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This Week in Anime - Stars Align is Here and It's Hella Queer

The little show about a boys' soft tennis club is well underway to being one of the most heartfelt and sincere representations of LGBTQ+ youth in a long time. ― The little show about a boys' soft tennis club is well underway to being one of the most heartfelt and sincere representations of LGBTQ+ youth in a long time. Micchy and Andy break down everything the drama is doing right and how its charact...
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This Week in Games - Seeing S.T.A.R.S.

Heidi's back with a Mario Maker 2 update, plus news from Persona 5, Resident Evil 3 and, of course, the dreaded return of the Game Awards! ― Can you believe it's December already? Jeez, where did the year go? Hopefully you all successfully avoided brick and mortar retail hell last weekend. I stayed here at home over the Black Cyber weekend and finished painting a resin kit. (Though I may have splurge...
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Witch's Printing Office GN 1

"Yet another in the never-ending stream of isekai series that seem set to define the 2020s as well as the 2010s, but it's one with a gimmick that makes it feel less cookie cutter than some." ― A Witch's Printing Office may be yet another in the never-ending stream of isekai series that seem set to define the 2020s as well as the 2010s, but it's one with a gimmick that makes it feel less cookie cutter...
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Event Report: Lantis Matsuri at AnimeNYC

All the details from Lantis Matsuri's gigantic 20th anniversary event at AnimeNYC 2019 - including TRUE, Jam Project and more! ― Hype and expectations ran high for the Lantis Matsuri 2019 Concert Series at Anime NYC. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Japanese music label Lantis, the lineup of popular anisong stars featured two solo artists ZAQ and TRUE — the latter has performed all three years of ...
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Fragtime

"This yuri OVA from the folks behind Kase-san has an intriguing premise but overall feels rather scattered, without a clear sense of narrative structure or direction." ― This new yuri OVA by the Kase-san and Morning Glories team is having a limited theater run in Japan. I never watched Kase-san, so I wasn't sure what to expect, although I can say I wasn't imagining anything like Fragtime. The story h...
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This Week in Anime - Is F/GO: Babylonia Anime as Popular as its Mobile Game?

The unstoppable visual novel Fate/stay night has spawned multitudes of media adaptations but is mobage anime adaptation Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia worth watching? ― The unstoppable visual novel Fate/Stay Night has spawned multitudes of media adaptations, including the highly successful Fate/Grand Order mobile game. In an interesting move, the staff decided to adapt one of the...
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Snow White with the Red Hair GN 2 - 4

These three volumes of the manga bring us to the end of the anime adaptation's first season and the OVA - by the end of 2020, fans of the series may be able to go beyond its animated boundaries. ― These three volumes of the original Snow White with the Red Hair manga bring us to the end of the anime adaptation's first season (barring one episode) and the OVA, meaning that by the end of 2020, fans of ...
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Chio's School Road BD/DVD/Digital

"A good amount of fun with a lot of laughs, so if that's what you're in the mood for, you could do much worse than joining Chio on her walk to school." ― While there are a lot of comedies about high school students, not all of them remember what it was actually like to be a high school student, and many fall into the trap of having the kids just act like miniature adults. Not so Chio's School Road – ...
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Gleipnir Action Romantic Comedy TV Anime's Premiere Listed as April 2020

Yona of the Dawn's Kazuhiro Yoneda directs series at Pine Jam ― The first 2020 issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine the 3rd revealed in an ad for Sun Takeda's seventh Gleipnir manga volume on Friday that the television anime of the manga will premiere in April 2020. Kazuhiro Yoneda (Yona of the Dawn, Kabukibu!) is directing the anime at Pine Jam. Shinichi Inotsume (The Price of Smiles, PERSONA 5 the An...
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Seitokai Yakuindomo School Comedy Manga Gets 2nd Film in July

Director Hiromitsu Kanazawa, GoHands studio return with Miho Okasaki joining cast ― Kodansha announced on Friday that anime studio GoHands is producing a second anime film based on Tozen Ujiie's Seitokai Yakuindomo manga. The Klockworx Co., Ltd. will release the film on July 10. Miho Okasaki joins the cast as Yū Hirose. The other cast members are returning from the previous film and other anime insta...
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Ascendance of a Bookworm Anime's 2nd Part Premieres Next Spring

1st part's 2-episode finale airs on December 25 ― The official website for the television anime of Miya Kazuki's "biblia fantasy" novel Ascendance of a Bookworm (Honzuki no Gekokujō: Shisho ni Naru Tame niwa Shudan o Erandeiramasen) revealed on Friday that the anime's second part will premiere next spring. The site also revealed a new visual for the anime. The last two episodes of the anime's first p...
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Sengoku Baseball Manga Enters Climax in February

Manga about baseball with Warring States-era commanders launched in June 2016 ― The January 2020 issue of Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine revealed on Friday that Hiroshi Wakamatsu's manga based on Shinta Ryokuchi's Sengoku Baseball: Nobunaga no Yakyū (Sengoku Baseball: Nobunaga's Baseball) novel series will enter its "climax" in the next issue on February 1. Wakamatsu's manga launched in June 2016. T...

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Cells at Work! Baby Manga Goes on 2-Month Hiatus

Yasuhiro Fukuda's spinoff manga set inside baby's body debuted on October 17 ― The first 2020 issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Thursday that Yasuhiro Fukuda's Hataraku Saibō Baby (Cells at Work! Baby) spinoff manga of Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! manga will take a two-month hiatus and return in the magazine around February 2020. The manga launched in Morning on October 17. Fukuda's ...
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Young Jump Love Magazine Supplement Reveals Manga Titles, December 23 Launch

Kaguya-sama's Aka Akasaka, Minamoto-kun's Minori Inaba to contribute manga to romance-focused publication ― The first 2020 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Shueisha will launch its Young Jump Love companion supplement to the magazine on December 23. The magazine revealed that the supplement, which focuses on romance stories, will launch with the following manga...
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Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack Game Collection's 2nd English Promo Video Streamed

Collection of Atelier Ayesha, Atelier Escha & Logy, Atelier Shallie games launches in West on January 14 ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming on Thursday the second promotional video in English for Gust and Koei Tecmo Games' Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack game collection for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The video debuted in Japanese in November. The game collection will lau...
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This Week in Anime - Stars Align is Here and It's Hella Queer

The little show about a boys' soft tennis club is well underway to being one of the most heartfelt and sincere representations of LGBTQ+ youth in a long time. ― The little show about a boys' soft tennis club is well underway to being one of the most heartfelt and sincere representations of LGBTQ+ youth in a long time. Micchy and Andy break down everything the drama is doing right and how its charact...
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Khara Distances Itself From Gainax After Studio Representative Director's Arrest

Company emphasizes Gainax has no involvement with Evangelion ― Anime studio Khara issued a statement on its official website in response to Gainax representative director Tomohiro Maki's arrest on Thursday. The studio noted that some news reports about the arrest referenced Neon Genesis Evangelion and Evangelion franchise works. Khara said, "There is no truth to [Maki's] involvement in Neon Genesis E...
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One Piece ‒ Episodes 911-912

So after about three episodes of sitting around and catching our heroes up to speed, it sounds like we finally have a concrete plan for moving forward with the Wano arc.
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This Week in Games - Seeing S.T.A.R.S.

