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New Dragon Ball Super Anime Film Reveals Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Title, Teaser Video, New Character

Character designs for returning characters unveiled

Tokyo Olympics Rings in Parade of Nations With Japanese Game Tunes

Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, Tales of, Kingdom Hearts, and full list here

Komi Can't Communicate Manga Gets Live-Action Series on September 6

Elaiza Ikeda, Takahisa Masuda star in 8-episode drama

This Week in Games - Burn It All Down

The State of California has filed a lawsuit against the company for what is being called “frat boy culture,” but that phrase, to me, minimizes the abuse far too much.

Best Summer 2021 Openings

Summer is the time for pool parties, beach hang outs, and desperately trying not to melt into a puddle. But a season of so much fun deserves a matching set of tunes.

The Summer 2021 Preview Guide

Summer Preview Guide is back with the premiere of MAPPA's latest, IDATEN DEITIES KNOW ONLY PEACE!

This Week in Anime - Is the Alice in Borderland Death Game Anime Any Good?

After a boost in relevancy from Netflix, the three-episode Alice in Borderland anime is now available for streaming! It's an isekai but not that kind. How do the murder shenanigans pan out?

'I Have Some Horror Stories': Animator Talks Industry's Problems, Hopes for the Future

According to former Science SARU animator Joan Chung, the studio's positive work environment was tainted by the anime industry's chronic problems.

This Week in Anime - Resident Evil Goes to War

With thinly veiled commentary on the U.S.'s involvement in the Middle East, the latest entry in Capcom's survival horror franchise brings Claire, Leon, and the zombies to the White House.

The ANN Aftershow - Is My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission Just a Rehash?

The anime original, girl-focused episode is all set-up for next month's new movie which has a lot of similarities to the Meta Liberation Army plot. Most importantly, is the new villain hot?

The Game Designers Behind NEO: The World Ends With You

To celebrate the release of this hotly-anticipated sequel, we chatted directly with producer Tomohiko Hirano, Square Enix character design legend Tetsuya Nomura, and key character designers Gen Kobayashi and Miki Yamashita.
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Reborn to Master the Blade Novel 1

For all of its strengths and interesting decisions, Reborn to Master the Blade does have its issues as well. The volume is one of the more repetitious light novels I've read recently. ― Before writing Reborn to Master the Blade, author Hayaken tells us in their afterword, writing a female protagonist wasn't in the cards. Then they were thinking about their new work while watching Pretty Cure with the...
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Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop

Kyōhei Ishiguro's debut feature film was the unfortunate victim of COVID-19 delays in 2020, but if you do manage to watch this, it is absolutely the perfect pick-me-up for a depressing year. ― Kyohei Ishiguro's debut feature film was the unfortunate victim of COVID-19 delays in 2020, but if you do manage to watch this, it is absolutely the perfect pick-me-up for a depressing year. If you're in the mo...
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Novel 9

After a return to form in volume eight, My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! takes another slide downhill in the ninth novel. ― After a return to form in volume eight, My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom takes another slide downhill in the ninth novel. It's not nearly as egregious as what we saw in books six and seven, the two stories that set up the idea that ther...
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Akiba's Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed

Akiba's Trip: Hellbound and Debriefed is a cheeky romp through anime fandom mecca with plenty of fun references. But sadly, it's also just shy of the mark to make it a must-have. Akiba's Trip: Hellbound and Debriefed is a lot of things. It's a remaster of a 10-year-old PlayStation Portable game. It's a cheeky romp through anime fandom mecca with plenty of fun references. But sadly, it's also just s...
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Blade Runner: Black Lotus Anime's Trailer Reveals Alessia Cara's Music

Cara contributes new original song "Feel You Now" with new key art also unveiled ― The staff and cast for this fall's Blade Runner: Black Lotus anime series debuted a new trailer and key art for the project during their streamed [email protected] 2021 panel on Friday. They announced that Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Alessia Cara is contributing music to the series, including the original song ...
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I'm Standing on 1,000,000 Lives Season 2 ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

If the ending of the first season got you fully on-board as it did for me, this should keep working for you. The only other point of contention I could possibly bring up is that the animation is still pretty dang flat.
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X ‒ Episode 4

We all knew it had to happen sometime – one of Catarina's suitors would just get tired of waiting for her to get a clue.
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The Case Study of Vanitas ‒ Episode 4

One of the most fascinating elements of The Case Study of Vanitas is the way that it takes tale types, folklore, and philosophy and twists them just a little bit to create its world and mythos.
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Gundam: Hathaway Film Earns Over 1.85 Billion Yen in Japanese Box Office

Film has sold over 910,000 tickets in 1st 38 days ― The Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway) anime film has earned a cumulative total of 1,850,500,500 yen (about US$16.89 million) in the Japanese box office in its first 38 days in theaters. The film has sold over 910,000 tickets. The 1982 Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space anime film holds the record for highe...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Platinum End Anime

Trailer streamed for anime based on Death Note creators' manga ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday at the San Diego Comic-Con virtual event that it will stream the television anime of Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba's Platinum End manga this fall worldwide outside of Asia. The company unveiled an English-subtitled trailer: The anime will premiere on TBS and other channels this fall. The anime will have ...
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Peach Boy Riverside ‒ Episode 4

And four weeks later, we at last get to see the 'first' episode of Peach Boy Riverside!
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Uma Musume Pretty Derby Game Reaches Over 9 Million Downloads

The official Twitter account for Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby game revealed on Tuesday that the game has reached over nine million downloads. The game is offering a free SSR ticket to players to commemorate the milestone. Uma Musume Pretty Derby launched on February 24 for iOS and Android. The game was originally slated for a release in Winter 2018, and was delayed in order to raise the game's...
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The aquatope on white sand ‒ Episode 3

Episode 3, “Life Begins in the Ocean,” starts with penguins, which serves as a mildly comedic callback to Fuka's less than stellar meet 'n greet last episode. While this is just table setting to the episode's overarching plot, there's a very hurt old penguin in this episode named Choko who I want to feed all the fish to. Over the course of the episode, Fuka and Kukuru continue to grow into their ...
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Crunchyroll Expo Virtual Event Hosts Cast, Staff from Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles Anime

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Akane Fujita, Tomori Kusunoki, more attend August event ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that this year's Virtual Crunchyroll Expo event will host the following guests: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Soma Yukihira in Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Rio/Haruto Amakawa in Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles) Akane Fujita (Sagiri Izumi in Eromanga Sensei, Celia Claire in Seirei Gensouki: Spir...

Sentai Filmworks Reveals Vinland Saga Anime's English Dub Cast

Video clip previews English dub ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Friday the English dub cast for the television anime of Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga manga. The company streamed an English video clip: The English cast includes: Jason Douglas as Thors David Wald as Askeladd Mike Haimoto as Thorfinn Shannon Emerick as Young Thorfinn Joe Daniels as Thorkell John Swasey as Leif Josh Grelle as Prince Can...
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Sonny Boy ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Incendiary in its impenetrability, and pugnacious in its pretentiousness, Sonny Boy stands as this season's weird anime experiment for weird anime watchers. In other words, I'm once again in my element.

