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Brothers Conflict BD+DVD

"On the whole, Brothers Conflict isn't a perfect reverse harem, but it is far better than you might expect." ― It is perhaps unsurprising that Brothers Conflict is based on a light novel which was also adapted into an otome game, given that it hits all of the reverse harem checkpoints in spades. (Not that all otome games are reverse harems, but it seems that most of the ones that get animated are.) E...
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Re:ZERO OVA

The Re:ZERO OVA has all the issues present in a flashback episode. It's fun to see a glimpse of the characters in different circumstances, but it lacks the appeal of the main course. ― After watching this OVA, it became very clear why the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- series received two OVAs. Memory Snow and Hyōketsu no Kizuna complement each other and provide an effective bridge to the u...
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KONOSUBA movie - Legend of Crimson

"On the whole, the movie does its job quite well at providing more fun for fans of the TV series and/or novels to revel in, while also pushing just a little on advancing the Kazuma/Megumin relationship." ― After a run in Japanese theaters late in the summer, the third animated installment in the Konosuba franchise is now making its way into American theaters as a special event screening. Although thi...
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An Inside Look at the Granblue Fantasy Hotel Rooms

Starting with Fate/Grand Order in April, Sunshine City Prince Hotel (3-1-5 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo) has been hosting various subculture-themed hotel rooms on its 25th floor, called the “Concept Floor IKEPRI25.” The third tie-up is with the smartphone game and multimedia franchise Granblue Fantasy. The floor contains hotel rooms with themes inspired by the properties, plus several comm...
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Island of Giant Insects Anime Film Gets Live-Action Promotional Video

OVA also gets TV airing on December 1 ― The official website for the theatrical film edition of the anime of Yasutaka Fujimi, RED ICE, and Shu Hirose's The Island of Giant Insects (Kyochū Rettō) manga began streaming a live-action promotional video on Friday. Noboru Iguchi (Tomie: Unlimited, Cat Eyed Boy) directed the video. The video will screen at the "Atami Kaijū Eiga Matsuri" event in Atami, Shiz...
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Banana Fish Causes Spike in Sales at New York Public Library's Gift Shop

Workers at the New York Public Library's gift shop have been noticing a spike in sales ever since the television anime of Akimi Yoshida's Banana Fish manga premiered in July last year. The Rose Main Reading Room is featured in one of the anime's key scenes. Not only has the library seen an influx of Japanese tourists, the gift shop has been selling more US$30 miniature replicas of Rose Room chairs...
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Bakutsuri Bar Hunter Video Game Gets Animated Promotional Video

Bakutsuri Hunters game launches with fishing rod peripheral on December 7 ― Bandai began streaming an animated promotional video for the Bakutsuri Hunters Nintendo Switch game on Friday. The video centers on the Bakutsuri prodigy Black (voiced by Nobuhiko Okamoto) and his companion Nagi (voiced by Satsumi Matsuda, a Giga Fish cook. Takuya Kirimoto narrates the video. Kenji Seto returned from the Baku...
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NICO Touches the Walls Band Breaks Up After 15 Years

Group performed themes for Haikyu!!, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Naruto Shippūden ― The official website for the band Nico Touches the Walls announced on Friday that the group is breaking up. A joint statement from the band's members said, "These 15 years and the works we've made are an irreplaceable treasure for us." The members described a "feeling of wanting to go see new scenery" as individ...
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Smile Down the Runway Anime's Video Reveals New Character, Cast

Ryohei Kimura joins cast as Toh Ayano ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kotoba Inoya's Smile Down the Runway (Runway de Waratte) manga revealed a new promotional video, character, and cast member on Friday. The video introduces the new character Toh Ayano, voiced by Ryohei Kimura. The anime will get an advanced screening at United Cinemas Toyosu in Japan on December 14 at ...
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Laid-Back Camp Anime's Heya Kyan Anime Shorts Reveal Theme Song Artist, January 6 Premiere

Asaka performs theme song ― The official website for the anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga announced on Friday that the "Heya Kyan△" (Room Camp) short anime will premiere on January 6. The series will premiere on AT-X on January 6 at 8:55 p.m. before airing later that evening on Tokyo MX and BS11. The website also revealed that Asaka is performing the show's theme song "The...
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Infinite Dendrogram Anime Premieres on January 9

― The official website for the television anime of Sakon Kaidō's Infinite Dendrogram light novel series revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on January 9. The anime will premiere on AT-X on January 9 at 11:00 p.m. before airing later that evening on Tokyo MX, BS11, and Sun TV. The anime will stream on d Anime Store. A talk show event in Tokyo will screen the first two episodes on December...
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Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Anime's 2nd Season Reveals New Cast, Visual, January 5 Premiere

Yoshino Nanjō, Kenji Akabane, more join cast for anime shorts ― The official website for the second season of the television anime of Masaki Ando's Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki (Yatogame-chan Observation Diary) four-panel manga revealed the new season's returning and new cast and January 5 premiere on Friday. The anime will premiere on TV Aichi on January 5 at 9:54 p.m. before airing the next day on ...
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Fathom Events Streams English-subtitled Trailer for Weathering With You Anime Film

Company screens film in "special fan preview" in U.S. on January 15, 16 before wider release on January 17 ― Fathom Events began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Friday for Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You film. The company will screen the film in theaters in the United States on January 15 and 16. The screenings will be a "Special Fan Preview" with exclusive bonus content before GKIDS o...
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Queen's Blade Unlimited OVA's 2nd Episode Previewed in 2nd Video

2nd release in series slated for February 28 ― Hobby Japan began streaming a second promotional video on Friday for the second episode in the Queen's Blade Unlimited video anime series. The second episode will ship on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on February 28, 2020. The episode, titled "Joōheika Gozenjiai" (Queen Contest), will be 27 minutes long. The second episode stars: Kaori Mizuhashi as Elina Kanae It...
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Yugo's Shuu Akana Launches New Manga About Hijikata Toshizō in December

New manga centers on famous Shinsengumi vice commander in last year of his life ― This year's 23rd issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine announced on Tuesday that Shuu Akana will draw a new manga tentatively titled Hijikata. The manga will launch in the magazine's first 2020 issue on December 10. Akana posted several images on his blog to preview the manga on Sunday. The magazine teases the story as c...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, November 4-10

NHK aired Kyoto Animation's Baja no Studio, Tsurune during weekend of studio's public memorial service ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV November 10 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 11.3 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV November 10 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 8.8 Baja no Studio NHK November 4 (Mon) 8:15 22 min. 8.7 Tsurune NHK November 4 (Mon) 8:37 24 min. 5.9 Detective Conan NTV Novem...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, November 4-10

