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This Week in Anime - Saturday Morning Astro Boy

1963 does 2003 in anime's first foray in television. Osamu Tezuka's vision of the future-past is one hell of a ride. ― Step into the time machine because we're going to a place beyond color and reason. The year is 1963 and Osamu Tezuka's Astroboy is flying through the airwaves. The futuristic vision of 2003 was full of boy robots, fencing sphinges, and furries of course. Let's crank it up to 100,000...
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Magical Girl Raising Project BR

Although this dark magical girl series does a lot of other things at least relatively well, it is ultimately limited by problems with its tone. ― Although this 2016 series is listed primarily as a magical girl series (which it unquestionably is), a more accurate way to describe it might be as a hybrid of magical girl and survival game series, as it has nearly as much in common with a King's Game or D...
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The List - 5 Anime We Most Want to See in Live-Action

Imagine if Hollywood gave us the keys to all that hot, hot live-action adaptation money... ― Live-action anime adaptations long had an iffy reputation. There's that Dragonball movie that nobody talks about for good reason, but that doesn't mean Hollywood isn't trying. Popular shows like Cowboy Bebop, My Hero Academia, Naruto, and even One Piece have live-action films and TV series in the works. So I...
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Rock Band WANIMA Cancels 2 Events After COVID-19 Coronavirus Patient Attends Concert

Dentsu HQ staff telecommute, SNK postpones eSports events due to virus ― The official website for rock band WANIMA (One Piece Stampede anime film's theme song) reported on Tuesday that a COVID-19 coronavirus patient from Kumamoto attended their concert in Fukouka on February 8. The website stated that the live venue was not the source of infection. The band has cancelled two of its upcoming concert e...
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Reddit's 2020 Anime Awards Crowns Sarazanmai, Hugtto Precure, Attack on Titan

― Reddit's popular anime discussion board /r/anime organizes its own awards featuring both a jury panel and a popular vote and a livestream to announce the results. The project is relatively new but has seen considerable growth since its debut in 2018, jumping from 300 viewers to over 1,0000. While the awards are new, /r/anime certainly is not; the sub-Reddit thread boasts 1.3 million subscribers. R...
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Hey! Riki Creator Releases Essay Manga About Life as an Orphan

― Artist Kouichi Nagata found success in his long-running action manga Hey! Riki, a story about delinquents at an impoverished high school that fight their way to supremacy. The 31-volume series is a spin-off of Hiroshi Takahashi's prolific Crows and Worst series, also about gangs of kids fighting to rule the campus. Before he became an artist, Nagata faced his own unique survival struggles. In his ...
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Saudi Arabia's Manga Productions, Toei Animation Finish The Journey Film

Film premieres at Cannes Film Festival in May ― Saudi Arabian media company Manga Productions revealed on Monday that it and Toei Animation have finished their animated collaboration film The Journey. The company also announced that it has signed theatrical distribution deals for the movie with VOX Cinemas in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and with Toei's distribution company T-Joy i...
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Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia ‒ Episode 18

When the Babylonia anime was announced, I had one scene that I could not wait to see. It's finally here, and it blows my lofty expectations clear out of the stratosphere.
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In/Spectre ‒ Episode 7

While the stakes are escalated, this episode doesn't really cover much new philosophical ground.
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This Week in Anime - Saturday Morning Astro Boy

1963 does 2003 in anime's first foray in television. Osamu Tezuka's vision of the future-past is one hell of a ride. ― Step into the time machine because we're going to a place beyond color and reason. The year is 1963 and Osamu Tezuka's Astroboy is flying through the airwaves. The futuristic vision of 2003 was full of boy robots, fencing sphinges, and furries of course. Let's crank it up to 100,000...
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Tokyo Godfathers Anime Film's Trailer Previews New English Dub

4K restoration screens in U.S. on March 9, 11 ― GKIDS began streaming a trailer on Tuesday for its new English dub of Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers film. The English dub cast includes: Jon Avner as Gin Victoria Grace as Miyuki Shakina Nayfack as Hana Kate Bornstein as Mother Crispin Freeman as Miyuki's Father David Manis as Old Man Jamieson Price as Oota Kirk Thornton as Yasuo GKIDS describes the fi...
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'Shachō, Battle no Jikan Desu!' Anime Reveals Visual, April 5 Premiere

Shun Horie, Kana Ichinose, Azumi Waki more star in anime about dungeoneering company ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of the smartphone strategy role-playing game Shachō, Battle no Jikan Desu! (President, It's Time for Battle!) revealed a key visual and April 5 premiere for the anime on Wednesday. The anime will premiere on AT-X on April 5 at 11:30 p.m., before debuting late...
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Magical Girl Raising Project BR

Although this dark magical girl series does a lot of other things at least relatively well, it is ultimately limited by problems with its tone. ― Although this 2016 series is listed primarily as a magical girl series (which it unquestionably is), a more accurate way to describe it might be as a hybrid of magical girl and survival game series, as it has nearly as much in common with a King's Game or D...
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Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time Anime Reveals Cast, Staff

Hiro Shimono, Yui Ninomiya, Ayana Taketatsu, Hibiku Yamamura, Akari Uehara, Sayaka Senbongi join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Daisuke Hiyama's Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time (Peter Grill to Kenja no Jikan) manga opened on Tuesday and revealed the anime's main cast and staff. The cast includes: Hiro Shimono as Peter Grill Yui Ninomiya as Luvelia Sanctos Ay...
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Tokyopop Announces Love x Love Romance Imprint

Comics industry news source ICv2 reported on Tuesday that North American manga and graphic novel publisher Tokyopop is launching the new romance imprint Love x Love. The imprint will have new and existing works that include shojo, josei, yaoi, and yuri works with "an age range of 13+ to 18+." The imprint will focus on short works, including one-shots, short stories, and series of up to several vol...