Heidi's back with a Mario Maker 2 update, plus news from Persona 5, Resident Evil 3 and, of course, the dreaded return of the Game Awards! ― Can you believe it's December already? Jeez, where did the year go? Hopefully you all successfully avoided brick and mortar retail hell last weekend. I stayed here at home over the Black Cyber weekend and finished painting a resin kit. (Though I may have splurge...
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Los Angeles Toy Importer Arrested for Counterfeit Pokémon, Hello Kitty, Mario Goods

Counterfeiter manufactured more than US$1.4 million in counterfeit goods ― The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced on November 26 that Wan Piao, owner of a toy import store in El Monte, California, has been arrested and charged with manufacturing and possessing more than US$1.4 million in counterfeit goods. According to Deputy District Attorney Duke Cha, Piao had more than 500,000...
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Reincarnated as a Slime, Ride-On King, Shūmatsu no Walküre Manga Team Collaborate on Poster

The manga artist behind the adaptation of Fuse's That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime light novel, Taiki Kawakami, has teamed up with the artist and creative trio of the Shūmatsu no Walküre (Record of Ragnarok) manga and The Ride-On King manga artist Yasushi Baba to cross-promote one another's respective series. Shūmatsu no Walküre artist Chika Aji will draw three illustrations for the collab t...
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Demon Slayer, Weathering With You Win at Yahoo! Japan Search Awards

One Piece's Eiichiro Oda wins in creator category, Yuki Kaji wins in voice actor category ― The Yahoo! Japan Search Awards announced the winners of each category on Wednesday. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba took the award in the anime category and Weathering With You took the film category. One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda won in the author category, and Yuki Kaji won in the voice actor category. The a...
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Witch's Printing Office GN 1

"Yet another in the never-ending stream of isekai series that seem set to define the 2020s as well as the 2010s, but it's one with a gimmick that makes it feel less cookie cutter than some." ― A Witch's Printing Office may be yet another in the never-ending stream of isekai series that seem set to define the 2020s as well as the 2010s, but it's one with a gimmick that makes it feel less cookie cutter...
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Kemono Michi: Rise Up ‒ Episode 10

Probably we should just be happy that all Gang and his pals did was kidnap and sell Hiroyuki to a wealthy man and his daughter who obviously loves the pup.
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Capeta's Masahito Soda Ends Change! Manga

Manga about high school girls in world of freestyle rap battles launched in 2017 ― The January 2020 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine published the final chapter of Masahito Soda's Change! manga on Friday. Kodansha will publish the manga's sixth and final compiled book volume on December 17. The manga centers on Shiori Kozono, a high school girl who leads a prim and proper everyday life. Bu...
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Fire Force Anime's Promo Video Previews Netherworld Arc

Shinra battles Shō in episode 20 on Friday ― The official website of the anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga began streaming a promotional video on Thursday. The video previews the "Netherworld" arc and a battle between Shinra and Shō. The "Netherworld" story arc will feature in episode 20, "Hokori o Matotte" (Clad in Pride), on Friday. The television anime series premiered...
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High School Fleet Anime Film Casts Naomi Ōzora

Film opens in Japan on January 18 ― Staff of the High School Fleet anime revealed additional cast and the third key visual on Thursday. Naomi Ōzora will play the new character Susan Reyes. Naomi Ōzora as Susan "Sue" Reyes The film will open in Japan on January 18. The previously announced new cast members include: Minami Takahashi as Tōmi "Miya" Miyazato Maria Naganawa as Shia "Nomu" Nomura Tomori Ku...
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Kakushigoto Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, April 2020 Premiere

Hiroshi Kamiya, Rie Takahashi star in anime by Yūta Murano, Ajia-do ― The January 2020 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine revealed on Friday the cast, staff, visual, and April premiere date for the television anime adaptation of Kōji Kumeta's Kakushigoto manga. The anime's official website also began streaming a teaser video for the anime. In addition, Kumeta provided an illustration to cele...
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Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga Anime Reveals Video, Visual, January 10 Premiere

Dog-themed show centers on Oda Nobunaga reincarnated as a canine ― The official website for the television anime of Una Megurogawa's Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga (Oda Shinamon Nobunaga) manga revealed a promotional video, key visual, and the January 10 premiere on Thursday. The anime will debut on TV Tokyo on January 10 late at night at 1:23 a.m. (effectively January 11), before airing later that night on T...
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My Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising- Film Casts Yūichi Nakamura

Character Hawks makes anime debut in film on December 20 ― The official website for Boku no Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising- (My Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising-), the new anime film based on Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga, revealed on Thursday that Yūichi Nakamura will play Hawks. The character will make his anime debut in the film before he appears in the television series...
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Konosuba Film U.K. Cinema Release Confirmed for December 12

Comedy fantasy film will have a one-day cinema release on Thursday next week ― Anime Limited has confirmed that the film Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Kurenai Densetsu (KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! Crimson Legend) will have a one-day release in U.K. cinemas on Thursday December 12. Venue details and ticket booking are available on the Odeon website, the Showcase website ...
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Sanrio's New Jewelpet Anime Film & Kukuriraige Film to Open in February

Both films set in China's Sichuan Province ― Sanrio announced on Thursday that Jewelpet: Attack Travel, a brand-new anime film in its Jewelpet franchise, will open in Japanese theaters in February. It will screen with the animated film Kukuriraige -Sanxingdui Denki- (Kukuriraige: Sanxingdui Fantasy). The new Jewelpet film's story has Ruby, Garnet, and the other familiar, jewel-eyed Jewelpet character...
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Kamisama Kiss' Julietta Suzuki Draws New 1-Shot in January

Suzuki also draws new Kamisama Kiss spinoff chapter on January 25 ― The first 2020 issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed on Thursday that Julietta Suzuki will draw a one-shot manga in the magazine's third issue on January 4. The magazine describes the one-shot manga as a "avant-garde mystery," and it will have a color opening page. Suzuki is also drawing a new spinoff chapter from her ...
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Mikage LLC Develops PS5, PS4, Switch, PC Game With Aksys

New game aimed at N. America with VR version planned for 2021 ― Mikage LLC, former Imageepoch CEO Ryohei Mikage's new company, announced on Wednesday that it is working with publisher Aksys Games on a new game aimed at North America. The companies are planning to release the game for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC via Steam in 2021. The game will also have a VR version. Aksys Games ...
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Aho-Girl's Hiroyuki Launches New Manga Series in 2020

Weekly Shōnen Magazine to run new manga ― Manga creator Hiroyuki announced on his Twitter account on Wednesday that he will launch a new manga series in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine next year. Hiroyuki's previous manga Aho-Girl also ran in Weekly Shōnen Magazine before it moved to Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2015. Hiroyuki's Aho-Girl, The Comic Artist and His Assistants, and Doujin Work manga ha...

Gainax Representative Director Tomohiro Maki Arrested for Alleged Indecent Acts

Maki allegedly took indecent photos, inappropriately touched aspiring voice actress ― Police arrested 50-year-old Gainax representative director Tomohiro Maki on Thursday on the charge of quasi-forcible indecency. The authorities allege that Maki had committed indecent acts on an aspiring voice actress. According to the arrest report, the aspiring voice actress had signed a voice-acting contract thro...
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24th Detective Conan Film Posts Teaser Trailer

April 17's The Scarlet Bullet centers on kidnappings, Akai family, bullet train ― The official website for the Detective Conan films began streaming a teaser trailer on Thursday for Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan (Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet), the franchise's 24th film. The film's staff also unveiled a visual for the film showing the Akai family. The film will open on April 17. The film wil...
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BEASTARS Manga Gets Stage Play

Paru Itagaki's animal academy story inspired currently airing TV anime ― The first 2020 issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine announced on Thursday that a stage play adaptation pf Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS manga has been green-lit. The stage play will run in Tokyo and Osaka in April and May next year. Viz Media is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story: At a high s...
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Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! ‒ Episode 9

The Average Abilities show wrapped up its latest major, character-developing story in just one episode last week, so it's time for another deeply silly sidequest to balance things.
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Kemuri Karakara's Mars Red Manga Launches on January 4

― The January 2020 issue of Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Garden magazine revealed on Thursday that the manga adaptation of Bun'ō Fujisawa's Mars Red dramatic stage reading series will launch in the magazine's next issue on January 4. The manga was previously scheduled to launch on November 5. Fujisawa and Monthly Comic Garden revealed the manga by Kemuri Karakara (Laughing Under the Clouds) in May. Th...

