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Shelf Life - Convenience Store Boy Friends

Paul endures the baffling doldrums of this peculiarly titled romance anime, breaks down all this week's new home video releases, and features a manga-heavy new Shelf Obsessed! ― It sounds like Funimation and Crunchyroll are wrapping up their streaming partnership, so it might be time for some last-minute marathons if you only subscribe to one or the other. I'm just hoping this doesn't make life more...
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Seven Senses of the Re'Union

This mystery melodrama mashes the VRMMO craze up with the plot of Anohana, but is this blend harmonious or just confused? Theron Martin has the answers. ― At first, this light novel-based series seems to be a blend of the premises from anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day and .hack//SIGN. This series never entirely moves away from that parallel, as many of the character relationships and romantic tens...
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Garo: Divine Flame BD+DVD

While not quite essential viewing, this movie provides a welcome reminder of everything Garo: The Animation did so well. Nick Creamer has the details. ― Garo: The Animation was a welcome surprise when it came out a few years ago. Combining the classic live-action Garo franchise with a fanciful narrative set in an alternate inquisition-era Spain, it offered an action spectacle full of colorful charact...
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My Brother's Husband GN 2

Yaichi realizes just how much his brother's husband has become part of the family in this touching finale to Gengoroh Tagame's family manga. ― It is something of a shock to realize that the entirety of My Brother's Husband, of which this is the final omnibus volume, takes place over only three weeks. That's probably because they are such full weeks for the three main characters of Gengoroh Tagame's f...
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Ghibli Fest 2018 - Spirited Away Ticket Giveaway!

Magic and fantasy reign once again as Spirited Away returns to theaters. As a special October treat, GKIDS is giving away FREE TICKETS to ANN readers! ― This month, GKIDS is bringing back the Studio Ghibli animated classic Spirited Away to theaters on Oct. 28, 29 & 30. They are giving away two free tickets each to five lucky ANN readers! About the Movie Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Animated...
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SSSS.Gridman ‒ Episode 3

"SSSS.Gridman successfully marries storytelling based around the solid theme of open communication to great atmospheric direction and killer giant fight scenes."
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Yoshiaki Sukeno Works on Final Chapter of Twin Star Exorcist's Tenen Jakko Spinoff Manga

Adaptation of novel launched on September 3 ― Manga creator Yoshiaki Sukeno revealed on Twitter on Monday that he is working on the final chapter of the manga adaptation of the Sōsei no Onmyōji -Tenen Jakko- (Twin Star Exorcists - Young Tiger Bound by Heaven's Will) spinoff novel. Sukeno said that he has finished the storyboards for the final chapter, and he will begin working on the manuscript on Tu...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization ‒ Episode 3

"For now, the series is just in a holding pattern as it nudges along the character and world-building developments a little more."
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Shelf Life - Convenience Store Boy Friends

Paul endures the baffling doldrums of this peculiarly titled romance anime, breaks down all this week's new home video releases, and features a manga-heavy new Shelf Obsessed! ― It sounds like Funimation and Crunchyroll are wrapping up their streaming partnership, so it might be time for some last-minute marathons if you only subscribe to one or the other. I'm just hoping this doesn't make life more...
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Akira Hiramoto's RaW Hero Manga Takes 1-Issue Break Due to Author's Health

― This year's 22nd issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine posted a notice on Tuesday to state that the issue did not publish a new chapter of Akira Hiramoto's RaW Hero manga as originally planned due to the author's "sudden illness." The magazine's editorial department indicated the manga would only be absent from the 22nd issue. Hiramoto launched the manga in the 20th issue of the magazine on Septemb...
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Goblin Slayer ‒ Episode 3

"All this breather time being used to actually set up a long-term story is appreciated, but right now I feel like Goblin Slayer is stuck between the priorities of its two different mediums."
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Seven Senses of the Re'Union

This mystery melodrama mashes the VRMMO craze up with the plot of Anohana, but is this blend harmonious or just confused? Theron Martin has the answers. ― At first, this light novel-based series seems to be a blend of the premises from anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day and .hack//SIGN. This series never entirely moves away from that parallel, as many of the character relationships and romantic tens...
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New Hakuōki Musical About Kazama Chikage Debuts in April 2019

Masataka Nakagauchi, Masanari Wada return as Kazama Chikage, Hijikata Toshizō ― The official website for Marvelous Inc.'s series of Hakuōki stage musicals revealed on Monday that a new musical titled Musical Hakuōki Shitan Kazama Chikage-hen will run in Tokyo and Kansai in April 2019. The website also revealed the musical's main cast and staff. The returning cast includes: (Images are from previous m...
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Persona Q2 3DS Game's New Video Highlights Persona 5's Makoto

Crossover game launches on November 29 in Japan ― Atlus began streaming a new character video on Monday for its Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game. The video highlights the Persona 5 character Makoto Niijima (voiced by Rina Satou). The game will ship on November 29 in Japan. First printings will bundle DLC for a "battle background music set" for the Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 5...
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6th Tsukiuta Stage Play Previewed in Clip

6th stage play runs from October 18-November 4 ― Pop culture news site Mini Theater Tsūshin began streaming a preview clip on Thursday for Kurenai Enishi, the sixth stage play for the Tsukiuta franchise. The stage play is running from October 18 to November 4 at the Shingawa Prince Stellar Ball in Tokyo. The play has Black and Red versions focusing on Six Gravity and Procellarum, respectively. The fi...
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ufotable's Machi Asobi Events Have Had Over 1 Million Attendees Since 2009

― The organizers of the Machi Asobi event revealed on Monday that as of the 21st event, the events have had over 1 million total attendees since the events began in 2009. The 21st event took place in Tokushima from September 22 to October 8. Animation studio ufotable (The Garden of Sinners, Fate/Zero, Katsugeki Touken Ranbu) founded the event in 2009. The event is not held in one location, and is in...
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Yomawari: The Long Night Collection Game Collection's Latest Clip Features Monster with Scissors

NIS America to release 1st, 2nd games in series on Switch next week ― NIS America began streaming a clip on Sunday from Yomawari: The Long Night Collection, the bundle release for the Switch version of Nippon Ichi Software's Yomawari: Night Alone and Yomawari: Midnight Shadows games. The video shows Haru from the second game encountering a monster with scissors. The game will ship for the Switch in E...
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The Royal Tutor Manga Gets 2nd Stage Musical in April 2019

Musical starring anime's cast members to run in Tokyo, Kobe ― The official website for the stage musical adaptation of Higasa Akai's The Royal Tutor (Ōshitsu Kyōshi Heine or Königliche Familie Lehrer) manga revealed on Monday that a second musical will run in Tokyo and Kobe in April 2019. The musical is titled Ōshitsu Kyōshi Heine -The Musical II-. The Tokyo run will be at the Tokyo Dome City Hall fr...
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Love&Art Reveals Cast, Video, Story for WAVE!! Surfing Project

Project with story set in Ibaraki's Ōarai city includes planned anime, games, music ― Love&Art revealed the cast, staff, story, and a promotional video for its new project WAVE!! at an event on Saturday. The announcement noted that the new franchise will involve planned anime, games, music, merchandise, and live concerts and events. The cast, including the previously announced Tomoaki Maeno, include:...
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We Never Learn TV Anime Reveals Line Art Designs for 4 Characters

― This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed the line art character designs on Monday for four characters in the television anime adaptation of Taishi Tsutsui's We Never Learn (Boku-tachi wa Benkyō ga Dekinai) manga. Nariyuki Yuiga Rizu Ogata Fumino Furuhashi Uruka Takemoto Yoshiaki Iwasaki (Love Hina, Hayate the Combat Butler!!, Last Period: the journey to the end of ...
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Shion no Oh's Jiro Ando Launches New Manga

Shiro Kyotō manga based on Toyoko Yamasaki's 1965 novel ― The December issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic Bunch magazine published the first chapter of Jiro Ando's new Shiro Kyotō (The White Tower) manga on Saturday. The manga has a color opening page. The manga adapts Toyoko Yamasaki's 1965 novel of the same name, but moves the setting from the Showa period to modern-day Osaka. The manga begins wit...
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Fairy Tail City Hero Spinoff Manga Launches on Friday

Ushio Andō draws spinoff of Fairy Tail manga ― The official Twitter account for Kodansha's Magazine Pocket manga app revealed on Monday that the app will launch Ushio Andō's Fairy Tail City Hero spinoff manga for Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail on October 26. Atsuo Ueda launched a sequel manga for Fairy Tail titled Fairy Tail 100 Years Quest in Magazine Pocket on July 25, while Kenshiro Sakamoto launched t...
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Kumamon Anime Film Reveals Title, Visual, Design Work by Tonko House

Anime planned for worldwide distribution in 2019 ― Kumamoto Prefecture announced on Sunday that the planned anime centering on the prefecture's Kumamon mascot character will be titled Mystery of Kumamon, and will have story concept, composition, and design by Tonko House. The animation studio will not handle the animation for the anime. The text in the visual above reads, "What is happiness?" The ani...

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Hinomaru Sumo TV Anime Reveals 7 More Cast Members

24-episode series with Funimation, Crunchyroll streaming premiered on October 5 ― This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed four more cast members on Monday for the television anime of Kawada's Hinomaru Sumo (Hinomaru Zumō) manga. The show's official website also revealed three additional characters on Monday. Ryota Takeuchi as Shidō Tennōji, from Tottori Hakurō High S...
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Honda's Hoshitonde Manga Gets TV Ad to Celebrate 1st Volume's Release

The first compiled book volume of Honda's Hoshitonde manga shipped in Japan on Monday. To celebrate, Kadokawa began streaming a television commercial for the series. The manga's story centers on Ryūsei Osaki, a new student at Yashima University's College of Arts. Ryūsei wants to enter the novel seminar, but he is assigned to the haiku seminar. Though he knows absolutely nothing about haiku, Ryūsei...
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Mary and The Witch's Flower's Studio Ponoc Works on New Feature Film

Studio enters pre-production on film that is not Mary and The Witch's Flower sequel ― Studio Ponoc founder and producer Yoshiaki Nishimura confirmed at the Animation Is Film Festival in Hollywood on Saturday that his studio has entered pre-production on a new feature film. Nishimura spoke at a Q&A session after the English-dubbed world premiere of Ponoc's short anthology film Modest Heroes: Ponoc Sho...
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Radiant ‒ Episode 3

"For now, the steady improvements in the storytelling are reason enough to be optimistic."
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Series Premiere: IRODUKU The World in Colors—Episodes 1-3

"A rare show that both positively drips with symbolism and still manages to tell a story that's emotionally engaging."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 3

"I think the mafia angle will continue to be what makes Golden Wind most entertaining."
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Garo: Divine Flame BD+DVD

While not quite essential viewing, this movie provides a welcome reminder of everything Garo: The Animation did so well. Nick Creamer has the details. ― Garo: The Animation was a welcome surprise when it came out a few years ago. Combining the classic live-action Garo franchise with a fanciful narrative set in an alternate inquisition-era Spain, it offered an action spectacle full of colorful charact...
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1st Episode of Live-Action Saint Young Men Series Streams on YouTube

10-episode TV series premiered on Piccoma TV streaming service on Thursday ― The YouTube channel for the Piccoma TV streaming service began streaming the first six-minute episode on Tuesday for the live-action adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura's Saint Young Men (Saint Oniisan) manga. The video is available worldwide. The series premiered on Kakao Japan's new Piccoma TV streaming service on October 18. Th...
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Tekken 7: Fated Retribution Arcade Game Gets Update in February 2019

Update to add characters Noctis, Geese, Anna, Lei from console version ― The official YouTube channel for the Tekken fighting game franchise began streaming a teaser video on Saturday to reveal that the arcade version of the Tekken 7: Fated Retribution game is getting a "Round 2" update in February 2019. The update will add DLC characters from the console version of the game such as Noctis Lucis Cael...
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Natsume's Book of Friends Anime Film Sells 500,000 Tickets in Japan

Film opened in Japan at #1 on September 29 ― The staff of Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond (Natsume Yūjinchō ~Utsusemi ni Musubu~), the anime film of Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, announced on Sunday that the film has sold more than 500,000 tickets. The film topped the Japanese box office rankings in its opening weekend on September 29-30, selling 1...
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Assassin's Pride Light Novels Get Anime Adaptation

Kei Amagi launched fantasy series in 2016 ― A stage presentation at the "Fantasia Bunko Dai Kanshasai 2018" event on Sunday revealed that Kei Amagi's Assassin's Pride light novel series is getting an anime adaptation. The event did not reveal the format of the anime. The series takes place in a world where only those from noble families have the mana to be able to fight against monsters. Kūfa is a no...

'Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?' Light Novels Get TV Anime

Love Hina's Yoshiaki Iwasaki directs series at J.C. Staff ― A stage presentation at the "Fantasia Bunko Dai Kanshasai 2018" event on Sunday revealed that writer Dachima Inaka and illustrator Pochi Iida's Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? (Tsūjō Kōgeki ga Zentai Kōgeki de Ni-kai Kōgeki no Okā-san wa Suki desuka?) light novel series is getting a television anime adaptation. The...
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Anime Film Reveals Title, Visual, Fall 2019 Debut

Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata fine film will feature returning staff, cast ― A stage presentation at the "Fantasia Bunko Dai Kanshasai 2018" event on Sunday revealed more details for the upcoming Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend film project. The film is titled Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata fine (pronounced "fee-nay" like the musical notation), and it will open in fall 2019. The staff also r...
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Fantasia Bunko Imprint Announces Fantasia Re:Build Crossover RPG

Game project to feature characters from Slayers, Saekano, Date A Live, Chaika, more ― A booth at the "Fantasia Bunko Dai Kanshasai 2018" event on Sunday revealed that the Fantasia Re:Build role-playing game is in development. The crossover game will feature characters from various light novel series under Kadokawa's Fantasia Bunko imprint. Visuals at the booth for the game reveal that characters from...
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Seishun Buta Yarō Anime Film Previewed in 1st Ad

Film adapting light novel series' 6th, 7th volumes opens in 2019 ― The official website for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Yume-Miru Shōjo no Yume wo Minai (The Young Pig-Rascal Isn't Dreaming of a Dreaming Girl), the anime film based on Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō light novel series, began streaming the film's first commercial on Saturday. (Note: The video on the official website is region locked to ...

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Compile Heart Develops New Date A Live Game Set for 2019 Release

Light novel Koushi Tachibana supervises game's story ― A stage presentation at the "Fantasia Bunko Dai Kanshasai 2018" event on Sunday revealed that Compile Heart is developing a new game based on Koushi Tachibana's Date A Live light novel series. The game will launch in 2019. Tachibana is writing the original draft for the game's story, and Tsunako is designing the characters. The game will feature ...

Date A Live Anime's 3rd Season Reveals New Cast Member, Staff, January 2019 Premiere (Updated)

Teaser visual, theme song artists also revealed ― A stage presentation at the "Fantasia Bunko Dai Kanshasai 2018" event on Sunday revealed that Date A Live III, the third television anime season based on Koushi Tachibana's Date A Live light novel series, will premiere in January 2019. The anime will air on TV and will also stream on the Docomo Anime Store. The event also revealed a teaser visual (bel...
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Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka Anime's 1st Promo Video Streamed

Series premieres in January 2019 ― The official website for the television anime of Makoto Fukami and Seigo Tokiya's Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka (Mahō Shōjo Tokushūsen Asuka) manga began streaming a first promotional video for the anime on Saturday. The anime will premiere in January 2019, and will star: Aya Suzaki (The [email protected] Cinderella Girls' Minami Nitta, Ajin's Eriko Nagai) as Asuka Ōtorii...
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KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! Anime Film Opens in 2019

― The official Twitter account for the Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint posted a picture on Saturday featuring the 15th volume of Natsume Akatsuki's KONOSUBA (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! or KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world!!) light novel series. The wraparound jacket band featured on the novel announces that the previously revealed anime film project will open in 2019. The n...
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Sardine Collaboration Casts Golgo 13 as Bar Owner

Hagoromo Foods is collaborating with Golgo 13 for a fishy campaign. A project related to Hagoromo Foods and King Oscar's oiled canned sardines will launch in late October. The project likely came about because "sardine" sounds similar to the English word "13" in Japanese. From late October to March 31, supermarkets and mass retailers in Japan will sell special packages of King Oscar sardines with ...
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Angels of Death ‒ Episode 15

"In this final act, Angels of Death ramps up both the melodrama and its twisted flavor of romance to great effect."
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Hideo Azuma's Hizashi Bishōjo Manga Illustrations Get Reprint

Hideo Azuma's Hizashi (Sunlight) manga illustrations are getting a reprint titled Hizashi -reissue- in late November from publisher fukkan.com. The A4-size reprint will approximate the manuscript size from the original release of Azuma's bishojo manga from 1979 to 1984. The first copies will include a B3-size "original pinup" (seen in first image below) with four illustrations that were previously...
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Sanrio's Cinnamoroll, My Melody Inspire Fluffy Crop Top Set

The Japanese clothing store chain Shimamura is offering a "half top set" that features Sanrio characters Cinnamoroll (also known as Cinnamon) and My Melody. It's no surprise that Cinnamoroll is enjoying the limelight because he ranked #1 again in this year's official Sanrio Character Ranking. Last year, My Melody was also in the top three in the popularity poll. The sets exclusive to Shimamura inc...
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Osamu Tezuka's Daughter Comments on Compile Heart's Cute Girl Game

Some fans have been critical of Compile Heart's new Eshigami no Kizuna (The Bonds of Gods of Artists) smartphone game, which will turn Osamu Tezuka's classic characters into cute female characters. Tezuka, a prolific creator often referred to as the "God of Manga," played a pivotal role in the foundation of the manga and anime industry as it exists today. Because of that, many people in Japan and ...
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Boarding School Juliet ‒ Episode 3

"Char is an excellent character to toss into the mix, embodying a type that will undoubtedly make certain fans very happy."
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Season Premiere: A Certain Magical Index III—Episodes 1-3

"Index was a trend-setter for the supernatural action anime that have come out over the past decade, and these three episodes affirm that it hasn't lost its touch."
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New Gundam Educational Kit Teaches Robotics, Programming

Technology from science fiction often emerges in the real world sooner or later. Unfortunately, we will probably never see the completion of the Japanese government's previously teased Gundam projects. Still, fans will soon be able to learn practical skills inspired by the franchise and its mobile suits. Bandai has unveiled the Zeonic Technics Robotics and Programming Kit, which is inspired by the...
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Series Premiere: Bloom Into You—Episodes 1-3

"How long you want to wait for Yuu to come to terms with her feelings will determine if you'll be on board for this particular love story."
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 15

"This series has always shown a predilection for pulpy twists, but episode 15 may be Banana Fish at its pulpiest."
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Series Premiere: Zombie Land Saga—Episodes 1-3

"Overall, Zombie Land Saga is off to an incredibly strong start as this season's only horror idol comedy."
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Soul Calibur VI Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

PS4/Xbox One/PC game launched on Thursday in Japan, Friday in the West ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a launch trailer on Friday for its Soul Calibur VI fighting game. The game launched for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Thursday in Japan, and on Friday in the Americas and Europe. The North American collector's edition includes a 120-page artbook, 12-inch Sophitia figure, me...
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Series Premiere: Karakuri Circus—Episodes 1-2

"The show's lackadaisical tone makes its absurd elements work both as dark comedy and character development, which I suspect will be key to the story's success in the future."
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My Brother's Husband GN 2

Yaichi realizes just how much his brother's husband has become part of the family in this touching finale to Gengoroh Tagame's family manga. ― It is something of a shock to realize that the entirety of My Brother's Husband, of which this is the final omnibus volume, takes place over only three weeks. That's probably because they are such full weeks for the three main characters of Gengoroh Tagame's f...
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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Game's 2 New Mission Videos Streamed

Game slated for PS4/Xbox One on January 18, on PC via Steam on February 1 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a mission video on Friday for its Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown game. The video features gameplay for the game's "Mission 07: First Contact." Bandai Namco Entertainment in Japan is also streaming a separate mission video featuring gameplay for "Mission 06: Bad Day." Bandai Namco...
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Rainy Cocoa Anime's 5th Season Reveals Different Female Main Cast, January Debut, Title

Rainy Cocoa side G to center on female characters instead of male ones ― The official website for the Rainy Cocoa anime unveiled the fifth season's new female main characters, their cast, the January 2019 premiere, and the Rainy Cocoa side G title. Unlike the previous seasons, the Rainy Cocoa side G season will feature female main characters. Yōko, the daughter of the Rainy Color cafe's owner Kōji Am...
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Frame Arms Girl Sequel Film Opens in Early Summer 2019

The official Twitter account for Kotobukiya's Frame Arms Girl anime announced on Saturday that the Frame Arms Girl sequel film will open in Japan early next summer. The account will announce more details as they come. 【続編情報】アニメ『フレームアームズ・ガール』2019年初夏劇場公開決定‼️詳細は順次発表致します。 #FAガール pic.twitter.com/dPzR4Qtu1i— 「フレームアームズ・ガール」アニメ公式 (@fagirl_official) October 20, 2018 Kotobukiya previously streamed a video f...

Voice Actor Nobuo Tanaka Passes Away

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure OVA's Dio, Gatchaman's Sosai X was 83 ― The Tokyo Actor's Consumer's Cooperative Society reported on Saturday that voice actor Nobuo Tanaka has passed away. He was 83. Voice actress Fumi Hirano reported on Twitter on Saturday that Tanaka passed away on October 17. Tanaka had roles in such anime as Gatchaman (Sosai X), JoJo's Bizarre Adventure OAV (Dio), Anime Sanjushi (Cardin...
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Re:Zero Memory Snow OVA's Promo Video Previews nonoc's Image Song

OVA opened in Japanese theaters on October 6 at #8 ― Kadokawa began streaming a promotional video on Saturday for Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Memory Snow, the first OVA episode in the Re:Zero franchise. The video previews nonoc's image song "Relive." The episode opened in Japanese theaters on October 6, and features a returning cast and staff. The OVA ranked at #8 at the Japanese box off...
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Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission Switch Game Announced

2019 game will include cards, characters from Super Dragon Ball Heroes arcade card game series ― The December issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission game for the Nintendo Switch. The game will include 1,160 cards and 350 characters from the first eight Super Dragon Ball Heroes arcade card games,...

Funimation Reveals English Dub Casts for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, RErideD Anime

Both dubs to premiere on Monday ― Funimation has revealed the English dub casts for both the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime and the RErideD: Derrida, who leaps through time anime. The dub for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime will premiere on Monday at 4:00 p.m. EDT, and will be available in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia. The cast for t...
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Megadimension Neptunia VIIR Launches on Steam on Monday

― Idea Factory International announced on Friday that its PC release of the Megadimension Neptunia VIIR (Shin Jigen Neptune VIIR) game is slated for Monday, October 22 on Steam. The game will be compatible with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift virtual reality devices, but the game will not require them. The game is the first VR game in the Neptune/Neptunia franchise. It launched for the PlayStation 4 in Jap...
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The [email protected] SideM Wake Atte Mini! Returns Manga's Compiled Volume Bundles Unaired Anime

TV anime based on original manga premiered on October 9 ― Amazon Japan is listing that a special edition of the compiled volume of Sumeragi and Bandai Namco Entertainment's The [email protected] SideM Wake Atte Mini! Returns manga will bundle an unaired The [email protected] SideM Wake Atte Mini! anime with an original story on DVD. The special edition of the manga will ship on March 22. Sumeragi launched the The ...
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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato Sequel Anime Film Reveals Teaser Video, Visual

― The official website for the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress anime began streaming a teaser video on Saturday for the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato (Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri: Unato Kessen) sequel anime film. Mumei: Hey Ikoma, do you remember? That day. I remember it like it was yesterday. You made the promise at the shrine with that idiotic serious face of yours. You said I had a p...

