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Blue Flag GN 5

Mami's greater presence forces Taichi to think a bit harder about his relationship with Futaba, although that mostly comes in the form of him looking surprised or confused for the greater part of the volume. ― It was almost too easy to hate Mami when she first came into the story. She was the perfect stereotype of the pushy pretty girl who rules over her high school with a flawlessly manicured claw. ...
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IDOLiSH7 Second Beat!

Despite being in a saturated genre and saddled with the dual difficulties of being based on a game and featuring a ton of seemingly tropetastic characters, IDOLiSH7 Second Beat! is the kind of totally engrossing show that it's easy to get hooked on. ― Every genre and subgenre has its day in the sun, but idol shows' may have never truly gone behind a cloud, whether the idols are male, female, or a mix...
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Strike Witches: Road to Berlin

Studio David Production takes over the animation job for this series, and the result is maybe the best-looking TV series yet in the franchise. ― This Fall 2020 series is the fifth TV series and ninth animated title overall in the expansive Strike Witches franchise, as well as being the third installment in the core storyline. It is not going to be the last animated title in the franchise, as the spin...
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I Reincarnated as Evil Alice, So the Only Thing I'm Courting is Death! Novel 1

I Reincarnated as Evil Alice is dark and bit grim. But it does successfully merge a host of popular tropes into one engaging novel. ― Lewis Carroll's Alice duology, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, have inspired plenty of anime and manga over the years, and a few otome games besides. With the popularity of the isekai subgenre of characters being reincarnated into otome ...
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Tori Matsuzaka Stars in Live-Action Monster Hunter Film's Japanese Dub

Dub cast also includes Akio Ohtsuka, Marina Inoue, Natsuki Hanae, more ― The official Japanese website for the Hollywood live-action film of Capcom's Monster Hunter game franchise revealed the film's Japanese dub cast on Thursday. The dub will star Tori Matsuzaka (live-action Gatchaman, Library Wars) as "The Hunter." The Japanese dub cast also includes: Takako Honda as Captain Natalie Artemis Akio Oh...
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ANN:Connect - Jujutsu Kaien Cast Session

Join us on January 28 for an interview with Jujutsu Kaien cast members Adam McArthur (Yuji Itadori), Kaiji Tang (Satoru Gojo), Ray Chase (Ryoumen Sukuna), and Anne Yatco (Nobara Kugisaki)! Learn all about anime's cursed sensation in this mega interview! ― Welcome to Anime News Network Connect! A collaboration between ANN and Anime NYC, ANN Connect is a new way to bring anime fans, anime creators, an...
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Rudy's crass behavior can still be a distraction, but if you let that dissuade you from checking out this title then you could be missing one of the bigger qualitative surprises of the season.
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Sony Removes Previously Revealed Release Windows for Project Athia, Pragmata, Ghostwire: Tokyo Games

CES 2021 video with dates debuted last Tuesday ― Sony removed the release date windows for Square Enix's Project Athia game, Capcom's Pragmata game, and the GhostWire: Tokyo game from the end card of its CES 2021 video. When the video debuted last Tuesday, it stated that Project Athia will debut in January 2022 and that Pragmata has been delayed from 2022 to 2023. It also narrowed down the release wi...
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Sk8 the Infinity ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Apart from everything else in the second episode, the depiction of that central relationship, its give-and-take, is what elevated it for me.
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Yakuza: Like A Dragon Gets Xbox X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10 Release in Japan on February 25

― Sega announced on Monday that it will release the Yakuza: Like A Dragon game for Xbox X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 in Japan on February 25. The company also announced that the PlayStation 5 release for the game in Japan will be titled Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue International and will feature the English dub, faster load times, higher-quality graphics, and an improved frame rate. Seg...
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Blue Flag GN 5

Mami's greater presence forces Taichi to think a bit harder about his relationship with Futaba, although that mostly comes in the form of him looking surprised or confused for the greater part of the volume. ― It was almost too easy to hate Mami when she first came into the story. She was the perfect stereotype of the pushy pretty girl who rules over her high school with a flawlessly manicured claw. ...
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Kemono Jihen ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

What's not entirely clear is whether Inugami was being completely altruistic when he took Kabane with him back to Tokyo. The conversation he has with a mysterious woman whose smile is distressingly predatory might suggest otherwise
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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Smartphone Game Ends Service on February 18

Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri -Ran- Hajimaru Michiato debuted in December 2018 ― The official website for the Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri -Ran- Hajimaru Michiato (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress -Revolt- Beginning Tracks) smartphone game announced on Monday that the game will end service on February 18 at 5:00 p.m. JST. The game has halted sales of in-game currency as of Monday. The game will start accepting refunds...
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Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Even from just the second episode alone, it's easy to see why Mimimi is a fan favorite. Not only did the animators seem to give her movements the most attention, she's got chill unlike anybody else in this story has so far.
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Live-Action Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Film Casts Keiko Kitagawa

Behind-the-scenes video streamed for film opening on Friday ― The staff of the live-action film of Tomoko Yamashita's The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window (Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru) boys-love manga announced on Monday that the film has cast Keiko Kitagawa as Keiko, a lawyer who has been cursed by Erika Hiura. The staff began streaming a behind-the-scenes video that features Kitagawa and Yu...
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Kin-iro Mosaic Anime Film's Key Visual Reveals Summer Opening

