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Torture Princess: Fremd Torturchen Novel 1

This unconventional isekai series takes gothic horror to the extreme when its hero must serve as the butler to a demonic mistress of torture. Theron Martin has the details on this sordid series. ― This novel series, which currently spans eight volumes in Japan, is technically an isekai reincarnation title, but the “reborn in another world” aspect is more an excuse for the protagonist to be where he i...
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That Blue Sky Feeling GN 2

Noshiro's feelings for his classmate Sanada continue to develop in the thoughtful continuation to this coming-of-age romance. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Although awakening sexuality may be read as a theme of Okura and Coma Hashii's That Blue Sky Feeling, volume two makes it clear that it may not be so much “awakening” as it is “awareness.” That's a word with at least two potential connotati...
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Death Note: Light up the NEW world BD+DVD

This live-action sequel to the end of Death Note introduces six deadly notebooks to the world and a race against time to stop the new villains they've created. James Beckett has the details in our full review. ― Death Note: Light Up the New World begins with a pitch perfect setup. A beleaguered Russian doctor named Alexey discovers one of the new Death Notes on his way to tend to a terminally ill pat...
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Interview: The Cast and Crew of That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

Assistant Director Atsushi Nakayama, Character Designer Ryouma Ebata, and Rimiru voice actress Miho Okasaki chat about their experiences working on the smash hit isekai fantasy. ― The anime adaptation of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime became quite popular during its run in the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 TV seasons, enough so that Crunchyroll had part of its industry booth specifically devote...
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Overlord II Limited Edition BD+DVD

Despite an anti-climactic stopping point before the third season, this arc of Overlord is sure to please fans of Ains, Sebas, and a host of other wicked heroes. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― There's a fairly substantial gap between seasons one and two of Overlord (although nothing like the wait between seasons of Fullmetal Panic), but despite that it's pretty easy to get back into the adventur...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Manga Gets 3 More Chapters in Jump GIGA Magazine

Manga ended its run in Weekly Shonen Jump on Monday ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga will get three more chapters under the title Shokugeki no Soma: Le dessert in Shueisha's Jump GIGA magazine starting with the issue releasing on June 27. The manga ended its run in Weekly Shonen ...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime Gets 4th Season in October

New series is titled Shokugeki no Soma: Shin no Sara ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the anime based on Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga will get a fourth season that will premiere in October. The new anime will be titled Shokugeki no Soma: Shin no Sara (The Plate of God). The magazine also revealed a visual fo...
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Vinland Saga Anime's New Promo Video Previews Aimer's Ending Song

1st 3 episodes to premiere on NHK on July 7 ― The official website for the television anime of Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga manga began streaming the anime's fourth promotional video on Sunday. The video previews the anime's ending theme song "Torches" by Aimer. The show will premiere with the first three episodes on July 7 at 24:10 (effectively, July 8 at 12:10 a.m.) on the NHK General channel, ex...
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Makoto Yotsuba's Record of Grancrest War Manga Ends on June 28

Manga based on Ryo Mizuno's light novel series launched in 2016 ― The website for Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that Makoto Yotsuba's Grancrest Senki (Record of Grancrest War) manga will end in the magazine's 13th issue on June 28. Yotsuba launched the manga in Young Animal in 2016, and Hakusensha published the manga's sixth compiled volume on May 29. Viz Media is releasing th...
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My Hero Academia Anime's 4th Season Reveals Promo Video, More Cast, October 12 Debut

Shinichiro Miki confirmed as Sir Nighteye ― The official website for the anime of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga posted a new promotional video and a new visual for the fourth season on Sunday. The website also confirmed another cast member for the anime: Shinichiro Miki as Sir Nighteye The anime will premiere on October 12, and will air on YTV and NTV on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. Funimation w...
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Nokoshi Yamada's IDOLiSH7 Manga Ends This Month

Manga launched in 2015 ― The Twitter account for Hakusensha's Manga Park manga app revealed on Friday that the next chapter of Nokoshi Yamada's IDOLiSH7 manga will be the final chapter. The app will publish the 37th chapter in two parts. The manga updates on the app on Fridays, so if there are no breaks the manga will end on June 28. Yamada launched the manga on Hakusensha's "Hana LaLa online" site i...
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Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation Anime Gets 2nd Season

1st season premiered last August ― Manga creator Yoshiyuki Nishi announced on Twitter on Sunday that the anime based on his Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation manga is getting a second season. Nishi posted an illustration on Twitter to commemorate the announcement. ムヒョロジアニメ2期決定しましたみなさまのおかげです本当にありがとうございます pic.twitter.com/2qEOJkZrAA— 西 義之 (@nishiyoshiyuki) June 16, 2019 The official Tw...
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Kana-Boon Rock Band's Bassist Returns Home Safely

Band had been unable to get in contact with Yūma Meshida since June 5 ― The official website for rock band Kana-Boon announced on Sunday that the band's bassist Yūma Meshida returned home to his family on Friday evening. According to his family, Meshida was exhausted, but was unhurt. The band reported on Thursday that they had been unable to contact Meshida since June 5, and Meshida's family contacte...
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Sasaki Aoko's Seven Days War Manga Ends in July

Osamu Sōda's original novel that inspired manga is also inspiring anime film ― The website for Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine began listing on Friday that Sasaki Aoko's Seven Days War manga will end in the magazine's August issue on July 13. Aoko (Jingai CP Catalogue.) launched the manga based on Osamu Sōda's Bokura no Nanokakan Sensō (Our Seven-Day War) novel in Monthly Comic Gene in April. ...
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Aniplex USA to Screen Cencoroll Connect Anime Film at Anime Expo

Screening combines Cencoroll short, Cencoroll 2 sequel ― Aniplex of America announced on Friday that it will screen Cencoroll Connect, a special joint screening of director Atsuya Uki's first Cencoroll film short and the Cencoroll 2 sequel, at Anime Expo on July 4. The company first stated on Thursday that it would screen the film this summer, but then stated that it is screening the film in "the U.S...
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Funimation Lists Release of The Tatami Galaxy Anime on BD/DVD in September

Masaaki Yuasa directed 2010 series ― Funimation and retailer Right Stuf are currently listing on their websites that Funimation will release Masaaki Yuasa's The Tatami Galaxy anime series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD with subtitles only on September 3. The listings state the release will feature an OVA, promotional videos, commercials, and "Europe Kikaku's Guide to Kyoto" as video bonuses. The release wou...
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Tales of Crestoria Smartphone Game's New Video Highlights Characters' Mystic Artes

Video also highlights characters from other Tales Of games ― Bandai Namco Entertainment released a new video for its Tales of Crestoria smartphone game at the "Tales of Festival 2019" event on Saturday. The video features English subtitles, and shows off the Mystic Artes and other skills of the game's main characters, as well as characters from other Tales Of games. Wit Studio is handling the animati...

