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Bad Friends GN

Dark and at times difficult, this Korean comic looks back at the ways that friends can both save and destroy us. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Bad Friends, award-winning manhwaga Ancco's English-language debut, is brutal. That's not to say that it's full of violence or horrors, although there is a lot of physical abuse. What makes it so difficult is the combination of clear-eyed hindsight and ...
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My Monster Secret GN 12

My Monster Secret maintains confidence and charm as it continues to explore its central relationship, even if individual chapters are hit or miss. Nick Creamer has the details. ― It's always felt a little strange to me that so many romantic comedies tend to end the moment their principle couples actually get together. Embracing an actual relationship means abandoning some of the “will they or won't t...
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This Week in Games - Retrogame Roundups Rated

Todd guest-hosts and roots through this year's retro-game compilations! Plus Panzer Dragoon, Doraemon, and Smash Bros. speculation! ― Well, here I am, guest-hosting again and just in time for the holidays. Winter and Christmas are upon us, and that's relevant because this the only season with which I associate certain games. I'll go through spring, summer, and fall without much thought, but when wint...
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New Game!! - Season Two BD/DVD

New Game’s second season improves on the first while still staying true to its core appeal. Nick Creamer cheers on this charming sequel. ― The first season of New Game! was a very pleasant time all around, presenting the trials and tribulations of a small game development studio with all the coziness it could possibly afford. New Game!'s gentle slice of life storytelling meant it didn't really succee...
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IRODUKU: The World in Colors ‒ Episode 11

"If Hitomi and Yuito's relationship can make it through the dark of the moon, maybe we'll get that Disney ending after all – or at least Hitomi will come out stronger on the other side."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 11

"We already knew that Narancia was a firecracker, but now we see exactly how far he's willing to go."
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Boarding School Juliet ‒ Episode 11

"I'm usually able to take an episode's aesthetic failings in stride if the story can pick up the slack, but it's another issue altogether when they become this distracting."
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A Certain Magical Index III ‒ Episode 11

"It's time for another lively affair involving superpowers, all sorts of new characters, and plenty of twists."
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Bloom Into You ‒ Episode 11

"I have confidence that Bloom Into You will pull off its climax in the best way possible, avoiding obnoxious "rivalry" clichés for something that truly does its characters justice."
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Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Pro Console Announced for Western Release, Sells Out Quickly Online

― Ever since Square Enix revealed the Kingdom Hearts III-themed PlayStation 4 Pro bundle for Japan at E3, Western fans have been clamoring for a version to release in their territories. Well, Square Enix has delivered with an announcement on Friday, but you had to have acted fast, unfortunately. The bundle is available at GameStop stores in the United States for US$399.99 and at EBGames stores in Ca...
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Kinokuniya Bookstore Holds 'Dragon Ball Super Fair' in Anticipation of Broly Film

Dragon Ball Super: Broly opened in Japanese theaters on Friday ― Japanese bookstore chain Kinokuniya has been getting into the Dragon Ball Super: Broly hype lately. The company's Shinjuku branch is holding a "Dragon Ball Super Fair" from December 1 to 20, which involves a mini-exhibit of the manga art and a shop with exclusive goods. The fair celebrates the Japanese release of the Dragon Ball Super: ...
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Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team Game Adds Real-World Soccer Players

― Mobile game developer KLab Inc. launched the worldwide version of its Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team smartphone game back in December 2017. As the release is marking its one-year anniversary, the developer added virtual versions of real-world soccer players Roberto Carlos, Morientes, and Guti. The athletes debuted in the simulation game on Friday. The World Football Legends: Los Galácticos event will...
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Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store Manga Switches to Digital Publication

― The January 2019 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine announced on Saturday that Matsukoma and Hashimoto's Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store (Nietzsche-sensei ~Konbini ni, Satori Sedai no Shinjin ga Maiorita~) manga is switching from the magazine to the "Comic Bridge" website. The next chapter will debut on the website on January 29. The comedy manga follows a male part-time late-n...
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Bad Friends GN

Dark and at times difficult, this Korean comic looks back at the ways that friends can both save and destroy us. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Bad Friends, award-winning manhwaga Ancco's English-language debut, is brutal. That's not to say that it's full of violence or horrors, although there is a lot of physical abuse. What makes it so difficult is the combination of clear-eyed hindsight and ...
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The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince Game's English Release Previewed in Video

Game launches in U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand on February 12 ― NIS America began streaming a clip on Saturday from its The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince (Usotsuki Hime to Mōmoku Ōji) game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. NISA will release the game on February 12 in the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand (only the release in the United States will have a physical edit...

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Anime Central 2019 to Host Voice Actress Mai Nakahara

Event to mark My-HiME, Higurashi voice actress's 1st time at N. American convention ― The Anime Central convention announced last month that it will host voice actress Mai Nakahara at the convention's 2019 event. The event will mark Nakahara's first appearance at a North American convention. Nakahara debuted as a voice actress with the agency I'm Enterprise in 2000. She has voiced characters in such ...
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Kingdom Hearts III Director Tetsuya Nomura Issues Comment on Game Leaks

New commercial streamed for game launching on January 25 in Japan, January 29 in the West ― The official Twitter account for the Kingdom Hearts game series posted a message from game director Tetsuya Nomura on Sunday regarding game leaks for Kingdom Hearts III that have surfaced in the last few days. The notice reads: (Click on image to see at full size.) The message also confirms what Nomura hinted ...
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Manaria Friends/Mysteria Friends Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

10-episode series of shorts to premiere on January 20 ― The official website for the delayed Manaria Friends television anime, which was formerly known as Rage of Bahamut: Manaria Friends, began streaming the show's second full promotional video on Sunday. Happinet is also streaming a commercial for the anime's Blu-ray Disc release. The website and the YouTube video both list the anime with 10 episod...
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Shironeko Project/Rune Story Smartphone Game Gets TV Anime in 2020

Anime to cover "Zero Chronicle" event celebrating game's 3rd anniversary ― Game developer Colopl announced at the Colopl Fes 2018 event on Sunday that its Shironeko Project smartphone game is getting a television anime project that will premiere in 2020. The anime will cover the "Zero Chronicle: Hajimari no Tsumi" (The First Sin) event that Colopl held in the game for its third anniversary. The game ...
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Sazae-san Anime Gets 1-hour New Year's Special

Special to kick off 50th anniversary for anime that debuted in 1969 ― Fuji TV announced on Sunday that it will air a one-hour New Year's special for the Sazae-san anime series on January 6 at 6:00 p.m. The special is celebrating the start of the anime's 50th anniversary in 2019. The special will air four mini episodes titled "Isono-ke no Kaiun Ryokō: Chichibu wo Iku" (A Trip of Better Fortune for the...
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Idol Group Maneki-kecak Perform New 'Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan' Anime's Ending Theme

New song to debut in series of anime shorts on January 4 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yukiko Natsume's Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan manga revealed on Saturday that the five-member all-female idol group Maneki-kecak (GeGeGe no Kitarō first ending theme) will perform the show's new ending theme song "Itsuka Dokoka de" (Someday Somewhere). The new song will debut in the anim...
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Granblue Fantasy: Relink PS4 Game Previewed in New 14-Minute Gameplay Video

3rd promo video highlighting characters also streamed ― Cygames revealed at the "Granblue Fantasy Fes" on Saturday Granblue Fantasy Project Re:LINK, Cygames and Platinum Games' PlayStation 4 game based on Cygames' Granblue Fantasy smartphone game, is now titled Granblue Fantasy: Relink. Cygames is also streaming a 14-minute second gameplay video, and a two-minute third promotional video for the game....
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Arc System Works Develops Granblue Fantasy Versus Fighting Game for PS4

