This Week in Anime - Why ODDTAXI is Must-Watch TV

ODDTAXI is the tightly-written noir we didn't know we needed. Nicky and Steve look into why this walrus-starring mystery cannot be missed.

Crunchyroll to Stream That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2, I'm Standing on a Million Lives Season 2, Girlfriend, Girlfriend, Peach Boy Riverside, More Anime

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Crunchyroll Briefly Lists The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! Anime for Streaming

The Science of Kaiju with the Director and Writer of Godzilla Singular Point

Ex-physicist Toh Enjoe and director Atsushi Takahashi discuss animating kaiju and just some of the science behind creating a Toho's iconic monster.

Summer 2021 Anime Trailer Watch Party With SungWon Cho!

Consider this your official invitation to the Summer 2021 Anime Trailer Watch Party with SungWon Cho! Tune in LIVE on tonight at 5pm PDT/8pm EDT!

The ANN Aftershow - Where the Hell are the Villains?!

After much anticipation for the next arc, My Hero Academia has...rearranged everything? Is the upcoming movie to blame? We were promised villains!

This Week in Anime - Tokyo Gear Rising: Revengereance

When former punk Takemichi gets a do-over, his friends and girlfriend's lives are on the line. It's time travel, now with more delinquents!

PREVIEW: Tales of Arise is a Classic Tale for a New Era

Heidi checked out the latest Tales game and found the makings of a stunning new entry in the beloved franchise.

Interview: Mars Red Director Kouhei Hatano and Screenwriter Jun'ichi Fujisaku

MARS RED has been taking anime viewers by surprise with its evocative tale of vampires living in Japan's Taisho era. ANN reached out to director Kouhei Hatano and screenwriter Jun'ichi Fujisaku to learn more about how this unique story was adapted.
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Record of Ragnarok

Record of Ragnarok is a show of extremes. Both within the text and beyond it, this is an anime that rapidly oscillates between highs and lows in every respect. I feel that in so many ways it says a lot about the state of the industry. ― To err is human, but to survive is divine. Record of Ragnarok is a show of extremes. Both within the text and beyond it, this is an anime that rapidly oscillates betw...
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Secret Urban Legends GN

Have you heard the story about the abandoned house where a girl still waits for her friends to finish their game of hide-and-seek? And what if mosquitos can carry on the grudges of those they feed upon, even after death? ― As far as genres go, many people forget that horror is one often marketed to younger readers, and not just in its relatively safe Fear Street or Goosebumps forms. Plenty of authors...
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Blue Flag GN 8

The adolescent romance series comes to a close in this volume. How did this tearjerker wrap up its relationships? ― This review contains spoilers. In their afterword, Kaito says that they wanted Blue Flag to be three things: about choices, to show the world as the characters see it, and to be a story where characters actually talk to each other, because in their experience as a romance reader, most p...
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By the Grace of the Gods Season 1

This plainly isn't going to be a show for everyone. It's slow-moving and doesn't always use its plot points or characters as well as it might, and apart from their work “transferring” humans from earth to Seilfal, the gods are almost non-entities. ― Of all of the various permutations that the isekai genre can go through, the soothing slice-of-life story has perhaps the most hurdles to overcome. In pa...
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NEO: The World Ends With You Game's Final Trailer Reveals Demo on June 25

Sequel game launches for PS4, Switch on July 27 ― Square Enix began streaming on Thursday the final trailer for NEO: The World Ends with You (Shin Subarashii Kono Sekai), a new sequel game to The World Ends with You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai) action role-playing game. The video reveals that the game will get a demo on June 25 at 1:00 p.m. EDT English Japanese Square Enix will release the game on PlaySt...
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Kodansha Comics Licenses Fate/Grand Order -Epic of Remnant- Pseudo-Singularity III, That's My Atypical Girl, ONIMAI, More Manga

Also: In the Clear Moonlit Dusk, Saving Sweets for After-Hours, My Darling Next Door ― Kodansha Comics announced on Wednesday new manga titles that will debut digitally in July. The following titles will debut on Tuesdays in July: Title: That's My Atypical Girl Creators: Souhachi Hagimoto (story) Renji Morita (art) Debut Date: July 6 Synopsis: Yokoi is a manga artist who spends his nights delivering ...
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King of Fighters XV Game Reveals Trailer for Vanessa

Mayumi Hata voices character in game delayed to 2022 ― SNK began streaming on Wednesday a trailer for its The King of Fighters XV game to highlight the character Vanessa (voiced by Mayumi Hata). The company also previously streamed a trailer to highlight the character Luong (voiced by Chika Kino). SNK delayed its the game to the first quarter of 2022 due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pand...
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AKB48 Group to Livestream Asia Festival 2021 Online Internationally on June 27

Sister groups representing Jakarta, Bangkok, Manila, Shanghai, Taipei, Ho Chi Minh City, Chiang Mai to participate ― AKB48 will hold the Asia Festival 2021 Online livestream event on June 27. The popular idol group will perform in the Tokyo Dome City Hall alongside its sister groups from across Asia, including JKT48 (Jakarta), BNK48 (Bangkok), MNL48 (Manila), AKB48 Team SH (Shanghai), AKB48 Team TP (...
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Super Cub ‒ SEASON FINALE

And I imagine, at the end of this series, that some of you might be wondering, “Mercedez, did Super Cub stick the landing? Do you still stand by that claim?"

Yes.
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses 1st Girls und Panzer das Finale Anime Film

Sentai to release 1st of 6-part film series in 3rd quarter of 2021 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed the first Girls und Panzer das Finale film, and it will release the film on home video and select digital outlets in the third quarter of 2021 in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavian coun...
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Backflip!! Rhythmic Gymnastics Anime Gets Film

Announcement trailer streamed ― The official website for the Bakuten!! (Backflip!!) original television anime announced on Friday that the series is getting an anime film. An official website opened for the film, and it streamed an announcement trailer: The show premiered on Fuji-TV's Noitamina programming block on April 8. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan. The 12th and final ep...
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Digital Manga Service Azuki Adds Kaiten Books' Manga at Launch

Service launches on June 28 on iOS, Android, web ― KiraKira Media Inc.'s new digital manga service Azuki announced on Thursday that it will add the following manga from Kaiten Books: UzaMaid: Our Maid is Way Too Annoying! Gacha Girls Corps The Yakuza's Guide to Babysitting My Dad's the Queen of All VTubers?! Azuki will launch on June 28 on iOS, Android, and web browser in English worldwide except Jap...
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Megalobox Director, Composer Share Anime's Musical Inspirations

From hip hop to Latin American music Megalobox director Yo Moriyama and composer mabanua held an interview with pop culture website Cinra, where they discussed the anime's musical inspirations. Moriyama said that the idea for Megalobox's musical story was to represent Black music, starting with hip hop. At the time, there weren't many anime that used hip hop, so among the few that existed, they too...
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Full Dive ‒ SEASON FINALE

