The Summer 2020 Preview Guide

Crack open a cold one, it's time for a new season of anime right now! • Now Available: The God of High School • The Misfit of Demon King Academy • Monster Girl Doctor • Lapis Re:LiGHTs • Fire Force • SUPER HXEROES

Aniplex Online Fest: Kaguya-sama: Love Is War? Special Panel

Kaguya and Chika's voice actresses Aoi Koga and Konomi Kohara countdown their favorite moments from the hit romantic comedy!

The [email protected] Million Live! Game Gets TV Anime

Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Shinya Watada directs anime at Shirogumi Inc.

'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' 3rd Season Unveils New Visual, Theme Song Artists

sajou no hana performs ending theme song for October anime

The World Ends with You -The Animation- at Anime Expo Lite

Anime director and game staff discuss the game's creation and what changes to expect in anime series.

Seven Seas Licenses Berserk of Gluttony, Ride Your Wave Manga, Light Novels, 2 More Manga

Also: Reiwa Hanamaru Gakuen, The Demon Girl Next Door manga

Everything You Want to Know About Tower of God (But Were Too Afraid to Ask)

When Tower of God premiered in April, viewers were thrust into an unfamiliar world with its own unique terminology and rules. Leo Rydel is here to guide you through the terminology and the series' world!

This Week in Anime - The Messy Drama of Fruits Basket

Shigure shows another side, Akito's terror continues, and more of Kyo's back story is revealed. Micchy and Steve look at how the fluffy romp turned into an emotional rollercoaster.

List of Shows, Films, Manga, Games Affected by COVID-19 (Updated July 5)

All of ANN's coverage of works hit by new coronavirus disease
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The List - 5 Anime That Need a Reboot, Now!

Those pesky anime-original endings, lackluster animation, or straight-up cliffhangers can leave fans asking for a do-over. Here's our 5 picks for anime reboots! ― With each anime season, we're introduced to new stories, worlds and characters. But it can be just as exciting to jump into an old story with new tricks. Rebooted anime have become center stage over the last few anime seasons, from this ye...
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Anime Expo Lite: GIBIATE Special Preview

If you want to find some catharsis watching samurai take on a pandemic with their pointy swords, this show might be up your alley. ― The upcoming Gibiate anime is a celebration of Japan's history and traditional aesthetics. The keyword is the "wa" from the current Japanese era name "Reiwa," which signifies Japan. True to that mission statement, Anime Expo Lite's special preview show for Gibiate opene...
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FunimationCon2020: By the Grace of the Gods Premiere

The show could serve to be a really touching iyashikei if it plays its cards right. I'd certainly be down for some "isekai healing" right now. ― What do you need to know about By the Grace of the Gods, Funimation's upcoming anime co-production? Let's get the fact that it's an isekai series out of the way. The word has started to carry some baggage along with it, so where has our hapless hero ended up...
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An Invitation from a Crab

"This is a work that knows how to deal in extremes, and still have them make a sort of internal sense when combining them." Rose Bridges combs through the Twilight Zone-esque world of An Invitation From a Crab. ― In the past few years, we've seen an explosion in the variety of manga available for translation in English. Long-time otaku have always known that Japanese audiences will read manga about a...
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This Week in Games - Takin' a Break

The gaming world seems to be on vacation right now, even with two next-gen consoles still somehow slated for this year. ― It's July! Boy those first six months of the year sure, uh… went… um… were… something. Yeah! It's a holiday weekend here in the USA, so maybe everyone just collectively decided to try and chillax a little. That's certainly not a bad thing! It's a little hard to go to neighborhood ...
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Burning Kabaddi Sports Manga Gets TV Anime

Hajime Musashino's kabaddi series launched in 2015 ― An official website opened on Tuesday to announce that Hajime Musashino's Burning Kabaddi (Shakunetsu Kabaddi) manga is getting a television anime adaptation. The website began streaming a teaser video, and Musashino provided a teaser visual for the announcement. The manga's story centers on first-year high school student Tatsuya Yoigoshi, a former...
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Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Stargazer Anime Reveals Video, Song, November 27 Opening

Yoshino Nanjō performs ending theme "Ryūrui Ruru Mama" ― The official website for the Grisaia: Phantom Trigger anime revealed a promotional video, the second key visual, and November 27 theatrical opening for the Grisaia: Phantom Trigger the Animation Stargazer sequel on Monday. The video reveals and previews Yoshino Nanjō's ending theme song "Ryūrui Ruru Mama." The Campfire crowdfunding campaign for...
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Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater Manga Goes on Hiatus Due to Flooding in Creator's Area

Yasuyuki Kosaka unable to work due to heavy rain in southern Kyushu ― The official Twitter account for Akita Shoten's Young Champion Retsu magazine announced on Monday that Yasuyuki Kosaka's Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater (Hōkago Teibō Nisshi) manga will go on hiatus starting with the eighth issue on July 21. The announcement said that heavy rain in southern Kyushu has impacted Kosaka, and while...
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Charles Brownstein Resigns as Executive Director of CBLDF Following Sexual Assault Allegations

2 board members resign, 1 member retires after Brownstein's resignation ― The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) announced on June 22 that Charles Brownstein has resigned as the CBLDF's executive director, following writer and artist Taki Soma and editor Kris Simon's allegations that Brownstein sexually assaulted them. Brownstein had served as executive director since 2002. The CBLDF made a follow...
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ARP Backstage Pass TV Anime to Stream Epilogue Special Episode on July 13

Continues story from 10th & final TV episode ― The official website for ARP Backstage Pass, the television anime of the ARP dance vocal group, announced on Monday that a special episode titled "Paradise" will stream on Japan's dAnime Store and dTV services on July 13 at 11:00 p.m. (10:00 a.m. EDT). The episode will then stream on other services in Japan starting on July 20. The "Paradise" episode wil...
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Mr. Osomatsu TV Anime Gets 3rd Season in October

Director, head writer, cast return at Pierrot with new designer Eiji Abiko ― The official website for the Mr. Osomatsu (Osomatsu-san) television anime announced on Monday that there will be a third season premiering on TV Tokyo and other channels this October. The six returning main cast members appear in a video announcing the new season: Eiji Abiko, an animaton director on the first season, is repl...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, June 22-28

The Full-Time Wife Escapist rerun episode earns 11.7% rating ― Last week's episode of Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu Muzukyun! Tokubetsu-hen, a rerun of the live-action series adaptation of Tsunami Umino's The Full-Time Wife Escapist (Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu) manga, aired on TBS on Tuesday, June 23 at 10:00 p.m., and it earned an 11.7% rating. The first half of the Soreike! Anpanman Ki...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 22-28

Animal Crossing: New Horizons returns to #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 22-28 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20 70,552 5,004,720 2NSwRing Fit Adventure Nintendo October 18, 2019 34,782 1,073,514 3NSwSekai no Asobi Taizen 51 Nintendo June 5 27,323 171,620 4PS4The Last of Us Part II Sony Interactive Entertainment Jun...
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Japanese Live Entertainment, Concert Industry Projected to Drop 70% in 2020

2020 earnings projected at 183.6 billion yen, compared to 2019's 625.9 billion yen ― The Pia Sōken live entertainment research company revealed on June 30 that it projects a 70% drop in revenue for live entertainment events in 2020 compared to last year. The company projected a total 2020 revenue of 183.6 billion yen (about US$1.70 billion) for 2020, down from last year's 625.9 billion yen (about US$...
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Do not say mystery Manga Takes 3-Month Hiatus

7SEEDS' Yumi Tamura launched manga about college student sleuth in 2017 ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine revealed on June 28 that Yumi Tamura's Do not say mystery (Mystery to Iu Nakare) manga will go on hiatus for three months, and will return in the magazine's November issue on September 28. The manga follows mystery-solving college student Totonō Kunō. At the beginning of...
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Kirarin Revolution's An Nakahara Launches New Manga on August 3

New manga is titled Haru Ojō-sama, Koi no Ojikan desu! ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine revealed on Friday that An Nakahara will launch a new manga titled Haru Ojō-sama, Koi no Ojikan desu! (Lady Haru, It Is Time for Love!) in the magazine's next issue on August 3. The manga will feature on the issue's cover, and will also have a color opening page. The first chapter will have 43 page...
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Gō Ikeyamada Reveals Title, Visual of New Manga

― This year's 15th issue of Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine revealed the title and visual of Gō Ikeyamada's new manga as Isekai Maō wa Fujoshi o Zettai Nigasanai (The Fantasy World Dark Lord Won't Let the Fujoshi Get Away) on Saturday. The manga will launch in the magazine's next issue on July 20. Ikeyamada's Dō·Kyū·Sei ~Zutto Kimi ga Suki Datta~ (Classmates: I've Liked You For a While) manga ended i...
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Baki-Dou Manga Takes Short Break, Returns on July 16

New manga launched in October 2018 ― This year's 31st issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on July 2 that Keisuke Itagaki's Baki-Dou manga will take a two-issue hiatus, and will return in the magazine's 33rd issue on July 16. The new Baki-Dou manga uses different characters for "Baki" in the title from the previous Baki-Dou manga, although it retains the name "Baki-Dou." I...

