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Escape Journey GN 1

Escape Journey is one of those BL manga that struggles to hit a note between “romantic” and “kind of upsetting.” ― Escape Journey is one of those BL manga that struggles to hit a note between “romantic” and “kind of upsetting.” It's the story of a relationship that could be termed unhealthy from some points of view, and like many of what are known as “Old Skool” romances, consent isn't always a given...
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ANNCast - Your Eternal Reward

Kodansha Comics is releasing the Sailor Moon manga all over again, so Manga Answerman Deb Aoki joins the show for a chat with Kodansha editor Lauren Scanlan and superstar translation team Alethea and Athena Nibley for a chat about what it took to put this giant book together. ― ANNCast 335 - Your Eternal Reward Kodansha Comics is releasing the Sailor Moon manga all over again, so Manga Answerman Deb...
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30 Years of Gunbuster

It's been three decades since a team of now-legendary artists at Gainax first unleashed the sci-fi mecha classic Gunbuster on the world - Dawn H. files an appreciation of this massively influential OVA. ― For people of a certain age (like yours truly), Gunbuster might have been something you first saw at an anime club viewing many years ago. Crowded around a 19” tube TV, watching the old US Rendition...
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Manga Answerman - Why Do So Many Manga Artists Avoid Being Photographed?

Many mangaka are notoriously camera-shy, choosing instead to only represent themselves with an illustration. What are their reasons for this? Deb gets into it. ― Editor's note: Originally published June 2018 - Manga Answerman is taking the week off, but we'll be back next week with a new column. Q: Why do a lot of manga artists prefer to not have their photos taken at events, like comic or anime con...
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The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 12

Too many rushed plots and the continuation of the slave issue make this one of the series' weaker volumes. ― The Rising of the Shield Hero has been consistently upping the stakes for protagonist Naofumi, the eponymous Shield Hero, with mixed results. While early volumes dealt with the prejudices he faced as the Shield Hero, beloved of the demi-humans and not so much by the human population of Melroma...
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This Week in Games: A Tiny Little Playstation

Heidi steels herself for Senran Kagura on Switch, Yu-Gi-Oh showing up in Jump Force, the resurrection of Resonance of Fate, a tiny little Playstation with 20 games from your 90s childhood, and much more! ― Hey hey folks, it's Tokyo Game Show week! Yeehaw! I wanted to supplement this week's column with a mini-review of Senran Kagura Reflexions on Switch, but, uh, I'm not sure it even really deserves t...
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Eccentric Master and the Fake Lover Novel 1

"The Eccentric Master and the Fake Lover has some issues that might turn a reader off, but it is making an effort to be a fun fantasy and a slightly dangerous romance, both of which can be very appealing genres." ― If descriptions of messy kisses with lots of swapped saliva aren't your thing, this may not be the light novel for you. Vaguely reminiscent of Mysterious Girlfriend X in terms of its use o...
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My Neighbor Totoro 30th Anniversary Ticket Giveaway!

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of this classic Studio Ghibli film, GKIDS is giving away free tickets to 5 lucky ANN readers! ― Celebrate the 30th anniversary of My Neighbor Totoro, from the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and Ponyo, and Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. As part of this celebration, GKIDS is giving away two tickets each to five lucky ANN reade...
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Saturday, September 22

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Mr. Osomatsu Anime's English Dub Casts Matsuno Sextuplets

Billy Kametz, Chris Niosi, Michael Sinterniklaas, Kyle McCarley, Ray Chase, Max Mittleman join cast ― Viz Media announced the English dub cast for the six Matsuno brothers from the Mr. Osomatsu anime at its Anime Weekend Atlanta panel on Saturday. The cast includes: Billy Kametz as Osomatsu Chris Niosi as Choromatsu Michael Sinterniklaas as Jyushimatsu Kyle McCarley as Ichimatsu Ray Chase as Karamats...
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Aniplex USA Announces Fate/Apocrypha Blu-ray Release

2 sets slated for November, February ― Aniplex of America announced on Saturday that it will release the anime adaptation of TYPE-MOON and Yuichiro Higashide's Fate/Apocrypha novels on Blu-ray Disc. The first Blu-ray Disc box set is slated for November 20 and the second is slated for February 12, 2019. Each set will include a rigid box, booklet, and original soundtrack CD The anime premiered in Japan...
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Viz Media Licences Snow White with the Red Hair Manga

1st volume of manga that inspired 2 anime series slated for next spring ― Viz Media announced on Saturday that it has licensed Sorata Akiduki's Snow White with the Red Hair (Akagami no Shirayuki-hime) manga. The first volume is slated for release in spring 2019. Viz Media describes the story: Shirayuki is an herbalist with bright red hair. Raj, the prince of her kingdom, catches word of her beauty an...
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Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond to Have U.S. Premiere at Anime NYC

Screening takes place on November 16 ― Aniplex of America announced on Saturday that Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond (Natsume Yūjinchō ~Utsusemi ni Musubu~), the anime film of Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, will have its United States premiere at the Anime NYC convention on Friday, November 16 at 7:45 p.m. EST. The anime will premiere on September 2...
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Aniplex of America Announces DAKAICHI, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Anime for Fall Season

Both series debut in Japan in October ― Aniplex of America announced on Saturday that it will offer the DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year- (Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu.) and Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai (Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume wo Minai) anime for its fall 2018 simulcast lineup. The company has not announced streaming details f...
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Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san Anime's TV Spot Streamed

Anime about bookstore employees premieres on October 7 ― Production company Asmik Ace began streaming a 15-second TV Spot for the television anime adaptation of Honda's Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san (Skeleton Bookstore Employee Honda) manga on Saturday. The video previews the opening theme song "ISBN ~Inner Sound & Book's Narrative~" by TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND feat. Honda (voiced by Sōma Saitō)....
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Hatsune Miku Goes Down in History... Book

How do you know you've made it big? Receiving a mention in a history book is probably a pretty clear sign. Virtual idol Hatsune Miku is now adding that to her list of accomplishments. Twitter user @non_A1207 posted a picture of Hatsune Miku's entry in a high school history book on Tuesday. 日本史の教科書に初音ミクがのる時代… pic.twitter.com/VaMH4CFPQ5— のん氏っしー (@non_A1207) September 18, 2018 The book describes the ...
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Manga Creator Yasuyuki Kunitomo Passes Away

Author's Junk Boy manga inspired OVA in 1987 ― The Comic Natalie news website reported on Saturday that manga creator Yasuyuki Kunitomo passed away on September 20. He was 65. Kunitomo is known for the 100-oku no Otoko (10 Billion Men) manga (pictured at right), which inspired a live-action TV series adaptation in 1995. Kunitomo also wrote the Shiawase no Jikan, Shin Shiawase no Jikan, and Junk Boy m...
review

Escape Journey GN 1

Escape Journey is one of those BL manga that struggles to hit a note between “romantic” and “kind of upsetting.” ― Escape Journey is one of those BL manga that struggles to hit a note between “romantic” and “kind of upsetting.” It's the story of a relationship that could be termed unhealthy from some points of view, and like many of what are known as “Old Skool” romances, consent isn't always a given...
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Koei Tecmo Games to Release Smartphone Version of Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI Game

Game originally launched in N. America for PS2 in 2007, on PC in 2008 ― Koei Tecmo Games announced on Wednesday that it is working with BBGame to produce a smartphone version of Koei's Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI game. The game will launch in "multiple languages" in November for iOS and Android. The New Romance of the Three Kingdoms smartphone game had a soft launch in China earlier this year an...
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Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata Anime Film's Clip Streamed

Film opens in Japan on October 5 ― The official YouTube channel for the Monster Strike anime franchise began streaming a clip on Saturday for the Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata (Beyond the Sky) 3DCG anime film. The film stars: Masataka Kubota (live-action Death Note series' Light, live-action Tokyo Ghoul's Kaneki) as the "boy of destiny" Kanata Yoshimasa Hosoya (Attack on Titan's Reiner, My...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Previews Android 17 in Video

Character is 8th DLC character for fighting game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new video on Saturday for the Dragon Ball FighterZ game. The video previews the previously announced Android 17 as the game's eighth DLC character. The character appears with his Dragon Ball Super design; his Dragon Ball Z design is already in the game as an assist to his sister Android 18. Android...
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Dōkyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue. Feline Anime's Teasers Reveal Main Cast, Composer

Kensho Ono, Haruka Yamazaki voice novelist & his cat; In This Corner of the World's Kotoringo pens music ― The official website for the 2019 television anime of Minatsuki and As Futatsuya's Dōkyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue (My Housemate Is on My Lap, But Sometimes on My Head) began streaming three teaser promotional videos on Saturday. The three videos — an overall one, and one each from the p...
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Kenjiro Tsuda Voices Villain Overhaul in My Hero Academia Anime

Character appeared in penultimate episode of 3rd season on Saturday ― The official website for the My Hero Academia anime revealed on Saturday that Kenjiro Tsuda has joined the anime's cast as the Villain character Overhaul. The character appeared in the third season's 24th episode on Saturday. The third anime season will end with the 25th episode on September 29. The new season premiered on April 7,...
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Crunchyroll Adds RErideD TV Anime's 1st 4 Episodes on Saturday

Anime premieres on Japanese TV on October 3 ― Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that it will begin streaming the first four episodes of Kadokawa's RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida (RErideD: Derrida, who leaps through time) original anime starting on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. EDT. The episodes will go live throughout the day. Crunchyroll will stream the series worldwide outside of Asia. The anime will premier...
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Tetsuya Nomura: Kingdom Hearts Will Not End with Kingdom Hearts III

Stage event at Tokyo Game Show reveals boss battle details, confirms secret movie, characters' ages Kingdom Hearts game series director Tetsuya Nomura said during a stage presentation at Tokyo Game Show 2018 on Saturday regarding the previously revealed news that Kingdom Hearts III will end the "Dark Seeker Saga" of the game franchise, "it's most definitely not the end of Kingdom Hearts. I'd like t...
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Virtua Racing Game Added to Sega Ages Project for Switch

Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Force IV launched on Switch for project on September 20 ― Sega announced on Saturday at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 event that the Virtua Racing game is joining the lineup for the Sega Ages project for the Nintendo Switch. Sega did not reveal a release period for the game. With the project, Sega will release more than 15 of its classic games for the Switch. M2 is developing t...
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God Eater 3 Game's Opening Anime by ufotable Previewed in Sneak Peek Video

New demo in PS Store Japan before game launches on December 13 in Japan, in early 2019 in N. America ― Bandai Namco Entertainment presented a sneak peek at the opening animation for its God Eater 3 game at its Tokyo Game Show booth on Saturday. The company announced that the anime studio Ufotable is returning to animate the opening sequence. Bandai Namco Entertainment also announced during a special ...
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Ace Attorney Anime's Season 2 Reveals Promo Video, Opening Theme Artist

Tomohisa Yamashita performs opening theme for series premiering on October 6 ― Capcom's stage presentation at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 event on Saturday revealed a new promotional video for the Ace Attorney Season 2 (Gyakuten Saiban ~Sono "Shinjitsu," Igiari!~ Season 2) anime. The event also revealed that Tomohisa Yamashita will perform the show's opening theme song "Never Lose." The show's official ...
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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy Game Announced for Switch, PS4, Steam, Xbox One

Game's Japanese, English release set for early 2019 ― Capcom announced during a livestream at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 event on Saturday that it will release the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (Gyakuten Saiban 1 2 3 Naruhodō Selection) game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC (via Steam) in early 2019. Capcom USA confirmed the game will get an English release in early 2019, and...
daily briefs

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato Sequel Anime Film Opens in Spring 2019 with Focus on Mumei

― DMM Games revealed during a stage presentation at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 event on Saturday that the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato (Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri: Unato Kessen) sequel anime film will open in Japan in spring 2019. Tickets will go on sale for the film on October 20. Director Tetsuro Araki stated at the event that the film will focus on the character Mumei. The film wil...
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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Games Get Switch Release

Also: Sword Art Online: Lost Song game will get Steam release ― A "Sword Art Online Game Series 5th Anniversary Special Stage" presentation at Tokyo Game Show on Saturday revealed that the Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet games will get a release on the Nintendo Switch console. The games are in development now, and Bandai Namco Entertainment might not release th...
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Atelier Online Smartphone Game Launches on October 1

― Koei Tecmo announced during a livestream presentation at Tokyo Game Show on Saturday that the Atelier Online ~Bureseiru no Renkinjutsushi~ (Atelier Online: The Alchemist of Blasel) smartphone game from its Gust brand and NHN Play Art will launch in Japan on October 1. The game currently has more than 500,000 pre-registered users. The game was originally slated to launch in winter 2017 but was dela...
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Crunchyroll Confirms Territories for Sword Art Online: Alicization Anime

― Crunchyroll announced the territories on Friday where it will stream the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime this fall. The site will stream the anime in North America, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Crunchyroll describes the series: Where…am I…?” Before he knows it, Kirito has made a full-dive into an epic, fantasy-like virtual world. With...

