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The Mike Toole Show - Anime's Best Eleven

In the spirit of the World Cup, Mike digs through the wide world of soccer anime & manga to find his eleven best, most compelling, occasionally downright weirdest players for a winning team. ― You just can't separate anime from soccer. I'm not just saying this because we're right in the midst of the pageantry and drama and sporting skill of another World Cup, but because it's literally true—and it cu...
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Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GNs 1-2

This female-driven spinoff of the Saint Seiya manga requires little prior knowledge as an exciting new adventure begins. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Despite the dual facts that the original Saint Seiya manga ended in 1990 and that a direct sequel series (Saint Seiya: Next Dimension) has been running since 2006, Saint Seiya: Saintia Sho can also be termed a direct sequel to the original manga...
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The List - 7 Soccer Anime to Celebrate the World Cup

GOOOOOOOOAAAAL! Bust out the vuvuzelas, because it's time for some anime fútbol favorites to celebrate this year's main event! ― The World Cup is currently underway in Russia, and fans around the globe have been biting their nails as upset after upset showed how the underdog can pull ahead in a dramatic way. One of the biggest examples so far is Mexico's win against Germany, a first for the European...
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Devilman: The Classic Collection GN 1

One of the most influential manga of all time is out in a fancy new edition! Rebecca Silverman breaks down what's aged well about Go Nagai's classic—and what hasn't. ― If you've read any dark shounen or seinen action series written after 1973, you've probably seen the influence of Go Nagai's original Devilman manga. While it may not be the first of its kind, it certainly has been a major tone-setter ...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2018, Jun 10-16

Our user rankings begin to settle into their final form as the spring season slows in its final weeks. Find out where your favorites rank this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these ranki...
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Kiss Him, Not Me BD/DVD

This fujoshi-driven romcom tries to roll with its premise in good fun, but its choices may be too short-sighted and mean-spirited to appeal to everyone. Rebecca Silverman gets into it. ― Kiss Him, Not Me, based on the manga of the same name by Junko, is a bit problematic at its core. Not only does it at first blush rely on the tired old trope of the girl losing weight and her glasses and suddenly bec...
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Requiem of the Rose King GN 8

This reimagining of Shakespeare's history plays begins as Richard struggles to cope with the loss of Henry and darker forces begin creeping out of the shadows. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― I've read the history of England's War of the Roses, and I've read the Shakespeare history plays Aya Kanno is basing Requiem of the Rose King on, Henry VI (all parts) and Richard III. But it is Kanno's mang...
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Sunday, June 24

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Osamu Tezuka Museum's Macross Exhibit Debuts This Month

The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Hyōgo Prefecture announced the "Macross: The Art 1982-2018" as its 74th exhibit on Friday. The exhibit will run at the museum from June 29 to October 29. The exhibition celebrates the 35th anniversary of The Super Dimension Fortress Macross and 10th anniversary of Macross Frontier. Panels of the event key visual that Macross Frontier character designer Risa Ebata d...
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The Mike Toole Show - Anime's Best Eleven

In the spirit of the World Cup, Mike digs through the wide world of soccer anime & manga to find his eleven best, most compelling, occasionally downright weirdest players for a winning team. ― You just can't separate anime from soccer. I'm not just saying this because we're right in the midst of the pageantry and drama and sporting skill of another World Cup, but because it's literally true—and it cu...
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Black Clover: Quartet Knights Game Adds Klaus as Playable Character

Game for PS4, PC launches in Americas, Europe on September 14 ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Klaus Lunette from the Golden Dawn squad is joining the Black Clover: Quartet Knights game for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam as a playable character. The game will launch in the Americas and Europe for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam on September 14....
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Noriko Sasaki's Channel wa Sono Mama! Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series

Series about rookie broadcast reporter airs in Hokkaido, streams on Netflix in March 2019 ― This year's 30th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Noriko Sasaki's Channel wa Sono Mama! manga is getting a live-action television series in March 2019. The series will air on HTB (Hokkaido Television Broadcasting Co.,Ltd.) as a local broadcast and will also stream only o...
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Robot × Laserbeam, ZIGA Manga Both End in Shōnen Jump

Kuroko's Basketball's Fujimaki launched Robot × Laserbeam in March 2017 ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the final chapter on Monday of both Tadatoshi Fujimaki's Robot × Laserbeam manga and Rokurō Sano and Kentarō Hidano's ZIGA manga. Robot × Laserbeam centers on a boy who is nicknamed "Robo" because he shows no emotion and acts like a machine. When his onl...
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FLCL Progressive ‒ Episode 4

"Even if the storytelling and character development is relatively messy throughout this episode, the conclusion pays off so successfully that it elevates the entire experience."
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Lenny code fiction, Masaki Suda Perform New Themes for My Hero Academia Anime's 3rd Season

New ending theme is also theme for upcoming My Hero Academia: Two Heroes film ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Lenny code fiction (All Out!!, D.Gray-man Hallow, Puzzle & Dragons X) will perform the new opening theme song "Make my story" for the third season of the My Hero Academia anime. Additionally, the issue revealed that Masaki Suda will p...
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Hinomaru Zumō Anime's Main Cast Revealed

Atsushi Abe stars as Hinomaru Ushio in series premiering in October ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed the cast for the television anime of Kawada's Hinomaru Zumō manga on Monday. (From top left to bottom right in the image above) Atsushi Abe as Hinomaru Ushio Fukushi Ochiai as Shinya Ozeki Kentaro Kumagai as Yūma Gojō Takuya Sato as Chihiro Kunisaki Ayumu Mur...
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DARLING in the FRANXX ‒ Episode 22

"The smaller successful narratives FRANXX has managed to tell are ever overshadowed by the fatal flaws of its big picture plot."
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Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GNs 1-2

This female-driven spinoff of the Saint Seiya manga requires little prior knowledge as an exciting new adventure begins. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Despite the dual facts that the original Saint Seiya manga ended in 1990 and that a direct sequel series (Saint Seiya: Next Dimension) has been running since 2006, Saint Seiya: Saintia Sho can also be termed a direct sequel to the original manga...
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Bisco Hatori's Behind the Scenes!! Manga Ends Serialization

Manga entered final arc in February ― This year's August issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine published the final chapter on Saturday of Bisco Hatori's Behind the Scenes (Urakata!!) manga. The manga entered its final arc in February, and the sixth compiled volume had revealed in March that the seventh volume would be the final volume. The final volume will ship this summer. The issue also published a ...
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Hibiku Yamamura Replaces Yurika Endō in Project Tokyo Dolls Smartphone Game

Endō retired from entertainment industry last month ― Voice actress Hibiku Yamamura announced on Twitter on Friday that she will replace Yurika Endō as the character Yamada in the Project Tokyo Dolls smartphone game. Square Enix launched the smartphone game in June 2017. The story is set in the unchanging scenery and calm daily life of Tokyo in 2017. Female fighters are battling in the unknown revers...
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Anime Tamago Announces Projects For 2019

Wit Studio, Nippon Animation, 3 other studios chosen for next year's shorts ― The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) announced the studios and anime shorts chosen for the coming year's "Anime Tamago" (formerly "Anime Mirai") project on Friday. As in previous years, the anime shorts will train young animators on-the-job part of the Japanese government's Agency of Cultural Affairs' "Young Animato...
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Nanbaka Manga Enters 4th Part

Futabasha lists manga's 8th print volume as final volume ― The Comico manga app revealed on Sunday that Shō Futamata's Nanbaka manga will enter the manga's fourth part. The 222nd chapter published on Sunday was the final chapter in the manga's third part. Futabasha is listing the eighth print volume of the manga as the final volume. The volume ends the manga's "first part," and it is currently unclea...
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Shojo Kageki Revue Starlight Franchise Gets Smartphone Game

Anime in franchise premieres on July 12 ― The official website for Bushiroad and Nelke Planning's Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight franchise revealed on Saturday that the franchise is getting a smartphone game titled Shojo Kageki Revue Starlight -Re LIVE-. Ateam is developing the game. Bushiroad will reveal more details about the game during a livestream event on Monday. The franchise centers on "Starlig...
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100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams Anime Casts Yū Miyazaki as Original Character

