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Shelf Life - Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon

Paul digs into a Lupin III movie with a truly fascinating production history, plus your weekly breakdown of all the newest anime releases! ― Before we jump into this week's new anime, I've got a little bit of housekeeping to take care of. I'll be taking next week off, so you won't see a new column on the 24th (don't worry, nothing's coming out that week anyway). We'll be back with a "year in review"...
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Bad Friends GN

Dark and at times difficult, this Korean comic looks back at the ways that friends can both save and destroy us. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Bad Friends, award-winning manhwaga Ancco's English-language debut, is brutal. That's not to say that it's full of violence or horrors, although there is a lot of physical abuse. What makes it so difficult is the combination of clear-eyed hindsight and ...
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My Monster Secret GN 12

My Monster Secret maintains confidence and charm as it continues to explore its central relationship, even if individual chapters are hit or miss. Nick Creamer has the details. ― It's always felt a little strange to me that so many romantic comedies tend to end the moment their principle couples actually get together. Embracing an actual relationship means abandoning some of the “will they or won't t...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, December 10-16

Totoro sells 950, followed by Bungo Stray Dogs film, 2018 Anpanman film, live-action Bleach, Wotakoi ― The live-action Bleach film fell from #11 to #33 in its second week. It added 815 copies to its total of 3,002 copies. Maaya Uchida's Uchida Maaya "Magic Number" Tour 2018 landed at #41 with 612 copies. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank W...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, December 10-16

Tales of Festival sells 2,951, followed by Maaya Uchida, Fate/Extra Last Encore, Wotakoi, Liz and the Blue Bird ― The limited edition for Tales of Festival 2018 sold 2,951 copies to rank #9 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Maaya Uchida's Uchida Maaya "Magic Number" Tour 2018 landed at #10 with 2,917 copies. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest R...
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The Promised Neverland Gets Comedy Spinoff Manga in January

Also: Dragon Dentist's Otaro Maijo, Arata Momose launch new manga with on December 25 ― The official website for Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Shūhei Miyazaki will launch Oyakusoku no Neverland, a comedy spinoff manga based on Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland manga, in the Shonen Jump+ app on January 11. In addition, novelist and writer Otaro Mai...
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2019 Hot Gimmick, Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, Precure Movies Slated

2 new Precure films, 2 new Kamen Rider films slated ― Toei announced its lineup of films in 2019 on Monday. The distributor confirmed the opening dates for a number of films, including the Eiga Precure Miracle Universe film, the live-action Hot Gimmick film, the Kamen Rider Zi-O film (working title), the Gekijō-ban Shin Super Sentai film (working title), the Star ☆ Twinkle Precure film (working title...
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Type-Moon Reveals New Fate/Requiem Book for Comiket 95

New Fate story set in world "after the Holy Grail War" ― Game and story development circle Type-Moon announced on Monday that it will release a new book titled Fate/Requiem at this year's winter Comic Market (Comiket 95). Type-Moon describes the book as the "first volume," with a story set "after the Holy Grail War." Type-Moon's Meteo Hoshizora (World Conquest Zvezda Plot) is writing the scenario, an...
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Toei Outlines March's Precure Miracle Universe Film

New film set in space, focuses on recurring "Mystery Light" objects ― Toei outlined Eiga Precure Miracle Universe, the next film in the Precure franchise, on Monday. The film will open in Japan on March 16. The ending of the recent Eiga Hugtto! Precure ♡ Futari wa Precure All Stars Memories film previewed the upcoming film. The new film will be primarily set in space, and the story will reveal the se...
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10th Anniversary Yuruyuri Video Anime Reveals Staff, Crowdfunding

Daigo Yamagishi directs Yuyuri Ten OVA at Release the Spyce's Lay-duce ― The official website for the anime of Namori's Yuruyuri manga revealed the returning cast, staff, planned crowdfunding campaign, and visual for the original video anime (OVA) marking the manga's 10th anniversary on Tuesday. The new project is titled "Yuruyuri," — pronounced "Yuruyuri ten." The "," or "ten" is a wordplay on the E...
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World's Largest Dragon Quest Slime Figure to Loom Over Yokohama

The original slime is back to reclaim its viscous throne. The iconic Dragon Quest Slime monster will grow to eight meters high and eight meters wide in Queen's Square Yokohama. The shopping mall will be home to the world's largest slime from December 20-24. This slime will be significantly less messy than its video game version. Organizers are building the monster out of giant sized blocks to give...
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Production I.G's Anime Beans App Starts Streaming Anime Globally

App launches on Tuesday with 10 English-subtitled shows ― Production I.G announced on Monday that its Anime Beans iOS and Android app will be available worldwide except in China beginning on Tuesday with 10 titles available with English subtitles. The titles include: Caramel Honey (based on Takuhei's manga of the same name) Monkey Peak (based on Kōji Shinasaka and Akihiro Kumeta's manga of the same n...
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Stand My Heroes Anime Reveals Staff, More Designs

Strike the Blood's Hideyo Yamamoto directs anime at M.S.C ― The official Twitter account for Stand My Heroes: Piece of Truth, the television anime of the Stand My Heroes smartphone game, revealed the anime's staff members and more character designs on Tuesday. Hideyo Yamamoto (Strike the Blood, The Prince of Tennis II OVA vs. Genius 10, Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth-) is directing the anime at M....
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Kingdom Hearts III Game's Final Trailer Previews Songs

PS4/Xbox One game slated for January 25 in Japan, January 29 in the West ― Square Enix revealed the "final" trailer for its Kingdom Hearts III game on Monday. The trailer previews both the game's opening theme song "Face My Fears" by Hikaru Utada and Skrillex, as well as the ending theme song "Don't Think Twice" (the song with Japanese lyrics is titled "Chikai" or "Oath") by Utada. The English and Ja...
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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Smartphone Game Launches on Wednesday

The staff for the Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri -Ran- Hajimaru Michiato (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress -Revolt- Beginning Tracks) smartphone game announced on Monday that the game will debut on Wednesday, December 19. The iOS and Android game was previously slated for summer and then fall. Noitamina released two drama CDs that tie into the game's plot at screenings of the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress com...

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Fortnite Phenomenon Spreads to Coro Coro Comic

Get ready to floss with the best of 'em because Epic Games' multi-platform video game Fortnite is heading to the children's manga magazine Coro Coro Comic. The ultra-popular battle royale game will debut as a four-frame comic in the February issue of Bessatsu Coro Coro Comic on December 29. Manga artist Naoto Katsumi (Kiwamero! Pokémon B·W, Double Deca) will draw the "scathing gag" manga. Coro Cor...

