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Rapunzel of the Magic Item Shop Novel

Rapunzel of the Magic Item Shop is an easy book to recommend. It plays nicely with the tale type that influenced it, pays attention to the emotional pasts and needs of the characters, and has a good balance of dark and sugary content. ― Rapunzel of the Magic Item Shop might seem only tangentially a Rapunzel story – also known as “The Maiden in the Tower” – ATU310's main requirement is that a child is...
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Beauty and the Feast GN 2 & 3

Even with a few missteps, these two volumes of Satomi U's gentle foodie manga continue to be a warm-hearted series about found family and the comforts of having someone to eat with. ― If home is where the heart is, the kitchen and dining table are where the heart beats. Even with a few missteps, these two volumes of Satomi U's gentle foodie manga continue to exemplify that, especially since volume th...
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INU-OH

Now playing in theaters in the U.S., acclaimed director Masaaki Yuasa presents a film where art and the political are perfectly intertwined. ― "Noh performers were the historical equivalent of rock stars" is the thought that sparked the genesis of this film, and boy does Masaaki Yuasa run with it here. More of an extended musical performance than a narrative film at times, Inu-Oh is a delightful audi...
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I'm the Villainess, So I'm Taming the Final Boss Novels 2 & 3

While the first volume was a complete story in and of itself, the following two entries prove that just because Aileen got the guy doesn't mean that her story's over. ― While the first volume of Sarasa Nagase's light novel series I'm the Villainess, So I'm Taming the Final Boss was a complete story in and of itself, the following two entries prove that just because Aileen got the guy doesn't mean tha...
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This Week in Games - Octo-Punch

It's been a big week for fighting games. Join Jean-Karlo for all the hottest EVO news, including King of Fighters, Street Fighter, Skullgirls, and Guilty Gear! ― Welcome back, my readers! I was looking forward to today, because we have a ton of news to go over. I do want to take a moment to thank you guys for your patience last week; I had made a number of mistakes in my Fate: EXTRA recording, and fo...
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This Week in Anime - Does Kakegurui twin Hold Up To Its Sibling Series?

Kakegurui twin, a prequel series to Kakegurui following the exploits of Mary Saotome, has dropped on Netflix. Chris and Steve go all-in to determine whether this short series lives up to the original's unhinged thrills. Kakegurui twin, a prequel series to Kakegurui following the exploits of Mary Saotome, has dropped on Netflix. Chris and Steve go all-in to determine whether this short series lives...
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Crunchyroll Expo 2022 - Making Anime Music ft. Kevin Penkin and Hiromitsu Ijima

Kevin Penkin joked how he is now a little more successful but a lot more tired. ― Kevin Penkin and Hiromitsu Iijima have a list of enthralling soundtracks from series like Tower of God, Made in Abyss, and The Rising of the Shield Hero on their resume. Joining the list of guests at Crunchyroll Expo, Penkin stood out with his “university lecture” for their panel. The composer-producer duo were eager to...
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My Love Mix-Up! GN 4

This is a solid entry into a story that reminds us that not only is cupid blind, he's wandering down a very rocky road as the characters stumble their way into love. ― People do stupid things when they're uncomfortable. If there's a theme to this volume of My Love Mix-Up!, that would be it: feeling awkward and on-the-spot can push people into doing some truly ill-advised things. While we've seen that...
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Crunchyroll Expo 2022 - Burnout Syndromes Interview

Composing songs for popular series such as Haikyuu!!, Dr. Stone, and Gintama, Burnout Syndromes held their first performance in the United States at Crunchyroll Expo. ― Formed in 2005, Burnout Syndromes have a long and successful discography under their belt. Composing songs for popular series such as Haikyuu!!, Dr. Stone, and Gintama, the trio infuse musical genres together with emotional lyrics. Ka...
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Crunchyroll Expo 2022 - Baku Kinoshita Interview

Odd Taxi won the hearts and minds of anime fans around the world in 2021. During his busy schedule, director Baku Kinoshita talked to ANN in more detail about Odd Taxi and what he'd like to do next. ― Anthropomorphic animal anime Odd Taxi won the hearts and minds of anime fans around the world in 2021. This year, Crunchyroll Expo brought Baku Kinoshita—director, character designer, amongst many other...
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Bibliophile Princess Anime Reveals More Cast, Theme Song Artists