Series premieres on July 5 ― The official website for the television anime of GCREST's 100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams: The Animation (Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama) smartphone puzzle role-playing game revealed a new original character named Kiel on Saturday. Yū Miyazaki (minor characters in The Ancient Magus' Bride, Little Witch Academia, Matoi the Sacred Slayer) voices t...
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Anime Expo Hosts U.S. Premiere of Liz and the Blue Bird Anime Film

Also: composer kensuke ushio, Sailor Moon editor Fumio Osano to attend July 5-8 convention ― Anime Expo announced on Saturday that it will host the United States premiere of the Liz and the Blue Bird anime film. The film will screen on July 6 at 3:00 p.m. Music composer kensuke ushio (Devilman Crybaby, Space Dandy both seasons, A Silent Voice), who composed the music for the film, will also attend th...
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Encouragement of Climb Anime's 3rd Season Previewed in 2nd Promo Video

New series of 15-minute shorts premieres on July 2 ― SMIRAL Animation began streaming the second promotional video on Saturday for Yama no Susume Third Season, the third season of the Encouragement of Climb anime. The video previews the opening theme song "Chiheisen Stride" (Horizon Stride) by cast members Yuka Iguchi (Aoi), Kana Asumi (Hinata), Yōko Hikasa (Kaede), and Yui Ogura (Kokona). The anime ...

Saturday, June 23

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Exhibition Honors Mari to Shingo Manga Creator Toshie Kihara

The Niigata City Manga House will hold the "Kihara Toshie Genga-ten Sō Tokushū Kihara Toshie ~ Elegance no Joō~ Shuppan Kinen" exhibition from June 21 to October 9. The exhibition celebrates manga creator Toshie Kihara and the release of the Sō Tokushū Kihara Toshie ~ Elegance no Joō~ (General Special Edition Toshie Kihara: Queen of Elegance) book, which shipped on October 25. The exhibition debut...
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Restaurant Celebrates Urusei Yatsura's 40th Anniversary With Lum Merch

The nabe (hot pot) restaurant Akakara is collaborating with Rumiko Takahashi's Urusei Yatsura manga to celebrate both their anniversaries this year. Akakara is marking its 15th anniversary, and Urusei Yatsura is marking its 40th anniversary. The collaboration will run from July 20 to August 19 and offer two themed nabe dishes to guests. In addition to food, the promotion is offering exclusive merc...
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Series Finale: Record of Grancrest War ‒ Episode 24

"Somehow, Record of Grancrest War manages to either pick up or gloss over all of its remaining plot threads to conclude with a satisfying finish."
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Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory ‒ Episode 9

"This episode delivered nearly everything that fans could hope for coming out of the recap."
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Gurren Lagann's Kamina Nendoroid Includes 'Later, Buddy' Parts

Good Smile Company is offering a Nendoroid figure of Gurren Lagann's Kamina. The figure includes a variety of parts so fans can recreate Kamina's iconic poses from the anime. The set comes with Kamina's regular smiling face, yelling face, and "abayo" face, which shows his expression when he gives his final words ("Later, buddy.") to Simon. Other parts include Kamina's sword, cape, and seat from i...
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Zanki Zero Gameplay Videos Show Character Introductions

Game ships on July 5 in Japan, this year in the West ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming two gameplay videos for its Zanki Zero: Last Beginning game on Friday. The videos are labelled "self introduction" and feature the first introductions of six of the game's characters. Note: Spike Chunsoft has disabled embedded playback for the two below videos, please open the two videos in YouTube in order to view ...
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Anime Director Makoto Shinkai's Daughter Chise Niitsu Gets 1st Starring Film Role

As the daughter of renowned anime director Makoto Shinkai (your name., The Garden of Words, Children Who Chase Lost Voices) and actress Chieko Misaka, Chise Niitsu was perhaps destined to enter show business. Although she has previously had other roles, Niitsu now has her first starring role in any film, live-action series, or stage production. The eight-year-old will play Sayaka in the Eki made n...

Girls und Panzer Restricts Production, Sales of Unofficial Goods

Franchise restricts duplicates of official merchandise, derivative works, self-produced merchandise ― The official Twitter account of the Girls und Panzer franchise announced on June 7 that it is restricting sales of unofficial goods, and will consider the production and sale of duplicates of official merchandise, derivative works (including dōjinshi), and self-produced merchandise as copyright infri...
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The List - 7 Soccer Anime to Celebrate the World Cup

GOOOOOOOOAAAAL! Bust out the vuvuzelas, because it's time for some anime fútbol favorites to celebrate this year's main event! ― The World Cup is currently underway in Russia, and fans around the globe have been biting their nails as upset after upset showed how the underdog can pull ahead in a dramatic way. One of the biggest examples so far is Mexico's win against Germany, a first for the European...
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Bravely Default's Silicon Studio Divests Game Development, Operation Business

Company establishes Creek and River subsidiary, transfers game business ― Game developer and computer graphics company Silicon Studio announced on Monday that it is executing a divestiture of its game development business by establishing the subsidiary company Creek and River to handle game development and management. Silicon Studio will transfer 90% of its stocks to the new subsidiary. Silicon Studi...
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Season Finale: Hinamatsuri ‒ Episode 12

"This is a rare case of a genre hybrid truly delivering the best of two worlds, and it did so in a creative and exuberant way."
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Devilman: The Classic Collection GN 1

One of the most influential manga of all time is out in a fancy new edition! Rebecca Silverman breaks down what's aged well about Go Nagai's classic—and what hasn't. ― If you've read any dark shounen or seinen action series written after 1973, you've probably seen the influence of Go Nagai's original Devilman manga. While it may not be the first of its kind, it certainly has been a major tone-setter ...
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Disaster Report 4 Plus PS4 Game Launches on October 25

Granzella revealed on Saturday that it will release its Disaster Report 4 Plus -Summer Memories- (Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4 Plus -Summer Memories-) PlayStation 4 game on October 25. A demo will launch in July. In the game, players take on the role of a male or female protagonist who is trapped in an unfamiliar city after an earthquake. Mai Iida is performing the game's theme song "Namida no Kawari n...
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Toei, Fathom Events to Screen 3 Remastered Dragon Ball Z Films this Fall

1st Broly film screens in September; Bardock special, Fusion Reborn film screen in November ― Toei Animation and Fathom Events announced on Friday that they will screen remastered versions of three Dragon Ball Z films this fall. All screenings will all feature an English dub. Tickets will go on sale on June 27. Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan will screen on September 15 and 17. Fath...

Hybrid×Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia Light Novel Series Ends in July

Novels inspired TV anime in July 2016 ― Kadokawa is listing that the 13th volume of author Masamune Kuji and illustrator Hisasi's Hybrid×Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia (Masō Gakuen H×H) light novel series will be the final volume in the series. The volume ships on July 1. Hisasi has been posting illustrations of the novel covers on Twitter once a day since June 19 in the leadup to the final volume's r...

Harukana Receive Anime Reveals Cast, Visual for New Pair

Akari Kitō, Riko Koike join cast as "AiMai" pair ― The official website for the television anime of Nyoijizai's Harukana Receive manga revealed a new visual and two more cast members on Saturday. The new cast members are Akari Kitō as Ai Tanahara (back in image below), and Riko Koike as Mai Sunagawa (front in image below). They are known as the "AiMai" pair. The anime will premiere on July 6 on AT-X ...
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Drive Head Anime Film's Promo Video Previews Shinkalion Cameo

Film opens in Japan on August 24 ― The official website for Eiga Drive Head: Tomika Hyper Rescue Kidō Kyūkyū Keisatsu (Drive Head the Movie: Tomika Hyper Rescue Mobile Emergency Police), the upcoming film in the Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head Kidō Kyūkyū Keisatsu (Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head Mobile Emergency Police) anime franchise, began streaming a trailer for the film on Saturday. The video pre...
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Marvel Future Avengers Anime's 2nd Season Premieres on July 30

The BS (broadcast satellite) channel Dlife announced on Saturday that Marvel Future Avengers Season 2, the second season of Marvel Future Avengers anime, will debut on July 30 at 6:00 p.m. Yuzo Sato (Iron Man, Gokusen, Kaiji) is returning to direct the new season at the studio Madhouse, and Japanese writer Ryuu King (Dragon Ball Super scripts, Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers) is again in charge of ...

