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One Piece Episode of Sabo BD+DVD

This TV special earns its place on the shelf of One Piece completionists, but doesn't offer much else for casual fans. Sam Leach has the details. ― The “One Piece: Episode of ______” series, which currently spans both TV specials and theatrical films, can be a frustrating endeavor at times. I can't say with any confidence that these movies are actually for anybody. Theoretically, they're recounts of ...

Kyoto Animation President Hatta Considers Demolishing 1st Studio Building, Building Public Park With Monument

Hatta: Support messages from around the world are "becoming our emotional support" ― Editor's Note: ANN's news team have decided not to publish the name of the suspect accused of arson, in order to focus our reporting on the victims. In addition, while one of the sources for this article gives the name of a victim (whose status is unknown), ANN's news team have chosen not to report on that name. We w...
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The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious Novel 1

This tongue-in-cheek take on isekai tropes for the kind of adventurer who quicksaves every five seconds brings warmth and heart to what could have been a cynical premise. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Of all of the self-aware isekai novels that seem to be the latest trend within the genre, The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious might take the cake. Narrated by the novice goddess Ristarte ...
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Interview: Square-Enix's Manga Manager Masaaki Shimizu

Square-Enix is getting into the American manga game in a very, very big way - our interview with their department manager has all of the details you need. ― In mid-May 2019, the manga publishing landscape in N. America shifted a bit, as Japanese game and book/magazine/manga publishing giant Square Enix announced that they would start their own dedicated English language publishing division, with prod...
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Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- BD+DVD

The full first season of this smash hit isekai series is finally available on Blu-ray! Rebecca Silverman breaks down just what makes Subaru's adventures so memorable. ― Before isekai stories became quite as ubiquitous as they presently are, Re: Zero, based on the light novels of the same name, took the concept of an ordinary guy being transported to a fantasy world and ripped off the plot armor. Unli...
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This Week in Games - Trying to Look Ahead

Heidi updates us on the latest iteration of the Nintendo Switch - plus EVO news and more. ― I need to be real with you all for a sec. It's really, really hard to write a chipper, semi-snarky game news article considering what just went down at Kyoto Animation. I'm hearing that this could be considered the worst mass murder in postwar Japanese history. Most of us reading have watched and enjoyed at le...
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Samurai Champloo Complete Series Blu-Ray

Fifteen years after its debut, how has Shinichiro Watanabe's classic hip hop samurai road trip aged in high definition? James Beckett has the answers. ― It's nearly impossible to talk about Samurai Champloo without discussing director Shinichiro Watanabe's more famous project, Cowboy Bebop. Both series are episodic action-adventure tales that seek to blend stylized Western influences into the Japanes...
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Shinkai's Weathering With You Film Earns 1.64 Billion Yen in 1st 3 Days

Film had 28.6% higher 3-day opening compared to your name. ― Makoto Shinkai's new film Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko) sold 1,159,020 tickets to earn 1,643,809,400 yen (about US$15.22 million) in its first three days. The film opened in 359 theaters and 448 screens in Japan last Friday, July 19. The film earned 28.6% more in its first three days compared to Shinkai's previous your name. film, which...
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 16

"Uo's rebellious years reflect a more classic anime struggle compared to the Somas' woes, but its nuanced attention to detail and heartfelt execution is what makes this familiar tale of a girl gone bad still feel special."
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Series Premiere: Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?—Episodes 1-2

"The comedy is hit-or-miss so far, but it's definitely been hitting more often than the average isekai."
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 16

"It's been weeks since Nezuko has done anything of significance, and her absence has left Tanjiro all alone as the beleaguered bastion of maturity in the cast."
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Series Premiere: Dr. Stone—Episodes 1-3

"Science is fun! If that simple phrase means something special to you, then Dr. Stone is right up your alley."
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Psycho-Pass Exhibit Provides Comprehensive Overview of Series So Far

A recent Psycho-Pass exhibit in the Tokyo Anime Center is the first large-scale exhibit for the series since the release of the three Sinners of the System movies in Japan. It provided a comprehensive overview of the first two TV anime seasons, the 2015 film, and the 2019 film trilogy in the lead up to the upcoming third TV anime season, and contains rough and key animation, art boards, scripts, c...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 894

"It might be too early to be making any bold statements about the Wano arc as a whole, but as of episode three, I'm ready to say that the anime adaptation has been a universal improvement on its source material."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 318

"We've still got a season's worth of episodes to fill, so the question becomes how much weight is going to be given to each plot point that lies ahead."
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Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Film Reveals End Credits Illustrations By Hollywood CG Art Director Sei Nakashima

The Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution film's official website and Twitter account revealed a selection of the end credits illustrations by Sei Nakashima, who was worked on art direction and character designs for numerous Hollywood films, including the Harry Potter series, A Bug's Life, and others. Nakashima's beautiful illustrations portray Ash, Pikachu, Brock, and Misty in a new and refreshing way. ハ...
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One Piece Episode of Sabo BD+DVD

This TV special earns its place on the shelf of One Piece completionists, but doesn't offer much else for casual fans. Sam Leach has the details. ― The “One Piece: Episode of ______” series, which currently spans both TV specials and theatrical films, can be a frustrating endeavor at times. I can't say with any confidence that these movies are actually for anybody. Theoretically, they're recounts of ...
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Boichi's One Piece 'Cover' Chapter is 1st in Ongoing 'Cover Comic Project'

― This year's 34th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the previously announced chapter of One Piece by artist Boichi (Dr. Stone, Origin, Sun-Ken Rock) is the first in a new project for One Piece titled "Cover Comic Project." Through the project, various manga creators will "cover" a chapter of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga. Boichi's one-shot is titled "Roronoa Z...
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Kawada's Hinomaru Sumō Manga Ends

Manga inspired 24-episode anime series last year ― This year's 34th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump published the final chapter of Kawada's Hinomaru Sumo manga on Monday. The manga's 27th volume will ship in October, and the 28th and final volume will ship in December. Kawada thanked all his fans and readers for five years of serialization in his author comments in the magazine. The previous i...

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage's Matt Owens to Pen Script for Hollywood One Piece Project

Writer has also worked on The Defenders ― This year's 34th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Matt Owens (Agents of Shield, The Defenders, Luke Cage) is penning the script for the live-action Hollywood television series adaptation of the Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga. Owens provided a statement for the project (translated from Japanese): One Piece is my absolute ...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Anime's New Promo, 10th Anniversary Ad Streamed

ReoNa's 10th anniversary theme song featured in August interactive event's ad ― The "Sword Art Online 10th Anniversary Special" presented the first full promotional video and key visual for the Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld anime on the AbemaTV streaming service on Sunday evening. 【PV公開!】『ソードアート・オンライン アリシゼーション War of Underworld』の第1弾PVが公開となりました!第3クールは2019年10月より放送開始!#sao_anime #SAO1...

