Aharen-san wa Hakarenai Romantic Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime Next April

Inori Minase, Takuma Terashima star in anime from Felix Film, bilibili

JK Haru is a Sex Worker in Another World's Ko Hiratori Launches New Manga

Isekai manga about Kabukicho hostess launches August 27

Aniplex of America Streams English-subtitled Trailer for New Puella Magi Madoka Magica -Walpurgisnacht: Rising- Anime Film

Aniplex of America lists film is coming soon

The Summer 2021 Preview Guide

This is the face of a girl ready for more anime! July closes out with THE GREAT JAHY WILL NOT BE DEFEATED!

Ergo Proxy: Purpose in the Apocalypse

Humanity perpetually exists within an existential crisis, which exhibits no signs of ever reaching a legitimate conclusion.

Matthew Roe tackles life's biggest question through the lens of Manglobe's original series, Ergo Proxy.

This Week in Games - Cotton Candy

Heidi tries out the classic 90s arcade series Cotton, a witch-led game where fairies' lives (and exotic candy) are on the line!

This Week in Anime - The Isekai Saturation Heightens

Nick and Nicky wade through this season's otherworldly offerings to search for at least one gem in a trove of trash.

Why Could the Meta Liberation Army Be MHA's Best Villains Yet?

Honestly, the scariest thing about The Meta Liberation Army is most likely their secrecy. Any, and I mean any, of the pro heroes could be believers of The Meta Liberation Army's philosophy.

Looking Back on the Twisting Plot of Pandora Hearts

The series had a way of vacillating between goofy comedy and dark fantasy; it should have been jarring in any other context, but in the case of Pandora Hearts it just somehow worked.
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The Detective Is Already Dead Novel 1

The book does suffer from its tenuous use of actual mysteries, a couple of which rear their heads and are almost painfully obvious in their solutions. ― If you go into nigozyu's light novel The Detective is Already Dead looking for a mystery, you may find yourself disappointed. Although the book deals with some of the tropes and elements of the genre, it's much less a mystery novel and more a mildly ...
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Anti-Gravity Boy GN 1-3

The story may be full of basic shoujo plot events (A trip to Okinawa! Romantic rivals!), but it lets its characters come to their own emotional conclusions. ― If you've ever wondered what a stereotypical Ribon manga circa 2002 would look like, here's your answer. Ryo Azuki's Anti-Gravity Boy is probably the most typical manga of that period of the anthology's publication, with its wide-eyed, energeti...
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Stellvia Streaming Episodes 1-26

Stellvia has long been a series that I thought deserved more love than it got. ― Stellvia has long been a series that I thought deserved more love than it got. Tatsuo Sato's (Martian Successor Nadesico, Bodacious Space Pirates) 2003 original anime and science fiction tale of teens in space never really found much of an audience, at least in the English-speaking anime fandom, and it's a shame. With fo...
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BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia II: Song I am.

As glimpsed in the previous movie, this is a franchise where the characters can be shown to grow gradually – and surprisingly realistically – over relatively long periods of time. ― There's naturally some trepidation going into BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia II : Song I am. The preceding film was a disjointed collection of stories adapted from the BanG Dream mobile game, loosely connected in their de...
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Star Fruit Books Licenses zaki's Doomsday Cleaning, Makoto Aizawa's Transit Manga

Both manga shorts to get release digitally, in print ― Star Fruit Books announced on Friday that it has licensed zaki's Doomsday Cleaning (Shūmatsu no Osōji) manga and Makoto Aizawa's Transit manga. The company will release the 44-page Doomsday Cleaning manga digitally and in print, and it describes the story: The story about a robotic vacuum that keeps cleaning after the apocalypse, and a mysterious...
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Non Non Biyori Nonstop Anime Gets New Episode Bundled With Non Non Biyori Remember Manga

OAD to ship with compiled volume of manga that launched in May ― The official Twitter account for Atto's Non Non Biyori manga franchise revealed on Sunday that the franchise is getting a new original anime DVD (OAD). The OAD will ship with a special version of the compiled volume of the Non Non Biyori Remember manga, and will serve as the 13th episode to the Non Non Biyori Nonstop anime. The main man...
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Adult Swim Streams English Dub Trailer for Fena: Pirate Princess Anime

Anime will debut on Crunchyroll, Adult Swim's Toonami block on August 14 ― Adult Swim's official YouTube channel began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for the new "Crunchyroll Originals" anime Fena: Pirate Princess on Saturday. The anime is slated to premiere in Japan in October on Tokyo MX, MBS, and BS Asahi. It will debut on Crunchyroll and Adult Swim's Toonami block on August 14, ahead of the ...
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Argonavis from BanG Dream! Anime Compilation Film Reveals Title, Date

Film also reveals teaser video, teaser visual, main key visual ― The official website for Bushiroad's Argonavis from BanG Dream! boy-band project from Bushiroad's BanG Dream! franchise announced on Friday that the compilation film of the franchise's television anime is titled Gekijōban Argonavis: Ryūsei no Obligato. The film will open on November 19. The website is also streaming a teaser video, and ...
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Glacier Bay Books Licenses Yumi Tada's The Mermaid and the Prince Manga, Konomi Oumi's From This Flame Manga

Both manga will release digitally, in print ― The America-based online bookstore Glacier Bay Books announced on Twitter on Friday that it has licensed Yumi Tada's The Mermaid and the Prince manga and Konomi Oumi's From This Flame manga. The 24-page The Mermaid and the Prince manga (pictured at right) is a "modern retelling of the classic Mermaid fairytale," and Glacier Bay Books will release the mang...
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Kira Etō's World's End Harem ~Britannia Lumiére~ Manga Ends

Spinoff manga launched in June 2020, went on hiatus from December 2020 to June 2021 due to author's health ― Shueisha's manga app Manga Mee published the 22nd and final chapter on Friday for Kira Etō's World's end harem ~Britannia Lumiére~ (Shūmatsu no Harem: Britannia Lumiere) manga, the third spinoff series of LINK and Kotaro Shono's World's End Harem (Shūmatsu no Harem) manga. The spinoff series l...
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Kinnikuman: The Lost Legend Live-Action Series Casts Tina Tamashiro, Sion Sono

Tamashiro, Sono play themselves in October series inspired by wrestling superhero manga ― The official website for WOWOW's Kinnikuman: The Lost Legend live-action series revealed on Friday that it has cast actress Tina Tamashiro (seen below) and award-winning director Sion Sono, both of whom will play themselves in the show. In the show's story, Tamashiro is cast to play the character Alexandria Meat...

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Aya Nakahara's Otonanajimi Manga Enters Climax

Manga about childhood friends who develop romance in adulthood launched in 2019 ― The September issue of Shueisha's Cocohana magazine announced on Wednesday that Aya Nakahara's Otonanajimi manga is entering its climax. The manga's seventh compiled book volume will ship on August 25. The manga's story centers on childhood friends Kaede Kagaya and Shun Aoyama. Ever since they were kids, Shun has been h...
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Nikki Asada Draws New 1-Shot in September

― The September issue of Kodansha's Be Love magazine revealed on Friday that Nikki Asada will draw a one-shot manga titled "Tsukuyomi-kun no Kindan Oyashoku" (Tsukuyomi's Forbidden Midnight Snack) in the magazine's November issue in September. The gourmet romantic comedy manga will center on foodie Tsukuyomi and a female gym trainer. The magazine calls the manga a "prologue one-shot," although it is...
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Hotaru's Way's Satoru Hiura Launches New Manga in September

New manga is titled Saionji-san wa Kaji o Shinai ― The September issue of Kodansha's Be Love magazine revealed on Friday that Satoru Hiura will launch a new manga titled Saionji-san wa Kaji o Shinai (Saionji-san Doesn't Do Chores) in the magazine's next issue on September 1. The manga centers on the titular Saionji, who does not do chores, but one day she brings home a younger upper-class man. Hiura'...
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Children of the Sea's Daisuke Igarashi Draws New 1-Shot

