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The Extraordinary, the Ordinary, and SOAP! Novels 1 & 2

This light novel series changes up the formula by focusing on a regular fantasy world denizen and a summoned hero who is NOT interested in saving the world. ― It's a truth that most iterations of the isekai genre focus on the summoned heroes. Equally true is that they're usually relatively okay with having been summoned – and if they're not, they still manage to find their niche somehow or at least t...
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Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams GN

Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams is the sort of bizarre story that only someone who has mastered his craft could really pull off, and it's a definite credit to Urasawa that he did ― Naoki Urasawa is only consistent in that all of his stories are good in both art and story – the settings of those stories, as well as their genres, vary widely across his bibliography. Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams is the s...
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Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege

Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege series, the first in a promised trio of shows by Japanese animation studio Polygon Pictures, seeks to be the latest take on the war that brought the transforming alien bots to Earth. ― Once just a background element to the story of the Transformers winding up on Earth, the run-up of the war for their home planet of Cybertron has been gone back to and det...
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This Week in Games - Back to Schools

It's fighting games and swimsuits as Street Fighter lays out its future plans. Also who asked for more Pikmin? ― Hey all! It's TWIG time again. Are you folks playing anything interesting? Right now, I've been sucked into gacha hell thanks to the Fate/Grand Order summer event. FGO always goes all-out with making its seasonal events exceptionally goofy, and this year's has been a lot of fun so far, wit...
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The Extraordinary, the Ordinary, and SOAP! Novels 1 & 2

This light novel series changes up the formula by focusing on a regular fantasy world denizen and a summoned hero who is NOT interested in saving the world. ― It's a truth that most iterations of the isekai genre focus on the summoned heroes. Equally true is that they're usually relatively okay with having been summoned – and if they're not, they still manage to find their niche somehow or at least t...

Street Fighter Game Producer Yoshinori Ono Leaves Capcom This Summer

Ono steps down after 26 years with Capcom on Monster Hunter, Onimusha, more ― Street Fighter series executive producer Yoshinori Ono announced on Sunday that he is leaving Capcom this summer. He is resigning as brand manager for Street Fighter as well as other titles. However, he assured fans that the remaining Capcom staff will maintain the franchise's legacy and that he himself looks forward to its...
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Killing Bites Manga Gets Spinoff on August 21

Spinoff by original manga artist Kazasa Sumita to center on character Inaba Killing Bites manga artist Kazasa Sumita announced on Twitter on Friday that they will launch a spinoff of the manga on Hero's Inc.'s "Wild Hero's" website on August 21. The manga is titled Hoshigarisugi Desho!? Inaba-san (Desire Overload, Right Inaba!?). Sumita launched the Killing Bites manga with storywriter Shinya Murat...
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Crunchyroll Adds Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu Manga

Manga available to subscribers worldwide, except in Japan ― Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that the company's Crunchyroll Manga platform has added the Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu manga to its catalog. The manga will be available to subscribers worldwide, except in Japan. The first chapter of the manga is currently available for free. Crunchyroll describes the semi-autobiographical manga: Hell-...
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Masami Kurumada's Otoko-Zaka Manga Enters Final Arc

"Honjin Shitō-hen" arc ended on Saturday ― Manga creator Masami Kurumada ended the "Honjin Shitō-hen" arc of his Otoko-Zaka manga on the Shonen Jump+ app and website with its sixth chapter on Saturday. The final page of the chapter revealed that the next arc of the manga will be the manga's final arc. The arc will be titled "Shōwa Sekigahara-hen." Otoko-Zaka's initial eight-chapter revival began in S...
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Viz VP States Company Has Done 'Extraordinarily Well' During COVID-19

Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga series has been leading sales ― The Vice President Publishing Sales at Viz Media, Kevin Hamric, stated in an interview with ICv2 published on Friday that Viz Media has been doing "extraordinarily well" during the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Hamric did not give any sales figures, but said that sales were "beyond expectations." Hamric noted that...
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My Hero Academia Ranks at #4 on U.S. Monthly BookScan July List

12 manga volumes including Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Berserk, Uzumaki, Haikyu!! rank on top 20 ― Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 ranked at #4 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for July. This month's list featured 12 manga volumes, including: #4 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 #5 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 24 #7 — Kentarou Miura's Berse...

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Granblue Fantasy Game's Guraburu! Comedy Anime Spinoff Unveils Studio, October TV Debut

DMM.futureworks produces anime of Kikuhitomoji's 4-panel manga ― The "Guraburu Live Broadcast: It's Hot! Guraburu Summer!" special announced the production studio and the October television premiere for the anime of the Granblue Fantasy franchise's official four-panel gag comedy manga Guraburu! on Saturday. DMM.futureworks (BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! Pico, Umayon) is producing the anime. The artis...
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Live-Action O Maidens in Your Savage Season Show Reveals Main Male Cast

Ōshirō Maeda, Mizuki Inoue, more join cast for series premiering on September 8 ― The staff of the live-action series of Mari Okada and Nao Emoto's O Maidens in Your Savage Season (Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo) manga revealed the show's main male cast on Saturday. The new cast includes: Ōshirō Maeda (top row left in image above) as Shun Amagiri, who is in the same class as Rika Mizuki Inoue (top ...
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Child of Kamiari Month Anime Film's 1st Trailer Streamed

