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The Mike Toole Show - Rocket from the Script

Mike digs into the legendary and idiosyncratic career of Ryousuke Takahashi, from Cyborg 009 to Armored Trooper Votoms to Phoenix. ― A few weeks back, the Right Stuf folks were running some sort of cheap-o blowout sale, and one of the items for sale, along with a still-absurdly-large quantity of Geneon and ADV Films DVD backstock, was this hat. Yep, for just one dollar, you could be the proud owner o...
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Ao Oni Novel

This adaptation makes great use of its difficult source material to tell a trapped-in-a-game/escape room story worth digging into. Rebecca Silverman explains why. ― If you've played the original game of Ao Oni (“blue demon”) or watched the series of anime shorts, Kenji Kuroda's novelization may come as a surprise. That's not a bad thing, though – Kuroda's reimagining of the source material not only c...
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The List - 6 Completely Dissimilar Twins

If it weren't for their physical resemblance, you'd never know these troublesome twins were related! This week's list is all about twins who are far more different than alike. ― This week's list is a rerun, but check back next week for a brand new list! Twins remain a topic that entertainment loves to revisit. Genetically identical people are used in horror to highlight fears of lack of individual i...
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Takane & Hana GN 1

This manga's take on age gap romance is slightly more self-aware than its peers, delivering an interesting and complex premise. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― At first glance, Takane & Hana looks like any one of a number of vaguely problematic shoujo romances. It features a sixteen-year-old heroine and a twenty-six-year-old hero, an overbearing romantic lead, and a host of power dynamic issues....
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ANNCast - Macy's Franxxgiving Day Parade

Zac and Jacob strap on their butt handles for a fistfight with DARLING in the FRANXX ! PLUS: catching up with The Ancient Magus' Bride and much more! ― ANNCast Episode 321 - Macy's Franxxgiving Day Parade Zac and Jacob strap on their butt handles for a fistfight with Darling in the Franxx! PLUS: casting spells of codependence with The Ancient Magus Bride and much more! You can listen to the show on ...
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Fate/Apocrypha (Episodes 13-25)

Fate/Apocrypha's second half rolls to an exhilarating conclusion on Netflix. Kim Morrissy sums up the series' highs and lows as a Fate installment. ― It's unfortunate that the international Netflix release of Fate/Apocrypha was split into two parts. After months of waiting between the first and second cours, the second part of Fate/Apocrypha picks up right where the first part left off, sparing no ti...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Feb 5-11

Your favorite shows of the Winter 2018 season battle it out for supremacy on our list of weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Winter 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated indi...
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Myriad Colors Phantom World BD+DVD

While far from the pinnacle of Kyoto Animation's efforts, Phantom World is a fun series that combines fantasy, action, and comedy into an enjoyable ride. Nick Creamer has the details. ― Even from its initial advertising, it was clear that Myriad Colors Phantom World would fall a little outside Kyoto Animation's general slice-of-life/character drama wheelhouse. From its garish color scheme to its loud...
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Monday, February 19

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REC's Q-taro Hanamizawa Starts Love App Manga

Love comedy series centers on "greatest love app ever" ― The March issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Monday that Q-taro Hanamizawa will launch a new manga titled Love App in the April issue on March 19. The love comedy story centers a mysterious "Love App" that will appear when someone is worried about love. The app analyzes lots of data, and no matter how impossible the ob...
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Galaxy Express 999 Gets New Manga in March

Gun Frontier reboot's Yuzuru Shimazaki draws new series ― The April issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Champion RED magazine revealed on Monday that Leiji Matsumoto's Galaxy Express 999 franchise is inspiring a new manga titled Ginga Tetsudo 999 Another Story: Ultimate Journey (Galaxy Express 999 Another Story: Ultimate Journey). The manga will launch in the magazine's May issue on March 19, and will ad...
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Persona 5 TV Anime's New Visual Highlights Yusuke

The official website for A-1 Pictures' television anime of Atlus' Persona 5 game revealed a new visual on Monday featuring Yusuke Kitagawa (voiced by Tomokazu Sugita). Like the previous visual, the anime's official website features the "The world will be stolen by them" tagline on the visual. The website previously revealed visuals for the protagonist Ren Amamiya (voiced by Jun Fukuyama), Ryuji Sa...
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Jouji Nakata, Kenji Nomura, Takayuki Sugo Join Golden Kamuy Anime's Cast

Nakata to play Toshizō Hijikata in series premiering in April ― The official website for the television anime of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga announced three more cast members on Monday. Jouji Nakata (Peacemaker's Toshizō Hijikata) as Toshizō Hijikata Kenji Nomura (Drifters' Gilles de Rais) as Tatsuuma Ushiyama The site also announced that Takayuki Sugo (Bungo Stray Dogs 2's Herman M.) will play ...
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Compile Heart Launches Countdown Site

Japanese video game developer Compile Heart launched a countdown site on Monday. The site simply has the number "3" on it. Compile Heart is currently developing the Death end re;Quest role-playing game, which will launch on PlayStation 4 on April 12 after a delay. Source: Dengeki Online
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Kachidoki Studio Produces 4 Anime for Production I.G's 'Vertical Anime' App

Studio celebrating 10th anniversary already produces Neko no Rob anime for app ― The Kachidoki Studio anime studio announced on February 5 that it is producing the Quiz Tokiko-san anime for Production I.G's Tate Anime (Vertical Anime) app. Quiz Tokiko-san premiered on February 7, with new episodes debuting weekly. The anime also airs weekly on Chukyo TV within the Hayariba program, but is being repro...
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Live-Action Furin Shokudō Series Reveals Main Cast

4-episode net series debuts on March 7 ― The staff of the live-action adaptation of Masakazu Yamaguchi's (Dengeki Oshioki Musume Gōtaman) Furin Shokudō (Adultery Restaurant) manga revealed the show's main cast, net series format, and episode count on Monday. The show stars Kei Tanaka (live-action Library Wars' Mikihisa Komaki) as salaryman Ryūichi Yamadera. The female stars include: Yumi Adachi as Ay...

Sunday, February 18

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Live-Action Princess Jellyfish Series Casts Kento Kaku as Kai Fish

Fashion industrialist character debuts in show's 7th episode ― The official Twitter account for the live-action television series based on Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish manga announced on Monday that Kento Kaku (live-action Ranma ½ special, live-action The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.) will play the fashion industrialist Kai Fish in the series starting in the seventh episode. The previously a...
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Konami Announces New Game, Manga for Busou Shinki Franchise

Company had teased new development in franchise in December ― Konami announced on Monday that it is developing a new game in the Busou Shinki franchise. Konami also announced that Kadokawa will publish a manga adaptation of the new game. Additionally, Konami is collaborating with Kotobukiya to create moveable plastic models of the game's characters as part of the "Megami Device" series. Konami had te...
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Live-Action My Little Monster Film's Trailers Feature Kana Nishino's Theme Song

Nishino to also perform 5 insert songs for film opening in Japan on April 27 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Robico's My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun) manga began streaming a second teaser video and a full trailer for the film on Monday. Both videos preview Kana Nishino's theme song "I Love You." Nishino will also perform five insert songs for the film. The tra...
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Black Clover Anime Reveals 6 More Cast Members

Shouma Yamamoto, Yurika Aizawa join cast as Noelle's older siblings ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed more cast members on Monday for the television anime adaptation of Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga. The characters will make their appearance in the show's 20th episode. The new cast members include: KENN as Leopold Vermillion, a member of the Crimson Lion s...
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My Hero Academia Anime's 3rd Season Reveals New Visual

The official website for the My Hero Academia anime series revealed a new visual for the show's third season on Monday. The new season will premiere on April 7, and will remain in the 5:30 p.m. timeslot on Saturdays that the second season held on YTV, NTV, and 27 other network affiliates. Funimation will stream the series. The third season will feature the same staff, including director Kenji Naga...
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New Captain Tsubasa Anime Adds More Cast Members

Sayuri Hara, Mutsuki Iwanaka, Kōdai Sakai, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Tarō Kiuchi join April soccer remake ― The official website for the upcoming new Captain Tsubasa anime announced additional cast members on Monday: Sayuri Hara as Sanae "Anego" Nakazawa, who falls in love with Tsubasa at first sight, after he transfers into the school and she sees him play soccer Mutsuki Iwanaka as Mamoru Izawa, one of the ...
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card ‒ Episode 7

"This week, Clear Card shakes up the formula by having Sakura meet a card that wants to be her friend."
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School Babysitters ‒ Episode 7

"Has anyone ever thought of installing a lock on the daycare room? Because with Usaida's sleep habits, these kids sure wander off a lot."
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The Ancient Magus' Bride ‒ Episode 19

"The Ancient Magus' Bride hasn't been short on dark underlying themes, but this week still marks a shift toward something darker on a greater scale."
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The Mike Toole Show - Rocket from the Script

