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The List - 8 Defunct Game Systems

Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo may rule the market now, but many other companies have tried their hand at breaking into the gaming console market. Here are just a few of the more notorious flops. ― Today's gaming scene is dominated by three major console manufacturers: Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. The landscape is a lot different than when I was a kid, plugging away at Super Mario World on the SNES...
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Thunderbolt Fantasy: The Sword of Life and Death

In advance of a second season, Gen Urobuchi and the master puppeteers at PiLi have delivered a movie recounting the villainous origins of the Screaming Phoenix Killer. Nick Creamer finds out if this series has lost any magic in film form. ― It was a great surprise to learn that Gen Urobuchi, star writer of hits like Madoka Magica and Fate/Zero, would be working on a collaborative series of Taiwanese ...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Feb 12-18

It's not so relaxed anymore - Laid-Back Camp leaps up 8 PLACES on the chart to dominate this week in user episode rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Winter 2018 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 rankings are based on how peop...
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Interview: Bryce Papenbrook, David Vincent Chat Unlocked

Attack on Titan's Bryce Papenbrook and Kill la Kill's David Vincent sit down for a chat about their new approach to connecting fans and voice actors. ― Fans may recognize veteran voice actors Bryce Papenbrook (Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online) and David Vincent (Fate/Zero, Kill La Kill) from their work in a number of anime and video game series, but the two have a unique off-screen collaboration, as...
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Revolutionary Girl Utena Blu-Ray 3

The final arc in the Utena saga has arrived on blu-ray, alongside the opulent Adolescence of Utena film. Rebecca Silverman looks back on how this classic concluded. ― With this final arc of the Revolutionary Girl Utena narrative, the story throws all subtlety out the window. That's not strictly a negative in terms of getting the most out of everything the series has built up, because when the visuals...
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Saturday, February 24

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Henjo's Twitter Lets Users Automatically Generate 4-Panel Manga

The official Twitter account for Yoshiru Konogi's Henjo ~Hen na Joshi Kōsei Amaguri Senko~ (Weird Girl: Strange Female High School Student Senko Amaguri) manga is back at it again with a novel automated tweet function. In November, the account held the "manga industry's first" automated digital autograph session. Now, the account is offering automatically generated four-panel manga. In Konogi's an...
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Discover Your Kemono Friend-sona at Non Hoi Zoo in Toyohashi

While the Tobu Zoo is preparing for its Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple event, the Non Hoi Zoo and Botanical Park in Toyohashi is sticking with Kemono Friends, introducing favorite animal pals new and old starting on March 17. The park previously held a popular Kemono Friends collaboration last year during the series' height where zoos across Japan took part in live streams and night tours. Non Hoi P...
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After the Rain Lets Visitors Tour Akira's Date Spots in Yokohama

The television anime adaptation of Jun Mayuzuki's Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (Love is Like After the Rain) manga is collaborating with the city of Yokohama, Kanagawa for the "Akira's Yokohama Date Spot Tour Campaign." The campaign will run from March 1 to 30. The collaboration encourages visitors to Yokohama to travel to nine locations that Akira might visit for a date. Wit Studio provided special ...
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How to keep a mummy ‒ Episode 7

"The fourth character is finally introduced, along with his adorable problem-solving new pet."
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The List - 8 Defunct Game Systems

Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo may rule the market now, but many other companies have tried their hand at breaking into the gaming console market. Here are just a few of the more notorious flops. ― Today's gaming scene is dominated by three major console manufacturers: Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. The landscape is a lot different than when I was a kid, plugging away at Super Mario World on the SNES...
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After the Rain ‒ Episode 7

"After weeks of being pushed around by the high school girl who claims to be in love with him, Kondo seems to have finally reached a breaking point."
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Thunderbolt Fantasy: The Sword of Life and Death

In advance of a second season, Gen Urobuchi and the master puppeteers at PiLi have delivered a movie recounting the villainous origins of the Screaming Phoenix Killer. Nick Creamer finds out if this series has lost any magic in film form. ― It was a great surprise to learn that Gen Urobuchi, star writer of hits like Madoka Magica and Fate/Zero, would be working on a collaborative series of Taiwanese ...
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Final Fantasy XV to Have 4 More DLC Episodes Releasing in 2018-2019

Game's physical shipment plus download sales are at "about" 7 million ― In interviews with the Japanese gaming news websites Famitsu and 4Gamer on Friday, the staff of Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV game revealed more details about the game's new content in 2018 and beyond. Game director Hajime Tabata stated that Square Enix will release four more DLC episodes for the game. He told 4Gamer that Square...
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JAST USA Reveals 'JAST BLUE' Imprint for Boys-Love Games

Imprint's 1st title is Nitro+CHiRAL's sweet pool adult visual novel ― English-language Japanese video game publisher JAST USA announced on Friday that it has established a new JAST BLUE imprint to translate and release boys-love games in the Western market. The company opened a website, as well as Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook accounts for the new imprint. The imprint's first title is Nitro+CHiRAL's ...
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Doreiku Anime Adds 15 Cast Members

Showtaro Morikubo, Ayumu Murase, Kazuyuki Okitsu, more join series premiering in April ― The official website for Doreiku The Animation, the television anime adaptation of Shinichi Okada and Hiroto Ōishi's Doreiku: Boku to 23-nin no Dorei (Slave District: 23 Slaves and Me) manga, revealed 15 more cast members for the series on Saturday. The site also revealed character designs for five of those chara...

Friday, February 23

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Masamune-kun's Revenge Manga Gets New Original Anime Disc

Manga inspired TV anime in winter 2017 ― The April issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex magazine is revealing on Tuesday that Hazuki Takeoka and Tiv's Masamune-kun's Revenge (Masamune-kun no Revenge) manga will get an original anime disc. The magazine's next issue in March will reveal more details about the anime. Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the manga in North America, and it describes t...
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Detective Pikachu 3DS Game's English Trailer Streamed

Mimikyu to appear in game's Western release ― Nintendo of America and Nintendo UK began streaming a trailer for the Western release of the Detective Pikachu Nintendo 3DS game on Thursday. The video shows the game's various Pokémon characters, including Mimikyu, a Pokémon that had not yet been announced when the game launched in Japan. The two videos are the same excepting some text changes. America: ...
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Valkyria Chronicles 4 Game's Trailer Introduces More Federation Characters

Game ships in Japan for PS4 on March 21, for Switch in summer ― Sega began streaming a new character introduction trailer on Friday for Valkyria Chronicles 4: Eastern Front, the fourth installment in its Valkyria Chronicles game series. The video introduces a second round of Federation characters. The game is slated for the PlayStation 4 on March 21 in Japan, and on the Nintendo Switch in summer in J...
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Khara, Dwango Establish Company to Fund Indie Games

Hideaki Anno, Nobuo Kawakami serve as board members ― Animation studio Khara and telecommunications company Dwango announced on Friday that they jointly established a new game company named βακα (vaka) on February 15. The goal of the company is to support the development of indie games and to promote media related to these games inside and outside Japan. The game company has begun recruiting editors,...

Harukana Receive Beach Volleyball Anime Casts Atsumi Tanezaki, Rie Suegara

Toshiyuki Kubooka, C2C make anime about cousins who play volleyball together ― The official website for the anime of Nyoijizai's Harukana Receive manga revealed two more voice cast members on Saturday: Atsumi Tanezaki as Kurea (Claire) Thomas, a second-year student in the same high school as Haruka and the others, and Emiri's twin. She does not care about the small details. Ever since they were littl...
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Persona 3, Persona 5 Dancing Game Videos Preview Aigis, Makoto

PS4/Vita games slated for May 24 ― Atlus began streaming promotional videos for its upcoming Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5 Dancing Star Night games on Friday. The videos preview two characters, Aigis from Persona 3 and Makoto Niijima from Persona 5. Both games will launch on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on May 24. Atlus will release both games separately but will also offe...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Manga Has 1.2 Million Copies in Print

This year's April issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine announced Saturday that Coolkyoushinja's Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid manga has 1.2 million copies in print. Coolkyoushinja began the ongoing series in the inaugural issue of Monthly Action magazine in May 2013. Futabasha published the manga's sixth compiled book volume on July 14. Seven Seas Entertainment published the fifth volume in...
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Mononoke Manga Begins Final Arc

Manga follows original anime's "Bakeneko" arc ― This year's April issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine announced on Saturday that Yaeko Ninagawa's Mononoke manga will begin its final arc in the next issue on March 24. The manga is titled Mononoke: Bakeneko. The 2007 Mononoke anime is the spinoff of the Ayakashi - Samurai Horror Tales anime. Specifically, it follows the medicine selle...
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Takuya Eguchi's Pokemon Doodle Confuses Official Eevee Account

Pokemon's Eevee has a ton of evolution variants, a total of eight, and each is themed on a different elemental type. Despite this, Eevee doesn't have its own Mega Evolution yet. What would the creature look like? Some kind of conglomeration of all the elements combined? An all-powerful Legendary Pokemon? Voice actor and infamous doodler Takuya Eguchi decided to draw what he thinks Eevee would look...
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Death March to The Parallel World Rhapsody ‒ Episode 7

"This episode's material isn't so much bad as it is awkward and boring, which is unfortunately the most common complaint for Death March even in its best episodes."
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Gengoroh Tagame Launches Bokura no Shikisai Manga on March 24

Tagame's My Brother's Husband gets special chapter ― The April issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed on Saturday that Gengoroh Tagame will launch his new series Bokura no Shikisai (Our Color) manga in the magazine's May issue, which will ship on March 24. The magazine describes the manga: "I love men. There's nothing strange about that, or it shouldn't be..." Running away from a "norm...
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Sailor Moon Suits Up for Summer in Fresh Bikini Line

