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The Mike Toole Show - O Big O, Where Art Thou?

Mike returns with an in-depth look at the history and legacy of one of the biggest mecha action shows to hit the early 21st century - The Big O! ― Twenty years ago, something remarkable happened: One Piece started airing on TV in Japan. Wait a minute, that's not what I was gonna talk about. I'm here to talk about what happened twenty years ago the week before One Piece started! On October 13th, 1999,...
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The Strange Tale of Panorama Island

"The evocative and lurid tale transposes the political with the obscene." ― Suehiro Maruo's The Strange Tale of Panorama Island has been out of print for years, but fortunately got a recent reprint by Last Gasp Publishing. The evocative and lurid tale transposes the political with the obscene, capturing the anxiety of Western influence that marked the Taisho era and commentates on Showa era's push to...
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This Week in Anime - The Gremlins and Beasties of Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun

This week, Nick and Andy pay a friendly visit to the monsters of Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun. ― Halloween may be technically behind us, but the holiday spirit lives on throughout the fall anime season. This week, Nick and Andy pay a friendly visit to the monsters of Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the...
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Bungo Stray Dogs: Another Story - Yukito Ayatsuji vs. Natsuhiko Kyogoku GN 1

"Hopefully things will pick up story-wise in the next volume – fans of both the original series and mystery in general stand to find a lot to like if this can steady its pace." ― Bungo Stray Dogs' chief conceit is that it pulls great authors from the past and gives them new life as modern-day detectives and gangsters with special powers, so bibliophile readers can experience the thrill of seeing F. S...
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Saint Seiya Origin Manga Resumes on December 19

Manga's 1st 2 chapters ran from December 2018 to January 2019 ― The January 2020 issue of Akita Shoten's Champion RED magazine revealed on Tuesday that Saint Seiya Origin, the second mini-series "season" for Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya Episode Zero manga, will resume in the magazine's next issue on December 19. The chapter will have color opening pages, and it will feature on the issue's front cove...

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Sumikko Gurashi Film Rises to #2, Saekano Film Jumps Back to #6

Re:Zero Hyōketsu no Kizuna OVA drops to #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, rose from #3 to #2 in its second weekend. The film sold 148,000 tickets over the weekend, and earned 183,430,100 yen (about US$1.68 million) fro...
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ORESUKI: Are you the only one who loves me? ‒ Episode 7

There's plenty of thigh gap and buttocks to be had in this episode, but before we get into all the pool shenanigans, I have to shine a spotlight on the new contender for best girl: Jōro's mom.
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Funimation Adds Gravitation OVA, Big Windup! 2, Looking Up at the Half-Moon, A town where you live Anime to Catalog

Also: Please Teacher!, Please Twins!, Sketchbook ~full color's~ anime ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will add the following anime from its partnership with Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment to its catalog on Tuesday: Gravitation: Lyrics of Love original video anime Big Windup! Season 2 Looking Up at the Half-Moon A Town Where You Live Please Teacher! Please Twins! Sketchbook ~full color's...
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Mr. Children Perform Theme Song for 2020 Doraemon Film

Film opens on March 6 ― The official website for the band Mr. Children announced on Tuesday that the group is performing the theme song "Birthday" for the 2020 Doraemon film Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Kyoryū (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's New Dinosaur). The official YouTube channel for the Doraemon anime films began streaming a teaser video that previews the song. Staff also revealed a new visual f...
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Gundam Creator Yoshiyuki Tomino Celebrates 'Gundam Day' in New York

Tomino attended Anime NYC as guest to commemorate Mobile Suit Gundam's 40th anniversary ― Mobile Suit Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino declared November 15 "Gundam Day" in New York at the opening ceremony of the Anime NYC convention. Tomino attended the convention as a guest in order to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the original Mobile Suit Gundam television anime. Yoshiyuki Tomino speaking at t...
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Dr. Stone ‒ Episode 19

Cell phones in the Stone World! Now that's a cool development that I wish we had explored a bit more this week.
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Psycho-Pass 3 ‒ Episode 4

This episode is really about one single question: “Would you give up your free will for a happy life?”
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Voice Actor Shizuka Ishigami Joins How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? 'Muscle Carnival' Event

The television anime of Yabako Sandrovich and MAAM's How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? (Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? or How much heavy dumbbells can you lift?) manga announced on Friday that Ayaka Uehara's voice actor Shizuka Ishigami will be attending the "Muscle Carnival" event on November 30 at the Yamano Hall in Tokyo. The event also revealed a key visual: The full list of participating voice...
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Dragon Quest Builders 2 Game Launches for PC in December

Game shipped for PS4, Switch in West on July 12 ― Square Enix announced on Monday that the Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Dragon Quest Builders 2: Hakaigami Shidō to Karappo no Shima) game will launch for PC via Steam on December 10. The company began streaming a promotional video for the announcement. The release will include of the the Season Pass content from the console releases of the game, including ...
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 17

For all of the many issues this show has in its plotting and character writing, it can still put on a good show of spectacle when the demand arises.
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Pulp Fiction Screenwriter Roger Avary Gives Konosuba Movie 5 Stars

