This Week in Anime - The Tokyo Ghoul OAVs Are a Gory-Good Time

Bon appétit, Tokyo Ghoul fans! Funimation dropped the two side story OAVs on its service recently so we had Nicky and Steve dust off their best masks to revisit some our favorite flesh-eaters.

Alex Dudok de Wit, Author of BFI Classics: Grave of the Fireflies

De Wit delves into Grave of the Fireflies' production, the modification of Akiyuki Nosaka original story, and whether the film reflects a mentality that Japan was the "victim" in World War II.

Made in Abyss Anime Gets 2nd TV Anime Season, Action RPG in 2022

New season titled Made in Abyss: Retsujitsu no Ōgonkyō; Spike Chunsoft develops PS4/Switch/PC game

Battle Game in 5 Seconds Anime's Teaser Unveils Cast, Staff, July 12 Debut

Ayumu Murase, Aimi, Mayumi Shintani star in anime by SynergySP, Vega Entertainment

Remembering Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks

When Tom told me that there was a “movie” that was going to air called The History of Trunks, I was hyped. When it aired, Trunks immediately became my favorite character in the series, going down, in my mind, as the greatest OVA in DBZ history.

Full Results Revealed for One Piece's 1st Global Character Popularity Poll

Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Sanji, Trafalgar Law, and Nico Robin top the poll

Through One Piece, the Golden Age of Piracy Lives On

The practice of piracy has been around for a very long time, and not just where European sailors plied saltwater.

This Week in Anime - Is Mars Red Too High Brow?

Vampires are a dime a dozen, so what does it take to make a bloodsucker show stand out? MARS RED aptly blends a period piece, the anxiety of Westernization, and a growing military with all the showmanship of the theatrical stage. Is it too obtuse for genre enthusiasts or just what vamp fans need?

New Pokémon Snap

I took a four day weekend off work to play this and was squarely dedicated to getting the absolute most out of it. More importantly, I was never bored. There was always something more to see each time I set out on an expedition.

Anno, Itano, and the Apocalypse: Intergenerational Struggle in Megazone 23 and Neon Genesis Evangelion

I found myself comparing the two franchises whilst in not-so-splendid isolation this past year as the world around me seemed just a little too eager to collapse.
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BFI Film Classics: Grave of the Fireflies

Alex Dudok de Wit's analysis argues that to see the film as nothing more than an emotionally manipulative weepy is to ignore Takahata's original vision for the piece–that the children's fates were in part a result of selfishness. ― If you ask most anime viewers, Isao Takahata's 1988 World War Two film Grave of the Fireflies is the saddest movie released by Studio Ghibli. While this is largely true – ...
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Days on Fes GN 1

Days on Fes is a tender, comfy little work. There is a certain charm to the way it carries itself. It is not a grand story, nor is it a particularly deep one. The stakes are only as dire as ”How will we pay for the next show?!” and will not have you gripping your seat with anticipation. Days on Fes is a tender, comfy little work. There is a certain charm to the way Days on Fes carries itself. It is...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is Mushroom Girl Overpowered???

Just as Class 1-A seems to have outwitted their opponents, Plan B kicks into high gear as Kinoko unleashes an unstoppable number of mushrooms to overwhelm Momo and Tokoyami. ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 94: Is Mushroom Girl Oveprowered??? Just as Class 1-A seems to have outwitted their opponents, Plan B kicks into high gear as Kinoko unleashes an unstoppable number of mushrooms to overw...
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Rurouni Kenshin: The Final Live-Action Film

Interestingly, it is the side characters from past films that really get a chance to shine in this film—namely Misao, Seta, and Aoishi. Even “Sword Hunter” Cho returns for a sizable supporting role in this film. ― The story of Rurouni Kenshin can basically be split into three arcs. The first arc—with Kenshin meeting Kaoru, Sano, and the rest of his new friends—is about Kenshin discovering that, despi...

KILL la KILL Powers Up in Massively Updated Collaboration with GRAND SUMMONERS

GRAND SUMMONERS surprises again in its massively updated collaboration with the popular anime series KILL la KILL. ― GRAND SUMMONERS surprises again in its massively updated collaboration with the popular anime series KILL la KILL. KILL la KILL Crossover Highlights Everyone joining GRAND SUMMONERS gets a chance to win ★5 Limited KILL la KILL units for FREE every day during the month-long crossover! H...
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I'm the Catlords' Manservant GN 1

Poor Yukiharu. At age sixteen he has the misfortune of being a manga protagonist, which means that not only has he been orphaned with no extended family to take him in, but his house has also been demolished and he's discovered that his father was one of those Debt Dads. ― Poor Yukiharu. At age sixteen he has the misfortune of being a manga protagonist, which means that not only has he been orphaned ...
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Golden Kamuy Manga Enters Climax

Manga's 277th chapter debuted on Thursday ― The official Twitter account for Shueisha's Young Jump magazine announced on Wednesday Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga has entered its climax. The manga's 277th chapter debuted on Thursday. Viz Media is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the first volume: In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi “Immortal” Sugimoto sc...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses 6 Princess Principal: Crown Handler Sequel Films

Sentai to stream 1st film in spring ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed the six-part Princess Principal: Crown Handler sequel film series in the Unites States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Nordic countries, Scandinavian countries, the Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal. The company will stream the first film in select outlets in sprin...
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Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood ‒ Episode 6

Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood is a deeply silly cartoon about murderous shapeshifters and nefarious government agents that wage war in an alternate history Japan that is filled with monsters, spies, mad scientists, and some kind of science-fantasy super chemical/stone/thing that hasn't been all that well explained.
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Full Dive ‒ Episode 5

This week we see how Yuki might be too-easily swayed by appearances into bad deals of all stripes, such as him getting fleeced by an item shop.
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Super Cub ‒ Episode 5

Episode 5 delivers what a lot of viewers probably wanted last time: a peek into Reiko's summer vacation. It also drops viewers directly into her perspective, offering a refreshing episode that, as the kids say, positively slaps.
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King of Fighters XV Game Reveals Trailer for Ryo Sakazaki, Robert Garcia

Daiki Takakura, Go Shinomiya voice characters in game slated for this year ― SNK began streaming a trailer for its The King of Fighters XV game to highlight the characters Ryo Sakazaki (voiced by Daiki Takakura) and Robert Garcia (voiced by Go Shinomiya) on Wednesday. The King of Fighters XV will launch in 2021. The game's initial roster includes: Shun'Ei, Meitenkun, Benimaru Nikaido, Iori, Joe Higas...
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The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent ‒ Episode 5

Aira's had even less say in her life's new trajectory than Sei, having been summoned and summarily whisked away to live out the isekai dream…only to almost certainly begun to hear rumors about not actually being the Saint.
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Nintendo Appoints Illumination Founder/CEO Chris Meledandri as Outside Director

