers Reveal Main Cast, Composer

Kensho Ono, Haruka Yamazaki voice novelist & his cat; In This Corner of the World's Kotoringo pens music ― The official website for the 2019 television anime of Minatsuki and As Futatsuya's Dōkyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue (My Housemate Is on My Lap, But Sometimes on My Head) began streaming three teaser promotional videos on Saturday. The three videos — an overall one, and one each from the p...
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Kenjiro Tsuda Voices Villain Overhaul in My Hero Academia Anime

Character appeared in penultimate episode of 3rd season on Saturday ― The official website for the My Hero Academia anime revealed on Saturday that Kenjiro Tsuda has joined the anime's cast as the Villain character Overhaul. The character appeared in the third season's 24th episode on Saturday. The third anime season will end with the 25th episode on September 29. The new season premiered on April 7,...
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Crunchyroll Adds RErideD TV Anime's 1st 4 Episodes on Saturday

Anime premieres on Japanese TV on October 3 ― Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that it will begin streaming the first four episodes of Kadokawa's RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida (RErideD: Derrida, who leaps through time) original anime starting on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. EDT. The episodes will go live throughout the day. Crunchyroll will stream the series worldwide outside of Asia. The anime will premier...

Tetsuya Nomura: Kingdom Hearts Will Not End with Kingdom Hearts III

Stage event at Tokyo Game Show reveals boss battle details, confirms secret movie, characters' ages Kingdom Hearts game series director Tetsuya Nomura said during a stage presentation at Tokyo Game Show 2018 on Saturday regarding the previously revealed news that Kingdom Hearts III will end the "Dark Seeker Saga" of the game franchise, "it's most definitely not the end of Kingdom Hearts. I'd like t...
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Virtua Racing Game Added to Sega Ages Project for Switch

Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Force IV launched on Switch for project on September 20 ― Sega announced on Saturday at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 event that the Virtua Racing game is joining the lineup for the Sega Ages project for the Nintendo Switch. Sega did not reveal a release period for the game. With the project, Sega will release more than 15 of its classic games for the Switch. M2 is developing t...
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God Eater 3 Game's Opening Anime by ufotable Previewed in Sneak Peek Video

New demo in PS Store Japan before game launches on December 13 in Japan, in early 2019 in N. America ― Bandai Namco Entertainment presented a sneak peek at the opening animation for its God Eater 3 game at its Tokyo Game Show booth on Saturday. The company announced that the anime studio Ufotable is returning to animate the opening sequence. Bandai Namco Entertainment also announced during a special ...
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Ace Attorney Anime's Season 2 Reveals Promo Video, Opening Theme Artist

Tomohisa Yamashita performs opening theme for series premiering on October 6 ― Capcom's stage presentation at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 event on Saturday revealed a new promotional video for the Ace Attorney Season 2 (Gyakuten Saiban ~Sono "Shinjitsu," Igiari!~ Season 2) anime. The event also revealed that Tomohisa Yamashita will perform the show's opening theme song "Never Lose." The show's official ...
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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy Game Announced for Switch, PS4, Steam, Xbox One

Game's Japanese, English release set for early 2019 ― Capcom announced during a livestream at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 event on Saturday that it will release the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (Gyakuten Saiban 1 2 3 Naruhodō Selection) game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC (via Steam) in early 2019. Capcom USA confirmed the game will get an English release in early 2019, and...
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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato Sequel Anime Film Opens in Spring 2019 with Focus on Mumei

― DMM Games revealed during a stage presentation at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 event on Saturday that the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato (Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri: Unato Kessen) sequel anime film will open in Japan in spring 2019. Tickets will go on sale for the film on October 20. Director Tetsuro Araki stated at the event that the film will focus on the character Mumei. The film wil...
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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Games Get Switch Release

Also: Sword Art Online: Lost Song game will get Steam release ― A "Sword Art Online Game Series 5th Anniversary Special Stage" presentation at Tokyo Game Show on Saturday revealed that the Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet games will get a release on the Nintendo Switch console. The games are in development now, and Bandai Namco Entertainment might not release th...
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Atelier Online Smartphone Game Launches on October 1

― Koei Tecmo announced during a livestream presentation at Tokyo Game Show on Saturday that the Atelier Online ~Bureseiru no Renkinjutsushi~ (Atelier Online: The Alchemist of Blasel) smartphone game from its Gust brand and NHN Play Art will launch in Japan on October 1. The game currently has more than 500,000 pre-registered users. The game was originally slated to launch in winter 2017 but was dela...
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Crunchyroll Confirms Territories for Sword Art Online: Alicization Anime

― Crunchyroll announced the territories on Friday where it will stream the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime this fall. The site will stream the anime in North America, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Crunchyroll describes the series: Where…am I…?” Before he knows it, Kirito has made a full-dive into an epic, fantasy-like virtual world. With...

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Black Clover Anime Unveils Visual for New Season

― This year's 43rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine unveiled a new visual for the Black Clover anime on Saturday. (Note: The below visual at the end of this article may contain spoilers for the anime.) The staff also revealed that the anime is getting a "selection broadcast" starting on October 14 that will screen selected episodes. The selection broadcast will air on TV Tokyo and TV ...
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Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition Adds Art Supplies Collab

Brand-new CLAMP art book also scheduled ― The upcoming Cardcaptor Exhibition -The Enchanted Museum- event at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi Hills opens on October 26, ushering in collectible merchandise and a collaboration with stationary brand Sakura Color Products Corporation (Sakura Coupy). Items include the Sakura Coupy colored pencil packs with super-deformed versions of Sakura, Tomoya...
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WFLE, Otomate Establish Firm to Produce VTubers 'You Can Meet'

2 companies already introduced VTuber character Amon Flockhart ― Wright Flyer Live Entertainment (WFLE) and Idea Factory have agreed to launch a joint venture called REALITY Factory with the aim of producing virtual YouTubers (VTubers) aimed at female audiences. The venture will also focus on "events where you can meet meet VTubers," and hold performances at the Otomate Building, which opened in Ikeb...
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Tokyo Ghoul Gets 2nd Live-Action Film in 2019

Masataka Kubota returns as Kaneki; Maika Yamamoto, Shota Matsuda join cast as Tōka, Tsukiyama ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga announced on Saturday that a sequel film, tentatively titled Tokyo Ghoul 2 has been green-lit for 2019. Masataka Kubota (center in image below) is returning as Ken Kaneki, but Maika Yamamoto (left in image below) is ...
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This is the House That BL Built: Magazine Uses Hot Guys to Teach Architecture

How's your knowledge on the complex inner workings of building design? Most of us are familiar, at least visually, with buttresses, arches, balconies, and columns and can maybe discern a Queen Anne from a Colonial Revival home. If you're looking to dig real deep into architecture terminology but feel intimidated to get started, the October issue of Kenchiku Chishiki (Architectural Knowledge) has c...