Death Stranding debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: November 4-10 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Death Stranding SIE November 8 185,909 185,909 2NSwLuigi's Mansion 3 Nintendo October 31 54,680 205,329 3NSwRing Fit Adventure Nintendo October 18 52,240 235,925 4PS4Persona 5 Royal Atlus October 31 20,113 221,561 5PS4Need for Speed: Heat EA Games November 8 16,3...
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Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds Smartphone MMORPG Slated for 2nd Half of 2020

Game will feature real-time hack-and-slash gameplay, PVE, PVP, 5 character classes ― The official website for Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds, Netmarble's smartphone game based on Level 5's Ni no Kuni game series, revealed on Thursday that the game is slated to launch in Japan in the second half of 2020. The story's main character is a beta tester for "Project N," a virtual reality game developed by "Ichi n...
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Jump Force Game's Video Previews Toshiro Hitsugaya, Madara Uchiha

DLC characters join game's lineup on November 19 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a DLC character trailer on Thursday for its Jump Force crossover fighting game. The video previews Bleach's Toshiro Hitsugaya and Naruto's Madara Uchiha, who will both launch in the game on November 19. The video also shows the new Whole Cake Island stage from One Piece. Character Pass owners will ha...
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Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate Game's 2nd Promo Video Previews Characters, Gameplay

Game launches for PS4, Switch in Japan on December 19; also for Switch, Xbox One, PC in the West on February 14 ― KOEI Tecmo Games began streaming the second promotional video on Wednesday for it and Omega Force's Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate (Musou Orochi 3 Ultimate) game. The video highlights new characters, including Gaia, Hades, and Yang Jian. The video also previews the game's modes and elements, ...
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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim PS4 Game's Latest Trailer Highlights Characters' Everyday Lives

Vanillaware game launches on PS4 in Japan on November 28 ― Atlus began streaming a new promotional video for Vanillaware's 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim PlayStation 4 game on Thursday. The video highlights the everyday lives of the 13 main characters. Atlus will release the game on November 28. People who pre-order the game will receive a code to download an art book. The Premium Box limited edition of the...
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Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, Yakuza Kiwami 2 Games Get Xbox One Versions in Early 2020

Trailer streamed for games launching with Xbox Game Pass ― Sega announced on Thursday that it will launch its Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and Yakuza Kiwami 2 games on Xbox One in early 2020. The games will be available with Xbox Game Pass. Sega began streaming an announcement trailer: Sega released Yakuza Kiwami 2, a full remake of Yakuza 2, in Japan for PlayStation 4 in December 2017, and in English la...
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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX, HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Games Head to Xbox One in 2020

Also: 9 Final Fantasy games debut on Xbox Game Pass beginning in 2020 ― Square Enix announced during Microsoft's X019 event on Thursday that it will release the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue games on the Xbox One in 2020. The company will also release the Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remas...
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Mighty No. 9 Game's Digital Release Removed from Japanese PlayStation Store

― Inti Creates' Mighty No. 9 game is no longer available for purchase from the Japanese PlayStation Store for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 as of Friday. The game is still available on the US PlayStation Store for both consoles. The game launched for PC (Windows, Mac, Linux), PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, and Xbox 360 in June 2016. Portable versions for PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS were...
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Kakushigoto TV Anime Confirmed

The wraparound jacket band on Kōji Kumeta's Kakushigoto 10th manga volume confirmed on Friday that the manga is inspiring a television anime. The Comic Buster bookstore in Hodogaya, Yokohama posted a picture of the 10th volume on Twitter on Thursday, revealing the anime adaptation. The January 2020 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine will reveal more information about the adaptation on Dec...
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New Kaiketsu Zorori Anime Reveals Title, Studios, Original Character, April Debut

Bandai Namco Pictures, Ajia-do make 1st TV anime based on children's book series in 13 years ― The staff for the new television anime based on Yutaka Hara's Kaiketsu Zorori children's book series revealed on Friday the anime's title, animation studios, visual, and April premiere on NHK Educational. The anime's title is Motto! Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori (More! Seriously Unserious Incredible Zo...
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New Yo-kai Watch TV Anime Reveals Title, Cast, Studio, Theme Song Artists

Jun Fukuyama joins 6th film's cast in continuation of film's academy setting story ― The staff for the new Yo-kai Watch anime series revealed the anime's title as Yo-kai Gakuen Y ~N to no Sōgū~ (Yo-Kai Academy Y: An Encounter With N). The announcement also revealed the cast, OLM as the animation production studio, and a new visual. The cast members who are returning from the sixth film include: Mutsu...

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Actor Yukihiro Takiguchi Passes Away at 34

Takiguchi voiced roles in The World Yamizukan, acted in stage adaptations, Kamen Rider Drive ― The official blog of actor Yukihiro Takiguchi announced on Thursday that Takiguchi passed away due to heart failure early on the morning of Wednesday, November 13. He was 34. Takiguchi's family will hold a private wake and funeral service. Takiguchi voiced roles in the 2017 The World Yamizukan anime, and ha...
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Ultraman's Tsuburaya Productions, Toei Animation Launch Monsters & Girls Anime KAIJU DECODE

Expelled from Paradise's Kouichi Noguchi, SSSS.Gridman's Masahiro Onda produce project for global audience Ultraman and Ultra Q production Studio Tsuburaya Productions and Toei Animation announced a collaborative CG anime project titled KAIJU DECODE on Friday. The project's theme is "a story about kaiju and girls," and the studios are aiming the project at a worldwide audience. The opening ceremoni...

One Piece Editor Updates on Plans to End Manga in 5 Years

Editor Takuma Naitō: "If Oda says it will be five years, then it will surely end in five years" ― In an interview that Oricon News published on Thursday, One Piece manga editor Takuma Naitō reaffirmed the manga creator Eiichiro Oda's September statement about wanting "to end [the One Piece story] in five years." Natiō acknowledged that just going by what Oda told him about the manga's upcoming develo...
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Hi Score Girl II Anime's 3rd Promo Video Highlights Etsuko Yakushimaru's Ending Song

Yakushimaru sings "Unknown World Map" for 9-episode season which premiered on October 25 ― Warner Bros. Anime's YouTube channel began streaming the third promotional video for Hi Score Girl II, the second anime season based on Rensuke Oshikiri's Hi Score Girl manga, on Thursday. The video features the ending theme song "Unknown World Map" by Etsuko Yakushimaru. The nine-episode second season premiere...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 132

"Boruto and Sasuke continue their eye-opening journey through the past in a reflective Boruto: Naruto Next Generations."
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Blade of the Immortal ‒ Episode 7

"Feels like a hodgepodge of story threads and side-character material that didn't fit anywhere else."
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Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious ‒ Episode 6

"Similar to the incredulity other characters regard its titular hero with, I'm not really sure what Cautious Hero is doing anymore."
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Ascendance of a Bookworm ‒ Episode 7

"I'm not sure if this series has it in itself to ever turn truly dark and serious, but it has started to show signs of having some weightier elements."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 909

