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Citrus BD+DVD

This salacious yuri melodrama is anything but Class S. Theron Martin weighs the pros and cons of this bittersweet romance title on blu-ray. ― Before Domestic Girlfriend came along to stir the pot of stepsibling love, there was this Winter 2018 series based on a yuri manga. The two are alike in some basic ways; they both feature the noxious “surprise stepsibling” gimmick, where the new housemates show...
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The Mike Toole Show - This Year's Model

The long and proud history of giant robot model building is forever connected to the anime industry. Mike's ready to build a robot - are you? ― I was surrounded. On all sides, people from a disconcertingly wide variety of age groups crouched in their chairs, as if ready to leap into action. They gripped a variety of sharp tools in their hands, and concentrated intensely, waiting for the right moment ...
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Fate/Apocrypha Limited Edition Blu-ray Part 1

This epic Holy Grail War doubles the number of heroic spirits on the playing field, but does this twist enhance the story or leave it feeling overcrowded? Rebecca Silverman weighs in on Aniplex's deluxe release. ― While Fate/Apocrypha does share some basics with the game that started it all, Type-Moon's Fate/Stay Night, it's really best to think of it as totally separate from the story of Shirou, Rin...
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Shelf Life - Space Runaway Ideon

James takes a look at an '80s mecha classic, while Paul breaks down this week's new blu-ray releases, along with a Yuri!!! on Ice-tastic Shelf Obsessed collection. ― I'm sure I'm just adding to an already loud chorus here, but y'all really should be watching Mob Psycho 100 (or catching up on the first season if you missed it). I can already tell I'm going to go back through this show a second or thi...
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Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative

This Universal Century timeline film works well as a complement to Gundam Unicorn, but struggles to stand out as its own story. Kim Morrissy has the details in our full review. ― The only thing I knew about Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative before I watched it was that hilarious key visual showing three characters striking an awkward pose together. You might have seen it too because it was an Internet mem...
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Dead or Alive 6 Game's Demo Teaser Video Streamed

Demo launches on Friday morning and goes until Sunday ― Koei Tecmo Games America began streaming a new teaser video on Friday for the Dead or Alive 6 fighting game. The video reveals that the game is getting a "deluxe demo" from Friday at 10:00 a.m. EST until Monday at 2:59 a.m. EST. The demo is exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members and PlayStation Plus subscribers. In Europe, the demo launches on Frid...
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Senryū Shōjo Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals Opening Theme Artist, April 5 Premiere

Series of shorts to air in "Animeism" programming block alongside Ao-chan Can't Study! ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Masakuni Igarashi's Senryū Shōjo (Senryū Girl) manga began streaming a second promotional video on Friday for the series. The video reveals and previews Sonoko Inoue's opening theme song "Kotonoha no Omoi" (The Thoughts of Words). The video also reveals ...
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Live-Action Kakegurui Film's Trailer Reveals May 3 Debut

2nd live-action TV series premieres on March 31 ― Entertainment news website Cinema Today began streaming a new trailer on Friday for the live-action film adaptation of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga. The video previews Soraru's theme song "I Fake Me." The film will open on May 3. Original creator Kawamoto is collaborating on the film's original story. A separ...
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Anime Tamago 2019 Shorts Previewed in 2nd Promo Video

This year's shorts screen in Tokyo on March 9 ― The official website for the "Anime Tamago" (formerly "Anime Mirai") project began streaming a second promotional video for this year's project on Friday. The shorts will screen at Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas in Tokyo on March 9. The four shorts in this year's project include: Wit Studio Title: Hello We Go! Director: Ryouji Masuyama (Blend S, Gurren Lagann ...
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Final Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Film's 1st 9 Minutes Streamed

7th film in series opens in Japan on March 1 ― Bandai Namco Arts began streaming the first nine minutes on Friday for the seventh and final film in the Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 (Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi or Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project. The final film is subtitled "Shinsei-hen" (Nova Chapter). Bandai Namco Arts is also stream...
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Ao-chan Can't Study Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals Opening Theme Artist, April 5 Premiere

Edoga Sullivan perform opening theme for romantic comedy series ― The official website for the television anime of Ren Kawahara's Ao-chan Can't Study! (Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyō ga Dekinai) manga began streaming the show's second promotional video on Friday. The video reveals and previews two-member band Edoga Sullivan's opening theme song "Wonderful Wonder." The anime will air on the Animeism bloc...
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Spike Chunsoft Announces it Will Release New Dungeon RPG in Next Few Days

― Japanese game developer Spike Chunsoft announced on Friday that it will release a dungeon role-playing game "within the next few days." The company did not reveal a title, price, exact release date, or platform for the game, but game news website Famitsu posted the news about the announcement on its newsfeed for smartphone apps. Spike Chunsoft teased the release with an image. Spike Chunsoft is kn...
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New Fruits Basket Anime's Teaser Promo Video Previews Japanese Voices for Yuki, Kyo, Shigure (Updated)

Series adapting entire manga premieres in April with Funimation streaming ― The official website for the new television anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga began streaming a new teaser promotional video for the series on Friday. The video previews the voices for Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure. Funimation is also streaming the video with English subtitles. The new anime will have an entirely new Jap...
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Gundam the Origin TV Recompilation Anime's Title, Songs, April 29 Premiere Revealed

LUNA SEA performs 3 opening songs, SUGIZO produces ending songs ― The Gundam.info portal site revealed on Friday that the 13-episode television series recompilation of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime will premiere on April 29 on NHK-General. The site also revealed the series' visual and full title as Kidō Senshi Gundam The Origin Zenya - Akai Suisei (Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin - Eve of th...
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Days of van Meowogh TV Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, April 3 Debut

Yuuki Itagaki, Ryou Tachibana, Ayaka Maekawa, Yū Sōma join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Cocone Corporation's Neko no Nyahho ~Nya Miseraburu~ (Days of van Meowogh or literally, Meowogh the Cat: Mes Misérables) smartphone puzzle game app revealed the anime's staff, more cast, and its April 3 debut on Friday. The cast (all reprising their roles from the game) includ...
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LaLa, Hana to Yume, Young Animal Magazines Launch Digital Versions Simultaneously

― Hakusensha began offering digital versions of its LaLa, Hana to Yume, and Young Animal magazines on Wednesday, with the latest issues of all three magazines already available digitally on Hakusensha's Hakusensha e-Net! and Manga Park websites and apps. The publisher offered the latest issues of LaLa (April issue) and Young Animal (fifth 2019 issue) ahead of their scheduled print dates digitally (t...
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Our World is Ended Game's Video Previews Jellyfish No. 3 Character

Game launches in Japan for PS4/Switch on February 28, in the West for PS4/Switch/PC this year ― 5pb.Games began streaming a video on Thursday for Judgement 7: Ore-tachi no Sekai wa Owatteiru., the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch version of Red Entertainment's Our World is Ended (Ore-tachi no Sekai wa Owatteiru.) game. The video shows an in-story live stream by the new character Jellyfish No. 3 (Ayu...
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Heaven's Lost Property's Suu Minazuki Ends Dokunie Cooking Manga on March 8

Manga about elf who constantly tries to convince monster to eat her launched in 2017 ― This year's fifth issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that Suu Minazuki will end the Dokunie Cooking (Cooking Poisoned Offerings) manga in the magazine's next issue on March 8. The comedy manga centers on a beautiful but poor elf girl named Pepopa, who was chosen by some villagers to serv...
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Creatures Family Days/Frankenstein Family Manga Ends

Manga inspired anime series last year ― The April issue of Shinchosha's Comic Bunch magazine published the final chapter of Yanai's Jikken-hin Kazoku: Creatures Family Days manga on Thursday. The manga's second compiled book volume will ship on March 9. The manga inspired a Japanese-Taiwanese collaboration anime series that premiered last April. Crunchyroll began streaming the anime last September un...
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Cats Tail's Tales Omnibus Film Brings Together Dayan, Tama, Tobi Neko Franchises

Film with 3 segments opens on May 10 ― The Neko no Dayan, Tama and Friends, and Tobi Neko franchises announced on Friday that they will receive an omnibus film collectively titled Cats Tail's Tales. The film will open in Japan on May 10, and will consist of three segments titled "Dayan to Jitan" (Dayan and Jitan), "Tama to Fushigi na Sekizō" (Tama and the Mysterious Statue), and "Tabi Suru Tobi Neko"...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, February 11-17

Thermae Romae II live-action film earns 7.8% rating ― The live-action Thermae Romae II film aired on Fuji TV on Saturday, February 16 at 9:00 p.m., and earned a 7.8% rating. Additionally, the latest episode of Trace: Kasōken no Otoko (Trace: The Forensic Researcher Man), the live-action television series adaptation of Kei Koga's Trace: Kasōken Hōi Kenkyūin no Tsuisō manga, aired on Fuji TV on Monday,...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, February 11-17

Jump Force debuts at #1, PS4 Catherine: Full Body at #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: February 11-17 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Jump Force Bandai Namco Entertainment February 14 76,894 76,894 2PS4Catherine: Full Body (Including Limited Editions) Atlus February 14 51,824 51,824 3NSwNew Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Nintendo January 11 34,541 431,771...
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One Piece Stampede Film's English-Subtitled Teaser Video Posted

Franchise's 20th anniversary film opens on August 9 ― Toei Animation began streaming an English-subtitled teaser video for the One Piece Stampede anime film on Thursday. The video is an English-subtitled version of the film's second teaser trailer, which unveiled color versions of the previously revealed character designs for the main cast, and also introduced two new characters. (Note: The below vid...
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SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy Game Debuts on PC

