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Classroom of the Elite BD/DVD

This slice-of-life drama where rich kids must grapple with a meritocratic system has some fascinating ideas, but ultimately can’t come together into a greater whole. Nick Creamer has the details. ― There's a certain subgroup of anime high school dramas that I've come to essentially see as “Catcher in the Rye shows.” Echoing the defiantly cynical yet extremely naive perspective of Catcher's Holden Cau...
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This Week in Games - Pokemon Fever!

It's a big week for everyone's favorite pocket monsters as both Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! hit shelves and the trailer for Detective Pikachu lit the internet aflame. PLUS: this week's new releases and more! ― Hi again, everyone! I'm back at home and comfortably setting back into my normal routine. I also played through Deltarune part 1 last night. That game was very, very fun an...
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SNK 40th Anniversary Collection

SNK delivers a history lesson with an anthology of early arcade and NES titles. Todd finds out how well these games have held up in this new game for the Switch. ― What made SNK a cult favorite game company? Was it the Neo Geo, which delivered arcade-perfect games at home for just two hundred dollars per cartridge? Was it the Neo Geo Pocket Color, a well-made and vastly underappreciated handheld syst...
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Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution 1 BD/DVD

The first movie in this trilogy retelling the story of Eureka Seven gets off to a rocky start. Theron Martin has the details. ― As alternate adaptations of previously-aired anime content go, this 2017 movie, which is scheduled to be the first of three, is an odd duck. It seems intent on contradicting itself, as it wants to nudge the story in some slightly different directions but is also keen on recy...
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MIRAI Movie Giveaway!

To celebrate the upcoming special theatrical event of MIRAI on November 29, December 5 & 8, GKIDS is giving away awesome stuff to ONE lucky winner! ― From acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children) and Japan's Studio Chizu comes MIRAI, a daringly original story of love passed down through generations. To celebrate its upcoming special theatrical event on November 29, December 5 & ...
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Tsuredure Children Complete Series BD/DVD

This anthology-style romcom has enough heart to ground its goofiness, as a charming reminder that even young love is never easy. Rebecca Silverman dives in. ― Teenage romantic comedy is a genre that has essentially been done to death. It's got a long history in both literature and film, so at this point to be able to do something even a little different with the genre is a major accomplishment. Tsure...
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2 Men Arrested for Counterfeit Dragon Ball Heroes Cards

2 separate arrests in Akita, Kyoto prefectures took place on Tuesday ― Akita and Kyoto Prefectural Police arrested two separate suspects on Tuesday, both on suspicion of illegally reproducing cards for the Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game. The suspect in Akita is a 19-year-old male who had supposedly sold more than 1,000 copies of illegal reproductions. For example, authorities allege that the suspect ...

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Akihito Yoshitomi's Mahō Jogakuen Heiwaiji-bu Manga Ends

Manga's compiled book volume is slated for February 2019 ― The Ohta Web Comic manga site published the eighth and final chapter for Akihito Yoshitomi's Suginami Kuritsu Mahō Jogakuen Heiwaiji-bu (Suginami City Magic Girls' Academy Peacekeeping Club) manga on Tuesday. The site's official Twitter account also noted that the manga's one compiled book volume is slated for February 2019. Yoshitomi launche...
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Heroine Shikkaku's Momoko Koda Ends Atashino! Manga

Manga about 2 friends who like the same boy began last year ― This year's December issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine published the final chapter of the main story of Momoko Kōda's Atashino! (Mine!) manga on Tuesday. The issue also announced that a side story, the true final chapter, will run in the magazine's next issue on December 13. The manga follows Akoko, who always says just what s...
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Octopath Traveler, Monster Hunter: World Games Win at Golden Joystick Awards 2018

FromSoftware's Hidetaka Miyazaki wins Lifetime Achievement award ― The Golden Joystick Awards 2018 ceremony in London on Friday awarded FromSoftware president Hidetaka Miyazaki the Lifetime Achievement award. Square Enix's Octopath Traveler game won the Nintendo Game of the Year award, and Capcom's Monster Hunter: World game won the Best Cooperative Game award. Fortnite won this year's "Ultimate Game...
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Final Fantasy XIV Game Announces New 'Shadowbringers' Expansion, Patch 4.5 with Blue Mage Job

Game's 3rd expansion to debut in early summer 2019 ― Square Enix announced at the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival event in Las Vegas on Friday that the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn MMORPG is getting a third expansion titled Stormbringers that will launch in early summer 2019. English Trailer Japanese Trailer The expansion will include multiple new jobs, a new playable race, battle system maintena...
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Mob Psycho 100 II Anime Reveals New Key Visual, January 7 Premiere, Crunchyroll Streaming

Anime NYC event to host world premiere of sequel on Saturday ― The Mob Psycho 100 panel at the Anime NYC event on Friday revealed a new key visual for Mob Psycho 100 II, BONES' second anime season of ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga. The event also revealed that the show will premiere in Japan on January 7, and confirmed that the new season will stream on Crunchyroll. In Japan, the anime will premiere on ...
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Castlevania's Adi Shankar to Develop Devil May Cry Animated Series

Shankar: series will "join Claslevania in what we're now calling the bootleg multiverse" ― Adi Shankar, executive producer for Netflix's Castlevania animated series, confirmed with video game news website IGN on Friday that he is developing an animated series based on Capcom's Devil May Cry game franchise. Shankar stated the series "will join Castlevania in what we're now calling the bootleg multiver...
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Children's Picture Book Publisher is Sick of Controversy Around 'Moe' Art Style

On October 30, an informational program called "Sukkiri" aired a debate around children's picture books and the "moe" art style. "Moe" is a Japanese slang word that refers to characters that evoke a strong feeling of cuteness and desire to protect the character. The word is often associated with otaku media. Although the word is thought to have originated in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it foun...
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Mirai Anime Film's English Dub Clip Streamed

Also: Director Hosoda talks about the film in video ― GKIDS began streaming an English-dubbed clip for Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai anime film on Friday. The clip shows the main character Kun meeting with a girl who likes to make messes. GKIDS also streamed a video showing Hosoda drawing an image of Kun and Mirai while discussing the film. Actress Victoria Grace (The Last of Us Part II's Yara) announced las...
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Pour One Out for Misato at Official Eva Tavern

The official Evangelion merchandise store, EVANGELION STORE TOKYO-01, is celebrating its seventh year in business with a limited Evangelion restaurant in the Tokyo/Ikebukuro 46 dining area. The Evangelion Bar opens on Friday and will serve classic bar food with a NERV twist. The menu has over 30 items all with references to Hideaki Anno's classic sci-fi anime. Customers who order a collaboration d...
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Sunrise Plans to Release New Gundam Theatrical Film Every 1-2 Years

― Sunrise announced at its Anime NYC panel on Friday that it plans to release a new Gundam theatrical film every one to two years. The films will debut in Japan and other countries, though the staff did not say which countries. Sunrise will unveil a new project for the 40th anniversary of the Gundam franchise during a livestream on November 21 at 1:00 p.m. JST (November 20 at 11:00 p.m. EST). The l...

Sentai Filmworks Announces English Dub Casts for Girls' Last Tour, Land of the Lustrous Anime (Updated With Videos)

Both series get home video release in January ― Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub casts for the Girls' Last Tour and Land of the Lustrous anime at Anime NYC on Friday. The Girls' Last Tour cast, under director Shannon Reed, includes: Cat Thomas as Chito Juliet Simmons as Yuuri Mark X Laskowski as Kanazawa Stephanie Wittels as Ishii Kalin Coates as Cut Kregg Daily as Robot Shelley Calene-Bla...
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ITmedia Journalist Explains Why Anime Discs Are Not Selling

ITmedia published an article on November 13 titled "Some Titles Have Even Halted Their Home Video Release... Is the Anime Disc Dying?" Author and journalist Tadashi Sudo highlights the decline of physical disc sales in Japan in recent years and argues that this has been caused by the popularity of video streaming services as well as the overabundance of new anime titles. Sudo begins by highlightin...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Manaria Friends Anime

Shorts tied to Rage of Bahamut franchise to premiere in January ― Sentai Filmworks announced at Anime NYC on Friday that it has licensed the Manaria Friends anime under the title Mysteria Friends. The company will stream the series of shorts as it airs beginning in January 2019. The anime was originally planned to premiere on April 1, 2016. However, the official website announced in March 2016 that ...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Made in Abyss, DanMachi Films

Made in Abyss compilation films to open in theaters ― Sentai Filmworks announced at Anime NYC on Friday that it has licensed the Made in Abyss compilation films and the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon: Arrow of Orion! (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka: Arrow of the Orion) film. The company will release all three films in U.S. theaters in 2019. The first Made i...
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Seven Seas Licenses Restaurant to Another World Light Novel Series

Novels inspired anime, manga adaptations ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami's Restaurant to Another World (Isekai Shokudo) light novel series. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on June 18, 2019. Seven Seas describes the story: “Western Cuisine Nekoya” seems like a typical restaurant on the outside, but it hides a...
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I Want to Eat Your Pancreas Anime Film's Dub Trailer Streamed