"When it rains, it pours, and as we move on to the next phase of the Wano arc we become bombarded with information that steadily paints a clearer picture."
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A Destructive God Sits Next to Me Anime Reveals January 11 Premiere, Theme Song Artists

AŌP, all at once perform theme songs ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Arata Aki's A Destructive God Sits Next to Me (Boku no Tonari ni Ankoku Hakaishin ga Imasu.) manga revealed the January 11 premiere and theme song information on Friday. The anime will premiere on AT-X on January 11 at 9:00 p.m., before debuting on Tokyo MX on January 12 at 10:00 p.m. and on BS Fuji on ...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 67

"If season four's actual plot doesn't start rolling sometime soon, I'm going to riot."
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Brothers Conflict BD+DVD

"On the whole, Brothers Conflict isn't a perfect reverse harem, but it is far better than you might expect." ― It is perhaps unsurprising that Brothers Conflict is based on a light novel which was also adapted into an otome game, given that it hits all of the reverse harem checkpoints in spades. (Not that all otome games are reverse harems, but it seems that most of the ones that get animated are.) E...
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Boarding School Juliet Manga Gets Epilogue Set 7 Years Later

"Volume 0" epilogue bundles with limited edition of manga's 16th volume ― Kodansha is listing a limited edition of the 16th and final compiled book volume of Yōsuke Kaneda's school romantic comedy manga series Boarding School Juliet (Kishuku Gakkō no Juliet) with a "volume 0" epilogue story that shows the characters of the story seven years after their graduation. The volume will ship on Friday. The ...
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Zashikiwarashi no Tatami-chan Mini Anime Casts Shiori Izawa, Satomi Arai, Tomokazu Sugita

Zero-G to animate story of sardonic ghost directed, scripted Hi Score Girl's Rensuke Oshikiri ― The Makuake crowdfunding page for manga creator Rensuke Oshikiri's mini anime project Zashiki-Warashi no Tatami-chan (Tatami-chan the Guest Room Spirit) revealed the main cast members on Thursday. The cast includes: Shiori Izawa as Tatami-chan Satomi Arai as Ōya Tomokazu Sugita as Kusuguri Bōzu Oshikiri vo...
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Beyblade Burst Gets New Anime, 'Series'

Ongoing Beyblade Burst Rise net anime premiered on April 5 ― The December issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Friday that the Beyblade Burst series of the Beyblade franchise will have a new anime and a new "series" (the magazine did not specify if the new series would be a manga or anime). The most recent anime in the franchise is Beyblade Burst Rise (Beyblade Burst GT; pictur...
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Yo-kai Watch Anime Gets New Series in 6th Movie's Academy Setting

New series premieres on December 27, continues story from December 13 film ― The December issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Friday that a new Yo-kai Watch! anime series will premiere on December 27. The film will be set in the same high school academy setting as Eiga Yōkai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Gakuen Y - Neko wa Hero ni Nareru ka (Yo-kai Watch Jam the Movie: Yo-Kai Academy Y - ...
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Zetsubou-Sensei Creator's Kakushigoto Manga Listed With Anime

SHAFT animated promo video for comedy series in 2016 ― The Comic Buster bookstore in Hodogaya, Yokohama posted a picture on Twitter on Thursday that shows the 10th compiled book volume of Kōji Kumeta's Kakushigoto manga and reveals that the series is getting a televsion anime adaptation in 2020. The January 2020 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine will reveal more information about the adapta...
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Senran Kagura New Link Releases Animated Teaser for Gantz Collab

In-game event is slated to run from November 15 to 29 ― The Shinobi Master Senran Kagura New Link smartphone game released an animated teaser on Wednesday for its Gantz collaboration event, which is slated to run from November 15 to 29. The trailer shows Ikaruga, Hikage, Ryōki, Ryōna, and Ryōbi performing the radio calisthenics song inside the summoning room depicted in the Gantz anime and manga seri...
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Daemon x Machina Game Launches Free Collab DLC Set with Eureka Seven

First of three planned DLC collaborations launched on Thursday ― Marvelous Entertainment began streaming a trailer on Wednesday for the Daemon X Machina game's first DLC collaboration trailer, featuring the Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution film trilogy. The video previews protagonist Renton Thurson as an Outer Suit and his mech Nirvash as an Arsenal. Both Daemon X Machina and Eureka Seven share the same ...
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LiSA to Perform on Kōhaku for the First Time

Full lineup for 70th New Year's Eve music contest also revealed ― NHK revealed the lineup for the 70th Kōhaku Uta Gassen ("Red and White Song Contest"), Japan's most-watched music television program, on Thursday. The yearly New Year's Eve contest pits two teams of female singers (the red team) and male singers (the white team) against each other. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and Sword Art Online si...
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New Sakura Wars Game Reveals 5 New Characters

Mariko Kouda, Sho Hayami, Masaharu Satō, Ryotaro Okiayu cast in December 12 PS4 game ― The official website for Sega's Shin Sakura Taisen (Project Sakura Wars in English) game revealed five new characters for the game on Thursday, all designed by Tite Kubo. Four of the five characters have revealed voice actors. The new characters include: Mariko Kouda as Hinata Amamiya, Sakura's late mother who pass...
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Report: Japan's Arcades Dropped From 26,000 to 4,000 in 32 Years

The Abema Times website reported on Monday that there are only about 4,000 arcades in Japan as of 2018, down from the peak of 26,000 arcades in 1986. In the article, the managers of Tokyo arcades Game Spot Versus and Game Newton mentioned that console games and smartphone games have evolved to match the graphic capabilities of arcade machines, and that people can also play multiplayer over the Int...
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TAISHO x ALICE Otome Game Visual Novel Gets New Localization

New English, Chinese localization of "episode 1" on PC via Steam on November 28 ― Translator Molly Lee revealed on Wednesday that JAST USA is collaborating with Lee to relocalize Primula's TAISHO x ALICE visual novel, with "episode 1" available on PC via Steam on November 28. (The game's Steam page lists the game's Japanese publisher Production Pencil as the publisher.) The game will have both Englis...
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Live-Action Hell Girl Film's Video Compares Film Scenes With Their Anime Counterparts

Film opens in Japan on Friday ― The official website for the live-action film of the Hell Girl (Jigoku Shōjo) anime franchise began streaming a video for the film on Thursday. The video compares scenes in the film with similar scenes in the anime. The film will open in Japan on November 15. Kōji Shiraishi is directing the film. GIRLFRIEND is performing the film's theme song "Figure." The cast include...

