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To Write Your Words GN 1

"Those looking for a sexier story may be disappointed while those wanting something on the sweeter side may be turned off, and that's too bad on both accounts." ― Despite what the synopsis sounds like, To Write Your Words has much more in common with something like Arte, where the heroine learns her trade through solid instruction, than Overcumming Writer's Block (being digitally published by Renta),...
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This Week in Anime - Babylon Has a Whore Complex

The Babylon anime is on short hiatus as it prepares for its big finale. Micchy and Andy dig in to the show's philosophical conundrums on suicide and gender relations and come up with a lot of reeking garbage. ― The Babylon anime is on short hiatus as it prepares for its big finale. Micchy and Andy dig in to the show's philosophical conundrums on suicide and gender relations and come up with a lot of...
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ISLAND BR + Digital

"Island leaves a few things completely unexplained in its quest to nail down its dramatic love story." ― The mid-to-late 2000s was a period where the moe boom – fueled in large part by several highly successful visual novel adaptations – prevailed in the anime landscape about to the degree that isekai series currently do. If your anime fandom does not date back that far then this Summer 2018 series, ...
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That Blue Sky Feeling GN 3

"That Blue Sky Feeling ends with the idea that it doesn't matter who you love; what matters is that you love them." ― Despite years of thought to the contrary, there really aren't many, if any, binaries to human existence. Sexual and romantic preferences are definitely included in that, and the inability to look beyond the idea that you're either gay or you're straight has been one of the central iss...
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Akira Amano Draws New Visual Ahead of Psycho-Pass 3 Finale

Manga artist and character designer Akira Amano drew new artwork just in time for the finale of Psycho-Pass 3. The visual shows characters Arata Shindō, Kei Mikhail Ignatov, and Kōichi Azusawa. Amano is the original character designer for the Psycho-Pass franchise as well as the creator of the ēlDLIVE and Reborn! manga series. The original Psycho-Pass anime premiered in 2012 and ran for 22 episode...
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Celebrate Your Holy Night Ablaze With Promare Christmas Cake

The fire in his soul will never extinguished, not even on Christmas! The Priroll cake company is offering a delicious present for fans to share with friends or hoard to themselves with its Promare character Christmas cakes. Priroll has seven cake designs to choose from, all featuring key artwork or characters from Trigger's anime film. The designs feature Galo and Lio facing off, super-deformed ve...
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Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun Creator Draws Theme Song Singer Yū Serizawa

Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun creator Osamu Nishi drew an illustration of singer and voice actress Yū Serizawa with the titular character. Serizawa is wearing the same stage costume featured on the jacket art for the anime's ending song. The art was included as a center color illustration in the December 12th issue of Weekly Shonen Champion magazine. An upcoming Twitter campaign will let fans...
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A Certain Magical Index Light Novels Gets New Series in February

Kazuma Kamachi, Kiyotaka Haimura to launch 3rd novel series in franchise ― Japanese publisher Dengeki Bunko is listing a new light novel series for Kazuma Kamachi's A Certain Magical Index (Toaru Majutsu no Index) series titled Sо̄yaku Toaru Majutsu no Index (Genesis Testament: A Certain Magical Index). The new series will launch in February. Kamachi is writing the story, and Kiyotaka Haimura is retu...
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Palm Springs Int'l Film Fest to Screen Weathering With You Anime Film

Film to screen in California for January 2-13 event ― The Palm Springs International Film Festival in California announced on Tuesday that it will screen Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You anime film during the January 2-13 event. The festival will screen the film in the "Awards Buzz - Best International Feature Film Submissions" category, which features 51 official submissions from the Best Intern...
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ORESUKI: Are you the only one who loves me? ‒ Episode 10

Tanpopo has something the other tertiary girls don't: a really big personality and a connection to the central mystery of the show.
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Hatsune Miku Will Perform Concert Scene in Shinkalion Movie

Film opens in Japan on December 27 ― Hatsune Miku will have a concert scene in the Shinkalion anime film, albeit under a slightly different name. Instead of writing the "Hatsune" part of her name with the characters 初音 ("first sound"), the character's name is written as 発音 ("engine sound"), in line with the train theme of the Shinkalion anime. This particular Miku also made an appearance in the TV an...
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Live-Action Death Come True Game's Release Planned for Multiple Platforms, Languages

― Izanagi Games CEO Shinsuke Umeda revealed on Wednesday that Too Kyo Games' "full motion video game" project Death Come True is planned to release on multiple platforms (including home consoles) and in multiple subtitle languages. The game will launch for iOS and other devices in 2020. Kazutaka Kodaka is directing the project and writing the scenario for the "live-action movie game," while Kanata H...
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Hiro Mashima's Heros Crossover Manga Mini-Series Ends on December 25

Crossover between Rave Master, Fairy Tail, Edens Zero launched on October 16 ― The combined second and third issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Hiro Mashima's new Heros crossover mini-series will end in the magazine's next issue on December 25. The mini-series is a crossover between the worlds of Mashima's Rave Master, Fairy Tail, and Edens Zero manga. Mashima noted...
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flumpool, Yūma Uchida Perform Ahiru no Sora Anime's New Theme Songs

Series premiered on October 2 ― The official website for the television anime of Takeshi Hinata's Ahiru no Sora manga revealed the new opening and ending theme songs for the series on Wednesday. flumpool is performing the new opening song "Never Mind," and Yūma Uchida is performing the new ending theme song "Over." The anime premiered in Japan on October 2. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it a...
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Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita Anime's Opening Video Streamed

Series' 12 episodes all premiere on Amazon Prime Video on January 10 ― The official website for the television anime of Alifred Yamamoto's Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita (Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It) romantic comedy manga began streaming the series' opening animation on Wednesday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "PARADOX" by Sora Amamiya. The anime w...
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To Write Your Words GN 1

"Those looking for a sexier story may be disappointed while those wanting something on the sweeter side may be turned off, and that's too bad on both accounts." ― Despite what the synopsis sounds like, To Write Your Words has much more in common with something like Arte, where the heroine learns her trade through solid instruction, than Overcumming Writer's Block (being digitally published by Renta),...