New Dragon Ball Super Anime Film Reveals Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Title, Teaser Video, New Character

Character designs for returning characters unveiled ― Toei announced at its Special Dragon Ball panel at the San Diego Comic-Con virtual event on Friday that the second anime film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise will be titled Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. As the name suggests, the film will have a focus on the "superhero" aspect. The staff at the panel, which included Masako Nozawa (voice of Gok...
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Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy- ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Out of all of its main ingredients, I'd say Tsukimichi's secret sauce is its cast, especially the chemistry between our hero Makoto and his dragon partner/girlfriend/maid/bodyguard/bully/slob roommate, Shen.
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Yen Press Licenses 2 Manga, 2 Light Novels for January 2022

Banished from the Hero's Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside, From the Red Fog, more ― Yen Press announced on Friday that it will release the following manga and light novels for release in January 2022 Title: Banished from the Hero's Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside manga Creators: Zappon (original story), Masahiro Ikeno (art), Yasumo (character design) S...
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Tales of Arise Game's Character Trailers Highlight Rinwell, Law

Game launches on September 10 in West, September 9 in Japan ― Bandai Namco Entertainment unveiled character trailers on Thursday and last week for its Tales of Arise role-playing game. The trailers highlight Rinwell and Law. Rinwell Law The game will launch for Playstation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam on September 10 in the West and on September 9 in Japan. The game w...
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Reborn to Master the Blade Novel 1

For all of its strengths and interesting decisions, Reborn to Master the Blade does have its issues as well. The volume is one of the more repetitious light novels I've read recently. ― Before writing Reborn to Master the Blade, author Hayaken tells us in their afterword, writing a female protagonist wasn't in the cards. Then they were thinking about their new work while watching Pretty Cure with the...
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HIDIVE Streams Chihayafuru Anime 3rd Season's English Dub

HIDIVE begins streaming dub on July 30 ― HIDIVE announced on Friday that it will stream the English dub for Chihayafuru 3, the third Chihayafuru anime season, starting on July 30 at 1:00 p.m. EDT in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavian countries, Central America, and South America. New dub episodes will premiere on Fridays. The Englis...
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Sora Inoue, Namiryū Takano Launch New Short Manga

Reisui to Shakunetsu no Aida launches on August 12 ― This year's 15th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine announced on Wednesday that Sora Inoue (Real Bout High School) and writer Namiryū Takano are launching a new short manga titled Reisui to Shakunetsu no Aida (Between Cold Water and Scorching Heat) in the magazine's next issue on August 12. Inoue launched the Mai Ball! manga (pictured righ...
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Bandai Namco to Install Gundam Manholes Throughout Japan

1st installation is Yoshiyuki Tomino's hometown of Odawara City from August 1 ― The Bandai Namco Group will install Gundam manholes throughout Japan. The first installation will be in Mobile Suit Gundam director Yoshiyuki Tomino's hometown of Odawara City in the Kanagawa Prefecture on August 1. Two designs will be used: one of the Gundam at the Odawara Castle and the other of Char's Z'Gok at the Odaw...
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Tokyo Olympics Rings in Parade of Nations With Japanese Game Tunes

Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, Tales of, Kingdom Hearts, and full list here ― The Tokyo Olympics launched its more subdued opening ceremony just over an hour ago, and if you're getting a nostalgia hit during the athletes' Parade of Nations, you're not alone. The ceremony is playing a medley of tunes from Japanese role-playing games, sports and fighting games, and ... Sonic the Hedgehog? According to Ni...
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Lost Judgment Sequel Game's Video Previews Mechanics

Game launches worldwide for PS5, Xbox X|S, PS4, Xbox One on September 24 ― Sega began streaming a gameplay trailer for Lost Judgment (Lost Judgment: Sabakarezaru Kioku), a sequel of the Yakuza spinoff game Judgment (Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon), on Thursday. The video previews the game's various new mechanics, mini-games, and activities. Sega will launch the game worldwide for PlayStation 5, Xbox...
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Mamoru Hosoda's Belle Film Unveils Insert Song Music Video

Kaho Nakamura performs song as titular character Belle ― Toho began streaming a music video for Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's new Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, literally "The Dragon and the Freckled Princess") anime film on Friday, featuring the film's insert song "Kokoro no Soba ni" (Beside the Heart). Singer-songwriter Kaho Nakamura, who plays the titular character Belle in the film, performed...
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Fena: Pirate Princess Anime's 2nd Trailer Previews Opening, Ending Songs

JUNNA performs opening "Umi to Shinju," Minori Suzuki performs ending "Saihate" ― The official website for the new "Crunchyroll Originals" anime Fena: Pirate Princess began streaming the second trailer for the anime on Friday. The trailer reveals and previews both the opening theme song "Umi to Shinju" (The Sea and Perals) by JUNNA, and the ending theme song "Saihate" (The Farthest Shore) by Minori S...
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Studio Ponoc's Olympic Anime Short 'Tomorrow's Leaves' Streamed

Former Ghibli animators create short debuting before Olympics' opening ceremony ― The International Olympic Committee began streaming "Tomorrow's Leaves," the anime short that Studio Ponoc produced for the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage (OFCH) to commmemorate the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, on Friday, ahead of the Olympics' opening ceremony. The International Olympic Committee describes the sho...
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BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, So I'll Max Out My Defense. Smartphone Game Ends Service in September

Game launched in January 2020 alongside anime's 1st season ― The official website for Itai no wa Iya nano de Bōgyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu. ~Line Wars~, the smartphone game adaptation of the BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense. anime, announced on Thursday that game will end service on September 21. The game launched for iOS and Android devices in January 2020. Y...
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Guilty Gear -Strive- Video Previews 1st DLC Character Goldlewis Dickinson

Character available for season pass holders on July 27 ― Arc System Works began streaming a new trailer for its Guilty Gear -Strive- fighting game on Thursday. The videos reveal and preview the game's first DLC character Goldlewis Dickinson. The character will be available on July 27 for season pass holders, and on July 30 for non-season pass holders. Arc System Works also streamed a starter guide vi...
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King of Fighters XV Reveals Trailer for King of Dinosaurs

Hikaru Hanada voices character in game launching in Q1 2022 ― SNK began streaming on Wednesday a trailer for its The King of Fighters XV game to highlight the character King of Dinosaurs (voiced by Hikaru Hanada). SNK will release the game on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Windows 10, Steam, and the Epic Games Store in the first quarter of 2022. SNK delayed its the game to the first q...

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Shaman King Anime's 18th, 19th Episodes Delayed Due to Olympics

― The official website for the new television anime of Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga announced on Thursday that the 18th and 19th episodes of the anime have been delayed by two weeks, due to coverage of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. The 18th episode will move from July 29 to August 12, and the 19th episode will move from August 5 to August 19. A number of other currently airing a...
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Blackguard Manga by Devils' Line's Ryo Hanada Ends With 5th Volume

Manga debuted in September 2019 ― Ryo Hanada (Devils' Line) revealed on Twitter on Tuesday that her Blackguard manga will end with the fifth compiled book volume. She added that she was working on the manuscript for the manga's final chapter. The manga launched in Kodansha's Morning two magazine in September 2019. The manga's fourth compiled book volume shipped in Japan on July 20. The dark battle fa...
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Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU ‒ Episode 5

It feels like SOTSU is more interested in getting back to the primary confrontation after these loops. The pacing here is going at a breakneck speed but it never had to set itself up in this format in the first place.
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Oscars' Academy Museum to Screen All of Hayao Miyazaki's Films

Films to screen from October 5-November 27 ― The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announced on Wednesday that it will screen every film directed by acclaimed anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki from October 5 to November 27. One of the museum's first exhibits will feature the works of Hayao Miyazaki, presented in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. The Museum's website noted that the exhibit will feature o...
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Komi Can't Communicate Manga Gets Live-Action Series on September 6

Elaiza Ikeda, Takahisa Masuda star in 8-episode drama ― NHK announced on Friday that Tomohito Oda's Komi Can't Communicate (Komi-san wa Comyushō desu.) manga is inspiring a live-action series that will premiere on September 6 at 10:45 p.m. JST on NHK General's "Yorudora" late-night drama block. The series will have eight episodes. Elaiza Ikeda will play Shōko Komi, and NEWS' Takahisa Masuda will play...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S ‒ Episode 3

Lucoa gets in big sister mode to help integrate Ilulu into the group which also pushes the dragon to decide to solve her own social problems instead of having Kobayashi force an easy resolution.
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Gintama The Very Final Anime Film Opens in N. American Theaters Subbed/Dubbed on November 21-22

Film opened at #1 in Japan on January 8 ― Eleven Arts announced on Thursday that it will screen Gintama The Very Final (Gintama The Final), the new anime film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga, in North American theaters on November 21-22 in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub. The company describes the film: This is the actual ending. The countdown to destruction has begun! All ...
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Crunchyroll Adds 2nd Half of Sgt. Frog Anime to Catalog

