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SCP Foundation: Iris of the Mirror World

This sci-fi novel's strength is in its relatively smooth melding together of a lot of strange stuff and one substantial (yet also sensical) twist towards the end. ― A lot of light novels are either directly derivative of, or at least borrow ideas from, other works in either the same medium or related ones. However, I'm not sure that I have ever previously come across a light novel with a pedigree lik...
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Bibliophile Princess Novel 1

An engaging story with a good heroine, and if you're looking for something a little different in the genre, this is a good place to turn. ― Like many another shoujo light novel heroine, Lady Elianna Bernstein can't figure out why the handsome and charming crown prince of her kingdom would want to marry her. The difference between Eli and, for example, the heroine of Can Someone Please Explain What's ...
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Im: Great Priest Imhotep GN 1

It isn't perfect or completely devoid of genre tropes, but it is a good story with an interesting use of Ancient Egyptian mythology as its base. ― If there's one edge Im: Great Priest Imhotep has over its fellow supernatural action series, it's that it bases its story in Ancient Egyptian mythology. That's certainly not unheard of in manga, but the glee with which creator Makoto Morishita uses it and ...
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BEASTARS Season 1

What we have here is a technological powerhouse that never forgets the achingly human emotions in the hearts of its characters, using 3D animation in a manner than respects and complements its 2D source-material. ― Two things have had Netflix's adaptation of Beastars on my radar for a long time now. For one, I'm already a huge fan of Paru Itagaki's weird, wild, genre-defying manga, so I coming at thi...
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Magical Beast Sherbert Anime Series Casts Kappei Yamaguchi as Sherbert

Jewelpet Twinkle's Takashi Yamamoto directs anime at ZEXCS ― The official Twitter account for the anime series based on K-LINE's Sherbert (Mahō Shojū Sherbert) character began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video confirms that Kappei Yamaguchi will voice the titular character Sherbert. Yamaguchi previously narrated the video announcing the anime last year. 「魔法少獣シャーベット」PV第...
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Mamoru Oshii's VladLove Anime Casts Rina Hidaka

Anime invites viewers to guess voice for Chihiro Chimatsuri character ― The official website for Ichigo Animation and Mamoru Oshii's new anime series Vladlove revealed on Tuesday that Rina Hidaka will voice the character Mai Vlad Transylvania. It posted a subtitled video previewing Transylvania's voice, and also posted another video last week inviting viewers to guess the voice actress for the charac...

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Studio Colorido's Original Anime Film Nakitai Watashi wa Neko o Kaburu Reveals More Cast

Minako Kotobuki, Kensho Ono, Susumu Chiba, Ayako Kawasumi, Sayaka Ohara, Daisuke Namikawa join cast ― Studio Colorido announced additional cast members and two new stills for its second feature-length anime film Nakitai Watashi wa Neko o Kaburu (Wanting to Cry, I Pretend to Be a Cat) on Tuesday. The newly announced cast members include: Minako Kotobuki as Yoriko Fukase, Muge's close friend Kensho Ono...
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Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Anime Gets Stage Play in July

Yūki Wakai reprises role in play, alongside actors from Nagoya entertainment groups ― The official website for Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki 2 Satsume ⁠— the second season of the television anime of Masaki Ando's Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki (Yatogame-chan Observation Diary) four-panel manga ⁠— announced on Sunday that the anime is inspiring a stage play adaptation that will run at Nagoya's Telepia Ha...
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Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san Manga About Kyoto's Geisha Quarter Gets Anime

Aiko Koyama's Sunday Sunday manga about cook in Kyoto geisha lodge ― The public television broadcaster NHK announced on Tuesday that Aiko Koyama's Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san (Makanai in the Maiko Lodge) manga is inspiring an anime. NHK will reveal more details about the anime at a later date. It is also streaming a promotional video on its website. The manga's story is set in Kyoto's "hanamachi" ge...
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Psycho-Pass 3 First Inspector Film Debuts at #8

Kamen Rider Zi-O Next Time: Geiz, Majesty jumps to #1 in mini-theater ranking in 5th weekend ― The Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector film opened at #8 at the Japanese box office. The film opened in Japan on March 27 and is screening for only two weeks on 35 theaters in Japan. However, several of those theaters in the central Kanto region, including all but one theater in Tokyo, were closed this weekend ...
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Funimation Streams Tamayomi: The Baseball Girls Anime

Stream premieres on Wednesday ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will stream the television anime of Mountain Pukuichi's Tamayomi manga as it airs in Japan with the title Tamayomi: The Baseball Girls. The stream will debut on Wednesday. Funimation describes the anime: The series follows pitcher Yomi Takeda who, after a failed attempt at climbing the ladder in a junior high baseball tournament, ...
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Umibe no Étranger Boys-Love Anime Film Reveals Cast, Staff, September 11 Opening

Taishi Murata, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka star in Akiyo Ohashi, Studio Hibari film ― The official website for the anime film adaptation of Kanna Kii's Umibe no Étranger (L'étranger du Plage or The Stranger on the Beach) manga revealed the anime's cast, staff, and September 11 opening date. Taishi Murata will play Shin Hashimoto, while Yoshitsugu Matsuoka will play Mio Chibana. As previously announced, Akiyo...
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Interspecies Reviewers ‒ SERIES FINALE

The final episode goes out on a high note by delivering more excellent examples of world-building and delivering on one joke that it has been setting up all season but you might surprise you.
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22/7 ‒ Episode 12

The finale concluded the series in pretty much the exact way anyone would have suspected, with very little in the way of surprise or ambition to be found.
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Funimation to Stream Kingdom Anime's 3rd Season in Spring

3rd season premieres in Japan on April 5 ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will stream the Kingdom anime's third television series as part of the spring 2020 season in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Ireland. The third season of the anime of Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom manga will premiere on NHK General on April 5 at 24:15 (effectively, April 6 at 12:15 a.m.). Previously revealed new cast members ...
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story ‒ SEASON FINALE

The biggest issue is that this finale resolves basically none of the narrative threads it set up, choosing to revel in fanservice and cliffhangers galore.
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Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Ships 'Far Earlier Than Usual' in Europe, Australia

― Square Enix producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Tetsuya Nomura announced on Monday that the Final Fantasy VII Remake game will ship "far earlier than usual" to Europe and Australia. Customers in these regions have a greater chance of obtaining the game prior to the April 10 release date. Square Enix will ship the game this week to other Western regions, including the Americas. Kitase and Nomura...
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'The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me?' Anime Has 12 Episodes

― The official website for the television anime of Y.A.'s Hachinantte Sore wa Nai Deshō! (The 8th son? Are you kidding me?) light novel series announced on Sunday that the anime will get a Blu-ray Disc box with 12 episodes on August 26. The box will bundle a booklet that includes a new "novel" by original author Y.A. and the four-panel manga "Shinnyū Shain Wendelin" (New Employee Wendelin). The rele...
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Haikyu!! To The Top ‒ Episode 12

