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Puella Magi Madoka Magica: the Movie Trilogy 10th Anniversary Blu-ray Box Set

Puella Magi Madoka Magica may not have reinvented the magical girl story, but it is an important step in the genre's evolution. ― Given that this is the tenth anniversary release of these films, I'm going to assume some familiarity with them in this review. When Puella Magi Madoka Magica initially came out as a TV series (which the first two films are a retelling of), it started a conversation about ...
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Yuri Espoir GN 1

Yuri Espoir is an odd combination of froth and sadness. The way that the world seems hellbent on crushing Kokoro under the burden of false heteronormativity is undeniably tragic, but there is still hope. ― Kokoro's death is impending. That's how she puts it to her friend Amami, anyway – her father is forcing her into an arranged marriage as soon as she finishes high school. The man she's meant to wed...
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Dropkick on My Devil!! Dash

Maybe it's the Stockholm-esque relationship I cultivated in consuming so much Dropkick in only a couple of weeks, but this opening stretch of the new season was the most fun I had with the series. ― So here we are with the second season of Dropkick on My Devil and immediately it feels like I'm in an even trickier critical position than I was with the first season. At least I could approach the origin...
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This Week in Games - Final Fantasy XVI's Goodest Boy

New Xenoblade Chronicles and Final Fantasy news dominate this week's column with a special shoutout to Torgal! ― Hey everybody! After last week's influx of big, BIG news, things are (thankfully) a bit quieter this week. I did a review of Sonic Origins over at GameSpot, where I was extremely nitpicky Nintendo launched a new Direct broadcast, but not the big, multi-game showcase we were all hoping for,...
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Orient Episodes 1-12 Streaming

Based on the manga by Shinobu Ohtaka, Orient's first twelve episodes are both comfortably within shonen norms and just different enough to give it an edge. ― Based on the manga of the same name by Shinobu Ohtaka, creator of the Arabian Nights-inspired series Magi and the battle comedy Sumomomo, Momomo, Orient's first twelve episodes are both comfortably within shounen norms and just different enough ...
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Takeshobo's 4-Panel Manga Magazine Manga Life Ends Publication in July

Home of Oneechan ga Kita, PoyoPoyo, Obatarian, Sparrow's Hotel, Recorder and Randsell series ― The August issue of Takeshobo's Manga Life magazine announced on Monday that the magazine will suspend its publication after the next issue on July 27. The next issue will announce the future plans for the magazine's serialized titles. The four-panel manga magazine launched in 1981 under the title Gag Da be...
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica: the Movie Trilogy 10th Anniversary Blu-ray Box Set

Puella Magi Madoka Magica may not have reinvented the magical girl story, but it is an important step in the genre's evolution. ― Given that this is the tenth anniversary release of these films, I'm going to assume some familiarity with them in this review. When Puella Magi Madoka Magica initially came out as a TV series (which the first two films are a retelling of), it started a conversation about ...
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Chi: Chikyū no Undō ni Tsuite Manga Gets Anime by Madhouse

Uoto's manga tells story of conflict between church, academia in Renaissance Poland ― This year's 30th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Uoto's Chi: Chikyū no Undō ni Tsuite (Chi: On the Movements of the Earth) manga is inspiring an anime adaptation by Madhouse. Shogakukan describes the manga: Sparks of the discoveries of the Renaissance are only beginning to bu...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Fantasy Spinoff Genjitsu no Yohane -Sunshine in the Mirror- Gets Anime Series in 2023

Sunrise animates illustration series reimagining idol Yohane in another world ― The Love Live! Sunshine!! school idol project's Genjitsu no Yohane -Sunshine in the Mirror- magazine illustration series is inspiring an anime series next year. The confirmation came in Sunday's Aqours Tokyo Dome concert. The "story no one knows about a girl everyone knows" reimagines Yoshiko Tsushima, the school idol aff...
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Don't Hurt Me, My Healer! #12 [rate]
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Crunchyroll Adds Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ Anime

