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15 Years of Samurai Champloo

Back in 2004, Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe unleashed Samurai Champloo, a boldly anachronistic mashup of Edo Japan and early 00s hiphop. How does it hold up, 15 years later? ― Shinichiro Watanabe has long been considered one of anime's leading creative voices, with his distinctive flair almost always recognizable, regardless of his role. Whether he is directing, storyboarding, writing, cr...
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My Hero Academia GN 19

MHA embraces the scholastic side of its premise for the first time in many volumes, in the lead-up to the U.A. school festival. Nick Creamer has the details. ― My Hero Academia has expanded in a variety of new directions in the wake of its post-All Might turning point, from its increasing focus on adult heroes to its broader emphasis on how law and justice work in a superheroic society. But in the co...

Fans won't want to miss KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World of Tres-!

Reunite with beloved music and worlds from the KINGDOM HEARTS series with KINGDOM HEARTS –World of Tres-, a brand-new concert that's currently touring around the world. ― The ultimate KINGDOM HEARTS official symphonic concert tour has started! Following the acclaimed release of KINGDOM HEARTS III video game and its unforgettable ending, fans can reunite with beloved music and worlds from the KINGDOM ...
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Shelf Life - June 24, 2019

MEGALOBOX, the throwback saga celebrating the legacy of Ashita no Joe, finally comes to blu-ray along with a plethora of other anime, manga, and video games in this week's full release rundown! ― Welcome to Shelf Life, covering every week's new releases in anime, manga, and Japanese games! We've got some big-name anime titles coming out on disc this week, including the third season of Overlord and t...
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High School DxD Hero BD+DVD

Between its action, fanservice, and big hooks for future story arcs, this fourth season provides a largely satisfying dose of not-so-clean fun. Theron Martin has the details on this special edition release stuffed with extras. ― For those who did not follow the series weekly, Hero is a little different from previous installments in the DxD franchise, in that it does not start where High School DxD Bo...
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Another World's Zombie Apocalypse Is Not My Problem! eBook

This flesh-rotting twist on isekai tropes sees its heroine purifying the bodies of the undead—in another world. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― You may think that getting reincarnated as an inanimate object is scraping the bottom of the isekai barrel, but Mizuha would beg to differ. She's been dropped smack dab in the middle of another world's zombie apocalypse, and this high school girl is so n...
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15 Years of Samurai Champloo

Back in 2004, Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe unleashed Samurai Champloo, a boldly anachronistic mashup of Edo Japan and early 00s hiphop. How does it hold up, 15 years later? ― Shinichiro Watanabe has long been considered one of anime's leading creative voices, with his distinctive flair almost always recognizable, regardless of his role. Whether he is directing, storyboarding, writing, cr...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, June 23-29

Megalobox, Overlord III anime; Cardcaptor Sakura, Princess Jellyfish manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Cyborg 009 The Cyborg Soldier BDPlease Discotek Media US$29.98 June 25 He Is My Master BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$29.98 June 25 Kanamemo BDAnimeNewsNetwork Maiden Japan US$59.98 June 25 Kimi ni Todoke BD 3Please NIS America US$39.99 June 26 The Master of Ragnaro...
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Otakon Holds Screening of Trigger's Promare Film

Trigger staff members Hiromi Wakabayashi, Shigeto Koyama, Hiroyuki Imaishi attend ― Otakon revealed on Monday that it will screen Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare. Otakon previously revealed that it will host Studio Trigger staff members Hiromi Wakabayashi, Shigeto Koyama, and Hiroyuki Imaishi, who are the creative producer, character and mechanical designer, and director of Pro...
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The Alliance Alive HD Remastered Game's Trailer Previews October 8 Launch in N. America

HD game debuts in Europe on October 11, in Oceania on October 18 ― NIS America announced on Wednesday that it will release The Alliance Alive HD Remastered, FuRyu's HD remastered version of the Alliance Alive game, for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in North America on October 8. The game will then debut in Europe on October 11 and in Oceania on October 18. The company also began streaming a trail...
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Sengoku Basara -Sarutobi Sasuke Eininden- Manga Ends in July

Manga by Satsuki Urushiji launched last September ― The July issue of Square Enix's Big Gangan magazine revealed on Tuesday that Satsuki Urushiji's Sengoku Basara -Sarutobi Sasuke Eininden- (Sengoku Basara -Sarutobi Sasuke Hidden Shadow Chronicle-) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on July 25. The manga launched in Big Gangan last September. Capcom's Sengoku Basara franchise inspired severa...
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EXCLUSIVE: Alita: Battle Angel Touches Down at Anime Expo

The cyberpunk hero is bringing cosplay meet-ups, an interactive mural, and film props to AX! ― Twentieth Century Fox's Alita: Battle Angel is coming to Anime Expo next week and Anime News Network has all the details of where to find the heroine of Iron City. The excitement will kick off on July 4 when Alita takes over the Manga Lounge. Visitors can sit down and peruse the original manga series or bro...
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Funimation Screens Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul S, Kingdom Film at Anime Expo

Screenings will be U.S. premieres for both films ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will screen the Tokyo Ghoul S and Kingdom live-action films at Anime Expo this year. Both screenings will be the United States premieres for the films. Tokyo Ghoul S will open in Japan on July 19. It is the second live-action film based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga. Masataka Kubota is returning as Ken Kanek...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, June 17-23

Live-action Touken Ranbu film sells 15,097 + 2,842, followed by Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Detonation, Bungo Stray Dogs, Kousuke Toriumi & Tomoaki Maeno ― The DVD Deluxe Edition for the live-action Touken Ranbu the Movie -Keishō- sold 15,097 copies to land at #1 on the overall DVD chart. The regular edition sold 2,842 copies at #7. The special edition for Kousuke Toriumi an...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, June 17-23

Live-action Touken Ranbu film sells 35,711, followed by Lyrical Nanoha Detonation, Quintessential Quintuplets, Leda, Bungo Stray Dogs ― The Blu-ray Deluxe Edition for the live-action Touken Ranbu the Movie -Keishō- sold 35,711 copies to land at #1 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Magic...

Mamoru Oshii Unveils Vlad Love Vampire 'Girl-Meets-Girl' Comedy Anime Show

Ranma ½'s Junji Nishimura helms Oshii's 1st series in 3 decades ― Anime director Mamoru Oshii announced more details for his new anime series during a press conference on Wednesday. The series is titled Vlad Love, with Oshii credited as creator and chief director, and Junji Nishimura (Ranma ½, You're Under Arrest: The Motion Picture, True Tears) as director. The new anime will be a slapstick comedy c...
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Kemonomichi Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, Title, October TV Debut

Katsuyuki Konishi, Tetsu Inada star in anime ― The July issue of Kadokawa's Shonen Ace magazine revealed on Wednesday that the anime adaptation of Natsume Akatsuki's Kemonomichi manga will be a television anime titled Hataage! Kemonomichi ( Rise Up! Animal Road) that will premiere on Tokyo MX and Abema TV on October 2. The magazine also revealed a new visual for the anime. Kadokawa launched an offici...
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Fist of the North Star LEGENDS ReVIVE Smartphone Game Heads West