Seven Seas Licenses Princess Jellyfish Creator Higashimura's Autobiographical Manga Blank Canvas

Series ran in Japan from 2011-2015 as Kakukaku Shikajika ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Akiko Higashimura's semi-autobiographical manga Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist's Journey (Kakukaku Shikajika) manga. The first volume is slated for physical release with a large trim size on May 21, 2019. Seven Seas describes the manga: High schooler Akiko has big plans to b...
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Hozuki's Coolheadedness Smartphone Game Reveals Developer, Visual

Game will be free free to play ― An official website for the iOS and Android game based on Natsumi Eguchi's Hozuki's Coolheadedness (Hōzuki no Reitetsu) manga opened on Friday, revealing that Taito is developing the game. The website also shared a key visual. Taito has not revealed a release window, but confirmed that the game will be free to play with in-game items. Eguchi launched the manga in Koda...
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Seven Seas Licenses My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Manga (Updated)

Manga follows otome gamer reborn into game as villain ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed 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...) manga. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on July 30, 2019. Seven Seas describes the stor...
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Chio's School Road ‒ Episode 12

"Looking back on the series as a whole, I liked the majority of Chio's School Road but never really found a reason to love it."
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HIDIVE Schedules English Dubs for Tada Never Falls in Love, Made in Abyss Anime

Tada Never Falls in Love dub debuts on September 30, Made in Abyss on October 23 ― HIDIVE announced at its Anime Weekend Atlanta panel on Friday that it will stream the English dub of Tada Never Falls in Love. In addition, the service announced details for its stream of the English dub of Made in Abyss. The first English-dubbed episode of Tada Never Falls in Love will debut at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Septem...
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Re:Zero's Emilia and Subaru Share Cup Noodle in China-Exclusive Commercial

Chinese streaming platform bilibili is hosting exclusive Re:Zero footage--of the two protagonists enjoying cup ramen. The ad is in Japanese with Chinese subtitles and show Subaru introducing Emilia to Cup Noodles' Chinese brand, Hé Wèi Dào, after a study session. The pair enjoy a cup of the seafood flavor Cup Noodle, China's most popular flavor. Cup Noodle regularly collaborates with anime series ...
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The Best of "This Week in Anime"

Just over a year after its creation, Nick, Micchy, Jacob, and Steve of This Week in Anime have laughed and cried over an avalanche of great and terrible anime. Here are some of our favorite memorable moments. ― Hello everyone! Our "This Week in Anime" feature will return next Tuesday to cover the newest avalanche of Netflix premieres, but in the meantime, we thought we'd put together a Best Of TWIA t...

Funimation Licenses Japanese Live-Action Death Note Films

Subtitle-only BD/DVDs slated for January 22 ― Funimation Entertainment announced at Anime Weekend Atlanta on Friday that it has licensed the Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name, and Death Note Light up the NEW world live-action films. The company will release the films on subtitle-only Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and Digital combo packs on January 22, 2019. The first two films will be bundled together. Deat...
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Seven Seas Licenses Creature Girls: A Field Journal in Another World Manga Under Mature Reader Imprint

Company also announces adult yuri anthology Eve x Eve ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed KAKERU's Creature Girls: A Field Journal in Another World (Kagakuteki ni Sonzai Shiuru Creature Musume no Kansatsu Nisshi) under its Ghost Ship imprint for mature readers. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on June 4, 2019. The ongoing series launched on Akit...
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Free! -Dive to the Future- ‒ Episode 11

"Right now, Free! Dive to the Future is more highlight reel than story."
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Steins;Gate 0 ‒ Episode 22

"This penultimate episode spends a lot of time and effort putting an overindulgent bow on a storyline that was never all that compelling to begin with."
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2nd New Celestial Method Image Hints at New Character

Last month, producer Takayuki Nagatani announced a sudden merchandise revival of the 2014 fantasy drama Celestial Method anime. Nagatani shared two new pieces of artwork of the original story's main characters. Nagatani shared another new piece of artwork on Thursday. The image shows the series' characters inside Boyotei Restaurant, a real restaurant within the series' real setting, Tōyako, Hokkai...
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Hitorijime My Hero Anime's English Dub Cast Revealed (Updated With Video)

Austin Tindle, David Matranga star ― Sentai Filmworks revealed the cast for the English dub of the Hitorijime My Hero at Anime Weekend Atlanta on Friday. The company also began streaming a dubbed clip: The cast includes: Austin Tindle as Masahiro Setagawa David Matranga as Kousuke Ohshiba Daman Mills as Asaya Hasekura Alejandro Saab as Kensuke Ohshiba Houston Hayes as Fukushige Greg Cote as Yamabe Ho...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Adds Android 17

Character to launch as part of DLC pass ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Friday that Android 17 will be the eighth DLC character for Dragon Ball FighterZ. The character appears with his Dragon Ball Super design; his Dragon Ball Z design is already in the game as an assist to his sister Android 18. The company shared screenshots, and a moveset video will debut on Saturday. img IMG 171.jpg IMG...
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ANNCast - Your Eternal Reward

Kodansha Comics is releasing the Sailor Moon manga all over again, so Manga Answerman Deb Aoki joins the show for a chat with Kodansha editor Lauren Scanlan and superstar translation team Alethea and Athena Nibley for a chat about what it took to put this giant book together. ― ANNCast 335 - Your Eternal Reward Kodansha Comics is releasing the Sailor Moon manga all over again, so Manga Answerman Deb...
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Actress, Former AKB48 idol Atsuko Maeda Welcomes 1st Child

Former AKB48 idol Atsuko Maeda welcomed her first child recently, according to the actress' agency. Maeda (27) and her husband, actor Ryo Katsuji (32), married at the end of July. According to Maeda's agency, she is stable and recovering from the child's birth. Maeda commented through Ota Production that she plans to continue working so long as her physical condition allows it. She apologized for ...
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill Anime Gets Manga by Tiger & Bunny's Mizuki Sakakibara

Manga launches digitally on October 1 ― The official blog for the Tonari no Young Jump editorial department announced on Friday that Sunrise's Double Decker! Doug & Kirill, an anime series that is "one part" of the "new Tiger & Bunny animation project," will get a manga adaptation that will run on both Shueisha's Tonari no Young Jump website and the YanJan! app. The first chapter will debut at midnig...
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30 Years of Gunbuster

