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The ANN Aftershow - Is Vampire in the Garden Anime Any Good?

Jacki, James, and Lynzee check out Netflix's newest anime from fan-favorite studio WIT! Can the studio behind Attack on Titan and Ranking of Kings turn out another anime masterpiece? ― Is Vampire in the Garden Anime Any Good? Jacki, James, and Lynzee check out Netflix's newest anime from fan-favorite studio WIT! Can the studio behind Attack on Titan and Ranking of Kings turn out another anime master...
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Cotton Fantasy

Cotton Fantasy serves up a complete course of the “cute-‘em-up” flavor of 2-D shooting game, and it turns out light and breezy yet surprisingly filling. ― The Cotton series is nothing if not a survivor. First appearing in 1991, Cotton introduced the horizontal shooter genre to a cute little witch with a cuter, littler fairy sidekick, and it never wavered from that. The 1990s brought sequels and ports...
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By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga

Noted yuri scholar Erica Friedman explores the origins of women loving women in Japanese media from its roots in literary girls' fiction to the acknowledgement of yuri as a genre. ― Whether you call it yuri or GL, the genre of women loving women in anime and manga hasn't always been understood or appreciated. Erica Friedman's new book By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga is a maj...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2022, May 13-19

One Piece and Kaguya-sama are in a very tight race for their fans' love! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings! ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how peop...
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Howl's Moving Castle's Lovable Errand Dog Becomes Life-Sized Home Decor

The decoration would look perfect in any Ghibli lover's house. ― Heen, the lethargic errand dog from Howl's Moving Castle which communicates primarily through wheezing, is getting a life-sized ornament to blend in with any Ghibli lover's house. Studio Ghibli's Donguri Kyōwakoku (Acorn Republic) online store will open pre-orders on May 28. The item will cost 44,000 yen (approximately US$344), and is e...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is Vampire in the Garden Anime Any Good?

Jacki, James, and Lynzee check out Netflix's newest anime from fan-favorite studio WIT! Can the studio behind Attack on Titan and Ranking of Kings turn out another anime masterpiece? ― Is Vampire in the Garden Anime Any Good? Jacki, James, and Lynzee check out Netflix's newest anime from fan-favorite studio WIT! Can the studio behind Attack on Titan and Ranking of Kings turn out another anime master...
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Vanguard Princess PC Game Gets Smartphone Version

Takahiro Yonemura's Beast Code manga launches in English on November 14 ― eigoMANGA revealed on Tuesday that it is developing a mobile version of illustrator Tomoaki Sugeno's (Suge9) Vanguard Princess 2D fighting game for PC. The company also announced that it will launch its English release of Takahiro Yonemura's Beast Code manga, based on Yonemura's light novel series of the same name, on November ...
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Healer Girl ‒ Episode 8

I feel safe saying Reimi has been the MVP carrying this show, but what I didn't expect is this is easily Healer Girl's best written episode so far.
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Sony PlayStation Employees File New Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Lawsuit Following Previous Dismissal

U.S. District Court of North California had dismissed initial complaint in February ― Former IT security analyst at PlayStation Emma Majo filed a new class action complaint against Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) on Friday accusing the company of sexual harassment and discrimination. The United States District Court of North California had dismissed the initial complaint in February. Majo's lawy...
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Chinese Virtual YouTuber Porin Returns From Hiatus With Recount of Human Trafficking

VTuber says she was kidnapped by strange men and isolated in a remote village for 6 months ― A Chinese Virtual YouTuber named Bǎilǐn Porin returned from an impromptu six-month hiatus on Saturday with a grim story alleging that she was a victim of human trafficking. In a video update, she claimed that when she was walking home one day, she was approached by strange men claiming to be the police. When ...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 1018

The big bombastic punches are flying, and if you aren't buckled up folks you better strap in cause there's a lot of screen-shaking hits.
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Cotton Fantasy

Cotton Fantasy serves up a complete course of the “cute-‘em-up” flavor of 2-D shooting game, and it turns out light and breezy yet surprisingly filling. ― The Cotton series is nothing if not a survivor. First appearing in 1991, Cotton introduced the horizontal shooter genre to a cute little witch with a cuter, littler fairy sidekick, and it never wavered from that. The 1990s brought sequels and ports...
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Spriggan's Ryōji Minagawa Launches New Manga in June

