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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! Anime Unveils Cast, Staff, July 31 Debut With Half-Year Run

Naomi Ōzora, Ai Kayano, Yoko Hikasa, Kana Hanazawa, Mikako Komatsu, Sumire Uesaka, Yui Ogura star

P.A. Works' Aquatope of White Sand Anime Unveils More Cast, July 8 Premiere

Shimba Tsuchiya, Yōhei Azakami, Hiroshi Yanaka join "girl-meets-girl" teen story

The Art of Pain: My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness Creator Kabi Nagata

In her first North American appearance at the virtual Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Harvey award-winning comic creator Kabi Nagata shared intimate anecdotes about her experience writing and drawing her famous series.

The Castlevania Ending Explained!

We're heading straight for the castle! It's time to talk about the big reveals in the final season of Castlevania and where the characters are now: Trevor, Lenore, St. Germain, and Dracula himself!

Dick Fight Island Is Currently #1 Bestseller Romance Manga on Amazon

BL manga by Reibun Ike reached #1 Yaoi & LGBTQ+ Manga, #2 Action & Adventure Manga on Thursday

Nozomi Ent. to Release All of 'Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei' Anime Franchise

Company explains delay of release is due to lack of scripts in Japan

How Castlevania Tried to Dodge the Game of Thrones Finale Debacle

Jacki Jing interviews executive producer Kevin Kolde about the final season of the hit animated series and gets the nitty-gritty on the ending!

This Week in Anime - Randy Randy Fairy Ranmaru

What happens when you take the magical girl formula, replace it with muscly fairy men and throw in some Buddhism for good measure? Fairy Ranmaru almost defies classification but its outer silliness is hiding a much deeper, more thoughtful show.

The ANN Aftershow - The Grossest Moment in My Hero Academia Yet

The next group of heroes square off in a battle of pure adrenaline. Class 1-B has another trick up its sleeve as Mudman proves to be the real brains behind the operation. But Iida has a new power up? How'd he increase his speed?
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This Week in Games - Scalpers' Paradise

THE PLAYSTATION 5 SHORTAGE WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES! ― Hey hey! Welcome back to This Week in Games. It's a little bit of a light news week, which is probably for the best because, as you read this, I'll be in the hospital undergoing surgery. Nothing too major, and I should be back home for the weekend, but surgery is still not very fun in general! At least I have a bunch of Switch and PS4 ...
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I Think Our Son Is Gay GN 1

Okura sets up a supportive family dynamic that immediately eases the inherent tension that can come with LGBTQ+ stories. He crafts a narrative where a young gay boy's mom is not only accepting of him, but excited to be in his life. ― This one hit me right in heart. Okura's manga series is equal parts sweetness and poignancy as we follow mother of two Tomoko as she aims to support her elder son, 15-ye...
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This Week in Anime - What's the Big Deal With 86?

Everyone's talking about 86, a recent light novel anime that tackles racism head on. While initially it seemed to be handling its moral quandary in a very basic way, 86 has since broke away for something deeper and even more horrific. ― Everyone's talking about 86, a recent light novel anime that tackles racism head on. While initially it seemed to be handling its moral quandary in a very basic way,...
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Castlevania Season 4

Here's the good news: This season of Castlevania is, in almost every conceivable way, and improvement on its third. Everything that past seasons of Castlevania have done well, Season 4 does better. ― Badass monster murder-fights aside, Castlevania's third season was largely an experiment in determining what strange new directions writer Warren Ellis could push the world and the characters of his exte...
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Hanasakeru Seishōnen BD

Hanasakeru Seishōnen is an interesting mix of intrigue and insane shoujo romance premise. It can get a bit too intense at times, and there are definitely points where you need to just back away slowly because of that, but overall it's a good story. ― Hanasakeru Seishonen, based on the manga of the same name by Natsumi Itsuki, is a bit deceptive. It begins, like many another shoujo romance of the 1980...
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This Wonderful Season with You GN

While things are fairly predictable as far as the romance trajectory goes, one of the nicest elements of the story is the way that the boys both try to learn about what the other is interested in. ― This Wonderful Season with You is Tokyopop's second release of one of Atsuko Yusen's BL titles, following the adorable Dekoboko Sugar Days with another story about two boys of two very different sizes fal...
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Mamoru Hosoda's Belle Film Opens on July 16

Ireland's Cartoon Saloon (Wolfwalkers, Song of the Sea) collaborates on Summer Wars director's latest film ― A new commercial for Mamoru Hosoda and his Studio Chizu's new Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, literally "The Dragon and the Freckled Princess") anime film announced on Friday that the film will open on July 16. The commercial aired after NTV's Kinyō Road Show broadcast of the Titanic film. /㊗️...
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This Week in Games - Scalpers' Paradise

THE PLAYSTATION 5 SHORTAGE WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES! ― Hey hey! Welcome back to This Week in Games. It's a little bit of a light news week, which is probably for the best because, as you read this, I'll be in the hospital undergoing surgery. Nothing too major, and I should be back home for the weekend, but surgery is still not very fun in general! At least I have a bunch of Switch and PS4 ...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Alice in Borderland OVA

OVAs shipped with manga in 2014-2015 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed the three-episode original video anime (OVA) of Haro Aso's Alice in Borderland (Imawa no Kuni no Alice) manga in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Scandinavian countries, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Latin America. The company will rel...
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Funimation to Stream How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Anime

Anime premieres this July ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will stream the television anime of Dojyomaru's How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Genjitsushugi Yūsha no Ōkoku Saikenki) light novel series as part of the 2021 summer anime season. The anime will stream on Funimation in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil and Mexico; on AnimeLab in Australia and New Ze...
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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Omega ‒ Episode 6

Demon Lord Omega knows it needs a foil, and the show just happened to have one handy it had introduced a couple weeks ago: Varakness, the world's worst wife guy!
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Haikyu!! Anime Gets Smartphone Game

Volleyball game features superdeformed characters, story mode ― G Holdings announced on Friday that it has acquired the rights to develop a smartphone game based on the Haikyu!! anime. This game will be a volleyball game featuring superdeformed characters, and it will have a story mode that follows the anime. More details about the game will be revealed at a later date. Production I.G's first televis...

Rurouni Kenshin Series Gets New Novel on July 2

Novel centers on Kenshin, Kaoru's wedding ceremony ― Shueisha is listing a new novel for Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga titled Rurouni Kenshin Kamiya Dojo Monogatari that is slated to launch on July 2. The story takes place in the 12th year of the Meiji era, in which Kenshin and Kaoru are having a modest wedding ceremony. Festive decorations are placed in the Kamiya residence, Kenshin is we...
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Zombie Land Saga Revenge ‒ Episode 6

By handing the reins over to Tae, Zombie Land Saga embraces its loosest and most madcap self, throwing off the shackles of drama and common sense while letting cartoony chaos take control.
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Katy Perry and Pikachu Star in Music Video Commemorating Pokémon's 25th Anniversary

Katy Perry's "Electric" song features singer and her Pikachu traveling through time ― Katy Perry launched a music video for her latest single "Electric" on Friday, and it is a collaboration with the Pokémon franchise to commemorate the long-running series' 25th anniversary. "Electric" is aptly named, as the music video features none other than the popular Pokémon Pikachu. In the video, Perry and her ...