It's been three decades since a team of now-legendary artists at Gainax first unleashed the sci-fi mecha classic Gunbuster on the world - Dawn H. files an appreciation of this massively influential OVA. ― For people of a certain age (like yours truly), Gunbuster might have been something you first saw at an anime club viewing many years ago. Crowded around a 19” tube TV, watching the old US Rendition...
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Boarding School Juliet Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website for the television anime of Yōsuke Kaneda's school romantic comedy manga Kishuku Gakkō no Juliet (Boarding School Juliet) is listing the anime with 12 episodes. The website revealed the anime's Blu-ray Disc release information on Friday. The series will have a total of four Blu-ray Disc releases with three episodes each, for a total of 12 episodes. The Blu-ray Disc releases wi...
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Kemono Friends 2 Stage Play Reveals Visual, Cast in Costume

Ayane Suzuki, Kotoko Sasaki star in November play set in Snowy Mountains Area ― The official website for Kemono Friends 2 ~Yuki Furu Yoru no Kemono-tachi~ (Kemono Friends 2: Beasts on the Night When Snow Falls), the new stage play adaptation of Nexon and Mine Yoshizaki's Kemono Friends franchise, revealed the main visual and cast visuals for the play on Thursday. The play's cast includes: Ayane Suzuk...
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Manga Answerman - Why Do So Many Manga Artists Avoid Being Photographed?

Many mangaka are notoriously camera-shy, choosing instead to only represent themselves with an illustration. What are their reasons for this? Deb gets into it. ― Editor's note: Originally published June 2018 - Manga Answerman is taking the week off, but we'll be back next week with a new column. Q: Why do a lot of manga artists prefer to not have their photos taken at events, like comic or anime con...
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Persona Q2 Game Previews 4 Protagonists, Opening Anime in Videos

Game ships in Japan on November 29 ― Atlus began streaming an opening anime video and four protagonist videos for its Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game on Friday. The protagonist videos highlight the protagonists of the Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 5 games. Opening Anime P3 Female Protagonist P3 Male Protagonist P4 Protagonist P5 Protagonist The game will ship on November 29 in ...
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Kaho Miyasaki's 1/100,000 Manga Gets Live-Action Film Adaptation

Spinoff manga of Miyasaka's Akai Ito launched in 2015 after main manga ended ― The November issue of Shogakukan's Cheese! magazine revealed on Saturday that Kaho Miyasaka's 1/100,000 manga will get a live-action film adaptation. The magazine also revealed that Miyasaka will launch a new manga in the magazine's December issue on October 24 titled Kiniro Japanesque ~Yokohama Karentan~. 1/100,000 is a s...
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The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 12

Too many rushed plots and the continuation of the slave issue make this one of the series' weaker volumes. ― The Rising of the Shield Hero has been consistently upping the stakes for protagonist Naofumi, the eponymous Shield Hero, with mixed results. While early volumes dealt with the prejudices he faced as the Shield Hero, beloved of the demi-humans and not so much by the human population of Melroma...
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Gintama 2 Falls to #5, Hibiki Opens at #6 at Japanese Box Office

Live-action Kasane film falls off top 10, Kamen Rider/Super Sentai double feature tops 1 billion yen Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu Tame ni Koso Aru (The Law is Surely There to be Broken), the second live-action film based on Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga, dropped to #5 in its fifth week. The film sold earned 145,515,800 yen (about US$1.29 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film has earned a cumulat...
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Aigan Kaijū Short Anime Revealed With October 7 Debut

Marika Kōno, Nozomi Nishida, Yūki Inoue star in series about monsters ― TV Tokyo revealed the Aigan Kaijū (Pet Monsters) series of anime shorts on Friday. The series will debut on TV Tokyo on October 7 and air on Sundays at 6:54 a.m. The design team play set products (Carino Coni) is partnering with TV Tokyo for the anime. Each three-minute episode will be set in a surreal world and center on mysteri...
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Bandai Namco Acquires Bluefin, Establishes U.S. Toy Company

New company to continue operations under Bluefin name, Steve Fujimura remains CEO ― Bandai Namco Holdings announced on Wednesday that it has acquired an 80% controlling stake in Nippon Imports, LLC, the collectible toy sales company that owns and operates under the brand and trade name Bluefin. The company will establish a new subsidiary named Bandai Namco Collectibles in October that will continue t...
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RErideD TV Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews Quadrangle's Opening Theme

Anime premieres on October 3 with Crunchyroll streaming ― The official website for Kadokawa's RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida (RErideD: Derrida, who leaps through time) original anime began streaming a third promotional video on Friday. The video previews Quadrangle's opening theme song "Paradox." The video also reveals that the anime will get a novel adaptation from Kadokawa's Sneaker Bunko imprint that...
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Endro~! Anime's 4th Character Video Reveals Voice Actress Inori Minase

Studio Gokumi's original anime premieres in January 2019 ― The official website for Studio Gokumi's original television anime Endro~! began streaming its fourth character promotional video on Friday. The video introduces Mei (Meiza Endust, spelling not confirmed), voiced by Inori Minase. Mei is a quiet magician who is usually expressionless. When it comes to the mysterious item "Caltard," she becomes...
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Golden Kamuy 2nd Season Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

New series premieres on October 8 ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga began streaming the second promotional video on Friday for the show's second season. The video previews Sayuri and MY FIRST STORY's opening theme song "Reimei." New cast members joining for the second season include: Yūma Uchida as Yasuku Edogai Katsuyuki Konishi as Second Lieutenant ...
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Zoku Owarimonogatari Anime Reveals TrySail Ending Theme, November 10 Debut

Anime to screen in 30 theaters ― The official website for the Monogatari franchise announced on Friday that the theatrical event screenings for the anime adaptation of NisiOisin's Zoku Owarimonogatari novel will debut in Japan on November 10. The anime will screen in 30 theaters. The site also revealed that TrySail will perform the anime's ending theme song "azure." NisiOisin's Monogatari Series nove...
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My Hero Academia Anime Reveals Cast Members, Designs for 'Big 3' Characters

Tarusuke Shingaki, Yūto Uemura, Kiyono Yasuno join cast ― The official website for the My Hero Academia anime revealed three new cast members on Friday for the anime's "Big 3" characters. The characters are all powerful third-year students. The characters will appear in the 24th episode of the third season on Saturday. Tarusuke Shingaki as Mirio Togata Yūto Uemura as Tamaki Amajiki Kiyono Yasuno as N...
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Ace Attorney Game Franchise Gets New Stage Play in January

New play features Godot's stage debut, with new character designed by Tatsurō Iwamoto ― Super Eccentric Theater announced on Friday that it is producing a new stage play based on Capcom's Ace Attorney games titled Gyakuten Saiban -Gyakuten no GOLD MEDAL- (Ace Attorney -Turnabout GOLD MEDAL). The play will have nine performances from January 16 to 21 at Theater 1010 next year. The play will feature th...
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Tsurune Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews 5 Main Characters