Pulp Fiction screenwriter Roger Avary gave a 5 star rating to the KONOSUBA - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World– Legend of Crimson (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Kurenai Densetsu) anime film on his Letterboxd account on Sunday. Although he did not write a review for the film, he posted on Twitter that it was "easily one of the best experiences in a cinema I've ever had. I would go as f...
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Kin-iro Mosaic/KINMOZA! Manga Ends in 4 Chapters

Yui Hara's series launched in April 2010 ― The January 2020 issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Max magazine revealed on Tuesday that Yui Hara's Kin-iro Mosaic manga will end in four chapters. The manga's story begins with Shinobu, a 15-year-old, seemingly "pure Japanese" girl who did a homestay in Great Britain. Even after coming back to Japan, she still misses her time overseas. One day, an air ...
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07th Expansion Reveals New Umineko When They Cry Game for PS4, Switch

Cast of Umineko no Naku Koro ni Saku: Nekobako to Musō no Kōkyōkyoku includes Daisuke Ono, Sayaka Ohara ― Publisher Entergram and doujin game circle 07th Expansion revealed that the Umineko When They Cry game series is getting a new PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch game titled Umineko no Naku Koro ni Saku: Nekobako to Musō no Kōkyōkyoku (Umineko When They Cry: Symphony of Catboxes and Dreams). The c...
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2nd Galaxy Express 999 Stage Play Airs on TV in Japan in November

― Japanese satellite television channel Eisei Gekijō will air the Ginga Tetsudo 999 Sayonara Maetel ~ Boku no Eien (Galaxy Express 999 Goodbye Maetel ~ My Eternity) stage play on November 24 and December 1 at 4:00 p.m. The first airing will feature a performance with Haruka Kinoshita as Maetel, and the second will feature Anju Inami. The television broadcast will be the play's first. The previous Gi...
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'Pet' Anime Reveals Opening Theme Song, January 6 Premiere (Update)

TK from Ling Tosite Sigure performs opening song "Chō no Tobu Suisō" ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of the Remaster Edition of Ranjō Miyake's Pet manga revealed the opening theme song and broadcast information on Monday. TK from Ling Tosite Sigure will perform the opening theme song "Chō no Tobu Suisō" (The Tank the Butterfly Flies in). The website began streaming a promot...
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New 2-Part Haikyu!! OVA's 1st Episode Previewed in Video

OVA goes on sale at Jump Festa 2020 event in December before wider home video release in January ― The official website for the Haikyu!! anime began streaming a full promotional video for the new video anime project in the franchise on Monday. The video previews the first of two episodes in the project. The project will cover the Tokyo Qualifiers in two episodes, "Riku VS Kū" (Land Vs. Sky) and "Ball...
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Voice Actor Tsubasa Yonaga Limits His Work Due to Dysphonia

Yonaga continues work on ongoing titles ― Voice actor Tsubasa Yonaga and his agency Ken Production announced on Monday that he is limiting his work due to dysphonia. He will continue to work on titles and appear at events only that have already been announced or are currently in production. Yonaga and the agency are hoping for a swift and complete recovery for the voice actor. The announcement explai...
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Fortune Quest Fantasy Light Novel Series Ends After 30 Years

Series launched in 1989, inspired manga, OVA, TV anime adaptations ― Author Mishio Fukazawa revealed on Sunday that her Fortune Quest fantasy light novel series will end with the 10th volume of Shin Fortune Quest II. The first half of the 10th volume (seen right) will release on December 10. Kadokawa has not yet listed when the second half of the 10th volume will ship. The series began in 1989 and ha...
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Miyuki Abe's Hakkenden Manga Enters 'Climax'

― Amazon Japan is listing the 19th compiled book volume of Miyuki Abe's Hakkenden: Tōhō Hakken Ibun manga with a cover image that notes that the manga is "entering the climax." The volume is slated to ship on December 27. Abe's manga reimagines the setting from the classic Hakkenden samurai novel as a female-oriented story with supernatural elements. The manga inspired two anime seasons from Studio ...
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Mashiro Ayano Performs Ending Theme for Darwin's Game Anime

Series premieres in January ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of FLIPFLOPs' Darwin's Game manga revealed on Sunday that Mashiro Ayano (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, Re:CREATORS themes) will perform the show's ending theme song "Alive." Ayano's single for the song will ship on February 19. The anime will premiere in January on Tokyo MX, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, Yomiuri ...
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Street Fighter V Game Adds Gill, Reveals New 'Champion Edition'

Gill available in December, Champion Edition available on February 14 ― Capcom unveiled a new trailer for its Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition game on Sunday that reveals that it will add the character Gill to the game in December as a DLC character. The character first appeared as the antagonist of Street Fighter III. Capcom also revealed that it is releasing a new version of the game titled Street ...
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'Manga Planet' Manga Subscription Service Launches With Toward the Terra, My Favorite Carrera, More Series

Service also features manga by Masaya Hokazono, Fumi Shimomura ― The Manga Planet manga subscription service launched on Monday. The service costs US$6.99 per month, and the subscription allows users unlimited access to English-translated manga on the service. The company will launch the following titles from Leed Publishing Co., Ltd. and San-Ei Corporation Co., Ltd this month: Toward the Terra by Ke...
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New Guilty Gear Game's Trailer Reveals Title, Faust, Late 2020 Release