Hellhound manga centers on young mercenary encountering battlefield "demon" ― The July issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine revealed on Wednesday that Ryōji Minagawa will launch a new manga titled Hellhound in the magazine's next issue on June 24. The manga will have a color opening page. The manga centers on Shō, a young man who becomes a mercenary for the sake of his family. When he meets a "demo...
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Kaginado #19 [rate]
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You Can Now Buy the Outfits in Birdie Wing's ED

Bandai Fashion Collection teams up with real-life golf apparel brand Jack Bunny!! ― Bandai Fashion Collection is teaming up with golf apparel brand Jack Bunny!! to recreate the outfits depicted in the Birdie Wing -Golf Girls' Story- anime's ending sequence, embedded below: The lineup includes Eve and Aoi Amawashi's shirts, hats, skirts, and shorts. Fans can enjoy their own outing on the golf course w...
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Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 3 ‒ Episode 33

As baby Dirk's fate is revealed, its time for Main's revolutionary aspirations to turn the tide for children like Dirk and herself.
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Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous Manga Returns from Hiatus in June

Manga went on hiatus in December 2020 ― The July issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine announced on Wednesday that Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni) manga is returning from its hiatus in the magazine's next issue on June 24. The manga went on hiatus in December 2020. Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story: In a world inhabited by crystalli...
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Tomodachi Game #8 [rate]
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Yoshihiro Togashi Teases Hunter x Hunter Manga's Return with 4 New Chapters

Manga has been on hiatus since November 2018 ― Yoshihiro Togashi created a Twitter account and teased on Tuesday that his Hunter x Hunter manga would return from its current hiatus with four new chapters "for now." He did not reveal when the chapters would debut. とりあえずあと4話。(@Un4v5s8bgsVk9Xp)May 24 Yusuke Murata (One-Punch Man) confirmed on Twitter that the Twitter account (@Un4v5s8bgsVk9Xp) belonged ...
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I'm Quitting Heroing #8 [rate]
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Battery Manga Ends

Manga ends on July 23 ― The July issue of Kadokawa's Asuka magazine revealed on Tuesday that Chikage Yuniwa's manga adaptation of Atsuko Asano's Battery novels will end in the magazine's September issue on July 23. The magazine had revealed in January that the manga was going on a hiatus and that Yuniwa was working on the manga's final chapter. Asano's novels revolve around Takumi Harada, a young man...
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Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger's Ryota Ozawa to Attend Power Morphicon 2022 Event

Event will take place from August 26-28 at Pasadena Convention Center in California ― The staff of Power Morphicon announced on Monday that actor Ryota Ozawa (Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger) will travel from Japan to attend the event as a guest. The seventh iteration of the event will take place from August 26-28 at the Pasadena Convention Center in California. Ryota Ozawa portrayed Gokai Red (Captain Marve...
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Shin Ikki Tousen #2 [rate]
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Bump of Chicken's Music Video for 25th Detective Conan Film's Theme Song Streamed

"Chronostasis" video features clips from the film ― Toho's official YouTube channel began streaming a music video for the band Bump of Chicken's theme song "Chronostasis" for Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween (Meitantei Conan: Halloween no Hanayome), the 25th anime film in the Detective Conan franchise, on Friday. The video features clips from the film and may contain spoilers for the film. The...
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Asaka Performs 2nd Opening Theme Song for Summer Time Rendering Anime

New opening to debut in July ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Yasuki Tanaka's Summer Time Rendering suspense manga announced on Tuesday that Asaka will perform the show's second opening theme song "Natsuyume Noisy" (A Noisy Summer Dream). The new theme song will debut with the show's second cours (quarter of a year) in July. The anime premiered on April 14 on the Tokyo MX and BS11 chan...
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SSSS.Gridman Spinoff Manga Gridman Dogma Ends