Crunchyroll to Remove Durarara!!, Silver Spoon, Samurai Flamenco, Wagnaria!!, More Anime

Also: R.O.D -The TV-, Classroom☆Crisis, Day Break Illusion, High School Fleet ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that the following anime will leave the service on May 28: Classroom☆Crisis Day Break Illusion Durarara!! Durarara!!×2 Shō Durarara!!×2 Ten Durarara!!×2 Ketsu High School Fleet I've Always Liked You Occult Academy R.O.D -The TV- Silver Spoon Samurai Flamenco The Moment You Fall in Love Vivi...
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KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple Anime Returns to Funimation

Funimation previously streamed anime until rights expired in 2018 ― Funimation announced on Friday that the KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple anime will return on the service on Saturday. Funimation will stream all 50 episodes with English subtitles and the English dub in the United States and Canada. Funimation had previously streamed the series until the company's rights expired in 2018, and the servi...
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I Think Our Son Is Gay GN 1

Okura sets up a supportive family dynamic that immediately eases the inherent tension that can come with LGBTQ+ stories. He crafts a narrative where a young gay boy's mom is not only accepting of him, but excited to be in his life. ― This one hit me right in heart. Okura's manga series is equal parts sweetness and poignancy as we follow mother of two Tomoko as she aims to support her elder son, 15-ye...
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NEO: The World Ends With You Game's Opening Movie Streamed

Sequel game launches for PS4, Switch on July 27 ― Square Enix began streaming the opening movie trailer for NEO: The World Ends with You (Shin Subarashii Kono Sekai), a new sequel game to The World Ends with You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai) action role-playing game, on Friday. Square Enix will release the game on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in English and Japanese on July 27. The game will launch f...
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Kemono Friends Voice Actress Yuka Ozaki Diagnosed With COVID-19 But Has No Symptoms Now

Tested positive on Thursday after being notified of close contact on Wednesday ― The official website of the talent agency Ken On announced on Friday that voice actress Yuka Ozaki was diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Ozaki was notified that she was in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. The next day, she received an antigen test at a medical...
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Apparel/Music Creator Jun Inagawa Launches Mahō Shōjo Magical Destroyers Anime

Featuring "otaku hero," "magical girl anarchist" ― Creator Jun Inagawa is launching an original anime titled Mahō Shōjo Magical Destroyers (Magical Girl Magical Destroyers). The teaser visual features an "otaku hero" and a "magical girl anarchist" as the main characters. Inagawa is directing the anime, while udai is credited for "film." Manjimaru Shimada is credited as a "magical girl." Ucary & the V...
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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! Anime Unveils Cast, Staff, July 31 Debut With Half-Year Run

Naomi Ōzora, Ai Kayano, Yoko Hikasa, Kana Hanazawa, Mikako Komatsu, Sumire Uesaka, Yui Ogura star ― The official website for the television anime of Wakame Konbu's The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! manga revealed the anime's cast, staff, new visual, July 31 premiere date, and two-cours run on Friday. The cast includes: Naomi Ōzora as Jahy Ai Kayano as Store Manager Yoko Hikasa as Oya Kana Hanazawa...

P.A. Works' Aquatope of White Sand Anime Unveils More Cast, July 8 Premiere

Shimba Tsuchiya, Yōhei Azakami, Hiroshi Yanaka join "girl-meets-girl" teen story ― The official website for P.A. Works' original anime series Aquatope of White Sand (Shiroi Suna no Aquatope) revealed more cast, the second key visual, and the July 8 premiere date for the "girl-meets-girl teen ensemble" anime on Friday. The new cast members include: Shimba Tsuchiya as Kai Nakamura, Kukuru's classmate a...
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Final Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Films Get Screenings with Commentary

1st film gets commentary on May 22, 2nd film on June 19 with main lead, director, action director ― The official website for the two 'final chapter' films in the live-action film series based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga revealed on Friday that both films will screen with commentary tracks. Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final, the first of the two films, will screen with commentary beg...
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ArtisWitch Project About Harajuku Scene Gets Net Anime on May 28

Utano Aoi, Honoka Kuroki, more star in Sunrise anime ― The official Twitter account for animation studio Sunrise and Asobisystem's ArtisWitch project revealed on Friday that the project will have an original net anime that will debut on YouTube on May 28. The project is also streaming a English-subtitled promotional video for the anime, which reveals its cast, staff, and theme song. The cast includes...

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IDOLiSH7 Third Beat! Anime's 1st Video Highlights New, Returning Characters

1st half of 3rd season premieres in July with returning composer Tatsuya Katō ― The official website for IDOLiSH7 Third Beat!, the third IDOLiSH7 anime season, began streaming the first full promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video highlights the characters who until now, only appeared in the original game and original net anime. The website also confirmed that Tatsuya Katō is returning f...
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I'm Standing on a Million Lives Anime Season 2's Video Reveals July 2 Premiere

Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Ayana Taketatsu, Aoi Yūki, Shinichiro Miki join 2nd season ― The staff for the second season of the television anime of Naoki Yamakawa and Akinari Nao's I'm Standing on a Million Lives (100-Man no Inochi no Ue ni Ore wa Tatteiru) manga unveiled a new promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals the anime's July 2 premiere date. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, ...
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Ryunosuke Kamiki Returns for Final Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Films

Kamiki played Sōjirō Seta in previous films ― The official website for the two 'final chapter' films in the live-action film series based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga revealed on Friday that Ryunosuke Kamiki reprised his role as Sōjirō Seta in the films. He appeared in the first of the two films, now playing in Japan. Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final, the first of the two films, ope...
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Mamoru Hosoda's Belle Film Adds 4 More Cast Members

Toshiyuki Morikawa, Kenjiro Tsuda, Mami Koyama, Mamoru Miyano join film ― The official website for Mamoru Hosoda and his Studio Chizu's new Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, literally "The Dragon and the Freckled Princess") anime film revealed more cast members for the film on Friday. Each of their characters play a role in the search for the dragon's true identity. Toshiyuki Morikawa (leftmost in imag...
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Tsuburaya Productions, Netflix Partner for Ultraman CG Animated Film

Coraline animator Shannon Tindle directs film ― Tsuburaya Productions announced on Thursday that it is partnering with Netflix to produce an Ultraman CG animated feature film. Shannon Tindle (animator for Coraline, Kubo and the Two Strings) is making his feature directorial debut with this film, with John Aoshima as co-director. Tsuburaya Productions and Industrial Light and Magic are credited as the...
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Kurikara Fudoji Temple Creates Short Narrated by Makoto Furukawa

Ichiko Tanno designs characters for "Kurikara Ryuо̄ Densetsu" ― The staff of Japan's Kurikara Fudoji Temple created a "Kurikara Ryuо̄ Densetsu" (The Legend of Dragon King Kurikara) short and began streaming it on YouTube in late April. Makoto Furukawa (One-Punch Man's Saitama) narrates the short. Manga creator and illustrator Ichiko Tannо was the short's character designer. The short tells the legend...
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Guilty Gear -Strive- Game Streams Character Starter Guide Video for I-NO

I-No is available during 2nd open beta test from May 13-16 ― Arc System Works began streaming on Thursday a character starter guide for the character I-NO for the Guilty Gear -Strive- fighting game. Anji Mito and I-NO will be available during the second open beta test from May 13-16. The game will launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC on June 11, delayed from April 9. Arc System Works had p...
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King of Fighters XV Game Reveals Trailer for Leona Heidern

