Fall 2021 Anime Trailer Watch Party With SungWon Cho!

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Our Most Anticipated Anime Of Fall 2021

The Fall season is just days away! What series are at the top of your must-watch list? If you're still undecided, our critics make a case for some of the promising anime premiering in October.

Hana-chan and the Shape of the World Manga Creator Ryotaro Ueda

In his first ever interview, manga creator Ryotaro Ueda goes into detail about the thin veil between the living and the dead, and the in-between world as Hana-chan experiences it.

Bloom Into You's Nio Nakatani Launches New Manga in October

Kami-sama ga Machigaeru is sci-fi manga about "bug" researchers

Jujutsu Kaisen Manga's Circulation Jumps 650% to 55 Million Copies Since Anime's Debut

Manga's 17th volume ships on October 4 with 2.15 million copy initial print run

The Best and Worst Anime of Summer 2021

ANN's editorial team looks over the last three months to find the cream of the crop and the certified stinkers.

Interview: Remake Our Life!'s True-to-Life Depiction of Creative Work With Frontwing Producer Yasuhiro Atobe

ANN spoke to producer Yasuhiro Atobe to learn about Frontwing's connection to the anime, and how its depiction of creative work rings true to life.

Kageki Shojo!! Manga Creator Kumiko Saiki and Anime Director Kazuhiro Yoneda

Manga creator Kumiko Saiki and anime director Kazuhiro Yoneda share the inspirations behind Kageki Shojo!! from the Takarazuka Revue to the classic series The Rose of Versailles.

Who Would Win? Shaman King's Yoh VS. Bleach's Ichigo

I'm talking Yoh Asakura and Ichigo Kurosaki in an all out spiritual battle between the two! Who would win?
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Temple Alley Summer Novel

Temple Alley Summer is absolutely a masterwork of middle-grade fiction, but it's also a good book that anyone can enjoy. ― It's no surprise that Sachiko Kashiwaba is the author behind The Marvelous Village Veiled in Mist, the children's novel that inspired Hayao Miyazaki's film Spirited Away, because Temple Alley Summer touches on a lot of the same themes as the book that won Kashiwaba the 1974 Kodan...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2021, Sep 16-22

With many series ending this week there are few surprises left... but what's happening to Love Live!? Come and see where your favorites rank this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 24 anime series of the Summer 2021 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these ra...
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How to Melt the Ice Queen's Heart Novel 1

Nevertheless, for all its structural imperfections, How to Melt the Ice Queen's Heart still has its charms. Asahi and Fuyuka genuinely do feel like they would make a nice couple, and their hesitant courtship is both sweet and true to life. How to Melt the Ice Queen's Heart is the very definition of a "slow burn romance." Light novel romcoms tend to be all about gimmicks and outlandish twists on fam...
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BanG Dream! FILM LIVE 2nd Stage

Right from the start 2nd Stage is bigger, louder, and more ambitious than the utter demo tape its predecessor was. ― It's only a little ironic that I compared the first BanG Dream Episode of Roselia movie to a 'Greatest Hits' album of the type these musical money-making franchises are wont to put out, as now we've come to the series' second concert movie. A string of a bunch of popular songs from all...
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This Week in Games - Maidragon Spirit

Things have just gone from really bad to extremely worse over at the ongoing dumpster fire that is Activision-Blizzard corporate. ― Good day, my lovely ANN audience! As I write this, we are but a few hours away from Nintendo Direct happening, but a mixture of deadlines and my obligations to run an event for Vortex Gallery means that we won't be discussing that stuff until next week. Which is fine, be...
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Mahoraba ~Heartful Days~

Mahoraba isn't the kind of show I'd warn people away from, but it's also not a show I'd recommend particularly strongly. ― It's interesting how “boarding house ensemble comedy” is such a distinct genre of Japanese media. Boarding houses, which offer cheap rent to long and short-term residents and generally provide some sort of collective living arrangement such as shared meals, tend to be depicted as...
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Fire Force Figure Giveaway!

As a special treat for ANN Readers in the US, Kotobukiya is giving away a Fire Force ARTFX J Figure Set to 1 LUCKY WINNER! ― As a special treat for ANN Readers in the US, Kotobukiya is giving away this Fire Force ARTFX J Figure Set to 1 LUCKY WINNER! Here are the following figures you can get: ARTFX J Shinra Kusakabe ARTFX J Tamaki Kotatsu ARTFX J Arthur Boyle ARTFX J Shinmon Benimaru Follow Kotobuk...
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Back When You Called Us Devils Author Launches New Manga

Takashi Sano launches Kimi ga Kemono ni Naru Mae ni manga on October 4 ― This year's 44th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine revealed on Monday that Takashi Sano is launching a new manga titled Kimi ga Kemono ni Naru Mae ni (Before You Turn Into a Beast) in the magazine's next issue on October 4. The manga will have a color opening page. The magazine teases the manga as a story of love and blo...
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Jagaaan Manga by As the Gods Will's Muneyuki Kaneshiro Ends in 5 Chapters

Supernatural battle manga launched in 2017 ― This year's 43rd issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Kensuke Nishida's Jagaaan manga will end in five chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end in the magazine's 48th issue on November 1. The manga entered its "final battle" in November 2020. The manga centers on Shintarō Jagasaki, a po...
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Hitsuji Yamada's The Masterful Cat Is Depressed Again Today Manga Gets Magazine Serialization

― The November issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed on Saturday that Hitsuji Yamada's The Masterful Cat Is Depressed Again Today (Dekiru Neko wa Kyō mo Yūutsu) manga will begin serializing in the magazine beginning in the next issue on October 26. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga, and it describes the story: When Saku took in a stray black cat, she never expected th...
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'OBSOLETE' Spinoff Manga Reaches Climax

Yoshihro Sono launched Obsolete: Hanabusa Report manga in September 2020 ― The November issue of Kadokawa's Gundam Ace magazine revealed on Saturday that Obsolete: Hanabusa Report, Yoshihiro Sono's manga spinoff of YouTube and Bandai Namco Arts' 3D CG anime OBSOLETE, is entering its climax. Sono (Tokyo Ghoul, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress art design, Hello World manga) launched the manga on Kadokawa'...
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Muteking the Dancing Hero Anime's New Clip Features Dancing Scene, Insert Song by Rinne Yoshida

Reboot series premieres on October 2 ― The official website for Muteking the Dancing Hero, the reboot television anime series of Tatsunoko Production's Tondemo Senshi Muteking hero gag anime, began streaming a new video clip for the show on Tuesday. The video features the insert song "Jasmine" by the in-show "super artist" Aurora. Rinne Yoshida performs the song. The anime will premiere on TV Osaka a...
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Japan to Lift COVID-19 State of Emergency in 19 Prefectures on September 30

Government to keep some restrictions in place ― NHK reported on Tuesday that the Japanese government will not extend the state of emergency in the country, and will officially end the state of emergency in 19 prefectures on September 30. The government will also end the quasi-emergency measures in eight prefectures. However, some restrictions will still be in place, and the government plans to ease r...
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Karneval Manga Ends in October After 14 Years

Touya Mikanagi's manga launched in 2007, inspired 2013 TV anime ― The November issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine revealed on Tuesday that Touya Mikanagi's Karneval manga will end in the magazine's next issue on October 28. The next issue will also feature a full-color booklet for the manga, as well as a supplement bundled with the magazine. The manga will feature on the cover of t...
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1st Free! The Final Stroke Film Stays at #3, Hosoda's Belle Drops to #4

Live-action Tokyo Revengers film is now highest-earning live-action film in Japan this year ― The first film of Free! The Final Stroke, Kyoto Animation's new two-part anime film project in the Free! franchise, stayed at #3 in its second weekend. The film earned 60,912,420 yen (about US$548,700) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 280,929,400 yen (about US$2.53 million). The fi...
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Universal Studios Japan Announces Donkey Kong Expansion for Super Mario World Area Opening in 2024

Expansion to include roller coaster, interactive experiences, merch, food ― Universal Studios Japan announced on Tuesday it will launch a Donkey Kong-themed expansion to its Super Mario World area in 2024. The new area will feature a roller coaster, interactive experiences, themed merchandise, and food. With the addition of the Donkey Kong-themed area, the Super Nintendo World area of the theme park ...
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2nd Princess Principal: Crown Handler Film's 1st 10 Minutes Posted

2nd film in 6-part series opened in Japan on September 23 ― Bandai Namco Arts began streaming the first 10 minutes of the second film in the six-part Princess Principal: Crown Handler sequel film series on Monday. The second film opened in Japan on September 23. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the entire six-part film series, and describes the story of the first film: Following the attempted assassinat...

