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Dear Brother Episodes 1-13 Streaming

If you have any love for the shoujo or yuri genres, Dear Brother is a must-see. Your current favorites just wouldn't be the same without it. ― Dear Brother is probably one of the most anticipated releases among RetroCrush's various license rescues. Its pedigree is almost as prestigious as the elite Sorority Members of Seiran Academy: It was directed by the influential and distinctive Osamu Dezaki, ba...

Premium Bandai's Black Friday Lineup

From Gundam to Demon Slayer, Love Live! to Ghost in the Shell, there’s something for everyone at Premium Bandai’s Black Friday Sale! ― From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, tons of new and returning items are coming to Premium Bandai. Premium Bandai will also be handing out discount coupons for many of these items on a first-come, first-served basis. (Get your coupons here!) Moreover, if you order over ...
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This Week in Games - Shibuya Style

In this abysmal hell year, it might not seem like there's much to be thankful for, but I must strongly disagree. This year, I'm thankful for all of the folks who spoke up against abusers and bad practices in the game industry. ― Heya folks! It's Thanksgiving here in the States, where normally we gather with friends and family over a big traditionally cooked dinner. However, in the hell year of 2020, ...
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Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest LE

Despite being adapted from a relatively strong series of isekai power fantasy novels, where the protagonist has to actually work to get his powers rather than just lucking into them from the start, Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest's anime is not particularly well-written or well-animated. ― Despite being adapted from a relatively strong series of isekai power fantasy novels, where th...
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Teasing Master Takagi-san VR Anime's Expansion Launches on December 3

Expansion for Oculus Quest features 4 more scenes, new mode ― Kayac announced on Saturday that Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san VR 1&2 Gakki (Teasing Master Takagi-san VR 1st and 2nd Semester), an expanded version of the virtual reality (VR) anime of Sōichirō Yamamoto's Teasing Master Takagi-san (Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san) manga, will launch for the Oculus Quest on December 3. The expansion will include f...
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Taishi Tsutsui Finishes Storyboard for Final Chapter of We Never Learn Manga

Manga entered "parallel story" arcs in March ― Manga creator Taishi Tsutsui revealed on Twitter on Saturday that he has drawn the storyboard for the final chapter of his We Never Learn (Boku-tachi wa Benkyō ga Dekinai) manga. Weekly Shonen Jump published the final chapter of the "X=Hakugin no Shikkoku Ningyo-hime Hen" (X=Shimmering Ebony Mermaid Princess Arc) of the manga on March 9. Starting in the ...
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Final Fantasy XIV Game Streams Trailer for Patch 5.4 'Futures Rewritten'

Final Fantasy XIV Announcement Showcase streams on February 5 at 8:30 p.m. EST ― The official YouTube channel for the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn MMORPG began streaming a trailer on Saturday that previews the game's Patch 5.4 titled "Futures Rewritten." The game's website describes the new story of the patch's main quests: With Elidibus defeated and the fate of the First secured, the Scions mak...

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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Game Reveals 1st DLC Characters

Stefan Levin, Singprasert Bunnaak, Ricardo Espadas join game in early December ― The English Twitter account for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions game revealed on Thursday that the game's first three DLC characters are midfielder Stefan Levin, defender Singprasert Bunnaak, and goalkeeper Ricardo Espadas. The three characters will join the game as DLC in early Decemb...
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Kano Performs Ending Theme for Sōkō Musume Senki Anime

Series featuring female characters clad in parts from Little Battlers eXperience robots premieres on January 6 ― The official website for the Sōkō Musume Senki television anime revealed on Friday that Kano will perform the show's ending theme song "Compass Song." The anime will premiere on January 6 and will air on Tokyo MX, BS11, and MBS. The anime stars: Rikako Aida as Riko Rie Murakawa as Yui Saor...
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World Witches Take Off! TV Anime Announces Theme Song Artists, January 12 Debut

Yoko Ishida, different units of 501st & 502nd contribute theme songs ― The streamed World Witches Music Festa 2020 concert event announced on Saturday the theme song artists and January 12 premiere for the World Witches Hasshin Shimasu—! (World Witches Take Off!) television animes. Yoko Ishida is singing the opening song "Wanna Fly?" which is written, scored, and arranged by Kentarō Sonoda. The "501 ...
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King's Raid Anime's Blu-ray Disc Release Canceled

26-episode series premiered on October 2 ― The official website for KING's RAID: Successors of the Will (King's Raid: Ishi o Tsugumono-tachi), the television anime of South Korean developer Vespa's King's Raid smartphone RPG app, revealed on Friday that the staff are canceling the six planned Blu-ray Disc releases of the anime due to "various circumstances." The anime premiered on October 2, and will...
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Gintama: The Final Film Gets Novel Adaptation in January

Film, novel adaptation adapting manga's finale both release on January 8 ― Shueisha's Jump J-Books novel imprint is listing that Gintama The Final, the new anime film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga, will get a novel adaptation that will release on January 8, the same day the film opens in Japan. Mirei Miyamoto is writing the novel. The film is billed as "the finale, for real this time." The film ...
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Saudi Arabian Organization MiSK Foundation Plans to Purchase Majority Stake in SNK

Organization's game development subsidiary to purchase initial 33.3% stake for US$216.5 million ― The Saudi Arabian organization MiSK Foundation (Mohammed bin Salman Foundation) revealed on Thursday that it will invest US$216.5 million in Japanese game developer SNK through MiSK Foundation's wholly owned Electronic Gaming Development Company. The MiSK Foundation will own an initial 33.3% stake in SNK...
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Pornographer Playback BL Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Main Pornographer manga, spinoff series Mood Indigo both previously inspired live-action series ― Fuji TV announced on September 3 that the live-action adaptations of Maki Marukido's Pornographer boys' love manga is receiving a sequel film. The company revealed a visual for the film on Friday. Chihiro Onitsuka will return from the series to perform the theme song "Slow Dance," written specifically fo...
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JFF Plus Online Film Festival Screens Pigtails, Sumikko Gurashi, Drawer Hobbs, 8 More Anime in U.S. in December

Other films include: 'Gon, the Little Fox,' Tokyo Marble Chocolate, Li'l Spider Girl, NORMAN THE SNOWMAN -The Northern Light-, Kick-Heart, NORMAN THE SNOWMAN-On a Night of Shooting Stars-, The Girl from the Other Side, Moon of a sleepless night ― The Japan Foundation will host the JFF Plus Online Film Festival in the United States from December 4-13. The Japanese Film Festival's (JFF) website will st...
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High School DxD's Slashdog Prequel Manga Ends

