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Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War BD/DVD

This zodiac-themed battle royale pits twelve animal-themed warriors against each other for the right to win one all-powerful wish. Theron Martin discovers how this tournament shakes out on Blu-ray. ― This Fall 2017 series is a little different in that it is derived almost entirely from a single light novel, and not a long one at that. To turn such a short work into 12 episodes of animation, the adapt...
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Shelf Life - Hells

Paul takes a look at Madhouse's avant-garde movie about the underworld with a dub produced by Youtubers, plus a brand-new Shelf Obsessed submission and all this week's new anime releases! ― By the time you read this, I'll probably be digging out from a foot or more of snow. I was totally planning on going outside and being productive over the weekend and definitely wasn't looking for an excuse to st...
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Goblin Slayer Novels 5-6

The infamous Slayer's story extends beyond the anime in these two action-packed volumes. How will these new challenges affect these unconventional adventurers? ― While the story arcs covered by the 2018 anime adaptation begin the work of showing how Goblin Slayer's new party helps him recover some of his lost humanity, the events of volumes five and six really kick that job into high gear. What's als...
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The Mike Toole Show - Old School Isekai

As it turns out, "you've been transported to another world!" has been a storytelling device since the dawn of time. Mike takes a fascinating trip through the history of the genre. ― Just a couple of weeks ago, I saw a remarkable animated film about the chronicles of a troubled man with a life full of problems, who's whisked away from the world he knows to a new and different parallel universe—one whe...
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Tia La Cherla GN 1

This fantasy adventure indulges some familiar tropes but strays just far enough from the beaten path to keep things interesting. Rebecca Silverman dives in. ― Cross Infinite World tends to focus more on light novel translations, but the few manga titles they've also licensed are interesting. Tia la Cherla is a straight fantasy (as opposed to the historical fantasy, isekai, and urban fantasy of their ...
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Kingdom Hearts Orchestra Concert Tour Gets New Run in 7 U.S., Canadian Cities

Also gets stops in Singapore, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Brazil, U.K., Mexico ― Square Enix announced on Tuesday that a new Kingdom Hearts Orchestra concert tour will run in 11 countries in 2019. The new tour is titled Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-, and will feature an all-new program to celebrate the release of the Kingdom Hearts III game. The tour will debut at International Foru...
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Viz Media Licenses Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us Film, Spinoff Manga

Film planned for BD/DVD release, Zeraora side story manga slated for summer ― Viz Media announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Minna no Monogatari), the 21st film in the Pokémon franchise, in the United States and Canada, and plans to release it on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. In addition, Viz announced that it has acquired the rights to the...
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Run with the Wind ‒ Episode 14

"Low-energy manga fan Akane AKA Prince has always been the team's wildcard, and he gets the spotlight this week."
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Japanese Comic Ranking, January 14-20

Kingdom, The Seven Deadly Sins, Ace of Diamond Act II, Skip Beat!, Kaguya-sama: Love is War in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Kingdom 53 338,843 338,843 2019/01 Shueisha Yasuhisa Hara 1 1 2 The Seven Deadly Sins 35 184,289 184,289 2019/01 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 2 1 3 Ace of Diamond Act II 15 101,851 101,851 2019/01 K...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, January 14-20

Ace Combat 7, Yakuza 4 PS4 games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: January 14-20 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Ace Combat 7 Skies Unknown (Including Limited Editions) Bandai Namco Entertainment January 17 202,379 202,379 49 2NSwNew Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Nintendo January 11 88,840 255,143 3NSwSuper Smash Brothers Ultimate (Including Bundled E...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ‒ Episode 16

"It seems like the story is stuck in a holding pattern while it figures out what to do next."
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Nissin Pulls Cup Noodle/Prince of Tennis Ads After White-Washing Controversy

After an initial apology earlier this week, Nissin has pulled its animated Cup Noodle ads featuring tennis player Naomi Osaka. The company had received international backlash for Osaka's depiction in the advertisements as a much lighter-skinned version of herself. Osaka, who is half-Haitian and half-Japanese, appeared in the ads as an anime character along with fellow tennis player Kei Nishikori. ...
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What Did You Eat Yesterday? Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series

Series premieres in April ― This year's eighth issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine confirmed on Thursday that a live-action television series adaptation of Fumi Yoshinaga's What Did You Eat Yesterday? (Kinō Nani Tabeta?) manga will premiere in April. The show will air on TV Tokyo and other networks. Vertical is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story: A hard-working, middle-aged g...
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Season Premiere: The Morose Mononokean II—Episodes 1-3

"This supernatural slice-of-life has a winning formula: a fun dynamic between its two leads, a colorful cast of supporting characters, and a vibrant fantasy world to explore."
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Answerman - Is Japan Or America More Prudish About Sexual Content?

With the phenomenon of fanservice being so common in anime, does this mean that Japan is more relaxed about sexual content than the USA, or is it actually the other way around? Justin Sevakis has the answers. ― James asked: Many American fans of Japanese animation and manga believe that Japanese media and culture in general are more liberal-minded on the subject, and accepting, of nudity and sexuali...
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Why I Want to Eat Your Pancreas Film's Disease Awareness Promotion is Important

Despite hearing positive reviews, I was not planning to see I want to eat your pancreas, but then the film teamed up with National Pancreas Foundation and that changed. ― Despite hearing positive reviews, I was not planning to see I want to eat your pancreas. A press release that the ANN newsroom received today changed my mind. Aniplex of America and Fathom Events announced on Tuesday that they have ...
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Toei Denies Report of New Dragon Ball Super Episodes 'at This Moment'

― International media news website World Screen posted a spotlight on Toei Animation on Monday and said that the company is "making more episodes of Dragon Ball Super." However, Toei Animation denied having "mentioned or announced" more episodes of Dragon Ball Super, and told ANN that the report "is not true at this moment." Dragon Ball Super premiered in Japan in July 2015 on Fuji TV and other chan...
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Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ Game's Video Previews Theme Song

PS4/Vita game slated for February 14 ― Aksys Games began streaming a video for its release of the Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ game on Tuesday. The video previews the game's theme song "Snowflake ~twinkle crystal dream~" by mao. Aksys Games will release the game on February 14 on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The limited edition will contain acrylic figurines of the characters and ei...
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Psycho-Pass Stage Play Reveals Title, Visual, Additional Cast

Play runs in Tokyo in April, in Osaka in May ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of Production I.G's Psycho-Pass franchise revealed the title, a teaser visual, and additional cast on Wednesday. The play's title is Butai Psycho-Pass Virtue and Vice. The play stars: Hiroki Suzuki as Haruto Kusen Takuma Wada as Hiro Kanō Yasuhi Nakamura as Kyōichirō Iguchi Hideya Tawada as Yukiya Rangu ...
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Tsukihime Manga's Sasakishonen Ends Tsuki no Sango Manga