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'Goodbye, Don Glees!' Adventure Anime Film Casts Kana Hanazawa

Voice of protagonist Rōma's classmate Chibori Urayasu in 2022 film by Atsuko Ishizuka, Madhouse ― The official website for Atsuko Ishizuka and Madhouse's original anime film Goodbye, Don Glees! revealed on Tuesday that it has cast Kana Hanazawa as the character Chibori "Tivoli" Urayasu, a classmate on whom protagonist Rōma has a crush. She is into photography, and she has never been in the same class...
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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! ‒ Episode 8

So…episode 8 is premised around one thing and one thing only: Jahy getting to take a bath that's not in her “pathetic little tub”, which is a direct quote from the cold open and the most relatable mood if you've ever lived in Japan.
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Remake Our Life! ‒ SEASON FINALE

It's the full-circle conclusion to the journey of a twenty-something's reckoning with the life he had, the new life he lived, and the hiccups along the way.
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Live-Action Maki Enjōji's Tsumari Sukitte Iitain dakedo Series Reveals More Cast, Theme Song

Airi Matsui joins cast; Sakurako Ōhara performs opening theme ― The official website for the live-action series of Maki Enjōji's Tsumari Sukitte Iitain dakedo, (I Mean, I Want to Say I Like You But,) manga revealed on Sunday additional cast and theme song artists. Sakurako Ōhara will perform the opening theme song "Poppin' Love" as her character Chitose. Airi Matsui (pictured below) will play Ayumi K...
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Fena: Pirate Princess ‒ Episode 8

Do you find a woman attractive? Think about her all the time? Do thoughts of her distract you from other things? Don't worry, you're not in love – she's just a witch!
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The Caligula Effect 2 PS4, Switch Game's Trailer Previews Characters

Game launches in N. America on October 19, Europe on October 22 ― NIS America began streaming a character trailer for FuRyu's The Caligula Effect 2 sequel game on Monday. The game will launch for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on October 19 in North America and on October 22 in Europe. The game will feature Japanese audio with English text. The game shipped for PS4 and Switch in Japan on June 24. ...
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ufotable Launches Global Online Shop With Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Lineup

Shipping is limited to United States, Canada and Australia as studio plans to gradually expand serviceable regions ― Anime studio ufotable launched a global version of its online shop on Saturday, aiming to deliver merchandise directly to fans overseas. The ufotableWEBSHOP-Global shop offers production material drawings and merchandise with original illustrations for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaib...
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Edens Zero ‒ Episode 9-10

It does feel like the show is struggling a bit to find a place for its female leads as that seems to be where the narrative shortcomings are beginning to crop up.
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Discotek Releases Ronin Warriors, Girly Air Force, Anime, Cutie Honey The Live Series on BD on December 28

Also: Robot Carnival on Ultra HD BD ― Discotek announced on Monday that it will release the Ronin Warriors and Girly Air Force anime and the live-action Cutie Honey The Live series on Blu-ray Disc on December 28. The company will also release the Robot Carnival original video anime (OVA) on Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc on the same day. Discotek's release of Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers (Ronin Warriors) ...
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I'm Standing on 1,000,000 Lives. ‒ SEASON FINALE

It turns out that the Jezby twist was a refreshing wrench to throw into this cocktail of components. It somehow managed to tighten down the loose screws until the story was perfectly tuned by the end.
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Space Battleship Yamato Series Gets Novel Set Between Final Yamato, Resurrection Films

Writer Yūya Takashima, artist Ryuji Umeno launched novel on Monday ― The Space Battleship Yamato series got a novel titled Uchū Senkan Yamato: Reimei-hen Aquarius Algorithm that launched on Monday. Yūya Takashima wrote the story, and Ryuji Umeno illustrated the work. Shoji Nishizaki was a supervisor. Yoshinobu Nishizaki is credited with the original work, and Asteroid 6 is credited for cooperation. T...
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Sonny Boy ‒ Episode 11

If Sonny Boy has anything as simple as a “message,” then Rajdhani's exclamation of nihilistic optimism—that nothing matters, but sometimes cool things really do happen—is probably as close as we're going to get.
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Aya Nakahara's Otonanajimi Manga Ends on October 28

Manga entered climax in July ― The official website for Shueisha's Cocohana magazine announced that Aya Nakahara's Otonanajimi manga will end in the magazine's December issue on October 28. The manga entered its climax in July. The manga's story centers on childhood friends Kaede Kagaya and Shun Aoyama. Ever since they were kids, Shun has been helping out Kaede, and Kaede has held a secret crush on S...
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UFC Fighter Roxanne Modafferi Raises Attack On Titan Salute During Weigh-ins

During the official weigh-ins for last Saturday's UFC 266 event, women's flyweight fighter Roxanne Modafferi struck a pose that should be instantly recognizable to any Attack On Titan fan: the now-famous salute used by the Scout Regiment of the Attack On Titan series. On weight and ready to fight! 心を捧げよう! #ufc pic.twitter.com/Lapp2RYS3j— Roxanne Modafferi (@Roxyfighter) September 24, 2021 Nickname...
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The Honor Student at Magic High School ‒ SEASON FINALE

So here we are at the end of the series, and the climatic showdown between our young magical rivals with the entire tournament on the line. Except there's just one problem: the winner is a foregone conclusion.
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Resident Evil 4 VR Game's Video Reveals October 21 Launch

New game to launch on Oculus Quest 2 VR headset ― Facebook's Oculus Studios began streaming a new video for the new virtual reality version of the Resident Evil 4 game for the Oculus Quest 2 headset system on Monday, and the video reveals that the game will launch on October 21. Capcom partnered with Facebook and developer Armature for the new version. The game will be played in a new first-person pe...
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Temple Alley Summer Novel

Temple Alley Summer is absolutely a masterwork of middle-grade fiction, but it's also a good book that anyone can enjoy. ― It's no surprise that Sachiko Kashiwaba is the author behind The Marvelous Village Veiled in Mist, the children's novel that inspired Hayao Miyazaki's film Spirited Away, because Temple Alley Summer touches on a lot of the same themes as the book that won Kashiwaba the 1974 Kodan...
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HIDIVE to Stream Waccha PriMagi! Anime

Anime begins streaming on October 2 ― HIDIVE announced on Monday that it will begin streaming Waccha Purimaji! (Waccha PriMagi!), the latest television anime in Takara Tomy Arts and syn Sophia's Pretty Series franchise, on October 2 at 10:00 p.m. EDT in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia, Spain, and Portugal. The series will prem...
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Hajime Kamoshida Writes New Gundam Eight Manga

Kamoshida wrote Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ― This year's November issue of Kadokawa's Gundam Ace magazine confirmed on Saturday that Hajime Kamoshida (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Gekkō, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans anime's script writer, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai) will write a new Gundam manga titled Kidō Senshi Gundam Eight (Mobile Suit Gundam ...
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Kageki Shoujo!! ‒ SEASON FINALE

Episode 13, “Kageki Shojo!!”, wraps up the auditions for those coveted four positions. But more importantly, it is also a celebration of the series as a whole.
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My Hero Academia ‒ SEASON FINALE

Well, it's been a hell of a trip getting here, but it's time once again for MHA to return to its seasonal slumber.
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Higurashi: When They Cry Franchise Gets 2 New Manga Set in Reiwa Era

Umineko's Kei Natsumi, Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka's Seigo Tokiya draw new manga ― The October issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine revealed on Saturday that Square Enix will launch two new manga in the Higurashi franchise in November. The manga will tell two different arcs in an all-new story titled Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei. The kanji used for "Rei" is the kanji used in Japan's...
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Yomi Hirasaka's Shimekiri Mae ni wa Yuri ga Hakadoru Light Novels Get Manga

Haganai, A Sister's All You Need author launched novel series last December ― The October issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine revealed on Saturday that Yomi Hirasaka's Shimekiri Mae ni wa Yuri ga Hakadoru (Making Progress on Yuri Before the Deadline) light novel series will get a manga adaptation that will launch in the magazine's November issue on October 25. Saki Sakida is drawing th...
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Nichijō's Keiichi Arawi Publishes Work in Shonen Ace Magazine on October 26

Issue to also feature author's work in supplement, author-designed mask case ― The November issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine revealed on Saturday that Keiichi Arawi will publish a manga in the magazine's December issue on October 26. The magazine did not specify if the manga would be a series or a one-shot. The manga will feature on the cover of the issue, and will have an opening colo...
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exA-Arcadia Announces Touhou Perfect Sakura Fantastica Arcade Game

