Interview: Mars Red Director Kouhei Hatano and Screenwriter Jun'ichi Fujisaku

MARS RED has been taking anime viewers by surprise with its evocative tale of vampires living in Japan's Taisho era. ANN reached out to director Kouhei Hatano and screenwriter Jun'ichi Fujisaku to learn more about how this unique story was adapted.

Ouran High School Host Club Manga Gets Its 1st Stage Musical

Musical opens in Tokyo, Osaka in 2022

Tokyo Revengers Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews Bloody Halloween Arc

New arc starts in July with Nakimushi's ending song 'Tokyo Wonder'

The Spring 2021 Light Novel Guide

The second half of Anime News Network's Light Novel Guide is live! Kim Morrissy and Rebecca Silverman check out the latest releases including I Swear I Won't Bother You Again!, The King of the Dead at the Dark Palace, I Have a Secret, and more!

The Spring 2021 Manga Guide

The Manga Guide comes to the close with its final round of updates with new volumes from June! Now: Ya Boy Kongming!, Undead Girl Murder Farce, Kirby Manga Mania, I Swear I Won't Bother You Again!, Yakuza Lover, Fist of the North Star, Bofuri, Ride Your Wave, and more!

Reimagining The World Ends With You

Are the anime staff doing a good enough job accounting for the differences between playing TWEWY or watching it and making sure its still an enjoyable experience that at least honors the original game?

Crunchyroll Originals Have Been A Disaster

Callum May evaluates the streaming services attempts at original content and Crunchyroll's questionable lack of clarity about its own projects, including its seemingly shuttered Tokyo studio.

Summer 2021 Anime Trailer Watch Party With SungWon Cho!

Consider this your official invitation to the Summer 2021 Anime Trailer Watch Party with SungWon Cho! Tune in LIVE on Wednesday, June 23rd at 5pm PDT/8pm EDT!
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SPY×FAMILY GN 5

Anya may be the heart of both the Forger family and SPY x FAMILY entire, but not every volume can be just about her – it's called Spy x Family, after all. ― Anya may be the heart of both the Forger family and Spy x Family as a whole, but not every volume can be just about her – it's called Spy x Family, after all. That means that, while the book is still replete with great Anya moments, it's also fin...
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WAVE!! Let's Go Surfing

There's something fascinating about WAVE!! Let's Go Surfing, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the content of the show. It is, in many ways, emblematic of a kind of content-farm approach to media that is driven entirely by profit. ― There's something fascinating about WAVE!! Let's Go Surfing, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the content of the show. It is, in many ways, emblematic of a...
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Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning

On the thematic side of things, Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning tells the story of two broken people, each driven only by their own singular, all-consuming goals. ― Like many American anime fans in the 90s, my first introduction into Rurouni Kenshin wasn't the TV anime, but rather the OVA—localized at the time as Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal. In stark contrast to the light-hearted yet action-filled TV ...
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Ikebukuro West Gate Park

The ingredients for a simple but effective crime thriller are here, which may make wonder why you have heard so little about it. The reasoning becomes apparent: despite all of its components, IWGP is far less than the sum of its parts. ― A new anime adaptation of a series of novels that's been out for two decades and change, Ikebukuro West Gate Park makes an earnest effort to be an accessible new ver...
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Magical Princess what now?
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Moriarty the Patriot ‒ Episode 23

We have arrived, then, at the final problem. Canonically, this is the story that originally introduced Moriarty, both as the Lord of Crime and in general, so it may not be overstating to say that this is the end goal of the entire series.
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Let's Make a Mug Too Anime Gets 2nd Season in October

Main cast, staff return for "Second Kiln" ― The official website for the television anime of the city of Tajimi's promotional manga Yakunara Mug Cup Mo (Let's Make a Mug Too) confirmed on Monday that the series will get a second season titled Yakunara Mug Cup Mo Niban Kamo (Let's Make a Mug Too: Second Kiln) in October on the CBC TV, BS11, TOKYO MX, MBS, and AT-X channels. The main cast and staff are...
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Boruto Anime Enters New Arc, Reveals New Visual

― The official website for the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime revealed on Monday that the anime will enter a new arc titled "Kawaki-hen Ōtsutsuki Kakusei" (Kawaki Arc: Otsutsuki Awakening), and revealed a visual for the arc. CHiCO with HoneyWorks (Edens Zero, Gintama, After the Rain) will perform the new opening theme song and Pelican Fanclub (Dr. Stone, Fire Force season 2) will perform the ...
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Re:Zero Browser Game With Original Story Launches in Japan in July

Game company EXNOA announced on Monday that it will release DMM Games' Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu: Kinsho to Nazo no Seirei (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- The Forbidden Book and the Mysterious Spirit) browser game in July. Re:Zero light novel author Tappei Nagatsuki is supervising the game's original story. Konomi Suzuki is performing the theme song "Crossroads." The story b...
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Hollywood Live-Action Root Letter Film's Rights Change to Ammo Entertainment

Film finishes production, Ammo Entertainment negotiates with potential distributors ― Akatsuki Inc. announced on June 7 that it has handed over the rights of the live-action film adaptation of Kadokawa Games' √Letter (pronounced "Root Letter") game to AMMO (based in Tokyo) and AMMO Entertainment (based in California). Akatsuki Entertainment USA announced the film in November 2018. Sonja O'Hara is dir...
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Maru Asakura Ends Seifuku Shōjo Miseifuku Manga

Manga about 2 childhood friends launched in 2016 ― The August issue of Shonengahosha's Monthly Young King Ours GH magazine published the final chapter of Maru Asakura's Seifuku Shōjo Miseifuku (The Unbeaten School Uniform Girl) manga on June 16. The manga centers on Kou, a boy who is very close to his childhood friend and neighbor Mana. Mana has grown up to have a well developed body, which attracts ...
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Yūshi Kawata, Yukito Manga Duo Ends Tamiko to Visual-kei to Manga

Manga about girl meeting man dressed in visual-kei asethetics launched in 2019 ― Manga creator duo Yūshi Kawata and Yukito published the 41st and final chapter of their Tamiko to Visual-kei to (Tamiko and the Visual-kei Man and...) manga on Shueisha's Tonari no Young Jump website last Friday. The manga's story begins when a downcast adolescent girl murmurs to herself that "it would be better if I jus...
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Gundam: Hathaway Film is 1st Gundam Film in 33 Years to Top 1 Billion Yen

Film sells 501,706 tickets in 1st 10 days ― The official website for the Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway) anime film revealed on Monday that the film has earned 1,016,249,400 yen (about US$9.23 million) as of Sunday, which is the first time in 33 years — since 1988's Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack — that a Gundam film has topped the 1 billion yen mark. Th...
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Shaman King's New Spinoff Manga Adapts Spinoff Novel About Faust VIII, Eliza