English-subtitled trailer previews 2019 game's mechanics ― Sega began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for its Fist of the North Star LEGENDS ReVIVE (Hokuto no Ken LEGENDS ReVIVE) smartphone game on Tuesday. The trailer reveals that Sega will release the game in English later this year, and also previews the game's mechanics. Sega will release the game in Japan later this year. The game commemo...
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Ni no Kuni Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Keina Suda performs theme song "MOIL" for August 23 film ― The official website for Warner Bros. Japan and Level 5's Ni no Kuni anime film began streaming a trailer for the film on Wednesday. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song "MOIL" by Keina Suda. The site also unveiled a new visual for the film. The film will open in Japan on August 23. The film stars: Kento Yamazaki as Yū Macke...
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Kengan Ashura Anime Unveils Video With Japanese & English Dubs, More Cast Roles

Roles revealed for more cast members in Netflix's July 31 anime ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Yabako Sandrovich's Kengan Ashura manga began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. Netflix is also streaming an English-dubbed version of the same trailer. Japanese version English-dubbed version The site also revealed more character roles for previously announce...

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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 10

"Barring some brief high school hijinks, this Valentine's Day episode is a thoroughly unromantic series of vague conversations in unnervingly quiet spaces, and I love it."

One-Punch Man Gets 3v3 Fighting Game on PS4, Xbox One, PC

Bandai Namco Entertainment announces One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed on Wednesday that it is developing a game based on the One-Punch Man franchise titled One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Japan, and Bandai Namco Entertainment America will release the game in English for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Band...
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Fire Force, Soul Eater Characters Team Up for Cross Promotion

Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force and Soul Eater manga characters have teamed up in a cross promotion for their respective manga releases. Fire Force protagonist Shinra Kusakabe and Soul Eater heroine Maka Albarn are shown together wearing firefighter jackets. The image will be used for posters put up in bookstores across Japan to promote the 17th volume of Fire Force and the second volume of Soul Eater...
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Series Finale: Dororo ‒ Episode 24

"This 2019 interpretation of a story that's over 50 years old had a lot of chances to innovate on the themes of the Dororo manga, but it didn't take as many opportunities as I would've hoped."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 890

"There's a good mix of sweetness and sadness in this episode, and it manages to say a lot with a little."
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Ghibli Co-Founder Takahata's 6-Decades Old Production Notes Discovered

A number of production notes belonging to late Studio Ghibli director Isao Takahata were recently discovered, some dating back to when Takahata was in his 20s. Takahata is a reowned animation director whose body of work includes classics like Grave of the Fireflies, Anne of Green Gables, Pom Poko, and My Neighbors the Yamadas. He passed away in April 2018 at the age of 82. Since his death, a large...
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How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? Voice Actress Pumps Iron at Gold's Gym

This season's How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? anime follows one girl's quest to get fit by summer with absolutely no knowledge on how to properly exercise. That girl is Hibiki Sakura and she's voiced by Ai Fairouz. Fairouz has a bit more experience than her anime counterpart; she's watched YouTube videos and read blogs on muscle training before, including how-tos by trainer and entertainer K...
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 9

"After several weeks of intrigue and melodrama, episode 9 is a refreshing powerhouse of laughs with a heart-meltingly sweet conclusion, so long as you don't mind its bovine star's rough edges."
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Calpis Drink Celebrates 100 Years With Animated Ads

One of Japan's oldest and most popular sodas is Calpis, a carbonated beverage that's a little bit milky, a little bit tart, and with a hint of pineapple of taste. The drink was invented by Kaiun Mishima who based the idea on a traditional drink from Mongolia and Central Asia. Asahi Beverage is celebrating Calpis' 100th anniversary with a special campaign site and a series of animated music videos....
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New Strike Witches Anime Gets 30-Minute Film in October

Film centers on Yoshika, Shizuka in Europe ― The final episode of the Strike Witches: 501st JOINT FIGHTER WING Take Off! anime revealed on Wednesday that the series will get a 30-minute film that will open in Japan on October 4. The film will feature a new story and new characters, including Aya Uchida as Shizuka Hattori. The story of the film takes place after the 501st Joint Fighter Wing girls brea...
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It's Up To Fans To Decide What Reo and Mabu's Perfume Would Smell Like

Noitamina Apparel has set out to create perfume for Sarazanmai's Reo and Mabu. To get things just right, they're enlisting the help of fans. An online poll on Noitamina Apparel's website asks users to choose between one of three themes for each character. For Reo, the options are as follows: a) "An orange, sweet scent with a whiff of the dryness of a cigarette. The vanilla and musky darkness mask ...
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This Week in Anime - Wise Man's Grandchild Goes Off the Rails

The upcoming summer season promises to deliver a plethora of new isekai series, but what about this season's underdog in the genre? Nick and Steve explain why this other-world story didn't need to be told. ― The upcoming summer season promises to deliver a plethora of new isekai series, but what about this season's Wise Man's Grandchild? This week, Nick and Steve explain why this other-world story d...

Isekai Quartet Crossover Anime Gets 2nd Season

1st season ended on Wednesday ― The final episode of the crossover anime Isekai Quartet revealed on Wednesday that the series is getting a second season. Crunchyroll and Funimation are streaming the first season as it airs. Funimation describes the story: The button appeared out of nowhere. There weren't any signs NOT to push it…so the solution is obvious, right? Is it a trap or the start of somethin...

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Game Adds Final Fantasy VII's Tifa

Character debuts in arcades on Thursday, on PS4/PC on July 3 ― Square Enix announced during a livestream on Tuesday that Tifa Lockhart from Final Fantasy VII will join the Dissidia Final Fantasy NT PlayStation 4 and PC game on July 3. The character will debut in the arcade version of the game on June 27. The free version of the game launched last November. The free version does not have a story mode,...
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My Hero Academia GN 19

MHA embraces the scholastic side of its premise for the first time in many volumes, in the lead-up to the U.A. school festival. Nick Creamer has the details. ― My Hero Academia has expanded in a variety of new directions in the wake of its post-All Might turning point, from its increasing focus on adult heroes to its broader emphasis on how law and justice work in a superheroic society. But in the co...
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Hakuōki Shinkai: Tsukikage no Shō Switch Game's Promo Video Streamed

Game ships in Japan on September 26 ― Idea Factory began streaming a promotional video for Otomate's Hakuōki Shinkai: Tsukikage no Shō Nintendo Switch game on Tuesday. The game will ship in Japan on September 26. Hakuōki Shinkai: Tsukikage no Shō and Hakuōki Shinkai: Ginsei no Shō are new games in Otomate's Hakuōki series. Hakuōki Shinkai: Ginsei no Shō is also slated for Switch. The story of the gam...
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What's Michael? Manga Gets English Collection in January

Dark Horse began releasing single volumes for cat comedy in 1997 ― Dark Horse announced on Monday that it will re-release the first six volumes of Makoto Kobayashi's What's Michael?'s manga in a collection in English in comic shops on January 29, 2020. The collection will then ship in bookstores on February 11, 2020. The 520-page collection is titled What's Michael? Fatcat Collection Volume 1. The ma...

