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Hanasakeru Seishōnen BD

Hanasakeru Seishōnen is an interesting mix of intrigue and insane shoujo romance premise. It can get a bit too intense at times, and there are definitely points where you need to just back away slowly because of that, but overall it's a good story. ― Hanasakeru Seishonen, based on the manga of the same name by Natsumi Itsuki, is a bit deceptive. It begins, like many another shoujo romance of the 1980...
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This Wonderful Season with You GN

While things are fairly predictable as far as the romance trajectory goes, one of the nicest elements of the story is the way that the boys both try to learn about what the other is interested in. ― This Wonderful Season with You is Tokyopop's second release of one of Atsuko Yusen's BL titles, following the adorable Dekoboko Sugar Days with another story about two boys of two very different sizes fal...
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Tohru is Tohru: the Onigiri Who Finds her Place

Tohru's story is still often framed by readers of all genders as being more about the Soma family members she helps, who are overwhelmingly male. ― I cannot count the number of conversations I've had about Fruits Basket over the years since it first came out. I've discussed it with students, with random people at bookstores and libraries, in attempts to explain it to my parents. Sooner or later, with...
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Another Eden: The Cat Beyond Time and Space

Another Eden is the latest offering from members of theChrono Trigger team It has a high pedigree and some great quality-of-life features, but is it a loving tribute to those original Squaresoft titles, or just a half-baked shadow? ― It's been a long time since I sat down with a gacha game the way I have over the last couple of weeks. My disdain for the genre has always been palpable – I've never bee...
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Sachi's Monstrous Appetite GN 1

Sachi – who wears a human form most of the time and is romantically attracted to Makie as well as attracted to his scent – seems safe, there's still the ever-present danger of her giving into her hunger and consuming him. ― Much like a well-stuffed bento box, there's a lot to unpack in Chomoran's Sachi's Monstrous Appetite. It is at once a supernatural romcom, a monster girl story, a food series, and...
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Gundam Thunderbolt's Yasuo Ohtagaki Draws New Dougram Manga

Get truth Fang of the Sun DOUGRAM color web manga launches on May 28 ― Shogakukan announced on Thursday that manga creator Yasuo Ohtagaki will draw a new manga based on the Fang of the Sun DOUGRAM (Taiyō no Kiba Dougram) military robot mecha anime series. The color manga is titled Get truth Taiyō no Kiba Dougram, and it will launch as a web manga in Shogakukan's eBigComic4 manga website on May 28. Ry...
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Yasuo Ohtagaki Resumes Moonlight Mile Manga This Winter After 10 Years

Ohtagaki put manga on hiatus to draw Gundam Thunderbolt; manga inspired 2007 anime ― Manga creator Yasuo Ohtagaki announced on Thursday that he is resuming his Moonlight Mile manga sometime this winter after a 10-year hiatus. Ohtagaki put the manga on hiatus in 2011 to launch his Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt manga. Ohtagaki launched Moonlight Mile in Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine in 2000...
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Seven Seas Licenses Kabi Nagata's My Wandering Warrior Existence Manga

My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness creator's story of longing for love launches in March 2022 ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Kabi Nagata's My Wandering Warrior Existence (Meisō Sensi, Nagata Kabi) manga, and will release it on print and digital platforms in March 2022. Seven Seas Entertainment describes the manga: Nagata Kabi's groundbreaking autobiographica...

Netflix's Eden Anime Reveals English Dub Cast

Ruby Rose Turner, Neil Patrick Harris, Rosario Dawson, David Tennant, more star in May 27 anime ― Justin Leach, a producer for Netflix's four-episode original anime Eden, revealed the English dub cast for Eden on Wednesday. The dub cast includes: Ruby Rose Turner as Sara Neil Patrick Harris as Zero Rosario Dawson as A37 David Tennant as E92 JP Karliak as S566 Cassandra Lee Morris as Zurich Julie Nath...

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'I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level' Anime Adds 6 Cast Members

Ari Ozawa, Miku Ito, Hikaru Tohno, Ayasa Ito, Miyuri Shimabukuro, Kotori Koiwai join cast ― The staff of the television anime of author Kisetsu Morita and illustrator Benio's I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level (Slime Taoshite 300-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max ni Nattemashita) light novel series revealed six additional cast members for the anime on Thursday. The new cast m...
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Scarlet Nexus Anime's Video Reveals More Cast, Main Staff, July 1 Debut

Yui Horie, Ryota Takeuchi, Tomomi Mineuchi, Daisuke Namikawa, Yumi Hara, more join Sunrise anime ― The official website for the television anime of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Scarlet Nexus role-playing game began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video reveals more of the voice cast, the main staff, and the July 1 premiere for the anime. Funimation is streaming an Eng...
ep. review

Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood ‒ Episode 7

Did we just skip an episode in the middle of all this? Or am I forgetting some key detail that would explain Makoto's reverse-double-heel-turn as anything more nuanced then “He's crazy, now?”
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Guilty Gear -Strive- Game Streams Character Starter Guide Video for Anji Mito

Anji Mito will be available during 2nd open beta test from May 13-16 ― Arc System Works began streaming on Tuesday a character starter guide for the returning character Anji Mito for the Guilty Gear -Strive- fighting game. The company describes the character: Anji is one of the few surviving Japanese people. He can be hot-blooded, acting on his intuition rather than reason. It's easy to recognize his...
ep. review

The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent ‒ Episode 6

If you're watching this for the romantic plotline, this is an especially good episode. Albert is definitely upping his game, and that's fun to watch.
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Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet Earns Over 210 Million Yuan at Chinese Box Office

Film is 6th highest-grossing Japanese film in China ― The Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan film has earned over 210 million yuan (about US$33 million) at the Chinese box office as of Sunday. The film opened in China on April 17, one day after it opened in Japan. The film is now the sixth highest-grossing Japanese film in China behind films including Weathering Wit...
ep. review

Higehiro ‒ Episode 6

Yaguchi also deserves to choke on a Hefty Bag filled with Port-O-Potty runoff and week-old animal carcasses, you know?
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Demon Slayer Film Earns Over US$40 Million at N. American Box Office

Anime began screening in N. America on April 23 ― Funimation revealed on Wednesday that The Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film has earned US$40,004,952 at the North American box office as of Tuesday. Funimation and Aniplex of America began screening the film in theaters in North America on April 23. The film ranked #2 in its third weekend in the United States, earning...
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Uma Musume Ranks 3rd in Top Grossing Mobile Games Worldwide for April 2021