Azur Lane Anime's Episodes 11, 12 Delayed to March

Staff hope to improve anime's quality for re-airing beginning in January ― The official website for the television anime of Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi's Azur Lane smartphone game announced on Thursday that episodes 11 and 12 of the anime are delayed until March 13 and 20, respectively. The announcement cited the staff's desire to improve the quality of the anime. The episodes were originally ...
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New Sakura Wars Project Reveals Anime's April Premiere, Stage Play's Cast

Video previews Moscow Assault Force in adaptation of upcoming game ― Sega announced during a livestream presentation on Wednesday that the television anime of the Shin Sakura Taisen (Project Sakura Wars in English) game will premiere in April 2020. The staff also revealed that the anime will feature the Moscow Assault Force, and they unveiled a video for the anime. 新映像公開アニメ『サクラ大戦 the Animation』2020年4...
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Dorohedoro Anime Unveils More Cast, (K)NoW_NAME's Opening Song, 2nd Video

Tooru Nara, Takuma Terashima, Hiro Shimono, Takehito Koyasu, Miyuri Shimabukuro join cast ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Q Hayashida's Dorohedoro manga unveiled more cast members and the anime's second promotional video on Wednesday. The video previews the opening theme song "Welcome to Chaos" by the unit (K)NoW_NAME. The newly announced cast members are: Tooru Nara as Mat...
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22/7 Idol Mei Hanakawa to Leave Group Before Anime's Premiere

Her doctor determined it would be hard to recover if she continued performing ― Mei Hanakawa, a member of the voice-acting idol project 22/7, announced on Wednesday that she will graduate or leave the group by the end of the year. The group had announced in October that she would go on extended hiatus due to her health, and had planned for her return after she recovers. However, despite Hanakawa and...
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Tarantino: Kill Bill: Vol. 3 Film Is 'Still In the Cards'

― Director Quentin Tarantino shared with radio host Andy Cohen on Monday that Kill Bill Vol. 3, a hypothetical third film in his Kill Bill series, is "still in the cards." He stated that he was recently talking to Uma Thurman, the lead actress for the series, and that he has "an idea of what I would do with the concept." He also said that he "wouldn't do [the movie] for a little bit. It would be at ...
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Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Editors Unveil 2020 Rankings

SPYxFAMILY tops male reader list, Sayonara Mini Skirt tops female reader list ― The 2019 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook announced its lists of the top manga series on Wednesday. There are separate lists for male readers, female readers, and the top manga magazines. The top 20 on its list of manga for male readers are: 1. SPY×FAMILY by Tatsuya Endō 2...
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Woman Arrested on Suspicion of Threatening Animate Retail Chain

Allegedly compared chain to Kyoto Animation, wrote "kill" 3,582 times in emails ― The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Itabashi Station arrested a 34-year-old unemployed woman of Korean descent in Minami Ward, Nagoya on Tuesday for sending death threats to the Japanese retail store chain Animate. According to the police, the woman had sent 13 emails to the store from August 8 to 22. The suspect...
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Type-Moon Reveals 3 New Fate/Grand Order Manga

Ryoji Hirano, Nakatani, Makoto Tokoma launch manga in Type-Moon Comic Ace on December 20 ― Type-Moon Comic Ace, Kadokawa and Type-Moon's new free manga website featuring Type-Moon manga, announced on Tuesday that it will launch three new manga when the site itself debuts on December 20. The first manga is Fate/type Redline, a remake by Ryoji Hirano (BOZEBEATS) of Keikenchi's Koha Ace GO Teito Seihai ...

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Live-Action Kyō Kara Ore wa!! Film Reveals July 17 Opening, Returning Cast

Gintama's Yūichi Fukuda also returns to direct film ― The official website for the live-action television series of Hiroyuki Nishimori's gag comedy manga Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! revealed on Wednesday that the series' upcoming live-action film will open on July 17 next year. It also revealed that the film's cast members are reprising their roles from the live-action series. Yūichi Fukuda (live-action Ginta...
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Vinland Saga ‒ Episode 21

Thorfinn's revenge may be a simple goal, and not one that has allowed for a lot of range of growth and expression for the character, but it takes center stage for the whole of the episode.
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ACCA 13 OVA Casts Chiaki Kobayashi, Tomomichi Nishimura

Kobayashi plays Inspection Department recruit, Nishimura plays principal in February OVA ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Natsume Ono's ACCA 13-Territory Inspection Department manga revealed two new cast members for ACCA 13-Ku Kansatsu-Ka Regards (ACCA 13-Territory Inspection Department Regards), the "new original video anime & musical stage reading" for the manga, on Wednesday. The ne...
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Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious Anime Delays Episode 10 by 1 Week

Recap episode to air instead this week ― The official website for the Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious (Kono Yūsha ga Ore TUEEE Kuse ni Shinchō Sugiru) anime announced on Tuesday that this week's airing of episode 10 will be replaced with a recap episode, which will summarize the first six episodes. Episode 10 will instead air next week on December 18. The delay is due to "p...
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Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! ‒ Episode 10

Cozy escapism is a driving force of this show (and others like it) to be sure, but it still seems a bit brazen even by the Average standards to devolve into 22 minutes of imagining you have friends who want to throw you a party and give you presents.
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Gundam Base Tokyo Offers 'Factory Zone Tour' For Kids Only

Guided tour about the process of making Gunpla will be held on December 14 ― The Gundam Base Tokyo shop in Odaiba will hold a tour on December 14 of its Factory Zone exclusively for children in elementary or middle school. The "Factory Zone" is a replica of the Bandai Hobby Center, where gunpla is manufactured. The guides will share little-known facts about the process of making gunpla and about the ...
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Weathering With You is No. 6 Most Discussed Movie on Twitter in 2019

New Japanese era name 'Reiwa' is no. 2 news-related hashtag ― Twitter released a blog post on Tuesday detailing the most discussed topics on the platform for the year of 2019, as measured by the number of unique users tweeting about the topic. Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You ranked at number 6 in top movies worldwide. The top 10 ranking is as follows: Avengers: Endgame Toy Story 4 Joker (2019) S...
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Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia ‒ Episode 10

Ultimately, of course, the matter of saving humanity is a grave one indeed, but that doesn't mean we can't have some fun along the way.
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U.S. Court Upholds Tsurubaya Productions' Overseas Rights to Ultraman

Court of Appeal rejects UM Corporation's appeal ― Tsuburaya Productions announced on Tuesday that the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit has upheld Tsuburaya's international licensing rights to the Ultraman property in the company's legal battle against UM Corporation (UMC). A jury in the district court in the central district of California reached a verdict in favor of Tsuburaya in ...
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BanG Dream! Animated Ad Promotes Kirin Tea