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Tales of Arise Game Details Main Staff, Cast in Promo Video

Takuya Satō, Shino Shimoji star in game; ufotable to handle animation ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed the voice cast and character details for the two main characters of its Tales of Arise role-playing game at the "Tales of Festival 2019" event on Saturday. The event also revealed a new promotional video for the game that introduces the two characters, and details more staff members. The game's...
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BanG Dream! FILM LIVE Anime Film's Trailer Streamed

Film opens in Japan on September 13 ― The official YouTube channel for the BanG Dream! franchise began streaming a trailer on Sunday for the BanG Dream! FILM LIVE anime film. The film will open in 56 theaters in Japan on September 13. Sanzigen is returning to animate the film, and Bushiroad will distribute the film. The main BanG Dream! television anime's first 13-episode season premiered in January ...
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Nintendo's Shares Fall After Animal Crossing Game Delay

Nintendo of America's president Doug Bowser says the delay was ensure employees have good work-life balance ― Nintendo's shares fell by 3.53% on Wednesday after the company announced in its E3 presentation that Animal Crossing: New Horizons would be delayed until March 20, 2020. Nintendo of America's president Doug Bowser told IGN that the game was delayed "to make sure that our employees have good w...
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Hirohiko Araki Says He Could Never Have Created JoJo's Bizarre Adventure If He Hadn't Read Sherlock Holmes

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure creator Hirohiko Araki mentioned in an interview in the Japanese literary magazine Kotoba that he would never have created JoJo's Bizarre Adventure if he hadn't read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. Araki said that he learned the fundamentals of storytelling from Sherlock Holmes, particularly narrative structure and how to create charismatic characters. Ho...
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Sarazanmai ‒ Episode 8

"Despite being the messiest installment of Sarazanmai overall, this served as a nice bridge between the cucumber-salad days of friendship that our kappa trio shared and the dark trials that face them ahead."
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Sailor Moon Gets Premium Phone Case Encased with Swarovski Crystals

iPhone X, XS case to cost over US$900 ― The Sailor Moon franchise is one of the top producers of wacky and expensive merchandise, especially in the wake of the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal reboot, so the next logical step is for it to inspire a phone case covered with actual Swarovski crystals. The smartphone case, which is compatible with the iPhone X and XS, was initially sold at the "Maison...
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Kiratto Pri☆Chan Anime Crosses Over With Takashi Miike's Live-Action Magical Girl Show

Eclectic Japanese director Takashi Miike, best known for horror films like Audition and Ichi the Killer, has been directing the live-action magical girl show Secret × Heroine Phantomirage!, which premiered in April. This show which is aimed at young girls will be having a crossover with the children's TV anime Kiratto Pri☆Chan on July 28, when both shows will have an episode depicting characters f...
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Torture Princess: Fremd Torturchen Novel 1

This unconventional isekai series takes gothic horror to the extreme when its hero must serve as the butler to a demonic mistress of torture. Theron Martin has the details on this sordid series. ― This novel series, which currently spans eight volumes in Japan, is technically an isekai reincarnation title, but the “reborn in another world” aspect is more an excuse for the protagonist to be where he i...
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Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episode 35

"This episode is structured more like a typical episode of Fairy Tail – it jumps between characters and fights (both metaphorical and actual) with rapidity, never spending too long on any single one."
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Hozuki's Coolheadedness Manga's 1st New Original Anime DVD Unveils Cast, Story

Mariko Kouda, Shinya Takahashi join cast, then Hozuki & company go karaoke ― The "Anime Hozuki no Reitetsu Jigoku no Daikanshōkai & Talk Show in Hibiya" event announced on Saturday the story premise and new cast members for the first new original anime DVD (OAD) bundled with Natsumi Eguchi's Hozuki's Coolheadedness (Hozuki no Reitetsu) manga. The limited edition of the 29th manga volume will ship on ...
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Somali and the Forest Spirit TV Anime Reveals More Cast, January Delay

Former Takarazuka star Hiroki Nanami, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Saori Hayami, Yuuki Ono join Satelight anime ― The official website for the television anime of Yako Gureishi's Somali and the Forest Spirit (Somali to Mori no Kamisama) manga announced more cast members and a delayed January premiere on Saturday. The newly announced cast members are: Hiroki Nanami, a former Takarazuka Revue (Star Troupe) star w...
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Midnight Pulp Streaming Service Adds Devil Lady, Space Adventure Cobra - The Movie Anime (Updated)

Site also adds Key the Metal Idol, Golgo 13: The Professional; AsianCrush adds Library War ― Digital Media Rights' streaming services AsianCrush and Midnight Pulp announced on Friday the new live-action and anime works that they are adding to their services this month. Midnight Pulp has already added the Golgo 13: The Professional and Key the Metal Idol anime, and added the Space Adventure Cobra - Th...
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Live-Action Kaguya-sama: Love is War Film's 1st Trailer Streamed

Film opens in Japan on September 6 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga began streaming the film's first full trailer on Saturday. The film will open on September 6. Hayato Kawai (live-action My Love Story!!, Nisekoi) is directing the film. Yūichi Tokunaga (live-action Ton...
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Vancouver's Anirevo Event to Host Voice Actress Ami Koshimizu

Event to be held from August 9-11 ― The organizers of the Anirevo convention in Vancouver announced on Friday that the event will host voice actress Ami Koshimizu. Koshimizu has voiced characters in such anime as Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Kallen Stadtfeld), Eureka Seven (Anemone), Kill la Kill (Ryūko Matoi), Strike Witches (Charlotte E Yeager), Yurikuma Arashi (Konomi Yurikawa), Sailor Mo...
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Jun Fukushima Joins Fruits Basket Anime's Cast as Makoto Takei (Updated)

Kyle Hebert reprises role for English dub ― The official website for the new anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga announced on Saturday that Jun Fukushima (Yowamushi Pedal's Shōkichi Naruko, KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world!!'s Kazuma Satō) is joining the show's cast as the student council president Makoto Takei. The official Twitter account for the anime revealed that Kyle ...
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Otakon to Host 3 Voice Actors from Fruits Basket Anime

Makoto Furukawa, Manaka Iwami, Nobunaga Shimazaki attend July event ― The organizers of Otakon announced on Friday that the event will host Fruits Basket voice actors Makoto Furukawa (Hatsuharu Soma), Manaka Iwami (Tohru Honda), and Nobunaga Shimazaki (Yuki Soma). Furukawa has also voiced roles in One-Punch Man (Saitama), That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Benimaru), Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of...
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Kana-Boon Rock Band Cancel Live Event in Wake of Bassist's Disappearance

Yūma Meshida's family contact police to start search investigation ― Rock band Kana-Boon announced on their website on Thursday that because they have not been able to get in contact with the band's bassist Yūma Meshida (pictured second from the left) since June 5, that his family has contacted the police to start an investigation into his disappearance. As a result, the band has cancelled its "KANA-...

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Funimation to Stream Fire Force, Hensuki, 'How heavy are the dumbbells you lift?,' The Ones Within Anime

Company to also stream simuldubs of all 4 series ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will stream the following new anime titles on FunimationNow starting in July: Fire Force (Simuldub premieres on July 5. Show is available in U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.) Hensuki: Are you willing to fall in love with a pervert, as long as she's a cutie? (Simulcast premieres on July 8,...
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Ni no Kuni Film Streams Character Trailers Previewing Yoki, Gabaras, Danpa

Film opens in Japan on August 23 ― The official website for Warner Bros. Japan and Level 5's Ni no Kuni anime film began streaming three character trailers on Saturday for the characters Yoki, Gabaras, and Danpa. Yoki Gabaras Danpa The film will open in Japan on August 23. The film stars: Kento Yamazaki as Yū Mackenyu as Haru Mei Nagano as Asha Mamoru Miyano as Yoki Kenjiro Tsuda as Gabaras Maaya Sak...
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Anime Expo to Host Fire Force Creator Atsushi Ohkubo at Anime's Overseas Premiere

Manga editor Megumu Tsuchiya to also appear at premiere panel ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will present the overseas premiere of the Fire Force anime at Anime Expo on July 5 at 1:00 p.m. PDT. Fire Force manga creator Atsushi Ohkubo and editor Megumu Tsuchiya will appear at the panel, which premiere the anime's English dub. Kodansha Comics publishes the manga in English, and it describes t...
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Anime Expo to Host My Hero Academia Season 4 Premiere

With voice actors Kaori Nazuka, David Matranga, Patrick Seitz, Ricco Fajardo ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will present the premiere of the fourth My Hero Academia anime season on July 6 at 10:00 a.m. at Anime Expo. Voice actors Kaori Nazuka (Toru Hagakure), David Matranga (Shoto Todoroki), Patrick Seitz (Endeavor), and Ricco Fajardo (Mirio Togata) will appear at the screening. The new sea...
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New Attack on Titan Cafe Will Look at the Past