Film screens in the U.S. in February ― Aniplex of America began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for the anime film of Yoru Sumino's I Want to Eat Your Pancreas novel on Friday. Aniplex and Fathom Events will screen the film in the United States in February. Screenings on February 7 at 7:00 p.m. local time will be English-subtitled, while screenings on February 10 at 12:55 p.m. local time will be...
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Record of Grancrest War Anime's English Dub Stars Brandon Winckler, Jeannie Tirado

Imari Williams, Greg Chun, Lucien Dodge, Kaiji Tang, Alan Lee, more join cast ― Aniplex of America announced the English dub cast for the Record of Grancrest War television anime at its Anime NYC panel on Friday. The company also began streaming a trailer for the dub. The dub is slated to debut in 2019. The dub cast includes: Brandon Winckler as Theo Cornaro Jeannie Tirado as Siluca Meletes Imari Wi...
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Q-Pot's Pokémon Accessories Are Good Enough to Eat

A pampered Pokémon leads a lush life chomping on Poffins. Personally, I wouldn't mind trying out a Poffin just once, they kind of look like macron sweets. The high-end accessory brand Q-pot is all about sweet stuff, having previously transformed Sailor Moon items into cookie and candy accessories. Pikachu and Eevee are next in the brand's first collaboration with the Pokémon game franchise and res...
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 19

"This episode is packed to the gills with basically every major character playing an important role in setting up the show's endgame."
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I Want to Eat Your Pancreas Anime Film's Dub Cast Announced Ahead of February U.S. Theatrical Release

Robbie Daymond, Erika Harlacher star in drama film ― Aniplex of America announced at its Anime NYC panel on Friday that its United States theatrical release for the anime film of Yoru Sumino's I Want to Eat Your Pancreas novel is slated for February 2019. Screenings on February 7 at 7:00 p.m. local time will be English-subtitled, while screenings on February 10 at 12:55 p.m. local time will be Engli...
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Aniplex USA Announces Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online English Dub Cast (Update)

Dub to stream on Netflix, Hulu ― Aniplex of America announced the English dub cast for Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online at Anime NYC on Friday. The company also announced that the dub will stream on Netflix and Hulu. The cast includes: Reba Buhr as Llenn/Karen Kohiruimaki Allegra Clark as Pitohui/Elza Kanzaki Ray Chase as M/Goushi Asougi Faye Mata as Fukaziroh/Miyu Shinohara Cindy Robin...
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Aniplex USA to Release Black Butler Season 1 on Blu-ray in January

― Aniplex of America announced at Anime NYC on Friday that it will release the first season of Black Butler on a Blu-ray Disc box set on January 29, 2019. The first season of Black Butler adapts Yana Toboso's manga of the same name, and premiered in Japan in 2008. The anime takes place in Victorian London and follows the adventures of Ciel Phantomhive and his demonic butler, Sebastian. Funimation E...
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Couple Who Met via Pokémon GO Receive Ultimate Wedding Video

The only thing Twitter user @shibuya319 might be more serious about than Pokémon GO is his love for his wife, "Rii-san". The two met doing what they love best: attempting to catch Pokémon. Their fated meeting was the first page in a heartwarming love story. The couple met on August 27, 2016 while trying to catch a Lapras. They tied the knot two years later in a Pokémon-filled ceremony. A college f...
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Karakuri Circus ‒ Episode 6

"The show has handled its mix of campy fantasy and emotionally heightened storytelling well up until now, but this sixth chapter sees Karakuri Circus finally starting to creak under the strain of its many ideas and tones."
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Kotobukiya Reports Dip in Sales From Last Quarter, Still Predicts Overall Increase for Year

Model maker notes that Frame Arms Girl franchise was less active ― Japanese figure and model maker Kotobukiya revealed in its first quarter (July 1 and September 30) balance sheet on Tuesday that it saw a 28.3% decrease in sales from the same quarter last year. The company had 2.396 billion yen (about US$21 million) in sales last year but 1.718 billion yen (about US$15 million) this year. The busines...
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Greg Wicker, Long-Time Anime Con Panelist, Retires Amid Animal Cruelty Charges

"Greggo's Game Show" host turned himself in to police on October 30 ― James Gregory "Greggo" Wicker, an anime con regular known for his "Greggo Game Show" panels, announced his retirement on October 30, the same day news surfaced that he was arrested on charges of animal cruelty. 43-year-old Wicker contacted Morgantown Police in West Virgina to turn himself in on the morning of October 30. Police arr...
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Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai ‒ Episode 7

"Although the new arc is supposed to be focusing on Rio, the highlight of this episode is still Sakuta and Mai's relationship."
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Catherine: Full Body Game's Video Previews DLC Catherine Voices

PS4, PS Vita game launches on February 14 ― Atlus began streaming a new introduction video for its Catherine: Full Body game on Friday. The video previews the "Ideal Voice" DLC set with various voice actresses playing Catherine. The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game will ship in Japan on February 14, 2019. The game will also get a release in the Americas and Europe in 2019. The Japanese limited...
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Manga Answerman - Why Don't More Japanese Manga Artists Come to North American Conventions?

While voice actors and anime production staff are common guests for overseas conventions, why is it so much less common for manga artists to make the journey? Deb Aoki has the answers. ― Why don't more Japanese manga artists come to N. American comic / anime conventions? It's largely a matter of time, availability and money. Most manga artists, especially those who have series that are published on ...
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Starwing Paradox Game's Ae Rial Video, TV Ad Streamed

Arcade game with Sunrise's animation launches in Japan on November 21 ― Square Enix began streaming an Ae Rial customization promotional video and a television commercial for its Starwing Paradox (Hoshi to Tsubasa no Paradox) project on Friday. The company also began streaming a Shirley and Isadora character introduction video on November 7, the same day it debuted the second animated promotional vid...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 58

"This show usually manages to get somewhere cool at least once an arc, but it's shocking how reliably it botches the setup."

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!/Eevee! Games' Launch Videos Streamed

Switch games launched on Friday ― Nintendo of America and Nintendo UK's official YouTube channels began streaming an overview trailer and a launch trailer for the Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! Nintendo Switch games on Friday. The Pokémon Company International's official YouTube channel also began streaming a promotional video for the games that features "Pokémon Theme (Got...
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One Piece: World Seeker Game Launches in West on March 15

PS4, Xbox One, PC game's video previews Luffy's abilities ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe announced on Friday that they will release the One Piece: World Seeker game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on March 15. The companies also began streaming a new trailer that previews Luffy's Gum Gum abilities, Skill Tree upgrades, and his Fourth Gear form...
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Classroom of the Elite BD/DVD

This slice-of-life drama where rich kids must grapple with a meritocratic system has some fascinating ideas, but ultimately can’t come together into a greater whole. Nick Creamer has the details. ― There's a certain subgroup of anime high school dramas that I've come to essentially see as “Catcher in the Rye shows.” Echoing the defiantly cynical yet extremely naive perspective of Catcher's Holden Cau...
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Re:Stage! Dream Days♪ TV Anime Reveals Video, Visual, Cast, Staff, 2019 Premiere

My Sweet Tyrant's Shin Katagai directs series at Yumeta Company, Graphinica ― The official website for the Re:Stage! Dream Days♪ television anime of Re:Stage!, Monthly Comptiq magazine and Pony Canyon's multimedia project about idol singers in middle school, revealed a teaser video, visual, staff, cast, and 2019 premiere for the show on Friday. The video previews the main characters and cast members....
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Sailor Moon Stage Show Gets Performances in New York, Washington D.C.

Show already ran in Tokyo, Paris this year ― The official website for the Sailor Moon franchise announced on Tuesday that Sailor Moon The Super Live, the new performance show based on Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon manga, will have performances in New York and Washington, D.C. in March 2019. The website also began streaming a promotional video for the performances. The show had a preview run at AiiA 2....
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Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer Anime Film Surpasses 11 Billion Yen Worldwide

Film is 8th highest-earning anime film of all time in Japan ― The Japanese entertainment news website Cinema Today reported on Friday that Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer (Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin), the 22nd film in the Detective Conan franchise, has earned more than 11 billion yen (about US$97.1 million) worldwide. The film opened in Japan on April 13, and earned the highest opening week...

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Crunchyroll Adds 8 More English-Dubbed Anime Titles

91 Days, ReLIFE, Orange,Tanya, Nanbaka more now available with dubs ― Crunchyroll confirmed on Tuesday that the following anime titles are now available with English dubs on the website. The shows are also available with subtitles: 91 Days Classroom of the Elite The Morose Mononokean Nanbaka Orange ReLIFE Saga of Tanya the Evil URAHARA The titles are part of the previously announced list of nearly 50...
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Yakuza Online Game Launches in Japan on November 21

― The official website for Sega's Yakuza Online (Ryū ga Gotoku Online) game revealed on Friday that the game will launch for iOS and Android devices and on PC on November 21. Sega will host a pre-release livestream on November 19. While Kazuma Kiryū's story ended with Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, Yakuza Online starts a "New Yakuza" series with Ichiban Kasuga as the protagonist. Kazuhiro Nakaya is vo...
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Pastel Memories Anime Debuts on January 7

― The official website for the television anime of FuRyu's Pastel Memories smartphone game revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on January 7 at 24:30 (effectively January 8 at 12:30 a.m.) on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS Fuji. Yasuyuki Shinozaki (Shuffle!, Xam'd: Lost Memories, And you thought there is never a girl online? episode director) is directing the anime at project No. 9. T...

