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Shelf Life - May 20th, 2019

Our column covering all the newest anime releases of the week has expanded to include manga and video games. Check out the new and improved Shelf Life! ― Welcome to a slightly different version of Shelf Life! Running a review every week has become less feasible from a cost and organizational standpoint in recent months, so we're trying a new format for the column. In place of those weekly anime revi...
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Crest of the Stars Complete Series DVD

Light on action but heavy on drama, this sci fi classic is a must-see for diehard fans of the genre. Nick Creamer has the details. ― First airing back in 1999, and based on a trilogy of acclaimed novels from three years earlier, Crest of the Stars belongs to a different era of anime space operas, and stands apart even from many of its contemporaries. There are no epic robot battles or clashes between...
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Witness Roronoa Zoro's High School Teenage Years in Cup Noodle Ad

On May 17, Cup Noodle launched an animated ad for its "Hungry Days" campaign teasing the One Piece characters in school uniforms, leaving fans "hungry" for more. On Tuesday, Cup Noodle followed this up with a 30-second commercial focusing on Roronoa Zoro's high school days in the kendo club. Zoro's high school days are brought to life with lush animation. Other iconic One Piece characters are also...
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Utawarerumono Zan Game's Video Reveals September Launch in West

Game ships in N. America on September 10; in Europe on September 13; in Australia, New Zealand on September 20 ― NIS America began steaming a new promotional video for Aquaplus' Utawarerumono Zan PlayStation 4 action game on Wednesday. The trailer reveals that the game will ship in North America on September 10. The game will then ship in Europe on September 13 and in Australia and New Zealand on Sep...
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YU-NO Anime Gets New Episode in December

Original anime bundles with 3rd BD set ― The official website for the television anime of Hiroyuki Kanno's Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shōjo YU-NO (YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world.) visual novel revealed on Wednesday that the series will get a completely new anime episode when the first Blu-ray Disc box set surpasses 1,000 pre-orders. The new episode will bundle with the th...
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Pokémon Rumble Rush Smartphone Game Launches for Android

Newest Pokémon Rumble game launches later for iOS ― The Pokémon Company released the Pokémon Rumble Rush (Pokémon Scramble SP) game worldwide for Android devices on Wednesday. The company began streaming three gameplay videos and confirmed that it is still preparing to release the iOS version. Ambrella returned from the previous Pokémon Rumble (Pokémon Scramble) games to develop the "exhilarating str...
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Masaaki Yuasa's Ride Your Wave Anime Film Video Shows Characters Singing Theme

Film opens in Japan in June after competing at Annecy ― Toho began streaming a promotional video for director Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU's Ride Your Wave (Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara) anime film on Wednesday. The video previews the main characters Minato (played by Ryota Katayose) and Hinako (Rina Kawaei) singing the theme song "Brand New Story." The film will open in Japan on June 21. The film wil...
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Ghibli Screenings and Q&As at British Museum

Screenings followed by live Q&A sessions: My Neighbor Totoro, Pom Poko, Princess Kaguya and The Wind Rises ― The British Museum is holding screenings of four Studio Ghibli films, including The Wind Rises, pictured right. Each screening will be followed by a live Q&A. The tickets can be booked here. All screenings are in Japanese, and will take place in the BP Lecture Theatre. Each screening will incl...
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'Kuzumi-kun, Can't You Read the Room?' Manga Ends in June

Mosuko launched romantic comedy manga in 2015 ― The June issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine revealed on Wednesday that Mosuko's Kuzumi-kun, Can't You Read the Room? (Kuzumi-kun, Kūki Yomemasu ka?) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 22. Yen Press licensed the manga, and it describes the story: When super-popular Sakura Erika is suddenly interested in a her totally out-of-tou...
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Carole & Tuesday Anime Casts Shouta Aoi

Anime also adds Steve Aoki, MOGUAI, Andy Platts, Cornelius as composers ― The official website for Carole & Tuesday, the new original anime by supervising director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Kids on the Slope, Terror in Resonance) and anime studio BONES, announced on Wednesday that Shouta Aoi joins the cast as the character Pyotr (seen below), "a social media celebrity" who appears in the ani...
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Happy Sugar Life Horror Manga Ends in June

Manga launched in 2015, inspired 2018 TV anime ― The June issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine revealed on Wednesday that Tomiyaki Kagisora's Happy Sugar Life manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 22. The manga will have a color opening page in the next issue, which will also put the manga on its cover. The manga's ninth and 10th volumes will ship simultaneously on July 22. Yen ...
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Crunchyroll Adds Kyo Kara Maoh! Anime Seasons 1-2

Includes subtitled, dubbed versions of episodes 1-78 ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it has added the first and second "seasons" (episodes 1-78) of the Kyo Kara Maoh! anime for users in the United States and Canada, with both English subtitles and Japanese audio as well as the English dub. Discotek recently licensed the anime in February, and it describes the anime: Yuri Shibuya is an average...
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Anime Expo to Host Devils and Realist Artist Utako Yukihiro

Event also hosts producer, cosplayer Hiroto Kuramasu ― The official website for the Anime Expo convention announced on Tuesday that it will host artist Utako Yukihiro, as well as producer and cosplayer Hiroto Kuramasu. Yukihiro is the artist of the Devils and Realist manga, which inspired a television anime in 2013. She is also the artist for the Uta no Prince-sama manga, and drew the original charac...

DRAGON BALL WORLD ADVENTURE: The Exciting Tour Returns This Year!

Dates, cities, and more information revealed! ― In 2018, to commemorate the release of Dragon Ball Super: BROLY, the ground-breaking “DRAGON BALL NORTH AMERICA TOUR” visited seven cities across the United States and Canada. Featuring a life-sized replica of the “World Martial Arts Tournament” (“Tenkaichi Budokai”), the booth appeared in the news as North America was engulfed in Dragon Ball fever. Bu...
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Dororo ‒ Episode 19

"It's an abrupt change of pace for the series: a welcome respite, but hardly as impactful as usual."
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Fairy gone ‒ Episode 7

"The difference between taking a half hour to watch an episode of Fairy Gone and simply reading its summary on Wikipedia is almost nonexistent."
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Police Are Irritated by Japanese Public's 'Flippant' Reaction to Pierre Taki's Drug Crime

Fellow Denki Groove member Takkyu Ishino's reunion photo with Taki got too many likes for the police's liking ― Denki Groove member and actor Pierre Taki (real name Masanori Taki) was arrested in March for alleged illegal possession and use of cocaine. Since then, his roles in Judgment and Kingdom Hearts III, among other titles, have been recast. His image has even been removed from a manhole in Fuji...
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One Piece ‒ Episodes 884-885

"The overlong recaps are still a burden on this arc, but at least we're getting to the point where the table scraps of new material are uniformly juicy."

