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The 5 Coolest Gunpla Coming to Premium Bandai

Pre-order only Gunpla are coming to PREMIUM BANDAI USA. With more than 20 offerings, here are the coolest of the cool ― Starting today, limited-run, pre-order only Gunpla are coming to PREMIUM BANDAI USA. With more than 20 offerings, here are the coolest of the cool. #5 DESTINY GUNDAM [TITANIUM FINISH] Price: $77 Type: Real Grade Scale: 1/144 Series: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Why it's Cool: Wit...
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JA Nansun's Latest Love Live! Sunshine!! Collaboration Image Shows Japanese-Style Chika

Limited-edition Numazu tea goes on sale from May 12 ― The image JA Nansun used to promote Chika's appointment as ambassador of Numazu's local foods may have attracted some unwanted attention due to some questionable artistic decisions, but the agricultural cooperative's partnership with the Love Live! Sunshine!! brand remains strong. The latest collaboration promotes Numazu tea, and the original desi...
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Evangelion Announces Escape Rooms Across Japan For June

The Evangelion series has announced an escape room for June with puzzle makers SCRAP. The "Escape from the Collapsing NERV" rooms will open in 11 cities in Japan starting from June 25. Participants of this escape room will take on the role of NERV employees. You'll work with your teammates Shinji, Asuka, Rei, Mari, and Misato to escape from NERV as it crumbles. You'll communicate with Misato throu...
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Zo Zo Zombie Animated Shorts' 1st Episode Streams on YouTube

Animated series based on manga to stream weekly ― The official YouTube channel for Zo Zo Zombie, Canadian toy and media company Spin Master and Shogakukan-Shueisha Production's animated series based on Yasunari Nagatoshi's Zo Zo Zo Zombie (Zo Zo Zo Zombie-kun) manga, began streaming the first episode in English on Monday. The channel will debut new episodes weekly. Crunchyroll is also streaming the s...
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Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Manga Ends With 5th Volume

Manga's final compiled book volume ships on April 27 ― Book distributor Nippan's Hon no Hikidashi website is listing the fifth compiled book volume of Reki Kawahara and IsII's Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale manga as the final volume. The fifth volume will ship in Japan on April 27. The manga adaptation of the Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film debuted in April 2017. The manga launched on Kad...
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Joe Zieja Shows You What Voice Acting in Anime is Like

English voice actor Joe Zieja, best known for playing Claude in Fire Emblem: Three Houses is here to let you in on what voice acting in anime is like. He posted a video on YouTube on Monday poking fun at all the peculiarities in voicing for dubbed anime. The video has the following tongue-in-cheek description: "Here is a totally real, behind the scenes look into the life of an anime voice actor wh...
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Funimation to Stream Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater Anime

High school fishing series premieres on April 7 ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will stream Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater, the television anime of Yasuyuki Kosaka's Hōkago Teibō Nisshi manga, during the spring 2020 season. Funimation describes the anime: Based on the manga of the same name by Yasuyuki Kosaka, the series follows Hina Tsurugi, a first-year student who moves to a town by ...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Re:Zero The Frozen Bond, Shadowverse Anime

English-subtitled trailer streamed for both anime debuting in April ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will begin streaming the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- The Frozen Bond (Re:Zero Hyōketsu no Kizuna) original video anime (OVA) and the Shadowverse anime in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent S...
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Actor Jay Benedict Passes Away

Voice of Angel Cop's Asura, Project A-Ko's Captain Napolipolita had COVID-19 ― Talent agency TCG Artist Management revealed on Saturday that actor Jay Benedict passed away that day from complications from the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The American actor based in the United Kingdom was 68. Benedict's television credits include roles in the British soap opera Emmerdale in 1997 and the detecti...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 151

Boruto closes out his latest adventure and a new mystery looms on the horizon in an action-packed episode.
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Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Accessories Will Surely Protect You From Ghosts

Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun is getting its own money pouches and earrings based on the designs from the series. The accessories have the kanji for "seal" written on them, which will surely make them effective in warding off ghosts. The pouches and earrings cost 1,650 yen (approximately US$15) each and will be made available through Animate physical branches and the Animate Costume Kan (ACOS)'s online ...
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Haikyu!! To The Top ‒ SEASON FINALE

It's a good thing the manga is far past this point in the story, because otherwise it'd be a vicious wait until July.
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My Hero Academia's Canceled Stage Play Gets New Version in July

"The 'Ultra' Live" event originally set for July is postponed ― The official website for the stage plays of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga revealed on Monday that the My Hero Academia: The "Ultra" Stage: Honmono no Hero PLUS ULTRA ver. (A True Hero) stage play will run in Japan in July. The announcement also revealed that the "The 'Ultra' Live" event, which was scheduled to run in July, is ...
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Netflix Adds Final 41 Episodes of 1986 Saint Seiya Anime With New English Dub, Subtitles

― Netflix has added 41 more episodes of the 1986 Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac) anime series with a new English dub and English subtitles. Netflix's "Seasons 5 and 6" of the anime include episodes 74 to 114, finishing the series. The series is available for users in North America, New Zealand, and Australia. Netflix began streaming the first 41 episodes of the anime in October, and then began s...

NHK: State of Emergency in Japan in 7 Prefectures Would Last 1 Month

Declaration aimed at Tokyo, other large cities to allow them to direct efforts to halt COVID-19 spread ― NHK World reported on Monday that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to declare a state of emergency on Tuesday in seven prefectures for about one month due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country. The planned declaration would cover the following prefectur...
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Maki Fujita Ends Yakusoku wa Toshokan no Katasumi de Manga in May

Manga about university librarians launched in March 2019 ― The May issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Princess magazine announced on Monday that manga creator Maki Fujita will end the Yakusoku wa Toshokan no Katasumi de (The Promise Was Made in the Corner of the Library) manga in the June issue on May 2. The manga centers on Tamiko, a librarian working in the annex of a university library alongside her ...
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Daisuke Ono, Kenjiro Tsuda Join Cast of Tower of God Anime

