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Shelf Life - UQ Holder!

Gabriella plunges deep into the lore of Ken Akamatsu for this Negima! spinoff action series, while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― I picked up the new Super Smash Bros. game this week, only to re-discover that I'm not very good at Smash games (and I never have been). Thankfully, the holidays should give me plenty of time to get better, or at least less comically awful. In the ...
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Wolf & Parchment: New Theory Spice & Wolf Novel 3

This more low-key adventure for Col and Myuri does a great job expanding the series' world, but the transition from lore to drama isn't as smooth as fans might hope. Theron Martin has the details. ― The first novel of this “next generation” sequel to Spice and Wolf dealt with events that could have world-shaking consequences, while the second volume dealt with events that could reshape an entire regi...
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The Mike Toole Show - Jump-ing Ship

Big changes are coming to the way Shonen Jump gets distributed in the US - but this wouldn't be the first time! Join Mike on a journey through the history of Shonen Jump in America. ― The summer of 2002 was an inflection point for anime and manga in North America. Hamtaro debuted on Cartoon Network in June, positioned as a new kids' favorite, complete with toys at major department stores. Tokyopop we...
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The List - 7 Ho-Ho-Horrible Santas

Get ready for the holidays with seven of the strangest Santas from across anime history. ― The holiday season is upon us, although department stores started blaring Christmas music over the intercom well before Thanksgiving. Whether you're already over the festivities (STRESS! AWKWARD FAMILY GATHERINGS!) or will be up on Christmas morning with bells on, the season is on its way. The holiday is a sha...
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ANNCast - Just Froobin' Over Here

Zac and Jacob return from beyond the grave to catch up on a big pile of Fall 2018 anime, plus Broly, new Fruits Basket, Evangelion on Netflix and live-action Cowboy Bebop! ― ANNCast 340 - The Thing About My Dokes Zac and Jacob return from beyond the grave to chat Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Zombie Land Saga and more Fall 2018 anime, plus Broly, new Fruits Basket, Evangelion on Netflix and live-action ...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Nov 26-Dec 2

Not even Zombie Land Saga can rattle Thunderbolt Fantasy 2's iron grip on the top spot! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that th...
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Neo Atlas 1469 Exploration Game Slated for Switch in April 2019

Game shipped for the Switch in Japan on April 19 ― NIS America announced that it will release the Nintendo Switch version of ARTDINK's Neo Atlas 1469 game in North America on April 9, 2019. NIS America is streaming a trailer for the release. The Switch version shipped in Japan on April 19. The game shipped on the PlayStation Vita in Japan in 2016. Arc System Works released the game on the PC via Stea...
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Reki Kawahara Apologizes to Voice Actors for Latest Sword Art Online Episode

Author also offered an explanation for why the series uses sexual assault as a plot device. ― Sword Art Online author Reki Kawahara took to Twitter to apologize to the anime's voice actors after the latest episode of Sword Art Online: Alicization aired on Saturday night. The episode is widely considered the most graphic and violent of the series to date. The episode streamed on Crunchyroll opens with...
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Sword Art Online Episode Censors More Content on U.S.-Based Streaming Services

Aniplex distributes different version of episode 10 to Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu ― Note: The links in the article below are not safe for work. The 10th episode of Sword Art Online: Alicization had additional content edits on United States-based streaming services Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu. However, Aniplex's France-based streaming platform Wakanim did not. While both versions feature blac...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ‒ Episode 11

"Thanks in part to the relative lack of narrative progress this week, it feels like we should be further along in the story than we are at this point."
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EVE Rebirth Terror Game Ships for PS4, PS Vita on April 25

― Famitsu.com's preview of this week's issue of Gzbrain Inc.'s Weekly Famitsu magazine revealed on Tuesday that EVE Rebirth Terror, El Dia's sequel to the EVE Burst Error game, will launch for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on April 25. The PS4 version of the game will bundle a PS4 version of the EVE Burst Error R visual novel remake of the original game. The limited-edition PS4 version...
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Tsurune ‒ Episode 8

"This episode reminded us of every character's disparate reason for practicing kyudo and how that affects their reaction to being put in a high-pressure situation."
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Devil May Cry 5 Game's Trailer Previews Hyde Song

Hyde performs "Mad Qualia" for March game ― Capcom began streaming a Hyde collaboration trailer for its Devil May Cry 5 action game on Tuesday. The video previews the song "Mad Qualia," performed by solo musical artist and L'Arc-en-Ciel band member Hyde. The company also began streaming a Japanese version of the game's main trailer that debuted last Thursday. The game will launch on March 8, 2019 for...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 864

"This is a goofy action-packed episode that dances around the line between every tonal risk this arc is taking, with appropriately mixed results."
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Cinedigm Acquires Streaming Services Viewster, Viewster Anime

Final acquisition slated for January ― Cinedigm announced on Monday that it has agreed to acquire video streaming service Viewster and its subsidiary Viewster Anime. The company expects the acquisition to be finalized in January. Cinedigm will combine the offerings of Viewster and Viewster Anime with its own library of channels and content. The company will also take control of all of Viewster and Vi...
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Sword Art Online Director Makes Sci-Fi Romance Anime Film 'Hello World'

Fall 2019 film by helmer Tomohiko Ito, Graphinica, KADO writer, K-On! designer ― Tomohiko Ito (Sword Art Online franchise, ERASED) is directing an original anime film project titled Hello World for release next fall at the studio Graphinica (Expelled from Paradise). Mado Nozaki (Bablyon novel series, KADO - The Right Answer) is writing the screenplay, and Yukiko Horiguchi (K-On!, Lucky Star, Tamako L...
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Aggretsuko Anime Gets Christmas Episode on December 20

Retsuko seeks validation through social media before metal anime's 2019 season ― The video service Netflix announced on Tuesday that it will stream a Christmas episode for the Aggretsuko anime on December 20 worldwide. Netflix describes the story of the "We Wish You a Metal Christmas" episode: While Retsuko desperately makes plans for Christmas Eve, her new obsession with seeking validation through s...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, December 3-9

Bungo Stray Dogs film sells 10,599, followed by live-action Bleach, live-action Rainbow Days, Daisuke Ono & Hiro Shimono, Junichi Suwabe ― The deluxe edition (limited first pressing) for the live-action Rainbow Days film sold 3,046 copies to rank #8 on the overall DVD chart. The live-action Bleach film landed at #11 with 2,187 copies. The Premium Edition was #25 with 1,149 copies. Daisuke Ono and Hir...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, December 3-9

Bungo Stray Dogs film sells 13,125, followed by Liz and the Blue Bird, Today's Menu for Emiya Family, Eir Aoi, Daisuke Ono ― Eir Aoi's Aoi Eir Special Live 2018 ~Re Blue~ at Nippon Budōkan sold 3,639 copies to rank #9 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Daisuke Ono's Ono Daisuke Live Tour 2018 Dream Journey Blu-ray landed at #11 with 3,488 copies. Kamen Rider Build Blu-ray Collection 4 was #16 with 2,...
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Nobunaga Sensei no Osanazuma Time-Travel Comedy Manga Gets April 2019 TV Anime

Azure Konno's romantic comedy about Oda Nobunaga's wife Kichō stars Kōdai Sakai, Akari Uehara, Ari Ozawa ― Publisher Futabasha announced on Tuesday that a television anime adaptation of Azure Konno's Nobunaga Sensei no Osanazuma (Mr. Nobunaga's Young Bride) manga has been green-lit for a premiere next April. The romantic comedy manga's story centers on Nobunaga, a middle school teacher who constantly...
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Mirai Nominated for Critic's Choice Awards