Meledandri is co-producing Illumination's Super Mario Bros. film ― Nintendo announced on Thursday in its financial report for the fiscal year ending on March 31 that it will appoint Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri as an outside director on June 29. Meledandri is co-producing Illumination's animated film adaptation of the Super Mario Bros. game franchise with Super Mario Bros. creator Sh...
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BFI Film Classics: Grave of the Fireflies

Alex Dudok de Wit's analysis argues that to see the film as nothing more than an emotionally manipulative weepy is to ignore Takahata's original vision for the piece–that the children's fates were in part a result of selfishness. ― If you ask most anime viewers, Isao Takahata's 1988 World War Two film Grave of the Fireflies is the saddest movie released by Studio Ghibli. While this is largely true – ...
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Sunrise Animates Scarlet Nexus Game's Opening Footage

Video features The Oral Cigarettes' opening song ― Bandai Namco Entertainment posted the opening animation for the Scarlet Nexus role-playing game on Thursday. The video features animation from Sunrise and the song "Dream In Drive" by rock band The Oral Cigarettes. The Scarlet Nexus game will launch on June 25 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. The game will...
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Pokémon's 24th Anime Season Pokémon Master Journeys Premieres This Summer

Netflix streamed Pokémon Journeys series' final episodes on March 5 ― The Pokémon Company International announced on Thursday that it will premiere the 24th season of the Pokémon franchise's anime titled Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series "as early as summer" in select markets, with more premieres coming to additional markets this year. The Pokémon Company describes the new season: It's a big, big w...
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Square Enix, Sega, Bandai Namco, XSEED Games/Marvelous USA, More to Participate at E3 2021

"Reimagined" virtual event will run from June 12-15 ― The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced on Thursday that Square Enix, Sega, Bandai Namco Entertainment, XSEED Games/Marvelous USA, Inc., Gearbox Entertainment, Freedom Games, Devious Eye Entertainment, Turtle Beach, Verizon, and Binge.com will participate in this year's E3 gaming event. The ESA confirmed that the E3 gaming event for...
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Love Live! Superstar!! Anime Streams 1st Teaser Video

Anime premieres in July ― The official YouTube channel for the Love Live! franchise began streaming the first teaser promotional video for Love Live! Superstar!!, the franchise's new television anime on Thursday. The video first premiered during an online event to commemorate the debut single of the project's Liella idol group early in the day. The anime will premiere on the public broadcaster NHK's ...
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Demon Slayer Anime Film Earns 39.88 Billion Yen in Japan

Film sells 28.87 million tickets after 29 weeks at box office ― The Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film has sold a total of 28.87 million tickets for 39.88 billion yen (about US$364.9 million) in Japan as of Wednesday. That is an increase of less than 100 million yen (US$900,000) compared to the previous week. Almost all major cinema chains in Japan have closed their t...
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Moriarty the Patriot Anime Casts Kenji Nojima

Nojima voices Charles Augustus Milverton ― The official website for the television anime of Ryōsuke Takeuchi and Hikaru Miyoshi's Moriarty the Patriot (Yūkoku no Moriarty) manga confirmed on Wednesday that Kenji Nojima joins the cast as Charles Augustus Milverton. The character already appeared in the show's latest episode on Sunday. The anime's second half premiereed on Tokyo MX on April 4 at 10:30 ...
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Final Evangelion Film Is Now Hideaki Anno's Highest-Earning Film With 8.28 Billion Yen

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 surpasses Shin Godzilla's 8.25 billion yen Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the "final" Evangelion film, has sold 5,423,475 tickets for 8,282,298,700 yen (about US$75.72 million) as of Wednesday, its 59th day in the Japanese box office. The film has surpassed the 8.25 billion yen (about US$75.40 million) earnings of 2016's Shin Godzilla t...
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Nintendo Announces Game Builder Garage for Switch

June 11 title allows players to learn basics of game programming ― Nintendo announced a new software titled Game Builder Garage on Wednesday. The title will launch for the Switch on June 11. The software allows players to learn the basic concepts of game programming, using creatures called Nodons to create associations between inputs, actions, objects, and more. The game will support up to eight play...

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Amanchu! Manga Ends on May 10

Manga entered final arc last September ― The official Twitter account for Mag Garden's Magcomi website revealed on Wednesday that Kozue Amano's Amanchu! manga will end on May 10. Amano previously revealed that the manga's 17th volume will be the final volume. The volume will ship on November 10. The manga entered its final arc in September 2020. Crunchyroll streams the manga's anime adaptation, and i...
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Crunchyroll Adds The Law of Ueki Anime to Catalog

Anime begins streaming on Wednesday ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will begin streaming The Law of Ueki anime on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. EDT in the U.S. and Canada. The company describes the story: The fate of the world rests on Ueki, an average junior high student. Average until he gains the power to change trash into trees. Granted to him by the enigmatic Mr K., Ueki's strange power fo...

DLE Reveals Yoshimaho: Yoshi Yoshi Magic Original Anime

Anime centers on protagonist transported to parallel world in 5-year-old body at day care center ― DLE announced on Wednesday that it, ABC Frontier, marketing company Mash, and production company helo.inc (Watanuki-san Chi to, Watanuki-san Chi no) are producing an original anime project titled Yoshimaho: Yoshi Yoshi Magic. In the anime, the protagonist is overworked and always exhausted by daily life...
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Odd Taxi ‒ Episode 5

Seriously, it's hard work both writing and directing something like this. You have to ensure that all of these subplots line up in logical ways, while also compelling the audience to stick with the long journey towards payoff.
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Crunchyroll Games to Release Mitrasphere RPG for iOS, Android

Trailer streamed for social co-op fantasy mobile game ― Crunchyroll Games announced on Wednesday that it will is release the social co-op fantasy RPG mobile game Mitrasphere for iOS and Android devices in partnership with original game developer Bank of Innovation, Inc. and live-ops manager JetSynthesys. Crunchyroll began streaming an announcement trailer: Crunchyroll Games will release the game in t...
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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind's Ohmu Inspires Earrings, Rings

Accessory series also includes Möwe-inspired necklaces and earrings ― Despite their uncanny appearance and capacity for large-scale destruction and violence, the Ohmu from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind are compassionate and intelligent creatures. Now, the Ghibli-themed fashion brand GBL has released earrings and rings inspired by these magnificent beings. This pair of accessories are part of GBL...
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MARS RED ‒ Episode 5

Twists and backstabs abound in this fifth episode of MARS RED, which feels more like a late-season acceleration than a light midseason jaunt.
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Cutie and the Beast Manga Ends with 4th Volume

Manga launched in January 2019 ― pixiv's "Palcy" manga app revealed that Yuhi Azumi's Cutie and the Beast (Pujo to Yajū: JK ga Akyuyaku Wrestler ni Koi Shita Hanashi) manga will end with the fourth compiled book volume. Seven Seas licensed the manga, and it describes the story: Unlike her friends who are into pretty boys, Momoka has a crush on a giant professional wrestler named Kuga who plays a vill...