Gran, Katalina, Charlotta, Lancelot, Ferry confirmed as playable characters ― Cygames announced at the "Granblue Fantasy Fes" event on Saturday that Arc System Works is developing a fighting game for the Granblue Fantasy franchise titled Granblue Fantasy Versus. The game will launch for the PlayStation 4 in Japan in 2019. Playable characters in the game so far include Gran, Katalina, Charlotta, Lance...
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 23

"Once again, Banana Fish's desire to sprint toward another twist works against it."
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Zombie Land Saga ‒ Episode 11

"This installment lacks the whimsy and irreverence of the show's better moments, while focusing on a half-baked last-minute development for the sake of heightened drama."
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Karakuri Circus ‒ Episode 10

"The show's pacing is still completely gonzo, and some of the story's developments would probably have benefited from not getting rushed through so quickly."
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Crunchyroll Teases Project with Animator Kou Yoshinari (Updated)

― Crunchyroll posted short video on Twitter on Friday teasing a project with animator Kou Yoshinari. The video features Crunchyroll's mascot character Hime, which has been the company's mascot since June 2013. Yoshinari has worked as a key animator on such anime as Little Witch Academia, Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka Seven, Re:Zero, Made in Abyss, Garo -Vanishing Line-, Blood: The Last Vampire, and Ev...
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Mai Shows Off Her Disappearing Act in Large-Scale Seishun Buta Yarō Ad

― In Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō series, the heroine Mai is invisible to the gazes of everyone except the protagonist Sakuta. It appears that her "Puberty Syndrome" is in effect even in real life if a recent large-scale advertisement at the JR Akihabara Station is anything to go by. From December 10 to 16, a large poster inside Akihabara Station features characters from the Seishun Buta Yar...
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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Game's New Videos Preview 3 More Aircraft Types

Game slated for PS4/Xbox One on January 18, on PC via Steam on February 1 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming three new videos this week for its Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown game. The videos highlight the F-14D, A-10C, and MiG-31B aircraft. Previous videos highlighted the F-15C, A-10C, and MiG-31B aircraft. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game on January 18, 2019 (January ...
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Watch Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! Anime's Cast Perform Opening Theme

― These days, anime voice actors are multi-talented, and they often perform the theme songs for their shows. However, anime intros and outros are animated, so fans don't usually get to see the actors actually perform the songs. Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! anime fans are in luck, though, because the show's voice actor singing group Wataten☆5 just debuted a music video for the opening theme song "K...

Evo Japan 2019 Fighting Game Tournament Reveals Main Lineup

Tekken 7, Soul Calibur VI, Street Fighter V, KoF XIV, more announced ― The official Twitter account for the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) fighting game tournament revealed the main lineup on Friday for the EVO Japan 2019 event. Next year's event will feature the following six main games: Tekken 7 Soul Calibur VI BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Street Fighter V Arcade Edition The King of Fighters XIV...
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Puffy AmiYumi Duo Guest Star on Chibi Maruko-chan Christmas Special

Duo performs "Koi no Vacance" song by The Peanuts in December 23 special ― The official website for the Chibi Maruko-chan franchise revealed on Sunday that pop duo Puffy (PuffyAmiYumi) will appear and perform in the "Chibi Maruko-chan - Mou Sugu Christmas! Chōnai no Do-jiman Special" (Chibi Maruko-chan - It's Almost Christmas! The Neighborhood Boasting Special) Christmas special. Ami Onuki and Yumi Y...
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2nd 100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams Stage Play Reveals Teaser Visual

― The official website for Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama On Stage, the second stage play adaptation of GCREST's Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama (100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams) smartphone game, revealed a teaser visual for the play on December 8. The visual features Tetsuji Sakakibara as Avi and Ryōhei Takenaka as Kiel. The play will have two different perfor...
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Phantasy Star Online 2 Game's Web Manga Gets Web Anime in January

Rui Tanabe, Rie Hikisaka, Aki Kanada, Sayaka Senbongi, Tomohiro Satō star as MMORPG players ― PSO2 Station, the live-streamed program for Sega's Phantasy Star Online 2 game, announced on Saturday that an anime adaptation of the game's official web manga Puso Ni Comi: Phantasy Star Online 2 Comic has been green-lit. 【WEBマンガ「ぷそ煮コミ」アニメ化決定!】2019年1月8日(火)よりYouTube・ニコニコ動画他で毎週配信予定!『PSO2 STATION!』にて発表されましたPVを...
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Langrisser Mobile Smartphone Game's Video Reveals Open Preregistration

Game launches in early 2019 ― Beijing-based game company ZLONGAME began streaming a gameplay video on Thursday for the global version of its Langrisser Mobile smartphone game based on the Langrisser series. The video reveals that pre-registration on the game is now available. The video also previews the game's English dub. The global version will launch in early 2019. The franchise's copyright holder...
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Live-Action 'Trace' Series Reveals New Visual

Eiichiro Funakoshi, Ryo Nishikido, Yūko Araki star in adaptation of Kei Koga manga ― Fuji TV's website for Trace: Kasōken no Otoko (Trace: The Forensic Researcher Man), the live-action television series adaptation of Kei Koga's Trace: Kasōken Hōi Kenkyūin no Tsuisō (Trace: Recollections of a Forensic Researcher) manga, revealed the main visual for the series on Monday. The visual features from left t...
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2nd Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel Anime Film's Full Trailer Previews Aimer's Theme Song

New footage also previewed from January 12 film; tie-in campaigns outlined ― The live-streamed "Fate [HF] II New Information Unveiling! X'mas 7 Great Presents Special" on the Abema TV service debuted the full trailer for Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly, the second film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy, on Saturday. The trailer features the theme song "I beg y...

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Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn Prologue Short Anime Previewed in Teaser Video (Updated)

Short will debut before "Episode Ardyn" DLC launches in March 2019 ― The official Twitter account for Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV game began streaming a teaser trailer for the "Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue" short anime on Saturday. The game's official Twitter account had revealed a logo and key art for the anime on Friday. Final Fantasy XV "Episode Ardyn" DLC director Takefumi Terada s...
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters Film's Posters Preview 4 Kaiju

Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Michael Dougherty shared four new posters on Twitter on Monday and Friday for the film. The posters feature the film's main four kaiju: Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan. The film was originally slated for March 22, 2019, but is now scheduled to open on May 31, 2019. The film will also open in Japan on May 31. Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga (Up in the ...
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New Fate/Grand Order Stage Play Reveals Visuals for 12 More Cast Members

Play runs in Osaka, Tokyo in January ― The official website for the Fate/Grand Order stage plays revealed more cast visuals on Friday for the new Fate/Grand Order The Stage -Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia- (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) stage play. The new cast in costume includes: Shōichirō Oomi, Mioka Sakamoto (double-cast) as Ri...
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Tales of Crestoria Smartphone Game's Full Concept Video Streamed

Main staff, cast also revealed for game getting worldwide release in 2019 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the full concept movie on Friday for the Tales of Crestoria smartphone game. The game's English Twitter account is streaming an English version of the video. The full version of the concept movie, created by Yasutaka Nakata x Kamikaze Douga!Some surprise guests show up in the video a...
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Uma Musume Pretty Derby Smartphone Game Delayed

― The official website of Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby franchise revealed on Saturday that Cygames has delayed the smartphone game in the franchise in order to raise the game's quality. The company will reveal the new release period at a later date. The game was originally slated for a release this winter. The game's concept begins with Uma Musume (Horse Girls), girls endowed with excellent runn...
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Uma Musume Pretty Derby Spinoff Manga Umayon Gets Anime Project

4-panel manga centers on cute, everyday lives of franchise characters ― Cygames announced at the Cygames Fes event on Saturday that the Uma Musume Pretty Derby spinoff manga series Umayon is getting an anime project. The announcement did not state the format of the project. Jet Kuma (The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Gekijō) draws the manga, and Satoshi Itō is in charge of storyboards. Cygames is credi...

