Interview: The Staff of Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel

Director Tomonori Sudou and Noriko Shitaya, the voice of Sakura, share their feelings on this ambitious movie adaptation of Fate/stay night's final route.

The Stories Behind the Servants of Fate/Zero

Our FATE FRIDAYS feature continues with the mythic inspirations between the heroes of Fate/Zero. How do characters like Alexander the Great and Gilles de Rais compare to their real-world counterparts?

The Best Anime Musou Games

With Fire Emblem Warriors out recently from Omega Force, it seems like there's nothing you can't make more Musou. Heidi Kemps breaks down what from Koei-Tecmo's catalog is worth checking out and which games you should skip.

The Best Independent Anime You Can Watch Online

It takes a ton of love and effort to make an anime outside of the studio system. Callum May shares just a handful of these terrific short indie projects that you can watch online for free!

The Fall 2017 Manga Guide

Looking for new manga to read? Our guide to this fall's biggest, brightest new manga has you covered!

Available Now: Attack on Titan: No Regrets Deluxe Edition - Shiver - Splatoon - Astra Lost in Space - Neo Parasyte M - In This Corner of the World - Polar Bear in Love - ACCA - Spirit Circle - Forbidden Scrollery - Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card - and much more!

Vice & Luna - Down to the Last Detail

Vice has to get every last detail of his cosplay right to make sure everything appears exactly as it does in the anime. It's very important.
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Haikara-san ga Tōru - Part 1

The first movie in this two-part shojo adaptation beautifully realizes a bygone era in both Japanese history and classic manga. Kim Morrissy reviews this uniquely charming romance film. ― Haikara-san ga Tōru translates roughly to “Here comes a modern woman,” but the film itself is a blast from the past. It's an adaptation of a 1970s shojo manga, which was set in the Japan of the 1920s. Even the origi...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Nov 5-11

Land of the Lustrous snatches this week's top spot while Mr. Osomatsu continues a precipitous plummet. Find out where your favorite episodes ranked with our readers! ― Our team of reviewers are following 31 anime series of the Fall 2017 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 the season. Keep in mind t...
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Interview: Eisaku Inoue

This experienced Toei animator shares his thoughts on the industry and the Kemono Friends controversy. ― During this year's Japan Weekend Madrid in Spain, animator Eisaku Inoue sat down with us for an interview about his work and the current state of the anime industry. As an animator for Toei, Inoue has worked on franchises such as One Piece, World Trigger, Saint Seiya, Digimon, and Dragon Ball Z am...
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Puzzle & Dragons X BD/DVD Part 1

For a kids' show about a match three cellphone game, this series can be surprisingly entertaining for all ages. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― There's a stigma around anime series based on games that could hold particularly true for Puzzle & Dragons X. It's based not just on a game, but on a Candy Crush-style match three cellphone game. That makes it all the more impressive that not only does t...
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Interview: Jouji Nakata

The voice behind Hellsing's Alucard and Fate's Kirei Kotomine discusses what it was like to work with Yoshiyuki Tomino and how his process as an actor has developed. ― Jouji Nakata, the prolific seiyuu behind Alucard from Hellsing and Kirei Kotomine from the Fate franchise, visited Spain a few weeks ago for Japan Weekend Madrid. Well-known for his rich, deep voice, Jouji Nakata huge voice acting resu...
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Alderamin on the Sky BD+DVD

This fantasy war series finishes much stronger than its first impressions may suggest. Theron Martin breaks down this anime's hidden strengths. ― Any brief synopsis of this light novel adaptation from summer of 2016 would make the story sound like it's primarily about a lazy, womanizing guy who nonetheless succeeds at everything because of his overwhelming genius. Indeed, that element never entirely ...
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Saturday, November 18

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nano.RIPE, Mia REGINA Perform Theme Songs for Citrus Anime

Series based on Saburouta's yuri manga premieres on January 6 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Saburouta's Citrus yuri manga revealed on Saturday that nano.RIPE (Food Wars! The Second Plate, Non Non Biyori, The Devil is a Part-Timer!) is performing the show's opening theme song "Azalea," and Mia REGINA (Code:Realize, Matoi the Sacred Slayer) is performing the ending theme...
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New Milky Holmes: Arsene Karei Naru Yokubō TV Anime Special Revealed for December 31

Milky Holmes group to perform special's theme song "Reflection" ― Bushiroad began streaming a video on Saturday featuring voice actresses from the Tantei Opera Milky Holmes franchise, which reveals that the franchise will receive an all-new television anime special titled Tantei Opera Milky Holmes: Arsene Karei Naru Yokubō (Detective Opera Milky Holmes: Arsene's Magnificent Desire). The special will ...
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Girls und Panzer Dream Tank Match Game's 1st Promo Video Reveals February 22 Launch

Premium Edition extras, impression battle mode, tank customization abilities also revealed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the first promotional video for its Girls und Panzer Dream Tank Match PlayStation 4 game on Thursday. The video highlight's the game's "impression battle mode" with an original story, tank customization abilities, and the five-versus-five online multiplayer mode. The...
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Mob Psycho 100 Stage Play's New Visual Posted

Stage play will run from January 6-14 at The Galaxy Theater in Tokyo ― The official website for the stage play based on ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga revealed a new visual on Friday. The visual includes new pictures of the cast in costume. The stage play will run from January 6-14, 2018 at The Galaxy Theater in Tokyo. Keita Kawajiri is directing and writing the script. The cast members include: Voice ac...
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Yuki Yuna is a Hero Season 2 ‒ Episode 7

"While this effort is ordinary, this is one of the few places where I feel a recap episode is entirely appropriate."
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A Place Further Than the Universe Trailer Streamed With English Subtitles

Crunchyroll to stream series premiering in January ― Crunchyroll began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the original A Place Further Than the Universe (Uchū Yorimo Tōi Basho) television anime on Friday. The official site for the anime posted the same trailer without subtitles on November 8. Crunchyroll confirmed at its Anime NYC panel on Friday that it will stream the series when it premie...
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MangaGamer to Release Golden Fantasia CROSS Fighting Game on December 8

MangaGamer announced during its panel at Anime NYC on Friday that it will release the Golden Fantasia CROSS (Ōgon Musōkyoku CROSS) fighting game on its website and on Steam on December 8. MangaGamer announced in October 2016 that it would release the game as its first fighting game. MangaGamer also announced that it will release a hardcopy of Princess Evangile W Happiness on December 15, Imouto P...
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Fellow Voice Actors Respond to Hiromu Tsuru's Passing

Voice actress Hiromi Tsuru passed away on Thursday due to aortic dissection. Tsuru was a prolific and respected member of the voice-acting community in Japan. Especially since she was only 57, her death has been a shock to the industry. Many fellow voice actors and other anime staff members responded to her death on Twitter. Hiroki Yasumoto (Food Wars! The Second Plate's Subaru Mimasaka, Fairy Tai...

Friday, November 17

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Romi Park Plays 13 Characters in New Moomins Film's Japanese Dub

Voice actress Romi Park is known for voicing characters such as Fullmetal Alchemist's Edward Elric, Naruto's Temari, and Turn A Gundam's Loran Cehack. Now she is taking on a new role, or rather roles. Park is voicing 13 characters in the Japanese dub of the Finnish stop-motion animation film Moomins and the Winter Wonderland. Park is voicing Moominmamma, Little My, and 11 other characters. She app...
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Seven Seas Licenses The Bride Was a Boy Manga

Autobiographical manga about transgender woman launches next May ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Chii's autobiographical essay manga The Bride Was a Boy (Hanayome wa Motodanshi. The manga's large trim single volume is slated for release on May 1, 2018. The company revealed new licenses every day this week. The Bride Was a Boy is the third of three license announcem...

Toonami to Air Black Clover Anime Starting December 2

Toonami block adds 1 half hour to programming ― The official Facebook page for Adult Swim's Toonami block announced on Friday that the Black Clover television anime series will premiere on Toonami on December 2 at 11:30pm. Additionally, Toonami revealed an updated schedule. The block will begin one half hour earlier from starting Dcember 2. The schedule is as follows: 10:30pm – Dragon Ball Super 11:0...
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Viz Media Licenses Mazinger Z: Infinity Anime Film

Film opens in Japan on January 13 ― Viz Media announced during its panel at Anime NYC on Friday that it has licensed the upcoming Gekijōban Mazinger Z / Infinity (Movie Version Mazinger Z: Infinity) film. Viz Media said it will release the film in North America in 2018, but didn't state if it plans to screen the film in theaters. The 12th Rome Film Fest hosted the world premiere of the film in Italy...
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Kaiji's Underground Racket Looking for Part-Timers to Suit Up

The part-time job news service an Chō Baito (An Super Part-Time Job) has offered jobs security staff and backstage helpers for a Land of the Lustrous screening, cosplaying as Gintama's Elizabeth, a Shinigami, or a zombie, as well as appearing as an "extra" in manga. The service's latest anime-related job listing is a collaboration with next month's Kaiji variety program. The program's staff are lo...
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Viz Media Licenses That Blue Sky Feeling Manga for Summer 2018 Release

Also: My Hero Academia: Vigilantes gets physical release in summer 2018 ― Viz Media announced during its panel at Anime NYC on Friday that it has licensed the Okura and Coma Hashii's That Blue Sky Feeling (Sorairo Flutter) manga. The company will begin releasing the manga in summer 2018. Viz Media also revealed that it will begin publishing physical volumes of Hideyuki Furuhashi and Betten Court's M...
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Seven Seas Licenses coolkyousinnjya's Ojojojo Manga

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying creator's manga ran 2012-2017 ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed coolkyousinnjya's Ojojojo manga. The manga will get two omnibus releases, and the first is slated for December 24, 2018. The company has been revealing new licenses every day this week. Ojojojo is the second of three license annou...
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Inuyashiki Last Hero ‒ Episode 6

