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Final Fantasy XVI PS5 Game Reveals World, Character Details

3 main characters, visuals revealed for latest in Final Fantasy franchise

Actor Kentaro Ito Arrested for Alleged Hit-and-Run Incident

Ito stars in live-action Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou film opening on Friday

Pretty Cure 101: Everything You Need to Know And Some Things You Don't

Ivan Ituriel takes look at the blockbuster magical girl franchise and what makes it standout among the anime crowd.

Voice Actor Eishin Fudemura Comes Out as Gay

Voice of Nanbaka's Hitoshi Sugoroku, Tsukigakirei's Roman Yamashina joins gay idol unit

My Hero Academia: Deku & Bakugo Voice Actor Interview

Celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising with an interview with the US voices of Deku (Justin Briner) and Bakugo (Clifford Chapin). Learn about the latest My Hero Academia movie, Deku and Bakugo's evolving relationship, and more!

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How Black Creatives Are Influencing The Anime Fandom

One of the most delightful aspects of fandom is how it brings so many diverse people together to celebrate one thing. Dennis Banda interviews creators like Adorned by Chi's Jacque Aye to find out how the Blerd community is transforming fandom.

This Week in Anime - Is Higurashi Gou as Terrifying as the Original?

Ryukishi07's horror sound novel lives AGAIN and Hinamizawa will never be the same. Nick and Nicky settle into the desolate countryside town to see what mysteries they can uncover and somehow develop a hankering for fried chicken.

Interview: TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You Creator Kenjirō Hata

Manga creator Kenjirō Hata spoke to Anime News Network about the inspirations for the story and its relationship with his previous work, Hayate the Combat Butler.
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Banished From The Heroes' Party Novel 1

On the whole this is an appealing combination of soothing slice-of-life and fantasy adventure. ― Banished from the Heroes' Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside is a book best enjoyed by reading what isn't there. Because most of the first volume is told through Red's first-person narration, the initial picture we get of him and his reasons for being “banished” from his sister the H...
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King of Eden

This is a straight-up horror story flavored with some mild mystery elements, one which distinguishes itself a bit from others of its ilk by basing its backstory far back in history while also making connections to modern terrorism. ― This manga/manhwa (both terms technically apply) represents a collaboration between Japanese author Takashi Nagasaki and Korean artist Ignito, so one of the main charact...
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This Week in Games - New Retro Memories

New release announcements got our hearts rumbling for the past. OG Fire Emblem, new Science Adventure visual novels, and more! ― Heya folks! October is wrapping up, PlayStation 5s are making their ways into the hands of various media outlets… and Cyberpunk 2077 got delayed again in the worst way possible. I swear, CD Projekt Red is doing their damnedest to make me care less about a game I already was...
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This Week in Anime - My Poor Eiken Back

"I saw a lot of people trying to explain away Eiken as a 'parody.' Those people are cowards and fools. Eiken is exactly what it wants to be." ― Only spoken in hushed tones across the internet, Eiken may be one of the most cursed anime put to film. A veritable "Test of Courage," Steve and Nick try to survive Eiken's yogurt slide and many, many (literal) bananas. CONTENT WARNING: This OAV is full of a...
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The Ancient Magus' Bride: Wizard Blue

The writer of The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II enters Kore Yamazaki's magical world with this Ancient Magus Bride spin-off. ― If this concept sounds like a gender-swapped version of the core story of The Ancient Magus' Bride, then you are understanding correctly; that is exactly how the concept was pitched to writer Makoto Sanda, who may be better-known for the anime-adapted novel series The Case ...
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Roll Over and Die

Author kiki explains that the story for this novel is a mishmash of their main interests: “fantasy, lesbian romance, horror, and fight scenes.” ― In the Afterword, author kiki explains that the story for this novel is a mishmash of their main interests: “fantasy, lesbian romance, horror, and fight scenes.” kiki indicates no greater purpose for the story than for it to be about a girl fighting to be a...
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D4DJ Franchise Gets New Manga About Photon Maiden

Manga launches on Magazine Pocket app on November 6 ― The official Twitter account for Kodansha's Magazine Pocket manga app revealed on Friday that the app will launch a new manga in Bushiroad's D4DJ (Dig Delight Direct Drive DJ) multimedia project on November 6. The manga is titled D4DJ: The starting of Photon Maiden, and will center on the titular group Photon Maiden. Another manga, D4DJ: The story...
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Hip-hop Group Ketsumeishi to Guest-star in New Crayon Shin-chan Episode on November 7

Duo perform show's current opening theme song ― The official website for the Crayon Shin-chan television anime revealed on Saturday that hip-hop group Ketsumeishi will appear in the show's next episode on November 7. The duo are performing the show's current opening theme song "Superstar," which debuted in the anime on October 3. The group previously performed the theme song for the franchise's 2016 ...
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Eiyū-Ō, Bu o Kiwameru Tame Tensei-Su 'Transsexual Fantasy' Manga Gets Mini Anime

Akari Kitō, Ai Kakuma star as king reincarnated as female knight-in-training, childhood friend ― Moto Kuromura's Eiyū-Ō, Bu o Kiwameru Tame Tensei-Su ~Soshite, Sekai Saikyō no Minarai Kishi♀~ (The Hero King, Reincarnated to Master Martial Arts — Thus Becoming the World's Strongest Female Knight-in-Training) manga is inspiring a mini anime with two episodes debuting in November. The manga is based on ...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Film Seen Over 10 Million Times

TV anime marks 2nd anniversary with February 13-14 event next year ― The cast of the Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train film announced on Saturday that the film has sold over 10 million tickets in the 16 days since it opened on October 16. Natsuki Hanae, Satoshi Hino, and Akira Ishida made the announcement during a stage greeting appearance at a screening at Tokyo's Toho Cinemas...
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Noblesse Anime Casts Ayana Taketatsu, Itaru Yamamoto, Mutsumi Tamura

Crunchyroll Original anime premiered on October 7 ― The official website for the Crunchyroll Original anime of Jeho Son and Kwangsu Lee's Noblesse manhwa revealed three more cast members for the series on Friday. Ayana Taketatsu as Erga Kenesis Di Raskreia, Lord of the Nobles Itaru Yamamoto as Gejutel K. Landegre, adviser to Raskreia Mutsumi Tamura as Ludis Mergas, the Lord's Shield and Guardian Crun...
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2nd Seitokai Yakuindomo Film Gets Crowdfunding Project

Film slated to open in Japan on January 1 ― The crowdfunding company "Anime Fund" will launch a crowdfunding campaign for Gekijōban Seitokai Yakuindomo 2, the second film based on Tozen Ujiie's Seitokai Yakuindomo manga, in November. The campaign will launch on November 4 and end on November 30, and aims to secure 1,919 backers and 10 million yen (about US$95,550). The crowdfunding is limited to thos...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, October 19-25

Demon Slayer marathon earns 7.7% rating ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV October 25 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 10.1 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV October 25 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 7.8 Kimetsu no Yaiba Zenshūchū! Ikkyo Hōsō Fuji TV October 24 (Sat) 13:30 160 min. 7.7 Detective Conan NTV October 24 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 7.4 Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon NTV October 24 (Sat)...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, October 19-25

Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Ring Fit Adventure top list ― Japan's Game Ranking: October 19-25 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20 23,069 5,885,737 2NSwRing Fit Adventure Nintendo October 18, 2019 21,120 1,717,266 3NSwSuper Mario 3D All-Stars Nintendo September 18 10,383 355,428 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo Apri...
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Funimation Reveals English Dub Cast for The Day I Became a God Anime

Mark Allen Jr., Dani Chambers star in dub premiering on Saturday ― Funimation announced on Friday the main English dub cast for The Day I Became a God (Kami-sama ni Natta Hi) — the third original anime from Key, Aniplex, and P.A Works. The dub will premiere on Saturday. The cast — under ADR director Clifford Chapin, ADR engineer Jamal Roberson, adaptive writer Jarrod Greene, and script supervisor Tyl...
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Funimation App to be Available on Xbox Series X|S at Launch

Crunchyroll, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video listed as being available on Xbox Series X|S ― Funimation confirmed on Friday that its app will be available for the Xbox Series X console and Xbox Series S console at launch. Microsoft will release its next-generation Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles on November 10. The Xbox Series X will retail at US$499, and the Xbox Series S will cos...