A new Attack on Titan pop-up cafe will take over the Tower Records Cafe's Omotesando location starting on June 21. This time the Titans are everywhere, even hiding in the menu. NOTE: Some of the food items in this article contain major spoilers for the Attack on Titan series, including events not yet depicted in the anime. A trio of titans wait outside a (broccoli) forest for our heroes. One wrong...
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The Helpful Fox Senko-san ‒ Episode 10

"Its contrasting halves make this a particularly odd episode, but if you're a fan of peaceful snow days and big anime boobs, you'll find something to enjoy here."
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Classical Music Festival Adds Your Lie in April Performance

A two-day festival dedicated to classical music will take the stage in Yokohama in September. The STAND UP! CLASSIC FESTIVAL 2019 line-up includes a performance from the musicians and voice talent behind the anime drama Your lie in April. Pianist Tomoki Sakata, violinist Yūna Shinohara, and voice actresses Risa Taneda (Kaori Miyazono) and Ai Kayano (Nagi Aiza) will appear on stage. The musicians a...
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Sakuna Game Reveals English-Dubbed Trailer

Gameplay demo video also posted for winter PS4/Switch/PC game ― XSEED Games began streaming an English-dubbed video for game developer Edelweiss' side-scrolling action platformer game Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin (Tensui no Sakuna Hime) on Thursday. Nintendo is also streaming a gameplay demonstration video for the game. The game will debut in Japan for the PlayStation 4 and Switch this winter. XSEED Game...
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Tokyo Ghoul Creator Draws Rocker MIYAVI for New CD

Tokyo Ghoul manga creator Sui Ishida drew artwork for both the limited and normal editions of Miyavi's new album NO SLEEP TILL TOKYO. The CD will be released on July 24 and is Miyavi's first new album in about three years. Rock musician Miyavi was a guest at this year's Anime Boston convention. He debuted on the international stage as a guitarist for Dué le quartz in 1999 followed by the launch of...
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Ys IX: Monstrum Nox PS4 Game's Video Previews Gameplay

Game slated for release on September 26 ― Nihon Falcom began streaming a video for Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, its latest entry in its Ys role-playing game series, on Thursday. The video previews the game's combat and exploration mechanics. The game will launch for the PlayStation 4 on September 26. The game's story takes place in Baldeuk, northeast of Esteria in the Gria Eldlingen region. A new adventure w...
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Giorno's Ladybug Pin, Mista's Sex Pistols Stand Get Pretty as Lottery Prizes

Giorno Giovanna's lucky ladybugs and Guido Mista's Sex Pistols stand are just two itemss in Bandai's Ichiban Kuji lottery campaign coming in October. The items aren't just replicas from the anime series, they also hide a secret; each also a variety of cosmetics. Giorno's ladybug compact contains white, gold, and bordeaux pink eyeshadow. Each of the Sex Pistol bullets is a mini lipstick. A total se...
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Omega Labyrinth Life Game's Opening Video Highlights Characters

Switch, PS4 game launches in Japan, Southeast Asia on August 1 ― D3 Publisher began streaming the opening video for its Omega Labyrinth Life role-playing game on Thursday. The video highlights the game's characters. The game will launch in Japan on August 1 for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The PS4 version will be titled Labyrinth Life, a separate version of the game with less sexual content...
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Kemono Friends' Fennec Voice Actress Kana Motomiya to Graduate From Franchise

Voice of Fennec & Giant Armadillo to also leave Doubutsu Biscuits musical group ― The official website for the Kemono Friends franchise announced on Friday that Kana Motomiya, the voice actress for the characters Fennec and Giant Armadillo, will be graduating from the franchise and the related musical unit Doubutsu Biscuits. Motomiya's graduation will be during the "Kemono Friends Party" event on Jul...
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That Blue Sky Feeling GN 2

Noshiro's feelings for his classmate Sanada continue to develop in the thoughtful continuation to this coming-of-age romance. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Although awakening sexuality may be read as a theme of Okura and Coma Hashii's That Blue Sky Feeling, volume two makes it clear that it may not be so much “awakening” as it is “awareness.” That's a word with at least two potential connotati...
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Jinrui no Minasama e Game's Character Video Previews Sukhaya

PS4, Switch game launches in Japan on June 27 ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming a character video on Friday for it and Acquire's Jinrui no Minasama e (To All of Mankind) survival adventure game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The video highlights the character Sukhaya Shuka, voiced by Yuki Yagi. The game will launch in Japan on June 27 after a delay from May 30. The game will retail for 6...
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Comic Market 98 Scheduled for May 2-5 to Accommodate Olympics

The official website for Comic Market (Comiket), Japan's largest event for selling self-published dōjinshi works, revealed on June 9 that Comiket 98, the summer Comiket for 2020, will be held during Golden Week on May 2-5 of that year instead of the usual August. The event's usual Tokyo Big Sight venue will serve as the main press center and international broadcasting center for the 2020 Tokyo Oly...

O Maidens in Your Savage Season Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

Series premieres on July 5 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Mari Okada and Nao Emoto's O Maidens in Your Savage Season (Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo) manga began streaming the show's second promotional video on Friday. The video previews CHiCO with HoneyWorks' opening theme song "Otome-domo yo." The anime will air on MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS' Animeism programming block, s...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime Star Aoi Koga to Appear in Live-Action Film Version

Koga plays movie theater employee in film opening on September 6 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga revealed on Friday that voice actress Aoi Koga, who played Kaguya in the anime adaptation, will have a guest role in the live-action film version as a movie theater employ...
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Live-Action Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy Film's Music Video Streamed

"Virtual singer" Kafu performs theme song for film opening on June 28 ― The Mantan Web entertainment news website began streaming a music video on Friday for Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy, the live-action film of Miki Aihara's Hot Gimmick manga. The video features the theme song "Yoru ga Furiyamu Mae ni" (Before Night Stops Falling) by "virtual singer" Kafu. Vocaloid producer Iori Kanzaki composed, arr...
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Kazuya Nakai, Sōma Saitō Join Cast of Ahiru no Sora Anime

Basketball anime premieres in October ― The official website for the television anime of Takeshi Hinata's Ahiru no Sora manga revealed two more cast members for the series on Friday. Kazuya Nakai as Shinichi Chiba (left) and Sōma Saitō as Tokitaka Tokiwa (right) The anime will premiere in October. The previously revealed cast includes: Yuuki Kaji as Sora Kurumatani Yūma Uchida as Momoharu Hanazono Ka...
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To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Anime Reveals Kenjiro Tsuda's Role

― The official website for the television anime of Maybe's To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) manga revealed on Friday that Kenjiro Tsuda will play Arthur (Behemoth). Tsuda was previously revealed to play one of Hank and Cain's Incarnate soldier comrades. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 1 at 11:00 p.m., before airing on MBS on July 2. The Fuji on ...
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Yuki Kajiura Composes Opening, Ending Themes for Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files Anime

Anime gets screening events in Los Angeles, Paris, Shanghai in early July ― The official website for Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note, the anime adaptation of Makoto Sanda's Lord El-Melloi II-sei no Jikenbo (The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II) mystery novel spinoff series for Type-Moon's Fate franchise, revealed on Friday that Yuki Kajiura is composing and arranging the show...
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Blackfox Theatrical Anime Opens in Japan on October 5

More screenshots revealed for Studio 3Hz's original anime project ― The official website for Studio 3Hz's original theatrical anime project Blackfox revealed on Friday that the anime will open in theaters in Japan on October 5. The anime's staff also revealed more screenshots from the anime. (Note: The Comic Natalie news website has more screenshots.) The anime stars: Ayaka Nanase as Rikka Isurugi / ...
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Assassin's Pride Anime Premieres This Fall