13-episode series premiered on April 1 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Korean creator SIU's Tower of God manhwa revealed two more cast members on Monday. The cast includes: Daisuke Ono as Phonsekal Laure Kenjiro Tsuda as Lero-Ro The series debuted on Crunchyroll on April 1, and premiered in Japan on April 2 at 12:30 a.m. The show will have 13 episodes. The anime's previo...
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'Shachibato! President, It's Time for Battle!' Anime to Have 12 Episodes

― The official website for Shachibato! President, It's Time for Battle! — the television anime of the smartphone strategy role-playing game Shachō, Battle no Jikan Desu! — revealed on Monday that the anime will have 12 episodes. The anime's Blu-ray Disc box will ship with all 12 episodes on August 26. The anime premiered on Sunday. Funimation is streaming the anime as it aired in Japan. The isekai (...
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NHK World Streams Hayao Miyazaki 4-Part Documentary for Free

Documentary aired in 2019, covers 10 years of Miyazaki's work beginning with Ponyo ― NHK is offering its 10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki four-part documentary on Studio Ghibli director and co-founder Hayao Miyazaki on its NHK World website for free. NHK aired the documentary from February to May last year. NHK describes the documentary: An exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the genius of Japan's forem...
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Violet Evergarden Film's Opening Postponed

Film was slated to open on April 24 ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime film project revealed on Monday that Kyoto Animation has postponed the film's opening in Japan due to concerns over the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The film does not yet have a new release date. The film was slated to open in Japan on April 24. This is the second delay for the f...
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Anpanman Anime's Voice Recording on Hold Indefinitely

Due to COVID-19 coronavirus disease concerns, similar to Sazae-san's reported halt ― The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper's Mantan Web website reported on Monday that the Soreike! Anpanman anime has halted dialogue voice recording sessions indefinitely due to concerns over the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). According to Mantan Web's source who is involved with the anime's production, the production is...
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3 New Manga Launch in Shonen Jump This Spring

Cross Account's Tsunehiro Date launches new manga with writer Kenji Ichima ― This year's 19th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that three new manga will launch in the magazine this spring. The first new series is Tomohiro Hasegawa's Shinrin Ōsha Mori King (Forest Ruler Mori King) manga, which will launch in the 20th issue on April 13. Weekly Shonen Jump teases that ...

Kyodo News: Prime Minister Abe to Declare State of Emergency in Japan

Declaration aimed at Tokyo, other large cities to allow them to direct efforts to halt COVID-19 spread ― The Kyodo News agency reported on Monday that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to declare a state of emergency due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country. Abe will need to consult an advisory panel made up of public health and medical experts to determin...
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Hikaru Utada Performs Live-Action Bishoku Tantei Akechi Gorō Show's Theme Song

Utada's first theme created for live-action NTV show, premiering April 12 ― The official website for the live-action series of Akiko Higashimura's Bishoku Tantei Akechi Gorō (Gourmet Detective Gorō Akechi) manga revealed on Monday that singer Hikaru Utada will perform a new song titled "Time," created specifically as the theme song for the series. This is Utada's first theme song for a live-action N...
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IDOLiSH7 Anime Season 2 Reveals Theme Songs

Anime premiered on Sunday ― The official website for IDOLiSH7 Second Beat!, the second season of the IDOLiSH7 anime, revealed on Sunday that the titular in-story idol group IDOLiSH7 performs the anime's opening theme song "DiSCOVER THE FUTURE," while the in-story idol group Re:vale performs the ending theme song "Mirai Notes o Kanadete" (Play the Notes of the Future). The single release for the openi...
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New Project Teased for Hiroshi Takahashi's Crows, Worst Franchises

― The May issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Shonen Champion magazine teased on Monday that Hiroshi Takahashi's Crows and Worst manga are getting a new "legend" in a new project this summer. Takahashi's Crows manga ran for 26 volumes, and inspired a two-episode anime OVA adaptation. The manga also inspired three live-action films, with Takashi Miike directing the first two films, Crows Zero and Crows Z...
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'Can You Just Die, My Darling?' Manga Changes to Digital Publication

― The May issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine revealed on Monday that Majuro Kaname and Sōsō Sakakibara's Can You Just Die, My Darling? (Konya wa Tsuki ga Kirei desu ga, Toriaezu Shine) manga is switching to a digital-only publication. The manga's next chapter will feature in both the June issue of Shōnen Magazine R (which changed to a digital-only publication in December) on May 20, and the...
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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Game Reveals Details of 'New Episode' DLC

1st of 2-part DLC featuring Beerus, Whis, Super Saiyan God forms launches this spring ― This year's 19th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot game is getting an "additional episode" DLC that will feature the characters Beerus and Whis. In the story, after beating Whis, Goku and Vegeta will be able to use their Supe...
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Hawks Joins My Hero One's Justice 2 Game as DLC

1st DLC character for game launches this spring ― This year's 19th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the character Hawks will join Bandai Namco Entertainment's My Hero One's Justice 2 (My Hero Academia: One's Justice 2) game as a DLC character. The character will join the game this spring as part of the first DLC for the game's season pass. Players can also purch...

Yūsaku Shibata's Zipman!! Manga Ends in Shonen Jump

Manga launched on December 2 ― This year's 19th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the final chapter on Monday for Yūsaku Shibata's Zipman!! manga. The manga's second and final compiled volume will ship on June 4. The manga launched in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on December 2. The manga's first volume shipped on April 3. Viz Media and Shuiesha's MANGA Plus service b...
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U.K. Publishing Platform Funds Release of Hardcover Book About Anime Architecture

Book to include art material from Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor, Evangelion, Tekkonkinkreet ― Volume, a U.K. publishing platform that hosts campaigns to fund and produce printed works, is currently taking pre-orders for a Collector's Edition of the art book Anime Architecture. The book is £75 and is slated to ship in the fourth quarter of 2020. The book will have a general release this fall, bu...
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Black Clover Gaiden: Quartet Knights Manga Ends on April 12

Manga based on video game launched in October 2018 ― Manga creator Yumiya Tashiro revealed on Twitter on Sunday that his Black Clover Gaiden: Quartet Knights manga adaptation of the Black Clover: Quartet Knights game will end in its next chapter. The next chapter will launch on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website and app on April 12. Tashiro had stated in December that the manga was approaching its clima...

