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Corpse Party: Blood Covered GNs 4-5

Corpse Party's conclusion diverges more from the game than ever before, but disappoints as a horror story. Rebecca Silverman explains what went wrong. ― These volumes, according to creators Toshimi Shinomiya and Makoto Kedouin, are where the manga adaptation of Corpse Party: Blood Covered really diverges from its game original. By this point the cast is most cut back down to its first game characters...
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Vice & Luna - The Kill La Killing Joke

Vice is absolutely determined to get his money's worth out of his old Kill La Kill cosplay, no matter what the cops say.
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Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka GN 1

Magical girls get a military makeover in this dark take on the genre. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― What do you think has been lacking from dark magical girl reboots? If you said “big ass guns and crippling PTSD,” then Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka might be the series for you! While the concept of the dark magical girl story is hardly new – those who remember the final moments of the last Nur...
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Fruits Basket Limited Edition Blu-Ray

One of the most beloved shojo anime of all time comes to Blu-ray in this "sweet sixteen" special edition set! Rebecca Silverman looks back on how this heartwarming classic has held up sixteen years later. ― Back when it was first released, Fruits Basket, based on the manga of the same name by Natsuki Takaya, was a sensation. Combining elements of fantasy, slice-of-life, and reverse harem romance come...
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The Mike Toole Show - Lastman, Standing

Mike devours a few episodes of the genre-smashing French action cartoon Lastman and wonders - is this anime? ― Earlier this year I was at the Crunchyroll Expo, where I hosted a bunch of discussion panels and presented a couple of my own. The homogenous look and omnipresent Crunchyroll branding took some getting used to, but it was ultimately an energetic and well-run show, a deft mix of the stuff I l...
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My Monster Secret GN 6

My Monster Secret’s sixth volume maintains its madcap romcom appeal in spite of some predictably glacial pacing. Nick Creamer has the details. ― At last, it's time for action. As My Monster Secret's sixth volume opens, our hero Asahi reiterates his determination to actually confess to his vampiric classmate Shiragami. Having been spurred into action by the courage of his childhood friend Mikan, he's ...
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Wednesday, December 13

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Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei Smartphone Game's Animated Opening Movie Streamed

Ace Attorney's Tatsurō Iwamoto designs characters, Psycho-Pass' Makoto Fukami writes scenario ― Sega Games began streaming an opening movie for its and Atlus' Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation iOS and Android game on Wednesday. The fully animated video shows the the members of the "Liberators" Tokyo branch, characters who battle against a mysterious organization called the Acolytes in the streets of...
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Turn Your iPhone Into Hunter x Hunter's Beatle 07 Phone

Hunter × Hunter anime fans now have a new way to hold a piece of the anime in their own hands. The Premium Bandai website is offering an iPhone case inspired by the Beatle 07 cellphone that appears in the series. In Yoshihiro Togashi's original manga and its anime adaptations, the Beatle 07's features include the abilities to connect worldwide with no problems and translate more than 200 language...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, December 4-10

Yakuza Kiwami 2, Earth Defense Force 5, Kamen Rider Climax Fighters games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: December 4-10 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Yakuza Kiwami 2 (Including Limited Editions) Sega Games December 7 131,931 131,931 2PS4Earth Defense Force 5 D3Publisher December 7 111,075 111,075 33DSPokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Pokémon Novembe...
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Alliance Alive Launches on March 27 in the West

New character trailer streamed ― Atlus USA announced on Wednesday that it will release The Alliance Alive for Nintendo 3DS in North America and Europe on March 27. The launch edition for the Americas includes a collector's box, art book, CD soundtrack, and keychain. Atlus USA also began streaming a second character trailer: The first character trailer streamed in October. The game will have a physica...
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What's Hideaki Anno's Commute Playlist? Over an Hour of Anisongs

Acclaimed director gets ready for the day with Rose of Versailles, Aquarion, Yatterman ― Khara's "Unit-02" Twitter account, which launched earlier this month, has been answering questions and offering behind-the-scenes peeks at the production of the upcoming Evangelion film. The account posted an image on Monday that shows Hideaki Anno's most recent music playlist that he apparently listened to durin...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 11

"Right now the show's hit-and-miss cast and near-suffocating padding are still Black Clover's biggest hurdles."
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25-Sai no Joshi Kōsei Anime's Promo Video Previews Voices

Series starring Hitomi Harada, Chinatsu Sawashiro premieres on January 7 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Makana's 25-Sai no Joshi Kōsei~Kodomo ni wa Oshierarenai Koto Shite Yaru yo (25-Year-Old High School Girl: I'll Do What Can't Be Taught to Children) manga began streaming a new promotional video on Wednesday. The video previews the voices of Hitomi Harada as Hana and ...
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Celebrate Eromanga Sensei's Birthday with an Animation Exhibit

What's the number one reason to watch Eromanga Sensei? You guessed it—the animation! ― What's the number one reason to watch Eromanga Sensei? You guessed it—the animation! To celebrate the birthday of the eponymous Eromanga Sensei, a key animation exhibit was set up in Nakano Broadway between the 1st and 12th of December. According to the light novels, Sagiri's birthday is on the 10th of December. Wh...
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Toji no Miko TV Anime's Video Previews Ending Theme Song

Story of shrine maidens who wield swords debuts in January ― The official website for Studio Gokumi's original anime project Toji no Miko (The Shrine Maiden Swordwielders) began streaming the second promotional video for the series on Wednesday. The video previews the ending theme song "Kokoro no Memoria" performed by Kaede Hondo, Saori Ōnishi, Azumi Waki, Hina Kino, Risae Matsuda, and Eri Suzuki. Th...
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Welcome to the Ballroom ‒ Episode 23

"This episode is a return to the show's old form, which doesn't do it any favors."
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Answerman - Is It Worth Seeing 35mm Prints of Ghibli Movies?

They're still showing 35mm prints of Ghibli classics like Princess Mononoke in some revival theaters - but what's so special about 35mm? Justin has some thoughts. ― David asked: Hi! I've noticed that several art house theaters in the NY metro area have started showing 35mm version of Ghibli classics like Mononoke and Nausicaa. is there any real benefit to seeing these over the "regular versions" mor...
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A Place Further Than the Universe Reveals More Cast, January 2 Premiere Date

Mamiko Noto, Yōko Hikasa, Lynn, Hisako Kanemoto, Kaede Hondo, Sayaka Ohara join cast ― The official website for the original A Place Further Than the Universe (Uchū Yorimo Tōi Basho) television anime revealed more cast members, the January 2 premiere date, and the ending theme song for the series on Wednesday. The new cast members are: Mamiko Noto as Gin Tōdō, the commander of the civilian Antarctic ...
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Food Wars! The Third Plate ‒ Episode 11

Azami's master plan to control all the restaurants in Japan is finally revealed as Soma faces down Tsukasa in culinary combat!

