Anime News Network's Holiday 2017 Gift Guide: Art & Books

Our giant glittering gift guide continues with a tour through the stacks of this year's best artbooks, manga, box sets and much more!

Manga Preview: Hiro Mashima's Neo Parasyte m Story

What happens when the world of Parasyte collides with Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail? Find out in our exclusive preview of Kodansha Comics' new anthology, Neo Parasyte m!

Convention Report: Princess Principal at Anime NYC

Director Masaki Tachibana answered questions about his surprise hit anime series at this year's inaugural Anime NYC. Rachel Kelly has the details from this special screening and Q&A sessions!

Anime News Network's Holiday 2017 Gift Guide: Fashion

Looking for the perfect way to express your otaku side no matter where you go? Our guide to the best anime fashion and accessories of the season will get you there!

Vice & Luna - No War But Food Wars

Who among us can resist the siren song of the kitchen after watching a bunch of Food Wars?

Anime News Network's Holiday 2017 Gift Guide: DVD & Bluray

Our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide begins with an enormous gilded mountain of 2017's biggest and brightest DVD and bluray anime releases!

Is The Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Movie Any Good?

Our correspondent saw the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie during its world premiere at Anime NYC this weekend - here's her full report, plus comments from the director!

Shelf Life - Persona 4: The Animation

Gabriella revisits the anime adaptation of this hit JRPG to see if it's worth watching on its own merits, while Paul runs down all this week's new releases along with a new king-sized Shelf Obsessed!

Anime NYC News Roundup + Photo Galleries

All of the news headlines from this weekend's Anime NYC event in New York City, plus our cosplay galleries and plenty of photos from around the convention floor!
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Beasts of Abigaile GNs 1-2

This surprisingly dark shoujo romance wraps its themes of colonialism around a "Little Red Riding Hood" tale. Rebecca Silverman untangles its heavy yet rewarding story. ― Well, hey there, Little Red Riding Hood! Aarne-Thompson tale type 333, the story best known as “Little Red Riding Hood” in English, has been one of anime and manga's go-to fairy tales for inspiration, and Spica Aoki's Beasts of Abig...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria Novel 4

The first arc of Sword Oratoria that provided the season finale for its anime adaptation comes to a close. Theron Martin compares these two versions for any juicy details that may have gotten left out. ― Despite leaving out a few details here and there, the DanMachi anime series was largely a faithful and excellent adaptation of the source novels. The anime version of Sword Oratoria was a far less im...
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ANNCast - New Dominion Thank Police

Jacob and Zac chew on Justice League for a while before digging in to your Twitter questions - Evangelion, Kino's Journey, Ancient Magus Bride and a whole lot more! ― ANNCast Episode 311 - New Dominion Thank Police Jacob and Zac chew on Justice League for a while before digging in to your Twitter questions - Evangelion, Kino's Journey, Ancient Magus Bride and a whole lot more! You can listen to the ...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 20

Erina's evolution comes to a head as Soma battles Tsukasa in this exciting volume. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Ever since Erina's father Azami Nakiri returned to Totsuki in an orchestrated semi-hostile takeover, the school has been in an uproar. Not only is he trying to remake Japan's culinary world in his own image, but he's also dedicated himself to stamping out what he sees as unnecessary...
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In This Corner of the World GNs 1-3

The complete manga that inspired the award-winning film is finally available in English. Rose Bridges compares this edition to its adaptation and as a work of historical fiction on its own. ― When I saw the film version of In This Corner of the World at Otakon this year, I was impressed and thrilled, but also struck by its odd plot structure. Nearly all of the film's driving narrative is in the third...
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Thursday, November 23

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Atelier Lydie & Suelle Game's 3 Gameplay Videos Streamed

Game ships in Japan on December 21, in West in March ― Gust began streaming three gameplay videos for its Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (Lydie to Suelle no Atelier ~Fushigi no Kaiga no Renkinjutsushi~) game on Wednesday. The videos preview the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation Vita versions of the game, as well as battle sequences. The game will ship in Japan for t...
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Shinobi Master Senran Kagura New Link Smartphone Game's 1st Video Streamed

"Bustiest" iOS/Andriod game slated to launch in 2017 ― The official website for Marvelous and Honey∞Parade Games' Shinobi Master Senran Kagura New Link smartphone game began streaming the first promotional video for the game on Wednesday. The video previews the characters and their new costumes during gameplay. The video and website describe the "all-star battle" game as featuring the "bustiest" char...
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Answerman - Why Does Rock-Paper-Scissors Come Up In Anime So Much?

You probably can't even count the number of times jan-ken-pon comes up in anime. Why is it so ubiquitous? Justin has an answer. ― Samuel asked: Mind explaining the history of the Japanese version of Westerners' "rock/paper/scissors" known as jan-ken-pon (and what each gesture looks like and does to another gesture)? The game of Rock-Paper-Scissors is so ancient and so pervasive across the world, the...
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Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Sell 1.2 Million Copies in Japan in 3 Days

Nintendo revealed in a press release on Wednesday that its Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon Nintendo 3DS games sold an estimated 1,199,814 copies in Japan it their first three days after shipping on Friday. In comparison, the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games sold an estimated 1,905,107 copies in their first three days after shipping last November. The figures do not include digital copie...
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Beasts of Abigaile GNs 1-2

This surprisingly dark shoujo romance wraps its themes of colonialism around a "Little Red Riding Hood" tale. Rebecca Silverman untangles its heavy yet rewarding story. ― Well, hey there, Little Red Riding Hood! Aarne-Thompson tale type 333, the story best known as “Little Red Riding Hood” in English, has been one of anime and manga's go-to fairy tales for inspiration, and Spica Aoki's Beasts of Abig...
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Junji Ito 'Collection' Anime Casts Hikaru Midorikawa, Mami Koyama, Rie Suegara

Horror series debuts on January 5 ― The official website for Junji Ito "Collection", the television anime of manga by famed horror author Junji Ito, revealed three more cast members on Wednesday: Hikaru Midorikawa as Handsome Man at the Crossroads (fifth from the left in the image below) Mami Koyama as Fuchi (first from the left in the image below) Rie Suegara as Tomie (third from the left in the ima...

Wednesday, November 22

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Earth Defense Force 4.1: Wingdiver the Shooter Launches on PS4/Vita

Earth Defense Force 4.1 spinoff casts players as Wing Divers ― D3 Publisher released the Earth Defense Force 4.1: Wingdiver the Shooter spinoff game for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on Wednesday. D3 Publisher announced the release date last week. The new game is a top-down vertical scrolling shooter, and a spinoff of its Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair game. In the game, ...
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Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] Slated for February in N. America, Europe

PS4/PS3/Vita fighting game also gets "End of Dawn Edition" release for PS4 in Europe ― Publishers Aksys Games and Rice Digital both announced on Tuesday that they will release Ecole Software and French-Bread's Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] arcade fighting game in North America and Europe, respectively, on February 9. The game will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita...
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Magical Girl Site Anime Reveals 1st Visual

The staff for the television anime of Kentarō Satō's Magical Girl Site (Mahō Shōjo Site) manga opened the anime's website on Wednesday. The site presents the show's first visual, as drawn by Satō. The anime will premiere in spring 2018. Tadahito Matsubayashi (Tokyo Ghoul: Pinto) is directing the anime at production doA, and Takayo Ikami (Yurikuma Arashi, Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation) ...
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Pixar's John Lasseter Takes Leave of Absence Amid Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

The Hollywood Reporter entertainment news source reported on Tuesday that John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is taking a six-month leave of absence after announcing it in a memo to staff. The leave of absence comes as The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and the Vanity Fair magazine have published articles regarding Lasseter's alleged se...
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Live-Action Mob Psycho 100 Show Reveals Additional Cast, January 12 Debut

