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Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island Game Review

Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island could very well become someone's "forever" game: even if you reach the peak and obtain all the riches...maybe you'll be down for one last romp through the dungeon. ― In one run through the mystery dungeon, my sword and shield had been rusted to -1 stats by a ninja using water jutsu. I was low on health, and I had accidentally wandered int...
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This Week in Games - Directly To The Lands Between

Return to the world of Elden Ring and all the gaming lands in between, and Jean-Karlo breaks down the Nintendo Direct and Shadow of the Erdtree DLC! ― Welcome back, folks! What a week for news this has been. I imagine folks want to get right into stuff, but I had some fun stuff I wanted to show off! I got some long-awaited goodies from @Kamaniki featuring KOS-MOS! Thank you kindly for everything, Gig...
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Taking Care of God Manga Review

Like the best science fiction, Taking Care of God posits an absurd situation to illuminate our present or near future: how will we care for our aging population? ― Fans of Chinese sci-fi may recognize the name Cixin Liu, the Hugo award-winning author of the short story that inspired this manga. The 2019 theatrical adaptation of his novel The Wandering Earth broke records as the highest-domestic-gross...
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This Week in Anime - A Look Back at Tatsuki Fujimoto Of The Prophecy

Director Kiyotaka Oshiyama will adapt Tatsuki Fujimoto's Look Back manga into an anime film this year, so there's no better time for review the inimitable creators' other one-shots. ― Director Kiyotaka Oshiyama will adapt Tatsuki Fujimoto's Look Back manga into an anime film this year, so there's no better time for TWIA to look back at the inimitable creators' other one-shots. Disclaimer: The views ...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is Ninja Kamui Worth Watching?

Lynzee and James check out the first two episodes of Sunghoo Park and Adult Swim's new anime series, NINJA KAMUI! Is the new blood-soaked action spectacle worth watching? Is Ninja Kamui Worth Watching? Lynzee and James check out the first two episodes of Sunghoo Park and Adult Swim's new anime series, NINJA KAMUI! Is the new blood-soaked action spectacle worth watching? Plus, Solo-Leveling and one...
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All You Want, Whenever You Want Manga Review

If you want your BL to be equal parts graphic raunchiness and sweet romance, All You Want, Whenever You Want is the perfect recipe. ― If there's one thing I very much appreciate about Tokyopop's current incarnation (apart from the fact that they've been doing quite well with their BL licensing choices), it's how they list content warnings on their product pages. Rather than simply noting that a book ...
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This Week in Anime - A New Age of Anime Delinquents

Bucchigiri is reintroducing the anime world to delinquent culture, but is this homage to old-school bad boys refreshing or lost on modern audiences? ― Bucchigiri is reintroducing the anime world to delinquent culture, but is this homage to old-school bad boys refreshing or lost on modern audiences? Bucchigiri?!, Tokyo Revengers (first season), Kenka Banchō Otome: Girl Beats Boys, Yu Yu Hakusho, Haji...
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Whoever Steals This Book Volume 1 Manga Review

A manga about fiction coming to life, Whoever Steals This Book's art for each new fictional world is distinct and captivating. ― Fiction about fiction is a weird, woolly, postmodern fantasy genre I tend to enjoy. The best examples from the Western comic oeuvre I can think of would either be Neil Gaiman's The Sandman or Mike Carey's The Unwritten. Both play with the structures and tropes of fantasy st...
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PAPRIKA Movie Poster Giveaway WINNERS

The giveaway has ended! Are you one of our lucky winners? ― Is this a dream? Another giveaway? While dreams and reality may blend and merge in Satoshi Kon's masterpiece PAPRIKA, ANN and Iconic Events assure you this giveaway is very real. Iconic Events has partnered with Anime Expo Cinema Nights program to present the last film in visionary director Satoshi Kon's impeccable body of work. His mind-be...
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Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island Game Review

Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island could very well become someone's "forever" game: even if you reach the peak and obtain all the riches...maybe you'll be down for one last romp through the dungeon. ― In one run through the mystery dungeon, my sword and shield had been rusted to -1 stats by a ninja using water jutsu. I was low on health, and I had accidentally wandered int...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 18-24

Kubo Won't Let Me Be Invisible, Himouto! Umaru-chan R anime; BLOOD BLADE, Whoever Steals This Book manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Himouto! Umaru-chan R Premium Box Set BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$149.98 February 20 Kubo Won't Let Me Be Invisible BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 February 20 Print Manga Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price ...
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The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic #8 [rate]
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Live-Action One Piece Series Nominated for Writer's Guild Award

Writers Matt Owens, Steven Maeda nominated in category of "Children's Episodic, Long Form and Specials" ― Entertainment news magazine Variety reported on Wednesday that The Writers Guild of America announced its nominations for this year's honors in screenwriting, television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2023. It has nominated the “Romance Dawn” episode of Netflix's li...
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Frieren: Beyond Journey's End #24 [rate]
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The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash #7 [rate]
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Manga Up! Global Adds My Return to the Imperial Harem: The Tale of Snow White Sow, Gugure! Kokkuri-san Manga

Service also adds Aizawa-san Multiplies manga ― Square Enix's Manga Up! Global added Satsuki Nakamura, DOJA, Deshika Ichise, and Teruko Arai's My Return to the Imperial Harem: The Tale of Snow White Sow (Kōkyū mo Nidomenara: Shirobuta-hi Sairaiden) manga in English on Wednesday. It added Midori Endō's Gugure! Kokkuri-san manga in English on Friday. Additionally, Manga UP! Global added Seiichi Shiki's...
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This Week in Games - Directly To The Lands Between