Game to be 1st licensed arcade game in franchise ― Japanese game developer exA-Arcadia announced on Monday that it is developing the first licensed arcade game in the Touhou Project franchise, titled Touhou Perfect Sakura Fantasica (Touhou Dengenkei). exA-Arcadia noted the game is officially licensed by Team Shanghai Alice. The company plans to exhibit the game at the next Hakurei Jinja Reitaisa dōji...
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World Trigger Manga Takes 1-Month Break Due to Author's Health

― The official Twitter account for Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine revealed on Monday that Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga will not appear in the magazine's November issue on October 4, due to the author's "sudden illness." The Twitter account posted a letter from Ashihara where he stated that his head/neck specifically is what is in poor health right now. The manga will still appear on the cove...
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Jujutsu Kaisen Manga's Circulation Jumps 650% to 55 Million Copies Since Anime's Debut

Manga's 17th volume ships on October 4 with 2.15 million copy initial print run ― Shueisha reported on Monday that with the 2.15 million copy initial print run of the 17th compiled book volume of Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga, the manga will have 55 million copies in circulation (including print and digital copies, as well as copies not yet sold) when the volume ships on October 4. The manga's ...
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Oh My Goddess! Job-Hunting Spinoff Manga Ends in October

Yuhei Aoki, Kumichi Yoshizuki launched manga about Belldandy's search for job in January 2018 ― The November issue of Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine revealed on Saturday that the Aa Shūkatsu no Megami-sama (Ah My Job-Hunting Goddess) spinoff manga based on Kousuke Fujishima's Oh My Goddess! (Ah My Goddess/Aa Megami-sama) manga will end in the next issue on October 25. Yuhei Aoki (Manga ni, Hen...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, September 13-19

Demon Slayer rerun compilations earn 14% rating ― The finale episode of the live-action series adaptation based on Miko Yasu's Police in a Pod (Hakozume: Kōban Joshi no Gyakushū) manga aired on NTV on Wednesday, September 15 at 10:00 p.m. and it earned a 12.6% rating. The finale episode of the live-action series adaptation of Oreco Tachibana's Promise Cinderella manga aired on TBS on Tuesday, Septemb...
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Bloom Into You's Nio Nakatani Launches New Manga in October

Kami-sama ga Machigaeru is sci-fi manga about "bug" researchers ― The November issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine revealed on Monday that manga creator Nio Nakatani will launch a new manga titled Kami-sama ga Machigaeru (God Must Have Made a Bug) in the magazine's next issue on October 27. Nakatani posted a photo of the announcement page from the magazine on Monday. 新連載のお知らせです!!...
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Sword Art Online Novels Get Manga About Aincrad Arc

Manga will portray scenes in novels not shown in anime ― The November issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine revealed on Monday that Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online light novels are inspiring a new manga adaptation that will launch in the magazine's next issue on October 27. The magazine notes that the story will be a "rearrangement" of the novels' Aincrad story arc, and will featu...

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Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles Game's Trailer Shows Adventure Mode

Video features scenes from Mugen Train anime film ― Sony's official PlayStation YouTube channel began streaming a trailer for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Keppūtan) game on Monday. The video previews the game's Adventure Mode, and features scens from the "Mugen Train" arc of the story, as seen in the Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movi...

Muv-Luv Alternative Anime Adds 4 Cast Members

Ruriko Aoki, Sayumi Watabe, Kanon Takao, Norio Wakamoto join cast ― The official website for the Muv-Luv Alternative anime revealed four new cast members for the anime on Saturday. The additional cast members are: Ruriko Aoki as Yūko Kōzuki Sayumi Watabe as Marimo Jingūji Kanon Takao as Kasumi Yashiro Norio Wakamoto as Paul Radhabinod The anime will premiere on October 6 on Fuji TV's [+Ultra] program...
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Eagle Talon Anime Gets New TV Spinoff About Sustainable Development Goals in October

New series stars Yoshida's cousin Katsuko ― The official website for the Eagle Talon (Himitsu Kessha Taka no Tsume) comedy anime franchise announced on Monday that the franchise will have a new spinoff television anime series titled Yoshida Katsuko no Yabai wa! SDGs ~Araburu! Trouble! Sustainable!~ (Katsuko Yoshida's Plight! SDGs: Irascible! Trouble! Sustainable!). The 13-episode series will premiere...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2021, Sep 16-22

With many series ending this week there are few surprises left... but what's happening to Love Live!? Come and see where your favorites rank this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 24 anime series of the Summer 2021 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these ra...
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How to Melt the Ice Queen's Heart Novel 1

Nevertheless, for all its structural imperfections, How to Melt the Ice Queen's Heart still has its charms. Asahi and Fuyuka genuinely do feel like they would make a nice couple, and their hesitant courtship is both sweet and true to life. How to Melt the Ice Queen's Heart is the very definition of a "slow burn romance." Light novel romcoms tend to be all about gimmicks and outlandish twists on fam...
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Dr. Stone Manga Enters Final Arc, Takes 1-Week Break So Authors Can Do Research

Also: Black Clover manga takes 1-week break ― This year's 43rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that Boichi and Riichirou Inagaki's Dr. Stone manga is entering its final arc. The magazine also stated the manga will be on a break in the 44th issue on October 4 so the authors can do research, and will return in the 45th issue on October 11. The magazine also revealed ...
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IDOLiSH7 Third Beat! Anime's 2nd Half Premieres Next Year

1st half ended after episode 13 on Sunday IDOLiSH7 Third Beat!, the third IDOLiSH7 anime season, ended its first half on Sunday with an announcement that the second half will premiere next year. Accompanying the news is a new visual of the idol group ŹOOĻ: The third season is running for two split cours (quarters of the year). The first half of the season premiered on July 4, and Crunchyroll is str...
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Taamo Launches Tsumugu to Koi ni Naru Futari Manga on October 22

New manga from Atsumori-kun's Bride-to-be author centers on woman who doesn't socialize well ― The November issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine revealed on Friday that Taamo will launch a new manga titled Tsumugu to Koi ni Naru Futari (Tsumugu and the Two Who Fall in Love) in the magazine's December issue on October 22. The manga centers on Tsumugi, who isn't good at socializing with others, when su...
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Project Sekai: Colorful Stage! feat. Hatsune Miku Rhythm Game Gets Mini Anime

Petit Seka to stream 10 episodes on YouTube for free ― The "Project Sekai Anniversary Festa 2021" event announced on Sunday that production on a mini anime adaptation of Sega's Project Sekai: Colorful Stage! feat. Hatsune Miku smartphone rhythm game has been green-lit. The 10 planned episodes of Petit Seka (Puchi Seka) will stream for free on YouTube. The anime will feature the characters from the ga...
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Cells at Work Baby Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

Spinoff series will have 4 volumes ― This year's 43rd issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Wednesday that Yasuhiro Fukuda's Cells at Work! Baby (Hataraku Saibō Baby) spinoff manga of Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! manga will end in two chapters. If the series does not take any breaks, it will end in the 45th issue on October 7. The manga's fourth and final compiled volume will ship on Oct...
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The Faraway Paladin TV Anime's 3rd Promo Video Reveals More Cast

Koji Yusa, Eri Suzuki join cast for series premiering on October 9 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of author Kanata Yanagino and illustrator Kususaga Rin's The Faraway Paladin (Saihate no Paladin) light novel series revealed the show's third promotional video on Sunday. The site also revealed two new cast members. The new cast includes: Koji Yusa as Tonio Eri Suzuki as Robi...
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Belladonna of Sadness, Cleopatra Director Eiichi Yamamoto Passes Away (Updated)

Yamamoto also directed Kimba the White Lion, A Thousand & One Nights, Astro Boy, more ― Researcher and illustrator Renato Rivera Rusca reported on Twitter on Saturday that at a screening of the Belladonna of Sadness anime film in Tokyo on the same day, the organizers of the event stated that director Eiichi Yamamoto passed away on September 7. The event planning company Anime Novecento also confirme...
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Funimation Reveals English Dub Cast for RE-MAIN Water Polo TV Anime

Robbie Daymond, Caleb Yen, Mark Allen Jr., more star in dub available now ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will stream an English dub version of MAPPA's original water polo television anime RE-MAIN. The anime's first episode debuted on Saturday. Funimation also revealed the English voice cast and crew. Emily Fajardo is the ADR director and Xavier Earl is the ADR engineer. Clayton Browning is ...
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Tokyo Revengers Manga Tops 40 Million in Circulation

Manga has 8 times more copies in circulation compared to 1 year ago ― Kodansha confirmed on Sunday that Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga has more than 40 million copies in circulation. The manga has eight times more copies in circulation compared to a year ago. The manga had 5 million copies in circulation in September 2020, about 8 million copies in February 2020, about 10 million copies at the end...
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Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth Game Gets Console Release on December 16

Side-scrolling action game will include text in 11 languages ― Publisher Playism announced on Saturday that it will release Team Ladybug and WSS Playground's Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth side-scrolling action game on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One on December 16. The game will feature text in Japanese, English, Simplified Chinese, Tra...
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Waccha PriMagi! Anime Casts Singer Saho Aono

Latest anime in Pretty Series debuts on October 3 ― The official Twitter account for Waccha Purimaji! (Waccha PriMagi!), the latest television anime in Takara Tomy Arts and syn Sophia's Pretty Series franchise, revealed on Sunday that the show has cast singer Saho Aono as Jennifer Sumire Sol. The character is the previous winner of the PriMagi Grand Festival. The series will premiere on October 3 at ...

