VTuber Kizuna Ai Goes on Indefinite Hiatus Next February

Videos to be archived during hiatus, intended for update to further develop her

The magic at irregular high school: Reminiscence Arc Anime Special's Promo Video Reveals December 31 Airing

Kairi Yagi performs theme song

Anime Limited Posts Update About Delivery of Ultimate Evangelion Blu-ray Set

A thousand copies expected to be delivered in December, remaining stock will be delivered as soon as possible in the New Year

The Winter 2021 Light Novel Guide

Looking for your next page-turner? ANN's Rebecca Silverman will help you find your new favorite, whether its a famous vampire hunter, a planet of orcs, or a tsundere villainess!

Doomed To Die Fighting: The Seething Angst of Yu Yu Hakusho

Writer and author Daniel Dockery hones in on the permeating anger of the shonen classic.

This Week in Anime - Why Ranking of Kings Deserves Its Top Spot

Ranking of Kings has enjoyed the limelight among ANN readers after a strong debut. So what is it about this fantasy series that is capturing the hearts of viewers?

The Winter 2021 Manga Guide

More reviewers and more manga are her for the guide's big return for winter! We'll have new books every week. Today: The Eminence in Shadow, Young Ladies Don't Play Fighting Games, Reborn as a Barrier Master, and more!

Interview: Ranking of Kings Manga Creator Sōsuke Tōka

ANN spoke to the Ranking of Kings manga's original creator Sōsuke Tōka about the story's inspirations and the artist's own unconventional path to success.
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A Man and His Cat GN 4

A Man and His Cat is one of those series where you can judge how effective it is by how many times each volume puts you on the verge of tears. ― A Man and His Cat is one of those series where you can judge how effective it is by how many times each volume puts you on the verge of tears. They aren't always sad tears, although this book definitely has a few of those moments; rather, they're sometimes t...
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This Week in Games - Save it for a Rainy Day

Heidi has the latest on Spike Chunsoft and Kazutaka Kodaka's new title, plus those of you holding out for the Dragon Maid game might want to temper your expectations. ― December has officially begun, and that means it's CRIMMASTIME! It's time to get in the mood for joy, holiday cheer, gifts, and hoarding currency in your gacha game of choice to pull those elusive, exclusive Christmas units. It's also...
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Call Girl in Another World GN 1

If you read Interspecies Reviewers and thought, “This is fine, but I'd really like to read it from the ladies' perspective,” Call Girl in Another World may be the book for you. ― If you read Interspecies Reviewers and thought, “This is fine, but I'd really like to read it from the ladies' perspective,” Call Girl in Another World may be the book for you. There are, on the surface, some definite simila...
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Whisper Me a Love Song GN 4

Whether or not creator Eku Takeshima is intending to make a statement about the paucity of information for non-heteronormative relationships or not, that's precisely what this section does. ― Whisper Me a Love Song did not, technically speaking, need to continue past volume three. That book nicely wrapped up Yori and Himari's awkward relationship with them getting together and being delighted about i...
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Harem Marriage Live-Action Series Casts Nana Asakawa

Asakawa plays 2nd wife Madoka Date in series premiering in January ― Japan's ABC television channel announced on Thursday that the live-action series adaptation of Non's Harem Marriage (Hare Kon.) manga has cast Nana Asakawa as Madoka Date. Madoka is Ryūnosuke's second wife and she single-handedly manages the family's finances. The series will air on ABC in January 2022. The show stars Haruka Shimaza...
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Final Fantasy XIV Game Has 25 Million Registered Accounts

― Square Enix announced on Thursday that its Final Fantasy XIV game has 25 million registered accounts worldwide. The game's "Endwalker" expansion will release on December 7. Those with Early Access to the new expansion gained access on Friday. Square Enix released Final Fantasy XIV Online for personal computers in September 2010. After criticism from fans, the company revealed an updated version of...
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Adventure TV Anime Orient's Cast Member Wataru Hatano Also Sings Its Ending Theme

Hatano voices Kosameda Bushi leader Hideo Kosameda, sings "Naniiro" for January anime ― Wataru Hatano, the voice of Kosameda Bushi leader Hideo Kosameda in the television anime of Shinobu Ohtaka's Orient manga, is singing the anime's ending theme song "Naniiro." The song will be the title track on Hatano's 12th single, which will debut on February 23. Hatano will also preview the song in a performanc...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil Smartphone Game Ends Service in January

Yōjo Senki - Madōshi Kaku Tatakaeri launched in December 2020 ― The official Twitter account for the Yōjo Senki - Madōshi Kaku Tatakaeri (Saga of Tanya the Evil - Thus the Mages Did Clash) smartphone game based on Carlo Zen and Shinobu Shinotsuki's Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) novel series announced on Thursday that the game will end service on January 17. Yōjo Senki - Madōshi Kaku Tatakaeri l...
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Classroom of the Elite: Year 2 Novels Get Manga on December 25

Shia Sasane draws manga of sequel novel series ― The January 2022 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Alive magazine revealed on November 27 that Syougo Kinugasa's Classroom of the Elite: Year 2 (Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e: 2-nen Sei Hen) light novels are inspiring a manga adaptation by Shia Sasane that will launch in the magazine's next issue on December 25. Classroom of the Elite: Y...
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Appare-Ranman! Manga Ends on January 4

2nd, 3rd volumes ship before final chapter on December 28 ― The January 2022 issue of Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine revealed on Friday that Ahndongshik's manga adaptation of P.A. Works' original television anime Appare-Ranman! will end in the magazine's next issue on January 4. However, the manga's second and third volumes, the final volumes of the manga, will both ship on December 28, earlier than t...
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A Man and His Cat GN 4

