This Week in Games - SoulCalibur VI

Welcome back to the stage of history! It's been six years since the last Soul Calibur game - does the new one hold up? PLUS: all of this week's big news and new releases!

Anime Spotlight - Ingress

While investigating an explosion at a laboratory studying an unknown substance, Makoto sees a mysterious memory from Sarah's ring, the sole survivor of the accident.

Interview: The Crew of Cowboy Bebop, 20 Years Later

Character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane and screenwriters Dai Sato and Keiko Nobumoto share some stories from their days working on what would become one of the most beloved and influential anime series of all time, 20 years later.

New York Comic-Con 2018 Interview: Tony Valente, Creator of Radiant

Radiant was the first French manga to be published in Japan, and now it's the first French manga to have a TV adaptation! Creator Tony Valente goes in-depth on his career, the world he's created, and what it's like to experience this kind of success.

The Fall 2018 Anime Preview Guide

The Fall 2018 Anime Season has begun! Check back every day for new reviews of this fall's new anime:
Now Available: Fall 2018 Shorts Featuring Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-san - Senran Kagura Shinovi Master - A Certain Magical Index III - As Miss Beelzebub likes. - Karakuri Circus - Merc StoriA - My Sister, My Writer - Tokyo Ghoul:re season 2 - Golden Kamuy season 2 - Anima Yell! - Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight - and much more!

The Mike Toole Show - The Shonen Jump Formula

The My Hero Academia movie prompts Mike to consider the deep and fascinating history of the "Shonen Jump Movie", the self-contained side-story theatrical events that've been around for decades.
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Tokyo Ghoul:re GNs 5-7

Tokyo Ghoul:re is not as compelling as its predecessor, but by these volumes, it seems to be getting back on track with a more detailed focus on character development. ― Tokyo Ghoul:re is at its best when it's exploring the inner struggles of Ken Kaneki-turned-Haise Sasaki. That means that of these three volumes, book seven is the strongest, playing into that theme and using elements of both series o...
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Bleach (live-action)

This real-life take on the classic shonen hit is available on Netflix, but does it do justice to the first arc of the original manga? Theron Martin finds out. ― Live-action adaptations of supernatural stories must be approached with trepidation, given the number of cringe-worthy efforts in the past. That caution certainly applies to this movie, which debuted in Japan in August 2018 and is now availab...
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Get 40% Off Your Tickets to Animation is Film Festival!

GKIDS is giving a ticket discount to all ANN readers attending the Animation is Film Festival this weekend! ― Calling All West Coast Anime Fans! The Animation Is Film Festival returns for its second year in Los Angeles, CA with an incredible slate of anime events and premieres. This year's line-up features the premiere of Mirai with director Mamoru Hosoda in person for Q&As as well as a four-film Mam...
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Shelf Life - Angel Cop

This cyberpunk '80s OVA may be nostalgic for some fans, but it's hardly angelic. Paul finds out if anything about this vintage shlock holds up and breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― I'll be writing our streaming reviews for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, and I am unreasonably pumped about it. I'm not expecting it to be the best show ever made, but something about the main pr...
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My Hero Academia GN 15

Despite some great moments, this isn't one of MHA's brighter volumes, as complicated exposition drags down the story's pacing. Nick Creamer has the details. ― The simplicity of Midoriya's view of heroism has always been one of those assumed truths that I'd always assumed My Hero Academia was simply holding on the back burner for future conflicts. Contributing to complex, large-scale police operations...
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Ghibli Fest 2018 - Spirited Away Ticket Giveaway!

Magic and fantasy reign once again as Spirited Away returns to theaters. As a special October treat, GKIDS is giving away FREE TICKETS to ANN readers! ― This month, GKIDS is bringing back the Studio Ghibli animated classic Spirited Away to theaters on Oct. 28, 29 & 30. They are giving away two free tickets each to five lucky ANN readers! About the Movie Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Animated...

Anisong World Matsuri is Coming to Anime NYC!

Anime NYC is going to be exciting as Anisong World Matsuri will be happening on November 16 and 17. Get ready to jam with its great line-up of awesome Japanese artists! ― This year's Anime NYC will be even more exciting because Anisong World Matsuri will be held for two awesome days on November 16 and 17. Get ready to jam with its great line-up as this unforgettable J-Pop music event takes place at ...
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Funimation, Crunchyroll End Content-Sharing Partnership

VRV content bundle replaces Funimation with HIDIVE ― Crunchyroll and Funimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that their partnership with to share content will end on Friday, November 9. The streaming channel bundle service VRV, owned by Crunchyroll parent company Ellation, also announced that it will no longer have the FunimationNow streaming service as part of its VRV Premium Subscription, or...
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Boarding School Juliet Manga Anthology Includes Chapters By Tiv, Zekkyō, Puyo, More

This season's romantic comedy series Boarding School Juliet is getting its first official anthology manga volume. Boarding School Juliet Official Comic Anthology gathers up a variety of manga artists to write their own one-shots in original creator Yōsuke Kaneda's story's setting. A total of 30 artists participated, including Masamune-kun's Revenge artist Tiv, My Wife is the Student Council Presid...
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Emma: A Victorian Romance English Dub Kickstarter Campaign Ends With US$253,834

Both seasons, art book will still be available for preorder for backers ― Right Stuf's Kickstarter campaign to create an English-dubbed HD production of Emma: A Victorian Romance ended on Thursday with US$253,834 from 1,615 backers. The project already met its initial US$110,000 goal for an English dub of the first season as well as its US$180,000 stretch goal for an English dub of the second season....
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3 Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Games Get PS4 Ports

Tanita also surpasses crowdfunding goal for Twin-Stick controller on campaign's 1st day ― Kenji Matsubara, president and COO of Sega Games Co., Ltd., announced on a live streaming program on scale maker Tanita's YouTube channel on Thursday that three titles in the Virtual-On game series will get ports for PlayStation 4. Ports of the Cyber Troopers Virtual-On, Cyber Troopers Virtual-On: Oratorio Tangr...
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Utena Director Kunihiko Ikuhara's Sarazanmai Anime Unveils 3rd 'Linked' Promo

Yuri!!! on Ice's MAPPA, Yurikuma Arashi's Lapin Track animate show ― The official YouTube channel for Kunihiko Ikuhara's original television anime project Sarazanmai began streaming the anime's third "linked promotional video" on Friday. The anime begins with the same clips as last week's video, but adds more footage and a new character at the end. The YouTube channel will stream five weekly "linked ...
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Free Love, Chunibyo Film Screening at MCM London

First hundred attendees will receive merchandise packs including cels, coasters and trading cards ― Manga Entertainment has announced that there will be a freel screening of the film Eiga Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Take On Me (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! the Movie: Take On Me) film at the London MCM Comic Con. The screening will be on Sunday October 28 at 3 p.m. in Japanese with subtitles. Th...
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Merc Storia Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― The official website for Merc Storia -Mukiryoku no Shōnen to Bin no Naka no Shōjo- (Merc Storia: The Apathetic Boy and the Girl in a Bottle), the television anime of Happy Elements' Merc Storia -Yujutsushi to Suzu no Shirabe~ smartphone role-playing game, revealed the Blu-ray Disc release information for the series on Thursday. The anime will ship on two Blu-ray Disc volumes with six episodes each...
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Fate/Grand Order Game's New Stage Play Reveals Visual, Cast, Staff

Haruki Kiyama, Shōgo Yamazaki star as Gilgamesh, Enkidu, respectively ― The official website for the Fate/Grand Order stage plays revealed the first visual, main cast, and staff for the new Fate/Grand Order The Stage -Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia- (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) play on Thursday. The cast includes: Haruki Kiyama a...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil Writer Carlos Zen Launches New Manga with Ten Ishida

Strange Lessons by Professor Terror manga launched on Thursday ― This year's 46th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine published the first chapter on Thursday of writer Carlo Zen (The Saga of Tanya the Evil) and artist Ten Ishida's new manga Strange Lessons by Professor Terror (Terror-kyōju no Ayashii Jugyō). The manga also runs in D Morning. The manga centers on the university professor Tim Lawrence...
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Kalafina's Wakana Officially Debuts Solo Career With New Single Next Year

― Singer Wakana Ootaki of the singing unit Kalafina announced during her solo concert on Wednesday that she will make the official debut of her solo singing career next year with her first single "Toki o Koeru Yoru ni" (In the Night Beyond Time). Shusui is composing the song, while Wakana herself is writing the lyrics. Wakana has been on a solo concert tour since September 24 that has traveled to To...
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Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 6 Manga Approaches Climax

Tohko Mizuno's manga adaptation of game launched in 2015 ― The November issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge revealed on Wednesday that Tohko Mizuno's Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 (Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 6) manga is approaching its climax. The manga adapts the game of the same name, and centers on heroine Azusa Takatsuka. Azusa is high school girl who one day finds herself in a world t...
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SNK 40th Anniversary Collection's 1st Free DLC Games Previewed in Video

Collection launches on November 13 in N. America, November 16 in Europe ― NIS America began streaming a video for SNK's SNK 40th Anniversary Collection game for the Nintendo Switch on Wednesday. The video previews the first five DLC games for the release, which include Munch Mobile, Chopper I, Sasuke vs Commander, Fantasy, and Time Soldiers. SNK will release a total of 10 free DLC games for the relea...
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Bungo Stray Dogs Manga Gets 3rd Stage Play Adaptation in Summer 2019

2nd play ran in Tokyo, Osaka in September, October ― The official Bungo Stray Dogs stage play website revealed on Thursday that a third stage play will debut in summer 2019. The second play, Bungo Stray Dogs: Kuro no Jidai (Black Era), ran in Tokyo at the Sunshine Gekijō from September 22 to October 8, and then ran in Osaka at the Morinomiya Piloti Hall on October 13-14. The play covered part of the ...
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Elegant Yokai Apartment Life Novels Get Stage Play in January

Novels inspired 26-episodeTV anime last year ― Kodansha revealed on Thursday that Hinowa Kōzuki's Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life) light novel series is getting a stage play adaptation. The stage play will star: (from left to right in above image) Takahisa Maeyama as Yūshi Inaba Junya Komatsu as Mizuki Hase Ryō Saeki as Ryū-san Tsuneyasu Motoyoshi is directing the play, a...
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Viz Media Brings Masakazu Morita, Gou Nakanishi to Anime NYC

Morita, Nakanishi to attend K film screenings ― Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it will bring voice actor Masakazu Morita and producer Gou Nakanishi to Anime NYC this November. Morita and Nakanishi will be in attendance for the premiere screenings of the K: Seven Stories "Memory of Red ~BURN~" and K: Seven Stories "Circle Vision ~Nameless Song~" films. Morita plays the character Mishakuji Yukari ...
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Kodansha's Comic Days App Gets New Subscription Tier for 13 Magazines

Shonen Magazine, Dessert, Bessatsu Friend, Nakayoshi, more added ― Kodansha's Comic Days app and web service added a new subscription tier named "Motto Premium" (Even More Premium) on Monday that adds seven more magazines for users, in addition to the six magazines of the original premium subscription. The new magazines include Weekly Shonen Magazine, Monthly Shonen Magazine, Monthly Shonen Sirius, S...
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Stand My Heroes Anime's Character Designs Unveiled

Anime adapts 2016 smartphone game about narcotics unit ― The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of the Stand My Heroes smartphone game has been revealing the anime character designs for the characters from September until this Thursday. The character visuals for the members of the crime investigator unit Matori, along with the cast — who are reprising their roles from the ga...
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Dangen Entertainment Offers Witch's House MV Game on PC on October 31

Game is remastered version of Witch's House horror game ― Dangen Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it will release Fummy's The Witch's House MV (Majo no Ie MV) game on PC via Steam on October 31. The game is a remaster of Fummy's original Witch's House game using RPG Maker MV. Dangen Entertainment describes the game: The Witch's House, originally released in 2012, falls within the tradition of ...
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Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Toshitemo Anime Film's Teaser Video Reveals Aimyon's Insert Song

Craftar, Yūhei Sakuragi's original film opens in Japan on January 25 ― The official website for Craftar Studios Inc.'s original anime film Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Toshitemo (Even if the World Will End Tomorrow) began streaming two teaser videos for the film on Thursday. The videos reveal and preview singer-songwriter Aimyon's insert song "Ra, no Hanashi." Aimyon is also performing the film's theme song...
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New 'Go Astro Boy Go!' TV Series Screens at MIPCOM

New Astro Boy series by Planet Nemo slated for 52 episodes ― Animation studio Planet Nemo announced on October 11 that it is screening it and Tezuka Productions' Go Astro Boy Go! series at the MIPCOM trade show. The trade show is ongoing until Thursday. Planet Nemo describes the show: The eco-systems of planet Earth are endangered. Lucky for us, a super-powered robot boy is flying to rescue! astro in...
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'Important Announcement' for Shin'ichi Sakamoto's Innocent Rouge Manga is Artbook

― This year's 22nd issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that the previously teased "important announcement" for Shin'ichi Sakamoto's Innocent Rouge manga is a digital artbook that will go on sale in November. The book will feature insights into Sakamoto's drawing process, close-ups of Sakamoto's illustrations, and other illustrations and photographs. The manga is a sequel to...
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My Hero Academia Manga Creator Corrects New Chapter's Typos via Twitter

My Hero Academia manga creator Kōhei Horikoshi revealed on Twitter on Tuesday that there are two mistakes in chapter 202, "Daisan Set" (Match 3), which debuted in this year's 46th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Monday. He said that Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu's Hero name "Real Steel" was miswritten as "Real Steal." In addition, All Might mentions "vestiges' fragments" at one point, b...
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7th Tsukiuta Stage Play Reveals Cast in Costume

CYBER-DIVE-CONNECTION play to premiere in December ― The official Twitter account for the Tsukiuta stage plays unveiled cast visuals for CYBER-DIVE-CONNECTION, the franchise's seventh stage play, last week. The cast for the two main groups Six Gravity and Procellarum will return from the sixth musical, which opens in Japan this week. The cast for the Six Gravity group includes: Kentarō Menjō as Hajim...
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Season Premiere: Tokyo Ghoul:re ‒ Episodes 13-14

"This cour gives the impression of a runner careening head over heels down a steep hill, willing to sacrifice a few dozen bones if it means finishing the race more quickly."
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HIDIVE Launches Xbox One App

― HIDIVE announced on Wednesday that it has released an app for Xbox One gaming consoles. The HIDIVE streaming service launched in June 2017 after acquiring assets previously held by Anime Network Online. The service has primarily streamed titles — including simulcasts and seasonal dubs — that are licensed for home video by Section23 Films and its subsidiaries, though it also has some shows that are...