Sazae-san Voice Actress: Dialogue Recording Put on Hold Until Further Notice

Recordings halted due to concerns over COVID-19 coronavirus illness ― The Sponichi Annex news website reported on Saturday that voice actress Midori Kato stated on Radio Nikkei's "Chūō Keiba Jikkyō Chūkei" program on Saturday that the Sazae-san anime has halted voice recording sessions indefinitely due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus illness. Kato voices the titular Sazae Fuguta on the show...
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Masayuki Suzuki Returns to Perform Opening Theme for Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime's 2nd Season

New series premieres on April 11 ― The official website for the television anime of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga announced on Sunday that Masayuki Suzuki will perform the opening theme song "Daddy! Daddy! Do! feat. Airi Suzuki" for Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai? Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen, the anime's second season. Masayuki ...

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Kodansha USA Delays Spring, Summer Print Manga Releases

Seven Seas' May paperbacks delayed but digital still on time; more events in Japan cancelled ― Kodansha USA Publishing, which handles the Kodansha Comics and Vertical imprints, announced on Friday that it is delaying many of its print releases scheduled for spring and summer 2020 to later in the year due to the impact of the current "global health crisis." All previously scheduled Kodansha Comics and...
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Cosplayer Enako Appointed Cool Japan Ambassador

"I will do my utmost to spread the pop culture I love, as an ambassador and as a cosplayer!" ― Professional cosplayer Enako announced on her Twitter account on Wednesday that she has been appointed a Cool Japan ambassador. "I will do my utmost to spread the pop culture I love, as an ambassador and as a cosplayer!" she wrote. 【お知らせ】政府が進めているクールジャパンを推進するため、内閣府から『クールジャパン・アンバサダー』に任命されました。大好きなポップカルチャーという文化...
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Manga With Biggest 1st Printings from Kodansha, Shogakukan, Shueisha: 2019-2020

Attack on Titan, Silver Spoon, One Piece top respective publisher's lists ― The combined May and June issue of The Tsukuru Shuppan's Tsukuru magazine published a chart on Friday listing the top 15 manga volumes for three major publishers — Kodansha, Shogakukan, and Shueisha — in the last 12 months based on first printings. The chart reflects the first print runs from volumes released between April 20...
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My Hero Academia ‒ SEASON FINALE

On the whole MHA's fourth season has been a parade of the show's strengths and weaknesses throughout.
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Hataraki Man Creator Moyoco Anno Shares Her Tips For Work-Life Balance

― Manga creator Moyoco Anno was interviewed in NewsPicks Brand Magazine's spring 2020 issue for their feature on working life in modern-day Japan. Anno found fame drawing the Hataraki Man manga from 2004 to 2008, and she said that her inspiration for drawing the manga at the time was to depict various different attitudes towards work ethic. The story of Hataraki Man centers on Hiroko Matsukata, who ...
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T ‒ Episode 10

For as much as episode 9 revealed, it was just the warm-up; this is where we find out the real truth about what's been going on so far this season.
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Touken Ranbu's 8th Stage Play Unveils Cast, Visuals

Mizuki Umetsu, Mashiro Sano, Yūho Matsui, more join cast for play debuting this summer ― The official website for Marvelous' stage play adaptations of Nitroplus and DMM Games' Touken Ranbu franchise revealed on Friday cast members and visuals for the new stage play that will debut this summer. The cast includes: Takuma Wada as Kasen Kanesada Mizuki Umetsu as Chōgi Yamanbagiri Mashiro Sano as Aoe Nikk...
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An Nakahara's Hikari on Stage! Manga Ends in May

Manga about 14-year-old in show business launched in March 2018 ― The May issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine revealed on Friday that An Nakahara's Hikari on Stage! manga will end with the next issue on May 2. Nakahara launched the manga in Ciao in March 2018. Shogakukan published the manga's fourth compiled volume on January 31. The manga centers on Hikari Hoshikawa, a 14-year-old girl who is plain ...
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The Case Study of Vanitas Manga Goes on Hiatus Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Social distancing precautions keep assistants from being able to commute to work on manga ― Manga creator Jun Mochizuki posted on Twitter on Thursday that her The Case Study of Vanitas (Vanitas no Carte) manga is going on an indefinite hiatus due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus illness. Mochizuki explained that the process for creating the manga is completely analog, and her assistants woul...
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One-Punch Man Ranks #11 on New York Times' Graphic Books Bestseller's April List

― The 19th volume of ONE and Yūsuke Murata's One-Punch Man manga ranked at #11 on The New York Times' monthly Graphic Books and Manga bestseller list released in early April. The 11th volume of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga ranked at #12, the first volume of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga ranked at #14, and the eighth volume of Akira Toriyama and Toyotarō's Dragon...
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Singer Asaka Takes 1-Month Hiatus to Recover from Vocal Cord Polyp Surgery

Laid-Back Camp, YU-NO singer to start hiatus on April 21 ― MAGES announced on the official website for the singer Asaka on Friday that Asaka will take around a month-long hiatus from her singing work in order to recuperate from a vocal cord polyp removal surgery. She will start her hiatus on April 21. MAGES said that while Asaka can still sing and talk right now, after staff and Asaka consulted with ...

