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Love in Limbo GNs 1-2

This offbeat BL romance about finding love in the afterlife is perhaps too short for its lofty premise, but it's still worth a read from genre fans. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Creator Haji describes her two volume BL series Love in Limbo as a story that takes place not in another world, but in the otherworld. That's a fair way to put it – all of the characters in the story are, technically ...
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Accomplishments of the Duke's Daughter GN 4

This fantasy series hits its stride as its political intrigue reaches new heights. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― It isn't really fair to compare Accomplishments of the Duke's Daughter with My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom, but it likely happens anyway. That's because the two are close cousins in terms of both plot and genre – the “reborn in an otome game world” variant of ...
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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered Game's Trailer, TV Ad Streamed

Game launches for PS4, PC on September 20 ― Level 5 began streaming a new trailer and 30-second commercial on Thursday for its Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered PlayStation 4 and PC game, and for the original Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch game's Switch version. Trailer Commercial Bandai Namco Entertainment's three releases will launch on September 20. Level 5 debuted the fantasy ...
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Shanghai Police Seize US$42 Million in Counterfeit Figures

China Central Television state television broadcaster is reported on August 15 that the Shanghai police have shutdown a large-scale pirated figure factory worth approximately 4.5 billion yen/300 million yuan (US$42.3 million). The company produced numerous counterfeit figures from popular franchises including One Piece, Sailor Moon, and Pokemon as well as Hatsune Miku and Iron Man. The factory was...
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Netflix Adds Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato Anime Film on September 13

Sequel anime film opened in Japan on May 10 ― Netflix announced on Wednesday that it will begin streaming the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato (Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri: Unato Kessen) sequel anime film on September 13. The film opened in Japan on May 10 and screened for a two-week limited engagement. The film opened at #10 at the box office in Japan and topped the mini-theater ranking ...
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Nogizaka46's New Sailor Moon Musical Runs in Shanghai in November

Play runs in Tokyo from October 10-14, Shanghai from November 22-24 ― The official website for the Sailor Moon franchise revealed on Wednesday that the Nogizaka46 idol group's stage musical will get a run in Shanghai, China at the Majestic Theatre from November 22-24. The website also revealed that the play's new run in Tokyo will be held at Tokyo City Dome Hall from October 10-14. Both performance r...
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Devilman and Hellboy Team Up to Promote Hellboy Reboot Film

Go Nagai's Dynamic Planning created a crossover image starring two fiendish heroes, Devilman and Hellboy, to promote the theatrical release of the Hellboy film remake in Japan. The art shows the two heroes staring down their foes Sirene and Nimue the Blood Queen. Nagai watched the Hellboy film and described it as "dark" and appreciated the character's depiction as both gloomy and comedic. "[He] ru...
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Jump Force Game's Video Previews Katsuki Bakugo, Majin Buu

DLC characters join game's lineup on August 27 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a DLC character trailer on Thursday for its Jump Force crossover fighting game. The video previews My Hero Academia's Katsuki Bakugo and Dragon Ball Z's Majin Buu (Good), who will both launch in the game on August 27. Character Pass owners will have early access to the new characters on Friday. Previou...
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Netflix's Cowboy Bebop Series Casts Elena Satine as Julia

Cast also includes John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, Alex Hassell ― Netflix announced on Thursday that Elena Satine (Strange Angel) will play Julia in its 10-episode live-action series adaptation of the 1998 television anime Cowboy Bebop. Elena Satine as Julia, a haunted woman running from a tragic past The previously announced cast includes: John Cho as SpikeHaunted by visions of the woman ...
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SPY × FAMILY, Kusuriya no Hitorigoto Win Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Award 2019

Kadokawa Media Factory's book and manga news magazine Da Vinci and streaming service Niconico announced the winners of its fifth Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Awards on Thursday. The awards acknowledge printed manga and web manga in separate categories. This year's Grand Prize winner in the printed manga category is comic adaptation of Natsu Hyūga's Kusuriya no Hitorigoto (The Pharmacist's Monologue) novels...
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Crunchyroll Expo Hosts U.S. Premiere of Keiichi Hara's The Wonderland Anime Film

Film screens in San Jose on August 30 ― Crunchyroll Expo announced on Thursday that this year's convention will host the United States premiere of Keiichi Hara's The Wonderland (Birthday Wonderland) anime film on August 30 at 2:00 p.m. Eleven Arts will also release the film. Cruncbyroll describes the film: On the day before her birthday, young Akane meets the mysterious alchemist Hippocrates who brin...
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This Week in Anime - Demon Slayer Weaves a Tangled Web in the Forest Spider Arc

Kimetsu no Yaiba delivers its own twisted take on the classic Shonen Jump themes of family by surrounding our heroes with six episodes of spiders! Micchy and Andy discuss this series' best arc yet. ― Demon Slayer delivers its own twisted take on the classic Shonen Jump themes of family by surrounding our heroes with six episodes of spiders! This week, Micchy and Andy discuss Kimetsu no Yaiba's best ...
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Hello World Film Gets Spinoff Anime Another World

1st episode of 3-episode spinoff premieres on September 13 ― The official website for Hello World, the original anime film by director Tomohiko Ito and Graphinica, announced on Thursday that a spinoff anime titled Another World will premiere on dTV's Hikari TV Channel+ and Hikari TV's streaming services on September 13. The three-episode spinoff's story will feature the point of view of the Naomi fro...
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Haruka 7 Game Reunites Haruka 6's Main Cast

Takuma Terashima, Kenichi Suzumura, Atsushi Abe, more return for spring 2020 Switch game ― Koei Tecmo Games' Ruby Party brand revealed on Wedensday that the main cast from Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 (Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 6) will return for Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 7, the newest game in the series. The returning cast includes Takuma Terashima, Kenichi Suzumura, Atsushi Abe, Nobuhiko O...
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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Switch Game Launches in West in November

Trailer reveals new 2D events ― Sega of America began streaming a video on Tuesday for the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 game for Nintendo Switch. The video reveals that the game will launch in the Americas on November 5 and in Europe on November 8. The trailer also reveals new 2D retro versions of ten events from the Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics. The ten 2D events include: 100m 10m Pla...
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Berserk's Kentarou Miura Produces New Duranki Manga

Series launches in new magazine on September 9 ― This year's 17th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that the Duranki manga based on Berserk creator Kentarou Miura's original work will launch in the inaugural issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal Zero magazine on September 9. Miura is also credited as the producer for the series. The announcement image above includes the text...
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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Game Adds Bonyu, Trunks

Game ships for PS4, Xbox One, PC in early 2020 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Wednesday that Bonyu will join the character roster for the Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot action role-playing game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The company also announced on Thursday that Trunks will join the roster. Bonyu Trunks The game will include story and gameplay inspired by the Dragon Ball Z anim...
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Happy Sugar Life Horror Manga Gets 1-Shot Special in September

