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REVIEW: Castlevania Season 2

Trevor Belmont, Sypha Belnades, and the half-vampire Alucard must stop Dracula's apocalyptic war in this thrilling conclusion to Castlevania's first major arc on Netflix. James Beckett has the details. ― I enjoyed the first season of Netflix's Castlevania, but its very limited runtime made it feel less like a full season of television and more like a movie that had been broken up into more digestible...

Strike a Pose with These JoJo Accessories, Ties, Hoodies, and More

Are you in for some awesome JoJo merchandise this holiday season? Well, with Premium Bandai’s Christmas Sale in full swing, now’s the perfect chance to get some. ― Are you a fan of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure? Are you in the market for some high quality JoJo merchandise? Well, with Premium Bandai's Christmas Sale in full swing, now's the perfect chance to get some. If you head over to Premium Bandai, yo...
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Shelf Life - Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon

Paul digs into a Lupin III movie with a truly fascinating production history, plus your weekly breakdown of all the newest anime releases! ― Before we jump into this week's new anime, I've got a little bit of housekeeping to take care of. I'll be taking next week off, so you won't see a new column on the 24th (don't worry, nothing's coming out that week anyway). We'll be back with a "year in review"...
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Bad Friends GN

Dark and at times difficult, this Korean comic looks back at the ways that friends can both save and destroy us. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Bad Friends, award-winning manhwaga Ancco's English-language debut, is brutal. That's not to say that it's full of violence or horrors, although there is a lot of physical abuse. What makes it so difficult is the combination of clear-eyed hindsight and ...
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Eromanga Sensei OVA's Videos Preview 2nd Episode

2-episode OVA ships on January 16 ― Aniplex began streaming the second promotional video and 15- and 30-second versions of the third commercial for the Eromanga Sensei original video anime (OVA) on Wednesday. The videos preview the second episode, "Izumi Sagiri no First Kiss" (Sagiri Izumi's First Kiss), and features the songs "adrenaline!!!" by TrySail and "Hitorigoto" by ClariS. (Note: the official...
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'How clumsy you are, Miss Ueno' Anime Post More Cast, 3rd Promo

Haruka Tomatsu, Rina Satou, Ayana Taketatsu, Yuka Iguchi play team captains ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of tugeneko's Ueno-san wa Bukiyō (How clumsy you are, Miss Ueno) manga posted additional cast members and the third promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video features the opening theme song "Hirameki Heartbeat" (Flash Heartbeat) performed by Miku Itō. Hidek...
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My Hero Academia Anime Season 4 Reveals October Premiere, 1st Visual

The official website for the My Hero Academia television anime posted the October 2019 premiere and first key visual from the fourth season on Wednesday. The new season will air on YTV, NTV, and their affiliated stations. The tagline on the visual reads, "I'll become your hero!" The first three anime series will start running again on January 13 on the BS NTV channel. One episode will run every Su...
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Nihon Falcom Reveals New Ys IX: Monstrum Nox PS4 RPG for 2019

Story centers on "prison city" of Baldeuk, supernaturally powered "Monstrum" ― Game developer Nihon Falcom revealed Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, the latest entry in its Ys role-playing game series, on Wednesday. The game will launch for the PlayStation 4 in 2019. Nihon Falcom had revealed last month that it is working on a new Ys title. (Note: Location name romanizations are not official.)The game's story ta...
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Boogiepop and Others Anime Premieres With 1-Hour Special

The staff and cast for the television anime of author Kouhei Kadono and illustrator Kouji Ogata's Boogiepop and Others (Boogiepop wa Warawanai) light novel series revealed on Sunday that the anime will have a one-hour premiere special. The premiere special broadcast will air the first two episodes together. The anime will premiere on AT-X at 9:00 p.m. on January 4. It will then run on Tokyo MX, KB...
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Dwango, Kadokawa, Khara, INCS toenter, Asobi Establish Lide Studio for VTubers

New joint venture produces Virtualsan-Looking anime in January ― Media and telecommunications company Dwango, animation studio Khara, media company Kadokawa, entertainment agency INCS toenter, and media company Asobi System Holdings announced on Tuesday that they established a new production studio named Lide through a joint venture on December 14. The new studio will focus on producing virtual anime...
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Crunchyroll Adds Kuroko's Basketball: Last Game Anime Film

Adaptation of Kuroko's Basketball Extra Game manga opened in Japan in March 2017 ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it has added Kuroko's Basketball The Movie: Last Game (Gekijōban Kuroko no Basuke Last Game), the anime film adaptation of Tadatoshi Fujimaki's Kuroko no Basuke Extra Game sequel manga. The anime is available for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sout...
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Bandai Namco Unveils JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Last Survivor for Arcades Next Summer

Battle royale game for up to 20 players with characters from Part 3 to 5 ― Bandai Namco Amusement announced on Wednesday that it will release JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Last Survivor, a new arcade game based on the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime, next summer. The game will be a "battle royale" game with up to 20 players fighting each other until one is the last player standing. The game will feature p...

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Live-Action Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw Red Project is 2 Films

Films with 4DX screenings open on February 22, stars Nana Asakawa, Ano ― The official website for Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw Red, the new live-action film adaptation of Rei Mikamoto's Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw manga, revealed on Tuesday that the project will consist of two films that will both open in Japan on February 22 with 4DX screenings. The first film (left visual below) is subtitled "Nero no ...
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Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō Anime Adds 4 Cast Members

Masakazu Morita, Keiichi Nanba, Kenji Nojima, Yasuyuki Kase join cast ― The staff for the anime of Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō manga revealed additional cast members for the anime on Wednesday. The cast includes (clockwise from upper left) Masakazu Morita as Pegasus Seiya, Keiichi Nanba as Pisces Aphrodite, Yasuyuki Kase as Orion Rigel, and Kenji Nojima as Phonos. The show premiered on t...
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Mamoru Miyano Makes 1st TV Drama Appearance in 10 Years in Yūbe wa Otanoshimi Deshita

Hot off his turn as a morning Japanese television announcer, voice actor Mamoru Miyano is staying on the small screen for his first appearance in a TV drama in a decade. The Zombie Land Saga voice actor will appear in the live-action adaptation of Renjuro Kindaichi's Yūbe wa Otanoshimi Deshita ne (Thou hast had a good night's sleep I hope. or lit. It Was Fun Last Night) manga as an Animate shop ma...
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VGChartz: PS4 Has Sold 88.05 Million Units, Xbox One Has Sold 40 Million Units