Film opened in the U.S. on November 29 ― The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced its nominees for the 24th Annual Critics' Choice Awards on Monday. Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's Mirai film received a nomination in the Best Animated Feature category. The other nominees included The Grinch, The Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Ve...
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Gundam NT, Uirabu. Films Rank at #5, #8

Zoku Owarimonogatari tops mini-theaters for 5th consecutive weekend Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative (Kidō Senshi Gundam NT), the new anime project for the Gundam franchise dropped from #4 to #5 in its second weekend. It earned 81,055,800 yen (about US$716,100) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 353,574,400 yen (about US$3.12 million) The film opened in 91 theaters on November ...
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God Eater 3 Game's Story Trailer Streamed

Game launches in Japan on December 13, in West on February 8 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a story trailer for the God Eater 3 game on Monday. The game will debut in Japan on December 13 for PlayStation 4. The game will feature the new character Yūgo Pennywort (voiced by Tomokazu Seki). Anime studio ufotable is returning to animate the opening sequence. The game will launch in ...
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Live-Action Kakegurui Film Unveils Teaser, Opening Song Artist

PassCode performs opening song for May live-action film ― The official website for the live-action adaptations of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga began streaming a new teaser for the live-action film on Tuesday. The site also revealed that PassCode will perform the film's opening theme song "Ichi ka Bachi ka" (All or Nothing). The second season will premiere on...
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Live-Action Hollywood Alita: Battle Angel Film's Trailer Shows Memories of War

Film of GUNNM manga opens in U.S. on February 14 ― 20th Century Fox began streaming a new Japanese-subtitled trailer for Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga, on Tuesday. The video shows Alita's memories of war, and some of the Motorball scenes. The film will open in the United States on February 14, 2019, afte...

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Sailor Moon Stage Show Reveals Cast, March Dates for U.S. Run

Performance runs in D.C. on March 24, in New York on March 29-30 ― The official website for the Sailor Moon franchise announced on Friday the all-female cast and performance information for the United States run of Sailor Moon The Super Live, the new performance show based on Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon manga. The performance will run at Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on March 24. Performances w...
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Attack on Titan's Levi Official Laundry Detergent Goes On Sale

― Attack on Titan fan favorite character Levi is an established clean freak. It took some years, but now he finally has his own laundry detergent that officially hit Matsumoto Kiyoshi stores on Monday. The "Attack Anti-bacterial EX Super Clear Gel" is based on designs voted on by Twitter users in July. Users decided how the bottle and cap would look. The detergent itself is based on the Attack produ...
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Fire Emblem Heroes Smartphone Game's Book III Trailer Introduces Realm of the Dead

Game adds beast units, first summon tickets ― Nintendo revealed a trailer for Book III of its Fire Emblem Heroes smartphone game as part of a "Feh Channel" presentation on Monday. Book III will begin with the Askran Kingdom at peace, until the arrival of invaders from Hel, the "Realm of the Dead." New characters include the Realm of the Dead's princess Eir, its ruler Hel, and generals Líf and Thrasir...
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Fairy Tail: Final Season Anime Listed With Planned 51 Episodes

― The official website for the Fairy Tail anime posted details, including episode counts, for a "Fairy Tail Ultimate Collection" series of Blu-ray Disc releases that will cover all of the Fairy Tail television anime. The first seven sets will include episodes 1-175 (the first Fairy Tail anime) and sets eight through 11 will contain episodes 176-277 (the second FairyTail anime, including Fairy Tail Z...
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Muv-Luv Dev Team Solicits Spinoff Stories From International Fans

Muv-Luv creator Kouki Yoshimune and aNCHOR President Asahi Iwanaga revealed in an interview with games website Twinfinite on Friday that they are soliciting spinoff stories for the Muv-Luv visual novel franchise from international fans. The dev team has asked that any interested fans should send their stories to Twinfinite editor Giuseppe Nelva, who will forward them to the dev team for review. In...

Sega's Panzer Dragoon Game Gets Remake in 2019

Forever Entertainment also co-produces Panzer Dragoon II Zwei prequel remake ― Polish game developer and publisher Forever Entertainment announced on Monday that it is partnering with Sega Holdings Co., Ltd. to co-create and publish the Panzer Dragoon: Remake and Panzer Dragoon II Zwei: Remake games. Panzer Dragoon: Remake is slated to launch in 2019. Panzer Dragoon: Remake will be a "refreshed" vers...
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Viz's Shonen Jump Adds Haikyu!!, Demon Slayer, More to Simulpublishing Lineup

Chainsaw Man, ne0;lation, Gokutei Higuma, act-age, Jujutsu Kaisen!! also get simultaneous publication ― Andy Naktani, Editor in Chief of Viz Media's Shonen Jump, announced on Monday that the new English Shonen Jump service is adding the following Weekly Shonen Jump titles for simultaneous publication with Japan: Haikyu!! Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Chainsaw Man ne0;lation Gokutei Higuma (tentative...

GKIDS, Shout! Factory Schedule BD Release for Perfect Blue Anime Film

Satoshi Kon's 1997 film ships on Blu-ray on March 26 ― GKIDS and Shout! Factory announced on Monday that they will release Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue anime film on a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack on March 26. The release will include a new digital remastered version of the film along with the original SD version. It will be the first North American Blu-ray release for the film. Other special features i...
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Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san ‒ Episode 10

"With an increased focus on employee interactions, this comedy series once again educates viewers on the trials faced by booksellers."
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Katy Perry, Kingdom Hearts' Sora Announced For Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Game

Square Enix previews video of music icon's sprite, original song ― Square Enix announced on Sunday that music icon Katy Perry will be a character for Square Enix's Final Fantasy Brave Exvius smartphone game, along with Kingdom Hearts protagonist Sora. Katy Perry will appear as "multiple characters" in the game for a limited time, starting on December 12. Square Enix North America's YouTube channel po...
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Toji no Miko Franchise's Mini Toji TV Anime Reveals Theme Songs, 11-Episode Length

Anime premieres on January 5 ― The official website for Mini Toji, a television anime featuring mini versions of the characters from the previous Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko television anime and Toji no Miko: Kizamishi Issen no Tomoshibi smartphone game, announced on Monday that voice actresses Kaede Hondo (Kanami Etō) and Himika Akaneya (Mihono Asakura) will perform the anime's theme song in charac...
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill ‒ Episode 11

"Even as Double Decker jumps the shark straight over its second sun this week, there's still so much else going on this episode that I'm mostly boggled by how unnecessary each new twist feels."
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Steins;Gate 0 Anime's Unaired Episode Previewed in TV Ad

Episode ships with 6th home video release on December 21 ― Kadokawa began streaming a television commercial on Monday for the unaired episode of the Steins;Gate 0 anime. The episode will ship with the sixth and final DVD and Blu-ray Disc release for the series on December 21. The release will also include episodes 21 to 23 of the anime, which all aired on television in Japan. The anime premiered in J...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 85

"While this arc's final battle still seems a ways off, episode 85 offers up enough comedy, action, and intrigue to keep fans invested for the long haul."
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Netflix May Be Using Fanart for Sword Art Online Banner

― Netflix may have been using fanart for one of its Sword Art Online banners in its recommendations to users. One user posted a screencap of their Netflix recommendations, which includes a Sword Art Online banner with an illustration drawn by pixiv artist Keeta. (けーた.) Is... is Netflix using fanart for their Sword Art Online banner? Not sure if this is the source: https://t.co/EMXIWb8Tge pic.twitter...
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters Trailer Shows Battling Kaiju

Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Mothra, Rodan appear in film opening next May ― The official Twitter account for Legendary Pictures' Godzilla films began streaming a trailer for the sequel film Godzilla: King of the Monsters on Monday. The video shows the film's kaiju: Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan. Which of these Titans are here to protect us, and which of these Titans are here to threaten us?...
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Answerman - Why Do I Hear Echoes of Japanese Voices in Dubs of Old Anime?

