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Orange Limited Edition BD/DVD

This teen melodrama takes a surprisingly mature look at clinical depression and how it affects the lives of loved ones. Theron Martin explores the series' highs and lows. ― How do you save a person who's wallowing in depression but won't let anyone know about it, especially without making it obvious that you're trying to do so? That question lies at the heart of this adaptation of Ichigo Takano's man...
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ANN Reader / Subscriber Give-Away Winners

Did you win? ― Anime News Network is giving away a copy of Cowboy Bebop" The Complete Series on DVD from Funimation as well as Sword Art Online volumes 1 and 2 on DVD from Aniplex of America. The Sword Art Online give-away is open to all readers. Just enter your details below. The Cowboy Bebop give-away is open to all ANN subscribers, including Basic Subscription. Just enter your details below and yo...
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Mary and The Witch's Flower Ticket Winners

Find out if you won tickets to see this week's screenings of Studio Ghibli's Mary and the Witch's Flower. ― To kick-off the one-night premiere event of Mary and The Witch's Flower, GKIDS and Fathom Events are giving away FREE tickets and cool merchandise! Based on the 1971 young adult novel The Little Broomstick, Mary and The Witch's Flower is an all-ages action fantasy adventure that hearkens back t...
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Your Daily Streaming Reviews Schedule: Winter 2018

The results are in and we have your Daily Streaming Reviews schedule for Winter 2018! ― This season's poll results have been tallied and we've put together the schedule for the Winter 2018 Daily Streaming Reviews! We may add coverage of more winter anime based on future reader interest, so let us know what you'd like to see as the season progresses! (Please note that The Seven Deadly Sins and Fate/Ex...
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Shelf Life - Haikyu!!

Gabriella takes to the court with this first season of the hit sports anime, and Paul breaks down all this week's new Blu-ray and DVD releases! ― I replaced my nine-year-old laptop recently, and I'm still in that magical honeymoon period with the new one. Everything about it is shiny and new, and I haven't yet felt the need to swear profusely at it or beg it to keep working for just one more day. I ...
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REVIEW: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection

The first original theatrical film in the Nanoha franchise reaches for the stars, but steps out on the wrong foot. Kim Morrissy has the details on this movie straight from Japan. ― Before I dive into this review, I should give a bit of context about this movie and where it fits into the Nanoha timeline. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection is the third Nanoha film, but it's the first to feature an ...
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Kitaro: The Great Tanuki War GN

As both the least episodic and the most intense of Kitaro's adventures so far, this piece of manga history leaves a strong impression. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Most of us are familiar with the Japanese monsters known as tanuki, and to a lesser degree their real-life animal counterpart, as the friendly raccoon dogs who shapeshift and play tricks, or maybe as the statues with giant testicle...
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The Saga of Tanya the Evil Novel 1

This highly technical and thoroughly detailed first volume is far less light and action-packed than its anime adaptation might suggest. Theron Martin examines how this novel expands on Tanya's story. ― Saga of Tanya the Evil started off as a webnovel on the Japanese site Arcadia before being acquired and published by Enterbrain. A 12-episode anime adaptation aired one year ago, and a follow-up movie ...
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Tuesday, January 16

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Orange Limited Edition BD/DVD

This teen melodrama takes a surprisingly mature look at clinical depression and how it affects the lives of loved ones. Theron Martin explores the series' highs and lows. ― How do you save a person who's wallowing in depression but won't let anyone know about it, especially without making it obvious that you're trying to do so? That question lies at the heart of this adaptation of Ichigo Takano's man...
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Full Metal Panic! 3rd Director's Cut Film's Teaser Previews Theme Song

Tamaru Yamada performs theme for film premiering on Saturday ― The official website for the three-film director's cut anime project for the first season of the Full Metal Panic! television anime series began streaming a teaser trailer for the third film on Tuesday. The video previews the theme song "Kimi wa Tomodachi Ichiban no Koi ~way to love you~" (You are a Friend First Love: Way to Love You) per...
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SD Gundam G Generation Genesis Gets Nintendo Switch Release

Game ships in Japan on April 26 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced during its "Gundam Game New Year Festival 2018" livestream on Tuesday that the SD Gundam G Generation Genesis game will get a physical and digital release for the Nintendo Switch in Japan on April 26. The company also began streaming the first promotional video for the release. The game will be the first Gundam title for the Ninte...
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New Gundam Breaker PS4 Game Announced for 2018 Release (Update)

Gundam Breaker series' 4th game ships in Japan, Asia, West ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced during its "Gundam Game New Year Festival 2018" livestream on Tuesday that the New Gundam Breaker game will ship for PlayStation 4 in Japan and Southeast Asia this year. The game will have English subtitles in Southeast Asia. The company also began streaming the first promotional video for the game. The ...

Lupin III's 5th Anime Series Reveals Staff, April Debut, Modern Setting

4th series' director, designer return with Code Geass writer Ichiro Okouchi ― The official website and Twitter account for the fifth Lupin III anime series launched and revealed the new project's staff, April premiere, and modern France setting of the story. Yuichiro Yano is returning from the fourth series to direct Lupin the Third Part 5 at Telecom Animation Film with character designer Hisao Yokob...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, January 1-7

Live-action Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu film sells 14,942 + 3,243, followed by Kamen Rider Ex-Aid True Ending, Hatsune Miku, your name., One Piece ― The limited first deluxe edition for the live-action film of Rina Yagami's Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu manga landed at #2 with 14,942 copies on the overall DVD chart. The regular edition was #5 with 3,243 copies. The regular edition of Gekijō-ban...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, January 8-14

Hatsune Miku sells 8,300, followed by Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu, Kamen Rider Ex-Aid True Ending, Love Live! Sunshine!!, Robot Girls Z ― Hatsune Miku "Magical Mirai 2017" Blu-ray sold 8,300 copies to rank #3 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The limited first deluxe edition for the live-action film of Rina Yagami's Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu manga landed at #4 with 6,957 copies. The regula...
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Final Fantasy XV Gets 'Royal Edition' Release With New Features

New edition includes all DLC, additional content; previous owners can purchase new content as upgrade ― Square Enix announced on Tuesday that it will release a new edition of its Final Fantasy XV game titled Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition. The release is slated for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 6 in both North America and Japan. Square Enix is streaming an English and Japanese trailer for the ...
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HIDIVE Begins Streaming English Tanaka-kun is Always Listless Dub

New dubbed episodes premiere every week, BD/DVD release slated for January 30 ― The HIDIVE streaming service began streaming the first episode from Sentai Filmworks' English dub for the Tanaka-kun is Always Listless anime on Monday. The service will premiere a new dubbed episode every week until the entire series is available by April 2. The English dub cast, under director John Swasey and writer Mar...
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Sengoku Basara Manga's Motoki Yoshihara Launches New Manga

Manga adaptation of Asato Asato's 86 -Eighty-Six- light novel series launches winter ― This year's first issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine revealed last month that Motoki Yoshihara will launch a manga adaptation of Asato Asato's 86 -Eighty-Six- light novel seres in the magazine this winter. The magazine also notes that the light novel series has 250,000 copies in print. The novels' story c...
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Bambi and Her Pink Gun's Kaneko Ends Deathco Manga

"Death carnival" manga launched in 2014 ― This year's February issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Beam magazine published the final chapter of Atsushi Kaneko's Deathco manga on Friday. Yoko Kondou's manga adaptation of Kōtarō Tanaka's Kama no Chi novel and Sansuke Yamada's Areyo Hoshikuzu manga also ended in the same issue. Kaneko launched Deathco in the magazine's February 2014 issue. Kadokawa releas...
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Mazinger Z: Infinity Anime Film Opens at #6 at Japanese Box Office

Kamakura Monogatari, Yo-Kai Watch, Chunibyo, Miseinen dakedo all rank in top 10 Destiny - Kamakura Monogatari, the live-action film of Ryohei Saigan's Kamakura Monogatari manga, fell from #3 to #4 during the January 13-14 weekend, its sixth weekend at the Japanese box office. The film sold 89,000 tickets on Saturday and Sunday to earn 113 million yen (about US$1.02 million), pushing its total to 2....
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Space Invaders Celebrates 40th Anniversary with 10-player Game in Skyscraper

The classic arcade game reached new heights in Tokyo's Roppongi Hills district. An experimental interactive exhibition honoring the Video Game Hall of Fame title Space Invaders, "Space Invaders Gigamax" opened on January 12 to celebrate the game's 40th anniversary. The event will introduce new fans and entertain veterans and includes a 10-player edition of the arcade classic. There are three diffe...
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2018 Doraemon Film's Trailer Previews Gen Hoshino's Theme Song

