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Mario vs Donkey Kong Game Review

The most interesting part of Mario vs Donkey Kong is trying to figure out why Nintendo released this title, in this way, at this time. Mario vs Donkey Kong is fine. I should probably open this review by talking about the mechanics of the game, how much should or should not change in a remake, or if this title is worth its $50 price point; but, several hours after seeing the credits roll, I remain f...
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This Week in Games - How Zygarde Got His Game

Jean-Karlo goes over all the good news from this year's Pokémon Day and worrying developments in the world of emulation. ― Welcome back, folks! It's been a fun week on my end; some good stuff came in the mail (I finally have a nice copy of the Valis collection). I still really want that one LGR physical edition of VA-11 Hall-A; it sure would be nice to find one at not-price-gouge-y prices. I also nee...
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This Week in Anime - Previously On Final Fantasy VII

Before you boot up Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, let's remember Squaresoft's foray into feature films, including Spirits Within and the divisive Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. ― Before you boot up Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, let's remember Squaresoft's foray into feature films, including Spirits Within and the divisive Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed...
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The Klutzy Witch: Fukka and the Witch of Darkness Anime Movie Review

There are some fun moments of slapstick, but the humor fades as the film goes on, and the action is never particularly impressive or memorable. The Klutzy Witch: Fukka and the Witch of Darkness screened at the 2024 New York International Children's Film Festival as a double bill with the short film Magic Candies. Despite the festival's name, many of the anime movies screened there have also held st...
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The ANN Aftershow - Best, Worst, and Weirdest Pokémon

James, Jacki, and Lynzee pick their favorite Pokémon from every type to celebrate Pokémon Day 2024! Best, Worst, and Weirdest Pokémon Jacki, Lynzee, and James share their Pokémon memories for Pokémon Day 2024. What Pokémon gave them nightmares, what was their first starter, and what is their trainer persona? The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter Spaces on Tuesdays at 6p...
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Lovely Complex Anime Blu-Ray Review

Fans of romantic comedies with human characters, people who love and relate to weirdo protagonists, and long-time Lovely Complex admirers, pick up this Blu-ray. ― Lovely Complex seems like an unlikely candidate for a dubbed Blu-ray release, even from a company that specializes in releasing older anime like Discotek. It first came out in 2007, natively animated in 480p, and the simple, frequently off-...
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This Week in Anime - Off-Brands In My Anime

With the new, official WcDonald's campaign, Nick and Nicky revisit some of the off-brand appearances of real products in anime and other official campaigns that seem too weird to be true. ― With the new, official WcDonald's campaign, Nick and Nicky revisit some of the off-brand appearances of real products in anime and other official campaigns that seem too weird to be true. Disclaimer: The views an...
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Sympathy Kiss Game Review

Sympathy Kiss is guaranteed happy escapism despite its workday setting and sometimes awkward writing. This is a nice low-key treat for otome game fans. ― Some otome games go all in on the escapism factor, putting their playable protagonists in various fantasy or dangerous situations where finding love and survival go hand in hand. That's not the kind of game Sympathy Kiss is. Otomate and Idea Factory...
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Crunchyroll States 'No Announcements About Price Change' Except for Funimation Legacy Subscribers

Some customers have price increase if switching from Funimation legacy subscription following its closure ― Amidst rumors of a Crunchyroll price change for subscribers, Crunchyroll told ANN on Thursday that it had "no announcements about a price change at this time." The company clarified that some people will experience price changes if they were switching from a Funimation-only subscription to Crun...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Game's PS5, Xbox Series X|S Versions Launch on May 24

Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Friday that it will release the Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 game for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S on May 24. The game will get a PS5 release in Japan on May 23. PS5 and Xbox Series X|S players will be able to upgrade their PlayStation 4 and Xbox One games, respectively, and transfer saved data. The company released Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for PlaySt...
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Snack Basue #8 [rate]
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth Game Series' Switch Versions Head West in 2024

Games launch on Switch in Japan on May 23 ― Idea Factory International announced on Friday that it will release the Nintendo Switch versions of Compile Heart's Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth game series digitally in North America and Europe in 2024. The games are Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 Sisters Generation, and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3: V Gener...
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The Demon Prince of Momochi House #9 [rate]
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Bartender Glass of God TV Anime Casts Naoya Uchida

Visual unveiled of Uchida's character Ryūchi Kuzuhara a.k.a. "Mr. Perfect" ― The official website for Bartender Glass of God (Bartender: Kami no Glass), the new television anime adaptation of writer Araki Joh and illustrator Kenji Nagatomo's Bartender manga announced on Friday that Naoya Uchida will play Ryūchi Kuzuhara, also known as "Mr. Perfect" and the bartender of "K" at Hotel Diamond Star. The ...
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Mario vs Donkey Kong Game Review

The most interesting part of Mario vs Donkey Kong is trying to figure out why Nintendo released this title, in this way, at this time. Mario vs Donkey Kong is fine. I should probably open this review by talking about the mechanics of the game, how much should or should not change in a remake, or if this title is worth its $50 price point; but, several hours after seeing the credits roll, I remain f...
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The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic #9 [rate]
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Duel Masters LOST Manga Gets TV Anime in Fall