Yo-Kai Watch 4 Nintendo Switch Game Revealed in Video

Game slated for this year ― Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed the Yo-kai Watch 4 game for Nintendo Switch on Saturday in a video. The video features the original franchise protagonist Keita, Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu film protagonist and Keita's daughter Natsume, and the upcoming protagonist of the Eiga Yōkai Watch: Forever Friends film Shin. The video teases that the d...

Friday, June 22

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Live-Action Bleach Film's 3 New Trailers Highlight Byakuya, Renji, Hollows

Film opens in Japan on July 20 with N. American premiere in New York on July 28 ― Warner Bros. began streaming three more character trailers on Saturday for the live-action film of Tite Kubo's Bleach manga. Byakuya Kuchiki Renji Abarai Hollows Previously videos highlighted Ichigo, Rukia, and Uryū. The film will open in Japan on July 20, and will have its North American premiere on July 28 at the Japa...
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2nd Bungo Stray Dogs Stage Play Reveals Cast, Visual

Hideya Tawada returns as Osamu Dazai ― The staff of Bungo Stray Dogs: Kuro no Jidai (Black Era), the second stage play adaptation of Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa's Bungo Stray Dogs manga, unveiled the main cast and visual on Friday. The visual shows Masashi Taniguchi as Sakunosuke Oda, Hirofumi Araki as Ango Sakaguchi, and Hideya Tawada returning as Osamu Dazai. Other cast members include: Takesh...
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Etrian Odyssey X 3DS Game's Video Previews Armoroad Job Classes

Nintendo 3DS game ships in Japan on August 2 ― Atlus began streaming streaming a new promotional video on Friday for Etrian Odyssey X (pronounced "cross"), the latest game in the Etrian Odyssey franchise. The video introduces the job classes for the "Armoroad Adventurers": Prince/Princess, Shogun, Zodiac, Shinobi, and Farmer. Atlus previously streamed videos to preview Etrian and High Lagaard adventu...

Re:Zero's Western Blu-rays Show Color Banding Artifacts, Companies Respond

Discs ship from Funimation, Anime Limited ― The Re:Zero Blu-ray Disc sets released in the United States from Funimation Entertainment and in the United Kingdom from Anime Limited show color banding artifacts visible in some frames. The frames where it is noticeable show bands of color instead of a smooth gradient. Media OCD CEO and ANN columnist Justin Sevakis explained, "This is a common problem tha...
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The Fable Manga Inspires Live-Action Film

Junichi Okada stars in film premiering next year ― Katsuhisa Minami's The Fable manga has been green-lit and is slated for 2019. Kan Eguchi is directing the film and Yūsuke Watanabe is writing the script. The cast includes: (Top row in image above, left to right) Junichi Okada as Fable Funimo Kimura as Yōko, Fable's optimistic and heavy-drinking partner Mizuki Yamamoto as Misaki, the first ordinary w...
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Comedian Recreates Llen's Attack for Sword Art Online: Alternative GGO Commercial

In the first episode of Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online, the pink-clad Llen makes an impression by using her small size to advantage to ambush enemy players. The scene establishes that even though Llen is small in size, she's a formidable opponent regardless. Staff decided to hone in on this scene as a marketing point for the release of the anime's first Blu-ray and DVD, but with a t...
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Kouichi Yamadera Gets 57th Birthday Cake at Batman Ninja Stage Event

The Batman Ninja anime film opened in Japan last week, and the stars of its Japanese voice cast appeared at a stage greeting event on Saturday. One cast member was in for a special surprise at the event. Kouichi Yamadera, voice of Batman himself, was turning 57 years old on Sunday. As such, staff decided to surprise him with a birthday cake shaped like the Batman symbol that features on promo mate...
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XSEED Games to Release London Detective Myseria Otome Game for PS Vita, PC

Eikoku Tantei Mysteria visual novel heads west ― Marvelous USA's XSEED Games brand announced on Friday that it will release the Eikoku Tantei Mysteria: The Crown romance adventure visual novel under the title London Detective Myseria. The game will be available digitally for PlayStation Vita and Windows PC in fall 2018. The company will have an early playable version to show at its Anime Expo booth f...
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Pop Team Epic Creator's Cat Hijinks Manga Gets 1st Volume

Pop Team Epic creator Bkub Okawa returned from his short-lived Twitter ban in time for the release of his newest comic, Konya wa Neko-chan. The manga's first volume, with an anime-eyed cat on the cover front and center, was released on Friday. Konya wa Neko-chan is a four-panel comic starring a variety of felines from strong-spirited kitties to selfish and even angry cats. The wrap around band of ...
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Anime Expo to Host U.S. Premiere of Sirius the Jaeger Anime

Screening to take place on July 7, ahead of Japanese TV premiere ― Los Angeles' Anime Expo convention announced on Friday that it will host the United States premiere of P.A. Works' original television anime project Sirius the Jaeger. The screening will take place on Saturday, July 7. The anime will premiere on AT-X on July 12 at 11:00 p.m., then on Tokyo MX and BS11 at 11:30 p.m. The show will air l...
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Season Finale: Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku ‒ Episode 11

"This is peak-form Wotakoi, full of in-depth diatribes about thorny subculture topics, snappy dialogue, and a deluge of cuteness."
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Fans Choose Which Male Idol Groups Are Real Stars

There's a huge array of male anime and game idol groups to choose from and new ones are introduced regularly with the latest mobile game releases and updates. Series like Dream Festival, The [email protected] SideM, Uta no Prince-sama, B-Project, TsukiPro, Idolish 7, Marginal #4, StarMyu, and more all serve up fresh songs, choreography, and attractive guys to dance along with. Which male idol group is yo...
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100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams Anime Reveals Staff, Story Premise

Yukina Hiiro directs anime at project No.9 ― The official website for the television anime of GCREST's 100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams: The Animation (Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama) smartphone puzzle role-playing game updated staff and story information on Friday. Yukina Hiiro (Hitorijime My Hero, Chu-Bra!!) is directing the anime at project No.9. Natsuko Takahashi (My Lov...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil Writer Carlo Zen Launches New Manga

Baikoku Kikan to debut online next week ― The official Twitter account for Shinchosha's Kurage Bunch manga website announced on Friday that the website will launch a new serialized manga based on a story by Carlo Zen (The Saga of Tanya the Evil) on June 29. Yoshinao Shina is drawing the manga, which is titled Baikoku Kikan (Treason Agency). The account teases a female protagonist with a "great (?) sm...
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Megalobox ‒ Episode 12

"Now that both our fighters have gone all in, both in body and in spirit, all that's left is to see how the final round plays out."
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Season Finale: Comic Girls ‒ Episode 12

"As a fantastic coda to last week's episode, the final installment breaks away from the usual formula by focusing entirely on Kaos outside of the established group dynamic."
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Lord of Vermilion Anime Reveals 6 More Character Designs

Anime based on arcade card game premieres on July 13 ― The official website for Lord of Vermilion: Guren no Ō (Crimson King), the television anime of Square Enix's Lord of Vermilion arcade trading card game series, unveiled character designs for six more characters on Friday. The cast members with the new designs are as follows: Yui Horie as Julia Ichijō Akira Ishida as Suruga Jūmonji Yu Kobayashi as...
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Manga Answerman - Why Did Yen Press Give Away The Latest Volume of Overlord?