Crunchyroll Unveils 7 'Crunchyroll Originals' Works Including Tower of God, Noblesse, God of High School

Telecom Animation Film produces Tower of God, MAPPA produces God of High School, Production I.G produces Noblesse ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday its first slate of "Crunchyroll Originals" works that the company is producing. The currently airing In/Spectre anime is also a "Crunchyroll Originals" product. Crunchyroll confirmed that three of the other seven works announced are being produced at Jap...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Anime's Remaining Episodes to Premiere on April 25

April 11 special, April 18 digest lead into final Alicization episodes ― The official website for the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime announced on Tuesday that the second cours (quarter year) of Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld, the anime's second half, will premiere on April 25. It will premiere on that date at 24:00 (effectively, April 26 at midnight) on the Tokyo MX, Tochigi T...
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Tsugumomo Anime Season 2's 2nd Promo Video Unveils More Cast, April 5 Debut

Kaede Yuasa, Sora Tokui join Tsugu Tsugumomo cast ― The official website for the Tsugumomo television anime posted the second promotional video and second key visual for Tsugu Tsugumomo, the series' second season, on Tuesday. The video announces more cast members and the April 5 premiere for the season, and it also previews AŌP's opening theme song "Kaze Fukeba Tsukiyo no Hate ni" (When the Wind Blow...

Netflix Partners With CLAMP & Kindaichi, Gundam Thunderbolt, Goth, Mardock Scramble, Thermae Romae Creators for New Anime

CLAMP, Shin Kibayashi, Yasuo Ohtagaki, Otsuichi, Tow Ubukata, Mari Yamazaki to expand anime lineup ― The streaming service Netflix announced on Tuesday that it is forming partnerships with six Japanese creators to expand its anime lineup. The streaming service is partnering with the manga creator group CLAMP (X, Cardcaptor Sakura), manga creator Shin Kibayashi (The File of Young Kindaichi, The Drops ...
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Show By Rock!! Fes A Live Smartphone Game Reveals Videos, Spring Launch

Videos preview gameplay, animation & reveal DOKONJOFINGER, REIJINGSIGNAL bands ― The staff of Square Enix's new smartphone rhythm game, Show By Rock!! Fes A Live, revealed on Sunday that the game will launch for iOS and Android devices in spring 2020. The Show By Rock!! franchise's official YouTube channel began streaming two videos. The promotional introduction video previews the bands, gameplay, an...
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Tokyo Karan Koron Group Breaks Up in June

Band performed Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma's 1st ending song ― The official website of the Tokyo Karan Koron band announced on Friday that the band will break up on June 17. The group stated that all five members feel like they have done all they can as a group, and the time has finally come to part ways. Tokyo Karan Koron is composed of vocalist and guitarist Ichirō, keyboardist and vocalist Sensei...

28th Power Rangers Season to Use Ryūsoulger Footage

New series will premiere in 2021 ― The official Twitter account for the Power Rangers franchise began streaming a trailer for the second season of Power Rangers Beast Morphers on Saturday. The ending of the trailer features footage of "season 28" of the Power Rangers franchise, which features footage from the Kishiryū Sentai Ryūsoulger series. The new series will premiere in 2021. Here's the extended...

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A Certain Scientific Railgun T Anime Resumes on Friday After Delay Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus

Episode 7 delayed from last Friday ― The official website and Twitter account for A Certain Scientific Railgun T (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T) anime announced on Tuesday that the anime's seventh episode will run on Friday, February 28, after being delayed from Friday, February 21. The staff had stated that they were delaying the episode because effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus situation had affected...
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Darwin's Game ‒ Episode 7

It's time to accept that like its brethren King's Game, 90% of the time Darwin's Game looks like potato.
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New Unicorm Gundam Gunpla Can 'Transform' By Itself

RX-78-2 Gundam made with 'Gundarium' alloy also announced ― Bandai Spirits announced on Friday that it will release a Unicorn Gundam gunpla model called "Auto-Trans Model RX-0 Unicorn Gundam" as part of the Gundam series' 40th anniversary. The gunpla is equipped with a mechanism that will allow it to transform by itself. Bandai Spirits also announced that it will release a 1/144 scale model of the RX...
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Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop Film Reveals More Cast, Song Artists, Visual

