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Love Me, Love Me Not GN 1

Yuna first had a crush on the prince from Sleeping Beauty - and still has an idealized view of love. Her friend Akari, however, doesn't get why Yuna could still be dreaming of princes on white horses. ― It is an inescapable truth that Io Sakisaka cannot get through even one volume of her shoujo romances without introducing Major Angst. That's not necessarily a bad thing, of course – she's very, very ...
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Sword Art Online novel 18

"None of the story beats here feel all that original, and some of the franchise's worst quirks linger nearly to the end." ― In terms of both volume count and total page count, the Alicization arc is longer than all previous SAO core novels combined, so it's only fitting that its final volume, at 281 pages, is both the longest of the arc and the third-longest to date. (Only novels 6 and 8 exceeded it ...
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This Week in Anime - Who Inspects the IN/SPECTRE?

"While on the surface it's ostensibly about yokai, it does so in a way that's very different than what I'd describe as other mythology focused shows." ― In a season full of ghosts and ghouls, In/Spectre sets itself apart by focusing on the power of words. Our tiny Odin protagonist, Kotoko, mediates concerns of the local yokai but when things get serious she might have to alter the rumor that gave bi...
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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...
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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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Love Me, Love Me Not GN 1

Yuna first had a crush on the prince from Sleeping Beauty - and still has an idealized view of love. Her friend Akari, however, doesn't get why Yuna could still be dreaming of princes on white horses. ― It is an inescapable truth that Io Sakisaka cannot get through even one volume of her shoujo romances without introducing Major Angst. That's not necessarily a bad thing, of course – she's very, very ...
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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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A3! Anime to Restart Broadcast From 1st Episode on April 6

4th episode premieres on April 27; anime's 2nd half delayed from July until further notice ― The official website for A3! Season Spring & Summer, the television anime of Liber Entertainment's A3! actor-training smartphone game, announced on Thursday that the anime will restart its airing from the first episode on April 6 on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS11, and on Nagasaki Culture Telecasting Co...
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Sol Levante 4K Netflix Anime Debuts on March 23

Production I.G produces 1st hand-drawn anime with 4K HDR quality ― Netflix announced on Wednesday that Netflix and Production I.G's Sol Levante anime will debut on Netflix on March 23. The anime is an experimental project between Netflix and Production I.G to produce the first hand-drawn anime with 4K HDR quality. The anime was originally planned to premiere last fall through Netflix's premium plan. ...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Is 1st Manga to Take Japan's Entire Weekly Top 19

All 19 volumes rank, with volume 19 at #1 with 254,000 sold in 2nd week ― All 19 volumes of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga occupied the entire top 19 of Oricon's weekly print sales chart for the February 10-16 week, with the 19th volume at #1. This is the first time since Oricon launched its weekly print sales chart in 2008 that a single manga series has occupied the top 19 r...

Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin 'Final Chapter' Films' Teaser Previews Kenshin vs. Enishi

1st film opens on July 3, 2nd film on August 7 ― The official website for the 'final chapter' films in the live-action film series based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga began streaming a teaser trailer for the film on Friday. The teaser hints at the fight between Kenshin and Enishi. Riku Ōnishi is the only new cast member (seen third from left in image below) among the five main cast memb...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Anime's English-subtitled Video Streamed

Anime's "Last Season" premieres in April ― Aniplex of America began streaming on Thursday an English-subtitled version of a new promotional video for the second cours (quarter year) of Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld, the second half of the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime. The video debuted in Japanese last week. The anime's "Last Season" will premiere this April. ReoNA is perfo...
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Toronto Comic Arts Festival to Host Witch Hat Atelier Manga Creator Kamome Shirahama

Shirahama to participate in live-drawing session, interview, autograph sessions at May 9-10 convention ― The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) announced on Wednesday that it will host Kamome Shirahama, creator of the Witch Hat Atelier manga at this year's event. Shirahama will participate in a live-drawing session, an interview, and autograph sessions. TCAF and Kodansha will also feature a gallery o...
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Seven Seas Licenses We Swore to Meet in the Next Life and That's When Things Got Weird!, Rainbow and Black Manga