Episodes 206-358 begin streaming on Thursday ― Crunchyhroll announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming episodes 206-358 of the Sgt. Frog anime on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. EDT in the United States and Canada. Since Crunchyroll added episodes 1-205 last month, the service will have the entire anime in its catalog once the second batch of episodes launches. Crunchyroll describes the anime: Keroro i...
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New York Asian Film Fest Screens Tonkatsu DJ Agetarō, The Fable: The Killer Who Doesn't Kill, More Live-Action Films

Also: Zokki, From Today, It's My Turn!! ― The organizers of the New York Asian Film Festival announced that the event will screen the Tonkatsu DJ Agetarō, The Fable: The Killer Who Doesn't Kill, Zokki and From Today, It's My Turn!! (Kyou Kara Ore Wa!!) live-action films, and the Junk Head stop-motion feature film. Tonkatsu DJ Agetarō, Zokki, and The Fable: The Killer Who Doesn't Kill are making their...
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Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun Season 2 ‒ Episode 14

There are plenty of urban legends, internet rumors, and ghost stories about Disney World, so it would make sense that Walter Park would have its seamier side – and that in the Netherworld, all of those stories would turn out to be true.
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anohana Holds In-Person Event at Anime's Real-Life Setting for 10th Anniversary

Voice cast will appear at event in Saitama's Chichibu on August 28 ― The anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day anime series revealed details about its 10th anniversary event, which will be held on August 28. The voice cast will appear in person at the anime's real-life setting of Chichibu in Saitama. The event will be held in two parts: The first part will be held in the Prince Chichibu Memorial Civic ...
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Studio 4°C Animates Google's 'Doodle Champion Island Games' Opening

Studio 4°C also designs characters in Olympics-themed minigames ― Google announced on Friday the "Doodle Champion Island Games, a series of Olympics-themed minigames that will feature on the "Doodles" on the search engine's main page. Tokyo-based Studio 4°C animated the opening cinematic and designed the characters. Google streamed a behind-the-scenes video, which includes insight about the project f...
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Sentai at Home 2021 Virtual Event Hosts Cast, Staff from Mother of the Goddess' Dormitory, Getter Robo Arc, Princess Principal, Redo of Healer, Non Non Biyori Anime

Event takes place on August 20 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday the guests for its "Sentai at Home 2021" virtual event, which will take place on August 20 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The guests include: Ayaka Nanase (Atena Saotome in Mother of the Goddess' Dormitory) Misuzu Yamada (Kōshi Nagumo in Mother of the Goddess' Dormitory) Naoya Uchida (Hayato Jin in Getter Robo Arc) Jun Kawagoe (director of G...
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Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop

Kyōhei Ishiguro's debut feature film was the unfortunate victim of COVID-19 delays in 2020, but if you do manage to watch this, it is absolutely the perfect pick-me-up for a depressing year. ― Kyohei Ishiguro's debut feature film was the unfortunate victim of COVID-19 delays in 2020, but if you do manage to watch this, it is absolutely the perfect pick-me-up for a depressing year. If you're in the mo...
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GungHo's Ninjala Game Launches Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Collaboration

Event runs until August 30, Ninjala Tournament to be held on Aug 28-29 ― GungHo Online Entertainment's (GOE) Ninjala Switch game launched a collaboration with the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime on Monday. Players can log in to receive a free "Demon Slayer: Logo" sticker, and obtain the IPPON decoration "Demon Slayer 6" through participating in battles. The event period will run until August 30....
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The [email protected]: Shiny Colors Game Changes Designs Allegedly Copied From Real Outfits

Fashion brand pharfaite claimed game used its clothing design without permission ― Bandai Namco Entertainment's The [email protected]: Shiny Colors browser game for smartphones announced on Wednesday that it will change the designs of seven of its characters' summer costumes on July 26, after fashion brand pharfaite claimed that the game used the company's clothing design without permission. In a tweet post...
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Sony Music Entertainment Opens Virtual YouTuber Auditions

People of any nationality can apply, but they must be living in Japan ― Sony Music Entertainment launched auditions for its upcoming Virtual YouTuber project "VEE" on Tuesday. The company is looking for over 50 VTubers who can not only stream and create videos, but can also create music and be active as voice actors. According to the project's audition page, people of any nationality over the age of ...

Tokyo Mew Mew New Anime Teases Battle Costumes, Music in Video

Sailor Moon Crystal/Precure's Yasuharu Takanashi scores soundtrack ― A live-streamed event for Tokyo Mew Mew New, the all-new anime of Reiko Yoshida and Mia Ikumi's Tokyo Mew Mew manga, debuted the anime's teaser promotional video and first key visual on Thursday. The video features the song "bitter sweet darling" by the cast unit Smewthie as well as the battle costumes of all five Mew Mew girls. The...
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Final Evangelion Film Ends Run in Most Theaters With 6.69 Million Tickets Sold

10.22 billion yen/US$92.7 million earned ― The official Twitter account for the Evangelion franchise confirmed on Thursday that Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the "final" Evangelion film, has ended its 136-day run in most Japanese theaters on Wednesday after selling 6.69 million tickets for 10.22 billion yen (about US$92.7 million). (26 theaters are still pl...
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Voice Actor Yoshiki Nakajima Diagnosed With COVID-19

The [email protected] SideM cast member is stable, recuperating at home after mild fever ― Talent agency 81 Produce announced on Thursday that voice actor Yoshiki Nakajima has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Nakajima had a mild fever on Wednesday, so he took a voluntary PCR test and tested positive on Thursday. He is now stable with no symptoms, as he recuperates at his home unde...
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Banished From The Heroes' Party TV Anime Casts Ken Uo, Yōji Ueda

As clinic doctor, half-orc shopkeeper in October fantasy series ― The official website for the television anime of Zappon and Yasumo's Banished From The Heroes' Party (Shin no Nakama janai to Yūsha no Party o Oidasareta node, Henkyō de Slow Life Suru Koto ni Shimashita) light novel series revealed two more cast members for the show on Thursday. Ken Uo plays Newman (left above), a doctor at a clinic i...
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Tokyo Revengers Manga Tops 32 Million Copies in Circulation

Manga's TV anime premiered on April 10, live-action film opened on July 9 at #1 ― The official Twitter account for Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga announced on Wednesday that the manga has more than 32 million copies in circulation. Wakui drew an illustration to commemorate surpassing 30 million copies. The 32 million is for copies in circulation that are not necessarily all sold, and are not copie...
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Suspense Anime Summer Time Rendering Unveils 2022 Airing, New Visual

Based on Yasuki Tanaka's Jump+ manga set on secluded summer island ― The official website for anime of Yasuki Tanaka's Summer Time Rendering suspense manga opened on Thursday and announced the anime's 2022 television premiere. The website also posted a new teaser visual. Publisher Shueisha describes the story: Upon hearing of Ushio's death, Shinpei returns to his hometown of Wakayama City on Hitogash...
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PuraOre! Pride of Orange Hockey Anime's Videos Preview Theme Songs, Unveil More Cast

Mikako Komatsu, Yoshiaki Hasegawa play coach, assistant in October anime ― The official website for CyberAgent's CAAnimation label and DMM Games' multimedia project PuraOre! Pride of Orange began streaming two promotional videos for the anime on Thursday. The first video previews the anime's opening theme song "Fire Fight!" by the project's seven main voice cast members under the group name "Team Pur...
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Touken Ranbu Game's Smartphone App Version Gets English Release

Pre-registrations for iOS/Android app already available ― Game platform Johren announced on Wednesday that it will release the smartphone app version of Nitroplus and DMM Games' Touken Ranbu Online game in English under the title Touken Ranbu Online Pocket. Pre-registrations for the iOS and Android version of the app are already available, but Johren did not reveal a launch date for the app. Johren r...
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Demon Slayer Film Tops Japan's DVD Chart for Record-Tying 5 Weeks

1st DVD to accomplish feat since 3rd Harry Potter film over 16 years ago ― The DVD release of the Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime has now ranked #1 on Oricon's overall weekly DVD chart for five consecutive weeks. During the July 12-18 week, it sold 11,628 more copies for a new cumulative total of 583,285. The film is the first DVD release since December 2004's special e...