― The September issue of Kodansha's Be Love magazine revealed on Friday that Daisuke Igarashi is drawing a new one-shot manga titled "Kamakura Bakeneko Kurabu" (Kamakura Monster Cat Club) that will appear in the magazine's December issue in October. Seven Seas Entertainment recently licensed Igarashi's Witches (Majo) manga (pictured at right) and will release it in one omnibus volume in March 2022. ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, July 19-25

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD stays at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: July 19-25 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwThe Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Nintendo July 16 42,642 201,731 2NSwCrayon Shin-chan: Ora to Hakase no Natsuyasumi - Owaranai Nanokakan no Tabi Neos July 15 22,815 130,134 3NSwMinecraft Nintendo June 21, 2018 17,031 2,073,587 4NSwRing Fit A...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, July 19-25

Kingdom season 3, Digimon Adventure:, Edens Zero all rank in top 10 ― The anime film of Yoru Sumino's I Want to Eat Your Pancreas novel aired on NTV on Friday, July 23 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned a 2.4% rating. The third episode of the live-action series adaptation of Oreco Tachibana's Promise Cinderella manga aired on TBS on Tuesday, July 20 at 10:00 p.m. and it earned a 7.8% rating. Title Station D...
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The Detective Is Already Dead Novel 1

The book does suffer from its tenuous use of actual mysteries, a couple of which rear their heads and are almost painfully obvious in their solutions. ― If you go into nigozyu's light novel The Detective is Already Dead looking for a mystery, you may find yourself disappointed. Although the book deals with some of the tropes and elements of the genre, it's much less a mystery novel and more a mildly ...

Aharen-san wa Hakarenai Romantic Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime Next April

Inori Minase, Takuma Terashima star in anime from Felix Film, bilibili ― The official Twitter account for Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ service announced on Sunday that a television anime of Asato Mizu's Aharen-san wa Hakarenai (Aharen Is Indecipherable) romantic comedy manga series has been green-lit for an April 2022 premiere. Inori Minase will play the title character Reina Aharen, and Takuma Terashima ...
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Switch Girl!!!'s Natsumi Aida Launches New Manga

Tōdai-kun to Moto Gyaru-san ~Kakusakon Royale~ manga about mismatched couple launches September 1 ― The September issue of Kodansha's Be Love magazine revealed on Friday that Natsumi Aida will launch a new manga titled Tōdai-kun to Moto Gyaru-san ~Kakusakon Royale~ (Mr. Tokyo U and Ms. Former Gyaru ~Mismatch Couple Royale~) in the magazine's next issue on September 1. The manga will center on an elit...
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JK Haru is a Sex Worker in Another World's Ko Hiratori Launches New Manga

Isekai manga about Kabukicho hostess launches August 27 ― The September issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Rex magazine revealed on Tuesday that Ko Hiratori will launch a new manga titled Kabukicho no Jōō Aina, Kyūkyoku no Sekkyaku Skill de Isekai no Ō ni Naru (Aina, the Queen of Kabukicho, Becomes a Lord in Another World Through Her Top-Class Customer-Facing Skills) in the magazine's next issue on August 2...
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Saekano Manga's Takeshi Moriki Launches New Manga in August

Lily Lily La La Land manga centers on "key" for all maidens ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Cune magazine revealed on Tuesday that Takeshi Moriki will launch a new manga titled Lily Lily La La Land in the magazine's next issue on August 27. The magazine teases the manga as centering on the "key" for all maidens. Tamamushi Oku is also launching a new manga titled Dore ga Koi ka ga Wa...
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Takunomi's Haruto Hino Launches New Manga in August

Otaku ni Otaku na Gyaru Gurashi manga centers newly impoverished otaku, extrovert gyaru ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Shonen Ace magazine revealed on Monday that Haruto Hino will launch a new manga titled Otaku ni Otaku na Gyaru Gurashi (An Otaku and an Otaku Gyaru's Life Together) in the magazine's next issue on August 26. Hino posted an image of the manga on Twitter on Monday (pictured at lef...

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Shō Harusono's Butai ni Sake! Manga Goes on 6-Month Hiatus

Drama club manga by Sasaki and Miyano author returns in January 2022 ― The September issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine revealed on Wednesday that Sho Harusono's Butai ni Sake! (Blossom on Stage!) manga will go on hiatus for six months. The manga will return in the magazine's March 2022 issue on January 28, 2022. The manga centers on Asahi Oniwa, a new high school student who sees ...
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DAYS' Tsuyoshi Yasuda Launches Astronomy Club Manga Limited Series

5-chapter PAUSE manga launches on August 4 ― This year's 35th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Tsuyoshi Yasuda will launch a new manga limited series titled PAUSE in the magazine's next issue on August 4. The five-chapter "astronomy club teen graffiti" manga will center on themes of "pain" and "rebirth," with the story beginning with a shattered dream. Yasuda laun...

A Certain Magical Index Light Novels Get Spinoff Manga About Misaki Shokuhō

To Aru Kagaku no Mental Out manga launched on Tuesday ― Yasuhito Nogi launched To Aru Majutsu no Index Gaiden: To Aru Kagaku no Mental Out (A Certain Magical Index Side Story: A Certain Scientific Mental Out), a new manga spinoff of Kazuma Kamachi's A Certain Magical Index light novel series, on Kadokawa's Comic Newtype website on Tuesday. The manga centers on Misaki Shokuhō, an important character i...
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I'm Standing on 1,000,000 Lives. ‒ Episode 16

A major question at every step of I'm Standing On 1,000,000 Lives is what are the Game Master's true intentions with these quests?
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Inspires Mural in New York City

"That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime has inspired a hand-painted mural in New York City. ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has teamed up with outdoor advertising company Colossal Media to set up a hand-painted 50' x 24' mural of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime season 2 key visual in New York City. It is located near Madison Square Garden at W 31st Street & 7th Avenue, and will b...
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Sonny Boy ‒ Episode 3

Sonny Boy's third episode opens with its protagonist nearly dying inside of a toilet. I think that's as good an encapsulation as any of the series' dry sense of humor.
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X ‒ Episode 5

Oh, Geordo, you may be her official fiancé, but you just broke the rules of the (reverse) harem, and if you think you're going to just trot out the old excuse and get away with it, I don't think even Jeffrey can help you.
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Jagaaan Manga by As the Gods Will's Muneyuki Kaneshiro Ends with 14th Volume

Final volume ships this fall ― The 13th compiled book volume for Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Kensuke Nishida's Jagaaan manga revealed on Friday that the manga will end with its 14th volume this fall. The manga entered its "final battle" last November. The manga centers on Shintarō Jagasaki, a police officer who is bored with his job and domestic life, currently living with a girlfriend, and living a life ...
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The aquatope on white sand ‒ Episode 4

All of this plays into their main objective this episode: setting up the interactive touch pools, which are a personal favorite of mine anytime I visited an aquarium in Japan.
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King of Fighters XV Game Reveals Trailer for Athena Asamiya

Haruna Ikezawa voices character in game launching in Q1 2022 ― SNK began streaming on Thursday a trailer for its The King of Fighters XV game to highlight the character Athena Asamiya (voiced by Haruna Ikezawa). Along with Mai Shiranui and Yuri Sakazaki, Athena is part of Team Super Heroine. SNK will release the game on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Windows 10, Steam, and the Epic Ga...
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Evangelion Crayfish Plastic Models Are Coming Overseas