Friday, September 21

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Black Clover Anime Unveils Visual for New Season

― This year's 43rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine unveiled a new visual for the Black Clover anime on Saturday. (Note: The below visual at the end of this article may contain spoilers for the anime.) The staff also revealed that the anime is getting a "selection broadcast" starting on October 14 that will screen selected episodes. The selection broadcast will air on TV Tokyo and TV ...
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Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition Adds Art Supplies Collab

Brand-new CLAMP art book also scheduled ― The upcoming Cardcaptor Exhibition -The Enchanted Museum- event at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi Hills opens on October 26, ushering in collectible merchandise and a collaboration with stationary brand Sakura Color Products Corporation (Sakura Coupy). Items include the Sakura Coupy colored pencil packs with super-deformed versions of Sakura, Tomoya...
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WFLE, Otomate Establish Firm to Produce VTubers 'You Can Meet'

2 companies already introduced VTuber character Amon Flockhart ― Wright Flyer Live Entertainment (WFLE) and Idea Factory have agreed to launch a joint venture called REALITY Factory with the aim of producing virtual YouTubers (VTubers) aimed at female audiences. The venture will also focus on "events where you can meet meet VTubers," and hold performances at the Otomate Building, which opened in Ikeb...
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Tokyo Ghoul Gets 2nd Live-Action Film in 2019

Masataka Kubota returns as Kaneki; Maika Yamamoto, Shota Matsuda join cast as Tōka, Tsukiyama ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga announced on Saturday that a sequel film, tentatively titled Tokyo Ghoul 2 has been green-lit for 2019. Masataka Kubota (center in image below) is returning as Ken Kaneki, but Maika Yamamoto (left in image below) is ...
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This is the House That BL Built: Magazine Uses Hot Guys to Teach Architecture

How's your knowledge on the complex inner workings of building design? Most of us are familiar, at least visually, with buttresses, arches, balconies, and columns and can maybe discern a Queen Anne from a Colonial Revival home. If you're looking to dig real deep into architecture terminology but feel intimidated to get started, the October issue of Kenchiku Chishiki (Architectural Knowledge) has c...
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Seven Seas Licenses Princess Jellyfish Creator Higashimura's Autobiographical Manga Blank Canvas

Series ran in Japan from 2011-2015 as Kakukaku Shikajika ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Akiko Higashimura's semi-autobiographical manga Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist's Journey (Kakukaku Shikajika) manga. The first volume is slated for physical release with a large trim size on May 21, 2019. Seven Seas describes the manga: High schooler Akiko has big plans to b...
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Hozuki's Coolheadedness Smartphone Game Reveals Developer, Visual

Game will be free free to play ― An official website for the iOS and Android game based on Natsumi Eguchi's Hozuki's Coolheadedness (Hōzuki no Reitetsu) manga opened on Friday, revealing that Taito is developing the game. The website also shared a key visual. Taito has not revealed a release window, but confirmed that the game will be free to play with in-game items. Eguchi launched the manga in Koda...
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Seven Seas Licenses My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Manga (Updated)

Manga follows otome gamer reborn into game as villain ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed 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...) manga. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on July 30, 2019. Seven Seas describes the stor...
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Chio's School Road ‒ Episode 12

"Looking back on the series as a whole, I liked the majority of Chio's School Road but never really found a reason to love it."
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HIDIVE Schedules English Dubs for Tada Never Falls in Love, Made in Abyss Anime

Tada Never Falls in Love dub debuts on September 30, Made in Abyss on October 23 ― HIDIVE announced at its Anime Weekend Atlanta panel on Friday that it will stream the English dub of Tada Never Falls in Love. In addition, the service announced details for its stream of the English dub of Made in Abyss. The first English-dubbed episode of Tada Never Falls in Love will debut at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Septem...
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Re:Zero's Emilia and Subaru Share Cup Noodle in China-Exclusive Commercial

Chinese streaming platform bilibili is hosting exclusive Re:Zero footage--of the two protagonists enjoying cup ramen. The ad is in Japanese with Chinese subtitles and show Subaru introducing Emilia to Cup Noodles' Chinese brand, Hé Wèi Dào, after a study session. The pair enjoy a cup of the seafood flavor Cup Noodle, China's most popular flavor. Cup Noodle regularly collaborates with anime series ...
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The Best of "This Week in Anime"

Just over a year after its creation, Nick, Micchy, Jacob, and Steve of This Week in Anime have laughed and cried over an avalanche of great and terrible anime. Here are some of our favorite memorable moments. ― Hello everyone! Our "This Week in Anime" feature will return next Tuesday to cover the newest avalanche of Netflix premieres, but in the meantime, we thought we'd put together a Best Of TWIA t...

Funimation Licenses Japanese Live-Action Death Note Films

Subtitle-only BD/DVDs slated for January 22 ― Funimation Entertainment announced at Anime Weekend Atlanta on Friday that it has licensed the Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name, and Death Note Light up the NEW world live-action films. The company will release the films on subtitle-only Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and Digital combo packs on January 22, 2019. The first two films will be bundled together. Deat...
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Seven Seas Licenses Creature Girls: A Field Journal in Another World Manga Under Mature Reader Imprint

Company also announces adult yuri anthology Eve x Eve ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed KAKERU's Creature Girls: A Field Journal in Another World (Kagakuteki ni Sonzai Shiuru Creature Musume no Kansatsu Nisshi) under its Ghost Ship imprint for mature readers. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on June 4, 2019. The ongoing series launched on Akit...
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Free! -Dive to the Future- ‒ Episode 11

"Right now, Free! Dive to the Future is more highlight reel than story."
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Steins;Gate 0 ‒ Episode 22

"This penultimate episode spends a lot of time and effort putting an overindulgent bow on a storyline that was never all that compelling to begin with."
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2nd New Celestial Method Image Hints at New Character

Last month, producer Takayuki Nagatani announced a sudden merchandise revival of the 2014 fantasy drama Celestial Method anime. Nagatani shared two new pieces of artwork of the original story's main characters. Nagatani shared another new piece of artwork on Thursday. The image shows the series' characters inside Boyotei Restaurant, a real restaurant within the series' real setting, Tōyako, Hokkai...
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Hitorijime My Hero Anime's English Dub Cast Revealed (Updated With Video)

Austin Tindle, David Matranga star ― Sentai Filmworks revealed the cast for the English dub of the Hitorijime My Hero at Anime Weekend Atlanta on Friday. The company also began streaming a dubbed clip: The cast includes: Austin Tindle as Masahiro Setagawa David Matranga as Kousuke Ohshiba Daman Mills as Asaya Hasekura Alejandro Saab as Kensuke Ohshiba Houston Hayes as Fukushige Greg Cote as Yamabe Ho...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Adds Android 17

Character to launch as part of DLC pass ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Friday that Android 17 will be the eighth DLC character for Dragon Ball FighterZ. The character appears with his Dragon Ball Super design; his Dragon Ball Z design is already in the game as an assist to his sister Android 18. The company shared screenshots, and a moveset video will debut on Saturday. img IMG 171.jpg IMG...
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ANNCast - Your Eternal Reward

Kodansha Comics is releasing the Sailor Moon manga all over again, so Manga Answerman Deb Aoki joins the show for a chat with Kodansha editor Lauren Scanlan and superstar translation team Alethea and Athena Nibley for a chat about what it took to put this giant book together. ― ANNCast 335 - Your Eternal Reward Kodansha Comics is releasing the Sailor Moon manga all over again, so Manga Answerman Deb...
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Actress, Former AKB48 idol Atsuko Maeda Welcomes 1st Child

Former AKB48 idol Atsuko Maeda welcomed her first child recently, according to the actress' agency. Maeda (27) and her husband, actor Ryo Katsuji (32), married at the end of July. According to Maeda's agency, she is stable and recovering from the child's birth. Maeda commented through Ota Production that she plans to continue working so long as her physical condition allows it. She apologized for ...
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill Anime Gets Manga by Tiger & Bunny's Mizuki Sakakibara

Manga launches digitally on October 1 ― The official blog for the Tonari no Young Jump editorial department announced on Friday that Sunrise's Double Decker! Doug & Kirill, an anime series that is "one part" of the "new Tiger & Bunny animation project," will get a manga adaptation that will run on both Shueisha's Tonari no Young Jump website and the YanJan! app. The first chapter will debut at midnig...
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30 Years of Gunbuster

It's been three decades since a team of now-legendary artists at Gainax first unleashed the sci-fi mecha classic Gunbuster on the world - Dawn H. files an appreciation of this massively influential OVA. ― For people of a certain age (like yours truly), Gunbuster might have been something you first saw at an anime club viewing many years ago. Crowded around a 19” tube TV, watching the old US Rendition...
daily briefs

Boarding School Juliet Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website for the television anime of Yōsuke Kaneda's school romantic comedy manga Kishuku Gakkō no Juliet (Boarding School Juliet) is listing the anime with 12 episodes. The website revealed the anime's Blu-ray Disc release information on Friday. The series will have a total of four Blu-ray Disc releases with three episodes each, for a total of 12 episodes. The Blu-ray Disc releases wi...
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Kemono Friends 2 Stage Play Reveals Visual, Cast in Costume

Ayane Suzuki, Kotoko Sasaki star in November play set in Snowy Mountains Area ― The official website for Kemono Friends 2 ~Yuki Furu Yoru no Kemono-tachi~ (Kemono Friends 2: Beasts on the Night When Snow Falls), the new stage play adaptation of Nexon and Mine Yoshizaki's Kemono Friends franchise, revealed the main visual and cast visuals for the play on Thursday. The play's cast includes: Ayane Suzuk...
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Manga Answerman - Why Do So Many Manga Artists Avoid Being Photographed?

Many mangaka are notoriously camera-shy, choosing instead to only represent themselves with an illustration. What are their reasons for this? Deb gets into it. ― Editor's note: Originally published June 2018 - Manga Answerman is taking the week off, but we'll be back next week with a new column. Q: Why do a lot of manga artists prefer to not have their photos taken at events, like comic or anime con...
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Persona Q2 Game Previews 4 Protagonists, Opening Anime in Videos

Game ships in Japan on November 29 ― Atlus began streaming an opening anime video and four protagonist videos for its Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game on Friday. The protagonist videos highlight the protagonists of the Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 5 games. Opening Anime P3 Female Protagonist P3 Male Protagonist P4 Protagonist P5 Protagonist The game will ship on November 29 in ...
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Kaho Miyasaki's 1/100,000 Manga Gets Live-Action Film Adaptation

Spinoff manga of Miyasaka's Akai Ito launched in 2015 after main manga ended ― The November issue of Shogakukan's Cheese! magazine revealed on Saturday that Kaho Miyasaka's 1/100,000 manga will get a live-action film adaptation. The magazine also revealed that Miyasaka will launch a new manga in the magazine's December issue on October 24 titled Kiniro Japanesque ~Yokohama Karentan~. 1/100,000 is a s...
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The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 12

Too many rushed plots and the continuation of the slave issue make this one of the series' weaker volumes. ― The Rising of the Shield Hero has been consistently upping the stakes for protagonist Naofumi, the eponymous Shield Hero, with mixed results. While early volumes dealt with the prejudices he faced as the Shield Hero, beloved of the demi-humans and not so much by the human population of Melroma...
news

Gintama 2 Falls to #5, Hibiki Opens at #6 at Japanese Box Office

Live-action Kasane film falls off top 10, Kamen Rider/Super Sentai double feature tops 1 billion yen Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu Tame ni Koso Aru (The Law is Surely There to be Broken), the second live-action film based on Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga, dropped to #5 in its fifth week. The film sold earned 145,515,800 yen (about US$1.29 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film has earned a cumulat...
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Aigan Kaijū Short Anime Revealed With October 7 Debut

Marika Kōno, Nozomi Nishida, Yūki Inoue star in series about monsters ― TV Tokyo revealed the Aigan Kaijū (Pet Monsters) series of anime shorts on Friday. The series will debut on TV Tokyo on October 7 and air on Sundays at 6:54 a.m. The design team play set products (Carino Coni) is partnering with TV Tokyo for the anime. Each three-minute episode will be set in a surreal world and center on mysteri...
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Bandai Namco Acquires Bluefin, Establishes U.S. Toy Company

New company to continue operations under Bluefin name, Steve Fujimura remains CEO ― Bandai Namco Holdings announced on Wednesday that it has acquired an 80% controlling stake in Nippon Imports, LLC, the collectible toy sales company that owns and operates under the brand and trade name Bluefin. The company will establish a new subsidiary named Bandai Namco Collectibles in October that will continue t...
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RErideD TV Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews Quadrangle's Opening Theme

