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CLAMPdown

A sometimes flippant tone, jokingly referring to its readers as "cunts," and strange insistence that Miyuki-chan in Wonderland is "porn" is bound to alienate some CLAMP fans from Ian Wolf's otherwise breezy read. ― It needs to be said that I perhaps went into CLAMPdown with the wrong expectation. This is not an academic book, nor is it really a particularly deep or thought-provoking analysis of the w...
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Your Anime Rankings - Best of Fall 2022, Nov 19-25

If sh­ōnen is your genre, Bleach has been strong all season and hitting ever higher notes. Find out where your favorites rank this week! ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated...
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Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! GN 3-5

Because the third volume is still in the “getting there” mode, volumes four and five end up feeling a little more rewarding, because we're finally getting the payoff from three books of Adachi stumbling around his own emotions. ― You might think that being suddenly given the ability to read the minds of those you touch would make dating easier. And to a degree, it does – Adachi, who became a “wizard”...
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The Skull Dragon's Precious Daughter GN 1 & 2

If you enjoyed Somali and the Forest Spirit, there's a very good chance that you will like Ichi Yukishiro's The Skull Dragon's Precious Daughter. ― There is one very obvious comparison to be made here, and it's actually one that holds up pretty well across these two volumes: if you enjoyed Somali and the Forest Spirit, there's a very good chance that you will like Ichi Yukishiro's The Skull Dragon's ...
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The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash Novel 1

The Weakest Tamer probably didn't need to be an isekai story in the first place, but it offers an entertaining story of a girl and her trash-eating slime nonetheless. ― If there's any one piece of this novel that stands to be controversial, it's the fact that it's isekai. That's not because isekai is inherently bad or a divisive topic in general; by this point I daresay all of us know where we stand ...
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Answerman - What Happened to Shoujo Anime?

It's not your imagination—there are fewer shoujo anime adaptations than ever. Kim explains the factors behind the genre's long-term decline. ― Matt asked: Back when I was growing up (US circa ~2000s), it felt like shoujo anime were a powerhouse of the medium, closely on par with their shonen counterparts, assuming popularity at anime clubs and conventions was representative. Now in the far future of...
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Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Anime Confirmed as 2023 TV Series

Manga artist Tsukasa Abe celebrates news with illustration ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe's Frieren: Beyond Journey's End (Sōsō no Frieren) manga confirmed on Tuesday that the anime will be a television series premiering next year. The account also posted an illustration by Abe commemorating the broadcast news: -------------------------『葬送のフリーレン』------...
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Naruto's Sakura Voice Actress Chie Nakamura Goes on Hiatus Due to Ulcerative Colitis

Nakamura is already improving with treatment but need time for recuperation ― The talent agency Axl One announced on Monday that voice actress Chie Nakamura is going on hiatus for an unspecified period of time. Axl One explained that she had been undergoing diagnosis and treatment for poor health at a hospital since last month. She then was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, or the inflammation of th...
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Makoto Shinkai's Suzume Film Stays at #1, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Film Opens at #2

One Piece Film Red stays at #4, Karada Sagashi drops to #8, 2nd Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- film to #10 ― Makoto Shinkai's Suzume (Suzume no Tojimari) film stayed at #1 in its third weekend. The film sold 612,000 tickets on Saturday and Sunday, and earned 842,663,270 yen (about US$6.1 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film has now sold a cumulative total of 4.60 million tickets for 6,2...
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Kung Fu Panda Director Mark Osborne Doesn't Want His Films to Make Hayao Miyazaki Angry

His 2015 film The Little Prince was strongly influenced by Miyazaki's work ― Acclaimed anime film director Hayao Miyazaki has had a strong influence on Kung Fu Panda director Mark Osborne's work. At a masterclass at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa last Tuesday, he remarked that My Neighbor Totoro was an inspiration for his 2015 film The Little Prince, an adaptation of Antoine d...
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Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku Stage Play Reveals Promo Video, Visual, Main Cast, February 2023 Premiere