Original novel illustrator Kikurage launched series in December 2019 ― Illustrator Kikurage's manga adaptation of writer Ichiei Ishibumi's Daten no Inugami -Slashdog- (The Fallen Dog God -Slashdog-) light novel series ended in the January 2021 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Alive magazine on Friday. The series' second compiled book volume will ship in January. The series launched in the magazine i...
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Itachi's Haganai Manga Ends

Adaptation of light novels launched in 2010 ― Itachi's Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends manga ended in the January 2021 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Alive magazine on Friday. The manga entered its climax in the 18th compiled book volume in October 2019. The volume also revealed that the series would end in its 20th volume in 2020. The manga's 19th volume has yet to ship. Seven Seas Entertainme...
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Yuoni Survival Horror Game Announced for Spring 2021 Release

Video previews first-person story of escaping Japanese buildings at sunset ― Chorus Worldwide announced on Thursday that it will release the Yuoni survival horror game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam in spring 2021. The company began streaming an announcement trailer for the game. Tricore is developing the first-person game that incorporates elements of t...
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Dear Brother Episodes 1-13 Streaming

If you have any love for the shoujo or yuri genres, Dear Brother is a must-see. Your current favorites just wouldn't be the same without it. ― Dear Brother is probably one of the most anticipated releases among RetroCrush's various license rescues. Its pedigree is almost as prestigious as the elite Sorority Members of Seiran Academy: It was directed by the influential and distinctive Osamu Dezaki, ba...
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Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy Game's Prologue Video Streamed

Game launches for PS4, PS5, Switch in winter ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming a prologue movie for Gust's Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy game on Thursday. The video highlights the previous game and also includes new footage. The game will launch in Japan on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch on December 3. The game will then launch on PC via Steam on January 26. Th...
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3D CG Anime 'OBSOLETE' Streams With English Dub

Episodes 7-12 debut on December 1 ― Bandai Namco Arts' YouTube channel added an English dub to the 3D CG anime OBSOLETE in November. The anime's official website also lists the Blu-ray Disc release as containing English and Japanese audio. "Part II" of the anime containing episodes 7-12 will debut on December 1. As with the first six episodes, the new episodes will be available all at once on Decembe...
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RetroCrush Adds Ramen Fighter Miki, Little Prince, Love Hina Again, More Anime

Also: 1980 Astro Boy, both seasons of Honey and Clover debut in December ― Digital Rights Media announced on Thursday the new titles and release dates for the anime titles that will stream on its RetroCrush streaming service in December. The titles will launch on consecutive Fridays in December: Ramen Fighter Miki - December 4 Love Hina Again - December 11 Honey and Clover - December 11 Honey and Clo...
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Kodansha Comics Licenses 8 New Manga by Miki Yoshikawa, Kanae Hazuki, More

Titles include Harem Marriage, A Couple of Cuckoos, Will It Be the World or Her? ― Kodansha Comics listed four new manga titles that will debut digitally in January 2021 and four new manga titles that will debut digitally in February 2021. The following titles will release over consecutive Tuesdays in January: Title: Harem Marriage Author: NON Debut Date: January 5 Synopsis: The man Koharu loved wasn...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, November 16-22

Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon ranks at #3, Lupin III Italian Game special at #4 Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro aired on NTV on Friday, November 20 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 10.2% rating. The CG-animated film Stand By Me Doraemon aired on TV Asahi on Friday, November 20 at 8:00 p.m. and earned a 7.5% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV November 22 ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, November 16-22

Momotaro Dentetsu, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity debut at #1, #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: November 16-22 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwMomotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! Konami November 19 345,697 345,697 2NSwHyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Koei Tecmo Games November 20 173,215 173,215 3NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20 37,2...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga Creator Apologizes for Last Volume Not Adding New Epilogue Pages

Koyoharu Gotouge explains jacket blurb is in error, but volume will have other exclusive content ― The official Twitter account for Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga posted comments by Gotouge for the manga's 23rd and final volume on Friday. In those comments, Gotouge apologized for errors in the wraparound jacket band and publisher's preview for the volume. The wraparound jacke...
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Wit Studio Animator Kyoji Asano Attends 2 Online Meet and Greet Events on December 5

2 livestream events to be held on Zoom with Attack on Titan, Moribito, Great Pretender animator ― Emmanuel Bochew, interpreter and manager, will organize a third event on the Meet and Greet website, after those with artist Hiroshi Watari and director Masahiko Komino. The new event will feature animator and character designer Kyoji Asano. This event is described as a collaboration with Wit Studio. Asa...
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Sasuga no Sarutobi's Fujihiko Hosono Draws 2-Part Mini-Series Manga

Hakuboku "E-sports x romance" manga launches on December 10 ― This year's 23rd issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine revealed on Wednesday that Fujihiko Hosono will draw a two-part mini-series manga titled Hakuboku (Black and White, manga pictured left below) that will launch in the magazine's next issue on December 10. The magazine teases the manga as an "E-sports x romance youth turnabout story,...
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Keiko Nishi's Hatsukoi no Sekai Manga Approaches Climax

Manga about 40-year-old unmarried woman who reaches turning point in life launched in 2016 Manben Neo, NHK's documentary series hosted by manga artist Naoki Urasawa, revealed last week that Keiko Nishi's Hatsukoi no Sekai (World of First Love) manga is approaching its climax. The love story story follows Kaoru Komatsu, a 40-year-old unmarried woman. She's not dissatisfied with work or daily life, b...

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Shikizakura Original Anime Gets Manga in December

Hayato Aoki draws manga based on 2021 TV anime ― The January 2021 issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed on Tuesday that Chukyo TV and Sublimation's original "near-future science fiction drama" anime Shikizakura will have a manga adaptation by Hayato Aoki that will launch in the magazine's next issue on December 25. The anime will premiere in early 2021. TYK Promotion, which is based i...
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Yo-kai Gakuen Y Manga Ends With 3rd Volume

3rd volume ships on January 28 ― Shogakukan is listing the third volume of Noriyuki Konishi's Yo-kai Gakuen Y manga as the last volume. The volume will ship on January 28. The manga is based on Yo-kai Gakuen Y ~N to no Sōgū~ (Yo-Kai Academy Y: An Encounter With N), the new Yo-kai Watch anime series. Konishi launched the manga in Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine in September 2019. Shogakukan pub...
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HBO Max to Stream English Dub for Jujutsu Kaisen Anime

Crunchyroll streams anime with English subtitles, dubs in 4 languages ― HBO Max revealed on Wednesday that it will start streaming the English dub of the Jujutsu Kaisen anime as part of the streaming service's "Crunchyroll Collection" starting on December 4. The anime series premiered on October 2, and it will have 24 episodes. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime outside of Asia as the anime airs in J...
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Rikako Aida Performs Opening Theme for Sōkō Musume Senki TV Anime