Seiko Yoshida voices character in game slated for this year ― SNK began streaming a trailer for its The King of Fighters XV game to highlight the character Leona Heidern (voiced by Seiko Yoshida) on Wednesday. The King of Fighters XV will launch in 2021. The game's initial roster includes: Shun'Ei, Meitenkun, Benimaru Nikaido, Iori, Joe Higashi, Kyo, Chizuru, K', Leona Heidern, Mai Shiranui, Andy Bog...
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Crunchyroll Adds More One Piece Anime Episodes to Europe

Service adds episodes 326-746 to international regions on May 16 ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it is adding over episodes 326-746 of the One Piece anime with English subtitles to its catalog in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, Nordic countries, and French, German, Russian, Italian, and Spanish-speaking Europe. The company will begin streaming the episodes on May 16. Crunchyroll added...
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Da Vinci July Issue to Include Eren x Mikasa "Romcom Collection"

Issue ships in Japan on June 5 ― Kadokawa Media Factory's book and manga news magazine Da Vinci will publish a feature on Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga. The feature will include an Eren x Mikasa "romcom collection," a story and character guide for the series, a collection of Levi x Mikasa quotes, and analyses of the manga by people across various fields. It will also include interviews with ...
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Akiba's Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed Game Launches for PS4, Switch, PC in West in July

Game launches in N. America on July 20, Europe on July 23 ― XSEED Games announced on Thursday that it will release Acquire's Akiba's Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam, GOG, and the Humble Store in North America on July 20. Marvelous Europe will release the game in Europe on July 23. The game is getting a Day 1 "10th Anniversary Edition" that include...
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Super Cub ‒ Episode 6

Forget Koguma, forget Reiko: the soundtrack is a character all its own, playing with how viewers interpret each scene. It adds layers to Koguma's loneliness, and now, serves to underscore her quiet happiness.
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45th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards' Winners Announced

Blue Lock, A Condition Called Love, Yuria Sensei no Akai Ito win awards ― Japanese publisher Kodansha announced the winners on Thursday for its 45th annual Manga Awards. Best Shōnen Manga Blue Lock Muneyuki Kaneshiro, Yusuke Nomura Magazine: Weekly Shōnen Magazine (Kodansha) Summary: After a disastrous defeat at the 2018 World Cup, Japan's team struggles to regroup. But what's missing? An absolute Ac...
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NIJISANJI EN Announces “LazuLight” Virtual YouTuber Group

Elira Pendora, Pomu Rainpuff, Finana Ryugu to reveal debut single on May 16 ― Ichikara Inc. announced the launch of its first NIJISANJI English Virtual YouTuber group on Wednesday, titled “LazuLight.” The members of the group are Elira Pendora, Pomu Rainpuff, and Finana Ryugu. Each member debuted their social media accounts and YouTube channels on Wednesday. Further information about each debuting ta...
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Full Dive ‒ Episode 6

find myself wondering why the extended title for Full Dive specifically employs the word ‘shit’ as a pejorative when it's become increasingly clear it's ‘piss’ the show is obsessed with instead.

Final Evangelion Film's Studio Khara Reports Slander, Threats, Criminal Intent Against Staff

Studio willing to take action in Japan, overseas ― Studio Khara confirmed on Thursday that there have been "acts of slander, threats, and suggestions of crimes against individuals involved in the production" of Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the "final" Evangelion film, in the form of misinterpretations of the film's content and related articles. The studio ...
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Kakushigoto Compilation Anime Film Teases Hime's Mother in Trailer

flumpool, Eiichi Ohtaki's TV anime theme songs will be used for film ― The official website for the the television anime of Kōji Kumeta's Kakushigoto manga revealed on Friday the full trailer, a new key visual, and the theme songs for the theatrical compilation film Kakushigoto: Himegoto wa Nan Desu ka (What is a Secret?). The trailer teases glimpses of Hime's mother, not seen in the earlier televisi...
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This Week in Anime - What's the Big Deal With 86?

Everyone's talking about 86, a recent light novel anime that tackles racism head on. While initially it seemed to be handling its moral quandary in a very basic way, 86 has since broke away for something deeper and even more horrific. ― Everyone's talking about 86, a recent light novel anime that tackles racism head on. While initially it seemed to be handling its moral quandary in a very basic way,...
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Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Gets Novel Featuring Aerith, Tifa

Kazushige Nojima writes Trace of Two Pasts novel launching on July 15 ― Square Enix's online store is listing a 288-page Final Fantasy VII Remake novel by Kazushige Nojima titled Trace of Two Pasts for a July 15 release. The novel is available as part of a bundle with the Final Fantasy VII Remake Material Ultimania Plus book as well as a standalone product. The book will center on heroines Aerith and...
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Castlevania Did Use Warren Ellis's Season 4 Scripts

Last summer, approximately 60 people accused the comic writer and screenwriter of abuse of power, manipulation, and predatory behavior targeting both fans and other industry creatives. ― Despite disturbing allegations that surfaced last year, the Castlevania team went forward with writer Warren Ellis' completed scripts for the final season. Executive producer Kevin Kolde confirmed that Ellis' scripts...
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Castlevania Season 4

Here's the good news: This season of Castlevania is, in almost every conceivable way, and improvement on its third. Everything that past seasons of Castlevania have done well, Season 4 does better. ― Badass monster murder-fights aside, Castlevania's third season was largely an experiment in determining what strange new directions writer Warren Ellis could push the world and the characters of his exte...
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Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy- Anime Reveals 3 More Cast Members

Yūki Shin, Yuna Kamakura, Saika Kitamori co-star ― The official website for the television anime of Kei Azumi's "alternate-world social reform fantasy" novel series Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy- (Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Dōchū) announced three more cast members on Wednesday. The newly announced cast members are: Yūki Shin as Hazal, a male human alchemy meister Yuna Kamakura as Louisa, a female elf gu...
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Sci-Fi Survival Anime Sonny Boy Unveils Cast, July 15 Debut

Aoi Ichikawa, Saori Ōnishi, Aoi Yūki, Chiaki Kobayashi star in Madhouse show by One-Punch Man helmer ― The official website for director Shingo Natsume (One-Punch Man, ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., Space Dandy) and Madhouse's original science-fiction survival television anime Sonny Boy announced the anime's cast and July 15 premiere on Thursday. The anime stars: Aoi Ichikawa as Nagara, the pro...
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New Revue Starlight Anime Film Delayed to June 4 Due to COVID-19

Film was slated to open on May 21 ― The official website for the upcoming brand-new anime film for the Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight franchise announced on Thrusday that the film's theatrical screenings have been delayed from May 21 to June 4. The website cited the current state of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the resulting temporary closure of some theaters. Advance tickets will still b...
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Happy Science Organization Announces Next Film in The Laws of the Universe Anime

Uchū no Hō: Elohim-hen stars Yoshiko Sengen, opens this fall ― HS Pictures Studio, the anime studio of the controversial religious organization Happy Science (Kōfuku no Kagaku), announced the newest film in its The Laws of the Universe film series on Thursday. The new film is titled Uchū no Hō: Elohim-hen (The Laws of the Universe: Elohim Chapter), and it will open in Japan this fall. Actress and Hap...
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Gundam Thunderbolt's Yasuo Ohtagaki Draws New Dougram Manga