Anime premieres on October 3 with Crunchyroll streaming ― The official website for Kadokawa's RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida (RErideD: Derrida, who leaps through time) original anime began streaming a third promotional video on Friday. The video previews Quadrangle's opening theme song "Paradox." The video also reveals that the anime will get a novel adaptation from Kadokawa's Sneaker Bunko imprint that...
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Endro~! Anime's 4th Character Video Reveals Voice Actress Inori Minase

Studio Gokumi's original anime premieres in January 2019 ― The official website for Studio Gokumi's original television anime Endro~! began streaming its fourth character promotional video on Friday. The video introduces Mei (Meiza Endust, spelling not confirmed), voiced by Inori Minase. Mei is a quiet magician who is usually expressionless. When it comes to the mysterious item "Caltard," she becomes...
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Golden Kamuy 2nd Season Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

New series premieres on October 8 ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga began streaming the second promotional video on Friday for the show's second season. The video previews Sayuri and MY FIRST STORY's opening theme song "Reimei." New cast members joining for the second season include: Yūma Uchida as Yasuku Edogai Katsuyuki Konishi as Second Lieutenant ...
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Zoku Owarimonogatari Anime Reveals TrySail Ending Theme, November 10 Debut

Anime to screen in 30 theaters ― The official website for the Monogatari franchise announced on Friday that the theatrical event screenings for the anime adaptation of NisiOisin's Zoku Owarimonogatari novel will debut in Japan on November 10. The anime will screen in 30 theaters. The site also revealed that TrySail will perform the anime's ending theme song "azure." NisiOisin's Monogatari Series nove...
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My Hero Academia Anime Reveals Cast Members, Designs for 'Big 3' Characters

Tarusuke Shingaki, Yūto Uemura, Kiyono Yasuno join cast ― The official website for the My Hero Academia anime revealed three new cast members on Friday for the anime's "Big 3" characters. The characters are all powerful third-year students. The characters will appear in the 24th episode of the third season on Saturday. Tarusuke Shingaki as Mirio Togata Yūto Uemura as Tamaki Amajiki Kiyono Yasuno as N...
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Ace Attorney Game Franchise Gets New Stage Play in January

New play features Godot's stage debut, with new character designed by Tatsurō Iwamoto ― Super Eccentric Theater announced on Friday that it is producing a new stage play based on Capcom's Ace Attorney games titled Gyakuten Saiban -Gyakuten no GOLD MEDAL- (Ace Attorney -Turnabout GOLD MEDAL). The play will have nine performances from January 16 to 21 at Theater 1010 next year. The play will feature th...
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Tsurune Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews 5 Main Characters

KyoAni's archery series premieres on October 14 ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's television anime of Kotoko Ayano's Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu (Tsurune: Kazemai High School's Archery Club) novel began streaming a third promotional video for the series on Friday. Pony Canyon USA describes the show's story: The story opens with Minato Narumiya beginning his freshman year at the local Ka...
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Gakuen Basara Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews Theme Songs

Spinoff of Sengoku Basara game franchise premieres on October 4 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Gakuen Basara, a high school spinoff project based on Capcom's Sengoku Basara game franchise, began streaming the show's third promotional video on Friday. The video previews both EIGHT OF TRIANGLE's opening theme song "Hokore Kedakaki Utsukushiki, Ikizama o" (Live Proudly, No...
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Violet Evergarden Anime's Extra Episode Streams Exclusively on Netflix Japan Starting on October 4

Extra episode previously shipped on 4th DVD/BD release in Japan in July ― Netflix revealed on Friday that as part of its October lineup, the company will stream the Violet Evergarden extra episode in Japan starting on October 4. The stream will be exclusive to Netflix. The "Extra Episode" anime originally shipped with the television series' fourth Blu-ray Disc and DVD release on July 4. The story of ...
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Key's planetarian Visual Novel Gets Switch Release in Spring 2019

N. America, Europe, Japan release includes English, Japanese, Chinese text ― Game developer Prototype announced on Friday that it will release Visual Art's/Key's planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~ "kinetic novel" for the Nintendo Switch in North America, Japan, and Europe with English, Japanese, and Chinese text. The release is slated for spring 2019. Visual Art's/Key (Clannad, Rewrite, Ang...
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PS Now Game Streaming Service Now Allows Downloads

Transferring save files from cloud to local unit requires PS Plus subscription ― Sony announced on Thursday that it will now allow subscribers to its PlayStation Now game streaming service to download games, allowing players to either play the game offline, or stream it online. Sony noted that "almost all" PlayStation 4 games in the service will be available for download, in addition to the remastere...
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Earth Defense Force 5 Game's Western Release Slated for December 11

― D3 Publisher Inc. revealed on Thursday that it will release the Earth Defense Force 5 PlayStation 4 game in the West on December 11. D3 Publisher describes the game: Earth Defense Force 5 finds players taking up arms to defend Earth against a hostile alien invasion. In addition to hordes of alien insect invaders the series is famous for, the next installment in the fan favorite franchise also intr...
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Wild Arms Million Memories Smartphone Game Launches on September 26

― The official Twitter account for ForwardWorks' Wild Arms Million Memories smartphone role-playing game revealed on Friday that the game will launch for iOS and Android devices on September 26. Under Wild Arms game series designer Akifumi Kaneko's supervision, characters from previous games will reappear in the "completely new" smartphone game with a new story. Rin Akatsuki is performing the theme ...
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Happiness Memories Smartphone Game's Promo Video Reveals 2019 Release (Updated)

Maaya Sakamoto performs game's theme song ― Bushiroad began streaming a promotional video on Friday for it and Monstar Lab's Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card-hen Happiness Memories smartphone game. The video reveals the game's returning cast and 2019 release window. The video also previews Maaya Sakamoto's theme song "Flash." Keiichi Tomita is writing and arranging the song. The game is based on CLAMP's ...
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Kemono Friends Gets Game by Sega

For unspecified platform with voices ― Sega Games announced at a stage event at its Tokyo Game Show booth on Friday that it is producing a game based on the Kemono Friends franchise. Sega Games Chief Strategy Officer Minoru Iwaki could not offer more details on the game's contents or platform. However, he said that his company is putting all its effort into the game, and added that it will include vo...

Phantom in the Twilight Anime's Blu-ray Discs Cancelled in Japan

Ongoing TV anime's 4 home video volumes had been slated for November-February ― The official website for the Happy Elements smartphone game company's first original anime Phantom in the Twilight announced on Friday that the anime's Japanese Blu-ray Disc release has been cancelled "due to various circumstances." Before the announcement, the anime was slated to have four monthly Blu-ray Disc volumes th...

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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, September 10-16

Chibi Maruko-chan film airs as memorial to author's passing ― The Eiga Chibi Maruko-chan: Italia kara Kita Shōnen anime film aired on Fuji TV on Saturday, September 15 at 9:00 p.m. as a memorial to late manga artist Momoko Sakura and earned an 8.8% rating. The Gibo to Musume no Blues live-action series adaptation aired on TBS on Tuesday, September 11 at 10:00 p.m. an earned an 17.3% rating. The final...
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Hard-Core: Heisei Jigoku Brothers Manga's Live-Action Film Previewed in Trailer

Takayuki Yamada produces and stars in film about 3 men finding a robot ― Kadokawa began streaming a trailer for a live-action film adaptation of author Carib Marley and artist Takashi Imashiro's Hard-Core: Heisei Jigoku Brothers (Heisei Era Hell Brothers or ) on Thursday. The film will open in Japan on November 23. Nobuhiro Yamashita is directing the film. The manga follows Ukon, who doesn't fit in w...
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Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion ‒ Episode 11

"As the kickoff to the season's final battle, this episode is neither exceptional nor disastrous."
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Final Godzilla Anime Film Reveals Screenshots, Story

Film featuring Ghidorah opens on November 9 in Japan ― The official website for Godzilla: The Planet Eater (Godzilla: Hoshi wo Kū Mono), the third and final film in the Godzilla anime film trilogy, unveiled a series of screenshots on Thursday. img IMG g1.jpg IMG g2.jpg IMG g3.jpg IMG g4.jpg IMG g5.jpg IMG g6.jpg The website also updated its story description in English: 20,000 years into the future, ...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 50

"The Underwater Temple arc was like a delicious sandwich being held proudly together by two slices of stale, moldy bread."
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Crunchyroll, VRV Plan to Expand Original IP Beyond Video

Eric Berman, the head of business development and content partnerships for Ellation's subscription video aggregation platform VRV, spoke with news website The Wrap regarding Ellation's new original content division in an interview published on Thursday. Berman said that the company plans to leverage the original IP from its new division to go "beyond just video." "You are not truly a media company...
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The Royal Tutor Creator Celebrates Brand-New Anime Film News

The staff of the The Royal Tutor anime revealed on Tuesday that the franchise will get an anime film in February, and no one is more excited than manga creator Higasa Akai. Akai took to Twitter on Tuesday to share an illustration and share the good news. 劇場版「王室教師ハイネ」2月16日公開決定‼️映画オリジナルストーリーで原作として監修をさせて頂いてます。映画化お祝い絵!#劇場版ハイネ pic.twitter.com/glkFMZEMyv— 赤井ヒガサ (@higasarosso) September 18, 2018 The Roya...
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Seven Seas Licenses Skeleton Knight in Another World Light Novels, Manga

Manga followers gamer who wakes up as skeleton in game world ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed the Skeleton Knight in Another World (Gaikotsu Kishi-sama, Tadaima Isekai e Odekakechū or Skeleton Knight, going out to the parallel universe) light novels and their manga adaptation. The first light novel volume is slated for print and digital release on June 11, 2019, w...
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Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle Halts In-Game Purchases in Belgium to Comply With Gambling Laws

The Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle app announced on Wednesday that it will no longer offer "Dragon Stones" or "Summon Tickets" for purchase in Belgium. The staff explained that it is taking the step to comply with the Belgian Gaming Commission's declaration that "loot boxes" are a form of gambling, though it noted that it disagrees with this interpretation. Like many free-to-play mobile games, Dragon...

Perfect Blue Anime Film's U.S. Theatrical Rerelease Earns US$420,881

Satoshi Kon's film screened in U.S. on September 6, 10 ― Box Office Mojo is reporting that GKIDS and Fathom Events' theatrical rerelease of Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue film earned US$420,881 as of September 16. The film's box office gross for the United States is now at US$533,417, as the film previously earned US$112,536 during its theatrical run in 1999. GKIDS and Fathom Events screened the film in ...
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Sanrio's Laziest Mascot Makes His Way to Outer Space

Cold weather is setting in, the perfect atmosphere to make like Gudetama and do absolutely nothing. Sanrio's unmotivated egg mascot is usually all about taking it easy, like soaking in the bath or staying in bed and vegging out. Surprisingly, the little lethargic yolk has actually been reaching new heights despite his protests. Sanrio sent Gudetama all the way to space with the Japan Aerospace Exp...
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Raiden Developer Moss Founds New Subsidiary Studio Kaminari Games

New studio will work on games using Unreal Engine 4, Unity ― Game developer Moss (Raiden, Caladrius) announced on Wednesday that it has established Kaminari Games, a new Tokyo-based game studio. The official date of the subsidiary's founding is September 5. The studio will work on games, digital content, and other software. The studio members aim to produce high-quality content primarily using the Un...
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Asuna's No Longer Sword Art Online's 'Best Girl'

At least according to the intermediate results of Abema TV's poll ― Abema TV is hosting first retweet based general election for Sword Art Online this month. The character that receives the most retweets will be crowned the winner and become the focus of a smartphone wallpaper. Abema TV will announce the results on October 6. It would appear that Asuna is a shoo-in to claim the prize. She's topped Ne...
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This Week in Games: A Tiny Little Playstation

Heidi steels herself for Senran Kagura on Switch, Yu-Gi-Oh showing up in Jump Force, the resurrection of Resonance of Fate, a tiny little Playstation with 20 games from your 90s childhood, and much more! ― Hey hey folks, it's Tokyo Game Show week! Yeehaw! I wanted to supplement this week's column with a mini-review of Senran Kagura Reflexions on Switch, but, uh, I'm not sure it even really deserves t...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Anime's Video Previews Bucciarati

Series debuts on TV in Japan in October ― The official website for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind (JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken: Ōgon no Kaze or Vento Aureo) anime revealed a new character promotional video on Friday. The video previews the character Bruno Bucciarati, voiced by Yuichi Nakamura, and his Stand Sticky Fingers. The website previously streamed preview videos for Giorno Giovanna, Leon...
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Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight Anime's Video Previews Mai Fuchigami Song