Mike digs into the legendary and idiosyncratic career of Ryousuke Takahashi, from Cyborg 009 to Armored Trooper Votoms to Phoenix. ― A few weeks back, the Right Stuf folks were running some sort of cheap-o blowout sale, and one of the items for sale, along with a still-absurdly-large quantity of Geneon and ADV Films DVD backstock, was this hat. Yep, for just one dollar, you could be the proud owner o...
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DARLING in the FRANXX ‒ Episode 6

"This episode is a great example of how to efficiently use action beats to develop character, even if the action and the characters on display are pretty routine stuff."
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Citrus ‒ Episode 7

"The pacing of Citrus almost makes me wish Yuzu's love life would catch a break once in a while, but it was clear from the start that this isn't that kind of show."
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Saint Seiya Episode Zero Manga Ends, 'Next Dimension' Manga Returns in May

Masami Kurumada launched Saint Seiya Episode Zero in December ― The April issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Champion RED magazine published the final chapter on Monday of Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya Episode Zero manga. The same issue also revealed that the new "season" of Kurumada's Saint Seiya: Next Dimension - The Myth of Hades manga will launch in May in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion maga...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 128

"I finally found myself invested in Vegeta during this arc, and the story moves forward with a tone that really hammers home the impossible power of our final opponent."
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Ao Oni Novel

This adaptation makes great use of its difficult source material to tell a trapped-in-a-game/escape room story worth digging into. Rebecca Silverman explains why. ― If you've played the original game of Ao Oni (“blue demon”) or watched the series of anime shorts, Kenji Kuroda's novelization may come as a surprise. That's not a bad thing, though – Kuroda's reimagining of the source material not only c...
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My Hero Academia: One's Justice Game Adds 3 More Playable Characters

Ochaco Uraraka, Tenya Iida, Shōto Todoroki join lineup for game launching this year ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed three more playable characters on Monday who will appear in the My Hero Academia: One's Justice game. The three new characters include Ochaco Uraraka, Tenya Iida, and Shōto Todoroki. Other confirmed playable characters include Izuku Midoriya, ...
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Luck Life, Fo'xTails Perform Theme Songs for Food Wars! The Third Plate's 2nd Cour

Series to return in April ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday the theme songs for the second cour (quarter of a year) of Food Wars! The Third Plate, the third season of the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime. Luck Life (Bungo Stray Dogs, Cheer Boys!!) will perform the new opening theme song "Symbol" while Fo'xTails (Dimension W, Handa-kun) will perfo...

Full Drive, Golem Hearts Manga End in Shonen Jump

Both series debuted last October ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the final chapters of Genki Ono's Full Drive manga and Gen Osuka's Golem Hearts manga on Monday. The second and third volumes of Full Drive will ship in Japan on April 4. The official English website for Shonen Jump describes the story: There was once an ingenious German athlete who had been ...
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Jun Mayuzuki's After the Rain Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

Manga inspired now-airing TV anime, upcoming live-action film ― This year's 12th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Jun Mayuzuki's Koi wa Ameagari no youni manga will end in two more chapters, not including the chapter published on Monday. The manga won't appear in the magazine's 13th issue, and will resume in the 14th issue. The manga centers on 17-year-old high...
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Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan Manga Gets 2nd Anime DVD

Manga gets 10th 1-shot in Shonen Jump on February 26 ― This year's March issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Hirohiko Araki's Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai) manga is inspiring a second anime DVD. The DVD will ship with the manga's second volume on July 19. The deadline to pre-order the limited-edition version of the manga volume with the DVD is May 16...
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Sora wo Kakeru Yodaka Manga Gets Live-Action Netflix Series

Series centers on high school girls who switch bodies ― Shueisha announced on Sunday that Shiki Kawabata's Sora wo Kakeru Yodaka manga is getting a six-episode live-action series that will stream on Netflix this year. The anime stars: (Clockwise from upper left) Daiki Shigeoka as Shunpei Kaga, a popular boy in class Tomohiro Kamiyama as Kōshirō Mizumoto, Ayumi's boyfriend Miu Tomita as Zenko Umine Ka...

Goblin Slayer Light Novel Series Gets TV Anime

WHITE FOX to anime series starring Yuichiro Umehara, Yui Ogura, more ― The "GA Bunko 2018 Happyō Stage" presentation at the Wonder Festival event announced on Sunday that Kumo Kagyu's Goblin Slayer light novel series is getting a television anime adaptation. WHITE FOX is animating the series. The anime will feature the same cast as an earlier drama CD adaptation: Yuichiro Umehara as Goblin Slayer Yui...

'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' Anime Gets 2nd Season, Film Project (Updated)

Film will have original story by light novel author Fujino Ōmori ― The "GA Bunko 2018 Happyō Stage" presentation at the Wonder Festival event announced on Sunday that Fujino Ōmori and illustrator's Suzuhito Yasuda's Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? light novel series is inspiring a second anime season and an anime film. The film is titled Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteir...
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Ashi-Girl Manga Gets Sequel Live-Action TV Special

1st 12-episode live-action TV series starring Yuina Kuroshima, Kentarō premiered in September ― NHK announced on Sunday that the live-action television series based on Kozueko Morimoto's Ashi-Girl manga will get a sequel television special. The first 12-episode series premiered on NHK on September 23. The series stars Yuina Kuroshima (live-action Sagrada Reset, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) as the...

Etotama Anime Gets New Series

1st anime series about Zodiac signs as girls premiered in April 2015 ― The "Shin Eto Ryōran Matsuri" event for the Etotama franchise announced on Sunday that a new series is in production. The Twitter account for the anime series stated that it will reveal more information about the new series at a later date. The first 12-episode television anime series premiered in April 2015. Crunchyroll streamed ...
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Plunderer Manga by Heaven's Lost Property's Suu Minazuki Gets Anime

"Heroic action fantasy" series launched in 2014 ― Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine announced on Sunday that Suu Minazuki's Plunderer manga is getting an anime adaptation. Monthly Shonen Ace will reveal more information about the anime project at at later date. The April issue of Monthly Shonen Ace on February 26 will feature the manga on the cover, and will also feature a poster of the manga dr...

Saturday, February 17

Saban Reveals Power Rangers Beast Morphers as 26th Power Rangers Season

New season to premiere on Nickelodeon in early 2019, will feature toys by Hasbro ― Saban Brands announced on Saturday that its 26th season of Power Rangers is titled Power Rangers Beast Morphers. The series will premiere on Nickelodeon in early 2019. It's Morphin Time! We are excited to announce that Power Rangers Beast Morphers will be our 26th season of Saban's Power Rangers, debuting in early 2019...

Funimation Announces Re:Zero Home Video Release

1st part slated for this summer ― Funimation Entertainment announced at its Katsucon panel on Saturday that it will release Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- on home video starting with "season 1 part 1" this summer. The 25-episode anime premiered in April 2016. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. Crunchyroll is also streaming both the Re:Zero ~Starting Break Time From Zero~ ...
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GARO -Vanishing Line- ‒ Episode 18

"The road trip arc was a vital and entertaining direction for the story, but I will admit that I'm glad to have the show back in its old element."
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Killing Bites ‒ Episode 6

"At the rate it's going, the Destroyal could compose most of the rest of the season. I'm not convinced that a single-cour series can afford this kind of pacing."
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Record of Grancrest War ‒ Episode 7

"I guess when the plot moves this quickly, cutting a few corners is to be expected."
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Makoto Shinkai Praises Mari Okada's 'Maquia' Anime Film

The perks of being an anime director include being able to go to advance private screenings for new anime before they debut. Makoto Shinkai, acclaimed director of your name., recently attended a private screening of Mari Okada's upcoming film Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarō (Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms). He shared his thought on the film on Twitter on Friday: [I went to] ...
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Junji Ito Collection ‒ Episode 7

"It's difficult to say how intentional it was, but this episode's modest success is rooted in its unknowable horror."
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Kimi ni Todoke Tops Poll of Anime to Watch With Your Lover

The Charapedia website conducted a poll to ask users what anime they want to watch with the someone they are romantically in love with. The website conducted the poll from February 1 to 14, just in time for Valentine's Day, and posted the results on Thursday. Among respondents, 53.2% were male, and 46.8% were female. The respondents included 60.1% of people in their 10s or 20s and 39.9% in their 3...
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Stand Turns Nintendo Switch Into Mini 2-Player Arcade Machine

Columbus Circle revealed a mini two-player arcade-style stand for the Nintendo Switch on Tuesday. The stand lets two players face off face to face. The stand requires two Nintendo Switches with four total Joy-Con controllers. Players can insert their Switches into the stand's housing to make them appear as screens on a mini arcade machine. The stand includes adequate ventilation to avoid overheat...
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The List - 6 Completely Dissimilar Twins

If it weren't for their physical resemblance, you'd never know these troublesome twins were related! This week's list is all about twins who are far more different than alike. ― This week's list is a rerun, but check back next week for a brand new list! Twins remain a topic that entertainment loves to revisit. Genetically identical people are used in horror to highlight fears of lack of individual i...
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Takane & Hana GN 1