Manga ended on June 22, inspired 2018 TV anime ― The September issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine revealed on Thursday that Tomiyaki Kagisora will publish a special one-shot chapter for the Happy Sugar Life manga in the magazine's next issue on September 21. The one-shot will center on the character pairing that topped a previous character popularity poll for the manga. The manga ended on J...
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Tsukasa Hojo's Angel Sign Film Reveals Omnibus Format, International Cast, Directors

Film based on Silent Manga Audition stories with original story by Hojo opens on November 15 ― The official website for Angel Sign, City Hunter manga creator Tsukasa Hojo's debut live-action film, revealed new cast members, a new visual, and the film's November 15 opening date on Wednesday. The site also revealed that the film will be an omnibus film with multiple stories. Hojo will only direct the "...
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Takehiko Inoue Resumes 'REAL' Sports Manga on August 29

Manga about wheelchair basketball went on hiatus in late 2014 ― This year's 38th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Takehiko Inoue will resume his REAL wheelchair basketball manga in the magazine's next issue on August 29. The manga will have a color opening page. The magazine previously announced in May that the manga will return in August. Inoue launched the ma...
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Liar! Uncover the Truth Live-Action Film's Trailer Reveals Cast, Theme Song, October 4 Opening

Akane Hotta, Yū Inaba, Shun Nishime, more star in film based on Voltage's smartphone game ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Voltage's Liar! Uncover the Truth (Doubt ~Usotsuki Otoko wa Dare?~) smartphone game began streaming a trailer for the film on Tuesday. The video reveals the film's cast, staff, theme song artist, and October 4 opening date. The site also revealed a ne...
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miwa Performs Boruto Anime's New Opening Theme

New song debuts on October 6 ― The official website of the singer miwa revealed on Wednesday that she will perform the new opening theme song for the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime. The new opening premieres on October 6 and will run for two cours (quarters of a year) until March 2020. The Boruto: Naruto Next Generations television anime premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo in April 2017, and origin...
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Doraemon, Crayon Shin-chan Anime Move to Saturdays After 15 Years on Fridays

TV Asahi starts 'Anime Time' block on October 5 at 4:30 p.m. ― TV Asahi announced on Wednesday that, beginning on October 5, the Doraemon and Crayon Shin-chan anime series will move to Saturdays. Both anime will be part of a new Saturday programming block named "Anime Time," which will air every Saturday at 4:30 p.m. According to TV Asahi, the new Saturday timeslot will make it easier for children to...
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Ni no Kuni Film's Clip Shows Yū, Haru's Sword Duel

Film based on RPG franchise opens on Friday ― The official website for Warner Bros. Japan and Level 5's Ni no Kuni anime film began streaming a clip from the film on Thursday. The clip shows Yū and Haru fighting as Haru leads an attack to kill the princess Asha and save Kotona's life. The film will open in Japan on Friday, August 23. The film stars: Kento Yamazaki as Yū Mackenyu as Haru Mei Nagano as...
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Live-Action Hell Girl Film Reveals 4 Character Visuals

Tina Tamashiro, Manami Hashimoto, Raiku, Akaji Maro star in November 15 film ― The official website for the live-action film of the Hell Girl (Jigoku Shōjo) anime franchise revealed photos of the cast in costume as their respective characters on Thursday. The cast with the visuals include: Tina Tamashiro as Ai Enma From left to right in image above: Manami Hashimoto as Hone Onna Raiku as Ren Ichimoku...
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Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You Film Tops 10 Billion Yen

Now in top 10 Japanese films of all time; 1st Japanese film since your name. to reach milestone ― Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko) film has now earned 10,073,344,500 yen (about US$94.59 million) by selling 7,519,350 tickets in 34 days, making it the #10 highest-earning Japanese films of all time. The last Japanese film to earn over 10 billion yen was Shinkai's previous film your nam...
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Sankei: Japan to Provide Tax Breaks for Kyoto Animation Donations

Donations to be treated the same as disaster relief, encouraging deductible donations from corporations ― The Sankei News reported on Thursday that the Japanese government has instituted tax breaks and relief measures for donations to Kyoto Animation, and thus donations to the studio will be treated in the same way as donations to a local government unit for disaster relief. Previously, donations to ...

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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Anime Film Unveils Theme Song Info, Visual

Haruna Luna sing "glory days" theme for Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata fine ― The official website for Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata fine, the upcoming Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend film revealed that the theme song will be "glory days" performed by Luna Haruna. Miku Sawai is composing the song. The website also unveiled a key visual: The fourth wave of advance tickets will be available on...
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Kemono Friends Casts Akane Misaka as Fennec's New Voice Actress

Fennec's previous voice actress Kana Motomiya graduated in July ― The official website for the Kemono Friends franchise announced on Wednesday that Akane Misaka will be the new voice actress for the character Fennec, and she will also perform in the related musical unit Doubutsu Biscuits. She will voice Fennec in the upcoming Kemono Friends 3 smartphone and arcade game, and will participate in the th...
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Love Live's Original μ's Group Gets New Single, Animated Promo Video

The staff of the Love Live franchise announced via Twitter on Wednesday that the original series' idol group μ's will release a new single with an anime music video to celebrate the franchise's ninth anniversary. μ's last single was MOMENT RING released following the Love Live! The School Idol Movie in 2016. The group also released the Solo Live! collection Memorial BOX III collection and the µ's ...
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Sanrio's Cinnamoroll is Still Thinking About Hellshake Yano

There was a time when everyone was thinking about AC-bu and Pop Team Epic's Hellshake Yano. It was one of the biggest buzzwords of 2018 and its creators even brought their rock and roll character to the Animelo multi-day concert. AC-bu's Shunsuke Itakura and Toru Adachi drew attention back to Hellshake Yano again when they appeared on NTV's Shabekuri 007 variety program on August 19. The appearanc...
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SCREEN mode Perform Tokunana TV Anime's Ending Theme

Crime series focusing on special police unit premieres on October 6 ― The official website for the original television anime Keishichō Tokumu-bu Tokushu Kyōaku-han Taisaku-Shitsu Dai-Nana-ka -Tokunana- (Special Crime Investigation Unit Special 7 or literally, Metropolitan Police Department Special Division Heinous Crime Investigation Unit Special 7: Tokunana) announced on Wednesday that SCREEN mode a...
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Pokémon Masters Personality Quiz Pairs You With Trainer, Pokémon

Earlier this month, the Japanese Pokémon Center website launched a personality quiz that assigned participants a Pokémon and gave insight into what type of worker they are (resident Dragonite here). The franchise has a new quiz out to help promote DeNA's Pokémon Masters smartphone game that will assign you a trainer and lead Pokémon. The questions offer two choices and are random. Most are fairly ...
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The Rising of the Shield Hero Novels Get Gourmet Spinoff Manga

The Menu of the Shield Hero manga launched on Wednesday ― Kadokawa's ComicWalker website launched a new spinoff manga of Aneko Yusagi's The Rising of the Shield Hero (Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari) fantasy light novel series titled Tate no Yūsha no Oshinagaki (The Menu of the Shield Hero) on Wednesday. Amamichi Akano is drawing the gourmet spinoff manga, which focuses on the characters' cooking. The nex...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Game's Trailer Highlights Story