Mob Psycho 100 Anime Joins Toonami's Lineup on October 27

1st season based on ONE's manga premiered in July 2016 ― The official Facebook page for Adult Swim's Toonami programming block announced on Friday that it is adding the first season of the Mob Psycho 100 anime to the block on October 27 at 11:30 p.m. The anime adaptation of ONE's original manga premiered in Japan in July 2016 and Crunchyroll streamed the series with English subtitles as it aired in J...
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Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Film Reveals 3 Original Characters

― Toei unveiled three visuals for original characters from Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER, this year's Kamen Rider Heisei Generations film, on Saturday. The first two characters are two new "Another Riders," enemies based on past Kamen Riders. The first image below is Another W and the second is Another Den-O. (The television series has already debuted Another Build, Another Ex-Aid, Another ...
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Warriors Orochi 4 Game's Western Launch Trailer Streamed

Game setting world record for most playable characters in hack-and-slash game shipped this week ― Koei Tecmo America and Koei Tecmo Europe began streaming a launch trailer for the Warriors Orochi 4 (Musou Orochi 3) game this week. The game launched for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in North America on Tuesday, and on the same platforms in Europe on Friday. In Japan, the game la...
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Takuya Eguchi, Natsuki Hanae, Shouta Aoi Star as The Body Shop's Personified Cleanser Ingredients

The Japanese branch of the British cosmetics company The Body Shop recently unveiled the "Uruoi-hime to 3-nin no Mahōtsukai" (Moisturize Princess and the Three Magicians) campaign to promote its Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. The campaign will officially launch its first wave on October 22, and three prominent voice actors are lending their talents to portray key ingredients in the cleanser....
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Resonance of Fate 4K/HD Edition Game's Trailer Shows English, Japanese Versions

Game launched digitally on PS4, Steam on Thursday ― Game developer tri-Ace began streaming a trailer for the 4K/HD remastered version of its Resonance of Fate (End of Eternity) game on Friday. The video shows cut scenes and some gameplay. It is available in English and Japanese. English: Japanese: The game launched digitally for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam on Thursday. tri-Ace describes the game: ...
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Re:Zero's Rem Inspires Life-Size Bust Figure

FuRyu's hobby brand F:NEX unveiled a 1/1-scale bust figure of Re:Zero's Rem on Thursday. The company is accepting preorders until Valentine's Day. The highly detailed life-size figure is about 70 centimeters (about 28 inches) tall. Design Coco, known for its previous life-size figures of characters such as To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness' Lala and Momo, designed the bust figure. The figure costs 234...
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Live-Action Kakugo wa Ii ka Soko no Joshi. Film's Behind-the-Scenes Video Streamed

Romantic comedy opened in Japan last week ― Toei began streaming a "making-of" video for the live-action film adaptation of Nana Shiiba's Kakugo wa Ii ka Soko no Joshi. (Are you ready? Hey you girl!) romantic comedy manga on Friday. The video shows behind-the-scenes footage of the cast and staff on set. The film opened in Japan on October 12. The manga also inspired a television series that is set "a...
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Crunchyroll Adds Tsurune Anime Simulcast

KyoAni's archery series premieres on Sunday ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream Kyoto Animation's television anime of Kotoko Ayano's Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu (Tsurune: Kazemai High School's Archery Club) novel as it airs in Japan. The series will premiere worldwide outside of Asia on Sunday, October 21 at 1:45 p.m. EDT. The anime will premiere in Japan the NHK-General channel ...
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Daedalus: The Awakening of Golden Jazz Game's Opening Movie Streamed

New work in Jake Hunter series debuts for PS4/Switch on December 13 ― Arc System Works began streaming the opening movie for its Daedalus: The Awakening of Golden Jazz game on Friday. The adventure game will ship in Japan for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on December 13. The game is part of the Tantei Jingūji Saburō (Jake Hunter) series. It tells a story related to the title character Saburō Jing...
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Transformers Composer Robert J. Walsh Passes Away

Walsh also founded Screenmusic Studios, Hollywood Film Music Library ― Soundtrack record label Varèse Sarabande Records announced on Wednesday that composer Robert J Walsh has passed away. Born in 1947, Walsh began working as a composer and musical director at Warner Bros. Classic Animation in 1979. He went on to work at Hanna-Barberra, Marvel Animation, Stan Lee Films, and other production studios. ...
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Final Godzilla Anime Film Gets Golden Ghidorah Ticket Card

Godzilla: The Planet Eater (Godzilla: Hoshi wo Kū Mono), the third and final film in the Godzilla anime film trilogy, is getting a "Gold Movie Ticket Card." Only 1,000 of the limited-edition cards will be available at the "Godzilla Fest 2018" event at Hibiya Step Plaza in Tokyo and at Godzilla Store Tokyo. The gold ticket cards relate to King Ghidorah, the golden dragon-like creature who appears i...
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Babymetal Member Yuimetal Officially Leaves Group

J-pop/metal group releases new single ― The official website for the J-pop/metal band BABYMETAL announced on Friday that YUIMETAL (Yui Mizuno) has officially left the group. Mizuno had been absent from the group's performances since last December, though a spokesperson for the band told Altpress in May that she was still part of the group. The new post on the official website explained that Mizuno wa...
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Twitter Reacts to My Sister, My Writer TV Series' Deteriorating Animation

The term "sakuga hōkai" (animation collapse) is currently trending on Twitter. The term refers to poor animation, particularly when productions seem unable to control quality and the level of animation deteriorates. The term began trending on Twitter as a fan reaction to the second episode of the My Sister, My Writer television anime, which debuted on Wednesday night. いもいもの1話と2話を比べてみた#作画崩壊 pic.twi...
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Director Masaaki Yuasa Teases Characters From One of His New Projects

― Director Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, The Tatami Galaxy, Lu Over the Wall, Devilman Crybaby) teased one of his upcoming new projects in an interview with Tokyo Weekender posted last week. According to the magazine, one of the projects is an "original love story 'with some tweaks' about a surfer girl and a fireman." Yuasa said that he is always working on several projects at once. "The basic theme tha...
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Pan to Boku no Momo-chan Manga Gets Anime on Anime Beans App

Daiki Kobayashi, Yuka Masuda star in story about boy and his aunt ― The wraparound jacket band for the second and final compiled volume of Saya Usato's Pan to Boku no Momo-chan (Bread and my momo) manga announced on Saturday that the manga will get an anime in Production I.G's Anime Beans app beginning this month. The anime stars Daiki Kobayashi as Shiro and Yuka Masuda as Momo. The story follows a b...
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Manga Answerman - What Makes A Great English Translation?

Do you prefer an extremely literal translation to a more "lyrical" one? What really goes in to a truly great Japanese-to-English manga translation? Deb gets into it. ― This is more of a personal question, but what do you prefer: a “lyrical”, adaptive translation, or a no-frills one that goes for the very direct approach? Hm. That's an interesting question. Let me preface my response with a few cavea...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets Anime Reveals Visual, Cast, Staff

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Kana Hanazawa, Ayana Taketatsu, Miku Itō Ayane Sakura, Inori Minase join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Negi Haruba's The Quintessential Quintuplets (Gotōbun no Hanayome) manga revealed a key visual, character visuals, cast, and staff for the series on Saturday. The cast includes: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Futaro Uesugi Kana Hanazawa as Ichika Nak...
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Frontwing's Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Anime Reveals Character Visuals

Anime's 1st 2 episodes slated to debut simultaneously in 2018 ― The official Twitter account for Frontwing's Grisaia: Phantom Trigger game revealed designs for two characters for the anime adaptation on Friday. Yoshino Nanjō as Maki Mikako Izawa as Shiori Arisaka The anime's cast also includes: Maaya Uchida as Rena Ayane Sakura as Tohka Kaori Nazuka as Chris Atsumi Tanezaki as Murasaki The cast membe...
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Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Ranks #3 on U.S. Monthly Bookscan September List

11 manga rank in top 20 ― Akira Himekawa's The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess manga volume 4 ranked at #3 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for September. This month's list featured 11 manga volumes including: #5 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 14 #6 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 #7 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 2 #8 — Ukyo Kodachi, Mikie...
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6th Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Film's 1st 11 Minutes Streamed

Film opens on November 2 after all-night Hiroshima marathon on October 27 ― The official website for the Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 (Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi or Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project began streaming the first 11 minutes of the sixth film in the series, "Kaisei-hen" (Resurrection Chapter), on Friday. The website also beg...
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The Caligula Effect: Overdose Game's Trailer Highlights New Characters

Game launches for Switch, PS4, PC in early 2019 in N. America, Europe ― NIS America began streaming an English trailer for The Caligula Effect: Overdose game on Thursday. The trailer highlights the new Go-Home Club characters Ayana Amamoto and Eiji Biwasaka, and the new Ostinato Musicians Stork and Kuchinashi. NIS America will release the game for PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC via Steam in early 2019...
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Everybody's Golf VR PS4 Game Slated for Spring 2019

― Sony Interactive Entertainment announced on Friday that Clap Hanz and Japan Studio's Everybody's Golf (Minna no Golf VR) PlayStation 4 game is slated for release in spring 2019. The game will support the PlayStation VR virtual reality headset. The developers are aiming to make the game accessible to golf beginners as well as experts. Players will have a 360-degree view of their surroundings, and w...
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Studio Gokumi Reveals Laidbackers Original Theatrical Anime Project (Updated)

Cast, staff, character designs, story, visual, spring 2019 premiere revealed ― Studio Gokumi revealed a new theatrical anime project titled Laidbackers on Friday. The studio is billing the film as the "final original theatrical anime of the Heisei era" (Japan is set to enter a new era after April 30, 2019 when the current emperor abdicates). The anime will have a limited two-week screening in Japan i...
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'Maō-sama, Retry!' TV Anime's Teaser Visual Revealed

― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kurone Kanzaki's Maō-sama, Retry! (Dark Lord, Retry!) light novel series revealed the show's first teaser visual on Friday. The anime will premiere next year. The story centers on Akira Ōno, a regular guy who works at a company that manages an online game. He often plays the game as his character "Maō" (Dark Lord). But one day, when he lo...
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Dark Souls: Remastered Switch Version Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launched in Japan on Thursday, launches in N. America/Europe on Friday ― Nintendo UK began streaming a launch trailer on Friday for the Switch version of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dark Souls: Remastered game. The game is launching on Friday in North America and Europe, and it launched on Thursday in Japan. The Solaire of Astora amiibo launched on the same day. The Nintendo Switch version of t...
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Catherine: Full Body Game's Video Previews Voice Actress Megumi Toyoguchi as Catherine

PS4, PS Vita game game launches on February 14 ― Atlus began streaming a new video for its Catherine: Full Body game on Friday. The video previews Megumi Toyoguchi as Catherine. DLC offered with the game's limited edition will allow for players to choose between 11 different voice actresses for Catherine. Previously revealed voice actresses for Catherine include: Miyuki Sawashiro, Mamiko Noto, Ami Ko...
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GoHands' Original W'z Anime's New Promo Video Reveals New Characters, January 5 Premiere

Katsumi Fukuhara, Toshiki Masuda star in music-centric series ― The official website for Frontier Works and Go Hands' original anime project W'z began streaming the show's latest promotional video on Friday. The video previews new characters and cast members. The official site asked fans to look forward to the official reveal of the voice actors at a later date. The video also reveals that the anime ...
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In This Corner of the World Anime Film's Extended Version Delayed to 2019

― The official Twitter account for In This Corner (and Other Corners) of the World [Kono Sekai no (Sara ni Ikutsumono) Katasumi ni] — the extended version of the anime film adaptation of Fumiyo Kouno's In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) manga — announced on Friday that the extended version is delayed to 2019. The new version was originally slated to screen in Japan in December. ...

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Light Novels Get Anime

J-Novel Club releases novels about girl who suddenly inhabits role of doomed otome game antagonist ― Ichijinsha revealed on Friday that Satoru Yamaguchi and Nami Hidaka's My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta...) light novel series will get an anime adaptation. The announcement did not reveal the anime's form...
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Live-Action Yowamushi Pedal Actor Eiji Takigawa Leaves Hospital

Actor suffered serious spinal cord injury during filming of Yowamushi Pedal 2 series last year ― Actor Eiji Takigawa announced in his blog on Thursday that he has been discharged from the hospital. In his post, he relayed the story of his hospitalization, including stories about a nurse who befriended him. He admitted in the blog post that he has lost many things, but he has also gained many things f...
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Live-Action 'Ano Ko no, Toriko' Film's New Clip Shows Yori Encouraging Shizuku

Film opened in Japan on October 5 at #11 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Yuki Shiraishi's Ano Ko no Toriko manga began streaming a new clip from the film on Thursday. The clip shows Shizuku losing her confidence before a shooting for a lingerie commercial, but Yori arrives in a mascot costume to encourage her. The film opened in Japan on October 5, and it ranked #11 in i...
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Kunio-kun: The World Classics Collection Adds 3 Double Dragon Games

Collection release of Kunio-kun games slated for December 20 on PS4/Xbox One/Switch ― Arc System Works revealed on Thursday that its Kunio-kun: The World Classics Collection game collection will include the Double Dragon, Double Dragon II, and Double Dragon III games. Arc System Works announced the collection in September 2017. The game collection will ship in Japan on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, an...
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Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded Game Gets PC Release on October 25

NIS America released game on Switch, PS4 in July ― Developer Aqua Style announced on Thursday that it will release its Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded (Fushigi no Gensokyo 3 -The Tower of Desire- Reloaded) game on the PC via Steam on October 25. The game will have English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese text, with Japanese audio. NIS America released the game digitally for the N...
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DMM Games Reveals Wind Boys! Project

Project about high school boys in concert band gets smartphone, browser game ― DMM Games revealed a new project titled Wind Boys! on Thursday. The new project will have a smartphone and PC browser game, and will center around high school boys in their school's concert band. The project will depict the themes "wind music, high school boys, and youth." DMM Games will reveal more information on the game...
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Persona Q2 3DS Game's New Video Highlights Persona 3's Mitsuru

Crossover game launches on November 29 in Japan ― Atlus began streaming a new character video on Thursday for its Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game. The video highlights the Persona 3 character Mitsuru Kirijō (voiced by Rie Tanaka). The game will ship on November 29 in Japan. First printings will bundle DLC for a "battle background music set" for the Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona...
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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take on Me Film Gets Theatrical Screenings in U.S., Canada in November

Azoland Pictures screens film in theaters; Sentai Filmworks screened film in LA-AFF in September ― Film distribution company Azoland Pictures revealed on Thursday that it will screen Kyoto Animation's Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take on Me (Eiga Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Take On Me) anime film in select theaters in the United States and Canada starting on November 2. The partial list on Azol...
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Shun Oguri, Chiemi Blouson Guest Star in Yo-kai Watch: Forever Friends Film

Actor Ogur, comedian Blouson play enemy yōkai in December 14 film ― The official website for the Eiga Yōkai Watch: Forever Friends anime film revealed on Friday that actor Shun Oguri and comedian Chiemi Blouson will guest star in the film. Oguri will play Shien (seen below), a powerful yōkai who plots to usurp Lord Enma as ruler of the Yo-kai World, and who stands in the way of the film's protagonist...
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Blazblue: CentralFiction Game's Switch Version Launches on February 7 in Japan

― The official website for Arc System Works' Blazblue: CentralFiction Special Edition, the Nintendo Switch version of its Blazblue: CentralFiction game, revealed on Thursday that the game will ship in Japan on February 7. The site revealed the game's new packaging art. The site also revealed that the release will include all the DLC for the game's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions on release,...