While Sapporo is an icy anime spectacle, the Sailor Guardians are ready to heat things up for summer. The Sailor Moon x ISETAN special goods collaboration of fashion accessories is adding swimsuits to its line-up. Sailor Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Chibi Moon, Uranus, and Neptune are all inspiring their own color-coded bikinis courtesy of the brand Pameo Pose. Other items include a bejew...
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Queen's Blade Unlimited OVA's 1st Episode Ships on July 13

The staff for the Queen's Blade Unlimited anime announced on Friday that the first episode, "Elina no Tabidachi" (Beginning of Elina's Journey), will ship on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on July 13 in Japan. First printings will come with an 80-page original novel version of the story written by Eiji Okita, as well as package art by Shinya Ōsaki. In the story, beautiful warrior Elina (Kaori Mizuhashi) fig...
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Real Girl Manga Gets Special Chapter in March

Anime adaptation premieres in April ― This year's April issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine announced on Saturday that Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga will get a special chapter in the May issue on March 24. The chapter will follow the series' three main couples — highlight white text to read spoilers Tsuttsun and Iroha, Takanashi and Ishino, and Ayado and Itō — as they meet once again. The...
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Fate April Fool's Day Joke Becomes Idol Nero Figure

Aquamarine unveiled a Fate 1/7-scale "Idol Emperor/Nero" figure on Wednesday. The figure captures Nero in a different role as a top idol instead of a Saber-class Servant. The idol version of Nero debuted in 2015 as part of Type-Moon's "TMitter 2015" April Fool's Day gag. She is the leading idol at the fictional Imperial Roma Productions talent agency. The idol Nero illustration released for the j...
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Bisco Hatori's Behind the Scenes!! Manga Enters Final Arc

Manga by Ouran High School Host Club creator launched in 2014 ― The April issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine revealed on Saturday that Bisco Hatori's Behind the Scenes (Urakata!!) manga has entered its final arc. Viz Media is publishing the manga in English, and it describes the story: Ranmaru Kurisu comes from a family of hardy, rough-and-tumble fisher folk, and he sticks out at home like a delicat...
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A Sister's All You Need Event Hints at Drinking with the Cast

A Sister's All You Need brought booze and questionable romantic interests to the table when it aired last season. Some fans turned their noses up at the series while others forked out tons of cash to try out all its alcoholic offerings. The latter will have a special event to look forward to, where the series' drinks will go hand in hand with a chance to see its staff and cast. The "OA Sae Sumeba ...
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Doreiku Anime Casts Katsuyuki Konishi as Ataru

Survival game series premieres in April ― The April issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed one additional cast member on Saturday for Doreiku The Animation, the television anime adaptation of Shinichi Okada and Hiroto Ōishi's Doreiku: Boku to 23-nin no Dorei (Slave District: 23 Slaves and Me) manga. Katsuyuki Konishi (Gurren Lagann's Kamina, The Seven Deadly Sins' Dreyfus) is joining t...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Feb 12-18

It's not so relaxed anymore - Laid-Back Camp leaps up 8 PLACES on the chart to dominate this week in user episode rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Winter 2018 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 rankings are based on how peop...

Fist of the Blue Sky Regenesis Anime Reveals Promo Video, Visuals (Updated)

Series premieres on April 2 on Amazon Prime, on April 9 on TV ― The official website for Fist of the Blue Sky Regenesis, the new television anime of Buronson, Nobuhiko Horie, and Tetsuo Hara's Souten no Ken (Fist of the Blue Sky) manga, revealed a promotional video, key visual, and character visuals on Friday. The video previews the opening theme song "Sōten no Hate ni" (To the Ends of the Blue Sky) ...
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Answerman - How Do Blu-Ray Subtitles Work?

They seem a lot more complex than regular DVD subtitles - how exactly do they get subtitles on bluray discs? Justin has the shockingly complex answer. ― John asked: What are the technical differences between creating subtitles for DVDs and Blu-ry Discs? And were HD-DVDs any better or worse? Subtitles are a pain in the ass. No other part of making a DVD or Blu-ray is as complicated, error-prone, or a...
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Before Making Pop Team Epic's 'Hellshake Yano,' AC-bu Started Meme With Music Video

If you've seen Pop Team Epic, chances are you have opinions about the anime's bizarre "Bob Team Epic" segments. Production team AC-bu makes and stars in the segments. AC-bu's Shunsuke Itakura and Toru Adachi play Popuko and Pipimi in "Bob Team Epic." But before the anime made fans around the world scratch their heads, AC-bu animated the equally unique "Galo Sengen" music video for the hip-hop grou...
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Fumikiri Jikan Anime Reveals Additional Cast, Theme Song Artist, Key Visual (Updated)

Yuri Komagata joins cast, performs opening song; Kazuki Matsunaga, Yasuhiro Mamiya, more also join cast ― The April issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed more cast members and the theme song singer for the television anime of Yoshimi Satō's Fumikiri Jikan (Railroad Crossing Time) manga on Saturday. The additional cast includes: (Note: Character name romanizations are not official.) Ch...
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FuRyu's Caligula Overdose PS4 Game Reveals Promo Video, New Cast

Remake of original PS Vita game ships in Japan on May 17 ― A livestream revealed a promotional video, two new cast members, and the theme song for Caligula Overdose, the PlayStation 4 remake of FuRyu's The Caligula Effect PlayStation Vita game, on Friday. Chiharu Sawashiro, who voices the game's protagonist, narrates the video. The video previews the remake's theme song "Cradle" performed by the in-g...
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Fist of the Blue Sky Anime Premieres on April 2 on Amazon Prime

The April issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine revealed on Saturday that Fist of the Blue Sky Regenesis, the new television anime of Buronson, Nobuhiko Horie, and Tetsuo Hara's Souten no Ken (Fist of the Blue Sky) manga, will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in Japan on April 2 at 12:30 a.m. (effectively April 3 morning). The anime will then premiere on April 9 at 12:30 a.m. (effect...

Crunchyroll Anime Awards Predictions, Guests, and More!

To celebrate the upcoming Anime Awards, Crunchyroll is excited to announce its partnership with Twitch to exclusively livestream the awards ceremony, live from Hollywood. ― To celebrate the Anime Awards, Crunchyroll is excited to announce its partnership with Twitch to exclusively livestream the awards ceremony, live from Hollywood at at 6:00PM PST on Saturday, February 24th. Follow Crunchyroll's Tw...
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Caligula TV Anime Reveals Promo Video, Visuals, Staff

Jun'ichi Wada directs April series at Satelight ― A livestream revealed a teaser promotional video, two key visuals, and staff for the television anime adaptation of FuRyu's The Caligula Effect game on Friday. The video previews the song "Distorted † Happiness (Anime Re:Arrange Ver.)" performed by Reina Ueda. FuRyu's Takuya Yamanaka is credited with the original concept. Jun'ichi Wada (WorldEnd, The ...
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Osamu Eya, Kaiji Kawaguchi's Kūbo Ibuki Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Award-winning series centering on aircraft carrier debuted in 2014 ― This year's fifth issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine revealed on Saturday that Osamu Eya and Kaiji Kawaguchi's Kūbo Ibuki manga will get a live-action film adaptation in 2019. The magazine's next issue will reveal the film's director and cast on March 10. In the manga's story, the state of world affairs is changing at a dizzyi...
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Cö shu Nie Performs Tokyo Ghoul:re Anime's Opening Theme Song

TV series premieres on April 3 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul:re manga revealed on Friday that the three-member band Cö shu Nie will perform the opening theme song "asphyxia" for the series. Ishida chose the band and named the song himself. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 3 starting at 11:00 p.m. before airing later that evening on ...
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Sae Okamoto's Mecha-Ude Short Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Narasaki's Background Music

Romi Park, Kaito Ishikawa, more join cast ― The official YouTube channel for Sae Okamoto's Mecha-Ude short anime project began streaming a second promotional video on Friday. The video previews NARASAKI's (Paradise Kiss, Penguindrum, Expelled from Paradise) background music. The anime stars: Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Hikaru Amatsuga, with Tomokazu Sugita as Arma Yu Shimamura as Aki Murasame, with Kaito I...
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Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Game's English Launch Trailer Streamed (Updated)

PS4, Xbox One, PC game launched on Friday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming two launch trailers on Thursday and Friday for the Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. The game launched in the West on Friday. The game launched in Japan on February 8. LiSA performs the game's theme song "Thrill, Risk, Heartless." Dimps developed the game. Th...
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FuRyu's Pastel Memories Smartphone Game Gets TV Anime

"Otaku girls RPG" launched in mid-October ― FuRyu announced during a livestream event on Friday that its Pastel Memories smartphone game is getting a television anime adaptation. The "otaku girls" role-playing game takes place "a little bit in the future in 20XX." Akihabara, which was once called "the otaku holy land," is now in decline after otaku culture itself has declined. Players take on the rol...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Game's DLC Pack Video Previews Goku's Ultra Instinct Form

Jiren, Android 17, Fu also join playable character roster in DLC pack launching on February 28 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a new video on Friday for its Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 game. The video previews the game's new DLC pack. The DLC pack will contain new playable characters, including Goku (Ultra Instinct), Jiren, Android 17 (from Dragon Ball Super), and Fu. Fu is a mysterio...
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Kalafina 10th Anniversary Film's Trailer Previews Concerts, Interviews

Documentary film celebrating singing group's 10th anniversary screens in theaters on March 30-April 12 ― The official website for the Kalafina 10th Anniversary Film ~Yume ga Tsunagu Kagayaki no Harmony~ documentary film began streaming a trailer for the film on Friday. The video shows some clips from Kalafina's concerts and some interview clips. The film celebrates the singing group Kalafina's 10th a...
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Crunchyroll Adds Yamada's First Time: B Gata H Kei, Panty & Stocking Anime

Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added the Yamada's First Time: B Gata H Kei and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt anime. Yamada's First Time: B Gata H Kei is available for users in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The 12-episode anime premiered in 2010. Funimation licensed and released the anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in 2012, and re-released it in...
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Yume Nikki -Dream Diary- Game's Trailer Previews Gameplay

PC game launched via Steam on Friday ― Entertainment company Enterbrain began streaming a trailer titled "Now, wake up" for the Yume Nikki -Dream Diary- game on Thursday. The video previews the gameplay. The game launched for PC via Steam on Friday. New characters that Kikiyama created 16 years ago will appear in the game. The official website describes the game: In its original form, RPG Maker darli...
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Tsutomu Nihei's APOSIMZ Manga Has 250,000 Copies in Print

An editor for Kodansha's Shonen Sirius magazine wrote in a column at the Akiba Blog website on Thursday that Tsutomu Nihei's APOSIMZ manga has 250,000 copies in print. Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga digitally via Kindle and ComiXology, and it describes the story: A land of endless icy expanses, ancient ruins that fill abysses that know no end, and the looming shadow of the Empire. In this ...
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The [email protected]: Shiny Colors Game Adds Alstroemeria Idol Unit

Bandai Namco Ent. also streams video for L'Antica unit ― The official website for the The [email protected]: Shiny Colors browser game for smartphones revealed a new three-girl idol unit for the game named Alstroemeria on Wednesday. The unit's tagline is "Flowers in full bloom, our theory of happiness." The Alstroemeria members and their respective voice actresses include: Honoka Kuroki as Amano Ōsaki, a se...
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Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms Game's Gameplay Trailer Streamed

Game ships in March for PS Vita with PC version this spring ― Idea Factory International began streaming a gameplay trailer on Thursday for the Hakuōki: Edo Blossoms (Hakuōki Shinkai: Hana no Shō) PlayStation Vita game. The video previews the game's new characters and mechanics. Idea Factory International will release the game on March 13 in North America, and on March 16 in Europe. The game will als...
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Starwing Paradox Arcade Game's 6-Minute Gameplay Video Posted

Sunrise animates Square Enix's game slated for fall release ― Square Enix began streaming a gameplay video on Thursday for its Starwing Paradox (Hoshi to Tsubasa no Paradox) game. The shows six minutes of gameplay. Sunrise is handling the animation in the game. The voice cast includes Mikako Komatsu as Hikari, Ryoko Shiraishi as Nagi, and Ayaka Suwa as Reika. The "high-speed mecha combat game" is sla...
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Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō Anime Debuts in 2019

The official Twitter account for Toei Animation revealed on Thursday that its anime adaptation of Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō manga will debut in 2019. Toei Animation is producing the anime. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga, and it describes the story: In the wake of a space-wide civil war instigated by Saga–the Gemini Gold Saint–a new team of Saints comes together with the...

Thursday, February 22

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Bijin ga Kon Katsu Shite Mitara Manga Gets Live-Action Film in 2019

Mei Kurokawa stars in film about woman in her 30s trying to get married ― A live-action film adaptation of Arako Toaru's Bijin ga Kon Katsu Shite Mitara (When a beautiful woman tries joining marriage hunting.) manga has been green-lit for 2019. Mei Kurokawa will play the lead part. Akiko Ōku is directing the film, while Jirō from comedy duo Sissonne will pen the script. Toaru based the slapstick roma...
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Laid-Back Camp ‒ Episode 8

"Combined with a slight dip in character animation quality, this episode's low narrative ambition puts it a step below what I've come to expect from the series."
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, February 12-18

Hugtto! Precure, Time Bokan, Pokémon Sun & Moon in top 10 ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV February 18 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 11.7 Doraemon TV Asahi February 16 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 9.0 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi February 16 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 8.9 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV February 18 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 8.9 Detective Conan NTV February 17 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 7...
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Futari H Manga Has 27 Million Copies in Print in Japan, 2.5 Million Overseas

This year's fifth issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that that Aki Katsu's Futari H (Manga Sutra) manga has 27 million copies in print in Japan (including digital sales), and 2.5 million copies in print overseas. As of December 2016, the series had 26 million copies in print. Young Animal announced in September that the manga would have "big news" that month — the news ...
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Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Anime's Ad Reveals Opening Theme by sumika

Anime premieres in April on Noitamina ― The official website for the television anime adaptation Fujita's Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) announced on Thursday that four-man band sumika will perform the anime's opening theme song "Fiction." Aniplex began streaming a commercial previewing the song. (Note: The video linked is region-locked to Japan.) Yoshimasa Hiraike (Wagn...
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Jump Inside the Tales of Wedding Rings Manga at AnimeJapan

Maybe's Tales of Wedding Rings (Kekkon Yubiwa Monogatari) manga virtual reality experience is heading to this year's AnimeJapan event. The Square Enix booth at Tokyo Big Sight will host the VR experience, along with plenty of other merchandise, on March 25-26. The VR experience converts the beginning of the fantasy romantic comedy manga into a digital comic where the heroine, Hime, is a fully 3D m...
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Crunchyroll Adds Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card Film, Clear Card Prologue

Film, episode previously screened in U.S. theaters ― Crunchroll announced on Thursday that it has added Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card and Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue - Sakura and the Two Bears to its streaming catalog. The Sealed Card is available in the United States and Canada, while Sakura and the Two Bears is available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Austral...
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Maerchen Maedchen ‒ Episode 7

"I hope the plot continues to develop in compelling ways, because smart use of folklore can only carry this story so far if it plans to throw logic out the window."
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Real-Life Inspiration for HanaIro Inn Will Close Its Doors

After 1,300 years, Shidekaku Inn is closing up shop ― P.A. Works' Hanasaku Iroha - Blossoms for Tomorrow was the first in its "working" series about people and their jobs, followed later by Shirobako and Sakura Quest. The story, written by Mari Okada, follows Ohana Matsumae as she goes to live with her hard-nosed grandmother Taisho-era (1920s) hot springs inn. The inn is faces competition from other ...
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Mitsudomoe's Norio Sakurai Starts Boku no Kokoro no Yabai Yatsu Manga

Manga about unpopular student hiding murderous intent launches March 8 ― This year's 12th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on February 15 that Norio Sakurai will launch a new manga titled Boku no Kokoro no Yabai Yatsu (The Bad Part of My Heart) in the magazine's 15th issue on March 8. The magazine describes the manga as a "fearsome psycho-thriller" centering on "the da...
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Violet Evergarden ‒ Episode 7

"The combination of stellar voice acting, music, and direction made this one of Violet Evergarden's best episodes yet."
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Live-Action Marmalade Boy Film's Trailer Previews GReeeeN's Theme Song

Film adds 4 cast members ― The official website of the live-action film of Wataru Yoshizumi's Marmalade Boy manga posted a new visual and a trailer on Friday. The trailer previews GReeeeN's theme song "Koi" (Love). The staff also announced four additional cast members: Kisetsu Fujiwara as Satoshi Miwa, Yū's upperclassman Yasufumi Terawaki as Yoshimitsu Miwa, Satoshi's father Niina Endō as Arimi Szuki...
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This Week in Anime - Is the Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film Any Good?

Warner Bros. live-action FMA movie has finally arrived on Netflix to surprisingly little fanfare. We discover why this particular project didn't get the U.S. theatrical attention of its peers. ― Warner Bros. live-action FMA film has finally arrived on Netflix to surprisingly little fanfare. This week in anime, Nick and Jacob discover why this particular project didn't get the U.S. theatrical attentio...
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Kraken Releasing Licenses Garo Special: Beast of the Demon Night

BD slated for June 26 ― Section23 Films announced in its June release slate on Thursday that its Kraken Releasing label will release Garo Special: Beast of the Demon Night (Garo Special Byakuya no Majū) on Blu-ray Disc on June 26. The Blu-ray will be in Japanese with English subtitles. Kraken Releasing describes the story: A soul-stealing plant, a nightmare forest and ancient master Horror are just a...
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Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment Gets PC Release as Fatal Bullet Pre-Order Bonus

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet launches on Friday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Thursday that those who pre-order Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet for PC via Steam before the Western release date on Friday, February 23 will receive a Steam copy of Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment on March 23. Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment is a PlayStation 4 director's cut port of the Swor...

Anonymous Noise, Grimoire of Zero, Spirit of The Sun Anime Get English Dubs

Kabukibu!, Bang Dream! get subtitle-only releases ― Section23 Films announced in its June release slate on Thursday that Sentai Filmworks will release Anonymous Noise and Grimoire of Zero with English dubs. Anonymous Noise will ship on Blu-ray Disc on June 5 and Grimoire of Zero will get a Blu-ray Disc and limited edition release on June 26. In addition, the release slate announced that Maiden Japan'...
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Kemono Friends' Former Studio Offers Free Training for Aspiring Voice Actors

Yaoyorozu, the former studio of the Kemono Friends anime, will offer free courses to aspiring voice actors. The studio is planning its next series Kemurikusa so perhaps some of its inaugural voice actress students could have a shot at starring in the show? The Yaoyorozu Voice Lab (or Voice Lab for short) will host a an audition for high school and college students with sound director Yukio Nagasak...
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Aksys Games, Story of Seasons Designer Wada Reveal Little Dragons Café PS4/Switch Game

Game follows twins that raise dragon, run café ― Video game localization company Aksys Games announced a new game from designer Yasuhiro Wada (Bokujō Monogatari/Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons, Birthdays the Beginning) on Thursday. The game is titled Little Dragons Café, and is slated for late summer 2018. Aksys Games describes the story: The story opens with a twin brother and sister learning to cook ...
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Giant Kirby Plush Comes with His Own Tasty Treats

