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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MegaMix+

Hatsune Miku is back, with over 170 songs and customizable outfits. Does the Vocaloid gang still bring the charm in this PC game release? ― With how much a certain blue hedgehog and a would-be reformed Japanese gangster dominate Sega's limelight, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that Sega also plays host to the video game exploits of Hatsune Miku, the famed digital singing platform musicians have use...
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Darkstalkers Blu-ray

The Darkstalkers OVA series gets a new Blu-Ray treatment, but beneath the polished look it’s much the same as it was in the 1990s: nicely animated but too darned serious for its own good. ― Adapting the Darkstalkers games into an animated series is harder than it seems. True, the games are largely plot-free cavalcades of marvelously animated monsters sparring with each other, but therein lies the cha...
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Thermae Romae Novae Streaming

Part of the joy of this series is the realization that people are people no matter where and when they live. How does this second adaptation of Mari Yamazaki's manga bring Roman and Japanese bathing culture together? ― Japanese bathing culture, writes Garrett G. Fagan in his exhaustive 1999 text Bathing in Public in the Roman World, “bear[s] resemblance…to documented Ancient Roman practice.” Since th...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is Vampire in the Garden Anime Any Good?

Jacki, James, and Lynzee check out Netflix's newest anime from fan-favorite studio WIT! Can the studio behind Attack on Titan and Ranking of Kings turn out another anime masterpiece? ― Is Vampire in the Garden Anime Any Good? Jacki, James, and Lynzee check out Netflix's newest anime from fan-favorite studio WIT! Can the studio behind Attack on Titan and Ranking of Kings turn out another anime master...
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Cotton Fantasy

Cotton Fantasy serves up a complete course of the “cute-‘em-up” flavor of 2-D shooting game, and it turns out light and breezy yet surprisingly filling. ― The Cotton series is nothing if not a survivor. First appearing in 1991, Cotton introduced the horizontal shooter genre to a cute little witch with a cuter, littler fairy sidekick, and it never wavered from that. The 1990s brought sequels and ports...
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By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga

Noted yuri scholar Erica Friedman explores the origins of women loving women in Japanese media from its roots in literary girls' fiction to the acknowledgement of yuri as a genre. ― Whether you call it yuri or GL, the genre of women loving women in anime and manga hasn't always been understood or appreciated. Erica Friedman's new book By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga is a maj...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2022, May 13-19

One Piece and Kaguya-sama are in a very tight race for their fans' love! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings! ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how peop...
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Crunchyroll Announces English Dubs for Super Cub, Blue Reflection Ray Anime

Company reveals Funimation titles coming to service in June ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming English dubs for the Super Cub and Blue Reflection Ray anime on June 7. The company will stream all 12 episodes of the television anime of Tone Koken's Super Cub novels with an English dub. The dub cast includes: Jackie Lastra as Koguma Dawn M. Bennett as Reiko Jason Charles Mi...
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The Demon Girl Next Door #7 [rate]
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Promare's Inferno Volcano Margherita Megamax Pizza Turns Real

Select HUB pubs sell pizzas, hot dogs, drinks for film's 3rd anniversary ― The Inferno Volcano Margherita Megamax Pizza depicted in Trigger and XFLAG's Promare anime film is coming to British-style pubs in Japan. The HUB chain will serve the iconic pizzas in select stores in Akihabara, Sendai, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka from May 28 to June 30. Other menu items include an Inferno Volcano Hot Dog and d...
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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MegaMix+

Hatsune Miku is back, with over 170 songs and customizable outfits. Does the Vocaloid gang still bring the charm in this PC game release? ― With how much a certain blue hedgehog and a would-be reformed Japanese gangster dominate Sega's limelight, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that Sega also plays host to the video game exploits of Hatsune Miku, the famed digital singing platform musicians have use...
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Darkstalkers Blu-ray

The Darkstalkers OVA series gets a new Blu-Ray treatment, but beneath the polished look it’s much the same as it was in the 1990s: nicely animated but too darned serious for its own good. ― Adapting the Darkstalkers games into an animated series is harder than it seems. True, the games are largely plot-free cavalcades of marvelously animated monsters sparring with each other, but therein lies the cha...
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Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Mega Mix Game Gets PC Version

