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Shelf Life - Clannad and Clannad After Story

James shotguns all 49 episodes of Kyoto Animation's beloved visual novel adaptation, while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― My daily streaming review shows this season are A Place Further Than the Universe and Laid-Back Camp, which would normally give me a monopoly on all the comfy slice of life stuff. This ain't no ordinary season, though, and there are more shows in that genr...
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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal: Season III Limited Edition BD+DVD

Sailor Moon Crystal Part III is an improvement over the previous seasons with the addition of Sailors Uranus and Neptune. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― The third season of Sailor Moon Crystal brings a few changes to the table even as it embarks on the difficult task of retelling a fan-favorite storyline from the classic series. Among the most noticeable shifts is the art – falling somewhere be...
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The Mike Toole Show - Farting Around

Mike goes on a treasure hunt for short-form anime and uncovers a show about a sentient fart, which means the hunt was an enormous success. ― It's January, which means that I just killed the mid-month holiday weekend off at Arisia, Boston's largest science fiction and fantasy convention. This year, not only did I sit on panels on the furious Evangelion debate, fanservice, and other anime-related topic...
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Made in Abyss GN 1

Whether you're already a fan of the anime version or not, Made in Abyss' manga is a journey worth undertaking. Rebecca Silverman dives into this fantasy manga's dark and fascinating world. ― At this point, the anime adaptation of Akihito Tsukushi's fantasy manga is better known to English-speakers, since its release predates that of the source manga. For the curious, this first volume covers the anim...
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The List - 6 Anime About The Great Outdoors

Watching anime doesn't have to be purely a shut-in pursuit! Here are six titles that encourage you to explore the wonders of the natural world. ― One of my favorite anime airing this season is Laid-Back Camp, a story that looks like another "cute girls doing cute things" anime on the surface but ended up delivering more for me. That's not to say that it doesn't star cute girls who mostly hang out do...
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Kemono Friends: Welcome to Japari Park! GN

This manga spinoff of the surprise hit franchise brings some great art to the table but falls short on story. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― The surprise hit anime of last year, Kemono Friends, is only one portion of a multimedia franchise – there are games, apps, and a variety of other bits and bobs to accompany the anime. Fly's two-volume manga Welcome to Japari Park, collected into a single ...
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ANNCast - Winter 2018 Anime Roundup

Zac, Jacob and special guest Gabriella Ekens fiendishly devour as many of the 2018 winter premieres as they can, plus Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters! ― ANNCast Episode 317 - Winter 2018 Anime Roundup Zac, Jacob and special guest Gabriella Ekens fiendishly devour as many of the 2018 winter premieres as they can, plus Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters! You can listen to the show on our player here, d...
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Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Collector's Ultra Edition Blu-Ray

The most popular Gundam series in the Western hemisphere finally comes to Blu-ray in this extravagant set filled with bonus goodies. But does the show still hold up 20 years later? Lauren Orsini finds out. ― Gundam Wing was one of the first anime I ever saw, and I'm not alone. When the show first aired on Cartoon Network's Toonami in 2000, it created a wave of brand new-anime fans who are now in thei...
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GINTAMA Live Action Movie Giveaway!

To celebrate the release of the live action GINTAMA film, we are giving away awesome prize packs including exclusive merchandise only available in Japan! ― To celebrate the release of this laugh-out-loud Sci-Fi Samurai Comedy, we are giving away two awesome GINTAMA prize packs including exclusive merchandise only available in Japan! Get ready to laugh your brains out with the Yorozuya Crew! The inter...
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Monday, January 22

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NBA All-Star Paul George's New Kicks Will Get You in the Game

NBA All-Star and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George is dropping a new pair of Nike Basketball signature shoes next month and they're all about his other favorite way to play games: the Sony PlayStation. The PG-2 PlayStation shoes will go live at 10:00 a.m. EST on February 10 for US$110. Check the video below for all the throwbacks to George's favorite console. These Nikes are George's seco...
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Bandai Namco Unveils Sakkai Eightraid Anime

Details to debut on upcoming &CAST!!! app ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Monday that it is preparing a new anime titled Sakkai Eightraid (Note: Romanization not confirmed). The company will lead up to the new anime with videos on "Eightraid Channel," a section of its upcoming interactive livestreaming app "&CAST!!!​," which has opened preregistration ahead of its launch this spring. The le...
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Cozy Up With the Official Laid-Back Camp Portable Grill

Most wouldn't consider January "camping weather" but if Laid-Back Camp is inspiring you to discover the great outdoors in the off-season, you're going to want a portable grill, both to keep warm and keep your food warm. Sho's Open Air Fire Studio grill is collaborating with the anime for "Rin-chan's Yakiniku Set," set for release on February 8. The mini portable grill is super compact and even fol...
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The Promised Neverland, After the Rain, More Win 63rd Shogakukan Manga Awards

PriPri Chi-chan!, "Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare," Kūbo Ibuki also win ― The judging committee of the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Awards announced this year's winners on Monday. Each winning title will be honored with a bronze statuette and a prize of 1 million yen (about US$9,000). Best Children's Manga PriPri Chi-chan!! Hiromu Shinozuka Serialized in Ciao (Shogakukan) The story revolves around a girl named...
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Ms. Koizumi Also Loves Cup Noodle

While Cup Noodle is wrapping up its nostalgia-fueled campaign with manga creator Eisaku Kubonouchi, its just starting the inevitable tie-in with this season's Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles. So far the collaboration only consists of clear files. Customers can head to 7-Eleven locations in Japan to get one of four designs until February 4 with purchase of a Cup Noodle product. Ms. Koizumi loves ra...
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Season Premiere: Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card ‒ Episodes 1-3

"The real plot of this sequel looks ready to kick off, and after these three episodes of setup, I'm excited to see it."

Tokyopop Restarts Manga Licensing With Konohana Kitan, Hanger, Futaribeya

2018 manga release schedule announced ― Tokyopop announced on Monday that it will begin publishing translated Japanese manga again, and has licensed three titles: Konohana Kitan, Hanger, and Futaribeya. The company detailed its 2018 release schedule for all three manga. The first four volumes of Sakuya Amano's Konohana Kitan are slated for print release on June 19, August 21, October 23, and December...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 345

"With more pieces falling into place and new key players making themselves known, episode 344 resembles an intergalactic war strategy game."
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Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin Anime Reveals April Premiere, Key Visual

The official website for the Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin anime opened on Sunday to reveal the show's April premiere and a key visual. Game developer Level 5 had announced in August that the anime will premiere this spring, after delaying it from last summer and October. In the story, protagonist Asuto Inamori's soccer club is disbanded after the school's soccer field is destroyed. He and friend...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Streams Android 21, Launch Trailers

Game launches for Xbox One, PS4, PC in West on Friday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming an Android 21 character trailer and a launch trailer for Bandai Namco Entertainment and Arc System Works' Dragon Ball FighterZ game on Monday. The Android 21 video previews the new character in a "Majin" form that she can transform into in order to battle. Akira Toriyama designed Android 21 spec...
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Answerman - Why Did Only Cartoon Network/Adult Swim Stick With Anime?

How come other cable networks never bet on anime programming the way Cartoon Network did? Justin digs in. ― Jake asked: One thing I always found strange looking back at the anime boom was the lack of anime on Nickelodeon. At the time Nickelodeon was the second largest children to young adult network after Cartoon Network, which was in full swing with Toonami and later Adult Swim programming block. A...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 822

"All the scenes involving Big Mom and her crew are good for clarity, but it ultimately feels like we're dragging our feet just when we thought we were getting somewhere."
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Shelf Life - Clannad and Clannad After Story

James shotguns all 49 episodes of Kyoto Animation's beloved visual novel adaptation, while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― My daily streaming review shows this season are A Place Further Than the Universe and Laid-Back Camp, which would normally give me a monopoly on all the comfy slice of life stuff. This ain't no ordinary season, though, and there are more shows in that genr...
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Akuma no Memumemu-chan Anime Short Streamed

"Only slightly erotic comedy" manga's game debuted in December ― Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website began streaming the first anime short adaptation of Keitarō Yotsuya's Akuma no Memumemu-chan manga on Tuesday. The video begins with male high school student Hyōta ogling his buxom female classmate Anzu. Succubus Memumemu-chan is on the scene to harvest his soul, but Hyōta berates her. Memumemu-chan is ov...
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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal: Season III Limited Edition BD+DVD

Sailor Moon Crystal Part III is an improvement over the previous seasons with the addition of Sailors Uranus and Neptune. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― The third season of Sailor Moon Crystal brings a few changes to the table even as it embarks on the difficult task of retelling a fan-favorite storyline from the classic series. Among the most noticeable shifts is the art – falling somewhere be...
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Sonic the Hedgehog Creator Yuji Naka Joins Square Enix

Game developer left Sega, founded studio Prope in 2006 ― Yuji Naka, former head of the Sonic Team and lead programmer of the original Sonic the Hedgehog games for Sega Genesis, revealed on Twitter on Monday that he joined Square Enix this month. He said that he will continue to work in game development. Naka joined Sega in 1984 and began developing the first Sonic the Hedgehog game in 1990. He left S...
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Full Metal Panic! Fight! Who Dares Wins' Promo Reveals May 31 Release

PS4 game's English-subtitled release ships in Asia in 2018 ― The official website for the Full Metal Panic! Fight! Who Dares Wins (Full Metal Panic! Tatakau Who Dares Wins) PlayStation 4 game began streaming the first promotional video on Monday. The video reveals that the game will ship in Japan on May 31. The regular edition of the game will cost 8,200 yen (about US$74), and the limited-edition Spe...
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4th Full Metal Panic! TV Anime Announces Additional Cast

Tamaru Yamada's "Even … if" song featured in promo ― The live-streamed "Full Metal Panic! Special Mission" program unveiled a new promotional video and additional cast members for the fourth television anime series, Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory, on Monday. The newly announced cast members are: Tesshō Genda as Namusaku Police Chief Sho Hayami as George Lovelock Kappei Yamaguchi as Dragonfly (Fa...
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Saint Young Men Manga Has 'Important Announcement' in February

