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Grimms Manga Tales GN

This collection of retold stories from the Brothers Grimm delivers some unusual choices and creative twists. Rebecca Silverman sorts through the best and worst of this anthology. ― Fairy tale retellings have been in vogue for quite some time now, and that's actually very much in keeping with the nature of the beast – by definition, fairy tales are stories that exist in multiple cultures and are passe...
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The List - 7 More Weird Anthro Projects

You've heard of ship girls (KanColle) and sword boys (Touken Ranbu), but these anthropomorphized anime characters are on another level of weirdness. ― When I first wrote about wacky dating sims, it seemed like the anthro-craze was just starting to get off the ground. Ship girls and sword boys weren't quite mainstream and the weirdest examples to come stateside involved pigeons and llamas. At the tim...
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Genshiken: Second Season GN 11

While the Madarame harem arc has gone on far too long, this volume manages to find some of this series' strongest nuggets of drama in its twists and turns. Nick Creamer digs in. ― Genshiken's Madarame harem arc has gone on for a long, long time. It felt like an unrealistic nod to the original Genshiken's breakout character from the start, and since then, it's wound through so many repetitive turns th...
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The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 9

The series stumbles a bit with this poorly paced volume, but Naofumi's rise nonetheless continues. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― It's a good thing that this is the final book in the “other other world” arc, because while there is technically enough plot to round the volume out, it is feeling a little thin. The book is focused on Naofumi and his party finally taking out Kyo, the maniac with the...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Dec 3-9

Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond reaches for the top of the charts with a standout episode, while Dragon Ball Super comes down from its recent high. Find out where all your favorite series ranked this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 31 anime series of the Fall 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the be...
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So I'm a Spider, So What? Novel 1

This isekai story starts a cut above the rest with a focus on multiple protagonists and one very unfortunate eight-legged reincarnation. Theron Martin explains what makes this series an engrossing read. ― Isekai (“transported to another world”) stories have dominated the Japanese light novel market over the past few years. This take on the concept is the second to be released recently in English in r...
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Sunday, December 17

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Kino's Journey - the Beautiful World- ‒ Episode 11

"At long last, this episode gets us to directly addressing the issue of Kino's gender."
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Overlord II Anime's New Videos Reveal More of Cast, January 9 Debut

Ple Ple Pleiades spinoff shorts also return on January 9 ― The official website for the television anime of Kugane Maruyama's Overlord novel series posted the third promotional video and a 30-second commercial for the second season, Overlord II, on Monday. The videos reveal additional cast members and the January 9 premiere for the anime. The website also announced that the short anime spinoff Ple Pl...
ep. review

Girls' Last Tour ‒ Episode 11

"In its penultimate episode, the show has finally turned to face the vast shadow that's hung over it from the very beginning: war."
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Grimms Manga Tales GN

This collection of retold stories from the Brothers Grimm delivers some unusual choices and creative twists. Rebecca Silverman sorts through the best and worst of this anthology. ― Fairy tale retellings have been in vogue for quite some time now, and that's actually very much in keeping with the nature of the beast – by definition, fairy tales are stories that exist in multiple cultures and are passe...
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Live-Action Laughing Under the Clouds Film's 2nd Trailer Previews Theme Song

Film opens in Japan on March 21 ― The official website for the live-action film of Kemuri Karakara's Laughing Under the Clouds (Donten ni Warau) manga began streaming the film's second trailer on Thursday. The video previews rock band Sakanaction's theme song "Kagerō" (Heat Haze). The band is also performing the film's opening song "Donten ni Warau -opening&ending‐with GOCOO." The film will open in J...
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Sanrio Boys Anime Announces More of Cast, 7 Unaired Anime Shorts

3rd promo video, theme songs also revealed ― The 2nd anniversary event for the Sanrio Danshi (Sanrio Boys) project debuted the third promotional video for the upcoming television anime at the Sanrio Puroland theme park on Sunday. The video reveals additional cast members, and the anime's website also revealed the anime's theme songs and seven original anime shorts that will not air as part of the tel...
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Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory Anime's New Visual, More Cast Revealed

Tomokazu Sugita, Aya Uchida, Marina Inoue, more join cast for series premiering in spring 2018 ― The official website for the Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory television anime series revealed two new visuals and more cast members on Sunday. The new cast includes: Tomokazu Sugita as Lee Fowler Masaki Terasoma as Wilhelm Casper Marina Inoue as Sabina Rechnio Aya Uchida as Sachi Shinohara Minori Chih...
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Voice Actress Yurika Endō to Retire From Entertainment Career in May

BanG Dream!/Angel's 3Piece cast member looking into solo concert before then ― The talent agency Swallow announced on Sunday that voice actress Yurika Endō will retire from professional voice-acting, singing, and all similar entertainment work at the end of next May. In her own statement on Swallow's website, Endō apologized for the sudden announcement. She explained that as the conditions changed ov...
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Eiichiro Oda Teases Developments for One Piece Manga in 2018

Author teases new enemy, Wano Country arc One Piece manga creator Eiichiro Oda teased future developments for the manga via a handwritten message during a stage presentation at the Jump Festa 2018 event on Sunday. In the message, Oda said that the manga will enter the Wano Country arc next year. He added that he said the same thing last year, but explained that at the time he thought he would be ab...
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Boruto Anime Reveals New Visual for Upcoming Chūnin Exam Arc

New arc with new character designed by Masashi Kishimoto debuts next spring ― A stage presentation at the Jump Festa 2018 event on Sunday revealed a new visual and upcoming story arc for the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations television anime series. The new arc will center on the Chūnin Exam story that was told during the Boruto: Naruto the Movie film. The visual features the characters Momoshiki and K...

Live-Action Hollywood One Piece TV Series Will Start With East Blue Arc

In a video message shown at Jump Festa 2018's One Piece stage panel on Sunday, producer Marty Adelstein stated that the live-action Hollywood television series adaptation of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga will start with the East Blue arc and will "broaden from there." Adelstein also stated that the series promises to create "a true One Piece" after he discussed the project with Oda personally. To...
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Lostorage conflated WIXOSS TV Anime Reveals Visual, Spring 2018 Premiere

Lostorage conflated WIXOSS -missing link- OVA shipped on Thursday ― The official website for the Lostorage conflated WIXOSS television anime series revealed on Sunday that the anime will premiere in spring 2018. The site also revealed a teaser visual. The Lostorage conflated WIXOSS -missing link- original video anime (OVA) project shipped with the "WXSP GORGEOUS SET" item on December 14. The toy and ...
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Jiro Sato Joins Live-Action Gintama Sequel Film's Cast in Different Role

Actor played Takechi Henpeita in 1st film ― A stage presentation at the Jump Festa 2018 event on Sunday revealed that actor Jiro Sato will appear in the tentatively titled Gintama Part 2 live-action sequel film. Sato played Takechi Henpeita in the first film, but teased that he will play a different role in the sequel. Sato joked during the presentation, "I will most definitely be playing Kagura." Th...
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Main Cast Performs The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. 2nd Season Anime's Opening Theme

New season premieres on January 16 ― A stage presentation at the Jump Festa 2018 event on Sunday revealed that Hiroshi Kamiya, Daisuke Ono, and Nobunaga Shimazaki will perform the opening theme song "Silent Prisoner" for the second anime season based on Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. manga. The three voice actors are performing the song as their characters alongside the Psychic Lover m...

Naruto Manga Creator Masashi Kishimoto Teases New Work in 2018

Presents layout art at Jump Festa 2018's Boruto stage panel ― In a message displayed at Jump Festa 2018's Boruto: Naruto Next Generations stage panel on Sunday, Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto teased his new work in 2018, the 50th anniversary of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The panel teased several layout art sequences that Kishimoto drew for the new work. Kishimoto ended his main N...
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Yu Yu Hakusho's New Animated Work to be Included on BD Box Set

Bandai previously released series on 3 BD boxsets in 2009-2010 ― Animation studio Pierrot's booth at the Jump Festa 2018 event this weekend revealed that the new animated work for the Yu Yu Hakusho franchise will be bundled with an upcoming 25th anniversary Blu-ray Disc box set. Bandai Visual previously released the original anime series in three Blu-ray Disc box sets in 2009-2010. Yoshihiro Togashi ...
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Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud Switch Game Launches in Spring 2018

Sega announced on Saturday during a livestream event that it will launch Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud, the Nintendo Switch version of the Phantasy Star Online 2 game, in spring 2018. The release will be a cloud game, allowing players to connect to a network and play with data stored in the cloud. Players will not need to download game data. Basic gameplay will be free, but some in-game items will ...