Every now and then when you're watching an old dub, sometimes you'll hear faint echoes of the Japanese track behind it. What's responsible for this phenomenon? Justin digs in. ― Sami asked: Why does the Japanese dialogue track sometimes leak to music & SFX track used for dubs? I've noticed this issue in many dubs of older anime. Also many of the ME Tracks have this weird "ghosting effect" in which t...
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 35

"We're clearly gearing up for an end to the Western Yokai arc, so this is the point when we'd expect things to look the darkest."
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GKIDS Licenses Okko's Inn Anime Film

Film based on childrens' book series opened in Japan in September ― GKIDS announced on Monday that it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the Okko's Inn (Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei!) anime film. GKIDS plans to release the film theatrically in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub. The film opened in Japan on September 21. The film had previously screened in competi...
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Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! Anime Premieres on January 8

The January 2019 issue of Gakken's Monthly Animedia magazine revealed on Monday that the television anime of Nanatsu Mukunoki's Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! (An Angel Flew Down to Me!) manga will premiere on Tokyo MX and other networks on January 8. The four-panel comedy manga's story centers on Miyako Hoshino, a shy college student and otaku. Miyako's younger sister Hinata, who is a fifth grade...
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 287

"Fairy Tail doesn't always use fairy lore (or folklore) despite its name, but when it does decide to whip it out, it does things right."
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Shelf Life - UQ Holder!

Gabriella plunges deep into the lore of Ken Akamatsu for this Negima! spinoff action series, while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― I picked up the new Super Smash Bros. game this week, only to re-discover that I'm not very good at Smash games (and I never have been). Thankfully, the holidays should give me plenty of time to get better, or at least less comically awful. In the ...

Paramount Pictures Reveals Sonic the Hedgehog Film's Poster

Staff comment on Sonic's fur, shoes ― Video game and entertainment news website IGN revealed a "motion poster" for Paramount Pictures' upcoming Sonic The Hedgehog film on Monday. The image highlights the title character's new coat of fur and shoes. View this post on Instagram Get your first look at Sonic The Hedgehog in his new live action movie. A post shared by IGN (@igndotcom) on Dec 10, 2018 at 4...
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Release the Spyce ‒ Episode 10

"Release the Spyce finally pulls off a genuinely unexpected turn, at long last revealing the traitor who was selling out the Tsukikage."
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Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2019's Top 20 Manga Magazine List

Afternoon, Flowers, Feel Young magazines top list ― The 2019 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook announced its list of the top 20 manga magazines on Tuesday: Afternoon published by Kodansha Monthly Flowers published by Shogakukan Feel Young published by Shodensha Weekly Shonen Jump published by Shueisha Comic Newtype published by Kadokawa Shonen Jump+ pu...
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Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2019's Series Ranking for Female Readers

Metamorphose no Engawa, Mystery to Iu Nakare, Nagi no Oitoma top list ― The 2019 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook announced its lists of the top manga series on Tuesday. The top 20 on its list of manga for female readers are: Metamorphose no Engawa by Kaori Tsurutani Mystery to Iu Nakare by Yumi Tamura Nagi no Oitoma by Misato Konari Ikoku Nikki by To...
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SSSS.Gridman ‒ Episode 10

"As the virtual world starts crashing down around our cast, this episode belongs to Anti."
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Wolf & Parchment: New Theory Spice & Wolf Novel 3

This more low-key adventure for Col and Myuri does a great job expanding the series' world, but the transition from lore to drama isn't as smooth as fans might hope. Theron Martin has the details. ― The first novel of this “next generation” sequel to Spice and Wolf dealt with events that could have world-shaking consequences, while the second volume dealt with events that could reshape an entire regi...
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Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2019's Series Ranking for Male Readers

Heavenly Delusion, Kengōji-san wa Mendōkusai, Astra Lost in Space top list ― The 2019 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook announced its lists of the top manga series on Tuesday. The top 20 on its list of manga for male readers are: Heavenly Delusion by Masakazu Ishiguro Kengōji-san wa Mendōkusai by Minoru Toyoda Astra Lost in Space by Kenta Shinohara The...
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Monster Hunter: World Game Gets Iceborne Expansion in Fall 2019

Expansion includes new story, quest ranks, locales, monsters, more ― The "Special Developer Update" livestream for the Monster Hunter: World game revealed on Monday that the game will get an expansion titled Monster Hunter World: Iceborne in fall 2019. The expansion will feature a new story that begins after the events of the main game, as well as new quest ranks, locales, monsters, moves, and equipm...
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Manaria Friends/Mysteria Friends Anime Premieres on January 20

― The official website for the delayed Manaria Friends television anime, which was formerly known as Rage of Bahamut: Manaria Friends, revealed on Monday that the series of shorts will premiere on January 20. The first episode will air on Tokyo MX from 24:30 to 24:45 on Sunday, January 20 (effectively Monday at 12:30-12:45 a.m.). The anime will also air on BS11, AT-X, and J:COM TV. Sentai Filmworks ...
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Girls' High Author Towa Oshima Draws 1-Shot Manga in January

― The January 2019 issue of Shonengahosha's Young King BULL magazine revealed on December 4 that manga creator Towa Oshima will publish a one-shot in the magazine's next issue on January 4. The one-shot manga will have 32 pages, and is titled "Neru Jō wa Sodatsu" (The Sleeping Girl is Grown Up). The manga centers on the "Sleeping Beauty" of a class, who is also the daughter and successor of a family...
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Symphogear TV Anime Season 5 Delayed From April to July 2019

Senki Zesshō Symphogear XV previously announced for spring at March concerts ― The official website for Senki Zesshō Symphogear AXZ, the fourth Symphogear television anime season, announced on Monday that the upcoming fifth season has been delayed from next April to next July. The staff apologized to the fans who have been anticipating the new Senki Zesshō Symphogear XV season's broadcast, and vowed ...
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Artist Katsumi Kobayashi Remakes Gyara Manga by Ashura's George Akiyama

Manga launches on January 4 ― The January 2019 issue of Shonengahosha's Young King BULL magazine revealed on December 4 that artist Katsumi Kobayashi will draw a remake of George Akiyama's Gyara manga, titled Gyara: Aku e no Shōtai (Gyara: An Invitation to Evil). The manga will launch in the February issue on January 4. The manga's story begins when an ugly boy meets a mysterious girl named Beniko. T...
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Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Light Novels Get Stage Play in July

Kazuhito Yoneyama directs, Shōri Kondō stars in stage play ― Kadokawa revealed on Monday that Chiaki Kisaki and Hako Ichiiro's Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens light novel series is inspiring a stage play adaptation that will run at the Theater Sun Mall in Tokyo from July 13 to 21. Kazuhito Yoneyama is directing and scripting the play, and it will star Shōri Kondō as Zenji Banba. The story of the novels takes ...
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Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals Theme Song Artists, More Cast

nonoc, GARNiDELiA perform themes for show premiering on January 11 ― The official website for the television anime of Makoto Fukami and Seigo Tokiya's Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka (Mahō Shōjo Tokushūsen Asuka) manga began streaming the show's second promotional video on Monday. The video reveals and previews nonoc's opening theme song "KODO." The video also reveals that music group GARNiDELiA will ...
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Fight League Anime's Trailer Reveals Cast, More Staff, February 14 Debut