Return to the world of Elden Ring and all the gaming lands in between, and Jean-Karlo breaks down the Nintendo Direct and Shadow of the Erdtree DLC! ― Welcome back, folks! What a week for news this has been. I imagine folks want to get right into stuff, but I had some fun stuff I wanted to show off! I got some long-awaited goodies from @Kamaniki featuring KOS-MOS! Thank you kindly for everything, Gig...
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Monthly Action's Final Issue Reveals Fates of Remaining Manga

Most manga move to Web Action, some headliners move to Manga Action sister magazine ― The final issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed the fates of the manga currently serializing in the magazine on Saturday. Coolkyoushinja's Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Yoshikazu Hamada's Tsugumomo, Yu Satomi's Sword of the Demon Hunter: Kijin Gentosho, emu.'s Wazato Miseteru? Kamoi-san., and Kiyomas...
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The Unwanted Undead Adventurer #8 [rate]
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Kenji Saito, Hiro Hata's Misumi-san wa Misukasenai Manga Ends

Supernatural romance series launched in April 2021 ― The April issue of Akita Publishing's Monthly Champion Red magazine published the final chapter of Kenji Saito and Hiro Hata's Misumi-san wa Misukasenai (Misumi's Missed Insight) manga on Monday. The magazine also announced the fourth and final volume will ship on April 18. The series follows a high school student with psychic abilities and the be...
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Sasaki and Peeps #8 [rate]
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C/FO Co-Founder Mark Merlino Dies

Co-founder of 1st anime club in North America was also one of the founders of Furry fandom ― The Prancing Skiltaire announced on Twitter on February 20 that Cartoon/Fantasy Organization co-founder Mark Merlino has died. Earlier this month, a GoFundMe campaign was launched for Merlino to help fund his hospice care. While the GoFundMe was originally launched to help pay for Merlino's medical bills afte...
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From the Red Fog Manga's Mosae Nohara Launches New Manga

Nohara's Abel to Makai no Ō fantasy-adventure manga to launch on March 18 ― The March issue of Square Enix's Monthly G Fantasy magazine revealed on Saturday that Mosae Nohara will launch a new manga titled Abel to Makai no Ō (Abel and the Demon World King) in the magazine's next issue on March 18. Nohara also announced the new manga on their Twitter account. 😈お知らせ😈本日発売のGファンタジー3月号にて、新作の告知を掲載させてもらっています...
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Undead Unluck #20 [rate]
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Wistoria: Wand and Sword TV Anime Reveals 3 More Cast Members

Satomi Amano, Masaaki Mizunaka, Aoi Inase join cast of July anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Fujino Ōmori and Toshi Aoi's Wistoria: Wand and Sword (Tsue to Tsurugi no Wistoria) manga revealed three more cast members on Friday. The new cast includes (left to right top row then bottom row in above image): Satomi Amano as Colette Loire Masaaki Mizunaka as Zion Alster A...
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Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online II TV Anime Reveals More Returning Cast, Debut This Year

Yōko Hikasa, Kazuyuki Okitsu, Chinatsu Akasaki return in new series ― The official Twitter/X account for the second season of the Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online television anime revealed on Friday that the new season is titled Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online II and will premiere this year. The Twitter/X account also revealed more returning cast members, including Yōko Hik...
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BookWalker Global to Release 'To Sir, Without Love: I'm Divorcing You' Manga in English

Iroto Tsumugi, Kori Hisakawa's manga launches on BookWalker for 3-month exclusivity period ― Bookwalker Global announced on Friday that it is releasing artist Iroto Tsumugi and original creator Kori Hisakawa's To Sir, Without Love: I'm Divorcing You (Haikei Mishiranu Danna-sama, Rikonshite Itadakimasu) manga digitally in English for a three-month exclusivity period before it launches on other platfor...
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FuRyu Unveils Reynatis Game With Kingdom Hearts' Kazushige Nojima, Yoko Shimomura

Game ships for PS4, PS5, Switch on July 25 ― Game publisher and developer FuRyu revealed a new action RPG titled Reynatis during the Nintendo Direct presentation on Wednesday. The game will launch in Japan for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Switch on July 25. Takumi Isobe (Trinity Trigger) is the game's planner, producer, and director. Kazushige Nojima (Final Fantasy VII, VIII, X; Kingdom Hear...
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Crunchyroll Streams Marginal Prince, Gunma-chan Season 2 Anime

Marginal Prince available in Japanese dub with English, German, Spanish, French subtitles ― Crunchyroll started streaming the Marginal Prince (Marginal Prince ~Gekkeijyu no Oujitachi~) anime, the adaptation of NTT Docomo's dating simulation mobile game, on Wednesday. Crunchyroll also announced on Thursday that it will add the second season of the Gunma-chan anime. Crunchyroll is streaming the Margina...