Yen Press recently gave away the newest volume of their hit light novel series Overlord - not the first volume, the most recent one. What was the thinking behind this? Deb gets into it. ― Q: Why is Yen Press offering the latest digital volume of the Overlord light novel series for free (at least on Amazon and B&N)? I was rather surprised to get an email last night from Amazon showing a $0.00 price. ...
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2nd Virtual YouTuber Joins Magical Girl Site Cast

A second virtual YouTuber is joining Kizuna Ai on the magical girl horror series Magical Girl Site. The series cast Fuji Aoi from the popular Aoi Channel as a site administrator in the series' final episode. Within the series, site administrators are the mysterious entities that grant girls magical weapons to fight. Kizuna Ai also voices one of the series' site administrators, named Administrator ...
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Tada Never Falls in Love ‒ Episode 12

"Maybe the series' strongest episode so far, firing on all cylinders plot-wise and making you feel for these characters in a way this show rarely accomplished."
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Gurazeni Baseball Anime Gets 2nd Season in October

Ayumu Watanabe returns to direct off scripts by Hideo Takayashiki ― The official website for the television anime of Yūji Moritaka and Keiji Adachi's Gurazeni baseball manga revealed on Friday that a second season will premiere on BS SkaPer! (SKY PerfecTV!) in October. The website also began streaming a trailer for the second season. 【速報!!!!】/アニメ『#グラゼニ シーズン2』はBSスカパー!にて10月から放送開始!\みなさまのおかげです!!シーズン2もご期待...
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Gakuen Babysitters Anime Gets OVA in September

Story to center on Ryūichi's break from babysitting during testing ― The Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Hari Tokeino's Gakuen Babysitters manga revealed on Saturday that a seventh Blu-ray Disc and DVD release that will include an original video anime (OVA). The release will include the "Sono 13" OVA and an event video, and it is slated to ship on September 26. In the OVA's sto...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2018, Jun 10-16

Our user rankings begin to settle into their final form as the spring season slows in its final weeks. Find out where your favorites rank this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these ranki...
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Kiss Him, Not Me BD/DVD

This fujoshi-driven romcom tries to roll with its premise in good fun, but its choices may be too short-sighted and mean-spirited to appeal to everyone. Rebecca Silverman gets into it. ― Kiss Him, Not Me, based on the manga of the same name by Junko, is a bit problematic at its core. Not only does it at first blush rely on the tired old trope of the girl losing weight and her glasses and suddenly bec...
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1st 5 Minutes of Zoids Wild Anime Streamed

Series premieres on July 7 ― Takara Tomy began streaming the first five minutes of the Zoids Wild anime on Friday. The anime will premiere on July 7 and will air on MBS and TBS on Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. The show stars: Kensho Ono as Arashi, a member of the Freedom group. Arashi's Zoid is the Wild Liger, a Lion type. Takahiro Sakurai as Bacon, a member of the Supreme group. Bacon's Zoid is a Sabre-too...
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The Lost Child Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Sawaki Takeyasu's PS4/PS Vita/Switch game launched in U.S. on Tuesday, in Europe on Friday ― NIS America began streaming a launch trailer for its The Lost Child game on Tuesday for the U.S. and on Friday for Europe. The game shipped in North America on Tuesday and is shipping in Europe on Friday. The game is available physically and digitally for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, as well as digi...
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Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Anime's Promo Video, Visual, Theme Song Artists, Cast Revealed

Tensho directs at new Bibury Animation Studio for 2018 debut ― A teaser website for the television anime adaptation of Frontwing's Grisaia: Phantom Trigger game opened on Friday and revealed a promotional video, key visual, the theme song artists, and the main cast for the anime. The video previews the opening theme song performed by Maon Kurosaki. The visual features the characters Rena (voiced by M...
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Tubi TV Adds Junkers Come Here Anime

Bandai Entertainment previously released 1994 Junichi Sato film ― Streaming service Tubi TV has added the Junkers Come Here anime. Tubi TV describes the 1994 anime film: "Hi there! My name is Junkers and I am a Schnauzer. I was born in England but now I live with the Nozawa family. Hiromi, the family's eleven-year-old daughter is my only friend. Only she knows that I'm able to talk like people do. It...
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New Gundam Breaker Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launches worldwide on PS4 on Friday with PC release slated for this summer ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a launch trailer on Friday for the New Gundam Breaker game. The video previews SKY-HI's theme song "Snatchaway." The game launched worldwide on Friday (Thursday in Japan) for the PlayStation 4. The game will have a delayed launch on PC this summer. The game stars: Nao Tō...
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World End Syndrome Game Launches on August 30

Arc System Works announced on Friday that its World End Syndrome game for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch will launch in Japan on August 30. The company had delayed the game from an April 26 release date. The "mystery x romance adventure" game is set in the sea town of Mihate when the protagonist moves there and begins to attend a new school. He hears of a local legend in ...
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Mamiko Noto Joins Cast of Golden Kamuy Anime

New character to appear in 12th episode ― The official website for the anime of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga revealed on Friday that Mamiko Noto is joining the show's cast as Inkarmat (character name spelling not confirmed). The character will appear in the 12th episode. The official website lists the anime with three home video volume releases and 12 episodes. The home video releases will also i...
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Tonegawa Anime's 2 Promo Videos Streamed

Series airing for half a year premieres on July 3 ― The official website for the anime of the Kaiji spinoff manga Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa (Middle Management Chronicle Tonegawa) began streaming one-minute and 15-second videos for the anime on Friday. (Both videos on the official website are region-locked to Japan.) まさかのアニメ化っ・・・!アニメ「中間管理録 #トネガワ」は #日本テレビ #AnichU で7月3日火曜深夜より放送開始っ・・‼️圧倒的な60秒告知動画は、公式サイトで...
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Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- Anime Reveals New Promo Video, More Cast, New Visual

Show's 2nd half starts in July with new cast members Tetsuya Kakihara, Satoshi Hino ― The official website for Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits-, the television anime of writer Midori Yūma and illustrator Laruha's Kakuriyo Yadomeshi (Afterlife Inn Cooking) light novel series, began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video previews the show's second half, which will st...
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Harukana Receive Anime's TV Ad Previews Opening Theme

Kana Yūki, Saki Miyashita perform theme for series premiering on July 6 ― Kadokawa began streaming a 15-second commercial on Friday for the television anime of Nyoijizai's Harukana Receive manga. The commercial previews the opening theme song "FLY two BLUE." Kana Yūki and Saki Miyashita are performing the song as their characters Haruka Ōzora and Kanata Higa, respectively. The anime will premiere on ...
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Angolmois Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews Theme Songs

Series premieres on July 10 ― The official website for the television anime of Nanahiko Takagi's Angolmois: Genkō Kassen-ki manga began streaming a third promotional video for the series on Friday. The video previews both Straightener's opening theme song "Braver" and SHE'S ending theme song "Upside Down." The anime will premiere on Sun TV on July 10 at 24:30 (effectively July 11 at 12:30 a.m.), befo...
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Chio's School Road Anime's 2nd Promo Video, TV Ad Streamed

Series premieres on July 6 ― Kadokawa began streaming a second promotional video and commercial on Friday for the television anime of Tadataka Kawasaki's Chio's School Road (Chio-chan no Tsūgakuro) manga. The anime stars: Naomi Ōzora as Chio Miyamo, a first-year high school student at Samejima Academy. She is a hardcore PC gamer who loves overseas games and despises Japanese games. Chiaki Omigawa as ...
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Flowers of Evil's Shūzō Oshimi Draws Shino-chan wa Jibun no Namae ga Ienai Manga Spinoff

18-page spinoff will be included in film's "official book" on July 13 ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film adaptation of Shūzō Oshimi's Shino-chan wa Jibun no Namae ga Ienai (Shino Can't Say Her Own Name) manga revealed on Thursday that the film will get an "official book" that will feature an illustration of Shino by Oshimi based on the character's appearance as portrayed by Sara ...
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Valshe Performs Ninja Girl & Samurai Master 3rd Season's 2nd Opening Song

Valshe also performed opening song for 1st season, voices Hattori Hanzo character ― The official website for Nobunaga no Shinobi: Anegawa Ishiyama-hen, the third season of the Nobunaga no Shinobi (Ninja Girl & Samurai Master) television anime based on Naoki Shigeno's four-panel manga, revealed on Wednesday that Valshe will perform the new opening theme song "Tsuisō no Kotowari" (The Logic of Recollec...
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Jake Hunter Detective Story: Prism of Eyes Game's Video Highlights Main Characters

PS4/Switch game ships in Japan on August 9 ― Arc System Works began streaming a promotional video for its Tantei Jingūji Saburō: Prism of Eyes (Jake Hunter Detective Story: Prism of Eyes) game for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on Wednesday. The video shows the different characters for the game's main story. The game will launch in Japan on August 9. The game's main story will center on protag...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes' New Stage Play Reveals Cast, Visual for Alliance