This year's March issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine revealed on Monday that Hikaru Nakamura's Saint Young Men (Saint Onii-san) manga will have an "important announcement" in the magazine's next issue on February 22. The website for Morning Two magazine also confirmed that a live-action drama adaption of the manga is still being planned. The cover of the February 2017 issue of Morning Two ma...
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Higanjima X's Special Chapter Reveals Voice Cast, January 24 Debut

Akira Ishida voices all roles in new streamed anime ― A promotional video debuted on Monday to announce the voice cast and January 24 streaming premiere for the "special chapter" in Higanjima X, the short anime adaptation of Kōji Matsumoto's vampire manga franchise Higanjima (Nirvana Island). As with Tetra's previous Higanjima X anime shorts, the new anime will debut online, and will again feature on...
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Phantasy Star Online 2 to Disable 'Episodes 1-3 Mode' in March

Sega disables old game mode to simplify game sequence ― The official website for Sega's Phantasy Star Online 2 game announced on Wednesday that it will disable the "Episodes 1-3" mode from the game beginning late March. The announcement explained that the decision was made in order to simplify the game sequence for players, as the game can currently be played with both the "Episodes 1-3" mode and "Ep...
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Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation Browser Game Gets New Character Luna

Shiori Mikami voices new Luna character ― KOEI Tecmo Games revealed on Thursday that Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation, the newest installment for its Dead or Alive Xtreme game series, will get a new character named Luna. Shiori Mikami will voice the character. The character is described as a mysterious girl who collapsed on the beach of the Venus archipelago. Koei Tecmo Games released the game for...
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Golden Kamuy Anime Casts Kentarou Itou as Yoshitake Shiraishi

Character designs revealed for 3 main characters for series premiering in April ― The official website for the television anime of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga announced on Monday that Kentarou Itou (Naruto Shippūden's Chouji Akimichi, Yowamushi Pedal's Jin Tadakoro, Bleach's Renji Abarai) is joining the show's cast as "The Escape King" Yoshitake Shiraishi (pictured below). The site also revealed...
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Directors Tsutomu Shibayama, Gisaburo Sugii, More Win TAAF's Lifetime Achievement Award

Ace o Nerae! singer Kumiko Ohsugi, Fist of the North Star animator Masami Suda, more also honored ― The staff of the Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF) event announced the winners of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday: Singer Kumiko Ohsugi (Attack No. 1, Ace o Nerae!, Doraemon) Art Director Shôhei Kawamoto (Doraemon television anime and films, Heidi - A Girl of the Alps) Voice Actor Kiyo...
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Isabella Bird in Wonderland Manga Gets Bilingual Edition in Japan

Bilingual edition includes interview with author Taiga Sassa ― Kadokawa published a bilingual edition of the first volume of Taiga Sassa's Isabella Bird in Wonderland - Unbeaten Tracks in Japan (Fushigi no Kuni no Bird) on Saturday. The manga offers a look at Japanese culture from the eyes of female British adventurer Isabella Bird, who traveled from Tokyo to Ezo (the area now known as Hokkaido) in t...
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A Certain Magical Virtual-on Game's Video Highlights Kuroko Shirai

PS4/Vita game to ship in Japan on February 15 ― Sega began streaming a new promotional video for its A Certain Magical Virtual-On (To Aru Majutsu no Virtual-On) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Friday. The video highlights Kuroko Shirai, the pilot of RVR-14/VSL Fei-Yen kn "Judge Igniters." Like previous promotional videos, the new video previews the theme song "Get Ready!" by Yuka Iguchi (a...
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Mizu Sahara Launches Okashiratsuki Manga in March

The Voices of a Distant Star manga artist launches new series in Comic Zenon magazine ― The wraparound jacket band on the one compiled volume of Mizu Sahara's Watashi to Watashi manga (pictured at right) announced on Saturday that Sahara will launch the Okashiratsuki (Fish Served Whole) manga in the May issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine on March 24. The announcement teases the pl...
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Valkyria Chronicles 4 Game Previews Edy, Original Squad 7 DLC in Video

Game ships in Japan for PS4 on March 21, for Switch in summer ― Sega began streaming a new promotional video on Friday for Valkyria Chronicles 4: Eastern Front, the fourth installment in its Valkyria Chronicles game series. The video previews the game's pre-order DLC bonus as well as the DLC bonus featuring the original game's Squad 7. Pre-orders in Japan will include a download code for a special mi...
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The Seven Heavenly Virtues Anime's Video Reveals Yousei Teikoku Theme Song

Series based on Hobby Japan's multimedia project premieres in Japan on Friday ― The official YouTube channel of Hobby Japan began streaming the second promotional video for its The Seven Heavenly Virtues (Nanatsu no Bitoku) multimedia project on Monday. The video reveals and previews the anime's theme song "Psychomachia" by Yousei Teikoku. (Note: The below video may not be safe for work.) The anime w...
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11th Manga Taisho Awards Nominates 12 Titles

Pompo: The Cinéphile, Delicious in Dungeon, To Your Eternity, Made in Abyss, The Promised Neverland, more nominated ― The executive committee for the 11th Manga Taisho awards listed this year's 12 nominated works on Monday. (The official English name of the awards is the "Cartoon Grand Prize.") Manga Taisho 2018 Nominees Eiga Daisuki Pompo-san (Pompo: The Cinéphile)Shogo Sugitani Eizōken ni wa Te o D...
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Dragon Ball Z X Keeperz PC Game's Video Previews Gameplay, Theme Song

Game debuts in spring 2018 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a teaser promotional video on Monday for Dragon Ball Z X Keeperz (pronounced Cross Keepers), its new Dragon Ball Z PC browser game. The video shows the gameplay, and also previews the game's theme song. The free-to-play game with in-game item purchases is slated for spring 2018. The game will feature 4-vs-4 survival battles where...
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Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin Franchise Gets 3 Simultaneous Manga

Shogakukan serializes 3 manga simultaneously for single franchise on different platforms for 1st time ― Shogakukan announced on Sunday that it will run three new manga simultaneously for the Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin franchise on three different platforms: the Coro Coro Comics magazine, the Sunday Webry website, and the MangaOne app. This will be the first franchise for which Shogakukan will ser...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Reveals New Form for Android 21

"Majin" Android 21 to be playable fighter ― This year's March issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine confirmed on Saturday that new character Android 21 will be a playable fighter in Bandai Namco Entertainment and Arc System Works' Dragon Ball FighterZ game. The magazine revealed the new character in a "Majin" form that she can transform into in order to battle. Bandai Namco Entertainment began streamin...
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Real Girl Anime Reveals More Staff, Visual, April Premiere

hoods Entertainment animates series, Deko Akao on series composition, Satomi Kurita on character design ― The staff of the television anime based on Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga opened an official website for the anime on Monday, which revealed additional staff and the first visual for the anime, as well as its April premiere. The anime will premiere on NTV's AnichU programming block in A...
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The Ancient Magus' Bride ‒ Episode 15

"The silent housekeeper Silky finally gets some backstory in the second half of the episode, forming its true emotional core."
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Series Premiere: Pop Team Epic ‒ Episodes 1-3

"Perhaps the first piece of otaku media to be so steeped in shitpost culture that it will be unintelligible to anyone who isn't Extremely Online themselves."
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Series Premiere: DARLING in the FRANXX ‒ Episodes 1-2

"While it's excellently animated and well-directed with plenty of entertaining moments, the way this series handles its themes and imagery has me concerned."

Sunday, January 21

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Love Live! Sunshine!! Holds Crowdfunding Campaign for Manhole Covers

Sony, Love Live! Sunshine!!, and the city of Numazu, Shizuoka are collaborating on the "Numazu-shi x Love Live! Sunshine!! Numazu no Takara" project to promote tourism in the anime's real-world setting. The project is holding a First Flight crowdfunding campaign to fund production of nine manhole covers featuring the faces of the Aquors idols. The crowdfunding campaign is aiming to raise 22,170,00...
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 36

"This episode certainly wasn't a highlight, but it did a fine job of bridging the gap between two basically unrelated arcs."
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Series Premiere: Citrus ‒ Episodes 1-3

"Citrus may seem simple and trashy, but it handles its subject matter with more intelligence than expected."
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College Admissions Exam References Fate/Grand Order Game, Various Anime

Every year, third-year high school students aspiring to attend college in Japan take various standardized tests. Students began taking this year's National Center Test for University Admissions on January 13, and test takers immediately noticed a surprising amount of pop culture references. For example, one question in the initial geography, history, and civil studies section discussed the Celtic ...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 124

"We're at the point in this arc where every character that gets taken out of the tournament makes for fewer ways in which the finale can go crazy."
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The Mike Toole Show - Farting Around

Mike goes on a treasure hunt for short-form anime and uncovers a show about a sentient fart, which means the hunt was an enormous success. ― It's January, which means that I just killed the mid-month holiday weekend off at Arisia, Boston's largest science fiction and fantasy convention. This year, not only did I sit on panels on the furious Evangelion debate, fanservice, and other anime-related topic...
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Retro Sega Controllers Come Back with Bluetooth Compatibility

Retro-Bit game accessory maker and the minds behind the now stalled all-in-one Game Boy console partnered with Sega to re-release the company's classic console controllers, but this time with Bluetooth compatibility. Retro-Bit's Sega Genesis, Saturn, and Dreamcast controllers debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) event in Las Vegas on January 9-12. There isn't a release date set or a pric...
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Beatless Promotes Government Cybersecurity Campaign With Poster

The Beatless television anime and the Japanese government's National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) are collaborating on a poster campaign for Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which runs from February 1 to March 18 in Japan. The campaign will distribute posters with the anime's key visual to related agencies throughout Japan. The NISC's campaign is related to the ...
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Series Premiere: BEATLESS ‒ Episodes 1-2

"It strives to carve out its own identity while not straying too far from established successful formulas for comfort, and I'm curious to see if BEATLESS can pull off this balance."
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GARO -Vanishing Line- ‒ Episode 14

"Luke's character development has come at the cost of stranding him in the grand scheme of GARO's story."
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Series Premiere: Killing Bites ‒ Episodes 1-2

"If all you want are generous doses of fanservice, bloody violence, and rock n' roll, then this is the series for you."
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Series Premiere: Record of Grancrest War ‒ Episodes 1-3