Kouki Uchiyama, Yūma Uchida, Wataru Hatano, Gen Sato join cast; Yuka Iguchi, Kashitarō Itō perform songs ― Kadokawa revealed more cast and the theme song artists for the television anime of Yui and Satsuki Shiina's Bibliophile Princess (Mushikaburi-hime) light novel series on Monday. The new cast members include (Note: Character name romanizations are not official): Kouki Uchiyama as Alexei Strasser ...
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Comic Market 100 Drew 170,000 Attendees Across 2 Days

Organizers limited attendees to around 85,000 each day ― The Comic Market (Comiket) 100 event in Tokyo drew about 170,000 people across both days, with the organizers limiting the number of attendees due to the current COVID-19 situation. Only about 85,000 attendees were allowed per day, with only about 10,000 circles (collaborative creative groups) allowed to participate per day. Comic Market 99 had...
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Macross Delta Anime's Walküre to Hold 'Final Live Tour' Next May

Macross Delta: Zettai LIVE!!!!!! BD/DVD next month to bundle ticket drawing code ― The official Japanese website for the Macross franchise announced on Sunday that the Macross Delta anime's Walküre idol group will hold a "Final Live Tour" concert in May 2023. The "Walküre Final Live Tour 2023 ~Last Mission~" will take place at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo on May 20-21, and at the Maruzen Intec Arena in ...
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Harvey Awards Nominate Blood on The Tracks, Blue Lock, Cat + Gamer, Chainsaw Man, Red Flowers, Spy x Family

2021 Best Manga winner Chainsaw Man, Spy x Family nominated for 2nd straight year ― The Harvey Awards, which honors outstanding work in comics and sequential art, announced the nominees for this year's awards on Thursday. The nominees for the Best Manga category are: Shuzo Oshimi's Blood On The Tracks (Vertical Comics) Muneyuki Kaneshiro's Blue Lock (Kodansha Comics) Wataru Nadatani's Cat + Gamer (Da...
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Tokyo Revengers Boys Inspire Boxer Briefs

Both men and ladies sizes are available! ― The characters of Tokyo Revengers are inspiring a collection of boxer briefs, available now for pre-order in Japan via Premium Bandai. The designs are based on Takemichi, Mikey, Draken, Mitsuya, Baji, Chifuyu, Kazutora, the Tokyo Manji Gang, and the Valhalla Gang. It's worth noting that these boxer briefs aren't exclusively for men—there are also ladies size...
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The Devil Is a Part-Timer!! Season 2 ‒ Episode 5

The real star of this episode is actually Chiho, who displays a level of maturity and forward thinking that I wasn't expecting from her character when she was first introduced.
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Rapunzel of the Magic Item Shop Novel

Rapunzel of the Magic Item Shop is an easy book to recommend. It plays nicely with the tale type that influenced it, pays attention to the emotional pasts and needs of the characters, and has a good balance of dark and sugary content. ― Rapunzel of the Magic Item Shop might seem only tangentially a Rapunzel story – also known as “The Maiden in the Tower” – ATU310's main requirement is that a child is...
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FUUTO PI #3 [rate]
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New Humble Bundle Set Includes Non-Fiction Books On Anime, Manga, Japanese Culture

Bundle includes Steve Alpert's Sharing a House With the Never-Ending Man, Frederik L. Schodt's The Astro Boy Essays, Fred Patten's Watching Anime, Reading Manga, more ― Stone Bridge Press is offering a Humble Bumble digital book set worth US$254. The theme is "Japanese Art and Culture", and a number of titles focus on anime and manga, including Steve Alpert's Sharing a House With the Never-Ending Man...
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RWBY: Ice Queendom #7 [rate]
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Yurei Deco #7 [rate]
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A Couple of Cuckoos ‒ Episode 16

As with last week's tangible backing off from more intense dramatic developments, this week's entry also feels like it's trying too hard to not have to try too hard.
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Hanabi-chan wa Okuregachi #6 [rate]
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Lychee Light Club Creator Usamaru Furuya's 6th Grader Son Is An Absurdly Talented Artist