In some ways, Hoshiumi represents who Hinata could have been. He's not precisely bitter about his height, but he definitely resents being defined by it.
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Funimation to Stream Gal & Dino Anime in Spring

Anime premieres in Japan on Saturday ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will begin streaming the Gal & Dino anime as part of the spring 2020 season in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Ireland. The television anime adaptation of Moriko Mori and Cota Tomimura's Gal to Kyōryū manga will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on Saturday at 25:00 (effectively Sunday at 1:00 a.m.). The series will then premie...
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GKIDS, Shout! Factory to Release Tokyo Godfathers Anime Film on BD

Satoshi Kon's film gets 1st BD release, including "Ohayo" short bonus ― GKIDS and Shout! Factory announced on Monday that they will release Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers film on Blu-ray Disc and BD/DVD combo pack on June 2. The release will be the film's first on Blu-ray Disc, and it will also be available with both an English dub and the original Japanese audio for the first time. The anime film wi...
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T ‒ Episode 9

Like most episodes of this franchise, episode 9 has a lot going on, though in this case it's mostly little pieces of the bigger picture than any major events.
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Ōgaki City Produces 2 Promotional Anime Shorts

― The Ōgaki City in Gifu Prefecture was previously the setting of the acclaimed Kyoto Animation film A Silent Voice. Now the city is producing its own anime shorts in a bid to boost tourism. The two videos were posted on Pony Canyon's YouTube channel on Monday. The first short is titled "Gakitabi! ~Seishun Oshiro-hen~" (Journey to Ōgaki! Youth Castle Chapter), and features an explanation of the hist...
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Tower of God Anime's Extended Trailer Streamed

Crunchyroll Originals series debuts streaming on April 1 ― Crunchyroll began streaming an extended trailer for the television anime adaptation of Korean creator SIU's Tower of God manhwa on Monday. The series will debut on Crunchyroll on April 1 at 10:30 AM EDT. The anime will premiere in Japan on the same day at 24:30 JST (effectively April 2 at 12:30 a.m.). The website teased the anime would also h...
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New Article Filter for Covid-19 Related News

Find all the news related to Covid-19 ― ANN has added a new feature today, a temporary article filter that can be used to filter our articles for content that is currently of increased interest to our readers. The current Covid-19 crisis is the first time we are using this feature, however in the future the filter will be updated when a new topic of increased concern emerges. You will be able to use ...

Digital Media Rights' RetroCrush Anime Streaming Service Launches With Classic Anime Titles

Creamy Mami, Wicked City, Urusei Yatsura 2, Virtua Fighter more launch on new service ― Digital Media Rights, the parent company of the AsianCrush and Midnight Pulp streaming services, has confirmed with ANN that it has launched a new anime streaming service called RetroCrush. The new service also began streaming a promotional video. RetroCrush - Watch Classic Anime | Available on iTunes, Google Play...
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SCP Foundation: Iris of the Mirror World

This sci-fi novel's strength is in its relatively smooth melding together of a lot of strange stuff and one substantial (yet also sensical) twist towards the end. ― A lot of light novels are either directly derivative of, or at least borrow ideas from, other works in either the same medium or related ones. However, I'm not sure that I have ever previously come across a light novel with a pedigree lik...
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Avex, Sony Music, Kojima Production Employees Diagnosed With COVID-19

Companies monitor employee health, sanitize offices ― Avex, Sony Music Entertainment, and Kojima Productions have all announced since Saturday that an employee at each company has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Avex announced on Saturday that one employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19, and the company is taking precautions related to the diagnosis. Avex is tracking the...
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Smartphone Game Developer Colopl Acquires MAGES.

Chiyomaru Shikura purchased company from Kadokawa subsidiary in July ― Game developer Colopl announced on Monday that it has purchased all shares of multimedia company MAGES. from the company CHIYOMARU STUDIO, and MAGES. is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Colopl. Game director and developer Chiyomaru Shikura, representative director for both MAGES. and CHIYOMARU STUDIO, released a statement about th...
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Tokyo Olympics Announce July 2021 Opening

― NHK reported on Monday that Tokyo government officials have stated that the Tokyo Olympics will open on July 23, 2021, followed by the Paralympic Games on August 24. According to the officials, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tokyo Games organizing committee, and Tokyo Metropolitan and Japanese governments agreed to the schedule. The Tokyo Olympics were originally scheduled for July 24 ...
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Man-gatarō's Hoshi no Ōji-sama Manga Ends

Manga's 6th volume ships in June ― Manga creator Man-gatarō (Gatarō Man) ended his Hoshi no Ōji-sama manga with the 39th chapter on Monday. The manga's sixth and final compiled book volume will ship this June. The manga previously ended with the 34th chapter last August, but then resumed again with a new chapter last September. Man-gatarō launched the Hoshi no Ōji-sama manga on the Shonen Jump+ websi...
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Tokyo Tarareba Girls Manga Gets Live-Action TV Special This Summer

Main cast, staff of 2017 live-action series return for special ― NTV announced on Monday that Akiko Higashimura's Tokyo Tarareba Girls (Tokyo Tarareba Musume) manga will have a live-action special that will air this summer. Nana Eikura, Yuriko Yoshitaka, and Yuko Oshima (left to right in image below) reprise their roles from the manga's 2017 live-action series as Kaori, Rinko, and Koyuki, respectivel...
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Japan to Extend Entry Ban to U.S., China, S. Korea, Most of Europe

Japanese comedian Ken Shimura passes away due to pneumonia from COVID-19 The Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported on Monday that the Japanese government plans to deny entry into the country for foreign nationals coming from the United States, China, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and most of Europe. Foreign nationals who have traveled to these territories up to two weeks before arriving in Japan will...

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Haikyu!! To The Top Anime Unveils New Visual

― The official website for Haikyu!! To The Top, the fourth season of the Haikyu!! anime, unveiled a new visual for the anime on Monday. The anime premiered in Japan on January 10. The series will air from January until April 3, and will then continue on for a second cours (quarter of a year) in July 2020, for a total of 25 episodes. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan. Burnout Syn...
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Kaneyoshi Izumi's Seiho Boys' High School! Shōjo Manga Gets Live-Action Show

July romantic comedy by Doubt! manga creator stars Naniwa Danshi idol group ― TV Tokyo announced on Monday that it is producing a live-action series adaptation of Kaneyoshi Izumi's Seiho Boys' High School! (Men's Kō) that will premiere in the channel's "Dramaholic!" block in July. Naomi Hiruta is penning the scripts. The members of the Kansai Johnny's Jr. male idol group Naniwa Danshi will star in th...
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Live-Action Boys-Love Film The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Adds 6 Cast Members

Yuki Sakurai, Kenichi Takita, Emi Wakui, Makita Sports, Michitaka Tsutsui, Shinya Niiro join film ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film of Tomoko Yamashita's The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window (Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru) boys-love manga revealed six additional cast members for the film on Monday. The additional cast members include: (Top row, left to right in image above...
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Fate/Grand Order Announces 'Final' Escape Room