This manga's take on age gap romance is slightly more self-aware than its peers, delivering an interesting and complex premise. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― At first glance, Takane & Hana looks like any one of a number of vaguely problematic shoujo romances. It features a sixteen-year-old heroine and a twenty-six-year-old hero, an overbearing romantic lead, and a host of power dynamic issues....
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Legend of the Legendary Heroes' Light Novel Sequel to End in Next Volume

Series is sequel to original light novel series that inspired 2010 TV anime ― The 17th volume of Takaya Kagami's Dai Densetsu no Yūsha no Densetsu (The Legend of the Great Legendary Heroes) novels revealed last October that Kagami will end the novel series with the 18th volume. Dai Densetsu no Yūsha no Densetsu is the sequel to Kagami's original Densetsu no Yūsha no Densetsu (The Legend of the Legend...
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Comic Girls Anime Announces Additional Cast Members

Aya Endo, Minami Tsuda, Ayaka Nanase, Reina Ueda join April anime about manga creators ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Kaori Hanzawa's Comic Girls four-panel manga announced additional cast members on Saturday. Aya Endo as Ririka Hanazono (top left in image above) Minami Tsuda as Mayu Amisawa (top right) Ayaka Nanase as Miharu Nijino (bottom left) Reina Ueda as Suzu Fūra (b...
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Tachibanakan To Lie Angle Anime Reveals Staff, Spring Debut, Key Visual

Miss Bernard said. director, studio make anime about high school girls in love triangle ― The official website for the television anime of merryhachi's Tachibanakan To Lie Angle (Love to Lie Angle) manga revamped on Sunday with a listing of the main staff, a Spring premiere announcement, character designs, and a key visual: Hisayoshi Hirasawa (Miss Bernard said., Netsuzou Trap -NTR-, Ojisan to Marshm...
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Kirby: Star Allies Switch Game's 'Special Movie' Posted

Game ships on March 16 ― Nintendo began streaming a "special movie" for its Kirby: Star Allies Switch game on Wednesday. The video shows a special animation for the game. The game ships on March 16 in North America, Europe, and Japan. Nintendo announced the game during last year's E3 in June. The game will feature the return of copy abilities such as Sword, Fire, Water, Bomb, and Broom, among others....

Aniplex Invests in Australia's Madman Anime Distribution Company

CEO Tim Anderson: "We don't expect any changes to Madman's broad strategy, direction" ― Tim Anderson, President and CEO of Madman Anime Group, has confirmed with ANN that Aniplex Inc. has invested in the company. Madman Entertainment management agreed to issue additional shares in its company on November 15, and provided a minority interest to Aniplex Inc. Anderson told ANN he could not disclose the ...

Crunchyroll, Funimation Outline Home Video Releases for elDLIVE, Tsukigarei, Tsugumomo, Clockwork Planet Anime

Companies to also release 2nd half of Ace Attorney, All Out!! anime in May ― Crunchyroll and Funimation announced details on Friday for home video releases in May and June of of six more anime series, as part of the two companies' partnership. Title: Ace Attorney (Part Two) Format: BD/DVD Combo Release Date: May 8 Contains episodes 14-24 Title: All Out!! (Part Two) Format: BD/DVD Combo Release Date: ...
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Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online Game Launches on Steam on February 27

Idea Factory International announced on Friday that it will release the Steam version of Compile Heart's Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online (Cyber Dimension Neptune: 4 Goddesses Online) game on February 27. The game will have subtitle language options in Japanese and Traditional Chinese in addition to English, and will feature audio in Japanese and English. Idea Factory International rele...
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Laid-Back Camp Anime's 1st DVD, BD Includes Extra 'Episode 0' Anime

New anime to tell story before Nadeshiko joins club ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga revealed on Saturday that the anime's first Blu-ray Disc and DVD will feature a "Heya Camp Episode 0" anime on the disc. The anime will tell a story before Nadeshiko joins the club. The Twitter account revealed four screenshots from the ani...
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Tomori Kusunoki Performs Ending Theme for Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online Anime

Spinoff series premieres in April ― The "SAO and GGO New Anime and Original Work Stage" presentation at a Sword Art Online fan meeting event revealed on Saturday that Tomori Kusunoki will perform the ending theme song for the television anime of Keiichi Sigsawa's Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online novel series. Kusunoki also stars in the series as Llenn. Masayuki Sakoi (Celestial Method, P...

Friday, February 16

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Sword Art Online: Alicization Anime to Cover Entire Alicization Arc

Kazuma Miki, the light novel editor and an anime producer for Sword Art Online, stated at a "SAO and GGO New Anime and Original Work Stage" presentation at a Sword Art Online fan meeting event on Saturday that the upcoming Sword Art Online: Alicization anime will cover the entirety of the Alicization arc from Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online light novel series. Miki didn't mention any information ...
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Real Girl Anime's TV Ad Reveals Quruli Theme Song

12-episode series premieres in April ― The official website for the television anime based on Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga began streaming a commercial for the series on Saturday. (Note: The video on the official website is region-locked to Japan.) The official Twitter account for the anime also revealed on Saturday that the three-member group Quruli (RIN-NE first season) will perform the...
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Tubi TV Streams Sola, Angel Sanctuary Anime

Also: Aria, more Funimation titles ― Video streaming service Tubi TV has added the Angel Sanctuary and Sola anime to its catalog. In addition, it has recently added all three Aria anime (Aria the Animation, Aria - The Natural, and Aria the Origination) and the following titles from Funimation Entertainment: Attack on Titan Attack on Titan: Junior High Chaos Dragon Dimension W Afro Samurai: Resurrecti...

Crunchyroll Manga to No Longer Offer Catalog Chapters of Kodansha Titles

Fairy Tail will be exception with 30 catalog volumes ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that Kodansha manga titles that have ended serialization will be removed from its manga section on February 28. After this time, the titles will only be available for purchase as eBooks from the Crunchyroll Manga store. The affected titles are as follows: A Silent Voice A Town Where You Live As the Gods Will: The S...
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Celebrity Kanō Sisters Get Custom Cutie Honey Costumes at AnimeJapan

The celebrity duo Kyōko and Mika Kanō are no strangers to saucy photo shoots and appealing to their otaku fanbase. The ladies previously starred in a campaign for the Ensemble Stars! male idol game, appeared in commercials for Comic Toranoana dōjin store, and attended last year's summer Comiket convention. Their popularity in otaku circles is actually pretty new. The Kanō sisters were mostly known...
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New Chihayafuru Live-Action Film Gets 5-Episode Hulu Japan Series

2 tie-in titles announced for Hulu Japan premiere on February 20 ― The staff of the live-action film adaptations of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga announced that the films will get a five-episode tie-in series on Hulu Japan on February 20. The series is titled Chihayafuru -Tsunagu- (Chihayafuru: Connect), and it will connect the story of the second film, Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku, with the upcoming...
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Set Your Watch to the Evangelion Bullet Train

The very successful Evangelion bullet train will make its last stop on May 13. Multiple companies are commemorating the train's run, which was so popular it was extended into this year after initially planning to end two years ago. The 500 TYPE EVA train is already set to appear in Shinkalion, a kids' sci-fi mecha show with transforming trains. Fans looking for even more 500 TYPE EVA collectibles...
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How to keep a mummy ‒ Episode 6

"Not every mythical creature makes a great pet—for example, a mandrake."
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Flip Flappers English Dub Launches on HIDIVE

Home video slated for February 27 ― HIDIVE began streaming the first episode of the English dub of Flip Flappers on Friday. The streaming service will add a new episode every week. The cast, under ADR director John Swasey and scriptwriter Marta Bechtol, includes: Luci Christian as Cocona Brittney Karbowski as Papika Patricia Duran as Yayaka David Wald as Salt David Matranga as Hidaka Chelsea McCurdy ...
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Princess Tutu Celebrates 15 Years of Musical Magic

Junichi Sato magical girl fantasy series Princess Tutu is celebrating 15 years of magic with a concert in Tokyo on April 14. The "Princess Tutu 15th Anniversary Concert Gold Crown Town Music Festival ~Das Goldkronefest~" will be held at Mitaka City Public Hall's "Hikari no Hall" and focus on music from the anime series. The orchestra will be led by conductor Daisuke Mogi with the anime series' com...
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After the Rain ‒ Episode 6

"Thankfully, the show continues to hold up even when spending time away from its central relationship."