Viz's New Shonen Jump Service Launches With 70+ Catalog Manga

25 series available for simultaneous publication ― Viz Media launched its new Shonen Jump website and subscription service on Monday. The following series are running as free online simultaneous publications: act-age Blue Exorcist Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Boys Over Flowers Season 2 Black Clover Chainsaw Man Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Dragon Ball Super Dr. Stone Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma...
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Asagaya Anime Street to Close After Failing to Draw Crowds

Asagaya Anime Street, a government-funded anime-themed shopping district, will close at the end of February 2019. The official website posted an announcement that the district is closing down due to the end of its five-year lease. Asagaya Anime Street first opened in 2014 as an attempt to bring anime consumers closer to Tokyo's anime production studios, many of which are located within proximity o...
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2nd Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel Anime Film's TV Ad Streamed

Film opens on January 12 ― The official website for the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy began streaming a new commercial on Monday for Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly, the second film in the trilogy. The video features the theme song "I beg you" performed by Aimer. Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly will open in Japan on January 12, 2019 in 131 theat...
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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Game's Switch Version Ships in the Americas Next Summer

New trailers streamed for Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Complete Edition ― Bandai Namco America announced on Monday that it will release the Nintendo Switch version of Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization in summer 2019, with the Switch edition of Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Complete Edition following shortly after. Bandai Namco Entertainment also began streaming trailers for Sword Art Online: Fa...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 86

"With the endgame within reach, Ohnoki lays his motives bare in this week's somber installment."
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Kemono Friends 2 Producer Claims Anime Studio Targeted for Harassment

Kemono Friends 2 animation producer Shinnosuke Numata posted a tweet on Friday revealing that the anime production studio Tomason has been receiving various forms of harassment ever since it was revealed that they were working on the project. どなたかわかりませんが…勝手に僕の名前と会社の代表メールアドレスを使い、様々なサービスに登録をしている方がいます。昨日、今日で会社宛に200件のメールと数十件の電話問い合わせがありました。小さい会社なので、CG部の人間も電話対応しなければならず、本業が滞ってしまいます。— 沼田心之介(ぬまぴー) (@shinno...
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4-Film King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars Project Reveals More Cast, Characters

Koutarou Hashimoto, Wataru Urata, Norihito Hase, Takuhiro Eda, Tatsuyuki Kobayashi play The Shuffle ― The staff of the the King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars anime project revealed additional characters and the cast members for the unit The Shuffle on Monday. The new characters are all members of Swartz Rose's idol group YMT29. The newly announced cast members of The Shuffle are: Koutarou Hashimoto as ...
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 36

"Rumor has it that the darkest hour is just before dawn, and the hour's looking pretty dark right now for Kitaro and his friends."
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Mario Voice Charles Martinet Gets Guinness Record for Most Performances as Same Video Game Character

Prolific voice actor Charles Martinet announced on Twitter on Friday that he was officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for "most video game voice over performances as the same character." Martinet has voiced Nintendo's iconic hero Mario in at least 100 games. With Craig receiving my record certificate @GWR for most video game voiceover performances as the same character – 100...
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Nano Performs Opening Theme for Tatsuki's Kemurikusa Anime

Anime from original Kemono Friends director premieres in January ― The official Twitter account for director Tatsuki's Kemurikusa television anime announced on Monday that Nano is performing the anime's opening song. Record company Flying Dog began streaming a commercial previewing the song. The series will premiere on Tokyo MX on January 9 at 10:30 p.m. The series will also begin airing later that n...
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Penguin Highway Included in 2019 Japan Touring Programme

Programme will travel UK from February 2 to March 28, also includes live-action manga adaptations of Destiny - Kamakura Monogatari, Pumpkin and Mayonnaise and The Scythian Lamb ― There will be a touring programme of Japanese films from February 2 to March 28 2019, including the anime film Penguin Highway. The Penguin Highway screening details will be put up here. Most screening details are not confir...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 865

"As slowly as we're inching our way through this fight, this episode is well-directed and story-conscious enough to make sure the little nuances feel like a big deal."
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Crunchyroll Launches 'Stay Crunchy' Campaign Video with Japanese Animators

Crunchyroll revealed the details behind its a new project on Monday. The streaming company's mascot Hime is animated for the first time as part of a collaboration with ad agency Omelet to promote Crunchyroll's "Stay Crunchy" campaign. The campaign includes a live-action and animated hybrid ad directed by Caviar Content's Taichi Kimura with animation by Rapparu (Kanamewo, Crystal Cloud), Mai Yoneya...
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IDOLiSH7 Vibrato Spinoff Anime's 2nd Episode Previewed in English-Subtitled Trailer

1st English-subtitled episode debuted in February ― Bandai Namco Arts began streaming a trailer for the second episode of IDOLiSH7 Vibrato, an IDOLiSH7 spinoff series of net anime shorts, on Monday. English subtitles can be switched on in the video below. The upcoming episode is the second half of the first part, "TRIGGER: before the Radiant Glory." The first 15-minute half debuted with English subti...
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 288

"Laxus' entrance offers the most excitement in the fight against Ajeel, which otherwise feels a little truncated."
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Answerman - Is Netflix Good For Anime?

Funimation president Gen Fukunaga had some choice words for the way he thinks Netflix will handle Evangelion - does he have a point? Justin considers the possibilities. ― Kasra asked: Funimation's president Gen Fukunaga got very salty about Netflix getting Evangelion. It seems like to him and some of fans that Netflix will not do the series justice. But it should be celebrated since well eva is back...
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Release the Spyce ‒ Episode 11

"The Mouryou plot is as immediate and entertaining as it's ever been, though a steep drop in the quality of the artwork keeps this from being the slam-dunk penultimate outing it could have been."
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SSSS.Gridman ‒ Episode 11

"This is the standard lowest moment for our heroes before they (hopefully) rally back for the finale."
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Shelf Life - Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon

Paul digs into a Lupin III movie with a truly fascinating production history, plus your weekly breakdown of all the newest anime releases! ― Before we jump into this week's new anime, I've got a little bit of housekeeping to take care of. I'll be taking next week off, so you won't see a new column on the 24th (don't worry, nothing's coming out that week anyway). We'll be back with a "year in review"...
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Hi Score Girl Anime's New Episodes Reveal Cast, March 20 Release

Shiori Izawa, Kenta Miyake join cast of episodes streaming on Netflix in March ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Rensuke Oshikiri's Hi Score Girl manga revealed on Tuesday that revealed new characters, cast, and the March 20 release for the DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of the series' episodes 13-15. Shiori Izawa will play Nikotama, and Kenta Miyake will play Zangief. The release titl...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization ‒ Episode 11

"Perhaps because of how intense last episode was, the reunion with Alice this week doesn't quite capture the spark of excitement that it should."
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The Morose Mononokean Anime's 2nd Season Reveals Additional Cast

Mika Kanai, Tomoko Kaneda, Lynn join cast of January series ― An advance screening for Fukigen na Mononokean Tsuzuki (The Morose Mononokean Sequel), the second television anime season of Kiri Wazawa's The Morose Mononokean (Fukigen na Mononokean) manga, revealed three new characters and cast members on Sunday. The newly announced cast members are: Mika Kanai as Kinako Tomoko Kaneda as Keshi Lynn as E...

