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This Week in Anime - What Makes the MMO Anime BOFURI Stand Out?

"That's BOFURI's secret formula. So many of these shows have gamer protagonists, but BOFURI possesses enough wisdom to realize that the strongest gamer of all is the anti-gamer." ― MMO, fantasy, and isekai anime series usually focus on high adventure, thwarting nefarious plots, and defeating big bads for the safety of the land's denizens. Then there's BOFURI's Maple, whose primary goal is doing what...
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This Week in Games - Assorted Tomfoolery

Heidi digs in to the rumored return of a bunch of great Mario games - plus Neir news and much more! ― Hey folks! It's April, finally! Time for… well, more gaming seems to be the plan for a while, huh? As I write this, it's that most high-larious of days, April 1st, and the divide between pro-yuks and anti-yuks folks this year feels particularly pronounced. Even esteemed game director and lovable weir...
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ANNCast - BERSERK vs. BERSERK vs. BERSERK

Zac and Lynzee make the terrible decision to put themselves through all three animated versions of Kentaro Miura's classic, screaming, bloody, sexually violent BERSERK! Plus some other stuff. ― ANNCast 377 - BERSERK vs. BERSERK vs. BERSERK Zac and Lynzee grab their oversized swords and make the terrible decision to put themselves through all three animated versions of Kentaro Miura's classic screami...
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My Room Is a Dungeon Rest Stop GN 1

There isn't quite enough material in the first volume of this rather thin premise available yet to determine whether or not this is going to be a worthwhile title to follow. ― The manga version of My Room is a Dungeon Rest Stop is an adaptation of a web novel of the same name; I can find no indication that it has ever been published in print, however, and the web novel does not seem to be legally ava...
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SCP Foundation: Iris of the Mirror World

This sci-fi novel's strength is in its relatively smooth melding together of a lot of strange stuff and one substantial (yet also sensical) twist towards the end. ― A lot of light novels are either directly derivative of, or at least borrow ideas from, other works in either the same medium or related ones. However, I'm not sure that I have ever previously come across a light novel with a pedigree lik...
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New World Trigger Anime Reveals Staff, Updated Visual

Writer Hiroyuki Yoshino, designer Toshihisa Kaiya, composer Kenji Kawai return with Saint Seiya Omega director Morio Hatano ― The May issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine revealed the main staff and an updated teaser visual for the new television anime season based on Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga on Friday. Morio Hatano (Saint Seiya Omega's first season, Dragon Ball Super's Future Trunks S...
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Snow Man, Kaf Perform Black Clover Anime's New Theme Songs

1st anime theme for male idol group Snow Man will debut on Tuesday ― The official website for the Black Clover anime announced on Friday that the popular male idol group Snow Man is performing the anime's new opening theme song "Stories," while virtual singer Kaf is performing the new ending theme song "Answer." The new songs will debut in the 129th episode on Tuesday, April 7. This will be Snow Man'...
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1st Fate/Grand Order Anime Film's 2nd Teaser Subtitled in English

1st half of project listed for 2020 ― Aniplex of America posted the second teaser trailer for the first film in the Fate/Grand Order The Movie Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot (Fate/Grand Order Shinsei Entaku Ryōiki Camelot) film project with English subtitles on Friday. (Aniplex of America calls the second teaser trailer "trailer 1.") Whereas the original version of the teaser lists an Augus...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, March 29-April 4

Fire Force, Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko's Lie anime; Dance in the Vampire Bund: Age of Scarlet Order, Parallel Paradise manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Angel's 3Piece BDPlease Discotek Media US$39.95 March 31 Anti-Magic Academy The 35th Test Platoon BDCite Discotek Media US$39.95 March 31 Aria the Scarlet Ammo Essentials BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$29.98 March...
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HIDIVE Streams Saudi Arabian Manga Productions', Toei Animation's Future Folktales Animated Series

Arabian folklore series begins streaming on Friday ― HIDIVE announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming Saudi Arabian media company Manga Productions and Toei Animation's Future Folktales (Asatir: Mirai no Mukashibanashi) animated television series on Friday at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Sentai Filmworks announced its license of the series on Wednesday, and it will release the anime on home video. The ser...
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Voice Actress Nozomi Kasuga Starts Temporary YouTube Channel For People in Self-Quarantine

Actress believed to be Kizuna Ai's original voice went freelance on Tuesday ― Voice actress Nozomi Kasuga left her agency as of Tuesday, and one of her first projects as a freelancer is to launch a temporary YouTube channel. As she explains in her debut video, she feels that a lot of people are now stuck indoors due to self-quarantining and social distancing measures, and she hopes that through her v...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Dropkick on My Devil!! Dash, Tsugumomo2, More Anime

Also: Major 2nd second series, Princess Connect! Re: Dive, Sing "Yesterday" for Me ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the Dropkick on My Devil!! Dash, Tsugumomo2, Major 2nd second series, Princess Connect! Re: Dive, and Sing "Yesterday" for Me anime as part of the spring 2020 season. The company also announced that it will begin streaming the IDOLiSH7 Second BEAT! anime on Sunday...
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Tower of God Anime Has 13 Episodes

― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that the television anime adaptation of Korean creator SIU's Tower of God manhwa will have 13 episodes. The series debuted on Crunchyroll on Wednesday. The anime premiered in Japan and South Korea on the same day. Takashi Sano (Sengoku Basara: End of Judgement, Transformers: Energon) is directing the anime at Telecom Animation Film (Lupin the Third: Part 5, We Ren...
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This Week in Anime - What Makes the MMO Anime BOFURI Stand Out?

"That's BOFURI's secret formula. So many of these shows have gamer protagonists, but BOFURI possesses enough wisdom to realize that the strongest gamer of all is the anti-gamer." ― MMO, fantasy, and isekai anime series usually focus on high adventure, thwarting nefarious plots, and defeating big bads for the safety of the land's denizens. Then there's BOFURI's Maple, whose primary goal is doing what...

Tiger & Bunny Anime Gets 2nd Season in 2022

Mitsuko Kase to direct anime set after Tiger & Bunny The Movie -The Rising- anime film ― The official Twitter account for Sunrise's original anime franchise Tiger & Bunny announced on Friday that the anime is getting a second season that will premiere in 2022. The new season is titled Tiger & Bunny 2, and it will tell a new story set after the events of the Tiger & Bunny The Movie -The Rising- anime ...
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Mystery Man Identifying as Kimetsu no Yaiba Character Donates 100 Masks to Nursing School

Nippon TV reported on Tuesday that a mystery man identifying himself as "Inosuke Hashibira" donated 100 masks to a nursing school in Iwate Prefecture. The man claimed to have purchased the masks personally. He also gifted alcohol disinfectant to the establishment after hearing about shortages of the item from the school's staff. When asked about his identity, the man handed a short letter translat...
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Anime Architecture Book Available For Pre-Order

Book will include art material from Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Tekkonkinkreet ― Pre-orders are available for the Collectors Edition of the art book Anime Architecture, which will ship in Q4 2020. The book will go onto general release in Autumn 2020, but the Collectors Edition will be sold exclusively by the Volume website. It features a screen-printed acrylic sli...
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One Piece Manga Has 470 Million Copies in Print Worldwide

― Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga has 470 million copies in print worldwide as of the release of the 96th compiled book volume on Friday. That total includes 390 million copies in print in Japan, and 80 million copies in print outside of Japan across 42 territories. The 57th One Piece volume had a first printing of three million copies — a record for manga — in March 2010. Subsequent volumes have sur...
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This Week in Games - Assorted Tomfoolery

Heidi digs in to the rumored return of a bunch of great Mario games - plus Neir news and much more! ― Hey folks! It's April, finally! Time for… well, more gaming seems to be the plan for a while, huh? As I write this, it's that most high-larious of days, April 1st, and the divide between pro-yuks and anti-yuks folks this year feels particularly pronounced. Even esteemed game director and lovable weir...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War's Aka Akasaka Launches New Manga

Scum's Wish's Mengo Yokoyari illustrates series debuting on April 23 ― Kaguya-sama: Love is War manga creator Aka Akasaka revealed on his Twitter account on Thursday that he will launch the Oshi no Ko manga in this year's 21st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine on April 23. Mengo Yokoyari (Scum's Wish) is illustrating the series. The story will center on an "overwhelmingly cute" heroine a...

