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Vampire Dies in No Time 1-12 Streaming

The Vampire Dies in No Time is precisely what you'd expect from a series that ends with a dance-off. It's silly, features an inexplicably furry armadillo, and involves vampiric veggies that are scarier to cook than live lobster ― If there's one thing you can say about The Vampire Dies in No Time, it's that it absolutely doesn't lie: within the first few minutes Draluc, the main but by no means only v...
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Interview: BELLE English Dub Cast

BELLE's English dub impressed us with its casting of the 19-year-old Kylie McNeill in her first voice acting role. Lauren Orsini spoke to the voice team about the casting and performances in NYAV's dub. ― BELLE, the latest film from Mamoru Hosoda, is also one of the director's most ambitious. Aside from its smooth animation and fairytale art, it also features a score of bold, evocative musical number...
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Frieren: Beyond Journey's End GN 2

All in all, this volume of Frieren: Beyond Journey's End turns out to be just as good—if not better—than the first. ― In general, Frieren: Beyond Journey's End is a manga that utilizes both serialized and standalone storytelling. Sometimes, events may flow naturally from one chapter to the next. Other times, we get a chapter that is unrelated to any overarching narrative. And there are also one-shots...
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Sing a Bit of Harmony

Ahead of its opening in North American theaters, find out why Kim Morrissy calls the new film by Time of Eve director Yasuhiro Yoshiura a "breezy family-friendly film that's easy to recommend to pretty much anyone." ― In a year with both Mamoru Hosoda's BELLE and WIT Studio's Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song-, a story about a singing AI robot doesn't seem like much of a novelty. But although Sing a Bit of H...
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This Week in Games - What A Twist

Good lord. What a week to be into games, am I right? I'm sure everybody has thoughts and hopes and fears about Microsoft's impending Activision-Blizzard assimilation… and I'd like to hear all of them! ― ~~ 𝒯𝓊𝑒𝓈𝒹𝒶𝓎, 𝒥𝒶𝓃 𝟣𝟪𝓉𝒽 ~~ -- 𝒜𝓅𝓅𝓇𝑜𝓍𝒾𝓂𝒶𝓉𝑒𝓁𝓎 𝟩:2𝟢 𝒜𝑀 𝒫𝒮𝒯 -- *may be slightly dramatized Ahh, crap. Why the hell did I wake up so early? I stayed up way too late last night tidying up my Windjammers 2 revi...
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I'm Looking for Serious Love! GN

Even if the content isn't an issue for you, the book is firmly mediocre, something you'd pick up if you ran out of other things in the genre to read, because it's better than nothing – more or less. ― While I always glance at the content warnings for a volume of manga, they rarely make much of an impression, unless it's one of Viz's sarcastic ones. But the warning on the back of Tokyopop's release of...
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She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man #3 [rate]
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JAM Project's Hironobu Kageyama Tests Positive for COVID-19

Performer canceled Monday event after feeling ill, received positive test result on Tuesday ― Musician and performer Hironobu Kageyama revealed on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Kageyama noted that he had hoped it would just be a normal cold, since he no longer had a fever, but he then received a positive test result. He added that he is only experienc...
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Manga Creator Tsunezō Murotani Passes Away

Best known for historical, comedy manga ― Manga service Manga Toshokan Z announced on Tuesday that manga creator Tsunezō Murotani passed away on November 22 last year. He was 87. Murotani was best known for his history manga, but also drew comedy and horror manga. Murotani debuted with the Nihon Rekishi Manpo (Strolling Through Japanese History) manga in The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper's Mainichi Chūg...
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Liar Game's Shinobu Kaitani, Kurosagi's Takeshi Natsuhara Launch Manga

Kamo no Negi ni wa Doku ga Aru launches on February 2 ― The official website for Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on January 19 that Shinobu Kaitani and Takeshi Natsuhara will launch a new manga titled Kamo no Negi ni wa Doku ga Aru -Kamo Kyōju no "Ningen" Keizagaku Kōgi- (Kamo's Onion is Poisoned -Instructor Kamo's Lecture on "Human" Economics-) in the magazine's next issue on February 2. Shu...
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Higurashi: When They Cry Gets New Manga on February 25