Get truth Fang of the Sun DOUGRAM color web manga launches on May 28 ― Shogakukan announced on Thursday that manga creator Yasuo Ohtagaki will draw a new manga based on the Fang of the Sun DOUGRAM (Taiyō no Kiba Dougram) military robot mecha anime series. The color manga is titled Get truth Taiyō no Kiba Dougram, and it will launch as a web manga in Shogakukan's eBigComic4 manga website on May 28. Ry...
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Yasuo Ohtagaki Resumes Moonlight Mile Manga This Winter After 10 Years

Ohtagaki put manga on hiatus to draw Gundam Thunderbolt; manga inspired 2007 anime ― Manga creator Yasuo Ohtagaki announced on Thursday that he is resuming his Moonlight Mile manga sometime this winter after a 10-year hiatus. Ohtagaki put the manga on hiatus in 2011 to launch his Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt manga. Ohtagaki launched Moonlight Mile in Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine in 2000...
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Seven Seas Licenses Kabi Nagata's My Wandering Warrior Existence Manga

My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness creator's story of longing for love launches in March 2022 ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Kabi Nagata's My Wandering Warrior Existence (Meisō Sensi, Nagata Kabi) manga, and will release it on print and digital platforms in March 2022. Seven Seas Entertainment describes the manga: Nagata Kabi's groundbreaking autobiographica...

Netflix's Eden Anime Reveals English Dub Cast

Ruby Rose Turner, Neil Patrick Harris, Rosario Dawson, David Tennant, more star in May 27 anime ― Justin Leach, a producer for Netflix's four-episode original anime Eden, revealed the English dub cast for Eden on Wednesday. The dub cast includes: Ruby Rose Turner as Sara Neil Patrick Harris as Zero Rosario Dawson as A37 David Tennant as E92 JP Karliak as S566 Cassandra Lee Morris as Zurich Julie Nath...

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'I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level' Anime Adds 6 Cast Members

Ari Ozawa, Miku Ito, Hikaru Tohno, Ayasa Ito, Miyuri Shimabukuro, Kotori Koiwai join cast ― The staff of the television anime of author Kisetsu Morita and illustrator Benio's I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level (Slime Taoshite 300-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max ni Nattemashita) light novel series revealed six additional cast members for the anime on Thursday. The new cast m...
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Scarlet Nexus Anime's Video Reveals More Cast, Main Staff, July 1 Debut

Yui Horie, Ryota Takeuchi, Tomomi Mineuchi, Daisuke Namikawa, Yumi Hara, more join Sunrise anime ― The official website for the television anime of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Scarlet Nexus role-playing game began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video reveals more of the voice cast, the main staff, and the July 1 premiere for the anime. Funimation is streaming an Eng...
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Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood ‒ Episode 7

Did we just skip an episode in the middle of all this? Or am I forgetting some key detail that would explain Makoto's reverse-double-heel-turn as anything more nuanced then “He's crazy, now?”
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Guilty Gear -Strive- Game Streams Character Starter Guide Video for Anji Mito

Anji Mito will be available during 2nd open beta test from May 13-16 ― Arc System Works began streaming on Tuesday a character starter guide for the returning character Anji Mito for the Guilty Gear -Strive- fighting game. The company describes the character: Anji is one of the few surviving Japanese people. He can be hot-blooded, acting on his intuition rather than reason. It's easy to recognize his...
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The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent ‒ Episode 6

If you're watching this for the romantic plotline, this is an especially good episode. Albert is definitely upping his game, and that's fun to watch.
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Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet Earns Over 210 Million Yuan at Chinese Box Office

Film is 6th highest-grossing Japanese film in China ― The Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan film has earned over 210 million yuan (about US$33 million) at the Chinese box office as of Sunday. The film opened in China on April 17, one day after it opened in Japan. The film is now the sixth highest-grossing Japanese film in China behind films including Weathering Wit...
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Higehiro ‒ Episode 6

Yaguchi also deserves to choke on a Hefty Bag filled with Port-O-Potty runoff and week-old animal carcasses, you know?
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Demon Slayer Film Earns Over US$40 Million at N. American Box Office

Anime began screening in N. America on April 23 ― Funimation revealed on Wednesday that The Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film has earned US$40,004,952 at the North American box office as of Tuesday. Funimation and Aniplex of America began screening the film in theaters in North America on April 23. The film ranked #2 in its third weekend in the United States, earning...
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Uma Musume Ranks 3rd in Top Grossing Mobile Games Worldwide for April 2021

Game launched in Japan for iOS, Android on February 24 ― Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby smartphone game was the third highest grossing mobile game worldwide in April, according to Sensor Tower Store Intelligence data. Although Sensor Tower did not release sales figures for Uma Musume, the game was beaten only by Tencent's Honor of Kings and PUBG Mobile, which made US$258.8 million and US$237.7 mill...
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To Your Eternity ‒ Episode 5

Well, it finally happened. It only took five weeks, but after all of those promises of how To Your Eternity would reduce me to a crying, blubbering mess, the show finally made good.
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Crunchyroll Adds Kekkaishi Anime to Catalog

Anime begins streaming on Wednesday ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will begin streaming the Kekkaishi anime from Discotek Media in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. EDT. Crunchyroll describes the story: Yoshimori Sumimura is a 14-year-old student at Karasumori School. Following in the tradition that...
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Odd Taxi ‒ Episode 6

Odd Taxi has always had much more in common with film noir, or with Martin Scorsese's filmography, than with any other series airing this season.
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My Love Story, Aozora Yell's Kazune Kawahara Launches New Manga

Taiyō Yori mo Mabushii Hoshi manga launches in June ― The June issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine revealed on Thursday that Kazune Kawahara will launch a new manga titled Taiyō Yori mo Mabushii Hoshi (A Star Brighter Than the Sun) in the magazine's next issue in June. The story will center around Sae Iwata, who is stronger than average girls, and her childhood friend Kamijō, who used to b...
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MARS RED ‒ Episode 6

While I've previously praised MARS RED for its ominously laconic pacing, this episode is a nightmarish acceleration towards disaster. It's a much different vibe, and it works, given the context.
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Polygon Pictures' Stillwater Show Nominated for Peabody Award

Animated series about wise panda debuted on December 4 ― The staff of the George Foster Peabody Awards program announced last week that Polygon Pictures' Stillwater (Panda no Shizuka) animated show has been nominated for a Peabody Award in the Children's & Youth Programming category. The animated series is based on Jon J. Muth's Zen Shorts children's picture book. Gaumont and Scholastic Entertainment...
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One Piece Rap Creator Shawn Conrad Does a Thank You Recitation For Fans

After 17 years of silence, Conrad tells the story of how he worked on the 4Kids rap ― Shawn Conrad, the rap artist behind the iconic 4Kids One Piece anime opening theme song, posted a "Thank You Version" of the song on his YouTube channel on Tuesday. He recited the original lines of the rap before turning to the camera with a wink and saying, "Love to the One Piece fans for everything." He also poste...
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Anime Expo Lite 2021 Virtual Event Reveals US$5 Paid Ticket Price With All Proceeds Going to Charity

ANN interviews SPJA's Azusa Matsuda about new pricing for this year's event ― The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) revealed on Wednesday more details about the "Anime Expo Lite" virtual event it will host in place of an in-person Anime Expo convention this year. Anime Expo Lite 2021 will be held on July 3-July 4 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PDT (3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EDT) each...
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Hanasakeru Seishōnen BD

