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The Promised Neverland GN 5

This shonen thriller upends its initial premise in a thrilling volume that sees the story’s world expand in all number of directions. Nick Creamer has the details. ― The Promised Neverland has always been a relatively interesting Shonen Jump property, in that its base premise naturally implies instability and coming change. Unlike a property like Naruto or One Piece's relatively stable, often episodi...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Feb 12-18

ENDRO strikes upward while One Piece strikes out. See how all you favorites fared in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated indi...
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Citrus BD+DVD

This salacious yuri melodrama is anything but Class S. Theron Martin weighs the pros and cons of this bittersweet romance title on blu-ray. ― Before Domestic Girlfriend came along to stir the pot of stepsibling love, there was this Winter 2018 series based on a yuri manga. The two are alike in some basic ways; they both feature the noxious “surprise stepsibling” gimmick, where the new housemates show...
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Monster Hunter's Iconic Roasts on Bone Recreated as Baumkuchen Cakes

Monster Hunter-themed business ties are also in the works. ― To commemorate Monster Hunter's 15th anniversary, Capcom is collaborating with confectionery maker Juccheim to recreate the game's iconic roasts as baumkuchen cakes. The traditional German pastry is a popular snack and dessert in Japan. The collaboration is offering two varieties of Monster Hunter World roasts. A 70×90mm cake comes with a b...
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Radiant TV Anime Gets 2nd Series in October

New series to also be 21 episodes long ― The official Twitter account for the Radiant television anime announced on Saturday that a second series will start airing on the public television channel NHK E-Tele this October. Like the first series, the second series will have 21 episodes. The first series ended on Saturday, and it will repeat on E-Tele starting on April 3 at 7:25 p.m. The first televisio...
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The Promised Neverland GN 5

This shonen thriller upends its initial premise in a thrilling volume that sees the story’s world expand in all number of directions. Nick Creamer has the details. ― The Promised Neverland has always been a relatively interesting Shonen Jump property, in that its base premise naturally implies instability and coming change. Unlike a property like Naruto or One Piece's relatively stable, often episodi...
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Seattle's Sakura-Con to Host The Reflection, Mushishi Director Hiroshi Nagahama

Convention to be held from April 19-21 ― The official website for Seattle's Sakura-Con convention announced on Saturday that it will host anime director Hiroshi Nagahama. Nagahama has attended Sakura-Con several times in the past. Nagahama served as animation director for the Revolutionary Girl Utena anime series and directed the Mushishi anime series and its sequels. He also directed the Flowers of ...
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Left Alive PS4, PC Game's 14-Minute Gameplay Video Streamed

Square Enix's game launches on March 5 in the West ― Square Enix's North American YouTube channel began streaming a 14-minute gameplay video on Friday for its Left Alive survival action shooter game for PlayStation 4 and PC. The game will launch for PS4 and PC via Steam in North America and Europe on March 5. In Japan, the game will launch for PlayStation 4 on February 28 and on Steam on March 6. The...
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SD Gundam World Sangoku Sōketsuden Launches With Anime, 2 Comic Series

Sword Gai's Takahiro Ikezoe directs July net anime at Sunrise ― The Gundam.info portal site announced on Saturday that the SD Gundam World Sangoku Sōketsuden project will launch internationally with anime, comics, and plastic model kits. Loosely inspired by the classic Chinese historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms — but with super-deformed Gundam units, the project from Sunrise and Bandai Sp...
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Alita: Battle Angel Film Earns US$19.8 Million on Opening Day in China

Film's estimated worldwide total before China/Japan opening is US$152-US$163 million ― The entertainment news website Deadline reported on Friday that Alita: Battle Angel — James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga — earned an equivalent of US$19.8 million in China in its opening day there on Friday, with an additional US$1 million for ...
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2nd Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Casts Nana Mori, Mai Kiryū

Mori replaces Seika Furuhata as Yoriko ― The official website for the live-action films of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga announced two new cast members for the tentatively titled live-action Tokyo Ghoul 2 film on Saturday. Both new characters are joining the franchise for the first time. Nana Mori as Yoriko Kosaka (Seika Furuhata played Yoriko in the first film) Mai Kiryū as Kimi Nishino The film wi...
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Orlando's Omni Fandom Expo to Host Animation Director Hisashi Kagawa, Singer SAWA

Event takes place on March 15-17 at Florida Hotel & Conference Center ― The Omni Fandom Expo event announced on Friday that it will host animation director Hisashi Kagawa and singer SAWA at the event. Kagawa will draw a limited amount of art commissions at the event, and SAWA will perform with guitarist Nobutsune Nakahodo at the event. Kagawa has served as an animation director and character designer...
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Mixed Vegetables' Ayumi Komura Launches New Mobakare Manga in March

Komura ended Kami-sama no Ekohiiki manga last May ― This year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine revealed on Wednesday that Ayumi Komura will launch a new manga titled Mobakare (Mobile Boyfriend) in the magazine's next issue on March 5. The manga will have a color opening page, and will debut with two chapters. The magazine teases the manga's story as beginning with a "boyfriend" being "se...

New Fruits Basket Anime's English Dub Brings Back Kent Williams as Hatori

1st 2 episodes to screen in U.S. on March 26-27 ― The official English Twitter account for the new television anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga announced on Friday that Kent Williams is returning as Hatori Soma for the anime's English dub. Williams played the role in the 2001 anime. The anime's previously announced English dub cast includes: (* denotes a returning cast member) Laura Baile...
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3rd Trigger Patreon-Funded Stream Shows Live Drawing of Kill la Kill's Satsuki

Guests were in-between animator Tetsuya Sakurai and producer Hiromi Wakabayashi ― Trigger held its third Patreon-funded live drawing stream on Wednesday. The animation studio first launched its Patreon page in July last year. In-between animator Tetsuya Sakurai and producer Hiromi Wakabayashi were guests on the stream. Patreon backers voted for Sakurai to draw Kill la Kill fan-favorite character Sats...
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Death end re;Quest Game's Introduction Video Highlights Arata's Story

PS4 game shipped in N. America on Tuesday, in Europe on Friday ― Idea Factory International began streaming a second introduction video on Friday for Compile Heart's Death end re;Quest PlayStation 4 game. The video focuses on the story and gameplay from Arata's perspective as he tries to save Shina. The game shipped in North America on Tuesday, and in Europe on Friday. Idea Factory International desc...
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U.S. Fruits Basket Screenings Slated for March 26-27, More Dub Cast Revealed

Elizabeth Maxwell plays Arisa Uotani, Jad Saxton plays Saki Hanajima ― Funimation Films revealed the dates for its United States screenings of the first two episodes of the new television anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga on Friday. The English dub will screen on Tuesday, March 26 and the subtitled version will screen on Wednesday, March 27. Pre-sale tickets are available now. The theatri...
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How I Outwitted The Promised Neverland Kids in the Sky Circus Puzzle Game

I'm not as smart as Emma, Norman, and Ray. I'll probably never be as smart as them, no matter how old I get. That's why I didn't fancy my chances of finding them during hide-and-seek. From January 5 to February 11, the Sky Circus Sunshine 60 Observation Deck in Tokyo held a collaboration with The Promised Neverland, which brought an exhibit, limited-time goods, and original drink menu items to the...
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Collar X Malice Stage Play Reveals Key, Character Visuals

The official website for Collar X Malice -Okazaki Kei-hen- (Kei Okazaki Edition), the stage play centered on the character Kei Okazaki from Idea Factory's Collar X Malice visual novel, revealed a key visual and character visuals on Friday. Shōta Takasaki as Kei Okazaki Arisa Deguchi as the heroine Ichika Hoshino Shō Tomita as Aiji Yanagi Shūto Washio as Mineo Enomoto Tatsumaru Tachibana as Takeru ...
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Kemurikusa ‒ Episode 7

"This may be the start of the gang's final journey, with a striking episode full of the wistful vistas and weird charm that have come to define the anime."
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Feb 12-18

ENDRO strikes upward while One Piece strikes out. See how all you favorites fared in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated indi...
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The Promised Neverland ‒ Episode 7

"Given how much focus she gets this week, the issues with Krone mar the episode, but it's still a taut and compelling piece of the puzzle that leaves us with even more questions to tease us for another week."