VIP Bundle adds 72 songs, in-game cosmetics unlocks ― Sega announced on Thursday that it has released its Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix+ game on PC via Steam. The game launched digitally for Nintendo Switch in the West in May 2020. The game celebrates the series' 10th anniversary, and it launched in February 2020 in Japan. The game features an Arcade Mode with traditional button controls and a M...
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Inu-Oh Anime Film Opens in U.S. Theaters on August 12

Film opens in Japan on Saturday ― GKIDS announced on Thursday that it will begin screening Inu-Oh, Masaaki Yuasa's musical anime feature film of Hideo Furukawa's Heike Monogatari: Inu-Oh no Maki (Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh) novel, in U.S. theaters on August 12. GKIDS has licensed the film, and it describes the film's story: Inu-Oh is born with unique physical characteristics, and the horrified adults...
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Birdie Wing -Golf Girls' Story- ‒ Episode 8

Birdie Wing just delivered all of the dramatic sea changes of a nail-biting season finale, yet it still has at least a month's worth of golf hijinks left for us. Have we only finished the prologue?
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Kadokawa Games Divests Part of Its Business to New Company Dragami Games

President/CEO Yoshimi Yasuda retires from position, establishes Dragami Games ― Kadokawa Games announced on Thursday that it is divesting part of its business to a new company Dragami Games. Kadokawa Games' president and CEO Yoshimi Yasuda and company director Satoshi Fuyuno established Dragami Games on May 13. Yasuda will retire from his position in June after 14 years at the company. He will contin...
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Heroines Run the Show #8 [rate]
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Yoshihiro Togashi Is Already Twitter's 2nd Most-Followed Manga Artist

Togashi created account on Tuesday to tease Hunter x Hunter's return ― Less than 72 hours after creating a Twitter account to tease the return of his Hunter X Hunter manga, Yoshihiro Togashi has gained over two million followers. He is second now only to My Hero Academia's Kohei Horikoshi (2.1 million followers). とりあえずあと4話。(@Un4v5s8bgsVk9Xp)May 24 Togashi hinted that the manga would return from its c...
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Skeleton Knight in Another World #8 [rate]
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R Game's Trailer Reveals 4 New Characters, September Release

Game gets early access demo on PS4, PS5 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a new trailer on Thursday for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R, a new version of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle fighting game, and it reveals that the game will launch for PC via Steam on September 1 and for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch on Sept...
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Armed Girl's Machiavellism Manga Ends in June

Series debuted in March 2014 ― This year's June isue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine revealed on Thursday that Karuna Kanzaki and Yūya Kurokami's Armed Girl's Machiavellism manga is ending in the magazine's next issue in June. Kanzaki began the series based on Kurokami's story in Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine in March 2014. Kadokawa shipped the 12th compiled book volume in Septembe...
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Ya Boy Kongming! #9 [rate]
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Miss Shachiku and the Little Baby Ghost #8 [rate]

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Estab-Life: Great Escape #11 [rate]
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Deaimon: Recipe for Happiness ‒ Episode 8

Maybe I'm missing something or just being an unreasonable pain-in-the-ass about this, but I'm having trouble seeing how Nagomu and Kanoko broke up over a “misunderstanding.”
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Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Game Gets Switch Version

Rabbit & Bear Studios had considered "new generation Nintendo console" for game ― 505 Games confirmed on Wednesday that Rabbit & Bear Studios' Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (Hyaku Eiyūden) role-playing game will get a Nintendo Switch version. The Switch edition will launch alongside versions on other platforms. The company had previously considered whether it would release the game on Switch or a...
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Zannen na Ikimono no Jiten Anime Film Casts Comedians Oniyakko Tsubaki, Tsukasa Saitō, Kōsei

Comedians play Zannen Trio platypuses who appear in film's Australia segment ― The official website for the new film in Fanworks' anime adaptation of the Zannen na Ikimono Jiten (Humorous & Adorable Evolutionary Creatures or literally, Encyclopedia of Pitiful Creatures) book series announced on Wednesday that comedians Oniyakko Tsubaki (center in image below), Tsukasa Saitō (right), and Kōsei (left) ...