Third in series of escape rooms will focus on the Grand Temple of Time Fate/Grand Order announced in its "Fate/Grand Order Chaldea Broadcaster: Provisional Light Edition" special program on Sunday that it will hold a third escape room starting in July. The escape room is titled "Singularity III FINAL: Escape from the Grand Temple of Time." Fate/Grand Order's official YouTube channel posted a video ...
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Slayers Releases Anime PV for 30th Anniversary Album

Album by Lina Inverse voice actress Megumi Hayashibara ships on March 25 ― Lina Inverse voice actress Megumi Hayashibara is releasing an album on March 25 to celebrate the Slayers light novel's 30th anniversary. King Amusement Creative released an animated PV for the album which compiles clips from throughout the anime's history. The PV previews the song "two thumbs up!" which was recorded specially ...
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Female Manga Artists Launch Women's Lifestyle Manga Anthology

Contributing artists include Kyōko Aiba, Sachi Narashima, Akira Hino, Togame, Rinen Takizawa ― LINE Manga launched its "Women's Lifestyle Anthology" on Monday. The weekly online manga anthology features comic essays on various themes such as cosmetics, skincare, and pregnancy. The first chapter is drawn by Kyōko Aiba (Toshishita Kareshi ni Semararetemasu) and tells her story as a manga artist who is ...
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Evangelion Snacks Come With Longinus Picks

Collaboration goods with snack brand Pino hits Japanese convenience stores from April 6 ― Ice cream snack brand Pino will start releasing limited-edition Evangelion packs in convenience stores around Japan from April 6. The packs will come with three picks: a regular one, a second with the face of Unit-01 printed on it, and a third in the shape of the Spear of Longinus. In addition, the outer packagi...
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Classic Children's Anime The Adventures of Gamba Gets 45th Anniversary Exhibit in April

"It's a rat year! Make a tail!" reads the delightfully punny English subtitle for The Adventures of Gamba (Gamba no Bōken)'s 45th anniversary exhibit poster. The classic children's anime will hold the exhibit in the Ikebukuro Marui department store in Tokyo from April 16 to 29. In addition to displaying production materials from the time, it will also collaboration art by 15 creators. There will a...
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Bibliophile Princess Novel 1

An engaging story with a good heroine, and if you're looking for something a little different in the genre, this is a good place to turn. ― Like many another shoujo light novel heroine, Lady Elianna Bernstein can't figure out why the handsome and charming crown prince of her kingdom would want to marry her. The difference between Eli and, for example, the heroine of Can Someone Please Explain What's ...
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Animazement Suspends Convention Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Sol Press halts physical production, Viz Media continues ― Animazement announced on Thursday that it is suspending this year's conventions due to policies related to the ongoing spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). North Carolina's governor issued an executive order banning mass gatherings of more than 50 people, and Raleigh Convention Center is closed through May 31. The convention's st...
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Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- TV Anime's Video Unveils Staff, July Debut

With A-1 Pictures, Symphogear/Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's director Katsumi Ono, Black Butler designer Minako Shiba ― The official website and Twitter account for Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Rhyme Anima, the television anime of the Hypnosis Mic mixed-media franchise, posted a promotional video and key visual on Sunday. The video, which first played during the "Hypnosis Mic -D.R.B- 5th Live @ AbemaTV" event,...
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Masami Kurumada's Otoko-Zaka Manga Ends Latest Arc, Starts New Arc in Early Summer

Latest arc launched in February ― Manga creator Masami Kurumada ended the "Takeshima Honjin-hen" (Takeshima Stronghold Arc) of his Otoko-Zaka manga on the Shonen Jump+ app and website with its seventh chapter on Sunday. The chapter announced that a new arc titled "Honjin Shitō-hen" (Stronghold Death Struggle Arc) will launch in early summer. Kuramada launched the latest arc on the website and app on ...
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Sazae-san Is 1st Anime to Win Hashida Prize

Anime's new opening sequence in April to be set in Tokyo for 1st time in 10 years Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web news website reported on Sunday that the Sazae-san anime series is the first anime to win the Hashida Prize. The anime won the 28th Hashida Prize for serving as a "national program" of Japan. The live-action Natsuzora television series about the early Japanese animation industry also won ...
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Square Enix Announces NieR Re[in]carnation Smartphone Game

Applibot develops free-to-play game for NieR franchise ― Square Enix announced a smartphone game in the NieR video game franchise on Sunday titled NieR Re[in]carnation. Square Enix revealed a teaser video and visual for the game. The video features English text, but Square Enix has not yet confirmed if the game will release outside of Japan. The role-playing game will be free to play, with optional i...
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NieR Replicant Action RPG's Remaster Gets Confirmed Western Release

Toylogic develops upgraded version of 2010 game ― Square Enix confirmed on Sunday that it will release NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139..., the remastered version of Cavia and Square Enix's NieR Replicant game, in the West. Square Enix will release the remaster for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam). Toylogic is developing the game, which will be a higher-quality version using the original g...
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Strike the Blood IV OVA Series Previewed in Promo Video

1st of 6 home video releases ships on April 8 ― Warner Bros. began streaming a promotional video on Saturday for Strike the Blood IV, the fourth OVA series for the Strike the Blood franchise. The first two-episode home video release will ship on April 8, after a delay. The remaining five volumes (each with two episodes) will ship as planned on June 24; September 30; December 23; March 24, 2021; and J...
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NieR Replicant Action RPG Gets Remastered Release for PS4, Xbox One, PC

New version of game to be fully voiced with some re-recorded dialogue ― Square Enix announced on Sunday that Cavia and Square Enix's NieR Replicant game is getting a new release titled NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam). Toylogic is developing the game, which will be a higher-quality version using the original game as a base. The new version of the gam...

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One Piece Anime Announces 1st Orchestral Concert in June

Concert on June 20 commemorates composer Kōhei Tanaka's 40-year musical career ― The One Piece anime will hold its first ever orchestral concert in Tokyo's Suntory Hall on June 20. The concert commemorates the 40th anniversary of the anime composer Kōhei Tanaka's musical career, and the soundtrack will be performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Iconic theme songs such as "We Are!", "We Go!", a...
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Sanrio Theme Park Keeps Hope Alive During Pandemic Closure

― The Sanrio Puroland theme park is home to the mascot company's most iconic characters, but like many businesses in Japan and abroad, it's had to close its doors amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The park won't open its doors any sooner than early April but staff released two emotional videos for fans starring Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Little Twin Stars. In the first video, Hello Kitty asks the...
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Iconic A Certain Scientific Railgun Theme Song 'Only My Railgun' Gets 2020 Version