A Man and His Cat is one of those series where you can judge how effective it is by how many times each volume puts you on the verge of tears. ― A Man and His Cat is one of those series where you can judge how effective it is by how many times each volume puts you on the verge of tears. They aren't always sad tears, although this book definitely has a few of those moments; rather, they're sometimes t...
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Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Anime Film Offers 'Vol. 0.5' Booklet, Midnight Screenings

Booklet includes exclusive 9-page manga, original manga thumbnails, designs, more ― A live-streamed special for the Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (Jujutsu Kaisen 0 the Movie) film announced on Saturday that the film's audience members will each receive a "Jujutsu Kaisen #0.5 Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School" booklet, while supplies last. Theaters will distribute 5 million booklets. The booklet wil...
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VTuber Kizuna Ai Goes on Indefinite Hiatus Next February

Videos to be archived during hiatus, intended for update to further develop her ― Popular virtual YouTuber (VTuber) Kizuna Ai will go on indefinite hiatus after her online "Kizuna Ai The Last Live 'hello, world 2022'" concert on February 26. The announcement posted in Japanese, English, and Chinese on Saturday cited an update to "future activities with the goal of further developing Kizuna Ai" as the...
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Aharen-san wa Hakarenai Romantic Comedy Anime Casts M.A.O, Kana Hanazawa

Inori Minase, Takuma Terashima also star in April anime from Felix Film, bilibili ― The official website for the television anime of Asato Mizu's Aharen-san wa Hakarenai (Aharen Is Indecipherable) romantic comedy manga series posted two more cast members and the first key visual on Saturday. The new cast members are: M.A.O as Mitsuki Ōshiro (left in image below), Aharen's childhood friend Kana Hanaza...
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My Dress-Up Darling Anime's 2nd Video Unveils Song Artists, January 8 Debut

Band Spira Spica, singer Akari Akase perform theme songs ― The staff for the television anime of Shinichi Fukuda's My Dress-Up Darling (Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru) manga unveiled the anime's second promotional video and second key visual on Saturday. The video announces and previews the opening theme song "Sansan Days" (Sun-Drenched Days) by the band Spira Spica, and the website announces that t...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, November 22-28

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc final episode earns 6.5% ― This week's episode of Nippon Chinmotsu - Kibō no Hito (Japan Sinks - People of Hope), a new live-action version of Sakyo Komatsu's Japan Sinks (Nihon Chinmotsu) science-fiction novel, aired on TBS on Sunday, November 28 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned a 15.4% rating. The latest episode of Radiation House 2, the second season live-...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, November 22-28

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Pokémon Shining Pearl stays at #1 for 2nd week ― Japan's Game Ranking: November 22-28 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwPokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl Nintendo November 19 355,046 1,750,688 2NSwMario Party Superstars Nintendo October 29 35,012 364,509 3NSwPower Pro Kun Pocket R Konami November 25 23,360 23,360 4NSwAn...
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Another Eden Smartphone Game Transcends Space-Time With Chrono Cross Crossover

Both games are written by Chrono Trigger's Masato Katō ― Wright Flyer Studios (WFS) announced at its Another Eden Crossover Announcement Livestream on Saturday that the Another Eden: The Cat Beyond Time and Space smartphone game will hold a crossover event with Square Enix's classic Chrono Cross role-playing game, starting from December 9. WFS released two trailers for the collaboration, including a ...
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Bloomberg: Dark Horse 'Weighs Options That Could Include Sale'

― The Bloomberg news website reported on Wednesday that North American comic book and manga publisher Dark Horse Comics is "working with an adviser to weigh options that could include a sale." Bloomberg said its reporting was according to "people familiar with the matter," and added it could not reach a Dark Horse representative for comment. Bloomberg mentioned the situation in an article about a cu...
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The magic at irregular high school: Reminiscence Arc Anime Special's Promo Video Reveals December 31 Airing

Kairi Yagi performs theme song ― The official website for the Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Tsuioku-hen (The magic at irregular high school: Reminiscence Arc) anime revealed on Saturday that the anime will air on December 31 at 11:57 p.m. as a New Year's special. The airing will also feature a New Year's celebration video. The site also began streaming a promotional video, and also revealed that Kairi Yag...

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Shadows House Manga Goes on Hiatus Again

Manga returns on January 6 ― This year's first 2022 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump announced on Thursday that So-ma-to's Shadows House manga will go on hiatus until the magazine's combined sixth and seventh issue, which ships on January 6. The manga inspired a television anime that premiered in Japan on April 10. Funimation streamed the anime as it aired in Japan, and it is also streaming an E...
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Yūji Moritaka, Keiji Adachi Launch Gurazeni Dai League-hen Baseball Manga

Shо̄wa no Gurazeni manga's part 1 ends, part 2 starts in March ― The first 2022 issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Thursday that Yūji Moritaka and Keiji Adachi will launch Gurazeni Dai League-hen (Gurazeni Big League Arc), a new story in their Gurazeni manga, in the magazine's next issue on December 9. In the new story, Natsunosuke Bonda heads to America to join Major League Baseball's ...
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Lupin III Isekai Spinoff Manga's 1st Season Ends, 2nd Season Debuts on February 24

Lupin III: Neighbor World Princess manga launched on August 26 ― The first 2022 issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine published the final chapter in "Season 1" of Yōsuke Saeki and Keyaki Uchi-uchi's Lupin III: Neighbor World Princess spinoff manga on Thursday. "Season 2" of the manga will launch in next year's 13th issue on February 24. The manga's first compiled book volume will sh...
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Love and Lies Manga Returns From Hiatus, Ends With 12th Volume on January 7 (Updated)

Manga will have 2 endings for Misaki, Ririna ― The official Twitter account for Musawo's Love and Lies manga revealed on Wednesday that the manga will resume with its final arc on December 5. The new MangaBox serialization of the manga will have a "rearranged" story from the 265th chapter, and it will then move on to the manga's previously announced two separate endings (the manga will have a "marryi...