It must run in the family! ― Manga creator Usamaru Furuya appears to have passed on his artistic talent to his sixth grader son. On Tuesday, he posted a tweet showing off his son's in-progress manga, and commented: "My sixth grader son drew this manga. During summer vacation, he upped his pace and inked 40 pages. At his age, his art improves as he draws, so he's been going back to his earlier pages a...
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Lycoris Recoil ‒ Episode 7

While not an action-packed episode of LycoReco, this one uses its space to really ramp up the drama by delivering on so many of those little lore nuggets that have been dropped up til now.
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Isekai Yakkyoku #6 [rate]
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When Will Ayumu Make His Move? ‒ Episode 6

While I've been able to overlook (or, at least, tolerate) Ayumu's mediocre visuals so far, this week marked the first time that I simply could not ignore how ugly it is.
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Shadows House Season 2 ‒ Episode 6

We'd better savor that sweet moment between Emilico and Shaun on the roof, because things could get messy from here on out.

Psycho-Pass Anime Launches 10th Anniversary With New Film

Naoyoshi Shiotani directs Providence film at Production I.G ― The Psycho-Pass anime is launching a 10th anniversary project in October, and production on the franchise's latest work, the Gekijō-Ban Psycho-Pass Providence film, has been green-lit. Naoyoshi Shiotani is returning to direct at Production I.G, and Toho is distributing. The 10th anniversary project carries the theme of "gratitude" for fans...

New Sk8 the Infinity Anime Is New Original Video Anime, 2nd Season

Season 1's main staff returns ― The Sk8 the Infinity Week Special Event revealed in Okinawa on Sunday that the previously announced new Sk8 the Infinity anime project is an original video anime and a second season. The main staff from the first season that aired in January 2021 is returning: Director: Hiroko Utsumi Series Script Supervisor: Ichiro Okouchi Character Design: Michinori Chiba Animation P...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations #262 [rate]
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Crunchyroll Streams The Maid I Hired Recently is Mysterious Anime's English Dub

Company reveals cast, crew for English dub ― Crunchyroll began streaming the English dub of the television anime of Wakame Konbu's The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious (Saikin Yatotta Maid ga Ayashii) manga on Saturday. The English dub cast inlcudes: Macy Anne Johnson as Yuuri Natalie Van Sistine as Lilith John Burgmeier, Rachel Thompson, and Dusty Feeney provide additional voices. Megan Shipman i...

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Digimon Ghost Game #38 [rate]
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One Piece #1029 [rate]
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Waccha PriMagi! #43 [rate]
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Delicious Party♡Precure #23 [rate]
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Extreme Hearts Anime Casts Aiko Ninomiya, Sayaka Senbongi

Cast for metal band BanShee's members NaO, SaKo revealed ― The staff for Extreme Hearts, the ongoing television anime from writer Masaki Tsuzuki, announced two more cast members for members of the metal band BanShee on Sunday. Aiko Ninomiya as NaO Sayaka Senbongi as SaKo As previously announced, Yōko Hikasa plays RIN, the leader and vocalist of BanShee: The anime stars: Ruriko Noguchi as Hiyori Hayam...
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The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious #3 [rate]
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Kingdom #19 [rate]
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A Couple of Cuckoos #16 [rate]
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Extreme Hearts #6 [rate]
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Engage Kiss #7 [rate]
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Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth #8 [rate]
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Beauty and the Feast GN 2 & 3

Even with a few missteps, these two volumes of Satomi U's gentle foodie manga continue to be a warm-hearted series about found family and the comforts of having someone to eat with. ― If home is where the heart is, the kitchen and dining table are where the heart beats. Even with a few missteps, these two volumes of Satomi U's gentle foodie manga continue to exemplify that, especially since volume th...
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Lycoris Recoil #7 [rate]
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French Dub Voice Actress on Classroom of the Elite Let Go Due to Fandub Connections

Anna Lauzeray-Gishi says she will no longer play Kikyō Kushida due to her involvement in a Chainsaw Man fandub ― Voice actress Anna Lauzeray-Gishi, who played Kikyō Kushida in Crunchyroll's French-language dub of Classroom of the Elite, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that she has been let go from the role. She explained that the reason provided by Crunchyroll was because of her involvement in a Chains...
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The Yakuza's Guide to Babysitting ‒ Episode 6