We've seen Kirby small enough to put in a jar but this might be the biggest commercially available Kirby yet. The plush is so large, Premium Bandai is even sending his own food with him in case he needs a snack. The "Manpuku Kirby & Manjū Set" ships one 60cm tall (about 23.5in) Kirby with a six pack of manjū (a dessert made of sticky rice flour and filled with red bean paste). The manjū mirror th...
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Exclusive: Vampire Hunter D Comic Switches Artists

Brandon Easton continues to write for comic, TV pilot ― California-based production studio Unified Pictures has informed ANN that Ryan Benjamin (Ultimate Spiderman, Batman Re-Animated) is taking over as artist and colorist on its Vampire Hunter D: Message from Mars comic book series, and Richard Friend is providing the inks. Benjamin and Friend are replacing the previous artist Michael Broussard begi...
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Interview: Bryce Papenbrook, David Vincent Chat Unlocked

Attack on Titan's Bryce Papenbrook and Kill la Kill's David Vincent sit down for a chat about their new approach to connecting fans and voice actors. ― Fans may recognize veteran voice actors Bryce Papenbrook (Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online) and David Vincent (Fate/Zero, Kill La Kill) from their work in a number of anime and video game series, but the two have a unique off-screen collaboration, as...
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Shōjo Goes Glam at Gucci Fashion Show

Gucci's Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collection debuted at Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday. The show unveiled both men's and women's designs, but a certain look caught the attention of anime fans. The knit sweater on one male model featured the head and shoulders of a girl who looks like she came off the pages of a shōjo manga. The character was complete with the iconic sparkling eyes of shōjo heroines. ...
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Soul Calibur VI Game's Videos Preview Ivy, Zasalamel

Game ships for PS4, Xbox One, PC in 2018 ― Bandai Namco Entertainament America began streaming two new character videos for the Soul Calibur VI game on Thursday. The videos preview the characters Ivy and Zasalamel. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in 2018 in Japan, Europe, and North America. The Soul Calibur series began with the Soul Blade game in 1995. The 3D fig...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 46

"The Byakuya Gang saga heads toward its endgame as the heroes catch wind of their enemy's true intentions."
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2018 Soreike! Anpanman Film Casts Anne Watanabe, UN-JASH

Film centering on new character Kurun opens on June 30 ― The official website for Soreike! Anpanman Kagayake! Kurun to Inochi no Hoshi (Let's go! Anpanman: Shine! Kurun and the Star of Life), the Anpanman franchise's 30th anime film, revealed on Thursday that actress and model Anne Watanabe (also known as Anne) and comedy duo UN-JASH will guest star in the film. Watanabe will play the protagonist Kur...
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Overlord II ‒ Episode 7

"With the artistic effort remaining stable, lots of potentially interesting characters, and several meaty story threads in play, the series is humming along quite merrily at this point."
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Crunchyroll Streams Spiritpact -Bond of the Underworld- Chinese-Animated Series

Series' 2nd season previewed in videos before Saturday premiere ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will stream Spiritpact -Bond of the Underworld-, the second season of the Spiritpact Chinese-animated series. The series will be available worldwide outside Asia, and it will debut on February 24 at 9:00 a.m. EST. Crunchyroll describes the story: Tanmoku Ki is an exorcist with the responsibili...
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A Place Further Than the Universe ‒ Episode 8

"Forget all the dangers of Antarctica, seasickness might just be the thing that ends our heroines' journey."
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Revolutionary Girl Utena Blu-Ray 3

The final arc in the Utena saga has arrived on blu-ray, alongside the opulent Adolescence of Utena film. Rebecca Silverman looks back on how this classic concluded. ― With this final arc of the Revolutionary Girl Utena narrative, the story throws all subtlety out the window. That's not strictly a negative in terms of getting the most out of everything the series has built up, because when the visuals...
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Kakuriyo Yadomeshi Anime Casts Kazuhiko Inoue, Reina Ueda

Series about college student working at spirit inn debuts in April ― The official website for the television anime of writer Midori Yūma and illustrator Laruha's Kakuriyo Yadomeshi (Afterlife Inn Cooking) light novel revealed two more cast members on Thursday. Kazuhiko Inoue (Mr. Osomatsu's Matsuzō Matsuno, Naruto's Kakashi Hatake) will play Shirō Tsubaki, Aoi's grandfather. Reina Ueda (ReLIFE's An O...

Banana Fish Anime Reveals Cast, More Staff, 1st Promo Video, Modern-Day Setting

2-cour series premieres in July on Noitamina programming block, to adapt entire manga ― The staff of the television anime adaptation of Akimi Yoshida's Banana Fish manga announced the main cast and debuted the first promotional video during a livestream presentation on Thursday. The video reveals that the anime will premiere on Fuji TV's late-night anime programming block in July, and will stream ins...
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Ayumi Komura Starts Kare Cafe Manga About Cafe Run by Middle-Aged Men (Updated)

Manga launches in The Margaret magazine on Saturday ― This year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine revealed on Tuesday that Ayumi Komura will launch a new manga titled Kare Cafe (Guy Cafe) in the April issue of Maragaret's sister magazine The Margaret on Saturday. The first chapter will have 26 pages. The manga will center on a cafe staffed by middle-aged men. Komura launched her currently...
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Tezuka Mix Magazine Lists More Japanese Manga Creators

Gengoroh Tagame, Enokids, Kubukurin, Kotobuki Shiriagari, more join magazine ― The official website of Tezuka Productions' upcoming Tezuka Mix magazine revealed more Japanese manga creators who will publish a work in the magazine. The newly revealed creators include: Gengoroh Tagame (My Brother's Husband) Kotobuki Shiriagari (Sukiyaki Western Django, Ano Hi kara no Manga) Radio Wada (Neko mo, Onda-ke...
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Death end re;Quest Game's Special Behind-the-Scenes Video Teases 8 New Games by Compile Heart

Developer teases 5 new RPGs, 1 new app in addition to Eshigami no Kizuna ― Japanese video game developer Compile Heart handed out tissue packs in Akihabara on Thursday that feature a QR code that leads to a website streaming a special video for the company's Death end re;Quest role-playing game. The video below features a trailer, then behind-the-scenes footage for the game. Compile Heart president N...
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Log Horizon: Nyanta's Fortune Recipe Manga's 6th Volume Listed as Last

Series centers on Nyanta serving good food to players trapped in Elder Tale ― The official website of Kadokawa's Enterbrain brand is listing the sixth volume of Souchu's Log Horizon: Nyanta's Fortune Recipe (Log Horizon: Nyanta Hanchō Shiawase no Recipe) manga as the last. The manga is listed with a March 31 release date. The manga centers on the character Nyanta, who uses his subclass as a chef to s...
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Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō Anime's 3rd Visual Unveiled

The staff of the anime adaptation of Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō manga revealed the third key visual for the anime on Thursday. Toei Animation is producing the anime. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga, and it describes the story: In the wake of a space-wide civil war instigated by Saga–the Gemini Gold Saint–a new team of Saints comes together with the goal of protecting thei...
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Free! Take Your Marks Anime Film's English-Subtitled Theatrical Trailer Posted

Funimation releases film in U.S. for 1-day screening on March 14 ― Funimation began streaming a theatrical trailer on Sunday for the Free! Take Your Marks anime film's upcoming U.S. theatrical release on March 14. Funimation is streaming a region-free version of the same video on Facebook: The film opened in Japan in October 2017. The film is a sequel to the Free! -Timeless Medley- compilation films....
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Hiragana Danshi Theatrical Project is Anime With Screening on March 16

MAN WITH A MISSION performs insert song for anime ― The staff of the the theatrical adaptation of NTV and Tabot, Inc.'s Hiragana Danshi: Itsura no Koe smartphone game revealed on Thursday that the adaptation will be an anime titled Gekijōban Hiragana Danshi ~Jo~ (Hiragana Danshi the Movie: Prelude) that will have a theatrical premiere screening event at the Toho Cinemas Shinjuku on March 16. The staf...
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Live-Action Misumisō Film's Trailer Previews Takako Tate Theme Song

Bullying horror film opens in Japan on April 7 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Rensuke Oshikiri's Misumisō horror manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Thursday. The trailer previews the film's theme song "Michinori" (Distance) by Takako Tate. The film's cast includes: Anna Yamada as lead character Haruka Nozaki Hiroya Shimizu as Mitsuru Aiba, Haruka's classmat...
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The Piano Forest TV Anime Premieres April 8

The official website for the television anime of Makoto Isshiki's Piano no Mori (The Piano Forest) manga revealed on Wednesday that the anime will premiere on NHK on April 8 at 12:10 a.m. (effectively April 9 morning). Gaku Nakatani (Madagascar 3 CG supervisor) is directing the anime at Fukushima Gainax. Aki Itami (Flowers of Evil, Mushishi, Rainbow Days) and Mika Abe (Danchi Tomoo) are in charge ...
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Kamen Rider Amazons Gets 1-Shot Manga by Taboo Tattoo's Shinjirō

This year's 12th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Thursday that Shinjirō (Fate/Zero, Taboo Tattoo) will draw a one-shot manga based on the Kamen Rider Amazons franchise in the magazine's next issue on March 1. The manga is titled "Kamen Rider Amazons Gaiden - Hotarubi." Yasuko Kobayashi, the screenwriter of both Kamen Rider Amazons seasons, is supervising the manga. The one-shot is...
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Ys Origin RPG Gets Xbox One Release this Spring

Nihon Falcom originally released PC game in 2006, XSEED released game in English in 2012 ― DotEmu revealed on Wednesday that it will release Nihon Falcom's Ys Origin game on the Xbox One this spring. DotEmu is streaming a teaser trailer for the game. Nihon Falcom originally released the game in Japan on PC in 2006. XSEED Games released the original game on PC via Steam in English in 2012. DotEmu rele...
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Detroit Metal City's Wakasugi to Launch New Manga in April