Discotek Releases Black Rock Shooter, City Hunter 2, Mahoraba, Lupin III: Return of Pycal Anime on July 27

Also: Fighting General Daimos ― Discotek Media announced on Tuesday that it will release the Black Rock Shooter, City Hunter 2, Mahoraba ~Heartful days, and Lupin III: Return of Pycal anime on Blu-ray Disc on July 27. The company will also release the Fighting General Daimos anime on standard definition Blu-ray Disc on the same day. Discotek will release the Black Rock Shooter television anime series...
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To Your Eternity ‒ Episode 4

March's confusion and sadness allows us to also reflect on just how much she and Parona have lost, and give the girls a new goal to fight for, even as Hayase demeans and imprisons them. If you have any aspirations towards writing good fantasy or science-fiction, then take notes: This is how you get the job done.
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Days on Fes GN 1

Days on Fes is a tender, comfy little work. There is a certain charm to the way it carries itself. It is not a grand story, nor is it a particularly deep one. The stakes are only as dire as ”How will we pay for the next show?!” and will not have you gripping your seat with anticipation. Days on Fes is a tender, comfy little work. There is a certain charm to the way Days on Fes carries itself. It is...
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Gamescom On-Site Event Canceled, Digital Event Runs in August

Free, all-digital event runs from August 23-27 ― The German Games Industry Association announced on Wednesday that it has canceled the on-site portion of this year's Gamescom video game trade fair, and is instead running a free, all-digital event. The reason for cancelation is that too many companies are unable to participate in physical events due to the "still difficult development." The organizers...
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Utawarerumono Zan 2 Game's Video Highlights New Features

Game ships for PS4, PS5 in Japan on July 22 ― The official website for Aquaplus' Utawarerumono Zan 2 sequel game began streaming a new promotional video for the game on Wednesday. The video highlights the game's new features, including new characters and systems. Aquaplus announced the new game on March 30. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in Japan on July 22. Aquaplus relea...
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Battle Game in 5 Seconds Anime's Teaser Unveils Cast, Staff, July 12 Debut

Ayumu Murase, Aimi, Mayumi Shintani star in anime by SynergySP, Vega Entertainment ― The official website for Battle Game in 5 Seconds, the television anime of Saizō Harawata and Miyakokasiwa's Deatte 5-byō de Battle (Battle in 5 seconds after meeting.) manga, opened on Wednesday and posted a teaser promotional video and a key visual. Both the site and the teaser reveal the main cast, main staff, the...
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Japan Considers Extending COVID-19 State of Emergency

Also: Event restrictions extended until June ― The Japanese national government is leaning toward extending the current new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) state of emergency in four prefectures, after the Osaka prefectural government reported it would ask for an extension. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is consulting with cabinet officials and experts on Wednesday, and could arrive at a decision withi...

Made in Abyss Anime Gets 2nd TV Anime Season, Action RPG in 2022

New season titled Made in Abyss: Retsujitsu no Ōgonkyō; Spike Chunsoft develops PS4/Switch/PC game ― The official website for the anime of Akihito Tsukushi's Made in Abyss manga revealed on Wednesday that the anime will have a second television season in 2022 titled Made in Abyss: Retsujitsu no Ōgonkyō (Made in Abyss: The Sun Blazes Upon the Golden City). Spike Chunsoft is also developing a new 3D ac...
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News Tips Policy Update

ANN is changing the way we credit our news tippers in order to prioritize their privacy. Below is our new policy for news tip submissions and crediting those who send us news tips: If we receive a public tip from a social media account or from our forums, we will credit the username of the person with the news tip, unless otherwise specified in the communication. If we receive a private news tip v...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 2-8

GATE, Emma anime; Bofuri, Undead Unluck manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Bleach Set 10 BDPlease Viz Media US$54.97 May 4 Busty Maids DVD (adult)Cite Adult Source Media US$29.95 May 4 Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 1 BDAnimeNewsNetwork Nozomi Entertainment US$49.99 May 4 GATE BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$59.98 May 4 Pokémon Sun & Moon Ultra Legends The First Al...
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Tokyo Revengers ‒ Episode 4

After young Naoto accidentally interrupts a moment between Takemichi and his old (young?) flame, our protagonist ends up accidentally jumping back to the future, and we get caught up on some of the actual mechanics of this whole thing.
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Higehiro ‒ Episode 5

It's a testament to the consistently impressive depth and care that Higehiro displays with its writing, considering how well the episode ends up working, when the show's strengths absolutely do not lie in its visuals.

Nintendo Looks into More Animated Works

Nintendo looking at possible works beyond Mario franchise ― President of Nintendo Shuntaro Furukawa told Fast Company in an interview posted on Thursday that Nintendo is looking into more animated works beyond Illumination's animated film adaptation of the Super Mario Bros. game franchise. Furukawa stated that "Animation, in general, is something that we are looking into, and not just this [Mario] fr...
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Fruits Basket the Final ‒ Episode 5

It's a new school year for the Fruits Basket the Final cast, and some characters have changed more than others. Momiji seems to have had a growth spurt overnight, and his newly mature physical appearance is only the half of it.
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Battle of Tokyo 'Mixed Reality' Project's Streams The Rampage from Exile Tribe's Music Video

Video features "CALL OF JUSTICE" theme song for group's avatar Rowdy Shogun ― The YouTube channel for LDH Japan's Battle of Tokyo "mixed reality entertainment" project began streaming on Tuesday a music video for The Rampage from Exile Tribe's "CALL OF JUSTICE," which is the theme song for the group's avatar Rowdy Shogun. Hiroaki Higashi (Ghost in the Shell The Movie Virtual Reality Diver) directed t...
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"Isekai Museum" Featuring Re:Zero, Overlord, Konosuba, Saga of Tanya the Evil Releases PV

Exhibit opens in Kadokawa Culture Museum from July 17 to September 26 ― An "Isekai Museum" exhibition featuring storyboards, key animation, and artwork from the Re:Zero, Overlord, KONOSUBA, and The Saga of Tanya the Evil anime series will open in the Kadokawa Culture Museum from July 17 to September 26. The Kadokawa Anime YouTube account released a promotional video on Saturday highlighting the main ...
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Megalobox 2: Nomad ‒ Episode 5

As the present-day and flashback sequences weave in and out, we learn what happened to Joe, Nanbu, the children, and the gym, and why it only took five years for everything to fall apart completely.
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Seven Knights Revolution Game's 2nd Teaser Previews Heroes

Netmarble's game launches this year ― The official YouTube channel for Netmarble's Seven Knights Revolution game began streaming the second teaser video last Wednesday. The video previews the heroes. The game will launch this year. Netmarble's Seven Knights smartphone RPG inspired the television anime Seven Knights Revolution: Eiyū no Keishōsha (The Hero's Successor) that premiered on April 4. Kazuya...
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Combatants Will Be Dispatched! ‒ Episode 5