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Arina Tanemura's Idol Dreams Manga Nears Climax

Series launched in April 2013 ― Arina Tanemura revealed in creator comments in the seventh compiled volume of her Idol Dreams (31 I Dream) manga on Friday that the series is nearing its climax. Viz Media's Shojo Beat imprint is releasing the manga in North America, and it describes the story: At age 31, office worker Chikage Deguchi feels she missed her chances at love and success. When word gets out...
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Sayoko Kinoshita, Michiru Oshima, More Invited to Oscars' Academy (Updated)

Cinematographers Takeshi Hamada, Katsumi Yanagijima; animator Fusako Yusaki also invited ― The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its list of membership invitations on Tuesday. The list includes 819 invitations with 45% extended to women, 36% extended to "underrepresented ethnic/racial communities," and 49% extended to professionals from international film industries across 68 coun...
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Everyday♪ Today's Menu for Emiya Family Switch Game Gets Release in N. America

Japanese release delayed due to COVID-19 ― Aniplex announced during the "Fate Anime Project Online Gathering" panel at the Aniplex Online Fest digital event on Saturday that the Everyday♪ Today's MENU for EMIYA Family (Mainichi♪ Emiya-sanchi no Kyō no Gohan) game will release for the Nintendo Switch console in North America. The official website for the game based on the net anime of TAa's Today's Me...
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Mega Man Franchise Gets VR Experience in Japanese Arcade

Rockman VR Nerawareta Virtual World!! debuts in Tokyo on July 18 ― Capcom announced on Friday that it will launch the Rockman VR Nerawareta Virtual World!! (Mega Man VR: Aimed at the Virtual World!!) virtual reality experience at Plaza Capcom in Q Plaza Ikebukuro in Tokyo on July 18. The experience is based on the Mega Man 11 game and will feature in Plaza Capcom's VR-X area. Capcom describes the VR ...
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The List - 5 Anime That Need a Reboot, Now!

Those pesky anime-original endings, lackluster animation, or straight-up cliffhangers can leave fans asking for a do-over. Here's our 5 picks for anime reboots! ― With each anime season, we're introduced to new stories, worlds and characters. But it can be just as exciting to jump into an old story with new tricks. Rebooted anime have become center stage over the last few anime seasons, from this ye...
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Ultraman Anime's 2nd Season Reveals Video, Casts Tatsuhisa Suzuki

Suzuki plays new character Ultraman Taro ― The official website for the 3D CG anime of Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi's Ultraman manga revealed a teaser video and additional cast member for the second season on Sunday. Tatsuhisa Suzuki will play the new Ultraman character Taro in the second season. Suzuki performed the opening theme songs for the first season as a member of OLDCODEX. The firs...
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I'm Standing on a Million Lives Anime's Video Reveals Kanako Takatsuki's Song

Takatsuki performs opening song "Anti world" for October series ― The official website for the television anime of Naoki Yamakawa and Akinari Nao's I'm Standing on a Million Lives (100-Man no Inochi no Ue ni Ore wa Tatteiru) manga revealed on Sunday that Kanako Takatsuki is performing the opening song "Anti world." The song's single release will ship on October 14 as Takatsuki's solo artist debut. Th...
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2nd Seitokai Yakuindomo Film Slated for January 2021

Anime scheduled for July 10 before COVID-19 delay ― The official website for Gekijōban Seitokai Yakuindomo 2, the second film based on Tozen Ujiie's Seitokai Yakuindomo manga, revealed on Monday that the film is slated to open in Japan on January 1, 2021. The film's production committee announced in June that it had delayed the film's opening due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-1...
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Monster Girl Doctor Anime Reveals 8 More Cast Members

Atsumi Tanezaki, Maki Kawase, Sayumi Suzushiro, Miho Okasaki join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Yoshino Origuchi's Monster Girl Doctor (Monster Musume no Oisha-san) light novel series revealed additional cast members on Saturday. The newly announced cast members are: (Note: character name romanizations are not confirmed.) Atsumi Tanezaki as Scadi Maki Kawase as Kunai Sayumi ...
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Anime Expo Lite: GIBIATE Special Preview

If you want to find some catharsis watching samurai take on a pandemic with their pointy swords, this show might be up your alley. ― The upcoming Gibiate anime is a celebration of Japan's history and traditional aesthetics. The keyword is the "wa" from the current Japanese era name "Reiwa," which signifies Japan. True to that mission statement, Anime Expo Lite's special preview show for Gibiate opene...
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EX-ARM Anime Casts Sōma Saitō, Mikako Komatsu, Akari Kitō

Series delayed until fall or later ― The staff for the anime of Shinya Komi and HiRock's EX-ARM manga revealed the three main cast members on Monday. The cast includes: Sōma Saitō as Akira Natsume Mikako Komatsu as Minami Uezono Akari Kitō as Arma The anime has been delayed to "fall 2020 or later" due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). (The English translation on the website me...
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Haikyu!! Manga Reaches 'Climax' of Final Arc

Next 2 issues of Shonen Jump to include extra-long chapters ― This year's 31st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! manga will reach the "climax" of its final arc in the 32nd issue on July 13. The next two issues of the magazine (issues 32 and 33) will include extra-long chapters. The manga will feature on the cover of the 32nd issue, an...

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Crunchyroll Adds Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, GITS: The Human Algorithm Manga

ASHIDAKA - The Iron Hero manga also added ― Crunchyroll announced during its panel at the Anime Expo Lite event on Saturday that it launched three new simulpub manga from Kodansha Comics, including Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm, and ASHIDAKA - The Iron Hero. All three titles are available now. CLAMP launched the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card sequel manga i...

Funimation Licenses Attack on Titan ~Chronicle~ Recap Film

Funimation, Kodansha debut film in N. America, U.K., Ireland ― Funimation announced during its FunimationCon2020 online event on Saturday that it has licensed Attack on Titan ~Chronicle~ (Shingeki no Kyojin: Chronicle), the upcoming compilation film for the first three seasons of the Attack on Titan anime. Funimation will collaborate with Kodansha to debut the film in the United States, Canada, the U...
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Production I.G Plans to Announce New Collaboration Anime With Adult Swim at Comic Con

― Production I.G producer Rui Kuroki announced at the Production I.G USA panel at Anime Expo Lite on Saturday that Production I.G is working on an anime series in collaboration with Adult Swim. The company plans to announce the anime at what Kuroki called the "Virtual ComicCon" event. Kuroki stated that the work is "something Production I.G has never done before.” The "Comic-Con @ Home" event will b...
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Manga Planet Licenses Kia Asamiya's Silent Möbius Manga

Viz Media previously released 1988 manga in English ― Fantasista, Inc.'s Manga Planet manga subscription service announced during the Anime Expo Lite online event that it has licensed Kia Asamiya's Silent Möbius manga. It will reveal the release date for the manga at a later date. The company will also release Akira Itō, Yoshio Sekine, and Jun Ikeda's Enchanted Racer; Sanyo and Himekawa Art's Marin; ...
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Granblue Fantasy Season 2 Anime's Extra Episode to Stream on Crunchyroll, HIDIVE, Funimation, AnimeLab

Episode centering on Djeeta debuts on August 26 ― Aniplex of America announced at the digital Aniplex Online Fest event on Saturday that the new "Djeeta-hen" (Djeeta Chapter) anime special for the Granblue Fantasy the Animation Season 2 anime will stream on August 26 on Crunchyroll, HIDIVE, Funimation, and AnimeLab. The special premiered on March 27 in Japan, and will release on Blu-ray Disc with the...

Aniplex USA to Release Persona 5 the Animation Complete Set on Blu-ray Disc

Set includes English dub with cast reprising roles from game ― Aniplex of America announced at the digital Aniplex Online Fest event on Saturday that it will release PERSONA 5 the Animation on Blu-ray Disc as a "Complete Blu-ray Set" on September 29. The English dub of the anime series will debut in the Blu-ray Disc set, with the following cast, reprising their roles from the game: Xander Mobus as Re...
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Sekai Project Licenses 9-nine-: Episode 4, KARAKARA 3, Slobbish Dragon Princess, Please Be Happy Visual Novels

Nekopara 4, Island Diary, The Ditzy Demons Are in Love With Me, Love's Sweet Garnish 2, Harumade Kururu visual novels dated ― Sekai Project announced during its panel at the KuroCon 2020 online event on Saturday that it has licensed the 9-nine-: Episode 4, KARAKARA 3, and Slobbish Dragon Princess visual novels. It will also release English visual novel developer Studio Élan's Please Be Happy game on ...