Black Clover's Asta Joins Jump Force Game's Lineup

Fighting game launches on PS4, Xbox One, PC on February 15 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America revealed on Friday that Black Clover manga protagonist Asta is joining the lineup for the Jump Force crossover game. Spike Chunsoft is developing the game, which will launch on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on February 15 in the Americas and Europe and on February 14 in Japan. Those who pre...
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Textbook Character Korasho Stars in February Anime Film

Ikue Ōtani stars in film celebrating character's 20th anniversary ― The anime film Eiga Korasho no Kaitei Wakuwaku Daibouken! (Movie: Korasho's Exciting Under-the-Sea Adventure!) will open in Japan on February 1. The character Korosho, a spirit of a randshell backpack, is from Benesse's Shinken Zemi Shogaku Kōza correspondence course for early elementary schoolers. Yoshiaki Okumura (Antique Bakery, M...

My Hero Academia Manga Takes 7 of Top 20 Spots on U.S. Monthly Bookscan November List

Zelda: Twilight Princess, RWBY, Dragon Ball: Yamcha!, Mob Psycho 100, One Piece also rank ― Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga volume 1 ranked at #2 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for November. All together, My Hero Academia and its My Hero Academia: Vigilantes spinoff held seven spots on the list. This month's list featured 12 manga volumes, including: #2 — Kōhei Horikoshi'...
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HIDIVE to Add Legend of the Galactic Heroes Films to Streaming Catalog

1 film to be added every Saturday for 3 weeks ― HIDIVE announced on Thursday that it will add the Legend of the Galactic Heroes films to its streaming catalog, marking the first time the films have been legally available streaming in the West. The titles will be available in the United states, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Legend of the Galactic Heroes: My...
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Bloom Into You, Riddle Story of Devil Creators Talk Yuri in Latest Newtype Issue

― Bloom Into You manga creator Nio Nakatani and Riddle Story of Devil creators Yun Kouga and Sunao Minakata participated in a round-table conversation in the Newtype January 2019 issue, which went on sale on Monday. The creators discussed the connection they have with each other's works before the conversation turned to yuri tropes and their personal definitions of yuri. It was mentioned in the inte...
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Crunchyroll Adds Hozuki's Coolheadedness 2, RIN-NE 3 Anime to Catalog

2 more anime added from Sentai Filmworks ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added the second season of the Hozuki's Coolheadedness anime and the RIN-NE 3 anime from Sentai Filmworks to its catalog. The second season of Hozuki's Coolheadedness is available for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, the Netherl...
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Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai ‒ Episode 11

"This is the kind of culminating delivery that I would normally associate with an arc's climax rather than its opening act, so I have to wonder what more the story can achieve after this."
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Film Gets 4D Screenings in Japan

Film has earned more than 1.64 billion yen at Japanese box office ― The official website for the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes anime film announced on Friday that the film will get 4D screenings throughout Japan beginning on January 11. The website posted an illustration by the original manga's creator Kohei Horikoshi. The image includes a thank-you to the production staff, and shows Deku in a 4D thea...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re ‒ Episode 22

"The stakes have never been higher than in this arc, but the emotional core of the story has never felt so distant, as if it remains buried in the giant carapace wrapped around Tokyo."
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Funimation President: 'We Tried to Renew Deal with Crunchyroll'

Gen Fukunaga also explains why he believes Funimation's deal with Hulu "makes sense" ― Last month, Crunchyroll and Funimation ended their cross-platform licensing partnership. The deal had enabled the two companies to share their catalog titles on each other's streaming platforms, as well as license titles jointly. In an interview with Newsweek posted on Thursday, Funimation president Gen Fukunaga sa...
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Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Switch Game's Trailer Streamed

Game launches in West on January 18 ― Nintendo of America began streaming a trailer for Grasshopper Manufacture, Marvelous, and Shirogumi's Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes game on Thursday. The video previews Electric Thunder Tiger II, a fictional game that protagonist Travis Touchdown fights through. The game will launch on the Nintendo Switch in North America and Europe on January 18. In the g...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 62

"This episode on its own isn't nearly as exciting as what's to come, but at least the content is back to adequate."
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My Monster Secret GN 12

My Monster Secret maintains confidence and charm as it continues to explore its central relationship, even if individual chapters are hit or miss. Nick Creamer has the details. ― It's always felt a little strange to me that so many romantic comedies tend to end the moment their principle couples actually get together. Embracing an actual relationship means abandoning some of the “will they or won't t...
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Phantasy Star Game Launches in English for Switch as Part of Sega Ages Lineup

Also: Out Run dated for January 10 ― Sega of America and Sega Europe released Phantasy Star digitally for Nintendo Switch on Thursday. The company also announced that Out Run will launch in North America and Europe on January 10. Both games are part of the Sega Ages project for Nintendo Switch. Sega of America describes Phantasy Star: One of the most innovative games of its time, Phantasy Star is a g...
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Trigger Animator Sushio Draws Billboard Ad for Dental Clinic

― Trigger animator and illustrator Sushio posted several photos on Twitter on Thursday showing an illustration he drew for a billboard advertisement. The ad is for a dental clinic named "Momoi Dental Clinic," which is located in Tokyo's Suginami ward. じゃじゃーん!通ってる歯医者の看板のイラスト描いたのだ! pic.twitter.com/cfJxGzfTOo— スシオグミカンパニー🌻 (@sushio_) December 13, 2018 The advertisement displays Sushio's iconic style for...
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Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force Game's Switch Version Slated for January in the West

― Idea Factory International announced on Thursday that it will release Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force for Nintendo Switch in North America in January. Ghostlight announced on Friday that it will release the game in Europe in January. The game will be digital only, and it will include all 25 DLC from the original PlayStation 4 release. Idea Factory International describes the game: In a land fill...
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Manga Answerman - What exactly does a “manga editor” do?

Industry legend and Dark Horse manga editor Carl Horn joins Deb this week for a little enlightenment on what exactly a "manga editor" does. ― What exactly does a “manga editor” do, on both the Japanese side and the English localization side? In my conversations with manga editors in Japan and manga editors in N. America, the basic difference is that the manga editors in Japan are more responsible fo...
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Hoshin Engi Musical Reveals 7 More Visuals

Visuals preview Taikōbō, Kō Hiko, Taiitsu Shinjin, Ōma, Kōyūken, Bunchū ― The official website for the stage musical adaptation of Ryu Fujisaki's Hoshin Engi manga revealed a key visual and six more character visuals on Friday. Shōhei Hashimoto as Taikōbō Jun Takamatsu as Kō Hiko Kentarō Araki as Taiitsu Shinjin Kazuma Aoki as Ōma Kento Muto as Kōyūken Hiroshi Hatanaka as Bunchū The previously reveal...
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Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! Anime's Video Previews Ending Theme

Series premieres on January 8 ― The official website for the television anime of Nanatsu Mukunoki's Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! (An Angel Flew Down to Me!) manga began streaming the second promotional video for the series on Saturday. The video previews the group Wataten☆5's ending theme song "Happy Happy Friends." The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on January 8. The series will then also air on ...
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Dragon Ball Super: Broly Anime Film's TV Ads Streamed

Film opened in Japan on Friday ― Toei began streaming three television commercials for the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film on Friday. The film had its world premiere event at Nippon Budokan on November 14 and opened in Japan on December 14. The English dub had its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on December 13, and the film will open in the United States and Canada on January 16....
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2019 Doraemon Film Reveals Trailer, Visual, More Cast

Film about moon civilization opens in Japan on March 1 ― The staff of Eiga Doraemon no Nobita no Getsumen Tansaki (Doraemon the Movie: Chronicle of the Moon Exploration), the Doraemon franchise's 39th film, revealed the second trailer, a poster visual, and additional cast on Friday. The trailer previews Dai Hirai's theme song "The Gift." Junko Minagawa will play the mysterious transfer student Luka (...