Play runs in Tokyo from February 16-26 ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of Yūji Kaku's Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku manga revealed on Monday a new visual, main cast, and February 2023 debut. The play will run at Hulic Hall in Tokyo from February 16-26. The website also streamed a promotional video that shows the cast in costume: The main cast includes: Tsubasa Kizu as Gabimaru Ayan...
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Studio Ghibli Returns For Brush Painting-Inspired TV Ad

Ghibli created animated ads for Nisshin Seifun Group between 2010-2015 ― In 2010, Studio Ghibli began creating animated ads for the Nisshin Seifun Group, a Japanese food and manufacturing conglomerate. The group began streaming its fourth ad on Monday. Like the first three ads that aired between 2010-2015, the ad stars Konyara, a cat that Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki himself drew, along with the kit...
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CLAMPdown

A sometimes flippant tone, jokingly referring to its readers as "cunts," and strange insistence that Miyuki-chan in Wonderland is "porn" is bound to alienate some CLAMP fans from Ian Wolf's otherwise breezy read. ― It needs to be said that I perhaps went into CLAMPdown with the wrong expectation. This is not an academic book, nor is it really a particularly deep or thought-provoking analysis of the w...
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Pop Team Epic Season 2 Mechs Get Combinable Model Kits

Super Pipimi combines with Mega Popuko to create Biggus McHugeGuy ― It's becoming custom for the one-off mecha parody episodes in Pop Team Epic to inspire model kits. Good Smile opened pre-orders on Friday for the Biggus McHugeGuy kit, as seen in Pop Team Epic season 2 episode 2. Biggus McHugeGuy costs 10,900 yen (about US$79) and stands 175mm tall in combined mode. It is the ultimate fusion between ...
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Tokyo Laboratory Ends Film Processing Business After 67 Years

Digital imaging, video editing, archiving businesses transfer to parent company Toho ― Tokyo Laboratory (Tokyo Genzōsho, or Togen) and parent company Toho announced on Friday that Tokyo Laboratory is ending its film processing business on Wednesday after 67 years. The companies decided that it would be difficult to continue it due to a change in its business environment, including increased movement ...
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Your Anime Rankings - Best of Fall 2022, Nov 19-25

If sh­ōnen is your genre, Bleach has been strong all season and hitting ever higher notes. Find out where your favorites rank this week! ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated...
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Anime Frontier Screens World Premiere of Revenger Anime, Early Premires for The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague, More Anime

Also: Free! The Final Stroke, Yuri Is My Job!, Reborn to Master the Blade, AYAKA ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will screen the world premiere of visual novel developer Nitroplus and distributor Shochiku's Revenger original television anime at this year's event. The company will also screen early premieres for The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague, Yuri Is My Job!, Reborn to Master the...
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Adult Manga Creator Naoya Ueno Passes Away

Ueno was discovered collapsed on September 25 ― The official Twitter account for Sanwa Publishing's Comic Masyo magazine announced last week that adult manga creator Naoya Ueno has passed away. On September 25, Naoya was discovered collapsed and already dead at his home. Ueno was known for creating adult manga, including the Hard-X, Incest, Nudity, and Squall manga. Source: Comic Masyo's Twitter acco...
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Hakuhodo, Fuji Creative, Tokyu Agency, Same Two Searched in Olympic Bribery Scandal

Prosecutors also raided Dentsu, Cerespo ― Japanese prosecutors on Monday searched offices for advertising agencies Hakuhodo Inc. and Tokyu Agency Inc., as well as event production companies Fuji Creative Corporation and Same Two Inc., on suspicion of rigging bids for contracts related to last year's Tokyo Olympics test events. Prosecutors and the Japan Fair Trade Commission raided advertising agency ...
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Pop Team Epic Season 2 ‒ Episode 9