Game released on PS4, Switch last September ― SNK released its SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy fighting game on the PC via Steam on Thursday. The game shipped for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan on September 6. NIS America partnered with SNK to release the game on both consoles in North America and Europe on September 7. The game previously added Thief Arthur from Square Enix's Million Arthu...
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Oban Star-Racers' Thomas Romain Launches New Tokyo-Based Studio

Studio No Border works on Carole & Tuesday anime ― Animation creator Thomas Romain announced on Thursday that he and some friends have launched a new Tokyo-based creative studio named Studio No Border. The studio's first project is the development of background settings for Shinichiro Watanabe and BONES' Carole & Tuesday anime. Romain and Stanislas Brunet are contributing designs. The studio's Twitte...
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Hiroyuki Takei, Santa Inoue Draw Illustrations in Support For BlacKkKlansman Film

Manga artists Hiroyuki Takei (Shaman King) and Santa Inoue (Tokyo Tribe) released illustrations in support of Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman film, which will open in Japan on March 22. BlacKkKlansman is based on the 2014 memoir Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth. The plot follows a black detective exposing the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs in the 1970s. The film was first released theatrically in the...
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Pani Poni's Hekiru Hikawa Launches New Manga

Oretachi no Nichijō wa Hajimatta Bakari Da manga debuts next month ― This year's April issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine announced on Friday that Hekiru Hikawa will launch a new series in the next issue on March 22. The series, titled Oretachi no Nichijō wa Hajimatta Bakari Da (Our Daily Lives Have Only Just Begun), follows a canceled manga artist and a blond girl. Hikawa published Pani Poni i...
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Gangsta. Manga to 'Probably' Resume Next Month

Latest chapter debuted in September ― Manga artist Kohske announced on Thursday that they will "probably" resume the manga Gangsta. in the next issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic Bunch on March 21. The latest chapter of the manga (chapter 54) debuted in September 2018. The manga also went on hiatus in November 2015 due to Kohske's health, but it resumed in May 2017. Kohske launched the manga in Shin...
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Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission Game's Trailer Previews Card Creation (Updated)

Switch/PC game launches in April ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a trailer for its Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission game on Thursday. The video previews the card creation mechanic. The game will launch in Japan for Nintendo Switch on April 4 and in the West for Switch and PC on April 5. The game will include 1,160 cards and 350 characters from the first eight Super Dragon ...

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Jinrui no Minasama e Survival Adventure Game's Teaser Video Previews Characters

Nippon Ichi Software, Acquire's game launches for PS4, Switch in Japan on May 30 ― The official website for Nippon Ichi Software and Acquire's Jinrui no Minasama e (To All of Mankind) for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch survival adventure game began streaming a teaser video for the game on Thursday. The video previews the game's five main female characters. The game will launch in Japan on May 30. ...
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Inori Minase Shows Off Her Voice Acting Chops at 11 Characters in 1 Ad

PreCure and Re:ZERO voice actress Inori Minase showed off her variety of voices in a 30-second add for SoyJoy energy bars. In the advertisement, Minase voices all 11 ingredients from the nutty almond to the flirty blueberry. Minase answered a few quick questions for Comic Natalie about her work on the ad. She said that the main character Soybean was the most difficult while Strawberry was easy. He...
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Love Live! School Idol Project S1 English Dub Available on Amazon Prime

Dub of first 13-part season available on platform ― Anime UK News reports that the English dub of the first 13-part season of Love Live! School Idol Project is now available from Amazon Prime. The subtitled versions of both seasons, plus Love Live! Sunshine!!, are already available on Crunchyroll. The "school idol project" is set at a school between Tokyo's Akihabara, Kanda, and Jinbochō neighborhood...
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Fruits Basket English Dub Brings Back Justin Cook as Hatsuharu

1st 2 episodes to premiere in U.S. theaters in March ― The official English Twitter account for the new television anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga announced on Thursday that Justin Cook is returning as Hatsuharu Soma for the anime's English dub. Cook played the role in the 2001 anime. Other returning cast members include Laura Bailey as Tohru, Eric Vale as Yuki, Jerry Jewell as Kyo, and...
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Voice Actresses Star in Live-Action Yuri Anthology Film

Voice actresses Ibuki Kido, Hiromi Igarashi, and Sawako Hata are signed on to appear in photographer Keisuke Hasegawa's debut film Kimi to, Tsuredzure. The omnibus film will tell three stories taking place in various time periods and focusing on the relationships between women. Kido will appear in the second story as an underclassman in college who poses for photos for her upperclassman. Igarashi ...
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23rd Detective Conan Film's Trailer Reveals Theme Song by Hiroomi Tosaka

Film opens on April 12 ― Toho began streaming a trailer for Meitantei Conan: Konjō no Fist (Detective Conan: Fist of Blue Sapphire), the 23rd anime Detective Conan film, on Friday. The trailer reveals that Hiroomi Tosaka, the vocalist for Sandaime J Soul Brothers from Exile Tribe, is performing the film's theme song "Blue Sapphire." The film will open on April 12. Tomoka Nagaoka (assistant director o...
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The Disappearance of Funassyi: Weird Mascot Goes from 102 TV Appearances to 4 in 5 Years

The unofficial pear fairy mascot of of Funabashi City's star has quietly darkened after peaking in 2014. Funassyi is a regional mascot that garnered attention for its wacky personality and antics. CNN newscasters were practically rolling on the floor with laughter after interviewing the character in 2014. Its popularity landed it a manga series, tie-in merchandise, anime-related PR stunts, a chart...

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime Retires (Update)

Company's senior vice president of sales and marketing Doug Bowser takes over role on April 15 ― Nintendo of America announced on Thursday that company president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime (seen below right) will retire on April 15. The company's current senior vice president of sales and marketing Doug Bowser (seen below left) will become the new president. Nintendo of America's official Facebook page...
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Asoko Araiya no Shigoto ~Kataomoi Chū no Aitsu to Onnayu de~ Manga Gets TV Anime

Ai Kitano, Kaina Honma star in adaptation of Toyo's adult manga ― Toyo's Asoko Araiya no Shigoto ~Kataomoi Chū no Aitsu to Onnayu de~ (A Job Washing There: In the Women's Bath With Her in Unrequited Love) adult manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation. The anime shorts, titled Araiya-san! ~Ore to Aitsu ga Onnayu de!?~ (Washer!: She and I in the Women's Bath!?), will debut on Tokyo MX on April...
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This Week in Anime - Is the Reboot of Osamu Tezuka's Dororo Worth Watching?

This classic supernatural samurai adventure manga hasn't been adapted into animation since the 1960s! Nick and Andy find out how this influential story has held up in Studio MAPPA's ambitious retelling. ― Dororo, Osamu Tezuka's classic supernatural samurai adventure manga, hasn't been adapted into animation since the 1960s! This week, Nick and Andy find out how this influential story has held up in ...

MangaGamer Releases Grisaia Game Trilogy, Apologizes for Incorrectly Listing No Mosaics

MangaGamer's version is same as original Kickstarter-funded release ― Game distribution platform MangaGamer released unrated editions of Frontwing's The Fruit of Grisaia, The Labyrinth of Grisaia, and The Eden of Grisaia games on Thursday. The specifications originally indicated that the games would not have mosaics, but this has been changed, as the mosaics to censor content are still present. Manga...
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Manga Artists Complain About Proposed Japanese Law Forbidding Pirated Media Screenshot Downloads

Nodame Cantabile, Negima!, Kaze to Ki no Uta manga artists share complaints. ― A subcommittee of Japan's Council for Cultural Affairs recently agreed on a plan to expand the scope of Copyright law. Downloading anime images, illustrations, and photographs that are illegally posted to personal blogs and Twitter accounts would also be illegal, as would copying and pasting song lyrics. The laws would not...
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Death Mark Horror Game Launches on Steam on April 4

Game previously debuted for PS4/Vita/Switch ― Aksys Games announced on Thursday that it will release Experience's horror game Death Mark for PC via Steam on April 4. Aksys Games released the game in English on October 31 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch. The company describes the game: In Death Mark, A strange rumor is spreading in Tokyo's H City: those who bear the Mark w...
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The Rising of The Shield Hero ‒ Episode 7

"The gradually growing number of artistic inconsistencies in the series is getting worrisome."

Gintama Manga 'Continues' in App

Shueisha previously confirmed series to end in 77th volume this spring ― This year's third winter issue of Shueisha's Jump Giga magazine revealed on Friday that Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga will "continue" in a free Gintama app. Shueisha had confirmed in the manga's 76th compiled book volume in January that the manga's 77th compiled book volume would be its last. The volume is slated to ship this ...
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Run with the Wind ‒ Episode 18

"Though this episode covers a lot of ground, it delivers a well-paced story that doesn't feel rushed."
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Citrus BD+DVD

This salacious yuri melodrama is anything but Class S. Theron Martin weighs the pros and cons of this bittersweet romance title on blu-ray. ― Before Domestic Girlfriend came along to stir the pot of stepsibling love, there was this Winter 2018 series based on a yuri manga. The two are alike in some basic ways; they both feature the noxious “surprise stepsibling” gimmick, where the new housemates show...
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Hi Score Girl Extra Stage OVA Casts Kenichi Suzumura, Takuma Terashima, Junichi Suwabe, Kensho Ono

BD/DVD ships in Japan, launches on Netflix on March 20 ― The staff of Hi Score Girl Extra Stage, episodes 13-15 of the anime adaptation of Rensuke Oshikiri's Hi Score Girl manga, revealed additional cast members on Thursday. The characters appear in a promotional video for the anime that debuted in December. The newly revealed cast members and their gamer characters are: (Note: character name romaniz...
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Mob Psycho 100 II ‒ Episode 7

"It feels like a privilege to watch an anime that's both this cool and this compassionate each week."
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Dark Horse Licenses Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles Manga

Manga about girls exploring ramen shops inspired live-action TV series/specials, TV anime ― Dark Horse Comics confirmed with ANN on Thursday that it has licensed Naru Narumi's Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles (Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san) manga. Dark Horse Comics did not confirm the release date for the first volume of the manga, but Amazon is listing the volume with a September 24 release date. The lis...
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game's 8th DLC Video Previews Obito in Action

Free pack will include Obito as playable character; paid pack will include techniques, outfits, accessories ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a promotional video on Monday for the Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game that previews the game's eighth DLC character Obito Uchiha. Similar to other DLC character packs, the character will be playable for free, and the paid pack will also...

