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Duke of Death and His Maid

The Duke of Death And His Maid had a lot more meat to it than I originally gave it credit for. I was surprised at how much love, wholesomeness, and affection could be squeezed out from such a dreary and at times lewd premise. ― Despite the rather dark implications of the overall premise, I thought it was just another entry in the growing list of anime that are now making up this “teasing genre.” Than...
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This Week in Anime - Gnarly Ninja Robots

Discotek's long journey to restore this ridiculously entertaining dub is finally complete and is now available for streaming. Is Joe a slick enough dude to save an alien princess, find all the ninja robots and restore peace to outer space? ― Discotek's long journey to restore this ridiculously entertaining dub is finally complete and is now available for streaming. Is Joe a slick enough dude to save...
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Came the Mirror & Other Tales GN

Even with limited character designs and plots that don't quite hit as hard as they need to in the end, it's hard to fault Rumiko Takahashi's shorter work. ― Even with limited character designs and plots that don't quite hit as hard as they need to in the end, it's hard to fault Rumiko Takahashi's shorter work. In part this is because she's not stretching her ideas to translucency in order to keep a s...
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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

As a fan, it pains me to see an entry to one of my favorite franchises fall to such low lows. But what exactly are the decisions that got us here? ― Unlike animation, video games are in large part a disposable medium. Games once hailed as era-defining breakthrough titles upon their release often become antiquated and awkward within a little less than a decade. And so we see a plethora of remakes and ...
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Selection Project

When it's not bogging itself down with tonal filler, Selection Project is filling the central character conflict of its reality-show story with some of the wildest plot twists I've encountered in a series like this recently. ― A crowded field like idol anime means a series needs to have its own particular identity to stand out, and Selection Project's approach seems to be to pitch itself as at least ...
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Shenmue Anime Reveals Trailer, Cast, Visual, February 6 Premiere

Show streams on Crunchyroll, airs on Toonami on same date ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that Shenmue the Animation, the anime series adaptation of Yu Suzuki's Shenmue game series, will premiere on February 6 at 12:30 a.m. EST on both Crunchyroll and Adult Swim. Toonami will air the show in North America with an English dub, and Crunchyroll will stream the English-subtitled version worldwide ou...
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One Piece Anime Returns to Toonami

Episodes 517-518 air on Saturday ― The official Facebook page for Adult Swim's Toonami programming block announced on Wednesday that the One Piece anime will return to the block on Saturday at 1:30 a.m. EST (effectively, Sunday). Toonami will air episodes 517-518 in a one-hour timeslot this weekend. The full lineup for January 22 includes: 12:00AM – Blade Runner: Black Lotus 12:30AM – Assassination C...
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End of Fall 2021 Mega Survey

Don't forget to vote in the seasonal mega survey. Tell us which anime were the best last season... and which ones were the worst!
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Pandora Hearts Gets 15th Anniversary Museum, Café

Jun Mochizuki's manga inspired 25-episode anime adaptation by Xebec in 2009 ― Square Enix's Monthly G Fantasy February issue, which shipped on Tuesday, announced that Jun Mochizuki's Pandora Hearts manga series will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a museum and café. The limited-time event will open in Tokyo and other cities in Japan starting from April. Mochizuki launched Pandora Hearts in Square...
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Sabikui Bisco ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Snail planes, iguana cavalry, and giant ally crabs, oh my! Sabikui Bisco's creative license with the animal kingdom is just one of many facets that helps it stand out as one of this season's boldest and wildest anime offerings.
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Yasuke Anime Nominated for NAACP Image Award, Summit of the Gods Animated Film Wins Lumiere Award

NAACP Image Awards takes place on February 26 ― The NAACP announced nominees for the 53rd NAACP Image Awards, and it revealed that LeSean Thomas and MAPPA's Yasuke anime has been nomimated for Oustanding Animated Series. The NAACP Image Awards will take place on February 26 at 8:00 p.m. EST on BET. The France-Luxembourg animated film of Jiro Taniguchi's The Summit of the Gods (Kamigami no Itadaki) ma...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 16-22

Tower of God, Assault Lily Bouquet anime; Record of Ragnarok, Succubus and Hitman manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Akira 4K HDR/2K BDPlease Funimation US$29.98 January 18 Assault Lily Bouquet BDCite Funimation US$64.98 January 18 Doomed Megalopolis DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Media Blasters US$19.99 January 18 Grenadier BDPlease Media Blasters US$39.99 January 18 Grenad...
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The Genius Prince's Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

When it comes down to it, this episode turns Wein and Ninym into a captivating mystery. What exactly is their relationship? What drew the two of them together?
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Final Fantasy VII Tifa Pornography Interrupts Italian Senate Meeting

Fan-made clip played uninterrupted in Zoom call for roughly 30 seconds before it was finally switched off ― An Italian senate Zoom meeting was interrupted on Monday when a fan-made pornographic CGI video of the Final Fantasy VII character Tifa Lockhart hijacked the shared video feed. The meeting was streamed live on Facebook and on the Senato della Repubblica TV channel, which broadcasts live proceed...
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Life with an Ordinary Guy Who Reincarnated into a Total Fantasy Knockout ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