Alright, my fellow Crusaders, are you ready to Bump some more Boos!?
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I'm the Villainess, So I'm Taming the Final Boss ‒ Episode 10

I'm legitimately surprised by how viscerally disgusted I am by every scene where Cedric tries to be a “good guy” for Aileen.
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Live-Action Isekai Izakaya "Nobu" Series 3rd Season Announces New Cast, January 13 Premiere

Yūta Hiraoka, Naoki Tanaka, Naoto Kaihō, more join cast ― WOWOW revealed on Friday more details for the third season of the live-action series of Natsuya Semikawa's Isekai Izakaya "Nobu" light novel series. WOWOW revealed new cast members and the third season's January 13 premiere. Yūta Hiraoka (pictured above, center) plays the role of Conrad the 5th, the emperor's grandson. Comedy duo Cocorico's Na...

Voice Actor Grant James Passes Away

One Piece, Fullmetal Alchemist voice actor was 87 ― Actress and voice actress Juli Erickson announced on Sunday on the Facebook page of her husband, actor and voice actor Grant James, that James passed away on November 23. He was 87. James was born in 1935. He earned an MFA in 1962, and married Erickson in 1986. They were married for 36 years. James and Erickson taught acting classes, and according t...

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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These - Intrigue ‒ Episode 45

History, in all its relatively-brief states of affairs that too many people become complacent in, is built on what-might-have-beens, and this stretch of LOGH is all about laying out those critical turning points.
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Suzume Anime Film Earns 6.26 Billion Yen in 17 Days

Film has sold a cumulative total of 4.60 million tickets ― The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web reported on Monday that Makoto Shinkai's Suzume (Suzume no Tojimari) anime film has crossed 6.269 billion yen (about US$45.5 million) in its first 17 days at the Japanese box office. The film has sold a cumulative total of 4.60 million tickets. The film earned 843 million yen (US$6.10 million) on Saturday and...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury ‒ Episode 8

There's no sugarcoating it: This is the worst-looking G-Witch episode by far.
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Film Earns 416 Million Yen in 1st 3 Days

Film sells 313,000 tickets in 1st 3 days, debuts at #2 for weekend ― The anime film That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Scarlet Bond (Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken: Guren no Kizuna-hen) sold 313,000 tickets and earned 416 million yen (about US$3.19 million) in its first three days. The film opened in Japan last Friday. The movie sold 225,000 tickets and earned 297 million yen (about US$2.15 mil...
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The Vampire Dies in No Time Anime's 2nd Season Previewed in Promo Video, Ad

New season premieres on January 9 ― Frontier Works began streaming a second promotional video and a commercial on Monday for the second season of the television anime of Itaru Bonnoki's The Vampire Dies in No Time (Kyūketsuki Sugu Shinu) manga. The videos preview the opening theme song, and reveal that the show will premiere on January 9. Ayumu Murase will play Mikazuki, a dhampir who has come to Shi...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, November 14-20

My Hero Academia earns 3.4%; Gundam: Witch from Mercury, Spy×Family earn 2.4% ― Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle aired on TV Tokyo on Friday, November 18 at 5:55 p.m., and it earned a 1.9% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV November 20 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 9.6 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV November 20 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 6.4 Detective Conan NTV Novem...
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Paru Itagaki's Beast Complex Manga Gets New Chapter

Chapter releases in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine on December 1 ― This year's 52nd issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine announced on Thursday that Paru Itagaki's Beast Complex manga will get a new chapter in the magazine's first issue of 2023 on December 1. Itagaki published the Beast Complex manga in Weekly Shonen Champion in 2016. Akita Shoten released one volume...
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Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure Series' Video Reveals Additional Cast

Japanese comedy duo Shimofuri Myojo's Seiya, Soshina join cast ― Netflix began streaming a new cast announcement video for Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure (Gudetama: Haha wo Tazunete Donkurai), a new live-action and CG hybrid series based on Sanrio's famous lazy character Gudetama, on Monday. The video reveals Japanese comedy duo Shimofuri Myojo's Soshina and Seiya will voice the characters Guretam...
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Live-Action Romantic Comedy Film Otonanajimi Posts Teaser, Poster Visual