Promo video also streamed for character Riko ― DMM Pictures revealed on Friday that voice actress Rikako Aida will perform the opening theme song "Dream Hopper" for the Sōkō Musume Senki television anime. The company also began streaming a character video for Riko, whom Aida voices in the series. The anime will premiere on January 6 and will air on Tokyo MX, BS11, and MBS. The anime stars: Rikako Aid...
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Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories Anime Gets 8th Season in January 2021

Kanji Tsuda reprises role as Storyteller for latest season of horror anime ― TV Tokyo announced on Friday that the Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories television anime will get an eighth season that will premiere in January 2021. Kanji Tsuda reprises his role as the Storyteller. Other cast members include: Rie Kitahara, Oolongta Yoshida, Mika Hijii, Toshimasa Niiro, Yutaka Shimizu, Satoko Kishino, Yuk...
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Solitary Gourmet Live-Action Series Gets New Year's Eve Special

4th consecutive New Year's Eve special to again star Yutaka Matsushige ― TV Tokyo revealed on Thursday that the live-action series adaptation of Masayuki Kusumi and Jiro Taniguchi's Kodoku no Gourmet (Solitary Gourmet) manga will have a New Year's Eve special for a fourth consecutive year, which will air from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Yutaka Matsushige (live-action Death Note, Sukiyaki Western Django,...
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Dreamcatcher, Riho Iida Perform New Theme Songs for King's Raid Anime

New themes to premiere with show's 2nd half ― The official website for KING's RAID: Successors of the Will (King's Raid: Ishi o Tsugumono-tachi), the television anime of South Korean developer Vespa's King's Raid smartphone RPG app, revealed on Friday that South Korean group Dreamcatcher will perform the new opening theme song "Eclipse" for the anime, and Riho Iida will perform the new ending theme s...
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Mamoru Oshii's VladLove Anime Unveils New Promo Video, Visual

"Special version" of anime's 1st episode streams on official YouTube channel on December 18 ― The official website for Ichigo Animation and Mamoru Oshii's new anime series VladLove unveiled a new promotional video and visual for the anime on Friday. The site also revealed that the anime's first episode will have a "special version" that will debut on the anime's official YouTube channel on December 1...
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Gundam Ace Magazine Unveils 3 New Gundam Manga

Kemeko Deluxe!'s Masakazu Iwasaki draws manga with Haman Karn as career office woman ― The January 2021 issue of Kadokawa's Gundam Ace magazine revealed three new manga for the Gundam franchise on Thursday. Masakazu Iwasaki's Arasa OL Haman-sama and Kazuya Tani's Ral Meshi ~Ramba Ral no Haitoku Gohan~ both launched in the same issue, while Osamui Wakai and Satoshi Takemiya's Amuro to Boku will launch...
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Studio Colorido Founder's New Studio Makes Anime Short Based on Picture Book

Aoi Hane Mitsuketa! anime short debuts in spring 2021 ― Noovo, a new animation studio founded by Studio Colorido founder Hideo Uda, announced on October 26 that it is adapting Itsumo Togashi's Aoi Hane Mitsuketa! Sagashitemiyō Mijika na Tori-tachi (We Found a Blue Feather! Let's Seek Out Nearby Birds) picture book into a net anime that will debut in spring 2021. Noovo unveiled a video promoting the b...

Premium Bandai's Black Friday Lineup

From Gundam to Demon Slayer, Love Live! to Ghost in the Shell, there’s something for everyone at Premium Bandai’s Black Friday Sale! ― From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, tons of new and returning items are coming to Premium Bandai. Premium Bandai will also be handing out discount coupons for many of these items on a first-come, first-served basis. (Get your coupons here!) Moreover, if you order over ...
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Aria the Crepuscolo Anime Film Casts Kiyono Yasuno as Original Character

Yasuno also performs spring 2021 film's opening, ending songs ― The official website for Aria the Crepuscolo, the new theatrical anime film project celebrating the Aria anime's 15th anniversary, revealed a new cast member and the theme song artist for the film on Friday. Kiyono Yasuno joins the film's cast as Aletta (seen below), a new character that original creator Kozue Amano specifically designed...
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Back Arrow Anime's 2nd Video Previews LiSA's Opening Song

Shuka Saitō sings ending; Ami Koshimizu, Mikako Komatsu cast in January anime ― The official website and Twitter account for the Back Arrow television anime began streaming the second promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals and previews the anime's opening theme song "dawn" by LiSA. Shuka Saitō will perform the ending theme song "Sekai no Hate" (The Edge of the World). The video ...

In/Spectre Anime Gets 2nd Season

1st season aired on January 11 as Crunchyroll Original ― Kodansha announced on Friday that the television anime of Kyo Shirodaira and Chasiba Katase's In/Spectre (Kyokō Suiri or Invented Interface) manga will have a second season. Kodansha revealed a visual and promotional video for the second season that recaps the events and characters from the first season, but it did not reveal a premiere date. T...
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Seirei Gensouki - Spirit Chronicles Novels Get TV Anime

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Ayaka Suwa, Akane Fujita, Yūki Kuwahara star in TMS Entertainment anime ― Hobby Japan revealed on Friday that Yuri Kitayama and Riv's Seirei Gensouki - Spirit Chronicles light novels are inspiring a television anime. The anime's official website revealed the cast and staff, a teaser trailer, and a visual, but not the premiere date. The cast includes: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Rio/Ha...
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Corpse Party Game Gets PS4, Switch Version

Game remake previously shipped for PSP, 3DS, iOS ― The official Twitter account for the Corpse Party horror game franchise announced on Thursday that MAGES. will release the Corpse Party: Blood Covered …Repeated Fear game for the PlayStation 4. The announcement did not reveal a release date. MAGES. also previously announced on October 19 that the game will have a Switch version this year that will ad...
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New World Trigger Anime Reveals Theme Song Artists

TOMORROW X TOGETHER sings main theme, Kami wa Saikoro o Furanai performs ending song ― The official website for the television anime of Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga revealed the theme song artists for the new anime season on Friday. South Korean boy band TOMORROW X TOGETHER sings the main theme song "Force." Motoko Ōmori of the rock band Mrs. GREEN APPLE wrote the song specifically for the ...
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Toei Animation Reveals Tropical-Rouge! Precure TV Anime for 2021