Blackfox Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, Cast, Story, Visuals

Ayaka Nanase, Haruka Tomatsu, Yō Taichi star in series about daughter of ninja family ― The official website for Studio 3Hz's original television anime series Blackfox began streaming a second promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals the show's three main cast members. The site also revealed character designs and descriptions, the show's story, and two more visuals. The show stars...
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Langrisser Smartphone Game Gets Global Version in 2019

New smartphone game for classic tactical RPG series will feature soundtrack by Noriyuki Iwadare ― Beijing-based game company ZLONGAME announced on Thursday that its Langrisser Mobile smartphone game based on the Langrisser series will get a global version. The company will launch a "small-scale test" for the game soon, and will release the game next year. The franchise's copyright holder Extreme auth...
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Ikki Tousen Western Wolves Anime Ships on Home Video in Japan on February 27

Home video release to feature 3 episodes ― The official website for Ikki Tousen Western Wolves, the newest anime entry in the Ikki Tousen franchise, revealed on Friday that the anime will ship on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on February 27. The anime will have three episodes. The anime is a sequel to the 2014 OVA Ikki Tousen: Extravaganza Epoch, which aired on TV in December 2014 and shipped in Japan in Febr...
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Kimi to Boku. Manga Resumes After 3-Year Hiatus

Comedy manga inspired 2 TV anime seasons in 2011, 2012 ― The official website for Square Enix's Monthly G Fantasy magazine revealed on Friday that Kiichi Hotta's Kimi to Boku. adolescent comedy manga will resume in the magazine's January 2019 issue on December 18. The chapter will have a color opening page. The manga has been on hiatus since the magazine's November 2015 issue, although it took a prev...
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Ace of Diamond Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on November 25

― The wraparound jacket band on the 14th compiled volume of "act 2" of Yūji Terajima's Ace of Diamond (Daiya no A) manga revealed on Friday that the manga will have an "important announcement" on November 25. The staff and cast of the anime adaptation will hold an "Ace of Diamond All-Star Game III" event at Tokyo's Jingu Stadium on November 25. Voice actor Ryota Ohsaka, the voice of the lead charact...
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Girls und Panzer Gets New Spinoff Manga Set in Count High School

Space Battleship Yamato 2199 manga's Michio Murakawa draws new manga ― Manga creator Michio Murakawa launched a new spinoff manga for the Girls und Panzer franchise titled Girls und Panzer Momi no Ki to Tetsu no Hane no Majo (Girls und Panzer: The Witch With Wings of Fir and Iron) in Kadokawa's ComicWalker website on Thursday. The next chapter will debut on December 15. The manga centers around Noemi...
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Nameko no Puzzle Switch Game's Video Shows Gameplay

Switch release slated for December 20 ― D3 Publisher began streaming a promotional video on Thursday for its Nintendo Switch release of The Nameko no Puzzle ~Nameko Dai Hanshoku~ (Mushroom Puzzle: Large Mushroom Propagation) game. The video shows gameplay footage. The game is slated to launch in Japan on December 20, and it is listed with English, Traditional Chinese, and Korean language support. The...
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Cygames' Battle Champs Smartphone Game Ends Service in January

Game launched in Japan in 2015, English version debuted in 2016 ― The official Japanese website of Cygames' Battle Champs (Little Noah) smartphone game announced on Thursday that the game will shut down on January 17. The official Twitter account for the game's English version also announced that that version of the game will shut down on the same day. Cygames describes the game: The champs have arri...
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Akira Hiramoto's RaW Hero Manga Resumes Serialization

― This year's 23rd issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine published a new chapter of Akira Hiramoto's RaW Hero manga on Tuesday. The issue confirmed that the manga has resumed from its hiatus. The manga took a break for one issue due to the author's "sudden illness." Hiramoto launched the manga in the 20th issue of the magazine on September 25. The manga's first chapter starts out by following a femal...
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New Bleach Chinese Smartphone Game's Video Shows Gameplay

Game debuted in China on Thursday ― Mobile game developer KLab Inc. began streaming a gameplay video for it and Chinese developer Beijing Kunlun Lexiang Network Technology's BLEACH Kyo・Kai-Tamashinokakusei: Shinigami (Bleach: Boundary Awakened Souls - Shinigami) smartphone game on Thursday. The video shows various characters in combat. The game debuted in China on the Apple App Store on Thursday, and...
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Live-Action Kūbo Ibuki Film Reveals 22 New Cast Members

Patlabor's Kazunori Itō, Riding Bean's Yasuo Hasegawa pen script; Gundam UC's Harutoshi Fukui plans story ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Osamu Eya and Kaiji Kawaguchi's Kūbo Ibuki (Aircraft Carrier Ibuki) manga revealed additional cast members for the film on Thursday. The cast, including the previously announced Hidetoshi Nishijima and Kuranosuke Sasaki, include: (Top ...
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Live-Action I''s Series Casts Minori Hagiwara

Hagiwara plays Ichitaka's schoolmate Izumi Isozaki in 13-episode series premiering on December 21 ― The staff of the live-action series adaptation of Masakazu Katsura's I''s manga revealed on Friday that Minori Hagiwara will play Izumi Isozaki, a girl two years Ichitaka's junior. Ichitaka met her on the beach in the summer. The official YouTube account for the Skyper! channel is also streaming an ima...
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40th Anniversary Gundam Project Announcement Slated for November 21

― The Gundam.info portal website announced on Friday that Sunrise will have a live streamed announcement event for a project celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Gundam franchise on November 21 at 1:00 p.m. JST (November 20 at 11:00 p.m. EST). The project also opened a new website. The latest anime project for the franchise is Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative (Kidō Senshi Gundam NT), a new film that ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, November 5-11

Ace Attorney Season 2, GeGeGe no Kitarō, Yo-kai Watch Shadowside, Hugtto! Precure in top 10 ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV November 11 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 13.4 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV November 11 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 9.8 Doraemon TV Asahi November 9 (Fri) 19:00 30 min. 8.3 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi November 9 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 8.2 Detective Conan NTV N...
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Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin Game's Promo Video Streamed

Delayed PS4, Switch, smartphone game slated to launch this winter ― The official website for Level 5's Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android began streaming a new promotional video on Wednesday. Level 5 announced in October that it is delaying the release from this fall to this winter to improve the game's quality. The company previously delayed ...
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Saiyan Prince Vegeta Faces Majin Buu in adidas' 3rd DBZ Shoe Collab

Majin Buu is ready to bippity boppity onto your feet for the third shoe collaboration with adidas Originals. The soccer-inspired Kamanda shoe gets a makeover to reference one of Dragon Ball Z's most formidable foes. The Kamanda shoe has a pink nubuck with perforations replicating Buu's own facial and torso holes. The heel patch has the same M as Buu's Majin belt. Other subtle details can be seen t...
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Stand My Heroes Anime Adds 15 Cast Members, More Designs

All cast members return from original game ― The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of the Stand My Heroes smartphone game announced four more cast members with character designs on Friday Tomohito Takatsuka as Sōsei Arakida Tetsuya Kakihara as Tsukasa Asagiri Takuya Eguchi as Yō Hattori Yoshitaka Yamaya as Natsuki Kanno The staff also announced 11 cast members without desig...
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Shogakukan's DIME Trend Awards Crowns Detective Conan's Tōru Amuro as Best Character

The award ceremony for publisher Shogakukan's 31st annual DIME Trend Awards was held on November 14 and honored Detective Conan's own Tōru Amuro character with its "Best Character" prize. Amuro, who surged in popularity following the Detective Conan: Zero's Executioner film, was present with his voice actor Tohru Furuya. The character definitely embodies "trending" as magazines featuring Tōru have...
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SEGA Heroes Smartphone Puzzle Game Launches

Game features 32 Sega characters ― Sega announced the official launch of an iOS and Android puzzle game titled SEGA Heroes on Thursday. Massachusetts-based Demiurge Studios developed the app featuring characters from Sega games. The game has already been available for several months for a soft launch. The game is launching with 32 playable characters from nine game franchises: Sonic, Tails, Amy Rose,...
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Find Out Who Spilled the Curry in Laid-Back Camp Card Game

The hit cozy anime Laid-Back Camp is inspiring two card games, one based on the party game Werewolf and the other centering on matching characters to their respective episode for points. In the Werewolf game, players will try to figure out who spilled the camp site's curry at midnight. This obviously grave offense will pit players against one another has they try to figure out who is the clumsy cu...
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Anne Happy Manga Listed as Ending in 10th Volume

Cotoji launched series about unlucky girls in 2012 ― The Japanese retailer Mangaoh is listing the 10th compiled book volume of Cotoji's Anne Happy (Unhappy Go Lucky!) manga as the series' last. Houbunsha will release the volume on January 12. Yen Press is releasing the series, and it describes the story: Tennogofune Academy's class 1-7 sure is unlucky. But brighter fortunes may be on the way when Hib...
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Sony to Skip Next Year's E3 Event