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Violet Evergarden Is Next Anime to Get Dolby Cinema Screenings After 1st Gundam Trilogy

Screenings in Dolby Vision with HDR, Dolby Atmos start on November 13 ― The official website for the Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime film announced on Friday that the film will begin screening at all seven Dolby Cinema locations in Japan on November 13. The film is the first new Japanese anime film (as opposed to compilation films) to receive Dolby Cinema screenings. The Gundam Eizō Shintaiken Tou...
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Precure Miracle Leap Film Teases Revelations With Video on Opening Day

Film about mysterious time loop opens on Halloween after COVID-19 delays ― The official YouTube channel for the Precure magical girl franchise posted a new special video for the Eiga Precure Miracle Leap: Minna to Fushigi na 1-nichi (Everyone and the Mysterious One Day) anime film on Saturday. The video includes spoilers for the film: [Warning: The description of the video contains story spoilers for...
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Touhou LostWord Smartphone RPG Gets Global Version

iOS/Android game debuted in Japan in April ― Good Smile Company and NextNinja announced on Thursday that their Touhou LostWord smartphone RPG based on ZUN's Touhou franchise is getting a global release in English. Pre-registration is available now, and it will offer in-game rewards based on how many people pre-register. The game launched for iOS and Android devices in Japan on April 30. The game is o...
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The Twelve Kingdoms ‒ Episodes 40-42

I'm still not totally sure about finishing this series with this story, but En is certainly an engaging character in his own right.
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III ‒ Episode 5

No matter what causes a nightmare, the fact is that they are terrible, our own personalized fears created in the night by a sleeping mind. That's what makes Ikelos, the Greek god of nightmares, such an effective villain for this arc.
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Voters Crown Days on Fes as #1 in Web Manga General Election

The results are in for pixiv and Nippon Shuppan Hanbai, Inc's "Web Manga General Election." Users submitted more than 27,000 applications for web manga series and judges whittled down the selection to 50 series. Readers were able to vote for their favorites until September 17. The site saw a huge outpouring of voters with over 813,000 votes cast in total. After tallying up the results, Days on Fes...
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RetroCrush Adds Kimagure Orange Road, Cyborg 009, Kite: Liberator Anime

Also: Dragon Half, GoShogun: The Time Étranger, Yamibo ― Digital Rights Media announced on Thursday that it has licensed eight new anime titles for its RetroCrush streaming service. The company also announced the release dates for the anime titles that will stream on its RetroCrush streaming service in November. The titles will launch on consecutive Fridays in November: GoShogun: The Time Étranger - ...
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Banished From The Heroes' Party Novel 1

On the whole this is an appealing combination of soothing slice-of-life and fantasy adventure. ― Banished from the Heroes' Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside is a book best enjoyed by reading what isn't there. Because most of the first volume is told through Red's first-person narration, the initial picture we get of him and his reasons for being “banished” from his sister the H...
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Akudama Drive ‒ Episode 4

Akudama Drive cranks up the loud and dumb fun quotient in its high tension train heist aboard the cyberpunk Shinkansen.
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Wandering Witch - The Journey of Elaina ‒ Episode 5

After two weeks of absolute bummer endings of questionable efficacy, this week Elaina makes a pit stop into Royal Celesteria, where she promptly meets a pack of students now being instructed by her old teacher Fran.
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Balan Wonderworld Game's Chapter 1 Video Previews Jose

3D action platformer game ships on March 26 ― Square Enix began streaming the "Chapter 1 The Man Who Rages Against the Storm" promotional video for its Balan Wonderworld 3D action platforming game on Friday. The video previews the farmer character Jose from the game's first of 12 stories. The game will launch for Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam...
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New World Trigger Anime Season Reveals Teaser, More Cast

Hisao Egawa, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Mie Sonozaki, Kenjiro Tsuda, Ayumu Murase, Ryoko Shiraishi join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga revealed a teaser video and six additional cast members on Friday. 【発表③】アニメ #ワールドトリガー 今回初出しとなる、2ndシーズン本編からのカットを使用した特報映像が解禁!玉狛第2の隊服の色やトリオン漏出の表現を、より原作の表現や世界観に近づけています!ぜひご覧ください!https://t.co/rZOV9WknKQ pic.twitter.co...
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Hobby Japan Releases Gunpla Modeling Manual in English

Digital-only book marks 1st official translation of Gunpla manual ― Hobby Japan is releasing an English translation of Kenichi Nomoto's Handbook of Gunpla Modeling via Amazon Kindle. The digital book, which details how to assemble Gundam plastic models (otherwise known as Gunpla), costs US$14.23. Despite the international popularity of Gunpla, there have previously been no official manuals available ...

Nikkei: Sony 'Nears Acquisition' of Crunchyroll

Sony may spend nearly US$1 billion on streaming service ― Nikkei Asia reported on Friday that Sony has entered into final negotiations to acquire Crunchyroll. The website reported that Sony "could end up spending more than 100 billion yen ($957 million)." Sony had reportedly previously gained the exclusive right to negotiate for Crunchyroll. The technology website The Information reported in August t...
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Healin' Good Precure Anime Film Reveals Title, March 20 Premiere

Eiga Healin' Good ♥ Precure Yume no Machi de Kyun! tto GoGo! Daihenshin!! to feature Yes! Precure 5 GoGo! characters ― Staff of the Precure film series announced on Friday that Eiga Healin' Good ♥ Precure Yume no Machi de Kyun! tto GoGo! Daihenshin!! will be the franchise's newest film, and it will open in Japan on March 20, 2021. A teaser video for the film will screen after the Eiga Precure Miracle...
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Shueisha Lists No 51st, 52nd Issues This Year for Shonen Jump Magazine

― Shueisha's "AdNavi" advertisement website is currently listing that this year there will no 51st or 52nd issues for its Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The site lists that the 50th issue will ship on November 16, and then the next issue will be the first 2021 issue, which will ship on December 7. The site lists no issues shipping during the week of November 23 (November 23 is itself a national holida...

Redo of Healer TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals Theme Song Artists, January 2021 Premiere

2 more cast members, visual also revealed ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Rui Tsukiyo's Kaifuku Jutsushi no Yarinaoshi: Sokushi Mahō to Skill Copy no Chōetsu Heal (Redo of Healer) light novel series began streaming the show's first promotional video on Friday. The site also revealed a new visual, two more cast members, the show's opening and ending theme song artists, an...
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Seven Deadly Sins' Nakaba Suzuki Draws 1-Shot for Manga One App

― A new one-shot by The Seven Deadly Sins manga creator Nakaba Suzuki will launch within Shogakukan's "Manga One" app at midnight JST (11:00 a.m. EDT) on Friday. The new one-shot is titled "About That Transfer Student X" ("Sono Tenkōsei X Nitsuki"), and takes place in the year 20XX, when the institution of the classroom has broken down. A teacher named Mishuku is struggling to teach his class. One d...
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All Manga in Monthly Hero's Magazine Move Online

Hero's Inc. to still publish print issue of Hero's!! magazine in December ― Hero's Inc.'s Monthly Hero's magazine revealed in its December issue on Friday that all the manga in the magazine will move to the online "ComiPre" website. The magazine also commemorated its ninth anniversary with the issue on Friday. The December issue announced that Hero's Inc. will publish a new issue of the magazine, und...
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Violet Evergarden Film Falls to #6 in 6th Weekend at Box Office

Demon Slayer stays at #1, Shin-chan drops to #8 ― The Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train film for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba series stayed at #1 for its second weekend during the weekend of October 24-25. The film sold 2,272,836 tickets to earn 3,041,448,750 yen (about US$29.08 million) during the weekend. The film has sold a total of 7,983,442 tickets to earn a cumulati...
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Quintessential Quintuplets' Negi Haruba Recruits Assistant for New Series

― Manga creator Negi Haruba is recruiting assistants on the Ganmo manga artist and assistant matching service for a new serialized manga that will run in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine. The assistant will be expected to do screentones, inking, and backgrounds. Haruba launched The Quintessential Quintuplets manga in Weekly Shōnen Magazine August 2017, and ended the manga in this year's 12th issue ...
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Beauty is the Beast's Tomo Matsumoto Launches New Manga in December

