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Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War BD/DVD

This zodiac-themed battle royale pits twelve animal-themed warriors against each other for the right to win one all-powerful wish. Theron Martin discovers how this tournament shakes out on Blu-ray. ― This Fall 2017 series is a little different in that it is derived almost entirely from a single light novel, and not a long one at that. To turn such a short work into 12 episodes of animation, the adapt...
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Shelf Life - Hells

Paul takes a look at Madhouse's avant-garde movie about the underworld with a dub produced by Youtubers, plus a brand-new Shelf Obsessed submission and all this week's new anime releases! ― By the time you read this, I'll probably be digging out from a foot or more of snow. I was totally planning on going outside and being productive over the weekend and definitely wasn't looking for an excuse to st...
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Goblin Slayer Novels 5-6

The infamous Slayer's story extends beyond the anime in these two action-packed volumes. How will these new challenges affect these unconventional adventurers? ― While the story arcs covered by the 2018 anime adaptation begin the work of showing how Goblin Slayer's new party helps him recover some of his lost humanity, the events of volumes five and six really kick that job into high gear. What's als...
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The Mike Toole Show - Old School Isekai

As it turns out, "you've been transported to another world!" has been a storytelling device since the dawn of time. Mike takes a fascinating trip through the history of the genre. ― Just a couple of weeks ago, I saw a remarkable animated film about the chronicles of a troubled man with a life full of problems, who's whisked away from the world he knows to a new and different parallel universe—one whe...
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Tia La Cherla GN 1

This fantasy adventure indulges some familiar tropes but strays just far enough from the beaten path to keep things interesting. Rebecca Silverman dives in. ― Cross Infinite World tends to focus more on light novel translations, but the few manga titles they've also licensed are interesting. Tia la Cherla is a straight fantasy (as opposed to the historical fantasy, isekai, and urban fantasy of their ...
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Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits GN 1

A young woman gets spirited away to a world of ayakashi and discovers new passions in this charming romance manga. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits' first volume and its 2018 anime are both adaptations of author Midori Yuma's original light novel, and as such, this book brings something a little different to the table than the anime. That said, even if you ne...
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Jouji Nakata's Seiyu Red and White Contest Announces 1st Performers

Jouji Nakata's inaugural Seiyū Red and White Singing Contest has found its first line-up of performers. Nakata tapped popular voice actors from the 90s anime era as well as current big names in the industry. The first program is set to air on the on-demand SKY PerfecTV! channel on April 14. The Red Team guest list includes the eternally 17-year-old Kikuko Inoue, her daughter Honoka Inoue, Cardcapt...
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Natsuzora Live-Action Series About Early Anime Industry Taps Mr. Osomatsu Composer Yukari Hashimoto

Chihayafuru's Suzu Hirose stars in upcoming rama ― The staff for the Natsuzora live-action series about the early Japanese animation industry announced that Yukari Hashimoto is composing the music for the show. Hashimoto has composed music for many anime, including March comes in like a lion, Yurikuma Arashi, Mr. Osomatsu, and Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun. The show is planned to air from April to Septem...

Virginia Court Convicts Man for Violating Supervised Release Terms With 'Anime Child Pornography'

Man was disallowed from viewing pornography as part of release terms ― A Virginia court upheld a guilty verdict in August against defendant Elmer Emmanuel Eychaner III on several counts, including violating the terms of his supervised release by searching for "anime child pornography." Eychaner was forbidden from viewing any pornographic material as part of the terms of his supervised release from pr...

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Ga-Rei: Zero 10th Anniversary Event Includes Live Concert, Talk Show

Event includes scheduled appearances by voice actors Minoru Shiraishi, Minori Chihara, singers Yozuca*, Faylan, director Ei Aoki, more staff ― The 2008 Ga-Rei: Zero anime got a short revival on television in 2017, a character swimsuit contest, and plans for a 10th anniversary celebration. The announcements culminated in a 10th anniversary event set for February 24. The staff of the anime series will ...

Trigger, XFlag's Promare Anime Film Reveals Main Cast, May Debut, New Trailer (Update)

Kenichi Matsuyama stars in upcoming film from Kill la Kill/Gurren Lagann creators ― The staff for Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare anime unveiled a second promotional video, visual, main cast, and May theatrical debut on Wednesday. The cast includes Kenichi Matsuyama as Galo Thymos, a new member of the Burning Rescue team. He's still in his teens but has more attitude than anyon...
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Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launched for PS4/PC in N. America on Tuesday ― XSEED Games began streaming a launch trailer for the Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal game on Tuesday. The company released the game for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in North America on Tuesday. The North American "At the Seams" limited edition bundles "Busty Besties" keychains, soundtrack CDs, and a DLC set with three uniforms and Yumi as a playable ...
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FamilyMart Joins 7-Eleven, Lawson in Dropping Adult Magazine Sales

A third Japanese convenience store chain announced it will stop stocking shelves with adult magazines. FamilyMart announced on Tuesday that it is joining Lawson and 7-Eleven and will no longer offer adult magazines beginning in August. A company spokesperson said that approximately 2,000 locations had already pulled the magazines from shelves in April 2018 but the trend would continue nationwide. ...
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This Week in Anime - Boogiepop and Others is a Spooky Mind-Bending Thriller

Boogiepop was one of the first hit light novels on the market, but it's never been adapted to anime from the beginning before. Nick and Andy find out if this decades-old supernatural mystery series still pops in 2019. ― Boogiepop and Others was one of the first hit light novels on the market, but it's never been adapted to anime from the beginning before. This week, Nick and Andy find out if this de...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 20-26

Citrus, Land of the Lustrous anime; 10 Dance, DIVE!!, For the Kid I Saw in My Dreams, Hitorijime My Hero, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, Monster Wrestling, Nyankees, Yuri is my Job! manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Citrus BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$64.98 January 22 Hataraki Man BDCite Maiden Japan US$39.98 January 22 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardus...
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Nissin Apologizes for White-Washed Tennis Champ Osaka in Cup Noodle/Prince of Tennis Ads

A spokesperson for Nissin Foods apologized in response to backlash over the company's "Hungry to Win" Cup Noodle ads featuring tennis player Naomi Osaka as a much lighter-skinned version of herself. Osaka, who is half-Haitian and half-Japanese, appears in the ads as an anime character along with fellow tennis player Kei Nishikori. Nissin's ads show a pale version of Osaka with less textured hair. ...
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Yakuza Kiwami Game's PC Version Previewed in Video

PC version launches in Japan on February 19 ― Sega of America began streaming a trailer for the PC version of the Yakuza Kiwami game on Tuesday. The game will launch for PC via Steam on February 19. Sega released Yakuza Kiwami, a full remake of the original Yakuza (Ryū ga Gotoku) game, in Japan for PS3 and PS4 in January 2016. Sega then released the game in English on PS4 in August 2017. Sega release...
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Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War BD/DVD

This zodiac-themed battle royale pits twelve animal-themed warriors against each other for the right to win one all-powerful wish. Theron Martin discovers how this tournament shakes out on Blu-ray. ― This Fall 2017 series is a little different in that it is derived almost entirely from a single light novel, and not a long one at that. To turn such a short work into 12 episodes of animation, the adapt...
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Fujoshi Cast Teihen Dōshi no Maunto Kassen Essay Manga Cancelled After Online Backlash

Online manga publisher Comic Ishin Reala announced in a Twitter post on Monday that the fujoshi-themed essay manga Fujoshi Cast Teihen Dōshi no Maunto Kassen has been cancelled. The manga is currently being removed from various online retailers, a process which may take up to a few days. The publisher apologized for any unpleasant feelings that the manga may have evoked in its readers. 【お詫び】当レーベルよ...
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Another Eden Smartphone Game's English Video Introduces Characters

Game slated to launch in N. America, Europe in early 2019 ― Smartphone game and social networking service company GREE's Wright Flyer Studios began streaming an English character introduction video for its Another Eden: The Cat Beyond Time and Space smartphone game on Tuesday. The video introduces the protagonist Aldo and his friends Cyrus, Riica, Amy, and Feinne. The game is slated for release in No...
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Crunchyroll Expo to Host Horror Manga Artist Junji Ito

Event to also feature "New Crunchy City" experience ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that its Crunchyroll Expo event will host horror manga artist Junji Ito. Ito's Uzumaki and Tomie manga have inspired live-action adaptations, and his GYO manga inspired an OVA. Viz Media has published these three titles, as well as Ito's Fragments of Horror, Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection, and Smashed: Ju...
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1st Made in Abyss Compilation Anime Film Gets U.S. Premiere on March 15

Anime's staff to attend Journey's Dawn premiere event in Los Angeles ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that Made in Abyss: Tabidachi no Yoake, the first Made in Abyss compilation film, will have its U.S. premiere under the title Journey's Dawn at Regal Cinema (L.A. LIVE) in Los Angeles on March 15. The company will host a red-carpet event at the premiere with guests such as director Masayuki Ko...
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Shōmetsu Toshi Anime's Opening Video Previews Mao Abe Song

Series based on smartphone game premieres in April ― The official website for the television anime of Wright Flyer Studios' Shōmetsu Toshi (Annihilated City — Where I End and You Begin) smartphone game revealed on Tuesday that Mao Abe will perform the opening theme song "Kotae" (Answer). The website also began streaming the anime's opening video that features the song. The anime will premiere in Apri...
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Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists Game's Video Previews Theme Song

Game ships in Japan on January 31, in the West in March ― Gust began streaming an "avant-title movie" promotional video for its Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World game on Tuesday. The video features the theme song "Alchemia" performed by Mitsuki Nakae. The game will ship for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch in Japan on January 31 after a delay from Decembe...