Manga based on novella by Type-Moon's Kinoko Nasu launched in 2012 ― Sasakishonen published the last chapter of the manga adaptation of Kinoko Nasu's Tsuki no Sango (Moon Coral) novella on Kodansha's Saizensen manga website on Tuesday. The science-fiction story centers on a lone "princess," who lives on a sparsely populated island in Earth's far future. Sasakishonen launched the manga on Saizensen in...
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill Anime Schedules Extra Episodes' Premieres

To stream in Japan on February 10, March 10, April 10 ― The official website for Double Decker! Doug & Kirill, the anime series that is "one part" of Sunrise's "new Tiger & Bunny animation project," revealed the premiere dates and streaming services for the three-episode Double Decker! Doug & Kirill Extra Story anime on Wednesday. The premiere dates are: February 10: EX episode 1, "Nana-nin no Keiji ...
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New Galaxy Express 999 Stage Play Unveils New Visual

The website for the 40th anniversary of Leiji Matsumoto's Galaxy Express 999 manga and anime franchise revealed a new visual for the Ginga Tetsudo 999 Sayonara Maetel ~ Boku no Eien (Galaxy Express 999 Goodbye Maetel ~ My Eternity) stage play on Wednesday. The play will run in Tokyo's Meiji-za Theater from April 20 to 29, and in Osaka's Umeda Arts Theater on May 10 to 12. The play is a sequel to t...
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Steins;Gate Elite PS4, PC, Switch Game's Trailer Previews Story

Game launches with Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram, 8-BIT ADV Steins;Gate on February 19 ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming a trailer for the Western release of its Steins;Gate Elite game on Tuesday. The trailer previews the game's story. The game will launch for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in North America and Europe on February 19. The PS4 and Steam versions of the game wil...
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Okko's Inn, Liz and the Blue Bird Win at 73rd Mainichi Film Award

Films receive Best Animation Film award, Noburou Oofuji Award ― The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper announced the winners for the 73rd Annual Mainichi Film Awards on Wednesday. Kitaro Kousaka, DLE, and Madhouse's Okko's Inn film won this year's Best Animation Film award. Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation's Liz and the Blue Bird won the Noburou Oofuji Award, which honors animated works that offer new forms ...
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2nd Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Brings Back Nobuyuki Suzuki as Amon

Film premieres on July 19 in Japan ― The official website for the live-action films of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga revealed on Wednesday that the tentatively titled live-action Tokyo Ghoul 2 film is bringing back Nobuyuki Suzuki (seen below) as Kōtarō Amon. The film opens in Japan on July 19. Masataka Kubota (center in image below) is returning as Ken Kaneki, but Maika Yamamoto (left in image belo...

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Jouji Nakata's Seiyu Red and White Contest Announces 1st Performers

Jouji Nakata's inaugural Seiyū Red and White Singing Contest has found its first line-up of performers. Nakata tapped popular voice actors from the 90s anime era as well as current big names in the industry. The first program is set to air on the on-demand SKY PerfecTV! channel on April 14. The Red Team guest list includes the eternally 17-year-old Kikuko Inoue, her daughter Honoka Inoue, Cardcapt...
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Natsuzora Live-Action Series About Early Anime Industry Taps Mr. Osomatsu Composer Yukari Hashimoto

Chihayafuru's Suzu Hirose stars in upcoming rama ― The staff for the Natsuzora live-action series about the early Japanese animation industry announced that Yukari Hashimoto is composing the music for the show. Hashimoto has composed music for many anime, including March comes in like a lion, Yurikuma Arashi, Mr. Osomatsu, and Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun. The show is planned to air from April to Septem...

Virginia Court Convicts Man for Violating Supervised Release Terms With 'Anime Child Pornography'

Man was disallowed from viewing pornography as part of release terms ― A Virginia court upheld a guilty verdict in August against defendant Elmer Emmanuel Eychaner III on several counts, including violating the terms of his supervised release by searching for "anime child pornography." Eychaner was forbidden from viewing any pornographic material as part of the terms of his supervised release from pr...
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Ga-Rei: Zero 10th Anniversary Event Includes Live Concert, Talk Show

Event includes scheduled appearances by voice actors Minoru Shiraishi, Minori Chihara, singers Yozuca*, Faylan, director Ei Aoki, more staff ― The 2008 Ga-Rei: Zero anime got a short revival on television in 2017, a character swimsuit contest, and plans for a 10th anniversary celebration. The announcements culminated in a 10th anniversary event set for February 24. The staff of the anime series will ...

Trigger, XFlag's Promare Anime Film Reveals Main Cast, May Debut, New Trailer (Update)

Kenichi Matsuyama stars in upcoming film from Kill la Kill/Gurren Lagann creators ― The staff for Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare anime unveiled a second promotional video, visual, main cast, and May theatrical debut on Wednesday. The cast includes Kenichi Matsuyama as Galo Thymos, a new member of the Burning Rescue team. He's still in his teens but has more attitude than anyon...
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Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launched for PS4/PC in N. America on Tuesday ― XSEED Games began streaming a launch trailer for the Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal game on Tuesday. The company released the game for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in North America on Tuesday. The North American "At the Seams" limited edition bundles "Busty Besties" keychains, soundtrack CDs, and a DLC set with three uniforms and Yumi as a playable ...
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FamilyMart Joins 7-Eleven, Lawson in Dropping Adult Magazine Sales

A third Japanese convenience store chain announced it will stop stocking shelves with adult magazines. FamilyMart announced on Tuesday that it is joining Lawson and 7-Eleven and will no longer offer adult magazines beginning in August. A company spokesperson said that approximately 2,000 locations had already pulled the magazines from shelves in April 2018 but the trend would continue nationwide. ...
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This Week in Anime - Boogiepop and Others is a Spooky Mind-Bending Thriller

Boogiepop was one of the first hit light novels on the market, but it's never been adapted to anime from the beginning before. Nick and Andy find out if this decades-old supernatural mystery series still pops in 2019. ― Boogiepop and Others was one of the first hit light novels on the market, but it's never been adapted to anime from the beginning before. This week, Nick and Andy find out if this de...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 20-26

Citrus, Land of the Lustrous anime; 10 Dance, DIVE!!, For the Kid I Saw in My Dreams, Hitorijime My Hero, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, Monster Wrestling, Nyankees, Yuri is my Job! manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Citrus BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 January 22 Hataraki Man BDCite Maiden Japan US$39.98 January 22 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardus...
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Nissin Apologizes for White-Washed Tennis Champ Osaka in Cup Noodle/Prince of Tennis Ads