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Monster Girl Doctor Light Novels Gets TV Anime

BOKUBEN's Yoshiaki Iwasaki directs 2020 series at Arvo Animation ― Bandai Namco Arts revealed on Thursday that Yoshino Origuchi's Monster Girl Doctor (Monster Musume no Oisha-san) light novel series is inspiring a television anime that will premiere in 2020. Yoshiaki Iwasaki (We Never Learn: BOKUBEN, The Familiar of Zero, Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair) is directing the anime at A...
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Wands Rock Band Returns With New Vocalist

5th period of band to perform live on Sunday ― A new official website for the rock band Wands opened and announced on Wednesday that the band will return with the new vocalist Daiji Uehara. This will be the fifth period for the band. Hiroshi Shibasaki (from the band's first and second periods) will be the guitarist, and Shinya Kimura (from the band's second and third periods) will play the keyboard. ...
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Purely Monster Member Miki Kariya Leaves Idol Group

Group has performed songs for A Centaur's Life, My Sister, My Writer anime ― The official website for the idol unit Purely Monster announced on Saturday that Miki Kariya is leaving the group. Staff members met with Kariya before reaching the decision. Kariya explained in a personal message in the announcement that her main reason for leaving the group is related to injuring muscles in her left thigh ...
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Hakusensha Launches Web Magazine Horror Silky

1st issue features new works by Kaoru Ohashi, Ryou Azuki, more ― Hakusensha launched the first issue of its new Horror Silky web magazine on Wednesday. The first issue of the horror-themed magazine published the following titles: Furan Kinki (Decomposition Taboo) by Kaoru Ohashi (Nightmares for Sale) Tokyo Toshi Densetsu (Tokyo Urban Legend) by Ryou Azuki (Toshi Densetsu - Yomigaeru Satsujinki) Akazu...
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Meow Meow Japanese History Anime Film Casts Daiki Yamashita, Kōichi Yamadera

Film opens in Japan in February 2020 ― The official website for Eiga Neko Neko Nihonshi ~Ryōma no Hachamecha Time Travel ze yo!~ (Meow Meow Japanese History the Movie: Ryōma's Topsy-Turvy Time Travel!), a feature film for the television anime of Kenji Sonishi's Meow Meow Japanese History (Neko Neko Nihonshi) manga, announced two cast members on Wednesday. The newly announced cast includes: Daiki Yama...
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Re:ZERO Announces Official Cosplayers for Emilia and Rem

Moe Iori cosplays Emilia, Enako cosplays Rem ― The Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- series announced its official cosplayers for the characters Emilia and Rem at a stage greeting on Saturday for the Re:ZERO Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu: Hyōketsu no Kizuna prequel OVA. Emilia's official cosplayer is Moe Iori (@moe_five), while Rem's official cosplayer is Enako (@enako_cos). According to Iori'...
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'Why the hell are you here, Teacher!?' Manga's 9th Volume Also Bundles DVD

DVD with "content not able to be broadcast on TV" ships on December 6 ― The official website for the anime of Soborou's Nande Koko ni Sensei ga!? (Why the hell are you here, Teacher!?) manga revealed that a limited-edition version of the manga's ninth compiled book volume will bundle a DVD. The DVD will include uncensored versions of episodes 9 to 12 of the anime and a 32-page full-color booklet. Ama...
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Anime Game Fes Nagoya Announced for February 2020

Event will focus on anime, e-sports, cosplay, Virtual YouTubers ― The "Anime Game Fes Nagoya 2020" event will be held on February 15 and 16 in the first exhibition hall of the Messe Nagoya in Nagoya city, Aichi prefecture. The event will focus on anime, e-sports, cosplay, and Virtual YouTubers. There will be stage events featuring professional voice actors and virtual YouTubers, as well as areas wher...
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Lovesick Ellie Manga Enters 'Climax' in 11th Volume in May

Fujimomo's launched manga in July 2015, with English digital release by Kodansha Comics ― The 10th compiled book volume of Fujimomo's Lovesick Ellie (Koi Wazurai no Ellie) manga revealed on Wednesday that the manga will enter its "climax" with the 11th volume, which will ship in May 2020. Kodansha Comics publishes the manga digitally in English, and it describes the story: Eriko Ichimura spends her h...
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Re:ZERO OVA

The Re:ZERO OVA has all the issues present in a flashback episode. It's fun to see a glimpse of the characters in different circumstances, but it lacks the appeal of the main course. ― After watching this OVA, it became very clear why the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- series received two OVAs. Memory Snow and Hyōketsu no Kizuna complement each other and provide an effective bridge to the u...
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Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight Manga Ends With 12th Volume

Rin Mikimoto's series that debuted in 2015 gets live-action film on December 6 ― The 11th compiled book volume of Rin Mikimoto's Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight (Gozen 0-ji, Kiss Shi ni Kite yo) manga revealed on Wednesday that the manga's 12th volume will be its last. The volume will ship in spring 2020. Mikimoto hinted in September that the manga was "nearing its final chapter." Kodansha Comics p...
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HIDIVE Reveals Ahiru no Sora Anime English Dub Cast

Dub debuted on Wednesday ― HIDIVE revealed the English dub cast for the television anime of Takeshi Hinata's Ahiru no Sora manga on Tuesday. The first threee episodes of the English dub debuted on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. EST. The dub cast, with director Kyle C. Jones, writers Joel McCray and Kyle C. Jones, and audio engineers David Lascoe and Ricardo Contreras, includes: Cameron Bautsch as Sora Andre...
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Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack Game Collection's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Collection of Atelier Ayesha, Atelier Escha & Logy, Atelier Shallie games launches in West on January 14 ― Gust began streaming the second promotional video on Wednesday for it and Koei Tecmo Games' Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack game collection for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The game collection will launch in the West on January 14, 2020. The game is slated to ship in Ja...
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Shiohigari's Illustrations Inspire Shiohi Girls Vongole Bianco Web Anime Shorts

Series stars Kana Hanazawa, Ai Kayano, Yuka Iguchi, Rina Hidaka, Misaki Kuno, Konomi Kohara ― The first episode of the Shiohi Girls Vongole Bianco (Shiohi Girls White Clams) series of anime shorts began streaming on Wednesday. In the episode, titled "Romantic Cunning" (Romantic Cheating), a female student (voiced by Kana Hanazawa) says, "Tell me the answer. How do you feel about me?" New episodes of ...
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As Miss Beelzebub Likes Manga Ends With 12th Volume Next Spring

matoba's manga launched in July 2015, inspired TV anime in October 2018 ― The 11th compiled book volume (seen right) of matoba's As Miss Beelzebub Likes (Beelzebub-jō no Okinimesu Mama.) manga revealed on Tuesday that the manga's 12th volume will be the final volume. It will ship in spring 2020. Yen Press is publishing the manga in North America, and it describes the story: Murin's lands his dream jo...
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Granblue Fantasy: Versus PS4 Fighting Game Ships in the West in Q1 2020

Various physical, digital editions also detailed ― XSEED Games and Marvelous Europe announced on Tuesday that they will release Cygames and Arc System Works' Granblue Fantasy: Versus PlayStation 4 fighting game in North America and Europe, respectively, in the first quarter of 2020. Both companies also unveiled the game's Physical Premium Edition (seen below), Digital Deluxe Edition, and Digital Char...
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Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure Orchestral Concert Heads to N. America

N. American tour premieres in Chicago on March 27 ― Toei Animation and Funimation announced on Tuesday that the "Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure" live orchestral concert series title will make its North American tour premiere in Chicago's Rosemont Theatre on March 27. AWR Music Productions ("Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY") is presenting the show, and Overlook Events ("Saint Seiya Symphonic...
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Sora Amamiya Sings Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita Anime's Opening Theme

Amamiya performs "PARADOX" song, also voices lead for January 2020 anime ― The staff for the television anime of Alifred Yamamoto's Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita (Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It) romantic comedy manga revealed on Wednesday that Sora Amamiya will perform the anime's opening theme song "PARADOX." Amamiya also voices lead character Ayano Himuro in the anime...