.hack//G.U. Last Recode HD Remaster Collection Gets Switch Release in March

15th anniversary franchise compilation launched for PC in 2017 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Friday that it will release CyberConnect2's .hack//G.U. Last Recode HD remaster of the .hack//G.U. games on the Nintendo Switch worldwide on March 10, 2022. The compilation launched on PC via Steam in November 2017 worldwide. The game also had a physical release for PlayStation 4. The release incl...
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This Week in Games - Save it for a Rainy Day

Heidi has the latest on Spike Chunsoft and Kazutaka Kodaka's new title, plus those of you holding out for the Dragon Maid game might want to temper your expectations. ― December has officially begun, and that means it's CRIMMASTIME! It's time to get in the mood for joy, holiday cheer, gifts, and hoarding currency in your gacha game of choice to pull those elusive, exclusive Christmas units. It's also...
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Mobile Suit Gundam Arsenal Base Arcade Card Game Unveils Videos, Early Spring 2022 Release

Season:01 includes Gundam Seed, Gundam UC, Iron-Blooded Orphans, more series ― The official Twitter account for Mobile Suit Gundam Arsenal Base, the new real-time strategy arcade card game in the Mobile Suit Gundam series, announced on Thursday that the game will launch in early spring 2022. The account also streamed a couple of videos and unveiled a visual: 【参戦MS紹介】 #アーセナルベース < season:01 >に参戦するモビルスー...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets Inspire Life-Sized Acrylic Stands

Each girl is depicted reading a book, making them ideal companions for book-loving otaku The Quintessential Quintuplets girls are getting their own life-sized acrylic stands. Each girl is depicted reading a book, making them ideal companions for book-loving otaku. Each stand is 170 centimeters tall and costs 181,500 yen (approximately US$1,600). Each purchase will come with an acrylic holder novelt...
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Ranking of Kings ‒ Episode 8

What is this guy doing?! He got his turn to be big king on campus and now he's destroying everyone's lives, including his kids' own.
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Gundam: Hathaway Producer: 2nd Film May Not Open Before 2024

Film's next stage is Australia ― Shukou Murase, the director of the Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway) anime project teased during the first film's 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc release event on Thursday that the second film may not open before 2024, the year of the next Summer Olympic Games, at least. The film's producer Naohiro Ogata revealed that the next stage of the film ...
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The Case Study of Vanitas Anime's 2nd Part Premieres on January 14

The official Twitter account for BONES' anime of Jun Mochizuki's The Case Study of Vanitas (Vanitas no Carte) manga announced on Friday that the anime's second part will premiere on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and BS11 on January 14 at 12:00 a.m. JST (effectively, January 15). The show will then run on other channels. The anime's staff will announce new details about the anime's second part on...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba's Inosuke Will Cover Your Ass

With the character inspiring a pair of shorts, Inosuke can now literally cover your behind. Hey, that's what friends are for, right? Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba's Inosuke is a reliable ally to Tanjirо̄ in a jam, and he can do the same for you with this latest piece of merch. With the character inspiring a pair of shorts, Inosuke can now literally cover your behind. Hey, that's what friends are f...
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Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Game's 8th, Final Volume Launches for PC on February 25

Character designer Akio Watanabe illustrates new key visual ― The official website for Frontwing's Grisaia: Phantom Trigger game revealed on Friday that the series' eighth and final volume will launch for PC on February 25. The website also unveiled a new key visual by character designer Akio Watanabe. Reservations for the game's special edition will also include special colored paper with an illustr...
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Platinum End ‒ Episodes 8-9

I forgot this show's default brand of tragedy is so clumsy and heartless that it turns into unintentional comedy. But here we are with our newest antagonist being the god damn Ugly Barnacle. Amazing.
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Animate's Ikebukuro Shop Expands to Be 'World's Biggest Anime Shop'

Store has grand reopening in spring 2023 ― Japanese store chain Animate announced on Friday that its main Ikebukuro store will expand to become the "world's biggest anime shop." The expanded store will have its grand reopening in spring 2023, which is also Animate's 40th anniversary. The new expansion will be built at the site of the former Ikebukuro Public Health Center, and it will be integrated wi...
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Sakugan ‒ Episodes 8-9

You know, it figures right when personal circumstances make me skip a week, that Sakugan delivers easily its best episode since its premiere.
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Live-Action Mega Man Directors' Studio Lists Netflix on Film

Supermarché production company plans video game movie with writer Mattson Tomlin ― Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, writers and directors for the planned live-action film project of CAPCOM's Mega Man game franchise, list on their production company Supermarché's website that the movie is "in the works" for Netflix. The entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter reported in January 2020 that scri...
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Call Girl in Another World GN 1

If you read Interspecies Reviewers and thought, “This is fine, but I'd really like to read it from the ladies' perspective,” Call Girl in Another World may be the book for you. ― If you read Interspecies Reviewers and thought, “This is fine, but I'd really like to read it from the ladies' perspective,” Call Girl in Another World may be the book for you. There are, on the surface, some definite simila...
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Neko de Yokereba Cat Manga Gets Net Anime

Story about talking cat who listens to others debuted on Friday ― Home-sha began streaming on Friday on YouTube the first short of a new net anime based on Rie Yamamoto's Neko de Yokereba cat manga. There will be five episodes, each based on a well-received manga story. The story follows a talking cat with a Kansai dialect. The cat opens a store where he consults and listens to humans' worries and fe...
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Doraemon's 50th Anniversary Commemorated With Giant Bronze Statue in Shibuya

"Doraemon: Door to the Future" monument was unveiled in Miyashita Park on Wednesday ― Fujiko F. Fujio's original Doraemon manga commemorated its 50th anniversary on Wednesday with the unveiling of a giant bronze statue in Shibuya's Miyashita Park. The "Doraemon: Door to the Future" monument depicts Doraemon and Nobita alongside seven classic Doraemon gadgets, most prominently the Anywhere Door. The s...