PS4 game ships on October 22 in N. America, Europe, October 29 in Oceania ― NIS America posted a new trailer for The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III game on Tuesday. The trailer highlights the game's story, hinting at its involvement with the Crossbell story arc. NIS America will ship the PlayStation 4 game on October 22 in North America and Europe, and on October 29 in Oceania. The game w...
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Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest ‒ Episode 6

"Between its on-the-fly production and prioritizing the least-interesting parts of its narrative, this episode just felt like going nowhere slowly."
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, August 18-24

Ronja the Robber's Daughter, Waiting in the Summer anime; Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest manga; Bungo Stray Dogs novel ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. Essentials BDPlease Funimation US$29.98 August 20 Attack on Titan Junior High Essentials BDCite Funimation US$29.98 August 20 The Big O Steelbook BDAnimeNewsNewtwork Sentai Filmworks U...
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Answerman - What Does An Anime Producer Do?

For all the work they do to get a project off the ground, it's about time producers got their dues. Justin breaks down the grueling work of an anime producer. ― Mikosh asked: I noticed that anime have different kinds of producers listed in their credits, like executive producers, producers, animation producers, etc. So what is the job of each one of them and in what way each producer impacts the pro...
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DLSite's 2nd Animated Commercial Promotes 'Secret Apartment' Audio Drama

Indie and adult retailer DLsite (note: may be NSFW) is streaming an animated commercial for a girls' voice drama Himitsu Apāto, Nyūkyosha Boshū Shitemasen! (Secret Apartment, No Vacancy). The story follows a female college student whose uncle is a popular author. He asks her that to work as the manager of as mall apartment complex where she will also live. The heroine wants to help her uncle but t...
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New Sakura Wars Game Gets Manga on September 12

Koyori Noguchi adapts game launching in December ― The official Twitter account for the Sakura Wars (Sakura Taisen) franchise revealed on Wednesday that the Shin Sakura Taisen (New Sakura Wars) game is getting a manga by Koyori Noguchi that will debut in this year's 41st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine on September 12. The Shin Sakura Taisen (New Sakura Wars) game will launch in Japan ...
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Police Arrest Man for Illegally Selling Ushijima the Loan Shark Manga Digitally

Man allegedly sold manga under username "Mangamura Shuppansho" ― Police arrested a 20-year-old man on Tuesday for allegedly selling illegal digital copies of Shohei Manabe's Ushijima the Loan Shark manga through a marketplace app. The suspect, who lives in Tokyo, has the username "Mangamura Shuppansho" (Mangamura Branch Office) and allegedly sold the manga to at least three people last December. A Tw...
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12 Kyoto News Agencies Request Police to Reveal Names of Remaining 25 KyoAni Fire Victims

Kyoto Animation has asked media to respect privacy of victims, bereaved ― 12 news agencies in Kyoto collectively sent a request on Tuesday to the Kyoto Prefectural Police to reveal the names of 25 of the 35 victims in the deadly July 18 arson at Kyoto Animation's Studio 1. The letter was addressed personally to Kyoto Prefectural Police director Hiroto Ueda, and it noted that the current situation was...
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We Never Learn: BOKUBEN Anime's 2nd Season's Promo Video Reveals October 5 Premiere

Video previews opening theme 'Can now, Can now' by Study ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Taishi Tsutsui's We Never Learn (Boku-tachi wa Benkyō ga Dekinai) manga began streaming a promotional video on Wednesday for the upcoming second season. The video reveals that the season will premiere on Tokyo MX, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, and BS11 on October 5 at 24:30 (effectively October...
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Monster Hunter: Iceborne Game's Trailer Previews Old Everwyrm

Expansion launches for PS4, Xbox One on September 6 ― Capcom began streaming a trailer on Tuesday for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, the new expansion for the Monster Hunter World game. The video highlights the new monster Old Everywyrm. The expansion will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6 and for PC via Steam in January 2020. The expansion will feature a new story that begins aft...
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Kodoku no Gourmet Live-Action Series Gets 8th Season

New season premieres in October ― TV Tokyo revealed on Wednesday that the live-action series adaptation of Masayuki Kusumi and Jiro Taniguchi's Kodoku no Gourmet (The Solitary Gourmet) manga will have an eighth season that will premiere in October. Yutaka Matsushige (live-action Death Note, Sukiyaki Western Django, Crows Zero) will once again reprise his role as protagonist Gorō Inagashira. The new s...
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Pokémon Sword/Shield Games' Video Previews New Town

Games ship on November 15 ― Nintendo UK began streaming on Tuesday a video with English subtitles for the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Switch role-playing games. The video includes a message from the games' director Shigeru Ohmori and highlights a new town in the games' new Galar region. The town is home to the Pokémon Research Center Lab where Professor Magnolia researches the ...
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Bakemonogatari Manga Resumes on September 4

Series went on hiatus in July due to Oh! great's health ― The official Twitter account for Oh! great's manga adaptation of NisiOisin's Bakemonogatari novels revealed on Wednesday that the manga will resume in the 40th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine on September 4. The tweet included an image with text that reads, "Sorry for keeping you waiting so long." The manga went on hiatus on July 31...
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Psycho-Pass Anime's 1st Season Gets Stage Play

Play runs in Tokyo from October 25 to November 10 ― The official website for the Psycho-Pass stage play revealed on Wednesday that the first season of the franchise's anime will receive a stage play adaptation that will premiere in October. The play, titled Psycho-Pass Chapter 1 -Hanzai Keisū- (Crime Coefficient), will run at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Stellar Ball in Tokyo from October 25 to November 10...
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Weekly Shōnen Magazine Readers Vote to Decide Yamada-kun & the Seven Witches Creator Miki Yoshikawa's Next Series

'Tokyo Hell Heavens' is 1st of 3 new one-shot manga that could become a series ― This year's 38th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine published a new one-shot manga on Wednesday by Miki Yoshikawa (Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches) titled "Tokyo Hell Heavens," a buddy working comedy about an angel and demon. Yoshikawa will also publish two more one-shot manga in the magazine's 41st issue on Sep...
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Shenmue III Game's Trailer Previews Gameplay

PS4, PC game slated for November 19 ― Deep Silver began streaming a trailer for its Shenmue III PlayStation 4 and PC game on Wednesday. The trailer reveals some gameplay elements in the game, including playing arcade games and combat. Shenmue III was originally slated for release in December 2017, but was pushed back to the second half of 2018 and then to 2019. The game was then slated for release on...
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Aimyon Also Performs Ending Song for anohana team's 'Her Blue Sky' Anime Film

SInger performs main theme song as well for October 11 film ― The official website for Her Blue Sky (Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo), the original anime film by the Super Peace Busters creative team, revealed on Wednesday that the singer Aimyon will perform the film's ending theme song "Aoi" (Mallow Blue). Aimyon will also perform the film's main theme song "Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo" (To Those Who ...
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MYTH&ROID, Riko Azuna Perform 'The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious' Anime's Theme Songs

MYTH&ROID performs opening, Riko Azuna performs ending song for October anime ― Kihow, the vocalist for the MYTH&ROID music group, announced on her Twitter account on Tuesday that MYTH&ROID will perform the opening theme song "TIT FOR TAT" for the television anime adaptation of Light Tuchihi's The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious (Kono Yūsha ga Ore TUEEE Kuse ni Shinchō Sugiru) novels. Riko Az...
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Dragon Star Varnir Game Launches on Steam on October 9

― Idea Factory International announced on Monday that its PC via Steam release of Compile Heart's Dragon Star Varnir (Ryūsei no Varnir) game will launch on October 9. The Deluxe Pack will bundle a character and background art collection, a rough art collection, three PC wallpapers, six mobile wallpapers, and a 12-track soundtrack. The game had been delayed from September to October to allow staff to...