Love to Lie Angle Yuri Manga Gets TV Anime in 2018

merryhachi's story centers on high school girls in a love triangle ― The staff of merryhachi's Tachibanakan To Lie Angle (Love to Lie Angle) manga revealed on Thursday that the series will receive a television anime adaptation in 2018. The cast will include: Minami Tsuda as Hanabi Natsuno Amisa Sakuragi as Konomi Fujiwara Arisa Nakada as Iori Takamura Rei Matsuzaki as Yoriko Fujiwara Mikako Komatsu a...
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Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War ‒ Episode 11

"This show seems determined to find every creatively engaging choice it could have made and then proceed to do the exact opposite."
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Corpse Party: Blood Covered GNs 4-5

Corpse Party's conclusion diverges more from the game than ever before, but disappoints as a horror story. Rebecca Silverman explains what went wrong. ― These volumes, according to creators Toshimi Shinomiya and Makoto Kedouin, are where the manga adaptation of Corpse Party: Blood Covered really diverges from its game original. By this point the cast is most cut back down to its first game characters...

Summer Wars' Hosoda Reveals Mirai no Mirai Film's Story, Staff, July Date in Teaser

Film centers on 4-year-old boy who meets older version of younger sister from the future ― Film distributor Toho opened a website to unveil director Mamoru Hosoda's latest film, which is now titled Mirai no Mirai (Mirai From the Future). (The film was previously titled simply as Mirai, although Studio Chizu filed a Mirai no Mirai trademark on October 24.) The film will open in Japan on July 20, after...
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Milky Holmes: Arsene Karei Naru Yokubō Anime Special Casts Pro Wrestler Tomoaki Honma

New visual also unveiled for December 31 special ― The official website for the Tantei Opera Milky Holmes: Arsene Karei Naru Yokubō (Detective Opera Milky Holmes: Arsene's Magnificent Desire) television anime special announced on Monday that professional wrestler Tomoaki Honma will voice a role in the special. The site also unveiled a new visual (second image below). The special will air on December ...
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Anime Boston Hosts Rock Band FLOW

Boston convention takes place March 30-April 1 ― The Anime Boston convention announced on Tuesday that it will host rock band FLOW as musical guests for the convention. The band will perform at the convention. FLOW consists of vocalists Kohshi and Keigo, guitarist Take, bassist Got's, and drummer Iwasaki. The band began when the brothers Kohshi and Take began playing together. The band debuted in 200...
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Kabukibu! Manga Listed as Ending With 2nd Volume

Chizu Kamikō's manga adaptation with CLAMP designs launched in February ― Retailer Amazon.com's description of the second volume of the Kabukibu! manga adaptation lists the volume as the finale. The volume ships on February 2. Chizu Kamikō (Bannō Kanteishi Q no Jikenbo, Shikabane Shōjo to Kakanai Gaka) launched the manga based on Yuuri Eda's Kabukibu! light novel series in Kadokawa's Young Ace magazi...
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Wall Street Journal: Nintendo Seeks More App Developer Partnerships

Nintendo, DeNA partnered in 2015, released 4 of 5 planned smartphone titles The Wall Street Journal newspaper reported on Tuesday that Nintendo is seeking to establish more tie-ups with smartphone game developers, in light of its mobile game schedule falling behind. The report claims that GungHo Online Entertainment (Puzzle & Dragons) has been in discussions with Nintendo, but GungHo has denied tha...
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Aniplex USA to Stream Slow Start Anime on Crunchyroll

January 6 debut for anime of Yuiko Tokumi's manga about girl enrolling in high school a year late ― Aniplex of America announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming the television anime of Yuiko Tokumi's Slow Start manga on Crunchyroll on January 6 at 12:00 p.m. EST. The anime will premiere on January 6 in Japan on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and BS11 at 12:30 a.m. (effectively on January 7) ...
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Aniplex USA Starts Streaming Record of Grancrest War Anime on Crunchyroll, Hulu on January 5

Aniplex of America announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming the television anime of author Ryo Mizuno and illustrator Miyuu's Record of Grancrest War (Grancrest Senki) light novel series on Crunchyroll and Hulu on January 5 at 11:30 a.m. EST. The anime will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and BS11 on January 5. It will then air on TV Aichi on January 9, and on ABC on ...

Tuesday, December 12

Captain Tsubasa Soccer Manga Gets New TV Anime in April

Yuko Sanpei stars in David Production anime with Inazuma Eleven writer ― A press conference announced on Wednesday that a new television anime of Yoichi Takahashi's Captain Tsubasa manga has been green-lit for a April 2018 premiere on TV Tokyo and other stations. The new anime will recount the story starting from the manga's beginning. The new anime has the following cast: Yuko Sanpei as Tsubasa Ōzor...
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Shimajirō Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

1st full-length film in children's anime franchise opens on March 9 ― The official website for Eiga Shimajirō: Mahō no Shima no Daibōken (Shimajirō the Movie: Great Adventure on Magic Island), the first full-length film for Benesse Corporation's Shimajirō anime franchise, began streaming a trailer for the film on Tuesday. The video reveals and previews the film's theme song "Massugu na Hashi" (A Brid...
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Futari H Life-Size Figure is Creator's Literal Labor of Love (NSFW)

Aki Katsu will keep Yura around the office with plenty of dress-up clothes ― The busty prototypes of the life-size figure rendition of Futari H's Yura finally gave way to an actual reveal at the Tsutaya Ikebukuro AK store on December 9. Visitors came to find out how accurate the apparently nude figure was as well as get an autograph by the manga's creator Aki Katsu. prototype image It turns out that...
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Bōkyaku no Sachiko Live-Action Gourmet Special Reveals Additional Cast

Takeshi Kaga, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Eri Fuse, more join January special ― The official website for the live-action special of Jun Abe's Bōkyaku no Sachiko (Forgetful Sachiko) manga revealed more cast members for the special on Tuesday. The new cast includes: (Top row, left to right in picture above) Mitsuru Fukikoshi as Tomoaki Shirai, the editor-in-chief at the magazine where Sachiko works. Takeshi Kag...
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Deku Still Chasing #1 in My Hero Academia Popularity Poll

Deku didn't quite make the top spot in this year's My Hero Academia character popularity poll. Japanese readers picked their favorites and Shuiesha published the results in the combined second and third issue of Weekly Shonen Jump on Monday. Fans may be surprised to find out that Deku didn't fall behind fan-favorites Tsuyu Asui or Shoto Todoroki, but the hot-headed and one-time "friend" Katsuki Ba...
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Production I.G's Pigtails Anime Wins Special Jury Award From NA Film Awards

Short film made international debut at WorldFest Houston International Film Festival in April 2016 ― The North American Film Awards (NAFA) revealed on November 30 that Pigtails, Production I.G.'s animated short film based on Machiko Kyō's Mitsuami no Kami-sama (Braided Pig-Tail Deity) manga, was awarded the Special Jury Award for this year's awards. It was one of 39 winners. The goal of NAFA is to re...
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The Ambition of Oda Nobuna Novelist to Pen Romance of Three Kingdoms Work in 2018