My Brother's Husband Ranks in YALSA's Top 10 Graphic Novels for Teens

16 other manga titles make Great Graphic Novels list ― The American Library Association's (ALA's) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released its 2018 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens this week. Gengoroh Tagame's My Brother's Husband (published by Pantheon Books) ranked in the Top Ten graphic novels this year. Svetlana Chmakova's Brave (published by Yen Press) also ranked in the t...
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Death March to The Parallel World Rhapsody ‒ Episode 6

"It doesn't quite stick the landing, but it's an admirable failure, which is something you don't see often from this series."
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Ni no Kuni II Game's Video Previews Hydropolis

Level-5's game launches for PS4, PC worldwide on March 23 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a Hydropolis tour promotional video for its and Level-5's Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PlayStation 4 and PC game on Friday. The game is slated for worldwide release on March 23 after several delays. The game's "King's Edition" in Europe comes with a season pass for all future DLCs, a "Pri...
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Retro Meets Modern Gaming at Tokaigi Game Party 2018

Dragon Ball FighterZ, Splatoon 2, Street Fighter V, classic Mario Kart, and even Pop Team Epic?! ― This year's Tokaigi Game Party Japan hosted Dragon Ball FighterZ, Splatoon 2, Street Fighter V, and Super Smash Brothers for Wii U tournaments, among other popular competitive games. The bracket was made up of four foreign players and twelve Japanese players. The tournaments were streamed live on the Ni...
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Laid-Back Camp ‒ Episode 7

"Instead of tossing everyone together immediately for the sake of narrative convenience, the show has allowed its main characters to move at a pace that matches their personalities."
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Persona 3, Persona 5 Dancing Game Videos Preview Junpei, Anne

PS4/Vita games slated for May 24 ― Atlus began streaming promotional videos for its upcoming Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5 Dancing Star Night games on Friday. The videos preview two characters, Junpei Iori from Persona 3 and Anne Takamaki from Persona 5. Both games will launch on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on May 24. Atlus will release both games separately but will also...
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Hasbro to Take Over Has Toy Licensee for Power Rangers Franchise

Agreement provides opportunity for Hasbro's purchase of Power Rangers property ― Hasbro and Saban Brands announced on Friday that Hasbro will be the global master toy licensee for Saban's Power Rangers franchise, outside of Japan and other Asian markets, beginning on April 1, 2019. The first products are slated for spring 2019. According to the press release, the agreement also provides both parties ...
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ANNCast - Macy's Franxxgiving Day Parade

Zac and Jacob strap on their butt handles for a fistfight with DARLING in the FRANXX ! PLUS: catching up with The Ancient Magus' Bride and much more! ― ANNCast Episode 321 - Macy's Franxxgiving Day Parade Zac and Jacob strap on their butt handles for a fistfight with Darling in the Franxx! PLUS: casting spells of codependence with The Ancient Magus Bride and much more! You can listen to the show on ...
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Bite Kyubey's Head Off at Sega's Madoka Magica Cafe This Month

Still holding a grudge against Kyubey, the disgustingly cute cat-like character from Puella Magi Madoka Magica? You will soon be able to bite that smug little face off when a collaboration cafe debuts at Sega Collabo Cafe Akihabara 2 in Tokyo this month. The cafe will be a collaboration with the smartphone role-playing game Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden, which launched for iOS and...
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Hokuto ga Gotoku Game Videos Show Battle Techniques

Yakuza Studio's Fist of the North Star PS4 game ships March 8 in Japan ― The official YouTube channel for Sega Games' Yakuza franchise began streaming three battle introduction videos for Hokuto ga Gotoku, Yakuza Studio's Fist of the North Star game, on Friday. The three videos show beginner, intermediate, and advanced battle techniques. Beginner: Intermediate: Advanced: The game will ship for PlaySt...
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Light Novel Author Takes on Twitter HQ After Cover is Banned

A light novel author is taking their complaint all the way to the top after Twitter censored the cover image of one of their novels. Mahiro Kisaragi writes The Decision of Isoko Yamamoto (Yamamoto Isoko no Ketsudan) novels with art by Coffee Neko. The second volume is set for release on February 20 but when Kisaragi paid to promote a tweet about the book featuring its cover art, they found that it...
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Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash Launches for PC on March 7

Video previews water gun shooting game's Steam release ― XSEED Games announced on Friday that the Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash game will get a PC release for Steam on March 7. Marvelous began streaming a trailer for the announcement. The standard PC edition of the game will cost US$39.99, and the “Sexy Soaker” special edition will cost US$49.99. The "Sexy Soaker” edition will include a soundtrack...
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Yume Nikki -Dream Diary- Remake Game's Prologue Video Streamed

PC game to launch via Steam on February 23 ― Entertainment company Enterbrain began streaming a prologue video for the Yume Nikki -Dream Diary- game on Tuesday. Kadokawa Games opened a full website for the Yume Nikki -Dream Diary- game on January 25 and revealed that the remake will launch for PC via Steam on February 23. The website includes full details of the release in both Japanese and English. ...
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Fate/Apocrypha (Episodes 13-25)

Fate/Apocrypha's second half rolls to an exhilarating conclusion on Netflix. Kim Morrissy sums up the series' highs and lows as a Fate installment. ― It's unfortunate that the international Netflix release of Fate/Apocrypha was split into two parts. After months of waiting between the first and second cours, the second part of Fate/Apocrypha picks up right where the first part left off, sparing no ti...
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Splatoon 2 is Switch's 1st 2-Million Seller in Japan

Famitsu: Switch console sells 2.016 million units in Japan ― Kadokawa subsidiary Gzbrain Inc. and Kadokawa's Famitsu gaming magazine reported on Wednesday that Nintendo's Splatoon 2 game has sold an estimated 2,016,182 copies in Japan as of February 11. The game is now the best-selling Nintendo Switch game in Japan so far, and it is the console's first game to surpass 2 million copies sold in Japan. ...
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Answerman - Is It Worth Collecting Anime On VHS?

There are some anime released in the US on VHS but never in any other format - are these (and others) worth tracking down? ― Robbie asked: I recently got into collecting records, and I feel like, although it's not as handy as digital music, there's small things about just the act of listening to them that I really enjoy. I wonder, if there's any feeling you get from watching anime the old fashioned ...
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Kaiji Spinoff Manga Tonegawa's Anime Reveals Visual

The staff of the anime adaptation of the Kaiji spinoff manga Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa (Middle Management Chronicle Tonegawa) revealed a visual on Friday. Madhouse (Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Overlord) will produce the anime, which is slated to premiere on NTV's "AnichU" programming block this year. The third volume of 1-nichi Gaishutsu-roku Hanchō will formally ship on March 6. The manga focu...
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Butlers: Chitose Momotose Monogatari Reveals Visual, Cast, Ending Song

Sachika Misawa plays Tenna Kisaragi, Jay's true younger sister ― The official website for SILVER LINK's Butlers: Chitose Momotose Monogatari (Butlers: A Millennium Century Story) television anime revealed a new key visual, the female lead role with character designs, and the ending theme song for the series on Friday. Sachika Misawa as Tenna Kisaragi, Jay's true younger sister. She has an innocent an...
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One Piece: World Seeker Game Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Video, More Screenshots

"Dramatic free world" action-adventure game ships this year for PS4, Xbox One, PC ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a behind-the-scenes video on Friday for the One Piece: World Seeker PlayStation 4 game. The video features an English-subtitled interview with game producer Koji Nakajima. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam...
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Fate/Extella Link Game's Gameplay Videos Preview Tamamo no Mae, Li Shuwen, Elizabeth Bathory

PS4, PS Vita game ships in Japan on June 7 ― The official website for Marvelous and Type-Moon's Fate/Extella Link PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game began streaming three character gameplay videos on Friday. The videos preview the characters Tamamo no Mae, Li Shuwen, and Elizabeth Bathory. The site previously streamed videos for Mumei and Nero Claudius. The game will ship in Japan on June 7. Lim...
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Chrono Ma:gia Game's Animated Promo Video Streamed

GungHo Online Entertainment's new digital card game slated for release this spring ― The official YouTube channel of Chrono Ma:gia, GungHo Online Entertainment's new digital card game, began streaming an anime promotional video for the game on Thursday. The video is available in both English and Japanese. Japanese Version English Version GungHo Online Entertainment describes the game's story: The Tim...
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Sega Unveils Readyyy! Game App About Training Male Idols

Game features 18 cast members, backgrounds by Deho Gallery ― Sega revealed a new idol training smartphone game titled Readyyy! on Wednesday. The game is set in Kamakura, and the story's protagonist is a newly-minted producer of the Dia Production talent agency. But the protagonist is also the manager of the dormitory where 18 idols are all living together. The official YouTube channel for the project...
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Neko to Jii-chan Manga About Old Man & His Cat Gets Live-Action Film

Manga debuted in 2015 ― Kadokawa announced on Friday that Nekomaki's Neko to Jii-chan (Cat and Grandpa) manga is getting a live-action film adaptation. Kadokawa will announce cast and debut date details for the film at a later date. The comedy manga centers on Daikichi, an old widower who lives together with his cat Tama. Nekomaki launched the manga in Kadokawa's Comic Essay Gekijō magazine in 2015. ...
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Anime Tamago 2018's Promo Video Previews Shorts

Shorts debut at theatrical screening on March 10 ― The official website for the "Anime Tamago" (formerly "Anime Mirai") project began streaming a promotional video for this year's shorts on Friday. The video has both long and short versions. The cast for Imagica Image Works and Robot's "TIME DRIVER: Bokura ga Kaita Mirai" (TIME DRIVER: The Future We Draw) includes: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Yūto Matsuba...
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Magical Girl Site Anime's 1st Teaser Video Reveals More Cast, More Staff, Theme Song Artist