Game industry sales analysis site VGChartz announced its estimated lifetime sales for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game consoles last week. It estimated total lifetime sales of 88.05 million units for the PlayStation 4, more than the PlayStation 3's lifetime sales of 86.90 million units. The Xbox One has an estimated total lifetime sales of 40,020,713 units. VGChartz estimated that the PlayStati...
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Twitter Trend Awards Reveals Top Trending Anime Words for Each Month in 2018

Every year, the Twitter Trend Awards give out a prize to the most-tweeted words on the social media platform. Last year, Kemono Friends was dubbed Anime of the Year, leading to director TATSUKI accepting the award while wearing a penguin suit. In the lead up to the award announcements on December 26, the Twitter Trend Awards account has been posting the most popular anime-related words on Twitter ...
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Psyvariar Delta Game's Western Release Delayed to February

Swich version of game has been approved, PS4 version in approvals ― Publisher Dispatch Games announced on Friday that its release of Success Corporation's Psyvariar Delta game in the West is now expected for February 2019. The publisher noted that code for the game's Nintendo Switch version has been approved, while the PlayStation 4 version is currently in approvals. Dispatch Games is providing a fre...
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Encouragement of Climb/Yama no Susume Anime Gets Stage Play

Play runs in Hannō, Saitama from May 10-12 ― The Yama no Susume (Encouragement of Climb) television anime is inspiring a stage play adaptation that will run at Hannō City Hall in Hannō, Saitama from May 10-12. Fumi Hatamasa (Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Prison School plays) is directing the play and writing the script. Hannō Alps Monogatari Project is producing the play as its third production. The gr...
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Party with the Devilman Himself in Ginza

Go Nagai's most popular characters will appear at party in Ginza, hopefully with less bloodshed than the club scene in Devilman crybaby. The "Devilman Party Night with Cutie Honey" event will kick off on December 22 at the Locman Ginza store. The Italian watch producer has both Devilman and Cutie Honey collaboration watches for sale and is introducing the new high-end time pieces with an equally h...
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Live-Action Bijin ga Kon Katsu Shite Mitara Film Reveals Visual

The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Arako Toaru's Bijin ga Kon Katsu Shite Mitara (When a beautiful woman tries joining marriage hunting.) manga revealed a poster visual on Tuesday. The visual features Mei Kurokawa as Takako, Asami Usuda as Kei, Tomoya Nakamura as Sonogi, and Kei Tanaka as Yatabe. The film will open in Japan on March 23. Other cast members include Seminosuk...
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Witness the Horror of Utgard Castle in Attack on Titan's Latest VR Experience

The events of Attack on Titan are perfect for virtual reality gaming: high-stakes, heart-pounding action where the player could be eaten alive at any moment. Arcades most recently put players on horseback against the Female Titan while earlier games let players view Eren's titan transformation firsthand. The newest Attack on Titan virtual reality experience is heading to the "hexaRide" attraction ...
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My Girlfriend is Shobitch Anime's English Dub Stars Gareth West, Katelyn Barr

English dub trailer streamed ― Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub cast for My Girlfriend is Shobitch on Tuesday and began streaming a video preview. The cast, under director Kyle Jones, includes: Gareth West as Shinozaki Katelyn Barr as Akiho Christina Kelly as Shizuku Amber Lee Connors as Rina Brittany Lauda as Kanata Joslin Johnson as Igarashi Daman Mills as Seiya Rachael Messer as Fuyumi A...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, December 16-22

Takunomi, Urahara, Xabungle anime; Abara manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Blue Seed BDPlease Discotek Media US$49.95 December 18 Elemental Gelade BDCite Discotek Media US$49.95 December 18 God Mars BDAnimeNewsNetwork Discotek Media US$69.95 December 18 Hells DVDPlease Discotek Media US$19.95 December 18 Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon DVDCite Discot...
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Tidus, Yuna's Older Versions Shown During Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Broadcast

Final Fantasy X fans have vied for a sequel starring Tidus and Yuna ever since Final Fantasy X-2 hit store shelves in 2003. The question whether a Final Fantasy X-3 could ever happen has surfaced again and again. Square Enix staff gave players a little more to chew on about Tidus and Yuna's happily-ever-after with a character design reveal on Thursday. The image shows older versions of both charac...
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Live-Action School-Live Film Unveils New Stills

Film opens in Japan on January 25 ― The staff for live-action film of Norimitsu Kaihō and Sadoru Chiba's School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) manga shared a series of stills for the film on Tuesday. Some of the moments depicted include a scene where Kurumi tends to her upperclassman's injury and a scene where Megu-nee speaks to the students. img IMG sl1.jpg IMG sl2.jpg IMG sl3.jpg IMG sl4.jpg IMG sl5.jpg IM...
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Mirai Film Alums Direct, Design Anime Ad for Marui Group

Japanese retail company Marui Group's newest short anime is in the works and set to premiere online in March 2019. The new short will be produced by studio Orange, the same studio behind Land of the Lustrous, with staff alumni from Mamoru Hosoda's Golden Globes-nominated film Mirai. Marui Group describes the ad's theme as "inclusion" with a focus on dance and music as a way to spread understanding...
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is Fastest-Selling Switch Game in U.S.

Sales numbers updated for Switch console, other games ― Nintendo announced on Tuesday that its Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game sold 3 million units in the United States within 11 days of launch, making it the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time in the U.S. and the fastest-selling Super Smash Bros. game. Prior to launch, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was the best pre-selling game for the Swi...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Bermuda Triangle ~Colorful Pastrale~ Anime

Cardfight!! Vanguard spinoff about mermaids debuts in January ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastrale television anime and plans to stream it as a simulcast this winter before eventually releasing it on home video. The license covers the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia, ...
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Chibi Maruko-chan Manga's Last Volume Includes Unpublished Work, Remake of 1st Chapter

17th/final volume ships on December 25 ― The 17th and final compiled book volume of Momoko Sakura's Chibi Maruko-chan manga will ship on December 25. The volume's seven chapters will include work previously unpublished in Shueisha's Ribon magazine, which serialized the manga. The chapter titles in the volume will include "Maruko, Tsūchō o Nakusu" (Maruko Loses Her Bankbook), "Pyramid Power no Nazo o ...

