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review

Karneval [Omnibus] GN 1-2

This is an interesting, complicated fantasy adventure that has some unfortunate printing issues. ― The words “carnival” and “circus” have dual connotations. On the one hand, they are places of entertainment, words which make us think of swirling music and fantastic feats, glittering costumes and trained animals. On the other hand, the words can refer to a place where the rules of everyday life have b...
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The Mike Toole Show - SNK-Hole

Mike dons his red trucker cap and takes a journey through all the various shlocky and unique OVAs based on old SNK fighting games. ― It took me ages to track it down. I'd been after this particular OVA for something like eight years, and for a long time, the hunt just didn't go well. First of all, the show wasn't a “true” OVA, it was an ONA that was briefly broadcast online, but region locked to Japa...
column

The List - 7 Manga Banned Around the Globe

Seven manga that were just too hot or otherwise objectionable for a variety of countries all over the world. ― Censorship of anime and manga is often met with derision by fans for its alteration of the source material. Anime targeted towards children or racy manga series have gotten their share of script changes, painted on bathing suits, and Christian imagery cut. It takes another level of parental...
review

Genshiken: Second Season GN 6

The gang heads back to Comic Fest in another volume full of doujins, drama, and all the characters you love to wince for. ― The tension is kept at a comfortable simmer for most of this sixth volume. Having spent several volumes stressing over his shifting feelings for Madarame, Hato finally reaches the breaking point when confronted by Sue. In a great scene that demonstrates both more relatable perso...
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ANNCast - Meat Popsicles

Zac and Justin get terminally sidetracked by your Twitter questions for a conversation that swerves dangerously between off-topic and on. Shirobako, Ghost in the Shell and more are tackled. ― ANNCast Episode 224: Meat Popsicles Get the Flash Player to see this player. Zac and Justin get terminally sidetracked by your Twitter questions for a conversation that swerves dangerously between off-topic and...
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Answerman - Can You Feel The Music?

Why the songs in Love Live! won't be dubbed, how to write to your favorite seiyuu, and why we will never learn actual sales numbers. Plus, the REAL reason why we can't have legal hentai streaming sites. ― You never know when you're going to accidentally find out something you didn't know about the anime business. A few months ago I got asked why we don't have something like Crunchyroll for hentai an...
review

Looking Up at the Half-Moon Sub.DVD

Looking Up at the Half-Moon promises romance and tragedy. As it turns out, it only provides one of those things, and not in the intended way. ― I wish I had something positive to say about this show. I'd even accept “it fails, but at least it tries” - but I honestly don't think Looking Up at the Half-Moon even really tries. It's lazy and tired and clumsily manipulative, lacking the personality or exe...
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House of 1000 Manga - A Zoo In Winter

Shaenon follows up A Drifting Life with Jiro Taniguchi's autobiographical manga that follows in the same tradition. ― In my last House column I talked about Yoshihiro Tatsumi's opus A Drifting Life, which follows the manga industry from the postwar era to the year 1960. I wish Tatsumi, who passed away earlier this year, could have drawn a sequel about the second half of his career, during which he b...
review

Denki-Gai [Collector's Edition + CD] Sub.Blu-Ray 1+DVD

An otaku slice-of-life show set in a manga shop comprises PONYCAN's other premium release. Find out if it's worth what they're asking. ― The second of Ponycan USA's forays into physical releases for the North American market, Denki-Gai at first seems an unlikely choice. The story takes place in Umanohone, a barely-veiled reference to a popular Japanese doujinshi retailer, something that most certainl...
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Sunday, May 3

ep. review

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign ‒ Episode 5

"Studio Wit has been getting some talent to put this thing together."
ep. review

Plastic Memories ‒ Episode 5

"This episode was the punch in the gut that Plastic Memories needed."
interest

Take a Peek Inside the Durarara!! Exhibition in Ikebukuro

The Durarara!!×2 Shō television series recently wrapped up while Durarara!!×2 Ten is gearing for its premiere in July. So what's a fan to do but head to the "Durarara!! STREEEEET!! Territory of Exhibition" event in Ikebukuro to check out the sights. The event is running from May 2-6 in Ikebukuro, May 15-17 and May 22-24 in Osaka. The exhibit includes interactive props, scenes, and artwork from the...
news

Death Note's Matsuyama Stars in Shonen Jump Comedy Dokonjo Gaeru's Live-Action Sequel

July show is set 16 years after boy becomes friends with squished frog ― Kenichi Matsuyama (Death Note, Gantz, Nana, Detroit Metal City, Usagi Drop, Kamui Gaiden) is starring the first live-action television series based on Yasumi Yoshizawa's popular gag comedy manga Dokonjo Gaeru. The original manga follows a boy named Hiroshi who accidentally squishes a frog. However, the "Flat Surface Frog" Pyonki...
ep. review

Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love Revolutions ‒ Episode 5

"If you're just looking to enjoy your weekly dose of lovely young men parachuting into your home while singing, it does deliver."
ep. review

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches ‒ Episode 4

"The show is already throwing a new power into the mix. Will it add some variety to the humor, or just muddy the waters?"
interest

High School Girls Continue Musical Experimentation in Dōjin Anime

This installment: shopping for vocal effects unit ― The Japanese musician Hikari Matsuda has used dōjin anime shorts to express her feelings about effects units. In the first installment, "High School Girls Shop for an Effects Unit", she introduced the characters Metako, an aspiring guitarist, and her friend Muffyu, who helps her shop for an effects unit to improve her guitar's sound quality. Since t...
interest

Two Robots to Join Together in Holy Matrimony

Frois and Roborin to marry in Tokyo restaurant ― Considering how advanced robotics science is getting in Japan, it would seem inevitable that eventually two robots would take the next step... and get married. Well, that's what two of Japan's iconic robots will do on June 27. The groom is Frois, a robot designed by Maywa Denki using mostly cheap household items — for instance, his head is a bucke...
interest

Yaoi Publisher Set to Release Katana-danshi Samurai Pose Book

Popular boys-love manga publisher Libre Publishing is looking to set rekijo hearts aflame with its Katana-danshi pose book. Literally translated to the familiar sounding "Sword Boys," the book features two men in various states of traditional dress (and undress) battling one another with katana. The book includes 120 images of the models in kimono, hakama, and obi belts. The posing was supervised ...
interest

Hello Kitty Temporarily Joins Dempagumi Inc. to Promote Healthy Skin

Hello Kitty is temporarily joining the denpa group Dempagumi Inc. for the summer. It is also rebranding itself "Dempagumi Inc. with Pocket Muhi & Hello Kitty." Pocket Muhi is a line of itch relief lotions. With bug season just around the corner, the group will remind their fans to mind their skin by touting an oversized lotion stick and singing the song "Munasawagi no Himitsu?!" ("The Secret of Pr...
ep. review

Blood Blockade Battlefront ‒ Episode 5

"They say that love is blind, and in this week's episode of Blood Blockade Battlefront, we learned that this also makes love incapable of being responsible behind the wheel."
review