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Rapping Zombie Manga Gets Live-Action TV Special

Would being a zombie be so bad if you got amazing word-slinging abilities? Web manga creator Inka Teikoku (lit. Inca Empire) doesn't think so. Their manga Rappā ni Kama Retara Rapper ni naru Manga (If You're Bitten By a Rapper You Become a Rapper) is published on the LINE manga app and tells the story of a mysterious virus that turns the populous of Japan into rappers. "All of Japan becomes a hell...
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Man Shoplifts 80 Detective Conan Manga Volumes

A 26-year-old unemployed man was arrested in Suzuka city in Mie prefecture for allegedly shoplifting 80 volumes of the Detective Conan manga from a bookstore between April 10 to 13. The total value is estimated at 37,000 yen (US$334). According to local police, customers noticed the man making suspicious movements in the store and notified the bookstore clerk. The clerk reviewed security camera fo...

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Game Adds Ribrianne as DLC

Character joins game in June ― This year's July issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Tuesday that Ribrianne will join Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 game as a DLC character in June. Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe also confirmed the announcement and revealed screenshots of Ribrianne. Bandai Namco Entertainment released Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for PS4, Xbox One, and ...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Game's Video Reveals August Launch in West

Game launched in Japan on April 25 ― Konami Digital Entertainment announced on Tuesday that the Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Nintendo Switch game will launch in the West on August 20. The company also began streaming a trailer for the announcement. The game launched digitally in Japan on April 25. The game shares a title with the previous Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist game. Konam...
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Voice Actress Nao Tōyama Awarded for 2011 Earthquake Charity Efforts

Voice Actress Nao Tōyama (Yui Yuigahama from My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Karen Kujō from Kinmoza! Kiniro + Mosaic) was honored with the Golden Achievement Award on May 15 for her charity efforts to help areas recovering from the Great East Japan Earthquake. The award was given by the Japanese Red Cross Society. Tōyama's birthday is March 11, the same day as the Great East Japan Earthquake. Last...
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This Week in Anime - Amazing Stranger is the Guilty Pleasure of the Season

Be careful what you wish for, because this short series proves that having all your favorite waifu figurines come to life might not be a dream come true. Micchy and Steve dive headfirst into some truly amazing trash. ― Be careful what you wish for, because Amazing Stranger proves that having all your favorite waifu figurines come to life might not be a dream come true. This week, Micchy and Steve di...
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Japanese Home Video, Rental, Streaming Market Rises 8% in 2018

Paid streaming services continue to rise, with slight increase in physical disc sales ― The Japan Video Software Association (JVA), The Digital Entertainment Group Japan (DEG Japan), and Institute for the Arts (IFA) released a report on Thursday about the home video market and user trends in Japan in 2018. The report stated that Japan's total paid content market — comprised of DVD and Blu-ray Disc sa...
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Fan Made Brazilian Nausicaä Tribute Film Releases Teaser

Film maker Chris Tex released a 40-second trailer for a fan made Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind tribute film titled Wind Princess. The video was posted on his YouTube channel on May 2, and has since accumulated almost a million views as well as hundreds of comments praising its professional-level quality. According to Tex, the film was shot in Brazil and is an entirely non-profit endeavor. The...
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God Wars: The Complete Legend Game's PC Version Launches on June 14

The official website for the God Wars: The Complete Legend (God Wars: Nippon Shinwa Taisen) game revealed on Tuesday that the game will launch for PC via Steam in Japan on June 14. The Steam version will add mouse and keyboards controls, the ability to change the order of party members on the menu screen, and a feature that automatically arranges characters on the map. The updates with the Steam v...
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Promare Anime Film's Opening Action Scene Streamed

Original anime film by Trigger, XFlag opens in Japan on May 24 ― Toho Animation began streaming the opening action scene for Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare on Tuesday. The film will open in Japan on May 24. Theatergoers will receive character cards with serial codes to grant access to advance streaming of a prequel anime. The all-new 10-minute "Galo-hen" anime will be set one ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, May 13-19

LiSA sells 2,342, followed by Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER, live-action Uirabu film, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Cheer Boys!! ― LiSA's LiVE is Smile Always ~Asia Tour 2018~ [eN + core] LiVE & Document sold 2,342 copies to rank #1 on the overall DVD chart. The live-action film of Yukimo Hoshimori's Uirabu. -Uiuishii Koi no Ohanashi- (Uirabu.: Story of Innocent Love) manga sold 1,967 more copies for a ...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, May 13-19

LiSA sells 12,113, followed by Seishun Buta Yarō, Quintessential Quintuplets, Sukima Switch, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ― LiSA's LiVE is Smile Always ~Asia Tour 2018~ [eN + core] LiVE & Document sold 12,113 copies to rank #1 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Sukima Switch's 15th Anniversary Special at Yokohama Arena ~Reversible~ the Movie debuted at #5 with 4,619 copies. The Blu-ray Box f...
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Game of Thrones' George R. R. Martin Has Consulted on Japanese Game

Author George R.R. Martin revealed in a blog post on Monday that he has consulted on a Japanese video game. Martin is best known for his A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels, which inspired HBO's Game of Thrones television series. The series aired its final episode on Sunday. Martin published A Dance with Dragons, the fifth novel of A Song of Ice and Fire, in 2011, with two more novels planned. S...
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Yuka Iguchi Returns for 'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' Anime Season 2's Opening Song

Iguchi sings "HELLO to DREAM" opening for July anime ― The official website for the second season of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? anime revealed on Tuesday that Yuka Iguchi is returning to perform the second season's opening theme song "HELLO to DREAM." Yuka Iguchi performed the theme song for the first season of the anime, the Sword Oratoria spinoff, and the Is It Wrong to T...
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Judgment Game Gets New Version in Japan on July 18

Includes new model, voice for Kyohei Hamura character after Pierre Taki's drug arrest ― Sega announced on Tuesday that it will begin offering a "New Price Version" of its Judgment (Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon) PlayStation 4 game in Japan on July 18. The release will have the new model and voice for the character Kyohei Hamura, with the same model used in the game's Western release. Sega changed t...
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Police Arrest Man for Threatening NGT48 Idol Yuka Ogino

24-year-old male allegedly faxed news organization with threatening letter ― Police arrested a 24-year-old male on Monday for allegedly issuing a death threat to NGT48 idol group member Yuka Ogino. The police arrested the suspect, Kazuki Dōmoto, after he allegedly sent a letter by fax to a news organization on May 9 that indicated that he was planning to kill Ogino. The police stated that Dōmoto admi...
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Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories Anime Gets 7th Season This Summer

Kenji Tsuda returns as storyteller, vTuber Taku Nanase joins cast ― TV Tokyo announced on Tueday that the Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories television anime series is getting a seventh season that will premiere this July. Kenichi Sugimoto of DRAWIZ is returning to direct the new anime at ILCA. Scriptwriters Ayako Yamaguchi, Hiromu Kumamoto, Kuniyoshi Saki, and Mitsuhi Sasagi are also returning. The ...
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Aggretsuko Anime Season 2's Video Reveals June 14 Premiere

Netflix anime's 1st season premiered in April 2018 ― Netflix announced on Monday that it will debut the second season of the Aggretsuko anime on June 14. Netflix Japan is streaming a promotional video for the anime. Retsuko is a 25-year old red panda who works in her dream company's accounting department. But it turns out that she is forced to keep doing more and more impossible tasks by her superior...
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Detective Pikachu Drops to #2, Kingdom Jumps to #3 in Japan

Detective Conan drops to #4 in weekend box office ― Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.' live-action Pokémon: Detective Pikachu film dropped from #1 to #2 in the Japanese box office rankings in its third weekend. The film sold 180,000 tickets for 275,989,800 yen (about US$2.50 million) over the weekend, and has cumulatively earned 1,965,934,600 yen (about US$17.26 million). Detective Pikachu ope...
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Director Makoto Shinkai Creates Opening for News Program

The morning news program "NEWS23" will get a new opening courtesy of your name. director Makoto Shinkai. Shinkai edited landscape footage from his previous works to create the opening sequence. The compilation is based around the theme "A Worker's Day." The opening is set to the band Sakanaction's track "Wonderland" from their upcoming album 834.194. Shinkai's your name. film opened in Japan in Au...