My Isekai Life Anime's Teaser Reveals Main Cast

Chiaki Kobayashi, Azumi Waki, Wataru Takagi star in 2022 anime ― The official website for the television anime of Shinkoshoto's Tensei Kenja no Isekai Life ~Daini no Shokugyō o Ete, Sekai Saikyō ni Narimashita~ (The Reincarnated Sage's Alternate World Life: I Got a Second Profession, and Became the Most Powerful in the World) light novel series began streaming a teaser trailer for the anime on Friday...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Unveils New Teaser, Yūto Uemura as Müller

Teaser highlights Iserlohn Fortress, Geiersburg Fortress battle ― The official website for Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, the new anime of Yoshiki Tanaka's epic science fiction novels Legend of the Galactic Heroes, began streaming a new teaser trailer for the third season of the anime on Friday. The video highlights the coming epic battle between the Alliance's Iserlohn Fortress and t...

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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 6: Stone Ocean Is #1 on Netflix Japan, #6 in U.S.

― The official Twitter account for the anime series of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean manga reported on Friday that the anime is currently the most watched overall title on Netflix in Japan, and is also the sixth most watched overall title on Netflix in the United States. Netflix debuted 12 episodes of the anime globally on Wednesday. The series will air on television in Japa...
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Akebi's Sailor Uniform Anime Unveils 2nd Visual, January 8 Premiere

CloverWorks animates youth series set in prestigious girls middle school ― The official website for the television anime of HIRO's Akebi's Sailor Uniform (Akebi-chan no Sailor Fuku) manga revealed its second key visual and the January 8 premiere date for the anime on Friday. The anime will premiere on January 8 on Tokyo MX, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, BS11, and MBS, and will premiere on January 9 on BS Asa...
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Requiem of the Rose King Anime's Video Reveals More Cast, Opening Song,

Riho Sugiyama, Aoi Yūki join cast as Duke of Buckingham, Joan of Arc in January anime ― The official website for the television anime of Aya Kanno's Requiem of the Rose King (Bara-Ō no Sōretsu) manga began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals two new cast members, and also previews the anime's opening theme song "Ware, Bara ni Insu" (I'm Obssessed With Roses) b...
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Teikō Penguin Web Anime Gets TV Anime on January 5

Anime adapts Torinosasami's manga about penguin's troubles in abusive company ― Animation studio Plott announced on Friday that its web anime of Torinosasami.'s Teikō Penguin manga is itself inspiring a television anime that will premiere on TV Tokyo and its affiliates on January 5. The television anime will run within TV Tokyo's children's program Kinder TV. The manga centers on a penguin who works ...
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25th Detective Conan Film's Teaser Hints at Conan, Rei Furuya's Confrontation

Film opens on April 15, features police academy characters ― The official website for Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween (Meitantei Conan: Halloween no Hanayome), the 25th anime film in the Detective Conan franchise, began streaming a teaser trailer for the film on Friday. The teaser hints at a confrontation between Conan and Rei Furuya. The film will open in Japan on April 15, 2022. Susumu Mits...
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Yurukill: The Calumniation Games Debuts in Japan on April 14

NIS America also plans Western release of game in spring 2022 ― IzanagiGames announced on Wednesday that it will release G.Rev's Yurukill: The Calumniation Games in Japan on April 14, 2022 for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. IzanagiGames did not announce a release date for the game's Steam version for PC. The game has adventure and shoot 'em up elements, and will feature online...
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Demon Gaze Extra Game Delayed in the West to January 6

Game will release for U.S., Europe for PS4, Switch ― Clouded Leopard Entertainment announced on Thursday that its release of Demon Gaze Extra, the new version of Kadokawa Games and experience inc.'s Demon Gaze game, is now slated for January 6, 2022. The release was previously slated for December 9. The release is slated for the United States and Europe for the PlayStation 4 and Switch. The game will...
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ASMR Anime '180-Byō de Kimi no Mimi o Shiawase ni Dekiru ka?' Launches BD/DVD Crowdfunding

BD/DVD scheduled to ship to backers on March 18 ― The staff for the original ASMR-themed television anime 180-Byō de Kimi no Mimi o Shiawase ni Dekiru ka? (Can I Make Your Ears Happy in 180 Seconds?) launched a crowdfunding campaign for a Blu-ray Disc/DVD release of the anime on Thursday. The home video release will not be available for general sale. The campaign will run until January 31 at 11:59 p....
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Milky Holmes Voice Actress Izumi Kitta Announces Marriage to Italian Man

The two met during Kitta's study abroad in Great Britain ― Voice actress Izumi Kitta announced on her blog on Saturday that she has gotten married to an Italian man she met in London on her study abroad trip to Great Britain. "Today, November 27, is my birthday. I got married," she wrote. "My partner is an Italian man I met in London while studying abroad. I want to keep powering up and performing wo...
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Digimon Ghost Game ‒ Episode 8

This time Digimon Ghost Game is tapping into The Fast and the Furious with a Digimon focused on being the fastest and the strongest (if only she knew that the real secret was family).
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Netflix Streams More Episodes of New Shaman King Anime on December 9