It still comes off like the bare minimum of a conceptual arc for a series that spent so much time jerking us around with a pointedly un-fun gimmick.
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Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles Game Heads West on October 15

English story trailer streamed ― Sega of America announced on Thursday that it will launch the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Keppūtan) video game in North America and Europe for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on October 15. The company streamed a story trailer: The game will get a Digital Deluxe Edition t...
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Record of Ragnarok

Record of Ragnarok is a show of extremes. Both within the text and beyond it, this is an anime that rapidly oscillates between highs and lows in every respect. I feel that in so many ways it says a lot about the state of the industry. ― To err is human, but to survive is divine. Record of Ragnarok is a show of extremes. Both within the text and beyond it, this is an anime that rapidly oscillates betw...
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Crunchyroll Expo Hosts Cast, Staff from Black Clover, To Your Eternity Anime

Ayataka Tanemura, Gakuto Kajiwara, Reiji Kawashima, Takeshi Takadera attend August event ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that this year's Virtual Crunchyroll Expo event will host the following guests: Ayataka Tanemura (director of Black Clover) Gakuto Kajiwara (Asta in Black Clover, Shinra Kusakabe in Fire Force, Shun Kuribayashi in Rent-A-Girlfriend) Reiji Kawashima (Fushi in To Your Eternity) T...
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New Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya Film's Trailer Reveals August 27 Premiere, Theme Song

Key visual unveiled ― The official website for Gekijōban Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya Licht - Namae no Nai Shōjo (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya the Movie Licht - The Nameless Girl), the upcoming new film in the Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya franchise, unveiled on Friday a new trailer, key visual, and August 27 premiere. The video reveals and previews the theme song "Just the truth" by Minami Kuri...
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Golden Kamuy Manga Goes on Hiatus Until July 29

This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga will go on hiatus, and it will return in the 35th issue on July 29. The author will be using the break for research and planning for three weeks, and the magazine itself will take a break for one week due to an upcoming combined issue. Viz Media is releasing the manga in English, and...
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Demon Slayer Film Tops Frozen 2 for Highest 1st-Week Animated Blu-ray/DVD Sales in 2 Years

Sets new records in current Reiwa era ― The Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime ranked #1 and #2 (for the regular and limited edition releases) on both Oricon's Blu-ray Disc and DVD weekly ranking charts when it debuted during the June 16-20 week. The film's regular editions set new records for animated titles since Japan began its current Reiwa era two years ago. The regul...
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Pretty Series Franchise Marks 10th Anniversary With Waccha PriMagi! TV Anime

Sailor Moon's Junichi Sato serves as executive director of magic-themed show ― The staff of Takara Tomy Arts and syn Sophia's Pretty Series franchise announced that a new television anime, Waccha Purimaji! (Waccha PriMagi!), will premiere in October to mark the franchise's 10th anniversary. The accompanying arcade card game of the same name will debut this fall also. The new series continues the fran...
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'So I'm a Spider, So What?' Anime Delays Episode 24 Due to Production Issues

― The official website for the television anime of Okina Baba's So I'm a Spider, So What? (Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?) novels announced on Thursday that the staff is delaying the 24th episode due to production issues. The website did not report when the episode will eventually air or stream. The episode was originally slated to air on Friday. The anime premiered on January 8 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11, KBS...
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New Shaman King Anime Adds 11 Cast Members

Kenichirō Matsuda, Megumi Hayashibara, Mitsuaki Madono, Tsuguo Mogami, more join cast ― The official Twitter account for the new television anime of Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga announced 12 more cast members on Thursday. Kenichirō Matsuda as Luchist Megumi Hayashibara as Opacho Mitsuaki Madono as Peyote Diaz Tsuguo Mogami as Hang Zang-Ching Anri Katsu as Turbine Saki Endō as Kanna Bismarch Wak...
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The Demon Girl Next Door Anime Season 2 to Premiere in April

1st season based on Izumi Ito's manga begins reairing on July 8 ― The official website for the television anime of Izumo Ito's The Demon Girl Next Door (Machikado Mazoku) manga announced on Thursday that the second season will premiere on the TBS channel next April. In addition, the first season will begin rebroadcasting on TBS on July 8 at 25:28 (effectively, July 9 at 1:28 a.m.). The first season a...
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Funimation, J.C. Staff's Sing a Bit of Harmony Anime Film Gets Manga

Megumu Maeda draws manga this fall ― The August issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine revealed on Thursday that Funimation and J.C. Staff's original anime film coproduction Sing a Bit of Harmony (Ai no Utagoe o Kikasete, literally "Let Me Hear You Sing of Love") is inspiring a manga adaptation that will debut in the magazine this fall. Megumu Maeda is drawing the manga. The film will open in Japan i...
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Atelier Online Smartphone Game Launches in English on July 8

Hong Kong-based publisher Boltrend Games announced on its Twitter account on Wednesday that its English release of NHN Play Art and Gust's Atelier Online: Alchemist of Bressisle (Atelier Online ~Bressisle no Renkinjutsushi~) smartphone game will debut on July 8. The game allows multiple players to play cooperatively in combat and explore the world, but a player can also play alone. As in other Ate...

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Drugstore in Another World Anime's Full Promo Video Previews Opening Song

Akane Kumada performs "Kokoro Hayaru" opening for anime premiering on July 7 ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Kennoji and Matsuuni's Drugstore in Another World: The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist (Cheat Kusushi no Slow Life - Isekai ni Tsukurō Drugstore) light novel series began streaming the anime's full promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video highlights Reiji Kirio, N...
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Shabake Historical Fantasy Novels Get 20th Anniversary Anime Special on July 19

We Rent Tsukumogami writer Megumi Hatakenaka's Edo period novels debuted in 2001 ― Shinchosha's official website for Megumi Hatakenaka's Shabake historical fantasy novel series announced on Thursday that it is inspiring an anime adaptation that will celebrate the series' 20th anniversary. It will stream on the website on July 19. The novels' story is set in Edo, and centers on a sickly but kind-heart...
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Yasuke Anime Gets Manga on July 27

Satoshi Okunishi launches manga based on Netflix anime ― This year's August issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Spirits magazine that LeSean Thomas and MAPPA's Yasuke anime is getting a manga by Satoshi Okunishi in the magazine's next issue on July 27. The anime debuted on April 2 worldwide on Netflix. Netflix describes the story: In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin n...
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Dragon Star Varnir Game's Switch Version Launches in West on August 3

Idea Factory International announced on Wednesday that it will release the Nintendo Swtich version of Compile Heart's Dragon Star Varnir (Ryūsei no Varnir) game in North America and Europe on August 3. Idea Factory will release the game digitally and physically through its online store and Limited Run Games. The Switch version will feature all the original Japanese art. Idea Factory International ...
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Type-Moon's Melty Blood: Type Lumina Fighting Game Gets PC Version, Launches on September 30

Trailer reveals playable characters Hisui, Kohaku ― Type-Moon and Project Lumina announced on Friday that the Melty Blood: Type Lumina 2D fighting game will get a version for PC via Steam, and it will launch for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam on September 30. The company streamed an announcement trailer, and it reveals the playable characters Hisui and Kohaku: The game will get a...
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Odd Taxi ‒ Episode 12