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Voice Actress Nao Toyama's Website Announces that Staff Will Start Blocking Social Media Harassers

Popular voice actress Nao Toyama (Yui Yuigahama from My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Karen Kujō from Kinmoza! Kiniro + Mosaic) has been a victim of online harassment for some time. Tōyama's official website announced on Friday that enough was enough - the staff will start blocking social media users if they leave too many replies at once, or act in a way that is deemed stalker-like, indecent, or th...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 107

"As things stand, this is shaping up to be Boruto's best Boruto-less arc yet."
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 53

"It's been a bumpy ride so far, but this episode finally manages to capture the near-perfect balance of grim spectacle and bloody horror that made the franchise famous in the first place."
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Live-Action Kaguya-sama: Love is War Film Reveals 6 More Cast Members

Natsumi Ikema, Nana Asakawa, Yūtarō, Mayu Hotta, Masahiro Takashima, Jiro Sato join cast ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga revealed additional cast on Tuesday. The newly revealed cast members are: (top row, left to right) Natsumi Ikema as Nagisa Kashiwagi Nana Asakawa a...
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Sailor Moon Powers Up in Universal Studios Japan Ad

The "Sailor Moon: The Miracle 4D" show at Universal Studios Japan is getting a new "chapter" this time with Sailor Pluto, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn, and Chibi Moon. Sailor Moon will power up to Super Sailor Moon during the show and it will include a brand new story. A new ad shows some of the action from the attraction and the design of the monster, a female youma merged with a disco ball. The 4D fi...
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We Never Learn: BOKUBEN ‒ Episode 7

"This episode got me to finally come around on Fumino as a character, depicting her and Nariyuki's deep trust that transcends the boyfriend-girlfriend barrier."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 309

"The fight between Gray and Natsu may get top billing this week, but it's really the least important part of the episode."
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The Straw Hat Crew Try High School in New 'Hungry Days' Cup Noodle Ad

In 2017, Cup Noodle launched its "Hungry Days" ad campaign, a series of commercials that starred famous anime characters at the precipice of their youth to invoke a specific, nostalgic feeling. Manga artist Eisaku Kubonouchi (Chocolat, Carole & Tuesday) redesigned Studio Ghibli's Kiki, the titular Heidi, Girl of the Alps, and Sazae-san. The previous ads starred classic heroines but the instant ram...
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Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life ‒ Episode 7

"Two ladies get their tragic backstories this week, making for an episode that aims to deliver twice the emotional impact as usual."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 30

"The Green Day/Oasis fight rages on, and I'm left unsure as to how I feel about most of what has been happening in JoJo's lately."
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Shelf Life - May 20th, 2019

Our column covering all the newest anime releases of the week has expanded to include manga and video games. Check out the new and improved Shelf Life! ― Welcome to a slightly different version of Shelf Life! Running a review every week has become less feasible from a cost and organizational standpoint in recent months, so we're trying a new format for the column. In place of those weekly anime revi...
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LEVEL5 comcept's Dragon & Colonies Smartphone Game Trailer Reveals Summer Launch

Keiji Inafune's game has players build, battle with cube-shaped kingdoms ― LEVEL-5 Inc. launched a website for LEVEL5 comcept's Dragon & Colonies smartphone game and began streaming a promotional video on Monday. The game is slated to launch for iOS and Android devices in Japan in early summer. The game is LEVEL5 comcept's first title, which Keiji Inafune is producing. In the game, players create the...

Hollywood Reporter: Sony Launches PlayStation Productions to Produce Films, TV Shows

New studio partners with Sony Studios to develop works based on 25 years of games ― The entertainment news website The Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday that Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has launched the production studio PlayStation Productions. The studio will develop films and television shows based on Sony's game catalog of more than 100 titles. Asad Qizilbash is head of the new studi...
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Saga of Tanya The Evil: The Movie Screening at London MCM Comic Con on May 26

Screening limited to 100 places, free tickets will be first come, first served ― Anime Limited has announced that Saga of Tanya The Evil: The Movie, the feature film sequel to the TV series, will be screened at the MCM London Comic Con on Sunday May 26 at 1 p.m. The venue will be the MCM Cinema Truck in Block N1 in the North Hall of London's ExCel Centre. The film will run 115 minutes and is in Japan...
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Sega Reveals Fist of the North Star: Legends Revive Smartphone Game

Manga artist Tetsuo Hara supervises project ― Sega revealed on Monday that it is developing the Hokuto no Ken LEGENDS ReVIVE smartphone game for the Fist of the North Star franchise. Sega plans to officially launch the role-playing game this year. The game is commemorating that last year was the 35th anniversary of the original manga. Original artist Tetsuo Hara is supervising the project. Hara state...
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Voice Actress Saki Ogasawara Takes Hiatus to Undergo Medical Treatment

My Hero Academia actress was diagnosed with stage 1 tongue cancer in early April ― Voice actress Saki Ogasawara announced on Twitter on Monday that she was diagnosed with stage 1 tongue cancer in early April. She stated that she will go on hiatus from her voice acting activities while she has surgery and undergoes treatment. Ogasawara added that because the cancer was luckily detected at an early sta...
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Cardfight!! Vanguard EX Game's Video Previews Argonavis Theme Song

Game ships for PS4, Switch on September 19 ― Furyu Corporation began streaming a promotional video for the Cardfight!! Vanguard EX PlayStation 4 and Switch game on Monday. The video reveals and previews the game's theme song "STARTING OVER" by BanG Dream! band Argonavis. The video also reveals the game's release date of September 19. The game will feature an original story with the new Vanguard chara...
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Nippon Ichi Software Sells Stocks at Lower Price to Raise Funds

NIS to use funds to pay employees ― Nippon Ichi Software announced on Friday that it will issue stock warrants through a third party allotment, issuing 3,750 warrants for an issue price of 837 yen each (for 3,138,750 yen in total) in order to aim to raise funds equivalent to 573,638,750 yen (about US$5.20 million). This type of MS ("moving strike") warrant is often used by companies to raise funds du...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, May 6-12

Natsuzora's latest episode earn 21.7% rating ― The latest episode of the Natsuzora live-action series about the early Japanese animation industry aired on NHK on Thursday, May 9 at 8:00 a.m. and earned a 21.7% rating. The latest episode of the live-action series adaptation of Tomohiro Yokomaku and Taishi Mori's Radiation House medical drama manga aired on Fuji TV on Monday, May 6 at 9:00 p.m. and ear...
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23rd Detective Conan Film Earns 8.3 Billion Yen