Nobuhiko Okamoto, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Yūya Asato join series premiering in April ― The official website for the television anime of Kentarō Satō's Magical Girl Site (Mahō Shōjo Site) manga began streaming the anime's first teaser promotional video on Friday. The video reveals three more cast members, more staff members, and the ending theme song artist. Haruka Yamazaki (who voices Sarina Shizukume in t...
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Atlus Reveals Persona O.A. 'Support App' for this Spring

Free app allows users to check news on the franchise, play exploration game ― Atlus opened a website on Friday to reveal a Persona O.A. app that will launch for iOS and Android devices this spring. The app is the first app in the Persona franchise, and it serves as a "Persona series official support app." The official website for the app is hosting a pre-registration campaign. The more people pre-reg...
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Kaiji Spinoff Manga Tonegawa Gets TV Anime This Year by Madhouse

Series about Teiai Group exec's daily life launched in 2015 ― Amazon Japan's listed cover image for the third volume of Motomu Uehara, Kazuya Arai, Tensei Hagiwara, and Nobuyuki Fukumoto's 1-nichi Gaishutsu-roku Hanchō manga (pictured below center) reveals that the Kaiji spinoff manga Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa (Middle Management Chronicle Tonegawa) is getting a television anime adaptation. Madhouse (...
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Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal Game's 2 Videos Show Story Prologue

PS4 remake of 1st game in series ships on February 22 ― Marvelous began streaming two "prologue videos" on Thursday for Honey∞Parade Games' Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal, the PlayStation 4 remake of the 2012 Senran Kagura Burst action game for the Nintendo 3DS. The videos each show the prologue of the story. The first video shows the prologue for Hanzō National Academy, and the second video shows the ...
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12th Annual Seiyū Awards Reveals Merit Award, Kei Tomiyama Award, Kazue Takahashi Award Winners

Hiroshi Masuoka, Tomie Kataoka, Chō, Miina Tominaga win awards ― The organizers of the 12th Annual Seiyū Awards announced the winners of the Merit Award, Kei Tomiyama Award, and Kazue Takahashi Award on Friday. Merit Award Award for the seiyū who have contributed to many genres, including foreign works, over the years Hiroshi Masuoka Agency: Haikyou Roles: Sazae-san (Masuo Fuguta), Soreike! Anpanman ...
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Dagashi Kashi Manga Has 3 Million Copies in Print

The 10th compiled book volume of Kotoyama's Dagashi Kashi manga revealed on Friday that the manga has 3 million copies in print. The manga follows Kokonotsu, who does not want to inherit his family's rural candy store as his father wishes. A girl named Hotaru, who is crazy about small-time candy stores, appears at the store and repeatedly visits in order to convince him to take it over. Kotoyama l...
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Sakurako Gokurakuin's Sekirei 365 Manga Ends on March 16

Manga sequel to Sekirei debuted last May, began regular serialization in October ― This year's fifth issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine announced on Friday that Sakurako Gokurakuin's Sekirei: Kanojo no Inai 365-Hi no Koto (Regarding 365 Days Without a Girlfriend) manga will end in the magazine's seventh issue on March 16. The manga will not appear in the sixth issue on March 2. Gokurakuin b...
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Juni Taisen Stage Play Unveils 3 Cast Members in Costume

Rat, Rabbit, Dragon characters previewed for May stage play ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of Nisioisin and Hikaru Nakamura's Juni Taisen - Zodiac War novel revealed new visuals for three cast members in costume on Friday. The three new visuals include: Ryō Kitamura as Rat Kōji Saikawa as Rabbit Shōhei Hashimoto as Dragon The play will run at Kobe's Shin Kobe Oriental Theater fr...
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New Gegege no Kitarō Anime's Visual Unveiled

The official website of the new television anime based on Shigeru Mizuki's GeGeGe no Kitarō manga revealed new visual for the anime on Friday. The anime will premiere on Fuji TV on April 1 at 9:00 a.m., replacing Dragon Ball Super in the timeslot. Kouji Ogawa is serving as series director while Hiroshi Ohnogi (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) is handling series composition. Sorato Shimizu is the ...
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Saban Brands, Bandai Discontinue Power Rangers Toy License Agreement

Saban Brands announced on Thursday that it and Bandai have mutually agreed to not renew Bandai America's master toy license agreement for Power Rangers, effective April 2019. Bandai will still support the Power Rangers franchise up to its 25th anniversary, and will also support the currently-airing Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel show. Bandai still maintains toy rights to Toei's Super Sentai serie...

GKIDS Acquires Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai of the Future Film for U.S.

Film opens in Japan on July 20 ― Entertainment news website Variety reported on Thursday that GKIDS has acquired the United States rights to Mamoru Hosoda's new Mirai no Mirai (Mirai of the Future) anime film. GKIDS also previously distributed Hosoda's Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and The Boy and the Beast films. Variety also confirmed that Charades has sold the film to MK2 Mile End in Canada, Anime L...
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BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Fighting Game's 6th Character Video Streamed

Game's N. American price, deluxe edition revealed ― Arc System Works began streaming a sixth character introduction video on Thursday for the BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle crossover fighting game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. The video reveals new playable characters, including Platinum the Trinity from BlazBlue CentralFiction, Orie from Under Night In-Birth, and Kanji Tatsumi from Persona ...

J-Novel Club Licenses 'Me, a Genius? I Was Reborn into Another World and I Think They've Got the Wrong Idea!' Novels

Novel about boy mistaken for genius in alternate-universe Japan launched in 2015 ― Digital publishing company J-Novel Club announced on Thursday that it has licensed author Nyun and illustrator Sakana's Me, a Genius? I Was Reborn into Another World and I Think They've Got the Wrong Idea! (Isekai ni Tensei Shitandakedo Ore, Tensai tte Kanchigai Saretenai?) light novel series. The first four parts of t...

Aniplex USA Licenses Persona 5 Anime

Anime based on PS4/PS3 RPG to premiere in April ― Aniplex of America announced on Thursday that it has licensed A-1 Pictures' television anime of Atlus' Persona 5 game. The company also opened an English website for the anime, and lists streaming details as "coming soon." Aniplex of America previously streamed an English-subtitled trailer for the anime on Wednesday. The anime will premiere in April o...
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Swery, Arc System Works Announce New Game The Missing

Game will be 1st developed in-house at Swery's White Owls company ― Arc System Works America announced at a press event on Thursday that it will release The Missing, a new game directed by Hidetaka Suehiro (also known as Swery or Swery65), in 2018. Arc System Works began streaming a video message from Swery, in which he explains that the game is a collaboration between his White Owls development comp...

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Attack on Titan 2 Game's 2nd Promo Previews Story Mode

Game ships in Japan on March 15; in N. America, Europe on March 20 ― Koei Tecmo games began streaming a second full promotional video for its upcoming Attack on Titan 2 game on Thursday. The video shows the game's story mode, which covers the anime's second season as well as original scenarios, throughout which the player takes on the role of an original Custom Scout. The game will ship for PlayStati...
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Bakugan's Spin Master Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Screechers Wild

Alpha Group responds that it "will not be deterred" by allegations ― Canadian toy and media company Spin Master announced on Monday that it has filed suit against Alpha Group US, LLC, Alpha Animation, and Toys Limited, alleging their toy product "Screechers Wild!" infringes on Spin Master's patent for Bakugan toys. The company has filed the proceedings in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United St...
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Crunchyroll Adds Escaflowne, Phantome, Rampo Kitan, Rosario + Vampire Capu2 Anime to Catalog

4 series added from Funimation ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it has added the The Vision of Escaflowne, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace, and Rosario + Vampire Capu2 from Funimation Entertainment. The Vision of Escaflowne television series is available in the United States and Canada. The original anime series aired in Japan in 1996 and Bandai Entertainment p...
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Live-Action My Little Monster Film's Stills Revealed

Film based on romance manga opens April 27 in Japan ― The staff for the live-action film adaptation of Robico's My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun) manga shared a collection of screenshots for the film on Thursday. There are more images available on the Comic Natalie website. The film will open in Japan on April 27. Masaki Suda (left in picture below), in what he announced is his last movie pl...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, February 5-11

Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street film airs ― The Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street (Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street) film aired on Friday, February 9 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 7.4% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV February 11 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 10.5 Doraemon TV Asahi February 9 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 8.3 Chibi Maruko-chan ...
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Lugia to Appear in 2018 Pokémon Film

Film opens in Japan on July 13 ― The official website for the Pokémon anime films confirmed on Thursday that Legendary Pokémon Lugia will appear in the franchise's 2018 film. The website shared a visual and explained that Lugia was the shadow that appeared in the earlier teaser video. The website also confirmed that the flute music in the teaser was Lugia's song from the 1999 film Pokemon 2000 - The ...
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New Ready Player One Trailer Includes Willy Wonka Song Cover

I wasn't able to spot Spike Spiegel's Swordfish II spacecraft from Cowboy Bebop or RoboCop in the newest trailer, but Ready Player One did manage to tap into my childhood, finally, with an eerie cover of "Pure Imagination." The original track by Jamie Cullum appeared in the 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory live-action film starring the late, great Gene Wilder and was a wornout VHS tape in ...
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NY Int'l Children's Film Fest to Screen Lu Over the Wall Film, Horus - Prince of the Sun

"Fill and Moo," "Notes on Monstropedia," "Cat Days" short films to also screen ― The New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) will screen the East Coast premiere of Masaaki Yuasa's Lu Over the Wall Film as its opening night film on February 23, and again on March 4 and March 10. It will also screen Isao Takahata's directorial debut film Horus - Prince of the Sun on February 24, March ...
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Kodansha Offers Prize for Correct Bakemonogatari Manga Artist Guesses

Kodansha will give away a copy of NisiOisin's original novel for the correct guess ― Author NisiOisin's popular Bakemonogatari novel, the book that launched a hugely popular anime series, is finally getting a manga adaptation. Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine on March 14, but has yet to reveal who is actually helming the adaptation. Instead of just coming out and announcing the artist, Kodansha has ...