Mirai Anime Film Nominated for Animated Feature Oscar

Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse also nominated ― The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards on Tuesday. Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's anime film Mirai received a nomination in the Animated Feature Film category. The other nominees in the category are Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Ralph ...

2nd Made in Abyss Film Casts Inori Minase as Prushka in New Scene

2nd anime compilation opened on Friday with scene linking to upcoming new Made in Abyss work ― The second Made in Abyss compilation film, Made in Abyss: Hōrō Suru Tasogare (Wandering Twilight), opened on Friday and included a brand-new scene featuring the new character Prushka. Inori Minase voiced Prushka in this scene which ties into the upcoming new work Gekijōban Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashii no ...
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Fire Force TV Anime Casts Saeko Kamijō as Maki Oze

Character promo also streamed for military vet on Shinra's team ― The official website for the television anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga announced on Tuesday that Saeko Kamijō will play Maki Oze, her first regular role in a television anime. First Class Fire Soldier Maki Oze is a second generation power user and a military veteran skilled at close combat. She may look ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, January 14-20

Free!-Dive to the Future- sells 1,869, followed by Eromanga Sensei OVA, Show by Rock!! musical, Dempagumi.inc, Yowapeda event ― Live Musical Show by Rock!! -Kyōsō no Bloody Labyrinth- debuted at #12 on the overall DVD chart with 1,544 copies. Dempagumi.inc's Dempa no Kamigami DVD Kami Box Biri Eleven landed at #14 with 1,428 copies. Yowamushi Pedal Special Event ~Le Tour de Yowapeda 2018~ was #16 wit...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, January 14-20

SSSS.GRIDMAN sells 7,890, followed by Eromanga Sensei, Free!-Dive to the Future-, Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I., RELEASE THE SPYCE ― The [email protected] SideM 3rd Live Tour ~Glorious [email protected]!~ Live Blu-ray Side Sendai sold 1,163 more copies for a new total of 19,721 copies. In its second week, it dropped from #3 to #23 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Game Jikkyōsha Wakuwaku Band 8th Concert ~Ore-tach...
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SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays Game's Video Reveals English Asian Release on PS4/Switch/PC

Slated for English release this year in Southeast Asia ― Bandai Namco Entertainment confirmed its announcement of the new SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays game on Tuesday, and also revealed the game's release this year in Japan for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. Bandai Namco Entertainment Southeast Asia will also release the game in English this year on the same platforms in S...
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Live-Action Kakegurui Series' 2nd Season Reveals Theme Songs

BIGMAMA returns for "mummy mummy" theme song, PassCode performs opening song "Ichi ka Bachi ka" ― The February issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine revealed the theme song artists for the second live-action television season based on Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga on Tuesday. The rock band BIGMAMA returns from the first season to provide the new theme ...
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Doubt/Judge Creator Tonogai Launches Dead Company Manga

Manga centers on young man with special experience recruited by game developer ― The official Twitter account for Gentosha's Comic Boost manga website announced on Monday that Yoshiki Tonogai is launching a new manga titled Dead Company in the site. It did not reveal a debut date for the manga. The announcement described the manga as centering on a "death game with a new dimension." The story follows...
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'Saint Seiya Origin' Manga Will Get New Series Set in Poseidon Arc

2-chapter short manga ran on December 19, January 19 ― The March issue of Akita Shoten's Champion RED magazine revealed on Saturday that "Saint Seiya Origin," the second mini-series "season" for Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya Episode Zero manga, will have a new story that takes place in the main manga's "Poseidon Arc." The magazine did not reveal when the new story will debut. The issue also published...
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Live-Action Touken Ranbu Film Opens at #5

2nd Made in Abyss compilation film opens at #1 in mini-theater rankings Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly, the second film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy earned 185,804,480 yen (about US$1.69 million) from Friday to Sunday, ranking at #3 at the Japanese box office in its second week. The film has now earned a cumulative total of 946,841,221 yen (about US$8....
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Joshi Kausei TV Anime About High School Girls Reveals Cast, Staff, April Premiere

Rika Tachibana, Tomomi Mineuchi, Yurika Kubo star in anime by studio Seven ― The official website for the television anime of Ken Wakai's Joshi Kausei manga revealed the anime's cast, staff, and April premiere date on Tuesday. The cast includes: Rika Tachibana as Momoko Futo, a lively, energetic, but airheaded high school girl. Tomomi Mineuchi as Shibumi Shibusawa, a cool, collected, and bespectacled...
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Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki TV Anime About Nagoya Announces More Cast, Character Designer

Spring anime casts Yūki Wakai, Mikako Komatsu with Satsuki Hayasaka as character designer ― The official website for the television anime of Masaki Andō's Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki (Yatogame-chan Observation Diary) four-panel manga revealed additional cast members and staff for the anime on Tuesday. Yūki Wakai and Mikako Komatsu join the cast as Mai Tadakusa (left in picture below) and Yanna Sasat...
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Series Premiere: Dororo—Episodes 1-3

"It's a promising beginning to this highly anticipated adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's classic story."
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Series Finale: Tsurune ‒ Episode 13

"Tsurune didn't tell your usual amped-up sports story. But when it whispers its message through music and visuals alone, it can be poetry."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 869

"I like how these two fighters are now so in tune with their futures that they're finishing each other's sentences, but ultimately this episode is yet another buffer before we get to the real meat of the story."
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The World of Machida-kun Live-Action Film Announces Main Cast

Director overseas audition, casts newcomers Kanata Hosoda, Nagisa Sekimizu ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Yuki Andō's The World of Machida-kun manga announced the cast on Tuesday. Director Yūya Ishii (live-action The Great Passage) personally oversaw a large-scale audition with more than 1,000 participants and picked newcomers Kanata Hosoda (top left in image below) and...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 90

"The Fabrications' numbers continue to thin as Boruto and company keep fighting their way through the endgame."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 40

"This week gives us a level of scariness from Kitaro we haven't really seen since the Ghost Train episode, and you know that can't be a good sign for the human he meets."
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TV Tokyo Posts 800+ Anime Episodes on YouTube

Anime include Inazuma Eleven, Yo-kai Watch, Yamishibai, more ― The official YouTube channel for the Japanese television network TV Tokyo began streaming anime previously aired on television on YouTube for a limited time on Friday. The limited stream will include about 20 works for a total of more than 800 episodes, and the episodes will be available for about one year. The videos are region-locked to...

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10 from Japan, Europe Charged With Overturning Truck in Shibuya on Halloween

While things seemed tame in Ikebukuro last year, Shibuya's annual Halloween party went off the rails. At one point during the revelry, a small truck was overturned by a crowd in the center street in Shibuya. The local police began investigating the incident for group property damage and on January 15 filled charges against 10 males, ranging in age from their teens to 30s. The police identified one...
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 292

"Lucy's not the only Fairy Tail member in dire straits this week."
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Series Premiere: ENDRO!—Episodes 1-2

"Fortunately, ENDRO has shown enough flashes of ambition that I have hopes for the ways it might be able to surprise me, while also enjoying spending more low-stakes time with these characters."
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'Heroland' Trademark Filed Under Furyu in U.S.