Film has sold 6.51 million tickets since April 12 debut ― The official website for Meitantei Conan: Konjō no Fist (Detective Conan: Fist of Blue Sapphire), the 23rd Detective Conan anime film, revealed on Monday that the film has sold 6.51 million tickets and earned a total of 8.3 billion yen (about US$75.35 million). To celebrate the milestone, the film will have "cheering" screenings in 20 theaters...
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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Ranks #3 in the U.S. in 2nd Weekend

Film earned US$24.8 million in 2nd weekend, for US$287.4 million worldwide total ― Rob Letterman's live-action Pokemon: Detective Pikachu film earned US$24.8 million to rank #3 in its second weekend in the United States box office. The film has earned an estimated cumulative total of US$94,001,846 in the United States. The film earned an estimated US$53.8 million internationally over the same weekend...
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Atsuko Nanba's Come on a My House Manga Goes on Hiatus

Nanba goes on maternity leave ― The June issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on May 13 that Atsuko Nanba's Come on a My House (Kamona My House) manga will go on hiatus due to Nanba going on maternity leave. The magazine and its official website will announce the manga's return date when it is decided. The manga centers on Hinata, a high school student who often goes to an empty hous...
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Viz, Shueisha Add Double Taisei Shogi Manga in English

Kentaro Fukuda launched manga in Weekly Shonen Jump on Monday ― Viz Media's Shonen Jump website and Shueisha's Manga Plus site both added Kentaro Fukuda's new Double Taisei (Futari no Taisei) manga in English on Monday. The manga launched in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on the same day. Shueisha describes the manga: Genius shogi player Taisei Amado has a secret...Kentaro Fukuda, the creator...
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Naruto: Song of the Akatsuki Musical Reveals More Cast in Costume

Musical runs in Osaka, Tokyo from October through December ― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed images of five more characters in costume on Monday for the new run of the Live Spectacle Naruto: Akatsuki no Shirabe (Live Spectacle Naruto: The Akatsuki Investigation) stage musical. Yui Itō as Sakura Yūki Kimisawa as Kakashi Rei Fujita as Yamato Fūma Sadamoto as Sa...
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Dr. Stone Anime Reveals Designs for 4 More Characters

― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed four more character designs on Monday for the television anime adaptation of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga. The magazine previously revealed the cast for the characters in March. Gen Sato as Chrome Manami Numakura as Kohaku Tomoaki Maeno as Kinro Ayumu Murase as Ginro Shinya Iino (storyboards, episode direct...
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Black Clover Anime Reveals Visual for New Arc Featuring Humans vs Elves

― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed a fourth main visual on Monday for the Black Clover anime. The visual is for the upcoming new arc in the anime, which will feature a great battle of humans vs. elves. The anime premiered in Japan in October 2017. The show was originally listed with 51 episodes, but it continued into a new season with episode 52 last October....

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Latest Studio Ghibli Exhibit Shines Light on Toshio Suzuki's Impact as Producer

'Hayao Miyazaki drew pictures, while Toshio Suzuki wrote words.' ― The Edo Culture Complex's (Edocco) exhibit highlighting the work of Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki ran from April 20 to May 12. This exhibit is the same as the previous "Studio Ghibli Toshio Suzuki Magical Exhibition of Words" that was held in Hiroshima in 2017 and in Ishikawa and Aichi last year. It is well worth going to if yo...
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Attack on Titan Gears Up For Series Conclusion With DiverCity Tokyo Invasion

Attack on Titan started a collaboration with DiverCity Tokyo on April 19. The series has had many different collaborations with various IPs and public places over the years, but it appears as if things are finally wrapping up to a conclusion because this event opened to commemorate the opening of the "Attack on Titan Exhibit Final." From April 19 to June 30, DiverCity will be decked out with over ...
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Charity Japan-Themed Disco in Scarborough on May 31

Event held by Scarborough Anime and Manga Society ― There will be a Japanese-themed disco in Scarborough on Friday May 31, held by the Scarborough Anime and Manga Society. All entrance fees will go towards Macmillian Cancer Support with the aim of raising £500 for the charity. The event runs from 6 p.m. on Friday until midnight. It is open to everyone, but ID will be needed at the bar for under-18s. ...
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Rakuma Poll: Over 80% of High School Girls Identify as an 'Otaku' of Something

The majority have a positive impression of 'otaku,' but only 13.9% identify as an anime or voice actor otaku. ― Rakuten's flea market app Rakuma conducted a poll with 1,230 of its female users aged between 15 to 18. The survey was conducted over the internet on April 17 and 18. The results found that over 83.5% of respondents self-identified as an "otaku." Moreover, the vast majority have a positive ...
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Sarazanmai ‒ Episode 5

"If finally losing everything is what it takes to force Kazuki to start making real connections with others, maybe this fate isn't as cruel as it seems on the surface."
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Directors Discuss Film's Japanese Anime Influences

Team cites Hayao Miyazaki films, Sailor Moon, Akira. ― In anticipation of the 2018 CG animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse's Japanese home video release on August 7, the film's directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman held an interview in Japan about the film's anime inspirations. Perischetti explained that Hayao Miyazaki's films were a big inspiration, and that they col...
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Crest of the Stars Complete Series DVD

Light on action but heavy on drama, this sci fi classic is a must-see for diehard fans of the genre. Nick Creamer has the details. ― First airing back in 1999, and based on a trilogy of acclaimed novels from three years earlier, Crest of the Stars belongs to a different era of anime space operas, and stands apart even from many of its contemporaries. There are no epic robot battles or clashes between...
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I'm From Japan Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on May 27

― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Seiji Hayashi's I'm From Japan (Jimoto ga Japan) manga will have an "important announcement" in the magazine's next issue on May 27. The manga's television anime adaptation premiered within the Oha-Suta program on April 8. New episodes air on Mondays within the program's new "Kyara Suta" segment. Viz Media pub...

'How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?' Anime Unveils More Cast, Song Info, July 3 Debut

Kaito Ishikawa cast as trainer in "body-building comedy" ― The official website for the television anime of Yabako Sandrovich and MAAM's How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? (Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? or How much heavy dumbbells can you lift?) manga announced on Monday another cast member, information about the theme songs, and the July 3 premiere. The website also posted a new key visual: Kaito Ish...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Casts Maaya Sakamoto, Daiki Yamashita (Updated)

Sakamoto to voice Tamayo, Yamashita to voice Yushirō ― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed two more cast members on Monday for the television anime of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga. Maaya Sakamoto as Tamayo, a woman who conceals herself from the world and has many mysteries Daiki Yamashita as Yushirō, a young man who accompanies Tamayo T...

