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Carole & Tuesday: A Song of Refugees and Fire

Director Shinichiro Watanabe's passionate musical series shines a spotlight on Earth's real humanitarian crisis and hopes for something better. ― Carole & Tuesday has some good music, but good music isn't made in a vacuum. Music is created by musicians, and whether they're strumming guitar strings, singing mezzo-soprano, or scribbling notes on staves, aspects of musicians' lives end up bleeding into ...
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Which Hana? GN 1

"Which Hana isn't anything particularly special, but it does offer its own distinct twists on the body-swap romance story we've seen before." ― Mizue Odawara is one of a handful of shoujo authors never before published in English who is getting a double digital release. Which Hana and A Devotion that Changes Worlds have both been licensed and translated by Futabasha, much in the same way that Chieko ...
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Downfall

Downfall isn't an easy book. It's not something you pick up to read for pleasure - but if you're looking for a different take on industry manga, this is worth picking up. ― There's always something about Inio Asano's manga that feels like it might be personal. Whether that's true or not, it certainly speaks to one reason why his works are so popular and well-regarded – many readers like to feel like ...
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Afro Samurai's Takashi Okazaki Draws Marvel Comic Book Cover

New Werewolf By Night comic set to release in April ― Afro Samurai creator Takashi Okazaki drew the cover of the upcoming Marvel comic book series Werewolf By Night, written by Taboo and Ben Jackendoff and illustrated by Scot Eaton. This marks the first time Okazaki has drawn a cover for Marvel comics. Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski said that he has wanted to bring Okazaki to Marvel ever since they fi...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 78

Alright folks, it's that time of the season again. With the Overhaul arc finally making its exit, it's everyone's favorite quarterly Xmas presents: new opening and ending themes!
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Darwin's Game ‒ Episode 4

Darwin's Game is starting to show more signs of utilizing shortcuts, especially explanations of action that happened off screen instead of just showing it.
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Cosplayer Enako Transforms into All of the Quintessential Quintuplets

This year's eighth issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine features a cover shoot of five cosplayers dressed as the characters from Negi Haruba's The Quintessential Quintuplets manga. At least, it looks like five cosplayers but the image really stars just one: Enako. The seasoned costumer appears as Nino, Yotsuba, Itsuki Nakano, Ichika Nakano, Miku Nakano, and Raiha in wedding garb. Inside the ...
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Type-Moon Museum's 'Unlimited Blade Works' Phase Starts

Exhibit at Sony Music Roppongi Museum runs from December 20 to April 5 ― The Type-Moon Museum's "Unlimited Blade Works" phase began on Thursday. It is the second of three planned phases for the museum, which celebrates Fate/stay night's 15th anniversary and traces the franchise's history. The "Unlimited Blade Works" phase focuses on the Fate/stay night story chapter of the same name. During this phas...
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Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun ‒ Episode 3

When Nene's friend Aoi, and several of Kou's classmates, all go missing in the proximity of the stairs to the art room, Hanako is ready for a jaunt to the spirit realm
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Smile Down the Runway ‒ Episode 3

We last left Ikuto staring down the spotlights of Hajime's runway show as he has to figure out how to reinterpret a dress designed to fit a much taller model onto Chiyuki's tiny frame.

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Dr. Stone Manga Gets 2nd Novel This Year

New novel to center on characters Ukyo, Tsukasa, Ryusui, Gen ― Shueisha's Jump J-Books novel imprint posted images on Thursday on the Note distribution website of "newspapers" passed out at the Jump Festa '20 event in December, and one of those newspapers revealed that Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga is getting a second novel that will ship this year. The novel will feature the charact...
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Battle Spirits Franchise Gets New Anime Project This Year

Masaki Watanabe returns to direct Battle Spirits: Kakumei no Galette anime ― The YouTube channel for the Battle Spirits multimedia franchise announced in a video on Friday that the franchise is getting a new anime project that will premiere this year. The new anime is titled Battle Spirits: Kakumei no Galette. The below video highlights the Battle Spirits: Shōnen Gekiha Dan, Battle Spirits: Brave, an...
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Love Live! Anime's 1st Season Removed from Crunchyroll

Anime is available on Amazon Prime Video in U.S. ― Crunchyroll has removed the first season of the Love Live! School Idol Project from its service. The second season, as well as both seasons of Love Live! Sunshine!! are still available as of press time. ANN reached out to Crunchyroll about the anime's removal, but a company representative declined to give a comment. The first season of Love Live! Sch...
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HIDIVE to Stream 'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II' OVA Starting on January 29

Company also streams Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion film ― HIDIVE announced on Wednesday that it will stream the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II original video anime starting on January 29. The company will stream the OVA in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, the Nethe...
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Isekai Izakaya "Nobu" Light Novels Get Live-Action Show in May

Light novels previously inspired net anime in 2018 ― The WOWOW satellite television channel announced on Saturday that Natsuya Semikawa's Isekai Izakaya "Nobu" light novel series is getting a live-action series adaptation. The series will air on the WOWOW Prime service starting in May. The show will have 10 total episodes, and the first episode will be free. Hiroshi Shinagawa, part of a comedy duo, i...
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Toei Animation Streams 'Dream' Anime Short

6-minute short features studio's cat mascot ― Toei Animation began streaming a six-minute anime short titled "Dream" on Friday. Kokoro Kondō directed the short. Apollo Añonuevo designed the characters and was the animation director. Yukie Yuki designed the background art, Clique composed the music, Aya Mori was the color designer, Shingo Nakanishi was the CG director and Shinichi Igarashi was the dir...
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Manga Creators Moto Hagio, Keiji Nakazawa Nominated for Eisner Hall of Fame

2 artists among 14 nominees ― Comic-Con International announced on Friday that the Eisner Awards judges have nominated manga creators Moto Hagio and Keiji Nakazawa for the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame this year. Hagio and Nakazawa are part of a selection of 14 nominees, four of whom will be selected by vote to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Other nominees for this year include Alison Bec...
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Atsushi Kagurazaka's Uchi no Danna ga Amachan de Novels Get Manga

Raizō's manga debuts on March 26 ― This year's March issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed on Friday that Atsushi Kagurazaka's Uchi no Danna ga Amachan de (My Husband is Amachan) novels will get a manga by Raizō that will debut in the magazine's May issue on March 26. The manga takes place in Japan in the Edo period and follows a husband, who is a constable but also an "idiot," ...
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If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die ‒ Episode 3

Far from admiration or strong support, Motoi is apparently genuinely in love with his chosen fave, Sorane.