HiHi Jets idol Mizuki Inoue, Rinka Kumada star in story by Love*Com's Aya Nakahara ― The official website for the live-action film of Aya Nakahara's Otonanajimi (Adulthood Friends) manga posted the film's teaser trailer and first poster visual on Monday: The tagline in the poster reads, "In a 20-year mutually one-sided relationship!?" The manga's romantic comedy story centers on childhood friends Kae...
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Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! GN 3-5

Because the third volume is still in the “getting there” mode, volumes four and five end up feeling a little more rewarding, because we're finally getting the payoff from three books of Adachi stumbling around his own emotions. ― You might think that being suddenly given the ability to read the minds of those you touch would make dating easier. And to a degree, it does – Adachi, who became a “wizard”...
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The Legendary Hero Is Dead! TV Anime Unveils 3 Cast Members, 'Thigh-High Socks Visual'

Ayana Taketatsu, Hibiku Yamamura, Yurika Kubo join cast ― The staff for the television anime of Subaruichi's The Legendary Hero is Dead! (Yūsha ga Shinda! Murabito no Ore ga Hotta Otoshiana ni Yuusha ga Ochita Kekka) manga unveiled three more cast members and a "thigh-high socks visual" of their characters on Monday. The new cast members are: Ayana Taketatsu as Anri Hibiku Yamamura as Yuna Yurika Kub...
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Romantic Killer's Wataru Momose Launches New Manga on Jump+ in December

Comedy manga centers on honor-student boy, handsome man ― This year's 52nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Wataru Momose will launch a new manga titled Boku to Jingi Naki Ojisan (Me and the Old Man Without Honor and Humanity) manga on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ service on December 3. The manga will update every Saturday. The "handsome man and honor student boy" co...
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Dark Gathering TV Anime Reveals Summer 2023 Debut

― This year's 52nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the television anime of Kenichi Kondo's Dark Gathering manga will debut in summer 2023. The anime stars Yū Sasahara as Yayoi Hо̄zuki, Nobunaga Shimazaki as Keitarо̄ Gentо̄ga, and Kana Hanazawa as Eiko Hо̄zuki. Hiroshi Ikehata (FLCL Progressive, Kiratto Pri☆Chan, Space Battleship Tiramisu) is directing the anim...
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Urusei Yatsura ‒ Episode 7

This episode felt like a random collection of really sad stories with a bunch of comedic commentators reacting to them, and that's totally ok with me.
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The [email protected] Cinderella Girls U149 TV Anime's New Video Reveals Staff, Cast, April 2023 Debut

Mushoku Tensei's Manabu Okamoto helms anime at Cygames Pictures ― The second day of "The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Twinkle Live Constellation Graduation" concerts debuted the third promotional video for the television anime of Kyowno's The [email protected] Cinderella Girls U149 manga on Sunday. The video announces that the anime's staff, cast, and April 2023 premiere. TVアニメ「アイドルマスター シンデレラガールズ U149」2023年4...

Vic Mignogna Petitions Supreme Court of Texas to Review His Lawsuit

Petition claims court of appeals has "upend[ed] numerous elements of established Texas law" ― Vic Mignogna at Phoenix Comicon Credit: Gage Skidmore Voice actor Vic Mignogna and his lawyers filed a petition on November 14 with the Supreme Court of Texas to review the decision in Mignogna's defamation lawsuit against Funimation, voice actresses Jamie Marchi and Monica Rial, and Rial's fiance Ron Toye....
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Bocchi the Rock! ‒ Episode 8

Seeing Bocchi not just stand her ground, but pull the rest of the band out of their fears, before losing herself in her guitar, has to go down as one of the best moments in anime this year.