"Nobita's Treasue Island" film's theme song is titled "Doraemon" ― The official Doraemon Channel website revealed the title of Gen Hoshino's theme song for the Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Takarajima (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Treasure Island) film as "Doraemon" on Monday. A 90-second third trailer featuring the song premiered on TV Asahi's Good! Morning program on Tuesday. The song's single will ship...
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Live-Action Real Girl Film Announces Additional Cast

Hiroya Shimizu, Yuri Tsunematsu, Moka Kamishiraishi, Yūtarō join cast ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga announced its second round of cast members on Tuesday. The new cast members are (from left to right in image below): Hiroya Shimizu (live-action Chihayafuru) as Mitsuya Takanashi, a handsome boy who attends Iroha and Tsutsui's sch...
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Otakon Vegas to Host Art Director Yoichi Nishikawa, Producers Katsuhiro Takei, Kiyotaka Waki

Guests announced for January 19-21 convention in Nevada ― The official Twitter account for the Otakon Vegas convention announced on Wednesday that it will host producers Katsuhiro Takei and Kiyotaka Waki at this year's convention. It previously announced that art director Youichi Nishikawa will also be a convention guest. Youichi Nishikawa (pictured right) has contributed background art to anime such...

Monday, January 15

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ANN Reader / Subscriber Give-Away Winners

Did you win? ― Anime News Network is giving away a copy of Cowboy Bebop" The Complete Series on DVD from Funimation as well as Sword Art Online volumes 1 and 2 on DVD from Aniplex of America. The Sword Art Online give-away is open to all readers. Just enter your details below. The Cowboy Bebop give-away is open to all ANN subscribers, including Basic Subscription. Just enter your details below and yo...
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Suzuko Mimori Thanks Fans for Support After Confirming Relationship

Voice actress Suzuko Mimori confirmed on Saturday that she is in a romantic relationship with professional wrestler Kazuchika Okada. She received an outpouring of love from her fans and posted her gratitude on Twitter on Monday. Mimori said, "I'm grateful for the warm words from everyone! Everyone is too kind, and my tears overflowed. Thank you so much. Let's do our best even more!!" Mimori had ap...
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Fate/Apocrypha Part 2 Listed for February 9 on U.S. Netflix

Netflix is listing a February 9 premiere for the second half of Fate/Apocypha in the United States. The first 12 episodes debuted in the United States and Canada in multiple languages on November 7. It debuted in all other territories outside of Japan, the United States, and Canada on December 2. The anime premiered in Japanese television on July 1 and on Netflix in Japan on July 3 and aired a tot...
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This Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh Card is "One-of-a-Kind"

And it's on sale for 45 million yen ― Among the specialty shops in Akihabara is one particular store with a focus on rare, expensive trading cards. Card Shop Spiral regularly updates its wares, which can range from 200 yen booster packs to 120,000 yen English edition of the Black Magician Yu-Gi-Oh card. But this isn't even the most expensive or rarest Yu-Gi-Oh card in the shop. That distinction belon...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, January 1-7

your name. airs along with other Shinkai films ― Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film aired on TV Asahi at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3 and earned a 17.4% rating. Studio Ghibli's Kiki's Delivery Service anime film aired on NTV at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 5 and earned a 12.5% rating. Shinkai's The Garden of Words and The Place Promised in Our Early Days films aired on TV Asahi on Tuesday, J...
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Toji no Miko Smartphone Game's Promo Previews Story Linked to Anime

iOS/Android game slated for this year ― The official website for the Toji no Miko: Kizamishi Issen no Tomoshibi smartphone game began streaming a promotional video on Monday. The video previews a story mode from Mihono's point of view that runs parallel to the anime. It also previews the game's battle system, where the player can create teams of four, plus assist members. The iOS and Android game is ...
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Yuka Ozaki Stars in Live-Action Kemono Friends Ad to Promote ATM Network

Voice actress Yuka Ozaki regularly makes official appearances while cosplaying as her Kemono Friends character Serval, often saying some of Serval's trademark catchphrases. The latest example is a new commercial for E-net ATMs, which debuted on Monday. The commercial features the anime's opening theme song "Yōkoso Japari Park e" (Welcome to Japari Park). The ad reveals that people using Japan's po...
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Live-Action Princess Jellyfish Show Casts Former Denpagumi Idol

Koyuki also played role in Monday's series premiere ― The official website for the live-action television series based on Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish manga announced on Monday that former Dempagumi.inc idol group member Moga Mogami is playing a stylish girl named Kotone Kiriyama. Kotone is Kuranosuke's college underclassman who also works in the music industry and is in love with him. In a...
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Mary and The Witch's Flower Ticket Winners

Find out if you won tickets to see this week's screenings of Studio Ghibli's Mary and the Witch's Flower. ― To kick-off the one-night premiere event of Mary and The Witch's Flower, GKIDS and Fathom Events are giving away FREE tickets and cool merchandise! Based on the 1971 young adult novel The Little Broomstick, Mary and The Witch's Flower is an all-ages action fantasy adventure that hearkens back t...
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Dragon Ball Cast Gather with Hundreds of Mourners for Hiromi Tsuru's Memorial

Tearful Masako Nozawa & Ryusei Nakao bid farewell ― Fans around the world were shocked when Bulma voice actress Hiromi Tsuru passed away suddenly in November from aortic dissection. Her family held a private funeral followed by a memorial service where hundreds gathered to pay their respects. Among the mourners were her cast mates from the Dragon Ball and Anpanman anime series, Mayumi Tanaka (Krillin...
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Your Daily Streaming Reviews Schedule: Winter 2018

The results are in and we have your Daily Streaming Reviews schedule for Winter 2018! ― This season's poll results have been tallied and we've put together the schedule for the Winter 2018 Daily Streaming Reviews! We may add coverage of more winter anime based on future reader interest, so let us know what you'd like to see as the season progresses! (Please note that The Seven Deadly Sins and Fate/Ex...
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Viz's Shonen Jump Confirms ACT-AGE Preview

Viz Media's digital English edition of Weekly Shonen Jump announced on Monday that it will preview Tatsuya Matsuki and Shiro Usazaki's ACT-AGE manga on January 22, the same day it debuts in Japan. The manga is part of the "Jump Start" initiative, where Viz Media's Shonen Jump publishes the first three chapters of a new manga simultaneously with the Japanese release. ACT-AGE centers on a certain yo...
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Cardcaptor Sakura's New Wand is Ready for...RELEASE!

Everything old is new again and that includes magical girl Cardcaptor Sakura. The newly-minted middle schooler must protect Tomoeda once again from magical forces and for that she needed a new sealing staff, the Dream Staff. Sakura puts it to good use to capture Gale in the new season's first episode. Cosplayers and collectors looking to update their own magical repertoire will be happy to know t...
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The [email protected] Million Live! Game Ends Service on March 19

The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's The [email protected] Million Live! smartphone and browser game announced on Monday that it will end service on March 19. The browser edition will cease sales of Spark Drinks and Battle Candies, which are purchased with GREE coins, on February 15. The smartphone edition will cease selling the game's Million Coin currency on February 15, but smartphone...
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Answerman - Why Did Anime Take So Long To Take Off In America?

Anime took a long time to gain popularity and pop cultural awareness in America, much longer than it took in other countries - why is that? Justin considers the angles. ― Edgar asked: I grew up in South America back in the 80s. Back then kids' anime was nothing short of mainstream in our country. We had several hours of anime in TV each day (such as the World Masterpiece Theater franchise) and some ...
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Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line Anime Listed With 25 Episodes

The official website for Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line, the Yowamushi Pedal anime series' fourth season, revealed on Tuesday that the series will ship in three DVD and Blu-ray Disc boxes. The first volume will have nine episodes, and the second and third volume will have eight episodes each, for a total of 25 episodes. The first box will ship on May 23, followed by the second on July 18, and the thir...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 343

"Leave it to Gintama to turn an exercise in interplanetary diplomacy into an episode-length poop joke."
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Shelf Life - Haikyu!!

