The Most Underrated Pro Heroes in My Hero Academia

Heroes like All Might and Endeavor are clearly comfortable in the spotlight, but what about the professionals who save lives on a more low-key level? Kirsten Carey shines a light on some Heroes who deserve a little more love.

Anime Spotlight - Planet With

After his town was attacked by a mysterious giant weapon, high school student Soya Kuroi got drawn into the fight alongside a girl in Gothic Lolita clothing and a cat-like life-form against a team of seven heroes.

This Week in Games - Kill la Kill on Consoles and Super Smash Bros. Speculation

Trigger's Kill la Kill is going to be a videogame! Heidi has all the details, for better and worse. PLUS: Street Fighter V lootboxes, Mario Tennis and wild speculation about who will be in the next Smash!

Anime Spotlight - Seven Senses of the Reunion

High school boy Haruto logged into the MMORPG world 'Reunion' and reunited with Asahi, his childhood friend who should have died six years ago; her death caused the original game 'Union' to cease operations. Is she a digital ghost, or...?

Interview: Goodnight Punpun Creator Inio Asano

The widely-acclaimed mangaka behind Goodnight Punpun and Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction dives deep on his intense career, the intense feelings in his intense manga, piracy, millennials and a whole lot more.

How The New Persona Dancing Games Slide In To The Persona Timeline

Not one but TWO new Persona dancing games are out in Japan! Both of them are supposed to snap right in to the overarching Persona timeline... but how? When did our heroes take to the dance floor? Richard Eisenbeis has done the homework.
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2018, Jun 10-16

Our user rankings begin to settle into their final form as the spring season slows in its final weeks. Find out where your favorites rank this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these ranki...
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Kiss Him, Not Me BD/DVD

This fujoshi-driven romcom tries to roll with its premise in good fun, but its choices may be too short-sighted and mean-spirited to appeal to everyone. Rebecca Silverman gets into it. ― Kiss Him, Not Me, based on the manga of the same name by Junko, is a bit problematic at its core. Not only does it at first blush rely on the tired old trope of the girl losing weight and her glasses and suddenly bec...
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Requiem of the Rose King GN 8

This reimagining of Shakespeare's history plays begins as Richard struggles to cope with the loss of Henry and darker forces begin creeping out of the shadows. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― I've read the history of England's War of the Roses, and I've read the Shakespeare history plays Aya Kanno is basing Requiem of the Rose King on, Henry VI (all parts) and Richard III. But it is Kanno's mang...
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Little Princess in Fairy Forest Novel

If you think that a dragon and a knight sound like the coolest possible dads, this thoughtful dark fantasy adventure is well-worth your time. Rebecca Silverman digs in. ― Sometimes you just know that an author has done her research. That's true of Tsubaki Tokino's novel Little Princess in Fairy Forest: from names to folk songs to fairy tale elements, it's obvious that she really looked into the cultu...
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So I'm a Spider, So What? Novel 2

This slightly more creepy-crawly take on isekai reincarnation doesn't break from formula too much, but it does everything refreshingly better than its many peers in the genre. Theron Martin has the details. ― The field of isekai reincarnation novel series is so dense and thickly populated with weird options that even a catchy title and premise might not hold reader attention for long; a series has to...
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Saturday, June 23

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Drive Head Anime Film's Promo Video Previews Shinkalion Cameo

Film opens in Japan on August 24 ― The official website for Eiga Drive Head: Tomika Hyper Rescue Kidō Kyūkyū Keisatsu (Drive Head the Movie: Tomika Hyper Rescue Mobile Emergency Police), the upcoming film in the Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head Kidō Kyūkyū Keisatsu (Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head Mobile Emergency Police) anime franchise, began streaming a trailer for the film on Saturday. The video pre...
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Marvel Future Avengers Anime's 2nd Season Premieres on July 30

The BS (broadcast satellite) channel Dlife announced on Saturday that Marvel Future Avengers Season 2, the second season of Marvel Future Avengers anime, will debut on July 30 at 6:00 p.m. Yuzo Sato (Iron Man, Gokusen, Kaiji) is returning to direct the new season at the studio Madhouse, and Japanese writer Ryuu King (Dragon Ball Super scripts, Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers) is again in charge of ...
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Yo-Kai Watch 4 Nintendo Switch Game Revealed in Video

Game slated for this year ― Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed the Yo-kai Watch 4 game for Nintendo Switch on Saturday in a video. The video features the original franchise protagonist Keita, Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu film protagonist and Keita's daughter Natsume, and the upcoming protagonist of the Eiga Yōkai Watch: Forever Friends film Shin. The video teases that the d...

Friday, June 22

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Live-Action Bleach Film's 3 New Trailers Highlight Byakuya, Renji, Hollows

Film opens in Japan on July 20 with N. American premiere in New York on July 28 ― Warner Bros. began streaming three more character trailers on Saturday for the live-action film of Tite Kubo's Bleach manga. Byakuya Kuchiki Renji Abarai Hollows Previously videos highlighted Ichigo, Rukia, and Uryū. The film will open in Japan on July 20, and will have its North American premiere on July 28 at the Japa...
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2nd Bungo Stray Dogs Stage Play Reveals Cast, Visual

Hideya Tawada returns as Osamu Dazai ― The staff of Bungo Stray Dogs: Kuro no Jidai (Black Era), the second stage play adaptation of Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa's Bungo Stray Dogs manga, unveiled the main cast and visual on Friday. The visual shows Masashi Taniguchi as Sakunosuke Oda, Hirofumi Araki as Ango Sakaguchi, and Hideya Tawada returning as Osamu Dazai. Other cast members include: Takesh...
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Etrian Odyssey X 3DS Game's Video Previews Armoroad Job Classes

Nintendo 3DS game ships in Japan on August 2 ― Atlus began streaming streaming a new promotional video on Friday for Etrian Odyssey X (pronounced "cross"), the latest game in the Etrian Odyssey franchise. The video introduces the job classes for the "Armoroad Adventurers": Prince/Princess, Shogun, Zodiac, Shinobi, and Farmer. Atlus previously streamed videos to preview Etrian and High Lagaard adventu...

Re:Zero's Western Blu-rays Show Color Banding Artifacts, Companies Respond

Discs ship from Funimation, Anime Limited ― The Re:Zero Blu-ray Disc sets released in the United States from Funimation Entertainment and in the United Kingdom from Anime Limited show color banding artifacts visible in some frames. The frames where it is noticeable show bands of color instead of a smooth gradient. Media OCD CEO and ANN columnist Justin Sevakis explained, "This is a common problem tha...
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The Fable Manga Inspires Live-Action Film

Junichi Okada stars in film premiering next year ― Katsuhisa Minami's The Fable manga has been green-lit and is slated for 2019. Kan Eguchi is directing the film and Yūsuke Watanabe is writing the script. The cast includes: (Top row in image above, left to right) Junichi Okada as Fable Funimo Kimura as Yōko, Fable's optimistic and heavy-drinking partner Mizuki Yamamoto as Misaki, the first ordinary w...
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Comedian Recreates Llen's Attack for Sword Art Online: Alternative GGO Commercial

In the first episode of Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online, the pink-clad Llen makes an impression by using her small size to advantage to ambush enemy players. The scene establishes that even though Llen is small in size, she's a formidable opponent regardless. Staff decided to hone in on this scene as a marketing point for the release of the anime's first Blu-ray and DVD, but with a t...
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Kouichi Yamadera Gets 57th Birthday Cake at Batman Ninja Stage Event

The Batman Ninja anime film opened in Japan last week, and the stars of its Japanese voice cast appeared at a stage greeting event on Saturday. One cast member was in for a special surprise at the event. Kouichi Yamadera, voice of Batman himself, was turning 57 years old on Sunday. As such, staff decided to surprise him with a birthday cake shaped like the Batman symbol that features on promo mate...
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XSEED Games to Release London Detective Myseria Otome Game for PS Vita, PC

Eikoku Tantei Mysteria visual novel heads west ― Marvelous USA's XSEED Games brand announced on Friday that it will release the Eikoku Tantei Mysteria: The Crown romance adventure visual novel under the title London Detective Myseria. The game will be available digitally for PlayStation Vita and Windows PC in fall 2018. The company will have an early playable version to show at its Anime Expo booth f...
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Pop Team Epic Creator's Cat Hijinks Manga Gets 1st Volume

Pop Team Epic creator Bkub Okawa returned from his short-lived Twitter ban in time for the release of his newest comic, Konya wa Neko-chan. The manga's first volume, with an anime-eyed cat on the cover front and center, was released on Friday. Konya wa Neko-chan is a four-panel comic starring a variety of felines from strong-spirited kitties to selfish and even angry cats. The wrap around band of ...
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Anime Expo to Host U.S. Premiere of Sirius the Jaeger Anime

Screening to take place on July 7, ahead of Japanese TV premiere ― Los Angeles' Anime Expo convention announced on Friday that it will host the United States premiere of P.A. Works' original television anime project Sirius the Jaeger. The screening will take place on Saturday, July 7. The anime will premiere on AT-X on July 12 at 11:00 p.m., then on Tokyo MX and BS11 at 11:30 p.m. The show will air l...
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Season Finale: Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku ‒ Episode 11

"This is peak-form Wotakoi, full of in-depth diatribes about thorny subculture topics, snappy dialogue, and a deluge of cuteness."
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Fans Choose Which Male Idol Groups Are Real Stars

There's a huge array of male anime and game idol groups to choose from and new ones are introduced regularly with the latest mobile game releases and updates. Series like Dream Festival, The [email protected] SideM, Uta no Prince-sama, B-Project, TsukiPro, Idolish 7, Marginal #4, StarMyu, and more all serve up fresh songs, choreography, and attractive guys to dance along with. Which male idol group is yo...
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100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams Anime Reveals Staff, Story Premise

Yukina Hiiro directs anime at project No.9 ― The official website for the television anime of GCREST's 100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams: The Animation (Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama) smartphone puzzle role-playing game updated staff and story information on Friday. Yukina Hiiro (Hitorijime My Hero, Chu-Bra!!) is directing the anime at project No.9. Natsuko Takahashi (My Lov...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil Writer Carlo Zen Launches New Manga

Baikoku Kikan to debut online next week ― The official Twitter account for Shinchosha's Kurage Bunch manga website announced on Friday that the website will launch a new serialized manga based on a story by Carlo Zen (The Saga of Tanya the Evil) on June 29. Yoshinao Shina is drawing the manga, which is titled Baikoku Kikan (Treason Agency). The account teases a female protagonist with a "great (?) sm...
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Megalobox ‒ Episode 12

"Now that both our fighters have gone all in, both in body and in spirit, all that's left is to see how the final round plays out."
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Season Finale: Comic Girls ‒ Episode 12

"As a fantastic coda to last week's episode, the final installment breaks away from the usual formula by focusing entirely on Kaos outside of the established group dynamic."
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Lord of Vermilion Anime Reveals 6 More Character Designs

Anime based on arcade card game premieres on July 13 ― The official website for Lord of Vermilion: Guren no Ō (Crimson King), the television anime of Square Enix's Lord of Vermilion arcade trading card game series, unveiled character designs for six more characters on Friday. The cast members with the new designs are as follows: Yui Horie as Julia Ichijō Akira Ishida as Suruga Jūmonji Yu Kobayashi as...
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Manga Answerman - Why Did Yen Press Give Away The Latest Volume of Overlord?