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Live-Action GTO Revival Special Confirms 6 Returning 1998 Cast Members

Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Yuta Yamazaki, Yōsuke Kubozuka, Hidenori Tokuyama, Shun Oguri, Naohito Fujiki reprise roles ― The official Twitter account for GTO Revival, the live-action television special for the 1998 live-action series of Tohru Fujisawa's GTO manga, revealed six more cast members and a teaser visual for the special on Friday. The newly announced cast members all reprise their roles from the 199...
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4th Live-Action Kingdom Film's Teaser Highlights Key Characters

New visual also unveiled for July 12 film ― The official website for the live-action films of Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom manga unveiled a new teaser trailer and visual for Kingdom: Taishogun no Kikan (Return of the General), the fourth live-action Kingdom film, on Friday. The trailer highlights Shin and Ō Ki facing off against the Chō generals Ri Boku and Hō Ken. The film will open on July 12. Shinsuke ...
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2nd Niigata Int'l Animation Film Festival Reveals Event Poster, Opening Film

Shigeyoshi Tsukahara, Twiflo's Kuramerukagari film opens this year's festival ― The Niigata International Animation Film Festival announced on Tuesday that Shigeyoshi Tsukahara and Twiflo's brand-new spinoff full-length anime film Kuramerukagari will premiere as the festival's opening film on March 15 at the Nippo Hall in Niigata. A talk by director Tsukahara will then follow after the screening. The...
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Godzilla Minus One Team Highlights Oscar-Nominated Visual Effects in Video

Video details production process by visual effects team of 35 members at animation production studio Shirogumi ― The staff of the Godzilla Minus One live-action film released a trailer on Thursday highlighting the film's Oscar nominated visual effects ahead of the 96th Academy Awards. The video details the production process by the visual effects team of 35 members at the animation production studio ...
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Crunchyroll Launches App for LG Smart TVs

App launches globally today ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that the Crunchyroll application has launched for LG Smart TVs in the U.S. and across international regions. The launch is in collaboration with LG Electronics. The launch comes after the company released the app for Samsung Smart TVs globally earlier this month. The company recently expanded its services onto Amazon's Prime Video chan...
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Kodansha to Publish 1st Official English Release of Ashita no Joe Manga

Ashita no Joe: Fighting for Tomorrow to get 8 oversized hardcover volumes, starting in December ― Media news website ICv2 reported on Thursday that Kodansha will publish Ikki Kajiwara (pen name Asao Takamori) and Tetsuya Chiba's Ashita no Joe (Tomorrow's Joe) boxing manga in English with the name Ashita no Joe: Fighting for Tomorrow. The company will release the manga physically in eight oversized ha...
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Sengoku Youko ‒ Episode 7

It figures that after a whole episode dedicated to building our main group's rapport, Mizukami would see fit to rip all those warm fuzzies right out of our hearts.
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Happy Cat Day from the Anime World!

Cat lovers around the world unite for Cat Day in Japan! ― The eternal question of are you a cat person or dog person rages on. While there is an International Cat Day and International Dog Day, cats have dogs beaten in Japan with "Cat Day" on February 22. Why February 22? It's because in Japanese the number two is pronounced "Ni," and that "Ni" is the first letter in the sound cats make in Japanese (...
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Uma Musume Pretty Derby Anime Film Casts Haruna Fuushima

Fukushima introduced as Dantsu Flame alongside 8 more new characters for franchise ― The official website for Uma Musume Pretty Derby: Shinjidai no Tobira (Uma Musume Pretty Derby: Beginning of a New Era), a new anime film in the Uma Musume Pretty Derby franchise, announced on Wednesday that Haruna Fukushima will play the new character Dantsu Flame: In addition to Dantsu Flame, the franchise's staff ...
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Gushing Over Magical Girls ‒ Episode 8

The gushing magical girl show might be wholly, unironically good at this point.
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Bang Brave Bang Bravern #7 [rate]
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Urusei Yatsura #30 [rate]
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Taking Care of God Manga Review

Like the best science fiction, Taking Care of God posits an absurd situation to illuminate our present or near future: how will we care for our aging population? ― Fans of Chinese sci-fi may recognize the name Cixin Liu, the Hugo award-winning author of the short story that inspired this manga. The 2019 theatrical adaptation of his novel The Wandering Earth broke records as the highest-domestic-gross...
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My Instant Death Ability Is So Overpowered Anime Casts Rumi Okubo

Rumi Okubo plays Ayaka Shinozaki in 8th episode ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Tsuyoshi Fujitaka's My Instant Death Ability Is So Overpowered (Sokushi Cheat ga Saikyōsugite, Isekai no Yatsura ga marude Aite ni Naranain Desu ga.) light novel series revealed on Friday that Rumi Okubo plays Ayaka Shinozaki, a character who debuted in the first episode but has reappeared in...
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Delusional Monthly Magazine #7 [rate]
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My Instant Death Ability Is So Overpowered #8 [rate]
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Nintama Rantaro Franchise Gets 1st New Anime Film in 13 Years in December

Nintama Rantaro Dokutake Ninja-tai Saikyо̄ no Gunshi is based on Kazuhisa Sakaguchi's 2013 novel ― The Nintama Rantaro anime franchise is getting a new anime film titled Gekijо̄-ban Nintama Rantaro Dokutake Ninja-tai Saikyо̄ no Gunshi (Nintama Rantaro the Movie: The Dokutake Ninja Team's Strongest Strategist) in December. The movie is based on Kazuhisa Sakaguchi's 2013 novel of the same name, and it ...
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YOASOBI Musical Duo Holds Concerts in L.A. on April 18, San Francisco on April 21