In last week's cliffhanger, Snow discovered that Six and Alice were spies. What makes this revelation all the more devastating is that it comes immediately after her decision to side with them over her own self-interests.
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Yen Press Announces Yen Audio Imprint with 5 Novel Audiobooks

Sword Art Online, Overlord, The Miracles of the Namiya General Store, The Saga of Tanya the Evil ― Yen Press announced Yen Audio, its new imprint for audiobooks, on Tuesday. The company is partnering with Hachette Audio to produce, sell, and distribute digital audiobooks for select titles. Yen Press revealed five novel series titles that will receive audiobooks this year as well as a release schedule...
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Touhou Project's 18th Game Releases on Steam

― Japanese dōjin developer ZUN (founder and sole member of the Team Shanghai Alice dōjin game developer circle) and Mediascape released Touhou Kōryūdō: Unconnected Marketeers, the 18th main game in the Touhou Project game series, on Monday. The game is only available in Japanese. ZUN released the game's demo at the "Hakurei Jinja Reitaisai" event on March 21. The game's main characters include Reimu...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is Mushroom Girl Overpowered???

Just as Class 1-A seems to have outwitted their opponents, Plan B kicks into high gear as Kinoko unleashes an unstoppable number of mushrooms to overwhelm Momo and Tokoyami. ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 94: Is Mushroom Girl Oveprowered??? Just as Class 1-A seems to have outwitted their opponents, Plan B kicks into high gear as Kinoko unleashes an unstoppable number of mushrooms to overw...
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So I'm a Spider, So What? ‒ Episode 16

It's here that we also get the tasty tidbit that D, herself, has not reincarnated. Her identity remains a secret, though I'm thirsty to get more details on that!
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The World Ends with You the Animation ‒ Episode 4

Rather than the misanthrope we met in episode 1, this Neku sorely misses Shiki, and desperately wishes she was alive. However, Shiki served as Neku's entry fee, and just like him, remains in limbo in the stylish streets of Shibuya.
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Konami Will Not Present at E3 2021

Company will make announcements on "number of key projects" over next few months ― Konami announced on Twitter on Saturday that it will not present at the virtual event set to take place for E3 this year. The company reassured fans that it is in "deep development on a number of key projects" and that it will make announcements over the next few months. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) con...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 972

The battle between Oden and Kaido is a visual spectacle of an entirely different breed in an arc that has been nothing but eye candy from the get go.
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Rurouni Kenshin: The Final Live-Action Film

Interestingly, it is the side characters from past films that really get a chance to shine in this film—namely Misao, Seta, and Aoishi. Even “Sword Hunter” Cho returns for a sizable supporting role in this film. ― The story of Rurouni Kenshin can basically be split into three arcs. The first arc—with Kenshin meeting Kaoru, Sano, and the rest of his new friends—is about Kenshin discovering that, despi...
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FanimeCon's 2021 Virtual Event Hosts Voice Actor Hikaru Midorikawa

Virtual convention will take place on May 28-30 ― The official website of Northern California's FanimeCon announced on April 29 that voice actor Hikaru Midorikawa will attend the convention's 2021 virtual event, making his "first American appearance in 20 years." The event is hosting an online giveaway of 150 foil print posters signed by Midorikawa. The virtual convention will take place on May 28-30...

Sentai Filmworks Sells Out of Legend of the Galactic Heroes Box Set Release

Release was limited to 1,000 copies ― Sentai Filmworks has sold out of its limited-edition premium box sets of the original anime adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka's epic science fiction novels The Legend of the Galactic Heroes. The company had stated on Twitter on Saturday that there were only 15 sets left of the product. The product page now shows that the set is out of print. The company released the s...
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Funimation Reveals English Dub Cast for 'Combatants Will Be Dispatched!' Anime

Company began streaming dubbed version starring Monica Rial, Brendan Blaber on Sunday ― Funimation revealed the English dub cast for the television anime adaptation of Natsume Akatsuki's Combatants Will Be Dispatched! (Sentōin, Hakenshimasu!) light novel series on Saturday. The company began streaming the first episode of the dub on Sunday. The cast includes: Monica Rial as Alice Brendan Blaber as Ag...

KILL la KILL Powers Up in Massively Updated Collaboration with GRAND SUMMONERS

GRAND SUMMONERS surprises again in its massively updated collaboration with the popular anime series KILL la KILL. ― GRAND SUMMONERS surprises again in its massively updated collaboration with the popular anime series KILL la KILL. KILL la KILL Crossover Highlights Everyone joining GRAND SUMMONERS gets a chance to win ★5 Limited KILL la KILL units for FREE every day during the month-long crossover! H...
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Kia Asamiya Draws New Compiler Manga This Fall

Original Compiler manga inspired 2 OVA adaptations ― The official Twitter account for Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine revealed last Friday that Kia Asamiya is drawing a new story for his Compiler manga, and it will debut in the magazine this fall. The announcement does not mention whether the new story will be a one-shot or a new serialization. The magazine teases the manga as the "return of...

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Kadokawa Discusses Creating 'World-Class' CG Studio to Help Make 40 Animation Works a Year

Company considers gathering 'world's best creators'; sales, profits reach record highs ― Media company Kadokawa Corporation announced on Friday its medium-range management policy and goals until March 2023, as part of its presentation for the fiscal year ending on March 31. One of Kadokawa's six goals is strengthening its animation business. To achieve this goal, the company aims to strengthen its pr...
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A Certain Magical Index Smartphone Game Announces Collaboration With NieR Series

Limited-time story event, gacha launched on May 1 ― The A Certain Magical Index: Imaginary Fest smartphone game announced on its official website on Wednesday that it will run a collaboration event with the NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... and Nier: Automata action RPG games starting from May 1. The three properties are published by Square Enix. The story event features full voice acting. A limite...
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David Production's Misaki no Mayoiga Anime Film Reveals Cast, More Staff, Trailer, August 27 Premiere

Mana Ashida plays film's main character Yui ― The official website of david production's anime film of Sachiko Kashiwaba's Misaki no Mayoiga (The Abandoned House by the Cape) revealed on Tuesday that two cast members, more staff, a trailer, and the August 27 release date. Mana Ashida will play the main character Yui, and Iwate prefecture's governor Takuya Tasso will play Kappa of Kozuchigawa. Kamogaw...
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Velveteen & Mandala's Jiro Matsumoto Launches New Manga

beautiful place gun-action manga debuted on Friday ― Jiro Matsumoto (Velveteen & Mandala) launched a new manga titled beautiful place in Comiplex, the manga website of Hero's Inc's Monthly Hero's magazine, on Friday. The gun-action manga follows two girls born in Japan during a civil war. Shimon Hanazawa is a woman who participates in her school's "volunteer activities," and Momoko Kо̄saka is her cla...
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Moriarty the Patriot ‒ Episode 16

