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Tsuredure Children Complete Series BD/DVD

This anthology-style romcom has enough heart to ground its goofiness, as a charming reminder that even young love is never easy. Rebecca Silverman dives in. ― Teenage romantic comedy is a genre that has essentially been done to death. It's got a long history in both literature and film, so at this point to be able to do something even a little different with the genre is a major accomplishment. Tsure...
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Answerman - Why Are DVDs and Blu-rays Sold As Combo Packs?

Anime DVDs and Blurays are often sold together in a combo pack that provides both formats - but what if you only wanted one or the other? Justin gets in to the reasons media is most commonly sold this way. ― Danette asked: Ever since Viz started started releasing the new Sailor Moon BD/DVD box sets I've stuck with the standard DVD editions over the BD/DVD editions because it doesn't make sense to me...
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Shelf Life - Area 88

This classic '80s OVA gets a new release, but does it still hold up over thirty years later? Paul Jensen finds out. Plus, all this week's new anime releases! ― A friend of mine is headed to Anime NYC next weekend. I'm not, which means I get the dubious pleasure of having a thoroughly normal weekend while getting bombarded with texts and pictures from the convention. If you're going, have fun! If not...
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Nanbaka Part 1 BD/DVD

This unusual take on an office comedy takes place in a high-security prison where the inmates and guards alike are fabulously crazy. James Beckett has the details. ― Nanbaka is one of the most flamboyant anime I've ever seen – this may be a show about a gang of rapscallions trying to bust out of jail and annoy the prison guard, but I'll be damned if Jyugo and the gang don't all look good doing it. Ev...
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The Mike Toole Show - Off the Grid, Man

Mike digs through Trigger's dusty reference bin to discover the influences that led to SSSS.Gridman, along with some of the studio's other most idiosyncratic works! ― A couple of years back, I was a guest at Anime Next, a fun, lively event that takes place in Atlantic City each June. Anime Next is part of a rare, kinda disappointingly small group of North American events that put the priority squarel...
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The List - 7 Fishy Tales of Merfolk in Anime

Most people might be familiar with the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, but anime has riffed on merfolk legends countless times - here are 7 of 'em! ― Before The Little Mermaid recast seafolk as tragic romantic heroes, sirens were creatures you never wanted to encounter on the open ocean. Spotting one or more appropriately hearing one meant you and your fellow shipmates earned a one-way ticket ...
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ANNCast - The Thing About My Dokes

Zac and Jacob dive back in to the controversial sequel Madoka Magica: Rebellion for its 5th anniversary and embark on a tour of the writing evolution of Gen Urobuchi through Madoka, Psycho-Pass and Thunderbolt Fantasy! ― ANNCast 340 - The Thing About My Dokes Zac and Jacob dive back in to the controversial sequel Madoka Magica: Rebellion for its 5th anniversary and embark on a tour of the writing ev...
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Live-Action Hollywood Alita: Battle Angel Film's Trailer Previews Battle Scenes

Film of GUNNM manga opens in U.S. on February 14 ― 20th Century Fox began streaming a new "Battle Ready" trailer on Tuesday for Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga. The film will open in the United States on February 14, 2019, after being delayed twice previously from July 20, 2018 and December 21, 2018. The f...
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Medabots Franchise Launches 20th Anniversary Countdown

The Medabots franchise's official portal website launched a countdown on Tuesday that will end on November 28, the 20th anniversary of the launch of Imagineer's original Medabots (Medarot) Game Boy game in Japan. Imagineer representative Hiroyuki Hashida told Gzbrain Inc.'s Weekly Famitsu magazine in October, "I wonder if we will be able to announce something in coordination with the 20th annivers...
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Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Anime Gets Theatrical Screening Next Spring

Anime's 1st 2 episodes slated to debut simultaneously this year ― The 15th chapter of Shu Hirose's manga adaptation of Frontwing's Grisaia: Phantom Trigger game revealed on Monday that the anime adaptation of the game will open in theaters in spring 2019. Hirose launched the manga on Akita Shoten's Manga Cross website in August 2017, and the third compiled book volume will ship on December 20. As of ...
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God Eater 3 Game's Full Opening Anime by ufotable Previews BiSH Song

Game launches in Japan on December 13, in West on February 8 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the opening animation for the God Eater 3 game on Tuesday. Anime studio ufotable provided the animation, and Bandai Namco Entertainment debuted a sneak peek of the animation in September. The video previews the theme song "stereo future" by BiSH. The game will debut in Japan on December 13 for Pl...
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Tsuredure Children Complete Series BD/DVD

This anthology-style romcom has enough heart to ground its goofiness, as a charming reminder that even young love is never easy. Rebecca Silverman dives in. ― Teenage romantic comedy is a genre that has essentially been done to death. It's got a long history in both literature and film, so at this point to be able to do something even a little different with the genre is a major accomplishment. Tsure...
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2nd Peace Maker Kurogane Anime Film's Promo Video Streamed

Film opens in Japan on November 17 ― The official website for the two-part anime film series based on Nanae Chrono's Peace Maker Kurogane manga revealed a promotional video on Tuesday for the second film, Peacemaker Kurogane: Friend (Peacemaker Kurogane: Yūmei). The film will open in Japan on November 17. The website also revealed samples of the exclusive manga written by Chrono that theatergoers wil...
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Akira Creator Katsuhiro Otomo Continues Work on New Full-Length Manga

― Katsuhiro Otomo said in an interview in this year's 22nd issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine on Saturday that he is working on a new manga. The interviewer asked if he is writing a new manga, or if there is a manga he would like to write. Otomo quickly answered, "Of course there is!" and went on to say it's a full-length work, but the contents are secret. He added that he feels stuck when it ...
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Game's Trailer Shows Fighters in Action

Switch game debuts on December 7 ― Nintendo began streaming a one-minute trailer for its Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crossover fighting game on Sunday. The video highlights many of the game's playable characters. The game will ship for Nintendo Switch on December 7. The game will include all previous playable characters and support eight-player battles. New characters include Animal Crossing: New Leaf...

Anime, Manga Essayist Fred Patten Passes Away at 77

C/FO founder, Streamline Pictures story editor wrote numerous contributions to various fandoms ― The Twitter accounts for writer Roz Gibson, Dogpatch Press editor David Popovich and Otaku USA magazine reported on Monday that writer Fred Patten passed away earlier in the day shortly after 8:00 a.m. He was 77. He was found unresponsive on the morning of November 1 and never regained consciousness. Patt...
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1979 Cyborg 009 Theme Song Artist Ken Narita Passes Away

Singer also performed Denshi Sentai Denziman tokusatsu series' theme song ― The official Twitter account for singer Ken Narita announced on Tuesday that Narita had passed away on the morning of Tuesday, November 13 just after 7:00 a.m. due to pneumonia. He was 73. His relatives will hold a private funeral. Narita is perhaps best known for singing the opening theme song "Ta ga Tame ni" and other songs...
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Kaiju Girls (Black) Anime Casts Yui Ogura as Ultraman Tiga's Gatanothor

Tiga finale's kaijū appears in anime opening November 23 ― An advance screening for the Kaijū Girls (Black): Ultra Kaijū Gijinka Keikaku anime revealed on November 6 that Yui Ogura plays Gatanothor, a version of the most powerful kaijū that appeared in the final two episodes of the Ultraman Tiga television series. The anime also stars: Hiyori Nitta as Commander Black Yuki Yagi as Alien Pegassa Minami...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, November 5-11