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Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ iOS App in Japan Restricts Downloads to Users Aged 17+

Previously was restricted to age 12+ users, English Manga Plus app's age ratings are unchanged ― Sad news for the children who read manga on Shonen Jump's digital iOS app: children are banned from Shonen Jump+. As of the most recent update on August 13, users under the age of 17 are locked out of using the app. The app was previously downloadable for users over the age of 12. Users were informed of t...
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to the abandoned Sacred Beasts ‒ Episode 8

"The artistic quality control is still shaky, but this episode works well enough despite that, making for another respectable entry overall."
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French Comic Artist Riad Sattouf Will Attend Talk Event with Dragon Head's Minetarō Mochizuki

French comic artist Riad Sattouf and manga creator Minetarō Mochizuki will participate in talk event at the Kyoto International Manga Museum on October 13. The talk event's theme is "From Reality to the Real World" and is organized by the Institut Francais as part of its "An Autumn of Reading: Bande Dessinée Weekend in Kansai" programming. Mochizuki has received acclaim both inside and outside of ...
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5 Digimon Anime Shorts Planned for 20th Anniversary Memorial Story Project

Shorts include prequel of 2020 film, side stories of characters' daily lives ― The official website for the Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna anime film revealed on Tuesday the titles of five animated shorts that are planned for the Digimon Adventure Memorial Story Project, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Digimon Adventure anime. The shorts include a prequel of the upcoming film and si...

Daisuke Moriyama's Mourning Bride Manga Cancelled

3rd compiled book volume also cancelled ― This year's September issue of Kodansha's Shōnen Magazine Edge magazine revealed on Saturday that Daisuke Moriyama's (World Embryo, Chrono Crusade) Mourning Bride manga has been cancelled. The announcement stated that the manga was cancelled due to "various reasons." It also noted that although the editorial department had discussions with the author and othe...
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Follow the Foosteps of Passione on Official JoJo's Italy Tour

Kinki Nippon Tourist Kanto is following up its award-winning Banana Fish tour and planned Venice tour for Aria fans with a full excursion of Italy to see the sights of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind. The tour takes off in November from Japan to Naples with stops in Pompeii, Rome, and Venice. The tour is planned with two options, the "Golden Experience" and the upgraded "Golden Experience Re...
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Mascot-Loving Sanrio Boys Project Adds New Characters

Sanrio's self-referential mixed media project about a group of high school boys who enjoy the company's different mascot characters is adding new boys to the mix. The characters will represent the Kyushu area of Japan and appear at a performance at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Club eX in November. More information, including their names, stage cast, and associated Sanrio characters was announced dur...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 898

"After a rockin' first few months in the Wano arc, the anime has momentarily simmered down and returned to its old ways."
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Death Stranding Game's Videos Preview Gameplay, Characters

Ludens Fan's character model based on Geoff Keighley, voiced by Matthew Mercer ― The official PlayStation YouTube channel began streaming on Tuesday three English character trailers for Kojima Productions' Death Stranding PlayStation 4 game that were unveiled at Monday's Gamescom Opening Night Live press conference. The first video previews gameplay, including mechanics like urination and baby soothi...
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Jun'ichi Fujisaku, TATE, Shindosha's Zombie of Mars Manga Ends in September

Manga based on Fujisaku's novel launched in February 2018 ― The September issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine revealed on Tuesday that Jun'ichi Fujisaku, TATE, and Shindosha's Zombie of Mars (Kasei Zombie) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on September 20. The manga is based on the novel of the same name by Fujisaku and illustrator Yūsuke Kozaki. The novel is set in Tokyo's Takadanobaba neig...
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Manga Artist Mikito Tsurugi Recounts Police Questioning While Riding Shinkansen

Police thought Tsurugi had kidnapped his own 2-year-old daughter ― Manga artist and musician Mikito Tsurugi (Kōkōsei no Blues) recounted an incident via the Twitter note app on August 18 where he was reported as a kidnapper while riding the bullet train with his own daughter. Tsurugi wrote that he was scolding his daughter and that someone grew suspicious and he was interrogated by the police. The J-...
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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Game's Trailer Shows Cell Saga

Game ships for PS4, Xbox One, PC in early 2020 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming on Tuesday a trailer for the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot action role-playing game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The video reveals that the game will include story and gameplay inspired by the Dragon Ball Z anime's Cell Saga. English-dubbed trailer English-subtitled trailer Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot wil...
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 Game's Trailer Previews Whole Cake Island Story

Game launches in 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a Gamescom trailer with English subtitles for the One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on Tuesday. The video previews the "Whole Cake Island" story arc and the new Titan Mode, which features large enemies. One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 w...
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Death Stranding Gameplay Footage Shows Off Urination, Baby Soothing Mechanics

PS4 game launches on November 8 ― Teaser gameplay footage for Kojima Productions' Death Stranding PlayStation 4 game was unveiled at Monday's Gamescom Opening Night Live press conference. The footage showed off the game's urination mechanic, which involves the player character Sam standing and peeing at the ground or object in front of him. A mushroom was shown sprouting from the ground after the uri...
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1st Monster Rancher Game Port Revealed for Switch, Smartphones

― Japanese gaming news website Famitsu revealed on Tuesday that the port of Koei Tecmo's first Monster Rancher (Monster Farm) game will be available for Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android. More information, including the port's new elements, will be available in the next issue of Kadokawa's Famitsu magazine, which will ship on Thursday. Famitsu also revealed a screenshot for the game. The first game ...
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Yūichi Nakamura Joins Cast of 'How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?' Anime

Series premiered on July 3 ― The official website for the television anime of Yabako Sandrovich and MAAM's How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? (Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? or How much heavy dumbbells can you lift?) manga revealed on Tuesday that Yūichi Nakamura will play Jason Sgatham (name romanization not confirmed). The series premiered on July 3, and Funimation is streaming the series as it airs....
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Motokare Mania Live-Action Series Reveals 7 New Cast Members