Also: What the Font?! manga, The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter manga/light novel ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed the We Swore to Meet in the Next Life and That's When Things Got Weird!, Rainbow and Black, and What the Font?! – A Manga Guide to Western Typeface manga. The company also licensed The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter manga and light novels. Seven Sea...
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HIDIVE Adds Nagasarete Airantou Anime to Catalog

Anime premiered in 2007 ― The HIDIVE streaming service announced on Thursday that it will add the Nagasarete Airantou anime to its catalog on February 27 at 11:30 a.m. EST. The anime will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. The 26-episode Nagasarete Airantou series from 2007 adapts Takeshi Fujishiro's manga of the same name. The story fo...
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BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense. ‒ Episode 7

BOFURI seeks to tweak some of its formats just enough to be more interesting than it was last week.
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Petition Gets 17,000 Signatures to Support Love Live! Sunshine's Chika as Oranges Ambassador

Collaboration image with Nishiura oranges attracted criticism due to Chika's skirt revealing outline of her crotch ― The LaLaport Numazu shopping center removed a panel depicting the Love Live! Sunshine!! character Chika Takami on Sunday due to "various circumstances" after the character was appointed the ambassador of Nishiura oranges, a specialty food item of the Numazu region where the story of Lo...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 16-22

Real Girl, Space Brothers #0 anime; Downfall, Drifting Classroom manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Hunter x Hunter Set 7 BDPlease Viz Media US$49.99 February 18 Hunter x Hunter Set 7 DVDCite Viz Media US$39.99 February 18 Kaguya-sama Love Is War BDAnimeNewsNetwork Aniplex of America US$124.98 February 18 Kino's Journey -The Beautiful World- Essentials BDPlease Fu...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Try Knights Rugby Anime

Company to stream, release series on home video ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed the television anime of Senzoku Erisawa and Shunsaku Yano's Try Knights manga for the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Nordic countries, the Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal. The company plans to stream the series and release it on hom...
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Sword Art Online novel 18

"None of the story beats here feel all that original, and some of the franchise's worst quirks linger nearly to the end." ― In terms of both volume count and total page count, the Alicization arc is longer than all previous SAO core novels combined, so it's only fitting that its final volume, at 281 pages, is both the longest of the arc and the third-longest to date. (Only novels 6 and 8 exceeded it ...
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Tsuredure Children Creator Draws Wholesome Twitter Comic about 'Otaku' and 'Feminist'

The past few months have seen a number of feminism-related controversies on Japanese anime Twitter. Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!'s first collaboration poster with Red Cross Japan in October last year drew criticism on social media due to Uzaki's busty character design, and a Love Live! Sunshine!! poster showing the outline of Chika's crotch through her skirt drew fire last week. In the midst of t...

BEASTARS Anime Reveals English Dub Cast

Anime debuts outside of Japan on Netflix on March 13 ― Netflix announced the English dub cast for the television anime of Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS manga on Thursday. The English dub cast includes: Jonah Scott as Legoshi Griffin Puatu as Louis Lara Jill Miller as Haru Kaiji Tang as Bill Ben Diskin as Jack Daman Mills as Kai Erika Harlacher as Els Keith Silverstein as Gouhin The BEASTARS anime will debu...
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Plunderer ‒ Episode 7

Of everything we've seen so far, this is the first episode that truly feels like filler.
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Psycho-Pass 3 Anime Film's 2nd Teaser Video Streamed

Film's 2-week theatrical run opens in Japan on March 27 ― The official YouTube channel for Fuji TV channel's Noitamina programming block began streaming the second teaser promotional video on Friday for Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector, the Psycho-Pass 3 anime's upcoming film. The video previews Who-ya Extended's theme song "Synthetic Sympathy." The film will open in Japan on March 27 and screen for on...
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This Week in Anime - Who Inspects the IN/SPECTRE?

