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Sword Art Online novel 18

"None of the story beats here feel all that original, and some of the franchise's worst quirks linger nearly to the end." ― In terms of both volume count and total page count, the Alicization arc is longer than all previous SAO core novels combined, so it's only fitting that its final volume, at 281 pages, is both the longest of the arc and the third-longest to date. (Only novels 6 and 8 exceeded it ...
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This Week in Anime - Who Inspects the IN/SPECTRE?

"While on the surface it's ostensibly about yokai, it does so in a way that's very different than what I'd describe as other mythology focused shows." ― In a season full of ghosts and ghouls, In/Spectre sets itself apart by focusing on the power of words. Our tiny Odin protagonist, Kotoko, mediates concerns of the local yokai but when things get serious she might have to alter the rumor that gave bi...
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This Week in Anime - Does Dragon Quest Your Story Live Up to Its Legacy?

"Turns out when you try to compress the story of a huge generation-spanning RPG into 90 minutes, a lot gets cut!" ― The stunning anime film adaptation of the beloved game franchise is out on Netflix, but does it live up to its legacy? Nick and Micchy try to make sense of the Slime-filled film and that out of left field plot twist. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in t...
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Fire in his Fingertips: A Flirty Fireman Ravishes Me with his Smoldering Gaze GN 1

It's exactly what it sounds like - just pure, silly romance escapism. If that's what you're looking for, you're in luck with this volume. ― In recent years, English-language manga publishers seem to have come to a realization: all of those little girls who grew up asking their parents to buy them Cardcaptor Sakura and Tokyo Mew Mew books have grown up. That means that not only do they have their own ...
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Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin 'Final Chapter' Films' Teaser Previews Kenshin vs. Enishi

1st film opens on July 3, 2nd film on August 7 ― The official website for the 'final chapter' films in the live-action film series based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga began streaming a teaser trailer for the film on Friday. The teaser hints at the fight between Kenshin and Enishi. Riku Ōnishi is the only new cast member (seen third from left in image below) among the five main cast memb...

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Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Anime's English-subtitled Video Streamed

Anime's "Last Season" premieres in April ― Aniplex of America began streaming on Thursday an English-subtitled version of a new promotional video for the second cours (quarter year) of Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld, the second half of the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime. The video debuted in Japanese last week. The anime's "Last Season" will premiere this April. ReoNA is perfo...
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Toronto Comic Arts Festival to Host Witch Hat Atelier Manga Creator Kamome Shirahama

Shirahama to participate in live-drawing session, interview, autograph sessions at May 9-10 convention ― The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) announced on Wednesday that it will host Kamome Shirahama, creator of the Witch Hat Atelier manga at this year's event. Shirahama will participate in a live-drawing session, an interview, and autograph sessions. TCAF and Kodansha will also feature a gallery o...
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Seven Seas Licenses We Swore to Meet in the Next Life and That's When Things Got Weird!, Rainbow and Black Manga

Also: What the Font?! manga, The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter manga/light novel ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed the We Swore to Meet in the Next Life and That's When Things Got Weird!, Rainbow and Black, and What the Font?! – A Manga Guide to Western Typeface manga. The company also licensed The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter manga and light novels. Seven Sea...
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HIDIVE Adds Nagasarete Airantou Anime to Catalog

Anime premiered in 2007 ― The HIDIVE streaming service announced on Thursday that it will add the Nagasarete Airantou anime to its catalog on February 27 at 11:30 a.m. EST. The anime will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. The 26-episode Nagasarete Airantou series from 2007 adapts Takeshi Fujishiro's manga of the same name. The story fo...
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BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense. ‒ Episode 7

BOFURI seeks to tweak some of its formats just enough to be more interesting than it was last week.
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Petition Gets 17,000 Signatures to Support Love Live! Sunshine's Chika as Oranges Ambassador

Collaboration image with Nishiura oranges attracted criticism due to Chika's skirt revealing outline of her crotch ― The LaLaport Numazu shopping center removed a panel depicting the Love Live! Sunshine!! character Chika Takami on Sunday due to "various circumstances" after the character was appointed the ambassador of Nishiura oranges, a specialty food item of the Numazu region where the story of Lo...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 16-22

Real Girl, Space Brothers #0 anime; Downfall, Drifting Classroom manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Hunter x Hunter Set 7 BDPlease Viz Media US$49.99 February 18 Hunter x Hunter Set 7 DVDCite Viz Media US$39.99 February 18 Kaguya-sama Love Is War BDAnimeNewsNetwork Aniplex of America US$124.98 February 18 Kino's Journey -The Beautiful World- Essentials BDPlease Fu...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Try Knights Rugby Anime

Company to stream, release series on home video ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed the television anime of Senzoku Erisawa and Shunsaku Yano's Try Knights manga for the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Nordic countries, the Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal. The company plans to stream the series and release it on hom...
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Sword Art Online novel 18

"None of the story beats here feel all that original, and some of the franchise's worst quirks linger nearly to the end." ― In terms of both volume count and total page count, the Alicization arc is longer than all previous SAO core novels combined, so it's only fitting that its final volume, at 281 pages, is both the longest of the arc and the third-longest to date. (Only novels 6 and 8 exceeded it ...
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Tsuredure Children Creator Draws Wholesome Twitter Comic about 'Otaku' and 'Feminist'

The past few months have seen a number of feminism-related controversies on Japanese anime Twitter. Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!'s first collaboration poster with Red Cross Japan in October last year drew criticism on social media due to Uzaki's busty character design, and a Love Live! Sunshine!! poster showing the outline of Chika's crotch through her skirt drew fire last week. In the midst of t...
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BEASTARS Anime Reveals English Dub Cast

Anime debuts outside of Japan on Netflix on March 13 ― Netflix announced the English dub cast for the television anime of Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS manga on Thursday. The English dub cast includes: Jonah Scott as Legoshi Griffin Puatu as Louis Lara Jill Miller as Haru Kaiji Tang as Bill Ben Diskin as Jack Daman Mills as Kai Erika Harlacher as Els Keith Silverstein as Gouhin The BEASTARS anime will debu...
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Plunderer ‒ Episode 7

Of everything we've seen so far, this is the first episode that truly feels like filler.
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Psycho-Pass 3 Anime Film's 2nd Teaser Video Streamed

Film's 2-week theatrical run opens in Japan on March 27 ― The official YouTube channel for Fuji TV channel's Noitamina programming block began streaming the second teaser promotional video on Friday for Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector, the Psycho-Pass 3 anime's upcoming film. The video previews Who-ya Extended's theme song "Synthetic Sympathy." The film will open in Japan on March 27 and screen for on...
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This Week in Anime - Who Inspects the IN/SPECTRE?