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Sega's Readyyy! Idol Game Streams SP!CA, La-Veritta Music Videos

Sega revealed its idol training smartphone game Readyyy! earlier this year starring 18 idols ready to take the world's stage. The 18 idols are divvied up into five idol units: SP!CA, RayGlanZ, Just4U, La-Veritta, and Maten Rocket. Since the game's announcement, Sega has released short music videos for RayGlanZ and SP!CA as well as the game's opening sequence animated by Production I.G. thus far an...
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Sensual Phrase App Game Adds More Cast

Yuichiro Umehara, Kenji Akabane, more join cast ― The official website for the Sensual Phrase Climax ‐Next Generation- game app based on Mayu Shinjo's Sensual Phrase (Kaikan Phrase) manga announced eleven additional cast members for the game on Wednesday. Some of the characters have appeared in either Sensual Phrase or Shinjo's other manga Love Celeb. Yuichiro Umehara as XXX band producer Noah Walker...
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Fish-Faced Idols Keep Things Fresh in Dorukan Manga

Just when you think you've seen idols of every stripe: former yakuza, zombies, a mattress, and horse girls, a new manga appears to defy your expectations. The manga app Manga Zero is publishing a new series by Kazushige Watari starring a group of literally bubbly idols. The girls human from the neck down, but everything up top is fishy. Dorukan stars a music producer named Saita Ushio. Every femal...
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Persona Q2 3DS Game's New Video Highlights Persona 4's Teddie

Crossover game launches on November 29 in Japan ― Atlus began streaming a new character video on Wednesday for its Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game. The video highlights the Persona 4 character Teddie (voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi). The game will ship on November 29 in Japan. First printings will bundle DLC for a "battle background music set" for the Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona ...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, October 8-14

Hunter x Hunter, Haikyu!!, Laid-Back Camp, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Hunter x Hunter 36 210,802 709,028 2018/10 Shueisha Yoshihiro Togashi 1 2 2 Haikyu!! 34 169,644 455,332 2018/10 Shueisha Haruichi Furudate 2 2 3 Laid-Back Camp 7 72,228 72,228...
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Volks Plans Rose of Versailles Super Dollfies

Riyoko Ikeda's The Rose of Versailles manga and its heroine Lady Oscar have captured hearts since it debuted almost 50 years ago. The characters appear in campaigns for coffee, chocolate, and yogurt and were recently the inspiration for a new line of shirts from UNIQLO. This winter the characters are appearing in another campaign, this time as the stars of the Dolls Party 40 event at Tokyo Big Sig...
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Arpeggio of Blue Steel's Sea Glass 'Tribute Manga' Ends in November

Comedy manga centering on Takao in Hakodate launched last November ― The December issue of Shonengahosha's Monthly Young King Ours GH magazine revealed on Tuesday that Sakura Ikeda's Sea Glass "tribute manga" to Ark Performance's Arpeggio of Blue Steel manga will end in the magazine's next issue on November 16. The comedy manga centers on heavy cruiser Takao. After losing her first battle with I-401,...
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Mr. Tonegawa Anime's Real Escape Game Offers Dish Inspired by 'Roasting Prostration' Scene

Kaiji spinoff anime Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues is getting a Real Escape Game, titled "Escape From the Big Demonic Year-End Party," at the puzzle-solving theme park Tokyo Mystery Circus from October 18 to January 27. In addition to the main game, Tokyo Mystery Circus' yelo Cafe is offering a special "Roasting Prostration Sausage Criminal Beer Set" for 1,000 yen (about US$9). There is a c...
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Death Mark Game's Video Highlights Gameplay

Aksys Games to release horror game for PS4/Vita/Switch on October 31 ― Aksys Games began streaming a video for Experience's Death Mark (Shiin) game on Wednesday. The video shows gameplay footage of the game. (Note: Video contains graphic imagery.) Aksys Games will release the game on October 31 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch. The game will also have a limited edition tha...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, October 8-14

Compile Heart's Ryūsei no Varnir game debuts ― Japan's Game Ranking: October 8-14 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Call of Duty Black Ops IV Sony Interactive Entertainment October 12 228,775 228,775 2NSwSuper Mario Party Nintendo October 5 63,451 206,319 3PS4Assassin's Creed Odyssey (Including Limited Editions) Ubisoft October 2 19,037 64,204 4P...
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Live-Action Tora-san Film Reveals More Cast

February 2019 film casts Marie Iitoyo, Eriko Tomiyama, Bakarhythm, Jun Kaname ― The official blog for the live-action film adaptation of Mina Itaba's Tora-san manga revealed additional cast members for the film on Wednesday. The new cast includes (clockwiser from upper left in photographs below): Marie Iitoyo as Whitest, the spoiled cat that become's Suzuo/Tora-san's confidante Eriko Tomiyama as Ako ...

Emma: A Victorian Romance English Dub Kickstarter Reaches Goal for Season 2

Project has 22 hours remaining ― Right Stuf's Kickstarter campaign to create an English-dubbed HD production of Emma: A Victorian Romance met its US$180,000 stretch goal on Wednesday to dub the second season in addition to the first season. Right Stuf previously explained that it would unlock new tiers to allow anyone to pledge for the second season. Those who have backed the project in some way will...
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Power Rangers: All-Stars Smartphone Game's Trailers Streamed

iOS, Android game accepting pre-registrations for worldwide launch ― Nexon began streaming two trailers for its Power Rangers: All-Stars smartphone game. The game is accepting pre-registrations for its worldwide launch now. All users will receive in-game rewards depending on the number of pre-registrations. The game launched for iOS and Android devices in Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines o...
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Answerman - Why Do Anime Students Always Sit In The Same Seat?

Anime protagonists in high school always seem to take the same seat - second to the back, next to the window. What makes that spot so special? Justin gets into it. ― Darrel asked: Why are anime characters always sitting in the same exact spot in classrooms? Is it because it is easier to draw them isolated? Ah yes, that seat in the back next to the window. That is THE hot-spot in a surprising number ...

Rifle is Beautiful Manga Gets Anime

Manga about high school shooting club debuted in 2015 ― This year's 46th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine announced on Thursday that Akki Sarumi's Rifle is Beautiful four-panel manga is getting an anime. The announcement did not specify the format of the anime. The manga's story follows Hikari Kokura, an incoming high school student who is excited to join her school's shooting club. How...
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Bakugan Battle Planet TV Series Casts Jonah Wineberg, Ticoon Kim, Deven Mack

2019 animated series to have 50 30-minute episodes ― The Vanderwerff Talent agency revealed two cast members on October 10 for the Bakugan Battle Planet television animation series. Jonah Wineberg will play the main character Dan, and Ticoon Kim will play Shun. Deven Mack also revealed that he will play Wynton Styles (seen below). In addition, the C21 Media website reported on Saturday that the serie...
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Series Premiere: Run with the Wind—Episodes 1-3

"This show has already done an effective job crafting a lively, character-driven story that's more about the journey than the destination—just like distance running itself."
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Tokyo Ghoul:re GNs 5-7

Tokyo Ghoul:re is not as compelling as its predecessor, but by these volumes, it seems to be getting back on track with a more detailed focus on character development. ― Tokyo Ghoul:re is at its best when it's exploring the inner struggles of Ken Kaneki-turned-Haise Sasaki. That means that of these three volumes, book seven is the strongest, playing into that theme and using elements of both series o...
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Dynasty Warriors 8 Game Gets New Switch Version in December

Xtreme Legends Complete Edition DX adds all previous DLC, save compatibility with other titles ― Koei Tecmo announced on Wednesday that it will release a new version of Dynasty Warriors 8 (Shin Sangoku Musō 7) for the Nintendo Switch titled Shin Sangoku Musō 7 with Mōshōden (Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition DX). The game will ship in Japan on December 27. The game will include all ...
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Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! Anime Reveals Visuals, Cast, January 2019 Premiere

Reina Ueda, Maria Sashide, Rika Nagae, Akari Kitō join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Nanatsu Mukunoki's Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! (An Angel Flew Down to Me!) manga revealed a key visual, character visuals, the main cast, and the January 2019 premiere for the anime on Wednesday. The cast includes: Reina Ueda as Miyako Hoshino Maria Sashide as Hana Shirosaki Ri...
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Tatsunoko Marks 55th Anniversary with Egao no Daika TV Anime in January

Lagrange's Toshimasa Suzuki helms story of princess & military woman from distant worlds ― The anime studio Tatsunoko Productions (Speed Racer, Gatchaman, Time Bokan, Infini-T Force) is marking its 55th anniversary with the new original television anime Egao no Daika (The Cost of Smiles), premiering on the WOWOW, Tokyo MX, and YTV channels in January 2019. Tatsunoko describes the story: On a planet f...

Isekai Izakaya Anime Gets Blu-ray Release Only If 300 Pre-order It

Number of bonus extras also determined by number of pre-orders received ― The official website for Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World (Isekai Izakaya ~Koto Aitheria no Izakaya Nobu~), the anime of Natsuya Semikawa's Otherworldly Izakaya "Nobu" (Isekai Izakaya "Nobu") light novel series, announced on Tuesday that the anime will only have a Blu-ray Disc release if it receives at least 300...
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Tsuri Baka Nisshi Gets New Year's Live-Action Special in January

Salaryman show's cast reprises roles from 1st, 2nd season ― The official website for the live-action Tsuri Baka Nisshi (Diary of a Fishing Fool) television series announced on Wednesday that it will continue in a television special titled "Shinshun Drama Special Tsuri Baka Nisshi Shinmai Shain Hamasaki Densuke Seto Naikai de Tairyō! Kekkon-shiki Dai Panic-hen!" (New Year Drama Special Diary of a Fish...

DramaFever Streaming Service Shuts Down

Service for Asian dramas, Latin American telenovelas launched in 2009 ― Warner Bros. shut down its DramaFever streaming service on Tuesday. Entertainment news website Variety reported that the closure of the service will result in 20% of the company's 110 employees being laid off, but Warner Bros. also stated that employees from Warner Bros. Digital Labs, "which encompasses more than two-thirds of th...
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CyberAgent Establishes CAAnimation Label for Original Anime

Cygames parent's label to also produce games for original anime, collaborate with AbemaTV ― CyberAgent, the parent company of game developer Cygames and streaming service company AbemaTV, announced on Wednesday that it has founded the CAAnimation label on the same day. The new label will focus on producing original anime, as well as producing possible game adaptations (developed by other CyberAgent s...

Train Man Has U.S. Live-Action Musical Series in the Works

2007 Hairspray director, Everybody Loves Raymond creator adapt story of otaku getting love advice from net board ― Vertigo Entertainment, Amuse Group US, and Global Road Television announced at Mipcom on Tuesday that they will produce a musical adaptation of the Train Man (Densha Otoko) franchise. Entertainment news website Variety noted that the adaptation will be a "half-hour series," and both Vari...
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Pokémon TCG Partners With Art Exhibition to Recreate Munch's The Scream Painting

The Pokémon Trading Card Game is collaborating with the "Munch: A Retrospecitve" exhibition, which will run at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum from October 27 to January 20. Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream is getting the Pokémon treatment and transforming into promo cards. The promo cards feature the creatures Pikachu, Eevee, Mimikyu, Psyduck, and Rowlet in the position of the screamer in ...
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Season Premiere: Golden Kamuy ‒ Episodes 13-14

"While it takes a while to get going, these two episodes were a strong reminder of why I found Golden Kamuy so compelling in its first cour. It always has a new trick up its sleeve to keep you gripped in its frontier gold chase."
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Tickets Available

Subtitled screenings on December 4, dubbed screenings on December 5 ― Manga Entertainment has announced on its Twitter feed that tickets are now available for the film My Hero Academia: Two Heroes at its official UK website at http://myheroacademiamovie.co.uk/. The subtitled version will be on Tuesday December 4 and the English-dubbed version on Wednesday December 5. Manga Entertainment adds, however...
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Kakegurui, Denpa Kyōshi Creators Work on New Chrono Ma:gia Manga

Manga launches in Weekly Shonen Sunday on October 31 ― This year's 47th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed more details on Wednesday for the new manga adaptation of GungHo Online Entertainment's new digital card game Chrono Ma:gia. The new manga will be titled Chrono Ma:gia: Mugen no Haguruma (Infinite Gears) and will launch in the magazine's 49th issue on October 31. Takesh...
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Funimation's Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos Anime Film License Expires on November 21

― Funimation Entertainment announced on Tuesday that its license for the Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos anime film will expire on November 21. The company's home video release will go out of print. The film's original story takes place during episode 20 of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and during chapter 11 in Hiromu Arakawa's original manga. The film debuted in Japan in 2011, and ...