Play adaptation of new anime runs in Tokyo in October ― The official website for the new stage play series adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka's epic science fiction novel series Legend of the Galactic Heroes revealed a new visual and six cast members on Friday for the first play in the series. The play stars: Shunsuke Kobayakawa as Yang Wen-li Kousuke Yonehara as Alex Caselnes Daiki Ise as Dusty Attemborou...
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Montreal's Otakuthon Hosts CyberConnect2 President Hiroshi Matsuyama

Convention takes place on August 3-5 ― Montreal convention Otakuthon announced on Thursday that it will host CyberConnect2 president and director Hiroshi Matsuyama as a guest. CyberConnect2 is best known for its .hack// game franchise, for which Matsuyama served as director. The franchise inspired anime and manga adaptations. The company is also known for the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series of fighting...
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Pokémon Quest Game Launches on Smartphones on June 27

The official Twitter account for Nintendo's Pokémon Quest game revealed on Thursday that the game will launch for iOS and Android devices on June 27. The Pokemon Company announced the game on May 30, and released the game for the Nintendo Switch on the same day. The game received more than 1 million downloads in the first two days of the game's release. The game is a free-to-start game that allows...
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Digimon ReArise Smartphone Game's Video Previews Gameplay

Game debuts in summer ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Digimon Re:Arise smartphone game began streaming a new promotional video for the game on Thursday. The video previews gameplay footage. The game's cast includes: Rie Takahashi as Michi Shinjō Yūma Uchida as Takumi Hiiragi Minami Tanaka as Mayu Kohinata Miyu Irino as Keito Tamada Risa Taneda as Erismon Natsumi Takamori as Pl...
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Neo Geo Mini Game System's Japanese Version Launches on July 24

SNK announced on Friday that it will release the Japanese Version of the Neo Geo Mini system on July 24. On Amazon Japan, the pre-order retails for 12,420 yen (about US$113) The system will have a "Japanese Version" (first picture below) for the Asian market and an "International Version" (second picture below) for North America, South America, Europe and other regions. The Japanese Version's colo...
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Ano ko no, Toriko. Manga Gets New Serialization to Commemorate Film

New serialization debuts on July 5; film opens on October 5 ― This year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine revealed on Wednesday that Yuki Shiraishi's Anoko no Toriko manga will get a new serialization to commemorate its upcoming live-action film adaptation. The new serialization will start in the magazine's next issue on July 5, where the manga will also feature on the issue's front cove...
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Koi no Tsuki Romance Manga Gets Live-Action Series in July

Series about 31-year-old woman who becomes interested in high school boy also streams on Netflix ― The August issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine revealed on Friday that Akira Nitta's Koi no Tsuki (Love and fortune) manga will receive a live-action television series adaptation that will premiere on TV Tokyo on July 26. The seris will also air on BS Japan, and will also stream on Netflix once all...
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Happy Sugar Life TV Anime's New Visual Unveiled

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Tomiyaki Kagisora's Happy Sugar Life manga revealed a new visual for the anime on Friday. The series will air on TBS and MBS on July 13 at 25:55 (effectively July 14 at 1:55 a.m.), and will later air on BS-TBS and AT-X. The show is airing in the "Animeism" programming block. The series will stream online only on Amazon Prime Video inside ...
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Resident Evil 2 Remake's 5-Minute Gameplay Trailer Streamed

Brand manager: game not planned for Switch "at this time" ― Capcom began streaming a gameplay video on Wednesday for the remake of its Resident Evil 2 survival horror game. Capcom's brand manager Mike Lunn told the GamingBolt news website at E3 that the game is not planned for the Nintendo Switch "at this time." The game will ship for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on January 25, 2019. The remak...
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Yo-kai Watch: Forever Friends Anime Film's Trailer Highlights Main Characters

December 14 film follows story of boy who loses family, gains new family with yo-kai ― The official website for the Eiga Yōkai Watch: Forever Friends anime film began streaming a trailer for the film on Friday. The video highlights the film's main characters and 1960s Tokyo setting. The film will open in Japan on December 14. The tagline on the visual below reads, "I thought we'd always be together."...

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Black Clover ‒ Episode 37

"Out of the completed story arcs we've seen so far, I can now safely say this has been the most thoroughly enjoyable one yet."
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Space Battleship Tiramisu's Gifu Stage Play Includes Pubic Hair Character

The short-form anime Space Battleship Tiramisu is weird, to say the least. The story stars mecha pilot Subaru who is loves nothing more than to be nestled in the cockpit of his giant robot Durandal. Much of the show's humor centers around the strange situations Subaru finds himself in while fighting opposing forces in space, including, to summarize it briefly, being able to talk to his own stray p...
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Live-Action Gintama 2 Film Reveals Cast for Kamotaro Ito, Bansai Kawakami

Haruma Miura, Masataka Kubota join cast ― The official website for 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 announced two more cast members on Friday: Haruma Miura as Kamotaro Ito Masataka Kubota as Bansai Kawakami The film stars (from left to right in top row in picture below): Shun Oguri ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, June 11-17

My Hero Academia, Pokémon Sun & Moon, Hugtto! Precure in top 10 ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV June 17 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 12.0 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV June 17 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 8.1 Detective Conan NTV June 16 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 7.6 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi June 15 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 7.5 Doraemon TV Asahi June 15 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 6.6 GeGeGe no K...
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Uma Musume Project Staff Asks Fans to Avoid Making 'Harmful Representations' of Characters

The official website for Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby project posted a request on Wednesday that asks fans to avoid making and spreading certain representations of the Uma Musume characters. The message asks fans to refrain from making "harmful representation" of the project's characters or the real-world racehorses that inspired them. The message further asked that people avoid representation...
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D'Art Shtajio Reveals 1st Visual for XOGeneSYS Anime

American-run, Japan-based anime studio D'Art Shtajio shared the first official image of its XOGenaSYS anime project with ANN on Thursday. The XOGenaSYS pilot is based on comic creator Nikolas A. Draper-Ivey and writer Tre McIntosh's original comic of the same name. NBA basketball player Johnny O'Bryant's creative agency Noir Caeser Entertainment hosts XOGeneSYS and several other comic titles by va...
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Espeon, Umbreon Trainers Join Eevee Character Design Project

Penguin Drum's Lily Hoshino, Occultic;Nine's pako design latest characters ― Project Eevee is a special spin-off merchandise campaign dedicated to Pokémon's most evolved monster. Merchandiser MOVIC is helping support the venture by enlisting popular illustrators to draw trainer companions for the different evolutions, and the first round debuted in late April, followed by two more earlier this month....

Crunchyroll, Funimation to Stream Attack on Titan 3, Overlord III, How NOT to Summon A Demon Lord, Angels of Death

Funimation adds dub for Magical Girl Raising Project ― Crunchyroll and Funimation announced several titles for their simulcast and simuldub lineups for summer 2018 on Thursday. Crunchyroll will stream How NOT to Summon A Demon Lord, Angels of Death, Overlord III, and Attack on Titan season 3. As previously announced, its lineup will also include The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar, ISLAND, ...
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Charapedia: Here's The Most Anticipated Anime for Summer 2018

Pick your most anticipated series in ANN's poll! ― It's that time again. We're quickly approaching the July anime season kick-off with big franchise sequels and maybe a few dark horse series preparing to race to the front of viewer's most anticipated list. Charapedia ran its usual seasonal poll to see what Japanese fans are most looking forward to watching and of course, head to the bottom of this ar...
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Potential White Supremacist Rally Aligns with Otakon Weekend in DC

Note: Originally this article stated the rally was approximately two miles away, matching Otakon's statement, Lafayette Square is approximately one mile away from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center by foot or car. This article is updated to reflect that. The organizers of last year's Unite the Right White supremacist rally in Charlotteville —an event that turned deadly after James Alex Fie...
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Maiden Japan Licenses Monochrome Factor Anime

DVD slated for October 16 ― Section23 Films announced in its October release slate on Thursday that its Maiden Japan imprint has licensed the Monochrome Factor anime and plans to release it on subtitle-only DVD on October 16. Maiden Japan describes the story: Akira Nikaidoa was just a normal, everyday high school slacker. Or at least, that's what he was before he, his friend Kengo and sexy school pre...
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Hitorijime My Hero, Seven Heavenly Virtues Anime Get English Dubs