Game launched in Japan for iOS, Android on February 24 ― Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby smartphone game was the third highest grossing mobile game worldwide in April, according to Sensor Tower Store Intelligence data. Although Sensor Tower did not release sales figures for Uma Musume, the game was beaten only by Tencent's Honor of Kings and PUBG Mobile, which made US$258.8 million and US$237.7 mill...
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To Your Eternity ‒ Episode 5

Well, it finally happened. It only took five weeks, but after all of those promises of how To Your Eternity would reduce me to a crying, blubbering mess, the show finally made good.
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Crunchyroll Adds Kekkaishi Anime to Catalog

Anime begins streaming on Wednesday ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will begin streaming the Kekkaishi anime from Discotek Media in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. EDT. Crunchyroll describes the story: Yoshimori Sumimura is a 14-year-old student at Karasumori School. Following in the tradition that...
ep. review

Odd Taxi ‒ Episode 6

Odd Taxi has always had much more in common with film noir, or with Martin Scorsese's filmography, than with any other series airing this season.
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My Love Story, Aozora Yell's Kazune Kawahara Launches New Manga

Taiyō Yori mo Mabushii Hoshi manga launches in June ― The June issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine revealed on Thursday that Kazune Kawahara will launch a new manga titled Taiyō Yori mo Mabushii Hoshi (A Star Brighter Than the Sun) in the magazine's next issue in June. The story will center around Sae Iwata, who is stronger than average girls, and her childhood friend Kamijō, who used to b...
ep. review

MARS RED ‒ Episode 6

While I've previously praised MARS RED for its ominously laconic pacing, this episode is a nightmarish acceleration towards disaster. It's a much different vibe, and it works, given the context.
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Polygon Pictures' Stillwater Show Nominated for Peabody Award

Animated series about wise panda debuted on December 4 ― The staff of the George Foster Peabody Awards program announced last week that Polygon Pictures' Stillwater (Panda no Shizuka) animated show has been nominated for a Peabody Award in the Children's & Youth Programming category. The animated series is based on Jon J. Muth's Zen Shorts children's picture book. Gaumont and Scholastic Entertainment...
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One Piece Rap Creator Shawn Conrad Does a Thank You Recitation For Fans

After 17 years of silence, Conrad tells the story of how he worked on the 4Kids rap ― Shawn Conrad, the rap artist behind the iconic 4Kids One Piece anime opening theme song, posted a "Thank You Version" of the song on his YouTube channel on Tuesday. He recited the original lines of the rap before turning to the camera with a wink and saying, "Love to the One Piece fans for everything." He also poste...
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Anime Expo Lite 2021 Virtual Event Reveals US$5 Paid Ticket Price With All Proceeds Going to Charity

ANN interviews SPJA's Azusa Matsuda about new pricing for this year's event ― The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) revealed on Wednesday more details about the "Anime Expo Lite" virtual event it will host in place of an in-person Anime Expo convention this year. Anime Expo Lite 2021 will be held on July 3-July 4 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PDT (3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EDT) each...
review

Hanasakeru Seishōnen BD

Hanasakeru Seishōnen is an interesting mix of intrigue and insane shoujo romance premise. It can get a bit too intense at times, and there are definitely points where you need to just back away slowly because of that, but overall it's a good story. ― Hanasakeru Seishonen, based on the manga of the same name by Natsumi Itsuki, is a bit deceptive. It begins, like many another shoujo romance of the 1980...
news

Laputa, Totoro Trumpeter Susumu Kazuhara Passes Away

Musician on Kiki's, Porco Rosso, Lupin III, Gundam, Euphonium was 74 ― The official Twitter account for the Kinyō Road Show movie programming block announced on Monday that Susumu Kazuhara, a musician whose signature trumpet-playing can be heard in Laputa - Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and many films and television series, passed away. He was 74 years old. Kazuhara was born in Okayama prefe...
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Imitations, Fakes and Piracy in Manga and Anime

LUDiMUS COO Takumi Furusato details the history of piracy in Japan from the 1950s on and how the government continues to combat leaks, fakes, and knock-offs. ― 150 million copies; 39.6 billion yen (US$364.67 million) of box office sales; 28.7 million viewers. The numbers above are all related to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Since the manga debuted on Weekly Shonen Jump in February 2016, this dark ...
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Yuriko Hara's Cocoon Entwined Manga Goes on 4-Month Hiatus

Manga returns in August ― The June issue of Kadokawa's Comic Beam magazine revealed on Wednesday that Yuriko Hara's Cocoon Entwined (Mayu, Matou) manga did not have a new chapter in the magazine, and will go on hiatus until the magazine's September issue in August due to "various circumstances." Yen Press is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story: Clad in school uniforms practical...
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Shun Matsuena's Kimi wa 008 Manga Enters Climax

Matsuena launched spy action manga in February 2018 ― This year's 24th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Shun Matsuena's Kimi wa 008 (You Are 008) manga has entered its climax. The spy action story centers on high school student Eito Akashi, who is discouraged about the prospect of failing his exams. Although he has no memory of taking his exams, he receiv...
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Kaiten Books Partners with Pathway Book Service for Physical Distribution of Manga

Company to physically release volumes of Loner Life in Another World, "Shed that Skin, Ryugasaki-san!," Uzamaid, more ― Kaiten Books announced on Friday that it has partnered with Pathway Book Service for the physical distribution of the manga in its catalog. Physical copies of the company's titles will be available at bookstores such as Barnes & Noble and Book Depository. The company will physically...
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Hentai Shinshi Club, kojikoji Perform Theme Song for Final Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution Film

Film slated to debut this fall after COVID-19 delay ― The official website for the Eureka Seven franchise announced on Wednesday that musical unit Hentai Shinshi Club and singer-songwriter kojikoji will perform the theme song "Eureka (feat. kojikoji)" for the third and final film in the Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution (Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution) film trilogy. The website had revealed last mo...
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Youka Nitta Launches New Aishiteru dewa Amasugite Manga in June

Sequel to Aishiteru dewa Omosugite manga shows "more adult" main characters ― The June issue of Libre Publishing's Be-Boy Gold magazine revealed on April 28 that Youka Nitta will launch a new manga titled Aishiteru dewa Amasugite (Love Is Too Sweet a Word) in the magazine's next issue on June 28. The manga is a sequel to Nitta's earlier Aishiteru dewa Omosugite manga that will show a "more adult" Shō...
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Drugstore in Another World Anime Reveals Opening, Ending Theme Song Artists

Cast members Risae Matsuda, Akane Kumada, Jun Fukushima perform ending song for summer anime ― Lantis announced on Wednesday that Risae Matsuda, Akane Kumada, and Jun Fukushima will perform the ending theme song for the anime adaptation of Kennoji and Matsuuni's Drugstore in Another World: The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist (Cheat Kusushi no Slow Life - Isekai ni Tsukurō Drugstore) light novel serie...
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Mob Psycho 100 Gets New Stage Play in August

New stage play is titled Mob Psycho 100 ~Gekitotsu! Tsume Dai-7 Shibu~ ― Stage company Marvelous announced on Wednesday that it is producing a new stage play adaptation of ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga that will run in Tokyo's Hulic Hall from August 6 to 15. The stage play is titled Mob Psycho 100 ~Gekitotsu! Tsume Dai-7 Shibu~ (Crash! Tsume's 7th Branch). Keita Kawajiri (Sugarboy) is again directing an...