"While on the surface it's ostensibly about yokai, it does so in a way that's very different than what I'd describe as other mythology focused shows." ― In a season full of ghosts and ghouls, In/Spectre sets itself apart by focusing on the power of words. Our tiny Odin protagonist, Kotoko, mediates concerns of the local yokai but when things get serious she might have to alter the rumor that gave bi...
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The World is Still Beautiful Manga Ends in 3 Chapters

Dai Shiina's fantasy manga launched in 2012, inspired 2014 TV anime ― This year's sixth issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed on Thursday that Dai Shiina's Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii manga will end in three chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end in April. The manga revolves around Nike, the determined princess of the Rain Dukedom who has a mysterious power: she can cont...
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Mixed Vegetables' Ayumi Komura Launches New Manga in April

Manga centers on pure relationship between business couple ― This year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine revealed on Thursday that Ayumi Komura will launch a new manga in the magazine's ninth issue on April 3. The magazine did not reveal the manga's title, but hinted that the story will center on the "too-pure relationship" of a business couple. Komura ended her Kare Cafe (Old Man's Cafe,...
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Golden Kamuy Manga Goes on 1-Week Hiatus Due to Creator's Childbirth

Manga will resume next week in Young Jump ― The official Twitter account for Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga announced on Thursday that the manga went on hiatus in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine due to "Noda's childbirth." The manga did not appear in this year's 12th issue of the magazine, which shipped on Thursday, but it will resume in the 13th issue next week. 本日(2/20)発売の週刊ヤングジャンプ12号、『ゴールデ...
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Saki Aikawa Launches Black Marriage Manga on March 5

Manga centers on girl with inherited orphanage on verge of closure ― This year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine revealed on Thursday that Saki Aikawa will launch a new manga titled Black Marriage in the magazine's next issue on March 5. The manga will feature on the issue's front cover, and the 53-page first chapter will have a color opening page. The manga centers on Akari, a girl who i...
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22/7 +α Manga Ends With 2nd Volume

Series with original story launched on January 12 ― The first compiled book volume of Nao Sakai's 22/7 +α manga revealed on February 12 that the manga will end with the second volume, which will ship in April. The manga adaptation of the 22/7 anime launched on the Sunday Webry manga website on January 12. The manga is telling an original story that will not be told in the anime. The 22/7 anime premie...
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Death End re;Quest 2 Game Heads West in 2020

Sequel PS4 game debuted in Japan on February 13 ― Idea Factory International announced on Wednesday that it will release Compile Heart's Death end re;Quest 2 PlayStation 4 game in North America and Europe in 2020. The game launched in Japan for PS4 on February 13. The game's limited edition version comes with a special box, a visual art works book, an original soundtrack and setting data CD, and thre...
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2020 Doraemon Anime Film's Video Previews Mr. Children's Theme Songs

Film opens in Japan on March 6 ― The official website for the 2020 Doraemon film Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Kyoryū (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's New Dinosaur) began streaming a promotional video on Thursday. The video previews Mr. Children's theme songs "Birthday" and "Kimi to Kasaneta Monologue." The upcoming film will be the franchise's first to feature two theme songs, and it will also be the f...
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch Game's Videos Preview Deserted Island Getaway Package (Update)

Game ships on March 20 ― Nintendo revealed more information about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the latest entry in the Animal Crossing game franchise, during the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct livestream presentation on Thursday. The video reveals details of Nook Inc.'s Deserted Island Getaway Package that features in the game's story. Nintendo also began streaming a teaser trailer for the ga...
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Himawari - Kenichi Legend Live-Action Series Reveals Additional Cast

Masanori Ishii, Mai Ooshima, Mayumi Satō join cast of show premiering in May ― The official website for the live-action television series of Akiko Higashimura's Himawari - Kenichi Legend comedy manga revealed three additional cast members on Wednesday. The show also held a press conference at Miyazaki TV in Miyazaki on Tuesday. The new cast members are: (seen back row, left to right in image above) M...
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Kakushigoto Anime Casts Ari Ozawa, Kaede Hondo, Azumi Waki

TV series premieres on April 2 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kōji Kumeta's Kakushigoto manga revealed three additional cast members on Thursday. The new characters all members of the Meguro River Detective Bureau. The new cast members are: Ari Ozawa as Silvia Kobu Kaede Hondo as Hina Tōmi Azumi Waki as Riko Kitsuchi The anime will premiere on BS-NTV and AT-X at 11:30 p...
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My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising Opens in U.K. Cinemas Next Wednesday

Further screenings on Thursday, some venues will also show the film on later dates, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Boku no Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising-) will open in cinemas in the U.K. and Ireland on Wednesday February 26. There will be further screenings on Thursday February 27, and some cinemas will also show the film on later dates. There will be both dubbed and subitled screening...
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Sony, Bushiroad Cancel Event Attendance Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

Sony to skip PAX East, Bushiroad to skip AnimeJapan, Friday's TGS press conference delayed ― The official U.S. PlayStation blog updated an earlier post on Wednesday to reveal that Sony Interactive Entertainment will no longer participate in this year's PAX East convention due to concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus. The company was scheduled to showcase a number of upcoming games for the PlayStati...

By the Grace of the Gods Fantasy Light Novel Series Gets Anime

Roy's isekai story about businessman reincarnated to train slimes ― The official website of publisher Hobby Japan revealed on Thursday that author Roy and illustrator Ririnra's By the Grace of the Gods (Kami-tachi ni Hirowareta Otoko) light novel series has an anime adaptation in the works. The announcement did not reveal the format of the anime. J-Novel Club is publishing the novels digitally in Eng...
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Record of Lodoss War Side-Scrolling Game Launches on Steam Early Access in March

Players control Deedlit in Metroidvania-style action-exploration game ― Publisher Playism revealed on Thursday that the Record of Lodoss War side-scrolling game will launch on Steam's Early Access on March 12. The game is now titled Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth, and Playism and Why so serious? are publishing the game. Kadokawa is streaming a promotional video for the game showing...

Sonic the Hedgehog Film Earns US$70 Million in 1st 4 Days in U.S.

Film has grossed US$125 million worldwide ― The Box Office Mojo website reported on Tuesday that Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog film earned US$70,002,074 to rank #1 over the Presidents' Day holiday weekend from Friday, February 14 to Monday, February 17. The film ranked at #1 every day from Friday to Monday. It also ranked #1 and earned an additional US$5,082,338 on Tuesday, February 18, brin...
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Oreshura Light Novel Series Gets 1st New Volume in 3 Years

14th volume ships in May ― The official Twitter account for Yūji Yūji's Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru light novel series revealed on Tuesday that Yūji will publish a 14th novel volume for the series, almost three years after the previous 13th volume debuted in September 2017. The new volume will ship in May. Yūji launched the light novel series in 2011 with illustrations by LLO. The ...
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Major 2nd Anime's 2nd Series Casts Ayane Sakura, Maki Kawase

Sakura, Kawase play infielders Tao Sagara, Yayoi Sawa in April 4 anime ― The official Twitter account for the second anime series of Takuya Mitsuda's Major 2nd baseball manga revealed two new cast members for the anime on Thursday. The new cast members include: Ayane Sakura as Tao Sagara, an agile shortstop who boasts impressive fielding Maki Kawase as Yayoi Sawa, a second baseman who makes a strong ...
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Margaret Shōjo Manga Magazine, Hulu Service Collaborate on Multiple Live-Action Series

8-episode Mairu no Vich debuts this fall, followed by Kami-sama no Ekohiiki, A Devil and Her Love Song ― Shueisha's Margaret magazine announced on Thursday that it is collaborating with Hulu to produce live-action series adaptations of multiple manga that ran in the magazine, in a new "ongoing" project called "Margaret Love Stories." The first manga to receive a live-action series is Zakuri Satō's Ma...
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Seven Seas Licenses Sarazanmai Novels & Cube Arts, Unicorns Aren't Horny Manga

Sarazanmai, Cube Arts ship on September 1, Unicorns Aren't Horny on November 10 ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Kunihiko Ikuhara and Teruko Utsumi's Sarazanmai novels, Tomomi Usui's Cube Arts manga, and Semi Ikuta's Unicorns Aren't Horny manga. Seven Seas will release the first volume of the novel adaptation of Ikuhara's original television anime Sarazanmai in N...
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Isekai Quartet 2 ‒ Episode 6

Class 2 breaks down into three not-quite-even camps over whether salt and pepper, ketchup, or mayo make better wing toppings.

