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Konosuba - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Novel 9: Crimson Fate

KONOSUBA crosses paths with its Megumin-centric spinoff in this absurdly silly volume packed with gags but light on battles. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Into every series with a spin-off must come a point of reference. For Konosuba: God's Blessing on this Wonderful World, this is that moment. As readers of the series who picked up the first manga volume of An Explosion on this Wonderful Worl...
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Overlord III BD+DVD

This third season marks a darker turn for the franchise, largely for the better but not without its hiccups. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Overlord's third anime season enjoys playing with your emotions. In part this has all been set up in the previous seasons – we've become accustomed to thinking of Ainz as just a regular guy trapped in the body of an undead sorcerer; a giant skeleton on the ...
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Combatants Will Be Dispatched! Novel 1

If you're looking for a more comical addition to your light novel roster, then this new series about super-villains from the author of KONOSUBA! should tickle your funny bone. Theron Martin has the details. ― Combatants Will Be Dispatched! is a light novel that challenges the exact definition of isekai, though probably not deliberately. The two main characters are transported to another world, it's b...
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Kandagawa Jet Girls Anime's New Promo Video Reveals October 8 Debut

Key visual, advanced screening also revealed ― The official website for the television anime of the Kandagawa Jet Girls multimedia project began streaming the second promotional video on Wednesday. The video reveals that the anime will debut in Japan on AT-X on October 8 at 11:30 p.m. The anime will premiere later that night on Tokyo MX and MBS and will stream on d Anime Store, before airing on BS11 ...
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Season Finale: to the abandoned Sacred Beasts ‒ Episode 12

"While this episode does feature a climactic battle we all knew was coming and a sort-of resolution, this conclusion really marks the end of the first stage in a longer journey."
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, September 15-21

The Case of Hana & Alice, Pokémon Black and White anime films; No Guns Life, The Way of the Househusband manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date The Case of Hana & Alice BDPlease Shout! Factory US$26.99 September 17 Classroom of the Elite Essentials BDCite Funimation US$29.98 September 17 Di Gi Charat Ultimate Collection BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$29.98 Sep...
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BanG Dream! FILM LIVE Anime Film Tops 100 Million Yen at Box Office

Film opened on September 13 ― The BanG Dream! FILM LIVE anime film has sold about 51,000 tickets to earn more than 100 million yen (about US$924,000) at the Japanese box office as of Tuesday. The film opened in 56 theaters in Japan on September 13. Sanzigen returned to animate the film, and Bushiroad is distributing the film. Attendees for the movie's second week of screenings (September 20-26) will ...
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Frame Arms Girl Anime Film Gets U.S. Premiere at Anime Fest @ NYCC Event

Anime screens with Kotobukiya staff panel in New York on October 5 ― Kotobukiya revealed on Tuesday that it will screen the United States premiere of the Frame Arms Girl: Kyakkyau Fufu na Wonderland anime film at the Anime Fest @ NYCC event on October 5. The screening will include a panel with Kotobukiya staff and ProjectNuType founder and CEO NuType Tim. Attendees will receive a Frame Arms Girl Go-r...
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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Creator Shūichi Asō Marries Dempagumi Inc. Idol Mirin Furukawa

Dempagumi Inc. idol Mirin Furukawa announced that she tied the knot with The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. manga creator Shūichi Asō. Furukawa made the announcement during the encore of the idol group's "UHHA! YAAA!! TOUR!!! 2019 SPECIAL" concert at Zepp DiverCity Tokyo on Wednesday. Following the concert, Furukawa and Asō shared statements on the marriage. Aso drew a picture of his wife with a Saik...
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Her Blue Sky, Human Lost, Ride Your Wave, Wonderland Anime Compete at Sitges Film Fest

Spain festival also screens Weathering With You, One Piece Stampede, 'Shishigari' short ― The 52nd annual Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain revealed that Her Blue Sky (Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo), the original anime film by the Super Peace Busters creative team, is nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film and Official Fantastic Competition awards this year. In addition, the ...

Pokémon Sword/Shield Games Reveal New Pokémon Sirfetch'd

Farfetch'd in Galar evolve to Sirfetch'd after many battles ― The official website for the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Switch role-playing games revealed the new Pokémon Sirfetch'd on Wednesday. Farfetch'd in the Galar region evolve into Sirfetch'd after they compete in many battles. The website began streaming an introduction video for the Pokémon. The Fighting-type Pokémon us...
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34 Injured Kyoto Animation Victims No Longer in Life-Threatening Condition

Donations to studio after July 18 fire exceed 2.5 billion yen ― The Kyodo news service reported on Wednesday that the 34 people injured in the July 18 fire at Kyoto Animation's Studio 1 building are no longer in life-threatening condition. A source close to the investigation told Kyodo that some injured victims with severe burns remain in the intensive care unit, but all of the victims are progressin...
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Danganronpa Manga's Takashi Tsukimi Launches New Manga on Thursday

New manga adapts Rui Tsukiyo's Shijō Saikyō Orc-san no Tanoshii Isekai Harem Zukuri story ― The official website of Shogakukan's Manga ONE app revealed on September 1 that manga creator Takashi Tsukimi will launch a manga adaptation of Rui Tsukiyo's Shijō Saikyō Orc-san no Tanoshii Isekai Harem Zukuri (How History's Strongest Orc Creates a Harem on Another World) light novel in the app on Thursday. T...
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Sumikko Gurashi Anime Film's Trailer Reveals Narrators

Yoshihiko Inohara, Manami Nanjō narrate November 8 film ― Asmik Ace began streaming a trailer on Wednesday for Eiga Sumikko Gurashi - Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko (Sumikko Gurashi The Movie - The Unexpected Picture Book and the Secret Child), the anime film of San-X's "Sumikko Gurashi" (Living in the Corner) characters. The trailer reveals Yoshihiko Inohara and Manami Nanjō as the film's narrators....
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Detective Conan: Zero's Tea Time Manga Ends, But New Project Is Planned

Tōru Amuro's Police Academy mates teased in new project launching October 2 ― The 42nd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Takahiro Arai will end his Meitantei Conan Zero no Tea Time (Detective Conan: Zero's Tea Time) spinoff manga series in the magazine's next issue on September 25. However, Arai will launch a new project in the magazine's 44th issue on Oct...
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Crunchyroll Adds Sorcerer Hunters, Izumo: Flash of a Brave Sword, Captain Harlock: Arcadia of My Youth Anime