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Case File nº221: Kabukicho Manga Launches on January 4

― The January 2020 issue of Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Garden magazine revealed on Wednesday that Kinu Mizukoshi's manga adaptation of Production I.G's original Case File nº221: Kabukicho (Kabukichō Sherlock) television anime will launch in the next issue on January 4. The first chapter will have color opening pages. The anime's Twitter account announced the manga adaptation and a novel adaptation b...
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Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia ‒ Episode 9

Sometimes you gotta fight fire with fire, and sometimes you gotta fight a goddess with a goddess.
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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Game Launches for PC on December 10

― Sega of America announced on Wednesday that it will release the Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD (Tabegoro! Super Monkey Ball) game, a new version of the Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz Wii game, for PC via Steam on December 10. The game will launch on PC via Steam in Japan on December 11. Sega released the game for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 29. The game is avai...
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Yoshiyuki Tomino to Write 'First Message' for Gunpla That Will Get Launched Into Space

Message commemorating Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be voiced by Amuro, Char's voice actors ― The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced in May that it will be working together with the University of Tokyo to launch Gunpla models into space next year to commemorate the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. After the satellite launches it will transmit a supportive message as it orbits Earth. Mobile Suit Gunda...
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Dr. Stone ‒ Episode 22

It's kind of abrupt to suddenly humanize the guy that was bragging about taking a wife by force and then offing her, but Senku is a man of practicality and I guess the audience is supposed to be as well.
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Alita: Battle Angel Film Submitted for Visual Effects Oscar

20 films in running for category at 92nd Academy Awards ― The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed on Tuesday that the live-action Alita: Battle Angel film is one of 20 films that have been submitted for consideration in the Visual Effects category for the 92nd Academy Awards. The Academy's Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the preliminary list of films, and it will...
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Demon Slayer, Dr. Stone, Zombie Land Saga Buzzwords Make Gadget Tsūshin 2019 List

Gadget Tsūshin's Anime Ryūkōgo Taishō is a yearly list of the most popular anime-related buzzwords. The site released a tentative list of trending terms in June with nods to Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Demon Slayer, and Kemurikusa. Gadget Tsūshin has released the list of all the trendy contenders and opened voting to the public. Participants can pick up to three terms for this year's biggest anime ...
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Chihayafuru 3 ‒ Episode 8-9

This decision to remove her from the tournament completely fractures this season, and almost grinds it to a halt.
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Manga Creator Leiji Matsumoto Discharged From Hospital

Captain Harlock/Galaxy Express 999 creator was hospitalized in Italy on November 15 ― The website for the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported on Wednesday that manga creator Leiji Matsumoto was discharged from a hospital in Turin, Italy on Wednesday morning after being hospitalized on November 15. According to the hospital, Matsumoto is recovering well and returning to Japan on the same day. Matsumoto h...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, December 1-7

Mai Mai Miracle, Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas anime; Jujutsu Kaisen, Penguindrum manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Angel Blade BD (adult)Please Critical Mass US$19.99 December 3 Bleach Set 5 BDCite Viz Media US$54.97 December 3 Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$64.98 December 3 Is This a Zombie? Complete Series ...
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McDonald's Japan Debuts Animated Ad by G-angle

30-second ad stars Atsuko Maeda, Ayana Taketatsu, Aimi ― The animated commercial for McDonald's Japan's gratin croquette burger debuted on television on Tuesday. McDonald's Japan also posted both the 15-second and 30-second versions of the ad on YouTube. Animation production company G-angle (Hakata Mentai! Pirikarako-chan) posted the credits for the ad on its website. The ad was storyboarded and dire...
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Event Report: Lantis Matsuri at AnimeNYC

All the details from Lantis Matsuri's gigantic 20th anniversary event at AnimeNYC 2019 - including TRUE, Jam Project and more! ― Hype and expectations ran high for the Lantis Matsuri 2019 Concert Series at Anime NYC. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Japanese music label Lantis, the lineup of popular anisong stars featured two solo artists ZAQ and TRUE — the latter has performed all three years of ...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 134

One of this arc's most action-heavy installments, episode 134 sees our heroes going all-out to bring the seemingly unstoppable Urashiki down
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To Your Eternity Manga's 2nd Arc Launches on January 22

1st arc ended on Wednesday ― The first 2020 issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that the second arc of Yoshitoki Ōima's To Your Eternity (Fumetsu no Anata e) manga will launch in the magazine's eighth 2020 issue on January 22. The manga's first arc also ended in the first 2020 issue. The manga won the Best Shōnen Manga award at the 43rd annual Kodansha Manga Awards in May...
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Animator Allegedly Traced FLCL, Steven Universe, Others for PlayStation 4 Lineup Music Video

Update: Eallin Animation issued an official statement on Wednesday. We had no knowledge that the work produced by Kevin Bao was plagiarized. We have ceased with immediate effect any representation of Kevin Boa's work and have contacted Kevin for a response.— Eallin Animation (@EallinAnimation) December 4, 2019 Kevin Bao has also removed his work from his social media accounts. (Via Cartoon Brew) P...
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Fragtime

"This yuri OVA from the folks behind Kase-san has an intriguing premise but overall feels rather scattered, without a clear sense of narrative structure or direction." ― This new yuri OVA by the Kase-san and Morning Glories team is having a limited theater run in Japan. I never watched Kase-san, so I wasn't sure what to expect, although I can say I wasn't imagining anything like Fragtime. The story h...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fourth Plate ‒ Episode 8

Fanservice is all well and good, but when it starts to look like this stuff, maybe someone needs to dial it back and let the food carry the cooking show.
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Vinland Saga ‒ Episode 20

It's amazing what a bit of narrative focus and a jumpstart on character development can do to a series, because Vinland Saga is as consistently entertaining and intriguing as its ever been.
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"Konosuba" Listed on U.K. Cinema Websites

No official confirmation of release yet ― Update - This release has now been confirmed as a one-day cinema release on Thursday December 12, full details here. The website Anime UK News reports that multiple U.K. cinema websites are listing "Konosuba" as a release in December. At present, "KonoSuba" is listed on the Odeon website and the Showcase website; the Showcase cinema lists the release date as ...
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Crunchyroll Finalizes Deal to Become Majority Owner of Viz Media Europe Group

― Crunchyroll and Viz Media Europe announced on Wednesday that they have finalized the deal for Crunchyroll to become the majority owner of Viz Media Europe Group. The companies announced the agreement in September. Crunchyroll and Viz Media Europe Group also announced that they appointed John Easum in the new role of Head of Crunchyroll EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa). The Hitotsubashi Group...
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Sacrificial Princess & the King of Beasts Gets New 1-Shot Manga