Manga creator looks to hire assistants for new serialization ― Kiminori Wakasugi revealed on his Twitter account on Wednesday that he is launching a new manga in April. He noted that he is hiring assistants for the new manga serialization. Wakasugi ended his Detroit Metal City manga in 2010, and Viz Media published the manga in North America. The manga inspired both a live-action movie and an origina...
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Actor Ren Osugi Passes Away at 66

Actor appeared in numerous Takeshi Kitano, Takashi Miike films; starred in Final Fantasy XIV Dad of Light series ― The official website of the Zacco talent agency announced on Wednesday that Actor Ren Osugi passed away on Wednesday morning due to acute heart failure. He was 66. His family will hold a private funeral service. Osugi was born in Tokushima prefecture on September 27, 1951. From 1974 to 1...
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Uchiko's Father and Son Manga Ends on March 12

Crunchyroll simulpubs comedy about former gangster father with toddler son ― The March issue of Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine revealed on February 10 that Uchiko's Father and Son (Chichi to Ko) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on March 12. The manga will have a color opening page. Crunchyroll publishes chapters of the manga as they debut in Japan, and it describes the manga:...
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Anata no Shikihime Kyōdōtan Game Streams 4 Character Videos

Game ships on March 8 for PS4, Vita, Switch ― Nippon Ichi Software is streaming four character videos and a second promotional video for its Anata no Shikihime Kyōdōtan (Your Four Princess Knight Teaching Story) tactical RPG. The character videos showcase the game's four main princess characters: "friendly dragon princess" Alpana, "noble rose princess" Monomaria, "arrogant witch princess" Veronica, a...

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Get the 1st Look at 4D Sailor Moon in USJ Attraction Ad

The "Sailor Moon: The Miracle 4D" attraction got its first ad on Monday revealing the Sailor Guardian's three dimensional look and introducing the villain, which appears to be Morga. Jadeite sends the monster gather human energy at the Osa-P jewelry store in the anime series' very first episode. Visitors can buy their own magical weapons, including a replica of Sailor Moon's Cutie Moon Rod that gl...
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Real Girl Romantic Comedy Anime Reveals Main Cast

April josei show casts Teppei Uenishi, Yū Serizawa, Shouta Aoi, Takuma Terashima, Minami Tsuda, Reina Ueda ― An event for the television anime based on Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga revealed the anime's main cast members on Thursday. The cast includes: Teppei Uenishi as Hikaru "Tsuttsun" Tsutsui, an unsociable otaku high school boy who loves virtual reality Yū Serizawa as Iroha Igarashi, a...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 20

"This week ultimately proves to be one of Asta's most shining moments yet."
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A3! Male Actor-Raising Game Gets Stage Play, Reveals Cast

Stage play runs in June-July, with returning run in October-November ― Liber Entertainment's A3! male actor-raising smartphone game is inspiring a stage play adaptation titled Mankai Stage A3! ~Spring & Summer 2018~). The play will run at The Galaxy Theater in Tokyo from June 28 to July 8, at the Kyoto Gekijō from July 13 to 16, and again at The Galaxy Theater from October 26 to November 4. The cast ...
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Shin chan's Dad Fights Body Odor in Collaboration Manga

Serial mooner Shinnosuke "Shin-chan" Nohara isn't a character associated with great personal hygiene. He's a rough and tumble kid who's more interested in trouble than jumping the bathtub. Meanwhile, his dad Hiroshi is a typical salaryman riding the bustling, cramped train to work each day. Like his son, Hiroshi also the subject of a reoccurring gag: he has horrible foot odor. Not any longer! Hiro...
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Learn to Play Volleyball at the Haikyu!! Exhibition

Plenty of anime and manga get exhibits where visitors can see artwork and production materials up close and pick-up some exclusive merchandise, but few will teach you a skill while you're there. The Haikyu!! exhibition in Sendai wants fans to not only appreciate the hard work of the series' staff, but the athleticism of the characters. Starting in April, fans of the volleyball series can check out...
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Space Battleship Tiramisu Anime's 1st Promo Reveals Cast, Staff, April Premiere

Kaito Ishikawa, Takahiro Sakurai star in Gonzo's comedy anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Satoshi Miyakawa and artist Kei Itō's Uchū Senkan Tiramisu (Space Battleship Tiramisu) updated on Thursday with the first promotional video, new key visual, main staff, cast, and April premiere. The cast is as follows: Kaito Ishikawa as Subaru Ichinose Takahiro Sakurai as Isuzu ...
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Shimajirō Film Casts Inori Minase, Idols From AKB48, SKE48, NGT48

1st full-length film in children's anime franchise opens on March 9 ― The staff of the Eiga Shimajirō: Mahō no Shima no Daibōken (Shimajirō the Movie: Great Adventure on Magic Island), the first full-length film for Benesse Corporation's Shimajirō anime franchise, announced more cast for the film last week. The additional cast includes AKB48's Yui Hiwatashi (upper left in image above), SKE48's Natsuk...
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Cardcaptor Sakura Heads to Chiyoda for Sakura-Filled Festival

Chiyoda City will turn pink with sakura, both the floral and Cardcaptor kind. The area holds a yearly festival from late March to early April along its Chidori-ga-fuchi, a moat near the Imperial Palace flanked by a 700 m-long pedestrian path and home to 260 cherry blossom trees. The festival allows viewing into the night where the trees are lit-up to create a pink, floral tunnel. Approximately one...
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With One Push, Hatch Your Own Fate/GO Servant

This isn't how Fate/Grand Order gacha usually works, but something tells me that won't stop players from snatching these servants up. Good Smile Company announced the first wave of its Fate/Grand Order Piyokuru gacha figures, six in total, each nestled in its own little egg. The figures appear first as eggs but contain a spring that, when the right area is pressed, cause the characters to pop out...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, February 12-18

Chihayafuru, The Seven Deadly Sins, A Bride's Story, Hunter x Hunter, MIX in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Chihayafuru 37 164,620 165,200 2018/02 Kodansha Yuki Suetsugu 1 1 2 The Seven Deadly Sins 30 153,749 153,749 2018/02 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 2 1 3 A Bride's Story 10 152,562 152,562 2018/02 Kadokawa Kaoru Mori 3...
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Atelier Lydie & Suelle Gameplay Video Shows Alchemy Exam

Game ships for PS4, Switch, PC in West in March ― KOEI Tecmo America and Koei Tecmo Europe began streaming a video for the upcoming their release of Gust's Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (Lydie to Suelle no Atelier ~Fushigi no Kaiga no Renkinjutsushi~) game on Wednesday. The video shows Lydie and Suelle taking an alchemy promotion test. Koei Tecmo America will rel...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, February 12-18

Secret of Mana 2, Bayonetta games debut on Switch ― Japan's Game Ranking: February 12-18 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Monster Hunter World (Including Limited, Bundled Editions) Capcom January 26 85,322 1,836,291 82 2PS4Secret of Mana 2 Square Enix February 15 36,042 36,042 20 3NSwSplatoon 2 (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo November 21, ...

Paramount's Sonic the Hedgehog Film Dated for November 15, 2019

Jeff Fowler directs film with live action, CGI The Hollywood Reporter reported on Tuesday that Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog film is scheduled for November 15, 2019. The website also notes that the film will use "a mix of live action and CGI to bring the character to life." Jeff Fowler is making is directorial debut with the film. Tim Miller (Deadpool) and Toby Ascher are executive produci...
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Shining Resonance Refrain Game Heads West This Summer

PS4/Switch/Xbox One/PC remaster of Shining Resonance previewed in video ― Sega of America announced on Wednesday that Shining Resonance Refrain, the PlayStation 4 remaster of Sega's Shining Resonance game, will launch for PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in the West this summer. The company also began streaming a promotional video for the announcement. The Western release will have du...
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Answerman - Are Streaming Revenues Improving The Lives Of Animators?

Wow! Hundreds of millions of dollars are flowing into the anime industry thanks to streaming! Is any of that money going to the people who actually make anime? Justin gets into it. ― Custom Gundam asked: With ANN recently reporting that Crunchyroll royalties to the Japanese industry exceed US $100 million and also the huge amount recieved from global companies like Netflix and Amazon and also the va...
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BTOOOM! Gets Spinoff Manga, Ouroboros' Yūya Kanzaki Starts New Series (Update)

Junya Inoue's main series ends, spinoff debuts in March ― The April issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic @Bunch magazine revealed on Wednesday that Junya Inoue's Btooom! manga is inspiring a spinoff, titled Btooom! U-18, that will debut in the next issue in March. In addition, Yūya Kanzaki (Ouroboros, Impossibility Defense) is drawing the series that will debut its prologue chapter in the next issue. ...
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Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons Anime Reveals More Roles, Songs, Premiere Dates

Series premieres on April 5 after delay ― The official website for the anime of Labo Asai's Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons (literally, "Even So, Sinners Dance with Dragons: Dances with the Dragons") light novel series revealed the roles for nine previously announced cast members, theme songs, and the April premiere dates for the series on Wednesday. The anime will premiere ...
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Dagashi Kashi Creator Already Drafted Manga's Finale

Kotoyama: Not much longer left to finishing series ― Manga creator Kotoyama reported in the author's note for his 10th Dagashi Kashi manga volume on Friday that he has already done the layout for the manga's finale. He added that there is not much longer left to finishing the manga. Funimation describes the story: Kokonotsu “Coconuts” Shikada dreams of becoming a famous manga artist. The only problem...
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Blood Blockade Battlefront Back 2 Back Manga to Bundle New Anime DVD

Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond team tells stories about Zapp, Chain on July 4 ― The online retailers Amazon and Mangaoh list Yasuhiro Nightow's fifth Blood Blockade Battlefront Back 2 Back manga volume in a bundle with a new Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond anime DVD on July 4. Production will be limited to the number of pre-orders received, and the deadline to pre-order is April 23. The DVD ...
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In This Corner of the World, Kemono Friends Win Tokyo Anime Award Festival's Top Prizes