Fans won't want to miss KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World of Tres-!

Reunite with beloved music and worlds from the KINGDOM HEARTS series with KINGDOM HEARTS –World of Tres-, a brand-new concert that's currently touring around the world. ― The ultimate KINGDOM HEARTS official symphonic concert tour has started! Following the acclaimed release of KINGDOM HEARTS III video game and its unforgettable ending, fans can reunite with beloved music and worlds from the KINGDOM ...
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BAD HOP Performs Kengan Ashura Anime's Ending Theme Song

Hip hop crew performs "Born This Way" song for July 31 anime ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Yabako Sandrovich's Kengan Ashura manga revealed on Tuesday that the hip hop crew BAD HOP is performing the anime's ending theme song "Born This Way." The anime will premiere on Netflix globally on July 31. The anime had its world premiere at Anime Expo in July. The manga won a fan voting c...
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Try Knights Rugby Anime Reveals Cast From Rival Schools

Takuya Satō, Wataru Urata, Tomoya Fukui, Shun Horie, Haruki Ishiya join summer anime ― The official website for the television anime of Senzoku Erisawa and Shunsaku Yano's Try Knights manga revealed five additional cast members for the anime's rival school teams on Tuesday. The newly announced cast members include: Takuya Satō as Reo Asamiya, a third-year student and the brilliant rugby team captain ...
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The Fable Film Opens at #2, Ride Your Wave at #9 in Japan

Godzilla, UtaPri, Girls & Panzer, Rascal stay in top 10 ― The live-action film of Katsuhisa Minami's The Fable manga sold 228,525 tickets and earned 310,105,600 yen (about US$2.90 million) from Saturday to Sunday to rank #2 in its opening weekend. It actually opened on Friday, and sold 296,492 tickets for 396,614,500 yen (about US3.711 million) in its first three days. The Eiga.com website reports th...
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AQUAPLUS Reveals New Utawarerumono Game With New Characters

Kazuya Nakai, Atsumi Tanezaki star in new game ― AQUAPLUS announced on Tuesday that it is producing a new game for its Utawarerumono game series. AQUAPLUS revealed the cast and visuals for the main characters and a background. AQUAPLUS opened a teaser site with a teaser video and theme song for the new game on Tuesday (the video can be viewed by accessing the site). AQUAPLUS opened the site earlier o...
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Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You Film to Air Opening Scene on TV on June 30

Footage from July 19 film to air during your name. rerun ― The official website for Makoto Shinkai's new anime film Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko) revealed on Tuesday that TV Asahi will air footage from the film's opening scene during a rerun of Shinkai's your name. film on June 30. The main casts of both your name and Weathering With You will appear in a special streamed live on Twitter and Abema...

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Season Finale: Fairy gone ‒ Episode 12

"After weeks of hullabaloo about the malfunctioning Artificial Fairies and the Duke's nefarious plot, Fairy Gone ends its first cour by essentially resetting everything back to the status quo."
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 58

"Despite the portentous title drop, “Attack Titan” is a deceptively low-key episode that pumps the brakes on the action in order to give both the characters and the audience time to reckon with everything we've learned during last week's bombshell flashback."
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Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life ‒ Episode 12

"This episode may have taken a lot of visual shortcuts and covered tons of narrative ground, but it still had time to leave us on a classic sports anime cliffhanger."
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Haruhi's SOS Brigade Reunite at Lantis Matsuri Concert

The third day of the Lantis Matsuri concerts included a performance by The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's SOS Brigade. Voice actresses Aya Hirano, Minori Chihara, and Yuko Goto reunited for the first time since their surprise performance at Animelo Summer Live 2017. Unlike the Animelo concert, this time Hirano, Chihara, and Goto were joined by Itsuki Koizumi and Kyon voice actors Daisuke Ono and ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 35

"We're in the final battle now, so things were bound to take a turn toward tragedy."
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EXCLUSIVE: Yu-Gi-Oh Creator Kazuki Takahashi Debuts New Art at L.A. Gallery

Four new pieces of artwork will debut at Los Angeles' Gallery 1988 as part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show ― Four new pieces of artwork by Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi will debut at Los Angeles' Gallery 1988 as part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show opening on July 5. The show is being organized in conjunction with Konami Cross Media NY and 50 popular artists from Gallery 1988. Much of the ar...
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Rookie Voice Actresses Form New Idol Group 'Dialogue+'

A new voice actress idol group dubbed "Dialogue+" are ready to perform. The official website, Twitter account, and Instagram account for the group of eight rookie voice actresses launched on Monday. Dialogue+ includes Yurina Uchiyama (Lunar Chronicle R game), Nene Hieda (Gundam Build Divers), Kyōka Moriya (Gurazeni: Money Pitch, Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA), Yūna Ogata, Ayaka Takamura, Satsuki Miyaha...
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Crunchyroll Expo Hosts Voice Actor Ryo Horikawa

Dragon Ball's Vegeta attends August 30-September 1 event ― Crunchyroll Expo announced on Monday that it will host voice actor Ryo Horikawa at this year's convention. He will participate in panels, autograph signings, and other events. Horikawa also attended the convention in 2018. Horikawa is the president of the Aslead Company talent agency. He began his career in 1984 with the role of Hirono Kenta ...
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Senran Kagura Reflexions PC Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launched for PC via Steam on Monday ― XSEED Games began streaming a launch trailer on Monday for the PC version of the SENRAN KAGURA Reflexions (Shinobi Refle -Senran Kagura-) game. The game launched for PC via Steam in the West on Monday. The game launched digitally for the Nintendo Switch last September. Marvelous and Honey∞Parade Games released the game digitally in Japan in November 2017. In...
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Voting Begins For Reader-Chosen Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Awards

Voting opened on Friday for the fifth "Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Taishō" (up-and-coming manga awards). The award is given out based on which manga receives the most votes from the online poll. Users can vote for up to three titles from a list of nominees in the "comics" category (referring to printed manga) and the "web manga" category. This year had 2,082 entries. There are 50 nominees for the prize i...
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Shelf Life - June 24, 2019

MEGALOBOX, the throwback saga celebrating the legacy of Ashita no Joe, finally comes to blu-ray along with a plethora of other anime, manga, and video games in this week's full release rundown! ― Welcome to Shelf Life, covering every week's new releases in anime, manga, and Japanese games! We've got some big-name anime titles coming out on disc this week, including the third season of Overlord and t...
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Devil May Cry Switch Game's 4 Promo Videos Streamed

Game launches on June 24 in U.S. ― The Devil May Cry game series' official YouTube channel began streaming a Phantom promotional video on Monday for the Nintendo Switch release of Capcom's Devil May Cry game. The channel has also begun streaming one new promotional video for the game every day since Friday. The game will launch in the United States on June 24 and in Japan on June 27. Devil May Cry de...
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High School DxD Hero BD+DVD

Between its action, fanservice, and big hooks for future story arcs, this fourth season provides a largely satisfying dose of not-so-clean fun. Theron Martin has the details on this special edition release stuffed with extras. ― For those who did not follow the series weekly, Hero is a little different from previous installments in the DxD franchise, in that it does not start where High School DxD Bo...
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Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You Film Gets Manga

Film opens in Japan on July 19 ― The August issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine revealed on Tuesday that Watari Kubota is drawing a manga adaptation of Makoto Shinkai's new anime film Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko) starting in the magazine's next issue on July 25. The manga will have a color opening page and will feature on the issue's front cover. The film will open in Japan on July 19. Shinka...
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Spirited Away's Chinese Screening Earns 195 Million Yuan, Ranks at #1

Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli film's 1st screening in China ranked above Toy Story 4 ― The first theatrical screening of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away anime film in China opened on June 21, and earned 195 million yuan (about 3 billion yen or US$28.36 million) from Friday to Sunday. The movie ranked #1 in China for the weekend, above Toy Story 4, which opened in the same weekend. My...
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To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Anime Reveals Tomokazu Sugita's Role

― The official website for the television anime of Maybe's To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) manga announced on Monday that Tomokazu Sugita will play Miles (Cenetaur). Sugita was previously announced to play one of Hank and Cain's Incarnate soldier comrades. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 1 at 11:00 p.m., before airing on MBS on July 2. The Fuji...