Saturday, December 16

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Uma Musume Pretty Derby Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals April Premiere

New visual also revealed ― The official website for the anime part of Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby project began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Saturday. The video reveals the show's April 2018 premiere. The site also revealed a new visual. Kei Oikawa (This Art Club Has a Problem!, Outbreak Company, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!) is directing the anime at P.A. Works. Yousu...
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Fate/Extra Last Encore Anime Reveals Takahiro Mizushima as Gawain in Video

Series premieres on January 27 ― The official website for Fate/Extra Last Encore, the television anime of the Fate/Extra game, began streaming the sixth character video on Sunday, revealing that Takahiro Mizushima will return to play Gawain. (Note: The linked video is region-locked to Japan.) The series will premiere at 24:00 on January 27 (effectively midnight on January 28) on the Tokyo MX, Gunma T...
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App's Classical Music Boys Help You Concentrate on Work

Just when you think Japan must have already personified everything as attractive youths, someone comes up with a new and unexpected anthropomorphization project. Video game and manga creator Sugiya is releasing an an app this month that reimagines classical music as handsome young men. The Ave Classic ~Classic Danshi ni yoru Sagyō Shūchū Timer~ (Ave Classic: Work Concentration Timer With Classic Y...
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King of Prism Film's Stars Become Drug Ingredients in Bufferin Collaboration

The stars of the King of Prism: PRIDE the HERO anime are taking on a new role as promoters of a pain reliever. The film is collaborating with Bufferin buffered aspirin, and the anime's main characters are representing active ingredients in the drug for the campaign. The roles for the collaboration are: Louis Kisaragi (voiced by Shouta Aoi) as Rin (aspirin) Shin Ichijō (voiced by Junta Terashima) a...
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GARO -Vanishing Line- ‒ Episode 11

"Even in an episode as ostensibly lightweight as this one, GARO proves more and more that it's becoming an adventure worth sticking with for the long haul."
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How Much is Too Much? Pop Team Epic Doesn't Give a F***

Bkub Ōkawa's Pop Team Epic four-panel manga is known for its off-the-wall, irreverent humor. This is probably best summarized by a popular image of its main characters flipping the bird with large, vein-pulsing hands. This creates a problem when staff want to advertise the upcoming anime adaptation with one of the series' most viral images but at the same time are concerned that, well, it's a litt...
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New Drifters Anime Episodes Previewed in 3rd Promo Video

Episodes ship on Blu-ray Disc in Japan on December 23 ― NBCUniversal began streaming a third promotional video on Friday for the 13th and 14th episodes of the Drifters anime. The episodes will ship on Blu-ray Disc in regular and limited-edition versions on December 23. The limited edition will cost 6,800 yen (about US$60) and include an outer case illustrated by manga creator Kouta Hirano (pictured b...
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K-On's Ho-kago Tea Time Girls Rock Out in Divine Gate Zero

For a limited time, players can win a full set of 1/8-scale figures! ― The world of anime fandom is relatively quiet about K-On! nowadays with the exception of special character birthdays. It was a surprise, to say the least, when the mobile game Divine Gate Zero announced that it will add the Ho-kago Tea Time to the game for a limited time starting on December 22. That's not to say that Divine Gate ...
ep. review

Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth- ‒ Episode 11

"Despite some good bits of character and world building, there's almost too much going on in this episode."
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Japan Makes Way to Legitimize, Streamline e-Sports Athletes

e-Sports organizations will merge, issue licenses for five game titles ― Initiatives to regulate the burgeoning world of e-sports are making headway in Japan. Three different e-sports groups are planning to merge into a single entity and issue professional licenses to players for five game titles ahead the country's next Tokaigi: Game Party Japan event on February 10 and 11. The Japan e-Sports Associ...
ep. review

Yuki Yuna is a Hero Season 2 ‒ Episode 11

"Another potent episode whose impact isn't lightened in the slightest by the bursts of frivolity early on."
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game's 4th Promo Video Streamed

Fighting game for PS4, Xbox One, PC launches on January 26 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a fourth promotional video on Saturday for its Dragon Ball FighterZ fighting game. The video features Hironobu Kageyama's "Boku-tachi wa Tenshi datta" song, which was the second ending theme for Dragon Ball Z. The game will launch for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam in the Americas and Eu...
ep. review

Dies Irae ‒ Episode 10

"Unlike some previous episodes, this week actually delivers some entertainment value."
ep. review

Recovery of an MMO Junkie ‒ Episode 11

"This is as singular a focus on comedy as we've ever seen from Recovery of an MMO Junkie, and it's a definite success."
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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Fighting Game's 5th Character Video Streamed

Iron=Tager, Makoto=Nanaya, ν-No.13-, Es join game launching in 2018 ― Arc System Works began streaming a fifth character introduction video on Friday for the BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle crossover fighting game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. The video reveals the following new playable characters from BlazBlue CentralFiction: Iron=Tager, Makoto=Nanaya, ν-No.13-, and Es. BlazBlue Cross Tag B...
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The List - 7 More Weird Anthro Projects

You've heard of ship girls (KanColle) and sword boys (Touken Ranbu), but these anthropomorphized anime characters are on another level of weirdness. ― When I first wrote about wacky dating sims, it seemed like the anthro-craze was just starting to get off the ground. Ship girls and sword boys weren't quite mainstream and the weirdest examples to come stateside involved pigeons and llamas. At the tim...
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Genshiken: Second Season GN 11

While the Madarame harem arc has gone on far too long, this volume manages to find some of this series' strongest nuggets of drama in its twists and turns. Nick Creamer digs in. ― Genshiken's Madarame harem arc has gone on for a long, long time. It felt like an unrealistic nod to the original Genshiken's breakout character from the start, and since then, it's wound through so many repetitive turns th...
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The Testament of Sister New Devil Departures OVA's Promo Video Streamed

60-minute OVA screens in theaters in Japan for 2 weeks starting on January 27 ― The official website for The Testament of Sister New Devil television anime began streaming a promotional video on Friday for Shinmai Maō no Testament Departures (The Testament of Sister New Devil Departures), a new OVA for the franchise. The OVA will have a two-week limited theatrical screening at Tokyo's Kadokawa Cinema...
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Tales of the Rays Game App Gets Web Anime in 2018

Smartphone game featuring new & old characters from Tales of franchise ― The live streaming program "Tales no Heya 2017" announced on Saturday that the Tales of the Rays smartphone game is inspiring a short web gag anime, Tales of the Rays Gekijō (Tales of the Rays Theater), next year. The game stars new characters Ickx Neve (voiced by Natsuki Hanae) and Mileena Weiss (Haruka Terui) along with a cast...
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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Game Streams Jump Festa Trailer, Character Videos

PS4 game launches in Japan on January 11, in N. America on January 30 ― Square Enix began streaming character videos for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, the PlayStation 4 version of the Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade game, this week. Each video focuses on a character from a different Final Fantasy game, and shows cut scene and gameplay footage. Warrior of Light: Firion (Final Fantasy II): Onion Knight (Fin...
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Dragon Quest Builders Game's New Promo Video Reveals March 1 Launch on Switch

Early purchasers receive "Slime Eye," "Slime Mouth" recipes ― Square Enix revealed at the Jump Festa 2018 event on Saturday that it will release the Nintendo Switch version of the Dragon Quest Builders game on March 1. The company is also streaming a new promotional video for the Switch version. A demo for the Switch version will launch in February. The new version will add a Great Sabrecub that play...
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Märchen Mädchen Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews fhána's Opening Theme

Magical fantasy series premieres on January 11 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of late author Tomohiro Matsu and artist Kantoku's Märchen Mädchen (Fairy Tale Girls) light novel series began streaming the show's second promotional video on Friday. The anime will premiere on January 11 on AT-X at 9:00 p.m. before airing later that evening on Tokyo MX and BS11. The show will a...

Yu Yu Hakusho Manga Gets New Animated Work (Updated)

Announced at Jump Festa event on Saturday ― A banner at the Bandai Visual booth at the Jump Festa 2018 event announced on Saturday that Yu Yu Hakusho is getting an all-new animated work. Yoshihiro Togashi (Hunter x Hunter) published the original Yu Yu Hakusho manga from 1990 to 1994. Viz Media began publishing the manga in its English edition of Shonen Jump in 2002, and it also released all 19 volume...
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The Prince of Tennis Franchise Gets New OVA Project

New OVA screening in 2018 to reanimate Tezuka vs Atobe match ― A stage presentation at the Jump Festa 2018 event on Saturday revealed that Takeshi Konomi's The Prince of Tennis franchise is inspiring a new OVA project. The project is the second "part" of the theatrical film project announced last year. The Tennis no Ōjisama BEST GAMES!! OVA will reanimate some of the most popular matches from the ser...

Tokyo Ghoul:re Anime's Promo Video Reveals Quinx's Cast, April Premiere

Key visual also revealed for new season ― A stage presentation at the Jump Festa 2018 event on Saturday streamed a promotional video for the television anime adaptation of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul:re manga. The video reveals the Quinx cast as well as the show's April premiere. The new cast includes: Kaito Ishikawa as Kuki Urie Yūma Uchida as Ginshi Shirazu Natsumi Fujiwara as Tōru Mutsuki Ayane Sakur...
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Ryu Fujisaki Draws New Short Hoshin Engi Manga

Manga premieres in spring in Weekly Young Jump magazine ― A stage presentation at the Jump Festa 2018 event on Saturday revealed that Ryu Fujisaki will draw a new short Hoshin Engi manga in Weekly Young Jump magazine. The manga will debut in spring 2018. Weekly Young Jump will reveal more information about the manga at a later date. Hakyū Hoshin Engi, the new television anime of the manga, will premi...

Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, 1st Promo Video, Summer 2018 Premiere

OVA on BD also announced for manga's 11th volume ― A stage presentation at the Jump Festa 2018 event streamed the first promotional video on Saturday for the television anime of Tadahiro Miura's Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san) manga. The show's official website is also streaming the video. (Note: The linked video is region-locked to Japan.) The video reveals the show's main ...

Friday, December 15

To Love-Ru's Kentaro Yabuki's New Manga is DARLING in the FRANXX

Manga adaptation of A-1 Pictures, Studio Trigger's original anime premieres on January 14 ― The Jump Festa 2018 event revealed on Saturday that Kentaro Yabuki's (To Love-Ru -Trouble-, To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness, Black Cat, Mayoi Neko Overrun!) planned new manga is a manga adaptation of Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures' original science-fiction television anime DARLING in the FRANXX. The new manga w...
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Food Wars! The Third Plate Anime's 2nd Half Premieres in April with 'Tōtsuki Train' Arc

Series also gets OVA bundled with new manga volume next year ― A stage presentation at the Jump Festa 2018 event on Saturday revealed that Food Wars! The Third Plate, the third season of the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime, will return for its second half in April with the new "Tōtsuki Ressha" (Tōtsuki Train) arc. The event also revealed that the anime will get a new original anime DVD bundled wit...
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Hakyū Hoshin Engi Anime's New Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas, Nagi Yanagi perform theme songs for 23-episode series ― The official website for Hakyū Hoshin Engi, the new television anime of Ryu Fujisaki's Hoshin Engi manga, began streaming the anime's new promotional video on Saturday. The website also revealed the opening and ending theme song artists and episode count on Saturday. The above video previews Fear, and Loathing in...