Anime Film Industry Revenue Dropped by 38.3% in 2017

Lack of films by prominent directors last year likely contributed to decrease; anime market overall increased 8.1% ― The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) held its seminar for its "Anime Industry Report 2018," which examines industry trends from the year 2017, on December 5. The AJA already released a preview for the report on November 28, but the AJA posted the full report summary on December...
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Arpeggio of Blue Steel Gets New Tribute Manga in January

Mental Model Research manga by Sayaka Itsuki centers on Mental Models in VR world ― The February issue of Shonengahosha's Monthly Young King Ours GH magazine revealed on Monday that Ark Performance's Arpeggio of Blue Steel manga will get a new "tribute manga" by Sayaka Itsuki titled Mental Model Research (seen right in image below). The manga will be an action comedy that will feature the Mental Mode...
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Nippon Ichi Software's Destiny Connect Game Delayed to March

PS4/Switch game previously slated for February 28 ― The official website for Nippon Ichi Software's Destiny Connect game revealed on Monday that the game's release date has been delayed from February 28 to March 14 to improve the game's quality. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch. The game's protagonist is a 10-year-old girl named Shari, who is seeking to uncover the mys...
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Touken Ranbu Gets New Musical in Fall 2019

Also: 6th stage musical slated for June, "Kashū Kiyomitsu Solo Performance" event gets Asian tour in spring ― The official website for the Touken Ranbu musicals announced on Sunday that the franchise will get a new musical in fall 2019. In addition, the site revealed that the Musical Touken Ranbu Higekiri Hizamaru Sōki Shutsujin 2019 (Higekiri and Hizamaru Riding Out Together) stage musical will run ...
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Sega Ages Project Adds Puyo Puyo, Puyo Puyo Tsū Games

Both games will get digital releases on Nintendo Switch ― Sega announced on Sunday that it will release the Puyo Puyo and Puyo Puyo Tsū games on the Nintendo Switch as part of its Sega Ages project. Sega did not provide a release date for the games. Sega released Puyo Puyo eSports, the latest game in the tile-match Puyo Puyo game franchise, on October 25. Sega is reviving its Sega Ages project for Ni...
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Date A Live III Anime Reveals New Key Visual

― The official Twitter account for the franchise based on Koushi Tachibana's Date A Live light novel series revealed a new visual on Monday for Date A Live III, the third television anime season in the franchise. The anime will premiere on AT-X on January 11 at 9:30 p.m., before airing later that evening on Tokyo MX and KBS Kyoto. The series will also air on TV Aichi, Sun TV, TVQ Broadcasting Kyushu...
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New RWBY Manga Launches on Shonen Jump+ App on December 20

Viz Media to publish manga simultaneously in English ― This year's third issue of Shuiesha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Bunta Kinami's new RWBY The Official Manga manga will launch on the Shonen Jump+ app and website on December 20, with new chapters releasing once a month. Monty Oum and Rooster Teeth Productions are credited with the original work. Viz Media had announced at...
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My Neighbor Totoro Anime Film's Chinese Theatrical Release Ranks at #2

1st Studio Ghibli theatrical release in China earned US$12.9 million in opening weekend ― Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's My Neighbor Totoro anime film ranked #2 (below Aquaman) and earned US$12.9 million in its opening weekend in China. The film opened in China on December 14, and is the first Studio Ghibli film to receive a theatrical release in China. Chinese distributor SCLA released the digit...
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B-Project 2nd Season Anime's Video Previews Opening Song

Anime premieres on January 11 ― The official website for the B-PROJECT anime began streaming the second promotional video for the series' second season, B-Project: Zecchō Emotion (Summit Emotion), on Monday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Zecchō Emotion" by the in-story idol unit B-PROJECT, played by the anime's cast. (Note: The video on the website is region-locked to Japan. A re...
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Shaman King The Super Star Manga Goes on 3-Month Hiatus

Manga returns on April 17 ― The January 2019 issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge revealed on Monday that Shaman King The Super Star, Hiroyuki Takei's new arc for his Shaman King manga, will go on hiatus in the February, March, and April issues so that Takei can recuperate. The manga will resume in the magazine's May issue on April 17. The manga launched on May 17, after publishing three prologue...
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Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 6 Manga Ends in January

Tohko Mizuno's manga adaptation of game launched in 2015 ― The January 2019 issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge revealed on Monday that Tohko Mizuno's Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 (Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 6) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on January 17. The magazine revealed in October that the manga was approaching its climax. The manga adapts the game of the same name, a...
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Dragon Ball Super: Broly Anime Film Opens at #1 at Japanese Box Office (Updated)

Yōkai Watch: Forever Friends opens at #4, Waiting for Spring opens at #7 ― The Dragon Ball Super: Broly anime film topped the Japanese box office in terms of tickets sold during its opening weekend of December 15-16. The film opened in Japan on Friday, and also has 4DX screenings in Japan in addition to normal screenings. The film sold more than 820,000 tickets and earned more than 1,050,000,000 yen ...
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Kemono Friends 2 Anime's 2nd Promo Video Features New Character Kyururu

New series premieres on January 7 ― The official website for the Kemono Friends franchise began streaming a second promotional video on Monday for Kemono Friends 2, the anime's second season. The video features the new human child character Kyururu (voiced by Yui Ishikawa). Other new cast members include: Riko Koike as Caracal Madoka Suge as Western Parotia Mashiro Yagi as Greater lophorina Mami Yama...
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The Fable Live-Action Film's Teaser Video, Visual Reveal June Opening

Junichi Okada stars in film based on Katsuhisa Minami's manga ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Katsuhisa Minami's The Fable manga revealed a teaser video and visual for the film on Monday. Both the video and visual reveal the film's June 21 opening in Japan. Kan Eguchi is directing the film and Yūsuke Watanabe is writing the script. The cast includes: (Top row in image ab...
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Street Fighter V Game Reveals New Playable Character Kage

Character out now as part of Season 4 update ― Capcom revealed during its final Capcom Cup tournament during the Final Round event on Sunday that it has released a new character named Kage as part of its new Season 4 slate of characters for the Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition game. The character is now available alongside an update that re-balances the game. Street Fighter V is the latest entry in t...
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Ao-chan Can't Study! Manga Ends, Sequel Manga Begins in January

Sequel centers on "slightly more grown-up" Ao-chan ― The January 2019 issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge published the last chapter of Ren Kawahara's Ao-chan Can't Study! (Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyō ga Dekinai) manga on Monday. Kawahara will launch a sequel manga in the magazine's next issue on January 17 that centers on a "slightly more grown-up" Ao-chan. Kodansha Comics is releasing the mang...
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Back Street Girls Live-Action Film Unveils New Trailer, Visual

Film based on Jasmine Gyuh's manga opens on February 8 ― The official website for Back Street Girls: Gokudols (Back Street Girls -Yakuza Idols-), the live-action film adaptation of Jasmine Gyuh's Back Street Girls comedy manga, revealed a new trailer and poster visual for the film on Monday. The film will open on February 8. Keinosuke Hara is directing the film, with a script by Shōichirō Masumoto an...
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Radiant ‒ Episode 11

"Despite its issues, this is still a major improvement on last week's underwhelming mix of recap scenes and bland side story."
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The Morose Mononokean Anime's 2nd Season Video Previews Opening Song

mono palette perform opening song "Long Time Traveler" for anime premiering on January 5 ― Columbia Music Japan began streaming a promotional video on Sunday for Fukigen na Mononokean Tsuzuki (The Morose Mononokean Sequel), the second television anime season of Kiri Wazawa's The Morose Mononokean (Fukigen na Mononokean) manga. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Long Time Traveler" by ...
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IRODUKU: The World in Colors ‒ Episode 11

"If Hitomi and Yuito's relationship can make it through the dark of the moon, maybe we'll get that Disney ending after all – or at least Hitomi will come out stronger on the other side."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 11

"We already knew that Narancia was a firecracker, but now we see exactly how far he's willing to go."
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Boarding School Juliet ‒ Episode 11

"I'm usually able to take an episode's aesthetic failings in stride if the story can pick up the slack, but it's another issue altogether when they become this distracting."
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A Certain Magical Index III ‒ Episode 11

"It's time for another lively affair involving superpowers, all sorts of new characters, and plenty of twists."
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Bloom Into You ‒ Episode 11

"I have confidence that Bloom Into You will pull off its climax in the best way possible, avoiding obnoxious "rivalry" clichés for something that truly does its characters justice."

