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Oshi no Ko GN 1

Don't judge this manga based on its back cover copy; it has more in common with Perfect Blue than idol fare like Love Live! ― Warning: of necessity, this review will contain some spoilers not covered in the book's back copy. If you pick up Oshi no Ko based solely on the back copy and expecting the cute story of an obstetrician caring for his favorite idol during her pregnancy, you are bound to be dis...
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This Week in Anime - Don't Sleep on The Ancient Magus' Bride OVAs

The Ancient Magus' Bride season 2 is still a ways off, but there are OVAs to tide us over. Nick and Steve are here to tell you why you shouldn't overlook these side story episodes. ― The Ancient Magus' Bride season 2 is still a ways off, but there are OVAs to tide us over. Nick and Steve are here to tell you why you shouldn't overlook these side story episodes. This series is streaming on Crunchyrol...
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Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle

If this were just a film about Koko, however, it would have been more successful, but the cartoonish villain and deforestation plot serves as little more than a distraction from the character arcs. ― With the announcement that long-time series protagonist Ash would be retiring from the TV series, could this be his final Pokémon movie? Maybe. To be honest, Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle actu...
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Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night

Asuna's story continues in the second Progressive film, opening in theaters in the U.S. on February 3. Find out more about her and Kirito's growing friendship and see the continuation of her rocky relationship with Mito. ― Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night is the second Sword Art Online Progressive film, and it picks up the story a bit less than a month after the end of A...
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Neptunia: Sisters VS Sisters

Neptunia Sisters VS Sisters isn't doing anything new in the JRPG space, but is it at least a fun ride? ― The Hyperdimension Neptunia franchise has been pretty extensive since 2010. Including the mainline games and the spin-offs, there have been over a dozen games released for the franchise spanning various genres, from online card games to side-scrolling action games to hack-and-slash games with rhyt...
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Muv-Luv Alternative Season 2

Major revelations will be blithely glossed over, and new characters are thrown at the audience who get one or two scenes to make clear that they're supposed to be somewhat relevant or important, but with no connective context as to why. ― There's an element of presumed prestige to the back half of this Muv-Luv Alternative anime adaptation. And why shouldn't there be? The original visual novel is a pr...
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yoruhashi's The Kingdoms of Ruin Manga Gets TV Anime This Year

Kaito Ishikawa, Azumi Waki star in anime from Yokohama Animation Lab ― A website opened on Wednesday to announce that yoruhashi's The Kingdoms of Ruin manga will get a television anime adaptation this year. The website revealed the anime's first key visual. yoruhashi also drew an illustration to commemorate the announcement. The anime's main cast are: Kaito Ishikawa as Adonis Azumi Waki as Doroka Kei...

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Dekoboko Majo no Oyako Jijō Anime Reveals Main Cast, 2023 TV Premiere

Nana Mizuki, Aoi Koga play Viola, Alissa in gag comedy ― The official website for the anime of Piroya's Dekoboko Majo no Oyako Jijō (The Family Circumstances of the Imbalanced Witch) manga revealed on Wednesday the anime's two main cast members, new visual, and 2023 television premiere. Nana Mizuki plays Viola (right in visual above), while Aoi Koga plays Alissa (left). The gag comedy centers on Alis...
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Live-Action Rohan at the Louvre Film Reveals More Cast Members

Kento Nagao, Fumino Kimura, Masanobu Ando, Minami join cast ― The live-action film of Hirohiko Araki's Kishibe Rohan Louvre e Iku (Rohan at the Louvre, or literally, Rohan Kishibe Goes to the Louvre; Rohan Au Louvre in French) manga revealed more cast members for the film on Wednesday. Kento Nagao (left in image above) plays Rohan during his younger days. Fumino Kimura (center) plays Nanase, a myster...
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Criminal Orchestrates String of Burglaries Under Alias "Luffy"

Japan, Philippine authorities will soon be in talks about handover of suspects ― A person or group of persons using the alias "Luffy" is a suspect for orchestrating a string of burglaries in at least 14 prefectures in Japan since last year. The name appears to reference the aspiring Pirate King protagonist of the One Piece anime and manga series. Police have arrested several suspects in each of the s...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 29-February 4