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Rainbow's Masasumi Kakizaki Launches New Manga in October

Yomotsu Hegui centers on man who loses everything, meets shinigami ― The October issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine announced on Tuesday that Masasumi Kakizaki is launching a new manga titled Yomotsu Hegui (Partaking of the Underworld's Food) in the magazine's next issue on October 19. The magazine teases the manga as centering on a man who has lost everything and meets a shinigami, and an "e...
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New 3x3 Eyes Manga Enters 'Last Stage'

Manga launched online in 2016 ― The October issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine announced on Tuesday that Yuzo Takada's 3x3 Eyes: Kiseki no Yami no Keiyakusha manga is entering its last stage. Takada launched the manga on E-Young Magazine in December 2016, and the series moved to Monthly Young Magazine in February 2019. Kodansha published the sixth compiled volume on September 17. The manga is...

Netflix's Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Show Posts Opening Credits

Yoko Kanno's 'Tank!' song featured in recreation of anime's version ― The "Tudum: A Netflix Global Fan Event" debuted the opening credits for the live-action adaptation of Sunrise's Cowboy Bebop anime on Saturday. The live-action credits brings back Yoko Kanno's "Tank!" song from the original anime's version. Netflix describes its Cowboy Bebop series: COWBOY BEBOP is an action-packed space Western ab...
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Tomato Akase Launches New Higurashi When They Cry – Jun Manga in October

Manga will be new answer arc for Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU ― Manga creator Tomato Akase and Kadokawa's Young Ace Up service both announced on Twitter on Friday that Akase will launch a new Higurashi manga titled Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Jun (Higurashi: When They Cry – Jun) in October. The manga will be a new answer arc for the Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU series. The Young Ace Up service publ...

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Anime's Part 2 Debuts Next January

Inori Minase, Aimi sing new opening, ending songs ― The final episode for the current television anime of Dojyomaru's How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Genjitsushugi Yūsha no Ōkoku Saikenki) light novel series ended on Sunday with a teaser promotional video. The video announced that the anime's second part will premiere next January. Inori Minase is contributing the second part's opening theme ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, September 13-19

Neptunia x Senran Kagura debuts at #3, BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! at #4 ― Japan's Game Ranking: September 13-19 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Tales of Arise Bandai Namco Entertainment September 9 33,128 184,444 2NSwWarioWare: Get It Together! Nintendo September 10 32,131 104,408 3PS4Neptunia x Senran Kagura: Ninja War Compile Heart September 16 18,689 18,6...
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BanG Dream! FILM LIVE 2nd Stage

Right from the start 2nd Stage is bigger, louder, and more ambitious than the utter demo tape its predecessor was. ― It's only a little ironic that I compared the first BanG Dream Episode of Roselia movie to a 'Greatest Hits' album of the type these musical money-making franchises are wont to put out, as now we've come to the series' second concert movie. A string of a bunch of popular songs from all...
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The irregular at magic high school Franchise's Reminiscence Arc Anime Reveals 1st Ad, Cast, Staff, Winter TV Debut

Kikuko Inoue, Aya Endo join cast with returning animation team at 8-bit ― The first commercial for the Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Tsuioku-hen (The magic at irregular high school: Reminiscence Arc) anime aired after The Honor Student at Magic High School anime's finale on Saturday. The new anime's website announced the anime's main cast, main staff, and winter television premiere. ◢◤「魔法科高校の劣等生 追憶編」     ...

Demon Slayer Anime Unveils New Cast, Songs by LiSA & Aimer, Entertainment District Arc's December 5 Debut, 7-Episode Mugen Train TV Version

Miyuki Sawashiro plays Daki ― Fuji TV's broadcast premiere of the Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime ended on Saturday with a promotional reel. The reel announced that the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yūkaku-hen) television anime will premiere on December 5 at 11:15 p.m. (9:15 a.m. EST) with a one-hour special. Miyuki Sawashi...
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Super Crooks Anime Reveals Cast, Teaser Video, November 25 Debut on Netflix (Updated)

Kenjiro Tsuda, Maaya Sakamoto star in adaptation of comic by Mark Millar, Leinil Francis Yu ― The "Tudum: A Netflix Global Fan Event" livestream on Saturday revealed that the Super Crooks anime based on the comic by Mark Millar and Leinil Francis Yu will premiere on Netflix on November 25. The event also revealed the main Japanese cast for the show, along with a teaser promotional video and a new vis...
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Studio Colorido Reveals Drifting Home Anime Film Debuting on Netflix in 2022

Summer fantasy film reunites Penguin Highway's staff ― The "Tudum: A Netflix Global Fan Event" livestream on Saturday revealed that Studio Colorido (A Whisker Away, Penguin Highway) is producing a new full-length anime film titled Ame o Tsugeru Hyōryū Danchi (Drifting Home). The film will stream on Netflix in 2022 worldwide, and will also screen in theaters in Japan. The film will be Studio Colorido'...
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Miyavi Joins Cast of Bright: Samurai Soul Anime Film (Updated)

Miyavi makes voice acting debut as villain in film premiering on October 12 ― The "Tudum: A Netflix Global Fan Event" livestream on Saturday revealed that actor and musician Miyavi (live-action Bleach film's Byakuya, theme song performer for We Rent Tsukumogami) will voice the role of the villain Kōketsu Bright: Samurai Soul, the new spinoff anime film based on the 2017 Bright live-action film that s...
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4th Season of Netflix's Aggretsuko Anime Premieres in December

New visual also revealed ― The "Tudum: A Netflix Global Fan Event" livestream on Saturday revealed that the fourth season of the Aggretsuko anime will premiere in December. The event also revealed a new visual for the anime. Rareko is returning to direct the anime at Fanworks, and the anime's cast is also returning. Retsuko is a 25-year old red panda who works in her dream company's accounting depart...
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Ultraman Anime's 2nd Season Reveals Visual

― The "Tudum: A Netflix Global Fan Event" livestream on Saturday revealed a new visual for the second Ultraman anime season. The anime will premiere in spring 2022 on Netflix worldwide. Netflix describes the anime's story: Several years have passed since the events of Ultraman, with the legendary "Giant of Light" (光の巨人 Hikari no Kyojin) now a memory, as it is believed he returned home after fighting...

My Hero Academia Anime Gets 6th Season

New season to cover "Paranormal Liberation War" arc of original manga ― The 25th and final episode of the fifth season of the My Hero Academia anime (113th episode overall) announced on Saturday that the anime will get a sixth season. The new season will adapt the "Paranormal Liberation War" arc of Kohei Horikoshi's original manga, which features an all-out war between heroes and villains. The fifth ...

Violet Evergarden: The Movie Streams on Netflix U.S. on October 13

Film's BD/DVD release launches in Japan on same day ― Netflix announced on Thursday that it will stream Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime in the United States on October 13. Netflix had previously listed the film for release in other countries on the same date. Kyoto Animation delayed the film's release on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in Japan from August 4 to October 13, due to issues wit...