Trailer reveals returning cast from Duel Masters Win anime ― Shigenobu Matsumoto and Yō Kanebayashi's Duel Masters LOST Tsuioku no Suishō (Duel Masters LOST: Crystal of Remembrance) manga, part of the Duel Masters LOST project, is getting a television anime by J.C. Staff this fall. An official website opened on Friday, and it unveiled a trailer, visual, and returning cast from the Duel Masters Win an...
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Frieren: Beyond Journey's End #25 [rate]
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The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash #8 [rate]
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This Week in Games - How Zygarde Got His Game

Jean-Karlo goes over all the good news from this year's Pokémon Day and worrying developments in the world of emulation. ― Welcome back, folks! It's been a fun week on my end; some good stuff came in the mail (I finally have a nice copy of the Valis collection). I still really want that one LGR physical edition of VA-11 Hall-A; it sure would be nice to find one at not-price-gouge-y prices. I also nee...
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The Unwanted Undead Adventurer #9 [rate]
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Sasaki and Peeps #9 [rate]
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Tokyo Revengers Last Mission Game Delayed Again to General 2024 Release

Game based on Ken Wakui's manga was previously slated for February 2024 release ― JVC Kenwood and Victor Entertainment announced on Twitter on Thursday that the Tokyo Revengers Last Mission game for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, and on PC via DMM Games is delayed to an as of yet unspecified date in 2024. The game was originally slated to launch in winter 2023 and later...
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Undead Unluck #21 [rate]
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Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendō Anime Gets New Series on April 5

New visual revealed ― The official website for the television anime based on author Reiko Hiroshima and illustrator jyajya's children's novel series Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendō revealed on Friday that the anime will get a new series that will premiere on April 5. The episode airing on April 5 will be the overall 117th episode for the anime. The staff revealed a new visual for the anime. The televisio...
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Bandai Namco Filmworks Makes Anime Studio 8-Bit Into Wholly Owned Subsidiary

2 companies had announced business partnership in June 2020 ― Bandai Namco Filmworks announced on Friday that it will make anime studio 8-Bit into a wholly owned subsidiary as of April 1. The management structure at 8-Bit will remain unchanged. 8-Bit was founded in September 2008 and has its main studio in Tokyo. The studio has produced such anime as: Infinite Stratos, That Time I Got Reincarnated as...
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Netflix Reveals Ultraman: Rising CG Animated Film's June 14 Premiere Date, Key Art

Film features "a mix of Japanese and western" cast including Christopher Sean, Gedde Watanabe, Tamlyn Tomita, Keone Young, Julia Harriman ― Netflix revealed on Thursday that Ultraman: Rising, it and Tsuburaya Productions' upcoming Ultraman CG animated feature film, will premiere on June 14. The company revealed the key art for the film. Shannon Tindle (animator for Coraline, Kubo and the Two Strings)...
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Jiisan Baasan Wakagaeru TV Anime's Main Promo Video Reveals Theme Songs, April 7 Debut

More cast, more staff, new visual also revealed ― Kadokawa started streaming a main promotional video for the television anime adaptation of Kagiri Araido's Jiisan Baasan Wakagaeru (Grandpa and Grandma Turn Young Again) manga on Friday. The show's staff also revealed a new key visual, the show's April 7 premiere, the opening and ending theme song information, and more cast and staff. The below video ...
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A Condition Called Love Anime Reveals 2 More Cast Members, April 4 Debut

Sayumi Suzushiro, Kazuyuki Okitsu join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Megumi Morino's A Condition Called Love (Hananoi-kun to Koi no Yamai) manga revealed two more cast members for the show on Friday. The new cast members include: Sayumi Suzushiro as Satomi Satomura Kazuyuki Okitsu as Yukihiro Kuroe The anime will premiere on April 4 on TBS' 28 affiliate channels at 11:56 p.m...
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KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world! 3 Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals Theme Songs, April 10 Premiere

Machico performs opening theme, 3 cast members perform ending theme ― Kadokawa revealed the second promotional video on Friday for KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world! 3, the third television season of the main KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world!! anime. The video reveals the show will premiere on April 10. The video also reveals that Machico is performing the opening the...
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Chillin' in Another World With Level 2 Super Cheat Powers Anime's 3rd Promo Video Reveals More Cast

Shizuka Itō, Yui Horie, Tomoaki Maeno, more join cast for anime premiering on April 8 ― The official website for the television anime of Miya Kinojo's Chillin' in Another World with Level 2 Super Cheat Powers (Lv2 kara Cheat datta Moto Yūsha Kōho no Mattari Isekai Life) light novel series began streaming the show's third promotional video on Friday. The staff also revealed more cast members and the s...
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VTuber Legend: How I Went Viral after Forgetting to Turn Off My Stream Anime Reveals More Cast, Promo Video

Series premieres in July ― Kadokawa revealed on Friday that the television anime adaptation of Nana Nanato's VTuber Legend: How I Went Viral after Forgetting to Turn Off My Stream light novel series will premiere in July. The anime's staff also revealed the show's first promotional video, and more cast members. The two new cast members include: Sumire Morohoshi as Shion Kaminari Ayaka Ōhashi as Nekom...
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The Banished Former Hero Lives as He Pleases Anime Reveals New Visual, April 1 Debut