Company also streams Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer films ― Crunchyroll began streaming the Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ anime as well as the Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack and Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer films on Saturday. Crunchyroll describes Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ: Young Judau and the Do...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations #255 [rate]
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Zonji, Misaki Perform New Themes for Kingdom Anime's 4th Season

New themes premiere in July with new arc ― The official website for the Kingdom anime revealed the new theme song artists for the show's fourth anime series on Thursday. zonji is performing the new opening theme song "geki" and Misaki is performing the new ending theme song "Believe." A new arc starting in July will cover the "Ai Country Rebellion" arc. The fourth series premiered on NHK General on A...
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My Stepmom's Daughter Is My Ex Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, New Visual

Series premieres on July 6 ― The official website for the anime of Kyōsuke Kamishiro and Takayaki's My Stepmom's Daughter Is My Ex (Mamahaha no Tsurego ga Moto Kano Datta) light novel series began streaming the show's second promotional video on Sunday. The video previews harmoe's ending theme song "Futari Pinocchio." The site also revealed a new visual for the series. The anime will premiere on AT-X...

Publisher Seven Seas Posts Statement After Voluntarily Recognizing UW7S Workers Union

UW7S union seeks to negotiate better working conditions for Seven Seas employees/freelancers ― The United Workers of Seven Seas (UW7S), a union for employees of manga and light novel publisher Seven Seas Entertainment, announced on Friday on Twitter that Seven Seas has agreed to voluntarily recognize UW7S as a union based on a majority card check. This eliminates the need for a National Labor Relatio...
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Production I.G to Appoint George Wada as New President, CEO

Current president, CEO Mitsuhisa Ishikawa to become studio's board chairman ― Production I.G announced on Saturday that the studio plans to promote current executive vice-president George Wada (pictured at right) to president and CEO. Current president and CEO Mitsuhisa Ishikawa will become the studio's chairman of the board. The change will take effect after the company's next shareholders meeting m...

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Aoashi Anime Reveals 5 More Cast Members, Visual, New Theme Song Artists

Takuya Eguchi, Yūki Ono, more join cast for show's 2nd part ― The official website for the television anime of Yūgo Kobayashi's Aoashi manga revealed more cast members, a new visual, and theme song information on Saturday for the show's second cours (quarter of a year). Superfly will perform the new opening theme song "Presence" and Kami wa Saikoro wo Furanai will perform the new ending theme song "C...
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Uncle From Another World Anime's Opening Sequence Streamed

Series premieres on Netflix on July 6 ― The staff for the television anime of Hotondoshindeiru's Uncle From Another World (Isekai Ojisan) manga began streaming the show's opening sequence video on Saturday. The anime will premiere worldwide on Netflix on July 6. The anime will also debut in Japan on AT-X on July 6 at 10:00 p.m. JST. The anime stars: Takehito Koyasu as Ojisan ("Uncle") Jun Fukuyama as...
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Love All Play Anime Casts Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Reveals New Summer-Themed Visual

Show's 2nd half premieres on July 9 ― The official website for the television anime of Asami Koseki's Love All Play badminton novel announced on Saturday that Toshiyuki Toyonaga is joining the show for its second cours (quarter of a year) as the character Shōgo Misaki. The website also revealed a new summer-themed visual. The second cours will premiere on July 9. The anime will not air on July 2, but...
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Digimon Ghost Game #31 [rate]
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Waccha PriMagi! #36 [rate]
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Delicious Party♡Precure #16 [rate]
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Hinowa ga CRUSH! Manga Ends Serialization, Takahiro Launches New Work With Kei Toru

Takahiro, Kei Toru launch Gokusotsu Kraken "isekai battle harem fantasy" manga in August ― The July issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine published the final chapter on Friday of Takahiro and strelka's Hinowa ga CRUSH! (Hinowa ga Yuku!) manga. The manga's eighth and final compiled book volume will ship on August 25. The magazine also revealed that Takahiro will launch a new work with art...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, June 13-19