Crunchyroll Streams TONIKAWA, 'So I'm a Spider, So What?', EX-ARM Anime

Also: Reincarnated as a Slime OAD 4 & 5, Monster Girl Doctor, With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun, How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Ω, The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter anime coming ― Crunchyroll announced during its panel at the Anime Expo Lite online event on Saturday that it will stream the TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You, So I'm a Spider, So What?, and EX-ARM anime as Crunchyroll Original anim...
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Kodansha Comics to Release A Sign of Affection Manga in Print, Blood on the Tracks Manga Digitally

A Sign of Affection launches physically in March 2021; Blood on the Tracks launches digitally in August 2021 ― Kodansha USA Publishing, which handles the Kodansha Comics and Vertical imprints, announced during its Anime Expo Lite panel on Saturday that Suu Morishita's A Sign of Affection manga will get a print release in March 2021. In addition, Vertical will release Shūzō Oshimi's Blood on the Track...
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Bakugan: Battle Brawlers, Bakugan: Battle Planet Anime Stream on HappyKids.tv

2007, 2018 series to stream in free app ― Future Today announced on Tuesday that it will add the Bakugan: Battle Brawlers and Bakugan: Battle Planet anime shorts to the free HappyKids.tv streaming service. Bakugan: Battle Brawlers debuted in Japan in April 2007. America's Cartoon Network began showing the first Bakugan: Battle Brawlers anime series in February of 2008. Three sequel television series ...
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Montreal's Otakuthon to Hold Virtual Event on August 15-16

Virtual convention features panels, guests, interactive events, dealers room ― Montreal convention Otakuthon announced on Saturday that it will hold this year's event virtually on August 15-16 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. EDT. Non-live content from the convention will be available for 30 days after the event. Tickets for the event cost US$15 (CA$20). Pre-registration is open until July 15 and includ...
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Denpa Licenses AKILI's Vampeerz Manga

Manga centers on girl who falls in love with female vampire ― Manga publisher Denpa announced during the KuroCon 2020 digital event on Saturday that it has licensed AKILI's Vampeerz manga, and will debut the manga in summer 2021. AKILI launched the manga in Shogakukan's Sunday GX magazine in February 2019. Shogakukan published the ongoing manga's third volume on May 19. The manga centers on 14-year-o...
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Evangelion Teams Up With Japan Weather Association for Disaster Prevention Information Campaign

The Japan Weather Association has released an information pamphlet regarding disaster prevention and precaution measures in collaboration with the Evangelion series. The pamphlet features fonts from the anime series and is called the "Disaster Prevention Knowledge Instrumentality Project" in reference to the series' "Human Instrumentality Project." The pamphlet, which is being distributed through ...
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SUPER HXEROS Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― The official website for SUPER HXEROES: "H"EROES SAVE THE WORLD, the television anime of Ryōma Kitada's Dokyū Hentai HxEros manga, revealed on Saturday that the series will have six home video releases with a total of 12 episodes. The first Blu-ray Disc and DVD volume will ship on September 16, and one volume will ship each month thereafter. The anime premiered in Japan on Saturday, and Funimation...
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One Piece Anime's Dub Episodes 588-600 Debut in August

― Funimation revealed during its panel at FunimationCon 2020 on Friday that it will launch episodes 588-600 of the One Piece anime's English dub digitally in August. The release marks the continuation of the anime's "Punk Hazard" story arc. Funimation released episodes 575-587 of the dub digitally on Microsoft and Amazon Prime Video on April 28, which marked the return of the company's English dub. ...
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Fafner the Beyond Anime's Episodes 7-9 Open in Japan on November 13

Project's next 3 episodes feature angela's new opening theme "Sakebe" ― The official website for the Sōkyū no Fafner THE BEYOND anime project revealed on Saturday that the anime's seventh, eighth, and ninth episodes will open in theaters on November 13. The staff previously said on the anime's website that they are monitoring the situation regarding the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and would s...
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Cells at Work!! Theatrical Anime Reveals Video, Visual, More Cast

Yuri Yoshida, Rie Takahashi, Natsumi Fujiwara, Yurika Kubo join cast ― The official website for the Tokubetsu Jōei-ban "Hataraku Saibō!!" Saikyō no Teki, Futatabi. Karada no Naka wa "Chō" Ōsawagi! (Special Screening Edition: "Cells at Work!" The Return of the Strongest Enemy. A Huge Uproar Inside the Body's "Bowels!") theatrical anime revealed a promotional video, key visual, and additional cast on S...
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FunimationCon2020: By the Grace of the Gods Premiere

The show could serve to be a really touching iyashikei if it plays its cards right. I'd certainly be down for some "isekai healing" right now. ― What do you need to know about By the Grace of the Gods, Funimation's upcoming anime co-production? Let's get the fact that it's an isekai series out of the way. The word has started to carry some baggage along with it, so where has our hapless hero ended up...

The [email protected] Million Live! Game Gets TV Anime

Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Shinya Watada directs anime at Shirogumi Inc. ― A livestream event to commemorate the third anniversary of the The [email protected] Million Live! Theater Days smartphone game announced on Saturday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's The [email protected] Million Live! smartphone and browser game is inspiring a television anime adaptation. Shinya Watada (Aikatsu Stars! film, Gundam Build ...

Funimation to Stream The World Ends With You Anime

Anime to premiere worldwide in 2021 ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will stream The World Ends with You the Animation, the anime adaptation of Square Enix's The World Ends with You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai) action role-playing game. The anime will premiere worldwide in 2021. Kazuya Ichikawa (Monster Strike the Animation, Clean Freak! Aoyama kun, Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note) is directing the ani...
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Yo-kai Gakuen Y Wai Wai Gakuen Seikatsu Game Launches on Switch on August 13

― The official website for Level-5's Yo-Kai Watch franchise revealed on Friday that the Yo-kai Gakuen Y Wai Wai Gakuen Seikatsu (Yo-Kai Academy Y: Lively Academy Life) game will launch digitally for Nintendo Switch in Japan on August 13. The game will also launch on PlayStation 4 digitally "soon." In the "school life RPG," players will enroll at Yo-kai Gakuen Y and transform into a "Yo-kai Hero." Ch...
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Death Come True Game Launches on Steam on July 17

Game launched on iOS, Android, Switch on June 25; PS4 release planned ― The official Twitter account for the the Death Come True game revealed on Saturday that the game will launch for PC via Steam worldwide on July 17. The game launched on June 25 for the Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android, and is also planned to launch for Playstation 4. The game supports subtitles in 10 languages, including: Englis...
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Professor Layton and the Unwound Future Game Gets HD Mobile Version on July 13

2008 Nintendo DS game launches worldwide ― Level 5 announced on Friday that it will release Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (also known as Professor Layton and the Lost Future in Europe) in a new HD version for mobile devices worldwide on July 13. Level 5 describes the game: After solving a multitude of curious conundrums, renowned archaeologist Professor Layton receives a rather peculiar let...

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Live-Action Cowboy Bebop, Power Rangers Shows Allowed to Film Again in New Zealand

Crew, family permitted to enter country that is almost free of COVID-19 ― New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment is allowing five more overseas productions to enter the country for filming in the next six months, even as most countries are still dealing with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The productions that have received border exemptions include Netflix's live-acti...
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Tokyo One Piece Tower Attraction Closes Down on July 31

Theme park with games, restaurants, live show opened in March 2015 ― The official website for the One Piece franchise announced on Saturday that the Tokyo One Piece Tower theme park attraction will shut down permanently on July 31. The staff provided a statement on the reason for closing down the attraction: After the state of emergency was lifted and various measures were taken to prevent the spread...
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Haikara-San Part 2 Anime Film Debuts on Amazon Prime on July 7

Eleven Arts screened film in U.S. theaters in December 2018 ― Eleven Arts announced during its panel at the Anime Expo Lite online event on Friday that Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 2 (Haikara-san ga Tōru Kōhen: Hana no Tōkyō Dai Roman), the second of two film adaptations of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga, will be available digitally on Amazon Prime Video beginning on July 7. The...