Duo to also perform at Crunchyroll Anime Awards on March 2, Coachella on April 12 & 19 ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will host music duo YOASOBI as musical guests for its Crunchyroll Anime Awards on March 2. The duo will also have concerts at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles on April 18, and The Warfield in San Francisco on April 21. The duo will also perform at the Coa...
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This Week in Anime - A Look Back at Tatsuki Fujimoto Of The Prophecy

Director Kiyotaka Oshiyama will adapt Tatsuki Fujimoto's Look Back manga into an anime film this year, so there's no better time for review the inimitable creators' other one-shots. ― Director Kiyotaka Oshiyama will adapt Tatsuki Fujimoto's Look Back manga into an anime film this year, so there's no better time for TWIA to look back at the inimitable creators' other one-shots. Disclaimer: The views ...
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Chained Soldier #8 [rate]
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1st Haikyu!! Final Film Opens at #1, Gundam SEED FREEDOM Drops to #2

Demon Slayer: Hashira Training preview screenings drop to #3 Gekijōban Haikyu!! Gomi Suteba no Kessen (Haikyu!! the Movie: Decisive Battle at the Garbage Dump), the first film in the two-part Haikyu!! Final sequel film project, opened at #1 at the Japanese box office. The film sold 1,529,000 tickets and earned 2,230,465,540 yen (about US$14.83 million) in its first three days of screening. The film...
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Delicious in Dungeon #8 [rate]
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Nights with a Cat Anime Gets 3rd Season

New season features returning cast ― The staff of the anime of Kyuryu Z's Nights with a Cat (Yoru wa Neko to Issho) manga revealed on Thursday (Japan's unofficial Cat Day) that the anime is getting a third season. The staff revealed two visuals and a fake "Neko Neko Shimbun" newspaper ad announcing the third season on Cat Day. The returning cast includes Ayahi Takagaki as Kyuruga, Satoshi Hino as Fuu...
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Tonari no Yōkai-san Anime's Main Promo Video Reveals 12 More Cast, Theme Songs, April 6 Premiere

Jin Urayama, Yō Taichi, Kenji Hamada, more join cast ― The official website for the television anime of noho's Tonari no Yōkai-san (The Yōkai Next to Me) manga started streaming on Thursday the anime's main promotional video, which revealed more cast, the theme songs, and its April 6 premiere. The video previewed the opening song "Obake Himawari" (Ghost Sunflower) by Pii. Aoi Kubo will perform the en...
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Tying the Knot With an Amagami Sister TV Anime's Promo Video Reveals Main Cast

Sumire Uesaka, Kaede Hondo, Shion Wakayama star in anime premiering this year. ― The official webstie for the television anime of Marcey Naito's Tying the Knot With an Amagami Sister (Amagami-san Chi no Enmusubi) manga revealed the anime's main cast in a teaser promotional video on Thursday. The anime will star (in the order they are introduced in the above video): Sumire Uesaka as Yae Amagami Kaede ...
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Ponkotsu Quest Comedy Anime Gets 8th Season in April

Everyday comedy about minions of demon lord originally debuted in 2013 ― The official Twitter account for VAP's Ponkotsu Quest anime shorts revealed on Thursday that the anime will have an eighth season that will debut in April on BS-NTV. The show will also have new episodes streaming on YouTube starting on May 1 and will add one new episode on the first of each month. The anime's YouTube channel is ...
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Sword of the Demon Hunter TV Anime Reveals Promo Video, Cast, Staff

Visual also revealed for summer 2024 anime ― The official website for the television anime of Moto'o Nakanishi's Sword of the Demon Hunter Kijin Gentosho novel series revealed the anime's teaser promotional video, teaser visual, and main staff and cast. The anime stars Taku Yashiro as Jinta, Reina Ueda as Suzune, and Saori Hayami as Shirayuki. Kazuya Aiura (Assassins Pride, Hori-san to Miyamura-kun O...

Police Arrest your name. Producer Kouichirou Itou on Suspicion of Soliciting Minor for Nude Photos (Updated)

Itou allegedly solicited girl in 2021; police investigating for other victims ― Wakayama Prefectural Police arrested 52-year-old anime producer Kouichirou Itou for allegedly soliciting a 15-year-old high school girl living in Nagano for nude pictures of herself. Itou admitted to the charge, though according to authorities he claimed that he had "done it with other people, so [he couldn't] tell if it ...
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Sword of the Demon Hunter TV Anime Premieres in Summer

― Amazon is showing a preview of the cover of the final issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine, which reveals that the television anime of Moto'o Nakanishi's Sword of the Demon Hunter Kijin Gentosho novel series will premiere this summer. The issue will ship on Saturday. Nakanishi published the first novel volume, titled Suihō no Hibi (Days of Nothing), in June 2019 with art by Tamaki. The ser...
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trapezium Anime Film Casts Haruka Aikawa

Aikawa plays "Northern Star" Mika Kamei in May 10 film ― Flag Pictures revealed a new cast member for the anime film of Kazumi Takayama's trapezium novel on Thursday. Haruka Aikawa will play Mika Kamei, the "Northern Star," one of Yū Higashi's old schoolmates from grade school. Haruka Aikawa as Mika Kamei The film will open in Japan on May 10. VTuber Hoshimachi Suisei will perform the vocals for the ...