Shinichiro Watanabe, BONES' Original Carole & Tuesday Anime Reveals Promo Video, Cast, April 10 Premiere (Updated)

Global singers audition winners also revealed ― The official website for Carole & Tuesday, the new original anime by supervising director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Kids on the Slope, Terror in Resonance) and anime studio BONES, began streaming a full promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The site also revealed a key visual (above) and the winners of the global audition for the show. N...
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Konosuba Dungeon RPG for PS4, PS Vita Delayed to June 27

― The official website for Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! ~Kibō no Meikyū Tsudoi Shi Bōkensha-tachi~, Entergram's dungeon role-playing game inspired by Natsume Akatsuki's KONOSUBA (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! or Konosuba - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!) light novel series, revealed on Thursday that Entergram is delaying the game from March 28 to June 27. The regular physic...
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Shōmetsu Toshi Anime Reveals 3 More Cast Members

Ryōta Suzuki, Masaki Terasoma, Yoshitaka Yamaya join cast for series premiering in April ― The official website for the television anime of Wright Flyer Studios' Shōmetsu Toshi (Annihilated City — Where I End and You Begin) smartphone game revealed three new cast members and character visuals for the series on Thursday. Ryōta Suzuki as Yūji Masaki Terasoma as Keigo Yoshitaka Yamaya as Shunpei The ani...
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Kunihiko Ikuhara's Sarazanmai Anime Reveals Visual, Lyric Video

Elise Shōjoshiki indie band member Teiko voices new character in series premiering in April ― The official website for Kunihiko Ikuhara's original television anime project Sarazanmai revealed a new visual for the anime on Thursday. The site also revealed that the Elise Shōjoshiki indie band member Teiko will voice the Asakusa local idol character Sara Azuma. The Noitamina YouTube channel also began s...
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Zombie Land Saga, Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer Win TAAF Anime of the Year Awards

A Place Further Than the Universe writer, Laid-Back Camp director, voice actor Mamoru Miyano win awards ― The Tokyo Anime Film Festival (TAAF) announced the winners of its Animation of the Year awards for works and individuals on Thursday. Zombie Land Saga won the television category for works and Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer won the animated film category. The winners of the individual awards ...
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Gunjō no Magmell Manga Gets Digital Volume Releases in Japan for Volumes 5-8

Volumes 5, 6 slated for March 4; volumes 7, 8 slated for April 4 ― The official page for Chinese manga creator Dainenbyō's Gunjō no Magmell (Magmell of the Sea Blue) manga on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ app is listing the manga with upcoming digital releases for the manga's fifth and sixth volumes on March 4, and digital releases for the seventh and eighth volumes on April 4. The site does not specify wh...
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Dragon Ball Super Manga Tops U.S. Monthly Bookscan January List

Marie Kondo manga, My Hero Academia, One-Punch Man, Tokyo Ghoul books on list ― Toyotarō's Dragon Ball Super manga volume 4 ranked at #1 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for January. This month's list featured 12 manga volumes, including: #1 — Toyotarō's Dragon Ball Super volume 4 #2 — Marie Kondo and Yuko Uramoto's The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up #3 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Her...
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Virtual YouTubers Star in TV Tokyo's Watanuki-san Chi no Series in April

Tokino Sora, Hibiki Ao, Sarugakuchō Futaba star in series about 3 sisters living together ― TV Tokyo announced on Thursday that it will air a new series titled Watanuki-san Chi no (Watanuki's House) that will center on virtual YouTubers or VTubers — characters popularized via videos on streaming services and user-generated content sites. The series will star VTubers Tokino Sora and Hibiki Ao, as well...
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Mr. Osomatsu Gets 7-Episode Short Series Before Film's Opening

Episodes about brothers' daily life to debut on March 1-15 ― Docomo's dTV streaming service announced on Thursday that it will stream a new seven-episode Mr. Osomatsu short series before the March opening of the Eiga no Osomatsu-san anime film. The shorts are collectively titled Eiga no Osomatsu-san - Gekijō Kōkai Kinen Original Tanpen Gekijō (Mr. Osomatsu the Movie - Commemorative Original Short The...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Gets Live-Action Film in September

King & Prince's Shō Hirano plays Miyuki Shirogane, Kanna Hashimoto plays Kaguya Shinomiya ― Shueisha announced on Thursday that Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga is inspiring a live-action film that will open on September 6. King & Prince idol group member Shō Hirano (seen left in image below) will play Miyuki Shirogane, and Kanna...

1st Attack on Titan, My Hero Academia Anime Seasons Removed From Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll is "working through the rights" ― Crunchyroll is currently no longer streaming the first seasons of the Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia anime. The respective second and third seasons are still available. Crunchyroll told ANN that it is "working through the rights for season 1 for both titles and will share any additional details soon." Both series were among the few Funimation-licens...
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Gundam Twilight Axis Novel's Manga Adaptation Ends

Ark Performance/Koujirou Nakamura's original serialized novel ended in 2017 ― This year's March issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine announced on Wednesday that Azusa Makishima's manga adaptation of Ark Performance and Koujirou Nakamura's Mobile Suit Gundam Twilight AXIS novel will end in the next issue on March 20. The manga launched in October 2017 and the second volume shipped on October 5. ...
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Seattle's Sakura-Con to Host Ryukishi07, ROOKiEZ IS PUNK'D, Yutaka Minowa

Convention to be held from April 19-21 ― The official website for Seattle's Sakura-Con convention announced over the last few weeks that artist Yutaka Minowa, doujin game creator Ryukishi07, and the band ROOKiEZ IS PUNK'D will be guests at this year's event. Minowa has served as a character designer on Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Ninja Scroll, and Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher. He ha...

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One Piece Stampede Film's 2nd Teaser Reveals 2 New Characters

Eiichiro Oda designs Douglas Bullet, Buena Festa ― Toei began streaming a second teaser trailer for the One Piece Stampede anime film on Thursday. The video unveils color versions of the previously revealed character designs for the main cast, and also introduces two new characters. Original manga creator Eiichiro Oda designed the new film-original characters Douglas Bullet and Buena Festa, pictured ...

Fruits Basket English Dub Casts Tia Ballard as Kagura, Mikaela Krantz as Momiji

1st 2 episodes to premiere in U.S. theaters in March ― The official English Twitter account for the new television anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga announced on Tuesday and Wednesday that Tia Ballard is voicing Kagura Sohma and Mikaela Krantz is voicing Momiji Sohma. Both are new to the cast, replacing Meredith McCoy and Kimberly Grant, respectively. Returning cast members include Laura ...
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Amazon Offers The Journey Home 3DCG Anime for Digital Purchase

― Amazon is now offering The Journey Home (Space Bug) 3DCG television anime series for purchase in the United States. The series premiered last July. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan, and it describes the story: This story is about Mick, a sleeping chironomid. Insects are taken up into space for use in experiments by humans. An epic space adventure of Mick and his friends of thei...
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DeNA's Hacka Doll News App Predicts Most Likely Anime Adaptations for 2019

DeNA's Hacka Doll news app reported seven anime, manga, character figures, and games it thinks are most likely to inspire a television anime this year based on the app's trend feature as of January 28. Ranking at the top of the list is game director Yoko Taro's NieR: Automata PlayStation 4 game. Game producer Yosuke Saito said in 2018 that there was a "50%" chance of another installment in the Nie...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 17-23

Mazinger Z Infinity, Teasing Master Takagi-san anime; A Certain Scientific Railgun Astral Buddy, Kakegurui twin manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Dagashi Kashi Season 1 Essentials BDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$29.98 February 19 K-On Complete Collection Premium Box Set BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$279.98 February 19 Mazinger Z Infinity BDAnimeNewsNetwork Viz ...
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Kyō mo Tsuno ga Aru Anime Shorts Premiere on Thursday

― The official website series of one-minute anime shorts based on Study Yu-saku and MMDGP's Kyō mo Tsuno ga Aru (The Horn is Here Again Today) web manga announced on Tuesday that the anime will premiere on Thursday, February 21. The series will air on this day on Tokyo MX at 9:54 p.m. during the Animal Gekijō program, and also air on Kansai TV beginning on February 27. The series will also stream on...
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Police Report: Dub Voice Actress' Door Damaged, Classified Criminal Mischief

The claim that voice actress Samantha Inoue-Harte's rental home door was damaged on February 18 was confirmed in a police report obtained by Anime News Network from the Williamson County Sheriff Department on Wednesday. According to the report, an unknown person damaged the residency's front door. Inoue-Harte claims that she received a phone call from a fake phone number that said she was SWATed, ...
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Funimation, Afro Samurai Director Fuminori Kizaki to Announce New Sci-Fi Film at C2E2

Polygon Pictures president, Psycho-Pass marketing producer to also attend ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Wednesday that Afro Samurai director Fuminori Kizaki will announce a "new sci-fi, cyberpunk film project" with Funimation at a panel at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) on March 22. Psycho-Pass marketing producer Toshiaki Obata and Polygon Pictures president Shuzo Shiota will...
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Netflix U.S. to Stream Live-Action River's Edge Film

Adaptation of Kyoko Okazaki's manga streams on March 1 ― Netflix announced on Wednesday that it will stream the live-action film adaptation of Kyoko Okazaki's River's Edge manga in the United States on March 1. The film opened in Japan on February 15. Fumi Nikaidō (Himizu, Inuyashiki, Wolf Girl & Black Prince) and Ryō Yoshizawa (Kamen Rider Fourze, Gintama, Tomodachi Game) star in the film as Haruna ...
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Answerman - Why Is Alice In Wonderland So Popular In Japan?