J-Novel Club Releases Slayers Novels in Both Print, Digital

1st omnibus volume tentatively slated for July 2021; release will be based on Japanese revised editions ― J-Novel Club announced during its Q&A panel at the Anime Expo Lite online event on Friday that its release of Hajime Kanzaka and Rui Araizumi's Slayers light novel series will be available both digitally and in print. The first omnibus volume of the novels is tentatively slated for release in Jul...
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Bushiroad's D4DJ Groovy Mix Rhythm Gets Global Release in English

New multimedia project centering on DJs also has upcoming anime ― Bushiroad announced during a panel at the Anime Expo Lite virtual event on Friday focusing on its mobile games that it will release the D4DJ Groovy Mix rhythm game globally in English. Bushiroad demoed the game's "D4U Edition" during its panel. Game developer Donuts is developing the D4DJ Groovy Mix rhythm game for mobile devices. The ...
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Mangamo Manga App Plans Android Version, Territorial Availability Expansion

Manga subscription service launched for iOS on April 15 ― The Mangamo mobile manga subscription service announced during its panel at the Anime Expo Lite online event on Friday that it plans to be available in other territories and to launch an Android version of the app "within the coming weeks or months." Mangamo launched earlier this year on April 15 for iOS devices. It gives readers ad-free unlim...

The World Ends With You Anime Debuts Worldwide in 2021

Promo video, visual, staff, setting revealed for anime based on RPG ― A panel at the Anime Expo Lite virtual event on Saturday revealed that the anime adaptation of Square Enix's The World Ends with You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai) action role-playing game will be available worldwide in 2021. The title of the anime is The World Ends with You the Animation (Subarashiki Kono Sekai The Animation). The panel...

J-Novel Club Licenses Slayers Novels, 8 Other Novels, 4 New Manga

Holmes of Kyoto, Black Summoner, more licensed ― J-Novel Club announced at its panel at the Anime Expo Lite digital event on Friday that it has licensed nine new light novel series and four new manga. The first parts of volume one all the titles but The Bloodline will release digitally on Friday to J-Novel Club members. The titles include: Title: Slayers Authors: Hajime Kanzaka with illustrations by ...
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Funimation, Aniplex Screen Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Film in N. American Theaters

Film opens in Japan on October 16 ― Note: For more of Funimation's announcements on Friday, please see our omnibus article. Funimation announced during its FunimationCon 2020 online event on Friday that Funimation Films is partnering with Aniplex of America to release Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-Hen) in theaters in North America. The film i...

Funimation Expands Streaming Service to Mexico, Brazil This Fall

Select anime titles to be available with Spanish, Portuguese subtitles, dubs ― Note: For more of Funimation's announcements on Friday, please see our omnibus article. Funimation announced during its FunimationCon 2020 online event on Friday that it will expand its streaming service to Mexico and Brazil this fall. The company plans to offer select anime titles subtitled and dubbed in Spanish and Portu...
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Fire Force Anime's 2nd Season Listed with 24 Episodes

― The official website for the anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga is listing that the second season will have 24 episodes across four Blu-ray Disc releases, with each release containing six episodes. The new season premiered on MBS, TBS, BS-TBS, Miyazaki Broadcasting, Shin-etsu Broadcasting, and Oita Broadcasting System on Friday; and it will premiere on Shizuoka Broadcas...
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Tokyopop Licenses The God and the Flightless Messenger, BL Fans LOVE My Brother?!, The Cat Proposed Manga

Series join Love x Love imprint ― Tokyopop announced at its Anime Expo Lite panel on Friday that it has licensed the The God and the Flightless Messenger, BL Fans LOVE My Brother?!, and The Cat Proposed manga for its new Love x Love romance imprint. Title: The God and the Flightless Messenger (Kamisama to Tobenai Tsukai) Creator: Hagi Summary: A messenger's duty is to care for and protect the god the...
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Denpa Licenses Romy Oishi, meshe's Lockdown Zone: Level X, Kengo Hanazawa's Under Ninja Manga

Also: Shūzō Oshimi's Miss Kusakabe 1-shot manga ― Manga publisher Denpa announced during the Anime Expo Lite virtual event on Friday that it has licensed Romy Oishi and meshe's Lockdown Zone: Level X manga, Kengo Hanazawa's Under Ninja manga, and Shūzō Oshimi's Miss Kusakabe manga. Denpa is publishing the Lockdown Zone: Level X sci-fi horror manga as a simulpub this summer, and it will release the fi...
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The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! Author Comments on 17-Year-old Shogi Prodigy's Win

'Feel free to have a read of [The Ryuo's Work is Never Done!] before it becomes non-fiction.' ― The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! light novel author Shirow Shiratori commented on the 17-year-old shogi player Sōta Fujii on Sunday, highlighting the parallels between real life and The Ryuo's Work is Never Done!. 発売直後は「高校生の年齢でタイトル獲得するなんて将棋バカにしすぎ」とブッ叩かれたラノベ『りゅうおうのおしごと!』、1〜3巻までKindle Unlimitedで読み放題にしておきましたんで、...
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The Vision of Escaflowne ‒ Episode 9-10

When it comes to families, Van most assuredly did not win the lottery. That's not because they weren't good people, but rather due to the spectacular way in which they derailed.
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Ouran High School Host Club ‒ Episodes 11-12

The problem arises when there aren't a lot of jokes or even inherent humor in the meandering setup, turning Ouran into a watch-checking show more often than I'd like sometimes.
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Yen Press Licenses Unnamed Memory, 5 Other Novels, 6 Manga

Reign of the Seven Spellblades, Eniale & Dewiela, Overlord art book, more licensed ― Yen Press announced during its panel at the Anime Expo Lite event on Friday that it has licensed the Unnamed Memory; Reign of the Seven Spellblades; The Place Promised in Our Early Days; The World's Finest Assassin, Reincarnated in a Different World as an Aristocrat; The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten; and King of ...
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The Twelve Kingdoms ‒ Episode 11-12

In terms of narrative there's no huge revelations–we see the royal selection process in action, more or less, but the focus is largely on developing the impish Enki.
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Viz Media Licenses Dr. Stone Reboot: Byakuya, Asadora!, Beast Complex, Call of the Night Manga

Also: Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection, Tokyo Fashion: A Comic Book, Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead, The King's Beast ― Viz Media announced at its Anime Expo Lite panel on Friday that it has licensed the following eight manga titles: Title: Dr. Stone Reboot: Byakuya Creators: Boichi (story and art; original art), Riichirou Inagaki (original story) Release: March 2021 Summary: Join Senku's f...
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Akihabara Maid Café Confirms 6 Employees Contracted COVID-19

Tokyo governor tells residents to refrain from nightlife activities after 107 new cases confirmed on Thursday ― Infinia, the company which runs the popular maid café "@home cafe," announced on Wednesday that three of its employees had contracted the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Three other employees were confirmed to have contracted the virus on June 26, bringing the total number of infected employees...
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Viz Media's Shonen Jump Adds My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions, Jujutsu Kaisen 0, Naruto: Shikamaru's Story—Mourning Clouds

2 manga, 1 novel debut in early 2021 ― Viz Media announced at its Shonen Jump panel at FunimationCon on Friday that it has licensed three new titles for release on the service. The titles include: Title: My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions manga Creators: Yoco Akiyama (story and art), Kohei Horikoshi (original concept) Release: March 2021 Summary: The aspiring heroes of My Hero Academia team up with p...
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Wolf's Rain ‒ Episodes 9-10

Quent and Blue's story fracture apart as their hunt for the wolves gets tangled into all of the other human nonsense going around, and it's a very grim affair to say the least.
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Kyoto Animation to Stream Memorial Video on Fire's Anniversary on July 18

Asks for public to refrain from visiting Studio 1 site to prevent spread of COVID-19 ― Kyoto Animation posted a notice on its website on Friday that it will stream a memorial video on its YouTube channel on July 18 to mark the one-year anniversary of the devastating fire that burned down the company's Studio 1 building, killing 36 people and injuring 33 others. The video will be streamed in Japanese ...
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Right Stuf Releases Gundam NT on BD on October 6

― Right Stuf revealed during its panel at the FunimationCon 2020 online event on Friday that its home video release of the Mobile Suit Gundam NT anime film will ship on October 6. The release will include English subtitles and English and Japanese audio. Special features will include interviews with staff; commercials, trailers, and promo videos; videos from premiere events in Japan and Los Angeles;...

