Mr. Osomatsu Anime Gets 1st Live-Action Film Starring Snow Man Idols

Tsutomu Hanabusa (Kakegurui, Tokyo Revengers) directs film for next spring

AKB48 Cancels Concerts, Appearances After 7 Members Test Positive for COVID-19

7 idol group members tested positive over the weekend

Review: Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist

French director Pascal-Alex Vincent found himself with a difficult question. What more is there to say that hasn't already been said about a director whose work stands as some of the most beloved animated media ever produced?

Tatsuki Fujimoto's Look Back 1-shot Gets Changed Post-Publication to Avoid "Promoting Discrimination"

Lines referencing "paranoid episode", plagiarism were changed to reader feedback

How Much Does It Cost to License Anime Series?

ANN CEO Chris Macdonald spoke with multiple industry experts to get you the figures on how much it really costs to bring anime stateside.

Anime & The Apocalypse: Finding Catharsis in the End of Everything

This essay is for all of us who look to retreat into the end of everything. Get in the car, loser, we're escaping into the apocalypse.

Tite Kubo Pens New Bleach 1-Shot Manga

73-page manga about "certain ceremony" releases on August 10

The Summer 2021 Preview Guide

This is the face of a girl ready for more anime! July closes out with THE GREAT JAHY WILL NOT BE DEFEATED!

Ergo Proxy: Purpose in the Apocalypse

Humanity perpetually exists within an existential crisis, which exhibits no signs of ever reaching a legitimate conclusion.

Matthew Roe tackles life's biggest question through the lens of Manglobe's original series, Ergo Proxy.

This Week in Games - Cotton Candy

Heidi tries out the classic 90s arcade series Cotton, a witch-led game where fairies' lives (and exotic candy) are on the line!
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Kageki Shoujo!! GN 1

Like its heroine, Kageki Shojo!! is just getting started but shows enormous promise. ― The manga of Kageki Shojo! has a bit of an odd publication history; the first two volumes ran in Jump X, a seinen magazine, which was canceled before the story had a chance to conclude. Luckily, it was picked up by the shojo/josei magazine Melody, and continued its run as Kageki Shojo!! (Note the extra exclamation ...
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Asadora! GN 3

The plot may be thickening in this volume, but it's in the same way that instant pudding thickens in the fridge: in other words, it's just sitting there. ― The plot may be thickening in this volume, but it's in the same way that instant pudding thickens in the fridge: in other words, it's just sitting there. That's not to say that there aren't important pieces of the story; the reveal that Japan does...
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The Detective Is Already Dead Novel 1

The book does suffer from its tenuous use of actual mysteries, a couple of which rear their heads and are almost painfully obvious in their solutions. ― If you go into nigozyu's light novel The Detective is Already Dead looking for a mystery, you may find yourself disappointed. Although the book deals with some of the tropes and elements of the genre, it's much less a mystery novel and more a mildly ...
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Anti-Gravity Boy GN 1-3

The story may be full of basic shoujo plot events (A trip to Okinawa! Romantic rivals!), but it lets its characters come to their own emotional conclusions. ― If you've ever wondered what a stereotypical Ribon manga circa 2002 would look like, here's your answer. Ryo Azuki's Anti-Gravity Boy is probably the most typical manga of that period of the anthology's publication, with its wide-eyed, energeti...
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Composer Hidekazu Tanaka Leaves Monaca Music Company

Composer produced music, songs for Nyaruko, Aikatsu!, The [email protected] Cinderella Girls, more ― Music production company Monaca announced on Monday that composer Hidekazu Tanaka has left the company after the expiry of his contract on Saturday, July 31. In the announcement, the company thanked him for his time as a member of the company's music collective, and wished him well in his new journey. During...
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Scarlet Beriko Launches Jackass! Spinoff Manga

Hosaka-san to Miyoshi-kun manga launched on July 30 ― The official Twitter account for Shinshokan's Cheri+ magazine announced on July 30 that manga creator Scarlet Beriko launched a new manga titled Hosaka-san to Miyoshi-kun (Hosaka and Miyoshi) in the magazine's September issue, which shipped on the same date. The manga is a spinoff of Beriko's Jackass! boys-love manga. The original Jackass! manga f...
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Gifū Dōdō!!'s Yūji Takemura Launches Manga About Lawyer Turned Manga Artist

Bengoshi Aran Rikunori wa Mangaka ni Naritai launches on August 13 ― Manga creator Yūji Takemura revealed on Monday that he is launching a new manga titled Bengoshi Aran Rikunori wa Mangaka ni Naritai (Rikunori Aran, Attorney at Law, Wants to Be a Manga Creator) in Shogakukan's MangaOne app on August 13. The manga centers on an unusual rookie manga assistant who will use his pen to pass judgement on ...
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Belle Tops Japan Box Office for 3rd Straight Week, Shin-chan Debuts at #2

F/GO: Solomon film debuts at #5 ― Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's new Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, literally "The Dragon and the Freckled Princess") anime film stayed at #1 in its third straight weekend. The film earned 364,730,150 yen (about US$3.33 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 3,316,710,950 yen (about US$30.35 million). The film opened at #1 at the Japane...

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Remake Our Life! ‒ Episode 5

So much of Remake Our Life evokes nostalgia: while I was only in high school in the late aughts, I still have these vivid memories of my dreams of working in the anime and manga industry.
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Mr. Osomatsu Anime Gets 1st Live-Action Film Starring Snow Man Idols

Tsutomu Hanabusa (Kakegurui, Tokyo Revengers) directs film for next spring ― Mr. Osomatsu, the recent anime update of Fujio Akatsuka's Osomatsu-kun manga, is itself inspiring a live-action film which will open next spring. Johnny & Associates' popular idol group Snow Man stars in the film, and Tsutomu Hanabusa (Kakegurui, Tokyo Revengers) is directing. While the anime has inspired stage productions, ...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 985

I won't lie folks, this episode was probably a low point for the anime adaptation of the Wano arc.
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The Honor Student at Magic High School ‒ Episode 5

This is a fantastic change—fixing something from the original series that was out of character for Miyuki given what she should have known and felt at the time. This is the kind of retconning I can get behind.
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Magia Record has chosen to sidestep the new cast of characters it spent so much time with during Season 1, and instead we get to catch up with Sayaka, Moroha, and Madoka—at least, the versions of the characters that exist in this timeline.
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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Revered and feared (and with an endless supply of claret wine), Jahy had it all… until a magical girl absolutely wrecked Jahy's day.
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Alice in Borderland's Haro Aso, Shirō Yoshida Launch Noyu Girl Manga on August 20

This year's 35th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits revealed on Monday that Haro Aso (Alice in Borderland) and Shirō Yoshida will launch their Noyu Girl (Natural Hot Spring Girl) manga on the Yawaraka Spirits web manga site on August 20. The site describes the manga as an "outdoor comedy" about a girl who goes around visiting natural hot springs. Aso began serializing the Alice in Borderland ...
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hololive Announces "hololiveERROR" Horror Project

Project's tagline is "We'll be friends forever, won't we?" ― Virtual YouTuber agency hololive launched a website and teaser video for its "hololiveERROR" horror project on Sunday. The live-action teaser video evokes classic Japanese horror tropes, depicting first-person footage of an empty school while VTuber Tokino Sora mysteriously appears and disappears. The tagline for the project is "We'll be fr...
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Kageki Shoujo!! ‒ Episode 5