My Hero Academia Anime Film Reveals Visual, Main Staff

1st film in franchise opens in summer 2018 ― BONES opened a website on Saturday for My Hero Academia THE MOVIE, the upcoming anime film based on Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga. The website revealed the film's main staff as well as the first visual. Horikoshi is credited with the original work, character designs, and as chief supervisor. Returning staff members include Kenji Nagasaki at BONE...
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My Hero Academia Anime's 3rd Season Previews School Trip Arc in 1st Promo Video

New season premieres in April ― The official website for the My Hero Academia anime franchise began streaming the first promotional video on Saturday for the anime's third season. The new season will premiere in April. The third season will remain at the 5:30 p.m. timeslot on Saturdays that the second season held on YTV, NTV, and 27 other network affiliates. The third season will feature the same sta...

20th Dragon Ball Anime Film Revealed for December 2018

Akira Toriyama pens script for new film depicting "origin" of strength of Saiyans ― Toei Animation revealed on Saturday at the Jump Festa 2018 event that it is developing the 20th anime film in Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball franchise. The film is slated to open in Japan in December 2018. The film's theme will be "Saiyans: The strongest fighting race in the universe," and will depict the "origin" of th...
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Pikachin-Kit Children's Anime's 'Episode 0' Streamed

Anime part of multimedia project launches in January ― The official website for the Pochitto Hatsumei: Pikachin-Kit (Pochi and Invention: Pikachin-Kit) multimedia project began streaming an "episode 0" for the anime on Thursday. In the video, the protagonist Eiji assembles "cunninglasses" so he can read his classmate's note about the boy she likes. In the end, he finds the last piece needed to make t...
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Anime Boston to Host Singer-songwriter Asaka

Occultic;Nine, A Centaur's Life performer to attend event next spring ― The Anime Boston convention announced on Friday that it will host 18-year-old singer-songwriter Asaka at its 2018 event. The convention will be Asaka's first appearance in the United States as a performer, though she lived in the U.S. as a child. Asaka's debut single "Open Your Eyes was the ending theme song for the Occultic;Nine...
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Miina Tominaga Succeeds Hiromi Tsuru as Dokin-chan in Anpanman Anime

Rei Sakuma plays role in Christmas special ― The staff of the Soreike! Anpanman anime series announced on Friday that Miina Tominaga will play the role of Dokin-chan in the anime after the character's voice actress, Hiromi Tsuru, passed away on November 16. Tominaga also plays the character Rollpanna in the show, and will play both roles from now on. In addition, Rei Sakuma will temporarily play the ...
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Dragon Ball Super Teams Up With Reality Show for TV Special

Goku has been fighting Frieza in the animated world for decades, but the battle will soon his the streets of real-world Yokohama. The run for money Tōsōchu game show is collaborating with the Dragon Ball Super anime for a television special that will air on January 6. The special will be set in Yokohama Chinatown. In the special, Goku will help a group of Runners defeat Frieza and his secret schem...
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Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card Promo Video Showcases Tomoyo

Crunchyroll to stream series starting in January; Funimation to stream dub ― The official website for the television anime of CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga began streaming a new promotional video with a focus on Sakura's friend Tomoyo on Friday. The anime will premiere on NHK BS Premium at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2018. The anime will then repeat on Fridays at 11:45 p.m. Crunchyr...
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ReLIFE, Nanbaka, Momokuri Manga Expire on Crunchyroll

Also: Anime catalog adds Rosario + Vampire, Blessing of the Campanella, Tenchi Muyo!, more ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that its online manga service will no longer offer Yayoiso's ReLIFE, Shō Futamata's Nanbaka, and Kurose's Momokuri manga starting on December 20 at 8:00 p.m. EST. All three manga serialized or are still serializing on Comico, a free manga-reading smartphone app created by NHN P...
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Nichijou Voice Actors Kaori Sadohara, Yoshihisa Kawahara Marry

Voice actress Kaori Sadohara revealed on her official blog on Wednesday that she and fellow voice actor Yoshihisa Kawahara entered the family register. The couple used a Detective Conan marriage registration form that debuted earlier this year. Sadohara said that she and Kawahara met while working on the Nichijou - My Ordinary Life anime together. Sadohara voiced Annaka, and Kawahara voiced Kōjirō...

Killing Bites Anime's Promo Video Shows Action Scenes

Anime's "director's cut" to stream worldwide on Amazon ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of illustrator Kazasa Sumita (Witchblade Takeru) and storywriter Shinya Murata's (Jackals) Killing Bites manga posted a new promotional video on Friday. The anime will premiere on the Animeism programming block on MBS and TBS on January 12 at 26:25 (effectively January 13 at 2:25 a.m.), a...
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Makoto Shinkai's your name. Tops Google Korea Searches

Google Korea released its search rankings for 2017 on Thursday, creating yet another list for Makoto Shinkai's your name to sit at the top. The film was the most searched term in Korea for the entire year, followed by the original Korean drama Dokkaebi (Goblin), and the former f(x) girl group member Sulli. The your name. sci-fi romantic drama is a best-seller in Japan and topped 25 billion yen (ab...
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ISLAND Visual Novel's TV Anime Confirms Returning Cast

Anime in production at studio feel. ― Frontwing and Prototype opened an official teaser website for the television anime adaptation of their ISLAND visual novel on Friday. The website revealed a key visual and confirmed the main cast. It also announced that studio feel. (Tsukigakirei, Outbreak Company) is producing the animation. The cast members for the three lead female characters are returning fro...
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Kids Are Ready to Flip for Break Go! Ga! Battle Toys

Anime ad shows of Red Cyclone, Slash Panzer's attacks ― The new Break Go! Ga! toy line is about combining kids' love of construction vehicles with battle bots, creating a customizable brawl of heavy duty equipment. Bandai is kicking off the toys' debut with a three-minute animated commercial demonstrating, albeit with some enhanced for animation abilities, the appeal of creating the best bot and crus...
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Live-Action Video Girl Ai 2018 Series' Promo Video Streamed

Drama premieres January 13 on TV Tokyo, earlier on Amazon Prime in Japan ― The official website for Den'ei Shōjo ~Video Girl Ai 2018~, the new live-action television series based on Masakazu Katsura's Video Girl Ai (Den'ei Shōjo) manga, began streaming a promotional video on Friday. In the video, Ai speaks with masculine language. The series will premiere on TV Tokyo and its affiliates on January 13,...
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Inuyashiki Last Hero ‒ Episode 10

"While there is one episode remaining, this week offers about as strong a finish as the series could have managed."
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Anime-Opted & LGBT Stories Top Barnes & Noble's Best New Manga 2017 List

Major book retailer Barnes & Noble released its picks for the best new manga released this year and readers will find the selection falls almost squarely into two categories. The list is primarily populated by manga that inspired anime adaptations that recently aired or will premiere next year and by acclaimed stories depicting the experiences characters falling within the LGBT spectrum. This incl...
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4th Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Film Previewed in 60-Second Video

4th film in 7-part series opens January 27 ― The official website for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project began streaming a 60-second promotional video for the fourth film, subtitled "Tenmei-hen" (Karma Chapter), on Friday. The website previously streamed a 30-second version. The f...
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King's Game The Animation ‒ Episode 11

"Thank goodness the old King's Game rollercoaster hit a definite upswing this week."
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Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles Anime's Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

Minori Suzuki performs opening theme for January anime ― The production committee for the television anime of Naru Narumi's Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san (Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles) manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video previews that anime's main cast and Minori Suzuki's opening theme song "FEELING AROUND." The show stars: Ayana Taketatsu as Koizumi Ayane Saku...
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Just Because! ‒ Episode 10

"Just Because! is like the romantic drama that takes place after your standard anime romance."
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Your Fav CG Anime & Games Are Vying for CG World's Top Awards

The CG graphics magazine CG World announced its nominees for the third annual "CG World Awards". The awards seek to focus on highlighting 3DCG animation created in Japan. Nominees are chosen by the magazine's editorial department. Last year, the staff recognized the third part of the Go! Princess Pretty Cure the Movie Go! Go!! Gorgeous Triple Feature!!! film. This year there are five categories. T...
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Earth Star Dream Idol Group Goes on Hiatus

3 of 6 current members graduate in December ― The official website of idol and voice actress unit Earth Star Dream revealed on Friday that the group will go on hiatus as of December 31. Members Kanon Takao, Hikaru Koide, and Eri Sogabe will remain with Earth Star Entertainment and continue their activities as voice actresses. The group will hold a performance in Tokyo on December 29 to mark the hiatu...
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Konohana Kitan ‒ Episode 11

"This warm and goodhearted series has proven to be the perfect way to enjoy a cozy winter's evening."
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Answerman - How Does Merchandise For Live Action Anime Remakes Work?

Fox has the merchandise rights for Alita: Battle Angel, but James Cameron's company has the film rights. How does all of this work, anyway? Justin gets into it. ― Jason asked: Fox had Alita: Battle Angel available at Licensing Expo in Vegas. Which parts of James Cameron's agreement with manga artist Yukito Kishiro is between him & Kishiro, compared to james cameron's a:ba merch agreement with fox? D...
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Zoku Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru. Anime's Video Previews Opening Theme Song

Touken Danshi perform themes for series premiering on January 7 ― The official website for the Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru anime began streaming a promotional video for Zoku Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, the series' second season, on Friday. The video previews the opening theme song "Hanamaru In no Hi no Moto de" performed by Mitsuhiro Ichiki and Toshiki Masuda. All of the "Touken Danshi" characters will have g...
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URAHARA ‒ Episode 11

"Gorgeous background art improves the episode but can't save it from its own poor animation and tension-free plot."
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Sound! Euphonium's Liz to Aoitori Film Reveals 2nd Video, Visual, Staff

Film centering on Nozomi, Mizore opens on April 21 ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's Liz to Aoitori (Liz und ein Blauer Vogel or Liz and the Bluebird), the first of two planned all-new anime films in the Sound! Euphonium franchise, revealed the second teaser video, a key visual, and more staff for the anime on Friday. The film will premiere in Japan on April 21. Advance tickets for the fil...
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The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 9

The series stumbles a bit with this poorly paced volume, but Naofumi's rise nonetheless continues. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― It's a good thing that this is the final book in the “other other world” arc, because while there is technically enough plot to round the volume out, it is feeling a little thin. The book is focused on Naofumi and his party finally taking out Kyo, the maniac with the...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Dec 3-9

Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond reaches for the top of the charts with a standout episode, while Dragon Ball Super comes down from its recent high. Find out where all your favorite series ranked this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 31 anime series of the Fall 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the be...
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Moto Hagio's Queen Margot Manga Goes on Hiatus

Manga to return next August ― This year's January issue of Shueisha's Monthly You magazine announced on Friday that Moto Hagio's Ōhi Marugo (Queen Margot) manga will go on hiatus until the magazine's September issue, which will ship in August 2018. Hagio launched the manga in August 2012. Shueisha published the fifth compiled volume in January. The title takes place in 16th-century France and tells t...