Section23 Films announced in its October release slate on Thursday that Hitorijime My Hero and The Seven Heavenly Virtues will get an English dub from its Sentai Filmworks imprint. Sentai Filmworks will release Seven Heavenly Virtues on dual-audio Blu-ray Disc on October 16 and Hitorijime My Hero on October 30. Sentai Filmworks will also release Made in Abyss on October 23 on Blu-ray Disc and a pr...
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Okko's Inn Anime Film Announces Additional Cast

Several characters recast from TV anime ― The official website for the anime film adaptation of writer Hiroko Reijō and artist Asami's juvenile literature series Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei! (The Young Innkeeper Is a Grade Schooler!, or Okko's Inn) revealed eight more characters and cast members on Thursday. The new cast members are: Kouichi Yamadera as Bunta Kise, a guest who holds the key to the story...
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This Week in Anime - The Rowdy Rogues' Gallery of Golden Kamuy

From horny hunters to crazed cannibals, Golden Kamuy has some of the screwiest villains of the anime season. Michelle and Jacob discuss their favorite (and least favorite) rapscallions on the trail of the Ainu treasure. ― From horny hunters to crazed cannibals, Golden Kamuy has some of the screwiest villains of the anime season. This week, Michelle and Jacob discuss their favorite (and least favorite...
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Johnny's Agency Performers Undergo 'Compliance Training' After Recent Legal Incidents

Several sources revealed on Tuesday that the talent agency Johnny & Associates (also known as Johnny's) is requiring all its affiliated performers to participate in "compliance training." According to the sources, such training sessions were held at the agency's offices in the middle of May and June, and another session is planned for next month. The sources said that at least 20 or 30 performers ...

Funimation Announces English Dub for Aokana Anime

Jill Harris, Adam Gibbs star in dub of 2016 series ― ADR director and actress Caitlin Glass announced the English dub cast for AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across the Blue on Thursday. Funimation announced at New Jersey's Anime Next convention earlier this month that it planned to release the anime on Blu-ray Disc on September 11. Glass is directing the dub with ADR engineer Manuel Aragon, mix engineer Andrew...
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Banana Fish Anime Ad Reveals Ending Theme, Additional Cast

Shōya Chiba, Sōma Saitō, more join cast for anime premiering on July 5 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Akimi Yoshida's Banana Fish manga announced the anime's ending theme song and more cast members on Friday. Four-man band King Gnu is performing the first cours' ending theme song "Prayer X," which is previewed in a new commercial. (Note: linked video is region-locked to...
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Shikioriori Anime Film to Stream Globally on Netflix as Flavors of Youth

Anime Expo to premiere film on July 6 ― Netflix announced on Thursday that it will stream Shikioriori (Poem of Seasons Woven Together), CoMix Wave Films' collaboration anime anthology project with Haoliners, globally on August 4, 2018 under the title Flavors of Youth -International Version-. In addition, Netflix announced that the anthology film will have its world premiere at Anime Expo in Los Angel...
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Anime NYC to Host Voice Actor Tohru Furuya

Furuya to appear for on-stage events, signings on November 16-17 ― The staff of Anime NYC announced on Thursday that voice actor Tohru Furuya will make his first appearance in New York City at this year's convention. Furuya will appear at the event on November 16-17, and he will participate in on-stage events and signings. Furuya's voice-acting career extends more than 50 years, and he has performed ...

The Morose Mononokean TV Anime Gets 2nd Season

Itsuro Kawasaki directs, Takao Yoshioka returns for series composition at Pierrot Plus ― The official website for the television anime of Kiri Wazawa's The Morose Mononokean (Fukigen na Mononokean) manga revealed on Friday that a second season has been green-lit. Itsuro Kawasaki (Magical Girl Ore, Rental Magica, Shining Hearts, Tsukiuta. THE ANIMATION) will direct the season at Pierrot Plus. Takao Yo...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game's Switch Version Launches in West on September 28

Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe announced on Thursday that they will release the Nintendo Switch version of Arc System Works' Dragon Ball FighterZ game in the Americas and Europe on September 28. The game will launch in Japan on September 27. The game launched for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam in the Americas and Europe on January 26, and launch...
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Fireworks Anime Film's English-Dubbed Trailer Streamed

Fathom Events, GKIDS screen film in U.S. on July 3, 5, 7 ― GKids began streaming a full trailer for the anime film Fireworks (Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?) on Wednesday. Fathom Events also began streaming a 30-second trailer for the film. Both videos feature the anime's English dub. The film will screen in the United States on July 3, 5, and 7 in collaboration with Fathom ...
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Steins;Gate 0 ‒ Episode 11

"S;G 0's needlessly protracted and uneven plotting is doing this series absolutely no favors."
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Requiem of the Rose King GN 8

This reimagining of Shakespeare's history plays begins as Richard struggles to cope with the loss of Henry and darker forces begin creeping out of the shadows. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― I've read the history of England's War of the Roses, and I've read the Shakespeare history plays Aya Kanno is basing Requiem of the Rose King on, Henry VI (all parts) and Richard III. But it is Kanno's mang...
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Space Bug 3DCG Anime's Trailer Streamed

Series premieres on Japanese TV on July 8 ― The official website for TMS Entertainment's original 3DCG television anime series Space Bug began streaming a full trailer and a 30-second version on Thursday. The show will premiere on Tokyo MX on July 8, and will air two 11-minute episodes at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. The website previously revealed that an English dub is in production alongside the Japan...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game's Switch Version Launches in Japan on September 27

Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will release the Nintendo Switch version of Arc System Works' Dragon Ball FighterZ game in Japan on September 27. The game will launch this year in the Americas and Europe. The game launched for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam in the Americas and Europe on January 26, and launched on February 1 in Japan for PS4 and Xbox One. The ga...
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Clannad Game's PS4 Version Launches in U.S. on Thursday

Game company Prototype began streaming an English opening video on Thursday for the PlayStation 4 version of the Clannad visual novel. The company noted that the game is launching in the United States on Thursday (as of press time, the game is not yet available on the U.S. PlayStation Store). The U.S. release will be digital-only, but the PlayStation 4 physical version that shipped in Japan on Jun...

Shika no Ō Novels by Moribito's Nahoko Uehashi Get Anime

Fantasy novels center on empire that deals with breakout of mysterious illness ― The Twitter account for the Kadokawa Bunko novel imprint revealed on Wednesday that Nahoko Uehashi's (Moribito, The Beast Player Erin) Shika no Ō (The Deer King) fantasy novel series has an anime project in the works. Kadokawa originally published the novels in two volumes simultaneously in September 2014, and then rerel...
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Little Dragons Café PS4, Switch Game Launches in U.S., Canada on August 24

Aksys Games announced on Wednesday that it will release Little Dragons Café, the new game from designer Yasuhiro Wada (Bokujō Monogatari/Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons, Birthdays the Beginning), on August 24 in the United States and Canada for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The game will launch in Japan for both consoles on August 30. Aksys Games describes the story: The story opens with a twin...
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FuRyu Reveals Crystar PS4 Game for Release on October 18

SHAFT animates opening sequence for action RPG ― FuRyu Corporation revealed the CRYSTAR PlayStation 4 game on Tuesday, and revealed more details about the game on Thursday. The company describes the game as a "cry and fight action RPG." Naoki Hisaya is handling the game's scenario, Riuichi is the character designer, ntny is also handling the character designs and is also serving as the character mode...
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Musical Duo Yuzu Perform New Crayon Shin-chan Theme Song

New theme song "Muscat" debuts on July 6 ― The official website for the Crayon Shin-chan anime announced on Thursday that the musical duo YUZU will perform the new theme song "Muscat" for the anime. The new theme song will debut on the show in the episode that will air on July 6. The duo previously provided the theme song for the Eiga Crayon Shin-chan: Ora no Hikkoshi Monogatari ~Saboten Daishūgeki (...
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Shining Resonance Refrain Game's Trailer Highlights Story, Characters

Game launches on Switch, PS4, Xbox One in the West on July 10 ― The official PlayStation and Nintendo YouTube channels began streaming a story trailer on Wednesday for Sega's Western release of Shining Resonance Refrain, the remaster of its Shining Resonance game. The videos preview the game's world and characters. The game will ship on Nintendo Switch and Steam in Japan on July 12. The game will shi...
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Jingai-san no Yome Manga Gets TV Anime