It's equally possible this genderbending chicanery has just opened the door for both parties to consider possibilities they never dared to consider while both had male bodies.
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Blade Runner: Black Lotus ‒ Episode 10

It's a tragedy this episode did not happen earlier. Finally, Blade Runner: Black Lotus puts its characters into an emotional context that resonates
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High Guardian Spice, Onyx Equinox Creators Discuss the Shows' Low Budgets

Both Crunchyroll Original shows were significantly low budget by U.S. animation standards ― In 2018, shortly after Crunchyroll announced High Guardian Spice as the first "Crunchyroll Originals" animated project, head of Crunchyroll Studios Margaret Dean told Digiday that the lineup was "entirely funded by Ellation with budgets in the same range as what anime shows typically cost." Years later, High G...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel Game Launches for Consoles, PC

iOS, Android versions launch at later date ― Konami announced on Wednesday that its free-to-play Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel game has launched for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The iOS and Android versions will launch at a later date. The game includes cross-platform play for all of its versions. Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel features over 10,000 ca...
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Duke of Death and His Maid

The Duke of Death And His Maid had a lot more meat to it than I originally gave it credit for. I was surprised at how much love, wholesomeness, and affection could be squeezed out from such a dreary and at times lewd premise. ― Despite the rather dark implications of the overall premise, I thought it was just another entry in the growing list of anime that are now making up this “teasing genre.” Than...
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Tokyo 24th Ward #3 [rate]
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Kyocera's Promotional Anime Gets Music Video, Spinoff Manga

Yoshitoki Ōima, Sunrise's original anime debuted on January 12 ― Electronics maker Kyocera began streaming on Wednesday a music video for its original anime "Anata o Hitokoto de Arawashite Kudasai" no Shitsumon ga Nigate da. (I'm Bad at the Question "Please Describe Yourself in One Word."). The video features the song "Kazaguruma" (Pinwheel) by four-member rock band The Songbards. The company also po...
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Hyouka Author Honobu Yonezawa's Kokurōjō Novel Wins Naoki Prize

Novelist had previously been nominated for prize twice ― Novelist Honobu Yonezawa (Hyouka) won the 166th Naoki Prize for literature for his Kokurōjō novel. Kokurōjō also won the 12th Yamada Fūtarō Prize in October 2021. The novel is based on the imprisonment of historical figure Kuroda Kanbei by Araki Murashige, a retainer of Oda Nobunaga, following a rebellion at Arioka Castle. The story revolves ar...
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Love of Kill #2 [rate]
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Police in a Pod #3 [rate]
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In the Land of Leadale #3 [rate]
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Orient #3 [rate]
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Next Space Battleship Yamato Remake Anime Is Be Forever Yamato: Rebel 3199 Sequel

Sequel to February 4's 2nd Yamato 2205 film ― The staff for the modern remake projects of the Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers) anime franchise announced on Wednesday that the next project is Yamato yo Towa ni: Rebel 3199. Yamato yo Towa ni (Be Forever Yamato) is the title of the 1980 sequel to the original Yamato anime projects. The new project is a sequel to the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2205: Aratan...
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Discotek Licenses Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles TV Anime

Company to also release Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san, Tomorrow's Joe 2, more on BD on March 29 ― Discotek announced on Facebook on Tuesday that it has licensed the Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles television anime series and will release it on Blu-ray Disc on March 29. The release will include all 12 episodes in 1080p HD with Japanese audio and English subtitles. The company also revealed it will r...
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Blue Lock Anime's Character Promo Video Highlights Yoichi Isagi

Kazuki Ura voices protagonist in soccer anime premiering this year ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yūsuke Nomura's Blue Lock soccer manga began streaming a character promotional video on Wednesday that highlights Yoichi Isagi. The anime will premiere this year, and stars: Tasuku Kaito as Meguru Bachira Kazuki Ura as Yoichi Isagi Yūki Ono as Rensuke...
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MBS President Comments on Possible Season 2 for Jujutsu Kaisen Anime

― The president of the MBS television channel Yōichi Mushiaki commented on a possible second season for the Jujutsu Kaisen anime during an online press conference held on Wednesday. In the press conference, Mushiaki stated, "At this time I'd like you all to wait for us to state a concrete plan. However, I think we can provide a development that will meet expectations." The Jujutsu Kaisen television ...
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Platinum End Anime Reveals 8 More Cast Members

Daiki Yamashita, Megumi Han, Romi Park, more join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba's Platinum End manga announced eight new cast members on Wednesday. The site also revealed a new key visual. The new cast includes: Megumi Han as Susumu Yuito Saori Ōnishi as Yuri Temari Daiki Yamashita as Shuji Nakaumi Kenjiro Tsuda as Gaku Yoneda Ryota Takeuchi as...
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Kazutomo Ichitomo's Handyman Saitō in Another World Manga Gets TV Anime

Manga about handyman who reincarnates into fantasy world launched in 2018 ― Kadokawa announced on Wednesday that Kazutomo Ichitomo's Benriya Saitō-san, Isekai ni Iku (Handyman Saitō in Another World) manga is getting a television anime adaptation. Ichitomo drew an illustration to commemorate the announcement. Ichitomo launched the manga on Kadokawa's ComicWalker service in 2018, and Kadokawa will pub...
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Live-Action I Want to Hold Aono-kun So Badly I Could Die Show Reveals More Cast, March Debut