Kazuki Namioka, Nogizaka46's Yūki Yoda play Reigen, Tsubomi ― The staff for the live-action television series of ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga revealed the show's additional cast, new visual, and January 12 premiere on Wednesday. The additional cast includes: Kazuki Namioka as Reigen, Mob's master and a self-proclaimed psychic Nogizaka46 member Yūki Yoda as Tsubomi, Mob's childhood friend who he has a c...
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Joker Game Gets New Stage Play in June 2018

New stage play based on anime features returning director, actors ― A new stage play adaptation of Production I.G's Joker Game spy anime series has been green-lit. The play will run at Theater 1010 in Tokyo from June 14-20, and at Mielparque Hall in Osaka from June 23-26. Daisuke Nishida is returning to direct and write the script. The play will star returning actor Masashi Taniguchi as Lieutenant Co...
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20th Anniversary Digimon Pendulum Toy Announced for 2018

The Bandai Premium shopping site announced it will sell the Digimon Pendulum toy next year in a new 20th anniversary edition. The toy is the latest to get a re-release after this year's Digivice 15th Ver. Metal Garurumon Color toy. The Digimon Pendulum toy was the second line to be released after the launch of the original Digimon toy. The toy takes its name from a mechanism requiring players to ...
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Kakegurui Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series

Gambling manga inspired anime series this year ― A live-action television series based on writer Homura Kawamoto and artist Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga series has been green-lit. It is slated to premiere on MBS at 2:40 a.m. on January 14, 2018, and on TBS at 1:28 a.m. on January 16 Tsutomu Hanabusa (Heroine Shikkaku, Asahinagu) is directing the series. Naomura drew an image, p...

School-Live! Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Manga resumes from hiatus in December ― The cover of next year's January issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine will announce on Friday that Norimitsu Kaihō and Sadoru Chiba's School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) manga will get a live-action film. The magazine cover will also confirm that the manga will return from hiatus in the next issue on December 22. The manga went on hiatus starting i...
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Kamen Rider Build & Ex-Aid Crossover Film Seeks 'Kamen Writers' for Event

Part-time job news service an Chō Baito (An Super Part-Time Job) is back at it again with its newest listing related to pop culture. Two lucky Kamen Rider fans now have the opportunity to become "Kamen Writers" in the lead-up to the opening of the Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL Build & Ex-Aid with Legend Rider film. The job listing is seeking two writers to interview Atsuhiro Inukai, who pla...

Devilman Crybaby Anime Reveals New Trailer, Visual, Theme Song

Megumi Han, Ami Koshimizu, more join cast ― The official website for Devilman crybaby, the new anime based on Go Nagai's Devilman manga, revealed a third main visual, third promotional video, theme song, and additional cast on Wednesday. The website also revealed that the anime will debut in all territories simultaneously on January 5, 2018. The video previews the theme song "MAN HUMAN" by Denki Groo...
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UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2 ‒ Episode 8

"This episode of UQ Holder feels like a whole arc of shonen-battle "big fight" episodes squished together into one event."
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, November 19-25

Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto, Myriad Colors Phantom World, New Game!, Tales of Zestiria the X anime; Arakawa Under The Bridge, Children of the Whales, Sleeping Beauty manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date The Future Diary Complete Series + OVA BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 November 21 Haikyu!! Season 1 Complete Collection Premium Box Set BD/DVDCit...
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Mr. Osomatsu Season 2 ‒ Episode 8

"In this week's two-parter, Mr. Osomatsu pays homage to The Fly and treats us to Jyushimatsu's dream of becoming a professional dolphin."
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Time Magazine Picks Its Top 10 Video Games of 2017

Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Odyssey, Persona 5 rank Time magazine's Lisa Eadicicco and Matt Vella weighed in with their top 10 choices for this year's very best video game entries. This year brought brand-new consoles, namely the Nintendo Switch and the XBox One X. The former is the first major console release since the passing of Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, which led to players to find anoth...
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FanimeCon to Host Bilingual Singer nano

San Jose convention to take place next May ― Northern California anime convention FanimeCon announced on Saturday that it will host singer nano at this year's event. The convention will be nano's first live performance in the United States. nano was born in New York and speaks both Japanese and English. They began their career by posting Enligh covers of Japanese music online. nano went on to perform...
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Live-Action Anonymous Noise Clip Shows Momo About to Kiss Nino

Film premieres Saturday in Japan ― Shochiku began streaming a new clip for the live-action film of Ryoko Fukuyama's shōjo manga Anonymous Noise (Fukumenkei Noise) on Thursday. The 20-second clip shows Momo about to kiss Nino over her mask as she sleeps in the studio. The video also includes the film's teaser trailer. The movie will premiere on November 25 in Japan. The film stars: Ayami Nakajō (live-...
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This Week in Anime - Is URAHARA This Season's Hidden Gem?

URAHARA is about as cute, unassuming, and completely under-the-radar as you can get. This week in anime, we dig in to see if we've been sitting on something special. ― URAHARA is about as cute, unassuming, and completely under-the-radar as you can get. This week in anime, Michelle and Jacob dig in to see if they've been sitting on a hidden gem this season. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed...
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Akihabara Cleanup Squad Keeps Otaku Holy Land in Tip-Top Shape

As the “holy land” of otaku, Akihabara gets a lot of visitors. That means it gets a lot of litter, too. This has been a problem for quite some time, and there have been some community-driven efforts over the years to address it. Every year for the past ten years, there has been an annual Akihabara cleanup event. This is organized by the Akihabara Cleanup Squad, a non-profit organization whose memb...
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Anime Adds More Returning Cast

Sakura's father, classmates, Spinel Sun, Ruby Moon return ― NHK announced six more cast members for the television anime of CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga on Tuesday. All of the new cast members are returning from the previous anime: Hideyuki Tanaka as Fujitaka Kinomoto Yumi Touma as Spinel Sun Ryoka Yuzuki as Nakuru Akizuki/Ruby Moon Issei Miyazaki as Takashi Yamazaki Miwa Matsumoto as ...
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Chihayafuru's Suzu Hirose Stars in Live-Action Show About Early Anime Industry

NHK unveiled its 100th "serial television novel," titled "Natsuzora," on Monday. The series will star Suzu Hirose (live-action Chihayafuru's Chihaya Ayase, Umimachi Diary's Suzu) as a girl growing up in rural Hokkaido in the postwar period. She becomes fascinated with animation and moves to Tokyo to work in the early days of the anime industry. The series' story of "dreams and adventures, love and...
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New Hoshin Engi Anime Casts Yōko Hikasa, Daisuke Namikawa, Nobuhiko Okamoto

Adaptation of Ryu Fujisaki's manga premieres on January 12 ― The official website for the new television anime of Ryu Fujisaki's Hoshin Engi manga revealed three more cast members on Wednesday. Yōko Hikasa will play Dakki, Daisuke Namikawa will play Chū Ō, and Nobuhiko Okamoto will play Ōtenkun. Yōko Hikasa as Dakki Daisuke Namikawa as Chū Ō Nobuhiko Okamoto as Ōtenkun The website also announced that...
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Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Smartphone Game Gets Worldwide Release

iOS/Android game to initially launch in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau ― Sega announced on the "Sega Station" live streaming program on Tuesday that the Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation game for iOS and Android devices will get a worldwide release. In addition to Japan, the game will initially be available in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Sega also announced that an augmented-reality feature for t...
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World of Final Fantasy Meli-Melo Smartphone Game Revealed With Video

Players control Mirages to save Valgallan kingdom ― Square Enix revealed the World of Final Fantasy Meli-Melo game for iOS and Android devices on Tuesday. An official website for the game opened and began streaming a promotional video. In the game's story, tiny Lilikins live in Valgallan together with legendary beings called Mirages. The land is divided into fire, ice, wood, light, and darkness secti...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria Novel 4

The first arc of Sword Oratoria that provided the season finale for its anime adaptation comes to a close. Theron Martin compares these two versions for any juicy details that may have gotten left out. ― Despite leaving out a few details here and there, the DanMachi anime series was largely a faithful and excellent adaptation of the source novels. The anime version of Sword Oratoria was a far less im...
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Anime Reveals 2nd Key Visual

The official website for the television anime of CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga revealed the second key visual for the series on Tuesday. The anime will premiere on NHK BS Premium at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2018. The anime will then repeat on Fridays at 11:45 p.m. Morio Asaka is returning from the first television anime series and two films to direct the new series at Madhouse...

