A Growing Anime Fandom in Zambia

The expansion of streaming services has helped ignite fandoms all over the world. In Zambia, original animation and comics, cosplay, and conventions are beginning to flourish.

Netflix's Dragon's Dogma Anime Reveals Staff, Visual, September Debut

009 Re:Cyborg, Walking Meat's Shin'ya Sugai directs anime at Sublimation

This Week in Anime - Black Jack and the Gang Punch the President

Nick and Steve turned to famed director Osamu Dezaki's version of the story which pits Black Jack against horrific foes...including the (not) United States.

J-Novel Club: Amazon Delists Some Light Novels, Manga on Kindle

J-Novel Club not notified of delistings; some Yen Press, Dark Horse titles also not listed

New Love Live! Anime Confirms Love Live! Superstar!! Title

Fans to help name idol group, design logo for high school starting its 1st year

BNA: A Racism Allegory That (Mostly) Works

Kim Morrissy looks at the social themes that permeate Trigger's latest anime series to find where its allegory soars...and sinks.

The Summer 2020 Preview Guide

We're in the final stretch of new anime shows! NOW: Sword Art Online: Alicization Rent-A-Girlfriend • My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax • Peter Grill & The Philosopher's Time • Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! • Gibiate • No Guns Life 2 • Re:Zero 2 • DECA-DENCE • Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation 2 • The God of High School • The Misfit of Demon King Academy • Fire Force • AND MORE

List of Shows, Films, Manga, Games Affected by COVID-19 (Updated July 13)

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Pure Invention: How Japan's Pop Culture Conquered the World

Professional translator Matt Alt's "cultural detective story" details the birth of anime, from historical figures of post-war Japan to Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto's bathtub brainstorm sessions. ― It's strange. While I've taken plenty of chances to read books about Japanese pop-culture, I don't think I've ever finished one before. Rather, I'll scan the table of contents, find the topic I'm looking ...
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Asteroid in Love

The show is about how the friendships you form in the pursuit of your dreams are oftentimes more important than fulfilling the dreams themselves. ― Asteroid in Love is a show about cute girls doing cute things in cute ways. This is a fine agenda. I have liked many series about these same things, from Girls Last Tour to Sweetness and Lightning. And yet, I struggled to get through Asteroid in Love, eve...
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Sexiled: My Sexist Party Leader Kicked Me Out, So I Teamed Up With a Mythical Sorceress! Novels 1-2

Right from the first chapter, it's evident that this novel is commenting on real-life sexism, and that impression only further deepens as the story goes on. ― I read a lot of light novels, so I'd be the first to tell you that they come in all sorts. The light novel scene may have a deserved reputation for publishing its fair share of milquetoast male power fantasies, but it's not hard to find stories...
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The List - Summer 2020 Manga Announcements We're Excited For

The online conventions brought a boatload of new manga announcements we can't wait to get our hands on! ― The last fortnight has been a very exciting time in the otaku community, with game, manga, light novel and anime announcements coming left, right and center. It's clear there's a whole heap of otaku goodness to look forward to in 2021 and beyond. But let's take a moment to sift through the candy...
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The Vision of Escaflowne ‒ Episode 11-12

So that cat's out of the bag, along with Folken's identity and Asturia's complicity with Zaibach, or at least their total lack of care about what Zaibach does.
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The Magnificent KOTOBUKI Compilation Film Reveals Video, September Premiere

Cast, staff of original 2019 TV anime return ― The official website for the Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai (The Magnificent KOTOBUKI) anime project revealed a promotional video, poster visual, and the September 11 opening for the Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai Kanzenban (The Magnificent KOTOBUKI Complete Edition) compilation film on Friday. The screenings of the film will include MX4D screenings. The cast and st...
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RPG Maker MZ Game Releases for PC on August 20

― The official website for the RPG Maker MZ (RPG Tsukūru MZ) game, a new entry in the RPG Maker (RPG Tsukūru, or Tkool) series, announced on Thursday that the game will launch for PC via Steam on August 20. The website also revealed information about the game's auto-save, character generator, and plug-in command features. The game will feature new and returning tools for players to create customized...
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5-Member Dance, Vocal Group Da-iCE Perform One Piece Anime's New Opening Theme

New theme song "Dreamin' On" premieres in show on August 2 ― The official website for the five-member male dance and vocal group Da-iCE (theme song for The case files of Jeweler Richard) announced on Thursday that the group will perform the new opening theme song "Dreamin' On" for the One Piece anime. The new theme will debut in the show on August 2. Sōta Hanamura wrote the lyrics for the song. A pre...
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Kei Toume's Kūden no Himegimi Manga Goes Back on Hiatus Until October

Manga returned from 4-month hiatus in May ― This year's 15th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine revealed on Tuesday that Kei Toume's Kūden no Himegimi (Rocky Princess or lit., Static Princess) manga will go back on hiatus until the magazine's 21st issue on October 27. The manga went on hiatus on January 14, and resumed on May 26. The manga centers on the relationship between Mao Hosaka and Yokiko H...
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Chibi Godzilla Animated Shorts Stream on YouTube

30-second shorts follow daily life of picture book character Chibi Godzilla ― The official YouTube channel for the Godzilla (Gojira) franchise began streaming on Wednesday the first 30-second episode of a set of animated shorts based on the character Chibi Godzilla. The episode is titled "Tadaima! Chibi Gojira" (I'm Home! Chibi Godzilla). The animated shorts show the daily life of Chibi Godzilla, who...
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Bandai Toys Unveils New Tabe-O-Ja Switch Game

Cooking game about collecting food spirits launches this winter ― Bandai Toys announced a new Nintendo Switch game on Tuesday titled Tabe-O-Ja (King of Food) that will ship in Japan this winter. In the game, players are chefs, and use the Joy-Con controllers to cook various food, and summon "Tabe-Gami" or food spirits. Players battle against other chefs with their Tabe-Gami team. Source: Tabe-O-Ja's ...
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Viz Media's Shonen Jump Pubilshes Rosario + Vampire Creator's Ghost Reaper Girl Manga in Left-to-Right Format

Akissa Saiké debuted manga on Monday ― Viz Media's Shonen Jump service began publishing the English version of Ghost Reaper Girl, the latest manga from Akissa Saiké (also known as Akihisa Ikeda) in a left-to-right format on Monday. Viz revealed on Twitter that it is publishing the manga in left-to-right format at the creator's request. The story follows Chloé Love, a girl who fights back against ghos...
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Mega Man VR Experience Teased in Video

Rockman VR Nerawareta Virtual World!! debuts in Tokyo on July 18 ― Capcom opened a new website for its Rockman VR Nerawareta Virtual World!! (Mega Man VR: Aimed at the Virtual World!!) virtual reality experience last week, and it began streaming a new teaser video for the experience. Click on the below image to go to the website with the non-embeddable video.The video is under the words "プロモーション映像" T...
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Hiroshi Tanaka's Kippo Manga Ends on July 27

Bad Boys creator's manga about Hiroshima youth was released by Crunchyroll ― The 15th issue of Shonengahosha's Young King magazine revealed on Monday that Hiroshi Tanaka's Kippo manga series will end in the magazine's next issue on July 27. The manga entered its final arc in the 14th volume last August. Crunchyroll, which once released the manga in English, described the story: An irreplaceable "spot...
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Yoshiki Tonogai's 3rd Dead Company Manga Volume Listed as Final Volume

3rd volume by Doubt/Judge creator ships on September 24 ― Amazon is listing the third compiled book volume of Yoshiki Tonogai's Dead Company manga as the final volume. The volume will ship on September 24. The manga centers on Ryōsuke Miyauchi, a person who survived a real-life battle royale game three years ago, and has lived an empty life since then. One day, he decides to put his unique experience...
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Crows Zero Reboot Manga Ends in Next Chapter

Kenji Taira, Shōgo Mutō launched manga in August 2018 ― The 52nd chapter of Kenji Taira and Shōgo Mutō's Crows Zero Reboot manga announced on Wednesday that the manga will end in the next chapter. As with Hiroshi Takahashi's original Crows Zero manga, the story is set one year before the protagonist Hanamichi Bōya transfers into Suzuran High School, and centers on newly transferred third year student...
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Manga Goraku Special Magazine Moves to Digital Only

Magazine will continue to publish new issues on the 15th of every month ― The 69th issue of Nihonbungeisha's Manga Goraku Special magazine announced on Wednesday that the magazine will move to a digital format, beginning with the next issue. The announcement cited "changes in the manga market" and the need to "respond to current needs" as reasons for the move. As before, it will publish a new issue o...
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Konami Joins Google's Stadia Platform With Super Bomberman R

Game debuted on Switch in 2017 ― Konami announced on Wednesday that it has joined Google's Stadia cloud gaming platform, with the Super Bomberman R game as its first title on the platform. The game is based on the Super Bomberman SNES game, and features new graphics, boss battles, and an eight-player mode. It debuted on Nintendo Switch in March 2017 in North America, Japan, and Europe. It debuted for...

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Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Anime's Video Reveals More Staff, October Debut

Mr. Osomatsu/Sarazanmai composer Yukari Hashimoto scores fantasy comedy ― The official website for the television anime of Kagiji Kumanomata's Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle (Maōjō de Oyasumi) manga began streaming a new promotional video and unveiled a new visual for the anime on Thursday. The video reveals more staff for the anime, and also reveals its October premiere date on TV Tokyo, BS TV ...
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Takara Tomy Arts' 'Pretty Series' Franchise Teases Smartphone App on 10th Anniversary

CG concert airs this fall ― The official YouTube channel for the Kiratto Pri☆Chan anime series began streaming a video commemorating the 10th anniversary of Takara Tomy Arts and syn Sophia's Pretty Series franchise on Wednesday, and the end of the video teased a smartphone app for the franchise. A special CG concert featuring the franchise's main characters over the years will air this fall as part o...

Publishers Comment on Amazon Kindle's Delisting of at Least 15 Light Novels, Manga

J-Novel Club: Amazon gave no detailed reason; Yen Press: Amazon cited global content guidelines ― J-Novel Club president Sam Pinansky described to ANN on Tuesday his experiences with Amazon Kindle support regarding the delisting of some of its titles on Amazon Kindle. According to Pinansky, J-Novel Club attempted to get in touch with Amazon Kindle support after the delisting of some of its titles in ...
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Netflix to Stream CG Animated Series Based on Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo Comics

― Netflix announced on Wednesday that it will stream a new CG animated series titled Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles, based on Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo comics. Gaumont is producing the series, and Mumbai-based 88 Pictures is the CGI animation studio. Sakai is serving as an executive producer, along with Candie and Doug Langdale, who are also the showrunners. Additional executive producers inc...
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League of Legends Debuts Animated Trailer for 'Spirit Blossom' Skins

The League of Legends multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game is no stranger to anime influences, especially when it comes to character skins. The game has previously debuted skins referencing shonen-style action heroes, Sailor Moon, and furry kigurumi among the more expected seasonal and holiday-themed costumes. After initially teasing its latest skin line-up during Anime Expo Lite, Rio...
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Uzumaki Anime Casts Shinichiro Miki as Shuichi Saito

Uki Satake leads cast for anime of Junji Ito's horror manga ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Junji Ito's Uzumaki horror manga announced on Wednesday that Shinichiro Miki is playing Shuichi Saito. Uki Satake is voicing the anime's protagonist Kirie Goshima. The four-episode mini-series will premiere on Toonami this year, before it will premiere in Japan. Hiroshi Nagahama (Mushishi) is d...
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First 4 Figures Opens Faye Valentine ¼ Scale Figure for Pre-Order

High-end figure maker First 4 Figures opened its ¼ scale resin statue of Cowboy Bebop character Faye Valentine for pre-order on Tuesday. It is available in regular and exclusive versions, and is slated for release in the third quarter of 2021. First 4 Figures posted several videos showing off the figure: On its website, the company describes the statue as follows: The concept for this statue revol...
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Pure Invention: How Japan's Pop Culture Conquered the World

Professional translator Matt Alt's "cultural detective story" details the birth of anime, from historical figures of post-war Japan to Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto's bathtub brainstorm sessions. ― It's strange. While I've taken plenty of chances to read books about Japanese pop-culture, I don't think I've ever finished one before. Rather, I'll scan the table of contents, find the topic I'm looking ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 12-18

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Prisma Phantasm, The Ones Within anime; Splatoon Squid Kids Comedy Show, Wandering Witch manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 6 BDPlease Viz Media US$44.98 July 14 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 6 DVDCite Viz Media US$39.99 July 14 Eiken BDAnimeNewsNetwork Media Blasters US$19.99 July 14 Eiken ...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 134

Black Clover does have an actual plot to attend to, but it seems to be stuck in one of those lulls that all long-running shonen action series end up in.
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Sekai Games Produces Physical Release for fault - milestone one Game

Pre-orders for PS4, Switch release begin on July 21 ― Sekai Games announced on Monday that it will release a physical edition of the remastered version of Alice in Dissonance's fault - milestone one game from Limited Run Games for both the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. The announcement did not reveal a release date for the physical release, but pre-orders will begin on July 21. The release will ...
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Great Pretender Writer Explains Differences Between Writing for Live-action VS Anime

Anime written by The Confidence Man's Ryota Kosawa premiered on TV in Japan on July 8 ― Great Pretender series composition writer Ryota Kosawa, who is also well-known for writing the screenplays of popular live-action movies and dramas such as The Confidence Man, Legal High, and Aibou, was interviewed by Newtype regarding his experiences working on a television anime for the first time. He said that ...
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Wolf's Rain ‒ Episodes 13-14

There is certainly a harrowing and action-packed journey to be had… much later, because outside of that one scene, “Men's Lament” is actually about Hubb and Quent driving and drinking a bunch.
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Angels of Death Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Adaptation of Makoto Sanada's horror adventure game launched in 2015 ― The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Comic Gene magazine revealed on Tuesday that Kudan Nazuka's Angels of Death (Satsuriku no Tenshi) manga will end in three chapters (including the new chapter in the magazine's latest August issue on Wednesday). If there are no delays, the manga will end in September. Manga editor Izumo r...
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Tiger & Bunny ‒ Episodes 14-16

It's now official and out in the open (to the viewer, anyway) that Karina has fallen for Kotetsu.
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New Mashin Eiyūden Wataru Anime Gets Manga

Hideaki Fujii's new series launched on Wednesday ― A manga adaptation of Mashin Eiyūden Wataru Shichi Tamashii no Ryūjinmaru (Seven-Souled Ryūjinmaru), anime studio Sunrise and Bandai Spirits' Tamashii Nations toy brand's new project in the franchise, launched in the summer issue of Shogakukan's Corocoro Aniki magazine on Wednesday. Hideaki Fujii (Battle Spirits: Shōnen Toppa Bashin, Shin Megami Tens...
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Prison School's Akira Hiramoto Ends RaW Hero Manga

Series launched in September 2018 ― This year's 15th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine announced on Tuesday that Akira Hiramoto's RaW Hero manga will end in two chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end in the magazine's 17th issue on August 11. Yen Press is publishing the manga in English, and it describes the story: Just remember this. In this world of ours... ...the first to die are ...
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The Twelve Kingdoms ‒ Episode 13-14

In all I can't quite decide how I feel about the conclusion to “The Shadow of the Moon, The Sea of Shadows” right now.

GKIDS Announces Lupin III THE FIRST CG Anime Film's English Dub Cast

Tony Oliver, Richard Epcar, Lex Lang, Michelle Ruff, more join cast ― GKIDS announced the English dub cast on Wednesday for Lupin III THE FIRST, the first 3D CG feature-length anime film in Monkey Punch's Lupin III franchise. The English dub cast includes: Tony Oliver as Lupin III Richard Epcar as Daisuke Jigen Lex Lang as Goemon Ishikawa Michelle Ruff as Fujiko Mine Doug Erholtz as Koichi Zenigata L...
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Fortune Quest Fantasy Light Novel Series Ends, Spinoffs Announced

30-year-long series ends with 11th volume of Shin Fortune Quest II on July 10 ― The 11th volume of Mishio Fukazawa's Shin Fortune Quest II light novel series shipped on July 10 as the final volume in the long-running Fortune Quest fantasy novel series. Fukazawa mentioned last December that the "second half" of the 10th volume would be the final volume of the series. In addition, Fukazawa announced tw...
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Gibiate Exclusive Interview

Did you miss the Anime News Network Connect premiere of Gibiate? Our premiere was only available live, but you can still watch the exclusive interview with Gibiate Producer Ryō Aoki and Director Masahiko Komino. (The interview is available worldwide) ― Welcome to Anime News Network Connect! A collaboration between ANN and Anime NYC, ANN Connect is a new way to bring anime fans, anime creators, and t...
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Keiko Nishi Launches New Manga in November

Kyudo Boys author published 1-shot in March ― The fall issue of Shogakukan's Zōkan Flowers magazine revealed on Tuesday that Keiko Nishi will launch a new manga in the magazine's next issue on November 14. Nishi released a one-shot manga titled "Kaki no Hanashi" (The Story of Persimmons, seen right) in the magazine on March 14. The one-shot follows a married couple who live in a high-rise apartment c...
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Monster Musume Manga Gets Novel on August 29

Monster Girl Doctor's Yoshino Origuchi writes novel ― The Comic Ryū blog announced on Friday that Okayado's Monster Musume manga is getting a novel titled Monster Musume - Monster Girl・Hello Walk on August 29. Yoshino Origuchi (Monster Girl Doctor) is writing the novel. The novel's story will be about exchange students who, at the request of Smith, gather together with MON members and children of fam...
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Jujutsu Kaisen Anime Unveils Cast, Designs of Magic Tech College's 2nd-Years

Mikako Komatsu, Kouki Uchiyama, Tomokazu Seki join fall anime ― The official website for the television anime of Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga unveiled the cast members and character designs for three second-year students of the Magic Technical College on Wednesday: Mikako Komatsu as Maki Zenin, who appears to lack powers despite her elite family lineage Kouki Uchiyama as Toge Inumaki, a descen...
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CloverWorks Animates TV Ad for Disney Twisted-Wonderland Game App

The Disney Twisted-Wonderland smartphone game released a television ad animated by CloverWorks on Wednesday. Aniplex, which collaborated with Walt Disney Japan to produce the game, released 15 and 30-second versions of the ad on its YouTube channel. Voice actor Natsuki Hanae narrated the ad, having voiced the character Riddle Rosehearts in the game. 30-second version: 15-second version: The game l...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV Game's Trailer Previews Characters

Game launches for PS4 in N. America, Europe on October 27; in Australia, New Zealand on November 3 ― NIS America posted a character trailer for 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, on Tuesday. The game will launch for the PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe on October 27 and in Australia and N...

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Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World Anime's Video Reveals More Cast & Staff, Theme Songs, October Debut

Kaori Ishihara, Nao Shiraki, Shunichi toki, Yumiri Hanamori join cast ― The official website for the television anime of author Kei Sazane and illustrator Ao Nekonabe's Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World (Kimi to Boku no Saigo no Senjō, Arui wa Sekai ga Hajimaru Seisen) light novel series began streaming the second promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video reveals more cast and...
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My Hero Academia Stage Play Delayed After 2 Diagnosed With COVID-19

Play was slated to run on July 17-26 ― The official website for the stage plays of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga announced on Tuesday that the My Hero Academia: The "Ultra" Stage: Honmono no Hero PLUS ULTRA ver. (A True Hero PLUS ULTRA ver.) stage play has been delayed due to two people in the production testing positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The two are undergoing tr...

TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You TV Anime's Teaser Highlights Newlywed Life

Fall romantic comedy by Hayate the Combat Butler's Kenjirō Hata to stream on Crunchyroll ― The official website for TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You, the television anime of Kenjirō Hata's Fly Me to the Moon (Tonikaku Kawaii), began streaming a 30-second teaser promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video highlights Nasa and Tsukasa's newlywed life. The comedy follows a boy named Nasa who m...
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Kimi wa Kanata Anime Film's Teaser Reveals November 27 Opening Date

Ride Your Wave's Honoka Matsumoto, Kamen Rider Ex-Aid's Toshiki Seto star in teen fantasy ― The official website for Toho's Kimi wa Kanata (You Are Beyond) theatrical anime film posted a 30-second teaser trailer and a teaser poster visual for the film on Wednesday. The video narrated by Honoka Matsumoto reveals the film's November 27 opening date. The teaser poster visual shows the film's two main le...
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Japan Sinks: 2020 ‒ Episodes 1-2

No one is immune to the potential horrors of the unfolding chaos and I doubt the Mutoh family will look the same at the end.
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The God of High School ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

When Gamdo and Manseok go head-to-head, The God of High School puts the pedal to the floor and gives us another knockout fight that delivers with every satisfying blow each opponent delivers.
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Asteroid in Love

The show is about how the friendships you form in the pursuit of your dreams are oftentimes more important than fulfilling the dreams themselves. ― Asteroid in Love is a show about cute girls doing cute things in cute ways. This is a fine agenda. I have liked many series about these same things, from Girls Last Tour to Sweetness and Lightning. And yet, I struggled to get through Asteroid in Love, eve...
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Japanese Man Turns His Home into a Game Arcade

42-year-old Kōichi Toya isn't sure he wants to know how much it's all cost. ― Meet Kōichi Toya, or @myhomearcade on Twitter. He's building an arcade filled with vintage games from the 80s and 90s inside his own house. SUUMO Journal recently interviewed him about his motivations for creating a home arcade and the costs involved. According to the article, Toya is a 42-year-old married man with keen mem...
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

This is not an anime based around “will he win?” but “how will he win?” And if you're into this kind of setup, The Misfit of Demon King Academy is incredibly cathartic.
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Black Channel Net Anime Premieres on August 21

Story centers on demon YouTuber in human world ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Coro Coro Comic magazine revealed on Wednesday that the YouTube anime adaptation of Kei Kisaichi's (name romanization not confirmed) Black Channel manga will debut on August 21. The magazine's September issue will reveal more information about the anime and a special manga in August. The manga's story centers on...
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Pokémon Journeys: The Series ‒ Episodes 7-8

It's a fine fight, don't get me wrong; I get a sick sense of pleasure seeing Mr. Mime kick ass by spamming Reflect like the petty, devious little trainer I used to be in my Game Boy Advance days.
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6th Spinoff Chapter for Kimi ni Todoke Manga Debuts in August

― The August issue of Shueiosha's Bessatsu Margaret revealed on Monday that the magazine's next issue will publish the sixth chapter of Karuho Shiina's Kimi ni Todoke Bangaihen ~Unmei no Hito~ (Kimi ni Todoke Spinoff: Soulmate) spinoff manga on August 11. The new chapter will focus on Kurumi as she spends a night in Eiji's room. The first 50-page spinoff chapter debuted in Bessatsu Margaret in April...
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Ouran High School Host Club ‒ Episodes 13-14

This episode teases the most strongly yet the revelation of Haruhi's ambitions in attending Ouran.
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Earl & Fairy's Ayuko Launches Haru to Arashi Manga

"Tsundere love story" launches on August 11 ― The August issue of Shueiosha's Bessatsu Margaret revealed on Monday that manga creator Ayuko will launch a new manga titled Haru to Arashi (Spring and Storm) in the magazine's next issue on August 11. The first chapter will be 51 pages long, and it will have a color opening page. The magazine describes the manga as a "tsundere love story" where a sadisti...
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Whistle!'s Daisuke Higuchi, Ikki Tousen's Yuji Shiozaki Each Launch New Manga

Higuchi launches Dokushi -Blunt- on July 31; Shiozaki debuts Run x Man on August 7 ― Gentosha's Comic Boost website announced on Monday that Daisuke Higuchi (Whistle!) and Yuji Shiozaki (Ikki Tousen) are each launching a new manga on the website. Higuchi will launch Dokushi -Blunt- (pictured below left), the sequel to her Dokushi manga, on July 31. Shiozaki will debut the Run x Man manga on August 7....
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Netflix's Transformers Original Anime Reveals Japanese Dub Cast, Video

Tesshō Genda, Kikuko Inoue, Ryohei Kimura, Kenji Nomura, more join cast ― Netflix revealed the main Japanese dub cast and a character introduction video for the upcoming Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege animated series on Tuesday. The Japanese dub cast includes: Tesshō Genda as Optimus Prime Kikuko Inoue as Elita-1 Ryohei Kimura as Bumblebee Kenji Nomura as Jetfire Houchu Ohtsuka as Meg...
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Jungle Emperor Leo Special Gets New English Dub

RetroCrush streams anime based on Osamu Tezuka's manga ― Digital Sound Magic announced on Twitter on Monday that it has produced an English dub for Jungle Emperor: The Brave Can Change the Future, the television anime special inspired by Osamu Tezuka's Jungle Emperor Leo manga. The special is available on the RetroCrush streaming service. Karilynne Davies directed the English dub. RetroCrush describe...
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My Hero Academia Ranks at #2 on U.S. Monthly BookScan June List

14 manga volumes including Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Dragon Ball Super, Uzumaki, Komi Can't Communicate rank on top 20 ― Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 24 ranked at #2 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for June. This month's list featured 14 manga volumes, including: #2 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 24 #3 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 #5...
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'Kiss Him, Not Me' Film Debuts at #5, Ghibli Takes Top 3 for 3rd Straight Weekend at Japanese Box Office

Sonic the Hedgehog film drops off top 10 ― The live-action film of Junko's Kiss Him, Not Me (Watashi ga Motete Dōsunda) manga earned 51,320,380 yen (about US$479,000) from Friday to Sunday and ranked at #4 in its opening weekend. The film opened in Japan last Friday. Norihisa Hiranuma (High & Low film series) directed the film, and also co-wrote the script with Nami Kikkawa, Shōhei Fukuda, Kei Watana...