KyoAni's archery series premieres on October 14 ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's television anime of Kotoko Ayano's Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu (Tsurune: Kazemai High School's Archery Club) novel began streaming a third promotional video for the series on Friday. Pony Canyon USA describes the show's story: The story opens with Minato Narumiya beginning his freshman year at the local Ka...
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Gakuen Basara Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews Theme Songs

Spinoff of Sengoku Basara game franchise premieres on October 4 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Gakuen Basara, a high school spinoff project based on Capcom's Sengoku Basara game franchise, began streaming the show's third promotional video on Friday. The video previews both EIGHT OF TRIANGLE's opening theme song "Hokore Kedakaki Utsukushiki, Ikizama o" (Live Proudly, No...
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Violet Evergarden Anime's Extra Episode Streams Exclusively on Netflix Japan Starting on October 4

Extra episode previously shipped on 4th DVD/BD release in Japan in July ― Netflix revealed on Friday that as part of its October lineup, the company will stream the Violet Evergarden extra episode in Japan starting on October 4. The stream will be exclusive to Netflix. The "Extra Episode" anime originally shipped with the television series' fourth Blu-ray Disc and DVD release on July 4. The story of ...
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Key's planetarian Visual Novel Gets Switch Release in Spring 2019

N. America, Europe, Japan release includes English, Japanese, Chinese text ― Game developer Prototype announced on Friday that it will release Visual Art's/Key's planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~ "kinetic novel" for the Nintendo Switch in North America, Japan, and Europe with English, Japanese, and Chinese text. The release is slated for spring 2019. Visual Art's/Key (Clannad, Rewrite, Ang...
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PS Now Game Streaming Service Now Allows Downloads

Transferring save files from cloud to local unit requires PS Plus subscription ― Sony announced on Thursday that it will now allow subscribers to its PlayStation Now game streaming service to download games, allowing players to either play the game offline, or stream it online. Sony noted that "almost all" PlayStation 4 games in the service will be available for download, in addition to the remastere...
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Earth Defense Force 5 Game's Western Release Slated for December 11

― D3 Publisher Inc. revealed on Thursday that it will release the Earth Defense Force 5 PlayStation 4 game in the West on December 11. D3 Publisher describes the game: Earth Defense Force 5 finds players taking up arms to defend Earth against a hostile alien invasion. In addition to hordes of alien insect invaders the series is famous for, the next installment in the fan favorite franchise also intr...
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Wild Arms Million Memories Smartphone Game Launches on September 26

― The official Twitter account for ForwardWorks' Wild Arms Million Memories smartphone role-playing game revealed on Friday that the game will launch for iOS and Android devices on September 26. Under Wild Arms game series designer Akifumi Kaneko's supervision, characters from previous games will reappear in the "completely new" smartphone game with a new story. Rin Akatsuki is performing the theme ...
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Happiness Memories Smartphone Game's Promo Video Reveals 2019 Release (Updated)

Maaya Sakamoto performs game's theme song ― Bushiroad began streaming a promotional video on Friday for it and Monstar Lab's Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card-hen Happiness Memories smartphone game. The video reveals the game's returning cast and 2019 release window. The video also previews Maaya Sakamoto's theme song "Flash." Keiichi Tomita is writing and arranging the song. The game is based on CLAMP's ...
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Kemono Friends Gets Game by Sega

For unspecified platform with voices ― Sega Games announced at a stage event at its Tokyo Game Show booth on Friday that it is producing a game based on the Kemono Friends franchise. Sega Games Chief Strategy Officer Minoru Iwaki could not offer more details on the game's contents or platform. However, he said that his company is putting all its effort into the game, and added that it will include vo...

Phantom in the Twilight Anime's Blu-ray Discs Cancelled in Japan

Ongoing TV anime's 4 home video volumes had been slated for November-February ― The official website for the Happy Elements smartphone game company's first original anime Phantom in the Twilight announced on Friday that the anime's Japanese Blu-ray Disc release has been cancelled "due to various circumstances." Before the announcement, the anime was slated to have four monthly Blu-ray Disc volumes th...

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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, September 10-16

Chibi Maruko-chan film airs as memorial to author's passing ― The Eiga Chibi Maruko-chan: Italia kara Kita Shōnen anime film aired on Fuji TV on Saturday, September 15 at 9:00 p.m. as a memorial to late manga artist Momoko Sakura and earned an 8.8% rating. The Gibo to Musume no Blues live-action series adaptation aired on TBS on Tuesday, September 11 at 10:00 p.m. an earned an 17.3% rating. The final...
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Hard-Core: Heisei Jigoku Brothers Manga's Live-Action Film Previewed in Trailer

Takayuki Yamada produces and stars in film about 3 men finding a robot ― Kadokawa began streaming a trailer for a live-action film adaptation of author Carib Marley and artist Takashi Imashiro's Hard-Core: Heisei Jigoku Brothers (Heisei Era Hell Brothers or ) on Thursday. The film will open in Japan on November 23. Nobuhiro Yamashita is directing the film. The manga follows Ukon, who doesn't fit in w...
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Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion ‒ Episode 11

"As the kickoff to the season's final battle, this episode is neither exceptional nor disastrous."
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Final Godzilla Anime Film Reveals Screenshots, Story

Film featuring Ghidorah opens on November 9 in Japan ― The official website for Godzilla: The Planet Eater (Godzilla: Hoshi wo Kū Mono), the third and final film in the Godzilla anime film trilogy, unveiled a series of screenshots on Thursday. img IMG g1.jpg IMG g2.jpg IMG g3.jpg IMG g4.jpg IMG g5.jpg IMG g6.jpg The website also updated its story description in English: 20,000 years into the future, ...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 50

"The Underwater Temple arc was like a delicious sandwich being held proudly together by two slices of stale, moldy bread."
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Crunchyroll, VRV Plan to Expand Original IP Beyond Video

Eric Berman, the head of business development and content partnerships for Ellation's subscription video aggregation platform VRV, spoke with news website The Wrap regarding Ellation's new original content division in an interview published on Thursday. Berman said that the company plans to leverage the original IP from its new division to go "beyond just video." "You are not truly a media company...
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The Royal Tutor Creator Celebrates Brand-New Anime Film News

The staff of the The Royal Tutor anime revealed on Tuesday that the franchise will get an anime film in February, and no one is more excited than manga creator Higasa Akai. Akai took to Twitter on Tuesday to share an illustration and share the good news. 劇場版「王室教師ハイネ」2月16日公開決定‼️映画オリジナルストーリーで原作として監修をさせて頂いてます。映画化お祝い絵!#劇場版ハイネ pic.twitter.com/glkFMZEMyv— 赤井ヒガサ (@higasarosso) September 18, 2018 The Roya...
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Seven Seas Licenses Skeleton Knight in Another World Light Novels, Manga

Manga followers gamer who wakes up as skeleton in game world ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed the Skeleton Knight in Another World (Gaikotsu Kishi-sama, Tadaima Isekai e Odekakechū or Skeleton Knight, going out to the parallel universe) light novels and their manga adaptation. The first light novel volume is slated for print and digital release on June 11, 2019, w...
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Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle Halts In-Game Purchases in Belgium to Comply With Gambling Laws

The Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle app announced on Wednesday that it will no longer offer "Dragon Stones" or "Summon Tickets" for purchase in Belgium. The staff explained that it is taking the step to comply with the Belgian Gaming Commission's declaration that "loot boxes" are a form of gambling, though it noted that it disagrees with this interpretation. Like many free-to-play mobile games, Dragon...