Karneval [Omnibus] GN 1-2

This is an interesting, complicated fantasy adventure that has some unfortunate printing issues. ― The words “carnival” and “circus” have dual connotations. On the one hand, they are places of entertainment, words which make us think of swirling music and fantastic feats, glittering costumes and trained animals. On the other hand, the words can refer to a place where the rules of everyday life have b...
ep. review

Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation ‒ Episode 5

"It may be called Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation, but once again video game elements give this episode its soul."
ep. review

Kuroko's Basketball ‒ Episode 17

"Every moment in this episode was a hint at something much larger than itself."
column

The Mike Toole Show - SNK-Hole

Mike dons his red trucker cap and takes a journey through all the various shlocky and unique OVAs based on old SNK fighting games. ― It took me ages to track it down. I'd been after this particular OVA for something like eight years, and for a long time, the hunt just didn't go well. First of all, the show wasn't a “true” OVA, it was an ONA that was briefly broadcast online, but region locked to Japa...
ep. review

Sailor Moon Crystal ‒ Episode 21

"This is one of those episodes where both a lot happens and nothing at all happens."
news

Tsuki ni Yorisou Otome no Sahō Visual Novel Gets PS Vita Port

Original adult visual novel with designs by Shuffle!, Akikan!'s Suzuhira was released in 2012 ― Visual novel developer Navel announced on Sunday that Tsuki ni Yorisou Otome no Sahō, the game released for its 10th anniversary in 2012, will be ported to the PlayStation Vita portable console. The revamped port, titled Tsuki ni Yorisou Otome no Sahō ~Hidamari no Hibi~ (Manners of Maidens That Nestle Next...
news

Takao Saito's Survival Manga Gets Remake on MangaBox

Appleseed XIII's Akira Miyagawa remakes series by Golgo 13 author ― The Japanese edition of DeNA's free Manga Box smartphone and tablet app launched Akira Miyagawa's remake of Takao Saito's 1976 Survival manga, titled Survival ~S Shōnen no Kiroku (Survival ~S Boy's Records), on Thursday. The manga is not currently listed on the English version of the app. MangaBox describes the series: Could you su...

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Anime Gets Sequel

1st season ran on Noitamina programming block in January ― The staff and cast of the anime adaptation of Fumiaki Maruto's Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata light novel series announced at an event for the series on Sunday that a production on a sequel to the first season has been green-lit. The staff later confirmed the announcement on the official website, although the announcement does not specify the...
news

Kare Baka Gag Manga Gets Anime Adaptation Green-Lit

Manga by Bamboo Blade B creators centers on idiotic but handsome boyfriend ― The first chapter of Masahiro Totsuka and Saki Adumi's Kare Baka ~Wagahai no Kare wa Baka de R~ (Idiot Boyfriend ~My Boyfriend is an Idiot) manga revealed on Friday that an anime project has been green-lit. The love comedy gag manga centers around a girl named Akomi and her boyfriend Ponta Ninomiya. Ninomiya is a massive idi...
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TouhouCon to Host Voice Actress, Singer Nomico

"Bad Apple!!" singer to perform with Masayoshi Minoshima at September convention ― TouhouCon announced on Wednesday that it will host voice actress and singer Nomico (also known as Nomiko) at its September 18-20 convention in Anaheim, California. This will be Nomico's first appearance at a U.S. convention. Nomico will perform at the convention with musician Masayoshi Minoshima in addition to particip...
news

DeNA's Hacka Doll News App Inspires TV Anime (Updated)

Series of shorts to air during Tokyo MX/BS 11's "Ultra Super Anime Time" block starting in October ― DeNA revealed during a stage event at the "Machi Asobi 14" event in Tokushima on Sunday that its Hacka Doll news app is inspiring a television anime series. Hacka Doll The Animation, which will be a series of anime shorts, will air on the Tokyo MX TV and BS 11 television channels' "Ultra Super Anime T...
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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Creator Ryukishi07 to Attend Anime Expo

Higurashi, Umineko, Ōkamikakushi games inspired anime series ― Anime Expo announced on April 21 that it will host game creator Ryukishi07 at its July 2-5 convention in Los Angeles. Ryukishi07 will represent the doujin circle 07th Expansion at the convention. He will appear at the MangaGamer Panel, "Now and Future of Visual Novels," in addition to signing autographs. Ryukishi07 is the scenario writer ...

Ryūichi Kijima Stars as New Protagonist in God Eater Anime

Oldcodex to perform opening theme for series debuting on July 5 ― During a stage presentation at the "Machi Asobi 14" event in Tokushima on Sunday, animation studio ufotable revealed the first promotional video for the upcoming anime adaptation of its God Eater game series. The video revealed that the series will star Ryūichi Kijima (Beast Saga's Argyllo, Beyblade Shogun Steel's Torimaki B) as the pr...
daily briefs

Atlus USA PR Head: Company Will Release The Legend of Legacy Game

While on the "Shin Megami Tensei Social Link" podcast, which went live on Saturday, Atlus USA PR Manager John Hardin said that the company "did announce" that it would release FuRyu's The Legend of Legacy Nintendo 3DS role-playing game. Hardin said on the podcast (at the 46:45 mark): It's not to say that we're not looking beyond just Aquaplus and [Spike Chunsoft] and everything. I hope we see a lo...

Saturday, May 2

daily briefs

Naruto's 5th Epilogue Novel Slated For June 4

The Japanese branch of online retailer Amazon is listing Gaara Hiden, the fifth of six planned Naruto epilogue novels, for release on June 4. Ukyō Kodachi (Macross Frontier, Mobile Suit Gundam Age novel series) is writing the novel, and a teaser image for the novel (seen right) was also unveiled. The fourth novel, Konoha Hiden, shipped in Japan on Friday. The website for the novels lists a timelin...
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Food Wars! Star Minami Takahashi Heads to Japan's Meat Festival

Komazawa Olympic Park in Setagawa hosts a truly unique festival every year where hoardes of carnivores can get a taste of their favorite food group. This year's NikuFest is running for two weeks, starting last week and continuing through May 6. Voice actress Minami Takahashi, who stars as the timid chef Megumi Tadokoro in Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, headed out to the festival to get her own loo...
interest

Shin-chan Appointed Japan's "Exchange Amigo" with Mexico

Also: new Shin-chan movie screened in Mexican school ― The latest Shin chan movie, Eiga Crayon Shin-chan: Ora no Hikkoshi Monogatari ~Saboten Daishūgeki ("My Moving Story ~The Great Cactus Attack"), takes place in Mexico. The Nohara family moves from their longtime hometown of Kasukabe, a suburb of Tokyo, and moves to the fictional Mexican city of Madakueruyobaka. Shin-chan himself was seen off in a ...
ep. review

High School DxD BorN ‒ Episode 5

"Funimation's new broadcast dub definitely livens up even further what was already a pretty vocally lively series."
interest

Patlabor Film Series' Command Vehicle is Up for Auction

A command vehicle for The Next Generation -Patlabor- movie series is up for auction for any fan willing to drop 9,500,000 yen (about US$79,021). The auction opened on Friday and will accept bidders until May 7. So far, no one has offered up a bid. According to the auction specifics, the vehicle as only 1,110 km on it, has a manual transmission, and is made from a 1963 Ferret armoured car. It's als...
ep. review