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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, October 8-14

Live-action Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! series premieres ― The live-action film of Shūichi Asō's Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.) manga aired on NTV on Friday, October 12 at 9:00 p.m. and earned an 8.5% rating. The live-action television series of Hiroyuki Nishimori's Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! gag comedy manga premiered on NTV on October 14 at 10:30 p.m. and earned a 9.8% rating. Title Statio...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 54

"This is evidence that the time we've spent hanging out with these characters has borne fruit, and that these lovable dumbasses have been working their magic on me."
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This Week in Anime - Whatever Happened to FLCL Alternative?

FLCL Alternative came and went without much fanfare after the divisive results of FLCL Progressive. This week, Andy and Steve look back on what new things this conclusion to the FLCL trilogy brought to the table. ― FLCL Alternative came and went without much fanfare after the divisive results of FLCL Progressive. This week, Andy and Steve look back on what new things this conclusion to the FLCL tril...
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Waiting for Spring Live-Action Film's Trailer, Poster Visual Revealed

Film based on Anashin's manga opens on December 14 in Japan ― The official website for the live-action film of Anashin's Waiting for Spring (Harumatsu Bokura) manga unveiled a trailer and new poster visual on Friday. Tao Tsuchiya (top row center in image above) will play the lead role of Mitsuki Haruno. Yūta Koseki (top row right) will play Mitsuki's childhood friend Aya Kamiyama. Takumi Kitamura (to...
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Series Premiere: Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai—Episodes 1-3

"This light novel adaptation takes more inspiration from the most successful example of its genre, the Bakemonogatari series, in its more philosophical approach to the nature of each girl's problems."
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Sakura's Battle Costumes Added to Giant Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition

The upcoming Cardcaptor Sakura exhibition already includes a giant Kero-chan, 200 pieces of artwork, and a delectable menu fit for teatime with Tomoyo. There are still even more details to report for Sakura's big exhibition as organizers announced that replicas of the magical girl's costumes will be available for viewing. Tomoyo's Siege Atelier section of the exhibit will replicate Sakura's best f...
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Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!/Eevee! Games' Video Previews Master Trainers

Nintendo Switch games ship on November 16 ― The Pokémon Company began streaming a new trailer for its Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! Nintendo Switch games on Monday. The video previews the new "Master Trainers" that will appear at various places in the game — each of these trainers specializes in one Pokémon, and the player must challenge them to one-on-one, no-items matche...
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Pop Team Epic's AC-bu, Steins;Gate's Kurisu Appearing on Variety Show

Shunsuke Itakura and Toru Adachi presented their work on one of anime's biggest stages when they appeared at this summer's Animelo multi-day concert. The men comprise AC-bu, the creators of Pop Team Epic's Hellshake Yano and the Bobunemimimmi ("Bob Team Epic") segments. Pop Team Epic isn't the pair's only claim to fame. They also animated the equally unique "Galo Sengen" music video for the hip-ho...
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Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō Anime Premieres on Amazon on December 10

Theme song information, key visual also unveiled ― The staff for Toei Animation's anime of Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō manga announced on Saturday that the show will premiere on the SkyPer! Anime Set channel on Amazon Prime Video in Japan on December 10 at 7:00 p.m. JST. The anime will later premiere on Animax on December 24, and on the dAnimax channel on dTV on January 5. The "Animax on...
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Zombie Land Saga Reveals Kotono Mitsuishi as Voice of Tae Yamada

Credit to Sailor Moon voice actress revealed in 3rd episode ― The third episode of MAPPA, Avex Pictures, and Cygames' Zombieland Saga anime revealed on Thursday that Kotono Mitsuishi is voicing Tae Yamada in the series. While the character has appeared in all three episodes thus far, she was credited with "????" in the first two. Mitsuishi has performed in dozens of roles, but she is arguably best kn...
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RPG Maker Overlord Game Gets Expanded Version, CD-Rom Release

A fan event for the fantasy anime Overlord III will have some impressive swag for attendees on October 27. Besides the usual merchandise, staff will sell an expanded version of Dungeon of Nazarick, the retro-style Overlord game that debuted on the anime's official website in August. The "Halloween no Tsudoi" fan event will sell the game on CD-Rom. The trial version, produced with RPG Maker MV, was...
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Ingress Anime Casts Virtual YouTuber Kizuna Ai

Ingress' ADA appears on Kizuna Ai's channel ― The official website for the Ingress anime based on Niantic's AR game announced on Wednesday that "virtual YouTube" character Kizuna Ai will guest star in the anime's ninth episode, which will air on December 12. Her role in the anime has not yet been revealed. Additionally, Ingress' Artificial Intelligence character ADA, voiced by Megumi Ogata, appeared ...
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Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki Documentary Opens in U.S. Theaters in December

Tickets on sale through GKIDS, Fathom Events ― GKIDS and Fathom Events announced on Thursday that they will debut the Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao) television documentary special in more than 500 United States theaters on Thursday, December 13 and Tuesday, December 18. All screenings will be English-subtitled and at 7:30 p.m. local time. Tickets are on sale via GKIDS...
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Godzilla Lives on Forever as NASA Designated Constellation

The king of monsters earned his place among the stars this week as NASA announced Godzilla is joining heroes like Hercules, Perseus, and Orion as a constellation. Scientists found a perfect place in space for Godzilla based on the kaiju's own attributes. They considered Godzilla's famous heat ray attack and its similarity to black holes and neutron stars' gamma-ray jets when placing him among othe...

Funimation, Crunchyroll End Content-Sharing Partnership (Update)

VRV content bundle replaces Funimation with HIDIVE ― Crunchyroll and Funimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that their partnership to share content will end on Friday, November 9. The streaming channel bundle service VRV, owned by Crunchyroll parent company Ellation, also announced that it will no longer have the FunimationNow streaming service as part of its VRV Premium Subscription, or as a...
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Boarding School Juliet Manga Anthology Includes Chapters By Tiv, Zekkyō, Puyo, More

This season's romantic comedy series Boarding School Juliet is getting its first official anthology manga volume. Boarding School Juliet Official Comic Anthology gathers up a variety of manga artists to write their own one-shots in original creator Yōsuke Kaneda's story's setting. A total of 30 artists participated, including Masamune-kun's Revenge artist Tiv, My Wife is the Student Council Presid...

Emma: A Victorian Romance English Dub Kickstarter Campaign Ends With US$253,834

Both seasons, art book will still be available for preorder for backers ― Right Stuf's Kickstarter campaign to create an English-dubbed HD production of Emma: A Victorian Romance ended on Thursday with US$253,834 from 1,615 backers. The project already met its initial US$110,000 goal for an English dub of the first season as well as its US$180,000 stretch goal for an English dub of the second season....
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3 Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Games Get PS4 Ports

Tanita also surpasses crowdfunding goal for Twin-Stick controller on campaign's 1st day ― Kenji Matsubara, president and COO of Sega Games Co., Ltd., announced on a live streaming program on scale maker Tanita's YouTube channel on Thursday that three titles in the Virtual-On game series will get ports for PlayStation 4. Ports of the Cyber Troopers Virtual-On, Cyber Troopers Virtual-On: Oratorio Tangr...

Utena Director Kunihiko Ikuhara's Sarazanmai Anime Unveils 3rd 'Linked' Promo (Update)

Yuri!!! on Ice's MAPPA, Yurikuma Arashi's Lapin Track animate show ― The official YouTube channel for Kunihiko Ikuhara's original television anime project Sarazanmai began streaming the anime's third "linked promotional video" on Friday. The anime begins with the same clips as last week's video, but adds more footage and a new character at the end. The narration in the video is as follows: 1st Charac...
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Merc Storia Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― The official website for Merc Storia -Mukiryoku no Shōnen to Bin no Naka no Shōjo- (Merc Storia: The Apathetic Boy and the Girl in a Bottle), the television anime of Happy Elements' Merc Storia -Yujutsushi to Suzu no Shirabe~ smartphone role-playing game, revealed the Blu-ray Disc release information for the series on Thursday. The anime will ship on two Blu-ray Disc volumes with six episodes each...
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Fate/Grand Order Game's New Stage Play Reveals Visual, Cast, Staff

Haruki Kiyama, Shōgo Yamazaki star as Gilgamesh, Enkidu, respectively ― The official website for the Fate/Grand Order stage plays revealed the first visual, main cast, and staff for the new Fate/Grand Order The Stage -Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia- (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) play on Thursday. The cast includes: Haruki Kiyama a...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil Writer Carlos Zen Launches New Manga with Ten Ishida

Strange Lessons by Professor Terror manga launched on Thursday ― This year's 46th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine published the first chapter on Thursday of writer Carlo Zen (The Saga of Tanya the Evil) and artist Ten Ishida's new manga Strange Lessons by Professor Terror (Terror-kyōju no Ayashii Jugyō). The manga also runs in D Morning. The manga centers on the university professor Tim Lawrence...
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Kalafina's Wakana Officially Debuts Solo Career With New Single Next Year

― Singer Wakana Ootaki of the singing unit Kalafina announced during her solo concert on Wednesday that she will make the official debut of her solo singing career next year with her first single "Toki o Koeru Yoru ni" (In the Night Beyond Time). Shusui is composing the song, while Wakana herself is writing the lyrics. Wakana has been on a solo concert tour since September 24 that has traveled to To...
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Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 6 Manga Approaches Climax

Tohko Mizuno's manga adaptation of game launched in 2015 ― The November issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge revealed on Wednesday that Tohko Mizuno's Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 (Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 6) manga is approaching its climax. The manga adapts the game of the same name, and centers on heroine Azusa Takatsuka. Azusa is high school girl who one day finds herself in a world t...
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SNK 40th Anniversary Collection's 1st Free DLC Games Previewed in Video

Collection launches on November 13 in N. America, November 16 in Europe ― NIS America began streaming a video for SNK's SNK 40th Anniversary Collection game for the Nintendo Switch on Wednesday. The video previews the first five DLC games for the release, which include Munch Mobile, Chopper I, Sasuke vs Commander, Fantasy, and Time Soldiers. SNK will release a total of 10 free DLC games for the relea...
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Bungo Stray Dogs Manga Gets 3rd Stage Play Adaptation in Summer 2019

2nd play ran in Tokyo, Osaka in September, October ― The official Bungo Stray Dogs stage play website revealed on Thursday that a third stage play will debut in summer 2019. The second play, Bungo Stray Dogs: Kuro no Jidai (Black Era), ran in Tokyo at the Sunshine Gekijō from September 22 to October 8, and then ran in Osaka at the Morinomiya Piloti Hall on October 13-14. The play covered part of the ...
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Elegant Yokai Apartment Life Novels Get Stage Play in January

Novels inspired 26-episodeTV anime last year ― Kodansha revealed on Thursday that Hinowa Kōzuki's Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life) light novel series is getting a stage play adaptation. The stage play will star: (from left to right in above image) Takahisa Maeyama as Yūshi Inaba Junya Komatsu as Mizuki Hase Ryō Saeki as Ryū-san Tsuneyasu Motoyoshi is directing the play, a...
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Viz Media Brings Masakazu Morita, Gou Nakanishi to Anime NYC

Morita, Nakanishi to attend K film screenings ― Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it will bring voice actor Masakazu Morita and producer Gou Nakanishi to Anime NYC this November. Morita and Nakanishi will be in attendance for the premiere screenings of the K: Seven Stories "Memory of Red ~BURN~" and K: Seven Stories "Circle Vision ~Nameless Song~" films. Morita plays the character Mishakuji Yukari ...
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Kodansha's Comic Days App Gets New Subscription Tier for 13 Magazines

Shonen Magazine, Dessert, Bessatsu Friend, Nakayoshi, more added ― Kodansha's Comic Days app and web service added a new subscription tier named "Motto Premium" (Even More Premium) on Monday that adds seven more magazines for users, in addition to the six magazines of the original premium subscription. The new magazines include Weekly Shonen Magazine, Monthly Shonen Magazine, Monthly Shonen Sirius, S...