― A trademark for "HEROLAND" was filed under FuRyu Corporation in the United States on January 16. FuRyu debuted a role-playing game titled Work x Work for Nintendo Switch in Japan on October 4. A PlayStation 4 version is slated to launch in Japan on February 28. The game takes place in a world with a theme park named "Yusha-sama Land" (Hero-sama Land). FuRyu has not announced plans to localize the ...
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Series Premiere: W'z—Episodes 1-3

"This sequel to Hand Shakers isn't the anime that we wanted or needed, but maybe it's the anime we deserve."
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Discotek to Release Beyblade G Revolution Anime, X-Bomber Puppet Series

New Star Fleet release includes original X-Bomber series ― Discotek Media announced on Monday that it has licensed Beyblade G Revolution and plans to release the anime on standard definition Blu-ray Disc. Discotek also announced that it will release Star Fleet on a standard definition Blu-ray Disc set that also includes the original Japanese Super Space Machine X Bomber (X-Bomber) series. Discotek's...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization ‒ Episode 15

"The second spectacular battle of this Cathedral run goes even more all-out than the fight against Deuselbort last episode, creating quite the spectacle."
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Fuan no Tane Omnibus Manga Returns for New Series

Horror stories by PTSD Radio creator inspired 2013 film ― This year's March issue of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine announced on Saturday that Masaaki Nakayama will launch a new Fuan no Tane omnibus manga series titled Fuan no Tane* (Fuan no Tane Asterisk) in the next issue on February 19. Nakayama launched the Fuan no Tane (Seeds of Anxiety) omnibus manga series in Champion Red, but the series...
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Police Step In Amid Fight Between BanG Dream! Fans in Osaka

Things got heated in Osaka after a fight broke out between BanG Dream! fans at the Animax Musix event on Saturday. What started as a group of fans gathering for photo and hoping to enjoy a performance by Poppin' Party ended with a police intervention. The group posed for a photo but a disagreement escalated into a full-scale argument and shoving between at least four members. Concert-goers capture...
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Series Premiere: Kaguya-sama - Love is War—Episodes 1-2

"As a deliciously dark romantic comedy with an excellent hook, this is a great weekend watch for anyone who appreciates the rougher edges of teenage love."
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Series Premiere: Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka—Episodes 1-2

"Asuka's emotional issues and the consequences of war on the soldiers is a big part of what sets this series apart from other dark magical girl shows."
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Live-Action School-Live! Film's Video Features Behind-the-Scenes Footage, Interviews

Film opens in Japan on January 25 ― The official website for the live-action film of Norimitsu Kaihō and Sadoru Chiba's School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) manga began streaming a project promotional video on Monday. The video includes behind-the-scenes footage, staff interviews, and the film's previously revealed second trailer. Issey Shibata (Real Onigokko) is directing and penning the script for the fil...
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Series Premiere: Domestic Girlfriend—Episodes 1-2

"The script is more compelling than expected, and I'm becoming invested in seeing all of the doubtlessly terrible decisions our three leads will make over the course of the season."
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7-Eleven, Lawson Convenience Stores Will Cut Adult Magazines From Shelves

Change comes in preparation for 2020 Olympics ― 7-Eleven and Lawson convenience stores in Japan will no longer sell adult magazines come this summer. The move was announced on Monday in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in hopes of making the stores more welcoming to women and children and maintain a positive image of the country among visiting foreigners. Women make up approximately 50% o...
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Series Premiere: The Price of Smiles—Episodes 1-3

"This fantasy war series could be the biggest pleasant surprise of the season."
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Dragon Ball 'Project Z' RPG Teases 'Nostalgic and New' World

Teaser image shows Goku, Gohan ― The official Twitter account for Dragon Ball games posted a teaser for the upcoming Dragon Ball "Project Z" action role-playing game on Monday. The tweet says that the "next Dragon Ball game" is set in the "world of 'Z'" and says the game will portray a "nostalgic and all-new Dragon Ball world." The teaser image shows Goku and Gohan. The staff teased that it will reve...
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Shelf Life - Hells

Paul takes a look at Madhouse's avant-garde movie about the underworld with a dub produced by Youtubers, plus a brand-new Shelf Obsessed submission and all this week's new anime releases! ― By the time you read this, I'll probably be digging out from a foot or more of snow. I was totally planning on going outside and being productive over the weekend and definitely wasn't looking for an excuse to st...
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Goblin Slayer Novels 5-6

The infamous Slayer's story extends beyond the anime in these two action-packed volumes. How will these new challenges affect these unconventional adventurers? ― While the story arcs covered by the 2018 anime adaptation begin the work of showing how Goblin Slayer's new party helps him recover some of his lost humanity, the events of volumes five and six really kick that job into high gear. What's als...
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Love App Manga by REC's Q-taro Hanamizawa Returns This Spring

Hanamizawa also teases planned new series ― This year's February issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine announced on Saturday that Q-taro Hanamizawa's Love App manga will return this spring as an online manga. Hanamizawa also announced that they have various other projects in the works, including a planned new series. Love App ended in the same issue of the magazine. Hanamizawa launched the...
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Sword Art Online Author Reki Kawahara Says Female Characters Should Not Be Treated as Trophies

Kawahara remarks that his outlook changed after receiving feedback at overseas events. ― In an interview posted on Dengeki Online on Friday, Sword Art Online author Reki Kawahara sat down with Bloom Into You manga artist Nio Nakatani and voice actor Ai Kayano (who voices Alice in Sword Art Online and Sayaka in Bloom Into You) to discuss their thoughts on each other's work. Kawahara and Nakatani profe...
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Man With a Mission Concerts in London and Manchester in February

Wolf-masked rock band performed "Winding Road" for Golden Kamuy, plus songs for Log Horizon, Inuyashiki Last Hero and others ― Tickets are still available for the Lodon and Manchester appearances this February of Man With A Mission, the wolf-masked rock band which performed the "Winding Road" song for Golden Kamuy, as well as songs for several other anime. Tickets for both concerts are available at m...
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Venues Added for Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Venues added in Swindon, Cork, Aberystwyth, Limerick, Sunderland and elsewhere ― Manga Entertainment has Tweeted that venues have been added for Dragon Ball Super: Broly in Swindon, Cork, Aberystwyth, Limerick, Sunderland and others. The film will be screened in U.K. and Ireland cinemas from Wednesday January 23 in both dubbed and subtitled formats. Cinemas showing the film are listed on the official...
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The Mike Toole Show - Old School Isekai

As it turns out, "you've been transported to another world!" has been a storytelling device since the dawn of time. Mike takes a fascinating trip through the history of the genre. ― Just a couple of weeks ago, I saw a remarkable animated film about the chronicles of a troubled man with a life full of problems, who's whisked away from the world he knows to a new and different parallel universe—one whe...
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Trans Allies Team Up to Raise US$300,000 on Donkey Kong 64 Charity Stream

Guests include U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Donkey Kong 64 voice actor, composer Grant Kirkhope. ― Video games YouTuber Hbomberguy (Harry Brewis) started a marathon charity stream of Donkey Kong 64 on Friday 8:30pm GMT in order to raise funds for Mermaids UK, a support network for transgender and non-binary children in the United Kingdom. The stream has since exceeded its initial goal...
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Robotics;Notes DaSH Game's Video Previews Zwei Song

Game launches for PS4, Switch in Japan on January 31 ― 5pb. began streaming a promotional video on Monday for Robotics;Notes DaSH, the sequel game to MAGES.' Robotics;Notes visual novel. The video features Zwei's opening theme song "Avant Story." The sequel story will center around the former members of the Robot Club after they have graduated from high school. Steins;Gate character Itaru "Daru" Ishi...
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Fate/Extella Link Game Adds Altera Larva on January 31

Game also launches for Switch in Japan on January 31 ― Marvelous announced on Monday that Altera Larva (Attila Larva) will join Marvelous and Type-Moon's Fate/Extella Link game as a DLC playable character on January 31. The company also began streaming an introduction video for the character. XSEED Games, a subsidiary of Marvelous, will release the game in the West for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4...
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Dr. Stone, Age 12, More Win 64th Shogakukan Manga Awards

Suteki na Kareshi, Hibiki: Shōsetsuka ni Naru Hōhō, Kenkō de Bunkateki na Saitei Gendo no Seikatsu also win ― The judging committee of the 64th Shogakukan Manga Awards announced this year's winners on Monday. Each winning title will be honored with a bronze statuette and a prize of 1 million yen (about US$9,000). Best Children's Manga 12-Sai. (Age 12) Nao Maita Serialized in Ciao (Shogakukan) The sto...
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Ring Horror Franchise Teases Developments with Video, Website