― The Entertainment Software Association revealed in its announcement for its 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event that Sony Interactive Entertainment will not attend the event. It will mark the first time in the event's 24-year history that Sony will not attend. Sony confirmed with Game Informer that it will not hold an off-site press conference around E3. The company explained that it is ...
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Monster Strike's Mysterious Sailor Guardians Are More Surprising Than You Thought

Comedians, models share their love of Sailor Moon in diversity-positive ad ― Earlier this week, XFLAG's mobile game Monster Strike teased a collaboration with the Sailor Moon Crystal anime series with a commercial showing five shadowy Sailor Guardians. Who could the five girls possibly be? The franchise is currently promoting the Sailor Moon The Super Live musical stage play but if you thought XFLAG'...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re ‒ Episode 18

"While this episode had its moments, there's only so much clown-centric violence I can watch before I have to hold my head in my hands and accept that this truly is the Most Tokyo Ghoul."
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Vatican Miracle Examiner Manga Adaptation Ends in December

Anju Hino's series based on mystery novels launched in August ― Anju Hino's manga adaptation of Rin Fujiki's Vatican Miracle Examiner (Vatican Kiseki Chōsakan) mystery novel series will end with the 27th chapter in the January 2019 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine in December. The 26th chapter (seen below) debuted in the magazine's December issue on Thursday. Hino launched the manga in...
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This Week in Anime - Does Too Much Fanservice Distract From SSSS.Gridman's Story?

This imaginative reboot has a strong story and a confident style, but do its safer and more marketable anime hallmarks dampen the show's potent edge? Micchy and Andy hash out the show's highs and lows. ― SSSS.Gridman has a strong story and a confident style, but do its safer and more marketable anime hallmarks dampen the show's potent edge? This week, Micchy and Andy hash out the show's highs and lo...
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Umineko: When They Cry Game's English Dub Kickstarter Delayed

Linda Young voices Chiyo Kumasawa ― Catbox Creative announced on Twitter on Wednesday that its Kickstarter campaign for an English dub for 07th Expansion's Umineko: When They Cry (Umineko no Naku Koro ni) visual novel has been "slightly" delayed "due to a health emergency affecting an essential member of [the campaign's] launch team." The company plans to launch the project as soon as the affected te...
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Pokémon-Hunting Grandpa Uses 15 Phones to Catch 'Em All

How dedicated are you to Niantic's Pokemon GO mobile game? Maybe you've gotta catch as many shiny variants as possible or just enjoy the opportunity to mix sightseeing with capturing regional-exclusive Pokemon. There are many different ways to enjoy playing, but a 70-year-old Taiwanese man is taking the game to the next level. The "Pokemon Hunting Grandpa" Chén Sānyuán first started his Pokemon qu...
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Seven Seas Publishes All-Ages My Little Pony Books

― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it will publish an original My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic four-panel comic titled My Little Pony: The Manga - A Day in the Life of Equestria. The first volume is slated for print and digital release June 2019. Each volume will feature eight interconnected stories for all ages. The company has not yet announced the author or artists. The comi...
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This Week in Games - Pokemon Fever!

It's a big week for everyone's favorite pocket monsters as both Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! hit shelves and the trailer for Detective Pikachu lit the internet aflame. PLUS: this week's new releases and more! ― Hi again, everyone! I'm back at home and comfortably setting back into my normal routine. I also played through Deltarune part 1 last night. That game was very, very fun an...
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SNK 40th Anniversary Collection

SNK delivers a history lesson with an anthology of early arcade and NES titles. Todd finds out how well these games have held up in this new game for the Switch. ― What made SNK a cult favorite game company? Was it the Neo Geo, which delivered arcade-perfect games at home for just two hundred dollars per cartridge? Was it the Neo Geo Pocket Color, a well-made and vastly underappreciated handheld syst...
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Zoids Wild Switch Game's Teaser Video Streamed

Game ships in Japan on February 28 ― Takara Tomy began streaming a teaser video for its Zoids Wild King of Blast game for Nintendo Switch on Thursday. The game will ship in Japan on February 28 for 6,458 yen (about US$57). The first copies of the game will bundle Wild Liger Evil armor. Takara Tomy first announced Zoids Wild with a planned anime, manga, and model kit line in addition to the Switch gam...

The Promised Neverland Anime's 2nd Commercial Streamed

Series premieres in January on Noitamina/Amazon Prime in Japan ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland (Yakusoku no Neverland) manga began streaming the series' second commercial on Friday. The narration in the video says, "Grace Field House is a place where children without parents live. Our happiness would last forever... or so we th...
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Godzilla vs. Kong Live-Action Film Reveals Story

Production is underway in Hawaii, Australia for 2020 Hollywood film ― Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment revealed the synopsis for their Godzilla vs. Kong film on Monday. The companies describe the story: In a time when monsters walk the Earth, humanity's fight for its future sets Godzilla and Kong on a collision course that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet...
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Konosuba Dungeon RPG Launches for PS4, PS Vita on March 28

Game centers on novels' characters on quest to learn about mysterious stone ― The official website for Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! ~Kibō no Meikyū Tsudoi Shi Bōkensha-tachi~, Entergram's dungeon role-playing game inspired by Natsume Akatsuki's KONOSUBA (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! or Konosuba - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!) light novel series, revealed on Thursday that ...
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Black Clover: Mugen no Kishidan Smartphone Game Launches in Japan

Free-to-play RPG allows players to create squad from their favorite characters ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a promotional video on Thursday for its Black Clover: Mugen no Kishidan (Dream Knights) smartphone game. The game officially started service on Wednesday. The game is free to play, with the opportunity to purchase some in-game items. In the role-playing game, players can create ...
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Crunchyroll Serves as New Publisher for Bungo Stray Dogs: Tales of the Lost Smartphone Game

Ambition launched game in English on July 4 ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that Crunchyroll Games is the new publisher of the English version of Ambition's Bungo Stray Dogs: Tales of the Lost iOS and Android smartphone game. The game is available "in territories across North America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia." Ambition originally released the game in English on July 4. Crunchyroll is serving as...
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Hakyū Hōshin Engi: Senkai Chronicle Smartphone Game Launches in Japan on January 8

― The official website for GMO Internet's Hakyū Hoshin Engi: Senkai Chronicle smartphone game revealed on Wednesday that the game will launch for iOS and Android in Japan on January 8. The free-to-play game will have 2D illustrations for the adventure segments, with 3D models for battles. Ryu Fujisaki's 23-volume Hoshin Engi manga ran in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1996-2000. The manga is roughly based ...
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Live-Action Bleach Film's 2 More Behind-the-Scenes Videos Streamed

Film opened in Japan on July 20, debuted on Netflix on September 14 ― Warner Bros. Japan revealed two more behind-the-scenes videos on Thursday for the live-action film of Tite Kubo's Bleach manga. The company streamed a previous behind-the-scenes video earlier this month. The full version of the video will be included in the Premium Edition of the film's Blu-ray Disc and DVD release in Japan on Dece...

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Tokimeki Idol Smartphone Game Ends Service in January

Game will get "offline version" after service ends ― Konami announced on Thursday that "due to various circumstances" it will end management service for its Tokimeki Idol iOS and Android game on January 15. After the game ends service, Konami will release an "offline ver 2.0" version of the game that will still be playable. The game was originally slated to release last winter, but launched on March ...
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game Previews 3 DLC Sets in Videos

Updates to feature 3 Hokage characters ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming three videos on Thursday previewing DLC sets 4-6 for the Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game. The videos preview the following new playable characters: the fourth Hokage Minato Namikaze, the second Hokage Tobirama Senju, and the first Hokage Hashirama Senju. Bandai Namco Entertainment released the game for P...
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Fuyumi Soryo Resumes Cesare Manga After 4-Year Hiatus

Mars, ES creator's biographical work about Cesare Borgia launched in 2005 ― Manga creator Fuyumi Soryo resumed her CESARE - Il Creatore che ha distrutto historical manga in this year's 50th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine on Thursday. Soryo will publish the manga in the magazine once a month. Soryo launched the manga in Morning in 2005, and Kodansha published the 11th and most recent volume in J...
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Bandai Namco Ent. Reveals New 'Ninja Box' Switch Game

More details on "secret base creation RPG" to be revealed later ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced a new game for the Nintendo Switch titled Ninja Box on Thursday. Bandai Namco Entertainment will announce more details about the game, including the release date, at a later date. The company describes the game as a "secret base creation RPG." Bandai Namco Entertainment opened a teaser site for the ...
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Scum's Wish's Mengo Yokoyari to End Retort Pouch! Manga in December

Manga set at near-future academy designed to combat declining birth rate launched in 2014 ― This year's 50th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Mengo Yokoyari will end the Retort Pouch! manga in the next chapter, which will appear in the magazine's third 2019 issue on December 20. The manga's story is set in the year 20XX, where the government sets up an absurd academy ...
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eigoMANGA Launches 'Comic Climax' Comics Service App

― Publisher eigoMANGA announced on Monday that it has launched a new manga and comic service titled Comic Climax. The service currently hosts digital comics, animation, and soundtracks, including Shuho Sato's Say Hello to Black Jack manga (titled in the service as Give My Regards to Black Jack), as well as the eigoMANGA-produced Vanguard Princess manga based on the game of the same name. The app als...
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SINoALICE Smartphone Game Recasts Red Riding Hood Character