A spokesperson for Nissin Foods apologized in response to backlash over the company's "Hungry to Win" Cup Noodle ads featuring tennis player Naomi Osaka as a much lighter-skinned version of herself. Osaka, who is half-Haitian and half-Japanese, appears in the ads as an anime character along with fellow tennis player Kei Nishikori. Nissin's ads show a pale version of Osaka with less textured hair. ...
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Yakuza Kiwami Game's PC Version Previewed in Video

PC version launches in Japan on February 19 ― Sega of America began streaming a trailer for the PC version of the Yakuza Kiwami game on Tuesday. The game will launch for PC via Steam on February 19. Sega released Yakuza Kiwami, a full remake of the original Yakuza (Ryū ga Gotoku) game, in Japan for PS3 and PS4 in January 2016. Sega then released the game in English on PS4 in August 2017. Sega release...
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Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War BD/DVD

This zodiac-themed battle royale pits twelve animal-themed warriors against each other for the right to win one all-powerful wish. Theron Martin discovers how this tournament shakes out on Blu-ray. ― This Fall 2017 series is a little different in that it is derived almost entirely from a single light novel, and not a long one at that. To turn such a short work into 12 episodes of animation, the adapt...
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Fujoshi Cast Teihen Dōshi no Maunto Kassen Essay Manga Cancelled After Online Backlash

Online manga publisher Comic Ishin Reala announced in a Twitter post on Monday that the fujoshi-themed essay manga Fujoshi Cast Teihen Dōshi no Maunto Kassen has been cancelled. The manga is currently being removed from various online retailers, a process which may take up to a few days. The publisher apologized for any unpleasant feelings that the manga may have evoked in its readers. 【お詫び】当レーベルよ...
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Another Eden Smartphone Game's English Video Introduces Characters

Game slated to launch in N. America, Europe in early 2019 ― Smartphone game and social networking service company GREE's Wright Flyer Studios began streaming an English character introduction video for its Another Eden: The Cat Beyond Time and Space smartphone game on Tuesday. The video introduces the protagonist Aldo and his friends Cyrus, Riica, Amy, and Feinne. The game is slated for release in No...
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Crunchyroll Expo to Host Horror Manga Artist Junji Ito

Event to also feature "New Crunchy City" experience ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that its Crunchyroll Expo event will host horror manga artist Junji Ito. Ito's Uzumaki and Tomie manga have inspired live-action adaptations, and his GYO manga inspired an OVA. Viz Media has published these three titles, as well as Ito's Fragments of Horror, Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection, and Smashed: Ju...
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1st Made in Abyss Compilation Anime Film Gets U.S. Premiere on March 15

Anime's staff to attend Journey's Dawn premiere event in Los Angeles ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that Made in Abyss: Tabidachi no Yoake, the first Made in Abyss compilation film, will have its U.S. premiere under the title Journey's Dawn at Regal Cinema (L.A. LIVE) in Los Angeles on March 15. The company will host a red-carpet event at the premiere with guests such as director Masayuki Ko...
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Shōmetsu Toshi Anime's Opening Video Previews Mao Abe Song

Series based on smartphone game premieres in April ― The official website for the television anime of Wright Flyer Studios' Shōmetsu Toshi (Annihilated City — Where I End and You Begin) smartphone game revealed on Tuesday that Mao Abe will perform the opening theme song "Kotae" (Answer). The website also began streaming the anime's opening video that features the song. The anime will premiere in Apri...
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Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists Game's Video Previews Theme Song

Game ships in Japan on January 31, in the West in March ― Gust began streaming an "avant-title movie" promotional video for its Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World game on Tuesday. The video features the theme song "Alchemia" performed by Mitsuki Nakae. The game will ship for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch in Japan on January 31 after a delay from Decembe...

Mirai Anime Film Nominated for Animated Feature Oscar

Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse also nominated ― The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards on Tuesday. Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's anime film Mirai received a nomination in the Animated Feature Film category. The other nominees in the category are Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Ralph ...

2nd Made in Abyss Film Casts Inori Minase as Prushka in New Scene

2nd anime compilation opened on Friday with scene linking to upcoming new Made in Abyss work ― The second Made in Abyss compilation film, Made in Abyss: Hōrō Suru Tasogare (Wandering Twilight), opened on Friday and included a brand-new scene featuring the new character Prushka. Inori Minase voiced Prushka in this scene which ties into the upcoming new work Gekijōban Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashii no ...
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Fire Force TV Anime Casts Saeko Kamijō as Maki Oze

Character promo also streamed for military vet on Shinra's team ― The official website for the television anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga announced on Tuesday that Saeko Kamijō will play Maki Oze, her first regular role in a television anime. First Class Fire Soldier Maki Oze is a second generation power user and a military veteran skilled at close combat. She may look ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, January 14-20

Free!-Dive to the Future- sells 1,869, followed by Eromanga Sensei OVA, Show by Rock!! musical, Dempagumi.inc, Yowapeda event ― Live Musical Show by Rock!! -Kyōsō no Bloody Labyrinth- debuted at #12 on the overall DVD chart with 1,544 copies. Dempagumi.inc's Dempa no Kamigami DVD Kami Box Biri Eleven landed at #14 with 1,428 copies. Yowamushi Pedal Special Event ~Le Tour de Yowapeda 2018~ was #16 wit...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, January 14-20

SSSS.GRIDMAN sells 7,890, followed by Eromanga Sensei, Free!-Dive to the Future-, Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I., RELEASE THE SPYCE ― The [email protected] SideM 3rd Live Tour ~Glorious [email protected]!~ Live Blu-ray Side Sendai sold 1,163 more copies for a new total of 19,721 copies. In its second week, it dropped from #3 to #23 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Game Jikkyōsha Wakuwaku Band 8th Concert ~Ore-tach...
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SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays Game's Video Reveals English Asian Release on PS4/Switch/PC

Slated for English release this year in Southeast Asia ― Bandai Namco Entertainment confirmed its announcement of the new SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays game on Tuesday, and also revealed the game's release this year in Japan for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. Bandai Namco Entertainment Southeast Asia will also release the game in English this year on the same platforms in S...
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Live-Action Kakegurui Series' 2nd Season Reveals Theme Songs

BIGMAMA returns for "mummy mummy" theme song, PassCode performs opening song "Ichi ka Bachi ka" ― The February issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine revealed the theme song artists for the second live-action television season based on Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga on Tuesday. The rock band BIGMAMA returns from the first season to provide the new theme ...
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Doubt/Judge Creator Tonogai Launches Dead Company Manga

Manga centers on young man with special experience recruited by game developer ― The official Twitter account for Gentosha's Comic Boost manga website announced on Monday that Yoshiki Tonogai is launching a new manga titled Dead Company in the site. It did not reveal a debut date for the manga. The announcement described the manga as centering on a "death game with a new dimension." The story follows...
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'Saint Seiya Origin' Manga Will Get New Series Set in Poseidon Arc

2-chapter short manga ran on December 19, January 19 ― The March issue of Akita Shoten's Champion RED magazine revealed on Saturday that "Saint Seiya Origin," the second mini-series "season" for Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya Episode Zero manga, will have a new story that takes place in the main manga's "Poseidon Arc." The magazine did not reveal when the new story will debut. The issue also published...