1st 10 Minutes of New Shin Evangelion Film to Screen at Anime Expo, Japan Expo

Also: Franchise gets free app on July 1 ― Toei announced on Monday that it will screen the first 10 minutes and 40 seconds of Studio Khara's new Evangelion film, Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||, on July 6. The Japan Expo event in Paris will screen the video, titled "Shin Evangelion Gekijōban AVANT 1 (Beginning 10 Minutes 40 Seconds 00 Frame) 0706 Version" at a "Yoko Takahashi x Evangelion Stage" prese...
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One-Punch Man Season 2 Anime's Home Video Releases Delayed 2 Months in Japan

1st home video release to include English subtitles, 10-minute OVA ― The official website for the second season of the One-Punch Man anime revealed on Monday that the show's staff are delaying the season's planned Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases by two months. The first release, which was planned for release on August 27 with a new 10-minute original video anime (OVA) titled "#01: Saitama to Sokosoko n...

Comic Market Confirms Entry Wristbands to Manage Crowds in Smaller Venues in August

Wristbands to cost 500 yen per day ― The organizers of Comic Market (Comiket), Japan's largest event for selling self-published dōjinshi works, revealed on June 18 that they will implement a policy for Comiket 96 this summer where attendees must purchase a wristband for 500 yen (about US$4.60) to be able to attend the event each day. The wristband color will change daily. The organizers urged attende...
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Ride Your Wave Film Wins Best Animation Award at Shanghai Int'l Film Festival

Film by Masaaki Yuasa, Science SARU opened in Japan on June 21 ― The Shanghai International Film Festival's Golden Goblet Awards awarded Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU's Ride Your Wave (Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara) anime film with the Best Animation Film award on Sunday. The judges stated about the film: "An excellent balance of animation, color, and music to tell a surprising and engrossing story fill...
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Space Harrier Game Launches on Switch in Japan Through Sega Ages Project on June 27

― Sega announced on Monday that it will release the Space Harrier game in Japan for the Nintendo Switch as part of its Sega Ages project on June 27. Sega is reviving its Sega Ages project for Nintendo Switch in Japan, North America, and Europe. The company has already released Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Force IV/Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar, Phantasy Star, Out Run, Gain Ground, Puyo Puy...
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One Piece Spinoff Manga About Koby Lookalike Reaches 'Climax' on July 1

Manga launched last June ― Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website published the 46th chapter of Nakamaru's One Piece Koby ni no Kobiyama: Urifutatsu Nagi no Ōhihō (Kobiyama, Who Looks Like Koby: Two Piece in a Pod) manga on Monday, which reveals that the manga will reach its "climax" in the next chapter on July 1. The manga is a spinoff of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga, and it launched on Shonen Jump+ in J...
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Cells at Work! Anime Wins Chinese Magnolia Awards for Best Storytelling

Anime's 1st season premiered in July 2018, with 2nd season planned ― The Shanghai Television Festival awarded the Cells at Work! television anime with the Best Storytelling Award in the animation category for the festival's Magnolia Awards on June 18. The first television anime aired from July to September last year. Aniplex of America has licensed the series and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it...
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Crunchyroll Expo Hosts Voice Actress Miho Okasaki

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime's Rimuru attends August 30-September 1 event ― Crunchyroll Expo announced on Sunday that it will host voice actress Miho Okasaki. Okasaki first voiced a main character role in the Music Girls anime as the character Miku Nishio in July 2018. She then voiced protagonist Rimuru in the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime, which premiered in October 2018. ...

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Fairy gone Anime's Teaser Video Reveals New Opening for 2nd Half in October

[K]NoW_NAME returns for 2nd opening song "STILL STANDING" ― The official website for P.A. Works' original television anime Fairy gone began streaming a new teaser video for the anime's second half on Monday. The video previews the second half's new opening theme song "STILL STANDING" by [K]NoW_NAME. The anime premiered on April 7, and the second of the anime's two cours (quarters of the year) will pr...
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Midnight Occult Civil Servants Anime Gets 2-Episode OVA

2 episodes stream in Japan on September 25, get BD/DVD release on October 25 ― The official website for Midnight Occult Civil Servants, the television anime of Yōko Tamotsu's Mayonaka no Occult Kōmuin manga, revealed that the anime will get a two-episode original video anime (OVA) that will have an exclusive stream in Japan on Hikari TV on September 25, and will also have a Blu-ray Disc and DVD home ...
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Mitsuki Saiga Joins Cast of Black Clover Anime as Henry

Character to debut in 89th episode on Tuesday ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that voice actor Mitsuki Saiga is joining the cast of the Black Clover anime as Henry Legolant, a member of the Black Bull squad. The character will debut in the anime's 89th episode on Tuesday. The anime premiered in Japan in October 2017. The show was originally listed...
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Uta no Prince-sama♪ Dolce Vita Game Canceled for PS Vita, Moves to Switch

Also: Uta no Prince-sama♪ Repeat LOVE PS Vita game gets Switch version in December ― The official website for Broccoli's Uta no Prince-sama♪ Dolce Vita game for the Uta no Prince-sama franchise revealed on Sunday that the game's development for the PlayStation Vita platform has been canceled, and is now being developed for the Nintendo Switch. In addition, Broccoli announced that Uta no Prince-sama♪ ...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 112

"It's a shame that such an important milestone is attached to the show's least impressive clip show yet."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 314

"It feels like we're getting crumbs of the more interesting storyline while being served heaping helpings of mediocre battles, and I have to admit that it's getting tedious."
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Spider-Man and Golden Kamuy Have a Lot in Common

At first glance, you wouldn't think that Spider-Man and Golden Kamuy have much in common. The former is about a teenage superhero from modern-day New York, while the latter is about treasure hunting and indigenous Ainu culture in Hokkaido. But a recent collaboration between the two franchises is all about the Golden Kamuy characters finding some common ground. The collab illustration shows the Gol...
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Star ☆ Twinkle Precure Anime Film Reveals Title, Poster Visual