HarperVia Publishes The Tatami Galaxy Novel & Sequel in English in 2022, 2023

Emily Balistrieri translates Tomihiko Morimi's novels ― Translator Emily Balistrieri announced on Twitter on Wednesday that HarperCollins' HarperVia imprint will publish Tomihiko Morimi's 2004 The Tatami Galaxy (Yojō-Han Shinwa Taikei) novel in English in fall of 2022. The release will be followed with the sequel novel Tatami Time Machine Blues (Yojō-Han Time Machine Blues) in summer of 2023. Balistr...
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BEASTARS Season 2 ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

If you're not familiar with my feelings about the anime's first season, here's the short version: I adore BEASTARS, even when its story threatens to become too ambitious for its own good.
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Girlfriend, Girlfriend ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Even though Girlfriend, Girlfriend's selling point revolves around the idea of Naoya being intimate with two girls at the same time, the dynamic is presented much like a typical love triangle with just a slightly different coat of paint.
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Is the order a rabbit? Releases Visual for 10th Anniversary Exhibit

Series creator Koi draws visual for exhibit which will run from October 29 to November 11 ― The "Is the order a rabbit? Exhibit Cafe Lumiere" exhibit, which commemorates the 10th anniversary of the manga's serialization, released a key visual drawn by series creator Koi. The exhibit will be held in Asakusabashi's Hulic Hall in Tokyo from October 29 to November 11. It will also be held in Osaka starti...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Beyond the PR talk, a lot of this incredibly lengthy conversation is about the other rulers sizing up Rimuru and each other. This is important because the fates of several nations are at stake.
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Peach Boy Riverside ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

In the interest of structural synergy, however, feel free to read the paragraphs of this review in whatever order you prefer!
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Battery Manga Ends in September

Manga based on Atsuko Asano's baseball novels launched in 2005 ― This year's September issue of Kadokawa's Asuka magazine revealed on Tuesday that Chikage Yuniwa's manga adaptation of Atsuko Asano's Battery novels will end in the magazine's next issue on September 24. Asano's novels revolve around Takumi Harada, a young man who moves to a mountain town in Okayama prefecture during the spring break be...
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Crayon Shin-chan Goes 3D in Switch — But Not Completely

Shinnosuke's in-game model never faces forward ― Crayon Shin-chan: Ora to Hakase no Natsuyasumi - Owaranai Nanokakan no Tabi (Crayon Shin-chan: My Summer Vacation With the Professor - The Endless Seven Day Journey), the new Nintendo Switch game in the Crayon Shin-Chan franchise produced by developer neos, would have been the closest protagonist Shinnosuke comes to being rendered in 3D, but as some pl...
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The Deer King, Tokyo Revengers, 'Fire Craft' Films Screen at Fantasia Int'l Film Festival

August festival to host North American premieres for films ― Montreal's 25th Fantasia International Film Festival announced on Wednesday that it will screen The Deer King anime film, the Tokyo Revengers live-action film, and the Fire Craft ("Hizukuri") short anime film. The live-action Tokyo Revengers film will make its international debut outside of Japan at the festival, and the other two films wil...
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The Case Study of Vanitas ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

It's a beautiful mishmash of about fourteen different texts, and more than just working, it makes this weird combination look good. Welcome, in short, to the anime adaptation of The Case Study of Vanitas.
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To Your Eternity ‒ Episode 14

It's going to be difficult to fully balance my temperament, because this marks the first time that my enjoyment of To Your Eternity has been so hampered by its production values.
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Neptunia, Senran Kagura Crossover Game's Opening Movie Streamed

Game delayed from August 26 to September 16 ― The official website for Senran Nin Nin Ninja Taisen Neptune, the crossover action RPG for the Senran Kagura and Hyperdimension Neptunia franchises, began streaming the game's opening movie on Wednesday. Compile Heart announced the game earlier this year on March 8. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4 in Japan on September 16, delayed from its origin...
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AFP: Mamoru Hosoda Criticizes Depiction of Women in Hayao Miyazaki Anime

"Young women are treated as sacred, which has nothing to do with the reality of who they are." ― Anime filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) last week that he has issues with how women are depicted in Japanese media, highlighting the tendency to depict them as "sacred" and "nothing to do with the reality of who they are." He mentioned a "great master of animation who always take...
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One Piece Franchise Gets Commemorative Short Drama Videos with Theme Song by RADWIMPS

Mika Ninagawa directs live-action/animated dramas premiering on August 30 ― The official website of the One Piece franchise announced on Thursday that the series is inspiring a video collection of five short dramas titled "We Are One!" that will launch on a newly opened website and the franchise's YouTube channel on August 30. Mika Ninagawa (live-action Helter Skelter film) is directing the dramas, w...
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Tokyo Revengers ‒ Episode 15

Things kick off with that mysterious sixth man from Toman's founding, Kazutora, just walking into Takemichi's class and taking our hero on a field trip to Valhalla's hideout.
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Novel 9

After a return to form in volume eight, My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! takes another slide downhill in the ninth novel. ― After a return to form in volume eight, My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom takes another slide downhill in the ninth novel. It's not nearly as egregious as what we saw in books six and seven, the two stories that set up the idea that ther...
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Funimation to Stream Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc Anime in 2021

Funimation will stream sequel in English-speaking territories ― Funimation announced on Wednesday that it will stream the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yūkaku-hen) television anime in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand this year. Funimation shared the English-subtitled trailer and visual. The anime will run...
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One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows Game Ends Online Multiplayer Service Next February

Multiplayer service except for 1vs1 game matches ends on February 8 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Tuesday that the One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows game will end online multiplayer service on February 8, 2022. Online 1-vs-1 game matches will still be playable, as well as offline modes. The game launched for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in North America and Europe and for PS4 and Xbox...
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Romance Manga Depicts "New Normal" of Mask Wearing

In Akito Aihara's new manga, just showing your mouth to someone of the opposite sex has a special significance ― Throughout the past two years, various manga about pandemics have been getting released or republished, but have you wondered what love and romance would be like if people never took their masks off after the pandemic? In Akito Aihara's New Normal manga, masks have become commonplace in th...
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Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

SOTSU hasn't done anything particularly unexpected yet in its first four episodes except raise a few red flags. I'm cautiously awaiting episode five.
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Gunma-chan Mascot Anime Reveals 3 Cast Members

Yuri Yamaoka, Nozomi Yamamoto, Arisa Kiyoto join cast of anime premiering on October 3 ― The staff for the television anime based on Gunma Prefecture's mascot character Gunma-chan revealed three cast members on Wednesday. The newly announced cast members include: Yuri Yamaoka as Yayoi-hime, princess of the Strawberry Tribe Nozomi Yamamoto as Kiryū-san, a fashion designer Arisa Kiyoto as Francoise, ma...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

For the mainstream audience, or anyone otherwise not interested in fanservice that involves creeping on kid characters, a show like Dragon Maid can be frustrating.
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BookWalker to Release She's Adopted a High School Boy! Manga on August 3

Company to also release "Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? The A+ Full Color Lesson Book!" ― BookWalker Global announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with Kodansha USA Publishing to exclusively release Hideki's She's Adopted a High School Boy! (Danshi Kōkōsei wo Yashinaitai Onee-san no Hanashi) manga and a full-color edition of Soborou's Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? manga titled Why th...
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Hozuki's Coolheadedness, Haruna Ikezawa, Ultraman Z Win at 52nd Seiun Sci-Fi Awards

Jōji Hayashi's Logistics of Star System Izumo novel wins "Best Japanese Long Story" award ― The 60th Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai) revealed the winners of the 52nd Seiun Awards on Wednesday. Natsumi Eguchi's Hozuki's Coolheadedness manga and Toriko Gin's Kimi o Shinasenai tame no Storia (Story for the Sake of Keeping You Alive) manga both won the "Best Comic" award. Additionally,...
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Genzaburo Yoshino's How Do You Live? Novel Inspiring Ghibli Film Gets English Release in October