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2 New Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe Anime Episodes Previewed in Video

Episodes screen in 6 Japanese cities in December-March, with BD/DVD shipping on March 25 ― The official website for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime began streaming a promotional video for the two new episodes in the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai) original video anime (OVA) project on Wednesday. The site also revealed that the two new OVAs will be available on DVD and Blu-ray ...
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Sumikko Gurashi Film Debuts at #3, Re:Zero at #6

Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata fine drops to #10, Star ☆ Twinkle Precure drops off top 10 Eiga Sumikko Gurashi - Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko (Sumikko Gurashi The Movie - The Unexpected Picture Book and the Secret Child), the anime film of San-X's "Sumikko Gurashi" (Living in the Corner) characters, ranked #3 in its opening weekend. The film opened in Japan last Friday, November 8 in 114 theaters....
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World End Economica Anime Crowdfunding Campaign Unveils Video

Crowdfunding for adaptation of visual novel launches on Thursday ― Game developer Spicy Tails posted an announcement video for its crowdfunding campaign for an anime of its World End Economica visual novel on Wednesday. The video features the song "Loosers" by Kishida Kyōdan & The Akeboshi Rockets. The campaign will launch on Thursday. Visual novel publisher Sekai Project released the first visual no...
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Discotek to Release Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, God Mazinger Anime on January 28

Also: Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy anime film, Lupin III: Part II 4th collection ― Discotek Media announced on Tuesday that it will release Blu-ray Discs for the Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan anime and the Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy anime film on January 28. The company will also release standard definition Blu-ray Discs for the Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo and God Mazinger anime on the same day...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, November 10-16

Natsu no Arashi!, Radiant anime; Overlord: The Undead King Oh!, Yarichin Bitch Club manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Bungo Stray Dogs Seasons 1 & 2 BDPlease Funimation US$69.98 November 12 Gosick Complete Series Essentials BDCite Funimation US$34.98 November 12 Izetta: The Last Witch Essentials BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$29.98 November 12 Natsu no Arashi! ...
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Kowloon's Gate Game Gets Kowloon's Rhizome: A Day of the Fire Sequel

Real-time rendered video streamed for "back-alley open world” game set in 2025 ― A recently opened Twitter account for a new Kowloon's Gate project announced on Sunday that Zeque's Kowloon's Gate PlayStation game will get a sequel titled Kowloon's Rhizome: A Day of the Fire. The "back-alley open world” game will be set in 2025. The account began streaming a short real-time rendered video on Monday. T...
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CoMix Wave, CloverWorks, WIT Studio, MAPPA, Grizzly Showcase Their Works at Tokyo Anime Center

Anime studios CoMix Wave, CloverWorks, WIT Studio, MAPPA, and Grizzly are exhibiting their works at the Tokyo Anime Center from November 2 to December 8 for an "Anime Studio Meeting." The exhibit is intended to teach visitors about the anime industry and provide information for potential recruits to the business. The first Anime Studio Meeting took place in January and February. The anime titles b...
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Yoko Kanno Composes Song for Reiwa Emperor's Enthronement Celebration

13-minute song 'Ray of Water' features vocals by Arashi ― Composer Yoko Kanno (Macross Plus, Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) composed a 13-minute song "Ray of Water" which she conducted at the Reiwa Emperor's enthronement celebration on Saturday. The song is divided into three parts: "Kaishin" (Sea god), "Niji no Kodomo" (Children of the rainbow), and "Journey to Harmony." Popu...
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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Gets 1st 'Next-Generation VR Attraction' at Universal Studios Japan

New attractions based on Detective Conan, Attack on Titan, Lupin III also debut in January ― Universal Studios Japan released details on its Japanese website about its "Cool Japan" attractions for 2020. The park is planning rides and themed restaurants dedicated to Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, Detective Conan, Lupin the 3rd, and Attack on Titan. The annual event will run from January 21 to June 28...
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KONOSUBA movie - Legend of Crimson

"On the whole, the movie does its job quite well at providing more fun for fans of the TV series and/or novels to revel in, while also pushing just a little on advancing the Kazuma/Megumin relationship." ― After a run in Japanese theaters late in the summer, the third animated installment in the Konosuba franchise is now making its way into American theaters as a special event screening. Although thi...
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Arashi Idol Group Member Kazunari Ninomiya Announces Marriage

Arashi male idol group member Kazunari Ninomiya revealed in a message to the group's fan club members that he has married. Ninomiya identified his spouse only as someone he has had a relationship with for some time. Ninomiya thanked his fans for their support and said he plans to continue his activities as before. The 36-year-old also noted that this year marks the 20th anniversary of Arashi, and ...
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Wolf Girl & Black Prince's Ayuko Hatta Launches New Manga on December 13

Ima, Koi o Shiteimasu centers on girl interested in scary but kind boy ― The December issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine revealed on Wednesday that Ayuko Hatta will launch a new manga titled Ima, Koi o Shiteimasu (I am Now in Love) on December 13. The series' first chapter will be 50 pages long and include color opening pages. The manga will center on the relationship between a scary and ...
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My Boy in Blue Manga Ends in 4 Chapters

Maki Miyoshi's P to JK manga inspired live-action film in 2017 ― The December issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on Wednesday that Maki Miyoshi's P to JK (My Boy in Blue) manga will end in four chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end in March 2020. The 14th compiled book volume of the manga hinted in June that the manga will approach its climax with the 15th volume. Th...
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Seirou Opera Manga Ends, Gets Side Story in December

Manga by Black Bird author launched in January 2015 ― The December issue of Shogakukan's Betsucomi magazine published the final chapter of Kanoko Sakurakoji's Seirou Opera (Edo Brothel Opera) manga on Wednesday. In addition, the manga will have a side story that will appear in a supplement titled "Seirou Opera Memorial Book" with the next issue of the magazine on December 13. The manga's 11th compile...
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Karuho Shiina Prepares 6th Spinoff Chapter for Kimi ni Todoke Manga

― The December issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine revealed on Wednesday that Karuho Shiina is preparing the sixth chapter of her Kimi ni Todoke Bangaihen ~Unmei no Hito~ (Kimi ni Todoke Spinoff: Soulmate) spinoff manga. The first 50-page spinoff chapter debuted in Bessatsu Margaret in April 2018, and the second chapter debuted in October 2018. The third chapter debuted on March 13. The f...
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Kana-Boon's Bassist Yūma Meshida Leaves Rock Band

Meshida had been on hiatus from band for treatment after June disappearance ― The official website for rock band KANA-BOON announced on Tuesday that bassist Yūma Meshida is leaving the band. The announcement included personal statements from all of the band members, and Meshida said he believes the decision is "the best choice" for him now. Meshida explained that he was diagnosed with mental illness,...