All 3 anime began streaming on Tuesday ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it is adding the Sorcerer Hunters, Izumo: Flash of a Brave Sword, and Captain Harlock: Arcadia of My Youth anime to its catalog. Crunchyroll began streaming all three anime on Tuesday in the United States and Canada. The original 26-episode Sorcerer Hunters television series aired in 1995-1996 and the three-episode OVA shi...
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Taiyo Matsumoto Illustrates Kiki's Delivery Service Author Eiko Kadono's New Essay Book

Tekkonkinkreet/Ping Pong artist draws cover for Kadono's September 26 memoir on life as a writer ― Kadokawa revealed the cover of author Eiko Kadono's new essay collection book 'Sakka' to 'Majo' no Atsumacchatta Omoide (The Recollections of a Writer and a Witch) on Wednesday. Illustrator and manga creator Taiyo Matsumoto drew the cover for the book, which is slated to ship on September 26. The book w...

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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 24

"Much like Tohru and Kyo, this episode didn't handle everything perfectly, but it came through in the ways we needed most."
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Kaguya-sama Film Drops to #2, Weathering With You to #3

Violet Evergarden Gaiden at #8, One Piece Stampede at #9 ― The live-action film of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga dropped from #1 to #2 and sold 202,000 tickets in its second weekend. The film earned 241,997,600 yen (about US$2.23 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film has sold a total of 890,000 tickets and earned a cumulati...
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Anime! Anime!: Here's The Most Anticipated Anime for Fall 2019

We're only a few weeks away from the fall season and the list is loaded with big series sequels and highly anticipated adaptations. Sword Art Online, My Hero Academia, The Seven Deadly Sins, and Chihayafuru are all coming back. A reboot of Blade of the Immortal will premiere alongside a whole boatload of light novel adaptations including Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!...
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Sonic the Hedgehog Creator Yuji Naka Develops Original Action Game

Naka joined Square Enix in January ― Yuji Naka, former head of the Sonic Team and lead programmer of the original Sonic the Hedgehog games for Sega Genesis, revealed on Twitter on Tuesday that he is working on an original action game at Square Enix. Naka joined Square Enix in January. Naka joined Sega in 1984 and began developing the first Sonic the Hedgehog game in 1990. He left Sega and the Sonic T...
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Wise Man's Grandchild Voice Actor Shōhei Komatsu Joins MENSA

Kotori Koiwai and Mika Kanda are just two voice actors that recently shared their distinguished status as MENSA members. On September 16, voice actor Shōhei Komatsu shared that he was also accepted into the high-IQ society. The actor took the test for a reason; to "increase men's power." Komatsu launched an internet program with The [email protected] SideM voice actor Yuusuke Nagano titled "Yūsuke Nagano...
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Children of the Sea to Compete at Ottawa Int'l Animation Fest

Ottawa Festival takes place from September 25-29 ― Studio 4°C's anime film of Daisuke Igarashi's Children of the Sea (Kaijū no Kodomo) manga will screen in competition for The Ottawa International Animation Festival's (OIAF) Grand Prize for Features award. The OIAF will take place from September 25 to 29 in Ottawa. The OIAF previously revealed that On-Gaku: Our Sound, the anime film adaptation of Hir...
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NHK Launches Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2 Creator Rumiko Takahashi Mega-Poll

Following the Precure, Gundam, and Macross mega-polls, broadcaster NHK is turning to prolific manga creator Rumiko Takahashi to see which of her series is the fan-favorite. The polling site opened on September 17 and voters can cast their picks until November 4. The choice will be tough; there are 52 anime, about 1100 characters, about 700 episodes TV episodes, and about 160 songs to choose from. ...
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Polygon Pictures Wins 1st Saturn Award With Star Wars: Resistance Animated Series

Series premiered in 2018 ― The Saturn Awards, the awards that honor the best science fiction, horror, and fantasy movies and television programs of the year, announced the winners of the 45th awards on Friday. Polygon Pictures won its first Saturn Award for Best Animated Series on Television with it and Lucasfilm's Star Wars: Resistance animated series. Polygon Pictures is animating the series. The s...

Judge Orders Mignogna, Remaining Defendants to Mediate Before October 3

Judge will rule on remaining matters on October 4 if agreement is not reached ― Judge John P. Chupp called a hearing in Tarrant County District Court on Tuesday where he ordered voice actor Vic Mignogna's attorneys Ty Beard and An Lee Hsu and Funimation, Monica Rial, and Ron Toye's attorneys J. Sean Lemoine, Ethan Minshull, Casey S. Erick, Andrea Perez, and John Volney to mediate and reach an agreeme...
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Typhoon Noruda Director Helms 'Natsu no Niwa' Anime Short

Short is 1st anime produced by Yōjirō Arai's new animation studio Typhoon Noruda director and Penguin Highway character designer Yōjirō Arai created short anime movie for the Kagome juice brand's "GO!ME." project. The short is titled Natsu no Niwa (Summer Garden) and is the first anime produced by Arai's newly founded studio FILMONY. The three-minute video features the song "HEY HEY HO" by Enjoy Mu...
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Funimation Adds Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, Free! Anime Films

Also: live-Action Tokyo Ghoul film ― Funimation announced on Monday that it has added the following films to its catalog: Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- Free! The Movie -Timeless Medley- the Bond Free! The Movie -Timeless Medley- the Promise Free! -Take Your Marks- Live-action Tokyo Ghoul The Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film will stream in the United States, Canada, the Uni...
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Vinland Saga Vikings Enjoy Saga Prefecture's Bounty

Saga prefecture has enjoyed a successful collaboration with Zombie Land Saga and to a lesser extent, Sega. The prefecture has also set its sights on another Saga-anime, Wit Studio's historical viking drama Vinland Saga. The collaboration is part of the larger Saga Prefecture Regional Revitalization Project, "Sagaprise!" A series of visuals show Thorfinn and his fellow vikings enjoying regional spe...
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Yuruyuri Gets 4-Episode Miniyuri Net Anime