Bruno Navasky translates novel, Neil Gaiman writes foreword ― Algonquin Young Readers announced on Monday that it will release the first-ever English translation of Genzaburo Yoshino's How Do You Live? novel. Bruno Navasky translated the novel and Neil Gaiman wrote a foreword for the edition. The children's book will release on October 26. Algonquin Young Readers describes the novel: HOW DO YOU LIVE?...
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Natsume Ono Launches The Gamesters Manga With 'Chapter 0' in August

Full serialization of manga about millionaire, apartment doorman in plot launches this winter ― The September issue of Kodansha's Morning two magazine revealed on Wednesday that Natsume Ono will launch the 72-page "chapter 0" of a new manga titled The Gamesters in the magazine's next issue on August 23, with a full serialization coming this winter. The introductory chapter will have a color opening p...
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Sunrise Beyond, Bandai Spirits Post Kyōkai Senki Anime's 1st 11 Minutes, More Staff Before October 4 TV Debut

Fafner animators make robot project about war-torn occupied Japan ― Animation studio Sunrise Beyond (formerly Xebec) and toy/hobby company Bandai Spirits announced more staff members and the October 4 television premiere for their collaborative project Kyōkai Senki (War Machines on the Borderline) on Wednesday. Bandai Spirits also posted the first 11 minutes of the anime's first episode on its YouTub...
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Pani Poni's Hekiru Hikawa Launches New Manga in August

Kaori-san wa Tensei Shitemo Kenka ga Shitai centers on dark lord, hero reincarnated as high school students ― The September issue of Kodansha's Morning two magazine revealed on Wednesday that Hekiru Hikawa will launch a new manga titled Kaori-san wa Tensei Shitemo Kenka ga Shitai (Even Reincarnated, Kaori's Still Spoiling for a Fight) in the magazine's next issue on August 23. The manga will have a c...

Deadline: Minari's Lee Isaac Chung to No Longer Direct your name. Hollywood Remake

Academy Award-nominated director left due to "scheduling conflicts" ― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Tuesday that director Lee Isaac Chung (Munyurangabo, Minari) has left the production for the planned live-action Hollywood adaptation of Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film. Deadline's report indicates that Chung left due to "scheduling conflicts," with Paramount Pictures now seeki...
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Senyū's Robinson Haruhara Launches New Manga

Majin Reino to Sennen no Fūin full color comedy manga launches on Wednesday ― Manga creator Robinson Haruhara announced on Tuesday that they will launch a new manga titled Majin Reino to Sennen no Fūin (Majin Reino & Millennium Seal) on Niconico Manga on Wednesday. The first chapter is available now. Haruhara posted three images from the manga on Twitter on Wednesday. 魔神レイノと千年の封印 第1話 封印 https://t.co/...
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Banana Fish Stage Play's 2nd Part Unveils Visual, More Cast

Ray Fujita, Masashi Taniguchi join cast as Blance, Eduardo L. Fox ― The official website for the two-part stage play production based on Akimi Yoshida's Banana Fish manga revealed more cast and a visual for the second stage play on Wednesday. Ray Fujita joins the cast as Blanca, and Masashi Taniguchi joins as Eduardo L. Fox. The second stage play will run at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel's Stella Ball f...
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Level 5's Megaton Musashi Anime Premieres on October 1

Level 5 announced mecha action franchise in 2016 ― The September issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that the television anime of Level 5's Megaton-kyū Musashi multimedia project will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS Fuji on October 1. The franchise's official website also unveiled a visual for the anime. The project includes a television anime, game, collaboration with Shueisha's We...
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Mamahaha no Tsurego ga Moto Kano Datta Step-Sibling Romcom Novel Gets Anime

Kyōsuke Kamishiro's story about former couple who reunite as step-siblings due to parents' marriage ― Kadokawa announced on Wednesday that Kyōsuke Kamishiro and Takayaki's Mamahaha no Tsurego ga Moto Kano Datta (My Stepmother's Daughter Was My Ex-Girlfriend) light novel series has an anime in the works. Kadokawa did not announce the format or debut date for the anime. The novels center on Mizuto and ...

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Your Lie in April Stage Musical Runs Next May After COVID-19 Delay

Musical previously slated to begin run last July ― The official website for the stage musical of Naoshi Arakawa's Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) manga revealed on Wednesday that the musical will now run at the Nissay Theatre in Tokyo on May 7-29, 2022, before touring throughout Japan from June to July. The musical was slated to begin its run in July 2020, but was delayed due to the new c...
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Netflix to Add Games to Subscription at No Extra Cost

Starting with mobile games in larger push into gaming for streaming company ― Netflix revealed in its second-quarter earnings report on Tuesday that it will add games to its subscription service "at no additional cost similar to films and series." The company added, "Initially, we'll be primarily focused on games for mobile devices." This is part of a larger push into games by the company, after anno...
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Live-Action Kodomo wa Wakatte Agenai Film Previews Magical Girl Anime Segment in Video

Miyu Tomita stars in Typhoon Graphics segment helmed by The Royal Tutor's Katsuya Kikuchi ― Nikkatsu began streaming a "special video" for the live-action film of Rettō Tajima's Kodomo wa Wakatte Agenai manga on Wednesday. The video features a segment from the film's in-story anime "Mahō Sakan Shōjo Buffalo Koteko" (Magical Plastering Girl Buffalo Koteko). The video also features an ending credits se...
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Love Live! Superstar!! ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Having Jukki Hanada and Takahiko Kyōgoku back to helm this new entry is in many ways a long-awaited reunion. And so far the same magic that made School Idol Project the runaway success it became is here in spades.
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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

The real charm in watching isekai stories is seeing which tropes a work leans into and what twists it adds to the formula. How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom splits the difference, and ends up decidedly average with signs of potential.
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 18-24

Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!, Listeners anime; Mashle: Magic and Muscles, No. 5 manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Listeners BDPlease Funimation US$64.98 July 20 Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Trilogy BDCite Aniplex of America US$74.98 July 20 RahXephon Steelbook BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$129.98 July 20 Tenchi Muyo War on Geminar Classics BDPlea...
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Remake Our Life! ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

I'll readily admit, episode 1, “Nothing Was Working,” is table-setting: fifty minutes of table-setting that during my first watch of Remake Our Life, I didn't particularly enjoy consistently
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Kageki Shoujo!! ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Ai feels the most real, in a very intimately painful way. Her story and the abuse committed against her feels like the story of many of the girls and young women who are devoured by the idol industry, and while her story isn't connected to her work as an idol, it is deeply connected to why Ai became an idol so willingly.
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Funimation, Crunchyroll, HIDIVE Stream Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Anime Season 2

Eve of Awakening debuts on Funimation later this month, Crunchyroll on August 7 ― Funimation, Crunchyroll, and HIDIVE announced on Tuesday that they will stream Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story 2nd Season -Eve of Awakening- (Kakusei Zenya), the second season of the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story television anime. Funimation will begin streaming the anime later th...
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The aquatope on white sand ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

I'm hopeful that aquatope can deliver on its pleasant combo of magical realism, aquariums, soft sapphics searching for themselves, and introspective, realistic character growth.
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Seirei Gensouki - Spirit Chronicles ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

If there's one thing Seirei Gensouki has going for it, it's the way it's handling its subgenre of isekai. This series falls under the “reborn in another world” heading, but it takes a slightly different approach than the bulk of the stories we see.
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Battle Game in 5 Seconds ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

There's something funny about Battle Game in 5 Seconds, and I'm not sure if it's intentional or not.
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Raise a Generation of Sentai Heroes With Kamen Rider Tamagotchi

This year marks both the 50th anniversary of the long-running Kamen Rider tokusatsu franchise and the 25th anniversary of Bandai's popular Tamagotchi handheld digital pets. ― This year marks both the 50th anniversary of the long-running Kamen Rider tokusatsu franchise and the 25th anniversary of Bandai's popular Tamagotchi handheld digital pets. To commemorate the occasion, the Kamen Rider franchise ...
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The Honor Student at Magic High School ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