Spy×Family earns 3.0% rating ― The Eiga Soreike! Anpanman Fuwafuwa Fuwari to Kumo no Kuni (Soreike! Anpanman the Movie: Fluffy Fuwari and the Cloud Country) anime film aired on NTV on Friday, June 17 at 10:55 a.m. and earned a 1.6% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV June 19 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 7.8 Detective Conan NTV June 18 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 6.3 Chib...
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Spy×Family ‒ SEASON FINALE

I'm sorry to say that anime's best boy won't debut until the fall, but still pleased that we got to see Loid's epic penguin game.
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Heroines Run the Show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task ‒ SEASON FINALE

After writing itself into a thematic briar patch, Heroines Run the Show makes a dash towards a happy conclusion, but it can't help stumbling over the nettles.
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 13-19

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Hinokami Chronicles stays at #1 for 2nd week ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 13-19 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Hinokami Chronicles Aniplex June 9 20,964 111,849 2NSwNintendo Switch Sports Nintendo April 29 18,789 493,046 3NSwMario Strikers: Battle League Nintendo June 9 13,002 45,175 4NS...
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Komi Can't Communicate Season 2 ‒ Episode 21

I would even go so far as to say that this is probably my favorite episode of season two which is impressive because it's built on the foundation of two characters that we barely knew up until this point.
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The Rising of The Shield Hero Season 2 ‒ Episode 12

Well that was definitely a climax. It had characters, monologues, and a nice song play during the final battle. So how come I can't muster a single bit of emotion outside of relief and exasperation that the season is finally soon to be over?
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Akira Hiramoto, Muneyuki Kaneshiro Launch New Manga on October 14

Super Ball Girls manga focuses on beautiful girls in genre-bending story ― This year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine revealed on Friday that Akira Hiramoto and Muneyuki Kaneshiro will launch a new manga titled Super Ball Girls in the magazine's 21st issue on October 14. Hiramoto will draw the art, and Kaneshiro will write the series. The magazine describes the manga as an ise...
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I'm Quitting Heroing ‒ SEASON FINALE

I'm Quitting Heroing didn't exactly wow me at any point in visuals or anything, but the incredibly solid emotional core of the show was a genuine surprise from start to finish. Well done.
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Kingdom #12 [rate]
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Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie #10 [rate]
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A Couple of Cuckoos #10 [rate]
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ultra Romantic- ‒ SEASON FINALE

We've known for a while that this whole game of who confesses first was really just a pretense that revealed a vulnerability that you could argue these two still haven't fully confronted yet.
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Inio Asano Launches New Manga This Winter

New series will be author's 1st since ending Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction in February ― This year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine revealed on Friday that Inio Asano will launch a new manga in the magazine this winter. Asano launched the Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction manga in Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine in April 2014, and ended the series on...
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BUILD-DIVIDE -#FFFFFF- CODE WHITE #24 [rate]
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In the Heart of Kunoichi Tsubaki #12 [rate]
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Spirited Away Stage Play Cancels Shows After Romi Park's COVID-19 Diagnosis

Voice of Fullmetal Alchemist's Ed shares Yubaba/Zeniba roles in play ― The talent agency Production LAL announced on Saturday that voice actress and stage actress Romi Park has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The staff of the Spirited Away stage play then announced that they were cancelling that day's noon and 5:00 p.m. performances due to at least one COVID-19 diagnosis among the people involved in th...
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Yuri Espoir GN 1

Yuri Espoir is an odd combination of froth and sadness. The way that the world seems hellbent on crushing Kokoro under the burden of false heteronormativity is undeniably tragic, but there is still hope. ― Kokoro's death is impending. That's how she puts it to her friend Amami, anyway – her father is forcing her into an arranged marriage as soon as she finishes high school. The man she's meant to wed...
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Fanfare of Adolescence #13 [rate]
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Spy×Family #12 [rate]
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The Full-Time Wife Escapist's Tsunami Umino Launches New Manga in August

New manga tentatively titled Kuroema Chloe et Emma ― The August issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine revealed on Friday that manga creator Tsunami Umino is launching a new manga tentatively titled Kuroema Chloe et Emma in the magazine's October issue on August 25. Umino launched the Sputnik manga (seen right) in Shodensha's Feel Young magazine in April 2021 after publishing a one-shot manga in 2017, and...