"Where Lodoss War was slow-paced and formulaic, Grancrest War is lightning quick (and also formulaic). With crisp visuals and a strong musical score, it's almost enough to lure in potential viewers who aren't into D&D."
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Made in Abyss GN 1

Whether you're already a fan of the anime version or not, Made in Abyss' manga is a journey worth undertaking. Rebecca Silverman dives into this fantasy manga's dark and fascinating world. ― At this point, the anime adaptation of Akihito Tsukushi's fantasy manga is better known to English-speakers, since its release predates that of the source manga. For the curious, this first volume covers the anim...
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KORG, Detune Detail KORG Gadget Music Production Studio for Switch

Software to include synthesizers, drum machine gadgets, multiplayer mode ― Japanese music instrument and software companies KORG and Detune revealed more details on Thursday about their planned KORG Gadget music production studio software for the Nintendo Switch. The software will allow players to use 16 embedded synthesizer and drum machine gadgets, together with the companies' graphical interface, ...
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Meiji Tokyo Renka Historical Visual Novels Get Live-Action Show, Film, New App

Kamisama Kiss/Ninja Girl & Samurai Master's TMS team unveils TV anime's designs ― The "Meiji Tokyo Renka ~Haikara Roman Theater V" event announced on Sunday that production on a live-action series adaptation and film has been green-lit for Broccoli's Meiji Tokyo Renka romance visual novel game franchise for female players. The event also announced the upcoming television anime adaptation's staff, as ...
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12th Yowamushi Pedal Stage Play Reveals Main Cast

Play featuring characters from Sohoku, Hakone, Kyoto Fushimi runs in Tokyo, Kobe in March ― The official website for the stage play adaptations of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal manga revealed a second round of cast announcements on Friday for the 12th stage play, titled Butai Yowamushi Pedal Shin Interhigh-hen ~Hakone Gakuen Ōja Fukukaku (The Kingdom)~ (Stage Yowamushi Pedal New Interhigh Arc: Re...
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Matoi the Sacred Slayer Released Monday

Series released on Blu-ray and DVD ― On Monday January 22, MVM will release Matoi the Sacred Slayer on Blu-ray and DVD. Sentai Filmworks described the story: In Tenman Shrine in Kamagaya City, Matoi Sumeragi is a 2nd year middle school student working a part-time job as a shrine maiden. Matoi's close friend and coworker Yuma Kusanagi was the candidate for the next shrine maiden, being born into the f...
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Nelvana, TMS Entertainment Join Bakugan Revival Project

Spin Master announced plans to revive franchise with TV series within 2018-2019 ― Corus Entertainment announced during the company's earnings conference call on January 10 that its Nelvana subsidiary will collaborate with Canadian toy and media company Spin Master and anime studio TMS Entertainment for the planned new Bakugan television series. Corus Entertainment said the project was still in its ea...
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Final Fantasy XIV Game Previews Patch 4.2 in Video

Patch including new main scenario, side-story quest, dungeons, more launches on January 30 ― Square Enix began streaming a trailer on Friday for the 4.2 patch for its Final Fantasy XIV game, titled "Rise of a New Sun." The patch will launch on January 30. The new patch will include the "Rise of a New Sun" main scenario, "The Jade Stoa" side-story quest, two new dungeons, the "Crystal Tower Training G...
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Metal Gear Survive Game's Co-Op Mode Trailer Streamed

PS4/Xbox One/PC game ships in February in Japan, West ― The official website for Konami's Metal Gear Survive game began streaming a co-op mode trailer on Thursday. The site streamed a trailer for the single player mode earlier this month. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 20 in North America, February 21 in Japan, and February 22 in Europe. The "Survival Pack" rel...
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Precure Super Stars! Anime Film Casts Kensho Ono

Ono makes debut in Precure franchise as mysterious boy named Clover ― The official Twitter account for the Precure Super Stars! anime film announced on Sunday that voice actor Kensho Ono (ReLIFE's Arata, Kuroko's Basketball's Kuroko, Yuri!!! on Ice's Phichit) will guest star in the film as the mysterious boy Clover. Clover holds the key to the film's theme of "Promise." The role marks Ono's first tim...
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One Piece: World Seeker Game Reveals 15 Screenshots

"Dramatic free world" action-adventure game ships this year for PS4, Xbox One, PC ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America released 15 screenshots on Friday for the One Piece: World Seeker PlayStation 4 game. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in the Americas and Europe in 2018. IMG ufo_attack008_1516351925.png IMG marinebase_battle_6_1516351...

Record of Grancrest War Anime Listed With 24 Episodes

The official website for the television anime of author Ryo Mizuno and illustrator Miyuu's Record of Grancrest War (Grancrest Senki) light novel series began listing on Saturday that the anime will have eight home video releases, with each home video release containing three episodes. The home video releases will ship once a month between May and December. The anime premiered in Japan on January 5...

Saturday, January 20

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Open-Source Nintendo Switch Emulator Already in the Works

The Nintendo Switch console's sales are still going strong after a successful debut last year. Perhaps its popularity is what caught programmers' attention, because there's already an open-sourced emulator in the works. Dubbed project yuzu, the emulator is written in C++ and is functional for Windows, Linux and macOS. The official website notes that the emulator is for homebrew (consumer created s...
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Dynasty Warriors 9 Game's Open World Gameplay Video, 10 Character Videos Streamed

Game ships in Japan, N. America, Europe in February ― Koei Tecmo Games began streaming a gameplay video on Saturday for the Dynasty Warriors 9 (Shin Sangoku Musou 8) game, which highlights the game's open world aspect. The company had streamed a previous gameplay video last week. The company also began streaming 10 more character action videos on Monday. Yuan Shao Deng Ai Yueying Zhu Ran Cao Zhi Zhan...
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Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Update version of Street Fighter V launched on Tuesday ― Capcom UK began streaming the launch trailer on Friday for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, its update for the Street Fighter V fighting game. Sakura, Blanka, Cody, G, Falke, and Sagat will join the game as playable characters for the game's Season 3. Sakura and the game's season 3 pass released on Tuesday alongside the release of Street Fight...
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IDOLiSH7's Momo Debuts in Taiko no Tatsujin Drumming Game

Taiko no Tatsujin arcade game players succeeded in playing IDOLiSH7's opening theme song "WiSH VOYAGE" 7,777 times during a seven-day period to unlock Re:vale member Momo in the game. The IDOLiSH7 character now appears as part of the cheering squad in the drumming game. The game's official Twitter account made a "surprise announcement" on January 9, letting players know that the song is in the gam...
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Sega's Winter Campaign, Cafe Celebrate Re:Zero's Rem, Ram

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-'s Rem and Ram celebrate their birthday on February 2. The Shibuya Marui department store in Tokyo already announced that it will mark the occasion with a special celebration from January 20 to February 5. Sega announced plans on Wednesday to hold its own "Winter Campaign" in honor of the twins from January 27 to February 25. Two Sega game centers in Akihaba...
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Silver 2425 Game Collection's Promo Video Streamed

PS4 collection featuring The Silver Case, The 25th Ward ships in Japan on March 15 ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming a promotional video on Thursday for the Silver 2425 PlayStation 4 game collection. Silver 2425 is a game collection that includes Gōichi Suda's (Suda51) The Silver Case game and the previously announced remake of the sequel game The 25th Ward: The Silver Case. Grasshopper Manufact...
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Junji Ito 'Collection' Anime Creeps Onto Fans' Fingernails in Tokyo

Venus Rico Nail Salon, known for offering anime-themed nails, is partnering with Junji Ito "Collection" for its latest fingernail art. The nail salon in Tokyo's Akihabara district began offering special collaboration designs on Wednesday. The collaboration is offering two sets of nails for three characters, for a total of six sets designed for the horror series. Fans can have the designs painted o...
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Live-Action Laughing Under the Clouds Film Reveals 4 More Screenshots

Film opens in Japan on March 21 ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film of Kemuri Karakara's Laughing Under the Clouds (Donten ni Warau) manga revealed four more screenshots from the film on Friday. The film will open in Japan on March 21. The film also inspired a live-action prequel spinoff titled Tenka, Yamainu Yameruttesa (They Say Tenka is Quitting the Yamainu) that streamed on Ja...
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Apple Requires Apps to Disclose Odds for Gacha, Loot Box Purchases

Loot boxes, known as gacha (a term derived from gachapon capsule toys) in Japan, allow video game players to use in-game currency to receive random items according to predetermined odds. Many popular app games such as Puzzle & Dragons and Monster Strike rely on the system as a key feature and source of revenue. While generally assuming the best items are the rarest, app users typically remain unaw...
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4th Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Film's 1st 10 Minutes Streamed

4th film in 7-part series opens January 27 ― Bandai Visual began streaming the first 10 minutes from "Tenmei-hen" (Karma Chapter), the fourth film in 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, on Saturday. Bandai Visual is also streaming a six-minute digest video, which summarizes the fi...
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The List - 6 Anime About The Great Outdoors

Watching anime doesn't have to be purely a shut-in pursuit! Here are six titles that encourage you to explore the wonders of the natural world. ― One of my favorite anime airing this season is Laid-Back Camp, a story that looks like another "cute girls doing cute things" anime on the surface but ended up delivering more for me. That's not to say that it doesn't star cute girls who mostly hang out do...
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Series Premiere: Junji Ito Collection ‒ Episodes 1-3

"Some strong moments keep this middling adaptation from being a waste, but it's still frustrating when the question of whether the next chapter will be any good or not is more suspenseful than the scary stories themselves."
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Kemono Friends: Welcome to Japari Park! GN

This manga spinoff of the surprise hit franchise brings some great art to the table but falls short on story. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― The surprise hit anime of last year, Kemono Friends, is only one portion of a multimedia franchise – there are games, apps, and a variety of other bits and bobs to accompany the anime. Fly's two-volume manga Welcome to Japari Park, collected into a single ...
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Attack on Titan 2 Game Videos Preview Gameplay on Switch, PS Vita

Game ships in Japan on March 15; in N. America, Europe on March 20 ― Koei Tecmo Games America began streaming a Nintendo Switch gameplay trailer on Friday for its Attack on Titan 2 game. Koei Tecmo Games in Japan is also streaming a gameplay video for the PlayStation Vita version of the game. The game will ship for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in Japan on March 1...
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Square Enix's Grimm's Notes RPG App Gets Anime