Funimation to Stream Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World, Naruto, More Anime

Streaming service expands to Mexico, Brazil this fall ― Funimation announced during the FunimationCon 2020 online event on Friday that it will stream the television anime of author Kei Sazane and illustrator Ao Nekonabe's Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World (Kimi to Boku no Saigo no Senjō, Arui wa Sekai ga Hajimaru Seisen) light novel series this fall. Funimation also announced that it will b...
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English Muv-Luv Expo Reveals Updates for Game, Manga Releases (Updated)

Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After launches in English in 2020; Muv-Luv Alternative launches in July ― The Muv-Luv Expo livestream event revealed additional information on upcoming game and manga releases in the franchise on Wednesday. The event revealed a promotional video for the Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After spinoff series of visual novels and revealed that the series is getting an English releas...
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Cross Infinite World Licenses 'Past Life Countess, Present Life Otome Game NPC?!' Light Novel

Sorahoshi's story follows countess who is reincarnated into modern-day otome game ― Cross Infinite World announced on Thursday that it has licensed Sorahoshi and Yuki Kinami's Past Life Countess, Present Life Otome Game NPC?! (Moto Hakushaku Reijō wa Otome Game ni Sansen Shimashita) light novel. The standalone light novel is currently available worldwide for pre-order and will be available digitally ...
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By the Grace of the Gods Anime Reveals 8 More Cast Members, New Visual

FunimationCon premieres anime on Friday ― The official website for the anime adaptation of author Roy and illustrator Ririnra's By the Grace of the Gods (Kami-tachi ni Hirowareta Otoko) light novel series revealed more cast members on Friday. The website also revealed a new key visual: The new cast includes: Yūki Kuwahara as Eliaria Daisuke Ono as Reinhart Marika Kōno as Miya Motomu Kiyokawa as Gain ...
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Manga Creator Morishige Passes Away

Creator of Hanaukyo Maid Team, Koi Koi Seven, Gakuto no Vector, Sakura Sakura, Oshikake Maid Shirayuki-san ― Publisher Akita Shoten announced on Friday that manga creator Morishige passed away on June 30. The company did not report a cause of death. Morishige debuted in adult magazines before launching the Hanaukyo Maid Team romantic comedy manga in Akita Shoten's Monthly Shonen Champion magazine in ...
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Ikebukuro West Gate Park Mystery Anime Previewed in English-Subtitled Video

Kentarō Kumagai narrates as Makoto in October series ― The official website for the television anime of Ira Ishida's Ikebukuro West Gate Park novel series began streaming the first English-subtitled promotional video on Friday. Kentarō Kumagai narrates the end of the video as his character Makoto. The mystery novel series is set in Tokyo's Ikebukuro ward, in the eponymous Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Kōen (k...
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Mamoru Oshii's VladLove Anime Previews Character Jinko Sumida

Yōko Hikasa voices role in upcoming series ― The official YouTube channel for Ichigo Animation and Mamoru Oshii's new anime series VladLove began streaming a new character video on Friday highlighting the character Jinko Sumida (voiced by Yōko Hikasa). The character is the "chairman of the Discipline Committee who is stubborn and inflexible." The 12-episode anime was originally slated to debut this f...
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Fruits Basket 2nd Season Anime Previews 2nd Half in New Trailer

Series continues into summer season ― Funimation began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Friday to preview the second half of the Fruits Basket 2nd Season anime. Funimation also revealed a new visual, and revealed that Asako Toki is performing the new opening theme song "Home," and Monkey Majik is performing the new ending theme song "Eden." The anime premiered in Japan on April 6, and is con...
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Wandering Witch - The Journey of Elaina TV Anime's 2nd Video Unveils More Cast, Ending Song Artist, October Debut

Yōko Hikasa, singer ChouCho join C2C anime ― The official website for the television anime of Jougi Shiraishi's Wandering Witch - The Journey of Elaina (Majo no Tabitabi) light novel series began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Friday. The website and the video both revealed a new cast member, the ending theme song artist, and the October premiere for the anime. The website also pos...

RetroCrush Adds 10 Anime Titles to Service

One Million-year Trip, Bagi, Ambassador Magma, Hakugei: Legend of the Moby Dick, Voltes V, more release in July ― Digital Media Rights revealed on Thursday that it has licensed 10 new anime titles for its RetroCrush streaming service. The titles One Million-year Trip: Bander Book, Bagi, the Monster of Mighty Nature, Ambassador Magma, Hakugei: Legend of the Moby Dick, Voltes V, Shin Getter Robo, ItaKi...
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Ultraman Manga Authors Draw 1st Manga in Touken Ranbu Anthology

1st story focuses on Awataguchi tantō ― The August issue of Hero's Inc.'s Monthly Hero's magazine revealed on Wednesday that manga creators Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi will draw the first manga in the upcoming Touken Ranbu Kizuna manga anthology. The first manga will focus on the Awataguchi school tantō (short swords). The anthology is the first project to commemorate the eighth anniversar...
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Seven Seas Licenses Failure Frame, Donuts Under a Crescent Moon, Dungeon Toilet, Dai Dark Manga

Also: Failure Frame: I Became the Strongest and Annihilated Everything With Low-Level Spells light novel series ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed the Failure Frame: I Became the Strongest and Annihilated Everything With Low-Level Spells manga and light novel series, and the Donuts Under a Crescent Moon, Dungeon Toilet, and Dai Dark manga. Seven Seas will publish th...

Knights of Sidonia Gets 2021 Film With All-New Story

New Polygon Pictures film by previous co-director Hiroyuki Seshita, previous editor Tadahiro Yoshihira ― Polygon Pictures announced on Friday that it is producing a new anime film based on Tsutomu Nihei's Knights of Sidonia (Sidonia no Kishi) manga. The new film, titled Sidonia no Kishi: Ai Tsumugu Hoshi (Knights of Sidonia: The Star Where Love is Spun), will open in 2021. The teaser promotional vide...
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Given Anime Film Rescheduled for August 22 After COVID-19 Delay

Originally scheduled for May 16 ― The official website for the anime film of Natsuki Kizu's Given manga announced on Friday that the film has been rescheduled for August 22. The film had been scheduled to open in Japan on May 16, but was delayed due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 in Japan. Kizu expressed her surprise on the news and noted that she majored in film stud...
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EVO Cancels Online Tournament After Allegations Against Co-Founder

Co-founder Joey Cuellar accused of sexual misconduct ― The organizers of the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) fighting game tournament announced on Thursday that it has canceled its EVO Online event, after recent accusations of sexual misconduct against EVO co-founder and president Joey "MrWizard" Cuellar. The tournament will now no longer be involved with Cuellar, relieving him of his responsibil...
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Dr. Stone Anime's 2nd Season Teaser Previews 'Stone Wars' Arc

Season premieres in January 2021 ― The official website for the television anime of Boichi and Riichirou Inagaki's Dr. Stone manga unveiled a new teaser trailer and visual for the anime's second season on Friday. The teaser previews the second season's "Stone Wars" story arc. The second season will premiere in January 2021. Boichi (Sun-Ken Rock) and Inagaki (author of Eyeshield 21) launched the manga...

PlayStation Suspends Advertising on Facebook, Instagram

In support of #StopHateForProfit campaign ― Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) confirmed on Thursday that it will temporarily stop its PlayStation brand activity, including advertising and non-paid content, on the Facebook and Instagram social media platforms in support of the #StopHateForProfit campaign. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has drawn criticism for his lack of action in stopping hate conte...
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Tiger & Bunny ‒ Episodes 11-13

The terrorist attack in episode 10–indeed, a lot of things about this scenario–somewhat reminds me of The Dark Knight Rises, which came out a year later.

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time Anime

HIDIVE begins streaming anime on July 10 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed the television anime of Daisuke Hiyama's Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time (Peter Grill to Kenja no Jikan) manga for home video and digital release worldwide except Asia. HIDIVE will begin streaming the anime on July 10 at 12:50 p.m. EDT worldwide except in Asia, France, Germany, Monaco, Andorr...
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy Anime's Video Previews Tomori Kusunoki's Ending Song

Series premieres on Saturday after COVID-19 delay ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Shu's The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History's Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants (Maō Gakuin no Futekigōsha ~Shijō Saikyō no Maō no Shiso, Tensei Shite Shison-tachi no Gakkō e Kayō) light novel series began streaming the anime's second promotional vid...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 Anime's Trailer Previews Eir Aoi's Ending Song

Anime premieres on July 11 after COVID-19 delay ― The official Twitter account for the Sword Art Online anime began streaming a new promotional video for the Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 anime on Thursday. The video previews for the first time the ending theme song "I will…" by Eir Aoi. 【最終章:最新映像公開!】 7/11(土)放送開始の「SAO アリシゼーションWoU」最終章の最新映像を公開! 映像内ではEDテーマ「I will...」(藍井エイル)の音源も初...

