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Shelf Life - Concrete Revolutio

Paul plumbs the psychedelic depths of this alternate-history superhero thriller, along with a breakdown of all this week's new blu-ray releases! ― There's apparently a new game in the Fate franchise coming out this week, and I hope it's good. Not because I don't already have a huge gaming backlog to deal with, but because I need an excuse to finally take a break from the Fate smartphone game. A pers...
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Shortcake Cake GN 3

This comforting shojo romance sees its heroine take her love life into her own hands more than ever before. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― One of the most enjoyable aspects of suu Morishita's Shortcake Cake is that its romance doesn't rely on rivalries or underhanded tricks. In fact, at this point it even lacks the female rival who is so central to many romances, shoujo or otherwise. Instead th...
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ANNCast - The Neverland Band

Zac and special guest Managing Editor Lynzee Loveridge get trapped inside The Promised Neverland and calculate how long it would take to watch all of One Piece. Plus: most anticipated Spring anime, Captain Marvel and much more! ― ANNCast 345 - The Neverland Band Zac and special guest Managing Editor Lynzee Loveridge get trapped inside The Promised Neverland and calculate how long it would take to wa...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Mar 5-11

A glitch in the matrix rankings caused FIVE stellar Boogiepop episodes to appear last week. The rankings have been adjusted accordingly, propelling Boogiepop and Others in the cumulative. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of th...
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Beast † Blood Novel 1

This racy romance for women offers a dark take on sci fi adventure with some sensual thrills on the side. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Does it sometimes seem like male-oriented stories get all the sexy content? Maybe that's an overstatement, but there are definitely more racy stories written with a male audience in mind that are translated into English than their female-oriented equivalents. ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 22

"This is a scenario that could easily frustrate me if they keep the comedy of errors going for too much longer, but the constantly escalating weirdness is keeping me glued to the screen nonetheless."
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DHC Apologizes Again After IDOLiSH7 Collab Store Site Crashes

Cosmetics brand Daigaku Honyaku Center (DHC) has been rather apologetic lately to IDOLiSH7 fans. Within 10 minutes of launching an IDOLiSH7 limited-edition face wash set on March 7, the product sold out, prompting DHC to apologize to fans on Twitter. On March 14, they attempted a restock... but this didn't go quite as planned. 25 minutes after the online shop restocked, DHC posted a tweet, saying,...
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Moero Chronicle Hyper Switch Game Launches in West on April 26

― Idea Factory International announced on Monday that it will release Compile Heart's Moero Chronicle Hyper (Genkai Tokki: Moero Chronicle Hyper or Moero Chronicle H) Nintendo Switch game in English through the Nintendo eShop on April 26. Compile Heart released the dungeon-crawling RPG digitally in Japan on January 31. The game is a remastered version of the Moero Chronicle game with HD visuals. The...
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Domestic Girlfriend ‒ Episode 10

"As of now, Domestic Girlfriend is hemorrhaging a lot of the goodwill it built up in its unexpectedly strong first half."
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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Game's Gameplay Trailer Streamed

PS4/Xbox One/PC game launches on March 22 ― The official YouTube channel for FromSoftware's Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice game began streaming a gameplay overview trailer on Monday. The channel also began streaming a launch trailer last week. The game will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on March 22. Activision is publishing the game, and it describes the game: Directed by Hidetaka M...
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Anime Tamago 2019 Shorts Screened in Ikebukuro

The Anime Tamago (formerly Anime Mirai) shorts screened at the Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas in Tokyo on March 9. As in previous years, the anime shorts train young animators on the job, as part of the Japanese government's Agency of Cultural Affairs' "Young Animator Training Project." At the screening, the main staff for each short, including the young animators, came onstage to talk about their work. ...
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Pastel Memories Anime Halts Streaming of 1st 2 Episodes, Changes Home Video Release

Episode 2 stops streaming on March 26; BD release removes episode ― The official website for the television anime of FuRyu's Pastel Memories smartphone game announced on Monday that both the home video and streaming releases of the series will have changes based on the decisions of the anime's production committee. The announcement also apologized for the "trouble." The three planned Blu-ray Disc and...
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Shelf Life - Concrete Revolutio

Paul plumbs the psychedelic depths of this alternate-history superhero thriller, along with a breakdown of all this week's new blu-ray releases! ― There's apparently a new game in the Fate franchise coming out this week, and I hope it's good. Not because I don't already have a huge gaming backlog to deal with, but because I need an excuse to finally take a break from the Fate smartphone game. A pers...
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No Guns Life TV Anime Confirmed, Staff Announced

Show to reunite director, scriptwriter, studio of Overlord ― The April issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine confirmed on Tuesday that Tasuku Karasuma's No Guns Life manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation. The magazine also confirmed more of the show's staff. Naoyuki Itou (Overlord all three seasons, Kanon, Kimi no Koe o Todoketai) is directing the anime at Madhouse (Boogiepop and Others,...

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TV Anime Gets 3rd Season

Anime is based on Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected light novel series ― The April issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Tuesday that Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light novel series is inspiring a third television anime season. The novels previously inspired tw...
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Ero Lover Manga Gets Anime on Anime Beans App

Marie Miyake, Ryūichi Kijima lead cast for anime debuting on March 22 ― The official Twitter account for Production I.G's Anime Beans app announced on Monday that Mitsuha Sakisawa and Nekousa's Ero Lover manga is receiving an anime adaptation for Production I.G's Anime Beans app. The anime will debut in the app on March 22. The cast includes: (Note: character name romanizations not confirmed.) Marie ...
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3rd Starmyu Anime Season's Key Visual Revealed

― The official website for the Starmyu anime revealed a key visual for the show's third season on Friday. The anime will premiere this summer and will feature the first appearance of the new Kao Kai (Cherry Blossom Flower Association). The first 12-episode Starmyu television anime series premiered in Japan in October 2015. Funimation streamed the series as it aired. A two-part original video anime (...
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Young Disease Outburst Boy Anime Reveals Staff, Visual

Anime adapts Vocaloid song, novel adaptation ― Kadokawa announced the staff and a visual on Monday for Chūbyō Gekihatsu Boy, the television anime adaptation of Vocaloid producer rerulili's "Young disease outburst Boy" ("Chūbyō Gekihatsu Boy") song and Minato Tonami's novel adaptation. Kazuya Ichikawa (Clean Freak! Aoyama kun, Bakugan Battle Planet, Monster Strike the Animation) is directing the anime...
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TMS Entertainment Appoints Tadashi Takezaki as New President

Yoshiharu Suzuki steps down as president, remains on as vice president ― Animation studio TMS Entertainment announced on March 13 that it will appoint current managing director Tadashi Takezaki as its new president, with current president Yoshiharu Suzuki stepping down to the role of vice president, effective April 1. Hideki Okamura, the board chairman, as well as the managing director of Sega Sammy ...
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Naka no Hito Genome [Jikkyōchū] TV Anime Reveals July Premiere, Visual, More Cast

Manaka Iwami, Kenjiro Tsuda, more join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Osora's Naka no Hito Genome [Jikkyōchū] (Naka no Hito Genome [Now Streaming]) manga revealed the show's July premiere on Monday. The site also revealed a new key visual (below) and more cast members. The new cast includes: Manaka Iwami as Himiko Inaba Takuma Terashima as Makino Aikawa Kaori Nazuk...
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Code Geass Social Game's Main Character, Knightmare Frame Designs Revealed

Game to launch for browsers, smartphones ― DMM Games revealed the new designs for its Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Lost Stories social game on Monday. The new designs include the new "Pendulum" Knightmare Frame, and the designs for the main character, designed by Shirabi. The main character (players can choose between male or female designs) works with Lelouch and the Order of the Black Knigh...
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Precure Miracle Universe Film Sets New Opening Weekend Record for Spring Precure Film

Film sells 221,000 tickets; earns 248 million yen in 1st 2 days Eiga Precure Miracle Universe, the newest movie in the Precure franchise, has set a record for an opening weekend for a spring Precure film. The film opened in Japan on Saturday, and earned about 248 million yen (about US$2.22 million) and sold about 221,000 tickets in its first two days. The film ranked #3 in its opening weekend. The ...