[email protected] SideM concert sells 28,622, followed by 2nd Godzilla anime film, Fate/Extra Last Encore, Coconatsu, 2018 Crayon Shin-chan film ― The [email protected] SideM 3rd Live Tour ~Glorious [email protected]!~ Live Blu-ray Side Makuhari sold 28,622 copies to rank #1 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. EDP presents Coconatsu One-Man Live 2018 Mirai Kōshin landed at #13 with 1,276 copies. The Blu-ray + DVD Set for the ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, November 5-11

2018 Crayon Shin-chan film sells 4,356, followed by Seiyū Event DVD Kikaku Jinrō Battle, 2nd Godzilla anime film, 2018 Detective Conan film, One Piece ― Seiyū Event DVD Kikaku Jinrō Battle lies and the truth 2018 June ~Jinrō vs. Kaitō~ sold 1,169 copies to rank #11 on the overall DVD chart. The live-action film of the Dolmen X manga landed at #28 with 508 copies. The stage production Touken Ranbu Hid...
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Dropkick on my Devil Staff: Anime Needs to Sell 500 More Boxes for 2nd Season

The official Twitter account for the television anime of Yukiwo's Jashin-chan Dropkick (Dropkick on My Devil!) manga announced on Monday that the anime's Blu-ray Disc and DVD box sets have sold a combined 1,500 copies towards the 2,000 needed to guarantee a second season. The staff will no longer provide updates on the count until the "Sugoi Sabato" event on January 20, when it will announce the r...
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Neo Geo mini Gets Christmas Limited Edition With 9 New Titles

48 titles plus 2 pads, HDMI cable, 7 exclusive stickers, nonskid pad, HD screen protector ― SNK announced on Tuesday that it will offer a new version of its Neo Geo Mini system called the "Neo Geo mini Christmas Limited Edition." The new version will contain 48 titles (compared to the 40 of the original Neo Geo Mini), including nine games not included in the previous Neo Geo Mini versions: Aggressors...
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Live-Action I''s Series Casts Kyōka Shibata

As Ichitaka's childhood friend Itsuki Akiba in 13-episode series premiering December 21 ― The staff of the live-action series adaptation of Masakazu Katsura's I''s manga revealed on Tuesday that Kyōka Shibata will play Itsuki Akiba, Ichitaka's younger childhood friend. She is a simple and innocent girl who recently returned to Japan after a four-year stay in America. The 13-episode series will premie...
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Live-Action Kakegurui Project Casts Elaiza Ikeda as Kirari for Season 2, Film

Student council president debuts next spring in 2nd season, film ― The official Twitter account for the live-action Kakegurui project announced on Tuesday that Elaiza Ikeda will play Hyakkaou Private Academy's student council president Kirari Momobari in the show's second season and film. Ikeda said that she has been following the original manga series since volume 1. She had wondered who would play ...
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Kemono Friends 2 Anime's New Visual Shows Serval, Caracal

The official website for Kemono Friends 2, the second season of the Kemono Friends anime, revealed a new visual for the anime on Tuesday. The visual shows Serval with the new character Caracal. The anime will premiere on January 7 at 26:05 a.m. (effectively January 8 at 2:05 a.m.) on TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, and AT-X. The new season's story begins with Serval and Caracal finding a "human" chi...
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Uirabu, Godzilla, Zoku Owarimonogatari, Anemone Films Open in Top 10

Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer earns 10 billion yen worldwide ― The live-action film adaptation of Yukimo Hoshimori's Uirabu. -Uiuishii Koi no Ohanashi- (Uirabu.: Story of Innocent Love) manga sold 143,000 tickets and earned 170 million yen (about US$1.49 million) in its opening weekend. That is 265.3% higher than the opening weekend box office of honey (another shōjo manga-based film starring Sh...

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Legend of Galactic Heroes' Reinhard, Siegfried Enjoy Papico Frozen Treats

Ezaki Glico, the creators of Pocky, have more than one tasty treat up their sleeve. The company also creates the Papico Choco ice cream snack, a sweet treat sold in a bottle shape with a plastic lid that snaps off. Papico is probably difficult to find in the far recesses of space unless you're Reinhard von Lohengramm and Siegfried Kircheis. The Galactic Empire's most promising leaders drop in unan...
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Japanese Hair Color Brand Will Transform Your Hair the Magical Girl Way

The Japanese cosmetic brand Kao wants to add a little magic to your beauty routine with Liese Prettia hair color. The company began streaming a commercial on Thursday that introduced the first "episode" of Mahō Shōjo Liese Prettia starring voice actress Aya Suzaki. Suzaki is finally getting her magical girl debut after previously starring as the (non-magical) Ranze Ichijō in Hugtto! Precure. Her c...
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Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER Film's Trailer Shows Heisei-Era Riders

Film opens on December 22 ― Toei began streaming a full trailer for its Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER film on Tuesday. The film will open on December 22. As with previous films in the series, this new film will crossover the previous Kamen Rider show with the current show. This year, the film will crossover Kamen Rider Build with the ongoing Kamen Rider Zi-O, but will have all 20 Heisei-era ...
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Hypnosis Mic Multimedia Project Adds 3 Manga Projects

The rap battle project Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- launched in 2017 with characters designed by Idea Factory and Otomate and 12 voice actors ready to drop some beats. After successful live events and CDs, the project expanded its scope. The concept is heading to smartphones next year and now a new battle is on the horizon: manga. The project's official website announced that three manga bas...
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Man Gets Lost in Sōka City's 15-Minute Tourism Anime

The city of Sōka in Saitama prefecture is hoping to draw visitors with a tourism anime showing off the allure of the area to newlywed couples. Pony Canyon began streaming the 15-minute anime on Sunday, Sōka city's 60th anniversary. The "Kimi no Matsu Basho e" (To the Place Where You Wait) stars character Sōta, a man that was born in Sōka but has worked and lived in Tokyo until recently. He's engag...
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Attack No.1 Volleyball Manga Inspires Stage Play

Play based on classic manga stars Angerme idol group ― Chikako Urano's Attack No. 1 manga is inspiring a stage play adaptation that will run in Tokyo's Zenrosai Hall / Space Zero from November 29 to December 9. The play will focus on the high school arc of the original manga, but it will include original characters. The members of the girl idol group Angerme are starring in the play: Ayaka Wada as Ko...
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Kemono Friends 2 Director Reveals Circumstances For His Hiring, Story Details

In an interview with Newtype, Kemono Friends 2 director Ryuichi Kimura revealed his circumstances behind joining the project. "I was working on Aikatsu like always when Nobuyuki Hosoya, a producer from TV Tokyo, approached me [about directing Kemono Friends 2] ... I was eager to have the chance to work on such a wonderful series, and also the offer came from none other than Mr. Hosoya, so I had no...