FunimationNow Streaming Content Moves to AnimeLab in Australia, New Zealand

FunimationNow service shuts down in Australia, New Zealand on March 30 ― A company representative confirmed with ANN on Friday that Funimation will shut down access to its FunimationNow streaming service for users in Australia and New Zealand on March 30. Funimation's streaming content will then only be available to users in those countries through AnimeLab. The representative stated that the transit...
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Infinite Dendrogram ‒ Episode 3

I'm not sure if Infinite Dendrogram is consciously pouring most of its effort into its world-building, or if that's just the only part the writing actually has interest in.
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New Image Boards Show P.A. Works' Appare-Ranman! Anime's Breathtaking Detail

This spring P.A. Works will premiere its original anime series Appare-Ranman! If you haven't heard about it yet, the series follows a broke samurai and his equally financially-strapped engineer friend Appare. Together they decide to enter a Trans-American race in a steam-powered car in hopes of improving their money woes. The turn-of-the-century story will take Appare, Kosame, and cast of colorful...
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Tokimeki Tonight's Koi Ikeno Launches New Manga

Bloody Bride manga about vampire marriage hunting launches on March 26 ― This year's March issue of Shueisha's Cookie magazine revealed on Friday that Koi Ikeno (Tokimeki Tonight) will launch the new manga Bloody Bride -Kyūketsuki no Konkatsu- (Bloody Bride: Vampire Marriage Hunting) in the next issue on March 26. The magazine teased that the story is about two vampires who wander in search of the "f...
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Kazuhisa Kondō Draws New Gundam Manga

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Revival of Zeon: New Prologue Chapter begins serializing on February 26 ― Kazuhisa Kondō's Mobile Suit Gundam: Zeon no Saikō Shinshō Prologue (The Revival of Zeon: New Prologue Chapter) manga debuted in this year's March issue of Kadokawa's Gundam Ace magazine on Friday. The manga's regular serialization will start in the magazine's next issue on February 26. Hajime Yatate and...
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Touhou Spell Bubble Puzzle Game's Gameplay Video Streamed

Bubble-shooting rhythm game launches for Switch in Japan on February 6 ― Taito began streaming a gameplay video for its Touhou Spell Bubble game on Friday. The game will launch digitally for the Nintendo Switch in Japan on February 6. The bubble-shooting game will feature Touhou Project characters such as Reimu Hakurei (voiced by Ayaka Suwa) and Marisa Kirisame (voiced by Naomi Ōzora). In addition to...
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Chihayafuru 3 ‒ Episode 15

To fill a little time before the championship finals, the episode gives us our weekly dose of karuta action when Suo calls Chihaya unexpectedly and asks if she wants to have a practice match with him.
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Konosuba - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Spinoff Manga Ends

Tamako Buta launched Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Extra: Ano Orokamono ni mo Kyakkō o! in 2018 ― Tamako Buta's Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Extra: Ano Orokamono ni mo Kyakkō o! (Spotlight on That Fool Also!) manga ended in the March issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine on Friday. The second and final compiled book volume will ship on February 26. The adaptation of Hirukum...
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22/7 TV Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed With English Subtitles

Idol anime premiered on January 11 ― Aniplex of America began streaming the second promotional video for the television anime of the 22/7 idol project on Friday. The video is an English-subtitled version of a promotional video that the anime's Twitter account began streaming in December. The promotional video shines the spotlight on all eight idols in the 22/7 group. It notably features Uta Kawase as...
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Blade of the Immortal ‒ Episode 16

We've got a prison break gone wrong, a chance for a bunch of secondary characters to come together and shine in the spotlight, and plenty of brutal and explosive action.
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Yoh Yoshinari Shares Info about Upcoming BNA: Brand New Animal Anime in Latest Newtype

Discusses story's influence, staff choices ― BNA: Brand New Animal director Yoh Yoshinari (Little Witch Academia) discussed the upcoming anime in his latest interview with Newtype. He said that his core idea for the anime was "transformation," and that his original proposal was "something like Osamu Tezuka's Marvelous Melmo," which is a story about a girl who is capable of transforming into an adult....
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A Preview of the Small Worlds Theme Park Designed by Shoji Kawamori

Indoor theme park of scale miniatures will open on April 25 ― Small Worlds is currently building the world's largest indoor theme park of scale miniatures with anime creator Shoji Kawamori as its chief creative officer. The theme park is still under construction, but members of the press were given a preview of the scale replicas of world-renowned landmarks and imaginary locales that will be on displ...
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Carole & Tuesday: A Song of Refugees and Fire

Director Shinichiro Watanabe's passionate musical series shines a spotlight on Earth's real humanitarian crisis and hopes for something better. ― Carole & Tuesday has some good music, but good music isn't made in a vacuum. Music is created by musicians, and whether they're strumming guitar strings, singing mezzo-soprano, or scribbling notes on staves, aspects of musicians' lives end up bleeding into ...
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Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou Manga Ends in February

Series launched in 2014, inspired TV anime in 2018 ― The March issue of Ichijinsha's Manga 4-Koma Palette magazine revealed on Wednesday that Nekoume's four-panel romantic comedy manga Miss caretaker of Sunohara-sou (Sunohara-Sō no Kanrinin-san) will end in the next issue on February 22. The series' eighth compiled book volume will be its last, and the seventh and eighth volumes will ship simultaneou...
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Masaru Miyazaki Launches New Shinizama Manga Mini-Series

Manga by author of The Untold Story: How Tezuka created his "Black Jack" launches on January 31 ― The 2,695th issue of Nihonbungeisha's Manga Goraku magazine revealed on Friday that Masaru Miyazaki will launch a new manga mini-series titled Shinizama (Manner of Death) on January 31. Tadataka Hosokawa is drawing the manga. The magazine noted that the manga will publish for two consecutive issues. Miya...

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Japan's Video Game Rankings, January 13-19

Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot debut at #1, #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: January 13-19 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Yakuza: Like a Dragon Sega January 16 156,993 156,993 2PS4Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Bandai Namco Entertainment January 16 89,537 89,537 3NSwPokémon Sword & Shield Nintendo November 15, 2019 55,604 3,312,358 4NSwRing Fit Adventure Nin...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, January 13-19

Ship of Theseus premiere had 11.1% rating, live-action Kaiji had 8.1% rating ― The live-action series adaptation of Toshiya Higashimoto's Ship of Theseus manga aired its premiere episode on TBS on Sunday, January 19 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned an 11.1% rating. NTV aired the live-action Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler film on Friday, January 17 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned an 8.1% rating. Additionally, the...
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One-Punch Man 5th New OVA Episode's 1st 2 Minutes Previewed in Clip

OVA included in 5th BD/DVD in Japan on February 27 ― The official website for the second season of the One-Punch Man anime began streaming a clip on Friday from "#05: Puri Puri Prisoner to Datsugokushūjin-tachi" (Puri Puri Prisoner and the Escaped Prisoners), the fifth 10-minute original video anime (OVA) included in the season's fifth Blu-ray Disc/DVD volume. The release will ship on February 27. Th...
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One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 Game Streams Gameplay Videos for Kaido, Big Mom, Hawkins

Game launches in Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia on March 27 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming three more character videos on Friday for its One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The videos preview Kaido, Charlotte Linlin (Big Mom) and Basil Hawkins. Bandai Namco Entertainment opened pre-orders on Tuesday for the game. The pre...
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Red Riding Hood's Wolf Apprentice Sequel Manga Gets English Version

Author Sayaka Mogi "preparing" to publish English version of manga ― Manga creator Sayaka Mogi announced on her Twitter account on Wednesday that she is preparing to publish an English e-book version of Akazukin no Ōkami Deshi - Tsuki he no Tsuigon (Red Riding Hood's Wolf Apprentice - A Testament to the Moon), her sequel manga to her Red Riding Hood's Wolf Apprentice manga. The manga takes place in a...
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Tokyo Love Story Manga Gets New Live-Action Series

Manga previously inspired 1991 live-action series ― Fuji TV announced on Friday that it is producing a new live-action series adaptation of Fumi Saimon's Tokyo Love Story manga that will debut on Fuji TV's on demand service and Amazon Prime Video this spring. The cast includes (from left to right in image below) Kentaro Ito as Kanji Nagao, Shizuka Ishibashi as Rika Akana, Anna Ishii as Satomi Sekiguc...