Mini-series premieres on YouTube on September 25 ― The official website for the anime of Namori's Yuruyuri manga revealed on Wednesday that a new Miniyuri "mini anime" will begin streaming on YouTube on September 25. The anime will center on the daily lives of small versions of Yuruyuri characters. The series will have four episodes, and one new episode will debut each Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. JST (7:0...
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This Week in Anime - The Fog of War Thickens in Vinland Saga

This Viking epic ramps up in gore and angst as young Thorfinn comes of age on the bloody battlefield, waiting for his chance at revenge. Micchy and Steve discuss their favorite moments and characters in this rapidly expanding saga. ― Vinland Saga ramps up in gore and angst as young Thorfinn comes of age on the bloody battlefield, waiting for his chance at revenge. This week, Micchy and Steve discuss...
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Konosuba - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Novel 9: Crimson Fate

KONOSUBA crosses paths with its Megumin-centric spinoff in this absurdly silly volume packed with gags but light on battles. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Into every series with a spin-off must come a point of reference. For Konosuba: God's Blessing on this Wonderful World, this is that moment. As readers of the series who picked up the first manga volume of An Explosion on this Wonderful Worl...

Date A Live Franchise Gets New Anime

Planning is progressing on new anime inspired by Koushi Tachibana, Tsunako's novels ― The official website for the Date A Live anime revealed on Wednesday that planning for a new Date A Live anime is progressing. The November issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Magazine will publish a feature for Date A Live on Friday. The feature will have a discussion with Date A Live light novel author Koushi Tachi...
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Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Manga Gets TV Anime

Kagiji Kumanomata's manga about insomniac princess trying to sleep while awaiting rescue launched in 2016 ― The 42nd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Kagiji Kumanomata's Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle (Maōjō de Oyasumi) manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation. The magazine's 35th volume teased an announcement for the manga on the 42nd issue....

Fruits Basket Anime Casts Aki Toyosaki

Series' "Season 1" ends in episode 25 on Friday ― The official website for the new anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga revealed on Tuesday that Aki Toyosaki will play Isuzu Soma. The character will debut in the 25th and final episode of "Season 1" of the series on Friday. The anime premiered in Japan on April 5, and the show's "Season 1" will have a total of 25 episodes. Funimation and Crun...
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Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin Manga Ends

Manga based on anime launched in January 2018 ― The October issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comic magazine published the final chapter of Atsushi Oba's Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin (Inazuma Eleven: The Scales of Ares) manga on September 14. Shogakukan will publish the manga's fourth and final compiled book volume in October. The manga is based on the anime of the same name. In the anime's story, pr...

4 Japanese Publishers Sue 'Mangamura Successor' Sites in the U.S.

Shueisha, Kodansha, Kadokawa, sue unnamed administrators hosting manga scans ― Shueisha, Kodansha, Kadokawa, and Shogakukan jointly filed a lawsuit in New York Southern District Court on September 4 against the unnamed administrators of website Hoshi no Romi and three other United States-hosted websites. The plaintiffs claimed that the sites, which allegedly hosted over 93,000 scanned volumes of mang...
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Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force Switch Game Gets Physical Release This Winter

Limited Run Games opens pre-orders on Tuesday ― Idea Factory International announced on Monday that it and game distributor Limited Run Games will release an exclusive physical version of the Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force game for Nintendo Switch this winter. Limited Run Games is opening pre-orders on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Pre-orders close on October 18 AT 11:59 p.m. EDT. Limited Run Games e...
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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launches for PS4, PC on Friday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming an English launch trailer for Level 5's Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered PlayStation 4 and PC game and the original Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch game's Switch version on Monday. Bandai Namco Entertainment's three releases will launch on Friday. Level 5 debuted the fantasy role-playing game ...
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Sphere Voice Actress Unit's Live-Action Gekidan Sphere Show Posts Teaser

Episode titles, premiere dates, theme song revealed ― The official website for Gekidan Sphere (Sphere Theater Troupe), the live-action television series starring the four-member voice actress and idol group Sphere, began streaming a teaser trailer on Tuesday. The teaser previews the show's theme song "Life is Wonder!!" by Sphere. The site also revealed a new visual, and the titles and premiere dates ...
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Kishō Taniyama Ruptures Achilles Tendon, Cancels 3 GRANRODEO Concerts

Voice actor, singer injured during Saturday concert in Hokkaido ― Voice actor and singer Kishō Taniyama announced on Monday that he has ruptured his Achilles tendon. The official website for his band GRANRODEO noted that he injured his right foot while performing during a live concert in Hokkaido on Saturday. Due to a hospital diagnosis after the concert, the band decided to cancel two live concerts ...

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BEASTARS Anime's Video Reveals Opening Song, October 8 Premiere

ALI performs opening song "Wild side" ― Toho Animation began streaming the fourth promotional video for the television anime of Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS manga on Tuesday. The video reveals and previews the anime's opening theme song "Wild side" by ALI, and also reveals the anime's October 8 premiere date. The anime will debut in Netflix in Japan on October 8, and will premiere on Fuji TV's [+Ultra] pr...
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Babylon Anime's Video Reveals Theme Song, 3 More Cast Members, 3-Arc Story

Kazuyuki Okitsu, Katsuhisa Houki, Ryotaro Okiayu cast in October 7 anime ― The official website for the television anime of Mado Nozaki's Babylon novels began streaming the second promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video reveals and previews the theme song of the anime's first arc "Live and let die" by Q-MHz feat.uloco, and also reveals three additional cast members for the anime. The an...
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Save Pompompurin From the Zombie Apocalypse at Sanrio Puroland

It seems like it was just the other day our precious Pompompurin was recruiting "Pombadassors" for a series of parties. Now he's gone and got himself mixed up with a flesh-eating horde of zombies! "“Pompompurin Zombie Land" will be a two day event at the Sanrio Puroland theme park on November 16 and November 30. The after-hours event is under guidance from horror experts at the Obaken haunted hous...
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Crunchyroll Adds Dai-Guard, Demon Lord Dante Anime to Catalog