Chivalry of a Failed Knight's Won to illustrate new series ― The official Twitter account for Mikage Kasuga's Oda Nobuna no Yabō (The Ambition of Oda Nobuna) light novel series revealed on Sunday that Kasuga will launch a new novel series in 2018 based on the Chinese classic The Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Won (Chivalry of a Failed Knight) is illustrating the series. Another post describes the new...
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Emoji Movie Gets Japanese Dub for Home Video Release

Can Takahiro Sakurai and Tomokazu Sugita save the critically-panned 3D film? ― Sony Pictures' The Emoji Movie opened in the U.S. last year to derision from critics and moviegoers alike. Yet, regardless of its reception, it still grossed $217 million worldwide. Soon, for better or worse, Japan will get its very own dub of The Emoji Movie, but it's doubtful even the likes of Takahiro Sakurai can save i...
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Toji no Miko Smartphone Game's Promo, Visual Revealed

Game features characters not in upcoming anime project ― The official website for the Toji no Miko: Kizamishi Issen no Tomoshibi smartphone game updated with a 15-second animated ad and a new key visual on Tuesday. The visual (first image below) forms a pair with the upcoming Toji no Miko television anime's visual (second image below). The iOS and Android game is slated for 2018. The "weapons combat ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, December 10-16

Trickster anime; Splatoon manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Chaika The Coffin Princess Complete Series BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$99.98 December 12 D. Gray-Man Season 3 Part 2Cite Funimation Entertainment US$39.98 December 12 Trickster Part 1 BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 December 12 When They Cry Complete Series BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$129....
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Sequels Dominate Most Anticipated Winter 2018 Anime Poll

As always, be sure to vote in ANN's poll! ― Winter is upon us, and while things are getting chilly outside, the upcoming anime season is heating up. Fans in Japan were polled on which series they are most looking forward to come January. The selection is packed with highly anticipated sequels, male idols, and brand-new additions. However, it was the sequels that overtook the top five, with every entr...
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Nintendo Switch Console Sales Reach 10 Million Globally

Nintendo announced on Tuesday that the Nintendo Switch console has sold more than 10 million units worldwide as of Sunday. The announcement also stated that the company is "planning to ship more units than ever before" in Japan in December. The Nintendo Switch had sold more than 7.63 million units as of September 30. The figure included 1.95 million units in Japan, 3.11 million units in the Americ...
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A Little Sister (and a Little Alcohol) is All You Need

One Hokkaido beer company is reaping the rewards of some anime product placement. ― One beer company is enjoying a surge in popularity thanks to the romcom romp A Sister's All You Need. Abashiri Beer, located in a town by the same name in Hokkaido, makes an alcoholic beverage called "Ōtō no Shizuku" (Drops of Cherry) that was featured in the anime series. Since its appearance, internet orders have qu...
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Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Anime Ads Preview Voices

Series starring Yuuki Kaji, Daisuke Ono premieres January 12 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Chiaki Kisaki and Hako Ichiiro's Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Hakata Pork Bones Ramens) light novel series began streaming two commercials for the series on Tuesday. The first video below is narrated by Yuuki Kaji as Lin Xianming and features TRI4TH's ending theme song "Dirty Bullet." Th...
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Fate/Apocrypha's 22nd Episode Wows Fans, Creators

Even Black Butler's Yana Toboso was stunned ― The animation of the Fate/Apocrypha anime's 22nd episode is wowing fans and creators alike. Viewers have taken to social media to praise the animation of the battle between Karna (Lancer of Red) and Siegfried (Saber of Black) since the episode, titled "Saikai to Betsuri" (Reunion and Farewell), debuted on Saturday. Fate/stay night creator Kinoko Nasu atte...
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Ni no Kuni II Game's Release Date Moved Back to March 23

New trailer previews Japanese voice actors ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Tuesday that the worldwide release date for its and Level-5's Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PlayStation 4 and PC game has been moved back to March 23, 2018. The game was previously slated for worldwide release on January 19, after a delay from November. Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino explained in a message that the devel...
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This Week in Anime - Will These MMO Junkies Live Happily Ever After?

Recovery of an MMO Junkie has been a wild ride, but it's finally time for Moriko and Sakurai to start a new chapter together. We speculate on the next horizon for this nerdy couple. ― Recovery of an MMO Junkie has been a wild ride, but it's finally time for Moriko and Sakurai to start a new chapter together. This week in anime, Michelle and Steve speculate what lies on the horizon for this nerdy coup...
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Kengan Ashura Anime to Air on TV

The wraparound jacket band on the 23rd volume of Yabako Sandrovich's Kengan Ashura manga revealed on Tuesday that the series' anime adaptation will air on television. The manga's staff confirmed on Thursday that an anime adaptation is still being planned. Shogakukan's web comic magazine Ura Sunday originally announced on its Manga ONE app in 2015 that the manga would receive an anime adaptation. T...
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Pop Team Epic Anime's Promo Videos Reveal January 6 Premiere Date

TV anime stars Mikako Komatsu, Sumire Uesaka ― The official website for the television anime of Bkub Okawa's Pop Team Epic manga began streaming two live-action promotional videos for the anime on Tuesday. The website also revealed that the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX1 and BS11 on January 6 late at night at 1:00 a.m. (effectively January 7). In addition, the anime will air on AT-X, Tochigi TV, an...
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Vice & Luna - The Kill La Killing Joke

Vice is absolutely determined to get his money's worth out of his old Kill La Kill cosplay, no matter what the cops say.
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Mr. Osomatsu Season 2 ‒ Episode 11

"This show wouldn't be half as good if it couldn't back up its crude humor with equally precise cinematic execution."
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14-Year-Old Singer Ruann Performs March comes in like a lion's New Ending

Junior high school student's new song premieres in January ― The official website for the second season of the March comes in like a lion anime series revealed on Tuesday that Ruann will perform the new ending theme song "I Am Standing" that will premiere in the series in January. The singer wrote the song specifically for the show, and its digital single will launch on January 17. Ruann is a 14-year...
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UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2 ‒ Episode 11

"The series is still racing through plot points just to get finale stuff set up, but at least now they're moderately engaging plot points."
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Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka GN 1

Magical girls get a military makeover in this dark take on the genre. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― What do you think has been lacking from dark magical girl reboots? If you said “big ass guns and crippling PTSD,” then Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka might be the series for you! While the concept of the dark magical girl story is hardly new – those who remember the final moments of the last Nur...
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Blood Blockade Battlefront Creator Celebrates Beyond's Finale With New Visual

The official website for the anime of Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront manga revealed a new visual on Tuesday to mark the upcoming final two episodes of the Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond season. Nightow provided the original design, and character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto drew the illustration. The season's 11th episode, "Yōgan Genshikō Zenpen" ("Spectral Eyes, Phantom Vision,...
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Detective Pikachu Film With Ryan Reynolds to Open on May 10, 2019

Live-action film opens 1 week after 4th Avengers film ― Universal Pictures will release Legendary Entertainment's live-action Pokémon film Detective Pikachu on May 10, 2019. That is one week after Marvel Studios' fourth Avengers film opens. The film's titular Detective Pikachu character debuted in the February 2016 Meitantei Pikachu Nintendo 3DS game in Japan. Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, pictured below)...

