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Selection Project

When it's not bogging itself down with tonal filler, Selection Project is filling the central character conflict of its reality-show story with some of the wildest plot twists I've encountered in a series like this recently. ― A crowded field like idol anime means a series needs to have its own particular identity to stand out, and Selection Project's approach seems to be to pitch itself as at least ...
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Shikizakura Episodes 1-12

As far as what it's playing with in terms of influence and genre stylings, Shikizakura is tokusatsu as all heck. ― Tokusatsu has enjoyed a run of increased availability and visibility among English-speaking audiences, particularly those adjacent to anime fan circles, for a good several years now. It's to the point where many more people than before have an idea of what tokusatsu 'is' (or at least the...
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This Week in Games - We Never Asked for This

The reaction to Square-Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda's New Year's letter discussing NFTs in gaming was swift and profoundly negative – it felt like everyone was dunking on its content for three straight days. ― Happy new year, everyone! I apologize for my sudden week-off – I got my COVID booster shot the day I was due to turn the column in, and I was just not feeling up to it. So, this week, we'll be catch...
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This Week in Anime - Stand By Me Doraemon and 80 Years of Gadgets

Somewhat obscure in the U.S., Doraemon is one of the most recognizable characters in Japan. After 80 years of high-tech shenanigans, the time-travelling cat's two latest films are now streaming on Netflix. ― Somewhat obscure in the U.S., Doraemon is one of the most recognizable characters in Japan. After 80 years of high-tech shenanigans, the time-travelling cat's two latest films are now streaming ...
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Dokaben Baseball Manga Creator Shinji Mizushima Passes Away at 82

Mizushima launched seminal sports manga in 1972, ended it in 2018 ― Shinji Mizushima, the creator of such seminal baseball manga as Dokaben, Abu-san, and Yakȳu-Kyō no Uta (A Baseball Fan's Poem), passed away on January 10 at a Tokyo hospital due to pneumonia. He was 82. Mizushima had been reportedly under medical treatment for an unspecified illness. His family held a private funeral service per Mizu...
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A Couple of Cuckoos Anime's English-Subtitled Video Unveils More Cast, Opening Song, April Debut

Ryohei Kimura, Yōko Hikasa, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Yukiko Aruga play parents in romantic comedy ― The official website for the television anime of Miki Yoshikawa's A Couple of Cuckoos manga posted the first English-subtitled main promotional video and the main visual for the anime on Monday. The video unveils more cast members, the opening song, and the April premiere for the anime. The newly announced ...
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Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Anime Film Sells 6.3 Million Tickets for 8.6 Billion Yen in 24 Days

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

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

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

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

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

When it's not bogging itself down with tonal filler, Selection Project is filling the central character conflict of its reality-show story with some of the wildest plot twists I've encountered in a series like this recently. ― A crowded field like idol anime means a series needs to have its own particular identity to stand out, and Selection Project's approach seems to be to pitch itself as at least ...
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My Hero Academia Ultra Rumble Game Announced

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

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

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

Shout! Factory Offers Replacements for Neon Genesis Evangelion Anime BD

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

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

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

Artist will perform at festival on April 16, April 23 ― Record label Nippon Columbia announced on Thursday that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 16 and April 23. The festival will take place from April 15-17 and from April 22-24. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu was originally slated to perform at the festival in April 2020. Vocaloid icon Hatsune Miku was also ...

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World Trigger Season 3 Finale Put on Hold After Tsunami Alert

1.2-meter wave reached Japan with 3-meter waves predicted after Tonga eruption ― The official Twitter account for the World Trigger anime confirmed on Sunday at 1:53 a.m. that the 14th and final episode of the third season has been put on hold. The episode was to have aired 23 minutes earlier on TV Asahi and its affiliates at 1:30 a.m., but the stations preempted their programming due to special news...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, January 3-9

Mario Party Superstars stays at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: January 3-9 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwMario Party Superstars Nintendo October 29, 2021 45,874 771,575 2NSwPokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl Nintendo November 19, 2021 41,354 2,435,326 3NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 32,232 4,356,115 4NSwSuper Smash Brothers Ultima...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, December 27-January 2