Yen Press recently gave away the newest volume of their hit light novel series Overlord - not the first volume, the most recent one. What was the thinking behind this? Deb gets into it. ― Q: Why is Yen Press offering the latest digital volume of the Overlord light novel series for free (at least on Amazon and B&N)? I was rather surprised to get an email last night from Amazon showing a $0.00 price. ...
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2nd Virtual YouTuber Joins Magical Girl Site Cast

A second virtual YouTuber is joining Kizuna Ai on the magical girl horror series Magical Girl Site. The series cast Fuji Aoi from the popular Aoi Channel as a site administrator in the series' final episode. Within the series, site administrators are the mysterious entities that grant girls magical weapons to fight. Kizuna Ai also voices one of the series' site administrators, named Administrator ...
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Tada Never Falls in Love ‒ Episode 12

"Maybe the series' strongest episode so far, firing on all cylinders plot-wise and making you feel for these characters in a way this show rarely accomplished."
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Gurazeni Baseball Anime Gets 2nd Season in October

Ayumu Watanabe returns to direct off scripts by Hideo Takayashiki ― The official website for the television anime of Yūji Moritaka and Keiji Adachi's Gurazeni baseball manga revealed on Friday that a second season will premiere on BS SkaPer! (SKY PerfecTV!) in October. The website also began streaming a trailer for the second season. 【速報!!!!】/アニメ『#グラゼニ シーズン2』はBSスカパー!にて10月から放送開始!\みなさまのおかげです!!シーズン2もご期待...
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Gakuen Babysitters Anime Gets OVA in September

Story to center on Ryūichi's break from babysitting during testing ― The Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Hari Tokeino's Gakuen Babysitters manga revealed on Saturday that a seventh Blu-ray Disc and DVD release that will include an original video anime (OVA). The release will include the "Sono 13" OVA and an event video, and it is slated to ship on September 26. In the OVA's sto...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2018, Jun 10-16

Our user rankings begin to settle into their final form as the spring season slows in its final weeks. Find out where your favorites rank this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these ranki...
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Kiss Him, Not Me BD/DVD

This fujoshi-driven romcom tries to roll with its premise in good fun, but its choices may be too short-sighted and mean-spirited to appeal to everyone. Rebecca Silverman gets into it. ― Kiss Him, Not Me, based on the manga of the same name by Junko, is a bit problematic at its core. Not only does it at first blush rely on the tired old trope of the girl losing weight and her glasses and suddenly bec...
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1st 5 Minutes of Zoids Wild Anime Streamed

Series premieres on July 7 ― Takara Tomy began streaming the first five minutes of the Zoids Wild anime on Friday. The anime will premiere on July 7 and will air on MBS and TBS on Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. The show stars: Kensho Ono as Arashi, a member of the Freedom group. Arashi's Zoid is the Wild Liger, a Lion type. Takahiro Sakurai as Bacon, a member of the Supreme group. Bacon's Zoid is a Sabre-too...
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The Lost Child Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Sawaki Takeyasu's PS4/PS Vita/Switch game launched in U.S. on Tuesday, in Europe on Friday ― NIS America began streaming a launch trailer for its The Lost Child game on Tuesday for the U.S. and on Friday for Europe. The game shipped in North America on Tuesday and is shipping in Europe on Friday. The game is available physically and digitally for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, as well as digi...
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Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Anime's Promo Video, Visual, Theme Song Artists, Cast Revealed

Tensho directs at new Bibury Animation Studio for 2018 debut ― A teaser website for the television anime adaptation of Frontwing's Grisaia: Phantom Trigger game opened on Friday and revealed a promotional video, key visual, the theme song artists, and the main cast for the anime. The video previews the opening theme song performed by Maon Kurosaki. The visual features the characters Rena (voiced by M...
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Tubi TV Adds Junkers Come Here Anime

Bandai Entertainment previously released 1994 Junichi Sato film ― Streaming service Tubi TV has added the Junkers Come Here anime. Tubi TV describes the 1994 anime film: "Hi there! My name is Junkers and I am a Schnauzer. I was born in England but now I live with the Nozawa family. Hiromi, the family's eleven-year-old daughter is my only friend. Only she knows that I'm able to talk like people do. It...
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New Gundam Breaker Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launches worldwide on PS4 on Friday with PC release slated for this summer ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a launch trailer on Friday for the New Gundam Breaker game. The video previews SKY-HI's theme song "Snatchaway." The game launched worldwide on Friday (Thursday in Japan) for the PlayStation 4. The game will have a delayed launch on PC this summer. The game stars: Nao Tō...
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World End Syndrome Game Launches on August 30

Arc System Works announced on Friday that its World End Syndrome game for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch will launch in Japan on August 30. The company had delayed the game from an April 26 release date. The "mystery x romance adventure" game is set in the sea town of Mihate when the protagonist moves there and begins to attend a new school. He hears of a local legend in ...
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Mamiko Noto Joins Cast of Golden Kamuy Anime

New character to appear in 12th episode ― The official website for the anime of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga revealed on Friday that Mamiko Noto is joining the show's cast as Inkarmat (character name spelling not confirmed). The character will appear in the 12th episode. The official website lists the anime with three home video volume releases and 12 episodes. The home video releases will also i...
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Tonegawa Anime's 2 Promo Videos Streamed

Series airing for half a year premieres on July 3 ― The official website for the anime of the Kaiji spinoff manga Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa (Middle Management Chronicle Tonegawa) began streaming one-minute and 15-second videos for the anime on Friday. (Both videos on the official website are region-locked to Japan.) まさかのアニメ化っ・・・!アニメ「中間管理録 #トネガワ」は #日本テレビ #AnichU で7月3日火曜深夜より放送開始っ・・‼️圧倒的な60秒告知動画は、公式サイトで...
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Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- Anime Reveals New Promo Video, More Cast, New Visual

Show's 2nd half starts in July with new cast members Tetsuya Kakihara, Satoshi Hino ― The official website for Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits-, the television anime of writer Midori Yūma and illustrator Laruha's Kakuriyo Yadomeshi (Afterlife Inn Cooking) light novel series, began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video previews the show's second half, which will st...
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Harukana Receive Anime's TV Ad Previews Opening Theme

Kana Yūki, Saki Miyashita perform theme for series premiering on July 6 ― Kadokawa began streaming a 15-second commercial on Friday for the television anime of Nyoijizai's Harukana Receive manga. The commercial previews the opening theme song "FLY two BLUE." Kana Yūki and Saki Miyashita are performing the song as their characters Haruka Ōzora and Kanata Higa, respectively. The anime will premiere on ...
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Angolmois Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews Theme Songs

Series premieres on July 10 ― The official website for the television anime of Nanahiko Takagi's Angolmois: Genkō Kassen-ki manga began streaming a third promotional video for the series on Friday. The video previews both Straightener's opening theme song "Braver" and SHE'S ending theme song "Upside Down." The anime will premiere on Sun TV on July 10 at 24:30 (effectively July 11 at 12:30 a.m.), befo...
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Chio's School Road Anime's 2nd Promo Video, TV Ad Streamed

Series premieres on July 6 ― Kadokawa began streaming a second promotional video and commercial on Friday for the television anime of Tadataka Kawasaki's Chio's School Road (Chio-chan no Tsūgakuro) manga. The anime stars: Naomi Ōzora as Chio Miyamo, a first-year high school student at Samejima Academy. She is a hardcore PC gamer who loves overseas games and despises Japanese games. Chiaki Omigawa as ...
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Flowers of Evil's Shūzō Oshimi Draws Shino-chan wa Jibun no Namae ga Ienai Manga Spinoff

18-page spinoff will be included in film's "official book" on July 13 ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film adaptation of Shūzō Oshimi's Shino-chan wa Jibun no Namae ga Ienai (Shino Can't Say Her Own Name) manga revealed on Thursday that the film will get an "official book" that will feature an illustration of Shino by Oshimi based on the character's appearance as portrayed by Sara ...
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Valshe Performs Ninja Girl & Samurai Master 3rd Season's 2nd Opening Song

Valshe also performed opening song for 1st season, voices Hattori Hanzo character ― The official website for Nobunaga no Shinobi: Anegawa Ishiyama-hen, the third season of the Nobunaga no Shinobi (Ninja Girl & Samurai Master) television anime based on Naoki Shigeno's four-panel manga, revealed on Wednesday that Valshe will perform the new opening theme song "Tsuisō no Kotowari" (The Logic of Recollec...
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Jake Hunter Detective Story: Prism of Eyes Game's Video Highlights Main Characters

PS4/Switch game ships in Japan on August 9 ― Arc System Works began streaming a promotional video for its Tantei Jingūji Saburō: Prism of Eyes (Jake Hunter Detective Story: Prism of Eyes) game for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on Wednesday. The video shows the different characters for the game's main story. The game will launch in Japan on August 9. The game's main story will center on protag...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes' New Stage Play Reveals Cast, Visual for Alliance

Play adaptation of new anime runs in Tokyo in October ― The official website for the new stage play series adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka's epic science fiction novel series Legend of the Galactic Heroes revealed a new visual and six cast members on Friday for the first play in the series. The play stars: Shunsuke Kobayakawa as Yang Wen-li Kousuke Yonehara as Alex Caselnes Daiki Ise as Dusty Attemborou...
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Montreal's Otakuthon Hosts CyberConnect2 President Hiroshi Matsuyama

Convention takes place on August 3-5 ― Montreal convention Otakuthon announced on Thursday that it will host CyberConnect2 president and director Hiroshi Matsuyama as a guest. CyberConnect2 is best known for its .hack// game franchise, for which Matsuyama served as director. The franchise inspired anime and manga adaptations. The company is also known for the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series of fighting...
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Pokémon Quest Game Launches on Smartphones on June 27