Little Busters!, Little Witch Academia Writer Michiru Shimada Passes Away

Anime scriptwriter Michiru Shimada passed away on Friday due to an illness. She was 58. Shimada's daughter announced her passing on her mother's Twitter account and said she had been ill since last year. She also thanked fans for their support over her mother's 38-year career. Shimada worked on the script or was in charge of series composition for anime such as Little Busters!, Little Witch Academ...
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Spice & Wolf Creator's Project Lux Gets PlayStation VR Release

Sekai Project announced on Sunday that Isuna Hasekura and Spicy Tails' Project Lux game will get a release for the PlayStation VR. Sekai Project is streaming an English trailer for the PlayStation VR version. The game is also getting a physical release from Limited Run Games. Sekai Project released the game on PC via Steam's Early Access program on March 30, and is compatible with both the HTC Viv...
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Konda Teru no Gōhō Recipe Manga About Gourmet-Loving Gangster Gets Live-Action Series

Amazon Prime Video premieres series in spring 2018 ― The official website for Kodansha's Shonen Magazine R announced on December 6 that a live-action series adaptation of Isuke Mada's Konda Teru no Gōhō Recipe (Teru Konda's Legal Recipe) has been green-lit. The series will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in spring 2018. Tadaaki Hōrai (live-action Kodoku no Gourmet) is directing the series. Kodansha's ...
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Ga-Rei's Hajime Segawa Launches Dengeki Travellers Manga

New manga centers on 2 teenagers able to store, release electricity ― Hajime Segawa and Toshinori Okazaki launched a new manga series titled Dengeki Travellers on the Comic Newtype website on Friday. Segawa is credited with the original concept, and Okazaki is credited for the art. The manga centers on Kiriharu Kunimori, a high school student who possesses a "charged body," the ability to store elect...
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Medabots Franchise Gets 2 New Manga for 20th Anniversary

Anniversary project also seeking original Medabots designs ― The official website for the Medabots (Medarot) franchise revealed on Monday that the franchise will launch the "Shūkan Medarot Tsūshin" (Weekly Medabots News) project for the franchise's 20th anniversary, beginning in late December. The project will include a new Medabots manga series by Hakubayashi titled Medarot Sai ~Reloaded~ (rough ske...
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House of the Sun's Taamo Launches New Manga Next Spring

Manga creator ended I'm in Love and It's the End of the World manga in October ― The fifth and final volume of Taamo's I'm in Love and It's the End of the World (Chikyū no Owari wa Koi no Hajimari) manga revealed on Wednesday that Taamo will launch a new manga series in Kodansha's Dessert magazine in spring 2018. Taamo launched the I'm in Love and It's the End of the World manga in Kodansha's Dessert...
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The Dragon Dentist Manga Ends

Manga's compiled book volume ships on December 27 ― The January 2018 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine published the final chapter on Friday of Yōko's manga adaptation of The Dragon Dentist anime. In addition, the magazine noted that the manga's compiled book volume will ship on December 27. The manga launched on Monthly Comic Gene on September 15. The Dragon Dentist started out as the ...
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Hitori no Shita The Outcast 2 Series' Video Reveals January 9 Premiere

Kazuyuki Okitsu, Daisuke Hirakawa, Kenji Akabane, Kengo Kawanishi, Yukiko Morishita, Yōko Hikasa join cast ― Emon began streaming a promotional video for Hitori No Shita The Outcast 2 (Raten Taisho Chapter), the second season of the Hitori no Shita the outcast show, on Friday. The video reveals the series' Japanese premiere date of January 9 (beginning with a recap episode of the first season), and r...
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Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons Anime's Video Highlights Magic System

Anime premieres in April 2018 after delay ― The official website for the anime of Labo Asai's Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryū to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons (literally, "Even So, Sinners Dance with Dragons: Dances with the Dragons") light novel series began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video explains the world's magic system. The anime was originally slated to premiere on TBS...
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Kirby Manga's Original Artist Returns With New Installment

Hirokazu Hikawa launched original manga in 1994, ended in 2006 ― The winter issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Aniki magazine published the first chapter of a new installment of the Kirby (Hoshi no Kirby - Dedede de Pupupu na Monogatari) manga by its original artist Hirokazu Hikawa on Friday. The magazine's next issue will also have another new chapter, along with a "shocking development." The below pan...
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Attack on Titan 2 Game's Ad Highlights Story Mode Scenes

PS4/Xbox One/Switch/PC game ships in Japan on March 15, in the West on March 20 ― Koei Tecmo Games began streaming a commercial for its Attack on Titan 2 game on Thursday. The video shows scenes from the game's story mode. The game will ship for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in Japan on March 15. The regular physical and digital editions of the game will cost 7,80...
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Coro Coro Comics Magazine's Print Run Tops 1 Million for 1st Time in 2 Years

Issue contains download codes for Splatoon 2, Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon items ― Shogakukan printed more than 1 million copies of the January 2018 issue (seen right) of its Coro Coro Comics magazine, which shipped on Friday. The issue is the first issue of the magazine to print more than 1 million copies in two years. The issue contains a download code for the "Emperor Gear" item set for the Splato...
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Gungrave VR Serves as Prequel to Gungrave G.O.R.E. PS4 Game

Gungrave VR game released on Thursday ― Jun Pd, development lead at Korean game developer Iggymob, revealed in an interview with Famitsu.com on Thursday that the developer's Gungrave VR "cinematic action shooting game" is a prequel to the developer's upcoming Gungrave G.O.R.E. PlayStation 4 game. Iggymob is developing the game with Unreal Engine 4, and is aiming to develop the game with a higher qual...

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Servamp -Alice in the Garden- Film Opens on April 7

The official Twitter account for Gekijōban Servamp -Alice in the Garden-, the anime film based on Strike Tanaka's Servamp manga, revealed on Friday that the film will open in Japan on April 7. The film's story will deal with Misono Alicein's past. The main cast from the television anime will reprise their roles. Hideaki Nakano is returning to direct the film at Platinum Vision, and Junko Yamanaka ...
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Junji Ito 'Collection' Anime's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Anime premieres January 5 ― Crunchyroll began streaming an English-subtitled version of the trailer for Junji Ito "Collection", the television anime of manga by famed horror author Junji Ito, on Thursday. Crunchyroll will stream the series with English subtitles as it airs in Japan, and Funimation will stream an English dub. Satellite network WOWOW will premiere the anime on January 5 at 10:30 p.m. o...
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English-Subtitled Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls Trailer Streamed

Anime premieres January 8 ― Crunchyroll began streaming an English-subtitled version of the first trailer for Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls (Basilisk: Ōka Ninpōchō) on Thursday. Crunchyroll will stream the series with English subtitles as it airs in Japan and Funimation will stream an English dub. The 24-episode series will premiere on Tokyo MX, TVK, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, BS11, and AT-X on January 8....
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Osamu Tezuka's New Year Cards Were NSFW

If you've been reading Anime News Network for at least a year, you'll have noticed we have a yearly tradition of gathering up the anime industry's New Year cards and sharing them with you. New Year cards are an important tradition to the people in Japan and famous mangaka Osamu Tezuka is no exception. The Astro Boy creator often drew at least three different postcard variations to give to friends,...
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Crunchyroll Streams citrus Trailer With English Subtitles

Yuri anime premieres on January 6 ― Crunchyroll began streaming an Enligh-subtitled version of the first trailer for the television anime adaptation of Saburouta's citrus yuri manga on Thursday. Crunchyroll will stream the series with English subtitles as it airs in Japan. Funimation Entertainment will stream an English dub. The series will premiere on AT-X on January 6 at 11:30 p.m. The anime will t...
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Chihayafuru's 'Important Announcement' is 10th Anniversary

The first 2018 issue of Kodansha's Be-Love magazine announced the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga on Friday. The magazine's previous issue had promised an "important announcement." To celebrate the anniversary, the magazine's second issue will publish a message from theme song performer Perfume, and tribute illustrations from 33 other artists, including Gos...
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Cross-Dressing Gintoki's Melons Inspire 3D Mouse Pad

Gintama protagonist Gintoki has a long history of cross-dressing. He first appeared as his alter-ego "Paako" in the series' 24th episode, which aired over 10 years ago. Paako has made reoccurring appearances whenever the situation called for it, and subsequently won over fans. The creators occasionally throw Paako fans a bone, or in this case melons, with new merchandise. A little more than four ...