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Gantz Creator Hiroya Oku Sells 1988 Artwork As NFT

Redrawn frame from Hen manga has a minimum bid of one wrapped Ether token ― Manga creator Hiroya Oku (Gantz, Inuyashiki) announced on his Twitter account on Wednesday that he is selling digital artwork as an NFT. His first submission for auction is a colored redrawing of a frame from his debut manga Hen from 1988. Oku cheekily describes it as "the world's first nipples blur frame." The minimum bid is...
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futekiya Boys-Love Manga Service Adds 10 Compass Titles

Company licenses KIZUNA, GUN & HEAVEN, Carmel Espresso, Kimi ga Iru Heya, more ― Fantasista, Inc.'s futekiya boys-love manga subscription service announced on Thursday that it has licensed 10 new titles from Compass. futekiya will announce release dates and English names for the following titles at a later date: KIZUNA by Kazuma Kodaka KIZUNA after story by Kazuma Kodaka Hana to Ryu ~KIZUNA Spin off~...
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Toei Animation Posts Teaser Visual For One Piece's 1,000th Episode

Oda published the 1,000th chapter in this year's combined 5th/6th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on January 4. ― Toei Animation posted a teaser visual for the One Piece anime's 1,000th episode on its English Twitter account on Friday. Behold the 1000 Episode Epic Teaser Art for One Piece! 🏴‍☠️🎨 #OnePiece1000LOGS #OnePiece1000 #OnePiece pic.twitter.com/CssbCuDoVw— Toei Animation (@ToeiAnimation)...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Build Divide Card Game Anime

Anime begins streaming on October 9 ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will begin streaming Build Divide -#00000 (Code Black)- — the television anime for Aniplex, Yūhodō, and Liden Films' Build Divide multimedia project — on October 9 at 1:00 p.m. EDT as part of the fall 2021 anime season. The anime will stream in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Euro...
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Touken Ranbu Warriors Game Heads West for Switch

Trailer streamed for game launching on May 24, 2022 ― Koei Tecmo America announced on Friday that it will release Touken Ranbu Musou, a collaboration between the Touken Ranbu -Online- and the Musou/Warriors game franchise, as Touken Ranbu Warriors for Nintendo Switch in North America on May 24, 2022. The Japanese Nintendo Direct livestream revealed that the game will launch in Japan on February 17, 2...

Lupin III: Part 6, English Dub of Lupin III Part 1 Anime Screen in U.S. Theaters in October

1st 2 episodes of 6th series, world premiere of 1st series' dub screen ― TMS Entertainment and Sentai Filmworks announced on Friday that it will screen the first two episodes of the Lupin the 3rd Part 6 television anime series in Japanese with English subtitles and the world premiere of the English dubbed first episode of Lupin III Part 1 in theaters from October 22-28 in select U.S. theaters. Ticket...

Yen Press Licenses If You Could See Love, In the Land of Leadale Manga, 4 Novels

Also: I Got a Cheat Skill in Another World, Ishura, Another 2001 ― Yen Press announced on Friday that it will release the following manga and novels for release in March 2022, as well as the If You Could See Love manga as a digital exclusive in October 2021. Title: If You Could See Love Creators: Teren Mikami (story), Yūki Nanaji (art) Summary: Mei Haruno was born with the troublesome ability of bein...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Gets Goofy Live-Action Ad for au

The au website is promoting the collaboration with applications and games that can be accessed via smartphone. ― The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba series teamed up with Japanese mobile phone company au with an amusing live-action ad, debuting on Thursday. The ad features performances by Ryunosuke Kamiki (your name.'s Taki Tachibana), Honoka Matsumoto (Ride Your Wave's Yōko Hinageshi), and Taishi Nak...
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The aquatope on white sand ‒ SEASON FINALE

But endings have to end, and episode 12 is wholly about closing down Gama Gama Aquarium, and reflecting.
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Fena: Pirate Princess Anime Reveals Promo Video, More Cast, October 2 Japanese Premiere

Toshiyuki Morikawa, Yukine Yaehata, Kazuhiro Nakaya join Japanese cast ― The official website for the Fena: Pirate Princess anime revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere in Japan on MBS on October 2 at 2:08 a.m. JST (effectively, October 3). The anime will then air on Tokyo MX, BS Asahi, and AT-X. The staff also unveiled a promotional video, key visual, and additional Japanese cast members. T...
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This Week in Games - Maidragon Spirit

Things have just gone from really bad to extremely worse over at the ongoing dumpster fire that is Activision-Blizzard corporate. ― Good day, my lovely ANN audience! As I write this, we are but a few hours away from Nintendo Direct happening, but a mixture of deadlines and my obligations to run an event for Vortex Gallery means that we won't be discussing that stuff until next week. Which is fine, be...
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Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy- ‒ SEASON FINALE

However—and you might call me old-fashioned for saying this—I'm the kind of guy who expects my heaping helping of shiny action scenes to be served with a decently proportioned side of “giving a shit.”
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Gundam Breaker Battlogue Anime Announces Theme Song, October 19 Premiere

Mr.FanTastiC performs theme song ― The official website for the Gundam Breaker Battlogue project revealed on Friday the theme song October 19 premiere for the anime portion of the project. The project will begin streaming on the Gundam YouTube channel in Japan and on Gundam.info outside of Japan on October 19 at 9:30 p.m. JST, and new episodes will premiere on Thursdays. Mr.FanTastiC will perform the...
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Mahoraba ~Heartful Days~

Mahoraba isn't the kind of show I'd warn people away from, but it's also not a show I'd recommend particularly strongly. ― It's interesting how “boarding house ensemble comedy” is such a distinct genre of Japanese media. Boarding houses, which offer cheap rent to long and short-term residents and generally provide some sort of collective living arrangement such as shared meals, tend to be depicted as...
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Vampire Cosmonaut Anime Tsuki to Laika to Nosferatu Explained in Promo Video

Commentator Akapen Takigawa introduces anime premiering on October 3 ― The official website for the television anime of Keisuke Makino and Karei's Tsuki to Laika to Nosferatu (The Moon, Laika, and Nosferatu) light novel series began streaming a new special promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video features actor and movie commentator Akapen Takigawa explaining the series in about two minut...
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Sword Art Online Progressive Film's Video Teases a Determined Asuna

LiSa streams music video compilation of her songs for franchise ― The official website for the Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night anime film unveiled a new promotional video on Friday. The video begins with key scenes from previous series in the Sword Art Online franchise, before offering a brief all-new glimpse of Asuna with renewed determination on her face. In additi...
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Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Original Anime Disc's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Arisa Date, Kent Itō perform song for OAD bundled with last manga volume on October 14 ― Ichijinsha began streaming a trailer promotional video for the third original anime disc (OAD) of Fujita's Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) manga on Friday. The trailer reveals and previews the anime's theme song "Love or Respect" by Arisa Date and Kent Itō as their respective characte...
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Slice-of-Life Fantasy TV Anime Classroom For Heroes Confirmed

Boy-meets-girl story by GJ Club's Shin Araki debuted in January 2015 ― Shueisha confirmed on Friday that Shin Araki's Classroom For Heroes (Eiyū Kyōshitsu) light novel series is inspiring a television anime. The announcement came on the 12th light novel volume's wraparound jacket band. 🎉祝・アニメ化企画進行中🎉シリーズ累計1⃣4⃣0⃣万部突破🌸元勇者の学園ライフファンタジー‼️✨アニメ化企画進行中・情報解禁です✨応援してくださった皆様のおかげで、最新刊の発売と共にお報せすることができました‼️今後の続報をぜひ楽し...

Key's 1st Crossover TV Anime Kaginado Reveals Cast, Staff, October 12 Debut

Cast members from previous Key anime titles reprise roles ― The official website for Kaginado (Key, Etc.), the first crossover anime series featuring the franchises by Visual Arts' Key brand, unveiled the anime's cast, staff, key visual, and October 12 premiere date on Friday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on October 12, on KBS Kyoto and Sun TV on October 13, on AT-X and Niigata TV 21 on Octobe...
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Square Enix Releases ActRaiser Renaissance Remaster of SNES Game

Game out now for PS4, Switch, PC, iOS, Android devices ― Square Enix announced on Thursday that it has released ActRaiser Renaissance, a remastered version of Quintet and Enix's ActRaiser SNES game. The game is now available for PlayStation 4, Switch, PC via Steam, and iOS and Android devices. Square Enix describes the game: Actraiser Renaissance combines 2D action and platforming with city-building ...
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The Blue Period Anime's 2nd Video Previews Omoinotake's Opening Song

Omoinotake performs song "EVERBLUE" for October 1 show ― The official website for the television anime of Tsubasa Yamaguchi's The Blue Period. manga began streaming its second full promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "EVERBLUE" by Omoinotake. Kodansha Comics licensed the manga, and it describes the story: Yatora is the perfect high school stude...
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Artist loundraw's 'Summer Ghost' Anime Short Unveils More Cast & Staff, Manga, Novels

Miyuri Shimabukuro, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Rina Kawaei join cast ― "Summer Ghost," the directorial debut of illustrator loundraw (I want to eat your pancreas, Josee, The Tiger and the Fish, Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song-), announced more cast and staff members, a manga adaptation, and two novels on Friday. The project also unveiled a new main visual by loundraw: The newly announced cast members are: Miyuri ...
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Konami Releases Castlevania Advance Collection With 4 Games

3 early 2000s Castlevania games, Dracula X now out for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC ― Konami announced on Thursday that it has released Castlevania Advance Collection, a collection of four games from its Castlevania game series. The collection is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC via Steam. Konami describes the release: Join the fight against Evil in the Castlevania Advance Collec...
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Tales of Luminaria Smartphone Game Gets Anime With Funimation Stream

Kamikaze Douga produces Tales of Luminaria the Fateful Crossroad anime ― Funimation announced on Thursday that anime studio Kamikaze Douga is producing an anime adaptation for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tales of Luminaria smartphone game for the Tales of series. The anime is titled Tales of Luminaria the Fateful Crossroad. Funimation will stream the anime. Funimation also announced the anime's Engl...