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Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Pro Console Announced for Western Release, Sells Out Quickly Online

― Ever since Square Enix revealed the Kingdom Hearts III-themed PlayStation 4 Pro bundle for Japan at E3, Western fans have been clamoring for a version to release in their territories. Well, Square Enix has delivered with an announcement on Friday, but you had to have acted fast, unfortunately. The bundle is available at GameStop stores in the United States for US$399.99 and at EBGames stores in Ca...
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Kinokuniya Bookstore Holds 'Dragon Ball Super Fair' in Anticipation of Broly Film

Dragon Ball Super: Broly opened in Japanese theaters on Friday ― Japanese bookstore chain Kinokuniya has been getting into the Dragon Ball Super: Broly hype lately. The company's Shinjuku branch is holding a "Dragon Ball Super Fair" from December 1 to 20, which involves a mini-exhibit of the manga art and a shop with exclusive goods. The fair celebrates the Japanese release of the Dragon Ball Super: ...
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Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team Game Adds Real-World Soccer Players

― Mobile game developer KLab Inc. launched the worldwide version of its Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team smartphone game back in December 2017. As the release is marking its one-year anniversary, the developer added virtual versions of real-world soccer players Roberto Carlos, Morientes, and Guti. The athletes debuted in the simulation game on Friday. The World Football Legends: Los Galácticos event will...
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Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store Manga Switches to Digital Publication

― The January 2019 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine announced on Saturday that Matsukoma and Hashimoto's Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store (Nietzsche-sensei ~Konbini ni, Satori Sedai no Shinjin ga Maiorita~) manga is switching from the magazine to the "Comic Bridge" website. The next chapter will debut on the website on January 29. The comedy manga follows a male part-time late-n...
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Bad Friends GN

Dark and at times difficult, this Korean comic looks back at the ways that friends can both save and destroy us. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Bad Friends, award-winning manhwaga Ancco's English-language debut, is brutal. That's not to say that it's full of violence or horrors, although there is a lot of physical abuse. What makes it so difficult is the combination of clear-eyed hindsight and ...
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The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince Game's English Release Previewed in Video

Game launches in U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand on February 12 ― NIS America began streaming a clip on Saturday from its The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince (Usotsuki Hime to Mōmoku Ōji) game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. NISA will release the game on February 12 in the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand (only the release in the United States will have a physical edit...
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Anime Central 2019 to Host Voice Actress Mai Nakahara

Event to mark My-HiME, Higurashi voice actress's 1st time at N. American convention ― The Anime Central convention announced last month that it will host voice actress Mai Nakahara at the convention's 2019 event. The event will mark Nakahara's first appearance at a North American convention. Nakahara debuted as a voice actress with the agency I'm Enterprise in 2000. She has voiced characters in such ...
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Pokemon The Movie: The Power of Us Blu-ray and DVD Listed for February 11

Listed on Amazon UK as Manga Entertainment release ― Amazon UK is listing a Collectors Blu-ray and a DVD release of Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us, to be released on February 11. The distributor is listed as Manga Entertainment. The Pokémon Company describes the film: Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us tells the story of Ash and Pikachu as they journey to a small seaside town filled with a divers...
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Kingdom Hearts III Director Tetsuya Nomura Issues Comment on Game Leaks

New commercial streamed for game launching on January 25 in Japan, January 29 in the West ― The official Twitter account for the Kingdom Hearts game series posted a message from game director Tetsuya Nomura on Sunday regarding game leaks for Kingdom Hearts III that have surfaced in the last few days. The notice reads: (Click on image to see at full size.) The message also confirms what Nomura hinted ...
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Mob Psycho 100 Released Monday

Also new One Piece, collected Tokyo Ghoul, Higurashi OVAs, Assassination Classroom recap film, collected Snow White and the Red Hair ― On Monday December 17, Manga Entertainment will release a Blu-ray/DVD edition of Mob Psycho 100. Based on the manga by ONE (the author of One Punch Man), the story revolves around "Mob," a boy who will explode if his emotional capacity reaches 100%. This boy with psyc...
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Manaria Friends/Mysteria Friends Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

10-episode series of shorts to premiere on January 20 ― The official website for the delayed Manaria Friends television anime, which was formerly known as Rage of Bahamut: Manaria Friends, began streaming the show's second full promotional video on Sunday. Happinet is also streaming a commercial for the anime's Blu-ray Disc release. The website and the YouTube video both list the anime with 10 episod...
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Shironeko Project/Rune Story Smartphone Game Gets TV Anime in 2020

Anime to cover "Zero Chronicle" event celebrating game's 3rd anniversary ― Game developer Colopl announced at the Colopl Fes 2018 event on Sunday that its Shironeko Project smartphone game is getting a television anime project that will premiere in 2020. The anime will cover the "Zero Chronicle: Hajimari no Tsumi" (The First Sin) event that Colopl held in the game for its third anniversary. The game ...
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Sazae-san Anime Gets 1-hour New Year's Special

Special to kick off 50th anniversary for anime that debuted in 1969 ― Fuji TV announced on Sunday that it will air a one-hour New Year's special for the Sazae-san anime series on January 6 at 6:00 p.m. The special is celebrating the start of the anime's 50th anniversary in 2019. The special will air four mini episodes titled "Isono-ke no Kaiun Ryokō: Chichibu wo Iku" (A Trip of Better Fortune for the...
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Idol Group Maneki-kecak Perform New 'Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan' Anime's Ending Theme

New song to debut in series of anime shorts on January 4 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yukiko Natsume's Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan manga revealed on Saturday that the five-member all-female idol group Maneki-kecak (GeGeGe no Kitarō first ending theme) will perform the show's new ending theme song "Itsuka Dokoka de" (Someday Somewhere). The new song will debut in the anim...
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Granblue Fantasy: Relink PS4 Game Previewed in New 14-Minute Gameplay Video

3rd promo video highlighting characters also streamed ― Cygames revealed at the "Granblue Fantasy Fes" on Saturday Granblue Fantasy Project Re:LINK, Cygames and Platinum Games' PlayStation 4 game based on Cygames' Granblue Fantasy smartphone game, is now titled Granblue Fantasy: Relink. Cygames is also streaming a 14-minute second gameplay video, and a two-minute third promotional video for the game....
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Arc System Works Develops Granblue Fantasy Versus Fighting Game for PS4