Tokyo Mew Mew Magical Girl Manga Gets All-New Anime

App runs open auditions for protagonist Ichigo Momomiya ― A website countdown ended on Thursday and announced that Reiko Yoshida and Mia Ikumi's Tokyo Mew Mew manga is getting an all-new anime titled Tokyo Mew Mew New. The anime will mark the 20th anniversary of the manga, as well as the 65th anniversary of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine, which originally serialized it. The "Tokyo Mew Mew New Seiyū Id...
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Viz Media Europe SAS Changes Name to Crunchyroll SAS

KAZÉ, Anime on Demand, Anime Digital Network rebrand under new ownership ― Viz Media Europe SAS (Société par Actions Simplifiées or simplified joint-stock company) announced on Thursday that it has changed its name to Crunchyroll SAS. The announcement noted that all of the former brands of Viz Media Europe SAS are in the process of rebranding under Crunchyroll. The website for French newspaper Le Fig...

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1st Princess Principal Sequel Anime Film Delayed Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

Film would have opened on April 10 ― The production committee for the Princess Principal: Crown Handler film and Hakuhodo DY Music & Pictures announced on Thursday that they are delaying the film's release. They cited the government policies to contain the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as well as the health and safety of moviegoers. The committee and Hakuhodo DY Music & Pictures w...
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Kaijū Sekai Seifuku Short Anime Follows Freeloading Monsters Planning World Conquest

4 monsters study humanity by living in apartment of office lady in her 20s ― Kotobukiya's Character Creation Lab initiative launched the Kaijū Sekai Seifuku (Monster World Conquest) short anime on Twitter and Youtube on Thursday. The "heartwarming slice-of-life" anime follows four dragon-like monsters who came to Earth to conquer it — but first, they study humanity by freeloading off an OL (female of...
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44th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards' Nominees Announced

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, SPY×FAMILY, Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight, Witch Hat Atelier among nominees ― Japanese publisher Kodansha announced the 12 nominees in three categories for its 44th annual Manga Awards on Thursday. Kodansha will announce the winner for each category on May 12. Best Shōnen Manga SPY×FAMILY Tatsuya Endō Magazine: Weekly Shonen Jump (Shueisha) Summary: The ma...
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Norio Sakurai's Rororro! Manga Ends in 4 Chapters

School comedy by Mitsudomoe author launched in September 2016 ― This year's 18th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Thursday that Norio Sakurai's Rororro! manga will end in four chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end on April 30. The manga is about a girl named Chitose who has trouble making friends. She meets someone who goes by "□□◆□." In Japanese, the...
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GET UP! GET LIVE! Comedian/Voice Actor Project Gets Short Anime

Project about aspiring comedians in entertainment industry ― The official website for MBS' GET UP! GET LIVE! franchise announced on Thursday that the franchise will have a short anime. The site will reveal more details about the anime at a later date. The story of the "voice actor x 2D entertainer" project centers on aspiring comedian entertainers who all gather at SSS, a talent agency for comedians....
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill Manga Ends

4th volume ships on 4/17 ― Shueisha's Tonari no Young Jump website and the YanJan! app published the final chapter of Mizuki Sakakibara's manga adaptation of Sunrise's Double Decker! Doug & Kirill anime on Monday. The manga's fourth and final compiled book volume will ship on April 17. Tiger & Bunny manga artist Sakakibara launched the Double Decker! Doug & Kirill manga in October 2018, only a few ho...
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HIDIVE Postpones Future Streaming Dubcasts

Bushiroad's April & May events, Patlabor in 4DX, Comitia, Arc World Tour also canceled or delayed ― The streaming service HIDIVE announced on Tuesday that it is postponing all future dubcast titles until further notice, including the Ahiru no Sora anime's English dub as of the 20th episode. The service in the United States cited the health and wellbeing of its talent and employees "during this histor...
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Baki Anime Season 2 Reveals Worldwide June 4 Debut, 12 New Cast Members

Kenichi Ogata, Yoshiyuki Kouno, Yasuhiko Kawazu, Daichi Endo, more join anime on Netflix ― The official website for Baki: Dai Raitaisai-hen, the second new anime season of Keisuke Itagaki's Baki (New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero) manga, confirmed on Thursday that all episodes in the new season will debut worldwide on Netflix on June 4. It also revealed 12 new cast members. The new c...
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Touken Ranbu Franchise Gets New Version of 2nd Musical in September

Cast announced for updated version of Touken Ranbu - Bakumatsu Tenrōden musical ― The official website for the Touken Ranbu musicals announced on Tuesday that the franchise will get an updated version of the franchise's second musical, Touken Ranbu - Bakumatsu Tenrōden, that will run from September to November. The newly announced cast includes: Ryuji Sato as Kashū Kiyomitsu Yūki Torigoe as Yamatonok...
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Seiji Hayashi's I'm From Japan Manga Ends

Manga launched in September 2018, inspired TV anime last year ― The May issue of Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine published the final chapter of Seiji Hayashi's I'm From Japan (Jimoto ga Japan) manga on Thursday. Shueisha will publish the manga's sixth and final compiled book volume on May 1. Viz Media published the first three chapters of the manga in English as part of its "Jump Start" initiative, a...
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One Piece Spinoff Manga Chin Piece Ends

Yoshikazu Amami's manga about boy who elongates "certain part" of body to fight launched in 2018 ― The May issue of Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine published the final chapter of Yoshikazu Amami's Chin Piece manga spinoff on Thursday. The manga's second compiled book volume will ship this July. The manga's story centers on Chinpy, a boy who aspires to take up after Luffy, the protagonist of Eiichiro ...
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Manga Creator Shuho Sato Loses Lawsuit Against Amazon Over Kindle

Umizaru author claimed Amazon unfairly ceased offering manga on Kindle Unlimited ― The Tokyo District Court dismissed manga creator Shuho Sato's lawsuit against Amazon International Services, Inc. on Monday, March 30. Sato had claimed that the company had unfairly ceased offering his works on its Kindle Unlimited subscription service, and sought 200 million yen (about US$1.85 million) in damages. Sat...
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Pray For Your Idol's Health with Oshibudo Shirts

"I pray that my favorite pop idol can stay healthy every day," reads the text on one T-shirt ― "I pray that my favorite pop idol can stay healthy every day," reads the text on a T-shirt designed for the If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die anime. "Just living is your fanservice to me," reads the other shirt. You can show off your support in these trying times by ordering one of...
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HIDIVE Streams My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime's 3rd Season on April 10

― HIDIVE announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Kan) — the third season of the television anime of Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light novel series on April 10 at 12:30 p.m. EDT worldwide except in Asia. Sentai licen...
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Manga About Pandemic, City Lockdown Gets Free New Online Serialization

Ao Akato's Riuu wo Machi Nagara manga originally ran in Kodansha's Evening magazine from 2017-2018 ― Ao Akato's Rieux wo Machi Nagara (While Rieux Waits) manga is getting a rerun weekly serialization on Kodansha's Comic Days online manga website. The medical suspense manga, which tells the story of a fictional town in Japan becoming overrun with a mysterious plague, originally ran in Kodansha's Eveni...
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Anime Studio ENGI Establishes 2nd Studio

ENGI Kurashiki Studio opens this month ― Anime studio ENGI announced last Thursday that it is establishing its second studio ENGI Kurashiki Studio in Kurashiki, Okayama this month. In response to domestic and foreign demands for high-quality anime, ENGI chose to set up its studio in Kurashiki, "a city of culture and history." ENGI added, "Through coordinating with that wonderful environment and regio...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV Game Heads West for PS4, Switch, PC