"While on the surface it's ostensibly about yokai, it does so in a way that's very different than what I'd describe as other mythology focused shows." ― In a season full of ghosts and ghouls, In/Spectre sets itself apart by focusing on the power of words. Our tiny Odin protagonist, Kotoko, mediates concerns of the local yokai but when things get serious she might have to alter the rumor that gave bi...
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The World is Still Beautiful Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Dai Shiina's fantasy manga launched in 2012, inspired 2014 TV anime ― This year's sixth issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed on Thursday that Dai Shiina's Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii manga will end in three chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end in April. The manga revolves around Nike, the determined princess of the Rain Dukedom who has a mysterious power: she can cont...
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Mixed Vegetables' Ayumi Komura Launches New Manga in April

Manga centers on pure relationship between business couple ― This year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine revealed on Thursday that Ayumi Komura will launch a new manga in the magazine's ninth issue on April 3. The magazine did not reveal the manga's title, but hinted that the story will center on the "too-pure relationship" of a business couple. Komura ended her Kare Cafe (Old Man's Cafe,...
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Golden Kamuy Manga Goes on 1-Week Hiatus Due to Creator's 'Childbirth'

Manga will resume next week in Young Jump ― The official Twitter account for Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga announced on Thursday that the manga went on hiatus in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine due to "Noda's childbirth." The manga did not appear in this year's 12th issue of the magazine, which shipped on Thursday, but it will resume in the 13th issue next week. 本日(2/20)発売の週刊ヤングジャンプ12号、『ゴールデ...
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Saki Aikawa Launches Black Marriage Manga on March 5

Manga centers on girl with inherited orphanage on verge of closure ― This year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine revealed on Thursday that Saki Aikawa will launch a new manga titled Black Marriage in the magazine's next issue on March 5. The manga will feature on the issue's front cover, and the 53-page first chapter will have a color opening page. The manga centers on Akari, a girl who i...
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22/7 +α Manga Ends With 2nd Volume

Series with original story launched on January 12 ― The first compiled book volume of Nao Sakai's 22/7 +α manga revealed on February 12 that the manga will end with the second volume, which will ship in April. The manga adaptation of the 22/7 anime launched on the Sunday Webry manga website on January 12. The manga is telling an original story that will not be told in the anime. The 22/7 anime premie...
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Death End re;Quest 2 Game Heads West in 2020

Sequel PS4 game debuted in Japan on February 13 ― Idea Factory International announced on Wednesday that it will release Compile Heart's Death end re;Quest 2 PlayStation 4 game in North America and Europe in 2020. The game launched in Japan for PS4 on February 13. The game's limited edition version comes with a special box, a visual art works book, an original soundtrack and setting data CD, and thre...
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2020 Doraemon Anime Film's Video Previews Mr. Children's Theme Songs

Film opens in Japan on March 6 ― The official website for the 2020 Doraemon film Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Kyoryū (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's New Dinosaur) began streaming a promotional video on Thursday. The video previews Mr. Children's theme songs "Birthday" and "Kimi to Kasaneta Monologue." The upcoming film will be the franchise's first to feature two theme songs, and it will also be the f...
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch Game's Videos Preview Deserted Island Getaway Package (Update)

Game ships on March 20 ― Nintendo revealed more information about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the latest entry in the Animal Crossing game franchise, during the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct livestream presentation on Thursday. The video reveals details of Nook Inc.'s Deserted Island Getaway Package that features in the game's story. Nintendo also began streaming a teaser trailer for the ga...
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Himawari - Kenichi Legend Live-Action Series Reveals Additional Cast

Masanori Ishii, Mai Ooshima, Mayumi Satō join cast of show premiering in May ― The official website for the live-action television series of Akiko Higashimura's Himawari - Kenichi Legend comedy manga revealed three additional cast members on Wednesday. The show also held a press conference at Miyazaki TV in Miyazaki on Tuesday. The new cast members are: (seen back row, left to right in image above) M...
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Kakushigoto Anime Casts Ari Ozawa, Kaede Hondo, Azumi Waki

TV series premieres on April 2 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kōji Kumeta's Kakushigoto manga revealed three additional cast members on Thursday. The new characters all members of the Meguro River Detective Bureau. The new cast members are: Ari Ozawa as Silvia Kobu Kaede Hondo as Hina Tōmi Azumi Waki as Riko Kitsuchi The anime will premiere on BS-NTV and AT-X at 11:30 p...