Studio DEEN, Marvy Jack produce series starring Shōta Aoi ― The staff for the television anime of Shin Kouduki's The Banished Former Hero Lives as He Pleases (Dekisokonai to Yobareta Moto Eiyū wa, Jikka Kara Tsuihōsareta node Suki Katte ni Ikiru Koto ni Shita) heroic fantasy light novel series revealed a new visual on Friday. The staff also revealed the show's April 1 debut. The series will debut on ...
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Yuu Tanaka's Reincarnated as a Sword Webnovel Ends

Series launched in September 2015 ― The Shōsetsuka ni Narō website published the final chapter of Yuu Tanaka's Reincarnated as a Sword (Tensei Shitara Ken Deshita) webnovel on Thursday. Tanaka launched the novels on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō website in September 2015, and Gentosha began publishing the series with illustrations by LLO in July 2016. The 17th volume will release in Japan on March 29. Tomow...
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2024 Doraemon Film's Trailer Highlights Vaundy's Theme Song

Vaundy performs theme song "Time Paradox" for film opening today ― The official website for the 2024 Doraemon film Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Chikyū Symphony (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Earth Symphony) began streaming a special promotional video on Thursday. The video highlights scenes of musical performance in the film, while featuring a longer version of the film's theme song "Time Paradox" by Vaun...
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Kaiju No. 8 Anime Casts Sayaka Senbongi as Konomi

Anime premieres on April 13 ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Naoya Matsumoto's Kaiju No. 8 manga revealed on Thursday that Sayaka Senbongi is joining the anime's cast as the character Konomi Okonogi. The anime will premiere on TV Tokyo on April 13. Crunchyroll will stream the anime as it airs, and it will also stream an English dub. The anime will also stream on X/Twitter worldwide in ...

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New Zegapain Anime Sequel Is Summer Film Titled Zegapain STA

Kengo Kawanishi plays new character Hal Velt; Masami Shimoda returns as director at Sunrise ― The official website for Sunrise/Bandai Namco Filmworks' Zegapain mecha anime franchise announced on Friday that the new sequel anime installment for the franchise will be a film titled Zegapain STA (Zegapain Statement Alpha) that will open in Japan this summer. Sunrise posted the film's trailer, cast, and s...
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Dungeon People Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, July Premiere

Sayaka Senbongi, Sayumi Suzushiro star in anime by Sayaka Yamai, OLM ― The official website for the television anime of Sui Hutami's fourth Dungeon People (Dungeon no Naka no Hito) manga revealed the anime's cast, staff, July premiere date, and teaser visual on Friday. The anime's cast includes: Sayaka Senbongi as Clay Sayumi Suzushiro as Belle Sayaka Yamai (Fantasy Bishōjo Juniku Ojisan to) is direc...
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'Tsuma, Shōgakusei ni Naru.' Anime Reveals Staff, 2024 TV Debut

Yu Yu Hakusho's Noriyuki Abe directs anime at St.Signpost ― The official website for the anime of Yayū Murata's Tsuma, Shōgakusei ni Naru. (If my wife [became] an elementary school student.) manga revealed the anime's teaser visual, stafff, and 2024 television premiere on Friday. Noriyuki Abe (Yu Yu Hakusho, Bleach, Flame of Recca) is directing the anime at St.Signpost. Sawako Hirabayashi (Wolf Girl ...
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Jirō Sugiura's My Wife Has No Emotion Manga Gets TV Anime

Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Konomi Inagaki voice Takuma, Mina in July anime ― Kadokawa and Wright Film announced on Friday that Jirō Sugiura's My Wife Has No Emotion (Boku no Tsuma wa Kanjō ga nai) manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation that will premiere in July on Tokyo MX, MBS, and BS Asahi. Sugiura drew the below image to celebrate the anime's announcement. Toshiyuki Toyonaga voices Takuma (lef...
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2024 Anpanman Film's Trailer Reveals 2 Cast Members

Actress Aya Ueto, comedian Takashi Okamura join June 28 film ― The official Twitter account for Soreike! Anpanman: Baikinman to Ehon no Lulun, the 35th film in the Anpanman franchise, unveiled a new poster visual and trailer on Friday. The trailer reveals two cast members for the film. \📖予告映像が解禁📖/〈絵本の世界〉を舞台に森の妖精 #ルルン と大冒険へ🎵ルルンの森を守るため#ばいきんまん が呼んだのは #アンパンマン !?アンパンマンとばいきんまんが力を合わせて大活躍✨みんなで一緒に〈絵本の世界〉を大冒険し...
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Mayu Murata's Honey Lemon Soda Manga Gets TV Anime Adaptation

Hiroshi Nishikiori directs anime at J.C.STAFF ― Wright Film announced on Friday that Mayu Murata's Honey Lemon Soda manga will get a television anime adaptation, and revealed a teaser visual. Murata also drew an illustration to commemorate the announcement: Hiroshi Nishikiori (A Certain Magical Index, IDOLiSH7 the Movie LIVE 4bit BEYOND THE PERiOD) is directing the anime at J.C.STAFF. Akiko Waba (Blu...
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Live-Action Show of Osamu Tezuka's The Shinsen-gumi Manga Reveals Leads, April 23 Debut