Sonic the Hedgehog Film Debuts New Trailer After Redesign

Now slated for March 27 in Japan ― Sega and Paramount Pictures posted the "new official trailer" for Paramount's Sonic the Hedgehog film on Tuesday. U.S. Trailer Japanese Trailer The Japanese versions of the film's trailer (which has slightly different footage from the American version) and poster also announced that the film will open in Japan on March 27 (under the title Sonic The Movie). The film ...
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ComicFesta Anime Asks Viewers to Guess the Title of Upcoming Work

New anime to release in January 2020 will be aimed at men ― The comic and anime streaming website ComicFesta Anime announced that it will be producing an anime to release in January 2020. The anime will be aimed at men and is an adaptation of one of the titles hosted on Screamo. ComicFesta Anime is inviting viewers to guess the title, and will give away 2,400 points (which can be redeemed to watch up...
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Shunsuke Noro's Species Domain Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

High school manga with fantasy creatures launched in October 2013 ― The December issue of Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Tuesday that Shunsuke Noro's Species Domain manga will end in two chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end in January. Seven Seas Entertainment publishes the manga in English, and it describes the manga: Kazamori the elf possesses a mysteri...
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Dorohedoro TV Anime Adds 6 More Cast Members

Mayu Udono, Songdo, Tetsu Inada, Shinichiro Miki, Hozumi Gōda, Anri Katsu join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Q Hayashida's Dorohedoro manga revealed more cast members for the anime on Tuesday. The site also announced an advance screening event for the anime on January 5 at the Sakura Hall in Tokyo. The new cast includes: Mayu Udono as Kikurage, a mysterious creature that can...

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Amazon Lists English Release of Keiichi Koike's Heaven's Door: Extra Works Book

Last Gasp Publishing ships short manga collection on April 1 ― Amazon UK is listing a release of Keiichi Koike's Heaven's Door: Extra Works manga collection by Last Gasp Publishing. The book collects short manga by Koike, and is slated to ship on April 1, 2020. Last Gasp Publishing describes the book: A sci-fi manga collection of psychedelic short stories by Keiichi Koike. A drug in paper form! This ...
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My Hero Academia Ranks #3 on New York Times' Graphic Books Bestseller List

― The 21st volume of the My Hero Academia manga by Kohei Horikoshi ranked #3 on The New York Times' Graphic Books and Manga bestseller list. Viz Media shipped the book on October 1, and it describes the volume: Endeavor and Dabi's battle rages across the city as Endeavor fights to solidify his new position as the number one hero. Hawks provides support, but where do his loyalties really lie? Midoriy...
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Katamari Damacy Creator Keita Takahashi's Wattam PS4/PC Game Launches on December 17

Trailer streamed for "3D action game with interactive sound" ― Annapurna Interactive and Funemona announced on Monday that Katamari Damacy game creator Keita Takahashi and video game designer Robin Hunicke's Wattam game will launch for PlayStation 4 and PC via the Epic Games Store on December 17. Annapurna Interactive began streaming a release date trailer: The game will follow the Mayor of Wattam an...
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One Piece Stampede Film Director Approves of Funimation's English Dub

Usopp's English voice actor says that the main dub case was chosen by Eiichiro Oda himself ― The One Piece Stampede anime film director Takashi Otsuka posted on Twitter that he enjoyed Funimation's English dub of the film. He wrote: "I never thought that my last look at Stampede in the cinemas would be in Hawaii! I could see the respect that the English dub actors and director have for the original. ...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re Call to Exist Game's Trailers Preview Campaign, Recollections Modes

Game launches for PS4 in Japan on Thursday, PS4/PC in West on Friday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming two gameplay trailers for the Tokyo Ghoul:re Call to Exist game on Monday. The videos preview the game's Campaign and Recolllections modes. Campaign Recollections The game will launch for PlayStation 4 in Japan on November 14 and for PS4 and PC via Steam in the Americas and Europe on Nove...
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Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix Gets 2nd & 3rd Bath House PR Anime

Jun Fukuyama, Shinnosuke Tachibana, comedian Itsuji Itao joins cast ― The Dogo Onsen hot spring bath house collaboration anime with Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix announced on Friday that it will get a second and third episode scheduled for 2020. The anime is part of a revitalization project for the Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture bath house that began on January 15. It was announced that the comedian Itsuji Ita...

Pokémon Sword/Shield Games' 'Final' Promo Video Streamed (Update)

Switch games set in Galar ship on November 15 ― The official Pokémon YouTube channel began streaming the "final" promotional video for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Switch role-playing games on Monday. The official English Pokémon YouTube channel also began streaming a "Galar Research Recap" video on Monday. The games will ship worldwide for the Switch on November 15. The starter Poké...
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Romancing SaGa Re; Universe Smartphone Game Heads West in 2020

Game with story set after Romancing SaGa 3 launched in Japan in December 2018 ― Square Enix announced on Monday that its Romancing SaGa Re; Universe smartphone game will get a release in the West in 2020. The free-to-play game launched in Japan in December 2018. The game features characters from past entries in the series, and has a story set three years after the events of Romancing SaGa 3. Square E...
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Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle Manga Takes 2-Month Break

Manga returns on January 28 ― This year's 23rd issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine announced on Tuesday that Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle (Gunnm: Kasei Senki) manga series is taking a two-month break. The manga will return in the magazine's fourth 2020 issue on January 28. The manga recently returned from a one month break from September 3 to October 8. The chapter that Kishir...
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Cromartie High School Creator's Office Comedy Manga Kachō Baka Ichidai Gets Live-Action Series

Series starring Matsuya Onoue debuts streaming on January 4 ― Cromartie High School manga creator Eiji Nonaka's Kachō Baka Ichidai (The Life on an Idiot Section Chief) is getting a live-action series that will premiere streaming on Hikari TV and dTV Channel on January 4. The series will then debut on television on BS12 Twellv on January 12. The office comedy story centers on Kazuhiko Yagami, an assis...
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ERASED's Kei Sanbe Launches New Manga