Asahi draws new Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Oni manga ― The March issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed on Tuesday that Asahi will launch a new manga in the Higurashi franchise titled Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Oni in the magazine's next issue on February 25. The manga will have a color opening page and will feature on the issue's front cover. The magazine describes the manga as telling ...
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Fūta Kimura Launches Manga With Planned Net Anime Adaptation

Unmei no Makimodo Shi manga centers on time police; anime planned for spring debut ― The February issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine published the first chapter of Fūta Kimura's new manga titled Unmei no Makimodo Shi - All Great Achievements Require Time (Destiny Rewinders) on January 15. The first chapter has 53 pages. In addition, the manga will have a net anime adaptation on YouTube t...

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My Dress-Up Darling ‒ Episode 3

While I understand some people's reservations about the show's fanservice given how regularly and poorly it's integrated in anime, I can't say that I share those sentiments personally.
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Jujutsu Kaisen Singer Eve's Khara-Animated Film Debuts on Netflix on March 15

Adam by Eve: A Live in Animation features new Eve songs with anime, live-action segments ― Netflix unveiled a new anime/live-action hybrid film titled Adam by Eve: A Live in Animation on Monday. The film will focus on singer Eve (Jujutsu Kaisen, Josee, The Tiger and the Fish), with animation by Studio Khara. The film will debut on Netflix on March 15, and will also open in theaters in Japan simultane...
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Slow Loop ‒ Episode 1-3

Out of all the Winter 2022 series, Slow Loop is easily the one I'm most excited about. It's pleasantly inexplicable, carrying its simple premise with lovely animation and a heck of a lot of heart.
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Satanophany Manga Takes Break, Resumes in March

Manga's 20th volume launches on February 4 ― This year's eighth issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine revealed on Monday that Yoshinobu Yamada's Satanophany manga is taking a break, and it will return in the magazine's 15th issue on March 14. The manga entered the final stage of its story in July 2021. The manga is set in a world like ours, but where an illness known as Medusa Syndrome exists. This illn...
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'Are You Lost?' Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Manga entered its climax last April ― This year's eighth issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine revealed on Monday that Kentarō Okamoto and Riri Sagara's Are You Lost? (Sōnan desuka?) manga will end in three chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end on February 14. The manga's eighth compiled book volume revealed last April that the manga had entered its climax. Kodansha Comics is releasing th...
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New Rurouni Kenshin Stage Musical Opens in May After Previous Cancellation

Stage musical of "Kyoto Arc" runs from May 17-June 24 ― The stage musical of the "Kyoto Arc" of Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga will open at the IHI Stage Around Tokyo from May 17 to June 24. The musical was originally scheduled to run at the IHI Stage Around Tokyo in November 2020, but it was canceled due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The musical's director and sp...
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Kingdom Anime's 4th Series Reveals 3 Returning Cast Members

Masakazu Morita, Jun Fukuyama, Yoshimasa Hosoya return for spring anime ― The official website for the Kingdom anime revealed on Monday three returning cast members and character visuals for the fourth anime series. The cast includes: Masakazu Morita as Shin Jun Fukuyama as Ei Sei Yoshimasa Hosoya as Ō Hon A teaser visual featuring Sei Kyou (Cheng Jiao) debuted with the tagline, "I'm next," following...
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Obey Me! Gets Manga That Launches in Japanese, English

Manga runs in English on MangaPlaza service ― NTT Solmare Corp announced on Monday that it has launched Obey Me! The Comic, a new manga based on the romance simulation mobile game Obey Me! – One Master to Rule Them All, on the trial page for its new MangaPlaza digital manga platform. The manga's release is part of MangaPlaza's pre-registration campaign, which runs until February 28. The manga's first...
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Tour Zombie Land Saga Anime Locations With Official Rental Bicycles

The Zombie Land Saga anime has made extensive efforts to help promote tourism in the Saga Prefecture; even Saga's own governor has gotten on board with cosplay and reenacting scenes from the anime. Now, in an attempt to facilitate easier travel within the city of Karatsu, Saga, the rental bike service PiPPA has teamed up with the Anime Tourism Association to provide official Zombie Land Saga bicyc...