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Japan's Video Game Rankings, July 8-14

God Eater 3 game's Switch version debuts at #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: July 8-14 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwSuper Mario Maker 2 Nintendo June 28 54,720 334,077 2NSwGod Eater 3 Bandai Namco Entertainment July 11 20,960 20,960 3NSwYo-kai Watch 4: Bokura wa Onaji Sora o Miageteiru Level 5 June 20 12,287 222,791 4NSwJikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū Konami June 27 11,374...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, July 8-14

Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai film earns 9.9% rating ― The latest episode of the Natsuzora live-action series about the early Japanese animation industry aired on NHK on Saturday, July 13 at 8:00 a.m. and earned a 20.7% rating. Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai film aired on NTV on Friday, July 12 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 9.9% rating. The first half of the Soreike! Anpanman Kagayake! Kurun to Inochi no Hoshi film aired...

Yu-Gi-Oh! Franchise Gets New Anime Series in 2020 for 20th Anniversary

New series to "change the history of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime" ― Konami revealed during a livestream on Sunday at the Jump Victory Carnival 2019 event that the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise will get a new television anime series that will premiere in 2020. The new anime will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the anime franchise. The below video recaps the six previous anime in the franchise, and announces the new...
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ARP Backstage Pass TV Anime Reveals Theme Song Info, Delay to January 2020

Series was originally slated to premiere this year; more information to be announced on July 28 ― The official Twitter account for ARP Backstage Pass, the television anime adaptation of the ARP (nominally an abbreviation for Artists Republic Production) dance vocal group, announced on Saturday that the anime will now air in January 2020. The anime was originally slated to air this year. The Twitter a...
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Monogatari Series Illustrator VOFAN to Attend Anime NYC

VOFAN to host panels, workshops, signings at November 15-17 event ― Kodansha Comics and Vertical announced at their panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Saturday that Vertical, EVA Air, and Anime NYC will host illustrator VOFAN at the Anime NYC event. VOFAN will host panels, workshops, and autograph sessions at the event. Additionally, Vertical will feature a gallery of VOFAN's work at the ...
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Tokyopop Licenses Kaili Sorano's Parham Itan: Tales From Beyond Manga, 3 Boys-Love Manga

Gorō Kanbe's Dirty Darling, more licensed ― Tokyopop announced four new manga licenses, including three boys-love manga licenses, at its panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Saturday. Title: Parham Itan: Tales From Beyond Author: Kaili Sorano Summary: [Parham Itan: Tales From Beyond] follows the mysterious adventures of two high schoolers, Yamagishi and Sendo, who accidentally find themselv...
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KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! Anime Film's 2nd Trailer Streamed

Theme song music video also streamed for film opening on August 30 ― The official website for Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Kurenai Densetsu (KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! Crimson Legend), the anime film based on Natsume Akatsuki's KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! light novel series, began streaming the film's second trailer on Sunday. Columbia Music als...

Kyoto Animation President Hatta Considers Demolishing 1st Studio Building, Building Public Park With Monument

Hatta: Support messages from around the world are "becoming our emotional support" ― Editor's Note: ANN's news team have decided not to publish the name of the suspect accused of arson, in order to focus our reporting on the victims. In addition, while one of the sources for this article gives the name of a victim (whose status is unknown), ANN's news team have chosen not to report on that name. We w...
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Sound & Fury Anime Film Debuts on Netflix Worldwide This Fall

Junpei Mizusaki, Michael Arias, Koji Morimoto, more work on film based on Sturgill Simpson's songs ― Netflix revealed at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Saturday that it will stream the previously listed Sound & Fury anime film worldwide this fall. SOUND & FURYTHE ALBUM AND NETFLIX FILM BY STURGILL SIMPSONCOMING THIS FALL #sturgillsimpson #Netflix pic.twitter.com/Q04FTUe9af— SOUND & FURY (@Soun...
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 15

"As Tohru and the boys casually return to their status quo, the show's attention shifts instead to a different trio."
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Series Premiere: Given—Episodes 1-2

"Given emerges as one of the season's most emotionally resonant offerings, thanks to its aesthetic musicality and strong chemistry between its central guitar boys."
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Series Premiere: Granbelm—Episodes 1-3

"This is the kind of show that makes me want to see how far its ambitions can go."
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P.A. Works Releases Video of Aspiring Animator's Daily Life in Training School

Training school opened in April 2018. ― P.A. Works released a video on Tuesday showing a day in the life of an aspiring animator at the studio's training school in Nanto in the Toyama prefecture. The young animator, whose name is Yōsuke Hiramatsu, is shown commuting to the school, drawing in-between animation frames as homework, and attending lectures held by P.A. Works animators Tsukasa Miyazaki and...
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Season Premiere: A Certain Scientific Accelerator—Episodes 1-2

"Much like A Certain Scientific Railgun, Accelerator used its first episode's encounter with a random opponent as a setup to quickly get the protagonist into the heat of the action."
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Kodansha USA Announces 4 New Shōjo Manga Licenses, Release of Volumes 39-48 of Initial D Manga

Volumes 39-48 of Initial D available digitally now ― Kodansha Comics announced at its panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Saturday that it has released volumes 39 through 48 of Shuuichi Shigeno's Initial D manga digitally in English today. Kodansha is also hosting other Initial D-related events at the convention. ComiXology and Kodansha Comics released volumes 1-38 of the manga in April. T...
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Series Premiere: O Maidens in Your Savage Season—Episodes 1-3

"With the pastel colors working to create a vague sense of nostalgia, there's a lot to enjoy here, even if the memories the subject matter stirs up aren't necessarily from the best times."
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Johnny & Associates Talent Agency Denies Pressuring TV Stations to Reduce Coverage on Former SMAP Members

Agency received warning from Fair Trading Commission about potentially violating Antimonopoly Act ― Talent agency Johnny & Associates posted a notice on its website on Wednesday denying that it had been pressuring TV stations to reduce coverage on three former members of the popular boy band SMAP. The notice indicated that the agency had received a warning from the Fair Trading Commission for violati...
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Anime Detour's Convention Communication Head Arrested for Sexual Assault

11 year convention alumni Stephen Gifford Jr. currently released on bail ― Content Warning: the article below includes a graphic description of an alleged sexual assault. Anime Detour's former head of convention communications Stephen Gifford Jr. was arrested on suspicion of third degree criminal sex conduct by Minneapolis Police on June 9. Gifford Jr. posted bail and was released from custody on Jun...
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The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious Novel 1

This tongue-in-cheek take on isekai tropes for the kind of adventurer who quicksaves every five seconds brings warmth and heart to what could have been a cynical premise. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Of all of the self-aware isekai novels that seem to be the latest trend within the genre, The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious might take the cake. Narrated by the novice goddess Ristarte ...