Hiroshi Kamiya, Maaya Sakamoto join cast; never young beach, Taeko Onuki perform theme songs ― The official website for Flying Dog's original anime film Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop (Cider no Yō ni Kotoba ga Wakiagaru) unveiled two new cast members, the theme song artists, and a new visual by character designer Yukiko Aikei for the film on Tuesday. Hiroshi Kamiya and Maaya Sakamoto will join the fil...
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Yomiuri Land to Open Summer Wars Experience Park This Spring

Collaboration with anime film director Mamoru Hosoda's works to run from March 20 to June 7 ― The Tokyo theme park Yomiuri Land will host an area dedicated to anime film director Mamoru Hosoda's works from March 20 to June 7. The collaboration, which is called "Summer Wars Experience Park in Yomiuri Land," celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Summer Wars film. The Summer Wars Experience Park will h...
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Smile Down the Runway ‒ Episode 7

Chiyuki and Ikuto might be opposite sides of the same coin, but their dream to play in the fashion big leagues means they have to exemplify perfection at all times.
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Detective Conan Novel About Akai Family Debuts in Newspaper

Novel arc serializes in newspaper in advance of book release ― The official Twitter account for Yomiuri Chūkōsei Shimbun, a newspaper for junior high and high school students, revealed on Thursday that the Meitantei Conan Akai Family Selection Hiiro no Collection (Detective Conan: Akai Family Selection - Scarlet Collection) novel will make its serial debut in the newspaper on February 28. The novel i...
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2020 Crayon Shin-chan Anime Film Reveals Theme Song, Trailer

Rekishi performs theme song for 28th film in series ― The staff of Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Gekitotsu! Rakuga Kingdom to Hobo Yonin no Yūsha (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Roughly ............................................Four Heroes), the 28th film in the series, announced on Tuesday that musician Takafumi Ikeda's "solo unit" Rekishi will perform the film's theme song "Giga Ai...
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ID: INVADED ‒ Episode 9

This week finds Narihisago trapped in a world of “if only” when he dives into the mysterious Kiki Asukai's ID Well while already inside Momoki's own ID Well.
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 145

After formulating a plan that involves messing with the prison's water supply and sneaking onto an outgoing ship, the gang hits a couple of snags.
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2020 Toei Manga Matsuri Omnibus Film Reveals Kamen Rider Den-O Segment's Title

April 24 omnibus film also incudes Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendō, Recycle Zoo, Butt Detective segments ― The official website for the new installment of the Toei Manga Matsuri omnibus film series revival revealed on Sunday that the Kamen Rider Den-O film segment will be titled Kamen Rider Den-O: Pretty Den-O Tōjō! (Masked Rider Den-O: Pretty Den-O Appears!). The website also revealed two more film segm...
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22/7 ‒ Episode 7

Whoever was in charge of Jun's breakdown deserves extra commendations, especially for allowing Jun's face to twist and contort in a surprisingly realistic way.
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The [email protected] Voice Actress Misa Kayama Announces Marriage

― Voice actress Misa Kayama, who is best known for playing Tamami Wakiyama in The [email protected] Cinderella Girls, announced her recent marriage in a blog post on Saturday. She wrote that she married an "ordinary person" (someone not in the entertainment industry) who is "sensitive, shy, and nervous, the exact opposite of me." She also wrote that she plans to "push forward" and go one step further in bo...

Funimation Adds Gurren Lagann, Cells at Work!, March comes in like a lion, More Anime

Also: Charlotte, Eromanga Sensei, DAKAICHI Anime ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will begin streaming the following anime from Aniplex on Tuesday. Gurren Lagann Cells at Work! March comes in like a lion Charlotte Eromanga Sensei DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year-​ The Gurren Lagann, Cells at Work!, March comes in like a lion, and Charlotte anime will stream in Engli...
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story ‒ Episode 8

“You Definitely Shouldn't Respond” once again sees the show challenging itself to sustain a full half-hour with little more than mood and crumbs of exposition
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22/7 Voice Actress Mizuha Kuraoka Goes on Hiatus Due to Health

Fellow idol Urara Takatsuji also began hiatus this month ― The official website for the 22/7 idol project announced on Monday that group member Mizuha Kuraoka is going on hiatus due to health problems. The project's staff will make an announcement when Kuraoka is able to return to work. She plays Miyako Kōno in the project's anime. The announcement stated that Kuraoka has had several recurrences of p...
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Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A Manga Resumes After 7 Years

Spinoff series inspired TV anime in 2012 ― This year's third issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan announced on Tuesday that Ritz Kobayashi and Aguri Igarashi's Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A spinoff manga will resume in the next issue on March 25. The manga will continue the story from the sixth compiled book volume that shipped in August 2013. The first new chapter will have color opening pa...
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Voice Actress Chiaki Takahashi Leaves Hospital After Appendicitis

The [email protected] voice actress hospitalized since last Tuesday ― Voice actress Chiaki Takahashi revealed on her Twitter account on Monday that she has been discharged after hopitalization due to acute appendicitis. She thanked her followers for their concern and encouragement. Takahashi revealed last Tuesday that she would return to work this week. She explained that she suffered from severe stomach pa...
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Kojima Productions Cancels GDC Attendance Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