Rika Tachibana replaces Ayaka Imamura after latter's retirement ― The official website for Square Enix's SINoALICE smartphone game announced on Monday that Rika Tachibana will replace Ayaka Imamura as the voice of the character Red Riding Hood. Imamura retired from the entertainment industry at the end of June due to her worsening health. Nexon will release the game worldwide, although it has not yet...
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Hajimete Koi o Shita Hi ni Yomu Hanashi Live-Action Series Reveals More Cast

Yumi Adachi, Kenjiro Ishimaru, Fumi Dan, Shingo Tsurumi, 3 others join cast for January series ― The official website for the live-action television series adaptation of Aki Mochida's Hajimete Koi o Shita Hi ni Yomu Hanashi manga revealed more cast for the series on Thursday. The new cast members include: Yumi Adachi as Miwa Matsuoka, Junko's friend, and the owner of a cabaret club Kenjiro Ishimaru a...
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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Game's Release Delayed, PS Vita Version Canceled

Vanillaware game originally slated for release on PS4/Vita this year ― Atlus announced on Thursday that it has delayed the release date of it and Vanillaware's 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim game to an as-yet undetermined release date. The companies also canceled the game's PlayStation Vita version, with the game now only slated for the PlayStation 4. The game was previously slated for release this year. At...
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Satoko and Nada Manga Listed as Ending With 4th Volume

Series follows Japanese woman, Saudi Arabian woman who are roommates ― Online book retailer e-hon is listing the fourth volume of Yupechika's Satoko and Nada manga as the last volume. The volume is slated to ship in Japan on December 13. Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing the manga in North America, and it describes the story: Satoko, who is Japanese, has a new roommate in America: a Saudi Arabian...
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2019 Doraemon Film Gets Switch Game in February

FuRyu publishes adventure game based on franchise's 39th film ― The December issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Thursday that Eiga Doraemon no Nobita no Getsumen Tansaki (Doraemon the Movie: Chronicle of the Moon Exploration), the Doraemon franchise's 39th film, will receive an adventure game for the Nintendo Switch. FuRyu will publish the game, and will ship the game...
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Nexon to Release SINoALICE Smartphone Game Worldwide

Square Enix, Pokelabo, NieR: Automata's Yoko Taro developed game ― Game developer Nexon announced on Thursday that it will release Square Enix's SINoALICE game worldwide. The company did not announce a release date for the game. Nexon describes the game: SINoALICE is a chilling retelling of classic fairy tale within an unsettling dark fantasy world inspired by the game's creative director, Yoko Taro ...
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Isekai Izakaya Anime Reaches 300-Preorder Goal to Green-light Blu-ray Release

Home video release slated for April, with more bonus extras as pre-orders increase ― The official Twitter account for Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World (Isekai Izakaya ~Koto Aitheria no Izakaya Nobu~), the anime of Natsuya Semikawa's Otherworldly Izakaya "Nobu" (Isekai Izakaya "Nobu") light novel series, announced on Tuesday that the anime's home video Blu-ray Disc has achieved the 300...
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Final Godzilla Anime Film's Trailer Shows Godzilla, Ghidorah's Fight

Final film in trilogy opened on November 9 at #6 in box office The Mainichi Shimbun's MAiDiGi TV YouTube channel began streaming a trailer on Thursday for Godzilla: The Planet Eater (Godzilla: Hoshi wo Kū Mono), the third and final film in the Godzilla anime film trilogy. The trailer shows Godzilla's fight with King Ghidorah. The film opened in 158 theaters on Friday and ranked #6 in its opening we...
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Coro Coro Comic Gets Mira Coro Comic Sister Magazine

Main Coro Coro Comic magazine launched in 1977 ― The December issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Coro Coro Comic (Coro Coro Comics) revealed on Thursday that it is getting a sister magazine titled Mira Coro Comic. The next issue of Monthly Coro Coro Comic will reveal more information about the new magazine in December. Shogakukan printed more than 1 million copies of the January 2018 issue of the magazine...
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Live-Action Touken Ranbu Film's Stills Posted

Film based on popular sword personification franchise opens on January 18 ― The official website for Toho Cinemas is hosting stills from the live-action film adaptation of Nitroplus and DMM Games' Touken Ranbu franchise. IMG touken01.jpg IMG touken02.jpg IMG touken03.jpg IMG touken04.jpg IMG touken05.jpg IMG touken06.jpg The film stars (Note: Names of historical Japanese characters have been written ...
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Yoshiki to Stream Concerts With Hyde, Sarah Brightman on Thursday

Yoshiki, Hyde collaborated on Attack on Titan season 3 opening "Red Swan" ― X Japan member YOSHIKI announced on Monday that his entire concert on Thursday, November 15 with guest performer HYDE of the band L'Arc-en-Ciel will have a live stream on 7:00 p.m. JST (5:00 a.m. EST). The stream will be on the Nico Nico Video channel Yoshiki Channel in Japan, and Yoshiki's YouTube channel for viewers outside...
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Amazon Adds Yowamushi Pedal New Generation, Yo-kai Watch, Lupin the Third: Jigen's Gravestone Anime

TV anime series, films available for digital purchase ― Amazon recently began offering Yowamushi Pedal New Generation, "season 1" and "season 3" of Yo-kai Watch, Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie, and Lupin the Third: Jigen's Gravestone for digital purchase. Yowamushi Pedal New Generation and Lupin the Third: Jigen's Gravestone are available with English subtitles, and the Yo-kai Watch series and film are avai...
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Karakuri Circus Voice Actress Tries Out the Trapeze

Karakuri Circus voice actress Chihiro Ueda is working her way to the highest point in the big top. Ueda starred in a video titled "Chihiro Ueda's Road to Be Ring Master" where she attempts master the trapeze, not unlike Shirogane in the anime series. It's a hard road though, and Ueda has zero experience with acrobatics of this sort. Ueda reacts like most of us would: by screaming her head off. Ued...
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Lupin the 3rd Part 5 Gets Digital Release in U.S. on November 18

Anime NYC holds U.S. premiere screening of "Is Lupin Still Burning?" episode ― TMS Entertainment USA announced on Wednesday that it will release the first 12 episodes of Lupin the Third: Part 5, the fifth Lupin III anime series, for the first time in the U.S. on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Digital on November 18. The "Season 1" release will include the "Is Lupin Still Burning?" ("Lupin wa Ima mo ...
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Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru Gets New Chapter

New 21-page chapter will debut in Kotomi Aoki's art exhibit from November 21-26 ― The official Twitter account of Shogakukan's Cheese! magazine revealed on Monday that a new chapter for the Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru manga that Kotomi Aoki will draw for her art exhibit will be 21 pages long. The chapter will be exclusive to exhibit attendees for the time being, so the editorial staff said that th...
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Bungo Stray Dogs's Osamu Dazai Cameos in Eureka Seven Film

Real-life author Osamu Dazai is the author of the classic Japanese short story No Longer Human and is famous for his both his literary work and troubled personal life. In the manga and anime series Bungo Stray Dogs, Dazai gets a new lease on life as a supernaturally powered detective working with other literary bigwigs. At some point he must make time to pen his famous novel because he appears on ...

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Between the Sky and Sea Anime

Simulcast running now on Crunchyroll ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the Between the Sky and Sea (Sora to Umi no Aida) anime in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and other territories. The company plans to stream the anime and release it on home video. The anime premiered in Japan on October 3 and Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs. Sentai Filmworks...
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Eleven Arts' English-Subtitled Haikara-San Part 2 Teaser Reveals December 7 Release

Film opened in Japan last month ― Eleven Arts began streaming an English-subtitled version of the teaser trailer for Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 2 (Haikara-san ga Tōru Kōhen: Hana no Tōkyō Dai Roman), the second of two film adaptations of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga, on Wednesday. The trailer reveals that Eleven Arts will screen the film beginning on December 7 in the United...
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Run with the Wind ‒ Episode 7

"Kakeru needs to confront his own demons before he can finally work with the team, and I have faith that this show will depict his development masterfully."
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Back Street Girls Listed on Netflix for December 12

― Netflix is listing a page for the Back Street Girls -Gokudols- anime with a December 12 release date in the United States. The anime based on Jasmine Gyuh's manga premiered in Japan on July 3. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga digitally in English, and it describes the series: Tough gangland retribution takes a disturbingly bright, shiny turn in this insanely guilty pleasure about 3 yakuzas ...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, November 5-11

The Promised Neverland, Blue Exorcist, Ajin: Demi-Human, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Black Clover in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 The Promised Neverland 11 142,012 303,921 2018/11 Shueisha Story: Kaiu Shirai / Art: Posuka Demizu 1 2 2 Blue Exorcist 22 115,514 248,221 2018/11 Shueisha Kazue Kato 2 2 3 Ajin: Demi-Hu...
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Anime Business Conference Tickets Still Available