Developer indicates it will not be a 5-minute anime; Repage update also previewed ― Square Enix announced at its "Grimm's Notes Kansha-sai 2018" event on Saturday that an anime adaptation of its Grimm's Notes smartphone role-playing game has been green-lit. The developer will announce more details later, but already indicated that the anime will not be composed of just five-minute episodes. Square En...
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Naoki Urasawa's Pluto on Barbican Stage February

Performances from February 8 to 11 ― A stage version of Naoki Urasawa's Pluto manga, involving actors, dancers and puppet creations, will run at London's Barbican Centre from Thursday February 8 to Sunday February 11, with details and booking links here. As of writing, there are tickets available for all five performances, which will be at 7.15 p.m. on the Thursday and Friday; 1.30 p.m. and 7.15 p.m....
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Relative Worlds' Yūhei Sakuragi, Craftar to Release CG Anime Film This Fall

Distributor Shochiku is listing that animation studio Craftar and The Relative Worlds' director Yūhei Sakuragi will release a CG anime film this fall. CG anime studio Craftar worked with Sakuragi on The Relative Worlds. Hulu Japan and Craftar's original two-part "smart CG animation" project premiered via streaming on Hulu Japan on April 28. Craftar is Hakuhodo's in-house animation studio. The comp...
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Dragon Ball Super Manga Ranks #4 on U.S. Monthly Bookscan December List

My Hero Academia, Tokyo Ghoul:re also rank in top 20 ― The second volume of Toyotarō and Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball Super manga ranked at #4 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 list for December. The manga's first volume previously ranked #2 on the BookScan list in May. This month's list featured five manga volumes including: #8 — Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 #13 — Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul:re v...
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Holy Diver Game Finally Gets English Release on NES 29 Years Later

Video game accessory company Retro-Bit announced on January 3 that it plans to release a physical edition of an English version of Irem's Holy Diver Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game... 29 years after an English version was originally slated to release. The game will launch with a collector's edition in May. Retailer Castle Mania Games is taking pre-orders. The collector's edition includes ...
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Dragon Ball Z X Keeperz PC Browser Game Announced

Game features 4-vs-4 click battles ― This year's March issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine announced on Saturday that Bandai Namco Online is developing a new Dragon Ball Z PC browser game titled Dragon Ball Z X Keeperz (pronounced Cross Keepers). The free-to-play game with in-game item purchases is slated for spring 2018. The game will feature 4-vs-4 survival battles where the only controls involve c...
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Creatures Family Days Anime Reveals Main Cast

Riho Sugiyama, Nanako Mori, Yoshiko Ikuta star in series premiering this spring ― The official website for the Japanese-Taiwanese collaboration anime adaptation of Yanai's Jikken-hin Kazoku: Creatures Family Days manga revealed the show's first round of cast announcements on Saturday. The anime stars: (Note: Character name spellings aren't official) Riho Sugiyama as Tanis, the youngest sibling. His p...

NISA Delays Ys VIII Game's PC Release to Undetermined Date

PS4, PS Vita relocalization patch still planned for January 30 ― NIS America (NISA) announced on Friday that it has delayed the PC release of the Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA role-playing game to "an as-of-yet indeterminate date." The PC release had been set for January 30. The company stressed that the relocalization patch for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions of the game is still set fo...
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Digimon ReArise Smartphone Game Announced

Digimon Adventure designer Nakatsuru returns for character designs ― This year's March issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine announced on Saturday that Bandai Namco Entertainment is developing a new Digimon smartphone game titled Digimon ReArise. The game is slated for 2018. Bandai Namco Entertainment has opened a teaser website for the game. The "friendship evolution Digimon RPG" will be free to play ...
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Marvel Future Avengers Anime Gets New Season This Summer

1st season premiered last July ― The BS (broadcast satellite) channel Dlife announced on Saturday that Marvel Future Avengers, the latest television anime based on the Marvel comic book superheroes, will receive a second season. Marvel Future Avengers Sesaon 2 will debut this summer. Dlife is streaming an announcement video for the news season, but the video is region-locked to Japan. The returning c...
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High School DxD Hero Anime Premieres in April

The official website for High School DxD Hero, the fourth season of the High School DxD television anime series, revealed on Saturday that the anime will premiere in April. The site also revealed the character design art for Issei and Rias. The anime will feature a returning cast. Yoshifumi Sueda (Rail Wars!, episode director for Gosick, MAOYU, So I Can't Play H) is directing the series at Passion...
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Netflix's Castlevania Writer: 2nd Season Premieres This Summer

The Castlevania animated series' writer and producer Warren Ellis said on Twitter on Friday that the show's eight-episode second season will premiere on Netflix this summer. The first four-episode season premiered worldwide on Netflix on July 7. Producer Adi Shankar announced in 2015 that he was working with Fred Seibert and Kevin Kolde of Frederator Studios on an animated mini-series based on Kon...
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Crunchyroll Adds Show by Rock!!, STARMYU Anime to Catalog

Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added the Show by Rock!! and STARMYU anime to its catalog. Show by Rock!! is streaming in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands. Funimation streamed the series as it aired in 2015, and released it on home video in 2016. Crunchyroll is already streaming the sequel, Show By...

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Monster Hunter World, Valkyria Chronicles 4 Get PS4 Variants

Monster Hunter World version heads to the states this month ― The PlayStation 4 console is getting two new game-based variants and one is definitely coming stateside. The official PlayStation blog announced the limited edition Monster Hunter: World PS4 Pro bundle will head to GameStop retailers at the end of the month while its Japanese counterpart made a similar announcement for a Valkyria Chronicl...
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1st Girls & Panzer Finale Film Tops 500 Million Yen at Box Office

Film heads to sixth weekend in theaters ― The official website for the Girls und Panzer franchise announced on Friday that the first film in the Girls und Panzer das Finale film series has earned more than 500 million yen. As of January 18, the film has sold 425,236 tickets to earn 516,181,000 yen (US$4.66 million). The film opened on December 9 and is screening at 59 theaters in Japan. It earned 145...
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Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss! Anime Reveals New Lead Characters

New visuals, descriptions unveiled ― The official website for the Cute High Earth Defense Club (Binan Kōkō Chikyū Bōei-bu) franchise announced details on the main characters for its new Binan Kōkō Chikyū Bōei-bu Happy Kiss! (Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss!) anime on Friday. The characters are as follows: Kyōtarō Shuzenji, a second year at Binan High School. He does not put feeling into anyth...
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Transform Into Pop Team Epic's Popuko With Cosplay Hoodie

Need a low-key comfortable cosplay to wear to your next convention? Want to annoy your friends who spent hours on their costumes by simply zipping up and asking "Are you upset?" Well, are you? ACOS has just what you need for a comfy cosplay featuring the quick-to-anger and all around absurd Popuko from Pop Team Epic. The hoodie features the character's face and school uniform for a quick transfor...
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Ken Watanabe Joins Detective Pikachu Live-Action Film's Cast

Watanabe joins Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton ― The Hollywood Reporter reported on Friday that Ken Watanabe (Legendary's Godzilla) is joining the cast of Legendary Entertainment's live-action Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu. Watanabe will play an original character named Detective Yoshida. As previously revealed, Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, pictured below) will play Detective Pikachu. Just...
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Cup Noodle's 'Hungry Days' Campaign's Final Hero is You

The Cup Noodle's "Hungry Days" campaign has always been about tapping into a specific youthful feeling. The ads have focused on courage when Kiki (from Studio Ghibli's Kiki's Delivery Service) finally confesses to Tombo, Heidi's conflicted heart when she compares herself to the seemingly perfect Klara, and Masuo's determination to win over Sazae. In the campaigns final ad, the animation style retu...
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Eureka Seven Art Contest Extended

The Eureka Seven art contest has been extended, and we're adding new prizes! ― The Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution film series lands in theaters later this year. The original staff, chief director Tomoki Kyoda, screenplay writer Dai Sato, and character designer Kenichi Yoshida, have all returned. Other staff members from the past series, including character animation director Ayumi Kurashima, Shigeru Fujit...
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Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] Game's Western Release Dated for February 9

Aksys Games and Arc System Works announced on Friday that they will release the Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] arcade fighting game in North America on February 9. PQube Games announced on Wednesday that it will release the game in Europe on the same day. The game will ship on PlayStation 4, and will also be available digitally on PlayStation Vita. Rice Digital is releasing an "End of Dawn Edit...
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Pretty Rhythm Fan Creates Web App to Combat Gory Twitter Spam

User previously used same tech to block King of Prism: PRIDE the HERO film spoilers ― Twitter bot accounts often spam users' feeds with unwanted or inappropriate content. A certain type of Twitter bot account spreads "grotesque images" among users in Japan, and the problem intensified around January 4. The Tweet replies contain explicit photographs of human bodies or similar content. The spam Tweets ...
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Shinkalion Anime Casts Yoshimasa Hosoya, Ryota Ohsaka, More

Nanami Yoshimura, Maxwell Powers, Kei Shindou also join cast ― The official website for Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion the Animation, the television anime adaptation of Takara Tomy's Shinkalion toy line, revealed additional cast members on Friday. Nanami Yoshimura as Shinobu Tsukiyama, newbie pilot of Shinkalion E3 Tsubasa Ryota Ohsaka as Ryūji Kiyosu, the pilot of Shikalion N700A Nozomi Yoshimasa...
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Series Premiere: How to keep a mummy ‒ Episodes 1-2

"Watching the adorably mild adventures of Sora and his inexplicably tiny mummy Mii-kun is fantastic for when you want to turn off your brain and relax for a bit."
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Take 3ft Tall Mazinger Z With You to the Mazinger Z: Infinity Premiere

Need a plus one to the U.S. film premiere of Mazinger Z: Infinity? How about a three-foot replica of the giant robot? Bandai Premium opened pre-orders for the Kyūkyoku Zōkei SP (Ultimate Modeling Series SP) Mazinger Z Mazinger Blade version. The action figure is to commemorate the film's theatrical opening and faithfully reproduces Go Nagai's robot from the 1970s. The action figure comes with a 6...
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Persona 5 TV Anime's New Visuals Highlight Morgana, Anne