Discotek Licenses Appleseed OVA, Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight!, Kyo kara Maoh! TV Anime

English-subtitled Lupin III: Part IV BD slated for April 30 ― Discotek Media announced on Friday that it has licensed the 1988 original video anime (OVA) Appleseed, the Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight television anime, and the Kyo kara Maoh! television anime. Blu-ray Disc sets for each title are scheduled for release on April 30. In addition, Discotek announced that it will release Lupin III: Part IV o...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 71

"This looks to be a decent transition into a training arc, one that probably would have fallen flat much quicker without a character like Mereoleona to pump up our heroes."
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Kakegurui Live-Action Film Gets Novel on March 22

Original creator Homura Kawamoto's brother writes novel ― This year's March issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine announced on Friday that the original story for the upcoming live-action film of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga is getting a novel. Hikaru Muno, Kawamoto's younger brother and author of the earlier Kakegurui Trip spinoff novel, is also writi...
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Arpeggio of the Blue Steel Anime Gets Battleship Simulation Smartphone Game

Game to feature original story with scenes, characters, cast from anime ― An official website launched on Friday to announce that the Arpeggio of Blue Steel anime is inspiring a smartphone game titled Arpeggio of Blue Steel - Ars Nova - Re:Birth. Pre-registration is available now, and all players will receive in-game rewards depending on the total number of pre-registrations. The battleship simulatio...
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Mushroom Rally Go-Karting Tours U.S. with Final Heat in Las Vegas

A Super Mario themed go-karting company is taking its shells and banana peels on a U.S. tour that ends with finalists battling for victory in Las Vegas. The Mushroom Rally website outlines the victory conditions: a total of 16 races are planned for the U.S. with the first set for March. Racers have a chance to win one of 20 spots in the Las Vegas final by either having the fastest lap in their cit...
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Square Enix Reveals Last Idea Smartphone Game

Treasure-hunting RPG slated to launch this spring ― Square Enix announced a smartphone treasure-hunting RPG titled Last Idea on Friday. Service is slated to launch for iOS and Android this spring. The game follows a novice treasure hunter, the protagonist, and a mysterious amnesiac girl named Lucrecia. In the beginning, the protagonist goes to an abandoned castle on an island to follow a lead given t...
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Manga Answerman - How often do English manga publishers sell at a loss?

Not every manga series published in English will be a hit, but how often do the publishers themselves sell books at a loss? Deb digs in to it. ― How often do English publishers sell at a loss? Viz and Kodansha have so many different series and there has to be a good amount that they aren't making money on. Nearly a decade ago, Viz Media dropped Hitman Reborn, Gintama and a few others and I often sti...
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Cells at Work! Calendar Offered for Blood Donations

The characters of Cells at Work are hoping to entice Japanese citizens into donating blood in exchange for a calendar featuring Red Blood Cell. The campaign will start on February 25 at Japanese Red Cross Society blood donation sites. The calendar supply is limited to the first 15,000 volunteers on a first-come-first-served basis throughout the country. For anime fans hoping to bring their cells h...
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Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland Game's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Game launches in Japan on March 20, in N. America on May 21, in Europe on May 24 ― KOEI Tecmo Games' Gust brand began streaming the second promotional video for the Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland (Lulua no Atelier ~Arland no Renkinjutsushi 4~) game on Friday. The game will launch for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on March 20 in Japan. The game's premium box release in Japan features an ar...
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Guilty Gear 20th Anniversary Edition Game Bundle Ships Outside Americas on May 17

Guilty Gear, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R games launch digitally in U.S. ― Game distributor PQube announced on Thursday that it will release the "Guilty Gear 20th Anniversary Edition" bundle on May 17. The physical edition will not be available in the Americas, but Arc System Works America will release the games individually digitally in the United States. PQube also began streaming a promotiona...
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Actor Hirofumi Arai Indicted on Sexual Assault Charge

Arai was arrested on February 1 on allegations of sexual assault involving rape ― The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office announced that actor Hirofumi Arai was indicted on February 21 on a charge of sexually assaulting a masseuse at his home. Prosecutors did not reveal whether Arai has admitted to the charge. Police arrested Arai on February 1 due to allegations of sexual assault involving rape...

Toy Company Banpresto Dissolves, Combines With Bandai Spirits

Bandai Spirits took over company's convenience store business last February ― The February 22 issue of the National Printing Bureau's Kanpō publication revealed that toy company Banpresto has been dissolved and combined with Bandai Namco Holdings' toy and hobby subsidiary Bandai Spirits. Bandai Spirits has taken over all rights and duties from the former company. Bandai Spirits was established on Feb...
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Da Capo 4 Visual Novel's Opening Movie Streamed

Visual novel from Circus launches this spring ― Adult visual novel developer Circus began streaming the opening movie on Friday for its Da Capo 4 (D.C. 4) visual novel. The visual novel will star: Nao Tōyama as Arisu Sagisawa Ayasa Itō as Nino Tokisaka Emiri Kato as Sorane Ōmi Kana Asumi as Hiyori Shirakawa Inori Minase as Shiina Hōjō Ryōko Maekawa as Miu Mishima Yuka Ozaki as Chiyoko Hinohara Daisuk...
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Dead or Alive 6 Game's Demo Teaser Video Streamed

Demo launches on Friday morning and goes until Sunday ― Koei Tecmo Games America began streaming a new teaser video on Friday for the Dead or Alive 6 fighting game. The video reveals that the game is getting a "deluxe demo" from Friday at 10:00 a.m. EST until Monday at 2:59 a.m. EST. The demo is exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members and PlayStation Plus subscribers. In Europe, the demo launches on Frid...
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Senryū Shōjo Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals Opening Theme Artist, April 5 Premiere

Series of shorts to air in "Animeism" programming block alongside Ao-chan Can't Study! ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Masakuni Igarashi's Senryū Shōjo (Senryū Girl) manga began streaming a second promotional video on Friday for the series. The video reveals and previews Sonoko Inoue's opening theme song "Kotonoha no Omoi" (The Thoughts of Words). The video also reveals ...
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Live-Action Kakegurui Film's Trailer Reveals May 3 Debut

2nd live-action TV series premieres on March 31 ― Entertainment news website Cinema Today began streaming a new trailer on Friday for the live-action film adaptation of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga. The video previews Soraru's theme song "I Fake Me." The film will open on May 3. Original creator Kawamoto is collaborating on the film's original story. A separ...
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Anime Tamago 2019 Shorts Previewed in 2nd Promo Video

This year's shorts screen in Tokyo on March 9 ― The official website for the "Anime Tamago" (formerly "Anime Mirai") project began streaming a second promotional video for this year's project on Friday. The shorts will screen at Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas in Tokyo on March 9. The four shorts in this year's project include: Wit Studio Title: Hello We Go! Director: Ryouji Masuyama (Blend S, Gurren Lagann ...
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Final Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Film's 1st 9 Minutes Streamed

7th film in series opens in Japan on March 1 ― Bandai Namco Arts began streaming the first nine minutes on Friday for the seventh and final film in the Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 (Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi or Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project. The final film is subtitled "Shinsei-hen" (Nova Chapter). Bandai Namco Arts is also stream...
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Ao-chan Can't Study Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals Opening Theme Artist, April 5 Premiere

Edoga Sullivan perform opening theme for romantic comedy series ― The official website for the television anime of Ren Kawahara's Ao-chan Can't Study! (Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyō ga Dekinai) manga began streaming the show's second promotional video on Friday. The video reveals and previews two-member band Edoga Sullivan's opening theme song "Wonderful Wonder." The anime will air on the Animeism bloc...
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Spike Chunsoft Announces it Will Release New Dungeon RPG in Next Few Days

― Japanese game developer Spike Chunsoft announced on Friday that it will release a dungeon role-playing game "within the next few days." The company did not reveal a title, price, exact release date, or platform for the game, but game news website Famitsu posted the news about the announcement on its newsfeed for smartphone apps. Spike Chunsoft teased the release with an image. Spike Chunsoft is kn...
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New Fruits Basket Anime's Teaser Promo Video Previews Japanese Voices for Yuki, Kyo, Shigure (Updated)

Series adapting entire manga premieres in April with Funimation streaming ― The official website for the new television anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga began streaming a new teaser promotional video for the series on Friday. The video previews the voices for Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure. Funimation is also streaming the video with English subtitles. The new anime will have an entirely new Jap...
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Gundam the Origin TV Recompilation Anime's Title, Songs, April 29 Premiere Revealed