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Black Clover ‒ Episode 122

Asta and the Black Bulls who defend him are tasked with "proving" Asta's innocence by collecting information on the devils.
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Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei Smartphone Game to Collaborate with Berserk

Sega Games announced at a two-year anniversary event for the Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation smartphone game on Monday that the game will have a collaboration with the 3DCG TV anime adaptation of Kentaro Miura's Berserk manga series. Sega Games released a visual and indicated that more information will be released at a later date. Sega Games and Atlus launched the Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Libera...
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Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia ‒ Episode 17

Gilgamesh closes out this week's installment of Babylonia by claiming that Ritsuka and the others should enjoy what will likely be their last chance to relax.
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Living for the Day After Tomorrow's J-ta Yamada Launches Remake of Eko Eko Azarak Manga

Eko Eko Azarak Reborn remake of Shinichi Koga's classic manga launches on March 19 ― The April issue of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine revealed on Wednesday that J-ta Yamada will launch a remake of late manga author Shinichi Koga's Eko Eko Azarak manga in the next issue on March 19. The new manga is titled Eko Eko Azarak Reborn, and the first chapter will have color opening pages. The original ...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets Celebrates Final Chapter With Wedding Ceremony Event

Your favorite girl didn't win? Don't worry, they'll all get a wedding ceremony in church ― Digital artwork vendor Anique is collaborating with Negi Haruba's The Quintessential Quintuplets (Gotōbun no Hanayome) manga to create a wedding ceremony for each and every one of the quintuplets across five dates in April. The announcement of this plan comes straight off the heels of the publication of the man...
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Anime Boston to Host Voice Actress Minami Takahashi

Convention runs at Hynes Convention Center from April 10-12 ― Anime Boston announced on Wednesday that it will host voice actress Minami Takahashi at this year's event. Takahashi provided the voice for Megumi Tadokoro in Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Grey in Black Clover, Shea Haulia in Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest, Kuroka in High School DxD, Lucoa in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid,...
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Crunchyroll Streams Re:ZERO Memory Snow OVA

OVA opened in Japanese theaters in October 2018 ― Crunchyroll began streaming Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Memory Snow, the first original video anime (OVA) episode in the Re:ZERO franchise, on Wednesday. The OVA aired on television in Japan last week in place of the regular broadcast of the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Director's Cut edited anime. Crunchyroll also began strea...
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Takara Tomy's Tomica Kizuna Gattai Earth Granner Anime Reveals Opening Song, April 5 Debut

Masayoshi Ōishi performs opening song for anime based on Tomica toy car brand ― The staff of Tomica Kizuna Gattai Earth Granner (Tomica Bond Combination Earth Granner), the new television anime based on Takara Tomy's Tomica toy car brand, revealed on Wednesday that the anime will premiere on TV Osaka, TV Tokyo, and their affiliates on April 5. The show will air every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The staff als...
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Final Fantasy VII Remake's Tokyo Train Event Canceled Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus

1-hour treasure hunt was planned on central Yamanote Line at midday on Saturday ― Square Enix announced on Wednesday that it canceling Saturday's "Battle Train Final Fantasy VII Remake Another Story" event due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. The free "real-world treasure hunt" would have had 280 players on an one-hour mission on Yamanote, the busy train artery line that loops around Tokyo's cen...
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Kazuki Funatsu Launches Mabataki Yori Hayaku Fighting Manga in March

Manga by Sundome!! Milky Way author centers on freshman high school student who wants fresh start ― The March issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Kazuki Funatsu (Yokai Girls) will launch a new manga titled Mabataki Yori Hayaku (Faster Than the Blink of an Eye) in the magazine's next issue on March 19. The "fighting manga" centers on Himari Kohanai, a 15-year-old student...
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Morgana Gives Phantom Thief Crash Course in Persona 5 Royal PS4 Game's Video

PS4 game ships in West on March 31 ― Atlus began streaming an English trailer for its Persona 5 Royal (Persona 5 The Royal in Japan) PlayStation 4 role-playing game on Wednesday. In the video, Morgana gives Kasumi a "Phantom Thief Crash Course." The official U.S PlayStation Blog describes Kasumi (voiced by Laura Post in English): Kasumi is a transfer student who enrolls at Shujin Academy at the same ...
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Kaiji's Nobuyuki Fukumoto Ends Shin Kurosawa: Saikyō Densetsu Manga

Manga about blue-collar worker launched in 2013 ― This year's fifth issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Original magazine revealed on Thursday that Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Shin Kurosawa: Saikyō Densetsu manga will end in the magazine's next issue on March 5. The manga's 17th compiled book volume will ship on February 28. The manga is a sequel to Fukumoto's Saikyō Densetsu Kurosawa (The Legend of Strongest Ma...
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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Game's Character Trailer Streamed

PS4, Switch, PC game launches in Japan, West in 2020 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a character trailer for the Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on Wednesday. The game will launch in the Americas, Europe, and Japan this year. The game will be the franchise's first release for consoles in 10 years. The game will ...
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Dropkick on My Devil! Anime's 2nd Season Reveals Opening Song, Visual

halca performs "Toki Toshite Violence" for April anime ― The official website for the television anime of Yukiwo's Dropkick on My Devil! (Jashin-chan Dropkick) manga revealed the opening theme song, a new key visual, and broadcast information for the second season on Wednesday. Singer halca is performing the opening theme song "Toki Toshite Violence" (Violence on Occasion). The second season will pre...
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Anime's 3rd Video Unveils More Cast, April 4 Debut

Miho Okasaki, Inori Minase, Saori Hayami join cast ― The official website for the anime of Satoru Yamaguchi and Nami Hidaka's My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta...) light novel series posted the anime's third promotional video as well as the fourth key visual on Wednesday. The video unveils more of the ani...
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Tokyo 7th Sisters Idol Game App Gets 70-Minute Anime by Toei Animation This Summer

New anime gets limited run in theaters; idol-training game already inspired anime music video ― Donuts' Tokyo 7th Sisters smartphone game celebrated its sixth anniversary on Wednesday by announcing a brand-new 70-minute anime adaptation by Toei Animation. Theaters will screen the new anime for a limited "simultaneous" run this summer. The teaser video for the game's sixth anniversary ends with the ta...
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Japan's Biggest Cosplay Event Canceled Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus

Nippombashi Street Festa would have drawn over 200,000 to Osaka pop culture district ― The organizers of Osaka's Nippombashi Street Festa, which they promote as "Japan's biggest cosplay event," announced on Wednesday that they are canceling this year's event due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. The 16th annual parade would have run in Nippombashi's Den Den Town area (Osaka's shoppi...
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LaLaport Numazu Removes 'Sexualizing' Panel of Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Chika

Collaboration image with Nishiura oranges attracted criticism due to Chika's skirt revealing outline of her crotch ― The LaLaport Numazu shopping center's official website posted a notice on Monday that a panel depicting the Love Live! Sunshine!! character Chika Takami has been removed as of Sunday due to "various circumstances." The notice apologized to fans who had been looking forward to seeing th...
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Hello World Manga Adaptation Ends in March

Adaptation of Tomohiko Ito, Graphinica launched last July ― This year's March issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Manatsu Suzuki and Yoshihiro Sono's Hello World manga will end in the magazine's next issue on March 19. The magazine had announced in January that the manga would reach its climax in February. Suzuki (Lostorage conflated WIXOSS) and Sono (Tokyo Ghoul, Kaban...
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Captain Tsubasa Magazine Launches With New Manga on April 2

Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun soccer manga moves to magazine ― This year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Captain Tsubasa Magazine, a new spinoff from Grand Jump that will focus on the Captain Tsubasa franchise, will launch in Japan on April 2. The new magazine will include new manga, including spinoff one-shots, when it ships every other month. The first issue...
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Konosuba Smartphone Game Unveils Opening Video, February 27 Debut

Game will have fully-voiced original story ― The official Twitter account for Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Fantastic Days, the smartphone game for the KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! franchise, revealed on Monday that the game will debut on February 27 "in the afternoon" in Japan. The game's YouTube channel began streaming the game's opening video on Tuesday. The game will...
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Switch Game's Trailer Previews Gameplay

Game ships on March 6 ― Nintendo began streaming a trailer for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, its Nintendo Switch remake of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS games, on Tuesday. The trialer previews the game's mechanics. The game will ship on March 6. The original roguelike role-playing games debuted in...
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Voice Actress Chiaki Takahashi Expects to Return Next Week After Appendicitis

The [email protected] voice actress hospitalized after suffering stomach pains overnight ― Voice actress Chiaki Takahashi revealed on her Twitter account on Tuesday that she will return to work next week after being hospitalized for acute appendicitis. She explained that she suffered from severe stomach pains before daybreak the night before, and was rushed to the hospital. However, her symptoms began to re...
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Singer Mafumafu Safely Recovers After Falling Unconscious

Singer suffered from cardiogenic shock; events still planned to go forward ― The official website of singer Mafumafu announced on Tuesday that he has safely recovered after falling unconscious. The announcement explained that Mafumafu's staff found him unconscious at his home after they went there for a planned meeting on Sunday around noon. A later medical examination revealed that Mafumafu fell unc...
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Batman Ninja Anime Gets Stage Play in October

Play to run from October 10 to December 31 in Tokyo ― Stage production company Office ENDLESS announced on Wednesday that it is producing a stage play adaptation of the Batman Ninja anime. The production will run at the Theatre Moliere Shinjuku in Tokyo from October 10 to December 31. Warner Bros. released the anime film digitally in April 2018, and on home video in May 2018. The release included the...
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Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers Manga Gets Live-Action Film This Fall

Story of man who time-travels back to middle school to save girlfriend ― Warner Bros Japan announced on Wednesday that it is producing a live-action film of Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga that will open this fall. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga digitally in English, and it describes the story: Watching the news, Takemichi Hanagaki learns that his girlfriend from way back in middle school,...
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Real Estate App Will Help Find Your Perfect Reincarnated as a Slime Home

Rimuru has undergone multiple transformations since he was first reincarnated as a slime. His next task (after survival) was rebuilding the goblin village. You could say Rimuru knows a thing or two about property values. The leader of the goblin village has teamed up with the Japanese real estate app SUUMO. According to the collaboration's story, SUUMO's mascot enters the world of Tempest and comb...

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Atelier Mimina's Indie Adventure Game Giraffe and Annika Launches for PC

PLAYISM to release game for Switch, PS4, Xbox One this year ― PLAYISM and Japanese indie developer Atelier Mimina launched the Giraffe and Annika 3D adventure game launched on PC via Steam on Tuesday. The game has English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese language options. PLAYISM will release the game for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this year. Atelier Mimina str...
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Live-Action Program Explores Zombie Land Saga Tourist Spots

The Zombie Land Saga anime has helped introduce its namesake prefecture and even got Saga's own governor on board. Next week, a live-action program will air on TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting to reacquaint fans with the real landmarks from the anime. London Atsushi's Zombie Land Saga Holy Land Pilgrimage Tour will star Atsushi Tamura from the comedy duo London Boots Ichi-gō Ni-gō, actor Hideki Morimoto, a...
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Persona 5's Morgana Sneaks Into Koei Tecmo's Office

Interviews Koei Tecmo General Producer Kou Shibusawa regarding upcoming Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers game Persona 5's Morgana is a phantom thief, and as phantom thieves are wont to do, he's been sneaking around Koei Tecmo Games' offices sniffing for treasure. At first, Morgana seems to thinks that he's wandered into an art museum, but eventually he encounters Koei Tecmo Games General Pr...
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In/Spectre ‒ Episode 6

In/Spectre is all too familiar with the modern toxicity of online discourse, and it smartly applies that knowledge to Kotoko's proposed resolution to this arc.
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Game Freak's Little Town Hero Game's PS4 Version Heads West in June

RPG launches in N. America on June 2, Europe on June 5, Oceania on June 12 ― NIS America announced on Tuesday that it will launch the PlayStation 4 version of GAME FREAK's Little Town Hero role-playing game on June 2 in North America, June 5 in Europe, and June 12 in Oceania. NIS America will release the "Big Idea Edition" on the PS4 and Nintendo Switch. The special edition bundles the "Life in the V...
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Smile Down the Runway Exhibit Shows Off the Anime's Real-Life Brands

Exhibit at Bookmark Asakusabashi will run from February 8 to 24 ― The "Smile Down the Runway Exhibit: Collection2020" exhibit at the Bookmark Asakusabashi store in Tokyo is running from February 8 to 24. The small-scale exhibit shows off art, storyboards, and design materials from the fashion-themed manga and anime series, as well as the anime's collaborations with real-life textile and fashion brand...
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Children of the Sea Anime Film Screens in U.S., Canada in April

English-subtitled trailer previews theatrical run opening on April 20 ― GKIDS announced on Tuesday that it will screen Studio 4°C's anime film of Daisuke Igarashi's Children of the Sea (Kaijū no Kodomo) manga in select U.S. theaters in April. GKIDS and Fathom Events will screen the film in Japanese with English subtitles on April 20, and with an English dub on April 22. GKIDS will begin the film's li...
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This Week in Anime - Does Dragon Quest Your Story Live Up to Its Legacy?

"Turns out when you try to compress the story of a huge generation-spanning RPG into 90 minutes, a lot gets cut!" ― The stunning anime film adaptation of the beloved game franchise is out on Netflix, but does it live up to its legacy? Nick and Micchy try to make sense of the Slime-filled film and that out of left field plot twist. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in t...
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My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising Film's English Dub Trailer Streamed

Film debuts in theaters in U.S., Canada on February 26 ― Funimation began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for the My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Boku no Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising-) film on Tuesday. The trailer previews the English dub voices for the film's new characters, including Nine, Slice, and Katsuma. Funimation describes the film: Class 1-A visits Nabu Island where they fin...
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ID: INVADED ‒ Episode 8

With Hondomachi diving into the well-inside-the-well and Momoki under arrest as the suspected John Walker, the remaining investigators are forced to make some difficult decisions
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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX, HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Games Launch on Xbox One

Collections debuted on Xbox One on Tuesday ― Square Enix released the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue games on the Xbox One on Tuesday. The company had revealed in November that the games would debut for the Xbox One this year. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX includes: Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Da...
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Shiori Amase's Koko wa Ima kara Rinri desu. Manga Gets Live-Action Series

Manga by All Out!!'s Shiori Amase centers on ethics teacher ― This year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Shiori Amase's Koko wa Ima kara Rinri desu. (From now on we begin ethics) manga is inspiring a live-action television series. The manga centers on ethics teacher Takayanagi, who uses the principles of ethics to advise students on their problems and individ...