Kyoto Animation President Hatta Considers Demolishing 1st Studio Building, Building Public Park With Monument

Hatta: Support messages from around the world are "becoming our emotional support" ― Editor's Note: ANN's news team have decided not to publish the name of the suspect accused of arson, in order to focus our reporting on the victims. In addition, while one of the sources for this article gives the name of a victim (whose status is unknown), ANN's news team have chosen not to report on that name. We w...
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'It will be breakfast at Tiffany some day' Manga Ends in August

Hirochi Maki's manga inspired live-action series in October 2015 ― The September issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic Bunch magazine announced on Saturday that Hirochi Maki's Itsuka Tiffany de Chōshoku o (It will be breakfast at Tiffany some day.) manga will end in the magazine's next issue in August. The magazine's 13th volume had teased in December that the manga's story was approaching its climax. ...
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Akiko Higashimura's Tokyo Tarareba Girls Manga, Junji Ito's 'Frankenstein' Short Win Eisner Awards

Akira Toriyama, Naoki Urasawa not among those inducted into Hall of Fame this year ― The 2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards revealed its winners at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Saturday, and Akiko Higashimura's Tokyo Tarareba Girls manga won this year's Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award. Steven LeCroy translates the manga. The manga competed against Nie Jun's My Beij...
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One Piece Gakuen Spinoff Manga Launches in Saikyō Jump Magazine

Sōhei Kōji draws comedy manga about Straw Hat Crew in academic setting ― The September issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine announced on Saturday that Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga is getting a new spinoff manga titled One Piece Gakuen (One Piece Academy) that will launch in Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine starting in the magazine's September issue on August 2. Sōhei Kōji, who has drawn one-shot mang...
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The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! Manga Ends Serialization on August 2

Kazuki, Kogetaokoge launched manga based on Shirow Shiratori's novels in 2015 ― This year's 15th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine announced on Friday that Kazuki and Kogetaokoge's Ryuoh no Oshigoto! manga will end in the magazine's next issue on August 2. The manga's 10th and final volume will ship on August 9. The manga adapts Shirow Shiratori's The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! light novel...
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Spriggan, Until Death Do Us Part's Hiroshi Takashige Ends 'RDB' Manga

Dark fantasy manga launched in November 2016 ― This year's 15th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine announced on Friday that writer Hiroshi Takashige (Spriggan, Until Death Do Us Part) and artist Jun Rokumoto will end their RDB (Red Data Book) manga in the magazine's next issue on August 2. The duo launched the manga in Young Gangan in November 2016. Square Enix published the manga's third c...
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Wataru Mitogawa Launches Ganbared Sisters Manga in September

Manga about warrior nuns who hunt down supernatural beings ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Friday that Wataru Mitogawa will launch a new manga titled Ganbared Sisters in the magazine's next issue on September 19. The manga is set in a world where, beginning with vampires, the supernatural world has been exposed to the public. Dorothy, a member of the Red Sist...
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Natsume Ono's Lady and Oldman Manga Ends in August

Series launched in October 2015 ― The August issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Friday that Natsume Ono's Lady and Oldman will end in the magazine's September issue on August 19. The July issue had teased in June that the manga was approaching its climax. The story takes place in Los Angeles in the 1960s. A pair known as "Lady and Oldman" wander from street to street, sometimes getti...
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One Piece TV Anime's Episodes on July 28, August 4 to Have Original Story Tying into New Film

One Piece Stampede film opens in Japan on August 9 ― The September issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine announced on Saturday that the episodes of the One Piece television anime that will air on July 28 and August 4 will tie into the new One Piece Stampede film. In the story of the episodes, Luffy and the Straw Hat Crew are attacked by the bounty hunter Seedle and his guild. To escape the bounty hunte...
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Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Anime Film's 2nd Teaser Video Streamed

Final film in tetralogy opens in Japan in June 2020 ― The official website for the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise began streaming the second teaser video on Saturday for Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), Studio Khara's new Evangelion film. The film will open in theaters in Japan in June 2020. Studio Khara debuted the first 10 minutes and 40 seconds of the film on July 6. The Ja...
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Hajime Yamamura Launches Shikkoku no Ziggy Manga in September

Post-apocalyptic manga about 2 women consumed with revenge ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Friday that Hajime Yamamura will launch a new manga titled Shikkoku no Ziggy (Jet Black Ziggy) in the magazine's October issue on September 19. The manga will be set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun with violence, fear, and killing. The story begins when two women co...
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Series Premiere: Astra Lost in Space—Episodes 1-3

"Anyone in the mood for space thrills and colorful dorks learning about the value of teamwork should strap in and prepare to get lost in space."
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Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga Manga About Samurai Reincarnated as Dogs Gets TV Anime

Una Megurogawa's manga runs in Monthly Comic Zenon ― The wraparound jacket band on Una Megurogawa's sixth Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga (Oda Shinamon Nobunaga) manga volume announced on Saturday that a television anime adaptation of the manga has been green-lit. In the "one-of-a-kind samurai-general-reincarnated-as-a-canine comedy," Nobunaga perishes at Honnōji as in history, and reincarnates in modern-day J...
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Season Premiere: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II—Episodes 1-2

"With its blend of slick action, character relationships, and a world that's just ambiguous enough to wonder at what could be going on behind the scenes, this second season is off to a good start."
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Cross Infinite World Licenses Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Novels

√After launches on September 30, √Before in early 2020 ― Cross Infinite World announced on Friday that it has licensed Sōki Tsukishima and Tora Tsukishima's Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- light novel series based on Yeti and Regista's game of the same name. The company will release Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- √After digitally worldwide on September 30, followed by Root Double -Be...
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Hi-Score Girl Anime Heads to EVO 2019 in Las Vegas

The anime about being an arcade kid in the 90s is heading to the world's largest fighting game event. Rensuke Oshikiri's Hi Score Girl is heading to EVO 2019 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on August 2-4. The story of the "90s arcade romantic comedy" series begins in 1991, during the heyday of the 2D fighting game boom. The anime is a perfect fit for the event that represents the largest and longest-...
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Fire Emblem: Three Houses Switch Game's Video Previews Officers Academy

Game launches on July 26 ― Nintendo UK began streaming a trailer for Intelligent Systems and Koei Tecmo Games' Fire Emblem: Three Houses Nintendo Switch game on Friday. The video previews the Officers Academy. The game will launch on July 26 after a delay from spring. The Seasons of Warfare Edition of the game will bundle an artbook, sound selection CD, steelbook case, and calendar. Nintendo first an...
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Yama no Susume Holds 4th Mountain Day Event with BBQ

The Japanese government added the national holiday Mountain Day in 2016. The August 11 holiday encourages people to explore their local mountains, which are abundant in Japan. The anime series Encouragement of Climb (Yama no Susume) has held a fan event on Mountain Day for the last four years. This year the staff are hosting a "barbecue party" on August 7 at the Tokyo AKIHABARA Gamers Main Store. ...