Sailor Moon -Le Mouvement Final- Musical to Screen in U.S. Theaters

Screenings listed for 18 cities ― The official website for the Sailor Moon franchise announced on Thursday that the Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -Le Mouvement Final- musical will screen in some United States theaters starting on March 10. The website for the screenings has a list of theaters in 18 cities. Most of the cast of Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -Amour Eternal- appeared in a one-hour Sailor Moon ...
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The Pretty Guardians Are Back with a Brand-New Tribute Album

In 2014, Sailor Moon was in the height of its nostalgia rebranding. The Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal anime remake just premiered, merchandise was everywhere, and the series' iconic theme songs got a make over for the 20th anniversary tribute album. A total of 10 songs were updated by artists Momoiro Clover Z, Shoko Nakagawa, Haruka Fukuhara, Etsuko Yakushimaru, Tommy heavenly6, Halko Momoi,...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Feb 5-11

Your favorite shows of the Winter 2018 season battle it out for supremacy on our list of weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Winter 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated indi...
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Persona 5 Anime Teases News for App on Friday

The official Twitter account for A-1 Pictures' television anime of Atlus' Persona 5 game teased on Thursday that new information about an app will be released on Friday. The tweeted image describes the announcement message as being from the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. The anime will premiere in April on the Tokyo MX, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, MBS, and BS11 channels. The voice cast members from the game...
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Maerchen Maedchen ‒ Episode 6

"Given the episode's strong content, it's really a shame that the visuals take a major nosedive this week."
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Missed the 1st Part of the Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary Exhibit? Now See it in VR!

Shueisha's long-running Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine has mass appeal, churning out hit after hit manga since it began publication 50 years ago. The publisher is celebrating the series with three exhibitions chronicling its history. The first opened at the Roppongi Hills complex's Tokyo Mori Arts Center Gallery on July 18 and ran until October 15. The exhibit covered the magazine's most iconic works...
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Violet Evergarden ‒ Episode 6

"Now that the anime has finally adapted a story from the light novels, the differences between the anime and its source material have become very clear."
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Funimation Lists Home Video Release for Live-Action Parasyte Films

BD/DVD combo pack slated for May 8 ― Funimation Entertainment is listing a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack release for both live-action Parasyte films. The English-subtitled release is slated for May 8. Funimation did not announce a license for the film, but Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival listed Funimation as the distributor when it screened the film in 2016. The first Parasyte movie...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 45

"Although it's by no means unsalvageable, it's hard to picture this storyline living up to the promise it showed in its earlier installments."
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This Week in Anime - Did Fate/Apocrypha's Great Holy Grail War End Well?

Fate/Apocrypha's second half has finally landed on Netflix to thrill fans with more twists, turns, and climactic battles. We discuss if this Great Holy Grail War wrapped up to their satisfaction. ― Fate/Apocrypha's second half has finally landed on Netflix to thrill fans with more twists, turns, and climactic battles. This week in anime, Nick and Steve discuss if this Great Holy Grail War wrapped up ...
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Seven Deadly Sins Film Reveals Teaser Video, Visual, August 18 Release

Story revealed for upcoming film ― The official website for The Seven Deadly Sins anime revealed the title, second teaser video, first key visual, and August 18 release date for the franchise's planned film on Friday. The film is titled Gekijōban Nanatsu no Taizai Tenkū no Torawarebito (The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky), and it will feature a completely new story by original mang...
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Keep Kirby, Pikachu & Friends Inside New Terrarium Mini Figures

Toy company Re-Ment recently revealed new Terrarium Collection mini figures inspired by the Kirby franchise. As with previous terrarium figure sets, six designs will be available in blind boxes. This collection will feature two different types of terrariums with "Kirby & Wispy Woods," "Ice World," "Ice Cream Island," "Nap Time," "Dive Into Cloud," and "The Fountain of Dreams" designs. Each box wi...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 19

"I'd say we ended on as high a note as I could reasonably expect."
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Myriad Colors Phantom World BD+DVD

While far from the pinnacle of Kyoto Animation's efforts, Phantom World is a fun series that combines fantasy, action, and comedy into an enjoyable ride. Nick Creamer has the details. ― Even from its initial advertising, it was clear that Myriad Colors Phantom World would fall a little outside Kyoto Animation's general slice-of-life/character drama wheelhouse. From its garish color scheme to its loud...
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Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita Manga Gets Live-Action Drama, Film

Series about scientists trying to prove their love launched in 2016 ― A live-action drama and film adaptation of Alfred Yamamoto's Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita (Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It) romantic comedy manga has been green-lit. The live-action television drama will premiere in 2018, followed by the film in 2019. The staff of the adaptation will hold auditions th...

Dragon Ball Recasts Bulma With Aya Hisakawa After Hiromi Tsuru's Passing

Tsuru still voiced Bulma in Dragon Ball Super episode 128, airing February 18 ― Toei Animation confirmed on Thursday that Aya Hisakawa will voice the Dragon Ball character Bulma in the future, after Bulma's previous voice actress Hiromi Tsuru passed away on November 16. Tsuru had already recorded Bulma's dialogue for the 128th episode of the Dragon Ball Super anime, which will air on Sunday, February...
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Rilu Rilu Fairilu Anime Gets 3rd TV Series This Summer

Sanrio & Sega Toys' franchise centering around "Fairilu" fairies ― The official Twitter account for the Rilu Rilu Fairilu television anime announced on Thursday that a third season of the anime has been green-lit. The third season will premiere this summer, and the account promises more details in future announcements. In the franchise's story, "Fairilu" are fairies of flowers, insects, mermaids, or ...
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Ni no Kuni II Game's Goldpaw City Trailer, 25-Minute Gameplay Video Streamed

Level-5's game launches for PS4, PC worldwide on March 23 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new promotional video on Monday for its and Level-5's Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PlayStation 4 and PC game. The video tours Goldpaw City, and previews the game's collector's edition. Bandai Namco Entertainment America also began streaming a behind-the-scenes video on Tuesday for the g...
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Free! Take Your Marks Anime Film's English-Subtitled Teaser Video Previews 1st Story

Funimation releases film in U.S. for one-day screening on March 14 ― Funimation began streaming a teaser video on Wednesday for the Free! Take Your Marks anime film's upcoming U.S. theatrical release on March 14. The teaser features characters Haru Nanase and Makoto Tachibana looking for an apartment, one of the four stories featured in the film. The official Japanese website for the film describes t...
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Libra of Nil Admirari Anime Reveals 12 More Cast Members, Opening Theme Artist

Key visual also revealed for series premiering in April ― The official website for Nil Admirari no Tenbin (Libra of Nil Admirari), the television anime of Idea Factory and Otomate's Nil Admirari no Tenbin: Teito Genwaku Kitan romance game, revealed 12 more cast members, the opening theme song artist, and a key visual on Thursday. Kradness is performing the opening theme song "Tandeki Miragism." The a...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II Game's PC Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launched on PC on Thursday ― XSEED Games began streaming a launch trailer on Thursday for its PC release of Nihon Falcom's The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II game, which launched on Thursday. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel shipped in Japan for the PS3 and PS Vita in September 2013. XSEED released the game in North America for both consoles in December 2015, and NIS America...
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Hiroki Yasumoto Joins Megalobox Anime's Cast

Series based on Ashita no Joe manga with new story premieres in April ― The official website for Megalobox, a new television anime based on Ikki Kajiwara (pen name Asao Takamori) and Tetsuya Chiba's Ashita no Joe manga, began streaming a new promotional video for the series on Thursday that reveals that Hiroki Yasumoto will voice the character Yūri. The previously revealed cast members include: Yoshi...
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Discotek Runs Poll for Possible Standard Definition BD Releases

Discotek Media began a poll on its official Facebook page on Tuesday asking if customers would prefer if the company begin releasing certain titles on Blu-ray Disc releases in standard definition. The titles planned for this type of release include long television anime series, classic anime, and titles that have had DVD releases but with no HD masters. If Discotek begins this new release method, ...
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The [email protected]: Shiny Colors Game Adds L'Antica Idol Unit