Crunchyroll, Funimation Announce 7 Anime for Winter 2018 Simulcast Season

DARLING in the FRANXX, Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody, Katana Maidens ~ Toji No Miko, citrus, Junji Ito Collection, Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls, Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens ― Crunchyroll and Funimation Entertainment both announced their simulcast lineups for the winter 2018 season on Thursday. Both companies are streaming the following series; Crunchyroll will stream its series with Engli...
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Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin Anime/Game Project Gets Manga

Yo-Kai Watch Busters' Atsushi Ohba to pen manga in CoroCoro ― Manga creator Atsushi Ohba (Yo-Kai Watch Busters) announced on Tuesday that he is drawing an Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin manga for Shogakukan's Monthly CoroCoro Comic magazine. The manga will launch in the magazine's February issue on January 15. A preview of the manga ran in the January issue on Friday. The Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenb...
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Things Get Emotional in Mazinger Z: Infinity Film's Ending MV

I'm not crying, you're crying ― Is there something in my eye or is it just the sweat of burning robot passion? Mazinger Z: Infinity's ending theme song music video, performed by Koji Kikkawa, indulges in all the intense emotions mecha anime are known for. In just two minutes, you'll relive the pressure placed on Koji Kabuto to pilot the Mazinger, save the world from incoming destruction, and maybe ev...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, December 4-10

Yo-kai Watch film airs ― The Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Sora Tobu Kujira to Double Sekai no Daibōken da Nyan! anime film aired on Saturday, December 9 at 11:03 a.m. and earned a 1.1% rating. The live-action series adaptation of Yū Suzunoki's Kounodori: Dr. Stork manga aired on TBS on Friday, December 8 at 10:00 p.m. and earned an 12.3% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san...
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Anime Viewers' Kanji of the Year Picks Include 'Little Sister,' 'Kemono'

Choices are both more optimistic, and otaku-centric, of course ― Every year, the Japanese Kanji Proficiency Society holds a vote to select one kanji to represent a year's closing, a sort of singular summary of the major events. It's similar to the buzzword contests that acknowledge social and national trends. This year's selected kanji is a bit ominous. 北, read as kita, means "north" and is a direct ...
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Pokémon Crystal Gets Digital Release for 3DS in January

Game offers trading/battle over local wireless, Pokémon Bank compatibility ― Nintendo announced on Thursday that it will release Pokémon Crystal Version digitally for Nintendo 3DS via its Virtual Console. The game will launch on January 26, 2018. Pokémon Crystal originally launched for Game Boy Color in 2000. The game followed the same base story as Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, but with added fea...
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Visual Art's/Key President Reveals Cost to Turn Visual Novels Into Anime

Game developer Key is known for tear-jerking visual novels such as Kanon, Air, and Clannad. The company's games and their anime adaptations have fervent fans known as "Latchkey Kids." However, even the Latchkey Kids may be unaware of exactly what it takes to turn visual novels into anime. The Japanese popular culture website KAI-YOU posted an interview with Visual Art's/Key President Takahiro Baba...
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Cast Performs Ending Theme for Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line

Sōhoku's interhigh team forms "The High Cadence" rock band ― The official website for Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line, the Yowamushi Pedal anime series' fourth season, revealed on Thursday that six of the anime's main characters will form The High Cadence rock band to perform the anime's ending theme song "Carry the Hope." Voice actors Daiki Yamashita (Onoda), Kousuke Toriumi (Imaizumi), Jun Fukushima (Na...
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Digimon Adventure tri. Movies 4-6 Get Dubbed U.S. Theatrical Screenings

Films to open February 1, May 10, September 20 ― Fathom Events and Toei Animation announced on Thursday that they will partner to screen the final three Digimon Adventure tri. films in United States theaters in 2018. Screenings will be English-dubbed. Tickets are on sale on Fathom Events' website The fourth movie, Digimon Adventure tri: Loss, will screen on February 1; the fifth movie, Digimon Advent...
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This Week in Anime - Whatever Happened to Welcome to the Ballroom?

Welcome to the Ballroom began as one of the most anticipated shows of the summer, but enthusiasm has dropped off sharply since then. We look back on what went wrong as the series waltzes toward its conclusion. ― Welcome to the Ballroom began as one of the most anticipated shows of last summer season, but enthusiasm has dropped off sharply since then. This week in anime, Nick and Jake track the series...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II: Kai PS4 Game Ships on April 26 in Japan

Upgraded ports of series' 1st 2 games announced ― Nihon Falcom announced and opened an official website on Thursday for The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II: Kai -The Erebonian Civil War-, a PlayStation 4 of its The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II game. The game will ship in Japan on April 26. The port will offer a 60fps frame rate and 4K support. It has added upgraded background m...

Steins;Gate 0 TV Anime's Promo Video Reveals April Premiere Date

Qualidea Code's Kenichi Kawamura directs anime with returning cast, staff ― The official website of the Steins;Gate anime revealed on Thursday that the anime adaptation of the Steins;Gate 0 game will premiere in April after the current rebroadcast of the 2011 anime ends. The website also revealed the first promotional video, main cast, and staff for the anime. The announcement marked the birthday of ...
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So I'm a Spider, So What? Novel 1

This isekai story starts a cut above the rest with a focus on multiple protagonists and one very unfortunate eight-legged reincarnation. Theron Martin explains what makes this series an engrossing read. ― Isekai (“transported to another world”) stories have dominated the Japanese light novel market over the past few years. This take on the concept is the second to be released recently in English in r...
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Usogui Gambling Manga Ends on December 21

Live-action film adaptation announced in 2016 ― The second 2018 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Toshio Sako's Usogui manga will end in the next issue on December 21. The story of Usogui follows a brilliant gambler named Baku "Usogui" Madarame as he lays down his life as the wager for various games. Sako began the manga in 2006, and Shueisha published the manga...
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Girl Friend BETA Franchise Gets Stage Play in 2018

Game franchise inspired 2014 TV anime ― The official Twitter account for the Girl Friend BETA franchise revealed on December 9 that the franchise will get a stage play adaptation in 2018. More details will be revealed at a later date. Cyber Agent's blogging website Ameba started service for the original Girl Friend BETA dating simulation game for smartphones in 2012, and the number of registered user...
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Live-Action School-Live! Film Casts 'Last Idol' Group

Real Onigokko's Issei Shibata directs 2018 film ― The official Twitter account for the Manga Time Kirara magazines revealed on Sunday that the members of the idol group Last Idol have been cast for the live-action film adaptation of Norimitsu Kaihō and Sadoru Chiba's School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) manga. In addition, Issei Shibata (Real Onigokko) will direct the film. The film will open in Japan next ...
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Live-Action Misumisō Film Casts Anna Yamada, Opens in April

Eisuke Naitō directs film based on Rensuke Oshikiri's horror manga about bullying ― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Rensuke Oshikiri's Misumisō horror manga revealed on Wednesday that Anna Yamada (seen below) will play the lead character Haruka Nozaki. The film's official website also unveiled a visual and April 7 opening for the film. Eisuke Naitō (live-action Lychee Light Club) is d...
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A Place Further Than the Universe Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Saya's Insert Song

Madhouse's original anime series premieres on January 2 ― The official website for the original A Place Further Than the Universe (Sora Yorimo Tōi Basho) television anime began streaming the show's second promotional video on Thursday. The video previews saya's insert song "Uchū wo Miagete" (Look Up at the Universe). The anime will premiere on AT-X on January 2 at 8:30 p.m., on Tokyo MX at 11:00 p.m....
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Crunchyroll Adds Meow Meow Japanese History Anime

The [email protected] Cinderella Girls, Sengoku Basara, Daily Lives of High School Boys, Jormungand, Heat Guy J also added ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it has added the Meow Meow Japanese History (Neko Neko Nihonshi) anime to its catalog. The site has added the previous first and second season episodes, and is simulcasting the new second season episodes. The series is available worldwide outsid...
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High School Fleet Anime Gets Smartphone Game in 2018

Anime premiered in April 2016 ― Aniplex opened a website on December 9 that revealed that a smartphone game based on the High School Fleet anime is in development for iOS and Android devices, and it is slated for a 2018 release. The app is described as a "naval battle game." The original 12-episode television anime series premiered in Japan in April 2016. Aniplex of America licensed the series, and t...
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gdgd Fairies' Kōtarō Ishidate Makes Himote House Anime

Aya Suzaki, Satomi Akesaka, Suzuko Mimori, Kaoru Mizuhara, Sumire Uesaka, Asuka Nishi cast for anime ― Animation studio Bouncy revealed on December 4 that it is working on a new anime titled Himote House, with Kōtarō Ishidate (gdgd Fairies, Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono, Naria Girls) directing. The announced cast includes (clockwise, from upper left in above image) Aya Suzaki, Satomi Akesaka, Suzuko Mimori,...
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The [email protected]'s Yumi Hara Puts Singing Career on Hiatus

Dusk maiden of Amnesia, Corpse Party: Tortured Souls, Trinity Seven singer to focus on voice acting ― Actress and singer Yumi Hara announced on her Nico Nico Livestream program "Hara Yumi no Maru Maru Hōsōkyoku" on Wednesday that she is putting her singing career on hiatus to focus on voice acting. Her upcoming album YOU&ME will be her last album, and it is slated for release on March 14. Hara's majo...
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Mentori LINE Stamp Gets Anime on Vertical Anime App

1st episode of new anime debuted on Thursday ― Production I.G's Tate Anime (Vertical Anime) app began streaming the first episode of Mentori, an anime series based on the LINE stamp mascot, on Thursday. The anime's official Vimeo channel is streaming a segment from the first episode. The "Mentori" mascot originates from a series of line stamps meant to evoke the feeling of "mendō da ga toriaezu hensh...
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I am a Hero's Kengo Hanazawa Launches New Manga Next Spring

The combined second and third 2018 issues of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine revealed on Monday that Kengo Hanazawa's planned new manga will debut in the magazine in spring. The magazine revealed art from the manga (pictured far left), with the text "Do you know about the existence of those who are hidden?" Hanazawa launched the I am a Hero manga in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine...
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The 25th Ward: The Silver Case Game's English Gameplay Trailer Posted

NIS America to release PS4/PC game in the West in 2018 ― NIS America began streaming a gameplay trailer for the HD remake of The 25th Ward: The Silver Case on Wednesday. NIS America will release the game for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in North America and Europe in 2018. The game will be available digitally and in a physical limited edition. The game is a sequel to Grasshopper Manufacture's The S...
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Hokuto ga Gotoku PS4 Game Delayed to March 8

The official website for Sega's Hokuto ga Gotoku PlayStation 4 game revealed on Thursday that the game's release date has been delayed from February 22 to March 8. The announcement cited the need to improve the game's quality. The game takes place in the world of Fist of the North Star, and will feature a completely original story. The game will feature familiar characters from Fist of the North S...
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Hosoda's Mirai in the Future Film to Screen Theatrically in 57 Countries