Junko's Kiss Him, Not Me Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Romantic comedy manga launched in 2013, inspired TV anime last year ― The January issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Junko's Kiss Him, Not Me (Watashi ga Motete Dōsunda) manga will end in three chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end on March 13 in the magazine's April issue. Junko previously revealed last month that the manga's 14th volume will b...
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Record of Grancrest War Anime Premieres January 5

The official website for the television anime of author Ryo Mizuno and illustrator Miyuu's Record of Grancrest War (Grancrest Senki) light novel series revealed on Sunday that the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and BS11 on January 5. It will then air on TV Aichi on January 9, and on ABC on January 10. Aniplex of America will distribute the anime but it has not yet revealed ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, December 4-10

Free! TM Yakusoku sold 4,069, followed by Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower, Granblue Fantasy, live-action Gintama film, Uchū Sentai Kyūranger ― The live-action Gintama film sold 1,474 more copies for a new total of 13,178 copies. It dropped from #11 to #25 in its third week. The first premium edition dropped from #13 to #44 in its third week. It sold 862 more copies for a new total of 17,602 copies....
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, December 4-10

Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower sold 8,745 + 1,437, followed by Free! TM Yakusoku, Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, Takuma Terashima, Granblue Fantasy ― Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Blu-ray Collection 4 sold 3,260 copies to debut at #16 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The limited complete pressing of the 5th Anniversary Takuma Terashima Live BD Box landed at #25 with 1,721 copies. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies To...
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Terraformars Manga to Resume in April After Co-Creator Recuperates

Story creator Yū Sasuga back in good health after one-year hiatus ― The official Twitter account for Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine announced on Tuesday that Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana plan to resume their Terraformars manga next April. The manga has been in on hiatus since this year's 15th issue on March 9, while story creator Sasuga recuperates from unspecified health issues. The Twitte...
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Live-Action Rainbow Days Film's Teaser Reveals July Opening

Film stars Mahiro Takasugi, Reo Sano, Taishi Nakagawa, Ryūsei Yokohama ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Minami Mizuno's Rainbow Days (Nijiiro Days) manga debuted a teaser and an on-set photo for the film on Tuesday. The video reveals the film's July opening. The film's cast includes, from left to right in the photo above, Mahiro Takasugi as Tsuyoshi Naoe, Reo Sano (of the...
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Laid-Back Camp Anime Premieres on January 4

The official website for the television anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga revealed on Sunday that the anime will premiere on AT-X, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, Tokyo MX, and BS11 on January 4. The "slow outdoor manga" follows two young women. Rin likes to go camping by herself along the lakes that provide a scenic view of Mt. Fuji. Nadeshiko loves to take cycling trips by herself ...

Occultic;Nine Game Being Ported With 'True Ending' to New Platform

New story elements hint at being tied back to Science Adventure games ― Author and MAGES. president Chiyomaru Shikura revealed on Sunday that a port of 5pb.'s visual novel game of Shikura's Occultic;Nine novel is in development for a new platform. The new port will contain new foreshadowing, and a "true ending" that portrays what happens after the main story. Those who have purchased the game will re...
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Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory Game Previewed in 8-Minute Video

PS4/Vita game ships in Japan on Thursday, in the West on January 19 ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game began streaming an eight-minute promotional video for the game on Tuesday. The video previews the game's story and gameplay. The game will ship in Japan on Thursday. In addition to the standard e...

Shinkai's 'your name.' Nominated for San Francisco Film Critics Awards

Pixar's Coco won for Best Animated Feature ― The San Francisco Film Critics Circle announced the winners for its 2017 awards on Sunday. Pixar's Coco won the Best Animated Feature award, but Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film was nominated for the award. The film centers on Taki, a high school boy living in Tokyo who works part-time at a restaurant, and Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a town...

Monday, December 11

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Kamen Rider Film Tops Box Office, 1st Girls & Panzer Finale Film Opens at #4

Live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film drops to #5 in 2nd week ― The Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL Build & Ex-Aid with Legend Rider crossover film opened on Saturday in 330 theaters. It sold 303,100 tickets to earn 359 million yen (about US$3.16 million) and rank #1 at the Japanese box office. The film sold 32.6 more tickets and earned 30.1% more on the first week compared to last year's film, K...
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Himōto! Umaru-chan R ‒ Episode 10

"Most of this week's episode felt like the show was spinning its wheels, but it still takes just enough time to remind its audience that 90% of this show's cast are lovable dorks who you can't help but root for."
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Kamen Rider Amazons Series Gets Film in Spring 2018

Web series' 1st season debuted in April 2016, 2nd season in April 2017 ― The Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL Build & Ex-Aid with Legend Rider film opened in Japan on Saturday, and the film's end credits revealed that the Kamen Rider Amazons web series will get a sequel film tentatively titled Kamen Rider Amazons - Kanketsuhen (Final Chapter) in spring 2018. Returning cast members from season one...
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A Sister's All You Need ‒ Episode 10

"If this episode was going to eschew the show's stronger elements in favor of teasing plot points, it should have at least made them worth teasing."
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Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond ‒ Episode 10

"I've been waiting for K.K's dedicated showcase for a long time, and I'm happy to say that it more than lives up to expectations."
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Mitsuboshi Colors TV Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website for the television anime of Katsuwo's Mitsuboshi Colors manga updated with information on the series' home video releases on Monday. The series is listed with a total of four Blu-ray Disc/DVD releases, each with three episodes, for a total of 12 episodes. The anime will premiere on January 7. The show will air on AT-X at 10:30 p.m. before airing later on BS11, Tokyo MX, Sun TV...
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Nanachi Reunites With Mitty for Made in Abyss Figure

Keep your tissues at the ready because this new figure from Good Smile Company and FREEing is a real tearjerker. Measuring at 1/8-scale, the figure depicts Nanachi embracing her friend closely on a grassy field.The field itself is actually a soft, plush material. The pose is based on an original image from the manga's third volume. The figure costs 10,926 yen (US$96) and is expected to ship in Ju...
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Anime-Gataris ‒ Episode 10

"It's safe to say that Anime-Gataris has officially gone off the rails."
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Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Game Adds Sakura, Blanka, Cody, G, Falke, Sagat

Also: Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection game available in May 2018 ― Capcom revealed the opening cinematic for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, its update for the Street Fighter V fighting game, during the Capcom Cup tournament at the PlayStation Experience event on Sunday. The video reveals that the new characters Sakura, Blanka, Cody, G, Falke, and Sagat will join the game as playable cha...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 339

"As usual, Gintama manages to up the ante in the humor department and leave audiences wondering, “What the heck did I just watch?”"
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Live-Action Gintama Film to Screen in U.S., Canada in January

Azoland Pictures to distribute film with Well Go USA ― Film distribution company Azoland Pictures announced on Monday that it will release the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga in theaters in the United States and Canada starting on January 19, 2018. Azoland Pictures is partnering with Well Go USA, the company that is releasing the film on home video in North America. The DVD, Blu-r...
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Love Live! School Idol Fes Announces Its 5th Anniversary Campaign Girls