Film about Precures meeting UMA opens in Japan on October 19 ― Toei revealed on Monday the title and poster visual for the upcoming anime film for its Star ☆ Twinkle Precure anime series. The film is titled Eiga Star ☆ Twinkle Precure: Hoshi no Uta ni Omoi wo Komete (Star ☆ Twinkle Precure the Movie: Put Your Feelings into the Song of Stars). The film will open in Japan on October 19. The film's stor...
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We Never Learn: BOKUBEN ‒ Episode 12

"This episode serves as yet another reminder that We Never Learn is happy to work purely within its expected genre boundaries, to the detriment of its more distinctive flashes of potential."
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 12

"I think the lack of Nezuko and the focus on Zenitsu's antics have made this arc suffer in comparison to the show's best moments."
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Princess Jellyfish Creator Draws Art for Pirokalpin Single

Song will be the theme of Akiko Higashimura's podcast ― Manga creator Akiko Higashimura drew some spacey art for Pirokalpin's new single Jinsei Keikaku (Life Plan). The four-piece rock band released the music video for the single, their first in nearly a year, on Wednesday. The song will debut as the theme for Higashimura's advice podcast on her website in July. Higashimura also produced the music vi...
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Spider-Man's Tom Holland, Hannibal Buress Gear Up For Shadowbringers in Final Fantasy XIV Ad

Spider-Man actor Tom Holland is hyped about the "Shadowbringers" expansion for Final Fantasy XIV. In an ad posted on the Final Fantasy XIV YouTube channel on Monday, Holland is shown training his body to become a Warrior of Darkness. Comedian and fellow Spider-Man: Homecoming actor Hannibal Buress is there to reveal the shocking truth: you don't need to swing a giant sword to play the game. The ex...
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Tennis Champ Naomi Osaka Claims Prince of Tennis' Ryōma as Her 'Husband'

A tweet by Grand Slam winner and Women's #1 ranked player Naomi Osaka is going viral. Osaka shared her love for one particular anime character on Twitter on Sunday where she called Prince of Tennis protagonist Ryōma Echizen her "husband". My husband lol. pic.twitter.com/t66znEMael— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@Naomi_Osaka_) June 16, 2019 Ryōma is a tennis prodigy in Takeshi Konomi manga and anime series. The...
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Fan Draws One-Punch Man Season 1 Opening with Anpanman Instead

Step aside, One-Punch Man, there's a new bald-headed hero in town. Or rather, an old one. A YouTuber by the name of Teco Malu uploaded their rendition of the One-Punch Man season 1 opening animation, except with characters from the classic children's anime Anpanman. The video is definitive proof that Anpanman can be badass when he puts his mind to it. <(If the video doesn't play, check it out here...
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Another World's Zombie Apocalypse Is Not My Problem! eBook

This flesh-rotting twist on isekai tropes sees its heroine purifying the bodies of the undead—in another world. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― You may think that getting reincarnated as an inanimate object is scraping the bottom of the isekai barrel, but Mizuha would beg to differ. She's been dropped smack dab in the middle of another world's zombie apocalypse, and this high school girl is so n...
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Inio Asano's Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction Manga Resumes on August 26

― This year's 30th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Inio Asano's Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction manga will resume in the magazine's 39th issue on August 26. The manga went on hiatus in February. The series revolves around the strange everyday life of the very ordinary high school girl Kadode Koyama, her friend Ouran Nakagawa, and others in a world where...
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Sadayasu, Makoto Fukami's Ōsama-tachi no Viking Manga Ends in 5 Chapters

Manga about spoiled rich kid, hacker who join forces launched in 2013 ― This year's 30th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Sadayasu and Makoto Fukami's Ōsama-tachi no Viking (Kings' Viking) manga will end in five chapters. If the manga does not take any breaks it should end in the 35th issue on July 29. The cyber action manga revolves around a genius hacker and ...
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Re:Stage! Dream Days Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews Idols' Opening Song

In-story middle school idol unit KiRaRe also sings ending for July 7 anime ― The official website for the Re:Stage! Dream Days television anime of Re:Stage!, Monthly Comptiq magazine and Pony Canyon's multimedia project about idol singers in middle school, posted the anime's third promotional video and information about the ending theme song on Sunday. The video previews the anime's opening theme son...
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Zoids Franchise Gets New Manga in August

Manga to take place in the future with new protagonist ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on June 14 that the Zoids franchise is inspiring a new manga that will debut in the magazine in the September issue in August. The new manga will be set in the future, and will feature a new protagonist whose partner is Beast Liger. The magazine also teased that it will r...
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U.S. Fox TV Drama Show Prison Break Gets Manga

Hikosuke Soyama draws story about man freeing brother framed for murder ― An official manga adaptation of the live-action Fox television series Prison Break launched on the online Piccoma service on Sunday. Relative newcomer Hikosuke Soyama is drawing the manga of Season 1 under the supervision of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. The suspense story is set in Fox River State Penitentiary, a max...
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Zoids Wild Anime Ends on June 29

― The official Twitter account for the Zoids Wild anime series announced on Saturday that the anime will end with the next episode, the show's 50th episode, on June 29. Takara Tomy announced the Zoids Wild franchise in February 2018 with a planned anime, manga, model kit line, and Nintendo Switch game. The anime premiered in July 2018. Norihiko Sudo (Kenyū Densetsu Yaiba, ToHeart2, Pocket Monsters: ...
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Chihayafuru Anime Season 3 Recasts Harada, Miyauchi

Kenta Miyake, Yoshino Ohtori replace late Unshō Ishizuka, Toshiko Fujita, respectively ― The voice cast members for the third Chihayafuru anime season announced on Sunday two cast changes, after two previous cast members passed away. Kenta Miyake (My Hero Academia's All Might) replaces Unshō Ishizuka as Dr. Harada, the mentor who teaches the traditional Japanese game of karuta to the main character C...
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Caterpillar Authors End Chōbu no Shinobi Manga

Killing Bites' Murata launched series about samurai who meets woman tied to Oda Nobunaga's death in 2017 ― The July issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine revealed on Saturday that author Shinya Murata and artist Tokisada Hayami will end the Chōbu no Shinobi (Lepidoptela) manga in the magazine's August issue on July 22. The duo launched the manga in Gangan Joker in April 2017. Square Enix rele...
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Hekuto Pascal Band Member [email protected] Passes Away

Band performed theme song for The Case of Hana & Alice anime film ― The official website for guitarist and Hekuto Pascal (Hec and Pascal) band member [email protected] (Yōsuke Miyauchi) announced on Sunday that he passed away on June 20 of acute heart failure. According to the Sports Hochi website, was 37. According to Miyauchi's family's wishes, his funeral will be restricted to close relatives only. The...