Crunchyroll to stream both series on Monday ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will add the Dai-Guard and the Demon Lord Dante television anime series to its catalog. Crunchyroll will begin streaming both anime on Monday in the United States and Canada. The company will begin streaming Dai-Guard at 6:00 p.m. EDT, followed by Demon Lord Dante at 8:00 p.m. EDT. The 26-episode Dai-Guard anime pre...
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J-Novel Club to Launch Kickstarter for Invaders of the Rokujouma!? Light Novels' Physical Release

Campaign to fund 10 omnibus collections launches on October 7 ― J-Novel Club announced on Monday that it is launching a Kickstarter campaign on October 7 to fund a physical print run for author Takehaya and illustrator Poco's Invaders of the Rokujouma!? (Rokujyōma no Shinryakusha!?) light novel series. The company is aiming to fund a limited run of 10 omnibus collections of volumes 1-31 (plus 7.5 and...
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Restaurant Brings the Protein for How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? Collab

The weight-trainers of How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? need a diet of lean protein, low calorie, and low sugar dishes. The Kinniku Shokudo (lit. Muscle Cafeteria) restaurants in Roppongi, Ginza, Suidōbashi, and Shibuya locations will have a tie-in menu from September 17 to October 14. The dish “Spicy Chicken & 100% Lean Hamburger Chicken and Beef Double Biceps!” will be available for order w...
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Goodnight Punpun's Inio Asano Writes 1st Essay Manga Collection

Inio Asano is well known for his emotionally raw manga series about young adulthood, including Goodnight Punpun, A Girl on the Shore, Nijigahara Holograph, and recently Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction. Asano has shared his complex ideas on manga creation, specifically ethically challenging his readers, but has otherwise maintained a personal distance from his work. In a new essay manga coll...
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Hiro Mashima's Heros Crossover Manga Mini-Series Debuts on October 16

― The Comic Buster The Room Gotanda Nishiguchi-ten bookstore in Shinagawa, Tokyo posted a picture on Twitter on Tuesday that shows the sixth compiled book volume of Hiro Mashima's Edens Zero manga and reveals that Mashima's new Heros crossover mini-series will launch in the 46th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine on October 16. The mini-series will be a crossover between the world's of Mashi...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 902

"We've already met Urashima, the yokozuna of Wano, but now it's time to finally see him in action as he struts his stuff and defends his champion position."
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22 Years 'Til Victory: Pokemon's Ash Finally Wins Big

Ash's former voice actress Veronica Taylor gets in character to celebrate ― The perpetually 10-years-old Ash Ketchum (Satoshi) has faced challenge after challenge to become the very best Pokemon Master, like no one ever was. His journey has taken him to countries far and wide to achieve his destiny, a trip that started over 22 years ago. His slow climb to the top was unique for a children's cartoon p...
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Vinland Saga ‒ Episode 10

"There's an apocalyptic aura hanging over Vinland Saga this week in the aptly titled “Ragnarok”, with omens abounding on both fronts of the escalating Saxon-Danish conflict."
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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Switch Game's Trailer Previews Dream Events

Game launches in Americas on November 5, Europe on November 8 ― Sega of America began streaming a trailer on Monday for the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 game for Nintendo Switch. The video previews Dream Events, which are based on Olympics events but incorporate fictional elements and locations inspired by the Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog series. The Dream Events include Dream ...
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Dr. Stone ‒ Episode 11

"This episode's slower pace gives us time to refocus on existing characters while also leaving space for fresh introductions."
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1st 3 Dragon Quest Games Head West for Switch on September 27

Games launch on same day as Dragon Quest XI S Switch game ― Square Enix announced on Twitter on Monday that it will release the first three Dragon Quest games ⁠— Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line, and Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation ⁠— for the Nintendo Switch in North America and Europe on September 27. The games will launch in Japan on the same day, and the Dra...
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Pokémon GO Game Adds Unova Pokémon

Video previews new 5th-generation Pokémon ― Niantic confirmed on Monday that Pokémon that originally appeared in the Unova region in the Pokémon Black and Pokémon White games will launch in the Pokémon GO smartphone game today. The company began streaming an announcement video for the release. Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Patrat, Lillipup, Purrloin, Pidove, Blitzle, and other Unova Pokémon will begin appe...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 124

"The latest leg of Boruto and Shinki's journey benefits from placing its focus squarely on the dynamic between the arc's two central figures."
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Overlord III BD+DVD

This third season marks a darker turn for the franchise, largely for the better but not without its hiccups. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Overlord's third anime season enjoys playing with your emotions. In part this has all been set up in the previous seasons – we've become accustomed to thinking of Ainz as just a regular guy trapped in the body of an undead sorcerer; a giant skeleton on the ...
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The Rising of The Shield Hero Anime Gets Stage Play

Play runs in Osaka, Tokyo in spring 2020 ― The Rising of The Shield Hero anime is inspiring a stage play adaptation that will run in Osaka and Tokyo in spring 2020. The play will run at Cool Japan Park Osaka TT Hall from March 27-29, followed by Theater Sun-mall in Tokyo from April 2-12. Satoshi Ōgita (Bobjack Theater) is directing the play, and Kaori Moriyama (Bobjack Theater) is writing the script....
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Godzilla, Alita Films Do Not Win at 45th Saturn Awards

― The Saturn Awards, the awards that honor the best science fiction, horror, and fantasy movies and television programs of the year, announced the winners of the 45th awards on Friday. Alita: Battle Angel was nominated for the Best Science Fiction Film Release award, but Ready Player One won the award. Godzilla: King of the Monsters was nominated in the Best Fantasy Film Release category and in the ...
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Smile Down the Runway Manga Gets TV Anime

Yumiri Hanamori, Natsuki Hanae to star in anime based on manga about aspiring model, fashion designer ― An official website opened on Monday to announce that Kotoba Inoya's Smile Down the Runway (Runway de Waratte) manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation that will premiere in January 2020. The website began streaming a promotional video and revealed a key visual and the main cast and staff f...
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Black Clover Franchise Gets New Novel Centered on Yuno