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Live-Action Touken Ranbu Film Opens at #5

2nd Made in Abyss compilation film opens at #1 in mini-theater rankings Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly, the second film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy earned 185,804,480 yen (about US$1.69 million) from Friday to Sunday, ranking at #3 at the Japanese box office in its second week. The film has now earned a cumulative total of 946,841,221 yen (about US$8....
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Joshi Kausei TV Anime About High School Girls Reveals Cast, Staff, April Premiere

Rika Tachibana, Tomomi Mineuchi, Yurika Kubo star in anime by studio Seven ― The official website for the television anime of Ken Wakai's Joshi Kausei manga revealed the anime's cast, staff, and April premiere date on Tuesday. The cast includes: Rika Tachibana as Momoko Futo, a lively, energetic, but airheaded high school girl. Tomomi Mineuchi as Shibumi Shibusawa, a cool, collected, and bespectacled...
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Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki TV Anime About Nagoya Announces More Cast, Character Designer

Spring anime casts Yūki Wakai, Mikako Komatsu with Satsuki Hayasaka as character designer ― The official website for the television anime of Masaki Andō's Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki (Yatogame-chan Observation Diary) four-panel manga revealed additional cast members and staff for the anime on Tuesday. Yūki Wakai and Mikako Komatsu join the cast as Mai Tadakusa (left in picture below) and Yanna Sasat...
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Series Premiere: Dororo—Episodes 1-3

"It's a promising beginning to this highly anticipated adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's classic story."
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Series Finale: Tsurune ‒ Episode 13

"Tsurune didn't tell your usual amped-up sports story. But when it whispers its message through music and visuals alone, it can be poetry."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 869

"I like how these two fighters are now so in tune with their futures that they're finishing each other's sentences, but ultimately this episode is yet another buffer before we get to the real meat of the story."
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The World of Machida-kun Live-Action Film Announces Main Cast

Director overseas audition, casts newcomers Kanata Hosoda, Nagisa Sekimizu ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Yuki Andō's The World of Machida-kun manga announced the cast on Tuesday. Director Yūya Ishii (live-action The Great Passage) personally oversaw a large-scale audition with more than 1,000 participants and picked newcomers Kanata Hosoda (top left in image below) and...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 90

"The Fabrications' numbers continue to thin as Boruto and company keep fighting their way through the endgame."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 40

"This week gives us a level of scariness from Kitaro we haven't really seen since the Ghost Train episode, and you know that can't be a good sign for the human he meets."
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TV Tokyo Posts 800+ Anime Episodes on YouTube

Anime include Inazuma Eleven, Yo-kai Watch, Yamishibai, more ― The official YouTube channel for the Japanese television network TV Tokyo began streaming anime previously aired on television on YouTube for a limited time on Friday. The limited stream will include about 20 works for a total of more than 800 episodes, and the episodes will be available for about one year. The videos are region-locked to...
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10 from Japan, Europe Charged With Overturning Truck in Shibuya on Halloween

While things seemed tame in Ikebukuro last year, Shibuya's annual Halloween party went off the rails. At one point during the revelry, a small truck was overturned by a crowd in the center street in Shibuya. The local police began investigating the incident for group property damage and on January 15 filled charges against 10 males, ranging in age from their teens to 30s. The police identified one...
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 292

"Lucy's not the only Fairy Tail member in dire straits this week."
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Series Premiere: ENDRO!—Episodes 1-2

"Fortunately, ENDRO has shown enough flashes of ambition that I have hopes for the ways it might be able to surprise me, while also enjoying spending more low-stakes time with these characters."
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'Heroland' Trademark Filed Under Furyu in U.S.

― A trademark for "HEROLAND" was filed under FuRyu Corporation in the United States on January 16. FuRyu debuted a role-playing game titled Work x Work for Nintendo Switch in Japan on October 4. A PlayStation 4 version is slated to launch in Japan on February 28. The game takes place in a world with a theme park named "Yusha-sama Land" (Hero-sama Land). FuRyu has not announced plans to localize the ...
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Series Premiere: W'z—Episodes 1-3

"This sequel to Hand Shakers isn't the anime that we wanted or needed, but maybe it's the anime we deserve."
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Discotek to Release Beyblade G Revolution Anime, X-Bomber Puppet Series

New Star Fleet release includes original X-Bomber series ― Discotek Media announced on Monday that it has licensed Beyblade G Revolution and plans to release the anime on standard definition Blu-ray Disc. Discotek also announced that it will release Star Fleet on a standard definition Blu-ray Disc set that also includes the original Japanese Super Space Machine X Bomber (X-Bomber) series. Discotek's...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization ‒ Episode 15

"The second spectacular battle of this Cathedral run goes even more all-out than the fight against Deuselbort last episode, creating quite the spectacle."
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Fuan no Tane Omnibus Manga Returns for New Series

Horror stories by PTSD Radio creator inspired 2013 film ― This year's March issue of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine announced on Saturday that Masaaki Nakayama will launch a new Fuan no Tane omnibus manga series titled Fuan no Tane* (Fuan no Tane Asterisk) in the next issue on February 19. Nakayama launched the Fuan no Tane (Seeds of Anxiety) omnibus manga series in Champion Red, but the series...
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Police Step In Amid Fight Between BanG Dream! Fans in Osaka

Things got heated in Osaka after a fight broke out between BanG Dream! fans at the Animax Musix event on Saturday. What started as a group of fans gathering for photo and hoping to enjoy a performance by Poppin' Party ended with a police intervention. The group posed for a photo but a disagreement escalated into a full-scale argument and shoving between at least four members. Concert-goers capture...
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Series Premiere: Kaguya-sama - Love is War—Episodes 1-2

"As a deliciously dark romantic comedy with an excellent hook, this is a great weekend watch for anyone who appreciates the rougher edges of teenage love."
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Series Premiere: Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka—Episodes 1-2