Set during episode one and two of The irregular at magic high school's first season, this episode does something I thought impossible: make Honoka likeable.
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Fena: Pirate Princess Anime Debuts on August 14 on Crunchyroll, Toonami

English dub cast announced ― Crunchyroll and Adult Swim announced on Tuesday that the first two episodes of the new "Crunchyroll Originals" anime Fena: Pirate Princess will premiere on August 14 in Japanese with subtitles worldwide outside of Japan on Crunchyroll and with an English dub on Adult Swim's Toonami block. The companies also revealed new key art and the English dub cast for the Crunchyroll...
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Akiba's Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed

Akiba's Trip: Hellbound and Debriefed is a cheeky romp through anime fandom mecca with plenty of fun references. But sadly, it's also just shy of the mark to make it a must-have. Akiba's Trip: Hellbound and Debriefed is a lot of things. It's a remaster of a 10-year-old PlayStation Portable game. It's a cheeky romp through anime fandom mecca with plenty of fun references. But sadly, it's also just s...
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Terraformars' Kenichi Tachibana Draws New Sci-Fi Manga Gigantis

Story about mysterious creature launches on August 4 ― This year's 16th issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine announced on Wednesday that Kenichi Tachibana (Terraformars) is drawing a new sci-fi manga titled Gigantis, based on the G-Gigantis novel by author Yōichi Komori, in the magazine's next issue on August 4. Takayuki Yamamoto is in charge of story composition. The first chapter will include co...
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BEASTARS Anime Gets New Arc

Netflix Japan, Orange make announcement ― Studio Orange announced on Wednesday that the television anime of Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS manga will have a new arc. Netflix Japan also announced the anime's new arc, and it opened a new website. < Project Announcement > BEASTARS Animated Series, New Arc is confirmed! Thanks to everyone who supports our show. Orange will continue to animate the show! Artwork ...
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Pop Team Epic's Jun Aoki Directs Animated Web Video for CalorieMate

Each sport is individually animated by a separate member of Space Neko Company ― Nutritional energy food maker CalorieMate released a promotional animated web video on YouTube on Friday. Takuma Shiga is the overall director, while Pop Team Epic series director Jun Aoki is credited as the director and storyboard artist for the animation. The video features an eclectic animation style, with each sport ...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, Cross Duel Games Announced, While Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel Game Heads West

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links! game adds Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V world ― Konami's Yu-Gi-Oh! Digital Next livestream announced on Tuesday the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel and Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel games. The company also revealed that the Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel: Saikyo Battle Royale!! game will head West this fall, and that the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links! mobile game will add the Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V World in 2021. Konami will release ...
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Vampire Cosmonaut Anime Tsuki to Laika to Nosferatu Unveils More Cast, Staff, Song Info, October Debut

Ali Project, Chima perform songs; Takaya Hashi, Masaki Terasoma, Kikuko Inoue more join cast ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Keisuke Makino and Karei's Tsuki to Laika to Nosferatu (The Moon, Laika, and Nosferatu) light novel series unveiled the anime's additional cast and staff members, theme song information, October premiere, new key visual, and character designs on Thurs...
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Satanophany Manga by Deathtopia's Yoshinobu Yamada Enters Final Stage

Manga about normal girl in prison full of murderous women launched in 2017 ― This year's 34th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine revealed on Monday that Yoshinobu Yamada's Satanophany manga is entering the final stage of its story. The manga is set in a world like ours, but where an illness known as Medusa Syndrome exists. This illness that haunts Japan turns normal girls into ruthless killers. The s...
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Viz Media, Manga Plus Publish Chainsaw Man Author's New 140-Page 1-Shot in English

1-shot titled Look Back launched on Sunday ― Viz Media and Shueisha's MANGA Plus service both digitally published Chainsaw Man author Tatsuki Fujimoto's new 140-page one-shot manga titled Look Back on Sunday. Manga Plus describes the one-shot: Fujino is a fourth grader who draws a manga strip for the school newspaper. Her art makes her the star of the class, but one day she's told that Kyomoto, a stu...
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Amazon Prime Video Also Streams Final Evangelion Film in Japan on August 13

― Amazon Prime Video announced on Tuesday that it will start streaming the Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 edition of the Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time film in Japan on August 13. The service had previously announced that it would stream the film worldwide outside Japan. Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 is the new version of Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time, and it began playing in Japan on June 12 for th...
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Mamoru Hosoda's Belle Film Opens at #1, Live-Action Tokyo Revengers at #2

Godzilla vs. Kong at #3, Honey Lemon Soda at #4 ― Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's new Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, literally "The Dragon and the Freckled Princess") anime film opened at #1 at the Japanese box office. The film sold more than 600,000 tickets for more than 891,663,200 yen (about US$8.14 million) in its first three days. It sold more than 459,000 tickets for 679,995,700 yen (about US...

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Prince of Tennis 3D CG Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song, Dance Sequences

Tenipuri All Stars performs "Sekai o Teki ni Mawashitemo" song for September 3 film ― The official website for the Ryōma! Shinsei Gekijōban Tennis no Ōji-sama (Ryōma! Rebirth: The Prince of Tennis Movie) 3DCG anime film began streaming the full trailer for the film on Tuesday. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song "Sekai o Teki ni Mawashitemo" (Even if You Make an Enemy of the World)...
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Kakegurui's Homura Kawamoto Launches New Manga

Manga about isekai princess launches on August 19 ― This year's September issue of Akita Shoten's Champion RED magazine announced on Monday that writer Homura Kawamoto (Kakegurui) and Zuzu Kamiya will launch a new manga titled Isekai no Hime to no Koi Bakuchi ni, Jinrui no Sonbо̄ ga Kakkatemasu (Humanity's Existence Depends on Love Gambling with Another World's Princess) in the magazine's next issue ...
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Azur Lane Voice Actress Asuka Itou Announces Marriage, Childbirth

Itou played Ark Royal, Hamman, Li'l Sandy, San Diego from 2017-2019 ― Voice actress Asuka Itou announced on her Twitter account on Tuesday that she has safely given birth to her first child, a baby girl. She also revealed that she got married in September last year. 👶ご報告👶昨日7月12日に女の子を出産しました。みなさんに感謝の気持ちでいっぱいです(*^^*)良く泣いて元気な子です。これからもよろしくお願い致します✨ pic.twitter.com/CxwR6D5Qab— 伊藤あすか(声優・RME所属) (@itoasuka0218...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 983

Eustass Kid, his crew, and the Straw Hats are subjected to Kin's technique as well, and now that everyone is clothed in the leather and furs of the Beast Pirates, they can head into Onigashima incognito.
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Sayori Ochiai's Gingitsune Manga Returns from Hiatus

Manga went on hiatus in January ― Sayori Ochiai's Gingitsune manga returned from hiatus in this year's August issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine on Friday. The manga went on hiatus in January. The manga had gone on hiatus in the March 2017 issue, returned for one chapter in the May 2017 issue, and was absent again in the June 2017 issue. The July 2017 issue then announced that the manga was goin...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 104

One of the recurring problems MHA has had is that, while it has a huge cast of likable and endearing characters, it's often struggled to divvy up time for them all in a way that's satisfying to their fans.
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HIDIVE Adds Laidbackers Theatrical Anime Project to Catalog

Anime film debuted in Japan in April 2019 ― HIDIVE announced on Monday that it will begin streaming Studio Gokumi's Laidbackers theatrical anime project on July 26 at 1:00 p.m. EDT in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, and the Netherlands. Sentai acquired the anime's home video and digital sell-through rights in January. The an...
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Funimation Launches Figure of My Hero Academia's Invisible Girl

World's first official figure of Toru Hagakure debuted on Funimation Shop in June ― Funimation announced at its Summer 2021 Season Preview Event in June that it will sell a figure of My Hero Academia's Toru Hagakure – the girl with invisibility powers. According to Funimation, it is the world's first official figure of the character. Her appearance is... what you would expect. Funimation previewed th...
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The Detective Is Already Dead ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