Sci-Fi Adventure Anime Eden Unveils New Trailer, More Cast

Tarusuke Shingaki, Yūki Kuwahara, Yuko Kaida join anime; trailer available in English, Japanese ― Netflix unveiled a new trailer for its four-episode original anime Eden on Wednesday. Netflix also revealed new cast members and a new key visual for the anime. Japanese trailer: English trailer: The new cast members include: Tarusuke Shingaki as S566, who Sara affectionately calls "Uncle Joe," and who w...
ep. review

One Piece ‒ Episode 973

Oden's flashback is an interesting one given the rest of the series. I certainly enjoy it, and I think it has a lot of rich world-building - especially with regards to Roger and other legendary figures.
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Prince of Tennis Gets 20th Anniversary Event on October 10

The Prince of Tennis series announced a "TeniPri 20th Anniversary Event -Future-" event on October 10 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the television anime broadcast. The event will be held in the Tokyo Dome City Hall. Voice actors Junko Minagawa (Ryōma Echizen), Ryotaro Okiayu (Kunimitsu Tezuka), Takayuki Kondō (Shuichiro Ôishi), Yuki Kaida (Shusuke Fuji), Kenjiro Tsuda (Sadaharu Inui), Hir...
ep. review

Fruits Basket the Final ‒ Episode 6

The same day that Rebecca Silverman published her feature about Tohru coming into her own, we get an episode of Fruits Basket the Final about expressly that!
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 9-15

Infinite Dendrogram, Babylon anime; Ride Your Wave, I Think Our Son Is Gay manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date 7Seeds Part 2 BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 May 11 Babylon BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$64.98 May 11 Infinite Dendrogram BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$69.98 May 11 Infinite Dendrogram Limited Edition BD/DVDPlease Funimation US$84.98 May 11 Naruto Set...
ep. review

Combatants Will Be Dispatched! ‒ Episode 6

Six is the longest-living henchman in Kisaragi. You don't survive as a front-line field agent in a war against superheroes by being weak.
ep. review

So I'm a Spider, So What? ‒ Episode 17

What ensues is an encounter with an Earth Dragon with a rating of 3,600 Speed. Meaning it's hella fast, and coupled with its roaring rage, out for blood.
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NBC Will Not Air Golden Globes in 2022 Due to Controversy with Diversity

NBC announced on Monday that it will not air the Golden Globe Awards in 2022 due to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) not setting a timeline for change following controversy regarding its lack of diversity. Last Thursday, the HFPA had an approved plan for reform that would include increasing its number of people of color, as well as new restrictions on gifts that members could receive...
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Demon Slayer's Mugen Train Gets Plarail Toy from Takara Tomy

Set includes mini figurines of Tanjiro, Nezuko, Rengoku, Zenitsu, and Inosuke ― Toy maker Takara Tomy announced on Monday that the Mugen Train featured in the Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film will get a Plarail (Plastic Rail) toy this summer. The set will not include the train itself and an accompanying set of attachable plastic rails, but also mini figurines of Tan...
ep. review

The World Ends with You the Animation ‒ Episode 5

There's also quite a few juicy nuggets of plot in episode 5, including a few static-filled flashbacks as Neku starts to remember the nebulous something that's been hinted at around Joshua.
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NieR Re[in]carnation Smartphone Game's English Trailer Streamed

Preregistration has opened in West ― Square Enix began streaming on Tuesday an English trailer for NieR Re[in]carnation, the first smartphone game in the NieR video game franchise. Preregistration has opened for the game in the West. There will be a closed beta test for Android devices "soon." The "command action RPG" launched for iOS and Android devices in Japan on February 18. Square Enix revealed ...
ep. review

Back Arrow ‒ Episode 18

The origins of Back Arrow are revealed and it just might be everyone's worst nightmare.
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Mitsuru Adachi's Niji-iro Tōgarashi Manga Gets Stage Play

"Sci-fi historical story" manga's stage play runs August-September ― This year's 24th issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Mitsuru Adachi's Niji-iro Tōgarashi (Rainbow-colored Chilli) manga is inspiring a stage play adaptation that will run for 16 shows from August 28 to September 5 in Ikebukuro's Owl Spot theater. The cast includes: Ryōki Nagae as Shichimi ...
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The Duke of Death and His Maid Anime Reveals Promo Video, Theme Songs, Cast, July 4 Premiere

Also: key visual, additional staff ― The official website for the television anime of Koharu Inoue's The Duke of Death and His Maid (Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid) manga revealed a promo video, key visual, additional cast, more staff, and the July 4 premiere on Wednesday. The video reveals and previews the opening theme song "Mangetsu to Silhouette no Yoru" (Full Moon and Silhouette's Night) by Nats...
review

This Wonderful Season with You GN

While things are fairly predictable as far as the romance trajectory goes, one of the nicest elements of the story is the way that the boys both try to learn about what the other is interested in. ― This Wonderful Season with You is Tokyopop's second release of one of Atsuko Yusen's BL titles, following the adorable Dekoboko Sugar Days with another story about two boys of two very different sizes fal...
news

Drawn & Quarterly Publishes Nazuna Saito Short Manga Collection Offshore Lightning

Book debuts in February 2022 ― The Comics Beat website announced on Monday that publisher Drawn & Quarterly will release Offshore Lightning, a collection of short manga by author Nazuna Saito, in February 2022. According to Drawn & Quarterly's solicitation for the book, the book will collect many of Saito's earlier works, as well as the stories "In Captivity" and "Solitary Death Building," which debu...
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Detective Conan, Rurouni Kenshin: The Final, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Hold Top 3

Demon Slayer film at #5, 1st BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia film at #10 ― The Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan film stayed at #1 in its fourth weekend. It earned 177,062,750 yen (about US$1.62 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 5,923,280,100 yen (about US$54.27 million). The film sold 1,533,054 tickets and earned 2,218,130,800 yen...