Shaman King, Ascendance of a Bookworm anime ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 3 BDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 January 31 City Hunter: Movie & TV Special Collection BDPlease Discotek US$49.95 January 31 Dino Mech Gaiking BDPlease Discotek US$49.95 January 31 GaoGaiGar: The King of Braves BDPlease Discotek US$79.95 January 31 Sh...
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A Silent Voice's Yoshitoki Ōima's Original Character Designs Highlighted in New Kyocera Promo Video

Saori Hayami, Yuuki Kaji starred in Watashi no Hashtag ga Haenakute short ― Electronics maker Kyocera began streaming on Thursday a video highlighting Yoshitoki Ōima (A Silent Voice, To Your Eternity)'s original character designs for the original anime short Watashi no Hashtag ga Haenakute (My Hashtag Does Not Shine). Kyocera began streaming the original anime on its YouTube channel on January 18. Ko...
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Director Jordan Peele Reflects on the Live-Action Akira That Never Was

Peele turned down offer to direct stalled live-action project in 2017 ― In 2017, director Jordan Peele (Get Out, Nope) commented in an interview on why he turned down an offer to direct Warner Brothers' dormant live-action Akira film. At the time, he said, "Akira is one of my favorite movies, and I think obviously the story justifies as big a budget as you can possibly dream of. But the real question...
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RADWIMPS Announces N. American Tour for April

Rock band behind music for Makoto Shinkai's films to perform in U.S., Canada, Mexico ― Rock band RADWIMPS announced on Wednesday that they are going on a North American Tour in April. The band will perform at the following places and dates: San Jose (San Jose Civic): April 16 Los Angeles (YouTube Theater): April 18 Mexico City (Pabellón Oeste): April 22 Chicago (THE VIC): April 24 Toronto (Queen Eliz...
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Crunchyroll Games Launches Street Fighter: Duel RPG for Smartphones in February

Trailer streamed for RPG in fighting game series ― Crunchyroll Games announced that it and Capcom will launch the Street Fighter: Duel role-playing game for iOS and Android devices in February. Pre-registration is available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., and other select European countries. Crunchyroll Games streamed a trailer: The RPG will feature over 40 characters, includin...
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Oshi no Ko GN 1

Don't judge this manga based on its back cover copy; it has more in common with Perfect Blue than idol fare like Love Live! ― Warning: of necessity, this review will contain some spoilers not covered in the book's back copy. If you pick up Oshi no Ko based solely on the back copy and expecting the cute story of an obstetrician caring for his favorite idol during her pregnancy, you are bound to be dis...
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Live-Action Whisper of the Heart Sequel Film Screens in New York, Los Angeles on February 3

Film launches on video on demand on June 20 ― Berlin distributor Capelight Pictures will screen the live-action sequel film based on Aoi Hiiragi's Whisper of the Heart (Mimi o Sumaseba) manga in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday. The film will then be available on video on demand on June 20. The company streamed an English-subtitled trailer: In the original film, Seiji expresses a...
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Adventurers Who Don't Believe in Humanity Will Save the World #5 [rate]
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The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague #5 [rate]
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Loop8: Summer of Gods Game's Trailer Reveals June 6 Release

Video previews setting, characters ― XSEED Games announced on Tuesday that it will release the Loop8: Summer of Gods RPG for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in North America on June 6. Marvelous will release the game in Europe on the same day. XSEED Games streamed a trailer that previews the setting Ashihara and its residents. The game will get physical and digital releases...

Shout! Factory Releases 1993 City Hunter Live-Action Film on Blu-ray Disc in April

Film included in The Jackie Chan Collection, Vol. 2 compilation BD ― Shout! Factory is releasing the 1993 Hong Kong live-action film based on Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga as part of The Jackie Chan Collection, Vol. 2 Blu-ray Disc on April 25. According to Amazon, the 8-movie collection will ship on April 11. Jackie Chan starred in the film which loosely adapts Hojo's original manga. Shout! Facto...
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In/Spectre Season 2 ‒ Episode 16

In this story, the crime is of lesser importance than the romantic resolution, although that doesn't mean we don't have a little twisted fun with the case.
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This Week in Anime - Don't Sleep on The Ancient Magus' Bride OVAs

The Ancient Magus' Bride season 2 is still a ways off, but there are OVAs to tide us over. Nick and Steve are here to tell you why you shouldn't overlook these side story episodes. ― The Ancient Magus' Bride season 2 is still a ways off, but there are OVAs to tide us over. Nick and Steve are here to tell you why you shouldn't overlook these side story episodes. This series is streaming on Crunchyrol...
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Vinland Saga Season 2 ‒ Episode 4