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2020 Doraemon Anime Film Unveils 'Special' Video to Celebrate August 7 Opening

Video thanks fans for patience after COVID-19 delay ― The official website for the 2020 Doraemon film Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Kyoryū (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's New Dinosaur) unveiled a new "special video" and a new visual for the film on Tuesday. The video thanks viewers for waiting for the film's opening. The film will open in Japan on August 7, after being postponed from its original March...
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Princess Tutu ‒ Episode 13-14

Of all of the many scenes that I love in Princess Tutu, my absolute favorite is in episode thirteen, the season finale, when she dances a pas de deux by herself.
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Live-Action Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Film's Full Trailer Previews Over-the-Top Story

September 25 film offers animation flip-books, student IDs, more with advance tickets ― The official website for the live-action project of Sumito Ōwara's Eizouken ni wa Te o Dasu na! (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) manga began streaming the full trailer for the film on Tuesday. The film will open in Japan on September 25. Participating theaters will begin offering MoviTicke Cards on Friday, and each...
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Fate/Zero ‒ Episodes 12-13

Although little in either episode is truly unimportant, the story and characterizations probably could have managed fine without some of it.
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Yakuza Kiwami 2 Game Launches for Xbox One on July 30

― The official website for Sega's Yakuza Kiwami 2 game announced on Monday that it will launch for Xbox One and Windows 10 on July 30. The game will also be available with Xbox Game Pass on the same day. Sega released Yakuza Kiwami 2, a full remake of Yakuza 2, in Japan for PlayStation 4 in December 2017, and in English in August 2018. The remake uses the "Dragon Engine" that Sega created to develop...
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 6

Yes, the 2020 version of Mimi Tachikawa and her pal Palmon finally make their debut this week, and show that Digimon still has no shortage of new tricks.
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Funimation to Stream Hunter x Hunter Anime in U.K., Ireland

All 148 episodes debut on service with sub/dub on July 17 ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will begin streaming the 2011 Hunter x Hunter anime in the U.K. and Ireland on July 17. All 148 episodes will be available on the streaming service in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub. The HBO Max service began streaming the anime's first 99 episodes on June 23. The second televis...
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One Piece ‒ Episodes 925-927

On the one hand, the entire synopsis is - “They fight,” and if you'll pardon me channeling a bit of Ken Watanabe, I say “Let them fight.”
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Yen Press Licenses '86—Eighty-Six' Manga for December Release

Kingdom Hearts III manga's 1st volume launches in November ― Yen Press announced on Monday that it has licensed Motoki Yoshihara's manga adaptation of Asato Asato's 86—Eighty-Six light novel series. The company will release the manga's first volume physically and digitally in December. Yen Press also revealed that it will release the first volume of Shiro Amano's Kingdom Hearts III manga physically a...
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Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls Smartphone Game Ends Service on September 9

iOS, Android game launched in Canada in September 2019 ― Konami revealed on Wednesday that Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls (Akumajō Dracula Grimoire of Souls), a smartphone game in the Castlevania series, is ending service on September 9. The game has halted sales of the in-game Gem currency. The game launched for iOS and Android devices in Canada in September 2019. There was a closed beta in Japan in...
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Natsume's Book of Friends Releases Face Mask Case in Japan

Given the widespread expectation these days to wear masks, keeping them in order has got to be a priority. That's where the Natsume's Book of Friends series comes in, by providing fans with a case to store their masks with the cutest design possible. The Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond anime film is releasing mask cases in Japan with Nyanko-sensei's face on them this October, and they'...
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Rika Tachibana Cast as Ena Banshōya in Assault Lily Bouquet Anime

Series premieres in October after COVID-19 delay ― The official website for the Assault Lily mixed-media franchise revealed on Monday that Rika Tachibana is joining the cast as Ena Banshōya in the Assault Lily Bouquet television anime. The anime delayed its premiere date to October to prioritize the safety of its cast and staff during the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The anime was ori...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 156

Frequent filler focus Cho-Cho takes center stage in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations' latest one-off.
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Sexiled: My Sexist Party Leader Kicked Me Out, So I Teamed Up With a Mythical Sorceress! Novels 1-2

Right from the first chapter, it's evident that this novel is commenting on real-life sexism, and that impression only further deepens as the story goes on. ― I read a lot of light novels, so I'd be the first to tell you that they come in all sorts. The light novel scene may have a deserved reputation for publishing its fair share of milquetoast male power fantasies, but it's not hard to find stories...
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Eleven Arts, Shout! Factory to Release The Wonderland Anime Film on Home Video in October

Keiichi Hara's film screened in N. America in January ― Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory announced on Monday that they will release Keiichi Hara's The Wonderland (Birthday Wonderland) anime film on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and for digital purchase on October 6 in North America. Eleven Arts screened the film in theaters in the United States and Canada on January 31. The company describes the film: On the day ...
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Oregairu Author Hints at Fanservice to Expect From My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax! Anime

― My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru., or Oregairu for short) author Wataru Watari was interviewed by Megami Magazine regarding what to expect from the My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Kan) anime. One question in particular centered on fanservice; the interviewer asked: "It appears ...
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Fire Force ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Shinra's brief flirtation with the dark side is thrilling and genuinely chilling, thanks especially to David Production cranking up its dark and surreal flourishes.
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I'm Standing on a Million Lives Anime Completes All 12 Episodes 3 Months Before Premiere

Series' Twitter posts all 293 cuts from episode 1 ― 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 revealed on Monday that the anime has finished production of all 12 episodes three month's before its October premiere. The account is posting all 293 cuts from the series' first...
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Your Summer 2020 Daily Streaming Reviews Schedule

The summer Daily Streaming schedule sees the return of spring series that went on hiatus due to COVID-19, ongoing reviews of fan-favorite classics, and brand-new shows voted in by in ANN readers. Without further ado, your schedule: Christopher Farris Deca-Dence Digimon Adventure Ouran High School Host Club Kill la Kill James Beckett Fire Force 2 The God of High School Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out ...
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Animelo Summer Live Concerts Rescheduled for August 2021 After COVID-19 Delay

Next year's event retains performers, theme, venue from planned 2020 event ― The official website for the "Animelo Summer Live 2020 -Colors-" concerts announced on Monday that this year's event is rescheduled to August 27-29, 2021 at Saitama Super Arena. People who purchased tickets to this year's event can use the tickets for "Animelo Summer Live 2021 -Colors-," and refunds are also available. The o...
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Announcing Anime News Network Connect

Tomorrow we will present the first of many Anime News Network Connect sessions. We're excited that our first sessions will be the online premiere of the new anime Gibiate, followed by a Q&A with production staff. ― Anime News Network is super proud to announce that we've teamed up with Anime NYC to create an ongoing series of online events that will showcase anime premieres, in-depth interviews, and...
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Crunchyroll Previews The God of High School Documentary in Video

"Behind the Scenes of 'The God of High School' | Making of an Anime" streams on July 20 ― Crunchyroll began streaming a behind-the-scenes video on Monday to promote the "Behind the Scenes of 'The God of High School' | Making of an Anime" documentary about the television anime of Yongje Park's The God of High School manhwa. Crunchyroll will begin streaming the full documentary on July 20 at 11:00 a.m....
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Live-Action, Anime Producer Susumu Yoshikawa Passes Away

84-year-old worked on Video Senshi Lezarion, Armored Fleet Dairugger XV ― Retired producer Susumu Yoshikawa passed away due to respiratory failure on Friday at 6:00 a.m. in his home in Kamakura, Kanagawa. He was 84. Yoshikawa's family will hold a private funeral. He is survived by his wife Yoshiko. Yoshikawa debuted as a producer for the Nippon Kenkyakuden live-action television series in 1968. His f...
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NieR Re[in]carnation Smartphone Game's English-subitled Promo Video Streamed

Closed beta test starts on July 29 ― Square Enix began streaming a promotional video on Sunday for NieR Re[in]carnation, the first a smartphone game in the NieR video game franchise. The video has English subtitles. The video revealed that Square Enix will be conducting a closed beta test for the NieR Re[in]carnation game in Japan from July 29 to August 5. Applications for the closed beta test will b...
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Tsurubaya Productions Wins Lawsuit Against Unauthorized Chinese Ultraman Film

Tsuburaya filed lawsuit against BlueArc in 2018 for Ultraman copyright infringement Ultraman production company Tsuburaya Productions won its lawsuit against Chinese production company BlueArc on June 30. The Shanghai court awarded damages of 38 million yen (about US$354,900) to Tsuburaya for BlueArc's copyright infringement of Tsuburaya's Ultraman character. Tsuburaya filed the lawsuit against Gua...
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Ace Attorney Writer, Director Takeshi Yamazaki Leaves Capcom

Designer worked on 5 games in series ― Takeshi Yamazaki, the designer and director of multiple games in Capcom's Ace Attorney franchise, announced on Saturday that he has left Capcom after 15 years of working for the company. He added that he will still develop games, but will take on new challenges. Yamazaki was the planner on Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, and was al...
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Uchū Sentai Kyūranger Actor Tetsuji Sakakibara Tests Positive for COVID-19

Sakakibara among 30 performers, staff, audience from stage play who contracted disease ― The staff of THE JINRO: Ikemen Jinrō Idol wa Dare da!!! stage play announced on Sunday that actor Tetsuji Sakakibara has tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). He is currently under self-quarantine and recovering. Sakakibara starred in the stage play with fellow actor Yūsuke Yamamoto, who als...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens Anime Resumes on August 8 After COVID-19 Delay

Show to air rerun episodes starting on July 18 ― The official website for Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens, the new television anime for the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, announced on Friday that the anime will rebroadcast episodes 7-9 starting on July 18 on TV Tokyo. TV Tokyo will then air new episodes starting from episode 10 on August 8. TV Tokyo aired a recap episode for episodes 1-6 on July 11. BS-TV Tokyo will rebroad...
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'Sprin' Pan Let's go forward!' Anime Short Screens Alongside Jintai no Survival!/Robocon Double Bill

Film premieres on July 31 ― Animation studio CGCG Studio HD announced on Monday that its nine-minute anime short "Sprin' Pan Mae e Susumō!" ("Sprin' Pan Let's go forward!") will screen alongside the double feature movies Jintai no Survival! and Ganbareiwa!! Robocon: Urara~! Koi Suru Shiru-Nashi Tantanmen!! no Maki on July 31. The anime's adventure story centers on a 12-year-old girl who admires Peter...
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Kyoto Animation's 2nd Baja no Studio Anime Airs on July 23

Also: NHK airs documentary on Kyoto Animation arson incident on Monday night ― NHK announced on Friday that it will air Kyoto Animation's Baja no Studio: Baja no Mita Umi (Baja's Studio: The Sea Baja Sees) anime for the first time on television on NHK General and NHK World Premium on July 23 at 8:15 a.m. JST, with a repeat airing on NHK-E on August 14 at 9:15 a.m. JST. Programs on NHK World are strea...

Kodansha Comics Hosts Shaman King Panel at [email protected]

Online con also hosts panel featuring Junji Ito ― San Diego Comic-Con International's official website announced on Friday that Kodansha Comics will host an online panel to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the finale of Hiroyuki Takei's original Shaman King manga series. The panel will feature Kodansha Comics' Misaki Kido, Ben Applegate, and Ivan Salazar. The panel will include "exclusive announ...

Life-Size Freedom Gundam Statue to Debut at Shanghai's New LaLaport Jinqiao Mall in 2021

― Sunrise confirmed on Monday that it will unveil its life-size Freedom Gundam statue in front of the Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport Jinqiao in Shanghai in 2021. The statue is the first overseas one in Sunrise's "Life-Size Gundam Statue Project." Sunrise and its partners first teased the plans during the live-streamed Gundam G Meeting 2020 event for the Gundam China Project on Saturday. Protagonist K...

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Revue Starlight Compilation Film Opens on August 7 After COVID-19 Delay

Originally scheduled for May 29 ― The official website for Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Rondo Rondo Rondo, the compilation film of the Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight franchise's television anime, announced on Sunday that the film will open in Japan on August 7. The film was slated to open on May 29, but was postponed due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The site is streaming a n...
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To Your Eternity TV Anime Unveils Main Cast Members

Reiji Kawashima, Rie Hikisaka star in October show of A Silent Voice creator's manga ― The official website for the television anime of Yoshitoki Oima's To Your Eternity (Fumetsu no Anata e) manga revealed the main cast members for the anime on Monday. The cast members include: Reiji Kawashima as Fushi Rie Hikisaka as March Aya Uchida as Parona Rikako Aikawa as Pioran Mitsuki Saiga as Hayase Kenjiro ...
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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs' Tadahiro Miura Publishes 1-Shot in Shonen Jump

― This year's 32nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the magazine's combined 33rd/34th issue on July 20 will include a one-shot by Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs' author Tadahiro Miura. The one-shot is titled "Giniro no Seven" (Silver-Colored Seven). The "space battle romantic comedy" manga centers on high school student Sakuya, who meets the "Space Battleshi...
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Hello Kitty Opens Limited-Time Café at Narita Airport

Hello Kitty is running a limited-time café at Narita Airport's Terminal 2 from July 3 to October 2. The timing may be a bit unfortunate due to airports being desolate wastelands right now, but for now you're free to admire the photos of the café's original food from afar. Here's what the menu looks like: Hello Kitty's Love Pink Curry (1,500 yen) Hello Kitty's Gratin Croquette Burger (1,500 yen) He...
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The List - Summer 2020 Manga Announcements We're Excited For

The online conventions brought a boatload of new manga announcements we can't wait to get our hands on! ― The last fortnight has been a very exciting time in the otaku community, with game, manga, light novel and anime announcements coming left, right and center. It's clear there's a whole heap of otaku goodness to look forward to in 2021 and beyond. But let's take a moment to sift through the candy...
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Stand By Me Doraemon 2 Film Gets Attraction at Universal Studios Japan on August 4

Film's release is delayed from original August 7 date ― The Stand By Me Doraemon 2 CG anime film will get an attraction at the Universal Studios Japan theme park on August 4. The "Stand By Me Doraemon 2 XR Ride" will use VR technology to recreate the world of Doraemon and tell an original story supervised by the film's directors Ryūichi Yagi and Takashi Yamazaki. The story will have a time traveling ...
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Kochikame Manga Gets New 1-Shot in Shonen Jump on July 20

― This year's 32nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the magazine's combined 33rd/34th issue on July 20 will include a special short one-shot chapter for Osamu Akimoto's KochiKame manga. Akimoto previously published a special chapter of KochiKame last December to commemorate him receiving the 2019 Medal with Purple Ribbon honor in November. The medal is awarded ...
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Shonen Jump Magazine Teases News for 'That Dragon Quest Title' on August 3

― This year's 32nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine teased on Monday that it will reveal news about "that title" in Square Enix's Dragon Quest franchise in the magazine's 35th issue, which will ship on August 3. The Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai franchise is getting a new anime in October, a new prequel manga, as well as a new smartphone game, console game, and arcade game. The D...
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Haikyu!! Gets 'Dumpster Battle' Stage Play This Fall

Previous play in franchise canceled runs in March-May due to COVID-19 ― This year's 32nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the Hyper Projection Engeki Haikyū!! stage play series based on Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! manga is getting a new stage play this fall. The play is titledHyper Projection Engeki Haikyū!!: The Dumpster Battle. Worry Kinoshita is again direct...

Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! Manga Ends on July 20

Volleyball manga launched in 2011 ― This year's 32nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! manga will end in the magazine's combined 33rd and 34th issues, which will ship on July 20. The final chapter will have 28 pages including a color page. The magazine's 31st issue had teased that the manga would reach the "climax" of its final arc in...
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Haikyu!! To The Top Anime's 2nd Half Debuts in October

2nd half originally slated for July ― This year's 32nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the second half of Haikyu!! To The Top, the fourth season of the Haikyu!! anime, will debut in the "Animeism" programming block on MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS in October. The second half, consisting of episodes 14 to 25, was originally planned to premiere this July, but was delayed ...
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Yowamushi Pedal Live-Action Film's Making-of Video Streamed

Film opens in Japan on August 14 ― Shochiku Co., Ltd's official YouTube channel started streaming a promotional video on Friday previewing the making of the live-action film of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal manga. The film will open in Japan on August 14. Ren Nagase of the idol group King & Prince will star as Sakamichi Onoda. The film will also star Kentaro Ito (Ride Your Wave, live-action Kyō K...

Ascendance of a Bookworm TV Anime Gets 3rd Season

Announced on live-streamed Niconico special on Sunday ― A live-streamed Niconico special for the Ascendance of a Bookworm television anime announced on Sunday that production on a third season has been green-lit. Crunchyroll, which is streaming this television anime of Miya Kazuki's "biblia fantasy" novel Ascendance of a Bookworm (Honzuki no Gekokujō: Shisho ni Naru Tame niwa Shudan o Erandeiramasen)...
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Kamen Rider Kabuto Actor Yūsuke Yamamoto Tests Positive for COVID-19

Yamamoto among 12 performers, staff from stage play who contracted disease ― The Y2 Production agency announced on Friday that actor Yūsuke Yamamoto has tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Yamamoto reported symptoms of the disease on Tuesday, and was tested on Wednesday. The Kamen Rider Kabuto actor was starring in the THE JINRO: Ikemen Jinrō Idol wa Dare da!!! stage play, whi...
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Comic Market 99 Event Plans Move from Winter 2020 to Golden Week 2021

Staff cite COVID-19, delayed Olympics as reason for move ― The Comic Market Committee announced on Sunday that it is aiming to move the planned winter Comic Market (Comiket 99) event from this winter to the Golden Week holidays in 2021 (which will take place in April and May, 2021). The committee cited scheduling issues considering Tokyo Big Sight's East Exhibition hall will remain unavailable until ...
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Kenta Watanabe, Creator of VTuber Hot Springs Mascot Chizuru, Reported Missing in Oita Floods

Heavy rains in last week in Japan have killed 69 people The Asahi Shimbun reported on Friday that Kenta Watanabe, the creator of the "Dennō Okami Chizuru" mascot character, has been missing since torrential rains caused floods and landslides across the Kyushu region in Japan on Tuesday. The police confirmed the death of Kenta Watanabe's grandmother Toshimi Watanabe (81), manager of the Ryokan Tsuru...

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Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater Produces Fishing Etiquette Pamphlet with Japanese Government

The Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater fishing-themed anime announced on its official website on Tuesday that it has produced a tie-up pamphlet in collaboration with the Fisheries Agency (a child agency of the Japanese government's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries). The pamphlet, which details fishing rules and etiquette, features an original illustration for the anime on its cover...
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Enako Cosplays Rent-A-Girlfriend in Latest Weekly Shonen Magazine Issue

Cosplayer and Cool Japan ambassador Enako appeared in a color-page pin-up shoot inspired by the Rent-A-Girlfriend series in Weekly Shonen Magazine's 37th issue, which shipped in Japan on Wednesday. She dressed as the manga's heroine Chizuru Mizuhara to commemorate the premiere of the television anime on Friday. The theme of the shoot is "real date." Enako is shown in places where a real date may h...
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Atsushi Kaneko Launches New EVOL Manga on August 12

New manga by Bambi and her Pink Gun manga author ― The August issue of Kadokawa's Comic Beam magazine revealed on Friday that Atsushi Kaneko will launch a new manga titled EVOL in the magazine's next issue on August 12. The manga will feature on the issue's front cover, and it will have a color opening page. Kaneko posted a preview of the manga on Twitter on Friday. 【新作ー!!!】カネコアツシ新作始動!タイトルは、『EVOL(イーヴ...
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Shadow Skill's Megumu Okada Designs Characters, Directs Animated Short for Team Blockheads

Video production team streams "Joyū Eiga Toru" animated short ― The Japanese video production group Team Blockheads launched an animated web short on Wednesday titled "Joyū Eiga Toru" ("The actresses will make a movie!"). Manga creator Megumu Okada (Shadow Skill, Saint Seiya Episode.G) is the creator, director, and character designer for the animated short. The "mockumentary" animated short is based ...

Life-Size Freedom Gundam Statue to Rise Above Shanghai

1st life-size Gundam statue overseas after Japan's first Gundam & Unicorn Gundam ― Sunrise announced on Saturday that the "Life-Size Gundam Statue Project" is expanding overseas with a life-size Freedom Gundam statue in Shanghai next year. Sunrise and its partners made the announcement during the live-streamed Gundam G Meeting 2020 event for the Gundam China Project. Protagonist Kira Yamato pilots th...
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XSEED Reveals Physical Release for Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin Game

Game launches for PS4, Switch, PC in 2020 ― XSEED Games announced on Friday that game developer Edelweiss' side-scrolling action platformer game Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin (Tensui no Sakuna Hime) will get a physical edition for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The game will have a standard edition and a special "Divine Edition," the latter of which includes a custom outer box with exclusive artwo...

HBO Max Adds Death Note, Hunter x Hunter, Food Wars!, Tower of God Anime

HBO Max streaming service launched with 17 TV anime, 21 Studio Ghibli films on May 27 ― The HBO Max streaming service added the Death Note, Hunter x Hunter, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fourth Plate, and Tower of God anime in June. The service added all 37 episodes of Death Note on June 16, the first 99 episodes of the 2011 Hunter x Hunter anime on June 23, and Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The ...
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Crunchyroll Also Streams Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time Anime

Anime premiered on Friday ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it is also streaming the television anime of Daisuke Hiyama's Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time (Peter Grill to Kenja no Jikan) manga as part of the summer 2020 anime season in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, the U.K., Scotland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin American countries. The first episode lau...
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Sony Delays Hollywood Monster Hunter Film to April 23, 2021

― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Friday that Sony Pictures is delaying its live-action film adaptation of CAPCOM's Monster Hunter action game franchise from September 4 to April 23, 2021. Deadline speculated that the reason was due to the A Quiet Place 2 film releasing on September 4, and also that due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), planned theatrical releases for August...
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My Hero Academia Manga Takes 1-Week Break So Staff Can Switch to Digital

― The official Twitter account for Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga announced on Friday that the manga will not appear in the 32nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Monday as planned. The announcement from the magazine's editorial department stated that due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and taking precautions to lower the risk to Horikoshi and his ...
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WAVE!! Surfing Yappe!! Anime Film Trilogy Unveils October Opening, More Staff

Girls' Last Tour's Takaharu Ozaki directs MAGES. anime at Asahi Production ― The official website for Love&Art's surfing-themed project WAVE!! announced more staff members on Saturday and revealed that the WAVE!! Surfing Yappe!! anime film trilogy will open in Japan this October. The three parts will open one after another on October 2, October 16, and October 30. The website also posted the first vi...

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Shoot! Soccer Manga Releases Spinoff About Pro Player Masashi Nakayama

Tells the story of Nakayama getting reincarnated into the world of the manga ― Tsukasa Ooshima's soccer-themed manga Shoot! is releasing an "isekai" manga spinoff of sorts. Shoot! no Sekai ni Gon Nakayama ga Tensei Shite Shimatta Ken (That Time Gon Nakayama Got Reincarnated in the world of Shoot!) tells the story of professional soccer player Masashi Nakayama, otherwise known as Gon Nakayama, getting...
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Pop Team Epic's Super Pipimi Bari Mode Gets Mecha Model Kit by Good Smile

Mecha was featured in anime's 13th episode ― Pop Team Epic's "Super Pipimi Bari Mode" mecha, which made an appearance in the 13th episode of the anime, is getting its own Gunpla-esque model kit for fans to assemble. The kit is being released under Good Smile Company's "Moderoid" series of model kits. Good Smile Company's English website describes the kit as follows: From the anime series "POP TEAM EP...
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Funimation to Stream 4th, 5th That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime OADs

2nd, 3rd "Rimuru's Glamorous Life as a Teacher" episodes launch this year ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will stream the fourth and fifth original anime DVDs (OADs) for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime this year. Funimation describes the fourth OAD, "Extra: Rimuru's Glamorous Life as a Teacher, Part 2": Rimuru, now a teacher at the Freedom Academy in the Kingdom of Ingrassia, has bec...
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A Certain Magical Index Author Kazuma Kamachi Publishes His 100th Novel Through Dengeki Bunko

2nd Sо̄yaku Toaru Majutsu no Index novel shipped on Friday ― On Friday, author Kazuma Kamachi published the second volume of his Sо̄yaku Toaru Majutsu no Index (Genesis Testament: A Certain Magical Index) light novel series, the third part of the A Certain Magical Index saga. According to Kamachi's Twitter account, the release of this book marks the 100th novel the author has published through Dengek...
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Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia Game Announced for Switch in November

All-new action RPG lets players form Bakugan teams, compete online ― The Nintendo Treehouse: Live livestream presentation announced publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developer WayForward's Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia game for release for the Nintendo Switch on November 3. The livestream revealed an announcement trailer for the game. Nintendo describes the game: Bakugan: Champion...
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Shout! Factory to Stream Mill Creek Entertainment's Ultraman Library

1,100+ episodes, 20 movies to stream in N. America ― Shout! Factory announced on Friday that it has licensed U.S. home video distribution company Mill Creek Entertainment's Ultraman library for streaming in North America. Shout! Factory and its streaming service Shout! Factory TV acquired exclusive SVOD and AVOD digital rights for the collection of more than 1,100 episodes and 20 movies in the U.S. a...
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Touhou Labyrinth Dungeon Crawling RPG Launches on PS4, Switch on July 16

Cubetype streams Touhou Labyrinth: Gensōkyō to Tenkan no Taiju's trailer ― Developer Cubetype revealed on Friday that its new Touhou Project dojin (indie) game Touhou Labyrinth: Gensōkyō to Tenkan no Taiju will launch for the PlayStation 4 and Switch in Japan on July 16. The game's official website also began streaming a trailer. Cubetype announced the game on May 30. Cubetype released its Touhou Kob...
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T Anime's Video Previews Dream Ranker Arc

Episode 16 debuts on July 24 after delay ― The official website for the A Certain Scientific Railgun T (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T) anime revealed a new promotional video for the Dream Ranker arc on Friday. The video previews fripSide's new opening song "dual existence," and sajou no hana's ending theme song "Aoarashi no Ato de" (After the Blue Storm). The anime's second half is adapting the Dream Ran...
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Date A Bullet Theatrical Anime Reveals 2-Part Premiere, Trailer, Songs

Date A Bullet: Dead or Bullet opens on August 14, Date A Bullet: Nightmare or Queen on November 13 ― The official website for the theatrical anime adaptation of Yuichiro Higashide's Date A Live Fragment: Date A Bullet spinoff novels a trailer, key visual, theme songs, and premiere dates for the two-part project on Friday. The first theatrical anime in the project, Date A Bullet: Dead or Bullet, will ...
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By the Grace of the Gods Anime Reveals More Cast, New Promo Video

Saori Hayami, Takehito Koyasu join cast ― The official website for the anime adaptation of author Roy and illustrator Ririnra's By the Grace of the Gods (Kami-tachi ni Hirowareta Otoko) light novel series revealed more cast and a promotional video on Friday The new cast members are: Saori Hayami as Elise Takehito Koyasu as Reinbach Ririnra also provided a new illustration to commemorate the anime. Th...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, June 29-July 5

The Full-Time Wife Escapist rerun episode earns 10.5% rating ― Last week's episode of Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu Muzukyun! Tokubetsu-hen, a rerun of the live-action series adaptation of Tsunami Umino's The Full-Time Wife Escapist (Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu) manga, aired on TBS on Tuesday, June 30 at 10:00 p.m., and it earned a 10.5% rating. The second half of the Soreike! Anpanman Ki...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 29-July 5

Animal Crossing: New Horizons at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 29-July 5 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20 53,506 5,058,226 2NSwSekai no Asobi Taizen 51 Nintendo June 5 23,591 195,211 3NSwRing Fit Adventure Nintendo October 18, 2019 19,285 1,092,799 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 10,037 3,015,080 ...
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Eiji Masuda Launches New Yumemigaoka Wonderland Manga in August

My Monster Secret author's new work is omnibus manga ― This year's August issue of Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Friday that Eiji Masuda's new manga is titled Yumemigaoka Wonderland, and it will debut in the magazine's next issue on August 12. The magazine teases the manga as an omnibus manga, with the first chapter centering on the meeting of between a gloomy boy and a...
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Barakamon's Satsuki Yoshino Launches New Manga in August

Barakamon author ended Yoshi no Zuikara manga in May ― The August issue of Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine revealed on Friday that Satsuki Yoshino will launch a new manga in the magazine's next issue on August 12. The announcement did not reveal a title for the manga (previewed right in image below). Yoshino launched the Barakamon manga in Square Enix's Gangan Online magazine in 2009, an...
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Wataru Murayama's Woman can't control her desire Manga Ends

Manga by Desert Coral author launched in November 2018 ― The July 24 issue of Houbunsha's Weekly Manga Times magazine published the final chapter of Wataru Murayama's Onna ni wa 3-nen ni Ichido Dō ni ka Saretai Hi ga Aru (Woman can't control her desire) manga on Friday. The manga's fifth and final volume will ship on September 16. The manga centers on the stories of a 27-year-old office worker, a 21-...
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Rent-A-Girlfriend Gets Manga Anthology on August 17

Anthology includes works from Wataru Akashingо, Masakuni Igarashi, Puyo, Sōichirō Yamamoto ― This year's 32nd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Reiji Miyajima's Rent-A-Girlfriend (Kanojo, Okarishimasu) manga is getting a manga anthology on August 17. The anthology will include works from the following manga creators: Wataru Akashingо (My Dad's the Queen of All VTub...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga Volume 21 Sells 2 Million in 3 Days

Franchise sells over 71 million total ― Oricon reported on Friday that the regular and limited editions of Koyoharu Gotouge's 21st Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga volume ranked #1 and #2, respectively, on Oricon's manga chart for the June 29-July 5 week. The regular edition sold 1,191,086 physical print copies, while the limited edition sold 850,091 physical print copies, for a total of 2,041,17...
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DOLL Creator Mihara to End Dokuhime no Hitsugi Manga in 2nd Volume

Dokuhime sequel manga launched in 2017 ― The first volume of Mitsukazu Mihara's Dokuhime no Hitsugi (The Poison Princess' Coffin) manga revealed on June 19 that the manga will end with its second volume later this year. The manga is a sequel to Mihara's earlier Dokuhime (The Poison Princess) manga. The original manga is a gothic fantasy about a woman who, after ingesting trace amounts of poison from ...
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Hiroshi Motomiya's Good Job Manga Ends on July 16

Omnibus about various occupations launched in July 2018 ― This year's 32nd issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Hiroshi Takano and Hiroshi Motomiya's Good Job manga will end in the magazine's next issue on July 16. The manga entered its final arc on July 2. The manga series is an omnibus about various occupations. It launched with the tagline, "Tax collectors, deliverymen...