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Pokémon Shining Pearl drops to #2 after 6 weeks at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: December 27-January 2 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwMario Party Superstars Nintendo October 29, 2021 97,163 725,701 2NSwPokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl Nintendo November 19, 2021 80,857 2,393,972 3NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28...
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Shikizakura Episodes 1-12

As far as what it's playing with in terms of influence and genre stylings, Shikizakura is tokusatsu as all heck. ― Tokusatsu has enjoyed a run of increased availability and visibility among English-speaking audiences, particularly those adjacent to anime fan circles, for a good several years now. It's to the point where many more people than before have an idea of what tokusatsu 'is' (or at least the...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, December 20-26

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Pokémon Shining Pearl stays at #1 for 6th week ― Japan's Game Ranking: December 20-26 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwPokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl Nintendo November 19, 2021 150,418 2,313,115 2NSwMario Party Superstars Nintendo October 29, 2021 108,982 628,538 3NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 53,01...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, December 27-January 2

Looking for Magical Doremi aired on New Year's Eve with 0.7% rating Looking for Magical Doremi (Majo Minarai o Sagashite), the anime film commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Ojamajo Doremi magical girl anime franchise, aired on NHK Educational on Friday, December 31 at 4:30 p.m., and it earned a 0.7% rating. The Meow Meow Japanese History anime film aired on NHK Educational on Sunday, January...
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'Kono Healer, Mendokusai' Anime's Video Reveals More Cast, Opening Song, April Debut

Asuka Tomari plays Mushroom (Ortegaia), Karla's Aguri Ōnishi sings opening ― The official website for the television anime of Tannen ni Hakkō's Kono Healer, Mendokusai (This Healer's a Handful) manga unveiled the anime's new promotional video on Saturday. The video reveals a cast member, the opening theme song, and the April premiere for the anime. In the video, the healer Karla reimagines the story ...
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Ya Boy Kongming! Anime's 1st Video Unveils More Cast, Ending Song, April 5 Debut

96Neko, Shōya Chiba, Hibiku Yamamura, Jun Fukushima join anime from P.A. Works ― The official website for the television anime of Yuto Yotsuba and Ryō Ogawa's Ya Boy Kongming! (Paripi Kōmei) manga debuted the anime's first full promotional video and key visual on Saturday. The video announces more cast members and the April 5 premiere, and it also unveils the ending theme song "Kibun Jōjō ↑↑" ("I'm S...
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2nd Sk8 the Infinity Stage Play Cancels 7 Performances After Cast Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

Rest of cast, staff will take COVID-19 tests ― The official website for the stage play adaptations of the Sk8 the Infinity anime announced on Saturday that the second play in the project is canceling seven performances after a cast member tested positive for COVID-19. The first stage play ran from December 2-12, and the second stage play was originally slated to run from January 15-24. However, the s...
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Voice Actor Junta Terashima Tests Positive for COVID-19

Voice actor recuperates at home with minor illness ― Talent agency Kenyu Office announced on Saturday that voice actor Junta Terashima tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Terashima took a PCR test after developing a fever on Friday. He had been in close contact with someone else who had tested positive for the virus. Terashima is currently recuperating at home. He posted on Twitter on Saturday ...

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Demon Slayer Voice Actor Natsuki Hanae Self-Isolates Due to Possible COVID-19 Close Contact

Voice actor rents room to continue recording, isolate away from family ― Talent agency Across Entertainment announced on Friday that voice actor Natsuki Hanae is self-isolating after being in close contact with a staff member who tested positive on a routine PCR test on Friday. The agency is postponing a special event for the The Duke of Death and His Maid anime that was slated to be held on Saturday...
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Wit Studio's Bubble Anime Film Casts Alice Hirose, Sayaka Senbongi, Marina Inoue

Film to play at Berlin Int'l Film Festival before Netflix's April 28 debut ― The official website for Bubble, the new original anime film by WIT Studio, announced on Saturday three more cast members and a screening at next month's 72nd Berlin International Film Festival. Film and television actress Alice Hirose (left in the images above) will play Makoto, a scientist who investigates the story's titu...