Ad unveils original song 'White Afternoon' ― Beverage company Kirin released a collaboration ad with the BanG Dream! anime on Monday promoting its afternoon tea brand. The 30-second ad unveils an original song "White Afternoon," which was created for the ad. The ad was animated by Sanzigen, a 3D animation studio which produced the anime's second season. The ad shows the main characters of the anime s...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld ‒ Episode 9

As much as Asuna's arrival is a long-anticipated moment, the primary focus of this episode is the neatest conflict in this part: the confrontation between the Integrity Knight Sheyta and Pugilists Guild leader Iskahn.
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Seven Days War Anime Film's Video Combines Anime/Live-Action Footage

Anime film opens on December 13 ― Kadokawa began streaming a video on Tuesday for the anime film of Osamu Sōda's Bokura no Nanokakan Sensō (Seven Days War or Our Seven-Day War) novel. The video combines footage from the upcoming anime film and the original 1988 live-action film. The film will open in Japan on December 13. The cast includes: Takumi Kitamura as Mamoru Suzuhara Kyōko Yoshine as Aya Chiy...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, December 8-14

Gakuen Basara, Millennium Actress anime; Arifureta: I Heart Isekai, Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji manga ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date 18if Essentials BDPlease Funimation US$29.98 December 10 The Disastrous Life of Saiki K Season One Essentials BDCite Funimation US$34.98 December 10 Gakuen Basara BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 December 10 Heavy Object Complete ...
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Kūbo Ibuki Manga Gets New Manga in December

Kūbo Ibuki manga ended on Tuesday ― This year's 24th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine revealed on Tuesday that Osamu Eya and Kaiji Kawaguchi's Kūbo Ibuki (Aircraft Carrier Ibuki) manga is getting a new manga by Kawaguchi titled Kūbo Ibuki Great Game (Aircraft Carrier Ibuki Great Game) in the magazine's next issue on December 25. The magazine teased that the story takes place some time after t...
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This Week in Anime - Babylon Has a Whore Complex

The Babylon anime is on short hiatus as it prepares for its big finale. Micchy and Andy dig in to the show's philosophical conundrums on suicide and gender relations and come up with a lot of reeking garbage. ― The Babylon anime is on short hiatus as it prepares for its big finale. Micchy and Andy dig in to the show's philosophical conundrums on suicide and gender relations and come up with a lot of...
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Steins;Gate: My Darling's Embrace, Steins;Gate 0 Games Get New Western Releases

Steins;Gate: My Darling's Embrace game launched on Tuesday for Switch, PS4, PC; Steins;Gate 0 for Switch ― Spike Chunsoft launched its Steins;Gate: My Darling's Embrace game on Tuesday for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam in the West, and its Steins;Gate 0 game for Switch in the West. The company began streaming announcement trailers for both games. Steins;Gate: My Darling's Embrace a...
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Live-Action Death Come True Game Reveals Main Cast, 2020 Debut

Kanata Hongō stars as man with no memories wanted for murder ― The official website for Too Kyo Games' "full motion video game" project Death Come True revealed on Tuesday that Kanata Hongō will play that main character Makoto Karaki. The game's staff also revealed that the game will launch for iOS and other devices in 2020. Kazutaka Kodaka is directing the project and writing the scenario for the "l...
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Full Metal Panic! Creator Shoji Gatoh Apologizes For Tweet Disparaging Environmental Activist Greta Thunberg

Now deleted tweet stated his desire to feed Thunberg steak and 'watch her cry' Full Metal Panic! light novel author Shoji Gatoh apologized on Tuesday for an inflammatory tweet he wrote on Sunday about environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Gatoh's original tweet was a quote-retweet of an NHK article regarding the activities of 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg. He wrote: "I dislike ...
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The Grudge Reboot Film's Red-Band Trailer Streamed

Sam Raimi produces, Nicolas Pesce directs film opening on January 3 ― Sony began streaming a red-band trailer for the Hollywood film reboot of The Grudge on Tuesday. The film will open on January 3, 2020 after a delay from June 21, 2019. The film's cast includes Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, and Jacki Weaver. Nicolas Pesce is directing the film and writing the ...
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ISLAND BR + Digital

"Island leaves a few things completely unexplained in its quest to nail down its dramatic love story." ― The mid-to-late 2000s was a period where the moe boom – fueled in large part by several highly successful visual novel adaptations – prevailed in the anime landscape about to the degree that isekai series currently do. If your anime fandom does not date back that far then this Summer 2018 series, ...
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Langrisser I & II Remake Game's Story Trailer Streamed

Game ships in N. America on March 10 ― NIS America began streaming a story trailer on Tuesday for the Langrisser I & II game remake collection for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The video previews the characters and story of Langrisser I. NIS America will release the collection in North America on March 10. The game will then debut in Europe on March 13, and in Australia and Ne...
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Babylon's Fall PS4, PC Game's Trailer Reveals Delay

Square Enix, Platinum Games will reveal more information in summer 2020 ― PlayStation's State of Play livestream presentation revealed a trailer for Platinum Games' Babylon's Fall game on Tuesday. Staff will reveal more information about the game in summer 2020. Square Enix announced the game in June 2018. The game was previously slated to launch for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in 2019. Square Eni...
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Overflow TV Anime's Promo Video Reveals Uzuho Theme Song

Adaptation of Kaiduka's adult manga premieres on January 5 ― The official website for Overflow, the television anime adaptation of Kaiduka's adult manga Overflow ~Iretara Ofureru Kyōdai no Kimochi~, began streaming a promotional video on Tuesday. The video reveals Uzuho's theme song "Over Love." The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on January 5 at 25:00 (effectively January 6 at 1:00 a.m.). The cast i...

Resident Evil 3 Game Gets Remake on April 3

PS4, Xbox One, PC release includes Resident Evil: Resistance online game ― PlayStation's State of Play livestream presentation announced on Tuesday that CAPCOM will release a remake of its Resident Evil 3 game on April 3. The game will launch for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. The presentation also revealed a trailer for the game. The release will include the Resident Evil: Resistance...
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Kingdom Hearts III Game's DLC Launches for PS4 on January 23

Trailer previews "Re Mind" DLC content ― PlayStation's State of Play livestream presentation announced on Tuesday that the planned "Re Mind" DLC for Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts III game will launch for the PlayStation 4 on January 23. The presentation also unveiled a new trailer for the DLC. The official YouTube channel for Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts franchise briefly posted a video on Friday that...
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Sonic the Hedgehog Film's Teaser Previews Japanese Dub

Film premieres in N. America on February 14, in Japan on March 27 ― Paramount Pictures began streaming a Japanese-dubbed teaser trailer for its Sonic the Hedgehog film on Tuesday. The film's staff plan to reveal the dub cast for Sonic soon. The film will open in Japan on March 27 (under the title Sonic The Movie). The film was previously scheduled to open in the United States on November 8, in Austra...