2nd Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel Film's U.S. Screenings Earn US$420,595

Film screened in U.S., Canada on Thursday ― The Box Office Mojo website is reporting that Aniplex of America and Fathom Events' screening of the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly film in the United States on Thursday earned US$420,595. The companies also screened the film in Canada on Thursday. The film is the second film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy, and i...
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Osomatsu-san Sextuplets to 'Appear' in Black Clover Anime's 76th Episode

Appearance is part of collaboration between anime franchises ― The official websites for both Black Clover and the Eiga no Osomatsu-san anime film announced on Monday that both anime are launching a collaboration campaign. The campaign debuted with a visual (seen below), as well as a featured "appearance" by the Matsuno sextuplets in the Black Clover anime's 76th episode "Madōshi X" (Magic Knight X),...
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Ema Toyama Publishes 1-Shot Manga in Comic Yuri Hime Magazine

New work is Toyama's 1st work featured in yuri magazine ― The May issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Yuri Hime magazine published a one-shot manga titled "Nakasete? Sensei" by Ema Toyama on Monday. The manga is Toyama's first work to appear in the magazine. The manga centers on a romance between a student and a teacher. Toyama launched her award-winning Missions of Love (Watashi ni xx Shinasai!) romantic co...
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Alita: Battle Angel Film Earns US$81 Million in U.S., US$394 Million Worldwide

Film ranked #9 in U.S. box office in 5th weekend Alita: Battle Angel — James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga — earned US$1.9 million in the United States to rank #9 in its fifth weekend. The film has now earned an estimated US$81,821,539 domestically. The film also now has an estimated overseas gross of US$312,223,838, and a world...
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Ultraman Anime's Clip Highlights Ultraman, Bemlar Fight Scene

Anime premieres globally on April 1 ― Netflix began streaming a clip from the anime of Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi's Ultraman manga on Monday. The clip shows a fight scene between Shinjiro/Ultraman and Bemlar. The anime will premiere globally on Netflix on April 1. Cast members include: Ryohei Kimura as Shinjiro Hayata Takuya Eguchi as Dan Moroboshi Megumi Han as Seiji Hokuto Hideyuki Tana...
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Dr. Stone Anime Reveals Main Staff, New Visual

Shinya Iino directs, Yuichiro Kido handles series composition, Yuko Iwasa designs characters ― This year's 16th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed the staff for the television anime adaptation of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga on Monday. Shinya Iino (storyboards, episode director on Hanebad!, Revue Starlight, Made in Abyss) is directing the anime. Yuichiro Kido (...
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Showtaro Morikubo Voices Cyborg Guitarist from Virtual Hard Rock Band Ironbunny

Okay, so hear me out: there is a cyborg guitarist from the year 2300 performing hard rock music in Japan. In his era, rock is dying, so he has come back to the past in order to change the future. His name: Ediee Ironbunny. He came to the year 2018 and started doing street performances in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, and in January 2019 he performed at the the National Association of Music Merchants (N...

J-Novel Club Licenses Full Metal Panic! Light Novel Series

Plans "complete retranslation" of all 12 main novel volumes ― J-Novel Club announced on Sunday that it has licensed Shoji Gatoh's Full Metal Panic! light novel series. While Tokyopop previously published four volumes of the novels (pictured right), J-Novel Club stated that its release will be a "complete retranslation." J-Novel Club added it has licensed all 12 volumes of the main novel series, and s...

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Final Fantasy XI Producer Says Game Has Budget For At Least 3 More Years

Final Fantasy XI producer Akihiko Matsui said during the 44th Mogitate Vana'diel livestream on March 8 that the game will have the budget to continue for at least three more years, until the game's 20th anniversary in 2022. It is typical for budgets to be evaluated on a yearly basis, so Matsui said that he was relieved that he was able to secure this amount of budget in advance. He also said that ...
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His and Her Circumstances Voice Actors Comment on 20th Anniversary Blu-ray Box Set Release

The His and Her Circumstances (KareKano for short) television anime is getting a 20 year anniversary Blu-ray box set release in Japan on March 27, 2019. Five voice actors left comments on His and Her Circumstances rights holder King Record's website on March 7 in anticipation of the release. Atsuko Enomoto, who plays Yukino, wrote: "It's been 20 years since the anime. I'm so happy to see it get a ...
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Shōwa Era Lifestyle Museum Recreates House from In This Corner of the World

The Shōwa Era Lifestyle Museum in Tokyo is holding a special In This Corner of the World exhibit from November 2, 2018 to May 6, 2019. The museum replicates the living conditions of the houses shown in the film, which is set in Hiroshima during World War II. The Shōwa Era Lifestyle Museum is the former residence of the Koizumi family, and was built in 1951. It was converted into a museum in 1996. ...
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Virtual YouTuber Kaguya Luna Livestreams 1st Virtual Commercial Presentation

Virtual YouTuber Kaguya Luna held a press conference for a Nissin Yakisoba commercial on Thursday at 12:15 Japan Standard Time. The presentation was not only livestreamed on her YouTube channel but also attended by journalists in person. This marks the first ever virtual Youtuber commercial presentation. The conference plays out humorously, as the voice interviewing Kaguya Luna speaks professional...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets ‒ Episode 10

"This is a well-executed episode on multiple fronts, moving the story along at a good pace while providing plenty of entertainment and a bit of character development along the way."
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Girly Air Force ‒ Episode 10

"The series still seems to be in the pre-flight checklist phase before it takes off to make its final approach for the season."
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Magical Sempai TV Anime Unveils Video, Cast, July Premiere

Kaede Hondo, Aoi Ichikawa, Eri Kitamura, Rie Takahashi, Daisuke Namikawa, Himika Akaneya join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of AZU's Magical Sempai (Tejina Senpai) manga revealed a new visual, promotional video, cast, and July premiere date for the anime on Monday. The cast includes: Kaede Hondo as Senpai Aoi Ichikawa as Assistant Eri Kitamura as Saki-chan Rie Takaha...
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Iro Aida's Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Manga Gets TV Anime

Manga about ghost who haunts school's bathroom launched in 2014 ― The April issue of Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine revealed on Monday that Iro Aida's Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun (Jibaku Shōnen Hanako-kun) manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation. Yen Press is releasing the manga digitally, and it describes the story: "Hanako-san, Hanako-san...are you there?" At Kamome Academy, rumors abound ab...
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Shortcake Cake GN 3

This comforting shojo romance sees its heroine take her love life into her own hands more than ever before. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― One of the most enjoyable aspects of suu Morishita's Shortcake Cake is that its romance doesn't rely on rivalries or underhanded tricks. In fact, at this point it even lacks the female rival who is so central to many romances, shoujo or otherwise. Instead th...
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Dropkick on My Devil! Anime's 2nd Season Casts Nanami Yamashita, Minami Tanaka

Nichika Omori returns as Yurine in new season based on Yukiwo's manga ― A live-stream event for the anime based on Yukiwo's Dropkick on My Devil! (Jashin-chan Dropkick!!) manga revealed new cast members for the show's second season on Sunday. The newly announced cast members are: Nanami Yamashita as Kyon-Kyon Minami Tanaka as Oneechan (Kyon-Kyon's older sister) The official YouTube channel for the an...