Episode 5 is hard to watch, largely because Ayako's story feels drawn out of real-world struggles with disordered eating and diet culture that are afflicting teenagers both in Japan and across the world.
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Kageki Shoujo!! GN 1

Like its heroine, Kageki Shojo!! is just getting started but shows enormous promise. ― The manga of Kageki Shojo! has a bit of an odd publication history; the first two volumes ran in Jump X, a seinen magazine, which was canceled before the story had a chance to conclude. Luckily, it was picked up by the shojo/josei magazine Melody, and continued its run as Kageki Shojo!! (Note the extra exclamation ...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 106

It's been a long, often deeply uncomfortable journey to this moment, but it also marks for an uncharacteristically somber situation in MHA as a franchise.
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Remake Our Life! Releases The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Crossover Visual

5th episode featured cover performance of "God knows..." insert song ― The fifth episode of the Remake Our Life! anime series on Saturday featured a performance of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's iconic insert song "God knows..." To commemorate the occasion, the anime's official website has released a crossover visual with Haruhi Suzumiya. Remake Our Life! heroine Aki Shino replicates Haruhi's po...
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Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun Season 2 ‒ Episode 16

It's official: Kalego really thought that having his students fight off a dangerous magic beast was an excellent teachable moment.
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Tamayura Franchise's Event Delayed from October 2021 to April 2022 Due to COVID-19

Tamayura Alumni Association event now scheduled for April 24, 2022 ― The official Twitter account for the Tamayura franchise announced on Saturday that the Tamayura Alumni Association event, which was scheduled for October 10, 2021, has been delayed to April 24, 2022 due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The event staff was unable to hold the Tamayura Alumni Association event in 2020, which ...
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Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild CG Film Unveils Japanese Cast, Trailer

Yūma Uchida stars in film premiering on Netflix on August 12 ― Netflix announced the Japanese cast for Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild, the 58-minute animated production based on Capcom's Monster Hunter games. The company also unveiled an English-subtitled trailer that previews the Japanese cast: The Japanese cast includes: Yūma Uchida as Aiden Takanori Hoshino as Julius Yu Shimamura as Mae Mari...
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Polygon Pictures Establishes CG Studio Subsidiary in India

Sandeep Betharia is CEO of subsidiary that will specialize in rigging work ― Polygon Pictures announced on Monday that it established an Indian subsidiary named Polygon Studios India Private Limited in Thane, Maharashtra on July 16. Sandeep Betharia is the CEO of the company's wholly owned subsidiary. Polygon Studios India Private Limited will specialize in rigging work, which according to the compan...
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Uchi no Shishō wa Shippo ga Nai Rakugo Fantasy Manga Listed With TV Anime

Taishō-era story of tanuki girl & comic storyteller debuted in January 2019 ― Amazon is hosting the cover image for the September issue of Kodansha's good! Afternoon magazine, which lists a television anime of TNSK's Uchi no Shishō wa Shippo ga Nai (My Master Has No Tail) manga. The issue will ship on Thursday. The August issue of good! Afternoon teased on July 7 that there would be an announcement f...
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Toei Dissolves Coyote Anime Studio

Toei, Toei Animation Music Publishing, DLE Inc. established studio in 2017; DLE divested shares in 2019 ― Anime studio Coyote announced on June 18 that its shareholder companies Toei and Toei Animation Music Publishing have decided to dissolve the company. Toei, Toei Animation Music Publishing, and DLE Inc. established the joint venture Coyote in 2017 to plan and produce original anime for Japan and ...
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Inio Asano Aims to End Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction Manga This Year

Manga entered climax earlier this year ― Manga creator Inio Asano posted on Twitter on July 30 that he is aiming to end his Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction manga within the year. Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed in January that the manga is entering its climax. The manga's 11th volume also shipped on July 30. The series revolves around the strange everyday life of the ver...
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Dōse Mō Nigerarenai Manga by Socrates in Love Artist Gets Live-Action Show

Live-action series of Kazumi Kazui's design company romance story premieres on September 16 ― MBS announced on Monday that it is producing a live-action series adaptation of Kazumi Kazui's Dōse Mō Nigerarenai (Not Like I Can Run Away) manga that will premiere on September 16. The series will star Jin Shirasu and Mayū Yokota as protagonists Takumi Sakisaka and Naho Nodakuchi, respectively. Yō Kawahara...
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Comiket Market 99 Scheduled as In-Person Event on December 30-31

Event plans to restrict access, use 3 Halls at Tokyo Big Sight ― The Comic Market Committee announced on Monday that the planned Comic Market (Comiket) 99 event will now be held on December 30-31 at Tokyo Big Sight in its East, West, and South Halls. The staff stated regarding the announcement: While there still is a high degree of uncertainty, with infections again on the rise, we are today announci...
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Game Planning Studio Kayac Establishes Digital Anime Division

New division to specialize in Unity, UnrealEngine ― Game planning and development company Kayac announced last Friday that it has established a digital anime division at its Akihabara studio. The new division plans to specialize in using UnrealEngine and Unity, and using its accumulated knowledge in game, VR (virtual reality), and XR (extended reality) development to further its learning through the ...
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The Transformers: The Movie Gets Screenings in U.S. Theaters on September 26, 28

Film will screen on September 26 at 12:00 p.m. local time, on September 28 at 7:00 p.m. local time ― Fathom Events and Hasbro announced on Saturday that they will re-release The Transformers: The Movie for screenings in United States' theaters for the film's 35th anniversary. The film will screen on September 26 at 12:00 p.m. local time and on September 28 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Those interested ca...
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Mamoru Hosoda Wins Inaugural Locarno Kids Award

74th Locarno Film Festival will also host Swiss premiere of his latest film Belle ― The staff of the Locarno Film Festival announced on Thursday that Mamoru Hosoda has won the first-ever Locarno Kids Award. The festival, taking place from August 4–14, will host the Swiss premiere of his latest anime film Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, literally "The Dragon and the Freckled Princess") at the Piazza G...

Anime Weekend Atlanta 2021 Announces Mask, Vaccination Policy

All participants must wear masks, attendees can obtain stickers displaying their vaccination status ― The official website for the Anime Weekend Atlanta convention announced on July 18 that all participants will be required to wear a mask during its 2021 event. The mandate applies to "hotel staff, convention staff, AWA directors and crew, vendors, artists, exhibitors, and any human over the age of 2....
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Tatsuki Fujimoto's Look Back 1-shot Gets Changed Post-Publication to Avoid "Promoting Discrimination"

Lines referencing "paranoid episode", plagiarism were changed to reader feedback ― The official Twitter account of Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ online service announced on Monday that the Look Back one-shot manga by Chainsaw Man author Tatsuki Fujimoto has been altered post-publication due to reader feedback regarding "inappropriate expressions." The changes were made "out of a desire to avoid depicting s...
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The Real Thing Live-Action Film Gets DVD Release in N. America

Film opened in Japan in October 2020, in N. America on June 4 ― North American film distributor Film Movement announced on Saturday that it will release the live-action film adaptation of Mochiru Hoshisato's Honki no Shirushi manga under the title The Real Thing on DVD on August 17. The release will be in Japanese with English subtiitles. The company released the film in theaters in North America on ...
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My Hero Academia Anime Season 5's English Dub Casts Robbie Daymond as Flect Turn

Anime-only character to also appear in My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: World Heroes' Mission film ― Funimation announced on Friday that Robbie Daymond will play Flect Turn in the English dub of the fifth season of the My Hero Academia anime. The anime-original character is also the main antagonist in the My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: World Heroes' Mission anime film, which opens in Japan on Friday. Kazuya ...