Film opens in Japan in 2021 after delay ― The official YouTube channel for Cretica Universal's Child of Kamiari Month (Kamiari no Kodomo) anime film project began streaming the film's 60-second trailer on Saturday. The anime film will open in 2021, delayed from its original 2020 opening date. Aju Makita (live-action Shino-chan wa Jibun no Namae ga Ienai's Kayo) voices the protagonist Kanna, who loses...
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Live-Action Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Film Screens at Virtually at Fantasia Int'l Film Fest

Festival also streams live-action Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler film ― Montreal's 24th Fantasia International Film Festival announced on Thursday that it will screen the live-action film adaptation of Fujita's Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku manga. The film will have its North American debut at the virtual film festival, which will stream from August 20 to September 2. The Fantasia International Fil...

NHK: act-age Story Writer Tatsuya Matsuki Arrested on Suspicion of Committing Indecent Act with Minor (Updated)

Middle school student alleges Matsuki touched her inappropriately while walking in Nakano ward of Tokyo ― NHK reported on Saturday that act-age story creator Tatsuya Matsuki (29) was arrested on suspicion of committing an indecent act with a female middle school student. NHK reported that according to police, the girl was walking in the Nakano ward of Tokyo on June 18 at 8:00 p.m. when the suspect ap...
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Atelier Mimina's Giraffe and Annika Indie Adventure Game Launches for Xbox One on August 27

― The Microsoft Store and the official YouTube channel for Japanese indie developer Atelier Mimina's Giraffe and Annika 3D adventure game revealed on Wednesday that Playism will launch the game for Xbox One on August 27. The game will launch for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in North America on August 25, Europe on August 28, and Oceania on September 4. The game is getting a digital release and ...
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Death Come True Game Launches on PS4 on October 15

― The official Twitter account for the the Death Come True game revealed on Friday that the game will launch on PlayStation 4 on October 15. Early editions of the physical version will include a Blu-ray Disc with bonus footage. The game launched on June 25 for the Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android. The game supports subtitles in 10 languages, including: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chi...
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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Game's 'Doomsday' Trailer Streamed

Vanillaware game launches on PS4 in West on September 22 ― Atlus began streaming a new "Doomsday" trailer for Vanillaware's 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim PlayStation 4 game on Friday. The game will launch in the West on September 22, delayed from September 8. The game will launch with a free patch at launch to add English audio. In addition to Japanese and English audio, the game will feature subtitles in ...

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By the Grace of the Gods Anime Unveils More Cast, Theme Song Artists

Yūki Hirose, Yūki Takada, Yui Fukuo, Tetsu Inada, YouTuber MindaRyn join fall anime ― The official website for the anime of author Roy and illustrator Ririnra's By the Grace of the Gods (Kami-tachi ni Hirowareta Otoko) light novel series posted more cast members, the theme songs' artists, and the second key visual on Saturday. The newly announced cast members are: Yūki Hirose as Welanna, Miya's forme...
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Sae Okamoto's 'Shiro, the Giant, and the Castle of Ice' Anime Shorts Launch After COVID-19 Delay

1st episode by Mecha-Ude director now streaming with Lien's music video ― TriF Studio has announced that the first episode of Sae Okamoto's Shiro, the Giant, and the Castle of Ice (Kyoshin to Hyōka no Shiro) anime debuted on NCC Nagasaki Cultural Broadcasting's YouTube channel on Saturday. The music video for Lien's theme song also debuted on YouTube: The first episode of Shiro, the Giant, and the Ca...
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Virtual Crunchyroll Expo Event Features The God of High School Series Creator Yongje Park, Director Masahiko Komino, More

Also: voice actor Soma Saito, director Yoshikatsu Kimura, light novel artist Tsukasa Kiryu ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that the virtual version of its Crunchyroll Expo convention on September 4-6 will feature the following guests: Yongje Park, The God of High School series creator Masahiko Komino, Gibiate anime's director and character designer Soma Saito, voice actor of Tadashi Yamaguchi in ...
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HIDIVE to Stream Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time Anime's English Dub

HIDIVE also streams The Pet Girl of Sakurasou anime's English dub ― HIDIVE announced on Friday that it will begin streaming the English dubcast of the television anime of Daisuke Hiyama's Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time (Peter Grill to Kenja no Jikan) manga on August 14 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The first four dubbed episodes will premiere on that day. HIDIVE also announced that it will begin streamin...
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Sawako Hata Narrates 5th Tenchi Muyo! OVA Season's Promo Video

3rd episode of 5th season ships for home video on August 28 ― The official YouTube channel for the fifth season of the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki original video anime (OVA) series began streaming an updated promotional video for the anime on Friday. Sawako Hata (Bang Dream!) narrates the video as her character Apuesta da Rumah. The third episode will have a tropical island setting. The third episode will ...
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Voice Actors Participate in Super Taikyu Racing Event