"Guilty Gear 20th Anniversary Pack" also gets Deluxe Edition physical release in N. America ― Arc System Works unveiled a new trailer for its new Guilty Gear game on Sunday. The trailer reveals the game's title as Guilty Gear -Strive-, and reveals the game's late 2020 release date. The trailer also teases the returning character Faust. Arc System Works also revealed that it will release the "Guilty G...
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Sekai Project's Kickstarter for Rewrite+ PC Visual Novel Ends Successfully

Campaign raises US$207,200 for digital, physical release of game ― Sekai Project's Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to fund a localization and physical and digital release for Visual Art's/Key's Rewrite+ PC visual novel ended successfully on Sunday. The campaign met its US$180,000 goal one day before it ended, and raised a total of US$207,200 from 2,087 backers. The campaign launched on October 18. ...
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J-JUN Performs Ending Song for Smile Down the Runway Anime

Anime premieres on January 10 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kotoba Inoya's Smile Down the Runway (Runway de Waratte) manga revealed on Sunday that J-JUN (Zoids Wild) will perform the anime's ending theme song "Ray of Light." The anime will premiere on January 10 on MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS on the Animeism programming block. The anime will get an advanced screening at Unite...

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Plunderer Anime's Video Highlights Jail Murdoch, Nana

New visual also unveiled for January 2020 anime ― The official website for the anime of Suu Minazuki's Plunderer manga began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Monday. The video previews the characters Jail Murdoch and Nana, and also includes an interview with Jail and Nana's voice cast members Yuichiro Umehara and Shizuka Itou. The site also unveiled a new visual for the anime: Yen P...
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Kumamoto Prefecture Produces Natsunagu! TV Anime for January 2020

12 episodes with Kumamoto-native staff, cast supports rebuilding efforts after 2016 earthquakes ― The Kumamoto Prefectural Government announced on Monday that it is producing a 12-episode television anime titled Natsunagu! that will premiere in January 2020 on Tokyo MX and Kumamoto Broadcasting. The anime is set in the prefecture, and both the staff and voice cast features Kumamoto natives. The anime...
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Live-Action Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Film's Trailer Teases Cosplay Musical Number

Evangelion's Shiro Sagisu scores musical sequences for February 7 film ― The official website for the live-action film of Fujita's Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Monday. The trailer reveals and previews the musical numbers by Evangelion and Shin Godzilla composer Shiro Sagisu. The trailer also reveals that Yumi Wakatsuki wi...
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Funimation Streams ID: INVADED Virtual World Suspense Anime in January

Kenjiro Tsuda stars in original anime from Fate/Zero director Ei Aoki ― Funimation announced on Sunday that it will stream the original television anime project ID: INVADED in January . The anime will also premiere in Japan in January. Funimation describes the anime: Set in a virtual world, the visually stunning ID: INVADED follows Sakaido, a detective looking to solve the grisly murder of Kaeru, a y...
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Sentai Filmworks Unveils Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul Anime Film's Promo Video

Film opens in Japan on January 17 ― Sentai Filmworks debuted a promotional video for Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul (Gekijōban Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei), the new anime film in the franchise, during its panel at the Anime NYC convention on Saturday. The film will open in Japan on January 17. Sentai Filmworks licensed the film, and it describes the story: Dawn of the Deep Soul con...
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 16

The internet tells me that Atsushi Okubo is 40 years old at the time of this writing, but are we sure that Fire Force wasn't actually written and drawn by a bunch of boys stacked on top of each other in a trenchcoat?
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Viz Licenses Venus in the Blind Spot, Splatoon Squid Kids Comedy Show Manga

Viz to release Venus in the Blind Spot manga in fall 2020, Splatoon Squid Kids Comedy Show in summer 2020 ― Viz Media announced during its panel at Anime NYC on Sunday that it has licensed Junji Ito's Venus in the Blind Spot manga collection and Hideki Gotō's Splatoon Squid Kids Comedy Show manga. Viz will release Venus in the Blind Spot (Ito Junji Ni Tanpenshū BEST OF BEST) in fall 2020. The company...
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Psycho-Pass 3 ‒ Episode 3

Todoroki's family serves as our window into this odd, future of eugenics where it's not race that marks the “genetically superior” but rather mental stability.
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Assassins Pride ‒ Episode 6

After the frenzy of Melida having to literally justify her existence and come to terms with Elise, the series has apparently decided to take a breather before getting involved in any big new plot.
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Ahiru no Sora Anime Sells Its Own Basketballs

The television anime of Takeshi Hinata's basketball-themed Ahiru no Sora manga is getting its own special basketballs courtesy of sports equipment manufacturer Molten. The basketballs went on sale on Friday via DMM.com's online store. Online orders will last until December 15, after which point the product will be restocked and sold in sport shops around Japan. The balls show black-and-white line ...
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The Mike Toole Show - O Big O, Where Art Thou?