Shinya Kote, Yamaguchi Sayaka, Minami Tanaka, more join October TV series' cast ― The official website for the live-action television series adaptation of Yukari Takinami's Motokare Mania (Ex-Boyfriend Mania) manga revealed three new cast members for the series on Tuesday. The new cast members include (from left to right in image above, character name romanizations are not official): Shinya Kote as I...
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 20

"As one of the most well-adjusted Zodiac members with one of the most grounded conflicts, Hiro's story is a fun half-hour of tween boy angst, but not a high watermark for Fruits Basket in terms of drama."
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Love in Limbo GNs 1-2

This offbeat BL romance about finding love in the afterlife is perhaps too short for its lofty premise, but it's still worth a read from genre fans. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Creator Haji describes her two volume BL series Love in Limbo as a story that takes place not in another world, but in the otherworld. That's a fair way to put it – all of the characters in the story are, technically ...
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K: Seven Stories Anime's 6th Film Gets Manga

Yasuyuki Torikai's new manga based on "Circle Vision ~Nameless Song~" film debuts on September 17 ― The official Twitter account for Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge magazine revealed on Monday that Yasuyuki Torikai will publish a new manga spinoff of GoRA and GoHands' K franchise titled Epigraph in the magazine's October issue on September 17. The manga will be based on Yashichiro Takahashi's origina...
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One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows Game's Video Reveals 3 More Characters

Terrible Tornado, Silverfang, Atomic Samurai join fighting game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming the second character trailer for the One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows game on Tuesday. The video reveals the S-class heroes Terrible Tornado, Silverfang, and Atomic Samurai, and it also highlights the new Hero Arrival System. In the three-on-three action-fighting game, players form t...
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Babylon TV Anime Reveals 1st Promo Video, Cast, October Premiere

Yūichi Nakamura, Takahiro Sakurai, Kensho Ono, M.A.O, Kenyuu Horiuchi lead cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Mado Nozaki's Babylon novels revealed the first promotional video, main cast, a new key visual, and the October premiere on Tuesday. The anime will premiere on the Tokyo MX and BS11 channels in October, and it will stream exclusively both inside and outside Jap...
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Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle Game Gets Stadia Release

Game launched for PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC in July ― Google announced on Monday during its Stadia Connect presentation that Koei Tecmo Games and Omega Force's Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle game will come to Google's upcoming Stadia game platform. The official YouTube channel for Stadia began streaming an announcement trailer: The game launched for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan on July...
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Promare Anime Film Lists Theatrical Screenings in Canada, Los Angeles, New York

Film opened in Japan in May, opens in N. America in September ― Cineplex is listing screenings for Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare in Canada on September 22-24. The screening on September 22 will have an English dub, and the screenings on September 23-24 will have English subtitles. In addition, GKIDS revealed on Monday that it and Fathom events will release the movie on Septem...
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Ghost in the Shell Gets New Manga Set After GITS 1.5

GITS: SAC's Jun'ichi Fujisaku, Hiroki Yoshimoto launch new manga on September 20 ― The September issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine revealed on Tuesday that Jun'ichi Fujisaku and Hiroki Yoshimoto will launch a new Ghost in the Shell manga titled Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm in the next magazine issue on September 20. The manga will also serialize a new chapter every two weeks in Kodansha's...

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Trailer Reveals September 3 Release

PS4/Xbox One/Switch/PC game will have enhanced graphics, switchable in-game assist options ― The official website for Square Enix's Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, a remastered version of its Final Fantasy VIII game, began streaming a trailer for the game on Monday. The trailer revealed the game's September 3 release date. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC via Steam. T...

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Weathering With You Rises Back to #2, One Piece Stampede Drops to #3

Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution jumps back to #8, Dragon Quest Your Story falls to #9 ― Makoto Shinkai's new film Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko) jumped back from #3 to #2 in its fifth weekend. The film sold 384,000 tickets over the weekend, and earned 532,718,500 yen (about US$5 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film has so far sold 7.17 million tickets for 9,649,049,500 yen (about US$90.5 million...
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Oninaki Game's Trailer Previews Characters, Story

PS4/Switch/PC game launches on August 22 in N. America, Europe, Japan ― Square Enix began streaming a launch trailer on Monday for it and its Tokyo RPG Factory subsidiary's ONINAKI (Japanese title: Oni no Naku Kuni, or "country where the ogre cries") action role-playing game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The video previews the game's story and main characters. Square Enix prev...
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Ritsumeikan Uji High School Concert Band Plays Sound! Euphonium OP at Koshien Baseball Match

Ritsumeikan Uji High School's concert band played Sound! Euphonium's first season OP "Dream Solister" at a Summer Koshien baseball match held on Tuesday. The song was performed as a show of support for the anime's production studio Kyoto Animation following the tragic arson attack on July 18. A video showing the song being played was posted on Reddit. The National High School Baseball Championship...
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Vinland Saga ‒ Episode 7

"Thorfinn has officially settled into his role as a perpetually grim murder magician who communicates primarily through scowls and stabbings, like a little Norse John Wick."
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Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris Game's Trailer Introduces New Character Medina

Miho Okasaki voices Medina Orthinanos ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming on Sunday a new English-subtitled trailer for its Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. The trailer introduces the new character Medina Orthinanos. Miho Okasaki (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime) provides Medina's voice. The game's official website shar...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization Braiding Mobile Game Announced for Smartphones

Bandai Namco Entertainment streams teaser video ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced the new Sword Art Online: Alicization Braiding role-playing game for iOS and Android mobile devices during the Sword Art Online Beater's Meeting 2019 at Belle Salle Akihabara in Tokyo on Sunday. The game will be free-to-play with in-app purchases. The company will announce more information on August 30. Bandai Namc...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re Call to Exist Game's Trailer Reveals November 15 Release

Delayed game launches for PS4 in Japan, PS4/PC in Americas, Europe ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a trailer for the Tokyo Ghoul:re Call to Exist game on Monday. The video reveals that the game will launch for PlayStation 4 in Japan on November 14 and for PS4 and PC via Steam in the Americas and Europe on November 15. The game was originally slated for release in winter 2018, but...
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Saga Governor Cosplays as Kotaro, Shares His Love for Zombie Land Saga on TV Program

The governor of Saga Prefecture Yoshinori Yamaguchi appeared on a Zombie Land Saga-themed TV program on TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting, which aired on Monday. Yamaguchi's love for the anime is evident when he appears dressed up as Franchouchou manager Kotaro and reenacts one of his scenes. A Twitter user captured the moment in a recorded video: 知事のゾンビランドサガ愛が伝わってくるwwモノマネもボードのクオリティも凄すぎでしょww九州でしか見れないのもったいない...
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Tomori Kusunoki Performs Assassins Pride Anime's Ending Song