The official website for the Love Live! School Idol Festival fifth anniversary general election announced the winners on Monday. The idols from the original μ's, Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Aqours, and the recently introduced Nijigasaki Academy's Idol Appreciation Club battled it out among each other to grab one of three #1 slots. The three winners will serve as the game's campaign girls for the anniv...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 817

"The core of this episode is a great hook that suffers from the usual pacing problems pushed to their extreme, as well as art that sporadically drops in quality."
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1st Eureka Seven Hi Evolution Film's U.S. Theatrical Release Dated for February

Screenings will be in Japanese with Subtitles, English ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Monday that it will release the first Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution film in United States theaters on February 5 and 7. There will be screenings in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub. The first film in the trilogy opened on 107 screens in Japan on September 16, after making its worldwide...
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My Hero Academia Creator Draws Poster for The Last Jedi

Manga artist Kōhei Horikoshi is taking a break from super-powered teens to draw the characters from this winter's most highly anticipated film. The My Hero Academia creator drew Rey, Finn, Luke Skywalker, and Kylo Ren in a promotional image for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Horikoshi is a self-proclaimed Star Wars fan. He said he is honored to be involved in any way with his favorite series. He also s...
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 31

"Although March's narrative may wander this way and that, its overarching trajectory reflects the confidence of a master storyteller."
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Shinkalion Anime Casts Tomokazu Sugita, Sora Amamiya, Hikaru Midorikawa

Saitama's Railway Museum to host advance screenings December 24-25 ― The official website for Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion the Animation, the television anime adaptation of Takara Tomy's Shinkalion toy line, announced three additional cast members on Monday: Tomokazu Sugita as Hokuto Hayasugi, Hayato's father and a staff member at The Railway Museum Sora Amamiya as Futaba Mihara, a newbie operat...
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Transform Yourself With Super Mario Odyssey Cappy Papercraft

Nintendo is providing all the instructions you need to make your own Cappy. While this paper version can't take out hordes of Goomba or let you possess a T-Rex, it'll look awful cute on your desk. The instructions are in Japanese, but Siliconera has translated them for English-speaking crafters. Above is the image needed for the pieces, but head over to Alistair Wong's article to get the low-down ...
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Land of the Lustrous ‒ Episode 10

"Another episode of beauty in motion, made unstable by a frightening new enemy."
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Sega Games, Uta no Prince-sama Designer to Unveil New Idol Raising Project

Reveal event scheduled for February 14 ― Sega Games opened a teaser website and Twitter account for a new "idol raising" project aimed at female players on Saturday. The company will reveal more information at an event at Roppongi Nicofarre in Tokyo on February 14. The staff includes: Producer: Hideki Irie Director: Akiko Akata Script: Takashi Mizuno Sound Director: Keiichi Nozaki (Magical Warfare) C...
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Spot the Gundam Cameo in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One Trailer

The latest full-length trailer for Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One sci-fi film is hiding all kinds of Easter Eggs for the sharp-eyed fans. The newest footage hides Overwatch's Tracer, Street Fighter's Chun-Li and the original RX-78-2 Gundam. (What Tracer is doing in a giant nostalgia piece on the 1980s' pop culture is anyone's guess.) There are of course, even more references lurking around th...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 119

"This week, we finally come down from our action-packed adrenaline high and get back to basics."

Super Robot War X Game Announced, English-Subtitled Release Planned for Asia

PS4/Vita game slated for next spring ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Monday that it will release a new game in the Super Robot Wars franchise titled Super Robot Taisen X (Super Robot Wars X). The game is slated for release on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on March 29, 2018. The game will also ship in Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia)...
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The Ancient Magus' Bride ‒ Episode 10

"The time is right to go back to the past and answer at least some of the questions teased about Elias' nature and backstory."
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Answerman - Why Are Anime Voices Recorded After Animation Is Done?

We frequently hear about how in Western animation, performances are often taped before animation really starts - but the opposite is apparently true in Japan. 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 animation is done to m...
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BLEND-S ‒ Episode 10

"This episode has a “back to basics” vibe, as the show puts most of its energy into making a simple premise work well."
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One Piece: World Seeker Game Ships for PS4, Xbox One, PC in West in 2018

"Dramatic free world action adventure" game features Luffy as playable character ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe announced on Monday that the One Piece: World Seeker game will ship for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in the Americas and Europe in 2018. The publisher also released key art and screenshots for the game. IMG screenshot_ufo01_1512984266...
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Detective Conan Manga Goes on Hiatus for Creator's Medical Treatment

Gosho Aoyama plans to "recharge" with extended break ― The third and fourth combined 2018 issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday that the Detective Conan manga is going on an extended hiatus beginning in the next issue so that creator Gosho Aoyama can receive medical treatment and "recharge." The issue is publishing a handwritten message from Aoyama for the anno...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! ‒ Episode 23

"This episode hit all the right notes, and it may have been one of the series' best to date."
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Fruits Basket Limited Edition Blu-Ray

One of the most beloved shojo anime of all time comes to Blu-ray in this "sweet sixteen" special edition set! Rebecca Silverman looks back on how this heartwarming classic has held up sixteen years later. ― Back when it was first released, Fruits Basket, based on the manga of the same name by Natsuki Takaya, was a sensation. Combining elements of fantasy, slice-of-life, and reverse harem romance come...
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Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth- ‒ Episode 10

"The endgame is well underway now, but Cardia isn't the wilting blossom she was when the series began."

Digimon Adventure tri. 6th Anime Film's Teaser Video Streamed

Digimon Adventure tri. Bokura no Mirai opens on May 5 ― The official website for the Digimon Adventure tri. anime film project began streaming a teaser video on Monday for Digimon Adventure tri. Bokura no Mirai (Our Future), the sixth and final film in the project. (Note: The official video linked above is region-locked to Japan.) The film will open in Japan on May 5 and screen for three weeks. As wi...
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Violet Evergarden's 4th Promo Video Previews Aira Yuki Song

Anime series premieres on January 10 ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden anime began streaming the fourth promotional video for the series on Monday. The video features the image song "Violet Snow" performed by Aira Yuki. The song debuted in May 2016 in the anime's first commercial, which featured English subtitles for the song. The website also revealed the anime's third k...
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Fate/Grand Order VR feat. Mash Kyrielight Game's 3rd Video Teases Artoria Story

PlayStation VR project launched on December 6 ― Type-Moon began streaming the third promotional video for its Fate/Grand Order VR feat. Mash Kyrielight PlayStation VR game on Saturday. The video introduces another story provided by the project in the form of an "Artoria Pendragon VR Drama." The "Fate VR drama" project allows players to enter the world of Fate/Grand Order and meet with the Servant Mas...
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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Season 2's Ad Features Saiki's Narration

Anime premieres January 16 ― The official website for the television anime of Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. manga began streaming a commercial for the second season on Monday. The video features narration by Saiki. (Note: The video in the link above is region-locked to Japan.) The anime will premiere late at night on January 16 at 25:35 (effectively January 17 at 1:35 a.m.) on TV Toky...
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Amazon to Stream Killing Bites Anime's Director's Cut Worldwide