Spy×Family Anime Previews October Return in Teaser Video

Hiroki Takahashi plays new character Keith Kepler ― The SPY×FAMILY anime ended its first cours (quarter of the year) on Saturday with a teaser promotional video for the second cours, which will premiere in October. (Episode 12 aired on Saturday.) Hiroki Takahashi plays the new character Keith Kepler heard in the teaser. The anime premiered on April 9. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs and...
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Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club Season 2 #13 [rate]
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My Love Story!!'s Aruko Draws Full-Color Manga in September

Aruko ended My Love Mix-Up! manga with Wataru Hinekure on June 13 ― The summer issue of Shueisha's The Margaret magazine revealed on Thursday that manga creator Aruko is drawing a new full-color "illustrated story" manga that will appear in the magazine's next issue in September. The manga will feature on the magazine's front cover. The wording implies but does not concretely confirm that the manga i...
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Aoashi #12 [rate]
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Case Closed #1048 [rate]
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Live-Action Shin Shinchō Kōki TV Show Adds 11 Cast Members

Taro Suruga, Shuntarō Yanagi, Ryōhei Abe, Kenta Suga, Seiya Osada, more join July show ― The official website for Shin Shinchō Kōki ~ Classmate wa Sengoku Bujо̄ (The New Official History of Nobunaga - My Classmates are Warring States Period Military Commanders), the live-action television adapatation of Shinobu Kaitani's Shin Shinchō Kōki - Nobunaga-kun to Watashi (The New Official History of Nobunag...
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Love All Play #13 [rate]
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Cells at Work! White Brigade Manga Ends on July 26

Spinoff series about white blood cells launched in October 2020 ― The August issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed on Friday that Tetsuji Kanie's Cells at Work! White Brigade (Hataraku Saibō WHITE) manga will end in the magazine's September issue on July 26. Kanie launched the spinoff of Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! manga in Monthly Shonen Sirius in October 2020. Kodansha publ...
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Voice Actress, Singer Yurina Uchiyama Goes on Hiatus Due to Poor Health

8-member voice actress unit Dialogue+ will continue activities ― Talent agency Stardust announced on Saturday that voice actress and singer Yurina Uchiyama is going on hiatus due to her continued poor health. The agency and Uchiyama made this decision after discussing the matter and deciding that Uchiyama will take the time to rest and recover. The official website for the eight-member voice actress ...
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Mega Drive Mini 2 Console Reveals 11 More Games

Out Run, Starblade, After Burner II join lineup for console releasing on October 27 ― Sega revealed 11 more games on Friday that will be included in its new Mega Drive Mini 2 console that will release in Japan on October 27. The new games include: Out Run After Burner II Night Striker The Ninja Warriors Starblade Splatterhouse Part 2 (Splatterhouse 2) Fushigi no Umi no Nadia (Nadia: The Secret of Blu...

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Shadowverse Flame #13 [rate]
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Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai #83 [rate]
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Live-Action Whisper of the Heart Sequel Film Casts Shizuku's Classmates

Yuki Yamada, Rio Uchida, Towa Araki, Sara Sumitomo play Sugimura, Yūko as grownups, school kids ― The official website for the live-action sequel film based on Aoi Hiiragi's Whisper of the Heart (Mimi o Sumaseba) manga announced four more cast members on Saturday. Yuki Yamada (Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, live-action Tokyo Revengers, Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter) plays Tatsuya Sugimura, Shizuku's c...
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Rock Bands One OK Rock, Scandal Hold Concert Tours in North America

One OK Rock in September-October; Scandal in July ― Rock bands One OK Rock and Scandal are going on tour in North America. Their concert schedules are as follows: One OK Rock September 19 - Emo's - Austin, TX September 20 - House of Blues - Houston, TX September 21 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX September 23 - House of Blues - Orlando, FL September 24 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA September 25 - The Unde...