Nozomi Ent. to Release All of 'Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei' Anime Franchise

Company explains delay of release is due to lack of scripts in Japan ― Right Stuf announced in a behind-the-scenes video on February 17 that Nozomi Entertainment will release the entire anime franchise based on Kōji Kumeta's Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei manga, including all three television anime seasons and both original video anime (OVA) works. Nozomi Entertainment announced at Anime Expo in July 2019...
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Sakura Wars Game App Introduces New Character Just Before Ending Service

Kurumi Saimei joins game ending service on June 30 ― The official website for Sakura Kakumei ~Hana Saku Otome-tachi~, Sega and Delight Works' smartphone game for the Sakura Wars franchise, announced on Thursday the new character Kurumi Saimei, who is available to pull for just over a month before the game will end service on June 30. The game stopped selling Ryōshi Suishō (Spirit Crystals), the in-ga...
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Kud Wafter Anime Film's Screenings Delayed to July 16 Due to COVID-19

Theatrical screenings were slated for Friday ― The official website for the crowdfunded anime film based on the Little Busters! spinoff visual novel Kud Wafter announced on Tuesday that the film's theatrical screenings have been delayed from May 14 to July 16 in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Sapporo. The Fushimi Million-za theater in Nagoya is delaying its screenings even further to August 6. The websit...
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Chise Ogawa's Caste Heaven Manga Ends With 8th Volume

Ogawa plans to end manga this year ― The official Twitter account for Libre Publishing's Be X Boy magazine revealed on Saturday that Chise Ogawa's Caste Heaven manga will end in the manga's eighth volume. The manga's seventh volume shipped on Monday. Ogawa previously revealed in January that she plans to end the manga this year. SuBLime licensed the manga, and released the fifth volume on March 9. Su...

Komi Can't Communicate Romantic Comedy Manga Gets October TV Anime

Aoi Koga, Gakuto Kajiwara, Rie Murakawa star in anime about girl with social anxiety ― A website opened on Tuesday to announce that Tomohito Oda's Komi Can't Communicate (Comi-san wa Comyushō desu.) manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation that will premiere this October on TV Tokyo. The anime's cast includes: Aoi Koga as Shōko Komi Gakuto Kajiwara as Hitohito Tadano Rie Murakawa as Najimi Os...
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Resident Evil Village Game Ships 3 Million Copies

Also: Capcom unveils video showing recording for game's "Village of Shadows" theme song ― Capcom revealed on Tuesday that it has shipped (not sold) 3 million copies of its Resident Evil Village game worldwide across the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC platforms. Capcom also began streaming a behind-the-scenes video for the game showing the recording of the game's "Vill...
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Ninjaxis Original Anime Project Crowdfunding Campaign Launches

Project seeks to raise 3 million yen by August 31 to fund pilot video ― Producer Saburo Omiya launched a crowdfunding campaign on Twin Engine's official Motion Gallery platform for an original anime project titled Ninjaxis on Tuesday. The campaign seeks to raise 3,000,000 yen (about US$27,550) by August 31 to fund a pilot video for the project. The project's world is centered on "Clockwork City," a c...
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Gyokō no Nikuko-san Anime Film's Video Shows Cocomi Playing Flute

Cocomi also plays main character Kikuko in June 11 film ― The official website for Studio 4°C's anime film of Kanako Nishi's Gyokō no Nikuko-chan (Nikuko of the Fishing Harbor) novel began streaming a behind-the-scenes video of flutist and cast member Cocomi playing the flute for a piece on the film's soundtrack. The film's soundtrack will ship on June 9. The previously announced cast includes: Shino...

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I Want to Hold Aono-kun so Badly I Could Die Manga Gets Live-Action Show in 2022

Sexy Zone's Shori Sato stars in series ― WOWOW announced on Tuesday that it is producing a live-action television series adaptation of Umi Shiina's I Want to Hold Aono-kun so Badly I Could Die (Aono-kun ni Sawaritai kara Shinitai) manga that will premiere in spring 2022. Shori Sato, a member of Japanese boy band Sexy Zone, will star in the show. Sumisu is directing the series, and Shinya Tamada is pe...
ep. review

Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun Season 2 ‒ Episode 4

This episode marks the end of Dainty Ameri's appearance (or introduction), and while it isn't a surprising finish to the story arc, it's still a fun one.
ep. review

Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song- ‒ Episode 7

On the surface, Diva seems to be what she would have become if she hadn't gotten involved in Matsumoto's time travel shenanigans.
ep. review

Those Snow White Notes ‒ Episode 6

Thus, we get to dig into those cast members at last, as the Shamisen Club takes a trip to the seaside city of Tsugaru for a combination training camp and history lesson.
ep. review

Tokyo Revengers ‒ Episode 5

Between sourceless beams of light, awkward cut-ins, terribly cropped close-ups, and several insert shots of random scenery in place of character introductions, you'd be forgiven for having no clue what's going on for most of this episode.
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Viz Media, Manga Plus Publish New Choujin X Manga by Tokyo Ghoul's Sui Ishida

Superpowered battle action manga is now available on services ― Viz Media's Shonen Jump service and Shueisha's Manga Plus service announced on Monday that they have launched Choujin X, the new manga by Tokyo Ghoul creator Sui Ishida. Ishida launched the manga on Shueisha's Tonari no Young Jump website on Monday. Viz describes the superpowered battle action manga: The latest from Sui Ishida! Sometimes...
ep. review

Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro ‒ Episode 5

This week's Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro opens with a little dream sequence highlighting that titular terror's own worst fear: A Senpai who doesn't react to her bullying!
ep. review

Shadows House ‒ Episode 5

It's clearly the first time most of the young Shadows have met anyone besides their designated living doll – but what it means beyond that is not yet clear.
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Fuji-Q Highland's Evangelion World Attraction Closes

Attraction opened in 2010 ― The official Twitter account of Japan's Fuji-Q HighLand amusement park announced on Monday that the "Evangelion: World" attraction, including the Life-Size EVA-01 Construction Project pavilion and store, has closed as of Sunday due to construction of a new large roller coaster. Evangelion: World opened in 2010. The pavilion's main attraction recreated the scene where the a...
ep. review

Moriarty the Patriot ‒ Episode 17

Moriarty's reach is expanding with each new case. We may have had reason to suspect it before it was made clear this week, but he now officially has a man inside Scotland Yard.