Trailer streamed for game launching in N. America, Europe for PS4 in fall ― NIS America announced on Wednesday that it will launch The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV game, the fourth installment in Nihon Falcom's Trails of Cold Steel role-playing game series, in North America and Europe for PlayStation 4 this fall. The company also revealed that the game will launch for Nintendo Switch and...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 128

The episode doesn't waste too much time getting to the main goal: sending a party of Magic Knights to the Heart Kingdom to investigate the big bundle of curses there.
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Anime Studio Yaoyorozu Folded Into New Company 8million

Move consolidates studio's assets ― Yoshitada Fukuhara, representative director of anime studio Yaoyorozu, announced on Wednesday that Yaoyorozu has been dissolved and folded into a new company named 8million (the new company's name is a play on the literal meaning of "yaoyorozu"). The move is intended to consolidate the company's assets spread over "many legal entities" into one, and Fukuhara said i...
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Granblue Fantasy's 4-Panel Comedy Manga Gets Anime in 2020

Kikuhitomoji serializes Guraburu! within the original Granblue Fantasy game ― The Twitter account for the Granblue Fantasy franchise announced on Thursday that the franchise's official four-panel gag comedy manga Guraburu! is inspiring its own anime this year. The artist "Kikuhitomoji" has been drawing the manga and irregularly serializing it within the Granblue Fantasy game itself. Kadokawa publishe...
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Obake Zukan TV Anime Casts Daiki Yamashita

Adaptation of ghost story picture books also reveals Nana Mizuki's role, theme songs ― The official website for the anime adaptation of writer Hiroshi Saitō and Etsuyoshi Miyamoto's Obake Zukan monster picture book series revealed on Wednesday that Daiki Yamashita is playing Hiroshi. The website also revealed Nana Mizuki's role as Bōnyan. In addition, the website revealed the titles of Mizuki's theme...
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ANNCast - BERSERK vs. BERSERK vs. BERSERK

Zac and Lynzee make the terrible decision to put themselves through all three animated versions of Kentaro Miura's classic, screaming, bloody, sexually violent BERSERK! Plus some other stuff. ― ANNCast 377 - BERSERK vs. BERSERK vs. BERSERK Zac and Lynzee grab their oversized swords and make the terrible decision to put themselves through all three animated versions of Kentaro Miura's classic screami...

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Anime/Manga/Game Industry Celebrates April Fool's Day 2020

It's that time of the year again: the cherry blossoms fall, and the April Fool's pranks fly. Japan's anime, manga and video game industries are fun-loving enough to participate in this tradition every year. Compared to previous years, there are fewer April Fool's Day projects. Companies, such as visual novel developer Key, chose to refrain out of consideration for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Az...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Anime's TV Broadcast Unveils 2 New Visuals

― The official Twitter account for Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, the new anime of Yoshiki Tanaka's epic science fiction novels Legend of the Galactic Heroes, unveiled two new visuals on Tuesday for the anime's new television airing. The visual features the story's two central characters, the Alliance admiral Yang Wen-li (left image below), and the Imperial admiral Reinhard von Lohen...
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Robocon Robot Comedy Franchise Gets Film on July 31

Kamen Rider's Hidenori Ishida helms Ganbareiwa!! Robocon with Super Sentai writer Yoshio Urasawa ― Toei announced on Wednesday that it is producing a new film based on Shotaro Ishinomori's Robocon robot coemdy franchise titled Ganbareiwa!! Robocon. The film will open in Japan on July 31, and it will include MX4D screenings. The new film is the first entry in the franchise in 20 years, since the Moero...
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Viz Media Licenses Super Mario Bros. Manga Mania Volume

Book collects stories from 29 years of Yukio Sawada's Super Mario-kun manga ― Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it has licensed Super Mario Bros. Manga Mania, a volume of selected stories from Yukio Sawada's Super Mario-kun manga. Viz's announcement has a late 2020 release date for the volume, and Amazon lists the volume with a December 8 release date. The volume, titled Super Mario-kun Kessakusen ...
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Aniplex Establishes New 'Boundary' 3D CG Animation Subsidiary

Producer Akira Shimizu is new company's president ― Aniplex, Sony Music Entertainment's wholly owned subsidiary for anime planning and production, announced on Wednesday that it has founded its own subsidiary company named Boundary. The new company will focus on 3D CG animation, and will "take on a challenge of transcending the boundaries of 3D CG and cel animation." Aniplex producer Akira Shimizu is...
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One Piece Announces Plans to Return to Universal Studios Japan This Summer

Schedule is subject to change; park is closed until April 12 due to COVID-19 ― The Universal Studios Japan theme park is currently closed until April 12 due to concerns over the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), but One Piece is looking ahead to this summer, announcing the return of the One Piece Premier Show and Sanji's Pirate Restaurant to the park's lineup. One Piece's official website did, howe...
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Misaki Sako's SSSS.Gridman Spinoff Manga Reveals Title, May 2 Launch

Shinseiki Chūgakusei no Shitsuji Cafe manga centers on Neon Genesis Junior High Students as butlers ― The official Twitter account for Akita Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed the title and launch date for Misaki Sako's manga spinoff of Trigger's SSSS.Gridman anime on Monday. The manga, titled Shinseiki Chūgakusei no Shitsuji Cafe (The Neon Genesis Junior High School Students' Butler ...
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Isekai Quartet 2 ‒ SEASON FINALE

The big running joke throughout most of the episode is that Ram turns out to be a phenomenally bad choice for playing the titular role of Cinderella.
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Evangelion Battlefields Smartphone Game Debuts on April 2

Game was originally slated for March 26 release ― The official Twitter account for Evangelion Battlefields, Mobcast's smartphone game for the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise, announced on Monday that the game will debut on April 2. The game was originally slated to launch on Thursday, March 26, but was delayed. The game will be set in Tokyo-3, and will feature various Evangelion units in combat aga...
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Kiramager's Rio Komiya, Writer/Actor Kankuro Kudo Diagnosed With COVID-19

Toei Studios closed for disinfection ― The staff of Mashin Sentai Kiramager, the 44th television series in Toei's Super Sentai franchise, announced at a TV Asahi press conference on Tuesday that Rio Komiya, who plays the show's protagonist Jūru Atsuta/Kirama Red, has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Komiya reported on March 24 that he had lost his sense of taste. Other cast...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 87

Through all the ups and downs of MHA's fourth season I've known there was a bridge we'd have to cross eventually. It's time to talk about a certain father.
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Void Terrarium Game Heads West in July

Story trailer streamed for RPG shipping in N. America on July 14, Europe on July 10, Oceania on July 17 ― NIS America announced on Tuesday that it will release Nippon Ichi Software's new void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium (void tRrLM(); //void teRraLiuM) game for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in North America on July 14, Europe on July 10, and Oceania on July 17. The company began streaming a sto...
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Comiket 98 Catalog Briefly Tops Amazon JP Sales Rankings

Organizers asked fans to support Comiket by buying catalog after event's cancellation due to COVID-19 concerns ― Following the cancellation of this year's Comic Market (Comiket 98) dojinshi convention, Gadget News reported that the Comic Market 98 Catalog briefly became the bestselling book on Amazon Japan on Saturday. Due to the fact that the catalog was already being printed and manufactured when t...
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Pokémon GO Game to Offer Raids From Home Due to COVID-19

North American, World Pokémon Championships canceled ― Smartphone game developer Niantic revealed on its official blog on Monday that Pokémon GO players will soon be able to participate in Raid Battles with friends from home. The smartphone game's official website added on Tuesday that the distance from which players can interact with Gyms is also temporarily doubled. The update is part of Niantic's ...
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In/Spectre ‒ SERIES FINALE