Publisher Seven Seas Voluntarily Recognizes UW7S Workers Union

UW7S union seeks to negotiate better working conditions for Seven Seas employees/freelancers ― The United Workers of Seven Seas (UW7S), a union for employees of manga and light novel publisher Seven Seas Entertainment, announced on Friday on Twitter that Seven Seas has agreed to voluntarily recognize UW7S as a union based on a majority card check. This eliminates the need for a National Labor Relatio...
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Lupin III Partners With MetaSamurai 3D NFT Project For Virtual Sneakers

The Lupin III series is partnering with the "MetaSamurai" 3D avatar project in order to issue virtual sneaker 3D models as NFTs. The designs are based on the Lupin the IIIrd anime films directed by Takeshi Koike. MetaSamurai will issue 120 3DCG collectible sneakers in total on OpenSea. There will be three different designs—Lupin, Jigen, and Goemon—each with 40 items. The films are also inspiring 2...
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Shogakukan, Bandai, Bandai Spirits Launch Reality Show for Manga Creators

Toon Gate premieres on YouTube on June 28 ― Shogakukan, Bandai, and Bandai Spirits are launching a reality show for manga creators titled Toon Gate on YouTube on June 28 at 8:00 p.m. JST. The prorgram features ten groups of challengers who compete to create a full-color vertical scrolling manga. The staff of Toon Gate received over 500 applications and chose 10 groups of people of various ages. Recru...
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Skeleton Knight in Another World ‒ SEASON FINALE

Here in the final episode of Skeleton Knight in Another World we get exactly what we've come to expect—i.e., Arc laughing with joy as he shows off just how overpowered he truly is.
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Film Japanese Dub Casts hololive's Inugami Korone

Film will open in Japan on August 19 ― The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise's Sonic Station Live! livestream announced that Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog 2 sequel film will cast the hololive Virtual YouTuber Inugami Korone in the Japanese dub for an unspecified role. The film opened in the United States on April 8, and it will open in Japan on August 19. In addition, the franchise's Japanese Twi...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Series Gets New Anime

3rd season's final hour-long episode aired on Friday ― The official website and Twitter account for Kaguya-sama: Love is War television anime announced on Friday a new anime for the series. The staff did not specify the format of the anime, but it will reveal more details on the website and Twitter at a later date. The final hour-long episode of Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai -Ultra Romantic-, the series...

Date A Live IV's Final Episode Announces Date A Live V Anime

Original illustrator Tsunako drew announcement picture ― The 12th and final episode of the Date A Live IV anime announced on Friday that the series will get a fifth anime titled Date A Live V. Original illustrator Tsunako drew a picture for the announcement: The anime premiered on the AT-X channel on April 8. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired, and it is also streaming an English dub. The an...
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New Mononoke Anime Film Producer Addresses Why Original Character Designer Did Not Return

Yamamoto explained that Takashi Hashimoto stepped down the project last July due to physical, mental health issues ― Last week, the Mononoke anime franchise announced that it is getting a new film in 2023. Kenji Nakamura will return to direct the film, with production at Twin Engine. Takahiro Sakurai will return to voice the Medicine Seller. Missing from the announcement, however, was Takashi Hashimo...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Ultra Romantic #12 [rate]
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Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town Game's PS4 Version Launches on July 26 in N. America

Europe on July 29, Japan on July 28 ― XSEED Games announced on Friday that it will release the Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town (Bokujō Monogatari Olive Town to Kibō no Daichi) game for PlayStation 4 physically and digitally in the North America on July 26. Marvelous Europe will release the game in Europe on July 29. XSEED Games streamed a release date trailer: The PS4 version will launch in ...
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Dropkick on My Devil!! Dash

Maybe it's the Stockholm-esque relationship I cultivated in consuming so much Dropkick in only a couple of weeks, but this opening stretch of the new season was the most fun I had with the series. ― So here we are with the second season of Dropkick on My Devil and immediately it feels like I'm in an even trickier critical position than I was with the first season. At least I could approach the origin...
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Lycoris Recoil Anime's Short Video Reveals, Previews ClariS' Opening Theme