English-subtitled trailer streamed ― Netflix posted on Twitter on Thursday an English-subtitled trailer for the new television anime of Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga, and it confirms that the second set of episodes will begin streaming on the service on December 9. 7 DAYS until... 🗡 #SHAMANKING Season 1 Part 2 🗡 …en 7 DÍAS(@NetflixAnime)December 2 The new Shaman King anime premiered on April 1 a...
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My Senpai Is Annoying ‒ Episode 8

After the crazy hectic week I just had, this felt like the perfect episode to re-instill my faith in humanity.
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Extreme Baseball Anime Tribe Nine's Video Reveals, Previews MIYAVI's Opening Theme Song

2nd video previews ending theme by Void_Chords feat. LIO ― The official website for Akatsuki and Too Kyo Games' new Tribe Nine project revealed on Thursday that MIYAVI will perform the opening theme song "Strike it Out." The website streamed videos for the opening theme and the ending theme "Infocus" by Void_Chords feat. LIO. Opening Theme: "Strike it Out" by MIYAVI Ending Theme: "Infocus" by Void_Ch...
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World Trigger 3rd Season Anime Reveals 4 More Cast Members

Nobuyuki Hiyama, Ryou Hirohashi, Kent Itō, Arisa Sekine join cast ― The staff for the third season of the World Trigger anime revealed four new cast members for the Yuba Squad on Thursday. The newly announced cast members include: Nobuyuki Hiyama as Takuma Yuba Ryou Hirohashi as Yukari Obishima Kent Itō as Kazuto Tonо̄ka Arisa Sekine as Nono Fujimaru The third season premiered on October 9 on TV Asah...
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Deca-Dence Designer Hiromatsu Shu Directs Lavish OP For Spare Me, Great Lord! Chinese Animated Series

Tencent Video will stream series in China from December 3 ― Deca-Dence designer Hiromatsu Shu directed the stylish opening animation for the Spare Me, Great Lord! Chinese animated series. Big Firebird Cultural Media Animation posted the sequence on its Twitter account on Thursday. #大王饶命动画 片头曲《不好惹》震撼发布!感谢op导演@Hiromatsu1988 以及幕后制作人员的爆肝付出,如果能得到大家的喜欢就太好了。灵气复苏的时代,和自己在乎的人一起变强吧!12月3日起,每周五12点腾讯视频独家播出!#大火鳥文化 ...
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The World's Finest Assassin ‒ Episode 9

While this episode is the story of Lugh's first solo assassination, it's also a series of solidly built character pieces exploring the women in Lugh's life.
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Trio Ōhashi Perform Theme Song for Fruits Basket -prelude- Anime Compilation Film

Character visuals for Kyoko, Katsuya unveiled ― The official website for the new anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga announced on Thursday that Trio Ōhashi will perform the theme song "Niji to Kaito" (Rainbow and Kite) for the Fruits Basket -prelude- compilation film. The website also unveiled character visuals for Kyoko Honda (voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro) and Katsuya Honda, voiced by Yoshim...
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Banished From The Heroes' Party ‒ Episode 9

Ruti, free from the Hero's Blessing, is cute, earnest, and completely amoral. Now, that's not to say she is evil—she's not.

Man Diagnosed With Omicron Variant of COVID-19 Attended Anime NYC (Updated)

NY governor urges attendees to get tested ― White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced on Thursday that an adult male from Hennepin County, Minnesota tested positive for the Omicron variant of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and she reported that he had attended the Anime NYC event at New York City's Javits Center between November 19 and 21. The male had been vaccinated for COVID-19. He ...
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Muv-Luv Alternative ‒ Episode 9

At least one pleasant side-effect of the massive mess of info dumped at our feet for this coup plot in last week's episode of Muv-Luv Alternative is that they can basically hit the ground running in this one.
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Cryptic Promo Video Reveals New Anime by Revue Starlight Director Tomohiro Furukawa

Untitled work teases phrase "Love Cobra" ― Pony Canyon began streaming a promotional video for a new anime by director Tomohiro Furukawa (Revue Starlight) on Thursday. Mystery novelist Yūki Shasendō is writing the script. The promotional video lists the anime as "Title Mitei Sakuhin" (Untitled Project). The anime's official Twitter account @lovecobralove lists a provisional hashtag of #ラブコブラ, which t...
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Whisper Me a Love Song GN 4

Whether or not creator Eku Takeshima is intending to make a statement about the paucity of information for non-heteronormative relationships or not, that's precisely what this section does. ― Whisper Me a Love Song did not, technically speaking, need to continue past volume three. That book nicely wrapped up Yori and Himari's awkward relationship with them getting together and being delighted about i...
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2-Episode Moriarty the Patriot Original Video Anime Launches on April 27

Anime-original episode screens early on March 5 ― The official website for the television anime of Ryōsuke Takeuchi and Hikaru Miyoshi's Moriarty the Patriot (Yūkoku no Moriarty) manga announced on Friday that the two-episode original video anime (OVA) project will launch on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in Japan on April 27. The first episode "Yuri no Tsuioku" (Recollection of Lily) is an anime-original stor...
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Manga Artist Keiko Takemiya Draws Stained-Glass Window Art For Hometown Airport

Drawing depict Tokushima's Awa Dance Festival alongside characters from Kaze to Ki no Uta, To Terra, etc. ― Eminent shojo manga artist Keiko Takemiya drew the artwork and supervised a large-sale stained-glass window that will be displayed in the terminal building of the Tokushima Awaodori Airport in Tokushima in March 2022. The city of Tokushima, which is located in Japan's Shikoku island, is Takemiy...
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Ninjala TV Anime Unveils Cast, Staff, Theme Song Artists, January 8 Debut

Net anime's cast, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu return for OLM's TV anime ― The official website for the television anime of GungHo Online Entertainment's Ninjala Nintendo Switch game announced the anime's main cast, main staff, theme song artists, and January 8 premiere on Thursday. The website also posted the anime's key visual: The television anime will retain the main cast from the previous net anime: Takahi...