Chisa Suganuma, Mizuki Yuina, Karin Isobe, Narumi Runa, Anna Yamaki join game ― The official website for the The [email protected]: Shiny Colors browser game for smartphones revealed a new five-girl idol unit for the game named L'Antica on Thursday. The unit's tagline is "Turn the rusted key of destiny." The L'Antica members and their respective voice actresses include: Chisa Suganuma as Mamimi Tanaka, a li...
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Okaa-san to Issho Children's Program Gets 1st Film With Anime Segment

Film celebrates program's 60th year since premiering in 1959 ― NHK announced on Thursday that its long-running children's program Okaa-san to Issho (With Mother) is getting its first film adaptation on September 7. The film is titled Eiga Okaa-san to Issho - Hajimete no Daibōken (With Mother The Movie - The First Great Adventure). The "Galapica Poo" puppet segment of the program and its characters Ch...
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Yo-kai Watch TV Anime Enters Shadowside Arc in April

New story set after December film stars Keita's son Keisuke ― The official website for the Yo-kai Watch television anime revealed on Thursday that the anime will transition into a Yo-kai Watch: Shadowside arc, along with a change in the show's title, on April 13. The show will retain its Friday at 6:25 p.m. time slot on TV Tokyo, although the first episode will be a one-hour special that will premier...
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Chronos Ruler Manga Ends Serialization in Japan, Continues in China

Manga inspired TV anime last July ― The 77th chapter of Taiwanese manga creator PONJEA's Chronos Ruler (Jikan no Shihaisha) manga revealed on Thursday that its serialization has ended on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website, but the manga will continue its serialization in China. The manga centers on "Chronos Rulers," those who fight the time-eating demons that appear when people wish they could turn back...
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New Free! TV Anime's 'Episode 0' Event Screening Slated for June 23

The official website for the Free! anime franchise revealed on Wednesday that the event screening of "Episode 0" of the new television anime series in the franchise is slated for June 23. The limited first pressing of the Free! -Take Your Marks- film's Blu-ray Disc and DVD in Japan will include an application form for priority sales tickets to the event screening. The episode will not air during t...
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A Certain Magical Virtual-On Game's Videos Preview Lessar, Ruiko

PS4/Vita game launches in Japan on Thursday ― Sega began streaming a new promotional video for its A Certain Magical Virtual-On (To Aru Majutsu no Virtual-On) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Monday. The video highlights Lessar, the pilot of RVR-42/VSL Cypher. Sega also began streaming a video on Tuesday for Ruiko Saten, the pilot of RVR-33/VSL Apharmd S. Like previous promotional videos, t...
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Dynasty Warriors 9 Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launched for PS4/Xbox One/PC in N. America on Tuesday ― Koei Tecmo Games America began streaming the launch trailer for the Dynasty Warriors 9 (Shin Sangoku Musou 8) game on Monday. The game launched in the West for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Tuesday. The game shipped for PS4 in Japan on February 8. Koei Tecmo America describes the game: In Dynasty Warriors 9, players will explore Ch...
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Kuroneko Monroe Essay Manga Gets TV Anime Shorts in April

Series of 1-minute shorts to have 26 episodes ― Daiichi Kosho Company and karaoke company DAM Tomo announced on Thursday that Yoshiyasu's Kuroneko Monroe (Black cat Monroe) essay manga is inspiring a television anime that will premiere in April. Daiichi Kosho and DAM Tomo are hosting auditions from February 19 through March 5 for a voice actor or actress to play the character Zunguri. Emi Nitta will ...
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Layton Mystery Tanteisha Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals April 8 Premiere

Character visual for Tsubasa Imai's guest role also revealed ― The official website for Layton Mystery Tanteisha Katori no Nazotoki File (Layton Mystery Detective Agency: Kat's Mystery-Solving Files), the television anime inspired by the Professor Layton game franchise, began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Thursday. The video reveals the anime's April 8 premiere on Fuji TV and other...
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Shining Resonance Re:frain Game's Video Highlights New Events, Costumes

Remaster of Shining Resonance game ships on March 29 ― The official website for Shining Resonance Re:frain, the PlayStation 4 remaster of Sega's Shining Resonance game, began streaming a teaser video for the game on Wednesday. The video features narration by Asami Seto (Sonia Blanche) outlining the game's new features, in particular the new "Refrain" scenario, new story events, and new costumes. The ...
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New Hakuōki Musical Reveals Visual, Cast Members

Masanari Wada stars as Hijikata Toshizō in stage musical debuting April ― The official website for Marvelous Inc.'s series of Hakuōki stage musicals revealed a visual for the planned new stage musical last week. The visual features Masanari Wada (Touken Ranbu stage play's Heshikiri Hasebe, Yowamushi Pedal stage plays' Shunsuke Imaizumi) in costume as Hijikata Toshizō, the central character of the new...
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Gurazeni Ends Tokyo Dome-hen Manga, Starts Pa League-hen Manga

14th volume ships on February 23 ― This year's 11th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Morning magazine published the final chapter of Yūji Moritaka and Keiji Adachi's baseball manga Gurazeni: Tokyo Dome-hen on Thursday. The same issue announced that a new series titled Gurazeni: Pa League-hen (Pacific League Arc) will start in the magazine's 17th issue, which ships on March 29. Writer Moritaka and artist Ad...
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La Magnifique Grande Scène Ballet Manga Gets English Release (Update)

1st volume out digitally on Wednesday ― Media Do International released the first volume of Cuvie's La Magnifique Grande Scène (Kenran taru Grande Scène) manga digitally in English from Akita Publishing on Tuesday. Akita Publishing describes the manga: Kanade, a girl gifted with an observing eye and an ability to get things done. This is the story about her journey discovering the beauty of classical...

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Servamp Anime Film's Trailer Reveals New Cast Members, OLDCODEX Song

Kazuya Ichijou, Ayaka Fukuhara, Mai Nakahara cast in April 7 film ― The official website for Gekijōban Servamp: Alice in the Garden, the anime film based on Strike Tanaka's Servamp manga, began streaming a trailer for the film on Thursday. The trailer reveals additional cast members, and previews the film's theme song "One Side" by OLDCODEX. The additional returning and new cast members include: Atsu...
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Akkun to Kanojo Anime's Cast, New Visuals Revealed

Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Ayaka Suwa, Keisuke Ueda, Arisa Kōri star in spring anime ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Waka Kakitsubata's Akkun to Kanojo (Akkun and His Girlfriend) manga revealed the anime's cast and new visual on Thursday. The cast includes: Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Atsuhiro "Akkun" Kagari, the aloof, abrasive and dry-witted boyfriend of Non-chan. In truth, he is madly in love wi...
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GReeeeN Performs Live-Action Marmalade Boy Film's Theme Song

Film opens in Japan on April 27 ― The official website for the live-action film of Wataru Yoshizumi's Marmalade Boy manga announced on Thursday that GReeeeN will perform the film's theme song "Koi" (Love). The film opens in Japan on April 27. Previously announced cast members include: Ryō Yoshizawa as Yū Matsura Hinako Sakurai as Miki Koishikawa Shosuke Tanihara as Yōji Matsuura, Yū's biological fath...
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Utena Manga Artist Chiho Saitō Publishers Her 1st Boys-Love Book

Manga creator Chiho Saitō is no stranger to complex sexuality and gender topics. She created the manga version of Revolutionary Girl Utena and she recently finished Torikae Baya, a historical manga focused on gender non-conforming siblings that switch identities. Despite her manga pedigree, Saitō has never written a boys-love work, until now. Saitō debuted Sekai no Ōzoku (Royalty of the World) col...
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New Mr. Osomatsu Stage Play Reveals Side Character Visuals

Play runs in Osaka from February 23-26, in Tokyo from March 1-11 ― The official website for Osomatsu-san on STAGE ~SIX MEN'S SHOW TIME~ 2, the second stage play based on the Mr. Osomatsu anime series, released additional character visuals last week. The visuals feature side characters played by returning cast members: Totoko (Arisa Deguchi), Iyami (Akira Kubodera), Chibita (Kimeru), and Hatabou (Yūya...