― The official Twitter account for Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed in an image on Friday that the anime of Kei Amagi's Assassin's Pride light novel series will premiere this fall. EMT Squared (The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar, Kumamiko - Girl meets Bear) is animating the series. The series takes place in a world where only those from noble families have the mana to be able to fi...
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Anime Expo Hosts The Promised Neverland, Made in Abyss Voice Actresses

The Promised Neverland director to also attend July event ― The official website for Anime Expo announced on Thursday that The Promised Neverland anime's director Mamoru Kanbe and voice actresses Sumire Morohoshi, Maaya Uchida, and Mariya Ise will attend the convention as guests. They will participate in a panel alongside English dub voice actresses Erica Mendez, Jeannie Tirado, and Laura Stahl. The ...
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Vancouver's Anirevo Event to Host Voice Actor Nobuyuki Hiyama

Event takes place on August 9-11 ― The Anirevo convention in Vancouver announced on Thursday that it will host voice actor Nobuyuki Hiyama as a guest. Hiyama has voiced characters in such anime as Kill la Kill (Uzu Sanageyama), Yū Yū Hakusho (Hiei), The Brave Express Might Gaine (Maito Senpūji), B'tX (Teppei), GaoGaiGar: King of the Braves (Gai Shishiô), Initial D: Extra Stage (Takeshi Nakazato), Mob...
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Otakon Hosts Voice Actor Toru Furuya, Director Yoshiaki Kyougoku

Mobile Suit Gundam voice actor, Laid-Back Camp director attend July event ― Otakon announced on Thursday that it will host voice actor Toru Furuya and director Yoshiaki Kyougoku at this year's convention. Furuya's voice-acting career extends more than 50 years, and he has performed in more than 100 titles. He is known for voicing characters such as Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon, Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit...
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Crunchyroll Adds Thermae Romae, 'Knights of Ramune & 40' Anime

Discotek Media publishes both anime ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added the Thermae Romae and Knights of Ramune & 40 (NG Knight Lamune & 40) anime. Discotek Media is the publisher for both anime. Thermae Romae is available for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland. Discotek...
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Catherine: Full Body Game's Video Previews Persona 5 DLC

DLC adds Joker as playable character for September 3 PS4 game ― Atlus USA began streaming a video for its Catherine: Full Body game on Thursday. The video reveals that the "Persona 5 Character Joker & Phantom Thieves Commentary Set" DLC will be available as part of the game's Deluxe Edition, and will also be available as a standalone purchase. The DLC adds Persona 5's Joker as a playable character, w...
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Black Lagoon Manga Resumes in September

― The official Twitter account for Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Friday that Rei Hiroe will resume the Black Lagoon manga in the magazine in September, with "more surprises planned." The manga was initially announced to resume in spring. The manga had resumed in May 2017 following a hiatus that began in early 2014, but then went on hiatus again last August. Hiroe launched the B...
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WANIMA Performs One Piece Stampede Film's Theme Song

Film opens in Japan on August 9 ― The official Twitter account for the One Piece Stampede anime film revealed on Friday that WANIMA will perform the film's theme song "GONG." The film will open in theaters in Japan on August 9, in celebration of the anime's 20th anniversary. Fuji TV describes the film's story: The world's greatest exposition of the pirates, by the pirates, for the pirates - the Pirat...
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Shenmue III Game's Trailer Previews Cinematics

PS4, PC game slated for November 19 ― The official PlayStation YouTube channel began streaming the E3 trailer for Deep Silver's Shenmue III PlayStation 4 and PC game on Wednesday. The trailer highlights the game's cinematic scenes. Shenmue III was originally slated for release in December 2017, but was pushed back to the second half of 2018 and then to 2019. The game was then slated for release on Au...
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6th Yo-kai Watch Film Reveals Visual, December 13 Opening

Film is set in elite academy for top class students ― The official website for Yo-kai Watch franchise's anime films revealed a visual and the December 13 opening date on Friday for Eiga Yōkai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Gakuen Y - Neko wa Hero ni Nareru ka (Yo-kai Watch Jam the Movie: Yo-Kai Academy Y - Can a Cat be a Hero?), the sixth film in the Yo-kai Watch franchise. The new film's story is set in Y-Academ...

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Anime Expo to Screen Human Lost Film

Voice actor Mamoru Miyano, director Fuminori Kizaki, marketing producer Toshiaki Obata to attend ― The official website for Anime Expo announced on Thursday that Funimation will screen the Human Lost 3D CG anime film at the convention on July 5, with voice actor Mamoru Miyano, director Fuminori Kizaki, and marketing producer Toshiaki Obata in attendance at the screening. Kizaki and Obata will also ha...
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Astra Lost in Space Anime Premieres on July 3 With 1-Hour Special

The official website for the television anime of Kenta Shinohara's Astra Lost in Space (Kanata no Astra) manga revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on AT-X at 9:00 p.m on July 3. It will also debut on the same day on Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and BS11 channels, as well as the d Anime Store and Amazon Prime Video streaming services in Japan. The anime will begin its broadcas...

Aniplex USA Licenses 'Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?' Anime for July Streaming

Anime about player, his mom trapped in game world premieres in Japan on July 12 ― Aniplex of America announced on Thursday that it has licensed the television anime of writer Dachima Inaka and illustrator Pochi Iida's Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? (Tsūjō Kōgeki ga Zentai Kōgeki de Ni-kai Kōgeki no Okā-san wa Suki desuka?) light novel series, and it will stream the series ...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 87

"The plot maneuvering that got us to the new Royal Knight ranking was as slapdash as they come, but it looks like we're on the verge of a much bigger arc."
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MAPPA, Lapin Track Make Tama and Friends' Uchi Tama!? TV Anime for Winter 2020

Anthropomorphization of Sony Creative Products franchise based on cats ― Sony Creative Products Inc. announced on Friday that it is producing a new anime based on its Uchi Tama!? project titled Uchi Tama!? ~ Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?~. The anime will premiere in January 2020 on Fuji TV's noitaminA block. 「うちタマ?! ~うちのタマ知りませんか?~」PVを公開中!!✨豪華キャストも大発表🐱🐶#斉藤壮馬 #小野賢章 #白井悠介 #花澤香菜 #内田雄馬 #黒沢ともよ #梶裕貴 #梅原裕一郎 #羽...

GKIDS Licenses Promare Film for September Theatrical Screenings in N. America

Hiroyuki Imaishi, Trigger, XFLAG's original film opened in Japan on May 24 ― GKIDS announced on Thursday that it has licensed Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare for North America. It will hold a premiere event for the film on September 17 and 19, and will open in select theaters on September 20. GKIDS describes the film: Thirty years has passed since the appearance of Burnish, a r...
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Wise Man's Grandchild ‒ Episode 10

"With minimal Sizilien, a focus on the more engaging aspects of the story, and only brief training bits, this is one of the series' better episodes."
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The Rising of The Shield Hero ‒ Episode 23

"This episode was easily among the series' most lighthearted."
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Monkey Punch's DC Hero Campaign Officially Launches July 3

Lupin III creator Monkey Punch was working on a collaboration with DC Comics before he passed away in April. Since his death, images produced for the project have become public, including drawings Shazam and Aquaman. Staff revealed the entire hero line-up, including Batman, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Green Arrow, and Supergirl. The images are part of a multi-tiered merchandise camp...
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One Punch Man Season 2 ‒ Episode 9

"The tournament/monster uprising arc ends so inconclusively that it can't really justify its own existence, but at least it ends stronger than it began."
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Fate Franchise's Gilgamesh VA Recites The Epic of Gilgamesh for Audiobook

The servants in the ever-expanding Fate universe are based on heroes both famous and infamous, real and mythological. One of the more popular characters is Gilgamesh, the haughty blonde king of ancient Mesopotania. The character is voiced by Tomokazu Seki and is central to the upcoming Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia television anime. The story of Gilgamesh is recounted in the E...
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Gundam Returns to the Racetrack in Latest JRA Collaboration

Japan's horse-racing association (JRA) are bringing Gundam pilots back to the track this year for a new collaboration campaign. The "Mobile Ride Gundam JRA -BEYOND THE TURF-" campaign launched its website on June 13. The project is focused on "BEYOND: to go beyond everything" and so far includes an original video narrated by Mamoru Miyano (the voice of Setsuna F. Seiei in Gundam 00). The campaign ...
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This Week in Anime - Is We Never Learn: BOKUBEN Worth Watching?