Buckle up, because this week's episode of Odd Taxi contains some of the tensest television I've watched all season.
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Funimation Streams How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Omega Anime's English Dub on June 24

Cast returns for second season's dub ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming the English dub of How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Ω, the second season of the television anime of Yukiya Murasaki's How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord light novel series, on Thursday. The English cast, which features returning actors, includes: Eric Vale as Diablo Jad Saxton as Rem Sarah Wiedenheft as She...
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Poupelle, Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, Pompo: The Cinéphile Anime Films Screen at Fantasia Int'l Film Festival

August festival to also screen Satoshi Kon, The Illusionist, Love, Life and Goldfish, more films ― Montreal's 25th Fantasia International Film Festival announced on Wednesday that it will screen the following anime films, all of which will be North American premieres: Poupelle of Chimney Town Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko (Gyokō no Nikuko-chan) Pompo: The Cinéphile The festival also revealed that it wil...
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MARS RED ‒ Episode 12

Regardless of whether or not the series has “earned” them, I'm still delighted each time MARS RED uses arthouse indulgences to communicate.
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Battle Game in 5 Seconds Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Anime premieres on July 12 ― The official website for Battle Game in 5 Seconds, the television anime of Saizō Harawata and Miyakokasiwa's Deatte 5-byō de Battle (Battle in 5 seconds after meeting.) manga began streaming on Thursday the second promotional video. The anime will premiere on July 12 at 24:00 (effectively, July 13 at midnight) on the Tokyo MX and BS11 channels. The anime stars: Ayumu Mura...
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Intern Annika - A Magical Visit

Remember the love and passion you have for anime...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Inspires Suitcase Based on Nezuko's Box

In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Tanjiro carries his sister Nezuko around in a box strapped to his back. The box's design is now inspiring a snazzy suitcase to use on the go. The item is available for order in Japan via Movic's online store until July 7. It costs 27,500 yen (approximately US$250), and will go on sale on October 22. Only one suitcase can be purchased per person. A separate 1,900 ...
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Honkai Impact 3rd Game's Cooking With Valkyries Spinoff Anime's Sequel Premieres in Japan on July 18

Cast, staff members return for Cooking With Valkyries II ― The official Twitter account for miHoYo's smartphone 3D action game Honkai Impact 3rd (Hōkai 3rd in Japanese), announced on Thursday that Cooking With Valkyries (Ikusa-Otome no Shokutaku), the 2019 animated short spinoff, is getting a sequel that will premiere in Japan on BS NTV on July 18 at 12:30 a.m. JST (effectively, July 19). Cooking Wit...
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Fruits Basket the Final ‒ Episode 12

This week's episode is the most devastating one yet, hitting us with a one-two-three punch of emotional catharsis for each of the three core Fruits Basket couples.
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Secret Urban Legends GN

Have you heard the story about the abandoned house where a girl still waits for her friends to finish their game of hide-and-seek? And what if mosquitos can carry on the grudges of those they feed upon, even after death? ― As far as genres go, many people forget that horror is one often marketed to younger readers, and not just in its relatively safe Fear Street or Goosebumps forms. Plenty of authors...
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Night Head 2041 Anime's Video Reveals Opening Song, 20 Cast Members, July 14 Debut

Visual unveiled for new anime based on 1992 live-action drama ― The official website for Night Head 2041, a new television anime based on the 1992 live-action Night Head drama series, unveiled its main promotional video and visual on Thursday. The website and the video reveal 20 more cast members, the opening theme song, and the July 14 premiere for the anime. The video previews the opening theme son...
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Vinland Saga Manga Gets 'Important Announcement' on July 26

― The August issue of Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine revealed on Thursday that Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga manga will have an "important announcement" in the magazine's September issue, which will ship on July 26. The manga will also be featured on the September issue's cover. Yukimura launched the series in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2005, but Kodansha moved the series to Aftern...
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Akihabara's Last Adores Arcade Closes on June 30

Adores Akihabara, Karaoke Adores Akihabara branches closed last year ― The Adores Akihabara 2 arcade announced on its Twitter account last Monday that the facility will close on June 30 "due to various reasons." The arcade primarily dealt with items aimed at women consumers. It first opened in 2015. The affiliated Adores Akihabara and Karaoke Adores Akihabara branches closed last year. Arcades have b...
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Asahi Shimbun: Top 10 Manga Piracy Websites Receive 240 Million Monthly Hits

Shueisha anti-piracy head: "Things are even worse than when Mangamura was at its heyday" ― The Asahi Shimbun reported on June 17 that according to the Authorized Books of Japan (ABJ), a Tokyo-based association working to crack down on pirated manga, the 10 most popular manga piracy websites are receiving approximately 240 million monthly hits since Japanese-language manga piracy site Mangamura became...
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Life Lessons with Uramichi-Oniisan Anime Highlights Iketeru Daga in New Video

Mamoru Miyano plays Iketeru in series premiering on July 5 ― The official website for the television anime of Gaku Kuze's Life Lessons with Uramichi-Oniisan (Uramichi Oniisan) manga began streaming a character promotional video on Wednesday that highlights the character Iketeru Daga. The staff delayed the anime from its scheduled 2020 premiere. The anime's website cited "production issues" as the rea...
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3rd Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Film Returns to U.S. Theaters on July 18, 20

Film opened in U.S. last November ― Aniplex of America announced on Tuesday that Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song, the third film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel film trilogy, will screen in theaters in United States once more on July 18 and 20. The third film opened in Japan in August 2020. The movie debuted at #1 during its opening weekend, selling 270,000 tickets for 474,890,6...
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I'm Standing on a Million Lives Anime Season 2's 3rd Promo Video Reveals More Cast

Yoshimasa Hosoya, Saori Hayami join cast for sequel premiering on July 2 ― The staff for the second season of the television anime of Naoki Yamakawa and Akinari Nao's I'm Standing on a Million Lives (100-Man no Inochi no Ue ni Ore wa Tatteiru) manga revealed a third promotional video for the season on Wednesday, as well as two new cast members. The video also previews the VTuber Kaede Higuchi's openi...
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Ablaze Licenses Crueler Than Dead Horror Manga

Company will also publish Versus Fighting Story e-sports comic ― Publisher Ablaze announced on Monday that it has licensed Tsukasa Saimura and Kozo Takahashi's Crueler Than Dead manga. The company will debut the manga in English physically and digitally on September 29. Ablaze describes Crueler Than Dead: No one knows where it started...but when the world finally realized what was going on, it was al...
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Crunchyroll Briefly Lists The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! Anime for Streaming

― Crunchyroll briefly listed on its Twitter account on Tuesday that it will stream the television anime of Wakame Konbu's The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! manga, but later removed the Twitter post. The post is still viewable through Google's web cache. The anime will premiere on July 31 at 26:00 (effectively, August 1 at 2:00 a.m.) in the "ANiMAZiNG!!!" programming block on ABC TV and TV Ashi's ...
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Toei's Mazinger, Getter Robo Special Feature Screenings Slated for July-August