Futari H's Aki Katsu Launches New Manga About Woman Who Marries 2 Men

Manga launched online on December 7 ― Manga artist Aki Katsu launched a new manga titled 3 Partner Hajimemashita!! (We started 3 partnership!!) on Shogakukan's "e Big Comic 4" website on December 7. The next chapter will be available on January 4. The manga is about a love between three people, in particular a woman who marries two men. Katsu explained in a comment that his intent was to portray a di...

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New Toei Manga Matsuri Omnibus Anime Project Previewed in Video

New film opening in April to feature Butt Detective, Bakutsuri Bar Hunter, Uchi no 3 Shimai ― Toei began streaming a teaser video for the revival of its Toei Manga Matsuri omnibus film series after 29 years. The new omnibus film will open on April 26, 2019. Toei screened the Toei Manga Matsuri film series from 1969 through 1990 during long break periods such as the summer or winter break to advertise...
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Jun Fukuyama, Katsuyuki Konishi Join Cast of Laidbackers Theatrical Anime Project

Theatrical project opens in Japan next spring ― The official website for Studio Gokumi's Laidbackers theatrical anime project revealed cast members on Friday for two previously announced characters. The new cast includes: Katsuyuki Konishi as Leonard, the owner of an Indian restaurant next door to the candy shop. Jun Fukuyama as Ron, the owner of a Chinese restaurant next door to the candy shop. The ...
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Ikki Tousen Western Wolves Anime Previews 1st Episode in Video

3-episode series airs on TV starting on January 3 before home video release on February 27 ― Media Factory began streaming a preview video on Friday for the first episode of Ikki Tousen Western Wolves, the newest anime entry in the Ikki Tousen franchise. The three-episode OVA will ship on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on February 27. The anime will also air on AT-X, with the first episode airing on January 3 ...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil Anime Film Reveals New Key Visual, Character Visuals

Film opens in Japan on February 8 ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Carlo Zen and Shinobu Shinotsuki's Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) novel series revealed a third visual on Friday for the upcoming anime film. The site also revealed character visuals for the film. The characters from left to right include Tanya, Visha, Rerugen, Rudersdorf, Zettour, Drake, and Mary. The film will...
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'Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue' Short Anime Reveals Key Art

― The official Twitter account for Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV game revealed the key art and logo on Friday for the "Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue" short anime. A trailer for the anime will premiere on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. JST (7:00 a.m. EST). Final Fantasy XV "Episode Ardyn" DLC director Takefumi Terada stated the anime will "provide context as to why Ardyn became wild for revenge." ...
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Circlet Princess Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, New Key Visual

Series premieres on January 8 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of DMM Games' Circlet Princess web role-playing game began streaming the show's second promotional video on Friday. The video previews Miyuki Hashimoto's opening theme song "HEAT:Moment." The video also reveals that the show will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX on January 8 at 11:00 p.m., before airing on AT-X on J...
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Date A Live III Anime Premieres on January 11

― The official Twitter account for the franchise based on Koushi Tachibana's Date A Live light novel series revealed on Friday that Date A Live III, the third television anime season in the franchise, will premiere on January 11. The anime will premiere on AT-X on January 11 at 9:30 p.m., before airing later that evening on Tokyo MX and KBS Kyoto. The series will also air on TV Aichi, Sun TV, TVQ Br...
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Domestic Girlfriend TV Anime's New Promo Video Previews Ending Theme (Updated)

Hikaru Midorikawa, Daisuke Hirakawa, Kenjiro Tsuda join cast ― DMM Pictures began streaming a new promotional video on Friday for the television anime adaptation of Kei Sasuga's Domestic Girlfriend (Domestic na Kanojo) manga. The video previews Arisa Takigawa's ending theme song "Wagamama" (Selfish). The anime's website has also revealed three more cast members: Hikaru Midorikawa as Reiji Kariya Dais...
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Mob Psycho 100 II Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals, Previews Opening Theme

Akira Ishida, M.A.O, more join cast for series premiering on January 7 ― The official website for Mob Psycho 100 II, BONES' second anime season of ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga, began streaming the show's second promotional video on Friday. The video reveals and previews MOB CHOIR feat. sajou no hana's opening theme song "99.9." sajou no hana will perform the ending theme song "Memosepia." The site also...
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Game Designer, Animator Mayumi Hirota Passes Away

Worked on character designs for Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, Tear Ring Saga ― Illustrator and manga creator Junko Morozumi announced on Thursday that illustrator Mayumi Hirota passed away "a few days ago." Morozumi did not give an exact date. Hirota's family held a private funeral. Hirota was best known as the illustrator for the Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 game for the Super Famicom. Hirota also worked on...
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Kemono Friends 2 Anime Reveals Design for New Child Character Kyururu

― The official Twitter account for the Kemono Friends franchise revealed a new character visual on Friday for Kemono Friends 2, the anime's second season. The below character visual is of the new human child character Kyururu, voiced by Yui Ishikawa. The anime will premiere on January 7 at 26:05 a.m. (effectively January 8 at 2:05 a.m.) on TV Tokyo and TV Osaka. Other channels airing the show includ...
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Eleven Arts to Rescreen A Silent Voice Anime Film on January 28, 31

― Fathom Events revealed in a video on Friday that Eleven Arts' new screening the anime film A Silent Voice will take place on January 28 (with subtitles) and January 31 (with an English dub). Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation's anime film is based on Yoshitoki Oima's manga of the same name. Anime Limited screened the film with English subtitles in the United Kingdom and Ireland in March 2017. Eleven...
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Sound! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale Film Unveils New Cast, Visual

Returning staff also revealed for April 19 film ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's Sound! Euphonium franchise revealed a new visual, staff, and cast on Friday for the Gekijōban Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale (Sound! Euphonium The Movie: Oath's Finale), the second of two planned new films in the franchise. The film will open in Japan on April 19. The cast members new to the film include...
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Release the Spyce Smartphone Game Adds New Character, Organization

Mayu Sagara voices new character Hisui Munechika, part of new "Nagi no Butai" organization ― The official Twitter account for AltPlus and TriFort's Release the Spyce secret fragrance game based on the Release the Spyce original anime revealed a new character for the game on Monday. The character is named Hisui Munechika, and is voiced by Mayu Sagara. The character is part of a new organization of bla...
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Be Love Magazine Switches to Monthly Publication

― The first 2019 issue of Kodansha's Be Love magazine is revealing on Saturday that the magazine will switch to a monthly publishing schedule beginning with the next issue, which will ship on December 28. The issue after that will ship on February 1, after which the magazine will publish a new issue on the first of every month. The magazine previously published new issues on the first and 15th of ev...
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Gundam Thunderbolt Manga Resumes, Ohtagaki Changes Art Style