Saudi Arabia's Manga Productions, Toei Animation Reveal Title, More Staff, Visual for Upcoming Collaboration Film (Updated With Video)

Tetsuro Iwamoto designs characters, Kaoru Wada composes music for The Journey film. ― Toei Animation and Saudi Arabian media company Manga Productions revealed at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday the title, visual, and more staff for one of its upcoming collaboration projects. The film collaboration is titled The Journey. Manga Productions also began streaming a trailer for the film later on Sunday...
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'Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?' Anime's 2nd Character Video Previews Wise

Sayumi Suzushiro voices character in series premiering in July ― The official website for the television anime of writer Dachima Inaka and illustrator Pochi Iida's Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? (Tsūjō Kōgeki ga Zentai Kōgeki de Ni-kai Kōgeki no Okā-san wa Suki desuka?) light novel series began streaming a character video on Sunday for Wise. The site previously streamed a ...
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Pie International to Release Artbooks for Illustrators Katsuya Terada, Baron Yoshimoto

Katsuya Terada to also attend San Diego Comic Con ― Pie International announced on May 14 that it will release two artbooks in October from illustrators Katsuya Terada and Baron Yoshimoto. The artbooks will be available in both the United States and Europe, and will retail for US$49.95 each. The Art of Baron Yoshimoto will be a bilingual (Japanese and English) hardbound artbook featuring 184 pages. T...
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Second Re: Zero, Standard Belladonna and Eccentric Family Released Monday

New releases by Anime Limited and MVM. ― On Monday May 20, Anime Limited will release Collector's Blu-ray (pictured) and standard DVD editions of the second volume of the series Re: Zero, carrying episodes 13 to 25. The Collector's Blu-ray includes a 52-page booklet. Anime Limited will also release a standard Blu-ray edition of the film Belladonna of Sadness. The film's story follows Jeanne (Katsutak...

HIDIVE Confirms English Dub for Domestic Girlfriend Anime

Anime premiered in January ― Streaming service HIDIVE confirmed at its Anime Central panel on Saturday that it will produce an English dub for the Domestic Girlfriend television anime. The anime premiered in Japan on January 11. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime for streaming and home video release, and HIDIVE streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. Crunchyroll also began streaming the anime after...
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Spira Spica Perform Opening Theme for 'Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?' Anime

Series starring Ai Kayano, Haruki Ishiya premieres in July ― The official website for the television anime of writer Dachima Inaka and illustrator Pochi Iida's Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? (Tsūjō Kōgeki ga Zentai Kōgeki de Ni-kai Kōgeki no Okā-san wa Suki desuka?) light novel series revealed on Saturday that Spira Spica will perform the show's opening theme song. The thr...
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Viz Media Reveals More English Dub Cast Members for Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Anime

Corina Boettger, Faye Mata, more added to cast; 1st home video release ships on June 18 ― Viz Media revealed more English dub cast members on Saturday at its Sailor Moon panel at Anime Central for its home video release of the Sailor Moon Sailor Stars anime. Corina Boettger as Sailor Tin Nyanko Faye Mata as Sailor Aluminum Siren Katie Leigh as Sailor Iron Mouse Andi Rich as Sailor Lead Crow Viz Media...

Sentai Filmworks to Dub Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories, Golden Time Anime

Both dubs to premiere this year ― Sentai Filmworks announced at its panel at the Anime Central event on Saturday that is producing English dubs for the Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories anime and Golden Time anime, with both slated for release this year. The Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories anime's first season premiered in 2013, and the sixth and most recent season premiered last July. Crunchyrol...
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Sarazanmai ‒ Episode 4

"It's circles within circles as Kazuki comes face to face with Haruka's dark alternate future in Toi, for an episode that combines the straightforwardness of Enta's story with the melodrama of Kazuki's."
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Sentai Filmworks to Screen 'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion' Film in U.S. on July 23

Film opened in Japan on February 15 ― Sentai Filmworks announced at its panel at the Anime Central event on Saturday that its screening of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion film will be held on July 23. The Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion anime film opened in Japan on February 15. Sentai Filmworks describes the film: Far fr...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Uta no Prince Sama Film for Anime Expo Premiere

Takuma Terashima, Mamoru Miyano to attend Anime Expo for premiere ― Sentai Filmworks announced at its panel at the Anime Central event on Saturday that it has licensed the Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love Kingdom anime film, and that the film will have a premiere screening on July 5 at this year's Anime Expo event. Voice actors Takuma Terashima (Otoya Ittoki) and Mamoru Miyano (Tokiya Ichinose) will be i...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 7

"This is a great setup for the next stage of the story's conflict, and when you couple it with Muzan's slick and devious character design, you've got a recipe for an excellent villain."
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Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episode 31

"Little as I enjoy Atsushi's Sad Orphan Flashbacks, I think that the second half of this episode would have benefited from a deeper exploration of them."

Eleven Arts to Screen Satoshi Kon's Millennium Actress Anime Film in U.S. in August with New English Dub

Film to also have English-subtitled screening ― Eleven Arts announced at its panel at Anime Central on Saturday that it will screen Satoshi Kon's Millennium Actress anime film in theaters in the United States. Eleven Arts will screen a digital remaster of the film in partnership with Fathom Events on August 13 (English subtitles) and on August 19. The screening on August 19 will feature an all-new En...
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Eleven Arts Reveals Home Video Release for Penguin Highway Anime Film on August 6

Film based on Tomihiko Morimi's novel screened in U.S., Canada in April ― Eleven Arts announced at its panel at Anime Central on Saturday that it will release Hiroyasu Ishida and Studio Colorido's Penguin Highway anime film on home video. Eleven Arts will release Penguin Highway in a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack, on DVD, and via digital download on August 6. Bonus features will include interviews ...
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Eleven Arts Confirms U.S. Screenings of Sound! Euphonium The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day Anime Film in July

Film to have both subtitled, dubbed theatrical screenings ― Eleven Arts confirmed at its panel at Anime Central on Saturday that it will screen the Sound! Euphonium The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day (Gekijōban Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale) anime film in the United States. Eleven Arts will screen Sound! Euphonium The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day in partnership with Fathom Events ...
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The Helpful Fox Senko-san ‒ Episode 6

"The show's not bad by any stretch, but it's disappointing to look at Senko-san and imagine a version that manages to be both fluffier in its aesthetic and meatier in its writing."

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Nozomi Ent. to Release Gravitation TV Series, OVA on BD on September 3

Company issues statement regarding show's upscaling process ― Nozomi Entertainment announced at its and Right Stuf's panel at Anime Central on Saturday that it will release the Gravitation Complete Blu-ray Collection on September 3. The company provided ANN with a statement regarding the show's release. We're really excited to be bringing this upscale to the fans because there is no HD source for thi...
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Ghostly Sadako Appears on the Pitcher's Mound...Again

The Ring's Sadako is once again haunting the baseball fields of Japan. The ghostly figure appeared on the pitcher's mound at Sapporo Dome on May 12. She wasn't actually there to scare the crowd; Sadako pitched the first ball for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters vs Saitama Seibu Lions game. The cursed pitch was captured on video but watch at your own risk. This marks Sadako's second foray as a base...
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Detective Conan Manga Artist, Voice Actors Visit Official Collab Cafe

The currently running Detective Conan café in Shibuya got some high-profile visitors on Tuesday when the manga creator Gosho Aoyama and the voice cast, including Kappei Yamaguchi (who plays Shinichi Kudo and Kaito Kid), Toru Furuya (Rei Furuya), and Nobuyuki Hiyama (Makoto Kyōgoku), swung by to enjoy the cuisine. They left their signatures on a poster, which the café's official Twitter account pos...
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Rilakkuma and Kaoru Animator Makes Stop-Motion Animations with Anime Figurines