The official Twitter account for Nintendo's Pokémon Quest game revealed on Thursday that the game will launch for iOS and Android devices on June 27. The Pokemon Company announced the game on May 30, and released the game for the Nintendo Switch on the same day. The game received more than 1 million downloads in the first two days of the game's release. The game is a free-to-start game that allows...
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Digimon ReArise Smartphone Game's Video Previews Gameplay

Game debuts in summer ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Digimon Re:Arise smartphone game began streaming a new promotional video for the game on Thursday. The video previews gameplay footage. The game's cast includes: Rie Takahashi as Michi Shinjō Yūma Uchida as Takumi Hiiragi Minami Tanaka as Mayu Kohinata Miyu Irino as Keito Tamada Risa Taneda as Erismon Natsumi Takamori as Pl...
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Neo Geo Mini Game System's Japanese Version Launches on July 24

SNK announced on Friday that it will release the Japanese Version of the Neo Geo Mini system on July 24. On Amazon Japan, the pre-order retails for 12,420 yen (about US$113) The system will have a "Japanese Version" (first picture below) for the Asian market and an "International Version" (second picture below) for North America, South America, Europe and other regions. The Japanese Version's colo...
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Ano ko no, Toriko. Manga Gets New Serialization to Commemorate Film

New serialization debuts on July 5; film opens on October 5 ― This year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine revealed on Wednesday that Yuki Shiraishi's Anoko no Toriko manga will get a new serialization to commemorate its upcoming live-action film adaptation. The new serialization will start in the magazine's next issue on July 5, where the manga will also feature on the issue's front cove...
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Koi no Tsuki Romance Manga Gets Live-Action Series in July

Series about 31-year-old woman who becomes interested in high school boy also streams on Netflix ― The August issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine revealed on Friday that Akira Nitta's Koi no Tsuki (Love and fortune) manga will receive a live-action television series adaptation that will premiere on TV Tokyo on July 26. The seris will also air on BS Japan, and will also stream on Netflix once all...
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Happy Sugar Life TV Anime's New Visual Unveiled

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Tomiyaki Kagisora's Happy Sugar Life manga revealed a new visual for the anime on Friday. The series will air on TBS and MBS on July 13 at 25:55 (effectively July 14 at 1:55 a.m.), and will later air on BS-TBS and AT-X. The show is airing in the "Animeism" programming block. The series will stream online only on Amazon Prime Video inside ...
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Resident Evil 2 Remake's 5-Minute Gameplay Trailer Streamed

Brand manager: game not planned for Switch "at this time" ― Capcom began streaming a gameplay video on Wednesday for the remake of its Resident Evil 2 survival horror game. Capcom's brand manager Mike Lunn told the GamingBolt news website at E3 that the game is not planned for the Nintendo Switch "at this time." The game will ship for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on January 25, 2019. The remak...
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Yo-kai Watch: Forever Friends Anime Film's Trailer Highlights Main Characters

December 14 film follows story of boy who loses family, gains new family with yo-kai ― The official website for the Eiga Yōkai Watch: Forever Friends anime film began streaming a trailer for the film on Friday. The video highlights the film's main characters and 1960s Tokyo setting. The film will open in Japan on December 14. The tagline on the visual below reads, "I thought we'd always be together."...

Thursday, June 21

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Black Clover ‒ Episode 37

"Out of the completed story arcs we've seen so far, I can now safely say this has been the most thoroughly enjoyable one yet."
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Space Battleship Tiramisu's Gifu Stage Play Includes Pubic Hair Character

The short-form anime Space Battleship Tiramisu is weird, to say the least. The story stars mecha pilot Subaru who is loves nothing more than to be nestled in the cockpit of his giant robot Durandal. Much of the show's humor centers around the strange situations Subaru finds himself in while fighting opposing forces in space, including, to summarize it briefly, being able to talk to his own stray p...
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Live-Action Gintama 2 Film Reveals Cast for Kamotaro Ito, Bansai Kawakami

Haruma Miura, Masataka Kubota join cast ― The official website for Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu Tame ni Koso Aru (The Law is Surely There to be Broken), the second live-action film based on Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga announced two more cast members on Friday: Haruma Miura as Kamotaro Ito Masataka Kubota as Bansai Kawakami The film stars (from left to right in top row in picture below): Shun Oguri ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, June 11-17

My Hero Academia, Pokémon Sun & Moon, Hugtto! Precure in top 10 ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV June 17 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 12.0 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV June 17 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 8.1 Detective Conan NTV June 16 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 7.6 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi June 15 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 7.5 Doraemon TV Asahi June 15 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 6.6 GeGeGe no K...
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Uma Musume Project Staff Asks Fans to Avoid Making 'Harmful Representations' of Characters

The official website for Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby project posted a request on Wednesday that asks fans to avoid making and spreading certain representations of the Uma Musume characters. The message asks fans to refrain from making "harmful representation" of the project's characters or the real-world racehorses that inspired them. The message further asked that people avoid representation...
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D'Art Shtajio Reveals 1st Visual for XOGeneSYS Anime

American-run, Japan-based anime studio D'Art Shtajio shared the first official image of its XOGenaSYS anime project with ANN on Thursday. The XOGenaSYS pilot is based on comic creator Nikolas A. Draper-Ivey and writer Tre McIntosh's original comic of the same name. NBA basketball player Johnny O'Bryant's creative agency Noir Caeser Entertainment hosts XOGeneSYS and several other comic titles by va...
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Espeon, Umbreon Trainers Join Eevee Character Design Project

Penguin Drum's Lily Hoshino, Occultic;Nine's pako design latest characters ― Project Eevee is a special spin-off merchandise campaign dedicated to Pokémon's most evolved monster. Merchandiser MOVIC is helping support the venture by enlisting popular illustrators to draw trainer companions for the different evolutions, and the first round debuted in late April, followed by two more earlier this month....

Crunchyroll, Funimation to Stream Attack on Titan 3, Overlord III, How NOT to Summon A Demon Lord, Angels of Death

Funimation adds dub for Magical Girl Raising Project ― Crunchyroll and Funimation announced several titles for their simulcast and simuldub lineups for summer 2018 on Thursday. Crunchyroll will stream How NOT to Summon A Demon Lord, Angels of Death, Overlord III, and Attack on Titan season 3. As previously announced, its lineup will also include The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar, ISLAND, ...
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Charapedia: Here's The Most Anticipated Anime for Summer 2018

Pick your most anticipated series in ANN's poll! ― It's that time again. We're quickly approaching the July anime season kick-off with big franchise sequels and maybe a few dark horse series preparing to race to the front of viewer's most anticipated list. Charapedia ran its usual seasonal poll to see what Japanese fans are most looking forward to watching and of course, head to the bottom of this ar...
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Potential White Supremacist Rally Aligns with Otakon Weekend in DC

Note: Originally this article stated the rally was approximately two miles away, matching Otakon's statement, Lafayette Square is approximately one mile away from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center by foot or car. This article is updated to reflect that. The organizers of last year's Unite the Right White supremacist rally in Charlotteville —an event that turned deadly after James Alex Fie...
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Maiden Japan Licenses Monochrome Factor Anime

DVD slated for October 16 ― Section23 Films announced in its October release slate on Thursday that its Maiden Japan imprint has licensed the Monochrome Factor anime and plans to release it on subtitle-only DVD on October 16. Maiden Japan describes the story: Akira Nikaidoa was just a normal, everyday high school slacker. Or at least, that's what he was before he, his friend Kengo and sexy school pre...
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Hitorijime My Hero, Seven Heavenly Virtues Anime Get English Dubs

Section23 Films announced in its October release slate on Thursday that Hitorijime My Hero and The Seven Heavenly Virtues will get an English dub from its Sentai Filmworks imprint. Sentai Filmworks will release Seven Heavenly Virtues on dual-audio Blu-ray Disc on October 16 and Hitorijime My Hero on October 30. Sentai Filmworks will also release Made in Abyss on October 23 on Blu-ray Disc and a pr...
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Okko's Inn Anime Film Announces Additional Cast

Several characters recast from TV anime ― The official website for the anime film adaptation of writer Hiroko Reijō and artist Asami's juvenile literature series Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei! (The Young Innkeeper Is a Grade Schooler!, or Okko's Inn) revealed eight more characters and cast members on Thursday. The new cast members are: Kouichi Yamadera as Bunta Kise, a guest who holds the key to the story...
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This Week in Anime - The Rowdy Rogues' Gallery of Golden Kamuy

From horny hunters to crazed cannibals, Golden Kamuy has some of the screwiest villains of the anime season. Michelle and Jacob discuss their favorite (and least favorite) rapscallions on the trail of the Ainu treasure. ― From horny hunters to crazed cannibals, Golden Kamuy has some of the screwiest villains of the anime season. This week, Michelle and Jacob discuss their favorite (and least favorite...
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Johnny's Agency Performers Undergo 'Compliance Training' After Recent Legal Incidents

Several sources revealed on Tuesday that the talent agency Johnny & Associates (also known as Johnny's) is requiring all its affiliated performers to participate in "compliance training." According to the sources, such training sessions were held at the agency's offices in the middle of May and June, and another session is planned for next month. The sources said that at least 20 or 30 performers ...

Funimation Announces English Dub for Aokana Anime

Jill Harris, Adam Gibbs star in dub of 2016 series ― ADR director and actress Caitlin Glass announced the English dub cast for AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across the Blue on Thursday. Funimation announced at New Jersey's Anime Next convention earlier this month that it planned to release the anime on Blu-ray Disc on September 11. Glass is directing the dub with ADR engineer Manuel Aragon, mix engineer Andrew...
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Banana Fish Anime Ad Reveals Ending Theme, Additional Cast

Shōya Chiba, Sōma Saitō, more join cast for anime premiering on July 5 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Akimi Yoshida's Banana Fish manga announced the anime's ending theme song and more cast members on Friday. Four-man band King Gnu is performing the first cours' ending theme song "Prayer X," which is previewed in a new commercial. (Note: linked video is region-locked to...
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Shikioriori Anime Film to Stream Globally on Netflix as Flavors of Youth

Anime Expo to premiere film on July 6 ― Netflix announced on Thursday that it will stream Shikioriori (Poem of Seasons Woven Together), CoMix Wave Films' collaboration anime anthology project with Haoliners, globally on August 4, 2018 under the title Flavors of Youth -International Version-. In addition, Netflix announced that the anthology film will have its world premiere at Anime Expo in Los Angel...
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Anime NYC to Host Voice Actor Tohru Furuya

Furuya to appear for on-stage events, signings on November 16-17 ― The staff of Anime NYC announced on Thursday that voice actor Tohru Furuya will make his first appearance in New York City at this year's convention. Furuya will appear at the event on November 16-17, and he will participate in on-stage events and signings. Furuya's voice-acting career extends more than 50 years, and he has performed ...