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Sony, Bushiroad Cancel Event Attendance Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

Sony to skip PAX East, Bushiroad to skip AnimeJapan, Friday's TGS press conference delayed ― The official U.S. PlayStation blog updated an earlier post on Wednesday to reveal that Sony Interactive Entertainment will no longer participate in this year's PAX East convention due to concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus. The company was scheduled to showcase a number of upcoming games for the PlayStati...

By the Grace of the Gods Fantasy Light Novel Series Gets Anime

Roy's isekai story about businessman reincarnated to train slimes ― The official website of publisher Hobby Japan revealed on Thursday that author Roy and illustrator Ririnra's By the Grace of the Gods (Kami-tachi ni Hirowareta Otoko) light novel series has an anime adaptation in the works. The announcement did not reveal the format of the anime. J-Novel Club is publishing the novels digitally in Eng...
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Record of Lodoss War Side-Scrolling Game Launches on Steam Early Access in March

Players control Deedlit in Metroidvania-style action-exploration game ― Publisher Playism revealed on Thursday that the Record of Lodoss War side-scrolling game will launch on Steam's Early Access on March 12. The game is now titled Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth, and Playism and Why so serious? are publishing the game. Kadokawa is streaming a promotional video for the game showing...

Sonic the Hedgehog Film Earns US$70 Million in 1st 4 Days in U.S.

Film has grossed US$125 million worldwide ― The Box Office Mojo website reported on Tuesday that Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog film earned US$70,002,074 to rank #1 over the Presidents' Day holiday weekend from Friday, February 14 to Monday, February 17. The film ranked at #1 every day from Friday to Monday. It also ranked #1 and earned an additional US$5,082,338 on Tuesday, February 18, brin...
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Oreshura Light Novel Series Gets 1st New Volume in 3 Years

14th volume ships in May ― The official Twitter account for Yūji Yūji's Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru light novel series revealed on Tuesday that Yūji will publish a 14th novel volume for the series, almost three years after the previous 13th volume debuted in September 2017. The new volume will ship in May. Yūji launched the light novel series in 2011 with illustrations by LLO. The ...
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Major 2nd Anime's 2nd Series Casts Ayane Sakura, Maki Kawase

Sakura, Kawase play infielders Tao Sagara, Yayoi Sawa in April 4 anime ― The official Twitter account for the second anime series of Takuya Mitsuda's Major 2nd baseball manga revealed two new cast members for the anime on Thursday. The new cast members include: Ayane Sakura as Tao Sagara, an agile shortstop who boasts impressive fielding Maki Kawase as Yayoi Sawa, a second baseman who makes a strong ...
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Margaret Shōjo Manga Magazine, Hulu Service Collaborate on Multiple Live-Action Series

8-episode Mairu no Vich debuts this fall, followed by Kami-sama no Ekohiiki, A Devil and Her Love Song ― Shueisha's Margaret magazine announced on Thursday that it is collaborating with Hulu to produce live-action series adaptations of multiple manga that ran in the magazine, in a new "ongoing" project called "Margaret Love Stories." The first manga to receive a live-action series is Zakuri Satō's Ma...
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Seven Seas Licenses Sarazanmai Novels & Cube Arts, Unicorns Aren't Horny Manga

Sarazanmai, Cube Arts ship on September 1, Unicorns Aren't Horny on November 10 ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Kunihiko Ikuhara and Teruko Utsumi's Sarazanmai novels, Tomomi Usui's Cube Arts manga, and Semi Ikuta's Unicorns Aren't Horny manga. Seven Seas will release the first volume of the novel adaptation of Ikuhara's original television anime Sarazanmai in N...
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Isekai Quartet 2 ‒ Episode 6

Class 2 breaks down into three not-quite-even camps over whether salt and pepper, ketchup, or mayo make better wing toppings.
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 122