Net anime based on smartphone game stars Megumi Han, Ai Kayano, Natsumi Murakami, more ― The official website for Fight League: Gear Gadget Generators, the web anime adaptation of XFLAG's Fight League smartphone game, began streaming a trailer for the anime on Monday. The game's official English website is also streaming an English-subtitled version. The trailer previews the anime's opening theme son...
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ZAQ Returns to Perform Theme Song for Trinity Seven Film

Singer performed theme songs for TV anime, 2017 film ― The official website for the anime films of Kenji Saito and Akinari Nao's Trinity Seven manga revealed on Saturday that ZAQ will return to perform the theme song for the second film. The theme song is as-yet untitled, but the CD single is slated to ship on February 27. ZAQ previously performed the opening theme song for the Trinity Seven televisi...
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Dogo Onsen Bath House Gets Original Anime Based on Tezuka's Phoenix Manga

April anime stars Takeshi Tsuruno, Suzuko Mimori, will be part of campaign to promote facility's restoration ― The Dogo Onsen hot spring bath house in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture announced a collaboration campaign with Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix manga on Sunday. The campaign is named "Dogo Reborn Project," and will promote the restoration and repair of the facility, with plans to begin the campaign on Ja...
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Manga Time Kirara, Carat, Max Magazines Gets Digital Editions

Digital editions will be available 1 month after physical editions ― The official Twitter account for Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara magazine revealed on Friday that the publisher's Manga Time Kirara, Manga Time Kirara Carat, and Manga Time Kirara Max magazines will have digital editions beginning in 2019. The digital versions will be available one month after the physical editions (so the February is...

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Real Girl Anime's 2nd Season Reveals Promo Video, Visual, January 8 Premiere

BiSH performs opening theme for new season ― The official website for the anime based on Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga began streaming two promotional videos on Monday for the anime's second season. The videos reveal and preview BiSH's opening theme song "Futari nara." (If It's the Two of Us). (Note: The videos on the official website are region-locked to Japan only, region-free versions a...
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Kingdom Hearts VR Experience Game Debuts on December 25, January 18

VR experience for Hikaru Utada's "Hikari," "Chikai" songs also available on December 25, early 2019 ― The official Japanese PlayStation blog announced on Monday that the "first part" of the Kingdom Hearts VR Experience virtual reality game will be available for free on the PlayStation 4 on December 25, with the second part available on January 18. In addition, Sony's release of the VR experience for ...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization ‒ Episode 10

"From the time that I read the source material for this episode, this was the part of the story I was most concerned about in adaptation."
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Voice Actor Hiro Shimono to Perform First-Time Lead Role in Live-Action Film Chronos Jaunter

Voice actor Hiro Shimono, who is best known for his roles as Keima Katsuragi in The World God Only Knows, Connie Springer in Attack on Titan, and Kokichi Ōma in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, will perform the lead role in his first live-action film Chronos Jaunter, which is slated to open in theaters in spring 2019. The film is based on a novel by award-winning science fiction writer Shinji Kaji...
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Goblin Slayer ‒ Episode 10

"It's frustrating that the episode's nuggets of interest are buried in so much of what's basically filler."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 10

"This episode takes some extra time to establish our new story arc, reminding us that this is just the beginning of something much bigger."
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The Mike Toole Show - Jump-ing Ship

Big changes are coming to the way Shonen Jump gets distributed in the US - but this wouldn't be the first time! Join Mike on a journey through the history of Shonen Jump in America. ― The summer of 2002 was an inflection point for anime and manga in North America. Hamtaro debuted on Cartoon Network in June, positioned as a new kids' favorite, complete with toys at major department stores. Tokyopop we...
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British Police Develop 'Psycho-Pass' AI to Predict Crimes Before They Happen

In a move straight out of the script of the dystopian sci-fi anime series Psycho-Pass, police in the UK have been developing an artificial intelligence that will predict how likely a person is to commit or be the victim of a violent crime. New Scientist reported on November 26 that the police intend to flag individuals with the system and intervene before crimes happen by offering preemptive couns...
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Space Adventure Cobra Rises from the Grave for 40th Anniversary Event

Cobra Exhibition: From the Graveyard with Love starts on December 26 ― It's a blast from the past as Buichi Terasawa's sci-fi adventure series Space Adventure Cobra is set to take over the Hakaba no Garou gallery in Nakano this month. The "Cobra Exhibition: From the Graveyard with Love" event will commemorate the series' 40th anniversary and will kick off on December 26. The gallery store will have e...
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Radiant ‒ Episode 10

"Wasting this much screen time is a bad idea in general, and doing it this close to the end of the season is even worse."
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Academy Award-Nominated Animator Koji Yamamura Talks Style, Indie Animation in French Program

Animator Koji Yamamura's work is well known among indie animation aficionados and critics. He drew international acclaim for his 10-minute piece Mt. Head (Atamayama) which took home the short film award at Annecy International Animated Film Festival in 2002 and was nominated for an Oscar. The Animation Show of Shows, an annual screening of the year's best selection of animated shorts, has featured...
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IRODUKU: The World in Colors ‒ Episode 10

"With Hitomi and Asagi both able to see their friendship through the storm, we get a clear picture of how much Hitomi has grown over the course of the show."
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Boarding School Juliet ‒ Episode 10

"This episode brings Romio and Juliet's external conflict into sharp relief for the first time since the premiere, and it's a welcome change of pace from the show's usual lackadaisical fare."
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Goblin Slayer Episode 11 to Air on December 22, After Recap Episode This Week

12th & final scheduled episode airs on December 29 ― The 10th Goblin Slayer television anime episode announced this past weekend that a special recap episode, "Bōkensha Kiroku Yōshi" ("Adventurer Sheet" or literally, Adventurers' Journal Sheets), will air on Saturday, December 15. Episode 11 will instead air one week later on December 22, followed by episode 12 on December 29. The December 15 special...
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Kingdom Hearts III Game's Opening Movie Trailer Previews Hikaru Utada's Song

Singer's 20th anniversary marked before PS4, Xbox One game's January 25 launch in Japan, January 29 in the West ― Square Enix began streaming the opening movie trailer for the Kingdom Hearts III game on Monday. The trailer edits footage from the game's opening movie, and it features Hikaru Utada and Skrillex's theme song "Face My Fears" in both English and Japanese. This weekend marks the 20th annive...
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A Certain Magical Index III ‒ Episode 10

"It's not often that an episode about an attempt by saboteurs to bring down a jetliner comes off as low-key compared to the series' normal shenanigans."
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Bloom Into You ‒ Episode 10

"I care about these girls both inside and outside their relationship, and that's what makes Bloom Into You a cut above its peers."
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Nisekoi Manga Gets New Spinoff Chapter

Manga commemorates release of live-action film adaptation on December 21 ― The second 2019 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Naoshi Komi will draw a spinoff chapter for his Nisekoi - False Love manga in the magazine's next issue on December 17. The chapter will have a center color page in the magazine, and will be 23-pages long. The manga will commemorate the rel...
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Zombie Land Saga ‒ Episode 10

"This installment doesn't reach the absurd comedic heights or heartening depths of the show's best moments, but it's still brimming with Zombie Land Saga's perpetually unique twist on idol conventions."

Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us Anime Film Earns US$789,170 in U.S.