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Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Anime Film Expands to 418 Theaters, Adds IMAX Screenings

― The official website for the Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (Jujutsu Kaisen 0 the Movie) film based on Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga announced on Thursday that the film will have IMAX screenings in Japan. The film is also expanding its opening to 418 theaters (including regular and IMAX screenings) in Japan. The site unveiled the visual below for the IMAX screenings. The tagline in the visual r...
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Seven Seas Licenses The Summer You Were There, Candy & Cigarettes Manga

Yokai Cats manga also licensed ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wedensday that it has licensed The Summer You Were There, Candy & Cigarettes, and Yokai Cats manga. Seven Seas will release the first volume of Yuama's The Summer You Were There (Kimi to Tsuzuru Utakata) manga in September 2022. The company describes the yuri manga: Shizuku is a shy girl who hardly talks to other people. Instead, ...
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Live-Action xxxHOLiC Film Casts Hokuto Matsumura, Tina Tamashiro

Film opens in Japan on April 29 ― The staff for Shochiku and Asmik Ace's live-action film of CLAMP's xxxHOLiC manga announced on Thursday that the film has cast SixTONES member Hokuto Matsumura (pictured below) as Shizuka Doumeki and Tina Tamashiro as Himawari Kunogi. Ryunosuke Kamiki (left in visual below) plays Kimihiro Watanuki, while Kou Shibasaki (right) will play Yūko Ichihara. The film will op...
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Miss Kuroitsu From the Monster Development Department Anime Adds 3 Cast Members

Tetsu Inada, M.A.O, Takuma Terashima join cast ― The official website for the anime of Hiroaki Mizusaki's Miss Kuroitsu From the Monster Development Department (Kaijin Kaihatsubu no Kuroitsu-san) manga revealed three new cast members for the anime on Thursday. The new cast members include: Tetsu Inada as Megistus, the mastermind of Agastya who is considerate of his subordinates M.A.O as Akashic, the ...
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DUSTCELL Song "Kaen" Gets Anime Music Video

Shun Yamaguchi, Sowiti direct video for ZONe's Immersive Song Project ― The DUSTCELL musical unit released an animated music video for the song "Kaen" (Blaze) on Tuesday. The music video is directed by Shun Yamaguchi (Fate/Grand Order -Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia- OP 2 motion graphics, Baki OP 2 CG design) and animator Sowiti. The full credit list is as follows: Director: Shun Yamaguchi / Sowit...
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Voice Actress Minako Kotobuki Returns to Japan After Study Abroad in U.K.

The Sphere unit member's return was six months later than originally planned ― In March last year, voice actress Minako Kotobuki traveled to the United Kingdom for a year-long study trip. During the latter part of her stay, she traveled to France, and in early November, she finally returned to Japan, around six months later than originally planned. Mercifully, she reported in an interview with Anime!...
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Evangelion Store Online Reports Credit Card Data Breach

17,828 customers' credit card information illegally accessed ― Evangelion Store Online announced on Tuesday that its website had a credit card data breach, and 17,828 customers' credit card information was illegally accessed. On July 12, credit card companies contacted the online store about concerns of a credit card data breach. The store removed the option for card payment on that day. At the same ...
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Uma Musume Takes Crown For Google Play Best of 2021

Game also topped user vote category, reached top 5 in "Exciting" category ― Google Play's Japan division announced the results of its Google Play Best of 2021 awards on Tuesday. Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby was declared the top game by editorial choice; it also won the "Most Excellent Choice" award in the user vote. In the "Exciting" category, the game also received a category award, although the...
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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! ‒ Episode 17

Episode 17 offers enough meat to get me hungry for next week's episode, even if it's… kinda the same old same old.
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A Man Who Defies the World of BL Live-Action Show Gets 2nd Season

Season premieres in March 2022 ― TV Asahi announced on Wednesday that the live-action television adaptation of Konkichi's A Man Who Defies the World of BL (Zettai BL ni Naru Sekai vs Zettai BL ni Naritakunai Otoko) manga will get a second season on CS TV Asa Channel 1 in March 2022. The second season will feature a returning cast and staff. Viki is streaming A Man Who Defies the World of BL, and it d...
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Condom Battler Goro Web Anime Returns With a Somber Style

Promo anime for Okamoto Condoms shows the protagonist struggling with the realities of adulthood ― Last year, the Okamoto Condoms brand released the Condom Battler Goro web anime series to promote safe sex in an amusing way. The series had a 90s anime vibe, featuring a main character who looks an awful lot like Ash Ketchum and plot devices straight out of Dragon Ball. But the series has come a long w...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, November 28-December 4

The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc, Akudama Drive anime; I Am a Cat Barista, Magaimono manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Akudama Drive BDPlease Funimation US$64.98 November 30 Akudama Drive Limited Edition BD/DVDCite Funimation US$84.98 November 30 Bungo and Alchemist -Gears of Judgement- BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$64.98 November 30 DARLING in ...
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Kamimine Town Debuts New Chinzei Hachirō Tametomo Web Anime on December 2

13-episode anime about Minamoto no Tametomo continues with 2nd episode in May 2022 ― The official YouTube channel of the town of Kamimine's PR account will begin streaming the first episode of the web anime Chinzei Hachirō Tametomo (also known as Minamoto no Tametomo) on Thursday. The anime will have 13 episodes. The second episode will premiere in May 2022, and subsequent episodes will launch every ...