Re:Zero Anime's Season 2 Slated for Next April After Updated 1st Season

Season 1 reedited with some new footage for rerun starting in January ― The official website for the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- anime announced on Tuesday that the anime's second television season will premiere next April. The website lists the main cast and staff as returning. Before the second season, a new edit of the first season will premiere on January 1, and the website posted a ...

Fragtime Anime's Production: Tear Studio Is Out of Contact & Unreachable

Animator reported not being paid after Tear's Twitter account went offline ― The official website for the Fragtime anime issued a notice on Tuesday that the anime's production has been unable to contact Tear Studio. Tear Studio had animated the Fragtime project. The notice stated that the anime's production tried to contact Tear Studio's representative for a status update, after reports about the stu...
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Production I.G Reveals Shika no Ō Anime Film's Staff, September 18 Opening

Masashi Ando, Masayuki Miyaji direct medical fantasy off Taku Kishimoto's script ― Production I.G revealed the main staff members and September 18 opening date for the anime film adaptation of Nahoko Uehashi's Shika no Ō (The Deer King) medical fantasy novel series on Tuesday. Masashi Ando (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, your name. character design, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent, When Marnie Wa...
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The [email protected] Cinderella Girls' 'Spin-off!' Anime Short Streaming for Free

Orange animates 6-minute film about idols taking bride on a car chase ― Bandai Namco Entertainment is offering the "Spin-off!" anime short for The [email protected] Cinderella Girls franchise through its YouTube channel, and The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage and The [email protected] Cinderella Girls smartphone games on Monday. The short debuted for digital purchase on Amazon Prime Video on November ...
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'LovePlus Every' Smartphone Game's Return Slated for December 11

― The official website for Konami's LovePlus franchise announced on Monday that the LovePlus EVERY smartphone game will return from maintenance on Wednesday, December 11. The company performed emergency maintenance on the game on October 31, followed by temporary maintenance on November 1. Konami then began performing another emergency maintenance that started on November 2. This maintenance was ori...
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Final Fantasy VII Remake Is Timed PS Exclusive Until March 2021

― Square Enix's online store includes new box art for the Final Fantasy VII Remake game that shows that it is a timed PlayStation exclusive until March 3, 2021. The game will launch worldwide on PlayStation 4 on March 3, 2020. The game will have Deluxe, Digital Deluxe, and 1st Class Editions. The Deluxe Edition contains an art book, a mini-soundtrack CD, and a DLC Materia for Cactuar. The Digital De...
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Yes ka No ka Hanbun ka Boys-Love Anime Reveals Cast, Winter 2020 Debut

Atsushi Abe, Yoshihisa Kawahara reprise roles from novels' drama CD ― The BL FES!!-Boys Love Festival!!- project revealed the two main cast members for the anime of Michi Ichiho's Yes ka No ka Hanbun ka (Is It Yes, No, or Somewhere in Between?) boys-love light novel series on Tuesday. Atsushi Abe and Yoshihisa Kawahara are reprising their roles from the drama CD adaptation of the novels as Kei Kunied...
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Marudase Kintarō Boys-Love Manga Gets Anime Short

Incredible Kintaro sequel to screen with Yes ka No ka Hanbun ka film in BL FES next December ― The BL FES!!-Boys Love Festival!!- project announced on Tuesday that Naomi Guren's Marudase Kintarō (Kintarō Bares it All) boys-love manga is inspiring an anime short. The short will debut as part of the project's first event screenings in Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 and other theaters in winter 2020. Guren rep...

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'Love Me, Love Me Not' Anime Film's Teaser Reveals Cast, Staff, May 29 Opening

Megumi Han, Marika Suzuki, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Sōma Saitō star in A-1 Pictures film ― The official website for the anime film of Io Sakisaka's Love Me, Love Me Not (Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare) manga began streaming a teaser trailer for the film on Tuesday. The teaser reveals the film's cast, staff, and May 29 opening date. The cast includes (clockwise from upper left in image above): Marika Suzuki (...
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Lupin III THE FIRST CG Anime Film Debuted at #2

Sumikko Gurashi drops to #4, Saekano film stays at #9, French City Hunter film at #10 Lupin III THE FIRST, the new anime film in Monkey Punch's Lupin III franchise, sold 220,000 tickets and earned 307,395,900 yen (about US$2.82 million) from Friday to Sunday. It sold 177,000 tickets for 244,827,850 yen (about US$2.26 million) from Saturday to Sunday to rank #2 in its opening weekend. The film earne...
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Code Geass's Lelouch Gets Keychain, Pen For His Birthday

Code Geass protagonist Lelouch Lamperouge celebrated his birthday on December 5. To commemorate the occasion, the iconic "bad boy" of anime is getting new merch items: a ballpoint pen and a keychain in the form of a fluffy cat toy. The pen is coated with lacquer and sprinkled with gold powder, evoking the traditional art of maki-e with modern printing techniques. The pen has Lelouch's name, his si...
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Setona Mizushiro Puts 'Sekai de Ichiban, Ore ga ◯◯' Manga on Hiatus Until February

Manga about 3 men competing to be 'most unhappy' launched in June 2016 ― This first 2020 issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine revealed on Tuesday that Setona Mizushiro's Sekai de Ichiban, Ore ga ◯◯ (I'm the Most __ in the World) manga will go on hiatus until the magazine's sixth issue, which will ship on February 25. Mizushiro launched the manga in Evening in June 2016. Kodansha shipped the seventh c...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 135

In his new superpowered form, the villain proves to be more than a match for Boruto and the gang.
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Akiko Higashimura's Gisō Furin Manga Ends in 8th Volume

Princess Jellyfish creator launched series in December 2017 ― Amazon's listing for the seventh compiled book volume of Akiko Higashimura's Gisō Furin (Disguised Adultery) manga is listing the series as ending in the eighth volume in spring 2020. The seventh volume will ship on Thursday. The manga's story begins when the protagonist goes vacationing abroad after tiring of dating, and has a "forbidden ...
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Type-Moon Museum Will Recreate Kinoko Nasu's Workspace