Anime debuts on July 2 ― The official website for director Shingo Adachi's original television anime Lycoris Recoil posted on Friday a video that reveals and previews ClariS' opening theme song "ALIVE." The anime will premiere on the Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and BS11 channels (as well as on the Abema streaming service in Japan) on July 2 at 11:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. EDT). It will also run on the ...
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Extreme Hearts Anime Casts Chinami Hashimoto, Reveals Character Video

Hashimoto plays Nono in anime premiering on July 9 ― The official website for Extreme Hearts, the new project from writer Masaki Tsuzuki, revealed on Friday a new cast member and a character video that highlights Hiyori Hayama, Saki Kodaka, and Sumika Maehara. Chinami Hashimoto will play QON-N4CX Nono, or Nono for short. The show will premiere on July 9 at 25:30 (effectively July 10 at 1:30 a.m.). Th...
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This Week in Games - Final Fantasy XVI's Goodest Boy

New Xenoblade Chronicles and Final Fantasy news dominate this week's column with a special shoutout to Torgal! ― Hey everybody! After last week's influx of big, BIG news, things are (thankfully) a bit quieter this week. I did a review of Sonic Origins over at GameSpot, where I was extremely nitpicky Nintendo launched a new Direct broadcast, but not the big, multi-game showcase we were all hoping for,...
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Love After World Domination #12 [rate]
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Date A Live IV #12 [rate]
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RWBY: Ice Queendom Anime Streams 2nd Promo Video

Anime's 1st 3 episodes are streaming online ― Emotion's YouTube channel began streaming the second promotional video and a commercial for RWBY: Ice Queendom (RWBY: Hyōsetsu Teikoku), the new television anime for Rooster Teeth's RWBY franchise, on Friday. Both videos preview the opening theme song "Beyond Selves" by Void_Chords feat. L. The anime's staff is streaming the show's first three episodes on...
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Cygames, P.A. Works Reveal Akiba Maid War Original TV Anime

Reina Kondo, Rina Satou star in anime set in Akihabara ― Cygames and P.A. Works revealed on Friday that they are producing a new original television anime series titled Akiba Meido Sensō (Akiba Underworld War). The companies also revealed a visual, video, staff, and cast for the show. The anime's English title is Akiba Maid War. The anime will star Reina Kondo as Nagomi Kazuhira, a woman who moves to...
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Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Film's 1st 5 Minutes Streamed

Film opened on June 19 Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the second anime film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise, has sold over 1 million tickets after 12 days at the box office. To celebrate, the official Toei channel on YouTube will stream the film's first five minutes tonight at 6:00 p.m. JST (5:00 a.m. EDT). The stream will be available only until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. (10:59 a.m. EDT), although n...
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Tsurune Anime Film's Trailer Previews Luck Life's Theme Song

Film will open in Japan on August 19 ― Kyoto Animation began streaming a new trailer for Gekijōban Tsurune: Hajimari no Issha (Tsurune The Movie: The Beginning Arrow), the upcoming film for its Tsurune (Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu) anime franchise, on Friday. The trailer features the film's theme song by Luck Life titled "Hand." The film will open in Japan on August 19. Takuya Yamamura is returnin...

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer Anime's Video Reveals Theme Songs

Half time Old performs opening song "Gyōkō," SpendyMily performs ending song "Reflexion" ― The official website for the television anime of Satoshi Mizukami's Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer (Hoshi no Samidare) manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals and previews the anime's opening's theme song "Gyōkō" (Dawn Light) by Half time Old, and also reveals the en...