New visual also revealed for show based on Umi Shiina's horror love manga ― The official website for the live-action series of Umi Shiina's I Want to Hold Aono-kun So Badly I Could Die (Aono-kun ni Sawaritai kara Shinitai) manga revealed on Wednesday that the show will air and stream starting on March 18 at 11:30 p.m. The website also revealed that Fūju Kamio, Ririka, Erena Mizusawa, and Harumi Shuha...
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Miss Kuroitsu From the Monster Development Department Anime Delays 2nd Episode by 1 Week

2nd episode's broadcast was canceled on night many stations had special news bulletins after tsunami warning ― The official website for the anime of Hiroaki Mizusaki's Miss Kuroitsu From the Monster Development Department (Kaijin Kaihatsubu no Kuroitsu-san) manga revealed on Tuesday that the anime's second episode will air on January 22 and the third episode will air on January 29. The anime's second...
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Hairpin Double Anime for Okayama International Circuit Airs on February 4

Anime about 5 transforming heroines commemorates 30th anniversary of racing circuit ― The Okayama International Circuit announced on Wednesday that an anime commemorating the 30th anniversary for the racing circuit will air on BS-Fuji on February 4 at 12:30 a.m. The battle action anime centers on a group of five transforming heroines whose mission is to protect a racing circuit. A mysterious man and ...
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Gal*Gun: Double Peace Shooter Game's Switch Version Streams Opening Movie

Switch version launches on March 17 ― Inti Creates began streaming the opening movie on Wednesday for the Nintendo Switch version of its Gal*Gun: Double Peace shooter game. The new opening movie features the song "Ai no Shoooot!" by Emi Uema as Shinobu Kamizono and Chinami Hashimoto as Maya Kamizono. The game will release on Switch on March 17. PQube will publish the game in North America and Europe....
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Bandai Namco Ent. Reveals Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master Game

Game launches on Xbox Game Pass for Xbox consoles, PC on January 27 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe announced on Tuesday that it will release a new game in the Taiko no Tatsujin franchise titled Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master. The game will include 70 songs, local multiplayer, and online ranked matches. Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe did not reveal any release platforms for the game, but X...

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Voice Actor Kent Itō Tests Positive for COVID-19

Wotakoi voice actor recuperates at home after developing cold-like symptoms on Monday ― Talent agency 81 Produce announced on Wednesday that voice actor Kent Itō was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday. Itō developed cold-like symptoms on Monday and took both an antigen test and a PCR test. He is currently recuperating at home. Itō is known for such roles as Hirotaka Nifuji in Wotakoi: Love is Hard fo...
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Viz Teases "Exciting" Shonen Jump Announcement, Then Clarifies It's Not NFTs

Several hours after fans assumed the worst, the Shonen Jump Twitter posts "It's not NFTs" with a smile emoji ― On Tuesday, Viz's official Shonen Jump Twitter account teased an "exciting announcement" for tomorrow, hinting that fans will be able to show their love "in a whole new way." Soon you'll be able to show your Shonen Jump love in a whole new way. Exciting announcement tomorrow! pic.twitter.com...
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Live-Action Isekai Izakaya "Nobu" Series Gets 2nd Season

Ryōhei Ōtani, Rena Takeda reprise roles for series premiering in May ― The WOWOW broadcast and streaming service announced on Wednesday that the live-action series of Natsuya Semikawa's Isekai Izakaya "Nobu" light novel series is getting a second season that will premiere in May. Ryōhei Ōtani (left in image above) stars in the series as the shopkeeper and chef of Nobu, and Rena Takeda (right) co-star...
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Yui Makino Performs Theme Song for The Girl From the Other Side Feature-Length Anime

Anime releases on DVD on March 10 ― The official website for the feature-length original anime DVD (OAD) for Nagabe's The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún manga revealed on Wednesday that Yui Makino will perform the anime's theme song "Touch of Hope." Wit Studio's Kickstarter campaign for the OAD achieved its 3-million-yen (about US$28,000) goal on the same day it launched in March 2021, eventu...
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Sailor Moon Commemorates 30th Anniversary With Museum, Collabs

Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon manga is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a score of new events and collaborations, including a limited-time museum that will be held in Japan later this year. The exhibit will trace the history of the series and display art from the manga, anime, musical, merchandising, and more. Further details will be announced at a later date. The Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon ...
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Digimon Ghost Game ‒ Episode 14

While this episode does play around with some nice character ideas and features some genuine scares, there are also parts that feel like huge missed opportunities.
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In the Land of Leadale ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

I got the chance to watch the first episode of In the Land of Leadale a few months ago at Anime NYC, and I will stand by my opinion that it is a genuinely nice introduction – if you treat it like the introduction of a mystery.
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Crunchyroll Announces Nominees for 6th Annual Anime Awards

Amusingly, the character Eren Jaeger is nominated in both "Best Protagonist" and "Best Antagonist." ― Disclosure: The writer of this article is also a judge for the Anime Awards. Crunchyroll announced the nominees and opened voting for its sixth annual Anime Awards on Tuesday. Leading in nominations are ODDTAXI and Wonder Egg Priority with nominations in 11 categories. Jujutsu Kaisen is nominated in ...
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Manga Artist Draws Albert Einstein Mural For German Embassy In Japan