Anime gets advance screening in Tokyo on September 22 ― The official website for the television anime of Kei Amagi's Assassins Pride light novel series announced on Monday that Tomori Kusunoki, voice actress of character Melida Angel, is performing the ending theme song "Ijin-tachi no Jikan" (Time of Foreigners). Natsumi Tadano is writing the lyrics, and Kuniyoshi Takahashi of MONACA is composing and...
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Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? Gets Clothing Damage Mamako Figure

Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? is not lacking in momservice. The hit TV anime series based on the light novels by Dachima Inaka has inspired a provocative figure based on a certain scene from episode 2. Preorders for the 1/7 scale figure are open exclusively on the Aniplex+ web storefront from July 28 to September 29. The figure costs 14,800 yen (US$139). The first nove...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 120

"An episode-length preamble to the reintroduction of the series' most powerful antagonist to date."
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10th Anniversary Yuruyuri Video Anime Ships on November 13

― The official website for the anime of Namori's Yuruyuri manga announced on Tuesday that the the original video anime (OVA) project marking the manga's 10th anniversary will ship on Blu-ray Disc on November 13. The official Twitter account for the anime revealed on Tuesday that the limited-edition Blu-ray Disc for the project's crowdfunding campaign backers will ship in mid-September. The Blu-ray D...
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Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle Anime Reveals October 7 Premiere, Theme Songs

Aimee Blackschleger, Mika Arisaka perform theme songs ― The official Twitter account for Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle, the new television anime adaptation of its Phantasy Star Online 2 game, revealed the October 7 premiere and theme songs on Saturday . The anime will debut on Tokyo MX at 10:30 p.m., followed by BS11 at 11:30 p.m. Aimee Blackschleger will perform the opening theme song "Dest...
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Konosuba Collab Promises to Replicate Megumin's Explosion Magic with Ramen Somehow

Yaro Ramen will start limited-time menu from film's release on August 30 ― Ramen chain Yaro Ramen, which is famous for its "Monster Ramen Challenge," has teamed up with the Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Kurenai Densetsu (KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! Crimson Legend) film to bring its customers a limited-time menu and original stickers for their purchases. Yaro Ramen promi...
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ChocoMimi Manga Creator Konami Sonoda Passes Away

Creator of long-running manga passed away on August 4 due to breast cancer ― The official website for Shueisha's Ribon magazine announced on Monday that manga creator Konami Sonoda (ChocoMimi) passed away on August 4 due to breast cancer. Sonoda was born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1977. She made her debut with the High Tension Hour manga in the special oversized early spring issue of Shueisha's Ribon Bik...
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Accomplishments of the Duke's Daughter GN 4

This fantasy series hits its stride as its political intrigue reaches new heights. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― It isn't really fair to compare Accomplishments of the Duke's Daughter with My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom, but it likely happens anyway. That's because the two are close cousins in terms of both plot and genre – the “reborn in an otome game world” variant of ...
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Citrus+ Yuri Manga's 1st Volume Gets Simultaneous Release in 8 Territories (Update)

― The October issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Yuri Hime magazine revealed on Tuesday that the first compiled book volume of Saburouta's Citrus+ spinoff manga will have a simultaneous release in Japan, North America, South Korea, Germany, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Spain, and Argentina on November 18. Seven Seas Entertainment confirmed with ANN on Monday that it will release first volume of the manga in English ...

Daijiro Nonoue's The Last Saiyuki Manga Ends

Series launched on March 4; 3rd compiled book volume slated for November ― This year's 38th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the final chapter of Daijirō Nonoue's The Last Saiyuki (Saigo no Saiyūki) manga on Monday. Shueisha will publish the manga's second compiled book volume on September 4, and the third and final volume in November. Shueisha describes the manga: Returning ...
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Azur Lane Anime's Comic Market Video Streamed

Series adapting Chinese smartphone game premieres in October ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi's Azur Lane smartphone game began streaming its special video from Comic Market 96 on Monday. The anime will premiere in October. Yui Ishikawa and Mai Nakahara are reprising their roles as Enterprise and Akagi, respectively, in the anime. Tensho...
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Blood Blockade Battlefront Stage Play Reveals 5 Visuals, New Cast Members

Mizuki Saitō, Chihiro Kai, Yoshihide Sasaki, Seiji Tanzawa join November stage play's cast ― The official website for the stage play of Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront manga revealed new photos of five cast members in costume, as well as new cast members on Monday. The cast with the new visuals include: Saku Momose as Leonardo Watch Hiroaki Iwanaga as Klaus Von Reinhartz Hiroki Ino as Z...
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&CAST!!! Hour Love Nights Radio Program Gets Short Anime in 2020

Showtaro Morikubo, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Jun Fukuyama, Junichi Suwabe, Tsubasa Yonaga star in anime ― Nippon Cultural Broadcasting and Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Monday that their &CAST!!! Hour Love Nights radio program is inspiring a short anime titled Love Nights! A.D that will debut in Bandai Namco Entertainment's &CAST!!! live streaming app in 2020. The anime will star the hosts of the r...
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nano.RIPE Returns for Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime Season 4's Ending Theme

Band previously performed ending songs for 2nd, 3rd anime seasons ― This year's 38th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that nano.RIPE will return to perform the ending theme song "Emblem" for Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma The Fourth Plate (Shokugeki no Soma: Shin no Sara), the fourth anime season based on Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma mang...
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Persona 5 Royal Game's Trailer Reveals Spring 2020 Launch in the West

PS4 game debuts in Japan on October 31 ― Atlus began streaming a trailer for the Persona 5 Royal (Persona 5 The Royale in Japan) role-playing game on Saturday. The trailer highlights the character Kasumi Yoshizawa, and also reveals the game's spring 2020 release date in the West. The game will launch for PlayStation 4 in Japan on October 31. The game will feature the new character Kasumi Yoshizawa (v...

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Khara to Completely Switch to Blender Open-Source 3D Software After Evangelion 3.0+1.0

Software already in limited use in Evangelion: 3.0+1.0, with full adoption afterward ― The anime studio Khara announced on July 30 that it and its Project Studio Q subsidiary will switch to Blender, a free and open-source 3D modeling and animation software, for its future productions. Khara already uses Blender with other software for the studio's upcoming Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-...
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No Guns Life Anime Unveils 8 New Cast Members, Ending Song Artist

Yōko Hikasa, Yōji Ueda, Masashi Ebara, Marika Kōno, more join October anime ― The September issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine unveiled more cast members and the ending theme song artist for the television anime of Tasuku Karasuma's No Guns Life manga on Monday. The new cast members include (Note: Character name romanizations are not official.): Yōko Hikasa as Olivier Juan de Belmer Yōji Ueda as...
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Crunchyroll Expo Hosts Chihayafuru Anime Season 3 Premiere, Producer Toshio Nakatani

Crunchyroll to stream series, which premieres on October 22 ― Crunchyroll Expo announced on Friday that it will host Toshio Nakatani, the producer of the Chihayafuru 3 anime season, at this year's convention. Nakatani will participate in a panel and screening for the premiere of Chihayafuru 3 at the CRX 2019 Theater on August 31 at 3:00 p.m. Crunchyroll will stream the anime this fall. The anime will...
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Cop Craft ‒ Episode 6

"If there's anything I'm sure about Cop Craft at this point, it's that it will always find a new way to mystify me."