Countless anime and manga are based on the classic story Alice in Wonderland - why is that? Justin gets in to it. ― James asked: I have noticed that there have been a significant number of Japanese adaptations (manga, anime, and video games) of Alice in Wonderland; why are the Japanese so fond of that story? If you ask an average Japanese person why the country loves Alice in Wonderland so much, the...
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'Project Awakening: Arise' Game Listed by Korean Rating Board

― South Korea's Game Rating Administration Committee posted ratings for the "Project Awakening: Arise" role-playing game on Wednesday. Cygames also filed trademarks for the title in Europe, the United States, and Japan in January. The image below is from the previous trademark filings. Sony's "PlayStation LineUp Tour" streaming event revealed a teaser video for Cygames' "Project Awakening" "hybrid a...
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Zone-00 Supernatural Manga Gets Stage Musical in July

Kiyo Qjo's series is set in world where drug causes demons to become violent ― Kiyo Qjo's Zone-00 manga is inspiring a stage musical adaptation titled Twilight Musical Zone-00 Mangetsu (Full Moon). The musical will run at the CBGK Shibugeki!! theater in Tokyo from July 14 to 21. People who purchase the manga's 16th compiled book volume, which will ship on Saturday, will be able to register for advanc...
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Bulma Voice Actress Monica Rial Shares Alleged Inappropriate Encounters With Vic Mignogna

Rial claims to have been attacked with threats since publicly accusing Mignogna ― Voice actress Monica Rial posted a message on her Twitter account on Tuesday describing her past encounters with voice actor Vic Mignogna, saying that Mignogna would "take a fist full of my hair, pull my head back, and either whisper so closely to my ear that his lips were touching or kiss my cheek/neck," every time he ...
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Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasuka? Light Novel Series Gets TV Anime

Romantic comedy about boy trying to uncover his anonymous admirer ― A website opened on Wednesday to announce that a television anime adaptation of Tomo Hanama's Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasuka? light novel series has been green-lit. The romantic comedy begins when a love letter arrives out of the blue for Keiki Kiryū, an ordinary high school student who has never had a girlfriend as...
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HiGH&LOW, Crows/Worst Franchises Inspire Crossover Film

Film about school delinquent gangs opens on October 4 ― Image Field announced on Tuesday that it is producing HiGH&LOW THE WORST, a crossover film that integrates Hiroshi Takahashi's Crows and Worst manga with the HiGH&LOW franchise, for release in Japanese theaters on October 4. Takahashi drew an illustration of the "New Generation of Hōsen Academy" to celebrate the announcement. The movie will cent...
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'Beyond Creation' Anime Short Created With Live2D

Aniplex acquired majority stake in Live2D last year ― Software developer Live2D began streaming a short animation titled "Beyond Creation" last Saturday. The animation was made largely through the company's own Live2D software, and was produced and planned by the company's Live2D Creative Studio design team. The short stars Natsumi Fujiwara as the drawing boy Louie, and Haruka Tomatsu as the mysterio...
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Ace of Diamond Act II Anime Unveils New Visual

The official website for the anime adaptation of Yūji Terajima's Ace of Diamond Act II (Daiya no A Act II) sequel manga revealed a new visual for the anime on Wednesday. The anime will premiere on April 2. The anime will feature a returning cast, and new cast members include Ayumu Murase as Kaoru Yui and Tasuku Hatanaka as Hirofumi Asada. Glay will perform the anime's opening theme song. Glay prev...
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2nd Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel Film Sells Over 1 Million Tickets

Film has earned over 1.5 billion yen since January 12 opening Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly, the second film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy, has sold 1 million tickets and earned a total of 1.5 billion yen (about US$13.54 million) in Japan as of Tuesday. Theaters will start giving filmgoers an A4-size commemorative board, with exclusive art by Tomonori ...
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Otona no Bōguya-san Anime Gets 3 New Episodes in March

New episodes will tell original story; Yui Ogura joins cast as Emina ― The official website for the television anime of Fumi Ayamiya's Otona no Bōguya-san (Adult Armor Shop) manga revealed on Wednesday that the anime will get three new episodes titled Otona no Bōguya-san (Rimen) (Adult Armor Shop - Reverse Side). The new episodes will tell an original story, and will stream in Japan exclusively on th...

'If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord' Novel Series Gets TV Anime

Kanon Takao, Nobuhiko Okamoto star in anime about adventurer taking care of demon girl ― Hobby Japan announced on Wednesday that CHIROLU's If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord (Uchi no Ko no Tame Naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maō mo Taoseru Kamoshirenai.) light novel series is inspiring a television anime adaptation. The announcement does not reveal a premiere date for the anime. The...
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Dororo ‒ Episode 7

"This week, Dororo swaps its usual violent action for a sweet “opposites attract” love story."
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Hypnosis Mic Collaboration Cafe Issues Apology For Tampering with Goods

Rap battle voice actor project Hypnosis Mic has been holding a collaboration with the Tanita Cafe since January 31. The collaboration involved the cafe selling Hypnosis Mic-themed food menu items, as well as original goods. On February 14, the cafe's Nagaoka branch issued an apology for tampering with the goods sales. After conducting an investigation, it was discovered that staff members were pro...
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Nano Hazard Manga Reaches Climax

Shōshō Kurihara, Kazaana launched manga last August ― The 24th chapter of Shōshō Kurihara and Kazaana's Nano Hazard manga revealed on Monday that the manga will reach its climax in the next chapter on February 26. Shueisha's Manga Plus service publishes the manga in English and describes the manga: Enjou Shuuto's dream was always to become a detective and take down the scumbag who killed his father. ...
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Live-Action Saint Young Men Series Listed With 2nd, 3rd Seasons

1st series about Buddha, Jesus sharing low-rent apartment in Tokyo premiered in October ― Amazon Japan is showing the cover of the April issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine, which announces that the live-action adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura's Saint Young Men (Saint Oniisan) manga is getting both second and third seasons. The magazine ships on Friday. The first 10-episode season premiered on Kaka...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ‒ Episode 20

"If you've been longing for a return to the original formula of friendly encounters in a fantasy world, this story arc may be just what the doctor ordered."

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Fate/Extella Link Game Trailer Reveals March 19 Release for N. America (Update)

Game to launch worldwide for PC on same day ― XSEED Games announced on Tuesday that it will release Fate/EXTELLA LINK for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch in North America and on PC via Steam worldwide on March 19. The company began streaming two similar trailers, one for the Switch version and one for the PS4 and Steam versions. Switch Version: PS4/Steam Versions: XSEED games als...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 94

"While far from the franchise's funniest episode, this is an entertaining piece of sitcom fluff that helps lighten the mood after a mostly-serious five-month-long arc."
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13-Year-Old Manga Artist Makes Debut in Bessatsu Margaret Magazine

A 13-year-old artist named Nana Hoshiki made her debut in the March 2019 Bessatsu Margaret Magazine, which went on sale on February 13. Hoshiki was the winner of Bessatsu Margaret's 609th "Manga School" competition, which is held every month for the purpose of debuting new artists. Her 16-page manuscript, titled The Tidings of Snow (Inshin no Yuki), was published in the magazine. The manga tells t...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is VIRTUAL-SAN LOOKING?