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Willing Vampire Victims Get to See Castlevania Season 2 Premiere Early

Belmont family descendants and Alucard fans will want to head down to the L.A. Film School in Hollywood today. The location is holding a blood drive and any willing volunteers who donate or sign-up to donate will be able to see the first episode of Castlevania's second season early. The blood drive is going until 5 p.m. today but watch out, you'll need to fight your way past some life-size charact...
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Crunchyroll Streams Kemono Friends Spinoff Anime Welcome to Japari Park

1st 6 episodes of series of shorts now available ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it is streaming the first six episodes of the Welcome to the JAPARI PARK (Yōkoso Japari Park) anime worldwide outside of Asia. New episodes will debut twice a month on the 14th and on the last day of the month. The series of five-minute shorts premiered in Japan on August 12. It currently has six episodes availa...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, October 14-20

Juni Taisen Zodiac War, Monochrome Factor, The Seven Heavenly Virtues anime; Fairy Tale Battle Royale, Frankenstein Junji Ito Story manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Dance With Devils Essentials BDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$29.98 October 16 A Handmaid's Sexual Tale DVD (Adult)Cite Adult Source Media US$24.98 October 16 Heavy Object Season 1 BDAnimeNewsNet...
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Capture the Female Titan in New Attack on Titan VR Game

Or: prove yourself to Captain Tsubasa on the virtual soccer field ― Sony and arcade game company Taito are teaming up for two new virtual reality experiences. One promises to let you score in the big game with Captain Tsubasa while the other will have you running for your life from the Female Titan. The Ginza Sony Park arcade in Tokyo and the Space Invaders Room in Osaka will test out the two new att...
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Japanese Band Bump of Chicken Belts Out the Weather for 1 Week

The band Bump of Chicken are delivering the weather forecast in Tokyo this week on 38 JFN radio stations. The four band members will be on bright and early at 6 a.m. to deliver the "Chronos Ohayō! Bump Weather Forecast." The group will discuss the day's weather, their new single "Hanashi ga Shitai yo" (I Want to Talk), seasonal foods they want to eat, what books they're reading, and other topics. ...
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UQ Holder! Anime's English Dub Cast Announced

Several cast members return from Negima! anime ― Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub cast for the UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2 anime on Tuesday. The company also streamed a clip previewing Brittney Karbowski as Tōta and Heidi Hinkel as Yukihime. The cast, under director Shannon Reed, includes: Brittney Karbowski as Tōta Kalin Coates as Kuromaru Heidi Hinkel as Yukihime Shanae'a Moore as Ev...

Saga of Tanya the Evil Film's 2nd Teaser Video, Story Intro Unveiled

Sequel film opens in Japan on February 8 ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Carlo Zen and Shinobu Shinotsuki's Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) novel series revealed a second teaser video and teaser video for the upcoming anime film on Tuesday. The website also unveiled an introduction to the film's original story, which follows from the events of the television anime. In 1926, Tan...
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Hypnosis Mic Voice Actor Rap Project's 2nd Live Event Rocks the House

The voice actor rap battle project Hypnosis Mic has come a long way from performing in the mall just one year ago. The smaller venue and performance hiccups were streamlined, CDs and merchandise debuted, and now the crew is even getting its own smartphone game. The rapping group's popularity has skyrocketed and has amassed 300,000 followers on Twitter. Members of the project's four groups decided ...
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5th, 6th K: Seven Stories Films to Premiere at Anime NYC in November

Screening of 6th film will be world premiere ― Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it will host the North American premiere of the K: Seven Stories "Memory of Red ~BURN~" film and the world premiere of the K: Seven Stories "Circle Vision ~Nameless Song~" film at Anime NYC this November. The films are the fifth and sixth installments, respectively, for the six-part K: Seven Stories film series. The sc...
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Funimation Offers Dream Festival! Anime for Digital Purchase

― Funimation is now offering the Dream Festival! anime for digital purchase on Amazon. The full 12-episode first series is available in Japanese. Funimation offers several shows — such as Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!!, Sound! Euphonium, and Hitori no Shita the outcast — as digital purchases only, and has not released these titles on home video or via its FunimationNow streaming service. Drea...
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This Week in Anime - Is Lost Song Worth Watching?

J-pop songstress Konomi Suzuki made her acting debut in Netflix's sweeping musical fantasy, Lost Song. Nick and Micchy find out if there's noteworthy underneath the surprisingly bland fluff on this show's surface. ― J-pop songstress Konomi Suzuki made her acting debut in Netflix's sweeping musical fantasy, Lost Song. This week, Nick and Micchy find out if there's noteworthy underneath the surprising...
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Pokémon GO Game Adds Sinnoh Pokémon

Video previews new fourth-generation Pokémon ― Niantic announced on Tuesday that some Pokémon that originally appeared in the Sinnoh region in the Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games are now available in the Pokémon GO smartphone game. The company also began streaming a video for the announcement, which features many new Sinnoh-region creatures. Niantic revealed that, similar to past generations,...
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Hosoda's Mirai Film Wins Best Animated Film at Spain's Sitges

Maquia also wins Fantastic Discovery award ― The 51st annual Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain announced on Sunday that Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai anime film won the festival's Best Animated Feature Film award. I want to eat your pancreas, Liz and the Blue Bird, and Penguin Highway were also among the 10 nominees for the award. In addition, Mari Okada's Maquia - When the Promised Flowe...
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Series Premiere: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime—Episodes 1-3

"This unconventional adventure is off to a good start, provided you're in the market for a less serious take on both fantasy and isekai."
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Season Premiere: Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers 2—Episodes 1-3

"Meta-commentative fantasy RPGs are a trend in anime nowadays, but this the pinnacle of the genre, reserved for viewers with a refined taste for puppets."
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Bleach (live-action)

This real-life take on the classic shonen hit is available on Netflix, but does it do justice to the first arc of the original manga? Theron Martin finds out. ― Live-action adaptations of supernatural stories must be approached with trepidation, given the number of cringe-worthy efforts in the past. That caution certainly applies to this movie, which debuted in Japan in August 2018 and is now availab...

Gundam NT Anime Reveals Trailer, Theme Song, Additional Cast

Yuichiro Umehara, Makoto Furukawa, Kazuya Nakai, Ayumi Fujimura, more join cast ― Staff of Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative (Kidō Senshi Gundam NT), the new anime project for the Gundam franchise, revealed at an event for the anime on Tuesday that SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:LiSA will perform the theme song "narrative." The musical unit consists of Hiroyuki Suwano, who is composing the anime's music, and LiSA. T...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, October 8-14

2018 Detective Conan film sells 3,189 + 3,155, followed by Ensemble Stars!, live-action honey film, live-action Principal film, Wotakoi ― Ensemble Stars! Starry Stage 1st ~in Makuhari Messe~ DVD dropped from #7 to #9 in its second week on the overall DVD chart. It added 1,339 copies to its total of 5,490 copies. The deluxe edition for the live-action film of Amu Meguro's Honey So Sweet manga fell fro...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, October 8-14

Pacific Rim: Uprising sells 13,630 + 2,039 + 1,973 + 1,586 + 830, followed by 2018 Detective Conan film, Ensemble Stars!, Wotakoi, Mahō-tsukai to Kuroneko no Wiz ― The Blu-ray + DVD Set for the overseas live-action film Pacific Rim: Uprising sold 13,630 copies to debut at #1 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The 3D Blu-ray + DVD Set was #10 with 2,039 copies. The Steel Book Blu-ray + DVD Set was #12...
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XSEED Games Offers Corpse Party: Sweet Sachiko's Hysteric Birthday Bash on PC in Winter

Book of Shadows, Blood Drive also head to PC; Corpse Party 2 delayed to winter ― Video game website Game Informer reported on Monday that XSEED Games will localize and release the Corpse Party: Sweet Sachiko's Hysteric Birthday Bash (Corpse Party -THE ANTHOLOGY- Sachiko no Renai Yūgi ♥ Hysteric Birthday 2U) game for the PC, with the release slated for later this winter. It also revealed that the prev...

Compile Heart's Eshigami no Kizuna Game Turns Osamu Tezuka Characters into Cute Girls

Kaori Ishihara, Rie Kugimiya, Nao Toyama star in 2019 app ― Compile Heart began streaming the opening video for its Eshigami no Kizuna (The Bonds of Gods of Artists) smartphone game on Monday. The video reveals the game's cast and previews the game's theme song "Creation x Creation" by Kaori Ishihara. The iOS and Android game will launch in 2019. Compile Heart is developing the game in collaboration ...
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2nd Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution Film Teases Eureka, Anemone as Children

2nd film in trilogy opens in Japan on November 10 ― The official website for the Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution film trilogy revealed on Friday two character visuals of Eureka and Anemone as children — as they will be seen in Anemone: Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution (Anemone: Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution), the second film in the trilogy. The site also posted three frames from the film showing the...
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The Laws of the Universe: Part 1 Opens at #1, Natsume Film Falls to #5

Live-action Perfect World at #8, Monster Strike film at #9 The Laws of the Universe: Part 1, HS Pictures Studio's new anime film sequel to the The Laws of the Universe Part 0 religious anime film, topped the Japanese box office in its opening weekend. The film opened in Japan last Friday on 206 screens, and it sold 134,089 tickets for 166,907,400 yen (about US$1.49 million) from Saturday to Sunday,...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 857

"The One Piece anime delivers another bombastic fight episode this week, digging its heels in the ground with a great production."
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Season Finale: Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 49

"Using a pseudo-cliffhanger as a stinger for next year's episodes highlights my issues with this mid-season finale as a whole."
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Disgaea 5 Complete Launches on Steam on October 22

― NIS America announced on Monday that its release of the Disgaea 5 Complete game for PC via Steam is slated for October 22. The game was originally slated to release via Steam on May 7, before being delayed to summer and then to October. The game will include all eight bonus scenarios, four "fan-favorite" characters, and three new character classes that NISA originally released as DLC in Disgaea 5:...
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Cells at Work! Lottery Offers Cuddly Platelets

In any other scenario, referring to platelets as "cuddly" would be nonsense but this is Cells at Work! where everything that makes you tick takes on a human form. This includes your blood platelets reimagined as hardworking tots making sure any internal repairs are clotted where and when as needed. The eChance lottery merchandiser is hoping to entice players hoping to take their own platelet home....
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Series Premiere: Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san—Episodes 1-2

"Both delightfully over-the-top and relatably down-to-earth, this workplace comedy offers up big laughs while illustrating the tribulations of working in a high-traffic bookstore."
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Series Premiere: Double Decker! Doug & Kirill—Episodes 1-4

"Double Decker doesn't have much in the way of ongoing plot or themes so far, but what it does have is fun entertainment in spades, as a spit-shined popcorn buddy cop piece."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 77

"At times, this side-adventure felt too drawn-out and detached from the main story, but this episode does a decent job of tying it into the bigger picture."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episodes 26-27

"These are two of GeGeGe no Kitaro's most violent episodes, and while they're not quite as disturbing as some of the earlier ones, they definitely have their moments."

Japanese Government Aims to Ban 'Leech Sites' That Link to Pirated Works

Site operators may be subject to 3- to 5-year prison terms The Mainichi Shimbun reported on Friday that Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs intends to ban "leech sites" that aggregate and provide hyperlinks to pirated media. The agency intends to submit revisions to the Copyright Act in the next ordinary session of the Diet in 2019. As part of the ban, copyright holders would be able to ban hyperli...