Kun Gao Steps Down as Crunchyroll GM, Continues to Serve as Adviser

Former Viki CEO Joanne Waage takes over ― Crunchyroll co-founder Kun Gao has stepped down from the position of General Manager at Crunchyroll. Joanne Waage, former CEO of Viki, has taken over the role as of September 2018. Gao will continue to serve as an adviser at Crunchyroll, and as a board member at Crunchyroll K.K., the company's Japanese branch. He will continue to work on several ongoing proje...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ‒ Episode 12

"As the various characters and factions start making their big moves, Gabiru's role shifts from pure comic relief to something a little more serious."
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This Week in Anime - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind is Surprisingly Hardcore

This story about gang warfare where the good guys and the bad guys are just a whisker's width apart is definitely not for the squeamish. Nick and Micchy pick their favorite of these bad boys and discuss what makes Part 5 stand out so violently. ― Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind is not for the squeamish, as a story about gang warfare where the good guys and the bad guys are just a whisker's wid...
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REVIEW: Castlevania Season 2

Trevor Belmont, Sypha Belnades, and the half-vampire Alucard must stop Dracula's apocalyptic war in this thrilling conclusion to Castlevania's first major arc on Netflix. James Beckett has the details. ― I enjoyed the first season of Netflix's Castlevania, but its very limited runtime made it feel less like a full season of television and more like a movie that had been broken up into more digestible...
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EX-ARM Science-Fiction Manga Gets TV Anime

Story centers on high school boy who becomes advanced weapon ― The 12th compiled book volume of Shinya Komi and HiRock's EX-ARM manga revealed on Wednesday that the series is getting a television anime adaptation and planning is moving forward. The novel adaptation EX-ARM the Novel Deus Ex Machina and the February 2019 issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine, which both shipped on Wednesday, also rev...
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Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san ‒ Episode 11

"With literal demons and unbelievably polite old ladies, this week's episode aptly illustrates the broad spectrum of patrons that many customer service professionals handle on a daily basis."

Strike a Pose with These JoJo Accessories, Ties, Hoodies, and More

Are you in for some awesome JoJo merchandise this holiday season? Well, with Premium Bandai’s Christmas Sale in full swing, now’s the perfect chance to get some. ― Are you a fan of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure? Are you in the market for some high quality JoJo merchandise? Well, with Premium Bandai's Christmas Sale in full swing, now's the perfect chance to get some. If you head over to Premium Bandai, yo...
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill ‒ Episode 12

"For better or worse, Double Decker manages to craft an eminently watchable story out of its many bizarre twists in this penultimate episode."
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Endro~! Anime Casts Asuka Nishi as Chibi Dragon

Studio Gokumi's original TV series premieres on January 12 ― The official website for Studio Gokumi's original television anime Endro~! revealed additional cast for the series on Tuesday. Asuka Nishi (Black Clover's Mimosa Vermilion, Kinmoza! Kiniro + Mosaic's Shinobu Ōmiya) will play the mascot-like character Chibi Dragon. Nishi will appear at an advance screening for the first episode of the anime ...
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'Virtualsan-Looking' TV Anime for VTubers Premieres in January

Mirai Akari, Siro, Tsukino Mito, Tanaka Hime, Suzuki Hina, Nekomiya Hinata, Sachiko Kobayashi star ― The "Dwango Anime Kaigi (Working Title)" event announced on Tuesday that a new television anime titled Virtual-san wa Miteiru (Virtualsan-Looking) will premiere on Tokyo MX and other channels on January 9 at 24:00 (effectively January 10 at midnight). The series features over 30 virtual YouTubers or V...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, December 10-16

Totoro sells 950, followed by Bungo Stray Dogs film, 2018 Anpanman film, live-action Bleach, Wotakoi ― The live-action Bleach film fell from #11 to #33 in its second week. It added 815 copies to its total of 3,002 copies. Maaya Uchida's Uchida Maaya "Magic Number" Tour 2018 landed at #41 with 612 copies. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank W...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, December 10-16

Tales of Festival sells 2,951, followed by Maaya Uchida, Fate/Extra Last Encore, Wotakoi, Liz and the Blue Bird ― The limited edition for Tales of Festival 2018 sold 2,951 copies to rank #9 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Maaya Uchida's Uchida Maaya "Magic Number" Tour 2018 landed at #10 with 2,917 copies. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest R...
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The Promised Neverland Gets Comedy Spinoff Manga in January

Also: Dragon Dentist's Otaro Maijo, Arata Momose launch new manga with on December 25 ― The official website for Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Shūhei Miyazaki will launch Oyakusoku no Neverland, a comedy spinoff manga based on Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland manga, in the Shonen Jump+ app on January 11. In addition, novelist and writer Otaro Mai...

2019 Hot Gimmick, Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, Precure Movies Slated

2 new Precure films, 2 new Kamen Rider films slated ― Toei announced its lineup of films in 2019 on Monday. The distributor confirmed the opening dates for a number of films, including the Eiga Precure Miracle Universe film, the live-action Hot Gimmick film, the Kamen Rider Zi-O film (working title), the Gekijō-ban Shin Super Sentai film (working title), the Star ☆ Twinkle Precure film (working title...
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Type-Moon Reveals New Fate/Requiem Book for Comiket 95

New Fate story set in world "after the Holy Grail War" ― Game and story development circle Type-Moon announced on Monday that it will release a new book titled Fate/Requiem at this year's winter Comic Market (Comiket 95). Type-Moon describes the book as the "first volume," with a story set "after the Holy Grail War." Type-Moon's Meteo Hoshizora (World Conquest Zvezda Plot) is writing the scenario, an...
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Toei Outlines March's Precure Miracle Universe Film

New film set in space, focuses on recurring "Mystery Light" objects ― Toei outlined Eiga Precure Miracle Universe, the next film in the Precure franchise, on Monday. The film will open in Japan on March 16. The ending of the recent Eiga Hugtto! Precure ♡ Futari wa Precure All Stars Memories film previewed the upcoming film. The new film will be primarily set in space, and the story will reveal the se...