"Asuka's emotional issues and the consequences of war on the soldiers is a big part of what sets this series apart from other dark magical girl shows."
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Live-Action School-Live! Film's Video Features Behind-the-Scenes Footage, Interviews

Film opens in Japan on January 25 ― The official website for the live-action film of Norimitsu Kaihō and Sadoru Chiba's School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) manga began streaming a project promotional video on Monday. The video includes behind-the-scenes footage, staff interviews, and the film's previously revealed second trailer. Issey Shibata (Real Onigokko) is directing and penning the script for the fil...
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Series Premiere: Domestic Girlfriend—Episodes 1-2

"The script is more compelling than expected, and I'm becoming invested in seeing all of the doubtlessly terrible decisions our three leads will make over the course of the season."
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7-Eleven, Lawson Convenience Stores Will Cut Adult Magazines From Shelves

Change comes in preparation for 2020 Olympics ― 7-Eleven and Lawson convenience stores in Japan will no longer sell adult magazines come this summer. The move was announced on Monday in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in hopes of making the stores more welcoming to women and children and maintain a positive image of the country among visiting foreigners. Women make up approximately 50% o...
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Series Premiere: The Price of Smiles—Episodes 1-3

"This fantasy war series could be the biggest pleasant surprise of the season."
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Dragon Ball 'Project Z' RPG Teases 'Nostalgic and New' World

Teaser image shows Goku, Gohan ― The official Twitter account for Dragon Ball games posted a teaser for the upcoming Dragon Ball "Project Z" action role-playing game on Monday. The tweet says that the "next Dragon Ball game" is set in the "world of 'Z'" and says the game will portray a "nostalgic and all-new Dragon Ball world." The teaser image shows Goku and Gohan. The staff teased that it will reve...
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Shelf Life - Hells

Paul takes a look at Madhouse's avant-garde movie about the underworld with a dub produced by Youtubers, plus a brand-new Shelf Obsessed submission and all this week's new anime releases! ― By the time you read this, I'll probably be digging out from a foot or more of snow. I was totally planning on going outside and being productive over the weekend and definitely wasn't looking for an excuse to st...
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Goblin Slayer Novels 5-6

The infamous Slayer's story extends beyond the anime in these two action-packed volumes. How will these new challenges affect these unconventional adventurers? ― While the story arcs covered by the 2018 anime adaptation begin the work of showing how Goblin Slayer's new party helps him recover some of his lost humanity, the events of volumes five and six really kick that job into high gear. What's als...
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Love App Manga by REC's Q-taro Hanamizawa Returns This Spring

Hanamizawa also teases planned new series ― This year's February issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine announced on Saturday that Q-taro Hanamizawa's Love App manga will return this spring as an online manga. Hanamizawa also announced that they have various other projects in the works, including a planned new series. Love App ended in the same issue of the magazine. Hanamizawa launched the...
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Sword Art Online Author Reki Kawahara Says Female Characters Should Not Be Treated as Trophies

Kawahara remarks that his outlook changed after receiving feedback at overseas events. ― In an interview posted on Dengeki Online on Friday, Sword Art Online author Reki Kawahara sat down with Bloom Into You manga artist Nio Nakatani and voice actor Ai Kayano (who voices Alice in Sword Art Online and Sayaka in Bloom Into You) to discuss their thoughts on each other's work. Kawahara and Nakatani profe...
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The Mike Toole Show - Old School Isekai

As it turns out, "you've been transported to another world!" has been a storytelling device since the dawn of time. Mike takes a fascinating trip through the history of the genre. ― Just a couple of weeks ago, I saw a remarkable animated film about the chronicles of a troubled man with a life full of problems, who's whisked away from the world he knows to a new and different parallel universe—one whe...
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Trans Allies Team Up to Raise US$300,000 on Donkey Kong 64 Charity Stream

Guests include U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Donkey Kong 64 voice actor, composer Grant Kirkhope. ― Video games YouTuber Hbomberguy (Harry Brewis) started a marathon charity stream of Donkey Kong 64 on Friday 8:30pm GMT in order to raise funds for Mermaids UK, a support network for transgender and non-binary children in the United Kingdom. The stream has since exceeded its initial goal...
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Robotics;Notes DaSH Game's Video Previews Zwei Song

Game launches for PS4, Switch in Japan on January 31 ― 5pb. began streaming a promotional video on Monday for Robotics;Notes DaSH, the sequel game to MAGES.' Robotics;Notes visual novel. The video features Zwei's opening theme song "Avant Story." The sequel story will center around the former members of the Robot Club after they have graduated from high school. Steins;Gate character Itaru "Daru" Ishi...
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Fate/Extella Link Game Adds Altera Larva on January 31

Game also launches for Switch in Japan on January 31 ― Marvelous announced on Monday that Altera Larva (Attila Larva) will join Marvelous and Type-Moon's Fate/Extella Link game as a DLC playable character on January 31. The company also began streaming an introduction video for the character. XSEED Games, a subsidiary of Marvelous, will release the game in the West for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4...
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Dr. Stone, Age 12, More Win 64th Shogakukan Manga Awards

Suteki na Kareshi, Hibiki: Shōsetsuka ni Naru Hōhō, Kenkō de Bunkateki na Saitei Gendo no Seikatsu also win ― The judging committee of the 64th Shogakukan Manga Awards announced this year's winners on Monday. Each winning title will be honored with a bronze statuette and a prize of 1 million yen (about US$9,000). Best Children's Manga 12-Sai. (Age 12) Nao Maita Serialized in Ciao (Shogakukan) The sto...
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Ring Horror Franchise Teases Developments with Video, Website

― The official Twitter account for the Sadako character from the Ring horror franchise launched a website at the "sadako-movie.jp" URL on Friday. Kadokawa also began streaming a teaser video featuring the phrase "it will surely come." The Twitter account teases that "something" will happen at 4:44 a.m. and 4:44 p.m. JST each day on the website. So far, the website normally has an image of what looks...
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Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage Manga's '1st Part' Ends

Manga launched in 2014, Seven Seas publishes English version ― The March issue of Akita Shoten's Champion RED magazine published the last chapter of the "first part" of Leiji Matsumoto and Kōichi Shimahoshi's Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage (Captain Harlock ~Jigen Kōkai~) manga on Saturday. The issue did not reveal if the manga will have a "second part," but Shimahoshi noted that he would "do his...
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Junji Ito Pens 'Wasuregatami' 1-Shot Manga in February

― This year's third issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Original magazine revealed on Saturday that manga creator Junji Ito will pen a one-shot manga titled "Wasuregatami" (Memento) in the magazine's next issue on February 5. The magazine describes the manga as a "married couple horror story." Ito's Uzumaki and Tomie manga have inspired live-action adaptations, and his GYO manga inspired an OVA. Viz Med...
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The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince Game's Clip Shows Princess Protecting Prince

