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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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I Became the Secretary of a Hero! Novel 2

The cover of the second volume of immediately lets you know that things are not going to be as happy and sweet in this isekai fantasy as they were in volume one. ― The cover of the second volume of Tsukasa Yamazaki's I Became the Secretary of a Hero immediately lets you know that things are not going to be as happy and sweet in this isekai fantasy as they were in volume one. Where the first book's co...
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Jujutsu Kaisen GN 1

"Jujutsu Kaisen is a good enough book, but not one with a lot of staying power in your memory. It's fun while you're reading, but ultimately a bit forgettable in this debut volume." ― On the surface, there really isn't all that much about Jujutsu Kaisen that stands out as unique. Like many of its brethren Shounen Jump series, the story features a naïve but well-meaning protagonist with more muscles a...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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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I Became the Secretary of a Hero! Novel 2

The cover of the second volume of immediately lets you know that things are not going to be as happy and sweet in this isekai fantasy as they were in volume one. ― The cover of the second volume of Tsukasa Yamazaki's I Became the Secretary of a Hero immediately lets you know that things are not going to be as happy and sweet in this isekai fantasy as they were in volume one. Where the first book's co...
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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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Anime Creator Shoji Kawamori Named Chief Creative Officer of Small Worlds Theme Park

Evangelion, Sailor Moon featured in world's largest indoor theme park of miniatures ― Small Worlds, the company building the world's largest indoor theme park of scale miniatures, announced on Monday that it has appointed anime creator Shoji Kawamori as its chief creative officer. The Small Worlds Tokyo theme park will open with scale replicas of world-renowned landmarks and imaginary locales in Toky...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, January 6-12

Sazae-san, Detective Conan, Chibi Maruko-chan top rankings ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV January 12 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 9.6 Detective Conan NTV January 11 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 6.9 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV January 12 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 6.6 My Hero Academia NTV January 11 (Sat) 17:30 30 min. 4.3 One Piece Fuji TV January 12 (Sun) 09:30 30 min. 4.2 Doraemo...

Voice Actor Brice Armstrong Passes Away at 84

Voiced narrator in Dragon Ball, Captain Ginyu in Dragon Ball Z ― Talent management agency Mary Collins Agency announced on Sunday that voice actor Brice Armstrong passed away of natural causes on January 10. He was 84. Armstrong is perhaps best known in anime as the voice of the narrator in Funimation's dub of Dragon Ball, as well as numerous minor characters. He voiced Captain Ginyu in Dragon Ball Z...
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Sword Art Online, ERASED's Tomohiko Ito Directs April Anime for Noitamina Block

Mamoru Miyano, dancer Yūsuke Ōnuki star in series ― Fuji TV announced on Monday that anime director Tomohiko Ito (Sword Art Online franchise, ERASED, Silver Spoon, Occult Academy, Hello World) will direct an anime series that will premiere in April and will air on the channel's Noitamina programming block. The anime will star dancer and actor Yūsuke Ōnuki (left) and voice actor Mamoru Miyano (right)....
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Futsal Boys!!!!! Multimedia Project Gets Animated Promotional Video

Project includes anime, app game, futsal game events ― The official website for Bandai Namco Arts, Bandai Namco Entertainment, and diomedéa's Futsal Boys!!!!! multimedia project began streaming an animated promotional video to advertise the project on Monday. The project includes a planned anime, smartphone game app, and actual futsal matches between the cast members, with the results of the matches ...
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Guilty Gear -Strive- Game Gets Arcade Version

Fighting game launches on PS4 late this year ― Arc System Works announced on Sunday that its upcoming Guilty Gear -Strive- PlayStation 4 fighting game will also get an arcade version through the ALL.Net P-ras MULTI Version 3 service. A demo will be available at the Japan Amusement Expo (JAEPO) event in Chiba on February 8. The PS4 version of the game will launch in late 2020. Daisuke Ishiwatari is th...
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Jun Maeda's Heaven Burns Red Game Delayed to 2021

― The official Twitter account for Heaven Burns Red, Jun Maeda's (Kanon, Air, Clannad, Angel Beats!) new game, announced on Monday that the game's release date has been delayed to mid-2021. The game's announcement event, previously scheduled for February 28, has also been delayed to a later date. The game was previously slated to launch this year for iOS and Android devices. The game is Maeda's firs...
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Onsen Yōsei Hakone-chan's Daisuke Yui Launches New Manga