AnimEigo's Megazone 23 Blu-ray Kickstarter Reaches Goal in a Day

BD to include Megazone 23, Part II, 100-page art book, additional content ― AnimEigo's Kickstarter campaign for Megazone 23 Omega Edition, a Blu-ray Disc release of the Megazone 23 anime, reached its US$100,000 goal on Sunday, only a day after launching on Saturday. The campaign will end on September 16. The release will be an expanded version of the anime's Japanese Blu-ray Disc release, which inclu...
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A Certain Scientific Accelerator ‒ Episode 6

"As long as the series keeps dishing out power displays, and at the reasonable pace that the series has been maintaining, it should do fine by fans."
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Dr. Stone ‒ Episode 7

"The stone world villagers all have their own ideals and ways of life, which finally gives Senku something—or someone—new to bounce off of."
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Granbelm ‒ Episode 7

"This episode pulls out even more spectacular stops for a skyrocketing sisterly smackdown between Anna and Ernesta."
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Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace note ‒ Episode 7

"Though no action takes place in this episode, it nonetheless has its visually impressive moments."
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 20

"It may be a predictable component of Demon Slayer's entire schtick, the way it humanizes the demons right as they're killed off, but those beats still end up being incredibly satisfying."
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Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? ‒ Episode 6

"Unfortunately, weak comedy and unimaginative fanservice diminish what might have been a fun set of diversions into a dispensable installment."
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 6

"The story's basic dialogue and awkward plotting cause Fire Force to stumble when the gorgeous direction isn't at the forefront."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 322

"I've sometimes thought that guilt is the most powerful human emotion, and there certainly do seem to be plenty of characters in Fairy Tail who bear that out."
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One Piece Stampede Film Tops 3 Billion Yen in Just 9 Days

Fastest Toei-distributed film to reach milestone since 2000 ― The One Piece Stampede anime film has earned over 3.05 billion yen (about US$28.7 million) as of Saturday, its ninth day in theaters since opening on August 9. It is the fastest Toei-distributed film to reach the three-billion-yen milestone since 2000. The news came during the stage greeting by Mayumi Tanaka and other cast members at a Sun...

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Anime Gets 2 New Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan Video Anime

Screenings of "Zange-shitsu," "The Run" start on December 8 ― The official website for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime franchise announced on Sunday that production of two new Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai) original video anime volumes has been green-lit. The "Zange-shitsu" (Confessional Room) and "The Run" volumes will play in nine screenings at six cities in Japan between D...
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A3! Anime's Promo Reveals Winter/Summer 2020 Airing, More Cast, More Staff

Kaori Nazuka joins cast, Masayoshi Ōishi produces opening ― The "A3! Blooming Carnival" debuted a new promotional video for the anime of Liber Entertainment's A3! actor-training smartphone game this weekend. The event announced that the anime will air on television in two halves — "Season Spring & Summer" will run from January to March 2020, and "Season Autumn & Winter" will run from July to Septembe...
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Haikyu!! Anime Gets 2-Episode Original Video Anime for Tokyo Qualifiers

Advance sales offered at Jump Festa before January 22 retail release ― The "Haikyu!! no Hi Zenjitsu-Sai" event announced on Sunday that production on a new Haikyu!! original video anime (OVA) project has been green-lit. The project will cover the Tokyo Qualifiers in two episodes, "Riku VS Kū" (Land Vs. Sky) and "Ball no Michi" (The Path of the Ball). It will feature the volleyball teams from Nekoma H...
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Haikyu!! Anime Season 4 Reveals New Cast Member, January 2020 Debut, Designs

Kazuyuki Okitsu cast as Suguru Daishō ― The "Haikyu!! no Hi Zenjitsu-Sai" event announced on Sunday that the fourth season of the Haikyu!! television anime will premiere in January 2020 in the Super Animeism timeslot on MBS. The event also announced that Kazuyuki Okitsu will play Suguru Daishō. The official website presented the character designs for the new characters from Nekoma and Fukurōdani High...
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Sazae-san Anime Celebrates 50 Years With 3.5-Hour Anime/Live-Action Special

Anime segment to show Sazae's family past, live-action segment to show their future in 20 years ― The landmark family television anime Sazae-san will commemorate its 50th anniversary with a special that will run for three and a half hours on Fuji TV this fall. The special will have both anime and live-action segments featuring the family of the titular housewife character. The anime segment of the sp...

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O Maidens in Your Savage Season ‒ Episode 7

"Niina's visit to her former director is the part of the show that makes the biggest impression this week."
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WAVE!! Surfing Project's Game to Be a Smartphone App

Anime still in the works; official Nippon Surfing Association song announced ― The "Wave!! 1st Event ~Wonderful Party~" event announced in Ichikawa on Saturday that the upcoming game for Love&Art's surfing-themed project will be a smartphone game. The event also confirmed that the previously planned anime is still in the works, and that the project is making an official promotional song for the Nippo...
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Aikatsu on Parade! TV Anime to Unite Previous Shows' Idols

Anime premieres on October 5 with Rin Aira as new student Raki Kiseki ― The "Best Friends! Special Live ~Thanks OK~" event announced in Yokohama on Saturday that the Aikatsu on Parade! television anme will premiere on Saturday, October 5 at 10:30 a.m. The anime will bring together characters from the previous Aikatsu! anime series. In addition, Rin Aira will play the new lead character Raki Kiseki. R...
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Grandia, Grandia II HD Remasters Launch for PC in September

― GungHo Online Entertainment America announced on Friday that Grandia HD Remaster and Grandia II HD Remaster will launch for PC in September. The Grandia HD Collection Nintendo Switch game, which includes remasters of both Game Arts' Grandia and Grandia II games, launched on Friday. The collection was originally slated to launch for Switch last winter. Game Arts developed the original Grandia game ...
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Oninaki Game's New Gameplay Video Highlights Aisha

PS4/Switch/PC game launches on August 22 in N. America, Europe, Japan ― Square Enix began streaming a new gameplay video on Friday for it and its Tokyo RPG Factory subsidiary's ONINAKI (Japanese title: Oni no Naku Kuni, or "country where the ogre cries") action role-playing game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The video highlights the Daemon character Aisha (voiced by Naomi Ohzo...

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Given ‒ Episode 6

"Given might feel too slow for some audiences, but for those on its same tempo, its melody is developing beautifully."
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French Live-Action City Hunter Film to Open in Japan in November

Nicky Larson film to be titled City Hunter the Movie: Shijō Saikō no Mission in Japan Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon (Nicky Larson and the Cupid's Purfume), the French live-action film of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga, will open in Japan in November. A teaser trailer, featuring the City Hunter anime's theme song "Get Wild" by TM Network, debuted on Saturday to announce the release along wi...

