The Fall 2017 Manga Guide

Looking for new manga to read? Our guide to this fall's biggest, brightest new manga has you covered!

Available Now: Attack on Titan: No Regrets Deluxe Edition - Shiver - Splatoon - Astra Lost in Space - Neo Parasyte M - In This Corner of the World - Polar Bear in Love - ACCA - Spirit Circle - Forbidden Scrollery - Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card - and much more!

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The Stories Behind Fate/Apocrypha's Servants of Black

Our FATE FRIDAYS feature continues with Gabriella Ekens' breakdown of the legends behind the darker side of the Great Holy Grail War!

Anime News Network's Holiday 2017 Gift Guide: Collectibles

A glittering mountain of this year's must-have collectibles, from statues to action figures to Nendoroids and Figmas and much much more!

Anime News Network's Holiday 2017 Gift Guide: Games

2017 had a nonstop flurry of mindblowing videogames, from Zelda to Nier to Persona 5 and beyond - here's a guide to the most likely candidates for your Christmas list.

Anime News Network's Holiday 2017 Gift Guide: Art & Books

Our giant glittering gift guide continues with a tour through the stacks of this year's best artbooks, manga, box sets and much more!

Convention Report: Princess Principal at Anime NYC

Director Masaki Tachibana answered questions about his surprise hit anime series at this year's inaugural Anime NYC. Rachel Kelly has the details from this special screening and Q&A sessions!
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Jackass! GN

Scarlet Beriko's graphic novel takes a silly premise and makes it work with surprising emotional depth. Rebecca Silverman gets into this unusual title. ― As far as contrived premises go, “boy doesn't realize his older sister borrowed his gym clothes and left her pantyhose in his pants” is definitely up there. It gets even stranger when said boy's best friend's turn-on turns out to be black pantyhose-...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Nov 12-18

After six straight weeks, The Ancient Magus' Bride has been unseated from its spot at the top of the chart! Find out what's replaced it and where all your favorites ranked with our users this round! ― Our team of reviewers are following 31 anime series of the Fall 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and wor...
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The Stylish Boys of Idolish 7 at Anime NYC

The director and producer behind next season's male idol mobile game adaptation gave a Q&A at a premiere event for the show's first two episodes. Here's what fans can expect from Idolish 7! ― Lately, the anime industry has been dominated by female idols, but there's another phenomenon brewing under the more mainstream surface: a male idol movement. A mobile rhythm game called IDOLiSH7, where you help...
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My Hero Academia GN 10

My Hero Academia expands the scope of its cast and conflict in a volume that works to build up its characters for changes to come. Nick Creamer has the details. ― My Hero Academia's ninth volume represented a dramatic and aesthetic peak for this thrilling story. Finding themselves hunted by the League of Villains while away on their training retreat, Midoriya and his classmates were forced to rally b...
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Beasts of Abigaile GNs 1-2

This surprisingly dark shoujo romance wraps its themes of colonialism around a "Little Red Riding Hood" tale. Rebecca Silverman untangles its heavy yet rewarding story. ― Well, hey there, Little Red Riding Hood! Aarne-Thompson tale type 333, the story best known as “Little Red Riding Hood” in English, has been one of anime and manga's go-to fairy tales for inspiration, and Spica Aoki's Beasts of Abig...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria Novel 4

The first arc of Sword Oratoria that provided the season finale for its anime adaptation comes to a close. Theron Martin compares these two versions for any juicy details that may have gotten left out. ― Despite leaving out a few details here and there, the DanMachi anime series was largely a faithful and excellent adaptation of the source novels. The anime version of Sword Oratoria was a far less im...
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Saturday, November 25

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Drive Head Anime Gets Net Series in January, Film in August 2018

New net anime series premieres on January 20 ― Takara Tomy announced at an event on Saturday that its Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head Kidō Kyūkyū Keisatsu (Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head Mobile Emergency Police) anime series is getting an anime film that will premiere in August 2018. The film will be an all-new work. Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head Kidō Kyūkyū Keisatsu is the first television anime ins...

Friday, November 24

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Shinkalion Anime Reveals Trailer, More Cast, January 6 Premiere

Yūji Ueda, Ayana Taketatsu join cast for series based on Takara Tomy's transforming toy line ― The official website for Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion the Animation, the television anime adaptation of Takara Tomy's Shinkalion toy line, began streaming the show's trailer on Saturday. The trailer reveals the show's January 6 premiere date. The series will air at 7:00 a.m. on TBS and its affiliates. ...
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World of Final Fantasy Meli-Melo Smartphone Game's Opening Movie Streamed

Game to launch for iOS, Android this year ― Square Enix began streaming the opening movie for its upcoming iOS and Android game World of Final Fantasy Meli-Melo on Friday. The staff also unveiled a pre-registration campaign where players will receive more rewards depending on how many people pre-register before the game launches this year. In the game's story, tiny Lilikins live in Valgallan together...
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Tokimeki Tonight Gets New 'Honeymoon' 1-Shot Manga

Classic shojo series began in 1982, inspired anime ― Next year's January issue of Shueisha's Cookie magazine announced on Saturday that Koi Ikeno will draw a new 42-page one-shot titled "Tokimeki Tonight ~Makabe Shun Fusai no Honeymoon" (Mr. and Mrs. Shun Makabe's Honeymoon). As the title implies, the short focuses on Ranze and Makabe's honeymoon. The original Tokimeki Tonight manga initially ran fro...
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Doreiku Survival Game Anime Reveals Visual, Staff

Tsugumomo's Ryōichi Kuraya writes, directs ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Shinichi Okada and Hiroto Ōishi's Doreiku: Boku to 23-nin no Dorei (Slave District: 23 Slaves and Me) manga revealed an anime visual with the main staff on Saturday. Ryōichi Kuraya (Tsugumomo) is directing and handling series composition at Zero-G and TNK. Junji Goto (School Days, High School DxD)...
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Recovery of an MMO Junkie ‒ Episode 8

"The tangled web of online identities has been unraveled, closing the book on a significant part of this story."
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Voice Actress Madoka Yonezawa Gives Birth to Healthy Baby

Voice actress Madoka Yonezawa announced on her official blog on Wednesday that she has given birth to a healthy baby a few days ago. She said that although this was her first childbirth, the ease of the birth surprised even her doctor. Yonezawa added that caring for a child is more difficult than she thought, and her body has not yet fully recovered. She thanked the people around her for their sup...
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No Game No Life Zero Film Earns 700 Million Yen

Blu-ray/DVD ships in Japan on February 23 ― The official website for the No Game, No Life anime announced on Friday that the No Game, No Life Zero anime film had earned 700 million yen (about US$6.3 million) in Japanese theaters as of September 30. The Blu-ray Disc and DVD will ship on February 23 in Japan. The film opened at 61 theaters on July 15 and eventually expanded to 178 theaters. 4DX screeni...
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Satsuki Yukino, Aoi Yūki Star in Mentholatum's Thanksgiving Anime Video

In addition to coinciding with Thanksgiving in the United States this year, November 23 is Labor Thanksgiving Day in Japan. The national holiday honors labor and invites people to thank each other. Rohto Pharmaceutical, a Japanese company that bought the American health-care product maker Mentholatum in 1988, began streaming a special video in honor of the holiday on Thursday. In the video, a moth...
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Magatsuki's Hoshino Taguchi Launches New Manga in December

New manga centers on meddlesome main character meeting clueless rich girl ― The January issue of Kodansha's Shonen Sirius magazine announced on Saturday that Hoshino Taguchi is launching a new manga tentatively titled Ojō-sama no Shimobe (The Young Lady's Servant) on Kodansha's Magazine Pocket app on December 27. Taguchi published a "work-in-progress" image on Wednesday. ※画像は開発中のものです。 pic.twitter.com...
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NisiOisin Writes New 1-Shot Manga for Jump Giga

The first 2018 issue of Shueisha's Jump Giga magazine announced on Friday that novelist NisiOisin (Monogatari Series, Juni Taisen, Medaka Box) is writing the original story for a new 52-page one-shot manga for the next issue on December 29. Yūji Iwasaki is drawing the manga, titled Shōnen Hō no Koro. NisiOisin and Akira Akatsuki ended their Shōnen Shōjo (roughly translated, "Illness Boy, Illness G...
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Mushishi, And Yet the Town Moves, Genshiken Creators Each Launch New Manga