Manga went on hiatus on September due to inflammation surrounding Ohtagaki's left hand tendons ― Yasuo Ohtagaki resumed his Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt manga in the first 2019 issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine on Friday. Ohtagaki put the manga on hiatus in September due to tenosynovitis (inflammation surrounding the tendons). In a message accompanying the manga's resumption, Ohtaga...
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2019 Crayon Shin-Chan Film's Trailer, Teaser Preview Australia Setting

27th film in franchise opens on April 19 ― The official website for the Crayon Shin-chan anime films began streaming a trailer and teaser video on Friday for Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Shinkon Ryokō Hurricane ~Ushinawareta Hiroshi~ (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Honeymoon Hurricane, Lost Hiroshi), the series' 27th film. The film will open in Japan on April 19. The anime is set in Australia and follows the N...
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Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan TV Anime Reveals Cast, January 8 Premiere

Romi Park, Suzuko Mimori, Haruka Ishida, Chiemi Chiba, Mika Doi, 7 more star in nightlife comedy anime ― The official website for the new television anime adaptation of Yukari Takinami's Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan four-panel comedy manga revealed its cast and January 8 premiere date on Friday. The anime will be made in an omnibus format, with each episode having a different director, character designer, voi...
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Girly Air Force Anime's Promo Video Previews Opening Song

Run Girls, Run! perform opening song "Break the Blue" for January 10 anime ― The official website for Satelight's television anime of Kōji Natsumi's Girly Air Force light novel series began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Friday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Break the Blue" by Run Girls, Run! The series will premiere on AT-X on January 10 at 11:00 p.m., before ...
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Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Manga Gets 2 New Chapters

Debuting on December 28, February 1 in Be Love magazine ― The first 2019 issue of Kodansha's Be Love magazine is revealing on Saturday that Haruko Kumota will draw two new side story chapters for the Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju manga. The new chapters will appear in the next two issues of the magazine on December 28 and February 1 with color pages. (The magazine is switching to a ...
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Nintendo Sues California Man for Selling Modified Switch, NES Classic Consoles

Defendant allegedly sold "modification services" for Switch ― Nintendo of America filed a civil suit against a Orange County, California resident Mikel Euskaldunak and other unknown defendants on Tuesday for modifying Nintendo hardware to play unauthorized games and selling them illegally. According to the complaint, Euskaldunak had a page on the sales website OfferUp in which he would sell "modifica...
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Hachinantte Sore wa Inai Deshō! Fantasy Light Novels Get Anime

About normal company worker who wakes up in fantasy world inside 5-year-old's body ― Kadokawa revealed on Friday that an anime adaptation of Y.A.'s Hachinantte Sore wa Inai Deshō! (The Eighth Son? That Can't Be Right!) light novel series has been green-lit. The announcement did not reveal the format or debut date for the anime. The light novels' illustrator Fuzichoco (R.O.D Rehabilitation) drew an il...
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Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us Anime Available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon

Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Minna no Monogatari), the 21st film in the Pokémon franchise, is now available for rent or digital purchase on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Prime Video in some regions. The film had a release through Fathom Events in the United States from November 24 through December 3 and earned US$789,170 at the box office. The Pokémon Company des...
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Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san Manga Has Important Announcement in January

― The official website for Shogakukan's Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Sōichirō Yamamoto's Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san (Teasing Master Takagi-san) manga will have an important announcement in the February issue on January 11. The magazine's January issue shipped on Wednesday. Yamamoto launched the manga in Gessan mini, the accompanying booklet to Shogakukan's Gessan (Monthl...
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Zombie Land Saga's Undead Idols Appear in Rolling Stone Japan Magazine

― The girls of Franchouchou are making their debut on a cover of Rolling Stone!... Sort of. Zombie Land Saga's Sakura, Saki, and Lily feature on a bonus poster, designed to look like a magazine cover, that will bundle with Rolling Stone Japan vol.5. The poster accompanies a feature on the Zombie Land Saga anime, which Rolling Stone Japan refers to as "this seasons anime dark horse." The feature will...

Toonami Lineup Drops Back Down an Hour

Block returns to 11:00 p.m. start time ― The official Facebook page for Adult Swim's Toonami block announced a new schedule on Thursday. Starting on January 5, the lineup will be: 11:00 p.m. – Dragon Ball Super 11:30 p.m. – Boruto: Naruto Next Generations 12:00 a.m. – My Hero Academia 12:30 a.m. – Mob Psycho 100 1:00 a.m. – Megalobox 1:30 a.m. – Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable 2:00 a...
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This Week in Anime - Akane is the Real Protagonist of SSSS.Gridman

This mecha series has changed a lot as the story has shifted to focus on its villains. Micchy and Andy discuss why Akane is the true heart of Gridman's story. ― SSSS.Gridman has changed a lot as the series has shifted to focus on its villains. This week, Micchy and Andy discuss why Akane is the real heart of Gridman's story. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this ch...
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Pokémon GO Game Launches Trainer Battle Feature

Smartphone game's new player-versus-player battles have 3 leagues ― Niantic launched the Trainer Battles feature in its Pokémon GO smartphone game on Wednesday. The features allows player-versus-player battles in the game. Players can battle any player they encounter by scanning a special QR code. Most players must be nearby each other to use the feature, but Ultra and Best Friends in the game can ba...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, December 3-9

GeGeGe no Kitarō, Hugtto! Precure, Oshiri Tantei make top 10 Destiny - Kamakura Monogatari, the live-action film of Ryohei Saigan's Kamakura Monogatari manga, aired on NTV on Friday, December 7 at 9:00 p.m. and earned an 11.4% rating. The Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu anime film aired on TV Tokyo Friday, December 7 at 5:55 p.m. and earned a 2.2% rating. The live-action television serie...
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Touhou Genso Wanderer: Lotus Labyrinth Game Delayed to Early Summer 2019

― Aqua Style announced on Thursday that it is delaying Fushigi no Gensokyo: Lotus Labyrinth, the latest installment in its Fushigi no Gensokyo (Touhou Genso Wanderer) roguelike game series, to early summer 2019. The developer previously announced that it would release the game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan on April 25. Fushigi no Gensokyo 3 -The Tower of Desire-, the third installme...
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One Piece Stampede Film's Teaser Streamed in English

Film opens on August 9 in Japan ― Toei Animation began streaming an English version of the teaser trailer for One Piece Stampede, the 14th film in the One Piece franchise, on Thursday. The film will open in theaters in Japan on August 9, in celebration of the anime's 20th anniversary. The latest anime film in the One Piece franchise, One Piece Film Gold, opened in Japan in July 2016. Funimation scree...
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NisiOisin Novel Characters Appear in Crossover Monogatari Novel

― Characters from various NisiOisin novels will appear in a new crossover book that Kodansha Box will publish. The short novel collection, titled Mazemonogatari (Mix Story), will be the first time that characters from other NisiOisin stories appear in the Monogatari series. NisiOisin is best known for writing the Monogatari and Zaregoto series, both of which have been adapted into anime. He is also ...
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Run with the Wind ‒ Episode 11

"We already knew the team needed him, but this episode showed us that Shindo needs the team just as much."
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Final Fantasy XV Game's Final Fantasy XIV Collaboration, Comrades Launch Trailers Streamed

“Adventurer from Another World” quest, Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer: Comrades standalone game launched on Thursday ― Square Enix began streaming a launch trailer for the collaboration between the Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy XIV games on Thursday. The quest launched as a free download on Thursday (December 12 in North America). Square Enix describes the collaboration: Available now to all Final...
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Crunchyroll Adds Girls Beyond the Wasteland, ClassicaLoid 2 Anime to Catalog