“Hell is empty,/And all the devils are here,” may not be the first Shakespeare quotation that most people think of, but the line from The Tempest certainly can be said to apply to Moriarty the Patriot.
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Plus-Sized Elf Manga Changes Publishers, Goes on Half-Year Hiatus (Updated)

Manga to return this fall under new publisher ― Synecdoche revealed on Twitter on Friday that Wani Books is no longer publishing their Plus-Sized Elf (Elf-san wa Yaserarenai.) manga. Wani Books published the manga's 45th chapter, and Synecdoche is posting the 46th and 47th chapters on Twitter. After the author posts the 47th chapter, the manga will go on a half-year hiatus as it changes publishers. T...
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Back Arrow ‒ Episode 17

It's funny how Back Arrow has gradually shifted in my estimation across the season. “Hey this is pretty good” became “Hey this is strong work” and now “Wait this may end up being a favorite.”
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86 ‒ Episode 4

A couple years back, my fiancée brought home an acrylic stand of Lena and placed it next to the TV. I have seen her every single day since, but I never imagined I'd end up having such complicated feelings about her.
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Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song- ‒ Episode 6

This new mission of hers is a ticking time bomb all but designed to get humans killed as it puts the survival of Metal Float above that of human lives.

Demon Slayer Confirmed as #1 Film in America This Past Weekend

2nd Japanese film ever to top U.S. weekend box office ― Funimation confirmed on Monday that the Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime ranked at #1 at the North American box office this past weekend. The film earned US$6,412,933 to edge out the new Mortal Kombat film (US$6,235,000) and win their second weekend matchup at the U.S. box office. (Both films experienced steep reven...
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HIDIVE Streams Majestic Prince: Genetic Awakening Anime Film

Film streams dubbed on May 10 ― HIDIVE announced on Monday that it will begin streaming the Majestic Prince: Genetic Awakening (Gekijōban Ginga Kikōtai Majestic Prince) anime film with an English dub on May 10 at 1:00 p.m. EDT in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. The dub cast for Majestic Prince: Genetic Awakening includes: Houston Hayes...
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Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro ‒ Episode 4

This is probably the most genuinely freaked out we've seen Senpai since the first episode, with Maki and Yoshi's teasing utilizing elements that are even more explicitly sexual than the ones Nagatoro consistently lean into.
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I'm the Catlords' Manservant GN 1

Poor Yukiharu. At age sixteen he has the misfortune of being a manga protagonist, which means that not only has he been orphaned with no extended family to take him in, but his house has also been demolished and he's discovered that his father was one of those Debt Dads. ― Poor Yukiharu. At age sixteen he has the misfortune of being a manga protagonist, which means that not only has he been orphaned ...
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Mamoru Oshii: "Hideaki Anno is More of a Producer Than a Director These Days"

Oshii said he creates films so that he can "pick a fight with society," and he believes that Miyazaki does the same even if he claims to create films for children to enjoy. ― Mamoru Oshii discussed his feelings about Evangelion director Hideaki Anno at length in an interview posted on Pia on April 20. When asked if he had seen Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time, he responded that he hadn't yet. ...
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Shadows House ‒ Episode 4

When you deprive people of power, what happens? That's perhaps a more existential question than even Shadows House merits, but we certainly do see one answer on display this week: sometimes the powerless seize it wherever they can.
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Scum's Wish Manga Creator Ranks in Chainsaw Man Character Popularity Poll

Mengo Yokoyari received 2 votes, putting her in 121st place Scum's Wish manga creator Mengo Yokoyari received two votes in Chainsaw Man's first character popularity poll. Yokoyari ranked 121st overall. The manga creator made an amused reference to the result by setting her profile picture on Twitter as a white screen reading "No Image," reflecting how she was represented in the character poll resul...
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Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun Season 2 ‒ Episode 3

Incubus ahoy! In a revelation that should surprise absolutely no one, this week we learn that the culprit behind the damselfication of Ameri is none other than Ronove.
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Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Love Come TV Anime Unveils 5 More Cast Members

Tomoyo Takayanagi, Akane Fujita, Miyuri Shimabukuro, Natsumi Hioka, Kaede Hondo co-star ― The official website for the television anime of Shūichi Nimaru's Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Love Come (A Romantic Comedy Where the Childhood Friend Absolutely Will Not Lose) light novel series announced on Monday five new cast members. The newly announced cast members include: Tomoyo Takayanagi as Rena As...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 94

Kinoko is absolutely the MVP of this round. While not super powerful in an offensive sense, she immediately gives Team B the terrain advantage, creates a constant distraction to the other team, and in general is just god damn terrifying.
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Vancouver's Anirevo 2021 Convention Canceled

Anirevo: Summer 2022 is scheduled for July 29-31 ― The staff of the Anirevo convention announced on its website on April 14 that the Anirevo: Summer 2021 event is canceled due to the current public health orders and in keeping with British Columbia's current projection for its immunization schedule. Next year's convention Anirevo: Summer 2022 is scheduled for July 29-31. This year's convention was sc...
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Rune Factory 5 Game's 5-Minute Trailer Introduces Characters, Businesses

Marvelous' latest game in franchise releases for Switch in Japan on May 20 ― Marvelous began streaming a five-minute video for its Rune Factory 5 Nintendo Switch game on Wednesday. The video features the character Livia, voiced by Sayaka Senbongi, introducing the characters and businesses of the town of Rigberth. The game will launch in Japan on May 20. A limited-edition Premium Box in Japan will inc...
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Puyo's Sarara Urushiha Is Not Into Romance Manga Ends

Manga by The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan author launched in 2018 ― The June issue of Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine published the final chapter of Puyo's Urushiha Sarara wa Koi Nado Shinai (Sarara Urushiha Is Not Into Romance) manga on Saturday. The manga's fourth and final volume will ship on August 4. The manga centers on the titular Sarara Urushiha, who is a beautiful, popular, smart, athlet...
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Flying Lotus: Yasuke Anime is 'Just the Beginning' With 'Big Plans' for Franchise

― Musician Flying Lotus teased on Twitter on Thursday that the six episodes of LeSean Thomas and MAPPA's Yasuke anime serve as an "introduction to this world." He added, "We have big plans for Yasuke. It's just the beginning." The anime debuted on April 2 worldwide on Netflix. Satoshi Iwataki (A Certain Magical Index, Dororo) was the chief animation director, and Takeru Sato was the chief technical ...
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Star Wars Rebels Manga Goes on Hiatus, Star Wars Leia Manga Returns From Hiatus

Star Wars Leia manga went on hiatus in January 2020 due to author's poor health ― The LINE Manga app revealed on Saturday that Haruichi's Star Wars: Leia Ōjo no Shiren (Star Wars Leia, Princess of Alderaan) manga is returning from its hiatus on May 8. Additionally, the same app revealed on Friday that Akira Aoki will put the Star Wars Rebels (Star Wars Hanransha-tachi) manga on a hiatus "for a while"...
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Rail Wars!, Irregular at magic high school Novels; Gundam Factory Yokohama Nominated for Seiun Sci-Fi Awards