The primary issue one could take with Detective is that the actual sleuthing is handily the least interesting part of the whole show.
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Danganronpa Decadence Switch Collection's Trailer Previews Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp Game

Key visual unveiled for bonus board game ― Spike Chunsoft, Inc. began streaming on Monday a trailer for the Danganronpa Decadence game collection, and it also unveiled the key visual for the collection's Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp bonus board game. The game will ship as a physical exclusive on Nintendo Switch in North America and Europe on December 3. The collection will launch in Japan unde...
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The Titan's Bride Anime's English Dub Trailer Previews English Theme Song

Kiba Walker, Edward Mendoza perform English theme song ― Ascendent Animation revealed on Monday a promotional English dub trailer for the anime shorts of ITKZ's boys-love manga The Titan's Bride (Kyojinzoku no Hanayome). The video previews an English-dubbed version of the theme song "Those Who Shout Love at the Center of the World" performed by the main characters' English voice actors Kiba Walker an...
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X ‒ SERIES PREMIERE

We may not have a victor in the competition for the heart of Catarina Claes, but at least two of these three episodes belong to Nichol Ascart.
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Tsukihime Visual Novel Remake's 3rd Promo Video Reveals 2 New Characters

Ai Kayano, Ayane Sakura join cast of PS4, Switch game ― Type-Moon revealed on Monday the third promo video for Tsukihime -A piece of blue glass moon-, the remake of Type-Moon's Tsukihime dōjin visual novel game. The video reveals two new characters and unveils the game's cover art. The newly announced cast includes: Ai Kayano as Noel, an English and physical education teacher who transferred to Shiki...
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Mamoru Hosoda's Belle Receives 14-Minute Standing Ovation at Cannes

Film reportedly received among the longest applause in the festival's history ― Mamoru Hosoda's latest film, Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, literally "The Dragon and the Freckled Princess"), has reportedly received a 14-minute-long standing ovation by its audience following its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. The prestigious film festival has a reputation for long standing ovation times....
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MyDearest Reveals New Dyschronia: Chronos Alternate VR Game Project

Game in "Chronos Universe" launches in early 2022 ― Game developer MyDearest announced on Monday a new virtual reality game project titled DYSCHRONIA: Chronos Alternate. The game is scheduled to launch in early 2022. The company opened a website and streamed a teaser trailer: The game will take place in the "Chronos Universe," which is where the company's ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos and TOKYO CHRONOS gam...
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Your Summer 2021 Daily Streaming Reviews Schedule

The Preview Guide team survived a season filled with isekai, but they aren't out of the magical woods yet. ― The Preview Guide team survived a season filled with isekai, but they aren't out of the magical woods yet. It's full steam ahead as summer season kicks off with over 25 Daily Streaming shows! Look below for who will be covering the hits from this season's anime line-up Without further ado, you...
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The Grim Reaper and an Argent Cavalier's Irono Launches New Manga

Ryū no Hanayome Okotawari manga launches on August 18 ― The August issue of Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine revealed last Friday that manga creator Irono is launching a new manga titled Ryū no Hanayome Okotawari (I Refuse to Be the Dragon's Wife) in the magazine's next issue on August 18. The fantasy manga is set in a village where legends of dragons are still passed on, and the villagers Sakura and...
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Hiroya Oku's Gigant Manga Ends in 10th Volume

Gantz, Inuyashiki author launched manga in 2017 ― Manga creator Hiroya Oku posted on his Twitter account on Tuesday that his GIGANT manga is ending with the tenth compiled book volume. The manga entered its final arc in August 2020. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga, and it describes the story: Rei Yokoyamada, a high schooler whose father works for a film production company, is inspired to ...
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Viki Streams Love Is Phantom, A Man Who Defies the World of BL Live-Action Series

Streaming service to also stream Yuuki Kaji-starring PIPLE: My Married Life with an AI live-action show ― Streaming service Viki announced on Facebook on Wednesday that it will stream the live-action television adaptations of Kako Mitsuki's Love Phantom manga titled Love Is Phantom and Konkichi's A Man Who Defies the World of BL (Zettai BL ni Naru Sekai vs Zettai BL ni Naritakunai Otoko) manga. Love ...
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My Hero Academia The Movie: World Heroes' Mission Anime Film's Special Promo Video Streamed

Franchise's 3rd film opens on August 6 ― The staff for My Hero Academia The Movie: World Heroes' Mission, the third anime film in the My Hero Academia franchise, unveiled a special promotional video on Monday: The new characters and cast includes (from left to right in below image, character name romanizations not confirmed): Mariya Ise as Belos Junya Enoki as Sir Pentas Yuichiro Umehara as Shidero S...
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Atsuko Nanba: Protagonists' Story in Come on-a My House Manga Nears End

6th compiled volume will ship in winter 2021 ― Manga creator Atsuko Nanba revealed in the afterword of the fifth volume of the Come on-a My House (Kamona My House) manga that the story of the protagonists Hinata and Itsuki is nearing its conclusion. The manga's 5th compiled volume shipped on July 13, and the sixth volume will ship this winter. The series went on hiatus in May 2019 due to Nanba going ...

Ghost in the Shell: Arise Composer Cornelius Tenders Resignation From Olympics After Youth Bullying Resurfaces

1990s interviews resurface, spark outcry after composer was slated to oversee music for opening ceremony ― Content warning: The below article contains details of bullying and abuse. Composer Keigo Oyamada (also known as Cornelius) announced on Twitter on Monday that he offered his resignation as the composer of the opening ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 event. The Internati...
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Switch Game's Video Reveals December 23 Release

Otomate game centers on Katarina's encounter with pirate ― The official website for the Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta... ~Haran o Yobu Kaizoku~ (My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! The Pirate Known as "Trouble") game began streaming a promotional video for the game on Monday. The video reveals the game's release date of December 23 for t...
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Karino Takatsu's Dust Box 2.5 Manga Ends on August 6

Working!! manga author's manga about voice actors launched in 2015 ― This year's 15th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine revealed last Friday that Karino Takatsu's Dust Box 2.5 manga will end in the magazine's next issue on August 6. Square Enix will release the sixth, seventh, and eighth compiled book volumes of the manga simultaneously on September 25. The four-panel comedy manga centers ...
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HIDIVE Streams 3rd 'See-Through' Version of Mother of the Goddess' Dormitory Anime

HIDIVE also streams censored version, "cultured version" of anime ― HIDIVE announced on Friday that it will stream the "see-through" version of the anime adaptation of Ikumi Hino's Megami-ryō no Ryōbo-kun (Mother of the Goddess' Dormitory) manga. The first episode of that version will debut on HIDIVE on on July 20 at 12:00 p.m. EDT and will be available in Scandinavia, North America, the United Kingd...
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The Ghibli Museum Meets 10 Million Yen Crowdfunding Goal in 24 Hours

Campaign has raised 21 million yen as of Monday ― The Ghibli Museum, the museum dedicated to the anime of Studio Ghibli, surpassed its Furusato Choice crowdfunding goal of 10 million yen (approximately US$90,000) in less than 24 hours on Saturday. As of press time, the campaign has raised 21,912,735 yen (about US$199,262) from 2,808 donors. The crowdfunding campaign operated by the city of Mitaka sta...
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Mamoru Hosoda's Belle Film Opens With 890 Million Yen

Film sold more than 600,000 tickets in 1st 3 days ― Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's new Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, literally "The Dragon and the Freckled Princess") anime film earned more than 890 million yen (about US$8.09 million) and sold more than 600,000 tickets in its first three days. The film topped Japan's box office chart for the weekend of July 17-18. The film opened in Japan last Fr...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, July 5-11

The Boy and the Beast film earns 9.9% rating ― NTV aired Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's The Boy and the Beast anime film on Friday, July 9 at 9:00 p.m. and it earned a 9.9% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV July 11 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 8.5 Detective Conan NTV July 10 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 6.6 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV July 11 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 6.3 One ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, July 5-11

Monster Hunter Stories 2 debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: July 5-11 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwMonster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin Capcom July 9 137,676 137,676 2NSweBaseball Pro Baseball Spirits 2021: Grand Slam Konami July 8 106,597 106,597 3NSwMario Golf Super Rush Nintendo June 25 17,333 129,448 4NSwGame Builder Garage Nintendo June 11 14,105 1...
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The [email protected] Million Live! Producer: TV Anime Needs More Time

In an interview with the Famitsu.com website, The [email protected] Million Live! producer Wakako Hazama said that the game's upcoming television anime adaptation is still in production and will still take "quite some time." Shinya Watada (Aikatsu Stars! film, Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE) is directing the anime at Shirogumi Inc., and Yoichi Kato (Aikatsu!) is overseeing the series scripts. Shirogumi Inc....