Studio Gokumi, AXsiZ animate Kin-iro Mosaic Thank you!! film ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Yui Hara's Kin-iro Mosaic manga revealed on Tuesday that Kin-iro Mosaic Thank you!!, the franchise's new anime film, will open in theaters in Japan this summer. The account also unveiled a key visual. Munenori Nawa (NAKAIMO - My Little Sister Is Among Them!, R-15) is directing the film at Stud...
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Attack on Titan The Final Season ‒ Episode 6

Maybe this is why this episode has me reflecting so much about the ramifications of political manipulation, conspiratorial thought run amok, and all the other factors that have contributed to the sense of political unrest
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Fairy Ranmaru ~Anata no Kokoro O-tasukeshimasu~ Anime's 1st Video Reveals Cast, Staff, Opening Song

Masakazu Hishida directs, Shogo Sakata stars in Studio Comet's April anime ― The official website for the new Fairy Ranmaru ~Anata no Kokoro O-tasukeshimasu~ (Fairy Ranmaru ~I Will Help Your Heart~) television anime unveiled the anime's first promotional video and updated visual on Monday. The video reveals the cast, staff, and opening theme song "Ayashiku Get your heart" (Mysterious Get your heart) ...
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Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Creator Launches New Manga in February

Manga based on Hiroshi Shiibashi's earlier "Iwamoto-senpai no Suisen" 1-shot manga ― The February issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Tuesday that Hiroshi Shiibashi will launch a new manga titled Iwamoto-senpai no Suisen (Upperclassman Iwamoto's Recommendation) in the magazine's next issue on February 18. The manga is based on an earlier one-shot manga of the same name. The original o...
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EX-ARM ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

It's not like the wonderful readers of ANN would purposefully vote for a show they thought was universally horrendous just to make somebody suffer through it for comedy, right?
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New My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Game to Also Include Original Video Anime

Also: New Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Ketsu project also revealed ― The "Oregairu Fes FINAL" event for Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light novel series revealed on Sunday that the franchise is launching a new project titled Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Ketsu (Bind). The ev...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Film Earns 36.1 Billion Yen, Sells 26.44 Million Tickets

Film retakes #1 spot at Japanese box office in 14th weekend ― The Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film has earned 36.1 billion yen (about US$347.9 million) and has sold 26.44 million tickets as of Sunday. The film returned to the #1 spot over the weekend, its 14th weekend in Japan. The film sold 123,000 tickets and earned 203 million yen (about US$1.95 million) on Satur...
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Laid-Back Camp VR Games' Video Reveals March, April Release Dates

For PS4, Switch, iOS, Android, PC with English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, French text support ― Gemdrops began streaming a promotional video on Monday for its two VR games based on Afro's Laid-Back Camp (Yurucamp) manga. The video reveals the game's release dates: Yurucamp Virtual Camp Motosuko-hen (Motosu Lake Version) will debut in March, while Yurucamp Virtual Camp Fumoto Camp Jō-hen (Fumoto Camp...
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WonFes Event Moves Online, Final Fantasy VII Remake Orchestra World Tour Cancels Tokyo Leg

Also: Final Fantasy XIV 14-hour livestream delayed, Tokyo halts "pedestrian paradises" due to COVID-19 ― The model kit and figure convention Wonder Festival 2021 [Winter] revealed on Friday that it will now be an online event that will be held on February 7. The event staff had previously canceled the event, stating that about 6,500 dealers were planning to appear at the February 7 event, and that th...
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Eden Anime Gets Manga Adaptation

Manga adaptation by Tsuyoshi Isomoto launches on February 16 ― Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine's official Twitter account announced on Saturday that Netflix's four-episode original anime Eden is inspiring a manga adaptation. Tsuyoshi Isomoto will draw the manga, which will launch in the April issue of the Young King Ours GH magazine on February 16. The Eden anime will premiere in May after b...
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Jukaimura Manga Based on Ju-on Director's Upcoming Film Ends in February

Manga based on film launched last November ― The February issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine revealed last Friday that Yutoto's manga adaptation of director Takashi Shimizu and writer Daisuke Hosaka's upcoming Jukaimura (Suicide Forest Village) horror film is ending in the magazine's next issue on February 15. The manga's story begins when streamer Akina visits Aokigahara forest at the b...
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Magic of Chocolate Horror Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Maho Yamaguchi stars as Chocolat in summer film ― Shogakukan revealed on Saturday that Rino Mizuho's The Magic of Chocolate (Chocolat no Mahō) manga is inspiring a live-action film starring Maho Yamaguchi (seen in costume in visual below) as protagonist Chocolat. The film will open in Japan this summer. The horror manga series centers on Chocolat and her Chocolat Noir shop. Chocolat can grant wishes ...
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Hell's Paradise Manga Ends on January 25

Yūji Kaku's manga about ninja on quest to find elixir of immortality launched in 2018 ― Yūji Kaku revealed on Monday that the Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku manga will end with its 127th chapter. The 126th chapter revealed on Monday that the next chapter will debut on January 25. The manga centers on Gabimaru, once exalted as the strongest ninja, but who has now quit his trade, violating the laws of his...
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Magical Sempai Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

AZU's manga launched in 2016, inspired 2019 TV anime ― This year's eighth issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine revealed on Monday that AZU's Magical Sempai (Tejina Senpai) manga will end in two chapters. If the manga has no delays, it will end in the magazine's 10th issue on February 1. AZU previously announced in June 2020 that the manga's eighth compiled book volume will be the final volume. The volu...