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AKB48 Cancels Concerts, Appearances After 7 Members Test Positive for COVID-19

7 idol group members tested positive over the weekend ― The official blog of the AKB48 idol group announced on Sunday that group members Maho Omori, Narumi Kuranō, Nagisa Sakaguchi, Serika Nagano, Yuka Suzuki, Sorano Uemi, and Remi Tokunaga have all been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Omori, Kuranō, Nagano, and Suzuki each had a fever last Friday, and then tested positive for ...
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Tropical-Rouge! Precure Anime Film's Trailer Highlights Heartcatch Precure Characters

Tropical-Rouge! Precure/Heartcatch Precure crossover opens on October 23 ― The official website for Eiga Tropical-Rouge! Precure: Yuki no Princess to Kiseki no Yubiwa! (Tropical-Rouge! Precure the Movie: The Snow Princess and the Miraculous Ring), the new anime film for the Tropical-Rouge! Precure anime, began streaming a new trailer for the film on Monday. The trailer highlights the characters of th...

Police in a Pod Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime in 2022

Shion Wakayama, Yui Ishikawa star in Madhouse series ― Kadokawa announced on Monday that a television anime of Miko Yasu's Police in a Pod (Hakozume: Kōban Joshi no Gyakushū) manga will premiere next year: Yasu drew an illustration to celebrate the news: The police comedy centers on female police officer Kawai, who had enough of a career she wasn't even that into. She was about to hand in her resigna...
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Asadora! GN 3

The plot may be thickening in this volume, but it's in the same way that instant pudding thickens in the fridge: in other words, it's just sitting there. ― The plot may be thickening in this volume, but it's in the same way that instant pudding thickens in the fridge: in other words, it's just sitting there. That's not to say that there aren't important pieces of the story; the reveal that Japan does...
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The Promised Neverland Creators Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu Publish Short Story Collection With New Work

― This year's 35th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu will publish a short story collection on September 3. The book will include the "Dreams Come True" epilogue story for The Promised Neverland. The epilogue manga was previously featured at an art exhibition for the franchise in Tokyo in December. The short stories in the volume wil...
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Asian Kung-Fu Generation Performs Insert Song for My Hero Academia The Movie: World Heroes' Mission Anime Film

Group also performs theme song for film opening in Japan on Friday ― This year's 35th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Asian Kung-Fu Generation will perform an insert song titled "Flowers" for My Hero Academia The Movie: World Heroes' Mission, the third anime film in the My Hero Academia franchise. Asian Kung-Fu Generation is also performing the film's theme son...
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Studio KAI Produces Fuuto PI Anime

― This year's 35th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Studio KAI (Uma Musume Pretty Derby Season 2, 7SEEDS, Super Cub) will animate FUUTO PI, the anime series adaptation of the Fūto Tantei manga. The anime is slated to premiere in summer 2022, and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Kamen Rider franchise. Funimation will stream the series when it rel...

Tite Kubo Pens New Bleach 1-Shot Manga

73-page manga about "certain ceremony" releases on August 10 ― This year's 35th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the magazine will publish a new 73-page chapter of Tite Kubo's Bleach manga in the magazine's combined 36th and 37th issue on August 10. The "new episode" for the manga will have a color page, and will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the manga's l...
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'Oh, Suddenly Egyptian God' Net Anime Has 2nd Season in the Works

1st season centered on yuka's characters based on ancient Egyptian gods ― The "Tōtotsu ni Daienkai" event for the anime of yuka's Tōtotsu ni Egypt Kami (Oh, Suddenly Egyptian God) characters announced on Sunday that the anime has a second season in the works. The website and the anime's Twitter account will provide more details as soon as they can. The first anime season streamed on U-NEXT, d Anime S...

Digimon Franchise Gets New Fall TV Anime, New Digimon Adventure 02 Film

Digimon Ghost Game on TV this fall; Last Evolution Kizuna director, writer reunite for new film ― The "DigiFes 2021" event announced on Sunday that the Digimon franchise will have a new television anime and a new anime film. The Digimon Ghost Game television anime series will premiere this fall on Fuji TV and other channels. The teaser visual says, "Holograms…? Ghosts…?" The Digimon that appear in th...
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Star Fruit Books Licenses zaki's Doomsday Cleaning, Makoto Aizawa's Transit Manga

Both manga shorts to get release digitally, in print ― Star Fruit Books announced on Friday that it has licensed zaki's Doomsday Cleaning (Shūmatsu no Osōji) manga and Makoto Aizawa's Transit manga. The company will release the 44-page Doomsday Cleaning manga digitally and in print, and it describes the story: The story about a robotic vacuum that keeps cleaning after the apocalypse, and a mysterious...
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Non Non Biyori Nonstop Anime Gets New Episode Bundled With Non Non Biyori Remember Manga

OAD to ship with compiled volume of manga that launched in May ― The official Twitter account for Atto's Non Non Biyori manga franchise revealed on Sunday that the franchise is getting a new original anime DVD (OAD). The OAD will ship with a special version of the compiled volume of the Non Non Biyori Remember manga, and will serve as the 13th episode to the Non Non Biyori Nonstop anime. The main man...
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Adult Swim Streams English Dub Trailer for Fena: Pirate Princess Anime

Anime will debut on Crunchyroll, Adult Swim's Toonami block on August 14 ― Adult Swim's official YouTube channel began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for the new "Crunchyroll Originals" anime Fena: Pirate Princess on Saturday. The anime is slated to premiere in Japan in October on Tokyo MX, MBS, and BS Asahi. It will debut on Crunchyroll and Adult Swim's Toonami block on August 14, ahead of the ...
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Argonavis from BanG Dream! Anime Compilation Film Reveals Title, Date

Film also reveals teaser video, teaser visual, main key visual ― The official website for Bushiroad's Argonavis from BanG Dream! boy-band project from Bushiroad's BanG Dream! franchise announced on Friday that the compilation film of the franchise's television anime is titled Gekijōban Argonavis: Ryūsei no Obligato. The film will open on November 19. The website is also streaming a teaser video, and ...
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Glacier Bay Books Licenses Yumi Tada's The Mermaid and the Prince Manga, Konomi Oumi's From This Flame Manga

Both manga will release digitally, in print ― The America-based online bookstore Glacier Bay Books announced on Twitter on Friday that it has licensed Yumi Tada's The Mermaid and the Prince manga and Konomi Oumi's From This Flame manga. The 24-page The Mermaid and the Prince manga (pictured at right) is a "modern retelling of the classic Mermaid fairytale," and Glacier Bay Books will release the mang...
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Kira Etō's World's End Harem ~Britannia Lumiére~ Manga Ends

Spinoff manga launched in June 2020, went on hiatus from December 2020 to June 2021 due to author's health ― Shueisha's manga app Manga Mee published the 22nd and final chapter on Friday for Kira Etō's World's end harem ~Britannia Lumiére~ (Shūmatsu no Harem: Britannia Lumiere) manga, the third spinoff series of LINK and Kotaro Shono's World's End Harem (Shūmatsu no Harem) manga. The spinoff series l...
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Kinnikuman: The Lost Legend Live-Action Series Casts Tina Tamashiro, Sion Sono

Tamashiro, Sono play themselves in October series inspired by wrestling superhero manga ― The official website for WOWOW's Kinnikuman: The Lost Legend live-action series revealed on Friday that it has cast actress Tina Tamashiro (seen below) and award-winning director Sion Sono, both of whom will play themselves in the show. In the show's story, Tamashiro is cast to play the character Alexandria Meat...