Shinnosuke Uchida depicts the famed physicist's visit to Japan 100 years ago ― Artist Shinnosuke Uchida, known for creating manga-style wall paintings, drew a mural for the Embassy of Germany in Japan depicting Nobel laureate Albert Einstein's historic visit to Japan 100 years ago. The painting was completed on Monday, with the embassy's social media livestreaming the artist as she performed the fini...
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Love of Kill ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

If anything, I appreciate the fact that we're mostly seeing a lot of this show from Château Dankworth's perspective (yes, that is her name and I'm sorry).
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This Week in Anime - Gnarly Ninja Robots

Discotek's long journey to restore this ridiculously entertaining dub is finally complete and is now available for streaming. Is Joe a slick enough dude to save an alien princess, find all the ninja robots and restore peace to outer space? ― Discotek's long journey to restore this ridiculously entertaining dub is finally complete and is now available for streaming. Is Joe a slick enough dude to save...
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Princess Connect! Re:Dive Season 2 ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Karyl has always been loyal to her family—it's just that her scope of “family” has grown to include those in the guild. Her current dilemma is one half of her “family” wants the other half dead—and she is right in the middle of it.
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Monster Hunter Rise Game Surpasses 8 Million Combined Shipments, Digital Sales

Franchise has shipped cumulative 78 million units as of September 30 ― Capcom announced on Tuesday that its Monster Hunter Rise game has surpassed 8 million copies shipped in both physical and digital sales worldwide. The franchise's games have shipped a cumulative 78 million units as of September 30. The game launched on PC via Steam on January 12. The version got a demo on October 13. The PC versio...
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Belle, BEASTARS Show How the 3D Models Change Depending on the Angle

Character modeler explains that using the same model in every shot results in an inconsistent look ― An interview with the CG team of BELLE from July 2021 started trending on social media last week when CG animator Austin Hardwicke highlighted the facial blend shape and how the 3D model changes depending on the angle. the different camera angle faceshapes for Belle look totally seamless. Holy crap! p...
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My Dress-Up Darling ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

I must say, the scene where Kitagawa explained the eroge to him felt believable and like a full-on attack on my very soul.
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Kingdom Hearts Franchise's Switch Version Launches on February 10

Kingdom Hearts 20th anniversary event takes place in Tokyo on April 10 ― The Kingdom Hearts franchise's official Twitter account announced on Tuesday that Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, and Kingdom Hearts III + Re Mind games will launch for Nintendo Switch via cloud on February 10. The franchise's YouTube channel began streaming a trailer for the release. Demo versions of the game are now availab...
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Total Fantasy Knockout #2 [rate]
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Came the Mirror & Other Tales GN

Even with limited character designs and plots that don't quite hit as hard as they need to in the end, it's hard to fault Rumiko Takahashi's shorter work. ― Even with limited character designs and plots that don't quite hit as hard as they need to in the end, it's hard to fault Rumiko Takahashi's shorter work. In part this is because she's not stretching her ideas to translucency in order to keep a s...
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Funimation Streams LBX Girls TV Anime's English Dub

Dub premieres on Wednesday ― Funimation announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming all episodes of the English dub of LBX Girls (Sōkō Musume Senki) television anime on Wednesday. The English cast includes: Megan Harvey as Riko Laura Stahl as Yui Kayli Mills as Suzuno Kira Buckland as Kyoka Heather Gonzalez as Miharu Rachel Slotky as Mana Zeno Robinson as Nate Doug Stone as Chief Michael Sinter...
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Komi Can't Communicate, My Love Mix-Up!, Do not say mystery Manga Win 67th Shogakukan Manga Awards

Also: Nigatsu no Shōsha: Zettai Gōkaku no Kyōshitsu ― The judging committee of the 67th Shogakukan Manga Awards announced this year's winners on Tuesday. Each winning title will be honored with a bronze statuette and a prize of 1 million yen (about US$9,000). Best Shōnen Manga Title: Komi Can't Communicate (Comi-san wa Comyushō desu.) Creator: Tomohito Oda Serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday (Shogakuk...
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Miss Kuroitsu From the Monster Development Department ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Getting something that was a walking, talking love letter to a medium I adore while also being a pretty funny little comedy was a rather pleasant surprise.
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc ‒ Episode 7

I'm just getting sick of how Nezuko is only ever treated as a get-out-of-dying-free card before getting stuffed away again.
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The Genius Prince's Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt #2 [rate]
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Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament Canceled, Angoulême Event Postponed

YCS will host online event, Angoulême will take place in March ― Konami announced on Saturday that it has canceled the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) card game tournament scheduled to take place on February 26-27 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company will now host an online Remote Duel YCS event on the same dates and will automatically initiate refunds to those who have paid the entry fee for the to...
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Belle, Evangelion, Jujutsu Kaisen, Nikuko, Sing a Bit of Harmony, More Nominated for 45th Japan Academy Film Prizes

Kyoto Animation, Toei Animation, Belle's music, animators Sadao Tsukioka & Yasuo Otsuka, voice actress Masako Nozawa, more also honored ― The Japan Academy Film Prize Association for excellence in film announced the nominees for the 45th annual awards on Tuesday. The five movies that have been nominated for Animation of the Year are: Belle Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kai...
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U.S. Cinema Chain Alamo Drafthouse Hosts Yearlong Studio Ghibli Film Screening Event