SIE, Facebook announced withdrawal on Thursday ― Kojima Productions announced on Monday that it has canceled its appearance at this year's Game Developer's Conference (GDC) due to COVID-19 coronavirus concerns. The company's full statement reads: Kojima Productions has made the difficult decision to cancel our participation at the 2020 Game Developers Conference due to increasing concerns related to ...
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Aniplex.exe's English Video Previews 1st 2 Novel Games for 2020 (Update)

Aniplex of America releases ATRI: My Dear Moments, Adabana Odd Tales in N. America ― Aniplex of America confirmed on Monday that it will release the first two works in Aniplex's new "novel game" brand Aniplex.exe in North America. The company began streaming an English version of the promotional video for Aniplex.exe's first two games, ATRI: My Dear Moments and Adabana Itan (Adabana Odd Tales). The v...
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Live-Action Isekai Izakaya "Nobu" Series Unveils Additional Cast

Series premieres on May 15 ― The official website for the live-action series of Natsuya Semikawa's Isekai Izakaya "Nobu" light novel series revealed more cast members for the show on Sunday. The new cast includes: (Top row, left to right in image above) Jin Shirasu as Nikolaus, a palace guard in the capital Yutaka Kobayashi as Hans, a palace guard who is entranced by the food at Nobu Akane Hotta as H...

Inferno Cop Voice Actor Junichi Goto Passes Away in Motorcycle Accident at 40

Goto played Inferno Cop's title role, roles in Ninja Slayer, SSSS.Gridman ― Voice actor Junichi Goto was riding on a motorcycle when it collided with the left side wall of the Shuto Expressway's Haneda Route in Tokyo's Ōta Ward at about 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 24. He was rushed unconscious to a hospital, but was pronounced dead due to head injuries. He was 40. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police's Ex...
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Crunchyroll Expands One Piece Streaming to Europe, Middle East, North Africa

Simulcast episodes available in English-speaking Europe, MENA, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe ― Crunchyroll announced on Sunday that it has made its stream of the One Piece anime available to Europe and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The simulcast episodes of the anime are available to free users in English-speaking Europe, Spain, Portugal, Italian speaking Europe, and the Middle Ea...
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40th Nihon SF Taishō Awards Honor Late Authors Hideo Azuma, Taku Mayumura

Issui Ogawa, Dempow Torishima both won Grand Prize ― The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of Japan (SFWJ) announced on Monday that it has posthumously awarded late science fiction authors Hideo Azuma and Taku Mayumura with the Meritorious Service Award in its 40th Nihon SF Taishō Awards. Azuma passed away on October 13 last year, and Mayumura passed away on November 3. Issui Ogawa and Dempow Torishi...

Netflix Unveils Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege Show's Trailer, Cast

Polygon Pictures animates 6-episode series with 2 more teased ― Netflix unveiled a new trailer and cast list for the upcoming Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege animated series on Saturday. Polygon Pictures is animating the series, and Rooster Teeth is producing. The series of six 22-minute episodes will debut on Netflix this year, and Netflix is teasing two more series, including Transfo...

07th Expansion Party 7 Event Delayed to November

Celebration of games by Higurashi: When They Cry/Umineko When They Cry circle was slated for May 6 ― Doujin game circle 07th Expansion announced on Sunday that its "07th Expansion Party 7" event will be postponed to November 8 "in light of the current state of affairs," without citing a specific reason. The event was originally planned to take place on May 6. The event celebrates 07th Expansion and d...
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Interspecies Reviewers ‒ Episode 7

As unsettling as some of that content can be, it's still quite creative in its development within a fantasy setting.

Sonic the Hedgehog Film Tops US$200 Million Worldwide

Film has earned an estimated US$106 million domestically, US$96.5 million overseas ― Entertainment news magazine Variety and the Box Office Mojo website reported on Sunday that Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog film earned the estimated equivalent of US$38.3 million from overseas markets over the weekend, with the total foreign gross of the film standing at an estimated US$96.5 million. With the...
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Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! ‒ Episode 8

Our heroes are ready for the big premiere of their Robot Club short - but Tsubame's famous parents are lurking right around the corner in yet another fantastic episode.
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The List - 5 Anime We Most Want to See in Live-Action

Imagine if Hollywood gave us the keys to all that hot, hot live-action adaptation money... ― Live-action anime adaptations long had an iffy reputation. There's that Dragonball movie that nobody talks about for good reason, but that doesn't mean Hollywood isn't trying. Popular shows like Cowboy Bebop, My Hero Academia, Naruto, and even One Piece have live-action films and TV series in the works. So I...
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neco's Ore no Yubi de Midarero. Adult Manga Gets TV Anime

Newest ComicFesta anime stars Wataru Komada, Yuri Yamaoka, Takuma Nagatsuka ― An official website launched on Sunday to announce that neco's Ore no Yubi de Midarero. ~Heiten-go no Salon, Ijiwaru ni Jirasarete~ adult manga is inspiring an anime adaptation that will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 5 at 25:00 (effectively April 6 at 1:00 a.m.). The anime's title is Ore no Yubi de Midarero. ~Heiten-go Fura...