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Aya Nakahara's Otonanajimi Manga Enters Climax

Manga about childhood friends who develop romance in adulthood launched in 2019 ― The September issue of Shueisha's Cocohana magazine announced on Wednesday that Aya Nakahara's Otonanajimi manga is entering its climax. The manga's seventh compiled book volume will ship on August 25. The manga's story centers on childhood friends Kaede Kagaya and Shun Aoyama. Ever since they were kids, Shun has been h...
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Nikki Asada Draws New 1-Shot in September

― The September issue of Kodansha's Be Love magazine revealed on Friday that Nikki Asada will draw a one-shot manga titled "Tsukuyomi-kun no Kindan Oyashoku" (Tsukuyomi's Forbidden Midnight Snack) in the magazine's November issue in September. The gourmet romantic comedy manga will center on foodie Tsukuyomi and a female gym trainer. The magazine calls the manga a "prologue one-shot," although it is...
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Hotaru's Way's Satoru Hiura Launches New Manga in September

New manga is titled Saionji-san wa Kaji o Shinai ― The September issue of Kodansha's Be Love magazine revealed on Friday that Satoru Hiura will launch a new manga titled Saionji-san wa Kaji o Shinai (Saionji-san Doesn't Do Chores) in the magazine's next issue on September 1. The manga centers on the titular Saionji, who does not do chores, but one day she brings home a younger upper-class man. Hiura'...
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Children of the Sea's Daisuke Igarashi Draws New 1-Shot

― The September issue of Kodansha's Be Love magazine revealed on Friday that Daisuke Igarashi is drawing a new one-shot manga titled "Kamakura Bakeneko Kurabu" (Kamakura Monster Cat Club) that will appear in the magazine's December issue in October. Seven Seas Entertainment recently licensed Igarashi's Witches (Majo) manga (pictured at right) and will release it in one omnibus volume in March 2022. ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, July 19-25

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD stays at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: July 19-25 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwThe Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Nintendo July 16 42,642 201,731 2NSwCrayon Shin-chan: Ora to Hakase no Natsuyasumi - Owaranai Nanokakan no Tabi Neos July 15 22,815 130,134 3NSwMinecraft Nintendo June 21, 2018 17,031 2,073,587 4NSwRing Fit A...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, July 19-25

Kingdom season 3, Digimon Adventure:, Edens Zero all rank in top 10 ― The anime film of Yoru Sumino's I Want to Eat Your Pancreas novel aired on NTV on Friday, July 23 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned a 2.4% rating. The third episode of the live-action series adaptation of Oreco Tachibana's Promise Cinderella manga aired on TBS on Tuesday, July 20 at 10:00 p.m. and it earned a 7.8% rating. Title Station D...
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The Detective Is Already Dead Novel 1

The book does suffer from its tenuous use of actual mysteries, a couple of which rear their heads and are almost painfully obvious in their solutions. ― If you go into nigozyu's light novel The Detective is Already Dead looking for a mystery, you may find yourself disappointed. Although the book deals with some of the tropes and elements of the genre, it's much less a mystery novel and more a mildly ...

Aharen-san wa Hakarenai Romantic Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime Next April

Inori Minase, Takuma Terashima star in anime from Felix Film, bilibili ― The official Twitter account for Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ service announced on Sunday that a television anime of Asato Mizu's Aharen-san wa Hakarenai (Aharen Is Indecipherable) romantic comedy manga series has been green-lit for an April 2022 premiere. Inori Minase will play the title character Reina Aharen, and Takuma Terashima ...
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Switch Girl!!!'s Natsumi Aida Launches New Manga

Tōdai-kun to Moto Gyaru-san ~Kakusakon Royale~ manga about mismatched couple launches September 1 ― The September issue of Kodansha's Be Love magazine revealed on Friday that Natsumi Aida will launch a new manga titled Tōdai-kun to Moto Gyaru-san ~Kakusakon Royale~ (Mr. Tokyo U and Ms. Former Gyaru ~Mismatch Couple Royale~) in the magazine's next issue on September 1. The manga will center on an elit...
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JK Haru is a Sex Worker in Another World's Ko Hiratori Launches New Manga

Isekai manga about Kabukicho hostess launches August 27 ― The September issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Rex magazine revealed on Tuesday that Ko Hiratori will launch a new manga titled Kabukicho no Jōō Aina, Kyūkyoku no Sekkyaku Skill de Isekai no Ō ni Naru (Aina, the Queen of Kabukicho, Becomes a Lord in Another World Through Her Top-Class Customer-Facing Skills) in the magazine's next issue on August 2...
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Saekano Manga's Takeshi Moriki Launches New Manga in August

Lily Lily La La Land manga centers on "key" for all maidens ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Cune magazine revealed on Tuesday that Takeshi Moriki will launch a new manga titled Lily Lily La La Land in the magazine's next issue on August 27. The magazine teases the manga as centering on the "key" for all maidens. Tamamushi Oku is also launching a new manga titled Dore ga Koi ka ga Wa...
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Takunomi's Haruto Hino Launches New Manga in August

Otaku ni Otaku na Gyaru Gurashi manga centers newly impoverished otaku, extrovert gyaru ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Shonen Ace magazine revealed on Monday that Haruto Hino will launch a new manga titled Otaku ni Otaku na Gyaru Gurashi (An Otaku and an Otaku Gyaru's Life Together) in the magazine's next issue on August 26. Hino posted an image of the manga on Twitter on Monday (pictured at lef...

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Shō Harusono's Butai ni Sake! Manga Goes on 6-Month Hiatus

Drama club manga by Sasaki and Miyano author returns in January 2022 ― The September issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine revealed on Wednesday that Sho Harusono's Butai ni Sake! (Blossom on Stage!) manga will go on hiatus for six months. The manga will return in the magazine's March 2022 issue on January 28, 2022. The manga centers on Asahi Oniwa, a new high school student who sees ...
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DAYS' Tsuyoshi Yasuda Launches Astronomy Club Manga Limited Series

5-chapter PAUSE manga launches on August 4 ― This year's 35th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Tsuyoshi Yasuda will launch a new manga limited series titled PAUSE in the magazine's next issue on August 4. The five-chapter "astronomy club teen graffiti" manga will center on themes of "pain" and "rebirth," with the story beginning with a shattered dream. Yasuda laun...