New 1-shot is new installment in "parallel world" spinoff "Kemohime to Futsū no Ō" ― The first 2020 issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed on Thursday that Yu Tomofuji's Sacrificial Princess & the King of Beasts (Niehime to Kemono no Ō) manga will have a new one-shot manga in the magazine's next issue on December 20. The new one-shot will be a new installment in the manga's "parallel wo...
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Hypnosis Mic Franchise Gets TV Anime in 2020

Rapper character franchise includes manga, mobile game, stage plays, live events ― The staff behind the Hypnosis Mic multimedia franchise announced on Wednesday that the franchise is inspiring the Hypnonsis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Rhyme Anima television anime in 2020. The staff will reveal more information about the anime in March. The rap-themed project features voice actors who rap in the persona...
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Murenase! Seton Gakuen Animal Romantic Comedy Anime's Video Reveals More Cast, Staff, January 6 Debut

Hina Kino, Haruki Ishiya star as wolf girl, human at animal school in Studio Gokumi anime ― The official website for the television anime of Bungo Yamashita's Murenase! Seton Gakuen (Come Together! Seton Academy) manga posted the anime's first promotional video and a key visual on Wednesday. The video announces the anime's main cast, staff, and January 6 premiere. The newly announced cast members are...
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The case files of Jeweler Richard TV Anime's Video Unveils More Cast, Songs, January 9 Debut

Mystery anime adds Kana Hanazawa, Yūichi Iguchi, artists Nagi Yanagi & Da-iCE ― The official website for the television anime of Nanako Tsujimura's Hōsekisho Richard-shi no Nazo Kantei (The case files of Jeweler Richard or literally, The Mystery Appraisals of Mr. Richard the Jeweler) novel series began streaming the main promotional video on Wednesday. The video shows more of the fateful first meetin...
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Promare Screenings Listed for Today and Tomorrow

Screenings of Hiroyuki Imaishi's action film in London and other cities. ― The http://promarefilm.co.uk website is listing U.K. screenings of Studio Trigger and XFlag's film Promare on Wednesday December 4 and Thursday December 5, in London and some other cities. GKIDs has previously described the film: Thirty years has passed since the appearance of Burnish, a race of flame-wielding mutant beings, w...

The Quintessential Quintuplets Manga Ends in 14th Volume

Manga launched in 2017, inspired anime in January with planned 2nd season ― Manga creator Negi Haruba revealed on Wednesday that The Quintessential Quintuplets (Gotōbun no Hanayome) manga will end in its 14th volume. Haruba added that they had been excited about drawing a manga that would "go on and on" before serializing The Quintessential Quintuplets, but found it to be hard to do so once the seria...
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Assault Lily Bouquet Anime Reveals More Staff, July 2020 Premiere, Theme Song Artists

RAISE A SUILEN performs opening song ― The official website for Assault Lily Bouquet, SHAFT's new television anime based on the Assault Lily Project mixed-media franchise, revealed more of the anime's staff as well as its July 2020 premiere date on Wednesday. In addition, the anime's Twitter account revealed the anime's opening theme song artists as BanG Dream! band RAISE A SUILEN. As previously anno...
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Kadokawa, Type-Moon Launch Type-Moon Comic Ace Manga Website

Site launches on December 20 with manga from Type-Moon franchises ― Kadokawa and Type-Moon announced on Wednesday that they will open a new free manga website named Type-Moon Comic Ace for Type-Moon manga on December 20. Kengoro Nishide's currently running Fate/Grand Order ‐Epic of Remnant‐ Ashu Tokuiten EX Shinkai Dennō Rakudo SE.RA.PH manga (seen right) will transfer to the new site. (The manga lau...
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Space Channel 5 PS VR Game Delayed to Next Spring

Game developer Grounding announced on Tuesday that it is delaying Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash!, its new game based on Sega's Space Channel 5 game, to spring 2020 to improve the game's quality. The game is not a straight port of the original game, but a new version of the game with new characters, graphics, and features. It has virtual reality (VR) features compatible with the PlaySta...
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SIE's Jim Ryan Indicates Sony Is No Longer in Handheld Business

Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan stated to game news website Game Informer in an article published on Tuesday that the "PlayStation Vita was brilliant in many ways, and the actual gaming experience was great, but clearly it's a business that we're no longer in now." Sony ended production of PS Vita GameCards and ended support for the portable gaming platform in North America and E...
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24th Detective Conan Film Reveals Title, April 17 Opening, Story About Akai Family

Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet set before Tokyo's World Sports Games ― The first 2020 issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed the title, visual, and details of the 24th film in the Detective Conan franchise on Wednesday. The new film is titled Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan (Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet), and it will open on April 17.The visual below by original man...
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Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna Film Casts Mayu Matsuoka, Daisuke Ono

Guest stars play Digimon researchers from New York in February film ― The staff for the Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna anime film revealed two guest cast members for the film on Wednesday. Mayu Matsuoka plays Menoa Bellucci (left in image below, character name romanizations not official), a scientist based in a university in New York who studies Digimon. Daisuke Ono plays Kyōtarō Imura (rig...
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Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE ‒ Episode 9

In a neatly-plotted episode with no extra fat, Hiroto finally learns to rely on other people. It's a reminder that we're far from the usual Gundam message, so the same tricks won't work.

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Inio Asano's Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction Characters Appear on Concert Poster

Artist Inio Asano drew the characters of his current manga series Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction on a poster to promote the upcoming "Fuyu no Mamono" (Winter Monster) multi-band concert at the Shinjuku Loft venue in Tokyo. The Fuyu no Mamono event will be held on December 22 and include performances by Takkyu Ishino, Makoto Ayukawa (from Sheena & The Rokkets), Okite Porsche, THE NEATBEATS, ...
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Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late[cl-r] Fighting Game's Trailer Previews Londrekia

Game launches in Europe on February 21 ― PQube Games announced on Tuesday that the Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late[cl-r] fighting game will launch in Europe on February 21. The company also began streaming a new trailer that previews the new character Londrekia Light. Aksys Games will release the game for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in North America on February 20. The game is getting a colle...
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Flee from the Bizarre Museum in JoJo Part 5 Escape Game

A new JoJo's Bizarre Adventure-themed escape game will tour 30 cities across Japan next year. "Escape from the Bizarre Museum of JoJo." The new escape game lets players take on the roles of Giorno and Bucciarati while trying to escape from a mysterious museum in completely original scenario. The escape game is expected to include some special effects. The experience starts at the Nagasaki Peace Ce...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Second ‒ Episode 10

This whole episode is less a contiguous narrative and more a collection of important moments, final turning points for all the characters involved in this civil war here at the end of it.
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Marika Tanaka Retires From Voice Acting by End of December

Voiced Yuri Hasigaoka in Nobunaga Teacher's Young Bride anime ― Voice actress Marika Tanaka announced on her Twitter account on Monday that she will retire from voice acting by the end of December. She said that she is filled with gratefulness for the staff she has worked with and her fans who supported her. Tanaka's major anime role is Yuri Hashigaoka in the Nobunaga Teacher's Young Bride anime, whi...
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This Week in Anime - Is F/GO: Babylonia Anime as Popular as its Mobile Game?