Screenings were scheduled for April 23 before COVID-19 delay ― Toei's planned screening of 4K digitally remastered versions of anime films from the Mazinger Z and Getter Robo franchises will now screen from July 30 to August 5, and August 6 to August 12. The screenings were originally planned to screen on April 23, but were delayed due to the new state of emergency to counter the spread of the new co...
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HIDIVE Adds Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul Film on June 28

Film will be available with English subtitles, English dub ― HIDIVE announced on Monday that it will add the Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul anime film on June 28 with both English subtitles and an English dub. Sentai Filmworks premiered the movie in select theaters in the U.S. and Canada in August 2020. The film was scheduled to premiere in the U.S. in April 2020, but it was delayed due to the ...
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Live-Action Tokyo Revengers Film's Video Highlights Kisaki, Kiyomasa, Hanma

Film opens on July 9 ― The official website for Warner Bros. Japan's live-action film of Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga began streaming a new promotional video for the film on Wednesday. The video highlights Kisaki, Kiyomasa, and Hanma. The website streamed a trailer last week that highlighted Takemichi, Mikey, and Doraken. The film was slated to open in Japan on October 9 last year, but was delay...
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New Transformers: Rise of the Beasts Film Opens in June 2022

Film will have concepts from Beast Wars: Transformers, with Steven Caple Jr. directing ― Paramount Pictures announced on Tuesday that the next film in its live-action Transformers franchise is titled Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. The movie will open on June 24, 2022. The film will also release in Japan in 2022 under the title Transformers: Beast Kakusei. The new film will center on key concepts f...
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Funimation Also Streams English Dub for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2

― Funimation announced on Tuesday that it will stream an English dub this summer for the second part of the second anime season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. The dub features returning cast members Brittney Karbowski as Rimuru Tempest, Tyson Rinehart as Ranga, Michelle Rojas as Shion, and Tia Ballard as Shuna. Both Funimation and Crunchyroll will stream the second part. The second tele...

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'Girlfriend, Girlfriend' Anime's Full Promo Video Reveals Theme Songs

Necry Talkie performs opening "Fuzaketenai ze," Momo Asakura performs ending "Pinky Hook" ― The official website for the television anime of Hiroyuki's Girlfriend, Girlfriend (Kanojo mo Kanojo) manga began streaming the full promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video reveals and previews the anime's opening theme song "Fuzaketenai ze" (I'm Not Joking) by Necry Talkie, and also reveals th...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Magical Girl Site Anime

Anime premiered in April 2018, streamed on Amazon Prime Video ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has acquired the television anime of Kentarō Satō's Magical Girl Site (Mahō Shōjo Site) manga, and will release the anime in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain, and Portugal both digitally and on h...
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Takashi Tachibana, Journalist & Voice of Whisper of the Heart's Father, Passes Away at 80

Journalist covered topics from government corruption to aerospace, co-wrote Nausicaä ''textbook' ― Journalist and non-fiction author Takashi Tachibana passed away earlier this year on April 30 due to acute coronary syndrome. He was 80 years old. His family made the announcement on his official website on Wednesday morning. Within anime, Tachibana is best known for voicing Seiya Tsukishima, the father...
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The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent ‒ SEASON FINALE

How much cheesiness is too much? That seems to be a balance that the final episode of The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent is trying to find, and it sort of wobbles back and forth on the issue.
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, June 20-26

Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld, Smile Down the Runway anime; Sadako-san and Sadako-chan, If the RPG World Had Social Media manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date No Guns Life Season 2 BDPlease Funimation US$64.98 June 22 The Secret World of Arrietty Steelbook BD/DVDCite GKIDS US$26.98 June 22 Smile Down the Runway BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$64...
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To Your Eternity ‒ Episode 11

Okay. Now that I've finished my post-To Your Eternity routine of frantically pacing my office and screaming, “My boy! My precious lizard-faced boy!” for ten minutes without interruption, I think I might be ready to tackle this review.
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Tokyo Revengers ‒ Episode 11

There is some short-lived tension over whether Draken will actually die, and it leads to probably my favorite scene when Mikey does the classic shonen leader speech – only to sneak off once Draken does pull through to quietly.
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Higehiro ‒ Episode 12

I maintain that Higehiro has done a pretty good job of telling an emotionally resonant story about believably damaged and likeable people, but in recent weeks the show just hasn't had the visual chops or the storytelling skill to handle high melodrama.
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Netflix Streams Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop Film on July 22

English-subtitled trailer streamed ― Netflix began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for Flying Dog's original anime film Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop (Cider no Yō ni Kotoba ga Wakiagaru), and it reveals that the service will stream the film on July 22, the same day that it opens in Japan. Kyōhei Ishiguro previously announced during the film's screening at the Tokyo International Film Festival ...

Crunchyroll to Stream That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2, I'm Standing on a Million Lives Season 2, Girlfriend, Girlfriend, Peach Boy Riverside, More Anime (Updated)

Also: The aquatope on white sand, The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace, SD Gundam World Heroes ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will stream the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime season 2, I'm Standing on a Million Lives season 2, SD Gundam World Heroes, The aquatope on white sand (Shiroi Suna no Aquatope), The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace (Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi), Girlfriend, Gir...
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Blue Flag GN 8

The adolescent romance series comes to a close in this volume. How did this tearjerker wrap up its relationships? ― This review contains spoilers. In their afterword, Kaito says that they wanted Blue Flag to be three things: about choices, to show the world as the characters see it, and to be a story where characters actually talk to each other, because in their experience as a romance reader, most p...

Hajime no Ippo Manga Gets Digital Releases on July 1

All 131 volumes, future chapters of ongoing 33-year-old manga to get digital releases ― This year's 30th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that all 131 compiled book volumes of George Morikawa's Hajime no Ippo boxing manga will get digital releases on July 1. All future chapters of the long-running series will also launch digitally in addition to physically going forwar...
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Kageki Shojo!! Anime's 6th Character Video Highlights Sawada Twins

Risae Matsuda, Satsumi Matsuda are real-life twins who play twin sisters in anime ― The official website for the television anime of Kumiko Saiki's Kageki Shoujo! manga began streaming its sixth character promotional video on Tuesday. The video highlights the characters Chika Sawada, voiced by Risae Matsuda, and Chiaki Sawada, voiced by Satsumi Matsuda. The Matsuda sisters are real-life twins who als...
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The [email protected], Azur Lane Franchises Get Collaboration

Livestream in mid-July will reveal more details ― The official website for the The [email protected] franchise announced on Tuesday that it will have a collaboration with the Azur Lane franchise. There will be a livestream in mid-July that will reveal more details about the collaboration. The first game in The [email protected] franchise inspired Sunrise's 2007 loose television anime adaptation, which Sentai Filmw...
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Crusher Joe Rebirth Manga Returns on July 13 With Adaptation of 1st Novel