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New Sakura Wars Anime to Have 12 Episodes

― The official website for Shin Sakura Taisen the Animation, the television anime of the Shin Sakura Taisen (Sakura Wars in English) game, revealed on Friday that the anime will have four home video releases for a total of 12 episodes. The anime premiered on Tokyo MX on April 3 at 10:00 p.m., and later that night on BS11. Manabu Ono (Sword Art Online: Alicization, The irregular at magic high school,...
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Plunderer ‒ Episode 12

When we last left our heroes, they had been transported 300 years into the past--into what looked like modern Japan.
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Official Gunpla for Tokyo 2020 Olympics Ships in June

The Games might be postponed, but the gunpla goes on ― The Gundam series is getting two new gunpla models based on the iconic HG 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam model: one with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic emblem, and the other with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic emblem. Although the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed this year due to concerns over the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the official licensed gunpla is st...
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Summer Pockets Reflection Blue Game's Opening Movie Streamed

Updated version of Summer Pockets launches for PC in Japan on June 26 ― Visual Art's/Key began streaming the opening movie on Friday for Summer Pockets REFLECTION BLUE, the upcoming updated version of its Summer Pockets game. The video features the opening theme song "Asutaroa" performed by Konomi Suzuki. The all-ages romance adventure game will launch for PC in Japan on June 26. The game will featur...
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Given Boys-Love Manga Gets Stage Play in August

Anime's Yuniko Ayana returns to write script ― Natsuki Kizu's Given manga is getting a stage play adaptation that will run in Japan this summer. The play will run at Theatre 1010 in Tokyo from August 15 to 18, Kyoto Gekijo in Kyoto from August 22 to 23, Cool Japan Park Osaka WW Hall in Osaka from August 29 to 30, and Shinagawa Prince Hotel Stellar Ball in Tokyo from September 4 to 6. The cast include...

Funimation Streams Arte TV Anime

Renaissance-era anime begins streaming on Saturday ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will begin streaming the television anime of Kei Ohkubo's Arte manga on Saturday as part of the spring 2020 season in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Ireland. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on Saturday at 10:00 p.m., before airing on BS-Fuji and YTV on Monday. The show stars: Mikako Komatsu as Arte Katsuy...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Anime's 2nd Part's English-subtitled Trailer Streamed

Anime's "Final Season" premieres on April 25 ― Aniplex of America began streaming a trailer on Friday for the second cours (quarter year) of Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld, the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime's second half. The video is an English-subtitled version of a trailer that debuted in March. The anime's second half, its "Final Season," will premiere in Japan on April 2...
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Toranoana, Melonbooks to Give All Proceeds from Comiket 98 Catalog Sales Back to Organizers

Event was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns ― Dojinshi shop chains Comic Toranoana and Melonbooks have announced that they will give all proceeds from the Comic Market (Comiket) 98 catalog sales to the Comic Market Committee. Although the event was canceled last week, the catalog will still go on sale on April 11 due to the fact that the catalog was already being printed and manufactured. The catalo...
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Fate/Grand Order Final Singularity - Grand Temple of Time: Solomon Anime's English-subttled Trailer Streamed

Anime adapts Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's story ― Aniplex of America began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Friday for the Fate/Grand Order Final Singularity - Grand Temple of Time: Solomon (Fate/Grand Order -Kyūshoku Tokuiten Kani Jikan Shinden Solomon-) anime. The anime will adapt the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "The Grand Temple of Time Solomon" story, which is the Final Sing...

Crunchyroll Streams 'Digimon Adventure:' Reboot Anime

Anime begins streaming on Saturday ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will begin streaming the Digimon Adventure: reboot anime on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. EDT in North America, Central America, the Carribean, South America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Launch times will vary by language. The anime will pr...
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Aimer's Theme Song For 3rd Heaven's Feel Film Tops Weekly Digital Single Sales

― Oricon reported that Aimer's newest single "Haru wa Yuku," the theme song of Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song, topped Japan's weekly digital music single sales rankings. The single was released digitally on Wednesday and was downloaded 28,532 times. It marks the first time the singer has topped the digital music sales or streaming rankings. In addition, Oricon reported that the phys...
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Infinite Dendrogram ‒ Episode 12

Ray's takedown of the monster meant for him last week wasn't the true climax, but merely a warm-up.
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Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle Anime's Video Reveals Opening Song (Updated)

Anime premiering in Japan on April 6 has 12 episodes ― The official website for Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle, the television anime of Colopl's Shironeko Project smartphone game, began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Friday. The website also revealed Takanori Nishikawa and ASCA's opening theme song "Tenbin -LIbra-" and Rei Yasuda's ending theme song "through the dark." The video pr...

Yen Press Delays Manga, Novel Releases Through September

Capcom employee diagnosed with COVID-19; Love Live! event rescheduled ― Yen Press announced on Friday that it is rescheduling the print and digital releases of several volumes of manga and light novels due to the impact of COVID-19. The company is refraining from announcing September releases. Titles scheduled for April will ship as planned, but volumes originally scheduled for release from May to Au...

The 5 Coolest Gunpla Coming to Premium Bandai

Pre-order only Gunpla are coming to PREMIUM BANDAI USA. With more than 20 offerings, here are the coolest of the cool ― Starting today, limited-run, pre-order only Gunpla are coming to PREMIUM BANDAI USA. With more than 20 offerings, here are the coolest of the cool. #5 DESTINY GUNDAM [TITANIUM FINISH] Price: $77 Type: Real Grade Scale: 1/144 Series: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Why it's Cool: Wit...
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Yuzuriha's Last Round Arthurs Manga Ends in May

Manga adaptation of Taro Hitsuji, Kiyotaka Haimura's light novels launched in January 2019 ― The May issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Young Ace magazine revealed on Friday that Yuzuriha will end the Last Round Arthurs manga adaptation in the magazine's June issue, which will ship on May 2. Yuzuriha launched the manga adaptation of Taro Hitsuji and Kiyotaka Haimura's Last Round Arthurs light novel series i...
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Child of Kamiari Month Anime Film Project Launches 3rd Crowdfunding Campaign

Original project by Cretica Universal centers on runner girl, Izumo's Kamiari tradition ― Cretica Universal launched a third crowdfunding campaign for its Child of Kamiari Month (Kamiari no Kodomo) anime film project on Monday. The new campaign will fund the staff for the anime. The anime is slated to debut in 2020. The crowdfunding campaign will end on June 1. The campaign will also announce the voi...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, March 23-29

Kiki's Delivery Service earns 12.9% rating; final GeGeGe no Kitarō episode earns 3.6% ― Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Kiki's Delivery Service anime film aired on NTV on Friday, March 27 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned a 12.9% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV March 29 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 11.4 Detective Conan NTV March 28 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 8.2 Chibi M...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, March 23-29