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Numazu Police Arrest Love Live! Sunshine Itasha Driver

Fictional idol Yō Watanabe can't catch a break. First, her manhole cover in Numazu is defaced and now one of her biggest fans had a fateful run-in with the local police. The 23-year-old driver of a decked out Yō itasha allegedly hit a woman with the car and fled the scene on October 13. Numazu police arrested the man, originally from Tsukuba, Ibaraki, on suspicion of causing an injury with a car d...
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Season Premiere: Fairy Tail Final Season—Episodes 1-2

"Luckily Fairy Tail is adept at not only keeping things moving, but also at tempering the more difficult bits with humor."
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Pokémon Sun & Moon Teases On Point Utena Homage

Kunihiko Ikuhara's Revolutionary Girl Utena is 20 years old this year and has since celebrated with rosy booze, merchandise, an exhibition, a Blu-ray release, and a brand-new musical. Two decades later, the series is still influential. Viewers were able to see the fruition of Ikuhara's legacy in last season's Revue Starlight and can tune in to the upcoming episode of Pokémon Sun & Moon for a huge ...
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Live-Action Tonde Saitama Film Reveals Additional Cast

Yūsuke Iseya, Masaki Kyōmoto, more join cast ― Toei announced additional cast members for the live-action film adaptation of Mineo Maya's Tonde Saitama manga on Tuesday. (Note: Character name romanizations not confirmed.) Top row (left to right): Yūsuke Iseya as Sho Yakyukozo Masaki Kyōmoto as Duke Saitama Middle row: Ryō Narita as Haruto Igarashi Haruka Shimazaki as Ami Sugawara Brother Tom as Yoshi...
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Fullmetal Alchemist's Al Continues Hunt for Philosopher's Stone as High-End Statue

High-end figure maker First 4 Figures revealed its first Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood statue on Friday. The Alphonse Elric resin statue is slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2019. The figure comes in Definitive, Exclusive, and Regular editions, plus Combo editions for both the Definitive and Exclusive versions. Any statue is available in gray and silver variants, and the Combo Edition...
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Captain Tsubasa Zero Smartphone Game Launches in Japan on Thursday

Game follows anime's story, lets player create original teams ― The official website for the Captain Tsubasa Zero ~Kimeru! Miracle Shoot~ iOS and Android game announced on Monday that the game will launch this Thursday. The free-to-play game with in-game purchases has a story mode that recreates scenes from the new anime adaptation of Youichi Takahashi's Captain Tsubasa manga. The game will also have...
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Crunchyroll Adds Content Warning to Goblin Slayer 1st Ep

The first episode of White Fox's adaptation of Kumo Kagyu's light novel series Goblin Slayer debuted on Crunchyroll on October 6 to wide-eyed reactions. The dark fantasy series opens with a 15-year-old girl going out on her first guild mission into the lair of a group of goblins, monsters that terrorize the human population. The guild, made up of women, are hoping to rescue a group of girls kidnap...
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Get 40% Off Your Tickets to Animation is Film Festival!

GKIDS is giving a ticket discount to all ANN readers attending the Animation is Film Festival this weekend! ― Calling All West Coast Anime Fans! The Animation Is Film Festival returns for its second year in Los Angeles, CA with an incredible slate of anime events and premieres. This year's line-up features the premiere of Mirai with director Mamoru Hosoda in person for Q&As as well as a four-film Mam...
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Billionaire Elon Musk Dreams of Giant Mecha

SpaceX founder, former Tesla chairman, and otherwise controversial entrepreneur Elon Musk has set his sights on bringing mecha from the world of anime to reality. Musk tweeted on Sunday that it was time to create a mecha. The tweet followed one earlier that day where Musk shared his love of Makoto Shinkai's your name. and Hideaki Anno's Neon Genesis Evangelion. The billionaire must have had anime ...

Emma: A Victorian Romance English Dub Casts Jessica Calvello as Eleanor

Kickstarter campaign seeks US$180,000 stretch goal for season 2 ― Right Stuf's Kickstarter campaign to create an English-dubbed HD production of Emma: A Victorian Romance announced on Monday that Jessica Calvello (Aria the Animation's Aika S. Granzchesta, Attack on Titan's Zoe Hange) will play Eleanor in the dub. The staff revealed audition videos for Calvello and previously announced cast member Way...
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Answerman - What's The Difference Between A License And A Distribution Deal?

Funimation "licenses" Attack on Titan but Right Stuf is the "distributor" for Mobile Suit Gundam - what's the difference between these two arrangements? Justin gets into the details. ― John asked: I was wondering what is the difference between a distribution and licensing deals? What entail a distribution deal? And in case of the Sunrise's Gundam deal with Right Stuf could a another company still li...
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Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!/Eevee! Games' Video Previews Legendary Pokémon

Nintendo Switch games ship on November 16 ― Nintendo UK began streaming a new promotional video for the Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! Nintendo Switch games on Monday. The video previews the Legendary Pokémon Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Mewtwo. The all-new Pokémon Meltan will be available in the games through trading with the Pokémon GO smartphone game. The Pokémon: Let'...
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Shelf Life - Angel Cop

This cyberpunk '80s OVA may be nostalgic for some fans, but it's hardly angelic. Paul finds out if anything about this vintage shlock holds up and breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― I'll be writing our streaming reviews for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, and I am unreasonably pumped about it. I'm not expecting it to be the best show ever made, but something about the main pr...
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100% Pascal-sensei School Comedy Manga Ends

Creator Yūji Naga prepares next work ― Yūji Nagai's gag comedy manga 100% Pascal-sensei ended in the November issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Coro Coro Comic magazine on Monday. Nagai is currently preparing for his next work. The story centers around an elementary school teacher who is so stupid, he cannot even write his own name. He does whatever he likes in his classroom. Plus, by all appearances, he...
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Shogakukan Promotes Sunday Webry Service With Comedian Dance Videos

The PR team members for Shogakukan's Sunday Webry (Sunday Web Every) manga website have some pep in their steps. The team went to town on a song-and-dance video to promote the site. Not only did the project's main 30-second television commercial debut on Friday, but various related videos also began streaming at the same time. There is a general 15-second version, plus three more 15-second version...
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2019 Doraemon Film Reveals Title, Video, Visual, March 1 Debut

Shinnosuke Yakuwa directs Doraemon the Movie: Chronicle of the Moon Exploration ― Staff revealed the 2019 Doraemon franchise film at a press event in Tokyo on Monday. Eiga Doraemon no Nobita no Getsumen Tansaki (Doraemon the Movie: Chronicle of the Moon Exploration), the franchise's 39th film, will open in Japan on March 1. The anime film's official website also revealed a special video to introduce ...
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My Hero Academia GN 15

Despite some great moments, this isn't one of MHA's brighter volumes, as complicated exposition drags down the story's pacing. Nick Creamer has the details. ― The simplicity of Midoriya's view of heroism has always been one of those assumed truths that I'd always assumed My Hero Academia was simply holding on the back burner for future conflicts. Contributing to complex, large-scale police operations...
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Romancing SaGa Re; Universe Smartphone Game's 3rd Introduction Video Streamed

2 battle game music clips also streamed ― Square Enix began streaming a third introduction video on Sunday for its Romancing SaGa Re; Universe smartphone game. The video highlights various vendors in a town and several cut scenes. Square Enix is also streaming a four-minute video highlighting the game's battle music. The game now has more than 150,000 pre-registered players. Square Enix streamed a pr...
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Toei Produces Mahjong Hōrōki 2020 Live-Action Film With Manga Tie-in

Yōzō Shimizu launched tie-in manga in June, with movie debut slated for April 2019 ― Toei announced on October 4 that it is producing Mahjong Hōrōki 2020, a new live-action film based on Takehiro Irokawa's Mahjong Hōrōki novel. In addition, Toei revealed on Monday that the Mahjong Hōrōki 2020 manga (seen right) by Yōzō Shimizu, which has been running in Takeshobo's Kindai Mahjong magazine since June,...
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Bakumatsu Anime Listed with 12 Episodes

― The official website for Bakumatsu, the television anime of FuRyu's Renai Bakumatsu Kareshi smartphone game, is listing that the anime will have two home video box sets and 12 episodes. The first set will ship on January 30 and the second set will ship on April 24. The anime premiered in Japan on October 4. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs. In the original game's story, the heroine i...
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Dark Souls: Remastered Game's Switch Version Previewed in Introduction Video

Game launches in Japan on October 18, in N. America/Europe on October 19 ― Nintendo began streaming an introduction video on Monday for the Switch version of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dark Souls: Remastered game. The game will launch on October 19 in North America and Europe, and on October 18 in Japan. The Solaire of Astora amiibo will launch the same day. The Nintendo Switch version of the game ...
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DAKAICHI Anime Listed with 13 Episodes

― The official website for the television anime of Hashigo Sakurabi's Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu. (DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year-) manga is listing that the anime will have seven home video releases and 13 episodes. The first home video release will feature one episode, and all subsequent home video releases will feature two episodes each. The home video rel...
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Persona Q2 3DS Game's New Video Highlights Persona 5's Goro Akechi

Crossover game launches on November 29 in Japan ― Atlus began streaming a new character video on Monday for its Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game. The video highlights the Persona 5 character Goro Akechi (voiced by Sōichiro Hoshi). The game will ship on November 29 in Japan. First printings will bundle DLC for a "battle background music set" for the Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona ...
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Disney XD to Premiere Beyblade Burst Turbo Anime This Year

Anime premiered in Japan on April 2, in Canada via Teletoon on October 7 ― Disney XD announced on Monday that it will air Beyblade Burst Turbo, the English version of Beyblade Burst Chōzetsu anime, later this year. Beyblade Burst Chōzetsu, the third and most recent Beyblade Burst series, premiered in Japan on April 2, and it is currently airing. The anime will have 51 episodes. Canadian television ch...
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Crunchyroll Lists Senran Kagura Shinovi Master Anime Stream with Both Censored, Uncensored Versions

Series premiered on October 12 ― Crunchyroll is listing that it is streaming both censored and uncensored versions of Senran Kagura Shinovi Master (Senran Kagura Shinovi Master -Tokyo Yōma-hen-), the second Senran Kagura television anime. Crunchyroll is also listing that the uncensored version will not be available for free members. Crunchyroll previously streamed an uncensored version of the Terrafo...

The Laws of the Universe: Part 1 Anime Film Debuts at #1 on Japanese Box Office Chart

Film premiered in Japan, U.S., Canada on Friday The Laws of the Universe: Part 1, HS Pictures Studio's new anime film sequel to the The Laws of the Universe Part 0 religious anime film, topped the box office chart in Japan during the October 13-14 weekend. Eleven Arts Anime Studio hosted the film's world premiere with an English dub at the Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles on October 6. The fi...
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Yomawari: The Long Night Collection Game Collection's Clip Shows Fireworks Festival

NIS America to release 1st, 2nd games in series on Switch later this month ― NIS America began streaming a clip on Sunday from Yomawari: The Long Night Collection, the bundle release for the Switch version of Nippon Ichi Software's Yomawari: Night Alone and Yomawari: Midnight Shadows games. The video shows the fireworks festival Haru and Yui attend from the second game. NIS America streamed a separat...
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Dragon Quest X Producers Express Desire to Possibly Release Game Overseas

Producers explore ways to deliver game's story overseas through possible offline, cloud versions ― During the "Chō Dragon Quest X TV Aki no Dai Bunkasai 10-Jikan Special 2018" live stream event on October 7, former Dragon Quest game series executive producer Yū Miyake stated that many people from overseas are asking if there is a way for the Dragon Quest developers to deliver the story of the Dragon ...
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2nd Haikara-san: Here Comes Miss Modern Film Reveals New Visual

― The official Twitter account for the anime film project of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga revealed a new visual on Monday for Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 2 (Haikara-san ga Tōru Kōhen: Hana no Tōkyō Dai Roman), the second film in the project. The tagline on the visual reads, "This is the first love. As well as the last love." The film will open in Japan on Friday, and Eleven ...
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Sega Aims to Release Games Simultaneously Worldwide by 2020

― Sega Sammy Holdings revealed in its 2018 integrated report in September that it will aim to release games with localized versions simultaneously worldwide as part of its "Road to 2020" project. The report noted that Sega already has several localization studios, including Atlus' California studio, and that games in development already share content with localization teams even during development i...
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4-Member Male Vocal Group mono palette Perform Opening Theme for The Morose Mononokean Anime's 2nd Season

2nd season premieres in January ― The official Twitter account for the four-member male vocal group mono palette revealed on Monday that the group will perform the opening theme song "Long Time Traveller" for Fukigen na Mononokean Tsuzuki (The Morose Mononokean Sequel), the second television anime season of Kiri Wazawa's The Morose Mononokean (Fukigen na Mononokean) manga. The song will be the first ...
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Goodnight Punpun Creator Inio Asano Holds 1st Art Exhibition in December

Newly-wed manga creator Inio Asano will get his first ever art exhibition celebrating 20 years worth of work since his debut. The "20th Anniversary Commemoration Exhibition: The World of Inio Asano ~Ctrl+T2~" will kick off on December 21 at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The exhibition is Asano's first of this magnitude and will feature everything from the artist's manuscripts to art from his ...
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Ghibli Fest 2018 - Spirited Away Ticket Giveaway!