Gran, Katalina, Charlotta, Lancelot, Ferry confirmed as playable characters ― Cygames announced at the "Granblue Fantasy Fes" event on Saturday that Arc System Works is developing a fighting game for the Granblue Fantasy franchise titled Granblue Fantasy Versus. The game will launch for the PlayStation 4 in Japan in 2019. Playable characters in the game so far include Gran, Katalina, Charlotta, Lance...
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 23

"Once again, Banana Fish's desire to sprint toward another twist works against it."
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Zombie Land Saga ‒ Episode 11

"This installment lacks the whimsy and irreverence of the show's better moments, while focusing on a half-baked last-minute development for the sake of heightened drama."
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Karakuri Circus ‒ Episode 10

"The show's pacing is still completely gonzo, and some of the story's developments would probably have benefited from not getting rushed through so quickly."
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Crunchyroll Teases Project with Animator Kou Yoshinari (Updated)

― Crunchyroll posted short video on Twitter on Friday teasing a project with animator Kou Yoshinari. The video features Crunchyroll's mascot character Hime, which has been the company's mascot since June 2013. Yoshinari has worked as a key animator on such anime as Little Witch Academia, Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka Seven, Re:Zero, Made in Abyss, Garo -Vanishing Line-, Blood: The Last Vampire, and Ev...

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Mai Shows Off Her Disappearing Act in Large-Scale Seishun Buta Yarō Ad

― In Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō series, the heroine Mai is invisible to the gazes of everyone except the protagonist Sakuta. It appears that her "Puberty Syndrome" is in effect even in real life if a recent large-scale advertisement at the JR Akihabara Station is anything to go by. From December 10 to 16, a large poster inside Akihabara Station features characters from the Seishun Buta Yar...
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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Game's New Videos Preview 3 More Aircraft Types

Game slated for PS4/Xbox One on January 18, on PC via Steam on February 1 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming three new videos this week for its Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown game. The videos highlight the F-14D, A-10C, and MiG-31B aircraft. Previous videos highlighted the F-15C, A-10C, and MiG-31B aircraft. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game on January 18, 2019 (January ...
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Watch Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! Anime's Cast Perform Opening Theme

― These days, anime voice actors are multi-talented, and they often perform the theme songs for their shows. However, anime intros and outros are animated, so fans don't usually get to see the actors actually perform the songs. Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! anime fans are in luck, though, because the show's voice actor singing group Wataten☆5 just debuted a music video for the opening theme song "K...

Evo Japan 2019 Fighting Game Tournament Reveals Main Lineup

Tekken 7, Soul Calibur VI, Street Fighter V, KoF XIV, more announced ― The official Twitter account for the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) fighting game tournament revealed the main lineup on Friday for the EVO Japan 2019 event. Next year's event will feature the following six main games: Tekken 7 Soul Calibur VI BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Street Fighter V Arcade Edition The King of Fighters XIV...
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Puffy AmiYumi Duo Guest Star on Chibi Maruko-chan Christmas Special

Duo performs "Koi no Vacance" song by The Peanuts in December 23 special ― The official website for the Chibi Maruko-chan franchise revealed on Sunday that pop duo Puffy (PuffyAmiYumi) will appear and perform in the "Chibi Maruko-chan - Mou Sugu Christmas! Chōnai no Do-jiman Special" (Chibi Maruko-chan - It's Almost Christmas! The Neighborhood Boasting Special) Christmas special. Ami Onuki and Yumi Y...
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2nd 100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams Stage Play Reveals Teaser Visual

― The official website for Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama On Stage, the second stage play adaptation of GCREST's Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama (100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams) smartphone game, revealed a teaser visual for the play on December 8. The visual features Tetsuji Sakakibara as Avi and Ryōhei Takenaka as Kiel. The play will have two different perfor...
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Phantasy Star Online 2 Game's Web Manga Gets Web Anime in January

Rui Tanabe, Rie Hikisaka, Aki Kanada, Sayaka Senbongi, Tomohiro Satō star as MMORPG players ― PSO2 Station, the live-streamed program for Sega's Phantasy Star Online 2 game, announced on Saturday that an anime adaptation of the game's official web manga Puso Ni Comi: Phantasy Star Online 2 Comic has been green-lit. 【WEBマンガ「ぷそ煮コミ」アニメ化決定!】2019年1月8日(火)よりYouTube・ニコニコ動画他で毎週配信予定!『PSO2 STATION!』にて発表されましたPVを...
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Langrisser Mobile Smartphone Game's Video Reveals Open Preregistration

Game launches in early 2019 ― Beijing-based game company ZLONGAME began streaming a gameplay video on Thursday for the global version of its Langrisser Mobile smartphone game based on the Langrisser series. The video reveals that pre-registration on the game is now available. The video also previews the game's English dub. The global version will launch in early 2019. The franchise's copyright holder...
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Live-Action 'Trace' Series Reveals New Visual

Eiichiro Funakoshi, Ryo Nishikido, Yūko Araki star in adaptation of Kei Koga manga ― Fuji TV's website for Trace: Kasōken no Otoko (Trace: The Forensic Researcher Man), the live-action television series adaptation of Kei Koga's Trace: Kasōken Hōi Kenkyūin no Tsuisō (Trace: Recollections of a Forensic Researcher) manga, revealed the main visual for the series on Monday. The visual features from left t...
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2nd Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel Anime Film's Full Trailer Previews Aimer's Theme Song

New footage also previewed from January 12 film; tie-in campaigns outlined ― The live-streamed "Fate [HF] II New Information Unveiling! X'mas 7 Great Presents Special" on the Abema TV service debuted the full trailer for Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly, the second film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy, on Saturday. The trailer features the theme song "I beg y...
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Man With a Mission Comes To London and Manchester in February 2019

Rock band performed songs for Golden Kamuy, Log Horizon, Inuyashiki Last Hero and others ― Man With A Mission, the wolf-masked rock band which performed the "Winding Road" song for Golden Kamuy, as well as songs for several other anime, will have concerts in London and Manchester in February 2019. Tickets for both concerts are available at multiple websites. The group will appear at Manchester Acade...
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Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn Prologue Short Anime Previewed in Teaser Video (Updated)

Short will debut before "Episode Ardyn" DLC launches in March 2019 ― The official Twitter account for Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV game began streaming a teaser trailer for the "Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue" short anime on Saturday. The game's official Twitter account had revealed a logo and key art for the anime on Friday. Final Fantasy XV "Episode Ardyn" DLC director Takefumi Terada s...
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters Film's Posters Preview 4 Kaiju

Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Michael Dougherty shared four new posters on Twitter on Monday and Friday for the film. The posters feature the film's main four kaiju: Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan. The film was originally slated for March 22, 2019, but is now scheduled to open on May 31, 2019. The film will also open in Japan on May 31. Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga (Up in the ...
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Dragon Ball Super: Broly Cinema Release Confirmed for January 23 and 24

Cinemas now listed on the film's official website. ― The official UK web page for the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film has confirmed that it will be screened in cinemas on Wednesday January 23 and Thursday January 24 in both dubbed and subtitled formats. Cinemas that are showing the film are listed on the website (click "showtimes"), with booking links. The film opened in Japan on December 14. Original ...
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New Fate/Grand Order Stage Play Reveals Visuals for 12 More Cast Members