― The movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse is hosting the "Tales of Studio Ghibli" film screening event at 21 locations across the United States. The chain describes the event as a "yearlong celebration" of the anime studio. The cineplex will host dinner and brunch screenings of the Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind fi...
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She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man #2 [rate]
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Fruits Basket -prelude- Anime Compilation Film's New Trailer Previews Theme Song

Film opens in Japan on February 18 ― The official website for the new anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga began streaming a trailer on Tuesday for the Fruits Basket -prelude- compilation film. The video previews Ohashi Trio's theme song "Niji to Kite" (Rainbow and Kite). Funimation is streaming an English-subtitled version of the video, but the video is not available in all countries. The f...
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Isekai Meikyū de Harem o TV Anime Listed as Premiering This Year

― Amazon's listing of the 12th volume of Shachi Sogano's Isekai Meikyū de Harem o (A Harem in an Alternate World Dungeon) light novel series features a cover preview that lists that the previously announced television anime adaptation of the series will premiere this year. The novel volume will ship on January 31. Kadokawa's BookWalker website had listed the novels with a TV anime adaptation in Dece...
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Tokyo, Other Prefectures Request COVID-19 Quasi-State of Emergency

Government is expected to make decision as early as Wednesday ― The Japanese government is considering declaring a quasi-state of emergency in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa prefectures after their respective governors revealed their intentions to ask for the quasi-state of emergency amid the rise of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the country due to the new Omicron variant. Oth...
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Shio Kisui Replaces Runa Narumi in The [email protected] Shiny Colors Franchise

Narumi retired from entertainment industry on December 31 ― The official website for the The [email protected] Shiny Colors franchise announced on Tuesday that voice actress Shio Kisui will replace Runa Narumi as the character Yuika Mitsumine in the franchise. Bandai Namco Entertainment plans to replace the voice in the game in around April. Kisui will also appear in streams and programs for the franchise s...
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Fanfare of Adolescence Anime Reveals Theme Song Artists

Boy band JO1, Hiroyuki Sawano with 2 members of JO1 perform theme songs for springanime ― The official website for Aniplex's original television anime Fanfare of Adolescence (Gunjō no Fanfare) revealed the show's theme song artists on Tuesday. Boy band JO1 will perform the opening theme song "Move The Soul," and SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] with Junki Kono and Sho Yonashiro (both from JO1) will perform the en...

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Ensemble Stars!! Road to Show!! Theatrical Anime's Trailer Previews Theme Song

10 main characters perform theme song for film opening on March 4 ― The official website for Happy Elements' Ensemble Stars! franchise began streaming a new trailer on Tuesday for the Ensemble Stars!! Road to Show!! theatrical anime. The 10 main characters in the film perform the theme song "Life is so Dramatic!!" under the unit name Screen10. The video below previews the song. The film will screen i...
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Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Eren's friends and former allies are left to wonder who they can trust, and how any of this madness can possibly end without ruining everything that the Eldians on Paradis have fought their entire lives to protect.
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Ranking of Kings ‒ Episode 13

Ranking of Kings has continuously shown that all the characters can have more complicated emotions than what is apparent on the surface but I'm starting to find myself just a little weary of its smoke and mirrors tactics.
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World's End Harem ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Are you a bad enough dude to repopulate the planet with your freshly thawed and antibody-rich baby batter? This toughest of questions beats at the heart of World’s End Harem, the winter season's sultry slice of softcore sci-fi sleaze.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 1006

Yamato's big splashy bagua attack was beyond hype. It looked incredible, with popping colors and fluid animation, and the triple-take on the impact showed that it had plenty of power behind all that flashiness.
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Super Cub Novels Listed as Ending in 8th Volume

8th volume launches on March 1 ― Amazon is listing that Tone Koken's Super Cub novels will end in the eighth volume, which launches on March 1. The novels' story centers on Koguma, a high school girl in Yamanashi. She has no parents, friends, or hobbies, and her daily life is empty. One day, Koguma gets a used Honda Super Cub motorcycle. This is her first time going to school on a motorcycle. Running...
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Animate International Announces Omission of 1st Story in The World's End BL Manga English Digital Release

Distributor will offer collection at lower price to reflect content removal ― Animate International announced on its Twitter account on January 7 that it will release Sagan Akagawa's The World's End boys-love short story compilation manga digitally in English. However, the first story in the collection, Futaribocchi no Ever After, has been removed from the English version because "it does not meet ou...
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Lupin the 3rd Part 6 ‒ Episode 14

Even after over fifty years, Lupin the 3rd has piecemealed out elements of its titular character's backstory so sparingly that each new revelation feels momentous.
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Knight's & Magic Manga Listed as Ending in 17th Volume

17th volume launches on March 25 ― Amazon is listing that the 17th compiled book volume of Hisago Amazake-no and Takuji Katō's Knight's & Magic manga will mark the end of the series. The 17th volume launches in Japan on March 25. Katō began the manga adaptation of the light novel series in Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine in April 2016. Crunchyroll is releasing the manga in English, and it describ...
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Inzai City's Inzai Aru Aru Monogatari Fantasy PR Anime Debuts

