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Answerman - Why Are Some Fan Works OK, But Some Get Shut Down?

When it comes to fan works - cosplay, fanart, fan films and games - copyright seems to be only enforced arbitrarily. Why is that - and which fan works are less likely to get the hook? Justin gets into it. ― James asked: I have noticed that most companies tolerate fanart, fanfiction, and cosplay of their works, but not fan-films or fan-made video games, which seems very arbitrary and random, to me. W...
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Shelf Life - Kado: The Right Answer

James delves into a divisive CG sci fi thriller from last spring while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― I've officially hit the point in every anime season where I look at my streaming queue and think, "Aw, crap." Apart from the two shows I'm covering for streaming reviews, I'm weeks and weeks behind on everything. I sense a late-night marathon in my immediate future. Welcome t...

Survey: Tell us about your favorite anime

Tell us what anime you want to see remade and you might win a $100 Amazon gift certificate. ― One of ANN's customers is looking for some opinions and put this survey together. E-mail addresses are requested in order to contact the winners of the gift certificates. They will not be used for any other purpose. If you are interested in providing your opinions on the survey, but not interested in winning...
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Juana and the Dragonewt's Seven Kingdoms GNs 1-2

The first two thirds of this fantasy road trip are humble yet satisfying. Rebecca Silverman explores the attractive art and charming idiosyncrasies of the dragonewt kingdoms. ― Everything eventually cycles back around. That's part of the philosophy behind the world building of Kiyohisa Tanaka's debut manga series, Juana and the Dragonewt's Seven Kingdoms: first there were dinosaurs, then there were h...
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This Week in Games - E3 Part 2: Game Announcements Ahoy!

This special sunday edition of This Week in Games collects E3's most exciting game announcements, plus the rest of this week's gaming news. If you feel like you missed anything at E3, catch up here! ― And we're back with the second part of our E3 news extravaganza! Except that, as I write this, the internet is losing its mind over something totally unrelated to E3: a tease by Studio Trigger that it's...
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Mia and the Forbidden Medicine Report

This steampunk adventure novel explores the stigmatization of illness in refreshing and engaging ways. Rebecca Silverman explores how. ― Despite having some of the trappings of a standard reverse harem school story, Mia and the Forbidden Medicine Report is much more of a science drama than a romance. The story takes place in a vaguely early 20th century steampunk setting, where country girl Mia Bauma...
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The List - 6 Anime to Watch With Your Dad

Introducing anime to newbies can be a weird experience, especially if that newbie is your own dad! Here are some pops-friendly anime options just in time for Father's Day! ― I just got back from camping out in the woods (okay it was a state park) and roughing it old school (in a cabin) but while much of America is barbecuing with their folks, it's the perfect opportunity to turn on one of these show...
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A Kiss, For Real GN 1

This relatable romance story focuses on personal transformation as much as first love. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― If there's a time in your life tailor-made for trying to hide in plain sight, it's middle and high school. Chitose learned that lesson a little earlier than most of her classmates, however: her parents run a fusion restaurant with Indian themes, and Chitose was picked on for com...
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Nameless Asterism GNs 1-2

This romance story's potentially melodramatic love geometry is grounded by realistic depictions of middle schoolers trying to navigate relationships with maturity. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Nameless Asterism's synopsis might make you think that it's a melodrama of the highest order. And maybe it is, on paper – after all, it has more love geometry than titles that wear that as a badge of pr...
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Tuesday, June 19

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Himote House Anime Unveils Story, Visual, October TV Premiere

Comedy anime centers on 5 girls, cat living as housemates ― The staff of animation studio Bouncy's new Himote House anime project revealed the anime's story and October television premiere on Tuesday. The staff also opened a website for the anime, which revealed a new visual. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and other television channels in October. Kōtarō Ishidate (gdgd Fairies, Tesagure! Bukatsu...
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J-Novel Club Licenses Lazy Dungeon Master Light Novel Series

1st e-book volume available in late July ― J-Novel Club announced on Monday that it has licensed Supana Onikage's Lazy Dungeon Master (Zettai ni Hatarakitakunai Dungeon Master ga Damin o Musaboru made) light novel series. Part of the first volume can be previewed for free, and the paid service is offering the first half of the first volume. The e-book for the first volume will be available for purcha...
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2018 Detective Conan Film Drops to #7, After the Rain Falls Out of Top 10

Kase-san and Morning Glories tops mini-theater rankings for 2nd week ― Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin (Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer), the 22nd film in the Detective Conan series, dropped from #5 to #7 at the box office in Japan in its 10th weekend. It earned 68,161,500 yen (about US$619,200) from Friday to Sunday. The film has now earned 8,244,471,700 yen (about US$74.9 million). The film en...

Monday, June 18

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Food Wars! The Third Plate ‒ Episode 23

"For once in this series, Isshiki is deadly serious about what he's doing."
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Life-Size Pikachu Plush Snuggles Up with Ketchup

Pikachu's endless love for ketchup continues, this time with a life-size doll of the Pokemon holding his favorite condiment bottle. Starting on July 1, Pikachu will collaborate with Japanese food company Kagome as part of promotional efforts for the upcoming movie Pocket Monster: Minna no Monogatari that opens in theaters on July 13. There are two ways to try to win one of three Pikachu toys. Fan...
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Gin to Kin Drama Staff to Also Make Drama for Fukumoto's Ten Manga

Kaiji/Akagi creator serialized Ten from 1989-2002 ― A live-action drama adaptation based on Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Ten: Tenhō Dōri no Kaidanji manga has been green-lit. It will air this fall on BS Japan, and also stream on the Paravi streaming service. The drama will reunite the staff for the live-action series adaptation of Fukumoto's Gin to Kin manga. Gorō Kishitani (pictured above) will play the lead...
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Lord of Vermillion Anime Reveals More Character Designs

5 more character designs revealed for July anime ― The official website for Lord of Vermilion: Guren no Ō (Crimson King), the television anime of Square Enix's Lord of Vermilion arcade trading card game series, unveiled character designs for five more characters. The cast members with the new designs are as follows: Satoshi Hino as Kotetsu Dōmyōji Hiroki Touchi as Isshin Kakihara Ai Kayano as Shōko H...
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Vertical, Inc Brings NisiOisin's Monogatari Exhibit to Anime Expo

North American publisher Vertical, Inc. announced on Monday that it will bring the Monogatari series art exhibition to Anime Expo. The exhibition includes artwork from the novels' illustrator VOFAN. Vertical, Inc. publishes NisiOisin's Monogatari novels in English. The publisher has released the first novel Bakemonogatari, the prequel novel Kizumonogatari - Wound Tale, and the sequels Nisemonogata...
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Back Street Girls Manga Returns From Hiatus

Comedy manga went on hiatus in March; anime premieres next month ― This year's 29th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine resumed Jasmine Gyuh's Back Street Girls comedy manga on Monday. The magazine's 16th issue had announced on March 19 that the manga was taking a hiatus. The manga launched in Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine in March 2015. Kodansha published the manga's eleventh compiled volume on Ju...
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Voice Actor/Music Artist Agency HoriPro Establishes Company for Overseas Expansion

May'n, Ibuki Kido, Kosuke Hatakeyama among artists attached to new agency ― Voice actor and music artist agency HoriPro launched a new wholly owned subsidiary called HoriPro International on Monday. The purpose of the new business is to expand overseas — primarily in Asia — and to scout and cultivate talent. The website lists 18 artists that are affiliated with the new agency. These include Kosuke Ok...
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New York Nintendo Store Received Bomb Threat in April

The official e-mail account for the The Nintendo World Store in New York isn't used very often, which is the primary reason that a bomb threat sent to the location almost two months ago was only recently discovered. Staff discovered that an angry individual had threatened violence against the location for removing Super Smash Bros. kiosks. The New York Police Department confirmed the threat was se...