Isuke Hari's manga adaptation of Haruka Takachino's sci-fi novels went on hiatus last October ― This year's 14th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine revealed on Tuesday that Crusher Joe REBIRTH, Isuke Hari's manga adaptation of Haruka Takachino's science fiction novel series Crusher Joe, will resume in the magazine's next issue on July 13. The manga is returning with an adaptation of Takachino's fir...
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Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles Game Streams Makomo, Sabito, Sakonji Urokodaki Character Trailers with English Subtitles

Game launches in Japan on October 14 ― Sega Asia began streaming English-subtitled character trailers for Makomo, Sabito, and Sakonji Urokodaki for its Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Keppūtan) video game on Monday. Makomo Character Trailer Sabito Character Trailer Sakonji Urokodaki Character Trailer The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami ...
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Banished From The Heroes' Party TV Anime Casts Nao Toyama, Kentarō Tone

Fantasy series to premiere in October after delay ― The official website for the television anime of Zappon and Yasumo's Banished From The Heroes' Party (Shin no Nakama janai to Yūsha no Party o Oidasareta node, Henkyō de Slow Life Suru Koto ni Shimashita) light novel series revealed two more cast members for the show on Tuesday. The new cast includes Nao Toyama as Megria (left above), "a receptionis...
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Live-Action Solitary Gourmet Season 9 Premieres on July 9

― TV Tokyo revealed on Tuesday that the ninth season of the live-action series adaptation of Masayuki Kusumi and Jiro Taniguchi's Kodoku no Gourmet (Solitary Gourmet) manga will premiere on July 9. Yutaka Matsushige (live-action Death Note, Sukiyaki Western Django, Crows Zero) will once again reprise his role as protagonist Gorō Inagashira. The new season will focus on small, family-run restaurants,...
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2021 Butt Detective Film Adds Rio Suzuki as Guest Cast Member

Suzuki plays character Lulu in August 13 film ― The official website for Toei's Toei Manga Matsuri omnibus film series revealed on Tuesday that Rio Suzuki will join the cast of Eiga Oshiri Tantei: Sufūre-to no Himitsu (Butt Detective the Movie: The Secret of Sufūre Island), the new film in the Butt Detective (Oshiri Tantei) franchise. Suzuki will play the character Lulu, a tomboyish girl who lives on...
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2nd Live-Action The Fable Film Opens at #1

Rurouni Kenshin films at #2, #7; Gundam: Hathaway at #4 The Fable: Korosanai Koroshiya, the second live-action film adaptation of Katsuhisa Minami's The Fable manga, ranked at #1 in its opening weekend. Kan Eguchi returned to direct the new film, with Junichi Okada once again starring. The first film ranked #2 in its opening weekend in June 2019. In the manga, a fabled genius at killing resides som...
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Monogatari Series' Shinomonogatari Novels Ship on August 19

2 novels ship simultaneously, conclude "Monster Season" arc that began in 2017 ― Author NisiOisin's official Twitter account revealed the next book in his Monogatari Series of novels on Monday. The next story is titled Shinomonogatari (Death Story), and will ship in two volumes simultaneously on August 19. Both novels will conclude the "Monster Season" part of the story that shows protagonist Koyomi ...
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Pui Pui Molcar Compilation Film's Trailer Posted

MX4D compilation film opens on July 22 in 2-week limited engagement ― The official YouTube channel for Shinei Animation's Pui Pui Molcar stop-motion series began streaming a trailer for Tobidase! Narase! Pui Pui Molcar, the series' compilation film, on Tuesday. The film takes all 12 episodes and compiles them into an MX4D theatrical film that will open in Japan on July 22 in a two-week limited engage...
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Live-Action Kaguya-sama: Love is War Sequel Film's Trailer Previews Songs

Film opens on August 20 ― The official website for the live-action sequel film Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen Final began streaming a new trailer and unveiled a new poster for the film on Tuesday. The trailer previews both the film's theme song "Koi Furu Tsukiyo ni Kimi Sо̄fu" (Thinking of You on a Moonlit Night When Love Falls) by idol group King & Prince, and the film's i...

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Flutist Cocomi Mentions SPY×FAMILY Anime for 2022 in Now Deleted Comment

― In an interview published on the official website of Kodansha's FRaU magazine on June 10, flutist and Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko voice actress Cocomi mentioned that she is looking forward to an anime adaptation of Tatsuya Endō's SPY×FAMILY manga coming next year. The part of the sentence mentioning SPY×FAMILY is now deleted, but may still be viewed using the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. GMO...
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Original Anime Film Hula Fulla Dance's Teaser Unveils 4 Cast Members, New December 3 Debut

Karen Miyama, Miu Tomita, Kaori Maeda, Emiri Suyama join cast as hula girls ― The official website for Aniplex's original anime film Hula Fulla Dance began streaming a new teaser trailer for the anime on Tuesday. The teaser revealed four new cast members and the film's new December 3 opening date. The film was previously slated to open in Japan early this summer. The new cast members all play fellow ...

Final Fantasy IX Game to Get Animated Series

France's Cyber Group Studios aims to begin production by late 2021/early 2022 ― The children's entertainment trade publication Kidscreen reported on Monday that Square Enix's Final Fantasy IX game is inspiring an animated series. Paris-based Cyber Group Studios has signed a co-development and co-production deal with Square Enix to create an animated series for 8- to 13-year-olds. Cyber Group Studios'...
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So I'm a Spider, So What? ‒ Episode 23

Episode 23 is mostly spent on Shun's side of the story, and the production is noticably struggling. This isn't the first time the animation has looked wonky, but it's much more jarring this episode.
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Megalobox 2: Nomad ‒ Episode 12

With the series' final bout just ahead of us, and Joe's personal and relationship conflicts about as resolved as they're ever likely to be, there was really only one final thing left for Megalobox 2 to address: Mac.
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Bokurano's Mohiro Kitoh Launches Bouldering Manga no-boulder

Manga debuts on July 9 ― This year's August issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic Bunch magazine revealed on Monday that Mohiro Kitoh (Bokurano) will launch a new bouldering manga titled no-boulder on the Kurage Bunch website on July 9. The manga's story follows a 23-year-old office worker named Katsuko Morshita who enjoys bouldering every other day, challenging herself and slowly growing while climbin...
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Voting Opens for Next Manga Awards 2021

50 manga nominated in both print, web manga categories ― Voting is now open for the seventh "Next Manga Awards" (Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Taishō) with 50 titles nominated in both the print and web manga categories. Readers can vote for their favorite choice until July 2. The nominees are listed below, with many currently available in English in the print manga category. Nominees for Best Printed Manga Bl...
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Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro ‒ Episode 11

When it opens with Sumire Uesaka voicing Nagatoro doing her best mocking impression of Nana Mizuki's pretentious President, that's enough for me to know I'm in for a good time.
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The World Ends with You the Animation ‒ Episode 11