The official Twitter account for the television anime of illustrator Kazasa Sumita (Witchblade Takeru) and storywriter Shinya Murata's (Jackals) Killing Bites manga revealed last Friday that Amazon Prime Video will stream the anime worldwide, and it will exclusively stream the anime's unaired "director's cut." The post did not indicate what would be included in the director's cut. The anime will p...
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Live-Action Princess Jellyfish Show Casts Asuka Kudō as Shū Koibuchi

Kudō plays male lead Kuranosuke's brother in January show ― The official website for the live-action television series based on Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish manga announced on Monday that Asuka Kudō is playing the character Shū Koibuchi. Shū is Kuranosuke's brother with a past trauma regarding women, and an assistant to their politician father. Kyōko Yoshine plays protagonist Tsukimi Kurash...
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Shonen Jump Magazine Inspires Live-Action Drama in January

Oh My Jump! follows salesman who encounters adult Shonen Jump fans ― TV Tokyo and Shueisha announced on Monday that the two are collaborating on a new live-action series centering around Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine titled Oh My Jump! ~Shonen Jump Shikyū o Sukuu~ (Oh My Jump! ~Shonen Jump Saves the World~). The series will premiere on January 12 at 24:12 (effectively 12:12 a.m. on January 1...
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New Digimon Story Game in Development for PS4

Kazumasa Habu, the producer of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory game, revealed in an interview with game news website 4Gamer on Saturday that a new game in the Digimon Story series is in development for the PlayStation 4. He noted that favorable impressions of Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth outside Japan prompted the developers to make the new game with a worldw...

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Attack on Titan's Wit Studio Animates 2018 Pokémon Film With OLM

July film's teaser shows new character from director Tetsuo Yajima, deisgner Shizue Kaneko ― The official website for the Pokémon anime films began streaming a teaser trailer for the franchise's 2018 film on Monday. The teaser shows a new character, the film's July 13 opening, and the text "Everyone's story begins." The teaser credits Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) with a...
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It's MY LIFE Fantasy Manga Launches Crowdfunding for Anime in January

Creators in Pack to produce anime about retired knight living with young witch ― Shogakukan opened a teaser website and Twitter account on Saturday that revealed that it will launch a crowdfunding campaign for an anime adaptation of Imomushi Narita's It's MY LIFE fantasy manga at the Makuake website in January. The site also reveals that the studio Creators in Pack (Love is Like a Cocktail, Kiitaro's...
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Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden Anime Premieres January 10

The official website for Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden anime series revealed on Saturday that the series will premiere on Tokyo MX1 at 00:00 on January 10 (effectively midnight on January 11), followed by ABC Asahi and TV Aichi on January 10, BS11 on January 11, and HTB Hokkaido TV on January 13. Netflix will stream the anime series worldwide. The company will stream the series inside Japan ...
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Wish Your Loved Ones 'Happy New Year' with Detective Conan

The Detective Conan franchise is having a hell of a year. There's a new movie in production, he's the star of several upcoming Universal Studios Japan attractions, and he's traveling through time. It's no wonder creator Gosho Aoyama gets practically no sleep. Fans have a lot to look forward to and they can share that enthusiasm with six newly released Detective Conan New Year's cards. The website ...
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Rozen Maiden's Peach-Pit Draws Trailer for Kamijo x Hatsune Miku Project

Manga artist duo Peach-Pit (Rozen Maiden, Shugo Chara!, Zombie-Loan, DearS) drew illustrations that appear in a trailer for a new collaboration between visual kei singer Kamijo and Vocaloid idol Hatsune Miku. Kamijo is a former member of Lareine and a current member of the Versailles band. He began streaming the trailer on his official Twitter account on Thursday. 2018年、新プロジェクト「KAMIJO & 初音ミク」トレーラー...
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Isobe Isobee Monogatari Manga Gets 1-Shot in January

The 2018 second and third combined issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Ryō Nakama's Isobe Isobee Monogatari ~Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo~ manga will get a one-shot side story titled "Sessha wa Salaryman" (I Am a Salaryman) on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website on January 4. Shueisha is publishing the one-shot as part of a "one-shot festival," where Shueisha will publish 19 ...
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Pixiv Will Hold Character Design Contest for Ikebukuro Promotional Anime

Animate and the Toshima ward of Tokyo held a joint press conference on Friday to announce that an "Ikebukuro PR Anime" is in the works. Toshima mayor Yukio Takano was at the press conference and explained that organizers hope the project spreads the "Cool Ikebukuro" image as a place for anime pilgrimages prior to the Olympic Games in 2020. The promotional anime will be about three minutes long and...

Boruto Anime Adapts Side-Story Manga Chapter About Mitsuki on December 27

"The Path Lit by the Full Moon" chapter debuted in Japanese, English in April 2016 ― The 2018 combined second and third issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime will adapt the Naruto manga side story chapter "Michita Tsuki ga Terasu Michi" ("Naruto: The Path Lit by the Full Moon"), which shows the past of the character Mitsuki. ...
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Butt Detective Shakes His Booty in New Dance Video

The official website for the Oshiri Tantei (Butt Detective) web anime project began streaming a "Puputto Fumutto Kaiketsu Dance" ("A Wind-Breaking Victory Dance") video on Friday. The video features English, traditional Chinese, and Korean subtitles. In the video, the project's titlular character and his dog assistant Brown perform a triumphant dance. TEMPURA KIDZ, a Harajuku-style dance and vocal...
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The Mike Toole Show - Lastman, Standing

Mike devours a few episodes of the genre-smashing French action cartoon Lastman and wonders - is this anime? ― Earlier this year I was at the Crunchyroll Expo, where I hosted a bunch of discussion panels and presented a couple of my own. The homogenous look and omnipresent Crunchyroll branding took some getting used to, but it was ultimately an energetic and well-run show, a deft mix of the stuff I l...
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Book Compiles Osamu Tezuka's Shakespeare-Inspired Manga

Many manga and anime fans know Osamu Tezuka was a prolific creator who became known as "The God of Manga." However, most people don't know that a few of his works included manga based on William Shakespeare's works. Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha, Ltd. is celebrating those manga, and the publisher released them in a compiled book on Friday. The Tezuka Osamu Shakespeare Mangakan (Osamu Tezuka's Shakespeare ...
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Sword Art Online Novels Enter 'Unital Ring' Arc

The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko imprint noted that Volume 59 of the Dengeki Bunko magazine (cover pictured at right) published the prologue chapter for the new "Unital Ring" arc of Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online light novel series on Saturday. Kawahara himself noted on Twitter that the new arc's title uses a mathematical term in the same vein as the earlier Ordinal Scal...
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Gintama Anime Enters 'Silver Soul' Arc on January 7

The 2018 combined second and third issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the Gintama television anime series will enter the manga's "Gin no Tamashii" (Silver Soul) arc on January 7. The arc is the manga's final arc that began in July 2016. The new arc will air in the same late-night timeslots as the current arc on TV Tokyo and its affiliates. The new arc will also...