The official website for A-1 Pictures' television anime of Atlus' Persona 5 game revealed two new visuals featuring Morgana (voiced by Ikue Ōtani) and Anne Takamaki (voiced by Nana Mizuki) on Saturday. The website previously revealed visuals for the protagonist Ren Amamiya and Ryuji Sakamoto. The voice cast members from the game are reprising their roles for the anime. Masashi Ishihama (From the N...
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Series Premiere: After the Rain ‒ Episodes 1-2

"Much of this show's emotional content is conveyed through the ebbs and flows of the duo's rapport, which can make their relationship both a challenge and a pleasure to interpret."
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The Testament of Sister New Devil Girls Are Positively Bridal for New OVA Box Art

Nitro+ artist and original light novel illustrator Nekosuke Okuma is hoping to entice buyers with a truly matrimonial art box for the new The Testament of Sister New Devil Departures OVA. Okuma drew characters Mio Naruse and Yuki Nonaka in lavish wedding dresses for the OVA's home video release when it goes on sale on March 28. The OVA's story takes place after The Testament of Sister New Devil BU...
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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

PS4/Vita game launched Friday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a launch trailer Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory on Friday. The game debuted physically and digitally for PlayStation 4 and digitally for PlayStation Vita in the West on Friday. The game shipped in Japan on December 14. Like the first Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth game, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's...
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ANNCast - Winter 2018 Anime Roundup

Zac, Jacob and special guest Gabriella Ekens fiendishly devour as many of the 2018 winter premieres as they can, plus Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters! ― ANNCast Episode 317 - Winter 2018 Anime Roundup Zac, Jacob and special guest Gabriella Ekens fiendishly devour as many of the 2018 winter premieres as they can, plus Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters! You can listen to the show on our player here, d...
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Series Premiere: Death March to The Parallel World Rhapsody ‒ Episodes 1-2

"Even if Ichiro's characterization wasn't so profoundly off-putting, this kind of poorly-executed pandering makes for terribly boring storytelling."
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Answerman - Why Does Old TV Anime Have Jerky Splices?

Older anime like Evangelion frequently have strange "jumps" in between edits - why is that, and what can be done about it? Justin goes in deep! ― K.o.R asked: Why, on a lot of older anime series, does the picture appear to jerk sideways whenever there is a cut? It's noticeable on things like the original release of Evangelion, for example. In the years before anime went all-digital, TV shows were ed...
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Ziyoou-vachi Performs Tokyo Ghoul:re Anime's Ending Theme Song

TV series premieres in April with rock band's 1st anime theme ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul:re manga revealed on Friday that rock band Ziyoou-vachi will perform the ending theme song "Half." The song will be the group's first theme song for an anime. The anime will premiere in April. Natsuki Hanae returns to star in the series as Ken Kaneki/Hai...
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Series Premiere: Maerchen Maedchen ‒ Episodes 1-2

"It looks like this is going to be just as much about Hazuki coming to terms with her true self as it will be about girls fighting each other with the power of magical texts."
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Sae Okamoto's Mecha-Ude Short Anime Casts Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Tomokazu Sugita, Yu Shimamura

.hack's Hiroshi Matsuyama supervises 25-minute crowdfunded short ― The Campfire crowdfunding campaign page for Sae Okamoto's Mecha-Ude short anime project has revealed three cast members and more staff for the anime. The main cast includes: (Note: Name romanizations for the Mecha-ude arm characters are note confirmed.) Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Hikaru Amatsuga, Tomokazu Sugita as Arma Yu Shimamura as Aki...
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Series Premiere: Laid-Back Camp ‒ Episodes 1-3

"The pacing is deliberately slow, the characters are absurdly pleasant, and the script's first priority is to show how fun and relaxing camping can be."
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Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Collector's Ultra Edition Blu-Ray

The most popular Gundam series in the Western hemisphere finally comes to Blu-ray in this extravagant set filled with bonus goodies. But does the show still hold up 20 years later? Lauren Orsini finds out. ― Gundam Wing was one of the first anime I ever saw, and I'm not alone. When the show first aired on Cartoon Network's Toonami in 2000, it created a wave of brand new-anime fans who are now in thei...
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One Piece: Bounty Rush Smartphone Game Launches This Spring

This year's March issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that Bandai Namco Entertainment plans to release its One Piece Bounty Rush iOS and Android game this spring. The game will feature four-vs-four team matches in a treasure contest. The goal of each timed match will be to gather the most Berries. Characters in the game will be categorized as one of five different classes. Pla...
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Comic Girls TV Anime Reveals Visual, 2nd Promo Video

Series about manga creators who live together premieres in April ― The official website for the television anime of Kaori Hanzawa's Comic Girls four-panel manga revealed the show's main visual on Friday. The series will premiere in April on Tokyo MX and other stations. The site began streaming the show's second promotional video on December 31. The show stars: Hikaru Akao as Kaoruko Moeta Kaede Hondo...
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Starmyu Franchise Gets Spinoff Stage Musical About Team Hiiragi in April

Keito Sakurai, Naoya Kitagawa, Seiji Tanzawa, Akira Takano, Yuzuki Hoshimoto all reprise roles ― The official Twitter account for the STARMYU franchise's musical adaptations announced on Thursday that the franchise will get a spinoff musical focused on Team Hiiragi titled Caribbean Groove. The play will run at the Maihama Amphitheater on April 27-28. The cast, reprising their roles from the previous ...
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Live-Action Kakegurui TV Show's Opening Video Streamed

Re:versed performs opening theme for series that premiered on January 14 ― The official website for the live-action series adaptation of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga began streaming the opening sequence from the first episode on Wednesday. The video previews the opening theme song "Ichikabachika" (High-stakes) by Re:versed. The show stars: Minami Hamabe as Y...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Available on Amazon Prime

Three seasons available to Prime subscribers ― Amazon Prime is now offering three seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! (the 2000 version) to subscribers in English only. The first season (49 episodes) is available here; the second season (47 episodes) is available here; and the third season (47 episodes) is available here. The individual episodes can also be purchased at the above links, and streams of Yu-Gi-Oh! spi...
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Game's 'Special Announcement' is Sayaka Debut (Updated)

The official website for the smartphone role-playing game Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden revealed on Friday that Sayaka Miki is joining the game starting on January 22. The site had teased earlier this week that it would make a "special announcement" on Friday via a countdown site. Aniplex is streaming a character introduction video for Sayaka. (Note: The official linked video is r...
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Sao Okamoto's Mecha-Ude Short Anime's Promo Video Previews Theme Song

25-minute short produced through Kickstarter campaign now has July release ― Sae Okamoto's Mecha-Ude short anime project began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video previews Eve's theme song "Ambivalent." Okamoto is also hosting a separate crowdfunding campaign on the Campfire site in Japanese. The crowdfunding campaign is aiming to raise 2 million yen (about US$18,100) by ...
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Granblue Fantasy Project Re: Link Game's New Promo Video Reveals Release on PS4

Cygames, Platinum Games develop game with new story ― Cygames began streaming a new promotional video on Friday for its and Platinum Games' Granblue Fantasy Project Re:LINK game based on Cygames' Granblue Fantasy smartphone game. The video reveals the game's PlayStation 4 platform. The video highlights the game's world and combat system, and features a battle sequence with Katalina, Io, Percival, an...
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Young Jump Manga Magazine Gets App This Spring

Magazine to also be offered digitally this spring ― Shueisha announced on Thursday that it will release a manga app named "Yanjan!" for its Weekly Young Jump magazine this spring. Shueisha will also begin selling the magazine digitally alongside the app's launch. The app will offer manga from both Weekly Young Jump and the Tonari no Young Jump manga website, and it will also have original content. We...
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Anitomo Manga Also Gets Live-Action Drama Adaptation

Drama opens in March, film opens this spring ― Hakusensha's official website for Modomu Akagawara's Anitomo (My Brother's Friend) manga announced on Friday that the manga also has a live-action drama adaptation in the works in addition to the previously announced live-action film. The film and drama will both star Ryūsei Yokohama as Sōta, and Risaki Matsukaze as Mai. This year's fourth issue of Hakus...
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After the Rain Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website for After the Rain, the television anime adaptation of Jun Mayuzuki's Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (Love is Like After the Rain) manga, revealed the Japanese Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video release details for the anime on Thursday, which lists the anime with 12 episodes. The anime will release in two sets of combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD volumes. The first volume, with the first...
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Gangoose Crime Manga Gets Fall 2018 Live-Action Film

Film based on manga about 3 boys who start extortion racket stars Ryo Kato, Mahiro Takasugi, Daichi Watanabe ― Kodansha announced on Friday that a live-action film adaptation of Daisuke Suzuki and Keisuke Hiya's Gangoose manga has been green-lit, and is slated for a fall 2018 debut. Yū Irie is directing the film. The cast includes (left to right in picture above): Ryo Kato as Kazuki, the group's expe...
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Kazuto Okada's Tenshi ja Nai! Manga Gets 2 Live-Action Films in April

Iroha Yanagi, Aya Yoshizaki, Yūji Takao star in both films based on 2002 romantic comedy manga ― A website opened on Friday to announce that Kazuto Okada's Tenshi ja Nai! manga is inspiring two live-action film adaptations. Both movies will premiere simultaneously at the Shibuya HUMAX Cinema in Tokyo and the Theater Seven in Osaka in April. Shintarō Sakurai is directing both films. IMG genbashot01.jp...

Composer Tetsuya Komuro Retires From Industry After Adultery Allegations

Komuro apologizes to wife, family, fans despite disputing magazine report ― Musician and composer Tetsuya Komuro held a press conference on Friday to issue a public apology while also announcing that he will retire from the music and entertainment industry. He said that the retirement is his "way of drawing the line, in light of the public uproar." The Shunkan Bunshun magazine had published allegatio...
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Hatsune Miku Gets VR Rhythm Game on PC This Spring

Features 8 songs on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive in English, Japanese, Chinese ― Puiblisher Degica announced on Friday that it will release a new game titled Hatsune Miku VR on the PC via Steam this spring. The game will be available in English, Japanese, and Chinese. The game will be a rhythm game compatible with the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive virtual reality systems, and will be playable with VR control...
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Major 2nd Anime's Promo Video Reveals Cast, Staff, April 7 Debut

Natsumi Fujiwara, Showtaro Morikubo, Kōtarō Nishiyama, Masakazu Morita star ― The official website for the anime of Takuya Mitsuda's Major 2nd baseball manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals the anime's cast, staff, and April 7 premiere. The site also unveiled a new visual. The anime will premiere on NHK E-TV on April 7 at 5:35 p.m. (3:35 a.m. ET). The ca...