Magic and fantasy reign once again as Spirited Away returns to theaters. As a special October treat, GKIDS is giving away FREE TICKETS to ANN readers! ― This month, GKIDS is bringing back the Studio Ghibli animated classic Spirited Away to theaters on Oct. 28, 29 & 30. They are giving away two free tickets each to five lucky ANN readers! About the Movie Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Animated...
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Black Clover Anime Casts Misako Tomioka, Satoshi Mikami, Sayaka Senbongi

Anime enters Witches' Forest Arc ― This year's 46th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed three more cast members on Monday for the Black Clover anime. The issue also revealed that the anime is entering the manga's Witches' Forest Arc. The characters will debut in the 54th episode on Tuesday. Satoshi Mikami as Fanzell Kruger, a former soldier of the Diamond Kingdom and Asta's sword...
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'YOU' Magazine Series' Fates Revealed

Women's manga magazine ends serialization ― The final issue of Shueisha's You Magazine announced the fates of its serialized manga on Monday. The following manga are ending in upcoming compiled volumes: Aya Nakahara's Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai R (ending with the sixth volume on November 22) Masayo Miyagawa's Tono * Hime * Ōji (ending with the sixth volume on November 22) Masako Shitara's Bi...
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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. 'Conclusion' Anime Reveals New Teaser Visual

― This year's 46th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed a new teaser visual on Monday for the "concluding" anime for Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan) manga. The franchise will have an event featuring the anime's voice cast at Tokyo's Belle Salle Takadanobaba venue on December 1. The first season of anime shorts premiered in July 2016. Funimat...

World Trigger Manga Resumes on October 29

Manga will run for 5 issues in Shonen Jump before moving to Jump SQ. in December ― The official website for Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga will resume in the magazine's 48th issue on October 29. The manga will run for five issues in the magazine until the 52nd issue on November 26. It will then move to Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine...
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Series Premiere: Release the Spyce—Episodes 1-2

When the wild action sequences slow down, this charming series keeps its focus on story by developing Momo and Yuki's relationship.
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Uma Musume's New Blu-ray Anime Previewed in Video

"BNW no Chikai" anime included with TV anime's 4th Blu-ray Disc on November 14 ― The official website for the anime portion of Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby project began streaming a preview video for "BNW no Chikai" (BNW's Oath), the new anime that will be bundled with the Uma Musume Pretty Derby television anime's fourth Blu-ray Disc volume, on Sunday. The new anime will have the same length as ...
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Series Premiere: SSSS.Gridman—Episodes 1-2

"SSSS.Gridman delivers the best of Trigger's specific balance between stylized minimalism and glossy polish."
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Series Premiere: Sword Art Online Alicization—Episodes 1-2

"Even by SAO's normal standards for storytelling, this will be a slow-paced arc. Fortunately, the story gives fans a fair amount to appreciate."

Attack on Titan TV Anime Returns Next April

Part 2 of Season 3 teased with new visual ― Part 1 of the television anime Attack on Titan Season 3 ended on the NHK General TV channel on Monday, and NHK General TV announced that Part 2 will premiere with episode 50 in April 2019. A new visual also debuted with the announcement of Attack on Titan's return date: NHK General TV had scheduled the final two episodes of Part 1 for October 1 and October ...
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Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita Live-Action Film Project Reveals Poster, Stills

Live-Action TV series premiered on September 1, film opens on February 1 ― The staff of the live-action television series and film adaptation of Alifred Yamamoto's Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita (Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It) romantic comedy manga revealed a poster visual and several stills on Sunday for the film adaptation. The poster visual below imitates the cover o...
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K: Missing Kings Released Monday

Also, new edition of Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers ― On Monday October 15, Anime Limited will release the film K: Missing Kings as a Collectors Blu-ray/DVD and a standard DVD. [Note: Highlight the text below for the story, which contains spoilers for the end of the television series] The “Academy Island Incident” in which all four “kings” cross paths... Since then, Silver Clansmen Kuroh Yatogami and...
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Series Premiere: Goblin Slayer—Episodes 1-2

"I have no doubt that Goblin Slayer will find an audience to revel in the grisly pleasures of its premise just like Ninja Scroll and Wicked City informed my generation, but that's all it's got going for it right now."
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Series Premiere: Radiant—Episodes 1-2

"You've probably seen most of what Radiant has to offer at least once before, but there's something intangible about this shonen adventure that makes me want to give it a chance."
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Chihayafuru Chūgakusei-hen Spinoff Manga Ends in November

Spinoff manga follows characters in their middle school years ― This year's 21st issue of Kodansha's Be-Love magazine announced on Monday that the Chihayafuru Chūgakusei-hen (Chihayafuru Middle School Arc) manga will end in the next issue on November 1. Oto Tōda launched the manga in October 2017, and Kodansha released the second compiled volume on August 9. The manga adapts Yui Tokiumi's spinoff nov...
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Series Finale: FLCL Alternative ‒ Episode 6

"This ends up being reasonably satisfying as a finale to FLCL Alternative, but definitely unworthy as the new last page of FLCL as a whole, and that ultimately colors my final impression."
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Left Alive PS4, PC Game's 2 New Videos Reveal Western Release on March 5

Game launches on PS4 in Japan on February 28 ― Square Enix began streaming two new videos on Tuesday for its Left Alive survival action shooter game for PlayStation 4 and PC (via Steam). The videos reveal the game's release date in North America on March 5 for both platforms. The game will also launch in Europe on March 5. In Japan, the game will launch for PlayStation 4 on February 28 and on Steam o...
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Kishiryū Sentai Ryūsōger Trademark Filed Under Toei

― A trademark for "Kishiryū Sentai Ryūsōger" was filed under Toei on September 20 and went public on October 9. The kanji in the word "Kishiryū" mean "Dragon Knight." The Kaitō Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger (Phantom Thief Sentai Lupinranger VS Police Sentai Patranger) television series premiered on February 11. The show is the 42nd in the live-action Super Sentai series since 1975,...
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Level-5 Delays Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin Game Again to this Winter

― Level 5 announced on Friday that it is delaying its Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android again from this fall to this winter to improve the game's quality. Level 5 also announced on Friday that it is delaying its Yo-kai Watch Switch game to next spring. Level 5 previously delayed Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin from this summer to this fall, a...
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Aniplex, Quatro A Reveal Touhou Cannonball Smartphone Game

Game starring Akari Kitō as Reimu Hakurei, Minami Iinuma as Marisa Kirisame launches in 2019 ― Quatro A and Aniplex opened a website on Sunday to reveal that they are developing a new derivative game in Team Shanghai Alice's Touhou Project games titled Touhou Cannonball. The companies first announced the game at the "Hakurei Jinja Shūki Reitaisai" event on Sunday. The smartphone game for iOS and Andr...
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Live-Action Hollywood Alita: Battle Angel Film's Japanese Poster Revealed

― 20th Century Fox's official Japanese website for Alita: Battle Angel — James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga — revealed a Japanese poster for the film on Friday. The tagline on the poster reads, "The angel awakens into a warrior." The film will open in the United States on February 14, 2019, after being delayed twice previously f...
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Strike The Blood III OVA to Have 10 Episodes

― The official website for the Strike the Blood anime is listing that Strike the Blood III, the third Strike the Blood original video anime (OVA) season, will have a total of 10 episodes. The anime's first promotional video last Sunday revealed the anime will have five home video releases. Each home video release will have two episodes. The home video releases will ship on December 19, March 27, May...
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Series Premiere: Boarding School Juliet—Episodes 1-2

"Beyond the solid animation and the funny jokes, Boarding School Juliet looks set to live and die on the pure unadulterated cuteness of its central couple."
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Series Premiere: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind—Episodes 1-2

"JJBA returns to the small screen with a great spin on the usual JoJo's scenario that adds an unexpected pleasantness to a story about criminal life."
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Angels of Death ‒ Episode 14

"While it doesn't entirely forgive the show's earlier pacing and character issues, I'm incredibly thankful for this episode's sweet, funny, and poignant return to form."

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Dengeki Bunko's 25th Anniversary Drum Sets Feature 4 Popular Light Novel Series

Canopus Drums is collaborating with ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Bunko imprint to offer special built-to-order drum sets. The limited-edition sets will feature designs from Sword Art Online, A Certain Magical Index, Here comes the three angels, and Ro-Kyu-Bu! The front head on the bass drum in the sets will feature illustrations for each light novel. The shells of all of the drums will also have spe...
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 14

"This episode's literary title may foreshadow its very deceptive ending."
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Ichiban Kuji Goes Super Saiyan With New Dragon Ball Prize Lottery

Banpresto's Ichiban Kuji prize lottery will begin offering a "Battle of World with Dragon Ball Legends" line on October 17. The video below previews the lottery's top prizes, which are detailed figures. The prize lottery will be available at 7-Eleven and Ito-Yokado stores in Japan. Each prize ticket will cost 650 yen (about US$6). IMG db2.jpg IMG db3.jpg IMG db4.jpg IMG db5.jpg IMG db6.jpg IMG db7...
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Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer Film's 4D Screenings Offer 'Enforcer Certificate'

The official website for Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer (Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin), the 22nd film in the Detective Conan franchise, revealed the bonus items for attendees to the film's 4D screenings. Theatergoers will receive an "Enforcer Certificate from Tōru Amuro" with a special illustration from Detective Conan manga creator Gosho Aoyama. The QR code on the certificate will let fa...
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Yamaha Launches Manga Campaign to Showcase Japan's Motorcycles, Saunas

Yamaha Motor Company recently launched a manga-themed promotion that features a fictional manga magazine titled "Totonotta Magazine." The first wave of the promotion features three manga inspired by motorcycles, saunas, and sauna food. The first wave of manga are "Sado -Genshi no Kaze no Maki" by Katsuki Tanaka (Gyakkō no Koro, Baka Drill), "Sauna Mettler" by Masashi Asaki and Tadashi Agi (Psychom...
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Romancing SaGa Re; Universe Smartphone Game's 2nd Introduction Video Streamed

Game features story set 3 years after events of Romancing SaGa 3 ― Square Enix began streaming a second introduction video on Saturday for its Romancing SaGa Re; Universe smartphone game. The video highlights basic battle and a boss battle. The first video featured a clip from the beginning of the game. Romancing SaGa Re; Universe will feature characters from past entries in the series, and will have...
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Live-Action Gokko Film Previewed in 3 Ads

Film starring Junia Chihara, Nanaka Hirao opens on October 20 ― The official YouTube channel for the live-action film adaptation of Hiroyuki Shoji's Gokko (Pretend) manga began streaming three commercials on Saturday for the film. The film will open in Japan on October 20. The film stars comedian Junia Chihara as the protagonist, named Shiromiya in the film. Nanaka Hirao plays Yoyoko. The film also s...
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Adult Game Developer Hiqosoft Files for Bankruptcy

Sol Press to still release Sakura Sakura, Yotsunoha games as planned in English ― The October 3 issue of the National Printing Bureau's Kanpō publication revealed that the Japanese adult game company Hiqosoft filed for bankruptcy on September 21. Sol Press confirmed with ANN on Friday that its localization of Hiqosoft's Sakura Sakura and Yotsunoha games will not be affected by the filing, adding "eve...
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Resident Evil 2 Remake Game's Gameplay Video Highlights Licker Battle

Capcom's remake launches for PC, PS4, Xbox One on January 25 ― The official YouTube channel for Capcom's Resident Evil franchise began streaming a new gameplay video on Wednesday for Capcom's remake of the Resident Evil 2 survival horror game. The video previews a battle against a licker. Capcom will release a Collector's Edition of the game exclusively at GameStop and EB Games for US$199.99 (239.99 ...
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Kimagure Orange Road's Matsumoto Plans to Resume Work Activities

Artist experienced relapse of cerebrospinal fluid hypovolemia in April 2016 ― Manga creator Izumi Matsumoto posted on his blog on the Comic-On website on October 1 that he plans to resume activities after more than two years of fighting against his illness. He added that he thinks he can also start posting on his blog again, and asked fans for their support. Izumi had revealed on his blog in August 2...
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Shinkalion Anime Casts Toshiki Masuda

Masuda plays new Agent in episode that debuted on Saturday ― The official website for Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion the Animation, the television anime adaptation of Takara Tomy's Shinkalion toy line, revealed on Saturday that Toshiki Masuda (My Hero Academia's Eijirō Kirishima, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru's Kiyomitsu Kashū) is voicing a new character named Kairen. The character is an Agent from the K...
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Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal Game's English Release Delayed to Remove 'Intimacy Mode' from PS4 Version

― XSEED Games announced on Twitter on Friday that its release of the Senran Kagura Burst: Re:Newal game will be "slightly delayed." The company added that the delay is so the company can remove the interactive "Intimacy Mode" from the game's PlayStation 4 version. The Steam version will still include the mode, and the Steam and PS4 versions will launch simultaneously. XSEED Games stated it will reve...