Aya Tanaka draws manga launching on July 3 ― The July issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge revealed on June 17 that Kakeru Kobashiri's Shaman King Faust8: Eien no Eliza (Eliza the Eternal) spinoff novel of Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga will have a manga adaptation. Aya Tanaka will draw the manga, which will launch on Kodansha's Magazine Pocket app on July 3. The spinoff novel shipped in Nove...
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Love Live! Superstar!!'s Naho Misaki Diagnosed With COVID-19

Other Liella! idol group members test negative for COVID-19 ― The official website for the Love Live! franchise announced on Monday that idol and voice actress Nako Misaki has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The announcement noted that Misaki had a fever on Saturday, and took a PCR test that tested positive the following day. Under the guidance of her health care center, M...
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Chihayafuru Manga Listed as Heading Toward Climax in 47th Volume

47th volume ships on August 12 ― Amazon is listing the upcoming 47th compiled book volume of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga as heading toward the story's climax. The volume ships on August 12. Suetsugu last gave a speculative date on the manga's ending as "at least not until October 2019," which is when the third television anime season of the manga premiered, but the manga continued past the thir...
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Horimiya Manga Gets Special 1-Shot Epilogue Chapter in July

Manga's final volume also ships on July 16 ― The July issue of Square Enix's Monthly G Fantasy magazine revealed last Friday that Daisuke Hagiwara's Horimiya manga will have a special one-shot chapter in the magazine's next issue on July 16. The manga's 16th and final volume will also ship on the same day. The new one-shot will have a story that takes place immediately after Hori and Miyamura graduat...
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Yōkoso Aoki Hagane e! Tribute Manga Ends

Tribute manga for Arpeggio of Blue Steel launched in 2017 ― The August issue of Shonengahosha's Monthly Young King Ours GH magazine published the final chapter of Kazutora Tsunashi's Yōkoso Aoki Hagane e! (Welcome to Blue Steel!) "tribute manga" to Ark Performance's Arpeggio of Blue Steel manga on June 16. Tsunashi launched the manga in Monthly Young King Ours GH in November 2017 in the same issue as...
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Final Evangelion Film Tops 9.32 Billion Yen Before Handing Out 'Last' Bonuses to Filmgoers

Theaters start giving out Mari, Kaoru mini-posters on Saturday Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the "final" Evangelion film, has sold over 6.11 million tickets for over 9.32 billion yen (about US$84.86 million) as of Sunday, June 20, the film's 105th day in the Japanese box office. As the "final" bonuses for filmgoers, participating theaters will begin handi...

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Shonen Jump Magazine Launches 2 New Manga in June, July

Yūki Kawaguchi's Red Hood, Minya Hiraga's Neru: Bugei Dōgyō to launch in magazine ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the magazine will launch two new manga in the magazine's 31st and 32nd issues. Yūki Kawaguchi's Red Hood manga (pictured top in image above) will premiere in the 31st issue on June 28. The "new generation hunting fantasy" series t...
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Flowerchild's Warikitta Kankei Desu kara Yuri Manga Ends, Gets Epilogue in July

Manga about student, teacher who meet via online dating app launched in 2019 ― The August issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Yuri Hime magazine published the final chapter on Thursday of Flowerchild's Warikitta Kankei Desu kara (Because It's a Divided Relationship) yuri manga. The magazine's September issue will publish an epilogue. The manga resumed in the July issue last month, and Ichijinsha stated at th...
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86 ‒ Episode 11

Two weeks ago, Episode 9 ended with our beloved cast of characters marching off into the unknown. Since then, it's been a series of constant surprises; I had absolutely no idea where they're going or what's going to happen.
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Sou-Bou-Tei Kowasu Beshi Manga Ends in 25th Volume This Summer

Manga by Ushio & Tora creator Kazuhiro Fujita launched in 2016 ― The 24th compiled book volume of Kazuhiro Fujita's Sou-Bou-Tei Kowasu Beshi (Sou-Bou-Tei Must Be Destroyed) manga revealed on Thursday that the manga will end with its 25th volume, which will ship this summer. The manga's 17th volume had stated in May 2020 that the series would enter its final arc with the 18th volume in July 2020. Fuji...
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SPY×FAMILY GN 5

Anya may be the heart of both the Forger family and SPY x FAMILY entire, but not every volume can be just about her – it's called Spy x Family, after all. ― Anya may be the heart of both the Forger family and Spy x Family as a whole, but not every volume can be just about her – it's called Spy x Family, after all. That means that, while the book is still replete with great Anya moments, it's also fin...

Ryūhei Tamura's Hard-Boiled Cop and Dolphin Manga Ends in Shonen Jump

Series from Beelzebub creator launched in June 2020 ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the final chapter on Monday of Ryūhei Tamura's Hard-Boiled Cop and Dolphin (Shakunetsu no Nirai Kanai) manga. The manga's fifth and final volume will ship in October. The manga debuted in last year's 30th issue of the magazine, which shipped in June 2020. Viz Media and Mang...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles Game Launches in Japan on October 14

This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Aniplex's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Keppūtan) video game will ship in Japan on October 14. The game will launch for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Steam. Sega will release the game in English in Asia this year for the s...
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A Devil and Her Love Song Encore Manga Ends in July

Short serialization debuted on April 20 to commemorate main manga's live-action adaptation ― This year's 14th issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine revealed on Friday that Akuma to Love Song Encore, the new short serialization for Miyoshi Tomori's A Devil and Her Love Song (Akuma to Lovesong) manga, will end in the magazine's 15th issue on July 5. The short serialization debuted in the magazine's com...

Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō Manga Ends in July

Manga spinoff launched in 2013, inspired net anime in 2018 ― The August issue of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine revealed on Friday that Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō spinoff manga will end in the magazine's next issue on July 19. Kuori had written in the afterword to the 15th volume of the manga in April that the manga was approaching its ending. Kuori alluded to the manga continuing...
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Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU Anime Previewed in 2nd Video

Followup to Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU premieres on July 1 ― The live-streamed "Watanagashi 2021 Higurashi Channel" event debuted the second promotional video for Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU, the followup to the Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU television anime, on Sunday. The video features the new ending theme song "Missing Promise" by Konomi Suzuki. Funimation is streaming the video as the ...
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AX Lite Event to Feature 'Sneak Peek' at Star Wars: Visions Anthology Anime

Event also hosts voice actor Yuki Ono, producer Hiroto Kuramasu ― The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) announced on Monday that the "Anime Expo Lite" virtual event will feature a 30-minute "sneak preview" of the Star Wars: Visions anime anthology project on July 3 at 3:00 p.m. PDT (6:00 p.m. EDT). Anime Expo describes the series: Lucasfilm's Star Wars: Visions is an upcoming ant...
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Crunchyroll Adds Saga of Tanya the Evil: Operation Desert Pasta Anime Short