Exclusive: Kodansha Comics Publishes Great Teacher Onizuka, GTO: 14 Days in Shonan Manga Digitally

Both series launch on February 1 ― Kodansha Comics announced on Monday that it will publish all 25 volumes of Tohru Fujisawa's GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka) manga series and all nine volumes of his GTO: 14 Days in Shonan manga digitally on February 1. The manga will be available on Bookwalker, comiXology, Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play, Nook, Kobo, izneo, MyAnimeList and other retailers. Preorders wi...
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Fantasia Sango - Realm of Legends #3 [rate]
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Teasing Master Takagi-san Season 3 ‒ Episodes 1-3

If the rest of the season can keep up this balance of delivering equal parts character development and cozy comfort food, then it might just prove to be Teasing Master Takagi-san's finest hour.
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Vampire Dies in No Time 1-12 Streaming

The Vampire Dies in No Time is precisely what you'd expect from a series that ends with a dance-off. It's silly, features an inexplicably furry armadillo, and involves vampiric veggies that are scarier to cook than live lobster ― If there's one thing you can say about The Vampire Dies in No Time, it's that it absolutely doesn't lie: within the first few minutes Draluc, the main but by no means only v...
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Princess Connect! Re:Dive #3 [rate]
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Orange Series Gets Special Edition Manga About Hiroto

Manga commemorates series' 10-year anniversary ― This year's March issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine published a special edition manga of Ichigo Takano's Orange manga on Tuesday to commemorate the manga's 10-year anniversary. The manga is told from Hiroto Suwa's perspective. Takano (Dreamin' Sun) launched the original shōjo manga in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine in 2012 and moved i...
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World's End Harem ‒ Episode 3

Maybe I'll change my tune if/when I see Doi evolve into an absurd gigachad sex machine, but at this moment, his introduction is a huge step back for World’s End Harem.
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Touhou Project's Takkoman -Kouzatsu World- Gets Steam Release

Trailer streamed for action platformer ― Playism announced on Monday that it will launch Touhou Project action platformer Takkoman -Kouzatsu World- for PC via Steam in 2022. The company streamed a trailer: Playism describes the story: A world of bounty and order--Gensokyo. A world of ruin and chaos--Kouzatsukyo. A great calamity evoked by an unknown being, which spun these opposite worlds together. W...
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Slow Loop Fishing Anime Inpires Seafood Theme Café

Feast on the deep-fried horse mackerel​ and zukedon from the series ― The fishing-themed Slow Loop anime is inspiring a limited-time café with a seafood theme. The Cure Maid Café in Akihabara will host the café from January 21 to February 6. The main dishes are the deep-fried horse mackerel​ and zukedon depicted in the series. The dessert menu also has a prominent seafood theme, featuring clams and f...
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Case Study of Vanitas Season 2 ‒ Episode 1 - 2

It's an eventful start to the second half of the story, so grab your wolf repellant and hang on.
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Sabikui Bisco #3 [rate]
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Japan to Expand COVID-19 Quasi-State of Emergency to Most Prefectures

3 prefectures request extension for quasi-state of emergency ― The Japanese government is planning to expand the quasi-state of emergency to eighteen more prefectures - including Osaka, Kyoto, and Hokkaido - amid the rise of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the country due to the new Omicron variant. The quasi-state of emergency would take place from January 27 to February 20. The...
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Magical Angel Creamy Mami and the Spoiled Princess Manga Ends with Volume 7

Seven Seas publishes Creamy Mami spinoff in English ― Manga creator Emi Mitsuki revealed on their Twitter account on January 19 that the Magical Angel Creamy Mami and the Spoiled Princess (Mahō no Tenshi Creamy Mami Fukigen na Ohime-sama) manga's seventh compiled book volume will be the final volume. Seven Seas Entertainment publishes the manga in English, and describes the story: Who can compete wit...
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Tribe Nine #3 [rate]
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March on Earth's Mikase Hayashi Launches New Manga in February