Game launches in U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand on February 12 ― NIS America began streaming a clip on Sunday for its The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince (Usotsuki Hime to Mōmoku Ōji) game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The clip shows the Princess transforming into the Wolf to protect the Prince, and then transforming back into the Princess to lead the way. NISA will release the game...
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Magia Record Game's Countdown Site Celebrates Homura's Appearance in Game with Videos

― The previously reported countdown website for the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story (Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden) smartphone role-playing game ended on Monday at 5:00 p.m. JST (3:00 a.m. EST), and became a website to commemorate the appearance of Homura Akemi in the game. An event featuring Homura launched in the game on Monday. 【イベント】1月21日17:00より、イベント『始まりと永遠と ~...
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Kenka Banchō Otome 2nd Rumble!! Game's Video Previews Theme Song

KENN, Shouta Aoi perform "SuperHighSchool" song for March 14 PS Vita game ― The official Twitter account for Spike Chunsoft's Kenka Banchō Otome 2nd Rumble!!, the PlayStation Vita game sequel to the Kenka Banchō Otome PS Vita game, began streaming a video for the game on Monday. The video reveals and previews the game's theme song "SuperHighSchool" by KENN and Shouta Aoi as their respective character...
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Compile Heart's Teaser Site Hints at New Moero Chronicle Game

― Compile Heart opened a teaser website for a new project at the "www.compileheart.com/moe-chro/h/" URL on Monday. The site contains a switchable image, the number "3," and a picture of Otton, the mascot character of Compile Heart's Moero Chronicle (Genkai Tokki: Moero Chronicle) game. Compile Heart released Moero Chronicle in Japan for the PlayStation Vita in May 2014. Sony Computer Entertainment p...
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Compile Heart Reveals Title, PS4 Platform for New Date A Live Game

Date A Live Ren Dystopia game slated for summer ― Compile Heart opened a website on Monday for its new game based on Koushi Tachibana's Date A Live light novel series, revealing the title as Date A Live Ren Dystopia. The game is slated for a summer release for the PlayStation 4 in Japan. sweet ARMS will perform the theme song "Kangen Yūwaku Receptor" for the game. The game's story begins on a normal ...
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2019 Crayon Shin-Chan Film Reveals 4 Guest Cast Members

Haruka Kinami, Yoshio Kojima, Ryuchell, Peco join cast of April 19 film ― The official website for the Crayon Shin-chan anime films revealed the guest cast members on Monday for Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Shinkon Ryokō Hurricane ~Ushinawareta Hiroshi~ (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Honeymoon Hurricane, Lost Hiroshi), the series' 27th film. The guest cast includes: Haruka Kinami as Indy Junko, a treasure hun...
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Boogiepop and Others Anime Gets 2-Hour Special for 6th Novel's Story

Special adapts Boogiepop at Dawn novel; VS Imaginator, Boogiepop Overdrive stories also being adapted ― The official website for the television anime of author Kouhei Kadono and illustrator Kouji Ogata's Boogiepop and Others (Boogiepop wa Warawanai) light novel series revealed on Monday that the anime will adapt the Boogiepop at Dawn novel (the sixth novel in the series) in the anime's 10th to 13th e...
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Bandai Namco Ent. Briefly Posts Video Announcing SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays Game

― Bandai Namco Entertainment briefly posted then removed a video on YouTube on Monday that revealed a SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays game. The video featured English, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean subtitles, but did not reveal a platform for the game. The video featured the text, "After Genesis, 4 worlds will cross," and advertised the game as the latest in the "G Generation" games. The video fea...
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Theater Chain Lists Konosuba Film With July 12 Opening

― Japanese cinema chain Aeon Cinema is listing the Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Kurenai Densetsu (KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! Crimson Legend) anime film with a July 12 opening date. The film was previously only announced with a 2019 opening date. Takaomi Kanasaki is returning from the previous two anime seasons to direct the film at J.C. Staff (Studio DEEN animated th...
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12th Manga Taisho Awards Nominate 13 Titles

Golden Gold, Nagi no Oitoma, Delicious in Dungeon nominated again ― The executive committee for the 12th Manga Taisho awards listed this year's 13 nominated works on Monday. (The official English name of the awards is the "Cartoon Grand Prize.") Manga Taisho 2019 Nominees 1122Peko Watanabe Ikoku Nikki (Foreign Country Diary)Tomoko Yamashita Astra Lost in Space (Kanata no Astra)Kenta Shinohara Kengōji...

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In Hand Medical Manga Gets Live-Action TV Show

Medical suspense manga about genius doctor launched regular serialization last October ― Kodansha announced on Monday that Ao Akato's In Hand manga will receive a live-action television adaptation starring Tomohisa Yamashita (seen below) as protagonist Dr. Himokura. Shunichi Hirano is one of the directors for the series, and Yasuhiro Yoshida is one of the scriptwriters. The series will premiere on TB...
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Live-Action Kakegurui Series' 2nd Season Reveals Visual, March Premiere

Live-action series also has film slated for May ― The official website for the live-action adaptations of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga revealed a new visual and the premiere date for the show's second season on Monday. The series will premiere on MBS on March 31 at 12:50 a.m. (effectively April 1), and will also premiere on TBS on April 2 at 1:28 a.m. (effec...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 15

"The theming of this arc is pretty solid, but I'm still not quite as swept up in the rollercoaster as I'd like to be."
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Win a Signed Heaven's Feel Pizza Tray in Fate/Pizza Hut Collaboration

When you really think about it, Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel is a perfect match for Pizza Hut. The purple logo of the former contrasts with the red logo of the latter. They are so different, and yet so very close. Just like Sakura and Shirou. Because they are a match made in heaven, the film and the pizza chain are starting up a collaboration campaign from January 21 to 28. If you order somethin...
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A Certain Magical Index III ‒ Episode 15

"There's still a lot of story happening, with a large amount of information crammed into one episode."
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Series Premiere: Boogiepop and Others—Episodes 1-4

"It's mind-boggling how many different characters and sub-storylines Boogiepop and Others packs into just these first few episodes."
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Voice Actor Yuuki Kaji Says Metamorphose no Engawa Manga is About the Meaning of Life

Voice actor Yuuki Kaji shared his thoughts on Kaori Tsurutani's Metamorphose no Engawa manga, which topped the list of manga for female readers in the 2019 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook. Kaji had previously performed the voice-over narration for a promotional video about the manga. The story of Metamorphose no Engawa is about a 75-year-old woman and a 15-year-old girl w...
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New Fate/Grand Order Stage Play Reveals 2nd Main Visual