17-minute short debuted on Saturday ― Crunchyroll began streaming the Saga of Tanya the Evil: Operation Desert Pasta anime short on Saturday. The 17-minute short debuted during a livestreamed event for the franchise on Saturday. The same event revealed on Saturday that production on a second season for the The Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) television anime has been green-lit. The Saga of Tanya ...
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Viz Licenses Record of Ragnarok Manga With Planned Fall Debut

11th compiled volume of manga shipped in Japan on Friday ― Viz Media announced on Twitter on Thursday that it will digitally launch Shinya Umemura, Ajichika, and Takumi Fukui's Record of Ragnarok (Shūmatsu no Walküre) manga in English this fall. The company will ship physical copies of the manga in spring 2022. The Shūmatsu no Walküre manga launched in Comic Zenon magazine in November 2017. Umemura i...
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Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song- ‒ SERIES FINALE

All in all, this episode was shaping up to be a pretty solid ending to the series... well, until the moment it suddenly wasn't.
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Masaaki Yuasa, Science Saru's Japan Sinks: 2020 TV Anime Wins Jury Award at Annecy

Jonas Poher Rasmussen's animated documentary Flee wins this year's Cristal ― Masaaki Yuasa and Science Saru's Japan Sinks: 2020 anime series won the Jury Award for a TV Series for its first episode "The Beginning of the End" at this year's Annecy International Animation Film Festival on Saturday. The anime competed in the TV Films category this year, and was slated to compete in the category last yea...

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Shadows House ‒ Episode 11

You've got to love that John's first instinct is always to punch something. His crate, the boulder, and now a brainwashed Shaun are all the recipients of John's Mighty Fist of Justice.
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Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun Season 2 ‒ Episode 10

I get it now – I understand why manga readers have been so excited for Balam-sensei's arrival in the anime: he is absolutely adorable.
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 101

Twas the night before Christmas
And all through UA
Not a creature was stirring
Save for Mineta, in his cage
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Those Snow White Notes ‒ SEASON FINALE

Those Snow White Notes' finale is something that's crueler than just about any season-ending cliffhanger in recent memory, and I'm still not entirely sure how to feel about it.
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Zombie Land Saga Revenge ‒ Episode 11

Saga sinks! Kind of! After a shockingly seafaring introduction, the girls of Franchouchou find themselves and the rest of Saga mired in the wake of the freak overnight typhoon.
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, June 7-13

Dragon Zakura live-action series earns 14.6% rating ― This week's episode of the live-action series of Norifusa Mita's Dragon Zakura Two sequel manga aired on TBS on Sunday, June 13 at 9:00 p.m. and it earned a 14.6% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV June 13 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 9.3 Detective Conan NTV June 12 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 6.6 Chibi Maruko-chan Fu...
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WAVE!! Let's Go Surfing

There's something fascinating about WAVE!! Let's Go Surfing, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the content of the show. It is, in many ways, emblematic of a kind of content-farm approach to media that is driven entirely by profit. ― There's something fascinating about WAVE!! Let's Go Surfing, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the content of the show. It is, in many ways, emblematic of a...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 7-13

Game Builder Garage debuts at #1, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade at #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 7-13 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwGame Builder Garage Nintendo June 11 71,241 71,241 2PS5Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade Square Enix June 10 20,889 20,889 3PS5Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Sony Interactive Entertainment June 11 14,663 14,663 4NSwMiitopi...
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VTuber Agency NIJISANJI EN Opens New Round of Auditions

The English-speaking branch of the NIJISANJI VTuber agency opened auditions for both female and male character VTubers on Thursday. ― The English-speaking branch of the NIJISANJI VTuber agency opened auditions for both female and male character VTubers on Thursday. Applications for female characters must be completed before July 11 23:59 JST/07:59 PDT. Applications for male characters are due by Augu...
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Riku wa Yowakunai Anime Film Adds 6 Cast Members

Rica Matsumoto, Masumi Asano, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Tomokazu Sugita, more join cast ― The official Twitter account for the anime film adaptation of the picture book Riku wa Yowakunai by actor/author Shinobu Sakagami and illustrator Kunihiro Kawashima (also known as Cookie! of comedy duo Yasei Bakudan) revealed more cast members for the film on Friday. The cast includes: (From left to right in image abo...

Saga of Tanya the Evil TV Anime Gets 2nd Season

Main cast, staff return ― A live-streamed special for The Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) television anime announced on Saturday that production on a second season has been green-lit. The Saga of Tanya the Evil II season will feature the returning cast and staff. The special unveiled a preview video and key visual for the new season. The returning cast and staff includes: Aoi Yūki as Tanya Degure...
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Yoshimaho: Yoshi Yoshi Magic Anime Posts Lyric Video for Theme Song

Original anime centers on protagonist transported to parallel world in 5-year-old body at day care center ― The official website for DLE, ABC Frontier, marketing company Mash, and production company helo.inc's Yoshimaho: Yoshi Yoshi Magic original anime project began streaming a lyric video on Friday for the anime's theme song "Yoshi Yoshi Magic." The anime stars: Kentarō Kumagai as Jun Takuya Satō a...
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Tokyo Revengers Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews Bloody Halloween Arc

New arc starts in July with Nakimushi's ending song 'Tokyo Wonder' ― An event for the television anime of Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga debuted the anime's third promotional video, third key visual, and information on the next ending theme song on Saturday. The video previews the Bloody Halloween arc which will launch in July. The group Nakimushi performs the new ending theme song "Tokyo Wonder,"...
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My Hero Academia Season 5 Anime Previews New 'Internship at Endeavor's Agency' Arc in Video

Man With A Mission, Soushi Sakiyama perform new themes for 5th season's 2nd cours ― The official website for the My Hero Academia anime revealed on Saturday that the show's fifth season will enter the "Internship at Endeavor's Agency" arc of Kohei Horikoshi's original manga for the show's second cours (second quarter of a year). Man With A Mission (Vinland Saga, The Seven Deadly Sins, Log Horizon, Go...
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Takeshi Nogami, Yuriko Nishiyama Each Launch New Manga on Manga Cross Site

Nogami draws Haruka Reset manga, Nishiyama draws Tokugawa Otenba Hime manga ― Akita Shoten's Manga Cross website revealed on Wednesday that both Takeshi Nogami and Yuriko Nishiyama will launch two different manga on the website in July. Yuriko Nishiyama will launch a new manga titled Tokugawa Otenba Hime ~Saigo no Shōgun no Hime-sama to no Yukai na Nichijō~ (The Tokugawa's Tomboy Princess ~Pleasant D...
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My Hero Academia World Heroes' Mission Film Listed With Novel

Anri Takahashi pens novel shipping on film's August 6 opening ― Amazon is listing a novel based on My Hero Academia The Movie: World Heroes' Mission, the third anime film in the franchise. Anri Takahashi, who previously wrote the original manga's My Hero Academia: School Briefs (Boku no Hero Academia Yūei Hakusho) spinoff novel series, is listed as the author. Takahashi also previously wrote a novel ...