Hanasakeru Seishōnen is an interesting mix of intrigue and insane shoujo romance premise. It can get a bit too intense at times, and there are definitely points where you need to just back away slowly because of that, but overall it's a good story. ― Hanasakeru Seishonen, based on the manga of the same name by Natsumi Itsuki, is a bit deceptive. It begins, like many another shoujo romance of the 1980...
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Laputa, Totoro Trumpeter Susumu Kazuhara Passes Away

Musician on Kiki's, Porco Rosso, Lupin III, Gundam, Euphonium was 74 ― The official Twitter account for the Kinyō Road Show movie programming block announced on Monday that Susumu Kazuhara, a musician whose signature trumpet-playing can be heard in Laputa - Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and many films and television series, passed away. He was 74 years old. Kazuhara was born in Okayama prefe...
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Imitations, Fakes and Piracy in Manga and Anime

LUDiMUS COO Takumi Furusato details the history of piracy in Japan from the 1950s on and how the government continues to combat leaks, fakes, and knock-offs. ― 150 million copies; 39.6 billion yen (US$364.67 million) of box office sales; 28.7 million viewers. The numbers above are all related to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Since the manga debuted on Weekly Shonen Jump in February 2016, this dark ...
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Yuriko Hara's Cocoon Entwined Manga Goes on 4-Month Hiatus

Manga returns in August ― The June issue of Kadokawa's Comic Beam magazine revealed on Wednesday that Yuriko Hara's Cocoon Entwined (Mayu, Matou) manga did not have a new chapter in the magazine, and will go on hiatus until the magazine's September issue in August due to "various circumstances." Yen Press is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story: Clad in school uniforms practical...
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Shun Matsuena's Kimi wa 008 Manga Enters Climax

Matsuena launched spy action manga in February 2018 ― This year's 24th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Shun Matsuena's Kimi wa 008 (You Are 008) manga has entered its climax. The spy action story centers on high school student Eito Akashi, who is discouraged about the prospect of failing his exams. Although he has no memory of taking his exams, he receiv...
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Kaiten Books Partners with Pathway Book Service for Physical Distribution of Manga

Company to physically release volumes of Loner Life in Another World, "Shed that Skin, Ryugasaki-san!," Uzamaid, more ― Kaiten Books announced on Friday that it has partnered with Pathway Book Service for the physical distribution of the manga in its catalog. Physical copies of the company's titles will be available at bookstores such as Barnes & Noble and Book Depository. The company will physically...
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Hentai Shinshi Club, kojikoji Perform Theme Song for Final Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution Film

Film slated to debut this fall after COVID-19 delay ― The official website for the Eureka Seven franchise announced on Wednesday that musical unit Hentai Shinshi Club and singer-songwriter kojikoji will perform the theme song "Eureka (feat. kojikoji)" for the third and final film in the Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution (Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution) film trilogy. The website had revealed last mo...
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Youka Nitta Launches New Aishiteru dewa Amasugite Manga in June

Sequel to Aishiteru dewa Omosugite manga shows "more adult" main characters ― The June issue of Libre Publishing's Be-Boy Gold magazine revealed on April 28 that Youka Nitta will launch a new manga titled Aishiteru dewa Amasugite (Love Is Too Sweet a Word) in the magazine's next issue on June 28. The manga is a sequel to Nitta's earlier Aishiteru dewa Omosugite manga that will show a "more adult" Shō...
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Drugstore in Another World Anime Reveals Opening, Ending Theme Song Artists

Cast members Risae Matsuda, Akane Kumada, Jun Fukushima perform ending song for summer anime ― Lantis announced on Wednesday that Risae Matsuda, Akane Kumada, and Jun Fukushima will perform the ending theme song for the anime adaptation of Kennoji and Matsuuni's Drugstore in Another World: The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist (Cheat Kusushi no Slow Life - Isekai ni Tsukurō Drugstore) light novel serie...
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Mob Psycho 100 Gets New Stage Play in August

New stage play is titled Mob Psycho 100 ~Gekitotsu! Tsume Dai-7 Shibu~ ― Stage company Marvelous announced on Wednesday that it is producing a new stage play adaptation of ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga that will run in Tokyo's Hulic Hall from August 6 to 15. The stage play is titled Mob Psycho 100 ~Gekitotsu! Tsume Dai-7 Shibu~ (Crash! Tsume's 7th Branch). Keita Kawajiri (Sugarboy) is again directing an...

Sci-Fi Adventure Anime Eden Unveils New Trailer, More Cast

Tarusuke Shingaki, Yūki Kuwahara, Yuko Kaida join anime; trailer available in English, Japanese ― Netflix unveiled a new trailer for its four-episode original anime Eden on Wednesday. Netflix also revealed new cast members and a new key visual for the anime. Japanese trailer: English trailer: The new cast members include: Tarusuke Shingaki as S566, who Sara affectionately calls "Uncle Joe," and who w...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 973

Oden's flashback is an interesting one given the rest of the series. I certainly enjoy it, and I think it has a lot of rich world-building - especially with regards to Roger and other legendary figures.
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Prince of Tennis Gets 20th Anniversary Event on October 10

The Prince of Tennis series announced a "TeniPri 20th Anniversary Event -Future-" event on October 10 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the television anime broadcast. The event will be held in the Tokyo Dome City Hall. Voice actors Junko Minagawa (Ryōma Echizen), Ryotaro Okiayu (Kunimitsu Tezuka), Takayuki Kondō (Shuichiro Ôishi), Yuki Kaida (Shusuke Fuji), Kenjiro Tsuda (Sadaharu Inui), Hir...
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Fruits Basket the Final ‒ Episode 6

The same day that Rebecca Silverman published her feature about Tohru coming into her own, we get an episode of Fruits Basket the Final about expressly that!
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 9-15

Infinite Dendrogram, Babylon anime; Ride Your Wave, I Think Our Son Is Gay manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date 7Seeds Part 2 BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 May 11 Babylon BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$64.98 May 11 Infinite Dendrogram BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$69.98 May 11 Infinite Dendrogram Limited Edition BD/DVDPlease Funimation US$84.98 May 11 Naruto Set...
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Combatants Will Be Dispatched! ‒ Episode 6

Six is the longest-living henchman in Kisaragi. You don't survive as a front-line field agent in a war against superheroes by being weak.
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So I'm a Spider, So What? ‒ Episode 17

What ensues is an encounter with an Earth Dragon with a rating of 3,600 Speed. Meaning it's hella fast, and coupled with its roaring rage, out for blood.
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NBC Will Not Air Golden Globes in 2022 Due to Controversy with Diversity

NBC announced on Monday that it will not air the Golden Globe Awards in 2022 due to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) not setting a timeline for change following controversy regarding its lack of diversity. Last Thursday, the HFPA had an approved plan for reform that would include increasing its number of people of color, as well as new restrictions on gifts that members could receive...
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Demon Slayer's Mugen Train Gets Plarail Toy from Takara Tomy

Set includes mini figurines of Tanjiro, Nezuko, Rengoku, Zenitsu, and Inosuke ― Toy maker Takara Tomy announced on Monday that the Mugen Train featured in the Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film will get a Plarail (Plastic Rail) toy this summer. The set will not include the train itself and an accompanying set of attachable plastic rails, but also mini figurines of Tan...
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The World Ends with You the Animation ‒ Episode 5