Rhythm Nation centers on kendo-practicing boy who enters new world ― The December issue of Hakusensha's Melody magazine revealed on Wednesday that Tomo Matsumoto will launch a new manga titled Rhythm Nation in the magazine's February 2021 issue on December 28. The manga will center on a boy named Fuu who has practiced kendo all his life, but is pulled into a new world. Viz Media previously published ...
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Eri Takanashi Ends Rainbow and Black Manga

Kannagi creator debuted manga in July 2018 ― This year's December issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex magazine published the final chapter of Eri Takenashi's Rainbow and Black (Niji to Kuro) manga on Tuesday. Seven Seas has licensed the series, and it will publish the first large trim edition volume on November 10. The company describes the story: College student Shirahoshi Kuroe feels like she's...
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Ariko's SSSS.Gridman Spinoff Manga Ends

Manga's 2nd compiled book volume ships on December 23 ― This year's December issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Alive magazine published on Tuesday the final chapter of Ariko's Shinseiki Chūgakusei Nikki (Neon Genesis Junior High Students Diary) manga. The manga's second compiled book volume will launch on December 23. Ariko debuted the manga in October 2019. The manga's first compiled book volume shi...
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Sankaku Head's Made in Hikkomuse Manga Reaches Climax

Manga from Umaru-chan creator debuted in November 2018 ― This year's 48th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Sankaku Head's Made in Hikkomuse (or Maid in Hikkomuse) manga will reach its climax in the magazine's next issue on November 5. The manga debuted in Weekly Young Jump in November 2018. The fifth compiled book volume shipped on October 16. The manga centers...
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Kemono Jihen Anime Premieres on January 10

― Shueisha's image of the wraparound jacket band of the 12th compiled book volume of Shō Aimoto's Kemono Jihen (Monster Incidents) manga revealed on Friday that the manga's anime will premiere on January 10 on Tokyo MX, January 11 on YTV, and January 12 on BS11. The volume will ship on November 4. The anime will have an advance screening during the Jump Festa '21 event, which will be an online event...
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Show By Rock!! Smartphone Game Adds New Band

Ai Fairouz, Misato Matsuoka, Kaori Maeda, Minami Tanaka join game ― The official website for the Show By Rock!! Fes A Live smartphone rhythm game revealed a new band for the game named "Zerotickholic." The voice cast for the band includes Ai Fairouz as Gyarako, Misato Matsuoka as Shimakku, Kaori Maeda as Reppanyo, and Minami Tanaka as Giriri. The band's story is centered on Giriri, a genius scientist...

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Disney's Star Smash Game, Designed by Tenjo Tenge/Bakemonogatari Manga Artist, Previewed in Tatsunoko's Anime Video

Game with classic Disney characters, "Oh! great" designs launches on smartphones on November 16 ― Walt Disney Japan and mixi's XFLAG Studio unveiled a new anime promotional video for their upcoming Star Smash smartphone game on Friday. The video highlights the main characters, the Disney characters who appear in the game, and the song "Stardom" by Mrs. GREEN APPLE. The game features designs by manga ...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Is 1st Manga to Take Top 22 Spots in Japan's Weekly Sales

Oricon: Series has sold 90.5 million print copies in Japan ― All 22 volumes of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga occupied the top 22 spots in Oricon's comic sales chart for the October 19-25 week — the first time any series has accomplished this feat since Oricon began publishing its book sales charts in April 2008. The 22nd volume has now ranked at #1 for four consecutive weeks...
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G-angle Produces Tamaya Pawnshop Anime Commercial

The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments assistant director Tomoya Tanaka directs 47-second ad ― Production company G-angle (Hakata Mentai! Pirikarako-chan) created an animated commercial for the Tamaya pawnshop. The first of two planned ads was released via the pawnshop's YouTube channel on Wednesday. The ad is titled "Birthday Edition" and tells the story of two girls buying a present for...
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Irregular at Magic High Steeplechase Arc Manga Ends

Manga based on original novel series' 13th volume debuted in March 2019 ― This year's December issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine revealed on Tuesday that Nobu Aonagi's Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Steeplechase-hen (The Irregular at Magic High School: Steeplechase Arc) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on November 27. The manga launched in Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh in Ma...
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PUMPKIN CARVING PRIZE UPDATE!

We received so many fantastic prizes, we've added a "consolation" category! Not confident in your carving skills? Two contestants will be chosen at random to win a whole stack of manga! ― Anime News Network's annual pumpkin carving contest is back in BIG WAY! Sharpen your knives and your carving skills and you could walk away with not only a GARGANTUAN stash of anime goodies, but also the coveted ti...
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Warlords of Sigrdrifa ‒ Episode 4

It's time for the obligatory beach episode, although instead of girls in swimsuits, there's a lot more brawny male ass.
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Demon's Souls PS5 Remake Game's Gameplay Trailer Streamed

Remake of FromSoftware's game ships on November 12 as PS5 launch title ― Sony began streaming the second gameplay trailer for Bluepoint Games and SIE Japan Studio's remake of FromSoftware's Demon's Souls game on Thursday. The game will ship as a launch title for the PlayStation 5 on November 12. The game will include a new “Fractured Mode," as well as two graphics modes: one focused on fidelity and o...
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Netflix Teases Trese Filipino Animated Show for 2021

Shanty Harmayn and Tanya Yuson produce urban fantasy show with Filipino mythology figures ― Netflix Anime Festival 2020 announced that the animated adaptation of the Filipino graphic novel Trese will be released worldwide on the streaming service in 2021. It also revealed a teaser screenshot depicting the heroine Alexandra Trese, shown below: Shanty Harmayn and Tanya Yuson at Jakarta- and Singapore-b...
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Funimation Announces Assault Lily Bouquet Anime's English Dub Cast

Dub starring Sarah Wiedenheft, Lindsay Seidel, Dawn M. Bennett premieres on Friday ― Funimation announced the main English dub cast for the Assault Lily Bouquet anime on Thursday. The company will begin streaming the first dubbed episode on Friday. The English dub cast includes: Sarah Wiedenheft as Riri Hitotsuyanagi Lindsay Seidel as Yuyu Shirai Dawn M. Bennett as Kaede Johan Nouvel Tabitha Ray is t...
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Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear ‒ Episode 4

But perhaps the most telling thing about Yuna as a person is that even though she discovers healing magic early in the episode, she doesn't immediately think about using it to save her best friend's mom.
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Golden Kamuy Season 3 ‒ Episode 4

Watching Sugimoto and the gang learn tricks, try to ride bicycles, interact with carnival staff – it's hilarious.
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Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure Pack Game Collection Launches on Switch on December 3

Trailer previews Western release for rhythm adventure RPGs ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Thursday that it will release the Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure Pack game collection for the Nintendo Switch on December 3. The company began streaming a trailer for the announcement. The collection includes Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure 1 (Taiko no Tatsujin: Don to Katsu no Ji...
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King of Eden

This is a straight-up horror story flavored with some mild mystery elements, one which distinguishes itself a bit from others of its ilk by basing its backstory far back in history while also making connections to modern terrorism. ― This manga/manhwa (both terms technically apply) represents a collaboration between Japanese author Takashi Nagasaki and Korean artist Ignito, so one of the main charact...
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This Week in Games - New Retro Memories

New release announcements got our hearts rumbling for the past. OG Fire Emblem, new Science Adventure visual novels, and more! ― Heya folks! October is wrapping up, PlayStation 5s are making their ways into the hands of various media outlets… and Cyberpunk 2077 got delayed again in the worst way possible. I swear, CD Projekt Red is doing their damnedest to make me care less about a game I already was...
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Shinji Aramaki Original Sketch for AnimeLand Crowdfunding

Anime News Network's sister publication in France, AnimeLand (Europe's longest running anime magazine), is running a crowdfunding campaign to bring in new subscribers. The magazine started out as a fanzine in France in 1991 and will be 30 years old next year. In support of the magazine and it's crowdfunding, anime director Shinji Aramaki ( Megazone 23 Part III, Appleseed, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2...
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This Week in Anime - My Poor Eiken Back