Manga centers on step-siblings ― The March issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine revealed on Monday that Mikase Hayashi will launch a new manga in the magazine's April issue, which will ship on February 24. The new manga is titled Soredemo Otōto wa Koishitagaru (Even So I Wish to Love My Younger Brother), and it centers on two step-siblings: an older sister named Nao and her younger brother. Nao wants ...
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Live-Action Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori TV Show Casts Shigeyuki Totsugi, Sho Nishigaki

Yuzuna Katō also joins cast for 5th episode ― The staff of the live-action television series of Yū Shimizu's Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori manga revealed new cast members for the series on Monday. Shigeyuki Totsugi (center left in image above) and Sho Nishigaki (center right) will play Kōichirō Kamiko and Senri Hanaoka, the handsome chefs of a rival Italian restaurant of Rokuhōdō. Yuzuna Katō (bottom in i...
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Tasomachi: Behind the Twilight Game Reveals April 28 Console Release, Xbox Cancellation

Adventure game will now launch for PS4, Switch ― Publisher Playism began streaming a trailer for nocras' Tasomachi: Behind The Twilight game on Sunday. The video revealed that the game will launch for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on April 28. The console version of the game will include new stages. Nocras also plans to update the game with more content soon. Orbital Express and Playism had annou...

Photographer Arrested in Japan for Allegedly Drugging, Assaulting 6 Cosplayers

Suspect allegedly spiked drinks of girl cosplayers ― Content warning: The below article contains descriptions of sexual assault and rape. Chiba City police arrested and charged a 49-year-old male on January 21 on suspicion of "quasi-rape" (the legal term in Japan for forced sexual attempts on individuals who are unconscious or unable to resist) and attempted "quasi-rape" of at least six female cospla...
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Voice Actors for Phantom of the Idol Anime's Pop Duo ZINGS Form Idol Unit in Real Life

Fumiya Imai, Shun Horie to host upcoming event to perform under new unit name ― The official website for the television anime of Hijiki Isoflavone's Phantom of the Idol (Kami Kuzu Idol) manga revealed on Monday that Fumiya Imai and Shun Horie will form a new idol unit named ZINGS. In the manga and anime, the characters Yuuya Niyodo (voiced by Imai) and Kazuki Yoshino (voiced by Horie) also form the p...
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Voice Actor Sōma Saitō Diagnosed With COVID-19

Saitō recovers at home after testing positive on Sunday ― Talent agency 81 Produce announced on Monday that voice actor Sōma Saitō has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The agency stated Saitō developed a fever on Saturday night, and tested positive for the disease the next day. The agency added that Saitō is currently recovering at home after consulting with health care professionals. 81 Produce stated ...

Satoshi Mizukami's Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer Manga Gets TV Anime This Summer

Nobuaki Nakanishi directs anime, with Mizukami, Yūichirō Momose on series composition ― Manga creator Satoshi Mizukami revealed on Monday that his Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer (Hoshi no Samidare) manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation that will premiere this summer. Nobuaki Nakanishi (Koihime Musō, Mahōjin Guru Guru, Kasimasi - Girl Meets Girl) is directing the anime. Mizukami's comment o...
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Voice Actor Junichi Suwabe Diagnosed With COVID-19

Suwabe focuses on recuperating after testing positive on Saturday ― Talent agency Haikyo announced on Monday that voice actor Junichi Suwabe has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Suwabe had previously come into possible close contact with a person infected with COVID-19, and thus began to self-isolate. He had an issue with his throat on Saturday, so he took a PCR test which ...