2 more anime added from Sentai Filmworks ― Crunchyroll added two English-subtitled titles from Sentai Filmworks to its catalog on Wednesday. Girls Beyond the Wasteland is available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, and Central and South America. ClassicaLoid 2 is available in the United States, Canada, United K...
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Sentai Filmworks' No. 6 Anime License Expires

― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that its home video release for No. 6 is going out of print. Sentai Filmworks confirmed with ANN that its license has expired. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime in 2011 and released it on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in 2012. The Blu-ray Disc release is still available on sale on Sentai's store for US$9.99. The anime adaption of Atsuko Asano's novels aired in 2011,...
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YouTuber Builds Official Life-Sized Bumblebee Transformer

― YouTuber James Bruton — who describes himself on his channel as a "former toy designer, YouTube maker and general robotics, electrical and mechanical engineer" — has built a life-sized Bumblebee Transformer in anticipation for the upcoming live-action Bumblebee film, which is scheduled for release in the United States on December 21. Bruton says that Paramount Pictures asked him to build the model...
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Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey Game's Overview Trailer Streamed

Remake with new chapter launches on December 27 in Japan, January in the West ― Nintendo began streaming an overview trailer for its Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey remake game for Nintendo 3DS on Thursday. The game will ship in Japan on December 27, January 11 in North America, and January 25 in Europe. The original game shipped for the Nintendo DS in 2009. The game's sto...
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Dead or Alive 6 Game's Trailer Reveals Brad Wong, Eliot

Fighting game slated for February 15 ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming a new video for Team Ninja's Dead or Alive 6 fighting game on Sunday. The video reveals that "The Drunken Fighter" Brad Wong and "The Apprentice of the Iron Fist" Eliot are joining the roster of playable characters. The game will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on February 15, 2019. The game will also get a...
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'Disaster' Chosen as 2018 Kanji of the Year

2nd most-popular kanji was "peace" ― The Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation announced on Wednesday in a ceremony that the kanji character 災 (sai), meaning disaster or misfortune, is the 2018 Kanji of the Year. 昨日、晴天の中、2018年「#今年の漢字」の発表を無事に終えることができました。ご応募いただいた皆様に心より御礼申し上げます。揮毫された「災」の大書は、12月21日(金)まで清水寺で展示し、12月22日(土)からは、京都・祇園の #漢字ミュージアム で展示します。https://t.co/cx00rBkbOE pic.twitter.com/sStjo5zKOa— 2018...
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Citrus+ Manga Launches on December 18

― Amazon's listing for the February 2019 issue (pictured right) of Ichijinsha's Comic Yuri Hime magazine states that Saburouta's Citrus+ spinoff manga will launch in the issue. The issue will ship on December 18. The October issue of the magazine revealed in August that the manga would launch this winter. Saburouta's main Citrus manga ended in the same issue. Saburouta launched the main manga in Ich...
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The Promised Neverland Anime's 6th Ad Previews Opening Theme

The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland (Yakusoku no Neverland) manga began streaming the show's sixth television commercial on Thursday. The video previews UVERworld's opening theme song "Touch off." アニメ #約ネバ 新CM公先ほど #ノイタミナ 内で放映したCM第6弾がコチhttps://t.co/Bo6XOS4bAOOPテーマ:UVERworld「Touch off」バージョンということで、CM第4弾より長く音源を聴くことが...
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This Week in Games - Retrogame Roundups Rated

Todd guest-hosts and roots through this year's retro-game compilations! Plus Panzer Dragoon, Doraemon, and Smash Bros. speculation! ― Well, here I am, guest-hosting again and just in time for the holidays. Winter and Christmas are upon us, and that's relevant because this the only season with which I associate certain games. I'll go through spring, summer, and fall without much thought, but when wint...
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Live-Action Cheer Boys!! Film Unveils More Cast, Teaser, Poster Visual

Ayumi Ito, Kurumi Shimizu, Erika Karata, Chihiro Yamamoto join cast of May film ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Ryō Asai's Cheer Danshi!! (Cheer Boys!!) novel revealed additional cast members, a teaser video, a poster visual, and the May 2019 premiere on Thursday. The four newly revealed female cast members are: (left to right in image above) Ayumi Ito as Satsuki Takagi ...
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'How clumsy you are, Miss Ueno' Anime Reveals Ending Song

Cast performs theme for January series ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of tugeneko's Ueno-san wa Bukiyō (How clumsy you are, Miss Ueno) manga revealed on Thursday that three of the anime's voice cast members will perform the ending theme song "My Pace Science." The cast members who will perform the song are Yū Serizawa (voice of Ueno), Aimi Tanaka (Tanaka), and Akari Kageyama ...
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New Game!! - Season Two BD/DVD

New Game’s second season improves on the first while still staying true to its core appeal. Nick Creamer cheers on this charming sequel. ― The first season of New Game! was a very pleasant time all around, presenting the trials and tribulations of a small game development studio with all the coziness it could possibly afford. New Game!'s gentle slice of life storytelling meant it didn't really succee...
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Monster Hunter: World, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Pokemon Go, More Win at CBS' Inaugural Gamers Choice Awards

Super Mario Party also voted as Fan Favorite Family-Friendly Multiplayer Game ― CBS' inaugural Gamers' Choice Awards announced its winners on Sunday. The following awards were given to Japanese-developed games: Fan Favorite Fighting Game: DragonBall FighterZ Fan Favorite Family-Friendly Multiplayer Game: Super Mario Party Fan Favorite Role-Playing Game: Monster Hunter: World Fan Favorite Mobile Game...
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Kiss of the Rose Princess' Aya Shouoto Launches New Manga on December 20

New manga about supernatural artist is titled Tsukigami to Bonbon ― Square Enix's Gangan Online website revealed on Monday that Aya Shouoto's new manga is titled Tsukigami to Bonbon (third from left in picture below), which will launch on the site on December 20. Rito Kohsaka will also launch a new manga on the site on December 20 titled Watashi no Shiawase no Kekkon (My Happy Marriage, rightmost in ...
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Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai Smartphone Game's Video Previews Game Features

Smartphone air combat RPG based on original anime debuts in winter 2019 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a promotional video for its Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai - Ōzora no Take Off Girls! (Kotobuki - The Wasteland Squadron: Take Off Girls of the Sky!) smartphone game on Thursday. The video previews the game's features, including pilot and plane customization, and aerial combat. The game will...
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GeGeGe no Kitarō Manga Gets Special New Chapter

New chapter centers on Edo yōkai in 1683 ― The January issue of Leed Publishing's Comic Ran Twins magazine published an all-new special one-shot chapter of the GeGeGe no Kitarō manga titled "Kessen Atagosan" (Decisive Battle on Mt. Atago) on Thursday. The chapter is set in the third year of the Tenna period (1683 CE), with Kitaro and his companions uncovering the mysteries of the Edo yōkai. Mizuki Pr...