Bloomberg: Sony Expects PlayStation 5 Shortages to Continue Through 2022

Sony attributes component shortages as partial reason for low PS5 supply ― Bloomberg reported on Sunday that Sony Group chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki had revealed in a briefing following Sony's financial results report in late April that the PlayStation 5 is expected to remain in short supply through 2022. According to Bloomberg, which reported based on several anonymous people, Totoki said, ...
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Next Manga Awards 2021 Opens Nomination Submissions

English website opened on Friday, submissions open until May 21 ― The seventh "Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Taishō" (Next Manga Awards) opened its English website for accepting overseas votes on Friday. This year marks the first time the awards have accepted entries and votes from outside Japan. Submissions for the print manga and web manga categories will be open until May 21. The award accepts user submiss...
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Megalobox 2: Nomad ‒ Episode 6

“There's nothing wrong about surviving.” That's what Chief taught Joe, and he brings that lesson with him when finds himself going back to Fujimaki and offering to take Sachio's place in the match.
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Tohru is Tohru: the Onigiri Who Finds her Place

Tohru's story is still often framed by readers of all genders as being more about the Soma family members she helps, who are overwhelmingly male. ― I cannot count the number of conversations I've had about Fruits Basket over the years since it first came out. I've discussed it with students, with random people at bookstores and libraries, in attempts to explain it to my parents. Sooner or later, with...
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86 ‒ Episode 5

I'll admit, despite the grim premise, I wasn't prepared for the show to become a sci-fi horror, but it's all the more gripping for it.
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Bandai Namco Restores Online Functionality for Jump Force Game's Steam Version Following Outage

Company offers thank you package of in-game items to Steam players ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Friday that it is offering a thank you package of in-game items to players of the Steam version of its Jump Force crossover fighting game following an issue preventing Steam players from accessing online play. The online servers were down for over a week, and Bandai Namco acknowledged ...
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Another Eden: The Cat Beyond Time and Space

Another Eden is the latest offering from members of theChrono Trigger team It has a high pedigree and some great quality-of-life features, but is it a loving tribute to those original Squaresoft titles, or just a half-baked shadow? ― It's been a long time since I sat down with a gacha game the way I have over the last couple of weeks. My disdain for the genre has always been palpable – I've never bee...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 95

More than anything though it's just nice to have Iida be relevant again, even just for this battle.

Tokyo Revengers Manga Adds 6 Million Copies to Meet 670% Sales Jump After Anime's Debut

Manga now has over 14.5 million copies in circulation as it sells 2.4 books a second ― Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga increased its circulation from about 8.5 million copies at the end of March to over 14.5 million copies now. The manga added about six million copies to meet a 670% sales jump since the television anime adaptation premiered one month ago on April 10. Kodansha reported last week tha...
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Girl from the Other Side Kickstarter Reaches Stretch Goal to Create Bonus Short Anime

Campaign for 2022 original anime DVD raises 22,670,340 yen ― Wit Studio's Kickstarter campaign for the original anime DVD (OAD) for Nagabe's The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún manga reached its final 20,000,000 yen (about US$183,800) stretch goal just before ending on Sunday. For reaching the stretch goal, Wit Studio will make Nagabe's weekly illustrations into an additional bonus short anime...
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SSSS.Dynazenon ‒ Episode 6

The question of the exact place SSSS.Dynazenon occupies in relation to its ‘Gridman Universe’ predecessor SSSS.Gridman has been a slowly-burning one.
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Zombie Land Saga Revenge ‒ Episode 5

Don't let her cute face and diminutive height disarm you; Lily Hoshikawa is the most powerful zombie in Franchouchou, and she will destroy you. Need I remind everyone of that time she riled up the transphobes in British parliament?
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Sanrio Puro Land, Nijigen no Mori Theme Parks to Reopen as Universal Studios Japan, Some Cinemas Stay Closed

Also: Fukuoka prefecture cancels Olympic torch relay, 7 New Japan Pro-Wrestling wrestlers diagnosed with COVID-19 ― Universal Studios Japan revealed on Friday that it is extending its temporary closure, after the Japanese government extended the state of emergency on Friday in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo prefectures until the end of May. The theme park closed temporarily with the declaration of th...
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Yen Press Releases Konosuba Tabletop RPG on October 19

― Yen Press is listing the English version of the Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! TRPG (Kono Subarashī Sekai ni Shukufuku o! TRPG) role-playing game on its website for release on October 19. Yen Press had announced an October release window for the game last month. The company describes the tabletop role-playing game: Live out the wildest fantasies in the world of Konosuba: God's B...
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2nd Live-Action Kakegurui Film Delayed Again Due to COVID-19

Film was previously delayed to May 12 before this latest delay ― The official website for Kakegurui: Zettai Zetsumei Russian Roulette (Kakegurui: Last Resort Russian Roulette), the live-action film sequel based on Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga, announced on Monday that the staff are again delaying the film due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the...
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Knights of Sidonia, 100 Nichikan Ikita Wani Anime Films Delayed

Sidonia no Kishi: Ai Tsumugu Hoshi film now slated for June 4 ― The official website for Sidonia no Kishi: Ai Tsumugu Hoshi (Knights of Sidonia: The Star Where Love is Spun), the all-new anime film based on Tsutomu Nihei's Knights of Sidonia (Sidonia no Kishi) manga, revealed on Monday that the staff are delaying the film to June 4 due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the extended state ...
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Detective Conan Film Earns 5.9 Billion Yen, Evangelion Film Earns 8.3 Billion Yen, Demon Slayer Film Earns 39.9 Billion Yen

Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet tops weekend chart for 4th consecutive weekend ― The Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan film has earned 5.9 billion yen (about US$54.3 million) and sold 4.23 million tickets as of Sunday. The film ranked at #1 for a fourth consecutive weekend. The film opened in Japan on April 16. Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet is the 24th fi...
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Aoi Hane Mitsuketa! Anime Casts Ryūnosuke Watanuki, Ryohei Kimura

Anime's 2nd episode debuted on Monday ― The official Twitter account for the anime adaptation of Itsumo Togashi's Aoi Hane Mitsuketa! Sagashitemiyō Mijika na Tori-tachi (We Found a Blue Feather! Let's Seek Out Nearby Birds) picture book revealed two new cast members for the anime on Monday. Ryūnosuke Watanuki will play Fukurō (Owl, first image below), while Ryohei Kimura will play Ooruri (Blue-and-Wh...
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Animal Crossing Makes 2021 Video Game Hall of Fame

Microsoft Flight Simulator, StarCraft, "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" also included ― The Strong — the self-described "national museum of play" in Rochester, New York — announced the 2021 inductees to its Video Game Hall of Fame on Thursday. The inductees include: Animal Crossing (2001), Microsoft Flight Simulator (1982), StarCraft (1998), and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (1985). ...
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Japanese Entertainment Media Market Shrank by 4.8% in 2020

U.S., Japan, Germany, France, India, Indonesia media content markets all shrank in 2020 ― Media research and promotion company HumanMedia released the 2021 edition of its "Media Content Market Database for Japan and the World" document on March 31. HumanMedia valued the 2020 Japanese media content market at 13.1076 trillion yen (about US$120.36 billion), a 4.8% reduction from 2019. The United States ...
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Seven Knights Revolution Anime Unveils 'Climax' Promo Video, More Cast