Kinoko Nasu, Tatsuki, Takahiro Kishida, Nobutaka Yoda, Yuki Kajiura, Yuri!!! on Ice also win ― The Tokyo Anime Award Festival revealed more of this year's winners on Wednesday. Theatrical Animation Division In This Corner of the World Television Animation Division Kemono Friends Anime Fan Award Yuri!!! on Ice Best Script/Original Work Kinoko Nasu Best Director Tatsuki Best Animator Takahiro Kishida B...
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Singing Unit Kalafina to Continue After Producer Yuki Kajiura's Departure

Space Craft Produce agency: Concerts, 10th anniversary film's plans moving forward ― Media news source Oricon News reported on Wednesday that the three-member female singing unit Kalafina will continue working under the Space Craft Produce talent agency, even after the departure of their founder and producer Yuki Kajiura from the same agency. Space Craft Produce commented to Oricon News that the grou...
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Super Robot Wars X Game's 2nd Video Previews Jam Project Theme Song

Mecha, characters, game systems previewed for March 29 PS4/Vita game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the second promotional video for its Super Robot Taisen X (Super Robot Wars X) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Monday. The video previews the mecha and characters of the game, the original characters, the game systems, and story scenes. It also previews the game's theme song "H...
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Impossibility Defense, Hitsuji no Ki Films Stay in Top 10 at Japanese Box Office

Kamen Rider, Tokimeki Restaurant films rank on mini-theater top 5 ― The live-action film of Yūya Kanzaki and Arata Miyatsuki's Funōhan (Impossibility Defense) manga fell from #3 to #4 in its third weekend in the Japanese box office. The film earned 51,751,100 yen (about US$480,200) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 579,172,800 yen (about US$5.37 million). The film sold 93,00...

Anime Music Composer Yuki Kajiura Leaves Agency After 25 Years

On Kalafina: "Won't be the same as before" ― Musician and composer Yuki Kajiura confirmed on Wednesday that she has left the Space Craft Produce talent agency. She announced the resulting closure of her fan club FictionJunction Club. She also announced the "Yuki Kajiura Live vol#14" concerts which will take place at the Maihama Ampitheater in Chiba on June 30, July 1, and July 15, as well as at the N...
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PriPara All Idol Perfect Stage Switch Game's Trailer Teases Original Story

Game ships March 22 in Japan ― Takara Tomy A.R.T.S began streaming a trailer for its PriPara All Idol Perfect Stage game for the Nintendo Switch last week. The trailer shows the game's original character creation, live performances, and story mode. The game will have a new original story starring the player's original character and an anime story that summarizes the events of the anime. The game will...
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Arizona's Saboten Con to Host Singer Akira

Live performance, fashion show appearance scheduled ― Arizona anime convention Saboten Con announced on Saturday that it will host singer Akira at its 2018 event. Akira will hold a live concert and autograph sessions, be a guest model in the J-fashion show, and participate in a tea party. Akira is the female lead singer for the visual kei band DISACODE and an accomplished fashion model. She debuted a...
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Saori Hayami, Daisuke Namikawa Join Creatures Family Days Animation's Cast

Hayami, Namikawa play genetically modified siblings in April show ― The official Twitter account for the Taiwanese-Japanese animation adaptation of Yanai's Jikken-hin Kazoku: Creatures Family Days manga revealed more cast members on Wednesday. The staff also revealed a new visual for the show. The new cast members include: (Note: Character name spellings are not official) Saori Hayami as Ashise, 16 y...

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Pop Team Epic's Latest Episode Inspires 'Hellshake Yano' Meme

Pop Team Epic's unique and inscrutable nature lends itself to meme creation. Unsurprisingly, the anime's seventh episode, which debuted on Saturday, has inspired a fittingly bizarre meme. The "Hellshake Yano" meme took off on Twitter in Japan on Monday, inspiring a wide variety of official celebrity and company accounts to spread the meme. ヘルシェイク矢野は原作時点で相当笑ったんだけど、多分名前的に竹書房の元担当さんがネタ元な気がするので登場するたびにご...
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Ni no Kuni II Game's Video Previews 1st 15 Minutes

Level-5's game launches for PS4, PC worldwide on March 23 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a gameplay video for its and Level-5's Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PlayStation 4 and PC game on Wednesday. The video previews the first 15 minutes of the game. The game is slated for worldwide release on March 23 after several delays. The game's "King's Edition" in Europe comes with a sea...
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Girls und Panzer Dream Tank Match Game's Video Shows University Selection Team Tanks

Game ships in Japan on February 22, in English in Asia on February 27 ― The official website for the Girls und Panzer Dream Tank Match PlayStation 4 game began streaming a new promotional video on Wednesday. The video, narrated by character Yukari Akiyama, highlights the tanks of the University Selection Team. The game will ship on February 22 in Japan. The Premium Edition of the game in Japan will b...
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Figure Skating, Shogi Prove Real Life Can Beat Anime Feats

In a long-standing debate, some people posit life imitates art more often than art imitates life. Yet, it may be rare that real humans are able to match and exceed the deeds of anime heroes who sometimes posses superhuman abilities. Recently, two real-world stars rose to the challenge. Twitter user @AftamC shared images on Monday noting how real-world celebrities have surpassed the accomplishments...

Bleach Live-Action Film's Teaser Shows Ichigo's 1st Hollow Battle

Film opens July 20 in Japan ― Warner Bros. Japan began streaming a teaser trailer for the live-action film of Tite Kubo's Bleach manga on Wednesday. The teaser shows Ichigo becoming a shinigami for the first time to fight a Hollow. The film will open in Japan on July 20. The film will center on the "Substitute Shinigami Arc," the manga's first arc which ran from its first to eighth volume. Shinsuke S...
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Mr. Osomatsu Season 2 ‒ Episode 20

"It's meta time once again on Mr. Osomatsu, with a variety show accompanied by Dayon's reaction shots."
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Soul of Chogokin Adds Nadia's V-Nautilus to the Line-Up

Soul of Chogokin has carved a name for itself with its line of immaculately sculpted mecha figures, from Mazinger Z to the the iconic 1970s series Captain Harlock's starship, the Arcadia. Now the line has set its sights on Captain Nemo's V-Nautilus submarine from Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi's classic 1990s anime Nadia - The Secret of Blue Water. The Soul of Chogokin GX-80 Universal Battleship...
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Kodansha USA Lists Dragon Head Manga as Digital Release

Series was previously released by Tokyopop ― Kodansha Comics is listing that it will release the first volume of Minetarō Mochizuki's Dragon Head manga digitally on February 27. Kodansha Comics describes the story: The end of everyone was just the beginning… Returning home by train after a class trip, Teru Aoki takes a most frightening ride inside a mountain tunnel. When the train derails, nearly eve...
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KOKKOKU ‒ Episode 7

"Kokkoku continues to chug along at its own erratic pace this week, offering up plenty of plot developments and exposition in an idiosyncratic and stilted way."
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Laid-Back Camp Staff Went Location Scouting, Winter Camping

A recent interview with Laid-Back Camp producer Kaoru Wada on Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web site revealed that staff went on a winter camping trek to make sure the series maintained a high level of authenticity. The series director Yoshiaki Kyougoku and production staff scouted out 10 different locations that the series' characters visit. A model camp site was also set up during the winter and the...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 18-24

All Out!! anime; Giant Spider & Me - A Post-Apocalyptic Tale, Saint Seiya Saintia Sho, Silver Spoon, The Voices of a Distant Star manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date All Out!! Part 1 BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 February 20 Dragon Ball Super Part 3 BDCite Funimation Entertainment US$44.98 February 20 Dragon Ball Super Part 3 DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Fu...
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Edogawa Rampo's 'The Man Traveling with the Brocade Portrait' Story Gets Museum Anime Short

Yoshimasa Hosoya, Yuuki Kaji, Raikō Sakamoto star in story about brother's disappearance ― An anime adaptation of "The Man Traveling with the Brocade Portrait" ("Oshie to Tabi Suru Otoko") short story by mystery and supernatural author Edogawa Rampo (Rampo Edogawa) will run in three museums as part of an exhibit this year. Independent animator Shigeyoshi Tsukahara ("Hashi no Mukou," Sekai no Owari ro...
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12th Yowamushi Pedal Stage Play Reveals Cast Visuals

Play to run from March 2-11 in Tokyo, March 16-18 in Kobe ― The official website for the stage play adaptations of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal manga revealed a key visual and character visuals for the 12th stage play, titled Butai Yowamushi Pedal Shin Interhigh-hen ~Hakone Gakuen Ōja Fukukaku (The Kingdom)~ (Stage Yowamushi Pedal New Interhigh Arc: Restoration of Hakone Gakuen's King [The Kingd...
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Netflix "Eye-Jacks" Shinjuku Station with 280 Pairs of Anime Eyes

You ever get the feeling you're being watched? Netflix is giving its viewers a taste in a new campaign at Shinjuku Station where 280 pairs of anime eyes stare out at passerbyes. The streaming service is upping its reputation as a home for anime after the success of Devilman crybaby and the upcoming release of Bones' B: The Beginning with this "eye-jack" campaign. The 280 different eyes come from N...
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 Plus PS4 Game Ships on May 31 in Japan

Video game news website Dengeki Online revealed on Tuesday that Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 Plus, Compile Heart's "refined" PlayStation 4 version of its Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 PlayStation Vita game, will ship on May 31 in Japan. Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 is a remake of the first game in Compile Heart's Hyperdimension Neptunia game series. The game original shipped for t...
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This Week in Anime - Is Citrus' Forbidden Romance Trash or Treasure?