Another to add to the annals of wacky Evangelion merchandise ― Another to add to the annals of wacky Evangelion merchandise: Plastic models of... crayfish. If these interpretations of Eva Units 01 and 02 pique your interest, international fans can pre-order them through AmiAmi's English website. The Jiyuu Kenkyuu Series No.241 & No.242 Evangelion Part Red Swamp Crayfish Unit-01/Unit-02 Design Plastic...
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Aniplex of America Streams English-subtitled Trailer for New Puella Magi Madoka Magica -Walpurgisnacht: Rising- Anime Film

Aniplex of America lists film is coming soon ― Aniplex of America began streaming on Friday an English-subtitled trailer for Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie -Walpurgisnacht: Rising- (Gekijōban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica: Walpurgis no Kaiten), the official sequel to the Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion film. The company teased that the film is coming soon, and it opened an Engli...
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The Case Study of Vanitas ‒ Episode 5

And because you're probably expecting it, yes, Mina's Victorian undies are more period-correct than we typically get in anime, although her drawers (bloomers) probably would have had an open crotch.
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Tales of Arise Game's Character Trailer Highlights Kisara

Game launches on September 10 in West, September 9 in Japan ― Bandai Namco Entertainment unveiled a character trailer on Friday for its Tales of Arise role-playing game. The trailer highlights Kisara. The game will launch for Playstation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam on September 10 in the West and on September 9 in Japan. The game was originally slated to launch in 20...
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Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko Smartphone Game Ends Service on October 29

Game gets offline version with limited functionality ― Square Enix announced on Friday that its Toji no Miko: Kizamishi Issen no Tomoshibi (Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko) smartphone game is ending service on October 29 at 12:00 p.m. JST. As of Friday, players can no longer purchase the Rainbow Tamahagane in-game currency. The game will get an offline version with limited functionality after the game's...
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Manga Sales Boom in France After 18-Year-Olds Get Free Money to Spend on the Arts

75% of purchases through the Culture Pass are books, two-thirds of which are manga ― Manga sales are booming in France after the government launched a smartphone app in May that gives 300 euros (approximately US$350) to every 18-year-old to spend on the arts. The New York Times reported that, as of July, 75% of all purchases made through the app are books, roughly two-thirds of which were manga. The ...
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Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy- ‒ Episode 4

If I were grading Tsukimichi on its ability to thrill and excite me with its storytelling prowess, this would be a C-tier episode, at best.
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Funimation Streams How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Anime's English Dub

Alejandro Saab, Anairis Quinones star in dub premiering on Saturday ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will begin streaming an English dub for the television anime of Dojyomaru's How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Genjitsushugi Yūsha no Ōkoku Saikenki) light novel series on Saturday. The English cast includes: Alejandro Saab as Souma Anairis Quinones as Liscia Keith Silverstein as Albert E...
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Peach Boy Riverside ‒ Episode 5

This week's entry sees Sally's odd little RPG party arrive in another town that looks basically the same as the other ones we've seen them stop in, except this one apparently has a vampire in it!
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Anti-Gravity Boy GN 1-3

The story may be full of basic shoujo plot events (A trip to Okinawa! Romantic rivals!), but it lets its characters come to their own emotional conclusions. ― If you've ever wondered what a stereotypical Ribon manga circa 2002 would look like, here's your answer. Ryo Azuki's Anti-Gravity Boy is probably the most typical manga of that period of the anthology's publication, with its wide-eyed, energeti...
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DAKAICHI the Movie in Spain Boys-Love Anime's Visual Unveils New Characters, October 9 Debut

Film casts Sho Hayami as Celes, Fukushi Ochiai as Antonio ― The staff for Gekijō-ban Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu. Spain-Hen (DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year- the Movie in Spain), the anime film adapting the Spain Arc for Hashigo Sakurabi's Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu. (DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year-) manga, announced on S...

Kyoto, Hokkaido, 3 More Prefectures Move to Intensive Measures Under COVID-19 Quasi-State of Emergency

Japan reported over 10,000 new cases for 2nd straight day ― Five prefectures in Japan will move to more intensive anti-virus measures in a quasi-state of emergency from August 2 to August 31 in response to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The prefectures are Kyoto, Hokkaido, Fukuoka, Hyogo, and Ishikawa. This development comes as Japan reported over 10,744 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the sec...
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Taiwanese RPG Series Fantasia Sango Gets October TV Anime

Kensho Ono, Hisako Kanemoto star in fantasy inspired by Romance of the Three Kingdoms ― The anime studio Geek Toys announced on Friday that it is producing a television anime adaptation of UserJoy Technology's Taiwanese role-playing game franchise Fantasia Sango (Huanxiang Sanguozhi or Gensou Sangokushi). The Gensou Sangokushi -Tengen Reishinki- anime will premiere this October. The game combines the...

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S Anime Casts Hiro Shimono

Shimono plays Taketo Aida starting in episode 5 next week ― The official website for the Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S anime announced on Friday that Hiro Shimono is joining the anime's cast as the character Taketo Aida (seen below). The character is the grandson of the owner of a small candy store, and will debut in the anime's fifth episode next week. The anime is the second season based on Coolky...
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2020's Mashin Eiyūden Wataru Anime Gets Special Edition Compilation

Assembling all 9 episodes with some new animation cuts ― The official website for Mashin Eiyūden Wataru Shichi Tamashii no Ryūjinmaru (Seven-Souled Ryūjinmaru), anime studio Sunrise and Bandai Spirits' Tamashii Nations toy brand's 2020 project in the Wataru franchise, revealed on Friday that the anime will have a special edition compilation that will assemble all nine episodes of the anime with some ...
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Kaiju Decode CG Anime Project Streams Teaser, VR Trailer

VR trailer shows scene viewable from 3 different perspectives ― Toei Animation began streaming a teaser trialer for Kaiju Decode, its CG anime collaboration with Tsuburaya Productions, on Friday. Toei Animation is also streaming a VR trailer titled "first contact" for the project, listed as the "first part" of the project. The traielr shows a scene that can be viewed through virtual reality (VR) devi...
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Given: Uragawa no Sonzai Anime DVD Features New Band Song

Screenshots for December 1 OAD also unveiled ― The staff of Given: Uragawa no Sonzai (Given: The One on the Flip-Side), the new original anime disc based on Natsuki Kizu's Given manga revealed on Friday that the titular in-story band Given will perform a new song for the anime, with the same "Uragawa no Sonzai" title. The staff also unveiled new screenshots of the anime. IMG ss01.jpg IMG ss02.jpg IMG...

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Getter Robo Arc Anime Adds 9 Cast Members

Takahiro Sakurai, Yuu Asakawa, Kunihiko Yasui, Daisuke Ono, more join ongoing anime ― The official website for the television anime of Getter Robo Arc, the last manga in the iconic Getter Robo super robot manga series, revealed additional cast members for the anime on Friday. The new cast members include: Takahiro Sakurai as Go Ichimonji (reprising role from Shin Getter Robo vs. Neo Getter Robo) Yuu ...
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Way of the Househusband Anime Gets Live-Action 'Extra' Shorts Starring Kenjiro Tsuda as Himself

Gokufūdō debuts on Netflix globally on August 29 with Tsuda mastering househusband skills ― Netflix announced on Friday that it is producing a live-action short series as an "extra" to the anime series of Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga. The Gokufūdō (The Way of the Household Tools) series of five 4-minute episodes will debut worldwide on Netflix on August 29, and it wi...
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Funimation Reveals World Witches Take Off! Anime's English Dub Cast

Previous cast members reunite for dub debuting on Friday ― Funimation announced the English dub cast for the World Witches Hasshin Shimasu—! (World Witches Take Off!) television anime on Thursday. Funimation will debut the first dubbed episode on Friday. The cast, with ADR director Jad Saxton, assistant ADR directors Tyson Rinehart and Samantha Herek, lead ADR engineer Ricket Watkins, assistant ADR e...
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Tales of Arise Game's Trailers Preview Fishing, Camping, Cooking