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc ‒ Episode 17

"Terence T. D'Arby really doesn't deserve three whole episodes."
news

PS Vita Saekano -blessing flowers- Game's Video Features Megumi Katō

Game about "raising" a heroine for doujin work shipped on April 30 ― The official website for the Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata -blessing flowers- (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend -blessing flowers-) game for the PlayStation Vita began streaming a fourth test scene video on Thursday. The video focuses on a park scene with Megumi Katō (voiced by Kiyono Yasuno). The game utilizes Live 2D soft...
ep. review

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ‒ Episode 17

"This episode was dominated by two battles, and they were both pretty good."
interest

Yusuke Makishima Tops Yowamushi Pedal Character Poll

This year's 23rd issue of Shonen Champion magazine is revealing the results of its Yowamushi Pedal character poll on Tuesday. Reigning above the rest is Sohoku's Spider, the aqua-haired master climber Yusuke Makishima. Surprisingly, the usually popular Yasutomo Arakita took fourth place, despite regularly ranking as the top choice for Christmas dates, Valentine's chocolates, and the character fans...
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Touhou Project Vita RPG Fushigi no Gensōkyō Previewed in Video

Roguelike dungeon RPG debuts on June 25 ― Aqua Style began streaming the first promotional video for Fushigi no Gensōkyō -The Tower of Desire-, a Touhou Project roguelike dungeon role-playing game for PS Vita, on Saturday. The game will debut in Japan on June 25 for 4,600 yen (about US$38) via download or for 8,000 yen (US$67) in a limited physical edition. The limited physical edition will include a...
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Fate/Grand Order RPG's New Servant Assassin Previewed in TV Ad

Voiced by Mamoru Miyano, designed by Fate/Prototype: Sōkan no Fragments' Nakahara ― Type-Moon began streaming the third of seven weekly commercials for its Fate/Grand Order role-playing game for smartphones on Saturday. The commercial showcases the new Servant Assassin designed by Nakahara (Fate/Prototype: Sōkan no Fragments) and voiced by Mamoru Miyano. It also features the game's theme song "Shikis...

Funimation Unveils High School DxD BorN Broadcast Dub Cast

Josh Grelle, Kelly Angel replace Scott Freeman, Teri Rogers for season 3 ― North American anime distributor Funimation announced the cast for its broadcast dub of High School DxD BorN, the third High School DxD anime season, on Saturday: Josh Grelle as Issei Hyodo Jamie Marchi as Rias Gremory Kelly Angel as Akeno Himejima Sean O'Connor as Yuto Kiba Jad Saxton as Koneko Tojo Chloe Daniels as Asia Areg...
ep. review

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ‒ Episode 5

"A lot happens in this episode of Is it Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon – maybe a little too much."
ep. review

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 5

"Hopefully we'll get a little more character-developing downtime as the show goes on."
interest

10 Nakayoshi Manga Titles Get Reprints Thanks to Fan Votes

Kodansha's Nakayoshi girls' manga magazine began prepping for its 60th anniversary this year with the "Nakayoshi 60th Anniversary Masterpiece General Election" where readers could choose their favorite "masterpiece" series from the magazine's line-up. The poll was more than a popularity exercise; many of the top choices are going to get reprints. Kodansha originally planned to only reprint the mo...
ep. review

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! ‒ Episode 5

"As the student council arc draws to a close, Hikki has once again acted out of the fear of losing a comfortable stasis - but this time the stasis was his own."
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The List - 7 Manga Banned Around the Globe

Seven manga that were just too hot or otherwise objectionable for a variety of countries all over the world. ― Censorship of anime and manga is often met with derision by fans for its alteration of the source material. Anime targeted towards children or racy manga series have gotten their share of script changes, painted on bathing suits, and Christian imagery cut. It takes another level of parental...
review

Genshiken: Second Season GN 6

The gang heads back to Comic Fest in another volume full of doujins, drama, and all the characters you love to wince for. ― The tension is kept at a comfortable simmer for most of this sixth volume. Having spent several volumes stressing over his shifting feelings for Madarame, Hato finally reaches the breaking point when confronted by Sue. In a great scene that demonstrates both more relatable perso...
news

Otakon to Host Voice Actor Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Producer Shuko Yokoyama

Tokyo Ghoul voice actor, Aniplex producer both worked on Durarara!! anime ― Baltimore anime convention Otakon announced on Thursday that it will host voice actor and singer Toshiyuki Toyonaga and Aniplex producer Shuko Yokoyama at this year's event. Both worked on the 2010 anime Durarara!!. Toyonaga reprised his role as Mikado Ryūgamine in the Durarara!!×2 Shō television anime that premiered in Janua...
ep. review

Nisekoi: ‒ Episode 4

"In the wake of last episode, Raku still has his nose to Hana's grindstone as her executive assistant."

2nd Noragami Anime Season's Video Teases Manga's Story

Staff, cast return to adapt Bishamon arc from Adachitoka's series ― The official website for the Noragami television anime began streaming an "ultra teaser comics" video on Saturday to celebrate the anime's second season. The video uses images from Adachitoka's manga to tease the popular Bishamon arc that the second anime season will adapt. Japan's BS Fuji television network is currently re-airing th...
news

GKids Releases Updated Theater List for When Marnie Was There

Studio Ghibli film to open May 22 in N. America ― North American distributor GKids released an updated list on Thursday of theaters for its North American release of Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There film. GKids added showings in the U.S., including Chicago, Raleigh, and Dallas. The official Facebook page noted that new showings will be added every week as the film's May 22 release approaches. Pr...
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Kengan Ashura Manga Wins Fan Vote to Get Anime

Fighting series earns 2 million votes from Ura Sunday readers ― Shogakukan's web comic magazine Ura Sunday announced in its Manga ONE app that Yabako Sandrovich's Kengan Ashura manga will receive an anime adaptation. The series earned 2,363,895 votes to win a fan contest and receive the adaptation. The anime will begin development, and the app and magazine will announce details in the future. The app...

New Power Rangers Film Delayed to January 13, 2017

Dean Israelite to direct live-action film ― The official Power Rangers Twitter account announced on Thursday the new Power Rangers live-action film will be delayed to January 13, 2017. Film studio Lionsgate announced last August that it planned to release the movie in theaters on July 22, 2016. The tweet also confirmed that director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) will helm the film. Ashley Miller a...
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Masahiko Ohta to Direct Himōto! Umaru-chan Anime at Doga Kobo

Takashi Aoshima in charge of series composition ― This year's 23rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine will announce the main staff for the upcoming television anime Himōto! Umaru-chan on Thursday. Masahiko Ohta (Yuruyuri, Kotoura-san) will direct the series off scripts by Takashi Aoshima (Yuruyuri, Kotoura-san) at Doga Kobo (Engaged to the Unidentified, Laughing Under the Clouds). Yasunor...
news

REDCAT Int'l Children's Fest to Show Anime Shorts in L.A.

6 shorts, including 5 stop-motion animations, aimed at children ― The 10th annual REDCAT International Children's Film Festival will screen six anime shorts in Los Angeles. All but Masanobu Hiraoka's "Land" are stop-motion shorts. Miho Yata's "Film Muffler: Thinking of the Moon" 2014 "Through the magic of animation, a knitted scarf comes alive with story." Miho Yata's "Cherish Garden" 2011 "In a spec...