Citrus has turned a few heads with its incestuous twist on lesbian romance. We suss out whether this makes for a juicy love story or just sour pulp. ― Citrus has turned a few heads with its incestuous twist on lesbian romance. This week in anime, Michelle and Steve suss out whether this makes for a juicy love story or just sour pulp. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in...
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Garden of Sinners' Fujino Follows Yūichi Nakamura Into Fate/Grand Order

Voice actor Yūichi Nakamura is a known Fate/Grand Order player who also happens to voice the Archer-class Servant David in the game. The Garden of Sinners character Fujino Asagami recently debuted in the game, and Nakamura tweeted his reaction. ネジられちゃうんです? pic.twitter.com/N40w1q4htv— 中村悠一 (@nakamuraFF11) February 15, 2018 Nakamura seems a bit worried that Fujino has arrived in the game. The tweet ...
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Metal Gear Survive Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

PS4/Xbox One/PC game shipped on Tuesday in N. America ― Konami began streaming a launch trailer for its Metal Gear Survive game on Tuesday. The game shipped for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in North America on Tuesday. The game shipped for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 21 in Japan and will ship on February 22 in Europe. The "Survival Pack" release includes four gold plated weapons, t...
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Lost Child Game to Also Launch for Nintendo Switch

Game already slated for PS4/Vita ― NIS America announced on Tuesday that it will release The Lost Child for Nintendo Switch in addition to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The game is slated for this summer on North America and Europe on all three systems. The game will be available physically and digitally for PlayStation 4 and Switch, and digitally for PlayStation Vita. The game will have Englis...
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God Wars Game Gets Updated Version for Switch

Game launched for PS4/Vita in June ― NIS America announced on Tuesday that it will release God Wars The Complete Legend, an expanded version of the God Wars Future Past PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game, for Nintendo Switch. The game is slated for physical and digital release this fall in North America and Europe. God Wars The Complete Legend will include all the downloadable contents of the or...

Miyuki Sawashiro Performs Lupin III Part 5 Anime's Ending Theme

Sawashiro also plays Fujiko Mine ― The official website for the fifth Lupin III anime series announced on Tuesday that Miyuki Sawashiro, the voice of Fujiko Mine, is performing the show's ending theme song, composed by longtime Lupin III composer Yuji Ohno. The song is titled "Seine no Kaze ni... (Adieu)" (To the Winds of the Seine... (Farewell)). Sawashiro's ending theme song will ship on CD on May ...
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Megalobox Anime's Video Previews COMA-CHI's Rap

Series based on Ashita no Joe manga with new story premieres in April ― The official website for Megalobox, a new television anime based on Ikki Kajiwara (pen name Asao Takamori) and Tetsuya Chiba's Ashita no Joe manga, began streaming a promotional video for the series on Tuesday. The video features footage from the anime and previews COMA-CHI's rap insert song. The previously revealed cast members ...
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Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori Anime Reveals 2nd Video, Visual, More Cast

Tomoaki Maeno, Kousuke Toriumi, Kōhei Amasaki join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yū Shimizu's Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori manga revealed the series' second promotional video, second visual, and additional cast on Wednesday. Junichi Suwabe narrates the video as his character Sui. The new cast members are: (Note: the romanizations of the characters' full names are not ...
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Kimeru Performs Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Anime's New Opening Theme

New theme song to begin in April ― This year's April issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine announced on Wednesday that Kimeru will perform the new opening theme for Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS beginning in April. The song is titled "go forward." Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo and its affiliated networks last May. Crunchyroll later began streaming the series as it airs. Crunchyroll describes the s...
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Beatless Anime Casts Hiroshi Kamiya, Kana Hanazawa

New characters debut in 6th episode on February 26 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Satoshi Hase and redjuice's Beatless novel revealed two new characters and cast members on Tuesday. The characters will debut in the anime's sixth episode on February 26. Hiroshi Kamiya as Ginga Watarai, the head of Memeframe Corporation's research planning. Kana Hanazawa as Mika Tsutsumi,...
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Uta no Prince-sama's 'Ultra Blast' Single Ranked #2 on Weekly Chart

Single debuted on February 14, ranked daily at #3, #2, #1 throughout week ― The official Twitter account for the Uta no Prince Sama franchise revealed on Monday that the franchise's "Ultra Blast" single ranked #1 in Oricon's daily single chart on Sunday. It sold 7,626 copies on Sunday to cap its weekly total at 114,359. It eventually ranked #2 for the week, under Hey! Say! Jump's "Maeomuke" (244,765 ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, February 12-18

Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond sells 1,447, followed by Tatsuki's "Keifuku-san," Yowamushi Pedal Re:Generation, My Hero Academia, Takuya Eguchi ― Takuya Eguchi's Event DVD Eguchi Takuya no Ore-Iya & Nishiyama Kōtarō no Sukoboku: Ariake to Chofu no Tabi sold 829 copies to rank #23 on the overall DVD chart. Real Car Series Initial D sold 637 more copies for a new total of 2,456. It rose from #34 t...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, February 12-18

Land of the Lustrous sells 5,088, followed by Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond, Love Live! Sunshine!!, My Hero Academia, Himōto! Umaruchan R ― Kenichi Suzumura's Theatrical Live Dai-4 The Black Prince sold 600 copies to rank #28 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Land of the Lustrous ...
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Fumikiri Jikan Anime Reveals Character Visuals for Ai, Tomo

The official Twitter account for the television anime of Yoshimi Satō's Fumikiri Jikan (Railroad Crossing Time) manga revealed two character visuals for the anime on Monday. The characters, along with their previously announced cast members, are as follows: Sayaka Senbongi as Ai Yui Ogura as Tomo Both characters are from "Futari no Seishun" (Their Youth), the first story from the manga's first com...
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Live-Action Anitomo Casts Kōdai Matsuoka, Karin One

Series premieres March 25, film in early summer ― Hakusensha's official website for Modomu Akagawara's Anitomo (My Brother's Friend) manga revealed additional cast members for the live-action film and series adaptation of the manga on Tuesday. Kōdai Matsuoka (right in picture below) will play Itsuki Kaga, Sōta's handsome but oddball cousin. Karin One (left) will play Aki Nishino, Sōta's younger siste...
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Kyūso Nekokami Performs Opening Theme For Major 2nd Anime

Single CD for opening theme to ship on April 25 ― The official website for the anime of Takuya Mitsuda's Major 2nd baseball manga announced on Tuesday that Kyūso Nekokami is performing the opening theme song "Koete Ike" (Go Beyond It) for the anime. The single CD for the theme song will ship on April 25. Kyūso Nekokami is a five-member rock band that formed in December 2009, and is mostly active in t...
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Live-Action Marmalade Boy Reveals House Built Just for Film's Production

Film opens in Japan on April 27 ― Media news website Natalie revealed a behind-the-scenes report on the live-action film of Wataru Yoshizumi's Marmalade Boy manga on Tuesday. The report includes on-set photographs of the house, which stands in Ibaraki prefecture, and was built specifically for the film. Natalie's article includes more on-set photographs. The film opens in Japan on April 27. Previousl...

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Sword Art Online: Integral Factor RPG App Gets Global English Release

Korean, Chinese releases also set in addition to Japanese ― Bandai Namco Entertainment confirmed on Monday that it will release the Sword Art Online: Integral Factor mobile online role-playing game worldwide in English and Korean, in addition to the previously revealed Japanese and Chinese releases. The iOS and Android online RPG is free to play, but in-game items can cost extra. The game is acceptin...
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Valkyria Chronicles 4 Game's Trailer Introduces Imperial Army

Game ships in Japan for PS4 on March 21, for Switch in summer ― Sega began streaming a new character introduction trailer on Friday for Valkyria Chronicles 4: Eastern Front, the fourth installment in its Valkyria Chronicles game series. The video introduces the characters from the imperial army. The game is slated for the PlayStation 4 on March 21 in Japan, and on the Nintendo Switch in summer in Jap...
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New Jersey's AnimeNEXT to Host Rock Band ALL OFF

Mob Psycho 100, Heavy Object band to perform at June convention ― New Jersey-based anime convention AnimeNEXT announced last week that it will host rock band ALL OFF at its 2018 event. The band will perform at the convention. ALL OFF was formed in 2004, and consists of vocalist so-hey, guitarist Yukio, bassist Kossy, drummer Otsuki, and guitarist Gaku. The band released their first EP, "ALL OFF EP," ...
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Shinobi 7's Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers Tabletop Game Kickstarter Reaches Goal

Seven Seas Entertainment's tabletop game subsidiary Shinobi 7 reached the base goal of US$50,000 on its Kickstarter campaign for the miniatures board game Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers last week. The project has since unlocked its stretch goal for the first free expansion, featuring Shadow. Shinobi 7 describes the strategic game for 2-5 players: Burst into action with Sonic the Hedgehog: Battl...
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Fate/Grand Order Meets Classic Japanese Art in Water-Mapping Light Show

The waters of Odaiba Beach will come to life with the magic of classic ukiyo-e painter Hokusai on March 17. The painter, perhaps best known internationally for the print The Great Wave off Kanagawa, lives on, not just as a famous painter but also as a character in the mobile game Fate/Grand Order. Hokusai's depiction in the game is pretty "inspired" compared to his actual life. The major tip-off i...
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Splatoon Manga Has 800,000 Copies in Print

Shogakukan's listing for the fifth volume of Sankichi Hinodeya's Splatoon manga announced that the manga has 800,000 copies in print. Each volume has received a second printing. Hinodeya initially published a Splatoon one-shot manga in Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics in May 2015. The full series then began in Bessatsu Coro Coro Comic Special in February 2016, and also launched in Coro Coro Comics in...
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Tokyo Ghoul Creator, Anime's Star Celebrate Yuzuru Hanyu's Olympic Win