The Morose Mononokean TV Anime Gets 2nd Season

Itsuro Kawasaki directs, Takao Yoshioka returns for series composition at Pierrot Plus ― The official website for the television anime of Kiri Wazawa's The Morose Mononokean (Fukigen na Mononokean) manga revealed on Friday that a second season has been green-lit. Itsuro Kawasaki (Magical Girl Ore, Rental Magica, Shining Hearts, Tsukiuta. THE ANIMATION) will direct the season at Pierrot Plus. Takao Yo...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game's Switch Version Launches in West on September 28

Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe announced on Thursday that they will release the Nintendo Switch version of Arc System Works' Dragon Ball FighterZ game in the Americas and Europe on September 28. The game will launch in Japan on September 27. The game launched for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam in the Americas and Europe on January 26, and launch...
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Fireworks Anime Film's English-Dubbed Trailer Streamed

Fathom Events, GKIDS screen film in U.S. on July 3, 5, 7 ― GKids began streaming a full trailer for the anime film Fireworks (Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?) on Wednesday. Fathom Events also began streaming a 30-second trailer for the film. Both videos feature the anime's English dub. The film will screen in the United States on July 3, 5, and 7 in collaboration with Fathom ...
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Steins;Gate 0 ‒ Episode 11

"S;G 0's needlessly protracted and uneven plotting is doing this series absolutely no favors."
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Requiem of the Rose King GN 8

This reimagining of Shakespeare's history plays begins as Richard struggles to cope with the loss of Henry and darker forces begin creeping out of the shadows. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― I've read the history of England's War of the Roses, and I've read the Shakespeare history plays Aya Kanno is basing Requiem of the Rose King on, Henry VI (all parts) and Richard III. But it is Kanno's mang...
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Space Bug 3DCG Anime's Trailer Streamed

Series premieres on Japanese TV on July 8 ― The official website for TMS Entertainment's original 3DCG television anime series Space Bug began streaming a full trailer and a 30-second version on Thursday. The show will premiere on Tokyo MX on July 8, and will air two 11-minute episodes at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. The website previously revealed that an English dub is in production alongside the Japan...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game's Switch Version Launches in Japan on September 27

Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will release the Nintendo Switch version of Arc System Works' Dragon Ball FighterZ game in Japan on September 27. The game will launch this year in the Americas and Europe. The game launched for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam in the Americas and Europe on January 26, and launched on February 1 in Japan for PS4 and Xbox One. The ga...
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Clannad Game's PS4 Version Launches in U.S. on Thursday

Game company Prototype began streaming an English opening video on Thursday for the PlayStation 4 version of the Clannad visual novel. The company noted that the game is launching in the United States on Thursday (as of press time, the game is not yet available on the U.S. PlayStation Store). The U.S. release will be digital-only, but the PlayStation 4 physical version that shipped in Japan on Jun...

Shika no Ō Novels by Moribito's Nahoko Uehashi Get Anime

Fantasy novels center on empire that deals with breakout of mysterious illness ― The Twitter account for the Kadokawa Bunko novel imprint revealed on Wednesday that Nahoko Uehashi's (Moribito, The Beast Player Erin) Shika no Ō (The Deer King) fantasy novel series has an anime project in the works. Kadokawa originally published the novels in two volumes simultaneously in September 2014, and then rerel...
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Little Dragons Café PS4, Switch Game Launches in U.S., Canada on August 24

Aksys Games announced on Wednesday that it will release Little Dragons Café, the new game from designer Yasuhiro Wada (Bokujō Monogatari/Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons, Birthdays the Beginning), on August 24 in the United States and Canada for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The game will launch in Japan for both consoles on August 30. Aksys Games describes the story: The story opens with a twin...
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FuRyu Reveals Crystar PS4 Game for Release on October 18

SHAFT animates opening sequence for action RPG ― FuRyu Corporation revealed the CRYSTAR PlayStation 4 game on Tuesday, and revealed more details about the game on Thursday. The company describes the game as a "cry and fight action RPG." Naoki Hisaya is handling the game's scenario, Riuichi is the character designer, ntny is also handling the character designs and is also serving as the character mode...
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Musical Duo Yuzu Perform New Crayon Shin-chan Theme Song

New theme song "Muscat" debuts on July 6 ― The official website for the Crayon Shin-chan anime announced on Thursday that the musical duo YUZU will perform the new theme song "Muscat" for the anime. The new theme song will debut on the show in the episode that will air on July 6. The duo previously provided the theme song for the Eiga Crayon Shin-chan: Ora no Hikkoshi Monogatari ~Saboten Daishūgeki (...
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Shining Resonance Refrain Game's Trailer Highlights Story, Characters

Game launches on Switch, PS4, Xbox One in the West on July 10 ― The official PlayStation and Nintendo YouTube channels began streaming a story trailer on Wednesday for Sega's Western release of Shining Resonance Refrain, the remaster of its Shining Resonance game. The videos preview the game's world and characters. The game will ship on Nintendo Switch and Steam in Japan on July 12. The game will shi...
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Jingai-san no Yome Manga Gets TV Anime

Daiki Yamashita stars in series about 16-year-old student who marries mysterious lifeform ― Ichijinsha opened a website to announce on Thursday that artist Akiwo Yasaka and author Yu Aikawa's Jingai-san no Yome (Jingai's Wife) manga will get a television anime adaptation that will premiere this year. The anime will star: Daiki Yamashita as Tomari Hinowa Kengo Kawanishi as Sora Hikurakawa Taku Yashiro...
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Lord of Vermillion Anime Reveals 4 More Character Designs

Anime based on arcade card game premieres on July 13 ― The official website for Lord of Vermilion: Guren no Ō (Crimson King), the television anime of Square Enix's Lord of Vermilion arcade trading card game series, unveiled character designs for four more characters on Wednesday. The cast members with the new designs are as follows: Junichi Suwabe as Jun Aoi Shinichiro Miki as Kaburagi Kark Takuma Te...
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Tsuredure Children Manga Will End in 3 Chapters

Manga will end on July 11 if there are no delays ― Manga creator Toshiya Wakabayashi revealed on Twitter on Thursday that the Tsuredure Children manga will end in three chapters. The three remaining chapters are titled "Renai Master" (Romance Master), "Ame" (Rain), and "Kokuhaku" (Confession). If there are no delays, the manga will end in this year's 32nd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine on...
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Z/X Code reunion Manga Goes on Indefinite Hiatus

Seresu also revealed as upcoming fall 2019 anime's character designer ― The July issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Tatsuhiko Urahata and Takuya Fujima's Z/X Code reunion manga will go on indefinite hiatus due to the creator's sudden illness. The magazine did not specify which of the creators was sick. The magazine did not publish a chapter in the July issue. The magazine a...

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind Manga Gets TV Anime in October

1st episode debuts in Tokyo & Paris on July 5, Anime Expo on July 7 ― Manga creator Hirohiko Araki announced on Thursday that his JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken: Ōgon no Kaze (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind or Vento Aureo) manga will receive a television anime adaptation that will premiere in October. The first episode of the anime will screen at the Anyerri Hall in Tokyo and Japan Expo in Paris, Fran...
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The Laws of the Universe: Part 1 Film Adds 7 Cast Members

Yuichiro Umehara, Sayaka Ohara, Ayumu Murase, Shinnosuke Tachibana, more join fall film ― The staff of Uchū no Hō: Reimei-hen (The Laws of the Universe: Part 1), the new anime film sequel to the The Laws of the Universe Part 0 (UFO Gakuen no Himitsu) religious anime film, revealed additional cast members for the film on Thursday. The newly announced cast are as follows (left to right in image above, ...

Glitter Force Brand's Rights Move to Hasbro

Hasbro acquired Glitter Force, Power Rangers, other brands from Saban Brands ― The official website for Glitter Force and Glitter Force Doki Doki, the localized brand names for Toei Animation's Smile Precure and Dokidoki! Precure anime, confirmed in its updated privacy policy on June 14 that Hasbro now owns the rights to the names and brand. Saban Brands released the first season of Glitter Force, co...
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Saint Seiya Franchise to Reveal 'New Development' in August

Current season of Saint Seiya: Next Dimension - The Myth of Hades manga also ends ― This year's 30th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion announced on Thursday that the October issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Champion Red magazine will reveal a new development for Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya franchise on August 18. Kurumada also added that he is planning something that may surprise reader...
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Urban Fantasy Manga Mayonaka no Occult Kōmuin Gets TV Anime

Yōko Tamotsu's manga about government office for occult affairs launched in 2015 ― The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Comic Newtype manga website announced on Thursday that a television anime adaptation of Yōko Tamotsu's Mayonaka no Occult Kōmuin manga has been green-lit. Tamotsu drew an illustration to commemorate the announcement. The modern fantasy manga centers on Arata Miyako, a new gov...
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Tokyo Ghoul Gets PS4 Action Game This Winter

Third-person action game will also have multiplayer ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ghoul:re manga series will get a new third-person PlayStation 4 survival action game titled Tokyo Ghoul:re - Call to Exist. The game will involve the stories of both the Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ghoul:re manga, and will also ha...