Prison School Manga Ends on December 25

Akira Hiramoto's manga launched in 2011, inspired TV anime, live-action series ― The 2018 combined second and third issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine revealed on Monday that Akira Hiramoto's Prison School manga will end in the next issue on December 25. North American publisher Yen Press publishes Hiramoto's main Prison School manga for North America, and it describes the series: Hachimitsu Private ...
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One Piece 'Dawn' Project Revealed as One Piece: World Seeker PS4 Game Launching in 2018

"Dramatic free world action adventure" game features Luffy as playable character ― The 2018 combined second and third issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the official title for the previously revealed One Piece "Code Name Dawn" video game is One Piece: World Seeker. The "dramatic free world action adventure" game will ship for the PlayStation 4 in 2018. The game wi...
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Kino's Journey - the Beautiful World- ‒ Episode 10

"This episode's climactic scene is a great encapsulation of the thematic and emotional complexity that I originally expected from Kino's Journey 2017 going in."
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My Monster Secret GN 6

My Monster Secret’s sixth volume maintains its madcap romcom appeal in spite of some predictably glacial pacing. Nick Creamer has the details. ― At last, it's time for action. As My Monster Secret's sixth volume opens, our hero Asahi reiterates his determination to actually confess to his vampiric classmate Shiragami. Having been spurred into action by the courage of his childhood friend Mikan, he's ...

My Hero Academia Gets Anime Film With Original Story in Summer 2018

Movie will show previously unrevealed past of certain character ― The 2018 combined second and third issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga is inspiring an anime film that will premiere in summer 2018. The film will feature an original story. The issue listed film's title as My Hero Academia The Movie. The Jump Festa 2018 event...
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Pretty Rhythm Shōjo Idol Franchise Launches Pretty All Friends Project

More details about latest in game/anime franchise in late January ― The official Twitter account for the PriPara anime franchise announced on Sunday that a new project in the franchise's magical girl skating predecessor, Pretty Rhythm, is launching under the title Pretty All Friends. The first part of the project is a newly drawn visual which debuted on the same day. The project will unveil more deta...
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Haruhi Suzumiya Light Novel Series Has 20 Million Copies in Print Worldwide

Kadokawa's Sneaker Bunko imprint is listing that Nagaru Tanigawa and Noizi Ito's Haruhi Suzumiya light novel franchise has more than 20 million copies in print worldwide. Kadokawa had announced in June 2014 that the light novel franchise had 18 million copies in print worldwide. Tanigawa and Ito published 11 novels for the series between 2003-2011. The Little, Brown Books for Young Readers imprint...
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Super Mario Run Tops Apple's List of Free iPhone Games in 2017

Game launched with free, paid versions in December 2016 ― Apple released its 2017 charts for the most popular apps, music, movies, TV shows, books, and podcasts on Thursday. Nintendo's Super Mario Run game topped Apple's list of free iPhone games in 2017. The game didn't rank on Apple's list of paid iPhone games. The game launched for iOS devices in December 2016 and for Android devices in March. A o...

Right Stuf: Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress Anime Film Goes Out of Print

NISA released film on BD in May 2014 ― North American retailer Right Stuf revealed on Friday that NIS America's release of the Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress anime film is going out of print soon. NISA had released the film on Blu-ray Disc in May 2014. The film is an adaptation of Kazuki Sakuraba's Fuse Gansaku: Satomi Hakkenden novel. In Kyokutei Bakin's classic Japanese epic novel Nansō Satomi Hakkend...
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Sengoku Night Blood Franchise Gets Stage Play Featuring Anime Cast

Ikkei Yamamoto, Yoshihiko Aramaki star in play debuting next August ― Marvelous, Kadokawa, and Otomate opened a website on Friday to announce that their Sengoku Night Blood smartphone game is getting a stage play adaptation. The play will debut in August 2018. The stage play stars: Ikkei Yamamoto as Maeda Toshiie Yoshihiko Aramaki as Uesugi Kagekatsu Both actors are reprising the roles from the game ...
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Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

4th anime season premieres on January 8 ― The official website for Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line, the Yowamushi Pedal anime series' fourth season, began streaming the show's second promotional video on Sunday. The video previews rock band Rhythmic Toy World's opening theme song "Boku no Koe" (My Voice). The video also reveals the show's January 8 premiere date. The series will air on TV Tokyo and TV Osa...

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Slow Start Anime's TV Ad Reveals January 6 Premiere

Sangatsu no Phantasia performs ending theme for slice-of-life series ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yuiko Tokumi's Slow Start manga began streaming a new 15-second and 30-second commercial on Saturday. (Note: The videos on the website are region-locked to Japan.) The ads reveal the show's January 6 premiere. The anime will air on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and BS11...
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Shadow of the Colossus PS4 Game Remake's Comparison Video Streamed

Physical special edition also revealed for game launching on ― Sony began streaming more videos on Saturday previewing the PlayStation 4 remake of the Shadow of the Colossus video game. The videos feature a comparison of the PS2, PS3, and PS4 versions of the game, and also preview the game running at 60 fps. Sony and PlayStation Underground also streamed a 14-minute gameplay video on Saturday. The re...

Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

Anly performs ending theme for series premiering on January 6 ― The official website for the Seven Deadly Sins anime franchise began streaming the second promotional video on Sunday for the new season, The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments (Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu). (Note: The above linked video is region-locked to Japan.) The video previews FLOW and GRANRODEO's collabora...
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Code Geass Gets 2 New Manga on Comic Newtype Site

Comedy spinoff launches on December 22, 2nd manga by Tomofumi Ogasawara launches in 2018 ― The January 2018 issue of Kadokawa's Newtype magazine revealed on Saturday that the Code Geass franchise will get two more new manga. The first manga is titled Katei Kyōshi no Lelouch-san (Lelouch the Home Tutor) by Urushidama, a comedy spinoff manga that casts Lelouch as a home tutor of C.C. The manga will lau...
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Market Research Reveals Idol, Vocaloid, Doujinshi Market Growth in 2016

Cosplay, adult game/videos, romance games, boys love market saw reductions ― Yano Research Institute released its report on the otaku marketplace for 2017 on Tuesday. The report indicated that the idol market, doujinshi, plastic model, pro wrestling, Vocaloid, and toy gun/airsoft market all grew from 2015 to 2016, and Yano Research projected all markets for growth in 2017. The idol market grew 20.6% ...
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Rozen Maiden Gothic Frills Inspire New Lingerie

The gothic lolita anime and manga franchise Rozen Maiden is the latest inspiration for new lingerie by SuperGroupies. The Peach Pit series is inspiring both Shinku and Suigintō lingerie sets. The Shinku set, like her namesake, is mostly crimson. Suigintō's set is black like her own outfit. Each lingerie set retails for 9,800 yen (US$87). Pre-orders are open until December 17 and orders are expecte...
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Those Who Hunt Elves 2 Manga Listed as Ending With 10th Volume

Manga reuniting main characters launched in 2013 ― Online retailers Amazon and Honya Club are listing the 10th compiled volume of Yu Yagami's Those Who Hunt Elves Two (Elf o Karu Mono-tachi 2) manga as the final volume. The book will ship on January 11. The story, which is not the same as that of the similarly named anime Those Who Hunt Elves 2, reunites elf Celsia Marie Claire with three travelers f...
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Animonozukuri Awards Will Return for 2nd Year