Marvel's Stan Lee Passes Away at 95

Comics pioneer co-created many famous Marvel titles ― American comics pioneer Stan Lee passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday. He was 95. During his career, Lee created or co-created some of the most famous Marvel Comics franchises, including X-Men, Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Mighty Thor, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, a...
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San Diego Comic-Con President John Rogers Passes Away

Rogers served as convention's longest running president since 1986 ― Comic-Con International announced on Sunday that its president John Rogers passed away on the morning of Saturday, November 10 due to complications from glioblastoma. He is survived by his wife Janet Tait, his sister Barbara, and his brother David. Rogers was the longest serving president of Comic-Con International, elected in 1986,...
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Tsurune ‒ Episode 4

"This relationship-heavy episode draws a chart of checks and balances between the characters, with fresh conflict threatening to tip the scales at any moment."
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A Certain Magical Index III Anime Was Originally Planned as a Reboot

A Certain Magical Index author Kazuma Kamachi revealed in an interview with Newtype that there were initially talks of making the currently airing A Certain Magical Index III a reboot. Because it had been eight years since the last TV anime season, there were worries among the production committee that a continuation of the story would limit the appeal. According to A Certain Magical Index editor ...
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The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince PS4/Switch Game Slated for February 12 in the West

NIS America streams new trailer ― NIS America announced on Monday that it will release its The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince (Usotsuki Hime to Mōmoku Ōji) game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on February 12, 2019. The company began streaming a new trailer to accompany the announcement. NISA describes the game: Alone in the forest, a wolf sings her song. Mesmerized by this beautiful voice, ...
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Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san ‒ Episode 6

"In one of the series' best episodes yet, Honda details the trials and tribulations of keeping popular titles in stock, anticipating customer needs, and catering to unreasonable idiots."
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Answerman - Why Are DVDs and Blu-rays Sold As Combo Packs?

Anime DVDs and Blurays are often sold together in a combo pack that provides both formats - but what if you only wanted one or the other? Justin gets in to the reasons media is most commonly sold this way. ― Danette asked: Ever since Viz started started releasing the new Sailor Moon BD/DVD box sets I've stuck with the standard DVD editions over the BD/DVD editions because it doesn't make sense to me...

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Live-Action Film's 1st Trailer Streamed

Film starring Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith opens next May ― Warner Bros. began streaming the first trailer for its live-action Pokémon: Detective Pikachu film on Monday. The trailer offers the first look of the characters and CGI Pokémon. The film is slated to debut in the United States on May 10, 2019. Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) will play Detective Pikachu. Justice Smith (The Get Down) will star as an...
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Persona Q2 Game's Video Highlights Persona 5's Ann

Crossover game launches on November 29 in Japan ― Atlus began streaming a new character video on Monday for its Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game. The video highlights the Persona 5 character Ann Takamaki (voiced by Nana Mizuki). The game will ship on November 29 in Japan. First printings will bundle DLC for a "battle background music set" for the Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 5 ...
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill ‒ Episode 8

"We're supposed to be learning more about Max, but for all the episode's efforts to put her in the spotlight, we still come away with frustratingly little insight."
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Shelf Life - Area 88

This classic '80s OVA gets a new release, but does it still hold up over thirty years later? Paul Jensen finds out. Plus, all this week's new anime releases! ― A friend of mine is headed to Anime NYC next weekend. I'm not, which means I get the dubious pleasure of having a thoroughly normal weekend while getting bombarded with texts and pictures from the convention. If you're going, have fun! If not...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 81

"Fans hoping for significant plot progression may be somewhat disappointed this week."
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Nanbaka Part 1 BD/DVD

This unusual take on an office comedy takes place in a high-security prison where the inmates and guards alike are fabulously crazy. James Beckett has the details. ― Nanbaka is one of the most flamboyant anime I've ever seen – this may be a show about a gang of rapscallions trying to bust out of jail and annoy the prison guard, but I'll be damned if Jyugo and the gang don't all look good doing it. Ev...
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game's New DLC Features 3 Hokage Characters

Hashirama Senju, Tobirama Senju, Minato Namikaze join game as DLC sets 4-6 ― This year's 50th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that future DLC for the Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game will feature the first Hokage Hashirama Senju, the second Hokage Tobirama Senju, and the fourth Hokage Minato Namikaze as playable characters. The three characters will be DLC set...
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ReLIFE's Yayoiso Starts New Manga on November 17

Manga will have new chapter every 2 weeks ― Manga creator Yayoiso revealed on Saturday that she will launch a new manga titled Blue Hearts on the Comico app on Saturday, November 17. The manga will serialize a new chapter every two weeks. Yayoiso ended her ReLIFE manga on March 16 with the manga's 222nd chapter. Taibuno shipped the manga's 10th compiled book volume on Monday. Yayoiso began the manga ...

Hana to Yume Magazine Lists New Anime for Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket Manga

Manga previously inspired 26-episode anime in 2001 ― The official website for Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine is listing the cover of this year's 24th issue of the magazine, which lists a new anime adaptation for Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga. The magazine will officially ship on November 20. The announcement image features the text "Zenpen," which means "the entire story." Takaya serialize...
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Chihayafuru Anime's 3rd Season Reveals Visual, April Premiere

Morio Asaka returns to direct series at Madhouse ― NTV's official website for the third television anime season based on Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga revealed on Monday that the third season will premiere in April and will air on NTV's "AnichU" programming block. Morio Asaka is returning to direct the anime at Madhouse. The three main cast members will also return: Asami Seto as Chihaya Ayase Ma...
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The Good Life Game Gets Digital Xbox One Release

Backers who pledged for PS4 copy will be able to change to Xbox One copy ― The official Kickstarter page for White Owls and Hidetaka Suehiro's (also known as Swery or Swery65) The Good Life game revealed on Saturday that the game will also get a digital release on the Xbox One. Those who pledged for a PlayStation 4 copy of the game during the campaign will have the option to change their copy to an X...
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Dynamic Chord Franchise Gets Stage Play in 2019

Anime premiered in October 2017 ― The official Twitter account for the Dynamic Chord franchise revealed on Sunday that the franchise will get a stage play adaptation in 2019. The anime follows the musical careers and personal lives of several bands under the "Dynamic Chord" agency and music label. The show's in-universe bands are progressive rock band rêve parfait, veteran rock band KYOHSO, newcomer ...
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Made in Abyss Anime's 2 Compilation Films Previewed in Videos

1st film debuts on January 4 followed by 2nd on January 18 ― The official website for the Made in Abyss anime began streaming two videos on Monday for the anime's two compilation films. The first film will open in Japan on January 4, followed by the second film on January 18. The first film is titled Made in Abyss: Tabidachi no Yoake (Journey's Dawn), and the second film is titled Made in Abyss: Hōrō...
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Baki Anime Casts Ayumu Murase, Minoru Inaba, Hideyuki Tanaka, Sōichiro Hoshi

4 new voice cast members join anime's cast in show's 2nd half ― 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 for the anime on Monday. Ayumu Murase as Gaia Minoru Inaba as Izo Motobe Hideyuki Tanaka as Mahomed Alai Sōichiro Hoshi as Mahomed Alai Jr. Netflix premiered the anime on June 25 in...

Jōnetsu Tairiku TV Show: Attack on Titan Manga Enters Final Arc

Isayama stated in 2014 that manga will "end in about 3 years" ― The official Twitter account for MBS' Jōnetsu Tairiku documentary program revealed on Sunday that Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga is entering its final arc. Isayama will appear on the program on this week's episode on Sunday. TBS is streaming a video that also teases the manga's final arc. Isayama previously stated in 2014 that he...