Hazumu Sazuka launched manga in April 2021 ― Shinchosha's Kurage Bunch website published the final chapter of Hazumu Sazuka's Gridman Dogma manga on April 26. The manga centers on man named Vise, who yearns to be a hero, but is never chosen. He meets a girl who is able to transform into a form of Gridman. The two dub themselves Hyper Agents, and journey in the computer world. They seek out those who ...
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Shin Ultraman Stays at #1, 1st Fullmetal Alchemist Live-Action Sequel Opens at #9

The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie opens at #2, Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween drops to #3 ― Studio Khara's new Shin Ultraman (New Ultraman) film remained at #1 for its second weekend. The film sold 312,000 tickets over the weekend, and earned 486,095,500 yen (about US$3.80 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film has sold a total of 1.34 million tickets and has earned a total of 2,034...
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Love and Heart's Chitose Kaido Launches New Manga in June

Aka no Tachi centers on kendo rivalry between indomitable girl, childhood friend ― The July issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine revealed on Tuesday that Chitose Kaido will launch a new manga titled Aka no Tachi (seen center right in image below) in the magazine's next issue on June 24. The manga will have a color opening page, with the first chapter being 50 pages long. The manga centers on Akane, a ...
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Kana Akatsuki's Shunka Shūtō Daikōsha Novels Get Manga in July

Nappa Komatsuda draws manga adaptation of novel series by Violet Evergarden author ― The July issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine revealed on Tuesday that Kana Akatsuki's Shunka Shūtō Daikōsha Haru no Mai (Four Seasons' Proxy Spring Dance) novel series is inspiring a manga adaptation by Nappa Komatsuda. The manga will launch in the magazine's September issue on July 23, with the first chapter being 5...
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Live-Action Way of the Househusband Film's Clip Shows Adults in Cavalry Battle

Clip from June 3 film shows grownups fighting in daycare center ― Sony Pictures began streaming a clip on Tuesday from Gokushufudō the Cinema, the live-action film of Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga. The clip shows the adults in their childrens' day care center's Sports Day somehow conducting a cavalry battle, with the wives on top. The film will open on June 3. The cas...
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'When Will Ayumu Make His Move?' Anime's Video Reveals July 7 Premiere

Video also previews Kana Hanazawa's opening song "Kakehiki wa Poker Face" ― The official website for the television anime of Sōichirō Yamamoto's When Will Ayumu Make His Move? (Sore Demo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru) manga unveiled a new visual and promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Kakehiki wa Poker Face" (The Tactic Is a Poker Face) by Kana Hanazaw...

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Live-Action Sempai! Danjite Koi de wa! Show Reveals Theme Song Artists

VTubers Kagami Hayato, Kaida Haru perform opening song; Hilcrhyme performs ending song ― MBS announced the theme song singers for the live-action show of Shinta Harekawa's Sempai! Danjite Koi de wa! (Sempai! Anything But Romance) boys-love manga on Tuesday. Nijisanji VTubers Kagami Hayato and Kaida Haru from the group ROF-MAO will perform the opening theme song "Follow Your Heart," while Hilcrhyme wi...
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Dance Dance Danseur ‒ Episode 7

Jumpei and Luou's experiences at ballet camp continue, but with a new attitude in place, both might get more out of it than they initially imagined.

Movie Studios Sue Online Summarizers for 500 Million Yen

"Fast movie" summarizers were arrested in June 2021 ― Thirteen movie studios are suing three people who have produced 10-minute, edited summary versions of their films called "fast movies" ("fast eiga") for 500 million yen (about US$3.9 million). The studios, which include Toho and Nikkatsu, filed the lawsuit on May 19. Police had arrested the "fast movie" online summarizers in June 2021 for illegall...
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The Executioner and Her Way of Life Finds the Perfect Ramen Partner

"My Way of Life" ramen store announces collab ramen The Executioner and Her Way of Life anime has found its perfect partner in crime: a ramen chain named "Ore no Ikiru Michi" (My Way of Life). The store will launch a collaboration food item, cheekily called "Execution Large Serving: Pure Concept (Noodles)" after the concepts depicted in the anime, from May 27 to June 4. Not only do the names of the...
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Ascendance of a Bookworm #33 [rate]