This one interaction between Einar and Thorfinn takes up the majority of the episode, and a lesser show would feel pressured to have it build to a more traditionally satisfying climax.
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BLUELOCK ‒ Episode 16

After all the psychological breakdowns and high-stakes soccer matches, it's nice to have an episode that's simply about the characters interacting with each other.
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IGN: Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo Will Not Exhibit at E3 2023

Companies will not have presence on Los Angeles Convention Center showfloor ― IGN reported on Tuesday that "multiple knowledgeable sources" told the news agency that Microsoft Xbox, Sony, and Nintendo will not participate in E3 2023. According to IGN, the companies will not have a presence on the Los Angeles Convention Center showfloor either. Sony and PlayStation declined to appear at E3 in 2019. Xb...
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Code Geass Genesic Re;Code Game Ends Service in April

Smartphone game's service ends on April 27 ― The official website for the Code Geass: Genesic Re;CODE smartphone game announced on Tuesday that it will end its service on April 27 at 3:00 p.m. JST (2:00 a.m. EDT). After the game's scheduled maintenance on January 31, sales of paid Daito, daily passes, and boost passes will end. Access to the game from outside Japan will also be temporarily suspended....
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I Shall Survive Using Potions! Novels Get Spinoff Manga

Potion-danomi de Ikinobimasu! Hanano to Lotte no Futari Tabi spinoff manga launched on Monday ― The official Twitter account of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine announced that Sukima launched a spinoff manga of FUNA's I Shall Survive Using Potions! (Potion-danomi de Ikinobimasu!) light novel, titled Potion-danomi de Ikinobimasu! Hanano to Lotte no Futari Tabi (I Shall Survive Using Potions! ...
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Saga of Lioncourt Manga Ends in Next Chapter

Manga about cancer patient reincarnated in world resembling medieval Europe launched in 2019 ― The official Twitter account of Takeshobo's Web Comic Gamma manga website announced on Monday that Nagy's The Saga of Lioncourt (Lion Coeur Senki) manga, the adaptation of Hiroaki Ogura's light novel of the same title, will end in its next chapter in February. Nagy launched the manga with original character...

Love Live! School Idol Festival Game Shuts Down After Nearly 10 Years

Rhythm smartphone game launched alongside franchise's 1st anime ― The official website for the Love Live! franchise announced on Tuesday that the Love Live! School Idol Festival smartphone game will end service on March 31, just 16 days before the 10th anniversary of the game's release in Japan. The announcement encouraged players to look forward to the release of its successor game Love Live! School...
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Production I.G's Anime Beans Streaming App Ends Service on March 31

Service launched as Tate Anime in 2017, offered vertically-oriented anime ― Production I.G announced on Monday that its Anime Beans anime app will end service on March 31. Production I.G launched the Tate Anime (Vertical Anime) app in June 2017 and it ended service in May 2018. The app relaunched in June 2018 with the new Anime Beans name. The Tate Anime app offered short (about three-minute) anime t...
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Japan's Publishing Market Sees 1st Overall Sales Decrease in 4 Years

Digital manga sales see 8.9% rise ― The All Japan Magazine and Book Publisher's and Editor's Association (AJPEA) revealed on Wednesday its report on the publishing industry in Japan in 2022. The publishing market as a whole declined 2.6% in 2022 to a total market value of 1.6305 trillion yen (about US$12.59 billion). The digital market rose 7.5% to 501.3 billion yen (about US$3.87 billion), and the p...
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The First Slam Dunk Drops to #2, Gold Kingdom and Water Kingdom Opens at #6

One Piece Film Red stays at #3 for final weekend, Suzume drops to #4 The First Slam Dunk, the new anime film of Takehiko Inoue's Slam Dunk basketball manga, sold 230,000 tickets and earned 344,957,690 yen (about US$2.64 million) from Friday to Sunday, dropping from #1 to #2 for its ninth weekend. The film has sold a total of 6,475,000 tickets for a cumulative total of 9,454,728,530 yen (about US$72...
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Discotek Releases HD Remaster of Iria OVA, A Wind Named Amnesia Film

Both anime get 2K remasters from original negatives, slated for 2023 BD release ― Discotek Media announced on Monday that it will release 2K high definition remasters of the Iria - Zeiram the Animation OVA and A Wind Named Amnesia anime film. Both are new 2K film scans from the original negatives, and are the first Blu-ray Disc releases for both anime anywhere in the world. Both will release in 2023....