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Barakamon's Satsuki Yoshino Starts New Series in December

Barakamon's final serialized chapter, final compiled volume both ship on December 12 ― The December issue of Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine revealed on Monday that Satsuki Yoshino will end the Barakamon manga in the magazine's next issue on December 12. The magazine also revealed that Yoshino will launch a new manga on the same day, but it did not reveal the manga's title. The magazine ...
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Dorohedoro's Q Hayashida Launches New Manga in March

New sci-fi manga features protagonist who fights against aliens ― This year's December issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Monday that Q Hayashida will launch a new manga titled Dai Dark in the magazine's April 2019 issue, which will ship in March. The science-fiction space manga will center on a protagonist who continually fights against all the aliens who are trying to ...
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Red Sprite's Tomohiro Yagi Publishes 1-Shot in Shonen Jump

― This year's 50th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Tomohiro Yagi (Red Sprite) will publish a one-shot manga titled "Wasuremono Tantei" (Forgetful Detective) in the magazine's 51st issue on November 19. The manga will feature a color page and will have 49 total pages. The manga will center on a female high school student who lives with her older brother. Yagi (...
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Live-Action Tonde Saitama Film Reveals Trailer, Poster

Hanawa performs theme song for film opening on February 22 ― Toei began streaming a trailer on Monday for the live-action film adaptation of Mineo Maya's Tonde Saitama manga. The video reveals and previews Hanawa's theme song "Saitama-ken no Uta" (The Song of Saitama Prefecture). The company also revealed a new poster visual for the film. Hideki Takeuchi (live-action Nodame Cantabile, Thermae Romae) ...
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TAMASHII NATION 2018 Event Shows Off Latest Figures: Dragon Ball, Gundam, and More

Bandai Spirits showed off around 400 of their latest figures to the public from October 26-28. The lineup was from Bandai Spirits's “TAMASHII NATION” brand, which sells high-quality figures mainly for adult collectors. The figures were shown off at two venues in Akihabara: the Akihabara Bellesalle and the Akihabara UDX. The Bellesalle venue was free to explore, although the UDX venue cost 1,000 ye...
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 32

"Even though Belial is the villain of the week, the romance plot is the main feature of this episode."
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Shun Oguri Makes Hollywood Debut in Godzilla vs. Kong

Live-action Gintama actor stars in May 2020 crossover film The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web media news website reported on Monday that actor Shun Oguri (live-action Gintama, Gokusen, Hana Yori Dango) will make his Hollywood acting debut as a cast member in Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment's Godzilla vs. Kong film. Oguri's role has not yet been revealed, but Mantan Web describes it as an "i...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 861

"The Pound stuff is straightforward enough to get the intended emotions across, but I also think it was ripe to go a lot deeper."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 283

"With major truths about to come to light, the story is set to get a lot more intense from this point on, so be sure to enjoy the silliness and lightness while you can."
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Release the Spyce ‒ Episode 6

"A dud, the first episode in the show's run that feels like empty clichés and aimless padding."
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Eevee Web Manga Jumps Off The Pages for Limited Merchandise

Project Eevee is a Twitter account focused on the brown furry Pokémon with nearly unlimited possibilities. The social media account and its official website is dedicated to spreading the charm of Eevee and all its evolutions. Fans can even request Eevee to drop by their work to raise team morale. The Twitter account is also the host of the Eevee-centric four-panel web comic Project Eevee dayo (It'...
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SSSS.Gridman ‒ Episode 6

"Even with minimal battle spectacle, this episode is still an absolute feast of presentation that also drops a metric ton of story information the audience has been hungry for."
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Sword Art Online: Alicization ‒ Episode 6

"Thanks to good pacing and some wise directorial choices, this big info dump is much less cumbersome and more involving than it could have been."
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Chofu Theater Hosts 10-Day Gegege no Kitaro Screening Event

A theater in Chofu is putting together a 10-day Gegege no Kitaro anime screening event to commemorate the series' 50th anniversary. The AEON Cinema THEATUS Chofu cinema will screen episodes from multiple Gegege no Kitaro anime series beginning on November 23 until December 2 as part of the larger "Gegege-ki" (Gegege Memorial) event taking place throughout the city. The theater will sell tickets fo...
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Goblin Slayer ‒ Episode 6

"It feels like the Dungeon Master of this particular tabletop session was trying to throw in a few more curveballs to keep their players interested."
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Radiant ‒ Episode 6

"While it avoids the significant mistakes that tripped the show up last week, this episode trades those ups and downs for a consistent level of mediocrity."
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Mushishi's Ghostly Soundtrack Inspires 5-Night Performances

The haunting sounds of the Mushishi Tokubetsu-hen: Hihamukage anime will echo through the DDD Aoyama Cross Theater in Shibuya on December 12-17. The venue is hosting the "Mushishi: Music Night Story -Mushin Oto Sō-" and retells the story through music and live performance. The event combines a stage play, video, and music for a unique experience. Mushishi Tokubetsu-hen: Hihamukage composer Toshio ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 6

"This episode is wild, incomprehensible, genuinely sweet and touching, and entertaining as hell."
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The Mike Toole Show - Off the Grid, Man

Mike digs through Trigger's dusty reference bin to discover the influences that led to SSSS.Gridman, along with some of the studio's other most idiosyncratic works! ― A couple of years back, I was a guest at Anime Next, a fun, lively event that takes place in Atlantic City each June. Anime Next is part of a rare, kinda disappointingly small group of North American events that put the priority squarel...
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Parasyte's Hitoshi Iwaaki, Artist Daisuke Muroi End Reiri Manga

Sengoku era manga launched in December 2015 ― The December issue of Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Shonen Champion magazine revealed on Monday that manga author Hitoshi Iwaaki (Historie, Parasyte) and artist Daisuke Muroi's (Akitsu, Ebata no Rock) Reiri manga will end in the next issue on December 12. Iwaaki and Muroi launched the manga in Bessatsu Shonen Champion December 2015, and Akita Shoten published t...
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Darwin's Game Manga Gets Novel

Novel to tell past of manga's characters ― The December issue of Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Shonen Champion magazine revealed on Monday that FLIPFLOPs' Darwin's Game manga is getting a novel project. The novel will center on the past of the characters in the manga. FLIPFLOPs is supervising the project. The manga centers on Kaname Sudō, a high school boy who is drawn to a mysterious game app titled "Darw...
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Keiji Amatsuka's Seiji Tanaka Manga Ends in Shonen Jump

Manga launched on June 25 ― This year's 50th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the final chapter on Monday of Keiji Amatsuka's Sogo Jikan Jigyo Gaisha Daihyo Torishimariyaku Shacho Senzoku Hisho Tanaka Seiji (Seiji Tanaka: Secretary to the Managing President, General Time Industries) manga. The manga's second and third volumes will both ship on January 4. Amatsuka launched the...
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Black Lagoon's Rei Hiroe to Launch New Manga Next Spring

"Youth war drama" takes place on frontline of countries at war ― The December issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Monday that Rei Hiroe will launch a new manga series temporarily titled 341 Sentōdan (341 Combat Team) in spring 2019. The manga is part of the 10th anniversary celebrations for Monthly Shonen Sunday. The "youth war drama" takes place on the chaotic frontline ...
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Dr. Stone Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on November 19