Game launches on September 10 in West, September 9 in Japan ― Bandai Namco Entertainment streamed new trailers on Thursday for its Tales of Arise role-playing game. The videos preview the game's fishing, camping, and cooking segments. The game will launch for Playstation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam on September 10 in the West and on September 9 in Japan. The game was...
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Official Super Sentai Restaurant Opens in Ikebukuro

An official "Super Sentai Restaurant" opened in the karaoke bistro chain Pasela's Ikebukuro branch last Thursday. The restaurant looks back on 45 Super Sentai entertainment works, featuring a wealth of referential menu items and collectable goods. A video tour by Mainichi Shimbun Digital shows off the items and goods on display: The Super Sentai Restaurant is situated on the same floor as the "Kam...
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SNK Appoints Kenji Matsubara as CEO

Company aims for further growth, increase in corporate value ― SNK announced on Thursday that it will appoint Kenji Matsubara as its chief executive officer (CEO) on August 1. With this appointment, the company is aiming for "further growth and an increase in corporate value." Matsubara was previously CPO, COO, and president of Sega Games, CEO and president of Zynga Japan, and representative director...
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Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU ‒ Episode 6

What made this finale standout is the exceptional visuals and the dedication to taking the brutality to a point beyond what we've seen from this continuation so far.
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Ace Attorney Manga's Kazuo Maekawa Launches 'B & B Bad Sisters' Multmedia NFT Project

1st set of 27 pieces of NFT artwork debuts on August 6 ― An official website opened on Thursday to announce the new "B & B Bad Sisters" multimedia NFT (non-fungible token) project by manga creator Kazuo Maekawa (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth manga) and podcaster and writer Tony Vega. The project is inspired by cryptocurrency, and the first set of NFT artwo...
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Olympic Archers Show Off Their Anime Fandom

A silver medalist quotes Fate/Grand Order while a bronze medalist quotes Is the Order a Rabbit? ― Is there something about archery that attracts anime fans? After scoring a bronze model as part of Japan's men's archery team on Monday, 36-year-old Takaharu Furukawa told the press: "My heart feels like it's bouncing (pyonpyon)." The phrase is a reference to lines from the Is the Order a Rabbit? anime's...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S ‒ Episode 4

This week's episode covers a few central ideas but mostly amounts to pure sugar entertainment.
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Natsumi Ando's Something's Wrong With Us Manga Ends

16th, final volume ships on September 13 ― Natsumi Ando's Something's Wrong With Us (Watashi-tachi wa Dōka Shiteiru) manga ended in this year's September issue of Kodansha's Be Love magazine on Friday. Kodansha will publish the manga's 16th and final volume on September 13. The manga entered its "countdown to the climax" in February. Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga in English, and it describes...
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Dark Horse Comics Launches Cat + Gamer Manga in March 2022

Wataru Nadatani's manga debuted in November 2018 ― Crunchyroll revealed on Thursday that Dark Horse Comics will launch Wataru Nadatani's Cat + Gamer (Neko Gurashi no Gamer-san) manga with an English translation by Zack Davisson. The manga will launch in comic shops first on March 2, 2022, and then in bookstores on March 15, 2022. Dark Horse Comics describes the story: Meet Riko, a twenty-nine-year-ol...
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Manga Creator Makuno Terminates Contract with futekiya Boys-Love Manga Service

Makuno states important reports, payment obligations were not fulfilled ― Manga creator Makuno revealed on Twitter on Monday that she is terminating her contract with publisher Fantasista because there were times when important reports and payment obligations were not fulfilled, even after she made inquiries at the end of June. Subsequently, she became ill from mental fatigue and decided that to cont...
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Black Lagoon Manga Creator Opens Up About Dealing with Depression

Rei Hiroe explained that depression is the reason behind the manga's multiple hiatuses Black Lagoon manga creator Rei Hiroe revealed on Monday that depression is a major part of his life. Responding to a now-deleted tweet speculating about the reason behind Black Lagoon's multiple hiatuses, he wrote: "It's simply because my depression has not improved and I can't apply myself to a large amount of w...
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BEASTARS Season 2 ‒ Episode 3

If there is one single lesson that we all should have taken away from BEASTARS by now it is this: Louis and Legoshi are two extremely weird dudes.
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French CG Film Summit of the Gods Opens on September 22

Visual unveiled for film of Jiro Taniguchi's The Summit of the Gods manga ― Wild Bunch International announced on Thursday that the French CG animated film of Jiro Taniguchi's The Summit of the Gods (Kamigami no Itadaki) manga will open in theaters in France on September 22, one week earlier than was originally scheduled. The company also revealed a poster visual: The film was originally scheduled to...
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Blue Reflection: Second Light Game Launches in West on November 9

Trailer streamed for PS4, Switch, PC game ― Koei Tecmo Games announced on Thursday that it will release Gust's Blue Reflection Tie ("Tie" written with the character for "emperor") game in the West for PS4, Switch, and PC via Steam under the title Blue Reflection: Second Light on November 9. The company streamed an announcment trailer: The game will get a limited edition on NIS America's online store,...
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Stellvia Streaming Episodes 1-26

Stellvia has long been a series that I thought deserved more love than it got. ― Stellvia has long been a series that I thought deserved more love than it got. Tatsuo Sato's (Martian Successor Nadesico, Bodacious Space Pirates) 2003 original anime and science fiction tale of teens in space never really found much of an audience, at least in the English-speaking anime fandom, and it's a shame. With fo...
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Kodansha Comics Licenses The Decagon House Murders, Yamaguchi-kun Isn't So Bad, Chihiro-Kun Only Has Eyes For Me, More Manga

Also: I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince so I Can Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability, Mr. Bride ― Kodansha Comics announced on Wednesday new manga titles that will debut digitally on Tuesdays in August: Title: I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince so I Can Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability Creators: Yosuke Kokuzawa (art), Kenkyo na Circle (story), Meru (character design) Debut Date:...
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Funimation Screens Knights of Sidonia Anime Film in Theaters on September 13

Fumimation adds both seasons of Knights of Sidonia anime on August 3 ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it will screen Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars (Sidonia no Kishi: Ai Tsumugu Hoshi), the all-new anime film based on Tsutomu Nihei's Knights of Sidonia (Sidonia no Kishi) manga, in theaters in the U.S. and Canada starting on September 13. The film will screen in Japanese with Engli...
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Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Anime Film's Teaser Reveals Megumi Ogata as Main Lead Yuta Okkotsu

Teaser previews Yuta's voice in film opening on December 24 ― The official website for the Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (Jujutsu Kaisen 0 the Movie) announced on Friday that Megumi Ogata (Shinji in Neon Genesis Evangelion, Sailor Uranus in Sailor Moon, Kurama in Yu Yu Hakusho) will voice the main character Yuta Okkotsu. The website streamed a teaser trailer, and it previews Yuta's voice: Akutami drew ...
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Insect Land Learning Picture Books Have Anime in the Works

Actor Teruyuki Kagawa produces stories with art by anime designer Thomas Romain ― Kodansha announced on Thursday that the Insect Land picture book series produced by actor Teruyuki Kagawa has an anime adaptation in the works. Kodansha did not reveal a release date or format for the anime. The Insect Land "nature learning picture books" began with the first volume in April 2020, with anime designer Th...
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Modern Okinawan Fantasy Anime "'Deji' Meets Girl" to Air in October

Story of wondrous phenomena that occur when island girl meets mysterious youth ― A website opened on Thursday to announce that an original short anime titled "Deji" Meets Girl will premiere "in the tail end of the Super Animeism" block in October on MBS, TBS, and 26 other affiliated stations. The anime will have 90-second weekly episodes. The wondrous story is set in motion one summer when Maise Higa...