The Quintessential Quintuplets Anime's 2nd Season Premieres in October with New Director, Studio

Kaori to direct 2nd season at Bibury Animation Studio ― This year's 12th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine announced on Wednesday that the second season of The Quintessential Quintuplets (Gotōbun no Hanayome) anime will premiere in October on TBS and other networks. The season has the title Gotōbun no Hanayome ∬ (The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬). The anime's official website also revealed a...
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Kei Toume's Kurogane Kai Manga Goes on 3-Month Hiatus

Revival of earlier Kurogane manga launched in 2017 ― This year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Kei Toume's Kurogane Kai manga will go on hiatus, and will return in the magazine's 12th issue on May 20. Toume will publish a "special work" in the magazine's ninth issue on April 1. The manga is a revival of Toume's earlier Kurogane manga. Del Rey published the f...
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My Hero One's Justice 2 Game's 3rd Promo Video Streamed

Game launches for PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC in Americas on March 13 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the third promotional video on Tuesday for the My Hero One's Justice 2 (My Hero Academia: One's Justice 2) game. The video previews the game's various gameplay modes, as well as the recently revealed playable characters Gang Orca, Seiji Shishikura, Camie Utsushimi, and Kendō Rappa. The gam...
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Mamoru Miyano Performs Ahiru no Sora Anime's New Ending Song

Series premiered on October 2 ― The official website for the television anime of Takeshi Hinata's Ahiru no Sora manga revealed on Sunday that Mamoru Miyano is performing the new ending theme song for the series. The song's single will ship on April 22. The anime premiered in Japan on October 2. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan, and HIDIVE is streaming an English dub. The anime ...
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Some of the 14th Annual Seiyū Awards Winners Announced

Minoru Yada, Makoto Kousaka, Yū Mizushima, Rica Fukami honored ― The organizers of the 14th Annual Seiyū Awards announced the winners of the Merit Awards, Kei Tomiyama Award, and Kazue Takahashi Award on Tuesday. Merit Award Award for the seiyū who have contributed to many genres, including foreign works, over the years Minoru Yada Agency: KeKKe Corporation Roles: Gigantor (Doctor Shikishima), Soreik...
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Infinite Dendrogram Anime Delays Episode 7 Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus, Production Issues

Episode 1 will re-air instead on Thursday ― The official website for the Infinite Dendrogram anime posted on Tuesday that the anime's seventh episode will not air or stream as planned on Thursday, February 20. The staff stated that they are delaying the episode due to the effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak as well as production issues. The website said that the anime's production committee ...
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Bushiroad Cancels, Delays Events Until March 19 Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus

Including BanG Dream, Starlight, Rebirth, Assault Lily, D4DJ, Animax Musix ― The entertainment production company Bushiroad announced on Tuesday that it is canceling or delaying its sponsored events until March 19 due to the developing situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus disease. Bushiroad will provide a future update on events scheduled on March 20 or later. As a result, Bushiroad is offering re...

Interspecies Reviewers Anime's Airing on Kobe's Sun TV Canceled

Anime continues to run on KBS Kyoto, BS11, AT-X in Japan ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of writer Amahara and artist masha's Interspecies Reviewers (Ishuzoku Reviewers) manga announced on Tuesday that the Sun TV channel in Kobe has canceled future airings of the anime at the behest of the channel company's management. The "regular" version of the anime will continue to run on...
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Live-Action Bishoku Tantei Akechi Gorō Show Casts Kanta Satō

Satō plays gumshoe detective who is a fan of Gorō Akechi ― The official website for the live-action series of Akiko Higashimura's Bishoku Tantei Akechi Gorō (Gourmet Detective Gorō Akechi) manga revealed on Tuesday that Kanta Satō is joining the show's cast as Tatsuomi Takahashi. The high-strung gumshoe detective is a subordinate to Katōno, and is such a fan of Gorō Akechi that he readily gives up th...
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Bloomberg: Nintendo Switch Shortages in U.S., Europe 'Likely' Due to COVID-19

Projected delays would affect units shipping in April ― Business news source Bloomberg reported on Monday that supplies of the Nintendo Switch console in the United States and Europe will "likely" suffer a shortage in April due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak hampering production of the console's components in China, as well as its final assembly in Vietnam. The projected delays in production th...
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Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin 'Final Chapter' Films Bring Back Yosuke Eguchi as Saitō

Eguchi reprises role from previous 3 films ― The official website for the 'final chapter' films in the live-action film series based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga revealed on Tuesday that Yosuke Eguchi reprised the role of Hajime Saitō. Eguchi commented that this was an honor he did not expect, as he never thought he would be able to play a character for so many years. He noted that the...

Live-Action Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Film Reveals May Opening, TV Series Spinoff

Live-action 6-episode mini-series premieres on April 5 ― The official website for the live-action film of Sumito Ōwara's Eizouken ni wa Te o Dasu na! (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) manga revealed the film's May 15 opening on Tuesday, and also revealed that the live-action project is spawning a six-episode television mini-series. The mini-series will premiere on April 5 on MBS, and on April 7 on TBS....
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Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Film Drops to #4, Kaiji to #10

Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai - The Clouds Gather ranks at #1 in mini-theaters, ACCA OVA at #2 ― The live-action film of Fujita's Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) manga dropped from #1 to #4 in its second weekend. The film earned 143,374,650 yen (about US$1.30 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 735,816,300 yen (about US$6.69 million). The fi...
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Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! ‒ Episode 7

Tsubame's passion and love for the power of animation - recreating the wonder of life by hand - is articulated beautifully in another stellar episode.
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Darwin's Game ‒ Episode 6

Nice to see Darwin's Game step it up this week as all the pieces move into place for a series of explosive confrontations.

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Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo in Ikebukuro Gets Revamped

Center will temporarily close in in March before reopening on March 6 ― Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo first opened in Ikebukuro in December 2014 but it will temporarily close its doors next month in preparation for a "renewal" opening on March 6. The new and improved Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo will include the Pokémon GO Lab, Pikachu Sweets Cafe, and Pokémon Card Station. The Center is also adding a kids...
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HIDIVE Adds We Rent Tsukumogami Anime to Catalog

Anime about siblings who run rental shop with spirits premiered in July 2018 ― The HIDIVE streaming service announced on Monday that it will add the We Rent Tsukumogami (Tsukumogami Kashimasu) anime to its catalog on February 24 at 12:30 p.m. EST. The anime will be available in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. The television anime adaptation of Megumi Hatakenaka's Tsukumogami Kashimasu n...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 144

As Kokuri's secrets are exposed and Tsukiyo sets his master plan into motion, Team 7's latest mission enters its endgame in an intrigue-laden Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
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Persona 5 Royal's Western Release Changes Gay Characters' Depiction

Atlus' Yu Namba described changes in interview with GameSpot ― In an interview with GameSpot's Michael Higham, Sega and Atlus senior project manager and localization expert Yu Namba announced that the English-language release of Persona 5 Royal will include a dialogue change between Ryūji and two gay NPCs. In the original release of Persona 5, character Ryuji Sakamoto and the main character encounter...
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Violet Evergarden I: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll Anime's English-subtitled Clip Streamed

Side-story anime screens in U.S. from Monday to Thursday ― Funimation began streaming an English-subtitled clip of Violet Evergarden I: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll (Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidō Shuki Ningyō), a side story to the Violet Evergarden anime, on Monday. The anime is screening with English subtitles in theaters in the United States from February 17-20. Funimation describes t...
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The Irregular at Magic High School: Shizoku Kaigi-hen Novels' Manga Launches on March 18