Play runs in Osaka, Tokyo in January ― The official website for the Fate/Grand Order stage plays revealed more cast visuals on Friday for the new Fate/Grand Order The Stage -Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia- (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) stage play. The new cast in costume includes: Shōichirō Oomi, Mioka Sakamoto (double-cast) as Ri...
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Tales of Crestoria Smartphone Game's Full Concept Video Streamed

Main staff, cast also revealed for game getting worldwide release in 2019 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the full concept movie on Friday for the Tales of Crestoria smartphone game. The game's English Twitter account is streaming an English version of the video. The full version of the concept movie, created by Yasutaka Nakata x Kamikaze Douga!Some surprise guests show up in the video a...
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Uma Musume Pretty Derby Smartphone Game Delayed

― The official website of Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby franchise revealed on Saturday that Cygames has delayed the smartphone game in the franchise in order to raise the game's quality. The company will reveal the new release period at a later date. The game was originally slated for a release this winter. The game's concept begins with Uma Musume (Horse Girls), girls endowed with excellent runn...
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Uma Musume Pretty Derby Spinoff Manga Umayon Gets Anime Project

4-panel manga centers on cute, everyday lives of franchise characters ― Cygames announced at the Cygames Fes event on Saturday that the Uma Musume Pretty Derby spinoff manga series Umayon is getting an anime project. The announcement did not state the format of the project. Jet Kuma (The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Gekijō) draws the manga, and Satoshi Itō is in charge of storyboards. Cygames is credi...

Black Clover's Asta Joins Jump Force Game's Lineup

Fighting game launches on PS4, Xbox One, PC on February 15 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America revealed on Friday that Black Clover manga protagonist Asta is joining the lineup for the Jump Force crossover game. Spike Chunsoft is developing the game, which will launch on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on February 15 in the Americas and Europe and on February 14 in Japan. Those who pre...
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Textbook Character Korasho Stars in February Anime Film

Ikue Ōtani stars in film celebrating character's 20th anniversary ― The anime film Eiga Korasho no Kaitei Wakuwaku Daibouken! (Movie: Korasho's Exciting Under-the-Sea Adventure!) will open in Japan on February 1. The character Korosho, a spirit of a randshell backpack, is from Benesse's Shinken Zemi Shogaku Kōza correspondence course for early elementary schoolers. Yoshiaki Okumura (Antique Bakery, M...

My Hero Academia Manga Takes 7 of Top 20 Spots on U.S. Monthly Bookscan November List

Zelda: Twilight Princess, RWBY, Dragon Ball: Yamcha!, Mob Psycho 100, One Piece also rank ― Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga volume 1 ranked at #2 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for November. All together, My Hero Academia and its My Hero Academia: Vigilantes spinoff held seven spots on the list. This month's list featured 12 manga volumes, including: #2 — Kōhei Horikoshi'...

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HIDIVE to Add Legend of the Galactic Heroes Films to Streaming Catalog

1 film to be added every Saturday for 3 weeks ― HIDIVE announced on Thursday that it will add the Legend of the Galactic Heroes films to its streaming catalog, marking the first time the films have been legally available streaming in the West. The titles will be available in the United states, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Legend of the Galactic Heroes: My...
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Bloom Into You, Riddle Story of Devil Creators Talk Yuri in Latest Newtype Issue

― Bloom Into You manga creator Nio Nakatani and Riddle Story of Devil creators Yun Kouga and Sunao Minakata participated in a round-table conversation in the Newtype January 2019 issue, which went on sale on Monday. The creators discussed the connection they have with each other's works before the conversation turned to yuri tropes and their personal definitions of yuri. It was mentioned in the inte...
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Crunchyroll Adds Hozuki's Coolheadedness 2, RIN-NE 3 Anime to Catalog

2 more anime added from Sentai Filmworks ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added the second season of the Hozuki's Coolheadedness anime and the RIN-NE 3 anime from Sentai Filmworks to its catalog. The second season of Hozuki's Coolheadedness is available for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, the Netherl...
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Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai ‒ Episode 11

"This is the kind of culminating delivery that I would normally associate with an arc's climax rather than its opening act, so I have to wonder what more the story can achieve after this."
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Film Gets 4D Screenings in Japan

Film has earned more than 1.64 billion yen at Japanese box office ― The official website for the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes anime film announced on Friday that the film will get 4D screenings throughout Japan beginning on January 11. The website posted an illustration by the original manga's creator Kohei Horikoshi. The image includes a thank-you to the production staff, and shows Deku in a 4D thea...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re ‒ Episode 22

"The stakes have never been higher than in this arc, but the emotional core of the story has never felt so distant, as if it remains buried in the giant carapace wrapped around Tokyo."
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Funimation President: 'We Tried to Renew Deal with Crunchyroll'

Gen Fukunaga also explains why he believes Funimation's deal with Hulu "makes sense" ― Last month, Crunchyroll and Funimation ended their cross-platform licensing partnership. The deal had enabled the two companies to share their catalog titles on each other's streaming platforms, as well as license titles jointly. In an interview with Newsweek posted on Thursday, Funimation president Gen Fukunaga sa...
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Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Switch Game's Trailer Streamed

Game launches in West on January 18 ― Nintendo of America began streaming a trailer for Grasshopper Manufacture, Marvelous, and Shirogumi's Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes game on Thursday. The video previews Electric Thunder Tiger II, a fictional game that protagonist Travis Touchdown fights through. The game will launch on the Nintendo Switch in North America and Europe on January 18. In the g...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 62

"This episode on its own isn't nearly as exciting as what's to come, but at least the content is back to adequate."
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My Monster Secret GN 12

My Monster Secret maintains confidence and charm as it continues to explore its central relationship, even if individual chapters are hit or miss. Nick Creamer has the details. ― It's always felt a little strange to me that so many romantic comedies tend to end the moment their principle couples actually get together. Embracing an actual relationship means abandoning some of the “will they or won't t...
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Phantasy Star Game Launches in English for Switch as Part of Sega Ages Lineup

Also: Out Run dated for January 10 ― Sega of America and Sega Europe released Phantasy Star digitally for Nintendo Switch on Thursday. The company also announced that Out Run will launch in North America and Europe on January 10. Both games are part of the Sega Ages project for Nintendo Switch. Sega of America describes Phantasy Star: One of the most innovative games of its time, Phantasy Star is a g...
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Trigger Animator Sushio Draws Billboard Ad for Dental Clinic

― Trigger animator and illustrator Sushio posted several photos on Twitter on Thursday showing an illustration he drew for a billboard advertisement. The ad is for a dental clinic named "Momoi Dental Clinic," which is located in Tokyo's Suginami ward. じゃじゃーん!通ってる歯医者の看板のイラスト描いたのだ! pic.twitter.com/cfJxGzfTOo— スシオグミカンパニー🌻 (@sushio_) December 13, 2018 The advertisement displays Sushio's iconic style for...
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Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force Game's Switch Version Slated for January in the West

― Idea Factory International announced on Thursday that it will release Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force for Nintendo Switch in North America in January. Ghostlight announced on Friday that it will release the game in Europe in January. The game will be digital only, and it will include all 25 DLC from the original PlayStation 4 release. Idea Factory International describes the game: In a land fill...
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Manga Answerman - What exactly does a “manga editor” do?