Netflix Raises Subscription Prices in U.S., Canada

Subscription plans now cost US$19.99, US$15.49, US$9.99 on different subscription levels ― Netflix announced on Friday that it has raised the price of its subscription plans in the United States and Canada. The service's standard plan, which allows users to stream in HD on up to two separate devices, raised its price from US$13.99 to US$15.49 per month. The service's premium plan, which allows users ...
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Macross 7 Basara Explosion 2022 Concert Streams Globally

Concert begins streaming on January 28 at 5:00 a.m. EST ― Macross' official website announced on Thursday that the "MACROSS 7 BASARA EXPLOSION 2022 from FIRE BOMBER Supported by SANKYO" concert for the franchise's 40th anniversary will livestream worldwide on January 28 at 5:00 a.m. EST (7:00 p.m. JST) in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, Macao, Malaysia, New Zealand, the ...
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NIJISANJI VTubers Kuzuha, Kanae Crash Into Animated Gaming Community Ad

YOASOBI composer Ayase provides music for Vaultroom ad ― The popular male NIJISANJI Virtual YouTubers Kuzuha and Kanae crash into an animated ad for the Japanese gaming community Vaultroom. The 45-second sequence features a stylish cyberpunk aesthetic and music by YOASOBI composer Ayase. Pixel art creator Sо̄ Ōtsuki directed the ad. Kōhei Tokuoka (Josee, The Tiger and the Fish animation director) des...
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Final Fantasy XIV Game Resumes Digital Sales on January 25

Oceanian Data Center for game will launch on same day ― Producer and director of Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIV MMORPG Naoki Yoshida announced on Friday on Square Enix's website that the company will resume digital sales for the game on January 25. He also announced that the new Oceanian Data Center for the game will launch on the same day, and that the game will resume offering its "Home World Tran...
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Princess Connect! Re:Dive Season 2 Anime Reveals 3 Cast Members

Yōko Hikasa, Ayaka Fukuhara, Ibuki Kido join cast ― The official Twitter account for the second television anime season of Cygames' Princess Connect! Re:Dive smartphone game revealed three cast members on Friday. The cast includes: Yōko Hikasa as Nozomi Ayaka Fukuhara as Chika Ibuki Kido as Tsumugi The cast members are reprising their roles from the game. Princess Connect! Re:Dive Season 2 premiered ...
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English Voice Actress Cristina Valenzuela Announces Her Engagement

Voice actress Cristina Valenzuela announced on her Twitter account on Friday that she is engaged to be married. She posted photos of her partner's marriage proposal and wrote: "Yes, with all my heart, yes." Her partner is identified in the tweet as Michael Espero. Yes, with all my heart, yes. pic.twitter.com/B3GxP6d1B9— Cristina Vee Vuvuzela (@CristinaVee) January 14, 2022 Valenzuela is perhaps be...
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Thunderbirds 55/GoGo, Space Battleship Yamato 2205 Films Get Collaboration Promo Video

2nd Space Battleship Yamato 2205 film opens on February 4 ― Bandai Namco Arts began streaming on Friday a collaboration promotional video featuring Thunderbirds 55/GoGo, the film compilation of Thunderbirds: The Anniversary Episodes for Japanese screening, and the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2205: Aratanaru Tabidachi - Kōshō -STASHA- (Space Battleship Yamato 2205: The New Voyage Part II: Stasha) film. Thunder...
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Bonhams Announces 1st Online "World of Anime" Auction

Over 150 lots for sale between January 24 to February 2 ― Bonhams will hold its first major online auction for anime, called "The World of Anime," from January 24 to February 2. It will include over 150 lots, including from beloved titles like Astro Boy, Sailor Moon, and Pokémon. The sale will be led by a cel (pictured top-right) featuring the eponymous heroine of Kiki's Delivery Service, estimated a...
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Sony Denies Bloomberg's Report that PS4 Production is Continuing in 2022 to Make Up for PS5 Shortage

Sony denies that it had plans to discontinue PS4 assembly at end of 2021 ― NLab reported on Friday that Sony has denied Bloomberg's report that Sony would continue producing PlayStation 4 consoles to make up for the ongoing shortage of PlayStation 5 consoles. Bloomberg had also reported that Sony previously planned to discontinue PS4 assembly at the end of 2021. Sony Interactive Entertainment clarifi...
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4 More Linked to Comic Market Diagnosed With COVID-19

3 of 4 diagnosed individuals were Comiket attendees ― The organizers of Comic Market (Comiket), Japan's largest event for selling self-published dōjinshi works, reported on Friday that four more people linked to the event tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The four individuals had been contacts with two Comiket staffers who were diagnosed with COVID-19 on January 4. This brin...
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Is Halo Legends Still Legendary?