Ohisama Birdie manga about girls playing golf launches on January 26 ― Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website announced on Monday that it will launch a new manga by manga creator Daisuke Yui on Monday titled Ohisama Birdie (Sunny Birdie) on January 26. The slice-of-life manga will focus on girls playing golf. Yui's Onsen Yōsei Hakone-chan manga ran on Aplix's Comic Metor website from 2012 to 2014, and Holp ...
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Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku Gets Comedy Mini-Series Manga

Ōhashi draws Jigokuraku spinoff ― Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website began serializing a new comedy manga mini-series spinoff of Yūji Kaku's Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku manga on Monday. Ōhashi draws the manga, also titled Jigokuraku (but with hiragana instead of kanji). Viz Media is releasing the main Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku manga digitally through its Shonen Jump service, and Shueisha is also relea...
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Infinite Dendrogram Anime Casts Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Mr. Franklin

Series premiered on January 9 with Funimation stream ― The staff of the television anime of Sakon Kaidō's Infinite Dendrogram light novel series revealed on Monday that Yoshitsugu Matsuoka will play the character Mr. Franklin. The character is a deeply committed mad scientist, a Superior from the Dryfe Imperium, and the Clan Leader of the Imperium's top clan, the Triangle of Wisdom. The anime premier...
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Mainichi Shimbun: Families, Victims of Kyoto Animation Arson Get Workers' Comp

Kyoto local government to convene committee in February to determine distribution of donations to families The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper reported last week that the Kyoto Labor Bureau has begun paying workers' compensation to the families of the victims and those who were injured from the arson attack on Kyoto Animation. The Kyoto Prefectural Government also confirmed on Saturday that it has finis...

Netflix to Stream Studio Ghibli Films Globally Except in U.S., Canada, Japan

21 films to debut across February, March, April on service ― Netflix, Studio Ghibli, and Wild Bunch International announced on Monday that Netflix will stream 21 Studio Ghibli films worldwide except for the United States, Canada, and Japan. The films will feature subtitles in 28 languages and dubbed versions in "up to" 20 languages. The following films will be available on February 1: Castle in the S...
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13th Manga Taisho Awards Nominate 12 Titles

SPY×FAMILY, Chainsaw Man, Wave, Listen to Me! honored; Ikoku Nikki, Blue Period., Do not say mystery nominated again ― The executive committee for the 13th Manga Taisho awards listed this year's 12 nominated works on Monday. (The official English name of the awards is the "Cartoon Grand Prize.") Manga Taisho 2020 Nominees Ashita Shinu ni waSumako Kari Ikoku NikkiTomoko Yamashita Skip to LoaferMisaki ...
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Weathering With You Film Earns US$5 Million Over 6 Days in U.S.

Ranks #14 over holiday weekend ― The Box Office Mojo website reported on Sunday that Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You anime film has earned an estimated US$2,007,523 from Friday to Monday (including the estimated US$276,151 gross for Monday) in 486 theaters, and has earned an estimated total of US$5,053,773 in its first six days. The film ranked at #2 in its first two days on Wednesday and Thursd...
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Series Premiere: ID: INVADED

if he can discover who killed Kaeru, he can return from the ID Well – and maybe even from the nightmare that his life has become.
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Series Premiere: Interspecies Reviewers

Minotaur succu-girls give a whole new meaning to the label “cowgirl.”
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Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove it ‒ Episode 4

The stand out scene of the episode has to be when Yukimura comes to Himuro's rescue as she's being hit on by a pickup artist.
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Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! ‒ Episode 1

"This is, so far, a show about the magic of unbridled creation – and the people who seek to exploit that magic for money, or stamp out the flame of creativity."
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Japan's Olympic Artistic Swim Team Practices to Hatsune Miku Song

Hatsune Miku is heading to larger and larger stages with an act planned at this year's Coachella festival and at least one song planned for the Tokyo Olympics this summer. Japanese Olympic artistic swimming coach Masayo Imura practiced with her national team, including ace member Yukiko Inui in Tokyo on January 9. Imura and Inui performed a duet to the song to a version of the folk song "Sakura Sa...
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T ‒ Episodes 1-2

A lot of the rest of the episode is just assorted guest appearances, such as Touma's homeroom teacher Tsukuyoki in her cheerleader get-up or Mikoto's mother popping up.
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Jujutsu Kaisen GN 1

"Jujutsu Kaisen is a good enough book, but not one with a lot of staying power in your memory. It's fun while you're reading, but ultimately a bit forgettable in this debut volume." ― On the surface, there really isn't all that much about Jujutsu Kaisen that stands out as unique. Like many of its brethren Shounen Jump series, the story features a naïve but well-meaning protagonist with more muscles a...