Fire Force TV Anime Debuts on Toonami on July 27

Broadcast, streaming of series' 3rd episode delayed in Japan today ― Adult Swim's Toonami programming block announced on Friday that the anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga will premiere on Toonami on July 27 at 12:00 a.m. EDT (effectively July 28). The anime's official website announced on Friday that the planned airing and streaming of the show's third episode, which was ...
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Russo Brothers' AGBO Studios Develops Adaptation of Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets Anime

Avengers: Endgame did not confirm their role in project ― Directors Joe and Anthony Russo (Avengers: Endgame) announced at their panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday that their AGBO Studios is developing an adaptation of the Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets) television anime series. The Russos added that they could not say if they will direct the project, nor could they say if the project will be ...
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Fan-Made Firefox Extension Changes JoJo Part 5 Stands to Original Names

Due to murky music copyright issues, the Stand names in the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime series are usually translated with substitute names. The JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind season continues this trend. Giorno Giovanna's Stand Gold Experience, a reference to a Prince album, becomes Golden Wind. Other Stand name substitutions include Sticky Fingers (a Rolling Stones album) as Zipper Man...

34th Victim of Kyoto Animation Fire Passes Away

Male victim was receiving treatment in hospital after Thursday's blaze ― Kyoto Prefectural Police announced on Friday that one more male victim of Thursday's fire at Kyoto Animation's 1st Studio building has passed away. He was being treated for his injuries at a hospital. The death toll of the blaze caused by suspected arson now stands at 34 people. On Thursday at around 10:30 a.m. JST, a devastatin...
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Animation Studios, Fans Share Messages of Hope After Kyoto Animation Studio Arson

A horrible arson attack at Kyoto Animation's Studio 1 building on Thursday has left the studio's fans, families, and Japan reeling in what is the worst mass murder in Japan's post-World War II history. The attack killed 33 people and injured 35 others. Since the attack, support has come in from across the globe as fan have looked to bolster spirits with messages and images of support. Tim Cook, CE...
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Interview: Square-Enix's Manga Manager Masaaki Shimizu

Square-Enix is getting into the American manga game in a very, very big way - our interview with their department manager has all of the details you need. ― In mid-May 2019, the manga publishing landscape in N. America shifted a bit, as Japanese game and book/magazine/manga publishing giant Square Enix announced that they would start their own dedicated English language publishing division, with prod...
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Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- BD+DVD

The full first season of this smash hit isekai series is finally available on Blu-ray! Rebecca Silverman breaks down just what makes Subaru's adventures so memorable. ― Before isekai stories became quite as ubiquitous as they presently are, Re: Zero, based on the light novels of the same name, took the concept of an ordinary guy being transported to a fantasy world and ripped off the plot armor. Unli...
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Assassins Pride Anime Reveals Video, More Cast, October Premiere

Ayane Sakura, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Tatsuhisa Suzuki join cast of EMT Squared's fantasy ― The official website for the television anime of Kei Amagi's Assassins Pride light novel series revealed a teaser video, additional cast, and the October premiere for the series on Friday. The anime will premiere in October on Tokyo MX, BS NTV, and AT-X. The newly announced cast members include: (Note: character n...
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Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Anime's Sequel Reveals Title, Crowdfunding Campaign

Crowdfunding aims to improve quality of Grisaia: Phantom Trigger the Animation Stargazer ― The official website for the anime adaptation of its Grisaia: Phantom Trigger game revealed on Friday that the title of the sequel anime will be Grisaia: Phantom Trigger the Animation Stargazer. Staff revealed a key visual and poster visual for the sequel. The visual features returning characters Rena, Maki, an...

Kyoto Animation President States in Interview That All Materials, Computers Were Destroyed in Fire

Sentai Filmworks, Animate both start fundraising campaigns ― In an interview for the mass media on Friday, Kyoto Animation president Hideaki Hatta stated that all of the past animation materials and computers housed in Kyoto Animation's 1st Studio building were destroyed in Thursday's fire in the building. Hatta told the media, "The [monetary] amount of the damage? Extreme. I don't know the full deta...
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Val x Love Anime Reveals Main Cast

Yūya Hirose, Kaede Hondo, Ai Kakuma, Rina Hidaka star in series premiering in October ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Ryousuke Asakura's Val x Love (Ikusa x Koi) manga revealed the show's four main cast members on Friday. Yūya Hirose as Takuma Akutsu Kaede Hondo as Natsuki Saotome Ai Kakuma as Itsuyo Saotome Rina Hidaka as Mutsumi Saotome The anime will premiere on AT-X,...
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Masami Kurumada Launches New Fūma no Kojirō Manga in August

1st new manga in Fūma no Kojirō franchise since 2006 ― The September issue of of Akita Shoten's Champion RED magazine revealed on Friday that Masami Kurumada (Saint Seiya) will launch a new manga based on his Fūma no Kojirō manga series titled Fūma no Kojirō: Jo no Maki (Prelude Chapter) in the magazine's next issue on August 19. The manga will have a color opening page and will feature on the issue'...
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Funimation Reveals My Hero Academia Season 4's English-Dubbed Trailer

Anime premieres on October 12 with Funimation stream ― Funimation revealed an English-dubbed trailer for the fourth anime season based on Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga at its Comic-Con International: San Diego panel on Thursday. IGN is exclusively streaming the trailer. The anime will premiere on October 12, and will air on YTV and NTV on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. Funimation screened the Engl...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Last Survivor Arcade Game's Video Reveals Delay to Winter

Video also previews "battle royale" game's playable characters ― Bandai Namco Amusement began streaming a promotional video on Friday for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Last Survivor, a new arcade game based on the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. The video previews the game's playable characters, and reveals that the game's delayed winter 2019 release date. The game was originally slated to release this s...
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Drawn & Quarterly to Release Compilation of Kuniko Tsurita Manga

The Sky is Blue with a Single Cloud book slated for spring 2020 release ― Drawn & Quarterly announced at its Comic-Con International: San Diego panel on Thursday that it will release the book The Sky is Blue with a Single Cloud, a collection of manga by Kuniko Tsurita, with translations by Ryan Holmberg. The book is slated to ship in spring 2020. Drawn & Quarterly described the book: The Sky is Blue ...