Tuesday, November 21

Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc Manga Goes On Hiatus Due to Creator's Child Porn Charge

Nobuhiro Watsuki charged with possession of child pornography on Tuesday ― Japanese publisher Shueisha announced on Tuesday that Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga is going on hiatus, due to Watsuki being charged for possession of child pornography. The manga will not run in Shueisha's Jump Sq. Magazine as of the January 2018 issue, which will ship on December 4. Shueisha commented that it is t...

25-Sai no Joshi Kōsei Romance Manga About 'Fake' High School Girl Gets TV Anime

Hitomi Harada plays 25-year-old posing as cousin in high school ― A television anime adaptation of Makana's 25-Sai no Joshi Kōsei~Kodomo ni wa Oshierarenai Koto Shite Yaru yo (25-Year-Old High School Girl: I'll Do What Can't Be Taught to Children) manga has been green-lit for a January 7 premiere on Tokyo MX and other channels. The romance story centers around Hana Natori, an earnest, good-natured 25...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, November 13-19

Nana Mizuki sells 2,889, followed by Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!, Gundam The Origin, live-action Blade of the Immortal , 2017 Crayon Shin-chan fiilm ― The "Nana Mizuki Live Zipang x Izumo Taisha Gohono Kōen ~Gekka no Utage~" live event sold 2,889 copies to rank #5 on the overall DVD chart. The live-action film of the Blade of the Immortal manga sold 1,171 more copies for a new tota...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, November 13-19

Nana Mizuki sells 13,224, followed by Gundam The Origin, Little Witch Academia, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!, Utena box ― The "Nana Mizuki Live Zipang x Izumo Taisha Gohono Kōen ~Gekka no Utage~" live event sold 13,224 copies to rank #1 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The special edition of the Shin Godzilla film sold 1,015 more copies for a new total of 103,893. It rose back ont...

Rurouni Kenshin Creator Nobuhiro Watsuki Charged With Child Pornography Possession

Watsuki allegedly owned DVDs with footage of girls in early teens ― The Tokyo Metropolitan Police has charged 47-year-old manga creator Nobuhiro Watsuki (real name Nobuhiro Nishiwaki) with simple possession of child pornography on Tuesday. According to the authorities, Watsuki possessed numerous DVDs with nude footage of young girls in their early teens, and stored them at an office in Tokyo at least...
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Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars CG Film Gets Japanese-Dubbed Theatrical Release

February 10 openinig with Rikiya Koyama, Sumire Uesaka, Kensho Ono, Eri Kitamura ― Sony Pictures announced on Tuesday that it will theatrically release Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars, the new CG-animated sequel to the 1997 film Starship Troopers, in Japan on February 10 under the title Starship Troopers: Red Planet. The film's Japanese website revealed a Japanese-dubbed trailer and Japanese visua...
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Puzzle Fighter Game App Launches Worldwide This Week

Spiritual successor to 1996 Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo game ― Capcom announced on Monday that it will release Puzzle Fighter game for iOS and Android devices worldwide later this week. Capcom's Vancouver division is developing the game. The game includes characters such as Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, and Blanka, (Street Fighter), X (Mega Man), Morrigan (Darkstalkers), Jill Valentine (Resident Evil), and Fr...
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Ai no Kusabi Boys-Love Anime's English Dub Casts Chuck Huber, Ray Hurd

Dub included on December 19 Blu-ray ― The official Twitter account for Media Blasters revealed the last two cast members for the company's English dub of the 2012 original video anime (OVA) Ai no Kusabi on Monday. Chuck Huber will play Raoul, and Ray Hurd will play Maxi. Voice over production company Kocha Sound is handling the English dub, and it also announced the following cast members: Keith Silv...
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Magical Girl Site Anime Reveals Staff, Spring 2018 Premiere

Tokyo Ghoul: Pinto's Tadahito Matsubayashi directs at production doA ― This year's 52nd issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine is revealing the staff and spring 2018 premiere of the television anime of Kentarō Satō's Magical Girl Site (Mahō Shōjo Site) manga on Wednesday. Tadahito Matsubayashi (Tokyo Ghoul: Pinto) is directing the anime at production doA, and Takayo Ikami (Yurikuma A...
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Live-Action Boys-Love Film Does The Flower Blossom? Reveals More Cast, New Visual

Akihisa Shiono, Yuito Obara, Atomu Mizuishi, Yasukaze Motomiya join February 24 film ― The official website for the live-action film of Shoko Hidaka's Does The Flower Blossom? (Hana wa Saku ka?) boys-love manga revealed new cast and the film's poster visual on Tuesday. The newly revealed cast includes: Akihisa Shiono as Kōki Fujimoto, Yōichi's friend from college who is interested in him Yuito Obara ...
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Street Fighter II's Car-Smashing Bonus Stage Gets VR Remake

Fans got a change to experience unique Street Fighter II nostalgia last weekend. The Capcom Pro Tour North American Finals competition offered a "Street Fighter II Bonus Stage Virtual Reality" experience for people who attended. The event's exclusive VR app used the HTC Vive and its Vive Tracker peripherals to recreate the famous bonus stage (seen above) from the Street Fighter II fighting game. I...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 814

"This anime isn't just setting the pins up to knock them down, it's taking a leisurely stroll to the bowling alley first and calling it drama."
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ANNCast - New Dominion Thank Police

Jacob and Zac chew on Justice League for a while before digging in to your Twitter questions - Evangelion, Kino's Journey, Ancient Magus Bride and a whole lot more! ― ANNCast Episode 311 - New Dominion Thank Police Jacob and Zac chew on Justice League for a while before digging in to your Twitter questions - Evangelion, Kino's Journey, Ancient Magus Bride and a whole lot more! You can listen to the ...
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Tōken Ranbu Gets Outdoor Stage Play at Odawara Castle

Side story performance to be held before 4th stage play in December ― The official website for the Tōken Ranbu stage plays announced a new side story stage play titled Tōken Ranbu Gaiden: Kono Yoru-ra no Odawara (Tōken Ranbu Side Story: Odawara of These Nights) on Monday. The play will have one performance outside at Odawara Castle om November 23. The performance will feature the same cast as the upc...
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Hatsune Miku AMG Wins 3rd GT300 Season Title for Good Smile Racing

Good Smile Racing and Team Ukyo pulled ahead to earn their third GT300 season title on November 12. Drivers Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka returned for the team to race a Mercedes-AMG GT3, which featured a Hatsune Miku design as always. Although the Hatsune Miku AMG placed third in the final race of the season, the team earned a total of 97 points for the series to earn the championship. T...
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Studio Colorido Recruits Staff for Anime Feature Film

Studio Colorido began accepting job applications for a full-length anime theatrical film and anime commercials on October 10. Applications for production staff and animator will be accepted until November 30. Studio Colorido's previous films include Hinata no Aoshigure, Shashinkan, and Typhoon Noruda, all of which ran for less than 35 minutes. The studio has also animated a number of commercials, ...