Asta and the Black Bulls who defend him are tasked with "proving" Asta's innocence by collecting information on the devils.
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Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei Smartphone Game to Collaborate with Berserk

Sega Games announced at a two-year anniversary event for the Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation smartphone game on Monday that the game will have a collaboration with the 3DCG TV anime adaptation of Kentaro Miura's Berserk manga series. Sega Games released a visual and indicated that more information will be released at a later date. Sega Games and Atlus launched the Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Libera...
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Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia ‒ Episode 17

Gilgamesh closes out this week's installment of Babylonia by claiming that Ritsuka and the others should enjoy what will likely be their last chance to relax.
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Living for the Day After Tomorrow's J-ta Yamada Launches Remake of Eko Eko Azarak Manga

Eko Eko Azarak Reborn remake of Shinichi Koga's classic manga launches on March 19 ― The April issue of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine revealed on Wednesday that J-ta Yamada will launch a remake of late manga author Shinichi Koga's Eko Eko Azarak manga in the next issue on March 19. The new manga is titled Eko Eko Azarak Reborn, and the first chapter will have color opening pages. The original ...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets Celebrates Final Chapter With Wedding Ceremony Event

Your favorite girl didn't win? Don't worry, they'll all get a wedding ceremony in church ― Digital artwork vendor Anique is collaborating with Negi Haruba's The Quintessential Quintuplets (Gotōbun no Hanayome) manga to create a wedding ceremony for each and every one of the quintuplets across five dates in April. The announcement of this plan comes straight off the heels of the publication of the man...
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Anime Boston to Host Voice Actress Minami Takahashi

Convention runs at Hynes Convention Center from April 10-12 ― Anime Boston announced on Wednesday that it will host voice actress Minami Takahashi at this year's event. Takahashi provided the voice for Megumi Tadokoro in Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Grey in Black Clover, Shea Haulia in Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest, Kuroka in High School DxD, Lucoa in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid,...
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Crunchyroll Streams Re:ZERO Memory Snow OVA

OVA opened in Japanese theaters in October 2018 ― Crunchyroll began streaming Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Memory Snow, the first original video anime (OVA) episode in the Re:ZERO franchise, on Wednesday. The OVA aired on television in Japan last week in place of the regular broadcast of the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Director's Cut edited anime. Crunchyroll also began strea...
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Takara Tomy's Tomica Kizuna Gattai Earth Granner Anime Reveals Opening Song, April 5 Debut

Masayoshi Ōishi performs opening song for anime based on Tomica toy car brand ― The staff of Tomica Kizuna Gattai Earth Granner (Tomica Bond Combination Earth Granner), the new television anime based on Takara Tomy's Tomica toy car brand, revealed on Wednesday that the anime will premiere on TV Osaka, TV Tokyo, and their affiliates on April 5. The show will air every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The staff als...
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Final Fantasy VII Remake's Tokyo Train Event Canceled Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus

1-hour treasure hunt was planned on central Yamanote Line at midday on Saturday ― Square Enix announced on Wednesday that it is canceling Saturday's "Battle Train Final Fantasy VII Remake Another Story" event due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. The free "real-world treasure hunt" would have had 280 players on an one-hour mission on Yamanote, the busy train artery line that loops around Tokyo's ...
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Kazuki Funatsu Launches Mabataki Yori Hayaku Fighting Manga in March

Manga by Sundome!! Milky Way author centers on freshman high school student who wants fresh start ― The March issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Kazuki Funatsu (Yokai Girls) will launch a new manga titled Mabataki Yori Hayaku (Faster Than the Blink of an Eye) in the magazine's next issue on March 19. The "fighting manga" centers on Himari Kohanai, a 15-year-old student...
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Morgana Gives Phantom Thief Crash Course in Persona 5 Royal PS4 Game's Video