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10th Anniversary Yuruyuri Video Anime Reveals Staff, Crowdfunding

Daigo Yamagishi directs Yuyuri Ten OVA at Release the Spyce's Lay-duce ― The official website for the anime of Namori's Yuruyuri manga revealed the returning cast, staff, planned crowdfunding campaign, and visual for the original video anime (OVA) marking the manga's 10th anniversary on Tuesday. The new project is titled "Yuruyuri," — pronounced "Yuruyuri ten." The "," or "ten" is a wordplay on the E...
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World's Largest Dragon Quest Slime Figure to Loom Over Yokohama

The original slime is back to reclaim its viscous throne. The iconic Dragon Quest Slime monster will grow to eight meters high and eight meters wide in Queen's Square Yokohama. The shopping mall will be home to the world's largest slime from December 20-24. This slime will be significantly less messy than its video game version. Organizers are building the monster out of giant sized blocks to give...
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Production I.G's Anime Beans App Starts Streaming Anime Globally

App launches on Tuesday with 10 English-subtitled shows ― Production I.G announced on Monday that its Anime Beans iOS and Android app will be available worldwide except in China beginning on Tuesday with 10 titles available with English subtitles. The titles include: Caramel Honey (based on Takuhei's manga of the same name) Monkey Peak (based on Kōji Shinasaka and Akihiro Kumeta's manga of the same n...
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Stand My Heroes Anime Reveals Staff, More Designs

Strike the Blood's Hideyo Yamamoto directs anime at M.S.C ― The official Twitter account for Stand My Heroes: Piece of Truth, the television anime of the Stand My Heroes smartphone game, revealed the anime's staff members and more character designs on Tuesday. Hideyo Yamamoto (Strike the Blood, The Prince of Tennis II OVA vs. Genius 10, Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth-) is directing the anime at M....
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Kingdom Hearts III Game's Final Trailer Previews Songs

PS4/Xbox One game slated for January 25 in Japan, January 29 in the West ― Square Enix revealed the "final" trailer for its Kingdom Hearts III game on Monday. The trailer previews both the game's opening theme song "Face My Fears" by Hikaru Utada and Skrillex, as well as the ending theme song "Don't Think Twice" (the song with Japanese lyrics is titled "Chikai" or "Oath") by Utada. The English and Ja...
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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Smartphone Game Launches on Wednesday

The staff for the Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri -Ran- Hajimaru Michiato (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress -Revolt- Beginning Tracks) smartphone game announced on Monday that the game will debut on Wednesday, December 19. The iOS and Android game was previously slated for summer and then fall. Noitamina released two drama CDs that tie into the game's plot at screenings of the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress com...
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Fortnite Phenomenon Spreads to Coro Coro Comic

Get ready to floss with the best of 'em because Epic Games' multi-platform video game Fortnite is heading to the children's manga magazine Coro Coro Comic. The ultra-popular battle royale game will debut as a four-frame comic in the February issue of Bessatsu Coro Coro Comic on December 29. Manga artist Naoto Katsumi (Kiwamero! Pokémon B·W, Double Deca) will draw the "scathing gag" manga. Coro Cor...

Viz's New Shonen Jump Service Launches With 70+ Catalog Manga

25 series available for simultaneous publication ― Viz Media launched its new Shonen Jump website and subscription service on Monday. The following series are running as free online simultaneous publications: act-age Blue Exorcist Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Boys Over Flowers Season 2 Black Clover Chainsaw Man Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Dragon Ball Super Dr. Stone Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma...
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Asagaya Anime Street to Close After Failing to Draw Crowds

Asagaya Anime Street, a government-funded anime-themed shopping district, will close at the end of February 2019. The official website posted an announcement that the district is closing down due to the end of its five-year lease. Asagaya Anime Street first opened in 2014 as an attempt to bring anime consumers closer to Tokyo's anime production studios, many of which are located within proximity o...
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2nd Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel Anime Film's TV Ad Streamed

Film opens on January 12 ― The official website for the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy began streaming a new commercial on Monday for Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly, the second film in the trilogy. The video features the theme song "I beg you" performed by Aimer. Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly will open in Japan on January 12, 2019 in 131 theat...
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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Game's Switch Version Ships in the Americas Next Summer

New trailers streamed for Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Complete Edition ― Bandai Namco America announced on Monday that it will release the Nintendo Switch version of Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization in summer 2019, with the Switch edition of Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Complete Edition following shortly after. Bandai Namco Entertainment also began streaming trailers for Sword Art Online: Fa...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 86

"With the endgame within reach, Ohnoki lays his motives bare in this week's somber installment."
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Kemono Friends 2 Producer Claims Anime Studio Targeted for Harassment

Kemono Friends 2 animation producer Shinnosuke Numata posted a tweet on Friday revealing that the anime production studio Tomason has been receiving various forms of harassment ever since it was revealed that they were working on the project. どなたかわかりませんが…勝手に僕の名前と会社の代表メールアドレスを使い、様々なサービスに登録をしている方がいます。昨日、今日で会社宛に200件のメールと数十件の電話問い合わせがありました。小さい会社なので、CG部の人間も電話対応しなければならず、本業が滞ってしまいます。— 沼田心之介(ぬまぴー) (@shinno...
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4-Film King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars Project Reveals More Cast, Characters

Koutarou Hashimoto, Wataru Urata, Norihito Hase, Takuhiro Eda, Tatsuyuki Kobayashi play The Shuffle ― The staff of the the King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars anime project revealed additional characters and the cast members for the unit The Shuffle on Monday. The new characters are all members of Swartz Rose's idol group YMT29. The newly announced cast members of The Shuffle are: Koutarou Hashimoto as ...
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 36

"Rumor has it that the darkest hour is just before dawn, and the hour's looking pretty dark right now for Kitaro and his friends."
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Mario Voice Charles Martinet Gets Guinness Record for Most Performances as Same Video Game Character

Prolific voice actor Charles Martinet announced on Twitter on Friday that he was officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for "most video game voice over performances as the same character." Martinet has voiced Nintendo's iconic hero Mario in at least 100 games. With Craig receiving my record certificate @GWR for most video game voiceover performances as the same character – 100...
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Nano Performs Opening Theme for Tatsuki's Kemurikusa Anime