― The official Twitter account for the Sadako character from the Ring horror franchise launched a website at the "sadako-movie.jp" URL on Friday. Kadokawa also began streaming a teaser video featuring the phrase "it will surely come." The Twitter account teases that "something" will happen at 4:44 a.m. and 4:44 p.m. JST each day on the website. So far, the website normally has an image of what looks...
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Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage Manga's '1st Part' Ends

Manga launched in 2014, Seven Seas publishes English version ― The March issue of Akita Shoten's Champion RED magazine published the last chapter of the "first part" of Leiji Matsumoto and Kōichi Shimahoshi's Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage (Captain Harlock ~Jigen Kōkai~) manga on Saturday. The issue did not reveal if the manga will have a "second part," but Shimahoshi noted that he would "do his...
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Junji Ito Pens 'Wasuregatami' 1-Shot Manga in February

― This year's third issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Original magazine revealed on Saturday that manga creator Junji Ito will pen a one-shot manga titled "Wasuregatami" (Memento) in the magazine's next issue on February 5. The magazine describes the manga as a "married couple horror story." Ito's Uzumaki and Tomie manga have inspired live-action adaptations, and his GYO manga inspired an OVA. Viz Med...
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The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince Game's Clip Shows Princess Protecting Prince

Game launches in U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand on February 12 ― NIS America began streaming a clip on Sunday for its The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince (Usotsuki Hime to Mōmoku Ōji) game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The clip shows the Princess transforming into the Wolf to protect the Prince, and then transforming back into the Princess to lead the way. NISA will release the game...
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Magia Record Game's Countdown Site Celebrates Homura's Appearance in Game with Videos

― The previously reported countdown website for the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story (Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden) smartphone role-playing game ended on Monday at 5:00 p.m. JST (3:00 a.m. EST), and became a website to commemorate the appearance of Homura Akemi in the game. An event featuring Homura launched in the game on Monday. 【イベント】1月21日17:00より、イベント『始まりと永遠と ~...
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Kenka Banchō Otome 2nd Rumble!! Game's Video Previews Theme Song

KENN, Shouta Aoi perform "SuperHighSchool" song for March 14 PS Vita game ― The official Twitter account for Spike Chunsoft's Kenka Banchō Otome 2nd Rumble!!, the PlayStation Vita game sequel to the Kenka Banchō Otome PS Vita game, began streaming a video for the game on Monday. The video reveals and previews the game's theme song "SuperHighSchool" by KENN and Shouta Aoi as their respective character...
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Compile Heart's Teaser Site Hints at New Moero Chronicle Game

― Compile Heart opened a teaser website for a new project at the "www.compileheart.com/moe-chro/h/" URL on Monday. The site contains a switchable image, the number "3," and a picture of Otton, the mascot character of Compile Heart's Moero Chronicle (Genkai Tokki: Moero Chronicle) game. Compile Heart released Moero Chronicle in Japan for the PlayStation Vita in May 2014. Sony Computer Entertainment p...
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Compile Heart Reveals Title, PS4 Platform for New Date A Live Game

Date A Live Ren Dystopia game slated for summer ― Compile Heart opened a website on Monday for its new game based on Koushi Tachibana's Date A Live light novel series, revealing the title as Date A Live Ren Dystopia. The game is slated for a summer release for the PlayStation 4 in Japan. sweet ARMS will perform the theme song "Kangen Yūwaku Receptor" for the game. The game's story begins on a normal ...
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2019 Crayon Shin-Chan Film Reveals 4 Guest Cast Members

Haruka Kinami, Yoshio Kojima, Ryuchell, Peco join cast of April 19 film ― The official website for the Crayon Shin-chan anime films revealed the guest cast members on Monday for Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Shinkon Ryokō Hurricane ~Ushinawareta Hiroshi~ (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Honeymoon Hurricane, Lost Hiroshi), the series' 27th film. The guest cast includes: Haruka Kinami as Indy Junko, a treasure hun...
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Boogiepop and Others Anime Gets 2-Hour Special for 6th Novel's Story

Special adapts Boogiepop at Dawn novel; VS Imaginator, Boogiepop Overdrive stories also being adapted ― The official website for the television anime of author Kouhei Kadono and illustrator Kouji Ogata's Boogiepop and Others (Boogiepop wa Warawanai) light novel series revealed on Monday that the anime will adapt the Boogiepop at Dawn novel (the sixth novel in the series) in the anime's 10th to 13th e...
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Bandai Namco Ent. Briefly Posts Video Announcing SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays Game

― Bandai Namco Entertainment briefly posted then removed a video on YouTube on Monday that revealed a SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays game. The video featured English, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean subtitles, but did not reveal a platform for the game. The video featured the text, "After Genesis, 4 worlds will cross," and advertised the game as the latest in the "G Generation" games. The video fea...
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Theater Chain Lists Konosuba Film With July 12 Opening

― Japanese cinema chain Aeon Cinema is listing the Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Kurenai Densetsu (KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! Crimson Legend) anime film with a July 12 opening date. The film was previously only announced with a 2019 opening date. Takaomi Kanasaki is returning from the previous two anime seasons to direct the film at J.C. Staff (Studio DEEN animated th...
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12th Manga Taisho Awards Nominate 13 Titles

Golden Gold, Nagi no Oitoma, Delicious in Dungeon nominated again ― The executive committee for the 12th Manga Taisho awards listed this year's 13 nominated works on Monday. (The official English name of the awards is the "Cartoon Grand Prize.") Manga Taisho 2019 Nominees 1122Peko Watanabe Ikoku Nikki (Foreign Country Diary)Tomoko Yamashita Astra Lost in Space (Kanata no Astra)Kenta Shinohara Kengōji...
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In Hand Medical Manga Gets Live-Action TV Show

Medical suspense manga about genius doctor launched regular serialization last October ― Kodansha announced on Monday that Ao Akato's In Hand manga will receive a live-action television adaptation starring Tomohisa Yamashita (seen below) as protagonist Dr. Himokura. Shunichi Hirano is one of the directors for the series, and Yasuhiro Yoshida is one of the scriptwriters. The series will premiere on TB...
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Live-Action Kakegurui Series' 2nd Season Reveals Visual, March Premiere

Live-action series also has film slated for May ― The official website for the live-action adaptations of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga revealed a new visual and the premiere date for the show's second season on Monday. The series will premiere on MBS on March 31 at 12:50 a.m. (effectively April 1), and will also premiere on TBS on April 2 at 1:28 a.m. (effec...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 15

"The theming of this arc is pretty solid, but I'm still not quite as swept up in the rollercoaster as I'd like to be."

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Win a Signed Heaven's Feel Pizza Tray in Fate/Pizza Hut Collaboration

When you really think about it, Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel is a perfect match for Pizza Hut. The purple logo of the former contrasts with the red logo of the latter. They are so different, and yet so very close. Just like Sakura and Shirou. Because they are a match made in heaven, the film and the pizza chain are starting up a collaboration campaign from January 21 to 28. If you order somethin...
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A Certain Magical Index III ‒ Episode 15

"There's still a lot of story happening, with a large amount of information crammed into one episode."
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Series Premiere: Boogiepop and Others—Episodes 1-4

"It's mind-boggling how many different characters and sub-storylines Boogiepop and Others packs into just these first few episodes."
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Voice Actor Yuuki Kaji Says Metamorphose no Engawa Manga is About the Meaning of Life

Voice actor Yuuki Kaji shared his thoughts on Kaori Tsurutani's Metamorphose no Engawa manga, which topped the list of manga for female readers in the 2019 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook. Kaji had previously performed the voice-over narration for a promotional video about the manga. The story of Metamorphose no Engawa is about a 75-year-old woman and a 15-year-old girl w...
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New Fate/Grand Order Stage Play Reveals 2nd Main Visual

― The official website for the Fate/Grand Order stage plays revealed a second main visual on January 11 for the ongoing 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) stage play. The play stars Shōichirō Oomi and Mioka Sakamoto (double-cast) as protagonist Ritsuka Fujimaru. The play ran ...
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Tia La Cherla GN 1

This fantasy adventure indulges some familiar tropes but strays just far enough from the beaten path to keep things interesting. Rebecca Silverman dives in. ― Cross Infinite World tends to focus more on light novel translations, but the few manga titles they've also licensed are interesting. Tia la Cherla is a straight fantasy (as opposed to the historical fantasy, isekai, and urban fantasy of their ...
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Radiant ‒ Episode 16

"After sixteen episodes, Radiant still hadn't done anything to truly set itself apart from other entries in the genre."
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Fate/Zero Director Ei Aoki Discusses His Involvement in The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II Anime

In the February 2019 issue of Newtype, an interview with Fate/Zero director Ei Aoki and Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace note director Makoto Katō discussed their work on the The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II anime. The series is an anime adaptation of Makoto Sanda's Lord El-Melloi II-sei no Jikenbo (The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II) mystery novel spinoff series for Type-Mo...