The unstoppable visual novel Fate/stay night has spawned multitudes of media adaptations but is mobage anime adaptation Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia worth watching? ― The unstoppable visual novel Fate/Stay Night has spawned multitudes of media adaptations, including the highly successful Fate/Grand Order mobile game. In an interesting move, the staff decided to adapt one of the...
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GKIDS Releases Studio Ghibli Films Digitally on December 17

List of 21 films include Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, more ― GKIDS announced on Monday that it will release 21 Studio Ghibli films for digital download-to-own in the U.S. and Canada on December 17 on digital transaction platforms including Apple TV, Amazon VOD, Vudu, Google Play, Sony, Microsoft, and FandangoNOW. The films will be available in English an...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Game Gets Switch Version in Spring 2020

English announcement trailer streamed ― NIS America announced on Tuesday that Nihon Falcom's The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III game will get a Nintendo Switch version in the West in spring 2020. The company began streaming an English announcement trailer. NIS America shipped the PlayStation 4 game on October 22 in North America and Europe, and on October 29 in Oceania after a delay. The ...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld ‒ Episode 8

Hopeless love interests generally do not fare well in anime stories, especially one where characters can die.
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Tetsuya Tsutsui noise Manga Resumes, Ends in 3 Chapters

Suspense manga about rural hunting town launched in December 2017 ― The first 2020 issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Tetsuya Tsutsui's noise manga is resuming serialization in the magazine's next issue on December 18, and will end in three chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end on January 22. The suspense manga is set in a rural hunting town that has bee...
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 19

Missing an opportunity for an undoubtedly lucrative tie-in, “Into the Nether” does not refer to the Company 8 gang getting into a bunch of Minecraft related shenanigans.
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Persona 5 Royal PS4 Game Launches in West on March 31

New English trailer streamed; limited editions revealed ― The official U.S. PlayStation Blog announced on Tuesday that Atlus' Persona 5 Royal (Persona 5 The Royal in Japan) PlayStation 4 role-playing game will launch in the West on March 31. The official website for the game began streaming an English release date announcement trailer. The game will include all DLC from the original Persona 5 game. T...
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No Guns Life ‒ Episode 8

The gradual degradation of his face over the course of the episode is a blunt but apt metaphor for the two-facedness of many politicians—a smiling veneer plastered carelessly over a soulless, power-hungry automaton.
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One Piece Gets New Novel About Nami

Jun Esaka writes, Sayaka Suwa draws for One Piece novel Heroines ― The Twitter account for Shueisha's One Piece Magazine, the magazine for Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga, announced on Tuesday that the manga will have a new novel titled One Piece novel Heroines. The novel will center on Nami. Jun Esaka will write the novel, and Sayaka Suwa will draw the illustrations. The magazine previously serialize...
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Assassins Pride ‒ Episode 8

A big twist near the end of the episode jarred even my cynical expectations. Between that and another key development, there might be something interesting to this arc after all.
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Snow White with the Red Hair GN 2 - 4

These three volumes of the manga bring us to the end of the anime adaptation's first season and the OVA - by the end of 2020, fans of the series may be able to go beyond its animated boundaries. ― These three volumes of the original Snow White with the Red Hair manga bring us to the end of the anime adaptation's first season (barring one episode) and the OVA, meaning that by the end of 2020, fans of ...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 69

The show keeps finding new ways to present its established ideas, including self-doubt and the inside politics of heroism.
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PlayStation Awards 2019 Winners Announced

PlayStation also gets Guinness World Record for best-selling home console brand ― Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) hosted and live-streamed the PlayStation Awards 2019 in Japan on Tuesday. The ceremony marked the 25th anniversary of the awards, as well as the debut of the original PlayStation console on December 3, 1994. In addition, PlayStation received the Guinness World Record for "best-sellin...
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Dokyū Hentai HxEros Anime Reveals Main Cast Members

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Ai Kakuma, Sayuri Yahagi, Yūki Kuwahara, Ai Kayano join cast ― The January 2020 issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine revealed the main cast members for the television anime adaptation of Ryōma Kitada's Dokyū Hentai HxEros manga on Wednesday. The cast includes: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Retto Enjō Ai Kakuma as Kirara Hoshino Sayuri Yahagi as Momoka Momozono Yūki Kuwahara as Sora Ten...
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New Show By Rock!! Anime Reveals Dokonjofinger Band With Video

Kent Itō, Shōhei Komatsu, Yuuki Ono, Yusuke Shirai join cast ― The official website for the anime of Sanrio's character project Show By Rock!! revealed the new band Dokonjofinger on Tuesday for Show By Rock!! Mashumairesh!!, the franchise's new television anime. The cast for the four-member band includes Kent Itō as Yasu, Shōhei Komatsu as Hachin, Yuuki Ono as Joe, and Yusuke Shirai as Sojun. The ban...
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Alita, Detective Pikachu, Kingdom Hearts III Also Nominated for Annie Awards

Rilakkuma and Kaoru, Ultraman, Carole & Tuesday also nominated ― The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced the nominees for its 47th Annual Annie Awards on Monday. In addition to the Best Indie Feature category, Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You anime film was nominated for the Best FX for Feature (Hidetsugu Ito, Yuko Nakajima, Jumi Lee, Ryosuke Tsuda), Best Direction - F...
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Sumikko Gurashi Film Rises to #2, French City Hunter Film Debuts at #8

Saekano drops to #9, 1st Gundam: G-Reco film debuts at #1 in mini-theater ranking Eiga Sumikko Gurashi - Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko (Sumikko Gurashi The Movie - The Unexpected Picture Book and the Secret Child), the anime film of San-X's "Sumikko Gurashi" (Living in the Corner) characters, jumped back from #4 to #2 in its fourth weekend by selling 121,000 tickets. The film earned 130,778,700 ye...

Alita: Battle Angel Producer Jon Landau: Fans Should Ask Disney for Sequel

Also confirms James Cameron has "plotted out 2 additional stories" ― Producer Jon Landau told film news website CinemaBlend in an interview on Monday that fans of the live-action Alita: Battle Angel film should "keep peppering our family now at Disney and [let them know] how important it is to have another Alita movie and hopefully we'll venture there one day." Landau added that James Cameron had "pl...
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Tatsuya Tokutake Retires from Voice Acting on December 31

Played Kakegurui lead Ryōta Suzui, THE [email protected]: SideM's Kazuki Tsukumo ― Talent production company With Line announced on Tuesday that voice actor Tatsuya Tokutake will retire from the entertainment industry on December 31. In his message, Tokutake thanked the productions, characters, and staff with whom he was able to work, as well as the fans who supported him. He apologized for not being able t...
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Live-Action Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Film's Video Showcases Cosplay Musical Number

Evangelion's Shiro Sagisu scores musical sequences for February 7 film ― The official website for the live-action film of Fujita's Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) manga began streaming a promotional video for the film on Tuesday. The trailer shows the musical number "Issai Gassai Save the World" by Evangelion and Shin Godzilla composer Shiro Sagisu. The site also revealed...