Shinichiro Miki, Daisuke Namikawa, Kaito Ishikawa, Tasuku Hatanaka participate ― Voice actors Shinichiro Miki, Daisuke Namikawa, Kaito Ishikawa, and Tasuku Hatanaka joined anime sound director Masafumi Mima at the Ebisu Super Taikyu Race event at the Ebisu Circuit last Saturday. The five men are part of the Voice Actors Racing Team (VART) project, which was formed in November 2019. The 12-hour race w...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax ‒ Episode 5

This episode is all about laying out the problem our heroes face and the personal stakes involved should they fail to overcome it.
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Jump Force Game Adds Hunter x Hunter's Meruem

DLC includes characters from My Hero Academia, Hunter x Hunter, Yū Yū Hakusho, Bleach, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Friday that Meruem from Hunter x Hunter will be a playable DLC character in the Jump Force crossover fighting game. Meruem will be part of the game's Character Pass 2. IMG IMG jump-force-meruem-2.png IMG jump-force-meruem-3.png IMG jump-forc...
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Crunchyroll, Funimation Add Sword Art Online: Alicization Anime's English Dub

Both services stream anime's 1st 24 episodes on Friday ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will begin streaming the first 24 English-dubbed episodes of the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime on Friday at 5:00 p.m. EDT in North America, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., and Ireland. Funimation also announced that it has begun streaming episodes 13-24 of the anime...
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Appare-Ranman! ‒ Episode 6

Now after five episodes of build up it's finally time for the rip-roaring spectacle of the Trans-America race to speed past the starting line!
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Doujinshi Convention Comitia Announces Crowdfunding Campaign After Canceling September Event

Event for original doujinshi was originally scheduled for September 21 ― The doujinshi convention Comitia announced on Tuesday that it has canceled its upcoming COMITIA133 event, which was scheduled for September 21, due to COVID-19. The official website stated that although Japan was originally supposed to loosen restrictions on large gatherings of up to 5,000 people on August 1, the government deci...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate ‒ Episode 6

This show has prided itself on chefs with very, very specific specialties, but I categorically refuse to buy that Sarge can make “a fluffy and delicate” meringue with a chainsaw.
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Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams GN

Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams is the sort of bizarre story that only someone who has mastered his craft could really pull off, and it's a definite credit to Urasawa that he did ― Naoki Urasawa is only consistent in that all of his stories are good in both art and story – the settings of those stories, as well as their genres, vary widely across his bibliography. Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams is the s...
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The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED ‒ Episode 4

This episode brings something that's felt a longer time coming than it's actually been: a comeuppance for Daisuke.
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Practice Your Breathing Techniques With Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Sword Toy

If you've ever thought about role-playing as one of the Demon Slayers from Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, then Bandai is releasing a toy just for you. The "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba DX Nichirintō" toy is a recreation of the Nichirin Blades from the series. There are two different types of blades that you can attach to the hilt in order to recreate the Water Breathing Technique or Sun Breathi...

Toei, Kodansha, Other Anime Firms Launch YouTube Initiative With Overseas Plans

Anilog streams Black Jack, Future Boy Conan on launch in Japan ― The Variety entertainment trade magazine reported on Friday that Toei Animation, Kodansha, and other anime content providers are collaborating to start a YouTube channel named Animelog, or Anilog. The channel is currently available in Japan, but the staff also intends to provide subtitled content in English and Chinese for overseas fans...
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Sushi Sumo Picture Book Gets TV Anime Next April

Masako An's comedy about sushi entrees competing in sumo ring ― A television anime of Masako An's Dosukoi Sushi-Zumo (Sushi Sumo) picture book will premiere on tvk and other channels next April. The franchise's YouTube channel is streaming the anime's opening sequence: The comedy follows various sushi entrees as they enter the sumo wrestling ring. The cast includes: Miyuki Ōshima (Morisanchū comedy t...
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Talentless Nana Anime Announces 16 More Cast Members

Mai Nakahara, Toshiki Masuda, Takuya Nakashima, Atsushi Kousaka, Koji Yusa join fall anime ― The official website for the television anime of Looseboy and Iori Furuya's Talentless Nana (Munō na Nana) manga announced 16 more cast members for Nana's classmates and school staff on Friday. Mai Nakahara as Michiru Inukai Toshiki Masuda as Yōhei Shibusawa Takuya Nakashima as Moguo Iijima Yūki Inoue as "Mog...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, July 27-August 2

Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Maxiboost ON debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: July 27-August 2 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Maxiboost ON Bandai Namco Entertainment July 30 123,147 123,147 2NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20 56,730 5,337,128 3NSwRing Fit Adventure Nintendo October 18, 2019 37,217 1,242,596 4...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, July 27-August 2

A Silent Voice earns 9.6% rating, Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Treasure Island earns 3.0% rating ― Kyoto Animation and Naoko Yamada's A Silent Voice anime film aired on NHK on Friday, July 31 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned a 9.6% rating. The Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Treasure Island anime film aired on TV Asahi on Sunday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m., and it earned a 3.0% rating. Title Station Date Time Le...
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I'm Standing on a Million Lives Anime's 2nd Video Unveils More Cast, Ending Song Artist, October 2 Debut