Mike returns with an in-depth look at the history and legacy of one of the biggest mecha action shows to hit the early 21st century - The Big O! ― Twenty years ago, something remarkable happened: One Piece started airing on TV in Japan. Wait a minute, that's not what I was gonna talk about. I'm here to talk about what happened twenty years ago the week before One Piece started! On October 13th, 1999,...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld ‒ Episode 6

This is easily the franchise's most graphic non-sexual content to date and one of the most graphic episodes of any series this year.
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Re:ZERO Betelgeuse's Unseen Hands Make Fine Back Scratchers

Betelgeuse Romanee-Conti (sometimes also romanized as Petelgeuse), is one of the main antagonists depicted in the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- anime series. He's got unseen hands that he can manipulate at will, making him a rather creepy figure. It turns out that his hands can be used for other things besides killing people. Anime merchandise vendor Movic announced that as of Friday it...

Kodansha Comics Announces 12 Digital Manga Licenses, 4 Manga Print Releases

Vertical announces 4 manga/novel releases ― Kodansha and Vertical announced new manga licenses and releases during their Anime NYC panel on Sunday. Kodansha announced that it will release the following manga digitally: Aki Amasawa's To Write Your Words (Kuchiutsusu) Vol. 1 on December 3 Yukari Takinami's Ex-Enshusiasts: Motokare Mania (Motokare Mania) Vol. 1 on December 1 (live-action show announced ...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Units Get Gravure Photos for 5 Consecutive Weekly Young Jump Magazine Issues

First issue will launch on November 28 ― Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump announced on Thursday that Love Live! Sunshine!! units will be getting gravure shots published over the course of five issues, starting with the 52nd issue of Weekly Young Jump on November 28. ⭐緊急告知⭐ヤングジャンプ奇跡の大特集🎉『ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!』5週連続ユニットグラビア掲載❗✨11月28日(木)発売の『週刊ヤングジャンプ』52号から、5週にわたって『ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!』の主要ユニットが登場します!😍😍😍#lovelive #ヤンジャン pi...
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Dr. Stone Manga Takes 1-Week Break

― This year's 51st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Boichi and Riichirou Inagaki's Dr. Stone manga will not appear in the magazine's 52nd issue on November 25, and will return in the first 2020 issue on December 2. Boichi and Inagaki attended the Anime NYC event this weekend. Boichi (Sun-Ken Rock) and Inagaki (author of Eyeshield 21) launched the manga in Weekl...
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Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Gets 2nd Novel in January

Manga will also have important announcement on November 25 ― Shueisha revealed on Thursday that Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga will have a second novel by Ballad Kitaguni titled Yoake no Ibara Michi (The Path of Roses at Dawn). Shueisha is listing the novel with a January 4 release. This year's 51st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine also revealed on Monday that the manga's eighth a...
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Yoshino Nanjō, Satomi Arai, Sumire Uesaka Join Cast of Hatena Illusion Anime

Series premieres in January ― This year's 51st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed three more cast members on Monday for the television anime of late author Tomohiro Matsu's Hatena Illusion light novel series. Yoshino Nanjō as Mabe Hoshisato Satomi Arai as Mariah Grene Sumire Uesaka as Kokomi Kikyōin The anime will premiere in January. The previously revealed cast includes: Yoshi...
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Haikyu!! Anime's 4th Season Reveals Theme Song Artists

Burnout Syndromes, CHICO with HONEYWORKS perform opening, ending songs for January anime ― This year's 51st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Burnout Syndromes and CHICO with HONEYWORKS will perform the opening and ending theme songs, respectively, for Haikyu!! To The Top, the fourth season of the Haikyu!! anime. Burnout Syndromes will perform the opening song "P...
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Resident Evil 2 Wins Game of the Year at Golden Joystick Awards 2019

Yu Suzuki, Smash Bros. Ultimate, Devil May Cry 5 also win awards ― The Golden Joystick Awards 2019 ceremony in London on Friday awarded Capcom's Resident Evil 2 game the "Ultimate Game of the Year." The ceremony also awarded Shenmue and Virtua Fighter series game creator Yu Suzuki with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game won the Best Nintendo Game, ...
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Somali and the Forest Spirit Anime's 2nd Promo Video Unveils More Cast Members

Rie Shibata, Sho Hayami, Tomokazu Seki, Ai Kayano, Ayahi Takagaki cast in January anime ― The official Youtube channel for the television anime of Yako Gureishi's Somali and the Forest Spirit (Somali to Mori no Kamisama) manga began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Sunday. The video unveils additional cast members for the anime. A new key visual by character designer Ikuko Ito also d...
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Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo Stage Play Reveals Key Visual, 11 Character Visuals

Stage play runs in Tokyo on December 20-28 ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of GONZO's television anime Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo revealed a key visual and photos of 11 cast members in costume on Friday. The newly unveiled cast visuals include: Moeka Koizumi as Claire-Marie-Eugénie de Danglars Miori Ichikawa as Haydée Junya Komatsu as Andrea Cavalcanti Kōsuke Asuma as ...