The New Gate Isekai Anime's 1st Promo Video Unveils More Cast, April Debut

Shunya Hiruma, Akiho Suzumoto, Kaori Ishihara join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Shinogi Kazanami's light novel series The New Gate began streaming its first full promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video reveals more cast members and the anime's April premiere date. The new cast members include: Shunya Hiruma as Wilhelm Avis Akiho Suzumoto as Millie Kaori Ishih...
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Post-Apocalyptic Manga Night of the Living Cat Gets TV Anime in 2025

Hawkman, Mecha-Roots launched manga in October 2020; Seven Seas releases manga in English ― Mag Garden revealed on Thursday, February 22 (unofficially known as Cat Day in Japan due to a wordplay) that Hawkman and Mecha-Roots' Night of the Living Cat (also written as Nyaight of the Living Cat) manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation in 2025. The anime's official website is streaming a teaser ...
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Ghost Cat Anzu French-Japanese Co-Production Film Reveals Cast, July Opening

Mirai Moriyama, Noa Gotō star in film ― Toho animation began streaming a trailer on Thursday for Ghost Cat Anzu, Shin-Ei Animation and France's Miyu Productions' 2D-animated film based on Takashi Imashiro's Bakeneko Anzu-chan manga. The trailer reveals the film's two lead cast members, and also reveals its July opening date in Japan. Toho Next distributes the film in Japan. Mirai Moriyama voices the ...
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Mobile Suit Gundam Battle Operation 2 Game Adds Perfect Gundam

New playable character available on Thursday ― Bandai Namco revealed on Tuesday that the Mobile Suit Gundam Battle Operation 2 game will add the Perfect Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt as a playable character on Thursday. The Gundam will feature a PG Beam Rifle, PG Beam Saber, PG Head Vulcan Gun, PG B Saber, PG H Bazooka, and PG B Spray Gun as weapons. Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation ...
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Tekken 8 Game Adds Tekken Shop, Story Mode for DLC Characters, Tekken World Tour

Roadmap revealed for February to May ― Bandai Namco announced during the Post-Release Roadmap livestream on Tuesday that the Tekken 8 game will add a Tekken shop with free and paid additional content in the late-February to early-March 2024 update, with DLC character Eddy arriving in spring. DLC characters will also have their stories expanded in a story mode. The game will add the Tekken World Tour ...
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Live-Action Blue Moment Series Casts Koshi Mizukami as Yugo Sonoba, Kaho as Original Character

Kaho plays Sagiri Shiomi in TV series launching in April ― The official website for the live-action series of Kana Ozawa's Blue Moment manga revealed on Tuesday that Koshi Mizukami (left in image below) will join the series' cast as Yūgo Sonobe and Kaho (right) will play an original character named Sagiri Shiomi. The series will premiere in April. Ryō Tanaka is directing the series, Hideya Hamada is ...
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NHK Reveals Complete Title List, Cast for 2nd Season of Live-Action Anthology Show for Fujio F. Fujiko's Short Sci-fi Manga

Total of 8 titles to be adapted into live-action in spring ― NHK revealed on Wednesday four more titles for the second season of Fujiko F. Fujio SF Tanpen Drama (Fujiko F. Fujio SF Short Story Drama, with SF standing for "Sukoshi Fushigi," or "a little mysterious"), a show compiling live-action adaptations of co-creator of Doraemon Fujiko F. Fujio. NHK also announced the cast for the eight titles of ...
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Demon Slayer: Hashira Training Arc 1st Episode Screening's Total Earnings Reach 1.4 Billion Yen

Screening sold 1.03 million tickets, ranked #3 in Japanese box office in its 3rd week Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Hashira Training-, the theatrical screening of the one-hour first episode of the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc television anime and the final episode of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc, has sold a total of 1.03 million tickets for a...

GKIDS Brings The End of Evangelion Film to U.S. Theaters in March

Film screens with English subtitles on March 17, 20 ― GKIDS revealed on Wednesday that it will screen The End of Evangelion film in U.S. theaters on March 17 and 20. The film will be screened with Japanese audio and English subtitles. GKIDs describes the story: This final movie version was created as an alternative ending to the NEON GENESIS EVANGELION TV series, remaking the final two episodes from ...
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation II Season Casts Saya Aizawa, Yūki Takada

Norn, Aisha, reappear as older versions of themselves in second half of season ― The official website for Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation II season of the Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation anime, revealed on Monday that Saya Aizawa and Yūki Takada have joined the cast as Rudeus' younger sisters. Aizawa plays an older Norn Greyrat. Takada plays and older Aisha Greyrat. The season will return...
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Sand Land Game Releases 9-Minute Gameplay Trailer

Role-playing action game based on Akira Toriyama's manga launches on April 26 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a 9-minute long gameplay trailer for the upcoming role-playing action game based on Akira Toriyama's Sand Land manga on Monday. The trailer reviews the game's story, gameplay mechanics, different environments, vehicle-building system, and more: The game will launch on April 26 fo...
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Game Freak Releases Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On! Game on Switch

Solitaire/horse-racing game launched on Wednesday following announcement ― Game Freak (Pokémon) revealed during the Nintendo Direct Partner Showcase on Wednesday that it has released the solitaire and horse-racing game Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On!, an updated version of the original Nintendo 3DS game with 3D visuals, for Nintendo Switch on Wednesday. Game Freak launched the original Pocket Card Jocke...
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Live-Action RoOT/Route of Odd Taxi TV Series Airs on April 2

New visual features Yūmi Kawai as Reina, Ryota Bando as Satō ― The official Twitter account for the live-action television series of Takeichi Abaraya and original series creator Kadzuya Konomoto's RoOT/Route of Odd Taxi (stylized with a backwards R in "RoOT") manga revealed on Wednesday that the series will premiere on TV Tokyo on April 2 at 24:30 JST (effectively, April 3 at 12:30 a.m.). The account...
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Fantasy Life i Switch Game Launches on October 10 Following Delays

Video previews life sim game delayed from 2023 release ― Level 5 announced during the Nintendo Direct Partner Showcase on Wednesday that it will release the Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time game for Nintendo Switch on October 10, following several delays. The game was originally slated for 2023, before getting a delay to this summer. The game takes place on Mysteria Island. As in the previous...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is Ninja Kamui Worth Watching?