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 6: Stone Ocean Anime's Ending Song is Duffy's 'Distant Dreamer'

1st 12 episodes premiered on Netflix on Wednesday ― The anime series of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean manga premiered on Netflix on Wednesday, and the second episode reveals that the series' ending theme is the 2008 "Distant Dreamer" song by Welsh singer Duffy. Universal Music Japan confirmed the ending theme song reveal on Twitter. Netflix debuted 12 episodes of the anime gl...
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Ascendent Animation Licenses, Produces English Dub for Both Seasons of Fire in His Fingertips Anime Shorts

2 seasons of adult anime series premiered in July 2019, July 2021 respectively ― Ascendent Animation announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the Fire in His Fingertips -My Childhood Friend is a Fireman- and Fire in His Fingertips 2 -My Boyfriend is a Fireman- anime series. The company will produce English dubs of both anime in partnership with WWWaveCorp and Suiseisha Inc. Kevin Frane is adaptin...
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Nintama Rantaro Anime Gets 30th Anime Series in Spring 2022

Anime celebrates 30th anniversary next year ― NHK revealed on Wednesday that the 30th series in the Nintama Rantaro anime franchise will premiere in spring 2022, starting a 30th anniversary celebration for the franchise. A 30th anniversary website also opened on Wednesday. NHK also revealed a 30th anniversary logo for the franchise. Soubee Amako's original Rakudai Ninja Rantarō ninja gag manga center...
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Futsal Boys!!!!! TV Anime Reveals New Visual, January 9 Premiere

Multimedia project's smartphone game launched on November 9 ― The official website for Bandai Namco Arts, Bandai Namco Entertainment, and diomedéa's Futsal Boys!!!!! multimedia project revealed the second key visual for the anime on Wednesday. The website also revealed that the show will premiere on January 9 on Tokyo MX, and then on January 11 on BS11 and MBS. The anime will also stream on Abema. Yu...
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Gate of Nightmares Smartphone Game Gets Manga

Yoshinori Matsuoka draws manga based on Hiro Mashima's character designs ― The first 2022 issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Square Enix's Gate of Nightmares smartphone RPG is inspiring a manga adaptation. Yoshinori Matsuoka is drawing the manga, which will launch on the Magazine Pocket app on December 8. Hiro Mashima and Square Enix are credited with the original w...
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Anime Supremacy! Live-Action Film Reveals Staff for In-film Anime

Azuma Tani, Takashi Otsuka, more work on anime that will be shown in May 2022 film ― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Mizuki Tsujimura's Anime Supremacy! (Haken Anime!) novel revealed the staff on Wednesday of in-film anime projects. Azuma Tani (Thermae Romae, Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei!) is directing the "Soundback: Sō no Ishi" anime that will appear in the film. Manga creator and illus...
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Demon Slayer Anime's New Video Previews Entertainment District Arc

New arc premieres on December 5 on Funimation, Crunchyroll ― The official English Twitter account for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Tuesday for the upcoming Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc anime. Get ready for a new mission within the Yoshiwara District with the premiere of #DemonSlayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainmen...
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CUE! Anime's 3rd Promo Video Highlights Characters Miharu, Aya, Mahoro, Riko

Voice actress training series premieres on January 7 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Liber Entertainment's CUE! voice actress-training smartphone game began streaming the show' third promotional video on Tuesday. The video highlights the characters Miharu Yomine, Aya Kamuro, Mahoro Miyaji, and Riko Hinakura. The anime will premiere on January 7 in the late-night Animeism pr...
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Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko Wins Hochi Film Award for Animation

Film will get release in N. American theaters next year ― The Hochi Shimbun newspaper revealed on Wednesday that Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, Studio 4°C's anime film of Kanako Nishi's Gyokō no Nikuko-chan (Nikuko of the Fishing Harbor) novel, won the animation category in the newspaper's 46th Hochi Film Award. The film competed against Poupelle of Chimney Town, True North, and Belle. GKids has license...
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Gal-gaku Anime Shorts Get 2nd Season Starting on January 10

New season to feature members of Lucky² girls performance group ― TV Tokyo announced on Wednesday that the Gal-gaku. Sei Girls Square Gakuin (Girl School: Holy Girls Square Academy) anime is getting a second season titled Gal-gaku. II: Lucky Stars that will premiere on January 10. The show will again air within the Oha-sta (Good Morning Studio) kids variety program. While the first season was based o...

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Romancing SaGa Re; Universe Smartphone Game Gets Manga

Manga will launch on Square Enix's Manga UP! website on December 13 ― Square Enix announced on Twitter on Monday that its Romancing SaGa Re; Universe smartphone game will get a manga series that will launch on Square Enix's Manga UP! website on December 13. Kazuhiro Ugo (name romanization not confirmed) is drawing the manga, and Moku Tochibori is credited with the original work. Akitoshi Kawazu is th...
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BlazBlue: Alternative Darkwar Smartphone Game Ends Service on January 31

Game stopped sale of in-game items on Tuesday ― The official website for the BlazBlue: Alternative Darkwar smartphone game for iOS and Android devices announced on Tuesday that the game will end service on January 31. The game stopped the sale of in-game items on Tuesday and plans to offer a refund period from February 1 at 12:00 a.m. JST to May 2 at 12:59 a.m. JST. Arc System Works announced the gam...
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Mieruko-chan ‒ Episode 9

Mieruko-chan, a stalwart innovator in the world of horror anime, steps its game up this week with a spine-chilling foray into an oft-ignored venue of terror: pre-packaged convenience store pastries.
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eigoManga Publishes Beast Code Manga