Yumiri Hanamori, Hidekatsu Shibata, Eiji Miyashita, Haruki Ishiya join anime ― The official website for Seven Knights Revolution: Eiyū no Keishōsha (The Hero's Successor), the television anime of Netmarble's Seven Knights smartphone RPG, began streaming a "climax" promotional video for the anime on Monday. The site also revealed four new cast members for the anime. The new cast members include: Yumir...
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Demon Slayer Film Ranks #2 in U.S. Box Office in 3rd Weekend

Godzilla vs. Kong at #4 in 6th weekend ― The Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film ranked #2 in its third weekend in the United States, earning an estimated US$3.05 million over the weekend with a US$1,462 per-screen average in 2,088 theaters. The movie has earned an estimated cumulative total of US$37,172,276 in the United States. The film was the highest-earning film w...

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RE-MAIN Water Polo TV Anime Reveals More Cast, July 3 Premiere

Taku Yashiro, Yūma Uchida, Shun Miyazato join MAPPA's original anime ― The official Twitter account for MAPPA's original water polo television anime RE-MAIN revealed more cast members, a new key visual, and the anime's July 3 premiere date on Monday. The three new cast members include (left to right in image above): Taku Yashiro as Keita Kakihana, the "motherly" protector of the Shogakukan high schoo...
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My Hero Academia The Movie: World Heroes' Mission Anime Reveals Stealth Suit Designs

The official website for My Hero Academia The Movie: World Heroes' Mission, the third anime film in the franchise, revealed the new "stealth suit" designs for the film for Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki. The film will open in Japan on August 6. A video released on Saturday teases that in the film's story, Deku will be wanted by authorities for mass murder. Additionally, the film will feature an incide...

Demon Slayer Is Now the #1 Film From 2020 Worldwide

1st non-Hollywood, non-U.S. film to win annual crown in cinema history ― The Numbers website updated its list of the highest-earning films worldwide in 2020, and the Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime now stands at #1 with a worldwide tally of US$474.6 million. The film earned the equivalent of US$435 million outside the United States, and US$39.6 million in the United Sta...
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Demon Slayer Console Game Adds Shinobu Kochō as Playable Character

Game slated to launch this year for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Steam ― This year's 23rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Shinobu Kochō will join the Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Keppūtan video game as a playable character. The game will release for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, and Steam this year. The game will feature...
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Pro Gamer Daigo Umehara Diagnosed With COVID-19

Umehara developed fever on May 5, is currently recuperating at home ― Pro gamer Daigo Umehara announced on both his Japanese and English Twitter accounts on Saturday that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Umehara stated that on May 5 he experienced a high fever and fatigue, and so he went to the doctor to get tested for COVID-19. On May 6 his test came back positive. ...
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Persona 5 Game Gets 3rd Stage Play in Osaka, Yokohama in December

2nd stage play ran last October ― The official website for the Persona 5 the Stage stage plays based on Atlus' Persona 5 game franchise revealed on Saturday that a third stage play will run in Osaka and Yokohama in December. The website will reveal more details about the play at a later date. The new play is titled Persona 5 the Stage #3. The second stage play, Persona 5 the Stage #2, ran in Yokohama...
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Sachi's Monstrous Appetite GN 1

Sachi – who wears a human form most of the time and is romantically attracted to Makie as well as attracted to his scent – seems safe, there's still the ever-present danger of her giving into her hunger and consuming him. ― Much like a well-stuffed bento box, there's a lot to unpack in Chomoran's Sachi's Monstrous Appetite. It is at once a supernatural romcom, a monster girl story, a food series, and...
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Demon Slayer's 2nd Stage Play Runs in Tokyo, Osaka in August

2nd play reveals more cast members ― This year's 23rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the previously announced second stage play based on Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga will run in Tokyo and Osaka in August. The title of the new stage play is Kimetsu no Yaiba Sono Ni: Kizuna (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the 2nd: Bonds). The play will...
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My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, 3 More Manga Rank on NYT May Bestseller List

― The 27th volume of Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga, the first two volumes of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga, the second and fourth volumes of Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man manga, ninth volume of Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga, and the first volume of Tatsuya Endo's Spy x Family manga ranked on The New York Times' monthly Graphic Books and Manga bestseller l...
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Stand My Heroes Otome Game Gets New Original Video Anime

OVA to adapt game's Narumi Seo map story with heroes not seen in TV anime ― The evening session of the "Wishful Spring Party" premium event for the Stand My Heroes: Piece of Truth anime announced on Sunday that a new original video anime has been green-lit. The original video anime will adapt the additional Narumi Seo character event map story that launched in the original game in April 2018. As such...
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My Hero Academia Ranks #1 on U.S. Monthly Bookscan April List

Manga takes all top 20 spots with volumes of Chainsaw Man, Demon Slayer, Spy x Family, Jujutsu Kaisen, Tokyo Ghoul on list ― Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 27 ranked at #1 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for April. Manga occupied all 20 spots on the rankings for April: #1 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 27 #2 — Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man volume 4 #3 — Ge...

Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club TV Anime Gets 2nd Season in 2022

Announced during day 2 of 3rd live concert run ― The second day of the "Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club 3rd Live! School Festival ~Yume no Hajimari~" concerts announced on Sunday that a second Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club anime season has been green-lit for a 2022 broadcast. The first season premiered on the Tokyo MX channel as well as on the Bandai Channel, Line Live, and ...
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Manga Duo Naked Ape Launch New Manga on June 5

Bokura no Sennen to Kimi ga Shinu Made no 30-ka Kan manga is part of larger media project ― The June issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Princess magazine revealed on Thursday that manga creator duo naked ape will launch a new manga titled Bokura no Sennen to Kimi ga Shinu Made no 30-ka Kan (Our Thousand Years and the 30 Days Until You Die) in the magazine's next issue on June 5. The first chapter will h...
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The Brow Beat Perform New Opening Theme for Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens Anime

New theme song debuts on June 20 ― The official website for the two-member band The Brow Beat revealed on Saturday that they will perform the new opening theme song "Harevtai" for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens anime. The anime will debut the new opening theme on June 20. The single for the song will mark the group's major debut. The single will ship on July 7. The anime premiered on TV Tokyo and BS-TV Tokyo i...
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Ai Mai Mi Manga Ends in 11th Volume This Summer

Manga ended serialization on Manga Life Win website on Thursday Ai Mai Mi manga creator Choboraunyopomi posted on Twitter on Friday that she will end the manga in its 11th volume, which will release this summer. Choboraunyopomi added on Twitter that she had consulted a trusted fortune teller about the issue. The fortune teller did a tarot card reading that indicated that ending the manga in its 11t...