Dropkick on my Devil Anime's Staff: Show Will Get 2nd Season if BD Box Sets Sell 2,000 Copies

Box sets currently have 813 pre-orders ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Yukiwo's Jashin-chan Dropkick (Dropkick on My Devil!) manga stated on Saturday that if the show's Blu-ray Disc box sets sell a combined 2,000 copies before the January 20 "Sugoi Sabato" event for the show, executive producer Kouichirou Natsume will decide to greenlight a second season of the show. The Tw...
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Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER Film's Poster Visual Previews 20 Heisei-era Riders

― Toei revealed a poster visual on Saturday for Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER, this year's Kamen Rider Heisei Generations film. The character poster features 20 Kamen Riders from Kamen Rider Kuuga through Kamen Rider Zi-O. The film is the 20th film of the Heisei-era Kamen Riders, and a previous video teased that a "generation is ending," highlighting the fact that Japan will enter a new era...
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4 Ultraman Titles Expire From Crunchyroll on October 14

― A moderator in Crunchyroll's site news forum announced on Friday that the following Ultraman titles will expire on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. EDT: Ultraman Leo Ultraman 80 Ultraman Max Ultraman Mebius The post clarified that Ultraman X will still be available but did not comment on Crunchyroll's other Ultraman titles — Ultraman Geed, Ultraman Orb, Ultraman Gaia, Ultraman Nexus, Ultraman Ginga, and Ultra...
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Rainbow Days' Minami Mizuno Pens 1-Shot Manga

― This year's November issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine announced on Friday that Minami Mizuno will publish a new one-shot manga in the magazine's next issue on November 13. The 62-page manga will have color pages, and it will take place at a café. Mizuno is also serializing her Koi o Shiranai Boku-tachi wa (We Who Know Nothing of Love; pictured right) manga in the magazine. The manga ...
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Leeds Screening Penguin Highway, Live-Action Inuyashiki (Updated)

Also screenings of Mirai, Violence Voyager ― A previous version of this article said wrongly that Penguin Highway would be shown at 11.30 p.m.; in fact it will be shown at 11.30 a.m. Apologies for the mistake. More details about the Mirai screenings have been added. There will be a screening of the film Penguin Highway as part of the Leeds International Film Festival on November 4 at 11.30 a.m. The s...
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Super Glue Brand's Youth Promo Campaign Adds Baseball Anime Short

For its latest installment in the "Kuttsuke Seishun" (Stick to Youth) campaign, Toagosei's Aron Alpha brand of instant adhesives, sold as Krazy Glue in the U.S., unveiled a baseball anime short at the end of September. The short is titled "Secchaku Nine" (Gluing Nine), and it tells the type of story familiar to many sports anime fans. Full Version 30-Second Version 6-Second Version The premise of ...
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Cyber City Oedo 808 Blu-ray Will Be Released in 2019

Announced on Twitter by Anime Limited ― Anime Limited has Tweeted that it will release a Blu-ray of the three-part OAV Cyber City Oedo 808, directed by Ninja Scroll's Yoshiaki Kawajiri, in 2019. The series is set in 2808. Three convicts are recruited as members of the Cyber Police to keep major criminal activity in Oedo (formerly Tokyo) in check. In return, their life sentences will be reduced by a f...
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Happy Marriage!?'s Maki Enjōji to End Everlasting Love Manga Soon

― This year's November issue of Shogakukan's Petit Comic magazine teased last Saturday that Maki Enjōji's Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko made mo manga has "very little remaining" before the final chapter. Indoensian publisher Elex Media Komputindo licensed the manga under the title Everlasting Love and describes the story: "I want to meet the prince of my destiny... I worked hard with that goal in mind, but...

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Bloom Into You Anime Gets Collaboration Café in November

The official website for the television anime of Nio Nakatani's Bloom Into You (Yagate Kimi ni Naru) yuri manga is partnering with Cure Maid Cafe for a new collaboration café next month. The event will run in the café in Akihabara, Tokyo from November 2-11. The café will feature food, drinks, and desserts inspired by the anime's main characters. Guests will receive special bonus items with their o...
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Ends Theatrical Run With US$5.7 Million, Ranks #10 Among Domestic Anime Films

Film screened in 556 theaters in U.S., Canada ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Friday that the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes anime film earned US$5,768,366 in the United States and Canada during its theatrical run, making it the #10 highest-grossing domestic anime film of all time. The film unseated Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises for the ranking. The Wind Rises earned US$5,209,580 at 496 theat...
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MFKZ Anime Film's Clip Features Luna

Film's 2nd Fathom Events screening scheduled for October 16 ― GKIDS began streaming a second English dub clip for Studio 4°C and Ankama's MFKZ (Mutafukaz) film on Friday. The clip previews the character Luna, voiced by Dascha Polanco. GKIDS previously streamed a clip showing Angelino and Vinz (voiced by Vince Staples) in a car chase with an ice cream truck. (Note: The video contains language that may...
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Berserk, Paprika Composer's Ban on Light Sticks Backfires on Twitter

Light sticks have become ubiquitous at pop music concerts in Japan, but composer Susumu Hirasawa (Berserk, Paprika, Millennium Actress) has apparently had enough. He tweeted on Sunday, "Glow sticks are prohibited at my concerts. If you want to wave something cylindrical over your head no matter what, make it an inkan. An inkan." Inkan are seals commonly used in Japan in lieu of signatures to sign ...
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Basara Manga Artist Yumi Tamura Has Big News on November 28

― The wraparound jacket band for the third compiled volume of Yumi Tamura's Mystery to Iu Nakare (Do not say mystery) manga announced on Wednesday that Tamura will have "big news" in the January issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine on November 28. The magazine will have a feature celebrating Tamura's 35th anniversary as an artist. Mystery to Iu Nakare (pictured right) is currently serializ...
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IRODUKU : The World in Colors Anime Listed With 13 Episodes

― The official website for the IRODUKU : The World in Colors (Iroduku Sekai no Ashita kara. or so many colors in the future what a wonderful world) anime project revealed on Saturday that the series will have three Blu-ray Disc boxes with a total of 13 episodes. Each volume will bundle a deluxe booklet and image song CD. The releases will ship on February 2, March 2, and April 2, respectively. The a...
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Mega Man's Next Big Foe Is Osaka Cybercrime

Before Mega Man heads to the big screen, he'll need to put a stop to all those pesky fraudsters looking to make a quick buck with internet users' credit card information. The Osaka Prefectural Police Department's cybercrime prevention division and Osaka Prefecture's council for preventing credit card crime are distributing new collaboration materials to educate the public about online crime. The c...

A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- Gets New English Dub on Netflix

Bang Zoom! Entertainment provides redub with new cast ― Netflix has posted a new English dub for BONES' original anime series A.I.C.O. -Incarnation-. Malaysia-based company Iyuno Media Group was credited as the original dubbing studio, but Bang Zoom! Entertainment is credited with the redub. The new dub features an entirely new cast. Netflix did not respond to ANN's request for comment and did not pr...
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Pass the Polpo Test, Become an Honorary JoJo Passione Gangster

Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga has appeared as testing material more than once. The plot of Stardust Crusaders was the premise of a geography test for Kokushikan University and the Joestar family also teaches English in an official book series. One test that appears in the manga has no academic knowledge requirements at all, instead it's all about endurance. That's the predicament...

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Anime's Ending Song is Jodeci's 'Freek'n You'

Ending sequence debuts with 2nd episode ― The second episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind (JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken: Ōgon no Kaze or Vento Aureo) anime revealed on Saturday that the series' ending song is "Freek'n You" by R&B group Jodeci. The song debuted in 1995. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind premiered on Saturday, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan. V...
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Yo-kai Watch 4 Switch Game Delayed to Spring 2019

Tokyo Game Show promo, gameplay videos also streamed ― Level 5 announced on Friday that its Yo-kai Watch 4 Nintendo Switch game has been delayed until spring 2019 to further improve the quality of the game. The game was originally slated to launch this winter. The developer also began streaming a Tokyo Game Show promotional video and gameplay video for the game on Friday. The game will "connect" the ...
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Free Mamoru Hosoda Exhibition in London Begins Saturday

More details of exhibition confirmed ― Anime Limited has announced that a free Mamoru Hosoda exhibition will run in London from October 13 to 20. Called "The Works of Mamoru Hosoda," the exhibition will showcase Hosoda's work across The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast and Mirai (pictured), including artwork, storyboards and interactive elements. It will ...
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Beyblade Burst Battle Zero Switch Game's Promo Video Streamed

Game launches in Japan on October 25 ― FuRyu began streaming a promotional video on Friday for the Beyblade Burst Battle Zero game for Nintendo Switch. The game with launch in Japan on October 25. The physical version of the game will cost 6,980 yen (about US$63), and the digital version will cost 6,280 yen (about US$57). Physical copies will bundle an exclusive Beyblade. FuRyu released the Beyblade ...
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Crossover Manga for NisiOisin's Works Ends Next Month

Series showing NisiOisin's characters in school together launched in 2017 ― This year's November issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shonen Magazine announced on Tuesday that Shibamochi's four-panel manga Seishun Kijinden! 240 Gakuen (Legend of Eccentric Youth! 240 Academy) will end in the next issue on November 9. The multi-franchise crossover manga shows characters from writer NisiOisin's works such as th...
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Revue Starlight Smartphone Game Launches for Android, iOS in October

The official website for Shojo Kageki Revue Starlight -Re LIVE-, the smartphone game for Bushiroad and Nelke Planning's Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight franchise, revealed on Friday that the game will launch for Android on October 21 and for iOS on October 28. The website also revealed that the game has surpassed 990,000 pre-registrations. Ateam is developing the game. The game is a role-playing game...
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Nintendo, Cygames' Dragalia Lost RPG App Earns US$16 Million in 1st 2 Weeks

Game earns US$13.5 in Japan, U.S. alone ― Mobile app data analysis organization Sensor Tower reported on Thursday that Nintendo and Cygames' new action RPG smartphone game Dragalia Lost has earned US$16 million in its first two weeks since the game launched on September 27 in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and the United States. The game has earned US$13.5 million in Japan and the United States alo...
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Pokémon GO App Earns US$84.8 Million in September

Game grosses estimated total of US$2.01 billion since launch ― Mobile app data analysis organization Sensor Tower reported on Wednesday that Niantic's Pokémon GO game earned US$84.8 million in September, and ranked #4 in revenue for that month among all apps. September was the game's highest-grossing month since November 2017, and represents an 89% improvement in revenue for the game since September ...
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Lapis・Re・Abyss Game's 2nd Promo Video Highlights Mechanics

Nippon Ichi Software's PS4/Switch game ships in Japan on November 29 ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming the second promotional video on Friday for its Lapis・Re・Abyss action role-playing game. The video highlights the game's mechanics, including its combat, dungeon exploration, and character progression. The game will ship in Japan for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on November 29. NIS Amer...
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Romancing SaGa Re; Universe Smartphone Game's 1st Introduction Video Streamed

Game features story set 3 years after events of Romancing SaGa 3 ― Square Enix began streaming a first introduction video on Friday for its Romancing SaGa Re; Universe smartphone game. In the clip from the beginning of the game, a child asks a bard to play a song and offers the bard candy in exchange. The bard refuses the candy but decides to play a song anyway, one of a battle in a faraway land abou...
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Dies Irae ~Amantes amentes~ Switch Game's Promo Video Streamed

Switch version of Light's visual novel launches on October 18 after delay ― Developer Light began streaming a promotional video on Friday for the Nintendo Switch version of its Dies irae ~Amantes amentes~ visual novel. The game was originally slated to launch in Japan on September 27, but Light delayed the game to October 18. The new version will have new scenario titled "Saoshyant Desantile: Kami Na...
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Catherine: Full Body Game's Video Previews Voice Actress Haruka Tomatsu as Catherine

PS4, PS Vita game game launches on February 14 ― Atlus began streaming a new video for its Catherine: Full Body game on Friday. The video previews Haruka Tomatsu as Catherine. DLC offered with the game's limited edition will allow for players to choose between 11 different voice actresses for Catherine. Previously revealed voice actresses for Catherine include: Miyuki Sawashiro, Mamiko Noto, Ami Kosh...
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Endro~! Anime's 5th Character Video Reveals 2 More Cast Members

Misaki Kuno, Momo Asakura join cast of Studio Gokumi's original anime premiering in January ― The official website for Studio Gokumi's original television anime Endro~! began streaming its fifth character promotional video on Friday. The video introduces two new characters: Misaki Kuno as Mao, a rookie teacher who teaches at the "Adventurer School" that Yūsha and her friends attend. She's mature but ...