Nintendo Offers 'Switch Online + Expansion Pack' Membership With N64, Genesis Games

Service launches with late October followed by modern recreations of N64, Genesis controllers ― Nintendo announced a new "Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack" paid membership service for its Switch console during a Nintendo Direct stream on Thursday. The membership will allow access to classic games from the Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis game library. The service will launch in late October. \ The...
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Rune Factory 5 Game's New English Trailer Reveals March 2022 Launch

Game launched in Japan on May 20 ― XSEED Games began streaming a new trailer on Thursday for Marvelous' Rune Factory 5 Nintendo Switch game. The video reveals that the game will launch in North America on March 22, 2022, and in Europe on March 25, 2022. The game was previously slated for a release this year before a delay to early next year. The game launched in Japan on May 20. A limited-edition Pre...
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Splatoon 3 Game's Trailer Shows Gameplay Footage

Switch game ships in 2022 ― Nintendo unveiled a new trailer titled "Return of the Mammalians" for Splatoon 3, the new game in its Splatoon shooter series, during a Nintendo Direct stream on Thursday. The trailer shows gameplay footage of the game in action. The game will ship for the Nintendo Switch in 2022. Splatoon 2 shipped for the Switch in July 2017. The game has sold 2,016,182 copies in Japan a...
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Monster Hunter Rise Game Gets Sunbreak Expansion Next Spring

Expansion features new story, locations, mechanics for Switch, PC ― Capcom unveiled Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, a new expansion for its Monster Hunter Rise game, on Thursday. The game's announcement trailer reveals that it will debut for the Switch and PC via Steam in spring 2022. The expansion will have an all-new story, with new locations to visit, as well as new gameplay mechanics. Monster Hunt...
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Triangle Strategy Switch RPG's Trailer Unveils March 2022 Launch

Square Enix's new tactical RPG follows 3 heroes ― Nintendo unveiled a new trailer for Square Enix's new tactical role-playing game Triangle Strategy (previously known under the tentative name "Project Triangle Strategy") during a Nintendo Direct stream on Thursday. The trailer reveals gameplay, as well the game's March 4, 2022 release date for the Switch. Nintendo describes the game: Command a group ...
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Yoko Taro's Voice of Cards RPG's Trailer Reveals Gameplay, October 28 Launch

Todd Haberkorn, Hiroki Yasumoto voice Game Master for card-based title inspired by tabletop RPGs ― Square Enix began streaming a new trailer on Thursday for Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars (Voice of Cards: Dragon no Shima), the new role-playing game from NieR series director Yoko Taro, producer Yosuke Saito, composer Keiichi Okabe, and Drakengard character designer Kimihiko Fujisaka. The traile...
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Square Enix Unveils Chocobo GP Racing Game

Switch game ships in 2022 ― Nintendo revealed during a Nintendo Direct stream on Thursday that Square Enix is developing a new Chocobo GP racing game. The game will ship for the Switch in 2022. Square Enix describes the game: A thrilling new kart racing experience set in the Chocobo universe is coming to Nintendo Switch™ in 2022. Featuring a variety of whimsical characters from across the franchise, ...
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Nintendo Unveils Kirby and the Forgotten Land Switch Game for Spring 2022

3D Kirby game takes place in abandoned world ― Nintendo revealed a new game in its Kirby series titled Kirby and the Forgotten Land during a Nintendo Direct stream on Thursday. The game will ship for the Switch in spring 2022. Nintendo describes the game: Join Kirby in an unforgettable journey through a mysterious world in a delightful 3D platforming adventure. Take control of the powerful pink puffb...

Reincarnated as a Sword TV Anime Confirmed

Fantasy light novel series' 12th volume shipped on Friday ― Gentosha confirmed on Friday that Yuu Tanaka and LLO's 12th Reincarnated as a Sword (Tensei Shitara Ken Deshita) light novel series is inspiring a television anime. The announcement came in the 12th light novel volume's wraparound jacket band. Novel illusrator Llo, spinoff manga artist Hinako Inoue, and main manga artist Tomowo Maruyama drew...
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Bayonetta 3 Game's Trailer Reveals Gameplay, 2022 Launch

Character action series' 3rd installment is exclusively on Switch ― Nintendo revealed a trailer for Platinum Games' Bayonetta 3 game during its Nintendo Direct stream on Thursday. The trailer reveals gameplay footage, including the new Demon Masquerade mechanic that allows Bayonetta to summon demons, as well as the game's 2022 release date for the Switch. Bayonetta 3 is in development exclusively for...

Nintendo Reveals Super Mario Bros. Film's Cast, Staff, December 2022 Debut (Updated)

Chris Pratt, Charlie Day, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Keegan-Michael Key, more cast ― Nintendo revealed the voice cast, staff, and opening date for Illumination's animated film of Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. game franchise during its Nintendo Direct stream on Wednesday. The voice cast includes Chris Pratt and Charlie Day as Mario and Luigi, respectively. Anya Taylor-Joy will play Prince...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S ‒ SEASON FINALE

The first half of this episode zooms in as Kobayashi herself gets introspective. Is she ready to be completely honest about her feelings?
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Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU ‒ Episode 14

When it comes down to it, yes I was entertained, but I'm not really sure I recognize this show anymore.
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Digital Manga Service Azuki Adds Manga from Glacier Bay Books, Star Fruit Books

Manga include Children of Mu-Town, Ripples, Pop-Life, Ikyoudo ― KiraKira Media Inc.'s digital manga service Azuki announced on Thursday that it will add manga from Glacier Bay Books and Star Fruit Books. The manga from Glacier Bay Books include: Title: Children of Mu-Town Creator: Masumura Jūshichi Release Date: September 23 Summary: Stylistically intermingling themes of gentrification and rebirth wi...
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May'n, Megumi Nakajima's Macross Frontier Concert Streams Worldwide on November 10

"MacrossF Galaxy Live 2021 – Revenge" streams for 24 hours ― "SANKYO presents Macross F Galaxy Live 2021 ~Madamada Futari wa Kore kara! Watashitachi no Uta wo Kike!," the Macross Frontier concert featuring May'n (Sheryl Nome) and Megumi Nakajima (Ranka Lee), will stream globally on the Live Viewing Japan event website for 24 hours, starting on November 10 at 5:00 a.m. EST. The concert will take place...
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Results Are In For Persona 5's 5th Anniversary Character Popularity Poll

Joker takes the crown with a lead of more than 2000 votes ― Last Friday, the Japanese Playstation Twitter account announced the results of a Persona 5 popularity poll that it held on September 15. 『ペルソナ5』発売5周年記念🎩🃏 #P5キャラクター人気投票 結果発表!投票数合計48,139票!たくさんのご参加ありがとうございました!最も多くの投票を集めたのは我らが主人公でした💐あらためて5周年おめでとうございます、モルガナさま(@p_kouhou)🐈‍⬛#ペルソナ5 #P5 pic.twitter.com/mKwMAqmIv7— プレイステーション公式 (@PlayStation_jp) Septem...
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The Demon Girl Next Door Anime Season 2 Reveals Title, Visual

Machikado Mazoku 2-Chōme premieres in April 2022 ― The official website for the television anime of Izumo Ito's The Demon Girl Next Door (Machikado Mazoku) manga announced on Friday that the second season will be titled Machikado Mazoku 2-Chōme. The website also unveiled a new visual: The second season will premiere next April. In addition, the first season began rebroadcasting on TBS on July 8. The ...
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Fire Force Figure Giveaway!

As a special treat for ANN Readers in the US, Kotobukiya is giving away a Fire Force ARTFX J Figure Set to 1 LUCKY WINNER! ― As a special treat for ANN Readers in the US, Kotobukiya is giving away this Fire Force ARTFX J Figure Set to 1 LUCKY WINNER! Here are the following figures you can get: ARTFX J Shinra Kusakabe ARTFX J Tamaki Kotatsu ARTFX J Arthur Boyle ARTFX J Shinmon Benimaru Follow Kotobuk...