Discotek Licenses Fujiko Mine's Lie, The Wonderful Adventures of Nils Anime

Angel's 3Piece, Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon also licensed for March release ― Discotek Media announced on Tuesday that it will release the Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko Mine's Lie film, the The Wonderful Adventures of Nils series, the Angel's 3Piece series, and the Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon series on Blu-ray Disc. The Blu-ray Disc release for Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko Mine's Lie...
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'Shachō, Battle no Jikan Desu!' Anime's Video Reveals Cast, Staff, April Premiere

Shun Horie, Kana Ichinose, Azumi Waki more star in anime about dungeoneering company ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of the smartphone strategy role-playing game Shachō, Battle no Jikan Desu! (President, It's Time for Battle!) began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals the anime's cast, staff, and April premiere. The cast includes (from l...
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2020 Crayon Shin-chan Anime Film Casts Actor Yūki Yamada

Franchise's 28th film opens on April 24 ― Staff of Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Gekitotsu! Rakuga Kingdom to Hobo Yonin no Yūsha (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes), the 28th film in the series, announced on Friday that actor Yūki Yamada will have a guest voice role in the film. Yamada will play Rakuga Kingdom's Minister of Defense, who spearheads military strategy for...
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Bakumatsu Rock Franchise Gets Hollow Soul Sequel (Updated)

New story set 5 years after previous one ― The official website for Marvelous AQL's Bakumatsu Rock franchise announced that there will be a sequel project titled Bakumatsu Rock Hollow Soul. The new story is set [Warning: The following contain spoilers for the previous story. Highlight text to read the spoilers.] [five years after Ryōma and the others have overthrown the Tokugawa shogunate's regime ov...
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Sanrio Delays New Jewelpet Anime Film's Opening

Sichuan-set film previously slated to open in February with Kukuriraige ― Sanrio announced on Friday that it has delayed the opening date of Jewelpet: Attack Travel, its brand-new anime film in its Jewelpet franchise, due to "various production issues." Sanrio did not reveal a new opening date for the film. The film was previously scheduled to open in February. The film will screen with the animated ...
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Zashiki-Warashi no Tatami-chan Ghost Comedy Anime Reveals Visual, April Debut

Hi Score Girl creator Rensuke Oshikiri writes, directs shorts about unemployed ghost in Tokyo ― The official website for Rensuke Oshikiri's mini anime project Zashiki-Warashi no Tatami-chan (Tatami-chan the Guest Room Spirit) opened on Friday, and revealed a new visual and the April streaming debut date for the anime. The CD for the theme song will go on sale on April 15, followed by a solo concert o...

WIT Studio's Great Pretender Con Man Anime's Video Reveals Cast, More Staff, Characters, Netflix Streaming, July Debut (Updated)

Chiaki Kobayashi, Junichi Suwabe, Natsumi Fujiwara, Mie Sonozaki star in original anime ― The official website for WIT Studio's original television anime series Great Pretender began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals the anime's cast, additional staff, and July premiere, and it also confirms the worldwide release plans. The anime will premiere Fuji TV's +UItra p...
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Visual, Merch Revealed for JoJo Part 5 Escape Game

A new visual and merchandise were revealed for the upcoming multi-city JoJo's Bizarre Adventure-themed escape game. "Escape from the Bizarre Museum of JoJo" lets players take on the roles of Giorno and Bucciarati while trying to escape from a mysterious museum in completely original scenario. The new key visual shows Giorno and company trapped inside a museum showcase box. The visual isn't random;...
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Weathering With You Anime Film Gets 4DX Screenings in U.S.

English-subtitled 4DX screenings begin on January 31 ― Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You anime film is getting a limited run of 4DX screenings in the United States beginning on January 31. Regal is listing the screenings with English subtitles, and dubbed screenings will also be available. The 4DX screenings in the U.S. will feature wind, rain, face air, vibration, motion, lightning, rain storm, ...
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2nd Seiyū Red and White Contest Announces Initial Line-up

The event will be held on May 2 at the Pacifico Yokohama National Convention Hall ― After a successful inaugural competition, Jouji Nakata's second Seiyū Red and White Singing Contest has an initial line-up and firm date. The event will be held on May 2 at the Pacifico Yokohama National Convention Hall. The first revealed members of the Red (Women's) Team are Kikuko Inoue (Oh My Goddess, Love, Chunib...
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Kotomi Aoki's 'Niji, Lean on Me' Manga Ends in 9th Volume

BokuKimi creator needs 1 more volume to conclude romantic drama ― Manga creator Kotomi Aoki revealed on Instagram on December 25 that her Niji, Amaete yo. (Niji, Lean on Me.) manga will end in the ninth compiled book volume. The manga's seventh volume had originally revealed in October that the manga would end in the eighth volume on March 26, but as Aoki drew the manga, she realized that she would n...
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Yowamushi Pedal Manga Teases 'Important Announcement'

― This year's eighth issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Thursday that Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal manga series will have an "important announcement" in the next issue on January 30. The manga's story centers around Sakamichi Onoda, an otaku at Sōhoku High School in Chiba. He loves anime and games so much, that he would ride his commuter bicycle to and from Toky...
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Somali and the Forest Spirit ‒ Episode 3

I think, in the end, this series may end up breaking our hearts.
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 19-25

Summer Days With Coo, The Morose Mononokean II anime; I Don't Know How to Give Birth!, Kemono Friends a la Carte manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Alice & Zoroku Essentials BDPlease Funimation US$29.98 January 21 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 4 BDCite Viz Media US$44.98 January 21 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 4 DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Viz Media US$39.99 ...
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Precure Miracle Leap: Minna to Fushigi na 1-nichi Anime Film Casts Kurumi Inagaki, Hiroaki Hirata

Visuals preview new characters Ashita, Kinо̄ ― The staff of the Eiga Precure Miracle Leap: Minna to Fushigi na 1-nichi (Everyone and the Mysterious 1 Day) anime film announced two new cast members for original movie characters on Friday. Kurumi Inagaki will play Ashita (seen lower right in image below), and Hiroaki Hirata (One Piece's Sanji) will play Kinо̄ (lower center). The staff unveiled two new ...
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Gackt Cancels Yahoo! Auction of His Brooch After a 10 Billion Yen Bid

US$91 million bid entered on day 1; new auction planned on Gackt's own site ― Musician Gackt cancelled the Yahoo! Auction listing of his five karat diamond brooch on Tuesday after a bid of almost 10 billion yen was made for it on January 14. His official website instead announced plans to auction the brooch independently. The site has opened an online form for those who wish to take part in the new a...
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Crunchyroll Sponsors New Anime Frontier Convention in Texas in May 2020