Fire Force TV Anime's 2nd Teaser Reveals July 5 Premiere

1st title in "Super Animeism" block on MBS, TBS ― The official website for the television anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga began streaming the anime's second teaser promotional video on Sunday. The video reveals that the anime wil premiere on July 5 at 25:25 (effectively July 6 at 1:25 a.m.) as the first title in the "Super Animeism" programming block on MBS, TBS, and ot...

'That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime' TV Anime Gets 2nd Season (Updated)

1st TV anime running for 25 episodes since October ― The official Twitter account for the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken) television anime series announced on Sunday that production on a sequel has been green-lit for 2020. 『転生したらスライムだった件』TVアニメ続編制作決定✨2020年始動‼️宣伝T#転スラ #tensura pic.twitter.com/C1oTmcReQ3— 【公式】TVアニメ『転生したらスライムだった件』 (@ten_sura_anime) March 17, 2019 ...

Japanese Anime Home Video Market Falls 24% in 2018

Anime BD sales down 22.1%, DVD sales down 34.8% ― The Japan Video Software Association (JVA) released on Wednesday its 12-month statistical report on home video sales in Japan from January to December 2018. The report stated that domestic anime DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales for general audiences, excluding rental releases, amounted to 32.557 billion yen (about US$292.2 million), a 24.2% decrease from 20...
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Princess Principal and Starmyu Released Monday

Also, standard Blu-ray edition of Kiznaiver ― On Monday March 18, MVM will release a Blu-ray Collectors edition of the series Princess Principal. It will contain an 80-page interview book, a 176-page storyboard book and a 144-page secret file book. Sentai Filmworks has previously described the story: At the end of the 19th century, London, the Kingdom of Albion has been split into East and West sides...
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Leiji Matsumoto Supervises New Comic Based on His Universe, Characters

Didier Tarquin, Lyse Tarquin to write, draw comic ― ANN has confirmed with Monaco-based company Shibuya Productions that Leiji Matsumoto is overseeing a new comic based on the universe of his works. The comic will also feature Matsumoto's characters and machines. The company had originally revealed the project at the MAGIC 2019 event in Monaco on March 9. Shibuya Productions shared several pieces of ...
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J-Novel Club Licenses Ascendance of a Bookworm Novels

Novels are inspiring upcoming TV anime, J-Novel Club previously licensed manga adaptation ― J-Novel Club announced on Sunday that it has licensed author Miya Kazuki and illustrator You Shiina's Ascendance of a Bookworm (Honzuki no Gekokujō - Shisho ni Naru Tame niwa Shudan o Erandeiramasen) light novel series. J-Novel Club is also releasing Suzuka's manga adaptation in English, and it describes the s...
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Sega Streams Customization Trailer for Sonic Team Racing Game

Racing game launches on May 21 on PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC ― Sega began streaming a customization trailer on Saturday for its Team Sonic Racing game, which previews the game's car customization. Sega is also streaming a video that previews a new soundtrack song in the game titled "Bingo Party." Sega will release the game on May 21 after a delay from this winter. The company will release the game phy...
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2nd Girls und Panzer das Finale Film Previewed in Trailer, New Visual

Film depicting conclusion of battle between Ooarai, BC Freedom opens on June 15 ― The official website for the six-part Girls und Panzer das Finale film series began streaming the second film's trailer on Sunday. 15-second version The site also revealed a new visual for the film. The film will open in Japan on June 15. The film will depict the finale of the battle between Ooarai Girls Academy and BC ...
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Sega Streams 1st Episode of 2-Part Team Sonic Racing Overdrive Animated Short

2nd part debuts in April before Team Sonic Racing game launches on May 21 ― The official YouTube channel for Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog game series began streaming the first part in a new two-part animated short series titled Team Sonic Racing Overdrive on Sunday. Sega describes the short: Team Sonic, Team Rose, and Team Dark face off at Wisp Circuit in this first of two parts of a special animation b...
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Sega Reveals it is Developing 'Next Major Title' in Sonic the Hedgehog Game Series

― Sega game developer Takashi Iizuka announced at a panel at the SXSW event on Saturday that Sega is developing "the next major" title in the Sonic the Hedgehog game series. Iizuka did not provide any other information about the new game at the panel, but thanked fans for their patience in waiting until Sega "has something to show" regarding the game. Sega will release the Team Sonic Racing game (pi...
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Viz Media Adds A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow Manga, Announces Rerelease of Kazuo Umezu's The Drifting Classroom Manga

Company also announces print release of Jujutsu Kaisen manga, new imprint for "manga-inspired" works ― Viz Media announced on Saturday that it has licensed Makoto Hagino's A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow (Nettaigyo ha Yuki ni Kogaeru) manga, and it will rerelease Kazuo Umezu's The Drifting Classroom classic horror manga. Viz Media will release A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow starting this fall. The c...
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'That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime' Novels Get New Spinoff Manga

Spinoff series follows girl named Phos from Eurazania ― Niconico Seiga and Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirus magazine's "Suiyōbi no Sirius" website began publishing a new spinoff manga on Saturday of author Fuse and artist Mitz Vah's That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken) light novel series. Tae Tono is drawing the manga, titled Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken Ibun: Mak...

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IG Port Transfers Xebec's Operations to Sunrise for 300 Million Yen

Settlement of payment, transfer of operations scheduled for April 1 ― IG Port, the parent company of several anime studios including Production I.G and Wit Studio, revealed on Tuesday that it will proceed with the transfer of most of the production operations of its Xebec production studio to Sunrise on April 1. The cost of the transfer to Sunrise will be 300 million yen (about US$2.69 million), whic...
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Mohiro Kitoh Pens 1-Shot Manga on March 26

Author is recovering from surgery for spinal canal stenosis ― This year's seventh issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine revealed on Tuesday that manga creator Mohiro Kitoh will draw a one-shot in the magazine's next issue on March 26. The magazine also published an editor's note that gave an update on Kitoh's health since he underwent surgery for his spinal canal stenosis in August 2017. The note stat...
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One Piece Cosplay King Grand Prix Offers 3D-printed Trophies of Winners' Costumes

The World Cosplay Summit (WCS)'s One Piece Cosplay King Grand Prix will offer 3D-printed trophies of the three winning cosplay outfits. There will be a "crystal" trophy for the grand prize winner and "original" trophies for the runner-up winners. The official website has also posted video comments from One Piece voice actors and contest judges Toshio Furukawa (Ace) and Toru Furuya (Sabo) encouragi...
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Japan Shogi Association Column Endorses The Ryuo's Work is Never Done!