Kadokawa's Nyantype Magazine Ceases Publication

Magazine with focus on bishōjo characters launched in 2008 ― The official website for Kadokawa's Nyantype magazine announced on Monday that the magazine will cease publication after the January issue on November 30. However, the staff are having discussions on continuing the "Nyantype" brand name with mooks (magazine/books) and special edition magazines. The magazine launched in 2008 as a spinoff of ...
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Tentacool is Latest Pokémon to Get its Own Song, Music Video

First it was Slowpoke, who got its own reggae number in 2015. Then it was the Magikarp, whose lovable uselessness inspired a love song last July. The song proved so popular it even got its own dance video fans could follow along with, and then an English version. Next was Mimikyu, the new favorite from Pokémon Sun and Pōkemon Moon, whose dark cuteness inspired its own rap song. Now, it's Tentacool...
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1st Godzilla Anime Film Debuts at #3 at Japanese Box Office

Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode, Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?? Dear My Sister stay on top 10 chart Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (Godzilla: Kaijū Wakusei), the first film in the Godzilla anime trilogy, opened in Japan on 158 screens on Friday and ranked at #3 for the weekend of November 18-19. It sold 71,200 tickets on Saturday and Sunday to earn 103 million yen (about US$914,000), and it is projecte...
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Himōto! Umaru-chan R ‒ Episode 7

"While Sylphyn remains the show's secret weapon of undying adorableness, Kirie has become the season's rising star."
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Devils' Line Anime Stars Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Yui Ishikawa

New visual, main cast revealed ― The official website for the anime of Ryo Hanada's Devils' Line manga revealed a key visual and the cast on Tuesday. The cast includes: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Yūki Anzai Yui Ishikawa as Tsukasa Taira Ryohei Kimura as Hans Lee Yoshimasa Hosoya as Takashi Sawazaki Miyuki Sawashiro as Juliana Lloyd Takahiro Sakurai as Kirio Kikuhara Hiroshi Kamiya as Takeshi Makimura Ver...
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Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team Mobile Game Gets Global Release

Game launches in English, 5 other languages in December ― Mobile game developer KLab Inc. announced on Monday that it has opened preregistration for a global version of its Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team smartphone game. The company plans to release the game in 135 countries and regions in December. The game will be available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese. KLab po...
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Let Gundam Give You a Good Night's Rest with Reversible Zaku Eye Mask

With the final episode of the Loum Arc of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin looming on the horizon, Bandai's shopping site "Bankore!" is offering fans a chance to catch some good zzzz's and show their love for the Red Comet with a new Zaku reversible eye mask. One side of the mask features a MS-06S design, and the other features a MS05-S design, both red for Char's custom version. Although the di...
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Answerman - Why Do Some Releases Of Older Movies Have Black Borders?

What's the difference between letterboxing and pillarboxing? And what are those tiny black borders you see on some old anime that don't have any of that? Justin Sevakis explains. ― Duc asked: Every once in a while, especially when I'm watching an older movie on Blu-ray, I'll see a thin border around the picture. Why is that there? Also, can you explain the difference between pillarboxing and letterb...
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The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia's Gameplay Trailer Streamed

PS4 game ships in Japan on January 25; in Americas, Europe on February 9 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Europe began streaming a gameplay trailer for the The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia (Nanatsu no Taizai: Britannia no Tabibito) PlayStation 4 game on Monday. The game will ship in the Americas and Europe on February 9. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game in Japan on ...
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A Certain Magical Virtual-On Game Adds Leivinia Birdway, Othinus

Character designs for Ririn, Ririna, Komoe, Last Order also revealed ― Kadokawa's Dengeki Online website revealed on Monday that Leivinia Birdway and Othinus will appear in Sega's Toaru Majutsu no Virtual-On (A Certain Magical Virtual-On) game for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Both characters have prominent roles in Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index (New Testament Toaru Majutsu no Index). The...
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'Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart' Anime's Opening, Ending Video Streamed

6-episode series premieres on November 24 ― The official website for the Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart (Itsudatte Bokura no Koi wa 10-Centimeters Datta.) anime special began streaming an opening and ending movie on Monday. The video features the anime's opening and ending animation sequences and theme songs, and it will stream until December 8. (Note: The official video linked above i...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 116

"This showdown between Ultra Instinct Goku and a full-powered Kefla offers all the excitement one could ask for out of this show."
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 20

Erina's evolution comes to a head as Soma battles Tsukasa in this exciting volume. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Ever since Erina's father Azami Nakiri returned to Totsuki in an orchestrated semi-hostile takeover, the school has been in an uproar. Not only is he trying to remake Japan's culinary world in his own image, but he's also dedicated himself to stamping out what he sees as unnecessary...
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Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Hero Chapter Anime Reveals Video, Visual

2nd half of 2nd TV anime season premieres on November 24 ― The official website for the Yuki Yuna Is a Hero television anime began streaming a promotional video and revealed a new key visual on Monday for Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Yūsha no Shō (Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Hero Chapter), the second part of the second season of the series. The video reveals that the second part will premiere on November ...

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Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Game's Video Highlights New V-Triggers

Update for game available on January 16 as both patch, separate release ― Capcom began streaming a new teaser video on Monday for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, its update for the Street Fighter V fighting game. The video highlights some of the characters' new V-Trigger abilities. The update is slated for PlayStation 4 on January 16. The release will include Arcade Mode, Extra Battle Mode, more V-...
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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Mobile Game Launches on Wednesday

Nintendo of America revealed on its official Twitter account on Sunday that its Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp mobile game collaboration with DeNA will launch worldwide on November 22. Nintendo didn't specify if the date was for both the game's iOS and Android platforms. Nintendo revealed details about the game during a Nintendo Direct presentation on October 24. The title is a free-to-play game (wi...
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Kokkoku: Moment by Moment Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals January 7 Premiere

Boku no Lyric no Boyomi performs ending theme for Geno Studio's 1st TV anime project ― The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Seita Horio's Kokkoku: Moment by Moment (Kokkoku) manga revealed the show's second promotional video on Monday. The account also revealed a new key visual, the show's premiere date, and ending theme song artist. (Note: The first video below can't b...
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Shinkalion Anime's Cast, Staff Unveiled

Ayane Sakura, Manami Numakura, Rie Murakawa star in 2018 anime featuring transforming bullet trains ― The official website for Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion the Animation, the television anime adaptation of Takara Tomy's Shinkalion toy line, revealed the anime's cast and staff on Monday. The new cast members include: Ayane Sakura as Hayato Hayasugi, the protagonist and driver of the Shinkalion E5...
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Eri Kitamura Joins The Disasterous Life of Saiki K. 2nd Season's Cast as Mikoto Aiura

Anime to premiere in January ― This year's 51st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Eri Kitamura will voice Mikoto Aiura in the second season of the television anime of Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. manga. Kitamura previously voiced the character in the Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan: Shijō Psi Dai no Psi Nan!? Nintendo 3DS game. Mikoto is a gyaru who is go...
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Full Lineup Revealed for 2017 Kōhaku Song Contest

The NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen ("Red and White Song Contest") is a long-running New Year's Eve tradition on Japanese TV, pitting two teams of female singers (the red team) and male singers (the white team) against each other. The read team won the event last year, but the white team still has an overall lead with 36 wins against the read team's 31. NHK revealed the full lineup for the teams on Thursday...
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Cave Reveals Sangoku Justice Game for Spring 2018

Game's story centers on 3 powers in Japanese civil war where humans are created endlessly ― Game developer Cave (DoDonPachi Resurrection, Akai Katana) revealed its "3jus" game project with the title Sangoku Justice last Friday. The game is slated for spring 2018. Tsuneki Ikeda (Mushihimesama, Deathsmiles) is the game's overall director. Yūri Shibamura (Gunparade March, Touken Ranbu Online) is supervi...
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Love Live! School Idol Festival Smartphone Game Reaches 40 Million Users Worldwide

Bushiroad began streaming a video on Saturday for KLab Games' Love Live! School Idol Festival smartphone game that revealed that the game has reached 40 million users worldwide. Bushiroad and KLab released the Love Live! School Idol Festival rhythm action and adventure game in English on iOS and Android devices in May 2014. The game added the Love Live! Sunshine!! characters to the game in Septemb...
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Sanrio Boys Anime Premieres on January 6