Precure featuring "transformation with makeup" premieres in early 2021 ― Toei Animation revealed on Friday that its 18th Precure television anime series will be titled Tropical-Rouge! Precure. The anime will premiere in spring 2021. (Most of the Precure series have been listed to premiere in spring, but actually premiere in February.) The anime's tagline is "Transform with makeup! Invincible determin...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, November 22-28

Lupin III: The Secret of Twilight Gemini, A Thousand and One Nights anime; Kageki Shoujo!!, Days of Love at Seagull Villa manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Assassins Pride BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 November 24 Azur Lane BDCite Funimation US$64.98 November 24 Big Order BDAnimeNewsNetwork Discotek Media US$39.95 November 24 Dancouga BDPlease Discotek Media...
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Koi Ikeno Ends 1st Part of Bloody Bride Manga, Launches New Tokimeki Tonight Next Year

Bloody Bride launched in March ― The January 2021 issue of Shueisha's Cookie magazine revealed on Thursday that Koi Ikeno's Bloody Bride -Kyūketsuki no Konkatsu- (Bloody Bride: Vampire Marriage Hunting) manga has concluded its first part, and Ikeno will launch a new Tokimeki Tonight manga next year. The announcement did not specify if the new manga will be a one-shot or serialization. Ikeno launched ...
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Tokyo Ravens: Sword of Song's Ran Kuze Draws 1-Shot Manga

"Kuroiwa Medaka ni Watashi no Kawaii ga Tsūjinai" romantic comedy debuts in December ― This year's 52nd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Ran Kuze will publish the new one-shot manga "Kuroiwa Medaka ni Watashi no Kawaii ga Tsūjinai" (My Cuteness Isn't Getting Throught to Medaka Kuroiwa) in the magazine's combined fourth and fifth 2021 issue in December. The magazin...
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Chikage Yuniwa's Battery Manga Resumes

Manga based on Atsuko Asano's baseball novels launched in 2005 ― The January 2021 issue of Kadokawa's Asuka magazine revealed on Tuesday that Chikage Yuniwa will resume their manga adaptation of Atsuko Asano's Battery novels in the magazine's next issue on December 23. Asano's novels revolve around Takumi Harada, a young man who moves to a mountain town in Okayama prefecture during the spring break b...
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This Week in Games - Shibuya Style

In this abysmal hell year, it might not seem like there's much to be thankful for, but I must strongly disagree. This year, I'm thankful for all of the folks who spoke up against abusers and bad practices in the game industry. ― Heya folks! It's Thanksgiving here in the States, where normally we gather with friends and family over a big traditionally cooked dinner. However, in the hell year of 2020, ...
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Makoto Sanda, Aco Arisaka's Bestia Manga Ends

Manga launched in June 2018; Yen Press publishes series in English ― The January 2021 issue of Kadokawa's Shonen Ace magazine published the final chapter of Makoto Sanda, Aco Arisaka, and Kashiwa Miyako's Bestia manga on Thursday. The manga's third and final volume will ship on December 26. Yen Press is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story: Chasing a faint memory from childhood,...
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ANN: Connect - Mangamo

Join us December 3 for a live manga discussion with Mangamo executive editor and co-founder Dallas Middaugh, whose career in manga publishing spans two decades with stops at Crunchyroll and Penguin Random House. ― Welcome to Anime News Network Connect! A collaboration between ANN and Anime NYC, ANN Connect is a new way to bring anime fans, anime creators, and the anime industry together during a tim...
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Otomate Reveals New Shūen no Virche Switch Game

Yomi illustrates game set in land where all perish before reaching the age of 23 ― Idea Factory's Otomate brand revealed a new Nintendo Switch game on November 20 titled Shūen no Virche - ErroR:salvation-. The game's teaser promotional video below previews the game's characters and setting in the land of Arpecher, where all perish before reaching the age of 23. The game's staff includes illustrator Y...
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New Sengoku Basara Manga Reveals Title, Debut Date

Sengoku Basara: Sōkyoku no Mahoroba debuts online on Friday, in magazine on December 1 ― The official Twitter account for Hero's Inc.'s Monthly Hero's magazine revealed the title and debut date for the new manga for Capcom's Sengoku Basara franchise on Wednesday. The manga is titled Sengoku Basara: Sōkyoku no Mahoroba (Elysium of Two Extremes), and will debut on Hero's Inc.'s Comiplex website on Frid...
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PQube Launches 'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate' Game's Free Shooter DLC

"Is It Wrong To Try To Shoot 'em Up Girls In A Dungeon?" DLC game launches on PS4, Switch, PC in the West ― PQube announced on Wednesday that it has launched "Is It Wrong To Try To Shoot 'em Up Girls In A Dungeon?," a shoot 'em up DLC game companion to 5pb.'s Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate game, in North America and Europe for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC...
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Kazu Inabe, Ikumi Fukuda Launch New Sci-Fi Manga in December

Magazine teases "orthodox sci-fi" story ― The December issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine revealed on November 20 that manga creators Kazu Inabe and Ikumi Fukuda will collaborate on a new manga that will launch in the magazine's next issue on December 19. The magazine teases the manga as an "orthodox sci-fi story." Inabe recently ended the Denjin N (Electric Man N) manga (pictured at right) w...
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Keitarō Takahashi's 'Hinmin, Seihitsu, Daifugō' Manga Goes on Hiatus

Manga's 6th compiled volume shipped on May 19 ― The December issue of Shogakukan's Sunday GX magazine announced on November 19 that Keitarō Takahashi's Hinmin, Seihitsu, Daifugō (Poor Person, Ark of the Covenant, Extremely Rich Person) manga is going on hiatus. The magazine did not state when the manga will return. Takahashi launched the manga in Shogakukan's Sunday GX magazine in December 2016. Shog...

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Shigurui's Takayuki Yamaguchi Ends Efu no Shichinin Manga

Manga about girl surviving through political purges at end of Warring States launched in 2015 ― The January 2021 issue of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine published the final chapter of Takayuki Yamaguchi's Efu no Shichinin (The Seven Palatine Ninja) manga on November 19. Akita Shoten will publish the manga's 10th and final compiled book volume on February 19. The manga is set at the end of Japan...
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Shojo Fight Volleyball Manga Goes on 6-Month Hiatus

Yoko Nihonbashi's manga returns in May 2021 as "short mini-series" ― This year's 24th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine revealed on Tuesday that Yoko Nihonbashi's Shojo Fight manga will go on hiatus due to the author's poor health. The manga will resume in the magazine's 11th 2021 issue on May 11, but will enter a new serialization schedule as a "short mini-series." Kodansha Comics publishes the m...