― This year's 50th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the magazine's 51st issue will have an "important announcement" for Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga in the magazine's next issue on November 19. The manga will also enter a new arc with the 51st issue. Boichi (Sun-Ken Rock) and Inagaki (author of Eyeshield 21) launched the manga in Weekly Shonen...
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World End Heroes Smartphone Game's Introduction Video Streamed

Square Enix releases "hero raising" game on November 13 ― Square Enix began streaming a game system introduction video on Thursday for its World End Heroes iOS and Android smartphone game. The game's official Twitter account also revealed on Friday that the game will launch on November 13. Square Enix previously streamed the game's opening video on October 5. In the "situation style RPG," players p l...
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Hunter x Hunter Greed Adventure Smartphone Game's Introduction Video Streamed

Game launches this winter ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming an introduction video on Friday for Hunter x Hunter Greed Adventure, the new smartphone game based on Yoshihiro Togashi's Hunter x Hunter manga . The 3D action role-playing game will launch this winter. The game will be free to play, with in-game purchases available. The game will take place after the manga's "Greed Island" arc, a...
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ARP TV Anime Based on Augmented-Reality Ikemen Dance Vocal Group Premieres in 2019

Group features executive producer who previously produced LovePlus, Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side franchises ― A poster at the Animate Girls Festival 2018 event revealed on Sunday that the anime adaptation of the ARP (nominally an abbreviation for Artists Republic Production) dance vocal group will air on television and will premiere in 2019. The ARP group holds live performances — featuring singing,...

Kunihiko Ikuhara's Sarazanmai Anime Reveals Story Summary, Character Designs

Story for April anime centers on 3 middle-school students turned into kappa, tasked with finding zombie shirikodama ― A stage presentation at the Animate Girls Festival 2018 event for Kunihiko Ikuhara's original television anime project Sarazanmai revealed the show's story summary and character designs on Sunday. The stage is Asakusa. One day, three second-year middle school students — Kazuki Yasaka,...

Dragon Ball Super: Broly Anime Film Gets Novel

Novel ships on same day film opens on December 14 ― Shueisha's website for its Jump j Books imprint is listing that it will release a Dragon Ball Super: Broly novel on December 14. Masatoshi Kusakabe (Naruto: Mission: Protect the Waterfall Village!; Naruto: Innocent Heart, Demonic Blood novels) is penning the novel. The novel's story will adapt the story of the film. The film will open in Japan on De...
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Fruits Delivery Service Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series

Gaku Hamada stars in series that follows lives of people who work at call-girl service ― Shogakukan and TV Tokyo announced on Sunday that Yoshio Suzuki's Fruits Takuhaibin (Fruits Delivery Service) manga is inspiring a live-action television series that will premiere in January and will run for one cours, or one quarter of a year. The show will star Gaku Hamada (pictured above) as Shinichi Sakita. Ka...
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Ensemble Stars! App Gets New Rhythm Game in 2019

Main app will split into 2 versions with launch of rhythm game ― Happy Elements K.K announced on Saturday that it will release a rhythm game for the Ensemble Stars! idol franchise in the second half of 2019. The new game will be a "new chapter" for the current Ensemble Stars! smartphone game, and the title of the app will change to Ensemble Stars!! with the new launch. After the launch of Ensemble St...

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Jump Force Game's New Video Features SSGSS Vegeta/Goku, Golden Frieza

Fighting game launches for PS4, Xbox One, PC on February 15 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment debuted a new trailer for its Jump Force crossover game at Microsoft's X018 fan event on Saturday. The video features gameplay of Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta and Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku, as well as Golden Frieza. Spike Chunsoft is developing the game, which will launch on the PlayStation 4, Xb...

Kingdom Hearts III Game's Video Reveals Returning Winnie-the-Pooh World

PS4, Xbox One game launches on January 25 in Japan, January 29 in the West ― Square Enix began streaming a new video on Saturday for the Kingdom Hearts III game that reveals the returning "100 Acre Wood" world based on the Winnie-the-Pooh franchise. English Version Japanese Version Square Enix will release Kingdom Hearts III on January 25 in Japan for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and on January 29...
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Devil May Cry 5 Game's Video Introduces Void Mode, New Devil Breaker Weapons

Game launches on PS4, Xbox One, PC on March 8 ― Microsoft began streaming a new video on Saturday for Capcom's Devil May Cry 5 action game. The trailer introduces the developers of Capcom at the company's headquarters in Osaka, and then introduces the game's "Void Mode" and several new Devil Breaker weapons. The game will launch on March 8, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Capcom describes t...
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Final Fantasy XIII Game Trilogy Heads to Xbox One

Trilogy launches as backward compatible titles on November 13 ― Square Enix and Microsoft announced on Saturday that Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIII trilogy of games are heading to the Xbox One console as backward compatible titles on November 13. Final Fantasy XIII launched for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Japan in December 2009 and in the West in March 2010. Final Fantasy XIII-2 launched for the ...
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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Game Reveals New Stage, Music, Character, Free Version

Final Fantasy X's Yuna joins lineup in December ― Square Enix announced on Saturday that Final Fantasy X character Yuna is joining the Dissidia Final Fantasy NT PlayStation 4 fighting game. She will join the game in December and is the fifth character in the game's season pass. The sixth and final new character will launch in February 2019. Square Enix also revealed new background music and a new "Fi...
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Kyoto Aquarium's 'Penguin Relationship Chart' Reveals Incest, Turbulent Love Lives

"Cute! Fun! Scandalous!" Kyoto Aquarium has posted a "penguin relationship chart" for 59 Kyoto Aquarium penguins, revealing their turbulent love lives. Love triangles, incest... This penguin family has it all. The relationship chart has been causing a stir on Twitter. Of particular note is the relationship between Kuruma and Nijou, which is clearly marked as "BL" (boys' love) on the chart. Of more...
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2nd Issue of Tezucomi Mag Adds 3 More Manga, Princess Knight Medal

After a hiccup during its launch, the initially titled Tezuka Mix magazine released its second issue under the Tezucomi name on November 5. The Osamu Tezuka tribute magazine's line-up includes manga adaptations of some of the creator's most iconic series like Dororo, Princess Knight, and Phoenix. The magazine added three more series in its second issue, this time based on Tezuka's Lunn wa Kaze no ...
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IRODUKU: The World in Colors ‒ Episode 6

"While moments of this episode do veer in the direction of being heavy-handed, it largely works to further the story's potential goals."
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Let's Play: VR Attack on Titan The Human Race

The latest Attack on Titan VR attraction got a location test in Tokyo from October 19–26. Called VR Attack on Titan: The Human Race, the game is based on the “Female Titan Capture Operation” arc of the anime and manga. The game appears to use HTC Vive Pro headsets, and you get to wear a Survey Corps cape for the duration of the attraction. The way the game works is pretty simple: Up to four player...
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Boarding School Juliet ‒ Episode 6

"Even with the ups and downs the series has seen in its first half, the relationship at the heart of this story is strong enough that I think these two might have a shot of making their dreams a reality."
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Ranma ½ Mug Changes Form Depending on Whether You Pour Hot or Cold Water Into It

In Rumiko Takahashi's classic comedy martial arts manga Ranma ½, Ranma Saotome falls under a curse: If he comes into contact with cold water, his body takes on the form of a girl, while hot water makes him revert to his original body. The curse lies at the heart of many of the series' hijinks. Fans can experience the effects of the curse for themselves through a heat changing mug. The illustration...
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A Certain Magical Index III ‒ Episode 6