Sachiiro One Room Drama Cancelled Following Suspicion Manga is Based on Real Kidnapping

Drama about girl and her kidnapper cancelled in Kanto region, will still play in Kansai region ― The live-action drama adaptation of Hakuri's Sachiiro no One Room manga has been cancelled on the Kanto region's TV Asahi amidst criticism that it portrays real-life kidnapping in a positive light. The show will still premiere on the Kansai region's ABC channel on July 8 as planned. The manga and drama's ...
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Anime, Game Industry Staff Check In After Osaka Earthquake

Animator Takuji Yoshimoto, game developer Swery, USJ theme park shaken but stable ― An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale shook Osaka on Monday, causing damage throughout the area and killing at least four people and injuring scores more. The area is home to several animation and game studios and the Universal Studios Japan theme park. Animator Takuji Yoshimoto updated his status on Monday...
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Warriors Orochi 4 Launches in the West in October

New trailer streamed for PS4/Xbox One/Switch/PC game ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming a trailer for its Warriors Orochi 4 (Musou Orochi 3) game on Monday. The video reveals that the game will launch in North America on October 16 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Koei Tecmo Europe streamed the same trailer, announcing an October 19 release date for Europe on the same platforms...
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Viz's Shonen Jump to Preview Keiji Amatsuka's 'Seiji Tanaka' Manga

Manga debuts on June 25 ― Viz Media's digital English edition of Weekly Shonen Jump confirmed on Monday that it will begin a new round of "Jump Start" titles with Keiji Amatsuka's Sogo Jikan Jigyo Gaisha Daihyo Torishimariyaku Shacho Senzoku Hisho Tanaka Seiji (General Time Company Director President Special Secretary Seiji Tanaka) next Monday. The manga will debut in Japan in Sheisha's Weekly Shonen...
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UPDATED: Alice or Alice Manga Creator Pretends to Marry Da Capo Game Artist

UPDATE: Mamu Mitsumomo confirmed with Anime News Network on Monday that the images were a joke. The dresses are gorgeous but Mitsumomo and Korie did not get married. The original article appears below. Manga artist Riko Korie announced that she married Da Capo game artist Mamu Mitsumomo on Saturday. The happy brides wore pink and white for their big day. Korie is in pink on the left and Mitsumomo ...
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Kaiju Girls (Black) Anime Reveals Visual, November 23 Screenings

Limited screenings to be held in Tokyo ― The official website for the Kaijū Girls ~Ultra Kaijū Gijinka Keikaku~ franchise revealed a new key visual for the new Kaijū Girls (Black) anime on Monday. The website also announced that the anime will have a limited Tokyo theatrical run at the Shinjuku Wald 9 and Cinema Sunshine Ikebukuro beginning on November 23. The title and the character from the visual ...
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Yui Horie, Kenji Nojima, Ryota Takeuchi Join Food Wars! The Third Plate Anime's Cast

3 new characters to debuted as judges in episode 23 on Monday ― The Twitter account for the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime revealed cast members for the Régiment de Cuisine judges in Food Wars! The Third Plate on Monday. Yui Horie plays Anne (right in image below), Kenji Nojima plays Charme (center in image below), and Ryota Takeuchi plays Histoire (left in image below). The characters debuted in...
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Answerman - Why Are Some Fan Works OK, But Some Get Shut Down?

When it comes to fan works - cosplay, fanart, fan films and games - copyright seems to be only enforced arbitrarily. Why is that - and which fan works are less likely to get the hook? Justin gets into it. ― James asked: I have noticed that most companies tolerate fanart, fanfiction, and cosplay of their works, but not fan-films or fan-made video games, which seems very arbitrary and random, to me. W...
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Homura Yūki's Infinite Stratos Manga Goes on Hiatus Until Next Year

Manga based on light novel series launched in 2013 ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Tuesday that Homura Yuki's Infinite Stratos manga adaptation is going on hiatus and will return next year. Shogakukan plans to publish the seventh manga volume around the same time that the manga will return, and will announce the return date in the magazine and on the magazine's...

Pokémon GO Game Offers Friends, Gifting, Trading Features

Friends feature debuts this week ― Niantic announced on Monday that its Pokémon GO game will add friends, gifting, and trading features. The friends feature will launch this week, and the other features will launch soon. Niantic software engineer Kirsten Koa confirmed additional details about the new features at a press event at E3. Players will be able to become friends to use the new features via T...
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Caligula ‒ Episode 11

"Caligula's penultimate episode isn't what I would call “good”, but it does offer glimpses into what a successful version of this show might have been."
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Shelf Life - Kado: The Right Answer

James delves into a divisive CG sci fi thriller from last spring while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― I've officially hit the point in every anime season where I look at my streaming queue and think, "Aw, crap." Apart from the two shows I'm covering for streaming reviews, I'm weeks and weeks behind on everything. I sense a late-night marathon in my immediate future. Welcome t...

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Franchise Has 'Big News' This Summer

The wraparound jacket band on the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan short story collection novel (pictured at right) announced on Tuesday that there will be "big news" for Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise this summer. Araki's Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai) spinoff manga is getting a second anime DVD will ship with the manga's second volume on July 19. The anime will...

Survey: Tell us about your favorite anime

Tell us what anime you want to see remade and you might win a $100 Amazon gift certificate. ― One of ANN's customers is looking for some opinions and put this survey together. E-mail addresses are requested in order to contact the winners of the gift certificates. They will not be used for any other purpose. If you are interested in providing your opinions on the survey, but not interested in winning...
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Cutie Honey Universe ‒ Episode 11

"There are times in this episode where it feels like the consistently troubled Cutie Honey Universe is truly in free-fall."
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Juana and the Dragonewt's Seven Kingdoms GNs 1-2

The first two thirds of this fantasy road trip are humble yet satisfying. Rebecca Silverman explores the attractive art and charming idiosyncrasies of the dragonewt kingdoms. ― Everything eventually cycles back around. That's part of the philosophy behind the world building of Kiyohisa Tanaka's debut manga series, Juana and the Dragonewt's Seven Kingdoms: first there were dinosaurs, then there were h...
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Steins;Gate Elite Game Reveals Opening Movie, September 20 Release

Game with new anime scenes ships for PS4, PS Vita, Switch in Japan ― The official website for 5pb. Games' Steins;Gate Elite game revealed on Monday that the game will launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch in Japan on September 20. 5pb. Games also began streaming the opening movie for the game. White Fox (Steins;Gate, Steins;Gate 0, Steins;Gate: The Movie - Load Region of Déj...
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Film's 2nd Teaser Promotes Manga Bonus

"Volume 0" bonus offered with manga, character intros, "secret dialogue" between Kohei Horikoshi & Eiichiro Oda ― The official website for the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: Futari no Hero) film began streaming the film's second teaser on Monday. The teaser promotes the one million "volume 0" (volume Origin) books that participating theaters in Japan will give to moviegoers...
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K: Seven Stories Film Series' 1st 3 Films Previewed in Videos

angela perform opening, ending themes for 6-part film series premiering on July 7 ― The official website for GoRA and GoHands' K franchise began streaming previews on Monday for the first three installments of the six-part K: Seven Stories theatrical anime project. The videos preview angela's ending theme song for each film. The first film in the six-part project, R:B ~Blaze~, will open in theaters i...
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Sukima Switch, ENDRECHERI Cancel Monday Performances Due to Osaka Earthquake

Sukima Switch to announce rescheduling details at later date ― Music duo Sukima Switch announced on Monday that they have cancelled their scheduled Monday performance in Kyoto's ROHM Theater due to the earthquake that struck Osaka and the surrounding areas earlier that morning. The performance was part of the duo's "ALGOrhythm" tour. The group's official website will announce further details for resc...
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MAGES President Reveals Existence of Switch Versions of Robotics;Notes Elite, Memories Off Games

Robotics;Notes Elite debuted for PS Vita in 2014, Memories Off -Innocent Fille- on March 29 ― MAGES. president Chiyomaru Shikura revealed the existence of a Switch version of both the Robotics;Notes Elite and Memories Off -Innocent Fille- games during a live stream on Sunday. Shikura did not say if the versions were slated for release. The original Robotics;Notes PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 visual nov...
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Fighting EX Layer PS4 Game's 2 Videos Show Matches

PS4 game to launch in 68 countries & regions on June 28 ― ARIKA began streaming a gameplay video for its Fighting EX Layer PlayStation 4 fighting game on Sunday. The video shows various characters in the game in matches. The company also began streaming a four-minute video previewing the game's "expert mode." The game will launch in 68 countries and regions beginning on June 28. The game will be the ...
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Live-Action Rainbow Days Film's Video Previews Kenji Furuya Theme Song

Film opens on July 6 ― The official YouTube channel of Japanese film news website Cinema Today began streaming a "special video" for the live-action film of Minami Mizuno's Rainbow Days (Nijiiro Days) manga on Sunday. The video highlights the film's main characters, and previews the film's theme song "Wanderlust," which Dragon Ash vocalist Kenji Furuya created specifically for the film. The film open...
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FLOW Performs Theme Song for Live-Action Sachiiro no One Room Series

Limited edition of "Neiro" single will have jacket art by Hakuri ― The staff of the live-action drama adaptation of Hakuri's Sachiiro no One Room manga revealed on Monday that rock band FLOW will perform the drama's theme song "Neiro" (Timbre). The CD single's limited edition will get a jacket with art drawn by Hakuri (seen below). The drama stars Anna Yamada (right in images below) as Sachi and Shūh...
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Funimation's License for Shiki Anime Expires on June 30

Funimation announced on Sunday that it will remove the Shiki anime from its catalog on June 30. Funimation describes Shiki: As citizens of a secluded village die off in alarming numbers, the head doctor tries desperately to save them—but his efforts are in vain. Panic and disillusionment run rampant as loved ones' corpses rise from the grave with an insatiable thirst for human blood. Haunting and ...
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Phantom in the Twilight Anime's 5th Character Video, Additional Cast Unveiled

5th character video highlights Baileu Ton; 7 cast members added for July 9 anime ― The official website for smartphone game company Happy Elements' first original anime Phantom in the Twilight began streaming the show's fifth character video on Sunday. The video highlights the character Baileu Ton (voiced by Kana Hanazawa). The anime's official Twitter account also revealed new cast members and chara...