This absurdist comedy is the first anime made by Virtual YouTubers like Kizuna Ai and Mirai Akari. Micchy and Steve will be your guide to this strange new world inhabited only by the Extremely Online. ― VIRTUAL-SAN LOOKING is the first anime made by Virtual YouTubers like Kizuna Ai and Mirai Akari. This week, Micchy and Steve will be your guide to this strange new world inhabited only by the Extreme...
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 44

"Being true to yourself is important and good for you, and that's a message worth hearing no matter who you are."
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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Recap Film Trilogy Available for Digital Purchase on Amazon

Films debuted in 2017-2018 ― All three Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion recap films are now available for digital purchase on Amazon via Funimation. The films are available with Japanese audio. The first film in the compilation recap trilogy, Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion I -Initiation- (Code Geass - Hangyaku no Lelouch - Kōdō), opened in Japan in October 2017. The second film, CODE GEASS L...
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Ikebukuro's Prince Hotel Transforms Into Fate G/O Hotel Chaldea

A hotel in Ikebukuro's Sunshine City will open with a renovated floor inspired by Fate/Grand Order in April. "Hotel Chaldea" will take over the 25th floor of the Sunshine City Prince Hotel. The entire floor will be renamed as "IKEPRI 25" and serve as a "concept floor" where rooms will have different themes. The "Hotel Chaldea" theme is meant to invoke a sense of playfulness and make the world of t...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 873

"This was a serviceable send-off to the Vinsmoke kids, with brief yet potent moments of tenderness to keep the more complicated aspects of their role from weighing us down too much."
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Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists Game's Overview Trailer Streamed

Pre-order bonuses announced for March Western release ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming an overview trailer for Gust's Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World game on Tuesday. The company also confirmed that those who preorder the game in North America and Europe will receive a DLC bundle with two music packs, an "Atelier 20th Anniversary Appreciation House," the "Mysterious Al...
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Viz Media to Release The World Next Door Game on March 28

― Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it will release Rose City Games' The World Next Door narrative puzzle game on March 28 for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam, the Humble Store, Itch.io and GOG.com. The title will be Viz Media's first game offering. The game follows Jun, a rebellious teen, who finds herself trapped in the parallel world inhabited by magical beings. Viz Media posted a trailer. Viz...
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IDOLiSH 7 Mobile Game's Next 'Part' Teased in Promo Video

― The official YouTube account for Bandai Namco Entertainment's popular IDOLiSH 7 idol mobile game began streaming a promotional video for the game's next part on Sunday. Part four's first three chapters will launch in the game on February 20 and will introduce new characters. The game's idol groups currently include Id0lish 7, Trigger, Re:vale, and ŹOOĻ. New music videos for each group are currentl...
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Anime Limited Q2 Schedule Includes B: The Beginning, Tokyo Ghoul: re, Mirai

Other Q2 titles include Silver Spoon, Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, Jin-Roh The Wolf Brigade ― Anime Limited has confirmed several titles for its schedule for Spring 2019, including B: The Beginning (pictured right), Mirai, Silver Spoon (pictured left), Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, and Tokyo Ghoul: re. There are no release dates available yet, but the full titles an...
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Glay Performs Ace of Diamond Act II Anime's Opening Song

Series premieres on TV on April 2 ― The official website for the rock band Glay announced on Wednesday that the group is performing the opening theme song for the anime adaptation of Yūji Terajima's Ace of Diamond Act II (Daiya no A Act II) sequel manga. The band's vocalist Teru is writing the song. The website also revealed the series will premiere on TV Tokyo on April 2. Glay previously performed o...
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The Devil is a Part-Timer! Author Reveals Real-Life Locations He Visited For Research

Satoshi Wagahara also teases his next work. ― The Devil is a Part-Time light novel author Satoshi Wagahara revealed the real-life locations that he visited on research trips for his stories in the March 2019 issue of Dengeki Bunko magazine. The report is the first in what the magazine promises to be a regular feature focusing on the research light novel authors perform for their stories. Wagahara wro...
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City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes Anime Film Gets 4DX Screenings in Japan

The official website for City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes, the new anime film adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga, revealed on Tuesday that the film will have 4DX screenings in Japan beginning on March 1. In addition, the website revealed that the film will get screenings with Japanese subtitles for people with hearing impairments, and a special set of five trading cards will be the t...
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Sentai Filmworks Confirms English Dub for Haikyu!! Season 3

Sentai Filmworks confirmed on Tuesday that an English dub is in the works for the third season of the Haikyu!! anime. The company has not yet announced a release date. The announcement had a teaser video featuring Greg Cote (Ryunosuke Tanaka), directed by Kyle Jones. Haikyu!! season three (Haikyu!! Karasuno Kōkō VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Kōkō) aired in Japan in fall 2016, and streamed on Crunchyroll...
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'4-Gatsu no Kimi, Spica.' Manga Gets 2 New Chapters

New chapters celebrate live-action film ― This year's sixth issue of Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine revealed on Wednesday that Miwako Sugiyama will draw two special chapters for the 4-Gatsu no Kimi, Spica. romance manga in the magazine's next two issues to celebrate the manga's upcoming live-action film adaptation. The first chapter will be 53 pages long, including a color opening page, and it will d...
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The Mike Toole Show - This Year's Model

The long and proud history of giant robot model building is forever connected to the anime industry. Mike's ready to build a robot - are you? ― I was surrounded. On all sides, people from a disconcertingly wide variety of age groups crouched in their chairs, as if ready to leap into action. They gripped a variety of sharp tools in their hands, and concentrated intensely, waiting for the right moment ...
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Fate/Apocrypha Limited Edition Blu-ray Part 1

This epic Holy Grail War doubles the number of heroic spirits on the playing field, but does this twist enhance the story or leave it feeling overcrowded? Rebecca Silverman weighs in on Aniplex's deluxe release. ― While Fate/Apocrypha does share some basics with the game that started it all, Type-Moon's Fate/Stay Night, it's really best to think of it as totally separate from the story of Shirou, Rin...
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YU-NO Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Asaka's Opening Song

TV series inspired by visual novel premieres on April 2 ― The official website for the television anime of Hiroyuki Kanno's Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shōjo YU-NO (YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world.) visual novel began streaming the second promotional video on Wednesday. The video previews Asaka's opening theme song "Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shōjo" (A girl who chants lo...
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Gothic×Luck Performs Kemono Friends 2 Anime's New Ending Song

Voices of Greater lophorina, Western Parotia also performed 1st ending song ― The official Twitter account for Kemono Friends 2, the Kemono Friends anime's second season, revealed Gothic×Luck is performing the new ending theme song "Kimi wa Kaeru Basho." Junichi Satou (fhána) composed the song. The song debuted in the series' episode 6 on Monday. Gothic×Luck also performed the anime's previous ending...
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Fire Force TV Anime Casts Daisuke Sakaguchi as Victor

Genius researcher on human combustion, with mysterious link to Joker ― The official website for the television anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga announced on Tuesday that Daisuke Sakaguchi will play Victor Licht, a genius researcher at the Haijima Institute. His field is the applied science of combustion, studying human combustion in particular. He is apparently linked to...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, February 11-17

My Hero Academia movie sells 7,387 + 1,943, followed by Mr. Osomatsu event, live-action Zero show, live-action Real Girl film, My Hero Academia show ― Mr. Osomatsu Special Event Fes Matsu-san '18 sold 2,748 copies to rank #6 on the overall DVD chart. The DVD-Box for Zero Ikkakusenkin Game (Zero: Get Rich Quick Game), the live-action television series based on Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Tobaku Haōden Zero ga...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, February 11-17

My Hero Academia movie sells 10,603 + 1,279, followed by JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, Mr. Osomatsu event, live-action Real Girl film, live-action Zero show ― Mr. Osomatsu Special Event Fes Matsu-san '18 sold 3,113 copies to rank #4 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The live-action film of Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga landed at #7 with 1,452 copies. The Blu-ray Box for Zero Ikka...
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Some of the 13th Annual Seiyū Awards Winners Announced

Pop Team Epic, Kappei Yamaguchi, Mika Kanai, Kenichi Ogata, Hisako Kyouda win awards ― The organizers of the 13th Annual Seiyū Awards announced the winners of the Merit Award, Kei Tomiyama Award, Kazue Takahashi Award, and Synergy Award on Tuesday. Merit Award Award for the seiyū who have contributed to many genres, including foreign works, over the years Kenichi Ogata Agency: Office Umikaze Roles: N...
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Power Rangers Beast Morphers Show Premieres on March 2

The official Twitter account for the Power Rangers franchise announced last Friday that Power Rangers Beast Morphers, the upcoming 26th season of Power Rangers, will premiere on Nickelodeon on March 2. Saban Brands describes the series: Set in the future, a secret agency combines a newly discovered substance called the "Morph-X" with animal DNA to create the Power Rangers Beast Morphers team. The ...
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Johnny's Talent Agency Produces Its 1st Virtual Idols

Naniwa Danshi's Jōichirō Fujiwara, Kazuya Ōhashi voice new characters ― The Johnny & Associates (also known as Johnny's) talent agency announced on Tuesday that it is producing its first virtual idols. Jōichirō Fujiwara and Kazuya Ōhashi, who are members of the Kansai Johnny's Jr. sub-unit Naniwa Danshi, are voicing the new virtual idols Asuka Kaidō and Kanata Ichigoya, respectively. The pair will ha...

Sony to Halt PS Vita Production in Japan 'Soon'

SIE previously announced that production will halt this year ― The official PlayStation website reports that the production of the PCH-2000 ZA11 (Black) and PCH-2000 ZA23 (Aqua Blue) models of the PlayStation Vita handheld gaming platform is scheduled to end soon. Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) had announced last September that production of the PS Vita will halt in Japan this year, and SIE sen...
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City Hunter Film Drops to #5, Code Geass to #6

2nd Psycho-Pass SS film opens at #11 City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes, the new anime film adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga, dropped from #4 to #5 in its second weekend. The film earned 153,734,680 yen (about US$1.39 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 757,770,500 yen (about US$6.85 million). The film opened in Japan on February 8 in 251 theaters. The...
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ENDRO! ‒ Episode 6

"This episode finally puts Mao front-and-center for the first time in a while."