Kamen Rider Revice's Kentarō Maeda, Tomoya Oku star ― The official website for Kimi to Yukite Saku ~ Shinsen-gumi Seishun Roku~ (With You I Bloom ~The Shinsen-gumi Youth Chronicle~), the live-action series of Osamu Tezuka's The Shinsen-gumi manga, revealed its two lead cast members and its April 23 premiere on Friday. Kentarō Maeda (Kamen Rider Revice, left in image below) plays Daisaku Kamagiri, whi...
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Sengoku Youko ‒ Episode 8

With last week's sudden loss, it would only be natural for some or all of our party to want to repay their enemies, but there's a lot more nuance than simple bloodlust.
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 25-March 2

I've Somehow Gotten Stronger When I Improved My Farm-Related Skills, Chillin' in My 30s after Getting Fired from the Demon King's Army anime; The Blue Wolves of Mibu, A Kingdom of Quartz manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Chillin' in My 30s after Getting Fired from the Demon King's Army BDPlease Crunchyroll US$69.98 February 27 Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure SDB...
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Gushing Over Magical Girls ‒ Episode 9

Even some standby gags like Sayo's struggles with her emergent masochism feel a bit funnier and more clever with their setup now.
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The Witch and the Beast #7 [rate]
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Earth Defense Force: World Brothers 2 Game's Trailer Reveals September 26 Launch in West

Game launches in Japan on May 23 ― D3Publisher Inc. announced on Thursday in a trailer that it will release Earth Defense Force: World Brothers 2, a sequel to the Earth Defense Force: World Brothers spinoff game in the West on September 26 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. The game will launch in Japan on May 23. The game is getting a deluxe edition. There are differences in pric...
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This Week in Anime - Previously On Final Fantasy VII

Before you boot up Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, let's remember Squaresoft's foray into feature films, including Spirits Within and the divisive Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. ― Before you boot up Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, let's remember Squaresoft's foray into feature films, including Spirits Within and the divisive Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed...
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Tokyopop Licenses A Smart and Courageous Child, Watch Dogs Tokyo, A Beast's Love Is Like the Moon, More Manga

Also: The Man Who Shattered My World, The Genius Puppeteer Loves the Holy Knight Fiercely ― Tokyopop revealed on Monday that it has licensed the following manga: Title: A Smart and Courageous Child (Kashikokute Yūki Aru Kodomo) Creator: Miki Yamamoto Release: June 18 Summary: Every young couple has high hopes for their unborn child, and Sara and Kouta Takano are no different. But only days away from ...
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Bang Brave Bang Bravern #8 [rate]
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Urusei Yatsura #31 [rate]
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Crunchyroll to Stream A Condition Called Love, KonoSuba 3, Kuramerukagari, Kurayukaba Anime

A Condition Called Love, KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world! 3 debut in April ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the A Condition Called Love and KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world! 3 anime for the spring 2024 season. The company will also stream Shigeyoshi Tsukahara and Twiflo's original full-length anime film project Kurayukaba and brand-new spinoff...
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The Klutzy Witch: Fukka and the Witch of Darkness Anime Movie Review

There are some fun moments of slapstick, but the humor fades as the film goes on, and the action is never particularly impressive or memorable. The Klutzy Witch: Fukka and the Witch of Darkness screened at the 2024 New York International Children's Film Festival as a double bill with the short film Magic Candies. Despite the festival's name, many of the anime movies screened there have also held st...
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Brave Bang Bravern! Original TV Anime Reveals 3 More Cast Members

Series casts Atsuko Tanaka as Kunus, Hikaru Midorikawa as Vanitas, Chafūrin as Pessimism ― The official website for Cygames, Cygames Pictures, and Masami Obari's Brave Bang Bravern! (Yūki Bakuhatsu Bang Bravern) original television anime revealed on Thursday three more cast members who appear in the eighth episode: Atsuko Tanaka as Kunus Hikaru Midorikawa as Vanitas Chafūrin as Pessimism The website ...
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Delusional Monthly Magazine #8 [rate]
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My Instant Death Ability Is So Overpowered #9 [rate]
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Nina the Starry Bride Anime's Teaser Trailer Reveals Main Staff, October Premiere

Kenichiro Komaya directs series at Signal.MD ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Rikachi's Nina the Starry Bride (Hoshifuru Ōkoku no Nina) manga began streaming on Friday a teaser promotional video, and it reveals the main staff and October premiere: Kenichiro Komaya (Kizuna no Allele) is directing the series at Signal.MD. Yuka Yamada (Saint Cecilia and Pastor Lawrence) is i...
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Exclusive: Titan Manga to Release Working for God in a Godless World Manga in English

Aoi Akashiro, Sonshō Hangetsuban's manga's 8th compiled book volume launched in Japan on December 27 ― Titan Comics' Titan Manga imprint announced on Thursday that it will release Aoi Akashiro and Sonshō Hangetsuban's Working for God in a Godless World (Kaminaki Sekai no Kamisama Katsudō) manga in English on October 29. The first volume of the manga is now available on pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & N...