Fire Force Anime Halts Friday's Planned Airing, Streaming of 3rd Episode

Also: Sound! Euphonium collaboration with Keihan delayed, new Free! film trailer screening cancelled ― The official website for the Fire Force anime announced on Friday that it has halted the planned airing and streaming of the show's third episode, which was planned to air late at night on Friday (effectively early Saturday morning). The website stated it will reveal more information about the futur...
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Netflix Lists Enter the Anime Documentary Film for August 5 Debut

Documentary features appearances by Kozo Morishita, Yoko Takahashi, Shinji Aramaki, Kenji Kamiyama ― Netflix is listing a new documentary film about anime titled Enter the Anime that will debut on August 5. The documentary lists appearances by Kozo Morishita (Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya executive producer), Yoko Takahashi (Neon Genesis Evangelion opening song), and Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kam...
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High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World TV Anime's Video Reveals Theme Song Artists, October Premiere

More staff also revealed for TV anime by project No.9 ― Editors Note: Happinet Pictures has removed the video and has not uploaded a new version. ANN's original article is below. Happinet Pictures began streaming a new promotional video for the television anime adaptation of Riku Misora and Sacraneco's High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World (Chōjin-Kokoseitachi wa Isekai demo Yoyu d...
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No Guns Life Anime's Video Reveals Cast, Theme Song Artist, October Premiere

Junichi Suwabe, Manami Numakura, Daiki Yamashita star; Kenichi Asai performs opening song ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Tasuku Karasuma's No Guns Life manga began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals the anime's cast and October premiere date, and also reveals and previews the anime's opening theme song "Motor City" by Kenichi As...
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Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Film Opens in Japan in June 2020

New teaser also debuted in theaters on Friday, will be available online later ― The official website for the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise announced on Friday that Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), Studio Khara's new Evangelion film, will open in theaters in Japan in June 2020. A new teaser video also debuted on the same day in Japanese theaters, but the announcement noted tha...
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Arte Manga About Female Renaissance Painter Gets TV Anime

Mikako Komatsu, Katsuyuki Konishi star in anime ― Tokuma Shoten revealed on Friday that Kei Ohkubo's Arte manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation. Mikako Komatsu stars as the titular protagonist and aspiring painter Arte, and Katsuyuki Konishi plays Leo, the painter who takes in Arte as his apprentice. Ohkubo drew an illustration to celebrate the announcement. Media Do offers the manga digit...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 92

"This episode's greatest moment is its fantastic climactic action scene in the final quarter."
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 14

"Mysterious connections abound as Furuba's plot thickens at the tail end of this beautifully exhausting episode."
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Life-Size Jet-Powered Nausicaä Glider Soars Over Wisconsin

The life-size Möwe (Mehve in English) jet-assisted glider from Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind has been in the works over a decade. The craft took flight to the amazement of Wisconsin natives and aviation enthusiasts on Wednesday. The glider's pilot, Tokyo University of the Arts associate professor Kazuhiko Hachiya, brought his glider to the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 event to...
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Former Soccer Star Karina Maruyama Gets Baki-Style Make Over

Following the previous transformation by comedy duo Downtown, Baki artist manga artist Keisuke Itagaki drew soccer star and television personality Karina Maruyama in his signature style. The art is part of Itagaki's ongoing "Entertainer Baki Project". The project includes Itagaki's renditions of the comedy duo Downtown, "Reaction Monster" Tetsurō Degawa, and now Karina Maruyama. The celebrities ar...
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This Week in Games - Trying to Look Ahead

Heidi updates us on the latest iteration of the Nintendo Switch - plus EVO news and more. ― I need to be real with you all for a sec. It's really, really hard to write a chipper, semi-snarky game news article considering what just went down at Kyoto Animation. I'm hearing that this could be considered the worst mass murder in postwar Japanese history. Most of us reading have watched and enjoyed at le...
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Pokémon Masters Smartphone Game's Trailer Previews 3-on-3 Battles

DeNA's iOS/Android game launches this summer ― The Pokémon Company began streaming a promotional video for DeNA's Pokémon Masters smartphone game on Thursday. The video three-versus-three battles, co-op battles, and the Pokémon Masters League tournament. The game is slated to launch for iOS and Android devices this summer. The game lets players "battle alongside your favorite Pokémon Trainers from th...
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Bungo Stray Dogs Collaborates With Iwate Prefecture's Kenji Miyazawa Fairytale Village

Pure and strong, Bungo Stray Dog's version of poet Kenji Miyazawa depicts him as a trusting farm boy able to harness superhuman strength. The real Miyazawa wasn't superhuman but the Iwate prefecture native cemented his reputation in literature by crafting timeless children's literature like Night on the Galactic Railroad and Gauche the Cellist. He also loved his hometown and founded the Rasu Farm...

Udon Entertainment Releases 1st Volume of The Rose of Versailles Manga in December

Publisher also announces Street Fighter, Capcom, Mega Man art books ― Udon Entertainment revealed at its panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday that it will release the first volume of Riyoko Ikeda's The Rose of Versailles manga in December. The remaining four volumes are slated to ship three or four months apart. Udon Entertainment exclusively provided ANN with the cover art for all five volumes o...
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Date A Live Ren Dystopia Game Delayed to 2020

― Compile Heart announced on Thursday that Date A Live Ren Dystopia, the new PlayStation 4 game based on Koushi Tachibana's Date A Live light novel series, has been delayed from summer 2019 to a general 2020 release. The company cited "various circumstances" as causing the delay. The game's story begins on a normal night, when Shido dreams of a voice calling out from within a deep darkness. When he ...
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Fans Annihilate Kamehameha World Record at San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con attendees went above and beyond the previous world record for the largest gathering of a Kamehameha attacks on Wednesday. A total of 786 people gathered to perform Goku's iconic battle move and set a new Guinness World Record and crushing the previous number of 250 people. Ladies & Gentlemen, the official Guinness World Record attempt for the WORLD'S LARGEST KAMEHAMEHA, lead by...
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Sega Reveals Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Game

Switch, PS4, Xbox One version launches on October 29; Steam release set for winter 2019 ― Sega revealed on Monday that it is developing Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD (Tabegoro! Super Monkey Ball), a new version of the Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz Wii game. The company will release the game on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 29, and on the PC via Steam in winter 2019. S...
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This Week in Anime - Vinland Saga is the Must-Watch Epic of the Season

This viking epic combines its grounded historical fiction premise with pulse-pounding fantastical action in a stunning production by Studio Wit. Micchy and Steve discuss the themes and thrills of the series so far. ― Vinland Saga combines its grounded historical fiction premise with pulse-pounding fantastical action in a stunning production by Studio Wit. Micchy and Steve discuss the themes and thri...
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Studio Orange's Rainy Anime Ad Gets Limited Theatrical Run Paired With Shinkai's Weathering With You