Also: one-shot by Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san creator ― Next year's January issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine announced three new manga series and a long one-shot manga on Saturday. Honda-san, the author of Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san (Skeleton Bookstore Employee Honda), will launch the one-shot manga in the May issue on March 24. The manga, tentatively titled "Tatta Hitotsu no Koto Shika Shiran...
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Scum's Wish Manga Has 1.9 Million Copies in Print

This year's December issue of Square Enix's Big Gangan magazine announced on Saturday that the eight volumes of Mengo Yokoyari's Scum's Wish (Kuzu no Honkai) manga have 1.9 million copies in print. Yokoyari launched the manga in Big Gangan in 2012, and ended it on March 25. Square Enix published the eighth and final volume on the same day. A spinoff manga titled Kuzu no Honkai décor launched in Sa...
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Inuyashiki Last Hero ‒ Episode 7

"I'm not convinced that the series is packing enough weight to support some of what it's trying to do thematically, but it's a welcome weekly watch nonetheless."
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Blade Dance of the Elementalers Light Novel Series Changes Artists Again for Final 4 Volumes

Series to end in 20th volume ― Kadokawa's MF Bunko J imprint announced on Friday that Yū Shimizu's Blade Dance of Elementalers (Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance) light novel series will change artists again due to the personal circumstances of the current illustrator Yūji Nimura. Kohada Shimesaba (Dragonar Academy) will take over with the series' 17th volume, though Shimesaba already collaborated with Ni...
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King's Game The Animation ‒ Episode 8

"Finding new ways to suck is the only path to survival for this show, and King's Game succeeded at failing in just about every way this week."
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Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line Anime Launches Tokyo Tower Event in January

Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line, the fourth season of the franchise's television anime, is collaborating with Tokyo Tower for a special event next year. The collaboration will debut in January to celebrate the anime, which will also premiere in January. The collaboration's merchandise will feature Sakamichi with Tokyo Tower mascot character Tawawa-chan in a special illustration (seen below). Limited-ed...
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Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia, Frame Arms Girl Manga End

Both manga are part of franchises that inspired anime ― Next year's January issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comp Ace magazine published the final chapter of Tsuneo Tsuneishi's Frame Arms Girl Lab Days on Saturday. In addition, it published the first half of the final chapter of Riku Ayakawa's Hybrid×Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia manga. Tsuneishi launched Frame Arms Girl Lab Days in Comp Ace with editoria...
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Just Because! ‒ Episode 7

"This love triangle has me frustrated for all the right reasons."
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Doreiku Survival Game TV Anime Premieres in April

The January 2018 issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed on Saturday the first key visual, character visuals, story information, and the April 2018 premiere date of the television anime adaptation of Shinichi Okada and Hiroto Ōishi's Doreiku: Boku to 23-nin no Dorei (Slave District: 23 Slaves and Me) manga. The story is a survival game between 24 people who each have a device called ...
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Basilisk Sequel Anime Reveals 1st Video, More Cast, January 8 Premiere (Updated)

Katsuhiro Tokuishi, Fukushi Ochiai, Mitsuhiro Ichiki, more join cast ― The official website for Basilisk ~Ōka Ninpōchō~ – the television anime adaptation of Masaki Yamada's Ōka Ninpōchō Basilisk Shinshō (Ōka Ninja Scrolls Basilisk New Chapter) novels – revealed the first promotional video, more cast members, and the January 8 premiere date for the series on Friday. The new cast members are: Katsuhiro...
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Answerman - Why Aren't Master Tape Formats Used Everywhere?

If the video quality on a production's master tape is the best it's going to get, why aren't they just reproduced on the same format? Justin explains why you don't watch "master tapes" in the comfort of your own home. ― Vandeilo asked: You say that video masters are stored on magnetic tapes, not dissimilar to VHS tapes. Why is it that such tapes aren't used for playback at the consumer level? I don'...
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Tales of Wedding Rings Manga Gets VR Experience

Crunchyroll releases manga digitally, Yen Press to release manga in print ― The December issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine revealed on Saturday that Maybe's Tales of Wedding Rings (Kekkon Yubiwa Monogatari) manga is getting a virtual-reality experience. The magazine teases the project as allowing readers to "experience the world of the manga in 360 degrees." The magazine will announc...
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Kiss×sis Creator Ditama's New Manga Launches on December 26

This year's January issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine announced on Saturday that Bow Ditama's Shōgakusei wa Mama demo Ii desu ka? (Is it Alright if the Grade School Student is my Mother?) manga will launch in the next issue on December 26. The manga centers on a man having love problems at work, when a girl appears before him who turns out to be his reincarnated mother. Ditama's K...
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Jackass! GN

Scarlet Beriko's graphic novel takes a silly premise and makes it work with surprising emotional depth. Rebecca Silverman gets into this unusual title. ― As far as contrived premises go, “boy doesn't realize his older sister borrowed his gym clothes and left her pantyhose in his pants” is definitely up there. It gets even stranger when said boy's best friend's turn-on turns out to be black pantyhose-...
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Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! Reveals 2018 Series Ranking

The Ryuo's Work is Never Done!, Honzuki no Gekokujō top lists ― The 2018 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! (This Light Novel Is Amazing!) guidebook reported its list of the top light novel series on Saturday. As with last year, the category is divided between bunkobon (smaller A6-sized books) and tankōbon (larger B6-sized books). The bunkobon rankings include: The Ryuo's Work is N...
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Slow Start Anime Videos Introduce 3 More Characters

Manami Numakura, Maaya Uchida, M.A.O join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yuiko Tokumi's Slow Start manga began streaming three more character videos on Friday. The videos reveal Manami Numakura as Kiyose Enami, Maaya Uchida as Hiroe Hannen, and Mao as Shion Kyōzuka. (Note: The videos on the website are region-locked to Japan, and all three videos play in the video ...
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Thunderbolt Fantasy Shōshi Ikken Side-Story Film's New Promo Video, 2nd Making-of Video Streamed

Film opens in Japan on December 2 ― The official website for the Thunderbolt Fantasy puppet-show project began streaming a new promotional video on Friday for the Thunderbolt Fantasy Shōshi Ikken side-story theatrical project. The site also began streaming the second video in a series of "making of" videos on November 16. The film will screen in eight theaters in Japan starting on December 2. The fil...
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Dame×Prince Anime's Promo Video Previews Breakerz Theme Song

Series based on smartphone game premieres on January 10 ― The official website for Dame×Prince Anime Caravan, the television anime adaptation of NHN PlayArt Corp.'s Dame×Prince (aka "DamePri") smartphone app, began streaming the show's promotional video on Friday. The video previews Breakerz opening theme song "D×D×D." The anime will premiere on the Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and BS Fuji channels o...

Hobby Japan's The Seven Heavenly Virtues Franchise Gets Anime in Winter 2018

Fairy Tail's Shinji Ishihara directs series at Bridge ― Hobby Japan announced on Friday that its The Seven Heavenly Virtues (Nanatsu no Bitoku) multimedia project is getting a television anime adaptation that will premiere in winter 2018. The project is connected to Hobby Japan's Seven Mortal Sins (sin Nanatsu no Taizai) multimedia franchise. In the show's story, the "Seven Mortal Sins," demons from ...
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Ryōsuke Yamada Discusses Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film's 4DX Screenings in Video

4DX screenings will feature smells, water during rain scenes ― The official website for the live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga began streaming a new video on Sunday featuring lead actor Ryōsuke Yamada and director Fumihiko Sori discussing the film's 4DX screenings. Yamada said that the movie will stimulate all five senses, and will also feature smells such as burning mater...
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Pokémon Game Franchise's Combined Shipments, Download Sales Reach 300 Million Copies

The Pokemon Company revealed on Friday that the combined worldwide shipments and digital sales numbers for its entire Pokémon video game franchise has reached 300 million copies. This includes all 76 video game titles for the franchise released between February 1996 and November 2017. Nintendo, Game Freak, and The Pokemon Company released the latest game entry in the franchise, Pokémon Ultra Sun a...
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California's Anime on Display Convention Ceases Operations