P.A. Works' Aquatope of White Sand Anime Reveals More Cast, New Promo Video, Visual

Mikako Komatsu, Kiyono Yasuno, Nao Tōyama, Yusuke Nagano, more join cast ― The official website for P.A. Works' original anime series Aquatope of White Sand (Shiroi Suna no Aquatope) revealed on Friday a new promotional video, visual, and more cast members for the series' second cours (quarter of a year). The video previews the second opening theme song "Tomedonai Shiosai ni Bokutachi wa Nani wo Utau...
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French Director Has 1 Week to Complete Crowdfunding Campaign for a Macross Documentary

Jonathan Cordier de Mello, also known as PINK PLATYPUS, is working on a documentary dedicated to the Macross franchise. ― Jonathan Cordier de Mello, a young French director (La Génèse de Gundam) also known as PINK PLATYPUS, is working on a documentary dedicated to the Macross franchise. To achieve this, the director has launched a crowfunding campaign on Kisskissbankbank. Backers still have seven day...
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Funimation to Stream My Senpai is Annoying Anime

Anime premieres on October 9 ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it will stream the television anime of Shiro Manta's My Senpai Is Annoying (Senpai ga Uzai Kōhai no Hanashi) manga for the fall 2021 anime season. The anime will premiere on the Tokyo MX and BS11 channels (and on the Abema streaming service) on October 9 at 25:00 (effectively, October 10 at 1:00 a.m.) It will then run on the Tochigi...
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Detroit Metal City's Kiminori Wakasugi Launches Fantasy Comedy Manga in October

Drunk Jiangshis gag manga centers on Chinese hopping vampire father, Taoist son ― This year's 19th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that Kiminori Wakasugi will launch a new manga titled Drunk Jiangshis in the magazine's next issue on October 8. The fantasy gag comedy manga centers on a father who has turned into a Jiangshi (Chinese hopping vampire) and his son who aims t...
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Kotarō wa Hitori Gurashi Comedy Manga Gets Anime on Netflix Next Spring

Rie Kugimiya, Toshiki Masuda star in anime about 4-year-old boy who lives alone ― This year's 20th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine announced on Friday that Mami Tsumura's Kotarō wa Hitori Gurashi (Kotaro Lives Alone) manga will get an anime adaptation on Netflix worldwide next spring. Rie Kugimiya will play Kotaro Satо̄, and Toshiki Masuda will play Shin Karino. Tomoe Makino (Woodpe...
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Scarlet Nexus Anime Reveals Promo Video, Song Artists for 2nd Part

THE ORAL CIGARETTES, Ayumu Imazu perform new theme songs ― The official website for the television anime of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Scarlet Nexus role-playing game revealed on Thursday a new promotional video, visual, and theme song artists for the series' second cours (quarter of a year). The video previews the second opening theme song "MACHINEGUN" by THE ORAL CIGARETTES. The second cours will...
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New Shaman King Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews Nana Mizuki's 2nd Opening Song

Mizuki sings "Get up! Shout!" while saji performs 3rd ending "Hazuki" ― The official website for the new television anime of Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga posted the anime's third promotional video on Thursday. The video previews Nana Mizuki's second opening theme song "Get up! Shout!" which will debut in the anime in October. The new Shaman King anime premiered on April 1 and is ongoing. Netfli...
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One-Punch Man Manga Artist Yūsuke Murata Directs 'Go! Saitama' Short

Murata personally animated 107-second short with staff ― One-Punch Man and Eyeshield 21 manga artist Yūsuke Murata posted "Go! Saitama," a 107-second One-Punch Man anime short, on Thursday. Murata directed the silent short and also animated it with his Village Studio staff. The short follows Saitama after he discovers a 1-yen (about US$0.01) sale for high-grade hot-pot meat — but the sale ends at 5:0...
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Shin Araki's Eiyū Kyōshitsu Fantasy Light Novels Listed With TV Anime

GJ Club author writes boy-meets-girl story in hero academy ― The official Twitter accounts for the Animate stores in Toyama and Kanazawa cities both posted photos of Shin Araki's 12th Eiyū Kyōshitsu (Classroom For Heroes) light novel volume on Thursday. In the photos, the volume's wraparound jacket band reports that the novel series has a television anime in the works. The announcement does not revea...
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Seven Seas Licenses World End Solte Manga, Classroom of the Elite: Year 2 Novels

Azusa Banjo's I Think I Turned My Childhood Friend Into a Girl manga also licensed ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the World End Solte manga, Classroom of the Elite: Year 2 light novels, and the I Think I Turned My Childhood Friend Into a Girl manga. Seven Seas will release the first volume of Satoshi Mizukami's World End Solte (Saihate no Solte) manga digitally...
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Live-Action noise Film Casts Haru Kuroki, Masatoshi Nagase

Kuroki plays Keita's wife, Nagase plays police detective in January film ― The official website for the live-action film of Tetsuya Tsutsui's noise manga revealed on Thursday Haru Kuroki (left in image below) and Masatoshi Nagase (right) will join the film's cast. Kuroki plays Kana Izumi, Keita's wife. Nagase plays Tsutomu Hatakeyama, a skilled police detective tracking Keita and the others. The vide...

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Super Robot Wars 30 Game's 2nd Video Previews Franchises, Original Characters

PS4/Switch/PC game ships October 28 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a second promotional video on Wednesday for Super Robot Wars 30, the latest game in the long-running Super Robot Wars crossover strategy role-playing game series. The video previews the game's featured franchises, as well as its original ship and characters. The game will launch on October 28 for the PlayStation 4, Switc...
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L.A.'s Animation Is Film Fest to Screen Belle, My Hero Academia: WHM, Deer King, Pompo, Poupelle, Nikuko, Summit of the Gods

Mamoru Hosoda, Patrick Imbert to hold in-person Q&As at October 22-24 event ― The official website for GKIDS, Annecy, and Variety magazine's Animation Is Film Festival revealed on Wednesday that the France-Luxembourg animated film of Jiro Taniguchi's The Summit of the Gods (Kamigami no Itadaki) manga will open the festival in Los Angeles on October 22. The film's North American premiere screening wit...

+Ultra, Crunchyroll Partner for New Anime Works by Code Geass, Sidonia Creators

Goro Taniguchi is chief director on original anime, Tsutomu Nihei reunites with Polygon Pictures ― The official website of Fuji TV's +Ultra anime programming block announced on Thursday that it has partnered with Crunchyroll for new anime production projects, with planning and promotional company Slow Curve also participating. The new projects will feature a new original anime project by chief direct...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Manga Gets Shmup Game Next Spring

Raiden developers work on game with planned PS4, Switch release in English, Japanese ― Bushiroad announced on Thursday that Kaminari Games is developing a scrolling shoot 'em up game based on Coolkyoushinja's Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon) manga. The game, titled Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon Sakuretsu!! Chorogon Breath, will ship for the PlayStation 4 and Switch i...
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Kyoto International Manga and Anime Fair Awards Mizuki Itо̄'s 'Takano Intersection' Short

Short wins grand prize, CG anime category ― The Kyoto International Manga and Anime Fair awarded Mizuki Itо̄'s "Takano Kо̄saten" (Takano Intersection) short with the Kyoto International Manga and Anime Award grand prize for outstanding works, earning perfect scores from the event's judges. The short also won the Outstanding Performance Award in the CG Animation Contest category. Itо̄ directed the sho...
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hololive, Evangelion Special Project Cancelled Due to Unforeseen Circumstances

hololive talent were originally planned to feature in promotional program in July ― In July, the Virtual YouTuber agency hololive announced that it was collaborating with the Evangelion series on a "special project." hololive talents were originally planned to feature in a program where they would discuss their favorite scenes from the Rebuild of Evangelion films in detail. The program was originally...
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Snow Man, Naniwa Danshi Perform Live-Action My Love Mix-Up! Series' Theme Songs

Series premieres on October 9 ― TV Asahi revealed on Thursday that Snow Man and Naniwa Danshi will perform the theme songs "Secret Touch" and "Ubu Love," respectively, for the live-action series of storywriter Wataru Hinekure and artist Aruko's My Love Mix-Up! (Kieta Hatsukoi) manga. Shunsuke Michieda (upper left in image below) of Naniwa Danshi also plays Aoki in the show, and Ren Meguro (upper righ...
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Titan Comics Unveils Covers For Cowboy Bebop Comic Issue #1