PS4 game ships in West on March 31 ― Atlus began streaming an English trailer for its Persona 5 Royal (Persona 5 The Royal in Japan) PlayStation 4 role-playing game on Wednesday. In the video, Morgana gives Kasumi a "Phantom Thief Crash Course." The official U.S PlayStation Blog describes Kasumi (voiced by Laura Post in English): Kasumi is a transfer student who enrolls at Shujin Academy at the same ...
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Kaiji's Nobuyuki Fukumoto Ends Shin Kurosawa: Saikyō Densetsu Manga

Manga about blue-collar worker launched in 2013 ― This year's fifth issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Original magazine revealed on Thursday that Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Shin Kurosawa: Saikyō Densetsu manga will end in the magazine's next issue on March 5. The manga's 17th compiled book volume will ship on February 28. The manga is a sequel to Fukumoto's Saikyō Densetsu Kurosawa (The Legend of Strongest Ma...
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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Game's Character Trailer Streamed

PS4, Switch, PC game launches in Japan, West in 2020 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a character trailer for the Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on Wednesday. The game will launch in the Americas, Europe, and Japan this year. The game will be the franchise's first release for consoles in 10 years. The game will ...
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Dropkick on My Devil! Anime's 2nd Season Reveals Opening Song, Visual

halca performs "Toki Toshite Violence" for April anime ― The official website for the television anime of Yukiwo's Dropkick on My Devil! (Jashin-chan Dropkick) manga revealed the opening theme song, a new key visual, and broadcast information for the second season on Wednesday. Singer halca is performing the opening theme song "Toki Toshite Violence" (Violence on Occasion). The second season will pre...
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Anime's 3rd Video Unveils More Cast, April 4 Debut

Miho Okasaki, Inori Minase, Saori Hayami join cast ― The official website for the anime of Satoru Yamaguchi and Nami Hidaka's My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta...) light novel series posted the anime's third promotional video as well as the fourth key visual on Wednesday. The video unveils more of the ani...

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Tokyo 7th Sisters Idol Game App Gets 70-Minute Anime by Toei Animation This Summer

New anime gets limited run in theaters; idol-training game already inspired anime music video ― Donuts' Tokyo 7th Sisters smartphone game celebrated its sixth anniversary on Wednesday by announcing a brand-new 70-minute anime adaptation by Toei Animation. Theaters will screen the new anime for a limited "simultaneous" run this summer. The teaser video for the game's sixth anniversary ends with the ta...
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Japan's Biggest Cosplay Event Canceled Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus

Nippombashi Street Festa would have drawn over 200,000 to Osaka pop culture district ― The organizers of Osaka's Nippombashi Street Festa, which they promote as "Japan's biggest cosplay event," announced on Wednesday that they are canceling this year's event due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. The 16th annual parade would have run in Nippombashi's Den Den Town area (Osaka's shoppi...
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LaLaport Numazu Removes 'Sexualizing' Panel of Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Chika

Collaboration image with Nishiura oranges attracted criticism due to Chika's skirt revealing outline of her crotch ― The LaLaport Numazu shopping center's official website posted a notice on Monday that a panel depicting the Love Live! Sunshine!! character Chika Takami has been removed as of Sunday due to "various circumstances." The notice apologized to fans who had been looking forward to seeing th...
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Hello World Manga Adaptation Ends in March

Adaptation of Tomohiko Ito, Graphinica launched last July ― This year's March issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Manatsu Suzuki and Yoshihiro Sono's Hello World manga will end in the magazine's next issue on March 19. The magazine had announced in January that the manga would reach its climax in February. Suzuki (Lostorage conflated WIXOSS) and Sono (Tokyo Ghoul, Kaban...
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Captain Tsubasa Magazine Launches With New Manga on April 2

Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun soccer manga moves to magazine ― This year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Captain Tsubasa Magazine, a new spinoff from Grand Jump that will focus on the Captain Tsubasa franchise, will launch in Japan on April 2. The new magazine will include new manga, including spinoff one-shots, when it ships every other month. The first issue...
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Konosuba Smartphone Game Unveils Opening Video, February 27 Debut