1st Promo Video for Trigger, XFlag's Promare Anime Reveals Theatrical Release in 2019

Hiroyuki Sawano composes music for film reuniting director Hiroyuki Imaishi, screenwriter Kazuki Nakashima ― The official website for Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime collaboration project Promare began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Friday. The video reveals that the project is a theatrical film that will open in Japan in 2019. The website also revealed more staff members ...
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The Girl in Twilight Smartphone, PC Browser Game Launches in Japan on October 15

― The official Twitter account for the smartphone/PC (browser) tie-in game for Animax's original television anime The Girl in Twilight (Akanesasu Shōjo) revealed on Friday that the game will launch in Japan on October 15. The game has reached more than 300,000 pre-registrations. The game features an original main character named Nagi (voiced by Maaya Sakamoto). Nagi searches for her sister in the pa...
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This Boy Suffers From Crystallization Anime's English-Dubbed Trailer Streamed

Kuma Holdings releases anime digitally on iTunes, Amazon ― Kuma Holdings announced on Wednesday that it has released Soubi Yamamoto and CoMix Wave Films' This Boy Suffers from Crystallization (Kono Danshi, Sekika ni Nayandemasu) anime digitally on iTunes in both Japanese with English subtitles and an English dubbed version. The company also released the English dub on Amazon. Kuma Holdings is streami...
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Karakuri Circus Manga Gets Stage Play in January

Stage play to run in Tokyo ― Office Endless opened a website on Friday to reveal that Kazuhiro Fujita's Karakuri Circus (Le Cirque de Karakuri) manga is inspiring a stage play that will run in Tokyo at the Shinjuku FACE theater from January 10-20. The website also revealed the main 17 cast members and a visual. The play stars: Taiga Fukazawa as Masaru Saiga Koudai Takikawa as Narumi Kato Momoka Onish...
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Sekirei's Gokurakuin Launches New Rokushō! Manga in November

New manga with Japanese mythology theme launches on November 12 ― The November issue of Square Enix's Shonen Gangan magazine revealed on Friday that Sakurako Gokurakuin will launch a new manga titled Rokushō! in the magazine's next issue on November 12. The magazine hints that the manga will have a Japanese mythology theme. Gokurakuin most recently ended her Sekirei: Kanojo no Inai 365-Hi no Koto (36...
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Darwin's Game Manga Will Have 'Super Important Announcement' on November 12

― The November issue of Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Shonen Champion revealed on Friday that FLIPFLOPs' Darwin's Game manga will have a "super important announcement" in the magazine's next issue on November 12. The manga centers Kaname, a high school boy who is drawn to a mysterious game app titled "Darwin's Game." He becomes involved in a social game where the stakes are life or death. FLIPFLOPs launch...
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Sony Tests New Feature to Enable Changing PSN Online ID

― The official U.S. PlayStation blog announced on Wednesday that Sony Interactive Entertainment will begin testing a new feature for the PlayStation Network service that will allow users to change their online ID in the service. The beta test of the new feature will be available to users who have previously registered as testers for PlayStation 4 beta services. Testers for the feature will be able t...
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Kimi ni Todoke Manga Gets 3rd Spinoff Chapter in March

2nd spinoff chapter debuted on Friday ― The November issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine revealed on Friday that Karuho Shiina's Kimi ni Todoke manga will get a third spinoff chapter in the magazine's April 2019 issue on March 13, 2019. This year's May issue published the first 50-page spinoff chapter on April 13, and the November issue published the second chapter alongside the announceme...
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Gal Metal Game's Videos Reveal N. American, European Release Dates

Game ships in N. America on October 30, in Europe on November 2 ― XSEED Games and Marvelous began streaming a trailer for their release of DMM Games' Gal Metal Nintendo Switch game on Thursday. The videos reveal the game's October 30 release date in North America and November 2 release in Europe. (Note: the two trailers below are the same except for the release date listing at the end.) Marvelous Eur...
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Kyō Kara Ore wa!! Manga Gets New Serialization After 20 Years

Live-action series adaptation of manga premieres on Sunday ― The official Twitter account for the live-action television series of Hiroyuki Nishimori's Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! gag comedy manga revealed on Friday that Nishimori will launch a new "special edition" serialization of the manga in the Shonen Sunday S magazine on November 24. The serialization will be the first new chapter in the manga in 20 yea...
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2nd Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution Film Reveals New Technology

New "Dive System" tech is key to connection between Anemone, Eureka, Dominic ― The official website for the Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution film trilogy revealed on Friday the new concepts and visuals for some of the new technology that will appear in Anemone: Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution (Anemone: Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution), the second film in the trilogy. The site outlines the "Dive System...

Anisong World Matsuri is Coming to Anime NYC!

Anime NYC is going to be exciting as Anisong World Matsuri will be happening on November 16 and 17. Get ready to jam with its great line-up of awesome Japanese artists! ― This year's Anime NYC will be even more exciting because Anisong World Matsuri will be held for two awesome days on November 16 and 17. Get ready to jam with its great line-up as this unforgettable J-Pop music event takes place at ...
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Pop Team Epic TV Special's Returning Staff Listed

― This year's November issue of Animage magazine listed the main staff for the upcoming Pop Team Epic television special on Wednesday. Kamikaze Douga is returning to produce the animation, Jun Aoki is returning as director and writer, and Aoi Umeki is returning as director and concept designer. While Kamikaze Douga was credited with the overall animation production of the earlier television anime se...
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Here's How to Spend 3 Million Yen to Create the Ultimate Rem Ita-Room

Re:Zero's Rem is a fan-favorite character, sometimes overshadowing the series' main heroine Emilia. She's the subject of a VR app and tons of limited edition merchandise spanning a full-size figure to ukiyo-e artwork and one man has made it his destiny to own it all. 26-year-old Twitter user @Onika_Rem0202 in Shizuoka absolutely loves Rem. He outfitted his Mazdaspeed Axela sedan (Mazda3 in the U.S...

Toys R Us Lenders Launch New Venture to Revive Brand

Toys R Us retailer sold, closed U.S. stores earlier this year ― Trade magazine The Toy Book reported on October 2 that Toys R Us holding company Geoffrey LLC will transfer all its assets to existing secured lenders, and that it will launch a new toy wholesale venture named Geoffrey's Toy Box, keeping the Toys R Us brand's "Geoffrey" mascot, as well as the corporate brand names and intellectual proper...
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Detective Conan Creator Will Take Your Black Organization Questions Now

Detective Conan manga creator Gosho Aoyama has slowly revealed more and more information about the nefarious Black Organization, the group thought responsible for Conan's predicament. The manga's 95th volume will begin to unmask the group's mastermind when it's released on October 18. In light of these upcoming revelations, Aoyama has decided to be a good sport and open the floor to his readers to...
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Jake Hunter Series' Daedalus: The Awakening of Golden Jazz Game Previewed in Teaser Trailer

PS4/Switch game debuts on December 13 in Japan ― Arc System Works began streaming a teaser trailer for its Daedalus: The Awakening of Golden Jazz adventure game on Thursday. The video reveals that the game will ship in Japan for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on December 13. The game is part of the Tantei Jingūji Saburō (Jake Hunter) series. It tells a story related to the title character Saburō J...

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Free AI Service Will Help You Find Your Perfect BL Manga Match

Like the customers in Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san, fujoshi are always looking for recommendations for the latest, hottest boys-love manga title. The genre is huge and there are a lot of titles to choose between, so going in blind can be both disappointing and expensive. Once you've worked your way through the popular titles, how does a voracious BL reader decide what to pick up next? The boys-...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 53

"This is a good episode that manages to be calm and understated without losing the power of its developments."
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Karakuri Circus Anime Debuts on Amazon Prime

― Amazon Prime is now streaming the first episode of the television anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's Karakuri Circus (Le Cirque de Karakuri) manga. The service is exclusively streaming the anime in Japan and overseas. In Japan, Amazon debuted the anime's first episode on October 10 at 24:00 (effectively, October 11 at midnight). The anime premiered on television Thursday, October 11 on Tokyo MX at 10:30 p...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, October 1-7

Ace Attorney Season 2 anime debuts ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV October 7 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 11.6 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV October 7 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 8.3 Detective Conan NTV October 6 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 7.5 One Piece Fuji TV October 7 (Sun) 9:30 30 min. 5.0 Ace Attorney Season 2 NTV October 6 (Sat) 17:30 30 min. 4.6 GeGeGe no Kitarō Fuji TV Octobe...
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Mirai Anime Film's English Dub Stars Victoria Grace as Mirai

English dub to premiere at L.A. film festival on October 19 ― Actress Victoria Grace (The Last of Us Part II's Yara) announced on Twitter last week that she is voicing the title character in the English dub of Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai anime film. The English dub will premiere at Los Angeles' Animation is Film Festival on October 19. U.K. anime distributor Anime Limited will debut the film in theaters on...
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Eevee's Invasion Continues Into Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Game

Everywhere turn, there's Eevee. The furry brown Pokemon invaded Pikachu's own invasion of Yokohama this year, took over LAWSON's popular chicken nugget snacks, and inspired new trainer designs all ahead of the release of the Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! Nintendo Switch game. The power of Eevee can't be contained within just one Nintendo game franchise. The monster has to spread the word in the neighb...
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Emma: A Victorian Romance English Dub Casts Wayne Grayson as William's Father

English dub studio hires consultants to ensure authenticity ― Right Stuf's Kickstarter campaign to create an English-dubbed HD production of Emma: A Victorian Romance announced on Thursday that Wayne Grayson (Yu-Gi-Oh!'s Joey Wheeler, ARIA's Akatsuki) is voicing William's father Richard Jones in the dub. The project previously announced that Rhiannon Ross joined the dub staff as an adviser for record...
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HIDIVE Premieres Monochrome Factor Anime on October 17

New episodes to stream on Wednesdays ― HIDIVE announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming the anime Monochrome Factor in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and other territories on October 17. The streaming service will add new episodes on Wednesdays. Section23 Films' Maiden Japan imprint will release the anime on subtitle-only DVD on October 16. Mai...
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Crunchyroll to Also Stream A Certain Magical Index III Anime

Series to be available worldwide outside of Asia ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream A Certain Magical Index III, the third television anime season based on Kazuma Kamachi's A Certain Magical Index light novel series, as it airs in Japan. The stream will be available worldwide outside of Asia with more than eight language options. New episodes will premiere on Fridays at 10:30 a.m...

Funimation to Stream Simuldub for A Certain Magical Index III Anime

Series premiered in Japan last Friday ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will stream a simuldub for A Certain Magical Index III, the third television anime season based on Kazuma Kamachi's A Certain Magical Index light novel series. Funimation noted that the show is its last announcement for the fall simuldub season. The anime premiered in Japan on October 5, and it will have 26...
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Nintendo's New Patent Could Bring Game Boy Emulation to Touch Screen Devices

There's been plenty of popular throwback consoles hitting the market lately, including the NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition. There was speculation that a patent filed last October might mean an official Mini Game Boy is heading our way, but Nintendo has remained mum over the past year. Instead the company filed a patent in the United States on March 16 and the Patent Office published t...
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Sentimental Graffiti Game Launches Crowdfunding for 20th Anniversary Event

Campaign seeks to fund January event in Tokyo ― GungHo Online Entertainment launched a campaign on Japanese crowdfunding platform Campfire on Thursday to fund a 20th anniversary event for NEC Interchannel's Sentimental Graffiti dating simulation game. The campaign has already reached its goal of 10 million yen (about US$89,000), with 17,964,158 raised as of press time. The project is primarily fundin...
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Jaden Smith is Ballin' Like Goku in New Hip-Hop Track

Kanye West might be all about Akira but music artist and actor Jaden Smith's favorite is Dragon Ball's Goku. Just this week, Smith released a new song named after Akira Toriyama's hero. The track includes the line "I'm ballin', I feel like I'm Goku" and the promotional image for the single shows Smith standing in Tokyo's otaku hub Akihabara. If you listen closely, the song also samples a scream ef...
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This Week in Anime - Is Attack on Titan Ramping Up or Just Going Off the Rails?

AoT's third season took plenty of risks with its more low-key military coup arc, but the titular Titans' long-awaited return to the spotlight has unleashed an avalanche of shocking twists! We pick up the pieces of a story that's growing ever more complicated. ― Editor's Note: Jacob has moved on from being a TWIA contributor, but he'll still be with the crew in spirit as the editor/coordinator of thi...

Utena Director Kunihiko Ikuhara's Sarazanmai Anime Unveils 2nd 'Linked' Promo (Updated)

Yuri!!! on Ice's MAPPA, Yurikuma Arashi's Lapin Track animate show ― The official YouTube channel for Kunihiko Ikuhara's original television anime project Sarazanmai began streaming the anime's second "linked promotional video" on Friday. The anime begins with the same clips as last week's video, but adds more footage and a new character at the end. The narration in the video is as follows: 1st Chara...
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Your Name Blu-ray Release Replacement Scheme Begins October 22

Anime Limited contacts customers who had requested replacement discs ― Anime UK News reports that customers who contacted Anime Limited requesting a replacement Blu-ray of Makoto Shinkai's Your Name have received an email swaying new discs will be sent out from October 22. In November 2017, Andrew Partridge of Anime Limited posted comments to the forum of Anime UK News after the forum had reported so...