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Follow Vulpix's Journey Across Hokkaido on 15 Pokémon Manhole Covers

Earlier this year Iwate rolled out a series of Rock- or Ground-type Pokémon manhole covers across the prefecture. Now, Japan's most northern prefecture is following in Iwate footsteps and adding 15 manhole covers to cities in Hokkaido. Iwate's manhole covers offered fans different Pokémon to seek out but Hokkaido is offering a different approach by taking tourists on a journey alongside its touris...
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'Josee, the Tiger and the Fish' Short Story Inspires 2020 Anime Film by BONES

Noragami's Kotaro Tamura directs anime based on Seiko Tanabe's romance story ― BONES announced on Tuesday that it is producing a 2020 anime film adaptation of Seiko Tanabe's short story Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi (Josee, the Tiger and the Fish). The story centers on the relationship between Tsuneo and Josee. Tsuneo is a university student, and Josee is a young girl who has rarely gone out of the h...
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Stars Align ‒ Episode 8

Is there any worse feeling than knowing that you don't fit with what you're “supposed” to be? Maybe, but in middle school, it's kind of hard to imagine it.
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Twin Star Exorcists' Yoshiaki Sukeno Launches New Manga on December 5

Senpai ga Boku o Tori ni Kiteru revolves around big-chested student council president ― Yoshiaki Sukeno announced on Twitter on Monday that he will launch the new Senpai ga Boku o Tori ni Kiteru manga series in Kodansha's Maga Poke (Magazine Pocket) app on December 5. The romantic comedy story centers on a girl with giant breasts and a boy "like a small animal." Ken Yamada is a student council office...
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Spriggan, More Manga Artists Take the Idol Stage for Red and White Contest

The Red and White Song Contest (Kōhaku Uta Gassen) is a New Year tradition in Japan pitting female and male singers against one another. The opposing teams (Red vs. White) rotates members while others, like Hiroshi Itsuki, are mainstays. This year includes the likes of KANJANI, Hey! Say! JUMP, Sayuri Ishikawa, LiSA, Superfly, and the AKB48. The contest has also inspired spin-offs. This year saw th...
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Psycho-Pass 3 ‒ Episode 6

It all comes back to the fact that Sibyl's judgment is treated as word directly from God by members of the church. What Sibyl demands—what God demands—is mental purity. And say what you will, but the nearly comatose sufferers of Eustress Deficiency certainly have a clear Psycho-Pass.
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Crunchyroll Adds VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fresh, Kyo Kara Maoh! Season 3 Anime to Catalog

Both anime begin streaming on Monday ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it is adding the VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fresh original video anime (OVA) and the third season of the Kyo Kara Maoh! television anime to its catalog. The company will begin streaming both anime in the United States and Canada on Monday at 6:00 p.m. EST. The six-episode VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fresh OVA debuted in Japan in 1997. C...
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World's First Doraemon Store Opens in Tokyo

'Doraemon Mirai Department Store' in DiverCity Tokyo Plaza opened on Sunday ― The world's first Doraemon store, called the "Doraemon Mirai Department Store" (Doraemon Future Department Store), opened in the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza in Odaiba on Sunday. The store is divided into three areas: a shop area that sells original goods, a play area called the "secret gadget lab" where children can amuse themsel...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Chihayafuru Anime's 3rd Season

New season premiered on October 22 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it has licensed Chihayafuru 3, the third Chihayafuru anime season, in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, Central America, and South America. The company will begin streaming the series this fall and release it on home video in the future. The season premi...
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Blade of the Immortal ‒ Episode 9

I sought out the chapters that “Act Nine” is based on, and I was surprised to find how nearly a dozen chapters worth of story were selectively edited and shuffled to give us this very contained episode.
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Persona 5 Royal PS4 Game Listed With February 20 Release Date in Asia

― The PlayStation Stores in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Indonesia are listing the English/Chinese version of Atlus' Persona 5 Royal (Persona 5 The Royale in Japan) PlayStation 4 role-playing game with a February 20 release date in Asia. The official English website for the game is teasing an announcement on Tuesday. Persona 5 Royal launched for the PlayStation 4 in Japan on October 31. The game will laun...
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Ascendance of a Bookworm ‒ Episode 9

Bringing Frieda into the picture has a lot of promise going forward, including adding another adorable character design to the cast.
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My Hero One's Justice 2 Game Launches in Americas on March 13

― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Monday that it will release the My Hero One's Justice 2 (My Hero Academia: One's Justice 2) game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in the Americas on March 13. The company also revealed that the game will include a new "Side Kick Plus Ultra!" mechanic, which allows sidekick characters to use Plus Ultra attacks during batt...
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Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious ‒ Episode 8

After several weeks of exhaustively average action, I was ready for anything that made the show roar back to life. The humor in this episode turned out to be the shot in the arm Cautious Hero needed.
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Irodori Comics Launches Non-Erotic Dōjinshi Label With 4 Manga

Works by Hiroyuki, Yoimachi Meme, Yuuki Satou debut digitally on December 14 ― Japanese dōjinshi publisher Irodori Comics announced on Sunday that it will launch the IRODORI Aqua label for non-erotic manga on December 14. The first four digital titles released under the label will be Hiroyuki's "Two-Timing Fair and Square" and "Of Girls, Love, and Money," Yoimachi Meme's "Raincoat Kids and the Splish...
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Promare, Okko's Inn, Weathering With You Anime Films Nominated for Annie Awards

Awards ceremony to be held on January 25 ― The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced the nominees for its 47th Annual Annie Awards on Monday. Trigger and XFlag's Promare, DLE and Madhouse's Okko's Inn, and Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You anime films received nominations in the Best Animated Independent Feature category. The other nominees in the category are Buñuel in t...
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Chio's School Road BD/DVD/Digital

"A good amount of fun with a lot of laughs, so if that's what you're in the mood for, you could do much worse than joining Chio on her walk to school." ― While there are a lot of comedies about high school students, not all of them remember what it was actually like to be a high school student, and many fall into the trap of having the kids just act like miniature adults. Not so Chio's School Road – ...
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planetarian Snow Globe OVA Crowdfunding Reaches Goal in 2 Days

1st stretch goal aims to raise 40 million yen to increase anime's length ― Visual Art's/Key's Campfire crowdfunding campaign for a new planetarian Snow Globe original video anime (OVA) surpassed its goal to raise 30 million yen (about US$276,000) on Sunday. As of press time, the campaign has raised 32,967,126 yen (about US$300,000). The crowdfunding campaign launched on Friday, which marked the 15th ...
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Granblue Fantasy: Versus PS4 Fighting Game's Trailer Previews Percival

Game ships in West in Q1 2020 ― The official YouTube channel for PlayStation began streaming a character trailer for Cygames and Arc System Works' Granblue Fantasy: Versus PlayStation 4 fighting game on Monday. The video previews Percival. XSEED Games and Marvelous Europe will release the game in North America and Europe, respectively, in the first quarter of 2020. Both companies will also release a ...
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Final Eureka 7 Film Delayed to 2021

2nd film to get special December 23 screening with director, Eureka voice actress, BONES head Masahiko Minami ― The official website for the Eureka Seven franchise announced that the final film in the Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution film trilogy has been delayed from this year to 2021. The website did not cite a reason for the delay. The second film, Anemone: Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution (Anemo...