We Never Learn isn't the first harem romcom to revolve around tutoring, and it won't be the last. Nick and Steve find out if this slice of fanservice fluff can set itself apart from the rest of the class. ― We Never Learn isn't the first harem romcom to revolve around tutoring, and it won't be the last. This week, Nick and Steve find out if this slice of fanservice fluff can set itself apart from th...
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Fire Force Creator Atsushi Ohkubo Alludes to His Work Being 'Stolen'

Fans have noted striking similarities with Trigger and XFLAG's Promare film ― Fire Force manga creator Atsushi Ohkubo left a comment in the 28th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine 2019, stating: "I'm going to stop talking about the contents of my manga before they get serialized, even to people I know. I don't know where my work could be stolen from." Although Ohkubo did not name any particul...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, June 9-15

Hozuki's Coolheadedness 2, New Game! anime; Komi Can't Communicate, Pokemon The Movie The Power Of Us Zeraora's Story manga ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Hozuki's Coolheadedness 2 BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$89.98 June 11 Hozuki's Coolheadedness 2 DVDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 June 11 Kamisama Kiss Season 1 Essentials BDPlease Funimation US$29.98 June 11 Lord Mar...
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Death Note: Light up the NEW world BD+DVD

This live-action sequel to the end of Death Note introduces six deadly notebooks to the world and a race against time to stop the new villains they've created. James Beckett has the details in our full review. ― Death Note: Light Up the New World begins with a pitch perfect setup. A beleaguered Russian doctor named Alexey discovers one of the new Death Notes on his way to tend to a terminally ill pat...
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Given Boys-Love Anime Reveals Promo Video, More Cast, Theme Song Artists, Visual, July 11 Premiere

Solo rock project centimillimental performs opening theme, produces ending theme ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Natsuki Kizu's Given manga began streaming the show's promotional video on Thursday. The site also revealed a new visual, and announced that the solo rock project centimillimental will perform the opening theme song "Kizuato," previewed in the above video. The in-anime g...
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SNK, Victor Entertainment Reveal 'King of Fighters for Girls' Smartphone Game

"Love adventure" game features "ikemen" versions of franchise's characters ― SNK Corporation and Victor Entertainment opened a website on Wednesday to reveal that they are developing a spinoff smartphone game in SNK's The King of Fighters franchise titled The King of Fighters for Girls. As the title implies, the game is aimed toward women. The game is a "love adventure" game the style of other otome ...
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Yubisaki kara no Honki no Netsujō Anime Previewed in Video

Short anime premiering on July 7 about firefighters gets "standard," "complete" versions ― The official website for Yubisaki kara no Honki no Netsujō: Osananajimi wa Shōbōshi, the anime adaptation of Tanishi Kawano's Yubisaki kara no Honki no Netsujō ~Kyara Otoko Shōbōshi wa Massugu na Me de Watashi o Idaita~ manga, began streaming two promotional videos for the series on Thursday. The videos preview...
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Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers Game Expansion's Launch Trailer Streamed

MMORPG's 3rd expansion launches on July 2 ― Square Enix began streaming a launch trailer on Monday for the "Shadowbringers" expansion for the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn MMORPG. English Version Japanese Verion The expansion will launch on July 2. The expansion will feature the new "Gunbreaker" and "Dancer" jobs; the new "Viera" and "Hrothgar" races; the new areas "Il Mheg," "The Rak'tika Greatw...
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BiSH, Miyuu Perform Fairy Tail: Final Season Anime's New Theme Songs

New themes premiere in series on July 7 ― The official website for the Fairy Tail anime revealed the new theme songs for the anime on Thursday. BiSH will perform the new opening theme song "More Than Like," and Miyuu will perform the ending theme song "Exceed." The new themes will premiere in the show on July 7. Osaka☆Shunkashūtō are performing the current opening song "NO-LIMIT," and Miyuna is perfo...
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Code Vein Game's New Trailer Reveals September 27 Release

Bandai Namco Ent.'s role-playing game launches for PS4, Xbox One, PC ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Tuesday that it will release the Code Vein post-apocalyptic role-playing game in North America and Europe on September 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Bandai Namco Entertainment is also streaming a new trailer for the game. The game will launch in Japan on September 26. Banda...
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One-Punch Man Volume 16 Tops U.S. Monthly Bookscan May List

Berserk, Dragon Ball Super, My Hero Academia, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, One Piece, Black Clover, Smashed also make list ― ONE and Yūsuke Murata's One-Punch Man manga volume 16 topped NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for May. This month's list featured 12 manga volumes, including: #1 — ONE and Yūsuke Murata's One-Punch Man volume 16 #2 — Kentarou Miura's Berserk Deluxe volume 1 #3 — Aki...
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'Maō-sama, Retry!' Anime Reveals Promo Video, More Cast

Tomokazu Seki joins cast for series premiering on July 3 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kurone Kanzaki's Maō-sama, Retry! (Dark Lord, Retry!) light novel series began streaming a promotional video for the series on Thursday. The video previews Kaori Ishihara's opening theme song "Tempest." The site also revealed that Tomokazu Seki is joining the show's cast as Isami Tah...
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Anime Expo Hosts Director Manabu Ono, Character Designer Shingo Adachi

Junichiro Tsuchiya to also join Sailor Moon panel; Emiri Kato, Chiwa Saito attend Madoka panel ― The official website for Anime Expo announced on Tuesday that it will host Sword Art Online Alicization director Manabu Ono and character designer/chief animation director Shingo Adachi. They will participate in a panel for Sword Art Online Alicization that will also have the dub cast Cherami Leigh (Asuna...
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Otakon Announces 7 Additional Guests

Kikuko Inoue, Michihiko Suwa, Masao Maruyama, Hiroshi Nagahama, Sayuri Hara, Shōichi Hotta to attend ― Otakon announced more guests for this year's convention over the past three days, including voice actress Kikuko Inoue, producer Michihiko Suwa, producer Masao Maruyama, director Hiroshi Nagahama, voice actress Sayuri Hara, and producer Shōichi Hotta. The event will also host cosplayer Jez Roth. Ino...
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Ni no Kuni Game Gets Remastered Release on PS4/PC

Original version also ships on Switch; all 3 releases slated for September 20 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it will release the Level 5's Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch in a remastered version on the PlayStation 4 and PC, and will also release the original version on the Switch. All three releases are slated to debut on September 20. Level 5 debuted the fantasy role-pla...
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Daemon X Machina Game's Trailer Reveals September 13 Release Date

Designers Shoji Kawamori, Yūsuke Kozaki work on mecha game ― Nintendo revealed a new trailer for Marvelous Entertainment's Daemon X Machina game during its Nintendo Direct stream on Tuesday. The trailer reveals the game's September 13 release date. Nintendo also streamed gameplay demonstration video of the game. Marvelous Entertainment describes the game: When the moon tore apart, the sky bled red wi...
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Yen Press Releases Kingdom Hearts III Manga, Kingdom Hearts χ Novel in English

Yen Press to release manga periodically; novel ships on December 10 ― Yen Press confirmed with ANN on Tuesday that it began publishing Shiro Amano's new Kingdom Hearts III manga on May 29 with the manga's "chapter 0 prologue" chapter. The manga is available on Amazon, Apple, ComiXology, Kobo, and BookWalker. Yen Press added that it is not releasing the manga simultaneously with the Japanese release, ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, June 3-9