Watch Ryu from Street Fighter beat up a tin can, and Megumi from KONOSUBA cast her explosion. ― Stop-motion animator Kenta Shinohara, who recently worked on the animated series Rilakkuma and Kaoru, has been posting some of his own stop-motion animations on Twitter lately. A number of them revolve around figurines of anime and video game characters performing amusing actions. On March 25, Shinohara po...
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Anime Tourism Researcher Takeshi Okamoto Warns Against Over-Commercializing the Phenomenon

In recent years, anime-related tourism has been on the rise, as dedicated fans flock to the real-life locations that inspired the backgrounds in their favorite anime. Many local governments have recognized the potential positive economic effects this could have on their area and have been supporting anime-related tourism, but researcher Takeshi Okamoto warns against over-commercializing the phenom...
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The List - Put These 8 Moments in the FFVII Remake, You Cowards

Cloud and his pals are coming back for another round - but will Final Fantasy VII ever be the same if they don't include these scenes? ― Let me revel in my age here for a minute and bestow you all with a bit of context re: Final Fantasy VII. This PlayStation classic and myself go way back. I specifically recall wanting to rent from Hollywood Video and my dad telling me "no" because it was three disc...
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Fullmetal Alchemist Helmer Seiji Mizushima, Loveless Creator Yun Kouga Reunite for Tenkasoul Project

Gundam 00 creators' "sengoku rock action" project casts Hiroshi Kamiya, Mamoru Miyano, Shouta Aoi ― The "Sacra Music Fes. 2019 -New Generation-" event announced on Saturday that Fullmetal Alchemist anime director Seiji Mizushima is serving as chief director on a new "sengoku rock action" project called Tenkasoul. Yun Kouga, the creator of the Loveless manga and Mizushima's character design collaborat...
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Granbelm Anime Reveals Eir Aoi Song in New Promo, More Cast

Manaka Iwami cast in July modern magical fantasy anime ― The official website for the Granbelm original anime series began streaming an opening promotional video on Saturday, and it also announced the opening theme song artist and an additional cast member. Eir Aoi is singing the opening theme song "Tsuki o Ou Mayonaka" (Following the Moon in the Middle of the Night) that the video previews: Manaka I...
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Fairy gone TV Anime's 2nd Half to Premiere in October

Cast to host advance screening of episodes #13-#15 in Tokyo on September 29 ― The official Twitter account and website for P.A. Works' original television anime Fairy gone announced on Saturday that the anime will premiere the second of the anime's two cours (quarters of the year) in October. The cast will appear at a premium screening event for the first three episodes (#13-#15) of the anime's secon...
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Gorgeous Carat's You Higuri Ends Frankenstein no Matsuei Manga

Manga about daughter of Dr. Frankenstein launched in August 2016 ― The June issue of Akita Shoten's Princess Gold magazine published the final chapter on Thursday of You Higuri's Frankenstein no Matsui (A Descendant of Frankenstein) manga. Higuri launched the manga in Princess Gold in August 2016. Akita Shoten published the manga's second compiled volume on August 17. The manga centers on Rena, the d...
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Kochikame's Osamu Akimoto Ends Ii Yu da ne! Manga on June 19

Manga about bathhouse launched in March 2017 ― The June issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Friday that Osamu Akimoto will end his Ii Yu da ne! (What a Nice Bath!) manga in the magazine's July issue on June 19. Akimoto launched the manga in Ultra Jump in March 2017 as one of four new manga he launched after ending Kochikame. The manga's first volume shipped in April 2018. The manga is...
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Anime Expo to Host Tiger & Bunny, Dororo Composer Yoshihiro Ike

Also: MangaGamer to host illustrator, character designer Q-Gaku at July event ― The official website for the Anime Expo convention announced on Friday that it will host composer and musician Yoshihiro Ike. Ike will host a concert with a 50-piece orchestra on July 7 that will play music from B: The Beginning, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, Tiger & Bunny, Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary, Dororo, and Shadow...
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Aniplex USA to Release Sword Art Online II BD Box Set in September

― Aniplex of America announced at its panel at Anime Central on Friday that it will release a complete Blu-ray Disc box set for the Sword Art Online II television anime series. The set will feature Japanese and English audio tracks and English and Spanish subtitles. Bonus content includes audio commentary, textless openings and endings, the "Sword Art Offline 2" anime short, web previews, a mini pin...
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Rock Band 'Survive Said The Prophet' to Perform Opening Theme for Vinland Saga Anime

24-episode series premieres on July 7 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga manga revealed on Friday that five-member rock band Survive Said The Prophet will perform the show's opening theme song "MUKANJYO." The band previously performed an opening and ending theme song for Banana Fish. The staff provided a comment in English from the band's vocalis...
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Frame Arms Girl Anime Film's Trailer Streamed

Compilation film opening on June 29 also adds new footage ― The official website for the Frame Arms Girl: Kyakkyau Fufu na Wonderland anime film began streaming the film's trailer on Saturday. The film will be a compilation film with new added footage, and will open in Japan on June 29. Kotobukiya had originally revealed in March 2018 at the AnimeJapan 2018 event that a sequel project for the anime w...
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Promare Anime Film's Long Promo Video Streamed

Original anime film by Trigger, XFlag opens in Japan on May 24 ― Toho Animation began streaming a long promotional video on Saturday for Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare. The video previews Superfly's song "Kakusei." The film will open in Japan on May 24. Theatergoers will receive character cards with serial codes to grant access to advance streaming of a prequel anime. The all-...
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YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world. ‒ Episode 7

"This was less like watching an episode of a show and more like reading a forum post on it with all the spoiler tags turned on."
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Sekai Project Licenses Winter Polaris, Sanarara R, How to Raise a Wolf Girl Games

Games slated for release on Steam in 2019 ― Sekai Project announced at its panel at Anime Central on Friday that it has licensed the Winter Polaris, Sanarara R, and How to Raise a Wolf Girl games. The company will release the games for PC via Steam. Sekai Project will release Stage-nana's Winter Polaris game, the developer's 41st project, this summer. The company describes the game: In one story, a m...
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Wise Man's Grandchild ‒ Episode 6

"This story has never been entirely certain what tone it wants to strike, and the biggest problems come back to Sizilien again this week."
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Crunchyroll Adds Are You Lost?, Magical Sempai, To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Anime

Also: Hakata Mentai! Pirikarako-chan, In/Spectre ― Crunchyroll announced at its panel at Anime Central on Friday that it will stream the Are You Lost?, Magical Sempai, Hakata Mentai! Pirikarako-chan, To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts, and In/Spectre anime. In/Spectre will debut in winter 2020, and the other anime will debut this summer. The anime adaptation of Kentarō Okamoto and Riri Sagara's Are You L...
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Staff Announce Nanoha 15th Anniversary Event

Organizers announced an event to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha anime franchise. The "Lyrical Live" event is set for January 18, 2020 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya. Series voice actresses Yukari Tamura, Nana Mizuki, Kana Ueda, and more are scheduled to attend. The first Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha television anime premiered in October 2004 and has s...
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The Rising of The Shield Hero ‒ Episode 19

"It's pretty sad when you can tell a mere third of the way through the episode that nothing much will be accomplished by the end."