Japan Shogi Association columnist and shogi instructor Kei Mizutome endorsed Shirow Shiratori's The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! in an article introducing four "must-read" novels about shogi. Mizutome wrote: "Until very recently, shogi writings could be sorted into three categories: descriptions of real-life games, mystery novels, and manga. The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! came in like a whirlwind. T...
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Ayuko Hatta's Haibara-kun wa Gokigen Naname Manga Ends in April

Romantic comedy manga by Wolf Girl & Black Prince author launched in May 2018 ― The April issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine revealed on Wednesday that Ayuko Hatta's Haibara-kun wa Gokigen Naname (Haibara's in a Bad Mood) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on April 12. The manga's story centers on Mio, a girl who is treated as her class' mascot, who gets to know a transfer studen...
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Hakuōki, Time Travel Girl Director Osamu Yamasaki Complains of Lack of Royalties in Anime Industry

Hakuōki and Time Travel Girl director Osamu Yamasaki posted a tweet thread on Tuesday about royalties (or lack thereof) in the anime industry. He wrote: "Lately, labor standards have toughened, and there are more companies that say they want to sign a contract with you. But when you read through the contract, all the terms are in the favor of the company. In particular, you have to cede the rights...
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Kanoko Sakurakoji's Black Bird Manga Gets New Chapter in April

Supernatural manga ran from 2007-2012, with stage play adaptation slated for end of March ― The April issue of Shogakukan's Betsucomi magazine revealed on Wednesday that Kanoko Sakurakoji will pen a new one-shot chapter for the Black Bird manga in the magazine's next issue in April. The manga will have a color opening page, and will feature on the issue's front cover. Viz Media published all volumes ...
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Batman Ninja Manga Ends in 2nd Volume

Masato Hisa launched manga adaptation of film last June ― The first volume of Masato Hisa's manga adaptation of the Batman Ninja anime revealed on March 5 that the manga will end with its second volume, which will ship this fall. Hisa (Nobunagun, Area 51) launched the manga in the Monthly Hero's magazine last June. Warner Bros. released the film digitally last April, and on Blu-ray Disc Steelbook, DV...
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Shiro Amano Returns to Pen Kingdom Hearts III Manga

Amano also draws art for 2 new Tomoco Kanemaki Kingdom Hearts novels ― The April issue of Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine revealed on Tuesday that Shiro Amano is returning to pen a manga adaptation of the Kingdom Hearts III game. The magazine did not state a specific debut date for the manga. Amano is also drawing art for Tomoco Kanemaki's upcoming novelization of the game, as well as th...

New Fruits Basket Anime Reveals "1st season" Title, New Promo, Visual, Theme Song Artists

Beverly, Vickeblanka perform theme songs ― The official website for the new television anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga revealed a new promotional video on Saturday. Funimation is streaming the video with English subtitles. 🌸BRAND NEW TRAILER ALERT, prepare for all the feels!! 🌸Hear Momiji, Hatsuharu, Kagura, Akito and so many other new characters for the first time in this lovely, movin...
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J-Novel Club Licenses Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill Novels

Isekai food series launched in 2016 ― J-Novel Club announced on Saturday that it has licensed author Ren Eguchi and illustrator Masa's Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill (Tondemo Skill de Isekai Hōrō Meshi) light novel series. The first part of the novels' first volume is available to read for free. The company describes the series: Mukouda Tsuyoshi was nothing special in modern J...
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Legendary Comics to Release Detective Pikachu Graphic Novel

Graphic novel to adapt film opening in U.S. on May 10 ― The official Twitter account for Legendary Entertainment announced on Friday that Legendary Comics will publish a graphic adaptation of Legendary and Warner Bros.' live-action Pokémon: Detective Pikachu film this summer. Brian Buccellato is writing the work, and Nelson Dániel is drawing the art. The film is slated to debut in the United States o...
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Mix Baseball Anime Previewed in TV Ad

Series premieres on April 6 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Mitsuru Adachi's Mix baseball manga began streaming a television ad for the show on Saturday. The ad is the first video released for the series. The anime will premiere on April 6 and will air on YTV and NTV on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. (what is currently Ace Attorney Season 2's timeslot). The manga's story is set ...
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Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia Anime Reveals Character Visuals for Romani, Da Vinci

― The official Twitter account for Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia, the television anime adaptation of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia" (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) story, revealed two more character visuals on Saturday. Kenichi Suzumura as Romani Archaman Maaya Sakamoto as L...
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2nd Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Casts Jiyoung as Itori

Sequel film opens in Japan on July 19 ― The official website for the live-action films of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga announced on Saturday that South Korean actress and singer Jiyoung is joining the cast of the tentatively titled live-action Tokyo Ghoul 2 film as Itori. The film will open in Japan on July 19. Masataka Kubota (center in image below) is returning as Ken Kaneki, but Maika Yamamoto (...

Sato's Fragtime Yuri Manga Gets Anime Adaptation

Manga centers on high school girl who has time-stopping power ― Akita Shoten opened a website on Saturday to announce that Sato's Fragtime manga is inspiring an anime adaptation. The website did not reveal any other details about the anime project. The anime's Twitter account has been posting information in both Japanese and English, including a comment from Sato about the news. <Sato's comment> I'm ...
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New Live-Action LDK Film's 3 Character Trailers Streamed

Film opens in Japan on March 21 ― Toei began streaming three character videos on Saturday for LDK Hitotsu Yane no Shita, "Suki" ga Futatsu (Two Loves Under One Roof), the new live-action film adaptation of Ayu Watanabe's LDK shōjo manga. Aoi Version Shūsei Version Reon Version Mone Kamishiraishi plays heroine Aoi Nishimori in the film, while Yōsuke Sugino plays Shūsei Kugayama. New to the story is Re...
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Bokura no Nanokakan Sensō Novel Inspires Manga

Novel also gets anime film adaptation this year ― The April issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine revealed on Friday that Osamu Sōda's Bokura no Nanokakan Sensō (Our Seven-Day War) novel is getting a manga adaptation in the magazine starting with its May issue on April 15. Sasaki Aoko (Jingai CP Catalogue.) is drawing the manga. Kadokawa confirmed last June the earlier reports that the nove...
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'Is the order a rabbit?' Anime's New OVA Listed With Fall Release

― Retailer HMV is listing the cover for the May issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Max magazine, which reveals that the new original video anime (OVA) project for Koi's Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka? (Is the Order a Rabbit?) manga will debut this fall. The OVA is titled Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?? Sing For You. The May issue of Manga Time Kirara Max will officially ship on March 19. An event announc...

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Karakuri Circus ‒ Episode 21

"I don't think I'm surprising anybody when I say that Karakuri Circus isn't particularly graceful in its execution, but I'll give the show credit for keeping its momentum in top-gear, coherence be damned."
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The Rising of The Shield Hero ‒ Episode 10

"This episode does an effective job pushing along some themes that the show been developing over the past few episodes. In some cases that's a positive change, but in others not so much."
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Live-Action Hot Gimmick Film Casts Hiyori Sakurada, Kaisei Kamimura, Riho Yoshioka

Film opens in Japan on June 28 ― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Miki Aihara's Hot Gimmick manga announced additional cast members on Saturday. The new cast members are: (clockwise from upper left in image above) Hiyori Sakurada as Akane Narita Kaisei Kamimura as Subaru Yagi Riho Yoshioka as Rina Katsuragi Nogizaka46 member Miona Hori is starring in the film as Hatsumi Narita. The sho...
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Pokémon Announces Player's Valentine Character Picks on White Day

Valentine's Day gets all the glory, but in Japan there's a second holiday exactly a month later where men are supposed to reciprocate the chocolate they received on Valentine's Day. While less popular, White Day is also the opportunity to follow up the female character-centered fan art with male characters handing over gifts. The Pokemon video game franchise polled its followers of which human cha...
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My Roommate is a Cat ‒ Episode 10

"I suppose it's inevitable that a show this soothing would naturally turn to that most relaxing of anime topics: food."
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Kemurikusa ‒ Episode 10