Kadokawa, Kodansha, Shueisha, Shogakukan Reach Settlement With Cloudflare

American company agrees to stop caching pirated content on its servers ― Shuppan Kōhō Center announced on Thursday that Japanese publishers Kadokawa, Kodansha, Shueisha, and Shogakukan reached a settlement with American web security company Cloudflare in June 2019. Cloudflare agreed to stop caching content on its Japanese servers from specified piracy websites if the Tokyo District Court deems that t...
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New Mashin Eiyūden Wataru Anime Project Reveals Cast, April 10 Premiere

Project also gets digital novel, magazine content ― A livestream presentation revealed on Sunday the main cast and April 10 premiere for "Mashin Eiyūden Wataru Shichi Tamashii no Ryūjinmaru" (Seven-Souled Ryūjinmaru), anime studio Sunrise and Bandai Spirits' Tamashii Nations toy brand's new project in the Mashin Eiyūden Wataru franchise. The anime will have a total of nine episodes divided between tw...

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Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun ‒ Episode 7

Narratively, the story was all over the place, stringing together romantic intrigue with new worldbuilding and the introduction of a rumor that concludes the episode at a very awkward moment.
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Shirobako Promotes Real-Life Anime Industry Job Fairs

'Waku Work 2021', 'Waku Work 2021: Creative Jobs' job fairs to be held on March 3, 4 ― The upcoming Shirobako film has announced that it is collaborating with the real-life anime industry job fairs "Waku Work 2021" and "Waku Work 2021: Creative Jobs," which will be held on March 3 and 4 respectively. The film has released a key visual for the collaboration showing characters Aoi Miyamori and Ema Yasu...
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Haikyu!! To The Top ‒ Episode 7

All of it really comes down to Kageyama's own confusion and conflict over what it means to be a good teammate.
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 82

If you're gonna make music, you need instruments. And if you've got instruments, you need somebody to play them.
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Fate/Stay Night Teams Up With Kobe Tourism Bureau

1st visual shows Saber standing near Kobe's iconic red bridge ― Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song, the third film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel film trilogy, will be collaborating with the Kobe Tourism Bureau. The fictional city of Fuyuki is inspired by several landmarks in Kobe. The anime launched a collaboration website on Friday. The first released visual shows Saber standing...
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Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove it ‒ Episode 9

At the island, we get some classic anime beach trip tropes with a sciency twist.
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Senku Needs Your Ingenuity in Dr. Stone Escape Room

Escape rooms by SCRAP will commence from February 21 ― Dr. Stone's escape room is opening in Tokyo on February 21. The concept behind the escape room is very true to the themes of the anime and manga series itself: Senku is trapped inside a stone cave, and he needs your ingenuity to break everyone out. Not only will participants solve puzzles, they will also get to be involved in science experiments....
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If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die ‒ Episode 7

At this stage in the story, it only makes me burn more with the question of exactly why Maina fandom is all Eripiyo has in her life.
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Ghibli Museum Closes on February 25-March 17 Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

Square Enix scales back Final Fantasy XI, XIV presence at PAX East ― The Ghibli Museum announced on Saturday that it will be closed from February 25 to March 17 due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus disease. The museum noted that the metropolis of Tokyo issued a policy statement about postponing or canceling events until mid-March, as these next three weeks are a critical period for containin...

New Tokyo Mew Mew Project Teased With Countdown Site

Countdown for magical girl franchise ends on April 2 ― A website opened on Saturday, February 22 at 22:22:22 with a countdown to tease a new project for the Tokyo Mew Mew franchise. Some Japanese people unofficially celebrate February 22 as "Cat Day" due to the wordplay between the Japanese terms for "2" (ni) and "meow" or "mew" (nyan). The countdown will end on April 2 at 22:22:22 Japan Time (9:22:2...
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Cuvie's Erzsebet Manga Ends

Historical fiction manga about Hungarian independence launched in 2017 ― Kodansha's Comic Days manga website published the final chapter on Friday of Cuvie's Erzsebet manga. Cuvie had launched the manga in Kodansha's Nemesis magazine in April 2017, but moved the manga to the Comic Days website after Nemesis ceased publication in August 2018. Kodansha published the manga's second volume on June 7. The...
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Smokin' Parade Manga by Deadman Wonderland Duo Enters Final Arc

"Steampunk action" manga launched in 2015; Yen Press publishes series in English ― The Twitter account for the Animate retail chain store in Takatasuki city in Osaka prefecture posted a picture on Saturday of the eighth volume of Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou's Smokin' Parade manga, which reveals that the manga has entered its final arc with the volume. The volume ships officially on February 25. ...
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Kindaichi Case Files Gaiden Spinoff Manga Ends Within Next Month

Manga centering on thoughts of criminals launched in July 2017 ― Tetsuya Fujikawa, an editor for Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine, stated on Twitter on Wednesday that Shinpei Funatsu will end the Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo Gaiden: Hannin-tachi no Jikenbo (Kindaichi Case Files Spinoff: Criminal Case Files) spinoff manga within the next month. Funatsu launched the manga in July 2017 on Kodansha's Mag...
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Voice Actor Hisashi Katsuta Passes Away