Dragon Ball Super: Broly Film Ranks #4 at U.S. Weekend Box Office With US$9.8 Million (Update)

Already #3 all-time anime in U.S. with US$21 million, behind 1999 & 2000 Pokemon films ― The Box Office Mojo website reported on Monday that the Dragon Ball Super: Broly anime film earned an estimated US$9,794,742 in 1,236 theaters in the United States and Canada from Friday to Sunday. The film ranked #4 in the U.S. box office for the weekend according to estimates published on Monday. It ranked belo...
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Naoyuki Kageyama's Ace Attorney Manga Covering 'Northward, Turnabout Express' Arc Ends

Artist launched manga in September ― The March issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine published the final chapter on Monday for Naoyuki Kageyama's Gyakuten Saiban ~Sono "Shinjitsu," Igiari!~ Gyakuten Tokkyū, Kita e manga based on the Ace Attorney anime and Capcom's game series. The manga covers the same "Northward, Turnabout Express" arc that episodes 10-12 of Ace Attorney Season 2 covered. Kageyama lau...
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game's 8th DLC Character is Obito Uchiha

Game to have 9 total DLC character packs ― This year's eighth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the eighth DLC character for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game will be Obito Uchiha. Similar to other DLC character packs, the character will be playable, and the pack will also include Ninjutsu techniques available for players' avatar...

Jump Force Game Adds Naruto Characters Gaara, Kakashi, Kaguya

Game launches for PS4, Xbox One, PC on February 15 ― The March issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the Naruto franchise characters Kakashi Hatake, Gaara, and Kaguya Ōtsutsuki will join Bandai Namco Entertainment's Jump Force crossover game as playable characters. Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new gameplay video on Saturday for the game that previews a fi...
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Ushijima the Loan Shark Manga Ends in 5 Chapters

Manga launched in 2004, inspired 4 live-action films ― This year's eighth issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Shohei Manabe's Ushijima the Loan Shark (Yamikin Ushijima-kun) manga will end in five chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end on February 25. Manabe previously stated earlier this month that he will end the manga this year. The manga en...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow Film's Highlight Video Streamed

Film surpasses 400 million yen at box office ― The official YouTube channel for the Love Live! anime franchise began streaming a highlight video on Thursday for the Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow film. The channel also began streaming two insert song preview videos and three new commercials for the film this week. The film opened in Japan on January 4 and it is an all-ne...
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HIDIVE to Add Land of the Lustrous Anime's English, Spanish Dubs Starting on January 23

Sentai Filmworks to release series on home video on January 22 ― Streaming service HIDIVe announced on Friday that it will add both the English and Spanish dubs of the Land of the Lustrous anime starting on January 23, with new episodes added on Wednesdays. The English dub will be available to viewers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa....

Dropkick on my Devil Comedy TV Anime Gets 2nd Season

BD/DVD box sets sell 2,001 copies ― "The Final ~Sugoi Sabato 2019" event announced on Sunday that production on a second television anime season of Yukiwo's Dropkick on My Devil! (Jashin-chan Dropkick!!) manga has been green-lit. The anime's Blu-ray Disc and DVD box sets have sold over 2,000 copies combined to guarantee the second season. The first box sold 1,043 copies, while the second box sold 958...
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Game's Site Launches Countdown

― The website for the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story (Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden) smartphone role-playing game launched a countdown page on Friday that will end on Monday at 5:00 p.m. JST (3:00 a.m. EST). The game is inspiring a television anime adaptation that will premiere this year. The game's story, a spinoff of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime, takes p...
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Female Idol Unit SPR5 Perform Ending Theme for Shōmetsu Toshi Anime

Series based on smartphone game premieres in April ― The official website for the television anime of Wright Flyer Studios' Shōmetsu Toshi (Annihilated City — Where I End and You Begin) smartphone game revealed on Saturday that the five-member all-female idol unit SPR5 will perform the show's ending theme song "With Your Breath." The anime will premiere in April on Tokyo MX and other channels. The an...
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Bean Bandit Episode 0 Anime Project Reveals Cast, More Staff

Crowdfunding campaign launches in Japan to fund opening, ending sequences ― Kenichi Sonoda launched a Campfire crowdfunding campaign in Japan on Sunday for his Bean Bandit episode 0 project. The campaign aims to fund opening and ending animation sequences for the project. The campaign's goal is 5 million yen (about US$45,548), and as of press time the campaign has raised 144,444 yen (about US$1,316)....
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Seishun Buta Yarō Anime Film's Web Promo Video Streamed

TV anime's cast, staff return for film opening in early summer ― The official Twitter account for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Yume-Miru Shōjo no Yume wo Minai (The Young Pig-Rascal Isn't Dreaming of a Dreaming Girl), the anime film based on Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō light novel series, began streaming a web promotional video on Saturday. 【Web特別PV映像公開!】水瀬いのりさん演じる牧之原翔子によるナレーションで #青ブタ TVシリーズを振り返る特別映...
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Series Premiere: The Quintessential Quintuplets—Episodes 1-2

"While I don't expect this series to rewrite the rules of the genre any time soon, I've had a surprising amount of fun with it so far."
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Fate/Grand Order Anime Producers Say Anime Will Be Accessible to Non-Players

Nasu will supervise the script and storyboards. ― Last year, it was announced that the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game will be getting a TV anime and a two-part film project. The Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia television anime will adapt the "Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia" (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) story, whi...
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Series Premiere: Girly Air Force—Episodes 1-2

"I hope the show works better at following up on the interesting parts of its premise and backs off on the blandness evident in its second episode."
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Karakuri Circus ‒ Episode 14

"I can't say that this was an ideal end to the Midnight Circus arc for anyone involved, but at least it's an ending of some sort."

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Series Premiere: The Rising of The Shield Hero—Episodes 1-2

"For now, the series looks like it's gotten over its initial problematic hump and should hopefully slide into a more agreeable story flow."
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Series Premiere: The Promised Neverland—Episodes 1-2

"Already one of the must-watch series of the new year."
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Daimaru Shinsaibashi Department Store Holds Exhibit for 'Nostalgic' Anime

Do you have fond memories of classic anime from the cel era? Your interests will be well served this month. The Daimaru Shinsaibashi department store in Osaka will hold an exhibit from January 23 to 29 called "Nostalgic Anime: Cels and Prints." The exhibit will focus on classics such as Kiki's Delivery Service, Sazae-san, and Lupin III. It will show off hand-drawn cels ad prints. Manuscript drafts...
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Organizers Say Comiket is No Place for Hate Speech After Anti-Korean, Chinese Stickers Were Discovered at Doujin Booth

In their after report for Comic Market (Comiket) 95 posted on Monday, Comiket organizers said that the event is "no place for hate speech" after it came to their attention that a particular doujin circle had posted stickers at their booth with the message "No Chinese or Koreans allowed." The existence of the stickers was first reported by several Twitter users on December 31, although no photos we...
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Yuri's Voice Actor Sings Duet of Yuri on ICE!!! Theme Song with Singer Dean Fujioka

Earlier this month, Yuri!!! on Ice theme song singer Dean Fujioka finally released a music video for "History Maker" for his latest album just over two years after the release of Yuri!!! of Ice. However, Fujioka is not the only one eager to relive the good memories of the smash hit figure skating anime series. On Thursday, it was revealed that a bonus CD featuring a duet version of "History of Mak...
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Series Premiere: My Roommate is a Cat ‒ Episodes 1-2

There are a lot of variations on "healing" anime, but I'm beginning to really like these soft domestic ones that involve two lonely creatures coming together to help each other.
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Ototachibana's Shōnen Maid Manga Listed With Side Story Volume

Side story slated for March 1 focuses on Uchōten Boys characters ― Amazon is listing a new side story volume for Ototachibana's Shōnen Maid manga titled "Shōnen Maid Gaiden: Uchōten Boys." The volume is listed with a March 1 release. The new volume's description noted that the side story will focus on the Uchōten Boys, a male idol group consisting of Ryūji, Hayato, and Ibuki. The story will show thei...
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Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits GN 1