Cells at Work! Manga Gets TV Anime in July

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure director Kenichi Suzuki helms anime at David Production ― Aniplex announced on Friday that Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! (Hataraku Saibō) manga will receive a television anime adaptation that will premiere in July. Aniplex opened a Japanese site for the anime, and Aniplex of America also opened an English site. The February issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine revealed las...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, January 8-14

Thermae Romae, Tales from Earthsea, Shimajirō to Ehon no Kuni films air ― The live-action film adaptation of Mari Yamazaki's Thermae Romae manga aired on Saturday, January 13 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 11.2% rating. Studio Ghibli's Tales from Earthsea film aired on NTV on Friday, January 12 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 10.2% rating. The Shimajirō to Ehon no Kuni film aired on TV Tokyo on Monday, Janauary...
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Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 Gameplay Trailer Reveals March Release

PS4 game debuts in N. America on March 27, Europe on March 30 ― NIS America began streaming a gameplay trailer for its The Witch and The Hundred Knight 2 PlayStation 4 game on Thursday. The video reveals that NIS America will release the game in North America on March 27 and in Europe on March 30. NIS America will release a limited edition with a collector's box, hardcover artbook, 2-disc soundtrack,...
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Anime Boston to Host Sunrise Producer Hideyuki Tomioka, Screenwriter Katsuyuki Sumizawa

Convention to take place March 30-April 1 ― The Anime Boston convention announced on Thursday that it will host SUNRISE senior managing director Hideyuki Tomioka and screenwriter Katsuyuki Sumizawa will attend this year's event. Tomioka joined Sunrise as a part-timer on Taiyou no Kiba Dougram, and he later became a full-time producer. His production credits include Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Inuyasha, ...
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Sentai Filmworks Confirms English Dub for Sword Oratoria

Sentai Filmworks revealed an English dub for the Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side anime series on Thursday. The teaser video posted to Twitter shows ADR director Kyle Colby Jones and Ricardo Contreras working on the dub. The 12-episode spinoff anime premiered on April 14. Sentai Filmworks licensed the series and streamed it on Amazon's Anime Strike as i...

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Eromanga Sensei's Sagiri Gets Ready for the Pool in VR App

The Eromanga Sensei virtual reality game is already getting a sequel. The first game was mostly an alarm clock app that included the ability to nap with the show's little sister character Sagiri. The sequel has the same alarm function -- but includes bathing suits. "Mezamashi VR! Eromanga Sensei Sagiri Swimsuit Edition" includes a wake up call by Sagiri in her bathing suit. Other than the napping ...

Slayers Novels Get Sequel After 18 Years

Preview to run in Dragon Age magazine this weekend ― A Fantasia Bunko livestream presentation revealed on Thursday that "the newest Slayers book is moving forward this year." The new work, the first new installment in writer Hajime Kanzaka and illustrator Rui Araizumi's series in nearly 18 years, will be a sequel to the novel series' 15th volume. This year's March issue of Fujimi Shobo's Dragon Age m...
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Oreimo's Ayase Turned in Conversational, Holographic A.I. Girlfriend

Gatebox has paved the way for two-dimensional waifus, first by introducing its "Holographic Communication Robot" in 2016 and followed by establishing its Jigen Tokō Kyoku (Dimensional Voyage Department) and offering a marriage registration service for people who want to record their unions with 2D characters. Gatebox is now updating its Communication Robot from original character Hikari Azuma to a...

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Both Negima TV Anime

Negima!, Negima!? both previously licensed by Funimation ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed the 2005 Negima! anime and the 2006-2007 Negima!? anime. The license includes home video, television, and digital rights. Ken Akamatsu's original Negima! Magister Negi Magi manga ran from 2003 to 2012. Del Rey Manga began publishing the manga in North America, but Kodansha Comics too...

New Gegege no Kitarō Anime Announced for Dragon Ball Super's Timeslot (Update)

Kitarō anime to feature completely new cast ― Toei Animation announced with a video on Friday that a new television anime based on Shigeru Mizuki's GeGeGe no Kitarō manga will premiere on Fuji TV at 9:00 a.m. on on Sunday April 1. The timeslot is currently occupied by Dragon Ball Super — Toei has not announced whether Dragon Ball Super will end or move to a new timeslot. The video introduces the new ...
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Yūri Katsuki Looks Princely for Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama Collab

The prince of the ice-skating rink is getting a redesign to match. Yūri Katsuki of the hit anime Yuri on Ice is crossing over into Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama (The Kingdom of Dreams and the 100 Sleeping Princes or "Yume-100" for short) smartphone puzzle role-playing game as an icy royal. The game opened a special site for the campaign and introduced its retweet campaign to distribut...
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Series Premiere: Violet Evergarden ‒ Episodes 1-2

Aesthetically, Violet Evergarden is a fantastic show that's worth watching for its production values alone, but the story is shaping up pretty well too.
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Tactics Manga Revived in New Series

Last volume of Sakura Kinoshita, Kazuko Higashiyama's series debuted in 2013 ― Manga artists Sakura Kinoshita and Kazuko Higashiyama launched a new series for their Tactics manga on libre inc's online pixiv magazine Kurofune on Thursday. The new series is titled Tactics Shinsetsu (New Theory), and it will continue the story from the manga's 15th volume. Kinioshita also drew a one-page comic to reintr...
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Kill Me Baby Gets a Fresh Coat of Paint in Kirara Fantasia Game

And one character gets a new voice actress... ― The Kill Me Baby anime is getting a new lease on life. The anime returned to streaming services in Japan in 2016 and will now be added into publisher Houbunsha's Kirara Fantasia game, albeit with some adjustments. The Kill Me Baby anime found itself in the midst of a scandal after voice actress Ai Takabe (Agiri Goshiki) was arrested for drug charges in ...

Nintendo Switch Was Best-Selling Console in U.S. in December

Console sold 1.5 million units ― Nintendo announced via press release on Thursday that its Nintendo Switch console sold 1.5 million units within the United States in December, according to independent sales tracker NPD Group. According to Nintendo's report of NPD Group's results, the Switch sold more units than any other video game console. Nintendo also reported that its Nintendo 3DS family of syste...
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Sword Art Online Creator, One-Punch Man's Murata Come Out for Ready Player One Event

Film's producer, Sword Art Online director, illustrator Yūji Kaida will also attend ― Sword Art Online creator Reki Kawahara and One-Punch Man manga artist Yuusuke Murata will attend a very special fan event of Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One sci-fi film. Both creators, along with Sword Art Online director Tomohiko Ito, illustrator Yūji Kaida (Gundam model kits box art), the film's producer Donal...
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Prince Charles Screening Akira and GITS in February

Ghost in the Shell screening on February 1, Akira on February 25 ― The Prince Charles cinema in London's Leicester Square will hold a screening of Mamoru Oshii's original Ghost in the Shell film on Thursday February 1 at 6.25 p.m; and a screening of Akira on Sunday February 25 at 8.45 p.m. The cinema is also currently showing a lengthy season of Studio Ghibli films until June, details here.
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Food Wars! The Second Plate Anime's English Dub Cast Revealed

Rob Mungle joins cast as Subaru Mimasaka ― Sentai Filmworks announced its English dub cast for Food Wars! The Second Plate on Thursday. All of the main cast members are returning, with some new additions such as Rob Mungle as Subaru Mimasaka. The full cast is as follows: Blake Shepard as Soma Yukihira Stephanie Wittels as Erina Nakiri Jad Saxton as Megumi Tadokoro Kregg Dailey as Akira Hayama Leraldo...
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Complex x Complex, Lu Over the Wall Anime Win at 72nd Mainichi Film Awards

Films receive Best Animation Film award, Noburou Oofuji Award ― The Mainichi Shimbun and Sports Nippon Shimbun newspapers announced the winners for the 72nd Annual Mainichi Film Awards on Thursday. Miyuki Fukuda's Complex x Complex 25-minute short film won this year's Best Animation Film award. Masaaki Yuasa's Lu over the wall won the Noburou Oofuji Award, which honors animated works that offer new f...
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Today's Menu for Emiya Family Anime's Promo Video Streamed

Fate/stay night spinoff gourmet series debuts online on January 25 ― The official website for the net anime adaptation of TAa's Emiya-sanchi no Kyō no Gohan (Today's Menu for Emiya Family) manga began streaming 15- and 30-second versions of a promotional video on Thursday. (Note: The video linked above is region-locked to Japan.) The first episode of the anime already aired in Japan during the "Fate ...
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Nippon Ichi Software Announces Usotsuki Hime to Mōmoku Ōji, 'project Nightmare' Games

Disgaea also gets 15th-anniversary HD remake ― Nippon Ichi Software announced on Thursday the Usotsuki Hime to Mōmoku Ōji (The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince) and "project Nightmare" games during a livestream to introduce titles planned for release by July. The Famitsu.com website also began streaming an in-development teaser video for Usotsuki Hime to Mōmoku Ōji. The Usotsuki Hime to Mōmoku Ōji ...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 41

"Despite being a solidly entertaining mini-arc, Team 7's first mission was paint-by-numbers shonen in many respects."
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Jump SQ. Crown Manga Magazine Ends, Jump SQ. RISE Magazine Launches in April

Beet the Vandel Buster manga resumes in new magazine ― The 2018 Winter issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. Crown magazine revealed on Friday that the issue is ceasing publication with the 2018 Winter issue as the final issue. However, the issue also revealed that Shueisha is launching a new magazine titled Jump SQ. RISE in April, and hints that the launch will "raise the curtain on a new age of manga that s...
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King of Prism by PrettyRhythm Party Time Manga Ends