With the release of the long-awaited Halo: Infinite, along with the 20th anniversary of the franchise, it's a pretty great time to be a Halo fan. ― With the release of the long-awaited Halo: Infinite, along with the 20th anniversary of the franchise, it's a pretty great time to be a Halo fan. As such, I think now would be the perfect moment to take a look back at Halo's often-overlooked venture into...
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This Week in Games - We Never Asked for This

The reaction to Square-Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda's New Year's letter discussing NFTs in gaming was swift and profoundly negative – it felt like everyone was dunking on its content for three straight days. ― Happy new year, everyone! I apologize for my sudden week-off – I got my COVID booster shot the day I was due to turn the column in, and I was just not feeling up to it. So, this week, we'll be catch...
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Choose Your Daily Streaming Reviews: Winter 2022

The newest anime season has wrapped and it's time for you to choose your favorites for Daily Streaming coverage!

Rent-A-Girlfriend Anime Season 2's Teaser Unveils July Premiere

Teaser also confirms returning cast, staff ― The official website for the anime of Reiji Miyajima's Rent-A-Girlfriend (Kanojo, Okarishimasu) manga posted a teaser promotional video and teaser visual for the second season on Friday. The teaser video confirms the returning main cast and staff, and also announces that the season will premiere in July. The returning main cast includes: Sora Amamiya as Ch...

Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki Novels Get New Anime

TV anime of Yūki Yaku's novels about gamer learning to socialize premiered in January 2021 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Yūki Yaku's Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki (Jaku-chara Tomozaki-kun) light novel series began streaming a new video for the anime on Friday. The video confirms that a new anime for the franchise has been green-lit. The announcement did not reveal the fo...
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The Yakuza's Guide to Babysitting Anime's 1st Promo Video Highlights Main Duo

Yoshimasa Hosoya, Misaki Watada star in anime from studios feel, GAINA ― The official website for the television anime of Tsukiya's The Yakuza's Guide to Babysitting (Kumichō Musume to Seiwagakari) manga began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Friday. The video highlights the two main characters. The show stars Yoshimasa Hosoya as Tooru Kirishima (left in above image) and Misaki Watada...
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My Hero Academia The Movie: World Heroes' Mission's Special Screenings Include 'Tabidachi' Anime Debut

― The official website for My Hero Academia The Movie: World Heroes' Mission, the third anime film in the My Hero Academia franchise, announced on Friday that the film will have special screenings in nine theaters in Japan on January 22-27 to celebrate the film's Blu-ray Disc and DVD release in Japan. The home video release will ship in Japan on February 16. The screenings will include the debut of ...
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Vampire Visual Kei Anime Visual Prison Gets Stage Play in April

Kaori Masaki, Yoshihide Sasaki star with Sayaka Asai directing, scripting ― The official website for Visual Prison, the original television anime from Uta no Prince-sama and Symphogear series creator Noriyasu Agematsu and Aniplex's A-1 Pictures, revealed on Friday that the anime is inspiring a stage play. Engi Visual Prison -Gasse Kyōen- (Visual Prison Stage Play: Lunar Feast) will first have a previ...
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DEEMO Memorial Keys Anime Film Unveils New Trailer, Visual

Film debuts in Japan on February 25 ― The staff for DEEMO Memorial Keys (Deemo: Sakura no Oto - Anata no Kanadeta Oto ga, Ima mo Hibiku), the anime film based on Rayark Games' Deemo game, unveiled a new trailer and visual by character designer Mebachi on Friday. The video previews the theme song "nocturne" by Hinano Takashima. Rayark Games will hold an online concert on February 12 to commemorate the...