One-Punch Man Season 3 Anime's Trailer Reveals Staff, Cast

J.C. Staff returns to animate 3rd season ― The official Twitter account for the anime of ONE and Yūsuke Murata's One-Punch Man manga revealed on Friday a new trailer, staff, and returning cast for the third season. The video features Saitama voiced again by Makoto Furukawa and Garou again played by Hikaru Midorikawa. Daisuke Namikawa, who plays Dr. Genus, narrates the trailer. J.C. Staff is returning...
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Chained Soldier #9 [rate]
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Atlus, Vanillaware's Unicorn Overlord Game Gives Combat Tips in New Trailer

Tactical fantasy RPG launches for Switch, PS4/PS5, Xbox Series X|S on March 8 ― The official Atlus West YouTube channel streamed a new trailer for Vanillaware's Unicorn Overlord game on Wednesday showcasing the game's battlegrounds, battle system, as well as preparations the player can make before engaging in combat. The game's digital "Monarch Edition" includes a 132-page digital artbook, and a digi...
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Delicious in Dungeon #9 [rate]
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth Game Series Gets Switch Release on May 23

Game series also gets Triple Pack on Switch, download-only future release for PS4 ― Compile Heart started streaming an announcement video on Thursday for the Nintendo Switch release of its Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth game series on May 23. Compile Heart will release the Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 Sisters Generation, and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth...
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Mysterious Disappearances Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals More Cast, Theme Songs & Artists, April 10 Debut

Rie Takahashi, Saya Aizawa, Yūya Uchida join cast ― Kadokawa revealed the second promotional video, key visual, additional cast, theme songs and artists, and the April 10 premiere of the television anime of Nujima's Mysterious Disappearances (Kaii to Otome to Kamikakushi) manga on Thursday. The video previews the opening theme song "Hazard Symbol" by Yuyu, and the ending theme song "Shuku Somete Shin...
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1st Haikyu!! Final Film Stays at #1, Demon Slayer: Hashira Training at #3

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED FREEDOM drops to #4, live-action Golden Kamuy to #6, SPY×FAMILY Code: White stays at #7 Gekijōban Haikyu!! Gomi Suteba no Kessen (Haikyu!! the Movie: Decisive Battle at the Garbage Dump), the first film in the two-part Haikyu!! Final sequel film project, stayed at #1 at the Japanese box office in its second week. The film sold 781,000 tickets to earn 1,120,105,990 yen (about...
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Hiromasa Okujima's Baban Baban Ban Vampire Manga Gets Live-Action Film, TV Anime Adaptations in 2025

Manga about vampire protecting boy's virginity launched in 2021 ― The official X (formerly Twitter) account of Hiromasa Okujima's Baban Baban Ban Vampire manga announced on Thursday that the series will get a live-action film and television anime adaptation in 2025. The live-action film is a joint production between Shochiku and TV Asahi. The announcement coincides with Japan's Garlic Day celebration...
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Toworu Miyata's Living With Him Boys-Love Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series

Ryūga Satō, Shō Sakai star in series premiering on April 11 ― NBC Universal Entertainment Japan announced on Thursday that Toworu Miyata's Living With Him (Kare no Iru Seikatsu) boys-love manga is getting a live-action series adaptation. The live-action series will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 11, and will also stream online. The series will star Ryūga Satō as Kazuhito Tanaka and Shō Sakai as Ryota ...
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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Game's Discs Printed with Wrong Labels in Asia

Game's copies distributed in Asia reported to have mislabeled discs ― Square Enix's official Asian website reported on Wednesday that its Final Fantasy VII Rebirth game's physical copies were labeled incorrectly. The game's staff explained that the cause was an error during Sony Interactive Entertainment's manufacturing process, where the Data Disc was erroneously labeled as the "Play Disc," and the ...
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Live-Action Black Jack Series Reveals More Cast

Shizuka Ishibashi, Takayuki Yamauchi, Eiji Okuda, Tetsuya Chiba, Ryōsuke Mikata join cast ― The official website for the live-action series of Osamu Tezuka's Black Jack manga revealed more cast members for the series on Thursday. The new cast members include Shizuka Ishibashi (center in image above) as Kiriko, as well as Takayuki Yamauchi (upper left in image above), Eiji Okuda (upper right), Tetsuya...

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Keiji Nakazawa Inducted into Eisner Hall of Fame

Late Barefoot Gen manga creator was previously nominated in 2020, 2023 ― The 2024 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards will induct late manga creator Keiji Nakazawa into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame this year. The judges will also induct Ron Turner, the founder of Last Gasp Publishing which released Nakazawa's Barefoot Gen and other manga in English. Nakazawa was previously nominated but no...
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Kaiju No. 8 Anime's Promo Video Reveals Theme Songs, April 13 Debut

British singer Yungblud sings opening, rock band OneRepublic sings ending ― The official website for the anime of Naoya Matsumoto's Kaiju No. 8 manga began streaming the anime's second main promotional video on Thursday. The video reveals the anime's April 13 premiere date, and also reveals the anime's opening theme song "Abyss" by British singer Yungblud, and the ending theme song "Nobody" by Americ...
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'Anyway, I'm Falling in Love with You' TV Anime Confirmed