Animal Crossing: New Horizons tops ranking for 2nd week ― Japan's Game Ranking: March 23-29 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20 727,791 2,608,417 2PS4One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 Bandai Namco Entertainment March 26 75,998 75,998 3NSwOne Piece Pirate Warriors 4 Bandai Namco Entertainment March 26 61,571 61,571 4NSwPoké...
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Inazuma Eleven: Eiyū-tachi no Great Road Game Delayed Again to 2021

Soccer RPG reveals new protagonist Unmei Sasanami ― Level-5 announced on Wednesday that it is delaying its Inazuma Eleven: Eiyū-tachi no Great Road (Inazuma Eleven: The Great Road of Heroes) game from this spring to "probably" 2021. Level-5 founder Akihiro Hino stated on the website's developer blog that there were game development issues, which made production difficult and significantly delayed the...
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Asahinagu Manga Ends in 34th Volume

Naginata sports manga launched in 2011, inspired stage play, live-action film in 2017 ― Shogakukan's listing for the 33rd compiled book volume of Ai Kozaki's Asahinagu manga describes the volume as one of the manga's "last two volumes." The 33rd volume will ship on May 29. Kozaki previously stated in January 2019 that the manga was planned to end last year. The manga centers on Asahi Tōjima, a first-...
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Aikatsu! Singer Remi Mitani Goes on Hiatus

Singing voice of Otome, Miyabi steps back from singing ― Aikatsu! idol franchise singer Remi Mitani announced on Tuesday that she is leaving DearStage and going on hiatus. Mitani stated that she would like to step back from her core business of singing and move on to the next chapter with a new dream. Mitani is the singing voice of Otome Arisuga and Miyabi Fujiwara, and the second singing voice of Yu...
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Live-Action Grand Blue Dreaming Film Delayed

Film was slated to open on May 29 ― The official website for the live-action film of Kenji Inoue and Kimitake Yoshioka's Grand Blue Dreaming comedy manga announced on Friday that the film is delayed from its original May 29 release date, due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus illness. The site has not yet announced a new release date The film will star Ryō Ryūsei (Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, Show...
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Argonavis from BanG Dream! Animation TV Anime Previews Opening Animation in Video

Series premieres on April 10 ― The official YouTube channel for Bushiroad's BanG Dream! franchise's Argonavis all-male band began streaming the opening theme animation video on Friday for Argonavis from BanG Dream! Animation, the television anime based on the characters. The video previews Argonavis' theme song. The anime premiere on April 10 in the "Super Animeism" programming block on MBS, TBS, and...
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A3! Spring & Summer Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Anime restarts broadcast on April 3 ― The official website for A3! Season Spring & Summer, the television anime of Liber Entertainment's A3! actor-training smartphone game, began streaming the show's second promotional video on Friday. The anime will restart its airing from the first episode on April 6 on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS11, and on Nagasaki Culture Telecasting Corporation on April ...
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Blood Blockade Battlefront Manga Gets 2nd Stage Play in November, December

1st stage play ran in Tokyo, Osaka last November ― The official website for the stage play of Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront manga announced on Friday that the manga is inspiring a second stage play. Daisuke Nishida (Hakuōki, Sengoku Basara, Blue Exorcist stage productions) is returning from the first play to write and direct the new play. Gira Mundo is composing the music. The play wi...
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2020 Detective Conan, Crayon Shin-chan Films Delayed

Both films do not yet have new release date ― Toho announced on Friday that it is delaying the release of the Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan (Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet) and Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Gekitotsu! Rakuga Kingdom to Hobo Yonin no Yūsha (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Roughly Four Heroes) films due to concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus illness. Toho has ...
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Re:Zero Hyōketsu no Kizuna Novel Gets Manga

Novel also inspired OVA that opened in theaters last November ― This year's eighth issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine announced on Friday that Tappei Nagatsuki's Re:Zero Hyōketsu no Kizuna (Frozen Bonds) novel is inspiring a manga that will launch on the Manga Up! website and app this spring. Minori Tsukahara is drawing the manga. The original Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Zenjitsu-tan: Hyōketsu n...
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Midnight Occult Civil Servants Manga Enters Last Arc in 13th Volume

Manga inspired anime last April ― Amazon's description of the 13th volume of Yōko Tamotsu's Mayonaka no Occult Kōmuin (Midnight Occult Civil Servants) manga lists that the manga is entering its final arc with the volume. The volume is slated to ship on May 23. Tamotsu launched the manga in Kadokawa's Monthly Asuka magazine in May 2015, and the manga also runs on Kadokawa's Comic Newtype website. Kado...
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Yuki Shiwasu's Takane & Hana Manga Ends in 4 Chapters

Viz Media publishes manga in English ― This year's ninth issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed on Friday that Yuki Shiwasu's Takane & Hana manga will end in four chapters, not including the chapter published on Friday. The official Twitter account for the manga confirmed on Friday that the manga will end in the 14th issue on June 20 (the 10th and 11th issues of the manga are combined d...
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Final Fantasy VII Remake Game's Final Trailer Streamed

Game launches officially on April 10, with some territories getting physical copies early ― Square Enix began streaming the "final trailer" on Friday for its Final Fantasy VII Remake game. English version Japanese version Square Enix delayed the PlayStation 4 game from March 3 to April 10. The game will be a PlayStation exclusive until April 10, 2021. Square Enix is shipping the game "far earlier tha...
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Cardfight!! Vanguard Gaiden if Anime Reveals Visual, More Cast, April 25 Premiere

Yuri Yoshida voices new character Shuka ― The official Twitter account for Bushiroad's Cardfight!! Vanguard franchise announced on March 31 that Cardfight!! Vanguard Gaiden if, the newest anime series in the franchise, will premiere on April 25. The anime will air on TV Aichi and TV Tokyo and its affiliates, and will air on Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. The anime stars: Atsuko Enomoto as Emi Sendō Yuri Yosh...
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Megadimension Neptunia VII Game Gets Nintendo Switch Release This Summer

DLC for PS4, PC versions of game to be available as add-on content for Switch version ― Idea Factory International announced on Thursday that it will release the Megadimension Neptunia VII game for the Nintendo Switch this summer. The company is releasing the game digitally only. The DLC previously made available for the PlayStation 4 and Steam versions of the game (except for Million Arthur, who is ...