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Bullbuster Anime Streams 'Ultra Teaser' Video With Animated Footage

Studio NUT, Hero Mask director Hiroyasu Aoki's 2023 series about "economically viable robot heroes" ― Kadokawa's official YouTube channel began streaming an "ultra teaser" video for the upcoming television anime of the Bullbuster franchise on Sunday. The teaser is the first reveal of the anime's footage. The franchise had a stage presentation at the Kitakyushu Pop Culture Festival event on Sunday. In...
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Akiba Maid War ‒ Episode 8

Akiba Maid War doing a Baseball Episode is one of those ideas that pretty well sells itself, so I'm grateful to see the actual result live up to the storied pedigree of its concept.
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World Dai Star Project About Aspiring Stage Actresses Gets Spring TV Anime, Summer Game App

Manaka Iwami, Ikumi Hasegawa, Sally Amaki, Maria Naganawa, Naomi Ōzora, Nanako Mori, Rico Sasaki, Minami Tanaka, Reina Kondo, Shuka Saitō star ― Bandai Visual's Emotion label announced in a live stream on Sunday that its World Dai Star "theatrical girls" multimedia project will have a television anime premiering next spring and a game app launching next summer. The story is set in a world after Dai S...
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Tomo-chan is a Girl Anime Reveals Full Promo Video, More Staff, Ending Song, January 4 Debut, 13-Episode Length

Anime of Fumita Yanagida's romantic comedy manga ― Aniplex's official YouTube channel began streaming the full promotional video for the television anime of Fumita Yanagida's Tomo-chan Is a Girl! (Tomo-chan wa Onna no Ko) manga on Sunday. The video revealed the anime's January 4 premiere and the anime's ending theme titled "yurukuru*love." Cast members Rie Takahashi, Rina Hidaka, and Sally Amaki are ...
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Sword Art Online Variant Showdown Smartphone Game's Global Version Releases for Pre-Download

Game is available in Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Thai ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Monday that it has launched its Sword Art Online Variant Showdown smartphone game for the Sword Art Online franchise for pre-download. The company will announce the official release date later. Bandai Namco Entertainment streamed the game's opening movie in Sept...
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NieR:Automata Game Crosses 7 Million in Shipments, Downloads; NieR Replicant Remaster Crosses 1.5 Million

"NieR:Automata Fan Festival 12022" event took place on November 25-26 ― The NieR franchise's official Twitter account announced on Friday that the NieR:Automata game has crossed 7 million in shipments and digital sales. Additionally, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139..., a remastered edition of NieR Replicant, has crossed 1.5 million in shipments and digital sales. The "NieR:Automata Fan Festival 1202...
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Spirit Hunter: Death Mark II Game's Introduction Video Streamed

Game launches in West for Switch, PS4, PC via Steam in 2023; in Japan for PS4, Switch on December 1 ― Experience began streaming an introduction video for Spirit Hunter: Death Mark II (Shinigami: Shibito Magire), the sequel to its Death Mark horror visual novel, on Thursday. The video gives an overview of the game's story and gameplay, including exploration and investigation, and choosing a partner. ...
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Shinobi no Ittoki ‒ Episode 8

I think the show could really benefit from putting more characters we care about into these scenes. Or at least having them address our core cast more directly.
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My Hero Academia Season 6 ‒ Episode 122

This is where Katsuki Bakugo becomes a hero.
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Reincarnated as a Sword ‒ Episode 8

So Amanda is going to be a polarizing character. She effectively has one joke, which amounts to re-enacting a Droopy Dog sketch but with sexual harassment at every turn.
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The Skull Dragon's Precious Daughter GN 1 & 2

If you enjoyed Somali and the Forest Spirit, there's a very good chance that you will like Ichi Yukishiro's The Skull Dragon's Precious Daughter. ― There is one very obvious comparison to be made here, and it's actually one that holds up pretty well across these two volumes: if you enjoyed Somali and the Forest Spirit, there's a very good chance that you will like Ichi Yukishiro's The Skull Dragon's ...
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Raven of the Inner Palace #9 [rate]
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Live-Action Web Show Reinterprets Thomas the Tank Engine as a Japanese Salaryman