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Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Film Sells 1 Million Tickets After 12 Days (Updated)

Film opened on June 19 Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the second anime film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise, has sold over 1 million tickets after 12 days at the box office. To celebrate, the official Toei channel on YouTube will stream the film's first five minutes tonight at 6:00 p.m. JST (5:00 a.m. EDT). The stream will be available only until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. (10:59 a.m. EDT), although n...
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Shin Ultraman Film Sells 2.62 Million Tickets for 3.9 Billion Yen After 42 Days

Film's 1st 10 minutes debuts on YouTube later tonight for limited time ― Studio Khara's new Shin Ultraman (New Ultraman) film has sold 2.62 million tickets for 3.9 billion yen (about US$28.92 million) after 42 days in the theaters, as of Thursday. To celebrate, Toho will stream the film's first 10 minutes and 33 seconds on YouTube tonight at 8:00 p.m. JST. The stream will be available for only two da...
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Onipan! #11 [rate]
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Kounodori: Dr. Stork Manga's COVID-19 Arc Ends in 3 Chapters

Manga arc's compiled book volume ships on August 23 ― This year's 30th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Thursday that the ongoing COVID-19 arc of Yū Suzunoki's Kounodori: Dr. Stork (Kōnodori) manga will end in three chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end on July 14. In addition, Kodansha is listing the arc's one compiled book volume with a release date of August 23. The ...
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Uta no Prince-sama All-Star After Secret Game Launches on Switch in Japan on December 22

Earlier Uta no Prince-sama All-Star game released on Switch in December 2021 ― Broccoli announced on Thursday that the Switch version of its Uta no Prince-sama All-Star After Secret game will launch in Japan on December 22. The Switch version of the earlier Uta no Prince-sama All-Star debuted in Japan in December 2021. Broccoli released Uta no Prince-sama All-Star for the PlayStation Portable in 2013...
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Soul Hackers 2 Game's Trailer Reveals English Dub Cast

Game launches in West on August 26 ― Atlus unveiled a trailer for its Soul Hackers 2 game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Windows, and Steam on Tuesday. The trailer reveals the game's English dub cast. The game's English dub cast, under English voice director Christian La Monte, includes: Megan Harvey as Ringo Erica Mendez as Figue Zach Aguilar as Arrow Erica Lindbeck as ...
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Voting Opens for Next Manga Awards 2022

Witch Watch, High School Family: Kokosei Kazoku, Dai Dark, I'm in Love with the Villainess, more nominated ― Voting opened for the eighth "Next Manga Awards" (Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Taishō) on Friday, with 50 titles nominated in both the print and web manga categories. Readers can vote for their favorite choice until July 11. The nominees are listed below, with many currently available in English in th...
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Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival Switch Game's Trailer Reveals September 23 Launch

Game launches in Japan on September 22 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Thursday that it will release the Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival game, a new game in the Taiko no Tatsujin franchise, for Nintendo Switch on September 23 worldwide (September 22 in Japan). The company streamed a trailer: The game will include 76 songs, local multiplayer, and online multiplayer. The digital de...
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Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Game's Steam Version Launches on July 20

aNCHOR inc. announced on Wednesday that it will release the Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse game in the West for PC via Steam on July 20. The game was originally scheduled to launch last winter. The game will be a stand-alone title, and it will not include the prequel "The Burning of the Imperial Capital." This prequel was included in the game's original PC version. Muv-Luv Alternative: Total E...
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Kawaii Tanuki mo Raku ja nai Manga Gets YouTube Anime on July 23

Hiroki Yasumoto, Jun Fukushima star in anime about tanuki who slashes humans ― This year's August issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine announced on Friday that Kei Kawaguchi's Kawaii Tanuki mo Raku ja nai (The Cute Tanuki is Not at Ease Either) manga will get an anime on YouTube on July 23. Hiroki Yasumoto will play the main character Ponkichi. Jun Fukushima will play Hayato Saionji. The manga launche...
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Special Class Lets Kids Remote-Control Life-Size Gundam Statue's Hand

Gundam Factory Yokohama holds robotics class while facility undergoes maintenance ― Gundam Factory Yokohama, the facility which houses a life-size, moving RX-78-2 Gundam statue, has been holding educational seminars aimed at elementary and middle schools students since November. On Tuesday, the facility held a "special" class for elementary school students focusing specifically on the mechanisms that...
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Birdie Wing -Golf Girls' Story- ‒ Episode 12