Aritsune Toyota's Nihon Anime Tanjõ nonfiction book also nominated ― The 60th Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai) revealed the list of nominees for the 52nd Seiun Awards on April 24. The nominees of the Japanese novel category include: Seikai Izumo no Heitan (The Logistics of Star System Izumo) by Jyouji Hayashi One More Nuke by Taiyō Fujii Rail Wars! by Takumi Toyoda Kanki no Uta: Hak...
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Deca-Dence, Drifting Dragons, ID: Invaded, BNA, Demon Slayer, Precure, More Anime Nominated for Seiun Sci-Fi Awards

Also: Eizouken, Ultraman Z, Rohan Kishibe, Maeda Kensetsu live-action works ― The 60th Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai) revealed the list of nominees for the 52nd Seiun Awards on April 24. The nominees of the Media category include: Deca-Dence (TV anime series) NHK Drama Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai (live-action TV series) Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (live-action film) Ultraman Z (li...
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Demon Slayer, Hozuki's Coolheadedness, Promised Neverland, Hinamatsuri Manga Nominated for Seiun Sci-Fi Awards

Toriko Gin's Kimi wo Shinasenai tame no Storia manga also nominated ― The 60th Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai) revealed the list of nominees for the 52nd Seiun Awards on April 24. The nominees of the Comic category include: Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (complete in 23 volumes) Toriko Gin's Kimi wo Shinasenai tame no Storia (complete in eight volumes) Natsumi Eg...

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Super Cub ‒ Episode 4

Episode 4, “The Job”, drops viewers into Koguma's first summer with her Super Cub, complete with all of the glorious sounds of a hot, humid rural Japanese summer.
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Demon Slayer Projected to Be Only the 2nd Japanese Film Ever to Top U.S. Weekend Box Office

1st since Pokemon: The First Movie 21 years ago; Demon Slayer topples Dragon Ball Super: Broly as #3 anime film in U.S. ― The Box Office Mojo website estimates that the Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime earned US$6,399,846 to edge out the new Mortal Kombat film (US$$6,200,000) and win their second weekend matchup at the U.S. box office. (Both films experienced steep reven...
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Those Snow White Notes ‒ Episode 5

With our introductory arc concluded, it's time for Those Snow White Notes to dig into that most classic of anime premises: the school club!
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SSSS.Dynazenon ‒ Episode 5

Those are many words digging into the dense, sometimes downright dark aspects still framing the journeys of these characters so far, but I did also say this one was a lot of fun, and it really is!
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Zombie Land Saga Revenge ‒ Episode 4

Zombie Land Saga has many special (and some grotesque) qualities that make it stand out from the colorful crowd of idol anime, and this week's episode utilizes nearly all of them.
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SNK Streams Trailer for Samurai Shodown Game's 3rd Season Pass DLC Character Hibiki Takane

DLC character launched on Wednesday ― SNK began streaming a trailer on April 22 for the DLC character Hibiki Takane from The Last Blade 2 game for its Samurai Shodown (Samurai Spirits) fighting game's 3rd Season Pass. The DLC character launched on Wednesday. SNK describes the character: HIBIKI, originally known from THE LAST BLADE 2, joins SAMURAI SHODOWN with all her distinct character traits preser...
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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Omega ‒ Episode 4

I wasn't exactly crazy about Gewalt's presentation or antics towards Lumachina, so I'm kind of hoping Diablo doesn't go easy on him.
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Full Dive ‒ Episode 4

This fourth episode of Full Dive reveals to us that Yuki's defeatist attitude and withdrawal from life stems from...one time he tripped at a track meet and peed himself. A harrowing tragic backstory if there ever was one.
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Get Up! Get Live! Manga Ends

Manga of comedy franchise launched last August ― The June issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine published the ninth and final chapter of Ugonba's manga adaptation of MBS' GET UP! GET LIVE! franchise on Wednesday. The manga's first and second volume will both ship this summer. The manga is one of two adaptations of the franchise by Ugonba. The manga in Monthly Comic Zero-Sum launched i...
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Pumpkin Night Manga Goes on Hiatus Until July

Hiatus gives time for artist Nao Kurebayashi to catch up to writer Masaya Hokazono's story ― Masaya Hokazono and Nao Kurebayashi's Pumpkin Night manga revealed on Wednesday that the manga will go on hiatus until around July so that Kurebayashi has more time to draw the manga. The announcement explained that while the manga is serializing a new chapter once every two weeks, the manga is still "on thin...
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Sunrise, Asobisystem Create ArtisWitch Project With Harajuku Fashion, Art, Music

Project's trailer streamed ― Animation studio Sunrise and Asobisystem unveiled on Friday a teaser promotional video for a new ArtisWitch project featuring Harajuku fashion, art, and music. The companies opened an official website. The project features creators and artists who are active in fashion, art, and music to create content from Harajuku. The project's cast includes Utano Aoi, Honoka Kuroki, R...
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Rookie Singer CIEL Performs Pompo: The Cinéphile Anime Film's Theme Song

Film opens in Japan on June 4 after COVID-19 delay ― The official website for the anime film of Shogo Sugitani's Pompo: The Cinéphile (Eiga Daisuki Pompo-san) manga revealed on Saturday that rookie female singer CIEL will perform the film's theme song "Mado wo Akete" (Open a Window). The film was slated to open in 2020, but was delayed to a March 19, 2021 opening due to "various circumstances," and t...
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HTC Partners with Bandai Namco Pictures to Create VR Anime Content for Viveport

Companies to release "new services" for viewers to "enjoy new immersive animations, virtual social interactions" in next few months ― HTC announced on Tuesday that it will partner with Bandai Namco Pictures to create virtual reality anime content for HTC's VR applications store Viveport. The partnership will initially focus on the integration of animated content and distribution resources between the...

Tatsuhiko Takimoto's Welcome to the NHK Novel Gets Sequel

Original 2001 novel about shut-in inspired manga, TV anime adaptations ― The Elites "literature rock band" revealed on Twitter on Saturday that Tatsuhiko Takimoto has written a sequel to his Welcome to the NHK (NHK ni Yōkoso!) novel. Elites posted a video commemorating the work's completion on Sunday. The new work is titled Shin NHK ni Yōkoso! (New Welcome to the NHK). The work will be available for ...
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Sakugan Anime Reveals Hikaru Midorikawa's Character

Satelight produces fall mecha sci-fi show ― The official website for Sakugan (Sacks&Guns!!), Satelight's anime of Nekotarō Inui's Sakugan Labyrinth Marker (Drilling Labyrinth Marker) novel, revealed on Sunday that previously announced cast member Hikaru Midorikawa will play Rufus, Gagumber's former colleague who used to travel around Labyrinth together with Gagumber before Memempu was born. The anime...
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VTuber Group Nijisanji's Snack Time! Anime Shorts Stream on YouTube With English Subtitles

Comedy anime shorts detail "daily lives" of Nijisanji VTubers ― The NIJISANJI VTuber group began streaming the first episode in a series of animated shorts titled Snack Time! (Chokosanji) on YouTube on Thursday. The anime features "snippets of the daily lives and shenanigans of your favorite NIJISANJI VTubers." The second episode is also available now. The NIJISANJI VTubers feature individuals known ...