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Love Live! Idol Franchise Launches New Project

Announced at Love Live! Fes event on Sunday ― The Love Live! Fes event announced on Sunday that the Love Live! franchise is launching a new project. Kadokawa's Love Live! Days Love Live! Sōgō Magazine Vol. 05 issue will provide more details on January 30. In 2010, the anime studio Sunrise, Lantis, and ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G Magazine launched Love Live! as a self-described "ultimate user-partici...
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Koei Tecmo Games Sues Chinese Mobile Game Company for Copyright Infringement

Koei Tecmo claims Hangzhou Jedi Technology used game images, music without permission ― Koei Tecmo Games announced on Friday that it has filed a lawsuit in the Tokyo District Court against Chinese mobile game company Hangzhou Jedi Technology Co., Ltd. for copyright infringement. Koei Tecmo claimed that Hangzhou Jedi Technology Co., Ltd. has continually used copyrighted images and music from the Dynas...

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Franchise Launches New Project

Announced at Lyrical Live concert event on Sunday ― The Lyrical Live concert event ended on Sunday with an announcement that the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha franchise is launching a new project. The announcement did not specify the format or medium of the new project, and asked fans to look forward to further updates. リリカル☆ライブ終演!そして——魔法少女リリカルなのはシリーズ新プロジェクト始動!!!続報をお楽しみに!!!#リリカルライブ #nanoha #なのは pic.twi...
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Manga Creator, Illustrator Baron Yoshimoto to Attend Angoulême Festival

Also: Inio Asano, Yukito Kishiro to host Masterclasses at French event ― Pie International announced on Thursday that manga creator and illustrator Baron Yoshimoto will attend the 47th Angoulême International Comics Festival. Yoshimoto will participate in a book signing and a live painting event from January 30 to February 2. He will also participate in a public conference on January 31 at 1:00 p.m. ...
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Knyacki! Stop-Motion Series Gets New Episode on January 21

Irregular series of stop-motion shorts debuted in 1995 ― I.TOON Ltd. announced on Thursday that "Knyacki no Undōkai" (Knyacki's Athletic Meet), a new episode in the Kyacki! stop-motion animated series, will debut in the animation television program PuchiPuchi Anime on NHK-E (NHK Educational) on January 21 at 8:45 a.m. and 3:40 p.m. The episode will run for five minutes. The Knyacki! series of stop-mo...
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Touken Ranbu Stage Plays Get New Work Focusing on Kasen Kanesada This Summer

Takuma Wada stars as Kasen Kanesada; Ken'ichi Suemitsu returns to write, direct ― The official website for Marvelous' stage play adaptations of Nitroplus and DMM Games' Touken Ranbu franchise revealed on Sunday that a new stage play is in the works and will debut this summer. Marvelous is streaming an announcement video for the play. The play will run from June 8-14 in Tokyo, from June 26-July 5 in K...
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Poccolies LINE Stickers Get Anime Shorts in April

Kachidoki Studio animates shorts ― Sony Digital Entertainment announced on January 8 that its LINE sticker set Poccolies is inspiring a series of anime shorts that will premiere in April. Kachidoki Studio (Tama & Friends: Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?, Chiisana Ojisan, Litchi DE Hikari Club) is animating the series. The "89th Tokyo International Gift Show Spring 2020" event from February 5-7 will annou...
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Guilty Gear -Strive- Game Highlights Faust in New Gameplay Video

Fighting game launches in late 2020 ― Arc System Works began streaming a new gameplay video for its upcoming Guilty Gear -Strive- fighting game on Sunday. The video highlights gameplay for the previously teased returning character Faust. The game will launch in late 2020. Daisuke Ishiwatari is the game's general director, and Akira Katano is directing the game. Previously revealed characters include:...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 77