New series commemorates the cartoon's return to Japanese television after 12 years ― The official Japanese YouTube account for the Thomas the Tank Engine franchise is streaming a bizarre new live-action series: Thomas the Salaryman, which retells the plots of classic Thomas the Tank Engine episodes but with the characters as salary workers for a Japanese company. The episodes have closed caption Engl...
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Spy×Family #21 [rate]
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Beast Tamer #9 [rate]
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Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! S2 #9 [rate]
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I'm the Villainess, So I'm Taming the Final Boss #10 [rate]

Singer-Songwriter Kiro Akiyama Arrested for Alleged Battery

Police: My Hero Academia, Promised Neverland's performer caused bodily injury on female acquaintance ― The Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested Yūya Arai, the singer-songwriter better known as Kiro Akiyama, for alleged battery against a female acquaintance on Wednesday, November 23 shortly after midnight. The 26-year-old suspect reportedly caused bodily injury on the woman in her 20s at his Shibuya apa...
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I've Somehow Gotten Stronger When I Improved My Farm-Related Skills #9 [rate]
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Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun #8 [rate]

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Case Closed #1065 [rate]
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NieR:Automata Ver 1.1a Anime Casts Atsumi Tanezaki as Lily

Ground resistance unit's android introduced in 'Promotion File 006' video ― The official website for NieR:Automata Ver 1.1a, the television anime of Square Enix and Platinum Games' NieR:Automata action role-playing game, began streaming its "Promotion File 006" video that highlights the android Lily voiced by Atsumi Tanezaki on Saturday. The website also revealed a visual for this android in the grou...
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Kiminori Wakasugi's Ashita no Esa Kimi Dakara Manga to End in Next Volume

Survival manga launched in 2018 ― Manga creator Kiminori Wakasugi revealed on his Twitter account on November 18 that his Ashita no Esa Kimi Dakara manga will end in its 10th volume, which will release in May 2023. Wakasugi launched the manga in Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine in April 2018. The company published the ninth volume on November 18. The "academy survival" manga centers on a school wher...
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My Hero Academia #122 [rate]
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Yū Hokuō Launches Mitsudomoe Seitokaichos Manga

Comedy manga about 3 student council presidents launches in December ― The December issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine announced on Tuesday that Yū Hokuō is launching a new manga titled Mitsudomoe Seitokaichos (Student Council Presidents' Three-Way Battle) in the magazine's January 2023 issue on December 22. The comedy manga's story revolves around three high school students who were all el...
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Nozomi Mino Reveals Title, Story Details for New Manga

Karasu to Usagi manga launches in December ― The January 2023 issue of Shogakukan's Cheese! magazine revealed on Thursday Nozomi Mino's new manga titled Karasu to Usagi (Crow and Rabbit), which will launch in the magazine's February 2023 issue on December 23. Shogakukan teased the new manga with the tagline, "This love is a taboo." Mino launched the Yakuza Lover (Koi to Dangan) manga in Shogakukan's ...
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Yuma Ando's code: nostra Manga Ends With 4th Volume

Ando, illustrator Hideyuki Akashi launched cyber action manga in December 2021 ― The third volume of Yuma Ando and illustrator Hideyuki Akashi's code: nostra manga revealed on November 18 that the manga will end in its fourth volume, which will ship in March 2023. The manga's story is about a dull man named Jin Kamiya, who obtained a quantum computer called "Nostra" that can predict the future. Jin t...
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Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! Reveals 2023 Series Ranking