Dr. Stone Anime Season 2 Premieres in January 2021

2nd season focuses on "Stone Wars" story arc ― The wraparound jacket band on Boichi and Riichirou Inagaki's 16th Dr. Stone manga volume announced on Friday that the second season of the manga's anime adaptation will premiere in January 2021. The second anime season will focus on the "Stone Wars" story arc. Boichi (Sun-Ken Rock) and Inagaki (author of Eyeshield 21) launched the manga in Weekly Shonen ...
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Popular One Piece Cookbook Gets Re-Release on July 3

OK, but English release when? ― Shueisha will re-release the popular One Piece Pirate Recipes: Umi no Ichiryū Ryōrinin: Sanji no Manpuku Gohan (One Piece Pirate Recipes: First-Class Cook of the Seas Sanji's Filling Meals) cookbook on July 3. The original version released in 2012 included a silicon mat that featured an image of Sanji holding a wine glass. The book has 210,000 copies in circulation. Th...
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Princess Tutu ‒ Episode 11-12

Kraehe reveals that she can see and hear Drosselmeyer, meaning that she's outside of his power, and she announces to him that she's writing the story of Mythos as she wants to see it.
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Fate/Zero ‒ Episode 11

Gather round as the three former kings sit down to discuss the true meaning of being a monarch.
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High School Student Crowdfunds Legal Fees to Sue Over Game Ordinance

Campaign reached its 5 million yen goal on June 30 ― In May, a mother and her 17-year-old son filed a lawsuit against the Kagawa Prefecture, claiming that a recent ordinance restricting video game playing time among children is "unconstitutional" and "violates fundamental human rights." They are seeking 1.54 million yen (approximately US$14,300) in damages. In June, the son, who goes by the name "Wat...
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Lio and Galo Celebrate 1 Year of Promare⁠—as Sanrio-Style Characters

Is there anything that can't fit in the Sanrio aesthetic? ― Is there anything that can't fit in the Sanrio aesthetic? The cute mascots have collaborated to create even cuter merchandise for series like BEASTARS, Digimon, My Hero Academia, Bungo Stray Dogs and more. The latest characters to join Hello Kitty and the gang are Lio and Galo, the main characters from Trigger's immensely popular action anim...
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An Invitation from a Crab

"This is a work that knows how to deal in extremes, and still have them make a sort of internal sense when combining them." Rose Bridges combs through the Twilight Zone-esque world of An Invitation From a Crab. ― In the past few years, we've seen an explosion in the variety of manga available for translation in English. Long-time otaku have always known that Japanese audiences will read manga about a...
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This Week in Games - Takin' a Break

The gaming world seems to be on vacation right now, even with two next-gen consoles still somehow slated for this year. ― It's July! Boy those first six months of the year sure, uh… went… um… were… something. Yeah! It's a holiday weekend here in the USA, so maybe everyone just collectively decided to try and chillax a little. That's certainly not a bad thing! It's a little hard to go to neighborhood ...
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Kemono Jihen Anime Reveals More Cast, More Staff, 2021 Debut

Daisuke Ono, Kana Hanazawa, Yumiri Hanamori join cast ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Shō Aimoto's Kemono Jihen (Monster Incidents) manga announced on Friday more cast members, more staff members, and the 2021 premiere for the anime. It also presented a new key visual: The newly announced cast members are: Daisuke Ono as Mihai Kana Hanazawa as Inari Yumiri Hanamori as Kon H...
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Moriarty the Patriot Anime Unveils More Cast, More Staff, October Debut

Satoshi Hino, Yūto Uemura, Yuuki Ono join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Ryōsuke Takeuchi and Hikaru Miyoshi's Yūkoku no Moriarty (Moriarty the Patriot) manga announced on Friday more cast members, more staff members, and the October premiere for the anime. The website also presented a new key visual: The newly announced cast members are: Satoshi Hino as Sebastian Moran Yūto ...
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Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Season 2 Anime Streams Promo Video Before Broadcast Resumes

Series resumes from episode 19 on July 9 ― The official Gundam Info YouTube channel started streaming a promotional video for the resumption of the Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Season 2 anime on Thursday. The anime is scheduled to resume from episode 19 on the Sunrise's Gundam Channel on YouTube on July 9. Episode 18 of the series debuted on May 8, but episode 19 was delayed due to the effects of the ...
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Rando Ayamine Launches 2nd Part of Granblue Fantasy Side Story Manga

GetBackers artist Ayamine, Taka Ichizuki launch Granblue Fantasy Gaiden: Tsuioku no Arshivelle end of fate ― The Comic Walker website launched the Granblue Fantasy Gaiden: Tsuioku no Arshivelle end of fate manga by Rando Ayamine and Taka Ichizuki on Tuesday. The manga is described as the second part of the Granblue Fantasy Gaiden: Tsuioku no Arshivelle manga, and continues the untold story of Erste k...
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Tonari no Kashiwagi-san's Kinusa Shimotsuki Launches New Manga on July 22

Kimi to Kazoku ni Naru made manga centers on 2 people falling in love after meeting on train ― The August issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine revealed on June 24 that manga creator Kinusa Shimotsuki will launch a new manga titled Kimi to Kazoku ni Naru made (Until We're Both Family) in the magazine's next issue on July 22. The magazine describes the manga as a romance story where ...
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Re:Zero ~Starting Break Time From Zero~ Anime Shorts Also Get 2nd Season

Spinoff season debuts on July 10 in same week as main anime's season 2 ― The official website for the Re: Life in a different world from zero (Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu) television anime series announced on Thursday that the Re:Zero ~Starting Break Time From Zero~ (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Break Time) spinoff series will also have a second season. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Break Time 2nd season...
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Police Arrest High School Student in Tokyo for Bomb Threat on Konami

Police: suspect was dissatisfied with Winning Eleven smartphone game ― Police from Tokyo's Tsukiji police station arrested a 16-year-old male high school student in Setagaya on Wednesday after the suspect allegedly issued a bomb threat toward Konami Digital Entertainment. According to police, the suspect was dissatisfied with Konami's eFootball Winning Eleven 2020 smartphone game. Police stated the s...
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Toronto Comic Arts Festival Co-Founder Christopher Butcher Resigns

Resigns due to health issues; acknowledges, apologizes TCAF's lack of inclusion of BIPOC, LGBTQ+ people ― The Toronto Comics Arts Festival event's Artistic Director Christopher Butcher announced on Wednesday that he has resigned from his position in order to address health issues, and so that other staff members can move up to other positions. He also acknowledged criticisms of him and TCAF regarding...

Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Romantic Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime

Sumire Uesaka stars in Telecom Animation Film show helmed by Hirokazu Hanai ― A website and Twitter account opened on Thursday to announce that Nanashi's Don't Mess with Me, Nagatoro (Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san) manga is inspiring a television anime. Sumire Uesaka voices the titular heroine Nagatoro. Vertical publishes the manga in English, and it describes the romantic comedy story: Mischievous Nagato...
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Girl Gaku Anime Resumes With 5th Episode on July 6 After COVID-19 Delay

Staff had delayed 5th episode indefinitely on May 4 ― The official website for TV Tokyo's Oha-sta (Good Morning Studio) kids variety program announced on Monday that Girl Gaku ~Sei Girls Square Gakuin~ (Girl School ~Holy Girls Square Academy~), the television anime for the Girls² (pronounced "Girls Girls") performance group, is resuming with its fifth episode on July 6. The anime delayed its fifth ep...
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Monster Girl Doctor Anime's 1st Episode Debuts Streaming in Japan on July 4

― The official website for the television anime of Yoshino Origuchi's Monster Girl Doctor (Monster Musume no Oisha-san) light novel series announced on June 26 that the anime's first episode will have an advanced streaming debut on d Anime Store in Japan on Saturday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m. The streaming will be in line with the television premiere dates from the second episode onward. The anime will pr...
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Ghibli Museum Aims to Gradually Reopen to General Public in September

Museum to open to local Mitaka City residents only in mid-July ― Ghibli Museum Director Kazuki Anzai announced on Thursday that the museum dedicated to the anime of Studio Ghibli will gradually reopen in mid-July. However, tickets for this initial trial phase will be only available to residents of the museum's local Mitaka City in limited, random drawings. Depending on how this initial phase goes, th...
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Dark Horse Ends Ties With Former Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie

Hellboy, The Umbrella Academy graphic novels' editor accused of sexual assault ― Publisher Dark Horse Comics announced on Twitter on June 24 that the company will no longer work with Scott Allie. Former Dark Horse editor Shawna Gore accused the former Editor-in-Chief of the company of sexual assault prior to Dark Horse Comics' decision. We believe Shawna Gore. Effective immediately, Dark Horse Comics...
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RPG Maker MV Game Launches for PS4, Switch in West in September

Release date trailer streamed ― NIS America announced on Wednesday that it will release the RPG Maker MV game for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in North America on September 8, Europe on September 11, and Oceania on September 18. The company began streaming a release date trailer: The game is getting a limited edition that includes a creator's log, soundtrack, and collector's box. NIS America...