Anime from original Kemono Friends director premieres in January ― The official Twitter account for director Tatsuki's Kemurikusa television anime announced on Monday that Nano is performing the anime's opening song. Record company Flying Dog began streaming a commercial previewing the song. The series will premiere on Tokyo MX on January 9 at 10:30 p.m. The series will also begin airing later that n...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 865

"As slowly as we're inching our way through this fight, this episode is well-directed and story-conscious enough to make sure the little nuances feel like a big deal."
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Crunchyroll Launches 'Stay Crunchy' Campaign Video with Japanese Animators

Crunchyroll revealed the details behind its a new project on Monday. The streaming company's mascot Hime is animated for the first time as part of a collaboration with ad agency Omelet to promote Crunchyroll's "Stay Crunchy" campaign. The campaign includes a live-action and animated hybrid ad directed by Caviar Content's Taichi Kimura with animation by Rapparu (Kanamewo, Crystal Cloud), Mai Yoneya...
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IDOLiSH7 Vibrato Spinoff Anime's 2nd Episode Previewed in English-Subtitled Trailer

1st English-subtitled episode debuted in February ― Bandai Namco Arts began streaming a trailer for the second episode of IDOLiSH7 Vibrato, an IDOLiSH7 spinoff series of net anime shorts, on Monday. English subtitles can be switched on in the video below. The upcoming episode is the second half of the first part, "TRIGGER: before the Radiant Glory." The first 15-minute half debuted with English subti...
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 288

"Laxus' entrance offers the most excitement in the fight against Ajeel, which otherwise feels a little truncated."
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Answerman - Is Netflix Good For Anime?

Funimation president Gen Fukunaga had some choice words for the way he thinks Netflix will handle Evangelion - does he have a point? Justin considers the possibilities. ― Kasra asked: Funimation's president Gen Fukunaga got very salty about Netflix getting Evangelion. It seems like to him and some of fans that Netflix will not do the series justice. But it should be celebrated since well eva is back...
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Release the Spyce ‒ Episode 11

"The Mouryou plot is as immediate and entertaining as it's ever been, though a steep drop in the quality of the artwork keeps this from being the slam-dunk penultimate outing it could have been."
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SSSS.Gridman ‒ Episode 11

"This is the standard lowest moment for our heroes before they (hopefully) rally back for the finale."
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Shelf Life - Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon

Paul digs into a Lupin III movie with a truly fascinating production history, plus your weekly breakdown of all the newest anime releases! ― Before we jump into this week's new anime, I've got a little bit of housekeeping to take care of. I'll be taking next week off, so you won't see a new column on the 24th (don't worry, nothing's coming out that week anyway). We'll be back with a "year in review"...
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Hi Score Girl Anime's New Episodes Reveal Cast, March 20 Release

Shiori Izawa, Kenta Miyake join cast of episodes streaming on Netflix in March ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Rensuke Oshikiri's Hi Score Girl manga revealed on Tuesday that revealed new characters, cast, and the March 20 release for the DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of the series' episodes 13-15. Shiori Izawa will play Nikotama, and Kenta Miyake will play Zangief. The release titl...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization ‒ Episode 11

"Perhaps because of how intense last episode was, the reunion with Alice this week doesn't quite capture the spark of excitement that it should."
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The Morose Mononokean Anime's 2nd Season Reveals Additional Cast

Mika Kanai, Tomoko Kaneda, Lynn join cast of January series ― An advance screening for Fukigen na Mononokean Tsuzuki (The Morose Mononokean Sequel), the second television anime season of Kiri Wazawa's The Morose Mononokean (Fukigen na Mononokean) manga, revealed three new characters and cast members on Sunday. The newly announced cast members are: Mika Kanai as Kinako Tomoko Kaneda as Keshi Lynn as E...

Anime Film Industry Revenue Dropped by 38.3% in 2017

Lack of films by prominent directors last year likely contributed to decrease; anime market overall increased 8.1% ― The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) held its seminar for its "Anime Industry Report 2018," which examines industry trends from the year 2017, on December 5. The AJA already released a preview for the report on November 28, but the AJA posted the full report summary on December...
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Arpeggio of Blue Steel Gets New Tribute Manga in January

Mental Model Research manga by Sayaka Itsuki centers on Mental Models in VR world ― The February issue of Shonengahosha's Monthly Young King Ours GH magazine revealed on Monday that Ark Performance's Arpeggio of Blue Steel manga will get a new "tribute manga" by Sayaka Itsuki titled Mental Model Research (seen right in image below). The manga will be an action comedy that will feature the Mental Mode...
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Nippon Ichi Software's Destiny Connect Game Delayed to March

PS4/Switch game previously slated for February 28 ― The official website for Nippon Ichi Software's Destiny Connect game revealed on Monday that the game's release date has been delayed from February 28 to March 14 to improve the game's quality. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch. The game's protagonist is a 10-year-old girl named Shari, who is seeking to uncover the mys...
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Touken Ranbu Gets New Musical in Fall 2019

Also: 6th stage musical slated for June, "Kashū Kiyomitsu Solo Performance" event gets Asian tour in spring ― The official website for the Touken Ranbu musicals announced on Sunday that the franchise will get a new musical in fall 2019. In addition, the site revealed that the Musical Touken Ranbu Higekiri Hizamaru Sōki Shutsujin 2019 (Higekiri and Hizamaru Riding Out Together) stage musical will run ...
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Sega Ages Project Adds Puyo Puyo, Puyo Puyo Tsū Games

Both games will get digital releases on Nintendo Switch ― Sega announced on Sunday that it will release the Puyo Puyo and Puyo Puyo Tsū games on the Nintendo Switch as part of its Sega Ages project. Sega did not provide a release date for the games. Sega released Puyo Puyo eSports, the latest game in the tile-match Puyo Puyo game franchise, on October 25. Sega is reviving its Sega Ages project for Ni...
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Date A Live III Anime Reveals New Key Visual

― The official Twitter account for the franchise based on Koushi Tachibana's Date A Live light novel series revealed a new visual on Monday for Date A Live III, the third television anime season in the franchise. The anime will premiere on AT-X on January 11 at 9:30 p.m., before airing later that evening on Tokyo MX and KBS Kyoto. The series will also air on TV Aichi, Sun TV, TVQ Broadcasting Kyushu...
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New RWBY Manga Launches on Shonen Jump+ App on December 20