Gabriella takes to the court with this first season of the hit sports anime, and Paul breaks down all this week's new Blu-ray and DVD releases! ― I replaced my nine-year-old laptop recently, and I'm still in that magical honeymoon period with the new one. Everything about it is shiny and new, and I haven't yet felt the need to swear profusely at it or beg it to keep working for just one more day. I ...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 821

"After an arc of ups and downs, it feels good to see the moving pieces start falling into place and for the real story to reveal itself."
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REVIEW: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection

The first original theatrical film in the Nanoha franchise reaches for the stars, but steps out on the wrong foot. Kim Morrissy has the details on this movie straight from Japan. ― Before I dive into this review, I should give a bit of context about this movie and where it fits into the Nanoha timeline. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection is the third Nanoha film, but it's the first to feature an ...
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Toji no Miko Anime Listed With 24 Episodes

The official website for Studio Gokumi's original anime project Toji no Miko (The Shrine Maiden Swordwielders) revealed on Monday that the series will have six DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases. Each volume will have four episodes for a total of 24 episodes. One volume will ship every month starting on April 25. The DVD volumes will cost 11,000 yen (about US$99) each, and the Blu-ray Disc volumes will...
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KenIchi's Shun Matsuena to Launch New Manga This Sping

Matsuena ended Tokiwa Kitareri!! manga last June ― The third compiled book volume of Shu Matsuda and Shun Matsuena's Tensō Kidō Alvadring manga revealed last Friday that Matsuena will launch a new manga in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine this spring. Matsuda and Matsuena launched Tensō Kidō Alvadring in Shogakukan's Yawaraka Spirits magazine in 2016. Matsuena ended his Tokiwa Kitareri!! ma...
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Wagahai no Heya de Aru Manga Ends in February

Manga about lone graduate student in Tokyo apartment inspired live-action series in September ― The February issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed last Friday that Riki Taoka's Wagahai no Heya de Aru (This Is My Room) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on February 12. The manga centers on 23-year-old graduate student Tetsurō, who lives alone in his apartment in Tokyo....
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Libra of Nil Admirari Anime's Video Reveals Juri Kimura as Lead Voice

Ayumu Murase, Rio Natsuki, Norio Kobayashi return from otome game for Spring anime ― The official website for Nil Admirari no Tenbin (Libra of Nil Admirari), the television anime of Idea Factory and Otomate's Nil Admirari no Tenbin: Teito Genwaku Kitan romance game, began streaming the anime's first full promotional video on Monday. The video reveals additional cast members and three of the anime's t...
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Fireworks, Napping Princess, More Nominated for 41st Japan Academy Prize

Mary and the Witch's Flower, Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter, 'Night is Short, Walk On Girl' also nominated ― The Japan Academy Prize Association for excellence in film announced the nominees for the 41st annual awards on Monday. The five movies that have been nominated for Animation of the Year are: Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom? Napping Princess Mary and the Witch...
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Hinamatsuri Anime Casts Yōko Hikasa, Ari Ozawa, Tsuyoshi Koyama, Kengo Kawanishi

Takako Tanaka, Yoshiki Nakajima, Rie Murakawa, Kaede Hondo also in super-powered yakuza comedy ― The official website for the television anime of Masao Ohtake's Hinamatsuri manga announced additional cast members on Monday. Yōko Hikasa as Utako, the manager of the Little Song bar Ari Ozawa as Mao, a girl with telekinetic powers Tsuyoshi Koyama as the young head of the Ashikawa-gumi yakuza Kengo Kawan...
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Man With A Mission, The Sixth Lie Perform Themes for Golden Kamuy Anime

Series based on Satoru Noda's manga premieres in April ― The official website for the television anime of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga announced on Monday that Man WIth A Mission will perform the show's opening theme song, and The Sixth Lie will perform the ending theme song. Man With A Mission has previously performed theme songs for The Seven Deadly Sins, Inuyashiki Last Hero, Mobile Suit Gunda...
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Old Boy Manga Author Caribu Marley Passes Away

Ao no Senshi, Hard Core author was 70 ― The official Twitter account of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Beam magazine announced on Monday that manga creator Caribu Marley passed away on January 7. He was 70. Marley's close relatives held a funeral. Marley drew manga under numerous pen names, including Garon Tsuchiya, Hijikata Yūmine, Dark Master, Tsubakiya no Minamoto, and Marginal. Marley is perhaps best k...
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Real Account Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Sruvival series about social networking service launched in 2014 ― This year's seventh issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Shizumu Watanabe and Okusho's Real Account manga is inspiring a live-action film adaptation. The magazine had teased last month that the seventh issue would have an "important announcement" for the manga. Kodansha Comics is publishing the ma...
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Momoka Ariyasu Announces Graduation From Momoiro Clover Z Group

22-year-old singer graduates after January 21 concert ― Idol singer and Momoiro Clover Z member Momoka Ariyasu announced on the official Momoiro Clover Z website on Monday that she will graduate from the group after a scheduled concert on January 21. In her message, the 22-year-old singer mentioned that she has been with the group for eight years, but has now decided to distance herself from the ente...
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'Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in the Dungeon?' Franchise Teases 'New Project'

The official Twitter account for SoftBank Creative Corp.'s GA Bunko light novel label teased on Monday that the Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka) franchise will get a "new project," with details to be announced soon. The franchise began with Fujino Ōmori's Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in the Dungeon? light novel series...
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Black Clover Anime Adds Kenyuu Horiuchi, Yuichiro Umehara to Cast

Anime premiered on October 3 with Crunchyroll stream, Funimation dub ― The official website for the television anime of Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga revealed two more cast members on Monday. Both new characters are from the Diamond Kingdom, and will debut in the series in the 15th episode on Tuesday. The new cast includes: Kenyuu Horiuchi as Lotus Whomalt Yuichiro Umehara as Mars The anime premie...
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Zo Zo Zo Zombie-kun Manga Ends in 11th Volume

11th volume slated for February 28 ― Shogakukan is listing the 11th compiled book volume of Yasunari Nagatoshi's Zo Zo Zo Zombie-kun manga as the final volume. The volume is slated to ship in Japan on February 28. The gag manga about "creepy cute" zombies launched in Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine in November 2012. The 10th compiled volume shipped last November. A two-episode short net anime ...
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Pokémon GO Game Adds Kyogre, Announces Community Day Events

Game will no longer support devices that cannot upgrade to iOS 11 starting on February 28 ― Niantic announced on Friday that it has added the Pokémon Kyogre to its Pokémon GO smartphone game. The Pokémon will only be available until 4:00 p.m. EST on February 14. Niantic also announced on January 9 that the game's iOS version will no longer support devices that cannot upgrade to iOS 11, including iPho...

Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest TV Anime Delayed to 2019

Novel volume 8 with drama CD also delayed 1 month to April 25 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Ryo Shirakome's Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest (Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō) light novel series announced on Monday that the anime is delayed until 2019. The anime was originally slated to premiere in April. The anime staff cited "various circumstances"...
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Attack on Titan 2 Game Adds Playable Characters, Multiplayer Modes

PS4/Xbox One/Switch/PC game ships in Japan on March 15, in the West on March 20 ― The official website for Koei Tecmo Games' Attack on Titan 2 game revealed on Sunday that it has added Keith, Kitz, Pixis, and Zackly (pictured below) as playable characters in the game. The site also revealed a new multiplayer game mode called "Extermination" that will set four-player teams against each other to contes...
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Brave10's Kairi Shomotsuki Publishes 'Akuratsu' Short-Run Manga

Manga launched on December 25 ― This year's second issue of Shonengahosha's Young King magazine published the first chapter in a new short-run manga series by Kairi Shimotsuki titled Akuratsu on December 25. The manga's first chapter featured a color opening page (left), and was also featured on the magazine's front cover (right). Shimotsuki recently launched a new manga titled Arthur Bright in Tokum...
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Bandai, Shogakukan, Toei Animation Announce Bakutsuri Bar Hunter Franchise with Anime, Manga, Game, Toys

Children's franchise focuses on barcodes, fishing ― Bandai, Shogakukan, and Toei Animation opened a website on Monday to announce a new multimedia franchise titled Bakutsuri Bar Hunter. The concept of the franchise is that the barcodes on our personal belongings all have a "bar soul." These unknown "bar soul" lifeforms live in the "barcode ocean." And in this world, people can use a "Bakutsuri Bar Ro...
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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take On Me Anime Film Opens at #6

Yo-kai Watch, Kamen Rider stay in top 10, Cardcaptor Sakura tops mini-theater ranking Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu (Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: The Return of the Oni King), the fourth film in the Yo-kai Watch franchise, fell from #2 to #5 during the January 6-7 weekend at the Japanese box office, the film's fourth weekend at the box office. The film earned 121,718,000 yen (about US$1.09 ...
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'Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms' Manga Gets Live-Action Series

New series celebrates NHK Hiroshima Station 90th anniversary, moves setting to 2018 ― NHK announced on Monday that Fumiyo Kouno's Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms (Yūnagi no Machi, Sakura no Kuni) manga will get a live-action series adaptation this summer. The new production celebrates the 90th anniversary of NHK's Hiroshima Station. The manga's story follows two young women in a fami...
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Akkun to Kanojo Anime's Announcement Visual Unveiled

The staff of the anime adaptation of Waka Kakitsubata's Akkun to Kanojo (Akkun and His Girlfriend) manga opened an official website and Twitter account for the anime on Monday, which unveiled the anime's announcement visual. Shin Katagai (Neo Angelique Abyss) is directing the anime at Yumeta Company. Yuka Yamada (Aikatsu!, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid) is in charge of series composition. Motohiro ...