Kodansha confirmed the television anime for Haruka Mitsui's Anyway, I'm Falling in Love with You. (Dōse, Koishite Shimaunda. or KoiShima) manga on Thursday. Mitsui drew the below illustration to celebrate the announcement. Kodansha USA Publishing is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story: Mizuha's seventeenth birthday is the pits. Her parents totally forgot, and the senpai she ...
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Re:Monster Anime Reveals More Cast, April 4 Premiere

Aya Yamane, Nichika Omori, Hibiku Yamamura, Miyuri Shimabukuro, Hisako Tōjō join cast ― The staff for the television anime of Kogitsune Kanekiru's Re:Monster light novel series revealed more cast, a new visual, and the anime's April 4 premiere date on Thursday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on April 4, and on TV Hokkaido on April 12. The new cast members include: Aya Yamane as Hobsei N...
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Kurayukaba, Kuramerukagari Anime Films Reveal Main Visuals, Full Trailers

Trailers preview theme songs for films opening on April 12 ― The staff for Shigeyoshi Tsukahara and Twiflo's original full-length anime film project Kurayukaba and brand-new spinoff full-length anime film titled Kuramerukagari revealed the main visuals and full trailers on Thursday. The trailers preview Kurayukaba's theme song "Naisho no Uta" by Charan-Po-Rantan and Kuramerukagari's theme song "Bokur...
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Seven Seas Licenses Alpha Wolfgirl x Omega Wolfboy, Killer Shark in Another World Manga, More

Also: She's the Strongest Bride, But I'm Stronger in Night Battles: A Harem Chronicle of Advancing Through Cunning Tactics, Ripping Someone Open Only Makes Them Bleed ― Seven Seas announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the following titles: Title: She's the Strongest Bride, But I'm Stronger in Night Battles: A Harem Chronicle of Advancing Through Cunning Tactics manga Creators: Singyougaku (art)...
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Sundome's Kazuto Okada Launches New Manga on March 12

Okada to launch ecchi comedy Surikomi! ― This year's sixth issue of Akita Shoten's Young Champion magazine revealed on Tuesday that Kazuto Okada will launch a new manga titled Surikomi! (pictured right in image below) in the magazine's seventh issue on March 12. The ecchi comedy manga centers on Kenta, who is instilled with sensual memories during the summer of his fifth year in elementary. Now a hig...
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Boichi, In-Wan Youn's SuperString: Isekai Kenbunroku Manga Ends

Series launched on April 19 ― Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday will publish the final chapter of Boichi and In-Wan Youn's SuperString: Isekai Kenbunroku (Super String: Marco Polo's Travel to the Multiverse) manga on March 6. The LINE manga app is also publishing the final chapter. Boichi and Youn (Defense Devil, Island, Shin Angyo Onshi) launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Sunday in April 2023. The...
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Coffee Moon Manga Ends in March

Supernatural series launched in 2020 ― The April issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki Maoh magazine revealed Mochito Bota's Coffee Moon manga will end in the next issue on March 27. Yen Press publishes the series in English and describes the story: Pieta, a Normal Girl, leads a normal, uneventful life in a world of constant black rain. As the rain pours down, like it always does, she takes her usual route to...
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Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance Game Streams Long Trailer

Game ships for Switch, PS5/4, Xbox, PC on June 21 ― Atlus began streaming on Tuesday a long version of the announcement trailer for Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance, an updated version of its Shin Megami Tensei V game. Atlus will release the game for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on June 21. The updated version will feature a new storyline, ...
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Tekken 8 Game Sells Over 2 Million Copies

Game to add Tekken shop in late-February to early-March 2024 update, DLC character Eddy in spring ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Monday that its Tekken 8 game has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. The story of the newest entry, Tekken 8, takes place nearly six years after Tekken 7. The Guinness World Records recognize the Tekken franchise as having the longest running narrative in vide...
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The ANN Aftershow - Best, Worst, and Weirdest Pokémon

James, Jacki, and Lynzee pick their favorite Pokémon from every type to celebrate Pokémon Day 2024! Best, Worst, and Weirdest Pokémon Jacki, Lynzee, and James share their Pokémon memories for Pokémon Day 2024. What Pokémon gave them nightmares, what was their first starter, and what is their trainer persona? The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter Spaces on Tuesdays at 6p...
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Fate/Apocrypha Manga Ends

Manga adaptation of light novels launched in 2016 ― The April issue of Kadokawa's Comp Ace magazine revealed on Monday that the Fate/Apocrypha manga adaptation by Akira Ishida and Yūichirō Higashide will end in the next issue. Ishida launched the manga adaptation in Comp Ace in June 2016. Kadokawa shipped the 15th compiled book volume on October 26. Higashide first published the Type-Moon series as ...
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B-Project Ryūsei*Fantasia Visual Novel Heads West for Switch, PC

Game debuted in Japan in September 2021 ― PQube announced on Tuesday that it will release B-PROJECT Ryūsei*Fantasia (B-PROJECT Shooting Star*Fantasia), the first console game in the B-PROJECT idol franchise, in English for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. PQube did not reveal a release date. The company streamed an announcement trailer: PQube describes the game: Become the representative of the famo...
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Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Manga Gets Novel Adaptation