3rd novel in franchise ships on October 4 ― Shueisha's Jump J-Books website is listing that it will release a new novel based on Yuki Tabata's Black Clover manga on October 4. The novel is titled Black Clover: Yuno no Sho (Book of Yuno). Johnny Onda is returning from the first two novels in the franchise to pen the third novel. The novel will tell four different short stories about Yuno. In one story...
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Natsume's Book of Friends Film's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Aniplex USA will release film on BD on November 26 ― Aniplex of America began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Sunday for its release of the Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond anime film. The company will release the film on Blu-ray Disc on November 26. The film's home video release will have English subtitles. Aniplex of America screened the film at the Anime NYC convention last No...
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Hinomaruko Game's Tokyo Game Show Trailer Reveals Story

PS4, Switch takes place in alternate future in occupied Japanese Empire ― The official website for publisher Pikii and developer Tamsoft's (Senran Kagura, Utawarerumono Zan games) Hinomaruko game began streaming the first teaser trailer for the game on Monday. The companies previously screened the trailer at Tokyo Game Show, where the companies announced the game. The video reveals that the game's st...
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Persona 5 Stage Play Unveils Character Visuals

Stage play debuts in December ― The official Twitter account for the stage play adaptation of Atlus' Persona 5 role-playing game unveiled photographs of the cast in costume on Saturday. Kouhei Shiota as Ryūji Sakamoto (left in image above) and Yuki Odera as Ann Takamaki Yoshihide Sasaki as Gorō Akechi (left in image above), Kōji Kominami as Yūsuke Kitagawa (center), Kaoru Marimura as Sae Niijima (rig...
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Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Stage Play Reveals New Visual for 2nd Play

― The official website for the stage play adaptations of Yoshinobu Akita's Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi) light novel series revealed a new visual for the second stage play on Sunday. The second stage play will run at Rikkōkai Hall in Tokyo from November 7-12. The first stage play ran at Shinjukumura LIVE in Tokyo from August 15-18. Takehiro Yoshida is writing the scripts, a...
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ACTORS: Songs Connection Anime Unveils New Visual

― The official website for ACTORS: Songs Connection, the television anime based on Exit Tunes' ACTORS CD project, unveiled a new visual for the anime last Friday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, BS NTV, and AT-X on October 6 at 11:30 p.m. Osamu Yamasaki (Hakuoki series, Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East both seasons) is directing the anime. Yukio Nagasaki (Love Live! School idol project, Love L...
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Violet Evergarden Gaiden Anime Gets Screenings Beyond 4 Weeks

― The official website for Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll (Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidō Shuki Ningyō), a side story to the Violet Evergarden anime, revealed last Friday that the anime will still have screenings after four weeks. Theatergoers for the anime's fourth week screening will receive a mini shikishi, while theatergoers for the fifth week will receive one of ...
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23rd Detective Conan Film Earns Record 131 Million Yuan in China

Film surpasses total Chinese box office of last year's film in 1 weekend Meitantei Conan: Konjō no Fist (Detective Conan: Fist of Blue Sapphire), the 23rd Detective Conan anime film, opened in China on Friday and earned 131 million yuan (about US$18.52 million or 2 billion yen) from Friday to Sunday. The film's opening weekend gross in China surpassed the total Chinese gross earnings of last year's...
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Tokyo Game Show Draws 262,076 Attendees

― Tokyo Game Show 2019 reported an attendance of 262,076 over the course of four days (September 12-15) this past week. That is less than last year's 298,690, the highest attendance on record, but more than 2017's attendance of 254,311. The last public day (September 15) drew in around 102,333 people. The event counts the equivalent of turnstile attendance, meaning a person who attends all four days...
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Super Nintendo World in Osaka to Open Next Spring

Area will be "fully interactive" with magnetic wristband tracking scores for rides ― Universal Parks & Resorts chairman and CEO Tom Williams confirmed last week that the Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka will open the "Super Nintendo World" area in spring 2020. The area was previously slated to open in time for the Tokyo Olympics next summer. The first phase of the area will open with two r...
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Kiratto Pri☆Chan Anime Unveils New Visual

― The official website for the second season of the Kiratto Pri☆Chan anime revealed a new visual for the anime on Sunday. The second season premiered in April, and it is the latest anime series in the Pretty Series franchise. The first season premiered in Japan in April 2018. The anime has video uploading and streaming sites as a central focus, and once again has themes of singing, dancing, fashion,...

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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 23

"This episode acts more as table-setting for the season's final climax than a story on its own, but for good reason."
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Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? ‒ Episode 10

"Mamako's triumphs in this episode provide a glimpse of this narrative's potential platonic ideal, where motherhood is exalted as a superpower in ways that are both silly and heartfelt."
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 24

"If you've been feeling deprived of your weekly dose of Zenitsu antics lately, then boy howdy does Demon Slayer have an episode for you."
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Attack on Titan FINAL Exhibition Crashes Into Osaka

The Attack on Titan FINAL exhibition will head to Osaka on September 21 after finishing its run in Roppongi. The event has new key visuals for the upcoming event depicting the Survey Corps and Eren in Titan form exploring the area. One image shows the group enjoying some well-earned peace in the Hirakata Park amusement park and another shows Eren looking like he's about to full-fist punch a roller...
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 326

"Hop aboard the Mest Express for the lead up to the final episodes of Fairy Tail!"
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Meet the Cast During the KONOSUBA Official Bus Tour

Fans of the far-flung fantasy and antics of KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! will get a chance to meet the voices behind Kazuma and Ruffian during an official bus tour. The trip takes off on October 26 and will take travelers to the city of Yugawara in Kanagawa prefecture. Participants will meet Jun Fukushima and Tetsu Inada for a talk event followed by mandarin orange picking an...
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Kochikame Creator Publishes 1st Business Tips Book

Kochikame manga creator Osamu Akimoto will publish his first book on business titled Akimoto Osamu no Shigoto-jutsu (Osamu Akimoto's Work Technique) on August 5. The book details how Akimoto managed to serialize a successful manga for 40 years through schedule management and introduces how to create a similar life rhythm for office workers. Akimoto's technique centers on creating "free time" for b...
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Combatants Will Be Dispatched! Novel 1

If you're looking for a more comical addition to your light novel roster, then this new series about super-villains from the author of KONOSUBA! should tickle your funny bone. Theron Martin has the details. ― Combatants Will Be Dispatched! is a light novel that challenges the exact definition of isekai, though probably not deliberately. The two main characters are transported to another world, it's b...
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 22