Film had 4-day screening in U.S. from November 24 - December 1 ― Box Office Mojo is listing that Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Minna no Monogatari), the 21st film in the Pokémon franchise, earned US$789,170 in the United States from November 24 through December 3. The film had a release through Fathom Events in the United States on November 24, November 26, November 28...
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Netflix Streams English-subtitled Trailer for Baki Anime

Series premieres on Netflix outside of Japan on December 18 ― Netflix began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Sunday for new anime of Keisuke Itagaki's Baki (New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero) manga. The anime will debut on Netflix outside of Japan on December 18. Netflix describes the story: The protagonist, Baki Hanma, trains with an intense focus to become strong enough to...
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Kiratto Pri☆Chan Anime Continues with Season 2 in April 2019

New character also teased in image ― The staff of the Kiratto Pri☆Chan television anime series revealed on Sunday that the anime will continue into its "second season" starting in April 2019. The staff also released a new visual featuring Rinka Aoba, Mirai Momoyama, and Emo Moegi. The staff also revealed a "mysterious silhouette" for a new character, which the staff will reveal more information about...
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Square Enix Lists General 2019 Release Date for Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy! Game

― Square Enix's website for the Jump Festa '19 event is listing the Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch with a general 2019 release. The game's Japanese and English websites still list a "this winter" date for the game, as originally announced. Square Enix describes the game: The rules to this mysterious dungeon are simple… every time you enter, the worl...
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Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine Anime Reveals Character Designs for 5 Main Characters

Yūbi Midorikawa joins cast for series premiering in 2019 ― The official website for the television anime of Akatsuki and Kadokawa's Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine smartphone game revealed the character designs on Sunday for the previously revealed five main characters. The cast members are reprising their roles from the game. The cast includes: Nozomi Nishida as Tsubasa Arihara Reina Kondo as Ryō Shin...

Judge Eyes PS4 Game's English Title, Summer 2019 Release Revealed

Release to feature dual audio tracks, dual subtitle sets ― Sega revealed on Saturday that it will release Ryu ga Gotoku Studio's Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon (Judge Eyes: The Will of the Death Reaper) PlayStation 4 game in English under the title Judgement in North America and Europe in summer 2019. The game will also have an English dub, and Sega is streaming a trailer that features the dub. Greg...
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NIS America to Release Lapis x Labyrinth Game in English

Action RPG launched for PS4, Switch in Japan on November 29 ― NIS America announced on Saturday that it will release Nippon Ichi Software's Lapis・Re・Abyss action role-playing game in English under the title Lapis x Labyrinth. NIS America will release the game for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in 2019. The company did not specify the release territories. The release will have Japanese audio an...
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NISA Reveals Danganronpa Trilogy Game Collection for PS4

Game collecting Danganronpa 1•2 Reload, Danganronpa V3 launches on March 29 in N. America ― NIS America revealed on Saturday that it will release a Danganronpa Trilogy game collection for PlayStation 4. The game will launch on March 26 in North America, on March 29 in Europe, and on April 5 in Australia and New Zealand. The physical collection will include the Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Dangan...
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Tales of Crestoria Smartphone Game Gets English Release

Game to launch in 2019 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment opened a Twitter account on Saturday to reveal that it will release the Tales of Crestoria smartphone game in English. The Twitter account is also streaming a video. The game will launch in English in 2019, and is also slated to launch in Japan in 2019. Get ready for the English version of TALES OF CRESTORIA!In this new installment of the Tales of s...
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ASCA, ReoNa Perform New Theme Songs for Sword Art Online: Alicization Anime

Both songs to premiere in show on January 12 ― The official website for the Sword Art Online: Alicization television anime series revealed on Sunday that ASCA will perform the show's new opening theme song "Resister," and ReoNA will perform the new ending theme song "Forget-me-not." Both theme songs will premiere in the episode that will air on January 12. ASCA previously performed the second ending ...

Netflix Debuts CG Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya Anime's English-Dubbed Teaser

Pegasus Meteor Fist previewed before remake's summer 2019 launch ― Netflix debuted an English-dubbed teaser trailer for Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya, its CG anime remake of Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac) manga, at CCXP2018 at São Paulo, Brazil this weekend. Netflix Japan is streaming the same English-dubbed teaser, which previews the Pegasus Saint's iconic Pegasus Meteor ...
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O/A's Keiji Watarai Ends Piyoko to Makai-chō no Hime-sama Manga

Gag manga follows everyday lives of young women who live in supernatural town ― The January 2019 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comp Ace magazine published the final chapter on November 26 of Keiji Watarai's Piyoko to Makaicho no Hime-sama manga. Watarai said in the author comments for the magazine, "it's time to say goodbye to Hime-sama and her friends for now, but I hope I can meet with them again som...
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One Piece Voted Most Representative Manga of Heisei Era

ready ― One Piece has been voted the most representative manga of the Heisei Era, according to users of the Japanese e-book vendor Book Live! The Heisei era is the current period according to the traditional Japanese calendar, which is based on the reign period of the emperor. The Heisei period started on 8 January 1989, the day after the death of the Showa Emperor Hirohito, and is likely to end on 3...
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Kazuki Yamamoto Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for New Godhand Teru Manga

Original medical manga ran from 2001-2011, inspired live-action series ― Manga creator Kazuki Yamamoto launched a Campfire campaign on November 23 to fund a "new era project" manga for his Godhand Teru manga. Yamamoto stated the new project will have a new shape and will not be tied to his previous Godhand Teru manga. The project aims to raise 4 million yen (about US$35,482), and has 39 days left. As...
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New York Times Lists A Place Further Than the Universe in Top 10 International Shows of 2018

The New York Times posted an article titled "The Best TV Shows of 2018" on their online news website on Monday. Authors James Poniewozik, Mike Hale, and Margaret Lyons listed their top picks under three categories: Best Show, Best International, and Best New Show. The TV anime series A Place Further Than the Universe was listed eighth under the Best International category. Television critic Mike H...
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Masaru Miyazaki Launches New Tezuka Biographical Manga With Girls und Panzer Artist

Takeshi Nogami draws story about people who produced Astro Boy anime ― The first 2019 issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine announced on Thursday that Takeshi Nogami (Girls und Panzer: Ribon no Musha) will launch the TV Anime Sōsaku Hika ~Tezuka Osamu to Anime o Tsukutta Wakamono-tachi~ (The Untold Story of the Creation of TV Anime: Osamu Tezuka and the Young People Who Created Anim...
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Shueisha Will Not Count Valentine's Day Chocolates from Prince of Tennis Fans in 2019

It has been an annual tradition for Prince of Tennis fans to send Valentine's Day chocolates addressed to their favorite characters to Shueisha's monthly Jump Square magazine, which publishes the ongoing New Prince of Tennis manga. The chocolates are counted as votes towards the annual Prince of Tennis character popularity poll, which has resulted in thousands of chocolates circulating Shueisha on...
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Studio Troyca Will Animate IDOLiSH 7 Group Re:vale's Music Video

Bandai Namco Entertainment's popular IDOLiSH 7 idol mobile game and multimedia franchise will soon premiere four new animated music videos for its idol groups IDOLiSH 7, Trigger, Re:vale, and ŹOOĻ. Studio ufotable is handling the ŹOOĻ video and the game's staff announced on Wednesday that Troyca will animate Re:vale's music video. Troyca is the animation studio behind the IDOLiSH7 anime series. Th...
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Sengoku Otome Manga Heads Toward Climax

― The January issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine revealed on November 27 that Hachiman and Rio Nanamomo's Hyakka Ryōran Sengoku Otome -Karakuri Sōdō-hen- manga is approaching its climax. The manga launched in July. The manga is based on Heiwa's Sengoku Otome pachinko game. The original 2008 game re-imagines Japan's tumultuous sengoku jidai (Era of Warring States) with all of th...
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Danganronpa Attraction in Namja Town Lets You Hold Your Own Class Trial