Japan to Expand, Extend COVID-19 State of Emergency as Daily Cases Top 10,000 for 1st Time

Osaka, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba to join Tokyo, Okinawa in state of emergency until August 31 ― The Japanese government notified the ruling party coalition on Thursday that it intends to expand the current state of emergency for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to four more prefectures and extend its duration to August 31. This development comes as the nation reported 10,699 new COVID-19 cases o...
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Restaurant to Another World Anime Season 2 Posts Teaser, More Staff

Miho Tsujibayashi, TOMISIRO return to score October anime ― The official website for the second television anime season of Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami's Restaurant to Another World (Isekai Shokudo) light novel series updated on Thursday with a new teaser promotional video, new key visual, and more staff members on Thursday. The newly announced staff members are: Prop Design: Shinobu Ookawa Art D...
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My Hero Academia Anime Season 5 Casts Kishō Taniyama as Villain Ending

Ending debuts in episode 18 on Saturday ― The official Twitter account for the My Hero Academia anime announced on Thursday that Kishō Taniyama is playing the villain Ending in the show's ongoing fifth season. Ending will debut in the season in the 18th episode on Saturday at 5:00 pm. The show entered the "Internship at Endeavor's Agency" arc of Kohei Horikoshi's original manga for the fifth season's...
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Una Megurogawa's Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga Manga to End on August 25

TV anime about samurai general reincarnated as a dog debuted on January 10 ― The September issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine announced on Monday that Una Megurogawa's Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga (Oda Shinamon Nobunaga) manga will end in the next issue on August 25. The manga has been running in Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine, as well as on the Web Comic Zenyon service sinc...
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'Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon' Light Novels Get Manga

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? manga's Kunieda launches series on August 27 ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine revealed on Tuesday that Hirukuma's Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon (Jidōhanbaiki ni Umarekawatta Ore wa Meikyū ni Samayō) light novel series is inspiring a manga adaptation that will debut in the magazine's next ...

Baki Hanma Anime Posts Creditless Opening Sequence

Video features GRANRODEO's opening song "Treasure Pleasure" ― The official website for TMS Entertainment's Baki Hanma anime began streaming the creditless title sequence for the anime on Thursday. The title sequence features the anime's opening theme song "Treasure Pleasure" by GRANRODEO. The anime will debut on Netflix this fall. Baki Hanma will be the third Baki series on Netflix, and a sequel to t...
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Anime Season 2's Video Previews ClariS' Opening Song

ClariS sings opening "Careless" for season premiering this weekend ― The official Twitter account for the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story franchise began streaming a new promotional video on Wednesday for Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story 2nd Season -Eve of Awakening- (Kakusei Zenya), the second television anime season. The video previews the anime's opening theme ...
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Mari Okazaki's Will I Be Single Forever? Manga Gets Live-Action Film

TV actress Minami Tanaka stars as 36-year-old single seeking her own happiness ― Nikkatsu announced on Thursday that it is producing a live-action film adaptation of Mari Okazaki's Will I Be Single Forever? (Zutto Dokushin de Iru Tsumori?) manga that will open on November 19. Television announcer and actress Minami Tanaka stars as Mami Honda, a 36-year-old single writer who became famous overnight th...
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Anashin's Unmei no Hito ni Deau Hanashi Manga Takes 3-Month Hiatus

Waiting for Spring creator to give birth next month ― Waiting for Spring (Harumatsu Bokura) manga creator Anashin revealed on Twitter on Monday that her Unmei no Hito ni Deau Hanashi manga is going on hiatus for three months because she is giving birth next month. The manga will return in the magazine's December issue, which is scheduled to ship on October 24. Anashin debuted the manga in Kodansha's ...
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Mary Skelter Finale PS4, Switch Game Launches in West on September 30

Game gets limited edition ― Idea Factory International announced during its IFI Online Summer Festival livestream on Wednesday that it will release Compile Heart's Mary Skelter Finale PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch game physically and digitally in the West on September 30. The game will get a limited edition that includes a hardcover art book, steel game case, collector's box, three-disc original ...
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Death end re;Quest 2 Game Launches for Switch in West in 2022

Game's Switch version launches in Japan in 2021 ― Idea Factory International announced during its IFI Online Summer Festival livestream on Wednesday that it will release Compile Heart's Death end re;Quest 2 game for Nintendo Switch physically and digitally in the West in 2022. The game's Switch version will launch in Japan in 2021. Idea Factory International released the game on PlayStation 4 and PC ...
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Anime Expo Returns to Los Angeles as Physical Event on July 1-4, 2022

Anime Expo Lite 2021 virtual event took place on July 3-4 ― The staff of Anime Expo announced on Wednesday that the event will return as an in-person convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 1-4, 2022. The The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) hosted the Anime Expo Lite 2021 virtual event in place of an in-person Anime Expo convention this year. Anime Expo Lite 202...
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Otomate's Cupid Parasite Switch Game Heads West

Otome visual novel launches this fall ― Idea Factory International announced during its IFI Online Summer Festival livestream on Wednesday that it will release its Otomate brand's Cupid Parasite game for the Nitntendo Switch physically and digitally in the West in fall 2021. The otome visual novel launched for Switch in Japan in August 2020. The "female-oriented romance adventure" game centers on the...
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Neptunia, Senran Kagura Crossover PS4 Game Heads West

Crossover of Senran Kagura, Hyperdimension Neptunia franchises launches in 2021 ― Idea Factory International announced during its IFI Online Summer Festival livestream on Wednesday that it will release Neptunia x Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars (Senran Nin Nin Ninja Taisen Neptune), the crossover action RPG for the Senran Kagura and Hyperdimension Neptunia franchises, for PlayStation 4 physically and digit...
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Disney Hotel Gets Otaku Makeover with Disney Twisted-Wonderland Rooms

The Disney Ambassador Hotel in Tokyo is getting an otaku makeover this fall: the Disney Twisted-Wonderland smartphone game will get special hotel rooms from October 1 to November 29. Not only are the rooms themselves decorated to the brim with art from the series, the room keys are the "Magical Pens" from the game's "Night Ravens College" magic training school. In addition, a limited number of Dis...
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Toki no Daichi Manga Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Continuation

Miyuki Yama aims to raise 11 million yen for new manga volume ― Manga creator Miyuki Yama launched a Campfire crowdfunding campaign on Friday to fund the next volume of her Toki no Daichi manga. The campaign aims to raise 11 million yen (about US$100,000) by August 31. If the campaign is successful, Yama will begin publishing the manga's "Kai" and "Ilia" stories as a continuation of the overall "Tenb...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 ‒ Episode 40

As the credits roll on this episode, one thing has become hard to ignore: the fact that we just spent the first four episodes of this cour watching what amounts to an hour-and-twenty-minute-long conversation.
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Digimon Survive Game Delayed Again to 2022

Delayed PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC previously slated for 2021 ― Toei Animation revealed in its financial report on Wednesday that the Digimon Survive role-playing game has been delayed to 2022. The report lists that the game's release window is the third quarter of fiscal year 2022 and beyond. The game was previously delayed from 2020 to 2021 "due to the effects of current world events." The game's pr...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable's Terumi Nishii Designed Anime Miley Cyrus for Gucci Ad

Anime's latest foray into fashion is a floral-pop explosion. ― JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable and Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya character designer Terumi Nishii designed the animated version of singer Miley Cyrus for a recent Gucci fashion ad. The advertisement is promoting the fashion house's new Flora Fantasia campaign. A fanciful #GucciBeauty world featuring @MileyCyrus and ...
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Kadokawa President Apologizes for "Pro-Censorship" Remarks

Takeshi Natsuno came under fire online for saying that manga publishing standards should change for Google, Apple ― Kadokawa president and chief executive officer Takeshi Natsuno apologized on Wednesday for "inappropriate remarks" he made last week concerning sexually stimulating content in manga. His comments, which were made on an Abema Prime program regarding the appropriateness of gravure in boy'...
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BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia II: Song I am.