Funimation Expands Streaming Service to Colombia, Chile, Peru

Funimation previously expanded to Mexico, Brazil with Spanish, Portuguese subtitles, dubs in December ― Funimation announced on Wednesday that it is expanding its Latin American service to Colombia, Chile, and Peru. The service is already available as a "web-only preview," and will expand next month on various other platforms where Funimation is available. Funimation expanded to Mexico and Brazil wit...

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Scarlet Nexus Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, More Cast

Anime based on game premiers on July 1, Funimation stream of episode 1 available now ― The official website for the television anime of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Scarlet Nexus role-playing game began streaming the show's second promotional video on Saturday. The video previews rock band THE ORAL CIGARETTES' opening theme song "Red Criminal." New cast members include: Yūma Uchida as Nagi Karman Asu...

Funimation to Stream The Case Study of Vanitas, More Anime for Summer 2021 Season (Updated)

Funimation to stream The Stranger by the Shore, Natsume Yūjin-Chō: Ishi Okoshi to Ayashiki Raihōsha, more ― Update: Funimation originally stated to ANN that it was planning on streaming "Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Films," but an updated announcement removed the word "films." Also we removed mention of "Natsume's Book of Friends original video anime" from the article as Funimation released ...

Funimation Streams The Stranger by the Shore Boys-Love Anime Film on July 9

Film streams subbed, dubbed starring Josh Grelle, Justin Briner ― Funimation announced on Friday during its Summer Season Preview event that it will exclusively stream The Stranger by the Shore (Umibe no Étranger) boys-love anime film on July 9 in English and in Japanese with English, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles. The film will stream in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Au...
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Himouto! Umaru-chan Voice Actress Yurina Furukawa Announces Marriage

Voice actress Yurina Furukawa announced on June 11 that she has married her long-time boyfriend. ― Voice actress Yurina Furukawa announced on June 11 that she has married her long-time boyfriend. Furukawa wrote that they plan to build a family together. いつも応援してくださっている皆様へ pic.twitter.com/thnDsYhJVk— 古川由利奈 (@yuchi_f34) June 11, 2021 Furukawa voiced Umaru's self-proclaimed rival Sylphynford Tachibana in...
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SSSS.Dynazenon ‒ SERIES FINALE

Going into SSSS.Dynazenon, my initial question was whether it would "live up" to SSSS.Gridman. But that's inapplicable to the series, because it's clear that it's not a sequel or a spiritual follow-up, but a companion to it.

Crunchyroll Streams How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Omega Anime's Less Censored 'Double Summon' Version

1st 3 episodes of less censored version premiered on Friday ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it has begun streaming the "Double Summon" version of How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Ω, the second season of the television anime of Yukiya Murasaki's How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord light novel series. The Double Summon version will feature less censorship than the TV broadcast, and it will exclusively ...
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Kageki Shojo!! Anime's 5th Character Video Highlights Sawa Sugimoto

Sumire Uesaka plays head of the class in anime premiering on July 3 ― The official website for the television anime of Kumiko Saiki's Kageki Shoujo! manga began streaming its fifth character promotional video on Friday. The video highlights the character Sawa Sugimoto, voiced by Sumire Uesaka, the student council president and head of the class. Although she is skilled at ballet, she chooses to go to...
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Gundam Hathaway Producer Teases 2nd Film, But Going Location Scouting in Australia Is Tough Now

1st in film trilogy opened in Japan on June 11 Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway producer Naohiro Ogata confirmed at a stage greeting commemorating the film's opening last Sunday that the project will have three parts. However, the release frame for the second film has not yet been announced. In addition, he said that "People have been asking when will the next one come out. We're working hard to create ...
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Pokémon Ongaku Club Perform Latest Pokémon Journeys Anime's Theme Song About Type Matchups

Song will be distributed on July 14 ― The staff of the Pokémon Journeys: The Series anime revealed on Friday that Pokémon Ongaku Club will perform the new ending theme song "Patsugun Type." The song is designed to help viewers remember the type weakness/resistence matchups for the 18 different Pokémon types. The song will be distributed on July 14. Pokémon Ongaku Club also performed the anime's first...
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Funimation Streams 1st Episodes for Sonny Boy, Scarlet Nexus Anime Ahead of Japanese Premiere Dates for Limited Time

Funimation to stream both premieres after its summer 2021 preview livestream on Friday ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it will stream the first episodes for the Sonny Boy and Scarlet Nexus anime ahead of their official Japanese premiere dates on Friday after its summer 2021 preview livestream on YouTube. Funimation's livestream begins on Friday at 6:00 p.m. EDT. The premieres will be availabl...
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Ouran High School Host Club Manga Gets Its 1st Stage Musical

Musical opens in Tokyo, Osaka in 2022 ― A new website opened on Friday, revealing that Bisco Hatori's Ouran High School Host Club manga is inspiring its first stage musical adaptation that will open in Tokyo and Osaka in 2022. The official website and Twitter account unveiled the cast, staff, visuals, and promotional video. 葉鳥ビスコが描く「桜蘭高校ホスト部」待望のミュージカル化! 歌劇『桜蘭高校ホスト部』 2022年1月東京・大阪にて開幕! #須王環 役:#小松準弥 #鳳鏡...
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Junichi Sato Reflects on Making Anime With Women, For Girls

Plus other insights about directing anime for children Looking for Magical DoReMi film director Junichi Sato participated in an extended talk with animation critic Ryota Fujitsu at the Expanded Animation Exhibition presented by Japan Media Arts Festival Overseas Promotion in association with Annecy Festival 2021 / Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market. The talk was posted on YouTub...
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Final Evangelion Film Posts New Spoiler Trailer

Updated '3.0+1.01' version opened last Saturday ― Studio Khara began streaming on Friday an "Evangelion in the Present" trailer for Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the "final" Evangelion film. The 90-second trailer contains major spoilers for the story of the film. The film's new Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 version began playing last Saturday for the film's "last ru...
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Intern Annika - Is she dying?