Talks underway for distribution in N. America, France, other territories ― At a press conference to announce Mamoru Hosoda's new Mirai no Mirai (Mirai in the Future) film on Wednesday, director Mamoru Hosoda and producer Yuichiro Saito discussed more details about the film. Saito revealed that Studio Chizu was offering the foreign distribution rights to the film during the Cannes Film Festival in May...
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Maria Holic's Minari Endo Ends Uchūjin no Shiwaza Desu! Manga

Alien romantic comedy launched in 2015 ― The January 2018 issue of Kadokawa's Comic Flapper magazine published the final chapter of Minari Endo's Uchūjin no Shiwaza Desu! manga on December 5. Endo launched the manga in December 2015. The third compiled volume will ship on January 23. The story follows a high school student named Yamato, whose grandfather runs a bathhouse. Thanks to a cursed wedding r...
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Author: 'Last Spurt' of Space Brothers Manga is Coming

Manga may still continue for a long time ― Manga creator Chuya Koyama said at a Space Brothers 10th anniversary fan event on Sunday that the manga is headed towards its "last spurt." "I don't know how many years [the manga] will continue," he said, "but the last spurt is coming." He added, "It might be a pretty long last spurt, but I appreciate the support from here on." The Space Brothers manga's st...
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Shūzō Oshimi's Shino-chan wa Jibun no Namae ga Ienai Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Sara Minami, Aju Makita star in film about shy girl and tone deaf girl's friendship ― A live-action film adaptation of Shūzō Oshimi's Shino-chan wa Jibun no Namae ga Ienai (Shino Can't Say Her Own Name) manga has been green-lit for July 2018. Sara Minami will play Shino, while Aju Makita will play Kayo. Both actresses are 15 years old, and the movie will mark their first main character roles. Other c...
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Princess Jellyfish's Akiko Higashimura to Launch Color Web Manga

Gisō Furin manga begins with "forbidden encounter" on plane on Saturday ― Web manga site XOY announced on Thursday that Akiko Higashimura will launch a new weekly manga titled Gisō Furin (Disguised Adultery) on the site on Saturday. The manga will be in color. The chapter on Saturday will be a prologue, with the first regular chapter arriving on December 23. The manga's story begins when the protagon...
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Ayana Taketatsu Stars in Her 1st Live-Action TV Drama Role on December 28

Ryo Kato co-stars in NHK shorts about robot integrating in human society ― Voice actress Ayana Taketatsu will star in her first live-action broadcast television drama alongside Ryo Kato in NHK's new Robokatō Nakajima to Hanazawa-san (Nakajima Robokatō and Hanazawa) mini-drama beginning on December 28. The drama will be part of the Choi Dora 2017 ~Jinsei de Emoi Koto wa 10-pun de Okoru~ (Mini-Drama 20...
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One Piece: Bounty Rush Smartphone Game's Promo Shows 4v4 Battles

iOS/Android game to launch next year ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a promotional video for its One Piece Bounty Rush iOS and Android game on Wednesday. The video previous the Straw Hat Pirates in battle. The game will feature four-vs-four team matches in a treasure contest. The goal of each timed match will be to gather the most Berries. Characters in the game will be categorized as on...

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Golden Kamuy Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals April Premiere

New staff also revealed for anime of Satoru Noda's wilderness survival manga ― The official website for the television anime of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Thursday. The video reveals the anime's April premiere on the Tokyo MX, Yomiuri TV, Sapporo TV, and BS11 channels. Fuji TV on Demand will also stream the anime. The site also revealed new...
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Hibiki: Shōsetsuka ni Naru Hōhō Manga Gets Live-Action Film in Fall 2018

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas' Shō Tsukikawa directs, with scripts by Tiger & Bunny's Masafumi Nishida ― A live-action film adaptation of Mitsuharu Yanamoto's Hibiki: Shōsetsuka ni Naru Hōhō (Hibiki ~How to Become a Novelist~) manga has been green-lit for fall 2018. Shō Tsukikawa (live-action Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas) is directing the film, with a script by M...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 37

"While it was basically a certainty that the entire class would band together at some point, it's still satisfying to see everyone join forces to outmaneuver more seasoned shinobi."
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YaoiCon Takes 1-Year Break in 2018

The official YaoiCon Twitter account announced on Tuesday that the convention will take a one-year break and return in fall 2019. The convention focused on yaoi anime and manga debuted in 2001. Digital Manga Publishing has organized the event since 2012. This year's YaoiCon took place in Santa Clara, California from October 6-8. Vice Media originally planned to film part of a documentary at the ev...
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Mirai in the Future Film's Teaser Streamed With English Subtitles

Summer Wars director Mamoru Hosoda's newest film ― Australian anime distributor Madman Entertainment began streaming the teaser video for Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai no Mirai film with English subtitles on Thursday. Madman lists the film with the English title Mirai in the Future. The film will open in Japan on July 20, after previously being announced with a May release date. The film's story centers arou...
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Frieza Gives Up Conquering Worlds to Take Your Sushi Order

Has the great DBZ villain reached a new low, or is he merely in a long game to claim supremacy over fast food? ― After yet another failed attempt to defeat Goku and his band of Super Saiyan fighters, Frieza has finally thrown in the towel and gotten a real job instead of terrifying the populous. Twitter user Flanker didn't so much spot Frieza, but heard him -- in the form of a sushi order machine. It...

DARLING in the FRANXX Anime Reveals January 13 Premiere, Opening Theme Song

Mika Nakashima, Hyde collaborate on opening song ― The official website for Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures' original science-fiction television anime DARLING in the FRANXX announced the premiere dates and opening theme song performer on Thursday. The series will premiere on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, GTV, and BS11 at 11:30 p.m. on January 13. It will also air on ABC, Mētele, Hiroshima Home TV, BSS, BBC (...
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Row Row Fight the Powah With Umaibō Snacks

The characters from Yaokin's Umaibō puffed corn snacks have had enough of the Anti-Spiral threat ruining their sanctioned snack time! Voice actors Tetsuya Kakihara (Simon) and Katsuyuki Konishi (Kamina) are together again in a new commercial taking obvious inspiration from Gurren Lagann. The commercial mimics the anime series' final battle against the Anti-Spiral, even recreating some of the styli...
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Mari Okada's Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarou Anime Film Reveals Promo Video, Cast, Story

Theme song, poster visual also revealed ― The official website for P.A. Works, Showgate, and Mari Okada's Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarou (Let Us Adorn the Morning of Farewells With Promised Flowers) anime film unveiled the cast, theme song, poster visual, story, and promotional video on Thursday. rionos (Children of the Whales) will perform the ending theme song "Viātor." The story beg...
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Super Robot Wars X-Ω Smartphone Game Adds Mega Man Characters

iOS/Android game features characters from more than 50 works ― The official Twitter account for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Super Robot Wars X-Ω smartphone game announced on Wednesday that Mega Man (Rockman) characters will appear in the game for a limited time. Characters from Sunrise's Robot Girls Z anime, SanMusu ~Girl's Battle Bootlog novels, and DeNA's Hacka Doll appeared in the game for a limi...
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The Mushroom Kingdom Comes to Build-A-Bear Just in Time for Christmas

Mario, Toad, Yoshi, and even the marauding Bowser are all together as new stuffed toys at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Mario, in this case more bear than plumber, can be outfitted with new clothes and accessories in the U.S., U.K., and Canada stores beginning this weekend. Yoshi's available too, while Toad only comes pre-stuffed and Bowser is slightly more rare. The stuffed friends mark the first time ...
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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection Anime Film to Screen in U.S. on February 9

Eleven Arts sets subtitled theatrical premiere date, streams trailer ― Eleven Arts Anime Studio Announced on Wednesday that it will screen the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection anime film in U.S. theaters on February 9, 2018. Screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles. The company began streaming a trailer: The company previously announced plans to screen the film this winter. Magical...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, December 4-10

Attack on Titan, Haikyu!!, One-Punch Man, Black Clover, Gintama in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Attack on Titan 24 541,970 541,970 2017/12 Kodansha Hajime Isayama 1 1 2 Haikyu!! 29 406,366 411,296 2017/12 Shueisha Haruichi Furudate 2 2 3 One-Punch Man 15 350,374 353,497 2017/12 Shueisha Story: ONE / Art: Yuusuke Mu...
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Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei Smartphone Game's Animated Opening Movie Streamed

Ace Attorney's Tatsurō Iwamoto designs characters, Psycho-Pass' Makoto Fukami writes scenario ― Sega Games began streaming an opening movie for its and Atlus' Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation iOS and Android game on Wednesday. The fully animated video shows the the members of the "Liberators" Tokyo branch, characters who battle against a mysterious organization called the Acolytes in the streets of...
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Turn Your iPhone Into Hunter x Hunter's Beatle 07 Phone

Hunter × Hunter anime fans now have a new way to hold a piece of the anime in their own hands. The Premium Bandai website is offering an iPhone case inspired by the Beatle 07 cellphone that appears in the series. In Yoshihiro Togashi's original manga and its anime adaptations, the Beatle 07's features include the abilities to connect worldwide with no problems and translate more than 200 language...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, December 4-10

Yakuza Kiwami 2, Earth Defense Force 5, Kamen Rider Climax Fighters games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: December 4-10 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Yakuza Kiwami 2 (Including Limited Editions) Sega Games December 7 131,931 131,931 2PS4Earth Defense Force 5 D3Publisher December 7 111,075 111,075 33DSPokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Pokémon Novembe...
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Alliance Alive Launches on March 27 in the West

New character trailer streamed ― Atlus USA announced on Wednesday that it will release The Alliance Alive for Nintendo 3DS in North America and Europe on March 27. The launch edition for the Americas includes a collector's box, art book, CD soundtrack, and keychain. Atlus USA also began streaming a second character trailer: The first character trailer streamed in October. The game will have a physica...
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What's Hideaki Anno's Commute Playlist? Over an Hour of Anisongs