Industry legend and Dark Horse manga editor Carl Horn joins Deb this week for a little enlightenment on what exactly a "manga editor" does. ― What exactly does a “manga editor” do, on both the Japanese side and the English localization side? In my conversations with manga editors in Japan and manga editors in N. America, the basic difference is that the manga editors in Japan are more responsible fo...
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Hoshin Engi Musical Reveals 7 More Visuals

Visuals preview Taikōbō, Kō Hiko, Taiitsu Shinjin, Ōma, Kōyūken, Bunchū ― The official website for the stage musical adaptation of Ryu Fujisaki's Hoshin Engi manga revealed a key visual and six more character visuals on Friday. Shōhei Hashimoto as Taikōbō Jun Takamatsu as Kō Hiko Kentarō Araki as Taiitsu Shinjin Kazuma Aoki as Ōma Kento Muto as Kōyūken Hiroshi Hatanaka as Bunchū The previously reveal...
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Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! Anime's Video Previews Ending Theme

Series premieres on January 8 ― The official website for the television anime of Nanatsu Mukunoki's Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! (An Angel Flew Down to Me!) manga began streaming the second promotional video for the series on Saturday. The video previews the group Wataten☆5's ending theme song "Happy Happy Friends." The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on January 8. The series will then also air on ...
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Dragon Ball Super: Broly Anime Film's TV Ads Streamed

Film opened in Japan on Friday ― Toei began streaming three television commercials for the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film on Friday. The film had its world premiere event at Nippon Budokan on November 14 and opened in Japan on December 14. The English dub had its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on December 13, and the film will open in the United States and Canada on January 16....
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2019 Doraemon Film Reveals Trailer, Visual, More Cast

Film about moon civilization opens in Japan on March 1 ― The staff of Eiga Doraemon no Nobita no Getsumen Tansaki (Doraemon the Movie: Chronicle of the Moon Exploration), the Doraemon franchise's 39th film, revealed the second trailer, a poster visual, and additional cast on Friday. The trailer previews Dai Hirai's theme song "The Gift." Junko Minagawa will play the mysterious transfer student Luka (...

Futari H's Aki Katsu Launches New Manga About Woman Who Marries 2 Men

Manga launched online on December 7 ― Manga artist Aki Katsu launched a new manga titled 3 Partner Hajimemashita!! (We started 3 partnership!!) on Shogakukan's "e Big Comic 4" website on December 7. The next chapter will be available on January 4. The manga is about a love between three people, in particular a woman who marries two men. Katsu explained in a comment that his intent was to portray a di...
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New Toei Manga Matsuri Omnibus Anime Project Previewed in Video

New film opening in April to feature Butt Detective, Bakutsuri Bar Hunter, Uchi no 3 Shimai ― Toei began streaming a teaser video for the revival of its Toei Manga Matsuri omnibus film series after 29 years. The new omnibus film will open on April 26, 2019. Toei screened the Toei Manga Matsuri film series from 1969 through 1990 during long break periods such as the summer or winter break to advertise...
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Jun Fukuyama, Katsuyuki Konishi Join Cast of Laidbackers Theatrical Anime Project

Theatrical project opens in Japan next spring ― The official website for Studio Gokumi's Laidbackers theatrical anime project revealed cast members on Friday for two previously announced characters. The new cast includes: Katsuyuki Konishi as Leonard, the owner of an Indian restaurant next door to the candy shop. Jun Fukuyama as Ron, the owner of a Chinese restaurant next door to the candy shop. The ...
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Ikki Tousen Western Wolves Anime Previews 1st Episode in Video

3-episode series airs on TV starting on January 3 before home video release on February 27 ― Media Factory began streaming a preview video on Friday for the first episode of Ikki Tousen Western Wolves, the newest anime entry in the Ikki Tousen franchise. The three-episode OVA will ship on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on February 27. The anime will also air on AT-X, with the first episode airing on January 3 ...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil Anime Film Reveals New Key Visual, Character Visuals

Film opens in Japan on February 8 ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Carlo Zen and Shinobu Shinotsuki's Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) novel series revealed a third visual on Friday for the upcoming anime film. The site also revealed character visuals for the film. The characters from left to right include Tanya, Visha, Rerugen, Rudersdorf, Zettour, Drake, and Mary. The film will...
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'Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue' Short Anime Reveals Key Art

― The official Twitter account for Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV game revealed the key art and logo on Friday for the "Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue" short anime. A trailer for the anime will premiere on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. JST (7:00 a.m. EST). Final Fantasy XV "Episode Ardyn" DLC director Takefumi Terada stated the anime will "provide context as to why Ardyn became wild for revenge." ...
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Circlet Princess Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, New Key Visual

Series premieres on January 8 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of DMM Games' Circlet Princess web role-playing game began streaming the show's second promotional video on Friday. The video previews Miyuki Hashimoto's opening theme song "HEAT:Moment." The video also reveals that the show will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX on January 8 at 11:00 p.m., before airing on AT-X on J...
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Date A Live III Anime Premieres on January 11

― The official Twitter account for the franchise based on Koushi Tachibana's Date A Live light novel series revealed on Friday that Date A Live III, the third television anime season in the franchise, will premiere on January 11. The anime will premiere on AT-X on January 11 at 9:30 p.m., before airing later that evening on Tokyo MX and KBS Kyoto. The series will also air on TV Aichi, Sun TV, TVQ Br...
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Domestic Girlfriend TV Anime's New Promo Video Previews Ending Theme (Updated)

Hikaru Midorikawa, Daisuke Hirakawa, Kenjiro Tsuda join cast ― DMM Pictures began streaming a new promotional video on Friday for the television anime adaptation of Kei Sasuga's Domestic Girlfriend (Domestic na Kanojo) manga. The video previews Arisa Takigawa's ending theme song "Wagamama" (Selfish). The anime's website has also revealed three more cast members: Hikaru Midorikawa as Reiji Kariya Dais...
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Mob Psycho 100 II Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals, Previews Opening Theme

Akira Ishida, M.A.O, more join cast for series premiering on January 7 ― The official website for Mob Psycho 100 II, BONES' second anime season of ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga, began streaming the show's second promotional video on Friday. The video reveals and previews MOB CHOIR feat. sajou no hana's opening theme song "99.9." sajou no hana will perform the ending theme song "Memosepia." The site also...
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Game Designer, Animator Mayumi Hirota Passes Away

Worked on character designs for Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, Tear Ring Saga ― Illustrator and manga creator Junko Morozumi announced on Thursday that illustrator Mayumi Hirota passed away "a few days ago." Morozumi did not give an exact date. Hirota's family held a private funeral. Hirota was best known as the illustrator for the Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 game for the Super Famicom. Hirota also worked on...
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Kemono Friends 2 Anime Reveals Design for New Child Character Kyururu