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Baki Gaiden - Scarface Spinoff Manga Gets Special Chapter on December 27

1-shot manga is set after Kaoru's fight with Spec ― This year's combined second and third issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Thursday that Keisuke Itagaki and Yukinao Yamauchi's Baki Gaiden - Scarface manga will have a special chapter that will debut on December 27. The one-shot will be set after Kaoru's fight with Spec. The manga has been on hiatus since May. The man...
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'This Boy' Franchise's Drama CD Project Gets English Release with Subtitles, Dub

Kuma Holdings to release drama CD project with BD release of 2 other This Boy anime titles ― Kuma Holdings announced through a video on Thursday that it will release This Boy Will Be Called a Villain (Kono Danshi, Akunin to Yobaremasu.), a drama CD that serves as the third installment in Soubi Yamamoto and Comix Wave Films' This Boy (Kono Danshi) franchise. Kuma Holdings is streaming a preview of the...
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Meiji Tokyo Renka TV Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals January 9 Premiere

Series adapts Broccoli's romance visual novel ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Broccoli's Meiji Tokyo Renka romance visual novel began streaming the show's second promotional video on Thursday. The video previews KENN's opening theme song "Tsukiakari no Rhapsodia." The video reveals that the show will premiere on Tokyo MX on January 9 at 11:00 p.m., before airing later th...
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Dororo TV Anime's 3rd Promo Video Reveals, Previews amazarashi's Ending Theme

Series premieres on January 7 with stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video inside, outside of Japan ― The official website for the second television anime adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's Dororo manga began streaming the third promotional video for the series on Thursday. The video reveals and previews amazarashi's ending theme song "Sayonara Gokko" (Make-Believe Goodbye). amazarashi wrote the song spec...
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Kasane's Daruma Matsuura Launches New Manga on December 25

Ima/Uzuko Iku Kohakuiro no Hate manga is 3-chapter mini-series ― The first 2019 issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine revealed on Tuesday that manga creator Daruma Matsuura will launch a mini-series manga titled Ima/Uzuko Iku Kohakuiro no Hate in the magazine on December 25. The manga will have three chapters. Matsuura posted a drawing for the manga on her Twitter account. Matsuura launched her Kasane...
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Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Toshitemo Anime Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Original film opens in Japan on January 25 ― The official website for Craftar Studios Inc.'s original anime film Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Toshitemo (Even if the World Will End Tomorrow) began streaming the film's full trailer on Thursday. The video previews Aimyon's theme song, also titled "Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Toshitemo." The site is also streaming the trailer in 60-second, 30-second, and 15-second ve...
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Live-Action Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Film Delayed to 2020

Film was originally slated to open in 2019 ― Toho revealed at a 2019 lineup presentation on Thursday that the live-action film adaptation of Fujita's Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) manga will now open in 2020. The film was originally slated for next year. Mitsuki Takahata (Napping Princess' Kokone Morikawa) and Kento Yamazaki (live-action Death Note series' L) are starri...
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Masaaki Yuasa's 'Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara' Anime Film Reveals More Staff, June 21 Debut

Reiko Yoshida pens script, Michiru Oshima composes music ― Toho revealed at a 2019 lineup presentation on Thursday that director Masaaki Yuasa's Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara anime film will open in Japan on June 21, 2019. The film's tentative English title is "Riding a Wave with You." Reiko Yoshida (Lu over the Wall, A Silent Voice, Liz and the Blue Bird) is writing the film's script, and Michiru Oshima...
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New Revue Starlight Manga Launches in January

Tsubaki Ayasugi draws new manga for franchise ― The January issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Bushiroad magazine revealed on December 7 that Bushiroad and Nelke Planning's Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight franchise will receive a new manga titled Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight #2 Transition by Tsubaki Ayasugi. The manga will launch in the magazine's next issue on January 8. Ayasugi also draws the Butai Shōjo Sho...

2019 Pokémon Film Reveals Title, July 12 Premiere

Mew Two no Gyakushū Evolution title is reference to 1st film in franchise ― Film distributor Toho revealed during a 2019 lineup presentation on Thursday that the 22nd film in the Pokémon franchise is titled Mew Two no Gyakushū Evolution (Mew Two's Counterattack Evolution). The film will open in Japan on July 12, 2019. The screenings of this year's film, Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (Gekijōban P...

Makoto Shinkai's New Anime Film Reveals Title, Story, July 19 Debut

Tenki no Ko: Weathering With You film centers on girl who can stop rain ― Comix Wave Films announced on Thursday that Makoto Shinkai's new anime film is titled Tenki no Ko: Weathering With You (Weather Child: Weathering With You), and the film will open in Japan on July 19, 2019. The tagline on the above image reads, "This is the story of the world's secret that only she and I know." In the film's st...
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Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike Spinoff Manga Enters College Arc in January

Previous arc focused on Hiroshima Kureminami's Eikichi Machimiya ― The January issue of Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Wednesday that Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike spinoff manga will enter a new "College Arc" in the magazine's next issue on January 12. The manga will have a color opening page and will be featured on the issue's front cover. The Yowamushi ...
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2nd Shimajirō Anime Film's Trailer Previews Momoiro Clover Z Song

Film opens in Japan on March 15 ― The official website for Benesse Corporation's Shimajirō anime franchise unveiled a new trailer and visual on Thursday for Shimajirō to Ururu no Heroland, the second film in the franchise. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song "Hero" by Momoiro Clover Z. The film will open in Japan on March 15. The film's story is set in Heroland, a world created by ...
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Live-Action Kūbo Ibuki Film Casts Original Characters

Kiichi Nakai, Tsubasa Honda, Yuki Saito 7 more join cast for film ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Osamu Eya and Kaiji Kawaguchi's Kūbo Ibuki (Aircraft Carrier Ibuki) manga revealed additional cast members for the film on Thursday. All the new characters are original characters for the film. The new cast includes: (Top row, left to right): Kiichi Nakai as Keiichi Nakano, ...
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Live-Action Monster Hunter Film Casts Hirona Yamazaki

Yamazaki plays Handler character in live-action film starring Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa ― Sony Pictures revealed on Thursday that actress Hirona Yamazaki will join its live-action film adaptation of CAPCOM's Monster Hunter action game franchise. Yamazaki will play the Handler, a character who supports the efforts of Artemis and the Hunter. A similar Handler character also appeared in the recent Monste...
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Kanoko Sakurakoji's Black Bird Manga Gets Stage Play in March

Supernatural manga ran from 2007-2012 ― The January 2019 issue of Shogakukan's Betsucomi magazine revealed on Thursday that Kanoko Sakurakoji's Black Bird manga is inspiring a stage play adaptation that will run at the Ginza Hakuhinkan Theater in Tokyo from March 27 to 31. Viz Media published all volumes of the manga in North America, and it describes the story: There is a world of myth and magic tha...
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Sentai Filmworks Posts English-Subtitled Videos for Made in Abyss Films

Sentai Filmworks screens both compilation films in U.S. theaters in 2019 ― Sentai Filmworks began streaming two English-subtitled preview videos for the Made in Abyss compilation films on Wednesday. Sentai Filmworks will screen both films in theaters in the United States in 2019. The first Made in Abyss film, Made in Abyss: Tabidachi no Yoake (Journey's Dawn), will open in Japan on January 4, followe...
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Fathom Events Unveils English-Dubbed Video for Modest Heroes Anime Anthology Film

GKIDS, Fathom Events to screen Studio Ponoc anime on January 10, 12 ― Fathom Events began streaming an English-dubbed video on Wednesday for it and GKIDS' screening of Studio Ponoc's anthology film Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Film Theater, Volume 1. The screenings will screen in 500 U.S. theaters on January 10 and January 12. Screenings on Thursday, January 10 at 7 p.m. local time will be English dubb...
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Your Wish Has Been Granted: adidas' Final DBZ Shoes Collaboration Features Shenron

adidas announced on Tuesday that it is concluding its Dragon Ball Z shoes collection with two designs based on the title dragon himself, Shenron. The shoes will be available for purchase on December 22. The first pair is decked out in the Shenron green, with a gold panel on the heel to represent the dragon's underbelly. The second, an adidas Originals store exclusive, keeps the same basic design b...
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Mirai Anime Film Earns US$672,652 in U.S. Screenings