'fripSide infinite video clips 2009-2020' music video compilation blu-ray ships on April 1 ― fripSide's iconic theme song for the first season of A Certain Scientific Railgun "Only My Railgun" first released in 2009. Over ten years later, it's getting a new arrangement and a music video that will be included in the "fripSide infinite video clips 2009-2020" music video compilation Blu-ray. In anticipa...
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NHK Launches Evangelion Mega Poll

Voting for best character, line, Eva, Angel will run until April 29 ― Straight off the heels of its Final Fantasy poll last month, Japan's national television broadcaster NHK has announced its "All Evangelion Mega Poll" with categories for best character, line, Eva, and Angel. Voting on NHK's website will run from March 27 to April 29. The results will be announced in a program on NHK BS Premium sche...
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Takeshobo's Manga Club Magazine Ends, Merges with Manga Life Magazine

Several manga to move to Takeshobo's other publications ― This year's May issue of Takeshobo's Manga Club magazine announced on Friday that the magazine has ended publication as of this issue. The magazine will merge with Takeshobo's Manga Life magazine starting next month. Yuka Santō's Hakata Joshi wa Kishin no Gotoku Ki ga Tsuyoka!?, Tae Sano's Morita-san wa Mukuchi​, and Akira Shinsenji's Tonari n...
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Aksys Games Releases Collar x Malice Switch Game in June, Collar x Malice Unlimited in August

1st run of game's physical edition includes character cards ― Aksys Games announced on Wednesday that it will ship the Collar x Malice game for Nintendo Switch in June and the Collar x Malice Unlimited game for Switch in August in North America. The first run of the Collar x Malice physical edition will include a set of character cards. Aksys Games describes the game: A terrorist organization's bruta...

Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Anime Confirms 2nd Season

13th episode ends with teaser for next season "coming soon" ― The 13th episode of the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story television anime ended on Sunday with a teaser preview video that confirmed a second season is in the works and "coming soon." 【🎊第2シリーズ制作進行中🎊】TVアニメ「マギアレコード 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ外伝」第13話ご覧いただきありがとうございました!そして、第2シリーズ制作進行中✨ここでは、予告を大公開🎉第2シリーズもお楽しみに!#マギレコ pic.twitter.com/NqZGASgwpr—...
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Arc of Alchemist Game Gets Physical Release in the West

― Idea Factory International announced on Friday that Compile Heart's Arc of Alchemist role-playing game will get a physical release in the West. The company, in collaboration with Limited Run Games, will open pre-orders for the game's physical edition on the Nintendo Switch on March 31. Idea Factory International will sell the PlayStation 4 version's physical edition on its online store at a later ...
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Im: Great Priest Imhotep GN 1

It isn't perfect or completely devoid of genre tropes, but it is a good story with an interesting use of Ancient Egyptian mythology as its base. ― If there's one edge Im: Great Priest Imhotep has over its fellow supernatural action series, it's that it bases its story in Ancient Egyptian mythology. That's certainly not unheard of in manga, but the glee with which creator Makoto Morishita uses it and ...
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Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town Switch Game Launches in N. America This Summer

Announcement trailer previews gameplay ― XSEED Games announced on Friday that it will release Marvelous' Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (Bokujō Monogatari: Saikai no Mineral Town) game for Nintendo Switch in North America this summer. The company streamed an announcement trailer: The game is a full remake of the Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town and Harvest Moon: More Friends of Minera...

Strike Witches: Road to Berlin TV Anime's 2nd Video Reveals October Premiere

Luminous Witches cast also previews music video for 1st single "Flying Skyhigh" ― The official website for the World Witches franchise posted the second promotional video and a key visual for the Dai-501 Tōgō Sentō Kōkū-dan Strike Witches: Road to Berlin (501st Joint Fighter Wing Strike Witches: Road to Berlin) television anime series on Saturday. The video reveals that the anime will premiere in Oct...
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GKIDS Streams 18 Films for Free on Kanopy Library, University Service Including 3 Anime Films

A Letter to Momo, Patema Inverted, Welcome to the Space Show, Kingdom of Dreams and Madness stream on service ― GKIDS announced on Thursday that it has added 18 of its films to the Kanopy service for free, including the anime films A Letter to Momo, Patema Inverted, and Welcome to the Space Show, and the Studio Ghibli documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. To access the films, viewers must go...
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Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- side D.H & B.A.T Manga Launches in April

New manga focuses on Osaka, Nagoya divisions ― Kodansha announced on Saturday that its Magazine Pocket app will start a new manga in the Hypnosis Mic franchise titled Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- side D.H & B.A.T on April 10. The manga will center on the Osaka Division Dotsuitare Hompo and Nagoya Division Bad Ass Temple. Kikō Aiba is drawing the manga and Yūichirō Momose is writing the scenario...
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Moto Hagio's Latest The Poe Clan Manga Resumes in June

Poe no Ichizoku: Himitsu no Hanazono manga launched last May ― The May issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine announced on Saturday that it will resume Poe no Ichizoku: Himitsu no Hanazono (The Poe Clan: The Secret Garden), a new arc in Moto Hagio's Poe no Ichizoku (The Poe Clan) manga, in the August issue on June 27. The magazine's July issue will also publish a spinoff chapter on May 28. Th...
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Sand Chronicles' Hinako Ashihara Ends Bread & Butter Manga

Manga about woman who proposes to baker launched in 2013 ― The May issue of Shueisha's Cocohana magazine published the final chapter in the main story of Hinako Ashihara's Bread & Butter manga on Saturday. The manga will also have a bonus story at a later date. Ashihara launched the manga in Cocohana in 2013. Shueisha published the manga's ninth volume on November 25. The manga centers on 34-year-old...
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Mary Skelter Finale Game Announced for PS4, Switch

Teaser movie streamed for new entry in 3D dungeon-crawler game launching on August 27 ― Compile Heart, Dengeki Bunko, and Dengeki PlayStation revealed the new Kangokutō Mary Skelter Finale 3D dungeon-crawler game on Thursday. The game will ship for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on August 27. The companies began streaming a teaser movie for the game on Saturday. The game will also include an "adve...
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Yuriko Asami's Angel Beats! -The Last Operation- Manga Ends 1st Part

Manga's "next season" has release this fall ― The fourth compiled volume of Yuriko Asami's Angel Beats! -The Last Operation- manga revealed on Friday that the manga's "first part" ended with the volume. The manga volume also teased that it will have a "next season" with a release this fall. Asami launched the manga in Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Comic magazine in August 2017. As with Angel Beats!: Heaven'...
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Absolute Duo Manga Artist Shinichirou Nariie Launches 'See You Tomorrow, at the Food Court' Manga

Manga centers on 2 very different high school girls who meet every day at a food court ― Kadokawa's Comic Newtype manga website launched a new manga by Shinichirou Nariie titled Food Court de, Mata Ashita. (See You Tomorrow, at the Food Court) on the site on March 10. The manga centers on two high school students who meet every day at a food court to hang out together. One is an honor student who giv...
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Fairy Tail: Happy's Heroic Adventure Manga Ends on April 2