Mizutamari ni Ukabu Shima series launches on November 26 ― This year's 23rd issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine announced on Tuesday that Kei Sanbe will launch a new manga titled Mizutamari ni Ukabu Shima (The Island Where Puddles Float) in the magazine's 24th issue on November 26. The first chapter will have 44 pages including an opening color page. The manga will also be featured on the issue's co...
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Godzilla, Detective Pikachu Films Do Not Win at 2019 E! People's Choice Awards

― Warner Bros' Pokemon: Detective Pikachu film and the Godzilla: King of Monsters film were both nominated for two 2019 E! People's Choice Awards each, but did not win at the awards ceremony on Sunday evening. Godzilla: King of the Monsters was nominated for "Action Movie of 2019" but lost to Avengers: Endgame. Pokemon Detective Pikachu was nominated for "Family Movie of 2019" but lost to Aladdin. ...
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Gundam Thunderbolt's Yasuo Ohtagaki Launches New Manga on December 17

Diana & Artemis manga is SF action story about "preserving peace on the moon" ― This year's 21st issue of Futabasha's Manga Action magazine revealed on November 5 that manga creator Yasuo Ohtagaki will launch a new manga titled Diana & Artemis in the magazine on December 17. The current issue teased that the manga will be a science-fiction action story centered on "preserving peace on the moon." Ohta...
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Hypnosis Mic -Alternative Rap Battle- Smartphone Game Delayed to March 2020

― The official website for Idea Factory's Otomate brand website announced on Friday that it is delaying its Hypnosis Mic -Alternative Rap Battle- smartphone game to late March 2020 in order to improve the quality of the game and to expand the game's service after release. The game was originally slated to release in December. The franchise features voice actors who rap in the personas of original ch...
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Animate Girls Festival 2019 Draws Record 100,355 Across 2 Days

― The Animate Girls Festival 2019 event, held on November 9-10 at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro in Tokyo, saw a record of 40,438 visitors in the main hall and 100,355 visitors total across the two days. The event in 2017 saw 37,896 visitors in the main hall and 86,293 visitors total. The event has been held since 2010, is aimed at women. The event features otome games, anime, boys' love, goods, cosplay...
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Sarazanmai Stage Play Reveals New Visual, More Main Cast in Costume

Tsubasa Kizu, Ginga Shitara, Jun Noguchi star in December play with Teiko reprising role from anime ― The official website for Sara ni Sarazanmai ~Ai to Yokubō no Stage~ (Sarazanmai Once More ~A Stage of Love and Desire~), the stage play adaptation of Kunihiko Ikuhara's original television anime Sarazanmai, revealed a new visual and photos of five more cast members on Saturday. The new cast visuals i...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game's Video Features Broly (DBS) in Action

New character is available for game's "FighterZ Pass 2" ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new video on Sunday that previews the DLC character Broly (from Dragon Ball Super: Broly) for the Dragon Ball FighterZ game. This year's 50th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine additionally stated on Monday that the character will launch in the game within the next few days. The...
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Live-Action Sazae-san TV Special Casts Taiiku Okazaki, Kenta Satoi

Okazaki plays Nakajima, Satoi plays original character Hiramasa in special set 20 years later ― The official Twitter account for the 50th anniversary special of the family television anime Sazae-san revealed on Monday that Taiiku Okazaki (first image below) will play a 31-year-old Nakajima, while Kenta Satoi (second image below) will play Hiramasa, an original character for the special's live-action ...
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Voice Actress Idol Unit i☆Ris Updates on Threats That Led to Cancelled Events

Avex Pictures will now collaborate with authorities in investigation to apprehend individual ― Avex Pictures announced on the idol group i☆Ris' official website on Saturday that, after allegedly receiving continued threats on i☆Ris' safety from a certain individual, Avex Pictures will now take a proactive stance in dealing with the threats by cooperating with authorities, who will launch an investiga...
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Nanateru's 'KanColle: Suihesen no, Fumizuki' Manga Ends

Nanateru launched manga about Fumizuki, other members of Destroyer Division 22 in May 2018 ― The December issue of Kadokawa's Comptiq magazine published the final chapter of Nanateru's Kantai Collection: Suihesen no, Fumizuki manga on Saturday. Kadokawa will publish the manga's third and final compiled book volume in February 2020. The manga centers on Fumizuki, Satsuki, Nagatsuki, Minazuki, and othe...
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New Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Anime Reveals Theme Song Artists

Showtaro Morikubo's buzz★Vibes unit performs opening song, Mai Fuchigami performs ending song ― The official website for the new television anime of Yoshinobu Akita's Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi) light novel series revealed last Friday that Showtaro Morikubo, who is reprising the role of Orphen (seen below) from the previous anime and video games in the franchise, will also...
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Kill la Kill Manga's Ryou Akizuki Launches Princess Principal Manga

Manga is based on 2017 steampunk spy action series ― Artist and manga creator Ryou Akizuki launched a manga adaptation of the Princess Principal original anime on Tokuma Shoten's Comic Ryū manga website last Friday. Akizuki handled prop design in the original anime. Sentai Filmworks licensed the television anime series for the summer 2017 streaming season and also for home video. Sentai Filmworks des...
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All-New Free! Anime Film Delayed From Summer 2020

― The official website for Kyoto Animation's Free! anime franchise announced on Monday that the planned summer 2020 opening date for the franchise's all-new anime film has been delayed due to "various circumstances." The announcement assured fans that the director and the rest of the staff are hard at work to make a film that will "meet the expectations" of fans. The site will announce a new release...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Stage Play Unveils Main Visual of Cast Together

― The official website for the stage play adaptation of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga unveiled a main visual featuring the nine main cast members for the stage play together on Monday. The play will run in Tokyo at the Tennōzu Ginga Gekijō from January 18-26, and in Hyogo prefecture at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Kobe from January 31-February 2. Kenichi Suemitsu is scripting and d...