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled Anime Expanded to 5 Episodes

5th episode to premiere this fall ― Sunrise producer Yoshitaka Kawaguchi announced at the premiere of the Code Geass: Akito the Exiled anime project's third episode, "Kagayaku Mono Ten Yori Otsu," at the Shinjuku Baltic 9 on Saturday that the project will have a fifth episode. Code Geass: Akito the Exiled was originally slated for four episodes. The script four the fourth episode has been rewritten t...

New York Times Manga Best Seller List, April 19-25

2 Akame ga Kill! volumes, Log Horizon, Big Hero 6, Citrus, 3 Assassination Classroom volumes, 2 Attack on Titan volumes The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on April 18. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Akame ga Kill! #2 Story: Takahiro / Art: Tetsuya Tashiro Yen Press 1 2-Log Horizon #1 Story:Mamare Touno / ...
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Sailor Guardian Actresses to 'Graduate' After Next Sailor Moon Musical

Yūga Yamato to reprise her role as Mamoru Chiba from past 2 musicals in Sailor Moon -Un Nouveau Voyage- ― The official website for the franchise inspired by Naoko Takeuchi's Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon) manga announced on Saturday that the five actresses that currently play the five Sailor Guardians will be "graduating" the cast after the third new musical, Bishojo Senshi ...

Friday, May 1

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Gurren Lagann/Kill la Kill's Nakashima Pens Live-Action Terraformars Script

Hideaki Itō to play lead Shōkichi Komachi in Takashi Miike's 2016 film ― An official website for the live-action film of Kenichi Tachibana and Yū Sasuga's science-fiction manga Terra Formars opened on Friday, and announced that Kazuki Nakashima (Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill) wrote the screenplay for the film. In addition, the website announced that 39-year old actor Hideaki Itō will play the lead role...
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Rapping Frieza Invites You to Sanrio Puroland Dance Event

Anison Disco, a musical performance group that covers anime songs in cosplay, will perform on August 1 at the Fairyland Theater in Sanrio Puroland theme park in Tama New Town, Tokyo. The concert will combine a DJ format with a musical format and includes performers dressed as Dragon Ball Z's Frieza and Space Adventure Cobra's Cobra. The Sanrio characters Hello Kitty, Bonbon Ribbon and Hangyodon wi...
ep. review

Disappearance of Nagato Yuki chan ‒ Episode 5

"Nagato's Epic Valentine Adventure ended this week, following up on last week's dramatic Haruhi-prompted cliffhanger."
news

Attack on Titan for 3DS Trailer Unveils May 12 N. American Release

European release delayed under new Shingeki no Kyojin: Humanity in Chains title ― Atlus posted a new character trailer for the Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains game on Friday, and announced that it will release the game on the Nintendo eShop for 3DS in North America on May 12. The game from Spike Chunsoft will cost US$39.99 and will come with a bonus 3DS theme. The game will has been delayed to an...
ep. review

Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 15

"Assassination Classroom is moving into uncharted waters now. It's carried a story across multiple episodes before, but never with this many moving parts."
interest

Microsoft's Age-Guessing Site Confirms Hirohiko Araki's Vampire Status

Fans of Hirohiko Araki's work have noticed a trend about the soon-to-be 55-year-old manga creator: the man does not age. Every time Araki releases a new publicity photos, users on the Internet are quick to compare it to the others he's released since 1980. Microsoft's new How Old Do I Look? website just adds more evidence that Araki is actually an immortal vampire, likely turned around the age of ...
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Polygamous Idol Unit Kiyoshi Ryūjin 25 Has Vacancy After 1 "Wife" Leaves

Applications needed for Ryūjin Kiyoshi's seventh wife ― From left to right: Natsuki, Ami, Sakino, Ryūjin, Momoka, Misaki, and Kanon Kiyoshi Natsuki Kiyoshi, a member of the J-pop group Kiyoshi Ryūjin 25, has suspended all activity with the group starting April 23. The group brands itself a "polygamy idol unit," since it consists of one man (the eponymous Ryūjin Kiyoshi) and (until now) six women: Sa...
news

Barakamon, Nobunaga Concerto Nominated for Banff World Media Festival Award

Nominees considered for Rockie Award in animation category ― The Banff World Media Festival announced last month that Barakamon and Nobunaga Concerto are among nominees in the Rockie Awards' animation category. The two anime are competing against Dutch short film Munya In Me, Nickelodeon's The Legend of Korra, British television series The Octonauts, and French film The Rooster of St-Victor. The winn...
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Jump Square Holds To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness Heroine Poll

Let us know your choices in the ANN poll! ― The June issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine announced that it's holding a popularity poll for the heroines of To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness. Fans of the series can vote in multiple categories including: Which character would you want to be your girlfriend (or wife) ? Which character would you want to be in your family (but not as a wife/girlfriend) ? ...
news

Band 7!! to Perform at Dallas's A-Kon

Group performed theme for Naruto Shippuden, Your Lie in April, The File of Young Kindaichi Returns ― The A-Kon convention announced that Japanese rock band 7!! (also known as 7!! ~seven oops~) will perform at the June 5-7 convention in Dallas, Texas. The band previously performed at California's FanimeCon in 2013. 7!! has performed themes for Naruto Shippuden, You and Me., and The File of Young Kinda...
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Man Who Landed Drone on Prime Minister's Roof Moonlights as a Manga Artist

Webcomics focus on extermination campaign against elderly ― Yasuo Yamamoto was arrested recently for landing a drone filled with slightly radioactive sand on the roof of the office of Japanese prime minister Shinzō Abe in Tokyo. He claims to have done it as a protest against Abe's nuclear policies. It turns out that Yamamoto, although unemployed, is a manga artist, and has posted manga on Nico Nico S...
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ANNCast - Meat Popsicles

Zac and Justin get terminally sidetracked by your Twitter questions for a conversation that swerves dangerously between off-topic and on. Shirobako, Ghost in the Shell and more are tackled. ― ANNCast Episode 224: Meat Popsicles Get the Flash Player to see this player. Zac and Justin get terminally sidetracked by your Twitter questions for a conversation that swerves dangerously between off-topic and...
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6th Hakuoki Stage Musical's TV Ad Showcases Cast

6th musical of game series to open in Tokyo on May 23 ― Marvelous AQL began streaming a 15-second commercial for the Hakuōki: Reimei Roku (Hakuoki: Daybreak Story) musical, the sixth musical in the Hakuoki series, on Thursday. The video previews the musical's cast. Narrator: Musical Hakuoki: Reimei Roku. Narrator: The latest musical based on the popular Hakuoki game series! Narrator: Starting now, a ...
ep. review

Ninja Slayer From Animation ‒ Episode 3

"The show does an admirable job keeping the mood fresh by dialing down the action and introducing a bunch of new characters."

Persona 4: Dancing All Night PS Vita Game's Nanako Promo Streamed

Nanako dances to to Junes theme in video for June 25 spin-off rhythm game ― Atlus began streaming a new promotional video starring the Persona 4 character Nanako Dojima (voiced by Akemi Kanda) for its Persona 4: Dancing All Night PlayStation Vita rhythm game on Friday. The video features a remix of the Persona 4 in-game song "Junes Theme" by Hiroko Kurotani. The game will be released in Japan on June...
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Answerman - Can You Feel The Music?