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TBS Acquires 49% of MangaBox Digital Manga Platform From DeNA

TBS seeks to promote comprehensive media strategy with joint venture ― Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) announced on Tuesday that it has acquired 49% of shares of DeNA's digital manga platform MangaBox as of May 18. DeNA retains the other 51% of the joint venture's shares. Through this joint venture, TBS seeks to strengthen its content and promote comprehensive media strategy under its "Group Mid-Term...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax! Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― The official website for My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Kan) is listing the anime with six Blu-ray Disc and DVD volumes with a total of 12 episodes. The volumes will ship in Japan on September 25, October 28, November 27, December 30, January 29, and February 26. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax, the third anime season of the anime of Wa...
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Precure Miracle Leap Film Opens on October 31 After COVID-19 Delays

2021 Healin' Good Precure anime film also confirmed ― The official website for the Eiga Precure Miracle Leap: Minna to Fushigi na 1-nichi (Everyone and the Mysterious One Day) anime film announced on Friday that the film will open on October 31. The site also confirmed that the Healin' Good Precure anime will have a film that will open in 2021. Eiga Precure Miracle Leap: Minna to Fushigi na 1-nichi w...
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Baki, Kengan Ashura Artists Draw Crossover Art for Netflix

Baki the Grappler creator Keisuke Itagaki and Kengan Ashura artist Daromeon drew crossover art for the two series showing their main characters standing off and ready to brawl. Both series have an anime streaming exclusively on Netflix, and the art was drawn to promote their availability on the service. Voice actors Nobunaga Shimazaki (who plays the eponymous Baki Hanma from Baki) and Tatsuhisa Su...
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Live-Action Tomie Horror Series Casts Adeline Rudolph

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actress stars in Quibi shorts based on Junji Ito's manga ― The entertainment news website Deadline reported on Thursday that streaming service Quibi has greenlit the live-action series of Junji Ito's Tomie manga, and that the adaptation has cast Adeline Rudolph (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) as the title character. The series will have episodes that are less than 10 m...
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How Cardcaptor Sakura Was Cancelled in the Philippines

Stories of battles between governments and media have become common across the world. However, one such recent fight in the Philippines has been the backdrop to a poignant story of heartbroken anime fans, looking forward to the return of a favorite anime heroine. That heroine is a character most ANN readers will know – Sakura Kinomoto of the CLAMP-created Cardcaptor Sakura. The story has been trac...
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My Hero Academia Manga Ranks at #20 on U.S. BookScan 2019 List

Volumes of Kohei Horikoshi's series were 9 of top 10 best-selling manga last year ― The Comics Beat website posted its annual analysis of NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for 2019 on Tuesday. According to the report, Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 was the 20th best-selling graphic novel for 2019 and the only manga to make the top 20. The volume sold 98,720 copies in the U....
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Museum Replicating Osamu Tezuka's Former Residence Opens

Tokiwaso building also housed manga legends Fujio Akatsuka, Fujiko Fujio, Shotaro Ishinomori ― A museum reconstructing the Tokiwaso, an apartment building in that ward's South Nagasaki neighborhood famous for housing some of Japan's most renowned early manga artists, including Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy), Fujio Akatsuka (Tensai Bakabon), Fujiko Fujio (Doraemon) and Shotaro Ishinomori (Kamen Rider), open...
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Tie the Knot with Evangelion's Spear of Longinus Engagement, Wedding Rings

The Spear of Longinus depicted in the Evangelion series has inspired forks, picks, tweezers, and real-life recreations. Now the latest merch item to be inspired by it is engagement and wedding rings. U-TREASURE is releasing the "Spear of Longinus/Solitaire Ring" and "Spear of Longinus/Pair Ring" items through its Shinjuku branch and online store. In the Solitaire Ring, the Spear of Longinus protru...
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Zoids Wild Blast Unleashed Switch Game Heads West in October

Takara Tomy's Zoids Wild King of Blast launched in Japan in February 2019 ― Outright Games announced on Thursday that it will release Takara Tomy's Zoids Wild King of Blast game for Nintendo Switch in English under the title Zoids Wild Blast Unleashed on October 16. The company began streaming a teaser trailer for the release. The game launched in Japan in February 2019. Takara Tomy's Zoids Wild fran...
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The Violence Action Manga Gets 'Screen Adaptation'

Shin Sawada, Renji Asai's series about girl-next-door assassin launched in April 2016 ― The sixth compiled book volume of author Shin Sawada and artist Renji Asai's The Violence Action manga revealed on Friday that the series is getting a "screen adaptation." The manga's story centers on Kei Kikuno, an assassin who seems to be an easygoing and cute girl next door but is actually a top hitgirl. Kei sk...
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Fairy Tail RPG's Trailer Previews Characters, Features

Koei Tecmo, Gust's game launches in Japan, Europe on July 30; N. America on July 31 ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming a new trailer for Koei Tecmo and Gust's Fairy Tail role-playing game on Thursday. The video previews the game's characters and features. Koei Tecmo America also began streaming a Digital Deluxe costume trailer for the game on July 2. The game will debut for the PlayStation 4, Ninte...
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Crunchyroll Adds 5th That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime OVA on November 27

― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming the fifth OVA for the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime on November 27. The OVA will be available in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Crunchyroll describes the OVA: Rimuru and the Class S students have made it through the fir...
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Dragon Marked for Death Game Gets PS4 Version on July 22

2D side-scrolling action game debuted in 2019, launched for PC in April ― Inti Creates announced on Wednesday that the PlayStation 4 version of Dragon Marked for Death game will launch on July 22. The company began streaming a trailer for the announcement The game debuted digitally in January 2019 in Japan, North America, and Europe. In Japan, the game received a physical release on January 31. In th...
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Top-Selling Animation DVDs in Japan: 2020 (First Half)

Weathering With You sold 46,347, followed by One Piece Stampede, UtaPri Maji Love Kingdom, Urashimasakatasen, Haikyu!! ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 9, 2019 to June 7, 2020. Rank Title Estimated Sales in Discs Release Date 1 Frozen 2 (Limited-Number Edition) 98,647 2020/05/13 2 Weathering With You DVD Standard Edition 46,347 2020/05/27 3 One Piece Stampede Standard Edition 22,189 20...
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Top-Selling Animation Blu-ray Discs in Japan: 2020 (First Half)

UtaPri Maji Love Kingdom sold 79,825 + 30,716, followed by Weathering With You, Girls und Panzer das Finale 2, IDOLiSH7 concert, Promare ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 9, 2019 to June 7, 2020. Keyakizaka46 Live at Tokyo Dome ~Arena Tour 2019 Final~ sold 78,679 copies to rank #6 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Nogizaka46's 7th Year Birthday Live (Limited Complete Pressing) sold 49,...
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Fanfare/Ponent Mon to Release Jiro Taniguchi's A Journal of My Father, Solitary Gourmet Manga

Companies to also release Yukari Takinami's I Wish I Could Say "Thank You" manga ― Fanfare and Ponent Mon confirmed with ANN on Monday that they will release Jiro Taniguchi's A Journal of My Father (Chichi no Koyomi) manga and Masayuki Kusumi and Taniguchi's Solitary Gourmet (Kodoku no Gourmet) manga in English. Additionally, the companies will publish Yukari Takinami's I Wish I Could Say "Thank You"...
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Hiro Aikawa's Dōzo Kawaigatte Kudasai Manga Ends

Manga by Mikami-sensei's Way of Love author launched on June 8 ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Petit Comic magazine revealed on Wednesday that Hiro Aikawa's Dōzo Kawaigatte Kudasai (Please Go Ahead and Spoil Me) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on August 7. The manga centers on Aoi Kinoshita, a clumsy woman who one day becomes the center of affection of Mori Kujō, an up and coming execu...
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Triage X Manga Continues Despite Planned Conclusion

Sato previously stated in 2018 that manga would end around 21st volume ― Artist Shoji Sato said on his Twitter account on Tuesday that the Triage X manga will not end with its 21st volume. He noted, "I guess there was this interview where I said the manga will end around volume 21. But it didn't!" Kadokawa shipped the 21st volume on Thursday. Sato previously stated in an interview with media news web...
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Middle School Student Wins Pony Canyon Audition to Sing Deemo Anime Film's Theme

Hinano Takashima performs, Yuki Kajiura writes/composes DEEMO THE MOVIE film's theme song ― Pony Canyon announced at its "DEEMO THE MOVIE – Utahime Audition Final" panel at the Anime Expo Lite online event on Friday that 14-year-old third-year middle school student Hinano Takashima will perform the theme song for DEEMO THE MOVIE, the anime film based on Rayark Games' Deemo game. Takashima won against...
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Atelier Mimina's Giraffe and Annika Indie Adventure Game Previews Gameplay in Trailer

Game launches for PS4, Switch in N. America/Europe in August, Oceania in September ― NIS America began streaming a trailer on Wednesday for Japanese indie developer Atelier Mimina's Giraffe and Annika 3D adventure game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The video previews characters and gameplay. The game will launch in North America on August 25, Europe on August 28, and Oceania on September 4. ...
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Dragon Quest Tact Smartphone Tactical RPG Launches in Japan on July 16

iOS/Android game will be free-to-play with in-app purchases ― The official website for Dragon Quest Tact, the tactical role-playing game based on the Dragon Quest franchise, announced on Wednesday that the game will launch for iOS and Android devices in Japan on July 16. The free-to-play game will include in-app purchases. Pre-registration is available now. In the game, players will command the franc...
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Contemporary Artist Takashi Murakami Discontinues Jellyfish Eyes 2 Film Project

Project began in 2012 before 1st film's 2013 debut ― World-renowned contemporary artist Takashi Murakami announced on his Instagram account on June 30 that he has discontinued production on his Jellyfish Eyes Part 2: Mahashankh (Mememe no Kurage 2) feature film due to his company facing bankruptcy. He will produce a series of videos that will "publicly announce" the film's discontinuation (the first ...
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SSSS.Gridman Manga Spinoff About Akane Canceled

Shun Kazakami struggled on direction for manga for over a year ― Manga creator Shun Kazakami announced on their Twitter account on Wednesday that their planned manga spinoff of Trigger's SSSS.Gridman anime has been canceled due to differences on the direction for the manga's story. Kazakami added that they had been struggling with the manga for over a year, but to no avail, and he apologized for the ...
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Limited Run Games Announces New Physical Releases

8 Japanese games get limited physical releases ― Game distributor Limited Run Games announced physical releases for a number of new titles. The Japanese games receiving limited-edition physical releases include: Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 Castlevania Anniversary Collection The friends of Ringo Ishikawa Garou: Mark of the Wolves Grandia HD Collection MegaDimension Neptunia VII Mighty Gunvolt Bu...

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Masaaki Yuasa's Japan Sinks: 2020 Anime Clip Shows Rap Scene

Anime debuts on Netflix on Thursday ― Netflix began streaming a clip from Japan Sinks: 2020, Science SARU and Masaaki Yuasa's anime series of Sakyo Komatsu's Japan Sinks (Nihon Chinbotsu) science-fiction novel on Wednesday. The clip shows a rapper attempting to lift the spirits of fellow survivors. The 10-episode series debuts worldwide on Netflix on Thursday, July 9. The cast members are (from left ...
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Live-Action Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku Series Resumes on August 21 After COVID-19 Delay

Series went on hiatus after 6th episode on May 15 ― The staff for the live-action series of Kenji Hamaoka's Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku (Super Radical Gag Family) manga announced on Thursday that the show will resume with new episodes on August 21. The show went on hiatus after its sixth episode on May 15 due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) affecting the show's filming schedule. The show's websit...
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Houston Mayor: Anime Matsuri Convention Rescheduled to Next Year

Anime Matsuri CEO: ticket refund deadline extended to "at least until end of July" ― Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner stated during a daily briefing on Wednesday that the Anime Matsuri organizers are suspending and rescheduling their convention to next year (22:12 mark in video below). Anime Matsuri has not made an official announcement regarding the rescheduling of the event, but its CEO John Leigh re...
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Crunchyroll to Also Stream My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax! Anime

English-subtitled trailer posted for My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU season 3 ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will also stream My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Kan), the third anime season of the anime of Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light novel ser...
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Uzumaki Anime Casts Uki Satake as Kirie Goshima

Uki Satake shares video message for anime of Junji Ito's horror manga ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Junji Ito's Uzumaki horror manga announced on Wednesday that Uki Satake (Space Dandy's QT) will voice the anime's protagonist Kirie Goshima. The account began streaming a video message from Satake. Uki Satake to voice Kirie Goshima in the Japanese version of Uzumaki Anime.(@UzumakiAni...
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Live-Action The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Boys-Love Film's Teaser Shows Mikado's Power

Supernatural suspense film opens on October 30 ― The official website for the live-action film of Tomoko Yamashita's The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window (Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru) boys-love manga posted a teaser trailer and the first flyer visual for the film on Thursday. The video shows protagonist Mikado's power to see the supernatural, and Hiyakawa and Mikado's fateful first encounter....
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Mari Okada's O Maidens in Your Savage Season Manga Gets Live-Action Series

Manga also gets 2 new side story chapters in August, September ― The August issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine announced on Thursday that Mari Okada and Nao Emoto's O Maidens in Your Savage Season (Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo) manga is inspiring a live-action television series. The manga will also have two new side-story chapters that will debut in the magazine's next two issues in Aug...
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Voice Actor Chris Ayres Launches Crowdfund Campaign for Lung Transplant Medical Costs

Ayres had been diagnosed with end-stage COPD ― Voice actor Chris Ayres launched a crowdfund campaign on Monday to help pay for medical expenses for a lung transplant he underwent last year. The GoFundMe is being run by Lee Wilson from the Oni-Con anime convention. On the GoFundMe page and on Twitter, Ayres explained that the surgery went well and thanked everybody who helped him with his journey. "Wh...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 5-11

Cop Craft, How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? anime; Act-Age, My Senpai Is Annoying manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Cop Craft BDPlease Funimation US$64.98 July 7 How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? BDCite Funimation US$64.98 July 7 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Set 1 BDAnimeNewsNetwork Viz Media US$49.99 July 7 Shakugan no Shana Season 1 Essentials BDPlease Fun...
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 39

In an episode rife with so much angst that even Tohru faltered, Haru's low-key optimism gave everyone something to root for.
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Tokyo Tribe Waru Manga's 4th Volume Listed as Final Volume

Manga about Shivuya Waru successor gang launched in 2015 ― Amazon is listing the fourth volume of Santa Inoue's Tokyo Tribe Waru manga as the final volume. Akita Shoten will ship the volume on September 17. The manga is set after the original Tokyo Tribe manga, and centers on the Shivuya Waru gang, the successor of the old Shivuya Saru gang. Inoue launched Tokyo Tribe Waru in Akita Shoten's Bessatsu ...
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Vinland Saga Creator Recommends 'Tis Time for "Torture," Princess Manga

Comedy fantasy manga launched on Jump+, Manga Plus in April 2019 ― Vinland Saga manga creator Makoto Yukimura recently shared a recommendation for Robinson Haruhara and Hirakei's Hime-sama "Gōmon" no Jikan Desu ('Tis Time for "Torture," Princess) manga. On Tuesday, he tweeted in English: ""HIMESAMA GOUMON NO JIKAN DESU " is my favorite manga these days. It's been about a year since the series started...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 133

After taking nine weeks off due to COVID-19-related production delays, what do we get for the wait? One of the more lackluster non-recap episodes of the past several dozen.
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World Heroes Fighting Game's Manga Ends

Kimitoshi Yokoo launched manga in December 2018 ― The August issue of Hero's Inc.'s Monthly Hero's magazine published the final chapter of Kimitoshi Yokoo's manga adaptation of ADK's World Heroes game franchise on July 1. Yokoo launched the manga in Monthly Hero's in December 2018. Hero's Inc. published the manga's second compiled book volume on January 10. The original World Heroes fighting game deb...
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Chika Shiomi's Key Jack: Keep Alive Manga Ends

Manga's 3rd compiled book volume ships in October ― This year's August issue of Akita Shoten's Mystery Bonita magazine published the final chapter of Chika Shiomi's Key Jack: Keep Alive manga on Monday. The manga's third and final compiled book volume will ship in October. Shiomi launched the manga in Mystery Bonita in 2018. The manga's second compiled book volume shipped on January 16. Shiomi launch...
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International Comic/Manga School Contest 2020 Announces Winners

Contest received applications from 825 schools in 69 countries ― The International Comic/Manga School Contest 2020 announced its winning entries on the CLIP STUDIO PAINT website last Friday. The contest received more than 750 illustration and comic applications from 825 schools in 69 countries and regions. The theme of the competition was "promise." The overall grand prize winner of the Comic/Manga/B...
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Wolf's Rain ‒ Episodes 11-12

Wolf’s Rain's disparate story threads are supposed to come together, and yet the show's utter disinterest in making “sense” in a traditional way leaves me sometimes feeling as frustrated as I am enchanted by its boldness.
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Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris Game's Video Previews Story

Game launches in West on Friday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new promotional video for the Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris game on Wednesday. The video previews the game's story. Bandai Namco Entertainment postponed the release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to July 9 and for PC via Steam to July 10 in Japan due to safety considerations related to the new coronavirus d...
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Anime Reveals Video, More Cast

Toshiyuki Morikawa, Hisako Kanemoto, Lynn join cast ― The official website for the television anime of author Rifujin na Magonote and illustrator Shirotaka's Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation light novel series revealed the second promotional video and three additional cast members on Wednesday. The new cast members are: Toshiyuki Morikawa as Paul Greyrat Hisako Kanemoto as Zenith Greyrat Lynn as...
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Mayor: All Houston Conventions Canceled, Rescheduled to 2021 (Update)

― Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner stated on Monday that "in this city, all other conferences and conventions have canceled or been rescheduled to next year with the exception of" the July 16-18 Texas State Republican Convention. Due to expanding health and safety measures in the ongoing new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Anime Matsuri convention was already rescheduled from July 9-12 to...
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Fire Force Stage Play Reveals Visual

Tickets for July-August performances resold due to COVID-19 guidelines ― The official website for the stage play of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga revealed a key visual on Wednesday. The play will run at the Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka on July 31 to August 2, and the KT Zepp Yokohama in Kanagawa on August 6 to 9. Shō Kubota is directing the play, with a script by Yūsei Naruse. ...
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XFLAG, SCANDAL, Marza Animation Planet Collaborate on 'XPICE' Anime Short

Original short with new SCANDAL song streams on July 15 ― XFLAG announced on Wednesday that it will release the new original anime short "XPICE" on the official XFLAG Anime YouTube channel on July 15. The channel began streaming a teaser video for the collaborative short on Wednesday. The anime is the first part of a collaborative project between XFLAG, creators, and musical artists in Japan. The fou...
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Nocturne Boogie Anime Short Series Produced via Remote Work for July 10 Debut

Asami Seto, Seiichirō Yamashita, Saori Hayami star as roommates who are secretly monsters ― Nocturne Boogie, a series of anime shorts produced entirely through remote work, will premiere on the Gyao! and YouTube services on July 10. Creator Junpei Morita ("Morita-to-Jumpei," Occultic;Nine, Lost Song) completed the project while experimenting with new ways of production, after the new coronavirus dise...
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Mirage of Blaze Gets New 'Reboot' Manga in August

Mizuna Kuwabara, Shoko Hamada's novels, manga inspired 2002 TV anime, 2004 OVA ― The August issue of Akita Shoten's Mystery Bonita magazine revealed on Monday that Mizuna Kuwabara and Shoko Hamada's Mirage of Blaze (Honō no Mirage) manga will have a new manga titled Honō no Mirage R (pronounced "Reboot") in the magazine's next issue on August 6. Hamada, the illustrator of the original novel series an...
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Ryōsuke Fuji Launches Shangri-La Frontier Manga on July 15

Shangri-La Frontier ~ Kusoge Hunter, Kamige ni Idoman to su~ to debut in Weekly Shōnen Magazine ― The official YouTube channel for Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine began streaming a video on Tuesday, and it reveals that Ryōsuke Fuji is launching a new manga titled Shangri-La Frontier ~ Kusoge Hunter, Kamige ni Idoman to su~ (Shangri-La Frontier ~ Crappy Game Hunter Challenges God-Tier Game) in this ...
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My Hero Academia Ranks #4 on New York Times' July Graphic Books Bestseller List

― The 24th volume of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga ranked at #4 on The New York Times' monthly Graphic Books and Manga bestseller list released in early July. The manga's first volume ranked at #9 on the list. The New York Times posted its first new Graphic Books and Manga bestseller list in October, and it is one category of the newspaper's new bestseller lists. Dragon Ball Super volume ...

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Kensho Ono, Kana Hanazawa Announce Their Marriage

Voice actors performed together on Magi, Bungo Stray Dogs, more ― Voice actors Kensho Ono (30) and Kana Hanazawa (31) announced on their Twitter accounts on Wednesday that they have gotten married. Ono wrote in his message that Hanazawa is "a person I respect. She is passionate about her work, is always cheerful and makes me happy when we're together, and she has many qualities that I don't possess."...
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Earth Defense Force: World Brothers PS4/Switch Game Heads West in Early 2021

Voxel-style EDF game debuts in Japan this year ― D3 Publisher announced on Tuesday that it will release Earth Defense Force: World Brothers, the new spinoff game in the Earth Defense Force series, in the West for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in early 2021. Gamespot is streaming the announcement trailer for the game. Earth Defense Force: World Brothers will launch for PS4 and Nintendo Switch in J...
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Ultraman Taiga Film Opens on August 7 After COVID-19 Delay

New trailer previews film originally scheduled for March 6 ― The official Twitter account for the Ultraman franchise began streaming a new trailer for the Gekijōban Ultraman Taiga: New Gene Climax film on Wednesday. The trailer reveals that the film will now open on August 7. The trailer also asks moviegoers to make three promises for everyone's safety: go to bed early the night before to be well res...
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Way of the Househusband Manga Gets Live-Action Show in October

Hiroshi Tamaki stars as yakuza turned house husband ― NTV announced on Wednesday that it is producing a live-action series adaptation of Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga that will air on Sundays at 10:30 p.m. this October. The project stars Hiroshi Tamaki (live-action Nodame Cantabile's Shinichi Chiaki, live-action Ōoku: The Inner Chambers movie's Matsushima, MW's Michio...
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Live-Action Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Film Opens on September 25 After COVID-19 Delay

Originally scheduled for May 15 ― The official website for the live-action project of Sumito Ōwara's Eizouken ni wa Te o Dasu na! (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) manga began streaming a "special video" for the upcoming film version on Wednesday. The video reveals the film's new September 25 opening date. The film was originally scheduled to open on May 15, but TOHO and the film's production committee...
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Kill la Kill ‒ Episodes 11-12

We know Nui represents a major threat because Satsuki loses her cool immediately upon seeing her. This framing paints the danger she represents as an outside force, apart from the system Ryuko's been railing against this whole time.
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Ishida and Asakura Anime Gets English Dub

Ascendant Animation's Kiba Walker directs, writes 2013 series' dub ― President and COO of Ascendant Animation and voice actor Kiba Walker announced on Twitter on Monday that he is working on an English dub of the Ishida and Asakura (Ishida to Asakura) gag comedy anime as the ADR director and writer. This will be Ascendant Animation's first dub, and Walker stated that the anime's English cast will be ...
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Crunchyroll Streams Ninja Collection, Umayon Spinoff Anime

Spinoff of Uma Musume Pretty Derby anime began streaming on Tuesday ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it is streaming the Ninja Collection and UMAYON spinoff anime as part of the summer 2020 anime season. Crunchyroll is listing that the Ninja Collection spinoff of the Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories television anime will begin streaming soon in North America, Central America, South America, ...
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Pokémon Journeys: The Series ‒ Episodes 5-6

What we're all really here for is Scorbunny's quest to become Goh's Best Pokémon Friend, and this is a mission of utmost importance.
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eigoManga Launches Kickstarter for First Squad Manga

Physical, digital release slated for fall 2020 ― Publisher eigoManga launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for its release of Enka Sugihara's First Squad - The Moment Of Truth manga on Friday. The campaign is aiming to raise US$3,000 to cover the cost of printing and shipping the release to retailers. As of press time, the campaign has raised US$936. The publisher will use funds raised in the ...
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Outlaw Star ‒ Episode 13-14

The term “filler” gets thrown around a lot to describe these kinds of episodes, but personally I think they can serve an important purpose.
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GKIDS Licenses Ghibli's Earwig and the Witch Film

Studio's 1st CG feature opens in theaters in N. America in early 2021 ― GKIDS announced on Tuesday that it has licensed Studio Ghibli and Goro Miyazaki's first CG feature Earwig and the Witch, an anime adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones' novel of the same name. The company will release the film in theaters in North America in early 2021. The 82-minute feature will have its television premiere on the NHK...
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Yuuho Ashibe's Crystal Dragon Manga Goes on Hiatus

Historical fantasy manga by Bride of Deimos author launched in 1981 ― The August issue of Akita Shoten's Mystery Bonita magazine revealed on Monday that Yuuho Ashibe's Crystal Dragon manga will go on hiatus due to "circumstances." The historical fantasy manga is set on the island of Erin (present-day Ireland), and centers on a young girl named Arianrhod. She is known in her village for being the only...
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Ys Origin Game Gets Switch Release in 2020

Switch game gets worldwide release with physical, digital versions ― Dotemu announced on Tuesday that it will release Nihon Falcom's Ys Origin game for the Nintendo Switch this year. The company began streaming an announcement trailer for the release. Dotemu describes the game as "the action RPG saga's inaugural quest in which humanity flees a demon horde's relentless pursuit." Limited Run Games will...
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Devil May Cry 5 Designer Ryosuke Yoshida Leaves Capcom

Senior game designer joins NetEase Games Sakura Studio ― Game developer Ryosuke Yoshida announced on his Twitter account on Monday that he has left his job at Capcom as of Saturday, July 4. His Twitter account now lists him as senior game designer at NetEase Games Sakura Studio. Yoshida noted in his announcement that he had been with Capcom for 12 years. Yoshida is perhaps best known for his work as ...
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miwa Performs Child of Kamiari Month Anime Film's Theme Song

Film opens in Japan in 2021 after delay ― The staff for Cretica Universal's Child of Kamiari Month (Kamiari no Kodomo) anime film project announced on Tuesday that singer-songwriter miwa will perform the film's theme song. 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, w...
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Monster Rancher 2 Gets Port for Switch, Smartphones This Fall

Port of 1st Monster Rancher launched in Japan in November ― The official Twitter account for Koei Tecmo's Monster Rancher (Monster Farm) franchise revealed on Tuesday that Koei Tecmo will release a port of its Monster Rancher 2 game for Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android this fall. The release will include new elements as well as improvements based on the results of a previous Twitter campaign. This w...
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Talentless Nana TV Anime's 1st Video Unveils Cast, Song Artists, More Staff, October Debut

Rumi Okubo, Hiro Shimono, Yūichi Nakamura, singers Miyu Tomita & Chiai Fujikawa join anime ― The official website for the television anime of Looseboy and Iori Furuya's Talentless Nana (Munō na Nana) manga posted the first promotional video and a teaser visual on Tuesday. The video revealed the anime's main cast, theme song srtists, additional staff members, and October premiere. The main cast member...