Series debuts on television on October 7 ― The official website for the anime of Mikage Kasuga's Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc to Renkin no Kishi (Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight) novel series revealed the third promotional video for the series on Friday. The video previews Mai Fuchigami's opening theme song "Libération." The anime will premiere on October 7 on Tokyo MX at 10:00 p.m., followed...
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Hinomaru Zumō Manga Gets 3rd Novel in October

3rd novel in Atarō Kuma's Hinomaru Zumō Shijūhatte side story novels ships on October 4 ― Shueisha's Jump j Books website is listing a third novel based on Kawada's Hinomaru Zumō manga that will ship on October 4. The release is the third novel in Atarō Kuma's Hinomaru Zumō Shijūhatte (48 Techniques) novel series. The novels consist of side stories not told in the manga. Kuma published the first nove...
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Karakuri Circus Anime Gets Smartphone Game

Karakuri Circus Larmes d'un Clown has Tokyo Game Show display this weekend ― Staff of the television anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's Karakuri Circus (Le Cirque de Karakuri) manga revealed on Thursday that the anime is inspiring a social game. The smartphone game project is tentatively titled Karakuri Circus Larmes d'un Clown, and it will be the first video game adaptation for the anime. The role-playing g...
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Capcom Shuts Down Vancouver Studio

Studio developed Dead Rising sequel games ― Capcom revealed on Tuesday it has "decided to cancel the development projects" at its Capcom Vancouver studio as part of a reallocation of its development resources. Capcom suspended operations at the studio effective Tuesday, with all current staff being laid off and the studio planned for closure. Due to the cancellation of these development projects, Cap...
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Shochiku Teases News for Tokyo Ghoul on September 22

Shochiku began streaming a video on Thursday that teases news for Tokyo Ghoul on September 22. Shochiku planned and distributed the Tokyo Ghoul live-action film, which premiered in July 2017. The film premiered on July 3, 2017 at Anime Expo in Los Angeles. It then debuted in July 7 in Berlin, and July 10 at the Marunouchi Piccadilly theater in Chiyoda, Japan before its wide theatrical release in J...
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Viz Media Releases My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Film's Bonus Manga in English

Kohei Horikoshi drew 10-page manga about All Might's past ― Viz Media announced on Twitter on Wednesday that it has released Kohei Horikoshi's "All Might Rising" one-shot manga in English that was originally included in the "Vol. Origin" books that were given out to the first million theatergoers in Japan who saw the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes film. The 10-page manga is available for free to those ...
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Kemono Friends Season 2 Anime Reveals Visual With Serval, New Character

― The official Twitter account for the Kemono Friends anime revealed a visual for the second season on Wednesday. The visual shows Serval and the new character previously teased in the season's announcement trailer. A second visual will debut next week. The staff have not yet revealed the season's director and studio. The first season's director Tatsuki previously said he would not be working on the...
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Drifters Anime Gets 15th Episode on DVD Bundled with Manga's 6th Volume in November

Episode titled "The Outlandish Knight" will feature march of Black King Army ― Shonengahosha announced on Wednesday that Kouta Hirano's Drifters manga will get another OVA that will serve as the anime's 15th episode. The episode, titled "The Outlandish Knight," will feature the march of the "Black King Army." The anime will ship on DVD with a special version of the manga's sixth volume on November 30...

Kenja no Mago TV Anime Reveals Main Staff, Visual, April 2019 Premiere

Yūsuke Kobayashi stars in story of man reincarnated into magical world ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Tsuyoshi Yoshioka's Kenja no Mago (The Wise Grandson or lit. The Sage's Grandson) novels revealed on Thursday that the anime will air on TV starting in April 2019. The site also revealed a teaser visual, main staff, and a cast member. Masafumi Tamura (Two Car, Ange Vierge) is dire...
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Bloom Into You Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Theme

Series premieres on October 5 ― The official website for the television anime of Nio Nakatani's Bloom Into You (Yagate Kimi ni Naru) yuri manga began streaming a second promotional video on Thursday. The video previews Riko Azuna's opening theme song "Kimi ni Furete" (Touched by You). The show will premiere on October 5 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, TVQ Kyushu, and BS11. The cast in...

'My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected' Novel Series Ends With 14th Volume

Novels inspired 2 TV anime series ― The November issue of Kadokawa's Dragon Magazine revealed on Thursday that Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected light novel series will end with the 14th volume. According to Dragon Magazine, the 13th volume will ship around October 18, and the 14th volume will ship in November. Shogakukan published the novel series' 12th volume in Septe...
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Soul Calibur VI Game Reveals Raphael Sorel in Video

Fighting game launches for PS4, Xbox One, PC in October ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed on Wednesday through a video that Raphael Sorel will join the Soul Calibur VI fighting game as a playable character. Bandai Namco Entertainment America describes the character: As a master of the rapier, his fighting style is that of a fencer, delivering deadly blow to opponents through powerful thrusts and ...
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Ingress Anime's 'Awakening' Promo Video Streamed

All episodes will premiere on Netflix in Japan on October 18 ― The official YouTube channel for the Ultra+ programming block began streaming an "Awakening" promotional video on Thursday for the Ingress anime based on Niantic's AR game. The channel is also streaming two shorter versions of the video. The show will premiere on the "+Ultra" programming block on October 17 at 24:55 (effectively on Octobe...
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Jump Force Game Videos Reveal 2 Yu Yu Hakusho Characters, Original Characters by Akira Toriyama, February Debut

Pre-order bonuses, collector's edition, season pass, avatar character also revealed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming two new Tokyo Game Show videos on Thursday for its Jump Force crossover game. The videos reveal the game's launch in February 2019. The first video features the recently revealed Killua and Kurapika characters from Hunter x Hunter in action, and also reveals that Yus...
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Shoji Kawamori Designs Eureka Seven's Largest Nirvash for 2nd Film

Nirvash X debuts in Anemone: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution film on November 10 ― The official Twitter account for the Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution film trilogy revealed the designs for the "Nirvash X" mecha on Thursday. The mecha will appear in Anemone: Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution (Anemone: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution), the second film in the Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution film trilogy. Shoji Kawam...
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'I'm glad I could keep running' Original Anime Reveals Visual, More Staff

4-episode TV anime premieres on October 8 ― The official website for SIGNAL.MD's Hashiritsuzukete Yokattatte. (I'm glad I could keep running) original television anime revealed a new visual and additional staff members for the anime on Thursday. The additional staff includes: Character Design: Masaki Usui Prop Design: Taiyō Yoshida Color Design: Makiko Kojima (Studio Road) Art Director: Hiromasa Ogur...
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New Romancing SaGa Re; Universe Smartphone Game Unveiled

Square Enix to also release HD remaster of Romancing SaGa 3 game in early 2019 ― Square Enix announced during the Tokyo Game Show event on Thursday that it is developing a remastered version of the Romancing SaGa 3 game, as well as a new smartphone game entry in the series titled Romancing SaGa Re; Universe. Square Enix will release the HD remaster of Romancing SaGa 3 for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo ...
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D3 Publisher Unveils Onechanbara Origin Game for PS4 in 2019

Game remakes 1st 2 games in Onechanbara action game series ― D3 Publisher announced during the Tokyo Game Show event on Thursday that it is developing Onechanbara Origin, a remake based on the first and second game in its Onechanbara series. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4 in Japan in 2019. Katsumi Enami (Baccano!, Restaurant to Another World) is designing the characters in the game. Tamsoft...
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Live Animation Heart x Algorhythm Anime's 2nd Season Premieres on October 8

"Virtual idol project" anime will run for 17 episodes until February ― The staff of the Live Animation Heart x Algorhythm "virtual idol project" anime revealed on Thursday that the second season of the anime will premiere on October 8. The anime will stream on Nico Nico, bilibili, and Migu. A new episode will debut every Monday at 9:00 p.m. for the Chinese version, and at 9:45 p.m. for the Japanese v...
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Love Live! School Idol Festival ALL STARS Game's Opening Video Unveiled

Preview video for Nijigasaki High School idols' November 21 debut album also posted ― The "Love Live! Announcement Event" at Tokyo Game Show revealed the opening video for KLab Games and Bushiroad's Love Live! School Idol Festival ALL STARS smartphone game on Thursday. The video shows the characters from μ's, Aqours, and the Nijigasaki High School School Idol Appreciation Club performing on the same ...
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Gundam 00 Stage Play Reveals More Cast, Visual

Play to run in Tokyo, Osaka in February 2019 ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of the Mobile Suit Gundam 00 anime revealed additional cast and the stage play's visual on Thursday. The play's previously announced cast include (from left to right in image above): Taiyō Ayukawa as Allelujah Haptism, Shōhei Hashimoto as Setsuna F. Seiei, Yū Imari as Lockon Stratos, and Seiichirō Nagata...
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tri-Ace to Release Resonance of Fate 4K/HD Remaster on PS4/PC in October

Gun-based RPG shipped for PS3, Xbox 360 in 2010 ― Game developer tri-Ace announced on Thursday that it will release its Resonance of Fate game in a new 4K/HD remastered version for the PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam on October 18. Game news website Siliconera learned from tri-Ace that the developer will publish the game in "all regions." tri-Ace describes the game: Set in the distant future when huma...
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Tales of Crestoria Smartphone Game's New Concept Video Shown

More information on game's world also revealed ― The official Twitter account for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tales of Crestoria smartphone game began streaming a new concept video for the game on Wednesday. 【#中田ヤスタカ×#神風動画】豪華コラボレーション第二弾先日お知らせした「コンセプトムービー」をTwitterにて先行公開。この映像は明日からの「#東京ゲームショウ 2018」バンダイナムコエンターテインメントブースにて上映されます。ぜひ会場の大きなスクリーンでもご覧ください。#テイクレ pic.twitter.com/hxRN2USVNo— 【公式】テイルズ オブ クレストリア情報局...

Sony Halts PS Vita Production in Japan in 2019

Company has no plans for successor for handheld gaming platform ― Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced on Thursday in an interview with Famitsu that it will cease production of its PlayStation Vita handheld gaming platform in Japan in 2019. SIE senior vice president Hiroyuki Oda said that the company has no plans for a successor system to the PS Vita. SIE previously announced in May that it...
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Live-Action School-Live! Film's Visual Reveals January Opening

Nanami Abe, Midori Nagatsuki, Wakana Majima, Rio Kiyohara star in zombie film ― The official website for the live-action film of Norimitsu Kaihō and Sadoru Chiba's School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) manga revealed a new visual for the film on Thursday. The visual announces the film's January opening date in Japan. The film was previously slated to open in Japan this fall. The cast members, who are all mem...

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Final Fantasy Composer Nobuo Uematsu Goes on Hiatus for the Rest of 2018 Due to Illness

Composer enters hiatus to recuperate after cancelling October concert ― Game music composer Nobuo Uematsu announced in his blog on Thursday that he will go on hiatus from his work for the rest of the year in order to rest and recuperate from an unspecified illness. He commented that his fatigue has made it "mentally and physically difficult" to continue working, and that he will return once he has ma...
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Uta no Prince-sama Site Teases 'Angel or Devil' Ahead of Animate Girls Fest

Each year, Animate Girls Fest is the home for hot guys, male voice actor idol projects, and even fluffy cat testicles. This year's event is no different (well, no guarantee on the fluffy cat testicles) with announcements, a hip-hop performance and possibly a new development in the Uta no Prince Sama anime and game franchise. The Uta no Prince Sama series opened a new website ahead of the event wit...
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Voice of Fox Anime's 1st Promo Video Previews Opening Theme Song

Anime based on Guang Xian Jun's Chinese comic premieres on October 5 ― iQIYI began streaming the first promotional video for the television anime of Guang Xian Jun's Chinese comic Voice of Fox (Hu Li Zhi Sheng or Kitsune no Koe) on Thursday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Come:Back Stage!" by LoveDesire. The anime will premiere on AT-X on October 5 at 10:30 p.m. It will then air o...
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YU-NO Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals Cast, Staff, April Premiere

Nintendo Switch game also revealed ― An official website for the television anime of Hiroyuki Kanno's Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shōjo YU-NO (YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world.) visual novel opened on Thursday and revealed the anime's staff, cast, and April premiere along with a promotional video. The trailer also reveals that the game will get a Nintendo Switch version in 2...
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Mirai, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, Okko's Inn, Modest Heroes Films to Premiere at L.A.'s Animation is Film Festival in October

Mamoru Hosoda to attend event ― Los Angeles' Animation is Film Festival announced its lineup on Wednesday. The festival will host the North American premieres of the Mirai, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, and Okko's Inn anime. It will also host world premiere of the English dub for Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Film Theater, Vol. 1 and the L.A. premiere of Penguin Highway. Director Mamoru Hosoda will atten...
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Touken Ranbu Musical's 'Kessen no Kachidoki' Full Music Video Streamed