Why the songs in Love Live! won't be dubbed, how to write to your favorite seiyuu, and why we will never learn actual sales numbers. Plus, the REAL reason why we can't have legal hentai streaming sites. ― You never know when you're going to accidentally find out something you didn't know about the anime business. A few months ago I got asked why we don't have something like Crunchyroll for hentai an...
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Punch Line ‒ Episode 4

"The writer and director seem to be daring viewers to second-guess where this is all going."
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Looking Up at the Half-Moon Sub.DVD

Looking Up at the Half-Moon promises romance and tragedy. As it turns out, it only provides one of those things, and not in the intended way. ― I wish I had something positive to say about this show. I'd even accept “it fails, but at least it tries” - but I honestly don't think Looking Up at the Half-Moon even really tries. It's lazy and tired and clumsily manipulative, lacking the personality or exe...
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Kyoto Animation Opens Twitter Account, Lists Fall Event

The anime studio Kyoto Animation (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, K-ON!, Free!, Sound! Euphonium) announced on Friday that it is opening an official Twitter account to provide various updates. It then opened a site for a Fall event that it and Animation DO are holding at Kyoto's Miyako Messe venue during the October 31-November 1 weekend. [Via Ota-suke]
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 410

"Naruto Shippūden continuously overestimates the appeal of the current arc."
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Square Enix Showcases PC Game Technology with Witch Chapter 0 [Cry] Demo

Agni's Philosophy tech demo character returns ― Square Enix unveiled a short video titled Witch Chapter 0 [Cry] as a real time technology demo at the Microsoft Build Developer Conference on Thursday. The video showcases the software DirectX 12 for Windows 10. The video features a character from Luminous Studio engine's Agni's Philsophy - Final Fantasy Real-Time Tech Demo, which Square Enix unveiled a...
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Yun*chi to Perform Theme Song for Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life Third Season

Anime to premiere in July ― The official website for Wooser no Sono Higurashi Mugen-hen (Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life: Fantasy Edition), the third anime adaptation of Yoshiki Usa and Tomoko Fujinoki's Wooser no Sono Higurashi (Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life) manga, announced on Friday that Yun*chi (Log Horizon) will perform the theme song "Lucky Girl*" for the anime. Taku Takahashi of the musical unit m-...
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Saki Biyori Anime DVD Promo Confirms Returning Staff

OAD will ship with volume 14 of Ritz Kobayashi's Saki manga ― Square Enix began streaming a video preview on Friday for the original anime DVD (OAD) that will bundle with the limited edition 14th volume of Ritz Kobayashi's Saki manga. The OAD is based on the Saya Kiyoshi's four-panel manga spinoff Saki Biyori. The video announces original staff of the Saki anime series will return for the OAD: Produc...
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Durarara!!×2 Shō's Episode 4.5 Ad Previews Hot Pot Party

Bonus episode will premiere in theaters on May 30 in Japan ― Japanese film news website Cinema Today began streaming a 15-second preview of the extra Durarara episode "Durarara!!×2 Shō Gaiden!? Dai 4.5 Wa Watashi no Kokoro wa Nabe Moyō" (Durarara!!×2 Shō Side Story!? Episode 4.5: My Heart is in the Pattern of a Hot Pot) on Thursday. The video features the song "Reflection" by Toshiyuki Toyonaga, the ...
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Ema Toyama Ends Shōjo Manga Missions of Love in June

Kodansha publishes romantic comedy by I Am Here! creator in N. America ― The June issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine announced on Friday that Ema Toyama will end her Watashi ni xx Shinasai! (Missions of Love) romantic comedy manga in the magazine's next issue, which Kodansha will publish on June 3. The announcement also notes that there will be more news about the manga in the magazine's next iss...

Million Doll TV Anime Unveils More Cast, July 6 Premiere

Aina Kusuda, Yuichiro Umehara, Miku Itō lead cast of idol anime ― The official website for the upcoming television anime of Ai's Million Doll manga unveiled additional cast members, as well as its July 6 premiere date. In addition, the site also revealed a visual for the character Mariko. The anime's staff previously announced that Mayu Iizuka and Yui Watanabe will play the characters Rina and Momona...
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Natsuki Hanae Is 1 of 12 Pillow Boys in Makura no Danshi TV Anime

New boy every week sleeps next to audience in July anime entirely in 1st-person perspective Makura no Danshi, the new television anime from Earth Star Entertainment (Encouragement of Climb, Teekyū, Wanna Be the Strongest in the World), will premiere this July. The anime promises a "new and novel 'sleeping side-by-side' experience entirely in the first-person perspective" to "heal tired hearts." Nat...
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Junjō Romantica Season 3 Reveals More Cast, Staff, Theme Songs

Nana Mizuki, Noriko Namiki, Kishô Taniyama, more reprise roles in boys-love anime ― The spring issue of Kadokawa's Emerald magazine announced new staff, cast, and theme songs for the upcoming third season of the Junjō Romantica boys-love anime on Thursday. The additional cast members, all reprising their roles from previous seasons, are as follows: Nana Mizuki as Kaoruko Usami Noriko Namiki as Eri Ai...
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Kana Hanazawa, Ai Kayano, Ryohei Kimura Lead Jōkamachi no Dandelion Anime's Cast

Ayumu Murase, Eriko Matsui, Kaori Ishihara, Aina Suzuki, more also star in summer anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Ayumu Kasuga's four-panel manga Jōkamachi no Dandelion (Castle Town Dandelion) announced the main cast for the series on Friday. The cast will star: Kana Hanazawa as Akane Sakurada Ai Kayano as Aoi Sakurada Ryohei Kimura as Shū Sakurada Kaori Ishihara a...
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Ghibli's Spirited Away Film Shrunk into 5-Minute, 8-Bit Video

CineFix's 8-Bit Cinema feature has turned plenty of popular films into video game-style videos like Titanic, The Fast and the Furious, and The Walking Dead. On Tuesday, the group uploaded a version of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's award-winning film Spirited Away, with a MIDI-version of Joe Hisaishi's score to boot. Much of the film's story is condensed into a quick five minutes and is transf...
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Ace of Diamond Stage Play to Premiere in August

Cast for play originally scheduled to premiere in January also announced; voice actor for Yōichi Kuramochi directs play ― This year's 23rd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed on Friday that the previously-delayed stage play adaptation of Yuji Terajima's Ace of Diamond (Daiya no A) baseball manga has been rescheduled to be performed at the Zepp Blue Theater Roppongi from August 1 to 9....