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Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Film Sells 5.89 Million Tickets for 8 Billion Yen in 21 Days

Prequel is now #75 highest-earning film in Japanese box office history ― The Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kaisen 0 anime film has sold over 5.89 million tickets for over 8 billion yen (about US$70.34 million) in the 21 days since it opened on December 24. It is now at least 75th highest earning film in Japanese box office history. The film is still outpacing last year's highest earning film Evangelion: 3.0+1.0...
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Love After World Domination Anime's Video Reveals Opening Song, April Debut

Masayoshi Ōishi, Yukari Tamura perform opening song "Koi wa Explosion" ― The official website for the television anime of Hiroshi Noda and Takahiro Wakamatsu's Koi wa Sekai Seifuku no Ato de (Love After World Domination) manga unveiled a full promotional video and second key visual for the anime on Friday. The video reveals and previews the opening theme song "Koi wa Explosion (feat. Tamura Yukari)" ...
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Sweat and Soap Romantic Comedy Manga Gets Live-Action Show on February 3

Kanta Sato, Yuno Ohara star in Kintetsu Yamada's story ― MBS announced on Friday that it is producing a live-action series based on Kintetsu Yamada's Sweat and Soap (Ase to Sekken) manga that will premiere in MBS' "Drama Tokku" programming block on February 3. Gekidan Exile actor troupe member Kanta Satō (right in image below) plays Kōtarō Natori, while Yuno Ōhara (left) plays Asako Yaeshima. The vis...
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GKIDS Streams New English Dub Clip From Mamoru Hosoda's Belle Anime Film

GKIDS will begin screening the film in U.S. with subtitles, English dub on Friday ― GKIDS' official YouTube channel began streaming a clip from the English dub of Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's new Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, literally "The Dragon and the Freckled Princess") anime film on Thursday. GKIDS will begin screening the film in English and in Japanese with English subtitles in the U.S....
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Atelier Sophie 2 Game's Trailers Preview Battle System, Photo Mode

Game launches for PS4, Switch, PC on February 25 ― Gust began streaming two trailers for the Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream (Atelier no Sophie 2: Fushigi na Yume no Renkinjutsushi) game, a title celebrating the 25th anniversary in Gust's Atelier series of games. The trailers preview the battle system and photo mode. Battle System Photo Mode Koei Tecmo America and Koei Tecmo E...
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Among Us Video Game Gets 1-Shot Manga In February

H2 Interactive, which publishes InnerSloth's Among Us video game in Japan, announced on its Twitter account on December 28 that a manga one-shot based on the game will be published in Bessatsu Coro Coro's April issue on February 28. The multiplayer space-themed werewolf game was first released on Android and iOS in 2018, but became a viral internet sensation in 2020. A Nintendo Switch version with...
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Platinum Games Appoints Atsushi Inaba as New CEO, President

Kenichi Sato resigned from position at end of December ― Platinum Games announced on Thursday that CEO and president Kenichi Sato has resigned from his position at the end of December 2021, and vice president Atsushi Inaba has been appointed as the new CEO and president. Inaba is also the company's studio head. Sato will still be involved with the company as an advisor. He had been CEO and president ...
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Bidoof Gets Time To Shine In Pokémon Web Animation Short

Poor Bidoof. The adorable, bumbling beaver Pokémon has become the go-to "HM slave" for many a Pokémon trainer during the halcyon days of Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, but a new web animation short shows that there's more to Bidoof than meets the eye. The Pokémon Company International debuted the "Bidoof's Big Stand" original animated short on its official English YouTube channel on Wednesday:...
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Crunchyroll to Stream English Dubs for In the Land of Leadale, Love of Kill, Orient, The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest Anime

Also: My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X OVA ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that the folowing anime will get English dubs: In the Land of Leadale Love of Kill Orient The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X original video anime (OVA) The anime, except for the OVA of My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Do...
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Twitch Streamer Disguised Toast Banned While Streaming Death Note Anime

Streamer tweeted: "welp, looks like i'll be seeing you guys in a month" ― The popular Twitch streamer Jeremy “Disguised Toast” Wang was banned from the platform on the Monday while watching the Death Note anime during a livestream. On Twitter, he wrote: "welp, looks like i'll be seeing you guys in a month." The ban occurred mere minutes away from a climactic scene in the anime, prompting Disguised To...
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Rune Factory 5 Game's Trailer Previews Story