Manga based on anime film launched in November ― The February issue of Square Enix's GFantasy magazine published the final chapter Sumika Sumio's KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm Party Time manga on Thursday. The manga's one compiled volume will ship on March 27. The manga is based on the King of Prism by PrettyRhythm film. Sumio launched the manga on November 17. The film's original scriptwriter Jou Ao...
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Ashita no Joe Spinoff Anime Megalobox Gets Manga in February

New anime centers on boxer who participates in underground fixed boxing matches ― The February issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge magazine revealed on Wednesday that a manga adaptation of Megalobox — the spinoff television anime based on Ikki Kajiwara (pen name Asao Takamori) and Tetsuya Chiba's Ashita no Joe manga — will launch in the next issue on February 17. The manga is titled Megalobox - ...
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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Game's Open Beta Trailer Streamed

PS4 game's open beta test runs from January 12-21 ― Square Enix began streaming an open beta trailer on Tuesday for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, the PlayStation 4 version of the Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade game. The trailer previews the game's cast and the four battle types featured in the game. The open beta test is running from January 12 through 21 on PlayStation 4. The beta test features 15 playa...
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New Baki Anime Reveals 1st Visual

The official Twitter account for the upcoming anime adaptation of Keisuke Itagaki's Baki (New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero) manga revealed the anime's first visual on Thursday. Netflix will premiere the anime in summer 2018 inside Japan, and in fall 2018 outside of Japan. TMS Entertainment (Lupin III, ReLIFE) will animate the 26-episode series, which will also air on television. ...
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Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force Manga Has 1.8 Million Copies in Print

The 12th compiled book volume of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga revealed on Wednesday that the series has more than 1.8 million copies in print. Kodansha Comics describes that manga's story: Terror has paralyzed the clockwork metropolis of Tokyo! Possessed by demons, people have begun to burst into flame, leading to the establishment of a special firefighting team: the Fire ...
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Manga Kakeru Manga-Making Game's Trailer Previews Features

Game launches for PS Vita later this month, for PS4 at later date ― The official website for Granzella's Manga Kakeru PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 game began streaming a new introduction video for the game on Thursday. The video highlights the game's features and manga creation tools. The game allows players to select from a variety of 3D models and choose from hundreds of different poses, as w...

Rumiko Takahashi Nominated for Eisner Hall of Fame

Ranma 1/2, Inuyasha, Rinne creator nominated for 4th time ― Comic-Con International announced on Monday that the Eisner Awards judges have nominated manga creator Rumiko Takahashi for the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame this year. She is part of a selection of 16 nominees, four of whom will be selected by vote to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. This is Takahashi's fourth nomination, with jud...
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K Franchise Gets New Manga Based on Drama CD

Yasuyuki Torikai draws manga based on K Hajimari to Owari to drama CD ― The February issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge revealed on Wednesday that Yasuyuki Torikai (Shinyaku Märchen) will launch a new spinoff manga based on GoRA and GoHands' K franchise in the magazine's next issue in February. The manga is titled K Hajimari to Owari to (K The Beginning and the End). The story will be based on ...
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Takunomi. Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Haruto Hino's Takunomi. (Drinking at Home) four-panel manga listed the Japanese Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video release for the anime on Thursday, which revealed that the anime will have 12 episodes. The Blu-ray Disc releases will have two volumes that will release in March and April, while the DVD release will have three volumes in March...
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The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website for the television anime of Shiratori Shirow and Shirabi's The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! (Ryūō no Oshigoto!) light novel series listed the details for the anime's Japanese Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video release on Thursday, which reveals that the anime will have 12 episodes. The Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases will have four volumes, and will ship one volume every month from M...
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Crunchyroll Adds Haganai, .hack//G.U. Trilogy, Origin, Chaos;HEAd, Good Luck Girl! Anime

Last remaining Yū Yū Hakusho episodes also added ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it has added the Haganai, Haganai NEXT, .hack//G.U. Trilogy, Origin ~Spirits of the Past~, Chaos;HEAd, and Good Luck Girl! anime. The company also added the last remaining episodes and the OVA episodes of the Yū Yū Hakusho anime. Haganai and Haganai NEXT are available for users in the United States, Canada, the...
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Tokyo Ghoul Manga Franchise Has 34 Million Copies in Print Worldwide

This year's seventh issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine is revealing on Thursday that Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ghoul:re manga series have a combined 34 million copies in print worldwide. Ishida serialized Tokyo Ghoul in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump from 2011 to 2014, and is now serializing Tokyo Ghoul:re. Shueisha published the 13th volume of Tokyo Ghoul:re last October, and w...
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Ei Itou Launches Buchō-chan Manga in February

Manga centers on talented but seductive sales department manager, new recruit ― This year's second issue of Akita Shoten's Young Champion Retsu magazine revealed on Tuesday that Ei Itou will launch a new manga titled Buchō-chan (Department Manager-chan) in the magazine's next issue on February 20. The manga will have a color opening page, and the first chapter will have 25 pages. The manga centers on...
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Shining Resonance Re:frain PS4 Game's Video Highlights New Features

Remaster of Shining Resonance game ships on March 29 ― The official website for Shining Resonance Re:frain, the PlayStation 4 remaster of Sega's Shining Resonance game, began streaming a teaser video for the game on Thursday. The video features narration by game mascot Fromage outlining the remaster release's new features. The game will ship in regular and limited-edition Premium Fan Box editions on ...
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Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms Slated for PS Vita in the West in March

Idea Factory International announced on Wednesday that the Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms (Hakuōki Shinkai: Hana no Shō) PlayStation Vita game will launch on March 13 in North America, and on March 16 in Europe. The game will be available physically and digitally. Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms originally launched in Japan in June 2016. The game is a sequel to Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds (Hakuōki Shinkai: Kaze no Shō), wh...
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Live-Action Marmalade Boy Film Reveals Cast for Parents

Shosuke Tanihara, Miho Nakayama, Rei Dan, Michitaka Tsutsui join April 27 film ― The official website for the live-action film of Wataru Yoshizumi's Marmalade Boy manga revealed additional cast members for the film on Thursday. The new cast members include (rear row, from left to right in the photograph above): Shosuke Tanihara as Yōji Matsuura, Yū's biological father Miho Nakayama as Chiyako Matsuur...
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GINTAMA Live Action Movie Giveaway!

To celebrate the release of the live action GINTAMA film, we are giving away awesome prize packs including exclusive merchandise only available in Japan! ― To celebrate the release of this laugh-out-loud Sci-Fi Samurai Comedy, we are giving away two awesome GINTAMA prize packs including exclusive merchandise only available in Japan! Get ready to laugh your brains out with the Yorozuya Crew! The inter...
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Higanjima X Vampire Anime Gets 'Special Chapter' With New Cast Member

New anime to feature one cast member voicing all roles for streaming ― Multimedia studio Tetra announced via a YouTube video on Thursday that Higanjima X, its short anime adaptation of Kōji Matsumoto's vampire manga franchise Higanjima (Nirvana Island), will get a "special chapter." As with the previous anime shorts, the new anime will debut online, and will again feature one voice cast member playin...
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Proud Mama Britney Spears Shows Off Son's DBZ Fan Art

Chart-topping pop singer Britney Spears son is a big Dragon Ball Z fan and has been for the last few years. Spears previously shared his Halloween costume, the nefarious Frieza, in 2016. Her son's love for the series is still going strong and even inspiring him to draw his favorite characters. Spears shared his artwork on Twitter with the caption "Proud Mommy moment!" Proud mommy moment! pic.twitt...

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Japanese Comic Ranking, January 8-14

The Promised Neverland, 7SEEDS Gaiden, Black Butler, Fate/Grand Order -mortalis:stella-, Sweetness & Lightning in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 The Promised Neverland 7 90,179 254,251 2018/01 Shueisha Story: Kaiu Shirai / Art: Posuka Demizu 1 2 2 7SEEDS Gaiden 50,403 50,403 2018/01 Shogakukan Yumi Tamura 2 1 3 Black...
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Nintendo Labo Puts Creativity in Your Hands — Just Add Cardboard!

Nintendo is debuting a whole new way to play with your Switch console, all you need is a bit of cardboard and some art supplies. The game company's website launched its Nintendo Labo page introducing the projects first two kits and endless possibilities. The idea behind Nintendo Labo is in the cardboard. The company will sell kits to create new accessories for the Nintendo Switch. Kits include a m...
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Yakuza 6 PS4 Game's Minigame Trailer Streamed

Western release slated for March 20 ― Sega America began streaming a trailer showcasing the minigames in its Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (Ryū ga Gotoku 6: Inochi no Uta) PlayStation 4 game. The minigames range from sports to babysitting to other Sega games. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is the first mainline release in the franchise that will keep the subtitle in the English title of the game. Sega will ...
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Pop Team Epic Gets Extra Meta with Skyrim Mod

Love, hate, or confused, Pop Team Epic is getting a reaction out of its audience and critics. The self-described "crappy anime" stars Popuko and Pipimi who run through a series of meta-segments that reference popular culture, break the fourth wall, or are otherwise purposefully obtuse. In the series' first episode, Popuko continues to wake up repeatedly in different scenarios. One looked very fami...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, January 8-14

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: January 8-14 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Square Enix January 11 105,667 105,667 36 2NSwSplatoon 2 (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo November 21, 2017 34,632 1,917,342 73 3NSwSuper Mario Odyssey (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo October 27, 2017 ...
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Holiday Love Live-Action Series Announces Porno Graffitti Theme Song

Series premieres January 26 ― The official website for the live-action television series adaptation of writer Yukari Koyama and artist Eliza Kusakabe's Holiday Love ~Fūfukan Ren'ai~ (Love Between Married Couples) manga revealed on Wednesday that rock band Porno Graffitti (Fullmetal Alchemist, Bleach, My Hero Academia) is performing the theme song "Chameleon Lens." Porno Graffitti wrote the song speci...
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The 25th Ward: The Silver Case Game's Trailer Previews Characters, Cases

NIS America to release PS4/PC game in the West in 2018 ― NIS America began streaming a new trailer for the HD remake of The 25th Ward: The Silver Case on Tuesday. The trailer previews the characters and cases featured in the game. NIS America will release the game for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in North America and Europe in 2018. The game will be available digitally and in a physical limited edi...
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Crunchyroll Announces the Nominees for Its 2nd Annual Anime Awards (Updated)