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Voice Actor Yuuki Kaji, Voice Actress Ayana Taketatsu Get Married

Voices of Attack on Titan's Eren, K-ON's Azusa vow to keep on acting ― Another voice-acting couple tie the knot! Voice actor Yuuki Kaji and voice actress Ayana Taketatsu announced on Sunday that they registered their marriage on the same day, which is also Taketatsu's 30th birthday. Both said that they are still inexperienced, but will continue to work hard with their fans' support. Taketatsu added t...
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Shoko Nakagawa Performs New Ending Theme for Pokémon Sun & Moon Anime

Hyadain arranges cover of Rica Matsumoto's "Type: Wild" theme song ― Voice actress and singer Shoko Nakagawa announced on Twitter on Sunday that she will perform the new ending theme song "Type: Wild" for the Pokémon Sun & Moon television anime series. Hyadain is arranging the song. The song will debut in the series on July 7. In the below video, Nakagawa and Hyadain discuss the new song. Nakagawa st...
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Tokyo Ghoul Creator Draws Touken Ranbu Musical Book Covers

Tokyo Ghoul manga creator Sui Ishida is busy. After wrapping up Tokyo Ghoul:re he signed on with Broccoli for its Jack Jeanne Nintendo Switch game. Last week his artwork for Miyavi's new album NO SLEEP TILL TOKYO was revealed. Now Ishida's drawn the cover art for the Musical Touken Ranbu playbooks. The books cover the first three stage musicals based on DMM's Touken Ranbu browser game: Touken Ranb...
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Black Butler's Yana Toboso Draws Promare Fan Art

Black Butler manga creator Yana Toboso regularly draws fan art of works she likes. Toboso just revealed a new fan illustration on Twitter on Monday to share her favorite character from Trigger's Promare anime film: Lio Fotia Lio is the main antagonist of the film and is the leader of Mad Burnish. He stars in his own short prequel anime distributed to theatergoers via a code. Toboso is working on m...
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Virtual YouTuber Kagura Mea Recounts Story of Receiving Poop From Hater

The story has a surprising twist ― Virtual YouTubers may be the hottest new thing in Japan, but not everyone loves them. In fact, some people downright hate them. Virtual YouTuber Kagura Mea shared the following story on June 16 about her own interaction with a hater: "I didn't mention this to you guys before, But quite a while ago I received cow dung from a hater. And just a few days ago, I got some...
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MariCar Go-Kart Company Ordered to Pay 50 Million Yen to Nintendo For Intellectual Property Damages

Tokyo District Court had earlier ordered MariCar to pay 10 million yen ― The Intellectual Property High Court released the full text of its interim judgement regarding the Nintendo vs Mari Mobility Development (formerly MariCar) legal dispute. The court ruled in favor of Nintendo, and ordered Mari Mobility Development to pay 50 million yen (US$466,000) to Nintendo. This is a raise from 10 million yen...
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Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episode 36

"At this point in the story, it feels like things could go in anyone's favor."
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Touhou Ibarakasen: Wild and Horned Hermit Manga Ends

Aya Azuma launched manga based on ZUN's franchise in 2010 ― The 55th issue of Ichijinsha's Febri magazine published the final chapter on June 14 of Aya Azuma's Touhou Ibarakasen: Wild and Horned Hermit manga based on ZUN and Team Shanghai Alice's Touhou Project franchise. The manga centers on Kasen Ibara, a hermit who has an odd and mysterious connection to other characters in Gensōkyō, such as Reimu...
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Shū Fukuda's Dorokei Manga Ends on June 27

Manga about rookie detective who teams up with legendary thief inspired live-action series last year ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Shū Fukuda's Dorokei manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 27. The buddy cop series focuses on Tsutomu Madarame, a newbie detective, and Haruto, a man in his fifties who is known as the legendary ...
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Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle Game Videos Highlight Weapons, Titan Transformation

Game launches in the West for PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC on July 5 ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming three new videos on Thursday to highlight Koei Tecmo Games and Omega Force's Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle game. The videos highlight the Gatling Gun and Thunder Spear weapons, and titan transformations. The game will launch for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan on July 4, and will then l...
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Anime Expo Hosts Konosuba Novel Illustrator Kurone Mishima

Illustrator to host 2 autograph signings, to attend panel ― The BookWalker retailer announced on Saturday that it will host KONOSUBA novel illustrator Kurone Mishima at this year's Anime Expo event. Mishima will have two autograph sessions at the event, and BookWalker is now accepting online registrations for tickets to the signings. Mishima will also attend the "'EXPLOOOSION!' - Meet the staff behin...
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Anime Expo Hosts Kengan Ashura Anime Screening With Manga Creators

Yabako Sandrovich, Daromeon attend July 4-7 event ― The organizers of Anime Expo announced on Friday that the event will host a "Kengan Ashura Special Screening & Talk Show" featuring Kengan Ashura manga creators Yabako Sandrovich and Daromeon. The panel will also screen some of the anime, although the panel description did not specify what episode(s) it will screen. Sandrovich launched the manga wit...
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Final Fantasy XIV Game Gets Animated TV Ad (Updated)

The Relative Worlds' Yūhei Sakuragi, Okko's Inn's Kitaro Kousaka co-direct ad ― The official YouTube channel for the Final Fantasy XIV MMORPG began streaming an animated television commercial titled "Choose Your Life" for the game on Saturday. Yūhei Sakuragi (The Relative Worlds, Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Toshitemo) and Kitaro Kousaka (Okko's Inn) directed the commercial, which features Kana Ueda as the ...
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Shinkalion Anime Gets Film This Winter (Updated)

TV anime's final episode airs on June 29 ― The official Twitter account for Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion the Animation, the television anime adaptation of Takara Tomy's Shinkalion toy line, announced on Saturday that the anime is getting its first film project this winter. The television series' next episode on June 29 will reveal more information. The Twitter account also revealed that the tele...

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A Certain Scientific Accelerator Anime's 2 Promo Videos Preview Opening, Ending Themes

Spinoff series premieres on July 12 ― The official website for the television anime of the A Certain Scientific Accelerator (Toaru Majutsu no Index Gaiden: Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator) manga began streaming two promotional videos for the series on Saturday, which preview the show's theme songs. Opening Version Ending Version The anime will premiere on AT-X at 10:00 p.m. on July 12, and it will also r...
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The Helpful Fox Senko-san ‒ Episode 11

"This is a much more melancholic offering than the anime's usual fluffy delights, but it handles the tone shift with grace."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 88

"We're still only getting started with this new arc, but both halves of this episode leave me pretty unsatisfied between the dull filler and the limp first strike on the Midnight Sun."
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Sword Art Online Gets Interactive Exhibit To Celebrate Novel's 10th Anniversary

Details about the interactive exhibit for Sword Art Online's 10th anniversary "Sword Art Online: Ex-Chronicle" were released last week. The exhibit will consist of four areas: "EX-REALITY -Welcome to RATH-", "EX-VIRTUAL THEATER -Dive into AINCRAD-", "EX-CHRONICLE -Birth of the Death Game-", and a merchandise store. The "EX-REALITY -Welcome to RATH-" area is a large gate to connect the real world a...
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Evangelion Gets Samurai Armor Figure Designed by Afro Samurai's Takashi Okazaki

Toy and figure maker Sentinel announced at its 10th anniversary exhibit on Saturday that a samurai-themed Evangelion figure under the tentative name of "RIOBOT All-Purpose Human-Type Battle Weapon First Unit" has been greenlit. Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai, Batman Ninja) is credited for the design. No release date was given. Sentinel's 10th Anniversary exhibit was held on June 15-16. Other new fi...
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Atsushi Kaneko's Search and Destroy Manga Based on Tezuka's Dororo to Have 3 Volumes