Former Manga Creator Arrested for Allegedly Posting Child Pornography via TOR

Police suspect Tarō Ichikura posted images using anonymous communication software TOR ― The Kyoto Prefectural Police arrested former manga creator Tarō Ichikura in Tokyo on Wednesday on suspicion of posting child pornography by using the anonymous communication software TOR. Ichikura (51) had allegedly posted four images of a young girl between May 16 and July 8. According to police, Ichikura used TO...
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Kadokawa: KanColle TV Anime's '2nd Season' Is Still in Production

Sequel series was originally announced in 2015 ― Publisher Kadokawa confirmed on Thursday in the financial results report for its 2020 second fiscal quarter that ended on September 30 that the "second season" of the KanColle television anime is still in production. Studio Engi — the new 2D/3D animation studio that publisher Kadokawa, pachinko and pachislot game machine maker Sammy, and anime holding ...
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Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late[cl-r] Fighting Game's Opening Movie Streamed

Aksys Games releases game in N. America for PS4, Switch on February 20 ― Arc System Works began streaming the opening movie on Sunday for its Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late[cl-r] fighting game. The video features Sakura Ishadō's theme song "Itsuwari no Para-real." Aksys Games will release the game for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in North America on February 20, 2020. The game is getting a co...
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Fragtime OVA's 1st 5 Minutes Streamed

Anime opens in Japanese theaters on November 22 ― Japanese entertainment news website Cinema Today began streaming the first five minutes on Sunday of the anime adaptation of Sato's Fragtime manga. The anime had its U.S. premiere at Anime NYC on Saturday, and Sentai Filmworks later announced at the event on Saturday that it has licensed the anime. The anime will open with limited screenings at Shinju...

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MangaGamer to Release Kira Kira 5th Anniversary Live Anime Kick Start Generation OVA Digitally

30-minute OVA to be featured as DLC for Bokuten game releasing on December 19 ― MangaGamer announced at Anime NYC on Saturday that it will release the Kira Kira 5th Anniversary Live Anime Kick Start Generation OVA as part of its release of OVERDRIVE's Bokuten: Why I Became an Angel (Boku ga Tenshi ni Natta Wake) game. The game releases on December 19 on Steam, MangaGamer's website, and Discord. The O...
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J-Novel Club Licenses 13 Light Novel Series, Reveals Print Editions for Sexiled, My Next Life as a Villainess

Titles include Teogonia, The Economics of Prophecy, Tearmoon Empire ― J-Novel Club announced 13 light novel licenses at its panel at Anime NYC on Saturday, including five licenses from Kodansha's Legend label. Five of the 13 titles are part of a new Heart label J-Novel Club is launching for shōjo-focused titles. In addition, J-Novel Club announced it will release print editions of the Sexiled: My Sex...
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Funimation, Crunchyroll to Stream Another OAD for 'That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime'

Sumo tournament episode debuts on December 4, when 2nd OAD also ships in Japan ― Funimation and Crunchyroll announced at Anime NYC on Saturday that they will stream another original anime DVD (OAD) for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime on December 4. Funimation describes the upcoming OAD as the second one, but Crunchyroll describes the OAD as the first one. Funimation will stream the Engl...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Dubs for Magical Sempai, 'If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord,' 2 More Anime

Also dubs for Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun, Ascendance of a Bookworm anime ― Crunchyroll announced at its panel at Anime NYC on Saturday that it will stream English dubs for the Magical Sempai, If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord, Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun, and Ascendance of a Bookworm anime. In addition, the company announced that it will livestream its fourth annual...
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Pluto TV Launches Naruto Anime Channel

Naruto Channel streams on service's channel 677 ― Viz Media announced at its Naruto: 20th Anniversary Celebration panel at Anime NYC on Saturday that streaming service Pluto TV has launched a channel dedicated to the Naruto anime. The Naruto Channel is the service's channel 677. The Naruto franchise includes multiple television anime, anime films, and original video anime. The original Naruto televis...

Yen Press Adds Bestia, Carole & Tuesday, 11 More Manga/Novels

Titles include Restaurant to Another World manga; High School DxD, High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World! novels ― Yen Press announced 13 manga and light novel licenses and releases at its panel at Anime NYC on Saturday. All of the titles are slated for release in 2020. Title: Bestia manga Creators: Makoto Sanda, (story), Ako Arisaka (art), Kashiwa Miyako (planning) Summary: Chasin...
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Sentai Filmworks Announces To Love-Ru Anime's English Dub Cast

Ry McKeand, Alexis Tipton, Bryn Apprill, Brittney Karbowski, Scott Gibbs, Greg Cote join cast ― Sentai Filmworks announced at its panel at Anime NYC on Saturday the cast for its English dub of the first anime adaptation of Kentaro Yabuki and Saki Hasemi's To Love-Ru manga. The dub will ship on March 31, 2020. The company also revealed a clip of the dub. To Love Ru Primary Director: David Wald pic.twi...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Fragtime OVA

Anime screened at Anime NYC prior to announcement, opens theatrically in Japan on November 22 ― Sentai Filmworks announced at its panel at the Anime NYC convention on Saturday that it has licensed the anime adaptation of Sato's Fragtime manga. The anime had its U.S. premiere at Anime NYC directly prior to Sentai Filmworks' panel, with voice actress Miku Itō and producer Yūsuke Terada present. The ani...
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HIDIVE Debuts O Maidens in Your Savage Season Anime's English Dub on December 20