Chiwa Saito, Shanghai cosplayer Liyuu join isekai anime ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Naoki Yamakawa and Akinari Nao's I'm Standing on a Million Lives (100-Man no Inochi no Ue ni Ore wa Tatteiru) manga posted the anime's second promotional video and a new key visual on Friday. The video announced a new cast member, the ending theme song artist, and the anime's October 2 p...
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Ōke no Monshō Manga Goes on Hiatus

― The September issue of Akita Shoten's Princess magazine revealed on Thursday that Chieko Hosokawa's Ōke no Monshō (Crest of the Royal Family) shōjo manga is going on hiatus due to "circumstances," but will return in the magazine's January 2021 issue in December. The original manga's story centers around Carol, an archaeology student on a study trip in Egypt. When an excavation team unearths the to...
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Tomodachi Game Manga Heads Toward Final Arc

Yuki Sato debuted manga in December 2013 ― The September issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine revealed on Friday that Yuki Sato's Tomodachi Game (Friends Games) manga is entering its final arc. The story, based on Mikoto Yamaguchi's original concept, centers on Yūichi Katagiri, a young man with a perfect student life who has four friends with difficult lives. His peaceful daily life comes to ...
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Sega Group Managing Director Kenji Matsubara Steps Down

― Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. announced on July 31 that Sega Group Corporation managing director Kenji Matsubara has resigned due to personal reasons. Matsubara joined Sega in 2014, and rose to managing director in 2017. Prior to his employment at Sega, he was also the representative director of game company Koei Tecmo Holdings for nine years. Sources: Sega, GameSpark (Mr. Katoh) via Otakomu, gamesindu...
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PS4 Console Sells 112.3 Million Units Worldwide

― Sony revealed on Tuesday in its financial results presentation for the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 that it shipped 1.9 million PlayStation 4 units during the quarter ending on June 30, bringing the console's worldwide total to 112.3 million units. The 1.9 million units shipped is down from 3.2 million units shipped during the same period of the previous fiscal year. Sony shipped a total of 1...
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Trinity Seven Spinoff's Yōichi Nishio Launches Isekai Yurutto Survival Seikatsu Manga

Manga based on Ayano, Waon Inu's light novel centers on classmates transported to another world ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine revealed on Friday that Yōichi Nishio will launch a manga adaptation of Ayano's Isekai Yurutto Survival Seikatsu light novel in the magazine's next issue on September 9. The novel centers on Hokage Shinomiya, a high schooler who dreams of livi...
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Crows Explode Manga Enters 'Last Station'

Tatsuya Kanda's manga adaptation of live-action film launched in 2017 ― The September issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Thursday that Tatsuya Kanda's manga adaptation of the Crows Explode live-action film is entering its "last station." The manga adapts Toshiaki Toyoda's 2014 live-action film of the same name, which itself is based on Hiroshi Takahashi's Crows manga...
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Tokyo Tarareba Girls Live-Action TV Special Reveals More Cast, October Premiere

Kentaro Sakaguchi, Ryohei Suzuki, Kei Tanaka, Yuta Hiraoka, Ryo Kato, A-chan reprise roles ― The official website for the new live-action television special for Akiko Higashimura's Tokyo Tarareba Girls (Tokyo Tarareba Musume) manga revealed additional cast members and the October premiere date for the special on Friday. The additional cast members, who are all reprising their roles from the earlier l...
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Broccoli's Jack Jeanne Switch Game's Promo Video Previews World

Game collaboration with Sui Ishida launches in Japan on December 3 ― The official YouTube channel of Broccoli's Jack Jeanne collaboration game project with Tokyo Ghoul manga creator Sui Ishida began streaming a "World Guide" promotional video on Wednesday. The game will launch in Japan on December 3, delayed from its original August 5 release due to "various circumstances with production." The staff ...
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Street Fighter V Game Adds Dan, Rose, Oro, Akira as DLC Characters

SFV: Champion Edition's summer update teases new characters ― The official YouTube channel for PlayStation began streaming a summer update video for Capcom's Street Fighter V: Champion Edition game, and the video reveals that Capcom is adding Dan Hibiki, Rose, Oro, and Akira Kazama from the Rival Schools series as DLC characters for the game's fifth season. Dan will join the roster this winter. The c...

Inuyasha Spinoff Anime Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon's 1st Trailer Reveals Cast, October 3 Debut

Sara Matsumoto, Mikako Komatsu, Azusa Tadokoro play descendants of Sesshomaru, Inuyasha, Kagome ― Viz Media unveiled the first full trailer, a new visual, and the three main cast members for the Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (Hanyō no Yashahime) anime spinoff of Rumiko Takahashi's Inuyasha series on Thursday. The anime's official website and Japanese version of the trailer also revealed the anime's ...
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Golden Bomber Band's Bassist Jun Utahiroba Tests Positive for COVID-19

Band's 3 other members, manager test negative for new coronavirus disease ― The Golden Bomber band's 34-year-old bassist Jun Utahiroba announced on Thursday that he had received the positive test results for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Thursday. He reported a fever of 37.5 °C (99.5 °F) on Tuesday, which led to his cancellation of scheduled work and a PCR test for the virus on Wednesday....
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Netflix Posts Trailer for Aggretsuko Season 3 Anime