"What Kemurikusa lacks in animation fidelity, it more than makes up for with its aesthetic choices, its familiar but effective storytelling, and a whole lot of heart."
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The Promised Neverland ‒ Episode 10

"For most of this episode, you could be forgiven for worrying that our heroes have ultimately lost."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 74

"Not every tournament match can be a winner, but I wish our first outing for the arc felt more eventful or at least demonstrated some brevity."
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Seven Seas Entertainment Licenses Gal Gohan Manga

Series about high school "gal" launched in 2016 ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Marii Taiyou's Gal Gohan manga. The company will release the first compiled book volume physically and digitally in North America on December 10. Seven Seas Entertainment describes the story: Okazaki Miku is a “gal”: a fun-loving high school student who expresses herself through bleache...
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Tokyo Ghoul Creator's Mystery Project is 'Jack Jeanne'

Tokyo Ghoul creator Sui Ishida teased a new project on Twitter back in January. The tweet showed a Mitsuki Shirota, a character Ishida described as a feminine boy that will appear in his latest project. More project details were unveiled on Friday and revealed that the project is titled "Jack Jeanne" and is made in partnership with Broccoli and Happinet. The project's official website and teaser v...
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ANNCast - The Neverland Band

Zac and special guest Managing Editor Lynzee Loveridge get trapped inside The Promised Neverland and calculate how long it would take to watch all of One Piece. Plus: most anticipated Spring anime, Captain Marvel and much more! ― ANNCast 345 - The Neverland Band Zac and special guest Managing Editor Lynzee Loveridge get trapped inside The Promised Neverland and calculate how long it would take to wa...

Seven Seas Entertainment Licenses Dance in the Vampire Bund: A.S.O. Manga

Sequel series launched in May ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Nozomu Tamaki's Dance in the Vampire Bund: A.S.O. manga. The company will release the first compiled book volume of the manga physically and digitally on October 8. The series is a sequel to Tamaki's Dance in the Vampire Bund manga and a continuation of the story from Dance in the Vampire Bund II: Scarle...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Mar 5-11

A glitch in the matrix rankings caused FIVE stellar Boogiepop episodes to appear last week. The rankings have been adjusted accordingly, propelling Boogiepop and Others in the cumulative. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of th...
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Horror Manga Master Junji Ito Will Hold Exhibition in Ginza

The work of acclaimed horror manga creator Junji Ito will be on display in Ginza's Span Art Gallery beginning on March 23. The exhibition will run in two parts with the first half ending on April 2 followed by the second half in the same space until April 9. Approximately 90 pieces will be available for viewing from the mysterious and deadly Tomie to The Intersection Bishōnen. Ito will hold an aut...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil Anime Film Gets 4DX Screenings

― The official website for the anime adaptation of Carlo Zen and Shinobu Shinotsuki's Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) novel series announced on Friday that the franchise's anime film will have 4DX screenings in Japan beginning on April 5. People who attend 4DX screenings will receive a film strip. The website also began streaming a new commercial for the announcement. The film opened in Japan on...
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My Hero Academia S3 Part 1 Comes to Blu-ray and DVD on May 13

Manga Entertainment set will include parts 39 to 50 of the series ― Manga Entertainment has announced that it will release Season 3 Part 1 of My Hero Academia on May 13 as a Collectors Blu-ray/DVD pack as well as separate Blu-ray and DVD editions. This is the television anime of Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia) manga. The set includes episodes 39 to 50, and is modelled on th...
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Garo: Gekkō no Tabibito Live-Action Film Reveals Cast, Fall Premiere

Returning cast includes Natsumi Ishibashi, Atom Mizuishi, Yukijirō Hotaru ― The official website for the Garo: Gekkō no Tabibito (Garo: Moonbow Traveler) live-action film revealed more cast and the fall premiere on Friday. As previously announced, Masei Nakayama will star as Raiga Saejima. The cast members, who are all reprising their roles from the 2014 Garo: Makai no Hana television series, also in...
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Neo Atlas 1469 Switch Exploration Game's Trailer Streamed

Game launches in N. America on April 9 ― NIS America began streaming a promotional video for ARTDINK's Neo Atlas 1469 game on Friday. The video introduces gameplay mechanics. NIS America will release the game in North America on April 9, 2019. The Switch version shipped in Japan in April 2018. The game shipped on the PlayStation Vita in Japan in 2016. Arc System Works released the game on the PC via ...
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Beast † Blood Novel 1

This racy romance for women offers a dark take on sci fi adventure with some sensual thrills on the side. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Does it sometimes seem like male-oriented stories get all the sexy content? Maybe that's an overstatement, but there are definitely more racy stories written with a male audience in mind that are translated into English than their female-oriented equivalents. ...

No Guns Life Manga Listed With TV Anime by Madhouse

Series about man with gun for head launched in 2014 ― Japanese retailer HMV is listing the April issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine with the cover revealing that Tasuku Karasuma's No Guns Life manga will receive a television anime adaptation by Madhouse (Boogiepop and Others, Overlord). The issue will ship on Tuesday. Viz Media licensed the manga and will begin releasing it this fall. The compan...
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My Hero Academia Tops U.S. Monthly Bookscan February List

RWBY, Marie Kondo manga, One Piece, Tokyo Ghoul:re also rank ― Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga volume 17 ranked at #1 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for February. This month's list featured 13 manga volumes, including: #1 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 17 #4 — RWBY: Official Manga Anthology volume 4 #5 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 #7 — Marie ...
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Jinrui no Minasama e Survival Adventure Game's Promo Video Streamed

Nippon Ichi Software, Acquire's game launches for PS4, Switch in Japan on May 30 ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming a promotional video on Friday for it and Acquire's Jinrui no Minasama e (To All of Mankind) survival adventure game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The video introduces the game's main characters. The game will launch in Japan on May 30. The game's concept is “girls surviving...
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Anime Shorts by Mirai Mizue, Shunsaku Hayashi Compete at Annecy 2019

This year's festival to host spotlight on Japanese animation ― The 2019 Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market revealed its short films selection on Thursday. Mirai Mizue's "The Dawn of Ape" four-minute anime short (pictured at right) will compete in the event's "Short Films" category. Additionally, Shunsaku Hayashi's "Leaking Life" 14-minute animated short will compete in the "Off-Li...
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Pokémon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 Manga Resumes After 1 Year Hiatus

Hidenori Kusaka's manga has been on hiatus since February 2018 ― Shogakukan's Sunday Webry manga website published the 19th chapter of Hidenori Kusaka's Pokémon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 (Pocket Monster Special B2 W2) manga — the first chapter in over a year — on Friday. Kusaka had Tweeted in January that the manga will resume once a clear plan to the manga's ending "was visible." Viz Media publi...
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Hozuki's Coolheadedness Manga Gets 3 New Original Anime DVDs Bundled With Manga Volumes

3rd anime season's staff return at new studio Pine Jam ― The official website for the anime franchise based on Natsumi Eguchi's Hozuki's Coolheadedness (Hozuki no Reitetsu) manga revealed on Friday that the manga is inspiring three new original anime DVDs (OADs). The new OADs will ship with the manga's 29th volume on September 20; the 30th volume on March 23, 2020; and the 31st volume later in 2020. ...
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MAGES., bilibili's Journal of the Mysterious Creatures Anime Previewed in Video