This episode ends with Eve declaring her intent to kill someone. In golf. If that moment doesn't perfectly encapsulate the appeal of Birdie Wing, then I don't know what does.
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Yostar Pictures Animates Virtual YouTuber Unit ROF-MAO's Music Video

Video features song "Shitteiru Tegami" ― Virtual YouTuber group NIJISANJI's unit ROF-MAO released a short animated music video for their song "Shitteiru Tegami" on their official YouTube channel on Thursday. Yostar Pictures (Sorairo Utility) animated the video. The video is ROF-MAO's thanks to the fans for supporting their album "Crack Up!!!!," which features the song "Shitteiru Tegami." The video de...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses 'When Will Ayumu Make His Move?' Anime

HIDIVE to stream series ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed the television anime of Sōichirō Yamamoto's When Will Ayumu Make His Move? (Sore Demo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru) manga. HIDIVE will exclusively stream the anime for the summer 2022 anime season. Sentai Filmworks will release the series on home video at a later date. The anime will premiere on TBS on July 7 and on BS-TBS o...
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Orient Episodes 1-12 Streaming

Based on the manga by Shinobu Ohtaka, Orient's first twelve episodes are both comfortably within shonen norms and just different enough to give it an edge. ― Based on the manga of the same name by Shinobu Ohtaka, creator of the Arabian Nights-inspired series Magi and the battle comedy Sumomomo, Momomo, Orient's first twelve episodes are both comfortably within shounen norms and just different enough ...
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Crunchyroll Screens One Piece Film Red in N. America, Australia, New Zealand This Fall

Film will also have Anime Expo panel on July 2 revealing more details about film ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will theatrically screen the upcoming One Piece Film Red anime film in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand this fall. The screenings will be available in both Japanese audio with English subtitles, and an English dub. Toei Animation will reveal more details ab...
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Science SARU's Yurei Deco TV Anime Reveals Ending Theme Song, Previews Opening Theme Song

Main voice actors Mira Kawakatsu, Anna Nagase perform ending theme ― The official website for Science SARU's upcoming television anime Yurei Deco (also written as You0 DECO — the number zero is pronounced "rei" in Japanese) revealed on Thursday that Hack'nBerry, a unit composed of the main voice actors Mira Kawakatsu (Berry) and Anna Nagase (Hack), will perform the ending theme song "Aimuin Love." St...
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1st New Mr. Osomatsu Anime Film to Add Different Bonus Video Each Week

4 videos with different sets of brothers will alternate in 1st 4 weeks ― The staff for the Mr. Osomatsu anime franchise announced on Thursday that Osomatsu-san ~Hipipo-Zoku to Kagayaku Kajitsu~ (Mr. Osomatsu: The Hipipo Tribe and the Glistening Fruit), the first of two new anime films, will include special bonus videos in its screenings. During each of the film's first four weeks in theaters, a diffe...

Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Anime Season 2's 1st Promo Video Announces Fall Debut, More Staff, Opening Song Artists

Kano and Uzaki-chan (Naomi Ōzora) return for new opening song ― The staff for the television anime of Take's Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! (Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!) manga posted the first full promotional video and key visual for the anime's second season on Thursday. The staff also announced the new season's fall 2022 premiere, more staff members, and opening theme song's artists. One of the first s...
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Nozomi Mino's Yakuza Lover Manga Gets Live-Action Series

Manga also gets epilogue chapter in August ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Cheese! magazine announced on Thursday that Nozomi Mino's Yakuza Lover (Koi to Dangan) manga is inspiring a live-action series that will air within MBS' "Drama Tokku" late Thursday night (effectively, early Friday morning) drama block. The manga will also have an epilogue chapter in the magazine's October issue in August. T...
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XSEED Games Releases Rune Factory 5 Game on PC on July 13

Game launched for the Switch in the West earlier this year in March. ― XSEED Games began streaming a new trailer for Marvelous' Rune Factory 5 game on Wednesday. The video reveals that XSEED Games will release the game for PC via Steam on July 13. The game launched on Nintendo Switch in North America on March 22 and in Europe on March 25. The game was previously slated for a release last year before ...
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