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Stand My Heroes Anime's Character Designs Unveiled

Anime adapts 2016 smartphone game about narcotics unit ― The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of the Stand My Heroes smartphone game has been revealing the anime character designs for the characters from September until this Thursday. The character visuals for the members of the crime investigator unit Matori, along with the cast — who are reprising their roles from the ga...
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Dangen Entertainment Offers Witch's House MV Game on PC on October 31

Game is remastered version of Witch's House horror game ― Dangen Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it will release Fummy's The Witch's House MV (Majo no Ie MV) game on PC via Steam on October 31. The game is a remaster of Fummy's original Witch's House game using RPG Maker MV. Dangen Entertainment describes the game: The Witch's House, originally released in 2012, falls within the tradition of ...
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Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Toshitemo Anime Film's Teaser Video Reveals Aimyon's Insert Song

Craftar, Yūhei Sakuragi's original film opens in Japan on January 25 ― The official website for Craftar Studios Inc.'s original anime film Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Toshitemo (Even if the World Will End Tomorrow) began streaming two teaser videos for the film on Thursday. The videos reveal and preview singer-songwriter Aimyon's insert song "Ra, no Hanashi." Aimyon is also performing the film's theme song...
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New 'Go Astro Boy Go!' TV Series Screens at MIPCOM

New Astro Boy series by Planet Nemo slated for 52 episodes ― Animation studio Planet Nemo announced on October 11 that it is screening it and Tezuka Productions' Go Astro Boy Go! series at the MIPCOM trade show. The trade show is ongoing until Thursday. Planet Nemo describes the show: The eco-systems of planet Earth are endangered. Lucky for us, a super-powered robot boy is flying to rescue! astro in...
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'Important Announcement' for Shin'ichi Sakamoto's Innocent Rouge Manga is Artbook

― This year's 22nd issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that the previously teased "important announcement" for Shin'ichi Sakamoto's Innocent Rouge manga is a digital artbook that will go on sale in November. The book will feature insights into Sakamoto's drawing process, close-ups of Sakamoto's illustrations, and other illustrations and photographs. The manga is a sequel to...
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My Hero Academia Manga Creator Corrects New Chapter's Typos via Twitter

My Hero Academia manga creator Kōhei Horikoshi revealed on Twitter on Tuesday that there are two mistakes in chapter 202, "Daisan Set" (Match 3), which debuted in this year's 46th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Monday. He said that Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu's Hero name "Real Steel" was miswritten as "Real Steal." In addition, All Might mentions "vestiges' fragments" at one point, b...
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7th Tsukiuta Stage Play Reveals Cast in Costume

CYBER-DIVE-CONNECTION play to premiere in December ― The official Twitter account for the Tsukiuta stage plays unveiled cast visuals for CYBER-DIVE-CONNECTION, the franchise's seventh stage play, last week. The cast for the two main groups Six Gravity and Procellarum will return from the sixth musical, which opens in Japan this week. The cast for the Six Gravity group includes: Kentarō Menjō as Hajim...
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Season Premiere: Tokyo Ghoul:re ‒ Episodes 13-14

"This cour gives the impression of a runner careening head over heels down a steep hill, willing to sacrifice a few dozen bones if it means finishing the race more quickly."
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HIDIVE Launches Xbox One App

― HIDIVE announced on Wednesday that it has released an app for Xbox One gaming consoles. The HIDIVE streaming service launched in June 2017 after acquiring assets previously held by Anime Network Online. The service has primarily streamed titles — including simulcasts and seasonal dubs — that are licensed for home video by Section23 Films and its subsidiaries, though it also has some shows that are...
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Sega's Readyyy! Idol Game Streams SP!CA, La-Veritta Music Videos

Sega revealed its idol training smartphone game Readyyy! earlier this year starring 18 idols ready to take the world's stage. The 18 idols are divvied up into five idol units: SP!CA, RayGlanZ, Just4U, La-Veritta, and Maten Rocket. Since the game's announcement, Sega has released short music videos for RayGlanZ and SP!CA as well as the game's opening sequence animated by Production I.G. thus far an...
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Sensual Phrase App Game Adds More Cast

Yuichiro Umehara, Kenji Akabane, more join cast ― The official website for the Sensual Phrase Climax ‐Next Generation- game app based on Mayu Shinjo's Sensual Phrase (Kaikan Phrase) manga announced eleven additional cast members for the game on Wednesday. Some of the characters have appeared in either Sensual Phrase or Shinjo's other manga Love Celeb. Yuichiro Umehara as XXX band producer Noah Walker...
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Fish-Faced Idols Keep Things Fresh in Dorukan Manga

Just when you think you've seen idols of every stripe: former yakuza, zombies, a mattress, and horse girls, a new manga appears to defy your expectations. The manga app Manga Zero is publishing a new series by Kazushige Watari starring a group of literally bubbly idols. The girls human from the neck down, but everything up top is fishy. Dorukan stars a music producer named Saita Ushio. Every femal...
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Persona Q2 3DS Game's New Video Highlights Persona 4's Teddie

Crossover game launches on November 29 in Japan ― Atlus began streaming a new character video on Wednesday for its Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game. The video highlights the Persona 4 character Teddie (voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi). The game will ship on November 29 in Japan. First printings will bundle DLC for a "battle background music set" for the Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona ...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, October 8-14

Hunter x Hunter, Haikyu!!, Laid-Back Camp, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Hunter x Hunter 36 210,802 709,028 2018/10 Shueisha Yoshihiro Togashi 1 2 2 Haikyu!! 34 169,644 455,332 2018/10 Shueisha Haruichi Furudate 2 2 3 Laid-Back Camp 7 72,228 72,228...
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Volks Plans Rose of Versailles Super Dollfies

Riyoko Ikeda's The Rose of Versailles manga and its heroine Lady Oscar have captured hearts since it debuted almost 50 years ago. The characters appear in campaigns for coffee, chocolate, and yogurt and were recently the inspiration for a new line of shirts from UNIQLO. This winter the characters are appearing in another campaign, this time as the stars of the Dolls Party 40 event at Tokyo Big Sig...
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Arpeggio of Blue Steel's Sea Glass 'Tribute Manga' Ends in November

Comedy manga centering on Takao in Hakodate launched last November ― The December issue of Shonengahosha's Monthly Young King Ours GH magazine revealed on Tuesday that Sakura Ikeda's Sea Glass "tribute manga" to Ark Performance's Arpeggio of Blue Steel manga will end in the magazine's next issue on November 16. The comedy manga centers on heavy cruiser Takao. After losing her first battle with I-401,...
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Mr. Tonegawa Anime's Real Escape Game Offers Dish Inspired by 'Roasting Prostration' Scene

Kaiji spinoff anime Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues is getting a Real Escape Game, titled "Escape From the Big Demonic Year-End Party," at the puzzle-solving theme park Tokyo Mystery Circus from October 18 to January 27. In addition to the main game, Tokyo Mystery Circus' yelo Cafe is offering a special "Roasting Prostration Sausage Criminal Beer Set" for 1,000 yen (about US$9). There is a c...
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Death Mark Game's Video Highlights Gameplay

Aksys Games to release horror game for PS4/Vita/Switch on October 31 ― Aksys Games began streaming a video for Experience's Death Mark (Shiin) game on Wednesday. The video shows gameplay footage of the game. (Note: Video contains graphic imagery.) Aksys Games will release the game on October 31 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch. The game will also have a limited edition tha...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, October 8-14

Compile Heart's Ryūsei no Varnir game debuts ― Japan's Game Ranking: October 8-14 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Call of Duty Black Ops IV Sony Interactive Entertainment October 12 228,775 228,775 2NSwSuper Mario Party Nintendo October 5 63,451 206,319 3PS4Assassin's Creed Odyssey (Including Limited Editions) Ubisoft October 2 19,037 64,204 4P...
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Live-Action Tora-san Film Reveals More Cast

February 2019 film casts Marie Iitoyo, Eriko Tomiyama, Bakarhythm, Jun Kaname ― The official blog for the live-action film adaptation of Mina Itaba's Tora-san manga revealed additional cast members for the film on Wednesday. The new cast includes (clockwiser from upper left in photographs below): Marie Iitoyo as Whitest, the spoiled cat that become's Suzuo/Tora-san's confidante Eriko Tomiyama as Ako ...

Emma: A Victorian Romance English Dub Kickstarter Reaches Goal for Season 2

Project has 22 hours remaining ― Right Stuf's Kickstarter campaign to create an English-dubbed HD production of Emma: A Victorian Romance met its US$180,000 stretch goal on Wednesday to dub the second season in addition to the first season. Right Stuf previously explained that it would unlock new tiers to allow anyone to pledge for the second season. Those who have backed the project in some way will...
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Power Rangers: All-Stars Smartphone Game's Trailers Streamed

iOS, Android game accepting pre-registrations for worldwide launch ― Nexon began streaming two trailers for its Power Rangers: All-Stars smartphone game. The game is accepting pre-registrations for its worldwide launch now. All users will receive in-game rewards depending on the number of pre-registrations. The game launched for iOS and Android devices in Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines o...

Rifle is Beautiful Manga Gets Anime

Manga about high school's shooting club debuted in 2015 ― This year's 46th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine announced on Thursday that Akki Sarumi's Rifle is Beautiful four-panel manga is getting an anime. The announcement did not specify the format of the anime. The manga's story follows Hikari Kokura, an incoming high school student who is excited to join her school's shooting club. H...
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Bakugan Battle Planet TV Series Casts Jonah Wineberg, Ticoon Kim, Deven Mack

2019 animated series to have 50 30-minute episodes ― The Vanderwerff Talent agency revealed two cast members on October 10 for the Bakugan Battle Planet television animation series. Jonah Wineberg will play the main character Dan, and Ticoon Kim will play Shun. Deven Mack also revealed that he will play Wynton Styles (seen below). In addition, the C21 Media website reported on Saturday that the serie...
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Series Premiere: Run with the Wind—Episodes 1-3

"This show has already done an effective job crafting a lively, character-driven story that's more about the journey than the destination—just like distance running itself."
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Dynasty Warriors 8 Game Gets New Switch Version in December

Xtreme Legends Complete Edition DX adds all previous DLC, save compatibility with other titles ― Koei Tecmo announced on Wednesday that it will release a new version of Dynasty Warriors 8 (Shin Sangoku Musō 7) for the Nintendo Switch titled Shin Sangoku Musō 7 with Mōshōden (Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition DX). The game will ship in Japan on December 27. The game will include all ...
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Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! Anime Reveals Visuals, Cast, January 2019 Premiere

Reina Ueda, Maria Sashide, Rika Nagae, Akari Kitō join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Nanatsu Mukunoki's Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! (An Angel Flew Down to Me!) manga revealed a key visual, character visuals, the main cast, and the January 2019 premiere for the anime on Wednesday. The cast includes: Reina Ueda as Miyako Hoshino Maria Sashide as Hana Shirosaki Ri...
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Tatsunoko Marks 55th Anniversary with Egao no Daika TV Anime in January

Lagrange's Toshimasa Suzuki helms story of princess & military woman from distant worlds ― The anime studio Tatsunoko Productions (Speed Racer, Gatchaman, Time Bokan, Infini-T Force) is marking its 55th anniversary with the new original television anime Egao no Daika (The Cost of Smiles), premiering on the WOWOW, Tokyo MX, and YTV channels in January 2019. Tatsunoko describes the story: On a planet f...

Isekai Izakaya Anime Gets Blu-ray Release Only If 300 Pre-order It

Number of bonus extras also determined by number of pre-orders received ― The official website for Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World (Isekai Izakaya ~Koto Aitheria no Izakaya Nobu~), the anime of Natsuya Semikawa's Otherworldly Izakaya "Nobu" (Isekai Izakaya "Nobu") light novel series, announced on Tuesday that the anime will only have a Blu-ray Disc release if it receives at least 300...
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Tsuri Baka Nisshi Gets New Year's Live-Action Special in January

Salaryman show's cast reprises roles from 1st, 2nd season ― The official website for the live-action Tsuri Baka Nisshi (Diary of a Fishing Fool) television series announced on Wednesday that it will continue in a television special titled "Shinshun Drama Special Tsuri Baka Nisshi Shinmai Shain Hamasaki Densuke Seto Naikai de Tairyō! Kekkon-shiki Dai Panic-hen!" (New Year Drama Special Diary of a Fish...