Lynzee and James check out the first two episodes of Sunghoo Park and Adult Swim's new anime series, NINJA KAMUI! Is the new blood-soaked action spectacle worth watching? Is Ninja Kamui Worth Watching? Lynzee and James check out the first two episodes of Sunghoo Park and Adult Swim's new anime series, NINJA KAMUI! Is the new blood-soaked action spectacle worth watching? Plus, Solo-Leveling and one...
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Elden Ring Game's Shadow of the Erdtree DLC Expansion Launches on June 21

DLC expansion gets Premium, Deluxe, Collector's editions ― Bandai Namco revealed in a new trailer on Wednesday that it and FromSoftware will release the Elden Ring game's DLC expansion Shadow of the Erdtree on June 21 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. The trailer previews new enemies and bosses: The base Elden Ring game is required for the expansion. Preor...
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Monster Hunter Stories Game Gets Release on Switch, PS4, PC

Trailer streamed for new release featuring content previously only available in Japan ― Capcom announced during the Nintendo Direct Partner Showcase stream on Wednesday that it is releasing the original Monster Hunter Stories, the first RPG for the Monster Hunter franchise, for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam in summer 2024. The new release will feature improved graphics, a Museum mo...

Shin Megami Tensei V Gets Updated 'Vengeance' Game on June 21

Trailer streamed for Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance game for Switch, PS5/4, Xbox, PC ― Atlus announced during the Nintendo Direct Partner Showcase stream on Wednesday that its Shin Megami Tensei V game is getting an updated version titled Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on June 21. The company streamed a t...
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Crunchyroll Adds Great Pretender razbliuto Sequel Anime on February 22

Anime premieres on TV in Japan on Friday ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will stream the Great Pretender razbliuto sequel anime on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. EST worldwide except in Japan and the Middle East. The anime will premiere and stream exclusively in Japan on the DMM TV streaming service on Friday at 24:00 JST (effectively, Saturday at 12 midnight JST). The anime screened in cinemas i...
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Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! #7 [rate]
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Sega Reveals Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble Game for Switch

Trailer reveals June 25 release ― Sega announced on Wednesday during the Nintendo Direct Partner Showcase on Wednesday the new Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble game for Nintendo Switch. The game is scheduled for a June 25 release. The company streamed a trailer: The game will feature online play for up to 16 players at once, 200 new stages with multiplayer support, customizable characters and Monkey B...
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All You Want, Whenever You Want Manga Review

If you want your BL to be equal parts graphic raunchiness and sweet romance, All You Want, Whenever You Want is the perfect recipe. ― If there's one thing I very much appreciate about Tokyopop's current incarnation (apart from the fact that they've been doing quite well with their BL licensing choices), it's how they list content warnings on their product pages. Rather than simply noting that a book ...
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Sword Art Online: Fractured Daydream Game Announced for Switch, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC

Trailer streamed for 2024 game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced during the Nintendo Direct Partner Showcase stream on Wednesday the Sword Art Online: Fractured Daydream game for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. The game is slated for release in 2024. The company streamed an English-subtitled trailer that previews story, combat, and raids: The game will get a cl...
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Gundam Breaker 4 Game Announced for Switch, PS5, PS4, PC

Game gets Collector's Edition with Gunbarrel Strike Gundam model kit ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced during the Nintendo Direct Partner Showcase stream on Wednesday the Gundam Breaker 4 game for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam. The game will launch in 2024. The company streamed a trailer that previews the customization and battle gameplay, as well as the song "R...
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Gushing Over Magical Girls #8 [rate]
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Chi's Sweet Adventure 3DCG Anime Gets New 'Summer Vacation' Season

Cast, staff return for Koneko no Chi Ponponra Natsuyasumi anime ― Kanata Konami's Chi's Sweet Home and Chi's Sweet Adventure (Koneko no Chi Ponponra Daibōken) series are inspiring a new 3DCG anime season titled Koneko no Chi Ponponra Natsuyasumi (Chi's Sweet Summer Vacation). The new season will feature a returning cast and staff from the previous Chi's Sweet Adventure anime. Kiminori Kusano (charact...
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Classroom of the Elite #8 [rate]
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McDonald's Turns Its Fictional Anime Counterpart WcDonald's Into Reality

McDonald's transforms WcDonald's into reality with Acky Bright's illustrated packaging, short manga, Studio Pierrot's anime shorts, and Savory Chili WcDonald's sauce! ― You know how anime and manga give real-life fast food chains a different name, both as a parody and to avoid brand copyright issues? WcDonald's (obviously referring to McDonald's) is the favorite fast food chain of the anime and manga...
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Doctor Elise: The Royal Lady with the Lamp #7 [rate]
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The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic ‒ Episode 7