Sentai Filmworks Licenses RahXephon Anime With BD Release in July

26-episode BONES anime originally aired in 2002 ― Section23 Films revealed on Tuesday that Sentai Filmworks has licensed the RahXephon anime, and plans to release the anime on Blu-ray Disc in a Steelbook edition on July 20. The release will include both the English dub and English subtitles. The release will include the RahXephon: Pluralitas Concentio film. Section23 Films describes the story: For 15...
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LBX Girls/Sōkō Musume Smartphone Game Ends Service

DMM Games, Level 5 launched rebooted game last year ― The official website for DMM Games and Level 5's Sōkō Musume Mizel Rem Crisis smartphone game revealed on Friday that the game will end service on July 6. The game has already halted purchase of "Core Stone" in-game currency. Those who have unused Core Stones can apply for a refund between July 6 and October 6. In the game, the female characters a...

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Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01 Anime's Kickstarter Campaign Reaches Goal in 42 Minutes

Campaign surpasses 1st 2 stretch goals ― AnimEigo's Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for its Blu-ray Disc release of the Metal Skin Panic: MADOX-01 original video anime (OVA) reached its goal of US$50,000 on Friday within 42 minutes of its launch. As of press time, the campaign has surpassed its first two stretch goals with 1,265 backers pledging US$110,408. The company had earlier announced that t...
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Fairy Ranmaru ‒ Episode 4

"Degeneracy" takes on misbehaving idols and whether it's "masculine" to support others instead of leading the charge.
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Hana Kagami, Kotoko Ichi's Stellar Witch LIPS Manga Approaches Climax

Manga about girl who turns into witch launched in October 2019 ― Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine announced on Saturday that writer Hana Kagami and artist Kotoko Ichi's Stellar Witch LIP☆S (Majo Kaitō LIP☆S) manga is approaching its climax. Kodansha Comics is digitally publishing the manga in English and released its second compiled volume in September 2020. It describes the manga: Miku Hoshino is a jus...
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Ai Okaue's Guilty Manga Enters Final Arc

Manga inspired live-action TV series that premiered on April 2 ― Kodansha's Be Love magazine's Twitter account announced on Friday that Ai Okaue's Guilty (Guilty: Nakanu Hotaru ga Mi o Kogasu) manga has entered its final arc with its 46th chapter. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga digitally in English, and it describes the story: Love. Betrayal. Despair. Love among adults is absurd. Sayaka, age...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 19-25

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 19-25 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... Square Enix April 22 108,838 108,838 2NSwMonster Hunter Rise Capcom March 26 86,258 1,970,371 3NSwSuper Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Nintendo February 12 16,020 674,662 4NSwMomotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, R...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, April 19-25

5th Detective Conan film earns 10.0% rating, 1st Dragon Zakura Two episode earns 14.8% rating Detective Conan: Countdown to Heaven, the fifth anime film in the Detective Conan franchise, aired on NTV on Friday, April 23 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned a 10.0% rating. The premiere episode the live-action series of Norifusa Mita's Dragon Zakura Two sequel manga aired on TBS on Sunday, April 25 at 9:00 p....
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One Room of Happiness Spinoff Manga Ends With 4th Volume

Seikai no Tantei manga about detective Hijiri Matsubase launched with 1st volume in 2019 ― Manga creator Hakuri revealed on Wednesday that their Seikai no Tantei manga spinoff will end with the fourth volume, although Hakuri did not reveal a release date for that volume. Hakuri joked that they initially planned the manga with a three-volume structure in mind. The manga is a prequel to Hakuri's One Ro...
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Eternally 23: Remembering the Creative Works of Osamu Kobayashi

In a tweet seemingly written by him before his passing, he laments that he “still had work he wanted to make,” but that someday maybe he'll be “reborn” to make good work once again. ― On April 17th, 2021, acclaimed anime director Osamu Kobayashi passed away from kidney cancer at the age of 57. An extraordinary voice in the world of anime, fans and industry folks alike took to social media to lament ...
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Why Seven Seas Altered Its Light Novels

The recent discoveries of omitted paragraphs and rewrites in Seven Seas' light novel releases reignites censorship fears in the fandom community. What led to the changes and why was the negative reaction so strong? ― Back in January, light novel fans on Reddit pointed out something disquieting about Seven Seas Entertainment's English version of Classroom of the Elite volume 7: Entire paragraphs from ...
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Discovering the Black Samurai with Yasuke Director LeSean Thomas

Mercedez Clewis sat down with director LeSean Thomas to discuss the mystery of Yasuke, creating a new hero, and why Thomas doesn't create anime for otaku. ― LeSean Thomas is known for a multitude of productions, and his latest work is Spring 2021's Netflix Original animation, Yasuke. Yasuke places the titular Yasuke – Japan's most famous and mysterious Black samurai – into a colorful world full of m...

Muv-Luv Alternative Anime's 2nd Promo Unveils Cast, Staff

Kōichi Kamiki, Tomori Kusunoki, Karin Nanami star in fall anime by Flagship Line, Yumeta Company x Graphinica ― The official website for the Muv-Luv Alternative anime posted the second promotional video and visual on Saturday. Both the website and the video announced the anime's main cast and staff: The main cast members are: Kōichi Kamiki as Takeru Shirogane (center in image above) Tomori Kusunoki a...
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The Dungeon of Black Company TV Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals More Cast, Opening Theme Artist

Megumi Toda, M.A.O, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka join cast of July isekai anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yōhei Yasumura's The Dungeon of Black Company (Meikyū Black Company) manga revealed a second promotional video and more cast members on Saturday. The video reveals and previews Howl Be Quiet's opening theme song "Shimi" (Stain). The new cast includes Megumi Toda as Shia...