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New World Trigger Anime Reveals Staff, Updated Visual

Writer Hiroyuki Yoshino, designer Toshihisa Kaiya, composer Kenji Kawai return with Saint Seiya Omega director Morio Hatano ― The May issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine revealed the main staff and an updated teaser visual for the new television anime season based on Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga on Friday. Morio Hatano (Saint Seiya Omega's first season, Dragon Ball Super's Future Trunks S...
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Snow Man, Kaf Perform Black Clover Anime's New Theme Songs

1st anime theme for male idol group Snow Man will debut on Tuesday ― The official website for the Black Clover anime announced on Friday that the popular male idol group Snow Man is performing the anime's new opening theme song "Stories," while virtual singer Kaf is performing the new ending theme song "Answer." The new songs will debut in the 129th episode on Tuesday, April 7. This will be Snow Man'...
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1st Fate/Grand Order Anime Film's 2nd Teaser Subtitled in English

1st half of project listed for 2020 ― Aniplex of America posted the second teaser trailer for the first film in the Fate/Grand Order The Movie Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot (Fate/Grand Order Shinsei Entaku Ryōiki Camelot) film project with English subtitles on Friday. (Aniplex of America calls the second teaser trailer "trailer 1.") Whereas the original version of the teaser lists an Augus...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, March 29-April 4

Fire Force, Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko's Lie anime; Dance in the Vampire Bund: Age of Scarlet Order, Parallel Paradise manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Angel's 3Piece BDPlease Discotek Media US$39.95 March 31 Anti-Magic Academy The 35th Test Platoon BDCite Discotek Media US$39.95 March 31 Aria the Scarlet Ammo Essentials BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$29.98 March...
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HIDIVE Streams Saudi Arabian Manga Productions', Toei Animation's Future Folktales Animated Series

Arabian folklore series begins streaming on Friday ― HIDIVE announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming Saudi Arabian media company Manga Productions and Toei Animation's Future Folktales (Asatir: Mirai no Mukashibanashi) animated television series on Friday at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Sentai Filmworks announced its license of the series on Wednesday, and it will release the anime on home video. The ser...
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Voice Actress Nozomi Kasuga Starts Temporary YouTube Channel For People in Self-Quarantine

Actress believed to be Kizuna Ai's original voice went freelance on Tuesday ― Voice actress Nozomi Kasuga left her agency as of Tuesday, and one of her first projects as a freelancer is to launch a temporary YouTube channel. As she explains in her debut video, she feels that a lot of people are now stuck indoors due to self-quarantining and social distancing measures, and she hopes that through her v...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Dropkick on My Devil!! Dash, Tsugumomo2, More Anime

Also: Major 2nd second series, Princess Connect! Re: Dive, Sing "Yesterday" for Me ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the Dropkick on My Devil!! Dash, Tsugumomo2, Major 2nd second series, Princess Connect! Re: Dive, and Sing "Yesterday" for Me anime as part of the spring 2020 season. The company also announced that it will begin streaming the IDOLiSH7 Second BEAT! anime on Sunday...
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Tower of God Anime Has 13 Episodes

― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that the television anime adaptation of Korean creator SIU's Tower of God manhwa will have 13 episodes. The series debuted on Crunchyroll on Wednesday. The anime premiered in Japan and South Korea on the same day. Takashi Sano (Sengoku Basara: End of Judgement, Transformers: Energon) is directing the anime at Telecom Animation Film (Lupin the Third: Part 5, We Ren...

Tiger & Bunny Anime Gets 2nd Season in 2022

Mitsuko Kase to direct anime set after Tiger & Bunny The Movie -The Rising- anime film ― The official Twitter account for Sunrise's original anime franchise Tiger & Bunny announced on Friday that the anime is getting a second season that will premiere in 2022. The new season is titled Tiger & Bunny 2, and it will tell a new story set after the events of the Tiger & Bunny The Movie -The Rising- anime ...
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Mystery Man Identifying as Kimetsu no Yaiba Character Donates 100 Masks to Nursing School

Nippon TV reported on Tuesday that a mystery man identifying himself as "Inosuke Hashibira" donated 100 masks to a nursing school in Iwate Prefecture. The man claimed to have purchased the masks personally. He also gifted alcohol disinfectant to the establishment after hearing about shortages of the item from the school's staff. When asked about his identity, the man handed a short letter translat...
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Anime Architecture Book Available For Pre-Order

Book to include art material from Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor, Evangelion, Tekkonkinkreet ― Volume, a U.K. publishing platform that hosts campaigns to fund and produce printed works, is currently taking pre-orders for a Collector's Edition of the art book Anime Architecture. The book is £75 and is slated to ship in the fourth quarter of 2020. The book will have a general release this fall, bu...
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One Piece Manga Has 470 Million Copies in Print Worldwide

― Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga has 470 million copies in print worldwide as of the release of the 96th compiled book volume on Friday. That total includes 390 million copies in print in Japan, and 80 million copies in print outside of Japan across 42 territories. The 57th One Piece volume had a first printing of three million copies — a record for manga — in March 2010. Subsequent volumes have sur...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War's Aka Akasaka Launches New Manga

Scum's Wish's Mengo Yokoyari illustrates series debuting on April 23 ― Kaguya-sama: Love is War manga creator Aka Akasaka revealed on his Twitter account on Thursday that he will launch the Oshi no Ko manga in this year's 21st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine on April 23. Mengo Yokoyari (Scum's Wish) is illustrating the series. The story will center on an "overwhelmingly cute" heroine a...