All stories must come to an end, and this tale of the Steel Lady is no exception.
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Funimation to Stream Bungo & Alchemist Anime in Spring

OLM's anime of game about great authors reborn to protect literature premieres on April 3 ― Funimation announced on Tuesday that it will stream Bungo and Alchemist -Gears of Judgement- (Bungō to Alchemist: Shinpan no Haguruma), the television anime of DMM Games' Bungō to Alchemist game as part of the spring 2020 season in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Ireland. The anime will premiere on TV Tokyo on...
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One-Punch Man Artist's 10-Year-Old Daughter Is a Talented Artist Herself

Manga artist Yūsuke Murata is known for his incredible art and legendary two-page spreads for works like One-Punch Man and Eyeshield 21. It appears that his 10-year-old daughter has also inherited his knack for art, judging by the artwork he's been attributing to her on Twitter. 10歳の娘が漫画描き始めた。楽しんで描いてくれい。 pic.twitter.com/29sRwOoccU— 村田雄介 (@NEBU_KURO) March 27, 2020 The daughter is also apparently a...
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Hentai Manga Publisher Fakku Subscription Content is Free For Two Weeks

Adult manga publisher FAKKU announced on Monday that all subscription content on its site will be free for the next two weeks. According to their notice, this includes "over 150,000 pages" of manga. "As the world continues to practice social distancing to fight the spread of COVID-19, we must come together and stay inside," the publisher wrote on Twitter. The announcement caused a surge in traffic...
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Isekai Quartet Anime Gets Sequel

2nd season's final episode aired on Wednesday ― The 12th and final episode of the Isekai Quartet 2 anime revealed on Wednesday that the series is getting a sequel. The anime is a crossover series between the Re:Zero, Overlord, Konosuba, and The Saga of Tanya the Evil franchises. Isekai Quartet 2 also features characters from The Rising of the Shield Hero franchise. The anime's second season premiered...
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My Room Is a Dungeon Rest Stop GN 1

There isn't quite enough material in the first volume of this rather thin premise available yet to determine whether or not this is going to be a worthwhile title to follow. ― The manga version of My Room is a Dungeon Rest Stop is an adaptation of a web novel of the same name; I can find no indication that it has ever been published in print, however, and the web novel does not seem to be legally ava...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 150

The Mujina Gang sets their plan into motion and Tento finds himself in mortal peril as Boruto's latest adventure heats up.
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Sentai Filmworks Adds My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime's 3rd Season

New season gets spring streaming, home video release in English ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it has licensed My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Kan) — the third season of the television anime of Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light novel series. The...
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I★CHU Idol Anime Reveals Cast, Character Visuals

Golden Kamuy's Hitoshi Nanba directs series at Lay-duce ― The official website for I★CHU: Halfway Through The Idol, the television anime adaptation of Liber Entertainment Inc.'s I★CHU smartphone game, revealed cast members and character visuals for four units on Tuesday. The cast members, all returning from the game, include: (left to right in images below) F∞F Yūichi Iguchi as Kanata Minato KENN as ...
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Dropkick on my Devil! Manga Gets Smartphone Game

Trailer previews "casual idle RPG" ― Yukiwo's Dropkick on My Devil! (Jashin-chan Dropkick) manga is inspiring the "casual idle RPG" Jashin-chan Dropkick ~Jinbōchō Hōchi Daisakusen~ (Dropkick on my Devil! Jinbōchō Idle Great Mission) for smartphones. Pre-registration offering in-game rewards is available now. Game creator Memory began streaming a trailer. The game will feature an original story, PvP, ...
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Jiro Taniguchi's The Walking Man Manga Gets Live-Action Series

Series starring Arata Iura premieres on April 5 ― NHK announced on Monday that it is producing a live-action series adaptation of Jiro Taniguchi's The Walking Man (Aruku Hito) manga that will premiere on April 5 on NHK BS4K. Arata Iura (seen below) is starring as the story's unnamed protagonist. One new episode will debut on the first Sunday of every month. Ponent Mon and Fanfare published the manga ...
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Ranjō Miyake Draws Sequel to 'Pet' Manga

Sequel manga 'fish' launches this winter, centers on future of pets ― The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of the Remaster Edition of Ranjō Miyake's Pet manga revealed on Monday that the Miyake is drawing a sequel titled fish. The manga will focus on the future lives of the story's "pets," in particular Hiroki, Tsukasa, and Satoru. The series will debut in Kadokawa's Month...

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To Your Eternity TV Anime Reveals 1st Promo Video, Staff

Naruto Shippūden's Masahiko Murata directs series at Brain's Base ― An official website for the television anime adaptation of Yoshitoki Oima's To Your Eternity (Fumetsu no Anata e) manga opened on Tuesday and revealed the first promotional video, staff, and main character visuals. Masahiko Murata (Naruto Shippūden, Baby Steps) is directing the anime at Brain's Base. Shinzō Fujita (Shin Megami Tensei...
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Saudi Arabia's Manga Productions, Toei Animation Reveal Future's Folktales Animated Series

Arabian folklore series stars Masako Nozawa, Naomi Ōzora, Sachiko Kojima, Megumi Urawa ― Saudi Arabian media company Manga Productions revealed on Monday that it and Toei Animation are collaborating on a new animated television series titled Future's Folktales (Asatir: Mirai no Mukashibanashi) that will premiere in Japan on J Tele on April 4, and it will have 13 episodes. The series' story is set in ...
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Magical Beast Sherbert Anime Series Casts Kappei Yamaguchi as Sherbert

Jewelpet Twinkle's Takashi Yamamoto directs anime at ZEXCS ― The official Twitter account for the anime series based on K-LINE's Sherbert (Mahō Shojū Sherbert) character began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video confirms that Kappei Yamaguchi will voice the titular character Sherbert. Yamaguchi previously narrated the video announcing the anime last year. 「魔法少獣シャーベット」PV第...
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Mamoru Oshii's VladLove Anime Casts Rina Hidaka

Anime invites viewers to guess voice for Chihiro Chimatsuri character ― The official website for Ichigo Animation and Mamoru Oshii's new anime series Vladlove revealed on Tuesday that Rina Hidaka will voice the character Mai Vlad Transylvania. It posted a subtitled video previewing Transylvania's voice, and also posted another video last week inviting viewers to guess the voice actress for the charac...
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Studio Colorido's Original Anime Film Nakitai Watashi wa Neko o Kaburu Reveals More Cast

Minako Kotobuki, Kensho Ono, Susumu Chiba, Ayako Kawasumi, Sayaka Ohara, Daisuke Namikawa join cast ― Studio Colorido announced additional cast members and two new stills for its second feature-length anime film Nakitai Watashi wa Neko o Kaburu (Wanting to Cry, I Pretend to Be a Cat) on Tuesday. The newly announced cast members include: Minako Kotobuki as Yoriko Fukase, Muge's close friend Kensho Ono...
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Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Anime Gets Stage Play in July

Yūki Wakai reprises role in play, alongside actors from Nagoya entertainment groups ― The official website for Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki 2 Satsume ⁠— the second season of the television anime of Masaki Ando's Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki (Yatogame-chan Observation Diary) four-panel manga ⁠— announced on Sunday that the anime is inspiring a stage play adaptation that will run at Nagoya's Telepia Ha...
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Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san Manga About Kyoto's Geisha Quarter Gets Anime

Aiko Koyama's Sunday Sunday manga about cook in Kyoto geisha lodge ― The public television broadcaster NHK announced on Tuesday that Aiko Koyama's Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san (Makanai in the Maiko Lodge) manga is inspiring an anime. NHK will reveal more details about the anime at a later date. It is also streaming a promotional video on its website. The manga's story is set in Kyoto's "hanamachi" ge...
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Psycho-Pass 3 First Inspector Film Debuts at #8

Kamen Rider Zi-O Next Time: Geiz, Majesty jumps to #1 in mini-theater ranking in 5th weekend ― The Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector film opened at #8 at the Japanese box office. The film opened in Japan on March 27 and is screening for only two weeks on 35 theaters in Japan. However, several of those theaters in the central Kanto region, including all but one theater in Tokyo, were closed this weekend ...