There's also quite a few juicy nuggets of plot in episode 5, including a few static-filled flashbacks as Neku starts to remember the nebulous something that's been hinted at around Joshua.
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NieR Re[in]carnation Smartphone Game's English Trailer Streamed

Preregistration has opened in West ― Square Enix began streaming on Tuesday an English trailer for NieR Re[in]carnation, the first smartphone game in the NieR video game franchise. Preregistration has opened for the game in the West. There will be a closed beta test for Android devices "soon." The "command action RPG" launched for iOS and Android devices in Japan on February 18. Square Enix revealed ...
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Back Arrow ‒ Episode 18

The origins of Back Arrow are revealed and it just might be everyone's worst nightmare.
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Mitsuru Adachi's Niji-iro Tōgarashi Manga Gets Stage Play

"Sci-fi historical story" manga's stage play runs August-September ― This year's 24th issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Mitsuru Adachi's Niji-iro Tōgarashi (Rainbow-colored Chilli) manga is inspiring a stage play adaptation that will run for 16 shows from August 28 to September 5 in Ikebukuro's Owl Spot theater. The cast includes: Ryōki Nagae as Shichimi ...
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The Duke of Death and His Maid Anime Reveals Promo Video, Theme Songs, Cast, July 4 Premiere

Also: key visual, additional staff ― The official website for the television anime of Koharu Inoue's The Duke of Death and His Maid (Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid) manga revealed a promo video, key visual, additional cast, more staff, and the July 4 premiere on Wednesday. The video reveals and previews the opening theme song "Mangetsu to Silhouette no Yoru" (Full Moon and Silhouette's Night) by Nats...
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This Wonderful Season with You GN

While things are fairly predictable as far as the romance trajectory goes, one of the nicest elements of the story is the way that the boys both try to learn about what the other is interested in. ― This Wonderful Season with You is Tokyopop's second release of one of Atsuko Yusen's BL titles, following the adorable Dekoboko Sugar Days with another story about two boys of two very different sizes fal...
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Drawn & Quarterly Publishes Nazuna Saito Short Manga Collection Offshore Lightning

Book debuts in February 2022 ― The Comics Beat website announced on Monday that publisher Drawn & Quarterly will release Offshore Lightning, a collection of short manga by author Nazuna Saito, in February 2022. According to Drawn & Quarterly's solicitation for the book, the book will collect many of Saito's earlier works, as well as the stories "In Captivity" and "Solitary Death Building," which debu...
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Detective Conan, Rurouni Kenshin: The Final, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Hold Top 3

Demon Slayer film at #5, 1st BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia film at #10 ― The Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan film stayed at #1 in its fourth weekend. It earned 177,062,750 yen (about US$1.62 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 5,923,280,100 yen (about US$54.27 million). The film sold 1,533,054 tickets and earned 2,218,130,800 yen...

Nozomi Ent. to Release All of 'Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei' Anime Franchise

Company explains delay of release is due to lack of scripts in Japan ― Right Stuf announced in a behind-the-scenes video on February 17 that Nozomi Entertainment will release the entire anime franchise based on Kōji Kumeta's Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei manga, including all three television anime seasons and both original video anime (OVA) works. Nozomi Entertainment announced at Anime Expo in July 2019...
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Sakura Wars Game App Introduces New Character Just Before Ending Service

Kurumi Saimei joins game ending service on June 30 ― The official website for Sakura Kakumei ~Hana Saku Otome-tachi~, Sega and Delight Works' smartphone game for the Sakura Wars franchise, announced on Thursday the new character Kurumi Saimei, who is available to pull for just over a month before the game will end service on June 30. The game stopped selling Ryōshi Suishō (Spirit Crystals), the in-ga...
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Kud Wafter Anime Film's Screenings Delayed to July 16 Due to COVID-19

Theatrical screenings were slated for Friday ― The official website for the crowdfunded anime film based on the Little Busters! spinoff visual novel Kud Wafter announced on Tuesday that the film's theatrical screenings have been delayed from May 14 to July 16 in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Sapporo. The Fushimi Million-za theater in Nagoya is delaying its screenings even further to August 6. The websit...
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Chise Ogawa's Caste Heaven Manga Ends With 8th Volume

Ogawa plans to end manga this year ― The official Twitter account for Libre Publishing's Be X Boy magazine revealed on Saturday that Chise Ogawa's Caste Heaven manga will end in the manga's eighth volume. The manga's seventh volume shipped on Monday. Ogawa previously revealed in January that she plans to end the manga this year. SuBLime licensed the manga, and released the fifth volume on March 9. Su...

Komi Can't Communicate Romantic Comedy Manga Gets October TV Anime

Aoi Koga, Gakuto Kajiwara, Rie Murakawa star in anime about girl with social anxiety ― A website opened on Tuesday to announce that Tomohito Oda's Komi Can't Communicate (Comi-san wa Comyushō desu.) manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation that will premiere this October on TV Tokyo. The anime's cast includes: Aoi Koga as Shōko Komi Gakuto Kajiwara as Hitohito Tadano Rie Murakawa as Najimi Os...
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Resident Evil Village Game Ships 3 Million Copies

Also: Capcom unveils video showing recording for game's "Village of Shadows" theme song ― Capcom revealed on Tuesday that it has shipped (not sold) 3 million copies of its Resident Evil Village game worldwide across the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC platforms. Capcom also began streaming a behind-the-scenes video for the game showing the recording of the game's "Vill...
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Ninjaxis Original Anime Project Crowdfunding Campaign Launches

Project seeks to raise 3 million yen by August 31 to fund pilot video ― Producer Saburo Omiya launched a crowdfunding campaign on Twin Engine's official Motion Gallery platform for an original anime project titled Ninjaxis on Tuesday. The campaign seeks to raise 3,000,000 yen (about US$27,550) by August 31 to fund a pilot video for the project. The project's world is centered on "Clockwork City," a c...
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Gyokō no Nikuko-san Anime Film's Video Shows Cocomi Playing Flute

Cocomi also plays main character Kikuko in June 11 film ― The official website for Studio 4°C's anime film of Kanako Nishi's Gyokō no Nikuko-chan (Nikuko of the Fishing Harbor) novel began streaming a behind-the-scenes video of flutist and cast member Cocomi playing the flute for a piece on the film's soundtrack. The film's soundtrack will ship on June 9. The previously announced cast includes: Shino...