"The impact of Hanajima's arc comes not from her powers themselves, but how she feels about them."
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New Kamen Rider Kaixa Manga Launches on September 27

Actor Kōhei Murakami, scriptwriter Toshiki Inoue collaborate on new manga with artist Yūshi Kanoe ― Kadokawa's Dengeki Maoh magazine announced on Friday that it will launch the Kamen Rider Kaixa (Kamen Rider 913) manga in the magazine's November issue on September 27. The manga will feature on the cover of the issue, and the issue will also feature a special appendix booklet for the manga. The manga ...
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Dead or Alive 6 Game Adds New Playable Character Momiji

Character joins game on September 19 ― Sony announced on Sunday that Momiji from Ninja Gaiden will join Koei Tecmo Games' Dead or Alive 6 fighting game on September 19 as a playable character. The DLC will come with five debut costumes (deluxe costume, happy wedding costume, seven seas pirates costume, paradise swimsuit costume, "summer dress rustling in the sea breeze" costume) for Momiji and 26 oth...
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Eir Aoi Performs Ending Theme for Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia Anime

New commercial streamed for anime premiering on October 5 ― The official website for Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia (Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia), the television anime of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia" (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) story, announced on ...
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New Sakura Wars Game Gets Stage Play in Spring 2020

Also: music video streamed for video game ― Sega announced on Sunday at Tokyo Game Show that its Shin Sakura Taisen (Project Sakura Wars in English) game is getting a stage play adaptation. The play, titled Shin Sakura Taisen the Stage, will star former Cheeky Parade member Yūna Sekine as Sakura Amamiya. The play will debut in spring 2020. The event also revealed a music video for the character Sakur...
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Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate Game's Promo Video Reveals December 19 Release

Video highlights new characters, guest characters from other franchises ― Koei Tecmo Games began streaming the first promotional video on Sunday for it and Omega Force's Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate (Musou Orochi 3 Ultimate) game. The video reveals that the game will launch for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan on December 19. The video also highlights the new characters Gaia and Hades, as wel...
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Tales of Crestoria Smartphone Game's New Video Highlights Battle Mechanics

Game launches in English, Japanese this year ― Bandai Namco Entertainment released a new video for its Tales of Crestoria smartphone game on Sunday. The video features English subtitles, and highlights battle in the game. Wit Studio is handling the animation for the game, and Jun Kumagai is in charge of the story outline. Character designers include Kosuke Fujishima, Mutsumi Inomata, Miyuki Kobayashi...
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Puzzle & Action: Ichidant-R Game Launches on Switch in Japan Through Sega Ages Project on September 26

― Sega announced at Tokyo Game Show on Sunday that it will release the Puzzle & Action: Ichidant-R game in Japan for the Nintendo Switch as part of its Sega Ages project on September 26. Sega is reviving its Sega Ages project for Nintendo Switch in Japan, North America, and Europe. The company has already released Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Force IV/Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar, Phantas...
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Tales of Arise RPG Teased in New Trailer

Takuya Satō, Shino Shimoji star in 2020 RPG developed with Unreal Engine 4 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment debuted a new trailer for its Tales of Arise role-playing game at Tokyo Game Show 2019 on Sunday. The next chapter in the "Tales of" JRPG franchise uses Unreal Engine 4, but the staff tried to incorporate the artistic style of previous games in franchise. That includes rendered cut-scenes with a wa...

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Granbelm ‒ Episode 11

"Conceptually and emotionally, this is probably the strongest Granbelm has ever been."
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Bushiroad Founder Explains BanG Dream!'s Success in Struggling Anime Industry

Bushiroad founder Takaaki Kidani spoke to Oricon on Sunday about the BanG Dream! franchise's success, from the qualities inherent to BanG Dream! to the industry situation around to it. The idea for BanG Dream! first came up in March 2014, and at the time "there were no examples of making a band out of voice actors" as opposed to an idol unit. "Everyone thought it was impossible." Kidani spoke abou...
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A Certain Scientific Accelerator ‒ Episode 10

"This episode's gimmick doesn't sit well with me, introducing a character in a flashback right before revealing that the character in question is at the heart of the series' biggest plot twist."
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 10

"This episode is nowhere near as exciting or emotionally resonant as Fire Force's first pair, but it feels more like the show I was expecting to see, which is a step up from the last arc's misfires."
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Gatebox's Mass-Produced Holographic Talking Girlfriend to Finally Ship in October

Gatebox has paved the way for two-dimensional waifus, first by introducing its "Holographic Communication Robot" in 2016 and followed by establishing its Jigen Tokō Kyoku (Dimensional Voyage Department) and offering a marriage registration service for people who want to record their unions with 2D characters. Its Communication Robot has so far included the company's original character Hikari Azuma...
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O Maidens in Your Savage Season ‒ Episode 11

"I don't know about you, but I sure didn't see the final twist of this week's episode coming."
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Inio Asano, Yuki Kodama Draw Elton John Bio-Pic Rocketman

Goodnight Punpun and Kids on the Slope manga creators Inio Asano and Yuki Kodama drew their interpretations of Elton John as he's seen in the biopic Rocketman. Kodama drew Elton John at the various phases of life from boyhood to stardom. Asano's interpretation focused on Elton John at the height of his career, in gleaming sequins and colorful feathers. Both artists were fans of the film with Asano...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II ‒ Episode 10

"The Haruhime arc ends here, and while it does a decent job of wrapping things up, I can't help but feel like giving it those last two episodes of the season might have lent it more impact."
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Given ‒ Episode 10

"How does you even follow up an episode as show-stopping as last week's? Anyway, here's Wonderwall."
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Trigger Animator Sushio Shows Alternative Side in Illustration Collection

Following the recent release of his Sushio the Idol artbook, the Trigger animator has new collection in the works, this time compiling his work for musicians and other artists. The 304-page ALTERNATiVE SiDE of SUSHiO book will include art of the female band BiSH, the 10-member group GANG PARADE, and other WACK-affiliated artists. A limited edition "BiSH version" will be sold exclusively at the gro...
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Man Arrested for Multiple Robberies Said His Toy Gun Was to Honor Lupin the 3rd