"I saw a lot of people trying to explain away Eiken as a 'parody.' Those people are cowards and fools. Eiken is exactly what it wants to be." ― Only spoken in hushed tones across the internet, Eiken may be one of the most cursed anime put to film. A veritable "Test of Courage," Steve and Nick try to survive Eiken's yogurt slide and many, many (literal) bananas. CONTENT WARNING: This OAV is full of a...
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Funimation, bilibili Partner to Stream Chinese Animated Series Heaven Official's Blessing

Funimation plans English dub of its 1st Chinese series for 2021 ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it is partnering with Chinese streaming platform bilibili to stream Heaven Official's Blessing as Funimation's first streaming Chinese animated series beginning on Friday. The series will be available initially in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. The series...
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MegaHouse Holds MegaHobby Expo Online Event

Virtual con to showcase figures for Demon Slayer, Digimon, Gundam, One Piece, more ― Bandai's MegaHouse Corporation will hold the MegaHobby Expo Online from October 30 to November 1 in place of its annual physical MegaHobby Expo event. The virtual convention will feature figure and product reveals, interactive events, and booths from toy and figure companies including Alter, Hobby Japan, Kotobukiya, ...
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Japan's Drecom Acquires Wizardry Game Series Rights to Develop New Title

Rights include “Wizardry 6,” “Wizardry 7,” “Wizardry 8,” “Wizardry Gold” ― Japanese video game developer Drecom revealed on Thursday during a livestreamed financial results briefing for the second quarter of the current fiscal year (April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021) that it has acquired copyrights and domestic and foreign trademarks for the Wizardry game series. Drecom is planning to develop a new tit...
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Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Switch game launches on November 3 ― Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developer WayForward revealed the launch trailer for their Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia game for Nintendo Switch on Thursday. The game will launch in U.S. on November 3 and in Japan on November 5. Nintendo describes the game: Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia is an all-new action role-playing game with an origina...
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Koei Tecmo Does Not Mention Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers Western Release in Latest Quarterly Report

― Koei Tecmo Games released its latest quarterly financial report, for the second quarter of the fiscal year ending in March 2021, on Monday. The report does not make any mention of a Western release for the Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers action role-playing game. The company's first quarter fiscal report had mentioned a release of the game for PlaySTation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Europe a...

Actor Kentaro Ito Arrested for Alleged Hit-and-Run Incident

Ito stars in live-action Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou film opening on Friday ― Tokyo police reported on Thursday that actor Kentaro Ito (23) was arrested on suspicion of colliding with a motorcycle while driving a car and then fleeing the scene on Wednesday. Ito has reportedly admitted to the allegations. A man and a woman who were on the motorcycle were injured in the incident — one suffered light injuries ...
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WAVE!! Surfing Anime Film Trilogy Reveals New Cast Member, Trailer for 3rd Film

Kousuke Toriumi joins 3rd film opening on Friday ― The official website for Love&Art's surfing-themed project WAVE!! revealed a new cast member for the WAVE!! Surfing Yappe!! anime film trilogy on Thursday. The site is also streaming a video for the third film in the trilogy. Kousuke Toriumi as Hayamichi Inada, Shō's older brother The trilogy's first part opened October 2, and the second part opened ...

Final Fantasy XVI PS5 Game Reveals World, Character Details

3 main characters, visuals revealed for latest in Final Fantasy franchise ― Square Enix opened the teaser website for its Final Fantasy XVI PlayStation 5 role-playing game on Thursday. The site, available in English and Japanese as well as other languages, details the world of the game's story, as well as three of the main characters. Characters Clive Rosfield The firstborn son of the Archduke of Ros...
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WIT Studio Animates Tales of the Rays Smartphone Game's New Arc Video

"Last Cradle" arc available in app now ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming an animated opening video on Wednesday for the new "Last Cradle" arc of its Tales of the Rays smartphone game. WIT Studio animated the video. The video features the song "I Believe" by BoA, who last performed a song for the Tales of franchise with Tales of Graces in 2009. Bandai Namco Entertainment is also streaming a...
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Koei Tecmo Announces Buddy Mission: Bond Game for Switch

One-Punch Man's Yūsuke Murata designs characters for game launching on January 29 ― The Japanese Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase livestream announced on Wednesday a new game titled Buddy Mission: BOND that will launch for Nintendo Switch on January 29, 2021. Koei Tecmo is developing the game. Yūsuke Murata (One-Punch Man, Eyeshield 21) is the game's character designer. The cast includes (image...
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True Cooking Master Boy Anime's Sequel Casts Daisuke Namikawa

Daisuke Namikawa plays Kaiyu in sequel premiering next year ― The official Twitter account for True Cooking Master Boy, the television anime of Etsushi Ogawa's Shin Chūka Ichiban! sequel manga series, revealed on Thursday a new cast member for the show's sequel. Daisuke Namikawa as Kaiyu The staff revealed five new cast members across five weeks. The previously revealed new cast includes: Aya Endo as...
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'Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World' Anime Casts Hikaru Midorikawa, Konomi Kohara

Series premiered on October 7, Funimation steams show with subtitles, dub ― The official website for the television anime of Kei Sazane and Ao Nekonabe's Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World (Kimi to Boku no Saigo no Senjō, Arui wa Sekai ga Hajimaru Seisen) light novel series revealed two more cast members for the series on Monday. Hikaru Midorikawa as Lord Mask (left) and Konomi Kohara as Kis...
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San Diego Comic-Con Will Not Sell Badges for 2021 Event

― The organizers of the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) event recently updated the event's website to reveal that they will not sell badges for the 2021 event, which is currently scheduled to take place on July 22-25, 2021. The organizers stated: Due to the continuing uncertainly of public gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no badge sales for Comic-Con 2021. With the cancellation of C...
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Chiyomaru Shikura Teases Possible PS5 Release for Anonymous;Code Game

― MAGES. president Chiyomaru Shikura teased in an interview with Famitsu on Monday that the Anonymous;Code game might have a release for the PlayStation 5 in addition to the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The game will launch for those two consoles in fall 2021. Shikura stated that he thinks the game will "naturally" also release for the PS5. He stated the engine used for MAGES.' adventure games...
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Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny Game's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Game launches in Japan for PS4, Switch on January 28; in U.S. for Switch in summer 2021 ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming the second promotional video on Thursday its Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny game. Nippon Ichi Software will release the game in Japan on January 28, 2021 for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. NIS America is releasing the game in the United States for the Switch in summer 202...
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Live-Action Hollywood Monster Hunter Film Slated for March 26 in Japan

― Toho announced on Thursday that it will release the live-action film of Capcom's Monster Hunter game franchise in Japan on March 26, 2021. The film will play in Japan in IMAX 3D, MX4D, 4DX, and Dolby Cinema. The film is tentatively slated to open in the United States on December 30. Sony Pictures Entertainment and Toho had planned to open the film in North America and Japan, respectively, on Septe...
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Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Tops 10 Million in Circulation

Rose 400% from 2.5 million when anime was announced last November ― The official Twitter account for Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga announced on Thursday that with recent new printings of all volumes, the series has now topped 10 million copies in circulation (including digital copies). Akutami launched the manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in March 2018. Shueisha is also publishin...