― The official website for the Fate/Grand Order stage plays revealed a second main visual on January 11 for the ongoing Fate/Grand Order The Stage -Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia- (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) stage play. The play stars Shōichirō Oomi and Mioka Sakamoto (double-cast) as protagonist Ritsuka Fujimaru. The play ran ...
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Tia La Cherla GN 1

This fantasy adventure indulges some familiar tropes but strays just far enough from the beaten path to keep things interesting. Rebecca Silverman dives in. ― Cross Infinite World tends to focus more on light novel translations, but the few manga titles they've also licensed are interesting. Tia la Cherla is a straight fantasy (as opposed to the historical fantasy, isekai, and urban fantasy of their ...
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Radiant ‒ Episode 16

"After sixteen episodes, Radiant still hadn't done anything to truly set itself apart from other entries in the genre."
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Fate/Zero Director Ei Aoki Discusses His Involvement in The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II Anime

In the February 2019 issue of Newtype, an interview with Fate/Zero director Ei Aoki and Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace note director Makoto Katō discussed their work on the The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II anime. The series is an anime adaptation of Makoto Sanda's Lord El-Melloi II-sei no Jikenbo (The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II) mystery novel spinoff series for Type-Mo...

Dragon Ball Super: Broly Film Ranks #4 at U.S. Weekend Box Office With US$9.8 Million (Update)

Already #3 all-time anime in U.S. with US$21 million, behind 1999 & 2000 Pokemon films ― The Box Office Mojo website reported on Monday that the Dragon Ball Super: Broly anime film earned an estimated US$9,794,742 in 1,236 theaters in the United States and Canada from Friday to Sunday. The film ranked #4 in the U.S. box office for the weekend according to estimates published on Monday. It ranked belo...
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Naoyuki Kageyama's Ace Attorney Manga Covering 'Northward, Turnabout Express' Arc Ends

Artist launched manga in September ― The March issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine published the final chapter on Monday for Naoyuki Kageyama's Gyakuten Saiban ~Sono "Shinjitsu," Igiari!~ Gyakuten Tokkyū, Kita e manga based on the Ace Attorney anime and Capcom's game series. The manga covers the same "Northward, Turnabout Express" arc that episodes 10-12 of Ace Attorney Season 2 covered. Kageyama lau...
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game's 8th DLC Character is Obito Uchiha

Game to have 9 total DLC character packs ― This year's eighth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the eighth DLC character for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game will be Obito Uchiha. Similar to other DLC character packs, the character will be playable, and the pack will also include Ninjutsu techniques available for players' avatar...

Jump Force Game Adds Naruto Characters Gaara, Kakashi, Kaguya

Game launches for PS4, Xbox One, PC on February 15 ― The March issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the Naruto franchise characters Kakashi Hatake, Gaara, and Kaguya Ōtsutsuki will join Bandai Namco Entertainment's Jump Force crossover game as playable characters. Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new gameplay video on Saturday for the game that previews a fi...
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Ushijima the Loan Shark Manga Ends in 5 Chapters

Manga launched in 2004, inspired 4 live-action films ― This year's eighth issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Shohei Manabe's Ushijima the Loan Shark (Yamikin Ushijima-kun) manga will end in five chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end on February 25. Manabe previously stated earlier this month that he will end the manga this year. The manga en...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow Film's Highlight Video Streamed

Film surpasses 400 million yen at box office ― The official YouTube channel for the Love Live! anime franchise began streaming a highlight video on Thursday for the Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow film. The channel also began streaming two insert song preview videos and three new commercials for the film this week. The film opened in Japan on January 4 and it is an all-ne...
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HIDIVE to Add Land of the Lustrous Anime's English, Spanish Dubs Starting on January 23

Sentai Filmworks to release series on home video on January 22 ― Streaming service HIDIVe announced on Friday that it will add both the English and Spanish dubs of the Land of the Lustrous anime starting on January 23, with new episodes added on Wednesdays. The English dub will be available to viewers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa....

Dropkick on my Devil Comedy TV Anime Gets 2nd Season

BD/DVD box sets sell 2,001 copies ― "The Final ~Sugoi Sabato 2019" event announced on Sunday that production on a second television anime season of Yukiwo's Dropkick on My Devil! (Jashin-chan Dropkick!!) manga has been green-lit. The anime's Blu-ray Disc and DVD box sets have sold over 2,000 copies combined to guarantee the second season. The first box sold 1,043 copies, while the second box sold 958...
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Game's Site Launches Countdown

― The website for the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story (Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden) smartphone role-playing game launched a countdown page on Friday that will end on Monday at 5:00 p.m. JST (3:00 a.m. EST). The game is inspiring a television anime adaptation that will premiere this year. The game's story, a spinoff of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime, takes p...
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Female Idol Unit SPR5 Perform Ending Theme for Shōmetsu Toshi Anime

Series based on smartphone game premieres in April ― The official website for the television anime of Wright Flyer Studios' Shōmetsu Toshi (Annihilated City — Where I End and You Begin) smartphone game revealed on Saturday that the five-member all-female idol unit SPR5 will perform the show's ending theme song "With Your Breath." The anime will premiere in April on Tokyo MX and other channels. The an...
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Bean Bandit Episode 0 Anime Project Reveals Cast, More Staff

Crowdfunding campaign launches in Japan to fund opening, ending sequences ― Kenichi Sonoda launched a Campfire crowdfunding campaign in Japan on Sunday for his Bean Bandit episode 0 project. The campaign aims to fund opening and ending animation sequences for the project. The campaign's goal is 5 million yen (about US$45,548), and as of press time the campaign has raised 144,444 yen (about US$1,316)....