Anime premiered on HIDIVE on July 5 ― Sentai Filmworks announced during its panel at the Anime NYC convention on Saturday that HIDIVE will begin streaming an English dub of the television anime adaptation of Mari Okada and Nao Emoto's O Maidens in Your Savage Season (Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo) manga on December 20. The anime premiered on July 5, and Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime and stre...
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Sentai Filmworks Produces Dubs for BanG Dream! 2nd Season, Run With the Wind

Both dubs are "coming soon" ― Sentai Filmworks announced at its panel at the Anime NYC convention on Saturday that it will produce English dubs for the BanG Dream! 2nd Season and Run With the Wind anime. Both dubs are "coming soon." BanG Dream! 2nd Season premiered on January 3. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime, and HIDIVE and Crunchyroll both streamed the series as it aired. Koudai Kakimoto (Kata...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Second ‒ Episode 8

"The writing's obvious general disdain for nobility has never been obfuscated, but it's really escalating in this episode in how obvious it's made that they never stood a chance against Reinhard."

Megalobox Anime Gets Sequel

Anime's staff announced Megalobox 2 at Anime NYC on Saturday ― Staff of the original anime series Megalobox announced at Anime NYC on Saturday that Megalobox 2 is in development. Just announced at @animenyc! @MEGALOBOX_ 2 in development! pic.twitter.com/twB67yjVAD— TMS Entertainment (@tmsanime) November 16, 2019 The 13-episode anime premiered on TBS in April 2018, and Crunchyroll streamed the series ...
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Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! ‒ Episode 6

"The Average Abilities Isekai Show is definitely in odd, uneven territory now."
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Oscar Academy Hosts Akira Screening on December 2

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host a screening and panel for Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira on December 2 to commemorate the film's 30th anniversary. The screening will be held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater and will incorporate a lobby exhibit of original animation cels and drawings. Special guests include Jorge Gutiérrez (director of The Book of Life), Justin Thompson (production ...
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Stars Align ‒ Episode 6

"After the fraught emotions of last week, it's equally a relief and a disappointment that this episode of Stars Align is solely focused on the practice game."
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Assassins Pride ‒ Episode 5

"I find myself ambivalent overall about the series' fifth episode, as it does some things quite right and other things quite wrong."

Square Enix Manga & Books Licenses 5 Manga, 1 Novel

Ragna Crimson, The Apothecary Diaries, Beauty and the Feast, more licensed ― Square Enix announced six new licenses under its new Square Enix Manga & Books imprint during its panel at Anime NYC on Saturday. Title: Ragna Crimson Story and Art: Daiki Kobayashi Description: In this action-packed dark fantasy, humanity lives under the threat of annihilation by immensely powerful dragons. The dragon hunte...
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Babylon ‒ Episode 6

"I am having a hard time grasping what the full scope of Kaika's plan to legalize suicide would mean, both for his own agenda and for Japan as a whole."
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Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld ‒ Episode 5

"With episode 5, the series completes its adaptation of novel 15 and thus also its very long set-up for this season's main story."
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Game Center Arashi's Best Selection Compilation Book Includes First New Chapter in 35 Years

Mitsuru Sugaya's classic comedy manga Game Center Arashi released the first volume of the "Game Center Arashi: Honō no Best Selection" (Game Center Arashi: Best Selection of Flames) compilation book on Tuesday. The book compiles various notable chapters selected by Sugaya. It will also include a new chapter, titled "Deppa Tai Kyonyū! Chōjikū Boshi Daikessen!" (Bucktooth vs huge breasts! The super-...
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Chihayafuru 3 ‒ Episode 6

"I realized that I don't really care who wins. I'm much more interested in how Taichi and Chihaya will continue as friends afterward."
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The Strange Tale of Panorama Island

"The evocative and lurid tale transposes the political with the obscene." ― Suehiro Maruo's The Strange Tale of Panorama Island has been out of print for years, but fortunately got a recent reprint by Last Gasp Publishing. The evocative and lurid tale transposes the political with the obscene, capturing the anxiety of Western influence that marked the Taisho era and commentates on Showa era's push to...
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Kemono Michi: Rise Up ‒ Episode 7

Kemono Michi: Rise Up decides to at least attempt a storyline about bullying.
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fourth Plate ‒ Episode 6

"What this episode lacks in cooking scenes it makes up for in backstory and plot."
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Sazae-san Hosts Her First TV Program

Program celebrates anime's 50th anniversary ― The iconic Sazae-san from the TV anime of the same name is hosting a four-hour long TV special on November 22 to commemorate the anime's 50th anniversary. Sazae-san will be hosting alongside acclaimed journalist Akira Ikegami to explore the history of Japan over the past 50 years. The cast of the sequel live-action TV special will appear as guests. The sh...
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Man Charged With Threatening Final Fantasy VII Remake's Tifa Voice Actress Ayumi Ito

Woman also charged for separately threatening Ito in June ― The Tokyo Metropolitan Police processed two suspects on November 8 for prosecution for allegedly sending online messages threatening actress Ayumi Ito. According to the police in Tokyo's Shinjuku ward, the female unemployed suspect in her 20s and the male suspect in his 30s asked Ito to pull out of a live-action show's preview screening and ...