A young woman gets spirited away to a world of ayakashi and discovers new passions in this charming romance manga. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits' first volume and its 2018 anime are both adaptations of author Midori Yuma's original light novel, and as such, this book brings something a little different to the table than the anime. That said, even if you ne...
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Escape Zenigata, Stop Kaito Kid in Universal Studios Japan's New Ad

Universal Studios Japan streamed an ad for its new Detective Conan and Lupin III attractions that opened on January 18. In the ad, a theme park visitor goes on a high-speed chase with the Lupin crew, attempts to crack the code to escape with Detective Conan, and thwart Kaitō Kid from making off with the "Blue Sapphire." The "Detective Conan World" will involve three attractions: an escape room gam...
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Snow White with the Red Hair Collected Blu-ray Set Available

Contains both TV seasons ― Anime Limited has announced that a collected Blu-ray edition of the two TV seasons of Snow White with the Red Hair is now exclusively available through its website, and can be ordered through the above link. The set will include: - The two TV series (24 episodes in total) on four Blu-ray discs; all of the episodes are available in English and Japanese. - On-disc extras incl...
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JIN, Mahiro Satou's Kagerou Daze Manga Ends on February 15

Manga based on JIN's novel, Vocaloid song series launched in 2012 ― The official website for Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine revealed on Tuesday that JIN and Mahiro Satou's Kagerou Daze manga will end in the magazine's next issue on February 15. The manga's final chapter will have a color opening page and the manga will feature on the issue's front cover. The 12th volume of the manga previousl...
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Dragon Ball Super: Broly Screening in U.K. and Ireland from Wednesday

Film is being screened in both dubbed and subtitled formats ― The Dragon Ball Super: Broly film will be screened in U.K. and Ireland cinemas from Wednesday January 23 in both dubbed and subtitled formats. Cinemas that are showing the film are listed on the official website, with booking links. The film opened in Japan on December 14. Original manga creator Akira Toriyama provided a comment for the fi...
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Sony Mascot Character Gonjiro Gets TV Anime this Spring

Franchise also has manga, smartphone game ― Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Saturday that the "Gonjiro" mascot character is getting a television anime adaptation titled Kedama no Gonjiro that will premiere this spring. The magazine's YouTube channel is streaming a scene from the upcoming anime, but the video is region locked and can only be viewed in Japan. IMG gonjiro-01.png IMG g...
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Duel Masters! Anime Gets New Series in April

New series to again feature Joe as protagonist ― The official YouTube channel for Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Saturday that the Duel Masters anime franchise is getting a new series titled Duel Masters!! (with two exclamation points) that will premiere in April. The site is also streaming a video for the new anime, but the video is region-locked and can only be viewed in Japan. ...
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Yo-Kai Watch 4 Game's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Switch game launches this spring ― Level 5 began streaming a second promotional video on Saturday for its Yo-kai Watch 4 Nintendo Switch game. The game was originally slated to launch in winter 2018, but Level 5 delayed the game to this spring to further improve its quality. The game will "connect" the three "worlds" of original franchise protagonist Keita, Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu ...
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Circus Reveals Cast, Video, Spring Release for Da Capo 4 Visual Novel

Nao Tōyama, Ayasa Itō, Emiri Kato star in visual novel ― Adult visual novel developer Circus revealed cast details and a visual on Friday for its Da Capo 4 (D.C. 4) visual novel. The company is also streaming a video for the visual novel. The visual novel will star: Nao Tōyama as Arisu Sagisawa Ayasa Itō as Nino Tokisaka Emiri Kato as Sorane Ōmi Kana Asumi as Hiyori Shirakawa Inori Minase as Shiina H...
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Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia Anime Reveals Character Visual for Mash, Fou

― The official website for Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia, the television anime adaptation of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia" (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) story, revealed another character visual on Saturday. Rie Takahashi as Mashu Kyrielight and Ayako Kawasumi as Fou The t...
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Switch Releases of Guilty Gear, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R Games Previewed in Video

PQube to release bundle of both games this spring ― Game distributor PQube announced on Friday that it will release the previously announced Nintendo Switch versions of the original Guilty Gear game and the Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R game in a "Guilty Gear 20th Anniversary Edition" bundle this spring. PQube will also release both games digitally separately for Switch, and will also release the...
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Lapis x Labyrinth Game's English Video Reveals May Release

Action RPG launched for PS4, Switch in Japan on November 29 ― NIS America began streaming a video on Saturday for its release of Nippon Ichi Software's Lapis x Labyrinth (Lapis・Re・Abyss) action role-playing game. The video reveals that NIS America will release the game for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in North America on May 28, in Europe on May 31, and in Australia and New Zealand on June 7...
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Daisuke Hasegawa Performs New Opening Theme Song for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Anime

Hasegawa previously performed 4th opening for Diamond is Unbreakable ― The official website for the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure anime franchise announced on Friday that Daisuke Hasegawa will perform the new opening theme song "Uragirimono no Requiem" (Requiem for a Traitor) for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind (JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken: Ōgon no Kaze or Vento Aureo) anime. Yuugo Kanno composed the...
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Psycho-Pass Franchise Gets Stage Play With Anime's Staff

Play with original story, characters runs in Tokyo, Osaka in April-May ― Production I.G announced on Saturday that its Psycho-Pass franchise is inspiring a stage play. The play will run in Tokyo from April 18-30, and then in Osaka from May 4-6. The play will feature a completely original spinoff story and will feature original characters. Hiroki Suzuki (pictured below) will star in the play. Psycho-P...
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Live-Action Video Girl Ai Series Gets Sequel in April

Nogizaka 46 member Mizuki Yamashita plays Video Girl Mai ― TV Tokyo announced on Saturday that Den'ei Shōjo ~Video Girl Ai 2018~, the new live-action television series based on Masakazu Katsura's Video Girl Ai (Den'ei Shōjo) manga, is getting a sequel series titled Den'ei Shōjo ~Video Girl Mai 2019~ that will premiere in April. A television special titled Den'ei Shōjo ~Video Girl Ai 2018~ Tokubetsu-h...
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Jump Force Game Adds Boruto to Lineup

Fighting game also streams guide videos for open beta demo ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Saturday that Boruto: Naruto Next Generations' titular character Boruto is joining the lineup for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Jump Force crossover game. Bandai Namco Entertainment also began streaming four guide videos for the open beta demo of the game on Wednesday and Thursday. The first video focu...
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Shogakukan, Sony Reveal B Rappers Street Children's Manga, Anime Project

Subaru Kimura stars in April comedy anime with themes of rap, hip-hop ― Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics children's manga magazine revealed on Saturday that it will launch a manga and television anime project titled B Rappers Street. The manga will launch in the April issue of Coro Coro Comics on March 15, and the anime will premiere in April. (Note: The below video is region-locked and can only be view...

Man Arrested for Selling Modified Love Live! Character Figure

Police confiscated 1,000 female character figures from suspect's home ― Police in Inashiki, Ibaraki arrested a 39-year-old male suspect on Thursday under suspicion of modifying and selling Love Live! character figures without permission. The man is a resident of Yachiyo, Chiba and self-described as a member of the sales industry. The suspect reportedly admitted to the charges and said the figure sale...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, January 7-13

2nd half of Detective Conan special airs Whisper of the Heart aired on NTV on Friday, January 11 at 9:00 p.m. and earned an 11.4% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV January 13 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 12.3 2-Shū 1-Jikan Special Renzoku Meitantei Conan Kurenai no Shūgaku Ryokō Koibeni-hen NTV January 12 (Sat) 17:30 60 min. 9.2 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV Janua...
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Anime Central 2019 to Host Aya Suzaki

Voice actress to make 1st N. American convention appearance ― Illinois anime convention Anime Central announced on Friday that voice actress Aya Suzaki will attend this year's event for her first North American convention appearance. Suzaki's many anime roles include Kill la Kill's Mako, The [email protected] Cinderella Girls' Minami, Tamako Market's Tamako, Assassination Classroom's Kayano, and Release the...
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New 3x3 Eyes Manga Moves to Monthly Young Magazine

Manga launched online in 2016 ― The February issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine announced on Friday that Yuzo Takada's 3x3 Eyes: Kiseki no Yami no Keiyakusha manga will move from the E-Young Magazine website to Monthly Young Magazine beginning with the next issue on February 20. Takada launched the manga on E-Young Magazine in December 2016. Kodansha published the third compiled volume in Jul...