The official Twitter account for the Touken Ranbu musicals shared the full-length music video for the song "Kessen no Kachidoki" by the "Touken Danshi" character team "Bakumatsu" and Tomoegata Naginata. The song is the musical's sixth single and was released on Wednesday. There are multiple editions of the single, 12 in total, each with a different actor's face or full body shot on the front. The ...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, September 10-16

One Piece, The Ancient Magus' Bride, My Hero Academia, Natsume's Book of Friends, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 One Piece 90 278,919 1,720,690 2018/09 Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 1 3 2 The Ancient Magus' Bride 10 137,172 138,817 2018/09 Mag Garden Kore Yamazaki 2 1 3 My Hero Academia 20 131...
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Singer Namie Amuro Gets Statue, Detective Conan Tribute to Mark Retirement

Japanese pop legend Namie Amuro retired from singing with her final concert on Sunday, the 26th anniversary of her debut. The Okinawa native also held a concert in the city of Ginowan, Okinawa on Saturday, leading to many hotels being completely booked throughout the prefecture. Because it marks Amuro's place of retirement from performing within the prefecture, Ginowan may become something of a "p...
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Seven Seas Adds Mushoku Tensei: Roxy Gets Serious Spinoff Manga

Seven Seas also publishes Mushoku Tensei manga, light novels ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Rifujin na Magonote and Shoko Iwami's Mushoku Tensei: Roxy Gets Serious (Mushoku Tensei ~Roxy Datte Honki Desu~) manga. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on April 30, 2019. Seven Seas describes the story: Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation, the ...
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Season Finale: Lupin the Third: Part 5 ‒ Episode 24

"There's a lot to love about this finale, and it sums up what I've loved about this whole series."
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2nd Haikara-san Anime Film's Trailer Previews Saori Hayami's Theme Song

Film opens on October 19 in Japan, U.S./Canada this winter ― The official website for the anime film project of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga began streaming a new teaser video on Wednesday for Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 2 (Haikara-san ga Tōru Kōhen: Hana no Tōkyō Dai Roman), the second film in the project. The video previews the film's theme song "Atarashii Ashita" (New Tomo...
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Dance Along to Eevee's Official Marching Song

When the Pikachu Invasion event first started in Yokohama, a Pikachu dance was introduced as part of the celebration and several celebrities danced along. The same dance later made an appearance in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon video games as part of the animation for Pikachu's Z-Moves. Eevee, however, does not have an official dance. Or at least it didn't until now. The furry and brown Pokémon has...
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Seven Seas Licenses Mythical Beast Investigator Manga

Manga adapts fantasy light novel about girl investigator and supernatural bodyguard ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Keishi Ayasato and Koichiro Hoshino's Mythical Beast Investigator (Genjū Chōsen) manga. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on July 9, 2019. Seven Seas describes the story: In a dangerous land where fantastical creatures exist,...
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Overlord III ‒ Episode 11

"I doubt anyone who hasn't read ahead expected things to go down this way this week."
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, September 10-16

Black Clover: Quartet Knights game debuts ― Japan's Game Ranking: September 10-16 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Marvel's Spiderman (Including Bundled Editions) Sony Interactive Entertainment September 7 80,832 205,986 2PS4Shadow of the Tomb Raider Square Enix September 14 32,172 32,172 3NSwSplatoon 2 (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo July...

Seven Seas Licenses Naoko Kodama's 'I Married My Best Friend to Shut My Parents Up' Yuri Manga

1-volume manga by NTR creator debuted in Japan this year ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Naoko Kodama's I Married My Best Friend to Shut My Parents Up (Oya ga Urusai node Kōhai (♀) to Gisō Kekkon Shitemita.) yuri manga. The manga is slated for print and digital release on June 11, 2019. Seven Seas describes the story: Morimoto, a young professional woman in Japa...
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Megumi Han Covers Black Clover Ending Theme for Episode 50

Tuesday's episode ended the Seabed Temple Arc ― The 50th episode of Black Clover aired on Tuesday with a cover of the ending theme song "four" by Megumi Han as her character Kahono. All-female dance and vocal group FAKY perform the regular version of the song, which debuted as the ending theme with the 40th episode in July. The show was originally listed with 51 episodes, but it will continue past th...
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Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru! Anime's Promo Video Previews Opening Song

Cast performs theme song for anime premiering on October 5 ― The official website for the television anime of Kanko Nakamura's Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru! (Our Maid is Way Too Annoying!) manga began streaming a second promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video previews the opening song "Uzauza ☆ Waosu!" Haruka Shiraishi and Manami Numakura performed the song as their respective characters...
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Maine Pastors Attempt to Remove My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness Manga from Library Display

The irony of the situation appears to be lost on a group of pastors from Maine who attempted to get Kabi Nagata's My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness manga and other LGBTQ+ books removed from a Banned Book library display. The display was installed to recognize Banned Book Week at Rumford Public Library, an annual event started in 1982 that takes place nationwide to highlight books targeted for ...
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Jump Force Game Adds Hunter X Hunter's Kurapika, Killua

New characters previewed in screenshots ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Tuesday that Hunter X Hunter's Kurapika and Killua will join its Jump Force crossover game. The company shared screenshots of both. img IMG k1.jpg IMG k2.jpg IMG k3.jpg IMG k4.jpg Other confirmed playable characters in the game include: Naruto and Sasuke (Naruto) Goku, Frieza, and Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z) Luffy, Zoro, San...
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Goblin Slayer TV Anime's Commercial Streamed

Anime based on fantasy light novel series premieres on October 6 ― GA Bunko began streaming a 15-second commercial for the television anime adaptation of Kumo Kagyu's Goblin Slayer light novel series on Thursday. The anime will premiere on AT-X on October 6 at 24:30 (effectively October 7 at 12:30 a.m.), before premiering an hour later on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, and BS11. The show will also stream in Japan...
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Dragon Ball Super: Broly Film's English Dub Opens on January 16 After Hollywood Premiere

Premiere takes place on December 13 ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Tuesday that its English dub of the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film will open in theaters in the United States and Canada on January 16. Prior to this, the company will hold a dub world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on December 13. In addition, Funimation confirmed that Vic Mignogna and Dameon Clarke will ret...
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Answerman - What Determines Whether An Older Show Should Be Released as SD-BD?

"Standard Definition Blu-ray" means you're getting a LOT of anime on a single disc - but not in HD quality. Justin Sevakis discusses exactly how - and why - a show might get released in this format. ― Jeff asked: My question gets a little technical but I was reading over the Skip Beat kickstarter campaign recently and I saw a statement from Pied Piper where you said Skip Beat was perfect candidate f...
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Baki Anime Reveals More Characters, New Visual, 2nd Opening Song

Houchu Ohtsuka, Kenta Miyake join cast ― The official website for the new anime of Keisuke Itagaki's Baki (New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero) manga revealed more characters and cast, a new key visual, and the opening theme song for the series' second cours (quarter of a year) on Thursday. The anime's second cours will debut with episode 14, which will premiere on Netflix in Japan on ...
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Baki-Dou Manga Continues With New Serialization on October 4

Baki franchise's new series centers on legendary sumo wrestler ― This year's 43rd issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Thursday that Keisuke Itagaki will resume his Baki-Dou manga in the magazine's 45th issue on October 4. For two consecutive issues, the manga will adorn the magazine's front cover, feature color opening pages, and have 100-page chapters. The "new series...
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Kill la Kill Game Adds Ira Gamagōri, Uzu Sanageyama as Playable Characters

PS4/PC game ships in 2019 ― The official website for Kill la Kill the Game -If- (Ifu), the first game based on the Kill la Kill anime, opened on Wednesday and revealed that Ira Gamagōri and Uzu Sanageyama will be playable characters. The characters will have playable demos at Tokyo Game Show, which will be held from September 20-23 at Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba. The game will launch fo...
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Eccentric Master and the Fake Lover Novel 1

"The Eccentric Master and the Fake Lover has some issues that might turn a reader off, but it is making an effort to be a fun fantasy and a slightly dangerous romance, both of which can be very appealing genres." ― If descriptions of messy kisses with lots of swapped saliva aren't your thing, this may not be the light novel for you. Vaguely reminiscent of Mysterious Girlfriend X in terms of its use o...
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Butt Detective Anime Gets Regular TV Series Run

Series with existing, new stories premieres on December 1 ― Staff of the television anime adaptation of Troll's Oshiri Tantei (Butt Detective) children's books revealed on Wednesday that the anime will get a new series as a regular program that will premiere on NHK E Tele (NHK Educational TV) on December 1 at 9:00 a.m. The new series will feature stories from the original work as well as new stories....
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Space Battleship Tiramisu II's 1st Promo Video Reveals More Cast, Theme Song Info

Aya Hisakawa, Megumi Han, Yusuke Shirai cast; 13-episode TV run plus 4 home video segments revealed ― The official website for the television anime of Satoshi Miyakawa and artist Kei Itō's Uchū Senkan Tiramisu (Space Battleship Tiramisu) manga began streaming the first promotional video and a commercial for the second season on Wednesday. The video reveals more cast members and information about the ...

Sony Offers PlayStation Classic Mini-Console With 20 Games on December 3

Includes Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, Wild Arms ― The official U.S. PlayStation blog announced on Wednesday that Sony will release the PlayStation Classic, a console pre-loaded with 20 games from the original PlayStation console's catalog. The console will ship on December 3 (commemorating the December 3, 1994 release date of the original PlayStation) for US$99.99 U...
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Himote House Anime Reveals Additional Staff, October 7 Debut

Anime by gdgd Fairies' Kōtarō Ishidate, Bouncy centers on 5 girls, cat living as housemates ― The official website for animation studio Bouncy's new Himote House anime updated on Tuesday to reveal more staff for the anime, and the Twitter account revealed the anime's premiere dates. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, BS11, and the GyaO! streaming service on October 7 at 25:50, 24:45, and 25:00 (all...
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Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash Game Adds VR Mode Update

The PC version of Marvelous' Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash launched an update that added VR functionality to the game on Tuesday. The game's VR mode allows players to interact with individual characters, or create dioramas. Marvelous released the game for PS4 in Europe, and XSEED Games released the game physically and digitally for PS4 in North America in September 2017. XSEED Games released th...
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The Girl in Twilight Game's Video Shows Gameplay, Original Character

October smartphone/PC browser game stars Maaya Sakamoto as original main character Nagi ― The official website for the smartphone/PC (browser) tie-in game for Animax's original television anime The Girl in Twilight (Akanesasu Shōjo) began streaming a promotional video for the game on Wednesday. The video previews the gameplay, and shows the game's original main character, Nagi (voiced by Maaya Sakamo...
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Shūdengo, Capsule Hotel de, Jōshi ni Binetsu Tsutawaru Yoru. Romance Anime Posts Promo Video

October anime about office worker and boss who spend night in capsule hotel ― The official website for the television anime of Meg's Shūdengo, Capsule Hotel de, Jōshi ni Binetsu Tsutawaru Yoru. (The Night When Me and My Boss Spent the Night at the Capsule Hotel After the Last Train and He Passed His Fever to Me) manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video serves as...

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One Piece: World Seeker Game's Trailer Highlights Jewel Island Setting

2 original characters Jeanne, Isaac introduced for 2019 game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America unveiled an English-subtitled trailer, screenshots, and a new visual for its One Piece: World Seeker game on Tuesday. The trailer highlights the game's Jewel Island setting, as well as the two central characters to the setting: Jeanne (Ayumi Fujimura), the leader of the island's traditionalist Anti-Navy ...