Game launches in N. America on March 22, Europe on March 25 ― XSEED Games began streaming a new story trailer on Thursday for Marvelous' Rune Factory 5 Nintendo Switch game. The game will launch in North America on March 22 and in Europe on March 25. The game was previously slated for a release last year before a delay to early this year. The game launched in Japan last May. A limited-edition Premium...
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Ninjala TV Anime Streams with English Subtitles on YouTube

1st episode goes live on Thursday for 1 week only ― GungHo Online Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming the the television anime of its Ninjala Nintendo Switch game with English subtitles on the game's official YouTube channel on Thursday at 10:00 p.m. EST. New episodes will debut on Thursdays. Each episode will only be available for one week. A code for 50 Gumball Machine ...
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Pokémon Legends: Arceus Game's Trailer Previews Wild Pokémon, Noble Pokémon, Customization, Pokédex

Game launches for Switch on January 28 ― The Official Pokémon YouTube began streaming on Thursday a new gameplay trailer for the Pokémon Legends: Arceus Nintendo Switch game. The video previews the Hisui region, wild Pokémon battles, Noble Pokémon, customization, missions, requests, the Pokédex, and other gameplay features. Pokémon Legends: Arceus will launch worldwide for Switch on January 28. The g...
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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Fighting Game's Trailer Highlights Fights

PS4, Switch, PC game launches on March 17 ― Atlus began streaming on Thursday a new trailer for Arc System Works' Persona 4 Arena Ultimax fighting game on PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC via Steam. The video highlights the game's fights. The game will launch on March 17. The release will feature the game's ver.2.50, which was an arcade balance update to the game that was never released on consoles, mak...
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Yoh's Voice Actress Yōko Hikasa Performs New Shaman King Anime's 4th Ending Theme Song

Theme debuts on January 20, serves as Yoh's character song ― The official website for the new television anime of Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga announced on Thursday that Yoh Asakura's voice actress Yōko Hikasa will perform the anime's fourth ending theme song "Courage Soul," which will also serve as Yoh's character song. The new theme song will debut in the anime's 40th episode on January 20. T...
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This Week in Anime - Stand By Me Doraemon and 80 Years of Gadgets

Somewhat obscure in the U.S., Doraemon is one of the most recognizable characters in Japan. After 80 years of high-tech shenanigans, the time-travelling cat's two latest films are now streaming on Netflix. ― Somewhat obscure in the U.S., Doraemon is one of the most recognizable characters in Japan. After 80 years of high-tech shenanigans, the time-travelling cat's two latest films are now streaming ...
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Goro Taniguchi's Estab-Life Anime & Tsutomu Nihei, Polygon Pictures' New Anime to Air in 2022

― Fuji TV's +Ultra anime programming block will unveil its 2022 anime lineup on the Crunchyroll Extras channel on YouTube on January 20 at 8:00 p.m. (6:00 a.m. EST). This year's lineup includes the Estab-Life original anime project by chief director Goro Taniguchi (Code Geass, Planetes, Back Arrow), and the new project from BLAME! and Knights of Sidonia collaborators Tsutomu Nihei and Polygon Pictur...
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Masaaki Yuasa's Inu-Oh Anime Film Posts New Teaser

1st MoviTicke Cards go on sale on January 22 before early summer opening ― The staff of Masaaki Yuasa's Inu-Oh, the musical anime feature film of Hideo Furukawa's Heike Monogatari: Inu-Oh no Maki (Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh) novel, posted a new teaser trailer (in 60- and 30-second lengths) on Thurssday. The first batch of MoviTicke Cards will go on sale on January 22 with an A4-sized "Japanese washi ...
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Bloomberg: Sony to Keep Making PS4s in 2022 to Make Up for PS5 Shortage

― Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that Sony will continue producing PlayStation 4 consoles to make up for the ongoing shortage of PlayStation 5 consoles. According to Bloomberg, Sony confirmed the decision with its assembly partners in late 2021. The continued production will add "about a million" PS4 consoles. Sony previously announced in January 2021 that that it has halted production of all model...
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