Natsuzora's latest episode earns 21.7% rating, Lu over the wall earns 0.4% rating ― The latest episode of the Natsuzora live-action series about the early Japanese animation industry aired on NHK on Friday, June 7 at 8:00 a.m. and earned a 21.7% rating. The latest episode of the live-action series adaptation of Tomohiro Yokomaku and Taishi Mori's Radiation House medical drama manga aired on Fuji TV o...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 3-9

Rage 2 tops ranking in debut week ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 3-9 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Rage 2 Bethesda Softworks June 6 12,146 12,146 2NSwSuper Smash Brothers Ultimate Nintendo December 7, 2018 8,691 3,111,939 3NSwMinecraft Nintendo June 21, 2018 8,235 807,485 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 8,105 2,326,158 5PS4Everybody's Golf VR Sony ...
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Sekai Games Reveals Switch Release for Root Double, Tokyo Chronos for PS VR

New versions for Project Lux, Fault, World End Economica, Narcissu also dated ― Sekai Project announced various developments for its projects during E3 on Wednesday, all under its Sekai Games label for console games. The announcements include: The PlayStation VR version of Isuna Hasekura and Spicy Tails' Project Lux game will launch later this month. Sekai Games will release the Root Double: Before C...
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Luigi's Mansion 3 Switch Game's Video Highlights New Mechanics

Game slated for release this holiday season ― Nintendo revealed a spotlight video for its Luigi's Mansion 3 Switch game during its Nintendo Direct stream on Tuesday. The video highlights the new gameplay mechanics. The game is the newest installment in the Luigi's Mansion game series, and it is slated for release during the holiday season this year. The original game launched for GameCube in 2001. A ...
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Sega's Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Switch Game Launches in November

Video streamed for tie-in to 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics ― Nintendo revealed during its E3 Nintendo Direct stream on Tuesday that Sega will release the previously announced Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 video game on the Switch in November. Sega is releasing four games for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Sega will release Tokyo 2020 Olympics: The Official Game video game for the Playstat...
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ComiXology Adds Mars, You're a Pet Manga

All volumes for both manga available ― ComiXology added all 15 volumes of Fuyumi Soryo's Mars manga and all 14 volumes of Yayoi Ogawa's You're a Pet (Tramps Like Us/Kimi wa Pet) manga as ComiXology Originals on Wednesday. Kodansha Comics is publishing both series. Kodansha Comics describes Mars: Superpopular motorcycle racer Rei and shy, neurotic art student Kira are worlds apart ... until one fatefu...
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Panzer Dragoon: Remake Game Reveals 1st Gameplay Video

Switch game slated for this winter ― Nintendo revealed a gameplay video for Sega and Polish game developer and publisher Forever Entertainment's remake of Sega Panzer Dragoon game during its E3 Nintendo Direct stream on Tuesday. The game will ship this winter for the Nintendo Switch. Panzer Dragoon: Remake will be a "refreshed" version of the original game with new graphics and other modifications. F...
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Ojisan and Marshmallow's Rekomaru Otoi Launches New Romance Omnibus Manga

Sono Toki no Kanojo ga Ima no Tsuma Desu manga launched on Wednesday ― Manga creator Rekomaru Otoi launched a new manga titled Sono Toki no Kanojo ga Ima no Tsuma Desu (My Girlfriend Back Then is Now My Wife) in the June issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Beam magazine on Wednesday. The manga featured in the issue's front cover (seen right). The manga will have an omnibus format, with each chapter cen...
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To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Anime Reveals Kouki Uchiyama's Role

The official website for the television anime of Maybe's To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) manga revealed on Wednesday that Kouki Uchiyama will play Theodore (Minotaur). Uchiyama was previously revealed to play one of Hank and Cain's Incarnate soldier comrades. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 1 at 11:00 p.m., before airing on MBS on July 2. The...

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Setting of Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart is More Tragedy Than Fantasy

The Toei Atago social housing complex is home to mostly solitary, elderly residents ― Studio Ghibli released the Whisper of the Heart anime film in 1995, a story of youth following their dreams. The 14-year-old Shizuku often has her nose in a book and her head in the clouds. She aspires to be a writer herself and through her love of stories she meets Seiji, a boy who one day wants to master the art o...
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YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world. ‒ Episode 11

"I sense that YU-NO wants to deal with some darker concepts, but I don't know that it intended to come off quite this nihilistic."
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Isekai Quartet ‒ Episode 10

"The Field Day introduces a second class populated by a plethora of secondary characters from the four isekai series."
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Shiropen is the Idol Scene's G.O.A.T. — Literally

I thought Japan's idol scene wouldn't be able to top Final Fantasy's monstrous SHINING BLESS trio or the Virtual Currency Girls promoting cryptocurrency. If there's anything I've learned working at Interest, it's that things can always get stranger. Enter Johnny's Entertainment's *ChocoLate Bomb! idol group. The group added a temporary member named Shiropen for their upcoming seventh single “LOVE ...
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Rune Factory 4 Special Game's E3 Trailer Streamed

Switch remaster of Rune Factory 4 debuts in West in 2019 ― XSEED Games began streaming an E3 trailer on Wednesday for Rune Factory 4 Special, a remastered Nintendo Switch version of Rune Factory 4. XSEED Games and Marvelous will release the game in the West this year. The game will launch in Japan on July 25. In addition to revealing the remaster, a Nintendo Direct presentation also confirmed in Febr...
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5th Racehorse That Inspired Uma Musume Pretty Derby Character Passes Away

The horse girls of Uma Musume Pretty Derby are said to possess the spirits of (and share names with) famed racehorses. Unfortunately, many of those racehorses are advanced in age or have suffered injuries leading to their deaths. Since the anime's premiere last year, Special Week, King Halo, Vodka, and Hishi Amazon have passed on. This week, another horse was laid to rest. The 27-year-old Biko Peg...
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Senran Kagura Peach Ball Switch Game's E3 Trailer Streamed

Game launches in N. America on July 9; in Europe, Australia in summer ― XSEED Games began streaming an E3 trailer for the Senran Kagura Peach Ball Nintendo Switch pinball game on Tuesday. XSEED Games will release the game in North America on July 9, and a PC via Steam release will follow this summer. The game will launch digitally in the Nintendo eShop and with a limited physical release in North Ame...

Funimation Files Response to Vic Mignogna's Lawsuit

Anime distributor denies voice actor's allegations ― Funimation filed an answer in Tarrant County, Texas on Monday to voice actor Vic Mignogna's lawsuit against Funimation, voice actresses Jamie Marchi and Monica Rial, and Rial's fiancé Ronald Toye. The anime distributor stated in the defense filing that it denies Mignogna's allegations in the lawsuit. Specifically, Funimation denies the allegations ...
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Interview: The Cast and Crew of That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

Assistant Director Atsushi Nakayama, Character Designer Ryouma Ebata, and Rimiru voice actress Miho Okasaki chat about their experiences working on the smash hit isekai fantasy. ― The anime adaptation of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime became quite popular during its run in the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 TV seasons, enough so that Crunchyroll had part of its industry booth specifically devote...
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TCAF's Panel, Live Drawing with Horror Manga Visionary Junji Ito Streamed

If you couldn't make it to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) in May to see legendary horror manga creator Junji Ito, you're in luck. Publisher Viz Media is streaming Ito's panel and live drawing event from the convention on its YouTube channel. Ito's appearance was record-breaking for the convention; his live drawing panel drew the most attendees in TCAF history. Ito's Uzumaki and Tomie manga...
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Answerman - Do Movies Experience "Production Crunch" Like TV Series Do?