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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Anime Trailer Streamed With English Subtitles

Anime premieres on Crunchyroll on July 14 ― Aniplex of America began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the television anime of Tadahiro Miura's Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san) manga on Wednesday. Aniplex of America announced on Tuesday that the anime will premiere on Crunchyroll on July 14. The anime will premiere in Japan on July 14 at 11:30 p.m. The anime stars: Y...
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WHO's Revised Guide Classifies 'Gaming Disorder' as Mental Health Condition

Some critics of the gaming disorder classification believe research is still inconclusive and think naming gaming addiction as a disease could harm the video game industry. ― With the release of a stable version for implementation of its 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) diagnostic guide on Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified "gaming disorde...
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Dokaben Baseball Manga Ends After 46 Years

Original manga began in 1972, inspired anime adaptation ― This year's 30th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine announced on Thursday that Shinji Mizushima's Dokaben: Dream Tournament-hen baseball manga will end in the next issue on June 28. It will be the final chapter for the overall Dokaban series, which began 46 years ago in 1972. The original Dokaben manga about a high school ...
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Season Finale: Tokyo Ghoul:re ‒ Episode 12

"Overall, I think Tokyo Ghoul:re has proven itself to be a worthwhile continuation of Kaneki's story."
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Anime Expo to Host U.S. Premiere of Mari Okada's Maquia Film

Premiere screening to take place on July 6, ahead of broader U.S., Canadian release ― Los Angeles anime convention Anime Expo announced on Wednesday that it will host the United States premiere of P.A. Works and Mari Okada's Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms original anime film. The screening will take place on Friday, July 6. Eleven Arts will screen the film in theaters in the U.S. and Canada...
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Autobots Roll Out to Help USS Enterprise Crew in Comic Cross-Over

Comic book publisher IDW is sending the Transformers on a mission unlike any seen before. The publisher exclusively revealed to website io9 that a four-issue Star Trek vs. Transformers comic cross-over series is launching in September. The series takes place within the Star Trek universe, specifically the USS Enterprises' original crew. Captain Kirk, Spock, and Uhura come face to face with Optimus...
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Lupin the Third: Part 5 ‒ Episode 12

"Goemon hasn't changed much in fifty years, so even when his focus episode calls back to a previous series, it still makes sense for the character we know and love."
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NIS America Promises Launch Day Patches for Text Issues in Ys VIII for Switch

NIS America confirmed with ANN that it has three planned launch day patches for Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana for Nintendo Switch to fix text issues and other issues with the game. An early review posted by GameXplain had reported several problems with the localized script, including repeated lines, subtitles that do not match the dialogue, and untranslated text. NISA told ANN that "the patches were ...
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Osamu Tezuka's Marvelous Melmo Gets Reprint with New Materials

Osamu Tezuka's 1970s manga Marvelous Melmo starring the size-shifting heroine Melmo is getting a reprint, this time with new materials uncovered in a locked drawer by Tezuka's daughter, Rumiko Tezuka. The first contents of the locked drawer were revealed in 2014 and included drafts of Marvelous Melmo's protagonist. キッタナイ紙袋から『ふしぎなメルモ』の原画がどっさり。直筆と資料室の森さんが鑑定。これがまぁ可愛いのなんの! pic.twitter.com/C0eDkTil6y— ...
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Season Finale: Real Girl ‒ Episode 12

"Real Girl wasn't terrible, but it never made the most of its strengths."
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Live-Action Real Girl Film's Trailer Reveals Theme Song by Kana Nishino

Romantic comedy opens in Japan in September ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Thursday. The video reveals that Kana Nishino is performing the theme song "Bedtime Story" and previews the song. The film will open in Japan on September 14. Tsutomu Hanabusa is directing the film with some of the...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, June 11-17

One Piece, The Seven Deadly Sins, Barakamon, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Ace of Diamond Act II in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 One Piece 89 226,340 1,728,460 2018/06 Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 1 3 2 The Seven Deadly Sins 32 157,508 157,508 2018/06 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 2 1 3 Barakamon 17 112,345 112,345 20...
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Evangelion TV Anime's Opening Song Gets HD Music Video

Yoko Takahashi's opening theme song "Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis" ("The Cruel Angel's Thesis") for the 1995 Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime has received an HD music video. King Records began streaming the video on Wednesday to mark the release of Takahashi's "Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis/Tamashii no Refrain" double A-side maxi single, which also shipped on Wednesday. Animator Masayuki, who...
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LIDEN FILMS Animates Intoxicating Miki no Mikoto Promo

Back in January, Bandai Namco Entertainment introduced its Miki no Mikoto (literally: Lords of Sacred Sake) internet video program through its &Cast!!! app.The program anthropomorphisizes different types of sake as handsome guys. The story takes place in a large downtown area where gods and ayakashi (supernatural monsters) are rumored to appear. The town is called "Yayoi Machi" and within it is "M...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 11-17

Record of Grancrest War, Superbomberman R, God Wars games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 11-17 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1NSwSplatoon 2 (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo July 21, 2017 15,715 2,379,977 73 2PS4Fate/Extella Link (Including Limited Editions) Marvelous June 7 13,996 92,644 3PS4Record of Grancrest War (Including Limited Edi...

Recode: AT&T Aims to Buy Out Crunchyroll's Otter Media This Summer

AT&T, Chernin Group formed Otter Media joint venture in 2014 ― Technology news website Recode reported on Wednesday that AT&T plans to buy all of Otter Media, the company it currently co-owns with the Chernin Group, in a deal expected to close this summer. Otter Media is the digital holding company that operates Crunchyroll's parent company Ellation, among other video services. Digital media news web...
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Zero Two Suits Up in DARLING in the FRANXX Figure

If you're a fan of Darling in the Franxx's leading lady, you'll love Kotobukiya's new figure. The company is offering a 1/7-scale figure of Zero Two in her pilot suit. Zero Two is boarding the Strelitzia in the solid figure's depiction of her, and she is just about to connect. Details include Zero Two's flowing hair and creases in her suit. IMG figure1.jpg IMG figure2.jpg IMG figure3.jpg IMG figu...
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Yarichin Bitch-bu Boys-Love OVA's Promo Video Previews Opening Song by Cast

Original manga's author wrote song lyrics ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Ogeretsu Tanaka's boys-love manga Yarichin Bitch-bu (Playboy Bitch Club) shared a promotional video to preview the anime's theme song "Touch You." The main nine cast members are performing the song under the group name "Shiritsu Morimori Gakuen Seishun Danshis," and Tanaka wrote the lyrics. Each character will a...
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Angels of Death Anime Ad Previews Masaaki Endoh's Opening Theme

J.C. Staff's anime premieres on July 6 ― The official website for J.C. Staff's anime of the Angels of Death (Satsuriku no Tenshi) game began streaming a commercial for the anime on Wednesday. The video previews the opening theme song "Vital," performed by Masaaki Endoh and written and composed by JIN. The anime will premiere on AT-X on July 6 at 8:30 p.m., before airing later that evening on Tokyo MX...
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Phantom in the Twilight Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Song by Jiro Wang

Happy Elements' 1st original anime to premiere on July 9 ― The official website for smartphone game company Happy Elements' first original anime Phantom in the Twilight began streaming the show's second full promotional video on Wednesday. The video reveals that Taiwanese singer Jiro Wang will perform the anime's opening theme "Flowery song," and it previews the song. Dan Osano is writing the lyrics ...
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Tokyo Tribe Creator Santa Inoue Launches Manga About His Move to Los Angeles

Inoue moved with family from Japan in late 2017 ― Parisian-born Japanese manga artist Santa Inoue (Tokyo Tribe) launched the Santa no LA Life 50-sai no Mangaka ga Kazoku to LA ni Hikkoshita Hanashi (Santa's L.A. Life: Story of a 50-Year-Old Manga Creator Who Moved to L.A. With His Family) manga on Monday. The manga tells the story of Inoue's recent move to Los Angeles, California, and the first chapt...
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Answerman - Is Cosplay Copyright Infringement?

Is your anime cosplay in violation of copyright law? Would that even be enforceable? Justin digs into it. ― Chris asked: Following up on your column from earlier this week, you said most fan works are copyright violations. What about cosplay? I've heard that some creators don't like their characters being cosplayed. Is it possible that they can sue the fans that dress up as their characters? Legally...
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The Royal Tutor Anime Reveals New Project on September 18

Anime premiered in April 2017 with stage musical in September ― A special LINE LIVE streaming program revealed on Wednesday that The Royal Tutor anime will reveal a new project on September 18. The anime's official website revealed a countdown with a visual of the series' five main characters and the text "Well, let's begin. The next lesson—." The website also noted that September 18 marks the one-ye...
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High School DxD Hero ‒ Episode 10

"This episode powers through five duels in the Ratings Game and the set-up for the sixth."
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Live-Action Saint Young Men Show Reveals Visual, VR Video

Show streams on new Piccoma TV service this fall ― The official website for the live-action adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura's Saint Young Men (Saint Onii-san) manga revealed a visual and VR video on Wednesday. The visual and video preview Kenichi Matsuyama as Jesus and Shōta Sometani as Buddha. Note: the video may not display properly on some devices. In the 360-degree video, Jesus and Buddla deal with...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These ‒ Episode 11

"Watching the functional commanders of the Alliance deal with the incompetent bureaucracy of their leadership is the major focal point of this episode."
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Little Princess in Fairy Forest Novel

If you think that a dragon and a knight sound like the coolest possible dads, this thoughtful dark fantasy adventure is well-worth your time. Rebecca Silverman digs in. ― Sometimes you just know that an author has done her research. That's true of Tsubaki Tokino's novel Little Princess in Fairy Forest: from names to folk songs to fairy tale elements, it's obvious that she really looked into the cultu...
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Feel the Wind Marathon Racing Anime's Promo Video Reveals More Cast Members

Kouki Uchiyama, Miyu Irino, Junya Enoki, Yūto Uemura, more join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Shion Miura's Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru (Feel the Wind) novel revealed the first promotional video, additional cast, and character visuals on Wednesday. The video previews the main characters. The new cast members are (Note: character name romanizations are not confirmed.)...
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Zannen na Ikimono Jiten Ecological Children's Books Get 10 TV Anime Shorts

Aggressive Retsuko's Fanworks animates August show about animal factoids ― E-Tele, the primarily educational channel of the Japanese public broadcaster NHK, announced on Wednesday that it will air a television anime adaptation of the Zannen na Ikimono Jiten (Encyclopedia of Pitiful Creatures) book series. The 10 five-minute episodes will air on weekday mornings from August 6 to August 17. The book se...