Annika gets down to work, but something isn't quite right!
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SSSS.Dynazenon Anime Ends With Tease for 'Next Gridman Universe'

"Gridman x Dynazenon" teased in anime's 12th, final episode ― The 12th and final broadcast episode of Tsuburaya Productions and Trigger's new SSSS.Dynazenon anime project ended on Saturday with a teaser card for the "Next Gridman Universe" and the words "Gridman x Dynazemon." The SSSS.Gridman anime was the previous anime in the "Gridman Universe." The anime premiered on April 2. Funimation is streami...
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Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning

On the thematic side of things, Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning tells the story of two broken people, each driven only by their own singular, all-consuming goals. ― Like many American anime fans in the 90s, my first introduction into Rurouni Kenshin wasn't the TV anime, but rather the OVA—localized at the time as Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal. In stark contrast to the light-hearted yet action-filled TV ...
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Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed By Light Anime Film's Footage Featuring Zeldris, Gelda Streamed

Sequel featuring all new story by creator Nakaba Suzuki opens on July 2 ― The official Twitter for The Seven Deadly Sins series unveiled a new video clip on Friday for The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed By Light (Nanatsu no Taizai: Hikari ni Norowareshi Mono-tachi), the all-new original anime film for the franchise. The clip features Zeldris and Gelda. The film will open in Japan on July 2. The film will ...
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Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki ‒ Episode 13

The Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki anime is back with a half-length OVA episode. This one focuses on the soft-spoken and angelic Kikuchi, who despite her valuable supporting role spent most of the anime's runtime in the sidelines.
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Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Manga Ends With New Anime Episode

Manga ends on July 16; 11th volume launches on October 14 with bundled OAD ― The 59th chapter of Fujita's Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) manga on pixiv Comic revealed on Friday that the manga is ending in its next chapter on July 16. The manga also revealed that the 11th and final compiled book volume will ship on October 14, and the special edition will bundle the manga...
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Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood ‒ SERIES FINALE

With that, we've reached the end of Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood, and the end of Sawa's journey of…revenge? I guess we can call it that.
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D_Cide Traumerei Anime's Video Reveals More Cast, July 10 Debut

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Akio Suyama join cast; Tokyo Jihen performs "Kemono no Kotowari" theme ― The official website for the television anime of the D_Cide Traumerei multimedia project by media company Bushiroad and game developers Sumzap and Drecom began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals two more cast members and the July 10 premiere for the anime, and also p...

Demon Slayer Film Sells Over 1 Million Blu-rays, DVDs in 1st 3 Days

Film sold 804,079 discs on 1st day to break highest one-week BD/DVD record of the year ― The Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime has sold 1,074,170 copies total of its Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases in Japan (including both the limited and regular editions) in only three days since it debuted on Wednesday. On the first day of the home video release, it sold 268,490 limited-e...
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The Honor Student at Magic High School Anime Reveals More Cast, Staff

New visual also debuts for anime spinoff premiering on July 3 ― The official website for the television anime of Yu Mori's The Honor Student at Magic High School (Mahōka Kōkō no Yūtōsei: The honour at magic high school) spinoff manga unveiled new cast, staff, and a new visual for the anime on Friday. The cast includes: Saori Hayami as Miyuki Shiba Yūichi Nakamura as Tatsuya Shiba Sora Amamiya as Hono...
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GKIDS Licenses Production I.G's The Deer King Anime Film

Film screens in N. America with subtitles, English dub in early 2022 ― GKIDS announced on Friday that it has licensed Shika no Ō: Yuna to Yakusoku no Tabi (The Deer King: The Promised Journey With Yuna), the anime film of Nahoko Uehashi's Shika no Ō (The Deer King) medical fantasy novel series, and will theatrically screen the film with both English subtitles and an English dub in North America in ea...
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Final Evangelion Film Sells Over 6 Million Tickets

Updated '3.0+1.01' version sells over 9 times more tickets than on previous week Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the "final" Evangelion film, sold over 6 million tickets in the 101 days since it opened on March 8. It has now earned 9.16 billion yen (US$83.2 million) Despite being on the weekdays, the film sold 987.5% more tickets for 964.4% more yen from Mo...
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Wizardry: The Five Ordeals Game's Steam Early Access Launch Delayed

Game was originally slated to launch on Steam Early Access on Friday ― The official Steam Early Access page for 59 Studio and Game*Spark Publishing's remake of the Wizardry: The Five Ordeals spin-off game announced on Thursday that the game's Early Access release has been delayed due to "various reasons." The announcement also emphasized that the game is unrelated to the original first five Wizardry ...

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Megami-ryō no Ryōbo-kun TV Anime Premieres on July 14 With Edited, Unedited Versions

The official website for the television anime of Ikumi Hino's Megami-ryō no Ryōbo-kun (Dorm Mother of the Goddess' Dorm) manga revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and AT-X on July 14, and on BS11 on July 15. The version on Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and BS11 will be edited, while the AT-X version will be unedited. The edited version will also stream on...
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Uncle From Another World Isekai Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime

Yen Press publishes Hotondoshindeiru's manga about man who wakes up after 17 years in isekai adventure ― Kadokawa announced on Friday that Hotondoshindeiru's Uncle From Another World (Isekai Ojisan) manga is inspiring a television anime. In Kadokawa's video below, a mock documentary-style interviewer asks a random man his opinion on isekai stories and the Uncle From Another World manga specifically, ...
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Build Divide Card Game Anime Reveals Main Cast

Yūto Uemura, Sayumi Watabe, Aoi Koga, Yū Serizawa, Atsushi Tamaru star in October anime ― The official website for Build Divide -#00000 (Code Black)- — the television anime for Aniplex, Yūhodō, and Liden Films' Build Divide multimedia project — revealed five cast members for the anime on Friday. The cast includes (Note: Character name romanization not official): (Left to right in image above) Yū Seri...
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Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood Anime's Cast Reprises Roles in Stage Play

Anime's main cast returns in stage play running October-November ― The staff for the stage play of Bushiroad's original television anime project Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood revealed the stage play's cast members on Wednesday. The main cast from the anime are reprising their roles from the stage play: Suzuko Mimori (top row left in image above) as Sawa Yukimura Shouta Aoi (top row right) as ...
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Funimation to Stream RE-MAIN Water Polo TV Anime

Yūto Uemura stars as athlete rediscovering himself in MAPPA anime premiering on July 3 ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it has licensed MAPPA's original water polo television anime RE-MAIN, and will stream the anime as part of its summer 2021 streaming lineup. The anime will premiere in TV Asahi's "Numanimation" timeslot on July 3 at 25:30 (effectively 1:30 a.m. on July 4). The anime's story c...
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To Your Eternity ‒ Episode 10

It's “long game” storytelling at its finest, and that is something that takes a great amount of skill and confidence to pull off.
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Higehiro ‒ Episode 11

I can absolutely empathize with Sayu not wanting to go back to the place where she lost her friend, and lost her own sense of self-worth on top of it all. In that way, it's really an unambiguously good thing that Yoshida is there with her.
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Full Dive ‒ Episode 11

Given that I'm clearly not in the audience that finds these odd sidebars all that funny, it really undercuts any strides I feel the series has made when it's taking up my time with violently repetitive poop jokes.
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Super Cub ‒ Episode 11

I'll be frank: I think this episode will probably divide fans. I won't say how exactly, but I can imagine that folks will leave this episode feeling some emotions.
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The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent ‒ Episode 11