Yuri!!! on Ice: Ice Adolescence Film's 2019 Teaser Trailer Streamed Online

Staff post statement on status of film's ongoing production ― The official website for Yuri!!! on Ice the Movie: Ice Adolescence (Yuri!!! on Ice Gekijō-ban: Ice Adolescence), the anime film for the Yuri!!! on Ice franchise, began streaming a teaser trailer for the film on Thursday. The staff showed the video at a screening event for the original television anime series in January 2019, but had not up...
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'Hige o Soru. Soshite Joshi Kōsei o Hirō' TV Anime's Promo Video Reveals April 2021 Debut

Kazuyuki Okitsu, Kana Ichinose star in light novel adaptation ― The official website for the television anime of author Shimesaba and illustrator booota's Hige o Soru. Soshite Joshi Kōsei o Hirō (I Shave My Beard. Then I Pick Up a High School Girl.) light novels began streaming the show's promotional video on Thursday. The video reveals that the show will premiere on Tokyo MX in April 2021. The anime...
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Live-Action Wakako-zake Series Gets 1st Special on December 29, 30

Wakako goes to Hida area in Gifu prefecture in New Year's special ― BS-TV Tokyo announced on Thursday that the live-action series based on Chie Shinkyū's Wakako-zake manga is getting its first special, which will air on December 29 and 30 at 11:00 p.m. each night. The special is titled "Wakako-zake Special: Hida Sakagura Meguri" (Wakako-zake Special: Hida Sake Brewery Pilgrimage). In the special Waka...
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WAVE!! Surfing Anime Film Trilogy Gets TV Series Edition Premiering on January 11

Anime trilogy screened in Japanese theaters in October ― The official website for Love&Art's surfing-themed project WAVE!! revealed on Thursday that the WAVE!! Surfing Yappe!! anime film trilogy will have a television anime "complete edition" series version that will premiere on January 11 on TV Tokyo. The show's eight main cast members as the unit Naminori Boys ("Surfing Boys," abbreviated NBS) perf...
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Hollywood Reporter: Netflix, HBO Max Bid to Stream Godzilla vs. Kong

Netflix reportedly offered over US$200 million; HBO Max deal could allow simultaneous release in theaters ― Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter posted on Wednesday that Netflix has offered to purchase the streaming rights for Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment's Godzilla vs. Kong film for upwards of US$200 million, while WarnerMedia is preparing a deal to stream the film o...
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Netflix's Live-Action Alice in Borderland Series Previews Deadly Game in Clip

Survival-game horror set in deserted Tokyo debuts on December 10 ― Netflix Japan posted a video clip from the live-action series of Haro Aso's Alice in Borderland (Imawa no Kuni no Alice) manga on Wednesday. The video introduces a game of "tag" with a mysterious person wearing a horse mask and holding a machine gun. The series will debut on Netflix on December 10 in 190 countries worldwide. The serie...
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A-1 Pictures Animates Promise of Wizard Mobile Game's Anniversary Ad

Atsushi Tamaru narrates ad for wizard training game that debuted in November 2019 ― The official YouTube channel for Mahо̄tsukai no Yakusoku (Promise of Wizard), Coly's mobile wizard training otome game, posted a commercial animated by A-1 Pictures to commemorate the game's first anniversary on Thursday. Atsushi Tamaru, the voice of Arthur, narrates the commercial. The commercial comes in 15- and 30-...
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Gekidol Original Idol TV Anime Reveals Visual, January 5 Premiere

Story about idols rallying post-disaster world ― The official website for the Gekidol stage play, anime, and idol project revealed on Thursday that the anime will premiere on the AT-X channel on January 5, and on BS Fuji on January 10. The site also unveiled a new visual for the anime. The anime stars: (name romanizations are not confirmed) Hikaru Akao as Seria Morino Chihira Mochida as Airi Kagami A...
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Live-Action 'A Man and His Cat' TV Series Casts Ryunosuke Kamiki

Kamiki voices cat in series premiering on January 1 ― The official website for TV Tokyo's live-action television series of Umi Sakurai's A Man and His Cat (Oji-sama to Neko) manga revealed on Wednesday that Ryunosuke Kamiki (your name.'s Taki, Summer Wars' Kenji) will voice Kanda's cat Fukumaru. The series will debut on the Paravi video on demand service on January 1, as well as on TV Tokyo and TV Os...
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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Game Adds New Event Based on Live-Action Film

Players assumes role of film protagonist Artemis, voiced by Milla Jovovich ― Capcom revealed a new collaboration for its Monster Hunter World: Iceborne game based on the upcoming live-action Monster Hunter film on Wednesday. The collaboration will launch on December 4, and its special quest will have players taking the role of Artemis, the main character of the film. Milla Jovovich, who plays Artemis...
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ViacomCBS Sells Simon & Schuster to Penguin Random House

Simon & Schuster distributes Viz Media manga; Penguin Random House handles Seven Seas, Kodansha USA, Square Enix Manga & Books ― ViacomCBS announced on Wednesday that it has agreed to sell the publishing business Simon & Schuster to Penguin Random House LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, for US$2.175 billion. The cash transaction is expected to close in 2021. Simon & Schuste...
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 25

Out of basically nowhere, this week's entry sends Taichi, Yamato, Takeru, and their adjacent monster friends plummeting through the sky atop the hapless Eldoradimon for virtually the full length of the episode.
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A Place Further Than the Universe Anime Collaborates with Real Naval Ship

The 'Shirase' set sale for Antarctica last Friday ― A real-life naval ship named "Shirase," like the character from the A Place Further Than the Universe anime, set off for Antarctica last Friday. The Ministry of Defense's Joint Staff Office released a video showing off its collaboration with the anime: 第62次南極地域観測協力のため、11月6日に出港した砕氷艦「しらせ」が2週間の停留を経て、本日横須賀沖から南極に向けて出発しました。今次活動は無寄港、無補給と例年にも増して厳しい任務となりますが、...
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Fate/Grand Order Releases English-Subtitled Trailer For Lostbelt No. 3

Event written by Gen Urobuchi will launch on game's North America server on Thursday ― Aniplex US released an English-subtitled trailer for the "Lostbelt No.3: The Synchronized Intellect Nation, SIN - The Crimson Beauty under the Moon" story event of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game on its website on Tuesday. The event will launch on the game's North America server on Thursday. The story was writ...
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The Day I Became a God ‒ Episode 7

In general this just isn't an episode with much to talk about – it's The Day I Became a God in a holding pattern, ticking a few more days off that doomsday counter and inching the plot with actual progression forward the teensiest bit.
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Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest LE

Despite being adapted from a relatively strong series of isekai power fantasy novels, where the protagonist has to actually work to get his powers rather than just lucking into them from the start, Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest's anime is not particularly well-written or well-animated. ― Despite being adapted from a relatively strong series of isekai power fantasy novels, where th...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 153