Funimation Streams Tamayomi: The Baseball Girls Anime

Stream premieres on Wednesday ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will stream the television anime of Mountain Pukuichi's Tamayomi manga as it airs in Japan with the title Tamayomi: The Baseball Girls. The stream will debut on Wednesday. Funimation describes the anime: The series follows pitcher Yomi Takeda who, after a failed attempt at climbing the ladder in a junior high baseball tournament, ...
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Umibe no Étranger Boys-Love Anime Film Reveals Cast, Staff, September 11 Opening

Taishi Murata, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka star in Akiyo Ohashi, Studio Hibari film ― The official website for the anime film adaptation of Kanna Kii's Umibe no Étranger (L'étranger du Plage or The Stranger on the Beach) manga revealed the anime's cast, staff, and September 11 opening date. Taishi Murata will play Shin Hashimoto, while Yoshitsugu Matsuoka will play Mio Chibana. As previously announced, Akiyo...
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Interspecies Reviewers ‒ SERIES FINALE

The final episode goes out on a high note by delivering more excellent examples of world-building and delivering on one joke that it has been setting up all season but you might surprise you.
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22/7 ‒ SERIES FINALE

The finale concluded the series in pretty much the exact way anyone would have suspected, with very little in the way of surprise or ambition to be found.
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Funimation to Stream Kingdom Anime's 3rd Season in Spring

3rd season premieres in Japan on April 5 ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will stream the Kingdom anime's third television series as part of the spring 2020 season in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Ireland. The third season of the anime of Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom manga will premiere on NHK General on April 5 at 24:15 (effectively, April 6 at 12:15 a.m.). Previously revealed new cast members ...
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story ‒ SEASON FINALE

The biggest issue is that this finale resolves basically none of the narrative threads it set up, choosing to revel in fanservice and cliffhangers galore.
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Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Ships 'Far Earlier Than Usual' in Europe, Australia

― Square Enix producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Tetsuya Nomura announced on Monday that the Final Fantasy VII Remake game will ship "far earlier than usual" to Europe and Australia. Customers in these regions have a greater chance of obtaining the game prior to the April 10 release date. Square Enix will ship the game this week to other Western regions, including the Americas. Kitase and Nomura...
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'The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me?' Anime Has 12 Episodes

― The official website for the television anime of Y.A.'s Hachinantte Sore wa Nai Deshō! (The 8th son? Are you kidding me?) light novel series announced on Sunday that the anime will get a Blu-ray Disc box with 12 episodes on August 26. The box will bundle a booklet that includes a new "novel" by original author Y.A. and the four-panel manga "Shinnyū Shain Wendelin" (New Employee Wendelin). The rele...
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Haikyu!! To The Top ‒ Episode 12

In some ways, Hoshiumi represents who Hinata could have been. He's not precisely bitter about his height, but he definitely resents being defined by it.
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Funimation to Stream Gal & Dino Anime in Spring

Anime premieres in Japan on Saturday ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will begin streaming the Gal & Dino anime as part of the spring 2020 season in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Ireland. The television anime adaptation of Moriko Mori and Cota Tomimura's Gal to Kyōryū manga will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on Saturday at 25:00 (effectively Sunday at 1:00 a.m.). The series will then premie...
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GKIDS, Shout! Factory to Release Tokyo Godfathers Anime Film on BD

Satoshi Kon's film gets 1st BD release, including "Ohayo" short bonus ― GKIDS and Shout! Factory announced on Monday that they will release Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers film on Blu-ray Disc and BD/DVD combo pack on June 2. The release will be the film's first on Blu-ray Disc, and it will also be available with both an English dub and the original Japanese audio for the first time. The anime film wi...
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T ‒ Episode 9

Like most episodes of this franchise, episode 9 has a lot going on, though in this case it's mostly little pieces of the bigger picture than any major events.
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Ōgaki City Produces 2 Promotional Anime Shorts

― The Ōgaki City in Gifu Prefecture was previously the setting of the acclaimed Kyoto Animation film A Silent Voice. Now the city is producing its own anime shorts in a bid to boost tourism. The two videos were posted on Pony Canyon's YouTube channel on Monday. The first short is titled "Gakitabi! ~Seishun Oshiro-hen~" (Journey to Ōgaki! Youth Castle Chapter), and features an explanation of the hist...
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Tower of God Anime's Extended Trailer Streamed

Crunchyroll Originals series debuts streaming on April 1 ― Crunchyroll began streaming an extended trailer for the television anime adaptation of Korean creator SIU's Tower of God manhwa on Monday. The series will debut on Crunchyroll on April 1 at 10:30 AM EDT. The anime will premiere in Japan on the same day at 24:30 JST (effectively April 2 at 12:30 a.m.). The website teased the anime would also h...
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New Article Filter for Covid-19 Related News

Find all the news related to Covid-19 ― ANN has added a new feature today, a temporary article filter that can be used to filter our articles for content that is currently of increased interest to our readers. The current Covid-19 crisis is the first time we are using this feature, however in the future the filter will be updated when a new topic of increased concern emerges. You will be able to use ...

Digital Media Rights' RetroCrush Anime Streaming Service Launches With Classic Anime Titles

Creamy Mami, Wicked City, Urusei Yatsura 2, Virtua Fighter more launch on new service ― Digital Media Rights, the parent company of the AsianCrush and Midnight Pulp streaming services, has confirmed with ANN that it has launched a new anime streaming service called RetroCrush. The new service also began streaming a promotional video. RetroCrush - Watch Classic Anime | Available on iTunes, Google Play...
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SCP Foundation: Iris of the Mirror World

This sci-fi novel's strength is in its relatively smooth melding together of a lot of strange stuff and one substantial (yet also sensical) twist towards the end. ― A lot of light novels are either directly derivative of, or at least borrow ideas from, other works in either the same medium or related ones. However, I'm not sure that I have ever previously come across a light novel with a pedigree lik...
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Avex, Sony Music, Kojima Production Employees Diagnosed With COVID-19

Companies monitor employee health, sanitize offices ― Avex, Sony Music Entertainment, and Kojima Productions have all announced since Saturday that an employee at each company has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Avex announced on Saturday that one employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19, and the company is taking precautions related to the diagnosis. Avex is tracking the...
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Smartphone Game Developer Colopl Acquires MAGES.

Chiyomaru Shikura purchased company from Kadokawa subsidiary in July ― Game developer Colopl announced on Monday that it has purchased all shares of multimedia company MAGES. from the company CHIYOMARU STUDIO, and MAGES. is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Colopl. Game director and developer Chiyomaru Shikura, representative director for both MAGES. and CHIYOMARU STUDIO, released a statement about th...

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Tokyo Olympics Announce July 2021 Opening

― NHK reported on Monday that Tokyo government officials have stated that the Tokyo Olympics will open on July 23, 2021, followed by the Paralympic Games on August 24. According to the officials, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tokyo Games organizing committee, and Tokyo Metropolitan and Japanese governments agreed to the schedule. The Tokyo Olympics were originally scheduled for July 24 ...
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Man-gatarō's Hoshi no Ōji-sama Manga Ends

Manga's 6th volume ships in June ― Manga creator Man-gatarō (Gatarō Man) ended his Hoshi no Ōji-sama manga with the 39th chapter on Monday. The manga's sixth and final compiled book volume will ship this June. The manga previously ended with the 34th chapter last August, but then resumed again with a new chapter last September. Man-gatarō launched the Hoshi no Ōji-sama manga on the Shonen Jump+ websi...
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Tokyo Tarareba Girls Manga Gets Live-Action TV Special This Summer

Main cast, staff of 2017 live-action series return for special ― NTV announced on Monday that Akiko Higashimura's Tokyo Tarareba Girls (Tokyo Tarareba Musume) manga will have a live-action special that will air this summer. Nana Eikura, Yuriko Yoshitaka, and Yuko Oshima (left to right in image below) reprise their roles from the manga's 2017 live-action series as Kaori, Rinko, and Koyuki, respectivel...