― This year's March issue of Square Enix's G-Fantasy magazine revealed on Tuesday that Hazumi Takeda's new manga adaptation of the Shizoku Kaigi-hen (Master Clans Conference) arc of Tsutomu Satou's The Irregular at Magic High School light novel series will launch in the magazine's next issue on March 18. The Shizoku Kaigi-hen arc covers volumes 17-19 (volume 17 pictured at right) of the original nov...
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Magi: The Adventure of Sinbad's Yoshifumi Ōtera Launches Shadow Newt Manga

Author Yūjirō Sakamoto's series debuts as part of Maskmen project on March 2 ― Yoshifumi Ōtera (Magi: The Adventure of Sinbad) will launch the newShadow Newt: Saisei Nōryoku de Mezasu S Kyū Saikyō! (Aim to Be the Strongest S-Class Hero with the Regeneration Ability!) manga on Cygames' Cycomi manga website on March 2. Yūjirō Sakamoto is the manga's writer and director, and Ōtera is the illustrator. Sh...
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22/7 ‒ Episode 6

“Between the Even and Odd Numbers”, an episode that is trying to say something about the difficulties of idol life, but to frustratingly uncertain ends.
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Romancing SaGa Games Get 3rd Stage Play in November

Staff return for SaGa the Stage ~Yakusoku no Mardias~'s run in Tokyo, Osaka ― The Romancing SaGa Orchestra Fes event announced on Sunday that the SaGa franchise is getting a third stage play adaptation titled SaGa the Stage ~Yakusoku no Mardias~ in November. The play will run at Sunshine Theatre in Tokyo from November 12 to 16 and at Sankei Hall Breeze in Osaka from November 20 to 23. The play's stor...
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story ‒ Episode 7

Magia Record is telling a story that feels substantially different than the Madoka Magica retreat it has been up until now.
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Doujinshi Manga Creator Wins Lawsuit Against Piracy Websites

Woman successfully sues IT company A'class for 2.19 million yen ― A female manga artist has successfully sued an IT company which operates doujinshi manga pirate websites. On Friday, the Tokyo District Court ruled that A'class, a Kumamoto-based IT company, was liable for approximately 2.19 million yen (US$19,937) in damages to the woman. The plaintiff, who is a manga artist and creator of manga, anim...
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Funimation Adds Astro Boy, Kimba, Princess Knight, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Nadesico Anime to Catalog

Also: Adolescence of Utena, Nadesico: Prince of Darkness anime films ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will begin streaming the following anime from Nozomi Entertainment on Tuesday: Astro Boy (1963) Kimba the White Lion (1965) Princess Knight Revolutionary Girl Utena The Adolescence of Utena anime film Martian Successor Nadesico Martian Successor Nadesico: Prince of Darkness anime film The an...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 81

More importantly it means Jiro, the ultimate Best Girl of MHA, is finally taking center stage. Sorry Deku, this is Earphone Jack's show now.
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Fire in his Fingertips: A Flirty Fireman Ravishes Me with his Smoldering Gaze GN 1

It's exactly what it sounds like - just pure, silly romance escapism. If that's what you're looking for, you're in luck with this volume. ― In recent years, English-language manga publishers seem to have come to a realization: all of those little girls who grew up asking their parents to buy them Cardcaptor Sakura and Tokyo Mew Mew books have grown up. That means that not only do they have their own ...
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Fujoshi Rumi's Natsumi Konjoh, Zoids' Michiro Ueyama Each Launch New Manga

Series debut on March 16 ― The April issue of Shonengahosha's Monthly Young King Ours GH magazine revealed on Monday that both Natsumi Konjoh and Michiro Ueyama will launch new manga in the next issue on March 16. Konjoh's Honey mix 3 Nuts ("3" is pronounced "triple") manga (seen upper left in image below) centers on a fashion magazine editor who enters a new field related to voice actors. Ueyama's A...
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Manga Planet, futekiya Manga Services Announce Licenses for Spring 2020

Titles include Seikimatsu Blue, Vienna Connection, First Love Signal (Sou x Akira Story), The Incubus' Pet Slave ― Fantasista, Inc.'s Manga Planet and futekiya manga subscription services both announced new licenses. Manga Planet announced on Monday that it will launch the following titles from Wani Books Co., Ltd. in May 2020: Seikimatsu Blue by Shintaro Hirota Vienna Connection by Rie Takase Sweepe...
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Katana Kami Game's Video Features Dojima, Nanami

PS4/Switch/PC game launches digitally in N. America, Europe on February 20 ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming a "special game introduction movie" for Acquire's Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story (Samuraidō Gaiden Katanakami) game on Monday. The video features the characters Dojima and his daughter Nanami as they introduce the game. Spike Chunsoft will release the game in North America and Europe d...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Game's Switch Version Previewed in Video

Game launches in Japan on March 19, in the West this spring ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming an introduction video on Monday for the Nintendo Switch version of the The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (Eiyū Densetsu Sen no Kiseki III) game. The video introduces the game's world, story, and main characters. The game will launch for the Switch in Japan on March 19. NIS America will also...

A Certain Scientific Railgun T Anime's 7th Episode Delayed Due to Effects of Coronavirus

Episode 6 will re-air instead on February 21 ― The official website for the A Certain Scientific Railgun T (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T) anime posted on Friday that the anime's seventh episode will not air as planned on February 21. The staff stated that they are delaying the episode because effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus situation have affected the production schedule. The website will reveal at ...
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One-Punch Man 6th New OVA Episode's 1st 2 Minutes Previewed in Clip

OVA included in 6th BD/DVD in Japan on March 27 ― The official website for the second season of the One-Punch Man anime began streaming a clip on Friday from "#06: Zombieman Satsujin Jiken 2 ~Fubuki no Sansō to Samugari-tachi~" (The Zombieman Murder Case 2 ~A Chalet Amid the Blizzard, and the Ones Bothered by the Cold~), the sixth 10-minute original video anime (OVA) included in the season's sixth Bl...
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Kadokawa Launches Official Goods Store for Overseas Fans

― Kadokawa opened EJ ANiME STORE — a new online store for anime, manga, light novels, games, and merchandise — on January 30. The store is targeted toward fans outside of Japan, and is available in 17 countries and regions on launch, including the United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Kadokawa plans to expand the store in the future to 80 countries, including...
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Senryū Girl Manga Ends With 13th Volume in June

Manga launched in October 2016, inspired spring 2019 TV anime ― The 12th compiled book volume of Masakuni Igarashi's Senryū Girl (Senryū Shōjo) manga revealed on Monday that the manga will end with the 13th volume, which will ship on June 17. The manga centers on Nanako Yukishiro and Eiji Busujima. Nanako is a girl who can only communicate what she wants to say by using senryū (a poetry style similar...
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Ice Blade's Tsutomu Takahashi Launches Guitar Shop Rosie Manga

Series launches in Big Comic Zōkan magazine on May 16 ― The March issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Zōkan magazine revealed on Monday that Tsutomu Takahashi will launch a new manga titled Guitar Shop Rosie in the magazine's June issue on May 16. The manga's first chapter will have an opening color page. Tokyopop published Takahashi's Jiraishin detective action manga, under the title Ice Blade, as one o...
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The Seven Deadly Sins Manga Ends With 41st Volume in May

Nakaba Suzuki to launch new series, then publish more Seven Deadly Sins side stories ― The 40th volume of Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins manga confirmed on Monday that the manga will end in the 41st volume, which will ship on May 15. In the manga's side story collection that also debuted on Monday, Suzuki stated in an afterword that side stories based on the "remaining characters" will come ou...