Lupin III's Goemon, Captain Harlock's Titular Voice Actor Makio Inoue Passes Away

Inoue also voiced major roles in Hyojin no Hoshi, Unico, Kingdom Hearts ― Talent agency Aoni Production announced on Monday that prolific voice actor Makio Inoue passed away on November 29 after his health worsened after a chronic heart attack. He was 80. (Note: Comic Natalie lists his age at death at 80, and Oricon lists it as 81.) Inoue is perhaps best known for his roles as the second generation v...
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Scandal to Perform New Ending Theme for GeGeGe no Kitaro Anime

Anime entered "final arc" in October ― The official website for the all-female band SCANDAL announced on Saturday that they will perform the new ending theme song "A.M.D.K.J." (pronounced "Amidakuji") for the GeGeGe no Kitarō anime. The new ending theme will premiere on January 5. The song will be a part of the band's new album Kiss from the darkness that will release on February 12. The anime premie...
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'Pet' TV Anime's 3rd Promo Video Reveals Ending Theme Song by Memai Siren

Series premieres on January 6 with exclusive Amazon streaming ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of the Remaster Edition of Ranjō Miyake's Pet manga began streaming the show's third promotional video on Monday. The video reveals and previews the ending theme song "image _____" by Memai Siren. The anime will debut on Tokyo MX on January 6 at 10:00 p.m., before airing on BS11 an...
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Somali and the Forest Spirit Anime's 2 TV Ads Reveal January 9 Debut

TV ads preview show's opening theme song ― The official website for the television anime of Yako Gureishi's Somali and the Forest Spirit (Somali to Mori no Kamisama) manga announced on Monday that the anime will premiere on January 9. The anime will debut on AbemaTV and Tokyo MX on January 9 at 24:00 (effectively January 10 at 12:00 a.m.) before debuting on BS-NTV on January 13. The official website ...
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6th Yo-kai Watch Film Casts Dancer Ririri-chan as Cheerleader

Film opens on December 13 ― The official website for Eiga Yōkai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Gakuen Y - Neko wa Hero ni Nareru ka (Yo-kai Watch Jam the Movie: Yo-Kai Academy Y - Can a Cat be a Hero?), the sixth film in the Yo-kai Watch franchise, revealed last Friday that dancer Ririri-chan will play Mai Chōno (romanization not official), a cheerleader in Y Academy. The other new cast members include: Yoshino K...
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Viz Media, Manga Plus Add Zipman!! Manga in English

Also available in Spanish via Manga Plus ― Both Viz Media's Shonen Jump service and Shueisha's Manga Plus service launched Yūsaku Shibata's Zipman!! manga in English on Monday. The manga is also available in Spanish in Manga Plus. The manga launched in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on the same day. Shueisha describes the manga: Zip up and get your robot on! A new type of robot-action series!...
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Butt Detective Children's Books Gets Stage Musical in April

Yuko Sanpei, Ayaka Saito, Ikkei Watanabe reprise voice roles ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Troll's Oshiri Tantei (Butt Detective) children's books revealed on Monday that the books are inspiring a stage musical adaptation that will combine singing, dancing, and mystery solving with interactions from the audience. The musical's title is Oshiri Tantei Musical ~Mursaki Fu...
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Live-Action Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku Series Reveals Lead Actor, Staff, April Debut

Jiro Sato plays family's terrible father in slapstick gag comedy ― The official website for the live-action series adaptation of Kenji Hamaoka's Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku (Super Radical Gag Family) manga revealed the lead cast member, the main staff, and the premiere date for the show on Monday. Jiro Sato (live-action Gintama films, Mary and the Witch's Flower) stars as Daitetsu Ōsawagi, the father of th...
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Live-Action Wasteful Days of High School Girl Series Casts Ayaka Imoto

Imoto plays horror/occult fan Hisui "Witch" Kujō ― TV Asahi revealed on Monday that actress Ayaka Imoto will star in the live-action series adaptation of Bino's Wasteful Days of High School Girl (Joshi Kōsei no Mudazukai) manga as the character Hisui "Witch" Kujō, an introverted lover of horror movies and the occult. Imoto won the 15th Japan Bishojo Contest in 2017, and Hisui Kujō is Imoto's first ro...
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2nd My Hero Academia Stage Play Unveils Ad, 2 New Visuals

Play runs from March to April ― The official website for the stage plays of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga revealed two new visuals of the assembled cast for the second stage play, My Hero Academia: The "Ultra" Stage: Honmono no Hero (A True Hero), on Monday. The stage play's official YouTube channel is also streaming a commercial for the play. The play will run at the Shingawa Prince Hotel...

Code Geass & Black Butler Creators, J.C. Staff Make Skate-Leading Stars TV Anime

Yuma Uchida, Makoto Furukawa, Hiroshi Kamiya play figure skaters in high school ― J.C. Staff announced on Monday that it is producing an original anime project for 2020 broadcast and streaming titled Skate-Leading☆Stars. The anime is billed as a collaboration between J.C. Staff, Goro Taniguchi (Planetes, Code Geass, Maria the Virgin Witch) as chief director, and Yana Toboso (Black Butler) as original...
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Soul Eater Blu-ray Collection Released Monday

51-part series based on Atsushi Okubo's manga ― On Monday December 2, Manga Entertainment will release a Blu-ray Collector's Edition of the series Soul Eater, containing the 51 episodes across six discs. Soul Eater follows the adventures of the students that attend the Death Weapon Meister Academy (DWMA), a specialised school run by Shinigami (Rikiya Koyama) to train the next generation of reapers. M...

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Akiyuki Simbo Releases Book Chronicling His Works at SHAFT

Book which released on Saturday covers Simbo's works since Tsukuyomi -Moon Phase- in 2004 ― Acclaimed animation director Akiyuki Simbo (pronounced 'Shinbo') released a book last Saturday chronicling the works he participated in at SHAFT, starting from Tsukuyomi -Moon Phase- in 2004. The "Akiyuki Simbo x Chronicle" book will include key animation, storyboards, and other art materials, as well as inter...
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BOKUBEN's Mafuyu, Patlabor's Captain Goto Inspire Car Sun Shades

We Never Learn: BOKUBEN's Mafuyu is a reckless driver, but if you'd like to entrust your car to her, then you're now capable of doing so. AnotherAngle is producing a special car windshield sun shade showing Mafuyu at the wheel of the car. The illustration is drawn by series chief animation director Masakatsu Sasaki, who also supervised the creation of the product. The product can be ordered from o...

UN Human Rights Committee's New Guidelines for Child Pornography Express 'Deep Concerns' About Drawings

New guidelines cut back on including drawings, cartoons in definition of child pornography ― The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights' Committee for the Rights of the Child published a new version of its "Guidelines on the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography" o...
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Aoashi Soccer Manga Has 'Big News' on December 9

― The first 2020 issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine teased on Monday that Yūgo Kobayashi's Aoashi manga will have "big news" in the magazine's combined second and third issue, which will ship on December 9. The manga will be celebrating its 200th chapter in the issue, with an opening color page. The issue will also feature a "special present" for the manga. Kobayashi launched th...
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Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Manga Creator to Animate Anime Adaptation's Ending Sequence

Series premieres on NHK on January 5 ― This year's first 2020 issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Eizouken ni wa Te o Dasu na! (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) manga creator Sumito Ōwara will draw the ending animation for the manga's television anime adaptation. The magazine stated that director Masaaki Yuasa offered Ōwara the job as animator on the ending....
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My Hero One's Justice 2 Game Launches in Japan on March 12

― The first 2020 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's My Hero One's Justice 2 (My Hero Academia: One's Justice 2) game will launch in Japan for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One on March 12. The game will be download only for Xbox One in Japan. The magazine also revealed that the character Sir Nighteye will appear in the gam...
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BanG Dream! 3rd Season Anime's Teaser Video Reveals January 23 Premiere

Airing before Spring 2020's separate Argonavis anime ― The second day of the "Rausch und/and Craziness" concerts announced with a teaser video on Sunday that the third season of the BanG Dream! anime will premiere on January 23. The concerts also announced that the Raise A Suilen band will hold "The Creation ~We are Raise A Suilen" concert on December 29 in Tokyo, followed by the "BanG Dream! Special...
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Shachō, Battle no Jikan Desu! Isekai Strategy RPG App Gets TV Anime in 2020