Speed Racer Gets New Live-Action Series at Apple by J.J. Abrams

Hiram Martinez, Ron Fitzgerald serve as showrunners, co-writers ― Entertainment news websites Variety and The Hollywood Reporter reported on Wednesday that the Speed Racer (Mach Go Go Go) anime is getting a live-action series at Apple by J.J. Abrams (Star Wars, Star Trek). According to the sources, Hiram Martinez (Snowpiercer, Get Shorty) is serving as showrunner and co-writing the series with Ron Fi...
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Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san Manga Goes on Hiatus in June

Manga about cook in Kyoto geisha lodge launched in 2016, inspired 2021 anime ― This year's 26th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Aiko Koyama's Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san (Makanai in the Maiko Lodge) manga will go on hiatus beginning with the magazine's next issue on June 1. The magazine will announce the manga's continuation at a later date. The manga's...
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Detective Conan: Zero's Tea Time Manga Ends '1st Part'

6th volume ships on June 17 ― This year's 26th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine published the final chapter of the first part of Takahiro Arai's Detective Conan: Zero's Tea Time (Meitantei Conan: Zero no Tea Time) spinoff manga on Wednesday. The manga's sixth volume will ship on June 17. The magazine noted that Arai is preparing for a new serialization. Arai launched the manga in W...
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Live-Action My Broken Mariko Film Unveils Teaser, Posters

Mei Nagano stars in fall film ― The staff for the live-action film adaptation Waka Hirako's My Broken Mariko manga revealed two teaser posters and a teaser trailer for the film on Wednesday. Mei Nagano (top left in image above) stars as protagonist Shiino. The film will open this fall. Yuki Tanada is directing the film after penning the script with Kōsuke Mukai. The other cast members include: Nao (t...
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SPY×FAMILY Café Includes Anya's Apology Omurice

Collab with Shibuya Modi's Chugai Grace Cafe will run from June 2 to 19 ― Like many a popular anime, SPY×FAMILY has inspired a collaboration café with some quirky dish choices. A sneak peak at the menu of Chugai Grace Cafe's upcoming SPY×FAMILY promotion reveals some clever story references, including omurice with the word "Sorry" on it—a reference to Anya's fumbling attempts at apology to Damian in ...
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Manga Creator Koko Natsuki Passes Away

Yaruna yo Yaruna yo Zettai Yaruna yo Kotori-chan creator passed on April 18 ― This year's July issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed on Wednesday that manga creator Koko Natsuki (Coco Natsuki) passed away on April 18. Natsuki launched the Yaruna yo Yaruna yo Zettai Yaruna yo Kotori-chan manga (pictured right) in Monthly Action in 2018, and ended it in 2020. She debuted the Usotsuki wa...
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Industry Reacts to Anime Supremacy! Live-Action Film

Japanese animation industry members, from directors to animators, shared their impressions. ― Staff for the live-action adaptation of Mizuki Tsujimura's Anime Supremacy! (Haken Anime!) novel held a special animation industry preview screening on May 10. Approximately 200 people from the Japanese animation industry, from directors to animators, attended the screening and have shared their impressions ...
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Yomawari: Lost in the Dark Game Heads West for Switch, PS4, PC

Trailer streamed for 3rd Yomawari game ― NIS America announced on Wednesday that it will release Yomawari 3, a new game in Nippon Ichi Software's Yomawari horror series, in the West for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam in fall 2022. The company streamed an announcement trailer: The game will get a limited edition that includes a soundtrack, pin set, art card collection, and collector'...
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Thermae Romae Novae Streaming

Part of the joy of this series is the realization that people are people no matter where and when they live. How does this second adaptation of Mari Yamazaki's manga bring Roman and Japanese bathing culture together? ― Japanese bathing culture, writes Garrett G. Fagan in his exhaustive 1999 text Bathing in Public in the Roman World, “bear[s] resemblance…to documented Ancient Roman practice.” Since th...
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The Masterful Cat Is Depressed Again Today Manga Gets TV Anime in 2023

Manga has 900,000 copies in circulation ― This year's July issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine announced on Thursday that Hitsuji Yamada's The Masterful Cat Is Depressed Again Today (Dekiru Neko wa Kyō mo Yūutsu) manga is getting a television anime in 2023. An official website and Twitter account opened for the anime. Yamada shared an illustration to commemorate the anime's announcemen...
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Deaimon #8 [rate]
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Lycoris Recoil Anime Highlights Takina Inoue in 2nd Character Video

Shion Wakayama plays reserved, serious Takina in anime about café ― The official website for director Shingo Adachi's original television anime Lycoris Recoil posted the anime's second character promotional video on Wednesday. The video introduces the new café staff member Takina Inoue: The story is set in "Lyco-Reco" (Riko-Riko) a Japanese-style cafe in the old downtown area of Tokyo. The cafe takes...
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Phantom of the Idol Anime Reveals Trailer, Additional Cast, Theme Songs, July 1 Premiere