Inzai City in Chiba Prefecture is trying to stand out among all the other towns in Japan using anime to promote themselves. The city released the Inzai Aru Aru Monogatari net anime on Friday; the story features a prominent fantasy theme, a rarity among anime tourism ads. The 18-minute long anime is part of the city's "Make Inzai Original" project, which calls for promotional content suggestions fr...
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Platinum End ‒ Episode 14

To match its central antagonist, this story ends in a tonally confused, unnecessarily mean-spirited cascade of violence and nonsensical plot twists. I like to think it's how he would have wanted it.
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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon - The Second Act ‒ Episode 15

Moroha's reunion with her father is both adorable and absolutely on-brand for both characters, neither of whom are champions when it comes to expressing emotions.
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Kurehito Misaki's Saekano Artbook Delayed to April

Artbook has been delayed from February 19 to April 20 ― Kadokawa's Fantasia Bunko imprint announced on Friday that Saenai Kanojo no Sodate-kata: Kurehito Misaki Illustration Collection, Fine., an artbook for Fumiako Maruto's Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (Saenai Kanojo no Sodate-kata) has been delayed from February 19 to April 20 due to production issues. Artist Kurehito Misaki revealed t...
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Trade Group: Manga Pirate Sites Cost Industry 1.19 Trillion Yen in 2021

Authorized Books of Japan (ABJ) says manga piracy has soared in popularity since the start of the pandemic Sankei News reported on Saturday that according to the Authorized Books of Japan (ABJ), a Tokyo-based association working to crack down on pirated manga, manga piracy cost the industry a total of 1.19 trillion yen (approximately US$8.76 billion) in 2021. This represents a sharp increase of 4.8...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc Anime Casts Ryota Ohsaka

New key visual unveiled ― The official website and English Twitter account for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yūkaku-hen) television anime announced on Monday that the anime has cast Ryota Ohsaka as Gyutaro. The website and account also unveiled a new key visual: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc, a seven-episode arc that adapts the Mugen...
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Sasaki and Miyano ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

This is a show purely about watching two characters slowly, gradually, positively glacially inch their way into emotional intimacy, and if you're not in the mood for that you'd best leave immediately.
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Disney Twisted-Wonderland Smartphone Game Gets Novel

Jun Hioki writes novel launching on March 18 Disney Twisted-Wonderland smartphone game is getting a novel titled Disney Twisted-Wonderland Episode 1: Shinku no Bо̄kun (The Crimson Tyrant) that will launch on March 18. Jun Hioki is writing the "episode 1" novel, which adapts the game's prologue and first chapter. Aniplex of America will release Disney Twisted-Wonderland smartphone game in the U.S. a...
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Fantasia Sango - Realm of Legends #2 [rate]
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Requiem of the Rose King ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Red or white, French or English, what side you're on is really what makes all the difference in how people see you, and heaven help you if you somehow fall in the middle, like Richard does with his body.
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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

As a fan, it pains me to see an entry to one of my favorite franchises fall to such low lows. But what exactly are the decisions that got us here? ― Unlike animation, video games are in large part a disposable medium. Games once hailed as era-defining breakthrough titles upon their release often become antiquated and awkward within a little less than a decade. And so we see a plethora of remakes and ...
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Princess Connect! Re:Dive #2 [rate]
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3 Members of The Oral Cigarettes Band Test Positive for COVID-19

Band postpones 4 tour performances ― The official website for rock band The Oral Cigarettes announced on Monday that three of their members have tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19): lead vocalist and guitarist Takuya Yamanaka, guitarist Shigenobu Suzuki, and drummer Masaya Nakanishi. The members had fevers of around 37.5°C (about 99.5°F) on January 12. They took a PCR test on J...
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Tales of Arise Game Produces New Anime Promo Video

Game launched in September ― Japanese gaming news website Famitsu revealed on Monday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tales of Arise role-playing game will get an anime promotional video by ufotable (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba). ufotable also handled the game's animation. The website unveiled four screenshots featuring the characters Rinwell, Law, Kisara, and Dohalim. IMG IMG tales-of-arise-rinw...
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Sabikui Bisco #2 [rate]
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Bocchi the Rock! TV Anime Casts Sayumi Suzushiro

Suzushiro plays Nijika in 2022 anime based on 4-panel band manga ― The official website for the anime of Aki Hamaji's four-panel manga Bocchi the Rock! manga revealed on Tuesday that Sayumi Suzushiro will play Nijika Ijichi, energetic and cheerful drummer of her group "Kessoku Band" and manager of the live music venue "STARRY." The website unveiled a new visual by character designer Kerorira, and it ...
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Mikoto Yamaguchi, Mario's 'Who Wants to Marry a Billionaire?' Manga Listed as Ending in 7th Volume

Seven Seas publishes manga in English ― Amazon is currently listing that Mikoto Yamaguchi and Mario's Who Wants to Marry a Billionaire? (Tamarowa) manga will be the final volume of the manga. The volume will ship on March 9. Seven Seas Entertainment began releasing the manga digitally and physically under its Ghost Ship adult imprint on December 14, and it describes the manga: Down on her luck and pu...
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Tribe Nine #2 [rate]
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'Goodbye, Don Glees!' Manga Ends in February