Underneath the usual sugary-sweet slice-of-life moments of this episode is a much more resonant theme than the flashes of sentimentality we've had before.
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Musasino! #7 [rate]
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Shoot! Goal to the Future #7 [rate]
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Black Summoner #6 [rate]

Haikyu!! Anime Gets 2 Final Films

Film kickoff event slated for next August with new stage play project in 2023 ― The "Haikyu!! x V.League Allstar Special Match 'The Volleyball'" event announced on Saturday in Tokyo that Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! manga is inspiring two Haikyu!! Final sequel films. The accompanying visual above has the tagline, "Who will we become tomorrow?" There will be a film kickoff event next August. The Satur...
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Teppen—!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Laughing 'til you Cry #7 [rate]
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Takara Tomy Enlists Vocational School For Official Student Films

HAL students make promotional videos for Zoids, Diaclone, Transformers, more ― Toy maker giant Takara Tomy has teamed up with the vocational school HAL to give its students the chance to work on short films for popular brands like Zoids, Diaclone, and Transformers. The project involves fourth-year students working in the CG, animation, and music courses. The student films are embedded below: Concept:...
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Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer ‒ Episode 6

And really, it's Yuuhi's arc here that keeps the episode from buckling under its own weight. Watching him try to process his grief over Shinonome is really intriguing, and also very in character.
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Call of the Night ‒ Episode 6

Shirakawa's brief intersection with the narrative is the best evidence yet of Call of the Night's greater thematic ambitions besides “vampires are cool.”
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Rent-A-Girlfriend Season 2 ‒ Episode 19

Mami's the sole active force in this narrative, and by god is it fun to watch her go about it. I actually cheered when she waited for just the right moment to go full Columbo and ask Chizuru “just one more thing” at the end.
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Case Closed #1054 [rate]
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My Stepmom's Daughter Is My Ex ‒ Episode 6

While not as strong as the previous episode, this week's entry is still a solid addition that properly highlights the frustration in character dynamics and expectations between our two leads.
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Love All Play #19 [rate]
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Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest Video Anime Streams Scene for 2 Days Only

Maboroshi no Bōken to Kiseki no Kaikō OVA gets advance screening on September 10 ― The staff for the anime of Ryo Shirakome's Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest (Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō) light novel series posted a scene from the new original video anime (OVA) Maboroshi no Bōken to Kiseki no Kaikō (The Illusionary Adventure and the Miraculous Encounter) on Saturday. The vide...
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One Piece Film Red Tops 5 Billion Yen as of Saturday

Sells over 3.6 million tickets as of its 8th day ― The staff and cast of the One Piece Film Red anime announced on Saturday that the film has earned over 5 billion yen (about US$37 million). As of Saturday, the film has sold over 3.6 million tickets. The news came during a stage greeting event in a screening at Tokyo's Marunouchi Toei theater. The film had sold 1.58 million tickets for 2.254 billion ...

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Shadowverse Flame #20 [rate]
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Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai #90 [rate]
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My Hero Academia, Spy×Family, More Rank on NYT August Bestseller List

Kohei Hirokoshi's My Hero Academia manga, Tatsuya Endo's Spy×Family manga, Naoya Matsumoto's Kaiju No. 8 manga, Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba manga, Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man manga, and Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga ranked on The New York Times' monthly Graphic Books and Manga bestseller list released in early August. The 31st volume of My Hero Academia ranked at #5...
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Kirby's Dream Buffet Game's Overview Trailer Reveals August 17 Release

Game launches digitally on Nintendo Switch eShop ― Nintendo began streaming an overview trailer for its upcoming Kirby's Dream Buffet game, and it reveals that the game will launch digitally on the Nintendo Switch eShop on August 17. The trailer outlines the different game types: Race, Minigame, and Battle Royale. It also explains the game's new "Copy Food Ability" mechanic and its rewards menu. In t...
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Sunsoft Holds Live Stream Announcement for New Titles on August 18

Japanese game developer Sunsoft announced on Thursday that it will hold a live stream on its YouTube channel on August 18 at 4:00 p.m. EDT to announce new titles for 2022 and 2023. The developer has been developing video games since 1978, and started out developing arcade games. The company is known for such games as Blaster Master, Batman: The Video Game, Spy Hunter, the SNES version of Lemmings,...