Series launched in Tezuka tribute magazine in October ― Manga creator Atsushi Kaneko revealed on his Twitter account on Tuesday that his Search and Destroy manga is planned for 18 chapters for a total of three compiled book volumes. Kaneko also said he is currently working on the beginning of the third volume, and he revealed an illustration. Kaneko launched the series, based on Osamu Tezuka's Dororo...
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Manga Creator Yoriko Hoshi Creates Stickers for Ed Sheeran's No.6 Collaborations Project Album

Award-winning manga creator and artist Yoriko Hoshi returned to collaborate with singer Ed Sheeran for his new album No.6 Collaborations Project. Hoshi previously animated the music video for Sheeran's song "Supermarket Flowers." Artwork from the music video will be included with CD as stickers. The stickers show six cats including Sheeran's cats Calippo and Dorito as well at Hoshi's Nekomura-san ...
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Silver Nina Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Series by Oniyome Diary's Itokatsu launched in 2012 ― This year's 13th issue of Futabasha's Manga Action magazine revealed on Tuesday that Itokatsu's Silver Nina manga will end in three more chapters. The series will not appear in the next issue, but it will continue in the issue that will ship on July 16. Crunchyroll is releasing the manga digitally as it serializes in Japan. The company describes t...
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John Cho Shows Off Spike Spiegel-Like Hair in Recent Selfie

Actor John Cho will star in the long-awaited Cowboy Bebop live-action adaptation and has already began his transformation into the space bounty hunter with a new 'do. A recent selfie of the actor shows Cho sporting longer, fluffier hair. Guys, John Cho has the Spike Spiegel hair now and I fucking told you he would be perfect for this role! Dreams do come true. pic.twitter.com/J3Jf7F6Sm9— Kayleigh ...
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Food Wars! Spinoff Manga Shokugeki no Soma: L'étoile Ends

Michiko Itou, Taiki Asatoki's series launched in 2015 ― Michiko Itou and Taiki Asatoki's Shokugeki no Soma: L'étoile manga ended with its 47th chapter on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website and app on Friday. The eighth and final compiled book volume is slated to ship in early October. The series launched with Itou's story and Asatoki's art as a spinoff of Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's original Food Wars...
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Animation Student Shows Off Their Take on Fate/GO: Babylonia Ahead of TV Anime

An animation student's fan-made Fate/Grand Order animation went viral after it was posted on Thursday. Artist Decopon, who identifies as a current student at a private animation school in their Twitter bio, posted the animation on their Twitter and YouTube accounts. Their posts have accumulated over 100,000 retweets on Twitter and over 50,000 views on YouTube. 完成しました!「絶対魔獣戦線バビロニア 牛若丸vs複合神性ゴルゴーン」趣味...
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Cross Infinite World Announces Print Releases for 8 Light Novels

― Cross Infinite World announced on Friday that the following light novels will receive print releases: emeth: Island of Golems Mia and the Forbidden Medicine Report The Eccentric Master and the Fake Lover The Champions of Justice and the Supreme Ruler of Evil The Cursed Princess and the Lucky Knight Little Princess in Fairy Forest Beast † Blood Volume 1 Another World's Zombie Apocalypse Is Not My P...
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Natsume Ono's Lady and Oldman Manga Approaches Climax

Series launched in October 2015 ― The July issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Natsume Ono's Lady and Oldman is approaching its climax. The magazine's next issue will ship on July 19. The story takes place in Los Angeles in the 1960s. A pair known as "Lady and Oldman" wander from street to street, sometimes getting caught in cases and sometimes finding solutions. The se...
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Do As Infinity Perform at San Antonio's San Japan

Convention runs from August 30 to September 1 ― Fake Star announced on Friday that it is hosting the band Do as Infinity at this year's San Japan convention. The group will perform an acoustic concert at Lila Cockrell Theater and have appearances at a Q&A panel, autograph session, and Meet & Greet session. Do as Infinity formed in 1999. The group disbanded in 2005 but reunited in 2008. They released ...
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Tamayomi Baseball Manga Gets TV Anime

Story centers on girls who reunite for baseball in high school ― Retailer Rakuten is lisiting the August issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine with the cover revealing that Mountain Pukuichi's Tamayomi manga is getting a television anime. The issue will ship on Monday. The manga's story centers on pitcher Yomi Takeda. In junior high, her baseball club did not get far because it lack...
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Izumi Tsubaki Plans to End Oresama Teacher Manga in 29th Volume

Viz Media releases shōjo series in English ― The 27th volume of Izumi Tsubaki's Oresama Teacher manga revealed on Thursday through Tsubaki's comments in the volume that Tsubaki intends to end the manga in Hana to Yume this year, with the 29th compiled volume being the planned final volume in the series. Tsubaki stressed that these are just plans, and are not definite. The manga's 28th volume will shi...
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Nekopara 3 Game's Switch, PS4 Videos Confirm N. American, European Release on June 27

Game also launches in Japan on June 27 ― CFK began streaming a promotional video on Friday for Neko Works' Nekopara Vol. 3 game. The video confirms that the game will also release in North America and Europe on June 27 for the PlayStation 4 and Switch. (Note: Both videos contain the same footage, but the videos separately confirm the releases for the PlayStation 4 and Switch platforms.) The game will...
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Final Fantasy XIV Dad of Light Film's New Clip Streamed

Film opened in Japan on Friday ― The official YouTube channel for distributor Gaga began streaming a new video on Friday for the live-action Final Fantasy XIV Dad of Light (Final Fantasy XIV: Hikari no Otōsan) film remake. The video features a clip from the film before showing a trailer. The film opened in Japan on Friday. The film stars Kentarō Sakaguchi as the son Akio, and Kōarō Yoshida as Akio's ...
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Kill la Kill IF Game's Videos Preview Characters Ira Gamagoori, Uzu Sanageyama

PS4/Switch/PC game launches in Japan on July 25, in West on July 26 ― Arc System Works began streaming two character videos on Friday for Kill la Kill IF, the first game based on the Kill la Kill anime. The videos preview the characters Ira Gamagoori and Uzu Sanageyama. Previous videos previewed Ryūko Matoi and Satsuki Kiryūin. Arc System Works will release the game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Sw...
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Business Fish 'Motion Capture Anime' Announced With July 7 Premiere

Anime follows characters with human bodies, fish heads in office environment ― Toho Animation revealed on Friday that a new motion-capture anime series titled Business Fish will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 7 at 24:00 (effectively July 8 at 12:00 a.m.). The anime will also stream on Hulu. The anime features characters with human bodies and fish heads as office workers at an IT firm. The anim...
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Jun Fukuyama, Makoto Furukawa Join Cast of Ahiru no Sora Anime

Basketball anime premieres in October ― The official website for the television anime of Takeshi Hinata's Ahiru no Sora manga revealed two more cast members for the series on Friday. Jun Fukuyama as Tarō Kabachi (left) and Makoto Furukawa as Shingo Katori (right) The anime will premiere in October. The previously revealed cast includes: Yuuki Kaji as Sora Kurumatani Yūma Uchida as Momoharu Hanazono K...
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Evangelion's 'Cruel Angel's Thesis' Gets New Taiko Drum Arrangement in July