Sunday, June 17

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Muhyo & Roji Anime Reveals 6 More Cast Members

Tetsuharu Ohta, Kōhei Amasaki, Yōji Ueda, Ami Koshimizu, Kazumasa Fukagawa, Kyousuke Ikeda join anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yoshiyuki Nishi's Muhyo to Roji no Mahōritsu Sōdan Jimusho (Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation) manga revealed additional cast members for the anime on Monday. The additional cast includes: Tetsuharu Ohta as Tiki Kōhei Ama...
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Shonen Jump Magazine Launches 2 New Manga

Keiji Amatsuka, Takahide Totsuno launch new manga in June, July ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the magazine will launch two new manga. Keiji Amatsuka will launch the Sōgō Jikan Jigyō Kaisha Daihyō Torijimariyaku Kaichō Senzoku Hisho Tanaka Seiji (General Temporal Enterprise Representative Director/President's Private Secretary Seiji Tanaka) ...
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Natsuki Hanae, Tomokazu Sugita Join Cast of Black Clover Anime

Both voice actors to play Magic Knights captains ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed two more cast members on Monday for the television anime adaptation of Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga. The two cast members will appear in the show's 38th episode. Natsuki Hanae as Rill Boismortier, captain of the Azure Deer squad of Magic Knights Tomokazu Sugita as Gueldre P...
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Cells at Work Anime's Video Reveals More Cast Members

Shōya Chiba, Mamiko Noto join cast; new visual unveiled ― The official website for the television anime of Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! (Hataraku Saibō) manga posted a new promotional video, visual, and new cast members for the anime on Monday. Shōya Chiba will join the cast as B cell (seen below). In addition, Mamiko Noto will narrate the show. The site also revealed additional airing dates for th...
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 12

"Like most episodes of this series, there's a point to its darkest moments."
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Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online ‒ Episode 10

"This phase of the battle was dramatically satisfying and featured a couple of nice twists along the way."
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Studio Ponoc's Modest Heroes Anime Anthology Unveils Cast, Composers

Joe Odagiri, Machiko Ono, Fumino Kimura star with Marnie, .hack//Legend of the Twilight composers ― The official website for Studio Ponoc's three-part anime anthology film Modest Heroes (Chiisana Eiyū: Kani to Tamago to Tōmei Ningen) announced its cast and musical composers on Monday. Hiromasa Yonebayashi is directing the 15-minute fantasy adventure story "Kanini & Kanino" ("Kani no Kanino") about tw...
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Nestlé Promotes Coffee Drinks With The Rose of Versailles Portrait Maker

Nestlé Japan is teaming up with Riyoko Ikeda's The Rose of Versailles manga for the "Ice Crema de Nigaoe Maker" project. The online self portrait-making tool lets users recreate their likenesses in images with the manga's style. The project promotes the Nescafé Gold Blend Handy Ice Crema Server item that can create foam on a cold cup of Nescafé Gold Blend coffee drinks. The online portrait-making ...
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Mother Collects Shonen Jump for 7 Years to Honor Son Who Died in Quake

About 350 volumes of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine cover a wall in a home in Natori, Miyagi. Yūko Tanno (name romanization not confirmed) is not necessarily a fan of shōnen manga herself, but her son Kōta was. Tanno lost her 13-year-old son in the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster, which occurred on March 11, 2011. Every week for the seven years and three months since then, the 49-year...
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Black Clover: Quartet Knights Game Adds Charmy as Playable Character

Game for PS4, PC launches in Americas, Europe on September 14 ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Charmy Pappitson is joining the Black Clover: Quartet Knights game for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam as a playable character. The game will launch in the Americas and Europe for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam on September 14. The game will launch in...
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PERSONA 5 the Animation ‒ Episode 11

"When everything comes to a head in this episode, it feels like a well-earned climax."
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This Week in Games - E3 Part 2: Game Announcements Ahoy!

This special sunday edition of This Week in Games collects E3's most exciting game announcements, plus the rest of this week's gaming news. If you feel like you missed anything at E3, catch up here! ― And we're back with the second part of our E3 news extravaganza! Except that, as I write this, the internet is losing its mind over something totally unrelated to E3: a tease by Studio Trigger that it's...
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One Piece Spinoff Manga Koisuru One Piece Launches on Jump+ App

Gag manga launches on June 18 ― Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website has announced that the website and app will launch another spinoff manga of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga on June 18. The new spinoff is titled Koisuru One Piece (Loving One Piece), and Daiki Ihara is drawing the manga. Similar to the other spinoff manga that will run on Shonen Jump+, Koisuru One Piece is a gag manga that Oda himself ha...
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Film Offers 'Volume 0' Book to 1st Million Moviegoers in Japan (Updated)

Book to contain manga, character descriptions, "secret dialogue" between Kohei Horikoshi & Eiichiro Oda ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the first million moviegoers in Japan to see the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: Futari no Hero) film will receive a "volume 0" (volume Origin) book. The book will feature a cover an...
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DARLING in the FRANXX ‒ Episode 21

"I think it speaks to both this episode's success and its failure that I can spend so much time complaining about what didn't work and still maintain some interest in how things are going to shake out in these final weeks."
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Muhyo & Roji Anime Premieres on August 3

This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the television anime adaptation of Yoshiyuki Nishi's Muhyo to Roji no Mahōritsu Sōdan Jimusho (Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation) manga will premiere on SkyPerfecTV on August 3 at 9:30 p.m., and will later premiere on Animax on September 3 at 7:00 p.m. The anime will have an advanced screenin...
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FLCL Progressive ‒ Episode 3

"This one felt a little more scattershot than the previous two, and they're still repeating themes that have been fully clarified at this point, but I'm still dying to know where all this is going."
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Bandai Namco's Next Brand-New Tales of RPG Being Developed for Consoles

Vesperia 10th anniversary event, Sanrio theme park's 2018 collaboration also announced ― The Tales of Festival 2018 event (pictured below) announced on Sunday that the latest brand-new entry in Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tales of role-playing game franchise is being developed for home or portable game consoles. The new entry is not a remake or spinoff of a previous entry. It has been two years sinc...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 49

"This is My Hero Academia's proudest moment in the spotlight."
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Mia and the Forbidden Medicine Report

This steampunk adventure novel explores the stigmatization of illness in refreshing and engaging ways. Rebecca Silverman explores how. ― Despite having some of the trappings of a standard reverse harem school story, Mia and the Forbidden Medicine Report is much more of a science drama than a romance. The story takes place in a vaguely early 20th century steampunk setting, where country girl Mia Bauma...
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PIG: The Dam Keeper Wins Cristal Award at Annecy

No other Japanese works win awards this year, Funan wins top film award ― Erick Oh and Tonko House's PIG: The Dam Keeper Poems "Yellow Flower", "Hello Nice to Meet You" United States and Japan collaboration won the "Cristal for a TV Production" award in the TV Films category at the 2018 Annecy International Animated Film Festival on Saturday. No other Japanese works won awards this year. Mamoru Hosod...
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Masaaki Yuasa Teases New 'Straightforward Love Story' Film at Annecy

Masaaki Yuasa and his Science Saru studio teased their new film during a masterclass panel at the 2018 Annecy International Animated Film Festival on Thursday. Yuasa said that his new work will be a "simple and straightforward love story," and also said the new film will center on water. Yuasa added that he will formally announce the film in Japan a little later, and asked fans to look forward to ...