Film screened in 700 U.S. theaters on November 29, December 5, December 8 ― Box Office Mojo is listing that Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai anime film has earned US$672,652 between November 29 and December 8. GKIDS and Fathom Events began screening the film in 700 U.S. theaters on November 29, and the film also screened on December 5 and December 8. GKIDS also held its own theatrical release in the United Stat...
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CLAMP, Katsuhiro Otomo, Shoji Kawamori, Range Murata Draw Flying Dog 10th Anniversary Shirts

Victor Entertainment's anime music label Flying Dog is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the "Flying Dog 10-Shūnen Kinen Live -Inu Fes!-" event on February 2. The event will be held at the main arena of Musashino Forest Sports Plaza in Tokyo. Popular manga and anime creators CLAMP, Katsuhiro Otomo, Shoji Kawamori, Range Murata are contributing to the celebration by providing special T-shirt de...
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The Royal Tutor Anime Film's Trailer Introduces Sadistic Twin Princes

Shōgo Sakamoto returns to perform theme song ― Avex began streaming a trailer for the upcoming The Royal Tutor anime film on Thursday. The video introduces the new characters Ivan Aleksandrovich Romano and Eugene Aleksandrovich Romano, the sadistic "Twin Princes" of the Romano kingdom, and reveals that Shōgo Sakamoto is performing the film's theme song "Parallel na Kankei" (Parallel Connection). Saka...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, December 3-9

One Piece, Attack on Titan, My Hero Academia, Haikyu!!, One-Punch Man in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 One Piece 91 1,510,524 1,514,459 2018/12 Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 1 2 2 Attack on Titan 27 504,390 504,390 2018/12 Kodansha Hajime Isayama 2 1 3 My Hero Academia 21 389,393 389,830 2018/12 Shueisha Kohei Horikoshi 3 1...
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Stuntmen Recreate Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in Real Life

Also: cops play gamers after being called for launch-day noise ― Fans around the world are reveling in all that the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crossover fighting game has to offer. Even before the launch, the title's impressive pre-order sales proved that Ultimate would be a special installment in the franchise. The game launched last Friday, and fans are still riding the hype train since The Gam...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, December 3-9

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: December 3-9 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1NSwSuper Smash Brothers Ultimate (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo December 7 1,220,535 1,220,535 2NSw Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!/Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! (Including Bundled Editions) Pokémon November 16 93,787 1,012,247 80 3NSwSup...
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Spike Chunsoft's Zanki Zero Game Launches on March 19 in the West

Game to launch for PS4/PC, not PS Vita ― Spike Chunsoft, Inc., Spike Chunsoft's newly established North American subsidiary, announced on Wednesday that its Zanki Zero: Last Beginning will launch for PlayStation 4 and PC on March 19. The company began streaming an English-dubbed trailer. The game will have a physical and digital release for PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 4 launch edition will include...

New City Hunter Anime Film Reveals Title, New Trailer, Additional Cast

TM Network's song "Get Wild" confirmed as ending theme ― The official website for the new anime film adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga announced the film's full title, Gekijōban City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes (City Hunter the Movie: Shinjuku Private Eyes) and more additional cast on Thursday. The website also unveiled a new trailer and visual. Like the previous video, the new trailer...
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TV Job Documentary Features Voice Actor Hiroshi Kamiya

NHK's Professional Shigoto no Ryūgi (Professional: Work Style) documentary television program highlights the working lives of people in various professions in Japan. The official website for Tokyo News Tsūshinsha's Weekly TV Guide magazine revealed on Wednesday that voice actor Hiroshi Kamiya will be the focus of the episode that will debut on January 14. According to TV Guide, there were only abo...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re Call to Exist Game Delayed to 2019

The official website for the Tokyo Ghoul:re Call to Exist game announced on Thursday that the game's release has been delayed from winter 2018 to an unspecified date in 2019. Bandai Namco Entertainment staff noted that they want to improve the quality of the game. Bandai Namco Entertainment America will release the third-person survival action game for PS4 and PC via Steam in the West. The game wi...
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Funimation President Talks Netflix's Evangelion Acquisition: 'We'd Do Better at Brand-Managing'

― Funimation Entertainment president Gen Fukunaga recently spoke to news website Polygon about Netflix's acquisition of the streaming rights to the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime. In short, he doesn't think Netflix will do right by the series. "I'm 100-percent sure that we'd have done a much better job brand-managing it and turning it back into what it was," he told Polygon. Fukunaga's pri...
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Amazon Offers Marginal #4 Anime for Digital Purchase

― Amazon is now offering the MARGINAL #4 the Animation (Marginal#4 Kiss Kara Tsukuru Big Bang) television anime series for purchase in the United States. The 12-episode series is available digitally in Japanese with English subtitles. Funimation is listed as the network provider for the series. The anime premiered in January 2017. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired, and the anime is still a...
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Final Godzilla Anime Film Debuts on Netflix on January 9

Godzilla: The Planet Eater opened in Japan in November ― Netflix U.S. announced on Wednesday that it will debut Godzilla: The Planet Eater (Godzilla: Hoshi wo Kū Mono), the third and final film in the Godzilla anime film trilogy, on January 9. Netflix will also debut a separate film with the title Godzilla on January 1, but it did not specify which one. Godzilla: The Planet Eater opened in 158 Japane...
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Golden Kamuy ‒ Episode 22

"All these teams coming together promises a fun new arc for the story."
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Reset Game Manga Gets Live-Action Video

Yukihiko Tsutsumi directs, Mackenyu stars in video for Kanji Yoshikai's suspense manga ― The official YouTube channel for Comic Smart's free manga website Ganma! began streaming a live-action video for Kanji Yoshikai's Reset Game manga on Wednesday. Yukihiko Tsutsumi directed the video, and Mackenyu plays protagonist Seiichi in the video. The video's description notes that it is a project to mark the...
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Answerman - Do You Have To Be Outgoing To Work In The Industry?

Is being an extrovert a requirement for working in the anime industry? Do you have to be a social butterfly? Justin considers the angles. ― Tyler asked: One thing I've noticed with a lot of anime fans is they're either extremely extroverted or extremely introverted—there's very little middle ground. I know a good number of voice actors who claim to be introverted, yet they attend cons that would pou...
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Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers 2 ‒ Episode 11

"With just two episodes left, it's hard to imagine how this season might conclude, but that's what's so fun about this show – I have no idea where it's going, but I can still trust it to blow my mind."
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Toji no Miko's Koudai Kakimoto Directs BanG Dream! 2nd Season Anime

New staff animate January series at Sanzigen ― The official website for the BanG Dream! anime revealed the staff for the BanG Dream! 2nd Season anime on Wednesday. Koudai Kakimoto (Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko) is directing the series at SANZIGEN Animation Studio (Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life, BBK/BRNK). A promotional video revealed in May that Sanzigen would replace ISSEN and ...
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Rainy Cocoa side G Anime's Promo Video Streamed

5th season with new female cast premieres on January 8 ― The official YouTube channel for the Rainy Cocoa anime began streaming a promotional video for Rainy Cocoa side G, the fifth anime season, on Wednesday. Unlike the previous seasons, the Rainy Cocoa side G season will feature female main characters. Yōko, the daughter of the Rainy Color cafe's owner Kōji Amami, takes over as the acting manager o...
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