Beatless Anime Pauses Next Week, Returns With 'Final' 4 Episodes in September

Current run ends on June 29 before Beatless Final Stage resumes story ― The official website for the television anime of Satoshi Hase and redjuice's Beatless novel announced on Wednesday that the story will continue in September with the four-episode Beatless Final Stage. The ongoing Beatless television anime will go on hiatus from the "climactic" episode 20 — which will air on Friday, June 29 — unti...
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Re:Zero Orignal Video Anime Slated for October 6 Screenings

The official website for the Re:Zero anime revealed on Wednesday that the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Memory Snow original video anime (OVA) episode will open in Japanese theaters on October 6. Participating theaters have been selling advance tickets with three original clear file folders since April: WHITE FOX is returning to animate the OVA. The returning cast stars Yūsuke Kobayashi...
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Negima Stage Play's Cast, Visual Unveiled

Former Nogizaka46 idol Rina Ikoma stars in title role of July stage play ― The official website for Mahō Sensei Negima! ~Okochama Sensei wa Shugyō Chū!~ (Negima! Magister Negi Magi - The Little Kid Teacher Is in Training!), the stage play adaptation of Ken Akamatsu's Negima! Magister Negi Magi manga, revealed the cast and visual for the stage play on Wednesday. The site also revealed photo (seen belo...
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Series Finale: Magical Girl Ore ‒ Episode 12

"Magical Girl Ore was silly and sometimes bizarre, but in the end, it was mostly just the same kind of magical girl show it parodied."
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Jun Hanyunyū's Good-Bye Comedy Manga Gets Live-Action Show in July

Kaho, Takuro Ono star in adaptation of manga inspired by Osamu Dazai's unfinished novel ― TV Osaka and BS Japan announced on Wednesday that they will run a live-action television adaptation of Jun Hanyunyū's Good-Bye manga. Yuki Saito, Sumisu, and Daisuke Ajiki are directing, with Date Sorami penning the scripts. Kaho (left in picture below) will play Fumiyo Bessho, while Takuro Ono will play Shū Taj...

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Live-Action Bleach Film's 3 New Trailers Highlight Ichigo, Rukia, Uryū

Film opens in Japan on July 20 with N. American premiere in New York on July 28 ― Warner Bros. began streaming three character trailers on Wednesday for the live-action film of Tite Kubo's Bleach manga. The first video previews the theme song "Mosquito Bite" by [ALEXANDROS]. Ichigo Kurosaki Rukia Kuchiki Uryū Ishida The film will open in Japan on July 20, and will have its North American premiere on ...

Aniplex USA Announces Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs, Cells at Work! Anime for Crunchyroll Streaming

Both anime to premiere in July ― Aniplex of America announced via a live stream on Tuesday that it will stream the Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs and Cells at Work! anime on Crunchyroll for the summer simulcast season. In Japan, Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san) will premiere in Japan on July 14 at 11:30 p.m. Aniplex of America confirmed that it will premiere on Crunchyroll...
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8-4 Company Will Not Handle Localization of Fire Emblem Three Houses Game

The official Twitter account for localization company 8-4 announced last week that it will not return to localize Nintendo's Fire Emblem Three Houses game. The company previously handled localization for three Fire Emblem games: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Fire Emblem Awakening, and, most recently, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. Nintendo unveiled Fire Emblem Three Houses at E3 last week....
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Banana Fish Gets Branded Smoothies (Sans Fish) at Lawson

Akimi Yoshida's Banana Fish manga has a rather unappetizing sounding title, but isn't stopping Lawson convenience stores from slapping it on some of its food products. Starting on July 31, Lawson will sell banana smoothies with illustrations of the series' lead characters Eiji and Ash on the cups. There are four different cup illustrations in total, although one design is a secret. Customers can a...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 841

"With the Big Mom Assassination plot a resounding failure, our heroes' efforts turn completely to escape."

Paramount CEO: Sonic the Hedgehog is 'Juvenile Delinquent' in Upcoming Film

Character to appear in rural environment with local policeman ― Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos shared some details on the story of the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog film in a Q&A session on June 9. "He's a juvenile delinquent on the adventures in a pretty straight rural environment with a local policeman," Gianopulos said of the title character. Producer Neal H. Moritz also particip...
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Frilly Dresses Available for Pre-Order

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc may be over but its array of magical outfits are sticking around. The mail-order site Favorite One took cues from some of Sakura's most iconic looks to create fancy, sophisticated day wear. The first dress is based on Sakura's crystal tutu from the anime's first opening sequence. Favorite One's designers even included crystal charms dangling from the gold points....
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Live-Action Kakugo wa Ii ka Soko no Joshi. Project Casts Teppei Koike

Koike plays protagonist's romantic rival in June 24 series, October 12 film ― The staff of the live-action film and television series adaptations of Nana Shiiba's Kakugo wa Ii ka Soko no Joshi. (Are you ready? Hey you girl!) romantic comedy manga revealed on Tuesday that Teppei Koike (seen below) will play the character Takatsugi Masaki, a handsome and kind art teacher, and Towa's romantic rival. Tai...
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Netflix's Castlevania Writer: 2nd Season to Premiere This Year

The Castlevania animated series' writer and producer Warren Ellis said on Twitter on Tuesday that the show's eight-episode second season will premiere on Netflix this year, but there is no release date yet. Ellis had previously said in January that it was slated for this summer. The first four-episode season premiered worldwide on Netflix in July 2017. Voice actor Richard Armitage (Trevor Belmont)...
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Asta, Yami, & Yuno Vie for Top Spot in Black Clover Popularity Poll

Did Asta scream his way to the top or did the talented Yuno finally earn his right to claim the title of "Wizard King?" ― This year's 29th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump revealed the results of its Black Clover popularity poll. Did Asta scream his way to the top or did the talented Yuno finally earn his right to claim the title of "Wizard King?" Here's the results from readers in Japan. Asta: 3,064 vote...
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Real Girl Anime Gets 2nd Season

New season slated for January 2019 ― The official Twitter account for anime based on Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga announced on Wednesday that the show will get a second season. The new season will premiere in January 2019 on NTV's AnichU block, the same block as the first season. The anime premiered in Japan on April 3 and the 12th and final episode aired on Wednesday. Sentai Filmworks li...
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BanG Dream! Band Pastel*Palettes's Short Music Video Streamed

BanG Dream! band Pastel*Palettes are on the rise with an anime shorts airing on TV and the group's third single "Mō Ichido Luminous" set for release on August 3. The title track is central to BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! mobile game's second chapter for the group. The single is will also be released in a limited edition version that bundles a music video on Blu-ray for the title track. The offici...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, June 17-23

BanG Dream!, Re:Zero, The Royal Tutor, Seven Mortal Sins, A Spirit of the Sun anime ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date BanG Dream! BDPlease Maiden Japan US$59.98 June 19 Dragon Ball Super Part 4 BDCite Funimation Entertainment US$44.98 June 19 Dragon Ball Super Part 4 DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation Entertainment US$39.98 June 19 Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World Limited...
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Valkyria Chronicles 4 Debuts on September 25 in N. America, Europe, Australia

Sega announced on Tuesday that its Valkyria Chronicles 4 game will debut on September 25 in the Americas, Europe, and Australia. The game will be available for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. In North America, the launch editions will come with a controller skin, while in Europe the launch edition will come with a sticker. Both the controller skins and sticker will feat...
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Shonen Jump Editors Apologize for Eiichiro Oda's Comments in One Piece Manga's 89th Volume

The editorial department of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine posted an apology on Thursday related to One Piece manga creator Eiichiro Oda's comments in the series' 89th compiled book volume (seen right), which shipped on June 4. The statement cited a "lack of consideration" in Oda's comments and said that both the editorial department and Oda are reflecting on the situation. Oda's controver...
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Uma Musume Producer Wants to Make New Series

The Bunka Tsūshin website posted an interview with Jun'nosuke Ito, Toho Animation producer of the Uma Musume Pretty Derby anime, on Tuesday. In the interview, Ito responded to a question about whether or not the Uma Musume Pretty Derby anime could get a second season by saying, "If it gets popular, we feel like we'd want to return for a new series." He added that they are waiting for the release o...

Anime Expo to Host U.S. Premiere of Kase-san and Morning Glories Anime

Director Takuya Sato, producer Yusuke Terada to attend ― The official website for Anime Expo announced on Tuesday that Pony Canyon will host the U.S. premiere of Kase-san and Morning Glories at Anime Expo on Sunday, July 8. Director Takuya Sato and producer Yusuke Terada will attend the screening. The original video anime of Hiromi Takashima's Kase-san and Morning Glories (Asagao to Kase-san.) manga ...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Darling in the FRANXX?

Darling in the FRANXX has given some viewers whiplash with its unprecedented plot twists over the last few weeks. Nick and Steve discuss where things went wrong for them in this ambitious mecha series. ― Darling in the FRANXX has given some viewers whiplash with its unprecedented plot twists over the last few weeks. This week, Nick and Steve discuss where things went wrong for them in this ambitious ...
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Anime Expo to Host Pop Team Epic Producer Kotaro Sudo, 22/7 Idols/Voice Actresses

Devils' Line, Doreiku the Animation English cast also attend ― Anime Expo announced on Monday that it is hosting Pop Team Epic anime producer Kotaro Sudo. The official website for the 22/7 idol unit also revealed on Tuesday that four idols and voice actresses from the group will attend. Sudo will be available for an autograph session, as well as a screening of the HIDIVE version of the Pop Team Epic ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, June 11-17

Ensemble Stars! sells 7,000, followed by Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, Kalafina, Destiny: Kamakura Monogatari, Meiji Tokyo Renka ― Ensemble Stars! Dream Live -1st Tour "Morning Star!"- DVD landed at #2 on the overall DVD chart with 7,000 copies. Kalafina 10th Anniversary Live 2018 at Nippon Budōkan was #10 with 1,512 copies. Kalafina 10th Anniversary Film ~Yume ga Tsunagu Kagayaki no Harmony~ DVD was #22 w...
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Cells at Work Anime's TV Ads Preview Theme Songs

Series premieres on July 7 ― The official website for the television anime of Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! (Hataraku Saibō) manga revealed two commercials on Tuesday. The videos preview the opening theme song "Mission! Ken - Kō - Dai - Ichi" (Mission! Health First), performed by Kana Hanazawa, Tomoaki Maeno, and Daisuke Ono, and the ending theme song "CheerS," performed by musical duo duo ClariS. (...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, June 11-17

[email protected] Cinderella Girls sells 12,984, followed by Ensemble Stars!, Kalafina, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san ― The [email protected] Cinderella Girls 5th Live Tour Serendipity [email protected] concert sells 12,984 copies to rank #2 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Ensemble Stars! Dream Live -1st Tour "Morning Star!"- Blu-ray landed at #3 with 9,796 copies. Kalafina 10th Anniversar...
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Golden Kamuy ‒ Episode 11

"Beyond Kano's characterization, the greatest problem with this episode is how ultimately unnecessary it feels."
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So I'm a Spider, So What? Novel 2

This slightly more creepy-crawly take on isekai reincarnation doesn't break from formula too much, but it does everything refreshingly better than its many peers in the genre. Theron Martin has the details. ― The field of isekai reincarnation novel series is so dense and thickly populated with weird options that even a catchy title and premise might not hold reader attention for long; a series has to...
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Otakon to Host Studio Trigger, Iron-Blooded Orphans Staff

Washington, D.C. convention runs August 10-12 ― Otakon announced guests for this year's event over the past two weeks, including: Studio Trigger producer Naoko Tsutsumi (Gurren Lagann, Little Witch Academia, Kill la Kill) Studio Trigger animator and director Yoh Yoshinari (Neon Genesis Evangelion animator, Gurren Lagann mechanical design, Little Witch Academia director; seen right) Studio Trigger pre...
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Himote House Anime Unveils Story, Visual, October TV Premiere

Comedy anime centers on 5 girls, cat living as housemates ― The staff of animation studio Bouncy's new Himote House anime project revealed the anime's story and October television premiere on Tuesday. The staff also opened a website for the anime, which revealed a new visual. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and other television channels in October. Kōtarō Ishidate (gdgd Fairies, Tesagure! Bukatsu...