Leopold may be several times larger than Albert, but if he knows what's good for him, he'll stop going after Sei.
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HIDIVE Adds To Love Ru: Darkness Anime's Uncensored English Dub to Catalog

Uncensored dub begins streaming on June 23 ― HIDIVE announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming the To Love Ru: Darkness anime's uncensored English dub on June 23 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The third To Love-Ru -Trouble- television anime series premiered in October 2012. Sentai Filmworks licensed both the 2012 television anime series and the 2015 sequel. Sentai Filmworks describes the series: Rito and ...
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One Piece Teams Up With Los Angeles Streetwear Brand The Hundreds

Apparel collection launches on June 17 ― The One Piece anime is teaming up with the Los Angeles-based streetwear brand The Hundreds for an apparel collection. It will launch on June 17 on The Hundreds App and Online Shop, as well as The Hundreds flagship store at 501 N Fairfax in Los Angeles and in select authorized retailers in the United States and Canada. The line will include graphic T-shirts, lo...
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Gundam's Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Working on Unannounced Anime Film

Film is progressing steadily toward completion ― Manga creator and animator Yoshikazu Yasuhiko revealed in an interview with Sunrise World published on Tuesday that he is currently working on an anime film that has not yet been announced. The film is progressing steadily toward completion. Yasuhiko stated that he thinks the movie will be announced soon. Yasuhiko began his career as an animator at Mus...
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Crunchyroll Adds Sgt. Frog Anime to Catalog

Anime begins streaming in U.S., Canada on Thursday ― Crunchyhroll announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming the Sgt. Frog anime on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. EDT in the United States and Canada. Crunchyroll describes the anime: Keroro is Sergeant Frog - the leader of a platoon of warriors sent to conquer planet Earth. But when the amphibious invaders discovered how much humans enjoy dissecting th...
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Digital Manga Service Azuki Launches on June 28

Azuki to offer manga from Kodansha USA at launch ― KiraKira Media Inc. announced the new digital manga service Azuki that will launch on June 28 on iOS, Android, and web browser in English worldwide except Japan. The service will offer simulpub manga chapters shortly after they launch in Japan in addition to a library of other titles. Azuki's first partnership is with Kodansha USA, and the service is...
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Gundam's Yoshiyuki Tomino Reminds Us All That Char Definitely Has Sex

Interview in '90s Char's Counterattack Fan Book shows Tomino's heavy consideration for characters' sex lives ― Batman made headlines on Monday when Harley Quinn showrunner Justin Halpern revealed that in the adult animated comedy show's third season, a reference to Batman performing cunnilingus on Catwoman was vetoed by DC Comics. As Halpern explained: “We had a moment where Batman was going down on ...
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Funimation Streams Demon Slayer Anime Film on June 22

Anime film streams subbed/dubbed exclusively in U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming the Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime exclusively on June 22 in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand in Japanese with English subtitles and with the English dub. Mugen Train began screening in Japan on October 16. Aft...
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Zombie Land Saga Revenge Anime's Finale to Air Without Commercial Breaks

Final episode of sequel anime airs on June 24 ― The official website for the Zombie Land Saga Revenge sequel project announced on Thursday that the anime's 12th and final episode will broadcast for 27 minutes without commercials on June 24. Director Munehisa Sakai and Mappa producer Manabu Otsuka stated that there was so much content for the final episode that would not fit in a standard episode's le...
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Ikebukuro West Gate Park

The ingredients for a simple but effective crime thriller are here, which may make wonder why you have heard so little about it. The reasoning becomes apparent: despite all of its components, IWGP is far less than the sum of its parts. ― A new anime adaptation of a series of novels that's been out for two decades and change, Ikebukuro West Gate Park makes an earnest effort to be an accessible new ver...
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Yui Horie Performs New Shaman King Anime's 2nd Ending Theme Song

Song's digital single launches on July 1 ― The official website for the new television anime of Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga announced on Thursday that Yui Horie will perform the series' second theme song "Adieu." The song's digital single will launch on July 1. Ryujin Kiyoshi wrote the song. Horie plays Iron Maiden Jeanne in both the new and the original anime. The anime premiered on April 1 a...
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Rent-A-Girlfriend Manga Gets Crossover Smartphone Game With Other Shonen Magazine Heroines

Including girls from Fairy Tail, Seven Deadly Sins, Domestic Girlfriend, more ― A new website opened on Thursday to announce that Reiji Miyajima's Rent-A-Girlfriend (Kanojo, Okarishimasu) manga is inspiring a smartphone game titled Kanojo, Okarishimasu Heroine All-Stars that will launch in September. The game will feature crossover characters from other series that have appeared in Kodansha's Weekly ...
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Pokémon Unite Team Battle Game's Trailer Reveals July Debut for Switch, September for iOS/Android

Tencent's TiMi Studio Group produce game with The Pokémon Company ― The official Twitter account for the Pokémon Unite game unveiled a new trailer, and it reveals that the game will launch for Nintendo Switch in July and iOS and Android devices in September. Tencent's TiMi Studio Group is producing the game in collaboration with The Pokémon Company. The game is the franchise's first strategic team-ba...
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Live-Action Series About Baki BL Essay Casts Amane Okayama, Fuju Kamio

Okayama plays protagonist Akane's workplace subordinate, Kamio plays Akane's old high school classmate ― The official website for the live-action series based on Grappler Baki BL de wa Nai ka to 1-Nichi 30-Jikan 30-Nichi Kangaeta Otome no Kiroku (Notes of a Girl Who Spent 30 Hours a Day for 300 Days Thinking "So Baki the Grappler Is BL, Right?"), sociologist Junko Kaneda's essay book about Keisuke It...
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Madhouse's Sonny Boy Sci-Fi Anime Posts New Video, Visual

One-Punch Man's Shingo Natsume directs show with designs by Perfect Blue's Hisashi Eguchi ― The official website for director Shingo Natsume (One-Punch Man, ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., Space Dandy) and Madhouse's original science-fiction survival television anime Sonny Boy posted more updates on Thursday. The updates include a new 60-second promotional video and key visual. The website also ...
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Edia Announces Crowdfunding for Valis Games' Switch Port

35th anniversary for games that inspired anime short by Sunrise, Evangelion's Hideaki Anno ― Mobile game developer Edia announced on Tuesday that it is planning to launch a crowdfunding campaign on the Japanese website Makuake to support a Switch port of Telenet Japan's Valis platformer games. The project celebrates the series' 35th anniversary. Edia did not reveal a date for the start of the crowdfu...
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Code Geass: Genesic Re;CODE Smartphone RPG Delayed to August