"This episode transforms Hiro from a mere serial killer into a next-level villain."
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Hozuki's Coolheadedness Season 2 Casts Kousuke Toriumi, Takahiro Mizushima, Sakura Tange

New characters debut in next 2 episodes ― The official website for the second anime season based on Natsumi Eguchi's Hozuki's Coolheadedness (Hozuki no Reitetsu) manga announced three additional cast members on Friday. The new cast and characters are, from left to right in the image below: Kousuke Toriumi as Uzu Takahiro Mizushima as Yomogi Sakura Tange as Chun Uzu and Yomogi will debut in the sevent...
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Sanrio Reveals More Fullmetal Alchemist Goods for Limited-Time Shop's Launch

The limited-time shop featuring Fullmetal Alchemist goods with Sanrio's designs opened in First Avenue Tokyo Station's Tokyo Character Street Ichiban Plaza on Thursday. The collaboration's staff provided a more detailed look at some of the merchandise to mark the opening of the shop. The collaboration had already revealed part of the items in September and previewed more designs last month. The n...
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Seven Seas Licenses Plus-Sized Elf Manga

Series about fast food-loving elf trying to lose weight launched last December ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Synecdoche's Plus-Sized Elf (Elf-san wa Yaserarenai.) manga. The first volume is slated for release on October 9. The company has been revealing new licenses every day this week. Plus-Sized Elf is the first of three license announcements for Friday. Seven ...
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King's Game The Animation ‒ Episode 7

"This episode does still prove that the present-day storyline is better than the flashback, but an average episode of a lousy show is still a lousy show."
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Man Who Dumped 585 AKB48 CDs Ordered to Pay 400,000 Yen

A prosecutor in Fukuoka issued a summary indictment on Tuesday for the 32-year-old man charged last month with illegally dumping 585 AKB48 CDs on a mountain. According to the summary order, the man must pay a 400,000-yen (about US$3,500) fine. The man was charged for illegally dumping the CDs at a mountain in the city of Dazaifu in June. Reportedly, a different man in Chiba originally bought the C...
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Saudi Arabia's Manga Productions Collaborates With Toei Animation on 'The Woodcutter's Treasure' Anime

Video posted in Japanese, Arabic ― Saudi Arabian media company Manga Productions began streaming a teaser trailer on Sunday for an animation titled "The Woodcutter's Treasure," which it is producing in collaboration with Japanese animation company Toei Animation. "The Woodcutter's Treasure" will be a 25-minute animation based on Saudi Arabian folklore and aimed at children and families, and it will s...
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A Certain Magical Virtual-On Game's Opening Movie Streamed

Yuka Iguchi, Rina Satou perform theme song ― Sega began streaming the opening movie for its Toaru Majutsu no Virtual-On (A Certain Magical Virtual-On) game for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on Friday. Yuka Iguchi (the voice of Index) and Rina Satou (the voice of Mikoto) perform the opening theme song "Get Ready!" for the game. The game will ship in Japan on February 15. The PS4 version of th...
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King's Game Card Game Challenges You To Be the Last One Standing

The characters from King's Game: The Animation are ready to die again, but this time the King is you. King's Game the Animation -Death Card Game Edition- recreates the survival horror anime but this time the players must perform the commands or else drop out of the running to win. The game is made up of 48 number cards, 48 character cards representing the two classes in the anime series, and 12 c...
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Sumire Uesaka Performs Pop Team Epic Anime's Opening Theme Song

12-episode series debuts in January ― The official website for the anime of Bkub Ōkawa's Pop Team Epic manga revealed on Friday that Sumire Uesaka will perform the opening theme song "Pop Team Epic" for the series. The song will be Uesaka's ninth single, and it will ship on January 31. The website also revealed that the 12-episode anime will ship in three Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases beginning on Ja...
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Answerman - Quick Answers Part 6

It's time for a speed round! Netflix original anime, Japanese daylight savings time, anime spinoff justification and much more! ― Looking at the Answerman inbox, it looks like it's time for another one of these. Samuel asks: Does Japan observe Daylight Savings? Please be more broad than a simple YES or NO. No. Heh, sorry, couldn't resist. The answer is still "no, and they never have." Every once in ...
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planetarian Launches Crowdfunding for CG VR Anime Video

360-degree video to feature Yumemi's explanation of starry sky ― Visual Art's/Key launched a Campfire crowdfunding campaign on Friday to fund a full 3D virtual-reality anime video for planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume. The campaign's goal is to raise 10 million yen (about US$89,000) to produce the video. If successfully funded, the 360-degree virtual-reality video will feature "Yumemi Hoshino's sta...
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Haikara-san ga Tōru - Part 1

The first movie in this two-part shojo adaptation beautifully realizes a bygone era in both Japanese history and classic manga. Kim Morrissy reviews this uniquely charming romance film. ― Haikara-san ga Tōru translates roughly to “Here comes a modern woman,” but the film itself is a blast from the past. It's an adaptation of a 1970s shojo manga, which was set in the Japan of the 1920s. Even the origi...
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Under the Dog Kickstarter Reaches Goal for Live-Action Short, Music Video

Project ended on Friday after raising US$50,673 ― Japanese music company Exit Tunes' Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for a new Under the Dog live-action short and music video ended after reaching its goal of US$50,000 on Friday. The campaign launched on October 20 to fund the two projects and a special edition release of the original anime. The project met its goal on the final day of the campaign ...
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4th Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Film Reveals Video, Visual, More Cast

Kouichi Yamadera, Kouki Uchiyama join cast of 4th film in 7-part series ― The official website for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project revealed a teaser video and a new key visual for the fourth film, subtitled "Tenmei-hen" (Karma Chapter), on Thursday. The website also revealed tw...
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Ajin Delayed to December 11

Due to a delay in receipt of materials ― Anime Limited has announced that its release of Ajin: Demi-Human has been delayed from November 27 to December 11, due to a delay in receipt of materials. Anime Limited is releasing the horror-action series as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray (pictured) and a standard DVD. On-disc content includes the first TV season (13 episodes), subbed and dubbed; the ...
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FuRyu Reveals Caligula Overdose PS4 Game

Remake of original PS Vita game ships in Japan on May 17 ― FuRyu announced during a livestream presentation for its The Caligula Effect PlayStation Vita game Friday that the game is getting a PlayStation 4 remake titled Caligula Overdose. The remake will use Unreal Engine technology. The game will feature the option of a female protagonist (pictured below, voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro). The game will a...
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The Caligula Effect Game Gets TV Anime Adaptation in April 2018

FuRyu's game originally shipped in June 2016 ― FuRyu announced during a livestream presentation on Friday for its The Caligula Effect game that the game is getting a television anime adaptation that will premiere in April 2018. In the original game's story, written by Tadashi Satomi, a virtual idol known as μ performs user-inputted songs and gains self-awareness through exposure to users' bitter feel...
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Hinamatsuri TV Anime Reveals Visual, Staff

Comedy anime about super-powered girl living with young yakuza premieres in spring 2018 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Masao Ohtake's Hinamatsuri manga revealed the show's first visual and staff on Friday. Kei Oikawa (Outbreak Company, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!, This Art Club Has a Problem!) is directing the series at studio feel., and Keiichirō Ōchi (My Teen R...
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Hiroya Oku's Gantz Manga Gets Stage Play

Play runs in Tokyo from January 26 through February 4 ― Shueisha opened a website on Friday to announce that Hiroya Oku's Gantz manga is inspiring a stage play adaptation titled GANTZ:L Ace & Action Stage. The play will run for 12 performances from January 26 through February 4 at The Galaxy Theatre in Tokyo. The play stars (Note: name romanizations for original characters aren't confirmed): (left to...
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Killing Bites Anime's 2nd Teaser Video Highlights Cheetah

Maaya Uchida voices role in anime premiering in January ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of illustrator Kazasa Sumita (Witchblade Takeru) and storywriter Shinya Murata's (Jackals) Killing Bites manga began streaming the anime's second teaser video on Friday. The video focuses on the character Cheetah/Eruza Nakanishi, voiced by Maaya Uchida. The main cast includes: Sora Amami...
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Compile Heart Reveals 2nd Trailer for Death end re;Quest Game

Game will launch in Japan on March 1 ― Compile Heart revealed a new trailer for its Death end re;Quest role-playing game for the PlayStation 4 on Wednesday. The game will launch in Japan on March 1. Those who pre-order the game will receive a bonus End Quest PC game on CD-ROM. The game's limited-edition "Death end BOX" features a specially designed box, a 68-page artbook, an original soundtrack CD, a...
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Butlers: Chitose Momotose Monogatari Anime Delayed to April 2018

"Academy comedy x traditional battle action" anime was originally slated for January ― The official website for SILVER LINK's Butlers: Chitose Momotose Monogatari (Butlers: A Millennium Century Story) television anime series announced on Friday that due to "various circumstances," the show is delayed until April 2018. The anime was originally slated to premiere in January. The "academy comedy x tradi...
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Seishi Kishimoto Publishes 1-Shot for Mad Chimera World Manga

This year's 51st issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine published a one-shot of Seishi Kishimoto's Mad Chimera World manga on Thursday. The one-shot is part of the magazine's series of "Carnaval" one-shots that celebrate the magazine's 35th anniversary. The manga is set in a ruined world overrun with chimerical creatures where the female creatures eat the males. Two creatures explore the land: Usagi...
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Shōnan Bakusōzoku/Bomber Bikers of Shonan Manga Gets New Chapter

Manga ran from 1982-1987, inspired 12-episode OVA ― The December special issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine published a one-shot manga of Satoshi Yoshida's Shōnan Bakusōzoku (Bomber Bikers of Shonan) manga on Friday. The one-shot ran as a spinoff of Yoshida's Sono Takusan ga Ai na no ka. manga, which currently runs on Big Comic. In the one-shot, Nimōsaku Gonda and "that character" appear. AnimE...
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Tokyo Tattoo Girls PS Vita/PC Game's Launch Trailer Posted

Strategy game shipped in N. America on Tuesday, ships in Europe on Friday ― NIS America began streaming the launch trailer for the Tokyo Tattoo Girls PlayStation Vita and PC strategy game on Tuesday. The video highlights the game's different gameplay sections. The game launched in North America on Tuesday, and it will launch in Europe on Friday. The game is available in both physical and digital copi...
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Gundam Versus PS4 Game Adds Gundam AGE's Zeydra

Atlas Gundam also previewed; both DLC available on November 21 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a preview video for its Gundam Versus PlayStation 4 game on Friday. The video shows the new playable mobile suit DLC, the xvm-zgc Zeydra from Gundam Age. The video also shows the xvv-xcr Zedas R, xvv-xcm Zedas M, xvm-dgc Khronos, and the Zeydra as Strikers. Bandai Namco Entertainment is also st...