Video previews ZINGS' theme song ― The official website for the television anime of Hijiki Isoflavone's Phantom of the Idol (Kami Kuzu Idol) manga revealed on Wednesday a promotional video, visual, additional cast, theme songs, and July 1 premiere. The video previews the opening theme song "Let's ZING!" by the ZINGS idol unit, composed of cast members Fumiya Imai (Yuuya) and Shun Horie (Kazuki). The ...
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RPG Real Estate #8 [rate]
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The Rising of The Shield Hero Season 2 #8 [rate]
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The Greatest Demon Lord is Reborn as a Typical Nobody #8 [rate]
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Smile of the Arsnotoria Magic Academy RPG From Nitroplus Gets TV Anime

Manga, novelization also announced with Liden Film anime on premiering July 6 ― A live-streamed special for the Nitroplus smartphone role-playing game Smile of the Arsnotoria (Warau Arsnotoria) announced on Wednesday that the game is inspiring a television anime. The Warau Arsnotoria Sun—! anime will premiere on the Tokyo MX and BS NTV channels on July 6. The game revolves around the teachers and gir...
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Komi Can't Communicate #17 [rate]
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One Piece Film Red Video Shows Marine, World Government Character Designs

Film opens in Japan on August 6 ― The official YouTube channel for the upcoming One Piece Film Red anime film posted a new video on Wednesday showing the film's character designs for the Marine and World Government characters. The film will open in Japan on August 6. The film will center on a new character named Uta (seen right), Shanks' daughter. Goro Taniguchi (Code Geass, One Piece: Defeat The Pir...
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Nōmin Kanren no Skill Bakka Agetetara Nazeka Tsuyoku Natta. Anime's Teaser Reveals Cast, Staff, October Premiere

Junya Enoki, Minami Tanaka, Rumi Okubo, Ayaka Suwa star in anime by studio A-CAT ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Shobonnu's Nōmin Kanren no Skill Bakka Agetetara Nazeka Tsuyoku Natta. (I've Somehow Gotten Stronger When I Improved My Farm-Related Skills.) light novel series unveiled a teaser trailer and visual for the anime on Wednesday. The teaser reveals the anime's mai...

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Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island Film's Clip Show Gopp, M'Quve Negotiating

M'Quve threatens destruction of Earth's cities if Gopp continues Gibraltar attack in June 3 film ― Bandai Namco Filmworks unveiled a new clip from the Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Cucuruz Doan no Shima) anime film on Wednesday. The clip shows Federation commander Gopp conversing via transmission with Zeon colonel M'Quve, with M'Quve telling Gopp to stop the upcoming ...
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Birdie Wing -Golf Girls' Story- #8 [rate]
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 22-28

Somali and the Forest Spirit, Skate-Leading Stars anime; Phantom of the Idol, The Weakest Contestant of All Space and Time manga ship ― The weekly North American Anime, Manga Releases article will be off for the week of May 29-June 4, and will be back the next week. Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Black Clover Season 4 BD/DVDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$54.98 May 24 Bla...
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Howl's Moving Castle's Lovable Errand Dog Becomes Life-Sized Home Decor

The decoration would look perfect in any Ghibli lover's house. ― Heen, the lethargic errand dog from Howl's Moving Castle which communicates primarily through wheezing, is getting a life-sized ornament to blend in with any Ghibli lover's house. Studio Ghibli's Donguri Kyōwakoku (Acorn Republic) online store will open pre-orders on May 28. The item will cost 44,000 yen (approximately US$344), and is e...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is Vampire in the Garden Anime Any Good?

Jacki, James, and Lynzee check out Netflix's newest anime from fan-favorite studio WIT! Can the studio behind Attack on Titan and Ranking of Kings turn out another anime masterpiece? ― Is Vampire in the Garden Anime Any Good? Jacki, James, and Lynzee check out Netflix's newest anime from fan-favorite studio WIT! Can the studio behind Attack on Titan and Ranking of Kings turn out another anime master...
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Vanguard Princess PC Game Gets Smartphone Version

Takahiro Yonemura's Beast Code manga launches in English on November 14 ― eigoMANGA revealed on Tuesday that it is developing a mobile version of illustrator Tomoaki Sugeno's (Suge9) Vanguard Princess 2D fighting game for PC. The company also announced that it will launch its English release of Takahiro Yonemura's Beast Code manga, based on Yonemura's light novel series of the same name, on November ...
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Healer Girl ‒ Episode 8