Discotek Licenses Re: Cutie Honey, Nanoha Reflection, Aim for the Ace: The Movie, More Anime

Lupin III: Angel Tactics, Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, Mazinkaiser vs the Great General of Darkness also licensed ― Discotek Media announced on Monday that it has licensed titles for release sometime this year, including the Re: Cutie Honey, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection, Aim for the Ace: The Movie, Lupin III: Angel Tactics, Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, and Mazinkaiser vs the Gre...

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Japanese Live-Action City Hunter Film Casts Misato Morita as Kaori

Morita stars alongside Ryōhei Suzuki in 2024 Netflix film ― The staff for the Japanese live-action film of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga revealed on Tuesday that Misato Morita (One Week Friends, Koi Suru Haha-tachi, seen below) will play heroine Kaori Makimura. As previously announced, Ryōhei Suzuki (HK/Hentai Kamen, Tokyo Tribe, Tokyo MER) stars as Ryō Saeba, and Yūichi Satō (Kisaragi, live-actio...
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Sailor Moon Cosmos Anime Films' Trailer Reveals Daoko Theme Song

Daoko performs "Tsuki no Hana" song for 2-part film project ― The official website for Gekijōban Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Cosmos (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Cosmos the Movie), the two-part anime film project adapting the final "Shadow Galactica" arc of Naoko Takeuchi's original Sailor Moon manga, unveiled a new trailer and visual for the films on Tuesday. The trailer reveals and previews the films...
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The Fire Hunter ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

The Fire Hunter is both wonderful and, like the convoy truck Touko finds herself aboard, seemingly impenetrable.
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"Ippon" Again! ‒ Episode 4

"Ippon" Again! kicks into full Sports Anime mode this week, with an episode composed almost entirely of gorgeously animated one-on-one matches.
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'They're Calling for You, Mr. Azazel' Stage Play Reveals Key Visual, Character Visuals

Stage play runs from February 10-26 ― Nelke Planning revealed the key visual and character visuals for Yondemasuyo Azazel-San The Stage, the stage play adaptation of Yasuhisa Kubo's They're Calling for You, Mr. Azazel (Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san) manga on Saturday. The stage play's key visual features Masaya Onosaka, who is reprising his role from the anime, and the life-size puppet of his character Aza...
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Buddy Daddies ‒ Episode 4

Kazuki and Rei showing up to Miri's first day in three-piece suits had me both guffawing and mortified as a mom that has appeared at my kid's school conferences more than a little extra.
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Hunter x Hunter Arena Battle Smartphone Game Ends Service on March 31

Game debuted in January 2020 ― The official Twitter account for Hunter x Hunter Arena Battle, a smartphone game based on Yoshihiro Togashi's Hunter x Hunter manga, announced last week that the game will end service on March 31 at 3:00 p.m. JST. The game debuted in Japan in January 2020. The card battle game is free to play, but it has optional in-game purchases. DeNA distributes the game. Another sma...
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Eleven Arts Releases Blue Thermal Anime Film on BD, Digitally on March 14

English-subbed trailer streamed ― Eleven Arts announced on Monday that it and Shout! Factory will release Blue Thermal, the anime film of Kana Ozawa's Blue Thermal -Aonagi Daigaku Taiiku-kai Kōkū-bu- (Aonagi College Sports Festival Aviation Club) manga, on Blu-ray Disc and digitally on March 14. The company streamed an English-subtitled trailer: The film had its North American premiere at the Anime F...
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Attack on Titan Manga Creator Hajime Isayama's Desks To Be Auctioned in France

Proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders ― Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web reported on Sunday that Attack on Titan manga creator Hajime Isayama has put up four of his work desks on auction at the 50th Angoulême International Comics Festival in France. The proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders. The festival's YouTube channel is streaming a video comment by Isayama. Isayama explained that his fa...
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Trigun Stampede ‒ Episode 4