The official website for Sanrio's Sanrio Danshi (Sanrio Boys) anime revealed on Monday that the anime will premiere in Japan on January 6 on Tokyo MX and MBS. The show will also premiere on TVQ Broadcasting Kyushu on January 8, and on TV Hokkaido on January 11. Pony Canyon promoted the anime in the United States at Otakon 2017. The project's premise follows Kōta Hasegawa, a high school boy who lov...
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Live-Action Hitsuji no Ki Film's New Trailer, Visual Posted

Film starring Ryo Nishikido to open in Japan on February 3 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Tatsuhiko Yamagami and Mikio Igarashi's Hitsuji no Ki (The Sheep's Tree) manga began streaming a new trailer for the film on Monday. The film will open in Japan on February 3. The site also revealed a new visual. The manga's story is set in a former seaport town that becomes the ce...
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planetarian CG VR Anime Video Crowdfunding Project Reaches Goal in 2 Days

360-degree video to feature Yumemi's explanation of starry sky ― The Campfire crowdfunding campaign for a full 3D virtual-reality anime video for planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume raised its 10 million yen (about US$89,000) goal in two days. The campaign launched last Friday. The 360-degree virtual-reality video will feature "Yumemi Hoshino's starry sky explanation" scene from the net anime. D & D ...
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Girls und Panzer Dream Tank Match Ships in Southeast Asia in English on February 27

PS4 game launches in Japan on February 22 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia began streaming an English-subtitled promotional video for the Girls und Panzer Dream Tank Match PlayStation 4 game on Monday. The video reveals that its Southeast Asian English release of the game is slated for February 27. Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia will release the game with English text and Japanese voice over. The v...

Valkyria Chronicles 4: Eastern Front Revealed for 2018 on PS4, Xbox One, Switch

Cast revealed for squad in original Second Europan War between Federation & Empire ― SEGA announced on Monday that it is developing Valkyria Chronicles 4: Eastern Front, the fourth installment in its Valkyria Chronicles game series. The game is slated for the PlayStation 4 on March 21 in Japan, and on the Nintendo Switch in summer in Japan. It is also slated for the same platforms as well as the Xbox...
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Netflix's Live-Action ERASED Series Previews Ending Song, Story in Trailer

Kanojo in the Display performs "Akane" song for series launching December 15 ― Netflix began streaming a trailer for its live-action series of Kei Sanbe's Erased (Boku dake ga Inai Machi) manga on Monday. The video reveals and previews the series' ending theme song "Akane" by Kanojo in the Display. The series will premiere in Japan on December 15, and is slated to debut in 190 countries this winter. ...
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A Sister's All You Need ‒ Episode 7

"This is definitely ASAYN's sauciest episode to date, with even more divisive fanservice than usual."
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Black Clover Anime Casts Ryotaro Okiayu as Heath Grice

Anime premiered on October 3 with Crunchyroll stream, Funimation dub ― This year's 51st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Ryotaro Okiayu will voice the character Heath Grice in the television anime of Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga. The cruel White Night Eye mage will debut in the 8th episode on Tuesday. The anime premiered in Japan on October 3. Crunchyroll is...
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Tsutomu Nihei's APOSIMZ Manga Gets U.S. Print Release Next Fall

Vertical already releasing Knights of Sidonia creator's manga digitally ― Vertical announced during its panel at the Anime NYC convention on Sunday that it will release Tsutomu Nihei's APOSIMZ manga in print starting next Fall. Vertical is releasing the manga digitally via ComiXology, and it describes the story: A land of endless icy expanses, ancient ruins that fill abysses that know no end, and th...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! ‒ Episode 20

"From this point on, everything Aqours does will be tinged with melancholy."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 336

"With comedy, action, and just the right amount of drama, episode 336 is another win in a consistently strong season."
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Code Vein Game's 'Misbehave' Trailer Streamed

Bandai Namco Ent.'s PS4, Xbox One, PC game slated for 2018 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a "Misbehave" trailer for its Code Vein post-apocalyptic role-playing game on Friday. The company had streamed the trailer at the 35th Golden Joystick Awards event on Friday. Bandai Namco Entertainment describes the game: In the not too distant future, a mysterious disaster has brought colla...
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Ni no Kuni II Game's Golden Joystick Awards Trailer Streamed

Trailer for PS4, PC game doesn't list game's previously revealed release date ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a "The Light May Yet Return" trailer for its and Level-5's Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PlayStation 4 and PC game on Friday. The company had screened the trailer at the 35th Golden Joystick Awards event on Friday. The video doesn't mention the game's release date, and the desc...
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Anime-Gataris ‒ Episode 7

"The anime club once again tries to justify their existence with their biggest project yet—creating an anime of their own."
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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Wins Game of the Year at 35th Golden Joystick Awards

Pokémon Sun/Moon, Resident Evil 7, Final Fantasy also win awards ― The 35th Golden Joystick Awards ceremony in London on Friday awarded Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game the "Ultimate Game of the Year" award. The game also won the Critics Choice award, the Nintendo Game of the Year award, and the Best Audio award. The game launched on both Nintendo Switch and Wii U on March 3 al...
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TV Program Discusses Sports Manga's Impact on Athletes

A new season of the Bokura wa Manga de Tsuyokunatta (We Became Strong With Manga) television program premiered on NHK BS1 on Friday, and new episodes will air every Friday at 11:00 p.m. The program had previously aired irregularly under various titles. The theme of the episode that aired on Friday was "comeback." Kazuyuki Kyoya, a former soccer player who switched to wheelchair basketball followin...
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Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond ‒ Episode 7

"When it comes to Blood Blockade Battlefront's ensemble storylines, Zed's episodes seem to be where the show likes to dish out the feelings."
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Welcome to the Ballroom ‒ Episode 20

"Despite this continuation of the serious subject matter from last week, what episode twenty really does well is its awkward humor."
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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Fighting Game's 4th Character Video Streamed

Gordeau, Yukiko Amagi, Azrael join playable character roster for game shipping next year ― Arc System Works began streaming a fourth character introduction trailer on Friday for its Blazblue Cross Tag Battle crossover fighting game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The video reveals the following playable characters: Gordeau from Under Night In-Birth, Yukiko Amagi from Persona 4 A...
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January Exhibition Celebrates 30 Years of 3x3 Eyes Manga

Yuzo Takada's 3x3 Eyes manga is 30 years old (yeesh) and is getting an art exhibition to celebrate starting in January at at Tokyo Seibu Ikebukuro's main office. The 3x3 eyes manga first launched in 1987 and is a supernatural adventure and romance series. The story follows a young man named Yakumo Fuuji who becomes the immortal slave of the last of a race of 3 Eyed immortals. The immortal, Pai, ab...
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Land of the Lustrous ‒ Episode 7

"Even as Land of the Lustrous introduces new characters and new aspects of the gems' incredible world, it keeps me craving more."
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The Ancient Magus' Bride ‒ Episode 7

"In less than two minutes, we get a spectacular climax to an episode that probably held back to hit us harder."
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Akimine Kamijyō Launches Kobayashi Shōnen to Futei no Kaijin Manga on November 27

This year's 51st issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine announced on Monday that Akimine Kamijyō (Samurai Deeper Kyo, Code:Breaker) will launch the Kobayashi Shōnen to Futei no Kaijin (Young Kobayashi and the Lawless Fiend) manga on November 27. The manga was originally slated to start this summer. The manga will adapt Japanese mystery writer Rampo Edogawa's short stories. The manga will start ...
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BLEND-S ‒ Episode 7

"It feels like Blend-S has gotten its groove back in this episode, as the show tweaks and expands on its core formula instead of just tossing up new ideas and hoping that some will stick."
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Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth- ‒ Episode 7