Comico Launches 'Pocket Comics' App in English With 41 Manga, Manhwa

Available in U.S., Canada, Singapore with ReLIFE, How to keep a mummy, Momokuri, Nanbaka, more ― The free manga app Comico launched an English version named "pocket comics" for iOS and Android devices on Tuesday. The English version is available in the United States, Canada, and Singapore. It launched with 41 titles, including both Japanese manga and South Korean manhwa. The service is also planning ...
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Eternity Books' 12 Romance Stories for Adult Women Get TV Anime This Fall

Eternity ~Shinya Nurekoi Channel~ anime has regular TV version, streaming version with adult scenes ― Publisher AlphaPolis announced that 12 works from its adult women-oriented novel and manga imprint Eternity Books will inspire anime that will premiere on television and streaming this fall under the collective title Eternity ~Shinya Nurekoi Channel~ (Eternity ~Late Night Wet Love Channel~). Each new...
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Voice Actor Kenjiro Tsuda Reveals He Is Married With 2 Kids

'I thought that choosing not to make an announcement would protect our safety' ― Live-action and voice-over actor Kenjiro Tsuda posted on Instagram on Tuesday that he is a married man with two children. The popular voice actor had previously kept his marital status and other details about his private life hidden in the interest of safety, but said that he felt compelled to belatedly announce this inf...

5th Tenchi Muyo! OVA Season's' Video Previews Tropical Island Setting

3rd episode of 5th season ships for home video on August 28 ― The official website for the fifth season of the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki original video anime (OVA) series began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video previews the tropical island setting of the third episode. It also revealed the original illustration created by Masaki Kajishima for the home video release's s...
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Live-Action 'Kiss Him, Not Me' Film's Footage Highlights Asuma Mutsumi

THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE's Hokuto Yoshino stars in film opening Friday ― The official website for the live-action film of Junko's Kiss Him, Not Me (Watashi ga Motete Dōsunda) manga posted footage from the film on Tuesday. The video highlights the character Asuma Mutsumi, played by THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE member Hokuto Yoshino. The cast includes: (Top row, left to right in image above) Nonoka...
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Singer, Voice Actress Nana Mizuki Announces Her Marriage

Partner is a person in the music industry ― Voice actress and singer Nana Mizuki (40) announced on her blog on Tuesday that she has gotten married to a person in the music industry. "Now that I've reached certain milestones like my 40th birthday and my 20th anniversary of my debut as a singer, I've had more chances to reevaluate myself and consider the future. I also treasure my peaceful everyday lif...

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3 Ghibli Movies Top Japanese Box Office Once Again

Sonic the Hedgehog film drops to #7 in 2nd weekend ― Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog movie dropped from #6 to #7 in its second weekend at the Japanese box office. The film earned 25,767,750 yen (about US$240,100) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 112,187,300 yen (about US$1.04 million). The film opened in Japan on June 26, after being delayed from its original March 2...
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Fire Force Squad Gets Into Pacific League Baseball

The Fire Force anime is collaborating with the Pacific League professional Japanese baseball league. To celebrate the occasion, the anime has released images of the main characters dressed in the uniforms of the six teams. The idea comes from Japanese wordplay; in baseball, the athlete who makes an appearance when the team is in trouble is called a "firefighter." The character art depicted is as f...
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Pokémon GO Fest Ad Directed by The Last Jedi's Rian Johnson

Commercial streamed for July 25-26 virtual event ― Niantic's Pokémon GO unveiled a new commercial for its Pokémon GO Fest event on Monday. Rian Johnson (Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Knives Out) directed the commercial. This year's Pokémon GO Fest will be a virtual event, and will take place on July 25 to 26. The game allowed players to participate in Raid Battles with friends from home this Marc...

New Higurashi: When They Cry Anime Debuts in October After COVID-19 Delay

Passione's TV anime was originally scheduled in July ― The official website for the new Higurashi: When They Cry (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) anime project announced on Tuesday that the anime will premiere this October. The anime was originally scheduled to premiere in July, but it was delayed due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the production schedule. Ryukishi07 and 07th ...
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Mary Skelter Finale Game's 7-Minute Promo Video Streamed

3D dungeon-crawler ships for PS4, Switch on October 8 ― Compile Heart began streaming a promotional video for the Kangokutō Mary Skelter Finale game on Monday. The seven-minute video features the game's characters and cast as well as gameplay clips. Compile Heart began streaming the opening movie for the game on June 21. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan on October...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris Game's Opening Video Streamed

Video features ReoNa's theme song "Scar/let" ― BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Southeast Asia began streaming the opening video for the Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris game on Monday. The video features the theme song "Scar/let" by ReoNa. Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a battle system trailer for the game on June 30. Bandai Namco Entertainment postponed the release for PlayStatio...
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The Promised Neverland's Krone Takes Over Shibuya

Posters from the live-action film of Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland manga are taking over a number of locations in Shibuya as of Friday. The image featured is from the film's latest 15-second ad, which shows caretaker Krone looking for the kids. As her head tilts and she stares piercingly into the camera, the words "Found you" show up onscreen. Krone's eerie stare will foll...
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G-Shock Releases Limited-Edition One Piece Timepiece for U.S. Market

Casio's G-Shock watch brand opened its One Piece collaboration timepiece for preorders on Wednesday. The GA110JOP-1A4 model timepiece, which is based on the digital-analog GA-110 series of watches, depicts One Piece protagonist Luffy. The watch will go on sale at select G-Shock retailers on July 22, and orders are limited to one per household. The item costs US$250. G-Shock describes the timepiece...
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WildBrain Spark Releases Shimajiro Anime with English Dub

Anime, live-action content launched on YouTube in April ― WildBrain Spark announced on Thursday that it has received exclusive rights from Benesse Corporation to manage the English-language channel and content for the Shimajiro franchise on YouTube. The official English-language Shimajiro YouTube channel is streaming Shimajiro anime content with an English dub. WildBrain Spark describes the Shimajiro...
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One Piece ‒ Episodes 922-924

The disparities between Wano's rulers and subjects is shown in stark contrast as The King carries on with his revelry.
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Re:Zero Smartphone Game's Gameplay Videos Streamed

Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu - Lost in Memories launches this summer ― Sega began streaming four gameplay videos on Monday for Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu - Lost in Memories, the smartphone game based on the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- franchise. Sega also began streaming system and story television commercials for the game on June 24. The game is slated to launch th...
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Ahiru no Sora Creator Criticizes Anime Adaptation

Takeshi Hinata, creator of the basketball-themed manga Ahiru no Sora, recently tweeted negative thoughts about the artistic liberties taken by the television anime. On Friday, he quote-tweeted a tweet by the anime's official PR account and commented: "You're the worst." (The anime's official account has since deleted the tweet in question.) He then screencapped the now deleted tweet and tweeted: "...
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Netflix Streams Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege Show's New Trailer

Animated series debuts on July 30 ― Netflix began streaming a new trailer for the upcoming Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege animated series on Monday. Netflix will debut the show on July 30 after a delay due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on production. Polygon Pictures is animating the series, and Rooster Teeth is producing. The series will have six 22-minute ...
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Juri Nagatsuma Cast as Shinobu Izue in Assault Lily Bouquet Anime

Assault Lily: The Fateful Gift stage play reveals Tokyo run in September ― The official website for the Assault Lily mixed-media franchise revealed on Monday that Juri Nagatsuma is joining the cast as Shinobu Izue in the Assault Lily Bouquet television anime. The website also revealed details for the September run of the franchise's upcoming second stage play Assault Lily: The Fateful Gift. Assault L...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 155

Following a pandemic-facilitated hiatus, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations returns with one of its most somber installments to date.
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 5

Every episode of Digimon Adventure: so far has felt like the show ‘just getting started’ to some degree, and this one's no different in being the one to dump most of the stakes at our feet.
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Burning Kabaddi Sports Manga Gets TV Anime

Hajime Musashino's kabaddi series launched in 2015 ― An official website opened on Tuesday to announce that Hajime Musashino's Burning Kabaddi (Shakunetsu Kabaddi) manga is getting a television anime adaptation. The website began streaming a teaser video, and Musashino provided a teaser visual for the announcement. The manga's story centers on first-year high school student Tatsuya Yoigoshi, a former...
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Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Stargazer Anime Reveals Video, Song, November 27 Opening

Yoshino Nanjō performs ending theme "Ryūrui Ruru Mama" ― The official website for the Grisaia: Phantom Trigger anime revealed a promotional video, the second key visual, and November 27 theatrical opening for the Grisaia: Phantom Trigger the Animation Stargazer sequel on Monday. The video reveals and previews Yoshino Nanjō's ending theme song "Ryūrui Ruru Mama." The Campfire crowdfunding campaign for...
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Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater Manga Goes on Hiatus Due to Flooding in Creator's Area

Yasuyuki Kosaka unable to work due to heavy rain in southern Kyushu ― The official Twitter account for Akita Shoten's Young Champion Retsu magazine announced on Monday that Yasuyuki Kosaka's Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater (Hōkago Teibō Nisshi) manga will go on hiatus starting with the eighth issue on July 21. The announcement said that heavy rain in southern Kyushu has impacted Kosaka, and while...
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Charles Brownstein Resigns as Executive Director of CBLDF Following Sexual Assault Allegations

2 board members resign, 1 member retires after Brownstein's resignation ― The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) announced on June 22 that Charles Brownstein has resigned as the CBLDF's executive director, following writer and artist Taki Soma and editor Kris Simon's allegations that Brownstein sexually assaulted them. Brownstein had served as executive director since 2002. The CBLDF made a follow...
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ARP Backstage Pass TV Anime to Stream Epilogue Special Episode on July 13

Continues story from 10th & final TV episode ― The official website for ARP Backstage Pass, the television anime of the ARP dance vocal group, announced on Monday that a special episode titled "Paradise" will stream on Japan's dAnime Store and dTV services on July 13 at 11:00 p.m. (10:00 a.m. EDT). The episode will then stream on other services in Japan starting on July 20. The "Paradise" episode wil...

Mr. Osomatsu TV Anime Gets 3rd Season in October

Director, head writer, cast return at Pierrot with new designer Eiji Abiko ― The official website for the Mr. Osomatsu (Osomatsu-san) television anime announced on Monday that there will be a third season premiering on TV Tokyo and other channels this October. The six returning main cast members appear in a video announcing the new season: Eiji Abiko, an animaton director on the first season, is repl...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, June 22-28

The Full-Time Wife Escapist rerun episode earns 11.7% rating ― Last week's episode of Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu Muzukyun! Tokubetsu-hen, a rerun of the live-action series adaptation of Tsunami Umino's The Full-Time Wife Escapist (Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu) manga, aired on TBS on Tuesday, June 23 at 10:00 p.m., and it earned an 11.7% rating. The first half of the Soreike! Anpanman Ki...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 22-28

Animal Crossing: New Horizons returns to #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 22-28 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20 70,552 5,004,720 2NSwRing Fit Adventure Nintendo October 18, 2019 34,782 1,073,514 3NSwSekai no Asobi Taizen 51 Nintendo June 5 27,323 171,620 4PS4The Last of Us Part II Sony Interactive Entertainment Jun...
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Japanese Live Entertainment, Concert Industry Projected to Drop 70% in 2020

2020 earnings projected at 183.6 billion yen, compared to 2019's 625.9 billion yen ― The Pia Sōken live entertainment research company revealed on June 30 that it projects a 70% drop in revenue for live entertainment events in 2020 compared to last year. The company projected a total 2020 revenue of 183.6 billion yen (about US$1.70 billion) for 2020, down from last year's 625.9 billion yen (about US$...
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Do not say mystery Manga Takes 3-Month Hiatus

7SEEDS' Yumi Tamura launched manga about college student sleuth in 2017 ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine revealed on June 28 that Yumi Tamura's Do not say mystery (Mystery to Iu Nakare) manga will go on hiatus for three months, and will return in the magazine's November issue on September 28. The manga follows mystery-solving college student Totonō Kunō. At the beginning of...
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Kirarin Revolution's An Nakahara Launches New Manga on August 3

New manga is titled Haru Ojō-sama, Koi no Ojikan desu! ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine revealed on Friday that An Nakahara will launch a new manga titled Haru Ojō-sama, Koi no Ojikan desu! (Lady Haru, It Is Time for Love!) in the magazine's next issue on August 3. The manga will feature on the issue's cover, and will also have a color opening page. The first chapter will have 43 page...
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Gō Ikeyamada Reveals Title, Visual of New Manga

― This year's 15th issue of Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine revealed the title and visual of Gō Ikeyamada's new manga as Isekai Maō wa Fujoshi o Zettai Nigasanai (The Fantasy World Dark Lord Won't Let the Fujoshi Get Away) on Saturday. The manga will launch in the magazine's next issue on July 20. Ikeyamada's Dō·Kyū·Sei ~Zutto Kimi ga Suki Datta~ (Classmates: I've Liked You For a While) manga ended i...
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Baki-Dou Manga Takes Short Break, Returns on July 16

New manga launched in October 2018 ― This year's 31st issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on July 2 that Keisuke Itagaki's Baki-Dou manga will take a two-issue hiatus, and will return in the magazine's 33rd issue on July 16. The new Baki-Dou manga uses different characters for "Baki" in the title from the previous Baki-Dou manga, although it retains the name "Baki-Dou." I...

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Arina Tanemura's Idol Dreams Manga Nears Climax

Series launched in April 2013 ― Arina Tanemura revealed in creator comments in the seventh compiled volume of her Idol Dreams (31 I Dream) manga on Friday that the series is nearing its climax. Viz Media's Shojo Beat imprint is releasing the manga in North America, and it describes the story: At age 31, office worker Chikage Deguchi feels she missed her chances at love and success. When word gets out...
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Sayoko Kinoshita, Michiru Oshima, More Invited to Oscars' Academy (Updated)

Cinematographers Takeshi Hamada, Katsumi Yanagijima; animator Fusako Yusaki also invited ― The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its list of membership invitations on Tuesday. The list includes 819 invitations with 45% extended to women, 36% extended to "underrepresented ethnic/racial communities," and 49% extended to professionals from international film industries across 68 coun...
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Everyday♪ Today's Menu for Emiya Family Switch Game Gets Release in N. America

Japanese release delayed due to COVID-19 ― Aniplex announced during the "Fate Anime Project Online Gathering" panel at the Aniplex Online Fest digital event on Saturday that the Everyday♪ Today's MENU for EMIYA Family (Mainichi♪ Emiya-sanchi no Kyō no Gohan) game will release for the Nintendo Switch console in North America. The official website for the game based on the net anime of TAa's Today's Me...
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Mega Man Franchise Gets VR Experience in Japanese Arcade

Rockman VR Nerawareta Virtual World!! debuts in Tokyo on July 18 ― Capcom announced on Friday that it will launch the Rockman VR Nerawareta Virtual World!! (Mega Man VR: Aimed at the Virtual World!!) virtual reality experience at Plaza Capcom in Q Plaza Ikebukuro in Tokyo on July 18. The experience is based on the Mega Man 11 game and will feature in Plaza Capcom's VR-X area. Capcom describes the VR ...
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Ultraman Anime's 2nd Season Reveals Video, Casts Tatsuhisa Suzuki

Suzuki plays new character Ultraman Taro ― The official website for the 3D CG anime of Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi's Ultraman manga revealed a teaser video and additional cast member for the second season on Sunday. Tatsuhisa Suzuki will play the new Ultraman character Taro in the second season. Suzuki performed the opening theme songs for the first season as a member of OLDCODEX. The firs...
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I'm Standing on a Million Lives Anime's Video Reveals Kanako Takatsuki's Song

Takatsuki performs opening song "Anti world" for October series ― The official website 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 revealed on Sunday that Kanako Takatsuki is performing the opening song "Anti world." The song's single release will ship on October 14 as Takatsuki's solo artist debut. Th...
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2nd Seitokai Yakuindomo Film Slated for January 2021

Anime scheduled for July 10 before COVID-19 delay ― The official website for Gekijōban Seitokai Yakuindomo 2, the second film based on Tozen Ujiie's Seitokai Yakuindomo manga, revealed on Monday that the film is slated to open in Japan on January 1, 2021. The film's production committee announced in June that it had delayed the film's opening due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-1...
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Monster Girl Doctor Anime Reveals 8 More Cast Members

Atsumi Tanezaki, Maki Kawase, Sayumi Suzushiro, Miho Okasaki join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Yoshino Origuchi's Monster Girl Doctor (Monster Musume no Oisha-san) light novel series revealed additional cast members on Saturday. The newly announced cast members are: (Note: character name romanizations are not confirmed.) Atsumi Tanezaki as Scadi Maki Kawase as Kunai Sayumi ...
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EX-ARM Anime Casts Sōma Saitō, Mikako Komatsu, Akari Kitō

Series delayed until fall or later ― The staff for the anime of Shinya Komi and HiRock's EX-ARM manga revealed the three main cast members on Monday. The cast includes: Sōma Saitō as Akira Natsume Mikako Komatsu as Minami Uezono Akari Kitō as Arma The anime has been delayed to "fall 2020 or later" due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). (The English translation on the website me...
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Haikyu!! Manga Reaches 'Climax' of Final Arc

Next 2 issues of Shonen Jump to include extra-long chapters ― This year's 31st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! manga will reach the "climax" of its final arc in the 32nd issue on July 13. The next two issues of the magazine (issues 32 and 33) will include extra-long chapters. The manga will feature on the cover of the 32nd issue, an...

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Crunchyroll Adds Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, GITS: The Human Algorithm Manga

ASHIDAKA - The Iron Hero manga also added ― Crunchyroll announced during its panel at the Anime Expo Lite event on Saturday that it launched three new simulpub manga from Kodansha Comics, including Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm, and ASHIDAKA - The Iron Hero. All three titles are available now. CLAMP launched the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card sequel manga i...

Funimation Licenses Attack on Titan ~Chronicle~ Recap Film

Funimation, Kodansha debut film in N. America, U.K., Ireland ― Funimation announced during its FunimationCon2020 online event on Saturday that it has licensed Attack on Titan ~Chronicle~ (Shingeki no Kyojin: Chronicle), the upcoming compilation film for the first three seasons of the Attack on Titan anime. Funimation will collaborate with Kodansha to debut the film in the United States, Canada, the U...
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Production I.G Plans to Announce New Collaboration Anime With Adult Swim at Comic Con

― Production I.G producer Rui Kuroki announced at the Production I.G USA panel at Anime Expo Lite on Saturday that Production I.G is working on an anime series in collaboration with Adult Swim. The company plans to announce the anime at what Kuroki called the "Virtual ComicCon" event. Kuroki stated that the work is "something Production I.G has never done before.” The "Comic-Con @ Home" event will b...
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Manga Planet Licenses Kia Asamiya's Silent Möbius Manga

Viz Media previously released 1988 manga in English ― Fantasista, Inc.'s Manga Planet manga subscription service announced during the Anime Expo Lite online event that it has licensed Kia Asamiya's Silent Möbius manga. It will reveal the release date for the manga at a later date. The company will also release Akira Itō, Yoshio Sekine, and Jun Ikeda's Enchanted Racer; Sanyo and Himekawa Art's Marin; ...
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Granblue Fantasy Season 2 Anime's Extra Episode to Stream on Crunchyroll, HIDIVE, Funimation, AnimeLab

Episode centering on Djeeta debuts on August 26 ― Aniplex of America announced at the digital Aniplex Online Fest event on Saturday that the new "Djeeta-hen" (Djeeta Chapter) anime special for the Granblue Fantasy the Animation Season 2 anime will stream on August 26 on Crunchyroll, HIDIVE, Funimation, and AnimeLab. The special premiered on March 27 in Japan, and will release on Blu-ray Disc with the...

Aniplex USA to Release Persona 5 the Animation Complete Set on Blu-ray Disc

Set includes English dub with cast reprising roles from game ― Aniplex of America announced at the digital Aniplex Online Fest event on Saturday that it will release PERSONA 5 the Animation on Blu-ray Disc as a "Complete Blu-ray Set" on September 29. The English dub of the anime series will debut in the Blu-ray Disc set, with the following cast, reprising their roles from the game: Xander Mobus as Re...
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Sekai Project Licenses 9-nine-: Episode 4, KARAKARA 3, Slobbish Dragon Princess, Please Be Happy Visual Novels

Nekopara 4, Island Diary, The Ditzy Demons Are in Love With Me, Love's Sweet Garnish 2, Harumade Kururu visual novels dated ― Sekai Project announced during its panel at the KuroCon 2020 online event on Saturday that it has licensed the 9-nine-: Episode 4, KARAKARA 3, and Slobbish Dragon Princess visual novels. It will also release English visual novel developer Studio Élan's Please Be Happy game on ...

Crunchyroll Streams TONIKAWA, 'So I'm a Spider, So What?', EX-ARM Anime

Also: Reincarnated as a Slime OAD 4 & 5, Monster Girl Doctor, With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun, How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Ω, The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter anime coming ― Crunchyroll announced during its panel at the Anime Expo Lite online event on Saturday that it will stream the TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You, So I'm a Spider, So What?, and EX-ARM anime as Crunchyroll Original anim...
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Kodansha Comics to Release A Sign of Affection Manga in Print, Blood on the Tracks Manga Digitally

A Sign of Affection launches physically in March 2021; Blood on the Tracks launches digitally in August 2021 ― Kodansha USA Publishing, which handles the Kodansha Comics and Vertical imprints, announced during its Anime Expo Lite panel on Saturday that Suu Morishita's A Sign of Affection manga will get a print release in March 2021. In addition, Vertical will release Shūzō Oshimi's Blood on the Track...
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Bakugan: Battle Brawlers, Bakugan: Battle Planet Anime Stream on HappyKids.tv

2007, 2018 series to stream in free app ― Future Today announced on Tuesday that it will add the Bakugan: Battle Brawlers and Bakugan: Battle Planet anime shorts to the free HappyKids.tv streaming service. Bakugan: Battle Brawlers debuted in Japan in April 2007. America's Cartoon Network began showing the first Bakugan: Battle Brawlers anime series in February of 2008. Three sequel television series ...
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Montreal's Otakuthon to Hold Virtual Event on August 15-16

Virtual convention features panels, guests, interactive events, dealers room ― Montreal convention Otakuthon announced on Saturday that it will hold this year's event virtually on August 15-16 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. EDT. Non-live content from the convention will be available for 30 days after the event. Tickets for the event cost US$15 (CA$20). Pre-registration is open until July 15 and includ...
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Denpa Licenses AKILI's Vampeerz Manga

Manga centers on girl who falls in love with female vampire ― Manga publisher Denpa announced during the KuroCon 2020 digital event on Saturday that it has licensed AKILI's Vampeerz manga, and will debut the manga in summer 2021. AKILI launched the manga in Shogakukan's Sunday GX magazine in February 2019. Shogakukan published the ongoing manga's third volume on May 19. The manga centers on 14-year-o...
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Evangelion Teams Up With Japan Weather Association for Disaster Prevention Information Campaign

The Japan Weather Association has released an information pamphlet regarding disaster prevention and precaution measures in collaboration with the Evangelion series. The pamphlet features fonts from the anime series and is called the "Disaster Prevention Knowledge Instrumentality Project" in reference to the series' "Human Instrumentality Project." The pamphlet, which is being distributed through ...
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SUPER HXEROS Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― The official website for SUPER HXEROES: "H"EROES SAVE THE WORLD, the television anime of Ryōma Kitada's Dokyū Hentai HxEros manga, revealed on Saturday that the series will have six home video releases with a total of 12 episodes. The first Blu-ray Disc and DVD volume will ship on September 16, and one volume will ship each month thereafter. The anime premiered in Japan on Saturday, and Funimation...
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One Piece Anime's Dub Episodes 588-600 Debut in August

― Funimation revealed during its panel at FunimationCon 2020 on Friday that it will launch episodes 588-600 of the One Piece anime's English dub digitally in August. The release marks the continuation of the anime's "Punk Hazard" story arc. Funimation released episodes 575-587 of the dub digitally on Microsoft and Amazon Prime Video on April 28, which marked the return of the company's English dub. ...
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Fafner the Beyond Anime's Episodes 7-9 Open in Japan on November 13

Project's next 3 episodes feature angela's new opening theme "Sakebe" ― The official website for the Sōkyū no Fafner THE BEYOND anime project revealed on Saturday that the anime's seventh, eighth, and ninth episodes will open in theaters on November 13. The staff previously said on the anime's website that they are monitoring the situation regarding the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and would s...
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Cells at Work!! Theatrical Anime Reveals Video, Visual, More Cast

Yuri Yoshida, Rie Takahashi, Natsumi Fujiwara, Yurika Kubo join cast ― The official website for the Tokubetsu Jōei-ban "Hataraku Saibō!!" Saikyō no Teki, Futatabi. Karada no Naka wa "Chō" Ōsawagi! (Special Screening Edition: "Cells at Work!" The Return of the Strongest Enemy. A Huge Uproar Inside the Body's "Bowels!") theatrical anime revealed a promotional video, key visual, and additional cast on S...

The [email protected] Million Live! Game Gets TV Anime

Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Shinya Watada directs anime at Shirogumi Inc. ― A livestream event to commemorate the third anniversary of the The [email protected] Million Live! Theater Days smartphone game announced on Saturday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's The [email protected] Million Live! smartphone and browser game is inspiring a television anime adaptation. Shinya Watada (Aikatsu Stars! film, Gundam Build ...

Funimation to Stream The World Ends With You Anime

Anime to premiere worldwide in 2021 ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will stream The World Ends with You the Animation, the anime adaptation of Square Enix's The World Ends with You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai) action role-playing game. The anime will premiere worldwide in 2021. Kazuya Ichikawa (Monster Strike the Animation, Clean Freak! Aoyama kun, Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note) is directing the ani...
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Yo-kai Gakuen Y Wai Wai Gakuen Seikatsu Game Launches on Switch on August 13

― The official website for Level-5's Yo-Kai Watch franchise revealed on Friday that the Yo-kai Gakuen Y Wai Wai Gakuen Seikatsu (Yo-Kai Academy Y: Lively Academy Life) game will launch digitally for Nintendo Switch in Japan on August 13. The game will also launch on PlayStation 4 digitally "soon." In the "school life RPG," players will enroll at Yo-kai Gakuen Y and transform into a "Yo-kai Hero." Ch...
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Death Come True Game Launches on Steam on July 17

Game launched on iOS, Android, Switch on June 25; PS4 release planned ― The official Twitter account for the the Death Come True game revealed on Saturday that the game will launch for PC via Steam worldwide on July 17. The game launched on June 25 for the Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android, and is also planned to launch for Playstation 4. The game supports subtitles in 10 languages, including: Englis...
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Professor Layton and the Unwound Future Game Gets HD Mobile Version on July 13

2008 Nintendo DS game launches worldwide ― Level 5 announced on Friday that it will release Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (also known as Professor Layton and the Lost Future in Europe) in a new HD version for mobile devices worldwide on July 13. Level 5 describes the game: After solving a multitude of curious conundrums, renowned archaeologist Professor Layton receives a rather peculiar let...
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'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' 3rd Season Unveils New Visual, Theme Song Artists

sajou no hana performs ending theme song for October anime ― Warner Bros. Japan revealed a new visual and the theme song singers for Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka III (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III), the third anime season based on Fujino Ōmori and Suzuhito Yasuda's light novel series Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, during its "Stay ...