Season debuts on August 27 ― Netflix began streaming a trailer for the third season for the Aggretsuko anime on Thursday. The anime will debut on Netflix on August 27. English-subtitled version: English-dubbed version: Retsuko is a 25-year old red panda who works in her dream company's accounting department. But it turns out that she is forced to keep doing more and more impossible tasks by her super...
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Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Inspires Negligee, Tights

Sakura Matoi and Saber Alter from the Fate/stay Night: Heaven's Feel movies are inspiring negligees and legwear items. The outfits recreate their appearances in the anime very closely. Sakura's legwear item is tights that recreate the red streaks on her legs, while Saber Alter gets knee-high socks fashioned like leg armor. The items are available for pre-order in Japan through Bandai's online appa...
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The Vision of Escaflowne ‒ Episode 17-18

In some ways, this marks the deterioration of the series as a whole. Not that episode 17 is all that bad – it continues to use the theme of war and the guilt it brings forth in its survivors.

Discotek Licenses New Getter Robo OVA, Isuca Anime, Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure Special

Discotek to also release 1st Symphogear anime, Cleopatra anime film on BD on October 27 ― Discotek announced on Thursday that it has licensed the New Getter Robo original video anime (OVA), Isuca anime, and Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure anime special. The company will release all three on Blu-ray Disc on October 27. Discotek also revealed details of two other previously announced anime...
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Deca-Dence ‒ Episode 5

. Going into this episode I was dreading the strong possibility that Kurenai, as well as others all the way up to Natsume, could be killed off.
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Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- ‒ Episode 5

This idea that maybe everyone would be better off if Emilia gives up and lets Subaru do everything underscores the entire episode.
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Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege

Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege series, the first in a promised trio of shows by Japanese animation studio Polygon Pictures, seeks to be the latest take on the war that brought the transforming alien bots to Earth. ― Once just a background element to the story of the Transformers winding up on Earth, the run-up of the war for their home planet of Cybertron has been gone back to and det...
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Sentai Filmworks Acquires Digital Rights to Demon City Shinjuku Anime (Updated)

Ninja Scroll's Yoshiaki Kawajiri directed OVA of novel by Vampire Hunter D's Hideyuki Kikuchi ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday that it has acquired the digital rights to the Demon City Shinjuku anime. Sentai will release the anime, including the original English dub, in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The film will be available on "select digital outlets." Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scr...
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This Week in Games - Back to Schools

It's fighting games and swimsuits as Street Fighter lays out its future plans. Also who asked for more Pikmin? ― Hey all! It's TWIG time again. Are you folks playing anything interesting? Right now, I've been sucked into gacha hell thanks to the Fate/Grand Order summer event. FGO always goes all-out with making its seasonal events exceptionally goofy, and this year's has been a lot of fun so far, wit...
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The Twelve Kingdoms ‒ Episode 17-18

Seeing the typical selection process (read: no world-hopping or inter-kingdom sabotage to muck things up) is rather interesting.
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hololive Virtual YouTuber Mio Ookami Takes 1-Month Livestreaming Hiatus After Capcom Copyright Strike

Agency issued apology last week for copyright violations, signed streaming deal with Nintendo ― hololive Virtual YouTuber Mio Ookami announced on her Twitter account on Wednesday that she will be taking a 1-month hiatus from livestreaming activities. Her full statement is translated as follows: I deeply apologize to the fans and those I work with regarding the copyright issues surrounding my past You...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 137

Black Clover digs deep back into its history for a guest appearance, while also continuing with content focused on one or another of the Black Bulls.
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Peach Boy Riverside Manga of Reimagined Folk Tale Gets TV Anime Next July

Haruka Shiraishi, Nao Toyama star in expansion of Japanese fairy tale Momotarō ― A website opened on Friday to announce that a television anime of Coolkyoushinja and Johanne's Peach Boy Riverside manga will premiere next July. The manga recounts the story of another "peach" beyond the well-known Momotarō the Peach Boy of Japanese folklore. Once upon a time, there was an old man and an old woman in a ...
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Kill la Kill ‒ Episodes 19-20

The moment-to-moment speed at which Kill la Kill's plot unfolds means that a timeskip of a mere month still feels like a world-changing eternity.
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Char Aznable Voice Actor Shūichi Ikeda Drops Out From Gundam Information Program Due to Health Problems

Program scheduled to air on BS11 on Friday ― Television broadcaster BS11 announced on Monday that Char Aznable voice actor Shūichi Ikeda has dropped out of the "Gundam/Gunpla Latest Information Corner" program due to health problems. Amuro Ray voice actor Toru Furuya will replace him in the program. The program, which is scheduled to air on Friday, commemorates Gunpla's 40th anniversary. For three we...
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Tekken 7 Game Reveals Season Pass 4

Announcement trailer reveals balance updates, new moves for all characters, Tekken Prowess ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Friday that its Tekken 7 game is getting a fourth Season Pass. The company is streaming an announcement trailer: The fourth Season Pass will include battle balance updates, new moves for all characters, Tekken Prowess, and online play enhancements. Tekken 7 laun...
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High Schooler Performs Theme for Live-Action O Maidens in Your Savage Season Show