Episode 11 slaps. It's the perfect second-to-last episode before next week's finale. This is what I dreamed of the show being: plotty, impactful, emotional, and engaging.
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The Case Study of Vanitas Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals, Previews LMYK's Ending Theme Song

LMYK performs "0 (zero)" song for anime premiering on July 2 ― Aniplex began streaming on Tuesday the second promotional video for BONES' anime of Jun Mochizuki's The Case Study of Vanitas (Vanitas no Carte) manga, and it reveals and previews the anime's ending theme song "0 (zero)" by LMYK . The video also previews the anime's opening theme song "Sora to Sora" (Sky and Sky) by Sasanomaly. The anime ...
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Godzilla vs. Kong Film Earns US$100 Million at U.S. Box Office

Film is 2nd movie to exceed this amount during COVID-19 situation ― Deadline and Variety reported on Sunday that the Godzilla vs. Kong film has earned over US$100 million at the U.S. box office. This is the second movie to exceed this amount during the time of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation, and it did so within 12 weeks. The first movie to achieve this during the pandemic was the A...
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Gundam Franchise Launches Sustainability Project

Bandai Namco Group launches Gunpla Recycle Project as it aims for net zero carbon emissions by 2050 ― Bandai Namco Group announced last Tuesday that it has launched a sustainability project "Gundam Universal Century Development Action." The project aims to address problems related to human population and the earth's environment by platforming new ideas and technology. The project's first initiative i...
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Combatants Will Be Dispatched! ‒ SEASON FINALE

All in all, Combatants Will Be Dispatched! has had its ups and downs as a series. However, it has remained consistently entertaining throughout. Its irreverent shock humor has been a lot of fun and some of the jokes had me laughing uncontrollably.
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Fruits Basket The Final Anime Casts Yoshimasa Hosoya, J. Michael Tatum as Katsuya

Anime airs 12th episode on June 21 ― Funimation revealed on Monday that Yoshimasa Hosoya and J. Michael Tatum are joining the Japanese and English casts, respectively, of the Fruits Basket the Final anime season as the voice of Katsuya Honda. Funimation streamed the first episode of Fruits Basket the Final with an English dub on Friday, March 19, two weeks before its April 5 television premiere in Ja...

Netflix Streams Sailor Moon Crystal on July 1

Netflix began streaming Sailor Moon Eternal films on June 3 ― Netflix is listing that the Sailor Moon Crystal anime will begin streaming on the service on July 1. The service lists that "seasons" of the anime will premiere on that day. Neflix began streaming the two-part Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie (Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal) anime film project worldwide on June 3. The two...
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Funimation to Stream The Honor Student at Magic High School Anime

Anime premieres on July 3 ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will stream the television anime of Yu Mori's The Honor Student at Magic High School (Mahōka Kōkō no Yūtōsei: The honour at magic high school) spinoff manga in partnership with Aniplex of America for the summer anime season. The anime will premiere on the Tokyo MX, BS11, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, and AT-X channels on July 3 at 11:30 p.m. ...
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By the Grace of the Gods Season 1

This plainly isn't going to be a show for everyone. It's slow-moving and doesn't always use its plot points or characters as well as it might, and apart from their work “transferring” humans from earth to Seilfal, the gods are almost non-entities. ― Of all of the various permutations that the isekai genre can go through, the soothing slice-of-life story has perhaps the most hurdles to overcome. In pa...
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Voice Actor Kōichi Yamadera Announces Marriage to Talent Robin Shōko Okada

Yamadera proposed twice before the 28-year-old former idol accepted ― Popular voice actor Kōichi Yamadera (Zengitata in Lupin the 3rd, Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop, Beerus in Dragon Ball Super, Kaji in Evangelion) has married former idol and DJ Robin Shōko Okada. The 59-year-old Yamadera announced his marriage to the 28-year-old Japanese-American last Monday. This is Yamadera's third marriage. He wa...
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Intern Annika - Meet Azure!

Magical Princess what now?
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Moriarty the Patriot ‒ Episode 23

We have arrived, then, at the final problem. Canonically, this is the story that originally introduced Moriarty, both as the Lord of Crime and in general, so it may not be overstating to say that this is the end goal of the entire series.
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Let's Make a Mug Too Anime Gets 2nd Season in October

Main cast, staff return for "Second Kiln" ― The official website for the television anime of the city of Tajimi's promotional manga Yakunara Mug Cup Mo (Let's Make a Mug Too) confirmed on Monday that the series will get a second season titled Yakunara Mug Cup Mo Niban Kamo (Let's Make a Mug Too: Second Kiln) in October on the CBC TV, BS11, TOKYO MX, MBS, and AT-X channels. The main cast and staff are...
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Boruto Anime Enters New Arc, Reveals New Visual

― The official website for the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime revealed on Monday that the anime will enter a new arc titled "Kawaki-hen Ōtsutsuki Kakusei" (Kawaki Arc: Otsutsuki Awakening), and revealed a visual for the arc. CHiCO with HoneyWorks (Edens Zero, Gintama, After the Rain) will perform the new opening theme song and Pelican Fanclub (Dr. Stone, Fire Force season 2) will perform the ...
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Re:Zero Browser Game With Original Story Launches in Japan in July

Game company EXNOA announced on Monday that it will release DMM Games' Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu: Kinsho to Nazo no Seirei (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- The Forbidden Book and the Mysterious Spirit) browser game in July. Re:Zero light novel author Tappei Nagatsuki is supervising the game's original story. Konomi Suzuki is performing the theme song "Crossroads." The story b...
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Hollywood Live-Action Root Letter Film's Rights Change to Ammo Entertainment

Film finishes production, Ammo Entertainment negotiates with potential distributors ― Akatsuki Inc. announced on June 7 that it has handed over the rights of the live-action film adaptation of Kadokawa Games' √Letter (pronounced "Root Letter") game to AMMO (based in Tokyo) and AMMO Entertainment (based in California). Akatsuki Entertainment USA announced the film in November 2018. Sonja O'Hara is dir...
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Maru Asakura Ends Seifuku Shōjo Miseifuku Manga

Manga about 2 childhood friends launched in 2016 ― The August issue of Shonengahosha's Monthly Young King Ours GH magazine published the final chapter of Maru Asakura's Seifuku Shōjo Miseifuku (The Unbeaten School Uniform Girl) manga on June 16. The manga centers on Kou, a boy who is very close to his childhood friend and neighbor Mana. Mana has grown up to have a well developed body, which attracts ...
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Yūshi Kawata, Yukito Manga Duo Ends Tamiko to Visual-kei to Manga

Manga about girl meeting man dressed in visual-kei asethetics launched in 2019 ― Manga creator duo Yūshi Kawata and Yukito published the 41st and final chapter of their Tamiko to Visual-kei to (Tamiko and the Visual-kei Man and...) manga on Shueisha's Tonari no Young Jump website last Friday. The manga's story begins when a downcast adolescent girl murmurs to herself that "it would be better if I jus...
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Gundam: Hathaway Film is 1st Gundam Film in 33 Years to Top 1 Billion Yen