A Certain Magical Index Light Novels Get Spinoff Manga About Misaki Shokuhō

To Aru Kagaku no Mental Out manga launched on Tuesday ― Yasuhito Nogi launched To Aru Majutsu no Index Gaiden: To Aru Kagaku no Mental Out (A Certain Magical Index Side Story: A Certain Scientific Mental Out), a new manga spinoff of Kazuma Kamachi's A Certain Magical Index light novel series, on Kadokawa's Comic Newtype website on Tuesday. The manga centers on Misaki Shokuhō, an important character i...
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I'm Standing on 1,000,000 Lives. ‒ Episode 16

A major question at every step of I'm Standing On 1,000,000 Lives is what are the Game Master's true intentions with these quests?
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Inspires Mural in New York City

"That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime has inspired a hand-painted mural in New York City. ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has teamed up with outdoor advertising company Colossal Media to set up a hand-painted 50' x 24' mural of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime season 2 key visual in New York City. It is located near Madison Square Garden at W 31st Street & 7th Avenue, and will b...
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Sonny Boy ‒ Episode 3

Sonny Boy's third episode opens with its protagonist nearly dying inside of a toilet. I think that's as good an encapsulation as any of the series' dry sense of humor.
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X ‒ Episode 5

Oh, Geordo, you may be her official fiancé, but you just broke the rules of the (reverse) harem, and if you think you're going to just trot out the old excuse and get away with it, I don't think even Jeffrey can help you.
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Jagaaan Manga by As the Gods Will's Muneyuki Kaneshiro Ends with 14th Volume

Final volume ships this fall ― The 13th compiled book volume for Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Kensuke Nishida's Jagaaan manga revealed on Friday that the manga will end with its 14th volume this fall. The manga entered its "final battle" last November. The manga centers on Shintarō Jagasaki, a police officer who is bored with his job and domestic life, currently living with a girlfriend, and living a life ...
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The aquatope on white sand ‒ Episode 4

All of this plays into their main objective this episode: setting up the interactive touch pools, which are a personal favorite of mine anytime I visited an aquarium in Japan.
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King of Fighters XV Game Reveals Trailer for Athena Asamiya

Haruna Ikezawa voices character in game launching in Q1 2022 ― SNK began streaming on Thursday a trailer for its The King of Fighters XV game to highlight the character Athena Asamiya (voiced by Haruna Ikezawa). Along with Mai Shiranui and Yuri Sakazaki, Athena is part of Team Super Heroine. SNK will release the game on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Windows 10, Steam, and the Epic Ga...
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Evangelion Crayfish Plastic Models Are Coming Overseas

Another to add to the annals of wacky Evangelion merchandise ― Another to add to the annals of wacky Evangelion merchandise: Plastic models of... crayfish. If these interpretations of Eva Units 01 and 02 pique your interest, international fans can pre-order them through AmiAmi's English website. The Jiyuu Kenkyuu Series No.241 & No.242 Evangelion Part Red Swamp Crayfish Unit-01/Unit-02 Design Plastic...
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Aniplex of America Streams English-subtitled Trailer for New Puella Magi Madoka Magica -Walpurgisnacht: Rising- Anime Film

Aniplex of America lists film is coming soon ― Aniplex of America began streaming on Friday an English-subtitled trailer for Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie -Walpurgisnacht: Rising- (Gekijōban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica: Walpurgis no Kaiten), the official sequel to the Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion film. The company teased that the film is coming soon, and it opened an Engli...
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The Case Study of Vanitas ‒ Episode 5

And because you're probably expecting it, yes, Mina's Victorian undies are more period-correct than we typically get in anime, although her drawers (bloomers) probably would have had an open crotch.
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Tales of Arise Game's Character Trailer Highlights Kisara

Game launches on September 10 in West, September 9 in Japan ― Bandai Namco Entertainment unveiled a character trailer on Friday for its Tales of Arise role-playing game. The trailer highlights Kisara. The game will launch for Playstation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam on September 10 in the West and on September 9 in Japan. The game was originally slated to launch in 20...
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Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko Smartphone Game Ends Service on October 29

Game gets offline version with limited functionality ― Square Enix announced on Friday that its Toji no Miko: Kizamishi Issen no Tomoshibi (Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko) smartphone game is ending service on October 29 at 12:00 p.m. JST. As of Friday, players can no longer purchase the Rainbow Tamahagane in-game currency. The game will get an offline version with limited functionality after the game's...
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Manga Sales Boom in France After 18-Year-Olds Get Free Money to Spend on the Arts

75% of purchases through the Culture Pass are books, two-thirds of which are manga ― Manga sales are booming in France after the government launched a smartphone app in May that gives 300 euros (approximately US$350) to every 18-year-old to spend on the arts. The New York Times reported that, as of July, 75% of all purchases made through the app are books, roughly two-thirds of which were manga. The ...
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Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy- ‒ Episode 4

If I were grading Tsukimichi on its ability to thrill and excite me with its storytelling prowess, this would be a C-tier episode, at best.
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Funimation Streams How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Anime's English Dub

Alejandro Saab, Anairis Quinones star in dub premiering on Saturday ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will begin streaming an English dub for the television anime of Dojyomaru's How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Genjitsushugi Yūsha no Ōkoku Saikenki) light novel series on Saturday. The English cast includes: Alejandro Saab as Souma Anairis Quinones as Liscia Keith Silverstein as Albert E...
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Peach Boy Riverside ‒ Episode 5

This week's entry sees Sally's odd little RPG party arrive in another town that looks basically the same as the other ones we've seen them stop in, except this one apparently has a vampire in it!
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Anti-Gravity Boy GN 1-3

The story may be full of basic shoujo plot events (A trip to Okinawa! Romantic rivals!), but it lets its characters come to their own emotional conclusions. ― If you've ever wondered what a stereotypical Ribon manga circa 2002 would look like, here's your answer. Ryo Azuki's Anti-Gravity Boy is probably the most typical manga of that period of the anthology's publication, with its wide-eyed, energeti...
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DAKAICHI the Movie in Spain Boys-Love Anime's Visual Unveils New Characters, October 9 Debut

Film casts Sho Hayami as Celes, Fukushi Ochiai as Antonio ― The staff for Gekijō-ban Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu. Spain-Hen (DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year- the Movie in Spain), the anime film adapting the Spain Arc for Hashigo Sakurabi's Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu. (DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year-) manga, announced on S...

Kyoto, Hokkaido, 3 More Prefectures Move to Intensive Measures Under COVID-19 Quasi-State of Emergency

Japan reported over 10,000 new cases for 2nd straight day ― Five prefectures in Japan will move to more intensive anti-virus measures in a quasi-state of emergency from August 2 to August 31 in response to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The prefectures are Kyoto, Hokkaido, Fukuoka, Hyogo, and Ishikawa. This development comes as Japan reported over 10,744 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the sec...
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Taiwanese RPG Series Fantasia Sango Gets October TV Anime

Kensho Ono, Hisako Kanemoto star in fantasy inspired by Romance of the Three Kingdoms ― The anime studio Geek Toys announced on Friday that it is producing a television anime adaptation of UserJoy Technology's Taiwanese role-playing game franchise Fantasia Sango (Huanxiang Sanguozhi or Gensou Sangokushi). The Gensou Sangokushi -Tengen Reishinki- anime will premiere this October. The game combines the...