Perfect Blue Anime Film's U.S. Theatrical Rerelease Earns US$420,881

Satoshi Kon's film screened in U.S. on September 6, 10 ― Box Office Mojo is reporting that GKIDS and Fathom Events' theatrical rerelease of Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue film earned US$420,881 as of September 16. The film's box office gross for the United States is now at US$533,417, as the film previously earned US$112,536 during its theatrical run in 1999. GKIDS and Fathom Events screened the film in ...
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Sanrio's Laziest Mascot Makes His Way to Outer Space

Cold weather is setting in, the perfect atmosphere to make like Gudetama and do absolutely nothing. Sanrio's unmotivated egg mascot is usually all about taking it easy, like soaking in the bath or staying in bed and vegging out. Surprisingly, the little lethargic yolk has actually been reaching new heights despite his protests. Sanrio sent Gudetama all the way to space with the Japan Aerospace Exp...
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Raiden Developer Moss Founds New Subsidiary Studio Kaminari Games

New studio will work on games using Unreal Engine 4, Unity ― Game developer Moss (Raiden, Caladrius) announced on Wednesday that it has established Kaminari Games, a new Tokyo-based game studio. The official date of the subsidiary's founding is September 5. The studio will work on games, digital content, and other software. The studio members aim to produce high-quality content primarily using the Un...
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Asuna's No Longer Sword Art Online's 'Best Girl'

At least according to the intermediate results of Abema TV's poll ― Abema TV is hosting first retweet based general election for Sword Art Online this month. The character that receives the most retweets will be crowned the winner and become the focus of a smartphone wallpaper. Abema TV will announce the results on October 6. It would appear that Asuna is a shoo-in to claim the prize. She's topped Ne...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Anime's Video Previews Bucciarati

Series debuts on TV in Japan in October ― The official website for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind (JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken: Ōgon no Kaze or Vento Aureo) anime revealed a new character promotional video on Friday. The video previews the character Bruno Bucciarati, voiced by Yuichi Nakamura, and his Stand Sticky Fingers. The website previously streamed preview videos for Giorno Giovanna, Leon...
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Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight Anime's Video Previews Mai Fuchigami Song

Series debuts on television on October 7 ― The official website for the anime of Mikage Kasuga's Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc to Renkin no Kishi (Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight) novel series revealed the third promotional video for the series on Friday. The video previews Mai Fuchigami's opening theme song "Libération." The anime will premiere on October 7 on Tokyo MX at 10:00 p.m., followed...
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Hinomaru Zumō Manga Gets 3rd Novel in October

3rd novel in Atarō Kuma's Hinomaru Zumō Shijūhatte side story novels ships on October 4 ― Shueisha's Jump j Books website is listing a third novel based on Kawada's Hinomaru Zumō manga that will ship on October 4. The release is the third novel in Atarō Kuma's Hinomaru Zumō Shijūhatte (48 Techniques) novel series. The novels consist of side stories not told in the manga. Kuma published the first nove...
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Karakuri Circus Anime Gets Smartphone Game

Karakuri Circus Larmes d'un Clown has Tokyo Game Show display this weekend ― Staff of the television anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's Karakuri Circus (Le Cirque de Karakuri) manga revealed on Thursday that the anime is inspiring a social game. The smartphone game project is tentatively titled Karakuri Circus Larmes d'un Clown, and it will be the first video game adaptation for the anime. The role-playing g...
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Capcom Shuts Down Vancouver Studio

Studio developed Dead Rising sequel games ― Capcom revealed on Tuesday it has "decided to cancel the development projects" at its Capcom Vancouver studio as part of a reallocation of its development resources. Capcom suspended operations at the studio effective Tuesday, with all current staff being laid off and the studio planned for closure. Due to the cancellation of these development projects, Cap...
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Shochiku Teases News for Tokyo Ghoul on September 22

Shochiku began streaming a video on Thursday that teases news for Tokyo Ghoul on September 22. Shochiku planned and distributed the Tokyo Ghoul live-action film, which premiered in July 2017. The film premiered on July 3, 2017 at Anime Expo in Los Angeles. It then debuted in July 7 in Berlin, and July 10 at the Marunouchi Piccadilly theater in Chiyoda, Japan before its wide theatrical release in J...
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Viz Media Releases My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Film's Bonus Manga in English

Kohei Horikoshi drew 10-page manga about All Might's past ― Viz Media announced on Twitter on Wednesday that it has released Kohei Horikoshi's "All Might Rising" one-shot manga in English that was originally included in the "Vol. Origin" books that were given out to the first million theatergoers in Japan who saw the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes film. The 10-page manga is available for free to those ...
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Kemono Friends Season 2 Anime Reveals Visual With Serval, New Character

― The official Twitter account for the Kemono Friends anime revealed a visual for the second season on Wednesday. The visual shows Serval and the new character previously teased in the season's announcement trailer. A second visual will debut next week. The staff have not yet revealed the season's director and studio. The first season's director Tatsuki previously said he would not be working on the...
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Drifters Anime Gets 15th Episode on DVD Bundled with Manga's 6th Volume in November

Episode titled "The Outlandish Knight" will feature march of Black King Army ― Shonengahosha announced on Wednesday that Kouta Hirano's Drifters manga will get another OVA that will serve as the anime's 15th episode. The episode, titled "The Outlandish Knight," will feature the march of the "Black King Army." The anime will ship on DVD with a special version of the manga's sixth volume on November 30...