"Now the stage is set for things to really get moving, and it's time for Cardia to really show what she's made of."
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Adds Gotenks, Kid Buu, Ultimate Gohan

Game ships in West on January 26, in Japan on February 1 ― The January issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine is revealing on November 21 that Gotenks, Kid Buu, and Ultimate Gohan will join the roster of playable characters for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball FighterZ fighting game. The game will launch for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam in the Americas and Europe on January 26. Peop...
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Girls' Last Tour ‒ Episode 7

"The girls revive a long lost human activity: the art of baking. Of course, antics ensue."
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In This Corner of the World GNs 1-3

The complete manga that inspired the award-winning film is finally available in English. Rose Bridges compares this edition to its adaptation and as a work of historical fiction on its own. ― When I saw the film version of In This Corner of the World at Otakon this year, I was impressed and thrilled, but also struck by its odd plot structure. Nearly all of the film's driving narrative is in the third...
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Gintama Season 4 Adapts Manga's 'Silver Soul' Final Arc (Updated)

DISH//, Burnout Syndromes to perform new opening, ending theme songs starting in January ― This year's 51st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the Gintama Season 4 anime will enter the manga's "Gin no Tamashii" (Silver Soul) arc, the manga's final arc that began in July 2016. The title of the arc is a reference to the anime and manga's title, which uses the same c...
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Übel Blatt Creator Launches Punipuni to Sarasara Manga

Romantic comedy centers on popular model who loves plastic model warships ― The official Twitter account for Shonengahosha's Young King Ours GH magazine announced on Thursday that Etorouji Shiono will launch a new manga titled Punipuni to Sarasara (Squishy and Silky) in the magazine's February 2018 issue, which will ship on December 16. The romantic comedy manga centers on a popular model who loves p...

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Alice on Border Road Spinoff Manga Ends in February

Spinoff of Alice in Borderland manga launched in August 2015 ― The December issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Friday that Haro Aso and Takayoshi Kuroda's Imawa no Michi no Alice (Alice on Border Road) manga will end in the magazine's March 2018 issue, which will ship in February. Shogakukan will publish the manga's seventh compiled volume on January 19, and the eighth and ...
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Pop Team Epic Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

Amazon Japan is currently listing that the anime of Bkub Ōkawa's Pop Team Epic manga will have three home video releases and 12 total episodes. Each volume is also listed with bonus video footage, audio commentary, and a booklet. Space Neko Company's Jun Aoki (Oshiruko - The Summertime Mischief, Stephan no Ongaeshi, "#1 Adachin mo Keitai ga Hoshii da chin!") and Aoi Umeki (Kamikaze Douga staffer o...
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T.M.Revolution, Sayuri Sing Fate/Extra Last Encore Anime's Theme Songs

Kunihiko Yasui confirmed as Berserker in video ― The official website for Fate/Extra Last Encore, the television anime of the Fate/Extra game, revealed the anime's theme song artists and confirmed another voice cast member on Sunday. Takanori Nishikawa (T.M.Revolution) is performing the opening theme song, and Sayuri is contributing her new song "Tsuki to Hanataba" (The Moon and the Bouquet) as the e...
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Naruto Manga Gets Kabuki Play in August 2018

Minosuke Bandō, Hayato Nakamura star in play that will ru in Tokyo ― Shueisha announced on Sunday that Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto manga is getting a kabuki play. The play will premiere in August 2018 and will run at the Shinbashi Enbujō theater in Tokyo. Minosuke Bandō (live-action Tokyo Ghoul's Uta, pictured right in above image) will play Naruto Uzumaki, and Hayato Nakamura (left) will play Sasuke ...
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Kodansha USA Reveals 6 More Digital Manga Licenses

Also: Grand Blue Dreaming gets print release, Princess Jellyfish gets bonuses in final volume, UQ Holder! gets drawing contest ― Kodansha Comics revealed six new digital licenses during its panel at the Anime NYC convention on Saturday. The company didn't provide story summaries for four of the licenses. Pitch-Black Ten (Shikkoku no Ten) By: Kenshiro Sakamoto The manga ran in Kodansha's Shonen Magaz...
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SNK Reports Recovery From Previous Year's Loss With Net Profit of 3 Billion Yen

Company had incurred 558 million yen loss last year ― SNK revealed its financial statement from the period of August 2016 to July 2017 on Tuesday. The company reported total sales of 4.281 billion yen (about US$37.8 million), an increase compared to the 3.203 billion yen (about US$28.2 million) sales from the same period last year. The company also reported an ordinary income of 1.986 billion yen (ab...
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Dal Segno Visual Novel Gets PS4/Vita Release on March 22

MangaGamer released game in English in July ― Circus and Entergram announced on Thursday that they will release the D.S. -Dal Segno- visual novel for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita for March 22. The release will have both a standard and limited edition release, the latter of which includes a tapestry and five mini-shikishi. The first-print copies of the game will include a download code for a...
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Handsome Wine Guys Help Choose the Best Wine on NHK Program

NHK's program AsaIchi aired a segment "Gokujō ni Tanoshimu! 1,000-yen Wine" (Enjoy the Best! 1,000 yen Wine) that included tips about how to choose the best wine for your money by turning grape varieties into handsome male characters. The concept is just the next in a trend of anthropomorphic characters. The program compared Cabernet Sauvignon to a macho, astringent handsome guy. Merlot is toleran...
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Peace Maker Kurogane Film Project Reveals Rough Character Design for Suzu Yamatoya

The official website for the two-part anime film series based on Nanae Chrono's Peace Maker Kurogane manga revealed another rough character design on Friday. Shinnosuke Tachibana as Suzu Yamatoya The site also revealed rough character designs for two more characters on November 10. Masami Iwasaki as Kai Shimada Takaya Hashi as Isami Kondō The site has previously revealed rough character designs fo...
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 28

"Hina's arc is turning out to be as much of a highlight as Shimada's was back in the first season."
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GARO -Vanishing Line- ‒ Episode 7

"This was the series' best episode to date, boding well for the show's second half."
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Tubi TV Streams Tenamonya Voyagers, ItaKiss Anime

Also: Harlock Space Pirate, multiple Funimation titles ― Video streaming service Tubi TV is now streaming the Tenamonya Voyagers original video anime (OVA), ItaKiss (Itazura na Kiss) television anime, and Harlock Space Pirate anime film in Japanese with English subtitles. Tenamonya Voyagers debuted in Japan in 1999. Bandai Entertainment released the series on DVD in 2000 as the first anime to get a D...
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Scale Maker, Voice Actress of Evangelion's Shinji Have Twitter Fight Over Shin Godzilla Remark

― The first television broadcast of Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi's 2016 Shin Godzilla film already made waves with fans on Twitter on Sunday. Plenty of companies and individuals joined in the social media buzz over the airing. In what turned into an amusing exchange, health meter maker Tanita chose to engage voice actress Megumi Ogata. The official Twitter account of Tanita remarked on Sunday tha...
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Kino's Journey: the Beautiful World ‒ Episode 7

"I would prefer to deny that this episode is broaching anything meaningful at all, since what it ends up saying politically is so bizarre and irresponsible that I'd like to pretend it didn't happen."
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Pre-Registration Opens for Marvelous' Guns-As-Guys Mobile Game

Mobile giant LINE and Marvelous opened registration for Senjūshi: The Thousand Noble Musketeers mobile game and it has already accumulated 50,000 fans signed up to play. The game is notable as the latest is in the anthropomorphization craze, launching off the popularity of DMM's Touken Ranbu game featuring sword guys and instead focusing on tanegashima (matchlock rifles and pistols). The official ...
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Yuasa, 4°C's Mind Game Film to Stream on VRV Select, Play in N. American Theaters

GKIDS plans special edition home video release late next spring ― North American distributor GKIDS announced at its Anime NYC panel on Saturday that Masaaki Yuasa and Studio 4°C's Mind Game anime film will stream on the VRV Select service on December 22, followed by a special theatrical engagement in February. The theatrical run will offer exclusive giveaways to audience members. GKIDS also announce...
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Disaster Report 4 Plus PS4 Game's New Video, 2018 Release Revealed

Theme song by Mai Iida also revealed, previewed ― Granzella began streaming a promotional video for its Disaster Report 4 Plus -Summer Memories- (Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4 Plus -Summer Memories-) PlayStation 4 game on Thursday. The video previews the game's theme song "Namida no Kawari ni" by Mai Iida. The staff also announced that the game is slated for 2018. The Kobe Fire Department also working dire...
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Stock Investment Service Taps Horror Manga for Collaboration

The stock investment service "Oretachi Kabu no Shoshinsha!" (We Are Stock Beginners!) is participating in a rather extreme collaboration with the horror manga Hazureta Minna no Atama no Neji. The manga has nothing to do with stock investment. Instead, it's about a girl named Misaki who realizes everyone living in her city is a bit nuts. There's also a demon named Beherin that only she can see. Slo...