While I would not go as far as calling this a throwaway episode, episode 153 is nonetheless firmly part of a stall between major arcs.
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Akudama Drive Releases Collaboration Image with Danganronpa

Image will be used for upcoming Animedia issue, Animate store bonus ― The Akudama Drive anime announced on its website on Wednesday that it is collaborating with the Danganronpa video games. Rui Komatsuzaki, who created the character designs for both series, released a crossover image depicting Akudama Drive's Ordinary Person, Cutthroat, Courier, and Black Cat with Danganronpa's Makoto Naegi, Sayaka ...
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Golden Kamuy Season 3 ‒ Episode 8

One of the potential challenges of Golden Kamuy is that the main cast is both large and interesting. They are not blank slates, and it feels like we never quite get enough time with them.
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Crunchyroll Adds 'Tama of the 3rd District -Have you seen my Tama?' Anime to Catalog

1st 2 episodes began streaming on Wednesday ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it has added the Tama of the 3rd District -Have You Seen My Tama? (Sanchome no Tama: Uchi no Tama Shirimasenka?) anime to its catalog. The company began streaming the first two episodes, and it will stream future episodes on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. EST. Sony Creative Products created the Tama and Friends characters in 1...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets Anime Season 2's Character Video Highlights Miku

Series premieres in January after COVID-19 delay ― TBS began streaming a character video for Gotōbun no Hanayome ∬ (The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬), the series' second anime season, on Wednesday. The video highlights Miku Nakano, the third oldest of the five sisters. TBS previously streamed character videos for Ichika and Nino. The account will stream videos for the remaining sisters over the next ...

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Tokyo 7th Sisters Anime Film's New Trailer Unveils More Cast, February 26 Delay

Film of idol game app delayed from summer 2020 due to COVID-19 ― The official website for Tokyo 7th Sisters: Bokura wa Aozora ni Naru, the anime film of Donuts' Tokyo 7th Sisters smartphone game, posted a new trailer and second key visual on Wednesday. Both announced more cast members and the film's rescheduled February 26 opening. The trailer also features the film's theme song "Departures: Ashita n...
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Voice Actor Masaya Onosaka Diagnosed with COVID-19, But Is Now Asymptomatic

Actor had a fever but is stable with no fever, cough now ― Voice actor Masaya Onosaka's agency Aoni Production announced on Wednesday that Onosaka has tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Onosaka received his PCR test result on Tuesday. The announcement noted that Horiuchi is currently asymptomatic for the COVID-19 disease, and that his condition is stable with no fever or coug...
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Tsurikichi Sampei Manga Creator Takao Yaguchi Passes Away at 81

Sampei's fishing manga ran for 10 years, inspired '80s TV anime, live-action film ― Manga creator Takao Yaguchi passed away due to pancreatic cancer in a Tokyo hospital on November 20. He was 81. His family held a private funeral. His daughter Kaoru made the announcement through her father's Twitter account on Wednesday. She added that her father had been ill for half a year since he was diagnosed wi...
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Mars Red Vampire Anime Streams English-Subtitled Mini-Anime's 1st Episode

New episodes of Code Zero Daily Report debut every 4th Tuesday ― The official website for the television anime of Bun'ō Fujisawa's MARS RED dramatic stage reading productions launched a mini-anime titled Code Zero Daily Report (Zero Kikan Nikki) on Tuesday. The first episode has English subtitles. The mini-anime will have a new monthly episode every fourth Tuesday, with five episodes scheduled until ...
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Remake Our Life! Anime Project Is TV Anime Next Year

Story centers on failed game creator who travels back in time ― The official Twitter account for author Nachi Kio and illustrator Eretto's Boku-tachi no Remake (Remake Our Life!) light novel series revealed on Wednesday that the previously announced anime project for the novels will be a television anime that will premiere in 2021. The story centers on the unsuccessful game director Kyōya Hashiba. Hi...
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New Seven Deadly Sins TV Anime's Ad Reveals Theme Song Artists

Porno Graffitti's Akihito Okano sings opening, Hiroyuki Sawano & ReoNa contribute ending ― The official website for the Seven Deadly Sins anime posted a new commercial for The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon's Judgement (Nanatsu no Taizai: Fundo no Shinpan), the franchise's new television anime series, on Wednesday. The commercial reveals the anime's theme song artists, and the commercial itself previews t...
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Stand By Me Doraemon 2 Opens at #2 Behind Demon Slayer Film

Magical Doremi at #6, Precure at #7, Violet Evergarden at #9, Barbara at #11 Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train stayed at #1 for its sixth weekend. It sold 748,000 tickets for 1,032,345,100 yen (about US$9.87 million) over the weekend. The film has now sold a total of 19,397,589 tickets for 25,917,043,800 yen (about US$247 million). The film has now earned more than Makoto Shi...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga's Final Volume Does Not Add New Epilogue Chapter (Updated)

#23 adds 3.95 million to series' 120-million circulation; spinoff volume has initial run of 1 million ― Shueisha announced on Wednesday that the 23rd and final volume of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga will add 39 new pages when it ships on December 4. Those pages will consist of a 14-page epilogue, as well as 25 pages of bonus extra content. Shueisha also announced that the m...
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LiSA is 1st Female Artist to Top Song Download Sales in Japan for 6 Weeks

Demon Slayer film's "Homura" single is 3rd to accomplish feat after Kenshi Yonezu's "Lemon," "Uma to Shika" ― LiSA's new single "Homura," the theme song for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Movie: Mugen Train anime, has ranked #1 on Oricon's weekly digital singles ranking chart for six consecutive weeks. It is the third ever single to accomplish the feat in the chart's history, after Kenshi Y...

3rd Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel Film Opens at #10 in U.S.