Fan-favorite character Wolfwood joins the cast in this week's episode. Also featured: giant worms.
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Reborn to Master the Blade: From Hero-King to Extraordinary Squire #4 [rate]
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Play It Cool, Guys #16 [rate]

NIS America Releases Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles Collection of Sequel Games for PS5, Switch, PC in Summer

Collection includes Rhapsody II: Ballad of the Little Princess, Rhapsody III: Memories of Marl Kingdom games ― The NIS 30th Anniversary Celebration Stream announced on Monday that it will release Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles, a collection of the Rhapsody II: Ballad of the Little Princess and Rhapsody III: Memories of Marl Kingdom games, in the West for PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC in s...
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Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless Game Heads West for PS4, PS5, Switch, PC in Fall

Game launched in Japan on January 26 ― The NIS 30th Anniversary Celebration Stream announced on Monday that the Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless (Makai Senki Disgaea 7) game will launch in the West for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC in fall 2023. The game debuted in Japan for PS4, PS5, and Switch on January 26. The game takes place in a Japanese-stye demon world. It stars a sw...
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2nd Free! The Final Stroke Film Earns Over 1 Billion Yen

Both film parts returned to theaters on January 27 ― The second film in the new two-part anime film project for the Free! anime franchise titled Free! The Final Stroke has earned over 1 billion yen (about US$7.67 million) and sold about 650,000 tickets. The first and second films returned to theaters in Japan together for joint screenings on January 27. The second film opened at #4 in April 2022. It ...
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Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari #4 [rate]
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Urusei Yatsura's Lum Crashes Live-Action Coffee Ad

If you don't drink Lum's preferred coffee brand, you'll get zapped! ― The Georgia coffee brand released a live-action/anime hybrid television ad on January 23 featuring the iconic Urusei Yatsura heroine Lum. The story follows a hapless businessman in a convenience store trying to decide which coffee to buy. All of a sudden, Lum appears and tells him to pick the Georgia coffee; if he doesn't pick it h...
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Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle

If this were just a film about Koko, however, it would have been more successful, but the cartoonish villain and deforestation plot serves as little more than a distraction from the character arcs. ― With the announcement that long-time series protagonist Ash would be retiring from the TV series, could this be his final Pokémon movie? Maybe. To be honest, Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle actu...
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Makoto Shinkai's Suzume Film Earns 13 Billion Yen

Film earns 13.16 billion yen, sells 9.9 million tickets ― Makoto Shinkai's Suzume (Suzume no Tojimari) anime film has earned about 13.16 billion yen (about US$101 million) and has sold over 9.9 million tickets as of Sunday. The film ranked at #4 in its 11th weekend. The film is now the 23rd highest-grossing film of all time in Japan. The film opened at #1 on November 11 and sold 1.33 million tickets ...
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Live-Action One Piece Series' Visual Reveals 2023 Debut

2nd visual shows cast, ship ― The official Twitter account for Netflix's Hollywood live-action series of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga posted a visual on Monday, and it reveals that the show will debut in 2023. Netflix's page for the series also shows a visual with the cast, the Going Merry ship, and a News Coo. The previously announced cast includes: Inaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy Mackenyu as Roron...
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J.K. Rowling Compares Zombie Land Saga TERF Meme to Anti-Suffragist Art

"Same sh*t, different century," tweets Harry Potter author ― The Zombie Land Saga TERF meme strikes again. In 2019, an image of a smiling Lily Hoshikawa with a "real" photographed hand holding a gun was used as an example of Twitter abuse in talks at the UK Parliament. An MP held up a printed version of the image, which was captioned "Shut the F*** Up TERF." (The acronym refers to trans-exclusionary ...
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Like a Dragon: Ishin! Game's Trailer Previews Story

Game ships for PS5/4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC on February 21 with early access on February 17 ― Sega began streaming a trailer for Like a Dragon: Ishin! (Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin! Kiwami), the new "rebuilt" version of the Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin! PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4 game, on Monday. The "Blade of Vengeance" trailer previews the game's story: The game will launch for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4,...
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Tonikawa: Over the Moon Anime's 2nd Season Premieres in April

The official website for the AnimeJapan convention lists in its description for the TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You event that the second season for the anime of Kenjirō Hata's Fly Me to the Moon (Tonikaku Kawaii) manga will premiere in April. The event is scheduled for March 25 at 11:00 a.m. JST on the Green Stage at AnimeJapan. Akari Kitō, who plays Tsukasa Yuzaki, and Junya Enoki, who voices Na...
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The Vampire Dies in No Time 2 #4 [rate]
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy II ‒ Episode 4