Rob Pereyda founded convention in 2003 as Anime Overdose ― California convention Anime on Display announced on Wednesday that it is "[retiring] from the convention scene" and ceasing operations. The announcement also stated that some of the staff will launch a new event that is focused primarily on gaming. The convention began as Anime Overdose in 2003, founded by current Vice President of Business D...
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Monster Hunter: World Game's Videos Highlight Character Creation, Combat

Game slated for worldwide launch on PS4, Xbox One on January 26 ― Kadokawa's Dengeki Online website began streaming two gameplay videos Capcom's upcoming Monster Hunter: World game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Friday. The first video previews the game's character creation and field gameplay, while the second video highlights the weapons and monsters. The game is slated for a worldwide r...
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Cherry Boys Live-Action Film's Additional Cast, Theme Song Artist, Visual Revealed

Elaiza Ikeda, Yuma Ishigaki, Amane Okayama, Hannya join February 2018 film's cast ― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Tomohiro Koizumi's Cherry Boys manga revealed additional cast members, a new visual, and the theme song artist for the film on Friday. The additional cast includes: (Note: Name romanizations not confirmed.) Elaiza Ikeda as Fueko Shaku, a woman whom the boys regard as a M...
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Beatless Anime Premieres on Animeism Block on January 12

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Satoshi Hase and redjuice's Beatless novel revealed on Friday that the anime will air on the Animeism programming block on MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS. The anime will premiere on January 12 on MBS and TBS, and January 13 on BS-TBS. Amazon is exclusively streaming titles from the Animeism block to 200 countries through its Amazon Prime Video serv...
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Yurucamp Anime's Theme Song Artists, New Visual Unveiled

Video series featuring Yumiri Hanamori learning how to camp also debuts ― The official website for the television anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga revealed the theme song artists and a new visual for the anime on Friday. Asaka will perform the opening theme song "SHINY DAYS," while Eri Sasaki will perform the ending theme song "Fuyu Biyori." The CD single for both songs is...
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Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You Earns US$2.4 Million in U.S.

Fathom Events screened film in United States in early November ― The Box Office Mojo website reports that the total box office gross for the Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Kimi ni Kimeta!) film in the United States is US$2,401,722 as of November 16. Fathom Events screened the film in collaboration with The Pokémon Company International in the United States, United Kingdom...
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Live-Action Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A Film Adds New Cast Members

Teaser trailer, grade school characters' cast also revealed ― The official website for the live-action film and television series adaptations of Ritz Kobayashi and Aguri Igarashi's Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A spinoff manga began streaming a new teaser trailer for the film on Friday. The teaser reveals additional cast members for the project. The site also unveiled a new visual. The new cast inc...
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Shin Godzilla Director Shinji Higuchi to Unveil New Work on December 3

A website opened on Friday to tease the announcement of a new work by executive director Shinji Higuchi. The new work will be unveiled at the Tokyo Comic Con event on December 3 at 2:00 p.m. (midnight EST). The site features the Warner Bros. logo. Higuchi is a co-founder of anime studio Gainax, and worked on storyboards and scripts on some of its most notable projects, including Gunbuster, Otaku n...

Thursday, November 23

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2nd Haikara-san ga Tōru Film Changes Director

Toshiaki Kidokoro replaces Mitsuko Kase on spring 2018 film ― The staff for the anime film project of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga revealed on Friday that Toshiaki Kidokoro (March comes in like a lion episode director, Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom? line director) is replacing the previously announced Mitsuko Kase (Ristorante Paradiso, Young Black Jack) as the di...
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Virtual Home Robot Developer Lets You Marry 2D Characters on Paper

One fan in Japan had the chance to have a wedding with an adult game character via VR in June. As of this week, all of Japan is now one step closer to officially realizing relationships with 2D waifu. Gatebox established its Jigen Tokō Kyoku (Dimensional Voyage Department) and began offering a marriage registration service for people who want to record their unions with 2D characters. People who w...
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Dragon Zakura Two Manga Launches in January

Original Dragon Zakura manga ran 2003-2007, inspired live-action adaptations ― This year's 52nd issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine announced on Wednesday that Norifusa Mita (Investor Z) will launch a manga titled Dragon Zakura Two in next year's eighth issue on January 25. The story takes place in 2020, where the biggest country-wide matter is not the Tokyo Olympics but college entrance exam reform...
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Hyoge Mono Manga Ends on November 30

Award-winning series began in 2005 ― This year's 52nd issue Kodansha's Morning magazine announced on Wednesday that Yoshihiro Yamada's Hyouge Mono manga will end in the next issue on November 30. The magazine had announced last month that the manga would return on November 2 for its "last spurt." The manga centers on Furuta Sasuke (Furuta Oribe), a vassal of the great warlord Oda Nobunaga and a man o...
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Degu Makes Official Debut in New Kemono Friends Zoo Collaboration

Kemono Friends is collaborating with the Nagasaki Bio Park zoo and botanical garden this winter. The new Friend Common Degu (seen center in image below) is making her official debut as part of the project. The franchise's conceptual designer Mine Yoshizaki first drew Common Degu in a special illustration with Fennec (seen right in image above). Fennec's voice actress Kana Motomiya owns a degu name...
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Silent Möbius QD Manga Approaches Climax

Sequel manga launched in 2013 ― This year's December issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine announced on Tuesday that Kia Asamiya's Silent Möbius QD (Quadriga) manga is approaching its climax. The manga also announced in 2015 that it was approaching a climax, but the manga continued without taking a hiatus. The word "climax" written in the phonetic katakana alphabet often refers to the final chap...
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Holiday Love Manga About Adultery Inspires Live-Action TV Series

Riisa Naka stars in series premiering in January ― A live-action television drama based on writer Yukari Koyama and artist Eliza Kusakabe's Holiday Love ~Fūfukan Ren'ai~ (Love Between Married Couples) manga has been green-lit and will premiere in January. Riisa Naka (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) will star in the series, which will air on TV Asahi on Fridays at 11:15 p.m. Chiho Watanabe is writing...
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Voice Actor Rap Battle Project Woos Crowd at 1st Live Performance

2nd music video released ― The voice actor rap battle wooed fans at the Animate Girls Festival at Ikebukuro Sunshine City earlier this month. Fans were ecstatic to see Ikebukuro Division Buster Bros, Yokohama Division Mad Trigger Crew, Shinjuku Division Matenrō, and Shibuya Division Fling Posse battle it out. The video below shows Ikebukuro division, Shintarō Asanuma of the Yokohama division, Sho Hay...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, November 13-19

Live-action Death Note films air ― The Death Note Light up the NEW World live-action film aired on NTV on Friday, November 17 at 9:00 p.m. and earned an 8.9% rating. Death Note: The Last Name aired on NTV on Monday, November 13 at 1:59 a.m. and earned a 1.6% rating. The live-action series adaptation of Yū Suzunoki's Kounodori: Dr. Stork manga aired on TBS on Friday, November 17 at 10:00 p.m. and earn...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Nov 12-18

After six straight weeks, The Ancient Magus' Bride has been unseated from its spot at the top of the chart! Find out what's replaced it and where all your favorites ranked with our users this round! ― Our team of reviewers are following 31 anime series of the Fall 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and wor...
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Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru's Takashi Naoya Directs Real Girl Anime

TV anime premieres in 2018 ― This year's January issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine announced on Friday that Takashi Naoya (Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru) will direct the television anime based on Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga. The magazine also revealed rough character designs for Tsuttsun and Iroha. the anime will premiere in 2018. The josei manga follows Hikari "Tsuttsun" Tsutsui, a high sch...
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Konohana Kitan ‒ Episode 8

"This show has some of the most gently powerful and downright beautiful writing I've encountered all season. Anybody who loves heartfelt storytelling owes it to themselves to give this series a chance."
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Model Designs Ranma 1/2 Merch Inspired by Ranma, Shampoo

Super Groupies, an online retailer specializing in apparel and accessories inspired by anime and games, revealed its newest Ranma 1/2 merchandise on Friday. The items are a collaboration between the manga and model Ren Koseki. Koseki is a fan of Rumiko Takahashi's manga, and she designed the items. She also modeled the clothes and accessories for the collaboration's official photographs. The merc...
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Cheeky Angel's Nishimori Ends Hiiragi-sama wa Jibun o Sagashiteiru. Manga in 5 Chapters

Manga follows beautiful girl with amnesia ― This year's 52nd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine announced on Wednesday that Hiroyuki Nishimori's Hiiragi-sama wa Jibun o Sagashiteiru (Miss Hiiragi is Looking for Herself) manga will end in five chapters. The story follows a beautiful and mysterious girl named Hiiragi who has lost her memory. By chance she meets a boy named Keijirō Haku...
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This Week in Anime - How Has Love Live! Sunshine!! Changed The Idol Anime Game?