Disclosure: Anime News Network's executive editor Zac Bertschy is a judge on the Crunchyroll Anime Awards panel This year marks the second run of Crunchyroll's Anime Awards. The streaming website first introduced the awards last year and it was dominated Yuri on Ice with the fan-favorite series closing out seven different categories. This year adds even more categories with the introduction of "Be...
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Overlord II ‒ Episode 2

"This episode further reinforces the series' ability to be compelling without its protagonist, as one of the most delightful episodes to date despite the total absence of Momonga."
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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory Video Highlights New Protagonist

PS4/Vita game launches Friday in the West ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a story trailer for its Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Wednesday. The video highlights the game's new protagonist. The game will ship in the West on Friday. People who pre-order the game in the West will receive four Digimon: Omnimon NX, Sistermon Ci...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 15

"This one is definitely up there on the list of Black Clover episodes that I've enjoyed the most."
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Girls und Panzer Dream Tank Match Game's Promo Shows Chi-Ha-Tan Academy Tanks

PS4 game launches in Japan on February 22 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a new promotional video for its Girls und Panzer Dream Tank Match PlayStation 4 game on Tuesday. The video, narrated by Yukari Akiyama, highlights the tanks of Chi-Ha-Tan Academy. The game will ship on February 22 in Japan. Those who order the Premium Edition of the game in Japan will receive a Blu-Ray Disc with vi...
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Popular Actor Issei Takahashi Has Light Stick Skills for Days

Popular actor Issei "Issey" Takahashi has come a long way since he first starred in Studio Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart in 1995. He joined the Ultraman family, starred in the live-action adaptation of One-Pound Gospel, Detroit Metal City, March Comes in like a Lion, and Hideaki Anno's Shin Godzilla. By all means he's a mainstream success, but Takahashi also has some enviable otaku abilities. In a...
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AKB48 Rumored to End Swimsuit Gravure Photos for Underage Members

Confusingly to some English speakers, manga magazines such as Hakusensha's Young Animal and Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump often feature bikini-clad girls on their covers. Despite the word "young" in their titles, these magazines visibly target a postpubescent audience. Nevertheless, the covergirls posing in swimwear for risqué photos for these and other publications may themselves be underage. Rumo...
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Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time Launches in West on February 20

Germany's official PlayStation blog revealed on Wednesday that the Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time game will launch for PlayStation 4 via the PlayStation Store and PC via Steam in the Americas and Europe on February 20. Bandai Namco Entertainment America describes the "3D action beat 'em up" game's original story: Having been inspired by a famous witch named Shiny Chariot, an ordinary girl ...
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Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux Ships in West in May

Atlus USA announced on Wednesday that Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux, the Nintendo 3DS remake of Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Nintendo DS game, will ship in the Americas on May 15. The game will ship in Europe on May 18. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux uses the original game as a base while also adding original content, and the ability to save at any time even wh...
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Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii Anime's Video Reveals Naoya, Kō Visual

A-1 Pictures' romantic comedy premieres in April ― The official website for the television anime adaptation Fujita's Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (Love is Hard for an Otaku) manga revealed a teaser visual for the characters Naoya Nifuji (voiced by Yuuki Kaji) and Kō Sakuragi (voiced by Aoi Yūki) on Thursday. The website also began streaming a promotional video that introduces the visual. (Note: The pro...
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Answerman - Why Isn't More Classic Anime Shown on TV?

One reader wonders why Adult Swim went with the 2011 Hunter x Hunter instead of the original 90s version - and why in general, not much classic anime is on US TV. Justin considers the angles. ― Joshua asked: Why does Toonami always go with the new versions of series over the old classic ones? For example Hunter x Hunter choose the 2011 version over the 1999 version. As much as you and I love the loo...
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Gal*Gun 2 Game's Video Previews Characters, Theme Song

Shooting game ships for PS4, Switch in Japan on March 15 ― The official website for Inti Creates' Gal*Gun 2 game, the newest installment in its Gal*Gun game series, began streaming the game's second introduction video on Wednesday. The video introduces the main female characters and features the theme song "Otome no Yokubō☆Dangerous" (Girls' Desire☆Dangerous). Chisa Kimura, Yuna Taniguchi, and Risae ...
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Series Premiere: A Place Further Than the Universe ‒ Episodes 1-3

"It's been able to achieve its modest narrative ambitions without any trouble, and that foundation should give it plenty to build on over the course of the season."
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Ashita no Joe Spinoff Anime Megalobox's Teaser Video Streamed

Boxing TV anime series premieres in April ― The official website for Megalobox, a new television anime based on Ikki Kajiwara (pen name Asao Takamori) and Tetsuya Chiba's Ashita no Joe manga, began streaming a teaser video for the series on Wednesday. The video reveals that the anime will premiere on TBS and BS-TBS in April. An Ashita no Joe exhibit will also run at Space 634 inside the Tokyo Solamac...
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Game Teases 'Special Announcement'

iOS/Android spinoff game's website countdown ends on Friday ― The smartphone role-playing game Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden is teasing a "special announcement" on Friday, January 19. According to the announcement's countdown website, "something will happen" on that day at 6:00 p.m. JST (4:00 a.m. EST). People who follow the game's official Twitter account and tweet predictions for t...
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Mahō Shōjo Ore Anime Casts Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Koji Yusa, Showtaro Morikubo

Idols, manager cast in Spring gender-swapping magical girl anime ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Icchokusen Mōkon's Mahō Shōjo Ore (Magical Girl Ore or literally, I Am a Magical Girl) manga announced additional cast members on Wednesday: From left to right: Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Mohiro Mikage, a top idol adored by Saki Koji Yusa as Hyōe, a member of the idol unit Star☆Princ...
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Ninja Girl & Samurai Master Anime Gets 3rd Season in April

Staff, cast return to depict Battle of Anegawa ― The official website for Ninja Girl & Samurai Master, the anime of Naoki Shigeno's four-panel manga Nobunaga no Shinobi, announced on Wednesday that production on a third season has been green-lit. The new season, titled Nobunaga no Shinobi ~Anegawa Ishiyama-Hen~ (literally, Nobunaga's Ninja: The Anegawa/Ishiyama Arc), will begin airing and streaming i...
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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Season 2 Listed With 24 Episodes

Chinese video streaming site iQiyi is listing the second anime season based on Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan) manga with 24 episodes. The anime premiered late at night on Tuesday at 25:35 (effectively Wednesday at 1:35 a.m.) on TV Tokyo, TV Hokkaido, and TV Osaka, and is also airing on TV Aichi, TV Setouchi, and TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting. Hiroaki Sakurai (Di G...
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Kemono Friends, Girl Friend BETA Franchises Get Stage Plays Starring =LOVE Idol Group

Kemono Friends runs in February, Girl Friend BETA in summer ― TV Tokyo's AniTele streaming service announced on Wednesday that it is collaborating with idol group =LOVE (pronounced "equal love") to produce two stage productions based on the Kemono Friends and Girl Friend BETA franchise. The Kemono Friends production will debut at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo for a six-show run on February 15-18, while ...
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Blade of the Immortal Gets Finale Stage Play in May

Crowdfunding for improved props, costumes already meets goal ― Japanese theatrical company Gekidan Herohero Q Company announced on Sunday that the stage play adaptation of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal manga will get a "finale" stage play that will run at the Zenrosai Hall Space Zero in Tokyo for 10 days from May 13 to 22. The play also launched a crowdfunding campaign on Monday for improved...
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Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei Smartphone Game Launches Next Week

Sega announced on Tuesday that the Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation iOS and Android game is slated for release next week. Sega will announce an exact release date on the game's official website soon. Riichirō Yamada, the game's producer, previously hinted last month that the game will launch in mid-January. Sega Games and Atlus will release the game worldwide following an initial release in Japa...
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22nd Detective Conan Film Unveils New Visual

The official website for the Detective Conan anime films unveiled the main visual for Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin (Detective Conan: Zero's Executioner), the 22nd film in the series, on Wednesday. The tagline in the visual reads: "The one who exposes the truth vs. the one who pierces through justice. Their souls will confront each other in this secret mission mystery." The film opens in Japan...
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Aniplex USA Streams Today's Menu for Emiya Family Anime on Crunchyroll on January 25

New episodes of Fate/stay night spinoff gourmet anime premiere on 1st of every month ― Aniplex of America announced on Tuesday that it will stream the net anime adaptation of TAa's Emiya-sanchi no Kyō no Gohan (Today's Menu for Emiya Family) manga on Crunchyroll on January 25, with new episodes on the first of every month. Aniplex of America describes the anime: "Fulfilling meal…a familiar view" In t...
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Masaaki Yuasa Responds to Critic's Poor Review of Devilman Crybaby (Update)

Artist, art critic, and anime critic Yōhei Kurose is not a fan of the Devilman crybaby anime, which premiered earlier this month. He explained some of his criticisms of the series on Twitter. The severity of his critique caused the anime's director Masaaki Yuasa to issue a follow-up response on Twitter. After criticizing Pop Team Epic on Twitter, Kurose described Devilman crybaby as "an even more ...
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Granzella's Manga-Making Game to Launch This Month

Manga Kakeru was originally announced in 2014 ― Video game production company Granzella is announcing in Kadokawa's Famitsu magazine on Thursday that its manga-making game Manga Kakeru will launch as a digital download this month. The game will be available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Granzella first announced the game for PlayStation Vita only in 2014, and streamed a promotional video (b...
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Udon Ent. Updates on Status of Rose of Versailles Manga Release

Udon Entertainment shared an update on its Rose of Versailles manga release with independent review site Comics Worth Reading, and confirmed the statement with ANN. In response to the site's inquiry about whether the project was still active, the company provided the following statement: While we do not have a solid date on release yet, the localization is coming along well. We have 80% of the who...
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Digimon Adventure tri.: Coexistence Teaser Previews English Dub

Final three Digimon Adventure tri. films to screen in U.S. in February, May, September ― Fathom Events began streaming a teaser for its English dub premiere of the Digimon Adventure tri.: Coexistence film on Tuesday. Fathom Events previously streamed a teaser for Digimon Adventure tri.: Loss, but the teaser does not contain any dialogue. The final three movies in the six-movie Digimon Adventure tri. ...
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