As long as almost no one believed that Anos was the Demon King, Misa was safe. But now that she isn't, Shin is willing to do anything to kill Anos—even using his daughter's own legend to do it.
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Blue Exorcist Manga Takes 2-Month Break

Manga resumes in April ― The official Twitter account of Kazue Katō's Blue Exorcist manga announced on Monday that the manga will go on hiatus, and will not publish new chapters in the upcoming March and April issues of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine. The manga plans to resume in the magazine's May issue, which will release in April. Katō launched the manga in Jump SQ. in 2009. The manga went on hiatus...
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Synduality Anime Reveals New Key Visual, More Cast Members

Anime will premiere this year, will also stream exclusively on Disney+ worldwide ― The official website of Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bandai Namco Filmworks, and Bandai Spirits' Synduality project revealed a new key visual for the Synduality television anime on Monday. The website also announced more cast members for the anime. The newly announced cast members include: Takeo Ōtsuka as Kanata Yūsuke ...
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My Happy Marriage Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals More Cast, July Debut

New teaser visual also revealed ― Kadokawa revealed on Monday that the television anime adaptation of writer Akumi Agitogi and illustrator Tsukiho Tsukioka's My Happy Marriage (Watashi no Shiawase na Kekkon) light novel series will premiere in July. The anime's staff also revealed the show's first promotional video, a teaser visual, and more cast members. The new cast members include: Ayane Sakura as...
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The First Slam Dunk Anime Film Tops US$16 Million in South Korea

Film ranked #1 in its 4th weekend, ahead of Avatar: The Way of Water in terms of ticket sales ― Entertainment news magazine Variety reported on Sunday that The First Slam Dunk, the new anime film of Takehiko Inoue's Slam Dunk basketball manga, ranked #1 in its fourth weekend in South Korea, ahead of Avatar: The Way of Water and The Point Men (in terms of ticket sales, not earnings). The film earned a...
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A Wild Last Boss Appeared! Manga Resumes Serialization

Manga went on hiatus in 2021 ― Manga artist Tsubasa Hazuki announced on Twitter that their Yasei no Last Boss ga Arawareta! Kuro Tsubasa no Haō (A Wild Last Boss Appeared! Black-Winged Tyrant) manga – the adaptation of Firehead and YahaKo's A Wild Last Boss Appeared! light novel – resumed its serialization on Earth Star Entertainment's Comic Earth Star manga website on Thursday. The manga returned wi...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury Side Story Manga Launches in Spring

Side story set years after Vanadis Incident ― The March issue of Kadokawa's Gundam Ace magazine announced on Thursday that Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo), the first new Gundam television anime series in seven years, will get a side story manga that will start serialization in the magazine in spring. Kō Yoneyama is writing the scenario, and Chika Tōjō i...
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Grand Rapids Comic-Con Spring Fling Event Hosts Yuji Kaida, Mari Shimizu

Event takes place at Kalamazoo Expo Event Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on April 14-16 ― The staff of the "Grand Rapids Comic-Con Spring Fling Road Trip" event announced on Saturday that it will host Yuji Kaida and Mari Shimizu at its event on April 14 and April 16. The event will take place at Kalamazoo Expo Event Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Yuji Kaida is renowned as the "Kaiju Artist" for his wo...
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Cat Sh*t One Kickstarter Fails to Make Campaign Goal

Campaign ends with 174 backers having pledged US$17,297 of its US$73,449 goal ― Blast Inc.'s Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for a global Blu-ray 3D HD, Blu-ray Disc, and DVD release of its anime adaptation of Motofumi Kobayashi's Cat Shit One manga failed to meet it funding goal of US$73,449 (or 10 million yen). The campaign ended on January 15 with 174 backers having pledged US$17,297 (approximat...
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Given Manga to End on March 30 with 'Important Announcement'

Boys-love manga that launched in 2014 inspired TV anime, anime film, OVA ― The official Twitter account of Shinshokan's Cheri+ magazine announced on Monday that Natsuki Kizu's Given manga will end in the magazine's next issue on March 30, with an "important announcement." Kizu launched the manga in Cheri+ magazine in 2014. Shinshokan published the manga's eighth compiled book volume in October 2022. ...
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Street Fighter 6 Game Streams Real-Time Commentary Feature Video Highlighting Thea Trinidad