LUNA SEA performs 3 opening songs, SUGIZO produces ending songs ― The Gundam.info portal site revealed on Friday that the 13-episode television series recompilation of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime will premiere on April 29 on NHK-General. The site also revealed the series' visual and full title as Kidō Senshi Gundam The Origin Zenya - Akai Suisei (Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin - Eve of th...
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Days of van Meowogh TV Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, April 3 Debut

Yuuki Itagaki, Ryou Tachibana, Ayaka Maekawa, Yū Sōma join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Cocone Corporation's Neko no Nyahho ~Nya Miseraburu~ (Days of van Meowogh or literally, Meowogh the Cat: Mes Misérables) smartphone puzzle game app revealed the anime's staff, more cast, and its April 3 debut on Friday. The cast (all reprising their roles from the game) includ...
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LaLa, Hana to Yume, Young Animal Magazines Launch Digital Versions Simultaneously

― Hakusensha began offering digital versions of its LaLa, Hana to Yume, and Young Animal magazines on Wednesday, with the latest issues of all three magazines already available digitally on Hakusensha's Hakusensha e-Net! and Manga Park websites and apps. The publisher offered the latest issues of LaLa (April issue) and Young Animal (fifth 2019 issue) ahead of their scheduled print dates digitally (t...
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Our World is Ended Game's Video Previews Jellyfish No. 3 Character

Game launches in Japan for PS4/Switch on February 28, in the West for PS4/Switch/PC this year ― 5pb.Games began streaming a video on Thursday for Judgement 7: Ore-tachi no Sekai wa Owatteiru., the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch version of Red Entertainment's Our World is Ended (Ore-tachi no Sekai wa Owatteiru.) game. The video shows an in-story live stream by the new character Jellyfish No. 3 (Ayu...
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Heaven's Lost Property's Suu Minazuki Ends Dokunie Cooking Manga on March 8

Manga about elf who constantly tries to convince monster to eat her launched in 2017 ― This year's fifth issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that Suu Minazuki will end the Dokunie Cooking (Cooking Poisoned Offerings) manga in the magazine's next issue on March 8. The comedy manga centers on a beautiful but poor elf girl named Pepopa, who was chosen by some villagers to serv...
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Creatures Family Days/Frankenstein Family Manga Ends

Manga inspired anime series last year ― The April issue of Shinchosha's Comic Bunch magazine published the final chapter of Yanai's Jikken-hin Kazoku: Creatures Family Days manga on Thursday. The manga's second compiled book volume will ship on March 9. The manga inspired a Japanese-Taiwanese collaboration anime series that premiered last April. Crunchyroll began streaming the anime last September un...
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Cats Tail's Tales Omnibus Film Brings Together Dayan, Tama, Tobi Neko Franchises

Film with 3 segments opens on May 10 ― The Neko no Dayan, Tama and Friends, and Tobi Neko franchises announced on Friday that they will receive an omnibus film collectively titled Cats Tail's Tales. The film will open in Japan on May 10, and will consist of three segments titled "Dayan to Jitan" (Dayan and Jitan), "Tama to Fushigi na Sekizō" (Tama and the Mysterious Statue), and "Tabi Suru Tobi Neko"...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, February 11-17

Thermae Romae II live-action film earns 7.8% rating ― The live-action Thermae Romae II film aired on Fuji TV on Saturday, February 16 at 9:00 p.m., and earned a 7.8% rating. Additionally, the latest episode of 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 manga, aired on Fuji TV on Monday,...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, February 11-17

Jump Force debuts at #1, PS4 Catherine: Full Body at #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: February 11-17 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Jump Force Bandai Namco Entertainment February 14 76,894 76,894 2PS4Catherine: Full Body (Including Limited Editions) Atlus February 14 51,824 51,824 3NSwNew Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Nintendo January 11 34,541 431,771...

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One Piece Stampede Film's English-Subtitled Teaser Video Posted

Franchise's 20th anniversary film opens on August 9 ― Toei Animation began streaming an English-subtitled teaser video for the One Piece Stampede anime film on Thursday. The video is an English-subtitled version of the film's second teaser trailer, which unveiled color versions of the previously revealed character designs for the main cast, and also introduced two new characters. (Note: The below vid...
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SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy Game Debuts on PC

Game released on PS4, Switch last September ― SNK released its SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy fighting game on the PC via Steam on Thursday. The game shipped for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan on September 6. NIS America partnered with SNK to release the game on both consoles in North America and Europe on September 7. The game previously added Thief Arthur from Square Enix's Million Arthu...
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Oban Star-Racers' Thomas Romain Launches New Tokyo-Based Studio

Studio No Border works on Carole & Tuesday anime ― Animation creator Thomas Romain announced on Thursday that he and some friends have launched a new Tokyo-based creative studio named Studio No Border. The studio's first project is the development of background settings for Shinichiro Watanabe and BONES' Carole & Tuesday anime. Romain and Stanislas Brunet are contributing designs. The studio's Twitte...
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Hiroyuki Takei, Santa Inoue Draw Illustrations in Support For BlacKkKlansman Film

Manga artists Hiroyuki Takei (Shaman King) and Santa Inoue (Tokyo Tribe) released illustrations in support of Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman film, which will open in Japan on March 22. BlacKkKlansman is based on the 2014 memoir Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth. The plot follows a black detective exposing the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs in the 1970s. The film was first released theatrically in the...
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Pani Poni's Hekiru Hikawa Launches New Manga

Oretachi no Nichijō wa Hajimatta Bakari Da manga debuts next month ― This year's April issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine announced on Friday that Hekiru Hikawa will launch a new series in the next issue on March 22. The series, titled Oretachi no Nichijō wa Hajimatta Bakari Da (Our Daily Lives Have Only Just Begun), follows a canceled manga artist and a blond girl. Hikawa published Pani Poni i...

Gangsta. Manga to 'Probably' Resume Next Month

Latest chapter debuted in September ― Manga artist Kohske announced on Thursday that they will "probably" resume the manga Gangsta. in the next issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic Bunch on March 21. The latest chapter of the manga (chapter 54) debuted in September 2018. The manga also went on hiatus in November 2015 due to Kohske's health, but it resumed in May 2017. Kohske launched the manga in Shin...
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Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission Game's Trailer Previews Card Creation (Updated)

Switch/PC game launches in April ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a trailer for its Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission game on Thursday. The video previews the card creation mechanic. The game will launch in Japan for Nintendo Switch on April 4 and in the West for Switch and PC on April 5. The game will include 1,160 cards and 350 characters from the first eight Super Dragon ...
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Jinrui no Minasama e Survival Adventure Game's Teaser Video Previews Characters

Nippon Ichi Software, Acquire's game launches for PS4, Switch in Japan on May 30 ― The official website for Nippon Ichi Software and Acquire's Jinrui no Minasama e (To All of Mankind) for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch survival adventure game began streaming a teaser video for the game on Thursday. The video previews the game's five main female characters. The game will launch in Japan on May 30. ...
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Inori Minase Shows Off Her Voice Acting Chops at 11 Characters in 1 Ad

PreCure and Re:ZERO voice actress Inori Minase showed off her variety of voices in a 30-second add for SoyJoy energy bars. In the advertisement, Minase voices all 11 ingredients from the nutty almond to the flirty blueberry. Minase answered a few quick questions for Comic Natalie about her work on the ad. She said that the main character Soybean was the most difficult while Strawberry was easy. He...
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Fruits Basket English Dub Brings Back Justin Cook as Hatsuharu

1st 2 episodes to premiere in U.S. theaters in March ― The official English Twitter account for the new television anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga announced on Thursday that Justin Cook is returning as Hatsuharu Soma for the anime's English dub. Cook played the role in the 2001 anime. Other returning cast members include Laura Bailey as Tohru, Eric Vale as Yuki, Jerry Jewell as Kyo, and...
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Voice Actresses Star in Live-Action Yuri Anthology Film

Voice actresses Ibuki Kido, Hiromi Igarashi, and Sawako Hata are signed on to appear in photographer Keisuke Hasegawa's debut film Kimi to, Tsuredzure. The omnibus film will tell three stories taking place in various time periods and focusing on the relationships between women. Kido will appear in the second story as an underclassman in college who poses for photos for her upperclassman. Igarashi ...
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23rd Detective Conan Film's Trailer Reveals Theme Song by Hiroomi Tosaka

Film opens on April 12 ― Toho began streaming a trailer for Meitantei Conan: Konjō no Fist (Detective Conan: Fist of Blue Sapphire), the 23rd anime Detective Conan film, on Friday. The trailer reveals that Hiroomi Tosaka, the vocalist for Sandaime J Soul Brothers from Exile Tribe, is performing the film's theme song "Blue Sapphire." The film will open on April 12. Tomoka Nagaoka (assistant director o...
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The Disappearance of Funassyi: Weird Mascot Goes from 102 TV Appearances to 4 in 5 Years

The unofficial pear fairy mascot of of Funabashi City's star has quietly darkened after peaking in 2014. Funassyi is a regional mascot that garnered attention for its wacky personality and antics. CNN newscasters were practically rolling on the floor with laughter after interviewing the character in 2014. Its popularity landed it a manga series, tie-in merchandise, anime-related PR stunts, a chart...