Atsuko Ishizuka, Madhouse's Goodbye, Don Glees original anime film opens on February 18 ― The February issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine announced on Saturday that Shinki's manga adaptation of Atsuko Ishizuka and Madhouse's Goodbye, Don Glees original anime film will end in the March issue of the magazine on February 15. Shinki launched the manga in the November 2021 issue of Monthly Co...
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Live-Action Usogui Film's Special Video Highlights Baku

Film, companion live-action 4-episode web series debut on February 11 ― Warner Brothers' official YouTube channel began streaming a video for the live-action film of Toshio Sako's Usogui (The Lie Eater) manga on Saturday highlighting the character Baku Madarame. The film will open on February 11. A companion live-action four-episode web series titled Usogui -Kurama Ranko-hen/Kaji Takaomi-hen- (The Li...
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My Hero Academia Ultra Rumble Game Streams 28-Minute Gameplay Video, Introduction Video

Closed beta test for PS4 takes place from February 2-6 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming an introduction video and a 28-minute gameplay video for the My Hero Academia Ultra Rumble battle royale-style action game on Monday. The company is conducting a closed beta test for the PlayStation 4 version of the game from February 2-6. Introduction Video Gameplay Video Players within Japan can appl...

Date A Live IV Anime's Promo Video Reveals More Cast, Theme Song Artists, April Debut

Akari Kageyama, Hitomi Nabatame join cast ― The official website for the Date A Live IV television anime series began streaming the second full promotional video for the anime on Monday. The video reveals the show's theme song artists, more cast members, and April premiere. The new cast members include Akari Kageyama as Mokuro Hoshimiya and Hitomi Nabatame as Nia Honjō. Miyu Tomita will perform the o...
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Sibling Folk Duo Billy BanBan Performs Insert Song for Doraemon: Nobita's Little Star Wars 2021 Film

Latest film in Doraemon franchise opens on March 4 after 1-year COVID-19 delay ― The official website for the Doraemon: Nobita's Little Star Wars 2021 anime film revealed on Monday that the sibling folk duo Billy BanBan will perform the insert song "Kokoro Arigatō" (Thank You for the Heart) for the film. The song will feature a theme of "brotherly love." The brothers wrote the song specifically for t...

Viz Media, Manga Plus Also Do Not Publish 75th Chapter of Ayakashi Triangle Manga

Both services also did not publish 74th chapter earlier this month ― Viz Media announced on Sunday that it would not be publishing the 75th chapter of Kentaro Yabuki's Ayakashi Triangle manga digitally. Shueisha's Manga Plus service also did not publish the 75th chapter. Both services did not publish the manga's 74th chapter either on January 3, but did state at the time that they would publish the 7...

15th Manga Taisho Awards Nominate 10 Titles

Oshi no Ko, Onna no Sono no Hoshi, Chi manga nominated again ― The executive committee for the 14th Manga Taisho awards listed this year's 10 nominated works on Monday. (The official English name of the awards is the "Cartoon Grand Prize.") Manga Taisho 2021 Nominees Umi ga Hashiru EndrollJohn Tarachine Oshi no Ko (was also nominated last year)Aka Akasaka, Mengo Yokoyari Onna no Sono no Hoshi (was al...
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Belle to Earn Estimated US$2 Million in U.S. in Opening Weekend, Setting New Record for Mamoru Hosoda Film

Film ranks at #6 in opening weekend ― Entertainment news outlet Deadline reported on Sunday that Mamoru Hosoda's Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime) anime film will earn more than an estimated US$2 million from Thursday through Monday on 1,326 screens in the United States. The earnings would make the film the highest-grossing film from director Hosoda in the U.S. Mirai previously held the record with US$...

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My Roomie Is a Dino Manga Ends on January 24

Moriko Mori, Cota Tomimura's manga launched in 2018, inspired hybrid anime/live-action series in 2020 ― This year's seventh issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine revealed on Monday that Moriko Mori and Cota Tomimura's My Roomie Is a Dino (Gal to Kyōryū) manga will end in its next chapter in the magazine's next issue on January 24. The manga's seventh volume will ship on March 4. Kodansha Comics p...
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Dokaben Baseball Manga Creator Shinji Mizushima Passes Away at 82

Mizushima launched seminal sports manga in 1972, ended it in 2018 ― Shinji Mizushima, the creator of such seminal baseball manga as Dokaben, Abu-san, and Yakȳu-Kyō no Uta (A Baseball Fan's Poem), passed away on January 10 at a Tokyo hospital due to pneumonia. He was 82. Mizushima had been reportedly under medical treatment for an unspecified illness. His family held a private funeral service per Mizu...
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Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Anime Film Sells 6.3 Million Tickets for 8.6 Billion Yen in 24 Days

Prequel is now #64 film in Japanese box office history after topping Back to the Future III, Shin Godzilla ― The Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kaisen 0 anime film has sold 6,288,404 tickets for 8,576,429,150 yen (about US$74.9 million) in the 24 days since it opened on December 24. The film ranked at #2 in its fourth weekend. The film is now the 64th highest-earning film in Japanese box office history, after to...
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A Couple of Cuckoos Anime's English-Subtitled Video Unveils More Cast, Opening Song, April Debut