Anime Studio Production IMS Files for Bankruptcy

Studio behind Date A Live II, Inari Kon Kon, High School Fleet, Takunomi. was founded in 2013 ― Credit research company Tokyo Shoko Research (TSR) reported on Thursday that anime studio Production IMS filed for bankruptcy in a Tokyo district court on September 21, and the studio received approval to start the bankruptcy proceedings on October 3. Tokyo lawyer Yūsuke Date is handling the bankruptcy for...
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Jump Force Game's Trailer Reveals Saint Seiya's Pegasus Seiya, Dragon Shiryū

Crossover game for PS4/Xbox One/PC launches next February ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America revealed on Thursday that the characters Pegasus Seiya and Dragon Shiryū from the Saint Seiya manga will be playable characters in the Jump Force crossover game. The company began streaming a trailer that previews the characters on a new Mexican stage inspired by Mayan culture. A closed beta test is slated ...
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Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club Manga Ends on October 20

Series about high school cyclists launched in 2011 ― MAG Garden's Mag Comi website revealed that Noriyuki Matsumoto's Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Minami Kamakura Kōkō Joshi Jitensha-Bu) manga will end on October 20. Chapter 70 of the manga will debut on the website on that day. The manga's story begins with Hiromi Maiharu, a girl who moved from Nagasaki to Kamakura. She begins her...
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Survive Said The Prophet Performs Banana Fish Anime's 2nd Ending Song

Anime of Akimi Yoshida manga premiered in July with Amazon streaming ― The official website for the television anime of Akimi Yoshida's Banana Fish manga revealed on Thursday that the five-piece band Survive Said The Prophet is performing the second ending theme song "RED" for the anime. The song will debut in the anime's 14th episode on Thursday. The group also performed the anime's first opening th...
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Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata Anime Film's New Clip Features Sora's Song

Film opened at #1 at Japanese box office on October 5 ― Warner Bros. began streaming a new clip on Thursday for the Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata (Beyond the Sky) 3DCG anime film. The clip features actress Alice Hirose as Sora singing a song a cappella. The film opened in Japan on October 5 and topped the box office chart in Japan for the October 5-6 weekend, selling 115,000 tickets to ear...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re Anime's 2nd Season Listed With 12 Episodes

― Amazon Japan is listing that the second season of the television anime based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul:re manga will have four home video releases with 12 total episodes. The season premiere on Tokyo MX on October 9 at 11:00 p.m., and is also airing on the Sun TV, TV Aichi, TV Q Kyuushuu, and BS11 channels. Funimation is streaminf the season on its FunimationNow service. Odahiro Watanabe (Soul B...
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Crunchyroll Streams 'My Sister, My Writer' Anime

1st episode available now to members worldwide outside of Asia ― Crunchyroll began streaming My Sister, My Writer, the television anime of Seiji Ebisu's Ore ga Suki nano wa Imōto dakedo Imōto ja nai (The One I Love Is My Little Sister But She's Not a Little Sister) light novel series, on Wednesday. The company is streaming the series worldwide outside of Asia. The anime premiered on AT-X, Tokyo MX, S...
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Domestic Girlfriend TV Anime Reveals More Cast, January 2019 Premiere

Character visuals, key visual also revealed ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kei Sasuga's Domestic Girlfriend (Domestic na Kanojo) manga revealed on Thursday that the anime will premiere in January 2019 on MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS' "Animeism" programming block. The website also revealed three more cast members and a new key visual. The new cast members include: Taku Yashiro a...
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'As Miss Beelzebub Likes' Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

Crunchyroll streams anime worldwide outside of Asia ― The official website for the television anime of matoba's As Miss Beelzebub Likes (Beelzebub-jō no Okinimesu Mama. or As Miss Beelzebub Likes It) manga is listing that the anime will have six home video releases with 12 total episodes. The home video releases will ship once a month between December and May. The series premiered on Japan's ABC TV s...
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Persona Q2 3DS Game's New Videos Highlight Persona 3's Aigis, Persona 4's Margaret

Crossover game launches on November 29 in Japan ― Atlus began streaming two new character videos on Wednesday and Thursday for its Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game. The videos highlight the Persona 3 character Aigis (voiced by Maaya Sakamoto) and the Persona 4 character Margaret (voiced by Sayaka Ohara. The game will ship on November 29 in Japan. First printings will bundle DLC for ...
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Live-Action Saint Young Men Net Series' Trailer Streamed

Show premieres online on October 18 after special 2-week screening starting on Friday ― The official website for the live-action adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura's Saint Young Men (Saint Oniisan) manga began streaming the show's trailer on Thursday. The show will premiere on Kakao Japan's new Piccoma TV streaming service on October 18. The show will have 10 episodes, including one original episode. A sp...
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Jun Kumagai, Hiroshi Ueda Launch New Satsujin Muzai Manga

New manga centers on young, undefeated, but ostracized female lawyer ― This year's 45th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine published the first chapter of a new manga titled Satsujin Muzai (Murder Innocence) by Jun Kumagai and Hiroshi Ueda on Thursday. Kumagai (Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū, Persona 3, Aquarion Logos anime scripts) is credited for the original work, while Ueda (Full Metal Panic! Si...
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Atelier Online Smartphone Game Launches

― The official Twitter account for NHN Play Art and Gust's Atelier Online ~Bureseiru no Renkinjutsushi~ (Atelier Online: The Alchemist of Blasel) smartphone game revealed on October 3 that the game launched on the same day. The game was slated to launch on October 1, but was delayed in order to have more time for the staff to perform a final check. The game was originally slated to launch in winter ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure SD Character Smartphone Game Launches

― Bandai Namco Entertainment launched its JoJo's Pitter-Patter Pop! smartphone game on Thursday. The game is part of the JoJo SD Project, which features super-deformed artwork of characters from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise. The project will also offer merchandise for the super-deformed characters. A companion teaser app to the game titled "JoJo's Pitter-Patter Pop! Chiramise" (JoJo's Pitt...
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Funimation Offers Time Bokan 24 Anime for Digital Purchase

― Funimation is now offering the first season of the Time Bokan 24 anime for digital purchase on Amazon. The first 23 episodes of the 24-episode show are available with Japanese audio. ANN reached out to Funimation about the missing 24th episode, but Funimation did not respond by press time. Funimation offers several shows — such as Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!!, Sound! Euphonium, and Hitori...
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Anime NYC to Host Illustrators Hiroyuki Asada, Range Murata

New York convention takes place on November 16-18 ― The official Twitter account for the Anime NYC convention announced on Wednesday that manga publisher Denpa will bring manga creators and illustrators Hiroyuki Asada and Range Murata as guests of the convention. Both artists will appear at panels and autograph signings during the event. Asada made his manga debut with the Hades manga in Shueisha's M...
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Azur Lane x Wedding VR Crowdfunding Project Fails to Meet Goal

VR wedding project would have allowed backers to marry 4 characters from Azur Lane game ― M2 and GRASPER's Vigor Ball crowdfunding campaign for their "Azur Lane x Wedding VR" project failed to reach its 18 million yen (about US$160,500) goal on Wednesday, which resulted in the cancellation of the project. In a post on the project page, the companies outlined further reasons for the project's cancella...
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Golden Kamuy 2nd Season Casts Akeno Watanabe as Cikapasi

2nd season premiered on October 8 ― The official website for the second season of the anime adaptation of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga revealed on Tuesday that Akeno Watanabe has joined the anime's cast as the character Cikapasi. The second season premiered on October 8. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs, and Funimation will stream an English dub beginning on October 31. New cast mem...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil Sequel Film Confirms Returning Staff, Cast

― The official website for the anime adaptation of Carlo Zen and Shinobu Shinotsuki's Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) novel series is now listing the staff and cast for the film. The returning cast includes: Aoi Yūki as Tanya Degurechaff Binbin Takaoka as Isaac Dustin Drake Daichi Hayashi as Rhiner Neumann Daiki Hamano as Matheus Johann Weiss Haruka Tomatsu as Mary Sue Houchu Ohtsuka as Hans von...
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Dororo Manga Gets Stage Play With Anime's Lead Actor

Hiroki Suzuki plays Hyakkimaru in both stage play, January 2019 TV anime ― The November issue of Tokuma Shoten's Animage magazine revealed on Wednesday that Osamu Tezuka's Dororo manga will get a stage play adaptation that will star Hiroki Suzuki as protagonist Hyakkimaru. Suzuki is also voicing the same character in the upcoming second television anime adaptation of the manga. Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Mo...
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Love&Art's 'WAVE!!' Project Casts Tomoaki Maeno

New project centered on surfing will have cast announcement on October 20 ― The official Twitter account for Love&Art revealed on Tuesday that Tomoaki Maeno will voice the main character in the company's new project WAVE!!. The Twitter account also revealed that the project will have an announcement event on October 20 that will reveal the project's cast. The new project will have a surfing theme, an...
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Death Mark Game's Video Highlights Story

Aksys Games to release horror game for PS4/Vita/Switch on October 31 ― Aksys Games began streaming a video for Experience's Death Mark (Shiin) game on Wednesday. The video previews the game's story revolving around the inevitable death of those who receive the "Death Mark." (Note: Video contains graphic imagery.) Aksys Games will release the game on October 31 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita,...
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Kengan Ashura Manga Returns With New Arc in 2019

Mange ended on August 9, will receive anime adaptation in 2019 ― The Manga ONE app revealed on Thursday that that Yabako Sandrovich and Daromeon's Kengan Ashura manga will return in winter 2019 with a new arc. The app will reveal more information about the manga's return in the next few days. The manga ended on August 9. In the manga's story, businesses and merchants wager large sums of money to hire...
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Peach Ball Senran Kagura Game's Video Highlights Gameplay

Game ships in Japan for Switch on December 13 ― Marvelous began streaming a promotional video for its Peach Ball Senran Kagura Nintendo Switch pinball game on Thursday. The video shows gameplay footage. The game will ship in Japan for the Nintendo Switch on December 13. The regular edition of the game will cost 4,980 yen (about US$45), and the limited edition will cost 9,960 yen (about US$89). The li...
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Vic Mignogna and Liam O'Brien at London MCM Comic Con

Both voice actors will be at London event from October 26 to 28 ― The London MCM Comic Con has confirmed that its guests at the ExCl centre event from October 26 to 28 will include the following: - Vic Mignogna (right), attending Friday to Sunday - English-dub actor for Edward Elric in "Fullmetal Alchemist"; Tamaki Suou in "Ouran High School Host Club"; Zero in "Vampire Knight"; Death Scythe in "Soul...
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2018 Detective Conan Film Is Franchise's 1st Work to Top Both Blu-ray, DVD Charts

Film has highest-selling, highest-ranking home video releases in franchise ― The deluxe edition Blu-ray Disc release of the Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer (Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin), the 22nd film in the Detective Conan franchise, sold 51,950 copies and topped Oricon's weekly overall Blu-ray Disc rankings for the October 1 to 7 week. The release also topped the animation Blu-ray Disc ran...
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The Morose Mononokean Anime Season 2 Unveils January Debut, New Visual

― The staff for the second television anime season based on Kiri Wazawa's The Morose Mononokean (Fukigen na Mononokean) manga revealed the Fukigen na Mononokean Tsuzuki (The Morose Mononokean Sequel) title, January premiere date and a new visual for the new season on Thursday. Itsuro Kawasaki (Magical Girl Ore, Rental Magica, Shining Hearts, Tsukiuta. THE ANIMATION) is directing the season at Pierro...
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New Live-Action LDK Film Casts Keita Machida as Sōju Kugayama

Machida plays Shūsei's older brother in March 2019 film ― The staff of LDK Hitotsu Yane no Shita, "Suki" ga Futatsu (Two Loves Under One Roof), the new live-action film adaptation of Ayu Watanabe's LDK shōjo manga, revealed on Thursday that Keita Machida (live-action Sukimasuki) will star in the film as the character Sōju Kugayama, Shūsei's older brother. Mone Kamishiraishi (woman in picture above) p...
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Fate/Extella Link Switch Version Listed for January Release

Switch version adds local multiplayer, "Puni Puni" costumes ― Retailers Amazon and HMV & Books are listing a Switch version of Marvelous and Type-Moon's Fate/Extella Link PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game for release in Japan on January 31. The new version lists the game's four-on-four multiplayer game mode (previously exclusive to the PlayStation 4 version), as well as the addition of local mu...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re Call to Exist Game's Teaser Previews Playable Characters

Game ships in winter for PS4 in Japan; for PS4, PC in the West ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a trailer for its Tokyo Ghoul:re Call to Exist game on Tuesday. The video previews the game's playable characters and their abilities. The new third-person survival action game is slated for release for PlayStation 4 in Japan in winter. Bandai Namco Entertainment America will release th...
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Funimation's License for Live-Action Ichi Expires

― Funimation announced on Tuesday that its streaming license for the live-action Ichi film will expire on October 16. The film will no longer be available on the company's streaming service on that date. The film is Fumihiko Sori's live-action re-imagining of the famous blind swordmaster character Zatoichi. In this 2008 retelling of the Japanese classic, Ichi is a female fighter played by Haruka Aya...
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Yamaha Will Release New Record Players After 27 Years

Yamaha is following Sony by reviving its record players. This month, Yamaha will release two new analog record player models for the first time in 27 years. The decision is likely a reflection of the growing vinyl market in America, estimated to be worth 30 billion yen (US$275.5 million). Yamaha will begin selling its TT-S 303 and MusicCast VINYL 500 models for 58,000 yen (US$449.95) and 90,000 ye...
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Death end re;Quest Game's Opening Video Previews Theme Song

Idea Factory International to release PS4 game in early 2019 ― Idea Factory International began streaming the opening video for Compile Heart's Death end re;Quest game on Tuesday. The video previews the game's theme song "Caligula Syndrome" by Gesshoku Kaigi. Idea Factory International will release the game for PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe in early 2019. Idea Factory International descri...
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