Anime based on Chinese web novel premieres this year ― The official website for MAGES. and bilibili's Journal of the Mysterious Creatures (Ijō Seibutsu Kenbunroku) television anime series began streaming the first promotional video on Friday for the show. The anime's Japanese version will premiere this year. Yukio Nishimoto (Tsukiuta. THE ANIMATION 2, Music Girls, The Galaxy Railways) is directing th...
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J-Novel Club Licenses The Greatest Magicmaster's Retirement Plan Novels

Izushiro launched magical fantasy series in 2015 ― J-Novel Club announced on Friday that it has licensed author Izushiro and illustrator Ruria Miyuki's The Greatest Magicmaster's Retirement Plan (Saikyō Mahōshi no Inton Keikaku) light novel series. The first part of the novels' first volume is available to read for free. The company describes the series: In a world where the Fiends run rampant... Mag...
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Beyblade Burst GT Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, Theme Song Artist

Net anime by OLM premieres on April 5 ― The official website for Beyblade Burst GT (Gachi), the latest anime in the Beyblade franchise, revealed the show's cast, staff, and opening theme song artist on Friday. Katsuhito Akiyama (Beyblade Burst God, Beyblade Burst Turbo, Inazuma Eleven) is the show's chief director, and Ojing is directing the series at OLM. Hideki Sonoda is returning to oversee the se...
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To the abandoned Sacred Beasts Anime Reveals New Visual, July Premiere

Katsuyuki Konishi, Ai Kakuma star in series at MAPPA ― The official website for the television anime of Maybe's To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) manga revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere in July on Tokyo MX, MBS, and BS11. The site also revealed a new visual for the series. The previously revealed cast includes: Katsuyuki Konishi as Hank Ai Kakuma as Nanc...
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Bakugan: Battle Planet Anime Reveals More Japanese Cast

Jun Fukushima, Chinatsu Akasaki, Yumi Uchiyama, more join cast for Japanese airing starting on April 1 ― The official Japanese website for the Bakugan Battle Planet television animation series revealed additional cast members for the anime's Japanese airing. The additional cast members include: Jun Fukushima as Wynton Styles Chinatsu Akasaki as Lia Vinegas Yumi Uchiyama as Shun Kazami Aki Kanada as L...
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Dynasty Warriors 9 Game Gets Mobile Game

Nexon Korea produces, One Studio develops game ― Nexon Korea announced on Friday that it is producing a smartphone game adaptation of KOEI Tecmo Games' Dynasty Warriors 9 game temporarily titled Shin Sangoku Musō 8 Mobile (Dynasty Warriors 9 Mobile). Nexon Korea did not reveal a release date for the game, and has not yet confirmed if the game will release in Japan. Nexon Korea's One Studio is develop...
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B Rappers Street Anime Reveals More Cast, April 11 Premiere

Series of shorts airs within morning children's program ― The official website for the B Rappers Street anime revealed more cast members and the show's April 11 premiere on Friday. The anime will premiere on April 11 within the Ota-Suta ("Good Morning Star") children's television program on TV Tokyo and its affiliates. Taketo Shinkai (GraP & RodeO, Ahare! Meisaku-kun) and Yūtarō Sawada (Inui-san!) ar...

Jump Force Game's 1st of 9 DLC Characters is Yu-Gi-Oh!'s Seto Kaiba

Bandai Namco Ent. outlines game's update schedule through August ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Thursday that Yu-Gi-Oh!'s Seto Kaiba will be the first DLC character for its Jump Force crossover fighting game. The character will launch in the game in May along with two other characters. The game will have a total of nine DLC characters. Three more characters will release in August, ...
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Mayonaka no Occult Kōmuin Anime's 3rd Promo Video Reveals April 7 Premiere

Modern fantasy series stars Jun Fukuyama, Tomoaki Maeno ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yōko Tamotsu's Mayonaka no Occult Kōmuin (Midnight Occult Civil Servants) manga began streaming a third promotional video for the series on Friday. The video reveals that the show will premiere on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, and BS11 on April 7 at 24:30 (effectively April 8 at 12:30 a.m.), befo...
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A Polar Bear in Love Anime Casts Tetsuya Kakihara as Cathy

Cathy the penguin, Killer Whale debut in new short on April 5 ― The official Twitter account for the "petit anime" of Koromo's A Polar Bear in Love (Koisuru Shirokuma) manga revealed on Friday that Tetsuya Kakihara joins the cast of the anime as Catherine. Catherine, nicknamed "Cathy," supports the romance between Polar Bear and Seal. Killer Whale (played by Ryōhei Ōtani) is Cathy's sweetheart, who i...

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Novels Get Anime Project

Seven Seas releases novels, manga adaptations ― The official website for Kadokawa's MF Books imprint announced on Friday that author Rifujin na Magonote and illustrator Shirotaka's Mushoku Tensei light novel series has an anime project in the works. The website did not give any more details about the project. Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed both the light novel series and Yuka Fujikawa's manga ...
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City Removes Manhole Cover Decorated with Denki Groove's Pierre Taki

The punishment of Denki Groove member and actor Pierre Taki has been swift. The Narcotics Control Department of Japan's Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry arrested Taki on Tuesday for alleged illegal possession and use of cocaine. Since the arrest, Square-Enix has recast his role as Olaf via a patch in Kingdom Hearts III, Sega temporarily cease sales of its Judgment PlayStation 4 game, four differ...
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I'm From Japan TV Anime Reveals 4 More Cast Members

Kōtarō Nishiyama, Wataru Hatano, Tesshō Genda, Reina Ueda cast in April anime ― The staff for the television anime of Seiji Hayashi's I'm From Japan (Jimoto ga Japan) manga revealed additional cast members for the anime on Friday. The newly announced cast members include: Kōtarō Nishiyama as Tokio Abiko, a student who changed schools from Yamagata to Tokyo Wataru Hatano as Hide, who is always worried...

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DAKAICHI Manga's In-Story 'Kōyōki" Play Inspires Real Stage Play in June

Original manga inspired TV anime last October ― The official website for the real stage play adaptation of the "Kōyōki" (Autumn Leaf Demon) stage play within the story of Hashigo Sakurabi's Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu. (DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year-) manga revealed the staff and performance schedule on Thursday. The play will run at the Club eX theater in Shi...
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Levi Waxes Beast Titan's Schnoz for Attack on Titan Don Quixote Campaign

The Survey Corps of Attack on Titan are ready to take the Beast Titan head on: with the help of waxing products. The ad campaign with Don Quixote discount chain stores continues this year with the reintroduction of "Attack on Datsumo SLIM" wax kits. The product packaging shows Levi making off with maneuver gear full of the Beast Titan's nose hair. The Titan's other nostril remains hairy as it reac...
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Satsujin Tantei Jack the Ripper Game's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Game centers on serial murder investigator who sees visions of Jack the Ripper ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming the second promotional video on Thursday for its Satsujin Tantei Jack the Ripper (Murder Detective Jack the Ripper) adventure game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The game's first promotional video debuted in February. The game will launch in Japan on April 25. The game centers...
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The Outer Guardians Join the Fight in Sailor Moon Universal Studios Japan Attraction

The "Sailor Moon: The Miracle 4D" show at Universal Studios Japan is getting a new "chapter" this time with Sailor Pluto, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn, and Chibi Moon. Sailor Moon will power up to Super Sailor Moon during the show and it will include a brand new story. The 4D film will take place during a soiree at the Moon Palace. The 10 Guardians will save Sailor Moon herself and help awaken her powe...
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Dragon Star Varnir Game's Opening Trailer Reveals Summer Release in West