Kodansha Comics releases spinoff by Kenshiro Sakamoto in English ― Manga creator Kenshiro Sakamoto revealed on his Twitter account on Thursday that he will end the Fairy Tail: Happy's Heroic Adventure (Fairy Tail: Happy no Daibōken) spinoff manga in its next chapter on April 2. Sakamoto launched the manga on Kodansha's Magazine Pocket manga app in July 2018. Kodansha shipped the fourth volume on Octo...
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Takako Shimura's 'Sayonara, Otokonoko' Manga Ends in 3rd Volume 

Manga about man who suddenly wakes up in body of child self launched in 2016 ― Takako Shimura posted on Twitter on Friday that her Sayonara, Otokonoko (Farewell, Boy) manga will end in its third volume. Shimura launched the manga in Libre Publishing's Be x Boy magazine in May 2016. Libre Publishing published the second volume in November 2018. The manga centers on 25-year-old theater actor Kana Ashis...
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OZMAFIA!! -vivace- Game Gets Switch Port in Japan on July 23

Game inspired anime shorts in 2016 ― Nippon Ichi Software announced on Saturday that it will release the OZMAFIA!! -vivace- game for the Nintendo Switch on July 23. The new port will feature an original short story by Yūmasu, who is credited with the original work on the game. Poni-Patchet released the original visual novel game in 2013 on PC, and released a PlayStation Vita port titled OZMAFIA!! -vi...
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Anime Tamago 2020 Shorts Stream Online for Free in Japan (Updated)

3 shorts for this year's project stream until April 30 ― Update: The linked shorts seem to be only viewable in Japan. ANN's original article is below. The Anime Tamago project's website began streaming all three anime in the Anime Tamago 2020 slate on Friday. The three anime are streaming in one video, as part of an overall two-hour video that also includes roundtable talks with guests. The three ani...
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Rie Takahashi, Shunsuke Takeuchi Perform Themes for Bakugan: Armored Alliance Anime

Anime premieres in Japan on April 3 ― The official website for Bakugan: Armored Alliance, the second season of the Bakugan: Battle Planet anime series, announced on Saturday that cast member Rie Takahashi (Dan Kūsō) will perform the opening theme song "Planet Hero," and cast member Shunsuke Takeuchi (Dragonoid) will perform the ending theme song "Go! Bakugan Blow!". The anime will premiere online in ...

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Resident Evil 3 Remake Game's Trailer Highlights Jill Valentine

Resident Evil: Resistance online game to add Jill Valentine as playable character ― The official YouTube channel for the Resident Evil series began streaming on Friday a trailer for CAPCOM's remake of the Resident Evil 3 survival horror game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. The video highlights Jill Valentine. A future update for the game will add Jill Valentine as a playable character ...
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Crunchyroll Pauses English Dub Releases, Lists Premiere Dates for More Spring Anime

Company reveals dates for Fruits Basket 2nd Season, Tower of God, 2nd half of Ascendance of a Bookworm ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it is changing its schedule for the production of its English-dubbed anime "to ensure the safety of the Crunchyroll team." The company is still working on pre- and post-production for its English dubs, but is pausing all recording "for the foreseeable future." ...
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Netflix's Castlevania Animated Show Gets 4th Season

10-episode 3rd season premiered on March 5 ― Netflix announced on Twitter that Adi Shankar's Castlevania animated series is getting a fourth season. pic.twitter.com/ZuPyKxGRDF— NX (@NXOnNetflix) March 27, 2020 The third season premiered on March 5 with 10 episodes. The first four-episode season premiered worldwide on Netflix in July 2017. The second eight-episode season premiered worldwide on Netflix...
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Psycho-Pass 3 First Inspector Anime Footage Featured in Cö shu Nie's Ending Theme Music Video (Updated)

Film debuted in theaters in Japan, on Amazon Prime Video in U.S./U.K/Japan on Friday ― The rock band Cö shu Nie began streaming a short teaser version of the music video for "red strand," the ending theme song of the Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector film, on Friday. This version features footage from the film. Cö shu Nie released the song's digital single on Friday. Cö shu Nie also performed the Psycho...

Funimation to Stream New Sakura Wars, Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2, The Millionaire Detective Anime

Funimation to dub both seasons of Kaguya-sama Love is War anime ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will stream the Sakura Wars the Animation (Shin Sakura Taisen the Animation), the second season of the Kaguya-sama: Love is War anime, and The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED (Fugō Keiji Balance: Unlimited) as part of the spring 2020 season. Funimation reports that Kaguya-sama: Love is ...
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Smile Down the Runway ‒ SERIES FINALE

I expected a shake-up in the season finale of Smile Down the Runway, but the episode played out like a bombshell.
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Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun ‒ SERIES FINALE

I'm not ready to say goodbye to Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun yet, and especially not like this, with so much left undone.
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Infinite Dendrogram ‒ Episode 11

You get a backstory! And you get a backstory! Hot off the heels of so many other Secret Origins last week, this episode kicks off with the history of everyone's favorite (?) monster pimp, Rook.
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Nikkei: Gloomy Times Ahead for Japanese Anime Industry as China Puts Focus on Domestic Animation

"[China] can easily offer three times the annual salary an animator would get in Japan, so there will probably be more cases of Japanese talent going overseas." ― Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei posted an editorial on its online site on Tuesday discussing the effects of China's recent pivot to its domestic animation industry. Although China was the country with the most contracts with the Japanes...
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If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die ‒ SERIES FINALE

It becomes apparent that I could talk forever about all the things this episode surprised me by doing so right.
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Science-Fiction Author Hiroshi Yamamoto Reports Cerebral Infarction

Author: Treat Project Piano novel as his "last will and testament" as "hard sci-fi writer" ― Publisher Hayakawa Shobo published on Thursday the afterword by Hiroshi Yamamoto in the new edition of his Project Piano novel, where Yamamoto revealed that he has been suffering from cerebral infarction, and enjoins readers to treat the novel as his "last will and testament" as a "hard sci-fi writer." Yamamo...
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BEASTARS Season 1

What we have here is a technological powerhouse that never forgets the achingly human emotions in the hearts of its characters, using 3D animation in a manner than respects and complements its 2D source-material. ― Two things have had Netflix's adaptation of Beastars on my radar for a long time now. For one, I'm already a huge fan of Paru Itagaki's weird, wild, genre-defying manga, so I coming at thi...
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Dropout Idol Fruit Tart TV Anime's 1st Video Unveils More Staff, July Premiere

MONACA scores anime about up-and-coming idol unit with nothing to lose ― The official website for the television anime of Sou Hamayumiba's Dropout Idol Fruit Tart (Ochikobore Fruit Tart) manga posted the anime's first promotional video on Saturday. The video and the website unveil the anime's July premiere, additional staff members, and character designs. The newly announced staff members are: Main A...
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Crying Freeman's Ryoichi Ikegami Launches New Manga Mini-Series