WE NEED ACTION NEXT EPISODE. Please.
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Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki 2nd Stage #8 [rate]
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Ishura #8 [rate]
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Himitsu no AiPri Anime Reveals More Cast & Characters, April 7 Premiere

Yurika Kubo, Yuriko Hibi, Anna Suzuki, more join cast ― The official website of Himitsu no AiPri (Secret AiPri), the new television anime of the Pretty Series franchise, revealed on Wednesday a new visual, more cast and characters, and the anime's April 7 premiere. Character Collection Visual The newly announced cast and characters are: Yurika Kubo as "mysterious girl" in AiPriVerse Yuriko Hibi as Sa...
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Unnamed Memory Anime Reveals Cast Member Chiwa Saito, April 9 Debut

Saito joins cast as witch Leonora ― The official website for the television anime of Kuji Furumiya's Unnamed Memory light novel series revealed its sixth "scenery visual," a new cast member, and its April 9 premiere on Wednesday. The visual features Tinasha with Leonora (image below, left), Tinasha's old acquaintance with the nickname "The Witch that Cannot be Summoned." She is skilled at summoning d...
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The Banished Former Hero Lives as He Pleases Anime Reveals 3 More Cast Members

Takehito Koyasu, Ryota Ohsaka, Kōki Koyasu join April anime ― The staff for the television anime of Shin Kouduki's The Banished Former Hero Lives as He Pleases (Dekisokonai to Yobareta Moto Eiyū wa, Jikka Kara Tsuihōsareta node Suki Katte ni Ikiru Koto ni Shita) heroic fantasy light novel series revealed more cast members on Wednesday. The newly announced cast members are (character name spellings ar...
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Rinkai! Women's Cycling Anime's Video Unveils Opening Song, Staff, April 9 Debut

Rico Sasaki performs opening song 'Windshifter,'other cast perform ending song ‘Override’ ― The official website for the Rinkai! project announced on Wednesday that the project's anime will premiere on April 9. The website also started streaming the anime's promotional video, which previewed the opening theme song "Windshifter" by Rico Sasaki and revealed the anime's staff. The anime's website also r...

RuriDragon Manga Confirms Short Print Return Before Going Semi-Monthly Digitally

Weekly Shonen Jump start 5 chapters on March 4 before digital move on April 22 ― The official Twitter account of Masaoki Shindō's RuriDragon manga announced on Wednesday the changes in the manga's serialization with its upcoming return. Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will publish five chapters of the manga from this year's 14th issue on March 4 until the 18th issue on April 1. The manga will ...

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Mina Okabe Contributes 'Every Second' Song as A Condition Called Love Anime's Ending Theme

April anime to use song's Japanese version ― The official website for the television anime of Megumi Morino's A Condition Called Love (Hananoi-kun to Koi no Yamai) manga announced on Wednesday that Mina Okabe's single "Every Second" (Japanese version) will be the anime's ending theme song. The Danish-Japanese artist released the original "Every Second" song on her debut album in 2021, and the song's...
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Kazumasa Habu Announces Departure From Digimon Games as Producer

Bandai Namco Entertainment producer began working on Digmon games in 2010 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment producer Kazumasa Habu announced on X (formerly Twitter) on Tuesday in a series of tweets that he is no longer producing the Digmon franchise's video games. The producer revealed that he had been transitioning from the role of producer since April of last year. He assured fans that the games were i...
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Sensei's Pious Lie Manga Gets Live-Action Film Starring Nao Honda

Film screens in theaters on July 5 ― The Twitter account for Kodansha's Morning Two Magazine announced on Wednesday that Akane Torikai's Sensei's Pious Lie (Sensei no Shiroi Uso) manga is getting a live-action film adaptation on July 5. Nao Honda (My Broken Mariko, Haruka no Sue) stars as the high school teacher Misuzu Hara. Kodansha publishes the series in English and describes the story: Misuzu Har...
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Crayon Shin-Chan: Ora-tachi no Kyōryū Nikki Film's Trailer Announces August 9 Opening

Franchise's 31st 2D film features Dino Island theme park ― Toho Movies revealed in a trailer on Wednesday that the Crayon Shin-chan franchise's 31st 2D animated film, Eiga Crayon Shin-Chan: Ora-tachi no Kyōryū Nikki (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Our Dinosaur Diary), will open in Japanese theaters on August 9. The trailer also introduces the film's theme park setting, Dino's Island: While supplies last...
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Rascal Does Not Dream of a Sister Venturing Out & Knapsack Kid Films Confirmed in U.S. Theaters in March

English-subtitled screenings on March 24, English dub on March 25 ― Aniplex USA confirmed in a trailer on Tuesday that it is presenting a double feature screening for Rascal Does Not Dream of a Sister Venturing Out and Rascal Does Not Dream of a Knapsack Kid, the two films in the sequel anime project for the Seishun Buta Yarō (Rascal Does Not Dream) light novel series, to U.S. theaters on March 24 an...
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Yoasobi, Hatsune Miku, Atarashii Gakkō! to Perform at Coachella

Hatsune Miku finally gets to perform at Coachella after the 2020 festival was canceled ― The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival announced its full lineup of performers on January 17, and three Japanese artists will perform this year in one of the world's most anticipated music festivals. Pop duo YOASOBI is slated to perform on April 12 and 19, renowned vocaloid icon Hatsune Miku will perform on...
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Villainess Level 99 ‒ Episode 7