'Anime Frontier Powered By Crunchyroll' event takes place on May 8-10 at Fort Worth, Texas ― Crunchyroll and event company LeftField Media — which hosts the Anime NYC, Awesome Con, Rose City Comic Con, and Big Easy Con events in the United States — announced on Thursday that Crunchyroll will serve as the title sponsor for Anime Frontier, a new anime convention in Fort Worth, Texas. The first Anime Fr...
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Plunderer ‒ Episode 3

This might have been a pretty decent episode if the crux of its humor wasn't the protagonist's constant sexual harassment of another character.
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Crunchyroll Adds Phoenix Anime to Catalog

Anime based on Osamu Tezuka's manga begins streaming on Thursday ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming the television anime of Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix manga for premium members on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. EST in the United States and Canada. The company will begin streaming the anime for free users in the U.S. and Canada in March. The anime adaptation aired in 2004. Media Blast...
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Rune Factory 4 Special Game Launches in West in February

Game debuts in N. America on February 25, in Europe/Australia on February 28 ― XSEED Games and Marvelous Europe announced on Thursday that Rune Factory 4 Special, a remastered Nintendo Switch version of Rune Factory 4, will launch for Nintendo Switch in North America on February 25 and in Europe and Australia on February 28. XSEED Games began streaming a launch date announcement trailer. The game wil...
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Game Freak's Little Town Hero Game Gets PS4 Release in April

Game Freak released game digitally on Switch last October ― Game publisher Rainy Frog is listing a PlayStation 4 release for Game Freak's Little Town Hero role-playing game on April 23. The game launched digitally for the Nintendo Switch in Japan on October 17 (October 16 in North America). Nintendo had revealed the role-playing game during its Nintendo Direct presentation on September 4. Masao Taya ...
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BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense. ‒ Episode 3

The developers of NewWorld Online release some new patch notes, and it turns out poor Maple's been nerfed!
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Otakon 2020 Hosts Game Composer Manami Matsumae

Matsumae's credits include Mega Man, Final Fight ― Otakon announced on Thursday that it will host game music composer Manami Matsumae at this year's event. Matsumae joined Capcom in 1987 and composed for the original Mega Man and Final Fight games. She launched her independent career in 1990, and she has contributed music to the Mega Man 10, Shovel Knight, and Mighty No. 9 games. She released a solo ...
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Nioh 2 PS4 Game's Trailer Streamed

PS4 game launches in English on March 13 ― The official PlayStation YouTube channel began streaming an English story trailer for Koei Tecmo Games' Nioh 2 sequel game on Thursday. The game will launch on PlayStation 4 in Japan on March 12 and worldwide on March 13. PlayStation describes the game: Master the lethal arts of the samurai as a mysterious half-human, half-supernatural Yokai warrior, in this...
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This Week in Anime - What is Going on in OBSOLETE?

Steve and Micchy try to make sense of Gen Urobuchi's latest series about the commodification of war. ― The aliens might not be interested in politics but that won't stop Earthlings from finding new uses for their recently obtained technology. The first half of acclaimed writer Gen Urobuchi's 3DCG YouTube series is available on YouTube now and it wouldn't be a Booch affair without death and commisera...
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Little Busters! Converted Edition Switch Game Listed With April Release

― Rakuten is listing the Switch version of Visual Art's/Key's Little Busters! Converted Edition Switch game for release on April 23. The release will have a feature to toggle between English and Japanese text. Little Busters! Converted Edition is also the title of the game's PlayStation 2 release, which debuted in December 2009. The Switch release will have the features added to the previous version...
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Which Hana? GN 1

"Which Hana isn't anything particularly special, but it does offer its own distinct twists on the body-swap romance story we've seen before." ― Mizue Odawara is one of a handful of shoujo authors never before published in English who is getting a double digital release. Which Hana and A Devotion that Changes Worlds have both been licensed and translated by Futabasha, much in the same way that Chieko ...
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BEM Anime's Manga Nears End

1st part of final chapter adapting 2019 anime debuts on January 29 ― Hakusensha's Manga Park website and app will publish the first part of the final chapter of Mosae Nohara's manga adaptation of the new BEM anime on January 29. The BEM anime is the latest in a franchise that began with Yōkai Ningen Bem (Humanoid Monster Bem), a classic supernatural adventure anime that aired from 1968 to 1969. In th...
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Tsugumomo Anime's 2nd Season Unveils Theme Song Artists

AŌP performs opening song, Haruka Tōjō performs ending song for April anime ― The official website for the Tsugumomo television anime revealed on Thursday the theme song artists for Tsugu Tsugumomo, the series' second season. AŌP will perform the anime's opening theme song "Kaze Fukeba Tsukiyo no Hate ni" (When the Wind Blows, It Reaches the End of the Moonlit Night). Haruka Tōjō will perform the ani...
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The Full-Time Wife Escapist Manga Ends in February

Manga about couple in marriage of convenience launched in 2012, resumed after long hiatus in January 2019 ― The March issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine revealed on Friday that Tsunami Umino's The Full-Time Wife Escapist (Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on February 25. Kodansha Comics publishes the manga digitally in English, and it describes the story: ...
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Devilman Saga Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

Go Nagai launched manga in December 2014 ― This year's third issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine revealed on Friday that Go Nagai's Devilman Saga manga will end in two chapters. Nagai launched the manga in Big Comic in December 2014. Shogakukan published the manga's 11th compiled book volume on September 30, and it will publish the 12th volume on February 28. Nagai launched the original Devilman...
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Kakushigoto Anime's Character Promo Video Highlights Kakushi

TV series premieres on April 2 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kōji Kumeta's Kakushigoto manga revealed a character promotional video, key visual, and broadcast information on Thursday. The video and visual highlight the character Kakushi Gotō. The anime will premiere on BS-NTV and AT-X at 11:30 p.m. on April 2, before debuting on Tokyo MX a half hour later. The series w...

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'Wave, Listen to Me!' TV Anime Unveils New Cast Member, Theme Song Artists

Kouki Uchiyama, tacica, Harumi join anime about radio talk show by Blade of the Immortal creator ― The official website for the television anime of Hiroaki Samura's Wave, Listen to Me! (Nami yo Kiite Kure) manga posted a new cast member, the theme songs' artists and titles, broadcast information, and the second key visual on Thursday. Kouki Uchiyama plays Shinji Oki, a resident of Minare's apartment ...
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Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation Season 2's Teaser Reveals New Cast Member, Summer Debut

Shinya Takahashi plays Goryō's assistant Hanao Ebisu, with returning cast, staff ― The official website for the television anime of Yoshiyuki Nishi's Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation manga posted a teaser promotional video and a teaser visual for the second anime season on Thursday. The video reveals that Shinya Takahashi is joining the cast as Hanao Ebisu, a judge and Goryō's loya...
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Author Yasutaka Tsutsui's Fugō Keiji Detective Novel Gets TV Anime

SAO/ERASED's Tomohiko Ito helms April Noitamina anime starring Yūsuke Ōnuki, Mamoru Miyano ― A video at Shinjuku's Yunika Vision large public screen in Tokyo announced on Thursday that Yasutaka Tsutsui's bestselling detective novel Fugō Keiji (Wealthy Detective) is inspiring a television anime. The Fugō Keiji Balance: Unlimited anime will premiere in April on Fuji TV channel's Noitamina programming b...