One Piece Manga Tops 490 Million in Circulation Worldwide

Volume 100 celebration includes space project, Where's Waldo crossover, more ― Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga has surpassed 490 million copies in circulation worldwide as of Monday. That includes over 400 million in Japan and 90 million in at least 57 countries and regions overseas. The 490 million is for copies in circulation that are not necessarily all sold, and are not copies printed and sold. Th...
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Kochikame Manga Gets 201st Volume in October

New volume to compile 1-shots published in last 5 years since manga ended ― This year's combined 33rd and 34th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Osamu Akimoto's Kochikame manga will get a 201st compiled volume on October 4. Akimoto has published several extra chapters for Kochikame since the manga ended in September 2016 after 40 years of serialization. The new v...
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Promised Neverland Creators, My Hero Academia Each Get 1-Shot in Shonen Jump

― This year's combined 33rd and 34th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that The Promised Neverland creators Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu will publish a new one-shot in the magazine's next issue on August 2. The 49-page "sci-fi action" one-shot will include a center color page, and is titled "DC3." Shirai and Demizu launched The Promised Neverland in Shueisha's Weekl...
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game Adds Nagato as 25th DLC Character

Character is 2nd in new 4th season pass ― This year's combined 33rd and 34th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Nagato (Edo Tensei form) will be the 25th DLC character for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game. The character will arrive in the game "soon," and will be the second character in the game's fourth season pass. The season p...
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Dr. Stone Manga Takes 1-Issue Break So Authors Can Do Research

― This year's combined 33rd and 34th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Boichi and Riichirou Inagaki's Dr. Stone manga is taking a break in the next issue so the authors can do research. The manga will return in the magazine's combined 36th and 37th issue on August 10. Boichi (Sun-Ken Rock) and Inagaki (author of Eyeshield 21) launched the manga in Weekly Shonen ...

KONOSUBA - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Light Novel Gets New Anime

Natsume Akatsuki's isekai fantasy inspired 2 TV anime seasons, film ― The live-streamed "KONOSUBA Channel from Isekai Museum" special announced on Sunday that production on a new KONOSUBA - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World anime has been green-lit. The staff asked fans to be patient for more information later. Natsume Akatsuki's KONOSUBA light novel series center on Kazuma, a shut-in student wh...
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My Next Life as a Villainess Manga to Bundle New Original Anime Disc

Also: 11th light novel volume to include original story linking to current TV season's episode 5 ― The special event for the anime of Satoru Yamaguchi and Nami Hidaka's My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta...) light novel series announced on Sunday that Hidaka's seventh manga volume will bundle a brand-new o...
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Harvey Awards Nominate Chainsaw Man, Remina, 3 More Manga

Asadora!, Boys Run the Riot, Spy x Family manga also nominated ― The Harvey Awards, which honors outstanding work in comics and sequential art, revealed its list of nominations for this year's awards on Friday. The nominees for the Best Manga category include: Naoki Urasawa's Asadora! (VIZ Media) Keito Gaku's Boys Run the Riot (Kodansha Comics) Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man by (VIZ Media) Junji Ito...

Yen Press Reveals Audiobook Voices for Sword Art Online, Overlord, The Saga of Tanya the Evil Novels

Yen Audio will host Virtual Crunchyroll Expo panel in August ― Yen Audio, Yen Press' new imprint for audiobooks, announced on Friday the voice artists who will narrate its audiobook adaptations for Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online light novel series, Kugane Maruyama's Overlord light novel series, and Carlo Zen's The Saga of Tanya the Evil light novel series. Bryce Papenbrook will narrate the Sword Ar...
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Ichigo Takano's Orange Manga Gets New Chapter About Azusa

1st new work in manga in 4 years launched on Friday ― Futabasha's Comic Action website published a new chapter of Ichigo Takano's Orange manga on Friday. The new chapter focuses on Azusa Murasaka. Takano posted an image on Twitter (pictured at right) for the new chapter on Friday, noting that the chapter is the first new work in Orange in four years. Takano (Dreamin' Sun) launched the original shōjo ...
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Shaman King's Hiroyuki Takei Launches Mini 4 King Manga With Artist Yūki Imada

New manga centers on kids who race Laser Mini 4WD cars ― The official website for Shogakukan's Monthly Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Thursday that Hiroyuki Takei (Shaman King) and artist Yūki Imada (Tengoku no Ragnarok) launched a new manga in the magazine's August issue on the same day. The manga is titled Mini 4 King, and it centers on kids who race the Laser Mini 4WD cars. Tamiya recently ...
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'Anime no Tane' Animator Training Program Reveals 4 Projects for 2021

Imagica Digitalscape, Studio Elle, Production +h., Lesprit to each create anime shorts for project ― The Japanese government's Agency of Cultural Affairs announced on July 12 the four studios that will participate in the latest round of its "Anime no Tane" program to train young animators. The studios Imagica Digitalscape, Studio Elle, Production +h., and Lesprit will each produce an animation projec...
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'Mori no Kuma-san, Tōminchū' Boys-Love Manga Gets ComicFesta Anime (Updated)

Anime to star Kōhei Amasaki, Kazuyuki Okitsu, Kengo Kawanishi ― Publisher Suiseisha revealed on Sunday that Haruchika's Mori no Kuma-san, Tōminchū (Bear of the Forest is Hibernating) boys-love manga is getting a ComicFesta Anime adaptation that will air on television. The manga centers on a bear who lives in the forest named Nowa. Nowa found a puppy named Airi a few years ago, and is now raising him....

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Comikey Releases Promise Cinderella, Cursed Sword, Record of Ragnarok, More Manga

New manga publisher to also release Girl Crush, Beneath the Mask manga in August ― US-based localization company Comikey Media Inc. announced on Saturday that it will release more manga in English from Shogakukan, Shinchosha, Compass, and Coamix in the next few months. The new licenses include: Title: Cursed Sword (Jaken-san wa Sugu Bureru) Author: Nikiichi Tobita Release Date: July 17 Summary: A fan...

Kyoto Animation Posts Memorial Video on 2nd Anniversary of Deadly Arson Attack

Video features messages from victims' families, current staff, those who worked with studio ― Kyoto Animation posted a 10-minute memorial video on Sunday to commemorate the second anniversary of the arson attack on the Studio 1 building that killed 36 people and wounded 33 others in July 2019. The video is not available for embedding, but can be viewed by clicking here. The video is only available to...
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My Hero Academia The Movie: World Heroes' Mission Adds 6 New Cast Members for Original Characters

Mariya Ise, Junya Enoki, Yuichiro Umehara, more join cast for film opening on August 6 ― The official website for My Hero Academia The Movie: World Heroes' Mission, the third anime film in the My Hero Academia franchise, revealed more cast members for original characters on Saturday. Original manga creator Kohei Horikoshi designed the characters. The new characters and cast includes (from left to rig...
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Doraemon: Nobita's Little Star Wars 2021 Film Delayed to Spring 2022 Due to COVID-19

Film was originally slated to premiere on March 5 ― The official website for the Doraemon: Nobita's Little Star Wars 2021 anime film revealed on Friday that the film is delayed to to spring 2022, due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The film was previously slated to open on March 5, but in January the staff announced the film was delayed to an unspecified date. FuRyu had also confirmed in J...
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