Manga Publisher Seven Seas' Workers Form Union

United Workers of Seven Seas seeks to negotiate better working conditions ― The workers of manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Monday that they have formed a union called the United Workers of Seven Seas (UW7S). The union is working closely with the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The group seeks to negotiate better working conditions for Seven Seas employees and freelancer...
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Danmachi Event Launches on KonoSuba Fantastic Days Global Version on May 26

Event preregistration opened last Thursday ― The global version of Nexon's KonoSuba: Fantastic Days smartphone game opened preregistration for its Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Danmachi for short) collaboration event last Thursday. Preregistration will run until May 25, and the event proper will run from May 26 to June 9. The game is offering in-game rewards based on the number o...
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Mamoru Oshii Judges New International Animation Festival in Niigata in 2023

Festival takes place on March 17-22, 2023 ― Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, Angel's Egg, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, Blood: The Last Vampire, Vladlove) revealed in a press conference on Monday that he will be the judging committee chairman at the new Niigata International Animation Film Festival on March 17-22, 2023. Kadokawa advisor and former representative director and chief anime officer Shinich...
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Sony Music Entertainment's "VEE" VTuber Project Announces 1st Gen Debut

Sony Music Entertainment's "VEE" Virtual YouTuber project revealed a key visual and announced the debuts of its first generation talent on Monday. The names of the debuting members are as follows: Otokado Ruki Kujo Ringo Syusetsu Kohaku Tulsi-Nightmare Madness IV Hinahoshi Airu Otokado Ruki, Tulsi-Nightmare Madness IV, and Hinahoshi Airu are newly debuting talent, while Kujo Ringo and Syusetsu Koh...
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By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga

Noted yuri scholar Erica Friedman explores the origins of women loving women in Japanese media from its roots in literary girls' fiction to the acknowledgement of yuri as a genre. ― Whether you call it yuri or GL, the genre of women loving women in anime and manga hasn't always been understood or appreciated. Erica Friedman's new book By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga is a maj...
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AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline Part 2 #20 [rate]
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2022, May 13-19

One Piece and Kaguya-sama are in a very tight race for their fans' love! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings! ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how peop...
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Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs ‒ Episode 8

In a real way, Livia has become an extra in her own story. And while she doesn't understand why this has happened, she does understand that it isn't right.
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Pac-Man Gets Official Theme Song Music Video for 42nd Birthday

Kaho Kidoguchi performs song "We are PAC-MAN!" ― Bandai Namco revealed on Sunday a music video for the new official theme song of its Pac-Man franchise, "We are PAC-MAN!" Kaho Kidoguchi performs the song, written by Yoshihito Yano of Bandai Namco Studios Inc. and Kazuhito Udetsu of Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. The music video commemorates Pac-Man's 42nd birthday. Bandai Namco Entertainment's Pac-M...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ultra Romantic- ‒ Episode 7

If the show is taking this much time to set up the dramatic beats to come, then I can only hope that when those moments hit, they are going to hit hard!
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Cyber Group Studios to Present Final Fantasy IX Animated Series at Las Vegas Licensing Expo

Paris-based studio presents series based on Square Enix RPG ― Paris-based Cyber Group Studios' vice president of international licensing and marketing Bruno Danzel d'Aumont told Animation Business Magazine in an interview published on Sunday that the studio will present the animated series based on Square Enix's Final Fantasy IX for the first time at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. The event will ta...
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Monster Hunter Rise's Sunbreak Expansion Videos Preview 5 More Weapons

Videos preview Gunlance, Charge Blade, Bow, Lance, Long Sword ― Capcom began streaming five more videos on Friday and Monday previewing the new weapon moves available in the Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak expansion for the Monster Hunter Rise game. Gunlance Charge Blade Bow Lance Long Sword The expansion will debut for Switch and PC via Steam on June 30. Players who already own the base Monster Hunter...
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The Executioner and Her Way of Life ‒ Episode 8

”Monstrine” is one of those anime episodes that you can immediately clock as being adapted from a light novel.
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Film Drops to #4 in its 7th Weekend in U.S.