This series took a surprising left turn last week, leaving fans on the edge of their seats. This week in anime, we discuss our favorite things about Aqours' journey so far. ― Last week's Love Live! Sunshine!! took a surprising left turn, leaving fans on the edge of their seats for the season's second half. This week in anime, Nick and Steve discuss their favorite things about the girls of Aqours so f...
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Romancing SaGa 2 Heads West in December on PS Vita, Other Consoles

English iOS/Android ports launched last year ― Square Enix game producer and designer Akitoshi Kawazu announced on Twitter on Wednesday that Square Enix will release Romancing SaGa 2 in the West on PlayStation Vita and "some other game consoles" in December. #RS2Now I'm at London, UK. Finally, I can tweet about RS2 for West. We release RS2 for PSVita and some other game cosoles on next December. Plea...
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The Stylish Boys of Idolish 7 at Anime NYC

The director and producer behind next season's male idol mobile game adaptation gave a Q&A at a premiere event for the show's first two episodes. Here's what fans can expect from Idolish 7! ― Lately, the anime industry has been dominated by female idols, but there's another phenomenon brewing under the more mainstream surface: a male idol movement. A mobile rhythm game called IDOLiSH7, where you help...
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Sailor Moon Gets Performance Show in France in 2018

Perforamnce includes singing, dancing, video footage ― The official website for Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon manga revealed on Sailor Moon Wednesday that a new performance show based on will debut at the Japonismes 2018 event in Paris, France. The performance will mix singing, dancing, and video footage. The Japonismes 2018 event celebrates 160 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and France. ...
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Harukana Receive Anime Reveals Teaser Visual, Main Staff

Toshiyuki Kubooka directs beach volleyball anime at C2C ― An official website and Twitter account for the anime of Nyoijizai's Harukana Receive manga opened on Friday and revealed the main staff and teaser visual. Toshiyuki Kubooka (Berserk: The Golden Age Arc) is directing the anime at C2C and Touko Machida (A Centaur's Life, Wake Up, Girls!) is handling the script and series composition. Takeshi Od...
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My Hero Academia GN 10

My Hero Academia expands the scope of its cast and conflict in a volume that works to build up its characters for changes to come. Nick Creamer has the details. ― My Hero Academia's ninth volume represented a dramatic and aesthetic peak for this thrilling story. Finding themselves hunted by the League of Villains while away on their training retreat, Midoriya and his classmates were forced to rally b...
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Gakuen Babysitters Anime Reveals Theme Song Artists, January 7 Debut

Cast members sing themes; manga volume 17 gets Sanrio collaboration ― The January issue of Lala magazine is revealing on Friday that the Gakuen Babysitters anime will premiere on January 7. The magazine is also revealing that members of the voice cast will perform the theme songs. Daisuke Ono is performing the opening theme song "Endless happy world" as his character Saikawa, and the unit Hyorotto Da...
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Live-Action School-Live! Film Is Slated for 2018

The January 2018 issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine is announcing on Friday that the previously revealed live-action film adaptation of Norimitsu Kaihō and Sadoru Chiba's School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) manga will open in Japan next year. Kaihō and Chiba launched the manga in Manga Time Kirara Forward in 2012, and Houbunsha published the manga's ninth compiled volume in Japan on...
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New Manga by Project ARMS Writer Reveals Visual, New Title, Story

New manga centers on emotionless detective solving murders at stadium ― This year's 52nd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed the new title, visual, and story for writer Kyoichi Nanatsuki and artist Teppei Sugiyama's upcoming manga series on Wednesday. The manga is now titled Tantei Zeno to Nanatsu no Satsujin Misshitsu (Detective Zeno and the Seven Closed Room Murders, right ...
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Sakanaction Performs Live-Action Laughing Under the Clouds Film's Opening, Theme Song

New visual also unveiled for March 21 film ― The official website for the live-action film of Kemuri Karakara's Laughing Under the Clouds (Donten ni Warau) manga revealed the film's theme song artist and a new visual on Thursday. Rock band Sakanaction is performing the film's theme song "Kagerō" (Heat Haze). The band is also performing the film's opening song "Donten ni Warau -opening&ending‐with GOC...
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Claymore Creator Norihiro Yagi Reveals Title, Visual, Story for New Manga

Sōkyū no Ariadne about lone boy & girl's destined encounter debuts December 6 ― This year's 52nd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed the title, visual, and story for Norihiro Yagi's upcoming new manga on Wednesday. The manga is titled Sōkyū no Ariadne (Ariadne of the Azure Sky, center left visual in image below), and it will debut in the magazine's second 2018 issue on Decemb...
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Ultraman Geed Film's Title, Yuika Motokariya Guest Role Revealed

New film opens March, May J. performs theme song ― The official website for Ultraman Geed (pronounced "Jeed"), Tsuburaya Productions' new Ultraman series, revealed on Thursday that the series will get a film titled Gekijōban Ultraman Geed - Tsunagu ze! Negai!! (Ultraman Geed the Movie - Connect the Wishes!). The film opens in Japan on March 10. The film's setting is Okinawa, and Yuika Motokariya will...
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Attack on Titan 2 Game Adds New Playable Characters

Hange, Erwin, Hannes, Ian, Rico, Mitabi join March PS4/Xbox One/Switch/PC game ― The official website of Koei Tecmo Games' Attack on Titan 2 game revealed new playable characters for the game on Thursday. The new playable characters include Hange, Erwin, Hannes, Ian, Rico, and Mitabi. Koei Tecmo Games previously streamed a new trailer for the game last week. Previously announced playable characters i...

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Gal*Gun 2 Game's 1st Video Previews New Characters

Shooting game ships for PS4, Switch in Japan on March 15 ― The official website for Inti Creates' Gal*Gun 2 game, the newest installment in its Gal*Gun game series, began streaming the game's first promotional video on Wednesday. The video introduces gameplay and previews new characters. The shooting game will ship for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on March 15. Regular physical and digital editio...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 34

"With Boruto and company's time at the Academy soon coming to an end, the kids are determined to have one last hurrah before becoming Genin and splitting off into three-man cells."
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Kodoku no Gourmet Live-Action Series Gets Year-End Special

December 31 special highlights Setouchi cuisine ― The official website for the live-action series adaptation of Masayuki Kusumi and Jiro Taniguchi's Kodoku no Gourmet (The Solitary Gourmet) manga revealed on Tuesday that the show will have a television special on December 31 from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The new special, tentatively titled Kodoku no Gourmet Ōmisoka Special ~Setouchi Shucchō-hen~, wil...
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Man Charged for Selling Custom-Modified Monster Hunter 4G Save Data

Man allegedly used PC to modify save data to increase in-game items, skills, money ― Osaka City police have charged a 44-year-old Osaka City resident on suspicion of violation of the Copyright Act last Friday. The man had allegedly been modifying save date for Capcom's Monster Hunter 4G game in exchange for money. The man himself went to the police in Osaka's Abeno ward for consultation regarding a a...
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Design Festa Gallery: Art for Art's Sake with TAM+α

The Design Festa gallery is a permanent exhibition space in Harajuku that is dedicated to showing off the talents of young and upcoming artists in Japan. Although a wide variety of art is showcased at the Design Festa gallery, some artists work in the anime and manga industries or are strongly influenced by anime-style art. One such example is TAM+α (pronounced "tama"), whose art looks a bit like ...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, November 13-19

Chihayafuru, One Piece, Magi, Fairy Tail, The Heroic Legend of Arslan in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Chihayafuru 36 151,390 156,014 2017/11 Kodansha Yuki Suetsugu 1 2 2 One Piece 87 138,487 2,040,375 2017/11 Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 1 3 3 Magi 37 114,873 114,873 2017/11 Shogakukan Shinobu Ohtaka 3 1 4 Fairy Tail 63 1...
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Dentsu, OLM Consult on Nelvana's D.N.Ace Animation

Canadian media company Corus Entertainment announced on November 14 that its subsidiary Nelvana will work on an original animated series titled D.N.Ace, and it will have the companies Dentsu and Oriental Light and Magic (OLM) serve as consultants for the project. Dentsu and OLM will also represent the project in Japan. Matt Wexler created the project and is credited as executive producer. It will ...
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URAHARA ‒ Episode 8

"The episode concludes with a promising twist, but we had to sit through a lot of circular conversations about motives with little story change in order to get there."