J-Novel Club Licenses Lazy Dungeon Master Light Novel Series

1st e-book volume available in late July ― J-Novel Club announced on Monday that it has licensed Supana Onikage's Lazy Dungeon Master (Zettai ni Hatarakitakunai Dungeon Master ga Damin o Musaboru made) light novel series. Part of the first volume can be previewed for free, and the paid service is offering the first half of the first volume. The e-book for the first volume will be available for purcha...
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2018 Detective Conan Film Drops to #7, After the Rain Falls Out of Top 10

Kase-san and Morning Glories tops mini-theater rankings for 2nd week ― Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin (Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer), the 22nd film in the Detective Conan series, dropped from #5 to #7 at the box office in Japan in its 10th weekend. It earned 68,161,500 yen (about US$619,200) from Friday to Sunday. The film has now earned 8,244,471,700 yen (about US$74.9 million). The film en...

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Food Wars! The Third Plate ‒ Episode 23

"For once in this series, Isshiki is deadly serious about what he's doing."
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Life-Size Pikachu Plush Snuggles Up with Ketchup

Pikachu's endless love for ketchup continues, this time with a life-size doll of the Pokemon holding his favorite condiment bottle. Starting on July 1, Pikachu will collaborate with Japanese food company Kagome as part of promotional efforts for the upcoming movie Pocket Monster: Minna no Monogatari that opens in theaters on July 13. There are two ways to try to win one of three Pikachu toys. Fan...
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Gin to Kin Drama Staff to Also Make Drama for Fukumoto's Ten Manga

Kaiji/Akagi creator serialized Ten from 1989-2002 ― A live-action drama adaptation based on Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Ten: Tenhō Dōri no Kaidanji manga has been green-lit. It will air this fall on BS Japan, and also stream on the Paravi streaming service. The drama will reunite the staff for the live-action series adaptation of Fukumoto's Gin to Kin manga. Gorō Kishitani (pictured above) will play the lead...
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Lord of Vermillion Anime Reveals More Character Designs

5 more character designs revealed for July anime ― The official website for Lord of Vermilion: Guren no Ō (Crimson King), the television anime of Square Enix's Lord of Vermilion arcade trading card game series, unveiled character designs for five more characters. The cast members with the new designs are as follows: Satoshi Hino as Kotetsu Dōmyōji Hiroki Touchi as Isshin Kakihara Ai Kayano as Shōko H...
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Vertical, Inc Brings NisiOisin's Monogatari Exhibit to Anime Expo

North American publisher Vertical, Inc. announced on Monday that it will bring the Monogatari series art exhibition to Anime Expo. The exhibition includes artwork from the novels' illustrator VOFAN. Vertical, Inc. publishes NisiOisin's Monogatari novels in English. The publisher has released the first novel Bakemonogatari, the prequel novel Kizumonogatari - Wound Tale, and the sequels Nisemonogata...
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Back Street Girls Manga Returns From Hiatus

Comedy manga went on hiatus in March; anime premieres next month ― This year's 29th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine resumed Jasmine Gyuh's Back Street Girls comedy manga on Monday. The magazine's 16th issue had announced on March 19 that the manga was taking a hiatus. The manga launched in Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine in March 2015. Kodansha published the manga's eleventh compiled volume on Ju...
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Voice Actor/Music Artist Agency HoriPro Establishes Company for Overseas Expansion

May'n, Ibuki Kido, Kosuke Hatakeyama among artists attached to new agency ― Voice actor and music artist agency HoriPro launched a new wholly owned subsidiary called HoriPro International on Monday. The purpose of the new business is to expand overseas — primarily in Asia — and to scout and cultivate talent. The website lists 18 artists that are affiliated with the new agency. These include Kosuke Ok...
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New York Nintendo Store Received Bomb Threat in April

The official e-mail account for the The Nintendo World Store in New York isn't used very often, which is the primary reason that a bomb threat sent to the location almost two months ago was only recently discovered. Staff discovered that an angry individual had threatened violence against the location for removing Super Smash Bros. kiosks. The New York Police Department confirmed the threat was se...

Sachiiro One Room Drama Cancelled Following Suspicion Manga is Based on Real Kidnapping

Drama about girl and her kidnapper cancelled in Kanto region, will still play in Kansai region ― The live-action drama adaptation of Hakuri's Sachiiro no One Room manga has been cancelled on the Kanto region's TV Asahi amidst criticism that it portrays real-life kidnapping in a positive light. The show will still premiere on the Kansai region's ABC channel on July 8 as planned. The manga and drama's ...
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Anime, Game Industry Staff Check In After Osaka Earthquake

Animator Takuji Yoshimoto, game developer Swery, USJ theme park shaken but stable ― An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale shook Osaka on Monday, causing damage throughout the area and killing at least four people and injuring scores more. The area is home to several animation and game studios and the Universal Studios Japan theme park. Animator Takuji Yoshimoto updated his status on Monday...
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Warriors Orochi 4 Launches in the West in October

New trailer streamed for PS4/Xbox One/Switch/PC game ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming a trailer for its Warriors Orochi 4 (Musou Orochi 3) game on Monday. The video reveals that the game will launch in North America on October 16 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Koei Tecmo Europe streamed the same trailer, announcing an October 19 release date for Europe on the same platforms...
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Viz's Shonen Jump to Preview Keiji Amatsuka's 'Seiji Tanaka' Manga

Manga debuts on June 25 ― Viz Media's digital English edition of Weekly Shonen Jump confirmed on Monday that it will begin a new round of "Jump Start" titles with Keiji Amatsuka's Sogo Jikan Jigyo Gaisha Daihyo Torishimariyaku Shacho Senzoku Hisho Tanaka Seiji (General Time Company Director President Special Secretary Seiji Tanaka) next Monday. The manga will debut in Japan in Sheisha's Weekly Shonen...
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UPDATED: Alice or Alice Manga Creator Pretends to Marry Da Capo Game Artist

UPDATE: Mamu Mitsumomo confirmed with Anime News Network on Monday that the images were a joke. The dresses are gorgeous but Mitsumomo and Korie did not get married. The original article appears below. Manga artist Riko Korie announced that she married Da Capo game artist Mamu Mitsumomo on Saturday. The happy brides wore pink and white for their big day. Korie is in pink on the left and Mitsumomo ...
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Kaiju Girls (Black) Anime Reveals Visual, November 23 Screenings

Limited screenings to be held in Tokyo ― The official website for the Kaijū Girls ~Ultra Kaijū Gijinka Keikaku~ franchise revealed a new key visual for the new Kaijū Girls (Black) anime on Monday. The website also announced that the anime will have a limited Tokyo theatrical run at the Shinjuku Wald 9 and Cinema Sunshine Ikebukuro beginning on November 23. The title and the character from the visual ...
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Yui Horie, Kenji Nojima, Ryota Takeuchi Join Food Wars! The Third Plate Anime's Cast

3 new characters to debuted as judges in episode 23 on Monday ― The Twitter account for the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime revealed cast members for the Régiment de Cuisine judges in Food Wars! The Third Plate on Monday. Yui Horie plays Anne (right in image below), Kenji Nojima plays Charme (center in image below), and Ryota Takeuchi plays Histoire (left in image below). The characters debuted in...
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Homura Yūki's Infinite Stratos Manga Goes on Hiatus Until Next Year

Manga based on light novel series launched in 2013 ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Tuesday that Homura Yuki's Infinite Stratos manga adaptation is going on hiatus and will return next year. Shogakukan plans to publish the seventh manga volume around the same time that the manga will return, and will announce the return date in the magazine and on the magazine's...

Pokémon GO Game Offers Friends, Gifting, Trading Features

Friends feature debuts this week ― Niantic announced on Monday that its Pokémon GO game will add friends, gifting, and trading features. The friends feature will launch this week, and the other features will launch soon. Niantic software engineer Kirsten Koa confirmed additional details about the new features at a press event at E3. Players will be able to become friends to use the new features via T...
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Caligula ‒ Episode 11

"Caligula's penultimate episode isn't what I would call “good”, but it does offer glimpses into what a successful version of this show might have been."

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Franchise Has 'Big News' This Summer

The wraparound jacket band on the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan short story collection novel (pictured at right) announced on Tuesday that there will be "big news" for Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise this summer. Araki's Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai) spinoff manga is getting a second anime DVD will ship with the manga's second volume on July 19. The anime will...
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Cutie Honey Universe ‒ Episode 11

"There are times in this episode where it feels like the consistently troubled Cutie Honey Universe is truly in free-fall."
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Steins;Gate Elite Game Reveals Opening Movie, September 20 Release

Game with new anime scenes ships for PS4, PS Vita, Switch in Japan ― The official website for 5pb. Games' Steins;Gate Elite game revealed on Monday that the game will launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch in Japan on September 20. 5pb. Games also began streaming the opening movie for the game. White Fox (Steins;Gate, Steins;Gate 0, Steins;Gate: The Movie - Load Region of Déj...
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Film's 2nd Teaser Promotes Manga Bonus

"Volume 0" bonus offered with manga, character intros, "secret dialogue" between Kohei Horikoshi & Eiichiro Oda ― The official website for the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: Futari no Hero) film began streaming the film's second teaser on Monday. The teaser promotes the one million "volume 0" (volume Origin) books that participating theaters in Japan will give to moviegoers...
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K: Seven Stories Film Series' 1st 3 Films Previewed in Videos

angela perform opening, ending themes for 6-part film series premiering on July 7 ― The official website for GoRA and GoHands' K franchise began streaming previews on Monday for the first three installments of the six-part K: Seven Stories theatrical anime project. The videos preview angela's ending theme song for each film. The first film in the six-part project, R:B ~Blaze~, will open in theaters i...
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Sukima Switch, ENDRECHERI Cancel Monday Performances Due to Osaka Earthquake