Classroom of the Elite, Ascendance of a Bookworm, more top rankings ― The 2023 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! (This Light Novel Is Amazing!) guidebook reported its list of the top light novel series on Thursday. Bunkobon rankings: Author Syougo Kinugasa and illustrator Shunsaku Tomose's Classroom of the Elite: Year 2 Author Hiromu and illustrator raemz' Chitose-kun is in the Ra...
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Do It Yourself!! ‒ Episode 8

Although it remains stalwartly lighthearted in tone, this is the most seriously that the series has dealt with a very core component of the DIY lifestyle: failure.
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Mob Psycho 100 III ‒ Episode 8

Depending on who you ask, this could be Mob Psycho 100's grandest statement or stupidest sidebar. It's probably a bit of both.
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FromSoftware's Elden Ring Game Wins 4 Awards at Golden Joystick Awards 2022

Final Fantasy XIV, Pokemon Legends Arceus, Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, FromSoftware also win awards ― The Golden Joystick Awards 2022 ceremony announced this year's winners on Wednesday, and Bandai Namco Entertainment and FromSoftware's Elden Ring action RPG won four awards. The game won Best Visual Design, Best Multiplayer Game, Critics' Choice Awards, and Ultimate Game of the Year. FromS...

Kodansha USA Licenses Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Chat Noir, 15 More Manga

Including I'm Giving the Disgraced Noble Lady I Rescued a Crash Course in Naughtiness, Boichi's ORIGIN, Virgin Love, Osamu Dazai's The Girl Who Became a Fish ― Kodansha USA Publishing confirmed on Thursday that it has acquired the following new manga titles: Title: Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Chat Noir Author(s): Koma Warita (story), Riku Tsuchida (illustration), ZAG with Toei Animation (original...
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The Eminence in Shadow ‒ Episode 8

The dark humor of The Eminence in Shadow is on full display this week, and it makes for the funniest episode of the series so far.
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Chainsaw Man ‒ Episode 7

Let it never be said that Chainsaw Man deals in false advertising, because, if nothing else, “Taste of a Kiss” gives us exactly what it says on the tin.
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Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal #8 [rate]
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The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash Novel 1

The Weakest Tamer probably didn't need to be an isekai story in the first place, but it offers an entertaining story of a girl and her trash-eating slime nonetheless. ― If there's any one piece of this novel that stands to be controversial, it's the fact that it's isekai. That's not because isekai is inherently bad or a divisive topic in general; by this point I daresay all of us know where we stand ...
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Manga Industry Survey: Over 20% of Artists Fear Bankruptcy Due to Japan's New Invoice System

From October 2023, invoices will be subject to consumption tax ― Last Tuesday, representatives from four entertainment industry lobby groups held a press conference to express their opposition to Japan's controversial new invoice system. Manga artist Reon Yutaka revealed worrying statistics based on a manga industry survey: 98% of respondents were sole proprietors, and among them 20.6% reported that ...
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Lycoris Recoil Spinoff Novel Tops 250,000 in Circulation

7th printing ordered ― The official Twitter account for the Lycoris Recoil anime announced that the Lycoris Recoil: Ordinary Days spinoff novel has over 250,000 copies in circulation after a seventh print run was approved. (The number is not a sales statistic. The announcement describes the number as copies in print, although it includes e-book copies.) Shinya Oshiro (atd), the anime's title logo des...
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Answerman - What Happened to Shoujo Anime?

It's not your imagination—there are fewer shoujo anime adaptations than ever. Kim explains the factors behind the genre's long-term decline. ― Matt asked: Back when I was growing up (US circa ~2000s), it felt like shoujo anime were a powerhouse of the medium, closely on par with their shonen counterparts, assuming popularity at anime clubs and conventions was representative. Now in the far future of...
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Laid-Back Camp Anime's 1st Smartphone Game Delayed to Spring 2023

Staff aims to improve game's quality ― The official Twitter account for the first smartphone game based on the anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga confirmed on Friday the game's delay to spring 2023. The game was initially slated for iOS and Android devices this year, specifically this fall. The game's staff members explained that they anticipate that it will take until sprin...
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