Ai no Kusabe English Dub Clip Shows Riki, Katze

Riki's age changed "to avoid concerns with the sexual content" ― Media Blasters began streaming a clip from its English dub of the 2012 original video anime (OVA) Ai no Kusabi on Wednesday. The clip previews Michael A. Zekas as Katze and Darren Mitchell as Riki. Media Blasters also explained that it changed Riki's age to 18 "to avoid concerns with the sexual content of the series." As the fans reques...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 8

"Filler episodes like this are to be expected, but this is not my favorite side of Black Clover by a long shot."
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, November 13-19

Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon games debut at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: November 13-19 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DSPokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Pokémon November 17 667,439 667,439 23DSPokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Double Pack Pokémon November 17 247,782 247,782 3NSwSuper Mario Odyssey (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo October 27 62,024 71...
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Cup Noodle's 'Hungry Days' Campaign Adds Teen Sazae-san

Cup Noodle's ongoing "Hungry Days" campaign with manga artist Eisaku Kubonouchi (Chocolat, Cherry) has reimagined popular young anime heroines like Studio Ghibli's Kiki and Eiken's Heidi as older high school girls experiencing their first loves. The campaign is switching it up some, this time taking inspiration from the long-running Sazae-san anime series and going back in time to when Sazae and h...
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Food Wars! The Third Plate ‒ Episode 8

"Soma's final lines this week are the official start of the rebellion."
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HIDIVE Streams Live-Action Lone Wolf & Cub Series

78-episode series ran from 1973-1976 ― Video streaming service HIDIVE added the first episode of the Lone Wolf and Cub live-action series on Wednesday. A new episode will debut every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. ET. The 78-episode series ran from 1973-1976. Media Blasters previously licensed the series and released the first 36 episodes in North America in 2009. First Comics premiered Kazuo Koike's classic...
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Fans Around the World Bid Fairy Tail Goodbye in Commemorative Art Display

Message artwork celebrating the conclusion of Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail manga is on display at JR Shibuya Station's Tamagawa exit gate near the Yamanote line. The art is on display until November 26. The "message artwork" uses letters and comments of congratulations from fans all over the world manipulated to look like frames from the Fairy Tail manga. After the display in Shibuya station ends, th...
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The [email protected] Stella Stage Game Video Shows Rie Takahashi's New Rival Character

PS4 game ships in Japan on December 21 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a new promotional video for its The [email protected] Stella Stage PlayStation 4 game on Tuesday. The video previews a performance of "Blooming Star" by Shiika, a new rival idol attached to 961 Pro. She is voiced by Rie Takahashi. In the game, players take on the role of a producer at 765 Pro. The presidents of 765 Pro and r...
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Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War ‒ Episode 8

"Of all the characters to devote an extended flashback to, why on Earth did Juni Taisen have to give it to Dragon and Snake again?"
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Viewers Think Dynamic Chord's Animation is Less Than Dynamic

Vigilant anime viewers have noticed some problems with the Dynamic Chord anime's animation. Fans have taken to Twitter and other online venues to criticize the series' questionable scenes. Fans are laughing at animation quirks such characters moving with apparent superhuman abilities or objects that appear in illogical places. Some of the online commenters' observations are below. Boy who transfor...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game's Trailer Previews Gotenks

Game ships in West on January 26, in Japan on February 1 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a new character introduction trailer for its Dragon Ball FighterZ fighting game on Tuesday. The video previews the character Gotenks. The January issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine revealed on November 21 that Gotenks, Kid Buu, and Ultimate Gohan would join the roster of playable characters f...
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Atelier Lydie & Suelle Game's 3 Gameplay Videos Streamed

Game ships in Japan on December 21, in West in March ― Gust began streaming three gameplay videos for its Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (Lydie to Suelle no Atelier ~Fushigi no Kaiga no Renkinjutsushi~) game on Wednesday. The videos preview the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation Vita versions of the game, as well as battle sequences. The game will ship in Japan for t...
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Shinobi Master Senran Kagura New Link Smartphone Game's 1st Video Streamed

"Bustiest" iOS/Andriod game slated to launch in 2017 ― The official website for Marvelous and Honey∞Parade Games' Shinobi Master Senran Kagura New Link smartphone game began streaming the first promotional video for the game on Wednesday. The video previews the characters and their new costumes during gameplay. The video and website describe the "all-star battle" game as featuring the "bustiest" char...
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Answerman - Why Does Rock-Paper-Scissors Come Up In Anime So Much?

You probably can't even count the number of times jan-ken-pon comes up in anime. Why is it so ubiquitous? Justin has an answer. ― Samuel asked: Mind explaining the history of the Japanese version of Westerners' "rock/paper/scissors" known as jan-ken-pon (and what each gesture looks like and does to another gesture)? The game of Rock-Paper-Scissors is so ancient and so pervasive across the world, the...
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Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Sell Nearly 1.2 Million Copies in Japan in 3 Days

Nintendo revealed in a press release on Wednesday that its Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon Nintendo 3DS games sold an estimated 1,199,814 copies in Japan it their first three days after shipping on Friday. In comparison, the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games sold an estimated 1,905,107 copies in their first three days after shipping last November. The figures do not include digital copie...
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Beasts of Abigaile GNs 1-2

This surprisingly dark shoujo romance wraps its themes of colonialism around a "Little Red Riding Hood" tale. Rebecca Silverman untangles its heavy yet rewarding story. ― Well, hey there, Little Red Riding Hood! Aarne-Thompson tale type 333, the story best known as “Little Red Riding Hood” in English, has been one of anime and manga's go-to fairy tales for inspiration, and Spica Aoki's Beasts of Abig...
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Junji Ito 'Collection' Anime Casts Hikaru Midorikawa, Mami Koyama, Rie Suegara

Horror series debuts on January 5 ― The official website for Junji Ito "Collection", the television anime of manga by famed horror author Junji Ito, revealed three more cast members on Wednesday: Hikaru Midorikawa as Handsome Man at the Crossroads (fifth from the left in the image below) Mami Koyama as Fuchi (first from the left in the image below) Rie Suegara as Tomie (third from the left in the ima...
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Earth Defense Force 4.1: Wingdiver the Shooter Launches on PS4/Vita

Earth Defense Force 4.1 spinoff casts players as Wing Divers ― D3 Publisher released the Earth Defense Force 4.1: Wingdiver the Shooter spinoff game for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on Wednesday. D3 Publisher announced the release date last week. The new game is a top-down vertical scrolling shooter, and a spinoff of its Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair game. In the game, ...
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Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] Slated for February in N. America, Europe

PS4/PS3/Vita fighting game also gets "End of Dawn Edition" release for PS4 in Europe ― Publishers Aksys Games and Rice Digital both announced on Tuesday that they will release Ecole Software and French-Bread's Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] arcade fighting game in North America and Europe, respectively, on February 9. The game will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita...
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Magical Girl Site Anime Reveals 1st Visual

The staff for the television anime of Kentarō Satō's Magical Girl Site (Mahō Shōjo Site) manga opened the anime's website on Wednesday. The site presents the show's first visual, as drawn by Satō. The anime will premiere in spring 2018. Tadahito Matsubayashi (Tokyo Ghoul: Pinto) is directing the anime at production doA, and Takayo Ikami (Yurikuma Arashi, Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation) ...
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Pixar's John Lasseter Takes Leave of Absence Amid Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

The Hollywood Reporter entertainment news source reported on Tuesday that John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is taking a six-month leave of absence after announcing it in a memo to staff. The leave of absence comes as The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and the Vanity Fair magazine have published articles regarding Lasseter's alleged se...
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Live-Action Mob Psycho 100 Show Reveals Additional Cast, January 12 Debut

Kazuki Namioka, Nogizaka46's Yūki Yoda play Reigen, Tsubomi ― The staff for the live-action television series of ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga revealed the show's additional cast, new visual, and January 12 premiere on Wednesday. The additional cast includes: Kazuki Namioka as Reigen, Mob's master and a self-proclaimed psychic Nogizaka46 member Yūki Yoda as Tsubomi, Mob's childhood friend who he has a c...