Kenja no Mago TV Anime Reveals Main Staff, Visual, April 2019 Premiere

Yūsuke Kobayashi stars in story of man reincarnated into magical world ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Tsuyoshi Yoshioka's Kenja no Mago (The Wise Grandson or lit. The Sage's Grandson) novels revealed on Thursday that the anime will air on TV starting in April 2019. The site also revealed a teaser visual, main staff, and a cast member. Masafumi Tamura (Two Car, Ange Vierge) is dire...
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Bloom Into You Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

Series premieres on October 5 ― The official website for the television anime of Nio Nakatani's Bloom Into You (Yagate Kimi ni Naru) yuri manga began streaming a second promotional video on Thursday. The video previews Riko Azuna's opening theme song "Kimi ni Furete" (Touched by You). The show will premiere on October 5 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, TVQ Kyushu, and BS11. The cast in...

'My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected' Novel Series Ends With 14th Volume

Novels inspired 2 TV anime series ― The November issue of Kadokawa's Dragon Magazine revealed on Thursday that Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected light novel series will end with the 14th volume. According to Dragon Magazine, the 13th volume will ship around October 18, and the 14th volume will ship in November. Shogakukan published the novel series' 12th volume in Septe...
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Soul Calibur VI Game Reveals Raphael Sorel in Video

Fighting game launches for PS4, Xbox One, PC in October ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed on Wednesday through a video that Raphael Sorel will join the Soul Calibur VI fighting game as a playable character. Bandai Namco Entertainment America describes the character: As a master of the rapier, his fighting style is that of a fencer, delivering deadly blow to opponents through powerful thrusts and ...
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Ingress Anime's 'Awakening' Promo Video Streamed

All episodes will premiere on Netflix in Japan on October 18 ― The official YouTube channel for the Ultra+ programming block began streaming an "Awakening" promotional video on Thursday for the Ingress anime based on Niantic's AR game. The channel is also streaming two shorter versions of the video. The show will premiere on the "+Ultra" programming block on October 17 at 24:55 (effectively on Octobe...
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Jump Force Game Videos Reveal 2 Yu Yu Hakusho Characters, Original Characters by Akira Toriyama, February Debut

Pre-order bonuses, collector's edition, season pass, avatar character also revealed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming two new Tokyo Game Show videos on Thursday for its Jump Force crossover game. The videos reveal the game's launch in February 2019. The first video features the recently revealed Killua and Kurapika characters from Hunter x Hunter in action, and also reveals that Yus...
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Shoji Kawamori Designs Eureka Seven's Largest Nirvash for 2nd Film

Nirvash X debuts in Anemone: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution film on November 10 ― The official Twitter account for the Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution film trilogy revealed the designs for the "Nirvash X" mecha on Thursday. The mecha will appear in Anemone: Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution (Anemone: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution), the second film in the Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution film trilogy. Shoji Kawam...
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'I'm glad I could keep running' Original Anime Reveals Visual, More Staff

4-episode TV anime premieres on October 8 ― The official website for SIGNAL.MD's Hashiritsuzukete Yokattatte. (I'm glad I could keep running) original television anime revealed a new visual and additional staff members for the anime on Thursday. The additional staff includes: Character Design: Masaki Usui Prop Design: Taiyō Yoshida Color Design: Makiko Kojima (Studio Road) Art Director: Hiromasa Ogur...
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New Romancing SaGa Re; Universe Smartphone Game Unveiled

Square Enix to also release HD remaster of Romancing SaGa 3 game in early 2019 ― Square Enix announced during the Tokyo Game Show event on Thursday that it is developing a remastered version of the Romancing SaGa 3 game, as well as a new smartphone game entry in the series titled Romancing SaGa Re; Universe. Square Enix will release the HD remaster of Romancing SaGa 3 for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo ...
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D3 Publisher Unveils Onechanbara Origin Game for PS4 in 2019

Game remakes 1st 2 games in Onechanbara action game series ― D3 Publisher announced during the Tokyo Game Show event on Thursday that it is developing Onechanbara Origin, a remake based on the first and second game in its Onechanbara series. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4 in Japan in 2019. Katsumi Enami (Baccano!, Restaurant to Another World) is designing the characters in the game. Tamsoft...
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Live Animation Heart x Algorhythm Anime's 2nd Season Premieres on October 8

"Virtual idol project" anime will run for 17 episodes until February ― The staff of the Live Animation Heart x Algorhythm "virtual idol project" anime revealed on Thursday that the second season of the anime will premiere on October 8. The anime will stream on Nico Nico, bilibili, and Migu. A new episode will debut every Monday at 9:00 p.m. for the Chinese version, and at 9:45 p.m. for the Japanese v...
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Love Live! School Idol Festival ALL STARS Game's Opening Video Unveiled

Preview video for Nijigasaki High School idols' November 21 debut album also posted ― The "Love Live! Announcement Event" at Tokyo Game Show revealed the opening video for KLab Games and Bushiroad's Love Live! School Idol Festival ALL STARS smartphone game on Thursday. The video shows the characters from μ's, Aqours, and the Nijigasaki High School School Idol Appreciation Club performing on the same ...
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Gundam 00 Stage Play Reveals More Cast, Visual

Play to run in Tokyo, Osaka in February 2019 ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of the Mobile Suit Gundam 00 anime revealed additional cast and the stage play's visual on Thursday. The play's previously announced cast include (from left to right in image above): Taiyō Ayukawa as Allelujah Haptism, Shōhei Hashimoto as Setsuna F. Seiei, Yū Imari as Lockon Stratos, and Seiichirō Nagata...
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tri-Ace to Release Resonance of Fate 4K/HD Remaster on PS4/PC in October

Gun-based RPG shipped for PS3, Xbox 360 in 2010 ― Game developer tri-Ace announced on Thursday that it will release its Resonance of Fate game in a new 4K/HD remastered version for the PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam on October 18. Game news website Siliconera learned from tri-Ace that the developer will publish the game in "all regions." tri-Ace describes the game: Set in the distant future when huma...
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Tales of Crestoria Smartphone Game's New Concept Video Shown

More information on game's world also revealed ― The official Twitter account for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tales of Crestoria smartphone game began streaming a new concept video for the game on Wednesday. 【#中田ヤスタカ×#神風動画】豪華コラボレーション第二弾先日お知らせした「コンセプトムービー」をTwitterにて先行公開。この映像は明日からの「#東京ゲームショウ 2018」バンダイナムコエンターテインメントブースにて上映されます。ぜひ会場の大きなスクリーンでもご覧ください。#テイクレ pic.twitter.com/hxRN2USVNo— 【公式】テイルズ オブ クレストリア情報局...

Sony Halts PS Vita Production in Japan in 2019

Company has no plans for successor for handheld gaming platform ― Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced on Thursday in an interview with Famitsu that it will cease production of its PlayStation Vita handheld gaming platform in Japan in 2019. SIE senior vice president Hiroyuki Oda said that the company has no plans for a successor system to the PS Vita. SIE previously announced in May that it...
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Live-Action School-Live! Film's Visual Reveals January Opening

Nanami Abe, Midori Nagatsuki, Wakana Majima, Rio Kiyohara star in zombie film ― The official website for the live-action film of Norimitsu Kaihō and Sadoru Chiba's School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) manga revealed a new visual for the film on Thursday. The visual announces the film's January opening date in Japan. The film was previously slated to open in Japan this fall. The cast members, who are all mem...