Crunchyroll Adds 5 More Anime Titles to Catalog

Ouran, Noein, Yu Yu Hakusho, The Galaxy Railways, Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V available now ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added the Ouran High School Host Club, Noein: To Your Other Self, Yu Yu Hakusho, The Galaxy Railways and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V television anime series to its catalog. Ouran High School Host Club is available to Crunchyroll members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, ...
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2nd Godzilla Anime Film Teases Mechagodzilla Before May Debut

1st film opened in Japan on Friday, will stream globally on Netflix this year ― The official website for the Godzilla anime film trilogy revealed a new visual, title, and May 2018 opening for the second film. The second film is titled Godzilla: Kessen Kidō Zōshoku Toshi (Godzilla: The City Mechanized for the Final Battle). The visual teases Mechagodzilla, the ultimate anti-Godzilla weapon secretly de...
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The Get Down's Justice Smith Stars in Legendary's Live-Action Pokémon Film

"Detective Pikachu" film starts production this year ― Entertainment news magazine Variety revealed on Thursday that Justice Smith (The Get Down) will star as the lead actor in Legendary Entertainment's planned live-action Pokémon film. As with previous reports, the current report refers to the film's title as "Detective Pikachu," and it will will feature the Detective Pikachu character, which debute...

Voice Actress Hiromi Tsuru Passes Away at 57 (Update 3)

Dragon Ball's Bulma voice actress found in car on Thursday ― Voice actress Hiromi Tsuru passed away on Thursday, November 16 due to unknown causes. She was 57. Police found Tsuru unconscious with the seat belt fastened in the driver's seat of a car, which was stopped with hazard lights on at the Shuto Expressway's Inner Circular Route in Tokyo's Chūō ward, at around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Authorities...
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Demon Gaze II Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

PS4/Vita game shipped in N. America on Tuesday; launches in Europe on Friday ― NIS America began streaming a launch trailer for its Demon Gaze II game on Tuesday. The video shows gameplay of battles with the tyrant Magnastar and his demon servants. The game launched for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in North America on Tuesday, and will launch in Europe on Friday. The game will be available in b...
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Trinity Blood Manga Enters Final Arc in December

Kiyo Kyujyō's manga adapts Sunao Yoshida's light novel series ― The Comic Newtype Twitter announced on Tuesday that Kiyo Kyujyō's manga adaptation of Sunao Yoshida's Trinity Blood light novel series will resume on December 26 and enter its final arc. The novels began as a one-shot in Kadokawa's The Sneaker in October 1999 and launched as a serialized novel in February 2000. The title consists of two ...
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Idol Nana Asakawa Reprises Role of Nodoka in Live-Action Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A

TV series premieres in December, followed by film in January ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film and television series adaptations of Ritz Kobayashi and Aguri Igarashi's Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A spinoff manga announced on Thursday that log: SUPER☆GiRLS idol Nana Asakawa will reprise her role as Nodoka. Asakawa previously played the role in the original live-action Saki fi...

Thursday, November 16

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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, November 6-12

Shin Godzilla film airs Shin Godzilla aired on TV Asahi on Sunday, November 12 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 15.2% rating. The live-action series adaptation of Yū Suzunoki's Kounodori: Dr. Stork manga aired on TBS on Friday, November 10 at 10:00 p.m. and earned an 10.6% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV November 12 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 12.4 Chibi Maruko-ch...

Seven Seas Licenses True Tenchi Muyo! Light Novels

1997-1999 trilogy explores various characters from Tenchi Muyo! franchise ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed Masaki Kajishima and Yousuke Kuroda's True Tenchi Muyo! light novel trilogy. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on June 19, 2018. The company will reveal new licenses every day this week. The Bride & the Exorcist Knight is the third of t...
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One Woman Dreams of the Love She Left in Chichibu in New Promotional Anime

The Seibu Railway line and Chichibu prefecture are teaming up to promote the area's unique features with an original anime project. The anime will feature some of Chichibu's biggest tourist attractions, like the the railway's Seibuto Traveling Restaurant "52 Seats of Happiness", the tourist town Nagatoro, Chichibu Jinja temple, and Hitsujiyama Park where romance comes into full bloom when the hill...
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Seven Seas Licenses The Bride & the Exorcist Knight Manga

Shojo fantasy manga launches next July ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed Keiko Ishihara's The Bride & the Exorcist Knight (Hanayome no Exorcist) manga. The first volume is slated for release on July 17, 2018. The company will reveal new licenses every day this week. The Bride & the Exorcist Knight is the second of three license announcements for Thursday, after Sor...
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American Voice Actors for Anime Star in Crossing The G.O.D.S. Illustrated Audio Drama Series

American voice actors who have voiced roles in English dubs of anime are starring in a new illustrated audio drama titled Crossing The G.O.D.S.. Voice actor Anthony Salerno posted a teaser trailer for the web series on YouTube in October. The video introduces the concept and cast. The cast includes: Dan Green (Yu-Gi-Oh!'s Yugi Muto, Sonic X's Knuckles) as Cross Lisa Ortiz (The Slayers' Lina Invers...
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The Life of Budori Gusko Anime Film Gets English Dub

Section23 Films revealed in its March release slate on Thursday that Sentai Filmworks' release of The Life of Budori Gusko (Guskō Budori no Denki) anime film will include and English dub in addition to the Japanese audio track. The Blu-ray Disc is slated for March 27. The release slate also includes a subtitle-only Blu-ray Disc release of Girlish Number on March 6 and a dual-audio release of New T...
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Sentai Filmworks Schedules 2nd Initial D Film's Release for March 13

Section23 Films announced in its March release slate that Sentai Filmworks will release the New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 2: Racer film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack on March 13. Like the first film, the release will have both English and Japanese audio. Sentai Filmworks announced its license for all three Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend films — including New Theatrical Movie Initial...
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Seven Seas Licenses Fairy Tale Battle Royale Manga

Fairy tale characters battle to the death in fantasy manga ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed Soraho Ina's Fairy Tale Battle Royale (Otogibanashi Battle Royale) manga. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on October 9, 2018. The company will reveal new licenses every day this week. Fairy Tale Battle Royale is the first of three license announceme...
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1st Ever Male Precure Debuts in Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode

The first male Precure in the history of the Precure franchise debuted in the 39th episode of Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode on Sunday. The franchise's official YouTube channel posted a preview video for the episode, titled "Shonna~! Precure no Teki wa Ichigozaka!?" (No Way~! The Precure's Enemy is Ichigozaka!?), in October that shows a brief glimpse of the character at the end. Spoilers here if you...
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Konohana Kitan ‒ Episode 7

"It's a good thing the writing and character interactions work so well, because visually speaking, this is Konohana Kitan's most uneven episode yet."
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Saint Seiya Gets 'Episode Zero' Manga Next Month

Story follows Sagittarius Aiolos protecting baby Athena ― The January 2018 issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Champion RED magazine announced on Friday that Masami Kurumada will launch a new short series titled Saint Seiya Episode Zero in the next issue on December 19. The story follows Gold Saint Sagittarius Aiolos protecting baby Athena. Kurumada had announced in October that he was preparing a "surpr...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Nov 5-11

Land of the Lustrous snatches this week's top spot while Mr. Osomatsu continues a precipitous plummet. Find out where your favorite episodes ranked with our readers! ― Our team of reviewers are following 31 anime series of the Fall 2017 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 the season. Keep in mind t...
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Glass Mask Pairs With Cocoa for Two Silly Commercials

Glass Mask, Suzue Miuchi's long-running shōjo manga about an up-and-coming theatre star, is no stranger to having a laugh at its own account. The series has already been reimagined as a flash-animated series and film twice over. This cast's silly antics continued in commercials for cellphone screen protectors. Two new ads, this time for Van Houten hot cocoa, are taking the drama from the original ...
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This Week in Anime - How Does Fate/Apocrypha Compare to Other Grail Wars?