I feel safe saying Reimi has been the MVP carrying this show, but what I didn't expect is this is easily Healer Girl's best written episode so far.
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Sony PlayStation Employees File New Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Lawsuit Following Previous Dismissal

U.S. District Court of North California had dismissed initial complaint in February ― Former IT security analyst at PlayStation Emma Majo filed a new class action complaint against Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) on Friday accusing the company of sexual harassment and discrimination. The United States District Court of North California had dismissed the initial complaint in February. Majo's lawy...
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Chinese Virtual YouTuber Porin Returns From Hiatus With Recount of Human Trafficking

VTuber says she was kidnapped by strange men and isolated in a remote village for 6 months ― A Chinese Virtual YouTuber named Bǎilǐn Porin returned from an impromptu six-month hiatus on Saturday with a grim story alleging that she was a victim of human trafficking. In a video update, she claimed that when she was walking home one day, she was approached by strange men claiming to be the police. When ...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 1018

The big bombastic punches are flying, and if you aren't buckled up folks you better strap in cause there's a lot of screen-shaking hits.
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Cotton Fantasy

Cotton Fantasy serves up a complete course of the “cute-‘em-up” flavor of 2-D shooting game, and it turns out light and breezy yet surprisingly filling. ― The Cotton series is nothing if not a survivor. First appearing in 1991, Cotton introduced the horizontal shooter genre to a cute little witch with a cuter, littler fairy sidekick, and it never wavered from that. The 1990s brought sequels and ports...
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Spriggan's Ryōji Minagawa Launches New Manga in June

Hellhound manga centers on young mercenary encountering battlefield "demon" ― The July issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine revealed on Wednesday that Ryōji Minagawa will launch a new manga titled Hellhound in the magazine's next issue on June 24. The manga will have a color opening page. The manga centers on Shō, a young man who becomes a mercenary for the sake of his family. When he meets a "demo...
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Kaginado #19 [rate]
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You Can Now Buy the Outfits in Birdie Wing's ED

Bandai Fashion Collection teams up with real-life golf apparel brand Jack Bunny!! ― Bandai Fashion Collection is teaming up with golf apparel brand Jack Bunny!! to recreate the outfits depicted in the Birdie Wing -Golf Girls' Story- anime's ending sequence, embedded below: The lineup includes Eve and Aoi Amawashi's shirts, hats, skirts, and shorts. Fans can enjoy their own outing on the golf course w...
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Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 3 ‒ Episode 33

As baby Dirk's fate is revealed, its time for Main's revolutionary aspirations to turn the tide for children like Dirk and herself.

Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous Manga Returns from Hiatus in June

Manga went on hiatus in December 2020 ― The July issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine announced on Wednesday that Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni) manga is returning from its hiatus in the magazine's next issue on June 24. The manga went on hiatus in December 2020. Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story: In a world inhabited by crystalli...
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Tomodachi Game #8 [rate]

Yoshihiro Togashi Teases Hunter x Hunter Manga's Return (Updated)

Manga has been on hiatus since November 2018 ― Yoshihiro Togashi created a Twitter account and teased on Tuesday that his Hunter x Hunter manga would return from its current hiatus. He posted a picture with a manuscript with the number "6" and stated that there were four more chapters "for now." Togashi commented in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine that he has finished the rough drafts for 10 c...
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I'm Quitting Heroing #8 [rate]
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Battery Manga Ends

Manga ends on July 23 ― The July issue of Kadokawa's Asuka magazine revealed on Tuesday that Chikage Yuniwa's manga adaptation of Atsuko Asano's Battery novels will end in the magazine's September issue on July 23. The magazine had revealed in January that the manga was going on a hiatus and that Yuniwa was working on the manga's final chapter. Asano's novels revolve around Takumi Harada, a young man...
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Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger's Ryota Ozawa to Attend Power Morphicon 2022 Event

Event will take place from August 26-28 at Pasadena Convention Center in California ― The staff of Power Morphicon announced on Monday that actor Ryota Ozawa (Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger) will travel from Japan to attend the event as a guest. The seventh iteration of the event will take place from August 26-28 at the Pasadena Convention Center in California. Ryota Ozawa portrayed Gokai Red (Captain Marve...
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Shin Ikki Tousen #2 [rate]
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Bump of Chicken's Music Video for 25th Detective Conan Film's Theme Song Streamed