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Live-Action Kyō Kara Ore wa!! TV Special's Video Reveals July 17 Premiere

TV spinoff premieres on same day as upcoming live-action film ― The official website for the live-action Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! television special, a spinoff from the upcoming Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! film, began streaming a promotional video on Thursday. The video reveals the special's July 17 premiere date in NTV's Friday night "Kinyō Road Show!" programming block. Yua Shinkawa and Hinako Sakurai star in the...
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Yen Press Licenses A Certain Magical Index SS, Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana Novels

Also: The White Cat's Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King's Lap, Wolf & Parchment, Sword Art Online Project Alicization manga ― Yen Press announced two new light novel licenses and three new manga licenses on Wednesday. In addition, the company will publish the Keito Koume Illustrations: Spice & Wolf – The Tenth Year Calvados art book. Title: A Certain Magical Index SS light novel Creators: Kazum...
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Seven Seas Licenses A White Rose in Bloom, Muscles Are Better Than Magic!, Rozi in the Labyrinth Manga

Also: Muscles Are Better Than Magic! light novel ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed A White Rose in Bloom and Rozi in the Labyrinth manga, as well as the Muscles Are Better Than Magic! manga and light novel. Seven Seas will release the first volume of Asumiko Nakamura's A White Rose in Bloom (Mejirobana no Saku) manga physically and digitally in January 2021. The c...
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Bungo Stray Dogs Hashigaki Stage Play Reveals Cast, September Run

Ryoki Nagae, Shuhei Izumi, Teruma, Hideya Tawada star in play ― Bandai Namco Live Creative and Gorch Brothers announced the cast and September 11-27 run date on Thursday for Bungo Stray Dogs Hashigaki, one of two new stage plays for the Bungo Stray Dogs franchise. The cast includes: Ryoki Nagae as Rampo Edogawa (left in image below), Shuhei Izumi as Yukichi Fukuzawa (right) Teruma as Doppo Kuniki (le...
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Make Your Wedding a Moonlight Romance with Sailor Moon's Wedding Dress

Manga creator Naoko Takeuchi personally supervises dress design ― Wedding dress rental service Mariarosa is putting up Sailor Moon-themed wedding dress and tuxedos for rent in dress shops across Japan starting from August. The dress designs were personally supervised by Sailor Moon creator Naoko Takeuchi herself. The dress lineup comes with multiple varieties, as follows: Princess Serenity Model Sail...
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Voice Actress Haruna Ikezawa Announces Her Marriage

Actress plays Athena Asamiya in King of Fighters, Coco Bandicoot in Crash Bandicoot ― Voice actress Haruna Ikezawa (44) announced on Twitter on Wednesday that she has gotten married. She tweeted: "I got married! I thought about using the staple phrases like 'I have an important announcement,' or 'Thank you to everyone who supported me,' but it felt awkward so I'm just giving it to you straight. It's ...
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Godzilla Sends Off Pride Month with 'Coming Out' Stop-Motion Short

Stop-motion artist Cressa Maeve Beer created the heartwarming video ― Just because June is over doesn't mean that LGBTQ+ Pride has to stop. In a stop-motion animated short shared by TOHO on Tuesday, the King of All Monsters puts off a battle to have a heart-to-heart with his child. The little Godzilla appears despondent and upset. Daddy Godzilla and his offspring have a heart-to-heart over tea where ...
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 38

Last week I was endlessly praising the way Fruits Basket assigns real depth to even its auxiliary characters… but this week, Kakeru, Kimi, and Naohito are pointedly one-note.
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Netflix's JU-ON: Origins Live-Action Horror Series Streams New Clip

1st series in franchise focuses on paranormal investigator, debuts on July 3 ― Netflix began streaming a new clip of NBC Universal Entertainment Japan's Ju-on: Noroi no Ie (English title: JU-ON: Origins), the first live-action series for the Ju-on franchise, on Wednesday. The series will debut worldwide on Netflix on July 3. The companies had first announced the series on April 13. The new series cen...
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Ken Akamatsu Comments on Casting POC Voice Actors in American Cartoons, Japanese Anime

― On Saturday, CNN reported that the long-running American cartoon The Simpsons will stop using white voice actors to play POC (People of Color) characters. The recent move from the show's producers come from an effort to address historical discrimination against non-white voice actors in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests in the United States and abroad. Abema Times reported on the news in Jap...
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Poco's Udon World's Nodoka Shinomaru Launches New Manga on July 31

Koi Janai kara Namae o Tsukete manga centers on woman who restarts life after losing everything ― The August issue of Kodansha's Be-Love magazine revealed on Wednesday that Nodoka Shinomaru will launch a new manga titled Koi Janai kara Namae o Tsukete (This Isn't Love, So Give it a Name) in the magazine's next issue on July 31. The magazine's tagline for the manga is, "A 34-year-old woman who carried...
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Spider-Man Fake Red Manga Canceled

Manga's 1st compiled book volume did not sell well enough ― Manga creator Yūsuke Ōsawa revealed on Twitter on Tuesday that his Spider-Man: Fake Red (Spider-Man: Itsuwari no Aka) manga based on Marvel's Spider-Man character has been canceled. Ōsawa stated that although initial sales of the manga's first compiled book volume were fairly good, additional printings did not continue to sell as well. The d...
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Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris Game's Trailer Previews Battle System

Game ships in Japan on July 9, West on July 10 after delay ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new trailer on Tuesday for the Sword Art Online Alicization: Lycoris game. The video previews the real-time battle system. Bandai Namco Entertainment postponed the release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to July 9 and for PC via Steam to July 10 in Japan due to safety considerations relate...
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Funimation to Stream Naruto Shippuden, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Anime in U.K., Ireland

― Funimation announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming the Naruto Shippuden and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime on July 1 in the U.K. and Ireland. All episodes of Naruto Shippuden and the first 51 episodes of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations will be available on the streaming service both in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub. Funimation began streaming the Naruto t...
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FunimationCon Virtual Event Debuts Deca-Dence, By the Grace of the Gods Anime Before Japan Premieres

Convention also debuts Fire Force 2nd season anime's English dub ― Funimation announced on Tuesday that it will debut at its FunimationCon 2020 virtual anime convention the first episode of the original television anime series Deca-Dence ahead of its July 8 premiere in Japan and the first episode of the By the Grace of the Gods anime ahead of its fall premiere. The convention will also debut the firs...
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The Millionaire Detective's Promo Video Previews Delayed Anime's Return

Series restarts airing from episode 1 on July 16 ― The official website for The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED, the television anime of Yasutaka Tsutsui's bestselling detective novel Fugō Keiji (Wealthy Detective), began streaming a new promotional video on Wednesday. The video includes new cuts from the anime and features male idol group SixTONES' opening theme song "NAVIGATOR." 【最新PV解禁】...
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Gibiate Anime's Ending Video Previews Sugizo, Maki Ohguro's Song

Series premieres in Japan on July 8, on Crunchyroll on July 15 ― The official website for Yoshitaka Amano's Gibiate anime series began streaming the anime's ending video on Wednesday. The video previews Sugizo and Maki Ohguro's ending theme song "Endless ~Across the Time~." The anime will premiere on July 8 at 10:00 p.m. on Tokyo MX. The show will also air on AT-X and BS-Fuji, and it will stream in J...

'My Senpai Is Annoying' Workplace Romantic Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime by Doga Kobo

Shiro Manta's web manga of office lady & her annoying senior co-worker ― A Twitter account launched on Wednesday to announce that Shiro Manta's My Senpai Is Annoying (Senpai ga Uzai Kōhai no Hanashi) manga is inspiring a television anime. Doga Kobo (Sing "Yesterday" for Me, Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater) is animating the project. Seven Seas is publishing the full-color manga in English, and it ...
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Sonic the Hedgehog Film Opens at #6 in Japan, But Ghibli Takes Top 3

4 Ghibli films rank in weekend's top 10 ― Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog movie earned 50,732,770 yen (about US$471,800) from Saturday to Sunday to rank #6 in its opening weekend in Japan. The film opened in Japan last Friday and earned 62,942,620 yen (about US$584,700) over its first three days. It had been delayed from its original March 27 opening date due to the new coronavirus disease (CO...
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Symphogear Season 1 Director Tatsufumi Itō Passes Away at 55

Itō worked for 3 decades on Gasaraki, Princess Tutu, Casshern Sins, M3, BOKUBEN. more ― Anime director Tatsufumi Itō passed away on May 23 due to a brainstem hemorrhage. He was 55. His wife Mariko Itō made the announcement on Tatsufumi Itō's Twitter account on Wednesday. Itō (also known as Tatsufumi Tamagawa) was perhaps best known as the director of the first season of Senki Zesshō Symphogear, Satel...
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Voice Actor Mark Ishii Returns to Work After 7-Month Hiatus

Ishii went on hiatus in December due to maladjustment diagnosis ― Voice actor Mark Ishii announced on Wednesday that he is returning to work after being on hiatus since late December. He went on hiatus after being diagnosed with "maladjustment" and being in poor physical health. He added that he is now signed with the talent management agency Aksent. Just Production Inc. ended its contract with Ishii...
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Kyoto Animation Starts Recruiting Again

Studio recruiting for animators, 3D CG staff, managers, systems engineers, more ― Kyoto Animation announced on Tuesday that it is accepting applications again for different positions for both fixed-term and year-round employment periods. The anime studio had postponed recruiting for the 2021 fiscal year due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The studio is accepting applications ...