Crunchyroll's Royalty Payments to Anime Industry Have Surpassed US$100 Million

Half of Crunchyroll user base now comprised of women ― Anime streaming website Crunchyroll told entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter that it has contributed US$100 million in royalties to the Japanese industry. Crunchyroll confirmed with ANN that the milestone was reached late last year. Crunchyroll also noted to The Hollywood Reporter that women make up half of Crunchyroll's user base. T...
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Singer Luna Haruna Unveils 3rd Wave of Wedding Dresses

Singer Luna Haruna revealed the third wave of wedding dresses for her Lunamaria brand on Saturday. Haruna designs and produces the brand's wedding dresses. Haruna launched Lunamaria in 2016, and the brand unveils five new dresses every year. Before debuting as a singer, Haruna was a model for the Kera fashion magazine. Lunamaria wedding dresses reflect lolita fashion and other current trends. For ...
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Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology 3DS Game's Launch Trailer Posted

Game launched on Tuesday in Americas, on Friday in Europe ― Atlus USA began streaming the launch trailer for its Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology Nintendo 3DS game on Tuesday. The game launched in the Americas on the same day. The game will launch on Friday in Europe. The launch edition of the game bundles an art book and decal sheet while supplies last. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is a ...
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Otaku Descend on Akihabara to Receive Anime Valentine Chocolate

Valentine's Day in Japan means women give chocolate to their lovers and sometimes other important people in their lives. You don't have to be real to participate in a holiday, so some anime and their characters also got in on the love-sharing action this year. Various anime-related giveaways in Tokyo brought flocks of lovestruck otaku to Akihabara on Wednesday. 【義理ラーメン企画】16:00の配布の次回は17:00からになります。予...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, February 5-11

Hunter x Hunter, Haikyu!!, My Hero Academia, Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, MIX in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Hunter x Hunter 35 250,682 728,167 2018/02 Shueisha Yoshihiro Togashi 1 2 2 Haikyu!! 30 211,493 478,477 2018/02 Shueisha Haruichi Furudate 2 2 3 My Hero Academia 17 174,546 376,234 2018/02 Shueisha Kohe...
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Tōmei na Yurikago Manga About Nurse Gets 'Big Announcement' in April

The March issue of Kodansha's Hatsu Kiss magazine revealed on Tuesday that Bakka Okita's Tōmei na Yurikago (The Invisible Cradle) manga will have an important announcement in the magazine's next issue on April 13. The manga centers on nursing student Bakka who begins her residency at an obstetrics and gynecology clinic on her mother's recommendation. The manga's stories are based on Okita's experi...
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Ms. Koizumi Doesn't Have Time for Chocolate on Valentine's Day

The ramen obsessed protagonist of Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles is, understandably, skipping chocolate entirely for Valentine's Day in favor of her beloved food. The staff organized a "Bury My Love with Ramen" Twitter event where ramen fans could snap pics of their meal with the designated hashtag for a chance to win one of three posters signed by the anime's cast. The staff also organized its o...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, February 5-11

Dynasty Warriors 9, Sword Art Online Fatal Bullet, Shadow of the Colossus games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: February 5-11 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Monster Hunter World (Including Limited, Bundled Editions) Capcom January 26 159,613 1,750,969 79 2PS4Dynasty Warriors 9 (Including Limited Editions) Koei Tecmo Games February 8 117,495 117,...
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Aniplex USA Streams English-Subtitled Persona 5 Anime Promo

Anime based on PS4/PS3 RPG to premiere in April ― Aniplex of America began streaming an English-subtitled version of the first trailer for A-1 Pictures' television anime of Atlus' Persona 5 game on Wednesday. The anime will premiere in April on the Tokyo MX, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, MBS, and BS11 channels. The voice cast members from the game are reprising their roles for the anime: Jun Fukuyama as the ...

Crunchyroll Adds The Garden of Sinners Film Series

8-film series plus 2 sequels now streaming ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it has added all eight The Garden of Sinners anime films along with the feature film sequels The Garden of Sinners/recalled out summer and The Garden of Sinners/recalled out summer: Extra Chorus. They are available in Japanese with English subtitles for users in the Americas. The series is also streaming on Amazon Prim...
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Ashita no Joe Manga Creator, JCA Ask Fans to Avoid Pirate Sites

NHK's News Web site posted the first part of a multi-article report about manga piracy websites on Monday. The report included comments from Ashita no Joe manga creator Tetsuya Chiba and a statement from the Japan Cartoonists Association (JCA) that Chiba chairs. The JCA also posted its statement on its official website on Wednesday. Chiba told NHK in an interview: I'm very glad manga is read in va...
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Overlord II ‒ Episode 6

"Once again, Ains doesn't even make a cameo in his own show, but fortunately the supporting cast is strong enough to carry the episode."
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One Room Anime's 2nd Season Reveals Rie Takahashi's New Character

Takahashi plays Minori Nanahashi, who helps at her grandfather's bathhouse ― The official website for the One Room television anime revealed on Wednesday that Rie Takahashi will play the new character Minori Nanahashi. The website also revealed character designs for Minori drawn by the series' original character designer Kantoku. Minori is a 17-year-old third-year high school student. Her grandfather...
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Sapporo's Snowy Songstress Hatsune Miku Takes Over

Local pride is a big thing in Japan, especially if you're a city outside of the Tokyo metropolitan area. All too often, when one thinks of Japan, the mind goes straight to Tokyo. But there's plenty of Japan beyond the capitol, and these cities, large and small alike, will often promote things like local food, landmarks, and mascots. These not only help increase awareness of these places, but also ...
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A Place Further Than the Universe ‒ Episode 7

"I'm glad the challenge of sending people to Antarctica isn't being glossed over, but the show hasn't quite figured out how to turn those obstacles into properly gripping drama."
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Muv-Luv, Muv-Luv Alternative Games Head West for PS Vita This Summer

PQube offers physical, digital releases for both visual novels ― PQube announced on Wednesday that it will release the Muv-Luv and Muv-Luv Alternative visual novels for PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe this summer. The English releases will be available in both physical and digital copies. PQube began streaming announcement trailers for both titles. Muv-Luv contains the Muv-Luv Extra and ...
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Answerman - Are American Comics Popular In Japan?

There's no escaping Marvel Comics, not even in Japan - but how popular are Thor and Hulk in a place already teeming with beloved, locally-grown superheroes? Justin gets into it. ― Sarah asked: Are American comics/movies popular in Japan? I know there have been some recent American Comic Book franchise adaptations into Anime like X-Men and Blade so there must be some interest I imagine, but how popul...
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Fushigi Yugi Stage Musical Gets Sequel in Tokyo in October

Reina Tanaka, Ryō Hirano return to star as Miaka Yūki, Tamahome ― Amipro's official website revealed on Wednesday that the 2016 stage musical adaptation of Yuu Watase's Fushigi Yugi manga is getting a sequel. The new musical is titled "Fushigi Yugi -Ao no Shō- (Fushigi Yugi -Blue Chapter-), and it will run at Zenrosai Hall Space Zero in Tokyo from October 13-21. Reina Tanaka is returning from the fir...
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Tada-kun wa Koi o Shinai Anime Reveals Theme Song Performers

Masayoshi Ōishi, Manaka Iwami sing themes for original April anime ― The official website for the original television anime Tada-kun wa Koi o Shinai (Tada-kun Does Not Fall in Love) revealed the theme song performers for the series on Wednesday. Masayoshi Ōishi (Overlord, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun) is performing an as-yet untitled opening theme song, and Manaka Iwami is performing the ending theme so...
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Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple Film's Trailer Highlights Action Scenes

Fim opens in Japan on March 3 ― The official website for the Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple anime film began streaming a full trailer for the film on Wednesday. The trailer previews the film's action scenes. The film will open in Japan on March 3. The film's story involves a mystery case of power users around the world suddenly committing suicide one after another, in all cases after a strange fog appe...
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Steins;Gate Elite Game Delayed to Later in 2018

PS4/Vita/Switch game previously slated for March 15 ― The official website of 5pb. Games' Steins;Gate Elite game revealed on Wednesday that the game's release date has been delayed from March 15 to a general 2018 release date. The announcement noted that the delay was to ensure the game's quality. The game will launch for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch platforms in Japan. St...
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Ultraman Geed Film's Promo Video Highlights May J. Song

Singer performs theme song for March 10 film ― The official website for Gekijōban Ultraman Geed - Tsunagu ze! Negai!! (Ultraman Geed the Movie - Connect the Wishes!!), the film of the Ultraman Geed (pronounced "Jeed") series, began streaming a promotional video for the film last week. The video previews the film's theme song "Kizuna ∞ Infinity" by May J. The film opens in Japan on March 10. The film'...
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2nd Code Geass Film Opens at #8, Macross Delta Film Tops Mini-Theater Ranking

Hitsuji no Ki, Impossibility Defense fall; Tokimeki Restaurant ranks #5 in mini-theater ranking Code Geass - Hangyaku no Lelouch - Handō (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion - The Rebellion Path), the second film in the compilation film trilogy for the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 anime series, ranked #8 in its opening weekend. The film opened in...
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Precure Anime Inspires Live-Action Show About Aspiring Voice Actresses

Koe Girl! series stars Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode's Haruka Fukuhara ― TV Asahi revealed Koe Girl! (Voice Girl!), a new live-action series tie-in to Toei Animation's Precure magical girl franchise, on Wednesday. The live-action series celebrates the franchise's 15th anniversary, but is not directly connected to the world or story of the franchise. The series will premiere on ABC and TV Asahi in Apri...
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Bandai Namco, Konami, Sega to Unify IC Card Standard in Arcades

Unified system to debut this summer with PASELI currency compatibilty ― Bandai Namco Entertainment, Konami Amusement, and Sega Interactive announced last week that all three companies will unify their arcade IC card standards for the convenience of users, beginning this summer. All three systems will be compatible with each company's ID service. All new cards will now come with the "Amusement IC" log...
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