Japan to Extend Entry Ban to U.S., China, S. Korea, Most of Europe

Japanese comedian Ken Shimura passes away due to pneumonia from COVID-19 The Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported on Monday that the Japanese government plans to deny entry into the country for foreign nationals coming from the United States, China, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and most of Europe. Foreign nationals who have traveled to these territories up to two weeks before arriving in Japan will...
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Haikyu!! To The Top Anime Unveils New Visual

― The official website for Haikyu!! To The Top, the fourth season of the Haikyu!! anime, unveiled a new visual for the anime on Monday. The anime premiered in Japan on January 10. The series will air from January until April 3, and will then continue on for a second cours (quarter of a year) in July 2020, for a total of 25 episodes. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan. Burnout Syn...
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Kaneyoshi Izumi's Seiho Boys' High School! Shōjo Manga Gets Live-Action Show

July romantic comedy by Doubt! manga creator stars Naniwa Danshi idol group ― TV Tokyo announced on Monday that it is producing a live-action series adaptation of Kaneyoshi Izumi's Seiho Boys' High School! (Men's Kō) that will premiere in the channel's "Dramaholic!" block in July. Naomi Hiruta is penning the scripts. The members of the Kansai Johnny's Jr. male idol group Naniwa Danshi will star in th...
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Live-Action Boys-Love Film The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Adds 6 Cast Members

Yuki Sakurai, Kenichi Takita, Emi Wakui, Makita Sports, Michitaka Tsutsui, Shinya Niiro join film ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film of Tomoko Yamashita's The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window (Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru) boys-love manga revealed six additional cast members for the film on Monday. The additional cast members include: (Top row, left to right in image above...
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Fate/Grand Order Announces 'Final' Escape Room

Third in series of escape rooms will focus on the Grand Temple of Time Fate/Grand Order announced in its "Fate/Grand Order Chaldea Broadcaster: Provisional Light Edition" special program on Sunday that it will hold a third escape room starting in July. The escape room is titled "Singularity III FINAL: Escape from the Grand Temple of Time." Fate/Grand Order's official YouTube channel posted a video ...
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Slayers Releases Anime PV for 30th Anniversary Album

Album by Lina Inverse voice actress Megumi Hayashibara ships on March 25 ― Lina Inverse voice actress Megumi Hayashibara is releasing an album on March 25 to celebrate the Slayers light novel's 30th anniversary. King Amusement Creative released an animated PV for the album which compiles clips from throughout the anime's history. The PV previews the song "two thumbs up!" which was recorded specially ...
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Female Manga Artists Launch Women's Lifestyle Manga Anthology

Contributing artists include Kyōko Aiba, Sachi Narashima, Akira Hino, Togame, Rinen Takizawa ― LINE Manga launched its "Women's Lifestyle Anthology" on Monday. The weekly online manga anthology features comic essays on various themes such as cosmetics, skincare, and pregnancy. The first chapter is drawn by Kyōko Aiba (Toshishita Kareshi ni Semararetemasu) and tells her story as a manga artist who is ...
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Evangelion Snacks Come With Longinus Picks

Collaboration goods with snack brand Pino hits Japanese convenience stores from April 6 ― Ice cream snack brand Pino will start releasing limited-edition Evangelion packs in convenience stores around Japan from April 6. The packs will come with three picks: a regular one, a second with the face of Unit-01 printed on it, and a third in the shape of the Spear of Longinus. In addition, the outer packagi...
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Classic Children's Anime The Adventures of Gamba Gets 45th Anniversary Exhibit in April

"It's a rat year! Make a tail!" reads the delightfully punny English subtitle for The Adventures of Gamba (Gamba no Bōken)'s 45th anniversary exhibit poster. The classic children's anime will hold the exhibit in the Ikebukuro Marui department store in Tokyo from April 16 to 29. In addition to displaying production materials from the time, it will also collaboration art by 15 creators. There will a...
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Animazement Suspends Convention Due to COVID-19 Concerns (Updated)

Sol Press halts physical production, Viz Media continues ― Animazement announced on Thursday that it is suspending this year's conventions due to policies related to the ongoing spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). North Carolina's governor issued an executive order banning mass gatherings of more than 50 people, and Raleigh Convention Center is closed through May 31. The convention's st...
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Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- TV Anime's Video Unveils Staff, July Debut

With A-1 Pictures, Symphogear/Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's director Katsumi Ono, Black Butler designer Minako Shiba ― The official website and Twitter account for Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Rhyme Anima, the television anime of the Hypnosis Mic mixed-media franchise, posted a promotional video and key visual on Sunday. The video, which first played during the "Hypnosis Mic -D.R.B- 5th Live @ AbemaTV" event,...

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Masami Kurumada's Otoko-Zaka Manga Ends Latest Arc, Starts New Arc in Early Summer

Latest arc launched in February ― Manga creator Masami Kurumada ended the "Takeshima Honjin-hen" (Takeshima Stronghold Arc) of his Otoko-Zaka manga on the Shonen Jump+ app and website with its seventh chapter on Sunday. The chapter announced that a new arc titled "Honjin Shitō-hen" (Stronghold Death Struggle Arc) will launch in early summer. Kuramada launched the latest arc on the website and app on ...
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Sazae-san Is 1st Anime to Win Hashida Prize

Anime's new opening sequence in April to be set in Tokyo for 1st time in 10 years Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web news website reported on Sunday that the Sazae-san anime series is the first anime to win the Hashida Prize. The anime won the 28th Hashida Prize for serving as a "national program" of Japan. The live-action Natsuzora television series about the early Japanese animation industry also won ...
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Square Enix Announces NieR Re[in]carnation Smartphone Game

Applibot develops free-to-play game for NieR franchise ― Square Enix announced a smartphone game in the NieR video game franchise on Sunday titled NieR Re[in]carnation. Square Enix revealed a teaser video and visual for the game. The video features English text, but Square Enix has not yet confirmed if the game will release outside of Japan. The role-playing game will be free to play, with optional i...
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NieR Replicant Action RPG's Remaster Gets Confirmed Western Release

Toylogic develops upgraded version of 2010 game ― Square Enix confirmed on Sunday that it will release NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139..., the remastered version of Cavia and Square Enix's NieR Replicant game, in the West. Square Enix will release the remaster for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam). Toylogic is developing the game, which will be a higher-quality version using the original g...