The first half of Fate/Apocrypha has finally landed on Netflix! We break down the best and worst of everything this series has to offer compared to its predecessors so far. ― The first half of Fate/Apocrypha has finally landed on Netflix! This week in anime, Jacob and Steve break down the best and worst of everything this series has to offer compared to its predecessors so far. Disclaimer: The views ...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 1: Kai PS4 Game Ships March 8 in Japan

Upgraded PS4 port of 1st game announced ― Nihon Falcom announced on Thursday that it will release The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel I: Kai – Thors Military Academy 1204-, a PlayStation 4 port of its The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel game, on March 8 in Japan. The port will offer a 60fps frame rate and 4K support. It has added upgraded background music and a "high speed skip mode" fo...
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Attack on Titan 2 Game's Action Trailer Streamed

PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC game ships in March ― Koei Tecmo Games and its American and European subsidiaries began streaming an action trailer for the Attack on Titan 2 game on Thursday. The video previews battles against the Beast Titan and other Titans. Previously announced playable characters include Eren Jaeger, Mikasa Ackerman, Armin Arlert, Levi, Miche Zacharias, Nanaba, Gelgar, Ymir, Christa Le...
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Interview: Eisaku Inoue

This experienced Toei animator shares his thoughts on the industry and the Kemono Friends controversy. ― During this year's Japan Weekend Madrid in Spain, animator Eisaku Inoue sat down with us for an interview about his work and the current state of the anime industry. As an animator for Toei, Inoue has worked on franchises such as One Piece, World Trigger, Saint Seiya, Digimon, and Dragon Ball Z am...
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Dynasty Warriors 9 Game Ships in West on February 13

Koei Tecmo America announced on Thursday that Omega Force's Dynasty Warriors 9 (Shin Sangoku Musou 8) game will ship for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in the West on February 13, 2018. The physical and digital release will include a bundle of bonus content with costumes for seven characters. The bundle will include a Beijing opera-style costume for Zhao Yun and six traditional Chinese ...
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Mamoru Hosoda Collection Delayed

Blu-ray/DVDs of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children moved back ― Manga Entertainment Tweeted the following announcement: Unfortunately the packaging quality of our Hosoda Collection special editions is not up to the standard we expect, and at this point in time we are not happy releasing a product that doesn't live up to our expectations. For this reason, the releases have bee...
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Puzzle & Dragons X BD/DVD Part 1

For a kids' show about a match three cellphone game, this series can be surprisingly entertaining for all ages. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― There's a stigma around anime series based on games that could hold particularly true for Puzzle & Dragons X. It's based not just on a game, but on a Candy Crush-style match three cellphone game. That makes it all the more impressive that not only does t...
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Citrus TV Anime Premieres on January 6

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Saburouta's Citrus yuri manga revealed on Thursday that the series will premiere on AT-X on January 6 at 11:30 p.m. The anime will then debut on Tokyo MX and Sun TV on January 7 and on BS Fuji on January 9. Takeo Takahashi (Spice and Wolf, MAOYU, Hinako Note) is directing the series at studio Passione. Naoki Hayashi (Flip Flappers, D.C.II...
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Live-Action My Little Monster Film Reveals Teaser Video, More Cast

Yūki Furukawa, Yūki Yamada, Elaiza Ikeda, more join cast ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Robico's My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun) manga began streaming a teaser video on Thursday. The website also revealed additional cast members. The new cast members are (left to right starting in second row of image above): Yūki Furukawa as Yūzan Yoshida Yūki Yamada as Kenji...
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Fire Emblem Heroes Outlines New Story, Heroes in November Update

Book II detailed; Mia, Lute, Dorcas available in Summoning event ― Nintendo revealed the upcoming updates for its Fire Emblem Heroes smartphone game on a "Feh Channel" video on Tuesday. The updates involve the story's Book II, as well as new summoning events. In Book II, Fjorm, the Princess of Ice, fights Surtr, the Ruler of Flame. Fjorm is a guaranteed hero for any player who finishes the first chap...
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Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal PS4 Game Reveals Costumes, 'Skinship' Video

HD game remakes 2012 side-scrolling 3DS game ― The official website for Marvelous and Honey∞Parade Games' Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal, its PlayStation 4 remake of the 2012 Senran Kagura Burst action game for the Nintendo 3DS, began streaming a new video and revealed new screenshots for the game on Tuesday. The video shows the game's "skinship" feature, and the screenshots reveal the characters in va...
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Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Borutage Game App Releases in Japan

iOS/Android game also getting release in the West ― Bandai Namco Entertainment released its Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Borutage iOS and Android game in Japan on Tuesday. The game will also get a release in the West. The "fortress action ninja battle" strategy game is free to play with the option to purchase in-game items. Players are able to create a fortress, set traps, and attack fortresses of other pl...
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Miss caretaker of Sunohara-sou 4-Panel Dorm Life Manga Gets TV Anime

Rina Satou plays dorm head, Eri Kitamura plays middle school boy in earlier drama CD ― The promotional video for the third volume of Nekoume's four-panel romantic comedy manga Miss caretaker of Sunohara-sou (Sunohara-Sō no Kanrinin-san) announced on Thursday that a television anime adaptation has been green-lit. The manga centers around Aki Shiina, a middle school boy who wants to be more manly. The ...
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Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer Expansion's Launch Trailer Posted

Multiplayer expansion launched on Wednesday ― Square Enix posted the launch trailer for the "Comrades" multiplayer expansion for its Final Fantasy XV game on Wednesday. The multiplayer expansion for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launched on November 15, after a delay from its originally scheduled October 31 release. The expansion takes place during the original game's 10-year timeskip near the end of th...
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Utena Gets Stage Musical Supervised by Anime's Director Ikuhara

Hetalia musical's Kōtarō Yoshitani writes, directs March 8-18 play ― A website opened on Thursday to announce that La fillette révolutionaire Utena ~Shiroki Bara no Tsubomi~ (A White Rosebud), a stage musical adaptation of the Revolutionary Girl Utena (Shōjo Kakumei Utena) anime, has been green-lit for next March. The musical will run from March 8 to 18. The anime's director Kunihiko Ikuhara is super...
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Gintama Live-Action Film Gets Sequel in Summer 2018

1st film opened in Japan on July 14 ― Director Yūichi Fukuda and actor Shun Oguri revealed during an event on Thursday that the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga will get a second film tentatively titled Gintama Part 2, and it is slated to open during the 2018 summer vacation. Fukuda and Oguri revealed the new film during an event for the launch of the first film's Blu-ray Disc and ...
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Spike Chunsoft's Danganronpa Staff Recruitment Lists PS4, VIta, Action

Job entails character modeling, texture work ― Game developer Spike Chunsoft revealed on Monday that it is recruiting a game programmer, a character designer, and 3D designer for the Danganronpa game series. The job entails character modeling and texture creation, and it lists PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita among the intended platforms as well as "action" among the genres. Danganronpa V3: Killing...
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Kamikaze Douga's 'Cocolors' Anime Short Gets 1st Theatrical Run in December

"Complete version" will have re-recorded lines, music ― Animation studio Kamikaze Douga's "Cocolors" short will get its first theatrical screening that will run at the Tollywood theater in Shimokitazawa from December 2 to 29. Screenings for January and onward are also planned. The version that will be screened will be a "complete version" different from that shown in the Fantasia International Film F...
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Shining Resonance Re:frain PS4 Game's Opening Video Previews New Theme Song

Remaster of Shining Resonance game ships on March 29 ― The official website for Shining Resonance Re:frain, the PlayStation 4 remaster of Sega's Shining Resonance game, began streaming the game's opening cinematic on Thursday. The video previews the game's new theme song "Towa Iro no Aria" (Eternity-Tinged Aria) by Saori Hayami (voice of Kirika Towa Alma) and Asami Seto (voice of Sonia Blanche). The ...

Fundraising Launched for Vital Medical Treatment for Voice Actor Chris Ayres

Frieza voice actor needs double lung transplant ― Non-profit corporation Anime Twin Cities Inc. launched a fundraising campaign for the medical expenses of voice actor Chris Ayres, who has been diagnosed with end-stage COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), on Wednesday. The fundraiser seeks to raise US$25,000, primarily to assist in medical procedures and care. Ayres requires a double lung tr...

Glitter Force Doki Doki Season 2 Debuts on Netflix

Full series now available ― The 15-episode second season of Glitter Force Doki Doki, the localized version of the Dokidoki! Precure television anime, premiered on Netflix on Friday. The episodes cover the rest of the original anime's story. The first 15 episodes, which covered the story up through the original anime's episode 21, premiered on Netflix in August. The dub stars Debi Derryberry, Cassandr...
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URAHARA ‒ Episode 7

"Through its heavy use of fragmented manga-like paneling, this deconstructive episode meanders through some tough questions every artist has asked themselves."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 33

"This week, the series shines a spotlight on Inojin Yamanaka."
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Tochigi TV's Marronni Yell Idol Group Gets Short Anime

Hiro Shimono stars alongside Iori Nomizu, Mami Shitara, Motoko Kobayashi ― The official website for Tochigi TV's anime programming announced a short anime based on its original idol group "Marronni ☆ Yell." The anime is titled Sakura no Chikai ~Marronni ☆ Yell Higashi no Asuka Shimotsuke-shi o Yell!~. The website began streaming a promotional video that begins by recapping the group's history, includ...