Sega Delays 'Mega Drive Mini' Console to 2019, Plans Global Release

Mini version of Genesis/Mega Drive planned for simultaneous release in N. America, Europe ― Sega announced on Wednesday that it has delayed the release of its tentatively named "Mega Drive Mini" console to 2019. Sega also announced that it will simultaneously release the console globally. (The original version was known as the Sega Genesis in North America and Sega Mega Drive in Europe.) The console ...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime Reveals Staff, January Debut, Visual

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū's Mamoru Hatakeyama directs anime at A-1 Pictures ― The official website for the television anime of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai - Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga revealed the anime's staff, January premiere, and a new visual on Wednesday The anime will premiere in January on MBS, Tokyo MX, BS11, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, Chukyo TV, ...
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Lupin Gets Ready to Steal Hearts at Universal Studios Japan

Monkey Punch's famous thief is stealing the show at Universal Studios Japan next month. Lupin the Third will be at the park for a limited time beginning in January as part of the fifth round of Universal Studio's "Cool Japan" attractions. The park's XR ride, currently home to Neon Genesis Evangelion, will get a Lupin makeover. The entertainment restaurant will also be transformed into the kind of ...
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Root Letter Last Answer Listed for PS4/PS Vita

Sony's list of games that it will exhibit at Tokyo Game Show 2018 is listing Kadokawa Games' √Letter Last Answer project as a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita title. Kadokawa Games announced the project in August, but did not announce the format. The announcement included a live-action teaser trailer, and the company later announced that Ako Yamamoto will play the heroine Aya Fumino in live-acti...
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Late Night! The Genius Bakabon Anime Dreams Up Crappiest Dating Sim

Late night! The Genius Bakabon comedy anime took on the world of otome games when Bakabon's father introduced the concept of a crappy dating sim, literally, in the anime's fourth episode. The concept centered on attractive male characters that were also anthropomorphisized versions of different turds. The series than took the concept a step further in episode 10 by airing a fake announcement for t...
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Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō Anime Announces Returning Cast for Gold Saints

Toshihiko Seki, Hideyuki Tanaka, Ryotaro Okiayu return from previous anime ― The official website for Toei Animation's anime of Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō manga announced the cast for the Gold Saints on Wednesday. Toshihiko Seki (Scorpio Milo), Hideyuki Tanaka (Leo Aiolia), and Ryotaro Okiayu (Gemini Saga) are all returning from previous installments in the Saint Seiya franchise. The ne...
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1st Conception Game Gets PS4 Version This Winter

Conception Plus to offer upgraded graphics, new features ― Video game news website Famitsu revealed on Wednesday that Spike Chunsoft will release Conception Plus: Ore no Kodomo wo Undekure!, a PlayStation 4 upgrade of its Conception: Ore no Kodomo wo Undekure! (Conception: Please Give Birth to My Child!) game, this winter. The port will include upgraded graphics and new features. The story of the gam...

North American Anime, Manga Releases, September 16-22

The Delinquent Housewife!, Hinamatsuri, Hinowa ga CRUSH!, Otherworldly Izakaya "Nobu" manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Alderamin on the Sky Essentials BDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$29.98 September 18 Assassination Classroom Season 2 BDCite Funimation Entertainment US$69.98 September 18 Doctor Strange The Quest for the Silver Rainbow DVD (Adult)AnimeNewsNe...
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LAWSON's Karaage-kun Snacks Get Eevee Makeover

Since the announcement of the Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! Nintendo Switch games, the furry and brown Pokémon has slowly infiltrated various locations and events. Eevee appeared in droves at the annual Pikachu invasion in Yokohama, merchandiser MOVIC introduced unique trainer characters for each evolution, and artists reinterpreted Eevee in various art styles. What non...
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Metal Max Xeno PS4 Game's Video Highlights Backstory

NIS America releases game in West in September ― NIS America began streaming a video on Monday for its release of the Metal Max Xeno game. The video outlines the "Great Annihilation" event in the game's backstory. NIS America will release the game for the PlayStation 4 on September 25 in North America and on September 28 in Europe. NIS America will offer a physical limited edition that includes the o...
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Netflix Announces Live-Action Avatar: The Last Airbender Series

Avatar The Last Airbender animated TV series won the hearts of many anime fans with its stylistic cross-over appeal and serious reflection on themes that were at the time, not often looked at in kids programming on Nickelodeon. The series would inspire the sequel The Legend of Korra that aired from 2012 to 2014 and again made waves for pushing the boundaries of LGBT representation in a television ...
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Puyo Puyo eSports PS4/Switch Game Officially Announced

Game launches digitally on October 25 ― Sega officially announced a PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch game titled Puyo Puyo eSports on Tuesday. The game will launch digitally in Japan on October 25. The game will offer the regular Puyo Puyo (Puyo Pop) rules as well as the Puyo Pop Fever rules. It will include 24 characters, such as those from Puyo Puyo!! Quest. The game will support multiplayer for u...
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Trigger Does TRIGGER for IDOLiSH 7 Game's Music Videos

Bandai Namco Entertainment's popular IDOLiSH7 idol mobile game and multimedia franchise has four new animated music videos in the works. Fate/Stay night unlimited blade works studio ufotable announced it would animate ŹOOĻ's first music video and fans can now add Kill la Kill and Darling in the Franxx studio Trigger to the line-up. Fittingly, the studio is assigned to create the video for the game...
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Gonzo Vice President Ryōichi Katsumura Takes Over as President

Former president Shinichirō Ishikawa stays on as board member ― Anime studio GONZO changed its president on September 1. Former representative director and vice president Ryōichi Katsumura became representative director and president. The previous representative director and president Shinichirō Ishikawa is now a company board member but no longer a representative. Katsumura previously worked as the ...
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Updated:Tatsuki Learns More About Kemono Friends Script Incidents, Apologizes for Previous Tweet

The translation of TATSUKI's tweets have been updated below for better clarity. On Friday, former Kemono Friends director Tatsuki tweeted about the new Kemono Friends season's run-in with plagiarism in its auditions for a new unit. He also spoke up about how he had not received fees or royalties for the original anime's scripts. The tweet spread across social media, and it has received nearly 72,0...
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Colorful Pastrale ~from Bermuda △~ Anime Reveals Cast, Key Visual

Cardfight!! Vanguard spinoff about mermaid idols premieres in January ― The official Twitter account for the Colorful Pastrale ~from Bermuda △~ television anime revealed a key visual and the main cast on Tuesday. The cast, from left to right in the image below, includes: Amane Shindō as Caro Rarisa Tago Takeda as Sonata Moeka Hiraguri as Kanon Risa Tsumugi as Fina Hikaru Tohno as Serena The anime wil...
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Holmes of Kyoto ‒ Episode 10

"Since by this point it's become clear that the mystery is just a device to get the romance plot bubbling, it feels like too little, too late."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 364

"We may be looking at the beginning of one of Gintama's most promising storylines yet."

Right Stuf Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Dub Emma: A Victorian Romance, Release Blu-ray

Project seeks to raise US$$110,000 for 1st BD release for series ― Right Stuf launched a Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday to create an English-dubbed HD production of Emma: A Victorian Romance season one. The project is seeking to raise US$$110,000 to release the series on Blu-ray Disc. Those who back the project at US$50 or more will receive a special edition Blu-ray Disc release (region A). A deluxe...
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 24

Rat Man ties the knot in this uneven but interesting episode about yokai relationships.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 853

"The heightened drama just doesn't come through enough this week."
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PERSONA 5 the Animation ‒ Episode 24

"For all the points where this episode feels like it might lack focus, trying to juggle too many characters, it still turns out a solid little drama."
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Tamiki Wakaki's King of Idol Manga Ends Serialization

Manga by The World God Only Knows creator launched in May 2017 ― This year's 43rd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine published the last chapter of Tamiki Wakaki's King of Idol manga on Wednesday. Shogakukan's Web Sunday website is listing the manga's sixth volume as its last, and it will ship on October 18. The manga centers on "Mahoro Harukana," a child of a legendary idol, who inte...
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Happy Sugar Life ‒ Episode 10

"This is easily the meatiest episode of the series to date. Can the series hold this peak going into its final episodes?"
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Detective Conan Manga Takes 9-Week Hiatus

Creator Gosho Aoyama to conduct research during break ― This year's 43rd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan manga will take a nine-week hiatus starting with the magazine's next issue and continuing through the 52nd issue. Aoyama will conduct research during the hiatus. The manga will resume in the magazine's 53rd issue. The ma...

Crunchyroll Adds Sword Art Online: Alicization Anime

Series premieres on TV in Japan on October 6 ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will stream the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime this fall. The company will reveal the territory and streaming schedule information in the future. Crunchyroll describes the series: Where…am I…?” Before he knows it, Kirito has made a full-dive into an epic, fantasy-like virtual world. With only a murky recollec...
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Kenka Banchō Otome PS Vita Game Gets Sequel in Japan in 2019

Kenka Banchō Otome 2nd Rumble!! adds new character Tenma Sagara ― Spike Chunsoft announced on Tuesday that the Kenka Banchō Otome PlayStation Vita game will get a sequel in Japan in 2019. A teaser website for the game, titled Kenka Banchō Otome 2nd Rumble!!, also opened on Tuesday. The sequel will be set one year after the previous game. The new character Tenma Sagara (voiced by Kaito Ishikawa) will ...
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Okko's Inn Anime Film's Beginning Streamed

Supernatural film opens in Japan on Friday ― The Animate Times website began exclusively streaming the beginning of the anime film adaptation of writer Hiroko Reijō and artist Asami's juvenile literature series Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei! (The Young Innkeeper Is a Grade Schooler!, or Okko's Inn) on Tuesday. The video shows Okko moving to a new town. The film opens in Japan on September 21. The film alr...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, September 10-16

Daisuke Ono & Hiro Shimono sell 2,306, followed by live-action Marmalade Boy & Laughing Under the Clouds films, Wotakoi, Yumeiro Cast ― Daisuke Ono and Hiro Shimono's Ono-Shimono no Dokodemo Quest Vol. 1 debuted at #3 with 2,306 copies on the overall DVD chart. The special edition for the live-action film of Kemuri Karakara's Laughing Under the Clouds (Donten ni Warau) manga landed at #4 with 2,032 c...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, September 10-16

Sword Art Online II sells 6,908, followed by idol Yui Ogura, Yumeiro Cast, Kamen Rider Build, Fate/EXTRA Last Encore ― Idol singer Yui Ogura's Ogura Yui Live "Cherry x Airline" sold 3,813 copies to land at #6 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Yumeiro Cast Dream Show 2017 Live BD sold 3,588 copies to debut at #7. Kamen Rider Build Blu-ray Collection 3 was #10 with 2,374 copies. 5D Idol Project Dream ...
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Kingdom Hearts III Shows 'Long Version' of Tokyo Game Show Trailer

January PS4/Xbox One game's packaging art also unveiled ― Square Enix began streaming a trailer for its Kingdom Hearts III game for PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360 game on the Tuesday. The trailer is a "long version" of the earlier trailer that debuted last week, and offers a longer glimpse of the game's Big Hero 6 world. With English Subtitles The game's official Twitter account also revealed the game's ...
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killer7 Game's PC Version Video Highlights 3 Playable Characters

Suda51, Grasshopper Manufacture's game debuts for PC this fall ― NIS America began streaming a video for its PC release of Suda51 (Goichi Suda) and Grasshopper Manufacture's killer7 game on Monday. The video highlights three of the playable characters: Garcian, Dan, and Kevin. NIS America will release the game for the PC via Steam this fall. The release will feature audio in English and text in Engli...
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Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer Film Gets 4D Screenings

The official website for Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer (Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin), the 22nd film in the Detective Conan franchise, revealed on Tuesday that the film will get "4D attraction rollout" screenings for a three-week run beginning on October 19. Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer is the second Detective Conan film to get 4D screenings after Detective Conan: The Darkest Night...
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Dynamic Chord, Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Ch. 2 Manga End in October

Both manga launched in G Fantasy last year ― The October issue of Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine revealed on Tuesday that Shiho Inaba's DYNAMIC CHORD manga and Chiako Nagaoka's Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Dai 2-Maku manga will end in the magazine's next issue on October 18. Inaba's DYNAMIC CHORD manga adapts last year's anime. The anime follows the musical careers and personal lives of several bands und...
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'Sono Toki, Kanojo wa.' TV Anime Reveals Cast, Director, Promo Video, October 6 Debut

Susumu Banba directs short anime starring Mei Fukuda, Nao, Riho Takada, Maaya Uchida ― The official website for the "Sono Toki, Kanojo wa." ("She's in love") short television anime began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The site also revealed the cast, additional staff, and premiere date for the anime. The cast includes: Mei Fukuda as Aiko Nao as Moe Riho Takada as Yukari Maaya...

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7th Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Manga Volume Bundles Anime BD in March

20-minute new anime centers on high school days of Kabakura, Hanako ― Ichijinsha revealed on Tuesday that Fujita's seventh Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) manga volume will have a special edition that will bundle an anime Blu-ray Disc. The new anime will center on Kabakura and Hanako's high school days and will be about 20 minutes long. Ichijinsha revealed the below rough...
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Watch the Ultimate UFO Catcher Prize Haul

UFO catcher games in Japan are intense, challenging, and high-tech. Some sites will let you win prizes from all the way across the Pacific as players try to catch item using only cameras and their keyboard. UFO catchers can also be borderline impossible to win, like in the linked case where the claw simply broke off while trying to grab a plushie. YouTuber Hirokun is dedicated to capturing crane g...