Game assembles familiar characters to relive anime's story with new scenarios ― Code Geass: Genesic Re;CODE, the new smartphone "game that Sunrise announced last December alongside a new Code Geass anime series, has been delayed in Japan to August. It was originally slated for this spring. The game's official Twitter account is holding a campaign for fans to submit designs for the game's icon design....
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Earwig and the Witch Film Rescheduled for August 27 in Japanese Theaters After COVID-19 Delay

Ghibli's CG feature delayed from original April 29 opening ― The official website for Earwig and the Witch, Goro Miyazaki's anime of Diana Wynne Jones' novel of the same name and Studio Ghibli's first CG feature, announced on Thursday that the film's theatrical screenings in Japan will now start on August 27. The film was slated to open in Japan on April 29, but the film's opening was delayed until f...
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Gundam: Hathaway Film Sells Over 53,000 Blu-ray Discs Just in Theaters

Theaters began selling Blu-rays on film's June 11 opening ― The Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway) anime film has sold more than 53,000 Blu-ray Discs just in theaters since it opened on Friday, June 11. Theaters sold 34,222 copies of the limited edition, and 19,452 copies of the standard edition. These in-theater sales figures are already higher than those for 2018's...
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Man Charged With Illegally Recording This Year's Detective Conan Anime Film

Suspect allegedly recorded film to watch at home during COVID-19 state of emergency ― The Osaka Prefectural Police Department's Suita Office filed charges on Wednesday against a 50-year-old man from Minoo, Osaka for illegally recording the Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan) film with his smartphone, thus violating Japan's Copyright Law and the Act on Prevention of ...

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Neptunia, Senran Kagura Crossover Game's Video Previews Moves

Senran Nin Nin Ninja Taisen Neptune PS4 action RPG ships on August 26 ― The official website for Senran Nin Nin Ninja Taisen Neptune, the crossover action RPG for the Senran Kagura and Hyperdimension Neptunia franchises, began streaming a new video on Thursday. The video shows some of the different moves available for some of the characters, including Asuka, Homura, Yumi, and Miyabi. Compile Heart an...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses 3 Mushibugyō Original Video Anime Episodes

Sentai Filmworks to release OVAs through streaming, home video ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the three original video anime (OVA) episodes of the Mushibugyō anime. It will stream the anime in "select digital outlets" to audiences in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Afri...
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DC Comics' Superman Gets Gourmet Manga in Kodansha's Evening Magazine

Space Battleship Tiramisu's Satoshi Miyakawa, Kai Kitagō launch manga on June 22 ― The official website for Kodansha's Evening magazine announced on Thursday that Satoshi Miyakawa (Space Battleship Tiramisu) and Kai Kitagō will launch a new manga starring the DC Comics character Superman, titled Superman vs. Meshi: Superman no Hitori Meshi (Superman vs. Food: Superman Dining Alone), in this year's 14...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, June 13-19

To Love Ru Darkness, Queen's Blade Rebel Warriors anime; Fist of the North Star, Made in Abyss Anthology manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Irresponsible Captain Tylor Collector's Ultra Edition BD + ArtbookPlease Nozomi Entertainment US$249.99 June 18 Naruto Triple Feature BDPlease Viz Media US$24.98 June 15 One Piece Collection 26 BD/DVDCite Funimation US$34.98 J...
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Fate/Grand Order Teases Epic Length of Lostbelt No. 6 Story

1st part launched on Japanese server last Friday ― Fans of the Japanese version of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game have been awaiting the next installment of the main story for over a year. The first part of the Lostbelt No. 6 chapter finally launched last Friday, and in the accompanying news livestream the game's team revealed that head writer Kinoko Nasu has a lot more up his sleeve. At one po...
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Odd Taxi ‒ Episode 11

Can you hear the sound of the engine? That's right, it's Odd Taxi, pulling up with another episode, dropping off big answers, and keeping some bigger questions still locked in its trunk.
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hololive Virtual YouTubers Akai Haato, Murasaki Shion Announce Hiatus

Haato says she will attend Kiryu Coco's graduation stream on July 1 ― hololive Virtual YouTubers Akai Haato and Murasaki Shion announced last weekend that they will be taking a hiatus from streaming activities. On her Saturday livestream, Haato announced an indefinite hiatus but said that she could not disclose the reasons behind it. On Twitter, she apologized and expressed her hope to meet with her ...
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MARS RED ‒ Episode 11

Maeda's return is an appropriate example of MARS RED's strangeness and sloppiness. This was last week's big cliffhanger, but our former protagonist exits the stage almost as soon as he enters it.
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hololive Virtual Youtubers Shirakami Fubuki, Natsuiro Matsuri To Appear in The Detective Is Already Dead anime

It seems that hololive's Virtual YouTubers (Vtubers) are becoming an increasingly significant part of the upcoming summer anime season. ― It seems that hololive's Virtual YouTubers (Vtubers) are becoming an increasingly significant part of the upcoming summer anime season. Not only will Minato Aqua, Oozora Subaru, and Momosuzu Nene sing the ending theme song for The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! a...
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Fruits Basket the Final ‒ Episode 11

This week, Fruits Basket the Final featured some of the anime's most moving scenes yet. However, it didn't include much actual movement.

Crunchyroll, Adult Swim's Fena: Pirate Princess Original Anime Reveals Trailer, Art, Cast, Staff, Summer Launch

Anime airs dubbed on Toonami, streams on Crunchyroll subbed this summer ― Crunchyroll and Adult Swim revealed on Wednesday the main cast, staff, trailer, art, and summer launch for the new "Crunchyroll Originals" anime Fena: Pirate Princess. The Crunchyroll and Adult Swim co-production will air with an English dub on Adult Swim's Toonami block, and it will stream simultaneously in Japanese with Engli...
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Megalobox 2: Nomad ‒ Episode 11

Here, in Nomad's final push to the finish line, I think the series has done a remarkable job of threading that needle by weaving the immigrant storyline into the larger tapestry of Joe's redemption.
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King & Prince Perform Live-Action Kaguya-sama: Love is War Sequel Film's Theme Song

King & Prince member Shō Hirano plays Miyuki Shirogane ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine confirmed on Thursday that idol group King & Prince are performing the theme song "Koi Furu Tsukiyo ni Kimi Sо̄fu" (Thinking of You on a Moonlit Night When Love Falls) for the live-action sequel film Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen Final. King & Prince member Shō...
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Japan Aims to Lift COVID-19 State of Emergency in All Areas Except Okinawa

7 prefectures could lift SOE on June 20, but still have intensive preventive measures ― The Japanese government is aiming to lift the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) state of emergency in nine prefectures: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Aichi, Fukuoka, Hokkaido, Okayama, and Fukushima. The government plans to extend the state of emergency for a 10th prefecture, Okinawa, until July 11 since the health...
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Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2021 Event Virtually Screens Animated Shorts from June 11–21