Museum celebrating Fate/Stay Night's 15th anniversary will run from December 20 to April 5 ― The upcoming Type-Moon Museum shared details about the contents of the exhibit on Friday. According to the museum's website, the venue will have an area recreating Fate/Stay Night creator Kinoko Nasu's workspace, as well as a 13-meter map projection showing the entirety of Fuyuki City, the fictional Japanese ...
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Life-Sized Deku Will Make His Mark at Tower Records Exhibit

The Shibuya Tower Records will hold an exhibit for the upcoming Boku no Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising- (My Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising-) anime film from December 20, the film's premiere date in Japan, to January 19. Besides exhibiting stand-up panels of the characters, reproductions of key animation from the first three TV anime seasons, and the series' key visuals, it will a...
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Dr. Stone ‒ Episode 23

Welcome to Dr. Stone’s science fair week!
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Gungrave G.O.R.E PS4 Game Delayed to 2020

― The official website for Iggymob's Gungrave G.O.R.E (Gungrave Gore) PlayStation 4 game announced on Monday that the game has been delayed from December 2019 to 2020. The delay will allow developers to make the game "cooler" and "greater than they originally planned." Yasuhiro Nightow, a veteran of the previous Gungrave games and anime, is returning as "image director." Iggymob's Jun is the produce...
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 20

There is barely a plot to recap, and hardly anything that could be considered a complex or resonant emotional core, but the good guys use their magic fire punches to hit the bad guys really hard, and Fire Force is almost always at its best when it keeps things simple like this, and puts the emphasis on what it's good at.
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Bayonetta, Vanquish Games Get 10th Anniversary Bundle on February 18

Announcement trailer streamed for action game bundle ― Sega announced on Monday that it will release Platinum Games' Bayonetta and Vanquish games together in a 10th anniversary bundle physically and digitally for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 18. The official YouTube channel for PlayStation began streaming an announcement trailer. The Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle will hav...
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Last 1st Generation AKB48 Idol Minami Minegishi Announces Graduation

Minegishi famously shaved her head in 2013 as restitution for dating ― 27-year-old Minami Minegishi announced her graduation from the AKB48 idol unit at the "AKB48 Theater: 14th Anniversary Special Performance" on Sunday. Minegishi was the last first-generation AKB48 idol to graduate from the group. Minegishi debuted as a member of the first generation of AKB48 in December 2005. In 2008, she formed a...
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Fate/Grand Order Characters Rayshift to Past Arima Kinen Horse Races

Japan Racing Association launches interactive website in collaboration with FGO anime ― In the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game and anime series, Rayshifts allow the characters to time travel by projecting their spirits into the past. In a new collab between the Fate series and the Japan Racing Association (JRA), the main cast of Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia has traveled back in...

Funimation Adds Angel Beats!, ALDNOAH.ZERO, Valvrave the Liberator Anime to Catalog

Also: Tamayura: Hitotose, Boogiepop Phantom, Sound of the Sky, Sengoku Collection, Ninja Nonsense ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will add eight anime from Aniplex and Nozomi Entertainment to its streaming service this week. The company will add the following anime from Aniplex this week: Angel Beats! ALDNOAH.ZERO Valvrave the Liberator Funimation will add the following anime from Nozomi Ent...
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Singer Shoko Nakagawa Selected as an Olympic Torchbearer

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay will take place from March 26 to July 24 ― Voice actress and singer Shoko Nakagawa announced on Twitter on Sunday that she has been selected as a torchbearer for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay. She will be the representative of the Nakano ward in Tokyo. 大ニュース!!なんと!2020東京オリンピック 中野区代表聖火ランナーに、中川翔子選ばれました!!!夢みたい!生まれてずっと中野区民、最高の名誉、ありがとうございます!ちび太の聖火ランナーの絵本を描いていたのが現実になるなんて!...
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Sword Art Online Aliciation Lycoris Game Releases on May 22 in N. America, Europe, SEA

Game for PS4, Xbox One, PC launches in Japan on May 21 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment's divisions in North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia all announced on Monday that the Sword Art Online Alicization: Lycoris game will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on May 22 in those regions. The game will launch on May 21 in Japan. The game follows the same basic storyline as the Sword Art ...
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New Blood-C Live-Action Film's Sequel Debuts in Summer 2020

Takumi Kizu joins cast of new installment in CLAMP, Production I.G's franchise ― The official website for Blood-Club Dolls, the new live-action film in Production I.G and CLAMP's Blood-C franchise, announced on Monday that a sequel film is slated to premiere in summer 2020. The title of the sequel is Blood-Club Dolls 2. The website also revealed the staff and cast of the film. Takumi Kizu (Uchū Senta...
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ORESUKI's Pansy Gets Figure Showing Her True Form

Warning: This article contains spoilers for ORESUKI: Are you the only one who loves me? episode 3. At first glance, Pansy from ORESUKI seems like a shy bookworm type, with her thick glasses and braided hair... until she strips and reveals her model-like figure. Aniplex has unveiled a 1/7 scale figure capturing this precise moment from the anime. The figure is available for order from the Aniplex+ ...
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That Blue Sky Feeling GN 3

"That Blue Sky Feeling ends with the idea that it doesn't matter who you love; what matters is that you love them." ― Despite years of thought to the contrary, there really aren't many, if any, binaries to human existence. Sexual and romantic preferences are definitely included in that, and the inability to look beyond the idea that you're either gay or you're straight has been one of the central iss...
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Idoly Pride Multimedia Project Gets TV Anime

Yū Kinome directs anime as CAAnimation's 1st project ― The official website for the Idoly Pride multimedia project revealed on Monday that the franchise is getting a television anime by CyberAgent's CAAnimation label. The website also began streaming the first promotional video for the project. The staff will reveal more information about the television anime in March. English text on the project's p...
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Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, More Cast, Theme Song Artists

Yūma Uchida, Minako Sato join cast for series premiering on January 9 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Iro Aida's Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun (Jibaku Shōnen Hanako-kun) manga began streaming the show's second promotional video on Monday. The video reveals and previews the opening theme song "No.7" by "Chibaku Shōnen Band," a new musical unit comprised of Yoji Ikuta (from Peng...