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Our Last Crusade Manga Artist okama Launches New Manga in May

B Made Koi wa Ai Makase… centers on unpopular high school guy trying dating app ― The May issue of Akita Shoten's Dokodemo Young Champion digital magazine revealed on April 23 that manga creator okama is launching a new manga titled B Made Koi wa Ai Makase… (Leave Love Up to AI Until Step B…) in the magazine's next issue on May 25. The magazine teases the manga with the description, "A dating app bec...
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Wakako-zake's Chie Shinkyū Launches New Manga on May 21

Mikako 72-sai about 72-year-old widow discovering husband's social media account ― The June issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine revealed on Sunday that Chie Shinkyū will launch a new manga titled Mikako 72-sai (72-Year-Old Mikako) in the Comic Zenon website on May 21. Shinkyū posted a photo of the announcement on their Twitter account on Saturday. The manga centers on the titular Mi...
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Dragon Quest Builders 2 Launches in Microsoft Store for Xbox One, X/S, PC on May 4

Game also available through Xbox Game Pass ― Microsoft will launch Square Enix's Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Dragon Quest Builders 2: Hakaigami Shidō to Karappo no Shima) game on the Microsoft Store for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X and S on May 4. The game will also be available through Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass subscription service. The release will include all the DLC from the previous console rel...
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Tohyo Game Artist Tatsuhiko Ends Hotomeku Kakashi Manga

Manga's 2nd volume ships on June 25 ― This year's May issue of Square Enix's Big Gangan magazine published last Saturday the final chapter of Tatsuhiko's Hotomeku Kakashi manga. The second and final compiled book volume will ship in Japan on June 25. Tatsuhiko launched the manga in Big Gangan in December 2019. Square Enix shipped the manga's first compiled book volume last July. The manga follows Els...

Kodomo no Jikan's Kaworu Watashiya Launches New Manga

Manga about monster marriage advisor debuts on May 25 ― This year's June issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed on Monday that Kaworu Watashiya (Kodomo no Jikan, pictured right) will launch a new manga titled Monster no Konkatsuya-san (Monster Marriage Matchmaking Service) in the magazine's next issue on May 25. The manga will feature opening color pages. The manga's story follows marr...
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AnimeFest 2021 Event Canceled, With Online Event Scheduled for July Instead

AnimeFest Virtual Celebration to stream on July 31 ― The staff of Dallas anime convention AnimeFest announced on Friday that this year's event has been canceled due to effects related to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including concerns about traveling and the ability to properly social distance attendees and adhere to recommended guidlines. The related GameFest convention has also been canc...

Kōhei Horikoshi Confirms My Hero Academia Manga Still Heading Toward His Planned Ending

Manga's 31st volume launches this summer ― Kōhei Horikoshi revealed in an interview published in this year's spring issue of Shueisha's Jump Giga magazine on Friday that they journey to the end of his My Hero Academia manga has been much longer than he expected, but it is still leading toward the ending that had decided upon since before the series started. The manga has over 50 million copies in cir...
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Funimation to Stream Sci-Fi Survival Anime Sonny Boy

Also: Magic User's Club, Princess Nine, You're Being Summoned, Azazel, Emma ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will stream director Shingo Natsume (One-Punch Man, ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., Space Dandy) and Madhouse's original science-fiction survival television anime Sonny Boy later this year. Funimation also announced that it will stream the following anime from Nozomi Entertainment...
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New Argonavis from BanG Dream! Film Opens in Summer 2022; Compilation Movie Opens in Fall

Cast visuals revealed for franchise's stage play ― The official website for Bushiroad's Argonavis from BanG Dream! boy-band project from Bushiroad's BanG Dream! franchise announced on Friday that the new film project will open in summer 2022. The website also announced that the franchise get a second movie that will serve as a compilation of the television anime with new footage. The compilation movi...
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Actor Kenji Urai's Uraken Character Gets TV Short Anime

Kyо̄ no Uraken anime premieres on Sunday ― Uraken, a character that actor Kenji Urai (Kamen Rider Kuuga, Sailor Moon and Death Note musicals) created, is getting a short anime titled Kyо̄ no Uraken (Today's Uraken) within Fuji TV's Charadachi Museum ~MoCA~ educational program. The anime will premiere on Sunday. Urai voices his Uraken character, a canine mascot that Urai uses in his LINE stamps and of...
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Ningen Kaishūsha Urban Legend Horror Net Anime Premieres on YouTube

Story follows waste collection truck that collects "useless" people instead of garbage ― A net anime adaptation of Aki Sendō's Ningen Kaishūsha (Human Collection Truck) debuted on the official YouTube channel of Ciao magazine on Friday. New episodes will premiere on YouTube on Friday at 5:00 p.m. JST. The "urban legend horror" manga centers on a mysterious all-black waste collection truck that appear...
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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood's Yasuhiro Irie, Studio 3Hz Make Musical Healing TV Anime Healer Girl

Story about high school girls healing people with singing ― Studio 3Hz is animating the original television anime Healer Girl, "a bold, new form of musical healing animation." The anime depicts the world of "Healer Girls" — high school girls who cure people with singing. In real life, "Healer Girls" is a new voice actress unit that is just starting this year. The unit's members are leading the main c...
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ASMR-Themed Short Anime 180-Byō de Kimi no Mimi o Shiawase ni Dekiru ka? Premieres in October

Higehiro/Cinderella Nine's Takayuki Noguchi designs characters who share joy of creating ASMR experiences ― The original ASMR-themed television anime 180-Byō de Kimi no Mimi o Shiawase ni Dekiru ka? (Can I Make Your Ears Happy in 180 Seconds?) will premiere in October. ASMR or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is the nerve-tingling or relaxing sensation one gets in response to stimuli such as cert...
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BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! Switch Version Launches on September 16

― The official website for the upcoming Nintendo Switch version of the BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! smartphone game announced on Friday that it will debut on September 16. The original smartphone game launched in Japan in March 2017, and the English version launched worldwide in April 2018. Bushiroad launched the BanG Dream! multimedia project in January 2015, and the company formed the Poppin' Par...
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3rd Yuki Yuna Is a Hero TV Anime Unveils Returning Cast, October Premiere

Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru Dai-Mankai no Shō features returning cast, staff ― The official website for the Yuki Yuna Is a Hero anime franchise unveiled the returning cast, a new visual, and the October premiere date on Friday for Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru Dai-Mankai no Shō (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: The Great Full Blossom Arc), the third main television anime series for the franchise. Returning cast member...
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Kiratto Pri☆Chan Anime Ends in May Before Franchise's Flashback Series in June

Pretty All Friends Selection looks back on past anime in franchise before "new work" ― The staff of the Kiratto Pri☆Chan anime series confirmed on Friday that the anime's ongoing third season is the final one, and that the show will end in May. The Pretty Series franchise's official website also revealed on the same day that the franchise will have a Pretty All Friends Selection television series tha...
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Godzilla vs. Kong Film's Japan Opening Delayed Due to COVID-19

Film was previously slated for May 14 ― The official Japanese website for Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment's Godzilla vs. Kong film announced on Friday that the film's planned May 14 opening in Japan has been delayed to an as-yet undecided date, due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the state of emergency declared in four prefectures. The current state of emergency is slated to li...
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Kyoto Int'l Manga Anime Fair Returns in September

― The official website for the Kyoto International Manga and Anime Fair confirmed on Friday that the event will take place this year at the Miyako Messe convention center, the ROHM Theatre Kyoto, the Kyoto International Manga Museum, and the Toei Kyoto Studio Park on September 18-19. The organizers added that they will hold the event while prioritizing the health of attendees, exhibitors, and staff,...
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