Game will have fully-voiced original story ― The official Twitter account for Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Fantastic Days, the smartphone game for the KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! franchise, revealed on Monday that the game will debut on February 27 "in the afternoon" in Japan. The game's YouTube channel began streaming the game's opening video on Tuesday. The game will...
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Switch Game's Trailer Previews Gameplay

Game ships on March 6 ― Nintendo began streaming a trailer 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, on Tuesday. The trialer previews the game's mechanics. The game will ship on March 6. The original roguelike role-playing games debuted in...
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Voice Actress Chiaki Takahashi Expects to Return Next Week After Appendicitis

The [email protected] voice actress hospitalized after suffering stomach pains overnight ― Voice actress Chiaki Takahashi revealed on her Twitter account on Tuesday that she will return to work next week after being hospitalized for acute appendicitis. She explained that she suffered from severe stomach pains before daybreak the night before, and was rushed to the hospital. However, her symptoms began to re...
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Singer Mafumafu Safely Recovers After Falling Unconscious

Singer suffered from cardiogenic shock; events still planned to go forward ― The official website of singer Mafumafu announced on Tuesday that he has safely recovered after falling unconscious. The announcement explained that Mafumafu's staff found him unconscious at his home after they went there for a planned meeting on Sunday around noon. A later medical examination revealed that Mafumafu fell unc...
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Batman Ninja Anime Gets Stage Play in October

Play to run from October 10 to December 31 in Tokyo ― Stage production company Office ENDLESS announced on Wednesday that it is producing a stage play adaptation of the Batman Ninja anime. The production will run at the Theatre Moliere Shinjuku in Tokyo from October 10 to December 31. Warner Bros. released the anime film digitally in April 2018, and on home video in May 2018. The release included the...
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Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers Manga Gets Live-Action Film This Fall

Story of man who time-travels back to middle school to save girlfriend ― Warner Bros Japan announced on Wednesday that it is producing a live-action film of Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga that will open this fall. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga digitally in English, and it describes the story: Watching the news, Takemichi Hanagaki learns that his girlfriend from way back in middle school,...
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Real Estate App Will Help Find Your Perfect Reincarnated as a Slime Home

Rimuru has undergone multiple transformations since he was first reincarnated as a slime. His next task (after survival) was rebuilding the goblin village. You could say Rimuru knows a thing or two about property values. The leader of the goblin village has teamed up with the Japanese real estate app SUUMO. According to the collaboration's story, SUUMO's mascot enters the world of Tempest and comb...
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Atelier Mimina's Indie Adventure Game Giraffe and Annika Launches for PC

PLAYISM to release game for Switch, PS4, Xbox One this year ― PLAYISM and Japanese indie developer Atelier Mimina launched the Giraffe and Annika 3D adventure game launched on PC via Steam on Tuesday. The game has English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese language options. PLAYISM will release the game for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this year. Atelier Mimina str...
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Live-Action Program Explores Zombie Land Saga Tourist Spots

The Zombie Land Saga anime has helped introduce its namesake prefecture and even got Saga's own governor on board. Next week, a live-action program will air on TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting to reacquaint fans with the real landmarks from the anime. London Atsushi's Zombie Land Saga Holy Land Pilgrimage Tour will star Atsushi Tamura from the comedy duo London Boots Ichi-gō Ni-gō, actor Hideki Morimoto, a...
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Persona 5's Morgana Sneaks Into Koei Tecmo's Office

Interviews Koei Tecmo General Producer Kou Shibusawa regarding upcoming Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers game Persona 5's Morgana is a phantom thief, and as phantom thieves are wont to do, he's been sneaking around Koei Tecmo Games' offices sniffing for treasure. At first, Morgana seems to thinks that he's wandered into an art museum, but eventually he encounters Koei Tecmo Games General Pr...
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In/Spectre ‒ Episode 6

In/Spectre is all too familiar with the modern toxicity of online discourse, and it smartly applies that knowledge to Kotoko's proposed resolution to this arc.
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Game Freak's Little Town Hero Game's PS4 Version Heads West in June