DramaFever Streaming Service Shuts Down

Service for Asian dramas, Latin American telenovelas launched in 2009 ― Warner Bros. shut down its DramaFever streaming service on Tuesday. Entertainment news website Variety reported that the closure of the service will result in 20% of the company's 110 employees being laid off, but Warner Bros. also stated that employees from Warner Bros. Digital Labs, "which encompasses more than two-thirds of th...
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CyberAgent Establishes CAAnimation Label for Original Anime

Cygames parent's label to also produce games for original anime, collaborate with AbemaTV ― CyberAgent, the parent company of game developer Cygames and streaming service company AbemaTV, announced on Wednesday that it has founded the CAAnimation label on the same day. The new label will focus on producing original anime, as well as producing possible game adaptations (developed by other CyberAgent s...

Train Man Has U.S. Live-Action Musical Series in the Works

2007 Hairspray director, Everybody Loves Raymond creator adapt story of otaku getting love advice from net board ― Vertigo Entertainment, Amuse Group US, and Global Road Television announced at Mipcom on Tuesday that they will produce a musical adaptation of the Train Man (Densha Otoko) franchise. Entertainment news website Variety noted that the adaptation will be a "half-hour series," and both Vari...

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Pokémon TCG Partners With Art Exhibition to Recreate Munch's The Scream Painting

The Pokémon Trading Card Game is collaborating with the "Munch: A Retrospecitve" exhibition, which will run at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum from October 27 to January 20. Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream is getting the Pokémon treatment and transforming into promo cards. The promo cards feature the creatures Pikachu, Eevee, Mimikyu, Psyduck, and Rowlet in the position of the screamer in ...
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Season Premiere: Golden Kamuy ‒ Episodes 13-14

"While it takes a while to get going, these two episodes were a strong reminder of why I found Golden Kamuy so compelling in its first cour. It always has a new trick up its sleeve to keep you gripped in its frontier gold chase."
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Kakegurui, Denpa Kyōshi Creators Work on New Chrono Ma:gia Manga

Manga launches in Weekly Shonen Sunday on October 31 ― This year's 47th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed more details on Wednesday for the new manga adaptation of GungHo Online Entertainment's new digital card game Chrono Ma:gia. The new manga will be titled Chrono Ma:gia: Mugen no Haguruma (Infinite Gears) and will launch in the magazine's 49th issue on October 31. Takesh...
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Funimation's Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos Anime Film License Expires on November 21

― Funimation Entertainment announced on Tuesday that its license for the Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos anime film will expire on November 21. The company's home video release will go out of print. The film's original story takes place during episode 20 of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and during chapter 11 in Hiromu Arakawa's original manga. The film debuted in Japan in 2011, and ...
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Willing Vampire Victims Get to See Castlevania Season 2 Premiere Early

Belmont family descendants and Alucard fans will want to head down to the L.A. Film School in Hollywood today. The location is holding a blood drive and any willing volunteers who donate or sign-up to donate will be able to see the first episode of Castlevania's second season early. The blood drive is going until 5 p.m. today but watch out, you'll need to fight your way past some life-size charact...
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Crunchyroll Streams Kemono Friends Spinoff Anime Welcome to Japari Park

1st 6 episodes of series of shorts now available ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it is streaming the first six episodes of the Welcome to the JAPARI PARK (Yōkoso Japari Park) anime worldwide outside of Asia. New episodes will debut twice a month on the 14th and on the last day of the month. The series of five-minute shorts premiered in Japan on August 12. It currently has six episodes availa...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, October 14-20

Juni Taisen Zodiac War, Monochrome Factor, The Seven Heavenly Virtues anime; Fairy Tale Battle Royale, Frankenstein Junji Ito Story manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Dance With Devils Essentials BDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$29.98 October 16 A Handmaid's Sexual Tale DVD (Adult)Cite Adult Source Media US$24.98 October 16 Heavy Object Season 1 BDAnimeNewsNet...
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Capture the Female Titan in New Attack on Titan VR Game

Or: prove yourself to Captain Tsubasa on the virtual soccer field ― Sony and arcade game company Taito are teaming up for two new virtual reality experiences. One promises to let you score in the big game with Captain Tsubasa while the other will have you running for your life from the Female Titan. The Ginza Sony Park arcade in Tokyo and the Space Invaders Room in Osaka will test out the two new att...
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Japanese Band Bump of Chicken Belts Out the Weather for 1 Week

The band Bump of Chicken are delivering the weather forecast in Tokyo this week on 38 JFN radio stations. The four band members will be on bright and early at 6 a.m. to deliver the "Chronos Ohayō! Bump Weather Forecast." The group will discuss the day's weather, their new single "Hanashi ga Shitai yo" (I Want to Talk), seasonal foods they want to eat, what books they're reading, and other topics. ...
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UQ Holder! Anime's English Dub Cast Announced

Several cast members return from Negima! anime ― Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub cast for the UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2 anime on Tuesday. The company also streamed a clip previewing Brittney Karbowski as Tōta and Heidi Hinkel as Yukihime. The cast, under director Shannon Reed, includes: Brittney Karbowski as Tōta Kalin Coates as Kuromaru Heidi Hinkel as Yukihime Shanae'a Moore as Ev...

Saga of Tanya the Evil Film's 2nd Teaser Video, Story Intro Unveiled

Sequel film opens in Japan on February 8 ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Carlo Zen and Shinobu Shinotsuki's Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) novel series revealed a second teaser video and teaser video for the upcoming anime film on Tuesday. The website also unveiled an introduction to the film's original story, which follows from the events of the television anime. In 1926, Tan...
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Hypnosis Mic Voice Actor Rap Project's 2nd Live Event Rocks the House

The voice actor rap battle project Hypnosis Mic has come a long way from performing in the mall just one year ago. The smaller venue and performance hiccups were streamlined, CDs and merchandise debuted, and now the crew is even getting its own smartphone game. The rapping group's popularity has skyrocketed and has amassed 300,000 followers on Twitter. Members of the project's four groups decided ...
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5th, 6th K: Seven Stories Films to Premiere at Anime NYC in November

Screening of 6th film will be world premiere ― Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it will host the North American premiere of the K: Seven Stories "Memory of Red ~BURN~" film and the world premiere of the K: Seven Stories "Circle Vision ~Nameless Song~" film at Anime NYC this November. The films are the fifth and sixth installments, respectively, for the six-part K: Seven Stories film series. The sc...
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Funimation Offers Dream Festival! Anime for Digital Purchase

― Funimation is now offering the Dream Festival! anime for digital purchase on Amazon. The full 12-episode first series is available in Japanese. Funimation offers several shows — such as Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!!, Sound! Euphonium, and Hitori no Shita the outcast — as digital purchases only, and has not released these titles on home video or via its FunimationNow streaming service. Drea...
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Pokémon GO Game Adds Sinnoh Pokémon

Video previews new fourth-generation Pokémon ― Niantic announced on Tuesday that some Pokémon that originally appeared in the Sinnoh region in the Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games are now available in the Pokémon GO smartphone game. The company also began streaming a video for the announcement, which features many new Sinnoh-region creatures. Niantic revealed that, similar to past generations,...
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Hosoda's Mirai Film Wins Best Animated Film at Spain's Sitges

Maquia also wins Fantastic Discovery award ― The 51st annual Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain announced on Sunday that Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai anime film won the festival's Best Animated Feature Film award. I want to eat your pancreas, Liz and the Blue Bird, and Penguin Highway were also among the 10 nominees for the award. In addition, Mari Okada's Maquia - When the Promised Flowe...
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Series Premiere: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime—Episodes 1-3

"This unconventional adventure is off to a good start, provided you're in the market for a less serious take on both fantasy and isekai."
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Season Premiere: Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers 2—Episodes 1-3

"Meta-commentative fantasy RPGs are a trend in anime nowadays, but this the pinnacle of the genre, reserved for viewers with a refined taste for puppets."

Gundam NT Anime Reveals Trailer, Theme Song, Additional Cast

Yuichiro Umehara, Makoto Furukawa, Kazuya Nakai, Ayumi Fujimura, more join cast ― Staff of Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative (Kidō Senshi Gundam NT), the new anime project for the Gundam franchise, revealed at an event for the anime on Tuesday that SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:LiSA will perform the theme song "narrative." The musical unit consists of Hiroyuki Suwano, who is composing the anime's music, and LiSA. T...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, October 8-14

2018 Detective Conan film sells 3,189 + 3,155, followed by Ensemble Stars!, live-action honey film, live-action Principal film, Wotakoi ― Ensemble Stars! Starry Stage 1st ~in Makuhari Messe~ DVD dropped from #7 to #9 in its second week on the overall DVD chart. It added 1,339 copies to its total of 5,490 copies. The deluxe edition for the live-action film of Amu Meguro's Honey So Sweet manga fell fro...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, October 8-14

Pacific Rim: Uprising sells 13,630 + 2,039 + 1,973 + 1,586 + 830, followed by 2018 Detective Conan film, Ensemble Stars!, Wotakoi, Mahō-tsukai to Kuroneko no Wiz ― The Blu-ray + DVD Set for the overseas live-action film Pacific Rim: Uprising sold 13,630 copies to debut at #1 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The 3D Blu-ray + DVD Set was #10 with 2,039 copies. The Steel Book Blu-ray + DVD Set was #12...
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XSEED Games Offers Corpse Party: Sweet Sachiko's Hysteric Birthday Bash on PC in Winter

Book of Shadows, Blood Drive also head to PC; Corpse Party 2 delayed to winter ― Video game website Game Informer reported on Monday that XSEED Games will localize and release the Corpse Party: Sweet Sachiko's Hysteric Birthday Bash (Corpse Party -THE ANTHOLOGY- Sachiko no Renai Yūgi ♥ Hysteric Birthday 2U) game for the PC, with the release slated for later this winter. It also revealed that the prev...

Compile Heart's Eshigami no Kizuna Game Turns Osamu Tezuka Characters into Cute Girls

Kaori Ishihara, Rie Kugimiya, Nao Toyama star in 2019 app ― Compile Heart began streaming the opening video for its Eshigami no Kizuna (The Bonds of Gods of Artists) smartphone game on Monday. The video reveals the game's cast and previews the game's theme song "Creation x Creation" by Kaori Ishihara. The iOS and Android game will launch in 2019. Compile Heart is developing the game in collaboration ...
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2nd Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution Film Teases Eureka, Anemone as Children

2nd film in trilogy opens in Japan on November 10 ― The official website for the Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution film trilogy revealed on Friday two character visuals of Eureka and Anemone as children — as they will be seen in Anemone: Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution (Anemone: Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution), the second film in the trilogy. The site also posted three frames from the film showing the...
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The Laws of the Universe: Part 1 Opens at #1, Natsume Film Falls to #5

Live-action Perfect World at #8, Monster Strike film at #9 The Laws of the Universe: Part 1, HS Pictures Studio's new anime film sequel to the The Laws of the Universe Part 0 religious anime film, topped the Japanese box office in its opening weekend. The film opened in Japan last Friday on 206 screens, and it sold 134,089 tickets for 166,907,400 yen (about US$1.49 million) from Saturday to Sunday,...

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One Piece ‒ Episode 857

"The One Piece anime delivers another bombastic fight episode this week, digging its heels in the ground with a great production."
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Season Finale: Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 49

"Using a pseudo-cliffhanger as a stinger for next year's episodes highlights my issues with this mid-season finale as a whole."
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Disgaea 5 Complete Launches on Steam on October 22

― NIS America announced on Monday that its release of the Disgaea 5 Complete game for PC via Steam is slated for October 22. The game was originally slated to release via Steam on May 7, before being delayed to summer and then to October. The game will include all eight bonus scenarios, four "fan-favorite" characters, and three new character classes that NISA originally released as DLC in Disgaea 5:...
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Cells at Work! Lottery Offers Cuddly Platelets

In any other scenario, referring to platelets as "cuddly" would be nonsense but this is Cells at Work! where everything that makes you tick takes on a human form. This includes your blood platelets reimagined as hardworking tots making sure any internal repairs are clotted where and when as needed. The eChance lottery merchandiser is hoping to entice players hoping to take their own platelet home....
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Series Premiere: Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san—Episodes 1-2

"Both delightfully over-the-top and relatably down-to-earth, this workplace comedy offers up big laughs while illustrating the tribulations of working in a high-traffic bookstore."
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Series Premiere: Double Decker! Doug & Kirill—Episodes 1-4

"Double Decker doesn't have much in the way of ongoing plot or themes so far, but what it does have is fun entertainment in spades, as a spit-shined popcorn buddy cop piece."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 77

"At times, this side-adventure felt too drawn-out and detached from the main story, but this episode does a decent job of tying it into the bigger picture."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episodes 26-27

"These are two of GeGeGe no Kitaro's most violent episodes, and while they're not quite as disturbing as some of the earlier ones, they definitely have their moments."