Netflix Posts Video for Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya CG Anime's Part 2

2nd 6-episode part of 1st season also debuted on Thursday ― Netflix Japan began streaming a promotional video for the second six-episode part from the first season of Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya, the CG anime remake of Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac) manga. Netflix debuted all six episodes of the second part of the anime worldwide on the same day on Thursday. The first pa...
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Azur Lane: Crosswave PS4/PC Game Launches on February 13 in N. America, February 21 in Europe

― Idea Factory International announced on Tuesday that Felistella and Compile Heart's Azur Lane: Crosswave game will launch for PlayStation 4 in North America on February 13 and in Europe on February 21. The game will launch for PC via Steam on February 13. The Neptunia series' Neptune will be free DLC for one month beginning on each region's respective launch day. The game will have regular and lim...
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Vertical, Kodansha Advanced Media Consolidate Under Kodansha USA

Kodansha USA also names new executives in restructuring ― Publishing news magazine and website Publishers Weekly reported on Wednesday that Kodansha USA Publishing, the company that handles the Kodansha Comics label, will consolidate manga publisher Vertical and digital distribution company Kodansha Advanced Media under its management. As part of the restructuring, Kodansha Advanced Media general man...
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Beastars Manga Creator Paru Itagaki: 'End Is in Sight'

Animal academy manga debuted in September 2016 with 2nd anime season coming ― In this year's eighth issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine, BEASTARS author Paru Itagaki commented in her author's note on Thursday that the "end is in sight" for the BEASTARS manga. She added that she is working on it with everything she has until the end, and invited fans to follow along. Itagaki launch...
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GTO: The Early Years Manga Gets New Live-Action Series in February

Kanichirō, Daichi Kaneko star as gang members trying to leave gang to lose their virginity ― Amazon Prime Video announced on Thursday that Tohru Fujisawa's GTO: The Early Years (Shonan Junai-gumi) manga is inspiring a new live-action series that will debut on the streaming service on February 28. Kanichirō (left in image below) stars in the series as Eikichi Onizuka, while Daichi Kaneko (right) stars...
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Live-Action Boys-Love Film The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese Reveals June 5 Opening

― The official website for the live-action film of Setona Mizushiro's The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese (Kyūso wa Cheese no Yume o Miru) and The Carp on the Chopping Block Jumps Twice (Sōjo no Koi wa Nido Haneru) manga revealed on Thursday that the film will open in Japan on June 5. The film will adapt both the The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese (Kyūso wa Cheese no Yume o Miru) manga and The Carp...
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Square Enix Unveils Kingdom Hearts' 'Project Xehanort' for Smartphones

App debuts this spring for iOS, Android, Amazon ― Square Enix announced on Thursday that it is developing a new Kingdom Hearts "experience" for smartphones tentatively codenamed "Project Xehanort." The project is slated for release this spring on iOS, Android, and Amazon. It will have in-app purchases. The project's tagline is "Why did he become the seeker of darkness?" An official Japanese "Kingdom ...
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Kingdom Hearts Has 2 More Teams Working Beyond III, Union χ

New title to be revealed 'surprisingly soon' ― The official Twitter account for Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts franchise revealed in a Q&A on Wednesday that a new title in the franchise will be revealed "surprisingly soon." The post noted that the franchise now has two additional active teams, in addition to the teams developing Kingdom Hearts III and the Kingdom Hearts Union χ [Cross] smartphone game,...
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Voice Actor Vic Mignogna Maintains Innocence in Live Stream

Mignogna: "Anyone who thinks differently doesn't know me at all and anyone who claims differently is a liar." ― Voice actor Vic Mignogna appeared in a 13-minute live-stream on Tuesday where he directly responded to the allegations by voice actresses Monica Rial and Jamie Marchi that led to his failed court case last year. Mignogna maintained his innocence, stating that his accusers were false friends...
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Anime Central 2020 to Host Rock Band OLDCODEX

Band make 1st Midwest anime convention appearance at Illinois event in May ― The organizers of Anime Central announced on Wednesday that this year's event will host rock band OLDCODEX. The event will mark the band's first appearance at a Midwest anime convention. Since vocalist Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Ta_2) and painter and lyricist YORKE. co-founded the band in 2009, the members have performed songs for th...
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Isekai Quartet 2 ‒ Episode 2

Kazuma and three of Tanya's chief male underlings have an amusing scheme cooked up: they're going to sneak into the principal's office and filch some booze.
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Voice Actor Kaito Ishikawa Dropped From Miki no Mikoto Character Project, Anime

Miki no Mikoto project cites 'inappropriate remarks during part of a radio show' as reason ― The Miki no Mikoto (literally: Lords of Sacred Sake) franchise, which personifies various famous sake brands as pretty boys, announced on its website on Tuesday that voice actor Kaito Ishikawa will be dropped from the project, citing his "inappropriate remarks during part of a radio show" as the reason. Ishik...
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Aoashi, Kaguya-sama: Love is War, More Win 65th Shogakukan Manga Awards

Neko, Hajimemashita, Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san, Nagi no Oitoma also win ― The judging committee of the 65th Shogakukan Manga Awards announced this year's winners on Wednesday. Each winning title will be honored with a bronze statuette and a prize of 1 million yen (about US$9,000). Best Children's Manga Neko, Hajimemashita Konomi Wagata Serialized in Ciao (Shogakukan) The manga's story centers on N...
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Babylon ‒ Episode 11

Having sat through all twenty-two miserable minutes of Babylon's penultimate episode, I feel comfortable in calling the shot now: Babylon, as an entire anime entity, is really quite terrible.
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Downfall

Downfall isn't an easy book. It's not something you pick up to read for pleasure - but if you're looking for a different take on industry manga, this is worth picking up. ― There's always something about Inio Asano's manga that feels like it might be personal. Whether that's true or not, it certainly speaks to one reason why his works are so popular and well-regarded – many readers like to feel like ...
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Bleach: Immortal Soul Smartphone Game Launches in English in Spring

iOS/Android game features anime's voice actors ― Hong Kong-based game publisher Oasis Games announced on Wednesday that it will release GREE's Bleach: Immortal Soul game for iOS and Android devices in English this spring. Pre-registration offering in-game rewards is available now. The game officially licensed from TV Tokyo is based on the television anime adaptation of Tite Kubo's Bleach manga. The "...
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Akitaka Launches New Rokujō Hitoma no Majo Life Manga in February

Akitaka's Ochikazuki ni Naritai Miyazen-san web manga also serializes in magazine ― The February issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine revealed on Wednesday that Akitaka will launch the Rokujō Hitoma no Majo Life (A Witch's Life in a Six-Tatami Room) manga in the next issue on February 22. The new issue will also begin serializing Akitaka's Ochikazuki ni Naritai Miyazen-san web manga. Rokujō H...
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For the Kid I Saw in My Dreams Manga Makes Shortlist for Stan Lee Excelsior Award

U.K. schoolkids rate graphic novels to promote reading ― The Stan Lee Excelsior Award announced on Tuesday that Kei Sanbe's For the Kid I Saw in My Dreams (Yume de Mita Anoko no Tameni) manga is among five graphic novels on the shortlist for this year's award. The other titles are Fabien Grolleau and Jeremie Royer's Darwin: An Exceptional Voyage, Tom King and Mitch Gerads Mister Miracle, James Tynion...