Discotek Licenses Great Mazinger Anime, Toriko Film, 2 Zatch Bell Films

Also: Tenjho Tenge, Robot Carnival, Tomorrow's Joe slated for March 27 ― Discotek Media announced on Sunday that it has licensed the Toriko the Movie: Secret Recipe of Gourmet God! (Gekijō-ban Toriko Bishokushin no Special Menu), Zatch Bell: 101st Devil (Konjiki no Gash Bell: 101 Banme no Mamono), Zatch Bell: Attack of Mechavulcan (Konjiki no Gash Bell!!: Attack of the Mechavulcan), and Great Mazinge...
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 35

"At last, two weeks into the winter season, we finally arrived at the end of Hina's school bullying arc."
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The Ancient Magus' Bride ‒ Episode 14

"I appreciate the cyclical approach to storytelling in this episode, even if last week's cliffhanger felt resolved too quickly."
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Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade Manga to End in 2 Chapters

Spinoff manga began in 2012 ― Manga artist Koyuki announced on Twitter on Tuesday that her Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade manga with writer Mamare Touno will end in two more chapters. The 63rd chapter debuted in the February issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine on Tuesday. Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade (Log Horizon - Nishikaze no Ryodan) is a side story of the Log Horizon novels t...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 123

"As simple and dull as Jiren could potentially be, I still get a lot of mileage out of his fights."

Sunday, January 14

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Yoshiaki Tabata, Yūki Yogo's Ninja Slayer Manga Ends

Vertical publishes series in English ― The official Twitter account for Yoshiaki Tabata and Yūki Yogo's Ninja Slayer manga revealed on December 8 that the manga has ended. The Comic Walker website also published the final chapter digitally on December 30. The official Twitter account also revealed on Wednesday that the manga's 13th and 14th volumes will both ship on February 10 with additional pages....
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Omamori Himari's Milan Matra Launches Black Sister Insomnia Manga

Manga centers on protagonist writing light novel about "sleeplessness syndrome" urban legend ― Manga creator Milan Matra launched a new manga series titled Black Sister Insomnia in the February issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine on Tuesday. The magazine's official Twitter account posted a photo of the manga's color opening page. The new manga centers on an aspiring light novel writer who...
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BlazBlue Variable Heart Spinoff Manga Ends

Manga spinoff of fighting game series focused on Mai Natsume ― The January issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine published the final chapter of Sumeragi's BlazBlue Variable Heart manga on December 9. The manga's third and final compiled book volume is slated for March. The manga centers on the character Mai Natsume, the main character of the previous BlazBlue Remix Heart manga, and is set a...
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Yumeta Company Animates Akkun to Kanojo Anime

Neo Angelique Abyss' Shin Katagai directs anime based on Waka Kakitsubata manga ― The February issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine revealed the main staff for the anime adaptation of Waka Kakitsubata's Akkun to Kanojo (Akkun and His Girlfriend) manga on Monday. Shin Katagai (Neo Angelique Abyss) is directing the anime at Yumeta Company. Yuka Yamada (Aikatsu!, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid)...
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Gintama Rumble Game Adds Breeza, Celo as Assist Characters

Parody villain characters based on Dragon Ball Z join game ― This year's seventh issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's Gintama Rumble PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita action game will add the characters Breeza and Celo as assist characters. The characters appeared in the franchise as parodies of Dragon Ball Z villains Frieza and Cell. P...

Coming-of-Age Anime Film Let Me Eat Your Pancreas Reveals Early Fall Debut

Tagline, visual also unveiled for anime of novel that already inspired live-action film ― The official website for the anime film of Yoru Sumino's Kimi no Suizō o Tabetai (Let Me Eat Your Pancreas, or literally, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas) novel updated on Monday, and the film's Twitter account opened at the same time. The website and Twitter account revealed the film's early fall 2018 opening date ...
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Kitaro: The Great Tanuki War GN

As both the least episodic and the most intense of Kitaro's adventures so far, this piece of manga history leaves a strong impression. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Most of us are familiar with the Japanese monsters known as tanuki, and to a lesser degree their real-life animal counterpart, as the friendly raccoon dogs who shapeshift and play tricks, or maybe as the statues with giant testicle...
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Cross Account Manga Ends in Shonen Jump

Manga about boy who maintains angry social media persona launched last June ― This year's seventh issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the final chapter of Tsunehiro Date's Cross Account manga on Monday. The manga's third and fourth volumes will ship on March 2. The fourth volume, which is the final volume, will also include a bonus extra chapter. Viz Media published the first th...
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Fate/Grand Order Arcade Slated for Summer in Japan

The official website for Type-Moon's Fate/Grand Order Arcade game announced on Sunday that the team battle game will debut in Japanese arcades this summer. In addition, Sega's booth at Japan Amusement Expo (JAEPO) 2018 will host a special stage event for the game on February 10 at 11:30 a.m. (February 9 at 9:30 p.m. EST). The event will stream on the Niconico Live service, and it will announce var...
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Border Break Mecha Arcade Game Gets PS4 Release

Game will have free-to-play digital version, physical release ― Sega revealed on Thursday that it will release a PlayStation 4 version of its Border Break mecha action arcade game this year. The game will be a free-to-play game with in-game purchases, but it will also have a physical release and special download edition bonuses. Open beta testing will begin in February. The game's trailer previews th...
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TOKU to Air The Ultraman Anime Series Starting on January 29

50-episode series originally aired in 1979-1980 ― Olympusat, Inc.'s television channel TOKU announced on January 5 that it will air The Ultraman television anime series starting on January 29 at 8:00 p.m. The 50-episode series aired in 1979-1980, and was the first animated series in the Ultraman franchise. Hisayuki Toriumi and Takeyuki Kanda directed the series at Sunrise (known then as Nippon Sunris...
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Kemono Friends Director Tatsuki Recruits 2 Voice Actresses

Tatsuki also teases image of 2 female characters at Tokyo's Nakano station ― Anime director Tatsuki (Kemono Friends) posted on Twitter on Saturday a recruitment notice for two voice actresses on a "probable work" by his three-person independent animation group irodori. Applicants must send a self-introduction and if possible, a recording of the sample dialogue listed below by January 20. ふと久々に声優さんを募集...
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Summer Wars, Dragon Ball Z Released Monday

New releases by Manga Entertainment ― On Monday January 15, Manga Entertainment will release a Blu-ray/DVD edition of Mamoru Hosoda's Summer Wars as part of the "Hosoda Collection". It includes a 52-page art book. In the story, timid eleventh-grader and math genius Kenji Koiso is asked by older student and secret crush Natsuki to come with her to her family's Nagano home for a summer job, he agrees w...