To celebrate the eighth anniversary of the Danganronpa mystery game series, the Namja Town theme park in Ikebukuro has opened a limited-time Danganronpa attraction where visitors can participate in their own class trial. Called "The Real Class Trial," the attraction is a logic-based detective game based on the characters and setting of Danganronpa V3. The attraction works like this: everyone in a ...
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The List - 7 Ho-Ho-Horrible Santas

Get ready for the holidays with seven of the strangest Santas from across anime history. ― The holiday season is upon us, although department stores started blaring Christmas music over the intercom well before Thanksgiving. Whether you're already over the festivities (STRESS! AWKWARD FAMILY GATHERINGS!) or will be up on Christmas morning with bells on, the season is on its way. The holiday is a sha...
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Sayaka Mogi to Self-Publish Finale of Red Riding Hood's Wolf Apprentice Manga

Pupa creator's manga is getting digital English release ― Manga artist Sayaka Mogi announced in the January 2019 issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shonen Magazine on Friday that she will self-publish the rest of her Red Riding Hood's Wolf Apprentice (Akazukin no Ōkami Deshi) manga. She will reveal more information on her Twitter account in the future. The same issue published the end of the "first part" o...
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Real Account Manga Heads to Climax

― The first 2019 issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Shizumu Watanabe and Okusho's Real Account manga is approaching its climax. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga digitally in English and it describes the manga: Like many of his peers, Ataru Kashiwagi has found himself addicted to the newest social networking service, Real Account. But one day, Ataru and almos...
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Scorching Ping Pong Girls Manga to End in Tonari no Young Jump in February

Yagura Asano's Shakunetsu no Takkyū Musume manga inspired fall 2016 anime ― The 28th chapter of Yagura Asano's Shakunetsu no Takkyū Musume (Scorching Ping Pong Girls) manga announced on Friday that the manga will end on Shueisha's Tonari no Young Jump web magazine in the next chapter on February 1. Asano added on Twitter that the next compiled book volume will ship in March. Asano is uncertain about ...
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Megalobox Anime's English Dub Previewed in Video Before Saturday Premiere on Toonami

Show airs at midnight tonight ― Toonami began streaming a preview for the English dub of the original anime series Megalobox on Monday. The English dub will premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami block on Saturday, December 8 at midnight (effectively December 9). The 13-episode anime premiered on TBS on April 5, and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. The show's home video releases in Japan will f...
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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Game's Video Highlights F/A-18F Aircraft

Game slated for PS4/Xbox One on January 18, on PC via Steam on February 1 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new video on Friday for its Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown game. The video highlights the F/A-18F aircraft. Previous videos highlighted the F-15C and Typhoon aircraft. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game on January 18, 2019 (January 17 in Japan) for PlayStation 4 ...

The Rising of The Shield Hero Anime Unveils More Cast, January 9 Debut, Half-Year Length, 2nd Promo

Sarah Emi Bridcutt, Yutaka Nakano, Hiroki Yasumoto join cast ― The YouTube Live special for the television anime of Aneko Yusagi's The Rising of the Shield Hero (Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari) fantasy light novel series unveiled additional cast members, the January 9 premiere date along with the series' half-year length, the second promotional video, and a new key visual on Saturday. The new promotional...
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HIDIVE's Full Library Now Available on VRV Streaming Service

― Ellation's VRV bundle streaming service confirmed with ANN on Friday that the full library for the HIDIVE streaming service is now available on VRV. The content includes current simulcast series such as Bloom Into You (English dub), Gakuen Basara: Samurai High School, The Girl in Twilight, and Release the Spyce (English dub). VRV started adding HIDIVE's content on November 3, and had originally pl...
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'It will be breakfast at Tiffany some day' Manga's Story Approaches Climax

Hirochi Maki's manga inspired live-action series in October 2015 ― The wraparound jacket band on the 13th volume of Hirochi Maki's Itsuka Tiffany de Chōshoku o (It will be breakfast at Tiffany some day.) manga revealed on Friday that the manga's story is approaching its climax. The original manga follows Mariko and her friends as they go to different restaurants for breakfast. Mariko is a 28-year-old...
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'You Don't Know Gunma Yet' Manga Ends in 11th Volume

Manga inspired series of anime shorts in April ― The 10th volume of Hiroto Ida's Omae wa Mada Gunma o Shiranai (You Don't Know Gunma Yet) manga revealed on Friday that the manga will end in its next volume in summer 2019. Ida launched the manga in Shinchosha's online manga site Kurage Bunch in October 2013. The comedy manga centers on Nori Kamitsuki, who moves from Chiba Prefecture to a fictionalized...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Anime Reveals 7 More Cast Members

Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Ken Narita, more join cast as assassin group after Trish ― The official Twitter account for the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure anime franchise announced seven more cast members on Saturday for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind (JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken: Ōgon no Kaze or Vento Aureo) anime. The new characters are part of an assassin team that are after Trish. Shinshū...

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Nakayoshi Includes Memorial Card for Manga Creator Yu Asagiri

The January 2019 issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine released on Saturday included a memorial card for the recently passed manga creator You Asagiri (Yu Asagiri). Asagiri died on October 27 after battling severe pneumonia. She was 62 years old. Asagiri serialized many works within Nakayoshi's pages during her 42 years as a manga creator. The magazine's memorial card features artwork from her Na...

New Ghost in the Shell 3DCG Anime Project to Premiere on Netflix in 2020 (Updated)

Visual revealed for Kenji Kamiyama, Shinji Aramaki's Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 ― Netflix's sci-fi focused Twitter account announced on Friday that the new Ghost in the Shell anime is titled Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. The anime will premiere on Netflix in 2020. The post shared a visual, pictured below, and confirmed that Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki are directing. Netflix also revealed that...
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Hajimete Koi o Shita Hi ni Yomu Hanashi Live-Action Series Reveals 3 More Cast Members

Ai Yoshikawa, Reina Kurosaki, Konatsu Katō join cast ― The official website for the live-action television series adaptation of Aki Mochida's Hajimete Koi o Shita Hi ni Yomu Hanashi manga revealed three more cast members on Tuesday. The cast members, from left to right in the image below, are: Reina Kurosaki as Sakura Tajima, Mika's friend Ai Yoshikawa as Mika Eto, a high school student who goes to p...
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Death Note Artist Takeshi Obata Holds 1st Exhibition

Manga artist Takeshi Obata will hold his first ever exhibition to commemorate 30 years in the industry. The Death Note artist's work will go on display at the 3331 Arts Chiyoda gallery in Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo next summer. The exhibition will run from July 13, 2019 to August 12, 2019. Obata made his manga debut in 1989 with the work CYBORG Jii-chan G (Cyborg G-chan) in Shuiesha's Weekly Shonen...
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Japanese Government Aims to Impose Penalties for Downloading Illegal Books

New regulations would impose fines, prison time for paying for pirated media ― Japan's Agency of Cultural Affairs revealed on Friday that it plans to instate a penalty for anyone who downloads manga, magazines, novels, essays, and photographs from the internet with the knowledge that they have been uploaded illegally. Under the proposed revisions, the penalty can be up to two years prison time or up ...
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 22

"Banana Fish's character writing is still a huge step up from last week, but its pulpy plot and exploitative framing choices keep threatening to undermine the show's higher peaks."
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ANNCast - Just Froobin' Over Here

Zac and Jacob return from beyond the grave to catch up on a big pile of Fall 2018 anime, plus Broly, new Fruits Basket, Evangelion on Netflix and live-action Cowboy Bebop! ― ANNCast 340 - The Thing About My Dokes Zac and Jacob return from beyond the grave to chat Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Zombie Land Saga and more Fall 2018 anime, plus Broly, new Fruits Basket, Evangelion on Netflix and live-action ...
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London Detective Mysteria Game's Trailer Reveals December 18 Release