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I Want to Hold Aono-kun so Badly I Could Die Manga Gets Live-Action Show in 2022

Sexy Zone's Shori Sato stars in series ― WOWOW announced on Tuesday that it is producing a live-action television series adaptation of Umi Shiina's I Want to Hold Aono-kun so Badly I Could Die (Aono-kun ni Sawaritai kara Shinitai) manga that will premiere in spring 2022. Shori Sato, a member of Japanese boy band Sexy Zone, will star in the show. Sumisu is directing the series, and Shinya Tamada is pe...
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Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun Season 2 ‒ Episode 4

This episode marks the end of Dainty Ameri's appearance (or introduction), and while it isn't a surprising finish to the story arc, it's still a fun one.
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Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song- ‒ Episode 7

On the surface, Diva seems to be what she would have become if she hadn't gotten involved in Matsumoto's time travel shenanigans.
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Those Snow White Notes ‒ Episode 6

Thus, we get to dig into those cast members at last, as the Shamisen Club takes a trip to the seaside city of Tsugaru for a combination training camp and history lesson.
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Tokyo Revengers ‒ Episode 5

Between sourceless beams of light, awkward cut-ins, terribly cropped close-ups, and several insert shots of random scenery in place of character introductions, you'd be forgiven for having no clue what's going on for most of this episode.
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Viz Media, Manga Plus Publish New Choujin X Manga by Tokyo Ghoul's Sui Ishida

Superpowered battle action manga is now available on services ― Viz Media's Shonen Jump service and Shueisha's Manga Plus service announced on Monday that they have launched Choujin X, the new manga by Tokyo Ghoul creator Sui Ishida. Ishida launched the manga on Shueisha's Tonari no Young Jump website on Monday. Viz describes the superpowered battle action manga: The latest from Sui Ishida! Sometimes...
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Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro ‒ Episode 5

This week's Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro opens with a little dream sequence highlighting that titular terror's own worst fear: A Senpai who doesn't react to her bullying!
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Shadows House ‒ Episode 5

It's clearly the first time most of the young Shadows have met anyone besides their designated living doll – but what it means beyond that is not yet clear.
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Fuji-Q Highland's Evangelion World Attraction Closes

Attraction opened in 2010 ― The official Twitter account of Japan's Fuji-Q HighLand amusement park announced on Monday that the "Evangelion: World" attraction, including the Life-Size EVA-01 Construction Project pavilion and store, has closed as of Sunday due to construction of a new large roller coaster. Evangelion: World opened in 2010. The pavilion's main attraction recreated the scene where the a...
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Moriarty the Patriot ‒ Episode 17

Moriarty's reach is expanding with each new case. We may have had reason to suspect it before it was made clear this week, but he now officially has a man inside Scotland Yard.

Bloomberg: Sony Expects PlayStation 5 Shortages to Continue Through 2022

Sony attributes component shortages as partial reason for low PS5 supply ― Bloomberg reported on Sunday that Sony Group chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki had revealed in a briefing following Sony's financial results report in late April that the PlayStation 5 is expected to remain in short supply through 2022. According to Bloomberg, which reported based on several anonymous people, Totoki said, ...
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Next Manga Awards 2021 Opens Nomination Submissions

English website opened on Friday, submissions open until May 21 ― The seventh "Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Taishō" (Next Manga Awards) opened its English website for accepting overseas votes on Friday. This year marks the first time the awards have accepted entries and votes from outside Japan. Submissions for the print manga and web manga categories will be open until May 21. The award accepts user submiss...
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Megalobox 2: Nomad ‒ Episode 6

“There's nothing wrong about surviving.” That's what Chief taught Joe, and he brings that lesson with him when finds himself going back to Fujimaki and offering to take Sachio's place in the match.
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86 ‒ Episode 5

I'll admit, despite the grim premise, I wasn't prepared for the show to become a sci-fi horror, but it's all the more gripping for it.
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Bandai Namco Restores Online Functionality for Jump Force Game's Steam Version Following Outage

Company offers thank you package of in-game items to Steam players ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Friday that it is offering a thank you package of in-game items to players of the Steam version of its Jump Force crossover fighting game following an issue preventing Steam players from accessing online play. The online servers were down for over a week, and Bandai Namco acknowledged ...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 95

More than anything though it's just nice to have Iida be relevant again, even just for this battle.

Tokyo Revengers Manga Adds 6 Million Copies to Meet 670% Sales Jump After Anime's Debut

Manga now has over 14.5 million copies in circulation as it sells 2.4 books a second ― Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga increased its circulation from about 8.5 million copies at the end of March to over 14.5 million copies now. The manga added about six million copies to meet a 670% sales jump since the television anime adaptation premiered one month ago on April 10. Kodansha reported last week tha...
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Girl from the Other Side Kickstarter Reaches Stretch Goal to Create Bonus Short Anime

Campaign for 2022 original anime DVD raises 22,670,340 yen ― Wit Studio's Kickstarter campaign for the original anime DVD (OAD) for Nagabe's The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún manga reached its final 20,000,000 yen (about US$183,800) stretch goal just before ending on Sunday. For reaching the stretch goal, Wit Studio will make Nagabe's weekly illustrations into an additional bonus short anime...
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SSSS.Dynazenon ‒ Episode 6

The question of the exact place SSSS.Dynazenon occupies in relation to its ‘Gridman Universe’ predecessor SSSS.Gridman has been a slowly-burning one.
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Zombie Land Saga Revenge ‒ Episode 5

Don't let her cute face and diminutive height disarm you; Lily Hoshikawa is the most powerful zombie in Franchouchou, and she will destroy you. Need I remind everyone of that time she riled up the transphobes in British parliament?
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Sanrio Puro Land, Nijigen no Mori Theme Parks to Reopen as Universal Studios Japan, Some Cinemas Stay Closed

Also: Fukuoka prefecture cancels Olympic torch relay, 7 New Japan Pro-Wrestling wrestlers diagnosed with COVID-19 ― Universal Studios Japan revealed on Friday that it is extending its temporary closure, after the Japanese government extended the state of emergency on Friday in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo prefectures until the end of May. The theme park closed temporarily with the declaration of th...
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Yen Press Releases Konosuba Tabletop RPG on October 19

― Yen Press is listing the English version of the Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! TRPG (Kono Subarashī Sekai ni Shukufuku o! TRPG) role-playing game on its website for release on October 19. Yen Press had announced an October release window for the game last month. The company describes the tabletop role-playing game: Live out the wildest fantasies in the world of Konosuba: God's B...
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2nd Live-Action Kakegurui Film Delayed Again Due to COVID-19

Film was previously delayed to May 12 before this latest delay ― The official website for Kakegurui: Zettai Zetsumei Russian Roulette (Kakegurui: Last Resort Russian Roulette), the live-action film sequel based on Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga, announced on Monday that the staff are again delaying the film due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the...
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Knights of Sidonia, 100 Nichikan Ikita Wani Anime Films Delayed

Sidonia no Kishi: Ai Tsumugu Hoshi film now slated for June 4 ― The official website for Sidonia no Kishi: Ai Tsumugu Hoshi (Knights of Sidonia: The Star Where Love is Spun), the all-new anime film based on Tsutomu Nihei's Knights of Sidonia (Sidonia no Kishi) manga, revealed on Monday that the staff are delaying the film to June 4 due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the extended state ...
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Detective Conan Film Earns 5.9 Billion Yen, Evangelion Film Earns 8.3 Billion Yen, Demon Slayer Film Earns 39.9 Billion Yen

Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet tops weekend chart for 4th consecutive weekend ― The Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan film has earned 5.9 billion yen (about US$54.3 million) and sold 4.23 million tickets as of Sunday. The film ranked at #1 for a fourth consecutive weekend. The film opened in Japan on April 16. Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet is the 24th fi...
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Aoi Hane Mitsuketa! Anime Casts Ryūnosuke Watanuki, Ryohei Kimura

Anime's 2nd episode debuted on Monday ― The official Twitter account for the anime adaptation of Itsumo Togashi's Aoi Hane Mitsuketa! Sagashitemiyō Mijika na Tori-tachi (We Found a Blue Feather! Let's Seek Out Nearby Birds) picture book revealed two new cast members for the anime on Monday. Ryūnosuke Watanuki will play Fukurō (Owl, first image below), while Ryohei Kimura will play Ooruri (Blue-and-Wh...
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Animal Crossing Makes 2021 Video Game Hall of Fame