18 animated short films by Japanese creators stream worldwide for free ― The Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2021 event is virtually screening 18 animated short films by Japanese creators from June 11–21 for free. The films are available to stream worldwide, and some feature English subtitles. The animated short films include: Itsuki Kamei's Kimi no Shibafu wa Aoi (Your grass is greener) Yuta Shink...
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SuBLime Licenses Natsuki Kizu's Links, Aya Sakyo's Scattering His Virgin Bloom Manga

Both titles release on April 12, 2022 ― Viz Media's SuBLime imprint for boys-love manga announced on Twitter on Sunday that it has licensed Natsuki Kizu's Links manga and Aya Sakyo's Scattering His Virgin Bloom (Takane no Hana wa Chirasaretai) manga. Sublime will release both titles on April 12, 2022. Sublime describes Links: A collection of intertwining stories covering four not-quite lovers as they...
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Demon Slayer Film Sells At Least 486,000 Discs on 1st Day (Updated)

Film sells 268,000 limited Blu-rays, 218,000 regular DVDs for 2021's best 1-week sales ― Oricon reported that the Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime sold 268,000 limited-edition Blu-ray Discs and 218,000 regular-edition DVDs for a total of 486,000 discs on its first day of release, Wednesday. It topped both the daily Blu-ray Disc and daily DVD sales ranking charts from Ori...
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Manga Planet Licenses Yumi Sudo's Miyako Bijin Yawa Manga

Also: futekiya licenses Sampling Sex, The Nature of Master/Slave Relationship, Please Don't Bite Me So Much! manga ― Fantasista, Inc.'s Manga Planet manga subscription service announced on Monday that it has licensed Yumi Sudo's Miyako Bijin Yawa (Miyako's Night Tales) manga. Additionally, Fantasista, Inc.'s futekiya boys-love manga subscription service announced on Sunday that it has licensed three ...
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Limited Run Games Announces Physical Releases of Contra Anniversary Edition, Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, 27 More Games

Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood gets physical release for PS4 ― Limited Run Games announced on Monday that will partner with Konami to physically release the Contra Anniversary Collection game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, the Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood game collection for PS4, and the Castlevania: Rondo of Blood game for Turbo Duo...
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Sega Releases HD Remaster of 1st 3 Super Monkey Ball Games

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania slated for PS4, PS5, Xbox One/X|S, Switch, PC on October 5 ― Nintendo announced during its Nintendo Direct presentation on Tuesday that Sega will release an HD remaster of the Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2, and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe games in a single compilation titled Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S,...
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Smile Down the Runway Manga Ends in 4 Chapters (Updated)

Manga debuted in 2017, inspired anime in January 2020 ― The official Twitter account for Kotoba Inoya's Smile Down the Runway (Runway de Waratte) manga revealed on Wednesday that the manga will end in three chapters. The manga's 190th chapter debuted in this year's 29th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine on Wednesday. The manga launched in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in May 2017 as Inoya's debut w...
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Life Lessons with Uramichi-Oniisan Anime Highlights Mitsuo Kumagai in New Video

Yūichi Nakamura plays Mitsuo in series premiering on July 5 ― The official website for the television anime of Gaku Kuze's Life Lessons with Uramichi-Oniisan (Uramichi Oniisan) manga began streaming a character promotional video on Wednesday that highlights the character Mitsuo Kumagai. The staff delayed the anime from its scheduled 2020 premiere. The anime's website cited "production issues" as the ...
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GKIDS Screens 4 Studio Ghibli Films in U.S. in October-December

Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Castle In the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro to screen ― GKIDS announced on Tuesday that it and Fathom Events will screen four Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki films in the United States during its Ghibli Fest 2021 event from October through December. Spirited Away will screen in theaters on October 3, 4, and 6. Howl's Moving Castle will screen on October 24, 25, and 28....
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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Game's 1st Expansion Pass Wave Previewed in Video

"Pulse of the Ancients" content available on Friday ― Nintendo unveiled a video during its Nintendo Direct presentation on Tuesday that revealed that "Pulse of the Ancients," the first wave of the expansion pass for Koei Tecmo Games' Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Nintendo Switch game, will be available on Friday. The second wave will launch in November. Nintendo describes "Pulse of the Ancients": ...
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Kageki Shojo!! Anime's 4th Character Video Highlights Kaoru Hoshino

Aspiring actress carrying family legacy in anime premiering on July 3 ― The official website for the television anime of Kumiko Saiki's Kageki Shoujo! manga began streaming its fourth character promotional video on Tuesday. The video highlights the character Kaoru Hoshino, voiced by Yō Taichi. Kaoru has both a grandmother and mother from Kouka Kageki High School, and works hard to live up to expectat...
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JAST BLUE States Lamento -Beyond the Void- Game 'May See Future Release'

Company had earlier stated it would not localize game "in the near future" after talks with Nitro+CHiRAL ― JAST BLUE announced on Twitter on Monday that "following a discussion with Nitro+CHiRAL," it would "not be localizing" Nitro+CHiRAL's Lamento -Beyond the Void visual novel "in the near future." The company then stated on Twitter on Tuesday, "following further talks, the game is not entirely off ...
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Hagure Idol Jigokuhen 'Sexy Comedy' Manga Reaches Climax in July

Rui Takatō launched manga in 2014 ― This year's 11th issue of Nihonbungeisha's Manga Goraku Special magazine revealed on Tuesday that Rui Takatō's Hagure Idol Jigokuhen manga will enter its climax in the magazine's next issue on July 15. The "sexy comedy" centers on Misora Haebara, a gravure idol from Okinawa who struggles to survive in the entertainment industry. Misora joins a talent agency with th...
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TV Tokyo Produces KICK&SLIDE Kids Anime Inspired by Sandaime J Soul Brothers Group

Anime premieres on Oha-Suta children's television program on July 7 ― TV Tokyo announced on Wednesday that it is producing a new kids anime titled KICK&SLIDE that will premiere within the Oha-Suta children's television program on July 7. The anime will show super-deformed (SD) and stylized characters based on the Sandaime J Soul Brothers from Exile Tribe vocal and dance group's members. The anime is ...
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Nintendo Releases Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda Device in November

Device has original Legend of Zelda, Zelda II, Link's Awakening GBA, VERMIN ― Nintendo announced on Tuesday that it will produce a Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda handheld device that will include the games The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Game Boy Version), and a new edition of VERMIN starring Link. The device will also have a clock and t...
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Netflix Launches Beastars Anime Season 2 Outside Japan on July 15

2nd season debuted on Netflix in Japan on January 5 ― Netflix began streaming a new English-subtitled video for the second season of the anime adaptation of Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS manga on Tuesday. The video reveals that Netflix will debut the second season outside of Japan on July 15. Netflix debuted the second season in Japan on January 5, and it then premiered on Fuji TV's +Ultra timeslot on tele...
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