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Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya Teases Bayonetta 3 Info, Unannounced Title in 2021

Hopes to make announcements in 2021 ― Game designer Hideki Kamiya of Platinum Games spoke about the upcoming Bayonetta 3 game as well as unannounced title or titles to Hamster CEO Satoshi Hamada during the Arcade Archives livestreams. Kamiya stated that he can not say too much but hopes to make announcements this year. Bayonetta 3 is in development exclusively for the Nintendo Switch console. Platinu...
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Tomonobu Itagaki Establishes New Itagaki Games Studio

Dead or Alive creator is open to Microsoft offers ― Game designer Tomonobu Itagaki announced on his Facebook page on Sunday that he has established a new studio named Itagaki Games. The announcement was originally in a segment cut from an interview with business news website Bloomberg due to space. In the interview, he noted that he is open to an offer from Microsoft for their Xbox gaming platform. I...
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Shonen Jump Magazine Launches 4 New Manga Including Works by Assassination Classroom, Astra Lost in Space Creators

Yusei Matsui's Nige Jōzu no Wakagimi manga launches on January 25 ― This year's seventh issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that it will launch four new manga in the next four issues. The first new manga to launch will be Yusei Matsui's Nige Jōzu no Wakagimi (The Young Lord Who is Skilled at Escaping), which will launch in the next issue on January 25. The manga will ha...
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Jujutsu Kaisen ‒ Episode 14

Something that we definitely don't want to take for granted as Jujutsu Kaisen enters into its second cour is how goddamned funny it is almost all of the time.
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Horimiya ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

They're both floundering a little as they try to figure things out and come together, and hopefully the pacing will slow down a bit so that we can relish each moment of this sweet, relatively drama-free story.
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IDOLiSH7 Second Beat!

Despite being in a saturated genre and saddled with the dual difficulties of being based on a game and featuring a ton of seemingly tropetastic characters, IDOLiSH7 Second Beat! is the kind of totally engrossing show that it's easy to get hooked on. ― Every genre and subgenre has its day in the sun, but idol shows' may have never truly gone behind a cloud, whether the idols are male, female, or a mix...
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World Trigger Season 2 ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

World Trigger chose a very weird place to go on a 5-year hiatus, and I can imagine a lot of folks might feel overwhelmed taking in a multi-front battle involving 90% of the established cast except our main trio. But thankfully the anime has been up the task by bringing every one of these fights to life with fantastic animation and direction.
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So I'm a Spider, So What? ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

The source novels are among the best light novels that I have read at painting truly exciting action scenes in words, and I am pleased to say that director Shin Itagaki and studio Millepensee have done a fantastic job of translating that to the screen.
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The Promised Neverland Season 2 ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

What made The Promised Neverland's first season so remarkable is how deftly it captured the heart of the story, and the visceral emotions that came from watching the kids try to defy their fates and find freedom in a terrifyingly strange world. So far, Season 2 is doing a great job of continuing that trend.
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Uma Musume Pretty Derby Smartphone Game Introduced in Promo Video

Game launches on February 24 for iOS and Android ― The official Poka TV YouTube channel started streaming an introductory promotional video for Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby smartphone game on Saturday. The video is narrated by voice actors Azumi Waki and Rena Maeda. The game will launch on February 24 for iOS and Android. The game was originally slated for a release in Winter 2018 and delayed in ...
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Cells at Work! Franchise Gets New Game by NetEase

Voice casts of both ongoing anime to appear at May 23 event ― The streamed "Joint Cells at Work! Station" program announced on Sunday that the Chinese developer NetEase Games (Knives Out, Identity V) is producing a new game in the Cells at Work! franchise. The staff will announce more details later. The franchise already had a smartphone game app in 2019, but it ended service last January. The voice ...
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Tomohiro Hasegawa's Moriking Manga Ends

Gag manga debuted on April 13 ― Tomohiro Hasegawa's Moriking (Shinrin Ōsha Mori King or Forest Ruler Mori King) manga ended with its thirty-fifth chapter in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Monday. The manga's third volume on January 4 had stated that the manga's fourth volume will be the final volume. The final volume will ship on April 2. The manga debuted in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump ...
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Famitsu: Game Industry in Japan Jumps 12.5% in 2020, Nintendo Switch Makes Up 87% of Console Sales

Switch sells 5.9 million units in 2020, PS4 sells 542,000 ― Video game news website Famitsu released its data regarding video game console and hardware sales for 2020 in Japan on Tuesday. According to the website, the video game industry in Japan made 367.38 billion yen (about US$3.54 billion) in 2020, up 12.5% compared to 2019. The hardware market sold 185.66 billion yen (about US$1.79 billion), up ...
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Aya Tsukishima, Ririo's Perfect Crime Manga Ends, Gets Spinoff

Coolmic website publishes manga in English about woman who has affair with boss ― The official Twitter account for Ririo and Aya Tsukishima's Perfect Crime manga confirmed on Saturday that the manga's 10th and final volume shipped on Saturday. The account also revealed that the manga will get a spinoff starting around this spring. The manga has 1.7 million copies in print. WWWave Corporation's Coolmi...
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Gintama The Final Film Adds Screenings with Commentary by Voice Cast

Viewers can download app with secondary audio starting on January 22 ― The official website for Gintama The Final, the new anime film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga, revealed on Saturday that theaters across Japan will start screening the film with audio commentary by the cast on January 22. Viewers can listen to the second audio channel with commentary by downloading it from a "Hello! Movie!" ap...
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Illustrator Cogecha Passes Away

Novel illustrator, Hatsune Miku music video artist passed away after accident at workplace last June ― The family of illustrator Cogecha revealed on Cogecha's Twitter account on Friday that Cogecha passed away in June 2020. The family stated that Cogecha passed away after a sudden accident at the workplace. The family added that police decided the incident was not criminal in nature. Cogecha illustra...