Viz Media to publish manga simultaneously in English ― This year's third issue of Shuiesha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Bunta Kinami's new RWBY The Official Manga manga will launch on the Shonen Jump+ app and website on December 20, with new chapters releasing once a month. Monty Oum and Rooster Teeth Productions are credited with the original work. Viz Media had announced at...
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My Neighbor Totoro Anime Film's Chinese Theatrical Release Ranks at #2

1st Studio Ghibli theatrical release in China earned US$12.9 million in opening weekend ― Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's My Neighbor Totoro anime film ranked #2 (below Aquaman) and earned US$12.9 million in its opening weekend in China. The film opened in China on December 14, and is the first Studio Ghibli film to receive a theatrical release in China. Chinese distributor SCLA released the digit...
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B-Project 2nd Season Anime's Video Previews Opening Song

Anime premieres on January 11 ― The official website for the B-PROJECT anime began streaming the second promotional video for the series' second season, B-Project: Zecchō Emotion (Summit Emotion), on Monday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Zecchō Emotion" by the in-story idol unit B-PROJECT, played by the anime's cast. (Note: The video on the website is region-locked to Japan. A re...
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Shaman King The Super Star Manga Goes on 3-Month Hiatus

Manga returns on April 17 ― The January 2019 issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge revealed on Monday that Shaman King The Super Star, Hiroyuki Takei's new arc for his Shaman King manga, will go on hiatus in the February, March, and April issues so that Takei can recuperate. The manga will resume in the magazine's May issue on April 17. The manga launched on May 17, after publishing three prologue...
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Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 6 Manga Ends in January

Tohko Mizuno's manga adaptation of game launched in 2015 ― The January 2019 issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge revealed on Monday that Tohko Mizuno's Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 (Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 6) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on January 17. The magazine revealed in October that the manga was approaching its climax. The manga adapts the game of the same name, a...
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Dragon Ball Super: Broly Anime Film Opens at #1 at Japanese Box Office (Updated)

Yōkai Watch: Forever Friends opens at #4, Waiting for Spring opens at #7 ― The Dragon Ball Super: Broly anime film topped the Japanese box office in terms of tickets sold during its opening weekend of December 15-16. The film opened in Japan on Friday, and also has 4DX screenings in Japan in addition to normal screenings. The film sold more than 820,000 tickets and earned more than 1,050,000,000 yen ...
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Kemono Friends 2 Anime's 2nd Promo Video Features New Character Kyururu

New series premieres on January 7 ― The official website for the Kemono Friends franchise began streaming a second promotional video on Monday for Kemono Friends 2, the anime's second season. The video features the new human child character Kyururu (voiced by Yui Ishikawa). Other new cast members include: Riko Koike as Caracal Madoka Suge as Western Parotia Mashiro Yagi as Greater lophorina Mami Yama...
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The Fable Live-Action Film's Teaser Video, Visual Reveal June Opening

Junichi Okada stars in film based on Katsuhisa Minami's manga ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Katsuhisa Minami's The Fable manga revealed a teaser video and visual for the film on Monday. Both the video and visual reveal the film's June 21 opening in Japan. Kan Eguchi is directing the film and Yūsuke Watanabe is writing the script. The cast includes: (Top row in image ab...

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Street Fighter V Game Reveals New Playable Character Kage

Character out now as part of Season 4 update ― Capcom revealed during its final Capcom Cup tournament during the Final Round event on Sunday that it has released a new character named Kage as part of its new Season 4 slate of characters for the Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition game. The character is now available alongside an update that re-balances the game. Street Fighter V is the latest entry in t...
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Ao-chan Can't Study! Manga Ends, Sequel Manga Begins in January

Sequel centers on "slightly more grown-up" Ao-chan ― The January 2019 issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge published the last chapter of Ren Kawahara's Ao-chan Can't Study! (Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyō ga Dekinai) manga on Monday. Kawahara will launch a sequel manga in the magazine's next issue on January 17 that centers on a "slightly more grown-up" Ao-chan. Kodansha Comics is releasing the mang...
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Back Street Girls Live-Action Film Unveils New Trailer, Visual

Film based on Jasmine Gyuh's manga opens on February 8 ― The official website for Back Street Girls: Gokudols (Back Street Girls -Yakuza Idols-), the live-action film adaptation of Jasmine Gyuh's Back Street Girls comedy manga, revealed a new trailer and poster visual for the film on Monday. The film will open on February 8. Keinosuke Hara is directing the film, with a script by Shōichirō Masumoto an...
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Radiant ‒ Episode 11

"Despite its issues, this is still a major improvement on last week's underwhelming mix of recap scenes and bland side story."
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The Morose Mononokean Anime's 2nd Season Video Previews Opening Song

mono palette perform opening song "Long Time Traveler" for anime premiering on January 5 ― Columbia Music Japan began streaming a promotional video on Sunday for Fukigen na Mononokean Tsuzuki (The Morose Mononokean Sequel), the second television anime season of Kiri Wazawa's The Morose Mononokean (Fukigen na Mononokean) manga. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Long Time Traveler" by ...
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IRODUKU: The World in Colors ‒ Episode 11

"If Hitomi and Yuito's relationship can make it through the dark of the moon, maybe we'll get that Disney ending after all – or at least Hitomi will come out stronger on the other side."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 11

"We already knew that Narancia was a firecracker, but now we see exactly how far he's willing to go."
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Boarding School Juliet ‒ Episode 11

"I'm usually able to take an episode's aesthetic failings in stride if the story can pick up the slack, but it's another issue altogether when they become this distracting."
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A Certain Magical Index III ‒ Episode 11

"It's time for another lively affair involving superpowers, all sorts of new characters, and plenty of twists."
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Bloom Into You ‒ Episode 11

"I have confidence that Bloom Into You will pull off its climax in the best way possible, avoiding obnoxious "rivalry" clichés for something that truly does its characters justice."
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Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Pro Console Announced for Western Release, Sells Out Quickly Online

― Ever since Square Enix revealed the Kingdom Hearts III-themed PlayStation 4 Pro bundle for Japan at E3, Western fans have been clamoring for a version to release in their territories. Well, Square Enix has delivered with an announcement on Friday, but you had to have acted fast, unfortunately. The bundle is available at GameStop stores in the United States for US$399.99 and at EBGames stores in Ca...
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Kinokuniya Bookstore Holds 'Dragon Ball Super Fair' in Anticipation of Broly Film