As glimpsed in the previous movie, this is a franchise where the characters can be shown to grow gradually – and surprisingly realistically – over relatively long periods of time. ― There's naturally some trepidation going into BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia II : Song I am. The preceding film was a disjointed collection of stories adapted from the BanG Dream mobile game, loosely connected in their de...
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Sentai Filmworks Streams Vinland Saga Anime's English Dub Trailer

Netflix Japan streams separate English dub from VSI Los Angeles ― Sentail Filmworks streamed a trailer for its English dub of the television anime of Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga manga. Sentai Filmworks' English cast includes: Jason Douglas as Thors David Wald as Askeladd Mike Haimoto as Thorfinn Shannon Emerick as Young Thorfinn Joe Daniels as Thorkell John Swasey as Leif Josh Grelle as Prince Can...
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Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water Game Launches on October 28 (Updated)

Koei Tecmo announced on Wednesday that it will release the Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water game for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam on October 28. Update: Koei Tecmo streamed an overview trailer: The game will get a Digital Deluxe Edition that includes a digital artbook and six costumes inspired from previous characters in the series.Th...
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PlayStation 5 Sells Over 10 Million Worldwide

PS5 is Sony's fastest-selling console ― Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced on Wednesday that as of July 18, the PlayStation 5 has sold over 10 million units worldwide since its launch in November 2020. This makes the PS5 Sony's fastest-selling console. President and CEO of SIE Jim Ryan acknowledged that despite the PS5's sales momentum, there is still a shortage of consoles with supply co...
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Ms. vampire who lives in my neighborhood Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Comedy manga about modern-day vampire girl launched in 2013, inspired 2018 TV anime ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Cune magazine revealed on Tuesday that Amatou's Tonari no Kyūketsuki-san (Ms. vampire who lives in my neighborhood) manga will end in three chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end in October. The manga's eighth compiled book volume will ship on December 27...
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My Status as an Assassin Obviously Exceeds the Hero's Manga Artist Updates Outlook After Cancer Diagnosis

Aigamo has stage I cancer with low possibility of metastasis My Status as an Assassin Obviously Exceeds the Hero's manga artist Hiroyuki Aigamo revealed on Saturday that following her endometrial cancer diagnosis in December, she now has stage I cancer with low possibility of metastasis. She attributes her current health status to her January surgery and pathological diagnosis of her uterus. The ca...
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Magic Stage Show-Themed Waccha PriMagi! Anime Unveils 4 More Cast Members

Aya Uchida, Rie Hikisaka, singers Anna Suzuki & Sunao Yoshikawa join fall anime ― The official Twitter account for Takara Tomy Arts and syn Sophia's Pretty Series franchise announced four new cast members for the franchise's latest television anime, Waccha Purimaji! (Waccha PriMagi!), on Wednesday: Aya Uchida as Hina Yayoi, a third-year student at a middle school that is top-tier in PriMagi Rie Hikis...
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Tokyo's 3 Neighboring Prefectures Seek COVID-19 State of Emergency Declaration (Update 2)

Prefectures log record high of new COVID-19 cases ― The prefectural governments of Chiba, Saitama, and Kanagawa all revealed plans to ask the Japanese national government to extend the current state of emergency in Tokyo to their prefectures, in light of record high daily case counts of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). All three prefectures are neighbors of Tokyo. Saitama recorded a record hig...
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Dr. Mario World Smartphone Game Ends Service in November

Tile-clearing game launched in July 2019 ― The official website for Nintendo's Dr. Mario World smartphone game announced on Wednesday that the game will end service on November 1. As of Wednesday, players can no longer purchase more diamonds (one of the in-game currencies). There will not be an offline version, although players "will be able to look back at your play history in Dr. Mario World Memori...
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The Knight in the Area Manga Duo to Launch New iCONTACT Soccer Manga

Manga about agile but inaccurate middle school player to start on August 25 ― This year's 35th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Hiroaki Igano and Kaya Tsukiyama are once again collaborating on a new manga titled iCONTACT that will launch in the magazine's 39th issue on August 25. The manga centers on Shishi Sakurazaka, a soccer player in his third year of middle s...

PAX West Event Requires COVID-19 Vaccination or Negative Test

Seattle game event slated for September 3-6 ― The official website for ReedPop and Penny Arcade's PAX West game event announced on Monday that it will require all attendees to show proof of vaccination for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or a negative COVID-19 test. Each attendee needs to provide one of the following: proof of receiving a final vaccine shot at least 14 days before attending pr...
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New Game! Manga Ends on August 27 After 8 Years

Manga's 13th & final volume ships September 27 ― The official Twitter account for Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara magazine announced on Wednesday that Shōtarō Tokunō's New Game! workplace manga will end in the October issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Charat magazine on August 27. The manga's 13th and final compiled book volume will ship on September 27. In the manga, the main character Aoba Suzuk...
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To Your Eternity ‒ Episode 15

To be blunt, most of the episode barely even feels like it is animated, and the editing is frequently sloppy and jarring as well.
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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom ‒ Episode 4

While I certainly don't mind a bit of character and setting development, it felt like the elements that got most of the screen time here were (to my mind) the least interesting.
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Pokémon Unite Game Adds Gardevoir to Roster

Game launched for Switch on July 21 ― The official Twitter account for The Pokémon Company International and Tencent's TiMi Studio Group's Pokémon Unite game announced on Tuesday that the game will add Gardevoir as the first new playable character. The account streamed a video previewing Gardevoir. Attention, Trainers! Gardevoir is arriving to the shores of Aeos Island on July 28! Keep your eyes open...
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One Piece's Eiichiro Oda Draws Original Illustration for French President

French President Emmanuel Macron proudly showed off an illustration he received from One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda. He tweeted on Saturday that he is sharing the image for passionate One Piece fans, and expressed his thanks towards Oda in both French and Japanese. Passionnés de One Piece, je partage avec vous ce dessin original offert par son auteur. Merci ありがとうございます @Eiichiro_Staff ! pic.twitter...
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Tokyo Revengers ‒ Episode 16

It's also pretty nice to be reminded that these are still teenagers, with the crew either drooling over the saddest beach butts ever put to animation and trying to look cool in swimming races.
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 25-31

Arte, Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater anime; The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!, Pretty Boy Detective Club manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Arte BDPlease Funimation US$64.98 July 27 Black Rock Shooter BDCite Discotek Media US$39.95 July 27 Chihayafuru Season 3 BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$89.98 July 27 City Hunter Season 2 Part 1 BDPlease Discote...
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Battle Game in 5 Seconds ‒ Episode 3

After experimenting with such lavish storytelling dalliances as 'character development' last week, Battle Game in 5 Seconds realizes that wasn't playing to its strengths, and thus opts to switch back to its standard superpower showcase.
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Light Novel About Russian Girl's Romantic Miscommunication Teases VTuber Debut

Russophile voice actress Sumire Uesaka plays Alya on Kadokawa's July 29 livestream ― Kadokawa teased on Thursday that the title character in SansanSun and Momoko's Tokidoki Bosotto Russia-go de Dereru Tonari no Alya-san (My Seatmate Alya Sometimes Becomes Really Lovey-Dovey While Talking in Russian) novel series will make her debut as a Virtual YouTuber. The novel's story centers on Masachika Kuze an...
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Seirei Gensouki - Spirit Chronicles ‒ Episode 4

Interestingly enough, Latifa seems to feel the loss of her previous life more keenly. Possibly this is because her current one lacks almost everything that she seemed to have before, most notably a loving family.
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We Could Have Had Akira and Mario at the Olympics Opening Ceremony

Proposal document from last year outlined ambitious plans for the ceremony ― The Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony featured popular video game tunes and placards evoking manga, yet Nintendo and AKIRA were noticeably absent. According to a proposal document submitted to the IOC in April last year, the original plans for the opening ceremony were significantly more ambitious. The Weekly Bunshun tabloid, ...
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Crunchyroll Expo Reveals World Premieres of Restaurant to Another World 2, Sakugan Anime

Free virtual event takes place on August 5-7 ― Crunchyroll unveiled last week a preview trailer and full event schedule for this year's Virtual Crunchyroll Expo event. The company also revealed that it will screen the world premiere of the Restaurant to Another World 2 anime at the event. The event will also screen the world premiere for the Sakugan anime on August 5 with Kanon Amane (voice of Memenp...
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RPG Real Estate Anime Unveils Visual, Staff

Tomoaki Koshida directs Doga Kobo anime about mage at real estate agency ― An official website for the television anime adaptation of Chiyo Kenmotsu's RPG Real Estate (RPG Fudōsan) manga opened on Tuesday, and it unveiled the staff and a new teaser visual. Tomoaki Koshida (Ikebukuro West Gate Park) is directing the anime at Doga Kobo. Yoshiko Nakamura (Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle) is in charg...