Japanese Government Expands Scope of Proposed Copyright Law Reforms

New proposal would ban screenshots of pirated media ― A subcommittee of Japan's Council for Cultural Affairs agreed on a plan on Wednesday to to create comprehensive laws banning the practice of knowingly downloading all illegal media from the internet. Japan's Agency of Cultural Affairs already announced its plans to propose laws and penal sentences against downloading manga, magazines, novels, essa...
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W'z ‒ Episode 8

"The characters might technically be more developed, and the action is less nauseating than in Hand Shakers, but how much does any of that matter when the story has yet to justify its own existence?"
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War ‒ Episode 6

"The elusive fourth member of Shuchiin Academy's student council makes his grand entrance in one of Kaguya-sama's funniest outings yet."
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Rozen Maiden 0 Manga Ends Next Month

Peach-Pit launched manga in 2016 ― The March issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine announced on Tuesday that Peach-Pit's Rozen Maiden 0 manga will end in the next issue on March 19. The manga launched in Ultra Jump in February 2016, and the third compiled volume shipped in October. The manga is set in the Taisho era and follows a girl named Okiku who finds a beautiful doll in her attic. Peach-Pit c...
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The Morose Mononokean II ‒ Episode 7

"I'm glad that Keshi's story seems to be taking us back to the heartwarming dynamic of last season's episodes, but I remain curious about the darker main story."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 296

"Fairy Tail typically excels at mixing action with exposition, but this week doesn't quite live up to its standard."
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Samsung Cancels Production of New BD Players in U.S.

― CNET reported on Friday that Samsung is halting production of new Blu-ray Disc players for the United States market. A Samsung representative told the website, "Samsung will no longer introduce new Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player models in the US market." Samsung launched a new 4K-enabled player in 2017, but did not introduce any new models in 2018. According to a report from Forbes, the company was ...
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Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka ‒ Episode 6

"This week we truly get an idea of the global scale of the Disas War."

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Pokèmon GO Returns to Fukushima With Support Chansey in Tow

Niantic's Pokèmon GO mobile game will return to Japan's Fukushima prefecture for a limited-time event. A Pokemon Company representative announced at a signing ceremony on February 18 that Chansey will appear more frequently in the area as a support Pokemon to support tourism in the tsunami-affected area. Chansey was chosen because it's a Pokémon that brings happiness and connects with the kanji "f...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 19

"Golden Wind has a lot of emotional richness at its foundation, but I think its strengths are done a disservice by episodes that try to draw from that well to compensate for poor action and plotting."
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Domestic Girlfriend ‒ Episode 6

"Miu isn't a bad character, but she's the first young woman we've met so far who doesn't yet feel like she belongs in this story."
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Ghostbusters' Ecto-1 Gets Autobot Transformation

Ghosts have a new foe to fear. The Ghostbusters iconic car, the Ecto-1, is getting a formidable makeover as a paranormal investigating Autobot. The Transformers "Ectotron" toy is a GameStop exclusive coming to stores in July. The GameStop website is accepting pre-orders now to the tune of US$49.99. The product page describes the mash up as follows: Discover how these worlds collide in this Transfo...
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The Price of Smiles ‒ Episode 7

"This war drama still works great when it's confident in its goals, but chafes a bit when it tries too hard for tragedy."
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New Fruits Basket Anime's English Dub Brings Back John Burgmeier as Shigure

Burgmeier joins Laura Bailey, Eric Vale, Jerry Jewell in returning cast ― The official English Twitter account for the new television anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga announced on Monday that John Burgmeier is joining the cast of the English dub. Burgmeier is reprising his role as Shigure Sohma from the original anime adaptation. Other returning cast members include Laura Bailey as Tohru...
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Amazon Offers Kizumonogatari Anime Films for Digital Purchase

Amazon is now offering the Kizumonogatari anime films for purchase in the United States. The Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu, Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu, and Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu films are available digitally in Japanese with English subtitles. The first film in the trilogy, Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu, premiered in Japan on January 8, 2016. The second film, Kizumonogatari Part...
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A Certain Magical Index III ‒ Episodes 18-19

"So much is going on in this ever-chaotic story, but at least this time the turn of events seems more coherent."
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Answerman - What Do Actor's Unions Actually Do?

What's the difference between a "union dub" and a "non-union dub" and why does it matter? Justin digs in to the details. ― Anonymous asked: This might come across as a naive question but what does it mean when a role is 'non-union' and why are so many anime roles non-union? For clarity I am a trade union rep myself but for an office job in the UK and I have an idea of what SAG, Equity and the other ...
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Voice Actor Takuya Eguchi's Weird Doodle Mascot Becomes Fashion Inspiration

Voice actor Takuya Eguchi is a highly sought after voice actor. He appears in multiple anime series each season (he's starring in six right now) while also filling in the gaps in with video game work, tech projects and commercials. He also fancies himself an artist, adding doodles to his friends' CD releases, movie posters, and weirding out the official Eevee Twitter account. His art has crossed o...
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Anime Studio DLE Accused of Manipulating Financial Accounts

Japanese commission recommends fine of 135.4 million yen ― Japan's Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission reported on February 13 that anime studio DLE listed in the First Section (top tier of exchange for large companies) of the Tokyo Stock Exchange after reporting inflated sales from falsified transactions. The Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission recommended that Japan's Financ...
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This Life-Size Pokémon Plush is Probably Taller Than You

We've seen giant Snorlax, a hefty Pikachu, and a rideable Lapras. When it comes to practically life-size Pokémon, most of the options stick within the original 151 monsters. The Pokémon Center store's latest is branching out to the Johto region to create a very tall replica of the area's Furret. According to its PokéDex entry, Furret measures 5'11" long. This 1/1-scale replica is a very long boy a...
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Keiichi Hara's Birthday Wonderland Film's Trailer Reveals More Cast, Theme Song

Film from Miss Hokusai director opens on April 26 ― Warner Bros. debuted a trailer for director Keiichi Hara's Birthday Wonderland film on Tuesday. The video announces more of the cast and previews the film's image song "Wonderland" by milet. The newly announced cast, from left to right in the image below, includes: An as Chi Masachika Ichimura as Hippocrates Kumiko Asou as Midori Nao Tōyama as Pipo ...
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Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly Film Strip Sells For US$2,600 on Yahoo! Auctions

In the fifth week (February 9 to 15) of Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly screenings in Japan, cinemas gave out film strips to viewers. The strips were chosen from random points throughout the entire film. Naturally, some scenes in the film stood out more than others, resulting in them being highly sought after when some film goers sold their strips on Yahoo! Auctions later. Sakura...
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Happinet Transfers Packaged Video/Music Business to Subsidiary, Changes Name

Seikodo Marketing will become Happinet Media Marketing ― Entertainment product wholesaler Happinet announced last week that it is transferring its video and music package wholesale business to its wholly owned subsidiary Seikodo Marketing. With the transfer on April 1, Seikodo will change its name to Happinet Media Marketing. Happinets was founded in 1969 as a toy wholesale and distribution company, ...
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Shelf Life - Space Runaway Ideon

James takes a look at an '80s mecha classic, while Paul breaks down this week's new blu-ray releases, along with a Yuri!!! on Ice-tastic Shelf Obsessed collection. ― I'm sure I'm just adding to an already loud chorus here, but y'all really should be watching Mob Psycho 100 (or catching up on the first season if you missed it). I can already tell I'm going to go back through this show a second or thi...
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Masaaki Yuasa's Super Shiro Anime Series of Shorts to Have 48 Episodes

Turner Asia Pacific and TV Asahi revealed on Monday that the Crayon Shin-chan franchise's spinoff anime series Super Shiro will have 48 episodes. Each episode will be five and a half minutes long. The companies also announced that they are collaborating on the series. The collaboration is the first regional deal between the companies, and it includes broadcast rights in the Asia Pacific region out...
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Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative

This Universal Century timeline film works well as a complement to Gundam Unicorn, but struggles to stand out as its own story. Kim Morrissy has the details in our full review. ― The only thing I knew about Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative before I watched it was that hilarious key visual showing three characters striking an awkward pose together. You might have seen it too because it was an Internet mem...
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Mix Baseball Anime Casts Wataru Takagi, Kikuko Inoue

Series about siblings aiming for national tournament debuts on April 6 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Mitsuru Adachi's Mix baseball manga revealed on Tuesday that Wataru Takagi will play Eisuke Tachibana, and Kikuko Inoue will play Mayumi Tachibana. Eisuke is Tōma's father and Sōichirō and Otomi's step-father, and Mayumi is Tōma's step-mother and Sōichirō and Otomi's mo...
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Boogiepop and Others ‒ Episode 8

"Everyone is now in place for a final confrontation between the Imaginator and Boogiepop."
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Dragon Ball Super: Broly Passes £1M in UK and Ireland Cinemas

Film opened on January 23 ― Manga Entertainment has announced that Dragon Ball Super: Broly has surpassed £1 million in cinemas in the UK and Ireland. Dragon Ball Super: Broly opened on January 23 in the UK and Ireland, while an early London "Fan Screening" on January 15 sold out in 23 seconds. Manga Entertainment described the film as the biggest it has released, with the promotion handled completel...
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Bakumatsu Anime's 2nd Season Reveals Title, Staff, Visual, April 4 Premiere

Mitsutoshi Satō replaces Masaki Watanabe to direct Bakumatsu Crisis ― The official website for Bakumatsu, the television anime of its Renai Bakumatsu Kareshi smartphone game, revealed the title, staff, visual, and April 4 premiere for the second season on Monday. The season is titled Bakumatsu Crisis, and it will premiere on TBS on April 4 at 25:58 (effectively April 5 at 1:58 a.m.). The series will ...
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Kan Colle Illustrator UGUME Goes to Hospital After Losing Consciousness at Home

Artist posted that they were fine, but required more detailed tests ― Artist and illustrator UGUME posted on Twitter on February 13 that they visited the hospital after falling unconscious in their bathroom. UGUME mentioned that they also fell unconscious after having their blood drawn, and had to undergo an ECG test, but went home afterward. In another post, UGUME said that they were fine, but would...
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Alex Kidd Game Releases on Switch in Japan Through Sega Ages Project on February 21

― Sega announced on Monday that it will release the Alex Kidd in Miracle World game on Nintendo Switch in Japan on February 21. The game is part of the Sega Ages project for Switch. Sega is reviving its Sega Ages project for Nintendo Switch in Japan, North America, and Europe. Games with specified release dates include: Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV/Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar...
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New Jersey's AnimeNEXT Event Hosts MAPPA's Banana Fish Staff

Convention takes place on June 7-9 ― New Jersey-based anime convention AnimeNEXT announced on Sunday that it will host MAPPA staff who worked on the Banana Fish anime, including director Hiroko Utsumi, character designer and animation director Akemi Hayashi, supervising anime director Ayumi Yamada, setting producer Erika Andō, and international developer Andrew Michael Upton. The anime premiered on F...
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Ring Horror Franchise Reveals Sadako Film With May Opening

Hideo Nakata returns to franchise for film based on 6th novel, Elaiza Ikeda stars as protagonist ― The teaser site for the new installment in the Ring horror franchise revealed on Monday that the franchise is receiving a new film titled Sadako on May 24. The site also revealed the cast and story, as well as Hideo Nakata's return to the franchise as director. Elaiza Ikeda will play the protagonist, a ...