Film earns US$181,002,000 in U.S. ― Box Office Mojo records Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog 2 sequel film as earning a cumulative total of US$181,002,000, ranking #4 in its seventh weekend in the United States. The film earned approximately US$3,940,000 over the weekend, earning US$925,000 on Friday and US$1,830,000 on Saturday. The film screened in 2,943 theaters, and had a per-theater averag...
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Love After World Domination ‒ Episode 7

This week we get a heavy emphasis on Daigo and his prior relationship with Desumi, as well as some new texture to Fudo and Demui's blossoming romance.
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Delicious Party Precure ‒ Episode 11

I had a suspicion that not hiding their identities from Gentlu would come back to bite the Cures, but I didn't expect it to take the form of a vicious and random multiple-choice test.
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Somari and the Guardian of the Forest's Yako Gureishi Launches New Manga on Gamma+ Website (Updated)

New isekai manga to debut in June ― Manga creator Yako Gureishi revealed on Twitter on Friday that they will launch a new manga titled Isekai Kakuriyo: Ayakashi Ku Kitan (Another World Afterlife: Mysterious Tales of Spirit Food) on Takeshobo's Web Comic Gamma+ website on June 24. Gureishi launched the Somari and the Guardian of the Forest (Somali to Mori no Kamisama) manga in 2015. Coamix published t...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets Film Earns 390 Million Yen in 3 Days to Debut at #2

Film serves as finale for story ― The Eiga Gotōbun no Hanayome (The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie) sequel anime film sold approximately 290,000 tickets to earn 390 million yen (about US$3.06 million) in its first three days at the box office in Japan. The film debuted at #2 for the weekend of May 21-22. The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie opened on Friday, and its runtime exceeds 130 minu...

Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Anime Season 2's Opening Sequence Streamed

New visual featuring main characters also revealed for show that debuted on Netflix on Monday ― Musical group millennium parade began streaming the opening sequence on Monday for the second season of the Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 anime. The staff of the anime also revealed a new visual. Daiki Tsuneta's millennium parade project performs both the opening theme song "Secret Ceremony" and the ending ...
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The Case Study of Vanitas Manga Goes on Hiatus in June

Jun Mochizuki launched manga in 2015 ― The June issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine revealed last Friday that Jun Mochizuki's The Case Study of Vanitas (Vanitas no Carte) manga will go on hiatus beginning with the magazine's next issue on June 22. The magazine's official Twitter account will announce the manga's continuation at a later date. Yen Press has been publishing the manga simultaneo...
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Rokujō Hitoma no Majo Life Manga Ends in June

Akitaka launched manga in February 2020 ― The June issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine revealed last Friday that Akitaka's Rokujō Hitoma no Majo Life (A Witch's Life in a Six-Tatami Room) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 22. The manga is about two witches named Maj and Lilica living together in one room. Both are low-ranked C-class witches, and so both do the jobs they can...
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Live-Action 'The Violence Action' Film Adds 4 Cast Members

Cookie!, Kenta Izuka, Yumena Yanai, Daiki Hyōdō join cast ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film adaptation of author Shin Sawada and artist Renji Asai's The Violence Action manga revealed more cast members for the film on May 17. The new cast members include (from left to right in image above): Comedian Cookie! as a large man who goes wild inside a ramen shop Kenta Izuka as Kura, Te...
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Shueisha Games Unveils Trailers for 3 Upcoming Indie Games

SOULVARS gets PC, console version; prequel game ― Shueisha Games, Shueisha's game publishing affiliate company, revealed trailers on Sunday for the Captain Velvet Meteor: The Jump+ Dimensions, Hatena no Tō: The Tower of Children, and SOULVARS indie games. Shueisha Games plans to publish or is currently publishing all three indie games. Momo-Pi Game Studio's Captain Velvet Meteor: The Jump+ Dimensions...
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Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund Acquires 5.01% of Nintendo

Value of acquisition estimated at US$2.98 billion ― The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), chaired by the kingdom's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, announced last week that it has purchased a 5.01% stake in Nintendo. The Financial Times newspaper estimated a US$2.98 billion value for the purchase. Based on Nintendo's own listing of its shareholders dated September 30, 2021, PIF...