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime Retires (Update)

Company's senior vice president of sales and marketing Doug Bowser takes over role on April 15 ― Nintendo of America announced on Thursday that company president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime (seen below right) will retire on April 15. The company's current senior vice president of sales and marketing Doug Bowser (seen below left) will become the new president. Nintendo of America's official Facebook page...
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Asoko Araiya no Shigoto ~Kataomoi Chū no Aitsu to Onnayu de~ Manga Gets TV Anime

Ai Kitano, Kaina Honma star in adaptation of Toyo's adult manga ― Toyo's Asoko Araiya no Shigoto ~Kataomoi Chū no Aitsu to Onnayu de~ (A Job Washing There: In the Women's Bath With Her in Unrequited Love) adult manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation. The anime shorts, titled Araiya-san! ~Ore to Aitsu ga Onnayu de!?~ (Washer!: She and I in the Women's Bath!?), will debut on Tokyo MX on April...
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This Week in Anime - Is the Reboot of Osamu Tezuka's Dororo Worth Watching?

This classic supernatural samurai adventure manga hasn't been adapted into animation since the 1960s! Nick and Andy find out how this influential story has held up in Studio MAPPA's ambitious retelling. ― Dororo, Osamu Tezuka's classic supernatural samurai adventure manga, hasn't been adapted into animation since the 1960s! This week, Nick and Andy find out how this influential story has held up in ...

MangaGamer Releases Grisaia Game Trilogy, Apologizes for Incorrectly Listing No Mosaics

MangaGamer's version is same as original Kickstarter-funded release ― Game distribution platform MangaGamer released unrated editions of Frontwing's The Fruit of Grisaia, The Labyrinth of Grisaia, and The Eden of Grisaia games on Thursday. The specifications originally indicated that the games would not have mosaics, but this has been changed, as the mosaics to censor content are still present. Manga...
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Manga Artists Complain About Proposed Japanese Law Forbidding Pirated Media Screenshot Downloads

Nodame Cantabile, Negima!, Kaze to Ki no Uta manga artists share complaints. ― A subcommittee of Japan's Council for Cultural Affairs recently agreed on a plan to expand the scope of Copyright law. Downloading anime images, illustrations, and photographs that are illegally posted to personal blogs and Twitter accounts would also be illegal, as would copying and pasting song lyrics. The laws would not...
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Death Mark Horror Game Launches on Steam on April 4

Game previously debuted for PS4/Vita/Switch ― Aksys Games announced on Thursday that it will release Experience's horror game Death Mark for PC via Steam on April 4. Aksys Games released the game in English on October 31 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch. The company describes the game: In Death Mark, A strange rumor is spreading in Tokyo's H City: those who bear the Mark w...
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The Rising of The Shield Hero ‒ Episode 7

"The gradually growing number of artistic inconsistencies in the series is getting worrisome."

Gintama Manga 'Continues' in App

Shueisha previously confirmed series to end in 77th volume this spring ― This year's third winter issue of Shueisha's Jump Giga magazine revealed on Friday that Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga will "continue" in a free Gintama app. Shueisha had confirmed in the manga's 76th compiled book volume in January that the manga's 77th compiled book volume would be its last. The volume is slated to ship this ...
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Run with the Wind ‒ Episode 18

"Though this episode covers a lot of ground, it delivers a well-paced story that doesn't feel rushed."
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Citrus BD+DVD

This salacious yuri melodrama is anything but Class S. Theron Martin weighs the pros and cons of this bittersweet romance title on blu-ray. ― Before Domestic Girlfriend came along to stir the pot of stepsibling love, there was this Winter 2018 series based on a yuri manga. The two are alike in some basic ways; they both feature the noxious “surprise stepsibling” gimmick, where the new housemates show...
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Hi Score Girl Extra Stage OVA Casts Kenichi Suzumura, Takuma Terashima, Junichi Suwabe, Kensho Ono

BD/DVD ships in Japan, launches on Netflix on March 20 ― The staff of Hi Score Girl Extra Stage, episodes 13-15 of the anime adaptation of Rensuke Oshikiri's Hi Score Girl manga, revealed additional cast members on Thursday. The characters appear in a promotional video for the anime that debuted in December. The newly revealed cast members and their gamer characters are: (Note: character name romaniz...
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Mob Psycho 100 II ‒ Episode 7

"It feels like a privilege to watch an anime that's both this cool and this compassionate each week."
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Dark Horse Licenses Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles Manga

Manga about girls exploring ramen shops inspired live-action TV series/specials, TV anime ― Dark Horse Comics confirmed with ANN on Thursday that it has licensed Naru Narumi's Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles (Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san) manga. Dark Horse Comics did not confirm the release date for the first volume of the manga, but Amazon is listing the volume with a September 24 release date. The lis...
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game's 8th DLC Video Previews Obito in Action

Free pack will include Obito as playable character; paid pack will include techniques, outfits, accessories ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a promotional video on Monday for the Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game that previews the game's eighth DLC character Obito Uchiha. Similar to other DLC character packs, the character will be playable for free, and the paid pack will also...

Shinichiro Watanabe, BONES' Original Carole & Tuesday Anime Reveals Promo Video, Cast, April 10 Premiere (Updated)

Global singers audition winners also revealed ― The official website for Carole & Tuesday, the new original anime by supervising director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Kids on the Slope, Terror in Resonance) and anime studio BONES, began streaming a full promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The site also revealed a key visual (above) and the winners of the global audition for the show. N...
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Konosuba Dungeon RPG for PS4, PS Vita Delayed to June 27

― The official website for Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! ~Kibō no Meikyū Tsudoi Shi Bōkensha-tachi~, Entergram's dungeon role-playing game inspired by Natsume Akatsuki's KONOSUBA (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! or Konosuba - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!) light novel series, revealed on Thursday that Entergram is delaying the game from March 28 to June 27. The regular physic...
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Shōmetsu Toshi Anime Reveals 3 More Cast Members

Ryōta Suzuki, Masaki Terasoma, Yoshitaka Yamaya join cast for series premiering in April ― The official website for the television anime of Wright Flyer Studios' Shōmetsu Toshi (Annihilated City — Where I End and You Begin) smartphone game revealed three new cast members and character visuals for the series on Thursday. Ryōta Suzuki as Yūji Masaki Terasoma as Keigo Yoshitaka Yamaya as Shunpei The ani...
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Kunihiko Ikuhara's Sarazanmai Anime Reveals Visual, Lyric Video

Elise Shōjoshiki indie band member Teiko voices new character in series premiering in April ― The official website for Kunihiko Ikuhara's original television anime project Sarazanmai revealed a new visual for the anime on Thursday. The site also revealed that the Elise Shōjoshiki indie band member Teiko will voice the Asakusa local idol character Sara Azuma. The Noitamina YouTube channel also began s...
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Zombie Land Saga, Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer Win TAAF Anime of the Year Awards

A Place Further Than the Universe writer, Laid-Back Camp director, voice actor Mamoru Miyano win awards ― The Tokyo Anime Film Festival (TAAF) announced the winners of its Animation of the Year awards for works and individuals on Thursday. Zombie Land Saga won the television category for works and Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer won the animated film category. The winners of the individual awards ...
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Gunjō no Magmell Manga Gets Digital Volume Releases in Japan for Volumes 5-8

Volumes 5, 6 slated for March 4; volumes 7, 8 slated for April 4 ― The official page for Chinese manga creator Dainenbyō's Gunjō no Magmell (Magmell of the Sea Blue) manga on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ app is listing the manga with upcoming digital releases for the manga's fifth and sixth volumes on March 4, and digital releases for the seventh and eighth volumes on April 4. The site does not specify wh...
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Dragon Ball Super Manga Tops U.S. Monthly Bookscan January List

Marie Kondo manga, My Hero Academia, One-Punch Man, Tokyo Ghoul books on list ― Toyotarō's Dragon Ball Super manga volume 4 ranked at #1 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for January. This month's list featured 12 manga volumes, including: #1 — Toyotarō's Dragon Ball Super volume 4 #2 — Marie Kondo and Yuko Uramoto's The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up #3 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Her...
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Virtual YouTubers Star in TV Tokyo's Watanuki-san Chi no Series in April

Tokino Sora, Hibiki Ao, Sarugakuchō Futaba star in series about 3 sisters living together ― TV Tokyo announced on Thursday that it will air a new series titled Watanuki-san Chi no (Watanuki's House) that will center on virtual YouTubers or VTubers — characters popularized via videos on streaming services and user-generated content sites. The series will star VTubers Tokino Sora and Hibiki Ao, as well...