Our heroes are still human too, and that fact comes crashing down in the final scene of this episode.
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Series Premiere: Haikyu!! To The Top

The volleyball boys are back but despite defeating Shiratorizawa, Hinata finds himself not selected for a prestigious training camp. Time to crash the place.
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Watch 20-Year-Old Conan Dance Sequence Referenced in New OP Video

Dance sequence calls back to 8th OP ― The new OP for Detective Conan "Makka na Lip" by WANDS shows clips of Conan dancing interspersed with manga panels and other effects. TMS has released a video showing the full choreography, played by a dancer using motion capture technology. The video is a throwback to the dance Conan performs in the anime's 8th OP theme "Koi wa thrill, shock, suspense" by Rina A...
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Series Premiere: Smile Down the Runway

Putting up with an abusive work environment is treated like a trial by fire; if you withstand it you'll earn the respect of your mentors. Assuming you don't die from overwork first.
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A Certain Scientific Railgun Gets Real-Life Vending Machine That You Can Kick

Vending machine will be installed at Shinjuku station from January 20 to 26 ― In A Certain Scientific Railgun, protagonist Mikoto Misaka is often seen kicking a vending machine in the park to get a free drink out of it. An actual vending machine designed for kicking is going to be installed at Shinjuku station from January 20 to January 26 for passers-by to try out. The kick-able vending machine attr...
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Series Premiere: Darwin's Game

Death game anime are like roller coasters. You know when you strap in that you're going to get thrown around at high speeds, but the best roller coasters are the ones that catch you off guard.
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Kingdom Hearts III Game's DLC Previews Concert Extra in 2 Videos

DLC launches on PS4 on January 23, on Xbox One on February 25 ― The official YouTube channel for Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts franchise began streaming two videos on Friday for the "Re Mind" DLC for the Kingdom Hearts III game. The videos preview the concert video that will feature as an extra for those who purchase the US$39.99 version of the DLC (the normal DLC without the concert video is US$29.99...
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Space Battleship Tiramisu Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Manga inspired 2 TV anime in 2018 ― The Twitter account for Shinchosha's Kurage Bunch website announced on Saturday that Satoshi Miyakawa and artist Kei Itō's Uchū Senkan Tiramisu (Space Battleship Tiramisu) manga will end in three more chapters. The website published the manga's 99th chapter on Friday. Writer Miyakawa (Haha o Nakushita Toki, Boku wa Ikotsu o Tabetai to Omotta.) and artist Itō launch...

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Hello World Manga Adaptation Reaches Climax in February

Adaptation of Tomohiko Ito, Graphinica launched last July ― The February issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine announced on Saturday that Manatsu Suzuki and Yoshihiro Sono's Hello World manga will reach its climax in the magazine's March issue, which will ship on February 19. Suzuki (Lostorage conflated WIXOSS) and Sono (Tokyo Ghoul, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress art design) launched the manga in U...
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Love is Like a Cocktail's Crystal na Yōsuke Launches New Manga in February

Bonnō☆Saiyūki manga reimagines famous Journey to the West story ― The February issue of Shogakukan's Sunday GX magazine announced on Saturday that Crystal na Yōsuke will launch a new manga titled Bonnō☆Saiyūki in the magazine's March issue on February 19. The author posted a preview image of the manga on Twitter on Saturday: 来月から新連載します。三蔵法師が煩悩に苦しむお話です。えー、お酒は夫婦になってからのファンの方は読まないでください! pic.twitter.com/a...
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EX-ARM Spinoff Novel Gets Manga Adaptation

Original manga illustrator Shinya Komi illustrates spinoff ― The February issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine announced on Saturday that illustrator Shinya Komi will launch a manga adaptation of Atarō Kumo's EX-ARM the Novel spinoff novel in the magazine's March issue on February 19. The manga adaptation is titled EX-ARM Another Code. EX-ARM the Novel (pictured at right) is a spinoff of Komi and ...
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Ryu Fujisaki's Legend of the Galactic Heroes Manga Moves to Ultra Jump Magazine

Manga based on Yoshiki Tanaka's space opera novel series launched in 2015 ― The February issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine announced on Saturday that Ryu Fujisaki's Legend of the Galactic Heroes manga will move from Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine to Ultra Jump. The newest chapter will appear in Ultra Jump in the magazine's March issue on February 19. Fujisaki (Hoshin Engi, Shiki, WaqWaq)...
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'The 8th son? Are you kidding me?' TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Previews Cast Voices