Show premieres on September 8 ― The staff of the live-action series of Mari Okada and Nao Emoto's O Maidens in Your Savage Season (Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo) manga revealed on Tuesday that 17-year-old high schooler Saki Misaka will perform the film's theme song "Tomo yo Koi yo" (Friend Love). This will be Misaka's first time singing a theme song for a serialized drama. The show's opening seque...
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Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS Manga Approaches Climax

Author had teased in January that manga's "end was in sight" ― This year's combined 36th and 37th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine revealed on Thursday that Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS manga was "right before its climax." Itagaki launched the manga in Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine in September 2016. Akita Shoten published the manga's 20th volume on Thursday. Itagaki had teased in...
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Live-Action Mairu no Vich Series Delayed to Early 2021 Due to COVID-19

8-episode series based on Zakuri Satō's manga was originally slated for fall ― The staff for the live-action series adaptation of Zakuri Satō's Mairu no Vich manga announced on Wednesday that the series has been delayed to an early 2021 premiere due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The series was previously slated to premiere this fall. The romance manga centers on Mairu Kino...
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Coolkyoushinja, Amahara's Heion Sedai no idaten-tachi Manga Listed with TV Anime

Manga about gods living in 800 years of peace debuted in 2018 ― Amazon Japan is currently listing the cover of this year's 16th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine, which lists that Coolkyoushinja and Amahara's Heion Sedai no idaten-tachi (Idaten Deities in the Peaceful Generation) manga is getting a television anime project. The issue will officially ship on August 12. Coolkyoushinja launche...
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Umibe no Étranger Boys-Love Anime Film Reveals Trailer, Main Visual

Film opens in Japan on September 11 ― The official website for the anime film of Kanna Kii's Umibe no Étranger (L'étranger du Plage or The Stranger on the Beach) manga began streaming the film's trailer on Thursday. The site also revealed the film's main visual. The story centers on Mio, a high school boy who lost his parents at an early age. Shun, a gay aspiring novelist living near Mio's house on a...
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Hiroya Oku's GIGANT Manga Enters Last Arc

Inuyashiki author launched manga in 2017 ― Manga creator Hiroya Oku posted on his Twitter account on Tuesday that his GIGANT manga is entering its final arc. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga, and it describes the story: Rei Yokoyamada, a high schooler whose father works for a film production company, is inspired to create his own short film with his friends. One day, while out to find acto...
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Kyōfu Shinbun Live-Action Series Reveals More Cast

New adaptation of Jirō Tsunoda's horror manga premieres on August 29 ― The official website for the new live-action series adaptation of Jirō Tsunoda's Kyōfu Shinbun (Newspaper of Terror) manga revealed additional cast members for the series on Wednesday. TV Tokyo announced the production of the series on July 21. The new cast members include: Taiki Sato (seen above) as Yūsuke Matsuda, Shizuru's boyf...

Nintendo Switch Sells 61.44 Million Units, Animal Crossing Sells 22.4 Million Copies

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition sells 1.32 million copies ― Nintendo revealed its first quarter earnings statement on Friday for the three months that ended on June 30. Nintendo sold 5.68 million Switch units in the quarter, an increase of 166.6% compared to the same quarter in 2019. The company has sold a total of 61.44 million Switch units worldwide. Nintendo also sold 50.43 million softwar...
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Sentai Filmworks Unveils The Demon Girl Next Door Anime's English Dub Cast

Video clip previews dub starring Monica Rial, Genevieve Simmons ― Sentai Filmworks unveiled the English dub cast for the television anime of Izumo Ito's The Demon Girl Next Door (Machikado Mazoku) manga on Wednesday. The company's Facebook page is streaming an English dub video clip. The cast includes: Monica Rial as Shamiko Genevieve Simmons as Momo Emily Neves as Lilith Christina Kelly as Mikan She...
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KLab Partners with Electronic Arts on New Mobile Title

New title to feature "leading IP from EA" ― Japanese game developer KLab Inc. announced on Thursday that it is partnering with American-based entertainment company Electronic Arts (EA) to develop an online mobile title. KLab plans to develop and operate the game, which will be "with a leading IP from EA." KLab is known for games such as Love Live! School Idol Festival, Bleach: Brave Souls, and Captai...
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Live-Action Way of the Househusband Show Casts Jun Shison as Masa

Hiroshi Tamaki, Haruna Kawaguchi star in fall series about yakuza-turned-house husband ― The official website for the live-action series of Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga announced on Thursday that Jun Shison (Yukiatsu in live-action anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day special) will play Masa, an underling in the protagonist Tatsu's former gang. As previously announced...
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Jigokudo Reikai Tsushin Manga's 2nd Season Starts on October 7

Manga adapts novels by Elegant Yokai Apartment Life author Hinowa Kōzuki ― The September issue of Kodansha's good! Afternoon magazine revealed on Thursday that the "second season" of Hinowa Kōzuki and Mimori's Jigokudō Reikai Tsūshin (Jigokudō Spiritual World Communication) manga will launch in the magazine's November issue on October 7. The manga entered the final arc of its "first season" in May 20...
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Attack on Titan Gets Children's Book With Armin as Detective