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Mr. Osomatsu Gets 7-Episode Short Series Before Film's Opening

Episodes about brothers' daily life to debut on March 1-15 ― Docomo's dTV streaming service announced on Thursday that it will stream a new seven-episode Mr. Osomatsu short series before the March opening of the Eiga no Osomatsu-san anime film. The shorts are collectively titled Eiga no Osomatsu-san - Gekijō Kōkai Kinen Original Tanpen Gekijō (Mr. Osomatsu the Movie - Commemorative Original Short The...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Gets Live-Action Film in September

King & Prince's Shō Hirano plays Miyuki Shirogane, Kanna Hashimoto plays Kaguya Shinomiya ― Shueisha announced on Thursday that Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga is inspiring a live-action film that will open on September 6. King & Prince idol group member Shō Hirano (seen left in image below) will play Miyuki Shirogane, and Kanna...

1st Attack on Titan, My Hero Academia Anime Seasons Removed From Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll is "working through the rights" ― Crunchyroll is currently no longer streaming the first seasons of the Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia anime. The respective second and third seasons are still available. Crunchyroll told ANN that it is "working through the rights for season 1 for both titles and will share any additional details soon." Both series were among the few Funimation-licens...
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Gundam Twilight Axis Novel's Manga Adaptation Ends

Ark Performance/Koujirou Nakamura's original serialized novel ended in 2017 ― This year's March issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine announced on Wednesday that Azusa Makishima's manga adaptation of Ark Performance and Koujirou Nakamura's Mobile Suit Gundam Twilight AXIS novel will end in the next issue on March 20. The manga launched in October 2017 and the second volume shipped on October 5. ...
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Seattle's Sakura-Con to Host Ryukishi07, ROOKiEZ IS PUNK'D, Yutaka Minowa

Convention to be held from April 19-21 ― The official website for Seattle's Sakura-Con convention announced over the last few weeks that artist Yutaka Minowa, doujin game creator Ryukishi07, and the band ROOKiEZ IS PUNK'D will be guests at this year's event. Minowa has served as a character designer on Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Ninja Scroll, and Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher. He ha...
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One Piece Stampede Film's 2nd Teaser Reveals 2 New Characters

Eiichiro Oda designs Douglas Bullet, Buena Festa ― Toei began streaming a second teaser trailer for the One Piece Stampede anime film on Thursday. The video unveils color versions of the previously revealed character designs for the main cast, and also introduces two new characters. Original manga creator Eiichiro Oda designed the new film-original characters Douglas Bullet and Buena Festa, pictured ...

Fruits Basket English Dub Casts Tia Ballard as Kagura, Mikaela Krantz as Momiji

1st 2 episodes to premiere in U.S. theaters in March ― The official English Twitter account for the new television anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga announced on Tuesday and Wednesday that Tia Ballard is voicing Kagura Sohma and Mikaela Krantz is voicing Momiji Sohma. Both are new to the cast, replacing Meredith McCoy and Kimberly Grant, respectively. Returning cast members include Laura ...
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Amazon Offers The Journey Home 3DCG Anime for Digital Purchase

― Amazon is now offering The Journey Home (Space Bug) 3DCG television anime series for purchase in the United States. The series premiered last July. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan, and it describes the story: This story is about Mick, a sleeping chironomid. Insects are taken up into space for use in experiments by humans. An epic space adventure of Mick and his friends of thei...
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DeNA's Hacka Doll News App Predicts Most Likely Anime Adaptations for 2019

DeNA's Hacka Doll news app reported seven anime, manga, character figures, and games it thinks are most likely to inspire a television anime this year based on the app's trend feature as of January 28. Ranking at the top of the list is game director Yoko Taro's NieR: Automata PlayStation 4 game. Game producer Yosuke Saito said in 2018 that there was a "50%" chance of another installment in the Nie...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 17-23

Mazinger Z Infinity, Teasing Master Takagi-san anime; A Certain Scientific Railgun Astral Buddy, Kakegurui twin manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Dagashi Kashi Season 1 Essentials BDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$29.98 February 19 K-On Complete Collection Premium Box Set BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$279.98 February 19 Mazinger Z Infinity BDAnimeNewsNetwork Viz ...
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Kyō mo Tsuno ga Aru Anime Shorts Premiere on Thursday

― The official website series of one-minute anime shorts based on Study Yu-saku and MMDGP's Kyō mo Tsuno ga Aru (The Horn is Here Again Today) web manga announced on Tuesday that the anime will premiere on Thursday, February 21. The series will air on this day on Tokyo MX at 9:54 p.m. during the Animal Gekijō program, and also air on Kansai TV beginning on February 27. The series will also stream on...
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Police Report: Dub Voice Actress' Door Damaged, Classified Criminal Mischief

The claim that voice actress Samantha Inoue-Harte's rental home door was damaged on February 18 was confirmed in a police report obtained by Anime News Network from the Williamson County Sheriff Department on Wednesday. According to the report, an unknown person damaged the residency's front door. Inoue-Harte claims that she received a phone call from a fake phone number that said she was SWATed, ...
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Funimation, Afro Samurai Director Fuminori Kizaki to Announce New Sci-Fi Film at C2E2

Polygon Pictures president, Psycho-Pass marketing producer to also attend ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Wednesday that Afro Samurai director Fuminori Kizaki will announce a "new sci-fi, cyberpunk film project" with Funimation at a panel at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) on March 22. Psycho-Pass marketing producer Toshiaki Obata and Polygon Pictures president Shuzo Shiota will...
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Netflix U.S. to Stream Live-Action River's Edge Film

Adaptation of Kyoko Okazaki's manga streams on March 1 ― Netflix announced on Wednesday that it will stream the live-action film adaptation of Kyoko Okazaki's River's Edge manga in the United States on March 1. The film opened in Japan on February 15. Fumi Nikaidō (Himizu, Inuyashiki, Wolf Girl & Black Prince) and Ryō Yoshizawa (Kamen Rider Fourze, Gintama, Tomodachi Game) star in the film as Haruna ...
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Answerman - Why Is Alice In Wonderland So Popular In Japan?

Countless anime and manga are based on the classic story Alice in Wonderland - why is that? Justin gets in to it. ― James asked: I have noticed that there have been a significant number of Japanese adaptations (manga, anime, and video games) of Alice in Wonderland; why are the Japanese so fond of that story? If you ask an average Japanese person why the country loves Alice in Wonderland so much, the...
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'Project Awakening: Arise' Game Listed by Korean Rating Board

― South Korea's Game Rating Administration Committee posted ratings for the "Project Awakening: Arise" role-playing game on Wednesday. Cygames also filed trademarks for the title in Europe, the United States, and Japan in January. The image below is from the previous trademark filings. Sony's "PlayStation LineUp Tour" streaming event revealed a teaser video for Cygames' "Project Awakening" "hybrid a...
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Zone-00 Supernatural Manga Gets Stage Musical in July

Kiyo Qjo's series is set in world where drug causes demons to become violent ― Kiyo Qjo's Zone-00 manga is inspiring a stage musical adaptation titled Twilight Musical Zone-00 Mangetsu (Full Moon). The musical will run at the CBGK Shibugeki!! theater in Tokyo from July 14 to 21. People who purchase the manga's 16th compiled book volume, which will ship on Saturday, will be able to register for advanc...
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Bulma Voice Actress Monica Rial Shares Alleged Inappropriate Encounters With Vic Mignogna

Rial claims to have been attacked with threats since publicly accusing Mignogna ― Voice actress Monica Rial posted a message on her Twitter account on Tuesday describing her past encounters with voice actor Vic Mignogna, saying that Mignogna would "take a fist full of my hair, pull my head back, and either whisper so closely to my ear that his lips were touching or kiss my cheek/neck," every time he ...
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Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasuka? Light Novel Series Gets TV Anime