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S Anime Casts Hiro Shimono

Shimono plays Taketo Aida starting in episode 5 next week ― The official website for the Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S anime announced on Friday that Hiro Shimono is joining the anime's cast as the character Taketo Aida (seen below). The character is the grandson of the owner of a small candy store, and will debut in the anime's fifth episode next week. The anime is the second season based on Coolky...
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2020's Mashin Eiyūden Wataru Anime Gets Special Edition Compilation

Assembling all 9 episodes with some new animation cuts ― The official website for Mashin Eiyūden Wataru Shichi Tamashii no Ryūjinmaru (Seven-Souled Ryūjinmaru), anime studio Sunrise and Bandai Spirits' Tamashii Nations toy brand's 2020 project in the Wataru franchise, revealed on Friday that the anime will have a special edition compilation that will assemble all nine episodes of the anime with some ...
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Kaiju Decode CG Anime Project Streams Teaser, VR Trailer

VR trailer shows scene viewable from 3 different perspectives ― Toei Animation began streaming a teaser trialer for Kaiju Decode, its CG anime collaboration with Tsuburaya Productions, on Friday. Toei Animation is also streaming a VR trailer titled "first contact" for the project, listed as the "first part" of the project. The traielr shows a scene that can be viewed through virtual reality (VR) devi...
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Given: Uragawa no Sonzai Anime DVD Features New Band Song

Screenshots for December 1 OAD also unveiled ― The staff of Given: Uragawa no Sonzai (Given: The One on the Flip-Side), the new original anime disc based on Natsuki Kizu's Given manga revealed on Friday that the titular in-story band Given will perform a new song for the anime, with the same "Uragawa no Sonzai" title. The staff also unveiled new screenshots of the anime. IMG ss01.jpg IMG ss02.jpg IMG...

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Getter Robo Arc Anime Adds 9 Cast Members

Takahiro Sakurai, Yuu Asakawa, Kunihiko Yasui, Daisuke Ono, more join ongoing anime ― The official website for the television anime of Getter Robo Arc, the last manga in the iconic Getter Robo super robot manga series, revealed additional cast members for the anime on Friday. The new cast members include: Takahiro Sakurai as Go Ichimonji (reprising role from Shin Getter Robo vs. Neo Getter Robo) Yuu ...
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Way of the Househusband Anime Gets Live-Action 'Extra' Shorts Starring Kenjiro Tsuda as Himself

Gokufūdō debuts on Netflix globally on August 29 with Tsuda mastering househusband skills ― Netflix announced on Friday that it is producing a live-action short series as an "extra" to the anime series of Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga. The Gokufūdō (The Way of the Household Tools) series of five 4-minute episodes will debut worldwide on Netflix on August 29, and it wi...
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Funimation Reveals World Witches Take Off! Anime's English Dub Cast

Previous cast members reunite for dub debuting on Friday ― Funimation announced the English dub cast for the World Witches Hasshin Shimasu—! (World Witches Take Off!) television anime on Thursday. Funimation will debut the first dubbed episode on Friday. The cast, with ADR director Jad Saxton, assistant ADR directors Tyson Rinehart and Samantha Herek, lead ADR engineer Ricket Watkins, assistant ADR e...
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Tales of Arise Game's Trailers Preview Fishing, Camping, Cooking

Game launches on September 10 in West, September 9 in Japan ― Bandai Namco Entertainment streamed new trailers on Thursday for its Tales of Arise role-playing game. The videos preview the game's fishing, camping, and cooking segments. The game will launch for Playstation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam on September 10 in the West and on September 9 in Japan. The game was...
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Official Super Sentai Restaurant Opens in Ikebukuro

An official "Super Sentai Restaurant" opened in the karaoke bistro chain Pasela's Ikebukuro branch last Thursday. The restaurant looks back on 45 Super Sentai entertainment works, featuring a wealth of referential menu items and collectable goods. A video tour by Mainichi Shimbun Digital shows off the items and goods on display: The Super Sentai Restaurant is situated on the same floor as the "Kam...
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SNK Appoints Kenji Matsubara as CEO

Company aims for further growth, increase in corporate value ― SNK announced on Thursday that it will appoint Kenji Matsubara as its chief executive officer (CEO) on August 1. With this appointment, the company is aiming for "further growth and an increase in corporate value." Matsubara was previously CPO, COO, and president of Sega Games, CEO and president of Zynga Japan, and representative director...
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Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU ‒ Episode 6

What made this finale standout is the exceptional visuals and the dedication to taking the brutality to a point beyond what we've seen from this continuation so far.
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Ace Attorney Manga's Kazuo Maekawa Launches 'B & B Bad Sisters' Multmedia NFT Project

1st set of 27 pieces of NFT artwork debuts on August 6 ― An official website opened on Thursday to announce the new "B & B Bad Sisters" multimedia NFT (non-fungible token) project by manga creator Kazuo Maekawa (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth manga) and podcaster and writer Tony Vega. The project is inspired by cryptocurrency, and the first set of NFT artwo...
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Olympic Archers Show Off Their Anime Fandom

A silver medalist quotes Fate/Grand Order while a bronze medalist quotes Is the Order a Rabbit? ― Is there something about archery that attracts anime fans? After scoring a bronze model as part of Japan's men's archery team on Monday, 36-year-old Takaharu Furukawa told the press: "My heart feels like it's bouncing (pyonpyon)." The phrase is a reference to lines from the Is the Order a Rabbit? anime's...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S ‒ Episode 4

This week's episode covers a few central ideas but mostly amounts to pure sugar entertainment.
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Natsumi Ando's Something's Wrong With Us Manga Ends

16th, final volume ships on September 13 ― Natsumi Ando's Something's Wrong With Us (Watashi-tachi wa Dōka Shiteiru) manga ended in this year's September issue of Kodansha's Be Love magazine on Friday. Kodansha will publish the manga's 16th and final volume on September 13. The manga entered its "countdown to the climax" in February. Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga in English, and it describes...
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Dark Horse Comics Launches Cat + Gamer Manga in March 2022

Wataru Nadatani's manga debuted in November 2018 ― Crunchyroll revealed on Thursday that Dark Horse Comics will launch Wataru Nadatani's Cat + Gamer (Neko Gurashi no Gamer-san) manga with an English translation by Zack Davisson. The manga will launch in comic shops first on March 2, 2022, and then in bookstores on March 15, 2022. Dark Horse Comics describes the story: Meet Riko, a twenty-nine-year-ol...
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Manga Creator Makuno Terminates Contract with futekiya Boys-Love Manga Service

Makuno states important reports, payment obligations were not fulfilled ― Manga creator Makuno revealed on Twitter on Monday that she is terminating her contract with publisher Fantasista because there were times when important reports and payment obligations were not fulfilled, even after she made inquiries at the end of June. Subsequently, she became ill from mental fatigue and decided that to cont...
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Black Lagoon Manga Creator Opens Up About Dealing with Depression

Rei Hiroe explained that depression is the reason behind the manga's multiple hiatuses Black Lagoon manga creator Rei Hiroe revealed on Monday that depression is a major part of his life. Responding to a now-deleted tweet speculating about the reason behind Black Lagoon's multiple hiatuses, he wrote: "It's simply because my depression has not improved and I can't apply myself to a large amount of w...
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BEASTARS Season 2 ‒ Episode 3

If there is one single lesson that we all should have taken away from BEASTARS by now it is this: Louis and Legoshi are two extremely weird dudes.
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French CG Film Summit of the Gods Opens on September 22