Pokémon Anime's Promo Video Previews World Championship Arc's Semifinal Battles

Semifinal battle episodes begin on August 26 ― The Official Pokémon YouTube Channel began streaming on Friday a video for the Pokémon Journeys: The Series (Pocket Monster) anime, and it previews the semifinal battles of the Pokémon World Championships arc, specifically one between Ash (Satoshi) and Cynthia (Shirona). The semifinal battle episodes begin in the anime on August 26. The show is reaching ...
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Producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi Leaves Capcom to Join NetEase Games

Resident Evil, Dragon's Dogma producer leaves after 27 years ― Game producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi (Resident Evil, Dragon's Dogma, Sengoku Basara, Devil May Cry) announced on Twitter on Friday that he has left Capcom on March 31 after 27 years. Kobayashi will join NetEase Games as a producer. He wishes to "continuously create more enjoyable entertainment experiences" at the new company, and he will shar...
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INU-OH

Now playing in theaters in the U.S., acclaimed director Masaaki Yuasa presents a film where art and the political are perfectly intertwined. ― "Noh performers were the historical equivalent of rock stars" is the thought that sparked the genesis of this film, and boy does Masaaki Yuasa run with it here. More of an extended musical performance than a narrative film at times, Inu-Oh is a delightful audi...
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Strawberry Prince Member Jel Goes on Indefinite Hiatus

Group member reveals struggles with mental illness ― Internet musical unit Strawberry Prince (Sutopuri, or STPR) announced on Friday through a YouTube video on their official channel that group member Jel is taking an indefinite hiatus after the group's Belluna Dome performance on August 28. Jel revealed in the video that he has had family problems since chlidhood, and as a result, developed symptoms...
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Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer #6 [rate]
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Rent-A-Girlfriend #19 [rate]
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Phantom of the Idol #7 [rate]
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GiGO (Formerly Sega) Akihabara Arcade #4 to Close on September 25

Facility's lease contract expires ― GENDA GiGO Entertainment announced on Friday that GiGO (formerly Sega) Akihabara Arcade #4 will close on September 25 at 8:00 p.m. JST, as the facility's lease contract is expiring. Sega Akihabara Arcade #4 opened in September 2010. There were five GiGO Akihabara Arcades, though only three will remain following the closure of the fourth one. The occupancy rate of m...
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Prima Doll #6 [rate]
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Shadows House #6 [rate]
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I'm the Villainess, So I'm Taming the Final Boss Novels 2 & 3

While the first volume was a complete story in and of itself, the following two entries prove that just because Aileen got the guy doesn't mean that her story's over. ― While the first volume of Sarasa Nagase's light novel series I'm the Villainess, So I'm Taming the Final Boss was a complete story in and of itself, the following two entries prove that just because Aileen got the guy doesn't mean tha...
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When Will Ayumu Make His Move? #6 [rate]
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV ‒ Episode 4

Whether he knows it or not, Bell's giving Marie exactly what she's dreamed of.
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Yowamushi Pedal: Limit Break Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals, Previews Theme Songs

04 Limited Sazabys perform opening, Novelbright perform ending ― TOHO Animation began streaming the first promotioal video for Yowamushi Pedal Limit Break, the fifth anime season of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal manga, and it reveals and previews the opening theme song "Keep going" by 04 Limited Sazabys and the ending theme song "PRIDE" by Novelbright. The anime will premiere on NHK on October 9 ...
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Sony Music Entertainment's English-Speaking VTuber PRISM Project Opens Auditions To All Genders

Sony Music Entertainment's Virtual YouTuber PRISM Project has focused on female-presenting characters in its first four generations, but the agency is set to expand its range of talent. Auditions for performers of all genders opened on Sunday. Successful applicants must be able to conduct their streaming content primarily in English, although Japanese and other language skills are welcome. Interes...
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Golden Kamuy Anime's 4th Season Casts Masaaki Mizunaka

Mizunaka plays Ariko in 4th season premiering in October ― The offiical website for the Golden Kamuy anime announced on Friday that the fourth season has cast Masaaki Mizunaka as Private First Class Ariko, an Ainu from the Seventh Division of the Imperial Japanese Army who narrowly escaped during the Russo-Japanese war after being in the same trench as Sergeant Kikuta. The fourth season will premiere...
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Re:Zero Merch Accessories Contain Clever Character References