Novelist Mei Hachimoku writes prequel novel slated for April 17 ― Shogakukan is listing a novel adaptation of Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe's Frieren: Beyond Journey's End (Sōsō no Frieren) manga titled Shōsetsu Sōsō no Frieren ~Zensō~ (Novel: Sōsō no Frieren ~Prelude~) for release on April 17. Mei Hachimoku (The Mimosa Confessions, The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbye light novels) is writing...
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Lovely Complex Anime Blu-Ray Review

Fans of romantic comedies with human characters, people who love and relate to weirdo protagonists, and long-time Lovely Complex admirers, pick up this Blu-ray. ― Lovely Complex seems like an unlikely candidate for a dubbed Blu-ray release, even from a company that specializes in releasing older anime like Discotek. It first came out in 2007, natively animated in 480p, and the simple, frequently off-...
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Manga Plus Adds Set it and Forget it, The Days of Diamond, Catenaccio Manga

Set it and Forget it debuted on Thursday ― Shueisha's Manga Plus announced on Wednesday that it is publishing the Set it and Forget it, The Days of Diamond, and Catenaccio manga. The company has posted chapters up to the latest one for each series. Kakaru and Kiri Tono debuted the Set it and Forget it (Hottarakashi Meshi) with five-star rice meister Rie Shibuya on Shonen Jump+ on Thursday. Manga Plus...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Launches for PS5, Xbox Series X|S on February 29

Game's new versions launch digitally with rollback netcode ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it is releasing the Dragon Ball FighterZ game digitally for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S on February 29 with rollback netcode. The versions have already launched in areas where it is February 29. Players with the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One versions can update their game to the respe...
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation II Season Reveals Theme Songs' Artists

Hitorie performs "On the Frontline" opening, Yuiko Ōhara performs "Mamoritai Mono" ending ― The official X (formerly Twitter) account for Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation II, the second Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation anime season, revealed the new opening and ending theme songs' artists on Wednesday. Rock band Hitorie performs the opening theme song "On the Frontline," and female artist ...

Crunchyroll Confirms Testing A.I. for Subtitling

Company also tests using generative A.I. for different workflows ― In an interview with technology news website The Verge on its Decoder podcast on Monday, Crunchyroll president Rahul Purini confirmed that the company is testing the use of generative A.I. (artificial intelligence) on subtitling and closed captioning. The testing is an effort to "optimize [their] processes" to allow them to release su...

Korean Live-Action Parasyte Series Premieres on April 5 on Netflix

Parasyte: The Grey also presents new visual ― The staff for Parasyte: The Grey (Kiseiju: The Grey), the South Korean live-action adaptation of Hitoshi Iwaaki's Parasyte (Kiseiju) manga, revealed its April 5 worldwide premiere on Netflix along with a new visual on Wednesday. The series will run new episodes until June. Jeon So-nee, Koo Kyo-hwan, and Lee Jung-hyun star in the adaptation. Yeon Sang-ho (...
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The National Gallery in London Partners with Detective Conan for 30th Anniversary Goods

East meets West in Detective Conan's 30th anniversary collaboration with art by Van Gogh, Monet, more ― In January 1994, Weekly Shonen Sunday introduced Japan to one of its most iconic characters, Shinichi Kudo and his alias, Conan Edogawa from Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan (also known as Case Closed). It wasn't long until the manga was adapted into an anime series of the same name in 1996. Since th...
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Villainess Level 99 ‒ Episode 8

Yumiella gushing over her precious little dragon baby is hands-down her at her most relatable.
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Dopeman's Yūhei Ogino, MITA Ends Kodoku no Immortal Manga

Series launched in December 2022 ― The 21st issue of Kadokawa's Young Dragon Age magazine published the final chapter of Yūhei Ogino and MITA's Kodoku no Immortal on Monday. The second and final compiled book volume is scheduled for April 8. The manga's "immoral x suspense" story is about a man who entered the world of compensated dating or dating for money. He gets caught up in women's desire and l...
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Gundam F90 FF Manga Ends on March 26

Manga launched in June 2019 ― The April issue of Kadokawa's Gundam Ace magazine revealed on Monday that Kiyoshi Imanoya, Nobuyoshi Ino, and Sejoon Kim's Mobile Suit Gundam F90 FF (Fastest Formula) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on March 26. The manga's 11th and final compiled book volume will also ship on the same date. The manga launched on Gundam Ace in June 2019. Nobuyoshi Ino is writ...
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Shangri-La Frontier ‒ Episode 20

Imagine my surprise when this episode screams in your face for ten minutes that Shangri-La Frontier is just a video game.

Netflix Adds Dragon Quest: Adventure of Dai Anime

Anime streams on service on Friday ― Netflix is adding the recent anime of Riku Sanjo and Kōji Inada's Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibōken) manga on Friday. The manga's latest anime adaptation premiered in October 2020. The anime's 100th and final episode aired in October 2022. Crunchyroll and Hulu streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. Hoopla is streaming the anime's ...