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Seishun Buta Yarō Anime Film's Web Promo Video Streamed

TV anime's cast, staff return for film opening in early summer ― The official Twitter account for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Yume-Miru Shōjo no Yume wo Minai (The Young Pig-Rascal Isn't Dreaming of a Dreaming Girl), the anime film based on Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō light novel series, began streaming a web promotional video on Saturday. 【Web特別PV映像公開!】水瀬いのりさん演じる牧之原翔子によるナレーションで #青ブタ TVシリーズを振り返る特別映...
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Series Premiere: The Quintessential Quintuplets—Episodes 1-2

"While I don't expect this series to rewrite the rules of the genre any time soon, I've had a surprising amount of fun with it so far."
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Fate/Grand Order Anime Producers Say Anime Will Be Accessible to Non-Players

Nasu will supervise the script and storyboards. ― Last year, it was announced that the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game will be getting a TV anime and a two-part film project. The Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia television anime will adapt the "Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia" (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) story, whi...
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Series Premiere: Girly Air Force—Episodes 1-2

"I hope the show works better at following up on the interesting parts of its premise and backs off on the blandness evident in its second episode."
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Karakuri Circus ‒ Episode 14

"I can't say that this was an ideal end to the Midnight Circus arc for anyone involved, but at least it's an ending of some sort."
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Series Premiere: The Rising of The Shield Hero—Episodes 1-2

"For now, the series looks like it's gotten over its initial problematic hump and should hopefully slide into a more agreeable story flow."
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Series Premiere: The Promised Neverland—Episodes 1-2

"Already one of the must-watch series of the new year."
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Daimaru Shinsaibashi Department Store Holds Exhibit for 'Nostalgic' Anime

Do you have fond memories of classic anime from the cel era? Your interests will be well served this month. The Daimaru Shinsaibashi department store in Osaka will hold an exhibit from January 23 to 29 called "Nostalgic Anime: Cels and Prints." The exhibit will focus on classics such as Kiki's Delivery Service, Sazae-san, and Lupin III. It will show off hand-drawn cels ad prints. Manuscript drafts...
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Organizers Say Comiket is No Place for Hate Speech After Anti-Korean, Chinese Stickers Were Discovered at Doujin Booth

In their after report for Comic Market (Comiket) 95 posted on Monday, Comiket organizers said that the event is "no place for hate speech" after it came to their attention that a particular doujin circle had posted stickers at their booth with the message "No Chinese or Koreans allowed." The existence of the stickers was first reported by several Twitter users on December 31, although no photos we...
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Yuri's Voice Actor Sings Duet of Yuri on ICE!!! Theme Song with Singer Dean Fujioka

Earlier this month, Yuri!!! on Ice theme song singer Dean Fujioka finally released a music video for "History Maker" for his latest album just over two years after the release of Yuri!!! of Ice. However, Fujioka is not the only one eager to relive the good memories of the smash hit figure skating anime series. On Thursday, it was revealed that a bonus CD featuring a duet version of "History of Mak...
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Series Premiere: My Roommate is a Cat ‒ Episodes 1-2

There are a lot of variations on "healing" anime, but I'm beginning to really like these soft domestic ones that involve two lonely creatures coming together to help each other.
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Ototachibana's Shōnen Maid Manga Listed With Side Story Volume

Side story slated for March 1 focuses on Uchōten Boys characters ― Amazon is listing a new side story volume for Ototachibana's Shōnen Maid manga titled "Shōnen Maid Gaiden: Uchōten Boys." The volume is listed with a March 1 release. The new volume's description noted that the side story will focus on the Uchōten Boys, a male idol group consisting of Ryūji, Hayato, and Ibuki. The story will show thei...
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Escape Zenigata, Stop Kaito Kid in Universal Studios Japan's New Ad

Universal Studios Japan streamed an ad for its new Detective Conan and Lupin III attractions that opened on January 18. In the ad, a theme park visitor goes on a high-speed chase with the Lupin crew, attempts to crack the code to escape with Detective Conan, and thwart Kaitō Kid from making off with the "Blue Sapphire." The "Detective Conan World" will involve three attractions: an escape room gam...
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JIN, Mahiro Satou's Kagerou Daze Manga Ends on February 15

Manga based on JIN's novel, Vocaloid song series launched in 2012 ― The official website for Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine revealed on Tuesday that JIN and Mahiro Satou's Kagerou Daze manga will end in the magazine's next issue on February 15. The manga's final chapter will have a color opening page and the manga will feature on the issue's front cover. The 12th volume of the manga previousl...
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Sony Mascot Character Gonjiro Gets TV Anime this Spring

Franchise also has manga, smartphone game ― Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Saturday that the "Gonjiro" mascot character is getting a television anime adaptation titled Kedama no Gonjiro that will premiere this spring. The magazine's YouTube channel is streaming a scene from the upcoming anime, but the video is region locked and can only be viewed in Japan. IMG gonjiro-01.png IMG g...
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Duel Masters! Anime Gets New Series in April

New series to again feature Joe as protagonist ― The official YouTube channel for Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Saturday that the Duel Masters anime franchise is getting a new series titled Duel Masters!! (with two exclamation points) that will premiere in April. The site is also streaming a video for the new anime, but the video is region-locked and can only be viewed in Japan. ...
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Yo-Kai Watch 4 Game's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Switch game launches this spring ― Level 5 began streaming a second promotional video on Saturday for its Yo-kai Watch 4 Nintendo Switch game. The game was originally slated to launch in winter 2018, but Level 5 delayed the game to this spring to further improve its quality. The game will "connect" the three "worlds" of original franchise protagonist Keita, Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu ...
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Circus Reveals Cast, Video, Spring Release for Da Capo 4 Visual Novel

Nao Tōyama, Ayasa Itō, Emiri Kato star in visual novel ― Adult visual novel developer Circus revealed cast details and a visual on Friday for its Da Capo 4 (D.C. 4) visual novel. The company is also streaming a video for the visual novel. The visual novel will star: Nao Tōyama as Arisu Sagisawa Ayasa Itō as Nino Tokisaka Emiri Kato as Sorane Ōmi Kana Asumi as Hiyori Shirakawa Inori Minase as Shiina H...
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Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia Anime Reveals Character Visual for Mash, Fou

― The official website for Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia, the television anime adaptation of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia" (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) story, revealed another character visual on Saturday. Rie Takahashi as Mashu Kyrielight and Ayako Kawasumi as Fou The t...
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Switch Releases of Guilty Gear, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R Games Previewed in Video

PQube to release bundle of both games this spring ― Game distributor PQube announced on Friday that it will release the previously announced Nintendo Switch versions of the original Guilty Gear game and the Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R game in a "Guilty Gear 20th Anniversary Edition" bundle this spring. PQube will also release both games digitally separately for Switch, and will also release the...
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Lapis x Labyrinth Game's English Video Reveals May Release

Action RPG launched for PS4, Switch in Japan on November 29 ― NIS America began streaming a video on Saturday for its release of Nippon Ichi Software's Lapis x Labyrinth (Lapis・Re・Abyss) action role-playing game. The video reveals that NIS America will release the game for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in North America on May 28, in Europe on May 31, and in Australia and New Zealand on June 7...
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Daisuke Hasegawa Performs New Opening Theme Song for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Anime

Hasegawa previously performed 4th opening for Diamond is Unbreakable ― The official website for the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure anime franchise announced on Friday that Daisuke Hasegawa will perform the new opening theme song "Uragirimono no Requiem" (Requiem for a Traitor) for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind (JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken: Ōgon no Kaze or Vento Aureo) anime. Yuugo Kanno composed the...
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