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Live-Action Cowboy Bebop, Power Rangers Shows Allowed to Film Again in New Zealand

Crew, family permitted to enter country that is almost free of COVID-19 ― New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment is allowing five more overseas productions to enter the country for filming in the next six months, even as most countries are still dealing with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The productions that have received border exemptions include Netflix's live-acti...
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Tokyo One Piece Tower Attraction Closes Down on July 31

Theme park with games, restaurants, live show opened in March 2015 ― The official website for the One Piece franchise announced on Saturday that the Tokyo One Piece Tower theme park attraction will shut down permanently on July 31. The staff provided a statement on the reason for closing down the attraction: After the state of emergency was lifted and various measures were taken to prevent the spread...
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Haikara-San Part 2 Anime Film Debuts on Amazon Prime on July 7

Eleven Arts screened film in U.S. theaters in December 2018 ― Eleven Arts announced during its panel at the Anime Expo Lite online event on Friday that Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 2 (Haikara-san ga Tōru Kōhen: Hana no Tōkyō Dai Roman), the second of two film adaptations of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga, will be available digitally on Amazon Prime Video beginning on July 7. The...

J-Novel Club Releases Slayers Novels in Both Print, Digital

1st omnibus volume tentatively slated for July 2021; release will be based on Japanese revised editions ― J-Novel Club announced during its Q&A panel at the Anime Expo Lite online event on Friday that its release of Hajime Kanzaka and Rui Araizumi's Slayers light novel series will be available both digitally and in print. The first omnibus volume of the novels is tentatively slated for release in Jul...
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Bushiroad's D4DJ Groovy Mix Rhythm Gets Global Release in English

New multimedia project centering on DJs also has upcoming anime ― Bushiroad announced during a panel at the Anime Expo Lite virtual event on Friday focusing on its mobile games that it will release the D4DJ Groovy Mix rhythm game globally in English. Bushiroad demoed the game's "D4U Edition" during its panel. Game developer Donuts is developing the D4DJ Groovy Mix rhythm game for mobile devices. The ...
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Mangamo Manga App Plans Android Version, Territorial Availability Expansion

Manga subscription service launched for iOS on April 15 ― The Mangamo mobile manga subscription service announced during its panel at the Anime Expo Lite online event on Friday that it plans to be available in other territories and to launch an Android version of the app "within the coming weeks or months." Mangamo launched earlier this year on April 15 for iOS devices. It gives readers ad-free unlim...

The World Ends With You Anime Debuts Worldwide in 2021

Promo video, visual, staff, setting revealed for anime based on RPG ― A panel at the Anime Expo Lite virtual event on Saturday revealed that the anime adaptation of Square Enix's The World Ends with You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai) action role-playing game will be available worldwide in 2021. The title of the anime is The World Ends with You the Animation (Subarashiki Kono Sekai The Animation). The panel...

J-Novel Club Licenses Slayers Novels, 8 Other Novels, 4 New Manga

Holmes of Kyoto, Black Summoner, more licensed ― J-Novel Club announced at its panel at the Anime Expo Lite digital event on Friday that it has licensed nine new light novel series and four new manga. The first parts of volume one all the titles but The Bloodline will release digitally on Friday to J-Novel Club members. The titles include: Title: Slayers Authors: Hajime Kanzaka with illustrations by ...
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Funimation, Aniplex Screen Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Film in N. American Theaters

Film opens in Japan on October 16 ― Note: For more of Funimation's announcements on Friday, please see our omnibus article. Funimation announced during its FunimationCon 2020 online event on Friday that Funimation Films is partnering with Aniplex of America to release Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-Hen) in theaters in North America. The film i...

Funimation Expands Streaming Service to Mexico, Brazil This Fall

Select anime titles to be available with Spanish, Portuguese subtitles, dubs ― Note: For more of Funimation's announcements on Friday, please see our omnibus article. Funimation announced during its FunimationCon 2020 online event on Friday that it will expand its streaming service to Mexico and Brazil this fall. The company plans to offer select anime titles subtitled and dubbed in Spanish and Portu...
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Fire Force Anime's 2nd Season Listed with 24 Episodes

― The official website for the anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga is listing that the second season will have 24 episodes across four Blu-ray Disc releases, with each release containing six episodes. The new season premiered on MBS, TBS, BS-TBS, Miyazaki Broadcasting, Shin-etsu Broadcasting, and Oita Broadcasting System on Friday; and it will premiere on Shizuoka Broadcas...
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Tokyopop Licenses The God and the Flightless Messenger, BL Fans LOVE My Brother?!, The Cat Proposed Manga

Series join Love x Love imprint ― Tokyopop announced at its Anime Expo Lite panel on Friday that it has licensed the The God and the Flightless Messenger, BL Fans LOVE My Brother?!, and The Cat Proposed manga for its new Love x Love romance imprint. Title: The God and the Flightless Messenger (Kamisama to Tobenai Tsukai) Creator: Hagi Summary: A messenger's duty is to care for and protect the god the...
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Denpa Licenses Romy Oishi, meshe's Lockdown Zone: Level X, Kengo Hanazawa's Under Ninja Manga

Also: Shūzō Oshimi's Miss Kusakabe 1-shot manga ― Manga publisher Denpa announced during the Anime Expo Lite virtual event on Friday that it has licensed Romy Oishi and meshe's Lockdown Zone: Level X manga, Kengo Hanazawa's Under Ninja manga, and Shūzō Oshimi's Miss Kusakabe manga. Denpa is publishing the Lockdown Zone: Level X sci-fi horror manga as a simulpub this summer, and it will release the fi...
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The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! Author Comments on 17-Year-old Shogi Prodigy's Win

'Feel free to have a read of [The Ryuo's Work is Never Done!] before it becomes non-fiction.' ― The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! light novel author Shirow Shiratori commented on the 17-year-old shogi player Sōta Fujii on Sunday, highlighting the parallels between real life and The Ryuo's Work is Never Done!. 発売直後は「高校生の年齢でタイトル獲得するなんて将棋バカにしすぎ」とブッ叩かれたラノベ『りゅうおうのおしごと!』、1〜3巻までKindle Unlimitedで読み放題にしておきましたんで、...
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The Vision of Escaflowne ‒ Episode 9-10

When it comes to families, Van most assuredly did not win the lottery. That's not because they weren't good people, but rather due to the spectacular way in which they derailed.
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Ouran High School Host Club ‒ Episodes 11-12

The problem arises when there aren't a lot of jokes or even inherent humor in the meandering setup, turning Ouran into a watch-checking show more often than I'd like sometimes.
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Seven Seas Licenses Berserk of Gluttony, Ride Your Wave Manga, Light Novels, 2 More Manga

Also: Reiwa Hanamaru Gakuen, The Demon Girl Next Door manga ― Seven Seas announced on Friday that it has licensed the Berserk of Gluttony and Ride Your Wave manga and light novels, and the Reiwa Hanamaru Gakuen and The Demon Girl Next Door manga. Seven Seas will publish the first volume of Ichika Isshiki, fame, and Daisuke Takino's Berserk of Gluttony ~Ore Dake Level to Iu Gainen wo Toppa Suru~ (Bо̄s...
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Yen Press Licenses Unnamed Memory, 5 Other Novels, 6 Manga

Reign of the Seven Spellblades, Eniale & Dewiela, Overlord art book, more licensed ― Yen Press announced during its panel at the Anime Expo Lite event on Friday that it has licensed the Unnamed Memory; Reign of the Seven Spellblades; The Place Promised in Our Early Days; The World's Finest Assassin, Reincarnated in a Different World as an Aristocrat; The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten; and King of ...
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The Twelve Kingdoms ‒ Episode 11-12

In terms of narrative there's no huge revelations–we see the royal selection process in action, more or less, but the focus is largely on developing the impish Enki.
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Viz Media Licenses Dr. Stone Reboot: Byakuya, Asadora!, Beast Complex, Call of the Night Manga

Also: Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection, Tokyo Fashion: A Comic Book, Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead, The King's Beast ― Viz Media announced at its Anime Expo Lite panel on Friday that it has licensed the following eight manga titles: Title: Dr. Stone Reboot: Byakuya Creators: Boichi (story and art; original art), Riichirou Inagaki (original story) Release: March 2021 Summary: Join Senku's f...
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Akihabara Maid Café Confirms 6 Employees Contracted COVID-19

Tokyo governor tells residents to refrain from nightlife activities after 107 new cases confirmed on Thursday ― Infinia, the company which runs the popular maid café "@home cafe," announced on Wednesday that three of its employees had contracted the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Three other employees were confirmed to have contracted the virus on June 26, bringing the total number of infected employees...
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Viz Media's Shonen Jump Adds My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions, Jujutsu Kaisen 0, Naruto: Shikamaru's Story—Mourning Clouds

2 manga, 1 novel debut in early 2021 ― Viz Media announced at its Shonen Jump panel at FunimationCon on Friday that it has licensed three new titles for release on the service. The titles include: Title: My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions manga Creators: Yoco Akiyama (story and art), Kohei Horikoshi (original concept) Release: March 2021 Summary: The aspiring heroes of My Hero Academia team up with p...
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Wolf's Rain ‒ Episodes 9-10

Quent and Blue's story fracture apart as their hunt for the wolves gets tangled into all of the other human nonsense going around, and it's a very grim affair to say the least.
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Kyoto Animation to Stream Memorial Video on Fire's Anniversary on July 18

Asks for public to refrain from visiting Studio 1 site to prevent spread of COVID-19 ― Kyoto Animation posted a notice on its website on Friday that it will stream a memorial video on its YouTube channel on July 18 to mark the one-year anniversary of the devastating fire that burned down the company's Studio 1 building, killing 36 people and injuring 33 others. The video will be streamed in Japanese ...
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Right Stuf Releases Gundam NT on BD on October 6

― Right Stuf revealed during its panel at the FunimationCon 2020 online event on Friday that its home video release of the Mobile Suit Gundam NT anime film will ship on October 6. The release will include English subtitles and English and Japanese audio. Special features will include interviews with staff; commercials, trailers, and promo videos; videos from premiere events in Japan and Los Angeles;...

Funimation to Stream Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World, Naruto, More Anime

Streaming service expands to Mexico, Brazil this fall ― Funimation announced during the FunimationCon 2020 online event on Friday that it will stream the television anime of author Kei Sazane and illustrator Ao Nekonabe's Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World (Kimi to Boku no Saigo no Senjō, Arui wa Sekai ga Hajimaru Seisen) light novel series this fall. Funimation also announced that it will b...
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English Muv-Luv Expo Reveals Updates for Game, Manga Releases (Updated)

Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After launches in English in 2020; Muv-Luv Alternative launches in July ― The Muv-Luv Expo livestream event revealed additional information on upcoming game and manga releases in the franchise on Wednesday. The event revealed a promotional video for the Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After spinoff series of visual novels and revealed that the series is getting an English releas...
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Cross Infinite World Licenses 'Past Life Countess, Present Life Otome Game NPC?!' Light Novel

Sorahoshi's story follows countess who is reincarnated into modern-day otome game ― Cross Infinite World announced on Thursday that it has licensed Sorahoshi and Yuki Kinami's Past Life Countess, Present Life Otome Game NPC?! (Moto Hakushaku Reijō wa Otome Game ni Sansen Shimashita) light novel. The standalone light novel is currently available worldwide for pre-order and will be available digitally ...
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By the Grace of the Gods Anime Reveals 8 More Cast Members, New Visual

FunimationCon premieres anime on Friday ― The official website for the anime adaptation of author Roy and illustrator Ririnra's By the Grace of the Gods (Kami-tachi ni Hirowareta Otoko) light novel series revealed more cast members on Friday. The website also revealed a new key visual: The new cast includes: Yūki Kuwahara as Eliaria Daisuke Ono as Reinhart Marika Kōno as Miya Motomu Kiyokawa as Gain ...
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Manga Creator Morishige Passes Away

Creator of Hanaukyo Maid Team, Koi Koi Seven, Gakuto no Vector, Sakura Sakura, Oshikake Maid Shirayuki-san ― Publisher Akita Shoten announced on Friday that manga creator Morishige passed away on June 30. The company did not report a cause of death. Morishige debuted in adult magazines before launching the Hanaukyo Maid Team romantic comedy manga in Akita Shoten's Monthly Shonen Champion magazine in ...
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Ikebukuro West Gate Park Mystery Anime Previewed in English-Subtitled Video

Kentarō Kumagai narrates as Makoto in October series ― The official website for the television anime of Ira Ishida's Ikebukuro West Gate Park novel series began streaming the first English-subtitled promotional video on Friday. Kentarō Kumagai narrates the end of the video as his character Makoto. The mystery novel series is set in Tokyo's Ikebukuro ward, in the eponymous Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Kōen (k...
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Mamoru Oshii's VladLove Anime Previews Character Jinko Sumida

Yōko Hikasa voices role in upcoming series ― The official YouTube channel for Ichigo Animation and Mamoru Oshii's new anime series VladLove began streaming a new character video on Friday highlighting the character Jinko Sumida (voiced by Yōko Hikasa). The character is the "chairman of the Discipline Committee who is stubborn and inflexible." The 12-episode anime was originally slated to debut this f...

Fruits Basket 2nd Season Anime Previews 2nd Half in New Trailer

Series continues into summer season ― Funimation began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Friday to preview the second half of the Fruits Basket 2nd Season anime. Funimation also revealed a new visual, and revealed that Asako Toki is performing the new opening theme song "Home," and Monkey Majik is performing the new ending theme song "Eden." The anime premiered in Japan on April 6, and is con...
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Wandering Witch - The Journey of Elaina TV Anime's 2nd Video Unveils More Cast, Ending Song Artist, October Debut

Yōko Hikasa, singer ChouCho join C2C anime ― The official website for the television anime of Jougi Shiraishi's Wandering Witch - The Journey of Elaina (Majo no Tabitabi) light novel series began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Friday. The website and the video both revealed a new cast member, the ending theme song artist, and the October premiere for the anime. The website also pos...

RetroCrush Adds 10 Anime Titles to Service

One Million-year Trip, Bagi, Ambassador Magma, Hakugei: Legend of the Moby Dick, Voltes V, more release in July ― Digital Media Rights revealed on Thursday that it has licensed 10 new anime titles for its RetroCrush streaming service. The titles One Million-year Trip: Bander Book, Bagi, the Monster of Mighty Nature, Ambassador Magma, Hakugei: Legend of the Moby Dick, Voltes V, Shin Getter Robo, ItaKi...
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Ultraman Manga Authors Draw 1st Manga in Touken Ranbu Anthology

1st story focuses on Awataguchi tantō ― The August issue of Hero's Inc.'s Monthly Hero's magazine revealed on Wednesday that manga creators Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi will draw the first manga in the upcoming Touken Ranbu Kizuna manga anthology. The first manga will focus on the Awataguchi school tantō (short swords). The anthology is the first project to commemorate the eighth anniversar...
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Seven Seas Licenses Failure Frame, Donuts Under a Crescent Moon, Dungeon Toilet, Dai Dark Manga

Also: Failure Frame: I Became the Strongest and Annihilated Everything With Low-Level Spells light novel series ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed the Failure Frame: I Became the Strongest and Annihilated Everything With Low-Level Spells manga and light novel series, and the Donuts Under a Crescent Moon, Dungeon Toilet, and Dai Dark manga. Seven Seas will publish th...

Knights of Sidonia Gets 2021 Film With All-New Story

New Polygon Pictures film by previous co-director Hiroyuki Seshita, previous editor Tadahiro Yoshihira ― Polygon Pictures announced on Friday that it is producing a new anime film based on Tsutomu Nihei's Knights of Sidonia (Sidonia no Kishi) manga. The new film, titled Sidonia no Kishi: Ai Tsumugu Hoshi (Knights of Sidonia: The Star Where Love is Spun), will open in 2021. The teaser promotional vide...
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Given Anime Film Rescheduled for August 22 After COVID-19 Delay

Originally scheduled for May 16 ― The official website for the anime film of Natsuki Kizu's Given manga announced on Friday that the film has been rescheduled for August 22. The film had been scheduled to open in Japan on May 16, but was delayed due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 in Japan. Kizu expressed her surprise on the news and noted that she majored in film stud...
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EVO Cancels Online Tournament After Allegations Against Co-Founder

Co-founder Joey Cuellar accused of sexual misconduct ― The organizers of the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) fighting game tournament announced on Thursday that it has canceled its EVO Online event, after recent accusations of sexual misconduct against EVO co-founder and president Joey "MrWizard" Cuellar. The tournament will now no longer be involved with Cuellar, relieving him of his responsibil...
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Dr. Stone Anime's 2nd Season Teaser Previews 'Stone Wars' Arc

Season premieres in January 2021 ― The official website for the television anime of Boichi and Riichirou Inagaki's Dr. Stone manga unveiled a new teaser trailer and visual for the anime's second season on Friday. The teaser previews the second season's "Stone Wars" story arc. The second season will premiere in January 2021. Boichi (Sun-Ken Rock) and Inagaki (author of Eyeshield 21) launched the manga...

PlayStation Suspends Advertising on Facebook, Instagram

In support of #StopHateForProfit campaign ― Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) confirmed on Thursday that it will temporarily stop its PlayStation brand activity, including advertising and non-paid content, on the Facebook and Instagram social media platforms in support of the #StopHateForProfit campaign. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has drawn criticism for his lack of action in stopping hate conte...
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Tiger & Bunny ‒ Episodes 11-13

The terrorist attack in episode 10–indeed, a lot of things about this scenario–somewhat reminds me of The Dark Knight Rises, which came out a year later.

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time Anime

HIDIVE begins streaming anime on July 10 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed the television anime of Daisuke Hiyama's Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time (Peter Grill to Kenja no Jikan) manga for home video and digital release worldwide except Asia. HIDIVE will begin streaming the anime on July 10 at 12:50 p.m. EDT worldwide except in Asia, France, Germany, Monaco, Andorr...
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy Anime's Video Previews Tomori Kusunoki's Ending Song

Series premieres on Saturday after COVID-19 delay ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Shu's The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History's Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants (Maō Gakuin no Futekigōsha ~Shijō Saikyō no Maō no Shiso, Tensei Shite Shison-tachi no Gakkō e Kayō) light novel series began streaming the anime's second promotional vid...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 Anime's Trailer Previews Eir Aoi's Ending Song

Anime premieres on July 11 after COVID-19 delay ― The official Twitter account for the Sword Art Online anime began streaming a new promotional video for the Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 anime on Thursday. The video previews for the first time the ending theme song "I will…" by Eir Aoi. 【最終章:最新映像公開!】 7/11(土)放送開始の「SAO アリシゼーションWoU」最終章の最新映像を公開! 映像内ではEDテーマ「I will...」(藍井エイル)の音源も初...

Dr. Stone Anime Season 2 Premieres in January 2021

2nd season focuses on "Stone Wars" story arc ― The wraparound jacket band on Boichi and Riichirou Inagaki's 16th Dr. Stone manga volume announced on Friday that the second season of the manga's anime adaptation will premiere in January 2021. The second anime season will focus on the "Stone Wars" story arc. Boichi (Sun-Ken Rock) and Inagaki (author of Eyeshield 21) launched the manga in Weekly Shonen ...
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Popular One Piece Cookbook Gets Re-Release on July 3

OK, but English release when? ― Shueisha will re-release the popular One Piece Pirate Recipes: Umi no Ichiryū Ryōrinin: Sanji no Manpuku Gohan (One Piece Pirate Recipes: First-Class Cook of the Seas Sanji's Filling Meals) cookbook on July 3. The original version released in 2012 included a silicon mat that featured an image of Sanji holding a wine glass. The book has 210,000 copies in circulation. Th...
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Princess Tutu ‒ Episode 11-12

Kraehe reveals that she can see and hear Drosselmeyer, meaning that she's outside of his power, and she announces to him that she's writing the story of Mythos as she wants to see it.
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Fate/Zero ‒ Episode 11

Gather round as the three former kings sit down to discuss the true meaning of being a monarch.
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High School Student Crowdfunds Legal Fees to Sue Over Game Ordinance

Campaign reached its 5 million yen goal on June 30 ― In May, a mother and her 17-year-old son filed a lawsuit against the Kagawa Prefecture, claiming that a recent ordinance restricting video game playing time among children is "unconstitutional" and "violates fundamental human rights." They are seeking 1.54 million yen (approximately US$14,300) in damages. In June, the son, who goes by the name "Wat...
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Lio and Galo Celebrate 1 Year of Promare⁠—as Sanrio-Style Characters

Is there anything that can't fit in the Sanrio aesthetic? ― Is there anything that can't fit in the Sanrio aesthetic? The cute mascots have collaborated to create even cuter merchandise for series like BEASTARS, Digimon, My Hero Academia, Bungo Stray Dogs and more. The latest characters to join Hello Kitty and the gang are Lio and Galo, the main characters from Trigger's immensely popular action anim...
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Kemono Jihen Anime Reveals More Cast, More Staff, 2021 Debut

Daisuke Ono, Kana Hanazawa, Yumiri Hanamori join cast ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Shō Aimoto's Kemono Jihen (Monster Incidents) manga announced on Friday more cast members, more staff members, and the 2021 premiere for the anime. It also presented a new key visual: The newly announced cast members are: Daisuke Ono as Mihai Kana Hanazawa as Inari Yumiri Hanamori as Kon H...

Moriarty the Patriot Anime Unveils More Cast, More Staff, October Debut

Satoshi Hino, Yūto Uemura, Yuuki Ono join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Ryōsuke Takeuchi and Hikaru Miyoshi's Yūkoku no Moriarty (Moriarty the Patriot) manga announced on Friday more cast members, more staff members, and the October premiere for the anime. The website also presented a new key visual: The newly announced cast members are: Satoshi Hino as Sebastian Moran Yūto ...
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Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Season 2 Anime Streams Promo Video Before Broadcast Resumes

Series resumes from episode 19 on July 9 ― The official Gundam Info YouTube channel started streaming a promotional video for the resumption of the Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Season 2 anime on Thursday. The anime is scheduled to resume from episode 19 on the Sunrise's Gundam Channel on YouTube on July 9. Episode 18 of the series debuted on May 8, but episode 19 was delayed due to the effects of the ...
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Rando Ayamine Launches 2nd Part of Granblue Fantasy Side Story Manga

GetBackers artist Ayamine, Taka Ichizuki launch Granblue Fantasy Gaiden: Tsuioku no Arshivelle end of fate ― The Comic Walker website launched the Granblue Fantasy Gaiden: Tsuioku no Arshivelle end of fate manga by Rando Ayamine and Taka Ichizuki on Tuesday. The manga is described as the second part of the Granblue Fantasy Gaiden: Tsuioku no Arshivelle manga, and continues the untold story of Erste k...
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Tonari no Kashiwagi-san's Kinusa Shimotsuki Launches New Manga on July 22

Kimi to Kazoku ni Naru made manga centers on 2 people falling in love after meeting on train ― The August issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine revealed on June 24 that manga creator Kinusa Shimotsuki will launch a new manga titled Kimi to Kazoku ni Naru made (Until We're Both Family) in the magazine's next issue on July 22. The magazine describes the manga as a romance story where ...
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Re:Zero ~Starting Break Time From Zero~ Anime Shorts Also Get 2nd Season

Spinoff season debuts on July 10 in same week as main anime's season 2 ― The official website for the Re: Life in a different world from zero (Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu) television anime series announced on Thursday that the Re:Zero ~Starting Break Time From Zero~ (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Break Time) spinoff series will also have a second season. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Break Time 2nd season...
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Police Arrest High School Student in Tokyo for Bomb Threat on Konami

Police: suspect was dissatisfied with Winning Eleven smartphone game ― Police from Tokyo's Tsukiji police station arrested a 16-year-old male high school student in Setagaya on Wednesday after the suspect allegedly issued a bomb threat toward Konami Digital Entertainment. According to police, the suspect was dissatisfied with Konami's eFootball Winning Eleven 2020 smartphone game. Police stated the s...
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Toronto Comic Arts Festival Co-Founder Christopher Butcher Resigns

Resigns due to health issues; acknowledges, apologizes TCAF's lack of inclusion of BIPOC, LGBTQ+ people ― The Toronto Comics Arts Festival event's Artistic Director Christopher Butcher announced on Wednesday that he has resigned from his position in order to address health issues, and so that other staff members can move up to other positions. He also acknowledged criticisms of him and TCAF regarding...

Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Romantic Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime

Sumire Uesaka stars in Telecom Animation Film show helmed by Hirokazu Hanai ― A website and Twitter account opened on Thursday to announce that Nanashi's Don't Mess with Me, Nagatoro (Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san) manga is inspiring a television anime. Sumire Uesaka voices the titular heroine Nagatoro. Vertical publishes the manga in English, and it describes the romantic comedy story: Mischievous Nagato...
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Girl Gaku Anime Resumes With 5th Episode on July 6 After COVID-19 Delay

Staff had delayed 5th episode indefinitely on May 4 ― The official website for TV Tokyo's Oha-sta (Good Morning Studio) kids variety program announced on Monday that Girl Gaku ~Sei Girls Square Gakuin~ (Girl School ~Holy Girls Square Academy~), the television anime for the Girls² (pronounced "Girls Girls") performance group, is resuming with its fifth episode on July 6. The anime delayed its fifth ep...
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Monster Girl Doctor Anime's 1st Episode Debuts Streaming in Japan on July 4

― The official website for the television anime of Yoshino Origuchi's Monster Girl Doctor (Monster Musume no Oisha-san) light novel series announced on June 26 that the anime's first episode will have an advanced streaming debut on d Anime Store in Japan on Saturday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m. The streaming will be in line with the television premiere dates from the second episode onward. The anime will pr...
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Ghibli Museum Aims to Gradually Reopen to General Public in September

Museum to open to local Mitaka City residents only in mid-July ― Ghibli Museum Director Kazuki Anzai announced on Thursday that the museum dedicated to the anime of Studio Ghibli will gradually reopen in mid-July. However, tickets for this initial trial phase will be only available to residents of the museum's local Mitaka City in limited, random drawings. Depending on how this initial phase goes, th...
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Dark Horse Ends Ties With Former Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie

Hellboy, The Umbrella Academy graphic novels' editor accused of sexual assault ― Publisher Dark Horse Comics announced on Twitter on June 24 that the company will no longer work with Scott Allie. Former Dark Horse editor Shawna Gore accused the former Editor-in-Chief of the company of sexual assault prior to Dark Horse Comics' decision. We believe Shawna Gore. Effective immediately, Dark Horse Comics...
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RPG Maker MV Game Launches for PS4, Switch in West in September

Release date trailer streamed ― NIS America announced on Wednesday that it will release the RPG Maker MV game for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in North America on September 8, Europe on September 11, and Oceania on September 18. The company began streaming a release date trailer: The game is getting a limited edition that includes a creator's log, soundtrack, and collector's box. NIS America...