Compile Heart's PS4 game shipped in Japan in October ― Idea Factory International began streaming the opening movie trailer for Compile Heart's Dragon Star Varnir (Ryūsei no Varnir) PlayStation 4 game on Thursday. The video introduces the game's main characters and features Rico Sasaki's song "When I...." The trailer also reveals that the game will launch physically and digitally in North America and...
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Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission Game's Gameplay Trailer Streamed

Switch/PC game launches on April 4 in Japan, on April 5 in West ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a gameplay trailer for its Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission game on Thursday. The game will launch in Japan for Nintendo Switch on April 4 and in the West for Switch and PC on April 5. Bandai Namco Entertainment America's HERO Edition of the game will bundle five exclusive physi...
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Clannad Visual Novel's Switch Version Launches on July 4

― Game company Prototype announced on Thursday that the Nintendo Switch version of Visual Art's/Key's Clannad visual novel will launch physically and digitally in Japan on July 4. The limited-edition physical release will bundle a drama CD. The game was previously announced as a digital-only release. The game will support Japanese and English text, and will have a new 5.1 surround sound mix, full to...
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Run with the Wind ‒ Episode 21

"This episode deepens Yuki and Nico's characterization in two different but equally uplifting ways."
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Nijimen Readers Pick 10 Anime That Need Remakes

Which anime would you remake and which stand the test of time? ― Anime series premieres might be down this season, but there's still plenty of shows to to amp up the excitement. April will include the remake of the beloved shōjo classic Fruits Basket. The series is just the most recent in a string of remakes of older properties in recent years; Dororo, Hoshin Engi, Magical Circle Guru-Guru, Devilman ...

Square Enix Replaces Pierre Taki as Voice of Olaf in Kingdom Hearts III in Patch

Authorities arrested Taki on Tuesday for alleged cocaine possession ― Square Enix announced on Thursday that it is replacing Denki Groove member and actor Pierre Taki (real name Masanori Taki) as the voice of Frozen's Olaf in the Japanese-dubbed version of the Kingdom Hearts III game. The game will get an update that replaces Taki, and the company will provide more details in the future. The Asahi Sh...
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Free Naoko Urasawa Exhibition in London in June and July

Japan House London on Kensington High Street will display drawings and storyboard by creator of Monster, Pluto and Master Keaton ― The Japan House London on Kensington High Street has announced that it will run a free exhibition entitled This is Manga – the Art of Urasawa Naoki, about Naoki Urasawa, the manga artist who created Monster (pictured right), Pluto, Master Keaton, 20th Century Boys and Yaw...
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This Week in Anime - Kemurikusa is the True Successor to Kemono Friends

This 3DCG series is the newest post-apocalyptic fantasy from TATSUKI, the creator of Kemono Friends. Micchy and Steve explain why you should be watching "Smokeweed the Animation" instead of the in-name-only Kemono Friends 2. ― Kemurikusa is the newest post-apocalyptic fantasy from TATSUKI, the creator of Kemono Friends. This week, Micchy and Steve explain why you should be watching "Smokeweed the An...
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Wake Up, Girls! Director Yamakan Explains Financial Troubles Behind Anime's Production

Wake Up, Girls! director Yutaka Yamamoto (otherwise known as 'Yamakan') wrote a series of blog posts on March 11 detailing his perception of the production issues behind the films and TV anime after he publicly declared that he had filed for personal bankruptcy. According to Yamakan, the financial troubles behind Wake Up, Girls! were directly linked to the bankruptcy. The first TV anime and film w...
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Mob Psycho 100 II ‒ Episode 10

"After a bit of a lull last week, Mob Psycho 100 returns in top form as the war against Claw begins."
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Dororo ‒ Episode 10

"Hyakkimaru and the titular Dororo take a backseat this week for another anime-original episode that goes more in depth into Tahomaru's character than ever before."
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Senryū Shōjo Anime's 3rd Promo Video Previews Ending Song

Series of shorts to air in "Animeism" programming block alongside Ao-chan Can't Study! ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Masakuni Igarashi's Senryū Shōjo (Senryū Girl) manga revealed the third promotional video and ending theme song for the anime on Thursday. The video previews Rikako Aida's ending theme song "Ordinary Love." Aida is also voicing the character Koto Ōtsuki ...
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Kedama no Gonjiro Anime Premieres on April 6, Smartphone Game Launches on April 20 (Updated)

Series based on mascot character stars Shizuka Ishigami, Shin Matsushige ― This year's April issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Friday that the Kedama no Gonjiro anime based on the "Gonjiro" mascot character will premiere on April 6 at 10:00 a.m. on TV Tokyo and its affiliates. The show will also air on Animax and Kids Station, and will stream on YouTube on the Coro Coro Com...
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Vanillaware, Atlus' 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim PS4 Game Launches in Japan This Fall

― Atlus announced on Thursday that it will release Vanillaware's 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim PlayStation 4 game this fall. The 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Prologue prologue game launched in Japan on Thursday. Players can acquire the game through four different releases, including bundled through newly-priced re-releases of previous Vanillaware games Dragon's Crown Pro and Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir. 13 Sentin...
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Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle Game Confirmed to Ship in West on July 5

Expansion features content from anime's 3rd season ― Koei Tecmo America confirmed on Thursday that it will release Omega Force's Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on July 5. The game will be available as a special physical or digital bundle, as well as as an Upgrade Pack for players who already own Attack on Titan 2. Koei Tecmo America...

Natsuki Kizu's Given Boys-Love Manga Gets TV Anime in July on Noitamina

Shougo Yano, Yūma Uchida star in series at studio Lerche ― The "Fuji TV Anime Lineup Press Conference 2019" event on Thursday announced that Natsuki Kizu's Given manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation that will premiere on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block in July. The event stated that the anime will be the "first anime based on a boys-love manga" to air on Noitamina. The anime stars: ...

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato Film's Promo Video Reveals May 10 Premiere

Film to also stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video; Shinichiro Miki joins cast ― The "Fuji TV Anime Lineup Press Conference 2019" event on Thursday streamed a new video for the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato (Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri: Unato Kessen) sequel anime film, which reveals that the film will open in Japan on May 10 and will screen for a two-week limited engagement. The anime ...
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Sarazanmai Anime Reveals New Promo Video, Ending Theme Artist

The Peggies perform ending song for series premiering on April 11 ― The "Fuji TV Anime Lineup Press Conference 2019" event on Thursday revealed the ending theme song information and a new promotional video for Kunihiko Ikuhara's original television anime project Sarazanmai. The video previews The Peggies' ending theme song "Stand By Me" and KANA-BOON's opening theme song "Massara" (Fresh). Noitamina'...
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Original Carole & Tuesday Anime Casts Kenyuu Horiuchi, Tomoko Miyadera, Takahiro Sakurai

Series starring Miyuri Shimabukuro, Kana Ichinose premieres on April 10 ― The "Fuji TV Anime Lineup Press Conference 2019" event on Thursday announced three more cast members for Carole & Tuesday, the new original anime by supervising director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Kids on the Slope, Terror in Resonance) and anime studio BONES. The staff also released a behind-the-scenes video for the an...
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Psycho-Pass Anime's 3rd Season Premieres in October

― The "Fuji TV Anime Lineup Press Conference 2019" event on Thursday announced that Psycho-Pass 3, the third television anime season in the Psycho-Pass franchise, will premiere on Fuji-TV's Noitamina programming block in October. The anime will star Yuuki Kaji as Arata Shindō and Yūichi Nakamura as Kei Mikhail Ignatov. Naoyoshi Shiotani is returning to direct the series at Production I.G, and manga ...
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Bungo Stray Dogs Anime's 3rd Season Previewed in Promo Video