Catherina Ancient Music Ensemble perform music for series premiering in April ― The official website for the television anime of Y.A.'s Hachinantte Sore wa Nai Deshō! (The 8th son? Are you kidding me?) light novel series began streaming the show's first full promotional video on Saturday. The website also announced that the Catherina Ancient Music Ensemble, which plays Middle Ages-era and Renaissance...
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Sayori Ochiai's Gingitsune Manga Resumes in February

Manga last published new chapter in May 2017 issue of Ultra Jump magazine ― The February issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine announced on Saturday that Sayori Ochiai's Gingitsune manga will resume serialization in the magazine's March issue on February 19. The manga's 14th volume will ship in April. The manga had gone on hiatus in the March 2017 issue, returned for one chapter in the May 2017 iss...
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Viz Media Moves Up Time for Release of Shonen Jump Manga, Adds Undead Unluck Manga

New Shonen Jump chapters now release 5 hours earlier at 10:00 a.m. ET on Sundays ― Viz Media announced on Friday that it will now release new chapters of manga from Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. ET. In instances where Weekly Shonen Jump releases in Japan on days other than Mondays (the magazine often releases on Saturday when there is a Monday holiday in Japan), Viz ...

Made in Abyss Anime Gets Sequel (Updated)

Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul film opened in Japan on Friday ― Kadokawa revealed on Saturday that the Made in Abyss anime franchise is getting a sequel. The company is streaming a video to announce the sequel, and also revealed a new image board. The below video highlights each entry in the anime so far, before announcing the new sequel. The 13-episode television anime series based on Akihito ...
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Weathering With You Film Ranks #2 Again in U.S. on Thursday

Film earns US$3 million in 2-day fan preview screenings, wider screenings opened on Friday ― The Box Office Mojo website reported on Friday that Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You anime film earned US$1,445,534 and ranked at #2 at the United States box office for Thursday, after also ranking at #2 on Wednesday. The film has earned US$3,039,961 in its first two days. Fathom Events screened the film ...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Game Gets PC Release on March 23

NISA also streams story trailer for Switch version slated for spring ― NIS America began streaming a trailer on Friday to announce that Nihon Falcom's The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III game will get a PC release via Steam and GOG.com on March 23. The PC version will include enhanced visuals, additional High-Speed Mode Options, and others improvements and new features. Additionally, NIS A...
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Fathom Events Confirms Ride Your Wave Anime Film Will Screen in U.S. on February 19

Masaaki Yuasa's latest film will screen for 1 night only ― Fathom Events confirmed on Friday that it will screen Masaaki Yuasa's Ride Your Wave film in the United States on February 19 for a one-night-only screening. The screening will be in Japanese with English subtitles. The company is streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the film, and is also listing theater locations on its website. Severa...
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Yowamushi Pedal Cycling Manga Gets Live-Action Film in August

King & Prince idol Ren Nagase, Kyō Kara Ore wa's Kentaro Ito, Gintama's Kanna Hashimoto star ― The first live-action film adaptation of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal manga series will open in Japan on August 14. Ren Nagase of the idol group King & Prince will star as Sakamichi Onoda, and has been bicycle training since December. The film will also star Kentaro Ito (Ride Your Wave, live-action Kyō...
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Stars Align to Be Exhibited at Lucent Cup Soft Tennis Tournament

Voice actors Natsuki Hanae, Tasuku Hatanaka to be announcers ― The tennis-themed anime Stars Align will have an exhibit at the 60th Lucent Cup Tokyo Indoor All-Japan Soft Tennis Tournament on January 26. The anime will display life-sized panels of the characters and tennis balls signed by the voice cast. Voice actors Natsuki Hanae (Maki Katsuragi) and Tasuku Hatanaka (Tōma Shinjō) will be announcers ...
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Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka Manga Creators Launch New Series

"Chapter 0" of Makoto Fukami, Seigo Tokiya's Succubus & Hitman debuted on Saturday ― The March issue of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine revealed on Saturday that Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka manga creators Makoto Fukami and Seigo Tokiya will launch the new Succubus & Hitman manga series in the next issue on February 19. The manga's English subtitle is "A Young Hitman Between Heaven and Earth."...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 117