"Chronostasis" video features clips from the film ― Toho's official YouTube channel began streaming a music video for the band Bump of Chicken's theme song "Chronostasis" for Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween (Meitantei Conan: Halloween no Hanayome), the 25th anime film in the Detective Conan franchise, on Friday. The video features clips from the film and may contain spoilers for the film. The...
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Asaka Performs 2nd Opening Theme Song for Summer Time Rendering Anime

New opening to debut in July ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Yasuki Tanaka's Summer Time Rendering suspense manga announced on Tuesday that Asaka will perform the show's second opening theme song "Natsuyume Noisy" (A Noisy Summer Dream). The new theme song will debut with the show's second cours (quarter of a year) in July. The anime premiered on April 14 on the Tokyo MX and BS11 chan...
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SSSS.Gridman Spinoff Manga Gridman Dogma Ends

Hazumu Sazuka launched manga in April 2021 ― Shinchosha's Kurage Bunch website published the final chapter of Hazumu Sazuka's Gridman Dogma manga on April 26. The manga centers on man named Vise, who yearns to be a hero, but is never chosen. He meets a girl who is able to transform into a form of Gridman. The two dub themselves Hyper Agents, and journey in the computer world. They seek out those who ...
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Shin Ultraman Stays at #1, 1st Fullmetal Alchemist Live-Action Sequel Opens at #9

The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie opens at #2, Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween drops to #3 ― Studio Khara's new Shin Ultraman (New Ultraman) film remained at #1 for its second weekend. The film sold 312,000 tickets over the weekend, and earned 486,095,500 yen (about US$3.80 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film has sold a total of 1.34 million tickets and has earned a total of 2,034...
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Love and Heart's Chitose Kaido Launches New Manga in June

Aka no Tachi centers on kendo rivalry between indomitable girl, childhood friend ― The July issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine revealed on Tuesday that Chitose Kaido will launch a new manga titled Aka no Tachi (seen center right in image below) in the magazine's next issue on June 24. The manga will have a color opening page, with the first chapter being 50 pages long. The manga centers on Akane, a ...
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Kana Akatsuki's Shunka Shūtō Daikōsha Novels Get Manga in July

Nappa Komatsuda draws manga adaptation of novel series by Violet Evergarden author ― The July issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine revealed on Tuesday that Kana Akatsuki's Shunka Shūtō Daikōsha Haru no Mai (Four Seasons' Proxy Spring Dance) novel series is inspiring a manga adaptation by Nappa Komatsuda. The manga will launch in the magazine's September issue on July 23, with the first chapter being 5...
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Live-Action Way of the Househusband Film's Clip Shows Adults in Cavalry Battle

Clip from June 3 film shows grownups fighting in daycare center ― Sony Pictures began streaming a clip on Tuesday from Gokushufudō the Cinema, the live-action film of Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga. The clip shows the adults in their childrens' day care center's Sports Day somehow conducting a cavalry battle, with the wives on top. The film will open on June 3. The cas...
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'When Will Ayumu Make His Move?' Anime's Video Reveals July 7 Premiere

Video also previews Kana Hanazawa's opening song "Kakehiki wa Poker Face" ― The official website for the television anime of Sōichirō Yamamoto's When Will Ayumu Make His Move? (Sore Demo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru) manga unveiled a new visual and promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Kakehiki wa Poker Face" (The Tactic Is a Poker Face) by Kana Hanazaw...

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Live-Action Sempai! Danjite Koi de wa! Show Reveals Theme Song Artists

VTubers Kagami Hayato, Kaida Haru perform opening song; Hilcrhyme performs ending song ― MBS announced the theme song singers for the live-action show of Shinta Harekawa's Sempai! Danjite Koi de wa! (Sempai! Anything But Romance) boys-love manga on Tuesday. Nijisanji VTubers Kagami Hayato and Kaida Haru from the group ROF-MAO will perform the opening theme song "Follow Your Heart," while Hilcrhyme wi...
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Dance Dance Danseur ‒ Episode 7

Jumpei and Luou's experiences at ballet camp continue, but with a new attitude in place, both might get more out of it than they initially imagined.