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Singer LiSA, Voice Actor Tatsuhisa Suzuki Get Married

LiSA vows to continue performing after tying knot with Uta-Pri/OLDCODEX vocalist ― Did you think Romi Park and Kazuhiro Yamaji would be the biggest marriage news today? Anime song singer LiSA just announced on her Instagram account and official website on Wednesday that she registered her marriage with voice actor Tatsuhisa Suzuki. She said that Suzuki is someone who can support her even when she is ...
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Anime's 2nd Video Unveils More Cast, Ending Song Artist

Shouta Aoi, Asami Seto, Tetsuya Kakihara, Sora Amamiya, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Mutsumi Tamura, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, M.A.O join Maaya Uchida ― 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 second promotional v...

Trigger's BNA: Brand New Animal Anime Reveals More Cast, Staff, Netflix Streaming in 1st Video

mabanua (Kids on the Slope, Megalobox) scores April anime about city for animal-humans ― The official website for Trigger's original television anime BNA: Brand New Animal began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Wednesday. The video reveals more of the anime's main cast and staff, and confirms that Netflix will exclusively stream the anime in Japan. The newly announced cast members inc...
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Trials of Mana Game's Character Trailer Highlights Hawkeye, Riesz

Remake of Seiken Densetsu 3 launches for PS4, Switch, PC on April 24 ― The official YouTube channel for PlayStation began streaming an English character trailer for Square Enix's Trials of Mana game on Tuesday. The video previews Hawkeye and Riesz. The remake of Seiken Densetsu 3 will launch for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on April 24. The Seiken Densetsu franchise marked its 25t...
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Dallas Court Overturns Patent Lawsuit Against Nintendo's Wii, Wii U Controllers

Court nullifies iLife Technologies' US$10.1 million award ― A federal court in Dallas, Texas overturned a previous decision against Nintendo of America in a lawsuit by iLife Technologies on January 17. A jury had previously ruled in Dallas division of the Northern Texas District Court in September 2017 that Nintendo's Wii and Wii U controllers were infringing on iLife's motion-sensing patents, and aw...
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Sonic the Hedgehog Film's Japanese Dub Casts Taishi Nakagawa as Sonic

Marina Inoue, Kōichi Yamadera, Yuichi Nakamura also star in dub ― Paramount Pictures revealed the main cast for the Japanese dub of its Sonic the Hedgehog film on Wednesday. Taishi Nakagawa (top row in image below, live-action Kakegurui's Manyuda Kaede, live-action Kids on the Slope's Sentarō Kawabuchi) will voice the titular character Sonic in his third voice acting role in his career, and his first...
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Revue Starlight Compilation Film to Open on May 29

Film retells 2018 television anime ― The official Twitter account for the Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight franchise announced on Tuesday that Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Rondo Rondo Rondo, the compilation film of the franchise's television anime, will open in Japan on May 29. The franchise's YouTube channel is streaming a trailer for the film. The trailer contains footage from the television anime. The...
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Voice Actors Romi Park, Kazuhiro Yamaji Get Married

Attack on Titan castmates announce tie-up on Romi Park's birthday on Wednesday ― Voice actress Romi Park and voice actor Kazuhiro Yamaji announced on their respective websites and social media accounts on Wednesday that they married each other. Wednesday, January 22 also happens to be Romi Park's birthday. Park's many voice roles include Fullmetal Alchemist's Edward Elric, Naruto's Temari, and Digimo...

Log Horizon TV Anime Gets 3rd Season in October

Staff, cast return for Log Horizon: Entaku Hōkai season ― NHK announced on Wednesday that the television anime based on author Mamare Touno and illustrator Kazuhiro Hara's Log Horizon novel series will have a third season titled Log Horizon: Entaku Hōkai (Log Horizon: Fall of the Round Table) that will premiere on NHK Educational in October. The new anime shares the same name as 12th novel volume. Th...
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Sound Horizon's Shinyaku Märchen Manga Ends

Manga based on Sound Horizon album launched in 2015 ― The February issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge published the final chapter of Sound Horizon and Yasuyuki Torikai's Shinyaku Marchen manga on January 17. The manga's fifth and final compiled book volume will ship on March 17. The manga adapts the story of Sound Horizon's Märchen album. The story centers on the reclusive Therese von Ludowing,...
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Ushijima the Loan Shark's Shohei Manabe Launches New Manga With Artist

Hirokazu Fukuda, Manabe launch Pickup manga on February 20 ― The February issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine revealed on January 18 that Shohei Manabe will launch a new manga titled Pickup with artist Hirokazu Fukuda in the magazine's next issue and on the Comic Days website on February 20. Manabe is credited for the original work, while Fukuda is credited for the art. The 61-page first chapt...
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Aksys Games Announces Release Schedule for Code:Realize, Collar X Malice, More Switch Games

― Aksys Games revealed on Tuesday the release schedule for six of its upcoming Nintendo Switch visual novel games. The scheduled releases are as follows: Code:Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ – February 6 Code:Realize ~Future Blessings~ – April Collar X Malice – summer Collar X Malice -Unlimited- – summer Piofiore: Fated Memories – late 2020 Cafe Enchante – late 2020 The original Code:Realize ~Guardian...
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Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! ‒ Episode 3

It's time for the women of Eizouken to actually make something - but can pragmatic Kanamori wrangle her artist friends to actually get to work?
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Otakon 2020 Hosts Game Composer Takahiro Izutani

Izutani's credits include Metal Gear Solid 4, Bayonetta ― Otakon announced on Tuesday that it will host game music composer and guitarist Takahiro Izutani at this year's event. The event's YouTube channel began streaming a guest announcement video. Izutani composed for the Metal Gear Solid 4 and Bayonetta games. He previously collaborated with musical artist Ayumi Hamasaki. Under the name Dugo, he re...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 118

The first 11 minutes constitute maybe the most important flashback the series has shown.