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Idol Group ≠ME Performs The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious Anime's Opening Song

Group's 1st opening theme song for TV anime ― The official website for the television anime of Wakame Konbu's The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious (Saikin Yatotta Maid ga Ayashii) manga revealed on Sunday that idol group ≠ME (pronounced "not equal me") is performing the anime's opening theme song. The song will be the group's first opening theme song for a televison anime. The anime will premiere ...
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Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club Season 2 ‒ Episode 8

One day I'll stop being impressed by how far this franchise's dancing animation has come, but so long as the soulless, dead eyes of CGI Honoka are seared into my brain, I'll keep praising it when they do things right.
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Spy×Family ‒ Episode 7

Becky is therefore a very needed character. She hasn't done much so far (aside from annoy Loid), but Anya desperately needs someone in her corner at school, and Becky definitely is.
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Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs #8 [rate]
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'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' Season 4's Promo Reveals Song Artists, More Staff, July 22 Debut

Artists sajou no hana, Saori Hayami perform theme songs ― A live-streamed May 22 special for Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka IV Shinshō Meikyū-hen (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV New Arc: Labyrinth), the fourth anime season based on Fujino Ōmori and Suzuhito Yasuda's Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? light novel series, debuted a new promot...
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Don't Hurt Me, My Healer! #7 [rate]
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Nejiganameta Launches New Manga in Young Gangan in July

Ladies on Top manga creator posts preview image of new series on Twitter ― This year's 11th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine revealed on Friday that NEJIGANAMETA will launch a new manga titled Jigoku ni Ochite yo, Onii-chan (Go to Hell, Brother) in the magazine's 15th issue on July 15. NEJIGANAMETA posted a preview image on Twitter on Friday for the new series from the magazine. 発売中のヤングガン...

Troyca, DMM Pictures' Shinobi no Ittoki Anime Unveils Ninja Battle Story, Cast, Staff, October Debut in Teaser

Aldnoah.Zero/Idolish7's Shuu Watanabe helms anime starring Ryota Ohsaka ― Troyca and DMM Pictures debuted a teaser promotional video and the first key visual for their original anime series Shinobi no Ittoki (Ittoki the Ninja) on Sunday. The teaser announces the story premise, main cast, main staff, and October premiere for the anime. The ninja battle anime depicts both the harsh fate of Ittoki Sakur...
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Assault Lily Franchise Gets New Spinoff Manga

Minori Chigusa draws Assault Lily Last Bullet: Secret Garden Sweet Memoria manga ― The official website for the Assault Lily franchise revealed on Saturday that the franchise is getting a new spinoff manga titled Assault Lily Last Bullet: Secret Garden Sweet Memoria. Original franchise creator Ken'ei Obanazawa is credited with the original work, and Minori Chigusa will draw the manga. The manga will ...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations #250 [rate]
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Live-Action BL Metamorphosis Film's Clip Shows Urara Learning to Use G-Pen

Film about 2 women with large age gap bonding over boys-love manga opens in Japan on June 17 ― Nikkatsu began streaming a new clip on Friday for the live-action film adaptation of Kaori Tsurutani's BL Metamorphosis (Metamorphose no Engawa) manga. The clip features Urara getting manga creator tools in the mail and learning how to use a G-Pen. The video then ends with a trailer for the film. The film w...
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Anonymous;Code Game's Opening Video Streamed

Kanako Itou performs opening theme for game releasing on PS4, Switch on July 28 ― MAGES. began streaming the opening video on Friday for the Anonymous;Code game. The video features Kanako Itou's opening theme song "Game Over." The game will release on July 28 for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. MAGES. president Chiyomaru Shikura had teased in October 2020 that the game might have a release for the...
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Extreme Hearts Anime Previews Characters Saki Kodaka, Hiyori Hayama in Videos

Sports series premieres on July 9 ― The official website for Extreme Hearts, the new project from writer Masaki Tsuzuki, revealed a promotional video on Friday for the character Saki Kodaka. The website also revealed a promotional video for the character Hiyori Hayama last week. The show will premiere on July 9 at 25:30 (effectively July 10 at 1:30 a.m.). The anime stars: Ruriko Noguchi as Hiyori Hay...
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Love All Play Anime Casts Mikako Komatsu as Hana Sakurai