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Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Anime Film Enters Top 50 All-Time Films in Japan, Top 50 in 2021 Globally (Updated)

Prequel sells 6.8 million tickets for 9.3 billion yen in 31 days ― The Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kaisen 0 anime film has sold 6,812,266 tickets for 9,310,477,450 yen (about US$81.7 million) in the 31 days since it opened on December 24. The film rose back up to the top of the chart for the weekend of January 22-23, its fifth weekend at the box office. The film is now the 50th highest-earning film in Japanes...
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Live-Action A3! Autumn & Winter Film Previewed in Trailer Before March 4 Opening

Spring & Summer film opened on December 3 ― The official website for the live-action films based on the stage plays of Liber Entertainment's A3! male actor-training smartphone game began streaming a new short trailer for the second film, Mankai Movie A3! ~Autumn & Winter~, on Monday. The film will open on March 4. The film is based on the stage play series' Autumn & Winter play. The stage play series...
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Delicious Party Precure Anime Casts Yoshiko Miyazaki as Narrator

19th Precure anime premieres February 6 ― The official website for Delicious Party♡Precure, the 19th Precure anime, revealed on Monday that Yoshiko Miyazaki will provide the narration for the anime. The keywords of the story are "Meals bring smiling faces." Cookingdom is the mysterious realm responsible for all the cuisine in our own world. The story begins when the Recipe-Bon, where the recipe for e...
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Interview: BELLE English Dub Cast

BELLE's English dub impressed us with its casting of the 19-year-old Kylie McNeill in her first voice acting role. Lauren Orsini spoke to the voice team about the casting and performances in NYAV's dub. ― BELLE, the latest film from Mamoru Hosoda, is also one of the director's most ambitious. Aside from its smooth animation and fairytale art, it also features a score of bold, evocative musical number...
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Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 #78 [rate]
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Frieren: Beyond Journey's End GN 2

All in all, this volume of Frieren: Beyond Journey's End turns out to be just as good—if not better—than the first. ― In general, Frieren: Beyond Journey's End is a manga that utilizes both serialized and standalone storytelling. Sometimes, events may flow naturally from one chapter to the next. Other times, we get a chapter that is unrelated to any overarching narrative. And there are also one-shots...
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Sasaki and Miyano #3 [rate]
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc #8 [rate]
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Rusted Armors #3 [rate]
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game Adds Kawaki as 28th DLC Character

Character is final character in 4th season pass ― This year's eighth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Kawaki will be the 28th DLC character for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game. The DLC will release "soon." The character will be the fifth and final character in the game's fourth season pass. The season pass focuses on the theme...
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Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Anime Film Gets 4D, Dolby Cinema Screenings Starting on February 5

Film also has IMAX screenings in Japan ― This year's eighth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kaisen 0 anime film will get 4D and Dolby Cinema screenings in Japan starting on February 5. The film opened in Japan on December 24, and has sold 6,288,404 tickets for 8,576,429,150 yen (about US$74.9 million) in its first 24 days. The film is the...
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Futsal Boys!!!!! #3 [rate]
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Cells At Work! Illegal Manga Launches on February 1

Spinoff of Cells at Work! series serializes on YanMaga website ― Manga creator Kae Hashimoto revealed on Twitter on January 16 that they will launch a new manga in the Cells at Work franchise titled Cell at Work! Illegal (Hataraku Saibō Illegal). The manga will launch on the YanMaga website on February 1, and will serialize on the site on the first and third Tuesday of every month. Shimizu launched t...
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Minori Suzuki Performs I'm Quitting Heroing Anime's Opening Song

Opening theme is titled "Broken Identity" ― The official website of the television anime of Quantum and Hana Amano's I'm Quitting Heroing: Next Gig Is at the Demon Queen's Castle (Yūsha, Yamemasu: Tsugi no Shokuba wa Maōjō) fantasy light novel series announced on Saturday that Minori Suzuki is performing the opening theme song for the anime. The song is titled "Broken Identity." The story centers on ...
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Requiem of the Rose King #3 [rate]
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Sol Cresta Game Releases on February 22

Platinum Games previously delayed game from its original December 9 release date ― Platinum Games announced on Sunday during its "Sol Cresta Release Date Forum" livestream that the game will launch on February 22. The stream features the director of Sol Cresta Takanori Sato and creative director of the game Hideki Kamiya. NieR:Automata director Yoko Taro also made an appearance during the livestream....
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Manga 4-Koma Palette Magazine Suspends Publication After 16 Years