Voice of Astro Boy's Dr. Ochanomizu was 92 ― The Asahi Shinbun newspaper reported on Saturday that voice actor Hisashi Katsuta passed away on Friday of senility. He was 92. Katsuta is perhaps best known as the voice of Dr. Ochanomizu in the Astro Boy anime series. He reprised the role in the 1980 and 2003 versions of the anime, as well as in the Astro Boy: Hero of Space and Astro Boy: Shinsen-gumi fi...
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Golden Japanesque Manga by Kare First Love's Kaho Miyasaka Approaches Climax

Manga about young woman in Meiji era Yokohama launched in October 2018 ― The April issue of Shogakukan's Cheese! magazine announced on Saturday that Kaho Miyasaka's Golden Japanesque: Yokohama Karen-tan manga is nearing its climax. Miyasaka launched the manga in Cheese! in its December 2018 issue, after ending the Akai Ito spinoff manga 1/100,000 in the October 2018 issue of the magazine. Shogakukan ...
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Ryota Ohsaka, Yumi Kakazu Join Cast of Healin' Good Precure Anime

Voice actors play Hinata's older siblings ― Toei Animation announced two more cast members on Saturday for Healin' Good Precure, the 17th and newest Precure (Pretty Cure) television anime series. Ryota Ohsaka as Yōta Hiramitsu, Hinata's older brother Yumi Kakazu as Mei Hiramatsu, Hinata's older sister The anime premiered on ABC and TV Asahi on February 2 at 8:30 a.m. (the same timeslot as the previou...
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Dorohedoro Anime Casts Shigeru Chiba as Chidaruma

Anime premiered on January 12 ― The official website for the television anime of Q Hayashida's Dorohedoro manga revealed on Saturday that Shigeru Chiba is joining the show's cast as Chidaruma. The anime premiered in Japan on January 12. The anime streams in Japan on Netflix, and Netflix premiered the show before its premiere on Japanese television. The anime will have 12 television episodes plus six ...
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Lovesick Ellie Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Fujimomo launched manga in July 2015, with English digital release by Kodansha Comics ― The April issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine announced on Saturday that Fujimomo's Lovesick Ellie (Koi Wazurai no Ellie) manga will end in three chapters. The manga will not appear in the magazine's May issue, and will resume in the June issue on April 24. If the manga does not take any other breaks it should en...
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Hiroshi Takahashi Starts '3rd Part' of Jank Runk Family Manga Around April

Hiroshi Takahashi's crossover with OREN'S manga launched in 2016 ― Manga creator Hiroshi Takahashi posted on Twitter on Tuesday that his Jank Runk Family manga will start its "third part" around April. The manga is a crossover with the OREN'S manga, which artist Yanse Kazu and Takahashi launched in September 2015 in Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Young Champion magazine. The OREN'S manga is set in the after...

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Usogui's Toshio Sako to Move Batuque Manga Online

Manga launched in Young Jump in July 2018 ― Manga creator Toshio Sako stated on Twitter on Thursday that their Batuque manga will end serialization in Shueisha's Young Jump magazine after all the chapters that will be in the manga's eight volume are published in the magazine. Afterward, the manga will continue online. Sako stated that they want to draw other various works while also continuing Batuqu...
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Emma: A Victorian Romance Anime's English Dub Casts James Rieser as Hakim

Kickstarter campaign for dub ran from September-October 2018 ― Right Stuf's Nozomi Entertainment label revealed on Kickstarter on Friday that James Rieser will voice Hakim in the new English dub of the Emma: A Victorian Romance anime. Other dub cast members include: British voice actress Eileen Montgomery as Emma Ted Lewis as William Jessica Calvello as Eleanor Wayne Grayson as William's father Richa...
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Ride Your Wave Film Earns US$300,789 in U.S. Screenings

Fathom Events screened film in U.S. on Wednesday ― The Box Office Mojo website is reporting that Masaaki Yuasa's Ride Your Wave film earned US$298,990 on Wednesday and US$1,799 on Thursday in its screenings in the United States, for a total of US$300,789. Fathom Events screened the film for a one-night-only screening on February 19. The screening was in Japanese with English subtitles, and screened i...
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Glacier Bay Books Releases Glaeolia Collection of Indie Manga in English

Collection to include works by 12 authors ― The America-based online bookstore Glacier Bay Books announced on Friday that it will release Glaeolia, a collection of indie manga, in English. The volume will feature more than 250 pages. Glacier Bay Books describes the collection: We're proud to announce Glaeolia, a new 250+ page English-language collection of indie manga, with stories from Arantoochika,...
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'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate' Game Launches in the West this Spring

PQube, Rice Digital reveal collector's edition with Hestia pillowcase ― PQube and Rice Digital announced on Friday that they will release 5pb.'s Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate game for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC in the West this spring. The companies also announced they will release a Collector's Edition of the game for the Switch and PS4 versions t...
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Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song Counts Down to Release with 100 Illustrations

Last film in Heaven's Feel trilogy opens in Japan on March 28 ― Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song, the third film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel film trilogy has been counting down to its March 28 release in Japan with daily illustrations for 100 days. The illustrations include CGs from the original Fate/stay night visual novel, anime character visuals, and key art. Each illustra...
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Switch Game's Overview Trailer, Commercials Streamed