Alita: Battle Angel Film to Earn Estimated US$41.7 Million in U.S. in 5 Days

Film's estimated worldwide gross is US$130,885,895 ― The Box Office Mojo website is listing Alita: Battle Angel — James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga — with an estimated opening weekend earning of US$27.8 million, and a current four-day estimated domestic total of US$36,516,232, with a five-day gross of US$41.7 million. The film r...
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Live-Action Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw Red Films' 2 Trailers Posted

Nana Asakawa, Ano star in 2 films opening on February 22 with 4DX screenings ― Presidio began streaming two trailers for Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw Red, the new live-action film adaptation of Rei Mikamoto's Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw manga, on Monday. The first video below previews the first film, while the second video previews the second film. The project consists of two films that will both open i...

New Fruits Basket Anime's English Dub Brings Back Jerry Jewell as Kyo

Funimation to screen 1st 2 episodes in U.S. theaters in March before April debut ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Monday that Jerry Jewell will star in the English dub for the new television anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga. Jewell is reprising his role as Kyo Sohma from the original anime adaptation. Funimation also announced on Friday that it will screen the first two episodes o...
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Masaaki Yuasa's 'Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara' Anime Film Adds 2 Cast Members

Honoka Matsumoto, Kentaro Ito join cast of June film ― The official website for director Masaaki Yuasa's Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara (tentative English title: "Riding a Wave with You") anime film announced two additional cast members for the film on Monday. Honoka Matsumoto (pictured lower left in image above) will play Yōko Hinageshi (upper left), a curt and blunt high schooler and Minato's younger si...

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50 Japanese Voice Actors Share Acting Tips in Interview Compilation Book

A new book titled The Way of the Voice Actor: 50 Voice Actors Share Their Knowledge and Hints (Seiyūdō: Meiyū 50-nin ga tsutaetai shigoto no kokoroe to ikiru hinto) went on sale in Japan on February 8. The book compiles interviews with 50 veteran Japanese voice actors, including Kenichi Suzumura (Masato Hijirikawa from Uta no Prince-sama, Sōgo Okita from Gintama) and Hiroyuki Yoshino (Yasutomo Ara...
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Naoki Urasawa's Asadora! Manga Returns in April

Manga finished first arc, went on hiatus in January ― This year's 12th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Naoki Urasawa's Renzoku Manga Shōsetsu Asadora! (Serial Manga Novel Asadora!) manga will return in the magazine's 19th issue on April 8. Urasawa published the final chapter of the manga's "first arc" in January in the magazine's ninth issue, and the ma...
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Yu Aida's 1518! Manga Ends on March 11 (Update)

Gunslinger Girl author launched series in 2014 ― This year's 12th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Yu Aida's 1518! (pronounced Ichi Go Ichi Hachi) manga will end in its next chapter, which Shogakukan will publish in the 15th issue of Weekly Big Comic Spirits on March 11. The manga's story centers around Sachi Maruyama, a girl who has just entered high sc...
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game's 9th DLC Character is Madara Uchiha

Game to have 9 total DLC character packs ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the ninth DLC character for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game will be Madara Uchiha. Similar to other DLC character packs, the character will be playable, and the pack will also include Ninjutsu techniques available for players' avatars,...
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I'm From Japan Anime Stars Minami Takayama

Series premieres in April within Oha-Suta TV program ― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Minami Takayama (Detective Conan's Conan Edogawa) will star in the television anime adaptation of Seiji Hayashi's I'm From Japan (Jimoto ga Japan) manga as Japan Hinomoto (pictured center in image at right). The anime will premiere in April within the Oha-Sut...
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Pokemon The Movie: The Power of Us Released on Monday

Also sixth volume of Dragon Ball Super ― On Monday February 18, Manga Entertainment will release the film Pokemon The Movie: The Power of Us on Collectors Blu-ray and DVD. The Blu-ray includes four art cards and a poster. The Pokémon Company described the film: Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us tells the story of Ash and Pikachu as they journey to a small seaside town filled with a diverse set of ch...
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Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 Anime Premieres on April 28 (Updated)

― Pony Canyon began streaming a trailer on Saturday for the second part of the Attack on Titan Season 3 television anime, which reveals that the anime will debut in Japan on the NHK General channel on April 28 at 24:10 (effectively April 29 at 12:10 a.m.). The video is the same video that Funimation streamed earlier this month. The anime will stream on FunimationNow this spring. The first television...
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Long Riders! Cycling Manga Resumes in Monthly Bushiroad on March 8 Under New Title

Manga that inspired 2016 anime had been on hiatus since March 2018 ― Bushiroad's Monthly Bushiroad magazine revealed on Friday that Taishi Miyake's Long Riders! cycling manga is switching to Monthly Bushiroad and will resume under the new title Long Rider Stories! in the magazine's April issue on March 8. Miyake launched the manga in September 2012 in Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex magazine, and Ichi...
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Tekken 7 Game's Promo Video Highlights DLC Characters Julia, Negan

Both DLC characters join game on February 28 ― The official YouTube channel for the Tekken franchise began streaming a new promotional video on Sunday for the Tekken 7 game. The video highlights the two DLC characters Julia and Negan. Julia will join the game as part of the eighth DLC, and Negan from AMC's The Walking Dead show will join as part of the ninth DLC. Both DLC launch on February 28. Negan...
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BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Game's Arcade Version Adds Naoto Kurogane, Teddie, Seth

Arcana Heart 3's Heart Aino also joins game ― Arc System Works revealed on Sunday that it will add Heart Aino from Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX SIX STARS!!!!!!, Naoto Kurogane from BlazBlue Central Fiction, Kuma/Teddie from Persona 4 Arena, and Seth from Under Night In-Birth to the arcade version of the BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle crossover fighting game. The arcade version will debut in Japan this spring....
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Precure Miracle Universe Anime Film Reveals 2 New Visuals

― The Twitter account for Eiga Precure Miracle Universe, the newest movie in the Precure franchise, revealed two more visuals for the film on Sunday. The film will open in Japan on March 16. Yuuki Kaji (Attack on Titan's Eren, The Seven Deadly Sins' Meliodas) will guest star as the new character Yango. The new film will be primarily set in space, and the story will reveal the secret of the "Miracle ...
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Shun'ichi Toki Performs Ending Theme for Mayonaka no Occult Kōmuin Anime

Modern fantasy anime premieres in April ― Voice actor Shun'ichi Toki announced on his Twitter account on Friday that he will perform the ending theme song "Yakusoku no Overture" (The Promised Overture) for the television anime adaptation of Yōko Tamotsu's Mayonaka no Occult Kōmuin (Midnight Occult Civil Servants) manga. The song will be Toki's debut single. The television anime will premiere in April...
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Spira Spica Perform Ao-chan Can't Study Anime's Ending Theme

Comedy series premieres in April ― The official website for the television anime of Ren Kawahara's Ao-chan Can't Study! (Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyō ga Dekinai) manga revealed on Saturday that three-member band Spira Spica (Gundam Build Divers) will perform the show's ending theme song "Koi wa Miracle" (Love is a Miracle). The anime will premiere in April in the Animeism block on the MBS, TBS, and BS...
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Rika Tachibana Performs Nobunaga Sensei no Osanazuma Anime's Ending Theme

Series premieres on April 8 ― The official website for the television anime of Azure Konno's Nobunaga Sensei no Osanazuma (Mr. Nobunaga's Young Bride) manga revealed on Saturday that voice actress Rika Tachibana will perform the show's ending theme song "Returner Butterfly." The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 8 at 12:00 a.m. (effectively April 9). The show stars: (Note: Historical character...
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Soul Calibur VI Game Adds Amy as DLC Character

Character joins game "soon" as part of game's season pass ― Bandai Namco Entertainment and Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a video on Saturday to reveal that Amy is joining the Soul Calibur VI fighting game as a playable character. English Trailer Japanese Trailer Bandai Namco Entertainment America describes Amy: "For one to gain, another must lose..." Growing up with loss, Amy wil...
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Crunchyroll Streams English-subtitled Trailer for YU-NO Anime

Series based on visual novel premieres in April ― Crunchyroll revealed during its The Anime Awards livestream on Saturday a new trailer for the television anime of Hiroyuki Kanno's Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shōjo YU-NO (YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world.) visual novel. We're proud to present an exclusive FIRST LOOK at the trailer for new anime "YU-NO: A girl who chants love...
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Made in Abyss Art Director Osamu Masuyama Works with Crunchyroll on New Project