Studio DEEN Produces 5-Minute 'Samurai & Shogun' Short for Rick and Morty Animated Series

Kaichi Sato directs, writes short featuring Japanese dialogue ― Adult Swim began streaming a five-minute "Samurai & Shogun" animated short on Saturday for the Rick and Morty animated television series. Anime studio Studio DEEN produced the short. Staff members include director and scriptwriter Kaichi Sato, producer Koji Iijima, and executive producer Maki Terashima-Furuta (President of Production I.G...
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Strike the Blood IV OVA Series Previewed in Promo Video

1st of 6 home video releases ships on April 8 ― Warner Bros. began streaming a promotional video on Saturday for Strike the Blood IV, the fourth OVA series for the Strike the Blood franchise. The first two-episode home video release will ship on April 8, after a delay. The remaining five volumes (each with two episodes) will ship as planned on June 24; September 30; December 23; March 24, 2021; and J...
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NieR Replicant Action RPG Gets Remastered Release for PS4, Xbox One, PC

New version of game to be fully voiced with some re-recorded dialogue ― Square Enix announced on Sunday that Cavia and Square Enix's NieR Replicant game is getting a new release titled NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam). Toylogic is developing the game, which will be a higher-quality version using the original game as a base. The new version of the gam...
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One Piece Anime Announces 1st Orchestral Concert in June

Concert on June 20 commemorates composer Kōhei Tanaka's 40-year musical career ― The One Piece anime will hold its first ever orchestral concert in Tokyo's Suntory Hall on June 20. The concert commemorates the 40th anniversary of the anime composer Kōhei Tanaka's musical career, and the soundtrack will be performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Iconic theme songs such as "We Are!", "We Go!", a...
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Sanrio Theme Park Keeps Hope Alive During Pandemic Closure

― The Sanrio Puroland theme park is home to the mascot company's most iconic characters, but like many businesses in Japan and abroad, it's had to close its doors amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The park won't open its doors any sooner than early April but staff released two emotional videos for fans starring Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Little Twin Stars. In the first video, Hello Kitty asks the...
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Iconic A Certain Scientific Railgun Theme Song 'Only My Railgun' Gets 2020 Version

'fripSide infinite video clips 2009-2020' music video compilation blu-ray ships on April 1 ― fripSide's iconic theme song for the first season of A Certain Scientific Railgun "Only My Railgun" first released in 2009. Over ten years later, it's getting a new arrangement and a music video that will be included in the "fripSide infinite video clips 2009-2020" music video compilation Blu-ray. In anticipa...
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NHK Launches Evangelion Mega Poll

Voting for best character, line, Eva, Angel will run until April 29 ― Straight off the heels of its Final Fantasy poll last month, Japan's national television broadcaster NHK has announced its "All Evangelion Mega Poll" with categories for best character, line, Eva, and Angel. Voting on NHK's website will run from March 27 to April 29. The results will be announced in a program on NHK BS Premium sche...
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Takeshobo's Manga Club Magazine Ends, Merges with Manga Life Magazine

Several manga to move to Takeshobo's other publications ― This year's May issue of Takeshobo's Manga Club magazine announced on Friday that the magazine has ended publication as of this issue. The magazine will merge with Takeshobo's Manga Life magazine starting next month. Yuka Santō's Hakata Joshi wa Kishin no Gotoku Ki ga Tsuyoka!?, Tae Sano's Morita-san wa Mukuchi​, and Akira Shinsenji's Tonari n...
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Aksys Games Releases Collar x Malice Switch Game in June, Collar x Malice Unlimited in August

1st run of game's physical edition includes character cards ― Aksys Games announced on Wednesday that it will ship the Collar x Malice game for Nintendo Switch in June and the Collar x Malice Unlimited game for Switch in August in North America. The first run of the Collar x Malice physical edition will include a set of character cards. Aksys Games describes the game: A terrorist organization's bruta...

Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Anime Confirms 2nd Season

13th episode ends with teaser for next season "coming soon" ― The 13th episode of the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story television anime ended on Sunday with a teaser preview video that confirmed a second season is in the works and "coming soon." 【🎊第2シリーズ制作進行中🎊】TVアニメ「マギアレコード 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ外伝」第13話ご覧いただきありがとうございました!そして、第2シリーズ制作進行中✨ここでは、予告を大公開🎉第2シリーズもお楽しみに!#マギレコ pic.twitter.com/NqZGASgwpr—...
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Arc of Alchemist Game Gets Physical Release in the West

― Idea Factory International announced on Friday that Compile Heart's Arc of Alchemist role-playing game will get a physical release in the West. The company, in collaboration with Limited Run Games, will open pre-orders for the game's physical edition on the Nintendo Switch on March 31. Idea Factory International will sell the PlayStation 4 version's physical edition on its online store at a later ...
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Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town Switch Game Launches in N. America This Summer

Announcement trailer previews gameplay ― XSEED Games announced on Friday that it will release Marvelous' Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (Bokujō Monogatari: Saikai no Mineral Town) game for Nintendo Switch in North America this summer. The company streamed an announcement trailer: The game is a full remake of the Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town and Harvest Moon: More Friends of Minera...

Strike Witches: Road to Berlin TV Anime's 2nd Video Reveals October Premiere

Luminous Witches cast also previews music video for 1st single "Flying Skyhigh" ― The official website for the World Witches franchise posted the second promotional video and a key visual for the Dai-501 Tōgō Sentō Kōkū-dan Strike Witches: Road to Berlin (501st Joint Fighter Wing Strike Witches: Road to Berlin) television anime series on Saturday. The video reveals that the anime will premiere in Oct...
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GKIDS Streams 18 Films for Free on Kanopy Library, University Service Including 3 Anime Films

A Letter to Momo, Patema Inverted, Welcome to the Space Show, Kingdom of Dreams and Madness stream on service ― GKIDS announced on Thursday that it has added 18 of its films to the Kanopy service for free, including the anime films A Letter to Momo, Patema Inverted, and Welcome to the Space Show, and the Studio Ghibli documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. To access the films, viewers must go...
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Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- side D.H & B.A.T Manga Launches in April

New manga focuses on Osaka, Nagoya divisions ― Kodansha announced on Saturday that its Magazine Pocket app will start a new manga in the Hypnosis Mic franchise titled Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- side D.H & B.A.T on April 10. The manga will center on the Osaka Division Dotsuitare Hompo and Nagoya Division Bad Ass Temple. Kikō Aiba is drawing the manga and Yūichirō Momose is writing the scenario...
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Moto Hagio's Latest The Poe Clan Manga Resumes in June

Poe no Ichizoku: Himitsu no Hanazono manga launched last May ― The May issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine announced on Saturday that it will resume Poe no Ichizoku: Himitsu no Hanazono (The Poe Clan: The Secret Garden), a new arc in Moto Hagio's Poe no Ichizoku (The Poe Clan) manga, in the August issue on June 27. The magazine's July issue will also publish a spinoff chapter on May 28. Th...
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Sand Chronicles' Hinako Ashihara Ends Bread & Butter Manga

Manga about woman who proposes to baker launched in 2013 ― The May issue of Shueisha's Cocohana magazine published the final chapter in the main story of Hinako Ashihara's Bread & Butter manga on Saturday. The manga will also have a bonus story at a later date. Ashihara launched the manga in Cocohana in 2013. Shueisha published the manga's ninth volume on November 25. The manga centers on 34-year-old...
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Mary Skelter Finale Game Announced for PS4, Switch

Teaser movie streamed for new entry in 3D dungeon-crawler game launching on August 27 ― Compile Heart, Dengeki Bunko, and Dengeki PlayStation revealed the new Kangokutō Mary Skelter Finale 3D dungeon-crawler game on Thursday. The game will ship for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on August 27. The companies began streaming a teaser movie for the game on Saturday. The game will also include an "adve...
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Yuriko Asami's Angel Beats! -The Last Operation- Manga Ends 1st Part

Manga's "next season" has release this fall ― The fourth compiled volume of Yuriko Asami's Angel Beats! -The Last Operation- manga revealed on Friday that the manga's "first part" ended with the volume. The manga volume also teased that it will have a "next season" with a release this fall. Asami launched the manga in Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Comic magazine in August 2017. As with Angel Beats!: Heaven'...
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Absolute Duo Manga Artist Shinichirou Nariie Launches 'See You Tomorrow, at the Food Court' Manga

Manga centers on 2 very different high school girls who meet every day at a food court ― Kadokawa's Comic Newtype manga website launched a new manga by Shinichirou Nariie titled Food Court de, Mata Ashita. (See You Tomorrow, at the Food Court) on the site on March 10. The manga centers on two high school students who meet every day at a food court to hang out together. One is an honor student who giv...
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Fairy Tail: Happy's Heroic Adventure Manga Ends on April 2