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Watch Today's Menu for Emiya Family Supervisor Make the Anime's Menu

Shirou Emiya might be caught up in high-stakes magic war for the grail, but a high school guy still has to eat. In the net anime Today's Menu for Emiya Family, the focus is pulled away from magic battles to focus on the warmth of good food. Each episode focuses on a different dish made from seasonal ingredients and interactions between Emiya and other key members of the Fate franchise's cast. The ...
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Pokémon's Ken Sugimori Revisits Pulseman in Illustration Video

Before Ken Sugimori and the Game Freak crew created the mega-popular Pokémon franchise, the team released the action platformer Pulseman for the Sega Genesis console. The game hit shelves in Japan in 1994 and would later be released in North America via the Sega Channel, an early version of what gamers now think of as an online console store. Since his first appearance on game consoles, Pulseman h...
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Hakusensha Offers Manga Park App With Berserk, More in Africa

App launches in Kenya, Nigeria with 7 manga series ― The official website for Hakusensha's Manga Park website and app revealed on Friday that the Manga Park W app has launched in Africa. The app is currently available in Kenya and Nigeria, but there are plans to release it in more countries in Africa. The app currently features Kentarou Miura's Berserk, Hisaya Nakajo's Hana-Kimi, Hiro Fujiwara's Maid...
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Akira Toriyama, Naoki Urasawa Nominated for Eisner Hall of Fame

2 manga artists included among 16 nominees ― Comic-Con International announced on Friday that the Eisner Awards judges have nominated manga creators Akira Toriyama and Naoki Urasawa for the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame this year. They are part of a selection of 16 nominees, four of whom will be selected by vote to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Creative professionals working in the comic...
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Tenjho Tenge, Ai Tenchi Muyo! Voice Actress Haruhi Nanao Gets Married

Voice actress Haruhi Nanao announced on Twitter and her official website on Thursday that she married her now husband in December. Nanao didn't offer any further information about her husband but shared a picture of their left lands together with matching rings. Nanao made her debut under the name Haruhi Terada and voiced roles in Tenjho Tenge, Ah My Buddha, Naruto Shippūden, and Fate/kaleid liner...
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Live-Action The Fable Film's Special Trailer Streamed

Manga-based film starring Junichi Okada opens on June 21 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Katsuhisa Minami's The Fable manga began streaming a special trailer on Friday. The video includes behind-the-scenes footage and an interview with Junichi Okada, who plays the title character. The film will open in Japan on June 21. Kan Eguchi is directing the film and Yūsuke Watanab...
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My Roommate is a Cat Star Kensho Ono Tries Hanging Out With Real Felines

In the anime series My Roommate is a Cat, character Subaru Mikazuki is an introverted writer who cares little about anything or anyone outside his stories. His everyday routine changes when he takes in a cat and despite his initial misgivings, his heart begins to stir through his interactions with his new 'roommate.' The anime's lead voice actor Kensho Ono is not nearly as skeptical of furry frien...

Kemonomichi Manga by Konosuba's Akatsuki Gets Anime

Animal-loving wrestler is sent to another world in manga illustrated by Baka & Test's Mattaku, Yumeuta ― The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Shonen Ace magazine announced on Friday that Natsume Akatsuki's Kemonomichi manga will get an anime this year. The announcement did not specify the format of the anime. The manga follows masked wrestler Genzō Shibata, who likes all kinds of animals and c...
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Studio Shaft's Ikebukuro Tourism Anime Premieres Online

The city of Toshima began streaming the full-length version of its promotional anime short for the Ikebukuro district on Thursday. The fantastical 4-minute short was animated by studio Shaft, the same studio behind the Monogatari anime series, Nisekoi, and Madoka Magica, and directed by key animator Yukio Takatsu. The anime's story takes place in the year 2020, near the Hareza Tower building plaza...
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Former Bandai Employees Arrested for Fraud Related to Odaiba's Life-Size Gundam Statue

2 men accused of overcharging Bandai for construction, event ― Tokyo Police announced on Friday that they have arrested two former Bandai employees — Takashi Udatsu (44) and Takao Kurokawa (66) — for fraud related to the life-size Gundam statue in Tokyo's Odaiba district. The two men have been accused of asking a contractor to overcharge Bandai by 10 million yen (about US$91,000) in 2013 for building...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Last Hope?

Shoji Kawamori's latest fantasy mech adventure has finally come to an end on Netflix, leaving lots of crazy questions in its wake. Nick and Micchy share what they loved about the show and what left them scratching their heads. ― Shoji Kawamori's Last Hope has finally come to an end on Netflix, leaving lots of crazy questions in its wake. This week, Nick and Micchy share what they loved about the sho...
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Series Premiere: Kemurikusa—Episodes 1-2

The Kemono Friends staff using the skills and prestige they garnered to resurrect an old passion project seems like the best way to move on, and so far this has been a pleasant and intriguing follow-up.
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Devil May Cry: The Live Hacker Reveals Cast Members in Costume

Play based on Capcom's franchise to run in March ― The official website for Devil May Cry: The Live Hacker, a stage play based on Capcom's Devil May Cry video game series, unveiled visuals for four of its characters on Friday. Ryōma Baba as Dante KwangSoo (SUPERNOVA) as Gideon Tomoya Warabino as Noah Ami Maeshima as Elise Other cast members include: Yūki Nakayama as Henry Tomoya Yamaguchi as Owen Tak...
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Yuuki Kaji Guest Stars in Precure Miracle Universe Anime Film

Kaji plays Yango, advisor to president of planet that makes Miracle Lights ― The official website for Eiga Precure Miracle Universe, the newest movie in the Precure franchise, revealed on Friday that Yuuki Kaji (Attack on Titan's Eren, The Seven Deadly Sins' Meliodas) will guest star as the new character Yango. The role will be Kaji's first in the franchise. Yuuki Kaji as Yango, close advisor of the ...
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Lupin III Gets New Film in Winter 2019

Previously revealed 26th TV special debuts on January 25 ― The official Twitter account for NTV's Kinyō Road Show! (Friday Road Show!) timeslot revealed on Friday that a new Lupin III film will open in winter 2019. The timeslot aired the 2016 Lupin III Italian Game anime special on Friday. Lupin III: Goodbye Partner, the 26th Lupin III anime special, will premiere on Kinyō Road Show! on January 25 fr...
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New Fruits Basket Anime Reveals 3 More Character Designs (Updated)

Rie Kugimiya, Megumi Han, Makoto Furukawa join cast for series premiering in April ― The official website for the new television anime adaptation for Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga revealed three more character designs for the series on Friday. The website and Funimation also revealed the cast for the characters on Friday. Rie Kugimiya (Toradora's Taiga, Shakugan no Shana's Shana) as Kagura Sōm...
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Takane & Hana Manga Gets Live-Action Show

Mahiro Takasugi, Aisa Takeuchi star in drama premiering on March 18 ― This year's fourth issue of Hakuensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed on Saturday that Yuki Shiwasu's Takane & Hana manga will get a live-action series. The show will air on Fuji TV on-demand starting on March 18. Mahiro Takasugi will play Takane Saibara, and Aisa Takeuchi will play Hana Nonomura. This year's third issue of Hana t...
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The Caligula Effect: Overdose Game's English Clip Shows Club Election

Game launches for Switch, PS4, PC in West in March ― NIS America began streaming a clip from the The Caligula Effect: Overdose game on Wednesday. The clip shows the members of the Go-Home Club voting for their new president. The game will launch for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in North America on March 12, and in Europe on March 15. NIS America describes the game: Mobius. An idyl...
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Death Note The Musical Holds Open Auditions for Light in New 2020 Run

New run will debut in Tokyo, with overseas performances planned ― HoriPro announced on Tuesday that Frank Wildhorn's Death Note the Musical will get a rerun in January 2020 with an all-new cast. The run will begin at the Toshima Ward Performing Arts Exchange Theater (Owl Spot), and will travel throughout Japan, as well as overseas. The production is now taking audition applications for the role of ma...
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3 Administrators for 'Haruka Yume no Ato' Manga Linking Site Found Guilty

3 suspects serve different sentences ranging from 2-3.5 years in length ― The Osaka District Court handed down a guilty verdict to three site administrators of the "Haruka Yume no Ato" "leech site" accused of copyright infringement on Thursday. The three men received three different prison sentence lengths: three years and six months, three years, and two years and four months, all without suspended ...
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Newspaper: Former NGT48 Manager Transferred to AKS Tokyo Home Office