― Made in Abyss art director Osamu Masuyama revealed during Crunchyroll's livestream for its The Anime Awards on Saturday that he is working on a new project with Crunchyroll. Masuyama did not provide any further details about the project. Osamu Masayama, the art director of MADE IN ABYSS, wishes the nominees of ANIME OF THE YEAR good luck! ✨#AnimeAwards pic.twitter.com/PajWBeOEOr— Crunchyroll @ #An...
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My Hero Academia Sweeps Crunchyroll's Anime Awards

Biggest prize goes Devilman crybaby with Anime of the Year ― Megalobox and Devilman Crybaby may have had the most nominations but it was My Hero Academia that went home with the prizes. Bones' superhero action series won the most categories with a total of five wins. The series protagonist Deku won Best Boy and antagonist All for One took Best Villain. Voice actor Christopher Sabat was recognized for...
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1st Made in Abyss Compilation Film's Dub Trailer Streamed

1st film screens in U.S. theaters on March 20, 25 ― Crunchyroll revealed during its The Anime Awards livestream on Saturday a new dub trailer for Made in Abyss: Journey's Dawn (Made in Abyss: Tabidachi no Yoake), the first Made in Abyss compilation anime film. Join us at a theater near you! MADE IN ABYSS - Journey's Dawn tickets are on sale TODAY! Thanks to our friends @SentaiFilmworks! #AnimeAwards✨...
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The Island of Giant Insects Video Anime Producer: OVA is Prologue to Full Anime Project

Also: Crunchyroll to stream OVA, staff to launch crowdfunding campaign ― Crunchyroll announced during its The Anime Awards livestream on Saturday that it will stream the video anime of Yasutaka Fujimi, RED ICE and Shu Hirose's The Island of Giant Insects (Kyochū Rettō) manga worldwide outside of Asia. A special message from Tatsuya Ishiguro, the producer of the anime The Island of Giant Insects, comi...
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Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn Prologue Anime Short Streamed

Also: Novel announced with Japanese/overseas versions, Ardyn DLC launches on March 26 ― Square Enix began streaming the full "Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue" short anime on Saturday after premiering the short at the Katsucon convention. The end of the anime previews the previously announced "Episode Ardyn" DLC for the Final Fantasy XV game, and announces the DLC will launch on March 26. Squ...
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Crunchyroll Streams The Royal Tutor Anime Film

Film opened in Japan on Saturday, will be available on Crunchyroll worldwide except Asia ― Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that it will stream the The Royal Tutor anime film starting on Saturday at 11:00 p.m. ET worldwide outside of Asia. The film opened in Japan on Saturday. Crunchyroll describes the film: The biggest threat to hit the Royal Kingdom?! Under the guidance of the royal tutor Heine Wi...

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Love So Life Manga Artist Crowdfunds Animal Rights Manga

Love So Life manga artist Kaede Kochi opened up a campaign on crowdfunding website Green Funding for a manga volume to be published in May called The Truth of Fluffy Pets (Mofu mofu no Honto), which will focus on the real lives of animals in human homes. Kochi is planning to use the money raised by the crowdfunding campaign to gift the book to various elementary schools and libraries in order to h...
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You Are Already Drunk on This Fist of the North Star Potato Shochu

On March 1, Mitsutake Brewery will debut its latest collaboration drink: sweet potato shōchū featuring Fist of the North Star characters. The brewery is offering bottles featuring Kenshiro and Raoh. Kenshiro's is titled after his catchphrase "You are already dead," while Raoh's is titled "I have no regrets in this life." In addition, the brewery is offering a mini bottle set of a variety of alcoho...
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Princess Kaguya, Other Classic Japanese Tales Reimagined as Boys-Love

A new book series is reimagining literary classics for a modern audience... as boys-love stories. The first volume of BL Selection Classic Literature launched last October with its own rendition of The Tale of Princess Kaguya and The Tale of Ise. A second volume shipped in January with a reimagined version of The Kojiki. The first volume is "translated" by Emma Yukifune, which in this case means s...
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Nelvana, Sumitomo Reveal Geki Drive Animated Series Based on Bandai's Car Toy Line

Shigeki Fujiwara works on hybrid 2D/3D series with 52 planned episodes ― Corus Entertainment announced on February 7 that its Nelvana subsidiary and Sumitomo Corporation will produce the Geki Drive animated series as their first collaborative project. The 2D/3D hybrid animated series will have 52 11-minute episodes and will target boys aged six to eight. The show is based on Bandai Spirits' customiza...
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Fate/Extella Link Game's English Character Trailers Preview Nero Claudius, Tamamo no Mae, Nameless

XSEED Games releases game for PS4, PS Vita, Switch, PC in March ― XSEED Games began streaming three character videos on Friday for its upcoming release of Marvelous and Type-Moon's Fate/Extella Link game. The videos preview the characters Nero Claudius, Tamamo no Mae, and Nameless. XSEED Games, a subsidiary of Marvelous, will release the game in the West for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Nintendo ...
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Anime Studio Production Reed Changes Name Back to Ashi Productions

Company founded in 1975 started using Production Reed name in 2011 ― Anime studio Production Reed announced on February 12 that it is changing its name back to Ashi Productions Co. Ltd. Toshihiko Sato, the company's president, stated in the announcement that the company is returning to its original founding name "with the intention of pushing forward with new feelings and a theme of 'let's make somet...

Alita: Battle Angel Film Earns US$8.7 Million on Opening Day in U.S.

Film ranks at #1 on opening day ― The Box Office Mojo website is listing that Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga, earned US$8,716,232 on its opening day in the United States on Thursday. The film screened in 3,790 theaters for a per-screen average of US$2,300. The film ranked #1 in the U.S. on Thursday. The m...
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Furin Shokudō Manga's Live-Action Series Listed with 2nd Season

1st live-action net series premiered last March ― Amazon is currently listing the cover for this year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine, which reveals that the live-action series adaptation of Masakazu Yamaguchi's Furin Shokudō (Adultery Restaurant) manga will get a second season. The issue will officially ship on Wednesday. The magazine's fifth issue had teased that the sixth issue wou...
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Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia Anime Reveals Character Visual for Ishtar

― The official website for Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia, the television anime adaptation of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia" (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) story, revealed another character visual on Saturday. Kana Ueda as Ishtar The television anime will premiere this year....
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French Live-Action City Hunter Film Nicky Larson Opens at #3

Film opened in France on February 6, earned €3.1 million in 1st 5 days ― The Box Office Mojo website is listing that the Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon (Nicky Larson and the Cupid's Purfume) live-action film opened at #3 at the French box office for the February 6-10 time period. The film opened in France on February 6, and earned €3,111,807 (about US$3,515,249) in its first five days. The film...
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Million Arthur: Arcana Blood Arcade Game Gets PC Release (Updated)

Game launches on Steam this summer ― Square Enix announced during a livestream for the EVO Japan 2019 event on Friday that it will release the 2D fighting game Million Arthur: Arcana Blood for PC via Steam this summer. Watch Evo Japan 2019 - Day 1! from evo on www.twitch.tv Square Enix began streaming a gameplay video for the release on Saturday. The original arcade version launched in Japan in Novem...
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'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' Anime's 2nd Season Premieres This Summer

― Staff and cast for the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion anime film (visual pictured at right) revealed at a screening event on Saturday that the planned second season for the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? television anime will premiere this summer. The Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion anime film opened in...
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Nobuo Kawakami Steps Down as Kadokawa Dwango President

Dwango reorganized as Kadokawa subsidiary ― Kadokawa Dwango announced on Wednesday that Nobuo Kawakami has stepped down as the company representative director and president. Managing director Masaki Matsubara has taken over his previous role, and Kawakami serve as a director instead. Kawakami has also stepped down as a board member of Dwango and will instead serve as an adviser. Likewise, Takashi Ara...
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Funimation Lists Dragon Ball Super: Broly Film's BD/DVD for April 16

Funimation and Best Buy are listing an April 16 release date for a Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and Digital combo pack for the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film. Best Buy will exclusively offer the film in a SteelBook case edition. Funimation will offer a Goku standee as a gift with purchase. Anime retailer Right Stuf is not yet listing a release date, but it will offer a Vegeta standee as a gift with purchase....
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill ‒ Episode 14

"Remember the halcyon days when Double Decker was a simple buddy-cop comedy? This first bonus episode of the series remembers."
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Pokémon GO Game's Lawsuit Settlement May Remove PokéStops, Gyms Near Private Property

Lawsuit initially filed in 2016 after nuisance, trespassing complaints ― A proposed settlement filed in a Northern District of California court on Thursday in a class action lawsuit against Pokémon GO smartphone game developer Niantic may affect PokéStops, Gyms, and Raid Battles in the augmented reality game. The lawsuit relates to the plaintiffs' claims for nuisance and unjust enrichment against Nia...
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Girly Air Force ‒ Episode 6

"Phantom's presence has pushed the show just beyond the bare-bones antics of its first arc, making this the most interesting episode yet."
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The Fable Live-Action Film Reveals More Cast

Ryō Kimura, Kai Inowaki, more join cast ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Katsuhisa Minami's The Fable manga on Thursday. The newly announced cast includes: Ryō Kimura as Code, Hood's partner Kai Inowaki as Kuro, Ebihara's subordinate Ryōka Minami as Fable as a child Masao Yoshii as Kainuma, an employee at the company Fable works part time for in his normal life Toranosuke...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets ‒ Episode 6

"With three out of the five quintuplets now showing up for his study sessions, Futaro is starting to feel optimistic about their chances of graduating."
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