Japanese Government Aims to Ban 'Leech Sites' That Link to Pirated Works

Site operators may be subject to 3- to 5-year prison terms The Mainichi Shimbun reported on Friday that Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs intends to ban "leech sites" that aggregate and provide hyperlinks to pirated media. The agency intends to submit revisions to the Copyright Act in the next ordinary session of the Diet in 2019. As part of the ban, copyright holders would be able to ban hyperli...
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Numazu Police Arrest Love Live! Sunshine Itasha Driver

Fictional idol Yō Watanabe can't catch a break. First, her manhole cover in Numazu is defaced and now one of her biggest fans had a fateful run-in with the local police. The 23-year-old driver of a decked out Yō itasha allegedly hit a woman with the car and fled the scene on October 13. Numazu police arrested the man, originally from Tsukuba, Ibaraki, on suspicion of causing an injury with a car d...
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Season Premiere: Fairy Tail Final Season—Episodes 1-2

"Luckily Fairy Tail is adept at not only keeping things moving, but also at tempering the more difficult bits with humor."
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Pokémon Sun & Moon Teases On Point Utena Homage

Kunihiko Ikuhara's Revolutionary Girl Utena is 20 years old this year and has since celebrated with rosy booze, merchandise, an exhibition, a Blu-ray release, and a brand-new musical. Two decades later, the series is still influential. Viewers were able to see the fruition of Ikuhara's legacy in last season's Revue Starlight and can tune in to the upcoming episode of Pokémon Sun & Moon for a huge ...
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Live-Action Tonde Saitama Film Reveals Additional Cast

Yūsuke Iseya, Masaki Kyōmoto, more join cast ― Toei announced additional cast members for the live-action film adaptation of Mineo Maya's Tonde Saitama manga on Tuesday. (Note: Character name romanizations not confirmed.) Top row (left to right): Yūsuke Iseya as Sho Yakyukozo Masaki Kyōmoto as Duke Saitama Middle row: Ryō Narita as Haruto Igarashi Haruka Shimazaki as Ami Sugawara Brother Tom as Yoshi...
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Fullmetal Alchemist's Al Continues Hunt for Philosopher's Stone as High-End Statue

High-end figure maker First 4 Figures revealed its first Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood statue on Friday. The Alphonse Elric resin statue is slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2019. The figure comes in Definitive, Exclusive, and Regular editions, plus Combo editions for both the Definitive and Exclusive versions. Any statue is available in gray and silver variants, and the Combo Edition...
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Captain Tsubasa Zero Smartphone Game Launches in Japan on Thursday

Game follows anime's story, lets player create original teams ― The official website for the Captain Tsubasa Zero ~Kimeru! Miracle Shoot~ iOS and Android game announced on Monday that the game will launch this Thursday. The free-to-play game with in-game purchases has a story mode that recreates scenes from the new anime adaptation of Youichi Takahashi's Captain Tsubasa manga. The game will also have...
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Crunchyroll Adds Content Warning to Goblin Slayer 1st Ep

The first episode of White Fox's adaptation of Kumo Kagyu's light novel series Goblin Slayer debuted on Crunchyroll on October 6 to wide-eyed reactions. The dark fantasy series opens with a 15-year-old girl going out on her first guild mission into the lair of a group of goblins, monsters that terrorize the human population. The guild, made up of women, are hoping to rescue a group of girls kidnap...
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Billionaire Elon Musk Dreams of Giant Mecha

SpaceX founder, former Tesla chairman, and otherwise controversial entrepreneur Elon Musk has set his sights on bringing mecha from the world of anime to reality. Musk tweeted on Sunday that it was time to create a mecha. The tweet followed one earlier that day where Musk shared his love of Makoto Shinkai's your name. and Hideaki Anno's Neon Genesis Evangelion. The billionaire must have had anime ...

Emma: A Victorian Romance English Dub Casts Jessica Calvello as Eleanor

Kickstarter campaign seeks US$180,000 stretch goal for season 2 ― Right Stuf's Kickstarter campaign to create an English-dubbed HD production of Emma: A Victorian Romance announced on Monday that Jessica Calvello (Aria the Animation's Aika S. Granzchesta, Attack on Titan's Zoe Hange) will play Eleanor in the dub. The staff revealed audition videos for Calvello and previously announced cast member Way...
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Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!/Eevee! Games' Video Previews Legendary Pokémon

Nintendo Switch games ship on November 16 ― Nintendo UK began streaming a new promotional video for the Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! Nintendo Switch games on Monday. The video previews the Legendary Pokémon Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Mewtwo. The all-new Pokémon Meltan will be available in the games through trading with the Pokémon GO smartphone game. The Pokémon: Let'...
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100% Pascal-sensei School Comedy Manga Ends

Creator Yūji Naga prepares next work ― Yūji Nagai's gag comedy manga 100% Pascal-sensei ended in the November issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Coro Coro Comic magazine on Monday. Nagai is currently preparing for his next work. The story centers around an elementary school teacher who is so stupid, he cannot even write his own name. He does whatever he likes in his classroom. Plus, by all appearances, he...
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Shogakukan Promotes Sunday Webry Service With Comedian Dance Videos

The PR team members for Shogakukan's Sunday Webry (Sunday Web Every) manga website have some pep in their steps. The team went to town on a song-and-dance video to promote the site. Not only did the project's main 30-second television commercial debut on Friday, but various related videos also began streaming at the same time. There is a general 15-second version, plus three more 15-second version...
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2019 Doraemon Film Reveals Title, Video, Visual, March 1 Debut

Shinnosuke Yakuwa directs Doraemon the Movie: Chronicle of the Moon Exploration ― Staff revealed the 2019 Doraemon franchise film at a press event in Tokyo on Monday. Eiga Doraemon no Nobita no Getsumen Tansaki (Doraemon the Movie: Chronicle of the Moon Exploration), the franchise's 39th film, will open in Japan on March 1. The anime film's official website also revealed a special video to introduce ...
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Romancing SaGa Re; Universe Smartphone Game's 3rd Introduction Video Streamed

2 battle game music clips also streamed ― Square Enix began streaming a third introduction video on Sunday for its Romancing SaGa Re; Universe smartphone game. The video highlights various vendors in a town and several cut scenes. Square Enix is also streaming a four-minute video highlighting the game's battle music. The game now has more than 150,000 pre-registered players. Square Enix streamed a pr...
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Toei Produces Mahjong Hōrōki 2020 Live-Action Film With Manga Tie-in

Yōzō Shimizu launched tie-in manga in June, with movie debut slated for April 2019 ― Toei announced on October 4 that it is producing Mahjong Hōrōki 2020, a new live-action film based on Takehiro Irokawa's Mahjong Hōrōki novel. In addition, Toei revealed on Monday that the Mahjong Hōrōki 2020 manga (seen right) by Yōzō Shimizu, which has been running in Takeshobo's Kindai Mahjong magazine since June,...
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Bakumatsu Anime Listed with 12 Episodes

― The official website for Bakumatsu, the television anime of FuRyu's Renai Bakumatsu Kareshi smartphone game, is listing that the anime will have two home video box sets and 12 episodes. The first set will ship on January 30 and the second set will ship on April 24. The anime premiered in Japan on October 4. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs. In the original game's story, the heroine i...
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Dark Souls: Remastered Game's Switch Version Previewed in Introduction Video

Game launches in Japan on October 18, in N. America/Europe on October 19 ― Nintendo began streaming an introduction video on Monday for the Switch version of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dark Souls: Remastered game. The game will launch on October 19 in North America and Europe, and on October 18 in Japan. The Solaire of Astora amiibo will launch the same day. The Nintendo Switch version of the game ...
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DAKAICHI Anime Listed with 13 Episodes

― The official website for the television anime of Hashigo Sakurabi's Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu. (DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year-) manga is listing that the anime will have seven home video releases and 13 episodes. The first home video release will feature one episode, and all subsequent home video releases will feature two episodes each. The home video rel...
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Persona Q2 3DS Game's New Video Highlights Persona 5's Goro Akechi

Crossover game launches on November 29 in Japan ― Atlus began streaming a new character video on Monday for its Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game. The video highlights the Persona 5 character Goro Akechi (voiced by Sōichiro Hoshi). The game will ship on November 29 in Japan. First printings will bundle DLC for a "battle background music set" for the Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona ...
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Disney XD to Premiere Beyblade Burst Turbo Anime This Year

Anime premiered in Japan on April 2, in Canada via Teletoon on October 7 ― Disney XD announced on Monday that it will air Beyblade Burst Turbo, the English version of Beyblade Burst Chōzetsu anime, later this year. Beyblade Burst Chōzetsu, the third and most recent Beyblade Burst series, premiered in Japan on April 2, and it is currently airing. The anime will have 51 episodes. Canadian television ch...
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Crunchyroll Lists Senran Kagura Shinovi Master Anime Stream with Both Censored, Uncensored Versions

Series premiered on October 12 ― Crunchyroll is listing that it is streaming both censored and uncensored versions of Senran Kagura Shinovi Master (Senran Kagura Shinovi Master -Tokyo Yōma-hen-), the second Senran Kagura television anime. Crunchyroll is also listing that the uncensored version will not be available for free members. Crunchyroll previously streamed an uncensored version of the Terrafo...

The Laws of the Universe: Part 1 Anime Film Debuts at #1 on Japanese Box Office Chart

Film premiered in Japan, U.S., Canada on Friday The Laws of the Universe: Part 1, HS Pictures Studio's new anime film sequel to the The Laws of the Universe Part 0 religious anime film, topped the box office chart in Japan during the October 13-14 weekend. Eleven Arts Anime Studio hosted the film's world premiere with an English dub at the Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles on October 6. The fi...
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Yomawari: The Long Night Collection Game Collection's Clip Shows Fireworks Festival

NIS America to release 1st, 2nd games in series on Switch later this month ― NIS America began streaming a clip on Sunday from Yomawari: The Long Night Collection, the bundle release for the Switch version of Nippon Ichi Software's Yomawari: Night Alone and Yomawari: Midnight Shadows games. The video shows the fireworks festival Haru and Yui attend from the second game. NIS America streamed a separat...
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Dragon Quest X Producers Express Desire to Possibly Release Game Overseas

Producers explore ways to deliver game's story overseas through possible offline, cloud versions ― During the "Chō Dragon Quest X TV Aki no Dai Bunkasai 10-Jikan Special 2018" live stream event on October 7, former Dragon Quest game series executive producer Yū Miyake stated that many people from overseas are asking if there is a way for the Dragon Quest developers to deliver the story of the Dragon ...
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2nd Haikara-san: Here Comes Miss Modern Film Reveals New Visual

― The official Twitter account for the anime film project of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga revealed a new visual on Monday for Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 2 (Haikara-san ga Tōru Kōhen: Hana no Tōkyō Dai Roman), the second film in the project. The tagline on the visual reads, "This is the first love. As well as the last love." The film will open in Japan on Friday, and Eleven ...
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Sega Aims to Release Games Simultaneously Worldwide by 2020

― Sega Sammy Holdings revealed in its 2018 integrated report in September that it will aim to release games with localized versions simultaneously worldwide as part of its "Road to 2020" project. The report noted that Sega already has several localization studios, including Atlus' California studio, and that games in development already share content with localization teams even during development i...
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4-Member Male Vocal Group mono palette Perform Opening Theme for The Morose Mononokean Anime's 2nd Season

2nd season premieres in January ― The official Twitter account for the four-member male vocal group mono palette revealed on Monday that the group will perform the opening theme song "Long Time Traveller" for Fukigen na Mononokean Tsuzuki (The Morose Mononokean Sequel), the second television anime season of Kiri Wazawa's The Morose Mononokean (Fukigen na Mononokean) manga. The song will be the first ...
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Goodnight Punpun Creator Inio Asano Holds 1st Art Exhibition in December

Newly-wed manga creator Inio Asano will get his first ever art exhibition celebrating 20 years worth of work since his debut. The "20th Anniversary Commemoration Exhibition: The World of Inio Asano ~Ctrl+T2~" will kick off on December 21 at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The exhibition is Asano's first of this magnitude and will feature everything from the artist's manuscripts to art from his ...
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Ghibli Fest 2018 - Spirited Away Ticket Giveaway!

Magic and fantasy reign once again as Spirited Away returns to theaters. As a special October treat, GKIDS is giving away FREE TICKETS to ANN readers! ― This month, GKIDS is bringing back the Studio Ghibli animated classic Spirited Away to theaters on Oct. 28, 29 & 30. They are giving away two free tickets each to five lucky ANN readers! About the Movie Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Animated...