All hail the advent of the cheeriest "villainess" ever to wander onto the screen: Eleonora!
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Shangri-La Frontier ‒ Episode 19

This marks a definitive turning point in the series as the mystery around the game's sophisticated NPCs starts to come to light.
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The Dangers in My Heart Season 2 ‒ Episode 19

Anna and Kyotaro face their own possessive feelings in this episode when Anna goes to a mixed gender party.
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Urusei Yatsura ‒ Episode 29

I can't believe Ataru taking care of cow-Lum builds up to this incredibly well-animated and well-directed dramatic crescendo like something out of a Makoto Shinkai movie.
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This Week in Anime - A New Age of Anime Delinquents

Bucchigiri is reintroducing the anime world to delinquent culture, but is this homage to old-school bad boys refreshing or lost on modern audiences? ― Bucchigiri is reintroducing the anime world to delinquent culture, but is this homage to old-school bad boys refreshing or lost on modern audiences? Bucchigiri?!, Tokyo Revengers (first season), Kenka Banchō Otome: Girl Beats Boys, Yu Yu Hakusho, Haji...
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Whoever Steals This Book Volume 1 Manga Review

A manga about fiction coming to life, Whoever Steals This Book's art for each new fictional world is distinct and captivating. ― Fiction about fiction is a weird, woolly, postmodern fantasy genre I tend to enjoy. The best examples from the Western comic oeuvre I can think of would either be Neil Gaiman's The Sandman or Mike Carey's The Unwritten. Both play with the structures and tropes of fantasy st...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 3's 1st Video Unveils 10 More Cast Members, April 5 Debut

Also: Rin Kurusu performs ending theme 'Believer' ― The official website for the third season of the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken) television anime debuted the season's first full promotional video on Wednesday. The video announces 10 more cast members and the April 5 premiere for the season. The staff also announced that Rin Kurusu is performing the ending ...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 1094

There's the “monkey brain see Robin: neuron activate” dimension for me, but I don't think there's much enjoyment in spending this much time with a wardrobe overhaul.
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Blue Exorcist: Shimane Illuminati Saga ‒ Episode 7

Everything involving Izumo's desperate attempt to escape from the Illuminati on her own is pretty good stuff.
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Say You to Yo Asobi Voice-Actor Variety Show's Mascot Gets Anime Shorts

8-episode anime features character created by program's voice-acting hosts ― The official website of Say You to Yo Asobi (A Night Out With Voice Actors), Abema's weeknight talk variety program hosted by voice actors, announced on Monday that the program's official mascot will get a series of anime shorts titled Say You to Yo Asobi ANIMATION: Ikuda Momo! Sobii. The anime will premiere within the Say Y...
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The Silent Service Live-Action Project Gets Sequel

Creator Kaiji Kawaguchi wants it to adapt original manga until its finale ― Amazon Prime Video Japan announced on its official X (forrnerly Twitter‚ account on Tuesday that production on a sequel for the live-action project of Kaiji Kawaguchi's The Silent Service manga has been green-lit. The announcement did not state if the sequel is a film or a series. 次なる戦いへ。#沈黙の艦隊 pic.twitter.com/0P1Oo62yit— Pri...
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Karasu wa Aruji o Erabanai Anime Casts 4 Princesses

Rina Honnizumi, Hiroki Nanami, Ayaka Fukuhara, Rie Kugimiya join cast ― NHK revealed two versions of the second key visual and more cast members for the television anime of Chisato Abe's Karasu wa Aruji o Erabanai (The Raven Does Not Choose Its Master) novel, the second novel of her Yatagarasu novel series, on Tuesday. Yukiya・Wakamiya side Key Visual Shihime (Four Princesses) side Key Visual The cast...
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Netflix Announces New Pokémon Concierge Episodes 'Are Now in Production'

1st 4 stop-motion episodes premiered on December 28 ― Netflix announced on its official Twitter account on Tuesday that new episodes of Pokémon Concierge, the latest stop-motion animated series for the Pokémon franchise, are "now in production." NEW EPISODES OF POKÉMON CONCIERGE ARE IN PRODUCTION!!! 🌴 pic.twitter.com/XiJrY1vA4q— Netflix (@netflix) February 19, 2024 The series debuted with four episod...
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Some of 18th Seiyu Awards' Winners Announced

Toshio Furukawa, Eiko Yamada, Akemi Okamura, Nozomu Sasaki honored ― The organizers of the 18th Annual Seiyū Awards announced the winners of the Merit Awards and the Kei Tomiyama/Kazue Takahashi Awards on Tuesday. Merit Awards Award for the seiyū who have contributed to many genres, including foreign works, over the years Toshio Furukawa Agency: Aoni Production Roles: Mobile Suit Gundam (Kai Shiden),...
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PAPRIKA Movie Poster Giveaway WINNERS

The giveaway has ended! Are you one of our lucky winners? ― Is this a dream? Another giveaway? While dreams and reality may blend and merge in Satoshi Kon's masterpiece PAPRIKA, ANN and Iconic Events assure you this giveaway is very real. Iconic Events has partnered with Anime Expo Cinema Nights program to present the last film in visionary director Satoshi Kon's impeccable body of work. His mind-be...
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