Acclaimed director gets ready for the day with Rose of Versailles, Aquarion, Yatterman ― Khara's "Unit-02" Twitter account, which launched earlier this month, has been answering questions and offering behind-the-scenes peeks at the production of the upcoming Evangelion film. The account posted an image on Monday that shows Hideaki Anno's most recent music playlist that he apparently listened to durin...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 11

"Right now the show's hit-and-miss cast and near-suffocating padding are still Black Clover's biggest hurdles."
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25-Sai no Joshi Kōsei Anime's Promo Video Previews Voices

Series starring Hitomi Harada, Chiharu Sawashiro premieres on January 7 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Makana's 25-Sai no Joshi Kōsei~Kodomo ni wa Oshierarenai Koto Shite Yaru yo (25-Year-Old High School Girl: I'll Do What Can't Be Taught to Children) manga began streaming a new promotional video on Wednesday. The video previews the voices of Hitomi Harada as Hana and C...
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Celebrate Eromanga Sensei's Birthday with an Animation Exhibit

What's the number one reason to watch Eromanga Sensei? You guessed it—the animation! ― What's the number one reason to watch Eromanga Sensei? You guessed it—the animation! To celebrate the birthday of the eponymous Eromanga Sensei, a key animation exhibit was set up in Nakano Broadway between the 1st and 12th of December. According to the light novels, Sagiri's birthday is on the 10th of December. Wh...
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Toji no Miko TV Anime's Video Previews Ending Theme Song

Story of shrine maidens who wield swords debuts in January ― The official website for Studio Gokumi's original anime project Toji no Miko (The Shrine Maiden Swordwielders) began streaming the second promotional video for the series on Wednesday. The video previews the ending theme song "Kokoro no Memoria" performed by Kaede Hondo, Saori Ōnishi, Azumi Waki, Hina Kino, Risae Matsuda, and Eri Suzuki. Th...
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Welcome to the Ballroom ‒ Episode 23

"This episode is a return to the show's old form, which doesn't do it any favors."
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Answerman - Is It Worth Seeing 35mm Prints of Ghibli Movies?

They're still showing 35mm prints of Ghibli classics like Princess Mononoke in some revival theaters - but what's so special about 35mm? Justin has some thoughts. ― David asked: Hi! I've noticed that several art house theaters in the NY metro area have started showing 35mm version of Ghibli classics like Mononoke and Nausicaa. is there any real benefit to seeing these over the "regular versions" mor...
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A Place Further Than the Universe Reveals More Cast, January 2 Premiere Date

Mamiko Noto, Yōko Hikasa, Lynn, Hisako Kanemoto, Kaede Hondo, Sayaka Ohara join cast ― The official website for the original A Place Further Than the Universe (Uchū Yorimo Tōi Basho) television anime revealed more cast members, the January 2 premiere date, and the ending theme song for the series on Wednesday. The new cast members are: Mamiko Noto as Gin Tōdō, the commander of the civilian Antarctic ...
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Food Wars! The Third Plate ‒ Episode 11

Azami's master plan to control all the restaurants in Japan is finally revealed as Soma faces down Tsukasa in culinary combat!

Love to Lie Angle Yuri Manga Gets TV Anime in 2018

merryhachi's story centers on high school girls in a love triangle ― The staff of merryhachi's Tachibanakan To Lie Angle (Love to Lie Angle) manga revealed on Thursday that the series will receive a television anime adaptation in 2018. The cast will include: Minami Tsuda as Hanabi Natsuno Amisa Sakuragi as Konomi Fujiwara Arisa Nakada as Iori Takamura Rei Matsuzaki as Yoriko Fujiwara Mikako Komatsu a...
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Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War ‒ Episode 11

"This show seems determined to find every creatively engaging choice it could have made and then proceed to do the exact opposite."

Summer Wars' Hosoda Reveals Mirai no Mirai Film's Story, Staff, July Date in Teaser

Film centers on 4-year-old boy who meets older version of younger sister from the future ― Film distributor Toho opened a website to unveil director Mamoru Hosoda's latest film, which is now titled Mirai no Mirai (Mirai From the Future). (The film was previously titled simply as Mirai, although Studio Chizu filed a Mirai no Mirai trademark on October 24.) The film will open in Japan on July 20, after...
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Milky Holmes: Arsene Karei Naru Yokubō Anime Special Casts Pro Wrestler Tomoaki Honma

New visual also unveiled for December 31 special ― The official website for the Tantei Opera Milky Holmes: Arsene Karei Naru Yokubō (Detective Opera Milky Holmes: Arsene's Magnificent Desire) television anime special announced on Monday that professional wrestler Tomoaki Honma will voice a role in the special. The site also unveiled a new visual (second image below). The special will air on December ...
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Anime Boston Hosts Rock Band FLOW

Boston convention takes place March 30-April 1 ― The Anime Boston convention announced on Tuesday that it will host rock band FLOW as musical guests for the convention. The band will perform at the convention. FLOW consists of vocalists Kohshi and Keigo, guitarist Take, bassist Got's, and drummer Iwasaki. The band began when the brothers Kohshi and Take began playing together. The band debuted in 200...
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Kabukibu! Manga Listed as Ending With 2nd Volume

Chizu Kamikō's manga adaptation with CLAMP designs launched in February ― Retailer Amazon.com's description of the second volume of the Kabukibu! manga adaptation lists the volume as the finale. The volume ships on February 2. Chizu Kamikō (Bannō Kanteishi Q no Jikenbo, Shikabane Shōjo to Kakanai Gaka) launched the manga based on Yuuri Eda's Kabukibu! light novel series in Kadokawa's Young Ace magazi...
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Wall Street Journal: Nintendo Seeks More App Developer Partnerships

Nintendo, DeNA partnered in 2015, released 4 of 5 planned smartphone titles The Wall Street Journal newspaper reported on Tuesday that Nintendo is seeking to establish more tie-ups with smartphone game developers, in light of its mobile game schedule falling behind. The report claims that GungHo Online Entertainment (Puzzle & Dragons) has been in discussions with Nintendo, but GungHo has denied tha...
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Aniplex USA to Stream Slow Start Anime on Crunchyroll

January 6 debut for anime of Yuiko Tokumi's manga about girl enrolling in high school a year late ― Aniplex of America announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming the television anime of Yuiko Tokumi's Slow Start manga on Crunchyroll on January 6 at 12:00 p.m. EST. The anime will premiere on January 6 in Japan on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and BS11 at 12:30 a.m. (effectively on January 7) ...
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Aniplex USA Starts Streaming Record of Grancrest War Anime on Crunchyroll, Hulu on January 5

Aniplex of America announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming the television anime of author Ryo Mizuno and illustrator Miyuu's Record of Grancrest War (Grancrest Senki) light novel series on Crunchyroll and Hulu on January 5 at 11:30 a.m. EST. The anime will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and BS11 on January 5. It will then air on TV Aichi on January 9, and on ABC on ...

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Captain Tsubasa Soccer Manga Gets New TV Anime in April

Yuko Sanpei stars in David Production anime with Inazuma Eleven writer ― A press conference announced on Wednesday that a new television anime of Yoichi Takahashi's Captain Tsubasa manga has been green-lit for a April 2018 premiere on TV Tokyo and other stations. The new anime will recount the story starting from the manga's beginning. The new anime has the following cast: Yuko Sanpei as Tsubasa Ōzor...
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Shimajirō Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

1st full-length film in children's anime franchise opens on March 9 ― The official website for Eiga Shimajirō: Mahō no Shima no Daibōken (Shimajirō the Movie: Great Adventure on Magic Island), the first full-length film for Benesse Corporation's Shimajirō anime franchise, began streaming a trailer for the film on Tuesday. The video reveals and previews the film's theme song "Massugu na Hashi" (A Brid...
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Futari H Life-Size Figure is Creator's Literal Labor of Love (NSFW)

Aki Katsu will keep Yura around the office with plenty of dress-up clothes ― The busty prototypes of the life-size figure rendition of Futari H's Yura finally gave way to an actual reveal at the Tsutaya Ikebukuro AK store on December 9. Visitors came to find out how accurate the apparently nude figure was as well as get an autograph by the manga's creator Aki Katsu. prototype image It turns out that...
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Bōkyaku no Sachiko Live-Action Gourmet Special Reveals Additional Cast

Takeshi Kaga, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Eri Fuse, more join January special ― The official website for the live-action special of Jun Abe's Bōkyaku no Sachiko (Forgetful Sachiko) manga revealed more cast members for the special on Tuesday. The new cast includes: (Top row, left to right in picture above) Mitsuru Fukikoshi as Tomoaki Shirai, the editor-in-chief at the magazine where Sachiko works. Takeshi Kag...
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Deku Still Chasing #1 in My Hero Academia Popularity Poll

Deku didn't quite make the top spot in this year's My Hero Academia character popularity poll. Japanese readers picked their favorites and Shuiesha published the results in the combined second and third issue of Weekly Shonen Jump on Monday. Fans may be surprised to find out that Deku didn't fall behind fan-favorites Tsuyu Asui or Shoto Todoroki, but the hot-headed and one-time "friend" Katsuki Ba...
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Production I.G's Pigtails Anime Wins Special Jury Award From NA Film Awards

Short film made international debut at WorldFest Houston International Film Festival in April 2016 ― The North American Film Awards (NAFA) revealed on November 30 that Pigtails, Production I.G.'s animated short film based on Machiko Kyō's Mitsuami no Kami-sama (Braided Pig-Tail Deity) manga, was awarded the Special Jury Award for this year's awards. It was one of 39 winners. The goal of NAFA is to re...
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The Ambition of Oda Nobuna Novelist to Pen Romance of Three Kingdoms Work in 2018

Chivalry of a Failed Knight's Won to illustrate new series ― The official Twitter account for Mikage Kasuga's Oda Nobuna no Yabō (The Ambition of Oda Nobuna) light novel series revealed on Sunday that Kasuga will launch a new novel series in 2018 based on the Chinese classic The Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Won (Chivalry of a Failed Knight) is illustrating the series. Another post describes the new...
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Emoji Movie Gets Japanese Dub for Home Video Release