J-Novel Club Licenses '[New Life+] Young Again in Another World' Novel Series

Seres follows man reincarnated in another world ― Digital publishing company J-Novel Club announced on Saturday that it has licensed Mine and Kabocha's [New Life+] Young Again in Another World (Nidome no Jinsei wo Isekai de) light novel series. The first half of the first volume is available for members to read now, and non-members can read a free preview. J-Novel Club will release the first volume a...
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Yo-kai Watch Shadowside Anime Film Stays at #2 in 3rd Weekend at Box Office

Kamen Rider, Girls und Panzer, Fullmetal Alchemist stay in top 10 Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu (Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: The Return of the Oni King), the fourth film in the Yo-kai Watch franchise, stayed at #2 at the Japanese box office for the December 30-31 weekend. The film sold 131,000 tickets to earn 150 million yen (about US$1.32 million) in its second weekend. The film has earn...
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Ro-Kyu-Bu! Manga's Yūki Takami Launches Tenka Hyakken Manga

Ketsuyuki Tamon also launches separate "pre-comic" for franchise in same issue ― Manga creators Yūki Takami and Ketsuyuki Tamon launched two separate manga adaptations of Dengeki G's magazine's Tenka Hyakken franchise in the February issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Comic magazine on December 27. Takami's manga is titled Tenka Hyakken -Sai- (Tenka Hyakken -Color-), while Tamon's manga is titled Tenka ...
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Discotek Posts Osomatsu-kun Anime's 1st Episode With English Subtitles

1988 series follows Matsuno sextuplets as children ― Discotek Media began streaming the first English-subtitled episode of the 1988 Osomatsu-kun television anime series on Saturday. Fujio Akatsuka's original manga and "high tension comedy" TV anime centered on the Matsuno household, which has six naughty and mischievous sons (who are sextuplets). All of the sextuplets, including the eldest Osomatsu, ...
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Crunchyroll Adds Desert Punk, Kaze no Stigma, Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar Anime

[email protected], Guyver, more Yū Yū Hakusho episodes also added ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday and Thursday that it has added the following anime to its catalog: Desert Punk (U.S. and Canada) Kaze no Stigma (U.S. and Canada) Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar (U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa) [email protected] (U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand) Guyver: The ...
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NisiOisin's Densetsu Series Ends With 10th Volume in March

Series launched with Himeiden novel in 2012, inspired manga ― The official Twitter account of writer NisiOisin (Monogatari series, Medaka Box) revealed on December 28 that his Densetsu (Legend) series of novels will end with the 10th volume. The ninth volume, Hikyūden, is slated for February 28, while the 10th volume, Hijūden, is slated for March 28. In the story of the series' first novel, an event ...
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Death March to The Parallel World Rhapsody Novels Get Spinoff Manga

Manga launches on February 9 ― The February issue of Fujimi Shobo's Dragon Age magazine revealed on Tuesday that Akira Segami is launching a manga spinoff of Hiro Ainana and shri's Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Death March Kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyōsōkyoku) light novel series in the next issue on February 9. The spinoff is a prequel titled Death March Kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyōsōkyoku EX: A...

Saturday, January 13

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GARO -Vanishing Line- ‒ Episode 13

"The combination of satisfying action, fun character work, and compelling world-building make this episode a strong opener for VANISHING LINE's second cour."
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Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san's Soichiro Yamamoto Launches New Manga

Kunoichi Tsubaki no Mune no Uchi centers on ace student with secret curiosity ― The February issue of Shogakukan's Gessan (Monthly Shonen Sunday) magazine launched a new manga series by Soichiro Yamamoto titled Kunoichi Tsubaki no Mune no Uchi (Inside Tsubaki Kunoichi's Heart) on Friday. The magazine's previous issue teased the plot as centering on the titular Tsubaki Kunoichi, the best student in he...
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Voice Actress Suzuko Mimori, Wrestler Kazuchika Okada Acknowledge Relationship

Both vow to keep working as before, after site reports on their dates together ― Voice actress Suzuko Mimori and professional wrestler Kazuchika Okada posted on Twitter on Saturday to address the report that the two are involved in a romantic relationship. The website Bunshun Online had reported that the two had spent over four hours in each other's homes on the evening of January 9, followed by a da...
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ANN 2018 Reader Survey

It's time for our sort-of-annual mega reader survey. The survey helps us improve ANN, understand our readers, and sell the right advertising.
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Devilman Whiskey Marks Go Nagai's 50th Anniversary as Creator

What pairs well with a demon-themed series about a part-demon man fighting to save humanity? A whiskey of the same name might. Testing that theory, Shogakukan's Otona no Ippin online shop is offering special Invergordon 1972 whiskey with a Devilman label. Whiskey critic Hideo Yamaoka selected the single grain whiskey to honor Go Nagai's Devilman manga, which launched in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Ma...
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LDK's Ayu Watanabe Launches New Men's Life Manga in February

Manga centers on 2 students who have life-changing meeting ― The February issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on Friday that Ayu Watanabe (LDK) will launch a new manga titled Men's Life in the magazine's next issue on February 13. The manga will have three color pages, and will feature on the magazine's front cover. The first chapter will be 100 pages long. The magazine's teaser of ...
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Pierce the Heavens in Gurren Lagann's Kamina, Yoko Outfits

SuperGroupies unveiled a new line of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann clothes and accessories on Thursday. Models transformed into Kamina and Yoko for the campaign to show off outfits inspired by the characters. SuperGroupies also began streaming a behind-the-scenes video from the photo shoot that created detailed real-world versions of Kamina and Yoko. Hair and makeup artist Tadashi Harada and stylist...
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Spiral Artist's Otherside Picnic Manga Launches on February 10

New manga adapts Iori Miyazawa's survival fantasy light novel series ― The February issue of Square Enix's Shonen Gangan magazine revealed on Friday that Eita Mizuno's manga adaptation of Iori Miyazawa's Urasekai Picnic (Otherside Picnic) novel will launch in the magazine's next issue on February 10. The manga will have a color opening page, and will be featured on the issue's front cover. The first ...

Physical Manga Volume Sales See 12% Drop in 2017

Magazine, manga volume combined sales down 10% from last year ― The All Japan Magazine and Book Publisher's and Editor's Association (AJPEA) released a report on December 25 that estimated that the physical sales of manga compiled book volumes (tankōbon) from January to November 2017 have decreased by 12% from the same period in 2016. Physical sales of books and magazines combined amounted to 1.37 tr...
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The Saga of Tanya the Evil Novel 1

This highly technical and thoroughly detailed first volume is far less light and action-packed than its anime adaptation might suggest. Theron Martin examines how this novel expands on Tanya's story. ― Saga of Tanya the Evil started off as a webnovel on the Japanese site Arcadia before being acquired and published by Enterbrain. A 12-episode anime adaptation aired one year ago, and a follow-up movie ...
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Shizuki Fujisawa's Hatsu*Haru Manga Ends in 5 Chapters

Yen Press licensed manga about couple in unlikely relationship ― The January issue of Shogakukan's Betsucomi magazine revealed on December 13 that Shizuki Fujisawa's Hatsu Haru manga will end in five chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end in May. The manga centers on Kai, a playboy around school, and Riko, a tomboy he has constantly had differences with, falling in love with each other ...

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Debuts in N. America on June 5 With RWBY's Blake Belladonna

Launches in Asia on May 31 with 20 characters built-in, 20 more via DLC ― Arc System Works announced on Saturday that it will release its 2D crossover fighting game BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle in Japan and the rest of Asia on May 31, followed by North Amerca on June 5. Arc System Works also announced that the PlayStation 4/Switch/Steam game will add the character Blake Belladonna from the 3D CG animat...
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Kori no Koe TV Animation Listed on AnimeJapan's Site

The official website for the AnimeJapan 2018 convention updated on Friday with a list of the event's exhibitors and their works. According to the list, the game company Success will exhibit a Kori no Koe television animation. Kori no Koe (Voice of Fox) is the Japanese title of the Chinese comic Hu Li Zhi Sheng by Guang Xian Jun. Success has yet to announce a Kori no Koe television animation, and t...
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Polygon Pictures Sets Up Company to Develop CG Models Using Unreal Engine

Company established together with Historia game developer; plans to create models for anime, games, more ― 3DCG anime studio Polygon Pictures announced on Wednesday that its principal shareholder Polygon Pictures Holdings established a new company named Element Factory on January 4 to develop CG models using Unreal Engine 4 (UE4). Polygon Pictures Holdings established Element Factory in collaboration...
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Shinkai's your name. Anime Film's TV Airing Earns Record 26.3% Combined Real-time, Time-shifted Ratings

Combined rating beats out last year's airings of Frozen, Shin Godzilla ― TV Asahi revealed on Friday that its combined viewer ratings of the January 3 television airing of Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime reached 26.3%. The ratings include the previously reported real-time rating of 17.4% and a time-shift rating of 11.7% (time-shift viewing within seven days), then subtracting out repeated viewings....
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Show By Rock!! Spinoff Manga Ends on January 27

Manga about Tsurezure Naru Ayatsuri Mugenan band launched in December 2016 ― The February issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Rex magazine revealed on December 27 that Kashiko Kurobuchi's Show By Rock!! Tsurezure Naru Ayatsuri Mugenan ~Tsurezure Manyū Ki~ manga will end in the magazine's next issue on January 27. Kurobuchi launched the series in Comic Rex in December 2016 as a spinoff of Sanrio's Show By Roc...
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The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia Game's Trailer Previews Story, Battles