Kyodo: Manga Creator Leiji Matsumoto Is Stable With No Major Head Symptoms Detected

Captain Harlock/Galaxy Express 999 creator was hospitalized in Italy ― The Kyodo News agency reported on Saturday that manga creator Leiji Matsumoto's condition is now stable after being transported to a hospital in Italy. According to Kyodo's source who has ties with Matsumoto, the creator is expected to be eventually discharged from the hospital and return to Japan following his recuperation. Accor...
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Capcom Delays Mega Man Zero / ZX Legacy Collection Game's Release to February 25

― Capcom announced on Thursday that it is delaying its release of Mega Man Zero / ZX Legacy Collection — a collection of all four Mega Man Zero games as well as the Mega Man ZX and Mega Man ZX Advent games — for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC via Steam from January 21 to February 25. Mega Man series producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya explains in the below video that the delay is in order to ful...
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2020 Crayon Shin-chan Anime Film's Trailer Reveals April 24 Debut

Visual, story revealed for 28th film in series ― The official website for the Crayon Shin-chan anime films began streaming a trailer and a teaser video on Saturday for Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Gekitotsu! Rakuga Kingdom to Hobo Yonin no Yūsha (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes), the 28th film in the series. The videos reveal that the film will open in Japan on April...
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Iya na Kao Sare Nagara Opantsu Misete Moraitai Video Anime's '2nd Season' to Stream on November 22

24-minute series to stream on Niconico Channel ― The source links for this article may not be safe for work. The official website for the anime adaptation of Shimahara's doujin project Iya na Kao Sare Nagara Opantsu Misete Moraitai (I Want You To Make a Disgusted Face and Show Me Your Underwear) revealed on Saturday that the anime's second "season" will stream on Niconico Channel on November 23 at 12...
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Kōichirō Hoshino Launches Variety Show Manga Collaboration in December

New manga collaborates with How Do You Like Wednesday? Hokkaido variety show ― This year's 50th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine confirmed on Thursday that Koichiro Hoshino is launching a new manga collaboration titled Suiyō Dō Desho (How Do You Like Wednesday?) in the magazine's first 2020 issue on December 5. The manga is a collaboration with the variety show of the same name...
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KONOSUBA - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World– Legend of Crimson Film's U.S. Screening Earns US$1.13 Million

Film screened in 600+ theaters in U.S. on November 12, 14 ― The Box Office Mojo website is reporting that Crunchyroll and Fathom Events' screening of the KONOSUBA - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World– Legend of Crimson (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Kurenai Densetsu) film on November 12 and 14 earned a total of US$1,134,786. The film screened in more than 600 theaters in the United States...
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New Pocket Monsters Anime Gets Manga

Machito Gomi draws manga based on new anime ― The December issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Friday that the the new Pocket Monsters anime will have a manga adaptation. Machito Gomi will draw the new manga. Gomi posted a photo of the magazine announcement on their Twitter account. お知らせが遅くなりました!😂明日発売のコロコロコミック12月号よりアニメ「ポケットモンスター」のコミカライズを連載開始させていただきます‼✨ポケモンソード・シールドの発売も一緒で嬉しいですね...
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Eleven Arts, Shout! Factory to Release Laughing Under the Clouds Gaiden Film Trilogy on Home Video

Eleven Arts was previously slated to release the trilogy with Right Stuf ― Eleven Arts announced on Thursday that it will release the anime trilogy film adaptation of Kemuri Karakara's Donten ni Warau Gaiden (Laughing Under the Clouds - Side Story) manga on Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack on February 4, 2020 in partnership with Shout! Factory. The release, under the title Donten: Laughing Under The C...
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Kaitō Shōnen Jokers Manga Ends in December

Latest entry in Fudeyasu Takahashi's Mysterious Joker manga series launched in 2017 ― The December issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Friday that Hideyasu Takahashi's Kaitō Shōnen Jokers manga will end in the magazine's next issue in December. The manga is the newest entry in Takahashi's Mysterious Joker manga series, and it introduces Kai and J, the two young phantom thieves...
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New Seven Days War Manga Ends on December 13

Aoko Sasaki launched manga based on upcoming December 13 anime film on August 16 ― The December issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine revealed on Friday that Aoko Sasaki's Seven Days War (Bokura no Nanokakan Sensō) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on December 13. The manga launched on August 16 in the magazine, and adapts the upcoming Bokura no Nanokakan Sensō anime film project ...
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Kakushigoto Manga Has 'Little Bit Left'

― The 10th compiled book volume of Kōji Kumeta's Kakushigoto manga revealed on Friday that the manga only has "a little bit left." In Kumeta's comment in the manga, he noted that the anime, manga, the author, and the readers will all hold hands to run a victory lap toward the goal. The manga's 11th volume is slated for mid- to late-March. The 10th volume also revealed that the manga is inspiring a t...