Come join ANN at the first Anime Business Conference in NYC tomorrow. ― Tickets to the first ever Anime Business Conference tomorrow in NYC are still available. The conference, held at the Japan Society, in conjunction with Anime NYC (which starts Friday) and Anime News Network, will feature solo talks from Crunchyroll co-founder Kun Gao, and anime industry veteran Charlene Ingram, as well as round-t...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, November 5-11

Luigi's Mansion game debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: November 5-11 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DSLuigi's Mansion Nintendo November 8 27,370 27,370 2PS4Call of Duty Black Ops IV Sony Interactive Entertainment October 12 25,740 443,731 58 3NSwSuper Mario Party Nintendo October 5 23,333 324,685 4PS4Red Dead Redemption 2 (Including Limited, ...
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Golden Kamuy ‒ Episode 18

"These are the kinds of stories that Golden Kamuy excels at telling."
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Saber Chomps Chicken in Fate/Grand Order Collab

The servants of Fate/Grand Order are back at LAWSON convenience stores to fill up on a second helping of its Karaage-kun fried chicken snacks. The new campaign started on Tuesday and includes packaging and original goods. The "Karaage-kun F/GO Flavor" chicken (and 'F/GO flavor,' in this case, is short for 'Fried Garlic Onion') comes in a cardboard package showing Saber, Mash, and female Master Gud...
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Live-Action Gangoose Film's Video Shows Fight Scene Choreography

Film based on manga about 3 boys who start extortion racket opens in November ― The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper's MAiDiGi TV YouTube channel began streaming a behind-the-scenes video of the live-action film adaptation of Daisuke Suzuki and Keisuke Hiya's Gangoose manga on Wednesday. The video shows the choreography for a fight scene featuring the character Andō (MIYAVI). The film will open in theaters...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Conception?

This odd series combines isekai adventure with sex comedy hijinks in one of the most baffling ways possible, but is it a trainwreck worth watching? Nick and Steve find out the hard way. ― Conception combines isekai adventure with sex comedy hijinks in one of the most baffling ways possible, but is it a trainwreck worth watching? This week, Nick and Steve find out the hard way. Disclaimer: The views ...
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Psycho-Pass SS Anime Film Trilogy Gets Manga Adaptations

Natsuo Sai draws all 3 manga, with 1st volume slated for January 25 on 1st film's opening ― The official website for the three-film Psycho-Pass SS or Psycho-Pass Sinners of the System project revealed on Wednesday that all three films will get manga adaptations. Natsuo Sai (Psycho-Pass: Inspector Shinya Kōgami) will draw all three manga. Mag Garden will release the first volume inspired by the first ...
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Answerman - When Is It OK To Adapt An Anime Dub Script?

Some English dub scripts are pretty extensively adapted, in some cases to the point where they've changed the story. When is it "okay" to adapt an English dub script this way? Justin gets into it. ― Brandon asked: When dubbing an anime, there is the matter of the script. There are some anime that are nearly identical to the original with some changes, like Attack on Titan; and there are some that sl...
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Left Alive PS4, PC Game's Trailer Previews Survivor Characters

Game launches on PS4 in Japan on February 28, in West on March 5 ― Square Enix began streaming a new "The Survivors" character trailer for its Left Alive survival action shooter game for PlayStation 4 and PC (via Steam) on Wednesday. The game will launch for PS4 and PC via Steam in North America and Europe on March 5. In Japan, the game will launch for PlayStation 4 on February 28 and on Steam on Mar...
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Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution 1 BD/DVD

The first movie in this trilogy retelling the story of Eureka Seven gets off to a rocky start. Theron Martin has the details. ― As alternate adaptations of previously-aired anime content go, this 2017 movie, which is scheduled to be the first of three, is an odd duck. It seems intent on contradicting itself, as it wants to nudge the story in some slightly different directions but is also keen on recy...
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Zoids Wild Switch Game Ships on February 28

― The December issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Coro Coro Comic magazine revealed on Thursday that Takara Tomy's Zoids Wild King of Blast game for Nintendo Switch will ship in Japan on February 28 for 6,458 yen (about US$57). The first copies of the game will bundle Wild Liger Evil armor. Takara Tomy first announced Zoids Wild with a planned anime, manga, and model kit line in addition to the Switch ga...

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Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! Anime's 1st Promo Reveals More Cast, Opening Song

Hitomi Ohwada, Naomi Ōzora join cast; 5 cast members sing opening ― The official website for the television anime of Nanatsu Mukunoki's Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! (An Angel Flew Down to Me!) manga began streaming the first promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video reveals more cast members and the opening theme song. The newly announced cast members are: Hitomi Ohwada as Koyori Tane...
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Tatsunoko's The Price of Smiles TV Anime Unveils 6 More Cast Members

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Rina Satou, Nobutoshi Canna, Ryotaro Okiayu, Makoto Koichi, Junya Enoki ― The official website for Egao no Daika (The Price of Smiles), Tatsunoko Productions' original television anime to mark its 55th anniversary, revealed additional cast members for the anime on Wednesday. The cast members, including the previously announced Yumiri Hanamori and Saori Hayami, include (Note: Char...
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Gou Tanabe's The Shadow Out of Time Manga Ends

Manga adapts classic H.P. Lovecraft novella ― The December issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Beam magazine published the last chapter of Gou Tanabe's The Shadow Out of Time (Toki o Koeru Kage) manga on Monday. The manga is an adaptation of author H.P. Lovecraft's novella of the same name. The story centers on Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee, a professor of Political Economy at the fictional Miskatonic Univ...
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2nd Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution Film's 1st 10 Minutes Streamed

Film opened last Saturday at #9 ― The official website for the Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution film trilogy began streaming the first 10 minutes of Anemone: Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution (Anemone: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution), the second film in the trilogy. For the first time in the Eureka Seven franchise, the film will be set in Tokyo. The film centers on Anemone, a girl who lost her father in a...
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Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Aqours, Touken Ranbu Musical Cast to Perform on Kōhaku

Full lineup for New Year's Eve contest also revealed ― NHK revealed the lineup for its Kōhaku Uta Gassen ("Red and White Song Contest") on Wednesday. The yearly New Year's Eve contest pits two teams of female singers (the red team) and male singers (the white team) against each other. This year, the Love Live! Sunshine!! franchise's Aqours group and the Touken Ranbu stage musical's Touken Danshi grou...
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MIRAI Movie Giveaway!

To celebrate the upcoming special theatrical event of MIRAI on November 29, December 5 & 8, GKIDS is giving away awesome stuff to ONE lucky winner! ― From acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children) and Japan's Studio Chizu comes MIRAI, a daringly original story of love passed down through generations. To celebrate its upcoming special theatrical event on November 29, December 5 & ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, November 11-17

Code:Realize, A Sister's All You Need anime; Interspecies Reviewers, Record of Grancrest War manga ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date And You Thought There Is Never a Girl Online? Essentials BDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$29.98 November 13 Beyblade Metal Fusion DVDCite Cinedigm US$24.97 November 13 Beyblade Metal Masters DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Cinedigm US$24.97 November 1...

The Game Awards 2018 Nominees Revealed

Monster Hunter: World nominated for Game of the Year ― The Game Awards announced its list of 2018 nominees on Tuesday. The nominees include Capcom's Monster Hunter: World, Sony Santa Monica and Sony Interactive Entertainment's God of War, and Insomniac Games and Sony Interactive Entertainment's Marvel's Spider-Man as nominees for Game of the Year. Other nominees from Japanese game franchises, or deve...
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World Cosplay Summit to Run in Tokyo in 2019

The staff of the World Cosplay Summit event revealed on Tuesday that the event will hold its main event at the Tokyo Dome City in Tokyo on July 27-28 next year. The event will be named "World Cosplay Summit 2019 in Tokyo." The event, launched in 2003, has held its championship events in Nagoya, Aichi since its founding. The championships are usually held in August. This year's event took place on ...
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Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai Casts Akiko Yajima, Keiji Fujiwara

Shirobako creators' January anime about pilots for hire ― The official website for director Tsutomu Mizushima and scriptwriter Michiko Yokote's Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai (Kotobuki - The Wasteland Squadron) original television anime project revealed on Wednesday that Akiko Yajima and Keiji Fujiwara will join the anime's cast. The two new cast members will voice the following characters (both were previ...