Romantic comedy about boy trying to uncover his anonymous admirer ― A website opened on Wednesday to announce that a television anime adaptation of Tomo Hanama's Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasuka? light novel series has been green-lit. The romantic comedy begins when a love letter arrives out of the blue for Keiki Kiryū, an ordinary high school student who has never had a girlfriend as...
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HiGH&LOW, Crows/Worst Franchises Inspire Crossover Film

Film about school delinquent gangs opens on October 4 ― Image Field announced on Tuesday that it is producing HiGH&LOW THE WORST, a crossover film that integrates Hiroshi Takahashi's Crows and Worst manga with the HiGH&LOW franchise, for release in Japanese theaters on October 4. Takahashi drew an illustration of the "New Generation of Hōsen Academy" to celebrate the announcement. The movie will cent...
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'Beyond Creation' Anime Short Created With Live2D

Aniplex acquired majority stake in Live2D last year ― Software developer Live2D began streaming a short animation titled "Beyond Creation" last Saturday. The animation was made largely through the company's own Live2D software, and was produced and planned by the company's Live2D Creative Studio design team. The short stars Natsumi Fujiwara as the drawing boy Louie, and Haruka Tomatsu as the mysterio...
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Ace of Diamond Act II Anime Unveils New Visual

The official website for the anime adaptation of Yūji Terajima's Ace of Diamond Act II (Daiya no A Act II) sequel manga revealed a new visual for the anime on Wednesday. The anime will premiere on April 2. The anime will feature a returning cast, and new cast members include Ayumu Murase as Kaoru Yui and Tasuku Hatanaka as Hirofumi Asada. Glay will perform the anime's opening theme song. Glay prev...
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2nd Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel Film Sells Over 1 Million Tickets

Film has earned over 1.5 billion yen since January 12 opening Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly, the second film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy, has sold 1 million tickets and earned a total of 1.5 billion yen (about US$13.54 million) in Japan as of Tuesday. Theaters will start giving filmgoers an A4-size commemorative board, with exclusive art by Tomonori ...

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Otona no Bōguya-san Anime Gets 3 New Episodes in March

New episodes will tell original story; Yui Ogura joins cast as Emina ― The official website for the television anime of Fumi Ayamiya's Otona no Bōguya-san (Adult Armor Shop) manga revealed on Wednesday that the anime will get three new episodes titled Otona no Bōguya-san (Rimen) (Adult Armor Shop - Reverse Side). The new episodes will tell an original story, and will stream in Japan exclusively on th...

'If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord' Novel Series Gets TV Anime

Kanon Takao, Nobuhiko Okamoto star in anime about adventurer taking care of demon girl ― Hobby Japan announced on Wednesday that CHIROLU's If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord (Uchi no Ko no Tame Naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maō mo Taoseru Kamoshirenai.) light novel series is inspiring a television anime adaptation. The announcement does not reveal a premiere date for the anime. The...
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Dororo ‒ Episode 7

"This week, Dororo swaps its usual violent action for a sweet “opposites attract” love story."
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Hypnosis Mic Collaboration Cafe Issues Apology For Tampering with Goods

Rap battle voice actor project Hypnosis Mic has been holding a collaboration with the Tanita Cafe since January 31. The collaboration involved the cafe selling Hypnosis Mic-themed food menu items, as well as original goods. On February 14, the cafe's Nagaoka branch issued an apology for tampering with the goods sales. After conducting an investigation, it was discovered that staff members were pro...
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Nano Hazard Manga Reaches Climax

Shōshō Kurihara, Kazaana launched manga last August ― The 24th chapter of Shōshō Kurihara and Kazaana's Nano Hazard manga revealed on Monday that the manga will reach its climax in the next chapter on February 26. Shueisha's Manga Plus service publishes the manga in English and describes the manga: Enjou Shuuto's dream was always to become a detective and take down the scumbag who killed his father. ...
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Quebec's Nadeshicon to Host Voice Actress Aya Hirano as Guest

Hirano will perform in concert featuring her songs ― The Nadeshicon convention announced on Monday that it will host voice actress Aya Hirano as a guest of the event. Hirano will perform in a concert featuring her songs. Hirano began acting as a child, but she received her big break when she starred in the title role of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya anime series. She has performed theme songs for...
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Live-Action Saint Young Men Series Listed With 2nd, 3rd Seasons

1st series about Buddha, Jesus sharing low-rent apartment in Tokyo premiered in October ― Amazon Japan is showing the cover of the April issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine, which announces that the live-action adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura's Saint Young Men (Saint Oniisan) manga is getting both second and third seasons. The magazine ships on Friday. The first 10-episode season premiered on Kaka...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ‒ Episode 20

"If you've been longing for a return to the original formula of friendly encounters in a fantasy world, this story arc may be just what the doctor ordered."
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Fate/Extella Link Game Trailer Reveals March 19 Release for N. America (Update)

Game to launch worldwide for PC on same day ― XSEED Games announced on Tuesday that it will release Fate/EXTELLA LINK for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch in North America and on PC via Steam worldwide on March 19. The company began streaming two similar trailers, one for the Switch version and one for the PS4 and Steam versions. Switch Version: PS4/Steam Versions: XSEED games als...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 94

"While far from the franchise's funniest episode, this is an entertaining piece of sitcom fluff that helps lighten the mood after a mostly-serious five-month-long arc."
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13-Year-Old Manga Artist Makes Debut in Bessatsu Margaret Magazine

A 13-year-old artist named Nana Hoshiki made her debut in the March 2019 Bessatsu Margaret Magazine, which went on sale on February 13. Hoshiki was the winner of Bessatsu Margaret's 609th "Manga School" competition, which is held every month for the purpose of debuting new artists. Her 16-page manuscript, titled The Tidings of Snow (Inshin no Yuki), was published in the magazine. The manga tells t...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is VIRTUAL-SAN LOOKING?

This absurdist comedy is the first anime made by Virtual YouTubers like Kizuna Ai and Mirai Akari. Micchy and Steve will be your guide to this strange new world inhabited only by the Extremely Online. ― VIRTUAL-SAN LOOKING is the first anime made by Virtual YouTubers like Kizuna Ai and Mirai Akari. This week, Micchy and Steve will be your guide to this strange new world inhabited only by the Extreme...
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 44

"Being true to yourself is important and good for you, and that's a message worth hearing no matter who you are."
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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Recap Film Trilogy Available for Digital Purchase on Amazon

Films debuted in 2017-2018 ― All three Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion recap films are now available for digital purchase on Amazon via Funimation. The films are available with Japanese audio. The first film in the compilation recap trilogy, Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion I -Initiation- (Code Geass - Hangyaku no Lelouch - Kōdō), opened in Japan in October 2017. The second film, CODE GEASS L...
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Ikebukuro's Prince Hotel Transforms Into Fate G/O Hotel Chaldea

A hotel in Ikebukuro's Sunshine City will open with a renovated floor inspired by Fate/Grand Order in April. "Hotel Chaldea" will take over the 25th floor of the Sunshine City Prince Hotel. The entire floor will be renamed as "IKEPRI 25" and serve as a "concept floor" where rooms will have different themes. The "Hotel Chaldea" theme is meant to invoke a sense of playfulness and make the world of t...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 873

"This was a serviceable send-off to the Vinsmoke kids, with brief yet potent moments of tenderness to keep the more complicated aspects of their role from weighing us down too much."
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Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists Game's Overview Trailer Streamed

Pre-order bonuses announced for March Western release ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming an overview trailer for Gust's Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World game on Tuesday. The company also confirmed that those who preorder the game in North America and Europe will receive a DLC bundle with two music packs, an "Atelier 20th Anniversary Appreciation House," the "Mysterious Al...
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Viz Media to Release The World Next Door Game on March 28

― Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it will release Rose City Games' The World Next Door narrative puzzle game on March 28 for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam, the Humble Store, Itch.io and GOG.com. The title will be Viz Media's first game offering. The game follows Jun, a rebellious teen, who finds herself trapped in the parallel world inhabited by magical beings. Viz Media posted a trailer. Viz...
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IDOLiSH 7 Mobile Game's Next 'Part' Teased in Promo Video