Daiki Yamashita stars in series about 16-year-old student who marries mysterious lifeform ― Ichijinsha opened a website to announce on Thursday that artist Akiwo Yasaka and author Yu Aikawa's Jingai-san no Yome (Jingai's Wife) manga will get a television anime adaptation that will premiere this year. The anime will star: Daiki Yamashita as Tomari Hinowa Kengo Kawanishi as Sora Hikurakawa Taku Yashiro...
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Lord of Vermillion Anime Reveals 4 More Character Designs

Anime based on arcade card game premieres on July 13 ― The official website for Lord of Vermilion: Guren no Ō (Crimson King), the television anime of Square Enix's Lord of Vermilion arcade trading card game series, unveiled character designs for four more characters on Wednesday. The cast members with the new designs are as follows: Junichi Suwabe as Jun Aoi Shinichiro Miki as Kaburagi Kark Takuma Te...
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Tsuredure Children Manga Will End in 3 Chapters

Manga will end on July 11 if there are no delays ― Manga creator Toshiya Wakabayashi revealed on Twitter on Thursday that the Tsuredure Children manga will end in three chapters. The three remaining chapters are titled "Renai Master" (Romance Master), "Ame" (Rain), and "Kokuhaku" (Confession). If there are no delays, the manga will end in this year's 32nd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine on...
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Z/X Code reunion Manga Goes on Indefinite Hiatus

Seresu also revealed as upcoming fall 2019 anime's character designer ― The July issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Tatsuhiko Urahata and Takuya Fujima's Z/X Code reunion manga will go on indefinite hiatus due to the creator's sudden illness. The magazine did not specify which of the creators was sick. The magazine did not publish a chapter in the July issue. The magazine a...

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind Manga Gets TV Anime in October

1st episode debuts in Tokyo & Paris on July 5, Anime Expo on July 7 ― Manga creator Hirohiko Araki announced on Thursday that his JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken: Ōgon no Kaze (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind or Vento Aureo) manga will receive a television anime adaptation that will premiere in October. The first episode of the anime will screen at the Anyerri Hall in Tokyo and Japan Expo in Paris, Fran...
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The Laws of the Universe: Part 1 Film Adds 7 Cast Members

Yuichiro Umehara, Sayaka Ohara, Ayumu Murase, Shinnosuke Tachibana, more join fall film ― The staff of Uchū no Hō: Reimei-hen (The Laws of the Universe: Part 1), the new anime film sequel to the The Laws of the Universe Part 0 (UFO Gakuen no Himitsu) religious anime film, revealed additional cast members for the film on Thursday. The newly announced cast are as follows (left to right in image above, ...

Glitter Force Brand's Rights Move to Hasbro

Hasbro acquired Glitter Force, Power Rangers, other brands from Saban Brands ― The official website for Glitter Force and Glitter Force Doki Doki, the localized brand names for Toei Animation's Smile Precure and Dokidoki! Precure anime, confirmed in its updated privacy policy on June 14 that Hasbro now owns the rights to the names and brand. Saban Brands released the first season of Glitter Force, co...
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Saint Seiya Franchise to Reveal 'New Development' in August

Current season of Saint Seiya: Next Dimension - The Myth of Hades manga also ends ― This year's 30th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion announced on Thursday that the October issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Champion Red magazine will reveal a new development for Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya franchise on August 18. Kurumada also added that he is planning something that may surprise reader...
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Urban Fantasy Manga Mayonaka no Occult Kōmuin Gets TV Anime

Yōko Tamotsu's manga about government office for occult affairs launched in 2015 ― The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Comic Newtype manga website announced on Thursday that a television anime adaptation of Yōko Tamotsu's Mayonaka no Occult Kōmuin manga has been green-lit. Tamotsu drew an illustration to commemorate the announcement. The modern fantasy manga centers on Arata Miyako, a new gov...
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Tokyo Ghoul Gets PS4 Action Game This Winter

Third-person action game will also have multiplayer ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ghoul:re manga series will get a new third-person PlayStation 4 survival action game titled Tokyo Ghoul:re - Call to Exist. The game will involve the stories of both the Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ghoul:re manga, and will also ha...

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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Anime Trailer Streamed With English Subtitles

Anime premieres on Crunchyroll on July 14 ― Aniplex of America began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the television anime of Tadahiro Miura's Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san) manga on Wednesday. Aniplex of America announced on Tuesday that the anime will premiere on Crunchyroll on July 14. The anime will premiere in Japan on July 14 at 11:30 p.m. The anime stars: Y...
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WHO's Revised Guide Classifies 'Gaming Disorder' as Mental Health Condition

Some critics of the gaming disorder classification believe research is still inconclusive and think naming gaming addiction as a disease could harm the video game industry. ― With the release of a stable version for implementation of its 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) diagnostic guide on Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified "gaming disorde...
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Dokaben Baseball Manga Ends After 46 Years

Original manga began in 1972, inspired anime adaptation ― This year's 30th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine announced on Thursday that Shinji Mizushima's Dokaben: Dream Tournament-hen baseball manga will end in the next issue on June 28. It will be the final chapter for the overall Dokaban series, which began 46 years ago in 1972. The original Dokaben manga about a high school ...
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Season Finale: Tokyo Ghoul:re ‒ Episode 12

"Overall, I think Tokyo Ghoul:re has proven itself to be a worthwhile continuation of Kaneki's story."
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Anime Expo to Host U.S. Premiere of Mari Okada's Maquia Film

Premiere screening to take place on July 6, ahead of broader U.S., Canadian release ― Los Angeles anime convention Anime Expo announced on Wednesday that it will host the United States premiere of P.A. Works and Mari Okada's Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms original anime film. The screening will take place on Friday, July 6. Eleven Arts will screen the film in theaters in the U.S. and Canada...
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Autobots Roll Out to Help USS Enterprise Crew in Comic Cross-Over

Comic book publisher IDW is sending the Transformers on a mission unlike any seen before. The publisher exclusively revealed to website io9 that a four-issue Star Trek vs. Transformers comic cross-over series is launching in September. The series takes place within the Star Trek universe, specifically the USS Enterprises' original crew. Captain Kirk, Spock, and Uhura come face to face with Optimus...
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Lupin the Third: Part 5 ‒ Episode 12

"Goemon hasn't changed much in fifty years, so even when his focus episode calls back to a previous series, it still makes sense for the character we know and love."
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NIS America Promises Launch Day Patches for Text Issues in Ys VIII for Switch

NIS America confirmed with ANN that it has three planned launch day patches for Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana for Nintendo Switch to fix text issues and other issues with the game. An early review posted by GameXplain had reported several problems with the localized script, including repeated lines, subtitles that do not match the dialogue, and untranslated text. NISA told ANN that "the patches were ...
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Osamu Tezuka's Marvelous Melmo Gets Reprint with New Materials

Osamu Tezuka's 1970s manga Marvelous Melmo starring the size-shifting heroine Melmo is getting a reprint, this time with new materials uncovered in a locked drawer by Tezuka's daughter, Rumiko Tezuka. The first contents of the locked drawer were revealed in 2014 and included drafts of Marvelous Melmo's protagonist. キッタナイ紙袋から『ふしぎなメルモ』の原画がどっさり。直筆と資料室の森さんが鑑定。これがまぁ可愛いのなんの! pic.twitter.com/C0eDkTil6y— ...
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Season Finale: Real Girl ‒ Episode 12

"Real Girl wasn't terrible, but it never made the most of its strengths."
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Live-Action Real Girl Film's Trailer Reveals Theme Song by Kana Nishino

Romantic comedy opens in Japan in September ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Thursday. The video reveals that Kana Nishino is performing the theme song "Bedtime Story" and previews the song. The film will open in Japan on September 14. Tsutomu Hanabusa is directing the film with some of the...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, June 11-17

One Piece, The Seven Deadly Sins, Barakamon, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Ace of Diamond Act II in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 One Piece 89 226,340 1,728,460 2018/06 Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 1 3 2 The Seven Deadly Sins 32 157,508 157,508 2018/06 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 2 1 3 Barakamon 17 112,345 112,345 20...
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Evangelion TV Anime's Opening Song Gets HD Music Video

Yoko Takahashi's opening theme song "Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis" ("The Cruel Angel's Thesis") for the 1995 Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime has received an HD music video. King Records began streaming the video on Wednesday to mark the release of Takahashi's "Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis/Tamashii no Refrain" double A-side maxi single, which also shipped on Wednesday. Animator Masayuki, who...
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LIDEN FILMS Animates Intoxicating Miki no Mikoto Promo

Back in January, Bandai Namco Entertainment introduced its Miki no Mikoto (literally: Lords of Sacred Sake) internet video program through its &Cast!!! app.The program anthropomorphisizes different types of sake as handsome guys. The story takes place in a large downtown area where gods and ayakashi (supernatural monsters) are rumored to appear. The town is called "Yayoi Machi" and within it is "M...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 11-17

Record of Grancrest War, Superbomberman R, God Wars games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 11-17 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1NSwSplatoon 2 (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo July 21, 2017 15,715 2,379,977 73 2PS4Fate/Extella Link (Including Limited Editions) Marvelous June 7 13,996 92,644 3PS4Record of Grancrest War (Including Limited Edi...