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Live-Action Kyō Kara Ore wa!! TV Special's Video Reveals July 17 Premiere

TV spinoff premieres on same day as upcoming live-action film ― The official website for the live-action Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! television special, a spinoff from the upcoming Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! film, began streaming a promotional video on Thursday. The video reveals the special's July 17 premiere date in NTV's Friday night "Kinyō Road Show!" programming block. Yua Shinkawa and Hinako Sakurai star in the...
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Yen Press Licenses A Certain Magical Index SS, Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana Novels

Also: The White Cat's Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King's Lap, Wolf & Parchment, Sword Art Online Project Alicization manga ― Yen Press announced two new light novel licenses and three new manga licenses on Wednesday. In addition, the company will publish the Keito Koume Illustrations: Spice & Wolf – The Tenth Year Calvados art book. Title: A Certain Magical Index SS light novel Creators: Kazum...
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Seven Seas Licenses A White Rose in Bloom, Muscles Are Better Than Magic!, Rozi in the Labyrinth Manga

Also: Muscles Are Better Than Magic! light novel ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed A White Rose in Bloom and Rozi in the Labyrinth manga, as well as the Muscles Are Better Than Magic! manga and light novel. Seven Seas will release the first volume of Asumiko Nakamura's A White Rose in Bloom (Mejirobana no Saku) manga physically and digitally in January 2021. The c...
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Bungo Stray Dogs Hashigaki Stage Play Reveals Cast, September Run

Ryoki Nagae, Shuhei Izumi, Teruma, Hideya Tawada star in play ― Bandai Namco Live Creative and Gorch Brothers announced the cast and September 11-27 run date on Thursday for Bungo Stray Dogs Hashigaki, one of two new stage plays for the Bungo Stray Dogs franchise. The cast includes: Ryoki Nagae as Rampo Edogawa (left in image below), Shuhei Izumi as Yukichi Fukuzawa (right) Teruma as Doppo Kuniki (le...
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Make Your Wedding a Moonlight Romance with Sailor Moon's Wedding Dress

Manga creator Naoko Takeuchi personally supervises dress design ― Wedding dress rental service Mariarosa is putting up Sailor Moon-themed wedding dress and tuxedos for rent in dress shops across Japan starting from August. The dress designs were personally supervised by Sailor Moon creator Naoko Takeuchi herself. The dress lineup comes with multiple varieties, as follows: Princess Serenity Model Sail...
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Voice Actress Haruna Ikezawa Announces Her Marriage

Actress plays Athena Asamiya in King of Fighters, Coco Bandicoot in Crash Bandicoot ― Voice actress Haruna Ikezawa (44) announced on Twitter on Wednesday that she has gotten married. She tweeted: "I got married! I thought about using the staple phrases like 'I have an important announcement,' or 'Thank you to everyone who supported me,' but it felt awkward so I'm just giving it to you straight. It's ...
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Godzilla Sends Off Pride Month with 'Coming Out' Stop-Motion Short

Stop-motion artist Cressa Maeve Beer created the heartwarming video ― Just because June is over doesn't mean that LGBTQ+ Pride has to stop. In a stop-motion animated short shared by TOHO on Tuesday, the King of All Monsters puts off a battle to have a heart-to-heart with his child. The little Godzilla appears despondent and upset. Daddy Godzilla and his offspring have a heart-to-heart over tea where ...
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 38

Last week I was endlessly praising the way Fruits Basket assigns real depth to even its auxiliary characters… but this week, Kakeru, Kimi, and Naohito are pointedly one-note.
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Netflix's JU-ON: Origins Live-Action Horror Series Streams New Clip

1st series in franchise focuses on paranormal investigator, debuts on July 3 ― Netflix began streaming a new clip of NBC Universal Entertainment Japan's Ju-on: Noroi no Ie (English title: JU-ON: Origins), the first live-action series for the Ju-on franchise, on Wednesday. The series will debut worldwide on Netflix on July 3. The companies had first announced the series on April 13. The new series cen...
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Ken Akamatsu Comments on Casting POC Voice Actors in American Cartoons, Japanese Anime

― On Saturday, CNN reported that the long-running American cartoon The Simpsons will stop using white voice actors to play POC (People of Color) characters. The recent move from the show's producers come from an effort to address historical discrimination against non-white voice actors in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests in the United States and abroad. Abema Times reported on the news in Jap...
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Poco's Udon World's Nodoka Shinomaru Launches New Manga on July 31

Koi Janai kara Namae o Tsukete manga centers on woman who restarts life after losing everything ― The August issue of Kodansha's Be-Love magazine revealed on Wednesday that Nodoka Shinomaru will launch a new manga titled Koi Janai kara Namae o Tsukete (This Isn't Love, So Give it a Name) in the magazine's next issue on July 31. The magazine's tagline for the manga is, "A 34-year-old woman who carried...
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Spider-Man Fake Red Manga Canceled

Manga's 1st compiled book volume did not sell well enough ― Manga creator Yūsuke Ōsawa revealed on Twitter on Tuesday that his Spider-Man: Fake Red (Spider-Man: Itsuwari no Aka) manga based on Marvel's Spider-Man character has been canceled. Ōsawa stated that although initial sales of the manga's first compiled book volume were fairly good, additional printings did not continue to sell as well. The d...
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Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris Game's Trailer Previews Battle System

Game ships in Japan on July 9, West on July 10 after delay ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new trailer on Tuesday for the Sword Art Online Alicization: Lycoris game. The video previews the real-time battle system. Bandai Namco Entertainment postponed the release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to July 9 and for PC via Steam to July 10 in Japan due to safety considerations relate...
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Funimation to Stream Naruto Shippuden, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Anime in U.K., Ireland

― Funimation announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming the Naruto Shippuden and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime on July 1 in the U.K. and Ireland. All episodes of Naruto Shippuden and the first 51 episodes of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations will be available on the streaming service both in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub. Funimation began streaming the Naruto t...
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FunimationCon Virtual Event Debuts Deca-Dence, By the Grace of the Gods Anime Before Japan Premieres

Convention also debuts Fire Force 2nd season anime's English dub ― Funimation announced on Tuesday that it will debut at its FunimationCon 2020 virtual anime convention the first episode of the original television anime series Deca-Dence ahead of its July 8 premiere in Japan and the first episode of the By the Grace of the Gods anime ahead of its fall premiere. The convention will also debut the firs...
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The Millionaire Detective's Promo Video Previews Delayed Anime's Return

Series restarts airing from episode 1 on July 16 ― The official website for The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED, the television anime of Yasutaka Tsutsui's bestselling detective novel Fugō Keiji (Wealthy Detective), began streaming a new promotional video on Wednesday. The video includes new cuts from the anime and features male idol group SixTONES' opening theme song "NAVIGATOR." 【最新PV解禁】...
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Gibiate Anime's Ending Video Previews Sugizo, Maki Ohguro's Song

Series premieres in Japan on July 8, on Crunchyroll on July 15 ― The official website for Yoshitaka Amano's Gibiate anime series began streaming the anime's ending video on Wednesday. The video previews Sugizo and Maki Ohguro's ending theme song "Endless ~Across the Time~." The anime will premiere on July 8 at 10:00 p.m. on Tokyo MX. The show will also air on AT-X and BS-Fuji, and it will stream in J...

'My Senpai Is Annoying' Workplace Romantic Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime by Doga Kobo

Shiro Manta's web manga of office lady & her annoying senior co-worker ― A Twitter account launched on Wednesday to announce that Shiro Manta's My Senpai Is Annoying (Senpai ga Uzai Kōhai no Hanashi) manga is inspiring a television anime. Doga Kobo (Sing "Yesterday" for Me, Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater) is animating the project. Seven Seas is publishing the full-color manga in English, and it ...
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Sonic the Hedgehog Film Opens at #6 in Japan, But Ghibli Takes Top 3

4 Ghibli films rank in weekend's top 10 ― Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog movie earned 50,732,770 yen (about US$471,800) from Saturday to Sunday to rank #6 in its opening weekend in Japan. The film opened in Japan last Friday and earned 62,942,620 yen (about US$584,700) over its first three days. It had been delayed from its original March 27 opening date due to the new coronavirus disease (CO...
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Symphogear Season 1 Director Tatsufumi Itō Passes Away at 55

Itō worked for 3 decades on Gasaraki, Princess Tutu, Casshern Sins, M3, BOKUBEN. more ― Anime director Tatsufumi Itō passed away on May 23 due to a brainstem hemorrhage. He was 55. His wife Mariko Itō made the announcement on Tatsufumi Itō's Twitter account on Wednesday. Itō (also known as Tatsufumi Tamagawa) was perhaps best known as the director of the first season of Senki Zesshō Symphogear, Satel...
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Voice Actor Mark Ishii Returns to Work After 7-Month Hiatus

Ishii went on hiatus in December due to maladjustment diagnosis ― Voice actor Mark Ishii announced on Wednesday that he is returning to work after being on hiatus since late December. He went on hiatus after being diagnosed with "maladjustment" and being in poor physical health. He added that he is now signed with the talent management agency Aksent. Just Production Inc. ended its contract with Ishii...
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Kyoto Animation Starts Recruiting Again

Studio recruiting for animators, 3D CG staff, managers, systems engineers, more ― Kyoto Animation announced on Tuesday that it is accepting applications again for different positions for both fixed-term and year-round employment periods. The anime studio had postponed recruiting for the 2021 fiscal year due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The studio is accepting applications ...

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SUPER HXEROS Manga's 11th Volume Bundles Anime BD

Anime BD contains 3 original stories featuring Momoka, Sora, Maihime ― Shueisha post images of Ryōma Kitada's 10th Dokyū Hentai HxEros manga volume on Wednesday, and the volume's wraparound jacket band announces that the 11th volume will bundle an original anime Blu-ray Disc. The anime Blu-ray Disc features brand new stories, including a story with Momoka titled "Futari no Amanojaku" (Their Perversio...
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Fire Force Anime Casts Takahiro Sakurai as Yuichiro Kurono

Sakurai plays pyrokinesis researcher in season premiering July 3 ― The official website for the anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga revealed on Wednesday that Takahiro Sakurai will join the second season's cast as Yuichirō Kurono, a head researcher of pyrokinesis at Hajima Industries. Nicknamed "Death," this Third Generation Pyrokinetic is fond of bullying the weak. Previou...

Discotek Licenses Space Adventure Cobra TV Anime, Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer Film

Also schedules last Galaxy Express 999 TV set, Wicked City film on BD on September 29 ― Discotek Media announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the Space Adventure Cobra television anime and Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer (Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin), the 22nd film in the Detective Conan franchise. The company will release the Space Adventure Cobra TV anime on Blu-ray Disc on September 29...
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One Room Anime's 3rd Season Reveals New Cast

Miyu Tomita, Yumiri Hanamori cast as gardening club member, tutor next door ― The official website for the One Room anime series revealed two new cast members for the anime's third season on Wednesday. Miyu Tomita will play Akira Kotokawa (seen left in image below), a younger student who is in the gardening club with the protagonist, while Yumiri Hanamori will play Saya Orisaki (right), a 24-year-old...
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The Dungeon of Black Company TV Anime Confirmed

― The official Twitter account for Mag Garden's Mag Comi website confirmed the television anime adaptation of Yōhei Yasumura's The Dungeon of Black Company (Meikyū Black Company) manga on Wednesday. The Twitter account also unveiled a visual for the anime. Retailer Rakuten's listing for the manga's sixth volume had earlier included an image that revealed the anime announcement. The volume will ship ...
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Gleipnir ‒ SEASON FINALE

Overall, Gleipnir ends its anime in a place that affirms my affection for this rambunctious and emotionally resonant piece of garbage.
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Celebrate Sasuke and Itachi's Birthdays with a Puzzle-Solving Event

Event at Nijigen no Mori theme park runs from July 4 to August 31 ― The Naruto characters Sasuke and Itachi are celebrating their birthdays with a puzzle-solving event held in the "Nijigen no Mori" (2D Forest) theme park from July 4 to August 31. The Uchiha brothers' birthdays fall within a similar time frame: Sasuke's birthday is July 23, while Itachi's is June 9. The puzzle-solving event is the sec...
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Pokémon Journeys: The Series ‒ Episodes 3-4

Now, Pokémon was always silly and goofy, but coming at Pokémon Journeys after a decade or so on Poké-hiatus, I'm noticing (and appreciating) a willingness to really cut loose with the gags.
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, June 28-July 4

After the Rain, Lupin III: Goodbye Partner anime; Love Me for Who I Am, Koimonogatari manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date After the Rain BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 June 30 Astroganger BDCite Discotek Media US$39.95 June 30 Black Clover Season 2 Part 5 BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$54.98 June 30 Black Clover Season 2 Part 5 Artbook BDPlease Funimation US$...
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Outlaw Star ‒ Episode 11-12

It's a surprisingly anticlimactic end to an event the show spent multiple episodes building up.
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Dengeki Bunko, Aniplex Launch 'I'm the Strongest' Twitter Campaign

Between Sword Art Online, The Irregular at Magic High School, and The Misfit of Demon King Academy, who has the strongest protagonist? ― Between Sword Art Online's Kirito, The Irregular at Magic High School's Tatsuya, and The Misfit of Demon King Academy's Anos, who would win in a fight? Dengeki Bunko and Aniplex are encouraging anime fans to compare the power levels of these formidable protagonists ...
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Woodpecker Detective's Office ‒ SERIES FINALE

That's where Woodpecker Detective's Office succeeds, in showing us that how we as an audience feel about a character isn't as important as how the people in the story feel.
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GET UP! GET LIVE! Short Anime's Episode 0 Streams on July 3

Anime about aspiring comedians in entertainment industry premieres on July 10 ― The official website for MBS' GET UP! GET LIVE! franchise announced on Monday that the franchise's official YouTube channel will stream episode 0 of the upcoming short anime GET UP! GET LIVE! #GeraGera on July 3. The anime will premiere on July 10 at 25:50 (effectively July 11 at 1:50 a.m.) at the end of the Super Animeis...
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Princess Connect! Re:Dive ‒ SEASON FINALE

After 13 beautifully animated episodes, we have reached the end of the series--though this episode feels more like one set in the middle than the final climax.
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Hiroshi Motomiya's Good Job Manga Starts Final Arc

Omnibus manga about various occupations launched in July 2018 ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine revealed on June 25 that Hiroshi Takano and Hiroshi Motomiya's Good Job manga will enter its final arc in the magazine's next issue on Thursday. The manga series is an omnibus about various occupations. The tagline reads, "Tax collectors, deliverymen, nurses... this goes out to all...
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FMA Winry Rockbell Voice Actor Megumi Takamoto Announces Her Marriage

Voice actress Megumi Takamoto (34), who is best known for playing Winry Rockbell in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, announced on Twitter on Monday that she got married to a person outside the industry in February. "Apologies for the belated announcement; due to the influence of coronavirus, my public and private life are in a state of disruption," she wrote. "I will continue to put my all into m...
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The Dungeon of Black Company Manga Listed With TV Anime

Series entered climax on June 5 ― Retailer Rakuten's listing for the sixth compiled book volume of Yōhei Yasumura's The Dungeon of Black Company (Meikyū Black Company) manga includes a cover image that reveals the series is getting a television anime adaptation. The volume will ship on July 10. The manga entered its climax with its 30th chapter on June 5. Seven Seas Entertainment is publishing the ma...
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Date A Live Ren Dystopia Game's Promo Video Reveals September Release

PS4 game delayed from summer 2019 debut in Japan ― Compile Heart revealed on Tuesday a new promotional video and the September 24 release for Date A Live Ren Dystopia, the new PlayStation 4 game based on Koushi Tachibana's Date A Live light novel series. The limited-edition version of the game will bundle a drama CD and booklet with short story by Tachibana. People who pre-order the game will also re...

Trigger Pays Former Employee Unpaid Overtime

Anime studio, former employee reach "amicable settlement" through labor union ― The official website for anime studio Trigger announced on Tuesday that the company has reached an "amicable settlement" with a former employee related to unpaid overtime from errors with long and flexible work hours. Black Kigyō Union (BKU) facilitated the negotiations. Trigger said, "We are making efforts to improve wor...
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Misaki Saito Ends Keishichō Battōka Manga

Manga about police swordsmen launched in July 2015, inspired stage play ― Manga creator Misaki Saitoh published the final chapter of their Keishichō Battōka (Police Swordsmen) in Gentosha Comics' Comic Boost website on June 26. Gentosha will publish the manga's eighth and final volume on August 24. The manga centers on a fictional unit of sword-wielding policemen in Japan, who handle cases of people ...
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Shakugan no Shana Manga's Ayato Sasakura Launches New Manga

Aekanaru manga begins with meeting between suicidal person, gentle girl ― The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Comic web manga magazine revealed on Monday that manga creator Ayato Sasakura launched a new manga titled Aekanaru (Gentle) in the magazine on Tuesday. The manga's story centers on Sadai, a person who heads into the mountains with the intent of taking his own life, but ins...
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Live-Action Georama Boy Panorama Girl Film Casts Anna Yamada, Jin Suzuki

Tokyo Alice's Natsuki Seta directs film opening in fall ― The staff for the live-action film of Kyoko Okazaki's Georama Boy Panorama Girl manga announced the two main cast members on Monday. Anna Yamada (live-action Saki) will play Haruko Shibuya, and Jin Suzuki will play Kenichi Kanagawa in his first starring role for a film. The staff also revealed two visuals: The film opens in Japan this fall. Th...
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Sunrise Registers 'Love Live! Superstar!!' Trademark

― Sunrise filed to register a "Love Live! Superstar!!" trademark on June 16. The filing was made public on June 30. The Love Live! franchise has an upcoming new television anime that does not yet have an official title. The anime is set in a new school named "Yuigaoka Girls High School," focusing on characters named (from left to right in image below) Chisato Arashi, Sumire Heanna, Kanon Shibuya, Ta...

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Chinese Director Releases 3DCG Evangelion Tribute Short Film

Chinese director Somei Sun released the full version of his 3DCG Evangelion tribute short film on Vimeo on Saturday. The film is titled Evangelion: It Can (Not) Be True. EVANGELION 超•現實 from SOMEI 晟 on Vimeo. View this post on Instagram Evangelion "It Can (Not) Be True" 3DCG tribute short film by chinese artist @Somei_Sun (also used as a commercial for OPPO's Ace2 smartphone). Full video >> https:...
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Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt's Yasuo Ohtagaki Supervises New Manga

Shunji Etō, Natsumi Inoue launched Kanawa no Kage Rui on June 23 ― Author Shunji Etō and artist Natsumi Inoue's new Kanawa no Kage Rui manga launched on the eBookJapan website on June 23. Manga creator Yasuo Ohtagaki (Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt, Moonlight Mile) is supervising the series as the first part of an original manga and novel project in collaboration with Anima (Cat Shit One: The Animate...
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One Piece ‒ Episodes 919-921

We open on Nami and Shinobu's castle infiltration mission where they are on the run from the guards.
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Ghost in the Shell's Motoko Makes Cover of Fashion Magazine

The iconic Ghost in the Shell character Motoko Kusanagi is making her debut on the cover of the fashion magazine anan. Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 character designer Ilya Kuvshinov drew the illustration on the cover for the magazine's 2,208th issue, which will go on sale on July 8. The issue has the theme of "Experiencing the cutting edge of today's entertainment." It will feature a message by Gh...
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 4

So with that initial teaser being all we had to digest, it definitely feels like the ‘real’ show is starting as we return with this fourth episode.
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Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER Film Premieres in N. America on July 11

Film streams on Nerdist, Geek & Sundry's YouTube channels with panel ― Nerdist announced on Monday that it is partnering with Shout! Factory TV and Team Kamen Rider to host the United States and Canadian premiere of the Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER film digitally on July 11 as part of the Nerdist House 2020 streaming event. The film will stream on Nerdist's YouTube channel and on Geek & Sun...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 ‒ SEASON FINALE

A satisfying conclusion to a consistently amazing season, episode 12 fires on all cylinders and leaves us wanting more.
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Assault Lily Bouquet TV Anime Casts Sayaka Harada

Harada plays Kusumi Egawa in October anime ― The official website for the Assault Lily mixed-media franchise's television anime Assault Lily Bouquet announced on Monday that Sayaka Harada is joining the cast as Kusumi Egawa. The anime delayed its premiere date to October to prioritize the safety of its cast and staff during the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The anime was originally sla...
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Live-Action Tokyo Revengers Film Delayed Due to COVID-19

Shooting halted in April due to pandemic ― The official website for Warner Bros. Japan's live-action film of Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga announced on Monday that the film is delayed due the effects of the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Japan. The staff will announce a new release date when it is decided. The announcement included the below image from the original manga. The...
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New Evangelion Attraction Lets You 'Ride' in Unit-01's Entry Plug

Fans can also find synch rate before photo op ― Evangelion has had more than its fair share of theme park attractions, but a new one in Kyoto will let fans "ride" directly in Evangelion Unit-01's entry plug. Evangelion Kyoto Base will open at Toei Kyoto Studio Park on October 3. The new attraction's "Rideable Eva" includes a 15-meter-tall (about 49-foot) bust of Eva Unit-01 emerging from a pool of LC...
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A Certain Scientific Railgun: Astral Buddy Manga Reaches Climax in July

Seven Seas releases spinoff manga in English ― The August issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine announced on Saturday that Yasuhito Nogi's A Certain Scientific Railgun: Astral Buddy manga will reach its climax in its September issue on July 27. Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing the manga in English. The company describes the story: Hokaze Junko, one of the top “handmaidens” of ...
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A Certain Scientific Accelerator Manga Ends in July

Manga spinoff inspired TV anime series in July 2019 ― The August issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine announced on Saturday that Arata Yamaji's A Certain Scientific Accelerator (Toaru Majutsu no Index Gaiden: Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator) manga will end in its September issue on July 27. Yamaji began the spinoff series about the A Certain Magical Index character Accelerator in Mont...
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Konosuba Dungeon RPG's Opening Video Streamed

Enhanced RPG ships for PS4, Switch on August 27 ― Entergram Co., Ltd. started streaming the opening video for the Konosuba dungeon role-playing game Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! ~Kibō no Meikyū Tsudoi Shi Bōkensha-tachi Plus~ (Labyrinth of Hope and Gathering Adventurers Plus) on its official YouTube channel on Friday. The video features the game's theme song "STAND UP!" by Machico. The game'...
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ABC Animation Establishes CG Anime Studio

Asahi Broadcasting established animation planning company in 2016 ― Asahi Broadcasting's animation planning company ABC Animation announced on Friday that it has established a CG animation company to produce new animation, and is seeking applications for CG line producers and CG production manager positions immediately. Asahi Broadcasting established ABC Animation 2016. The company unifies Asahi Broa...
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World Trigger Manga Takes 1-Month Break Due to Author's Health

197th chapter in June published as rough draft ― The official Twitter account of Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga announced on Monday that the manga will not appear the August issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine due to Ashihara's poor physical health. The magazine will ship on July 4. The manga is scheduled to return in the September issue. Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine published part of the W...
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Rising of the Shield Hero 4-Panel Spinoff Manga Ends

Akagishi's comedy spinoff launched in September 2018 ― The 82nd issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki Daioh G magazine published the final chapter of Akagashi's Tate no Yūsha no to Aru 1-Nichi (A Day in the Life of the Shield Hero) spinoff manga on Saturday. The manga's third and final compiled book volume will ship in August. Akagashi launched the four-panel comedy spinoff manga of Aneko Yusagi's The Rising o...
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Kappy's Oshaie Sommelier Oshako Manga Gets Live-Action Show in July

Honoka Yahagi, Miu Tomita, MEGUMI star in show about woman judging men's fancy homes ― TV Tokyo announced on Monday that it is producing a live-action series adaptation of Kappy's Oshaie Sommelier Oshako (Oshako, Sommelier of Fancy Homes) manga. The series will premiere as the first show on the channel's new "Sui Drama 25" programming block on Wednesday, July 15. It will star (left to right in image ...
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New Kaiketsu Zorori Anime Resumes on July 5 After COVID-19 Delay

Anime premiered on April 5, had scheduled episode 7 in May before delay ― The official website for Motto! Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori (More! Seriously Unserious Incredible Zorori), the new television anime based on Yutaka Hara's Kaiketsu Zorori children's book series, announced on June 21 that the anime will resume airing new episodes on July 5. The anime will premiere its seventh episode on t...
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Right Stuf Opens Life-Sized Re:Zero Rem Figure For Pre-Order

3 figures are available through Right Stuf for US$39,999 ― Right Stuf Anime has put up a life-sized figure of the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- character Rem for pre-order. The "Ukiyo-e" figure shows Rem in a beautiful kimono and holding a real parasol by Kyoto craftsmen at the historical Hiyoshiya company. Only 10 units of the figure have been authorized to be made, and three of those uni...
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Vic the Viking CG Animated Film Opens in Japan on October 2 With Sairi Itō

Film by Éric Cazes, director of 2013 CG TV remake of 1974-1975 anime ― French animation studio Studio 100 Animation announced on Monday that Vic the Viking and the Magic Sword, its 3D CG animated film based on the Vicke Viking children's book series by the Swedish author Runer Jonsson, will open in Japan on October 2. Sairi Itō (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!'s Midori Asakusa) stars as the Japanese du...

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Memories Off Game Franchise Gets New SINce Memories Work

1st 7 games also get HD remastered release ― MAGES. revealed on Saturday that the Memories Off game series will have a new work titled SINce Memories. MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura confirmed on Twitter that, despite the work not including "Memories Off" in its title, it is still a brand new work in the series from the franchise's original staff. In addition, the first seven games in the series (up to...
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Shikizakura Anime Reveals 3 More Cast Members

Miki Yakata, Iwori, Yūto Arai cast as anti-oni team in 2021 'near-future science fiction drama' ― The official website for Chukyo TV and Sublimation's original "near-future science fiction drama" anime Shikizakura revealed three additional cast members for the anime on Sunday. The new cast members include: Former SKE48 member Miki Yakata as Benio Myōjin, Ōka's older sister, and the eldest daughter of...
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Live-Action Yowamushi Pedal Film's Trailer Reveals, Previews Theme Song

King & Prince idol group perform "Key of Heart" song for August 14 film ― The official website for the live-action film of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal manga added a trailer and poster visual for the film on Monday. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song "Key of Heart" by male idol group King & Prince. The film will open in Japan on August 14. Ren Nagase of the idol group King & ...
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BEM: Become Human Anime Film Casts Kis-My-Ft2 Member Toshiya Miyata

Role will mark Miyata's voice acting debut ― The staff of Gekijо̄ban BEM~BECOME HUMAN, the upcoming anime film based on the rebooted BEM anime series, announced on Monday that the film will guest star Toshiya Miyata, who is a member of the Kis-My-Ft2 boy band. The role will mark Miyata's debut as a voice actor. Miyata will play Bem's close friend Burgess. The movie is the latest project in the Yōkai ...
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Mr Love: Queen's Choice TV Anime's 3rd Video Teases Romance, Intrigue

July 15 anime based on dating sim app about TV show heiress, 4 super-powered men ― The official website for the television anime of Papergames' Koi to Producer ~EVOLxLOVE~ (Mr Love: Queen's Choice) otome romance game posted a third promotional video and a second key visual on Sunday. The website also reported on the anime's streaming services and premiere dates in Japan, the July 21-August 10 pop-up ...
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Pokémon Journeys TV Anime Casts Marina Inoue as Sonia

Galar researcher was voiced by Lynn in Twilight Wings ― The ongoing television anime Pokémon Journeys: The Series has cast Marina Inoue as the young Pokémon researcher Sonia. The character will appear in the episode airing on July 5. Sonia appeared in the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Switch role-playing games as a young researcher specializing in the legends of the Galar region. She visi...