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Japanese Comic Ranking, November 6-12

One Piece, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, My Hero Academia, Prison School, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 One Piece 87 396,249 1,901,888 2017/11 Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 1 2 2 The Heroic Legend of Arslan 8 162,014 162,014 2017/11 Kodansha Story: Yoshiki Tanaka / Art: Hiromu Arakawa 2 1 3 My...
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Mr. Osomatsu Goes Ultra for Tokusatsu Hero Collaboration

The tokusatsu hero Ultraman has done a number of interesting collaborations, including a Toyota concept car and the series' monsters selling household appliances. The hero is now enlisting backup, for better or worse, of Mr. Osomatsu's six siblings. The anime series' character designer Naoyuki Asano drew the collaboration illustration seen below. The two series share a similar time period, having...
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Seven Seas Licenses Riyoko Ikeda's Claudine Manga

Classic LGBT one-shot by Rose of Versaille creator gets 1st N. American release ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Riyoko Ikeda's one-shot manga Claudine (Claudine...!). The large-trim volume is slated for release for the first time in North America on June 26. The company will reveal new licenses every day this week. Claudine is the second of two license announcem...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, November 6-12

Sonic Forces, Occultic;Nine games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: November 6-12 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1NSwSuper Mario Odyssey (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo October 27 73,315 652,284 90 2PS4Call of Duty World War II (Including Bundled Editions) Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia November 3 67,044 235,368 3NSwSplatoon 2 (Includ...
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HIDIVE Streams Beyond the Boundary Anime Films

Stream launches November 20 in English, Japanese ― Anime streaming service HIDIVE announced on Wednesday that it will stream the English dubs for the Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Past and Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Future films. The films will begin streaming in both Japanese with English subtitles and the English dub on November 20 at 1:00 p.m. EST. The Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HER...
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Seven Seas Licenses Kumiko Suekane's Versailles of the Dead Manga

Historical zombie manga by Afterschool Charisma creator launches next October ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Kumiko Suekane's Versailles of the Dead manga. The first volume is slated release on October 30. The company will reveal new licenses every day this week. Versailles of the Dead is the first of two license announcements for Wednesday. Seven Seas describe...
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Solve Mysteries with Detective Conan at Universal Studios Japan

Also: ride through the worlds of Final Fantasy ― Universal Studios Japan revealed more details on its upcoming Universal Cool Japan 2018 series of attractions, including "Detective Conan World." Starting on January 19, theme park visitors can participate in Detective Conan themed real escape game and eat Detective Conan themed food. The real escape game is a new attraction with a new story that is di...
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Food Wars! The Third Plate ‒ Episode 7

"This episode is a true testament to how well Food Wars works within the confines of traditional shonen fighting manga and anime, regardless of its non-combat subject matter."
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Voice Actress Romi Park Leaves Agency After 22 Years to Go Independent

Voice actress Romi Park announced on Twitter on Tuesday that she is leaving her agency Enkikaku after 22 years. She opened a new personal website titled LAL in order to work independently. Park commented, "While I am nervous about being able to embark on a new journey at this age, I am excited." She also noted that she is happy to have this chance. Park's many voice roles include Fullmetal Alchemi...
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Kit Kat Boys Make a Tasty Treat for Your Eyes

Creative artist Cioccolato-kun recreating Japan's many KitKat varieties as gorgeous guys. Cioccolato-kun was recently inspired by Nestle's sake-flavored treats and the sushi confections that debuted earlier this year. The artist has an entire Facebook album dedicated to the candy guy artwork. Original sake KitKat Masuizumi sake version The tasty sushi boys Of course, you can never go wrong with th...
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Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War ‒ Episode 7

"No matter how much I want to have faith in this show's potential, Juni Taisen is proving to be more tedious than anything else."
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Ai no Kusabi's English Dub Adds 4 More Cast Members

Y. Chang, Austin Tindle, Meli Grant, Marcus Stimac join cast ― The official Twitter account for Media Blasters revealed four more cast members for the company's English dub of the 2012 original video anime (OVA) Ai no Kusabi on Wednesday. Y. Chang as Daryl Austin Tindle as Sid Meli Grant as Aisha Marcus Stimac as Gideon The previously announced cast includes: Todd Haberkorn as Iason Mink Darren Mitch...
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Fans Analyze Shin Godzilla Film's Easter Eggs, Peculiarities

Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi's 2016 Shin Godzilla film aired for the first time on television in Japan on Sunday. The broadcast earned an average household rating of 15.2% in the Kantō region, which includes Tokyo and surrounding prefectures. Such a popular airing apparently got Japanese fans in the mood to analyze all sorts of details in the film. Some of the below Easter eggs are spoilers for...
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Mr. Osomatsu Season 2 ‒ Episode 7

"We saw the brothers unite to try and ruin Totty's social life (or at least his vague chance at having one) in the first season, but this time Osomatsu alone is more than enough."
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Cross Infinite World Licenses The Champions of Justice and the Supreme Ruler of Evil Light Novel

Novel by Kaede Kikyō about young girl running evil organization slated for spring 2018 ― North Amerian publisher Cross Infinite World announced on Monday that it has licensed Kaede Kikyō's The Champions of Justice and the Supreme Ruler of Evil (Seigi no Mikata to Aku no Sōtō) light novel. It will launch the single volume in spring 2018. Cross Infinite World describes the jōsei light novel: World domi...
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Interview: Jouji Nakata

The voice behind Hellsing's Alucard and Fate's Kirei Kotomine discusses what it was like to work with Yoshiyuki Tomino and how his process as an actor has developed. ― Jouji Nakata, the prolific seiyuu behind Alucard from Hellsing and Kirei Kotomine from the Fate franchise, visited Spain a few weeks ago for Japan Weekend Madrid. Well-known for his rich, deep voice, Jouji Nakata huge voice acting resu...
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Kemono Friends, Attack on Titan, More Nominated for Gadget Tsūshin Net Buzzword Awards

The annual Ryūkōgo Taishō buzzword contest recognizes all the terms related to Japan's biggest trends and news stories each year. This year the only anime, manga, and video game related terms were Kemono Friends, the ultra-popular but later controversy-embroiled anime series, and DMM's Touken Ranbu video game that has stretched its reach beyond gaming roots into the history and anime communities. ...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game's Trailer Previews Android 18

Game ships in West on January 26, in Japan on February 1 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a character introduction trailer for its Dragon BallFighterZ fighting game on Tuesday. The video previews the character Android 18. The game will launch for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam in the Americas and Europe on January 26. People who pre-order the game digitally will receive...
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Arika's 'Mysterious Fighting Game' Revealed as Fighting EX Layer for PS4

2-week beta test launches on December 11 ― Game developer Akira Nishitani (NIN) revealed the title of ARIKA's "Mysterious Fighting Game" for the PlayStation 4 as Fighting EX Layer on the official PlayStation Blog on Wednesday. Nishitani also revealed that a beta test for the game will launch on December 11 and run for two weeks. The characters Kairi, Garuda, Skullomania, Darun Mister, Allen Snider, a...
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Answerman - How Is Christianity Regarded In Japan?

Christianity doesn't come up all that often in anime - where does it sit, culturally, in Japan? Justin breaks it down. ― Chris asked: After watching Strawberry panic and Maria sama watches over us, I was wondering how popular Christianity is in Japan. I know that the majority of the Japanese are irreligious, but how do they react to someone who is Christian? While there aren't a TON of Christians in...

DARLING in the FRANXX Anime Reveals New Visual, Story

Yūto Uemura, Haruka Tomatsu star in series premiering in January ― The official website for Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures' original science-fiction television anime DARLING in the FRANXX revealed a new key visual and details of the anime's story on Wednesday. The story is set in the distant future. The land is ruined, and humanity establishes the mobile fort city Plantation. Pilots produced inside ...
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Keiji Kawaguchi's Zipang: Shinsō Kairyū Historical Manga Ends

Manga about Genpei War launched in 2012 ― This year's 51st issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine published the final chapter of Keiji Kawaguchi's Zipang: Shinsō Kairyū manga on Thursday. The manga's story centers on the Genpei War, the 12th-century conflict between the rival Minamoto and Taira clans for Imperial control. The war eventually reshaped Japanese society to favor the samurai and led to the ...
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Alderamin on the Sky BD+DVD

This fantasy war series finishes much stronger than its first impressions may suggest. Theron Martin breaks down this anime's hidden strengths. ― Any brief synopsis of this light novel adaptation from summer of 2016 would make the story sound like it's primarily about a lazy, womanizing guy who nonetheless succeeds at everything because of his overwhelming genius. Indeed, that element never entirely ...
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Kemono Friends Pavilion App Game Delayed to January 2018

UniqueWave's smartphone game originally slated for 2017 ― Bushiroad's official website for UniqueWave's Kemono Friends Pavilion smartphone game announced on Wednesday that the game has been delayed from a planned 2017 release to January 2018. The game's staff said that the release will take more time to due to all of the ideas and information included in the game. Pre-registration for the game launch...
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Live-Action Samurai Sensei Film's Trailer Reveals Spring 2018 Opening

Film starring Hayato Ichihara gets advance screening in Kōchi, Kagoshima, Yamaguchi, Saga on Saturday ― The official website of the live-action film adaptation of of S-suke Kuroe's Samurai Sensei comedy manga began streaming a comment video and trailer for the film on Wednesday. The video starts with Hayato Ichihara commenting on the film and his role as protagonist Takeichi Hanpeita, before showing ...
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Steamboy Available on Netflix

Katsuhiro Otomo's steampunk blockbuster now on platform ― Katsuhiro Otomo's blockbuster steampunk adventure Steamboy is now available on Netflix here. In the story, Ray is a young inventor living in Manchester in the middle of the 19th century. Shortly before the first ever Great Exhibition, a marvelous invention called the "Steam Ball," behind which a menacing power is hidden, arrives at his door fr...
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Live-Action My Little Monster Film's Teaser Reveals More Cast, April Opening

Shō Tsukikawa directs romantic comedy starring Masaki Suda, Tao Tsuchiya ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Robico's My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun) manga began streaming a teaser trailer for the film on Wednesday. The video reveals the film's additional cast and April 27 opening in Japan. The cast includes: (Top row, left to right): Masaki Suda as Haru Yoshida T...