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Gundam: Senjō no Kizuna II Arcade Game's 1st Promo Video, Photos, Manga Detail Major Upgrades, 2021 Delay

Latest entry uses 3 43-inch HD screens instead of enclosed hemispheric pod ― Bandai Namco Amusement posted the first full promotional video, photographs, and a report manga for its Mobile Suit Gundam: Senjō no Kizuna II arcade game on Wednesday. The video details the upgrades and 2021 delay for the game line's first completely new entry in 14 years. Whereas the original Mobile Suit Gundam: Senjō no K...
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Live-Action Alice in Borderland Series' English-Subtitled Trailer Previews Battle Royale-Level Stakes

Survival-game horror set in deserted Tokyo debuts on Netflix on December 10 ― Netflix posted the English-subtitled full trailer for the live-action series of Haro Aso's Alice in Borderland (Imawa no Kuni no Alice) manga on Thursday. The trailer highlights the characters' arrival to a deserted Tokyo as they are forced to play a survival game against each other. Netflix also debuted a visual that assem...
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My Hero One's Justice 2 Game Previews DLC Character Itsuka Kendo in Trailer

3rd DLC character for game launches "soon" ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming on Monday a trailer for the new DLC character for the My Hero One's Justice 2 video game, Itsuka Kendo. Itsuka will be the third DLC character for the game, and will join the game "soon" The game launched in Japan for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One on March 12. The game is only available digitally fo...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Makes Cover of Teen Girl Magazine

Magazine suggests diet based on 'Full Concentration Breathing', among other colorful references to the anime ― Due to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba's mainstream popularity in Japan, you're bound to see it everywhere, even in corners you wouldn't typically expect. The teen girl magazine Seventeen featured Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba in its November issue. The magazine gives fashion tips based on t...
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HAL Laboratory's Part Time UFO Game Launches for Switch

Trailer streamed for UFO object-stacking game, which launched on Wednesday ― The Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase livestream announced on Wednesday that Nintendo has launched HAL Laboratory's Part Time UFO game on the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo also began streaming a full trailer: In the game, players control a UFO and use claw arms to stack objects. The game also features two-player co-op mode,...
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Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle ‒ Episode 4

It's time to ask a very important question: Should Princess Syalis, in fact, take over the Demon Castle? I think you'll agree that the answer is yes.
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Rune Factory 5 Switch Game Launches in Japan on May 20, 2021

Game's trailer reveals limited-edition Premium Box ― The Japanese Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase livestream revealed on Wednesday that Marvelous' Rune Factory 5 game will launch in Japan for Nintendo Switch on May 20, 2021. The game's new trailer also revealed that the game will get a limited-edition Premium Box that will include an art book, arranged memorial soundtrack CD, and Heroine/Hero ...
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No More Heroes III Game's Trailer Reveals 1st 2 Games' Switch Launch

No More Heroes, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle launched on Wednesday ― The Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase livestream revealed a new video on Wednesday for Grasshopper Manufacture's No More Heroes III game for the Nintendo Switch. The livestream also revealed that XSEED Games has released the first No More Heroes game and its sequel No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle for the Switch on ...
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Shadows House TV Anime Unveils Teaser Visual

― An official website opened and revealed a teaser visual for the television anime of two-person creator team So-ma-to's Shadows House manga on Thursday. The manga's story is set in a Western-style mansion on a cliff and centers the aristocratic, faceless Shadow family. They live together with lifelike doll attendants who serve as their faces. The story focuses on the daily lives of the house's inha...
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Talentless Nana ‒ Episode 4

Turns out infiltrating a remote school full of superpowered students and killing them off one by one in complete secrecy is more difficult than it sounds.
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Virtual YouTuber Agency hololive to Disband hololive CN Group (Updated)

Update: Artia states information from stream and Twitlonger is no longer valid ― Update (10/29) Artia stated on Twitter that the earlier information from the Twitch stream and Twitlonger is no longer valid. To clarify, the twist longer and our stream meeting isn't valid anymore are due to we had a meeting with our company, and a lot of thing is going to reverse in the future.I am sad enough to mock m...
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Magatsu Wahrheit Smartphone Game Launches Worldwide

Game's TV anime premiered on October 13 ― Mobimon released KLab's Magatsu Wahrheit smartphone role-playing game for iOS and Android devices worldwide in English on Wednesday. Mobimon describes the game: “In this world, filled with light. Despair” Ten bolts of light fell from the sky onto the Wahrheit continent, in order to protect the world and their most important people, six Mobile Corps Captains a...
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The Ancient Magus' Bride: Wizard Blue

The writer of The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II enters Kore Yamazaki's magical world with this Ancient Magus Bride spin-off. ― If this concept sounds like a gender-swapped version of the core story of The Ancient Magus' Bride, then you are understanding correctly; that is exactly how the concept was pitched to writer Makoto Sanda, who may be better-known for the anime-adapted novel series The Case ...
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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Game's Video Previews Divine Beasts, Reveals Demo

Demo launches, allows players to transfer data to full game ― Nintendo began streaming a new video during the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase livestream on Wednesday for Koei Tecmo Games' Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Nintendo Switch game. The video previews the Divine Beasts. The livestream also revealed that Nintendo has launched a demo for the game on Wednesday, and players will be able ...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 149

Given its up-and-down nature over the course of its run, expecting Black Clover to have a strong continuation after delivering maybe its best arc to date was probably hoping for too much.
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Limited-Time Godzilla Skin Comes to Fall Guys Game

Skin will be available for 10 crowns from November 3 onwards ― A limited-time Godzilla skin will be coming to the Fall Guys PS4 and PC game on November 3. The skin can be obtained by exchanging 10 crowns within the game. The Fall Guys Twitter account announced the news with a gif depicting a Fall Guy in the suit with retro filtering, resembling the classic 1954 Godzilla. The November 3 release also c...
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Funimation Streams BEM: Become Human Film

Anime film based on rebooted BEM series begins streaming on Thursday ― Funimation announced on Wednesday that it will stream BEM: Become Human, the anime film based on the rebooted BEM anime series, starting on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. EDT in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. The film will stream in Japanese with English subtitles. The Gekijо̄ban BEM~BECOME HUMAN movie is the ...
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Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town Game Announced for Switch

New Bokujō Monogatari launches in Japan on February 25, in West on March 23 ― The Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase livestream announced Marvelous' new Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town (Bokujō Monogatari Olive Town to Kibō no Daichi) game for the Nintendo Switch on Wednesday. The game will ship in Japan on February 25 and in the West on March 23. The livestream revealed a trailer for the...
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Square Enix Delays Bravely Default II Game to February 26

Trailer previews game previously slated for 2020 ― The Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase livestream revealed on Wednesday that the Bravely Default II Nintendo Switch game is delayed from 2020 to February 26, 2021. Nintendo said, "more development time is necessary to ensure this RPG experience is the best it can be." The livestream also debuted a trailer that previews the Asterisk holders. Addit...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, October 25-31

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, K: Seven Stories anime; Star Wars Leia, The Witch and the Beast manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Akame ga Kill Complete Collection Steelbook BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$99.98 October 27 Black Clover Season 3 Part 1 BD/DVDCite Funimation US$54.98 October 27 Cleopatra BDAnimeNewsNetwork Discotek Media US$24.95 October 27 Double Di...

PS4 Console Sells 113.8 Million Units Worldwide

Sony hopes to sell 7.6 million PS5 consoles by end of March 2021 ― Sony revealed on Thursday in its financial results presentation for the second quarter of fiscal year 2020 that it shipped 1.5 million PlayStation 4 units during the quarter ending on September 30, bringing the console's worldwide total to 113.8 million units. The 1.5 million units shipped is down from 2.8 million units shipped during...
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Children of the Sea, Promare, More Win at Buncheon Int'l Animation Festival

True North, Ghost in the Shell: Ghost Chaser also win awards ― The Buncheon International Animation Festival (BIAF) 2020 event announced its winners on Monday. Ayumu Watanabe and Studio 4°C's Children of the Sea film won the Grand Prize for the "International Competition - Feature Film" category. In the same category, Hiroyuki Imaishi, XFLAG, and Trigger's Promare film won the Audience Prize, and the...
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Ching Nakamura's Gunjō Manga Gets Netflix Film

Kiko Mizuhara, Honami Satō star in film based on yuri drama manga ― Netflix announced on Monday that it is developing a live-action film adaptation of Ching Nakamura's Gunjō yuri drama manga. The film will be available worldwide simultaneously on Netflix in spring 2021 under the title Kanojo (Her). The film will star Kiko Mizuhara (left) as Rei and Honami Satō (right) as Nanae. Ryūichi Hiroki is dire...
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Deadline: Netflix Plans Both 'Anime, Animated' Assassin's Creed Series

― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Tuesday that Netflix is looking "to build an Assassin's Creed TV universe," and is working to develop "live-action, animated, and anime series" based on Ubisoft's game franchise. The first series in development is a live-action adaptation. The staff are currently looking for a showrunner. Producer Adi Shankar reported in July 2017 that his next proje...
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The Ryuo's Work is Never Done Game Delayed to December 17

Shogi adventure game will release for PS4, Switch ― The official website for Entergram's game based on Shirow Shiratori's The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! light novel series revealed on Monday that the game will now ship on December 17, after previously being scheduled to ship on November 26. The "studying shogi adventure game" will launch for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The website stated the d...
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Dropkick on My Devil! Anime Season 3 Reveals Title, 2022 Debut

Crowdfunding backer names 3rd season's title: Dropkick on my Devil!! X ― The official Twitter account for the Dropkick on My Devil! anime announced on Thursday that the show's previously announced third season is titled Dropkick on my Devil!! X (Jashin-chan Dropkick X). The staff confirmed that the anime will premiere in 2022, which will be the 10th anniversary of the original manga. The staff had to...