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Strike Witches: Road to Berlin

Studio David Production takes over the animation job for this series, and the result is maybe the best-looking TV series yet in the franchise. ― This Fall 2020 series is the fifth TV series and ninth animated title overall in the expansive Strike Witches franchise, as well as being the third installment in the core storyline. It is not going to be the last animated title in the franchise, as the spin...
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Kiki's Delivery Service Gets New Musical in March, April

Neo Inoue, Yūto Nasu star in new musical running in 3 cities ― Eiko Kadono's fantasy novel series Kiki's Delivery Service (Majo no Takkyūbin) is getting a new stage musical adaptation that will run in March and April. Neo Inoue will play Kiki, and Yūto Nasu will play Tombo. The play will run in Tokyo on March 25-28, in Nagoya on April 10-11, and in Osaka on April 15-18. The first stage musical starri...
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B-Project Switch Game Releases This Year, Gets iOS/Android Version

Visual also revealed for game featuring new scenarios, music ― MAGES announced at an event on Saturday that it will release B-PROJECT Ryūsei*Fantasia (B-PROJECT Shooting Star*Fantasia), the first console game in the B-PROJECT idol franchise, this year. The event also revealed that the game will also get a release for iOS and Android. MAGES. also revealed a key visual for the game. The game will encap...
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Godzilla vs. Kong Film's Release Date Moved Up to March 26

― Entertainment news source Deadline reported on Friday that Warner Bros. will release it and Legendary Entertainment's Godzilla vs. Kong film on March 26 instead of May 21. The film will release in theaters (including IMAX) and will also stream simultaneously on the HBO Max streaming service. Warner Bros. and Legendary reached an agreement earlier this month on how to release the film. Warner Bros....
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Samurai Shodown Game Gets Xbox Series X|S Release on March 16

Trailer streamed; those who have Xbox One edition can update for free ― SNK announced on Friday that it will release the Xbox Series X|S version of its Samurai Shodown (Samurai Spirits) fighting game on March 16. Koch Media will release a physical edition of the game in North and South America. The company is also streaming a trailer. Those who have the Xbox One version of the game will be able to up...
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Seven Seas Licenses Sarazanmai Anthology Manga

Collection releasing in June to feature short stories based on Kunihiko Ikuhara's 2019 anime ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed the Sarazanmai Anthology manga collection based on Kunihiko Ikuhara's Sarazanmai television anime series. The company will release the manga in a large-trim single volume in print and digital formats in June. The manga features more than a do...

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Cells at Work! Code Black ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

It's going to be weird to say, but this is an exceptionally well edited and fantastically scored horror episode.
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Cells at Work!! Season 2 ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Cells at Work! is doing its job: I'm learning things in a fun way! But it could do one better by not immediately sidelining its main cast. That we're already having animation issues this early is also not a great sign.
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Sailor Moon Eternal Anime Films' Theme Song Music Video Streamed

2nd film opens on February 11 ― Momoiro Clover Z's official YouTube channel began streaming an animated music video for "Tsukiiro Chainon" ("Moon Color Chainon"), the two-part Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal (Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal The MOVIE) anime film project's theme song. The video features subtitles in English, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish. The first film was originally scheduled...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba's Rengoku Also Gets Life-Sized Sword Replica

First it was Tanjiro, and now it's Rengoku's turn to get a life-sized replica of his iconic sword. ― First it was Tanjiro, and now it's Rengoku's turn to get a life-sized replica of his iconic sword. Tamashii Nations' "Proplica" (a portmanteau of "prop" and "replica") line of character items aimed at adult collectors is selling a replica of Kyojuro Rengoku's Nichirin Blade for 11,000 yen (approximate...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Film's English Dub Trailer Streamed

Film screens subbed, dubbed in N. America in early 2021 ― Aniplex of America began streaming an English dub trailer for the Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime on Friday. Funimation and Aniplex of America will screen the film with both subtitles and an English dub in theaters in North America in early 2021. After 12 consecutive weeks at #1 in the box office in Japan, the fi...
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Your Winter 2021 Daily Streaming Reviews Schedule

Click to find out who will be covering (or in some cases suffering through) this season's anime line-up! ― This season was full of highly-anticipated sequels and stellar premieres (check the Preview Guide for evidence), ANN opened voting for readers to decide the fate our intrepid review team. You did not disappoint! Look below for who will be covering (or in some cases suffering through) this season...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 957

If you are a freshly unfrozen homosapien from the middle paleolithic who is struggling to adapt to a modern world beyond your mind's wildest imaginations - then, my soggy hairy friend, this episode is for you.
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Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU ‒ Episode 15

It was really hard to choose a screencap this week that didn't show someone's eyes popping out of their skull.