Golden Kamuy Manga Enters Final Arc on July 29

Manga will be available for free on Yanjan!, Tonari no Young Jump ― Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga will enter its final arc in this year's 35th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine on Thursday. Every chapter of the manga will be available for free on the Yanjan! app and Tonari no Young Jump manga website from Thursday until September 17. The manga entered its climax in May. The manga entered a h...
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Edens Zero Anime Casts Taiten Kusunoki, Honoka Inoue

Drakken Joe, Xiaomei appear in 17th episode on Saturday ― The staff for the television anime of Hiro Mashima's Edens Zero manga revealed two new cast members on Tuesday. The new characters will appear in the anime's 17th episode on Saturday. Taiten Kusunoki will play Drakken Joe, the Alchemist of Darkness and one of the members of Oración Seis Galáctica Honoka Inoue will play Xiaomei, a storyteller a...
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One Piece World Seeker Game Launches on Stadia

Game launched for PS4, Xbox One, PC via Steam in March 2019 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Sunday that its One Piece World Seeker game is available on Google Stadia. Bandai Namco Entertainment describes the game: ONE PIECE World Seeker puts fans into the sandals of series protagonist Monkey D. Luffy to explore Prison Island as part of a brand-new, original story. Moreover, the title also a...
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Maybe's Tales of Wedding Rings Manga Enters Climax

Series launched in 2014; Crunchyroll, Yen Press publish manga in English ― The August issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine revealed on Monday that Maybe's Tales of Wedding Rings (Kekkon Yubiwa Monogatari) manga will enter its climax in the magazine's next issue on August 25. The manga's 10th compiled book volume previously revealed on January 25 that the manga would continue only "for j...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, July 12-18

Summer Wars film earns 10.7% rating ― NTV aired Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's Summer Wars anime film on Friday, July 16 at 9:10 p.m., and it earned a 10.7% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV July 18 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 8.3 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV July 18 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 6.3 Detective Conan NTV July 17 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 5.4 One Piece Fuji TV Ju...
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Live-Action noise Film Casts Ryunosuke Kamiki as Rookie Cop

Kamiki's character Shinichirō Moriya kicks off story with mistaken murder in 2022 film ― The official website for the live-action film of Tetsuya Tsutsui's noise manga revealed on Tuesday that it has cast Ryunosuke Kamiki as Shinichirō Moriya, a rookie police officer in the film's remote island setting. His accidental killing of ex-convict Mutsuo Omisaka begins the story. The film will open in 2022. ...

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Mamoru Hosoda's Belle Film at #1 Again as Demon Slayer Returns to Top 10

Live-action Tokyo Revengers film stayed at #2 ― Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's new Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, literally "The Dragon and the Freckled Princess") anime film stayed at #1 in its second weekend. The film earned 523,357,700 yen (about US$4.74 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 2,437,411,900 yen (about US$22.11 million). The film has sold a total of ...
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Demon Slayer Manga Wins Japan Cartoonists Association Award

Keito Koume's War's Unwomanly Face manga also won special award ― The Japan Cartoonists Association (JCA) announced the winners of the 50th Japan Cartoonists Association Awards on Monday. Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga won the grand prize in the Comic division, and Joruju Piroshiki's self-published work NEW NORMAL! won the grand prize in the Cartoon division. Each grand prize...
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Musician HYDE Holds 20th Anniversary Global Livestream Concert

Performances at Kyoto's Heian Shrine will take place on July 31, August 1 ― Musician and singer HYDE is commemorating his 20-year solo career with a livestream concert: "20th Orchestra Concert 2021 HYDE HEIANJINGU." There will be two performances in total on July 31 and August 1, and VODs will be available for several days after the event. The livestream is available in all regions except mainland Ch...
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Remake Our Life! ‒ Episode 4

I found that the fanservice we get—it's mostly your typical beach scenario titillation with a bikini top coming undone thrown in—felt less smarmy and more like mid-00s anime antics.
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Square Enix Manga & Books Licenses SINoALICE and My Happy Marriage Manga

Company to also release Final Fantasy XIV Picture Book ― Square Enix Manga & Books announced on Monday that it has licensed the SINoALICE and My Happy Marriage manga for release in 2022. The company will release the Final Fantasy XIV Picture Book by the Final Fantasy XIV Online game's lead story designer Banri Oda and illustrated by concept artist Hiroyuki Nagamine on July 26. 2022. The company will ...
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Kageki Shoujo!! ‒ Episode 4

It's not often that you see such a candid exploration of abuse in anime: it's even less often that you see someone actually have to pay penance of sorts for being a problem.
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Masaaki Yuasa's Inu-Oh Anime Film Reveals Trailer, Cast, Staff, Early Summer 2022 Opening

Avu-chan, Mirai Moriyama star in film screening this September in Venice festival ― The official website for Masaaki Yuasa's Inu-Oh, the musical anime feature film of Hideo Furukawa's Heike Monogatari: Inu-Oh no Maki (Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh) novel, revealed on Tuesday a trailer, cast, more staff, and early 2022 opening. The website also revealed that the film will make its world premiere and comp...
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hololive English to Feature at 5 Fan Expo Events This Fall

VTubers will tour Megacon Orlando, Fan Expo Boston, Calgary Expo, Fan Expo Dallas, Fan Expo Canada ― The hololive English Virtual YouTuber group will feature at the following Fan Expo events this fall: Megacon Orlando, Fan Expo Boston, Calgary Expo, Fan Expo Dallas, and Fan Expo Canada. The tour dates and the appearing talent are as follows: MEGACON Orlando: August 12-15Watson Amelia, Takanashi Kiara...
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Girlfriend, Girlfriend ‒ Episode 4

While the whole setup was pretty bland to the point where I could call out almost every single story beat that was about to happen, I'd be remiss to not say it was the third segment that got the biggest laughs out of me.
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Utako Yukihiro's Kare ni Irai Shite wa Ikemasen Manga's 1st Part Ends with 7th Volume

Manga debuted in March 2018 ― Utako Yukihiro (Devils and Realist, Uta no Prince-sama) revealed on Twitter that her Kare ni Irai Shite wa Ikemasen (You should not ask him.) manga will end its first part with the seventh compiled book volume. The manga debuted in Ichijinsha's Comic Zero Sum magazine in March 2018. The manga's sixth compiled book volume shipped in Japan on Monday. Yukihiro is the artist...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 984

The road to Onigashima has been long, and it's important to contextualize why the battle is important through events past and present.