PS4 game ships in Japan on January 25; in Americas, Europe on February 9 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a gameplay trailer for the The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia (Nanatsu no Taizai: Britannia no Tabibito) PlayStation 4 game on Friday. The trailer previews quests, battles, and power-up unlocks at the Boar Hat. The game will ship in the Americas and Europe on February...
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Attack on Titan Season 3's New Visual Features Levi, Kenny

The official website for the third anime season of Attack on Titan revealed a new visual on Saturday featuring Levi and Kenny. The new season will premiere in July. The compilation film for the second season, Gekijōban Shingeki no Kyōjin Season 2: Kakusei no Hōkō (The Roar of Awakening), opened in Japan on Saturday. The anime's 12-episode second season premiered in Japan on April 1. Funimation beg...
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Dagashi Kashi 2 Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kotoyama's Dagashi Kashi manga revealed on Friday that the series' second season, Dagashi Kashi 2, will have two Blu-ray Disc releases of six episodes each for a total of 12 episodes. Each episode will be 15 minutes long. The first Blu-ray Disc volume ships in Japan on March 21, and the second volume ships on April 18. Each volume retails...
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Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare Manga Ends, Crimson Love Letter Manga Starts

Manga adaptation of series' 21st film launches on January 25 ― The February issue of Shogakukan's Shōnen Sunday S magazine concluded Yutaka Abe and Jirō Maruden's manga adaptation of the Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare anime film on December 25. The same issue revealed that Abe and Maruden are launching a new manga adaptation of Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter, the series' 21st anime ...
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Gundam's 'Char' Charged for Riding Sazabi Electric Unicycle on Road

Don't they know who he is?! ― Police have charged a 51-year-old man for allegedly operating a Ninebot One electric unicycle in violation of Japan's road traffic laws in August. The man's electric unicycle had a design inspired by the MSN-04 Sazabi mobile suit that Char pilots in Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack. According to police, the man was riding the unicycle on public roads. Because it ...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Switch Version Sells 500,000 Copies

Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed on Thursday that the Nintendo Switch version of its Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 game has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide, including both physical and digital copies. The announcement also noted that there is a shortage of physical copies of the game in Japan, and that a new shipment of copies will arrive in early February. Bandai Namco Entertainment released Drag...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, January 1-7

Splatoon 2 ranks #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: January 1-7 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1NSwSplatoon 2 (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo November 21, 2017 117,840 1,882,709 73 2NSwSuper Mario Odyssey (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo October 27, 2017 110,816 1,508,148 83 3NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 82,806 1,215,599 77 43...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, December 25-31

Mario Party: The Top 100 game debuts ― Japan's Game Ranking: December 25-31 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1NSwSuper Mario Odyssey (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo October 27 105,051 1,397,332 83 2NSwSplatoon 2 (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo November 21 96,404 1,764,870 73 3NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28 87,356 1,132,793 77 4...

Friday, January 12

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Traffic Accidents Top List of Causes of Death for Isekai Protagonists

The mortality rate for an isekai protagonist is astounding ― A dedicated fan apparently decided to compile a list of the causes of death for main characters in isekai stories. A revised chart dated November 28, 2017 that shows the number of isekai works that have certain types of deaths has been circulating online. The chart does not indicate the works in which the deaths occur. "Unknown" deaths top ...
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Precure Super Stars! Film's Trailer Shows Hugtto! Precure Characters

Film to premiere March 17 in Japan ― Toei began streaming a trailer for its upcoming Precure Super Stars! film on Saturday. The video previews the Hugtto! Precure characters, and also shows the new character Clover, a boy who holds the key to the film's story. The film will open in Japan on March 17. The film is part of the 15th anniversary celebrations of the Precure franchise. The film will center ...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Streams Character Video for Beerus

Xbox One/PS4/PC game launches on January 26, open beta on January 14-15 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming an introduction character video for the character Beerus in its Dragon Ball FighterZ fighting game on Friday. Bandai Namco Entertainment will host an open beta for the game between January 14 and 15. Those who pre-ordered the game will have early access to the beta on January 1...
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Nogizaka46's Rina Ikoma Reveals Her Top 3 Manga

Idol and actress Rina Ikoma is starring in the upcoming Oh My Jump! ~Shonen Jump Shikyū o Sukuu~ (Oh My Jump! ~Shonen Jump Saves the World~), the live-action series centering around Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. But Ikoma is no stranger to manga. She revealed in NHK's Manga Love: Watashi no Manga Best 3 interview series that she grew up reading manga since her parents were fans too. It w...
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Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website for the television anime of Hiro Ainana and shri's Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Death March Kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyōsōkyoku) light novel series revealed on Friday that the anime will have six Blu-ray Disc releases of two episodes each for a total of 12 episodes. The Blu-ray Disc volumes will ship from March to August. The anime premiered on Thursday. Crunchyroll...
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4th Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Film's Video Previews Opening Theme

4th film in 7-part series opens January 27 ― The official website for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project began streaming on Friday a promotional video for the fourth film subtitled "Tenmei-hen" (Karma Chapter). The video features the film's opening theme song, performed by Isao Sa...
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New 2DS XL Pikachu Edition Heads to N. America on January 26

Detective Pikachu game, amiibo also announced ― Nintendo announced on Friday that the New 2DS XL Pikachu Edition system will ship in North America on January 26 for US$159.99. The model features a close-up of the iconic Pokémon mascot Pikachu's face on the front. Nintendo and The Pokemon Company International are no doubt preparing Pikachu fans for the upcoming Detective Pikachu Nintendo 3DS game, wh...

Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card Film to Screen in U.S. Theaters (Updated)

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card episode to also screen ― Crunchyroll announced with a video on Friday that it will screen the Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card anime film in United States theaters on January 31, February 3, and February 4. The screening will be accompanied by the "prologue" episode of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card. Both will be in Japanese with English subtitles. Tickets are available...
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Detective Pikachu 3DS Game Gets Western Release in March

Detective Pikachu amiibo also announced ― The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced on Friday that the Detective Pikachu Nintendo 3DS game will launch in the West on March 23. The Pokemon Company began streaming an English trailer. The Pokémon Company describes the story: An action-adventure title, Detective Pikachu finds the hero of the title – a unique Pikachu in the Pokémon world – ...
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Mazinger Z: Infinity Film Gets U.S. Theatrical Screenings on February 11-12

Also: 'message video' features staff comments, footage ― Viz Media began streaming a trailer for Mazinger Z: Infinity (Gekijōban Mazinger Z / Infinity) on Friday, revealing that it will screen the film theatrically in the United States on February 11 and February 12. Screenings will be English subtitled, and attendees will receive a poster while supplies last. Tickets are available on Fathom Events' ...
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Yume Nikki -Dream Diary- Game Teased With Video

Kikiyama's Yume Nikki surreal horror PC game debuted in 2004 ― Kadokawa Games launched a teaser website for its upcoming Yume Nikki -Dream Diary- game on January 10. The website features a countdown clock that will end on January 25. Enterbrain also began streaming a "We can not wake up." video that features abstract images and sounds. AGM Playism also released Kikiyama's original Yume Nikki surreal ...
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Kaitō Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger Show Reveals Cast

42nd live-action Super Sentai series pits thieves vs. cops ― The staff of the Kaitō Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger (Phantom Thief Sentai Lupinranger VS Police Sentai Patranger) television series announced the show's main cast at an event in Tokyo on Friday. TV Asahi also began streaming a "special video" for the series, but the video is region-locked to Japan. The cast members of the...
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Answerman - Why Is Anime Still Region Locked?

Region locks feel like the most unnecessary thing in the world, from a consumer standpoint. So why do we still have them? Justin dives deep on this one. ― José asked: Regional lockout has always rustled my jimmies. Living in Western Europe, I am able to import Japanese DVDs (since oddly, our regions were the same) but ever since Blu-Ray came out, importing effectively became cordoned-off to me (Amer...