D4DJ First Mix Anime's English Dub Streams on Sunday

Latin American Spanish dub debuts in early February ― Bushiroad announced on Friday that English-dubbed versions of D4DJ First Mix, the television anime in Bushiroad's D4DJ multimedia project, will debut on the D4DJ Global YouTube Channel on January 17 at 12:00 a.m. EST. The first three episodes with launch simultaneously. The Latin American Spanish-dubbed version will then debut in early February. J...
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Ginga Force, Natsuki Chronicles Shoot 'em Up Games Get Physical PS4 Releases in Europe

Games to ship in 2nd quarter of 2021 ― Rising Star Games and First Press Games announced on Thursday that they are collaborating to physically release the Ginga Force vertical shoot 'em up game and the Natsuki Chronicles horizontal shoot 'em up game for the PlayStation 4 in the second quarter of 2021. Both games will be available for pre-order on January 16 at 1:00 p.m. EST. The releases will be avai...
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Redo of Healer Official Twitter Account Issues Content Warning

'The content is not made to endorse any specific way of thinking or belief ... Also includes extreme violence.' ― The Redo of Healer official Twitter account issued a content warning for the anime shortly before its television debut on Wednesday. The message is translated as follows: This program is fiction and bears no relation to any existing person, place, or organization. Furthermore, the content...
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Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (Season 2) ‒ Episode 15

Otto and Emilia get some meaty development, and the result is a very satisfying episode all around.
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Hetalia World Stars Anime Confirms 4 More Returning Cast Members

Kokoro Tanaka, Takahiro Mizushima, Keikou Sakai, Keiichiro Asai return for spring 2021 anime ― The official website for the new anime of Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia World Stars manga confirmed four more returning cast members on Friday. The newly announced returning cast members are: Kokoro Tanaka as Latvia Takahiro Mizushima as Finland Keikou Sakai as Sweden Keiichiro Asai as Australia The anime will...
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Persona 5 Strikers Game's 'All-Out-Action' Trailer Streamed

Action RPG launches on PS4, Switch, PC in West on February 23 ― Atlus began streaming on Friday the "All-Out-Action" trailer for Persona 5 Strikers (Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers) ⁠— the new action role-playing game in the Persona franchise by Atlus, Koei Tecmo Games, and Omega Force. Persona 5 Strikers will launch for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in the West on Februar...
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I Reincarnated as Evil Alice, So the Only Thing I'm Courting is Death! Novel 1

I Reincarnated as Evil Alice is dark and bit grim. But it does successfully merge a host of popular tropes into one engaging novel. ― Lewis Carroll's Alice duology, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, have inspired plenty of anime and manga over the years, and a few otome games besides. With the popularity of the isekai subgenre of characters being reincarnated into otome ...
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Crunchyroll Announces Nominees for 5th Annual Anime Awards

BEASTARS, Great Pretender, Jujutsu Kaisen, and Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! all pulled at least nine nominations. ― Disclosure: The writer of this article is also a judge for the Anime Awards. Crunchyroll announced the nominees and opened voting for its fifth annual Anime Awards on Friday. Several series are looking to dominate the program, including Beastars, Great Pretender, Jujutsu Kaisen, and Ke...
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The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent TV Anime Unveils Main Cast

Yui Ishikawa, Takahiro Sakurai, Takuya Eguchi, Yusuke Kobayashi, Taku Yashiro star in slow-life isekai anime ― The official website for the television anime of Yuka Tachibana and Yasuyuki Syuri's The Saint's Magic Power Is Omnipotent (Seijo no Maryoku wa Bannō Desu) light novel series revealed the main cast on Friday. The cast includes: Yui Ishikawa as Sei Takanashi Takahiro Sakurai as Albert Hawke T...
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'Farewell, My Dear Cramer' Soccer TV Anime Reveals More Cast, Visual

Tomoyo Kurosawa, Aoi Yūki, Shiho Kokido join cast of April anime ― The official website for the anime project for Naoshi Arakawa's Farewell, My Dear Cramer (Sayonara Watashi no Cramer) manga revealed on Friday more cast and a key visual for the television anime. The visual shows the main character's soccer team as well as teams from rival high schools. The newly announced cast includes (pictured belo...
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Original Anime Odd Taxi Announced with Cast, Staff, Promo Video, Manga

April anime about taxi driver's customer chats that leads to missing girl ― A new website opened on Friday to announce a new original anime titled Odd Taxi that will premiere on TV Tokyo and AT-X in April. The website revealed the anime's promotional video, teaser visual, cast, staff, and manga adaptation. The teaser visual shows anthropomorphic characters in a city of neon lights. The story follows ...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, December 28-January 3

Studio Ghibli's Earwig and the Witch earned 6.1% rating; Makoto Shinkai films, Major 2nd marathon also rank ― Studio Ghibli's first CG feature Earwig and the Witch, Goro Miyazaki's anime adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones' novel of the same name, aired on NHK on Wednesday, December 30 at 7:30 p.m. and it earned a 6.1% rating. Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You film aired on TV Asahi on Sunday, January...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, January 4-10

Momotaro Dentetsu stays at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: January 4-10 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwMomotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! Konami November 19, 2020 87,087 1,510,537 2NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20, 2020 45,124 6,517,609 3NSwRing Fit Adventure Nintendo October 18, 2019 44,282 2,202,001 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Ninten...
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My Boy in Blue's Maki Miyoshi Launches New Manga on February 13

Yoru no Shita de Machiawase manga centers on friendless girl meeting handsome guy from another world ― The February issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on Wednesday that Maki Miyoshi will launch a new manga titled Yoru no Shita de Machiawase (A Rendezvous Under the Night) in the magazine's next issue on February 13. The manga will have a color opening page and will feature on the is...
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Blue Spring Ride's Io Sakisaka Launches New Manga on February 13

Sakura, Saku manga centers on girl looking for boy who helped her ― The official Twitter account for Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine revealed on January 10 that Io Sakisaka will launch a new manga titled Sakura, Saku (The Cherry Blossoms Bloom) in the magazine's March issue on February 13. The manga will center on a girl named Saki, who thinks of herself as always just blending in with the crow...