Film earned US$200,000 in opening weekend Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song, the third film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel film trilogy, ranked #10 at the United States box office in its opening weekend. Aniplex of America opened the film in the United States on November 18, and the film earned an estimated US$200,000 over the November 20-22 weekend. According to estimates, the...
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1st BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia Anime Film Opens on April 23

Both Roselia-focused films open next year along with BanG Dream! FILM LIVE 2nd Stage anime film ― The official website for the BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia anime films revealed on Tuesday that BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia I: Yakusoku (Promise), the first of two planned films focused on the "Roselia" in-story band, will open on April 23 next year. The second film, BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia II...
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Ishura Gets Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! Guidebook's Most Votes Ever

Also: Chitose kun wa Ramune Bin no Naka tops bunkobon rankings ― The 2021 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! (This Light Novel Is Amazing!) guidebook reported its list of the top light novel series on Tuesday. Author Keiso and illustrator Kureta's Ishura light novel series topped the tankōbon, novel, and new title categories with the most number of votes ever recorded for a light n...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 951

Luffy going from emaciated zombie to chomp chomp punch lad in sixty seconds flat was good comedy, and we got a significant amount of Bepo screen time which is rare and must be treasured.
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Macross Frontier to Hold First Solo Live Concert in a Decade

Macross Frontier is slated to hold a solo live concert – its first in 10 years – at the Yoyogi National Stadium 1st Gymnasium in Tokyo on February 5-6, 2021. The concert was announced at the end of the "#Air Macross F Live [email protected]" livestream which aired on the Macross series' official YouTube channel Macrossch on November 23. Titled "SANKYO presents Macross F Galaxy Live 2021 -They're not ...
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Warlords of Sigrdrifa ‒ Episode 8

The information revealed in this episode also puts a new perspective on Odin's role in the story thus far.
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Talentless Nana ‒ Episode 8

There's fun and schadenfreude aplenty in trying to follow two chess experts exhaustively assaulting each other's defenses, and this episode proves Talentless Nana to be most tense and most compelling in this mode.
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Gal*Gun Returns Game Launches in West on February 12

Opening movie streamed for Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Steam game ― PQube announced that it will release Inti Creates' new Gal*Gun Returns game in English for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC via Steam on February 12. The company began streaming the game's opening movie: The Switch version will have a physical and digital release, and the Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Steam ...
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Jump Festa 2021 Will Be Held at Virtual "Jump Fest Island"

Jump artists design player avatars for event. ― The ongoing situation with COVID-19 has prompted many scheduled events in Japan to shift their venues to online, virtual spaces, and the upcoming Jump Festa is no exception in, ahem, making that leap. Pun aside, Jump Festa 2021 Online will be held on December 19 and 20 this year in the brightly-named virtual venue "Jump Fest Island". The event can be jo...
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Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle ‒ Episode 8

Her Highness in no way wants to go see the Demon Castle's Cursed Dentist to deal with her cavity. And if she has to see him, couldn't he just treat her cavity without looking in her mouth?
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Netflix Streams New Episodes of Pokémon Journeys Anime in U.S. on December 4

Netflix confirmed on Tuesday that it will stream the third part of the ongoing television anime Pokémon Journeys: The Series on December 4. Pokémon Journeys: The Series premiered on TV Tokyo and its affiliates on November 17, two days after the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games shipped worldwide. The first 12 episodes of the anime debuted in the United States on Netflix on June 12, and the se...
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Pikachu Will Return to Manhattan For Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

94th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be a television-only event ― The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade website confirmed that a Pikachu balloon will appear at this year's event. The balloon will be 53 feet tall, 36 feet long, and 29 feet wide. It depicts the yellow mouse Pokémon wearing a green scarf and holding a white snowman shaped like a smaller Pikachu. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 175

Team 7 wraps up its latest mission and fights one of its toughest battles in an action-packed Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
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Mangamo Manga Subscription App Launches on Android

Sony invests in Mangamo; app adds The Most Tsundere Boss in History, The Warrior Demigods, Champions of Sparta manga ― The staff of the Mangamo app announced on Monday that the app is now available worldwide on Android devices. The staff also revealed that Sony has invested in Mangamo through the Sony Innovation Fund. The Japanese digital marketing and media company Septeni Group also invested in the...
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The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc ‒ Episode 8

After watching, re-watching, and re-re-watching this episode, one thing has become strikingly clear: this is the most confusing episode of the season so far.

Funimation Adds Mobile Suit Gundam, Gundam Unicorn, Gundam Seed, Gundam Seed Destiny Anime

Gundam franchise's anime begin streaming on Wednesday ― Funimation announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming on Wednesday the Mobile Suit Gundam and Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) anime, as well as the HD remastered versions of the Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny anime. The company also revealed that it will add more series from the Gundam franchise soon. All fou...
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Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club ‒ Episode 8

After weeks of generally subdued character conflicts and emotional payoffs, the glorious dramatics of this franchise finally make a return from an unexpected source.
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Golden Kamuy Anime's 3rd Season Casts Motomu Kiyokawa, Daisuke Ono

Kiyokawa, Ono play old, young versions of Yо̄ichirо̄ in 3rd season that premiered on October 5 ― The official website for the Golden Kamuy franchise revealed on Monday that the anime's third season has cast Motomu Kiyokawa as Yо̄ichirо̄ the manslayer and Daisuke Ono as the younger version of Yо̄ichirо̄. Yо̄ichirо̄ Young Yо̄ichirо̄ The third season premiered on October 5. Crunchyroll is streaming the ...

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Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Battle of Kimluck Anime Casts More Kimluck Church Members

Atsushi Miyauchi, Katsuyuki Konishi, Kikuko Inoue, Emi Hirayama join winter anime ― The official website for the new television anime of Yoshinobu Akita's Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi) light novel series revealed the cast for more members of the Kimluck Church on Tuesday. These character will appear in Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Battle of Kimluck (Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi...
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Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Anime Season 3 Premieres on January 10

Season to air for 1 quarter of a year ― The official website for the third television anime season of Masaki Ando's Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki (Yatogame-chan Observation Diary) four-panel manga announced on Tuesday that the anime will premiere on the TV Aichi channel on January 10 at 9:54 p.m.. The season will also run on the BS11 and AT-X channels, as well on Hikari TV, d Anime Store, Video Market...
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Violet Evergarden Film Stays in Top 10 for 10 Straight Weeks

Sells 1.3 million tickets for 1.9 billion yen since September 18 ― Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime has sold 1,331,085 tickets for a cumulative total of 1,912,896,400 yen (about US$18.31 million) after 10 weeks at the Japanese box office. The film ranked #8 in yen earned in its 10th weekend at the box office, and ranked #9 in the number of tickets sold. The film has consistently r...

act-age Manga Writer Tatsuya Matsuki Admits to Indecent Act Charge in Court

Defendant faces 18 months in prison, but seeks suspended sentence ― In a hearing before the Tokyo District Court on Tuesday, act-age manga writer Tatsuya Matsuki admitted to the charge of committing an indecent act with a female middle school student. The prosecution is seeking a prison sentence of one year and six months, but the defense is asking for a suspended sentence, arguing that the defendant...
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Anly Sings New Natsume's Book of Friends Anime's Theme Song