Director Toshimasa Ishii and Studio Orange's anime ad for Japanese retail company Marui Group will get a limited theatrical run. The short "Soba e" will premiere in front of Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You anime film when it opens on July 19. The ad reunites Ishii and character designer Ayako Hata, who served as assistant director and animation director on the Oscar-nominated anime film Mirai...
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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim PS4 Game's Video Reveals November 28 Launch

Limited edition bundles model kit, book, DLC set ― Atlus began streaming the third promotional video for Vanillaware's 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim PlayStation 4 game on Thursday. The video reveals that Atlus will release the game on November 28. People who pre-order the game will receive a code to download an art book. The Premium Box limited edition of the game will bundle a papercraft model kit, 132-pa...
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Series Premiere: How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?—Episodes 1-3

"The main appeal of the show is its informative and instructional exercise video format, strung together with some decent humor and the loosest of plots."
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Samurai Champloo Complete Series Blu-Ray

Fifteen years after its debut, how has Shinichiro Watanabe's classic hip hop samurai road trip aged in high definition? James Beckett has the answers. ― It's nearly impossible to talk about Samurai Champloo without discussing director Shinichiro Watanabe's more famous project, Cowboy Bebop. Both series are episodic action-adventure tales that seek to blend stylized Western influences into the Japanes...
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Black Lagoon Gets Spinoff Manga About Sawyer

Spinoff manga by Tatsuhiko Ida debuts in September alongside main manga's return from hiatus ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Friday that Rei Hiroe's Black Lagoon manga will have its first spinoff manga by Tatsuhiko Ida titled Black Lagoon: Sōji-ya Sawyer - Kaitai! Gore Gore Musume (Black Lagoon: Sawyer the Cleaner - Dismemberment! Gore Gore Girl) starting on ...
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Cardfight!! Vanguard Gets New Anime Series Debuting on August 24

Series centers on Card Capital manager Shinemon Nitta in high school ― Bushiroad announced during a livestream on Thursday that a new anime titled Cardfight!! Vanguard: Shinemon-hen will premiere on TV Aichi and TV Tokyo on August 24 at 8:00 a.m. The anime will debut later that day on BS TV Tokyo, Niigata Sogo Television Inc., Hiroshima Home TV, and Shizuoka Asahi TV. The series will also stream on A...

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Satsujin Muzai, Black Knight Parade Manga End Magazine Serialization, Move Online (Updated)

Satsujin Muzai moves to Tonari no Young Jump, Black Night Parade moves to Ultra Jump ― This year's 33rd issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Jun Kumagai and Hiroshi Ueda's Satsujin Muzai (Murder Innocence) manga, as well as Hikaru Nakamura's Black Night Parade manga, both ended their magazine serializations in the same issue. Satsujin Muzai will continue on Shueisha's Ton...
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Magical Girl Site Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Manga launched in 2013, inspired TV anime in spring 2018 ― Kentarō Satō announced on Twitter on Sunday that he will end the Magical Girl Site (Mahō Shōjo Site) manga in three chapters, including the chapter that released in the 33rd issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine on Thursday. If there are no delays, the manga will end on August 1. Satō previously stated last November that the...
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My Next Life as a Villainess Anime Premieres on TV in 2020

J-Novel Club releases novels about girl who suddenly inhabits role of doomed otome game antagonist ― Ichijinsha's official website for the anime adaptation of Satoru Yamaguchi and Nami Hidaka's My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta...) light novel series revealed on Thursday that the anime will premiere in 20...

Fire Department: 33 People Confirmed Dead in Kyoto Animation Fire (Updated)

41-year-old man apprehended for suspected arson; 35 reported injured ― This is a developing story. ANN will update this article and will post follow-up articles as more credible and accurate information about the situation surfaces. Japan's national news agency NHK reported on Thursday at 9:21 p.m. that, according to the Kyoto Fire Department, 33 people are confirmed to have died in the fire that eng...
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Kyoto Police: 'Multiple Deaths' Confirmed in Kyoto Animation Fire

Kyoto Prefectural Police confirmed with NHK News on Thursday that it has confirmed "multiple deaths" during the fire due to alleged arson that broke out at Kyoto Animation's 1st Studio building earlier on Thursday. The police have not stated the exact number of deaths. Kyoto Prefectural Police have apprehended a man who supposedly used a "gasoline-like liquid" to start the fire. According to a rep...

Fire Breaks Out in Kyoto Animation's 1st Studio Building (Update)

Prefectural police arrest man who allegedly used "gasoline-like liquid" to start fire; 30 people injured ― NHK reported on Thursday that a fire broke out, allegedly due to arson, at anime studio Kyoto Animation's 1st Studio building just past 10:00 a.m. JST. Kyoto Prefectural Police have already apprehended a man who supposedly used a "gasoline-like liquid" to start the fire. The Kyoto City Fire Depa...
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Series Premiere: Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest—Episodes 1-2

"As mediocre as ARIFURETA's isekai plotting has been, its storied production troubles are a bigger burden on the series."
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Little Witch Academia ED Director Masanobu Hiraoka Makes PlayStation 4 Lineup Music Video

Animator Masanobu Hiraoka directed and animated the PlayStation 4 game lineup music video released on Monday. The video is set to the song "Yume no naka e" (Into a Dream) by Yōsui Inoue and covered by suis from the musical group Yorushika. The nearly five-minute music video introduces 21 games for the console broken up by animated segements of a girl riding her moped against a blue sky. She eventu...
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Super Dimension Convention Hosts Macross Voice Actors Takumi Yamazaki, Tsutomu Takayama

Torrance, CA convention takes place on October 5 ― Torrance, California's Super Dimension Convention announced on Tuesday that it will host voice actors Takumi Yamazaki and Tsutomu Takayama as guests. Takumi Yamazaki is known for voicing Macross Plus protagonist Isamu Dyson. He also voiced George de Sand in Mobile Fighter G Gundam and Roybea Loy in After War Gundam X. His other anime credits include ...
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NisiOisin, Suzuka Oda's Bishōnen Tanteidan Manga Ends 1st Part

Manga based on NisiOisin's novel series about eccentric boy detective squad debuted in April 2016 ― The August issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge published the final chapter of the "first part" of NisiOisin and Suzuka Oda's Bishōnen Tanteidan (Handsome Detectives) manga series on Wednesday. The manga's fifth compiled book volume will ship on September 6. The manga is based on NisiOisin's Bishōn...
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Series Premiere: to the abandoned Sacred Beasts—Episodes 1-3

"Based on its first three episodes, each one better than the one before, to the Abandoned Sacred Beasts has a lot of potential if it can stay out of its own way."
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Otakon Hosts Beastars Anime Producer Yoshihiro Watanabe

Longtime industry veteran attends July convention in D.C. ― The official Twitter account for Otakon revealed on Monday that this year's convention will host longtime industry veteran and insider Yoshihiro Watanabe. Watanabe has worked at both Madhouse and P.A. Works - some of his credits include The Eccentric Family 2, and the "A New Journey" commercial for the League of Legends game. He is currently...
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Pikachu Joins the Straw Hat Crew in Pokemon GO Campaign