Film sells 501,706 tickets in 1st 10 days ― The official website for the Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway) anime film revealed on Monday that the film has earned 1,016,249,400 yen (about US$9.23 million) as of Sunday, which is the first time in 33 years — since 1988's Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack — that a Gundam film has topped the 1 billion yen mark. Th...
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Shaman King's New Spinoff Manga Adapts Spinoff Novel About Faust VIII, Eliza

Aya Tanaka draws manga launching on July 3 ― The July issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge revealed on June 17 that Kakeru Kobashiri's Shaman King Faust8: Eien no Eliza (Eliza the Eternal) spinoff novel of Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga will have a manga adaptation. Aya Tanaka will draw the manga, which will launch on Kodansha's Magazine Pocket app on July 3. The spinoff novel shipped in Nove...
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Love Live! Superstar!!'s Naho Misaki Diagnosed With COVID-19

Other Liella! idol group members test negative for COVID-19 ― The official website for the Love Live! franchise announced on Monday that idol and voice actress Nako Misaki has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The announcement noted that Misaki had a fever on Saturday, and took a PCR test that tested positive the following day. Under the guidance of her health care center, M...
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Chihayafuru Manga Listed as Heading Toward Climax in 47th Volume

47th volume ships on August 12 ― Amazon is listing the upcoming 47th compiled book volume of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga as heading toward the story's climax. The volume ships on August 12. Suetsugu last gave a speculative date on the manga's ending as "at least not until October 2019," which is when the third television anime season of the manga premiered, but the manga continued past the thir...
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Horimiya Manga Gets Special 1-Shot Epilogue Chapter in July

Manga's final volume also ships on July 16 ― The July issue of Square Enix's Monthly G Fantasy magazine revealed last Friday that Daisuke Hagiwara's Horimiya manga will have a special one-shot chapter in the magazine's next issue on July 16. The manga's 16th and final volume will also ship on the same day. The new one-shot will have a story that takes place immediately after Hori and Miyamura graduat...
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Yōkoso Aoki Hagane e! Tribute Manga Ends

Tribute manga for Arpeggio of Blue Steel launched in 2017 ― The August issue of Shonengahosha's Monthly Young King Ours GH magazine published the final chapter of Kazutora Tsunashi's Yōkoso Aoki Hagane e! (Welcome to Blue Steel!) "tribute manga" to Ark Performance's Arpeggio of Blue Steel manga on June 16. Tsunashi launched the manga in Monthly Young King Ours GH in November 2017 in the same issue as...
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Final Evangelion Film Tops 9.32 Billion Yen Before Handing Out 'Last' Bonuses to Filmgoers

Theaters start giving out Mari, Kaoru mini-posters on Saturday Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the "final" Evangelion film, has sold over 6.11 million tickets for over 9.32 billion yen (about US$84.86 million) as of Sunday, June 20, the film's 105th day in the Japanese box office. As the "final" bonuses for filmgoers, participating theaters will begin handi...

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Shonen Jump Magazine Launches 2 New Manga in June, July

Yūki Kawaguchi's Red Hood, Minya Hiraga's Neru: Bugei Dōgyō to launch in magazine ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the magazine will launch two new manga in the magazine's 31st and 32nd issues. Yūki Kawaguchi's Red Hood manga (pictured top in image above) will premiere in the 31st issue on June 28. The "new generation hunting fantasy" series t...
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Flowerchild's Warikitta Kankei Desu kara Yuri Manga Ends, Gets Epilogue in July

Manga about student, teacher who meet via online dating app launched in 2019 ― The August issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Yuri Hime magazine published the final chapter on Thursday of Flowerchild's Warikitta Kankei Desu kara (Because It's a Divided Relationship) yuri manga. The magazine's September issue will publish an epilogue. The manga resumed in the July issue last month, and Ichijinsha stated at th...
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86 ‒ Episode 11

Two weeks ago, Episode 9 ended with our beloved cast of characters marching off into the unknown. Since then, it's been a series of constant surprises; I had absolutely no idea where they're going or what's going to happen.
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Sou-Bou-Tei Kowasu Beshi Manga Ends in 25th Volume This Summer

Manga by Ushio & Tora creator Kazuhiro Fujita launched in 2016 ― The 24th compiled book volume of Kazuhiro Fujita's Sou-Bou-Tei Kowasu Beshi (Sou-Bou-Tei Must Be Destroyed) manga revealed on Thursday that the manga will end with its 25th volume, which will ship this summer. The manga's 17th volume had stated in May 2020 that the series would enter its final arc with the 18th volume in July 2020. Fuji...

Ryūhei Tamura's Hard-Boiled Cop and Dolphin Manga Ends in Shonen Jump

Series from Beelzebub creator launched in June 2020 ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the final chapter on Monday of Ryūhei Tamura's Hard-Boiled Cop and Dolphin (Shakunetsu no Nirai Kanai) manga. The manga's fifth and final volume will ship in October. The manga debuted in last year's 30th issue of the magazine, which shipped in June 2020. Viz Media and Mang...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles Game Launches in Japan on October 14

This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Aniplex's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Keppūtan) video game will ship in Japan on October 14. The game will launch for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Steam. Sega will release the game in English in Asia this year for the s...
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A Devil and Her Love Song Encore Manga Ends in July

Short serialization debuted on April 20 to commemorate main manga's live-action adaptation ― This year's 14th issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine revealed on Friday that Akuma to Love Song Encore, the new short serialization for Miyoshi Tomori's A Devil and Her Love Song (Akuma to Lovesong) manga, will end in the magazine's 15th issue on July 5. The short serialization debuted in the magazine's com...

Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō Manga Ends in July

Manga spinoff launched in 2013, inspired net anime in 2018 ― The August issue of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine revealed on Friday that Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō spinoff manga will end in the magazine's next issue on July 19. Kuori had written in the afterword to the 15th volume of the manga in April that the manga was approaching its ending. Kuori alluded to the manga continuing...
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Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU Anime Previewed in 2nd Video

Followup to Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU premieres on July 1 ― The live-streamed "Watanagashi 2021 Higurashi Channel" event debuted the second promotional video for Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU, the followup to the Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU television anime, on Sunday. The video features the new ending theme song "Missing Promise" by Konomi Suzuki. Funimation is streaming the video as the ...
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AX Lite Event to Feature 'Sneak Peek' at Star Wars: Visions Anthology Anime

Event also hosts voice actor Yuki Ono, producer Hiroto Kuramasu ― The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) announced on Monday that the "Anime Expo Lite" virtual event will feature a 30-minute "sneak preview" of the Star Wars: Visions anime anthology project on July 3 at 3:00 p.m. PDT (6:00 p.m. EDT). Anime Expo describes the series: Lucasfilm's Star Wars: Visions is an upcoming ant...
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Crunchyroll Adds Saga of Tanya the Evil: Operation Desert Pasta Anime Short

17-minute short debuted on Saturday ― Crunchyroll began streaming the Saga of Tanya the Evil: Operation Desert Pasta anime short on Saturday. The 17-minute short debuted during a livestreamed event for the franchise on Saturday. The same event revealed on Saturday that production on a second season for the The Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) television anime has been green-lit. The Saga of Tanya ...