Comic book series based on Netflix live-action adaptation will debut on December 8 ― Titan Comics unveiled the issue #1 variant covers for the comic book series by writer Dan Watters (Lucifer, Home Sick Pilots) and artist Lamar Mathurin based on Netflix's live-action adaptation of Sunrise's Cowboy Bebop anime. Cover A: Stanley "Artgerm" Lau (Astonishing X-Men, Captain Marvel) Cover B: Live-action ser...
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Ouran High School Host Club Stage Musical Unveils Visual, More Cast, January Debut

1st stage musical opens in Tokyo from January 15-23 ― The official website for the first stage musical adaptation of Bisco Hatori's Ouran High School Host Club manga revealed on Thursday a visual, additional cast members, and January opening. The musical will run in Tennozu Galaxy Theater in Tokyo from January 15-23 and at Mielparque Hall Osaka in Osaka from January 29-30. Yuka Yamauchi will play Har...
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Stay Stylish With Jujutsu Kaisen Hair Spray

"Cape For Active Series" hair spray will hold Jujutsu Kaisen merchandise giveaways ― The Jujutsu Kaisen anime series is having its "most powerful" collaboration with Kao Corporation's "Cape For Active Series" line of hair spray, which boasts of having the "strongest" hair-holding power. To promote the product, Cape is holding a giveaway campaign with an original line of Jujutsu Kaisen merchandise sta...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 ‒ SEASON FINALE

This season—both parts one and two—has been about Rimuru learning a simple lesson: He can't just live for himself.
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Otomate's Cupid Parasite Switch Game Launches in West in November

Game launches in N. America on November 2, Europe on November 5 ― Idea Factory International announced on Thursday that it will release its Otomate brand's Cupid Parasite game for the Nintendo Switch physically and digitally in North America on November 2 and in Europe on November 5. The game will get a limited edition that includes a steel game case, The Parasite's Guide to Los York hardcover artboo...
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Love Live! Superstar!! ‒ Episode 8

Now it's time for Love Live! to enter Serious Drama mode as we collect our final School Idol member.
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Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy- Anime Gets 2nd Season

Promo video, visual unveiled ― The official website for the television anime of Kei Azumi's "alternate-world social reform fantasy" novel series Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy- (Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Dōchū) announced on Thursday that the series will get a second season. The website revealed a promotional video and visual: The anime's official website and Twitter account will reveal more information ...

Reincarnated as a Sword Light Novel Listed With TV Anime

Fantasy series topped 1.8 million copies in circulation ― The wraparound jacket band on Yuu Tanaka and LLO's 12th Reincarnated as a Sword (Tensei Shitara Ken Deshita) light novel volume is listing that the series is inspiring a television anime. The volume will ship on Friday. The light novel series has reached over 1.8 million copies in circulation. Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing both the ori...
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Tatsuhisa Suzuki Cancels Appearance at Tokyo Revengers Event

Voice of Draken announced hiatus following alleged extramarital affair ― The official website for the television anime of Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga announced on Wednesday that Tatsuhisa Suzuki will no longer participate in the "TV Anime 'Tokyo Revengers' Special Event ~Tokyo Manjikai Tachikawa Touring~" event, which will take place on December 18 at Tachikawa Stage Garden. Suzuki plays Ken "D...
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The Deer King Manga Ends With 2nd Volume

Manga adaptation of Nahoko Uehashi novel launched on July 26 ― The first volume of Taro Sekiguchi's manga adaptation of Nahoko Uehashi's Shika no Ō (The Deer King) medical fantasy novel series revealed on September 10 that the manga will end with its second volume. Sekiguchi launched the manga on Kadokawa's Young Ace Up website on July 26. The novels center on Van, the head of a group of soldiers who...
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I Think Our Son Is Gay Manga Listed as Ending in 4th Volume

4th volume ships on November 22 ― Several Japanese retailers are listing that the fourth compiled book volume of Okura's I Think Our Son Is Gay (Uchi no Musuko wa Tabun Gay) manga will be the final volume. The volume will ship on November 22. Square Enix Manga & Books is publishing the manga digitally and physically in English, and it describes the story: Despite belonging to a family of four, the Ao...
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Adekan's Tsukiji Nao Launches New BL Isekai Manga in October

Kyonyū Suki nanoni BL Kai ni Tensei Shimashita launches on October 16 ― The October issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge revealed on September 17 that Tsukiji Nao is launching a new manga titled Kyonyū Suki nanoni BL Kai ni Tensei Shimashita (I Like Big Boobs, But I Got Reincarnated into the Boys Love Realm) in the magazine's next issue on October 16. The magazine teases the manga as a comedy sto...

Mandarake's 'Banned Publications' Store Closes Temporarily Due to Police

Adult store opened on August 28, faced criticism from nearby fashion shop for teenagers ― Police undertook a search of Mandarake's "Banned Publications" adult store at the Nakano Broadway complex in Tokyo on September 15, prompting the store's temporary closure. The store's official website noted that it will reopen at a later date with a "powered up" lineup of products. The store opened on August 28...
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Melty Blood: Type Lumina Fighting Game Streams 4 Gameplay Videos, Character Video for Vlov

Gameplay videos showcase characters Noel, Roa, Hisui, Kohaku ― Type-Moon began streaming several more gameplay videos for the Melty Blood: Type Lumina 2D fighting game in the last week. The videos include: two Noel vs. Roa gameplay videos, two Hisui vs. Kohaku gameplay videos, and a Vlov battle preview video. The game will launch for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on Septe...
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Prince of Tennis 3D CG Film's 1st 3 Minutes Streamed

Film opened in Japan on September 3, has earned 185 million yen ― The official website for the Ryōma! Shinsei Gekijōban Tennis no Ōji-sama (Ryōma! Rebirth: The Prince of Tennis Movie) 3DCG anime film began streaming the first three and a half minutes of the film on Wednesday. The video previews the film's opening musical and dance number. The film opened in Japan on September 3, and has earned 185,75...
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Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House TV Anime Reveals Opening Theme for Japanese Broadcast

Ayano Tsuji performs theme for show premiering in Japan on October 2 ― NHK revealed on Wednesday that Ayano Tsuji will perform the opening theme song "Ashita Kitto" (Surely Tomorrow) for the Japanese television broadcast of Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House, the anime of Aiko Koyama's Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san (Makanai in the Maiko Lodge) manga. NHK is also streaming a promotional video for the ...

Netflix's Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Show to 'Expand' on Anime's Canon

Series will not be full-on remake, will add original stories ― Andre Nemec, one of the showrunners for Netflix's live-action adaptation of Sunrise's Cowboy Bebop anime, stated in an interview with entertainment magazine Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday that the live-action adaptation will be an "expansion to the canon" of the anime, adding original stories. He added that the series will not be a full-...
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Val x Love's Ryōsuke Asakura Launches New Manga on December 2

Shikizaki Shimai wa Abakaretai harem romcom series focuses on younger brother, 3 older sisters ― This year's 43rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Ryōsuke Asakura is launching a new manga titled Shikizaki Shimai wa Abakaretai (I Want to Be Exposed by the Shikizaki Sisters) in the magazine's first 2022 issue on December 2. The magazine teases the manga as a rei...
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Himouto! Umaru-chan's Sankaku Head Launches New Manga on November 4

Heisei Shо̄nen Dan is "nostalgic festival" set during Heisei era ― This year's 43rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Sankaku Head is drawing a new manga titled Heisei Shōnen Dan that will debut in the magazine's 49th issue on November 4. The magazine teases the manga as a "nostalgic festival" set during the Heisei era (1989-2019). Sankaku Head previously annou...
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Choujin X Manga by Tokyo Ghoul's Sui Ishida Gets Serialization in Young Jump on October 14

Manga launched on Tonari no Young Jump website on May 10 ― This year's 43rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Sui Ishida's Choujin X manga will also begin serializing in the magazine beginning with the 46th issue on October 14. The manga already serializes on Shueisha's Tonari no Young Jump manga website. Viz Media and Shueisha's Manga Plus website are both pub...
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New Usogui Manga Launches on October 7

Toshio Sako announced spinoff manga in April ― This year's 43rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Toshio Sako's spinoff manga for his Usogui (The Lie Eater) manga will debut in the magazine's 45th issue on October 7 with the title Usogui: Tokubetsu-hen (The Lie Eater: Special Arc). The story of Usogui follows a brilliant gambler named Baku "Usogui" Madarame as ...
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Hosoda's Belle Rises to #2, Free! The Final Stroke Opens at #3

My Hero Academia The Movie: World Heroes' Mission drops to #6 in 7th weekend ― Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's new Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, literally "The Dragon and the Freckled Princess") anime film rose from #3 to #2 (in terms of tickets sold) in its 10th weekend. The film earned 75,019,600 yen (about US$685,800) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 6,106,857,550 yen...
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