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Tokyo Rose Garden Plans The Rose of Versailles Event

The Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho business complex is celebrating "Kioi Rose Week" with the classic manga The Rose of Versailles this month. The Akasaka Prince Classic House banquet hall will be decorated with 90 different varieties of rose blooms intermingled with art and objects from The Rose of Versailles. Visitors can see famous scenes from the manga and try on costume pieces like Marie Antoine...

Aniplex of America Reveals Cells at Work! Anime's English Dub Cast, BD Release (Update)

Cast includes Cherami Leigh, Billy Kametz, Robbie Daymond, Laura Post ― Aniplex of America announced at its panel at Anime Central on Friday that it will release the Cells at Work! anime in a Blu-ray Disc box set with an English dub on August 27. The release is available for pre-order now through The Right Stuf International. The release will include an English dub for the opening theme song "Mission...
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AKB48, HKT48 CDs Mysteriously Left Around Fukuoka City

Police in the Sawara district of Fukuoka city are dumbfounded at the culprit or motive behind the recent mysteriously placed CDs in the area. A total of 14 AKB48 and HKT48 CDs were brought into the station as "found" items by locals. It doesn't seem to simply be a case of lost goods; residents have found the items on the street and in mailboxes for apartment complexes and homes between May 11-15. ...
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Biore Anime Ad Focuses on High School Friendships

An animated commercial for Kao Biore Sarasara Powder Sheets focuses less on a personal hygiene routine, instead opting to tug at viewers' heartstrings. The ad stars three high school friends, one a flutist named Mina and the other a burgeoning photographer named Akane. Mina finds herself getting wistful as the school year is drawing to a close but through the encouragement of her friends (and some...

Viz Media to Release Inuyasha Anime on Blu-ray Disc This Fall

Release is 1st BD release for anime in N. America ― Viz Media announced during its panel at Anime Central on Friday that it will release the Inuyasha anime on Blu-ray Disc this fall. The release will be the first time the anime is released on Blu-ray Disc in North America. The 167-episode anime series based on Rumiko Takahashi's manga of the same name ran from 2000-2004. A 26-episode sequel anime tit...
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Actress, Singer Rina Kawaei Announces Marriage, Pregnancy

Partner is fellow actor Tomoki Hirose ― Actress, singer, and former AKB48 A-Team member Rina Kawaei announced both her marriage and pregnancy on Friday. The 24-year-old Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us voice actress married fellow actor Tomoki Hirose and they are expecting their first child. The pair married after about six months of dating and are expected to submit their marriage registration soo...
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Batman and the Justice League Manga Ends in 4th Volume in July (Updated)

Shiori Teshirogi launched series in 2017, ended serialization on Friday ― Manga creator Shiori Teshirogi revealed on her blog in February that the fourth compiled book volume of her Batman and the Justice League manga will be its last. Amazon is listing the volume as shipping in Japan on July 19. DC Comics is releasing the manga in English, and the second volume shipped on April 24. The company descr...
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This Week in Anime - Baki the Grappler Gets Distressingly Sexy

This new anime adaptation of the classic fighting manga has returned to Netflix after a few months of hiatus, but this time our hero is more of a lover than a fighter. Micchy and Andy gawk at Baki's truly bizarre experiments in lovemaking. ― This new anime adaptation of classic fighting manga Baki has returned to Netflix after a few months of hiatus, but this time our hero is more of a lover than a ...
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Black Clover ‒ Episodes 82-83

"This tournament had to get bent completely out of shape in order for its best drama to happen, and what's left are a number of peripheral matches that are difficult to care about."
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Promare Anime Film Gets 10-Minute Prequel 'Galo-hen'

1st theatergoers get cards for advance streaming of anime short ― The official website for Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare announced on Friday that theatergoers will receive character cards with serial codes to grant access to advance streaming of a prequel anime. The all-new 10-minute "Galo-hen" anime will be set one day before the events of the film. The cards are the first t...
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The Magnificent KOTOBUKI Anime Gets Sequel Novel in June

Manga's Tsubasa Sugie returns to illustrate story set 6 months after anime's ending ― The official Twitter account for Shueisha's Jump J-Books imprint revealed on Friday that director Tsutomu Mizushima and scriptwriter Michiko Yokote's original television anime project Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai (The Magnificent KOTOBUKI) is inspiring a novel. The 240-page Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai Kōya Senichiya novel ...
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Square Enix Launches English Manga Imprint in Fall 2019

Launch titles include FINAL FANTASY XV: The Dawn of the Future novel; Hi Score Girl, A Man and His Cat, Soul Eater manga ― Penguin Random House Publisher Services announced on Friday that it has reached a multi-year sales and distribution agreement with Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.'s American subsidiary Square Enix, Inc. to launch a line of English-language manga, novels, and art books. The line is...
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Jinrui no Minasama e Survival Adventure Game's System Video Streamed

PS4, Switch game launches in Japan on June 27 ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming a system introduction video on Friday for it and Acquire's Jinrui no Minasama e (To All of Mankind) survival adventure game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The video highlights the game's setting of an abandoned and ruined Akihabara. In the game players will search for items and information in the area, find a...
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Bakutsuri Bar Hunter Franchise Gets All-New Switch Game This Winter

Also: Sabakan Suzuki's Bakutsuri Bar Hunter manga ends, new manga planned ― The June issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Wednesday that the Bakutsuri Bar Hunter franchise is getting a Nintendo Switch game. The game will feature the Joycon controllers as the fishing reel. The completely new game will launch on the Switch this winter. The magazine also published the final chapte...
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The Irregular at Magic High School: Raihōsha-hen Manga Ends Serialization

Majiko's manga adaptation of volumes 9-11 of Tsutomu Satou's novels launched in 2015 ― The official website for Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine revealed on Friday that the magazine's July issue will publish the final chapter of Majiko's Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Raihōsha-hen (The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc) manga on June 18. The manga's fifth compiled book volume previously revealed ...
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Disaster Report 4 Plus -Summer Memories- Game Gets Switch Release in September

PS4 version gets "sequel" DLC in late May ― Granzella announced on Thursday that it will release its Disaster Report 4 Plus -Summer Memories- (Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4 Plus -Summer Memories-) game for the Nintendo Switch in September. The company released the game for the PlayStation 4 on November 22 after a delay. The PS4 version is compatible with PlayStation VR. The PS4 version of the game will get...
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Spike Chunsoft Releases AI: The Somnium Files Game in Europe on September 20, Crystar Game in Europe on August 30

― Spike Chunsoft announced on Friday that it will release Furyu Corporation's Crystar game in Europe physically and digitally for the PlayStation 4 on August 30. The company will release the game in North America for PS4 and PC via Steam on August 27. In the game's story, Rei and her younger sister Mirai find themselves in the afterlife world "Hengoku." While they are both confused and trying to fin...
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Libra of Nil Admirari Manga Ends in June