New manga will have 3 chapters; set 3 months after ending of Ikegami, Buronson's BEGIN manga ― This year's eighth issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine revealed on Friday that manga creator Ryoichi Ikegami (Crying Freeman) will launch a three-chapter manga mini-series titled Samayoeru Onna (Wandering Woman), with one new chapter for each new issue of the magazine, beginning with the magaz...
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New Sakura Wars Game's Combat Trailer Streamed

PS4 game ships in West on April 28 ― Sega of America began streaming a combat trailer for the new Sakura Wars game on Friday. The game will ship in the West on April 28. The physical Launch Edition will include the Theater Costume Add-on Bundle and a sticker set. The Digital Standard Editions will include an Imperial Combat Revue PS4 Dynamic Theme and Neko Ears Add-on Bundle. In addition to those two...
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May's Machi Asobi Vol.24 Event Canceled Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

Organizers in Tokushima City still planning on Vol. 25 this fall ― The organizers of the Machi Asobi anime and game event announced on Friday that they have canceled Machi Asobi Vol.24, which Tokushima City would have hosted in May. The organizers cited the safety of visitors and the staff as the highest priority during the ongoing spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The organizers are ...
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Kodansha Comics, Vertical Release Manga Digitally on izneo e-Comics Platform

2,000+ of Kodansha Comics, Vertical's works to launch on platform ― Kodansha Comics and Vertical announced on Friday that they are launching nearly their entire digital manga library on izneo, a European digital comics, manga, and webtoons distribution platform. The two publishers will feature 2,000 of their manga works in English, including manga such as Attack on Titan, Ghost in the Shell, Pretty G...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, March 16-22

Animal Crossing: New Horizons tops ranking ― Japan's Game Ranking: March 16-22 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20 1,880,626 1,880,626 2PS4Nioh 2 Koei Tecmo Games March 12 26,140 118,032 3NSwPokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Nintendo March 6 21,954 206,893 4NSwPokémon Sword & Shield Nintendo November 15, 2019 1...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, March 16-22

3rd live-action Chihayafuru film earns 3.7% rating Chihayafuru: Musubi, the third live-action film based on Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga, aired on NTV on Sunday, March 22 at 3:00 p.m., and it earned a 3.7% rating. Eiga Oshiri Tantei: Curry Naru Jiken, the first film in the Oshiri Tantei (Butt Detective) anime franchise, aired on NHK Educational on Friday, March 20 at 9:00 a.m., and it earned a...
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Comic Market 98 Event Canceled Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Cancellation comes after 4 straight days of record increases in new cases in Tokyo ― The Comic Market Committee announced on Friday that it has canceled this year's Comic Market (Comiket 98) dojinshi convention to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Comic Market 98 Catalog (pictured below) will still go on sale on April 11, and the committee asks people to purchase ...
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Fruits Basket Anime Season 2 Unveils Theme Song Artists, Episode 1 Stills

AmPm featuring Miyuna perform opening, THE CHARM PARK performs ending ― The official website for the Fruits Basket 2nd Season anime announced the musical artists behind the anime's new theme songs on Friday. The masked unit AmPm featuring vocalist Miyuna perform the opening theme song “Prism” as their first anime theme song, while singer-songwriter and former Hemenway guitarist THE CHARM PARK, who li...
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Viz Media Publishes My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising Manga Chapter in English

9-page manga originally featured in free book for theatergoers in Japan ― Viz Media published Kohei Horikoshi's "My Hero Academia - League of Villains: Undercover" manga chapter in English on its website and app on Thursday. The nine-page manga was included in the Boku no Hero Academia Vol. R (My Hero Academia Vol. Rising) book that theatergoers to the My Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising- film...
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Kiratto Pri☆Chan Anime Reveals 5 More Cast Members for 3rd Season

New season starts on April 5 ― The official Twitter account for the Kiratto Pri☆Chan anime series revealed more new cast members for the anime on Friday. Junichi Suwabe as Mega Anii (reprising the role from the Pripara franchise) Ai Fairouz as Alice (top) and Mitsuki Saiga as Solulu (bottom) Maria Sashide as Eve (top) and Hibiku Yamamura as Luluna (bottom) Previously announced new cast members includ...
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Shigemitsu Harada's Majo wa Mioji kara Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Manga by Cells at Work! Code Black writer centers on 300-year-old single witch ― This year's seventh issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that Shigemitsu Harada and Kyūjo Matsumoto's Majo wa Mioji kara (The life of the witch who remains single for about 300 years) manga will end in three chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end on May 8. The manga centers on a wi...
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Ore no Yubi de Midarero. Anime's Videos Preview Theme Song

Latest ComicFesta anime about beauty salon romance premieres on April 5 ― The official website for Ore no Yubi de Midarero. ~Heiten-go Furatikiri no Salon de...~, the television anime of neco's Ore no Yubi de Midarero. ~Heiten-go no Salon, Ijiwaru ni Jirasarete~ adult manga, began streaming two different promotional videos for the anime on Friday. The "complete version" video reveals and previews the...

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Sing 'Yesterday' for Me Anime Unveils 1st Episode's 1st 9 Minutes

Coming-of-age anime about life after college premieres on April 4 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Kei Toume's Sing "Yesterday" for Me (Yesterday o Utatte) manga began streaming the first nine minutes of the anime's first episode on Friday. The "long trailer" ends with a digest video featuring the theme song "Kago no Naka ni Tori" (A Bird in a Cage) by the rock band yourness...
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'What Did You Eat Yesterday?' Manga Gets Live-Action Film in 2021

Cast, staff returns from live-action show about gay couple breaking bread together ― TV Tokyo announced on Friday that Fumi Yoshinaga's What Did You Eat Yesterday? (Kinō Nani Tabeta?) manga is inspiring a live-action film that will open in 2021. Seiyo Uchino (left in image below) and Hideotshi Nishijima (right) will reprise their roles from the manga's live-action television series adaptation as Kenj...
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Pokémon Sword/Shield Games' Trailer Previews 'The Isle of Armor' Expansion

Trailer for game's 1st expansion previews Kubfu, Urshifu, Gigantamax forms of starter Pokémon ― The Nintendo Direct Mini livestream presentation revealed on Thursday a new trailer for "The Isle of Armor," the first of two expansions for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Switch role-playing games. The trailer reveals the Gigantamax forms and moves for the evolved starter Pokémon: Gigantama...
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Pops' Ryo Ikeumi Launches New Manga in May

Rose Rosey Roseful Bud centers on manga creator in her 40s ― The May issue of Shueisha's Cookie magazine revealed on Thursday that Ryo Ikuemi will launch a new manga titled Rose Rosey Roseful Bud in the magazine's July issue on May 26. The magazine teased that the manga will be about the work and love life of Shōko Kanbara, a manga creator "on the edge" and in her 40s. The manga will have a 40-page o...
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COVID-19-Canceled Wedding Recreated in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