"It's pretty bad when even someone who hasn't read the source novels can point out where content is being skipped."
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Bloom Into You ‒ Episode 6

"We're at about the halfway point, and it's time to lay all the cards on the table."
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Urusei Yatsura, Hayate the Combat Butler Feature in Viral Video By Agricultural Equipment Company

Agricultural equipment company Kubota has unexpectedly made a splash with anime and manga fans after making a viral music video featuring characters by five famous romantic comedy manga artists: Rumiko Takahashi (Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku), Masaharu Noritsuke (Afro Tanaka), Sōichirō Yamamoto (Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san), Eisaku Kubonouchi (Tsurumoku Dokushin Ryō), and Kenjirou Hata (Hayate the...
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Zombie Land Saga ‒ Episode 6

"This is a weird interstitial episode, but it still manages to sink its undead teeth into some unexpectedly juicy idol discourse while setting the stage for Franchouchou's biggest performance yet."
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'What Makes the DOUBLE DECKER! Characters Interesting?' Main Staff, Voice Actors Discuss

Voice actor Kōhei Amasaki wrote "Kirill is an idiot" on every script page to help stay in character. ― DOUBLE DECKER! DOUG & KIRILL held a special talk show on October 27 for Bandai Spirits's Tamashii Nation 2018 event. Director Joji Furuta, character designer Masakazu Katsura, producer Kazuhiko Tamura, and voice actors Kōhei Amasaki (Kirill Vrubel) and Satoshi Mikami (Douglas "Doug" Bilingam) came o...
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The List - 7 Fishy Tales of Merfolk in Anime

Most people might be familiar with the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, but anime has riffed on merfolk legends countless times - here are 7 of 'em! ― Before The Little Mermaid recast seafolk as tragic romantic heroes, sirens were creatures you never wanted to encounter on the open ocean. Spotting one or more appropriately hearing one meant you and your fellow shipmates earned a one-way ticket ...
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Toji no Miko Franchise Gets Mini Toji TV Anime in January

Angel's 3Piece's project No.9 animates mini versions of sword-wielding shrine maidens ― A Saturday Niconico Live cast special for the Toji no Miko franchise announced Mini Toji, a television anime featuring mini versions of the characters from the previous Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko television anime and Toji no Miko: Kizamishi Issen no Tomoshibi smartphone game. The anime will premiere in January. ...
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Kazuto Okada's Hop Step Jump! Manga Inspires 2 Live-Action Films

Both films to screen at Tokyo theater in December ― Akita Shoten announced on Saturday that Kazuto Okada's Hop Step Jump! manga is inspiring two live-action films that will screen at the Shibuya HUMAX Cinema in Tokyo in December. The first film will screen on December 15, 17, and 19, and the Hop Step Jump! 2 film will screen on December 16, 18, and 20. The film stars Jun Amaki as Sayaka Asahimura, an...
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Zoku Owarimonogatari Anime to Also Air on TV as 6 Episodes

Anime opened in 30 theaters in Japan on Saturday ― The staff of the anime adaptation of NisiOisin's Zoku Owarimonogatari novel revealed at a stage event screening on Saturday that the anime will also air on television in Japan as six episodes. The anime opened in 30 theaters in Japan on Saturday. TrySail is performing the ending theme song "azure." NisiOisin's Monogatari Series novels began with Bake...
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Crunchyroll Adds 17 English-Dubbed Anime Titles

Company also adds Magic of Stella anime with subtitles ― Crunchyroll confirmed on Friday that it has removed all titles associated with its partnership with Funimation as of 8:00 p.m. EST on Friday. Funimation clarified on Friday that "certain shows" that were part Funimation's agreement with Crunchyroll will remain on both platforms. Crunchyroll also added the following English-dubbed titles to its ...

Funimation to Add 300+ Subtitled Anime Works to its FunimationNow Streaming Service

Company to add anime titles within next few days due to termination of partnership with Crunchyroll ― Funimation announced on Friday that more than 300 of its subtitled anime works will return to its FunimationNow service starting on Friday. The company plans to add the anime works "over the next few days." Funimation is adding the titles to its FunimationNow service due to the termination of the par...
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Idol Witches Anime Project Reveals New Luminous Witches Title, 2 More Characters

Anime about "Witches who don't fight" premieres in 2021 ― The official website of the World Witches franchise revealed more details about the Ongakutai Witches (Idol Witches, temporary title) television anime project on Saturday. The anime's full title is Renmei Kūgun Kōkū Mahō Ongakutai Luminous Witches (Allied Air Force Magical Idols Luminous Witches). The website also revealed two more characters:...
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Takunomi. Anime's English Dub Cast Revealed

Juliet Simmons, Christina Kelly, Kira Vincent-Davis, Kara Greenberg star ― Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub cast for the Takunomi. anime at Oni-Con in Galveston, Texas on Friday. The cast, under director John Swasey, includes: Juliet Simmons as Michiru Amatsuki Christina Kelly as Nao Kiriyama Kira Vincent-Davis as Makato Kiriyama Kara Greenberg as Kae Midorikawa Other voices include Avery S...

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'Actors' Crossover CD Project Featuring Male Voice Actors Singing Vocaloid Songs Gets TV Anime

CD project launched in 2014 ― Music production company Exit Tunes announced at the Animate Girls Festival 2018 event on Saturday that its Actors CD project is getting a television anime series. Exit Tunes will reveal the staff, broadcast times, and other information at a later date. The Animate Girls Festival event is distributing a free booklet for the franchise. The announcement image below feature...
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TsukiPro Franchise Reveals Tsukino World App

Portal app featuring music shop, calendar, daily fortunes to launch in early summer 2019 ― The staff of the Tsukino Talent Production (TsukiPro) franchise announced at Animate Girls Festival 2018 on Saturday that the franchise is getting a new app titled Tsukino World. The portal app will feature a music shop to buy CDs in the franchise; a calendar that will feature events, release dates, and notific...

TsukiPro Franchise Gets 2nd Tsukiuta Anime Season, Live-Action Film, Cast Change, More Stage Plays, New Unit

Sakuramen's koyomi replaces Yoshimasa Hosoya as Arata Uzuki's singing voice ― The staff of the Tsukino Talent Production (TsukiPro) franchise announced at Animate Girls Festival 2018 on Saturday that the Tsukiuta. THE ANIMATION anime series is getting a second season titled Tsukiuta. THE ANIMATION 2. The staff will reveal the broadcast times and other details at a later date. Tsukiuta. THE ANIMATION ...
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Grimms Echoes Smartphone Game's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Game related to Grimms Notes holds Android beta test this month ― Square Enix began streaming the second promotional video for its Grimms Echoes smartphone game on Friday. The game centers on characters who once had stories. In the stories, beautiful princesses were bound to princes, and brave heroes fought evil kings. The stories restored happiness to unfortunate children. However, the characters co...
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Akita Katsu Launches 'Futari H Another' Spinoff Manga on November 29

New manga's story centers on virgin boy & girl falling in love ― This year's 22nd issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that Aki Katsu will launch a spinoff of his Futari H (Manga Sutra) manga titled Futari H Another. The manga will launch in Hakusensha's new Harem manga website on November 29. The magazine hinted that the manga's story will center around a boy named Hiroto, ...
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Conception Plus PS4 Game's TV Ad Streamed