World End Economica Project Streams Anime Promotional Video (Updated)

Game-based sci-fi project also gets manga ― Game developer Spicy Tails started streaming promotional videos for the proposed anime film adaptation of the World End Economica visual novel game on Wednesday. The company's official YouTube channel streamed the original Japanese video as well as a Japanese video with Chinese subtitles and a Japanese video with English subtitles. Spicy Tails also announce...
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Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 Game's Trailer Reveals July 10 Release

8-bit style game releases digitally for PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC ― Inti Creates' official YouTube channel started streaming the second trailer for the Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 game on Friday. The video revealed that the game will release on July 10. Inti Creates announced the Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 game during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday. The game w...
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Inti Creates Announces Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 Game

2D side-scroller game in development for Switch ― Inti Creates announced the Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 game for the Nintendo Switch console on Saturday at the virtual indie game event BitSummit Gaiden. The company streamed a trailer for the game on its official YouTube channel. Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 is the third game in Inti Creates' flagship Azure Striker Gunvolt franchise. The game features a new c...
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Oneechan ga Kita 4-Panel Sisterly Love Manga Ends

Rikō Anzai's comedy, about boy who gains a strange new big sister, inspired TV anime ― Rikō Anzai ended the four-panel manga Oneechan ga Kita (My Big Sister Arrived) in the August issue of Takeshobo's Manga Life magazine on Saturday. Takeshobo will publish the 15th and final book volume of the manga on July 28. The story revolves around Tomoya Mizuhara, a 13-year-old boy who suddenly gains a big sist...
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Universal Studios Japan Delays Super Nintendo World Area Due to COVID-19

1st part was slated for late July in theme park ― The Universal Studios Japan theme park is delaying its upcoming Super Nintendo World area to prevent crowding, as a countermeasure against the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The park had planned to open the area in late July in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, although the Olympics have been delayed until next year. Universal Studios Japan as a ...

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Ninja Nonsense Manga Returns in 2 x 2 = Shinobuden+ Sequel

Original gag manga inspired anime in 2004 ― Ryoichi Koga began serializing a new manga in the Ninin Ga Shinobuden franchise titled Ninin Ga Shinobuden Plus (2 x 2 = Shinobuden+) on Kadokawa's Comic Newtype website on Friday. The new manga is a sequel. The original manga inspired a 12-episode television anime series in 2004. Right Stuf released the anime under the title Ninja Nonsense on DVD in 2006 a...
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7SEEDS' Yumi Tamura Ends Iromen Manga

Slice-of-life manga about salarymen launched in August 2012 ― The August issue of Shueisha's Cocohana magazine revealed on Saturday that the September issue of the magazine on July 28 will publish the final chapter of Yumi Tamura's Iromen: Jūnintoiro manga. Tamura launched the manga in Cocohana in August 2012. Shueisha published the manga's third volume in August 2018. The manga centers on the regula...
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Kemono Friends 2 Manga Ends in Next Chapter

Adaptation of Kemono Friends 2 anime launched in January 2019 ― The August issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine announced on Friday that Ryū Naitō's Kemono Friends 2 manga will end in the next chapter. The manga entered its final arc in April. Naitō launched the manga in Monthly Shonen Ace in January 2019. Kadokawa published the manga's second volume on January 24. The manga adapts the Kem...
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Kin-iro Mosaic Anime Film Reveals Title, Teaser Visual

― The official website for the new anime film adaptation of Yui Hara's Kin-iro Mosaic manga revealed the film's title and teaser visual on Saturday. The film is titled Kin-iro Mosaic Thank you!!. Munenori Nawa (NAKAIMO - My Little Sister Is Among Them!, R-15) is directing the film at Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ, and Yuniko Ayana (Hello!! KINMOZA, Kinmoza! Kiniro + Mosaic) is writing the script. Kazuyuki...
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Healin' Good Precure Anime Casts Kenichirō Matsuda

Anime to resume on Sunday after COVID-19 delay ― The staff for Toei Animation's Healin' Good Precure anime announced on Saturday that Kenichirō Matsuda is joining the anime's cast as Teruhiko Hiramitsu, Cure Sparkle/Hinata Hiramitsu's father. The anime will resume airing new episodes on June 28 with the 13th episode. The anime has been delaying new episodes due to the spread of the new coronavirus di...
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Lapis Re:LiGHTs Anime's 4th Promo Video Streamed

Idol series premieres on July 4 ― The official YouTube channel for KLab Games and Kadokawa's "Magic x Idol" mixed-media project Lapis Re:LiGHTs began streaming a fourth promotional video on Saturday. The anime will premiere on July 4 at 10:00 p.m. on Tokyo MX and BS11. 20 cast members in six of the project's units perform the opening "Watashi-tachi no Startrail" (Our Startrail) as the group Lapis Re:...
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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Game's Final Trailer Streamed

Remastred game will launch for PS4, Switch, iOS, Android on August 27 ― Square Enix's official YouTube channel started streaming the final trailer for the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered game on Friday. The official YouTube channel for the Final Fantasy franchise is also streaming the same video in English. The trailer elaborates on the four-player cross-platform play systems available in...
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Altair: A Record of Battles Manga's Story Approaches Climax

Manga that debuted in 2007 inspired July 2017 anime ― The official Twitter account for Kotono Katō's Altair: A Record of Battles manga revealed on Friday that the manga is approaching its climax with the 129th chapter, which launched in the August issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine on Friday. Katō launched the manga in Monthly Shonen Sirius in 2007. The manga's 22nd compiled book volu...
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Princess Connect Re:Dive Anime Reveals 3 More Returning Cast Members

Ayako Kawasumi, Minori Chihara, Asami Shimoda return from smartphone game ― Cygames revealed three additional cast members for the television anime of Cygames' Princess Connect! Re:Dive smartphone game on Friday. The new characters will debut in the anime's 13th and final episode on Monday. The new cast members, all reprising their roles from the game, are: Ayako Kawasumi as Jun Shirogane Minori Chih...
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One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 Game's Trailer Previews 1st DLC Character Charlotte Smoothie

"Character Pack 1" DLC launches this summer ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a new trailer on Friday for its One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The video previews Charlotte Smoothie, the game's first DLC character. Charlotte Smoothie will be available in the game's "Character Pack 1" DLC alongside the second announced DLC c...
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Bravely Default Fairy's Effect Smartphone Game Ends Service in August

Free-to-play game launched in March 2017 ― Square Enix announced on Friday that it will end service for it and Silicon Studio's Bravely Default Fairy's Effect smartphone game on August 31 at 3:00 p.m. JST. The developers concluded that it would be difficult for them to provide sufficient service to satisfy their customers. The game halted sales of the Mythril in-game currency on Friday. Square Enix l...

2001 Beyblade Anime Streams on YouTube

Beyblade franchise's 1st anime begins streaming in English, Latin American Spanish ― The official YouTube channel for the Beyblade franchise began streaming the first episode of the original 2001 Beyblade anime in English and Latin American Spanish on Friday. The videos are available in North America, most of South America, Europe, Australia, and parts of Africa. English Latin American Spanish Takara...

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2020 Toei Manga Matsuri Omnibus Film Rescheduled for August 14 After COVID-19 Delay

Featuring Kamen Rider Den-O, Butt Detective, Tsuritai Yaki, Recycle Zoo ― The official website for the new installment of the Toei Manga Matsuri omnibus film series revival announced on Saturday that Toei has rescheduled this year's omnibus for August 14. Toei had planned to open the film on April 24, but delayed the film due to government declarations against the outbreak of the new coronavirus dise...
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Attack on Titan Collaborates with Seven Deadly Sins Smartphone Game

Crossover event commences on June 29 ― The Attack on Titan series is collaborating with Netmarble's Nanatsu no Taizai ~Hikari to Yami no Grand Cross (The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross of Light and Darkness) smartphone role-playing game for a crossover event that will commence on June 29. The game's YouTube channel unveiled a trailer on Thursday. The trailer opens with Diane picking on Titans her own...
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Kirby Café Summer 2020 Offers Takeout Pizza Menu

Runs from July 9 to September 13 ― The Kirby Café, which is permanently based in the Tokyo Solamachi complex, has released its menu and goods lineup for its summer promotion. Besides the traditional seated dining experience, the café is now offering takeout pizza for people who have other places to be or who want to further maintain social distancing. The "Kirby Café Standard Oven-baked Pizza ~Maxim ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, June 21-27

Sarazanmai, Fairy gone anime; Restaurant to Another World, Éclair Bleue manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Eureka Seven Ao Essentials BDPlease Funimation US$34.98 June 23 Fairy gone Season 1 Part 1 BDCite Funimation US$64.98 June 23 Karneval Essentials BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$29.98 June 23 Real Girl Premium Box Set BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$129.98 June...

Funimation to Stream SUPER HXEROS Anime This Summer

Series based on Dokyū Hentai HxEros manga premieres on July 3 ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will stream SUPER HXEROS, the television anime of Ryōma Kitada's Dokyū Hentai HxEros manga, starting on July 3 as part of the summer 2020 season. Funimation will stream the censored broadcast version from Aniplex of America. The company began streaming an English-subtitled trailer: The anime will pr...
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Ouran High School Host Club ‒ Episodes 9-10

Even as the episode is towing the line by briefly portraying them as literal ‘Femi-Nazis’, the point is revealed that all the damning things they say about the Host Club are 100% true.
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Future GPX Cyber Formula Car to Appear at Super Taikyu Racing Event

Mechanical animation director Satoshi Shigeta designs car which will be unveiled at first race in 2021 ― The futuristic racing-themed anime series Future GPX Cyber Formula is collaborating with the RFC Racing team. The anime's mechanical animation director Satoshi Shigeta personally designed an original car which will be unveiled at its first race in the Super Taikyu racing series in 2021. In additio...
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Princess Tutu ‒ Episodes 9-10

The story is beginning to unravel. Drosselmeyer appears to Rue for the first time, and Edel appears to Fakir to make him ponder the nature of Story and his role in it.

Battle Athletes Victory Returns With New Manga, Anime

Devilman Grimoire's Rui Takatō draws Pale Blue Dot Battle Athletes Daiundōkai ReSTART! ― Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha's manga website Comic Ruelle & Comic Jardin revealed on Friday that Rui Takatō's new Pale Blue Dot Battle Athletes Daiundōkai ReSTART! manga is getting an anime adaptation. The manga's prologue debuted on the website on Friday, and the series' first two chapters will launch in July. Takatō's...
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Mamoru Oshii's '50 Movies, 50 Years' Book to Release in August

Acclaimed anime and live-action director Mamoru Oshii will release a book titled Oshii Mamoru no Eiga 50-nen 50-pon (Mamoru Oshii's Movies: 50 Movies, 50 Years) on August 8, which is also the date of Oshii's 69th birthday. The book compiles various essays he has written about movies, with each year dedicated to a different film. The list of films discussed is as follows: 1968: 2001: A Space Odysse...
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Fate/Zero ‒ Episodes 9-10

Waver still does not seem to understand how much he lucked out in getting Iskandar as a Servant, nor does he fully appreciate how the actions he considers weak or unremarkable are nonetheless impressing Iskandar.
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Ōoku: The Inner Chambers Alternate History Manga to End in Winter

Award-winning Edo period court intrigue manga about female Shogun's male harem launched in 2004 ― The 18th compiled book volume of Fumi Yoshinaga's Ōoku: The Inner Chambers manga revealed on Friday that the series will end in the 19th volume in winter 2021. The manga entered its final arc in the July issue of Hakusensha's Melody magazine on Saturday. Viz Media publishes the manga in English, and it d...
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Great Pretender Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Series premiered on Netflix on June 2, debuts on TV on July 8 ― The official website for WIT Studio's original television anime series Great Pretender began streaming the second main promotional video on Friday. The anime's "Case 1" (episodes 1-5) premiered on Netflix in Japan with English subtitles on June 2, followed by "Case 2" (episodes 6-10) on June 9 and "Case 3" (episodes 11-14) on June 16. Th...
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One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows Game Adds Garou

4th DLC character will debut this summer ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that the villain character Garou will join Bandai Namco Entertainment's One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows game as its fourth DLC character. The game's first DLC character is martial artist Suiryu, who joined the game on April 9. Lightning Max joined as the second DLC chara...
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Boruto Anime Airs New Episode on July 5 After COVID-19 Delay

Previously planned "Kara Shidō-hen" arc begins with 157th episode on July 19 ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime will resume with new episodes beginning on July 5, and will enter the previously announced "Kara Shidō-hen" (Kara Begins Arc) on July 19 with the 157th episode. The magazine also announced ne...
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Monster Girl Doctor Anime's Videos Preview Opening Song

Series premieres in Japan on July 12 ― The official website for the television anime of Yoshino Origuchi's Monster Girl Doctor (Monster Musume no Oisha-san) light novel series began streaming a promotional video and television commercial on Friday. The videos feature ARCANA PROJECT's opening theme song "Campanella Hibiku Sora de" (In the Sky Where the Bells Ring). The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX,...
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Animator, Illustrator loundraw Produces Anime Film Short for Project Common

Flat Studio project aims "to express the true loundraw" ― Animator and illustrator loundraw announced on Friday that he is producing a short theatrical anime film for the multimedia project Project Common. He will announce details of the project in the future. Project Common's theme is "to express the true loundraw." The illustrator said, "Unchanging at any time, I want to find my steadfast self. Thi...
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Dragons Rioting's Tsuyoshi Watanabe Ends Banrai no Hekatoncheir Manga

Manga launched in 2017 ― This year's third volume of Kadokawa's Young Dragon Age magazine published the final chapter of Tsuyoshi Watanabe's Banrai no Hekatoncheir (Thunderous Hekatoncheir) manga on Friday. The manga's third and final volume will ship on August 9. The manga centers on Tokio Rokuō, a boy hunter who has nevertheless lived with and loves animals. To save an animal, he takes a fall from ...
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Ninja Slayer Kills' Kōtarō Sekine Launches New Manga

Manga adapts Asa Rokushima's fantasy story about invincible adventurer ― The official Twitter account for Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed on Thursday that Kōtarō Sekine will launch a manga adaptation of Asa Rokushima's Zettai Damage o Ukenai Skill o Moratta no de, Bōkensha to Shite Musō Shite Miru (I Got a Skill That Makes Me Take No Damage, So I Thought I'd Have a Go at Being an I...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, June 15-21

The Full-Time Wife Escapist rerun episode earns 10.2% rating ― Last week's episode of Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu Muzukyun! Tokubetsu-hen, a rerun of the live-action series adaptation of Tsunami Umino's The Full-Time Wife Escapist (Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu) manga, aired on TBS on Tuesday, June 16 at 10:00 p.m., and it earned an 10.2% rating. Editor's Note: Many of the anime below are...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 15-21

The Last of Us Part II debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 15-21 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4The Last of Us Part II Sony Interactive Entertainment June 19 178,696 178,696 2NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20 73,680 4,934,168 3NSwSekai no Asobi Taizen 51 Nintendo June 5 32,673 144,297 4NSwRing Fit Adventure Nintendo October 18, 2019 32,6...
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Fruits Basket 2nd Season Anime Casts Rumi Okubo, Aoi Ichikawa

As student council secretaries Kimi Tōdō, Naohito Sakuragi starting in episode 13 ― The official website for the Fruits Basket 2nd Season anime announced two more cast members on Friday. Their characters are the student council's secretaries when Yuki became president, and they will appear in episode 13 on June 29. Rumi Okubo as Kimi Tōdō Aoi Ichikawa as Naohito Sakuragi Okubo said she has loved the ...
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Eisner Awards to Rerun Votes After Error

Voting website had error, but voting opens again until June 30 on new website ― Comic-Con International announced on Wednesday that it will throw out the existing ballots for this year's Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and will start a new voting process, due to "an anomaly with the site hosting the Eisner's voting." Comic-Con International director of communications David Glanzer explained that th...
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Kemono Friends 2 Producer Leaves TV Tokyo

Nobuyuki Hosoya is known for controversial comments, production of Kemono Friends 2 ― Producer Nobuyuki Hosoya announced on Thursday that, as of Wednesday, he has left TV Tokyo after working there for 25 years, adding that he was not fired from his job. Hosoya is perhaps best known for his work as the producer of the Kemono Friends 2 television anime, recruiting Ryuichi Kimura as the director of the ...
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Life Lessons of Uramichi-Oniisan TV Anime Delayed From 2020 to 2021

Production issues cited for delaying anime of Gaku Kuze's comedy manga ― The official website for the television anime of Gaku Kuze's Life Lessons of Uramichi-Oniisan (Uramichi Oniisan) manga announced on Friday that the anime has been delayed from its scheduled 2021 premiere. The website cited "production issues" as the reason, and stated that the anime is now slated for 2021. The website will annou...
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Gundam Aggressor Manga Goes on Hiatus Due to Author's Illness

Daichi Banjou launched manga in 2014 ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Shōnen Sunday S magazine revealed on Thursday that Daichi Banjou's Kidō Senshi Gundam Aggressor (Mobile Suit Gundam Aggressor) manga will go on hiatus in order for Banjou to recover from an illness. The story follows the Aggressor unit, a "traitor" Federation unit of soldiers who defected from the Zeon side. Banjou launched the m...
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3rd Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Anime Film Rescheduled for August 15 After COVID-19 Delay

Aimer CD with trilogy's theme songs ships on August 19 with music videos, new Yuki Kajiura arrangement ― The official website and Twitter account for the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel film trilogy announced on Friday that the third film, Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song, will open on August 15. The anime's website advises people to check the theaters' websites for schedules and inform...
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Japan Cuts Film Festival Screens On-Gaku Anime Film

Japan Cuts festival begins screening film online on July 17 ― The Japan Society revealed on Wednesday that it will screen Kenji Iwaisawa's On-Gaku: Our Sound, the anime film adaptation of Hiroyuki Ohashi's "Ongaku" manga, online as part of the JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film event. The film will begin screening when the festival begins on July 17, and the event will run until July 30. GKID...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Maxiboost ON Game's Trailer Previews Pre-order Bonuses

"2-on-2 team battle action" game debuts on July 30 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a trailer that previews the pre-order bonuses for the Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Maxiboost ON game on Thursday. Players who pre-order the game will receive the playable Mobile Suit Gundam Barbatos Lupus Rex, an extra 24 hours every weekend for the open access beta period, and Operator Sthesia ...
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Earth Defense Force: World Brothers Game's 1st Trailer Streamed

Earth Defense Force 5 game gets physical release in West ― D3 Publisher began streaming on Wednesday the first trailer for Earth Defense Force: World Brothers, the new spinoff game in the Earth Defense Force series. The trailer also teases Earth Defense Force 6, the latest game in the series. PQube announced on Thursday that it will release a physical version of the Earth Defense Force 5 game for Pla...
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Viz's Shonen Jump Posts Beelzebub Creator's Hard-Boiled Cop and Dolphin Manga in English

Ryūhei Tamura's new manga debuts digitally on Friday ― Viz Media announced on Twitter on Thursday that it will launch Ryūhei Tamura's Hard-Boiled Cop and Dolphin (Shakunetsu no Nirai Kanai; lit: Red Hot Nirai Kanai, referring to the mythical land Nirai Kanai in the Ryukyu region of Japan) manga on its Shonen Jump service on Friday. Viz teased that the manga's story follows a down on his luck cop who ...

'So I'm a Spider, So What?' Anime Unveils January 2021 Delay, 6-Month Run, Visual

Anime once slated for 2020, but delayed due to COVID-19 affecting production ― The official website and Twitter account for the television anime of author Okina Baba and illustrator Tsukasa Kiryu's So I'm a Spider, So What? (Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?) novels unveiled a new visual and the new January 2021 premiere date for the anime. The anime will run for two consecutive cours (quarters of a year). The ...
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Kiratto Pri☆Chan Anime Airs New Episode on July 5 After COVID-19 Delay

3rd season premiered on April 5, but halted new episodes later that month ― The official Twitter account for the Kiratto Pri☆Chan anime series announced on Friday that the series will begin airing new episodes again on July 5. The anime delayed new episodes from episode 107 onward in late April out of consideration for public safety to forestall the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). S...
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Kill la Kill ‒ Episodes 9-10

Studio Trigger cheekily shrouded Gamagoori's transformed Goku Uniform states in shadow in the previous episode, treating that as just a tease so that the full impact would still hit as he goes to town here.

Netflix Adds 1st Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Anime Season on July 8

Anime aired for 224 episodes from 2000 to 2004 ― Netflix announced on Thursday that it will add the first Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime season in the long-running Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise on July 8. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is actually the second anime adaptation based on Kazuki Takahashi's original manga. (The previous 1998 series never saw an English release.) Both series center on protagonist Yugi Muto,...
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GungHo's Ninjala Game Gets Net Anime Shorts

1st dubbed episode now streaming after Switch game launched on Wednesday ― The official website and YouTube channel for GungHo Online Entertainment's (GOE) Ninjala Switch game began streaming the first episode of a new net anime series based on the game. English Japanese The YouTube video describes the story: Van is an energetic and athletically gifted youngster known for his incredible skills on the...
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy Wants Reader Comments for Original Wraparound Book Cover

Anime premieres on July 4 ― The television anime of Shu's The Misfit of Demon King Academy light novel series launched a Twitter campaign on Tuesday soliciting reader comments to be featured on a wraparound book cover. 30 lucky applicants will receive a cover with their comment printed on it, which they can wrap around their own copies of the light novels. To enter the competition, simply go to the a...
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Neon Genesis Evangelion Soundtrack 25th Anniversary Box Compiles Rare, New Tracks

Goes on sale in Japan on October 7 ― The Neon Genesis Evangelion Soundtrack 25th Anniversary Box set compiles five disks of music from the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime. The box compiles rare and difficult-to-find tracks, as well as bonus tracks and newly released songs. The box set will release in Japan on October 7, costing 9,800 yen (approximately US$91). A sample video has been release...
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The Vision of Escaflowne ‒ Episode 7-8

There are several signs that you might be an anime villain of the 1990s: a tendency to lick your lips inappropriately, holding a knife in your mouth, or wearing a venomous snake as a boa.
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Otoko-Zaka Manga's 'Honjin Shitō-hen' Arc Launches on July 4

― Manga creator Masami Kurumada announced on his official blog on Tuesday that he will launch the "Honjin Shitō-hen" arc of his Otoko-Zaka manga on the Shonen Jump+ app and website on July 4. Kurumada posted an image of printed proofs for the new arc. Kurumada ended the "Takeshima Honjin-hen" arc on March 29 and announced the new arc on the same day. Kurumada launched the "Takeshima Honjin-hen" arc ...
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Wolf's Rain ‒ Episodes 7-8

Ominous portent is, in fact, just about all there is to the Wolf’s Rain's story so far, which isn't nearly so bad as it sounds, but it bears repeating that we still know so very little about this world.
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Scott Pilgrim Film Director Hints at Revisiting Series in 'Anime Form'

'There's some plans—and there's nothing official yet—but there are some plans to revisit the material in an animation way.' Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright told EW on Wednesday that Bryan Lee O'Malley's popular comic book series may be revisited in "anime form." "There's some plans—and there's nothing official yet—but there are some plans to revisit the material in an animation wa...
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One-Punch Man: Road to Hero 2.0 Smartphone Game Launches on June 30

Smartphone game launches on Android, iOS ― Oasis Games Ltd. announced on Tuesday that it will release the One-Punch Man: Road to Hero 2.0 smartphone game for Android and iOS on June 30. Players of the original One-Punch Man: Road to Hero smartphone game will be able to receive a reward in One-Punch Man: Road to Hero 2.0 to advance their progress. The new game enables players to collect and train char...
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Tiger & Bunny ‒ Episodes 8-10

Origami Cyclone comes into play when he accompanies Kotetsu and Barnaby on their visit to an academy designed to develop heroes.
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GKIDS Licenses Masaaki Yuasa's Inu-Oh Anime Film

Film debuts in theaters in N. America in 2021 ― GKIDS announced on Thursday that it has licensed Masaaki Yuasa's Inu-Oh, the musical anime feature film of Hideo Furukawa's Heike Monogatari: Inu-Oh no Maki (Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh) novel, for North American distribution. The company plans to release the film theatrically in 2021. GKIDS describes the film's story: Inu-Oh is born with unique physical...
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Plunderer ‒ SERIES FINALE

In this, the final episode, we see Licht leave the path of the villain and take his first step towards redemption.

Trigger Announces Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Anime for Netflix Debut in 2022

Hiroyuki Imaishi directs adaptation of CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 game ― Polish game developer CD Projekt Red announced on Thursday that its upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 game is getting a Netflix Original anime adaptation titled Cyberpunk: Edgerunners in 2022. Hiroyuki Imaishi (Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill) is directing the anime at Trigger, and Yoh Yoshinari (Little Witch Academia) is designing the c...
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Tower of God ‒ SEASON FINALE

No wonder fans hate Rachel: her internal struggle between looking at the sky and killing the person who treasures her most would be a no-brainer, but for some nonsensical reason leaves her conflicted.

The World Ends with You RPG Gets Anime

Anime Expo Lite reveals more info on July 3-4 ― An official teaser website opened on Friday to announce that Square Enix's The World Ends with You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai) action role-playing game is inspiring an anime adaptation. Square Enix will reveal more information about that game at the digital Anime Expo Lite event, which will stream from July 3-4. Anime Expo Lite revealed The World Ends with...

Tales of Arise RPG Delayed to After 2020

PS4, Xbox One, PC game delayed "due to the ambitious nature of the project" ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Thursday that its Tales of Arise role-playing game is delayed past 2020 "due to the ambitious nature of the project." The game's producer Yusuke Tomizawa said, "to achieve the quality and provide the gorgeous experience we envision for our players, we will need more time to realize th...
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Tubi to Stream 6 Anpanman Films in English, Spanish

Anime films debut streaming in fall 2020 ― Streaming service Tubi announced on Monday that it will stream six films from the Soreike! Anpanman franchise on its service this fall. The films will be available in English and Spanish. Tubi describes Anpanman: Through a deal with TMS Entertainment, making its English and Spanish language debut and available exclusively on Tubi, are six movies featuring An...
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Taamo's Atsumori-kun's Bride-to-be Manga Enters Final Arc

Manga about high school boy, girl who run away from provincial hometown to Tokyo launched in 2018 ― The August issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine revealed on Wednesday that Taamo's Atsumori-kun's Bride-to-be (Atsumori-kun no Oyome-san [←Mitei]) manga has entered its final arc. The previous issue of the magazine revealed in May that the manga was entering its climax. Kodansha Comics is publishing th...
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Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Season 2 Anime Resumes After COVID-19 Delay

Episode 19 streams on July 9 after delay from May 14 ― The official website for Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Season 2 announced on Thursday that the anime will resume with episode 19 on Sunrise's Gundam Channel on YouTube on July 9. The series will then resume its television broadcast on BS11 on July 11 and Tokyo MX on July 14. Kazuhiro Hara, who provided the anime's original character designs, drew a...
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Youka Nitta's Embracing Love Manga Gets Special Chapters

1st chapter appears in Be-Boy Gold on June 27 ― Manga creator Youka Nitta announced on their Twitter account on April 28 that they will draw new special chapters for their Embracing Love (Haru o Daiteita) manga. The first chapter will appear in Libre Publishing's Be-Boy GOLD magazine on Saturday. The first two chapters will focus on Kyousuke and Yoji. Viz Media's SuBLime imprint currently publishes t...
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Weathering With You Manga Ends With 3rd Volume in October

Manga based on hit film launched in July 2019 ― The second compiled book volume of Wataru Kubota's manga adaptation of Makoto Shinkai's anime film Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko) revealed on Tuesday that the manga will end with its third volume in October. Vertical licensed the manga, and it will ship the first volume on September 1. The company describes the story: The summer of freshman year of h...
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Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online Event Scheduled for September 23-27

September 23 to be a business day ― The official website for the Tokyo Game Show 2020 event announced on Thursday that the event will be held online from September 23-27. September 23 will be a business day for business discussions only. The event is accepting applications for online exhibitors. The event plans to host streams of programs, videos, and an e-sports tournament. The staff of the conventi...
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My Boyfriend in Orange Manga Goes on Hiatus

Romance manga following high school girl, fireman debuted in May 2016 ― This year's August issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine revealed on Wednesday that Non Tamashima's My Boyfriend in Orange (Moekare wa Orange-Iro) manga is going on hiatus "for a little while." Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga digitally in English, and it describes the story: Hot firemen, now in the world of shojo manga! Hi...
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Beauty Bunny's Mari Yoshino Launches New Manga in August

Sando no Meshi to, Are ga Suki. romance manga about charismatic chef launches in August ― This year's August issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine revealed on Wednesday that Mari Yoshino will launch a new manga titled Sando no Meshi to, Are ga Suki. (I Like Three Square Meals, and That) in Kodansha's digital magazine Ane Friend on August 1. The manga will center on a romance with a charismatic chef. K...
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Rifle Is Beautiful/Chidori RSC Manga Ends Next Week

Manga about laser rifle sport shooting club launched in 2015, inspired 2019 TV anime ― The 175th chapter of Akki Sarumi's four-panel manga Rifle Is Beautiful announced on Thursday that the manga will end in the next chapter on July 2. The manga's story begins with Hikari Kokura, an incoming high school student who is excited to join her school's laser rifle sport shooting club. When she gets there, s...
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Ganbareiwa!! Robocon Comedy Film Adds 3 Cast Members

Kazumasa Koura, Michiko Shimizu, Yū Takahashi star in July 31 film ― Toei announced three more cast members for its new Ganbareiwa!! Robocon: Urara~! Koi Suru Shiru-Nashi Tantanmen!! no Maki film on Thursday. The new cast members include Kazumasa Koura (left in image below) as Kazuo Itō, a Chinese cuisine chef; Michiko Shimizu (center) as Tornado Baba, a woman involved in the mysterious "Chinese Food...
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Snow and Mist's Hayate Kuku Ends Nekomata Manga

Manga about Edo thief catcher, cat spirit launched in 2013 ― The July 3 issue of Houbunsha's Weekly Manga Times magazine revealed on Friday that Hayate Kuku's Nekomata manga will end in the magazine's next issue on Saturday. The manga is set in Edo during the Edo era, and centers on Jinbē, a thief catcher and whispered boss of the Edo streets. Renowned as handsome and reliable, his only flaw is a ten...
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Catherine: Full Body Game's Switch Version Posts New Trailer

Game ships for Switch on July 7 ― Atlus began streaming a new trailer for the Nintendo Switch version of its Catherine: Full Body game on Wednesday. The game will launch for the Switch on July 7. People who preorder the physical version of the game will receive a sheep keychain while supplies last. The game shipped for the PS4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan in February 2019. The game then launched for...