Psycho-Pass 3 Anime Film Opens on March 27 for 2-Week Run

Visual also unveiled for film concluding season 3's story ― The official website for Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector, the Psycho-Pass 3 anime's upcoming film, revealed a new visual and the film's March 27 opening date on Monday. The film will screen for only two weeks in theaters in Japan. Participating theaters will begin selling an advance MoviTicke card with a bonus clear case, while supplies last,...
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Universal Studio Japan's Jurassic World Area Collaborates with Latest Doraemon Film

The dinosaur action film Jurassic World will collaborate with the 2020 Doraemon film Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Kyoryū (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's New Dinosaur) for an attraction at the Universal Studio Japan theme park in Osaka. The collaboration will began on March 6, the same date as the film's opening, and conclude on May 10. Inside the park's "Jurassic Park" area, a Doraemon dressed up i...
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Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop Romance Anime Film Casts Kikuko Inoue

Inoue plays daughter of Cherry's haiku teacher in May 15 film about 17-year-olds ― The official Twitter account for Flying Dog's original anime film Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop (Cider no Yō ni Kotoba ga Wakiagaru) revealed on Monday that Kikuko Inoue will play the character Tsubasa Fujiyama in the film. The character is the daughter of Fujiyama, Cherry's haiku teacher. Inoue is well-known for jokin...
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The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese Boys-Love Film Streams Trailer

Live-action film starring Tadayoshi Okura, Ryō Narita opens on June 5 ― The official website for the live-action film of Setona Mizushiro's The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese (Kyūso wa Cheese no Yume o Miru) and The Carp on the Chopping Block Jumps Twice (Sōjo no Koi wa Nido Haneru) manga began streaming a new trailer for the film on Monday. It also revealed a new poster visual for the film. Tadayos...

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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Released Monday

Also Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu, Calamity of a Zombie Girl, first standard Blu-ray of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 ― On Monday February 17, Manga Entertainment will release the 12-part series How Not to Summon a Demon Lord on Blu-ray and DVD. J-Novel Club described the story: "In the MMORPG Cross Reverie, Takuma Sakamoto is so powerful that he is lauded as the “Demon Lord” by other players. One day, he...
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Anime Holds End of Production Party

Anime produced by SILVER LINK to debut in April ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Satoru Yamaguchi and Nami Hidaka's My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta...) light novel series announced on Thursday that the staff has "finished production on the main feature." The account posted a photo of the ...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Second Anime Gets TV Broadcast in April

― The official website for Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, the new anime of Yoshiki Tanaka's epic science fiction novels Legend of the Galactic Heroes, revealed on Thursday that the 24-episode series will air on NHK Educational TV (NHK E Tele) on April 6 at 10:50 p.m. The broadcast will mark the television debut of Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Second, the second "seas...
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Kikuko Inoue Celebrates Her Daughter Turning '5 Years Older' than Herself

Veteran voice actress says she'll always be 17 years old ― Veteran voice actress Kikuko Inoue (Fairy Tail's Minerva, Ah! My Goddess' Belldandy) celebrated her daughter Honoka's 22nd birthday on Twitter on February 9, tweeting: "Happy birthday, Hocchan! I'm shocked at how she's become 5 years older than me in the blink of an eye! I'm thankful that she's grown so well." She also thanked everyone for su...
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'All-Color' Quintessential Quintuplets Manga Volume Listed in April

Series that debuted in August 2017 ends serialization this month ― Kodansha is listing a tentatively titled "All-Color" version of the first volume of Negi Haruba's The Quintessential Quintuplets (Gotōbun no Hanayome) manga for release on April 17. The publisher previously released an "All-Color" version of Chūya Koyama's Space Brothers manga. Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on February 4 ...

Sonic the Hedgehog Film Earns US$57 Million for Best Video Game Movie Debut Ever in U.S.

Paramount Pictures' film projected to earn US$111 million globally over 4-day weekend ― The Variety and Deadline entertainment news websites reported on Sunday that Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog film earned an estimated US$57 million in its first three days at the box office in the United States. The film now holds the record for the highest U.S. opening weekend for any film adaptation of a ...
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Lelouch Orders You Where to Go in Maplus Navigation App

Lelouch vi Britannia is used to giving out orders and telling people where to go. Now, thanks to a collaboration between Code Geass and the Maplus nagivation app, Lelouch can instruct you on where to go whenever you need directions. The Code Geass voice pack for the Maplus app will include lines from Lelouch in both his regular and Zero persona. The lines are voiced by Jun Fukuyama. Some sample li...
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[email protected] Cinderella Girls Theater Anime Gets 'Extra Stage' in Spring

Anime streams exclusively in franchise's smartphone games ― The official Twitter account for The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage smartphone game revealed on Sunday that the franchise is getting an The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Gekijō Extra Stage ([email protected] Cinderella Girls Theater) anime this spring. The anime will stream exclusively in the The [email protected] Cinderella Girls and The IDOLM...
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My Hero Academia Manga Takes 1-Week Break

― This year's 12th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga will take a break in the 13th issue, and will resume in the 14th issue on March 2. The magazine did not give a reason for the break. Horikoshi launched the superhero manga series in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in July 2014. Shueisha published the 25th volume ...
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Twittering Birds Never Fly Anime Listed With 3 60-Minute Installments

1st film opened in Japan on Saturday ― Fuji Creative Corporation's English website is listing that the anime project of Kou Yoneda's boys-love manga Twittering Birds Never Fly (Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai) will have three theatrical installments, with each installment being 60 minutes in length. Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai - The Clouds Gather, the first film in the anime franchise, opened in Japan on...
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Panzer Dragoon: Remake Game to Get Release on Stadia

Remake also gets release for Switch, PC this winter ― Google's Stadia gaming service announced on Thursday that Panzer Dragoon: Remake ⁠— Sega and Polish game developer and publisher Forever Entertainment's remake of Sega's Panzer Dragoon game ⁠— will join the service. The company did not give a timeframe of release. The game is also scheduled to launch for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam this winte...

HIDIVE Adds Lupin the Third: Part 5 Anime

24-episode series premiered in April 2018 ― The HIDIVE streaming service announced on Thursday that it will add the Lupin the Third: Part 5 anime to its catalog on February 20. The anime will be available in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. The Lupin the Third: Part 5 anime premiered in NTV's AnichU programming block in April 2018. Crunchyroll streamed the series in Japanese with English...
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Crunchyroll Streams 1st English-dubbed Episodes for Somali and the Forest Spirit, 'Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove it' Anime

Kyle Hebert, Corina Boettger star in Somali and the Forest Spirit ― Crunchyroll began streaming the first English-dubbed episode of the Somali and the Forest Spirit anime on Thursday. The company also began streaming the first English-dubbed episode of the Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove it anime on Friday. Voice actor Kyle Hebert confirmed on Friday that he is voicing the character Golem i...
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Crunchyroll Adds English Dub of Konosuba Season 2 Anime on February 25

Company added dub for 1st season in January 2019 ― Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that it will stream the English dub of the KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! 2 anime starting on February 25. 💧 #AnimeAwards ANNOUNCEMENT 💧Konosuba Season 2 English Dub Comes to Crunchyroll February 25th! pic.twitter.com/NMVS2FiXi8— Crunchyroll 🔜 #AnimeAwards! (@Crunchyroll) February 16, 2020 Crunchy...
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Funimation to Stream English Dub of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Anime This Fall

Crunchyroll to also stream sequel series ― Funimation announced on Saturday that it will stream the second season of the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime with an English dub this fall. The anime will premiere in Japan this fall. Crunchyroll will stream the anime in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and the Middle East. The anime studio 8 bit is retur...
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Funimation to Stream Listeners Anime This Spring

Company to stream original TV anime with subtitles, English dub ― Funimation announced at the Katsucon 2020 event on Saturday that it will stream the original television anime series Listeners this spring. The company will stream the anime with English subtitles and an English dub. The series will premiere in Japan in April on the Animeism programming block on the MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS channels. The "...