Eiga Hugtto! Precure ♡ Futari wa Precure Crossover Film's Poster Visual, Full Title Revealed

Film opening on October 27 brings back "All Stars" subtitle, will feature 55 Precures ― The staff for the Eiga Hugtto! Precure ♡ Futari wa Precure crossover anime film revealed a poster visual for the film on Saturday. The staff also revealed the film's full title as Eiga Hugtto! Precure ♡ Futari wa Precure All Stars Memories, marking the revival of the "All Stars" film series. The previous film in t...
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petite milady Perform Opening Theme for Seven Senses of the Re'Union Anime

Anime premieres on July 5 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Noritake Tao and Booota's Shichisei no Subaru (Seven Senses of the Re'Union) novels revealed on Saturday that voice actress unit petit milady will perform the show's opening theme song "360° Hoshi no Orchestra" (360° Star Orchestra). petit milady is made up of voice actresses Ayana Taketatsu and Aoi Yūki. The duo hav...

Saturday, June 16

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Anime Expo to Host World Premiere of Kengan Ashura Anime

Director Seiji Kishi as well as anime's story editor, composer, producer to attend event ― Anime Expo revealed on Saturday that it will host the world premiere of the anime adaptation of Yabako Sandrovich's Kengan Ashura manga on July 7. The event will also host director Seiji Kishi, producer Yuji Higa, story editor Makoto Uezu, and composer Yasuharu Takanashi. The creators will also host autograph s...
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Capcom Unveils Final Fantasy XIV, Monster Hunter: World Dual Collab

Two worlds are colliding in a joint collaboration between Final Fantasy XIV and Monster Hunter: World. Capcom announced both games are trading monsters this summer. Behemoth from Final Fantasy XIV Online will show its fury within Monster Hunter: World, a first for the Monster Hunter franchise. The game series has not previously featured a monster from any other title. You can catch a glimpse of Be...
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'Even Boys Can Become Princesses!': Hugtto! Precure Anime Stands Up to Traditional Gender Roles

The most recent episode of the Hugtto! Precure television anime series is causing a stir among Japanese fans for discussing gender issues with its characters. The anime's episode 19, titled "Waku Waku! Akogare no Runway Debut!?," premiered on Sunday. The theme of the episode is that anyone can do or be anything they want, and key dialogue in the episode said, "Even boys can become princesses!" The...
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2nd Starmyu Musical Reveals Main Visual Featuring 15 Cast Members

Cast reprise roles for new musical running in Tokyo, Osaka in July ― The official website for the planned second Starmyu musical revealed the main visual for the musical on Friday. The new musical is titled Musical Starmyu -2nd Season-. The musical will run at the Nippon Seinenkan Hall in Tokyo from July 4-11 and then at the Morinomiya Piloti Hall in Osaka from July 20-22. Sayaka Harada is writing th...
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Chief Godzilla Officer Keiji Ota Talks Big Dreams of Kaiju Park in L.A.

It looks like that Sally Forth comic strip arc last summer was more realistic than expected. The world of Godzilla and his monstrous foes will expand into the next decade with solo spin-off films, and if the stars align, a potential theme park in Los Angeles. Chief Godzilla officer Keiji Ota revealed in an interview with Nikkei Style that Toho's big dream is to establish a Godzilla Theme Park, but...
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Asia Animation Partners Declares Bankruptcy After Executive's Passing

Studio Kuma established subsidiary studio for photography, effects work ― Credit research company Tokyo Shoko Research (TSR) reported on Tuesday that anime production studio Asia Animation Partners filed for bankruptcy in a Tokyo district court on June 8. The studio has 16.5 million yen (about US$149,100) in liabilities to 11 creditors. Studio Kuma (Bizarre Cage, Timing, Izumo: Flash of a Brave Sword...
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Hinamatsuri ‒ Episode 11

"After spending most of last week in the background, Nitta makes a big return to center stage in this episode."
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Mrs. Green Apple Performs Songs for Ao-Natsu Live-Action Film

Rock band provides theme song, insert song for August 1 film ― The official website for Ao-Natsu: Kimi ni Koi Shita 30-Nichi (Ao-Natsu: The 30 Days I Loved You), the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Atsuko Nanba's Ao-Natsu romance manga, began streaming a trailer for the film on Tuesday. The video reveals and previews the film's theme song "Ao to Natsu" (The Blue and Summer) and the insert son...
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Record of Grancrest War ‒ Episode 23

"The art, animation, and pacing were all lacking this week, but perhaps this was never the right format to fully enjoy this material."
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Tales of the Rays Gekijō Short Anime Reveals Cast, July 20 Premiere

Natsuki Hanae, Haruka Terui, Jun Fukuyama star in half-hour gag spinoff looping on Niconico ― The Tales of Festival 2018 event announced more information on Tales of the Rays Gekijō (Tales of the Rays Theater), the short web gag anime spinoff of the Tales of the Rays smartphone game, on Saturday. The event (and the official website for Bandai Namco's Tales of game franchise) revealed the anime's voic...

Kill la Kill Anime Gets 2019 Action Game From Arc System Works, APLUS

Anime Expo to host anime's designer Sushio, creative officer Hiromi Wakabayashi ― A teaser commercial during the broadcast of the Darling in the Franxx anime announced on Saturday that the anime studio Trigger and the game publisher Arc System Works are collaborating on the Kill la Kill anime's first game, Kill la Kill the Game -If- (Ifu). Arc System Works is publishing the game in the "Kill la Kill ...
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The List - 6 Anime to Watch With Your Dad

Introducing anime to newbies can be a weird experience, especially if that newbie is your own dad! Here are some pops-friendly anime options just in time for Father's Day! ― I just got back from camping out in the woods (okay it was a state park) and roughing it old school (in a cabin) but while much of America is barbecuing with their folks, it's the perfect opportunity to turn on one of these show...
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A Kiss, For Real GN 1

This relatable romance story focuses on personal transformation as much as first love. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― If there's a time in your life tailor-made for trying to hide in plain sight, it's middle and high school. Chitose learned that lesson a little earlier than most of her classmates, however: her parents run a fusion restaurant with Indian themes, and Chitose was picked on for com...
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Nintendo Delays Yoshi Game for Switch to 2019

The Gameinformer news website reported on Tuesday that Nintendo confirmed with the website that it has delayed its Yoshi for Nintendo Switch (working title) game to 2019. Nintendo's official website for the game also now lists a 2019 release. Nintendo announced the game for Nintendo Switch at the E3 event last year and the game was originally slated to launch this year. Nintendo describes the game...
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Nekopara Illustrator Sayori, Spice & Wolf Manga Artist Keito Koume to Attend Anime Expo

Sayori attends as guest of Sekai Project, Koume attends as guest of FAKKU ― Anime Expo announced on Tuesday that it will host Nekopara illustrator and creator Sayori at this year's event. Publisher FAKKU additionally announced on Thursday that it will host Spice & Wolf manga artist Keito Koume. Sayori is attending the event in collaboration with Sekai Project, and will have an autograph session. Seka...
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Crunchyroll Expo to Host Legend of Zelda Manga Authors Akira Himekawa, 'No Game, No Life' Director Atsuko Ishizuka

Darling in the Franxx staff to also attend ― Crunchyroll announced the first round of guest announcements on Saturday for this year's Crunchyroll Expo event. Guests include The Legend of Zelda manga author duo Akira Himekawa, and No Game No Life anime director Atsuko Ishizuka. In addition, the event will host director Atsushi Nishigori, character designer Masayoshi Tanaka, and producer Yūichi Fukushi...
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Chako Abeno's Trinity Seven: Liese Chronicle Spinoff Manga Ends

Abeno launched series centering on Lieselotte Sherlock in February 2017 ― Manga artist Chako Abeno announced on Twitter on Friday that the July issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine published the 16th and final chapter of Abeno's Trinity Seven: Liese Chronicle spinoff manga on June 9. The spinoff story centers on Lieselotte Sherlock, an evil mage from the original manga. Abeno launched the ...
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Rekishi Performs New Ending Theme for GeGeGe no Kitaro Anime

New theme debuts in show on July 1 ― The official website for the new GeGeGe no Kitaro anime revealed on Saturday that Rekishi, musician Takafumi Ikeda's "solo unit," will perform the new ending theme song "Get A Note" (pronounced "Geta no Oto," which translates to "The Sound of Geta Footwear") for the show. The new theme song will debut in the show on July 1. The song will be Rekishi's first anime t...
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Shigeru Chiba Joins Hozuki's Coolheadedness Anime's Cast