Yen Press Adds New Sword Art Online, WorldEnd, Little Witch Academia, Fruits Basket, Star Wars Titles

Also: Final Fantasy, Strange Creature at Kuroyuri Apartments, Tsuno no Gakuen, more ― North American publisher Yen Press announced at its Anime NYC panel on Saturday that it has licensed the following titles: Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online By Keiichi Sigsawa Japanese release: December 2014 - ongoing (six volumes so far) Light novel spinoff of Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online light nove...
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Dies Irae ‒ Episode 6

"Even at its best as in this episode, Dies irae still can't hold a candle to most better action series out there."
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Yuri!!! on Ice's Poodle Makkachin Gets Life-Size Plush

In Yuri!!! on Ice, Victor has a standard poodle named Makkachin, and Yūri had a toy poodle with a similar appearance whom he named after Victor. Vicchan sadly dies a short time before the events in the anime. Although they never meet in the anime, Yūri and Victor's beloved pet dogs finally get a chance to meet in the real world. Avex Pictures' merchandise brand as'mono is releasing plush recreati...
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Recovery of an MMO Junkie ‒ Episode 7

"Koiwai may not be the show's protagonist, but right now Yuta and Moriko are being forced to react to his decisions."
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Hikaru Nakamura's Black Night Parade Goes on Hiatus, Resumes in February

Manga launched November 2016, returned from hiatus in August ― This year's 51st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Hikaru Nakamura's Black Night Parade manga will go on hiatus until February. The issue published the manga's 12th chapter. The manga had returned from another hiatus in August. The manga is Nakamura's first new manga series in 10 years, and her first...
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Kodansha USA Licenses Yasushi Baba's GOLOSSEUM Manga

Also: Attack on Titan manga box sets announced ― Kodansha Comics announced at its Anime NYC panel on Saturday that it has licensed Yasushi Baba's GOLOSSEUM manga. The company also announced that it plans to release box sets for Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga. The four-volume sets will include special bonus items that will be announced at a later date. Two box sets covering the first "season"...
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Man Arrested for Selling Girls & Panzer School Crest Stickers

Kurashiki city police and the cybercrime prevention unit of the Okayama prefectural police arrested an individual for allegedly making and selling stickers bearing the school crests from the Girls & Panzer anime without the copyright holder's permission. The suspect, 33-year-old company employee Kazuki Mori from Komatsu in Ishikawa prefecture, admitted to the charge. According to police, Kazuki ha...
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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film Wins HPA Award for Color Grading

Film was also nominated in Outstanding Visual Effects category but didn't win ― The Hollywood Professional Association revealed its list of winners for this year's HPA Awards on Thursday, revealing that Paramount Pictures' live-action Ghost in the Shell film won the HPA Award for Outstanding Color Grading for feature films. The film was also nominated in the Outstanding Visual Effects category for fe...

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Crunchyroll Adds Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! OVA

OVA premiered theatrically in Japan on August 26 ― Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that it has added the Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! original video anime (OVA). The 56-minute anime is available worldwide outside of Asia. Crunchyroll describes the story: The city of Binan, somewhere in northern Kanto. The five members of the Binan High School Defense Club (Hakone Yumoto, Yufuin En...
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nano.RIPE, Mia REGINA Perform Theme Songs for Citrus Anime

Series based on Saburouta's yuri manga premieres on January 6 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Saburouta's Citrus yuri manga revealed on Saturday that nano.RIPE (Food Wars! The Second Plate, Non Non Biyori, The Devil is a Part-Timer!) is performing the show's opening theme song "Azalea," and Mia REGINA (Code:Realize, Matoi the Sacred Slayer) is performing the ending theme...
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New Milky Holmes: Arsene Karei Naru Yokubō TV Anime Special Revealed for December 31

Milky Holmes group to perform special's theme song "Reflection" ― Bushiroad began streaming a video on Saturday featuring voice actresses from the Tantei Opera Milky Holmes franchise, which reveals that the franchise will receive an all-new television anime special titled Tantei Opera Milky Holmes: Arsene Karei Naru Yokubō (Detective Opera Milky Holmes: Arsene's Magnificent Desire). The special will ...
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Girls und Panzer Dream Tank Match Game's 1st Promo Video Reveals February 22 Launch

Premium Edition extras, impression battle mode, tank customization abilities also revealed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the first promotional video for its Girls und Panzer Dream Tank Match PlayStation 4 game on Thursday. The video highlight's the game's "impression battle mode" with an original story, tank customization abilities, and the five-versus-five online multiplayer mode. The...
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Mob Psycho 100 Stage Play's New Visual Posted

Stage play will run from January 6-14 at The Galaxy Theater in Tokyo ― The official website for the stage play based on ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga revealed a new visual on Friday. The visual includes new pictures of the cast in costume. The stage play will run from January 6-14, 2018 at The Galaxy Theater in Tokyo. Keita Kawajiri is directing and writing the script. The cast members include: Voice ac...
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Yuki Yuna is a Hero Season 2 ‒ Episode 7

"While this effort is ordinary, this is one of the few places where I feel a recap episode is entirely appropriate."
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A Place Further Than the Universe Trailer Streamed With English Subtitles

Crunchyroll to stream series premiering in January ― Crunchyroll began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the original A Place Further Than the Universe (Uchū Yorimo Tōi Basho) television anime on Friday. The official site for the anime posted the same trailer without subtitles on November 8. Crunchyroll confirmed at its Anime NYC panel on Friday that it will stream the series when it premie...
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MangaGamer to Release Golden Fantasia CROSS Fighting Game on December 8

MangaGamer announced during its panel at Anime NYC on Friday that it will release the Golden Fantasia CROSS (Ōgon Musōkyoku CROSS) fighting game on its website and on Steam on December 8. MangaGamer announced in October 2016 that it would release the game as its first fighting game. MangaGamer also announced that it will release a hardcopy of Princess Evangile W Happiness on December 15, Imouto P...
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Fellow Voice Actors Respond to Hiromu Tsuru's Passing

Voice actress Hiromi Tsuru passed away on Thursday due to aortic dissection. Tsuru was a prolific and respected member of the voice-acting community in Japan. Especially since she was only 57, her death has been a shock to the industry. Many fellow voice actors and other anime staff members responded to her death on Twitter. Hiroki Yasumoto (Food Wars! The Second Plate's Subaru Mimasaka, Fairy Tai...
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Romi Park Plays 13 Characters in New Moomins Film's Japanese Dub

Voice actress Romi Park is known for voicing characters such as Fullmetal Alchemist's Edward Elric, Naruto's Temari, and Turn A Gundam's Loran Cehack. Now she is taking on a new role, or rather roles. Park is voicing 13 characters in the Japanese dub of the Finnish stop-motion animation film Moomins and the Winter Wonderland. Park is voicing Moominmamma, Little My, and 11 other characters. She app...
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Seven Seas Licenses The Bride Was a Boy Manga

Autobiographical manga about transgender woman launches next May ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Chii's autobiographical essay manga The Bride Was a Boy (Hanayome wa Motodanshi. The manga's large trim single volume is slated for release on May 1, 2018. The company revealed new licenses every day this week. The Bride Was a Boy is the third of three license announcem...