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Baki Hanma Anime Confirms Returning Lead Actor, Posts Art by Creator

Nobunaga Shimazaki returns to play Baki Hanma ― Netflix revealed art on Monday for TMS Entertainment's Baki Hanma anime by Keisuke Itagaki, creator of the original Hanma Baki - Son of Ogre manga. The company also confirmed that Nobunaga Shimazaki is returning to play lead character Baki Hanma. Baki Hanma will be the third Baki series on Netflix, and a sequel to the recent Baki: Dai Raitaisai-hen seri...

LeSean Thomas, MAPPA's Yasuke Anime Reveals Spring 2021 Debut, Character Designs

Character designs for Yasuke, Oda Nobunaga unveiled ― Netflix revealed character designs and the spring 2021 debut for LeSean Thomas and MAPPA's Yasuke anime on Monday. Netflix describes the story: In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes th...
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Looking for Magical Doremi Film's Special Video Streamed

Film commemorating Ojamajo Doremi anime's 20th anniverasry opens November 13 ― Toei began streaming a special video on Wednesday for Looking for Magical Doremi (Majo Minarai o Sagashite), the brand-new anime film commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Ojamajo Doremi magical girl anime franchise. The film will open on November 13 after a COVID-19 delay. Toei and Toei Animation announced in March th...
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Funimation Reveals 'Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World' Anime's English Dub Cast

Emily Neves, Jason Liebrecht star in English dub premiering on Wednesday ― Funimation announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming the English dub for the Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World anime on Wednesday. The company also revealed the English dub cast. The cast includes: Emily Neves as Aliceliese Lou Nebulis IX Jason Liebrecht as Iska Anastasia Munoz as Millavair Lou Nebulis VIII D...

B: The Beginning Anime Season 2 Unveils Title, Updated Staff, 2021 Debut

Itsuro Kawasaki directs B: The Beginning Succession ― Netflix unveiled on Monday the title, staff, visuals, and 2021 debut for the second season of the B: The Beginning anime. The second season will be titled B: The Beginning Succession. Kazuto Nakazawa (Kill Bill's animated segment, Moondrive, Parasite Dolls) and Production I.G are listed as the original creators. Itsuro Kawasaki (episode director f...
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To Love Ru's Saki Hasemi Launches New Manga

GT-giRl manga about racing, high school girls debuts on November 27 ― This year's December issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Maoh magazine revealed on Tuesday that Saki Hasemi (To Love Ru) and artist Wise Speak will launch the GT-giRl manga in the magazine's next issue on November 27. The magazine teased that the manga focuses on vehicle races and high school girls. Writer Hasemi and artist Kentaro...
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 21

If it's got to be an overall rollercoaster of expectation-shaking highs and lows, at least I can confirm it as still enjoyable when it's just being a solidly fun little cartoon.
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Warlords of Sigrdrifa Anime Casts Marina Inoue, Kanon Takao, Mayu Sagara

Series premiered on October 3 ― The official website for Aniplex's original anime Warlords of Sigrdrifa (Senyoku no Sigrdrifa) revealed more cast members on Tuesday. The newly announced cast includes: Marina Inoue as Yayoi Amatsuka with the F7F Kanon Takao as Kurumi Suzuhara with the P-51D Mayu Sagara as Moe Isurugi with the P-51D The anime's first episode premiered on Tokyo MX, BS11, and other chann...
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Fate/Grand Order Epic of Remnant Woman of Agartha Manga Enters 'Final Stage'

Hideo Takanaka launched series based on game in February 2019 ― Manga creator Hideo Takanaka announced on Twitter on Saturday that his Fate/Grand Order Epic of Remnant Woman of Agartha manga is entering the "final stage." Takanaka launched the manga based on the second part of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Epic of Remnant" story, "Ashu Tokuiten II Denshō Chitei Sekai Agartha: Agartha no Onn...
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Roll Over and Die

Author kiki explains that the story for this novel is a mishmash of their main interests: “fantasy, lesbian romance, horror, and fight scenes.” ― In the Afterword, author kiki explains that the story for this novel is a mishmash of their main interests: “fantasy, lesbian romance, horror, and fight scenes.” kiki indicates no greater purpose for the story than for it to be about a girl fighting to be a...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 171

Having been promised a reduced sentence if he's able to defeat Boruto, Shojoji holds nothing back during his rematch with the younger Uzumaki.
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Visual Art's/Key Announces 3 New Kinetic Novels

Project:LUNAR, Project:PORTER launch in 2021; Project:LOOPER "coming soon" ― Visual Art's/Key announced on Monday three new kinetic novels: Project:LOOPER, Project:LUNAR, and Project:PORTER. Title: Project:LOOPER Release: "Coming Soon" Creators: Ryukishi07 (scenario), Kei Mochizuki (illustrations) Synopsis: Let's set out to find a real treasure Taira is a high school student who is obsessed with geoc...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Given Anime Film in 2021

English-subbed trailer streamed ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will stream the anime film of Natsuki Kizu's Given manga under the title Given The Movie beginning in 2021. The film will be available in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The company began streaming an English-subtitled version ...
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Kazuhiro Yoneda Directs Kageki Shoujo!! TV Anime for 2021 Premiere

Tadashi Morishita writes scripts, Takahiro Kishida designs characters for Pine Jam series ― An official website launched on Wednesday to confirm that Kumiko Saiki's Kageki Shoujo! manga is getting a television anime adaptation in 2021. Though the anime's title is Kageki Shoujo!!, its story will come from Kageki Shoujo!! Season Zero. The website revealed the anime's staff and a teaser visual. Kazuhiro...

Hanasaku Iroha TV Anime Gets Digital Book Sequel

P.A. Books releases Tohru Fujimoto's story set seven years after series' end ― P.A. Works' digital book label P.A. Books will release a digital book sequel to the Hanasaku Iroha television anime on Friday. Tohru Fujimoto wrote the book, titled Hanasaku Iroha ~Itsuka Saku Basho~ (Hanasaku Iroha: The Place That Blooms Someday), while Iroha Kohinata provided the cover and other illustrations. The book's...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 947

Between Big Mom collapsing from hunger and Queen hustling her out in such a rush, everything feels a little anticlimactic given all that lead up to this moment.
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The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc ‒ Episode 4

Yet, while Tatsuya may be showing empathy for those around him—including, supposedly, Lina—that doesn't mean he doesn't do Lina dirty to an extreme degree.
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Precure Miracle Leap Film Previews Battle Scenes, Announces Midnight Screenings

Film about mysterious time loop opens on Halloween after COVID-19 delays ― The official YouTube channel for the Precure magical girl franchise posted a new special video for the Eiga Precure Miracle Leap: Minna to Fushigi na 1-nichi (Everyone and the Mysterious One Day) anime film on Tuesday. The video highlights the film's battle scenes. The anime's official website also announced on Tuesday that 14...
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Burning Kabaddi Sports TV Anime Casts Tatsuhisa Suzuki

Suzuki plays ex-delinquent who becomes a team player in TMS Entertainment's April show ― The official website for the television anime of Hajime Musashino's Burning Kabaddi (Shakunetsu Kabaddi) sports manga announced a new cast member on Tuesday. Tatsuhisa Suzuki plays Kyōhei Misumi, a second-year student on Nōkin High School's kabaddi team. Misumi was a delinquent who spent his time getting into fig...

Vampire in the Garden Anime Reveals Staff, 2021 Debut, Teaser Screenshots

The Empire of Corpses' Ryoutarou Makihara directs Netflix anime at Wit Studio ― Netflix announced that Wit Studio's original anime Vampire in the Garden will debut worldwide on the streaming service next year. It also revealed the main staff and two teaser screenshots, shown below: Ryoutarou Makihara (Hal, The Empire of Corpses) is directing the anime with Hiroyuki Tanaka (Claymore, Hellsing Ultimate...