The government of Kumamoto prefecture are hoping to entice Pokémon GO players to visit the bronze One Piece statues in the area. Players that make the journey will find PokéStops with art by One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda. Pikachu himself will join the Straw Hat crew for a limited time. Starting on July 22 and until July 29, Strawhat Pikachu will appear in the game. The hat can also be found in th...
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Mōryō no Hako Artist Launches New Manga With Natsuhiko Kyogoku

Series adapts Bara Jūji Sōsho novels based on Kyogoku's Hyakki Yakō series ― The August issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge announced on Wednesday that Aki Shimizu will launch a new manga based on the Bara Jūji Sōsho (Rozen Kreuz Series) novels. The manga will launch in the magazine this fall. Bara Jūji Sōsho is described as a "shared world" of mystery author Natsuhiko Kyogoku's Hyakki Yakō nove...
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Nyanko Daisenso Mobile Game Asks 'What If Evangelion Was Just Cats'?

Yoko Takahashi replaces all words of "Cruel Angel's Thesis" with "Nyaa~" in The Battle Cats ads ― Neon Genesis Evangelion walks an interesting line where the show itself is full of trauma and emotional depth but its collaboration campaigns have no problem transforming it over the top parody. Schick has shown a smiling Gendo after the notoriously stoic character shaves off his beard. An Evangelion-the...
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London Detective Mysteria Game's Trailer Reveals July 31 Release on PC

Game shipped for PS Vita in December ― XSEED Games posted a new trailer for its release of Karin Entertainment's London Detective Mysteria (Eikoku Tantei Mysteria: The Crown) romance adventure visual novel on Tuesday. The video reveals that XSEED Games will release the game on the PC via Steam, the Humble Bundle's Humble Store, and GOG.com on July 31. The company previously announced in June 2018 tha...
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NAOE's Aoharu x Machinegun Manga Ends in August

Series debuted in 2014, inspired anime in 2015 ― Manga creator NAOE revealed on her official Twitter account on Wednesday that her Aoharu x Machinegun manga will end in Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine on August 18. The announcement also teased that NAOE may have more announcements this month. The manga follows high school student Hotaru Tachibana, a girl disguised as a boy. Through strange circumsta...
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German YouTuber Nino Kerl Makes Cameo in Mashima's Edens Zero Manga

German YouTuber, Ninotaku TV channel host, and voice actor Nino Kerl made a cameo in the latest chapter of Hiro Mashima's Edens Zero manga. Kerl shared screenshots of the pages on his Twitter account on Wednesday. UNGLAUBLICH! „Ich“ bin als Charakter im aktuellen #EdensZero-Kapitel! Was für eine Ehre! Nino (二ノ) ist ein berühmter Otaku-B-Cuber (YouTuber in Edens Zero), der auf seinem Channel über A...
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Series Premiere: Fire Force—Episodes 1-2

"While its premise is nothing new to anyone who's read an issue of Shonen Jump, Fire Force has such rock-solid visuals and direction that any gripes I had about familiar tropes went up in smoke."
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Luigi's Mansion 3 Switch Game Launches on October 31

Game about haunted mansion launches on Halloween ― Nintendo of America announced on Wednesday that its Luigi's Mansion 3 Switch game will launch on October 31. The company also began streaming a promotional video for the announcement. When Luigi's friends go missing on vacation, it's up to our reluctant hero to save them from the ghosts in the Last Resort hotel! Join forces with Gooigi, slam ghosts, ...
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'Old Town Road Remix' Animated Video Shows Keanu Reeves Doing 'Naruto Run' to Storm Area 51

A bizarre Facebook event called "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us" went viral within the last few days, as over 1.4 million users clicked that they would attend this event on September 20 that would involve invading a US air force facility in Nevada in order to "see them aliens," a reference to an urban legend that Area 51 is secretly harboring extraterrestrial life. The event's descriptio...
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Series Premiere: Vinland Saga—Episodes 1-3

"The greatest success of these first three episodes stems from how they use Wit's signature textured style of animation to tell a slow-moving and human story of survival."
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Sailor Moon Restaurant Opens With Daily Stage Shows

Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -Shining Moon Tokyo- restaurant opens in Tokyo on August 15 ― The Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -Shining Moon Tokyo- restaurant will open in Azabu-jūban, Tokyo on August 15 and feature daily original stage shows. Akiko Kodama (Sailor Moon The Super Live stage show's script) is composing and directing the show. The restaurant will offer reservations for both lunch and dinner, b...
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Code Vein Game's Trailer Previews Invading Executioner Boss

Game launches for PS4, Xbox One, PC on September 27 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a trailer for the Code Vein post-apocalyptic role-playing game on Wednesday. The video previews the Invading Executioner boss. The game will launch in Japan on September 26, and will launch in North America and Europe on September 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. Bandai Namco Ente...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Game Delayed to October 22 in West

PS4 game also delayed to October 29 in Oceania ― NIS America announced on Wednesday that its release of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III game for PlayStation 4 has been delayed to October 22 in North America and Europe. The game is also delayed to October 29 in Oceania. The company will release a demo for the game before its launch. The game was originally slated to ship on September 24...
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YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world. ‒ Episode 16

Our coverage of YU-NO wraps up for the season, as Chris Farris sums up his thoughts on this largely misbegotten visual novel adaptation.

Maiden Japan Licenses Joshiraku Comedy Anime

Company plans to stream, release home video for 2012 series ― Maiden Japan announced on Wendesday that it has licensed the television anime adaptation of Kōji Kumeta and Yasu's Joshiraku manga. The company plans to stream the series and release it on home video. Maiden Japan describes the slice-of-life comedy series: Marii, Kigurumi, Tetora, Gankyou and Kukuru are five young women with completely dif...

Nintendo Switch Console Gets New Model With Longer Battery Life

New August model's battery lasts 4.5-9.0 hours ― Nintendo announced a new model for the Nintendo Switch console with increased battery life on Wednesday. The new model is slated to ship in mid-August in North America, in late August in Japan, and in early September in Europe. The price of the console will remain the same from the previous model. The battery in the new model will last for about 4.5 to...