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Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker 3DS Game's English Battle Trailer Streamed

Port of Atlus' Nintendo DS RPG featuring new story elements ships in North America on May 5 ― Atlus USA began streaming a new trailer for its upcoming Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker Nintendo 3DS game on Thursday. The trailer details the mechanics of the game's combat system, and shows some of the characters in action. Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker (Devil Survivor 2 Break Record in Japan) is a port...
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Psychiatry Gag Manga Uses Classic Paintings as Basis for Dating Sim

Mona Lisa, Venus are potential girlfriends ― While dating sims generally focus on high school life, the scope for their casts ranges widely, from monsters to birds to ancient crones. Even though the classic wide-eyed, sweet-talking human teenage girl is still the standard, some of the characters in Yū Yūki's manga Comical Psychosomatic Medicine think they've thought of a better idea. Tokimeki E-ga Re...
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Sazae-san Cartoon Family's Assets Estimated at US$1.2 Million

The charming family life of Sazae Fuguta, her husband Masuo, their son Tarao, and the other family members is the focus of the world's longest-running animated series. Sazae-san illustrates happiness from simple pleasures and features basic plot lines, but a look at the lifestyle of the Fuguta family shows that salaryman Masuo, or Sazae's parents, have some serious cash. Sankei Shimbun's Tsuikatsu...
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Live-Action Terraformars Film Casts Sukiyaki Western Django's Hideaki Itō

Plays genetically altered Komachi, reunites with Lesson of the Evil director Takashi Miike ― 39-year-old actor Hideaki Ito (Princess Blade, Onmyoji, Umizaru, Sukiyaki Western Django, Lesson of the Evil) will star as Shōkichi Komachi in the live-action film of Kenichi Tachibana and Yū Sasuga's science-fiction manga Terraformars. In the manga, the popular character Komachi received the abilities of an ...
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Sega, PlayAsia Raise Funds for Victims of Nepal Quake

Item sales to go to Red Cross emergency relief ― To raise funds for emergency relief after the magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck central Nepal on April 25, Sega Games will donate all of the profits from sales of the Cosmo Atomizer in the online RPG Phantasy Star Online 2 to the Japan Red Cross. Appropriately enough, the Cosmo Atomizer heals your party, restoring it fully to its original condition....

Seven Seas Licenses Shōjo Time-Travel Romance Manga Orange

Ichigo Takano's manga about girl who gets letter from her future self ― North American publisher Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it acquired the rights to Ichigo Takano's manga series Orange. The company will release the series in two complete omnibus collections with over 380 pages, wraparound covers, and color inserts for US$18.99 each. The first will ship on January 26, and the s...
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Fan Chart Compares Sound! Euphonium Character Designs Across 3 Mediums

Adapting characters from paper to screen is always tricky business. Kyoto Animation's current adaptation of Ayano Takeda's Hibike! Euphonium Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-bu e Yōkoso novels is one instance where characters' hair color, cut, and overall design were tweaked or outright changed for the television series. Unlike standard novels, the Sound! Euphonium light novels do contain some images by ill...

Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 20-26

Bravely Second, The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II, BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 20-26 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Bravely Second Square Enix April 23 100,047 100,047 2PS3 TV Anime The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls G4U! Pack Vol.1 Bandai Namco Entertainment April 2...
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Larger-Than-Life Totoro Wins Italian Cosplay Contest

The 6th annual Far East Cosplay Contest was held last weekend as part of the 17th Udine Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy. A total of 78 anime and game fans gathered for a chance to compete and win one of two trips to Japan. Contestants wore costumes from Disney's Frozen, a duo dressed as the K-Pop group VIXX, and a cosplayer dressed as AKB48 idol Atsuko Maeda. The winner Marco Schenato tower...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, April 20-26

The Seven Deadly Sins, Magi, Attack on Titan, Case Closed, Giant Killing in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 The Seven Deadly Sins 14 245,122 543,609 2015/04 Kodansha Nakaba Suzuki 1 2 2 Magi 25 182,431 386,783 2015/04 Shogakukan Shinobu Ohtaka 2 2 3 Attack on Titan 16 140,696 1,362,005 2015/04 Kodansha Hajime Isayama ...
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 4

"My Boyfriend" is the first episode all about our newly established couple, and it's promising for this story going forward."
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Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess Heads West on PS4/PS3/Vita

N. America on July 14, Europe on July 17 ― Koei Tecmo confirmed on Thursday that it is bringing the Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess game to the West on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita. It will debut in North America on July 14, and then in Europe on July 17. This expanded version of the Deception IV: Blood Ties (Kagero: Dark Side Princess) multi-platform game will add new hospital, pla...
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Wish Upon the Pleiades ‒ Episode 4

"These character-by-character episodes are the bread and butter of team-based magical girl shows, going all the way back to Sailor Moon."
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House of 1000 Manga - A Zoo In Winter

Shaenon follows up A Drifting Life with Jiro Taniguchi's autobiographical manga that follows in the same tradition. ― In my last House column I talked about Yoshihiro Tatsumi's opus A Drifting Life, which follows the manga industry from the postwar era to the year 1960. I wish Tatsumi, who passed away earlier this year, could have drawn a sequel about the second half of his career, during which he b...
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Deen's Hero Company Anime Casts Miyu Irino, Tomokazu Sugita, Daisuke Namikawa

Mai Fuchigami, Lynn, Katsuyuki Konishi, Tomokazu Seki, Kikuko Inoue in anime DVD ― The June issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Hero's magazine announced the cast and staff for the anime of Kazuhiko Shimamoto's Hero Company manga on Friday. Miyu Irino as Ginga Amano/Soft Ice Cream Yellow (top left in image) Tomokazu Sugita as Daichi Hadou/Macaron Navy (top right) Daisuke Namikawa as Syun Busou/Chocolate Re...
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Kyōkai no Rinne ‒ Episode 4

"Today's plot hits close to home for young viewers—and is more frustrating than nostalgic for everyone else—as the characters struggle with feelings of love for the first time."
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Denki-Gai [Collector's Edition + CD] Sub.Blu-Ray 1+DVD

An otaku slice-of-life show set in a manga shop comprises PONYCAN's other premium release. Find out if it's worth what they're asking. ― The second of Ponycan USA's forays into physical releases for the North American market, Denki-Gai at first seems an unlikely choice. The story takes place in Umanohone, a barely-veiled reference to a popular Japanese doujinshi retailer, something that most certainl...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 269

"Unfortunately for the typical Western viewer, you'll need to possess a solid understanding of Japanese language and history to truly appreciate many of the jokes in this segment."
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Ao Oni ver.2.0 Sequel Film's New Trailer Previews Thrills

Taishi Nakagawa stars in sequel horror film opening in Japan on July 4 ― A second trailer for Ao Oni ver.2.0, the sequel to the film adaptation of the free online horror game Ao Oni (Blue Demon), began streaming on Thursday. The video features the film's theme song, "Yogorenaki Itazura" (Pranks Without Filth) by AMG Sakamoto Kageki-dan featuring Rino Yamamoto Eizo Sakamoto. Text: Trailer 2.0 Text: Th...
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Galaga x Tekken Crossover App Previewed in Video

Free game released for iOS, Android on Thursday ― The official YouTube channel for the Tekken franchise began streaming a promotional video for Galaga Tekken, a free smartphone game app that was first teased as an April Fools' Day joke. The game gives the player control over Tekken characters Kazuya and Heihachi, and the player must use them to destroy incoming foes in the style of the classic Galaga...
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CyberConnect2's Matsuyama Discusses Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 in Subtitled Video

Video lists PS4, Xbox One, PC game as releasing this fall in the west ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America posted a subtitled interview video on Thursday featuring CyberConnect2's Hiroshi Matsuyama. He discusses the upcoming Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (Naruto Shippūden Narutimate Storm 4) PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC game, explaining the changes to the game when compared to the previ...
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Vitreous Flower & Destroy the World Film's Story, Character Profiles Unveiled

Film with character designs by HENNEKO's Kantoku premieres this year ― The official website for the Vitreous Flower & Destroy the World (Glass no Hana to Kowasu Sekai) anime film updated on Thursday, and revealed a new key visual (seen above), character designs, and the story. The characters for the film include: Rimo "I must return to the flower patch..." A girl who has lost her memories. She was s...