Game launches for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC via Steam on June 2 ― Capcom began streaming a video on Sunday for its Street Fighter 6 fighting game highlighting its real-time commentary feature and announcing a new commentator Thea Trinidad (also known as Zelina Vega). The official Twitter account for WWE announced on the same day that the game will feature Zelina Vega as a commentator. The game wi...
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GrimGrimoire OnceMore Game Streams Overview Video Highlighting Sorcery

Game launches in North America on April 4, in Europe on April 7 ― NIS America began streaming a "Magic Lesson" video on Friday for GrimGrimoire OnceMore, the remaster of Vanillware's GrimGrimoire PlayStation 2 game, that highlights Sorcery. The video features the characters Advocat and Amoretta Virgine. The game will launch in North America on April 4 and in Europe on April 7 for PlayStation 4, PlayS...
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Attack on Titan's Hajime Isayama Receives Angoulême's 'Special 50th Edition' Award

Ryoichi Ikegami, Junji Ito also honored ― The 50th Angoulême International Comics Festival announced on Sunday that Attack on Titan manga creator Hajime Isayama received the Fauve Spécial de la 50e édition award. In addition, Ryoichi Ikegami (Crying Freeman) and Junji Ito (Tomie, Gyo) both received the Fauves d'Honneur. Shūzō Oshimi's Blood on the Tracks (Chi no Wadachi) won the Prix de la série for ...
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One Piece Film Red Tops Howl's Moving Castle as #4 All-Time Anime Film Globally, #5 in Japan

Film earns 31.9 billion yen globally, 19.7 billion yen in Japan after 177 days ― The official website for the One Piece Film Red anime announced on Tuesday that the film has sold over 14.27 million tickets for over 19.7 billion yen (about US$152 million) as of Sunday, January 29, its 177th and final day at the Japanese box office. With this milestone, the film has surpassed Howl's Moving Castle as th...

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Uma Musume Pretty Derby's 'Umapyoi Densetsu' Song Certified Streaming Gold

Theme song has been streamed over 50 million times ― The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) certified the "Umapyoi Densetsu" theme song for Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby franchise as streaming gold for accruing over 50 million streams as of December 2022. The song debuted as the first ever theme song for the franchise, and appeared in the 2016 concept promotional video for the franchis...
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Gamera -Rebirth- Project's Teaser Reveals 6-Episode Anime Format

Gamera fights 5 kaiju in mini-series, with 1st kaiju revealed as Gyaos ― The official website for Kadokawa's Gamera -Rebirth- project debuted a teaser trailer for the project on Monday. The teaser confirms that the project is an anime, and reveals that it will be six episodes long, focusing on the titular Gamera fighting five kaiju (giant monsters). Behold the first teaser trailer for GAMERA -Rebirth...
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Handyman Saitō in Another World ‒ Episode 4

There's a unifying arc bringing everything together into the labyrinth that Saitō discovered last episode; kinda like The Avengers, if Iron Man and all the other establishing movies were goofy 4-koma with intermittent boner jokes.
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Delicious Party Precure ‒ SERIES FINALE

Delicious Party Pretty Cure has done a beautiful job of showing that the true power of transforming heroines isn't in attacking, but in understanding.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 1049

This episode is the kind of thing that makes people show up again and again, week after week, for the same story that they have been following for years if not decades.
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Revenger ‒ Episode 4

If this is what we have to look forward to all season, then I think we've got a real winner on our hands here.
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"Ippon" Again! #4 [rate]
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D4DJ All Mix #4 [rate]
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Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night

Asuna's story continues in the second Progressive film, opening in theaters in the U.S. on February 3. Find out more about her and Kirito's growing friendship and see the continuation of her rocky relationship with Mito. ― Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night is the second Sword Art Online Progressive film, and it picks up the story a bit less than a month after the end of A...
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Neptunia: Sisters VS Sisters

Neptunia Sisters VS Sisters isn't doing anything new in the JRPG space, but is it at least a fun ride? ― The Hyperdimension Neptunia franchise has been pretty extensive since 2010. Including the mainline games and the spin-offs, there have been over a dozen games released for the franchise spanning various genres, from online card games to side-scrolling action games to hack-and-slash games with rhyt...