Game ships on March 6 ― Nintendo began streaming an overview trailer on Friday for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, its Nintendo Switch remake of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS games. The trailer previews the game's story and gameplay. Nintendo also began streaming two television commercials for the g...
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Life-sized Scopedog Robot Mecha from Votoms to be Unveiled in Inagi City

Designer Kunio Okawara to attend unveiling ceremony on March 15 ― Inagi City in Tokyo's Tama region announced on Wednesday that it will be erecting a life-sized monument of a Scopedog from Armored Trooper Votoms inside the Inagi Pear Park in front of the Inagi-Naganuma station. The unveiling ceremony will take place on March 15 at the Inagi Pear Park. The Scopedog will join a statue of Amuro Ray's Gu...
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Seven Seas Licenses Cutie and the Beast, Blue Giant Manga, 'Yes, No, or Maybe?' Light Novels

Also: ROLL OVER AND DIE: I Will Fight for an Ordinary Life with My Love and Cursed Sword! light novels ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed the Cutie and the Beast and Blue Giant manga. The company also licensed the ROLL OVER AND DIE: I Will Fight for an Ordinary Life with My Love and Cursed Sword! and Yes, No, or Maybe? light novels. Seven Seas will release the first v...
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The Laughing Salesman Manga Gets Stage Play

Play starring Ryūji Satō debuts in Tokyo in April, runs in Kobe in May ― Nelke Planning announced on Friday that it is producing the first stage play of Fujiko Fujio A's (Motoo Abiko) Warau Salesman (The Laughing Salesman) manga for a spring debut. The play, titled Warau Salesman the Stage, will run at Shinagawa Prince Hotel's Stellar Ball in Tokyo from April 23 to May 3, followed by AiiA 2.5 Theater...
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Somali and the Forest Spirit ‒ Episode 7

We know that Golem's got a set expiration date, but what happens if he becomes too damaged to make it to that point?
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One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 Game's Videos Preview Mihawk, Buggy, Hancock, Ivankov

Game launches in Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia on March 27 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming four character videos for the One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on Friday. The videos preview Dracule Mihawk, Buggy, Boa Hancock, and Emporio Ivankov. The game will debut for the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch in Japan on March 26, and...
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Dino Girl Gauko 2nd Season Premieres on Netflix on March 20

Also in March: Lu over the Wall, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction ― Netflix announced on Wednesday that it will begin streaming the second season of the kids anime Dino Girl Gauko (Kyōryū Shōjo Gauko) on March 20. The company also announced that Lu Over the Wall will debut on the service on March 18, and both Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Resident Evil: Extinction will debut on Ma...
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Actors, MC, Production Staff Comment on ID: INVADED Event

ID: INVADED held a special event on February 2 featuring series director Ei Aoki, character designer Atsushi Ikariya, original character designer Yūki Kodama, and voice actors Kenjiro Tsuda (brilliant detective Sakaido), Yoshimasa Hosoya (Funetaro Momoki), and Junya Enoki (Kazuo Wakashika). Comedian Yūki Iwai served as the MC. The event involved an installation show, a screening of episodes 5 and ...
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Seattle's Sakura-Con to Host BEASTARS Anime Staff

Director Shinichi Matsumi, producer Yoshihiro Watanabe, voice actress Sayaka Senbongi attend April convention ― The official website for Seattle's Sakura-Con convention announced on Wednesday that it will host BEASTARS anime director Shinichi Matsumi (seen right in image below), business producer Yoshihiro Watanabe (left), and Haru's voice actress Sayaka Senbongi (center) at this year's event. The BE...
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If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die ‒ Episode 6

It's an idea that OshiBudo hasn't quite interrogated yet, but at least is reflecting on: What our favorites do for us as their fans and what kind of support they should expect from us.
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Fuji TV Producer Discusses Their Increasing Focus on BL Anime

Shares why Twittering Birds Never Fly was greenlit as an R-18 film ― Livedoor News recently interviewed Fuji TV producer Yuka Okayasu regarding Fuji TV's new anime label "Blue Lynx." It's first anime film announcement was an adaptation of Kou Yoneda's Twittering Birds Never Fly (Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai) manga. Okayasu discussed the circumstances behind creating the label and greenlighting Twitter...
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Yasuhiro Kamimura Becomes New Representative Director of Gainax

Yuko Takaishi, Atsushi Moriyama, Yoshiki Usa also become board members ― Gainax announced on Tuesday that Yasuhiro Kamimura (Groundworks representative director) became the company's new representative director on December 28. Additionally, Yuko Takaishi (Kadokawa Anime Business Department Anime Production Division head), Atsushi Moriyama (King Records Rights Division senior operating officer), and Y...
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Haikyu!! Manga Takes 1-Week Break for Research

― This year's 13th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Saturday that Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! manga will take a one-week break in the 14th issue so that Furudate can perform research. The manga will return in the 15th issue on March 9. The manga recently took a break from the 11th issue on February 10 due to Furudate's "sudden illness." The manga entered its final arc on...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, February 10-16