P.A Works Reveals Aquatrope of White Sand Original Anime for July

Anime taking place at Okinawa aquarium reunites staff of IRODUKU: The World in Colors anime ― P.A. Works revealed on Friday that it is producing a new anime series titled Aquatrope of White Sand (Shiro Suna no Aquatrope) that will debut in July. The original story takes place in a small aquarium in Okinawa. Toshiya Shinohara (Black Butler, IRODUKU: The World in Colors, A Lull in the Sea) is directing...
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Matinee to Soiree Manga Enters Climax

Megumi Osuga's manga about rookie stage actor living in shadow of brother's career launched in 2016 ― The February issue of Shogakukan's Gessan magazine announced on Tuesday that Megumi Osuga's Matinee to Soiree manga is heading toward its "climax." The manga centers on Makoto Mitsuya, a rookie stage actor who is trying to make a name for himself, but has so far lived under the shadow of his deceased...

Re:ZERO Creator, Scriptwriter Pen WIT Studio's April TV Anime Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song-

Tappei Nagatsuki, Eiji Umehara's original AI story teased with promo video, visual ― WIT Studio announced on Friday that it is producing the original television anime Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song-. Tappei Nagatsuki (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, Warlords of Sigrdrifa) and Eiji Umehara (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- episode scriptwriter, Chaos;Child) created the story and wrote the...
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Beauty and the Feast Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

Square Enix to release Satomi U's romantic comedy manga in English ― This year's third issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine revealed on Friday that Satomi U's Beauty and the Feast (Yakumo-san wa Eduke ga Shitai) manga will end in two chapters. The manga will not appear in the fourth issue, so the next chapter will appear in the fifth issue on February 19. Square Enix Manga & Books licensed th...
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Discotek Adds Cyber City Oedo 808 OVA, Lupin III: Missed by a Dollar Special

Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Hajime no Ippo Collection 2, Submarine Super 99 also get releases in March ― Discotek Media announced on Thursday that it will release the Cyber City Oedo 808 OVA and the Lupin III: Missed by a Dollar anime special on March 30. The company will also release the previously announced Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine series, Hajime no Ippo Collection 2 (wi...
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Saki Manga Franchise Has 10 Million Copies in Circulation

7 new books debut for franchise this month ― Square Enix reported on Friday that Ritz Kobayashi's Saki manga franchise, including its various spinoff manga, has 10 million copies in circulation. Square Enix will publish the main manga's 21st compiled book volume on January 22, as well as an illustration art book, and new volumes for the spinoff manga, for a total of seven new books in the month of Ja...

Philippines' GMA Network Posts Teaser for Live-Action Voltes V Legacy Series

Video teases volt-in sequence, Ultraelectromagnetic Sword attack ― Philippine television network GMA-7 began streaming a teaser trailer on Thursday for Voltes V Legacy, its live-action remake of the classic Voltes V mecha anime. The video teases the titular mecha's "volt-in" sequence, and also teases the iconic "Tenkūken" ("Laser Sword" in the Philippines) attack. GMA-7 has not yet revealed a premier...
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You Higuri Launches Manga Adaptation of Harlequin Romance

Manga of Abby Green's A Christmas Bride for the King novel debuted on January 9 ― You Higuri launched the Shakunetsu no Ō to Utsukushiki Tōbōsha manga adaptation of Abby Green's A Christmas Bride for the King novel in HarperCollins Japan's Harlequin Original magazine on January 9. The story centers on the younger brother of the hero in Green's A Diamond for the Sheikh's Mistress novel, which received...

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Violet Evergarden Film Sells 1.45 Million Tickets for 2.1 Billion Yen

Kyoto Animation film opened on September 18 ― Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime has sold 1,450,000 tickets for 2.1 billion yen (about US$20.2 million) as of Thursday. The film opened in Japan on September 18 last year, and it ranked at #2 in its opening weekend. The film is the first new Japanese anime film (as opposed to compilation films) to open in Dolby Cinemas, with Dolby Cine...

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S Anime Unveils New Visual, July Premiere

2nd season of Kyoto Animation anime based on Coolkyoushinja's manga ― The official website for the television anime of Coolkyoushinja's Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid manga unveiled a new visual and the July premiere date on Friday for the show's second season, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S. Kyoto Animation is returning to produce the anime. The "S" in the show's second season title stands for "Super ...
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Wataru Murayama's Alcafus Manga Ends in Next Chapter

Isekai story debuted in July 2018 ― The February issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine revealed on January 9 that Wataru Murayama's Alcafus manga will end in the next issue on February 9. The manga's story begins when a boy named Tasuku makes a mysterious friend at a Shinto shrine. He encounters a collapsed girl with the ears and tail of an animal at the shrine. She wakes up, and he gives h...
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Gintama The Semi-Final Net Anime Special's Trailer Highlights Shinsengumi

1st part of special debuted on Friday, 2nd part on January 20 ― The online dTV service began streaming a new trailer for Gintama The Semi-Final, the new net anime special in the Gintama franchise, on Friday. The trailer previews the special's second part debuting on January 20, and centers on the Shinsengumi. The special has two episodes, and is a prequel to the Gintama The Final anime film. The spec...
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Super Cub Motorbike Anime Unveils New Visual, April Premiere