Tokyo Mew Mew Magical Girl Manga Gets All-New Anime

App runs open auditions for protagonist Ichigo Momomiya ― A website countdown ended on Thursday and announced that Reiko Yoshida and Mia Ikumi's Tokyo Mew Mew manga is getting an all-new anime titled Tokyo Mew Mew New. The anime will mark the 20th anniversary of the manga, as well as the 65th anniversary of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine, which originally serialized it. The "Tokyo Mew Mew New Seiyū Id...
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Viz Media Europe SAS Changes Name to Crunchyroll SAS

KAZÉ, Anime on Demand, Anime Digital Network rebrand under new ownership ― Viz Media Europe SAS (Société par Actions Simplifiées or simplified joint-stock company) announced on Thursday that it has changed its name to Crunchyroll SAS. The announcement noted that all of the former brands of Viz Media Europe SAS are in the process of rebranding under Crunchyroll. The website for French newspaper Le Fig...
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1st Princess Principal Sequel Anime Film Delayed Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

Film would have opened on April 10 ― The production committee for the Princess Principal: Crown Handler film and Hakuhodo DY Music & Pictures announced on Thursday that they are delaying the film's release. They cited the government policies to contain the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as well as the health and safety of moviegoers. The committee and Hakuhodo DY Music & Pictures w...
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Kaijū Sekai Seifuku Short Anime Follows Freeloading Monsters Planning World Conquest

4 monsters study humanity by living in apartment of office lady in her 20s ― Kotobukiya's Character Creation Lab initiative launched the Kaijū Sekai Seifuku (Monster World Conquest) short anime on Twitter and Youtube on Thursday. The "heartwarming slice-of-life" anime follows four dragon-like monsters who came to Earth to conquer it — but first, they study humanity by freeloading off an OL (female of...
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44th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards' Nominees Announced

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, SPY×FAMILY, Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight, Witch Hat Atelier among nominees ― Japanese publisher Kodansha announced the 12 nominees in three categories for its 44th annual Manga Awards on Thursday. Kodansha will announce the winner for each category on May 12. Best Shōnen Manga SPY×FAMILY Tatsuya Endō Magazine: Weekly Shonen Jump (Shueisha) Summary: The ma...
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Norio Sakurai's Rororro! Manga Ends in 4 Chapters

School comedy by Mitsudomoe author launched in September 2016 ― This year's 18th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Thursday that Norio Sakurai's Rororro! manga will end in four chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end on April 30. The manga is about a girl named Chitose who has trouble making friends. She meets someone who goes by "□□◆□." In Japanese, the...
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GET UP! GET LIVE! Comedian/Voice Actor Project Gets Short Anime

Project about aspiring comedians in entertainment industry ― The official website for MBS' GET UP! GET LIVE! franchise announced on Thursday that the franchise will have a short anime. The site will reveal more details about the anime at a later date. The story of the "voice actor x 2D entertainer" project centers on aspiring comedian entertainers who all gather at SSS, a talent agency for comedians....
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill Manga Ends

4th volume ships on 4/17 ― Shueisha's Tonari no Young Jump website and the YanJan! app published the final chapter of Mizuki Sakakibara's manga adaptation of Sunrise's Double Decker! Doug & Kirill anime on Monday. The manga's fourth and final compiled book volume will ship on April 17. Tiger & Bunny manga artist Sakakibara launched the Double Decker! Doug & Kirill manga in October 2018, only a few ho...
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HIDIVE Postpones Future Streaming Dubcasts

Bushiroad's April & May events, Patlabor in 4DX, Comitia, Arc World Tour also canceled or delayed ― The streaming service HIDIVE announced on Tuesday that it is postponing all future dubcast titles until further notice, including the Ahiru no Sora anime's English dub as of the 20th episode. The service in the United States cited the health and wellbeing of its talent and employees "during this histor...

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Baki Anime Season 2 Reveals Worldwide June 4 Debut, 12 New Cast Members

Kenichi Ogata, Yoshiyuki Kouno, Yasuhiko Kawazu, Daichi Endo, more join anime on Netflix ― The official website for Baki: Dai Raitaisai-hen, the second new anime season of Keisuke Itagaki's Baki (New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero) manga, confirmed on Thursday that all episodes in the new season will debut worldwide on Netflix on June 4. It also revealed 12 new cast members. The new c...
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Touken Ranbu Franchise Gets New Version of 2nd Musical in September

Cast announced for updated version of Touken Ranbu - Bakumatsu Tenrōden musical ― The official website for the Touken Ranbu musicals announced on Tuesday that the franchise will get an updated version of the franchise's second musical, Touken Ranbu - Bakumatsu Tenrōden, that will run from September to November. The newly announced cast includes: Ryuji Sato as Kashū Kiyomitsu Yūki Torigoe as Yamatonok...
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Seiji Hayashi's I'm From Japan Manga Ends

Manga launched in September 2018, inspired TV anime last year ― The May issue of Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine published the final chapter of Seiji Hayashi's I'm From Japan (Jimoto ga Japan) manga on Thursday. Shueisha will publish the manga's sixth and final compiled book volume on May 1. Viz Media published the first three chapters of the manga in English as part of its "Jump Start" initiative, a...
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One Piece Spinoff Manga Chin Piece Ends

Yoshikazu Amami's manga about boy who elongates "certain part" of body to fight launched in 2018 ― The May issue of Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine published the final chapter of Yoshikazu Amami's Chin Piece manga spinoff on Thursday. The manga's second compiled book volume will ship this July. The manga's story centers on Chinpy, a boy who aspires to take up after Luffy, the protagonist of Eiichiro ...
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Manga Creator Shuho Sato Loses Lawsuit Against Amazon Over Kindle

Umizaru author claimed Amazon unfairly ceased offering manga on Kindle Unlimited ― The Tokyo District Court dismissed manga creator Shuho Sato's lawsuit against Amazon International Services, Inc. on Monday, March 30. Sato had claimed that the company had unfairly ceased offering his works on its Kindle Unlimited subscription service, and sought 200 million yen (about US$1.85 million) in damages. Sat...
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Pray For Your Idol's Health with Oshibudo Shirts

"I pray that my favorite pop idol can stay healthy every day," reads the text on one T-shirt ― "I pray that my favorite pop idol can stay healthy every day," reads the text on a T-shirt designed for the If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die anime. "Just living is your fanservice to me," reads the other shirt. You can show off your support in these trying times by ordering one of...
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HIDIVE Streams My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime's 3rd Season on April 10