Yoh Yoshinari, Trigger's BNA: Brand New Animal Anime Reveals Cast, Visual, Story, April 2020 Debut

Sumire Morohoshi, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Maria Naganawa, Kaito Ishikawa star in original anime ― Trigger opened a website on Monday for its original television anime BNA: Brand New Animal, revealing the anime's main cast and April 2020 premiere. The anime will air on Fuji TV's "+Ultra" programming block. The main cast includes: Sumire Morohoshi as Michiru Kagemori, a tanuki-human and high school student w...
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Too Kyo Games, Kazutaka Kodaka Reveal Death Come True 'Full Motion Video Game' Project

Project to reveal lead actor on Tuesday ― Too Kyo Games revealed on Monday that it is developing a new project titled Death Come True. The Twitter account for the game studio stated the project is a "live-action movie game," and the Twitter account for the project itself describes the project as "a full motion video game." Kazutaka Kodaka is directing the project and writing the scenario. Kodaka had ...
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Granblue Fantasy: Versus PS4 Fighting Game's Trailer Previews Metera

Game ships in West in Q1 2020 ― The official YouTube channel for PlayStation began streaming a character trailer for Cygames and Arc System Works' Granblue Fantasy: Versus PlayStation 4 fighting game on Monday. The video previews Metera. XSEED Games and Marvelous Europe will release the game in North America and Europe, respectively, in the first quarter of 2020. Both companies will also release a Ph...
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Tekken 7 Game Reveals Season Pass 3 Characters Ganryu, Fahkumram

Leroy Smith character trailer also posted, with character release slated for Tuesday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming two new trailers for its Tekken 7 game on Sunday. The trailers reveal two new characters for the game's third Season Pass, including returning character Ganryu, and Muay Thai fighter Fahkumram. Bandai Namco Entertainment America is also streaming a trailer for its ...
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Kochikame Manga Returns to Shonen Jump for Special 1-Shot

― The second 2020 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the magazine's third issue on December 16 will publish a special one-shot chapter for Osamu Akimoto's KochiKame manga. The special chapter is in commemoration of Akimoto receiving the 2019 Medal with Purple Ribbon honor in November. The medal is awarded to "individuals who have contributed to academic and artis...
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Meow Meow Japanese History Anime Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Film opens in Japan on February 22 ― The official Twitter account for Eiga Neko Neko Nihonshi ~Ryōma no Hachamecha Time Travel ze yo!~ (Meow Meow Japanese History the Movie: Ryōma's Topsy-Turvy Time Travel!), a feature film for the television anime of Kenji Sonishi's Meow Meow Japanese History (Neko Neko Nihonshi) manga, began streaming a trailer for the film on Monday. The video previews the film's ...
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Viz Media, Manga Plus Add Agravity Boys Manga in English

Also available in Spanish via Manga Plus ― Both Viz Media's Shonen Jump service and Shueisha's Manga Plus service launched Atsushi Nakamura's Agravity Boys manga in English on Monday. The manga is also available in Spanish on Manga Plus. The manga launched in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on the same day. Shueisha describes the manga: The year 2118... Four young astronauts head out to the st...
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Danganronpa's Kazutaka Kodaka to Announce New Game on Monday

― Writer Kazutaka Kodaka announced on his Twitter account on Sunday that he will announce a new game on Monday. Kodaka co-founded the Too Kyo Games company in 2018, and the company is working on the Death March Club game, as well as a new anime in collaboration with Studio Pierrot. Kodaka is perhaps most famous as the writer for Spike Chunsoft's Danganronpa adventure game series. The game series' la...
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Key Unveils New Version of Summer Pockets Game With Added Features

Summer Pockets REFLECTION BLUE adds new heroines, routes, text, songs, more ― Visual Art's/Key revealed during a live stream on Saturday that it is producing a new version of its Summer Pockets game titled Summer Pockets REFLECTION BLUE. The game will feature a new heroine named Shiki Kamiyama, the promotion of the characters Miki Nomura and Shizuku Mizuori as heroines, a new route for the character ...
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Actor Onoe Kikunosuke V Injured During Nausicaä Kabuki Stage Play

Production canceled Sunday evening performance but will continue on Monday ― Kabuki actor Onoe Kikunosuke V (right in image below) suffered an injury during the daytime performance of the kabuki stage play adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind manga on Sunday, and the production canceled the day's evening performance. The performances are continuing as scheduled on Monday....

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A3! Anime's Video Previews Opening Song

Anime about aspiring actors premieres 1st half on January 13, ending songs' CD ships on March 4 ― The official website for the anime of Liber Entertainment's A3! actor-training smartphone game began streaming a promotional video for the anime's "Spring" part on Sunday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Act! Addict! Actors!" (the words represented by the "A3" in the franchise's name)....
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Sacks&Guns!! Sci-Fi Anime Casts Kanon Obata as Heroine Memenpu

1,400 auditioned to star in Satelight, Project Anime anime ― The official blog for Project Anima announced on Monday that Kanon Obata will voice the role of the heroine Memenpu in Sacks&Guns!!, Satelight's anime of Nekotarō Inui's Sakugan Labyrinth Marker (Drilling Labyrinth Marker) novel. Obata and Project Anima staff took a photograph featuring a standee depicting Memenpu (seen below). 1,400 people...

Actor Rene Auberjonois Passes Away at 79

Actor played Star Trek: Deep Space 9's Odo, voiced Little Nemo, The Cat Returns roles ― Actor Rene Auberjonois passed away on Sunday, December 8 due to metastatic lung cancer. He was 79. Auberjonois was a prolific actor on both stage and the screen, and he is perhaps best known for his roles as Odo in Star Trek: Deep Space 9 and Father John Mulcahy in the 1970 MASH film. He played many roles over the...
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The List - 5 Best Ladies of My Hero Academia

Jacki looks over the roster of female heroes and villains to finally proclaim which is "Best Girl." ― My Hero Academia is full of characters with amazing abilities and powers. Some can alternate between blasts of ice and fire! Others can explode with a clap of their hands. Not all powers are focused on strength, either. Sometimes nullifying other characters' powers or being able to out maneuver a fo...
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Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE ‒ Episode 10

If you die in Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE, do you die in real life??
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Assassins Pride ‒ Episode 9

The full truth about Kufa has finally come out: he's a half-lancanthrope.
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Aoashi Soccer Manga's 'Big News' is 3 Collaborations