Love Live! Sunshine's Character Profiles, Story, Images Unveiled

New group name to be determined through reader surveys ― The official website for the Love Live! Sunshine project unveiled the characters and story on Thursday. The characters, along with the announced cast, include: Anju Inami as Chika Takami: Youngest of three sisters, a fan of μ's, and the leader of her school idol unit. Her family runs an inn, which boasts an open air bath with a view of the sea....
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Natsumegu PC Visual Novel Listed for PS Vita

Game was originally released for PC in 2007 ― The character goods maker and retailer Chara-Ani lists Cotton Software's Natsumegu (Nutmeg) PC visual novel adventure game for release on the PlayStation Vita platform on July 30. The game's story begins when Atsushi Watabe's school is about to merge with another school in a bid to increase its student population. He learns that his friend Yukako will tra...
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Ultraman X TV Series Announced for July

Kensuke Takahashi stars as 41st Ultra Hero , Kiyotaka Taguchi (Ginga S) directs series ― The new Ultraman series titled Ultraman X is slated to premiere this July. Kensuke Takahashi (Hamatora stage play) stars as the 41st new Ultra Hero Daichi Ōzora, and Kiyotaka Taguchi (Ultraman Ginga S) is returning to direct. The story takes place in a world where an ultra solar flare has awakened human-shaped be...
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Gundam: Battle Operation Next Free-to-Play Game Coming to PS3, PS4

Beta now open for sequel to 2012 game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment launched Beta Versions of a new free-to-play action PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 game titled Mobile Suit Gundam Battle Operation Next on Thursday. The game is a continuation of the PS3 game Mobile Suit Gundam Battle Operation, which launched in Japan in June 2012. The Beta versions will be available until May 3. In Mobile Suit Gund...
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Mamoru Oshii Makes Live-Action Thriller Tōkyō Mukokuseki Shōjo

Movie about suffering art student opens on July 25 Tōkyō Mukokuseki Shōjo (Tokyo Stateless Girl,) the latest live-action project from director Mamoru Oshii (Angel's Egg, Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor The Mobile Police), will open in Japan on July 25. The film's official website began streaming a trailer for the film on Wednesday. Text: The Sixth Sense Text: Saw Text: Black Swan Text: 2015 Summer - T...
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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Pushed Forward to March 31, 2017

Disney has rescheduled its release of Dreamworks' live-action Ghost in the Shell film from April 14, 2017 to March 31, 2017. Disney's Touchstone Pictures banner has been distributing Dreamworks films since 2009. Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers, Lucy, Lost in Translation) signed on to star in this adaptation of Masamune Shirow's manga, and Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) will direct o...
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches' 'Kuchizuke Diamond' Opening Track's Full MV Streamed

The A-Sketch music label began streaming the full music video for Weaver's "Kuchizuke Diamond," track. The song serves as the opening theme song for Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches. Weaver is a piano band consisting of Shōta Okuno (Bass & Chorus), Yūji Sugimoto (Piano & Vocal), and Tohru Kawabe (Drum & Chorus). The group debuted live in 2007 and launched their first single in 2009. The "Kuchizuke...

Wednesday, April 29

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Digital Manga's Clockwork Apple Kickstarter Reaches Stretch Goal to Reprint Barbara

3rd stretch goal will reprint Swallowing the Earth ― North American publisher Digital Manga's Clockwork Apple Kickstarter campaign reached its second stretch goal to print Osamu Tezuka's manga Barbara on Wednesday. Digital Manga successfully funded a campaign to publish Barbara in 2012. The English release of Barbara was nominated for an Eisner award in 2013. The Kickstarter's initial goal was to pub...
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6th Hetalia Anime's 1st Video Unveils July Debut, Italy's Theme Song

Daisuke Namikawa sings "Hetalia Jet" for Hetalia The World Twinkle ― The official website for Hetalia The World Twinkle, the sixth anime season inspired by Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia manga, began streaming the first promotional video on Thursday. The video confirms that the series will begin streaming on the d Anime Store (Docomo Anime Store) and other services this July. It also features the theme s...
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Abe's LDP Political Party Releases Manga to Promote Proposed Constitutional Changes

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Diet's majority Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is proposing a series of changes to Japan's Constitution, changes they hope will succeed by 2018. This is considered a major move, as the document has not been altered since it was drafted by the U.S. government at the end of World War II. It saw Japan's military force reduced to primarily self-defense. LDP leader Haj...

Furious 7's James Wan in Talks to Direct Live-Action Robotech

The Hollywood Reporter: Sony extends offer to director of Saw, The Conjuring The Hollywood Reporter entertainment news source is reporting on Wednesday that James Wan "has the offer and is in early talks" with Sony to direct its planned live-action Robotech film. In addition to co-creating and directing the first Saw film, Wan directed The Conjuring film and Furious 7, the top-grossing film in 2015...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 26-May 2

Nobunaga the Fool, World Conquest Zvezda Plot, D-Frag!, Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers, Samurai Pizza Cats anime; Clay Lord: Master of Golems manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date D-Frag! DVD/Blu-ray Complete SeriesPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 April 28 D-Frag! DVD/Blu-ray Complete Series Limited EditionCite Funimation Entertainment US$69.98 April 28 Fus...
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New Cardcaptor Sakura Figures Are Ready to Do Damage on Your Wallet

The Cardcaptor Sakura goods keep coming, this time with three new figures; two of Sakura herself and one of Li Syaoran. Kotobukiya's ARTFX J 1/7-scale Cardcaptor Sakura comes beautifully detailed in the same outfit she wears in the series' first opening sequence. It costs 11,880 yen (about US$100) and measures about 185mm (7.25in) high. Sakura's magical mascot Kero is also along for the ride. The ...