Emilia's bracelet incorporates her hairpiece, while Rem and Ram's use the ribbon on their headdresses ― Gemstone and silver jewelry shop Stone Market opened preorders for a lineup of Re:Zero-themed bracelets on Monday, and they're appealing products for fashion-conscious fans: subtle enough not to clash with your outfit, but packed with character references for those with a discerning eye: firstly wi...
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Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun ‒ Episode 6

Honestly, it's really just great for Riko to have her own chance to shine at the center stage of the action again.
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Shine On! Bakumatsu Boys #6 [rate]
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This Week in Games - Octo-Punch

It's been a big week for fighting games. Join Jean-Karlo for all the hottest EVO news, including King of Fighters, Street Fighter, Skullgirls, and Guilty Gear! ― Welcome back, my readers! I was looking forward to today, because we have a ton of news to go over. I do want to take a moment to thank you guys for your patience last week; I had made a number of mistakes in my Fate: EXTRA recording, and fo...

Teikoku Databank: Record 39.8% of Anime Studios Were in the Red in 2021

Industry contracted for 2nd straight year for 1st time since at least 2000 ― The financial research firm Teikoku Databank published on Friday a report on the anime industry in 2021. The report noted that 39.8% of the 309 anime production companies surveyed had incurred losses in 2021. The percentage is 0.9% higher than 2020, and is the highest ever in Teikoku Databank's records. The firm cited the dr...
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Blue Lock Anime's Video Reveals More Cast, Opening Song, October 8 Premiere

Natsuki Hanae, Ryōta Suzuki, Takahiro Sakurai join cast with opening by Unison Square Garden ― The official website for the television anime of Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yūsuke Nomura's Blue Lock soccer manga began stremaing a new promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals more cast, the anime's October 8 premiere date, and reveals and previews the anime's opening theme song "Chaos ga ...

The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess Yuri Fantasy Novels Get TV Anime in 2023

Shingo Tamaki directs diomedéa, with Oregairu novels' Wataru Watari as head writer ― Kadokawa announced on Friday that Piero Karasu's The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess (Tensei Ōjo to Tensai Reijō no Mahō Kakumei) is inspiring a television anime in 2023. The cast includes: Manaka Iwami as Euphyllia Magenta Sayaka Senbongi as Anisphia von Palletia Shingo Tamaki (Aho Girl, Ahiru no Sor...
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Etsuko's More Than Words Teen Romance Manga Gets Live-Action Series

10 episodes adapting More Than Words, In the Apartment BL manga premiere on Amazon on September 16 ― Amazon Prime Video announced on Friday that it will stream a live-action series adaptation of Etsuko's In the Apartment and More Than Words manga. All 10 episodes will debut in Japan on September 16. The More Than Words manga's story centers on short tempered high schooler Mieko, her friend Michio, an...

ONIMAI: I'm Now Your Sister! Anime's Video Reveals More Cast, January 2023 Premiere

Hisako Kanemoto, Minami Tsuda join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Nekotofu's ONIMAI: I'm Now Your Sister! (Onii-chan wa Oshimai!) manga began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Friday. The video reveals more cast members for the anime, as well as its January 2023 premiere date. The new cast members include: Hisako Kanemoto as Kaede Hozuki, Mihari's former middle...
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This Week in Anime - Does Kakegurui twin Hold Up To Its Sibling Series?

Kakegurui twin, a prequel series to Kakegurui following the exploits of Mary Saotome, has dropped on Netflix. Chris and Steve go all-in to determine whether this short series lives up to the original's unhinged thrills. Kakegurui twin, a prequel series to Kakegurui following the exploits of Mary Saotome, has dropped on Netflix. Chris and Steve go all-in to determine whether this short series lives...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, August 7-13

Combatants Will Be Dispatched!, The Detective Is Already Dead anime; Kemono Jihen, World End Solte manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Combatants Will Be Dispatched! BD/DVDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 August 9 Combatants Will Be Dispatched! Limited Edition BD/DVDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$84.98 August 9 The Detective Is Already Dead BDAnimeNewsNetwork...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, July 25-31

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 debuts at #1, Digimon Survive Switch version at #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: July 25-31 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwXenoblade Chronicles 3 Nintendo July 29 112,728 112,728 2NSwDigimon Survive Bandai Namco Entertainment July 28 28,536 28,536 3NSwNintendo Switch Sports Nintendo April 29 24,966 623,493 4NSwMonster Hunter Rise + Sunbreak Se...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, July 25-31