High-Rise Invasion Survival Horror Manga Gets Anime Series in February 2021

Zero-G animates Netflix show based on manga by Ajin: Demi-Human's Tsuina Miura ― Netflix announced on Tuesday that Tsuina Miura and Takahiro Ōba's High-Rise Invasion (Tenkū Shinpan) survival horror manga is inspiring an anime series. Netflix released a teaser trailer, which revealed the show's worldwide premiere date in February 2021 on the streaming platform. Netflix describes the anime's story: The...

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan Anime Spinoff to Stream Globally on Netflix Next Spring

David Production's 4 episodes about Hirohiko Araki's alter-ego artist character ― Netflix announced on Tuesday that it will stream the anime of Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai), Hirohiko Araki's spinoff manga for his JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga, globally next spring. Netflix will stream the four episodes that david production animated with Takahiro Sakurai as the title characte...

Thermae Romae Bathhouse Comedy Manga Gets 2021 Anime on Netflix

NAZ animate stories from manga, new stories written by creator Mari Yamazaki ― Netflix announced that Mari Yamazaki's Thermae Romae manga is inspiring a new anime series, titled Thermae Romae Novae, that will debut on the streaming platform in 2021. NAZ is producing the animation with the original manga as a base, while also featuring new stories written by Yamazaki. Yamazaki drew special artwork to ...
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Godzilla Singular Point Anime Series Reveals Story, Video, More Staff, Visual

Date A Live's Satoshi Ishino adapts Kazue Kato's original character designs ― Netflix Anime Festival 2020 presented a story introduction, promotional video, and new teaser visual for the Godzilla Singular Point anime series on Tuesday. The story will follow "the young geniuses Mei Kamino, a female researcher, and Yun Arikawa, a male engineer, as they take on an unprecedented threat with their compani...

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Rilakkuma Returns With Rilakkuma's Theme Park Adventure Series on Netflix

Masahito Kobayashi directs again at dwarf, TYO Inc. with Mikako Tabe reprising Kaoru ― Netflix Anime Festival 2020 announced on Tuesday that San-X's "Rilakkuma" character is starring in a new stop-motion anime series titled Rilakkuma's Theme Park Adventure that is "coming soon." Netflix describes the story: The series depicts an active day of incidents and meetings that take place when Rilakkuma, Kor...
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Netflix Reveals Spriggan Anime Series' New Teaser Trailer

3D anime by David Production to debut worldwide in 2021 ― Netflix revealed a teaser trailer for David Production's new anime series based on Hiroshi Takashige and Ryōji Minagawa's Spriggan (Striker) manga. Hiroshi Kobayashi (Rage of Bahamut Genesis assistant director, Kill la Kill episode director) is directing the anime. Hiroshi Seko (Attack on Titan, Mob Psycho 100, Jujutsu Kaisen) is supervising a...

Way of the Househusband Manga Gets 2021 Anime Series Starring Kenjiro Tsuda

Netflix streams story of retired yakuza member living as househusband ― Netflix Anime Festival 2020 announced that Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga is inspiring an anime series debuting worldwide on Netflix in 2021. The anime stars Kenjiro Tsuda, who both directed and starred as Tatsu in a live-action promotional video for the manga last December. Chiaki Kon (Pretty Guar...

Netflix Teases Pacific Rim: The Black Anime Series for 2021

Legendary Entertainment, Polygon Pictures produce anime with showrunners Craig Kyle and Greg Johnson ― Netflix Anime Festival 2020 announced the Pacific Rim: The Black anime series for 2021 and released its first teaser screenshots, shown below: Polygon Pictures (BLAME!, Godzilla: Kaijū Wakusei film trilogy) will produce the 3D-animated series based on the live-action Pacific Rim films. Craig Kyle an...
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Netflix's Eden Anime Reveals Cast, May 2021 Delay, New Visual

Marika Kōno, Kentaro Ito, Kyoko Hikami, Kōichi Yamadera star in 4-episode anime from Qubic Pictures, CGCG ― Netflix posted a new visual and updated teaser trailer for the four-episode original anime Eden on Tuesday, and also revealed its May 2021 premiere date. (The anime was previously scheduled for Fall 2020.) At its Netflix Anime Festival livestream, Netflix revealed the voice cast: Marika Kōno as...
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LiSA Is 1st Solo Female Artist in a Decade to Top Japanese Singles Chart for 2 Straight Weeks

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba film's "Homura" single sold 42,000 copies in 2nd week ― LiSA's new single "Homura" (the theme song for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Movie: Mugen Train film) ranked #1 for the second week in a row on Oricon's weekly singles chart. It sold about 42,000 copies from October 19 to October 25. She is the first solo female artist to rank #1 for two straight weeks s...
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Dennō Coil's Mitsuo Iso Reveals Extra-Terrestrial Boys & Girls Anime's New Studio, Early 2022 Debut, Visual

Eureka Seven's Kenichi Yoshida designs anime funded by Avex Pictures, Asmic Ace ― The official website for Chikyūgai Shōnen Shōjo (Extra-Terrestrial Boys & Girls), director and writer Mitsuo Iso's first new original anime since 2007's Dennō Coil, unveiled a new anime studio, the early 2022 debut, and teaser visual for the anime on Tuesday. The studio Production +h was established specifically to make...
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Moriarty the Patriot ‒ Episode 3

Many people have mentioned the ikemen-style beauty of young Professor Moriarty, citing that as a concern. I see it as a spin on Victorian notions of angelic beauty, a Dorian Gray-style refutation of the belief that outer beauty equals inner goodness.
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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Game Gets Free Card Game Mode DLC

Trailer streamed for "Dragon Ball Card Warriors" card game, launching on Tuesday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Monday that it will add a new collectible card game mode titled "Dragon Ball Card Warriors" to its Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot game as a free update on Tuesday. The company began streaming a trailer that previews the card game and explains its rules: Engli...
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Veteran Animator Toshiyuki Inoue Releases Guide on Hand-Drawn Animated Effects

'Water', 'Explosions, Fire, & Smoke' editions available for pre-order outside Japan via Tokyo Otaku Mode ― The veteran animator Toshiyuki Inoue is releasing two books on how to create hand-drawn animated effects. Both the My Thoughts on How to Animate Special Effects (Water Edition) and the My Thoughts on How to Animate Special Effects (Explosions, Fire, & Smoke Edition) books feature completely new ...
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TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You ‒ Episode 4

They make a sweet couple, and the mystery here is interesting, which makes it such a shame that the artistic and animation efforts are so mediocre.
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Just 4 Days Left to Enter the Pumpkin Carving Contest!

The competition is heating up but there's still time to enter for a chance to win over US$1,000 in anime DVDs and swag! Click to find out how! ― Anime News Network's annual pumpkin carving contest is back in BIG WAY! Sharpen your knives and your carving skills and you could walk away with not only a GARGANTUAN stash of anime goodies, but also the coveted title of Pumpkin Carving Champion. In the pas...
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Bucchigiri's Yuu Nakahara Launches New Manga

Crime comedy Terukan Boys debuts on November 27 ― The December issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Spirits magazine revealed on Tuesday that Yuu Nakahara will launch the Terukan Boys crime comedy manga in the next issue on November 27. Nakahara is the joint pen name of Hideki Nakazawa and Hiroyuki Tajima. Nakahara's other manga include Naoko, Last Inning, Wild Pitch!!, and Bucchigiri. Bucchigiri inspired a...
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The Gymnastics Samurai ‒ Episode 3

The Gymnastics Samurai has notably been light on showing actual gymnastics, but the time has come to finally show off the titular activity in something akin to a competition, and the show thankfully succeeds at drawing us into this game it's staked its existence on.
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Vinland Saga Gets Crossover Manga with Assassin's Creed Valhalla Game

7-page manga drawn by Makoto Yukimura depicts the unlikely encounter between Thorfinn and Eivor ― The Vinland Saga manga released a short crossover manga with the Assassin's Creed Valhalla role-playing game to promote its release in Japan. The 7-page manga drawn by Vinland Saga series creator Makoto Yukimura depicts an unlikely encounter between Vinland Saga's Thorfinn and Assassin's Creed Valhalla's...
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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon ‒ Episode 4

Moroha is great. She's just an adorable, spunky, charismatic little bundle of murder, and literally every single scene that she is in is elevated by her presence.
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Voice Actors Ayaka Fukuhara, Reo Nakanishi Announce Their Marriage

Fukuhara played Rin Shibuya in The [email protected] Cinderella Girls ― Voice actors Ayaka Fukuhara and Reo Nakanishi announced on their blog and Twitter accounts on Sunday that they have gotten married. Both actors posted handwritten messages. On her blog, Fukuhara described Nakanishi as a person who puts her heart at ease with his calmness and kindness, and who offers her his warm humor and a smile even d...
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 41

Given that his self-declared reason for being is rooted explicitly in abusing weak people, especially children, it would be utter nonsense to try and frame Kurono as anything other than a cartoonishly despicable prick under any circumstances.