A few missteps and a television anime production can implode under pressure, but does the same apply to films? Justin discusses when disasters make it to the big screen. ― Matt asked: We've all heard about the hellish work schedules, impossible deadlines, and cornucopia of problems that the TV anime industry is swamped in (thanks, Shirobako!), but I was wondering: is the anime movie landscape any di...
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Even Square Enix Doesn't Know How Many Parts Final Fantasy VII Remake Will Have Yet

Development time will not be 'dramatically shorter' for further entries, says game's producer ― Final Fantasy VII Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase revealed at a closed-door meeting at E3 that the development team is currently planning out the scope for the second game, and that it has not yet been decided how many parts the game will consist of. Kotaku reports Kitase as saying: “When we started out p...
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Akiba's Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed Game's Trailer Reveals Winter Launch in West

Akiba's Trip Plus remaster gets PS4, PC release ― XSEED Games began streaming an E3 trailer for the Akiba's Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed game for PlayStation 4 and PC on Wednesday. The video reveals that the company will release the game in the West this winter. The game is currently in development, and it will be a remaster of the Akiba's Trip Plus "Strip Action RPG" for PlayStation Portable. The Aki...
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Granblue Fantasy: Versus Fighting Game's E3 Trailer Streamed

XSEED Games to release fighting game in N. America ― XSEED Games began streaming an E3 trailer for Arc System Works' Granblue Fantasy: Versus fighting game on Wednesday. XSEED Games will release the game for PlayStation 4 in North America. The game will launch in Japan in 2019. Cygames previously revealed that there will be a closed beta test for the game. The franchise's "Extra Fes" event in Sendai ...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 888

"Kuma's great in both hero and villain roles, an astoundingly compelling figure from every angle."
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Overlord II Limited Edition BD+DVD

Despite an anti-climactic stopping point before the third season, this arc of Overlord is sure to please fans of Ains, Sebas, and a host of other wicked heroes. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― There's a fairly substantial gap between seasons one and two of Overlord (although nothing like the wait between seasons of Fullmetal Panic), but despite that it's pretty easy to get back into the adventur...

Dragon Quest's Hero Joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Game in Summer

New Fighters Pass DLC character joins crossover fighting game ― Nintendo announced during its Nintendo Direct E3 presentation that the Dragon Quest game series' Hero will join the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crossover fighting game. The character will join the game as part of the Fighters Pass DLC content this summer. The presentation also revealed a promotional video for the character's appearance in...
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War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Game Gets Worldwide Release

English trailer previews smartphone tactical role-playing game ― Square Enix announced during its Square Enix Live E3 presentation on Monday that the War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius (Final Fantasy Brave Exvius: Genei Sensō) smartphone tactical role-playing game will get a worldwide release. The presentation also revealed an English trailer for the game. The game is slated to release th...
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Mrs. GREEN APPLE Performs Fire Force Anime's Opening Song

1st title in "Super Animeism" block premieres on July 5 ― The official website for the television anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga revealed on Tuesday that the band Mrs. GREEN APPLE will perform the anime's theme song "Inferno." Kodansha Comics publishes the manga in English, and it describes the story: Terror has paralyzed the clockwork metropolis of Tokyo! Possessed by...

Devilman Crybaby Director Masaaki Yuasa Unveils Inu-Oh Anime Film for 2021

Ping Pong artist Taiyo Matsumoto, I Am a Hero writer Akiko Nogi adapt novel about Noh thespian ― Japanese production company Science SARU and production and distribution partner Asmik Ace announced on Wednesday that Masaaki Yuasa will direct Inu-Oh, a musical anime feature film adaptation of Hideo Furukawa's Heike Monogatari: Inu-Oh no Maki (Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh) novel. Asmik Ace describes the ...
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Game for Switch Delayed to March 20, 2020

Deserted island setting, crafting highlighted in trailer ― Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the latest entry in the Animal Crossing game franchise and the first on the Nintendo Switch, has been delayed from this year to March 20, 2020. Nintendo debuted a trailer than showcases the game's deserted island setting as well as its crafting and farming features. The last main Animal Crossing game, Animal Cro...
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Resident Evil 5 & 6 Games Head to Switch This Fall

Capcom ports more entries in the franchise ― Capcom will release the Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 games on the Nintendo Switch this fall. Resident Evil 5 launched on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2009, followed by Resident Evil 6 on the same platforms in 2012. The Switch platforms already has ports for the remake of the first Resident Evil survival horror game, Resident Evil 4, Zero, Revel...
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No More Heroes III Game Announced for Switch in 2020

"Travis Touchdown will return" with Suda51, Robin Atkin Downes, Paula Tiso ― Nintendo announced during its Nintendo Direct E3 presentation on Tuesday that Grasshopper Manufacture will release the No More Heroes III game exclusively on the Nintendo Switch next year. "Things got all funky real quick."No More Heroes 3. Coming to #NintendoSwitch in 2020. @Suda_51 @Grasshopper_EN #NintendoE3 pic.twitter.c...

Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 3DCG Anime's Characters Designed by Birthday Wonderland's Ilya Kuvshinov

Russian artist designed Keiichi Hara's latest film before 2020 Netflix series ― Netflix announced at France's 2019 Annecy International Animated Film Festival on Tuesday that Ilya Kuvshinov is designing the characters in Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, the new 3D CG Ghost in the Shell anime premiering worldwide next year. The staff also presented a new image visual of Motoko Kusanagi from the series. K...
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Ultraman Anime Gets 2nd Season With Returning Staff

Directors Kenji Kamiyama & Shinji Aramaki, studios Production I.G. & Sola Digital Arts return ― The official website for the 3D CG anime of Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi's Ultraman manga announced on Wednesday that production on a second season has been green-lit. The announcement was first made at the 2019 Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France. The directors Kenji Kamiyama a...

Konami Announces TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine mini Console

With Ys I & II, Dungeon Explorer, more in Americas, Europe, Japan ― Konami announced on Wednesday that it will release the TurboGrafx-16 mini, a compact console pre-loaded with games from the catalog of NEC's original TurboGrafx-16 console. Konami lists the following initial games for the version of the console that the company will sell in the Americas: R-Type New Adventure Island Ninja Spirit Ys Bo...
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Osaka Gets Permanent Pokémon Cafe in September

After a few pop-ups over the years, The Pokémon Company opened the first permanent Pokémon Cafe at The Pokémon Center Tokyo DX & Pokémon Cafe in the Takashimaya Department Store Nihonbashi last year. The cafe was a huge success, bringing in 100,000 hungry trainers in six months. Fans on the western side of the country were out of luck unless they wanted to make a special day trip to Tokyo—until no...
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Schoolgirl Strikers Mobile Game Awarded Guinness World Record for Most Unique 3D Costumes

Square Enix's Schoolgirl Strikerswas christened the world record for the most unique 3D costumes in a mobile game by Guinness World Records on June 11. Guinness verified that the game has 1,177 unique costumes as of November 8. 2018. ギネス世界記録™公式認定証の授与式をTOKYO MXさんに取材して頂いたモシュ!モーニングCROSSにて、明日6月11日(火)朝7時~8時の間で紹介されモシュから、お時間のある隊長さんはチェックして欲しいモシュよ!■番組サイトhttps://t.co/AdEH1yS8yl#ギネス世界記録 #モーニングクロス #スクスト2 pic....
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Toho, AlphaBoat, Tokyo Otaku Mode Open International Contest for Original Character

Winner will receive cash prize of 1 million yen, chance to develop project ― Toho Co., Ltd. and AlphaBoat's video audition project GEMSTONE is teaming up with Tokyo Otaku Mode to open its doors to international creators for its second contest. This round's theme is “With Japan!” and participants are tasked with creating an original character that embodies this idea. "We are accepting applications fro...
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Oninaki Game's Trailer Reveals August 22 Release Date

Game slated for N. America, Europe, Japan release on PS4, Switch, PC ― Square Enix revealed a new trailer for its Tokyo RPG Factory subsidiary's ONINAKI (Japanese title: Oni no Naku Kuni, or "country where the ogre cries") action role-playing game during its E3 press conference on Monday. The video reveals the game's August 22 release date in North America, Europe, and Japan on PlayStation 4, Nintend...
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Dororo ‒ Episode 22

"This emotional episode demonstrates that it won't be Hyakki's physical strength, but the strength of his interpersonal relationships that saves the day."