Tokyo Revengers live-action film earned 8.7% rating ― The first live-action film of Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga aired on Fuji TV on Saturday, July 30 at 9:00 p.m. and earned an 8.7% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV July 31 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 8.4 Detective Conan NTV July 30 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 6.3 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV July 31 (Sun) 18:00 30...
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Cardfight!! Vanguard Dear Days Game Launches on November 17

Game slated for release on Switch, PC via Steam in English, Japanese ― The official website for Bushiroad's new Cardfight!! Vanguard Dear Days game revealed in July that the game will ship for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam in Japanese and English on November 17. The card game will feature protagonist Yuki Ichidoji, voiced by Yuka Nishio. Yuki is a second-year high school student at Omi Academy who...
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Crowdfunded Super Cub Exhibit Opens in Yamanashi Prefectural Library

Campaign reached its 500,000 yen goal within 24 hours ― The Anime Tourism Association has successfully reached its crowdfunding goal for a Super Cub exhibit and live voice readings, held at the Yamanashi Prefectural Library in the Yamanashi Prefecture where the anime's story is set. The exhibit opened on Wednesday and will run until August 17, displaying reproduced production materials and key animat...
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Chimimo Anime Unveils New Visual, Creditless Title Sequence

Anime premiered on July 7 with HIDIVE stream ― The official website for the Chimimo original television anime unveiled a new visual for the anime on Thursday. Shochiku also began streaming the creditless version of the anime's opening title sequence. The anime premiered on July 7. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime. HIDIVE is exclusively streaming the anime for the summer 2022 anime season, and Sent...
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Crunchyroll Adds English Dubs for Lycoris Recoil, Engage Kiss Later This Month

English dub for Girlfriend, Girlfriend also added ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will add English dubs for the Lycoris Recoil and Engage Kiss anime, and added the English dub for the Girlfriend, Girlfriend anime. The dubs for Lycoris Recoil and Engage Kiss will debut later this month. The dub cast for Lycoris Recoil includes: Lizzie Freeman as Chisato Nishikigi Xanthe Huynh as Takina In...
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Crunchyroll Expo 2022 - Making Anime Music ft. Kevin Penkin and Hiromitsu Ijima

Kevin Penkin joked how he is now a little more successful but a lot more tired. ― Kevin Penkin and Hiromitsu Iijima have a list of enthralling soundtracks from series like Tower of God, Made in Abyss, and The Rising of the Shield Hero on their resume. Joining the list of guests at Crunchyroll Expo, Penkin stood out with his “university lecture” for their panel. The composer-producer duo were eager to...
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Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari Anime Casts Reina Ueda

2nd of weekly cast member reveals ― The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Onigunsō's Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari manga revealed on Wednesday that Reina Ueda will play Yu: The anime's staff will reveal more cast members weekly. The cast includes: Takeo Ōtsuka as Hyōma Kunato Yūki Takada as Botan Nagatsuki Chikahiro Kobayashi as Nagi Ryuichi Kimura (Kemono Friends 2, ...
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Sisters vs Sisters Game Heads West in Early 2023

Game launches for PS4, PS5, PC ― Idea Factory International announced on Thursday that it will release Compile Heart's Hyperdimension Neptunia Sisters vs Sisters (Chō Jigen Game Neptune Sisters vs Sisters) game physically and digitally in the West for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam in early 2023 in North America and Europe. The company streamed the opening movie: The game launched for...
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Quintessential Quintuplets Manga Creator Streams Himself Playing the Console Game

The question: which girl's ending will he get? The Quintessential Quintuplets manga creator Negi Haruba might be occupied with a new manga, Go, Go, Loser Ranger!, but he still finds the time to engage with fans of his previous series by streaming himself playing the Eiga Gotōbun no Hanayome ~Kimi to Sugoshita Itsutsu no Omoide~ (The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie: Five Memories of My Time wit...
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Do It Yourself!! Anime's Promo Videos Highlight Shii, Jobko