Magazine serialized such works as Danchigai, Engaged to the Unidentified, Locodol, more ― The March issue of Ichijinsha's Manga 4-Koma Palette magazine revealed on Saturday that the magazine will suspend publication after its April issue, which will ship on February 22. Ichijinsha stated it will reveal the fates of the manga currently being serialized in the magazine in the magazine's final issue. Th...
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King of Fighters XV Game Highlights Character Elisabeth Blanctorche in Trailer

Shizuka Itou voices character in game launching on February 17 ― SNK began streaming a trailer for its The King of Fighters XV game on Wednesday highlighting the character Elisabeth Blanctorche (voiced by Shizuka Itou). Elisabeth Blanctorche is part of Team Ash, which also includes Ash and Kukri. SNK will release the game on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Windows 10, Steam, and the Ep...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations #233 [rate]
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Singer KOTOKO Cancels Events After Testing Positive for COVID-19

Singer reschedules Chiba leg of live tour to February after testing positive on Friday ― The official website for singer KOTOKO announced on Friday that KOTOKO tested positive for COVID-19 on the same day. As a result, the Chiba performance of her "KOTOKO Acoustic Live Tour" on Saturday was canceled and rescheduled for February 25. KOTOKO has another performance on the tour in Ibaraki prefecture on J...
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Touken Ranbu Warriors Game Streams Gameplay Trailer Featuring Akiko Shikata's Opening Theme

Shikata also performs 2 ending theme songs for game launching in N. America on Switch on May 24 ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming a video on Wednesday for its Touken Ranbu Warriors game for Nintendo Switch. The video features the game's opening theme “Color Barrage” by Akiko Shikata. Akiko Shikata is also performing two ending theme songs for the game titled “Honor” and “Time.” The Touken Ranbu Wa...
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Voice Actress Ai Furihata Self-Isolates Due to Possible COVID-19 Close Contact

Love Live! Sunshine!! actress did not appear at "Lisani! LIVE 2022" event on Saturday ― Talent agency Across Entertainment announced on Friday that voice actress Ai Furihata is self-isolating after a staff member she was around this week tested positive for COVID-19. Furihata was designated a close contact of the staff member who tested positive. As a result, Furihata did not appear at the "Lisani! L...
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Netflix Adds Fishbowl Wives Live-Action Series, 2 One Piece Films

One Piece: Episode of Chopper, One Piece: Episode of Alabasta anime films will stream "soon" ― Netflix announced on January 6 that it will add the Fishbowl Wives live-action series adaptation of Kurosawa R's Kingyo Tsuma manga on February 14 worldwide. The below video may not be safe for work. Netflix describes Fishbowl Wives: In a luxury apartment tower, six different women in unhappy marriages end ...
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Blade Runner: Black Lotus #11 [rate]

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49th Annie Awards Cancels Physical Event, Moves to Virtual Event on March 12

Awards ceremony was scheduled to take place on February 26 at UCLA's Royce Hall ― The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced on Thursday that it is canceling the physical event for its 49th Annual Annie Awards and is instead hosting a virtual event that will livestream on March 12 at 10:00 p.m. EST. The ASIFA-Hollywood website will stream an archive of the complete recording ...
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Digimon Ghost Game #15 [rate]
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One Piece #1007 [rate]
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Tropical-Rouge! Precure #45 [rate]
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KLab to Distribute JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Mobile Game Worldwide

Shanghai-based Shengqu Games develops game ― KLab announced on Thursday that it has acquired the rights to distribute Shanghai-based Shengqu Games' upcoming mobile game based on the anime adaptation of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga worldwide outside of Japan. Shengqu Games had announced in August 2020 that the game would launch in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. The co...
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Silicon Studio Subsidiary Ignis Imageworks Sues Zener Works for 222 Million Yen in Unpaid Fees

Zener Works allegedly underpaid Ignis Imageworks for asset development of smartphone game ― Silicon Studio subsidiary Ignis Imageworks filed a lawsuit against game console software developer Zener Works at the Tokyo district court on Thursday, with Ignis Imageworks seeking 222 million yen (about US$1.95 million) in allegedly unpaid outsourcing fees. Ignis Imageworks stated in the lawsuit that it ente...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, January 10-16