Crunchyroll Adds Lovely Complex Anime to Catalog

Streaming begins on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. EST ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming the Lovely Complex anime on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. EST in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Central America, and South America including the Caribbean. Crunchyroll describes the anime: Koizumi's just started high school, and she's got a little problem: for a girl, ...
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Lavie Vega Laptop Gets Anime Ad in February

Aoi Yuki, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka voice characters in futuristic Shibuya ― Personal computer company NEC is taking an animated approach to push its new notebook PC, the Lavie Vega. The company will release an animated ad titled "CREATOKYO" in mid-February, but it already has a stellar cast and music line-up ready. The ad's story takes place in a futuristic Shibuya where human labor is no longer necessary...
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Anime Boston to Host Hip-Hop Group m-flo

Convention runs at Hynes Convention Center from April 10-12 ― Anime Boston announced on Tuesday that it will host the Japanese hip-hop group m-flo at this year's convention. The group began when friends Verbal and Taku Takahashi met singer LISA and launched the group in 1998. Since then, they have released nine studio albums. The group produced six of those after LISA's departure in 2002, but before ...
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Sing 'Yesterday' for Me Anime Reveals Teaser, 18-Episode Length

Series premieres on new NUManimation block on April 4 ― The official YouTube channel for the television anime of Kei Toume's Sing "Yesterday" for Me (Yesterday o Utatte) manga began streaming the first teaser trailer for the anime on Wednesday. The anime's staff also revealed that the series will have 12 television episodes, plus an additional six episodes that will only be available via streaming. A...
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Mega Man Zero / ZX Legacy Collection Game's Trailer Previews Biometals, Models

Collection of 6 games debuts on February 25 for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC ― The official YouTube channel for PlayStation began streaming on Tuesday a trailer for Mega Man Zero / ZX Legacy Collection — a collection of all four Mega Man Zero games as well as the Mega Man ZX and Mega Man ZX Advent games — for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC via Steam. The video previews Biometals, relics tha...
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OshiBudo's Idol Group ChamJam Get Special Anime Music Video

Idols show off their strong points in "Zutto ChamJam" music video ― In If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die, Eripiyo is a superfan of the underground idol group ChamJam, specifically its member Maina. The group includes seven different idols each with a different cultivated personality to win over fans. The group is showing off their individual charm points in an animated music...
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Black Clover Phantom Knights Smartphone Game Launches for iOS in English

― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Tuesday that it has launched the English-language version of the Black Clover Phantom Knights (Black Clover Mugen no Kishidan) game for iOS devices. The company released the game for Android devices last Thursday. The game launched in Japan in November 2018. The kingdom defense role-playing game is free to play and includes in-game items available fo...
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Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! ‒ Episode 2

The women of Eizouken find a bursting treasure trove of analog anime production - and embark on another flight of fantasy.

Netflix Adds Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Film on February 27

English trailer previews 3D CG remake of 1st Pokémon movie ― The Pokémon Company International and Netflix announced on Tuesday that Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, the 22nd film in the Pokémon franchise, will premiere on Netflix worldwide outside of Japan and Korea on February 27. The Pokémon Company International began streaming an English trailer. The film's Netflix release date coincides ...
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Fairy Tail RPG's Video Previews Magnolia

Game launches on March 19 ― The official YouTube channel for PlayStation began streaming a trailer for Koei Tecmo Games and Gust's Fairy Tail role-playing game on Tuesday. The video previews the town of Magnolia. The game will launch in Japan and Europe on March 19 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. Koei Tecmo America will release the game for PC via Steam on March 19, and on PS4 a...
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This Week in Anime - Is Ni no Kuni Worth Watching?

Nick and Andy check out the bizarro-Ghibli film spawned from a pair of video games and find that it'd be a whole lot better with more spiders and less...everything else. ― Nick and Andy check out the bizarro-Ghibli film spawned from a pair of video games and find that it'd be a whole lot better with more spiders and less...everything else. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the particip...
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Fans Went Wild at Promare: Live Inferno Cheer Screening, Music Event

Promare first opened in Japan in May last year, and it's still playing in theaters there. It's been able to maintain such a long run thanks to the support of its die-hard fans, who keep going back to the cinemas for repeated viewings. As a thank you to those fans, XFLAG (one of the co-creator studios for the film) was able to hold Promare's first live music event called "Live Inferno", featuring a...
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Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia ‒ Episode 14

Honestly Ana's character arc is a strange one no matter how you slice it.
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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Game Launches for PS4, Switch, PC in 2020

The game will be the franchise's first release for consoles in 10 years. The game will feature Japanese audio with subtitles in English, Neutral-Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Tuesday it will release the Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in the Americas in 2020. The game will also l...
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Series Premiere: In/Spectre

It's already apparent that In/Spectre isn't concerned with being a “normal” mystery series, even beyond its focus on the supernatural.
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Maxiboost ON Arcade Game Gets PS4 Port in 2020

Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. also gets new arcade game ― A livestream presentation for the Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. game series announced on Tuesday that the Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Maxiboost ON arcade game is getting a port for PlayStation 4 in 2020. Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe will release the game in Europe and North America, respectiv...
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Sing 'Yesterday' for Me Anime Reveals Cast, April 4 Premiere

Chikahiro Kobayashi, Yume Miyamoto, Kana Hanazawa, Natsuki Hanae star in anime ― This year's fourth issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed the main cast members, a new visual, and the April 4 premiere date for the television anime of Kei Toume's Sing "Yesterday" for Me (Yesterday o Utatte) manga on Wednesday. The cast includes Natsuki Hanae as Rō Hayakawa, Chikahiro Kobayashi as Rikuo Uozum...

My Hero Academia Anime Season 4's Video Previews School Festival Arc

New arc debuts with KANA-BOON, Ryokuōshoku Shakai songs on Saturday ― The official website for the My Hero Academia television anime revealed a promotional video and key visual for the upcoming new arc on Tuesday. The video previews KANA-BOON's new opening theme song "Star Marker." The second half of the anime's fourth season, which will focus on the School Festival arc that began in the manga's 19th...

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Koi to Yobu ni wa Kimochi Warui Age-Gap Romantic Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime

Mogusu's story of sex-crazed but highly eligible bachelor, otaku high school girl ― Japanese publisher Ichijinsha announced on Tuesday that Mogusu's "age-gap romantic comedy" manga series Koi to Yobu ni wa Kimochi Warui (It's Disgusting to Call This Love) is inspiring a television anime. Mogusu drew the illustration below to celebrate the news: The story follows the relationship between Ryō Amakusa, ...
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Mizu Sahara's Okashiratsuki Manga Nears Climax

Manga about softball player with secret launched in March 2018 ― The third compiled book volume of Mizu Sahara's Okashiratsuki manga revealed on Monday that the manga is approaching its climax with the fourth volume, which will ship this fall. The manga centers on Nachi Hiyama, a middle school softball player. The story begins when she learns the secret of her classmate Utsumi. The magazine noted tha...
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Fall in Love Like a Comic's Chitose Yagami Launches Ore-sama Kingdom DX Manga

Sequel to Ore-sama Kingdom manga debuts on March 19 ― This year's March issue of Shogakukan's Ciao DX magazine revealed on Monday that Chitose Yagami (Fall in love like a comic!) will launch a new manga sequel to Ore-sama Kingdom (Kings of My Love) titled Ore-sama Kingdom DX in the magazine's next issue on March 19. The manga's first chapter will include color opening pages, and the magazine issue's ...
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Live-Action Tonkatsu DJ Agetarō Film Opens on June 19

Cast, director to be revealed on January 29 ― The staff for the live-action film of author Ipyao and artist Yūjirō Koyama's Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou manga announced on Tuesday that the film will open in Japan on June 19. Koyama drew an illustration (seen right) for the announcement. The staff will reveal the cast and director on January 29 (known as "Meat Day" due to a wordplay between the Japanese words...