Visual unveiled for film of Jiro Taniguchi's The Summit of the Gods manga ― Wild Bunch International announced on Thursday that the French CG animated film of Jiro Taniguchi's The Summit of the Gods (Kamigami no Itadaki) manga will open in theaters in France on September 22, one week earlier than was originally scheduled. The company also revealed a poster visual: The film was originally scheduled to...
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Blue Reflection: Second Light Game Launches in West on November 9

Trailer streamed for PS4, Switch, PC game ― Koei Tecmo Games announced on Thursday that it will release Gust's Blue Reflection Tie ("Tie" written with the character for "emperor") game in the West for PS4, Switch, and PC via Steam under the title Blue Reflection: Second Light on November 9. The company streamed an announcment trailer: The game will get a limited edition on NIS America's online store,...
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Kodansha Comics Licenses The Decagon House Murders, Yamaguchi-kun Isn't So Bad, Chihiro-Kun Only Has Eyes For Me, More Manga

Also: I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince so I Can Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability, Mr. Bride ― Kodansha Comics announced on Wednesday new manga titles that will debut digitally on Tuesdays in August: Title: I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince so I Can Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability Creators: Yosuke Kokuzawa (art), Kenkyo na Circle (story), Meru (character design) Debut Date:...
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Funimation Screens Knights of Sidonia Anime Film in Theaters on September 13

Fumimation adds both seasons of Knights of Sidonia anime on August 3 ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it will screen Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars (Sidonia no Kishi: Ai Tsumugu Hoshi), the all-new anime film based on Tsutomu Nihei's Knights of Sidonia (Sidonia no Kishi) manga, in theaters in the U.S. and Canada starting on September 13. The film will screen in Japanese with Engli...
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Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Anime Film's Teaser Reveals Megumi Ogata as Main Lead Yuta Okkotsu

Teaser previews Yuta's voice in film opening on December 24 ― The official website for the Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (Jujutsu Kaisen 0 the Movie) announced on Friday that Megumi Ogata (Shinji in Neon Genesis Evangelion, Sailor Uranus in Sailor Moon, Kurama in Yu Yu Hakusho) will voice the main character Yuta Okkotsu. The website streamed a teaser trailer, and it previews Yuta's voice: Akutami drew ...
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Insect Land Learning Picture Books Have Anime in the Works

Actor Teruyuki Kagawa produces stories with art by anime designer Thomas Romain ― Kodansha announced on Thursday that the Insect Land picture book series produced by actor Teruyuki Kagawa has an anime adaptation in the works. Kodansha did not reveal a release date or format for the anime. The Insect Land "nature learning picture books" began with the first volume in April 2020, with anime designer Th...
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Modern Okinawan Fantasy Anime "'Deji' Meets Girl" to Air in October

Story of wondrous phenomena that occur when island girl meets mysterious youth ― A website opened on Thursday to announce that an original short anime titled "Deji" Meets Girl will premiere "in the tail end of the Super Animeism" block in October on MBS, TBS, and 26 other affiliated stations. The anime will have 90-second weekly episodes. The wondrous story is set in motion one summer when Maise Higa...

Japan to Expand, Extend COVID-19 State of Emergency as Daily Cases Top 10,000 for 1st Time

Osaka, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba to join Tokyo, Okinawa in state of emergency until August 31 ― The Japanese government notified the ruling party coalition on Thursday that it intends to expand the current state of emergency for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to four more prefectures and extend its duration to August 31. This development comes as the nation reported 10,699 new COVID-19 cases o...
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Restaurant to Another World Anime Season 2 Posts Teaser, More Staff

Miho Tsujibayashi, TOMISIRO return to score October anime ― The official website for the second television anime season of Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami's Restaurant to Another World (Isekai Shokudo) light novel series updated on Thursday with a new teaser promotional video, new key visual, and more staff members on Thursday. The newly announced staff members are: Prop Design: Shinobu Ookawa Art D...
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My Hero Academia Anime Season 5 Casts Kishō Taniyama as Villain Ending

Ending debuts in episode 18 on Saturday ― The official Twitter account for the My Hero Academia anime announced on Thursday that Kishō Taniyama is playing the villain Ending in the show's ongoing fifth season. Ending will debut in the season in the 18th episode on Saturday at 5:00 pm. The show entered the "Internship at Endeavor's Agency" arc of Kohei Horikoshi's original manga for the fifth season's...
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Una Megurogawa's Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga Manga to End on August 25

TV anime about samurai general reincarnated as a dog debuted on January 10 ― The September issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine announced on Monday that Una Megurogawa's Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga (Oda Shinamon Nobunaga) manga will end in the next issue on August 25. The manga has been running in Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine, as well as on the Web Comic Zenyon service sinc...
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'Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon' Light Novels Get Manga

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? manga's Kunieda launches series on August 27 ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine revealed on Tuesday that Hirukuma's Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon (Jidōhanbaiki ni Umarekawatta Ore wa Meikyū ni Samayō) light novel series is inspiring a manga adaptation that will debut in the magazine's next ...

Baki Hanma Anime Posts Creditless Opening Sequence

Video features GRANRODEO's opening song "Treasure Pleasure" ― The official website for TMS Entertainment's Baki Hanma anime began streaming the creditless title sequence for the anime on Thursday. The title sequence features the anime's opening theme song "Treasure Pleasure" by GRANRODEO. The anime will debut on Netflix this fall. Baki Hanma will be the third Baki series on Netflix, and a sequel to t...
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Anime Season 2's Video Previews ClariS' Opening Song

ClariS sings opening "Careless" for season premiering this weekend ― The official Twitter account for the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story franchise began streaming a new promotional video on Wednesday for Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story 2nd Season -Eve of Awakening- (Kakusei Zenya), the second television anime season. The video previews the anime's opening theme ...
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Mari Okazaki's Will I Be Single Forever? Manga Gets Live-Action Film

TV actress Minami Tanaka stars as 36-year-old single seeking her own happiness ― Nikkatsu announced on Thursday that it is producing a live-action film adaptation of Mari Okazaki's Will I Be Single Forever? (Zutto Dokushin de Iru Tsumori?) manga that will open on November 19. Television announcer and actress Minami Tanaka stars as Mami Honda, a 36-year-old single writer who became famous overnight th...
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Anashin's Unmei no Hito ni Deau Hanashi Manga Takes 3-Month Hiatus

Waiting for Spring creator to give birth next month ― Waiting for Spring (Harumatsu Bokura) manga creator Anashin revealed on Twitter on Monday that her Unmei no Hito ni Deau Hanashi manga is going on hiatus for three months because she is giving birth next month. The manga will return in the magazine's December issue, which is scheduled to ship on October 24. Anashin debuted the manga in Kodansha's ...
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Mary Skelter Finale PS4, Switch Game Launches in West on September 30

Game gets limited edition ― Idea Factory International announced during its IFI Online Summer Festival livestream on Wednesday that it will release Compile Heart's Mary Skelter Finale PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch game physically and digitally in the West on September 30. The game will get a limited edition that includes a hardcover art book, steel game case, collector's box, three-disc original ...
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Death end re;Quest 2 Game Launches for Switch in West in 2022

Game's Switch version launches in Japan in 2021 ― Idea Factory International announced during its IFI Online Summer Festival livestream on Wednesday that it will release Compile Heart's Death end re;Quest 2 game for Nintendo Switch physically and digitally in the West in 2022. The game's Switch version will launch in Japan in 2021. Idea Factory International released the game on PlayStation 4 and PC ...
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Anime Expo Returns to Los Angeles as Physical Event on July 1-4, 2022