New series premieres on April 12 ― The official website for the third television anime season based on Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa's Bungō Stray Dogs manga began streaming the show's promotional video on Thursday. The website and video also revealed that the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 12 at 10:30 p.m., before airing later that evening on TV Aichi, KBS Kyoto, SUn TV, and BS11. The s...
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BEASTARS TV Anime Premieres in October, Will Also Stream Exclusively on Netflix (Updated)

― The "Fuji TV Anime Lineup Press Conference 2019" event on Thursday announced that the television anime adaptation of Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS manga will premiere on Fuji TV's [+Ultra] programming block in October. The anime will also stream exclusively on Netflix. TOHO Animation is also streaming a new promotional video for the anime. CG anime studio Orange (Land of the Lustrous, Dimension W) will ...
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Trinity Seven's Kenji Saito, Takunomi.'s Haruto Hino Launch New Manga

New manga launches in Monthly Dragon Age on April 9 ― The April issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine (magazine cover pictured at right) revealed on Saturday that Trinity Seven author Kenji Saito and Takunomi manga creator Haruto Hino will launch a new manga in the magazine's May issue on April 9. The issue teases the manga's story, stating "a door to a new isekai will open." Saito and Akin...
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Taku Kuwabara's Drifting Dragons Manga Gets Anime in January 2020 by Polygon Pictures

Kodansha comics releases manga in English ― Fuji TV's [+Ultra] programming block announced on Thursday that Taku Kuwabara's Drifting Dragons (Kūtei Dragons) manga is getting a television anime adaptation that will premiere in January 2020. The show will stream exclusively on Netflix. Tadahiro Yoshihira is directing the anime at Polygon Pictures, and Makoto Uezu is both writing and overseeing the seri...
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MangaGamer's Trinoline Game Release Still Slated for April

MangaGamer also issues clarification on details of game developer minori's recent closure ― Video game localization and publishing company MangaGamer clarified on Thursday that it will still release minori's Trinoline game, despite minori's announcement of its closure earlier this month. The game is still slated to ship on April 18. MangaGamer also clarified some details on minori's closure, and note...
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Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth 3DS Game's English Trailer Previews Story

Game ships in the West on June 4 ― Atlus USA began streaming a new English trailer on Wednesday for its release of the Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth game. The video previews the game's story. Atlus USA will release the game in the United States and Europe on June 4. The game will have a Japanese voice track with English subtitles. Those who pre-order the game will receive four buttons, each depict...
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Fate/Extella Link Game's Trailers Preview Jeanne, Astolfo, Karna

XSEED releases game for PS4, PS Vita, Switch, PC on March 22 ― XSEED Games began streaming three character trailers for the Fate/EXTELLA LINK game on Wednesday. The videos preview Jeanne d'Arc, Astolfo, and Karna. XSEED Games, a subsidiary of Marvelous, will release the game in the West for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on March 22. The release will be digital-onl...
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GONZO Produces Try Knights TV Anime for Summer Broadcast

Shōgo Sakamoto, KENN star in rugby series ― Television channel NTV opened a website on Thursday to announce that GONZO will produce a television anime adaptation of Senzoku Erisawa and Shunsaku Yano's Try Knights manga that will premiere this summer. The Japan Rugby Football Union is cooperating on the anime. (Japan will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup this fall.) The anime will star: Shōgo Sakamoto as...
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High-rise Invasion Manga Ends in Next Chapter

Manga by Tsuina Miura, Takahiro Ōba launched in 2013 ― The 256th chapter of Tsuina Miura and Takahiro Ōba's High-rise Invasion (Tenkū Shinpan) manga revealed on Thursday on the Manga Box app that the manga will end with the next chapter. Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing the manga in omnibus volumes, and it describes the story: On the roof of a high-rise building, a young girl named Yuri witnesse...
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PQube Releases World End Syndrome Game in Europe in June

PS4, Switch game also scheduled for N. American release in spring ― PQube announced on Wednesday that it will release Arc System Works' World End Syndrome game in Europe for the PlayStation 4 and Switch on June 14. Those who pre-order the game's physical release will receive an art book included with the game. Arc System Works will release the game in North America for the PS4 and Switch this spring....
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Yo-kai Watch Franchise Reveals 6th Film, Release Date for Yo-kai Watch 4 Game

Yo-Kai Watch 4 game's full title, new promo video also revealed ― The official website for the Yo-kai Watch franchise's films and games announced a new anime film and the full title, release date, and a new promotional video for the Yo-kai Watch 4 Nintendo Switch game on Thursday. The new film, which will be the sixth film in the franchise, is titled Eiga Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-Kai Gakuen Y - Neko wa H...
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Pierrot Anime Studio Founder Yūji Nunokawa, Manga Creator Kazuo Umezu Receive Government Cultural Award

Award honors "individuals who have made distinguished accomplishment in artistic, cultural activities" ― Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs awarded its Commissioner for Cultural Affairs award to Studio Pierrot founder Yūji Nunokawa (pictured right) and manga creator Kazuo Umezu (Makoto-chan, Watashi no Shingo) on Monday. The award honors "individuals who have made distinguished accomplishment in art...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, March 4-10

Live-action Trace earns 9.8% rating ― The latest episode of 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 manga, aired on Fuji TV on Monday, March 4 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 9.8% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV March 10 (Sun) 18:30 30 min....
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, March 4-10

Devil May Cry 5 tops ranking ― Japan's Game Ranking: March 4-10 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Devil May Cry 5 Capcom March 8 116,202 116,202 2NSwSuper Smash Brothers Ultimate (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo December 7, 2018 23,407 2,932,439 3NSwNew Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Nintendo January 11 20,101 499,543 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 ...
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Crunchyroll Hires New Events, Marketing Heads

― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it hired former Lucasfilm events manager Mary Franklin as head of events in February, and former Yahoo! executive Julia Renda as head of marketing in January. Franklin has previously organized fan events and international events, and will manage Crunchyroll events in her new role. Renda previously headed marketing for the Yahoo! View video-on-demand service,...
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Doraemon TV Anime Marks 40th Anniversary by Remaking 1st Episode

Original episode aired in April 1979, remake airs on April 5 ― TV Asahi's official website for the current Doraemon television anime announced on Thursday that the anime's first episode will have a remake. The premiere "Yume no Machi, Nobita Land" (Dream Town, Nobita Land) episode aired on April 2, 1979, and the remake celebrates the airing's 40th anniversary. The remade episode will air on April 5. ...
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Live-Action Video Girl Sequel Series Casts Rena Takeda

Shigeyuki Totsugi also returns for second series in April ― TV Tokyo announced more cast for Den'ei Shōjo ~Video Girl Mai 2019~, the sequel to the live-action Den'ei Shōjo ~Video Girl Ai 2018~ television series based on Masakazu Katsura's Video Girl Ai (Den'ei Shōjo) manga, on Thursday. Rena Takeda will play Yuna Asakawa, a fashion model and high school girl who transfers into Taketo's class. Shigeyu...
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Golden Kamuy Gets 3rd Original Video Anime With 19th Manga Volume

Monster Arc OAD reunites TV staff on September 19 ― This year's 15th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga is inspiring a third original anime video that will ship with the manga's 19th volume on September 19. Hitoshi Nanba returns to direct the anime video at Geno Studio. The 23-minute anime will center on the manga's Monster Arc. The mang...
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