Sukima Switch to announce rescheduling details at later date ― Music duo Sukima Switch announced on Monday that they have cancelled their scheduled Monday performance in Kyoto's ROHM Theater due to the earthquake that struck Osaka and the surrounding areas earlier that morning. The performance was part of the duo's "ALGOrhythm" tour. The group's official website will announce further details for resc...
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MAGES President Reveals Existence of Switch Versions of Robotics;Notes Elite, Memories Off Games

Robotics;Notes Elite debuted for PS Vita in 2014, Memories Off -Innocent Fille- on March 29 ― MAGES. president Chiyomaru Shikura revealed the existence of a Switch version of both the Robotics;Notes Elite and Memories Off -Innocent Fille- games during a live stream on Sunday. Shikura did not say if the versions were slated for release. The original Robotics;Notes PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 visual nov...
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Fighting EX Layer PS4 Game's 2 Videos Show Matches

PS4 game to launch in 68 countries & regions on June 28 ― ARIKA began streaming a gameplay video for its Fighting EX Layer PlayStation 4 fighting game on Sunday. The video shows various characters in the game in matches. The company also began streaming a four-minute video previewing the game's "expert mode." The game will launch in 68 countries and regions beginning on June 28. The game will be the ...
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Live-Action Rainbow Days Film's Video Previews Kenji Furuya Theme Song

Film opens on July 6 ― The official YouTube channel of Japanese film news website Cinema Today began streaming a "special video" for the live-action film of Minami Mizuno's Rainbow Days (Nijiiro Days) manga on Sunday. The video highlights the film's main characters, and previews the film's theme song "Wanderlust," which Dragon Ash vocalist Kenji Furuya created specifically for the film. The film open...
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FLOW Performs Theme Song for Live-Action Sachiiro no One Room Series

Limited edition of "Neiro" single will have jacket art by Hakuri ― The staff of the live-action drama adaptation of Hakuri's Sachiiro no One Room manga revealed on Monday that rock band FLOW will perform the drama's theme song "Neiro" (Timbre). The CD single's limited edition will get a jacket with art drawn by Hakuri (seen below). The drama stars Anna Yamada (right in images below) as Sachi and Shūh...
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Funimation's License for Shiki Anime Expires on June 30

Funimation announced on Sunday that it will remove the Shiki anime from its catalog on June 30. Funimation describes Shiki: As citizens of a secluded village die off in alarming numbers, the head doctor tries desperately to save them—but his efforts are in vain. Panic and disillusionment run rampant as loved ones' corpses rise from the grave with an insatiable thirst for human blood. Haunting and ...
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Phantom in the Twilight Anime's 5th Character Video, Additional Cast Unveiled

5th character video highlights Baileu Ton; 7 cast members added for July 9 anime ― The official website for smartphone game company Happy Elements' first original anime Phantom in the Twilight began streaming the show's fifth character video on Sunday. The video highlights the character Baileu Ton (voiced by Kana Hanazawa). The anime's official Twitter account also revealed new cast members and chara...

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Muhyo & Roji Anime Reveals 6 More Cast Members

Tetsuharu Ohta, Kōhei Amasaki, Yōji Ueda, Ami Koshimizu, Kazumasa Fukagawa, Kyousuke Ikeda join anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yoshiyuki Nishi's Muhyo to Roji no Mahōritsu Sōdan Jimusho (Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation) manga revealed additional cast members for the anime on Monday. The additional cast includes: Tetsuharu Ohta as Tiki Kōhei Ama...
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Shonen Jump Magazine Launches 2 New Manga

Keiji Amatsuka, Takahide Totsuno launch new manga in June, July ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the magazine will launch two new manga. Keiji Amatsuka will launch the Sōgō Jikan Jigyō Kaisha Daihyō Torijimariyaku Kaichō Senzoku Hisho Tanaka Seiji (General Temporal Enterprise Representative Director/President's Private Secretary Seiji Tanaka) ...
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Natsuki Hanae, Tomokazu Sugita Join Cast of Black Clover Anime

Both voice actors to play Magic Knights captains ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed two more cast members on Monday for the television anime adaptation of Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga. The two cast members will appear in the show's 38th episode. Natsuki Hanae as Rill Boismortier, captain of the Azure Deer squad of Magic Knights Tomokazu Sugita as Gueldre P...
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Cells at Work Anime's Video Reveals More Cast Members

Shōya Chiba, Mamiko Noto join cast; new visual unveiled ― The official website for the television anime of Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! (Hataraku Saibō) manga posted a new promotional video, visual, and new cast members for the anime on Monday. Shōya Chiba will join the cast as B cell (seen below). In addition, Mamiko Noto will narrate the show. The site also revealed additional airing dates for th...
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 12

"Like most episodes of this series, there's a point to its darkest moments."
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Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online ‒ Episode 10

"This phase of the battle was dramatically satisfying and featured a couple of nice twists along the way."
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Studio Ponoc's Modest Heroes Anime Anthology Unveils Cast, Composers

Joe Odagiri, Machiko Ono, Fumino Kimura star with Marnie, .hack//Legend of the Twilight composers ― The official website for Studio Ponoc's three-part anime anthology film Modest Heroes (Chiisana Eiyū: Kani to Tamago to Tōmei Ningen) announced its cast and musical composers on Monday. Hiromasa Yonebayashi is directing the 15-minute fantasy adventure story "Kanini & Kanino" ("Kani no Kanino") about tw...
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Nestlé Promotes Coffee Drinks With The Rose of Versailles Portrait Maker

Nestlé Japan is teaming up with Riyoko Ikeda's The Rose of Versailles manga for the "Ice Crema de Nigaoe Maker" project. The online self portrait-making tool lets users recreate their likenesses in images with the manga's style. The project promotes the Nescafé Gold Blend Handy Ice Crema Server item that can create foam on a cold cup of Nescafé Gold Blend coffee drinks. The online portrait-making ...
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Mother Collects Shonen Jump for 7 Years to Honor Son Who Died in Quake

About 350 volumes of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine cover a wall in a home in Natori, Miyagi. Yūko Tanno (name romanization not confirmed) is not necessarily a fan of shōnen manga herself, but her son Kōta was. Tanno lost her 13-year-old son in the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster, which occurred on March 11, 2011. Every week for the seven years and three months since then, the 49-year...
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Black Clover: Quartet Knights Game Adds Charmy as Playable Character

Game for PS4, PC launches in Americas, Europe on September 14 ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Charmy Pappitson is joining the Black Clover: Quartet Knights game for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam as a playable character. The game will launch in the Americas and Europe for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam on September 14. The game will launch in...
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PERSONA 5 the Animation ‒ Episode 11

"When everything comes to a head in this episode, it feels like a well-earned climax."
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One Piece Spinoff Manga Koisuru One Piece Launches on Jump+ App

Gag manga launches on June 18 ― Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website has announced that the website and app will launch another spinoff manga of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga on June 18. The new spinoff is titled Koisuru One Piece (Loving One Piece), and Daiki Ihara is drawing the manga. Similar to the other spinoff manga that will run on Shonen Jump+, Koisuru One Piece is a gag manga that Oda himself ha...
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Film Offers 'Volume 0' Book to 1st Million Moviegoers in Japan (Updated)

Book to contain manga, character descriptions, "secret dialogue" between Kohei Horikoshi & Eiichiro Oda ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the first million moviegoers in Japan to see the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: Futari no Hero) film will receive a "volume 0" (volume Origin) book. The book will feature a cover an...
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DARLING in the FRANXX ‒ Episode 21

"I think it speaks to both this episode's success and its failure that I can spend so much time complaining about what didn't work and still maintain some interest in how things are going to shake out in these final weeks."
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Muhyo & Roji Anime Premieres on August 3

This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the television anime adaptation of Yoshiyuki Nishi's Muhyo to Roji no Mahōritsu Sōdan Jimusho (Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation) manga will premiere on SkyPerfecTV on August 3 at 9:30 p.m., and will later premiere on Animax on September 3 at 7:00 p.m. The anime will have an advanced screenin...
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FLCL Progressive ‒ Episode 3

"This one felt a little more scattershot than the previous two, and they're still repeating themes that have been fully clarified at this point, but I'm still dying to know where all this is going."
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Bandai Namco's Next Brand-New Tales of RPG Being Developed for Consoles

Vesperia 10th anniversary event, Sanrio theme park's 2018 collaboration also announced ― The Tales of Festival 2018 event (pictured below) announced on Sunday that the latest brand-new entry in Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tales of role-playing game franchise is being developed for home or portable game consoles. The new entry is not a remake or spinoff of a previous entry. It has been two years sinc...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 49

"This is My Hero Academia's proudest moment in the spotlight."
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PIG: The Dam Keeper Wins Cristal Award at Annecy

No other Japanese works win awards this year, Funan wins top film award ― Erick Oh and Tonko House's PIG: The Dam Keeper Poems "Yellow Flower", "Hello Nice to Meet You" United States and Japan collaboration won the "Cristal for a TV Production" award in the TV Films category at the 2018 Annecy International Animated Film Festival on Saturday. No other Japanese works won awards this year. Mamoru Hosod...
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Masaaki Yuasa Teases New 'Straightforward Love Story' Film at Annecy

Masaaki Yuasa and his Science Saru studio teased their new film during a masterclass panel at the 2018 Annecy International Animated Film Festival on Thursday. Yuasa said that his new work will be a "simple and straightforward love story," and also said the new film will center on water. Yuasa added that he will formally announce the film in Japan a little later, and asked fans to look forward to ...

Eiga Hugtto! Precure ♡ Futari wa Precure Crossover Film's Poster Visual, Full Title Revealed

Film opening on October 27 brings back "All Stars" subtitle, will feature 55 Precures ― The staff for the Eiga Hugtto! Precure ♡ Futari wa Precure crossover anime film revealed a poster visual for the film on Saturday. The staff also revealed the film's full title as Eiga Hugtto! Precure ♡ Futari wa Precure All Stars Memories, marking the revival of the "All Stars" film series. The previous film in t...
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petite milady Perform Opening Theme for Seven Senses of the Re'Union Anime

Anime premieres on July 5 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Noritake Tao and Booota's Shichisei no Subaru (Seven Senses of the Re'Union) novels revealed on Saturday that voice actress unit petit milady will perform the show's opening theme song "360° Hoshi no Orchestra" (360° Star Orchestra). petit milady is made up of voice actresses Ayana Taketatsu and Aoi Yūki. The duo hav...
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