Karin Takahashi, Nichika Omori star as Shii, Jobko ― The official website for PINE JAM's original television anime titled Do It Yourself!! revealed on Thursday two character promotional videos that highlight Shii and Jobko. Shii Jobko The main cast includes (from left to right starting with top row in the image above): Konomi Inagaki as Serufu Yua, an easy-going first-year high school student raised ...
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Vermeil in Gold Anime Reveals 4 Cast Members, New Visual

Nobuhiko Okamoto, Miyuri Shimabukuro, Ikumi Hayama, Aya Endo join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Kōta Amana and Yōko Umezu's Vermeil in Gold: A Desperate Magician Barges Into the Magical World Alongside the Strongest Calamity (Kinsō no Vermeil: Gakeppuchi Majutsushi wa Saikyō no Yakusai to Mahō Sekai o Tsukisusumu) manga revealed on Thursday additional cast and a visual: The ...
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My Love Mix-Up! GN 4

This is a solid entry into a story that reminds us that not only is cupid blind, he's wandering down a very rocky road as the characters stumble their way into love. ― People do stupid things when they're uncomfortable. If there's a theme to this volume of My Love Mix-Up!, that would be it: feeling awkward and on-the-spot can push people into doing some truly ill-advised things. While we've seen that...
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Crunchyroll Expo 2022 - Burnout Syndromes Interview

Composing songs for popular series such as Haikyuu!!, Dr. Stone, and Gintama, Burnout Syndromes held their first performance in the United States at Crunchyroll Expo. ― Formed in 2005, Burnout Syndromes have a long and successful discography under their belt. Composing songs for popular series such as Haikyuu!!, Dr. Stone, and Gintama, the trio infuse musical genres together with emotional lyrics. Ka...
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My Isekai Life ‒ Episode 7

My Isekai Life delivers another simple but stellar offering this week. The premise is not terribly complicated, but it's the creativity in the delivery that makes it worthwhile.
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Futoku no Guild TV Anime Reveals More Cast, Theme Song Artists

Rumi Okubo, Yuyu Shoji join cast ― The staff for the television anime of Taichi Kawazoe's Futoku no Guild (Guild of Depravity) manga announced two new cast members and theme song aritsts on Friday. The newly announced cast includes: Rumi Okubo as Enome Yuyu Shoji as Eshune Sayaka Sasaki will perform the opening theme song "Never the Fever!!," and Minami Kuribayashi will perform the ending theme song....
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Crunchyroll Expo 2022 - Baku Kinoshita Interview

Odd Taxi won the hearts and minds of anime fans around the world in 2021. During his busy schedule, director Baku Kinoshita talked to ANN in more detail about Odd Taxi and what he'd like to do next. ― Anthropomorphic animal anime Odd Taxi won the hearts and minds of anime fans around the world in 2021. This year, Crunchyroll Expo brought Baku Kinoshita—director, character designer, amongst many other...
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New Urusei Yatsura Anime Casts Saori Hayami as Oyuki

1st half-year season premieres in October ― The official website for the new television anime of Rumiko Takahashi's Urusei Yatsura manga announced on Thursday that Saori Hayami will play Oyuki, queen of Neptune and Lum's childhood friend. Hiroshi Kamiya will voice Ataru Moroboshi (left in the image below), and Sumire Uesaka will voice Lum (right). The other cast members include: Maaya Uchida as Shino...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV #4 [rate]
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Kenichi Sonoda Draws Spy×Family For Comiket Doujinshi Publication

The Gunsmith Cats, Riding Bean creator has previously created doujinshi for Kemono Friends, Girls und Panzer ― Kenichi Sonoda (Gunsmith Cats, Riding Bean) is an old-school manga veteran, but he's by no means oblivious to the changing times. He regularly participates in Comiket under the circle name of "Ganso Sonoda-ya" (Progenitor Sonoda's Shop), and for the upcoming event this weekend he drew Spy×Fa...
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Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World ‒ Episode 6

This episode of Harem Labyrinth does have a little more narrative thrust to it, actually centered on that much-ballyhooed slavery element!
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Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit Anime's Video Reveals Opening Song, October 4 Debut

Anime has full-length episodes for the 1st time ― The official website for Yama no Susume Next Summit (Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit), the new television anime based on Shiro's Encouragement of Climb (Yama no Susume) manga, began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video reveals the anime's October 4 premiere date on Tokyo MX, MBS, and BS11, and also reveals and pre...
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