Sony Reduces Global PlayStation Workforce by 8%

900 employees affected across U.S., U.K., Japan, among other offices globally ― Sony announced on Tuesday that it will lay off 8% of its global PlayStation workforce, which includes an estimated 900 employees. The company cited the changing industry landscape, as well as the need to maintain the "long-term sustainability" of the company. The layoffs will be implemented differently across its global ...
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The Dangers in My Heart Season 2 ‒ Episode 20

We're still waiting in the wings for Anna and Kyosuke to cement their feelings for one another.
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This Week in Anime - Off-Brands In My Anime

With the new, official WcDonald's campaign, Nick and Nicky revisit some of the off-brand appearances of real products in anime and other official campaigns that seem too weird to be true. ― With the new, official WcDonald's campaign, Nick and Nicky revisit some of the off-brand appearances of real products in anime and other official campaigns that seem too weird to be true. Disclaimer: The views an...
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Hiroaki Magari, Yukiarare Launch New Manga in March

Heroine wa ×× wo Kasegitai debuts in Magazine Pocket on March 2 ― The Twitter account for Kodansha's Magazine Pocket app announced on February 23 that Yukiarare and Hiroaki Magari will collaborate on a new manga Heroine wa ×× wo Kasegitai (Heroines want to earn xx) that will debut on the service on March 2. Magari ran a successful Kickstarter project to animate Shunji Enomoto's Enomoto: New Elements ...
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Futari H Creator Aki Katsu Launches New Manga About Memories

Wasurena Tsuma no Kimi to premieres on March 27 ― The April issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Tuesday that Aki Katsu will debut a new manga Wasurena Tsuma no Kimi to (With You, My Forgetful Wife) in the May issue on March 27. The announcement teases a story about the aftermath of loved ones when someone loses all of their precious memories. Katsu (Psychic Academy, T...
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Motion Picture Academy Splits Short Films, Animation Branches

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday that it has voted to make two new branches: a Short Films Branch and Animation Branch, both derived from the formerly combined Short Films and Feature Animation Branch. The Short Films Branch will have 200 Academy members and one governor overseeing live-action short films, while the Animation Branch will have 700 Academy members ...
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Voice Actress Yui Ninomiya Goes on Hiatus Due to Health

Aikatsu Friends! voice actress, Classroom of the Elite performer to concentrate on resting ― The staff of voice actress Yui Ninomiya announced on her official X (formerly Twitter) account that her activities will be suspended as of Tuesday due to poor health, and she will concentrate on resting. The announcement did not state Ninomiya's illness or a possible date of her return. Ninomiya is best known...
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Sympathy Kiss Game Review

Sympathy Kiss is guaranteed happy escapism despite its workday setting and sometimes awkward writing. This is a nice low-key treat for otome game fans. ― Some otome games go all in on the escapism factor, putting their playable protagonists in various fantasy or dangerous situations where finding love and survival go hand in hand. That's not the kind of game Sympathy Kiss is. Otomate and Idea Factory...

Crunchyroll Offers to Compensate Funimation Digital Copy Owners With 'Appropriate Value'

The Verge's Ash Parrish tested policy to no avail ― In an interview with technology news website The Verge on its Decoder podcast on Monday, Crunchyroll president Rahul Purini revealed that the company is working to offer users migrating from the soon-to-shut-down Funimation app to Crunchyroll with "an appropriate value" of compensation for their digital copies, which Crunchyroll does not support. Cr...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 1095

Watching them so compelled to observe and collect data regardless of danger or side effects or even the fear that they might poop their pants was good stuff!
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Pokémon Trading Card Game Pocket App Announced for iOS, Android in 2024

App allows users to open 2 free digital Pokémon TCG booster packs everyday ― The Pokémon Company International announced during its Pokémon Presents stream on Tuesday, February 27 (Pokémon Day) a new app titled Pokémon Trading Card Game Pocket that will launch for iOS and Android devices in 2024: The app allows users to open two free digital booster packs for the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) every...

The Pokémon Company Announces New Pokémon Legends Z-A Game for Switch in 2025

Trailer teases connections to Pokémon X/Y games ― The Pokémon Company International announced during its Pokémon Presents stream on Tuesday, February 27 (Pokémon Day) a new game titled Pokémon Legends Z-A that will launch worldwide for Nintendo Switch in 2025. The company unveiled a trailer: The video reveals an urban development plan, "a vision of beautiful coexistence between people and Pokémon," f...
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Frieren: Beyond Journey's End ‒ Episode 24

If anyone knows Frieren's weaknesses, it would be the girl who has spent half her life traveling with the immortal elf: Fern.
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy II Season's New Video Reveals More Cast, Opening Song, April 12 Debut for 2nd Part

Nao Tōyama, Toshihiko Seki, Aoi Yūki join cast ― A live stream for The Misfit of Demon King Academy II anime season announced on Tuesday that the season's second cours (quarter of a year) will premiere on April 12. The livestream also revealed the next part's first promotional video with the new cast members, and it previews the new opening theme song "Maō" (Demon King) by BURNOUT SYNDROMES. The new ...
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Koi wa Futago de Warikirenai Anime Reveals 3 More Cast Members

Katsumi Fukuhara, Misaki Ikeda, Yūko Ōno play classmates in July anime ― Kadokawa revealed more cast members and a special AnimeJapan 2024 visual for the television anime of Shihon Takamura and illustrator Almic's Koi wa Futago de Warikirenai (Love Between Twins is Indivisible) light novel series on Tuesday. AnimeJapan 2024 Special Visual The newly announced cast members play classmates of Jun, Rumi,...
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