Kotoura-san Gets Spinoff Manga This Summer

Spinoff to run online on Manga Goccha ― The seventh and final volume of Enokids' Kotoura-san comedy manga announced last Wednesday that the manga will be getting a spinoff, tentatively titled Kotarou-san Nichijō-hen (Katoraou-san Daily Life Chapter). The spinoff will start in the summer on Micro Magazine's website Manga Goccha. Kotoura-san follows Haruka Kotoura, a girl who suffered during her childh...
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Working/Wagnaria!! Spinoff Manga to End in June

Original manga's 3rd TV anime green-lit ― This year's 10th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine is announcing on Friday that Karino Takatsu's Working!! spinoff manga will end in the next issue, which will ship on June 5. The story of the original manga follows high school freshman Sōta Takanashi who works part-time at a restaurant with strange staff members. When he starts his job, he meets ...
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Judean Spirit Masks Bear Striking Resemblance to JoJo Artifact

The Stone Mask found in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a fearsome object. Practically sentient, it will latch on the face of its victims and turn them into vampires. The series long-time antagonist Dio Brando becomes all too interested in the object and sets into motion Hirohiko Araki's long-running manga series. The ancient stone mask isn't too many steps outside of reality. A series of masks disco...
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Tokyo One Piece Tower Theme Park Draws 100,000 in 48 Days

The Tokyo One Piece Tower theme park drew its 100,000th visitor on Wednesday, 48 days after it opened on March 13. Tokyo resident Stefan Vaneiken was the 100,00th visitor along with his family. The theme park recreates the world in Eiichiro Oda's pirate manga One Piece and its anime adaptation. The park is holding a campaign to celebrate the upcoming May 5 birthday of the main character Luffy. Sou...
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Cross Ange Creative Producer Indicates Sales Were Strong Enough for More

Cross Ange creative producer Mitsuo Fukuda revealed during Wednesday's Cross Ange Golden Week fan meeting in Tokyo that the anime has sold enough for a possible second season. He said, "Well, it isn't like the series hasn't sold enough to warrant a second season." He also mentioned that while he wants to do a continuation, Sunrise told him that the studio was too busy with "a certain anime franchi...
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Arina Tanemura's 2nd Cross Ange Doujinshi Stars Gender-Bent Cast

Hot off the sale of her first Cross Ange doujinshi at last year's Comiket, manga artist Arina Tanemura is already planning her next installment titled Dramatic! The book will star her favorite pairing of Ange and Hilda but with one caveat — the entire cast is now men. Tanemura's preview on Twitter even promises a little bit of kabedon. とらのあなさんでスパコミ新刊の予約始まってました〜! クロスアンジュ男版、アンヒル健全ギャグ。 http://t.co/fl...

Seven Seas Licenses Virtual Gender-Bender Manga Not Lives

Wataru Karasuma's ongoing Dengeki Daioh title to debut next March ― North American publisher Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it acquired the rights to Wataru Karasuma's "virtual gender-bender" manga series Not Lives. The company will release the first volume with color inserts on March 29, 2016 for US$12.99. Seven Seas describes the story: High school student Mikami has always be...
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Danganronpa Games Sell Over 200,000 in the West

NIS America CEO and President Takuro Yamashita told the MCV website that the Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair games have sold more than 200,000 copies — on the PS Vita platform alone — in Europe and the United States. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (Zettai Zetsubō Shōjo Danganronpa: Another Episode) will ship in the West this fall after shipping ...
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Noriko Meguro's Game of Thrones Book Covers Are Gorgeous

George R. R. Martin's fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire and its HBO television series Game of Thrones adaptation have captured audiences the world over. Eddard “Ned” Stark's "Brace yourselves, winter is coming" phrase is a well-tread meme and the series' "Red Wedding" episode shocked audiences. The book series is also being published in Japan with its own variant covers by artist Noriko M...
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Live-Action Piece of Cake Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Film adapting George Asakura's romance manga premieres in September in Japan ― The official website for the live-action film of George Asakura's Piece of Cake manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Wednesday. The trailer features the film's main theme song, "Piece of Cake -Ai o Sakebou-" (Piece of Cake -Let's Shout Our Love-) by Miliyah Kato and Kazunobu Mineta. Text: A girl unskilled in lov...
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Cross Ange tr. PS Vita Game's Full Promo Introduces Characters, Gameplay

New protagonist Naomi must bond with heroines in order to cooperate in battle in May 28 game ― The official website for the the Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryū no Rondo tr. PlayStation Vita game began streaming the full promotional video for the game on Tuesday. The character introductions feature the following dialogue: Naomi: I'm Naomi! I was finally able to become a Mail-Rider, something I've always wan...
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Sound! Euphonium ‒ Episode 4

"Less tightly paced and narratively focused than the first few, this one could be easily divided into two broad halves."
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Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition's Limited Package Comes in a Pizza Box

Japanese edition's contents revealed ― The official website for CAPCOM's upcoming Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition action game revealed the contents of the game's limited edition package in Japan. The package includes three different covers for the game, extra costumes for Lady and Trish, a 64-page full color Production Note book, and a Premium Music Selection soundtrack CD. The player will also star...
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Prince of Tennis Musical's 3rd Season Trailer Introduces Cast

Musical currently running in Osaka until May 3 ― Ticketing agency E Plus streamed a trailer for the third season of the Prince of Tennis musicals on Monday. The video showcases the cast and characters of the musical from both Seishun Academy and Fudomine Junior High. The cast for Seigaku include: Kazutoshi Yoshida as Ryoma Echizen Takuma Zaiki as Tezuka Kunimitsu Shun Ishida as Shūichirō Ōishi Yuki K...
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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker Previewed in Unboxing Video

3DS game to ship May 5 in the Americas; custom theme now available ― Atlus USA released a video on Thursday showcasing its English release of Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker. The video showcases the physical release's contents that come bundled with pre-order copies of the game, including the original soundtrack and vinyl stickers. The Nintendo 3DS game is set to ship in the Ameri...
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Big Hero 6 Is Japan's Top-Selling Animated Blu-ray of 2015 After 3 Days

In three days, the MovieNEX (Blu-ray Disc + DVD + Digital Copy) edition of Disney's Big Hero 6 film sold 160,762 copies to become Japan's top-selling animated Blu-ray Disc of 2015. The MovieNEX Plus 3D edition of the Oscar-winning film sold another 10,786 copies between April 24 and April 26. The previous record-holder for 2015 was the MovieNEX edition of Disney's Frozen, which has sold 117,000 co...

Love Live! Sunshine!! Project's Cast, Character Images Unveiled

Anju Inami, Rikako Aida, Nanaka Suwa, more in new project ― The June issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's Magazine is unveiling the cast for the Love Live! Sunshine!! project on Thursday. Love Live! Sunshine's cast includes (from top left to bottom right in image above): Anju Inami as Chika Takami Rikako Aida as Riko Sakurauchi Nanaka Suwa as Kanan Matsuura Arisa Komiya as Daiya Kurosawa Shuka Sai...
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Corpse Party 3DS Game's First-Print Copies to Add Extra Chapter

July 30 game's limited edition includes art book, music CD ― The official website for 5pb.'s upcoming Corpse Party: Blood Covered …Repeated Fear Nintendo 3DS horror game announced on Wednesday that first-print copies of the game will include a download code for an extra chapter in the game, titled "Tokoyami no Hotaru" (Firefly of Eternal Darkness). The chapter's description outlines the story: "Yoshi...
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Hana & Alice Anime, Yuasa's Adventure Time Episode Compete at Annecy

Miss Hokusai, "The Night of the Naporitan," Shugo Tokumaru "Poker" also competing ― The Case of Hana & Alice (Hana to Alice Satsujin Jiken), Shunji Iwai's animated prequel to his 2004 coming-of-age film Hana & Alice, has been selected for the Official Feature Film Competition at the 39th Annecy International Animation Film Festival. It will compete with Keiichi Hara and Production I.G's Miss Hokusai ...
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