Police officers in Tokyo arrested a 40-year-old man on September 10 who they believe to be responsible for multiple convenience store robberies. The suspect allegedly used a toy Walther P38 in order to obtain cash from three convenience stores and the toy was visible in security footage obtained by police. When police arrived to make the arrest on Tuesday, they encountered the suspect named Masafu...
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2020 Doraemon Anime Film Gets Manga Adaptation

New Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Kyoryū film to open in March 2020 ― The October issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine published the first chapter of a manga adaptation of the 2020 Doraemon film Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Kyoryū (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's New Dinosaur) on Saturday. Shintarō Mugiwara is drawing the manga. The film will open in March 2020. The film's story begins with Nobit...
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Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 7 Game's 1st Promo Video Streamed

Latest in romance adventure franchise launches next spring ― Koei Tecmo Games' Ruby Party brand began streaming a promotional video on Friday for Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 7 (Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 7), a new game in its Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time game series. The game stars: (family names are listed first for characters) Mikako Takahashi as protagonist Amano Nanao (players can chan...
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Angelique Game Franchise Gets 1st New Work in 17 Years

New game to launch on Switch in 2020 ― Koei Tecmo Games announced on Friday that it is developing a new entry in its Angelique love simulation game series. The game's setting will take place in a new "third universe." The game will also feature a new illustrator and a new cast. The new game will release on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite in 2020. Koei Tecmo Games is also developing a version...
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Hiromitsu Takeda's Maken-Ki! Manga to End in 24th Volume

Manga inspired 2 TV anime, 2 OVAs ― The 23rd volume of Hiromitsu Takeda's Maken-Ki! manga announced on Monday that the 24th volume of the manga will be the final volume. The 24th volume is slated to ship in March 2020. The story revolves around Takeru Ōyama, a boy enrolled in an elite school where the girls (and boys) fight with mysterious items called Maken. The student body includes the enigmatic g...
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game's 12th DLC Character is Ohnoki

Character part of game's 2nd season pass ― This year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Ohnoki will be the 12th DLC character for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game. Ohnoki is a healer character in the game. The character will launch "soon" in the game. The game's second season pass so far also includes Zabuza Momochi and Ha...
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Crunchyroll Posts 25-Minute Documentary Video for Dr. Stone Anime

Video features interviews with TMS Entertainment staff ― Crunchyroll began streaming a 25-minute documentary video on Friday about the making of the Dr. Stone television anime series. The video features interviews with producer Shusuke Katagiri and director Shinya Iino at TMS Entertainment. Dr. Stone debuted on July 5. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs, and Funimation is streaming a simu...
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Takara Tomy Arts Reveals New 'Japanda' Character With Animated Short by Fanworks

Olympic mascot designer Ryō Taniguchi designs new character ― Takara Tomy Arts announced on September 3 that it is developing merchandise and media around a new character named "Japanda." Ryō Taniguchi (designer for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games' official mascots) designed the character. Fanworks (Aggressive Retsuko) produced an animated short for the character's debut. The target audience ...
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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Game Ships 2.5 Million Copies, Reveals New Horizon Collaboration

Expansion launched on September 6 ― Capcom began streaming a new video on Saturday to reveal that the Monster Hunter Word: Iceborne expansion game will have a new collaboration with the Horizon Zero Dawn game. The collaboration event will start in November. Monster Hunter World has previously collaborated with the Horizon Zero Dawn game in the past. The new collaboration will feature new quests in bo...
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Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Masterpiece 1995-2001 Game Collection for PS4 Launches on November 27

― Sega announced on Friday at the Tokyo Game Show event that it will release the Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Masterpiece 1995-2001 game collection digitally for the PlayStation 4 in Japan on November 27. Sega had announced the collection in March. The collection includes the Cyber Troopers Virtual-On, Cyber Troopers Virtual-On: Oratorio Tangram M.S.B.S. Ver. 5.66, and Cyber Troopers: Virtual-On Force ...
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Tokyo Chronos' MyDearest Announces Project MEGALiTH Game

New work is latest entry in Chronos Series ― MyDearest, the company that developed the VR adventure game Tokyo Chronos, announced at Tokyo Game Show on Saturday that it is developing a new game titled Project MEGALiTH. The game will be a new entry in the Chronos Series. MyDearest revealed a visual for the game at the event. The game will launch in 2020. Sekai Project launched a Kickstarter campaign f...
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Ove Generation Game's Opening Video Streamed

Pre-registration opened on Thursday for DMM Games' smartphone, PC game ― DMM Games began streaming on Thursday the animated opening song video for its Ove Generation ~Kōbō Suru Inōryoku Shōjo~ (Ove Generation ~Offensive and Defensive Superpowered Girls~) role-playing game for smartphones and PC. DMM Games opened up pre-registration for the game on Thursday. The game takes place in a world where the l...
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Danchi Tomoo's Tobira Oda Launches New Manga

Yokosuka Kozue manga debuts on September 30 ― This year's combined 42nd and 43rd issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Saturday that Tobira Oda will launch a new manga titled Yokosuka Kozue in the magazine's next issue on September 30. The manga will debut with two chapters. Oda launched the Danchi Tomoo manga in Big Comic Spirits in 2003, and ended it on February 4. Shogakukan...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, September 2-8

Natsuzora earns 21.1% rating, 14th Detective Conan film earns 8.6% rating ― The latest episode of the Natsuzora live-action series about the early Japanese animation industry aired on NHK on Friday, September 6 at 8:00 a.m. and earned a 21.1% rating. The latest episode of the live-action series adaptation of Misato Konari's Nagi no Oitoma (Nagi's Long Vacation) manga aired on TBS on Friday, September...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, September 2-8

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition, Regular Edition debut at #1, #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: September 2-8 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition Capcom September 6 206,156 206,156 2PS4Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Capcom September 6 44,160 44,160 3NSwSuper Mario Maker 2 Nintendo June 28 18,296 600,297 4PS4NBA 2K20...
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Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life Anime Unveils New Visual for 2nd Half

― The official website for the television anime of Amyū's Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life (Kono Oto Tomare!) manga unveiled a new visual for the show's second half on Friday. The anime's second half will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX1 and BS11 on October 5 at 25:00 (effectively October 6 at 1:00 a.m.). The anime will then debut on AT-X and Tochigi TV on October 7, on WOWOW on October 9, and on Hokk...
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Final Fantasy VII Remake Game's 'Classic Mode' Brings Back Menu-Based Combat