Live-action Ship of Theseus earns 11.8% rating ― Last week's episode of the live-action series adaptation of Toshiya Higashimoto's Ship of Theseus manga aired on TBS on Sunday, February 16 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned an 11.8% rating. Last week's episode of the live-action series adaptation of Maki Enjōji's An Incurable Case of Love (Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko made mo) manga aired on TBS on Tuesday, Febru...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, February 10-16

Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: February 10-16 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwHatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix Sega February 13 53,606 53,606 2NSwPokémon Sword & Shield Nintendo November 15, 2019 24,534 3,427,385 3PS4Granblue Fantasy: Versus Cygames February 6 12,165 98,413 4NSwMinecraft Nintendo June 21, 2018 11,275 ...
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Hiroshi Motomiya Launches New Manga in Grand Jump in April

Manga teased as Motomiya's 1st "teacher" manga ― This year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Hiroshi Motomiya will launch a new manga in the 10th issue on April 15. The magazine teased the manga as Motomiya's first "teacher" manga. Grand Jump posted an image on Wednesday to preview the new manga (top in image below) 次号より、グラジャン新連載攻勢4連弾!第1弾(3/4発売No.7) 津島隆太「セックス依...
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[email protected] Million Live Cruise & Sony, Facebook's GDC Attendance Canceled Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

Also: Sanrio Puroland theme park in Tokyo closes on February 22-March 12 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on The [email protected] franchise's official website on Friday that The [email protected] Million Live! One Night Cruise Welcome!! Aboard tour has been canceled to ensure the health and safety of those who would have participated. The website cited the confirmation of cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus d...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game's Latest Video Previews Kefla

DLC character launches in game on February 28 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a new video on Thursday for the Dragon Ball FighterZ game that previews the DLC character Kefla. Kefla is part of the game's "FighterZ Pass 3" season, and will launch in the game on February 28. The character Goku (Ultra Instinct) is also part of the pass, and will launch in spring. The pass will also in...
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Naho, Cast Perform Theme Songs for Tamayomi Baseball Anime

Anime premieres in April ― The staff for the television anime of Mountain Pukuichi's Tamayomi manga announced the theme song artists for the anime on Friday. Singer-songwriter Naho will perform the opening theme song "Never Let You Go," and the voice actresses who voice the members of the Shin Koshigaya High School Women's Baseball Club in the anime will perform the ending theme song "Plus Minus Zero...
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Media Blasters to Release Eiken, Jungle de Ikou!, Jubei-Chan 2 Anime on Blu-ray Disc

Releases planned for this year will include English dub ― Media Blasters and its AnimeWorks label announced on Facebook on Wednesday that they will release the Eiken OVA, the Jubei-Chan 2: The Counterattack of Siberia Yagyu television anime, and the Jungle de Ikou! OVA on Blu-ray Disc this year. The companies stated that they have re-licensed all three anime from King Records. The releases will mark ...
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Oya-san to Boku Manga Gets TV Anime Shorts in March

Best-selling essay manga about author, his landlady inspired anime short in January 2018 ― NHK announced on Friday Tarō Yabe's Oya-san to Boku (Landlady and Me) essay manga is getting a series of anime shorts that will premiere on NHK on March 2 at 11:45 p.m. The anime will air for five consecutive nights, and each episode will be five-minutes long. Akiko Yano will perform the theme song. Hazumu Saku...
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Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Anime's 2nd Season Video Reveals April 9 Debut

2nd season debuts streaming on Gundam Channel on YouTube before TV premiere ― Sunrise began streaming a new promotional video for the second season of Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE, Sunrise's latest Gundam Build project, on Friday. The video reveals the anime's April 9 streaming debut date on Sunrise's Gundam Channel on YouTube. The series will also premiere on the satellite channel BS11 on April 11, a...
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Gundam Build Divers Gets New Battlogue Animation for Fan-Voted Gunpla Battles

Fan vote for Gunpla battles begins in April ― Sunrise announced on Friday that it will produce Gundam Build Divers Series: Battlogue, a tentatively titled new animation work in the Gundam Build Divers anime franchise that will depict fan-voted Gundam plastic model (Gunpla) battles. Sunrise will launch a special site for voting for fans' favorite battles in April. Sunrise did not announce a debut date...
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Gundam Build Franchise Gets Live-Action Video by Psycho-Pass Chief Director Katsuyuki Motohiro

Celebrating Gundam models' 40th anniversary ― Sunrise announced on Friday that it is producing a live-action video based on the Gundam Build spinoff franchise that will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bandai's Gundam model kit line. Katsuyuki Motohiro is directing the tentatively titled "Shin Gundam Build Divers" (New Gundam Build Divers) video. Sunrise did not announce a release date for the video...
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Live-Action Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Film to Compete at Italy's Udine Far East Film Fest

Film opened in Japan on February 7 at #1 ― The cast and staff for the live-action film of Fujita's Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) manga revealed during at a special appearance at a Thursday screening that the film will screen in competition at The Udine Far East Film Festival 22 in Udine, Italy. The festival will take place from April 24 to May 2. The film opened in Japa...
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