The Animonozukuri Awards, a newly minted event that honors strategically crafted business partnerships between otaku culture and merchandising, will return for a second year in May 2018. Last year's awards saw over 120 entries across multiple categories including animated commercials, campaigns featuring anime characters, and new original merchandise. Last year's winners included Suntory's campaig...
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Detective Conan Project Lets Fans Experience Crime Scene Investigation

A new Detective Conan project will let fans solve cases alongside their favorite manga and anime characters. The "Meitantei Conan Kagaku Sōsa-ten ~Shinjitsu e no Abduction~" (Detective Conan Scientific Crime Investigation: Abduction Toward the Truth) exhibition will run at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo from April 18 to July 8. The immersive experience will have th...
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GARO -Vanishing Line- ‒ Episode 10

"I'm shocked to report that not only is Luke's first solo outing good, it's one of GARO's best episodes yet."
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Yasuhiro Irie Aims to Launch New 'Halloween Pajama' Kickstarter in March for 90-Second Opening Video

Irie also plans 5-volume manga release for Kindle by end of year ― Anime director Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Scorching Ping Pong Girls, Code:Breaker) announced on the "Halloween Pajama in Seattle" Kickstarter campaign page on Friday that he plans to launch a new campaign in March for a 90-second opening sequence for the anime project. The goal for the new project would be 2 mill...
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Erwin Tops 3rd Attack on Titan Character Popularity Poll

The January 2018 issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine revealed the results of its third Attack on Titan character popularity poll on Saturday. The poll received a total of 6,624 votes. Levi received nearly double the number of votes as Erwin in the magazine's second popularity poll for the manga, which published its results in 2015. However, Erwin beat Levi by a large margin in this year's...
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Yuki Yuna is a Hero Season 2 ‒ Episode 10

"If last episode was one of the action highlights of this second season, then this episode represents one of its dramatic highlights."
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Dies Irae ‒ Episode 9

"Giant fighting skeletons are one of the very few points of enthusiasm that this series can offer at the moment."
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Kirara Fantasia Smartphone Game Launches Next Week (Updated)

The official website for Houbunsha's Kirara Fantasia smartphone game announced on Friday that the game will launch in Japan next week. The official Twitter account additionally stated on Saturday that the game will launch "approximately" on December 11. The "Manga Time Kirara meets Fantasy RPG" all-star game will feature characters from manga that run in the various Manga Time Kirara manga magazin...
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Series Finale: Recovery of an MMO Junkie ‒ Episode 10

This massively multiplayer online romance comes to a heartwarming conclusion, but there's still room for a bonus episode next week!
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Girls' Last Tour ‒ Episode 10

"As we approach the show's conclusion, our heroines have made a significant gain, but that also makes me suspicious of some impending loss on the horizon…"
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1st Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel Anime Film Gets 4D Screenings in Japan

The official website for Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower, the first film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy, revealed on Friday that 74 theaters in Japan will host 4DX and MX4D screenings of the film starting on February 3. The film's regular screenings in Japan will expand to 30 theaters beginning on December 16. Screenings will also extend to January. The f...
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Nekopara OVA Gets Theatrical Screenings in Japan on January 1

NEKO WORKs' official Twitter account announced on Friday that it will screen the NEKOPARA OVA three times at the Akihabara UDX Theater in Tokyo on January 1. The Comic Market (Comket) 93 catalog will reveal more information about the screening soon. NEKO WORKs announced on November 20 that the OVA was finished. The Kickstarter campaign for the OVA revealed on Monday that the physical goods for bac...
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Fate/Grand Order Gets 2 New Year's Eve Anime Shorts

Fate/school life 4-panel manga, Kinoko Nasu inspire shorts in TV special ― The "Fate/Grand Order Guest Talk Stage in Akihabara Festival 2017" event announced on Saturday that the Fate/Grand Order role-playing game app franchise will air two new anime shorts at the end of the year. They will air as part of the Fate Project Ōmisoka TV Special (Fate Project New Year's Eve TV Special) on December 31 from...
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Yo-kai Watch Shadowside Anime Film's New Trailer Previews Gegege no Kitarō Characters

4th film in franchise opens in Japan on December 16 ― The official website for Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu (Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: The Return of the Oni King), the fourth film in the Yo-kai Watch franchise, began streaming the film's new trailer on Friday. The end of the video previews the movie's Gegege no Kitaro characters. The franchise's official YouTube channel also streamed thr...
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Voice Actor Toru Ohkawa Goes on Hiatus to Treat Illness

Voice of Fullmetal Alchemist's Roy, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure's narrator, Killing Bites' Ichinosuke Okajima ― Takako Hasegawa, president of the talent agency Mausu Promotion, announced on Saturday that voice actor Toru Ohkawa is going on hiatus due to treatment for an unspecified illness. The agency will post again when it can announce the timeframe of Ohkawa's return to work. Ohkawa's many credits in...
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Mitsuboshi Colors Anime's Promo Video Reveals 5 More Cast Members

Hisako Tōjō, Kaori Nazuka, more join cast for series premiering on January 7 ― The official website for the television anime of Katsuwo's Mitsuboshi Colors manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Saturday. The official website also revealed new cast members: Atsushi Tamaru as Saitō Tesshō Genda as Old Man Kaori Nazuka as Sacchan's Mother Ayaka Asai as Nonoka Hisako Tōjō as Momoka T...
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Gundam Build Fighters Site Teases News With Promo Video

The official website for the Gundam Build Fighters franchise began streaming a new video on Thursday to tease a new project for the franchise. The video is region-locked to Japan, and it teases more news on February 2. Amazon Prime Video in Japan began streaming the fifth episode of the Gundam Build Fighters: Battlogue anime on Friday. The Gundam.info portal site also began streaming the episode w...
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Soul Calibur VI Game's PSX Trailer Previews Gameplay

Game arrives on PS4, Xbox One, PC in 2018 ― Sony showed a new trailer for Bandai Namco Entertainment's recently revealed Soul Calibur VI game during the PlayStation Experience 2017 event's opening celebrations livestream on Friday. The video features gameplay for a battle between Mitsurugi and Sophitia. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in 2018 in Japan and North Am...
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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Fighting Game's PSX Trailer Streamed

Crossover game launches in Japan, N. America in 2018 ― Sony began streaming a new trailer for Arc System Works' BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle crossover fighting game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC at the PlayStation Experience 2017 (PSX) opening celebrations event on Friday. BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is a crossover between Arc System Works' BlazBlue and Persona 4 Arena fighting games, French ...
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Monster Hunter: World Game's PSX Trailer Reveals Mega Man Collaboration

English PS4 beta for PS+ launches on Saturday, game launches on January 26 ― Sony streamed a new trailer for Capcom's Monster Hunter: World game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC at its PlayStation Experience 2017 (PSX) opening celebration event on Friday, which highlights some of the game's story. The end of the video reveals a collaboration with the Mega Man franchise. Japanese Version The ga...
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