Microsoft Flight Simulator, StarCraft, "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" also included ― The Strong — the self-described "national museum of play" in Rochester, New York — announced the 2021 inductees to its Video Game Hall of Fame on Thursday. The inductees include: Animal Crossing (2001), Microsoft Flight Simulator (1982), StarCraft (1998), and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (1985). ...
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Japanese Entertainment Media Market Shrank by 4.8% in 2020

U.S., Japan, Germany, France, India, Indonesia media content markets all shrank in 2020 ― Media research and promotion company HumanMedia released the 2021 edition of its "Media Content Market Database for Japan and the World" document on March 31. HumanMedia valued the 2020 Japanese media content market at 13.1076 trillion yen (about US$120.36 billion), a 4.8% reduction from 2019. The United States ...
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Seven Knights Revolution Anime Unveils 'Climax' Promo Video, More Cast

Yumiri Hanamori, Hidekatsu Shibata, Eiji Miyashita, Haruki Ishiya join anime ― The official website for Seven Knights Revolution: Eiyū no Keishōsha (The Hero's Successor), the television anime of Netmarble's Seven Knights smartphone RPG, began streaming a "climax" promotional video for the anime on Monday. The site also revealed four new cast members for the anime. The new cast members include: Yumir...
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Demon Slayer Film Ranks #2 in U.S. Box Office in 3rd Weekend

Godzilla vs. Kong at #4 in 6th weekend ― The Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film ranked #2 in its third weekend in the United States, earning an estimated US$3.05 million over the weekend with a US$1,462 per-screen average in 2,088 theaters. The movie has earned an estimated cumulative total of US$37,172,276 in the United States. The film was the highest-earning film w...

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RE-MAIN Water Polo TV Anime Reveals More Cast, July 3 Premiere

Taku Yashiro, Yūma Uchida, Shun Miyazato join MAPPA's original anime ― The official Twitter account for MAPPA's original water polo television anime RE-MAIN revealed more cast members, a new key visual, and the anime's July 3 premiere date on Monday. The three new cast members include (left to right in image above): Taku Yashiro as Keita Kakihana, the "motherly" protector of the Shogakukan high schoo...
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My Hero Academia The Movie: World Heroes' Mission Anime Reveals Stealth Suit Designs

The official website for My Hero Academia The Movie: World Heroes' Mission, the third anime film in the franchise, revealed the new "stealth suit" designs for the film for Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki. The film will open in Japan on August 6. A video released on Saturday teases that in the film's story, Deku will be wanted by authorities for mass murder. Additionally, the film will feature an incide...

Demon Slayer Is Now the #1 Film From 2020 Worldwide

1st non-Hollywood, non-U.S. film to win annual crown in cinema history ― The Numbers website updated its list of the highest-earning films worldwide in 2020, and the Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime now stands at #1 with a worldwide tally of US$474.6 million. The film earned the equivalent of US$435 million outside the United States, and US$39.6 million in the United Sta...
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Demon Slayer Console Game Adds Shinobu Kochō as Playable Character

Game slated to launch this year for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Steam ― This year's 23rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Shinobu Kochō will join the Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Keppūtan video game as a playable character. The game will release for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, and Steam this year. The game will feature...
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Pro Gamer Daigo Umehara Diagnosed With COVID-19

Umehara developed fever on May 5, is currently recuperating at home ― Pro gamer Daigo Umehara announced on both his Japanese and English Twitter accounts on Saturday that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Umehara stated that on May 5 he experienced a high fever and fatigue, and so he went to the doctor to get tested for COVID-19. On May 6 his test came back positive. ...
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Persona 5 Game Gets 3rd Stage Play in Osaka, Yokohama in December

2nd stage play ran last October ― The official website for the Persona 5 the Stage stage plays based on Atlus' Persona 5 game franchise revealed on Saturday that a third stage play will run in Osaka and Yokohama in December. The website will reveal more details about the play at a later date. The new play is titled Persona 5 the Stage #3. The second stage play, Persona 5 the Stage #2, ran in Yokohama...
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Demon Slayer's 2nd Stage Play Runs in Tokyo, Osaka in August

2nd play reveals more cast members ― This year's 23rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the previously announced second stage play based on Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga will run in Tokyo and Osaka in August. The title of the new stage play is Kimetsu no Yaiba Sono Ni: Kizuna (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the 2nd: Bonds). The play will...
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My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, 3 More Manga Rank on NYT May Bestseller List

― The 27th volume of Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga, the first two volumes of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga, the second and fourth volumes of Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man manga, ninth volume of Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga, and the first volume of Tatsuya Endo's Spy x Family manga ranked on The New York Times' monthly Graphic Books and Manga bestseller l...
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Stand My Heroes Otome Game Gets New Original Video Anime

OVA to adapt game's Narumi Seo map story with heroes not seen in TV anime ― The evening session of the "Wishful Spring Party" premium event for the Stand My Heroes: Piece of Truth anime announced on Sunday that a new original video anime has been green-lit. The original video anime will adapt the additional Narumi Seo character event map story that launched in the original game in April 2018. As such...
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My Hero Academia Ranks #1 on U.S. Monthly Bookscan April List

Manga takes all top 20 spots with volumes of Chainsaw Man, Demon Slayer, Spy x Family, Jujutsu Kaisen, Tokyo Ghoul on list ― Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 27 ranked at #1 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for April. Manga occupied all 20 spots on the rankings for April: #1 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 27 #2 — Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man volume 4 #3 — Ge...

Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club TV Anime Gets 2nd Season in 2022

Announced during day 2 of 3rd live concert run ― The second day of the "Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club 3rd Live! School Festival ~Yume no Hajimari~" concerts announced on Sunday that a second Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club anime season has been green-lit for a 2022 broadcast. The first season premiered on the Tokyo MX channel as well as on the Bandai Channel, Line Live, and ...
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Manga Duo Naked Ape Launch New Manga on June 5

Bokura no Sennen to Kimi ga Shinu Made no 30-ka Kan manga is part of larger media project ― The June issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Princess magazine revealed on Thursday that manga creator duo naked ape will launch a new manga titled Bokura no Sennen to Kimi ga Shinu Made no 30-ka Kan (Our Thousand Years and the 30 Days Until You Die) in the magazine's next issue on June 5. The first chapter will h...
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The Brow Beat Perform New Opening Theme for Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens Anime

New theme song debuts on June 20 ― The official website for the two-member band The Brow Beat revealed on Saturday that they will perform the new opening theme song "Harevtai" for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens anime. The anime will debut the new opening theme on June 20. The single for the song will mark the group's major debut. The single will ship on July 7. The anime premiered on TV Tokyo and BS-TV Tokyo i...
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Ai Mai Mi Manga Ends in 11th Volume This Summer

Manga ended serialization on Manga Life Win website on Thursday Ai Mai Mi manga creator Choboraunyopomi posted on Twitter on Friday that she will end the manga in its 11th volume, which will release this summer. Choboraunyopomi added on Twitter that she had consulted a trusted fortune teller about the issue. The fortune teller did a tarot card reading that indicated that ending the manga in its 11t...
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