On the other hand, there's no 'Fly Me To The Moon' ED on Netflix outside Japan ― Neon Genesis Evangelion is on Netflix now, so it would be understandable if you have the Heisei Anisong Grand Prize-winning opening theme song stuck in your head. So what better time for the song to get a new arrangement? "Cruel Angel's Thesis" will get a Japanese festival-themed arrangement with taiko drums titled "Crue...
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Dr. Stone Anime's Promo Video Previews Burnout Syndromes' Opening Theme Song

Anime screens at AX before premiering on Crunchyroll on July 5 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga began streaming the show's first promotional video on Friday. The video previews Burnout Syndromes' opening theme song "Good Morning World!" The anime will debut on Tokyo MX on July 5 at 10:00 p.m. before airing later that evening ...
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Sōichiro Hoshi, Yoshitaka Yamaya Join Cast of Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life Anime

Both cast play members of rival koto club ― The official website for the television anime of Amyū's Kono Oto Tomare! (Stop This Sound!) manga announced two more cast members for the series on Friday. Both cast members will play members of a rival koto club at the traditional Japanese music festival. Sōichiro Hoshi as Sentarō Miya Yoshitaka Yamaya as Kiyoshi Kasugai (name spelling not confirmed) The a...
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Machikado Mazoku Comedy Anime Reveals 4 More Cast Members, TV Ad

Sayaka Senbongi , Ayaka Suwa, more join series premiering on July 11 ― The official website for the television anime of Izumo Ito's Machikado Mazoku (Street Corner Demon) manga revealed four more cast members for the series on Friday. The new cast members include: Sayaka Senbongi as Anri Sata Ayaka Suwa as Shion Ogura Hitomi Ohwada as Ryōko Yoshida Sayaka Ohara as Seiko Yoshida The site is also strea...
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To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Anime Reveals Tatsuhisa Suzuki's Role

― The official website for the television anime of Maybe's To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) manga announced on Friday that Tatsuhisa Suzuki will play Roy (Garm). Suzuki was previously announced to play one of Hank and Cain's Incarnate soldier comrades. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 1 at 11:00 p.m., before airing on MBS on July 2. The Fuji on D...
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Hello World Original Anime Film Gets Manga Adaptation

Manga by Manatsu Suzuki, Yoshihiro Sono launches on July 19 ― The July issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Hello World, the original anime film by director Tomohiko Ito and Graphinica, is inspiring a manga adaptation by Manatsu Suzuki (Lostorage conflated WIXOSS) and Yoshihiro Sono (Tokyo Ghoul, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress art design). The manga will launch with two c...
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Tsuguo Okazaki Launches New Cyborg 009 Manga in July

New manga is titled Cyborg 009 Bgooparts Delete ― The August issue of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine revealed on Wednesday that Tsuguo Okazaki is launching a new manga based on Shotaro Ishinomori's classic science-fiction hero manga Cyborg 009. The manga is titled Cyborg 009 Bgooparts Delete, and it will launch in the magazine's next issue on July 19. Shotaro Ishinomori's classic Cyborg 009 man...
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Uta no Prince-sama Film's Video Shows Idol Introductions

Film opened in Japan at #6 ― The official website for Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love Kingdom, the anime film in the Uta no Prince-sama franchise, began streaming a a special promotional video for the film on Friday. The video shows the members of the in-story idol groups ST☆RISH, QUARTET NIGHT, and HE★VENS as the members introduce themselves. The video also shows portions of the concert scenes in the f...
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Anime Expo Hosts Anime Director Harume Kosaka, Producer Takeshi Yamanaka

Frontier Works' panel will screen "new episode" for Hyperdimension Neptunia ― Anime Expo announced on Thursday that it will host anime director Harume Kosaka and Arc System Works producer Takeshi Yamanaka. Kosaka will participate in Frontier Works' panel on July 6 at 7:30 p.m. The panel will preview the upcoming anime Keishichō Tokumu-bu Tokushu Kyōaku-han Taisaku-Shitsu Dai-Nana-ka -Tokunana- (Speci...
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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box Smartphone Game Launches in English

English trailer posted for smartphone port of 2nd Professor Layton game ― Level 5 released Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box HD for Mobile (Layton Kyōju to Akuma no Hako EXHD for Smartphone), an iOS and Android port of the second Professor Layton game, in English on Thursday. The official YouTube channel for the Professor Layton franchise is streaming a trailer for the game. The game launched i...
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Z/X Code reunion Anime Reveals Cast, Promo Video

Yui Ogura performs opening theme song for show premiering this fall ― An event for the Z/X game franchise on June 16 announced the cast and opening theme information, and also revealed a promotional video for the planned anime based on the Z/X Code reunion manga. The anime will star: Yui Ogura as Azumi Kagamihara Aya Uchida a Rigel Inori Minase as Ena Soranokawa Aina Suzuki as Shuri Kijino Maria Naga...
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Doraemon Gets 1-Hour Special to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

1-hour special will air 3 new episodes ― TV Asahi's official website for the current Doraemon television anime announced on Friday that the anime will have a one-hour special with three new episodes on July 19 to celebrate the anime's 40th anniversary. The first episode is titled "Irogara Doraemon" (Color-Patterned Doraemon). The episode's story begins when Doremon receives a special wax from Dorami ...
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2nd Girls und Panzer das Finale Film's 1st 9 Minutes Streamed

Film opened in Japan on June 15, earned 145 million yen to rank #4 in opening weekend ― Bandai Namco Arts began streaming the first nine minutes of the second film in the six-part Girls und Panzer das Finale film series on Friday. The clip shows the continuation of Ooarai's fight against BC Freedom as they enter bocage territory, and Ooarai uses the similarly-shaped turret of their Char B1 bis tank t...
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1st New Record of Lodoss War Novel in 12 Years Rescheduled to August 1

Cover previewed for novel set 100 years after Parn & Spark's time ― The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko label revealed on Thursday that Lodoss-tō Senki: Seiyaku no Hōkan (Record of Lodoss War: The Pledged Diadem), the first new novel for the Record of Lodoss War franchise in 12 years, will ship on August 1. The account also revealed the novel's cover (seen right). The b...
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UNIVRS Plans Kickstarter for Little Witch Academia VR Game

Campaign launches on July 3, with "VR Broom Racing" game planned for April 2020 ― Game developer UNIVRS Inc. announced on Friday that it will launch a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to develop a virtual reality (VR) game based on the Little Witch Academia franchise. The game is tentatively titled Little Witch Academia - VR Broom Racing -. The campaign will launch on July 3 and will run for 45 days...
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Hello World Original Anime Film's 2nd Special Video Reveals More Cast

Takehito Koyasu, Minako Kotobuki, Haruka Fukuhara, Rie Kugimiya join September 20 film ― The official Twitter account for Hello World, the original anime film by director Tomohiko Ito and Graphinica, began streaming the second special video for the film on Friday. The video reveals new cast members for the film. The additional cast members include (Note: Character name romanizations are not official)...
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