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Remake Game Debuts on September 20

Switch game remakes 1993 Game Boy game ― Nintendo revealed a trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remake game during its Nintendo Direct E3 presentation on Tuesday. The trailer reveals that the game will launch on September 20. The original game launched for Game Boy in Japan and the West in 1993. The game then received an updated Game Boy Color release in 1998. Sources: Nintendo Direct...
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Fire Emblem: Three Houses Switch Game's E3 Trailer Streamed

Game launches on July 26 after delay ― Nintendo revealed a new trailer for Intelligent Systems and Koei Tecmo Games' Fire Emblem: Three Houses Nintendo Switch game on Tuesday. The game will launch on July 26 after a delay from spring. The Seasons of Warfare Edition of the game will bundle an artbook, sound selection CD, steelbook case, and calendar. Nintendo first announced in January 2017 that it wa...
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As the Seiyū World Turns: Bouncing Babies Edition

Voice actresses Kumi Sakuma, Nami Miyahara, singer Haruka Shimotsuki expecting ― The irregular feature chronicling the persona lives of celebrities is back with a new installment. Today we have reports of two voice actresses and a singer who are expecting children. Tokyo Mew Mew voice actress Kumi Sakuma announced on social media on Sunday that she is expecting her second child this fall. She let her...
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Astral Chain Switch Game's New Trailer Streamed

PlatinumGames develops title for August 30 release ― Nintendo revealed a new trailer for PlatinumGames' Astral Chain game during the Nintendo Direct E3 presentation on Tuesday. The game will launch for Nintendo Switch on August 30. Nintendo describes the game: "As part of a police special forces unit in a multi-cultural futuristic city, players work together with a humanoid special weapon, Legion, in...

Trials of Mana Game Revealed for PS4, Switch, PC in 2020

Collection of Mana game also launches in West ― Square Enix revealed on Tuesday that it will release the Trails of Mana game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in early 2020. The game will be a remake of the Seiken Densetsu 3. In addition, the Seiken Densetsu Collection for Switch, which includes the first three games in Square Enix's Seiken Densetsu (Mana) series, launched in the W...
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Sarazanmai ‒ Episode 7

"Jealousy simmers in the hearts of our dysfunctional otter couple, and unbeknownst to Kazuki, these dangerous feelings may be hiding in the shirikodama of his friends as well."
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This Week in Anime - What is Sarazanmai All About?

As Kunihiko Ikuhara's new series reaches its endgame, the shock and strangeness of its imagery has slowly given way to themes of connection and sacrifice. Micchy and Andy look past all this anime's butt humor to unravel its deeper symbolism. ― As Kunihiko Ikuhara's Sarazanmai reaches its endgame, the shock and strangeness of its imagery has slowly given way to themes of connection and sacrifice. Thi...
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Publishers Weekly: NisiOisin is No. 2 Author with Most Translated Books in the U.S. in Last Decade

19 NisiOisin books were published in the U.S. from 2008 to 2018 ― According to Publishers Weekly's Translation Database, 19 translations of NisiOisin novels have been published in the U.S. from 2008 to 2018. This puts the Monogatari and Zaregoto author as the writer with the second highest number of books with English translations in the U.S. in the last 10 years. It should be noted that light novels...

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel Game Revealed With Trailer

Original game launched for Switch, Wii U in March 2017 ― Nintendo announced during its Nintendo Direct E3 presentation on Tuesday that a sequel to its The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Switch game is in development. The company revealed a "first look" trailer for the game. The game launched for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U in March 2017. The game has sold 12.77 million copies worldwide as...
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Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Game Launches for Switch on September 27

Video previews new version of Dragon Quest XI ― Nintendo revealed during its Nintendo Direct E3 presentation on Tuesday that Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition, the Switch version of the Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete) game, will launch on September 27. Square Enix describes the game: A young man, about to particip...
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Disgaea 4 Complete+ Switch, PS4 Game Revealed With Trailer

New version of Disgaea 4 is slated for fall ― NIS America announced at E3 on Tuesday the Disgaea 4 Complete+ Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 game for fall release. The company also began streaming an announcement trailer. The release will include all the previously released characters, scenarios, and DLC for the title, plus new functionalities. The Standard Edition of the game will bundle a bookmar...

'How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?' Anime's Promo Video Previews Opening Song

Narrator Tesshō Genda adds role of Harnold Dogegenchonegger ― The official website for the television anime of Yabako Sandrovich and MAAM's How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? (Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? or How much heavy dumbbells can you lift?) manga revealed a promotional video on Tuesday. The video previews the cast's opening theme song "Onegai Muscle." The site also announced that Tesshō Genda,...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, June 3-9

Dragon Ball Super: Broly sells 17,319 + 9,808, followed by live-action Nisekoi film, Re:ZERO: Memory Snow, Gundam NT, live-action Blazing Transfer Student show ― The live-action film of the Nisekoi manga landed at #8 on the overall DVD chart with 3,188 copies. Honō no Tenkōsei Reborn, a live-action series of Kazuhiko Shimamoto's Blazing Transfer Student (Honō no Tenkōsei) manga, sold 986 more copies ...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, June 3-9

Dragon Ball Super: Broly sells 22,929 + 14,203, followed by Re:ZERO: Memory Snow, Sōma Saitō, live-action Nisekoi film, Gundam NT ― Sōma Saitō's Saitō Sōma 1st Live "quantum stranger(s)" sold 6,684 copies to rank #6 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The Deluxe Edition Blu-ray for the live-action film of the Nisekoi manga landed at #7 with 3,527 copies. Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours 4th Love Live! ~Sa...
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Children of the Sea Anime Film Opens at #5 in Japan

Godzilla, Ibuki, Kingdom, Detective Pikachu, Sadako, Conan stay in top 10 ― Legendary Pictures' Godzilla sequel film Godzilla: King of the Monsters film dropped from #1 to #2 in its second weekend. It sold 245,000 tickets and earned 371,794,400 yen (about US$3.42 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 1,761,797,900 yen (about US$16.24 million). The film opened in 431 the...
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Live-Action Flowers of Evil Film's Teaser Reveals September Opening

New visual also unveiled for film starring Kentaro Ito, Tina Tamashiro, Shiori Akita, Marie Iitoyo ― The official website for the live-action film of Shūzō Oshimi's manga The Flowers of Evil (Aku no Hana) unveiled a new teaser trailer and visual for the film on Tuesday. The teaser announces the film's September 27 opening date. The cast (from left to right in the photographs below) includes: Marie Ii...
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Seven Days War Anime Film's Teaser Reveals Ajia-do Studio, December Opening

Visual also unveiled for film based on Osamu Sōda mystery/social satire novel ― The official website for the anime film of novelist Osamu Sōda's Bokura no Nanokakan Sensō (Seven Days War or Our Seven-Day War) novel unveiled a teaser trailer and visual for the film on Tuesday. The teaser reveals the film's December opening date, and that the studio Ajia-do is working on the film. The mystery story and...
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Anohana Team Unveils Cast, Story for Original Anime Film Her Blue Sky

Time travel gives high schoolers with musical dreams a second chance at first love ― The official website for Her Blue Sky (Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo), the original anime film by the Super Peace Busters creative team, revealed the film's cast and story on Tuesday. The cast includes (from left to right in image above, character name romanizations are not official): Shion Wakayama as Aoi Aioi Riho Y...
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