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Final Fantasy Composer Nobuo Uematsu Goes on Hiatus for the Rest of 2018 Due to Illness

Composer enters hiatus to recuperate after cancelling October concert ― Game music composer Nobuo Uematsu announced in his blog on Thursday that he will go on hiatus from his work for the rest of the year in order to rest and recuperate from an unspecified illness. He commented that his fatigue has made it "mentally and physically difficult" to continue working, and that he will return once he has ma...
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Uta no Prince-sama Site Teases 'Angel or Devil' Ahead of Animate Girls Fest

Each year, Animate Girls Fest is the home for hot guys, male voice actor idol projects, and even fluffy cat testicles. This year's event is no different (well, no guarantee on the fluffy cat testicles) with announcements, a hip-hop performance and possibly a new development in the Uta no Prince Sama anime and game franchise. The Uta no Prince Sama series opened a new website ahead of the event wit...
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Voice of Fox Anime's 1st Promo Video Previews Opening Theme Song

Anime based on Guang Xian Jun's Chinese comic premieres on October 5 ― iQIYI began streaming the first promotional video for the television anime of Guang Xian Jun's Chinese comic Voice of Fox (Hu Li Zhi Sheng or Kitsune no Koe) on Thursday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Come:Back Stage!" by LoveDesire. The anime will premiere on AT-X on October 5 at 10:30 p.m. It will then air o...
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YU-NO Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals Cast, Staff, April Premiere

Nintendo Switch game also revealed ― An official website for the television anime of Hiroyuki Kanno's Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shōjo YU-NO (YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world.) visual novel opened on Thursday and revealed the anime's staff, cast, and April premiere along with a promotional video. The trailer also reveals that the game will get a Nintendo Switch version in 2...
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Mirai, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, Okko's Inn, Modest Heroes Films to Premiere at L.A.'s Animation is Film Festival in October

Mamoru Hosoda to attend event ― Los Angeles' Animation is Film Festival announced its lineup on Wednesday. The festival will host the North American premieres of the Mirai, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, and Okko's Inn anime. It will also host world premiere of the English dub for Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Film Theater, Vol. 1 and the L.A. premiere of Penguin Highway. Director Mamoru Hosoda will atten...
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Touken Ranbu Musical's 'Kessen no Kachidoki' Full Music Video Streamed

The official Twitter account for the Touken Ranbu musicals shared the full-length music video for the song "Kessen no Kachidoki" by the "Touken Danshi" character team "Bakumatsu" and Tomoegata Naginata. The song is the musical's sixth single and was released on Wednesday. There are multiple editions of the single, 12 in total, each with a different actor's face or full body shot on the front. The ...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, September 10-16

One Piece, The Ancient Magus' Bride, My Hero Academia, Natsume's Book of Friends, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 One Piece 90 278,919 1,720,690 2018/09 Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 1 3 2 The Ancient Magus' Bride 10 137,172 138,817 2018/09 Mag Garden Kore Yamazaki 2 1 3 My Hero Academia 20 131...
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Singer Namie Amuro Gets Statue, Detective Conan Tribute to Mark Retirement

Japanese pop legend Namie Amuro retired from singing with her final concert on Sunday, the 26th anniversary of her debut. The Okinawa native also held a concert in the city of Ginowan, Okinawa on Saturday, leading to many hotels being completely booked throughout the prefecture. Because it marks Amuro's place of retirement from performing within the prefecture, Ginowan may become something of a "p...
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Seven Seas Adds Mushoku Tensei: Roxy Gets Serious Spinoff Manga

Seven Seas also publishes Mushoku Tensei manga, light novels ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Rifujin na Magonote and Shoko Iwami's Mushoku Tensei: Roxy Gets Serious (Mushoku Tensei ~Roxy Datte Honki Desu~) manga. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on April 30, 2019. Seven Seas describes the story: Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation, the ...
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Season Finale: Lupin the Third: Part 5 ‒ Episode 24

"There's a lot to love about this finale, and it sums up what I've loved about this whole series."
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2nd Haikara-san Anime Film's Trailer Previews Saori Hayami's Theme Song

Film opens on October 19 in Japan, U.S./Canada this winter ― The official website for the anime film project of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga began streaming a new teaser video on Wednesday for Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 2 (Haikara-san ga Tōru Kōhen: Hana no Tōkyō Dai Roman), the second film in the project. The video previews the film's theme song "Atarashii Ashita" (New Tomo...
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Dance Along to Eevee's Official Marching Song

When the Pikachu Invasion event first started in Yokohama, a Pikachu dance was introduced as part of the celebration and several celebrities danced along. The same dance later made an appearance in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon video games as part of the animation for Pikachu's Z-Moves. Eevee, however, does not have an official dance. Or at least it didn't until now. The furry and brown Pokémon has...
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Seven Seas Licenses Mythical Beast Investigator Manga

Manga adapts fantasy light novel about girl investigator and supernatural bodyguard ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Keishi Ayasato and Koichiro Hoshino's Mythical Beast Investigator (Genjū Chōsen) manga. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on July 9, 2019. Seven Seas describes the story: In a dangerous land where fantastical creatures exist,...
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Overlord III ‒ Episode 11

"I doubt anyone who hasn't read ahead expected things to go down this way this week."
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, September 10-16

Black Clover: Quartet Knights game debuts ― Japan's Game Ranking: September 10-16 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Marvel's Spiderman (Including Bundled Editions) Sony Interactive Entertainment September 7 80,832 205,986 2PS4Shadow of the Tomb Raider Square Enix September 14 32,172 32,172 3NSwSplatoon 2 (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo July...