Anime adapts Toni Koken, Hiro's novels about girl whose new motorcycle opens up her world ― The official website for the television anime of Tone Koken's Super Cub novels unveiled a new visual and the anime's April premiere date on Friday. The site had streamed a promotional video in May 2020. The anime stars: Yuki Yomichi as Koguma Ayaka Nanase as Reiko Natsumi Hioka as Shii Eniwa Toshiro Fujii (Bor...
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Knights of Sidonia Anime Film's Trailer Reveals 4 New Cast Members, May 14 Opening

Yūma Uchida, Yūto Uemura, Inori Minase, Miho Okasaki join film with all-new story ― The official website for Sidonia no Kishi: Ai Tsumugu Hoshi (Knights of Sidonia: The Star Where Love is Spun), the all-new anime film based on Tsutomu Nihei's Knights of Sidonia (Sidonia no Kishi) manga, began streaming the first full trailer for the film on Friday. The trailer reveals four new cast members, as well a...
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Shueisha Denies Involvement in Recent Twitter Copyright Takedowns

Third party caused Twitter to lock accounts, delete images related to Shueisha properties ― Beginning on Thursday last week, Twitter locked numerous accounts and deleted uploaded images in response to copyright claims allegedly under the name of Japanese manga publisher Shueisha. Many of the images deleted were related to Shueisha properties, in particular to the manga One Piece and Dragon Ball Super...

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe OVAs Launch on Netflix Worldwide on February 18

English-subtitled trailer streamed for 4-episode anime ― Netflix announced on Friday that it will stream the anime of Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai), Hirohiko Araki's spinoff manga for his JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga, in 190 countries starting on February 18. Netflix is also streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the anime. Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan is a series of Hirohiko...
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Trinity Seven: Anastasia Holy Story Spinoff Manga Ends in Next Chapter

Series launched in September 2019 ― The February issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine revealed on January 9 that Bcoca's Trinity Seven: Anastasia Seiden (Trinity Seven: Anastasia Holy Story), a spinoff manga to Kenji Saito and Akinari Nao's Trinity Seven manga, will end in the next issue on February 9. The spinoff launched in the magazine in September 2019. Kadokawa published the second co...
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Gift Plus Minus Manga Author Aims to End Series This Year

Manga debuted in 2015, inspired anime in 2018 Gift Plus Minus manga creator Yuka Nagate announced on Twitter on Wednesday that she aims to complete the series by the end of 2021. The manga inspired an anime adaptation that debuted in Production I.G's Anime Beans app in September 2018. The manga centers on Tamaki Suzuhara, a high school student who is skilled at hunting people. She tracks down crimi...
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Shueisha Responds After One Piece Editor Gets Spotted With Pirated Adult Manga Viewing History

He had inadvertently touched the link while surfing the net, claims Shueisha ― Shueisha issued a statement to the news outlet J-Cast after a recent controversy involving a One Piece editor's internet viewing history. The editor's smartphone screen was shown in a recent livestream; in the search history it was briefly shown that one of the links was to an adult manga pirate site. The livestream, which...
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Ikigami Creator Motoro Mase's Nenkin Ningen Hitomoji Manga Ends

4th volume launches in late March ― Motoro Mase's Nenkin Ningen Hitomoji manga ended in this year's second issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine on January 9. Shogakukan will publish the fourth and final volume in late March. The magazine had revealed in November that the manga was entering its "final series." The issue alternatively described the manga's new arc as an epilogue. The "dramatic bio ...
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Surfers, Designers and Animals Frolick On The Beach in WAVE!! x Heaven's Design Team Collaboration Illustration

Asahi Productions, who produced both anime series, released the image ― To commemorate the recent premieres of WAVE!! Surfing Yappe!! and Heaven's Design Team, Asahi Productions, who produced both anime series, have released a collaboration illustration of the two. The illustration depicts Masaki Hinaoka and Shou Akitsuki from WAVE!! Surfing Yappe!! playing with various animals on the beach alongside...
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Dragon Quest Franchise Eases Rules on Monetized Streaming in Japan

Streamers may earn profit from monetized videos/streams ― Square Enix announced on Thursday that the Dragon Quest franchise is easing the rules on monetized streaming for its games. The new guidelines, which went into effect on Thursday, allow Dragon Quest games' streamers in Japan to earn profit from their monetized streams and videos. The new guidelines do not apply for streamers outside Japan. In ...
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Bravely Default II Switch Game's Trailer Previews Snow Country, Asterisk Holders

Game launches on February 26 ― Square Enix began streaming a new trailer on Wednesday for its Bravely Default II Nintendo Switch game. The video previews the deep snow country of Rimedahl and the Asterisk holders for the Dragoon, Swordmaster, Spiritmaster, Oracle, and Salve-Maker jobs. Bravely Default II will launch on February 26, after a delay from 2020. Nintendo previously stated that the delay wa...
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US-Japan Face Mask Design Contest Calls for Submissions

Submissions are open until January 22 ― The New York branches of the Japan Foundation and The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership are calling for submissions for the “U.S.-Japan Face Mask Design Contest 2020.” The winning designs will be produced and donated to medical institutions and U.S.-Japan related nonprofit organizations. The winners will also receive gift cards to Kinokuniya and Bl...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Laidbackers Theatrical Anime Project

Anime film debuted in Japan in April 2019 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has acquired home video and digital sell-through rights for Studio Gokumi's Laidbackers theatrical anime project in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, and the Netherlands. The company will release the anime on home video in April. The stu...
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My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, Attack on Titan Rank on NYT Bestseller January List