Dragon Ball Super: Broly opened in Japanese theaters on Friday ― Japanese bookstore chain Kinokuniya has been getting into the Dragon Ball Super: Broly hype lately. The company's Shinjuku branch is holding a "Dragon Ball Super Fair" from December 1 to 20, which involves a mini-exhibit of the manga art and a shop with exclusive goods. The fair celebrates the Japanese release of the Dragon Ball Super: ...
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Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team Game Adds Real-World Soccer Players

― Mobile game developer KLab Inc. launched the worldwide version of its Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team smartphone game back in December 2017. As the release is marking its one-year anniversary, the developer added virtual versions of real-world soccer players Roberto Carlos, Morientes, and Guti. The athletes debuted in the simulation game on Friday. The World Football Legends: Los Galácticos event will...
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Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store Manga Switches to Digital Publication

― The January 2019 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine announced on Saturday that Matsukoma and Hashimoto's Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store (Nietzsche-sensei ~Konbini ni, Satori Sedai no Shinjin ga Maiorita~) manga is switching from the magazine to the "Comic Bridge" website. The next chapter will debut on the website on January 29. The comedy manga follows a male part-time late-n...
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Bad Friends GN

Dark and at times difficult, this Korean comic looks back at the ways that friends can both save and destroy us. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Bad Friends, award-winning manhwaga Ancco's English-language debut, is brutal. That's not to say that it's full of violence or horrors, although there is a lot of physical abuse. What makes it so difficult is the combination of clear-eyed hindsight and ...
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The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince Game's English Release Previewed in Video

Game launches in U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand on February 12 ― NIS America began streaming a clip on Saturday from its The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince (Usotsuki Hime to Mōmoku Ōji) game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. NISA will release the game on February 12 in the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand (only the release in the United States will have a physical edit...
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Anime Central 2019 to Host Voice Actress Mai Nakahara

Event to mark My-HiME, Higurashi voice actress's 1st time at N. American convention ― The Anime Central convention announced last month that it will host voice actress Mai Nakahara at the convention's 2019 event. The event will mark Nakahara's first appearance at a North American convention. Nakahara debuted as a voice actress with the agency I'm Enterprise in 2000. She has voiced characters in such ...
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Kingdom Hearts III Director Tetsuya Nomura Issues Comment on Game Leaks

New commercial streamed for game launching on January 25 in Japan, January 29 in the West ― The official Twitter account for the Kingdom Hearts game series posted a message from game director Tetsuya Nomura on Sunday regarding game leaks for Kingdom Hearts III that have surfaced in the last few days. The notice reads: (Click on image to see at full size.) The message also confirms what Nomura hinted ...
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Manaria Friends/Mysteria Friends Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

10-episode series of shorts to premiere on January 20 ― The official website for the delayed Manaria Friends television anime, which was formerly known as Rage of Bahamut: Manaria Friends, began streaming the show's second full promotional video on Sunday. Happinet is also streaming a commercial for the anime's Blu-ray Disc release. The website and the YouTube video both list the anime with 10 episod...
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Shironeko Project/Rune Story Smartphone Game Gets TV Anime in 2020

Anime to cover "Zero Chronicle" event celebrating game's 3rd anniversary ― Game developer Colopl announced at the Colopl Fes 2018 event on Sunday that its Shironeko Project smartphone game is getting a television anime project that will premiere in 2020. The anime will cover the "Zero Chronicle: Hajimari no Tsumi" (The First Sin) event that Colopl held in the game for its third anniversary. The game ...
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Sazae-san Anime Gets 1-hour New Year's Special

Special to kick off 50th anniversary for anime that debuted in 1969 ― Fuji TV announced on Sunday that it will air a one-hour New Year's special for the Sazae-san anime series on January 6 at 6:00 p.m. The special is celebrating the start of the anime's 50th anniversary in 2019. The special will air four mini episodes titled "Isono-ke no Kaiun Ryokō: Chichibu wo Iku" (A Trip of Better Fortune for the...
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Idol Group Maneki-kecak Perform New 'Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan' Anime's Ending Theme

New song to debut in series of anime shorts on January 4 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yukiko Natsume's Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan manga revealed on Saturday that the five-member all-female idol group Maneki-kecak (GeGeGe no Kitarō first ending theme) will perform the show's new ending theme song "Itsuka Dokoka de" (Someday Somewhere). The new song will debut in the anim...

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Granblue Fantasy: Relink PS4 Game Previewed in New 14-Minute Gameplay Video

3rd promo video highlighting characters also streamed ― Cygames revealed at the "Granblue Fantasy Fes" on Saturday Granblue Fantasy Project Re:LINK, Cygames and Platinum Games' PlayStation 4 game based on Cygames' Granblue Fantasy smartphone game, is now titled Granblue Fantasy: Relink. Cygames is also streaming a 14-minute second gameplay video, and a two-minute third promotional video for the game....
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Arc System Works Develops Granblue Fantasy Versus Fighting Game for PS4

Gran, Katalina, Charlotta, Lancelot, Ferry confirmed as playable characters ― Cygames announced at the "Granblue Fantasy Fes" event on Saturday that Arc System Works is developing a fighting game for the Granblue Fantasy franchise titled Granblue Fantasy Versus. The game will launch for the PlayStation 4 in Japan in 2019. Playable characters in the game so far include Gran, Katalina, Charlotta, Lance...
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 23

"Once again, Banana Fish's desire to sprint toward another twist works against it."
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Zombie Land Saga ‒ Episode 11

"This installment lacks the whimsy and irreverence of the show's better moments, while focusing on a half-baked last-minute development for the sake of heightened drama."
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Karakuri Circus ‒ Episode 10

"The show's pacing is still completely gonzo, and some of the story's developments would probably have benefited from not getting rushed through so quickly."
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Crunchyroll Teases Project with Animator Kou Yoshinari (Updated)

― Crunchyroll posted short video on Twitter on Friday teasing a project with animator Kou Yoshinari. The video features Crunchyroll's mascot character Hime, which has been the company's mascot since June 2013. Yoshinari has worked as a key animator on such anime as Little Witch Academia, Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka Seven, Re:Zero, Made in Abyss, Garo -Vanishing Line-, Blood: The Last Vampire, and Ev...
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Mai Shows Off Her Disappearing Act in Large-Scale Seishun Buta Yarō Ad