Character debuts in 24th episode on Saturday ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Natsumi Eguchi's Hozuki's Coolheadedness (Hōzuki no Reitetsu) manga revealed on Saturday that voice actor Shigeru Chiba (One Piece's Buggy, Overlord's Sebas Tian, March comes in like a lion's Sōmeiji Kawamoto) is joining the second season anime as the character Keneō. The "moody looking" character will deb...
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Fireworks Anime Film's English-Subtitled Ad Streamed

Fathom Events, GKIDS screen film in U.S. on July 3, 5, 7 ― Fathom Events began streaming a 30-second ad for the anime film Fireworks (Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?) on Friday. The video has English subtitles. The film will screen in the United States on July 3, 5, and 7 in collaboration with Fathom Events. The film will also get a separate theatrical release starting on Jul...
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Happy Sugar Life TV Anime's 'Painful Version' Ad Streamed

Series premieres on TV in Japan on July 13, streams online only on Amazon Prime Video ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Tomiyaki Kagisora's Happy Sugar Life manga began streaming the show's "Painful Version" commercial on Saturday. The series will air on TBS and MBS on July 13 at 25:55 (effectively July 14 at 1:55 a.m.), and will later air on BS-TBS and AT-X. The show is a...

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Hi Score Girl Anime's TV Ad Previews Opening Theme Song

Series premieres on July 13 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Rensuke Oshikiri's Hi Score Girl manga began streaming a commercial for the series on Saturday. The video previews sora tob sakana's opening theme song "New Stranger." The show will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 13 at 24:30 (effectively on July 14 at 12:30 a.m.), before airing later that evening on MBS. ...
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Mario Tennis Aces Videos Preview Koopa Troopa, Blooper

2 characters to be free DLC for game launching June 22 ― Nintendo UK began streaming trailers introducing Koopa Troopa and Blooper as playable characters for its Mario Tennis Aces Switch game on Friday. Both characters will appear in the game as free DLC: Koopa Troopa will be available in July and Blooper will be available in August. The game will launch on June 22. The game will feature missions and...
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Zanki Zero Game's Introduction Video Streamed

Game ships on July 5 in Japan, this year in the West ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming a game introduction video for its Zanki Zero: Last Beginning game on Friday. The video is narrated by "herbivore mascot" Mirai and Mirai's assistant Shō Terashima, as the MCs of "Extend TV," an in-universe channel that is meant to be a guide for the remaining humans. The game ships in Japan on July 5 for PlayStation...
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One Piece Creator Donates US$8 Million for Kumamoto Earthquake Relief

Prefecture plans multiple bronze One Piece statues ― Kumamoto native Eiichiro Oda is a long-time supporter of the earthquake-stricken area, writing supportive messages, contributing art for local products, and participating in the ONE PIECE Kumamoto Reconstruction Project. The hit manga creator recently opened his wallet to gift the area 800 million yen (US$8 million). Kumamoto governor Ikuo Kabashim...
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King of Fighters Allstar Smartphone Game Announced

Preview videos streamed for 7 series characters ― South Korean game company Netmarble announced a iOS and Android action RPG titled The King of Fighters Allstar on Friday. The free-to-play game with in-app purchases is slated to launch this year. Netmarble began streaming a teaser trailer and seven character introduction videos for the game: Teaser: Kyo Kusanagi Chizuru Kagura Terry Bogard Ryo Sakaza...

J-Novel Club to Suspend [New Life+] Novel Sales After July 1

Cancellation follows controversy over author's alleged discriminatory remarks ― J-Novel Club posted a statement on Friday saying that it will suspend publication and sales of its English version of MINE's [New Life+] Young Again in Another World novel series after the third volume on July 1. The decision comes after the Japanese publisher Hobby Japan halted shipments of the novel due to controversy o...

Toonami to Air Pop Team Epic Anime

Series premieres on June 30 ― The official Facebook page for Adult Swim's Toonami block announced on Friday that the block will air Pop Team Epic beginning the night of June 30 at 12:00 a.m. (effectively the morning of July 1). The new schedule, which no longer includes Dragon Ball Z Kai, is as follows: 10:30 p.m. – Dragon Ball Super 11:00 p.m. – My Hero Academia 11:30 p.m. – FLCL: Progressive 12:00 ...
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Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku ‒ Episode 10

"Not everyone finds it so easy to be as outgoing as Wotakoi's main cast, and this is where Kou comes in."
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Conan O'Brien Tries Super Saiyan Hair on for Size

Late night talk show host Conan O'Brien has an impressive coiffure, but its height is nothing compared to the dramatic style of Goku. O'Brien did his best Super Saiyan impression along with guest and comedian Ron Funches (Powerless, Trolls) as part of the reoccurring segment "Clueless Gamer." The pair try out the mobile game Dragon Ball Legends, but not before quizzing seasoned player Funches on D...
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Bullet Girls Phantasia Game's Promo Video Previews Theme Song

M.A.O, Haruka Yamazaki perform song for PS4/Vita game ― D3 Publisher began streaming a promotional video for its Bullet Girls Phantasia PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Thursday. The video previews the theme song "Piercing Bullet" by cast members M.A.O and Haruka Yamazaki. The game is the newest installment in the Bullet Girls game franchise and it will ship in Japan on August 9. H2 Interac...
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Megalobox ‒ Episode 11

"In typical MEGALOBOX fashion, this episode is both incredibly on the nose yet appropriate and effective all at once."
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NHK Denies Voice Actress Hiroko Konishi's Prince Mackaroo Anime Role Claims

Voice actress Hiroko Konishi revealed the details on June 1 of why she claims NHK forced her out of her lead role in the long-running children's anime Prince Mackaroo (Ojarumaru) 18 years ago. Konishi voiced Ojarumaru for the anime's first 270 episodes before Chinami Nishimura took over the role. Fans have long speculated about the reasons for the character's unexpected recasting. The website J-Ca...
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Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in the Dungeon? Infinite Combate Game Delayed to 2019

Game developer 5pb. announced on Monday that its Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in the Dungeon? Infinite Combate PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game has been delayed to 2019 in Japan. The game was previously slated for March 29, but the company announced in December that it was delayed to this summer due to "various circumstances." The game is based on the Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Gi...
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Comic Girls ‒ Episode 11

"While often comically inflated and routinely over-the-top, Comic Girls is always grounded in a dash of realism and anchored by relatable character emotions."
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My Hero Academia Ranks #4 on U.S. Monthly Bookscan May List

RWBY, The Legend of Zelda, Tokyo Ghoul manga also rank ― Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 12 ranked at #4 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for April. The volume debuted at #1 the month before. This month's list featured ten manga volumes including: #5 — Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 #6 — RWBY: Official Manga Anthology #8 — Akira Himekawa's The Legend of Zelda:...
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Manga Answerman - Do's and Don'ts of Meeting Convention Guests from Japan

Now that the 2018 summer convention season is in full swing, fans will soon have the chance to meet manga and light novel authors and artists from Japan! Here are some friendly tips for how to interact with your favorite creator. ― Now that the 2018 summer anime and comic convention season is in full swing, North American fans are in for a treat – the chance to meet some manga and light novel author...
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1st Foreign Female Pro Shogi Player Inspires Anime Short by Colorido

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. debuted the "Susume, Karolina" (Go, Karolina) animated short on Friday about Polish professional shogi player Karolina Styczyńska, the first non-Japanese person to receive full professional status from Japan Shogi Association. The video promotes the company's CalorieMate nutritional energy snack and is available in 15- and 30-second versions in addition to the full short....
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Tada Never Falls in Love ‒ Episode 11

"Pacing issues left me feeling a little sour about an installment I really wanted to like, which also sums up my feelings on Tada Never Falls in Love in general."
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Mob Psycho 100 Stage Play Gets Sequel in September

1st play's cast, director return for new play in Tokyo, Hyōgo ― The official website for the stage play based on ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga revealed on Friday that the play is getting a sequel. The new play will run at The Galaxy Theatre in Tokyo from September 13-17 and at Shinkobe Oriental Theater in Hyōgo from September 20-23. Marvelous began streaming an announcement video with Setsuo Ito, who pl...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 62

"This week's Boruto begins the battle against the Otsutsukis in earnest, and the good guys are already at a clear disadvantage."
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'Planet With' Anime Reveals Promo Video, Satoshi Mizukami Manga Video