The Game Awards 2017 Nominees Revealed

Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Persona 5 nominated for Game of the Year ― The Game Awards 2017 announced its list of nominees on Tuesday. The nominees include Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, as well as Atlus' Persona 5 as nominees for Game of the Year. Other nominees from Japanese game franchises, or developed or published by Japanese compa...
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Koi wa Ameagari no You ni Manga Gets Live-Action Film in May

Nana Komatsu, Yo Oizumi star in adaptation of Jun Mayuzuki manga ― A live-action film of Jun Mayuzuki's Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (Love is Like After the Rain) manga has been green-lit. for next May. Nana Komatsu (left in picture below) is playing Akira Tachibana, while Yo Oizumi (right) is playing Masami Kondō. Akira Nagai (live-action Teiichi no Kuni) is directing the film, with a script by Riko Sa...
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Mob Psycho 100 Stage Play's 2nd Round of Cast Visuals Posted

3 cast members shown in costume for January play ― The official website for the stage play based on ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga revealed the second round of cast visuals on Wednesday. The cast visuals feature three cast members in costume. Gaku Matsumoto as Ritsu Kageyama Yūya Kido as Tenga Onigawara Takeshi Nadagi as Dimple Previously revealed cast members include: Clockwise from top left: Ryōma Baba...

Funimation Reveals Ace Attorney Anime's English Dub Cast

1st BD/DVD combo pack slated for January 23 ― Funimation announced the English dub cast for its home video release of the Ace Attorney anime on Tuesday. The cast includes: Eric Vale as Phoenix Wright Lindsay Seidel as Maya Fey Christopher Wehkamp as Miles Edgeworth Josh Martin as Larry Butz Bryan Massey as Dick Gumshoe Colleen Clinkenbeard as Mia Fey Kent Williams as Judge Jeannie Tirado as April May...
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Kōdai-ke no Hitobito Manga Gets Special Chapter in December

This year's December issue of Shueisha's Monthly You magazine announced on Wednesday that Kozueko Morimoto's Kōdai-ke no Hitobito manga will get a special side story chapter in the next issue on December 15. The manga's story centers around Kie Hirano, a 30-year old female office worker with a large-scale imagination. She gets to know Mitsumasa Kōdai, a handsome colleague, who also happens to be a...

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North American Anime, Manga Releases, November 12-18

91 Days, In This Corner of the World, Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans anime; Forbidden Scrollery, A Polar Bear in Love, A Strange and Mystifying Story, Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date 91 Days BD/DVDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$84.98 November 14 91 Days Limited Editions BD/DVDCite Funimation Entertainmen...
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Rescue Your Captured Comrade in Doraemon Real Escape Game

Next year's Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Takarajima (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Treasure Island) film is already inspiring a real escape game. "Nobita's Escape from Treasure Island" will launch in 24 cities in Japan starting on March 3. The game will task groups of four to rescue a captured Doraemon. Ticket sales opened for SCRAP members on November 11 and will close on November 17. Tickets will the...

Seven Seas Licenses Leiji Matsumoto's Space Battleship Yamato Manga

Hardcover omnibus edition slated for October 30 ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it has licensed Leiji Matsumoto's Space Battleship Yamato (Uchū Senkan Yamato) manga. The company will release the manga in one large trim hardcover omnibus volume titled Space Battleship Yamato: The Classic Collection on October 30, 2018. Seven Seas will reveal new licenses every day this week. Space...

Seven Seas to Publish How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Light Novels in Print

J-Novel Club is releasing isekai novel series digitally ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it will release Dojyomaru's How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Genjitsushugi Yūsha no Ōkoku Saikenki ) light novel series in print as part of its collaboration with J-Novel Club. The first volume is slated release on September 11, 2018. The company will reveal new licenses every day this ...
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Haruka Mado's 3-Nin no Wakai Onna Manga Inspires Live-Action/Anime Special

M.A.O, Yūki Hirose, Rumi Katō star in 20-minute "anime drama" ― Haruka Mado's 3-Nin no Wakai Onna (Three Young Women) manga is inspiring a 20-minute "anime drama" that will incorporate both live-action scenes and anime. The animated parts will include the opening and transitional eye catch scenes. The special will premiere on AT-X at the end of December. Mado's manga follows a year in the life of thr...
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More Fine Artists Want to Paint Their Way Into Your Heart in Palette Parade

During the summer, we were introduced the initial cast of Silicon Studio's Palette Parade, an otome mobile game starring the world's brightest artists as agreeable, handsome men. Initially the game only revealed the happy-go-lucky Vincent van Gogh, Gustave Courbet, Leonardo da Vinci, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The game as since expanded, revealing it will separate characters by art classifications...
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Seven Seas Licenses Yugo Ishikawa's Wonderland Manga

Manga follows girl surviving in world where everyone has shrunk ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it has licensed Yugo Ishikawa's Wonderland manga. The first volume is slated release on November 6, 2018. The company will reveal new licenses every day this week. Wonderland is the first of three license announcements for Tuesday. Seven Seas describes the story: When humans en masse s...
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VRV Streaming Platform Adds  Patema Inverted, A Letter to Momo Anime Films

GKIDS released both films in N. America ― Crunchyroll parent company Ellation's VRV streaming announced on Monday that it has added the  Patema Inverted and A Letter to Momo anime films from GKIDS to its VRV Select channel. Both films are available with both English audio and Japanese audio with English subtitles. The service also added French animated film The Rabbi's Cat. Time of Eve director Yasuh...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 7

"I think Noelle has a great look, but I hope the story can loosen her up and get something that feels a little more real (or at least original) out of her, because right now she's pretty stiff."
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One Piece's Nami's Bodacious Proportions Recreated for New Doll

Time-skip Nami is known for a lot things: she's the navigator of the Straw Hat crew, she loves the oranges of her hometown, and her bust to waist to hip ratio is insane. Danny Choo's Smart Doll line wasn't intimidated by the character's fantastical figure and have brought Nami to life with near perfect design consistency. The doll includes a bikini top and pair of denim jeans. Nami retails for 73...
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Atelier Lydie & Suelle Game's Western Release Dated for March

Koei Tecmo America announced on Tuesday that it will release Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (Lydie to Suelle no Atelier ~Fushigi no Kaiga no Renkinjutsushi~) on March 27, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. Koei Tecmo Europe announced that it will release the game for the same platforms on March 30. Koei Tecmo America describes the game: ...
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Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Trailer Teases Necrozma's Secrets

Games ship worldwide on Friday ― The Pokemon Company began streaming English and Japanese trailers for the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon Nintendo 3DS games on Tuesday. The English trailer showcases different moves that players can teach Pokémon in exchange for "Battle Points," which can be earned at the Battle Royal Dome, Battle Tree, or by using Mantine Surf. The video also teases a new f...
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UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2 ‒ Episode 7

"Kirie adds a lot of solid ideas to UQ Holder's story, but it's up to the show to start using them effectively."

Nintendo Discusses Possible Super Mario Bros. Animated Film With Universal's Illumination

Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, Illumination Entertainment founder expected to produce film The Wall Street Journal and The Hollywood Reporter reported on Tuesday that Universal Studios' subsidiary Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Minions, Sing) is "close to an agreement" with Nintendo to produce an animated film inspired by the Super Mario Bros. game franchise. According to The Wall Stre...
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This Week in Anime - How Anime-Gataris Does Reference Humor Right

This season's slice-of-life comedy about an anime club is far more than it seems on the surface. We get into all the little details that make this series something truly special. ― Though it looks simple on the surface, Anime-Gataris is much more than just another slice-of-life comedy about an anime club. This week in anime, Nick and Micchy get into all the little details that make this series so spe...
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Gundam Creator Yoshiyuki Tomino Attends Sphere's Final Tour Until 2019

The voice actress group Sphere held their final concert until 2019 on Sunday. Mobile Suit Gundam principal creator Yoshiyuki Tomino was in attendance to mark the occasion. The official Twitter account for the Gundam Reconguista in G anime revealed on Saturday that Tomino had attended that day's performance. The account noted that the performance was "more or less" Tomino's first idol concert and a...
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Godzilla Anime Film Previewed in 2 New TV Ads

1st film premieres in Japan on November 17, Netflix to stream film globally this year ― Toho began streaming two new television commercials for the upcoming Godzilla anime film trilogy on Wednesday. The videos preview the action and characters of the first film. The first film, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (Godzilla: Kaijū Wakusei), will open in Japan on November 17, and then it will stream globa...
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Servamp Anime Film's 1st Video Reveals Spring 2018 Premiere

Main cast, staff return for Gekijōban Servamp -Alice in the Garden- ― An official website for the anime film adaptation of Strike Tanaka's Servamp manga opened on Wednesday and revealed the first teaser video and key visual for the film. The film, titled Gekijōban Servamp -Alice in the Garden-, will open in Japan in spring 2018. The film's story will deal with Misono Alicein's past. The main cast fro...
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Shining Resonance Game Gets PS4 Remaster in March

Shining Resonance Refrain adds enhanced graphics, new story mode ― This week's issue of Kadokawa's Famitsu magazine is revealing on Thursday that the Shining Resonance game for PlayStation 3 is getting a remaster for PlayStation 4 titled Shining Resonance Refrain. The game will ship with regular and limited-edition Premium Fan Box releases on March 29. The game will have enhanced graphics and other n...