Fire Force Manga by Soul Eater's Atsushi Ohkubo Gets TV Anime by David Production

Manga about superpowered firefighting team launched in 2015 ― David Production (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Cells at Work!) announced on Wednesday that it is producing a television anime adaptation of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga. Kodansha Comics publishes the manga in English, and it describes the story: Terror has paralyzed the clockwork metropolis of Tokyo! Possessed by demo...
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Kemono Friends Voice Actress Yuka Ozaki Stars in Manga About Her Cat

When she isn't playing a wild cat on TV, voice actress Yuka Ozaki loves to heap adoration onto her own pet cat, Pia. That's the premise of the new manga Pure to Pia by artist Shirokuma. The four-panel essay manga retells the daily life of Ozaki and her cat as well as gives a behind the scenes look at her every day home and work life. It also includes actual photographs of Ozaki. The book is slated...
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Suehiro Maruo's Tomino no Jigoku Manga Ends

Manga about odd twins sold to freak show launched in 2014 ― The December issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Beam magazine published the last chapter of Suehiro Maruo's Tomino no Jigoku (Tomino the Damned) manga on Monday. The manga's third compiled book volume previously revealed in April that the manga's fourth volume will be its last. The manga centers on a set of twins with an older brother and you...
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Newtype: A Certain Scientific Railgun Season 3 Slated for 2019

― In an interview with A Certain Scientific Index creator Kazuma Kamachi and editor Kazuma Miki, published on Saturday, Newtype magazine mentioned that the third season of the A Certain Scientific Railgun anime is slated for 2019 along with the A Certain Scientific Accelerator anime. The staff announced the new season at the "Dengeki Bunko 25th Anniversary Fall Dengeki Festival" event last month. Ta...
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Japanese Anime Creators, Voice Actors React to Stan Lee's Passing

The world mourned the loss of one of comic book's revolutionaries on Monday. American comics pioneer Stan Lee passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday. He was 95. Lee was opened a whole new world of entertainment at Marvel Comics as the creative behind Iron Man, X-Men, Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Mighty Thor, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, Doctor ...
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Beatless Spinoff Manga Ptolemy's Singularity Ends

Manga set in marine city where humans, robots coexist launched in 2014 ― Gun Snark (Attack on Titan: No Regrets) and Mitsuru Ohsaki (Onimusha: Night Of Genesis) published the 90th and final chapter of their Ptolemy's Singularity (Tendō no Singularity) manga on November 2. The manga is a spinoff of Satoshi Hase and redjuice's Beatless novel. Tokyo Otaku Mode published the manga's first 14 chapters in ...
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Okayama Prefecture's Kibi Dango Promotes Korakuen Gardens, Warns Against Smoking

Last year Okayama prefecture introduced us to the tourism anime Kibi Dango. The anime, which draws cues from the popular Momotarō folktale, takes an educational look at the area's local government and policies to help raise interaction with young people. The first episode focused on disaster preparation and starred Yui Horie as the new transfer student Momo. A second episode promoted traveling ove...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ‒ Episode 7

"If last episode was a little too low-key for your liking, this one should more than make up for it."

Nintendo's Lawsuit Against 2 ROM Sites Reaches US$12.2 Million Judgment

Owners of LoveROMs, LoveRETRO must also surrender site ownership, games, emulators ― The TorrentFreak website reported on Monday that an unsigned copy of a final judgement it obtained reveals that the parties in Nintendo of America's lawsuit against the owners of ROM sites LoveROMs.com and LoveRETRO.co. have reached a consent judgement. A federal court in Arizona awarded a judgement amount of US$12,2...
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Sailor Moon Crystal's Monster Strike Collab Teases Mysterious Guardians

The upcoming Sailor Moon Crystal collaboration with XFLAG's Monster Strike mobile game revealed more details while also adding another mystery for players to unravel. The collaboration is set to launch on November 16, but the campaign site unveiled a new live-action video showing Sailor Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Venus standing in the shadows. The video is narrated by Kotono Mitsuishi, the v...
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Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers 2 ‒ Episodes 6-7

"It looks like Thunderbolt Fantasy S2 has experienced its first major dramatic reversal."
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Bandai Namco Opens Teaser Site for New Title

― Bandai Namco Entertainment opened a teaser website at "project-n.bn-ent.net" on Sunday to tease a new original work. The company will announce the title in the December issue of Monthly CoroCoro Comic on November 15. Trademarks for the title "Ninja Box" were recently filed in Japan under Bandai Namco Entertainment and went public on October 30. Sources: Bandai Namco Entertainment, J-PlatPat (link ...

Live-Action Hollywood Alita: Battle Angel Film's Trailer Previews Battle Scenes

Film of GUNNM manga opens in U.S. on February 14 ― 20th Century Fox began streaming a new "Battle Ready" trailer on Tuesday for Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga. IMDb also began streaming a behind-the-scenes video featuring interviews with the film's cast and staff. The film will open in the United States o...
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Medabots Franchise Launches 20th Anniversary Countdown

― The Medabots franchise's official portal website launched a countdown on Tuesday that will end on November 28, the 20th anniversary of the launch of Imagineer's original Medabots (Medarot) Game Boy game in Japan. Imagineer representative Hiroyuki Hashida told Gzbrain Inc.'s Weekly Famitsu magazine in October, "I wonder if we will be able to announce something in coordination with the 20th annivers...
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Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Anime Gets Theatrical Screening Next Spring

Anime's 1st 2 episodes slated to debut simultaneously this year ― The 15th chapter of Shu Hirose's manga adaptation of Frontwing's Grisaia: Phantom Trigger game revealed on Monday that the anime adaptation of the game will open in theaters in spring 2019. Hirose launched the manga on Akita Shoten's Manga Cross website in August 2017, and the third compiled book volume will ship on December 20. As of ...
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God Eater 3 Game's Full Opening Anime by ufotable Previews BiSH Song

Game launches in Japan on December 13, in West on February 8 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the opening animation for the God Eater 3 game on Tuesday. Anime studio ufotable provided the animation, and Bandai Namco Entertainment debuted a sneak peek of the animation in September. The video previews the theme song "stereo future" by BiSH. The game will debut in Japan on December 13 for Pl...
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Tsuredure Children Complete Series BD/DVD

This anthology-style romcom has enough heart to ground its goofiness, as a charming reminder that even young love is never easy. Rebecca Silverman dives in. ― Teenage romantic comedy is a genre that has essentially been done to death. It's got a long history in both literature and film, so at this point to be able to do something even a little different with the genre is a major accomplishment. Tsure...
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2nd Peace Maker Kurogane Anime Film's Promo Video Streamed

Film opens in Japan on November 17 ― The official website for the two-part anime film series based on Nanae Chrono's Peace Maker Kurogane manga revealed a promotional video on Tuesday for the second film, Peacemaker Kurogane: Friend (Peacemaker Kurogane: Yūmei). The film will open in Japan on November 17. The website also revealed samples of the exclusive manga written by Chrono that theatergoers wil...
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Akira Creator Katsuhiro Otomo Continues Work on New Full-Length Manga

― Katsuhiro Otomo said in an interview in this year's 22nd issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine on Saturday that he is working on a new manga. The interviewer asked if he is writing a new manga, or if there is a manga he would like to write. Otomo quickly answered, "Of course there is!" and went on to say it's a full-length work, but the contents are secret. He added that he feels stuck when it ...
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Game's Trailer Shows Fighters in Action

Switch game debuts on December 7 ― Nintendo began streaming a one-minute trailer for its Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crossover fighting game on Sunday. The video highlights many of the game's playable characters. The game will ship for Nintendo Switch on December 7. The game will include all previous playable characters and support eight-player battles. New characters include Animal Crossing: New Leaf...

Anime, Manga Essayist Fred Patten Passes Away at 77

C/FO founder, Streamline Pictures story editor wrote numerous contributions to various fandoms ― The Twitter accounts for writer Roz Gibson, Dogpatch Press editor David Popovich and Otaku USA magazine reported on Monday that writer Fred Patten passed away earlier in the day shortly after 8:00 a.m. He was 77. He was found unresponsive on the morning of November 1 and never regained consciousness. Patt...
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1979 Cyborg 009 Theme Song Artist Ken Narita Passes Away

Singer also performed Denshi Sentai Denziman tokusatsu series' theme song ― The official Twitter account for singer Ken Narita announced on Tuesday that Narita had passed away on the morning of Tuesday, November 13 just after 7:00 a.m. due to pneumonia. He was 73. His relatives will hold a private funeral. Narita is perhaps best known for singing the opening theme song "Ta ga Tame ni" and other songs...
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Kaiju Girls (Black) Anime Casts Yui Ogura as Ultraman Tiga's Gatanothor

Tiga finale's kaijū appears in anime opening November 23 ― An advance screening for the Kaijū Girls (Black): Ultra Kaijū Gijinka Keikaku anime revealed on November 6 that Yui Ogura plays Gatanothor, a version of the most powerful kaijū that appeared in the final two episodes of the Ultraman Tiga television series. The anime also stars: Hiyori Nitta as Commander Black Yuki Yagi as Alien Pegassa Minami...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, November 5-11

[email protected] SideM concert sells 28,622, followed by 2nd Godzilla anime film, Fate/Extra Last Encore, Coconatsu, 2018 Crayon Shin-chan film ― The [email protected] SideM 3rd Live Tour ~Glorious [email protected]!~ Live Blu-ray Side Makuhari sold 28,622 copies to rank #1 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. EDP presents Coconatsu One-Man Live 2018 Mirai Kōshin landed at #13 with 1,276 copies. The Blu-ray + DVD Set for the ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, November 5-11

2018 Crayon Shin-chan film sells 4,356, followed by Seiyū Event DVD Kikaku Jinrō Battle, 2nd Godzilla anime film, 2018 Detective Conan film, One Piece ― Seiyū Event DVD Kikaku Jinrō Battle lies and the truth 2018 June ~Jinrō vs. Kaitō~ sold 1,169 copies to rank #11 on the overall DVD chart. The live-action film of the Dolmen X manga landed at #28 with 508 copies. The stage production Touken Ranbu Hid...
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Dropkick on my Devil Staff: Anime Needs to Sell 500 More Boxes for 2nd Season