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Izumi Miyazono Reveals Title, Story Details for New Manga

Fumin Fukyū de Yume to ka Koi to ka centers on adult content actor ― This year's June issue of Shogakukan's Petit Comic magazine revealed more details on Saturday about the previously revealed new manga that Izumi Miyazono will launch. The manga is titled Fumin Fukyū de Yume to ka Koi to ka (Dreams and Love in Insomnia), and it will launch in the July issue on June 8. The manga's first chapter will h...

Toei Announces New Dragon Ball Super Anime Film for 2022

Original creator Akira Toriyama writes screenplay, designs characters ― Toei Animation officially confirmed on Sunday that it is developing a second anime film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise with a planned release in 2022. Toei Animation Europe had briefly listed a new film in the franchise earlier this week. Original creator Akira Toriyama is in charge of the screenplay and character design. Tor...
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est em Launches New The King's Ear Manga

Omnibus story about bar that trades in secrets launched on Friday ― Manga creator est em launched a new manga titled Ō-sama no Mimi ~Himitsu no Bar e Yōkoso~ (King's Ear) in Shogakukan's Josei Seven magazine on Friday. The manga is an omnibus story that centers on a bar that trades in secrets. The bar's owner is constantly in search of exquisite secrets, and has his customers confide in him. est em r...
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Slow Damage: Clean Dishes Spinoff Game Gets Manga

Spinoff game launched on April 27 ― Hiromasa Okujima (Bad Boys, Happy Home) launched the Slow Damage: Clean Dishes -leveret- manga in the 39th issue of Akita Shoten's Kachi Comi magazine on April 1. The manga is based on the Slow Damage: Clean Dishes spinoff game of Nitro+CHiRAL boys-love game brand's adult game Slow Damage. The free Slow Damage: Clean Dishes browser spinoff game launched for PC on A...
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Naoki Serizawa's Saru Lock Spinoff Manga Saitō Chroncle Approaches Climax

Saitō Chronicle manga launched last November ― The June issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Bull magazine revealed on Thursday that Naoki Serizawa's Saitō Chronicle - Heaven's Crow Fūun Risshi (Saitō Chronicle - Aiming High in Heaven's Crow) spinoff manga is approaching its climax in the magazine's next issue on June 4. The manga is a spinoff of Serizawa's earlier Saru Lock manga, and centers on Sait...
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Children of the Whales Comedy Spinoff Manga Ends in June

Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Manabu! manga launched in April 2018 ― The June issue of Akita Shoten's Mystery Bonita magazine revealed on Thursday that Ebi Umeda's Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Manabu! (The Children of the Whales Study Atop the Sand) spinoff manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 5. The manga is a comedy spinoff of Abi Umeda's Children of the Whales (Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Ut...
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Yajikita Gakuen Dōchūki F Manga Starts Final Arc

Manga debuted in December 2015 ― This year's June issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Mystery Bonita magazine revealed on Thursday that Ryoko Shitou's Yajikita Gakuen Dōchūki F manga has started its final arc. The manga launched in Akita Shoten's Princess Gold magazine in December 2015. After the magazine ended publication, the manga moved to Petit Princess magazine. Akita Shoten published the manga's 10...
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Honda's From Sick Planet With Love Manga Ends, Gets Sequel This Winter

Manga's compiled book volume ships on August 16 ― The June issue of Akita Shoten's Mystery Bonita magazine published the final chapter of manga creator Honda's Yameru Hoshi yori Ai o Komete (From Sick Planet With Love, a wordplay on the Japanese title for the James Bond story From Russia with Love) manga on Thursday. The manga's compiled book volume will ship on August 16. The magazine also states th...
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Kimi wo Shinasenai tame no Storia Manga's Side Story in June

Side story manga launched in January ― The June issue of Akita Shoten's Mystery Bonita magazine revealed on Thursday that the side story manga of Toriko Gin's Kimi wo Shinasenai tame no Storia (A Story to Keep You Alive) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 5. Gin launched the side story manga on January 6. The original manga ended last September, and Akita shoten published the manga's...

Overlord Anime Gets 4th TV Season, New Film Project

Cast, staff return for season 4; film project covers 'Holy Kingdom Arc' ― The live special during Saturday's streaming marathon of the Overlord television anime series announced that a fourth television anime season and a brand-new anime film project, covering the Sei Ōkoku-hen (Holy Kingdom Arc), has been green-lit. The returning staff for the new television season includes: Director: Naoyuki Itou S...
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Kakegurui's Homura Kawamoto Launches New Manga in June

Manga centers on killer of people reincarnated from another world ― The June issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine revealed on Saturday that Homura Kawamoto will launch a new manga titled Isekai Tenseisha Koroshi - Cheat Slayer (The Killer of the Reincarnated - Cheat Slayer) in the magazine's next issue on June 9. Kawamoto is writing the story, while Aki Yamaguchi is drawing the art. The ma...

Ken Akamatsu's UQ Holder! Manga Ends in 9 Chapters

Sequel manga to Negima! launched in 2013, inspired 2017 TV anime ― The June issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine revealed on Saturday that Ken Akamatsu's UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2 manga will end in nine chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end in February 2022. The manga's 26th compiled book volume will ship on July 9. UQ Holder! is set in the world of Akamatsu's Negima! ma...
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City Hunter Takarazuka Revue Musical Unveils Visual

― The official website for the all-female Takarazaka Revue unveiled the visual for its stage musical adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga on Friday. The musical, titled Musical City Hunter -Nusumareta XYZ- (Stolen XYZ), will run at Takarazuka Grand Theater from August 6 to September 13 and at Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre from October 1 to November 14. Members of the Takarazuka Revue's Snow Tr...
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Toei Animation Europe Briefly Lists New Dragon Ball Super Movie

― Toei Animation Europe's news website briefly listed a headline to an article, dated May 5, which reads: "Toei Animation Marks Goku Day With Surprise Announcement of New Dragon Ball Super Movie in 2022." The website no longer lists the headline on its news page, and the link posted with the headline currently goes to a 404 page. The headline listing is still available via a Bing cache. "Goku Day" i...