― The combined second and third 2020 issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that the previously teased "big news" for Yūgo Kobayashi's Aoashi manga is three sets of collaborations. The issue published the manga's 200th chapter on Monday. The collaborations include a second collaboration with TBS' Super Soccer program, a collaboration with the JFA's U-18 league for...
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Ni no Kuni Manga Ends on January 9

Ran Kuze launched manga with original story in April ― The January issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine revealed on Monday that Ran Kuze's Ni no Kuni: Hikari no Kōkeisha to Neko no Ōji (The Successor of Light and the Cat Prince) manga will end in the magazine's February issue, which will ship on January 9. The manga adapts Level 5's Ni no Kuni franchise. Kuze (Tenshin - World War Angel, Tokyo...
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Ryōsuke Fuji's Fairy gone Manga Ends

Manga launched in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in April ― The January issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine published the final chapter on Monday of Ryōsuke Fuji's Fairy gone manga. The manga's second volume will ship on January 9. The manga is an adptation fo P.A. Works' original television anime Fairy gone. Fuji (Attack on Titan: Lost Girls) launched the manga in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine on Apri...
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game's 15th DLC Character is Ino Yamanaka

Character arrives in game "soon" ― The second 2020 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Ino Yamanaka will be the 15th DLC character for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game. The character will arrive in the game "soon." The game's second season pass so far also includes Zabuza Momochi, Haku, Ohnoki, Killer Bee, and Sasuke Uchiha (from ...
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Dr. Stone Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on December 16

― The second 2020 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine teased on Monday that Boichi and Riichirou Inagaki's Dr. Stone manga will have an "important announcement" in the magazine's third issue, which will ship on December 16. Dr. Stone will also have a stage presentation at the Jump Festa '20 event on December 22 at 2:40 p.m. JST. Boichi (Sun-Ken Rock) and Inagaki (author of Eyeshield 21) ...
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We Never Learn: BOKUBEN Franchise Has 'Important Announcement' at Jump Festa '20 Event

― The second 2020 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine teased on Monday that Taishi Tsutsui's We Never Learn (Boku-tachi wa Benkyō ga Dekinai) manga franchise will have an "important announcement" at the Jump Festa '20 event. The event will be held from December 21-22, and the "important announcement" will be during a presentation at the Weekly Shonen Jump booth at the event on December 2...
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ID: INVADED Virtual World Suspense Anime Reveals Song Artists, 1-Hour January 5 Debut

MIYAVI, soundbreakers, Starro, more contribute insert songs ― The official website for the original television anime project ID: INVADED announced the artists who are contributing insert songs for the series, as well as the anime's January 5 premiere. The following musical artists are contributing songs for these episodes: Episode Artist 1 MIYAVI 4 MIYAVI 6 Kenmochi Hidefumi (Wednesday Campanella) 9 ...
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Plunderer Anime's 4th Promo Video Reveals More Cast, January 8 Debut

Aoi Yūki plays mysterious girl, Miku Ito's opening song also previewed for action fantasy ― The official website for the anime of Suu Minazuki's Plunderer manga began streaming the fourth promotional video for the anime on Sunday. The video unveils another cast member and the January 8 premiere date for the anime, and it also previews Miku Ito's opening theme song "Plunderer." Aoi Yūki will play Mizu...
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Voice Actor Johnny Yong Bosch Confirms Role as Broly from Dragon Ball Franchise

― Voice actor Johnny Yong Bosch confirmed in various responses to users on Twitter on December 3 that he is voicing the Broly character from the Dragon Ball franchise. While Bosch did not specify in what medium or project he is voicing the character, the character Broly from the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film joined the cast of playable characters in Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball FighterZ ...
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Ōsama Ranking Comedy Manga About Good-For-Nothing Prince Gets Anime

Sōsuke Tōka's story of powerless prince with big dreams, only one friend ― The official Twitter account for Sōsuke Tōka's Ōsama Ranking (King Ranking) manga announced on Sunday that the manga is receiving an anime adaptation. The web manga centers around Bojji, a deaf, powerless prince who cannot even wield a children's sword. As the firstborn son, he strives hard and dreams of becoming the world's g...
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Japanese Government's New Draft Plan for Copyright Law Revision Allows for Screenshots

Government hopes to finalize draft bill by January for submission to Diet in early 2020 ― Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs revealed at a meeting of experts on November 27 a draft of a plan that would allow screenshots of copyrighted works (including manga, video games, and literary works) under a revision of Japan's copyright laws. A subcommittee of Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs agreed on a ...
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'The 8th son? Are you kidding me?' TV Anime Reveals More Cast, April 2020 Premiere

New key visual also revealed ― The official website for the television anime of Y.A.'s Hachinantte Sore wa Nai Deshō! (The 8th son? Are you kidding me?) light novel series revealed the show's April 2020 premiere and additional cast on Sunday. The site also revealed a new key visual: The new cast includes: (Note: Character name romanizations for all characters are not official.) Yuuna Mimura as Louise...
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Right Stuf, Eleven Arts Reveal Trade-in Programs for A Silent Voice, Maquia Anime Film Releases

― Right Stuf and Eleven Arts announced on Thursday that they have launched trade-in programs for those who have purchased the home video releases of the A Silent Voice and Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms films. Those who participate in the program and return their copy of either film will receive a US$35 discount on the limited editions of those films. Right Stuf and Eleven Arts released the...
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Inu to Neko Docchimo Katteru to Mainichi Tanoshii Pet Manga Gets Anime

Manga about raising sweet dog, vicious cat by Survival Game Club's Hidekichi Matsumoto ― Manga creator Hidekichi Matsumoto announced on her Twitter account on Sunday that her essay manga Inu to Neko Docchimo Katteru to Mainichi Tanoshii (I Enjoy Raising Both a Dog and a Cat Every Day) will get an anime adaptation. The manga recounts Matsumoto's daily life while raising both a sweet, innocent dog and ...