Takahiro Yonemura, Megumi Akita's manga launches in November 2022 ― eigoManga announced on Tuesday that it will publish Takahiro Yonemura's Beast Code manga, based on Yonemura's light novel series of the same name. Yonemura is the series' writer, Megumi Akita is the manga's illustrator, and Atsuo Kusada is translating the work. eigoManga plans to release the manga in November 2022. The company descri...
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Tokyo Revengers, Evangelion, Uma Musume Top Yahoo! Japan Search Awards

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba falls to 3rd place after two years on the top Tokyo Revengers, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time, and Uma Musume Pretty Derby were the winners of the Yahoo! Japan Search Awards in the anime, film, and game categories respectively. The results were announced as part of the award's cultural category last Wednesday. Notably, Tokyo Revengers knocked Demon Slayer: Ki...
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Gintama The Very Final Anime Film Launches in West on Home Video on February 8, Digitally on January 25

BD/DVD release includes 16-page booklet ― Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory announced on Tuesday that they will release Gintama The Very Final (Gintama The Final), the new anime film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on February 8, 2022 and digitally on January 25, 2022. The physical release will include a 16-page booklet with character art and storyboards. Eleven Arts screened ...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc ‒ Episode 7

I now definitely understand why ufotable initially chose to adapt this storyline as a feature film.
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25th Detective Conan Anime Film Reveals The Bride of Halloween Title, April 15 Premiere (Updated)

Movie to feature police academy characters ― The first 2022 issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that the 25th film in the Detective Conan franchise is titled Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween (Meitantei Conan: Halloween no Hanayome), and it will open in Japan on April 15, 2022. The magazine also teases Miwako Sato and Wataru Takagi in wedding attire. Susumu...
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Roxy Figure in Mushoku Tensei Episode 20 Gets Real-Life Official Version

Kotobukiya teases detachable clothing mechanism in product description ― In episode 20 of the Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation anime, a hand-crafted figure of Roxy gets shown and commented upon extensively. It turns out that this originally amateur creation by Mushoku Tensei protagonist Rudeus is getting a real-life official version from Japanese figure maker Kotobukiya. The figure, as shown in ...
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Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei Visual Novel Launches in West for Switch in Summer 2022

Game launched in Japan in September 2020 ― Idea Factory International announced on Tuesday that it will release the Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei (Birushana Senki: Genpei Hika Musо̄) otome visual novel physically and digitally for Nintendo Switch in the West in summer 2022. The company describes the story: Fifteen years after the Heiji Rebellion, the Heike clan has reached the height of its powe...
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Shaman King: Funbari Chronicle Smartphone Game Launches in Japan on December 8

Anime's actors share voice messages to count down to release ― The official Twitter account for Shaman King: Funbari Chronicle, the first smartphone app based on the current Shaman King anime series, announced on Monday that the game will launch on December 8 in Japan for iOS and Android devices. The account is posting countdown illustrations and voice messages from cast members of the new anime seri...
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Gundam Café Offers "Iconic" Recreations of Anime Dishes

Like the bread and water Amuro Ray consumes in the desert restaurant ― From December 3 to January 30, three Gundam Café venues will offer new "recreation meals" of various dishes that have appeared in Gundam anime. The food items have been developed under Sunrise's supervision, and include iconic dishes like... the bread and water Amuro Ray consumes in the desert restaurant of episode 19 of Mobile Su...
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The Vampire Dies in No Time Anime Delays Home Video Releases by 1 Month

― The official website for the television anime of Itaru Bonnoki's The Vampire Dies in No Time (Kyūketsuki Sugu Shinu) manga revealed on Tuesday that the anime's staff are delaying the show's Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases by one month. The three releases will now ship on January 26, February 23, and March 23. Each release includes four episodes. The staff are delaying the release because they receiv...
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2nd Space Battleship Yamato 2205 Film's New Teaser Video Streamed

2nd film in 2-part project opens in Japan on February 4 ― The official website for the modern Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato anime remakes began streaming a new teaser trailer for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2205: Aratanaru Tabidachi - Kōshō -STASHA- (Space Battleship Yamato 2205: The New Voyage Part II: Stasha) film on Tuesday. The film is the second of two films in the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2205: Ar...
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Kazuo Umezu's New Work is 101 Acrylic Paintings Serving as Sequel to My Name is Shingo Manga

Work will be exhibited in January-March in Tokyo as part of greater Umezu exhibition ― Prolific horror manga creator Kazuo Umezu announced on his website on November 24 that his previously announced first new work in 26 years will be titled Zoku Shingo: Chiisana Robot Shingo Bijutsukan (Sequel Shingo: Small Robot Shingo Art Museum). The work will be a sequel to his Watashi wa Shingo (My Name is Shing...
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Anime Frontier Ticket Winners

Congratulations to our winners. You will be contacted by Anime Frontier shortly. ― Anime Frontier is this weekend! Thanks to our friends at Leftfield Media, ANN is giving away 3-weekend tickets to the brand new North Texas Convention. Anime Frontier is will be an epic 3-day convention put on by the folks behind Anime NYC. It will be taking place the weekend of December 3rd - 5th, 2021 at the Fort Wo...
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Live-Action Kami-sama no Ekohiiki Series Reveals Staff, Cast, March 19 Premiere on Hulu

Series based on Ayumi Komura's manga centers on boy reborn as girl ― The official Twitter account for the live-action series adaptation of Ayumi Komura's Kami-sama no Ekohiiki (Favoritism of the Gods) manga revealed the show's main cast, staff, and March 19 debut on Hulu on Tuesday. The show will star: (from left to right in top row then in bottom row in above image) Taiyu Fujiwara as Yashiro Amano H...
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