PS Vita, PC game features Victorian English ― XSEED Games began streaming a trailer for its release of Karin Entertainment's London Detective Mysteria (Eikoku Tantei Mysteria: The Crown) romance adventure visual novel on Friday. The video reveals that the game will launch for PlayStation Vita on December 18. The company announced in June that it would release the game for PS Vita and Windows PC in fa...
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Pet Food Dispenser Plays Steins;Gate's 'Tutturu' Catchphrase

An automatic pet food dispenser which plays the "Tutturu" catchphrase from the Steins;Gate anime and video game series has become viral on Twitter after a Twitter user posted a video of their cat eating from it. 中国で買った自動餌やり機、なぜかまゆしぃのトゥットゥルーが流れる、、、 pic.twitter.com/Hs0P1KxBHg— にふうち (@benkyou_youday) December 3, 2018 The twitter user @benkyou_youday claimed that they bought the dispenser in China. It...
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Katamari Damacy Reroll Switch, PC Game's Launch Trailers Streamed

HD version of its Katamari Damacy launched on Friday ― Nintendo and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming launch trailers on Friday for Katamari Damacy Reroll (Katamari Damacy Encore in Japan), an HD version of its Katamari Damacy game. The game launched for Nintendo Switch and PC on Friday. Bandai Namco Entertainment America describes the game: The King of All Cosmos has knocked out all ...
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Karakuri Circus ‒ Episode 9

"We've gotten some interesting insights into the events that led to this crazy clown war, but at the further expense of the story's clarity and focus."
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Weekly Shonen Jump Offers New Year Cards From Its Artists

Also: ufotable, voice actors plan cards for fans ― In Japan, friends, family, and work associates often exchange nengajo, or New Year's greeting cards. The cultural tradition is has changed a bit over the years with many celebrities and artists also sharing their own artwork on social media as a gift to their fans. There are less physical cards sent out than the past, but on average each Japanese cit...
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Hiroshi Takahashi's 'Worst' Manga Gets Spinoff

Manga side story focuses on Guriko ― The first 2019 issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion announced on Thursday that Hiroshi Takahashi's Worst manga will get a new spinoff manga beginning in the seventh issue on January 17. The manga is titled Worst Gaiden: Guriko (Worst Side Story: Guriko), and Ryūta Suzuki is drawing the series. Guriko is a character from the original manga. Takahashi bega...
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Gungrave VR, Gungrave VR U.N Games' Launch Trailers Streamed

PS VR games launched in Europe on Friday ― Marvelous Games began streaming launch trailers for the Gungrave VR "cinematic action shooting game" and the Gungrave VR U.N standalone second episode for the game on Friday. Marvelous USA subsidiary XSEED Games released Korean video game publisher Blueside and Korean developer Iggymob's Gungrave VR game for PlayStation VR in Europe on Friday. The digital ve...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Nov 26-Dec 2

Not even Zombie Land Saga can rattle Thunderbolt Fantasy 2's iron grip on the top spot! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that th...
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Tekken Player Wins World Championship, Hasn't Told Parents He Went Overseas

Sneaking out of your room at night is maybe a 5/10 on the delinquent scale but what about sneaking out of the country? Tekken player Hyun ho Jung (a.k.a Rangchu) did just that when he competed in the Tekken World Tour tournament finals in Amsterdam last weekend. The Panda player apparently left home in South Korea to make the trip to the finals without telling his parents. It's all good though, si...
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Kankaku Piero Returns for Black Clover Anime's New Opening Song

New song to debut in January ― The official website for the Black Clover anime announced on Friday that Kankaku Piero will perform the anime's sixth opening theme song "Rakugaki Page" (Scribble Page). The song will debut as the new opening in January. The four-man band previously performed the anime's first opening song "Haruka Mirai." The show was originally listed with 51 episodes, but it continued...

Viz's Shonen Jump Switches to Free Simultaneous Publication (Updated)

New US$1.99/month membership plan announced for back catalog ― Viz Media announced on Friday that its digital English Shonen Jump version of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will offer free chapters of manga the same day that they debut in the Japanese version of the magazine beginning on December 17. Hisashi Sasaki, former editor-in-chief of the Japanese magazine who has worked with the Englis...
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Manga Answerman - Why Do Some Shojo Publishers Use The Same Spine Design For Every Series?

Spine design can make browsing the shojo manga shelves in Japan a little tricky for non-native speakers - Deb calls in book designer extraordinaire Fawn Lau for expert commentary! ― When looking at manga in Japan, I've noticed how lots of shoujo tankobon manga have their titles and spines in the same font and format, making for a super uniform look where it's hard for anything to stand out, especial...
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Yen Press Licenses Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World! Novels

Spinoff series about Megumin launches in June ― Yen Press announced on Friday that it has licensed the Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World! spinoff novel series. The first book is slated for release on June 18, 2019. Kadokawa published the first novel in the spinoff series in June 2014, and the third volume shipped in May 2015. Original author Natsume Akatsuki wrote the story and Kasumi M...
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Love Live! Arcade Game Bug Causes Major 'Wardrobe Malfunction' (NSFW)

Game is temporarily suspended while developers work out the kinks ― A bug in the Love Live! School Idol Festival: After School Activity Next Stage arcade game renders the characters nude. Players have also complained of server issues and about characters sometimes appearing headless. Although the bugs did not appear to affect every game machine, the problems have been widespread enough to become vira...
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The Promised Neverland Anime's 5th Ad Previews Ending Theme

Series premieres on January 10 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland (Yakusoku no Neverland) manga began streaming the show's fifth television commercial on Thursday. The video previews Cö shu Nie's ending theme song "Zettai Zetsumei" (Stalemate). アニメ #約ネバ 新CM公開先ほど #ノイタミナ 内で放映したCM第5弾がコチラ💡https://t.co/0KB3eV5K4UCö s...
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Crunchyroll Streams Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō Anime

Series premieres on Monday ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the anime of Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō manga. The series will debut on December 10, and new episodes will stream every Monday. The anime will be available for members in North America, Central America and South America including the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe, and the Middle Ea...
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Knight in the Area's Kaya Tsukiyama Prepares New Manga

Tsukiyama seeks regular assistant for series ― The editorial department of Kodansha's Young Magazine announced on its Twitter account on Friday that Kaya Tsukiyama (The Knight in the Area) is preparing a new manga series and seeking a regular assistant. Application information is available on the magazine's official website. People who wish to apply for the position must be able to commute and be bet...