Full Yuri!!! on Ice Anime Series to Screen in U.S. Theaters

Screening to include message from producer ― Crunchyroll and Fathom Events announced on Monday that they will screen a marathon of all 12 episodes of Yuri!!! on Ice in United States theaters on Saturday, October 13 beginning at noon local time. The screening will be in Japanese with English subtitles, and will include a message from the series producer. Tickets for more than 95 theaters are available...
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Cells at Work! ‒ Episode 11

"This week's story about heat stroke certainly doesn't make a very good case for the human body's ability to function in extreme heat."
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Tetsuya Mizuguchi's Tetris Effect Launches on November 9

Game developer Enhance announced on Monday that it will release Tetris Effect for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR on November 9. The game will have more than 30 stages of the classic puzzle game, but in three-dimensional worlds. The sounds, objects, and effects will react to how the user plays the game. The game will operate in up to 4K and 60fps to make use of the PlayStation 4 Pro's graphic cap...
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Grand Blue Dreaming ‒ Episode 10

"After what feels like a lifetime of teasing, Grand Blue Dreaming has finally let the Peek-a-Boo Club have their big Okinawa vacation, and the results are pretty entertaining."
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The Royal Tutor Anime Gets All-New Anime Film in February

Film with returning cast, director introduces 2 original "Twin Princes" characters Ivan, Eugene ― The staff of the The Royal Tutor anime revealed on Tuesday that the franchise will get an anime film with an original story. The film will open in Japan on February 16, 2019. The story will have two new characters, the sadistic "Twin Princes" of the Ramano kingdom: Ivan (left in below visual) and Eugene ...
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Strawberry Marshmallow, More Manga Creators Celebrate Mamiko Noto's Wedding

Last week, fan-favorite voice actress Mamiko Noto announced on her radio program that she is both married and expecting a child. Fans, both inside and outside the industry, celebrated the news by sharing art and messages on social media. Strawberry Marshmallow manga creator Barasui drew Noto's character Ana Coppola in a wedding dress to show their support. 結婚おめでとうございます! pic.twitter.com/Ov6cNS6FOc—...
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Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Live-Action Film Casts Mitsuki Takahata, Kento Yamazaki

Gintama's Yūichi Fukuda directs film slated for 2019 ― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Fujita's Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) manga announced that Mitsuki Takahata (Napping Princess' Kokone Morikawa) and Kento Yamazaki (live-action Death Note series' L) are starring in the film as Narumi and Hirotaka, respectively. The film will mark the two actors' firs...
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Golden Kamuy Manga Goes Silver to Celebrate Respect for the Aged Day

Respect for the Aged Day, a Japanese holiday that honors senior citizens, fell on September 17 this year. The 15th compiled book volume of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga will ship in Japan on September 19. To mark both occasions, the manga's official website revealed a special "Silver Kamuy" manga on Monday. The manga compiles seven chapters of the Golden Kamuy manga and remakes them with all of...
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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs ‒ Episode 10

"It's time for the obligatory pool/beach episode, with the latter being the precise case here."
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Maximum the Hormone Band Takes Hiatus From Concerts for Member's Surgery

4 shows cancelled in October, November ― The official Twitter account for Maximum The Hormone announced on Sunday that the group is postponing its live performances. As a result, the staff have cancelled four shows in October and November. The account updated following the Osaka Haziketemazare Festival on Monday with a message from band member Daisuke-han, who explained that he had a hernia discovere...
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Revue Starlight ‒ Episode 10

"The care put into the final scene made it sting all the more, and makes waiting for the next episode all the more painful."
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Mōretsu Atarō Manga by Osomatsu-kun/Tensai Bakabon's Fujio Akatsuka Gets Stage Play

Play based on gag manga opens this December in Tokyo ― Fujio Akatsuka's Mōretsu Atarō will get a stage play adaptation that will open at the Haiyuza Theater in Tokyo from December 19 to December 24. The play's title is Mōretsu Atarō Kogarashi ni Odoru Hanafubuki (Furious Atarō: Cherry Blossoms Dancing in the Winter Wind). Tomoya Sakurai is directing and writing the script. The cast includes Akihiro H...
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Bubblegum Crisis Sonoda Designs Family Confectionery's 1st New Product in 115 Years

Kenichi Sonoda's character designs were a mainstay in late 80s and early 90s anime scene. He worked on GAINAX's Otaku no Video, Bubblegum Crisis, Royal Space Force - The Wings of Honnêamise, and of course his own manga Riding Bean and Gunsmith Cats. His work then slowly faded; he did some design work for the Solty Rei anime in 2005 and launched the manga Bullet the Wizard in 2010 in Kodansha's Aft...
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Asobi Asobase -workshop of fun- ‒ Episode 11

"Asobi Asobase has an usually high amount of continuity between its goofy vignettes, but this latest episode is the most focused one yet."
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Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! Game Trailer Shows Taiko Drumming on Switch

Drum controller confirmed for physical release in Europe ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a trailer ofr its upcoming Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! game for Nintendo Switch on Friday. The Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! Nintendo Switch game and the Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! PlayStation 4 game will ship in the Americas and Europe on November 2. Bandai Namco previously told...
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Planet With ‒ Episode 11

"Just when I thought I could no longer be surprised by how quickly and efficiently Planet With can burn through plot points, here comes episode 11."
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Rainbow Parakeet Stage Play's Main Visual Revealed

The official website for the stage play adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's Rainbow Parakeet (Nanairo Inko) manga unveiled the main visual on Friday. The visual shows Nogizaka46's Junna Itō as the title character, Keyakizaka46's Konoka Matsuda as the heroine Mariko Senri. Kaori Miura is directing the stage play, with a script by Masafumi Hata. It will run at AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo from October 4 to Octob...
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FLCL Alternative ‒ Episode 2

"All this teenage introspection so far works in harmony with the slice-of-life flavor that FLCL Alternative is trading in, but don't worry too much - there's still a big crazy robot fight at the end of this one."
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Persona 3, Persona 5 Dancing Games' Video Previews Shinjiro, Akechi DLC Characters

Both characters are available for both games ― Atlus USA began streaming a video previewing the DLC bonuses for Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight on Monday. Those who preorder Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight will receive playable Shinjiro Aragaki and the boss theme "Battle Hymn of the Soul," while those who preorder Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight will receive Goro A...
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Hanebado! ‒ Episode 11

"Okay, perhaps Hanebado! has been dragging things out a bit too long at this point."
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Live-Action Waiting for Spring Film's Still Shows Yūta Koseki as Aya

The staff of the live-action film of Anashin's Waiting for Spring (Harumatsu Bokura) manga revealed a still for the film on Friday. The still shows basketball prodigy Aya Kamiyama (played by Yūta Koseki) on return from America. The film will open in Japan on December 14. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga in English, and it describes the story: Mizuki (sic) is a shy girl who's about to enter ...
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Gift Plus Minus Manga Gets Anime in Anime Beans App

Yuka Nagate's manga about high school organ collector launched in 2015 ― The 13th compiled book volume of Yuka Nagate's Gift Plus Minus manga (seen right) revealed on Tuesday that the series will get an anime adaptation that will debut in Production I.G's Anime Beans app on September 21. The manga centers on Tamaki Suzuhara, a high school student who is skilled at hunting people. She tracks down crim...
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Sora to Umi no Aida TV Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed With New Narration

Anime based on smartphone game premieres on October 3 ― ForwardWorks began streaming a new version of the second promotional video for the television anime of its Sora to Umi no Aida (The Space Between the Sky and the Sea) smartphone game on Monday. The video features narration by the character Namimo (voiced by Rika Tachibana). The video also previews Karin Takahashi, Honoka Inoue, and Momoko Suzuki...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Anime Casts Takuma Terashima

New key visual also revealed for series premiering on October 1 ― 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 an additional cast member and character on Monday. Takuma Terashima, who is performing the anime's opening theme song ...
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Okko's Inn Anime Film's Clip shows Okko Meeting Uri-bō

Supernatural film opens in Japan on Friday The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper's MAiDiGiTV YouTube channel began streaming a clip from the anime film adaptation of writer Hiroko Reijō and artist Asami's juvenile literature series Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei! (The Young Innkeeper Is a Grade Schooler!, or Okko's Inn) on Monday. The clip shows Okko and Uri-bō's first meeting. The film opens in Japan on Septem...

Girly Air Force TV Anime Casts Hitomi Ohwada, Gets Tie-In Manga

Ohwada plays Eagle "Anima" girl who pilots fighter planes in Satelight's Winter anime ― The cast for Satelight's television anime of Kōji Natsumi's Girly Air Force light novel series announced another cast member and a manga adaptation at Komatsu Base Air Show 2018 on Sunday. Hitomi Ohwada will play Eagle, an "Anima" girl who pilots the "Daughter" fighter planes. Takahiro Seguchi is launching the man...
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Actress Kirin Kiki Passes Away at 75

Actress played roles in Jack to Mame no Ki, Brave Story, Arrietty ― Actress Kirin Kiki passed away in her Tokyo home on Saturday, September 15. She was 75. Kiki had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, which she revealed had metastasized in 2013. She was hospitalized for a fracture in her left thigh on August 13. She had her first major recurring role in the 1964 television series Shichinin no ...
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Late Actress Yuriko Hoshi Plays Role in 'Otō-san, Chibi ga Inakunarimashita' Live-Action Film

Hoshi finished filming scenes for spring 2019 film before her death in May ― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Keiko Nishi's Otō-san, Chibi ga Inakunarimashita (Father, Chibi is Gone) manga revealed on Saturday that the late actress Yuriko Hoshi plays the character Shizuko in the film in a posthumous role. Hoshi had finished filming her scenes for the film before she passed away on May ...
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Nokemono to Hanayome Manga by Utena's Ikuhara Gets 'New Chapter'

Dōkyūsei's Asumiko Nakamura collaborates with Ikuhara on manga ― The official website of anime director Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Penguindrum) revealed on September 3 that Ikuhara and manga creator Asumiko Nakamura launched a "new chapter" of their Nokemono to Hanayome (The Nokemono & The Bride) manga titled Nokemono to Hanayome+ (pronounced "cross") on Gentosha's Densha Birz manga ...
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Tales of the Stage Gets New Vesperia Stage Play

Stage project recently ran play based on Tales of the Abyss game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed during its "Tales of Vesperia 10th Anniversary Party" event on Sunday that its Tales of Vesperia game will get a stage play adaptation. Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tales series of role-playing games previously inspired a stage play based on the Tales of the Abyss game. The play ran for two differen...
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My Neighbor Totoro 30th Anniversary Ticket Giveaway!

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of this classic Studio Ghibli film, GKIDS is giving away free tickets to 5 lucky ANN readers! ― Celebrate the 30th anniversary of My Neighbor Totoro, from the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and Ponyo, and Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. As part of this celebration, GKIDS is giving away two tickets each to five lucky ANN reade...
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Final Fairy Tail Anime's New Visual Unveiled

― The official website for the "final series" of the television anime adaptation of Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail manga revealed a new visual for the anime on Sunday. The anime will premiere on October 7, and new episodes will debut on TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, TV Setouchi, and TV Q Kyuushuu on Sundays at 7:00 a.m. The main staff are all returning from the second and most recent televis...

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Release the Spyce Anime Reveals 2 New Visuals

― A Release the Spyce stage presentation at the KyoMAF event on Sunday revealed two new key visuals for the anime. The first visual features characters Mei Yachiyo (voiced by Aya Suzaki) and Fū Sagami (Akane Fujita). The second visual features characters Hatsume Aoba (Aya Uchida) and Goe Ishikawa (Yuri Noguchi) A previous visual featured Momo Minamoto (Yukari Anzai) and Yuki Hanzōmon (Manami Numakur...
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Persona Q2 3DS Game's New Video Highlights Persona 4's Yukiko Amagi

1st edition DLC set also previewed for 3DS game shipping in Japan on November 29 ― Atlus began streaming a new character video on Thursday for its Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game. The video highlights Persona 4 character Yukiko Amagi (voiced by Ami Koshimizu). Atlus also began streaming a video on Friday that highlights the bonus DLC that will come with first editions of the game. ...
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 46

"I'm not sure that this one episode was enough to do the attack on Orvud justice."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 61

"It's finally time for Deku vs. King Explosion Murder round two!"
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La Corda d'Oro Octave Game Launches in Japan on February 14

Game originally announced for smartphones now slated for PC, PS Vita, Switch ― The official Twitter account for the La Corda D'Oro Octave (Kin-iro no Corda Octave) game from KOEI Tecmo Games' Ruby Party brand revealed on Saturday that the game will launch for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita, and PC (via Steam) on February 14, 2019. The game will launch digitally for all three consoles and will ...
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Fist of Blue Sky: Regenesis Manga Creator Draws Downrange Film Collab Art

Fist of the Blue Sky Re:Genesis manga artist Hideki Tsuji took a break from drawing muscular martial artists to create a collaborative illustration for the horror-thriller film Downrange. The 2017 film was written and directed by Ryūhei Kitamura, the same man behind the live-action Lupin the 3rd film released in 2014 and the Godzilla: Final Wars film. Tarō Maki, a frequent anime film and televisio...
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My Neighbor Totoro is 1st Ghibli Film to Get Theatrical Release in China

Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter reported on Thursday that Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's My Neighbor Totoro anime film will be the first film from Studio Ghibli to get a theatrical release in China. The release is planned near the end of this year, and will feature a Chinese dub. Studio Ghibli plans to release other films in China if the My Neighbor Totoro release is successfu...
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Bike Plates With Hayao Miyazaki's Character Celebrate City's 60th Anniversary

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of becoming a city, the city of Koganei, Tokyo is getting special motorcycle license plates with a character designed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki. The license plates will feature Kokin-chan, Miyazaki's mascot character for the city. The license plates will be distributed for free beginning on October 1, and only 500 will be made. Depending on the si...
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Sol Press Releases DareSora: Tears for an Unknown Sky Visual Novel on Steam in English

1st volume of visual novel available now with planned updates "every several months" ― Video game localization company Sol Press announced on Friday that it released "volume 1" of ANAGRAM's DareSora: Tears for an Unknown Sky visual novel in English on Steam on Friday. The visual novel currently has English subtitles, but Spanish and Simplified Chinese subtitles are also planned. The first volume reta...
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Senpai ga Uzai Kōhai no Hanashi Manga's Promo Video Stars Haruka Shiraishi, Takaya Kuroda

Shiro Manta's Senpai ga Uzai Kōhai no Hanashi (Story of a Junior With an Annoying Senior) manga centers on Futaba Igarashi, a worker who is constantly frustrated with her senior coworker Harumi Takeda. Takeda is crude and ill-mannered, but he also has a caring and helpful side. Though Takeda constantly pushes Igarashi's buttons, there are also times she is not truly as irritated as she seems. The ...
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Dies Irae Switch Version's Opening Video Reveals Delay to October 18

Game was originally slated for September 27 release ― Developer Light began streaming an opening video on Friday for the Nintendo Switch version of its Dies irae ~Amantes amentes~ visual novel. The video reveals that the visual novel will now launch in Japan on October 18. The game was originally slated to launch on September 27. The new version will have new scenario titled "Saoshyant Desantile: Kam...
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Montreal's Otakuthon Reports Attendance of 23,226

― Montreal convention Otakuthon reported to ANN that it had a total of 23,226 attendees, based on the number of badges, including guests, exhibitors, panelists, press, volunteers, and staff in addition to general paid attendees. The staff also reported a turnstile attendance of 56,676. This number was reached by totaling the amount of badges sold for each day of the convention (meaning three-day bad...
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The World Ends With You -Final Remix- Game's English Story Trailer Streamed

Game launches in the West on Switch on October 12 ― Nintendo began streaming an English story trailer on Friday for Square Enix's The World Ends With You -Final Remix- game for Nintendo Switch. The game will launch in the West on October 12. The game will ship on Nintendo Switch in Japan on September 27. The action role-playing game will feature HD visuals and a new scenario. Players will be able to ...

Is the order a rabbit? Anime Gets New OVA in 2019, 3rd Season in 2020

Announced at "Dear My Sister" event on Sunday ― The "DMS Party" event for the Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?? Dear My Sister anime special announced on Sunday that the Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka? (Is the Order a Rabbit?) anime franchise is getting a new original video anime (OVA) project in 2019 and a third anime season in 2020. The GochiUsa DJ Blend 2 CD will ship on December 19, and the tie-in event Goc...
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Pop Team Epic Anime Gets April 1 TV Special

2 new "Bob Epic Team" segments also released on Blu-ray this weekend ― The "Pop Team Epic Special Event ~Pop Cast Epic!!~" announced in Chiba on Sunday that a new Pop Team Epic television anime special will air on April 1, 2019. More details on the program have yet to be determined, but the anime's official website will provide them later. The anime adapts a surreal four-panel manga by Bkub Okawa tha...
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Muraji Ends Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi - Wa ga Mune de Nemure Bōrei Manga

"Episode 3" of Muraji's Sorcerous Stabber Orphen manga launched in March ― Muraji published the sixth and final chapter of the Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi - Wa ga Mune de Nemure Bōrei (Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: The Ghost Sleeping on my Chest) manga based on Yoshinobu Akita's Sorcerous Stabber Orphen franchise on Famitsu's Comic Clear website on Friday. The manga was considered "episode 3" of his "Ha...
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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Lost Stories Social Game Revealed

Game to have stage presentation at Tokyo Game Show on September 23 ― The official Twitter account for the Code Geass franchise revealed more details on Sunday for the previously teased Code Geass game project by DMM Games. The game is titled Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Lost Stories, and it will be a social game. The staff will reveal more information about the game during a stage presentatio...
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Umihara Kawase Fresh! Switch Game Gets Digital English Release

Latest game in platformer series will have worldwide digital release ― Video game developer Success revealed on Saturday on Twitter that the Umihara Kawase Fresh! Nintendo Switch game will have multilingual support including English and Chinese. The company added that it has not yet decided if it will include other languages. Success stated that the game will get a digital release worldwide, but it h...
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Live-Action Gintama 2 Film Surpasses 3 Billion Yen

Also: new behind-the-scenes video streamed ― Warner Bros. released a new behind-the-scenes video on Friday for Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu Tame ni Koso Aru (The Law is Surely There to be Broken), the second live-action film based on Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga, to commemorate that the film has earned more than 3 billion yen (about US$26.77 million). The film had earned more than 2.5 billion yen (a...

Back to the Future Manga by One-Punch Man Artist Yuusuke Murata Cancelled

Film's writer Bob Gale would have supervised series, now dropped due to rights issues ― Manga artist Yuusuke Murata (One Punch Man, Eyeshield 21) reported on Twitter this weekend that his manga adaptation of the 1985 American science-fiction film Back to the Future has been cancelled. Murata explained that the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Web site's editors did all they could, but they could not resolve the ...

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Dragalia Lost RPG App's 2nd History Video Streamed

Nintendo, Cygames to launch game in September 27 ― The official YouTube channel for Nintendo and Cygame's Dragalia Lost new action RPG smartphone game Dragalia Lost began streaming the second half of the game's "History of Humans and Dragons" introduction video on Friday. The first part streamed two weeks ago. Nintendo describes the game's story: Alberia... A kingdom where dragons rule over nature. T...
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Chio's School Road ‒ Episode 11

"What we have here is another case of Chio's School Road coming tantalizingly close to a good episode but ultimately falling just short."
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Cheer Boys!! Live-Action Film's Additional Cast, Making-of Video Revealed

Cast learns cheerleading from alumni of group that inspired the novel ― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Ryō Asai's Cheer Danshi!! (Cheer Boys!!) novel unveiled more five more cast members on Saturday. In addition, Bandai Namco Arts began streaming a making-of video showing the cast learning under the guidance of alumni from the mens' cheerleading team Shockers, which inspired the orig...
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Harukana Receive ‒ Episode 11

"In this penultimate episode of Harukana Receive, the students have become the masters."
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Angels of Death ‒ Episode 11

"For all of its eccentricities and scenery-chewing characters, Angels of Death benefits a lot from its intersection of the deadpan with the horrific."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Anime Partners With Lumine Stores for Promo Campaign

The JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken: Ōgon no Kaze (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind or Vento Aureo) anime is collaborating with Lumine department stores for a promotional campaign that will run from September 21 to October 31. The campaign will run at four stores in Shinjuku, Tokyo: Lumine Shinjuku 1, Lumine Shinjuku 2, Lumine EST Shinjuku, and NEWoMan Shinjuku. The promotion wants "visitors to believ...
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Zoids Wild Switch Game Reveals Winter Release, 1st Visual

Takara Tomy revealed on Saturday that its Zoids Wild game for Nintendo Switch is slated for this winter in Japan. The company shared the first screenshot for the game, showing Wild Liger. Takara Tomy first announced Zoids Wild with a planned anime, manga, and model kit line in addition to the Switch game. The manga launched in Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comic magazine in April and the anime premiered ...
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Cardcaptor Sakura's Pancakes Feature on TV Show About Sweets

"Cardcaptor Sakura's Pancakes" will be the featured dish on the episode of the Gretel no Kamado (Gretel's Stove) television program that will air on NHK E Tele (NHK Educational TV) on October 1. Cardcaptor Sakura manga creator team CLAMP wrote the script for a new short story that will appear in the episode. In CLAMP's original manga and its anime, Sakura is good at making pancakes. They appear in...
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Kirby Café 2018 Debuts With New Menu, Merch in September

A new Kirby Café will debut at the Tokyo Solamachi complex on September 27. The café, which promises "Delicious Times, Precious Memories," will have a new menu and offer new merchandise for purchase. Kirby and his friends appear in a fun promotional video for the café that debuted in August. The menu will include items such as: Waddle Dee's Nap Omurice Kirby's Suction Caprese Bread Stew With Vario...
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Catherine: Full Body Trailers Reveal Persona 5 Bonus, Different Voices for Catherine

Game ships on February 14 in Japan ― Atlus began streaming a five new videos for its Catherine: Full Body game on Saturday. The game's official website also detailed its early purchase bonus and limited edition. The second promotional video begins with people answering the questions "Do you think there's a person you're destined to be with?" and "What would you do if you met this person?" Both the pr...
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Weekly Cosplay - Hey Jay is the Best Jeanist, Naturally

Weekly Cosplay is a new series of weekly profiles focusing on diverse groups that make up the fandom community. These profiles will highlight cosplayers of all skill and experience levels and introduce a place to discuss inspiration and challenges from costume creation to embodying the characters we all know and love. Weekly Cosplay is open to all fandom characters, whether its anime, manga, video...
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Final Fantasy XI's Kam'lanaut Joins Dissidia Final Fantasy NT PS4 Game

Character joins as DLC in October ― Square Enix began streaming a character trailer for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, the PlayStation 4 version of the Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade game, on Friday. The video reveals and previews the character Kam'lanaut from Final Fantasy XI as the game's next DLC character. The character will be available in October. The game shipped in Japan on January 11, and in Euro...
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Non Non Biyori Film Gets Staff Commentary Screening

Non Non Biyori Vacation, the anime film of Atto's Non Non Biyori manga is opening to a wider theatrical release in Japan after topping the mini-theater rankings. One of those new screenings will offer a behind-the-scenes experience for viewers who have already enjoyed the film. Kadokawa Cinema Shinjuku in Tokyo will screen a staff commentary version of Non Non Biyori Vacation on September 24. The ...
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New Sensual Phrase Work Being Prepared by Manga Creator

Separate from previously announced Spring 2019 band-training/romance game app ― Manga creator Mayu Shinjo revealed at Saturday's production unveiling event for the Sensual Phrase (Kaikan Phrase) game app that she is also preparing an entirely new Sensual Phrase work. She announced the new work — which is separate from the previously announced game app — at the first of the event's two sessions. While...
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Bakutsuri Bar Hunter TV Anime Unveils Latest Promo, Theme Song Artists, October 2 Debut

SymaG, Mikako Komatsu sing opening, ending themes ― The website for the Bakutsuri Bar Hunter television anime series revealed the latest promotional video, the artists behind its theme songs, the October 2 premiere date, and a new visual on Saturday. SymaG is performing the opening theme song "Bakutsuri Soul," and producer Nanahoshi Kangengakudan wrote the song specifically for the anime. Mikako Koma...
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Stand My Heroes Game App for Female Players Gets TV Anime

Tomokazu Sugita, Daisuke Namikawa, Tomoaki Maeno, Kousuke Toriumi, Yuuki Kaji, Natsuki Hanae star as narcotics unit ― A second anniversary special event for the iOS/Android game app Stand My Heroes announced in Tokyo on Saturday that a television anime adaptation has been green-lit. The otome puzzle game for female players is set in modern Tokyo at Matori, the narcotics control unit of investigators ...
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Seishun Buta Yarō Anime Gets Theatrical Film Project in 2019

Project adapts 6th, 7th light novel volumes about mysterious girl Shōko Makinohara ― The advance screenings for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume wo Minai (The Young Pig-Rascal Isn't Dreaming of a Bunny Girl Upperclassman), the television anime of Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō light novel series, announced on Saturday that there will also be a theatrical film project next year. Th...

Azur Lane Warship Girl Game Gets TV Anime by Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Director, Studio

WWII-inspired game also gets Comic Rex manga, Utawarerumono collaboration ― The "Azur Lane 1st Anniversary Important Announcement Stage" event revealed in Tokyo on Saturday that a television anime adaptation of Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi's Azur Lane smartphone game has been green-lit. Tensho (Grisaia, Rewrite, Kinmoza) is directing the anime at Bibury Animation Studio, the studio he founded i...

Man Arrested for Stalking Entertainer Shoko Nakagawa Near Her Home

Unemployed 33-year-old allegedly left note in her mailbox, admitted to charge ― Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department arrested Ichitarō Shiba, a 33-year-old unemployed man from Tokyo's Kami-Takada district, on Thursday for repeatedly stalking 33-year-old entertainer, singer, and actress Shoko Nakagawa near her home. According to investigators, the suspect dropped a note that read in part, "Please te...
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