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Joker Game Gets New Stage Play in June 2018

New stage play based on anime features returning director, actors ― A new stage play adaptation of Production I.G's Joker Game spy anime series has been green-lit. The play will run at Theater 1010 in Tokyo from June 14-20, and at Mielparque Hall in Osaka from June 23-26. Daisuke Nishida is returning to direct and write the script. The play will star returning actor Masashi Taniguchi as Lieutenant Co...
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20th Anniversary Digimon Pendulum Toy Announced for 2018

The Bandai Premium shopping site announced it will sell the Digimon Pendulum toy next year in a new 20th anniversary edition. The toy is the latest to get a re-release after this year's Digivice 15th Ver. Metal Garurumon Color toy. The Digimon Pendulum toy was the second line to be released after the launch of the original Digimon toy. The toy takes its name from a mechanism requiring players to ...
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Kakegurui Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series

Gambling manga inspired anime series this year ― A live-action television series based on writer Homura Kawamoto and artist Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga series has been green-lit. It is slated to premiere on MBS at 2:40 a.m. on January 14, 2018, and on TBS at 1:28 a.m. on January 16 Tsutomu Hanabusa (Heroine Shikkaku, Asahinagu) is directing the series. Naomura drew an image, p...

School-Live! Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Manga resumes from hiatus in December ― The cover of next year's January issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine will announce on Friday that Norimitsu Kaihō and Sadoru Chiba's School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) manga will get a live-action film. The magazine cover will also confirm that the manga will return from hiatus in the next issue on December 22. The manga went on hiatus starting i...
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Kamen Rider Build & Ex-Aid Crossover Film Seeks 'Kamen Writers' for Event

Part-time job news service an Chō Baito (An Super Part-Time Job) is back at it again with its newest listing related to pop culture. Two lucky Kamen Rider fans now have the opportunity to become "Kamen Writers" in the lead-up to the opening of the Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL Build & Ex-Aid with Legend Rider film. The job listing is seeking two writers to interview Atsuhiro Inukai, who pla...

Devilman Crybaby Anime Reveals New Trailer, Visual, Theme Song

Megumi Han, Ami Koshimizu, more join cast ― The official website for Devilman crybaby, the new anime based on Go Nagai's Devilman manga, revealed a third main visual, third promotional video, theme song, and additional cast on Wednesday. The website also revealed that the anime will debut in all territories simultaneously on January 5, 2018. The video previews the theme song "MAN HUMAN" by Denki Groo...
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UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2 ‒ Episode 8

"This episode of UQ Holder feels like a whole arc of shonen-battle "big fight" episodes squished together into one event."
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, November 19-25

Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto, Myriad Colors Phantom World, New Game!, Tales of Zestiria the X anime; Arakawa Under The Bridge, Children of the Whales, Sleeping Beauty manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date The Future Diary Complete Series + OVA BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 November 21 Haikyu!! Season 1 Complete Collection Premium Box Set BD/DVDCit...
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Mr. Osomatsu Season 2 ‒ Episode 8

"In this week's two-parter, Mr. Osomatsu pays homage to The Fly and treats us to Jyushimatsu's dream of becoming a professional dolphin."
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Time Magazine Picks Its Top 10 Video Games of 2017

Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Odyssey, Persona 5 rank Time magazine's Lisa Eadicicco and Matt Vella weighed in with their top 10 choices for this year's very best video game entries. This year brought brand-new consoles, namely the Nintendo Switch and the XBox One X. The former is the first major console release since the passing of Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, which led to players to find anoth...
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FanimeCon to Host Bilingual Singer nano

San Jose convention to take place next May ― Northern California anime convention FanimeCon announced on Saturday that it will host singer nano at this year's event. The convention will be nano's first live performance in the United States. nano was born in New York and speaks both Japanese and English. They began their career by posting Enligh covers of Japanese music online. nano went on to perform...
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Live-Action Anonymous Noise Clip Shows Momo About to Kiss Nino

Film premieres Saturday in Japan ― Shochiku began streaming a new clip for the live-action film of Ryoko Fukuyama's shōjo manga Anonymous Noise (Fukumenkei Noise) on Thursday. The 20-second clip shows Momo about to kiss Nino over her mask as she sleeps in the studio. The video also includes the film's teaser trailer. The movie will premiere on November 25 in Japan. The film stars: Ayami Nakajō (live-...
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This Week in Anime - Is URAHARA This Season's Hidden Gem?

URAHARA is about as cute, unassuming, and completely under-the-radar as you can get. This week in anime, we dig in to see if we've been sitting on something special. ― URAHARA is about as cute, unassuming, and completely under-the-radar as you can get. This week in anime, Michelle and Jacob dig in to see if they've been sitting on a hidden gem this season. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed...
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Akihabara Cleanup Squad Keeps Otaku Holy Land in Tip-Top Shape

As the “holy land” of otaku, Akihabara gets a lot of visitors. That means it gets a lot of litter, too. This has been a problem for quite some time, and there have been some community-driven efforts over the years to address it. Every year for the past ten years, there has been an annual Akihabara cleanup event. This is organized by the Akihabara Cleanup Squad, a non-profit organization whose memb...
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Anime Adds More Returning Cast

Sakura's father, classmates, Spinel Sun, Ruby Moon return ― NHK announced six more cast members for the television anime of CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga on Tuesday. All of the new cast members are returning from the previous anime: Hideyuki Tanaka as Fujitaka Kinomoto Yumi Touma as Spinel Sun Ryoka Yuzuki as Nakuru Akizuki/Ruby Moon Issei Miyazaki as Takashi Yamazaki Miwa Matsumoto as ...
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Chihayafuru's Suzu Hirose Stars in Live-Action Show About Early Anime Industry

NHK unveiled its 100th "serial television novel," titled "Natsuzora," on Monday. The series will star Suzu Hirose (live-action Chihayafuru's Chihaya Ayase, Umimachi Diary's Suzu) as a girl growing up in rural Hokkaido in the postwar period. She becomes fascinated with animation and moves to Tokyo to work in the early days of the anime industry. The series' story of "dreams and adventures, love and...
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New Hoshin Engi Anime Casts Yōko Hikasa, Daisuke Namikawa, Nobuhiko Okamoto

Adaptation of Ryu Fujisaki's manga premieres on January 12 ― The official website for the new television anime of Ryu Fujisaki's Hoshin Engi manga revealed three more cast members on Wednesday. Yōko Hikasa will play Dakki, Daisuke Namikawa will play Chū Ō, and Nobuhiko Okamoto will play Ōtenkun. Yōko Hikasa as Dakki Daisuke Namikawa as Chū Ō Nobuhiko Okamoto as Ōtenkun The website also announced that...
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Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Smartphone Game Gets Worldwide Release

iOS/Android game to initially launch in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau ― Sega announced on the "Sega Station" live streaming program on Tuesday that the Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation game for iOS and Android devices will get a worldwide release. In addition to Japan, the game will initially be available in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Sega also announced that an augmented-reality feature for t...
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World of Final Fantasy Meli-Melo Smartphone Game Revealed With Video

Players control Mirages to save Valgallan kingdom ― Square Enix revealed the World of Final Fantasy Meli-Melo game for iOS and Android devices on Tuesday. An official website for the game opened and began streaming a promotional video. In the game's story, tiny Lilikins live in Valgallan together with legendary beings called Mirages. The land is divided into fire, ice, wood, light, and darkness secti...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria Novel 4

The first arc of Sword Oratoria that provided the season finale for its anime adaptation comes to a close. Theron Martin compares these two versions for any juicy details that may have gotten left out. ― Despite leaving out a few details here and there, the DanMachi anime series was largely a faithful and excellent adaptation of the source novels. The anime version of Sword Oratoria was a far less im...
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Anime Reveals 2nd Key Visual

The official website for the television anime of CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga revealed the second key visual for the series on Tuesday. The anime will premiere on NHK BS Premium at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2018. The anime will then repeat on Fridays at 11:45 p.m. Morio Asaka is returning from the first television anime series and two films to direct the new series at Madhouse...

Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc Manga Goes On Hiatus Due to Creator's Child Porn Charge

Nobuhiro Watsuki charged with possession of child pornography on Tuesday ― Japanese publisher Shueisha announced on Tuesday that Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga is going on hiatus, due to Watsuki being charged for possession of child pornography. The manga will not run in Shueisha's Jump Sq. Magazine as of the January 2018 issue, which will ship on December 4. Shueisha commented that it is t...

25-Sai no Joshi Kōsei Romance Manga About 'Fake' High School Girl Gets TV Anime

Hitomi Harada plays 25-year-old posing as cousin in high school ― A television anime adaptation of Makana's 25-Sai no Joshi Kōsei~Kodomo ni wa Oshierarenai Koto Shite Yaru yo (25-Year-Old High School Girl: I'll Do What Can't Be Taught to Children) manga has been green-lit for a January 7 premiere on Tokyo MX and other channels. The romance story centers around Hana Natori, an earnest, good-natured 25...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, November 13-19

Nana Mizuki sells 2,889, followed by Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!, Gundam The Origin, live-action Blade of the Immortal , 2017 Crayon Shin-chan fiilm ― The "Nana Mizuki Live Zipang x Izumo Taisha Gohono Kōen ~Gekka no Utage~" live event sold 2,889 copies to rank #5 on the overall DVD chart. The live-action film of the Blade of the Immortal manga sold 1,171 more copies for a new tota...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, November 13-19

Nana Mizuki sells 13,224, followed by Gundam The Origin, Little Witch Academia, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!, Utena box ― The "Nana Mizuki Live Zipang x Izumo Taisha Gohono Kōen ~Gekka no Utage~" live event sold 13,224 copies to rank #1 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The special edition of the Shin Godzilla film sold 1,015 more copies for a new total of 103,893. It rose back ont...

Rurouni Kenshin Creator Nobuhiro Watsuki Charged With Child Pornography Possession

Watsuki allegedly owned DVDs with footage of girls in early teens ― The Tokyo Metropolitan Police has charged 47-year-old manga creator Nobuhiro Watsuki (real name Nobuhiro Nishiwaki) with simple possession of child pornography on Tuesday. According to the authorities, Watsuki possessed numerous DVDs with nude footage of young girls in their early teens, and stored them at an office in Tokyo at least...
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Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars CG Film Gets Japanese-Dubbed Theatrical Release

February 10 openinig with Rikiya Koyama, Sumire Uesaka, Kensho Ono, Eri Kitamura ― Sony Pictures announced on Tuesday that it will theatrically release Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars, the new CG-animated sequel to the 1997 film Starship Troopers, in Japan on February 10 under the title Starship Troopers: Red Planet. The film's Japanese website revealed a Japanese-dubbed trailer and Japanese visua...
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Puzzle Fighter Game App Launches Worldwide This Week

Spiritual successor to 1996 Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo game ― Capcom announced on Monday that it will release Puzzle Fighter game for iOS and Android devices worldwide later this week. Capcom's Vancouver division is developing the game. The game includes characters such as Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, and Blanka, (Street Fighter), X (Mega Man), Morrigan (Darkstalkers), Jill Valentine (Resident Evil), and Fr...
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Ai no Kusabi Boys-Love Anime's English Dub Casts Chuck Huber, Ray Hurd

Dub included on December 19 Blu-ray ― The official Twitter account for Media Blasters revealed the last two cast members for the company's English dub of the 2012 original video anime (OVA) Ai no Kusabi on Monday. Chuck Huber will play Raoul, and Ray Hurd will play Maxi. Voice over production company Kocha Sound is handling the English dub, and it also announced the following cast members: Keith Silv...
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Magical Girl Site Anime Reveals Staff, Spring 2018 Premiere

Tokyo Ghoul: Pinto's Tadahito Matsubayashi directs at production doA ― This year's 52nd issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine is revealing the staff and spring 2018 premiere of the television anime of Kentarō Satō's Magical Girl Site (Mahō Shōjo Site) manga on Wednesday. Tadahito Matsubayashi (Tokyo Ghoul: Pinto) is directing the anime at production doA, and Takayo Ikami (Yurikuma A...

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Live-Action Boys-Love Film Does The Flower Blossom? Reveals More Cast, New Visual

Akihisa Shiono, Yuito Obara, Atomu Mizuishi, Yasukaze Motomiya join February 24 film ― The official website for the live-action film of Shoko Hidaka's Does The Flower Blossom? (Hana wa Saku ka?) boys-love manga revealed new cast and the film's poster visual on Tuesday. The newly revealed cast includes: Akihisa Shiono as Kōki Fujimoto, Yōichi's friend from college who is interested in him Yuito Obara ...
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Street Fighter II's Car-Smashing Bonus Stage Gets VR Remake

Fans got a change to experience unique Street Fighter II nostalgia last weekend. The Capcom Pro Tour North American Finals competition offered a "Street Fighter II Bonus Stage Virtual Reality" experience for people who attended. The event's exclusive VR app used the HTC Vive and its Vive Tracker peripherals to recreate the famous bonus stage (seen above) from the Street Fighter II fighting game. I...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 814

"This anime isn't just setting the pins up to knock them down, it's taking a leisurely stroll to the bowling alley first and calling it drama."
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Tōken Ranbu Gets Outdoor Stage Play at Odawara Castle

Side story performance to be held before 4th stage play in December ― The official website for the Tōken Ranbu stage plays announced a new side story stage play titled Tōken Ranbu Gaiden: Kono Yoru-ra no Odawara (Tōken Ranbu Side Story: Odawara of These Nights) on Monday. The play will have one performance outside at Odawara Castle om November 23. The performance will feature the same cast as the upc...
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Hatsune Miku AMG Wins 3rd GT300 Season Title for Good Smile Racing

Good Smile Racing and Team Ukyo pulled ahead to earn their third GT300 season title on November 12. Drivers Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka returned for the team to race a Mercedes-AMG GT3, which featured a Hatsune Miku design as always. Although the Hatsune Miku AMG placed third in the final race of the season, the team earned a total of 97 points for the series to earn the championship. T...
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Studio Colorido Recruits Staff for Anime Feature Film

Studio Colorido began accepting job applications for a full-length anime theatrical film and anime commercials on October 10. Applications for production staff and animator will be accepted until November 30. Studio Colorido's previous films include Hinata no Aoshigure, Shashinkan, and Typhoon Noruda, all of which ran for less than 35 minutes. The studio has also animated a number of commercials, ...

Kadokawa's Nyantype Magazine Ceases Publication

Magazine with focus on bishōjo characters launched in 2008 ― The official website for Kadokawa's Nyantype magazine announced on Monday that the magazine will cease publication after the January issue on November 30. However, the staff are having discussions on continuing the "Nyantype" brand name with mooks (magazine/books) and special edition magazines. The magazine launched in 2008 as a spinoff of ...
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Tentacool is Latest Pokémon to Get its Own Song, Music Video

First it was Slowpoke, who got its own reggae number in 2015. Then it was the Magikarp, whose lovable uselessness inspired a love song last July. The song proved so popular it even got its own dance video fans could follow along with, and then an English version. Next was Mimikyu, the new favorite from Pokémon Sun and Pōkemon Moon, whose dark cuteness inspired its own rap song. Now, it's Tentacool...
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1st Godzilla Anime Film Debuts at #3 at Japanese Box Office

Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode, Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?? Dear My Sister stay on top 10 chart Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (Godzilla: Kaijū Wakusei), the first film in the Godzilla anime trilogy, opened in Japan on 158 screens on Friday and ranked at #3 for the weekend of November 18-19. It sold 71,200 tickets on Saturday and Sunday to earn 103 million yen (about US$914,000), and it is projecte...
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Himōto! Umaru-chan R ‒ Episode 7