Amanchu! Manga by Aria's Amano Gets 2nd TV Anime Season Next April

Ai Yamamoto, Ai Kakuma, Aya Suzaki join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Kozue Amano's Amanchu! manga announced on Tuesday that a second television anime season, Amanchu! Advance, will premiere next April. The website's Blu-ray Disc listings for the new season list the series with 12 episodes. The new cast members include: Ai Yamamoto as Kokoro Misaki Ai Kakuma as Kotori Misaki...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, November 6-12

Gundam The Origin sells 8,541, followed by live-action Blade of the Immortal, 2017 Crayon Shin-chan film, Free! -Timeless Medley- Kizuna, your name ― The live-action film of the Blade of the Immortal manga sold 4,259 copies to rank #4 on the overall DVD chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Mobile Suit Gundam The Orig...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, November 6-12

Gundam The Origin sells 32,218, followed by live-action Blade of the Immortal, Free! -Timeless Medley- Kizuna, Classroom of the Elite, Heavy Object box ― The initial Blu-ray & DVD Set Premium Edition for the live-action film of the Blade of the Immortal film sold 8,930 copies to rank #3 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The regular edition was #11 with 2,326 copies. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copie...
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Code Geass Pachislo Game's Video Shows Anime Scenes

Sammy began streaming a promotional video for its new "Pachislo Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouche R2 C.C. Ver" pachislo (slot machine for pachinko parlors) game. The video contains footage from the Code Geass anime. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch - Kōdō (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion - The Awakening Path), the first film in the planned compilation film trilogy for the Code Geass: Lelouch of...
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1st Haikara-san ga Tōru Film's 4th Clip Shows Benio Getting Drunk

Film based on historical shōjo manga opened on Saturday ― Industry news website Anime! Anime! began streaming a clip on Tuesday from Gekijōban Haikara-san ga Tōru Zenpen - Benio, Hana no 17-sai, the first film in the planned two-part anime film adaptation of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga. The clip shows Benio and Ranmaru being offered sake by the rickshaw runner Ushigorō, and Benio progres...
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Sega Teases 'New Sensation Camera RPG' With Reveal on November 17

Sega launched a teaser website on Tuesday that teases a "new sensation camera RPG." The website has an opening animation that shows a smartphone taking pictures of real-life objects and people and turning them into illustrated versions. Sega will unveil the new game on Friday, November 17 at 12:00 p.m. JST (Thursday, November 16, 10:00 p.m. EST). [Via Gematsu]
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Steins;Gate Elite Game Teases Other 'World Lines' Not in Anime

PS4/Vita/Switch game slated for March 15 in Japan ― 5pb. Games began streaming a television commercial for its Steins;Gate Elite game on Tuesday. The character Kurisu Makise narrates the video, and it ends with her teasing that the "world lines" that were not animated in the anime are "being experimented." (Note: The first video below is region-locked for the United States, South Korea, Australia, an...
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Astro Boy Anime's Unused Episode 1 Story Draft Discovered

Astro Boy battles Frankenstein robot in treatment for 1st ever half-hour anime show ― Eiji Ōtsuka, a 59-year-old professor at the International Center for Japanese Studies, reported that he discovered an unused 36-page scenario for an unaired first episode of Osamu Tezuka's landmark television anime Astro Boy (Mighty Atom). Film historian Mamoru Makino had written the scenario through an invitation a...

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You Airs on Disney XD on November 25

Film to air twice in U.S. as part of Pokémon marathon ― The Pokemon Company announced that the Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Kimi ni Kimeta!) film will air on Disney XD in the United States on November 25 at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. local time. The showings will be part of an all-day Pokemon anime marathon that will include all previous episodes of Pokemon Sun & Moon, as...
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Sengoku Night Blood's Vampire, Werewolf Generals Rock Out

This season's Sengoku Night Blood anime series reimagines the warlords of Japan's history as vampires and werewolves, but did you also know they double as crooning supernatural idols? Six of the main characters, from Oda Nobunaga to Kenshin Uesugi are rocking their way viewer's hearts with individual character CD tracks. Take a listen from each character's recently released music videos below. Hid...
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Live-Action Video Girl Ai 2018 Series Casts Nogizaka 46's Nanase Nishino as Ai

Series to debut on Amazon Prime Video before TV premiere ― The official website for Den'ei Shōjo ~Video Girl Ai 2018~, the new live-action television series based on Masakazu Katsura's Video Girl Ai (Den'ei Shōjo) manga, announced on Tuesday that Nogizaka 46's Nanase Nishino will play the title character Ai Amano. It is Nishino's first starring role in a television series, though she previously starr...
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Town Prepares for Returning Crowds of 100,000+ Due to Girls & Panzer

The Ibaraki Shimbun newspaper reported on Sunday that the town of Ōarai, Ibaraki is again preparing for crowds of 100,000 or more visitors leading up to the annual Ōarai Anglerfish Festival, which will be held on Sunday. Considering that the town has a population of 17,000, that will be no small feat. The town, which calls itself "The Oceanfront Town," has Girls und Panzer to thank for the boom in...

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Nobuo Uematsu, Emiko Suzuki Discuss Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer's Theme Song in Video

Multiplayer expansion launches November 15 ― Square Enix posted a video interview with composer Nobuo Uematsu and singer Emiko Suzuki discussing their work on the Final Fantasy XV multiplayer expansion's theme song "Choosing Hope" on Monday. The video previews the gospel-style song with clips from the recording session. The multiplayer expansion for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, titled "Comrades," will...
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Sword Art Online's Asuna Gets Yūki Color Variant Lottery Figure

Bandai Presto's Ichiban Kūji lottery is offering up two new Asuna figures and bunch of other Sword Art Online goodies. The lottery, which starts on December 2, includes wall scrolls, an Asuna figure in her standard and Yūki color ways, towels, color illustrations, and rubber straps. Take a look and drool below. A Prize B & C Prize D Prize E Prize All illustrations are drawn by original character ...
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Seven Seas Licenses My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness Sequel Manga

My Solo Exchange Diary slated for next June ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Monday that it has licensed Kabi Nagata's My Solo Exchange Diary (Hitori Kōkan Nikki) manga, the sequel to her My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness manga. The sequel is slated for release on June 5, 2018. The company will reveal new licenses every day this week. My Solo Exchange Diary is the third of three license an...
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Japanese Politician Apologizes for Saying Anime Contributes to Crime

House of Councillors member Ichita Yamamoto, a member of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, posted an apology on his official blog on Wednesday for saying that anime contributes to crime. Yamamoto first made the apology during his live streaming program on Wednesday. Yamamoto had said on the episode of the Shin Hōdo 2001 political discussion talk show that aired on November 5 that video games ...
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Anime NYC Ticket Giveaway Winners

We've announced the second batch of winners for tickets to this weekend'd inaugural Anime NYC! ― The biggest anime convention is coming to NYC! 10 15 Lucky Winners will each receive a Pair of Weekend Tickets to the very first Anime NYC Powered by Crunchyroll. Launching November 17-19 in the Javits Center in New York City, Anime NYC will bring together over 15,000 fans and publishers including Crunch...
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Seven Seas Licenses Harukana Receive Beach Volleyball Manga

Nyoijizai's manga has anime in the works ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Monday that it has licensed Nyoijizai's Harukana Receive manga. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on September 11, 2018. The company will reveal new licenses every day this week. Harukana Receive is the second of three license announcements for Monday, after Dragon Goes House-Hunting. Seven Seas de...
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Final Live-Action Moribito Season Premieres on November 25

The third and final season of its live-action television adaptation of Nahoko Uehashi's Moribito novel series will premiere on NHK on November 25. It will air on Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. The three seasons of the show will have 22 total episodes that NHK has been broadcasting since the first season last year. The show is adapting all 10 of Uehashi's novels, and the whole drama is shot in 4K. The firs...
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Himōto! Umaru-chan R ‒ Episode 6

"This week, Kirie finally get some much-deserved time in the spotlight, no matter how much she might not want it."
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Seven Seas Licenses Dragon Goes House-Hunting Manga

Fantasy manga slated for September 2018 ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Monday that it has licensed writer Kawo Tanuki and artist Choco Aya's Dragon Goes House-Hunting (Dragon, Ie o Kau.) manga. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on September 11, 2018. The company also announced that it will reveal new licenses every day this week. Dragon Goes House-Hunting is the first ...
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A Sister's All You Need ‒ Episode 6

"I want to commend the big finish on this one, I just wish it wasn't so much of a slog to get there."
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Naruto Fan's Theme Song Choices for Compilation CD Revealed

The votes are in for the upcoming Naruto and Naruto Shippuden theme song compilation CD. Fans submitted their votes in the hopes of getting their favorite song on the 11-track album. From the possible choices, staff chose the top five fan-voted tracks to go with six others. Did your favorite make the cut? "Blood Circulator" (19th OP, Shippuden) by Asian Kung-Fu Generation "Kara no Kokoro" (20th OP...
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OxT, MYTH&ROID Perform Songs for Overlord Anime's 2nd Season

Series with returning cast, staff premieres in January ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kugane Maruyama's Overlord novel series revealed on Monday that OxT and MYTH&ROID will return to perform the second season's opening and ending theme songs, respectively. OxT performed the opening theme song "Clattanoia" for the first season, and MYTH&ROID performed the ending theme so...
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Anime-Gataris ‒ Episode 6

"I couldn't help feeling like all of the episode's social catastrophes wouldn't have occurred if our cast had a slightly firmer grasp on reality."
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Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology's Time Travel Trailer, Western Release Dates Revealed

Game ships February 13 in Americas, February 16 in Europe ― Atlus USA announced on Monday that its release of the Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology Nintendo 3DS game is slated for February 13 in the Americas and February 16 in Europe. The company also began streaming a dubbed trailer showcasing the game's time travel mechanic. The launch edition of the game will bundle an art book and decal sheet ...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 335

"Though it's only just begun, the battle for Scabberina is off to a hilarious start."
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Bewear & Pikachu Storm into Ikebukuro for 1000th Pokémon Episode Celebration

It's one thing to see a cuddly Pikachu, but imagine running into a Bewear in your local shopping mall. Would you be happy or terrified to see one of these cute yet vicious creatures walking toward you? Pokémon fans in Tokyo were able to experience this unique oddity for themselves, when a Pokémon Sun & Moon stage event was held in Ikebukuro on November 11th to celebrate the broadcast of the 1000th...
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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress English Dub Clip Shows Kabane Attack

English dub gets home video release on January 16 ― Funimation Entertainment began streaming an clip from its English dub of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress on Monday. The clip shows a Kabane attack and briefly previews Robbie Daymond as Ikoma and Janice Kawaye as Mumei. The English dub cast includes: Janice Kawaye as Mumei Robbie Daymond as Ikoma Veronica Taylor as Ayame Ben Diskin as Takumi Jamieson ...
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Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond ‒ Episode 6

"This episode treated us to perhaps the most straightforward adventure story that Blood Blockade Battlefront has had so far."
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Answerman - Why Don't DVDs Contain Japanese Commentary Tracks Anymore?