Book shipped on Wednesday ― Kodansha released a new children's book for the Attack on Titan franchise on Wednesday titled Shingeki Tantei Armin: Nyūdan Shiken o Toppa seyo! (Attack Detective Armin: Pass the Regimental Entrance Exam!). The book features Armin, Mikasa, and Eren solving mysteries while they defeat titans. Armin has always dreamed of solving mysteries with his childhood friends. All thre...
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Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy PS4, Switch Game Ships on December 3

Steam version also debuts in January 2021 ― The official website for Gust's Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy game revealed on Thursday that the game will ship for the PlayStation 4 and Switch in Japan on December 3, and will debut on PC via Steam in January 2021. The sequel is set three years after Koei Tecmo Games' Gust brand's Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout (Ryza no...
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Naked Ape's Samurai ga Tensei Shitara Idol ni Natta Hanashi Manga Ends in September

Manga about samurai reincarnated into modern day as idol group member launched in April 2019 ― The September issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Princess magazine revealed on Thursday that manga creator duo naked ape's Samurai ga Tensei Shitara Idol ni Natta Hanashi (The Story of How a Samurai Was Reincarnated and Became an Idol) manga will end in the magazine's next issue in September. The manga centers...
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Anime Weekend Atlanta Canceled, Online Event Planned

― The official website for the Anime Weekend Atlanta convention announced on Tuesday that this year's convention is canceled. The convention staff will instead plan an online Halloween weekend event this year, which will also highlight artists. The convention will next hold a physical event on October 28-31, 2021, with confirmed plans for conventions in 2022 and 2023. All those who have already regi...
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Degica Games, MAGES. Reveal Ogre Tale Sidescrolling Game

Game debuts on Steam on August 20, with plans for release on PS4, Xbox One, Switch ― Degica Games announced that it is collaborating with developer MAGES. to produce the Ogre Tale side-scrolling beat-em-up game. The game will launch on PC via Steam on August 20, and it is also planned for release at a later date on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch. MAGES. is developing the game, and Degica Games i...
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Polygon Pictures' Star Wars: Resistance Series Nominated for Emmy for 2nd Year

Series nominated for Outstanding Children's Program award ― The staff of the Primetime Emmy Awards revealed on July 28 that they have nominated Polygon Pictures and Lucasfilms' Star Wars: Resistance animated series for the Outstanding Children's Program award. The other nominees are Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest. The...
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Production I.G's Shika no Ō Anime Film Delayed to 2021

Film based on Nahoko Uehashi's novels was slated to open on September 18 ― Toho announced on Thursday that it has delayed the opening date for the anime film of Nahoko Uehashi's Shika no Ō (The Deer King) medical fantasy novel series to 2021. Toei did not cite a reason for the delay. The film was previously slated to open on September 18. Masashi Ando (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, your name. cha...
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NIS America Releases Saviors of Sapphire Wings RPG on Switch, PC in 2021

Stranger of Sword City Revisited game bundled as bonus ― NIS America announced on Wednesday that it will release Experience's Saviors of Sapphire Wings (Aoki Tsubasa no Chevalier) game for the Nintendo Switch and PC in 2021. The company is also bundling the Stranger of Sword City Revisited game with Saviors of Sapphire Wings as a bonus. NIS America describes the game: An epic battle of light and dark...
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Pikmin 3 Deluxe Game Heads to Switch on October 30

Trailer streamed for Switch version of 2013 Wii U game ― Nintendo announced through a trailer on Wednesday that it will release its Pikmin 3 game on the Nintendo Switch as Pikmin 3 Deluxe on October 30: The Switch version will include multiple difficulty modes, new side-story missions featuring Olimar and Louie, and all previous DLC from the Wii U version. The Pikmin series of strategy games allows p...

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'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate' Delayed on PC in the West by 1-3 Weeks

Switch/PS4 versions debuts in Europe on August 7, in N. America on August 11 ― PQube announced on Wednesday that it is delaying the PC release of 5pb.'s Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate game via Steam in the West by one to three weeks because of "some development issues." The PC version was scheduled to launch on August 7. The game will still launch for the Nintendo ...
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Beastars Anime's 2nd Season Premieres in January 2021

Season 1 premiered in October 2019 ― The wraparound jacket band on Paru Itagaki's 20th BEASTARS manga volume revealed on Thursday that the second season of the manga's anime adaptation will premiere in January 2021. The anime will again air in Japan on Fuji TV's [+Ultra] programming block. The anime's second season casts Taiten Kusunoki as Ibuki and Subaru Kimura as Free. Viz Media is releasing the m...
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Sword Art Online to Hold Virtual Reality Event

Anime's Rath console to be replicated at August 10, 12, 15 events ― The story of Sword Art Online has always focused on virtual reality, and now in this era of social distancing, the franchise will hold a series of events through virtual reality on August 10, 12, and 15. The events will be held on the VR social media service "Cluster" and can be accessed via VR headset, smartphone, or computer. Vario...
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Live-Action Promised Neverland Film Reveals 1st Teaser & Poster