Player is a company head who recruits "employees" to battle in alternate-world dungeons ― The official Twitter account for the smartphone strategy role-playing game Shachō, Battle no Jikan Desu! (President, It's Time for Battle!) announced on Sunday that an anime adaptation has been green-lit. The anime will air on television next year. The isekai (alternate-world) strategy role-playing game game is ...
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New Manga by Shinobu Takayama Reveals Title, Story

Kashoku no Shiro manga centers on vow between demon, bride ― The January issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine revealed more details on Thursday for Shinobu Takayama's previously revealed new manga. The manga is titled Kashoku no Shiro (The White of a Flower Lamp) and it will launch in the magazine's February issue on December 28. The manga will have a center color page, and will also...
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Moto Hagio's Queen Margot Manga Reaches Climax

Manga about historical Margaret of Valois launched in 2012 ― The January issue of Shueisha's Cocohana magazine revealed on Thursday that Moto Hagio's Ōhi Marugo (Queen Margot) manga will reach its "climax" in the February issue, which will ship on December 28. Hagio launched the manga in August 2012, but the series went on hiatus from December 2017 through August 2018. Shueisha published the seventh ...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game's New Broly (DBS) Video Reveals Character's Debut on December 5

Character is part of game's 2nd season pass ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a new video on Saturday for the Dragon Ball FighterZ game that reveals that the DLC character Broly (from Dragon Ball Super: Broly) will launch in the game on December 5. The video features Daichi Miura's song "Blizzard," which is the theme song for the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film. The new character is p...
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Granblue Fantasy: Versus PS4 Fighting Game's Trailer Previews Lancelot

Game ships in West in Q1 2020 ― The official YouTube channel for PlayStation began streaming a character trailer for Cygames and Arc System Works' Granblue Fantasy: Versus PlayStation 4 fighting game on Saturday. The video previews Lancelot. XSEED Games and Marvelous Europe will release the game in North America and Europe, respectively, in the first quarter of 2020. Both companies will also release ...

Fairy Tail RPG Launches on March 19 in Japan, Europe, America (Updated)

More playable characters, bonuses, special editions also detailed ― Koei Tecmo Games revealed in a livestream video and a trailer on Friday that it will release Gust's Fairy Tail role-playing game on March 19, 2020 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. Koei Tecmo Europe will also release the game on the same date. Koei Tecmo America will release the game for Steam on March 19, but on PS4 and...

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Eiichiro Oda Gives a Nod to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Demon Slayer was top-selling manga series overall according to Oricon, while One Piece took top 4 spots by volume sales ― One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda left a message to commemorate the release of the top-selling manga of 2019. He wrote: "Lately, a lot of people have been telling me that the Jump these days is great. The popularity of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba goes without saying, but the young...
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Promare Gets 1st Live Music Event in January

Director Hiroyuki Imaishi, screenwriter Kazuki Nakashima, composer Hiroyuki Sawano, voice cast to participate ― Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare is getting its first live music performance event in Nakano's Sun Plaza Hall on January 18. The "Promare: Live Inferno" event will consist of a "fiery" screening of the film, a live performance of the songs from Hiroyuki Sawano's soundtrack, a...
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22/7 Idol Project's TV Anime Reveals January 11 Debut, Episode 1's Story, New Visual

Pre-airing promotions also unveiled for idol anime produced by AKB48's Yasushi Akimoto ― The official website for the television anime of the 22/7 idol project unveiled the anime's January 11 premiere date, pre-broadcast plans, second key visual, and information about the first episode "Sayonara, Watashi no Sasayaka na Sekai" (Farewell, My Small World) on Saturday. The visual and other details debute...
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals January 4 Debut

Video previews Claris' ending theme song ― Aniplex began streaming the second promotional video on Saturday for the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story television anime series. The video reveals that the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and BS11 on January 4 at 24:00 (effectively January 5 at 12:00 a.m.), before airing later that evening on MBS. \TVアニメ『マギアレコード』放送日...
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Musical Unit Dreams Come True Perform Theme Song for 1st Gundam: Reconguista in G Compilation Film

1st film opened on Friday, will screen for 2 weeks in Japan ― The official website for the Gundam: Reconguista in G series revealed on Friday the musical unit Dreams Come True are performing the theme song for Gekijōban Gundam G no Reconguista I: Ike! Core Fighter (Go! Core Fighter), the first of the planned five compilation films for the anime. The announcement did not specify if Dreams Come True wi...
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Animal Crossing Game Franchise Gets Manga in December

Manga centers on protagonist on unpopulated island ― The January 2020 issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine announced on Saturday that Nintendo's Animal Crossing (Dōbutsu no Mori) game franchise is inspiring a manga that will premiere in the magazine's February 2020 issue, which ships on December 28. The manga by artist Minori Katō is titled Atsumare Dōbutsu no Mori: Nonbiri Shima Dayori (Gather Animal...
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Age 12's Nao Maita Launches New Manga on December 28

Otona wa Wakattekurenai. manga centers on girl who has fated encounter ― The January 2020 issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine announced on Saturday that Nao Maita will launch a new manga titled Otona wa Wakattekurenai. (Adults Don't Understand.) in the magazine's February 2020 issue, which will ship on December 28. The new manga will have 45 pages including an opening color page. The manga will also ...
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Star ☆ Twinkle Precure Manga Ends in December

Manga based on 16th Precure series launched in February ― The January 2020 issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine announced on Saturday that Futago Kamikita's Star ☆ Twinkle Precure manga will end in the magazine's February 2020 issue, which will ship on December 28. Kamikita launched the manga in February, after ending the Hugtto! Precure manga in December 2018. The first volume of Star ☆ Twinkle Pr...
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Reiko Yoshida, Mia Ikumi Launch Tokyo Mew Mew 2020 Re-Turn Short Manga in December

Manga is separate from all-male manga that launched on Saturday ― The January 2020 issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine revealed on Saturday that Reiko Yoshida and Mia Ikumi — the original creators of the Tokyo Mew Mew manga — will launch a new short manga in the franchise titled Tokyo Mew Mew 2020 Re-Turn. The manga will launch in the February 2020 issue of the magazine on December 28. The preview...
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Yoshitaka Amano's Gibiate Anime Series Reveals 2nd Subtitled Trailer

Anime's world premiere at AX 2020 to feature Yoshitaka Amano, Ryo Aoki, Yoshida Brothers ― Anime Expo confirmed on Friday that it will host the world premiere of Yoshitaka Amano's Gibiate anime series at its 2020 event. The screening event will also host Amano, scriptwriter Ryo Aoki, and shamisen musicians Yoshida Brothers. Amano and Aoki will also participate in a panel and autograph sessions, and t...
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Granblue Fantasy: Versus PS4 Fighting Game's Trailer Previews Ferry

Game ships in West in Q1 2020 ― The official YouTube channel for PlayStation began streaming a character trailer for Cygames and Arc System Works' Granblue Fantasy: Versus PlayStation 4 fighting game on Friday. The video previews Ferry. XSEED Games and Marvelous Europe will release the game in North America and Europe, respectively, in the first quarter of 2020. Both companies will also release a Phy...

Lupin III THE FIRST CG Anime Film's New Clip Features Car Chase Scene

Franchise's 1st 3D CG film opens in Japan on December 6 ― TOHO began streaming a new clip on Friday for Lupin III THE FIRST, the new anime film in Monkey Punch's Lupin III franchise The film is the franchise's first 3D CG feature-length film, and it will open in Japan on December 6. Takashi Yamazaki (Stand By Me Doraemon, Dragon Quest: Your Story) is directing and writing the film. The film's story c...
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