Once upon a time, anime DVDs occasionally came with commentary tracks from the Japanese artists who made the film. What happened? ― Tyler asked: On some of Central Park Media's DVD releases, like MD Geist and World of Narue, one of the “disc set-up” options were commentaries from a few of the original Japanese staff, which I think is really cool. However, when ADV released these titles, they scrappe...
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Aquaplus Recruits Staff for New To Heart, Utawarerumono Projects

Game developer recruits 3D CG designers, graphics programmer ― A job listing on the CG World website revealed that game developer Aquaplus is recruiting staff for new projects in the To Heart and Utawarerumono game series, as well as other games. The company has not officially announced a new title in the To Heart, but its PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita remake of its original Utawarerumono: Chiri...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! ‒ Episode 19

"Despite some missteps, this is still one of the sweetest episodes of the season so far, especially for fans of Chika."
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Amazon's Best Graphic Novels of 2017 List Includes Twilight Princess, My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness, My Brother's Husband Manga

List includes 20 unranked books ― Amazon announced its Best Books of 2017 list last week, including a list of 20 books in the "Comics & Graphic Novels" category. The unranked list includes the first volume of Akira Himekawa's The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Kabi Nagata's My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness, and the first volume of Gengoroh Tagame's My Brother's Husband. Viz Media licensed T...
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Strike Tanaka's Servamp Manga Gets Anime Film

Vampire series inspired TV anime in 2016 ― Retailer Rakuten's listing for the December issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine features a cover image that reveals Strike Tanaka's Servamp manga is getting an anime film adaptation. The issue will ship on Wednesday. The magazine's November issue had revealed in October that the series would have a "big announcement" in the upcoming issue. The Se...
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Infini-T Force Film Teases New Character, Title, February 24 Opening in Video

Joe teased as friend or foe; Tomokazu Seki, Takahiro Sakurai, Kenichi Suzumura, Sōma Saitō reprise roles ― The official website for the Infini-T anime franchise revealed on Monday that the upcoming anime film is titled Gekijōban Infini-T Force: Gatchaman Saraba Tomo yo (Infini-T Force the Movie: Farewell Gatchaman My Friend), and it will open in Japan on February 24. Tatsunoko Production also debuted...
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New Hitsuji no Ki Live-Action Film's Teaser Streamed

Film starring Ryo Nishikido to open in Japan on February 3 ― The official YouTube channel for Asmik Ace Inc. began streaming a new teaser video for the live-action film adaptation of Tatsuhiko Yamagami and Mikio Igarashi's Hitsuji no Ki (The Sheep's Tree) manga on Monday. The film will open in Japan on February 3. The manga's story is set in a former seaport town that becomes the center of a secret g...
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Is the Order a Rabbit?? Anime's Special Episode Opens at #4

Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode, Saiki K., Sensei! also in top 10 Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?? Dear My Sister — the new special episode for the anime Is the order a rabbit?? (Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka??) anime — ranked at #4 for tickets sold in its opening weekend of November 11-12 on the Japanese box office chart. The film screened in 40 theaters in Japan, and sold 79,000 tickets to earn 102 million y...
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gdgd Fairies CG Anime Franchise Reveals 'gdgd men's party' Anime For January 2018 Premiere

New series follows 2 men who get sucked into another world ― The staff of the gdgd Fairies anime franchise opened a website on Monday to reveal the new gdgd men's party (gd Men, pronounced "gudamen") television anime series. The series will premiere on Tokyo MX on January 8 at 25:10 (effectively January 9 at 1:10 a.m.). The anime stars (from left to right in image above): Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Light...
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Zeta Gundam Pachinko Machine Video Features CG Footage

Pachinko game maker Sankyo began streaming a promotional video on Sunday for its "CR Fever" pachinko machine based on the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam anime. The video includes new 3D footage. Right Stuf recently released the original series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in two parts in March and April 2016. Right Stuf also released the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation movie trilogy on DVD in May 2...
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Ai no Kusabi OVA's English Dub Casts Bryson Baugus, Michael A. Zekas

OVA with English dub slated for December 19 ― The official Twitter account for Media Blasters revealed two more cast members for the company's English dub of the 2012 original video anime (OVA) Ai no Kusabi on Saturday. The new roles are Bryson Baugus as Kirie and Michael A. Zekas as Katze. The previously announced cast includes: Todd Haberkorn as Iason Mink Darren Mitchell as Riki Ricco Fajardo as G...
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Studio Chizu Files Trademark for 'Mirai no Mirai'

Studio Chizu filed trademarks for "Mirai no Mirai" (Mirai of the Future) on October 24. The Japan Patent Office reported the filings on November 7. The trademark indicates it is for use for disc releases, mobile games, and various goods, such as stationery and towels. Entertainment news magazine Variety reported in May that Mamoru Hosoda's next film is titled Mirai. The film is "expected to be com...
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Order Land! Game Kickstarter Campaign Cancelled

Poisoft plans to resume the project "in a few weeks" ― Game manufacturer Poisoft cancelled its Kickstarter campaign on November 2 for an English-language release of its Order Land! role-playing and simulation game. Poisoft thanked supporters on its official site and said it plans to resume the project "in a few weeks." If the project had reached its 5 million yen (about US$44,573) goal by November 11...
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Boys Over Flowers South Korean Series Gets Filipino Adaptation

Also: New Taiwanese Meteor Garden version announces cast ― Filipino media company GMA Network announced last Thursday that it will produce a Filipino adaptation of the Korean Boys Over Flowers live-action drama, itself an adaptation of Yoko Kamio's Boys Over Flowers manga. In addition, Filipino media company ABS-CBN announced last Wednesday that it has licensed Meteor Garden, the upcoming live-action...
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Maaya Uchida Performs Opening Song for Takunomi. Anime

The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Haruto Hino's Takunomi. (Drinking at Home) four-panel manga revealed on Monday that Maaya Uchida will perform the anime's opening theme song "aventure bleu." The song's CD single will ship on February 14 with an as-yet untitled coupling track. Uchida also voices the character Makoto Kiriyama in the anime. The comedy manga's story ...
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Shudan! Manga Reaches Climax of 'Elementary School Student Arc'

This year's 50th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Takuma Yokota's Shudan! soccer manga is entering the "climax" of its elementary school student arc in the magazine's next issue on November 20. The manga will also receive a center color page in the next issue. The manga tells the story of a young man growing up into adulthood in the "soccer kingdom" of Shizuo...
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Shin Godzilla Film's 1st TV Airing Has 15.2% Ratings Average

Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi's film opened July 2016 ― Television ratings group Video Research revealed on Monday that the first television airing of Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi's Shin Godzilla film on TV Asahi networks on Sunday at 9:00 p.m. had an average household rating of 15.2% in the Kantō region. Shin Godzilla earned 8.2 billion yen (US$75.6 million) at the box office in Japan after openin...

Tekken 7 Game Adds Final Fantasy XV's Noctis as Playable Character

Crossover character debuts in spring 2018 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a new video for its Tekken 7 fighting game on Monday. The video reveals that Noctis Lucis Caelum from Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV game will join Tekken 7's roster of playable characters in spring 2018. Tekken 7 launched for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam on June 2. The game was originally slat...
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SEGA Teases New 'Valkyria Project' Announcement on November 20

Sega opened a teaser website on Monday revealing that it will announce a new "Valkyria Project" on November 20 at 12:00 p.m. JST (10:00 p.m. EST on November 19). Sega released the first Valkyria Chronicles game on the PlayStation 3 in Japan, Europe, and North America in 2008, and released Valkyria Chronicles II on the PlayStation Portable in 2010. Sega also released Valkyria Chronicles III on the ...
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Gintama Rumble Game's Video Reveals Nobume Imai as Playable Character

New video also shows new game modes, stages for Janaury 18 PS4/Vita game ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a new promotional video for its Gintama Rumble (Gintama Ranbu) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita action game on Monday. The video reveals the game's new playable character Nobume Imai, as well as the game's new modes, including "Kabukicho Four Devas Chapter," "Ikkoku Keisei Chapter,"...
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Japan's Ministry of Defense Discusses Gundam Realization Projects After 10 Years

The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan created a buzz in 2012 after it "seriously considered" a "Gundam Development Project." Before that, the now-defunct Technical Research and Development Institute in Japan's Ministry of Defense included a ground equipment exhibit titled "Towards the Realization of Gundam (Advanced Personal Equipment System)" in a symposium in 2007. With rumors about the Japan Se...
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This New Web Manga Will Pump...You Up!

It's all about muscular appreciation in the new manga Pump Up by Hirofumi Nakamura. Main character Yōji Tsumaki is a fan of steel-like muscles ever since he was a kid. When he was in elementary school, his peers called him "toothpick" because of how slender he was. On his way home from school, his friend Yoshiko is involved in an accident and becomes stuck underneath a truck. Yōji is unable to do ...
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Boys-Love Manga Creator Yuiji Aniya Marks 10th Anniversary by Drawing Her Couples' Futures

Boys-love manga creator Yuiji Aniya is revisiting the couples from her previous series in a new 10th anniversary commemorative fan book. Yuiji Aniya BL Works Baiser contains 64 pages revealing the fates of her characters. It also includes color illustrations and interviews. Aniya's previous works include A Convenient Man, Men of Tattoos, DROPS, and Perfect Training. Digital Manga Publishing releas...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 813

"This episode's execution is at odds with itself, dancing the line between exhilaration and embarrassment."
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