― The official YouTube account for Bandai Namco Entertainment's popular IDOLiSH 7 idol mobile game began streaming a promotional video for the game's next part on Sunday. Part four's first three chapters will launch in the game on February 20 and will introduce new characters. The game's idol groups currently include Id0lish 7, Trigger, Re:vale, and ŹOOĻ. New music videos for each group are currentl...
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Glay Performs Ace of Diamond Act II Anime's Opening Song

Series premieres on TV on April 2 ― The official website for the rock band Glay announced on Wednesday that the group is performing the opening theme song for the anime adaptation of Yūji Terajima's Ace of Diamond Act II (Daiya no A Act II) sequel manga. The band's vocalist Teru is writing the song. The website also revealed the series will premiere on TV Tokyo on April 2. Glay previously performed o...
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The Devil is a Part-Timer! Author Reveals Real-Life Locations He Visited For Research

Satoshi Wagahara also teases his next work. ― The Devil is a Part-Time light novel author Satoshi Wagahara revealed the real-life locations that he visited on research trips for his stories in the March 2019 issue of Dengeki Bunko magazine. The report is the first in what the magazine promises to be a regular feature focusing on the research light novel authors perform for their stories. Wagahara wro...
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City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes Anime Film Gets 4DX Screenings in Japan

The official website for City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes, the new anime film adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga, revealed on Tuesday that the film will have 4DX screenings in Japan beginning on March 1. In addition, the website revealed that the film will get screenings with Japanese subtitles for people with hearing impairments, and a special set of five trading cards will be the t...
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Sentai Filmworks Confirms English Dub for Haikyu!! Season 3

Sentai Filmworks confirmed on Tuesday that an English dub is in the works for the third season of the Haikyu!! anime. The company has not yet announced a release date. The announcement had a teaser video featuring Greg Cote (Ryunosuke Tanaka), directed by Kyle Jones. Haikyu!! season three (Haikyu!! Karasuno Kōkō VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Kōkō) aired in Japan in fall 2016, and streamed on Crunchyroll...
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'4-Gatsu no Kimi, Spica.' Manga Gets 2 New Chapters

New chapters celebrate live-action film ― This year's sixth issue of Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine revealed on Wednesday that Miwako Sugiyama will draw two special chapters for the 4-Gatsu no Kimi, Spica. romance manga in the magazine's next two issues to celebrate the manga's upcoming live-action film adaptation. The first chapter will be 53 pages long, including a color opening page, and it will d...
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YU-NO Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Asaka's Opening Song

TV series inspired by visual novel premieres on April 2 ― The official website for the television anime of Hiroyuki Kanno's Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shōjo YU-NO (YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world.) visual novel began streaming the second promotional video on Wednesday. The video previews Asaka's opening theme song "Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shōjo" (A girl who chants lo...
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Gothic×Luck Performs Kemono Friends 2 Anime's New Ending Song

Voices of Greater lophorina, Western Parotia also performed 1st ending song ― The official Twitter account for Kemono Friends 2, the Kemono Friends anime's second season, revealed Gothic×Luck is performing the new ending theme song "Kimi wa Kaeru Basho." Junichi Satou (fhána) composed the song. The song debuted in the series' episode 6 on Monday. Gothic×Luck also performed the anime's previous ending...
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Fire Force TV Anime Casts Daisuke Sakaguchi as Victor

Genius researcher on human combustion, with mysterious link to Joker ― The official website for the television anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga announced on Tuesday that Daisuke Sakaguchi will play Victor Licht, a genius researcher at the Haijima Institute. His field is the applied science of combustion, studying human combustion in particular. He is apparently linked to...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, February 11-17

My Hero Academia movie sells 7,387 + 1,943, followed by Mr. Osomatsu event, live-action Zero show, live-action Real Girl film, My Hero Academia show ― Mr. Osomatsu Special Event Fes Matsu-san '18 sold 2,748 copies to rank #6 on the overall DVD chart. The DVD-Box for Zero Ikkakusenkin Game (Zero: Get Rich Quick Game), the live-action television series based on Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Tobaku Haōden Zero ga...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, February 11-17

My Hero Academia movie sells 10,603 + 1,279, followed by JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, Mr. Osomatsu event, live-action Real Girl film, live-action Zero show ― Mr. Osomatsu Special Event Fes Matsu-san '18 sold 3,113 copies to rank #4 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The live-action film of Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga landed at #7 with 1,452 copies. The Blu-ray Box for Zero Ikka...
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Some of the 13th Annual Seiyū Awards Winners Announced

Pop Team Epic, Kappei Yamaguchi, Mika Kanai, Kenichi Ogata, Hisako Kyouda win awards ― The organizers of the 13th Annual Seiyū Awards announced the winners of the Merit Award, Kei Tomiyama Award, Kazue Takahashi Award, and Synergy Award on Tuesday. Merit Award Award for the seiyū who have contributed to many genres, including foreign works, over the years Kenichi Ogata Agency: Office Umikaze Roles: N...
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Power Rangers Beast Morphers Show Premieres on March 2

The official Twitter account for the Power Rangers franchise announced last Friday that Power Rangers Beast Morphers, the upcoming 26th season of Power Rangers, will premiere on Nickelodeon on March 2. Saban Brands describes the series: Set in the future, a secret agency combines a newly discovered substance called the "Morph-X" with animal DNA to create the Power Rangers Beast Morphers team. The ...
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Johnny's Talent Agency Produces Its 1st Virtual Idols

Naniwa Danshi's Jōichirō Fujiwara, Kazuya Ōhashi voice new characters ― The Johnny & Associates (also known as Johnny's) talent agency announced on Tuesday that it is producing its first virtual idols. Jōichirō Fujiwara and Kazuya Ōhashi, who are members of the Kansai Johnny's Jr. sub-unit Naniwa Danshi, are voicing the new virtual idols Asuka Kaidō and Kanata Ichigoya, respectively. The pair will ha...

Sony to Halt PS Vita Production in Japan 'Soon'

SIE previously announced that production will halt this year ― The official PlayStation website reports that the production of the PCH-2000 ZA11 (Black) and PCH-2000 ZA23 (Aqua Blue) models of the PlayStation Vita handheld gaming platform is scheduled to end soon. Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) had announced last September that production of the PS Vita will halt in Japan this year, and SIE sen...
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City Hunter Film Drops to #5, Code Geass to #6

2nd Psycho-Pass SS film opens at #11 City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes, the new anime film adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga, dropped from #4 to #5 in its second weekend. The film earned 153,734,680 yen (about US$1.39 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 757,770,500 yen (about US$6.85 million). The film opened in Japan on February 8 in 251 theaters. The...

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ENDRO! ‒ Episode 6

"This episode finally puts Mao front-and-center for the first time in a while."

Japanese Government Expands Scope of Proposed Copyright Law Reforms

New proposal would ban screenshots of pirated media ― A subcommittee of Japan's Council for Cultural Affairs agreed on a plan on Wednesday to to create comprehensive laws banning the practice of knowingly downloading all illegal media from the internet. Japan's Agency of Cultural Affairs already announced its plans to propose laws and penal sentences against downloading manga, magazines, novels, essa...
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W'z ‒ Episode 8

"The characters might technically be more developed, and the action is less nauseating than in Hand Shakers, but how much does any of that matter when the story has yet to justify its own existence?"
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War ‒ Episode 6

"The elusive fourth member of Shuchiin Academy's student council makes his grand entrance in one of Kaguya-sama's funniest outings yet."
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Rozen Maiden 0 Manga Ends Next Month

Peach-Pit launched manga in 2016 ― The March issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine announced on Tuesday that Peach-Pit's Rozen Maiden 0 manga will end in the next issue on March 19. The manga launched in Ultra Jump in February 2016, and the third compiled volume shipped in October. The manga is set in the Taisho era and follows a girl named Okiku who finds a beautiful doll in her attic. Peach-Pit c...
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The Morose Mononokean II ‒ Episode 7

"I'm glad that Keshi's story seems to be taking us back to the heartwarming dynamic of last season's episodes, but I remain curious about the darker main story."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 296

"Fairy Tail typically excels at mixing action with exposition, but this week doesn't quite live up to its standard."
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Samsung Cancels Production of New BD Players in U.S.