Variety: Pokémon Live-Action Series is in Early Development at Netflix

Lucifer's Joe Henderson to write, executive produce series ― Entertainment news source Variety reported on Monday that the Pokémon franchise is getting a live-action series that is in early development at Netflix. According to Variety's sources, it will be a live-action series with Joe Henderson (executive producer and co-showrunner of Netflix's Lucifer series) as writer and executive producer. Rob L...
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hololive Indonesia's Airani Iofifteen Tests Positive for COVID-19

Although she has not exhibited severe symptoms, she will take break until she recovers ― Virtual YouTuber agency hololive announced on its official English Twitter account on Thursday that the hololive Indonesia talent Airani Iofifteen (known by the nickname of "Iofi") tested positive for COVID-19 on July 21. Although she has not exhibited severe symptoms, she is currently self-isolating at home and ...
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The Detective Is Already Dead ‒ Episode 4

So I'll start the review of this week's The Detective Is Already Dead with the positive: The actual mystery-solving does, in fact, make sense this time! Kinda! If you squint!
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Ryo Ikuemi's Rose Rosy Roseful Bud Manga Not Ending in September (Updated)

Manga about manga creator debuted in May 2020 ― Update: Rikako Iketani's Hakoiri no Musume manga, not Ryo Ikuemi's Rose Rosey Roseful Budmanga, is ending in the October issue of Cookie magazine. ANN regrets the error, and the following is the original article: This year's September issue of Shueisha's Cookie magazine revealed on Monday that Ryo Ikuemi's Rose Rosey Roseful Bud manga will end in the ma...
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Mamoru Hosoda's Belle Film, Live-Action Tokyo Revengers Earn Over 2 Billion Yen at Box Office

Belle opened on July 16; Tokyo Revengers opened on July 9 ― Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's new Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, literally "The Dragon and the Freckled Princess") anime film sold more than 1.69 million tickets for more than 2.4 billion yen (about US$21.8 million) as of Sunday, its 10th day at the box office. Belle opened in Japan on July 16 and ranked at #1 in the Japanese box office....
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Netflix Streams Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning Film Outside Japan on July 30

2nd of 2 'final' live-action Rurouni Kenshin films opened at #1 in Japan on June 4 ― Netflix is listing Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Beginning, the second of two "final chapter" films in the live-action film series based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga for streaming in the United States on July 30. Netflix began streaming the first film, Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final, worldwide out...
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Demon Slayer Film Returns to Top 10 at Box Office for 1st Time in 2 Months

Film ranked at #7 in Japan for 'final screening' run ― The Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime ranked at #7 at the Japanese box office in tickets sold this past weekend. This marks the first time that the film has been in the top 10 since it dropped off of it two months ago. The film is screening again at over 380 theaters in Japan from July 22-29 as a limited-time "final s...
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Disney Manga: Stitch and the Samurai Creator Hiroto Wada Passes Away at 46

Artist just launched Yankee Mito Kōmon manga in Evening magazine in March ― The editors of Kodansha's Evening magazine announced on Monday that manga creator Hiroto Wada suddenly passed away on July 18 due to a cerebral hemorrhage and other contributing factors. He was 46 years old. Wada's manga titles include Phara-o, a comedy about an Egyptian pharaoh in modern Tokyo which he drew from 2017 to 2018...
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1st Free! The Final Stroke Anime Film Streams 2nd Teaser

Film opens on September 17 ― Kyoto Animation posted the second teaser trailer, a new key visual, and theme song information for the first film in the new two-part anime film project Free! The Final Stroke on Monday. The teaser previews Haruka's much-anticipated journey to the Sydney tournament. The title of OLDCODEX's theme song for the film is "Heading to Over - Version:Free -", and as the name indi...
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Idumi Kirihara's Jikyū Sanbyakuen no Shinigami Manga Ends

Manga based on Fujimaru's novel about part-time psychopomp launched in July 2020 ― The September issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine published the final chapter of Idumi Kirihara's Jikyū Sanbyakuen no Shinigami (A Psychopomp for 300 Yen an Hour) manga on Monday. Futabasha will publish the manga's third and final volume on October 12. The manga adapts Fujimaru's novel of the same name. The st...
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Momoiro Clover Z's Ayaka Sasaki Hospitalized Due to Paralyzed Facial Nerves

Group's August 1 live concert postponed after Sasaki was diagnosed, hospitalized on Friday ― The official website for the Momoiro Clover Z idol group announced on Saturday that member Ayaka Sasaki was hospitalized on Friday after being diagnosed with right peripheral facial nerve paralysis on the same day. Sasaki's condition is currently under observation. The idol group has postponed its upcoming "M...
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My Hero Academia Anime Season 5's English Dub Casts Sonny Strait as Re-Destro

Season entered "Internship at Endeavor's Agency" arc of Kohei Horikoshi's original manga ― Funimation announced on Friday that Sonny Strait will play Re-Destro in the English dub of the fifth season of the My Hero Academia anime. Funimation had earlier stated that it will reveal the dub cast for the other members of the Meta Liberation Army. The staff of the anime revealed the Japanese cast for five ...

Amazon Prime Video Streams 2-Minute Teaser for Final Evangelion Film

Company will stream the film worldwide on August 13 ― Amazon Prime Video's official Twitter account began streaming a two-minute and 16-second long teaser for Evangelion: 3.0+1.01: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the new version of the "final" Evangelion film, on Saturday. Shinji and Co. are making their way to Amazon Prime Video August 13th. Check out this exclusive look at the ...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 105

If there's any resolution to be had here, it needs to be through the characters speaking and taking action outside the strictures of an action cartoon.
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Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun Season 2 ‒ Episode 15

Are heroes born? Or are they made? Or are they maybe forced into it by their psychotic teacher who thinks that giant monsters attacking a theme park is an “attraction?”
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The Honor Student at Magic High School ‒ Episode 4

After two episodes of heavy focus on the extended cast of the series, this one comes back to centering on Miyuki, giving us a different look at the relationship between her and her brother.
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The Decagon House Murders Manga Starts Final Arc

Manga based on Yukito Ayatsuji's novel launched in August 2019 ― The September issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine revealed on Monday that Hiro Kiyohara's manga adaptation of Yukito Ayatsuji's The Decagon House Murders (Jukkakukan no Satsujin) novel is starting "the final arc of the tragedy of the 'island'" in the magazine's next issue. The manga launched in August 2019. The manga's third compiled...
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Yōko Nogiri's Those Not-So-Sweet Boys Manga Enters Final Arc

Manga launched in 2019 ― The September issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine revealed on Monday that Yōko Nogiri's Those Not-So-Sweet Boys (Amakunai Karera no Nichijo wa) manga is entering its final arc. Kodansha Comics publishes the manga in English, and it describes the story: Midori drops her wallet on her first day of high school, but her new classmate Ichijo swoops in to help. She wants to thank ...
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Fate/Grand Order Final Singularity - Grand Temple of Time: Solomon Anime Film Streams Video Before Friday Opening

Most of cast, staff returning from Babylonia TV anime ― Aniplex posted a new promotional video for the Fate/Grand Order Final Singularity - Grand Temple of Time: Solomon (Fate/Grand Order -Kyūshoku Tokuiten Kani Jikan Shinden Solomon-) anime film on Sunday, before the film's Friday opening. Friday is the sixth anniversary of the original game. The anime stars the following cast members who are return...
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Elegant Yokai Apartment Life Manga Ends on August 25

Manga launched in 2011, adapts Hinowa Kōzuki's light novel series ― The September issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed on Monday that Waka Miyama's Elegant Yokai Apartment Life (Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on August 25. The manga entered its "final season" in November 2019. Hinowa Kōzuki launched the original Yōkai Apāto no Yūga n...
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The [email protected] Franchise Gets Concept Movie by Director Atsushi Nishigori, Cloverworks, Studio Khara

15 idols from 5 sub-franchises assemble for franchise's 16th anniversary ― The [email protected] franchise's live-streamed 16th Anniversary Party!!!!! event announced on Sunday that Cloverworks and Studio Khara are producing a concept movie for the franchise with director and character designer Atsushi Nishigori (The [email protected] TV anime, THE [email protected] MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukōgawa e). Studio Khara's Shogo Ts...
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