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Project ARMS Writer's Detective Xeno and the Seven Locked Murder Rooms Manga Ends

8th, final volume ships on September 18 ― Writer Kyoichi Nanatsuki and artist Teppei Sugiyama's Tantei Zeno to Nanatsu no Satsujin Misshitsu (Detective Xeno and the Seven Locked Murder Rooms) manga ended in this year's 33rd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine on Wednesday. The seventh compiled book volume is slated to ship on August 16, and the eighth volume will ship on September 18....
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SINoALICE Smartphone Game's Worldwide Release Delayed

Delayed to optimize localization ― The official English Facebook page of Square Enix's SINoALICE smartphone game announced on Tuesday that the Nexon's worldwide release of the game has been delayed to an as-yet unspecified date. The announcement explained that the release was delayed to "optimize the localization" of the game, noting that the current quality of the game's localization is "nowhere nea...
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Avex Unveils Kotodama Shōjo Rap Girls Project With Planned Anime

Durarara designer Suzuhito Yasuda, Gatchaman Crowds writer Toshiya Ono, rapper KEN THE 390 collaborate ― Avex Pictures announced on Tuesday that it is producing a new "virtual project" titled Kotodama Shōjo (Word Soul Girls). The project will be a mixed media franchise centering on the youth story of the "Microphone Soul Spinners," a group of four girls who form a "virtual rap unit." Avex Pictures is...
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Fairy gone Anime's New Video Previews 2nd Half

2nd half of anime premieres in October with Funimation stream ― The official website for P.A. Works' original television anime Fairy gone began streaming a new promotional video previewing the anime's second half on Wednesday. The video includes the opening theme song "STILL STANDING" by [K]NoW_NAME. The anime premiered on April 7, and the second of the anime's two cours (quarters of the year) will p...
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Ni no Kuni Film's Clip Shows Airship Flight

Film based on RPG franchise opens on August 23 ― The official website for Warner Bros. Japan and Level 5's Ni no Kuni anime film began streaming a clip from the film on Wednesday. The clip shows Yū and Asha riding an airship. The film will open in Japan on August 23. The film stars: Kento Yamazaki as Yū Mackenyu as Haru Mei Nagano as Asha/Kotona Mamoru Miyano as Yoki Kenjiro Tsuda as Gabaras Maaya Sa...
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Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Opens at #2 With 553 Million Yen Gross

The Fable, Anpanman, Uta no Prince Sama, Free! stay in top 10 ― Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution (Mewtwo no Gyakushū Evolution), the 22nd film in the Pokémon franchise, sold 454,000 tickets to earn 553 million yen (about US$5.11 million) on 408 screens at 367 theaters, thus ranking #2 in its opening weekend. The film earned 10.6% more in its opening weekend than last year's film Pokémon the Movie: The P...
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Netflix Produces Live-Action Alice in Borderland Series

Live-action Bleach's Shinsuke Satō directs series based on Haro Aso's manga ― Netflix revealed on Wednesday that it will release a live-action series adaptation of Haro Aso's Alice in Borderland (Imawa no Kuni no Alice) manga in 2020. Shinsuke Satō (live-action Bleach, Kingdom films; Oblivion Island anime film) is directing the series, and Yoshiki Watabe and Yasuko Kuramitsu are penning the scripts w...
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Yu-Gi-Oh Creator Kazuki Takahashi Apologizes for Political Statements

Creator Kazuki Takahashi apologized for political artwork starring Yu-Gi-Oh! characters that he posted on his Instagram account on Monday. The image showed the Dark Magicians stating "The current administration is betraying its own country!" and "I really wonder if Japan's future will be OK!" The post then quoted the character Atem, "All duelists! Now is the time to vote for justice!" Takahashi po...
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Solve Fruits Basket Mysteries in Bookstores Across Japan

Fans can solve a Fruits Basket themed mystery at 16 bookstores across Japan beginning on August 1. There are two levels of difficulty where players can either help Tohru recover a notebook containing pictures of her late mother or take on the role of Tohru, Yuki, and Kyo's classmate. The beginner level tasks the player with finding Tohru's lost notebook. The advanced version has the player act as ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 14-20

Fuuka, Boruto anime; Beastars, Goblin Slayer: Brand New Day manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Asura Cryin' DVD 2Please Maiden Japan US$89.98 July 16 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations BD 2Cite Viz Media US$44.98 July 16 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations DVD 2AnimeNewsNetwork Viz Media US$39.99 July 16 Claymore Essentials BDPlease Funimation US$34.98 July 16 Fuuka Comp...
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Symphogear XV Main Animator Yoshiyuki Ōkubo Explains Why Kirika's Transformation is Not 'Sleazy'

Pole dancing cut was edited/revised at multiple junctures ― The animation quality of the Symphogear series has come a long way since the show's humble beginnings in 2012. Episode 2 of Senki Zesshō Symphogear XV features a particularly standout transformation sequence for Kirika, which is credited to Yoshiyuki Ōkubo, who is also credited as one of three "main animators" on the season. Like Kirika's pr...

Live-Action Akira Film Delayed Indefinitely

Warner Bros. reportedly hopes Taika Waititi will direct film after Thor 4 ― Entertainment news website Variety reported on Tuesday that Warner Bros. has delayed its live-action Akira film indefinitely. The film was previously slated to begin production in fall, and its release was scheduled for May 21, 2021. Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Boy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) was reportedly in the process ...
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This Week in Anime - Astra Lost in Space is Off to a Stellar Start

The Astra rockets forth into drama and adventure with its intriguing new cast of spacefaring characters. Nick and Andy discuss their favorite moments and future predictions for this exciting sci fi series. ― Astra Lost in Space rockets forth into drama and adventure with its intriguing new cast of spacefaring characters. This week, Nick and Andy discuss their favorite moments and future predictions ...
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Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout Game's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Game launches for PS4, Switch, PC in West on October 29 ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming a trailer for the Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout (Ryza no Atelier ~Tokoyami no Joō to Himitsu no Kakurega~) game on Tuesday. The video previews Sayaka Kanda's theme song "Rainbow Summer." The game will launch for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in North America on October 29...
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New Strike Witches Anime Film Reveals Video, Visual

30-minute film opens in Japan on October 4 ― The official website for the the Strike Witches: 501st JOINT FIGHTER WING Take Off! anime revealed a promotional video and key visual for the upcoming film on Tuesday. The 30-minute film will open in Japan on October 4. The film will feature a new story and new characters, including Aya Uchida as Shizuka Hattori. The story of the film takes place after the...
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Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun Manga Goes on Hiatus Until October

Manga resumes in Grand Jump's 21st issue ― This year's 16th issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Yoichi Takahashi is putting his Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun soccer manga on hiatus until the magazine's 21st issue, which will ship on October 2. The manga last went on hiatus around the same time last July and returned in October. The series also went on hiatus from July to ...
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'Is the order a rabbit?? Sing For You' OVA Reveals Video, More Cast

Nana Mizuki plays Chino's mother in anime shipping on September 26 ― The official website for the Is the order a rabbit?? Sing For You original video anime (OVA) project began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video previews the song "Singer Song Payapoya Melody," performed by the OVA's voice cast under the name "Petit Rabbit's with beans." The website also revealed that...
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