Toonami to Air Black Clover Anime Starting December 2

Toonami block adds 1 half hour to programming ― The official Facebook page for Adult Swim's Toonami block announced on Friday that the Black Clover television anime series will premiere on Toonami on December 2 at 11:30pm. Additionally, Toonami revealed an updated schedule. The block will begin one half hour earlier from starting Dcember 2. The schedule is as follows: 10:30pm – Dragon Ball Super 11:0...
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Viz Media Licenses Mazinger Z: Infinity Anime Film

Film opens in Japan on January 13 ― Viz Media announced during its panel at Anime NYC on Friday that it has licensed the upcoming Gekijōban Mazinger Z / Infinity (Movie Version Mazinger Z: Infinity) film. Viz Media said it will release the film in North America in 2018, but didn't state if it plans to screen the film in theaters. The 12th Rome Film Fest hosted the world premiere of the film in Italy...
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Kaiji's Underground Racket Looking for Part-Timers to Suit Up

The part-time job news service an Chō Baito (An Super Part-Time Job) has offered jobs security staff and backstage helpers for a Land of the Lustrous screening, cosplaying as Gintama's Elizabeth, a Shinigami, or a zombie, as well as appearing as an "extra" in manga. The service's latest anime-related job listing is a collaboration with next month's Kaiji variety program. The program's staff are lo...
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Viz Media Licenses That Blue Sky Feeling Manga for Summer 2018 Release

Also: My Hero Academia: Vigilantes gets physical release in summer 2018 ― Viz Media announced during its panel at Anime NYC on Friday that it has licensed the Okura and Coma Hashii's That Blue Sky Feeling (Sorairo Flutter) manga. The company will begin releasing the manga in summer 2018. Viz Media also revealed that it will begin publishing physical volumes of Hideyuki Furuhashi and Betten Court's M...
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Seven Seas Licenses coolkyousinnjya's Ojojojo Manga

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying creator's manga ran 2012-2017 ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed coolkyousinnjya's Ojojojo manga. The manga will get two omnibus releases, and the first is slated for December 24, 2018. The company has been revealing new licenses every day this week. Ojojojo is the second of three license annou...
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Inuyashiki Last Hero ‒ Episode 6

"This episode transforms Hiro from a mere serial killer into a next-level villain."
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Hozuki's Coolheadedness Season 2 Casts Kousuke Toriumi, Takahiro Mizushima, Sakura Tange

New characters debut in next 2 episodes ― The official website for the second anime season based on Natsumi Eguchi's Hozuki's Coolheadedness (Hozuki no Reitetsu) manga announced three additional cast members on Friday. The new cast and characters are, from left to right in the image below: Kousuke Toriumi as Uzu Takahiro Mizushima as Yomogi Sakura Tange as Chun Uzu and Yomogi will debut in the sevent...
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Sanrio Reveals More Fullmetal Alchemist Goods for Limited-Time Shop's Launch

The limited-time shop featuring Fullmetal Alchemist goods with Sanrio's designs opened in First Avenue Tokyo Station's Tokyo Character Street Ichiban Plaza on Thursday. The collaboration's staff provided a more detailed look at some of the merchandise to mark the opening of the shop. The collaboration had already revealed part of the items in September and previewed more designs last month. The n...
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Seven Seas Licenses Plus-Sized Elf Manga

Series about fast food-loving elf trying to lose weight launched last December ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Synecdoche's Plus-Sized Elf (Elf-san wa Yaserarenai.) manga. The first volume is slated for release on October 9. The company has been revealing new licenses every day this week. Plus-Sized Elf is the first of three license announcements for Friday. Seven ...
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King's Game The Animation ‒ Episode 7

"This episode does still prove that the present-day storyline is better than the flashback, but an average episode of a lousy show is still a lousy show."
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Man Who Dumped 585 AKB48 CDs Ordered to Pay 400,000 Yen

A prosecutor in Fukuoka issued a summary indictment on Tuesday for the 32-year-old man charged last month with illegally dumping 585 AKB48 CDs on a mountain. According to the summary order, the man must pay a 400,000-yen (about US$3,500) fine. The man was charged for illegally dumping the CDs at a mountain in the city of Dazaifu in June. Reportedly, a different man in Chiba originally bought the C...
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Saudi Arabia's Manga Productions Collaborates With Toei Animation on 'The Woodcutter's Treasure' Anime

Video posted in Japanese, Arabic ― Saudi Arabian media company Manga Productions began streaming a teaser trailer on Sunday for an animation titled "The Woodcutter's Treasure," which it is producing in collaboration with Japanese animation company Toei Animation. "The Woodcutter's Treasure" will be a 25-minute animation based on Saudi Arabian folklore and aimed at children and families, and it will s...

A Certain Magical Virtual-On Game's Opening Movie Streamed

Yuka Iguchi, Rina Satou perform theme song ― Sega began streaming the opening movie for its Toaru Majutsu no Virtual-On (A Certain Magical Virtual-On) game for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on Friday. Yuka Iguchi (the voice of Index) and Rina Satou (the voice of Mikoto) perform the opening theme song "Get Ready!" for the game. The game will ship in Japan on February 15. The PS4 version of th...
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King's Game Card Game Challenges You To Be the Last One Standing

The characters from King's Game: The Animation are ready to die again, but this time the King is you. King's Game the Animation -Death Card Game Edition- recreates the survival horror anime but this time the players must perform the commands or else drop out of the running to win. The game is made up of 48 number cards, 48 character cards representing the two classes in the anime series, and 12 c...
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Sumire Uesaka Performs Pop Team Epic Anime's Opening Theme Song

12-episode series debuts in January ― The official website for the anime of Bkub Ōkawa's Pop Team Epic manga revealed on Friday that Sumire Uesaka will perform the opening theme song "Pop Team Epic" for the series. The song will be Uesaka's ninth single, and it will ship on January 31. The website also revealed that the 12-episode anime will ship in three Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases beginning on Ja...
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Answerman - Quick Answers Part 6

It's time for a speed round! Netflix original anime, Japanese daylight savings time, anime spinoff justification and much more! ― Looking at the Answerman inbox, it looks like it's time for another one of these. Samuel asks: Does Japan observe Daylight Savings? Please be more broad than a simple YES or NO. No. Heh, sorry, couldn't resist. The answer is still "no, and they never have." Every once in ...
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planetarian Launches Crowdfunding for CG VR Anime Video

360-degree video to feature Yumemi's explanation of starry sky ― Visual Art's/Key launched a Campfire crowdfunding campaign on Friday to fund a full 3D virtual-reality anime video for planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume. The campaign's goal is to raise 10 million yen (about US$89,000) to produce the video. If successfully funded, the 360-degree virtual-reality video will feature "Yumemi Hoshino's sta...
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Under the Dog Kickstarter Reaches Goal for Live-Action Short, Music Video

Project ended on Friday after raising US$50,673 ― Japanese music company Exit Tunes' Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for a new Under the Dog live-action short and music video ended after reaching its goal of US$50,000 on Friday. The campaign launched on October 20 to fund the two projects and a special edition release of the original anime. The project met its goal on the final day of the campaign ...
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4th Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Film Reveals Video, Visual, More Cast

Kouichi Yamadera, Kouki Uchiyama join cast of 4th film in 7-part series ― The official website for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project revealed a teaser video and a new key visual for the fourth film, subtitled "Tenmei-hen" (Karma Chapter), on Thursday. The website also revealed tw...
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