Game ships in Japan on January 31 ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming a television commercial on Thursday for Conception Plus: Ore no Kodomo wo Undekure!, a PlayStation 4 upgrade version of its Conception: Ore no Kodomo wo Undekure! (Conception: Please Give Birth to My Child!) game. The game will ship in Japan on January 31. The game's physical version will include a soundtrack CD, while the deluxe vers...
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Märchen Mädchen Anime's Blu-ray Version Shows Major Improvements

Hoods Entertainment's adaptation of Tomohiro Matsu and Kantoku's Märchen Mädchen light novel had an infamous animation meltdown this year. Character design, background art, basic proportions collapsed midway through the season until staff had to take the entire show on hiatus. Multiple episode delays pushed the show out of its scheduled time block leaving the last two episodes delayed until Decemb...
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 18

"This episode covers an even wider variety of moods than usual, but with none of the whiplash this show induces in its weaker moments."
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TOKU Streaming Service Polls Viewers About Kamen Rider

― The official Twitter account for the TOKU television channel and streaming service posted an inquiry on Friday asking viewers, "If Kamen Rider were available, which series would you want to see first?" The account also posted a poll asking if anyone is waiting for Kamen Rider to be available before subscribing to its streaming service, and another asking where its responders are located. TOKU COMM...
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Aggressive Retsuko Tries Charcoal Supplements to Alleviate Work Stress

At first glance, 25-year old Retsuko looks like your average Sanrio mascot character. She's both a cute and fluffy animal (in this case, a red panda) with a simple yet charming design. Behind her adorable veneer is an overworked office lady brimming with rage just waiting to escape. Her working life is inspiring to plenty of post-college grads grinding away to make ends meet. It looks like Japanes...
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Sol Press Licenses Ryukishi07's Harem Royale Manga, FUNA's 'Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for my Retirement' Novels/Manga

Company announces 1st 2 titles in partnership with Kodansha ― Light novel, manga, and visual novel publisher Sol Press announced on Friday that it has licensed FUNA's Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for my Retirement (Rōgo ni Sonaete Isekai de 8-Man-Mai no Kinka o Tamemasu) light novel series and its manga adaptation, as well as Ryukishi07 and Yukari Higa's Harem Royale -When the Game Ends- (Ren'...
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Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 6 DX Switch Game's Trailer Streamed

Game ships in Japan on March 14 ― Koei Tecmo Games' Ruby Party brand began streaming a promotional video for its Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 DX Nintendo Switch game on Friday. The release will combine the Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 (Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 6) and Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6: Gentō Rondo games as a single title and ship on March 14. The new release will add original artw...
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Karakuri Circus ‒ Episode 5

"This episode is an excellent example of how deftly Karakuri Circus is able to switch between campy slice-of-life comedy and affecting drama."
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Genco's Sushi Ninja Listed With Anime Project in the Works

3-episode short series debuted on Daisuki in 2014 ― The official website for Genco's Sushi Ninja animated series updated within the last two months and now features a notice that an anime project is in the works. The first Sushi Ninja anime was a series of three shorts, each with a runtime of less than five minutes. The series debuted at Anime Expo in 2014, then streamed on the now-defunct streaming ...
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One Piece, Lupin the 3rd Voice Actress Miyuki Sawashiro Welcomes 1st Child

Monkey D. Luffy voice actress Mayumi Tanaka announced on her blog on Thursday that fellow voice actress Miyuki Sawashiro successfully gave birth to her first child. Her co-stars in the One Piece anime series held a small party to celebrate the child's birth and Sawashiro's return home. Sawashiro announced she would take maternity leave from her voice acting roles beginning this summer and that she...

Game Strategy Guide Publisher Prima Games to Shut Down by Spring 2019

Publisher known for Nintendo, Half-Life 2, Myst guides opened in 1990 ― Penguin Random House subsidiary Dorling Kindersley announced on Thursday that its video game strategy guide imprint Prima Games will shut down by spring 2019. The closure will impact employees at all three of the United States publisher's offices. Prima Games' Roseville, California office will close by mid-November, but its India...
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Fans Choose Top 10 Moments From Dragon Ball Manga

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the magazine as well as the upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie, Shueisha published a special book on November 5 with illustrations from throughout the Dragon Ball series. It also contains the results of a fan poll deciding the top 10 moments from the manga. Did your favorite moment make it to the list? Spoilers for the entire Dragon Ball manga series bel...
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ANNCast - The Thing About My Dokes

Zac and Jacob dive back in to the controversial sequel Madoka Magica: Rebellion for its 5th anniversary and embark on a tour of the writing evolution of Gen Urobuchi through Madoka, Psycho-Pass and Thunderbolt Fantasy! ― ANNCast 340 - The Thing About My Dokes Zac and Jacob dive back in to the controversial sequel Madoka Magica: Rebellion for its 5th anniversary and embark on a tour of the writing ev...
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Minami-ke's Coharu Sakuraba Launches New Manga in December

Nii-chan no Otōto centers on famous man who wears mask when meeting younger brother ― The December issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shonen Magazine revealed on Friday that manga creator Coharu Sakuraba will launch a new manga titled Nii-chan no Otōto (My Brother's Younger Brother) in the magazine's next issue on December 7. The magazine teases the story as centering around a famous man who wears a mask w...
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Catherine: Full Body Game's Video Focuses on Katherine

PS4, PS Vita game game launches on February 14 ― Atlus began streaming a video for its Catherine: Full Body game on Wednesday. The animated video is the third in a series of "adult fighting theater" episodes, and it focuses on the character Katherine as a "lover." (Note: The video contains sexual situations that may be not safe for work.) The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game will ship in Japan...
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Final Fantasy's Monstrous Morbols Form SHINING BLESS Idol Group

If you've played a Final Fantasy game, you probably know of Malboros (or Morbols), the green, tentacled monster plants with anemone-like heads and cavernous mouths. They have been a recurring enemy from the series ever since Final Fantasy II. These creatures probably eat people and have such foul-smelling breath that they cause poison and paralysis, but their natural charm surely can't be denied. ...
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Mirai Anime Film's English Dub Trailer Streamed

Film opens in the U.S. on November 29, December 5, December 8 ― GKIDS began streaming a full English-dubbed trailer for Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai anime film on Friday. Actress Victoria Grace (The Last of Us Part II's Yara) announced last month that she is playing the title character. Other announced cast members include John Cho as the father, Rebecca Hall as the mother, and Daniel Dae Kim as the great-g...
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Persona Q2 Game Gets Manga by Akaume

2nd chapter launched on Comic Walker on Friday ― The second chapter of Akaume's Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Roundabout SP manga adaptation of the Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth game launched on Kadokawa's web manga site Comic Walker on Friday. The next chapter will debut on November 16. The manga launched on the website on November 2. Akaume previously drew a manga adaption of the Persona Q: S...
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New Romance of the Three Kingdoms Smartphone Game Reveals Trailers, Release Date

Port of Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI game launches on November 26 ― Koei Tecmo Games and BBGame announced on Thursday that their New Romance of the Three Kingdoms smartphone game, which is a port of Koei's Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI game, will launch for iOS and Android on November 26. BBGame also began streaming two teaser gameplay trailers for the release. People who pre-register for the ...
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Ace Attorney's New Stage Play Reveals 17 Cast Members in Costume

Play runs in Tokyo in January ― The official website for Gyakuten Saiban -Gyakuten no GOLD MEDAL- (Ace Attorney -Turnabout GOLD MEDAL), the new stage play based on Capcom's Ace Attorney games, revealed visuals of 17 cast members in costume on Friday. The cast includes: Shō Katō as Ryūichi Naruhodō (Phoenix Wright) Nogizaka46 member Reno Nakamura as Mayoi Ayasato (Maya Fey) Aren Kohatsu as Reiji Mitsu...