Minami Hamabe, Jyo Kairi, Rihito Itagaki star in December 18 film ― TOHO began streaming the first teaser trailer for the live-action film of Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland manga on Thursday. The staff of the film revealed a new teaser poster: The film will open on December 18. 19-year-old actress Minami Hamabe (live-action anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day special's Menma, ...
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Gundam Offers Video Message of Hope to the World

When I find myself in times of trouble, RX-78-2 comes to me... ― The Gundam series released a special video on the GundamInfo YouTube channel on Wednesday, expressing a message of hope in humanity's ability to come together during difficult times. The video's audio is in Japanese, and there are subtitles in English, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese. The video features characters from various Gundam anim...
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Japan Sinks: 2020 ‒ Episode 5

We find out more about the Shan City "community" and how it has managed to grasp the hearts of vulnerable people during a time of crisis. There's also sex, drugs, house music, and murder.
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Tadashi Sudo: Does Japanese Animation Suffer From the Galápagos Syndrome?

Animation industry journalist and analyst Tadashi Sudo wrote an article published by ITMedia on Monday regarding the problems that potentially face the Japanese anime industry in the face of globalization. The central question behind the article was "Does Japanese animation suffer from the Galápagos Syndrome?" The Galápagos Syndrome is a term of Japanese origin which refers to products created in ...
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Wolf's Rain ‒ Episodes 23-24

Thankfully, my prediction about the fruits of Cher and Blue's pairing won out, because the stuff we get with these two is the best traditional storytelling that Wolf’s Rain has done in ages.
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Tiger & Bunny ‒ SERIES FINALE

If a handbook for comic book masterminds existed, rule #1 would be: “if you intend to kill the heroes anyway, never, ever toy around with them when they are at your mercy. Just kill them expediently!"
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Pokémon the Movie: Koko's 2nd Trailer Reveals Christmas Opening, Theme Song

Rescheduled from July 10 after COVID-19 delay ― The official website for Gekijōban Pocket Monster Koko, the 23rd anime film in the Pokémon franchise, began streaming the film's second full trailer and third teaser trailer on Wednesday. The trailers announce that the film will open on December 25 in Japan, and they also feature the main theme song "Fushigi na Fushigi na Ikimono" ("Wonderful, Marvelous...
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WAVE!! Surfing Yappe!! Anime Film Trilogy's Full Trailer Previews Voices, Theme Songs

Main cast sings opening as 'Surfing Boys' & Tomoaki Maeno, Jin Ogasawara sing ending ― The official website for Love&Art's surfing-themed project WAVE!! posted the first full trailer for October's WAVE!! Surfing Yappe!! anime film trilogy on Wednesday. For the first time, the trailer previews the character voices and the theme songs. It also shows the fateful encounter between the first film's main c...
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New Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai Anime Unveils More Cast, Visual

Kenichi Ogata. Ai Furihata join Toei Animation's October show ― The official website for the new anime of Riku Sanjo and Kōji Inada's Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibōken) manga unveiled more cast members and a new key visual on Wednesday. The newly announced cast members are: Kenichi Ogata as Brass Ai Furihata as Gome-chan In the story, after the defeat of the demon lord...
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Kyoto Int'l Manga Anime Fair Set to Return in September

― The official website for the Kyoto International Manga and Anime Fair confirmed on Wednesday that it is planning to return this year. It will take place at the Miyako Messe convention center and Kyoto International Manga Museum on September 19 and 20. As of Wednesday, 39 companies and organizations plan to take part in the event. As in previous years, the event will have an exhibition of manga and...
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Bandai Namco Collectibles Holds Gundam Online Expo in U.S.A.

12-day event starts on August 20 ― Bandai Namco Collectibles (also known as Bluefin) announced on Tuesday that it will hold the "first-ever" Gundam Online Expo event in the United States. The event will run from August 20 to August 31. The event will feature the Gunpla World Ver.MG exhibit and an augmented reality version of Japan's Gundam Base Tokyo venue. Exclusive merchandise will be available for...
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Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Actor Hiroki Iijima Tests Positive for COVID-19

Iijima's agency reported fever, mild symptoms ― The Oscar Promotion talent agency announced on Tuesday that Kamen Rider Ex-Aid actor Hiroki Iijima tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after PCR testing on Monday. Iijima had measured his body temperature on Sunday morning due to malaise, and he reported a fever with a temperature of 37.5 °C (99.5 °F). When his temperature did not...

Ikki Tousen, Elfen Lied's Studio Arms Declares Bankruptcy

Also known under formal name Common Sense; produced Mezzo, Queen's Blade, Samurai Girls ― Credit research company Tokyo Shoko Research (TSR) reported on Tuesday that Common Sense, the official company name for the anime studio Arms, has declared bankruptcy through the Tokyo District Court. The company had filed for special liquidation on July 22, after deciding on that course of action through a shar...
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Rurouni Kenshin Stage Musical Unveils Mario Kuroba in Costume as Shishio

"Kyoto Arc" musical runs November 3-December 15 ― The official website for the stage musical of the "Kyoto Arc" of Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga unveiled a new cast visual on Wednesday showing Mario Kuroba as antagonist Makoto Shishio. World-renowned photographer Leslie Kee shot the photo. The musical will run at the IHI Stage Around Tokyo from November 3 to December 15. Teppei Koike will ...
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