Viz Licenses Record of Ragnarok Manga With Planned Fall Debut

11th compiled volume of manga shipped in Japan on Friday ― Viz Media announced on Twitter on Thursday that it will digitally launch Shinya Umemura, Ajichika, and Takumi Fukui's Record of Ragnarok (Shūmatsu no Walküre) manga in English this fall. The company will ship physical copies of the manga in spring 2022. The Shūmatsu no Walküre manga launched in Comic Zenon magazine in November 2017. Umemura i...
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Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song- ‒ SERIES FINALE

All in all, this episode was shaping up to be a pretty solid ending to the series... well, until the moment it suddenly wasn't.
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Masaaki Yuasa, Science Saru's Japan Sinks: 2020 TV Anime Wins Jury Award at Annecy

Jonas Poher Rasmussen's animated documentary Flee wins this year's Cristal ― Masaaki Yuasa and Science Saru's Japan Sinks: 2020 anime series won the Jury Award for a TV Series for its first episode "The Beginning of the End" at this year's Annecy International Animation Film Festival on Saturday. The anime competed in the TV Films category this year, and was slated to compete in the category last yea...

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Shadows House ‒ Episode 11

You've got to love that John's first instinct is always to punch something. His crate, the boulder, and now a brainwashed Shaun are all the recipients of John's Mighty Fist of Justice.
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Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun Season 2 ‒ Episode 10

I get it now – I understand why manga readers have been so excited for Balam-sensei's arrival in the anime: he is absolutely adorable.
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 101

Twas the night before Christmas
And all through UA
Not a creature was stirring
Save for Mineta, in his cage
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Those Snow White Notes ‒ SEASON FINALE

Those Snow White Notes' finale is something that's crueler than just about any season-ending cliffhanger in recent memory, and I'm still not entirely sure how to feel about it.
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Zombie Land Saga Revenge ‒ Episode 11

Saga sinks! Kind of! After a shockingly seafaring introduction, the girls of Franchouchou find themselves and the rest of Saga mired in the wake of the freak overnight typhoon.
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, June 7-13

Dragon Zakura live-action series earns 14.6% rating ― This week's episode of the live-action series of Norifusa Mita's Dragon Zakura Two sequel manga aired on TBS on Sunday, June 13 at 9:00 p.m. and it earned a 14.6% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV June 13 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 9.3 Detective Conan NTV June 12 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 6.6 Chibi Maruko-chan Fu...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 7-13

Game Builder Garage debuts at #1, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade at #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 7-13 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwGame Builder Garage Nintendo June 11 71,241 71,241 2PS5Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade Square Enix June 10 20,889 20,889 3PS5Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Sony Interactive Entertainment June 11 14,663 14,663 4NSwMiitopi...
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VTuber Agency NIJISANJI EN Opens New Round of Auditions

The English-speaking branch of the NIJISANJI VTuber agency opened auditions for both female and male character VTubers on Thursday. ― The English-speaking branch of the NIJISANJI VTuber agency opened auditions for both female and male character VTubers on Thursday. Applications for female characters must be completed before July 11 23:59 JST/07:59 PDT. Applications for male characters are due by Augu...
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Riku wa Yowakunai Anime Film Adds 6 Cast Members

Rica Matsumoto, Masumi Asano, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Tomokazu Sugita, more join cast ― The official Twitter account for the anime film adaptation of the picture book Riku wa Yowakunai by actor/author Shinobu Sakagami and illustrator Kunihiro Kawashima (also known as Cookie! of comedy duo Yasei Bakudan) revealed more cast members for the film on Friday. The cast includes: (From left to right in image abo...

Saga of Tanya the Evil TV Anime Gets 2nd Season

Main cast, staff return ― A live-streamed special for The Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) television anime announced on Saturday that production on a second season has been green-lit. The Saga of Tanya the Evil II season will feature the returning cast and staff. The special unveiled a preview video and key visual for the new season. The returning cast and staff includes: Aoi Yūki as Tanya Degure...
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Yoshimaho: Yoshi Yoshi Magic Anime Posts Lyric Video for Theme Song

Original anime centers on protagonist transported to parallel world in 5-year-old body at day care center ― The official website for DLE, ABC Frontier, marketing company Mash, and production company helo.inc's Yoshimaho: Yoshi Yoshi Magic original anime project began streaming a lyric video on Friday for the anime's theme song "Yoshi Yoshi Magic." The anime stars: Kentarō Kumagai as Jun Takuya Satō a...
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Tokyo Revengers Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews Bloody Halloween Arc

New arc starts in July with Nakimushi's ending song 'Tokyo Wonder' ― Publisher's note: Please be aware that the symbol in the image below is the manji, which is a very important symbol in numerous cultures and religions, including Japan. In this usage it has no relationship to Nazism. An event for the television anime of Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga debuted the anime's third promotional video, t...
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My Hero Academia Season 5 Anime Previews New 'Internship at Endeavor's Agency' Arc in Video

Man With A Mission, Soushi Sakiyama perform new themes for 5th season's 2nd cours ― The official website for the My Hero Academia anime revealed on Saturday that the show's fifth season will enter the "Internship at Endeavor's Agency" arc of Kohei Horikoshi's original manga for the show's second cours (second quarter of a year). Man With A Mission (Vinland Saga, The Seven Deadly Sins, Log Horizon, Go...
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Takeshi Nogami, Yuriko Nishiyama Each Launch New Manga on Manga Cross Site

Nogami draws Haruka Reset manga, Nishiyama draws Tokugawa Otenba Hime manga ― Akita Shoten's Manga Cross website revealed on Wednesday that both Takeshi Nogami and Yuriko Nishiyama will launch two different manga on the website in July. Yuriko Nishiyama will launch a new manga titled Tokugawa Otenba Hime ~Saigo no Shōgun no Hime-sama to no Yukai na Nichijō~ (The Tokugawa's Tomboy Princess ~Pleasant D...
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My Hero Academia World Heroes' Mission Film Listed With Novel

Anri Takahashi pens novel shipping on film's August 6 opening ― Amazon is listing a novel based on My Hero Academia The Movie: World Heroes' Mission, the third anime film in the franchise. Anri Takahashi, who previously wrote the original manga's My Hero Academia: School Briefs (Boku no Hero Academia Yūei Hakusho) spinoff novel series, is listed as the author. Takahashi also previously wrote a novel ...

Funimation Expands Streaming Service to Colombia, Chile, Peru

Funimation previously expanded to Mexico, Brazil with Spanish, Portuguese subtitles, dubs in December ― Funimation announced on Wednesday that it is expanding its Latin American service to Colombia, Chile, and Peru. The service is already available as a "web-only preview," and will expand next month on various other platforms where Funimation is available. Funimation expanded to Mexico and Brazil wit...
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