Junji Ito's Remina manga also makes list ― Two volumes of Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga, one volume of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga, Junji Ito's Remina manga, and one volume of Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga ranked on The New York Times' monthly Graphic Books and Manga bestseller list released in early January. The first volume of My Hero Academia ranked ...
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Kanojo mo Kanojo Anime Unveils Main Staff,Teaser Visual

Quintessential Quintuplets' Satoshi Kuwabara directs Tezuka Productions anime of Hiroyuki's romantic comedy ― The official website for the television anime of Hiroyuki's Kanojo mo Kanojo (She's a Girlfriend Too) manga revealed the main staff and teaser visual on Friday. The visual shows Nagisa (pictured below left) and Saki (pictured right). Satoshi Kuwabara (The Quintessential Quintuplets) is direct...
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My Hero Academia Ranks at #1 on U.S. Monthly BookScan December List

16 manga volumes including Demon Slayer, Uzumaki, Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun, Remina, Attack on Titan, Tokyo Ghoul, Death Note rank in top 20 ― Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 ranked at #1 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for December. This month's list featured 16 manga volumes, including: #1 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 #2 — Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slaye...
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New Pokémon Snap Switch Game Launches on April 30

Trailer previews new Lental region ― The Pokémon Company International announced on Thursday that its New Pokémon Snap game will launch for Nintendo Switch on April 30. The company began streaming a new trailer, and it previews the Lental region and its Pokémon. Bandai Namco Studios is developing the New Pokémon Snap game. The game, inspired by the 1999 Pokémon Snap game for the Nintendo 64, lets pla...
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1st Standalone Macross Frontier Concerts in a Decade Delayed Due to COVID-19

Macross Delta's Walküre concerts moved up 1 hour to end by 8:00 p.m. ― The official Macross portal site announced on Thursday that the "SANKYO presents Macross F Galaxy Live 2021 ~Madamada Futari wa Kore kara! Watashitachi no Uta wo Kike!" concerts, the first standalone live Macross Frontier concerts in a decade, have been delayed due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the Japanese governm...
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Murenase! Seton Gakuen Manga Only Has 'A Little More' to Go

Animal-themed romantic comedy manga launched in 2016, inspired 2020 TV anime ― Manga creator Bungo Yamashita announced on their Twitter account that their Murenase! Seton Gakuen -Animal Academy- (Come Together! Seton Academy -Animal Academy-) manga only has "a little more" to go. The "survival of the fittest animal romantic comedy" manga takes place at a school for animals, where the students' curric...
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Mamisu Arizawa Publishes Inukami! Novels' Sequel Work

Arizawa publishes sequel in new WiZH publishing company comprised of GoRA creator group members ― Writer Watatsuki Miyazawa announced on Monday that they have established a new publishing company named WiZH, with plans to publish new works in Mamisu Arizawa and illustrator Kanna Wakatsuki's Inukami! novel series, among others. The company also plans to make original works and novelizations of anime i...
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Mohiro Kitoh's Nōryoku: Shujinkō Hosei Manga Ends

Manga about average guy who gains power to become protagonist at life launched in November 2019 ― The February issue of Kodansha's good! Afternoon magazine published the final chapter of Mohiro Kitoh and Tōma's Nōryoku: Shujinkō Hosei (Superpower: Protagonist Revision) manga on January 7. The manga's third volume will debut in March as a digital-only release. The manga centers on Katō, who only wishe...

Final Evangelion Film Delayed Again Due to COVID-19

Film was slated to open on January 23, no new release date announced ― The official Twitter account for the Evangelion franchise announced on Thursday that Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the new Evangelion film, will not open on January 23 as planned. The staff stated they are delaying the film again after careful consideration due to the new state of emerge...
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Universal Studios Japan Postpones Super Nintendo World Opening

New theme park area was scheduled to open on February 4 ― Universal Studios Japan announced on Thursday that it is postponing the planned opening date of its Super Nintendo World area due to the new state of emergency declaration for Osaka prefecture on Wednesday. The new theme park area was planned to open on February 4. Universal Studios Japan stated it will reveal the new official opening date aft...
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Oh! My Konbu Manga Returns After 30 Years

Gourmet manga sequel by creators Yasushi Akimoto, Takahiro Kamiya brings back Konbu as middle-aged man ― This year's seventh issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine featured the return of the Oh! My Konbu manga on Thursday with the serialization of the new Oh! My Konbu Middle manga. Original creators Yasushi Akimoto and Takahiro Kamiya are once again returning to supervise and draw the manga, respective...
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Neptunia Virtual Stars Game's Teaser Reveals March Western Release

PS4 version out in N. America on March 2, Europe on March 5; PC version out on Steam on March 29 ― Idea Factory International unveiled a new teaser trailer and the release date of Compile Heart's VVVtunia (Neptunia Virtual Stars) game on Wednesday. The game will be available on PlayStation 4 physically and digitally in North America on March 2, and in Europe on March 5. The PC version will be availab...
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Cells at Work! Code Black Manga Ends on January 21

Spinoff about cells in unhealthy body launched in 2018, has ongoing TV anime ― This year's seventh issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Thursday that Shigemitsu Harada and Issei Hatsuyoshiya's Cells at Work! Code Black (Hataraku Saibō Black) spinoff manga will end in its next chapter on January 21. The manga's eighth volume will be the final volume, and it will ship on February 22. Kodans...
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