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Jujutsu Kaisen's Kento Nanami, Satoru Gojō Inspire Real-Life Sunglasses

Can you pull off their styles? Jujutsu Kaisen's Kento Nanami and Satoru Gojō are inspiring real-life sunglasses based on what they wear in the series. Bandai Fashion Collection is selling each pair of glasses with a case that includes the Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical College badge and a cleaning cloth featuring art of the respective character. Satoru Gojō: Kento Nanami: Glasses case: The item...
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Fairy Ranmaru ‒ Episode 5

Takara has served as a "supervisor" of sorts for the rest of the fairies. However, there's been plenty of hints that he's not all he's cracked up to be and that the Queen and her assistant don't really trust him.
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Space Walker Recruits Macross Creator Shoji Kawamori to Draw Spacecraft for Coloring Competition

Space Walker, a company which aims to facilitate affordable space travel, has recruited the efforts of Macross creator Shoji Kawamori to draw images of a futuristic spacecraft as part of a coloring competition campaign. The Space Walker Twitter account released three images drawn by Kawamori on Wednesday, or Children's Day in Japan. /🚀 皆さま、沢山の投票とリツイート等を頂きありがとうございました❗️🌏\【結果発表】🎉🔔1位 B案🌟 2位 C案✨3位 A案 ✨...
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Takako Shimura's Beautiful Everyday Manga Ends After Delay Due to Author's Illness

Manga's 3rd, final volume ships around summer ― This year's June issue of Shodensha's Feel Young magazine published the final chapter of Takako Shimura's Beautiful Everyday manga on Saturday. Shodensha will publish the manga's third and final compiled book volume around summer. The manga was scheduled to end in the March issue on February 8, but the March issue instead announced the manga would end i...
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Gucci, Crunchyroll Team Up For Luxury Bananya Apparel

Prices range from US$450 for a brooch to US$1,250 for a hooded sweatshirt ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it has partnered with the luxury fashion brand Gucci to produce a collection of apparel items based on the Bananya anime series. The collection includes sweatshirts and T-shirts, accessories, and sneakers. The items are available through the Gucci website, ranging in price from US$450 for ...
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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Omega ‒ Episode 5

It's mostly simple pleasures all the way down with this one, but that's hardly a bad thing. This is honestly the ideal balance of fights, fun, and fanservice that ultimately won me over with this series.
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Megumi Toda to Miss [email protected] Event Due to Muscle Pain, Lower Back Spinal Nerve Pain

Voice of Ayumu Maihama would have difficulty performing while standing ― The official website for The [email protected] franchise announced on Friday that Megumi Toda, who plays Ayumu Maihama, will not appear at THE [email protected] MILLION LIVE! 7thLIVE [email protected] FLYER!!! Reburn event on May 23 due to myofascial pain syndrome, or muscle pain, and lower back spinal nerve pain. This makes it difficult for her to perfor...
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Sega Announces Yakuza Spinoff Lost Judgment Sequel Game

Judgment sequel launches worldwide for PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One on September 24 ― Sega announced during a livestream on Friday the new game Lost Judgment (Lost Judgment: Sabakarezaru Kioku), a sequel of the Yakuza spinoff game Judgment (Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon). Sega will launch the game worldwide for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 24. The co...
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Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade Game's Final Trailer Previews Episode INTERmission, New Minigame

Game launches for PS5 on June 10 ― Square Enix began streaming the final trailer in English and Japanese for its upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade game for PlayStation 5 on Friday. The video previews FF7R EPISODE INTERmission, the new episode featuring Yuffie, and it also reveals the Fort Condor minigame. English Japanese The trailer notes that the game will be available on PS5 for at leas...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War OVA's Promo Video Teases Swimsuit Episode, More (Updated)

Manga's 22nd volume bundles 3-episode OVA on May 19 ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga began streaming the newest promotional video for the upcoming three-episode original video anime (OVA) on Friday. Select the image below to play the video on Twitter: The manga's 22nd compiled book ...
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Japan Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency Until May 31

Aichi, Fukuoka prefectures added to state of emergency ― Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared on Friday that the current new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo prefectures is being extended until the end of May, and that Aichi and Fukuoka prefectures will also be under a state of emergency starting May 12. The extended state of emergency wil...
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Banana Fish Stage Play Reveals 7 Cast Members in Costume

The official website for the two-part stage play production based on Akimi Yoshida's Banana Fish manga revealed new visuals for seven of the cast members on Friday. The visuals show the cast members in costume. The cast members include (starting with top row, from left to right): Asahi Uchida as Max Lobo Yuki Saotome as Frederick Arthur Hiroki Sana as Lee Yut Lung Taizo Shiina as Sin Su Rin Masano...
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Grand Blue Dreaming Manga Goes on 1-Month Hiatus Due to Creator's Hospitalization

Manga returns next month after creator recovers ― The June issue of Kodansha's Good! Afternoon magazine revealed on Friday that Kenji Inoue and Kimitake Yoshioka's Grand Blue Dreaming comedy manga will go on hiatus and will return in June, due to one of the creators being hospitalized for a sudden emergency. The announcement notes that the creator is recovering, but did not mention which of the manga...

Netflix's Spriggan Anime Unveils More Staff, New Visual

Netflix debuts anime worldwide this year ― The official website for David Production's new anime series based on Hiroshi Takashige and Ryōji Minagawa's Spriggan (Striker) manga revealed a new visual and more staff members for the anime on Friday. The new staff include: Assistant Director: Shōhei Miyake Production Design: JNTHED CG Director: Norihito Ishii Color Design: Osamu Mikasa Art Director: Yūji...
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Mamoru Hosoda's Belle Film Adds 4 Cast Members

Ryo Narita, Shōta Sometani, Tina Tamashiro, Rira Ikuta play protagonist Suzu's schoolmates ― The official website for Mamoru Hosoda and his Studio Chizu's new Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, literally "The Dragon and the Freckled Princess") anime film revealed more cast members for the film on Friday. All the new characters are fellow schoolmates of protagonist Suzu/Belle. Ryo Narita plays Shinobu Hi...

Netflix Reveals Sailor Moon Eternal Films' English Dub Trailer, Cast

Crystal cast returns for films streaming worldwide on June 3 ― Netflix unveiled a new English-dubbed trailer and the English dub cast for the two-part Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie (Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal) anime film project on Thursday. The English dub cast return from the previous dubs of the Sailor Moon Crystal anime, and include: Stephanie Sheh as Usagi Tsukino/Sailor...
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Golden Kamuy Manga Enters Climax

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

Sentai Filmworks Licenses 6 Princess Principal: Crown Handler Sequel Films

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meledandri is co-producing Illumination's Super Mario Bros. film ― Nintendo announced on Thursday in its financial report for the fiscal year ending on March 31 that it will appoint Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri as an outside director on June 29. Meledandri is co-producing Illumination's animated film adaptation of the Super Mario Bros. game franchise with Super Mario Bros. creator Sh...
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Sunrise Animates Scarlet Nexus Game's Opening Footage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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