Manga adapts Otomate's romance game ― The official website for Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine revealed on Friday that the magazine's July issue on June 18 will publish the final chapter of Shō Yuzuki's Nil Admirari no Tenbin manga. Yuzuki launched the manga in the magazine in January 2018. The manga's second volume shipped on January 26. The manga is based on Idea Factory and Otomate's Nil Admirari...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate Game Now Listed With General 2019 Release

― The official website for 5pb.'s Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game is currently listing the game with a general 2019 release date. The game was originally slated for release in March 2018. 5pb. has delayed the game multiple times to summer 2018, then a general 2019 release, then again to a spring 2019 release before this most ...
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'If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord' Anime Reveals July 4 Premiere, Ending Theme Artist

Nobuhiko Okamoto performs ending theme as character Dale ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of CHIROLU's If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord (Uchi no Ko no Tame Naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maō mo Taoseru Kamoshirenai.) light novel series revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on July 4 at 11:30 p.m. on Tokyo MX and BS11. The show will also air on ...
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Human Lost Anime Film's Clip Reveals Jun Fukuyama in Cast

3D CG anime film opens worldwide this year ― The official website for the Human Lost 3D CG anime film began streaming a new clip from the film on Friday. The clip reveals the cast member Jun Fukuyama as Takeichi, the leader of a reckless group living in the poverty-stricken area of "Ichi Roku" (One Six). He is also the sole friend of protagonist Yozo Oba. The "new sci-fi, cyberpunk film project" is a...
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Cop Craft Anime Reveals More Cast, Theme Song Artists, July 8 Premiere

Masayoshi Ōishi performs opening, Mayu Yoshioka performs ending ― The official website for Cop Craft, the television anime of Shoji Gatoh's Cop Craft Dragnet Mirage Reloaded light novel series, revealed the theme song artists, three more cast members, and July 8 premiere on Friday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 8 at 24:00 (effectively July 9 at 12:00 a.m.), before premiering on...
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Maquia Delayed to June 17

Anime Limited's release of Mari Okada's film (all editions) is delayed again ― Anime Limited has Tweeted the following regarding its home release of Maquia (Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarō), directed by Mari Okada. "We've just been informed that due a delay in printing of a particular element of the Collector's Edition set, we have to push our release of Maquia back by a few weeks. The n...
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Vancouver's Anirevo Event to Host Singer Asaka

Event takes place on August 9-11 ― The Anirevo convention in Vancouver announced on Thursday that it will host singer Asaka as a guest. Asaka's debut single "Open Your Eyes" was the ending theme song for the Occultic;Nine anime. She has since performed theme songs for such anime as A Centaur's Life, Laid-Back Camp, and ISLAND. She most recently performed the opening theme song for the YU-NO: A girl w...
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Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files Anime Reveals Visual, July 6 Premiere

Show's "Episode 0" available now on Crunchyroll ― The official website for Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note, the 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-Moon's Fate franchise, revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on July 6. The series will air on Tokyo MX, BS11, ...
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Touhou Kikeijū: Wily Beast and Weakest Creature Game Launches on Steam on September 10

― Steam is listing that Mediascape will release Team Shanghai Alice's Touhou Kikeijū: Wily Beast and Weakest Creature, the 17th main game in the Touhou Project game series, on September 10. The release will have text in Japanese only. ZUN (founder and sole member of the Team Shanghai Alice dōjin game developer circle) stated in April he plans to complete the game by this summer. ZUN released a demo ...
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nonoc, Riko Azuna Perform Astra Lost in Space Anime's Theme Songs

nonoc performs opening song "star*frost," Riko Azuna performs ending song "Glow at the Velocity of Light" ― The official website for the television anime of Kenta Shinohara's Astra Lost in Space (Kanata no Astra) manga revealed the anime's theme song artists on Friday. nonoc will perform the anime's opening theme song "star*frost," while Riko Azuna will perform the ending song "Glow at the Velocity o...
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XSEED Releases Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls Game on PC on May 29

Game debuted on PS3 in Japan in 2009, in the West in 2011 ― XSEED Games announced on Thursday that it will release Acquire's Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls game on the PC via Steam and the Humble Store on May 29. XSEED Games is streaming a trailer for the game. The game shipped in Japan for the PlayStation 3 in 2009, and shipped in the West in 2011. The game also launched for iOS in 2011, and for ...
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Archimedes no Taisen Live-Action Film Unveils New Trailer, Visual

Film opens on July 26 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Norifusa Mita's Archimedes no Taisen (The Great War of Archimedes) manga began streaming a new trailer for the film on Friday. The site also unveiled a new visual for the film. The film will open in Japan on July 26. Masaki Suda (right in picture below) is playing the main character Tadashi Kai. Takashi Yamazaki (Stan...

Crunchyroll Adds Kimagure Orange Road, Photon, Psybuster Anime

The Adventures of the Little Prince also added ― Crunchyroll has announced that it has added the following anime to its catalog: Kimagure Orange Road (TV series and OVA) Photon the Idiot Adventures Psybuster The Adventures of the Little Prince Psybuster, The Adventures of the Little Prince, and Kimagure Orange Road are available in the United States and Canada. Photon the Idiot Adventures is availabl...
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Bushiroad Reveals CharaExpo USA 2019 in California in December

BanG Dream's Roselia, RAISE A SUILEN bands to appear at December 7-8 event ― Bushiroad announced on Thursday that its CharaExpo USA 2019 event this year will take place on December 7 and 8 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The announced guests include the Roselia (Aina Aiba, Haruka Kudou, Yuki Nakashima, Megu Sakuragawa), and RAISE A SUILEN (Raychell, Riko Kohara, Natsume, Reo ...
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Love Live! Sunshine's Aqours, Steins;Gate's Kanako Ito to Perform at Anime Expo

Funimation holds "Steins;Gate Crash" event with Ito at convention ― The official website for the Anime Expo convention announced on Thursday that Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Aqours group will perform at The Novo venue in downtown Los Angeles on July 5 and 6. The group will perform without Arisa Komiya due to the performer suffering from a hives outbreak. The group previously performed in last year's Anim...
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Sony, Microsoft Agree to Co-Develop Streaming for Games, Content

Collaboration also explores integration of Microsoft Azure AI with Sony image sensors ― Sony and Microsoft announced on Thursday that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop solutions to support their game and content streaming services using Microsoft Azure. The joint development aims to deliver "enhanced entertainment experiences" to customers, as well as develop new platf...
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Tōken Ranbu Fans Raise US$726,500 for Sword Restoration Crowdfund

The fans of DMM's Tōken Ranbu game and anime franchise closed out the Campfire crowdfund campaign to restore the Ishikirimaru sword after raising a whopping 79,797,388 yen (US$726,590), nearly eight times the initial goal. The surplus money will go towards repairing, maintaining, and managing swords in the Ishigirisaki Shrine. Restoration of Ishikirimaru will take place from April 15 to May 15, 20...
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One Punch Man Season 2 ‒ Episode 6

"Once again, One Punch Man spends an entire episode winding up a whirling dervish without actually following through with an impact."
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