Recode: AT&T Aims to Buy Out Crunchyroll's Otter Media This Summer

AT&T, Chernin Group formed Otter Media joint venture in 2014 ― Technology news website Recode reported on Wednesday that AT&T plans to buy all of Otter Media, the company it currently co-owns with the Chernin Group, in a deal expected to close this summer. Otter Media is the digital holding company that operates Crunchyroll's parent company Ellation, among other video services. Digital media news web...
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Zero Two Suits Up in DARLING in the FRANXX Figure

If you're a fan of Darling in the Franxx's leading lady, you'll love Kotobukiya's new figure. The company is offering a 1/7-scale figure of Zero Two in her pilot suit. Zero Two is boarding the Strelitzia in the solid figure's depiction of her, and she is just about to connect. Details include Zero Two's flowing hair and creases in her suit. IMG figure1.jpg IMG figure2.jpg IMG figure3.jpg IMG figu...
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Yarichin Bitch-bu Boys-Love OVA's Promo Video Previews Opening Song by Cast

Original manga's author wrote song lyrics ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Ogeretsu Tanaka's boys-love manga Yarichin Bitch-bu (Playboy Bitch Club) shared a promotional video to preview the anime's theme song "Touch You." The main nine cast members are performing the song under the group name "Shiritsu Morimori Gakuen Seishun Danshis," and Tanaka wrote the lyrics. Each character will a...
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Angels of Death Anime Ad Previews Masaaki Endoh's Opening Theme

J.C. Staff's anime premieres on July 6 ― The official website for J.C. Staff's anime of the Angels of Death (Satsuriku no Tenshi) game began streaming a commercial for the anime on Wednesday. The video previews the opening theme song "Vital," performed by Masaaki Endoh and written and composed by JIN. The anime will premiere on AT-X on July 6 at 8:30 p.m., before airing later that evening on Tokyo MX...
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Phantom in the Twilight Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Song by Jiro Wang

Happy Elements' 1st original anime to premiere on July 9 ― The official website for smartphone game company Happy Elements' first original anime Phantom in the Twilight began streaming the show's second full promotional video on Wednesday. The video reveals that Taiwanese singer Jiro Wang will perform the anime's opening theme "Flowery song," and it previews the song. Dan Osano is writing the lyrics ...
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Tokyo Tribe Creator Santa Inoue Launches Manga About His Move to Los Angeles

Inoue moved with family from Japan in late 2017 ― Parisian-born Japanese manga artist Santa Inoue (Tokyo Tribe) launched the Santa no LA Life 50-sai no Mangaka ga Kazoku to LA ni Hikkoshita Hanashi (Santa's L.A. Life: Story of a 50-Year-Old Manga Creator Who Moved to L.A. With His Family) manga on Monday. The manga tells the story of Inoue's recent move to Los Angeles, California, and the first chapt...
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Answerman - Is Cosplay Copyright Infringement?

Is your anime cosplay in violation of copyright law? Would that even be enforceable? Justin digs into it. ― Chris asked: Following up on your column from earlier this week, you said most fan works are copyright violations. What about cosplay? I've heard that some creators don't like their characters being cosplayed. Is it possible that they can sue the fans that dress up as their characters? Legally...
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The Royal Tutor Anime Reveals New Project on September 18

Anime premiered in April 2017 with stage musical in September ― A special LINE LIVE streaming program revealed on Wednesday that The Royal Tutor anime will reveal a new project on September 18. The anime's official website revealed a countdown with a visual of the series' five main characters and the text "Well, let's begin. The next lesson—." The website also noted that September 18 marks the one-ye...
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High School DxD Hero ‒ Episode 10

"This episode powers through five duels in the Ratings Game and the set-up for the sixth."
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Live-Action Saint Young Men Show Reveals Visual, VR Video

Show streams on new Piccoma TV service this fall ― The official website for the live-action adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura's Saint Young Men (Saint Onii-san) manga revealed a visual and VR video on Wednesday. The visual and video preview Kenichi Matsuyama as Jesus and Shōta Sometani as Buddha. Note: the video may not display properly on some devices. In the 360-degree video, Jesus and Buddla deal with...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These ‒ Episode 11

"Watching the functional commanders of the Alliance deal with the incompetent bureaucracy of their leadership is the major focal point of this episode."
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Feel the Wind Marathon Racing Anime's Promo Video Reveals More Cast Members

Kouki Uchiyama, Miyu Irino, Junya Enoki, Yūto Uemura, more join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Shion Miura's Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru (Feel the Wind) novel revealed the first promotional video, additional cast, and character visuals on Wednesday. The video previews the main characters. The new cast members are (Note: character name romanizations are not confirmed.)...
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Zannen na Ikimono Jiten Ecological Children's Books Get 10 TV Anime Shorts

Aggressive Retsuko's Fanworks animates August show about animal factoids ― E-Tele, the primarily educational channel of the Japanese public broadcaster NHK, announced on Wednesday that it will air a television anime adaptation of the Zannen na Ikimono Jiten (Encyclopedia of Pitiful Creatures) book series. The 10 five-minute episodes will air on weekday mornings from August 6 to August 17. The book se...

Beatless Anime Pauses Next Week, Returns With 'Final' 4 Episodes in September

Current run ends on June 29 before Beatless Final Stage resumes story ― The official website for the television anime of Satoshi Hase and redjuice's Beatless novel announced on Wednesday that the story will continue in September with the four-episode Beatless Final Stage. The ongoing Beatless television anime will go on hiatus from the "climactic" episode 20 — which will air on Friday, June 29 — unti...
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Re:Zero Orignal Video Anime Slated for October 6 Screenings

The official website for the Re:Zero anime revealed on Wednesday that the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Memory Snow original video anime (OVA) episode will open in Japanese theaters on October 6. Participating theaters have been selling advance tickets with three original clear file folders since April: WHITE FOX is returning to animate the OVA. The returning cast stars Yūsuke Kobayashi...
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Negima Stage Play's Cast, Visual Unveiled

Former Nogizaka46 idol Rina Ikoma stars in title role of July stage play ― The official website for Mahō Sensei Negima! ~Okochama Sensei wa Shugyō Chū!~ (Negima! Magister Negi Magi - The Little Kid Teacher Is in Training!), the stage play adaptation of Ken Akamatsu's Negima! Magister Negi Magi manga, revealed the cast and visual for the stage play on Wednesday. The site also revealed photo (seen belo...
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Series Finale: Magical Girl Ore ‒ Episode 12

"Magical Girl Ore was silly and sometimes bizarre, but in the end, it was mostly just the same kind of magical girl show it parodied."
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Jun Hanyunyū's Good-Bye Comedy Manga Gets Live-Action Show in July

Kaho, Takuro Ono star in adaptation of manga inspired by Osamu Dazai's unfinished novel ― TV Osaka and BS Japan announced on Wednesday that they will run a live-action television adaptation of Jun Hanyunyū's Good-Bye manga. Yuki Saito, Sumisu, and Daisuke Ajiki are directing, with Date Sorami penning the scripts. Kaho (left in picture below) will play Fumiyo Bessho, while Takuro Ono will play Shū Taj...
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