Crunchyroll to Stream 'The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me?,' My Next Life As a Villainess, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2, 'So I'm a Spider, So What?' Anime

'The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me?,' My Next Life As a Villainess premiere in April ― Crunchyroll announced during its Anime Awards ceremony on Saturday that it will stream the following anime: The 8th son? Are you kidding me?, My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!, the second season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, and So I'm a Spider, So What?. The television anime of Y.A...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Takes Home Anime of the Year at Crunchyroll's Anime Awards

Series protagonist Tanjiro Kamado took the "Best Boy" category, also won "Best Fight Scene." ― There was a little something for everyone at this year's Anime Awards, but the biggest prize went to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba with anime of the year. The win comes as no surprise; the supernatural action series has won accolades all awards season including Best Television Anime at the Newtype Anime Aw...
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Interspecies Reviewers ‒ Episode 6

A golem brothel lets the reviewers make their perfect mate, but things get hairy when they recreate someone they know.
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Haikyu!! To The Top ‒ Episode 6

Given that “expressing himself” and “clearly explaining stuff” aren't some of his better skills, Kageyama is left floundering as he tries to settle back in with the Karasuno team.
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Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove it ‒ Episode 8

This whole opening scene is a fantastic example of subtle, layered writing and makes for the best character-focused scene of the series so far.

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Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun ‒ Episode 6

The series at last opens up about Hanako-kun's mysterious origin story.
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T ‒ Episode 6

Kinuho and Maaya, the two girls who form Mitsuko Kongo's posse, get a very satisfying chance to show what they can do against Baba and his mechanical Great Danes.
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Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Chika Becomes Ambassador of Nishiura Oranges

The Love Live! series official Twitter account announced on Wednesday that the Love Live! Sunshine!! character Chika Takami will become the ambassador of Nishiura oranges, a specialty food item of the Numazu region where the story of Love Live! Sunshine!! is set. Chika's voice actress Anju Inami attended the inauguration ceremony on the character's behalf. 【沼津】JAなんすん様より熱いオファーを頂き、本日、高海千歌が『西浦みかん大使』に...
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Car Dealer Puts Kemono Friends Car Up For Sale

Car dealer D-zone, which is based in Fujieda city in the Shizuoka prefecture, posted a notice on its website last Tuesday that it is putting up a Kemono Friends-themed car for sale. The dealer also posted a notice on Twitter last Thursday, announced that they had acquired the rights to sell the car and that any interested buyers should contact them directly. 【お知らせ】運営サイドより例の車売却の依頼を受け本日より例の車販売を開始します...
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Smile Down the Runway ‒ Episode 6

The second half the episode is part edutainment about the modeling industry and part Chiyuki trying to get her hustle on.
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Love Live's New u's Song Gets Anime Music Video

New single with bundled music video ships on March 25 ― The official YouTube channel for the Love Live! franchise began streaming a new animated music video on Friday for the new single "A song for You! You? You!!" by the group μ's. The single will ship on March 25, and a version of the single will include a disc with the animated music video. The global version of KLab Games and Bushiroad's Love Liv...
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Bushiroad Launches Global Version of Symphogear XD Unlimited Smartphone Game

Game launched with Attack on Titan campaign on Friday ― Bushiroad released the global version of Pokelabo's Symphogear XD Unlimited smartphone game on Friday. The game has also launched a collaboration campaign with the Attack on Titan franchise. The collaboration event will run until February 28. Bushiroad describes the game: This work is a Symphonic Battle RPG that faithfully recreates the world of...
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Twittering Birds Never Fly Anime Film Gets Sequel Film, OAD

OAD bundled with manga's 7th volume to focus on Kageyama, Kuga's 1st meeting ― The official website for Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai - The Clouds Gather, the anime film of Kou Yoneda's boys-love manga Twittering Birds Never Fly (Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai), revealed on Saturday that the manga is inspiring a second film titled Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai - The Storm Breaks. The website revealed severa...

Sonic the Hedgehog Film Earns US$3 Million in Thursday Preview Screenings in U.S.

Film now forecasted to earn US$55 during 4-day holiday weekend ― The Variety and Deadline entertainment news websites reported on Friday that Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog film earned US$3 million during Thursday night preview screenings in the United States. Deadline additionally stated the film earned US$17 million on Friday, although Box Office Mojo has yet to reveal its theatrical earnin...
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Sing 'Yesterday' for Me Anime Reveals Promo Video, 21 More Cast Members

4-member rock band Yourness to perform theme song for series premiering on April 4 ― The official website for the television anime of Kei Toume's Sing "Yesterday" for Me (Yesterday o Utatte) manga began streaming the anime's promotional video on Saturday. The website also revealed the show's full cast and theme song artist. The four-member rock band yourness will perform a theme song for the anime. T...
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Seven Seas Adds The Conditions of Paradise: Our First Time, The Conditions of Paradise: Azure Dream Yuri Manga

2 yuri short story collections ship this fall ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed two new manga by Akiko Morishima: The Conditions of Paradise: Our First Time (Hajimete, Kanojo to.) and The Conditions of Paradise: Azure Dream (Ruri-iro no Yume). The company describes both manga: In The Conditions of Paradise: Our First Time, a collection of manga tales about multiple l...
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Crunchyroll Adds Snack World CG Anime with English Dub

Also: Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl - Gold Switch game's English launch trailer streamed ― Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that it is streaming the English-dubbed version of Level 5's The Snack World CG anime. The anime is available in North America, Central and South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Nordics, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, ...
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Castlevania Animated Show's 3rd Season Previewed in Video

New 10-episode series premieres on March 5 ― Netflix began streaming a promotional video on Friday for the third season of Adi Shankar's Castlevania animated series. The new season will premiere on March 5 and will have 10 episodes. The first four-episode season premiered worldwide on Netflix in July 2017. The second eight-episode season premiered worldwide on Netflix in October 2018. Viz Media has r...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime's 3rd Season Previews Nagi Yanagi's Theme Song

New season premieres on April 9 ― The official website for Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Kan (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU: Fin) — the third season of the television anime of Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light novel series — began streaming the show's first promotional video on Friday. The vid...
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Blade of the Immortal ‒ Episode 19

Everything in “Massacre” – including the castle battle that makes up a large portion of the episode – feels like Blade of the Immortal moving all of its pieces into position for its endgame.
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Infinite Dendrogram ‒ Episode 6

I'm not quite sure where Infinite Dendrogram was prior to the shocking uptick in quality this arc has brought, but I am extremely glad it finally got here.
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Anime Streams on Kidoodle.TV Streaming Service

All 148 English-dubbed episodes begin streaming this month ― Konami announced on Thursday that the Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V anime will begin streaming on the Kidoodle.TV streaming service this month. The service will stream all 148 episodes of the anime in English. The anime's story is set in Maiami City on the coast of Japan. Yūya is a second-year middle school student who loves to entertain people. Although...
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