Magical Girl Raising Project Restart Light Novel Volumes Get Anime

Director Hiroyuki Hashimoto returns from 1st anime ― A stage reading in the Magical Girl Raising Project franchise announced on Sunday that an anime adaptation of Asari Endō's Magical Girl Raising Project Restart light novel volumes has been green-lit. Hiroyuki Hashimoto reported on Twitter that he will return from the first Magical Girl Raising Project anime as the director. The franchise's Twitter ...
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World Dai Star Project Unveils New Details on TV Anime, Game App

Game's full title, new cast members, anime's advance screening, manga adaptation also revealed ― Bandai Visual's Emotion label unveiled more details for its World Dai Star "theatrical girls" multimedia project in a live-streamed presentation on Sunday. The project revealed the game's official title World Dai Star: Yume no Stellarium (World Dai Star: Dream Stellarium). The game will launch this summer...
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Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku Anime's New Video Unveils 4 More Cast Members

Chikahiro Kobayashi, Yusuke Kobayashi, Makoto Koichi, Daiki Yamashita join April anime ― Twin Engine debuted a new video on Monday to announce and preview four more cast members for the television anime of Yūji Kaku's Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku manga. The newly announced cast members are: Chikahiro Kobayashi as Yamada Asaemon Shion Yusuke Kobayashi as Yamada Asaemon Tenza Makoto Koichi as Nurugai Da...
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SUPER HXEROS' Ryōma Kitada Launches New Manga on Shonen Jump+

Manga centers on college student who can return to high school life in his dreams ― This year's ninth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that manga creator Ryōma Kitada will launch a new manga on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website and app on February 5 titled Yumeochi: Yume de Bokura wa Koi ni Ochiru (Yumeochi: In Dreams We Fall in Love). The "high school do-over romantic...
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Witch Watch Manga Gets Collaboration Chapter With Sket Dance

― This year's ninth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Kenta Shinohara's Witch Watch manga will have a collaboration chapter with Shinohara's Sket Dance manga in the magazine's 10th issue on February 6. The chapter will have an opening color page, and Witch Watch will be featured on the cover of the magazine's 10th issue. Viz Media and MANGA Plus are both publish...
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The tale of outcasts #4 [rate]
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By the Grace of the Gods #4 [rate]
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To Your Eternity #14 [rate]
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Giant Beasts of Ars ‒ Episode 4

The party is still hanging out in the village, meeting new people, adding folks to the crew, and fighting monsters, but each of these elements feels more fleshed out here than in episode 3.
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Samurai Girl Real Bout High School's Sora Inoue Launches New Manga

Inoue launches Boku no Kanojo wa Sasuga desu. manga on Tuesday ― Manga artist Sora Inoue announced on Twitter on Friday that they will launch a new romantic comedy manga titled Boku no Kanojo wa Sasuga desu. (As Expected of my Girlfriend.) on Hakusensha's Manga Park website on January 31. Inoue and writer Namiryū Takano launched the Reisui to Shakunetsu no Aida (Between Cold Water and Scorching Heat)...
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Hasbro to Lay Off 15% of Workforce in 2023

Company to cut approximately 1,000 positions this year ― Hasbro announced on Thursday it is planning a 15% reduction of its global workforce. The company will cut approximately 1,000 positions this year, beginning in the next several weeks. The company also stated that it will announce “a new organizational model, commercial alignment, and leadership changes” during its quarterly earnings call on Feb...
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Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms Anime Film Rescreens in Japan Starting on February 23

2018 film from P.A. Works, Mari Okada will screen in 70 theaters for 8 days ― P.A. Works announced on Tuesday that it and Filmarks will re-screen the Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms film in 70 theaters in Japan for eight days starting on February 23, to celebrate the film's fifth anniversary. The film premiered in Japan in February 2018 and sold 32,000 tickets in 76 theaters to earn 48 milli...
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Yūma Uchida Performs Ending Theme Song for The Marginal Service TV Anime

Uchida also voices character in anime premiering in April ― The official website for The Marginal Service, Cygames' new original television anime, revealed on Sunday that Yūma Uchida will perform the show's ending theme song "Salt & Sugar." Uchida is also voicing the character Rubber Suit in the anime. The single for the song, which will be Uchida's 11th single, will release on April 12. The anime wi...
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