Fate/Extra Last Encore Anime's TV Ad Previews T.M. Revolution's Opening Song

Series premieres on January 27, followed by "exclusive" Netfix streaming ― The official website for Fate/Extra Last Encore, the television anime of the Fate/Extra game, began streaming a 15-second commercial on Friday. The video features the anime's opening theme song "Bright Burning Shout," performed by Takanori Nishikawa (T.M. Revolution). (Note: The linked video above is region-locked to Japan.) T...
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Hakumei and Mikochi Blu-ray/DVD Box to Include New OVA

24-minute OVA ships with 2nd box on June 27 ― The official website for the television anime of Takuto Kashiki's Hakumei to Mikochi: Tiny little life in the woods manga updated on Friday with details on its Blu-ray Disc and DVD release. The anime will ship in two home video boxes (in either Blu-ray Disc or DVD format), and the second box will include the new original video anime (OVA) "Neji to Bed to ...
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Grand Blue Dreaming Anime Briefly Listed by AnimeJapan

Manga about college students' seaside antics launched in 2014 ― The official website for the AnimeJapan 2018 convention updated on Friday with a list of the event's exhibitors and their works. According to the list, Avex Pictures would introduce a number of works, including a "new Grand Blue anime." The website no longer lists featured works for Avex Pictures, and Avex Pictures has yet to announce a ...
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Love Live! Director Turns Korean Idols TWICE Into Anime

Music video for "Candy Pop" single features anime versions of members ― South Korean pop group TWICE debuts in anime form on Friday in the new music video for "Candy Pop," the group's second single. Love Live! and Land of the Lustrous director Takahiko Kyōgoku produced the video in collaboration with South Korean video creators, and Park Jin-young, the founder of TWICE's JYP Entertainment label, wrot...
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Mario Tennis Aces Launches for Nintendo Switch This Spring

Game features story mode, missions, boss battles ― Nintendo announced during its Nintendo Direct Mini presentation on Thursday that it will release its Mario Tennis Aces game for Nintendo Switch in spring 2018. The game will feature missions and boss battles in the series' first story mode since the Mario Tennis: Power Tour Game Boy Advance game. The Japanese Nintendo Direct Mini presentation reveale...
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Gintama Rumble Game's PS Vita Video Previews Game Modes

PS4/Vita game slated for January 18 release ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming an introduction video for the PlayStation Vita version of its Gintama Rumble (Gintama Ranbu) game on Friday. The video previews the game's various game modes. Previously announced playable characters include Gintoki, Shinpachi, Kagura, Katsura (with short hair), Takasugi, Kamui, Tsukuyo, Isao Kondō, Tōshirō Hijik...
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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Game Gets Nintendo Switch Port on May 4

Port adds playable character Funky Kong ― Nintendo announced during its Nintendo Direct Mini presentation on Thursday that it will release its Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze game for Nintendo Switch on May 4. The game's port adds Funky Kong as a playable character. Funky Kong can double jump, hover, perform infinite rolls and infinite underwater corkscrews, and use his surfboard to protect hims...
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Live-Action Rainbow Days Film Reveals Female Cast Members

Riko Yoshida, Yuri Tsunematsu, Nozomi Bandō, Mayu Hotta join July film ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Minami Mizuno's Rainbow Days (Nijiiro Days) manga revealed additional cast for the film on Friday. The new cast includes (clockwise from upper left in picture above): Riko Yoshida as Anna Kobayakawa, a reserved girl whom Natsuki has a crush on Yuri Tsunematsu as Mari Ts...
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How to keep a mummy Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Song

Anime premiered on Thursday ― The official website for the television anime of Kakeru Utsugi's How to keep a mummy (Miira no Kaikata) manga began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Friday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Fushigi na Tabi wa Tsuzuku no sa" by Tsuribitto. The anime premiered on Thursday. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime is it airs in Japan. The How to...

AŌP Performs Cutie Honey Universe Anime's Theme Song

Akitoshi Yokoyama is directing 2018 anime based on Go Nagai's classic manga ― The official Twitter account for Cutie Honey Universe, the upcoming anime project based on Go Nagai's Cutie Honey manga, revealed on Thursday that the idol unit AŌP (Mr. Osomatsu, In Another World With My Smartphone) will perform the anime's theme song. Akitoshi Yokoyama (Photo Kano) is directing the anime at Production Ree...
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Seattle's Sakura-Con to Host Rock Band OKAMOTO'S

Convention takes place March 30-April 1 ― Seattle's Sakura-Con convention announced on Wednesday that it will host rock band OKAMOTO'S as musical guests at this year's convention. OKAMOTO'S consists of vocalist Shō Okamoto, guitarist Koki Okamoto, bassist Hama Okamoto, and drummer Reiji Okamoto. The band debuted in 2009 when the band members were still 18 years old. The group released its debut album...
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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Game Launches for PC on February 1

PC version adds improved frame rate, more monitor support, new menu options ― The official YouTube channel for the Final Fantasy game series began streaming a video on Thursday,revealing that Square Enix is releasing its Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age role-playing game for PC via Steam on February 1. The PC version will add support for 60 frames per second, compatibility with 21:9 ultra-wide monit...

Thursday, January 11

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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, December 25-31

Beyblade Burst God, ClassicaLoid in top 10 ― The live-action Humanoid Monster Bem film aired on NTV on Monday, December 25 at 1:59 a.m. and earned a 1.5% rating. The Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori: Nazo no Otakara Daisakusen film aired on NHK-E on Sunday, December 31 at 5:00 p.m. and earned a 1.1% rating. A two-hour Pokemon anime special that included the Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of...
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Watch Black Jack & Doronjo Hit It Off in Match-Making Service Ad

An ad for the match-making service Partner Agent paired black market doctor Black Jack and classic Yatterman villain Doronjo. In the first ad, the duo shares their initial impressions. Black Jack admits he doesn't dislike Doronjo, while she's impressed by his profession, or more accurately, his profession's income. In the second episode, the burgeoning couple attempt to discuss their hobbies but a...
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Funimation Announces Simuldub Premiere Dates

Funimation Entertainment announced the premiere dates for all of its winter season simuldubs on Thursday. Its lineup is as follows: Junji Ito Collection: January 20 Katana Maidens ~ Toji no Miko: January 21 Pop Team Epic: January 22 Touken Ranbu Hanamaru 2: January 23 Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card: January 24 citrus: January 25 Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls: January 27 Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens: J...

SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy Game Debuts for Switch, PS4 This Summer

Diamond Dream Edition to also launch in 2018 ― Nintendo announced during its Nintendo Direct Mini presentation on Thursday that SNK will release a fighting game titled SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy for Nintendo Switch this summer in Japan. NIS America announced that it is partnering with SNK to release the game overseas this summer on both Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. The Japanese Nintendo Dire...
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New Manga Creator, Veteran Continue Debate Over Assistants' Working Conditions

Also: Yoshihiro Togashi's former assistant praises his treatment of staff ― Shunsuke Kakuishi launched his Yawara no Michelangelo judo manga (seen right) as his debut series as a creator in October. He has since been reflecting on the plight of manga assistants, and he posted a request to Norifusa Mita (Investor Z, Dragon Zakura) on Sunday. Kakuishi's post asked Mita to pay him unreceived overtime pa...
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Crunchyroll, Funimation to Stream Touken Ranbu Hanamaru Season 2

Anime premiered Sunday in Japan ― Crunchyroll and Funimation announced on Thursday that it will stream the second season of Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru as it airs in Japan. Funimation's stream will be English dubbed. Regions and stream times have not yet been announced. The anime premiered in Japan on Tokyo MX and BS11 at midnight on January 7 (effectively January 8), before airing later in the night on K...
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Zwei: The Arges Adventure Game's Video Reveals January 24 Release

PC game to debut on Steam, GOG, The Humble Store ― XSEED Games announced with a trailer on Thursday that it will release Nihon Falcom's Zwei: The Arges Adventure (Zwei!!) action role-playing game on January 24 for PC via Steam, GOG, and The Humble Store. The company describes the story: Pokkle and Pipiro are two step-siblings living by themselves in the ho-hum village of Puck on the time-forgotten fl...
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Ys VIII Game Launches for Nintendo Switch This Summer

NIS America to release PC version on January 30 ― Nintendo announced during its Nintendo Direct Mini presentation on Thursday that Nippon Ichi Software and NIS America will release Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA game for Nintendo Switch this summer. NIS America began streaming an announcement trailer for North America and Europe. The Japanese Nintendo Direct mini presentation revealed on Thursday that th...
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Cosplayer Draws Manga About Asperger Syndrome

Cosplayer Kuro Akagi posted a four-page manga about Asperger syndrome on Twitter on Sunday. Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder, and the manga reflects Akagi's own experiences as a child. Akagi said she hopes the manga helps educate people who are unfamiliar with Asperger's and support people worrying about the disorder. In the manga, a girl named Aspe-chan demonstrates some basic cha...
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'Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind' Trademark Filed in Japan

A trademark for a "JOJO's Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind" (JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken Ōgon no Kaze") logo was filed in Japan under Shueisha on December 20 and went public on January 9. Another trademark for a "JOJO" logo, pictured below, was filed under Shueisha on the same day. The fifth part of Hirohiko Araki's Jojo's Bizarre Adventure manga is titled "Vento Aureo" or "Golden Wind." The manga's first...
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Cosplay Merchandising Giant COSPA Reveals the Most Popular of 2017

Which costumes dominated the cosplay circuit this year? COSPA, one of the largest purveyors of anime, manga, and game costumes, released its list of top-sellers. The results? Fans love to dress up as the girls from Love Live just as much as they like to watch it. The top two spots were taken by Love Live Sunshine's Uranohoshi Girls' High School's summer uniform and the original Love Live's Otonoki...
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Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition Game Launches for Nintendo Switch This Spring

Port adds new costumes from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild ― Nintendo announced during its Nintendo Direct Mini presentation on Thursday that Koei Tecmo's Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition game will ship for Nintendo Switch in spring 2018. The game adds new costumes for Link and Zelda based on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The port features all maps and all 29 characters from bo...