'Papa Datte, Shitai' Boys-Love Manga Gets TV Anime

January anime centers on relationship between male housekeeper and single father ― Tokyo MX and ComicFesta announced on Friday that Serina Seo's Papa Datte, Shitai manga is inspiring a television anime series. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on January 6. A "complete edition" will stream on ComicFesta's Anime Zone website. ComicFesta began streaming a teaser promotional video for the series. The ...
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Robotics;Notes DaSH Game's 1st Character Video Highlights Kaito Yashio

Game launches for PS4, Switch in Japan on January 31 ― 5pb. began streaming a first "Robotics;Notes ELITE to DaSH from Tanegashima" video on Friday for Robotics;Notes DaSH, the sequel game to MAGES.' Robotics;Notes visual novel. The video, a first in a series, highlights the game's protagonist Kaito Yashio (voiced by Ryohei Kimura). The sequel story will center around the former members of the Robot ...
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Yo-Kai Watch 3 Game's European Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launched in Europe on Friday, will launch in U.S. on February 8 ― Nintendo UK began streaming a launch trailer on Friday for Level 5's Yo-kai Watch 3 game. The game launched for Nintendo 3DS in Europe on Friday, and will launch in the United States on February 8, 2019. Yo-kai Watch 3 launched in Japan in two versions — Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi and Yo-kai Watch 3: Tempura — in July 2016. Level 5 lat...
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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box Smartphone Port Game Launches

Port of 2nd game in series launched on Wednesday ― Level 5 began streaming a commercial on Thursday for Layton Kyōju to Akuma no Hako EXHD for Smartphone, an iOS and Android port of the second Professor Layton game. The game launched in Japan on Wednesday, and is on sale for 960 yen (about US$8.50) until March 4. The game's normal retail price is 1,200 yen (about US$10.60). The second Professor Layto...
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Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition Game Previewed in System Introduction Trailer

PS4/Xbox One/Switch/PC game ships on January 11 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a system introduction trailer on Friday for the Japanese version of the Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (titled Tales of Vesperia Remaster in Japan) game. The game is a remastered version of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tales of Vesperia role-playing game. The game will include both English and Japanese...
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Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition Game Launches on Steam

New version includes DLC from Dynasty Warriors 7, Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends ― Koei Tecmo America released the Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition game on PC via Steam on Thursday. The game retails for US$19.99. The company describes the game: DYNASTY WARRIORS 7: Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition's rich story transports gamers to the heart of the Three Kingdoms; enabling the...
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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Game's 2 New Videos Highlight Aircraft Types

Game slated for PS4/Xbox One on January 18, on PC via Steam on February 1 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming two new videos on Thursday for its Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown game. The videos highlight the F-15C and Typhoon aircraft. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game on January 18, 2019 (January 17 in Japan) for PlayStation 4 (with PlayStation VR support) and Xbox One, a...
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Aki Sora's Itosugi Ends Iinari Manga

Manga about relationship between student, council president with dark secret launched in 2016 ― The January 2019 issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Shonen Champion magazine revealed on Thursday that Masahiro Itosugi will end the Iinari manga in the magazine's next issue on January 4. The manga centers on the beautiful and intelligent student council president Misa Arisugawa. When the student Hatano disc...
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Dragon Age Magazine Relaunches Online Manga Channel

Dora Dora Sharp# site launched on Friday ― The January 2019 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine revealed on Friday that Kadokawa has relaunched its "Dragon Dragon Age" online web manga site under the name "Dora Dora Sharp#" on Friday. The site is under the Nico Nico Seiga manga site. The site currently has 12 manga, which includes Amahara and masha's Interspecies Reviewers (Ishuzoku Revie...
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Bandai Namco Establishes Research Institute for Entertainment via AI, Other New Tech

New institute described as "spinoff" of Bandai Namco Group R&D department ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on November 26 that it will establish a new wholly-owned research institute called the "Bandai Namco Research Institute" on April 1. Bandai Namco Entertainment describes the institute as a "spinoff" of the R&D department of its Bandai Namco Studios subsidiary company. The new institute wil...
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Hime-chan's Ribbon Creator Ends Hinakosan no Wakeari na Hibi Manga

Manga about 36-year-old grandmother runs in Ane Kei Petit Comic magazine ― The January 2019 issue of Shogakukan's Ane Kei Petit Comic magazine revealed on Wednesday that Megumi Mizusawa will end her Hinakosan no Wakeari na Hibi manga in the magazine's March 2019 issue on February 5. The manga's story centers on the everyday life of Hinako Ichinoki, a 36-year-old grandmother. Shogakukan published the ...
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Sound! Euphonium Series Gets 2 New Novels About Kumiko's 3rd Year

"Hibike! Euphonium - Kitauji Suisōgaku-bu, Ketsui no Saishū Gakushō" novels slated for April, May ― Author Ayano Takeda announced on Thursday that she is penning two new novels for her Sound! Euphonium novel series. The two novels, collectively titled Hibike! Euphonium - Kitauji Suisōgaku-bu, Ketsui no Saishū Gakushō (Sound! Euphonium - The Kitauji Concert Band's Decisive Final Movement), are slated ...
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Strike the Blood III Anime's Video Previews Ending Theme Song

Risa Taneda performs ending song "Love Stoic" for OVA with 1st volume slated for December 19 ― The official website for the Strike the Blood anime franchise began streaming a promotional video and commercial on Friday for the first volume of Strike the Blood III, the third Strike the Blood original video anime (OVA) season. Both videos preview the OVA's ending theme song "Love Stoic" by Risa Taneda. ...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Manga to Bundle Original Anime DVD

DVD bundled with 11th volume slated for March 29 ― The official website for the television anime of author Fuse and artist Mitz Vah's That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken or Regarding Reincarnated to Slime) light novel series revealed on Friday that the 11th compiled book volume of Taiki Kawakami's manga adaptation of the novels will bundle an original anime DVD whe...
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Trinity Seven's Kenji Saito Ends Rednight Eve Manga

Saito, Kouzi Yokoyama launched supernatural manga in October 2014 ― The January 2019 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine published the last chapter of Kenji Saito and Kouzi Yokoyama's Rednight Eve manga on Friday. The manga's ninth volume will ship in February. The manga's story begins when Hana Akanegasaki is attacked by a giant shark while vacationing by the seaside. She becomes involve...
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Shun Oguri Plays Novelist Osamu Dazai in No Longer Human Biographical Film

Film is titled after Dazai's famous novel, tells biographical fiction story centering on author & 3 women ― Director Mika Ninagawa revealed on December 3 that she is directing a new film based on the life of the famous Japanese author Osamu Dazai titled after the author's most well-known novel, No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku). Shun Oguri (seen below) will star in the film as Dazai. Filming began in...
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New Live-Action LDK Film's Poster Visual Unveiled

― The official website for LDK Hitotsu Yane no Shita, "Suki" ga Futatsu (Two Loves Under One Roof), the new live-action film adaptation of Ayu Watanabe's LDK shōjo manga, revealed a new poster visual for the film on Friday. Mone Kamishiraishi plays heroine Aoi Nishimori in the film, while Yōsuke Sugino plays Shūsei Kugayama. New to the story is Reien Kugayama, Shūsei's cousin, played by Ryūsei Yokoh...

Persona 5 Protagonist Joker to Join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighting Game

Joker will be 1st of 5 DLC characters ― The Game Awards 2018 event revealed on Thursday that Persona 5 protagonist Joker will join the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crossover fighting game. Japanese Version English Version The game will ship for Nintendo Switch on Friday. The game will include all previous playable characters and support eight-player battles. New characters include Animal Crossing: New ...
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Monster Hunter: World, Dragon Ball FighterZ Games Win at The Game Awards 2018

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission wins Best VR/AR Game ― The Game Awards 2018 announced on Thursday that Capcom's Monster Hunter: World game won Best Role Playing Game, and Arc System Works and Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball FighterZ game won Best Fighting Game. Additionally, SIE Japan Studio's ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission game won Best VR/AR Game. Monster Hunter: World was also nominated for Game of th...
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Devil May Cry 5 Game's Trailer Reveals Xbox One Demo

"Subhuman" in-game song's vocals also replaced ― The Game Awards 2018 event revealed a new trailer for Capcom's Devil May Cry 5 action game on Thursday. The video reveals that the game will get an Xbox One exclusive demo that will be available beginning on Friday, December 7 until January 6. In addition, Capcom also revealed on Thursday that it has replaced the vocalist for "Subhuman," one of the gam...
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