― The official Twitter account for the Kemono Friends franchise revealed a new character visual on Friday for Kemono Friends 2, the anime's second season. The below character visual is of the new human child character Kyururu, voiced by Yui Ishikawa. The anime will premiere on January 7 at 26:05 a.m. (effectively January 8 at 2:05 a.m.) on TV Tokyo and TV Osaka. Other channels airing the show includ...
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Eleven Arts to Rescreen A Silent Voice Anime Film on January 28, 31

― Fathom Events revealed in a video on Friday that Eleven Arts' new screening the anime film A Silent Voice will take place on January 28 (with subtitles) and January 31 (with an English dub). Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation's anime film is based on Yoshitoki Oima's manga of the same name. Anime Limited screened the film with English subtitles in the United Kingdom and Ireland in March 2017. Eleven...
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Sound! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale Film Unveils New Cast, Visual

Returning staff also revealed for April 19 film ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's Sound! Euphonium franchise revealed a new visual, staff, and cast on Friday for the Gekijōban Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale (Sound! Euphonium The Movie: Oath's Finale), the second of two planned new films in the franchise. The film will open in Japan on April 19. The cast members new to the film include...
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Release the Spyce Smartphone Game Adds New Character, Organization

Mayu Sagara voices new character Hisui Munechika, part of new "Nagi no Butai" organization ― The official Twitter account for AltPlus and TriFort's Release the Spyce secret fragrance game based on the Release the Spyce original anime revealed a new character for the game on Monday. The character is named Hisui Munechika, and is voiced by Mayu Sagara. The character is part of a new organization of bla...
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Be Love Magazine Switches to Monthly Publication

― The first 2019 issue of Kodansha's Be Love magazine is revealing on Saturday that the magazine will switch to a monthly publishing schedule beginning with the next issue, which will ship on December 28. The issue after that will ship on February 1, after which the magazine will publish a new issue on the first of every month. The magazine previously published new issues on the first and 15th of ev...
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Gundam Thunderbolt Manga Resumes, Ohtagaki Changes Art Style

Manga went on hiatus on September due to inflammation surrounding Ohtagaki's left hand tendons ― Yasuo Ohtagaki resumed his Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt manga in the first 2019 issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine on Friday. Ohtagaki put the manga on hiatus in September due to tenosynovitis (inflammation surrounding the tendons). In a message accompanying the manga's resumption, Ohtaga...
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2019 Crayon Shin-Chan Film's Trailer, Teaser Preview Australia Setting

27th film in franchise opens on April 19 ― The official website for the Crayon Shin-chan anime films began streaming a trailer and teaser video on Friday for Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Shinkon Ryokō Hurricane ~Ushinawareta Hiroshi~ (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Honeymoon Hurricane, Lost Hiroshi), the series' 27th film. The film will open in Japan on April 19. The anime is set in Australia and follows the N...
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Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan TV Anime Reveals Cast, January 8 Premiere

Romi Park, Suzuko Mimori, Haruka Ishida, Chiemi Chiba, Mika Doi, 7 more star in nightlife comedy anime ― The official website for the new television anime adaptation of Yukari Takinami's Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan four-panel comedy manga revealed its cast and January 8 premiere date on Friday. The anime will be made in an omnibus format, with each episode having a different director, character designer, voi...
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Girly Air Force Anime's Promo Video Previews Opening Song

Run Girls, Run! perform opening song "Break the Blue" for January 10 anime ― The official website for Satelight's television anime of Kōji Natsumi's Girly Air Force light novel series began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Friday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Break the Blue" by Run Girls, Run! The series will premiere on AT-X on January 10 at 11:00 p.m., before ...
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Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Manga Gets 2 New Chapters

Debuting on December 28, February 1 in Be Love magazine ― The first 2019 issue of Kodansha's Be Love magazine is revealing on Saturday that Haruko Kumota will draw two new side story chapters for the Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju manga. The new chapters will appear in the next two issues of the magazine on December 28 and February 1 with color pages. (The magazine is switching to a ...
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Nintendo Sues California Man for Selling Modified Switch, NES Classic Consoles

Defendant allegedly sold "modification services" for Switch ― Nintendo of America filed a civil suit against a Orange County, California resident Mikel Euskaldunak and other unknown defendants on Tuesday for modifying Nintendo hardware to play unauthorized games and selling them illegally. According to the complaint, Euskaldunak had a page on the sales website OfferUp in which he would sell "modifica...
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Hachinantte Sore wa Inai Deshō! Fantasy Light Novels Get Anime

About normal company worker who wakes up in fantasy world inside 5-year-old's body ― Kadokawa revealed on Friday that an anime adaptation of Y.A.'s Hachinantte Sore wa Inai Deshō! (The Eighth Son? That Can't Be Right!) light novel series has been green-lit. The announcement did not reveal the format or debut date for the anime. The light novels' illustrator Fuzichoco (R.O.D Rehabilitation) drew an il...
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Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us Anime Available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon

Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Minna no Monogatari), the 21st film in the Pokémon franchise, is now available for rent or digital purchase on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Prime Video in some regions. The film had a release through Fathom Events in the United States from November 24 through December 3 and earned US$789,170 at the box office. The Pokémon Company des...
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Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san Manga Has Important Announcement in January

― The official website for Shogakukan's Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Sōichirō Yamamoto's Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san (Teasing Master Takagi-san) manga will have an important announcement in the February issue on January 11. The magazine's January issue shipped on Wednesday. Yamamoto launched the manga in Gessan mini, the accompanying booklet to Shogakukan's Gessan (Monthl...
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Zombie Land Saga's Undead Idols Appear in Rolling Stone Japan Magazine

― The girls of Franchouchou are making their debut on a cover of Rolling Stone!... Sort of. Zombie Land Saga's Sakura, Saki, and Lily feature on a bonus poster, designed to look like a magazine cover, that will bundle with Rolling Stone Japan vol.5. The poster accompanies a feature on the Zombie Land Saga anime, which Rolling Stone Japan refers to as "this seasons anime dark horse." The feature will...

Toonami Lineup Drops Back Down an Hour

Block returns to 11:00 p.m. start time ― The official Facebook page for Adult Swim's Toonami block announced a new schedule on Thursday. Starting on January 5, the lineup will be: 11:00 p.m. – Dragon Ball Super 11:30 p.m. – Boruto: Naruto Next Generations 12:00 a.m. – My Hero Academia 12:30 a.m. – Mob Psycho 100 1:00 a.m. – Megalobox 1:30 a.m. – Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable 2:00 a...
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This Week in Anime - Akane is the Real Protagonist of SSSS.Gridman

This mecha series has changed a lot as the story has shifted to focus on its villains. Micchy and Andy discuss why Akane is the true heart of Gridman's story. ― SSSS.Gridman has changed a lot as the series has shifted to focus on its villains. This week, Micchy and Andy discuss why Akane is the real heart of Gridman's story. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this ch...
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Pokémon GO Game Launches Trainer Battle Feature

Smartphone game's new player-versus-player battles have 3 leagues ― Niantic launched the Trainer Battles feature in its Pokémon GO smartphone game on Wednesday. The features allows player-versus-player battles in the game. Players can battle any player they encounter by scanning a special QR code. Most players must be nearby each other to use the feature, but Ultra and Best Friends in the game can ba...
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