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Black Clover Anime Casts Misako Tomioka, Satoshi Mikami, Sayaka Senbongi

Anime enters Witches' Forest Arc ― This year's 46th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed three more cast members on Monday for the Black Clover anime. The issue also revealed that the anime is entering the manga's Witches' Forest Arc. The characters will debut in the 54th episode on Tuesday. Satoshi Mikami as Fanzell Kruger, a former soldier of the Diamond Kingdom and Asta's sword...
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'YOU' Magazine Series' Fates Revealed

Women's manga magazine ends serialization ― The final issue of Shueisha's You Magazine announced the fates of its serialized manga on Monday. The following manga are ending in upcoming compiled volumes: Aya Nakahara's Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai R (ending with the sixth volume on November 22) Masayo Miyagawa's Tono * Hime * Ōji (ending with the sixth volume on November 22) Masako Shitara's Bi...
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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. 'Conclusion' Anime Reveals New Teaser Visual

― This year's 46th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed a new teaser visual on Monday for the "concluding" anime for Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan) manga. The franchise will have an event featuring the anime's voice cast at Tokyo's Belle Salle Takadanobaba venue on December 1. The first season of anime shorts premiered in July 2016. Funimat...

World Trigger Manga Resumes on October 29

Manga will run for 5 issues in Shonen Jump before moving to Jump SQ. in December ― The official website for Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga will resume in the magazine's 48th issue on October 29. The manga will run for five issues in the magazine until the 52nd issue on November 26. It will then move to Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine...
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Series Premiere: Release the Spyce—Episodes 1-2

When the wild action sequences slow down, this charming series keeps its focus on story by developing Momo and Yuki's relationship.
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Uma Musume's New Blu-ray Anime Previewed in Video

"BNW no Chikai" anime included with TV anime's 4th Blu-ray Disc on November 14 ― The official website for the anime portion of Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby project began streaming a preview video for "BNW no Chikai" (BNW's Oath), the new anime that will be bundled with the Uma Musume Pretty Derby television anime's fourth Blu-ray Disc volume, on Sunday. The new anime will have the same length as ...
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Series Premiere: SSSS.Gridman—Episodes 1-2

"SSSS.Gridman delivers the best of Trigger's specific balance between stylized minimalism and glossy polish."
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Series Premiere: Sword Art Online Alicization—Episodes 1-2

"Even by SAO's normal standards for storytelling, this will be a slow-paced arc. Fortunately, the story gives fans a fair amount to appreciate."

Attack on Titan TV Anime Returns Next April

Part 2 of Season 3 teased with new visual ― Part 1 of the television anime Attack on Titan Season 3 ended on the NHK General TV channel on Monday, and NHK General TV announced that Part 2 will premiere with episode 50 in April 2019. A new visual also debuted with the announcement of Attack on Titan's return date: NHK General TV had scheduled the final two episodes of Part 1 for October 1 and October ...
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Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita Live-Action Film Project Reveals Poster, Stills

Live-Action TV series premiered on September 1, film opens on February 1 ― The staff of the live-action television series and film adaptation of Alifred Yamamoto's Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita (Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It) romantic comedy manga revealed a poster visual and several stills on Sunday for the film adaptation. The poster visual below imitates the cover o...
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Series Premiere: Goblin Slayer—Episodes 1-2

"I have no doubt that Goblin Slayer will find an audience to revel in the grisly pleasures of its premise just like Ninja Scroll and Wicked City informed my generation, but that's all it's got going for it right now."
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Series Premiere: Radiant—Episodes 1-2

"You've probably seen most of what Radiant has to offer at least once before, but there's something intangible about this shonen adventure that makes me want to give it a chance."
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Chihayafuru Chūgakusei-hen Spinoff Manga Ends in November

Spinoff manga follows characters in their middle school years ― This year's 21st issue of Kodansha's Be-Love magazine announced on Monday that the Chihayafuru Chūgakusei-hen (Chihayafuru Middle School Arc) manga will end in the next issue on November 1. Oto Tōda launched the manga in October 2017, and Kodansha released the second compiled volume on August 9. The manga adapts Yui Tokiumi's spinoff nov...
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Series Finale: FLCL Alternative ‒ Episode 6

"This ends up being reasonably satisfying as a finale to FLCL Alternative, but definitely unworthy as the new last page of FLCL as a whole, and that ultimately colors my final impression."
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Left Alive PS4, PC Game's 2 New Videos Reveal Western Release on March 5

Game launches on PS4 in Japan on February 28 ― Square Enix began streaming two new videos on Tuesday for its Left Alive survival action shooter game for PlayStation 4 and PC (via Steam). The videos reveal the game's release date in North America on March 5 for both platforms. The game will also launch in Europe on March 5. In Japan, the game will launch for PlayStation 4 on February 28 and on Steam o...
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Kishiryū Sentai Ryūsōger Trademark Filed Under Toei

― A trademark for "Kishiryū Sentai Ryūsōger" was filed under Toei on September 20 and went public on October 9. The kanji in the word "Kishiryū" mean "Dragon Knight." The Kaitō Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger (Phantom Thief Sentai Lupinranger VS Police Sentai Patranger) television series premiered on February 11. The show is the 42nd in the live-action Super Sentai series since 1975,...
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Level-5 Delays Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin Game Again to this Winter

― Level 5 announced on Friday that it is delaying its Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android again from this fall to this winter to improve the game's quality. Level 5 also announced on Friday that it is delaying its Yo-kai Watch Switch game to next spring. Level 5 previously delayed Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin from this summer to this fall, a...
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Aniplex, Quatro A Reveal Touhou Cannonball Smartphone Game

Game starring Akari Kitō as Reimu Hakurei, Minami Iinuma as Marisa Kirisame launches in 2019 ― Quatro A and Aniplex opened a website on Sunday to reveal that they are developing a new derivative game in Team Shanghai Alice's Touhou Project games titled Touhou Cannonball. The companies first announced the game at the "Hakurei Jinja Shūki Reitaisai" event on Sunday. The smartphone game for iOS and Andr...
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Live-Action Hollywood Alita: Battle Angel Film's Japanese Poster Revealed

― 20th Century Fox's official Japanese website for Alita: Battle Angel — James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga — revealed a Japanese poster for the film on Friday. The tagline on the poster reads, "The angel awakens into a warrior." The film will open in the United States on February 14, 2019, after being delayed twice previously f...
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Strike The Blood III OVA to Have 10 Episodes

― The official website for the Strike the Blood anime is listing that Strike the Blood III, the third Strike the Blood original video anime (OVA) season, will have a total of 10 episodes. The anime's first promotional video last Sunday revealed the anime will have five home video releases. Each home video release will have two episodes. The home video releases will ship on December 19, March 27, May...

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Series Premiere: Boarding School Juliet—Episodes 1-2

"Beyond the solid animation and the funny jokes, Boarding School Juliet looks set to live and die on the pure unadulterated cuteness of its central couple."
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Series Premiere: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind—Episodes 1-2

"JJBA returns to the small screen with a great spin on the usual JoJo's scenario that adds an unexpected pleasantness to a story about criminal life."
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Angels of Death ‒ Episode 14

"While it doesn't entirely forgive the show's earlier pacing and character issues, I'm incredibly thankful for this episode's sweet, funny, and poignant return to form."
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Dengeki Bunko's 25th Anniversary Drum Sets Feature 4 Popular Light Novel Series

Canopus Drums is collaborating with ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Bunko imprint to offer special built-to-order drum sets. The limited-edition sets will feature designs from Sword Art Online, A Certain Magical Index, Here comes the three angels, and Ro-Kyu-Bu! The front head on the bass drum in the sets will feature illustrations for each light novel. The shells of all of the drums will also have spe...
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 14

"This episode's literary title may foreshadow its very deceptive ending."
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Ichiban Kuji Goes Super Saiyan With New Dragon Ball Prize Lottery

Banpresto's Ichiban Kuji prize lottery will begin offering a "Battle of World with Dragon Ball Legends" line on October 17. The video below previews the lottery's top prizes, which are detailed figures. The prize lottery will be available at 7-Eleven and Ito-Yokado stores in Japan. Each prize ticket will cost 650 yen (about US$6). IMG db2.jpg IMG db3.jpg IMG db4.jpg IMG db5.jpg IMG db6.jpg IMG db7...
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Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer Film's 4D Screenings Offer 'Enforcer Certificate'

The official website for Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer (Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin), the 22nd film in the Detective Conan franchise, revealed the bonus items for attendees to the film's 4D screenings. Theatergoers will receive an "Enforcer Certificate from Tōru Amuro" with a special illustration from Detective Conan manga creator Gosho Aoyama. The QR code on the certificate will let fa...
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Yamaha Launches Manga Campaign to Showcase Japan's Motorcycles, Saunas

Yamaha Motor Company recently launched a manga-themed promotion that features a fictional manga magazine titled "Totonotta Magazine." The first wave of the promotion features three manga inspired by motorcycles, saunas, and sauna food. The first wave of manga are "Sado -Genshi no Kaze no Maki" by Katsuki Tanaka (Gyakkō no Koro, Baka Drill), "Sauna Mettler" by Masashi Asaki and Tadashi Agi (Psychom...
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Romancing SaGa Re; Universe Smartphone Game's 2nd Introduction Video Streamed

Game features story set 3 years after events of Romancing SaGa 3 ― Square Enix began streaming a second introduction video on Saturday for its Romancing SaGa Re; Universe smartphone game. The video highlights basic battle and a boss battle. The first video featured a clip from the beginning of the game. Romancing SaGa Re; Universe will feature characters from past entries in the series, and will have...
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Live-Action Gokko Film Previewed in 3 Ads

Film starring Junia Chihara, Nanaka Hirao opens on October 20 ― The official YouTube channel for the live-action film adaptation of Hiroyuki Shoji's Gokko (Pretend) manga began streaming three commercials on Saturday for the film. The film will open in Japan on October 20. The film stars comedian Junia Chihara as the protagonist, named Shiromiya in the film. Nanaka Hirao plays Yoyoko. The film also s...
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Adult Game Developer Hiqosoft Files for Bankruptcy

Sol Press to still release Sakura Sakura, Yotsunoha games as planned in English ― The October 3 issue of the National Printing Bureau's Kanpō publication revealed that the Japanese adult game company Hiqosoft filed for bankruptcy on September 21. Sol Press confirmed with ANN on Friday that its localization of Hiqosoft's Sakura Sakura and Yotsunoha games will not be affected by the filing, adding "eve...
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Resident Evil 2 Remake Game's Gameplay Video Highlights Licker Battle

Capcom's remake launches for PC, PS4, Xbox One on January 25 ― The official YouTube channel for Capcom's Resident Evil franchise began streaming a new gameplay video on Wednesday for Capcom's remake of the Resident Evil 2 survival horror game. The video previews a battle against a licker. Capcom will release a Collector's Edition of the game exclusively at GameStop and EB Games for US$199.99 (239.99 ...
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Kimagure Orange Road's Matsumoto Plans to Resume Work Activities

Artist experienced relapse of cerebrospinal fluid hypovolemia in April 2016 ― Manga creator Izumi Matsumoto posted on his blog on the Comic-On website on October 1 that he plans to resume activities after more than two years of fighting against his illness. He added that he thinks he can also start posting on his blog again, and asked fans for their support. Izumi had revealed on his blog in August 2...
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Shinkalion Anime Casts Toshiki Masuda

Masuda plays new Agent in episode that debuted on Saturday ― The official website for Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion the Animation, the television anime adaptation of Takara Tomy's Shinkalion toy line, revealed on Saturday that Toshiki Masuda (My Hero Academia's Eijirō Kirishima, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru's Kiyomitsu Kashū) is voicing a new character named Kairen. The character is an Agent from the K...
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Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal Game's English Release Delayed to Remove 'Intimacy Mode' from PS4 Version

― XSEED Games announced on Twitter on Friday that its release of the Senran Kagura Burst: Re:Newal game will be "slightly delayed." The company added that the delay is so the company can remove the interactive "Intimacy Mode" from the game's PlayStation 4 version. The Steam version will still include the mode, and the Steam and PS4 versions will launch simultaneously. XSEED Games stated it will reve...

Dropkick on my Devil Anime's Staff: Show Will Get 2nd Season if BD Box Sets Sell 2,000 Copies

Box sets currently have 813 pre-orders ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Yukiwo's Jashin-chan Dropkick (Dropkick on My Devil!) manga stated on Saturday that if the show's Blu-ray Disc box sets sell a combined 2,000 copies before the January 20 "Sugoi Sabato" event for the show, executive producer Kouichirou Natsume will decide to greenlight a second season of the show. The Tw...
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