Current GeGeGe no Kitaro Anime Ends in March After 2 Years

Premiered in April 2018, entered final arc last October before Digimon reboot's April debut ― The staff of the current GeGeGe no Kitarō anime confirmed on Tuesday that the anime will end in March. The newly announced Digimon Adventure: anime reboot will premiere in April and will take over its Sunday 9:00 a.m. timeslot. The current GeGeGe no Kitarō anime — the sixth television anime incarnation — pre...
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Made in Abyss, High School Fleet Films Debut at #9, #10

Live-action Kaiji Final Game stays at #2 Kaiji Final Game, the new live-action film inspired by Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji manga, stayed at #2 by selling 154,000 tickets in its second weekend at the Japanese box office. It earned 225,010,600 yen (about US$2.04 million) from Friday to Sunday. It has sold a total of 730,000 tickets for a cumulative total of 1,042,728,200 yen (about...

Digimon Adventure Gets New TV Anime Reboot in April Featuring Taichi in 5th Grade (Updated)

Replaces GeGeGe no Kitarō anime in Sunday morning timeslot on Fuji TV ― The March issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine announced on Tuesday that the Digimon Adventure franchise is getting a new television anime series titled Digimon Adventure: that will premiere on Fuji TV and other channels in Japan in April, and will air on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. (That timeslot currently features GeGeGe no Kitarō, whi...
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Australia's Madman Anime Group Launches Fundraiser for Wildfire-Affected Animals

Melbourne-based company Madman Anime Group and its parent company Funimation launched a GoFundMe campaign to help the wildlife affected by the ongoing fires devastating Australia. The Anime Heroes for Aussie Wildlife– Bushfire Appeal campaign will donate 100% of all proceeds to Wildlife Victoria. The campaign has so far raised US$10,282 of its US$150,000 goal. "Various fundraisers are doing a rema...
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Animazement to Host Voice Actor Hiroaki Hirata

North Carolina convention also hosts rock band FLOW in May ― The Animazement event announced on Monday that it will host voice actor Hiroaki Hirata at this year's event. The convention's staff also announced in December that rock band FLOW will attend. Hirata previously attended Animazement in 2016 and 2011. His anime roles include Sanji in One Piece, Benny in Black Lagoon, Mutta Namba in Space Broth...
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Oricon News Gives Inside Look at Attack on Titan XR Ride

The ride opened at the Universal Studios Japan Osaka theme park on Tuesday ― Oricon News is giving an inside look of Universal Studio Japan's Attack on Titan XR ride. The ride opened at the Osaka theme park on Tuesday as part of its Cool Japan attractions. The Attack on Titan XR ride combines a physical ride on tracks and a virtual reality headset to give riders a unique experience in the despair-fil...
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Series Premiere: 22/7

It is too early to say whether or not this series will end up filing for thematic bankruptcy.
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Dear Boys Basketball Manga Gets Stage Play in April

Reo Nagatsuma stars in play running for 1 month at new Tokyo venue ― The official website for Kodansha's Mixalive TOKYO entertainment venue announced on Monday that Hiroki Yagami's Dear Boys manga will get a stage play adaptation in April. The play will run for one month at Nelke Planning's "Theater Mixa" in Mixalive TOKYO in Ikebukuro. The stage play will star Reo Nagatsuma (Here is Greenwood stage ...
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Akiko Higashimura's Bishoku Tantei Akechi Goro Manga Gets Live-Action Series

Tomoya Nakamura stars as handsome, food-loving detective in April series ― NTV opened an official website on Tuesday to announce that Akiko Higashimura's Bishoku Tantei Akechi Gorō (Gourmet Detective Gorō Akechi) manga will get a live-action series on the network's Sunday drama timeslot in April. An official Twitter account for the series also opened and began streaming a video for the announcement. ...
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Series Premiere: Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story

It goes out of its way to remind you of its connection to one of the most beloved anime of the last decade, while making it clear that it is has a very different focus.
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Drift to Sleep With the Soothing Sounds of Charmander

If you've had some trouble drifting off to sleep and could use a some cute company, Pokemon has released an official an ASMR video featuring original Fire-type starter Charmander. The video includes the soothing sounds of a crackling campfire provided by Charmander. The Pokemon curls up next to the fire with you, just like if you were its trainer out on an adventure in Kanto. The relaxing ambient ...
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Game Composer Harumi Fujita Attends Otakon 2020

Fujita's credits include Ghosts 'n Goblins, Mega Man 3, PULSTAR ― The official website for Otakon announced on Sunday that game music composer Harumi Fujita will attend this year's event. Fujita joined SNK in 1983 and composed for the game Mad Crasher. She soon began working for Capcom and composed music for franchises such as Ghosts 'n Goblins, Bionic Commander, Chip 'n Dale, Final Fight, and Mega M...
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Life-Size Moving Gundam Statue to Be Unveiled in Yokohama on October 1

The Gundam will call Yokohama home for approximately one year. ― The moving Gundam statue announced in 2018 is on track to become a reality. Staff announced on January 20 that the "Gundam Factory Yokohama" project is moving forward and the 18-meter-high (59-foot-tall) Gundam will be installed at Yamashita Pier in Yokohama on October 1. The Gundam will call Yokohama home for approximately one year. Pr...
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Granblue Fantasy: Versus Game's Video Previews Matchup-Exclusive Music

PS4 game ships in Japan on February 6, in West in Q1 2020 ― The official Twitter account for Cygames and Arc System Works' Granblue Fantasy: Versus PlayStation 4 fighting game began streaming a new gameplay video on Monday. The video shows a fight between Lancelot and Percival. The account revealed that special background music will play for certain character matchups, such as Lancelot vs. Percival a...
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Assault Lily Bouquet Anime Casts Rie Takahashi

SHAFT adapts Azone/acus action doll figure line for July TV premiere ― The official Twitter account for Assault Lily Bouquet, SHAFT's new television anime based on the Assault Lily Project mixed-media franchise, revealed on Saturday that Rie Takahashi will play Shiori Rokkaku. The Assault Lily Project is a mixed-media franchise based on 1/12-scale action doll figures conceived by the doll maker Azone...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 140

It wouldn't a Boruto filler period without at least one Team 10-focused excursion.
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Live-Action Death Come True Game's 2nd Teaser Video Streamed

Game slated to launch for iOS, Android, Switch, PS4, PC in 2020 ― Izanagi Games began streaming the second teaser video on Monday for Too Kyo Games' "full motion video game" project Death Come True. The game's previously announced cast includes: Kanata Hongō as main character Makoto Karaki Chiaki Kuriyama as Akane Sachimura, who wakes up in the same hotel room as Makoto Win Morisaki as Nozomu Kuji, a...
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The [email protected] Starlit Season Game Launches for PS4, PC in Japan in 2020

Idols from previous games combine to form new unit for Starlit Season competition ― A livestream presentation announced The [email protected] Starlit Season game for release for the PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in Japan in 2020. An official website for the game also launched and began streaming a teaser promotional video. The game marks the 15th anniversary of The [email protected] franchise, and it features cha...
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