Bandai Channel offers web advance screening of 1st episode on July 1 ― The official website for J.C. Staff and manga creator Satoshi Mizukami's original mecha anime Planet With began streaming a promotional video for the anime and a promotional video for Mizukami's manga on Friday. The manga video introduces Mizukami's Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer, Sengoku Yōko, Spirit Circle, and Kyomu o Yuku mang...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 36

"For as bad as it started out, this Midnight Sun arc has been working for me best out of all the arcs so far."
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Nameless Asterism GNs 1-2

This romance story's potentially melodramatic love geometry is grounded by realistic depictions of middle schoolers trying to navigate relationships with maturity. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Nameless Asterism's synopsis might make you think that it's a melodrama of the highest order. And maybe it is, on paper – after all, it has more love geometry than titles that wear that as a badge of pr...
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Final Fantasy XIV Game's Companion App Launches in Late July

Free, premium plans to launch for iOS, Android ― The official website for the Final Fantasy XIV game revealed on Friday that the game's Companion app will launch for iOS and Android in late July. The free plan will be available to all players, and the premium plan will include more features and cost 500 yen (about US$5). After launching the app, players enter their Square Enix account information, an...
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Iya na Kao Sare Nagara Opantsu Misete Moraitai Video Anime's 2 Promo Videos Streamed

(Note: the videos and the visuals in this article may be not safe for work.) The Tora no Ana retailer began streaming two promotional videos on Friday for the video anime adaptation of Shimahara's doujin project Iya na Kao Sare Nagara Opantsu Misete Moraitai (I Want You To Make a Disgusted Face and Show Me Your Underwear). The videos feature a "Chitose version" (first video below) and a "Maria ver...
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Asobi Asobase Anime's 1st Promo Video Previews 3 Main Characters

Comedy anime premieres on July 8 ― The official website of the television anime of Rin Suzukawa's Asobi Asobase (Play and Let Play) manga began streaming the show's first promotional video on Friday. The staff also revealed a new key visual. The anime will premiere on AT-X, Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, and BS11 on July 8, followed by Sun TV and TV Aichi on July 10. The cast includes: Hina Kino as Hanako Hond...
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Sirius the Jaeger Anime's New Subtitled Promo Video, Visual, July 12 Premiere Revealed (Updated)

Sajou no Hana performs ending theme song ― The official website for P.A. Works' original television anime project Sirius the Jaeger began streaming a new English-subtitled promotional video on Friday. The video previews Kishida Kyōdan & THE AKEBOSHI ROCKETS' opening theme song "Sirius." Sajou no Hana will perform the show's ending theme song "Hoshie" (Star Drawing). The anime will premiere on AT-X on...
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Gakuen Basara TV Anime Reveals 3 More Cast Members

Toshiki Masuda replaces Toru Ohkawa as Tokugawa Ieyasu ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Gakuen Basara, a high school spinoff project based on Capcom's Sengoku Basara game franchise, revealed three more cast members for the series on Friday. Toshiki Masuda is replacing Toru Ohkawa from the Sengoku Basara anime series as Tokugawa Ieyasu (Masuda previously played Ieyasu in t...
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Nekopara Game's PS4, Switch Versions Launch on July 4

Neko Works announced on Friday that CFK's PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch version of Neko Works' Nekopara Vol. 1 game will launch on July 4. The game will be available in Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese. The new versions will have a new theme song, additional CG, and a new episode. Sekai Project released the Nekopara Vol. 1 visual novel on PC via Steam in December ...
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D3 Publisher Reveals Disease: Hidden Object Switch Game with Planned English Release

Horror adventure game launches in Japan on July 5 ― Japanese game developer D3 Publisher revealed a new Nintendo Switch game titled Disease: Hidden Object on Friday. The company will release the game digital only in English and Japanese. The company had opened a countdown site for a new Switch game on Tuesday. D3 Publisher describes the game: Is what you see real or just a hallucination? A former doc...
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Holmes at Kyoto Teramachi Sanjō TV Anime Reveals 4 More Cast Members

Visual also revealed for collaboration with Keihan railway ― The official website for the television anime of Mai Mochizuki's Holmes at Kyoto Teramachi Sanjō (Kyōto Teramachi Sanjō no Holmes) mystery novel series revealed a new visual and four more cast members on Friday. The new visual features the two main cast members at the Keihan Sanjō subway station in Kyoto. The visual is for a collaboration t...

Wake Up, Girls! Voice Actress, Singing Unit to Disband in March 2019

7 group members will continue activities as voice actresses ― The official website for the Wake Up, Girls! voice actress and singing unit announced on Friday that the group will disband in March 2019. The group will host a final tour, and the post assured fans that the members will continue their activities as voice actresses. The post stated the group will disband so that the members can each pursue...
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Tokimeki Restaurant App Ends Service on August 31

Spinoff game inspired anime film that premiered on February 10 ― The official website for the Tokimeki Restaurant☆☆☆ smartphone game revealed on Friday that the game will end service on August 31 at 2:00 p.m. Koei Tecmo Games assured fans that even though the game is ending service, there will still be live events, collaborations, and idol activities for the franchise. The game will halt the sale of ...
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Waka Kakitsubata's My Sweet Tyrant/Akkun to Kanojo Manga Ends

Ongoing TV anime adaptation of series premiered on April 6 ― The July issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine published the final chapter on Saturday of Waka Kakitsubata's Akkun to Kanojo (Akkun and His Girlfriend) manga. The manga inspired an ongoing anime series of five-minute shorts that premiered on April 6. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs under the title My Sweet Tyrant, a...
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BRADIO Performs New Ending Theme for Duel Masters! Anime

New ending premieres in show on July 1 ― The official website for the BRADIO group announced on Friday that they will perform the new ending theme song "INAZUMA Jacket" for the latest Duel Masters! television anime series. The new ending theme song will debut with the episode that will air on July 1. The song will appear on BRADIO's major debut album YES, which ships on July 4. Duel Masters! premiere...
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Live-Action Bleach Film's 3 TV Ads Streamed

Film opens in Japan on July 20 with N. American premiere in New York on July 28 ― Warner Bros. began streaming three commercials on Friday for the live-action film of Tite Kubo's Bleach manga. The second and third videos preview the theme song "Mosquito Bite" by [ALEXANDROS]. Warrior Version Ichigo Version Substitute Shinigami Version The film will open in Japan on July 20, and will have its North Am...
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Dies Irae Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Final 6 Episodes

6 episodes to stream in Japan starting on July 1 ― The official website for the Dies irae anime project began steaming a second promotional video on Friday to preview the anime's last six episodes (episodes 12-17), collectively titled "To the Ring Reincarnation." The episodes will debut on the AbemaTV streaming service on July 1 at 5:30 p.m. All six episodes will debut simultaneously, alongside the c...
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Bakutsuri Bar Hunter TV Anime's Character Designs Revealed

The staff of the Bakutsuri Bar Hunter television anime series revealed the character designs for the four main characters on Friday. The anime stars: (Note: name spellings aren't confirmed) Ryou Hirohashi as protagonist Totta Tachitsute Yumi Uchiyama as Totta's bar soul partner Potepen Mitsuki Saiga as Totta's rival Kiba Samejima Kouta Nemoto as the bar soul Shuwajirō Kenji Seto (The Asterisk War:...
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Level-5 to Reveal 'Yo-kai Watch 5th Anniversary Title' on June 27

Level 5 opened a website on Friday to announce that it will reveal its "Yo-kai Watch 5th Anniversary Commemorative Title" during a livestream event on YouTube on June 27. Although Level 5 hasn't revealed the medium of the new announcement, the visual features two Yo-kai holding smartphones. Level 5 announced the Yo-kai Watch franchise in 2011 with a game, manga, and anime already planned. The firs...
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New Yo-Kai Watch Anime Film Reveals Title, 1960s Setting, December 14 Debut

New film follows story of boy who loses family, gains new family with yo-kai ― The official website for the Yo-Kai Watch anime film series revealed on Friday that the next film in the series is titled Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Forever Friends. The film will open in Japan on December 14. The tagline on the visual below reads, "I thought we'd always be together." The film tells the story of interweaving frien...