RPG launches in N. America on June 2, Europe on June 5, Oceania on June 12 ― NIS America announced on Tuesday that it will launch the PlayStation 4 version of GAME FREAK's Little Town Hero role-playing game on June 2 in North America, June 5 in Europe, and June 12 in Oceania. NIS America will release the "Big Idea Edition" on the PS4 and Nintendo Switch. The special edition bundles the "Life in the V...
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Smile Down the Runway Exhibit Shows Off the Anime's Real-Life Brands

Exhibit at Bookmark Asakusabashi will run from February 8 to 24 ― The "Smile Down the Runway Exhibit: Collection2020" exhibit at the Bookmark Asakusabashi store in Tokyo is running from February 8 to 24. The small-scale exhibit shows off art, storyboards, and design materials from the fashion-themed manga and anime series, as well as the anime's collaborations with real-life textile and fashion brand...
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Children of the Sea Anime Film Screens in U.S., Canada in April

English-subtitled trailer previews theatrical run opening on April 20 ― GKIDS announced on Tuesday that it will screen Studio 4°C's anime film of Daisuke Igarashi's Children of the Sea (Kaijū no Kodomo) manga in select U.S. theaters in April. GKIDS and Fathom Events will screen the film in Japanese with English subtitles on April 20, and with an English dub on April 22. GKIDS will begin the film's li...
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My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising Film's English Dub Trailer Streamed

Film debuts in theaters in U.S., Canada on February 26 ― Funimation began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for the My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Boku no Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising-) film on Tuesday. The trailer previews the English dub voices for the film's new characters, including Nine, Slice, and Katsuma. Funimation describes the film: Class 1-A visits Nabu Island where they fin...
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ID: INVADED ‒ Episode 8

With Hondomachi diving into the well-inside-the-well and Momoki under arrest as the suspected John Walker, the remaining investigators are forced to make some difficult decisions
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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX, HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Games Launch on Xbox One

Collections debuted on Xbox One on Tuesday ― Square Enix released the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue games on the Xbox One on Tuesday. The company had revealed in November that the games would debut for the Xbox One this year. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX includes: Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Da...
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Shiori Amase's Koko wa Ima kara Rinri desu. Manga Gets Live-Action Series

Manga by All Out!!'s Shiori Amase centers on ethics teacher ― This year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Shiori Amase's Koko wa Ima kara Rinri desu. (From now on we begin ethics) manga is inspiring a live-action television series. The manga centers on ethics teacher Takayanagi, who uses the principles of ethics to advise students on their problems and individ...

The Quintessential Quintuplets Anime's 2nd Season Premieres in October with New Director, Studio

Kaori to direct 2nd season at Bibury Animation Studio ― This year's 12th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine announced on Wednesday that the second season of The Quintessential Quintuplets (Gotōbun no Hanayome) anime will premiere in October on TBS and other networks. The season has the title Gotōbun no Hanayome ∬ (The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬). The anime's official website also revealed a...
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Kei Toume's Kurogane Kai Manga Goes on 3-Month Hiatus

Revival of earlier Kurogane manga launched in 2017 ― This year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Kei Toume's Kurogane Kai manga will go on hiatus, and will return in the magazine's 12th issue on May 20. Toume will publish a "special work" in the magazine's ninth issue on April 1. The manga is a revival of Toume's earlier Kurogane manga. Del Rey published the f...
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My Hero One's Justice 2 Game's 3rd Promo Video Streamed

Game launches for PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC in Americas on March 13 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the third promotional video on Tuesday for the My Hero One's Justice 2 (My Hero Academia: One's Justice 2) game. The video previews the game's various gameplay modes, as well as the recently revealed playable characters Gang Orca, Seiji Shishikura, Camie Utsushimi, and Kendō Rappa. The gam...
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Mamoru Miyano Performs Ahiru no Sora Anime's New Ending Song

Series premiered on October 2 ― The official website for the television anime of Takeshi Hinata's Ahiru no Sora manga revealed on Sunday that Mamoru Miyano is performing the new ending theme song for the series. The song's single will ship on April 22. The anime premiered in Japan on October 2. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan, and HIDIVE is streaming an English dub. The anime ...
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