Mario Party Superstars stays at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: January 10-16 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwMario Party Superstars Nintendo October 29, 2021 22,108 793,683 2NSwPokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl Nintendo November 19, 2021 19,129 2,454,455 3NSwSuper Smash Brothers Ultimate Nintendo December 7, 2018 18,505 4,713,464 4NSwMario Kart 8 ...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, January 10-16

Porco Rosso airs on January 14, earns 10.8% rating ― Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's Porco Rosso film aired on NTV on Friday, January 14 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 10.8% rating. The premiere episode of the live-action series of Yumi Tamura's Do not say mystery (Mystery to Iu Nakare) manga aired on Fuji-TV on Monday, January 10 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 13.6% rating. Title Station Date Time Length A...
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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom #3 [rate]
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Lupin the 3rd Part 6 #15 [rate]
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, January 3-9

Spirited Away airs on January 7, earns 16.3% rating ― Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away film aired on Friday, January 7 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 16.3% rating. Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon (Nicky Larson and the Cupid's Purfume), the French live-action film of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga, aired on TV Tokyo on Monday, January 3 at 2:00 a.m. and it earned a 1.0% rating. Title...
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Sing a Bit of Harmony

Ahead of its opening in North American theaters, find out why Kim Morrissy calls the new film by Time of Eve director Yasuhiro Yoshiura a "breezy family-friendly film that's easy to recommend to pretty much anyone." ― In a year with both Mamoru Hosoda's BELLE and WIT Studio's Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song-, a story about a singing AI robot doesn't seem like much of a novelty. But although Sing a Bit of H...
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Akebi's Sailor Uniform #3 [rate]
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My Dress-Up Darling #3 [rate]
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Aharen-san wa Hakarenai Romantic Comedy Anime Unveils More Cast, Theme Song Artists

Tetsuya Kakihara, Tomori Kusunoki, Yurie Kozakai, TrySail, HaKoniwalily join April anime ― The official website for the television anime of Asato Mizu's Aharen-san wa Hakarenai (Aharen Is Indecipherable) romantic comedy manga series posted three more cast members, the theme song artists, and the second key visual on Sunday. The newly announced cast members are: Tetsuya Kakihara as Ishikawa, Aharen an...
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The Girl With the Sanpaku Eyes Manga Listed as Ending in 5th Volume

5th volume ships on March 22 ― Online retailer Rakuten is listing the fifth volume of Shunsuke Sorato's The Girl with the Sanpaku Eyes (Sanpakugan-chan wa Tsutaetai.) manga as the final volume. The volume ships on March 22. Denpa is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story: Meet Amane Mizuno a girl with fierce sanpaku eyes and a pure heart! She has recently fallen for a boy named Ka...
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Oreshura Novels Listed as Ending in 18th Volume

Volume ships on February 15 ― Online retailer Rakuten is listing the 18th volume of Yūji Yūji's Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru light novel series as the "final Oreshura." The volume will ship on February 15. Yūji launched the light novel series in 2011 with illustrations by LLO. Yūji published a 14th novel volume for the series in May 2020, almost three years after the previous 13th v...
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Backflip!! Rhythmic Gymnastics Anime Film's Teaser Reveals Story, Returning Cast & Staff, July Debut

Final inter-high tournament shown in film of spring 2021 TV anime ― The official website for the upcoming Backflip!! (Bakuten!!) anime film based on the original television anime revealed the film's new teaser video and key visual. The teaser confirms the film's story premise and most of the returning cast and staff, and it also announces that the film will open this July. \  \\    ⠀//  /  『映画 バクテン!!...
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Shueisha Launches New Online Manga Site Yoi Comic

Wellness site to publish 10 1-shot manga on theme of menstruation starting in March ― Shueisha launched a new manga platform "yoi comic" as part of its media site yoi on Wednesday. Shueisha had launched the yoi wellness media site in September based on a theme of "body, mind, and sex" and trying to answer the question of why it is difficult to talk to friends and family about these subjects. Yoi comi...
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