Komatsu plays classmate of Ryō's at Yokohama-Minato High School ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Asami Koseki's Love All Play badminton novel revealed on Saturday that the show has cast Mikako Komatsu as Hana Sakurai, a classmate of Ryō's at Yokohama-Minato High School. The anime premiered on April 2. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan. Hiroshi Takeuchi (...
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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka Joins Cast of A Couple of Cuckoos Anime as Shion Asuma

Character appeared in show's 5th episode ― Kadokawa announced on Sunday that Yoshitsugu Matsuoka has joined the cast of the television anime of Miki Yoshikawa's A Couple of Cuckoos (Kakkō no Iinazuke) manga as Shion Asuma. The character debuted in the show's fifth episode on Sunday. The anime premiered in the NUMAnimation programming block on TV Asahi and its affiliates on April 23. The anime will ru...

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Right Stuf, Nozomi Ent. Release Renta Magica Anime on BD

Companies also outline Mobile Suit Gundam SEED BD collection in 2 volumes releasing in July, August ― Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment announced at Anime Central on Saturday that they will release the anime adaptation of Makoto Sanda's Rental Magica light novel series on Blu-ray Disc on August 9. The company also confirmed will release the remastered home video version of the Mobile Suit Gundam SE...
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Tokyopop Licenses Nemui Asada's Loved Circus Manga

Manga listed for release on December 6 ― Tokyopop announced in its Anime Central panel on Saturday that it has licensed Nemui Asada's Loved Circus manga. Barnes & Noble lists the manga for release on December 6. Barnes & Noble describes the manga: An average, run of the mill office worker, Kei racked up a huge amount of debt trying to help his hostess girlfriend move away from her line of work. When ...
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Drawn & Quarterly to Release Yoshiharu Tsuge's Nejishiki Manga Collection in April 2023

Company to also reprint Shigeru Mizuki's Kitaro manga in February 2023 ― ICv2 reported on May 12 that Drawn & Quarterly will release Yoshiharu Tsuge's Nejishiki collection of short manga in April 2023. Drawn & Quarterly will also begin reprinting Shigeru Mizuki's Kitaro manga in February 2023 with a new cover. The company's release of the Nejishiki collection will feature a new translation by Ryan Ho...
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Digimon Ghost Game #26 [rate]
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One Piece #1018 [rate]
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Waccha PriMagi! #31 [rate]
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Delicious Party♡Precure #11 [rate]
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Kingdom #7 [rate]
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A Couple of Cuckoos #5 [rate]
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BUILD-DIVIDE -#FFFFFF- CODE WHITE #19 [rate]
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Komi Can't Communicate Season 2 ‒ Episode 16

This season seems to be taking a step back from more laugh-out-loud moments in favor of nurturing that blossoming romance between our two leads.
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In the Heart of Kunoichi Tsubaki #7 [rate]
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Fanfare of Adolescence #8 [rate]
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The Rising of The Shield Hero Season 2 ‒ Episode 7

Seeing Naofumi tackle the exact same issues that he ran into when he first came to this world with more of a practical, level-headed approach is refreshing to see.
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Aharen-san wa Hakarenai ‒ Episode 8

I take back what I said at the start of these reviews about Raido being the biggest doofus in this show. That title can only belong to this ship-crazy teacher, who's likely to hospitalize herself with terminal levels of Squee.
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Spy×Family #7 [rate]
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Heroines Run the Show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task ‒ Episodes 6-7

The makeover arc seems to be an inevitability in any piece of media that stars an even slightly plain-looking girl, and Heroines does an admirable, if imperfect, job of navigating the turbulent waters of being a woman in a society.
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Rent-A-Girlfriend Anime Season 2 Teases Ruka in Character Video, Café Date Visual

Season premieres in Super Animeism block on July 1 ― The official website for the anime of Reiji Miyajima's Rent-A-Girlfriend (Kanojo, Okarishimasu) manga posted a character promotional video and "date visual" for Ruka Sarashina from the second season on Saturday. The visual depicts Ruka offering the viewer a piece of a pancake dish on a date at a café. The returning main cast includes: Sora Amamiya ...
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The Prince of Tennis II Franchise Gets Switch Game This Fall