― HIDIVE announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Kan) — the third season of the television anime of Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light novel series on April 10 at 12:30 p.m. EDT worldwide except in Asia. Sentai licen...
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Manga About Pandemic, City Lockdown Gets Free New Online Serialization

Ao Akato's Riuu wo Machi Nagara manga originally ran in Kodansha's Evening magazine from 2017-2018 ― Ao Akato's Rieux wo Machi Nagara (While Rieux Waits) manga is getting a rerun weekly serialization on Kodansha's Comic Days online manga website. The medical suspense manga, which tells the story of a fictional town in Japan becoming overrun with a mysterious plague, originally ran in Kodansha's Eveni...
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Anime Studio ENGI Establishes 2nd Studio

ENGI Kurashiki Studio opens this month ― Anime studio ENGI announced last Thursday that it is establishing its second studio ENGI Kurashiki Studio in Kurashiki, Okayama this month. In response to domestic and foreign demands for high-quality anime, ENGI chose to set up its studio in Kurashiki, "a city of culture and history." ENGI added, "Through coordinating with that wonderful environment and regio...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV Game Heads West for PS4, Switch, PC

Trailer streamed for game launching in N. America, Europe for PS4 in fall ― NIS America announced on Wednesday that it will launch The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV game, the fourth installment in Nihon Falcom's Trails of Cold Steel role-playing game series, in North America and Europe for PlayStation 4 this fall. The company also revealed that the game will launch for Nintendo Switch and...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 128

The episode doesn't waste too much time getting to the main goal: sending a party of Magic Knights to the Heart Kingdom to investigate the big bundle of curses there.
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Anime Studio Yaoyorozu Folded Into New Company 8million

Move consolidates studio's assets ― Yoshitada Fukuhara, representative director of anime studio Yaoyorozu, announced on Wednesday that Yaoyorozu has been dissolved and folded into a new company named 8million (the new company's name is a play on the literal meaning of "yaoyorozu"). The move is intended to consolidate the company's assets spread over "many legal entities" into one, and Fukuhara said i...
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Granblue Fantasy's 4-Panel Comedy Manga Gets Anime in 2020

Kikuhitomoji serializes Guraburu! within the original Granblue Fantasy game ― The Twitter account for the Granblue Fantasy franchise announced on Thursday that the franchise's official four-panel gag comedy manga Guraburu! is inspiring its own anime this year. The artist "Kikuhitomoji" has been drawing the manga and irregularly serializing it within the Granblue Fantasy game itself. Kadokawa publishe...
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Obake Zukan TV Anime Casts Daiki Yamashita

Adaptation of ghost story picture books also reveals Nana Mizuki's role, theme songs ― The official website for the anime adaptation of writer Hiroshi Saitō and Etsuyoshi Miyamoto's Obake Zukan monster picture book series revealed on Wednesday that Daiki Yamashita is playing Hiroshi. The website also revealed Nana Mizuki's role as Bōnyan. In addition, the website revealed the titles of Mizuki's theme...
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New Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Anime Gets 2nd Season

Video teases Sorcerous Stabber Orphen -Battle of Kimluck- ― The final episode of the new television anime of Yoshinobu Akita's Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi) light novel series announced on Wednesday that the anime is getting a second season. The title of the new season is Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi Kimluck-hen (Sorcerous Stabber Orphen -Battle of Kimluck-). The anime's off...
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DEVILMAN crybaby's Masaaki Yuasa Retires as Science SARU President

Director's upcoming works include Japan Sinks, Inu-Oh ― Anime director Masaaki Yuasa announced on his Twitter account on Wednesday that he retired as president of the studio Science SARU on March 25. Yuasa said that while he rests he will prepare for what comes next in his life. Yuasa co-founded Science SARU with Eunyoung Choi in 2013. The duo's "Food Chain" episode of the American animated series Ad...
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Anime/Manga/Game Industry Celebrates April Fool's Day 2020

It's that time of the year again: the cherry blossoms fall, and the April Fool's pranks fly. Japan's anime, manga and video game industries are fun-loving enough to participate in this tradition every year. Compared to previous years, there are fewer April Fool's Day projects. Companies, such as visual novel developer Key, chose to refrain out of consideration for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Az...

Konosuba Light Novel Series' 17th Volume Listed as Final One in May

Natsume Akatsuki's isekai comedy launched in 2013, inspired 2 TV anime series, anime film ― Kadokawa is listing the 17th volume of Natsume Akatsuki's KONOSUBA (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! or KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world!!) light novel series as the final volume. The volume will ship on May 1. The original story centers on Kazuma, a shut-in student who dies in a traffic ...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Anime's TV Broadcast Unveils 2 New Visuals

― The official Twitter account for Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, the new anime of Yoshiki Tanaka's epic science fiction novels Legend of the Galactic Heroes, unveiled two new visuals on Tuesday for the anime's new television airing. The visual features the story's two central characters, the Alliance admiral Yang Wen-li (left image below), and the Imperial admiral Reinhard von Lohen...
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Robocon Robot Comedy Franchise Gets Film on July 31

Kamen Rider's Hidenori Ishida helms Ganbareiwa!! Robocon with Super Sentai writer Yoshio Urasawa ― Toei announced on Wednesday that it is producing a new film based on Shotaro Ishinomori's Robocon robot coemdy franchise titled Ganbareiwa!! Robocon. The film will open in Japan on July 31, and it will include MX4D screenings. The new film is the first entry in the franchise in 20 years, since the Moero...
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Viz Media Licenses Super Mario Bros. Manga Mania Volume

Book collects stories from 29 years of Yukio Sawada's Super Mario-kun manga ― Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it has licensed Super Mario Bros. Manga Mania, a volume of selected stories from Yukio Sawada's Super Mario-kun manga. Viz's announcement has a late 2020 release date for the volume, and Amazon lists the volume with a December 8 release date. The volume, titled Super Mario-kun Kessakusen ...
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