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Heroland Game Launches in N. America on December 3, Gets PC Version

Game gets physical, digital releases for PS4, Switch ― XSEED Games announced on Thursday that it will release Furyu Corporation's Heroland (Work x Work) role-playing game in North America on December 3. The company also announced that in addition to the previously announced releases on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, the game will also release on PC (via Steam and the Humble Store by Humble Bundle...
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2020 Doraemon Film Gets Switch Game

Action-adventure game debuts on March 5, 1 day before film's opening ― The December issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Friday that the 2020 Doraemon film Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Kyoryū (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's New Dinosaur) will have a Nintendo Switch game that will debut in Japan on March 5, a day before the film's opening. The game will be an action-adventure gam...
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Denpa Licenses Hideki Ohwada's The Men Who Created Gundam, Moto Hagio's Lil' Leo Manga

Also: F/GO Chaldea Scrapbook, Baby Bear's Bakery manga licensed ― Manga publisher Denpa announced four new licenses during its Anime NYC panel on Friday. Denpa announced it will release Hideki Ohwada's The Men Who Created Gundam (Gundam o Tsukutta Otoko-tachi) manga. The manga dramatizes the creation of the original Mobile Suit Gundam anime, beginning from when Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino outline...

Leiji Matsumoto Hospitalized in Italy After Suspected Stroke

Influential sci-fi manga creator is in Turin to celebrate 40th anniversary of Captain Harlock premiere ― The website for the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported on Saturday that according to Italian media, artist and manga creator Leiji Matsumoto was hospitalized in Turin, Italy on Friday after collapsing. The Asahi Shimbun noted that it is suspected that he had a stroke and that he is in serious condit...
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Aniplex USA Details Home Video Releases for The Promised Neverland, Sword Art Online Alicization Anime

― Aniplex of America announced at its panel at the Anime NYC event on Friday that it will release the first season of The Promised Neverland anime on Blu-ray Disc on March 31, 2020. The release is available for pre-order on the Right Stuf retailer's website. The release will include English and Japanese audio tracks and Englsh subtitles, all 12 episodes of the first season, a deluxe booklet, and vid...
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Deemo Rhythm Game Inspires Anime Film by Signal.MD, Production I.G

Jun'ichi Fujisaku, Shūhei Matsushita direct film ― Rayark Games announced during its Anime NYC panel on Friday that the company's Deemo game is inspiring an anime film. The film is "expected to wrap up" in 2020. Sister studios Signal.MD and Production I.G are producing the film. Jun'ichi Fujisaku is credited as executive director for the film, with Shūhei Matsushita credited as director, and Yoshihir...
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One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows Game Launches on February 28

Game's new trailer reveals Metal Knight, Stinger, Melzargard ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Friday that the One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows game will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in North America and Europe on February 28. The game will launch for PS4 and Xbox One in Japan on February 27. The company began streaming a new release date announcement trailer on Friday. The vi...
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22/7 Idol Project's TV Anime's English-subtitled Trailer Streamed

Anime premieres in January 2020 ― Aniplex of America began streaming an trailer for the television anime of the 22/7 idol project on Friday. The video is an English-subtitled version of a promotional video that the anime's Twitter account began streaming in September. The anime will premiere in January 2020. Takao Abo (The Rising of the Shield Hero, Norn9) is directing the series at A-1 Pictures. Chi...
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Assassins Pride Voice Actors Roleplay as Lovers With Show's Viewers in Special Livestream

The "Ano ko wa manga wo yomanai" (That girl does not read manga) TV program held a special spinoff program dedicated to the Assassins Pride anime on Monday. Voice actors Yuuki Ono (Kufa Vampir) and Tomori Kusonoki (Melida Angel) were given the challenge of doing ad-lib roleplays with viewers of the program. The theme of the roleplay was pretending to be lovers with the caller. The program was live...
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Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE ‒ Episode 7

"Maybe my problem is looking for a moral in this glorified toy commercial at all. Better to just focus on the increasingly impressive Gundam battles."
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This Week in Anime - The Gremlins and Beasties of Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun

This week, Nick and Andy pay a friendly visit to the monsters of Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun. ― Halloween may be technically behind us, but the holiday spirit lives on throughout the fall anime season. This week, Nick and Andy pay a friendly visit to the monsters of Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the...
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Bungo Stray Dogs: Another Story - Yukito Ayatsuji vs. Natsuhiko Kyogoku GN 1

"Hopefully things will pick up story-wise in the next volume – fans of both the original series and mystery in general stand to find a lot to like if this can steady its pace." ― Bungo Stray Dogs' chief conceit is that it pulls great authors from the past and gives them new life as modern-day detectives and gangsters with special powers, so bibliophile readers can experience the thrill of seeing F. S...
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Viz's Shonen Jump to Add 9 Digital Manga

Viz to speed up Demon Slayer manga releases ― Viz Media announced nine digital manga releases for 2019 and 2020 at its panel at Anime NYC on Friday. The company also announced that it will accelerate the physical and digital releases of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga. Viz will ship one manga volume a month beginning in May 2020. The company will also release new chapters digi...
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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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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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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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