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Tsukumogami Kashimasu Anime Reveals More Cast, Visuals, Theme Song Artists, July 22 Premiere

Daisuke Hirakawa, Yuka Iguchi, more join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Megumi Hatakenaka's Tsukumogami Kashimasu (We Rent Tsukumogami) novel revealed a new visual, more cast members, the opening and ending theme song artists, and July 22 premiere date on Friday. The new cast includes: Tooru Nara as Notetsu Yutaka Nakano as Tsukuyomi Daisuke Hirakawa as Goi Satomi ...
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Tsukipro Suspends SolidS CD Releases Due to Yuichiro Umehara's Illness

The official website for "2.5 dimensional" agency Tsukino Talent Production announced on Thursday that all CD releases for the group SolidS are "undecided" while cast member Yuichiro Umehara (the voice of the character Dai Murase) recovers from his illness. Umehara was hospitalized in May after being diagnosed with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, an autoimmune disease that affects the nervou...
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My Sweet Tyrant Anime Reveals Visual for Show's 2nd Cours

The staff for the anime of Waka Kakitsubata's Akkun to Kanojo (Akkun and His Girlfriend) manga revealed on Friday that the anime is getting a second cours that will premiere on June 29 at 10:30 p.m. on AT-X. The staff also revealed a new key visual for the second cours. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs under the title My Sweet Tyrant, and describes the story: The childhood friends Ak...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, June 4-10

Our Little Sister film airs ― The live-action film of Akimi Yoshida's Umimachi Diary (Our Little Sister) manga aired on Fuji TV at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 and earned a 10.8% rating. The live-action series adaptation of Yoko Kamio's Boys Over Flowers Season 2 (Hana Nochi Hare ~HanaDan~ Next Season) manga aired on Tuesday, June 5 at 10:00 p.m. and earned a 9.5% rating. Title Station Date Time Len...
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Lead Your Own Rebellion With Code Geass' Life-Size Zero Mask

Leading up to Lelouch's "resurrection" in the Code Geass: Fukkatsu no Lelouch sequel project, Premium Bandai is offering Zero's life-size mask. Megahouse is releasing the "Full Scale Works Code Geass: Hagyaku no Lelouch 1/1 scale Zero no Kamen" mask for 33,156 yen (about US$300). The anime's character designer Takahiro Kimura supervised the development of the 35-centimeter (about 14-inch) mask. T...
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Sakanoue Animal Clinic Story Manga Gets Live Action Series

Arashi's Masaki Aiba stars as veterinarian ― Michi Narasawa's Boku to Shippo to Kagurazaka (Me and Tails and Kagurazaka, or Sakanoue Animal Clinic Story) manga is inspiring a live-action television series. The show will premiere on TV Asahi in December and air on Fridays at 11:15 p.m. Arashi's Masaki Aiba will star in the series as veterinarian Tatsuya Kōenji. Yoshihiro Akagawa is directing and Junni...
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Chica Umino's Exhibit to Offer Exclusive Bonus March comes in like a lion Manga

The staff of the "Chika Umino's World" exhibit announced on Thursday that those who visit the exhibit when it opens again in Tokyo will receive a special March comes in like a lion "volume 13.1" manga. Each guest will receive one copy while supplies last. The exhibit began in Tokyo in August 2016 and has toured Japan. It will return to Tokyo, at Matsuya Ginza, for the first time in two years on Ju...
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Fan-Made Gundam CG Film Shows Early RX-78 Development

Italian creator Antonio Vallorani's CG Gundam fan-film looks at the beginnings of the franchise and more or less slides into canon perfectly. His take on the original series from the 1970s is definitely awe-inspiring for fan-film makers. The "Mobile Suit Gundam RX-78 Prototype 01 -Side Story- First Part" film recounts the development of the RX-78, Amuro Ray's future mobile unit. Vallorani is worki...
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Kamen Rider Crew Actor Daichi Nobe Passes Away After Jumping Accident

Nobe jumped from hotel's fifth floor onto air mattress ― 21-year-old Kamen Rider action crew actor Daichi Nobe passed away on Thursday morning. He was brought to the hospital when he lost consciousness after jumping practice the morning before. According to police, Nobe was jumping from a hotel's 15 meter-high fifth story (about 49 feet) onto a 2.5 meter-thick air mattress (about 8 feet). Nobe was pa...
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Long-Awaited Kingdom Hearts III Gets Themed PS4 Pro

Square Enix revealed new details for its Kingdom Hearts III game during Sony's E3 2018 press conference including an actual release date. Fans can pick up the long-awaited sequel on January 25 in Japan and on January 29 in North America, but if you're wanting a really complete package, Sony is also planning a limited edition console to complete the package. A limited edition PlayStation 4 Pro mode...
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Saint Seiya: Next Dimension Manga Has 1 Chapter Left in Current Season

Manga returned for new season in May ― This year's 29th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion announced on Thursday that Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya: Next Dimension - The Myth of Hades manga will end its current season after next week's chapter. While the magazine did not say when the manga will return, it did specify that it is "this season" that has one chapter remaining. The manga retur...
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Anime Expo to Host Ingress Anime Director, Producers

Other guests announced for Fuji TV's new +Ultra programming block ― Anime Expo announced that it will host guests for a panel on Fuji TV's upcoming +Ultra anime programming block and its first two anime titles Ingress and revisions on July 7. For Ingress, guests include director Yūhei Sakuragi and producers Tomohiko Ishii of CRAFTER and Akitoshi Mori of Fuji TV. Niantic CEO John Hanke will also atten...
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Nagoya Store's Giant Mannequin Gets Wookie Makeover

The Meitetsu Department Store in Nagoya, Japan has a distinctive mannequin outside its men's department. The mannequin is known locally as Nana-chan, and she's a popular landmark for meet ups because she's easy to spot in the shopping district —she's 20 feet tall. The staff change her outfits biweekly but her latest attire is far more furry than usual. On June 13, Nana "transformed" into the Star ...
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Film's Trailer Previews New Characters, Theme Song

Masaki Suda performs theme song, amazarashi's Hiromu Akita composes ― Toho began streaming a new trailer for the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: Futari no Hero) film on Friday. The video previews the new film-original characters, and reveals the film's theme song "Long Hope Philia." Masaki Suda performed the song and amazarashi's Hiromu Akita wrote and composed the piece. Fu...
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Actor Yūdai Natsume Posts Apology After Agency Cancels Contract Due to Past Tweets

Actor Yūdai Natsume posted an apology and messages from himself and his lawyer on Twitter on Monday. The post was a response to the recent buzz surrounding Natsume's "inappropriate posts" in the past. In the apology post, Natsume noted that because he is no longer with his agency Omnia he did not have an appropriate venue to release a response, so he decided to post the messages on Twitter. Natsum...

Discotek Licenses Beast Fighter - The Apocalypse, Eternal Alice Anime

Subtitle-only DVD sets slated for August 28 ― Discotek Media announced on Thursday that it has licensed the Beast Fighter - The Apocalypse (Majū Sensen The Apocalypse) and Eternal Alice (Kagihime Monogatari - Eikyuu Alice Rondo) television anime. Both will get English-subtitled DVD releases on August 28, 2018. Discotek describes Beast Fighter - The Apocalypse: In post-apocalyptic Tokyo, Shinichi is o...
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AAA Performs Theme Song for Live-Action Kenkō de Bunkateki na Saitei Gendo no Seikatsu Series

Drama about welfare office worker premieres in July ― The official website for the live-action television series adaptation of Haruko Kashiwagi's Kenkō de Bunkateki na Saitei Gendo no Seikatsu (A Minimum Healthy and Cultural Life) manga announced on Thursday that AAA is performing the show's theme song "Tomorrow." The song was written for the show, and it conveys a message of stepping forward to tomo...
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Steins;Gate 0 ‒ Episode 10

"While I'm fine with fluffy filler every now and again, I think S;G 0 has officially hit its quota for the foreseeable future."

Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! Manga Gets TV Anime at Doga Kobo

New Game! staff reunites to adapt four-panel comedy about college student, young sister's friend ― The third compiled book volume of Nanatsu Mukunoki's Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! (An Angel Flew Down to Me!) manga revealed on Friday that the series is getting a television anime adaptation. An official website for the adaptation also opened to reveal a teaser visual and the anime's main staff. The ...
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Live-Action Garo Series Kaminokiba -JINGA- Reveals Teaser Visual, 2018 Premiere

Spinoff series centers on Masahiro Inoue's character Jinga ― The official website of the Garo franchise revealed on Thursday that the new live-action television series Kaminokiba -JINGA- will air this year. The website also revealed a teaser visual for the series. The show is a spinoff of the series focusing on Ryūga Dōgai, and centers around the character Jinga (played by Masahiro Inoue). The Garo: ...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re ‒ Episode 11

"In true Tokyo Ghoul fashion, it's the “villainous” side that gets the most heroic moments this week."
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Lupin the Third: Part 5 ‒ Episode 11

"This red-jacket throwback episode really shows how the series has changed over the decades."
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JRA's Pop Team Epic Collaboration Streams New Net Anime Short

TV anime's cast, staff reprised roles in short ― The official website for the "Pop Team Epic Kinen" collaboration between the Pop Team Epic anime and Japan Racing Association (JRA) began streaming a completely new original net anime on Thursday. Similar to the television anime, the short includes various segments in the first half, and the voice cast changes for the second half with the same segments...
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Bakutsuri Bar Hunter Anime's Short Video Previews Protagonist Totta

Toei Animation's children series premieres this fall ― Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine began streaming a special short anime on Thursday for the Bakutsuri Bar Hunter television anime series. The anime stars: (Note: name spellings aren't confirmed) Ryou Hirohashi as protagonist Totta Tachitsute Yumi Uchiyama as Totta's bar soul partner Potepen Mitsuki Saiga as Totta's rival Kiba Samejima Kouta ...
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Erii Yamazaki Performs Ending Theme for Seven Senses of the Re'Union Anime

New trailer previews song for series premiering on July 5 ― The official website for the television anime of Noritake Tao and Booota's Shichisei no Subaru (Seven Senses of the Re'Union) novels revealed on Thursday that Erii Yamazaki will perform the show's ending theme song "Starlight." The show's official Twitter account also began streaming a 30-second trailer on Thursday that previews the song. #山...
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Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals Staff, Cast

Visual also revealed for DLE series premiering this fall ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Honda's Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san (Skeleton Bookstore Employee Honda) manga began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Thursday. The video reveals the show's staff, and also reveals that Sōma Saitō will play the titular character Honda. The site also revealed a new visu...
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Level-5 Delays Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin Game to this Fall

Level 5 announced on Thursday that it is delaying its Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android from this summer to this fall in order to improve the game's quality. The game's accompanying anime series premiered on April 6 with a one-hour special. In the story of both the anime and the game, protagonist Asuto Inamori's soccer club is disbanded af...
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The Thousand Noble Musketeers Anime Replaces Yuichiro Umehara With Tomoaki Maeno

New visual, July 3 premiere also revealed ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Marvelous' The Thousand Musketeers (Senjūshi: The Thousand Noble Musketeers) smartphone game revealed on Thursday that Tomoaki Maeno is replacing Yuichiro Umehara in the role of Ieyasu (pictured below). Maeno is also replacing Umehara in the Caligula anime. Umehara was hospitalized in May after bei...
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Future Card Buddyfight Ace Anime Reveals Additional Cast Members

Anime premiered on June 2 with English subtitles ― The official website for Bushiroad's Future Card Buddyfight franchise revealed new cast members on June 8 for the Future Card Buddyfight Ace (Future Card Shin Buddyfight) anime. The new cast includes: Ayasa Itō as Miko Mikono and Aimi as her buddy Amaterasu Saori Hayami as Meru Yumegatari and Natsumi Yamada as her buddy Akazukin Ema Natsuki Hanae as ...
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Compile Heart Reveals Ryūsei no Varnir PS4 RPG for October

Moero Chronicle's Makoto Kitano directs game with 5 character designers ― Compile Heart revealed a new role-playing game titled Ryūsei no Varnir: Ecdysis of the dragon (Varnir of the Dragon Star: Ecdysis of the dragon) on Wednesday, and opened a website for the game on Thursday. The site is streaming a teaser video for the game, showing the game's staff and cast, and teasing the game's story. Compile...
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Kiss Him, Not Me's Junko Prepares to Launch New Manga

The July issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on Wednesday that manga creator Junko is preparing to launch a new manga. The same issue published a 37-page side story chapter for Junko's Kiss Him, Not Me (Watashi ga Motete Dōsunda) manga. Junko launched Kiss Him, Not Me in Bessatsu Friend in 2013, and ended it on February 13. Kodansha published the manga's 14th and final compiled v...
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Ao-Natsu's Atsuko Nanba Launches New Manga in September

The July issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on Wednesday that manga creator Atsuko Nanba's new manga series will launch in September. The magazine did not reveal the new series' title. The original announcement last month hinted that the manga will deal with an age-gap romance between a 16- or 17-year-old high school girl and a 24-year-old man. The magazine hints that the girl h...
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Dengeki PlayStation Magazine Switches to Monthly Schedule

Magazine centering on PlayStation news, games was previously published every 2nd, 4th Thursday ― Kadokawa's Dengeki Online website revealed on Tuesday that the Dengeki PlayStation magazine will switch to a monthly publishing schedule beginning in July. Kadokawa will ship a new issue on the 28th of every month, although the issue in July will ship on the 27th. Kadokawa previously published a new issue...
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Sora wo Kakeru Yodaka Live-Action Series' Trailer, Visual Unveiled

Series premieres on Netflix on August 1; adds Megumi Seki, Shōko Nakajima to cast ― The official website for the live-action series adaptation of Shiki Kawabata's Sora wo Kakeru Yodaka manga unveiled a trailer and a poster visual for the series on Thursday. The trailer reveals and previews the series' theme song "Akatsuki" by Johnny's WEST, and also reveals the series' August 1 debut date on Netflix....
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Angels of Death Game's Switch Trailer Reveals June 28 Release in the West

Game's Japanese version for Switch also debuts on June 28 ― Playism began streaming Japanese and English trailers on Wednesday for its Switch release of Hoshikuzu KRNKRN's (Makoto Sanada) Angels of Death game. The videos reveal that the game will release on June 28 in North America, Europe, and Japan. The Angels of Death (Satsuriku no Tenshi) franchise started out as Hoshikuzu KRNKRN's (Makoto Sanada...
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Trinity Seven Has 'Super Important Announcement' on July 9

The July issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine revealed on June 9 that Kenji Saito and Akinari Nao's Trinity Seven manga will have a "super important announcement" in the magazine's next issue on July 9. The manga will also have a color opening page in the issue, and will feature on the front cover. Saito and Nao launched the manga in Monthly Dragon Age magazine in 2011. Kadokawa publish...
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Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Anime's Promo Video Previews Opening Song

Anime premieres on July 7 with Crunchyroll stream ― Hobby Japan began streaming a new promotional video on Thursday for the television anime adaptation of Seiichi Takayama and Yukisan's The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar (Hyakuren no Haō to Seiyaku no Valkyria) light novel series. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Bright way" by Aya Uchida. The anime will premiere on July ...
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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle's Donkey Kong Expansion Slated for June 26

Switch game launched last August ― Nintendo began streaming a trailer for the Donkey Kong Adventure expansion for Ubisoft's Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Switch game on Tuesday. The video reveals the expansion's June 26 release date. The DLC expansion will feature four new zones, and will highlight Nintendo's Donkey Kong character. The game launched for the Nintendo Switch last August. Ubisoft descr...

Survey: Tell us about your favorite anime

Fill out a short survey for a chance to win one of ten $100 Amazon Gift Certificates! ― One of ANN's customers is looking for some opinions and put this survey together. E-mail addresses are requested in order to contact the winners of the gift certificates. They will not be used for any other purpose. If you are interested in providing your opinions on the survey, but not interested in winning a gif...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re Anime's 2nd Season Unveils Visual

The official website for the television anime of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul:re manga revealed a new visual for the anime's upcoming second season on Thursday. The second season will premiere in October. The first season premiered on April 3, and the first season is listed with 12 episodes. Funimation is streaming the series with English subtitles. The company also released the anime's first eight ep...
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Bomberman, Beyblade Designer Shoji Mizuno Passes Away at 58

Mizuno designed Bomberman games & anime, worked on Beyblade designs ― The official Twitter account for Konami's Bomberman franchise announced on Tuesday that artist Shoji Mizuno recently passed away. The account did not reveal the date of his passing. He was 58. Mizuno is perhaps most famous for re-designing the titular character of Hudson Soft's Bomberman series when the game was released for the NE...
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Yumiko Kobayashi Is New Voice Actress for Crayon Shin-chan's Title Role

Kobayashi will debut in anime in July 6 episode ― The official website for the Crayon Shin-chan anime announced on Friday that voice actress Yumiko Kobayashi (Shakugan no Shana's Matake Ogata, Hozuki's Coolheadedness' Shiro) will be the new voice of the show's protagonist Shinnosuke Nohara, after previous voice actress Akiko Yajima announced her departure from the role. The last episode featuring Yaj...
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