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Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Riko Breaks Out the Puns in 7-Eleven Sandwich Ad

Convenience store chain 7-Eleven released an ad for its sandwiches on Thursday, featuring narration by Love Live! Sunshine!! character Riko Sakurauchi (voiced by Rikako Aida). The ad brings out a stream puns, eventually escalating to galaxy level. Riko starts by counting sandwiches: "Ikko (one), niko (two), sanko (three." Then she counts again, this time changing some letters around: "Ikko, Riko, ...
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Sword Art Online Alicization: Lycoris Game Slated for May 21 in Japan

SAO game special with Yoshitsugu Matsuoka to stream live tonight ― The official Twitter account for the Sword Art Online games announced on Sunday that Bandai Namco Entertainment will launch its Sword Art Online Alicization: Lycoris game on May 21 in Japan. Store pre-orders will begin on Monday, December 9. A "SAO Home Console Game Series 2019 Retrospective With Yoshitsugu Matsuoka" and "SAO Alicizat...
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The Pet Girl of Sakurasou Illustrator Celebrates Series 10th Anniversary

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou light novel illustrator Keeji Mizoguchi posted an image to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the series on Sunday. He wrote: "In October 10, I accepted the request to work on character designs, and in January the next year, the first volume was published. Congratulations to The Pet Girl of Sakurasou for its 10th anniversary, and thank you so much! It's been 10 years sin...
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Psycho-Pass 3 ‒ Episode 7

In which Sibyl's plan becomes clear. A lot happens in this, the penultimate episode of Psycho-Pass 3. We get a resolution to the third case, learn more about Bifrost, and even get a peek at Akane's plan. But it also has some interesting character work worth talking about—especially when it comes to Kei. Over the course of the series, it's become more and more clear that while Arata may be cut out...
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Doraemon Gets Its Own Film Festival in February

All 39 Doraemon films, plus 14 accompanying short films/specials will be screened at Jimbocho Theater ― The popular children's anime Doraemon will get a film festival all to itself in February next year. From February 1 to March 5, Shogakukan's Jimbocho Theater will screen all 39 Doraemon films, plus 14 short films/specials that were initially screened alongside the feature films. All films that were...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fourth Plate ‒ Episode 9

It's also feeling like this whole team shokugeki was just too ambitious. There are far too many characters with way too many cook-offs, and if twelve episodes wasn't enough to fill it, twenty-four is way too many.
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Second ‒ Episode 11

It's easy to guess at the beginning that the ketchup's about to hit the fan in this episode of Legend of the Galactic Heroes, even if you're unfamiliar with previous iterations of the material. The framing of Kircheis's entrance into the post-victory ceremony, with special mind paid to him having to check his gun at the door, is pretty effective foreshadowing. That's not necessarily a bad thing; ...
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Blade of the Immortal ‒ Episode 10

The lack of cohesion takes what has the potential to be a haunting and evocative piece of violent period drama and transforms it into, well, a rushed and scattershot manga adaptation that feels like it is getting across the gist of the source material, but at a cost that might be too great for the show to bear,
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No Guns Life ‒ Episode 9

How close are we to the transfiguration of late capitalism's death spasms into a medieval sense of terrible and religious awe towards our incomprehensibly wealthy overlords? Good sci-fi is never too far-removed from modernity.
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Dragon Quest Retsuden: Emblem of Roto Sequel Manga Ends on January 4

Manga launched in 2004 as sequel to Dragon Quest Saga: Emblem of Roto manga ― This year's 24th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine revealed on Friday that Kamui Fujiwara's Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshō - Monshō o Tsugumono-tachi e (Dragon Quest: Emblem of Roto ~To the Children who inherit the Emblem~) manga will end in the magazine's second 2020 issue, which will ship on January 4. T...
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Kodansha to Open Mixalive Tokyo Entertainment Venue in Ikebukuro

Building with 9 floors, 2 basement floors to feature event halls for King Records, Nelke Planning, more ― Japanese publisher Kodansha announced on Friday that it will open a new nine-floor entertainment venue building called Mixalive TOKYO in Ikebukuro on March 19, 2020. The building will feature "live" content for manga, novels, children's books, practical books, gravure works, and fashion. Kodansha...
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Jordan Vogt-Roberts: New Draft Script Turned In for Metal Gear Solid Film

― Filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts stated on Twitter on Wednesday that his staff have turned in a new draft for Sony Pictures' live-action film adaptation of the Metal Gear Solid video game series. Vogt-Roberts said the draft is "full [Hideo] Kojima-quirk and full Military surrealism." He added he is hoping to meet with a specific actor "very soon." Entertainment news website Variety reported in Novemb...
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Saikyō Jump, Jump+ Magazines Launch Gag Manga Competition With Anime Adaptation as Prize

Winner to have anime adaptation on Oha-Suta variety program ― Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine, the Shonen Jump+ app and website, the variety program Oha-Suta, and Bandai's vendor division are collaborating on a "Jump Saikyō Gag Manga Award" competition, which launched on Friday. Contestants can submit their entries until February 6. The competition is for a manga that would be a good fit for both Sai...
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Granblue Fantasy: Versus PS4 Fighting Game's Trailers Preview Lowain, Ladiva

Game ships in West in Q1 2020 ― The official YouTube channel for PlayStation began streaming a character trailer for Cygames and Arc System Works' Granblue Fantasy: Versus PlayStation 4 fighting game on Friday. The video previews Lowain. XSEED Games similarly streamed a similar video for Ladiva on Saturday. XSEED Games and Marvelous Europe will release the game in North America and Europe, respective...
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Sentai Filmworks Sends Final Funds from GoFundMe Campaign to Kyoto Animation

Campaign had raised US$2,367,030 ― Sentai Filmworks confirmed on Friday that it has sent the final distribution of funds from its GoFundMe campaign to the Kyoto Animation studio. Sentai Filmworks stated it had sent "nearly all" of the funds to the studio on November 21, leaving a "small percentage" for credit card processing purposes. Now, the final distribution of reserved funds is complete. Sentai ...
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Princess Maker: Faery Tales Come True Game Launches in English on Switch, PC on December 23

CFK to also release Princess Maker Go! Go! Princess on same date ― Korean game publisher CFK began streaming a launch trailer on Friday for its release of the Princess Maker: Faery Tales Come True (Princess Maker: Yumemiru Yōsei) game for the Nintendo Switch as well as PC via Steam. The company will release the game in English for both Switch and PC on December 23 (the game will launch in Japanese on...
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Konami Streams 13-Minute Features Video for TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine Mini Console

Console debuts in N. America, Europe, Japan on March 19, 2020 ― Konami began streaming a "features" video on Friday for its TurboGrafx-16 mini console. The company is also streaming videos for the European and Japanese versions of the console. The console is a compact device pre-loaded with games from the catalog of NEC's original TurboGrafx-16 console. The console will launch in North America, Europ...
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