― CNET reported on Friday that Samsung is halting production of new Blu-ray Disc players for the United States market. A Samsung representative told the website, "Samsung will no longer introduce new Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player models in the US market." Samsung launched a new 4K-enabled player in 2017, but did not introduce any new models in 2018. According to a report from Forbes, the company was ...
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Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka ‒ Episode 6

"This week we truly get an idea of the global scale of the Disas War."
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Pokèmon GO Returns to Fukushima With Support Chansey in Tow

Niantic's Pokèmon GO mobile game will return to Japan's Fukushima prefecture for a limited-time event. A Pokemon Company representative announced at a signing ceremony on February 18 that Chansey will appear more frequently in the area as a support Pokemon to support tourism in the tsunami-affected area. Chansey was chosen because it's a Pokémon that brings happiness and connects with the kanji "f...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 19

"Golden Wind has a lot of emotional richness at its foundation, but I think its strengths are done a disservice by episodes that try to draw from that well to compensate for poor action and plotting."
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Domestic Girlfriend ‒ Episode 6

"Miu isn't a bad character, but she's the first young woman we've met so far who doesn't yet feel like she belongs in this story."
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Ghostbusters' Ecto-1 Gets Autobot Transformation

Ghosts have a new foe to fear. The Ghostbusters iconic car, the Ecto-1, is getting a formidable makeover as a paranormal investigating Autobot. The Transformers "Ectotron" toy is a GameStop exclusive coming to stores in July. The GameStop website is accepting pre-orders now to the tune of US$49.99. The product page describes the mash up as follows: Discover how these worlds collide in this Transfo...
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The Price of Smiles ‒ Episode 7

"This war drama still works great when it's confident in its goals, but chafes a bit when it tries too hard for tragedy."
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New Fruits Basket Anime's English Dub Brings Back John Burgmeier as Shigure

Burgmeier joins Laura Bailey, Eric Vale, Jerry Jewell in returning cast ― The official English Twitter account for the new television anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga announced on Monday that John Burgmeier is joining the cast of the English dub. Burgmeier is reprising his role as Shigure Sohma from the original anime adaptation. Other returning cast members include Laura Bailey as Tohru...
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Amazon Offers Kizumonogatari Anime Films for Digital Purchase

Amazon is now offering the Kizumonogatari anime films for purchase in the United States. The Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu, Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu, and Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu films are available digitally in Japanese with English subtitles. The first film in the trilogy, Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu, premiered in Japan on January 8, 2016. The second film, Kizumonogatari Part...
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A Certain Magical Index III ‒ Episodes 18-19

"So much is going on in this ever-chaotic story, but at least this time the turn of events seems more coherent."
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Answerman - What Do Actor's Unions Actually Do?

What's the difference between a "union dub" and a "non-union dub" and why does it matter? Justin digs in to the details. ― Anonymous asked: This might come across as a naive question but what does it mean when a role is 'non-union' and why are so many anime roles non-union? For clarity I am a trade union rep myself but for an office job in the UK and I have an idea of what SAG, Equity and the other ...
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Voice Actor Takuya Eguchi's Weird Doodle Mascot Becomes Fashion Inspiration

Voice actor Takuya Eguchi is a highly sought after voice actor. He appears in multiple anime series each season (he's starring in six right now) while also filling in the gaps in with video game work, tech projects and commercials. He also fancies himself an artist, adding doodles to his friends' CD releases, movie posters, and weirding out the official Eevee Twitter account. His art has crossed o...
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Anime Studio DLE Accused of Manipulating Financial Accounts

Japanese commission recommends fine of 135.4 million yen ― Japan's Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission reported on February 13 that anime studio DLE listed in the First Section (top tier of exchange for large companies) of the Tokyo Stock Exchange after reporting inflated sales from falsified transactions. The Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission recommended that Japan's Financ...
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This Life-Size Pokémon Plush is Probably Taller Than You

We've seen giant Snorlax, a hefty Pikachu, and a rideable Lapras. When it comes to practically life-size Pokémon, most of the options stick within the original 151 monsters. The Pokémon Center store's latest is branching out to the Johto region to create a very tall replica of the area's Furret. According to its PokéDex entry, Furret measures 5'11" long. This 1/1-scale replica is a very long boy a...
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Keiichi Hara's Birthday Wonderland Film's Trailer Reveals More Cast, Theme Song

Film from Miss Hokusai director opens on April 26 ― Warner Bros. debuted a trailer for director Keiichi Hara's Birthday Wonderland film on Tuesday. The video announces more of the cast and previews the film's image song "Wonderland" by milet. The newly announced cast, from left to right in the image below, includes: An as Chi Masachika Ichimura as Hippocrates Kumiko Asou as Midori Nao Tōyama as Pipo ...
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Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly Film Strip Sells For US$2,600 on Yahoo! Auctions

In the fifth week (February 9 to 15) of Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly screenings in Japan, cinemas gave out film strips to viewers. The strips were chosen from random points throughout the entire film. Naturally, some scenes in the film stood out more than others, resulting in them being highly sought after when some film goers sold their strips on Yahoo! Auctions later. Sakura...
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Happinet Transfers Packaged Video/Music Business to Subsidiary, Changes Name

Seikodo Marketing will become Happinet Media Marketing ― Entertainment product wholesaler Happinet announced last week that it is transferring its video and music package wholesale business to its wholly owned subsidiary Seikodo Marketing. With the transfer on April 1, Seikodo will change its name to Happinet Media Marketing. Happinets was founded in 1969 as a toy wholesale and distribution company, ...
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Masaaki Yuasa's Super Shiro Anime Series of Shorts to Have 48 Episodes

Turner Asia Pacific and TV Asahi revealed on Monday that the Crayon Shin-chan franchise's spinoff anime series Super Shiro will have 48 episodes. Each episode will be five and a half minutes long. The companies also announced that they are collaborating on the series. The collaboration is the first regional deal between the companies, and it includes broadcast rights in the Asia Pacific region out...
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Mix Baseball Anime Casts Wataru Takagi, Kikuko Inoue

Series about siblings aiming for national tournament debuts on April 6 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Mitsuru Adachi's Mix baseball manga revealed on Tuesday that Wataru Takagi will play Eisuke Tachibana, and Kikuko Inoue will play Mayumi Tachibana. Eisuke is Tōma's father and Sōichirō and Otomi's step-father, and Mayumi is Tōma's step-mother and Sōichirō and Otomi's mo...
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Boogiepop and Others ‒ Episode 8

"Everyone is now in place for a final confrontation between the Imaginator and Boogiepop."
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Bakumatsu Anime's 2nd Season Reveals Title, Staff, Visual, April 4 Premiere

Mitsutoshi Satō replaces Masaki Watanabe to direct Bakumatsu Crisis ― The official website for Bakumatsu, the television anime of its Renai Bakumatsu Kareshi smartphone game, revealed the title, staff, visual, and April 4 premiere for the second season on Monday. The season is titled Bakumatsu Crisis, and it will premiere on TBS on April 4 at 25:58 (effectively April 5 at 1:58 a.m.). The series will ...
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Kan Colle Illustrator UGUME Goes to Hospital After Losing Consciousness at Home

Artist posted that they were fine, but required more detailed tests ― Artist and illustrator UGUME posted on Twitter on February 13 that they visited the hospital after falling unconscious in their bathroom. UGUME mentioned that they also fell unconscious after having their blood drawn, and had to undergo an ECG test, but went home afterward. In another post, UGUME said that they were fine, but would...
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Alex Kidd Game Releases on Switch in Japan Through Sega Ages Project on February 21

― Sega announced on Monday that it will release the Alex Kidd in Miracle World game on Nintendo Switch in Japan on February 21. The game is part of the Sega Ages project for Switch. Sega is reviving its Sega Ages project for Nintendo Switch in Japan, North America, and Europe. Games with specified release dates include: Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV/Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar...
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New Jersey's AnimeNEXT Event Hosts MAPPA's Banana Fish Staff

Convention takes place on June 7-9 ― New Jersey-based anime convention AnimeNEXT announced on Sunday that it will host MAPPA staff who worked on the Banana Fish anime, including director Hiroko Utsumi, character designer and animation director Akemi Hayashi, supervising anime director Ayumi Yamada, setting producer Erika Andō, and international developer Andrew Michael Upton. The anime premiered on F...
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Ring Horror Franchise Reveals Sadako Film With May Opening

Hideo Nakata returns to franchise for film based on 6th novel, Elaiza Ikeda stars as protagonist ― The teaser site for the new installment in the Ring horror franchise revealed on Monday that the franchise is receiving a new film titled Sadako on May 24. The site also revealed the cast and story, as well as Hideo Nakata's return to the franchise as director. Elaiza Ikeda will play the protagonist, a ...
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