Theatrical anime opens in Japan on January 16 ― The official website for Natsume Yujin-cho: Ishi Okoshi to Ayashiki Raihōsha (Natsume's Book of Friends: The Waking Rock and the Strange Visitor), the new anime in the Natsume's Book of Friends franchise, announced on Monday that Anly will perform the anime's theme song "Seishun ~Star Wink~." The song's CD single will ship on January 6. The anime will o...
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Tokyopop Adds Laughing Under the Clouds, 5 More Manga

Tokyopop partners with Independent Publishers Group for distribution ― TOKYOPOP confirmed with ANN six new titles for release from April to June next year. Tokyopop is also expanding its English language trade distribution through a partnership with Independent Publishers Group (IPG). IPG announced the partnership on Saturday and stated that it will include joint distribution of the upcoming Resident...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Tops your name., Frozen to Become #3 All-Time Film in Japan

Mugen Train earns 25.9 billion yen as 2020's #5 film & #1 animated film worldwide ― The Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime has sold a total of 19,397,589 tickets for 25,917,043,800 yen (about US$247 million) in 39 days — thus earning more than Makoto Shinkai's your name. (23.35 billion yen) and Disney's Frozen (25.03 billion yen) to become the third highest-earning film of...
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Netflix Debuts Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy - Earthrise Series on December 30

Polygon Pictures' 2nd of 3 CG seasons based on Hasbro's Transformers: War for Cybertron toys ― Netflix announced on Monday that Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy - Earthrise, the second season in the CG-animated Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy series, will debut on Netflix on December 30. The announcement also had an accompanying teaser clip. All seems lost, but the war rages on. Transf...

WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me Franchise Gets New Anime Project

TV anime based on Nanatsu Mukunoki's manga premiered in January 2019 ― The official website for WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me, the television anime of Nanatsu Mukunoki's Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! manga, revealed on Tuesday that the franchise will have a new anime project. The site will announce more details at a later date. Wataten☆5, the music unit consisting of the anime's main cast membe...
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Tokyo Babylon 2021 Character Designs Appear to Reference K-Pop Group, Volks Doll

Hokuto's outfit mirrors promo photo of Yeri from Red Velvet ― The character design materials from Studio GoHands' anime adaptation of CLAMP's Tokyo Babylon manga appear to reference a promotional photo featuring Yeri from the Korean girl group Red Velvet. The photo was taken to promote the group's The ReVe Festival EPs released last year. Tokyo Babylon 2021 character design comparison The outfit is w...
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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon ‒ Episode 8

This show is proving to be the kind of anime that is honestly the most awkward to navigate, both as a fan and as a critic.
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Tokyo Ghoul's Sui Ishida Unveils New Chо̄jin X Manga

Tokyo Ghoul creator has finished storyboard for next manga ― Manga creator Sui Ishida (Tokyo Ghoul) announced on Twitter on Monday that he has finished a storyboard for his next manga, which will be titled Chо̄jin X (Superhuman X). He also unveiled an image: Ishida serialized Tokyo Ghoul in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump from 2011 to 2014, and then serialized Tokyo Ghoul:re from 2014 until July 2018. V...
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Moriarty the Patriot ‒ Episode 7

Giselle's entr'acte is perfect for Moriarty's plans to expose Enders' murderous ways: Giselle dies at the end of act one of the ballet and act two opens with a danse macabre wherein Hilarion is frightened out of the forest by the ghosts of maidens who died of broken hearts.
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Funimation Streams Attack on Titan ~Chronicle~ Recap Film

Compilation film for Attack on Titan anime's 1st 3 seasons streams with sub/dub on Tuesday ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will begin streaming Attack on Titan ~Chronicle~ (Shingeki no Kyojin: Chronicle), the compilation film for the first three seasons of the Attack on Titan anime, on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. EST in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub. Funimation is collabor...

Square Enix Announces NEO: The World Ends With You Game for PS4, Switch

Trailer streamed for sequel launching next summer ― Square Enix announced on Monday NEO: The World Ends with You (Shin Subarashii Kono Sekai), a new sequel game to The World Ends with You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai) action role-playing game, that will debut on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch next summer. The company began streaming an announcement trailer: English Japanese The trailer introduces the f...
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The Gymnastics Samurai ‒ Episode 7

This week's episode of The Gymnastics Samurai cold-opens with Leo the ninja doing a lavishly-animated impromptu ballet routine in a park in the middle of the night while those suspicious agents in suits look on in awe.
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Amazon Lists Capcom Retro Station Mini-Arcade Console

Machine with 10 Mega Man, Street Fighter games listed for December 1 launch ― Amazon Japan is listing an mini-arcade console titled the Retro Station by Capcom. According to Amazon's product description, the Retro Station is a machine with an eight-inch screen and a high quality bass speaker, and it includes 10 games from Capcom's Mega Man and Street Fighter series. The listing provides a December 1 ...
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The World Ends With You Anime Unveils 2nd Video, Opening Song, Visuals, April 2021 Debut

Video previews Ali's opening for anime based on Square Enix RPG ― The official website for The World Ends with You the Animation (Subarashiki Kono Sekai The Animation), the anime of Square Enix's The World Ends with You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai) action role-playing game, unveiled the second promotional video, opening theme song, visuals, and April 2021 premiere on Monday. The video previews the openin...
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 45

This action-heavy episode of Fire Force splits its focus between two different mini-boss fights.
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Cells at Work! Code Black Anime Reveals More Cast, Opening Song Artist, January 9 Debut in 2nd Video

Hekiru Shiina, Sarah Emi Bridcutt, Daisuke Hirakawa join anime airing after Cells at Work!! season 2 ― The official website for the anime of Shigemitsu Harada and Issei Hatsuyoshiya's Cells at Work! Code Black (Hataraku Saibō Black) spinoff manga announced the anime's additional cast members, opening song artist, and January 9 premiere. It also presented the second promtional video and a new key visu...
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My Hero Academia Films, TV Anime, Manga's Twitter Accounts Post Teaser Visual

― The official Twitter accounts for the My Hero Academia television anime, movies, and manga made a series of teaser posts on Monday. The series of Tweets can be combined to form the sentence "【HE WILL MEET ”THE THREE MUSKETEERS".】" The Tweets also link to the My Hero Academia anime series' website, the My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising anime film's website, and the Shonen Jump website listing for Koh...
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Horimiya TV Anime Unveils 9 More Cast Members, More Staff, New Visual

Daiki Yamashita, Jun Fukuyama, Taku Yashiro, Shōya Chiba, Momo Asakura, more ― The second live-streamed special for the television anime of Daisuke Hagiwara's Horimiya manga unveiled more cast and staff members on the Abema service on Monday. The special also debuted a new key visual for the characters voiced by the nine newly announced cast members: The newly announced cast members are Daiki Yamashi...
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