Seven Seas Licenses Naoko Kodama's 'I Married My Best Friend to Shut My Parents Up' Yuri Manga

1-volume manga by NTR creator debuted in Japan this year ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Naoko Kodama's I Married My Best Friend to Shut My Parents Up (Oya ga Urusai node Kōhai (♀) to Gisō Kekkon Shitemita.) yuri manga. The manga is slated for print and digital release on June 11, 2019. Seven Seas describes the story: Morimoto, a young professional woman in Japa...
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Megumi Han Covers Black Clover Ending Theme for Episode 50

Tuesday's episode ended the Seabed Temple Arc ― The 50th episode of Black Clover aired on Tuesday with a cover of the ending theme song "four" by Megumi Han as her character Kahono. All-female dance and vocal group FAKY perform the regular version of the song, which debuted as the ending theme with the 40th episode in July. The show was originally listed with 51 episodes, but it will continue past th...
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Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru! Anime's Promo Video Previews Opening Song

Cast performs theme song for anime premiering on October 5 ― The official website for the television anime of Kanko Nakamura's Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru! (Our Maid is Way Too Annoying!) manga began streaming a second promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video previews the opening song "Uzauza ☆ Waosu!" Haruka Shiraishi and Manami Numakura performed the song as their respective characters...
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Maine Pastors Attempt to Remove My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness Manga from Library Display

The irony of the situation appears to be lost on a group of pastors from Maine who attempted to get Kabi Nagata's My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness manga and other LGBTQ+ books removed from a Banned Book library display. The display was installed to recognize Banned Book Week at Rumford Public Library, an annual event started in 1982 that takes place nationwide to highlight books targeted for ...
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Jump Force Game Adds Hunter X Hunter's Kurapika, Killua

New characters previewed in screenshots ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Tuesday that Hunter X Hunter's Kurapika and Killua will join its Jump Force crossover game. The company shared screenshots of both. img IMG k1.jpg IMG k2.jpg IMG k3.jpg IMG k4.jpg Other confirmed playable characters in the game include: Naruto and Sasuke (Naruto) Goku, Frieza, and Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z) Luffy, Zoro, San...
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Goblin Slayer TV Anime's Commercial Streamed

Anime based on fantasy light novel series premieres on October 6 ― GA Bunko began streaming a 15-second commercial for the television anime adaptation of Kumo Kagyu's Goblin Slayer light novel series on Thursday. The anime will premiere on AT-X on October 6 at 24:30 (effectively October 7 at 12:30 a.m.), before premiering an hour later on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, and BS11. The show will also stream in Japan...
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Dragon Ball Super: Broly Film's English Dub Opens on January 16 After Hollywood Premiere

Premiere takes place on December 13 ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Tuesday that its English dub of the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film will open in theaters in the United States and Canada on January 16. Prior to this, the company will hold a dub world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on December 13. In addition, Funimation confirmed that Vic Mignogna and Dameon Clarke will ret...
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Answerman - What Determines Whether An Older Show Should Be Released as SD-BD?

"Standard Definition Blu-ray" means you're getting a LOT of anime on a single disc - but not in HD quality. Justin Sevakis discusses exactly how - and why - a show might get released in this format. ― Jeff asked: My question gets a little technical but I was reading over the Skip Beat kickstarter campaign recently and I saw a statement from Pied Piper where you said Skip Beat was perfect candidate f...
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Baki Anime Reveals More Characters, New Visual, 2nd Opening Song

Houchu Ohtsuka, Kenta Miyake join cast ― The official website for the new anime of Keisuke Itagaki's Baki (New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero) manga revealed more characters and cast, a new key visual, and the opening theme song for the series' second cours (quarter of a year) on Thursday. The anime's second cours will debut with episode 14, which will premiere on Netflix in Japan on ...
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Baki-Dou Manga Continues With New Serialization on October 4

Baki franchise's new series centers on legendary sumo wrestler ― This year's 43rd issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Thursday that Keisuke Itagaki will resume his Baki-Dou manga in the magazine's 45th issue on October 4. For two consecutive issues, the manga will adorn the magazine's front cover, feature color opening pages, and have 100-page chapters. The "new series...
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Kill la Kill Game Adds Ira Gamagōri, Uzu Sanageyama as Playable Characters

PS4/PC game ships in 2019 ― The official website for Kill la Kill the Game -If- (Ifu), the first game based on the Kill la Kill anime, opened on Wednesday and revealed that Ira Gamagōri and Uzu Sanageyama will be playable characters. The characters will have playable demos at Tokyo Game Show, which will be held from September 20-23 at Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba. The game will launch fo...
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Butt Detective Anime Gets Regular TV Series Run

Series with existing, new stories premieres on December 1 ― Staff of the television anime adaptation of Troll's Oshiri Tantei (Butt Detective) children's books revealed on Wednesday that the anime will get a new series as a regular program that will premiere on NHK E Tele (NHK Educational TV) on December 1 at 9:00 a.m. The new series will feature stories from the original work as well as new stories....
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Space Battleship Tiramisu II's 1st Promo Video Reveals More Cast, Theme Song Info

Aya Hisakawa, Megumi Han, Yusuke Shirai cast; 13-episode TV run plus 4 home video segments revealed ― The official website for the television anime of Satoshi Miyakawa and artist Kei Itō's Uchū Senkan Tiramisu (Space Battleship Tiramisu) manga began streaming the first promotional video and a commercial for the second season on Wednesday. The video reveals more cast members and information about the ...

Sony Offers PlayStation Classic Mini-Console With 20 Games on December 3

Includes Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, Wild Arms ― The official U.S. PlayStation blog announced on Wednesday that Sony will release the PlayStation Classic, a console pre-loaded with 20 games from the original PlayStation console's catalog. The console will ship on December 3 (commemorating the December 3, 1994 release date of the original PlayStation) for US$99.99 U...
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Himote House Anime Reveals Additional Staff, October 7 Debut

Anime by gdgd Fairies' Kōtarō Ishidate, Bouncy centers on 5 girls, cat living as housemates ― The official website for animation studio Bouncy's new Himote House anime updated on Tuesday to reveal more staff for the anime, and the Twitter account revealed the anime's premiere dates. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, BS11, and the GyaO! streaming service on October 7 at 25:50, 24:45, and 25:00 (all...
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Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash Game Adds VR Mode Update

The PC version of Marvelous' Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash launched an update that added VR functionality to the game on Tuesday. The game's VR mode allows players to interact with individual characters, or create dioramas. Marvelous released the game for PS4 in Europe, and XSEED Games released the game physically and digitally for PS4 in North America in September 2017. XSEED Games released th...
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The Girl in Twilight Game's Video Shows Gameplay, Original Character

October smartphone/PC browser game stars Maaya Sakamoto as original main character Nagi ― The official website for the smartphone/PC (browser) tie-in game for Animax's original television anime The Girl in Twilight (Akanesasu Shōjo) began streaming a promotional video for the game on Wednesday. The video previews the gameplay, and shows the game's original main character, Nagi (voiced by Maaya Sakamo...
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Shūdengo, Capsule Hotel de, Jōshi ni Binetsu Tsutawaru Yoru. Romance Anime Posts Promo Video

October anime about office worker and boss who spend night in capsule hotel ― The official website for the television anime of Meg's Shūdengo, Capsule Hotel de, Jōshi ni Binetsu Tsutawaru Yoru. (The Night When Me and My Boss Spent the Night at the Capsule Hotel After the Last Train and He Passed His Fever to Me) manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video serves as...
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