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu became the first man in 66 years to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals in men's figure skating at the PyeongChang Olympics on Saturday. The popular skater has achieved idol-like status and has a legion of supporters in Japan. Now he can add Tokyo Ghoul's original creator and its anime's star to his list of fans. ⛸️ pic.twitter.com/BQVQBNRy9u— 石田スイ (@sotonami) February 18,...
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Live-Action Saint Young Men Casts Ken'ichi Matsuyama as Jesus, Shōta Sometani as Buddha

Adaptation will stream on new streaming service this year ― The official website for the live-action adaptation for Hikaru Nakamura's Saint Young Men (Saint Onii-san) manga announced on Tuesday that Kenichi Matsuyama (live-action Death Note, Gantz) will play Jesus and Shōta Sometani (live-action Parasyte, Bakuman.) will play Buddha. In addition, the staff revealed that the adaptation will debut this ...
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Mitsuboshi Colors ‒ Episode 7

"This Halloween episode expands to show us new examples of how the townspeople regard the Colors."
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Street Fighter V's Blanka Previewed in Introduction Video

Character will be available on February 20 ― The official YouTube channel for the Street Fighter series began streaming a character introduction video for Blanka on Friday. The character will be available for download on February 20. Sakura, Blanka, Cody, G, Falke, and Sagat are joining the game as playable characters for the game's Season 3. Sakura and the game's season 3 pass launched last month al...
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Life-Size Mash Kyrielight is All Painted & Ready to Fight

Figure prototypist and Wonderful Works representative Kaoru Sakaki shared the completed life-size Mash Kyrielight figure on his Twitter account on Saturday, prior to its debut at the Wonder Festival [Winter] event the next day. マシューーーーーできたー!!等身大!ワンフェスで展示します!#wf2018w #FGO pic.twitter.com/EfOh9Ym3cx— 榊馨@WF4-10-5 (@sakaki_kaoru) February 17, 2018 The Fate Grand/Order mobile game character is shown wi...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 348

"While exploring Hata's past this late in the game may seem like an odd turn for the story to take, this ultimately leads to several big payoffs."
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Boys Over Flowers Season 2 Live-Action Series Announces 'C5' Cast

Marie Iitoyo joins cast alongside Jin Suzuki, Tatsuomi Hamada, Mio Imada, Keisuke Nakata ― The official website for the live-action series adaptation of Yoko Kamio's Boys Over Flowers Season 2 (Hana Nochi Hare ~HanaDan~ Next Season) manga announced five additional cast members on Saturday. The new cast, from left to right in the back row of the image below, includes Jin Suzuki as Issha Narumiya, Mari...
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Digimon's WarGreymon, Taichi Prepare for Battle in New Figure Series

Madhouse revealed the first figure in its new Precious G.E.M. figure brand on Thursday. The figure set includes recreations of Digimon Adventure's Taichi and his partner Digimon WarGreymon. Both Taichi and WarGreymon will come in battle-ready poses. The WarGreymon figure will stand about 25 centimeters (about 10 inches) tall. The figure set is available through Madhouse's Megatrea Shop, Toei Anim...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 826

"This is an episode of exposition that sets us up for the juicier exposition to come, and the pacing problems only seem to be getting worse."
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Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Gets Anime Tie-in Short

Full version to air on March 19 after cast audition ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the "pilot edition" of an animated short inspired by the Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet game. The anime is titled Sword Art Online Fatal Bullet -The Third Episode-. The complete version will air on Tokyo MX on March 19. The website describes the anime as a "third episode" that is not part of the Sword Art...
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Fan Criticizes Hakyū Hōshin Engi Anime, Starts Petition Asking for Staff Explanation

An unhappy fan of Ryu Fujisaki's Hoshin Engi manga launched a petition on Sunday seeking an investigation into the origin and an explanation for the composition and script of the new Hakyū Hōshin Engi anime. The "manga- and anime-loving otaku" who started the petition identified herself as Motohara. Motohara enjoyed the original manga in her youth and was looking forward to the series' new anime a...
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Pop Team Epic ‒ Episode 7

"I feel like I'm approaching a point where mere words become inadequate as a response to Pop Team Epic."
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Maiden Japan Licenses A Spirit of The Sun TV Anime Special

2-part special aired in 2006 ― Section23 Films label Maiden Japan announced on Monday that it has licensed the two-part television anime special adaptation of Kaiji Kawaguchi's A Spirit of The Sun (Taiyou no Mokushiroku) manga. Maiden Japan describes the film's story: When Japan is hit by the twin disasters of the eruption of Mt. Fuji and a massive earthquake, the island nation gets literally shatter...
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Signal.MD Responds to Recovery of an MMO Junkie Director's Anti-Semitic Tweet Controversy

Production I.G sister studio Signal MD, which produced the Recovery of an MMO Junkie television anime, posted a statement in Japanese and English on Friday regarding Recovery of an MMO Junkie anime director Kazuyoshi Yaginuma's anti-Semitic tweets. The full statement reads: It has come to our attention that a series of Tweets under the handle, @yaginuma_san, apparently made by Mr. Kazuyoshi Yagin...
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Answerman - What Is Gambling Like In Japan?

There sure are a lot of gambling anime, but what's it actually like to gamble in Japan? Does anime paint an accurate picture? Justin gets into it. ― Jake asked: I have recently been watching Kakegurui Compulsive Gambler on Netflix and it has me curious about gambling in Japan. Gambling is in a ton of anime from Samurai Champloo to Kaiji. Mostly I am familiar with the basic odd even dice game as well...
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Infini-T Force Film's Special Promo Video Streamed

Anime opens in Japan on February 24 ― The official website for the Infini-T anime franchise began streaming a "special video" for the Gekijōban Infini-T Force: Gatchaman Saraba Tomo yo (Infini-T Force the Movie: Farewell Gatchaman My Friend) film on Monday. The video is a four-minute-and-30-second clip from the upcoming film. (Note: The video on the official website linked above is region-locked to J...
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Touken Ranbu Hanamaru Season 2 Anime Casts Masahiro Yamanaka, Junichi Suwabe, Yuuki Ono

New "Touken Danshi" debut in 8th episode on Sunday ― The official website for the Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru anime revealed three new "Touken Danshi" characters and cast members for Zoku Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru., the series' second season, on Monday. The characters will debut in the the season's eighth episode, "Hazuki Kono Koto wa HImitsu Dakara na" (Eighth Month: Because These Things are Secret), on Feb...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re Anime Premieres on April 3

This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine is revealing on Thursday that the television anime adaptation of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul:re manga will premiere on April 3. The anime will air on Tokyo MX starting at 11:00 p.m. before airing later that evening on Sun TV, TV Aichi, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting, and BS11. Odahiro Watanabe (Soul Buster, assistant director on Super Lovers 2,...
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REC's Q-taro Hanamizawa Starts Love App Manga

Love comedy series centers on "greatest love app ever" ― The March issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Monday that Q-taro Hanamizawa will launch a new manga titled Love App in the April issue on March 19. The love comedy story centers a mysterious "Love App" that will appear when someone is worried about love. The app analyzes lots of data, and no matter how impossible the ob...
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Galaxy Express 999 Gets New Manga in March

Gun Frontier reboot's Yuzuru Shimazaki draws new series ― The April issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Champion RED magazine revealed on Monday that Leiji Matsumoto's Galaxy Express 999 franchise is inspiring a new manga titled Ginga Tetsudo 999 Another Story: Ultimate Journey (Galaxy Express 999 Another Story: Ultimate Journey). The manga will launch in the magazine's May issue on March 19, and will ad...
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Persona 5 TV Anime's New Visual Highlights Yusuke

The official website for A-1 Pictures' television anime of Atlus' Persona 5 game revealed a new visual on Monday featuring Yusuke Kitagawa (voiced by Tomokazu Sugita). Like the previous visual, the anime's official website features the "The world will be stolen by them" tagline on the visual. The website previously revealed visuals for the protagonist Ren Amamiya (voiced by Jun Fukuyama), Ryuji Sa...
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Jouji Nakata, Kenji Nomura, Takayuki Sugo Join Golden Kamuy Anime's Cast

Nakata to play Toshizō Hijikata in series premiering in April ― The official website for the television anime of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga announced three more cast members on Monday. Jouji Nakata (Peacemaker's Toshizō Hijikata) as Toshizō Hijikata Kenji Nomura (Drifters' Gilles de Rais) as Tatsuuma Ushiyama The site also announced that Takayuki Sugo (Bungo Stray Dogs 2's Herman M.) will play ...
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Compile Heart Launches Countdown Site

Japanese video game developer Compile Heart launched a countdown site on Monday. The site simply has the number "3" on it. Compile Heart is currently developing the Death end re;Quest role-playing game, which will launch on PlayStation 4 on April 12 after a delay. Source: Dengeki Online
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Kachidoki Studio Produces 4 Anime for Production I.G's 'Vertical Anime' App

Studio celebrating 10th anniversary already produces Neko no Rob anime for app ― The Kachidoki Studio anime studio announced on February 5 that it is producing the Quiz Tokiko-san anime for Production I.G's Tate Anime (Vertical Anime) app. Quiz Tokiko-san premiered on February 7, with new episodes debuting weekly. The anime also airs weekly on Chukyo TV within the Hayariba program, but is being repro...
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Live-Action Furin Shokudō Series Reveals Main Cast

4-episode net series debuts on March 7 ― The staff of the live-action adaptation of Masakazu Yamaguchi's (Dengeki Oshioki Musume Gōtaman) Furin Shokudō (Adultery Restaurant) manga revealed the show's main cast, net series format, and episode count on Monday. The show stars Kei Tanaka (live-action Library Wars' Mikihisa Komaki) as salaryman Ryūichi Yamadera. The female stars include: Yumi Adachi as Ay...
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