Honestly, I cannot remember the last time that a revelation in a shonen action series impacted me as much as this one did.
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The Rising of the Shield Hero Stage Play Reveals More Cast, Visuals

Stage play runs in Osaka from March 27-29, Tokyo from April 2-12 ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of The Rising of The Shield Hero anime revealed on Friday that Kenta Nishi will play Knight Commander Nops, and Kiyoshi Ōno will play Vice Knight Commander Sable. The website also unveiled six cast visuals. Carin Isobe as Raphtalia Ikkei Yamamoto as Motoyasu Kitamura Yūho Matsui (Geki...
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Series Premiere: Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun

Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun is more than the sum of its parts, offering a creepy-cute style that is reminiscent of '00s-circa Hot Topic.
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One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 Game's Videos Preview Sabo, Lucci, Law

Game launches in Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia on March 27 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming three more character videos on Friday for the One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The videos preview Sabo, Rob Lucci, and Trafalgar Law. The game will debut for the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch in Japan on March 26, and then will debu...
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Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Season 2 to Include Fan-Submitted Gunpla Designs

Submissions for contest on Gundam Breaker Mobile app opened on Thursday ― The Gundam Breaker Mobile smartphone app opened submissions for a Gunpla build design contest on Thursday. The winning entry will be hand-picked by Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE series director Shinya Watada, and may appear in the anime's upcoming second season in April. To enter the contest, you simply need to create a design fo...
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Series Premiere: Infinite Dendrogram

Infinite Dendrogram opens up a realistically shifting, changing game world the breadth of which would put EVE Online to shame.
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Singer, Voice Actress Aoi Yūki Slaps Her Fans as Raffle Prize

'Hitting Session' celebrates release of Yūki's latest CD single 'Unbreakable' ― Voice actress and singer Aoi Yūki held an event to celebrate the release of her latest CD single "Unbreakable" on Wednesday. Besides performing the songs on the single, she performed an unusual service for her fans: slapping their backsides with a harisen (paper fan). The harisen is traditionally used as part of a Japanes...
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Series Premiere: If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die

There is the question if Eripiyo's lifestyle and personality would be less appealing if she were a stereotypical male character.
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Donten: Laughing Under the Clouds Film Trilogy's English Dub Videos Streamed

Anime trilogy ships in N. America on February 4 ― Shout! Factory began streaming an English dub trailer and TV spot for the anime trilogy film adaptation of Kemuri Karakara's Donten ni Warau Gaiden (Laughing Under the Clouds - Side Story) manga on Thursday. The company also began streaming an English-subtitled trailer and TV spot for the anime. The company will release the trilogy on Blu-ray Disc and...
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Series Premiere: Plunderer

While the first episode is focused on world-building, the second is focused on character building—oh, and fighting. Lots of fighting.
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Katanakami Game's Introduction Trailer Streamed

PS4, Switch, PC game launches in Japan on February 20 ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming an introduction trailer on Thursday for Acquire's Samuraidō Gaiden Katanakami (Way of the Samurai Side Story: God of the Sword) game, a spinoff of Acquire's Way of the Samurai game series. The game will launch in Japan both physically and digitally for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC on February 20. The ...
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Taito Releases Touhou Spell Bubble Puzzle Game on Switch in February

Bubble-shooting rhythm game features new songs, popular characters ― Taito announced on Thursday that it will release the Touhou Spell Bubble game digitally for the Nintendo Switch in Japan in February. The all-new rhythm puzzle game will feature popular songs from ZUN's Touhou Project franchise. The game is officially licensed, but it will not be canon to the Touhou universe. IMG bubble1.jpg IMG bub...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, December 30-January 5

Kaiketsu Zorori, Air Bound, The Night is Short, Walk on Girl films aired during holidays ― The Eiga Kaiketsu Zorori ZZ no Himitsu (Kaiketsu Zorori the Movie: Secret of Double Z) anime film aired on NHK Educational on Tuesday, December 31 at 9:00 a.m. and earned a 1.7% rating. The Air Bound CG anime film aired on NHK Educational on Wednesday, January 1 at 4:40 p.m. and earned 1.3% rating. The Eiga Oka...
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