Toonami Premieres Dr. Stone Anime on August 24

Anime debuted in Japan on July 5 ― Adult Swim's Toonami programming block announced on Friday that the television anime of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga will premiere on Toonami on August 24 at 12:00 a.m. EDT (effectively August 25). Toonami will have the following schedule on that day: 11:00 p.m. – Dragon Ball Super 11:30 p.m. – gen:Lock 12:00 a.m. – Dr. Stone 12:30 a.m. – Fire Forc...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II ‒ Episode 6

"This may be one of the more uncomfortable episodes for some viewers."
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Raging Loop Visual Novel Launches for Switch, PS4 in West in October

― PQube announced on Friday that it will release Kemco's Raging Loop (Rei-Jin-G-Lu-P) psychological horror visual novel in Europe on October 18 and in North America on October 22. The game will launch physically and digitally for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. PQube will release a Day One Edition with a 100-page artbook with game illustrations and character information. The game's story begins w...
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Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Complete Edition PS4, PC Game Heads West on October 17

English trailer streamed ― XSEED Games and Marvelous Europe began streaming on Friday an English trailer for Grasshopper Manufacture's Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Complete Edition game, which confirms that the game will launch for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in the West on October 17. XSEED Games is publishing the PS4 game in North America, and Marvelous Europe is publishing it in Europe....
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Chibi Maruko-chan Anime's New Opening Music Video Features Momoiro Clover Z

Idol group Momoiro Clover Z appear as anime characters ― The official YouTube channel for idol group Momoiro Clover Z began streaming on Friday an animated music video for their new cover song "Odoru Ponpokorin," which is the new opening theme song for the long-running Chibi Maruko-chan anime series. The music video is a full version of the opening animation and features members of Momoiro Clover Z a...
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Occult Magazine Mu to Run Feature on Director Makoto Shinkai

The monthly magazine Mu, which specializes in information about supernatural phenomena and the occult, will run a feature on Makoto Shinkai and his latest film Weathering With You in its October issue. Weathering With You tells the story of a girl who has the power to change the weather through her prayers. The film makes numerous references to the supernatural, with the male protagonist even gett...
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Promare Anime Film's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Film opened in Japan in May, opens in N. America in September ― GKIDS began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare on Friday. GKIDS and Fathom Events will screen the film in North America on September 17 and 19 at 7:00 p.m. local time. The screening on September 17 will have an English dub, and the screening on September 19 will have English ...
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Crunchyroll Expo Hosts Zombie Land Saga Anime's Cast, Staff

Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn also screen at California convention ― Crunchyroll Expo announced on Friday that it will host four cast and staff members from the Zombie Land Saga anime at this year's convention. Kaede Hondo (voice of Sakura Minamoto), Asami Tano (voice of Saki Nikaidō), composer Yasuharu Takanashi, and MAPPA's CEO and producer Manabu Ohtsuka...
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Business Fish Motion-Capture Anime Series Streams Dance Music Video

Anime about human/fish office workers premiered on July 7 ― TOHO began streaming a music video for the Business Fish motion-capture anime series on Friday. The music video features characters dancing to a remix of Hitoshi Ueki's song Sūdara Bushi. XLII remixed the original song, and DOTARA was in charge of the rap segments. Santa Yamagishi planned and organized the video, while dance performance grou...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 96

"With the elven threat looming large, the true nature of this arc begins to take shape."
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Ryukishi07, Itaru Hinoue's Kaleidoscope of Phantasm Prison Game Reveals Story, November 28 Release

Game centers on 4 trapped girls in deadly test ― The official website for Ryukishi07 (Higurashi: When They Cry series creator) and Itaru Hinoue's (Clannad character designer) new Kaleidoscope of Phantasm Prison (Gensō Rōgoku no Kaleidoscope) game for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch revealed on Friday that the game will ship in Japan on November 28. The game will have standard...
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Senzoku Erisawa, Shunsaku Yano's Try Knights Rugby Manga Ends

Sanga launched in June 2018, inspired anime that premiered in July ― The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine published the final chapter of Senzoku Erisawa and Shunsaku Yano's Try Knights manga on Friday. The manga's rugby story centers on high school students Akira Kariya and Riku Haruma. One day, the new rugby club member Akira gets advice on running from Riku, who used to be ...
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Pokémon Sword/Shield Games' Video Previews New Battle Features

Games ship on November 15 ― The Pokémon Company began streaming a new trailer for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Switch role-playing games on Friday. The video previews abilities for new Pokémon, new held items, and the new Dynamax battle feature. English Version Japanese Version The games' official website also revealed the Battle Stadium, which will let players around the world battl...
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African Office Worker TV Anime Reveals Additional Cast, Ending Song

Eri Kitamura, Yui Ogura join cast of October series ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Gamu's African Office Worker (Africa no Salaryman) manga revealed additional cast and the ending theme song on Friday. Eri Kitamura will play Shishimura, and Yui Ogura will play Gorimi. Eri Kitamura as Shishimura Yui Ogura as Gorimi Akio Ohtsuka, who plays Lion, will perform the ending th...
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TsukiPro's Live-Action SOARA Film Unveils Stills

Film based on ALIVE SOARA CD series opens on October 4 ― The staff of Let it Be - Kimi ga Kimi Rashiku Yō ni, the live-action film adaptation of the Tsukino Talent Production (TsukiPro) franchise's ALIVE SOARA CD series, revealed stills from the film on Friday.(Note: Click on the images below for more stills from the Anime! Anime! site.) The film will open for a two-week limited screening on October ...
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New Reborn! Stage Play Unveils Character Visuals

Next stage play runs in January 2020 ― The official website for the next stage play adaptation of Akira Amano's Reborn! manga revealed photos of the cast in costume as their characters on Friday. Neeko (Reborn anime's lead voice actress) as Reborn Ryōhei Takenaka as Tsunayoshi Sawada Motohisa Harashima as Hayato Gokudera Ryōsuke Yamamoto as Takeshi Yamamoto Teru Uesugi as Ryōhei Sasagawa KIMERU as La...
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A Destructive God Sits Next to Me Anime Reunites Drama CD Cast

Jun Fukuyama, Takahiro Sakurai, Ryohei Kimura, Tsubasa Yonaga, more return for 2020 TV anime ― The official website for A Destructive God Sits Next to Me, the television anime of Arata Aki's Boku no Tonari ni Ankoku Hakaishin ga Imasu. (There is a Dark God of Destruction Next to Me) manga, revealed on Friday that the anime's cast members are reprising their roles from the manga's 2016 drama CD. The c...
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Kengan Ashura Anime's 2nd Part Debuts on Netflix on October 31

The official website for the anime adaptation of Yabako Sandrovich's Kengan Ashura manga revealed on Friday that the anime's second part, consisting of episodes 13 to 24, will debut on Netflix on October 31. The anime premiered on Netflix globally on July 31. The anime had its world premiere at Anime Expo in July 2018. The manga won a fan voting contest in 2015 to receive the adaptation. Seiji Kis...
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