Alternative combat system brings combat closer to original game ― Square Enix revealed during its Tokyo Game Show live stream on Sunday that its Final Fantasy VII Remake game will feature an alternative "Classic Mode" that switches the combat from its default real-time action RPG style to a menu-based combat system similar to the original game and older Final Fantasy titles. While players can still m...
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Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout Game Unveils Trailer, Gameplay Video

Story trailer previews theme song by Sayaka Kanda, gameplay video previews crafting ― Koei Tecmo Games' Gust brand began streaming a story trailer and gameplay video for its Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout (Ryza no Atelier ~Tokoyami no Joō to Himitsu no Kakurega~) game on Saturday. The story trailer previews the game's theme song "Nijiiro no Natsu" by Sayaka Kanda. The gameplay video...
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Atelier Dusk Trilogy Games Get 'Deluxe Pack' Releases for PS4, Switch, PC

New release is based on each games' "Plus" versions for PS Vita ― Gust and Koei Tecmo Games announced on Saturday that they will release the Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The release will contain all three games from the Atelier game series' Dusk trilogy of games. Koei Tecmo Games did not reveal a release date. Koei Tecmo America and Koei Te...
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Code Vein Game's Behind-the-Scenes Video Highlights Music

PS4, Xbox One, PC game launches on September 27 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a behind-the-scenes video for the Code Vein post-apocalyptic role-playing game on Friday. The video highlights the game's music, and composer Gō Shiina's process in composing the themes for the game. The game will launch in Japan on September 26, and in North America and Europe on September 27 for Pla...
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Aniplex USA Streams Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia Anime's English-Subtitled Trailer

Anime premieres on October 5, with N. American premiere screening in Los Angeles on September 29 ― Aniplex of America began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Friday for Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia (Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia), the television anime of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia" (Order VII: T...
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New Sakura Wars Game Unveils Opening Video With Series Theme Song

PS4 game launches in Japan on December 19, in the West in 2020 ― Sega began streaming the opening video for the Shin Sakura Taisen (Project Sakura Wars in English) game on Saturday. The video highlights the game's theme song "Geki! Teikoku Kagekidan," the long-running theme song of the series, with a new arrangement. Bleach manga creator Tite Kubo is the main character designer for the new game in th...
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Spike Chunsoft Reveals Way of the Samurai Spinoff Game Katanakami

PS4, Switch, PC game ships in Japan in early 2020 ― Spike Chunsoft revealed during Tokyo Game Show on Saturday that developer Acquire is developing a new game titled Samuraidō Gaiden Katanakami (Way of the Samurai Side Story: God of the Sword). The game is a spinoff of Acquire's Way of the Samurai game series, and it will ship in Japan both physically and digitally for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Swi...
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Azur Lane Anime's Video Reveals Theme Song Artists, More Cast, Staff, October 3 Debut

Yui Horie, Yō Taichi, Maria Naganawa, Nozomi Yamane reprise roles; May'n, Kano perform opening, ending songs ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi's Azur Lane smartphone game began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Saturday. The video reveals and previews the anime's theme song "graphite/diamond" by May'n, and also reveals the e...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization Rising Steel Smartphone Game Unveils Opening Video

Game's theme song "Selfrontier" by ASCA previewed in video ― Bandai Namco Entertainment debuted the opening video for its Sword Art Online: Alicization Rising Steel (Sword Art Online: Alicization Blading) smartphone role-playing game at Tokyo Game Show on Saturday. The video reveals and previews the game's theme song "Selfrontier" by ASCA. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game in both Japa...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris Game's TGS Trailer Reveals More Characters, Where Story Branches From Anime

Game follow Alicization story's 1st half, before branching away from War of Underworld ― Bandai Namco Entertainment debuted a new trailer for its Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris game at Tokyo Game Show on Saturday. The trailer confirms that the characters Cardinal, Selka, Ronye, and Tiese will appear in the game. English Version Japanese Version The game staff also clarifies how the game's stor...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris Producer: Sexual Assault Scene Will Not Be Shown Directly in Game

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris game producer Yōsuke Futami confirmed with Anime News Network that the game will not directly depict the controversial sexual assault scene shown in the TV anime's 10th episode. The anime's depiction is widely considered the most graphic and violent episode of the series to date. Futami stated that although the context around the scene is highly important for ...
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Gundam Battle: Gunpla Warfare Smartphone Game's Video Previews Big Zam Battle

4-player "multi-mission" previewed for game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed a new promotional video for its Gundam Battle: Gunpla Warfare (Gundam Breaker Mobile) smartphone game on Saturday. The video previews the game's four-player cooperative "multi-mission" where players take down the Big Zam. The game launched for iOS and Android devices in North America and Japan on July 30. The smartphone...
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Weathering With You, Children of the Sea, Ride Your Wave to Premiere at L.A.'s Animation Is Film Fest

Cencoroll Connect also screening in October festival ― The Animation Is Film Festival in Los Angeles announced its lineup on Friday. The festival will host the United States premiere of the Weathering With You film and the North American premiere of the Children of the Sea film. It will also screen the West Coast premiere of the Ride Your Wave film, and it will screen the Cencoroll Connect anime. Wea...
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Granblue Fantasy: Versus Game Reveals Metera in Video

Fighting game ships on PS4 in Japan on February 6 ― The official website for Cygames and Arc System Works' Granblue Fantasy: Versus fighting game began streaming a new promotional video on Saturday. The video reveals the new character Metera as a playable character. The game will launch in Japan on the PlayStation 4 on February 6. The game was originally slated to release this year in Japan. XSEED Ga...
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My Hero Academia Anime's Season 4 Reveals Cast for 3 More Pro Heroes

Kaori Yagi, Kenta Ōkuma, Yasuhiro voice Ryukyu, Centipeder, Lock Rock ― This year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed three more cast members for the fourth season of the My Hero Academia anime on Saturday: Kaori Yagi as Ryukyu Kenta Ōkuma as Centipeder Yasuhiro as Lock Rock The new season covers the manga's Hero Intern arc that began in the 14th volume. The season will pr...
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