'Documentary adventure game' tells original story with 62 characters ― The official website for the Shin Tennis no Ōji-sama U-17 World Cup (The Prince of Tennis II: U-17 World Cup) anime series announced a new Prince of Tennis game for the Nintendo Switch system on Saturday. Bushiroad will release the Shin Tennis no Ōji-sama Let's Go! ~Daily Life~ from RisingBeat (The Prince of Tennis II: Let's Go! D...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These - Collision ‒ Episode 34

So after several episodes of deological arguments over the course of a government inquiry, we have to pull back for the obviously much more mundane proceedings of two giant space stations shooting huge lasers at each other.
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Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club Season 2 #8 [rate]
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The Prince of Tennis II: U-17 World Cup Anime Casts German Team Members

Mitsuki Saiga, Yōhei Azakami, Chiharu Sawashiro, Ryūnosuke Watanuki join summer anime ― The official website for the Shin Tennis no Ōji-sama U-17 World Cup (The Prince of Tennis II: U-17 World Cup) anime series announced more of the voice cast for the top-ranked German team members on Saturday. The newly announced cast members are: Mitsuki Saiga as QP Yōhei Azakami as Michael Bismarck Chiharu Sawashi...
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Skeleton Knight in Another World ‒ Episode 7

The events of this episode force Arc to acknowledge that his battle experience is actually far below even people his own age—namely Ariane.
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Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki 4 Satsume #7 [rate]
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Wit Studio Streams 10th Anniversary Video (Updated)

Studio holds 10th anniversary exhibit at Ikebukuro's Parco department store from May 27 to June 20 ― Update 2: Wit Studio has reuploaded the video. Animation production company Wit Studio streamed a 10th anniversary promotional video on Saturday highlighting the studio's creative works from Attack on Titan to SPY×FAMILY. The studio is also holding a 10th anniversary exhibit at Ikebukuro's Parco depar...
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Aoashi #7 [rate]
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I'm Quitting Heroing ‒ Episode 7

By reminding Edvard what it is like to be ignorant and out of your depth in a given situation, our hero shows Edvard that teaching is not just about effort but understanding.
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Case Closed #1044 [rate]
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Love All Play #8 [rate]
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Comedians Direct Anime Shorts at Toei, Orange for Variety Show on June 11

3 shorts previewed in videos ― Fuji TV announced on Saturday it will air a variety show titled Geinin Anime Kantoku (Entertainer Anime Director) on June 11 at 4:30 p.m. that will center on comedians becoming anime directors to direct an anime short. LALANDE comedy duo member Saaya, Zoffy comedy duo member Kōhei Ueda, and the entertainer Iori will each work on an anime short by planning the short, des...

Power Rangers Star Austin St. John Charged on Suspicion of Fraud Related to COVID-19 Loans

Actor pleads not guilty to charges ― The U.S. Department of Justice's attorney's office for the Eastern District of Texas announced on Wednesday that it has charged Mighty Morphin Power Rangers actor Austin St. John (real name Jason Lawrence Geiger) alongside 17 other people on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The announcement stated all 18 individuals have either been arrested or summoned...
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Anime's 3rd New OVA Releases in April 2023

3rd OVA releases with 1/7-scale Neptune Little Purple figure ― The official website for the Hyperdimension Neptunia anime revealed on Friday the third new OVA in the franchise will release in April 2023. The OVA is titled Chō Jigen Game Neptune: Hidamari no Little Purple. The OVA will release as either as a serial code or as a Blu-ray Disc bundled with a new 1/7-scale Neptune Little Purple ver. figur...
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Norman Reedus About Death Stranding: 'We Just Started the 2nd One'

Game's star states "we just started part 2," but Kojima Productions has yet to officially announce sequel ― In an interview posted on Tuesday on the Leo Edit men's lifestyle website, actor Norman Reedus stated regarding the Death Stranding game, "We just started the second one." He added later in the interview, "And then the game came out, and it just won all these awards, and it was a huge thing, so...
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