Movie Studios Sue Online Summarizers for 500 Million Yen

"Fast movie" summarizers were arrested in June 2021 ― Thirteen movie studios are suing three people who have produced 10-minute, edited summary versions of their films called "fast movies" ("fast eiga") for 500 million yen (about US$3.9 million). The studios, which include Toho and Nikkatsu, filed the lawsuit on May 19. Police had arrested the "fast movie" online summarizers in June 2021 for illegall...
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The Executioner and Her Way of Life Finds the Perfect Ramen Partner

"My Way of Life" ramen store announces collab ramen The Executioner and Her Way of Life anime has found its perfect partner in crime: a ramen chain named "Ore no Ikiru Michi" (My Way of Life). The store will launch a collaboration food item, cheekily called "Execution Large Serving: Pure Concept (Noodles)" after the concepts depicted in the anime, from May 27 to June 4. Not only do the names of the...
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Ascendance of a Bookworm #33 [rate]

Manga Publisher Seven Seas' Workers Form Union

United Workers of Seven Seas seeks to negotiate better working conditions ― The workers of manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Monday that they have formed a union called the United Workers of Seven Seas (UW7S). The union is working closely with the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The group seeks to negotiate better working conditions for Seven Seas employees and freelancer...
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Danmachi Event Launches on KonoSuba Fantastic Days Global Version on May 26

Event preregistration opened last Thursday ― The global version of Nexon's KonoSuba: Fantastic Days smartphone game opened preregistration for its Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Danmachi for short) collaboration event last Thursday. Preregistration will run until May 25, and the event proper will run from May 26 to June 9. The game is offering in-game rewards based on the number o...
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Mamoru Oshii Judges New International Animation Festival in Niigata in 2023

Festival takes place on March 17-22, 2023 ― Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, Angel's Egg, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, Blood: The Last Vampire, Vladlove) revealed in a press conference on Monday that he will be the judging committee chairman at the new Niigata International Animation Film Festival on March 17-22, 2023. Kadokawa advisor and former representative director and chief anime officer Shinich...
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Sony Music Entertainment's "VEE" VTuber Project Announces 1st Gen Debut

Sony Music Entertainment's "VEE" Virtual YouTuber project revealed a key visual and announced the debuts of its first generation talent on Monday. The names of the debuting members are as follows: Otokado Ruki Kujo Ringo Syusetsu Kohaku Tulsi-Nightmare Madness IV Hinahoshi Airu Otokado Ruki, Tulsi-Nightmare Madness IV, and Hinahoshi Airu are newly debuting talent, while Kujo Ringo and Syusetsu Koh...
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By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga

Noted yuri scholar Erica Friedman explores the origins of women loving women in Japanese media from its roots in literary girls' fiction to the acknowledgement of yuri as a genre. ― Whether you call it yuri or GL, the genre of women loving women in anime and manga hasn't always been understood or appreciated. Erica Friedman's new book By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga is a maj...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2022, May 13-19

One Piece and Kaguya-sama are in a very tight race for their fans' love! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings! ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how peop...
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Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs ‒ Episode 8

In a real way, Livia has become an extra in her own story. And while she doesn't understand why this has happened, she does understand that it isn't right.
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Pac-Man Gets Official Theme Song Music Video for 42nd Birthday

Kaho Kidoguchi performs song "We are PAC-MAN!" ― Bandai Namco revealed on Sunday a music video for the new official theme song of its Pac-Man franchise, "We are PAC-MAN!" Kaho Kidoguchi performs the song, written by Yoshihito Yano of Bandai Namco Studios Inc. and Kazuhito Udetsu of Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. The music video commemorates Pac-Man's 42nd birthday. Bandai Namco Entertainment's Pac-M...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ultra Romantic- ‒ Episode 7

If the show is taking this much time to set up the dramatic beats to come, then I can only hope that when those moments hit, they are going to hit hard!
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Cyber Group Studios to Present Final Fantasy IX Animated Series at Las Vegas Licensing Expo

Paris-based studio presents series based on Square Enix RPG ― Paris-based Cyber Group Studios' vice president of international licensing and marketing Bruno Danzel d'Aumont told Animation Business Magazine in an interview published on Sunday that the studio will present the animated series based on Square Enix's Final Fantasy IX for the first time at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. The event will ta...
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Monster Hunter Rise's Sunbreak Expansion Videos Preview 5 More Weapons

Videos preview Gunlance, Charge Blade, Bow, Lance, Long Sword ― Capcom began streaming five more videos on Friday and Monday previewing the new weapon moves available in the Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak expansion for the Monster Hunter Rise game. Gunlance Charge Blade Bow Lance Long Sword The expansion will debut for Switch and PC via Steam on June 30. Players who already own the base Monster Hunter...
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The Executioner and Her Way of Life ‒ Episode 8

”Monstrine” is one of those anime episodes that you can immediately clock as being adapted from a light novel.
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Film Drops to #4 in its 7th Weekend in U.S.