"While Sylphyn remains the show's secret weapon of undying adorableness, Kirie has become the season's rising star."
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Devils' Line Anime Stars Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Yui Ishikawa

New visual, main cast revealed ― The official website for the anime of Ryo Hanada's Devils' Line manga revealed a key visual and the cast on Tuesday. The cast includes: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Yūki Anzai Yui Ishikawa as Tsukasa Taira Ryohei Kimura as Hans Lee Yoshimasa Hosoya as Takashi Sawazaki Miyuki Sawashiro as Juliana Lloyd Takahiro Sakurai as Kirio Kikuhara Hiroshi Kamiya as Takeshi Makimura Ver...
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Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team Mobile Game Gets Global Release

Game launches in English, 5 other languages in December ― Mobile game developer KLab Inc. announced on Monday that it has opened preregistration for a global version of its Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team smartphone game. The company plans to release the game in 135 countries and regions in December. The game will be available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese. KLab po...
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Let Gundam Give You a Good Night's Rest with Reversible Zaku Eye Mask

With the final episode of the Loum Arc of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin looming on the horizon, Bandai's shopping site "Bankore!" is offering fans a chance to catch some good zzzz's and show their love for the Red Comet with a new Zaku reversible eye mask. One side of the mask features a MS-06S design, and the other features a MS05-S design, both red for Char's custom version. Although the di...
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Answerman - Why Do Some Releases Of Older Movies Have Black Borders?

What's the difference between letterboxing and pillarboxing? And what are those tiny black borders you see on some old anime that don't have any of that? Justin Sevakis explains. ― Duc asked: Every once in a while, especially when I'm watching an older movie on Blu-ray, I'll see a thin border around the picture. Why is that there? Also, can you explain the difference between pillarboxing and letterb...
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The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia's Gameplay Trailer Streamed

PS4 game ships in Japan on January 25; in Americas, Europe on February 9 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Europe began streaming a gameplay trailer for the The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia (Nanatsu no Taizai: Britannia no Tabibito) PlayStation 4 game on Monday. The game will ship in the Americas and Europe on February 9. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game in Japan on ...
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A Certain Magical Virtual-On Game Adds Leivinia Birdway, Othinus

Character designs for Ririn, Ririna, Komoe, Last Order also revealed ― Kadokawa's Dengeki Online website revealed on Monday that Leivinia Birdway and Othinus will appear in Sega's Toaru Majutsu no Virtual-On (A Certain Magical Virtual-On) game for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Both characters have prominent roles in Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index (New Testament Toaru Majutsu no Index). The...
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'Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart' Anime's Opening, Ending Video Streamed

6-episode series premieres on November 24 ― The official website for the Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart (Itsudatte Bokura no Koi wa 10-Centimeters Datta.) anime special began streaming an opening and ending movie on Monday. The video features the anime's opening and ending animation sequences and theme songs, and it will stream until December 8. (Note: The official video linked above i...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 116

"This showdown between Ultra Instinct Goku and a full-powered Kefla offers all the excitement one could ask for out of this show."
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Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Hero Chapter Anime Reveals Video, Visual

2nd half of 2nd TV anime season premieres on November 24 ― The official website for the Yuki Yuna Is a Hero television anime began streaming a promotional video and revealed a new key visual on Monday for Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Yūsha no Shō (Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Hero Chapter), the second part of the second season of the series. The video reveals that the second part will premiere on November ...
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Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Game's Video Highlights New V-Triggers

Update for game available on January 16 as both patch, separate release ― Capcom began streaming a new teaser video on Monday for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, its update for the Street Fighter V fighting game. The video highlights some of the characters' new V-Trigger abilities. The update is slated for PlayStation 4 on January 16. The release will include Arcade Mode, Extra Battle Mode, more V-...
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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Mobile Game Launches on Wednesday

Nintendo of America revealed on its official Twitter account on Sunday that its Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp mobile game collaboration with DeNA will launch worldwide on November 22. Nintendo didn't specify if the date was for both the game's iOS and Android platforms. Nintendo revealed details about the game during a Nintendo Direct presentation on October 24. The title is a free-to-play game (wi...
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Kokkoku: Moment by Moment Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals January 7 Premiere

Boku no Lyric no Boyomi performs ending theme for Geno Studio's 1st TV anime project ― The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Seita Horio's Kokkoku: Moment by Moment (Kokkoku) manga revealed the show's second promotional video on Monday. The account also revealed a new key visual, the show's premiere date, and ending theme song artist. (Note: The first video below can't b...
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Shinkalion Anime's Cast, Staff Unveiled

Ayane Sakura, Manami Numakura, Rie Murakawa star in 2018 anime featuring transforming bullet trains ― The official website for Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion the Animation, the television anime adaptation of Takara Tomy's Shinkalion toy line, revealed the anime's cast and staff on Monday. The new cast members include: Ayane Sakura as Hayato Hayasugi, the protagonist and driver of the Shinkalion E5...
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Eri Kitamura Joins The Disasterous Life of Saiki K. 2nd Season's Cast as Mikoto Aiura

Anime to premiere in January ― This year's 51st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Eri Kitamura will voice Mikoto Aiura in the second season of the television anime of Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. manga. Kitamura previously voiced the character in the Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan: Shijō Psi Dai no Psi Nan!? Nintendo 3DS game. Mikoto is a gyaru who is go...
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Full Lineup Revealed for 2017 Kōhaku Song Contest

The NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen ("Red and White Song Contest") is a long-running New Year's Eve tradition on Japanese TV, pitting two teams of female singers (the red team) and male singers (the white team) against each other. The read team won the event last year, but the white team still has an overall lead with 36 wins against the read team's 31. NHK revealed the full lineup for the teams on Thursday...
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Cave Reveals Sangoku Justice Game for Spring 2018

Game's story centers on 3 powers in Japanese civil war where humans are created endlessly ― Game developer Cave (DoDonPachi Resurrection, Akai Katana) revealed its "3jus" game project with the title Sangoku Justice last Friday. The game is slated for spring 2018. Tsuneki Ikeda (Mushihimesama, Deathsmiles) is the game's overall director. Yūri Shibamura (Gunparade March, Touken Ranbu Online) is supervi...
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Love Live! School Idol Festival Smartphone Game Reaches 40 Million Users Worldwide

Bushiroad began streaming a video on Saturday for KLab Games' Love Live! School Idol Festival smartphone game that revealed that the game has reached 40 million users worldwide. Bushiroad and KLab released the Love Live! School Idol Festival rhythm action and adventure game in English on iOS and Android devices in May 2014. The game added the Love Live! Sunshine!! characters to the game in Septemb...
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Sanrio Boys Anime Premieres on January 6

The official website for Sanrio's Sanrio Danshi (Sanrio Boys) anime revealed on Monday that the anime will premiere in Japan on January 6 on Tokyo MX and MBS. The show will also premiere on TVQ Broadcasting Kyushu on January 8, and on TV Hokkaido on January 11. Pony Canyon promoted the anime in the United States at Otakon 2017. The project's premise follows Kōta Hasegawa, a high school boy who lov...
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Live-Action Hitsuji no Ki Film's New Trailer, Visual Posted

Film starring Ryo Nishikido to open in Japan on February 3 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Tatsuhiko Yamagami and Mikio Igarashi's Hitsuji no Ki (The Sheep's Tree) manga began streaming a new trailer for the film on Monday. The film will open in Japan on February 3. The site also revealed a new visual. The manga's story is set in a former seaport town that becomes the ce...
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planetarian CG VR Anime Video Crowdfunding Project Reaches Goal in 2 Days

360-degree video to feature Yumemi's explanation of starry sky ― The Campfire crowdfunding campaign for a full 3D virtual-reality anime video for planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume raised its 10 million yen (about US$89,000) goal in two days. The campaign launched last Friday. The 360-degree virtual-reality video will feature "Yumemi Hoshino's starry sky explanation" scene from the net anime. D & D ...
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Girls und Panzer Dream Tank Match Ships in Southeast Asia in English on February 27

PS4 game launches in Japan on February 22 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia began streaming an English-subtitled promotional video for the Girls und Panzer Dream Tank Match PlayStation 4 game on Monday. The video reveals that its Southeast Asian English release of the game is slated for February 27. Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia will release the game with English text and Japanese voice over. The v...
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