― In Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō series, the heroine Mai is invisible to the gazes of everyone except the protagonist Sakuta. It appears that her "Puberty Syndrome" is in effect even in real life if a recent large-scale advertisement at the JR Akihabara Station is anything to go by. From December 10 to 16, a large poster inside Akihabara Station features characters from the Seishun Buta Yar...
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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Game's New Videos Preview 3 More Aircraft Types

Game slated for PS4/Xbox One on January 18, on PC via Steam on February 1 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming three new videos this week for its Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown game. The videos highlight the F-14D, A-10C, and MiG-31B aircraft. Previous videos highlighted the F-15C, A-10C, and MiG-31B aircraft. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game on January 18, 2019 (January ...
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Watch Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! Anime's Cast Perform Opening Theme

― These days, anime voice actors are multi-talented, and they often perform the theme songs for their shows. However, anime intros and outros are animated, so fans don't usually get to see the actors actually perform the songs. Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! anime fans are in luck, though, because the show's voice actor singing group Wataten☆5 just debuted a music video for the opening theme song "K...

Evo Japan 2019 Fighting Game Tournament Reveals Main Lineup

Tekken 7, Soul Calibur VI, Street Fighter V, KoF XIV, more announced ― The official Twitter account for the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) fighting game tournament revealed the main lineup on Friday for the EVO Japan 2019 event. Next year's event will feature the following six main games: Tekken 7 Soul Calibur VI BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Street Fighter V Arcade Edition The King of Fighters XIV...
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Puffy AmiYumi Duo Guest Star on Chibi Maruko-chan Christmas Special

Duo performs "Koi no Vacance" song by The Peanuts in December 23 special ― The official website for the Chibi Maruko-chan franchise revealed on Sunday that pop duo Puffy (PuffyAmiYumi) will appear and perform in the "Chibi Maruko-chan - Mou Sugu Christmas! Chōnai no Do-jiman Special" (Chibi Maruko-chan - It's Almost Christmas! The Neighborhood Boasting Special) Christmas special. Ami Onuki and Yumi Y...
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2nd 100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams Stage Play Reveals Teaser Visual

― The official website for Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama On Stage, the second stage play adaptation of GCREST's Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama (100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams) smartphone game, revealed a teaser visual for the play on December 8. The visual features Tetsuji Sakakibara as Avi and Ryōhei Takenaka as Kiel. The play will have two different perfor...
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Phantasy Star Online 2 Game's Web Manga Gets Web Anime in January

Rui Tanabe, Rie Hikisaka, Aki Kanada, Sayaka Senbongi, Tomohiro Satō star as MMORPG players ― PSO2 Station, the live-streamed program for Sega's Phantasy Star Online 2 game, announced on Saturday that an anime adaptation of the game's official web manga Puso Ni Comi: Phantasy Star Online 2 Comic has been green-lit. 【WEBマンガ「ぷそ煮コミ」アニメ化決定!】2019年1月8日(火)よりYouTube・ニコニコ動画他で毎週配信予定!『PSO2 STATION!』にて発表されましたPVを...
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Langrisser Mobile Smartphone Game's Video Reveals Open Preregistration

Game launches in early 2019 ― Beijing-based game company ZLONGAME began streaming a gameplay video on Thursday for the global version of its Langrisser Mobile smartphone game based on the Langrisser series. The video reveals that pre-registration on the game is now available. The video also previews the game's English dub. The global version will launch in early 2019. The franchise's copyright holder...
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Live-Action 'Trace' Series Reveals New Visual

Eiichiro Funakoshi, Ryo Nishikido, Yūko Araki star in adaptation of Kei Koga manga ― Fuji TV's website for Trace: Kasōken no Otoko (Trace: The Forensic Researcher Man), the live-action television series adaptation of Kei Koga's Trace: Kasōken Hōi Kenkyūin no Tsuisō (Trace: Recollections of a Forensic Researcher) manga, revealed the main visual for the series on Monday. The visual features from left t...
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2nd Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel Anime Film's Full Trailer Previews Aimer's Theme Song

New footage also previewed from January 12 film; tie-in campaigns outlined ― The live-streamed "Fate [HF] II New Information Unveiling! X'mas 7 Great Presents Special" on the Abema TV service debuted the full trailer for Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly, the second film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy, on Saturday. The trailer features the theme song "I beg y...
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Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn Prologue Short Anime Previewed in Teaser Video (Updated)

Short will debut before "Episode Ardyn" DLC launches in March 2019 ― The official Twitter account for Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV game began streaming a teaser trailer for the "Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue" short anime on Saturday. The game's official Twitter account had revealed a logo and key art for the anime on Friday. Final Fantasy XV "Episode Ardyn" DLC director Takefumi Terada s...
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters Film's Posters Preview 4 Kaiju

Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Michael Dougherty shared four new posters on Twitter on Monday and Friday for the film. The posters feature the film's main four kaiju: Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan. The film was originally slated for March 22, 2019, but is now scheduled to open on May 31, 2019. The film will also open in Japan on May 31. Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga (Up in the ...
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New Fate/Grand Order Stage Play Reveals Visuals for 12 More Cast Members

Play runs in Osaka, Tokyo in January ― The official website for the Fate/Grand Order stage plays revealed more cast visuals on Friday for the new Fate/Grand Order The Stage -Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia- (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) stage play. The new cast in costume includes: Shōichirō Oomi, Mioka Sakamoto (double-cast) as Ri...
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Tales of Crestoria Smartphone Game's Full Concept Video Streamed

Main staff, cast also revealed for game getting worldwide release in 2019 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the full concept movie on Friday for the Tales of Crestoria smartphone game. The game's English Twitter account is streaming an English version of the video. The full version of the concept movie, created by Yasutaka Nakata x Kamikaze Douga!Some surprise guests show up in the video a...
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Uma Musume Pretty Derby Smartphone Game Delayed

― The official website of Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby franchise revealed on Saturday that Cygames has delayed the smartphone game in the franchise in order to raise the game's quality. The company will reveal the new release period at a later date. The game was originally slated for a release this winter. The game's concept begins with Uma Musume (Horse Girls), girls endowed with excellent runn...
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