Violet Evergarden Begins on Netflix in Some Territories, Not U.S.

Part 1 of Kyoto Animation series now on Netflix in Canada, UK, Japan ― The first episode of Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden series launched in several Netflix territories on Thursday, but is not available in the United States. It is available in at least the following territories: Canada, the United Kingdom, and Japan. In Canada, the series is available with audio in English, Japanese, French, It...
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This Week in Anime - Was Inuyashiki Worth Watching?

Inuyashiki Last Hero managed to adapt its entire source manga in just 11 episodes, but its twists and turns resulted in some divisive takes. We get into their own tumultuous feelings on the creator of Gantz's latest story. ― Inuyashiki Last Hero managed to adapt its entire source manga in just 11 episodes, but its twists and turns resulted in some divisive takes. This week in anime, Nick and Jake get...

Dark Souls: Remastered Ships for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC on May 25

HD remaster lets up to 6 people play together online ― The Nintendo Direct Mini presentation and the official PlayStation Blog announced the Dark Souls: Remastered game on Thursday. The game will ship for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on May 25. Nintendo and Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Europe began streaming an announcement trailer for the game. The HD rema...
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Crunchyroll Streams Märchen Mädchen TV Anime

Magical fantasy series premiered today ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it is streaming the television anime adaptation of late author Tomohiro Matsu and artist Kantoku's Märchen Mädchen (Fairy Tale Girls) light novel series under the title Maerchen Maedchen. The first episode premiered at 11:00 a.m. EST on Thursday. The series is available to users in North America, the United Kingdom, Irela...
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The World Ends With You -Final Remix- Game Launches for Nintendo Switch in 2018

Port also includes new control system ― Nintendo announced during its Nintendo Direct Mini presentation on Thursday that it will release the The World Ends With You -Final Remix- game for Nintendo Switch this year. The action role-playing game will feature HD visuals and a new scenario. Players will be able to join rhythmic battles with their Joy-Con controllers or on the Nintendo Switch touch screen...
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Ayana Taketatsu's Agency: Threat Suspect Was Not Her Fan Club Leader

Suspect is acquaintance, but fan club has no leader ― Voice actress Ayana Taketatsu's agency Link Plan, which she joined on January 1 of last year, told Buzzfeed News that the man arrested for allegedly sending a threatening email to Taketatsu was not a former leader of her fan club. Link Plan said that the suspect Hidehiko Yokoyama, a 32-year-old unemployed man from Shizuoka Prefecture's Kikugawa Ci...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 40

"All things considered, Boruto's first outing as a genin is off to a strong start."
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Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Anime's Video Previews Theme Songs

TV series based on fantasy novels premieres today ― The official website for the television anime of Hiro Ainana and shri's Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Death March Kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyōsōkyoku) light novel series began streaming a promotional video on Thursday. The video previews Run Girls, Run!'s opening theme song "Slide Ride" and Wake Up, Girls!'s ending theme song "Suki no Skil...
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1st New Five Star Stories Manga Volume in 2+ Years Ships on February 10

The January issue of Kadokawa's Newtype magazine revealed on December 9 that the 14th volume of Mamoru Nagano's The Five Star Stories manga, the first compiled book volume of the manga in over two years, is slated for February 10. Nagano launched his science fantasy manga series in Newtype in 1986, although the series has been running intermittently since then. To mark the 25th anniversary of the ...
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Violet Evergarden Begins on Netflix

Kyoto Animation series about scarred, emotionless girl who becomes letter writer ― The first episode of the Kyoto Animation series Violet Evergarden is now available on Netflix here. It is available with English and Japanese audio tracks and English and Japanese subtitles. Additionally, it has Spanish, Portuguese and French audio tracks, and Polish, Arabic, French and Japanese subtitles. Kyoto Animat...
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Puzzle & Dragons Game Gets New Pazudora TV Anime in April

Asuna Tomari stars as aspiring pro gamer in Pierrot show ― The "Pazudora Project 2018" media unveiling event revealed on Thursday that the Puzzle & Dragons smartphone game is inspiring a new television anime titled Pazudora by Studio Pierrot. The anime will premiere on TV Tokyo and its affiliates in April. The anime's story is set in the present day, and centers on Taiga Akaishi, a passionate boy who...
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Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace Anime Gets 2nd Stage Play

Play to run in April 2018 ― The official website for the Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace anime revealed that the anime's second stage play adaptation titled Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace ~Panorama Shima no Kaijin (Mysterious Stories of Ranpo: Game of Laplace ~Phantom of Panorama Island~) will run from April 13 to April 22 at the Theater Sun Mall in Shinjuku, Japan. The story follows Akeichi, Kobayashi, a...
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Yukinobu Hoshino's Rainman Manga Ends Serialization This Month

7th and final volume ships on February 23 ― This year's second issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine revealed on Wednesday that Yukinobu Hoshino's Rainman supernatural manga will end in the next issue on January 25. The manga's seventh and final compiled book volume ships on February 23. Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine teased the manga's plot: Taki Amamiya is notified of the sudden suicide of his ...
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Live-Action Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A Film's Trailer Highlights Teru Miyanaga

Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A casts Minami Hamabe as Teru after she played Saki ― The official website for the live-action film and television series adaptations of Ritz Kobayashi and Aguri Igarashi's Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A spinoff manga began streaming a new trailer highlighting the character Teru Miyanaga on Wednesday. Minami Hamabe (seen below) will play the role of Teru Miyanaga. T...
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Hanebado! Badminton Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on February 7

This February issue of Kodansha's good! Afternoon magazine revealed on Saturday that Kōsuke Hamada's Hanebado! (The Badminton play of Ayano Hanesaki!) manga will have a "super important announcement" in the next issue on February 7. The manga's story begins with Kentarō Tachibana, the badminton coach of Kitakomachi High School's badminton team. He is worried because the team has so few members tha...
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The King of Fighters: Destiny CG Series Gets 2 More Seasons, Film

New seasons will portray Orochi arc story from KoF '94 to KoF '97 ― The iDragons animation studio announced on Thursday that The King of Fighters: Destiny, the animated adaptation of The King of Fighters fighting game franchise, will get two more 24-episode seasons that will lead to a film finale. The announcement noted that the new seasons will take the series' story from The King of Fighters '94 to...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Streams Character Video for Hit

Xbox One/PS4/PC game launches on January 26, open beta on January 14-15 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming an introduction character video for the character Hit in its Dragon Ball FighterZ fighting game on Wednesday. Bandai Namco Entertainment will host an open beta for the game between January 14 and 15. Those who pre-ordered the game will have early access to the beta on January 1...
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Tubi TV Adds Street Fighter Alpha: Generations, Yu Yu Hakusho, Akira, More Anime

RWBY, RWBY Chibi also streaming ― Video streaming service Tubi TV has added the Street Fighter Alpha: Generations original video anime to its catalog with the English dub. In addition, it has added the following anime titles from Funimation Entertainment since December: Yu Yu Hakusho C – Control – The Money and Soul of Possibility Nobunagun Eden of the East A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Magic...
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Crunchyroll Announces Simulcast Details for Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody, Silver Guardian 2

Crunchyroll announced the premiere dates and regions for its Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody and The Silver Guardian 2 simulcasts on Wednesday. Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody will premiere on Crunchyroll on Thursday, January 11 at 11:30 a.m. EST. The stream will be available worldwide outside of Asia. The Silver Guardian 2 will launch on Saturday, January 13 at 9:00 a.m. ES...
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