Funimation Announces Inuyasha Spinoff Anime Yashahime's Dub Cast

English dub stars Erica Mendez, Kira Buckland, Morgan Berry ― Funimation announced on Monday that it is partnering with Viz Media to release an English dub of the Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (Hanyō no Yashahime) anime spinoff of Rumiko Takahashi's Inuyasha series. Erica Mendez is voicing Towa Higurashi, Kira Buckland is voicing Setsuna, and Morgan Berry is voicing Moroha. The anime premiered in Ja...
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Jujutsu Kaisen ‒ Episode 4

“Curse Womb Must Die” jettisons our three heroes right out of the introductory arc and cranks the Danger Dial straight up to eleven.
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Hotaru's Way Creator Satoru Hiura Launches New Manga

Saint Love Survivors debuts with 10 chapters on October 31 ― Satoru Hiura revealed on her Twitter account on Saturday she will launch the Saint Love Survivors manga in Kodansha and pixiv's Palcy manga app on October 31. Palcy's announcement image for the new manga teased, "Even though she married the man she longed for, 0 sex!?" The series will launch with 10 chapters, three of which will be availabl...
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The Day I Became a God ‒ Episode 3

I foolishly assumed that watching more would give me a better idea of where this whole mess of ideas is heading. Thankfully Mr. Maeda was kind enough to slap me across the face with a fistful of restaurant menus for my audacity.
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Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club ‒ Episode 4

The relative ease with which Nijigasaki's crew has formed is definitely to its benefit, since it means we basically get the whole group together and bouncing off one another way faster than usual.
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Kageki Shoujo!! Manga Listed With TV Anime in 2021

Original series about girls at arts academy ships in English next month ― Retailer Rakuten's listing for the December issue of Shueisha's Melody magazine includes a cover image that states Kumiko Saiki's Kageki Shoujo!! manga is getting a television anime adaptation in 2021. The issue will ship on Wednesday. Saiki serialized the original manga under the title Kageki Shoujo! (with one exclamation mark...
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I'm Standing on 1,000,000 Lives. ‒ Episode 4

Anyway, the more I see of this series, the more I have to wonder how seriously it is intending to take itself.
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Bow Ditama Ends 'Shōgakusei wa Mama demo Ii desu ka?' Manga

Series centering on man's reincarnated mother launch in December 2017 ― Bow Ditama ended the Shōgakusei wa Mama demo Ii desu ka? (Is it Alright if the Grade School Student is my Mother?) manga in the December issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine on Monday. The fourth and final compiled book volume will ship on December 4. The "heart-warming reincarnation comedy" centers on Takehiro Toku...
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Kumiko Suekane's Versailles of the Dead Manga Ends

Seven Seas publishes manga about twin brother of Marie Antoinette taking sister's place to face zombie threat ― Shogakukan's Manga One app published the final chapter of Kumiko Suekane's Versailles of the Dead manga on Saturday. The manga's fifth and final volume will ship in December. Seven Seas Entertainment is publishing the manga in English, and it describes the story: While en route from Austria...
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Captain Tsubasa Smartphone AR Soccer Game Launches in 37 More Countries on October 30

Game launched in 7 European countries last month ― Developer miraire announced on Monday that the Captain Tsubasa franchise's Tsubasa+ smartphone augmented reality game will launch in 37 countries on October 30. The game launched in Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom on September 30, and was then slated to launch in some Asian countries on October 15. The ...
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Funimation App Will Be Available on PS5 at Launch

Other apps available at lunch include Crunchyroll, Netflix, YouTube ― Funimation announced on Friday that its Funimation App will be available on the PlayStation 5 console at launch. Other apps that will be available at launch include Crunchyroll, Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, Disney+, Apple TV, and Twitch. Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and other apps will arrive later. The PS5 will launch with an optional ...

Alita: Battle Angel Film Returns to U.S. Theaters on October 30

Film originally opened in February 2019 ― James Cameron announced on Twitter on October 7 that the live-action Alita: Battle Angel film will return to U.S. theaters on October 30. Cinema chains Cineworld and Regal revealed earlier this month that they are temporarily closing due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, but chains AMC Theaters and Cinemark will remain open. 20th Century...
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Yoshitaka Ushiki's Dream Eater Merry Manga Ends in November

Manga inspired 13-episode anime in 2011 ― The December issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine revealed on Saturday that Yoshitaka Ushiki's Dream Eater Merry (Yumekui Merry) manga will end in the magazine's January 2021 issue, which will ship on November 24. The manga's 24th and final volume will ship in December. Dream Eater Merry follows high school student Yumeji Fujiwara and a mys...
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Viz Media Confirms It Will Release JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Manga

Company to release 5th part of Hirohiko Araki's manga starting in summer 2021 ― Viz Media confirmed on Twitter on Saturday that it will release JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 5 - Golden Wind, the fifth part of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga, digitally and in hardcover print starting in summer 2021. Viz Media started releasing the manga in 2005, but began rereleasing the series in har...
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Grisaia: Phantom Trigger 05 Switch Game's Opening Movie Streamed

Switch version launches with English text on November 19 ― Prototype began streaming the opening movie video on Monday for its Nintendo Switch version of the fifth volume of Frontwing's Grisaia: Phantom Trigger game. Prototype will publish the game digitally for Switch in Japan on November 19. The release, titled Grisaia: Phantom Trigger 05, will have full voice support for all characters except the ...
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My Hero One's Justice 2 Game Reveals Itsuka Kendo as Playable DLC Character

3rd DLC character for game launches "soon" ― This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's My Hero One's Justice 2 video game will add the character Itsuka Kendo as a playable DLC character. She will be the third DLC character for the game, and will join the game "soon" The game launched in Japan for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switc...
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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Game Gets Smartphone Version

NetEase Games to release game "soon" worldwide in 9 languages ― NetEase Games and ArtPlay announced on Monday that ArtPlay's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night game is getting a smartphone version that will release "soon" worldwide. The game will support English, Japanese, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Korean languages. The game will release with a one-time purchase model....
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My Hero Academia Ultra Impact Smartphone Game Revealed

Free-to-play battle RPG to launch next year ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed a new smartphone game in the My Hero Academia franchise on Monday titled My Hero Academia Ultra Impact. The "Hero Quirks bursting battle RPG" will release next year on the App Store and Google Play. The game will be free to play, but will have optional purchasable in-game items. The game will have a "casual Quirk battle...
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Violet Evergarden Film Earns 1.5 Billion Yen

Film sells about 1.11 million tickets ― Kyoto Animation announced on Monday that the Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime film has earned 1.5 billion yen (about US$14.3 million) and has sold approximately 1.11 million tickets as of Sunday, 38 days after the film opened in Japan. The film ranked at #6 in its sixth weekend. The film opened in Japan on September 18. The film's official website announced o...
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Demon Slayer Film Becomes Fastest Film in Japan to Earn 10 Billion Yen

Film earns 10.7 billion yen, sells 7.9 million tickets in 10 days ― Toho and Aniplex announced on Monday that the Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-Hen) film has sold 7,983,442 tickets to earn 10,754,232,550 yen (about US$102.52 million) in its first 10 days at the box office. The film set a new record in Japan for the fastest film to earn 10 bil...
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