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My Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising- Film Casts Kousuke Toriumi, Shunsuke Takeuchi as Villains

2nd film in franchise opens on December 20 in Japan ― This year's 50th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday the character designs and voice actors for two more original characters who will appear in Boku no Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising- (My Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising-), the new anime film based on Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga. Both new...
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Hiyoko Kobayashi's Hantsu x Trash Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

Manga inspired 3 OADs in 2015-2016 ― This year's 50th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine revealed on Monday that Hiyoko Kobayashi's Hantsu x Trash manga will end in two chapters. The manga's next chapter will be in the first 2020 issue of the magazine on December 2. If the manga does not take a break after that, it should end in the combined second and third issue on December 9. The story foll...
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Helpers Needed at Anime NYC

Anime News Network is looking for 6 volunteer helpers at Anime NYC. We're looking for people who can help us out for one hour per day (1 hour Friday, 1 hour Saturday and 1 hour Sunday) for us, in return for a free AnimeNYC badge. We're asking our helpers to ask random attendees to fill out a quick survey using a tablet that we would provide. If you're interested, please send an e-mail to [email protected]
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Kaito's Blue Flag Manga Approaches Climax

MANGA Plus, Viz Media publish series about "unlikely love quadrangle" in English ― This year's 50th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Kaito's Blue Flag (Ao no Flag) manga is approaching its climax. Kaito launched the manga on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website and app in February 2017. Shueisha published the manga's sixth volume on April 4, and will publish the seve...
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The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Gets 'Spin-off!' Anime Promo Short

Orange animates 6-minute film about idols taking bride on a car chase ― The second day of "The [email protected] Cinderella Girls 7th Live Tour Special 3chord ♪ Funky Dancing!" concerts announced on Sunday that an animated promotional film "Spin-off!" is debuting on the Amazon Prime Video service that same day at 10:00 p.m. (8:00 a.m. EST). The six-minute short features the new song "'Oumuamua ni Kōun o" (G...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime Season 3's Video Reveals Cast, Staff, Title, Spring Debut & Teases Finale

Video teases that season will cover final arc with returning cast, staff ― The Oregairu Fes 2019 event debuted a new teaser promotional video and teaser visual for the third season of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, the television anime of Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light novel series, on Sunday. The teaser confi...

Makoto Yukimura Starts Drawing Final Arc of Vinland Saga Manga

Manga creator states final arc will take "several years" ― Manga creator Makoto Yukimura posted on Twitter on Sunday that he has started drawing the fourth and final arc of his Vinland Saga manga. In the Twitter post, he stated that the overall Vinland Saga manga is divided into four parts. The first three parts include the "War" arc, the "Slave" arc, and the "Eastern Expedition" arc. Yukimura added ...
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Yukako Kabei's 2.43: Seiin Kōkō Danshi Volley-bu Novels Get Anime Adaptation

Sports series by Kieli author launched in 2013 ― The Twitter account for the Shueisha Bunko light novel label announced on November 1 that Yukako Kabei's 2.43: Seiin Kōkō Danshi Volley-bu (Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Club) light novel series is getting an anime adaptation. The story centers on Kimichika Haijima, who got into some serious trouble on his middle school volleyball team, and as a re...
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Nekopara TV Anime Premieres in January 2020

― A panel at the BICAF2019 event in Beijing announced on Sunday that the television anime adaptation of Neko Works' Nekopara game franchise will debut in January 2020 on Tokyo MX, BS11, and AT-X. The event also announced that the anime will stream in China. The anime's first episode previously premiered at Anime Expo in Los Angeles on July 6. Yasutaka Yamamoto (Hinomaru Sumo, Valkyria Chronicles, Ac...

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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fourth Plate ‒ Episode 5

"In terms of character development for Takumi, this whole thing shows that he's learned to master his own temper."
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Stars Align ‒ Episode 5

"While it can smack of melodrama, I do appreciate that Stars Align touches on the different backgrounds of the boys in the soft tennis club and other satellite characters."
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Second ‒ Episode 7

"It's a long road these Galactic Heroes have started down, and things are necessarily going to get worse before they get better."
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Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE ‒ Episode 6

"This focus on Kazami is a welcome distraction from the most glaring hole in the plot—somehow, our protagonists still haven't realized that this isn't an ordinary mission."
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Violet Evergarden Film Rescheduled to April 24

Originally slated for January 10 before Kyoto Animation's July 18 fire ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime film project announced on Saturday that the film's production committee has rescheduled the film's opening to Friday, April 24, 2020. The committee thanked the fans for their support, and noted that the director and staff are working with all their hea...
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IFF Toronto Event in June 2020 to Host Voice Actor Showtaro Morikubo

Event to be held on June 19-21, 2020 at Metro Toronto Convention Centr ― The staff of the International Fan Festival Toronto (IFF Toronto) 2020 event announced on Friday that it will host voice actor Showtaro Morikubo at the event. The event will mark Morikubo's first Canadian convention appearance. Morikubo's anime voice roles include Naruto's Shikamaru Nara, Hakuōki's Sōji Okita, Cardfight!! Vangua...
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Anime NYC to Host Premiere of 1st 2 Episodes of Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Anime

Voice actress Aoi Yuki, SHAFT president Mitsutoshi Kubota to attend screening ― The official Twitter account for the Anime NYC event announced on Friday that the event will host the U.S. premiere of the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story television anime series on November 16. According to the official English website for the anime, the event will screen the show's first two episodes....
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I★CHU Idol Anime Reveals Promo Video, Teaser Visual, Staff

Golden Kamuy's Hitoshi Nanba directs series at Lay-duce ― A stage presentation at the Animate Girls Festival 2019 event on Saturday for I★CHU: Halfway Through The Idol, the television anime adaptation of Liber Entertainment Inc.'s I★CHU smartphone game, revealed a promotional video for the anime. The video reveals the anime's main staff. The event also revealed a teaser visual. Hitoshi Nanba (Golden ...
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One Piece Stampede Anime Film Earns 9.3 Billion Yen Worldwide

Film earns more than US$1 million in U.S., Canada ― The official website for the One Piece franchise revealed on Friday that the One Piece Stampede film has earned more than 5.5 billion yen (about US$50.3 million) in Japan, and a combined total of 9.3 billion yen (about US$85.1 million) worldwide. Outside of Japan the film has so far screened in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysi...
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Uchi Tama Anime's 2nd TV Ad Reveals Theme Song Artist, January 9 Premiere

Band wacci performs opening theme song ― The official website and Twitter account for Uchi Tama!? ~ Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?~, the anime based on Sony Creative Products Inc.'s Uchi Tama!? project, began streaming the show's second commercial on Saturday. The ad reveals that the show will premiere on Fuji TV's noitaminA block on January 9 at 24:55 (effectively January 10 at 12:55 a.m.). The video a...
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Woodpecker Detective's Office Anime's Teaser Video, Voice Actor Comment Videos Streamed

Crunchyroll to stream spring 2020 series worldwide outside of Asia ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kei Ii's Woodpecker Detective's Office (Kitsutsuki Tantei-Dokoro) mystery novel began streaming the show's teaser promotional video on Saturday. The site is also streaming comment videos from voice actors Shintarō Asanuma and Takahiro Sakurai. The anime will premiere in spr...
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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Game's Videos Preview Susanoo, Celica=A=Mercury, Elizabeth for 2.0 Update

Update launches on November 21 ― Arc System Works began streaming three promotional videos on Friday for its upcoming release of the 2.0 update for the BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle crossover fighting game. The videos preview the characters Susanoo (BlazBlue CentralFiction), Celica=A=Mercury (BlazBlue CentralFiction), and Elizabeth (Persona 4 Arena). Susanoo Celica=A=Mercury Elizabeth ElizabethArc Syste...
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