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New Violet Evergarden Film's Trailer Previews TRUE's Theme Song

Film opens on September 18 after COVID-19 delay; TRUE's "Will" single also delayed to September 16 ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime film began streaming a new trailer for the film on Thursday. The trailer previews the film's theme song "WILL" by TRUE. The single for "WILL" has also been rescheduled from April 22 to September 16. The film will open in Jap...
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Megadimension Neptunia VII Game Launches for Switch in N. America, Europe on July 28

New trailer previews gameplay ― Idea Factory International announced on Wednesday that it will release the Megadimension Neptunia VII game digitally for the Nintendo Switch in North America and Europe on July 28. The company began streaming a new gameplay trailer: The DLC previously made available for the PlayStation 4 and Steam versions of the game (except for Million Arthur, who is no longer availa...
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D3 Publisher Unveils Earth Defense Force 6, Earth Defense Force: World Brothers Games

World Brothers spinoff launches for PS4, Switch in 2020 ― D3 Publisher unveiled Earth Defense Force 6, the latest game in its Earth Defense Force series, on Tuesday. The company opened a new website for the game, and it reveals a 2021 release. The publisher did not reveal the game's platform(s). The Official Japanese PlayStation Blog revealed that the game's story takes place three years after the Ea...
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College Student Arrested for Threatening Kagawa Lawmaker Over Game Playing Ordinance

Suspect allegedly threatened Ichirō Ōyama to repeal ordinance restricting children's playing time ― Police arrested a 21-year-old male suspect on Wednesday after he allegedly sent a threatening message to Kagawa prefectural assembly member Ichirō Ōyama. According to the authorities, the suspect admitted that he wanted the Kagawa assembly to repeal a recent ordinance restricting video game playing tim...

Netflix Streams Studio Ghibli Films in Canada

20 films debut on service on Thursday; The Wind Rises film debuts on August 1 ― The official Twitter account for Netflix Canada announced on Monday that the service will begin streaming 20 Studio Ghibli films in Canada on Thursday. In addition, Netflix will begin streaming The Wind Rises film in Canada on August 1. From June 25, 20 films from the legendary animation house Studio Ghibli are coming to ...
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Masaaki Yuasa's Japan Sinks: 2020 Anime Reveals Video, Opening Song

Taeko Onuki performs "a life" for series premiering on Netflix on July 9 ― Netflix revealed a promotional video and the opening theme song on Thursday for Japan Sinks: 2020, Science SARU and Masaaki Yuasa's upcoming anime series adaptation of Sakyo Komatsu's Japan Sinks (Nihon Chinbotsu) science-fiction novel. Taeko Onuki is performing the theme song "a life," which features in the video. Netflix als...
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Dōkyūsei Creator Asumiko Nakamura Gets 20th Anniversary Exhibit in Tokyo in Fall

Dōkyūsei creator Asumiko Nakamura is getting a 20th anniversary exhibit in Tokyo in fall this year. The exhibit will display art from throughout Nakamura's entire manga career, along with production materials such as plot drafts, sketches, and manga outlines. The exhibit will be located on the 6th floor of the Ikebukuro Parco building. The exhibit will sell an official book compiling Nakamura's ar...
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The Twelve Kingdoms ‒ Episode 9-10

Eventually you get at least one sequence of the cast sitting down in a room and listening to an old guy tell them about all the pertinent history they'll need to be an active part of the plot moving.
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Fairy Tail RPG's 2nd Promo Video Previews Gameplay

Koei Tecmo, Gust's game launches in Japan, Europe on July 30; N. America on July 31 ― Koei Tecmo unveiled the second promotional gameplay video for it and Gust's Fairy Tail role-playing game during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday. The game will debut for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in Japan on July 30. Koei Tecmo Europe will also release the game in ...
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Deadly Premonition 2 Game's Trailer Introduces Louisiana Setting

Switch game ships worldwide on July 10 ― Nintendo began streaming a new trailer on Tuesday for Rising Star Games, Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro, and Toybox's Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise, the sequel to the developer's Deadly Premonition game. The video introduces the game's setting, the fictional Louisiana town of Le Carré. The game will launch physically and digitally for Nintendo Switch ...
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Rurouni Kenshin Coach Jacket Lets You Channel Your Inner Saitō Hajime

The Rurouni Kenshin series is releasing a coach jacket in the image of the popular character Saitō Hajime, who himself is based on the popular Japanese historical figure. The art is drawn from Nobuhiro Watsuki's manga, and the Japanese characters spell out his famous "aku soku zan" (swift death to evil) motto. The jacket is being released in Japan through the Amnibus online store and will cost 9,6...
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Lovely Muco! Manga Ends in 6 Chapters

Manga about pet dog debuted in 2011 ― This year's 14th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine revealed on Tuesday that Takayuki Mizushina's Itoshi no Muco (Lovely Muco! or Lovely Muuuuuuuco!) manga will end in six chapters. Mizushina launched the manga in Kodansha's Evening magazine in 2011. The 16th compiled book volume shipped on Tuesday. The manga depicts the life of the pet dog Muco and his owner K...
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Puri Puri's Taro Chiaki Launches New Manga

Maо̄ no Musume, Sugoku Choroi romantic comedy manga launched on June 15 ― Manga creator Taro Chiaki (Puri Puri) launched a new manga titled Maо̄ no Musume, Sugoku Choroi (The Demon King's Daughter is Very Simple-Minded) on Akita Shoten's Manga Cross website on June 15. The second chapter debuted on June 22. The romantic comedy centers on Hell, the daughter of the Demon King who resurrects the hero sh...
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Ayano Yamane's Crimson Spell Manga Enters Climax

Manga launched in 2004; SuBLime releasing manga in English ― The August issue of Tokuma Shoten's Chara Selection magazine announced on Monday that Ayano Yamane's Crimson Spell manga is entering its climax. Viz Media's SuBLime boys-love imprint publishes the manga in English, and it describes the story: Upon wielding an ancient sword that has been passed down through his royal family for generations, ...
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Sunrise States It Has 'No Connection' to Tokyo Governor Candidate Cosplaying Lelouch

Sunrise posted a notice on its official website on Wednesday that the anime production studio has "no connection" to Tokyo governor candidate Teruki Gotō, who has been cosplaying as the Code Geass character Lelouch Lamperouge for his election campaign. The full statement is translated as follows: There is a candidate for the 2020 Tokyo governor election who has been using a poster in his campaign ...
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 37

The fact that Fruits Basket can offer such a strong episode devoid of any of its main characters speaks volumes for its thematic consistency: it shows us that the emotional beats transcend any one character's story.
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Violet Evergarden Film Opens on September 18 After COVID-19 Delay

Film was slated to open on April 24 after 1st delay ― Oricon reported on Thursday that Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime film will open in Japan on September 18. The announcement reportedly appeared in a television commercial that aired after a re-airing of the final episode of the Violet Evergarden television anime on Thursday. The film's official website announced on April 6 that...
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Samurai Shodown Game Adds For Honor's Warden

Last DLC character for season 2 character pass already available ― SNK's Samurai Shodown (Samurai Spirits) game added the Warden character as a crossover character from Ubisoft's For Honor game on Wednesday. The character is available both as an individual purchase and as the last character in the game's Season 2 character pass. The game launched for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Japan and the West i...
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Gleipnir ‒ Episode 12

It's flashback week on Gleipnir, as last week's last-minute tease leads into an extended look at Shuichi's former life and, more specifically, the lives of his friends.
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Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear Anime Reveals More Cast, Opening Song, October Premiere

Rina Hidaka, Miyu Tomita, Satomi Amano join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Kumanano and 029's Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear light novels revealed additional cast members, the opening theme song, and the first television commercial on Thursday. The newly announced cast members are: Rina Hidaka as Noire Foschurose Miyu Tomita as Shuri Satomi Amano as Misana Farrengram Azumi Waki is perfo...
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Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku Spinoff Manga Reaches Climax on June 29

Ōhashi launched comedy spinoff of Yūji Kaku's Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku manga on January 20 ― The 20th chapter of Ōhashi's Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku, a comedy manga mini-series spinoff of Yūji Kaku's Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku (spinoff has same title but has hiragana instead of kanji), revealed on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website on Monday that the series is reaching its climax on June 29. Ōhashi...
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Warlords of Sigrdrifa Anime Reveals Promo Video, Cast, More Staff

Hibiku Yamamura, Nene Hieda, M.A.O, Sayaka Kikuchi star in A-1 Pictures' October anime ― The official website for Aniplex's original anime Warlords of Sigrdrifa (Senyoku no Sigrdrifa) revealed a character promotional video, cast members, additional staff members, a new visual, and manga adaptations for the anime on Wednesday. 【メインキャスト情報公開!】メインキャラクターを演じるキャスト陣を公開!https://t.co/mzIaS1GFuDクラウディア・ブラフォード役:山...
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Golgo 13 Manga Resumes on July 10

Long-running manga went on hiatus for 1st time in 52-year run in May ― This year's 13th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine announced on Thursday that the long-running Golgo 13 manga will resume in the magazine's next issue on July 10. The manga went on hiatus in May for the first time in its 52-year run, after an agreement between author Takao Saito's Saito Production company and the editorial ...

Pokémon Unite Team-Based Battle Game Announced for Switch, Smartphones

Tencent's TiMi Studio Group develops game with 5-on-5 cooperative battles ― The Pokémon Presents livestream presentation announced the Pokémon Unite Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android game on Wednesday. Tencent's TiMi Studio Group is producing the game in collaboration with The Pokémon Company. The game is the franchise's first strategic team-based battle game. The game allows 10 players to participat...
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Dokyū Hentai HxEros Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Ending Song

Series premieres on July 3 ― The official website for the television anime of Ryōma Kitada's Dokyū Hentai HxEros manga began streaming the second promotional video for the series on Wednesday. The video previews the ending theme song "Lost emotion," performed by Ai Kakuma as her character Kirara Hoshino. 【第2弾PV解禁】誰かがこう言った――”HERO”はHとEROでできていると。「ド級編隊 #エグゼロス」7月3日よりTVアニメ放送開始https://t.co/30gu2g6KWf pic.tw...
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The Titan's Bride Anime Casts Masatomo Nakazawa, Yusuke Shirai

Anime debuts on July 5 with regular television, explicit "premiere edition" ― The official website for the anime shorts of ITKZ's boys-love manga The Titan's Bride (Kyojinzoku no Hanayome) revealed two additional cast members on Wednesday. Masatomo Nakazawa is playing Baro Barows, and Yusuke Shirai is playing Beri Berinal. Masatomo Nakazawa as Baro Barows Yusuke Shirai as Beri Berinal The anime will ...
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Maitetsu Game's Rail Romanesque TV Anime Unveils Cast, More Staff, Story, 12-Episode Fall Run

Sumire Uesaka, Aya Suzaki star as new Railords in story set after game ― The official website for Rail Romanesque, the television anime of digital novel brand Lose's Maitetsu game, opened on Wednesday. The site revealed two cast members, more staff members, a story introduction, the 12-episode fall 2020 run, and a new visual for the anime. The anime stars: Sumire Uesaka as Suzushiro, a Railord for th...
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Harvest Moon: One World Game's 1st Trailer Streamed

Game launches for Switch, PS4 this fall ― The New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation unveiled the first trailer for Natsume and Rising Star Games' Harvest Moon: One World game for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on Tuesday. The game will launch in North America and Europe in fall 2020. The game will have a new engine and graphics. Nintendo U.K. describes the game: Explore a world of new and fam...
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Studio 4°C Production Employee Gets Repaid 2.8 Million Yen in Unpaid Overtime

Employee sued Studio 4°C last year for violating Japanese labor laws, trial ended without judgement ― The Asashi Shimbun newspaper reported on Wednesday that a production employee at Studio 4°C has been repaid approximately 2.86 million yen (US$26,800) following a suit he filed against the studio for labor abuses. The suit was filed in October, and the trial concluded on Tuesday. According to the rep...
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Aksys Games Launches Piofiore: Fated Memories Switch Game in October

― Aksys Games announced during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday that its release of Idea Factory's Piofiore: Fated Memories Switch game in the West is slated for October. Aksys Games describes Piofiore: Fated Memories: Liliana Adoronato was born and raised in the church in the center of the Italian city of Burlone. Three criminal organizations control parts of the city, and ...
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King of Fighters R-2 Game Launches for Switch in July

SNK released game for Neo Geo Pocket Color in 1999 ― SNK announced during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday that it will release the King of Fighters R-2 fighting game for the Nintendo eShop on the Switch in July. SNK unveiled a trailer and two gameplay videos for the game. The game debuted in SNK's Neo Geo Pocket Color handheld system in 1999, and was also released in the Wes...
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Cafe Enchante Switch Game Heads West in November

Trailer for otome visual novel streamed ― Aksys Games revealed during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday that it will release Idea Factory's Cafe Enchante otome visual novel game for Nintendo Switch in the West in November. Aksys Games describes the story: Discover an enchanting, uplifting, coffee-fueled tale filled with magic, monsters, and mysteries. When Kotone inherits her ...

The Irregular at Magic High School Novel Series Ends After 12 Years in September

Tsutomu Satou's 32-volume sci-fi series inspired TV anime with upcoming 2nd season, movie ― The official Twitter account for Tsutomu Satou's The Irregular at Magic High School (Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei) light novel series announced on Wednesday that the novels will end with the 32nd volume. The 32nd volume, subtitled "Sacrifice-hen/Sotsugyō-hen" (Sacrifice/Graduation Arc), will ship on September 10. Y...
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Aksys Games to Release Mikage's Escape from Asura PS4, Switch Game

Game launches in 2021 ― Aksys Games and Mikage LLC announced during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday that they will release the Escape from Asura game for the PlayStation 4 and Switch in 2021. The game's logo, teaser video, and music appear similar to Mikage LLC's Criminal Girls X game, though the companies did not officially confirm that it is the same game. Mikage LLC annou...
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Fire Force Anime Season 2's Video Highlights New Characters

New season premieres on July 3 ― The official website for the anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga began streaming a new promotional video for the second anime season on Wednesday. The video highlights the new characters joining the story of the second season. Crunchyroll and Funimation are also streaming an English-subtitled version of the video. The anime will premiere on ...
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Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate Game Heads West for Switch, PC

Trailer streamed for this year's enhanced version of rogue-like RPG ― Spike Chunsoft announced during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday that its Shiren The Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (Fushigi no Dungeon Fūrai no Shiren 5: Fortune Tower to Unmei no Dice) game will launch in North America and Europe for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam this year. Spike C...
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Nobuhiko Okamoto Ends Hiatus After Successful Throat Surgery

Voice actor recovers from surgery due to throat discomfort, scarring ― Voice actor Nobuhiko Okamoto announced on his official blog on Tuesday that he is returning to work after being on hiatus since the start of the month due to throat treatment and the accompanying surgery. His doctor told him that he had made a full recovery. Okamoto will join fellow voice actors and KENN and Daisuke Namikawa on th...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga Franchise Will Have 80 Million Copies in Circulation

Recently concluded manga's 21st volume ships with 3 million copies on July 3 ― Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba franchise will have more than 80 million copies in circulation on July 3. That number includes digital copies and the 3-million-copy first printing of the upcoming 21st manga volume, which will ship on that day next week. The franchise had about 3.5 million copies in circul...
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Ys IX: Monstrom Nox Game Heads West for PS4, Switch, PC in 2021

Game launched for PS4 in Japan last September ― NIS America announced during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday that it will release Nihon Falcom's Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, the latest entry in the Ys role-playing game series, for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in North America and Europe in 2021. The game will launch for PS4 first. NIS America describes the story:...
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2020 Anpanman Film Rescheduled to Summer 2021 Due to COVID-19

Film was originally scheduled to open on June 26 ― The official website for Eiga Soreike! Anpanman Fuwafuwa Fuwari to Kumo no Kuni (Soreike! Anpanman the Movie: Fluffy Fuwari and the Cloud Country), this year's Anpanman anime film, announced on Wednesday that the film's opening has been delayed to summer 2021 due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The film's website will provid...
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Bandai Spirits Head Katsumi Kawaguchi Talks 40 Years of Gunpla History

The July 3 issue of Asashi Shimbun's Weekly Asahi magazine published an interview with Bandai Spirits president Katsumi Kawaguchi to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first Gundam plastic model (otherwise known as Gunpla) sale in July 1980. The four-page interview tells the story of how Gunpla was first developed, with many of the original model makers coming from a background of creating sc...
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Outlaw Star ‒ Episode 9-10

Hopefully things will pick up next time, because after the highs of the previous episodes these two serve as prime examples of Outlaw Star in its doldrums, and the result is less than stellar.
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Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon Game Gets Sequel

Trailer reveals 4 playable characters ― Inti Creates announced during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday that it is developing Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2, a sequel to its 8-bit-style spinoff of Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night game. The game will be available digitally for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. The company began stre...
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Guilty Gear -Strive- Game's Trailer Reveals Millia, Zato-1

Fighting game launches on PS4 in early 2021 after delay ― Arc System Works unveiled a new trailer for its upcoming Guilty Gear -Strive- fighting game during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday. The trailer reveals returning characters Millia and Zato-1. Arc System Works delayed the release of the game from late 2020 to early 2021 due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease ...
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Ginga Nagareboshi Gin Manga Creator Draws Illustration for 2020 The Call of the Wild Film

Film's Blu-ray, DVD set releases in Japan on July 3 ― Manga creator Yoshihiro Takahashi, who is best known for the animal adventure series Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin, drew an illustration to promote the 2020 The Call of the Wild film starring Harrison Ford. The artwork shows the iconic dog Buck from The Call of the Wild living an idyllic life with the pack of dogs depicted in Takahashi's currently ongoin...
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Woodpecker Detective's Office ‒ Episode 11

What at first looks like a straightforward serial kidnapping case is really about family politics and collateral damage. Those things can be far, far uglier than any other form of crime.
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Death end re;Quest 2 Game's Trailer Reveals August Launch in West

PS4/PC game debuts in N. America on August 25, in Europe on August 28 ― Idea Factory International announced during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday that it will release Compile Heart's Death end re;Quest 2 game physically and digitally for the PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in North America on August 25 and in Europe on August 28. The limited edition of the game will bundle ...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV Game's Trailer Reveals October Launch for PS4 in West

Game launches for PS4 in N. America, Europe on October 27; in Australia, New Zealand on November 3 ― The New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation revealed on Tuesday that NIS America will release 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, for the PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe on October 27 a...
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Princess Connect! Re:Dive ‒ Episode 12

In this episode, we get two things: Karyl confronting her own belief system and some new questions to add to the already large pile.
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Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne Game's 1st Trailer Reveals Melty

PS4, Switch, PC game ships in West this winter ― The New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation revealed the first trailer for the Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne (Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu - Itsuwari no Ōsen Kōho) game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on Tuesday. The trailer reveals the sixth candidate character Melty. Spike Ch...

Crunchyroll to Stream Healin' Good Precure, Gibiate, Mr. Love: Queen's Choice Anime This Summer

Series premiere in July ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will stream the Healin' Good PreCure, Gibiate, and Mr. Love: Queen's Choice television anime this summer. Crunchyroll will stream Healin' Good Precure in North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Latin America and announce the launch date in the future. The company describes the story: The secret world "Healing Garden"...
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Perennial Tokyo Governor Candidate Cosplays Lelouch for Latest Campaign Poster

Teruki Gotō, a musician who often runs as a perennial candidate in various Japanese elections, cosplayed as the Code Geass character Lelouch Lamperouge in his latest campaign poster for the Tokyo governor election. He showed off his poster on his YouTube channel on Saturday. The poster reads, in Lelouch's commanding tone: "I, Teruki Gotō, command you: Vote for me." Gotō states in the video that th...
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Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendō Children's Books Get TV Anime

Reiko Hiroshima, jyajya's series centers on mysterious candy shop ― An official website opened on Wednesday to announce that Toei Animation is producing a television anime adaptation of author Reiko Hiroshima and illustrator jyajya's children's novel series Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendō. The novel series' story centers on the mysterious candy and snack shop Zenitendō, which only lucky people can find. ...
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Netflix Debuts Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege on July 30

COVID-19 impacted series' foreign dub production ― Netflix announced on Monday that it will debut the upcoming Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege animated series on July 30. The effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on production of the show's foreign dubs contributed to the series' delay. Polygon Pictures is animating the series, and Rooster Teeth is producing. The series wil...
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Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation Anime Season 2's New Video Highlights Muhyo vs. Goryō Battle

New season to premiere on July 7 ― The official Twitter account for the second television anime season based on Yoshiyuki Nishi's Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation manga began streaming the first of four "battle selection promotional videos" on Tuesday. The videos highlight the anime's battle action scenes, starting with "Muhyo vs. Goryō": ⚡ 7月7日(火)⚡⚡ 激闘開始 ⚡#ムヒョロジ 第2期放送開始まで待てない!?バトル...
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Dropkick on My Devil! Author: 'We Will Definitely Make a 3rd Season Happen Someday'

― Manga creator Yukiwo, the creator of the Dropkick on My Devil! (Jashin-chan Dropkick) manga, posted on their Twitter account on Tuesday that they will "definitely make a third season happen someday" for the anime adaptation of the manga. Yukiwo was thanking fans for watching the second season, which ended its television run on AT-X on Monday (followed by Tokyo MX and other channels on Tuesday), an...
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Mifanda Anime About Singing Soccer Panda Previewed in Video

Kensho Ono, Taichi Ichikawa star in July anime for project led by UKASUKA-G music duo ― The Music Interact Football for All (MIFA) project began streaming a promotional video for Utau Soccer Panda Mifanda (Mifanda the Singing Soccer Panda), the television anime for its mascot character Mifanda, on Tuesday. In the video, Mifanda tells the exhausted teammates that there were 17 minutes of additional ti...
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Kamen Rider Zero-One/Mashin Sentai Kiramager Films Delayed Due to COVID-19

Double feature originally slated for July 23 ― Toei announced on Tuesday that it has delayed the opening of its double-feature films Gekijō-ban Kamen Rider Zero-One/Mashin Sentai Kiramager the Movie due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The films were previously slated to open on July 23. Toei will announce a new date as soon as it is decided on the films' official website and ...

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Liar x Liar Manga By Haré+Guu's Renjuro Kindaichi Gets Live-Action Film

Hokuto Matsumura, Nana Mori star in film by live-action Touken Ranbu director Saiji Yakumo ― Kodansha announced on Tuesday that Renjuro Kindaichi's Liar x Liar manga is inspiring a live-action film. Hokuto Matsumura (left in image below) and Nana Mori (right) star in the film as protagonists Tōru and Minato, respectively. Saiji Yakumo (live-action Ankoku Joshi, Touken Ranbu) directs the film, with a ...
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New Films Hold Most of Japanese Box Office Top 10, But No New Anime Films

Weathering With You, Akira 4K remaster chart again ― For the first time since March, most of Japan's box office top 10 this past weekend were newly released films. The anime films Weathering With You and Akira, as well as the live-acition films Parasite and Ichido Shinde Mita, were the only films that had opened prior to Japan's state of emergency in April. The rest of the top 10 films opened within ...
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A3! Season Autumn & Winter Anime Unveils 'Season Autumn' Visual

― The official website for the television anime of Liber Entertainment's A3! actor-training smartphone game unveiled a new visual for the A3! Season Autumn & Winter anime's "Season Autumn" arc on Tuesday, highlighting the Autumn Troupe. A3! Season Autumn & Winter, the anime's latter two arcs, will premiere in October. A3! Season Spring & Summer, the first two arcs, began with the "Season Spring" arc...
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One Piece ‒ Episodes 916-918

In the wake of Luffy and Kaido's Ultimate Battle to End All Battles* we get a moment to savor the multi-hued destruction of Wano.
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Sailor Moon Makeup Hits Japanese Stores in September

The Sailor Moon franchise is teaming up with the makeup and cosmetics brand Maquillage to release makeup base and foundation, which is set to release in Japan via the Premium Bandai online store on September 21. This isn't the first time the series has inspired real-life cosmetics, nor is it even the first time it has collaborated with the Maquillage brand. In 2017, Maquillage released collaborati...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 ‒ Episode 11

One of Kaguya-sama's rare attempts at genuine drama, this week's episode paints a tragic and touching picture of the experiences that shaped Ishigami.
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Netflix's JU-ON: Origins Live-Action Horror Series Streams Clip

1st series in franchise focuses on paranormal investigator, debuts on July 3 ― Netflix began streaming a clip of NBC Universal Entertainment Japan's Ju-on: Noroi no Ie (English title: JU-ON: Origins), the first live-action series for the Ju-on franchise, on Tuesday. The series will debut worldwide on Netflix on July 3. The companies had first announced the series on April 13. The new series centers o...
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Ascendance of a Bookworm ‒ SERIES FINALE

If I had to single out one episode as the best of the lot, it might well be this one.
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Kyoto Animation Animator's Art Remembered in Rice Paddy Recreation

23-year-old Yuki Omura passed away in Kyoto Animation arson incident last year ― Locals from Kikugawa city in the Shizuoka Prefecture have recreated an artwork drawn by Kyoto Animation animator Yuki Omura across a rice field. Omura was among the victims of the Kyoto Animation Studio 1 building arson incident; he was 23 years old at the time. The artwork is from a picture book Omura created when he wa...