Ryohei Kimura, Yōko Hikasa, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Yukiko Aruga play parents in romantic comedy ― The official website for the television anime of Miki Yoshikawa's A Couple of Cuckoos manga posted the first English-subtitled main promotional video and the main visual for the anime on Monday. The video unveils more cast members, the opening song, and the April premiere for the anime. The newly announced ...
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The Kindaichi Case Files Detective Manga Gets New Live-Action Show Starring Naniwa Danshi's Shunsuke Michieda

5th Kindaichi actor stars in 1st live-action show in 8 years this April ― Fumiya Sato and Seimaru Amagi's detective manga The Kindaichi Case Files (Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo) is inspiring a new live-action series this April. Johnny & Associates' Naniwa Danshi band member Shunsuke Michieda is the fifth actor to play the titular detective Hajime Kindaichi, and this will be his first solo starring rol...
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Your Winter 2022 Daily Streaming Reviews Schedule

The votes were cast and counted! Here's the Daily Streaming Review line-up for the Winter 2022 anime season. ― This season's Preview Guide saw the return of several series, as well as the unstoppable Attack on Titan. We'll also being say 'goodbye' to Daily Streaming coverage for a few ongoing series, but look forward to their full season reviews when they wrap up. For the curious, the most requested ...
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Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 #77 [rate]
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I'm Quitting Heroing Anime's Character Videos Highlight Echidna, Steiner, Lily, Mernes

Anime about hero joining enemy demon army premieres in April 2022 ― Kadokawa streamed four promotional videos in the last four weeks highlighting the characters Echidna, Steiner, Lily, and Mernes from the television anime adaptation of Quantum and Hana Amano's I'm Quitting Heroing: Next Gig Is at the Demon Queen's Castle (Yūsha, Yamemasu: Tsugi no Shokuba wa Maōjō) fantasy light novel series. All fou...
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Selection Project

When it's not bogging itself down with tonal filler, Selection Project is filling the central character conflict of its reality-show story with some of the wildest plot twists I've encountered in a series like this recently. ― A crowded field like idol anime means a series needs to have its own particular identity to stand out, and Selection Project's approach seems to be to pitch itself as at least ...
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Sasaki and Miyano #2 [rate]
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc #7 [rate]
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Rusted Armors #2 [rate]
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My Hero Academia Ultra Rumble Game Announced

Bandai Namco Ent. develops free-to-play battle royale-style game for consoles, PC ― This year's seventh issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the My Hero Academia franchise is getting a new video game titled My Hero Academia Ultra Rumble. The game will be free to play and it will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. Bandai Namco...
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Yoshifumi Tozuka's Undead Unluck Manga Gets Novel

Novel to tell previously untold story of everyday life of those in Union organization ― This year's seventh issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Yoshifumi Tozuka's Undead Unluck manga will get a novel adaptation. Shueisha's Jump J-Books imprint will publish the novel. The novel will tell a previously untold story about the everyday life of those in the Union organiz...
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Futsal Boys!!!!! #2 [rate]
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Requiem of the Rose King #2 [rate]
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Japanese Film Festival Online 2022 Streams Time of Eve, Patema Inverted Anime Films

Free online event also streams ReLIFE live-action film from February 14-27 ― The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) announced on Thursday that it will stream the Time of Eve and Patema Inverted anime films and the live-action film of Yayoiso's ReLIFE manga for free from February 14-27. All three films will stream in Japanese with Arabic, Burmese, Central Khmer, English, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Mala...

Shout! Factory Offers Replacements for Neon Genesis Evangelion Anime BD

Company recalls original discs lacking English subtitles for bonus feature ― Shout! Factory is offering replacements for the fifth disc of its box sets for the Neon Genesis Evangelion Collector's Edition and Standard Edition Blu-ray Discs. The original discs are lacking English subtitles for the "The End Of Evangelion– Deleted Live Action Scene" bonus feature. Customers can order the replacement disc...
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World Trigger Season 3 Finale Rescheduled to Next Weekend After Delay Due to Tsunami Alert

Salaryman's Club anime's premiere rescheduled to January 29-30 ― The official Twitter account for the World Trigger anime announced on Sunday evening that the 14th and final episode of the third season will air on Saturday, January 22 at 25:30 (effectively, Sunday, January 23 at 1:30 a.m. or Saturday, January 22 at 11:30 a.m. EST). The episode was to have aired this Sunday at 1:30 a.m. (Saturday at 1...
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Akira Ouse Performs Theme Song for Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Anime's 4th Season

New season will premiere in April ― The staff of the television anime of Masaki Ando's Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki (Yatogame-chan Observation Diary) four-panel manga announced on Saturday that Akira Ouse will perform the theme song for the fourth season of the anime. The new season will premiere in April. The first season of the anime premiered in April 2019. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it ai...
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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Perform at Coachella Event in April

Artist will perform at festival on April 16, April 23 ― Record label Nippon Columbia announced on Thursday that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 16 and April 23. The festival will take place from April 15-17 and from April 22-24. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu was originally slated to perform at the festival in April 2020. Vocaloid icon Hatsune Miku was also ...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations #232 [rate]
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Blade Runner: Black Lotus #10 [rate]
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