Can Takahiro Sakurai and Tomokazu Sugita save the critically-panned 3D film? ― Sony Pictures' The Emoji Movie opened in the U.S. last year to derision from critics and moviegoers alike. Yet, regardless of its reception, it still grossed $217 million worldwide. Soon, for better or worse, Japan will get its very own dub of The Emoji Movie, but it's doubtful even the likes of Takahiro Sakurai can save i...
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Toji no Miko Smartphone Game's Promo, Visual Revealed

Game features characters not in upcoming anime project ― The official website for the Toji no Miko: Kizamishi Issen no Tomoshibi smartphone game updated with a 15-second animated ad and a new key visual on Tuesday. The visual (first image below) forms a pair with the upcoming Toji no Miko television anime's visual (second image below). The iOS and Android game is slated for 2018. The "weapons combat ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, December 10-16

Trickster anime; Splatoon manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Chaika The Coffin Princess Complete Series BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$99.98 December 12 D. Gray-Man Season 3 Part 2Cite Funimation Entertainment US$39.98 December 12 Trickster Part 1 BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 December 12 When They Cry Complete Series BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$129....
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Sequels Dominate Most Anticipated Winter 2018 Anime Poll

As always, be sure to vote in ANN's poll! ― Winter is upon us, and while things are getting chilly outside, the upcoming anime season is heating up. Fans in Japan were polled on which series they are most looking forward to come January. The selection is packed with highly anticipated sequels, male idols, and brand-new additions. However, it was the sequels that overtook the top five, with every entr...
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Nintendo Switch Console Sales Reach 10 Million Globally

Nintendo announced on Tuesday that the Nintendo Switch console has sold more than 10 million units worldwide as of Sunday. The announcement also stated that the company is "planning to ship more units than ever before" in Japan in December. The Nintendo Switch had sold more than 7.63 million units as of September 30. The figure included 1.95 million units in Japan, 3.11 million units in the Americ...
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A Little Sister (and a Little Alcohol) is All You Need

One Hokkaido beer company is reaping the rewards of some anime product placement. ― One beer company is enjoying a surge in popularity thanks to the romcom romp A Sister's All You Need. Abashiri Beer, located in a town by the same name in Hokkaido, makes an alcoholic beverage called "Ōtō no Shizuku" (Drops of Cherry) that was featured in the anime series. Since its appearance, internet orders have qu...
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Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Anime Ads Preview Voices

Series starring Yuuki Kaji, Daisuke Ono premieres January 12 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Chiaki Kisaki and Hako Ichiiro's Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Hakata Pork Bones Ramens) light novel series began streaming two commercials for the series on Tuesday. The first video below is narrated by Yuuki Kaji as Lin Xianming and features TRI4TH's ending theme song "Dirty Bullet." Th...
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Fate/Apocrypha's 22nd Episode Wows Fans, Creators

Even Black Butler's Yana Toboso was stunned ― The animation of the Fate/Apocrypha anime's 22nd episode is wowing fans and creators alike. Viewers have taken to social media to praise the animation of the battle between Karna (Lancer of Red) and Siegfried (Saber of Black) since the episode, titled "Saikai to Betsuri" (Reunion and Farewell), debuted on Saturday. Fate/stay night creator Kinoko Nasu atte...
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Ni no Kuni II Game's Release Date Moved Back to March 23

New trailer previews Japanese voice actors ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Tuesday that the worldwide release date for its and Level-5's Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PlayStation 4 and PC game has been moved back to March 23, 2018. The game was previously slated for worldwide release on January 19, after a delay from November. Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino explained in a message that the devel...
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This Week in Anime - Will These MMO Junkies Live Happily Ever After?

Recovery of an MMO Junkie has been a wild ride, but it's finally time for Moriko and Sakurai to start a new chapter together. We speculate on the next horizon for this nerdy couple. ― Recovery of an MMO Junkie has been a wild ride, but it's finally time for Moriko and Sakurai to start a new chapter together. This week in anime, Michelle and Steve speculate what lies on the horizon for this nerdy coup...
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Kengan Ashura Anime to Air on TV

The wraparound jacket band on the 23rd volume of Yabako Sandrovich's Kengan Ashura manga revealed on Tuesday that the series' anime adaptation will air on television. The manga's staff confirmed on Thursday that an anime adaptation is still being planned. Shogakukan's web comic magazine Ura Sunday originally announced on its Manga ONE app in 2015 that the manga would receive an anime adaptation. T...
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Pop Team Epic Anime's Promo Videos Reveal January 6 Premiere Date

TV anime stars Mikako Komatsu, Sumire Uesaka ― The official website for the television anime of Bkub Okawa's Pop Team Epic manga began streaming two live-action promotional videos for the anime on Tuesday. The website also revealed that the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX1 and BS11 on January 6 late at night at 1:00 a.m. (effectively January 7). In addition, the anime will air on AT-X, Tochigi TV, an...
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Mr. Osomatsu Season 2 ‒ Episode 11

"This show wouldn't be half as good if it couldn't back up its crude humor with equally precise cinematic execution."
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14-Year-Old Singer Ruann Performs March comes in like a lion's New Ending

Junior high school student's new song premieres in January ― The official website for the second season of the March comes in like a lion anime series revealed on Tuesday that Ruann will perform the new ending theme song "I Am Standing" that will premiere in the series in January. The singer wrote the song specifically for the show, and its digital single will launch on January 17. Ruann is a 14-year...
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UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2 ‒ Episode 11

"The series is still racing through plot points just to get finale stuff set up, but at least now they're moderately engaging plot points."
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Blood Blockade Battlefront Creator Celebrates Beyond's Finale With New Visual

The official website for the anime of Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront manga revealed a new visual on Tuesday to mark the upcoming final two episodes of the Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond season. Nightow provided the original design, and character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto drew the illustration. The season's 11th episode, "Yōgan Genshikō Zenpen" ("Spectral Eyes, Phantom Vision,...
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Detective Pikachu Film With Ryan Reynolds to Open on May 10, 2019

Live-action film opens 1 week after 4th Avengers film ― Universal Pictures will release Legendary Entertainment's live-action Pokémon film Detective Pikachu on May 10, 2019. That is one week after Marvel Studios' fourth Avengers film opens. The film's titular Detective Pikachu character debuted in the February 2016 Meitantei Pikachu Nintendo 3DS game in Japan. Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, pictured below)...

Junko's Kiss Him, Not Me Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Romantic comedy manga launched in 2013, inspired TV anime last year ― The January issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Junko's Kiss Him, Not Me (Watashi ga Motete Dōsunda) manga will end in three chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end on March 13 in the magazine's April issue. Junko previously revealed last month that the manga's 14th volume will b...
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Record of Grancrest War Anime Premieres January 5

The official website for the television anime of author Ryo Mizuno and illustrator Miyuu's Record of Grancrest War (Grancrest Senki) light novel series revealed on Sunday that the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and BS11 on January 5. It will then air on TV Aichi on January 9, and on ABC on January 10. Aniplex of America will distribute the anime but it has not yet revealed ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, December 4-10

Free! TM Yakusoku sold 4,069, followed by Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower, Granblue Fantasy, live-action Gintama film, Uchū Sentai Kyūranger ― The live-action Gintama film sold 1,474 more copies for a new total of 13,178 copies. It dropped from #11 to #25 in its third week. The first premium edition dropped from #13 to #44 in its third week. It sold 862 more copies for a new total of 17,602 copies....
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, December 4-10

Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower sold 8,745 + 1,437, followed by Free! TM Yakusoku, Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, Takuma Terashima, Granblue Fantasy ― Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Blu-ray Collection 4 sold 3,260 copies to debut at #16 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The limited complete pressing of the 5th Anniversary Takuma Terashima Live BD Box landed at #25 with 1,721 copies. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies To...
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Terraformars Manga to Resume in April After Co-Creator Recuperates

Story creator Yū Sasuga back in good health after one-year hiatus ― The official Twitter account for Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine announced on Tuesday that Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana plan to resume their Terraformars manga next April. The manga has been in on hiatus since this year's 15th issue on March 9, while story creator Sasuga recuperates from unspecified health issues. The Twitte...
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Live-Action Rainbow Days Film's Teaser Reveals July Opening

Film stars Mahiro Takasugi, Reo Sano, Taishi Nakagawa, Ryūsei Yokohama ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Minami Mizuno's Rainbow Days (Nijiiro Days) manga debuted a teaser and an on-set photo for the film on Tuesday. The video reveals the film's July opening. The film's cast includes, from left to right in the photo above, Mahiro Takasugi as Tsuyoshi Naoe, Reo Sano (of the...
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Laid-Back Camp Anime Premieres on January 4

The official website for the television anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga revealed on Sunday that the anime will premiere on AT-X, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, Tokyo MX, and BS11 on January 4. The "slow outdoor manga" follows two young women. Rin likes to go camping by herself along the lakes that provide a scenic view of Mt. Fuji. Nadeshiko loves to take cycling trips by herself ...

Occultic;Nine Game Being Ported With 'True Ending' to New Platform

New story elements hint at being tied back to Science Adventure games ― Author and MAGES. president Chiyomaru Shikura revealed on Sunday that a port of 5pb.'s visual novel game of Shikura's Occultic;Nine novel is in development for a new platform. The new port will contain new foreshadowing, and a "true ending" that portrays what happens after the main story. Those who have purchased the game will re...
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Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory Game Previewed in 8-Minute Video

PS4/Vita game ships in Japan on Thursday, in the West on January 19 ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game began streaming an eight-minute promotional video for the game on Tuesday. The video previews the game's story and gameplay. The game will ship in Japan on Thursday. In addition to the standard e...

Shinkai's 'your name.' Nominated for San Francisco Film Critics Awards

Pixar's Coco won for Best Animated Feature ― The San Francisco Film Critics Circle announced the winners for its 2017 awards on Sunday. Pixar's Coco won the Best Animated Feature award, but Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film was nominated for the award. The film centers on Taki, a high school boy living in Tokyo who works part-time at a restaurant, and Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a town...
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