In these uncertain times of social isolation, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has proven itself to be perfect respite, allowing gamers to get together from miles away. The game has smashed Switch game sales records with 1,880,626 copies sold in Japan its first three days. Japanese voice actors are hanging out, and in the case of one couple, players are using the game as option to make-up for major l...
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Alicia's Diet Quest's Aoi Fujiwara Launches New Manga in April

Hankō Dekinai! Ibara-chan centers on rebellious younger sister, older brother ― The May issue of Kadokawa's Shonen Ace magazine revealed on Thursday that Aoi Fujiwara will launch a new manga titled Hankō Dekinai! Ibara-chan (Ibara-chan Can't Rebel!) in the magazine's next issue on April 25. The manga will center on Ibara, a second year junior high student, and the younger sister among two siblings in...
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Kotomi Aoki's 'Niji, Lean on Me' Manga Ends in 4 Chapters

Manga resumes after 1-month break ― Manga creator Kotomi Aoki announced on her Twitter account on Tuesday that her Niji, Amaete yo. (Niji, Lean on Me.) manga will end in four chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end in July. The manga resumed after a one-month hiatus in the April issue of Shogakukan's Cheese! magazine on Tuesday. Aoki put the manga on a one-month break in March due to a c...
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Ikki Tousen Extra Burst Smartphone Game's Promo Video Previews Gameplay, Characters

Game featuring original story launches for iOS, Android devices this spring ― Marvelous began streaming on Thursday the first promotional video for Ikki Tousen Extra Burst, the new smartphone game based on the Ikki Tousen franchise. The video previews the gameplay and characters. The game will have an original story and over 40 characters, including Masumi Asano as Hakufu Sonsaku, Yuko Kaida as Shime...
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Konami: No Truth to New Silent Hill Game Rumors

― Horror video game news website Rely on Horror reported on Tuesday that it confirmed with Konami that the recent rumors surrounding possible new installments in the Silent Hill franchise are "not true." A representative said that the company is "aware of all the rumors and reports but can confirm that they are not true. I know it's not the answer your fans may want to hear." However, the company is...
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Somali and the Forest Spirit ‒ Episode 12

In the end, this isn't just a daddy/daughter road trip, it's about overcoming differences, forming a family, and finding a place to belong.
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Catherine: Full Body Game Gets Switch Release on July 7

Game launched for PS4 in West in September ― The Nintendo Direct Mini livestream presentation announced on Thursday that Atlus USA will release the Catherine: Full Body game for the NIntendo Switch on July 7. The livestream revealed an announcement trailer for the game. People who preorder the physical version of the game will receive a sheep keychain while supplies last. The game launched for the Pl...
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Panzer Dragoon Remake Game Launches on Switch

Limited Run Games opens pre-orders for physical standard, classic editions on Friday ― The Nintendo Direct Mini livestream presentation revealed on Thursday that Panzer Dragoon: Remake ⁠— Sega and Polish game developer/publisher Forever Entertainment's remake of Sega's Panzer Dragoon game — has launched on Thursday on the Nintendo Switch as a timed console exclusive. Limited Run Games will release th...
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Killing Bites' Shinya Murata Launches New Manga in June

zunta illustrates Konchuki manga ― This year's second issue of Kadokawa's Young Dragon Age magazine revealed on Wednesday that Shinya Murata will launch a new manga titled Konchuki with artist zunta in the magazine's next issue on June 25. Murata is writing the manga, while zunta is drawing the art. Murata's Killing Bites manga with artist Kazasa Sumita inspired a 12-episode television anime that pre...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Game Launches for Switch on June 30

Trailer previews demo available now ― NIS America announced on Thursday that the Nintendo Switch version of Nippon Ichi Software's The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (Eiyū Densetsu Sen no Kiseki III) game will releaselaunch on June 30 in North America and Europe, and on July 7 in Oceania. A demo is available now via the Nintendo eShop, and NIS America began streaming a trailer for the dem...
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Actor Bruce Willis Crashes Into a House as Doraemon in TV Ad

SoftBank's new ad for its 5G cellphone service stars actor Bruce Willis crashing his way through a house while wearing a blue hoodie and white t-shirt. The Die Hard and Golden Globe-winning actor is none other than the time-traveling feline Doraemon, although he's very un-catlike in his appearance. The ad premiered in Japan in Friday, the same day Softbank rolled out its 5G service. The ad propose...
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Blade of the Immortal ‒ SERIES FINALE

If you came into the finale of Blade of the Immortal hoping for the samurai showdown to end all showdowns, do I have bad news for you.
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Servamp Manga Gets Stage Play

Manga debuted in 2011, inspired anime in 2016 ― The official Twitter for Strike Tanaka's Servamp manga announced on Wednesday that the manga is inspiring a new stage play. Tanaka launched the series in Monthly Comic Gene in 2011. Kadokawa published the manga's 15th volume on Friday. Seven Seas Entertainment publishes the manga in North America, and it published the manga's 13th volume on November 26....
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The Magnificent Kotobuki Manga Ends

Tenjin duo's manga adaptation of original anime debuted in April 2019 ― Muneaki Taoka (Tenjin) and Tsubasa Sugie's (Tenjin) manga adaptation of director Tsutomu Mizushima and scriptwriter Michiko Yokote's original television anime project Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai (The Magnificent KOTOBUKI) ended on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ app on Wednesday. The manga's compiled book volume will ship in July. Taoka and...
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Funimation Streams 'Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?' Original Video Anime

OVA shipped in Japan on Wednesday ― Funimation announced on Twitter on Thursday that it has begun streaming the new original video anime (OVA) for the television anime of writer Dachima Inaka and illustrator Pochi Iida's Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? (Tsūjō Kōgeki ga Zentai Kōgeki de Ni-kai Kōgeki no Okā-san wa Suki desuka?) light novel series. The new OVA shipped in Japa...
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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition Switch Game's Video Reveals May 29 Launch

Remake gets all-new epilogue ― The Nintendo Direct Mini livestream presentation revealed on Thursday that Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, the Nintendo Switch remake of Monolith Software's Xenoblade Chronicles game, will launch on May 29. The livestream also revealed a trailer for the game. The game will feature overhauled graphics and models, improved battle HUD and menus, and more than 90 ...
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BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense. ‒ SEASON FINALE

BOFURI started out with a simple but cute and effective gimmick, and let that carry it all the way to this season's end.
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Evangelion Battlefields Smartphone Game Delays Release

Game was originally slated for Thursday release ― The official Twitter account for Evangelion Battlefields, Mobcast's smartphone game for the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise, announced on Wednesday that Mobcast has delayed the game's release. The company did not announce a new release date. The game was originally slated to launch on Thursday. The game will be set in Tokyo-3, and will feature vario...
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Shin-Ei Animation's Honorary Chairperson Sankichiro Kusube Passes Away