The official Twitter account for the television anime of Yukiwo's Jashin-chan Dropkick (Dropkick on My Devil!) manga announced on Monday that the anime's Blu-ray Disc and DVD box sets have sold a combined 1,500 copies towards the 2,000 needed to guarantee a second season. The staff will no longer provide updates on the count until the "Sugoi Sabato" event on January 20, when it will announce the r...
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Neo Geo mini Gets Christmas Limited Edition With 9 New Titles

48 titles plus 2 pads, HDMI cable, 7 exclusive stickers, nonskid pad, HD screen protector ― SNK announced on Tuesday that it will offer a new version of its Neo Geo Mini system called the "Neo Geo mini Christmas Limited Edition." The new version will contain 48 titles (compared to the 40 of the original Neo Geo Mini), including nine games not included in the previous Neo Geo Mini versions: Aggressors...
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Live-Action I''s Series Casts Kyōka Shibata

As Ichitaka's childhood friend Itsuki Akiba in 13-episode series premiering December 21 ― The staff of the live-action series adaptation of Masakazu Katsura's I''s manga revealed on Tuesday that Kyōka Shibata will play Itsuki Akiba, Ichitaka's younger childhood friend. She is a simple and innocent girl who recently returned to Japan after a four-year stay in America. The 13-episode series will premie...
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Live-Action Kakegurui Project Casts Elaiza Ikeda as Kirari for Season 2, Film

Student council president debuts next spring in 2nd season, film ― The official Twitter account for the live-action Kakegurui project announced on Tuesday that Elaiza Ikeda will play Hyakkaou Private Academy's student council president Kirari Momobari in the show's second season and film. Ikeda said that she has been following the original manga series since volume 1. She had wondered who would play ...
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Kemono Friends 2 Anime's New Visual Shows Serval, Caracal

The official website for Kemono Friends 2, the second season of the Kemono Friends anime, revealed a new visual for the anime on Tuesday. The visual shows Serval with the new character Caracal. The anime will premiere on January 7 at 26:05 a.m. (effectively January 8 at 2:05 a.m.) on TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, and AT-X. The new season's story begins with Serval and Caracal finding a "human" chi...
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Uirabu, Godzilla, Zoku Owarimonogatari, Anemone Films Open in Top 10

Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer earns 10 billion yen worldwide ― The live-action film adaptation of Yukimo Hoshimori's Uirabu. -Uiuishii Koi no Ohanashi- (Uirabu.: Story of Innocent Love) manga sold 143,000 tickets and earned 170 million yen (about US$1.49 million) in its opening weekend. That is 265.3% higher than the opening weekend box office of honey (another shōjo manga-based film starring Sh...
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Legend of Galactic Heroes' Reinhard, Siegfried Enjoy Papico Frozen Treats

Ezaki Glico, the creators of Pocky, have more than one tasty treat up their sleeve. The company also creates the Papico Choco ice cream snack, a sweet treat sold in a bottle shape with a plastic lid that snaps off. Papico is probably difficult to find in the far recesses of space unless you're Reinhard von Lohengramm and Siegfried Kircheis. The Galactic Empire's most promising leaders drop in unan...
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Japanese Hair Color Brand Will Transform Your Hair the Magical Girl Way

The Japanese cosmetic brand Kao wants to add a little magic to your beauty routine with Liese Prettia hair color. The company began streaming a commercial on Thursday that introduced the first "episode" of Mahō Shōjo Liese Prettia starring voice actress Aya Suzaki. Suzaki is finally getting her magical girl debut after previously starring as the (non-magical) Ranze Ichijō in Hugtto! Precure. Her c...
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Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER Film's Trailer Shows Heisei-Era Riders

Film opens on December 22 ― Toei began streaming a full trailer for its Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER film on Tuesday. The film will open on December 22. As with previous films in the series, this new film will crossover the previous Kamen Rider show with the current show. This year, the film will crossover Kamen Rider Build with the ongoing Kamen Rider Zi-O, but will have all 20 Heisei-era ...
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Hypnosis Mic Multimedia Project Adds 3 Manga Projects

The rap battle project Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- launched in 2017 with characters designed by Idea Factory and Otomate and 12 voice actors ready to drop some beats. After successful live events and CDs, the project expanded its scope. The concept is heading to smartphones next year and now a new battle is on the horizon: manga. The project's official website announced that three manga bas...
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Man Gets Lost in Sōka City's 15-Minute Tourism Anime

The city of Sōka in Saitama prefecture is hoping to draw visitors with a tourism anime showing off the allure of the area to newlywed couples. Pony Canyon began streaming the 15-minute anime on Sunday, Sōka city's 60th anniversary. The "Kimi no Matsu Basho e" (To the Place Where You Wait) stars character Sōta, a man that was born in Sōka but has worked and lived in Tokyo until recently. He's engag...
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Attack No.1 Volleyball Manga Inspires Stage Play

Play based on classic manga stars Angerme idol group ― Chikako Urano's Attack No. 1 manga is inspiring a stage play adaptation that will run in Tokyo's Zenrosai Hall / Space Zero from November 29 to December 9. The play will focus on the high school arc of the original manga, but it will include original characters. The members of the girl idol group Angerme are starring in the play: Ayaka Wada as Ko...
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Kemono Friends 2 Director Reveals Circumstances For His Hiring, Story Details

In an interview with Newtype, Kemono Friends 2 director Ryuichi Kimura revealed his circumstances behind joining the project. "I was working on Aikatsu like always when Nobuyuki Hosoya, a producer from TV Tokyo, approached me [about directing Kemono Friends 2] ... I was eager to have the chance to work on such a wonderful series, and also the offer came from none other than Mr. Hosoya, so I had no...

Marvel's Stan Lee Passes Away at 95

Comics pioneer co-created many famous Marvel titles ― American comics pioneer Stan Lee passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday. He was 95. During his career, Lee created or co-created some of the most famous Marvel Comics franchises, including X-Men, Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Mighty Thor, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, a...
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San Diego Comic-Con President John Rogers Passes Away

Rogers served as convention's longest running president since 1986 ― Comic-Con International announced on Sunday that its president John Rogers passed away on the morning of Saturday, November 10 due to complications from glioblastoma. He is survived by his wife Janet Tait, his sister Barbara, and his brother David. Rogers was the longest serving president of Comic-Con International, elected in 1986,...
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Tsurune ‒ Episode 4

"This relationship-heavy episode draws a chart of checks and balances between the characters, with fresh conflict threatening to tip the scales at any moment."
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A Certain Magical Index III Anime Was Originally Planned as a Reboot

A Certain Magical Index author Kazuma Kamachi revealed in an interview with Newtype that there were initially talks of making the currently airing A Certain Magical Index III a reboot. Because it had been eight years since the last TV anime season, there were worries among the production committee that a continuation of the story would limit the appeal. According to A Certain Magical Index editor ...
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The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince PS4/Switch Game Slated for February 12 in the West

NIS America streams new trailer ― NIS America announced on Monday that it will release its The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince (Usotsuki Hime to Mōmoku Ōji) game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on February 12, 2019. The company began streaming a new trailer to accompany the announcement. NISA describes the game: Alone in the forest, a wolf sings her song. Mesmerized by this beautiful voice, ...
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Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san ‒ Episode 6

"In one of the series' best episodes yet, Honda details the trials and tribulations of keeping popular titles in stock, anticipating customer needs, and catering to unreasonable idiots."

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Live-Action Film's 1st Trailer Streamed

Film starring Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith opens next May ― Warner Bros. began streaming the first trailer for its live-action Pokémon: Detective Pikachu film on Monday. The trailer offers the first look of the characters and CGI Pokémon. The film is slated to debut in the United States on May 10, 2019. Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) will play Detective Pikachu. Justice Smith (The Get Down) will star as an...
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Persona Q2 Game's Video Highlights Persona 5's Ann

Crossover game launches on November 29 in Japan ― Atlus began streaming a new character video on Monday for its Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game. The video highlights the Persona 5 character Ann Takamaki (voiced by Nana Mizuki). The game will ship on November 29 in Japan. First printings will bundle DLC for a "battle background music set" for the Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 5 ...
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill ‒ Episode 8

"We're supposed to be learning more about Max, but for all the episode's efforts to put her in the spotlight, we still come away with frustratingly little insight."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 81

"Fans hoping for significant plot progression may be somewhat disappointed this week."
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game's New DLC Features 3 Hokage Characters

Hashirama Senju, Tobirama Senju, Minato Namikaze join game as DLC sets 4-6 ― This year's 50th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that future DLC for the Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game will feature the first Hokage Hashirama Senju, the second Hokage Tobirama Senju, and the fourth Hokage Minato Namikaze as playable characters. The three characters will be DLC set...
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ReLIFE's Yayoiso Starts New Manga on November 17

Manga will have new chapter every 2 weeks ― Manga creator Yayoiso revealed on Saturday that she will launch a new manga titled Blue Hearts on the Comico app on Saturday, November 17. The manga will serialize a new chapter every two weeks. Yayoiso ended her ReLIFE manga on March 16 with the manga's 222nd chapter. Taibuno shipped the manga's 10th compiled book volume on Monday. Yayoiso began the manga ...
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