Film earns US$181,002,000 in U.S. ― Box Office Mojo records Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog 2 sequel film as earning a cumulative total of US$181,002,000, ranking #4 in its seventh weekend in the United States. The film earned approximately US$3,940,000 over the weekend, earning US$925,000 on Friday and US$1,830,000 on Saturday. The film screened in 2,943 theaters, and had a per-theater averag...
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Love After World Domination ‒ Episode 7

This week we get a heavy emphasis on Daigo and his prior relationship with Desumi, as well as some new texture to Fudo and Demui's blossoming romance.
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Delicious Party Precure ‒ Episode 11

I had a suspicion that not hiding their identities from Gentlu would come back to bite the Cures, but I didn't expect it to take the form of a vicious and random multiple-choice test.
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Somari and the Guardian of the Forest's Yako Gureishi Launches New Manga on Gamma+ Website (Updated)

New isekai manga to debut in June ― Manga creator Yako Gureishi revealed on Twitter on Friday that they will launch a new manga titled Isekai Kakuriyo: Ayakashi Ku Kitan (Another World Afterlife: Mysterious Tales of Spirit Food) on Takeshobo's Web Comic Gamma+ website on June 24. Gureishi launched the Somari and the Guardian of the Forest (Somali to Mori no Kamisama) manga in 2015. Coamix published t...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets Film Earns 390 Million Yen in 3 Days to Debut at #2

Film serves as finale for story ― The Eiga Gotōbun no Hanayome (The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie) sequel anime film sold approximately 290,000 tickets to earn 390 million yen (about US$3.06 million) in its first three days at the box office in Japan. The film debuted at #2 for the weekend of May 21-22. The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie opened on Friday, and its runtime exceeds 130 minu...

Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Anime Season 2's Opening Sequence Streamed

New visual featuring main characters also revealed for show that debuted on Netflix on Monday ― Musical group millennium parade began streaming the opening sequence on Monday for the second season of the Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 anime. The staff of the anime also revealed a new visual. Daiki Tsuneta's millennium parade project performs both the opening theme song "Secret Ceremony" and the ending ...
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The Case Study of Vanitas Manga Goes on Hiatus in June

Jun Mochizuki launched manga in 2015 ― The June issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine revealed last Friday that Jun Mochizuki's The Case Study of Vanitas (Vanitas no Carte) manga will go on hiatus beginning with the magazine's next issue on June 22. The magazine's official Twitter account will announce the manga's continuation at a later date. Yen Press has been publishing the manga simultaneo...
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Rokujō Hitoma no Majo Life Manga Ends in June

Akitaka launched manga in February 2020 ― The June issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine revealed last Friday that Akitaka's Rokujō Hitoma no Majo Life (A Witch's Life in a Six-Tatami Room) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 22. The manga is about two witches named Maj and Lilica living together in one room. Both are low-ranked C-class witches, and so both do the jobs they can...
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Live-Action 'The Violence Action' Film Adds 4 Cast Members

Cookie!, Kenta Izuka, Yumena Yanai, Daiki Hyōdō join cast ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film adaptation of author Shin Sawada and artist Renji Asai's The Violence Action manga revealed more cast members for the film on May 17. The new cast members include (from left to right in image above): Comedian Cookie! as a large man who goes wild inside a ramen shop Kenta Izuka as Kura, Te...
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Shueisha Games Unveils Trailers for 3 Upcoming Indie Games

SOULVARS gets PC, console version; prequel game ― Shueisha Games, Shueisha's game publishing affiliate company, revealed trailers on Sunday for the Captain Velvet Meteor: The Jump+ Dimensions, Hatena no Tō: The Tower of Children, and SOULVARS indie games. Shueisha Games plans to publish or is currently publishing all three indie games. Momo-Pi Game Studio's Captain Velvet Meteor: The Jump+ Dimensions...
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Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund Acquires 5.01% of Nintendo

Value of acquisition estimated at US$2.98 billion ― The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), chaired by the kingdom's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, announced last week that it has purchased a 5.01% stake in Nintendo. The Financial Times newspaper estimated a US$2.98 billion value for the purchase. Based on Nintendo's own listing of its shareholders dated September 30, 2021, PIF...
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