Q Hayashida's Dorohedoro Manga Gets TV Anime

Manga's final volume ships on Monday in Japan ― Retailer Rakuten's listing for this year's December issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine features a cover image that reveals that Q Hayashida's Dorohedoro manga has a television anime adaptation in the works. The issue will ship on Monday. The science-fiction manga debuted in Shogakukan's Monthly Ikki magazine in 1999. When Monthly Ikki ...
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Nihon Falcom Has Brand New Ys Game in the Works

Company earns 836 million yen net profit in current fiscal year ― Game developer Nihon Falcom released its quarterly financial report on Thursday, which noted that the company is working on a brand new title in the Ys role-playing game series. The company plans to release the game within the next fiscal year, which will end on September 30, 2019. The report also revealed that Nihon Falcom has earned ...
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Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

Gag comedy series about demons launched in 2007 ― Amazon is listing the cover of this year's 23rd issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine, which reveals that Yasuhisa Kubo's Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san (You're Being Summoned, Azazel) manga will end in two chapters, including the chapter that will be in the 23rd issue. The magazine will officially ship on Tuesday. The gag comedy story revolves around the det...
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Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Anime Casts Tsubasa Yonaga as Haruto

Anime's 1st 2 episodes slated to debut simultaneously this year ― The official Twitter account for Frontwing's Grisaia: Phantom Trigger game revealed on Friday that Tsubasa Yonaga will play Haruto Aoi in the game's anime adaptation. Previously revealed returning cast members include: Yoshino Nanjō as Maki Mikako Izawa as Shiori Arisaka Maaya Uchida as Rena Ayane Sakura as Tohka Kaori Nazuka as Chris ...
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Circlet Princess TV Anime Reveals 1st Promo Video, More Cast, January Premiere

Theme song artists, visual also revealed for series based on web RPG ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of DMM Games' Circlet Princess web role-playing game began streaming the show's first promotional video on Friday. The website also revealed the show's January 2019 premiere, nine more cast members, theme song artists, and a visual. The anime will air in Japan on Tokyo MX. M...
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Domestic Girlfriend TV Anime Reveals 1st Promo Video, Theme Song Artists, More Cast Members

Series premieres in January ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kei Sasuga's Domestic Girlfriend (Domestic na Kanojo) manga began streaming the show's first promotional video on Friday. The video reveals and previews Minami's opening theme song "Kawaki wo Ameku." Arisa Takigawa is performing the ending theme song "Wagamama" (Selfish). The site also revealed more cast members...
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Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine Anime Reveals 5 Returning Cast Members

Nozomi Nishida, Reina Kondo, Saki Minami, Honoka Inoue, Yumiri Hanamori reprise roles from game ― The official website for the television anime of Akatsuki and Kadokawa's Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine smartphone game revealed the first wave of cast members for the anime on Thursday, and revealed the character visuals on Friday. All the newly announced cast members are reprising their roles from the g...
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Singer LiSA Postpones Concert Due to Inflammation of Vocal Chords

Radio appearance also cancelled due to medical treatment ― The official website for singer LiSA announced on Wednesday that she is taking time off for medical treatment for inflammation of her vocal chords. As a result, she did not appear in the "Nutty Radio Show The Tamashii" program on Wednesday as scheduled, and the Hokkaido performance of her "LiVE is Smile Always~ASiA TOUR 2018~[core]" tour, sch...
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Power Rangers: All Stars Smartphone Game Launches Worldwide

― Nexon launched its Power Rangers: All Stars smartphone game worldwide on Wednesday. The game previously launched for iOS and Android devices in Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines on April 26. In the game, players can collect and level up Power Rangers characters from the various television series, and create a team. The game features Megazords and dungeon runs, and players can compete aga...
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Overlord's 'Mass for the Dead' Smartphone RPG Delayed to 2019

― Exys Inc. announced on Thursday that it is delaying its Mass for the Dead smartphone game inspired by Kugane Maruyama's Overlord novel series to a 2019 release. The game was originally slated to debut this year. The company also revealed a new visual for the game. Exyx Inc. also revealed on Friday that the game has received 400,000 pre-registrations. Mass for the Dead will be free to play with in-...
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Maki Enjoji's Everlasting Love Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Manga by Happy Marriage!?, SP Baby author launched in February 2016 ― This year's December issue of Shogakukan's Petit Comic magazine revealed on Thursday that Maki Enjōji's Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko made mo manga will end in three chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end on February 8. The magazine previously revealed last month that the manga had "very little remaining" before the final ch...
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Dragon Quest XI Game Ships 4 Million Copies Worldwide

The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web website revealed on Thursday that Square Enix's Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete) game has shipped 4 million copies worldwide, including digital download copies. The game launched for both PlayStation 4 and PC (via Steam) in North America and Europe on September 4. The game shipped in Japan for PS4 and Nintend...
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2nd Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution Film's Music Video Previews Theme Song

Middle school student Ruann debuts with "There's No Ending" song for film opening on Saturday ― The official website for the Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution film trilogy began streaming an animation music video on Thursday for the song "There's No Ending" by Ruann, a middle school student who is making her major debut with the song. The song is the theme song for Anemone: Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evo...
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Arc of Alchemist PS4 Game Gets Western Release in Summer 2019

Compile Heart game ships in Japan on February 7 ― Idea Factory International announced during its fifth annual press event on Thursday that it will release Compile Heart's Arc of Alchemist PlayStation 4 role-playing game in North America and Europe in summer 2019 with both a physical and digital release. Idea Factory International is streaming a teaser video for the game. Idea Factory International d...

Date a Live Rio Reincarnation Game Gets Western Release in Summer 2019

Game will have PS4, PC versions ― Idea Factory International announced during its fifth annual press event on Thursday that it will release Compile Heart's Date A Live Rio Reincarnation game in the West for the PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in summer 2019. Idea Factory International noted that the game's PS4 release in the West will be available in both physical and digital releases, and has two mod...
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Compile Heart's Dragon Star Varnir Game Gets Western Release in Spring 2019

PS4 game shipped in Japan on October 11 ― Idea Factory International announced during its fifth annual press event on Thursday that it will release Compile Heart's Dragon Star Varnir (Ryūsei no Varnir) PlayStation 4 game in the West in spring 2019 in both physical and digital releases. Idea Factory International is also streaming a teaser video for the game. Idea Factory International noted that it h...
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Death end re;Quest Game Ships in the West in February

PS4 game slated for February 19 in N. America, February 22 in Europe ― Idea Factory International announced during its fifth annual press event on Thursday that it will release Compile Heart's Death end re;Quest PlayStation 4 game in North America on February 19, and in Europe on February 22. The company is also streaming a new video showing the game's battle system. Idea Factory International descri...
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