Anime Expo Lite 2021 virtual event took place on July 3-4 ― The staff of Anime Expo announced on Wednesday that the event will return as an in-person convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 1-4, 2022. The The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) hosted the Anime Expo Lite 2021 virtual event in place of an in-person Anime Expo convention this year. Anime Expo Lite 202...
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Otomate's Cupid Parasite Switch Game Heads West

Otome visual novel launches this fall ― Idea Factory International announced during its IFI Online Summer Festival livestream on Wednesday that it will release its Otomate brand's Cupid Parasite game for the Nitntendo Switch physically and digitally in the West in fall 2021. The otome visual novel launched for Switch in Japan in August 2020. The "female-oriented romance adventure" game centers on the...
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Neptunia, Senran Kagura Crossover PS4 Game Heads West

Crossover of Senran Kagura, Hyperdimension Neptunia franchises launches in 2021 ― Idea Factory International announced during its IFI Online Summer Festival livestream on Wednesday that it will release Neptunia x Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars (Senran Nin Nin Ninja Taisen Neptune), the crossover action RPG for the Senran Kagura and Hyperdimension Neptunia franchises, for PlayStation 4 physically and digit...
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Disney Hotel Gets Otaku Makeover with Disney Twisted-Wonderland Rooms

The Disney Ambassador Hotel in Tokyo is getting an otaku makeover this fall: the Disney Twisted-Wonderland smartphone game will get special hotel rooms from October 1 to November 29. Not only are the rooms themselves decorated to the brim with art from the series, the room keys are the "Magical Pens" from the game's "Night Ravens College" magic training school. In addition, a limited number of Dis...
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Toki no Daichi Manga Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Continuation

Miyuki Yama aims to raise 11 million yen for new manga volume ― Manga creator Miyuki Yama launched a Campfire crowdfunding campaign on Friday to fund the next volume of her Toki no Daichi manga. The campaign aims to raise 11 million yen (about US$100,000) by August 31. If the campaign is successful, Yama will begin publishing the manga's "Kai" and "Ilia" stories as a continuation of the overall "Tenb...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 ‒ Episode 40

As the credits roll on this episode, one thing has become hard to ignore: the fact that we just spent the first four episodes of this cour watching what amounts to an hour-and-twenty-minute-long conversation.
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Digimon Survive Game Delayed Again to 2022

Delayed PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC previously slated for 2021 ― Toei Animation revealed in its financial report on Wednesday that the Digimon Survive role-playing game has been delayed to 2022. The report lists that the game's release window is the third quarter of fiscal year 2022 and beyond. The game was previously delayed from 2020 to 2021 "due to the effects of current world events." The game's pr...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable's Terumi Nishii Designed Anime Miley Cyrus for Gucci Ad

Anime's latest foray into fashion is a floral-pop explosion. ― JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable and Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya character designer Terumi Nishii designed the animated version of singer Miley Cyrus for a recent Gucci fashion ad. The advertisement is promoting the fashion house's new Flora Fantasia campaign. A fanciful #GucciBeauty world featuring @MileyCyrus and ...
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Kadokawa President Apologizes for "Pro-Censorship" Remarks

Takeshi Natsuno came under fire online for saying that manga publishing standards should change for Google, Apple ― Kadokawa president and chief executive officer Takeshi Natsuno apologized on Wednesday for "inappropriate remarks" he made last week concerning sexually stimulating content in manga. His comments, which were made on an Abema Prime program regarding the appropriateness of gravure in boy'...
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Sentai Filmworks Streams Vinland Saga Anime's English Dub Trailer

Netflix Japan streams separate English dub from VSI Los Angeles ― Sentail Filmworks streamed a trailer for its English dub of the television anime of Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga manga. Sentai Filmworks' English cast includes: Jason Douglas as Thors David Wald as Askeladd Mike Haimoto as Thorfinn Shannon Emerick as Young Thorfinn Joe Daniels as Thorkell John Swasey as Leif Josh Grelle as Prince Can...
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Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water Game Launches on October 28 (Updated)

Koei Tecmo announced on Wednesday that it will release the Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water game for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam on October 28. Update: Koei Tecmo streamed an overview trailer: The game will get a Digital Deluxe Edition that includes a digital artbook and six costumes inspired from previous characters in the series.Th...
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PlayStation 5 Sells Over 10 Million Worldwide

PS5 is Sony's fastest-selling console ― Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced on Wednesday that as of July 18, the PlayStation 5 has sold over 10 million units worldwide since its launch in November 2020. This makes the PS5 Sony's fastest-selling console. President and CEO of SIE Jim Ryan acknowledged that despite the PS5's sales momentum, there is still a shortage of consoles with supply co...
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Ms. vampire who lives in my neighborhood Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Comedy manga about modern-day vampire girl launched in 2013, inspired 2018 TV anime ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Cune magazine revealed on Tuesday that Amatou's Tonari no Kyūketsuki-san (Ms. vampire who lives in my neighborhood) manga will end in three chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end in October. The manga's eighth compiled book volume will ship on December 27...
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My Status as an Assassin Obviously Exceeds the Hero's Manga Artist Updates Outlook After Cancer Diagnosis

Aigamo has stage I cancer with low possibility of metastasis My Status as an Assassin Obviously Exceeds the Hero's manga artist Hiroyuki Aigamo revealed on Saturday that following her endometrial cancer diagnosis in December, she now has stage I cancer with low possibility of metastasis. She attributes her current health status to her January surgery and pathological diagnosis of her uterus. The ca...
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Magic Stage Show-Themed Waccha PriMagi! Anime Unveils 4 More Cast Members

Aya Uchida, Rie Hikisaka, singers Anna Suzuki & Sunao Yoshikawa join fall anime ― The official Twitter account for Takara Tomy Arts and syn Sophia's Pretty Series franchise announced four new cast members for the franchise's latest television anime, Waccha Purimaji! (Waccha PriMagi!), on Wednesday: Aya Uchida as Hina Yayoi, a third-year student at a middle school that is top-tier in PriMagi Rie Hikis...
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Tokyo's 3 Neighboring Prefectures Seek COVID-19 State of Emergency Declaration (Update 2)

Prefectures log record high of new COVID-19 cases ― The prefectural governments of Chiba, Saitama, and Kanagawa all revealed plans to ask the Japanese national government to extend the current state of emergency in Tokyo to their prefectures, in light of record high daily case counts of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). All three prefectures are neighbors of Tokyo. Saitama recorded a record hig...
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Dr. Mario World Smartphone Game Ends Service in November

Tile-clearing game launched in July 2019 ― The official website for Nintendo's Dr. Mario World smartphone game announced on Wednesday that the game will end service on November 1. As of Wednesday, players can no longer purchase more diamonds (one of the in-game currencies). There will not be an offline version, although players "will be able to look back at your play history in Dr. Mario World Memori...
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The Knight in the Area Manga Duo to Launch New iCONTACT Soccer Manga

Manga about agile but inaccurate middle school player to start on August 25 ― This year's 35th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Hiroaki Igano and Kaya Tsukiyama are once again collaborating on a new manga titled iCONTACT that will launch in the magazine's 39th issue on August 25. The manga centers on Shishi Sakurazaka, a soccer player in his third year of middle s...
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