Founder, former president of Doraemon anime's production company passes away at 82 ― Sankichiro Kusube, the honorary chairperson of animation production company Shin-Ei Animation, passed away on March 20. He was 82. After college, Kusube joined Tokyo Movie. He founded Shin-Ei Animation with his older brother Daikichirō Kusube, an animator, in 1976. The younger Kusube became president and chief execut...
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Game Sells 1.88 Million Copies in 1st 3 Days

Switch, Switch Lite sells 392,576 units in same week ― Kadokawa's Famitsu.com website reported on Wednesday that Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the latest entry in the Animal Crossing game franchise, sold 1,880,626 copies in Japan its first three days, the highest ever number of first-week copies sold for a Switch game in Japan. Nintendo also sold 392,576 units of the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite ...
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New Monster Strike The Movie: Lucifer Zetsubō no Yoake Anime Film Opens in June

Film unveils trailer, key visual, staff, theme song ― The official Twitter account for the Monster Strike The Animation franchise revealed on Thursday that the series is getting a new movie titled Monster Strike The Movie: Lucifer Zetsubō no Yoake (Lucifer Dawn of Despair). A website opened for the film and unveiled the movie's first trailer, key visual, staff, theme song, and June premiere. Kobun Sh...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Re:ZERO TV Anime's 2nd Season

Trailer streamed for anime delayed to July ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- anime's second season in July in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The company also began streaming a trailer. The anime's second season was delayed fr...
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GKIDS Licenses Lupin III THE FIRST CG Anime Film

Franchise's 1st 3D CG anime film opens subbed/dubbed in N. America this year ― GKIDS announced on Thursday that it has licensed Lupin III THE FIRST, the first 3D CG feature-length anime film in Monkey Punch's Lupin III franchise. The film will open in North America in 2020 with English subtitles and an English dub. The film opened in Japan on December 6. The film sold 220,000 tickets and earned 307,3...
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Minako Kotobuki Reaches U.K. Despite COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Kotobuki to study language, drama in U.K. ― Voice actress Minako Kotobuki wrote on her official blog on Wednesday that she has successfully traveled to the United Kingdom for her previously announced study trip, despite recent travel restrictions due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Kotobuki added that, since residents are currently under a stay-at-home order, she has refrained from going o...
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Dropkick on My Devil! Anime's 2nd Season Reveals Opening Video

Season debuts with halca's opening theme on April 6 ― The official website for the television anime of Yukiwo's Dropkick on My Devil! (Jashin-chan Dropkick) manga began streaming the opening video for the second season on Thursday. The video previews halca's opening theme song "Toki Toshite Violence" (Violence on Occasion). The website will begin streaming the ending video with ZAMB's ending theme so...
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Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear VRMMO Anime's 1st Video Unveils Cast, Staff

High School Fleet's Yuu Nobuta helms EMT Squared anime starring Maki Kawase, Azumi Waki ― The official website for the television anime of Kumanano and 029's Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear light novels posted the anime's first promotional video and a key visual on Friday. Both the website and the video announced the anime's cast and staff. The anime stars: Maki Kawase as Yuna, an obsessed gamer who logs into a ...
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Show By Rock!! Franchise Gets New TV Anime Series

Show By Rock!! Stars!! revealed with video, visual ― The 12th and final episode of the Show By Rock!! Mashumairesh!! anime announced the Show By Rock!! Stars!! television anime series on Thursday. The anime will air on Tokyo MX, BS Fuji, and Hokkaido Cultural Broadcasting Co., Ltd. 【重大発表】「SHOW BY ROCK!!」TVアニメ新シリーズ「SHOW BY ROCK!!STARS!!」制作決定!!新キービジュアルやメインスタッフ、出演者情報も解禁!!キャスト、スタッフ共にTVアニメ全シリーズのオールスター勢揃い!...
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Wixoss Franchise Gets New TV Anime in 2020

NC Empire, Ui Shigure provide designs ― Takara Tomy's Wixoss Presentation 2020 livestream presentation announced on Thursday that the Wixoss franchise is getting a new television anime series that will premiere in 2020. Takara Tomy also began streaming a video for the announcement. NC Empire is credited with the visual concept design, and Ui Shigure is credited with the character designs Lostorage co...
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Oasis Games Launches Bleach: Immortal Soul Smartphone Game

iOS/Android game features anime's voice actors ― Hong Kong-based game publisher Oasis Games announced on Thursday that it launched GREE's Bleach: Immortal Soul game for iOS and Android devices in English on the same day. The company also began streaming a launch trailer for the game. The game officially licensed from TV Tokyo is based on the television anime adaptation of Tite Kubo's Bleach manga. Th...
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3rd Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Anime Film Delayed to April 25

Slated for Saturday until Tokyo, other prefectures called for residents to stay home ― The official website for the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel film trilogy announced on Thursday that the opening of the third film Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song has been delayed from Saturday, March 28 to Saturday, April 25. Before the announcement, screenings of the film had been selling out. Toho...
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Sazae-san, Anpanman Voice Actor Hiroshi Masuoka Passes Away Due to Cancer at 83

Voice actor played Sazae-san's Masuo, Anpanman's Jam Ojisan until last year ― Voice actor Hiroshi Masuoka passed away due to rectal cancer on Saturday, March 21. He was 83. Masuoka's relatives held a private wake and funeral. In accordance with Masuoka's wishes, there will not be a public memorial service. Masuoka was born in Saitama prefecture in 1936. He is best known for his roles as the second Ma...
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3rd Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Anime Film Packing Theaters Despite Government Warnings

Update: The film's website announced on Thursday that the film is delayed to April 25. ― Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike made an urgent request on Wednesday for the people of Tokyo to stay indoors this weekend, after 41 new cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were confirmed in Tokyo the same day — the largest spike within a single day. Koike said that Tokyo is facing the risk of seeing an "ex...
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2020 Anpanman Film Casts Kyoko Fukada as Heroine

Fukada plays Fuwari in June 26 film ― The official website for Eiga Soreike! Anpanman Fuwafuwa Fuwari to Kumo no Kuni (Soreike! Anpanman the Movie: Fluffy Fuwari and the Cloud Country), this year's Anpanman anime film, announced on Thursday that Kyoko Fukada (live-action Kamikaze Girls, Yatterman) will star in the film as the heroine Fuwari. The film will open in Japan on June 26. In the film's story...
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Dark Horse Reduces Releases, Allows Product Returns

Toronto's Anime North convention canceled, Nintendo closes N. American repair centers ― Publisher Dark Horse Comics announced on Wednesday that it will reduce the number of its releases in the coming months, and that it will allow return of periodicals up to 90 days after the on-sale date, due to the effect of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on its business. In addition, Toronto anime conventi...

Tokyo Governor Tells People to Stay Home This Weekend

Also: Shogakukan employee diagnosed with COVID-19, Naruto kabuki play canceled ― Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike called for Tokyo residents on Wednesday night to stay at home, after Tokyo confirmed 41 new cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Wednesday — the third straight day of record increases. Koike enjoined residents to work from home, and to not go out at night or on the weekend. Tokyo...
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