Former manager Etsurō Imamura replaced after December incident involving member Maho Yamaguchi ― The Nikkan Sports newspaper reported on Friday that former NGT48 theater manager Etsurō Imamura has been appointed as board member in the AKS main office in Tokyo. This appointment follows the alleged assault of Team G vice captain Maho Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi's comments on the incident, and the replacement ...
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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launches on PS4/Xbox One on Friday, on PC via Steam on February 1 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a launch trailer on Friday for its Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown game. Bandai Namco Entertainment is releasing the game on Friday (the game launched on Thursday in Japan) for PlayStation 4 (with PlayStation VR support) and Xbox One, and on February 1 for PC via Steam. The game was ...
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Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launches for PS4 in Europe on Friday, for PS4/PC in N. America on January 22 ― Marvelous Games began streaming a launch trailer on Friday for the Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal game. The company is also streaming a nine-minute unboxing video. Marvelous Europe released the game in Europe and Australia on Friday for the PlayStation 4, and will release it on January 22 on the PC via Steam. XSEED Game...
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Konosuba Dungeon RPG's Opening Movie Streamed

Game launches in Japan for PS4, PS Vita on March 28 ― The official website for Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! ~Kibō no Meikyū Tsudoi Shi Bōkensha-tachi~, Entergram's dungeon role-playing game inspired by Natsume Akatsuki's KONOSUBA (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! or Konosuba - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!) light novel series, began streaming the game's opening movie on Friday...
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Mysteria Friends Anime Episodes' 'Extra Part' to Stream in Granblue Fantasy, Rage of Bahamut Smartphone Games

Series of 10-episode shorts premieres on January 20 ― The official website for the delayed Mysteria Friends (Manaria Friends) television anime revealed on Friday that an "extra part" for each of the anime's 10 episodes will stream within the Granblue Fantasy and Rage of Bahamut smartphone games. The extra part will be available for one week after each episode airs. The site also began streaming an ad...
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New Fruits Basket Anime Reveals 3 More Cast Members, New Teaser Visual

Rie Kugimiya, Megumi Han, Makoto Furukawa join cast for series premiering in April ― Funimation revealed three more Japanese cast members and a second teaser visual for the new television anime adaptation for Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga on Friday. The new cast members include: Rie Kugimiya (Toradora's Taiga, Shakugan no Shana's Shana) as Kagura Sōma Megumi Han (Hunter x Hunter's Gon, Little ...
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1st 2 Psycho-Pass SS Anime Films Previewed in Ads

1st film in trilogy opens in Japan on January 25 ― The official website for the Psycho-Pass anime franchise began streaming two ads on Friday to preview the first two films in the three-film Psycho-Pass SS or Psycho-Pass Sinners of the System project. The first film, Psycho-Pass Sinners of the System Case.1 Tsumi to Batsu (Crime and Punishment), will open in Japan on January 25. Naoyoshi Shiotani is ...
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The Royal Tutor Anime Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Shōgo Sakamoto performs theme song for February 16 film ― Avex began streaming a trailer for the upcoming The Royal Tutor anime film on Friday. The trailer previews the film's theme song "Parallel na Kankei" (Parallel Connection) by Shōgo Sakamoto. Sakamoto previously performed the opening song for the television anime, and is also voicing Eugene in the film. Keisuke Ueda, Yūya Asato, Yūto Adachi, Da...
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Compile Heart Streams 3rd Gameplay Video for Arc of Alchemist Game

PS4 game launches in Japan on February 7, in N. America/Europe this summer ― Compile Heart began streaming a new nine-minute gameplay video on Friday for its Arc of Alchemist PlayStation 4 role-playing game. The video features a digital narrator. The channel streamed a previous gameplay video on January 10. The game will ship in Japan on February 7 after a delay from a previously announced date of No...

Live-Action Hollywood Alita: Battle Angel Film's Latest Videos Feature Interviews with Cast, Staff

Film of GUNNM manga opens in U.S. on February 14 ― 20th Century Fox began streaming two new videos for Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga, on Tuesday and Thursday. The videos both feature film clips as well as interviews with cast and staff. The film will open in the United States on February 14, after being ...
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IDOLiSH7 Vibrato Spinoff Anime Debuts 2 More Web Episodes

Next episode to debut on January 27 ― Bandai Namco Arts began streaming on Thursday the second half of the "TRIGGER: before the Radiant Glory" episode, as well as the first half of the "Boys Caught Up" episode of IDOLiSH7 Vibrato, an IDOLiSH7 spinoff series of net anime shorts. Both videos have English subtitles that can be turned on. The second episode is available to watch for free, but the third e...
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Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Switch Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launches in the West on Friday ― Grasshopper Manufacture began streaming a launch trailer on Friday for its, Marvelous, and Shirogumi's Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes game. The game is launching on the Nintendo Switch in North America and Europe on Friday. In the game's story, The Bad is out to avenge the murder of her daughter Bad Girl at the hands of Travis Touchdown, but a game console ...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Film Reveals Original Novel Bonus

Theatergoers for film's 1st, 2nd week screenings will receive different novel each week ― The official website for the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka: Arrow of the Orion) anime film revealed on Friday that theatergoers for the first week of the film's screening (February 15 to 21) will receive an original n...
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Live-Action Tora-san Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Kis-My-Ft2 performs theme song "Kimi o Daisuki da" for February 15 film ― The official website for Tora-san ~Boku ga Neko ni Natta Wake~, the live-action film adaptation of Mina Itaba's Tora-san manga, revealed a new visual and a trailer on Friday. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song "Kimi o Daisuki da" (I Love You) by Kis-My-Ft2. The film will open in Japan on February 15. Masaya ...
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Evgenia Medvedeva is Homura in New Magia Record Game's Ad

Medvedeva skates with fellow Russian skater Alina Zagitova as Madoka ― The staff of the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden smartphone role-playing game unveiled a new commercial for the game on Friday. The commercial, titled "Reunion," features 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva skating a program in costume as franchise character Akemi Homura. It also featu...
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The Island of Giant Insects Video Anime Unveils Main Cast

M.A.O, Rika Tachibana, Misato Fukuen, Momo Asakura, Chiaki Takahashi star in June 20 anime ― The official website for the anime of Yasutaka Fujimi, RED ICE and Shu Hirose's The Island of Giant Insects (Kyochū Rettō) manga revealed the anime's cast on Friday. The anime stars: M.A.O as Mutsumi Oribe Rika Tachibana as Chitose Naruse Misato Fukuen as Ayumi Matsuoka Momo Asakura as Mami Miura Chiaki Takah...
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Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days Manga Artist Yō Kokikuji Ends Gekikara Jōsama wa Jibun o Basshitai Manga

Manga about girl who punishes herself with spicy food launched in September 2017 ― Manga artist Yō Kokikuji's Gekikara Jōsama wa Jibun o Basshitai (The Spicy Lady Wants to Punish Herself) manga ended in the February 2019 issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge magazine on Thursday. The final compiled book volume is scheduled to ship in March. Tohko Mizuno's Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 (Haruka: Beyo...
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Dr. Stone Manga Gets Novel on February 4

Ichio Morimoto writes Dr. Stone Hoshi no Yume, Chi no Uta novel ― Shueisha's website for its Jump j Books imprint listed on Tuesday that it will release Ichio Morimoto's Dr. Stone Hoshi no Yume, Chi no Uta (Dr. Stone Star's Dream, Earth's Song) novel based on Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga on February 4. One of the novel's stories takes place before the event that petrified humanity. ...
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Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid Game to Launch on PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC in April

Fighting game's announcement trailer streamed ― A website opened on Thursday announcing a new Power Rangers game titled Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid from Hasbro, Lionsgate, and nWay. The for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC game is scheduled to launch in April 2019. The website began streaming an announcement teaser. Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid will feature current and cl...
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Netflix's Bird Box Film Also Includes Real Disaster Footage

Sandra Bullock film is third to use real disaster footage after live-action Death Note, Travelers series ― Earlier this month it came to light that the live-action Western film adaption of Death Note on Netflix includes real footage of a train accident that occurred in Belgium in 2010, which killed 19 people and injured 310. The National Railway Company of Belgium claimed that Netflix had never asked...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, December 31-January 6

New Year's specials, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Hal's Flute rank ― Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind aired on NTV on Friday, January 4 at 9:00 p.m. and earned an 10.4% rating. Eiga Kaiketsu Zorori ZZ no Himitsu aired on NHK-E on Tuesday, January 1 at 4:50 p.m. and earned a 1.4% rating. Makoto Shinkai's 5 Centimeters Per Second and Children Who Chase Lost Voices films aired ...
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