Kodansha Comics releases spinoff by Kenshiro Sakamoto in English ― Manga creator Kenshiro Sakamoto revealed on his Twitter account on Thursday that he will end the Fairy Tail: Happy's Heroic Adventure (Fairy Tail: Happy no Daibōken) spinoff manga in its next chapter on April 2. Sakamoto launched the manga on Kodansha's Magazine Pocket manga app in July 2018. Kodansha shipped the fourth volume on Octo...
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Takako Shimura's 'Sayonara, Otokonoko' Manga Ends in 3rd Volume 

Manga about man who suddenly wakes up in body of child self launched in 2016 ― Takako Shimura posted on Twitter on Friday that her Sayonara, Otokonoko (Farewell, Boy) manga will end in its third volume. Shimura launched the manga in Libre Publishing's Be x Boy magazine in May 2016. Libre Publishing published the second volume in November 2018. The manga centers on 25-year-old theater actor Kana Ashis...
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OZMAFIA!! -vivace- Game Gets Switch Port in Japan on July 23

Game inspired anime shorts in 2016 ― Nippon Ichi Software announced on Saturday that it will release the OZMAFIA!! -vivace- game for the Nintendo Switch on July 23. The new port will feature an original short story by Yūmasu, who is credited with the original work on the game. Poni-Patchet released the original visual novel game in 2013 on PC, and released a PlayStation Vita port titled OZMAFIA!! -vi...
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Anime Tamago 2020 Shorts Stream Online for Free in Japan (Updated)

3 shorts for this year's project stream until April 30 ― Update: The linked shorts seem to be only viewable in Japan. ANN's original article is below. The Anime Tamago project's website began streaming all three anime in the Anime Tamago 2020 slate on Friday. The three anime are streaming in one video, as part of an overall two-hour video that also includes roundtable talks with guests. The three ani...
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Rie Takahashi, Shunsuke Takeuchi Perform Themes for Bakugan: Armored Alliance Anime

Anime premieres in Japan on April 3 ― The official website for Bakugan: Armored Alliance, the second season of the Bakugan: Battle Planet anime series, announced on Saturday that cast member Rie Takahashi (Dan Kūsō) will perform the opening theme song "Planet Hero," and cast member Shunsuke Takeuchi (Dragonoid) will perform the ending theme song "Go! Bakugan Blow!". The anime will premiere online in ...
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Resident Evil 3 Remake Game's Trailer Highlights Jill Valentine

Resident Evil: Resistance online game to add Jill Valentine as playable character ― The official YouTube channel for the Resident Evil series began streaming on Friday a trailer for CAPCOM's remake of the Resident Evil 3 survival horror game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. The video highlights Jill Valentine. A future update for the game will add Jill Valentine as a playable character ...
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Crunchyroll Pauses English Dub Releases, Lists Premiere Dates for More Spring Anime

Company reveals dates for Fruits Basket 2nd Season, Tower of God, 2nd half of Ascendance of a Bookworm ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it is changing its schedule for the production of its English-dubbed anime "to ensure the safety of the Crunchyroll team." The company is still working on pre- and post-production for its English dubs, but is pausing all recording "for the foreseeable future." ...
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Netflix's Castlevania Animated Show Gets 4th Season

10-episode 3rd season premiered on March 5 ― Netflix announced on Twitter that Adi Shankar's Castlevania animated series is getting a fourth season. pic.twitter.com/ZuPyKxGRDF— NX (@NXOnNetflix) March 27, 2020 The third season premiered on March 5 with 10 episodes. The first four-episode season premiered worldwide on Netflix in July 2017. The second eight-episode season premiered worldwide on Netflix...
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Psycho-Pass 3 First Inspector Anime Footage Featured in Cö shu Nie's Ending Theme Music Video (Updated)

Film debuted in theaters in Japan, on Amazon Prime Video in U.S./U.K/Japan on Friday ― The rock band Cö shu Nie began streaming a short teaser version of the music video for "red strand," the ending theme song of the Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector film, on Friday. This version features footage from the film. Cö shu Nie released the song's digital single on Friday. Cö shu Nie also performed the Psycho...

Funimation to Stream New Sakura Wars, Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2, The Millionaire Detective Anime

Funimation to dub both seasons of Kaguya-sama Love is War anime ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will stream the Sakura Wars the Animation (Shin Sakura Taisen the Animation), the second season of the Kaguya-sama: Love is War anime, and The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED (Fugō Keiji Balance: Unlimited) as part of the spring 2020 season. Funimation reports that Kaguya-sama: Love is ...
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Smile Down the Runway ‒ SERIES FINALE

I expected a shake-up in the season finale of Smile Down the Runway, but the episode played out like a bombshell.
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Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun ‒ SERIES FINALE

I'm not ready to say goodbye to Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun yet, and especially not like this, with so much left undone.
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Infinite Dendrogram ‒ Episode 11

You get a backstory! And you get a backstory! Hot off the heels of so many other Secret Origins last week, this episode kicks off with the history of everyone's favorite (?) monster pimp, Rook.
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Nikkei: Gloomy Times Ahead for Japanese Anime Industry as China Puts Focus on Domestic Animation

"[China] can easily offer three times the annual salary an animator would get in Japan, so there will probably be more cases of Japanese talent going overseas." ― Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei posted an editorial on its online site on Tuesday discussing the effects of China's recent pivot to its domestic animation industry. Although China was the country with the most contracts with the Japanes...
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If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die ‒ SERIES FINALE

It becomes apparent that I could talk forever about all the things this episode surprised me by doing so right.
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Science-Fiction Author Hiroshi Yamamoto Reports Cerebral Infarction

Author: Treat Project Piano novel as his "last will and testament" as "hard sci-fi writer" ― Publisher Hayakawa Shobo published on Thursday the afterword by Hiroshi Yamamoto in the new edition of his Project Piano novel, where Yamamoto revealed that he has been suffering from cerebral infarction, and enjoins readers to treat the novel as his "last will and testament" as a "hard sci-fi writer." Yamamo...
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Dropout Idol Fruit Tart TV Anime's 1st Video Unveils More Staff, July Premiere

MONACA scores anime about up-and-coming idol unit with nothing to lose ― The official website for the television anime of Sou Hamayumiba's Dropout Idol Fruit Tart (Ochikobore Fruit Tart) manga posted the anime's first promotional video on Saturday. The video and the website unveil the anime's July premiere, additional staff members, and character designs. The newly announced staff members are: Main A...
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Crying Freeman's Ryoichi Ikegami Launches New Manga Mini-Series

New manga will have 3 chapters; set 3 months after ending of Ikegami, Buronson's BEGIN manga ― This year's eighth issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine revealed on Friday that manga creator Ryoichi Ikegami (Crying Freeman) will launch a three-chapter manga mini-series titled Samayoeru Onna (Wandering Woman), with one new chapter for each new issue of the magazine, beginning with the magaz...
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New Sakura Wars Game's Combat Trailer Streamed

PS4 game ships in West on April 28 ― Sega of America began streaming a combat trailer for the new Sakura Wars game on Friday. The game will ship in the West on April 28. The physical Launch Edition will include the Theater Costume Add-on Bundle and a sticker set. The Digital Standard Editions will include an Imperial Combat Revue PS4 Dynamic Theme and Neko Ears Add-on Bundle. In addition to those two...
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May's Machi Asobi Vol.24 Event Canceled Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

Organizers in Tokushima City still planning on Vol. 25 this fall ― The organizers of the Machi Asobi anime and game event announced on Friday that they have canceled Machi Asobi Vol.24, which Tokushima City would have hosted in May. The organizers cited the safety of visitors and the staff as the highest priority during the ongoing spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The organizers are ...
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Kodansha Comics, Vertical Release Manga Digitally on izneo e-Comics Platform

2,000+ of Kodansha Comics, Vertical's works to launch on platform ― Kodansha Comics and Vertical announced on Friday that they are launching nearly their entire digital manga library on izneo, a European digital comics, manga, and webtoons distribution platform. The two publishers will feature 2,000 of their manga works in English, including manga such as Attack on Titan, Ghost in the Shell, Pretty G...
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