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SUPER HXEROS Manga's 11th Volume Bundles Anime BD

Anime BD contains 3 original stories featuring Momoka, Sora, Maihime ― Shueisha post images of Ryōma Kitada's 10th Dokyū Hentai HxEros manga volume on Wednesday, and the volume's wraparound jacket band announces that the 11th volume will bundle an original anime Blu-ray Disc. The anime Blu-ray Disc features brand new stories, including a story with Momoka titled "Futari no Amanojaku" (Their Perversio...
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Fire Force Anime Casts Takahiro Sakurai as Yuichiro Kurono

Sakurai plays pyrokinesis researcher in season premiering July 3 ― The official website for the anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga revealed on Wednesday that Takahiro Sakurai will join the second season's cast as Yuichirō Kurono, a head researcher of pyrokinesis at Hajima Industries. Nicknamed "Death," this Third Generation Pyrokinetic is fond of bullying the weak. Previou...

Discotek Licenses Space Adventure Cobra TV Anime, Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer Film

Also schedules last Galaxy Express 999 TV set, Wicked City film on BD on September 29 ― Discotek Media announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the Space Adventure Cobra television anime and Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer (Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin), the 22nd film in the Detective Conan franchise. The company will release the Space Adventure Cobra TV anime on Blu-ray Disc on September 29...
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One Room Anime's 3rd Season Reveals New Cast

Miyu Tomita, Yumiri Hanamori cast as gardening club member, tutor next door ― The official website for the One Room anime series revealed two new cast members for the anime's third season on Wednesday. Miyu Tomita will play Akira Kotokawa (seen left in image below), a younger student who is in the gardening club with the protagonist, while Yumiri Hanamori will play Saya Orisaki (right), a 24-year-old...
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The Dungeon of Black Company TV Anime Confirmed

― The official Twitter account for Mag Garden's Mag Comi website confirmed the television anime adaptation of Yōhei Yasumura's The Dungeon of Black Company (Meikyū Black Company) manga on Wednesday. The Twitter account also unveiled a visual for the anime. Retailer Rakuten's listing for the manga's sixth volume had earlier included an image that revealed the anime announcement. The volume will ship ...
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Gleipnir ‒ SEASON FINALE

Overall, Gleipnir ends its anime in a place that affirms my affection for this rambunctious and emotionally resonant piece of garbage.
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Celebrate Sasuke and Itachi's Birthdays with a Puzzle-Solving Event

Event at Nijigen no Mori theme park runs from July 4 to August 31 ― The Naruto characters Sasuke and Itachi are celebrating their birthdays with a puzzle-solving event held in the "Nijigen no Mori" (2D Forest) theme park from July 4 to August 31. The Uchiha brothers' birthdays fall within a similar time frame: Sasuke's birthday is July 23, while Itachi's is June 9. The puzzle-solving event is the sec...
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Pokémon Journeys: The Series ‒ Episodes 3-4

Now, Pokémon was always silly and goofy, but coming at Pokémon Journeys after a decade or so on Poké-hiatus, I'm noticing (and appreciating) a willingness to really cut loose with the gags.
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, June 28-July 4

After the Rain, Lupin III: Goodbye Partner anime; Love Me for Who I Am, Koimonogatari manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date After the Rain BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 June 30 Astroganger BDCite Discotek Media US$39.95 June 30 Black Clover Season 2 Part 5 BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$54.98 June 30 Black Clover Season 2 Part 5 Artbook BDPlease Funimation US$...
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Outlaw Star ‒ Episode 11-12

It's a surprisingly anticlimactic end to an event the show spent multiple episodes building up.
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Dengeki Bunko, Aniplex Launch 'I'm the Strongest' Twitter Campaign

Between Sword Art Online, The Irregular at Magic High School, and The Misfit of Demon King Academy, who has the strongest protagonist? ― Between Sword Art Online's Kirito, The Irregular at Magic High School's Tatsuya, and The Misfit of Demon King Academy's Anos, who would win in a fight? Dengeki Bunko and Aniplex are encouraging anime fans to compare the power levels of these formidable protagonists ...
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Woodpecker Detective's Office ‒ SERIES FINALE

That's where Woodpecker Detective's Office succeeds, in showing us that how we as an audience feel about a character isn't as important as how the people in the story feel.
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GET UP! GET LIVE! Short Anime's Episode 0 Streams on July 3

Anime about aspiring comedians in entertainment industry premieres on July 10 ― The official website for MBS' GET UP! GET LIVE! franchise announced on Monday that the franchise's official YouTube channel will stream episode 0 of the upcoming short anime GET UP! GET LIVE! #GeraGera on July 3. The anime will premiere on July 10 at 25:50 (effectively July 11 at 1:50 a.m.) at the end of the Super Animeis...
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Princess Connect! Re:Dive ‒ SEASON FINALE

After 13 beautifully animated episodes, we have reached the end of the series--though this episode feels more like one set in the middle than the final climax.
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Hiroshi Motomiya's Good Job Manga Starts Final Arc

Omnibus manga about various occupations launched in July 2018 ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine revealed on June 25 that Hiroshi Takano and Hiroshi Motomiya's Good Job manga will enter its final arc in the magazine's next issue on Thursday. The manga series is an omnibus about various occupations. The tagline reads, "Tax collectors, deliverymen, nurses... this goes out to all...
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FMA Winry Rockbell Voice Actor Megumi Takamoto Announces Her Marriage

Voice actress Megumi Takamoto (34), who is best known for playing Winry Rockbell in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, announced on Twitter on Monday that she got married to a person outside the industry in February. "Apologies for the belated announcement; due to the influence of coronavirus, my public and private life are in a state of disruption," she wrote. "I will continue to put my all into m...
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The Dungeon of Black Company Manga Listed With TV Anime

Series entered climax on June 5 ― Retailer Rakuten's listing for the sixth compiled book volume of Yōhei Yasumura's The Dungeon of Black Company (Meikyū Black Company) manga includes a cover image that reveals the series is getting a television anime adaptation. The volume will ship on July 10. The manga entered its climax with its 30th chapter on June 5. Seven Seas Entertainment is publishing the ma...
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Date A Live Ren Dystopia Game's Promo Video Reveals September Release

PS4 game delayed from summer 2019 debut in Japan ― Compile Heart revealed on Tuesday a new promotional video and the September 24 release for Date A Live Ren Dystopia, the new PlayStation 4 game based on Koushi Tachibana's Date A Live light novel series. The limited-edition version of the game will bundle a drama CD and booklet with short story by Tachibana. People who pre-order the game will also re...

Trigger Pays Former Employee Unpaid Overtime

Anime studio, former employee reach "amicable settlement" through labor union ― The official website for anime studio Trigger announced on Tuesday that the company has reached an "amicable settlement" with a former employee related to unpaid overtime from errors with long and flexible work hours. Black Kigyō Union (BKU) facilitated the negotiations. Trigger said, "We are making efforts to improve wor...
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Misaki Saito Ends Keishichō Battōka Manga

Manga about police swordsmen launched in July 2015, inspired stage play ― Manga creator Misaki Saitoh published the final chapter of their Keishichō Battōka (Police Swordsmen) in Gentosha Comics' Comic Boost website on June 26. Gentosha will publish the manga's eighth and final volume on August 24. The manga centers on a fictional unit of sword-wielding policemen in Japan, who handle cases of people ...
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Shakugan no Shana Manga's Ayato Sasakura Launches New Manga

Aekanaru manga begins with meeting between suicidal person, gentle girl ― The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Comic web manga magazine revealed on Monday that manga creator Ayato Sasakura launched a new manga titled Aekanaru (Gentle) in the magazine on Tuesday. The manga's story centers on Sadai, a person who heads into the mountains with the intent of taking his own life, but ins...
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Live-Action Georama Boy Panorama Girl Film Casts Anna Yamada, Jin Suzuki

Tokyo Alice's Natsuki Seta directs film opening in fall ― The staff for the live-action film of Kyoko Okazaki's Georama Boy Panorama Girl manga announced the two main cast members on Monday. Anna Yamada (live-action Saki) will play Haruko Shibuya, and Jin Suzuki will play Kenichi Kanagawa in his first starring role for a film. The staff also revealed two visuals: The film opens in Japan this fall. Th...
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Sunrise Registers 'Love Live! Superstar!!' Trademark

― Sunrise filed to register a "Love Live! Superstar!!" trademark on June 16. The filing was made public on June 30. The Love Live! franchise has an upcoming new television anime that does not yet have an official title. The anime is set in a new school named "Yuigaoka Girls High School," focusing on characters named (from left to right in image below) Chisato Arashi, Sumire Heanna, Kanon Shibuya, Ta...

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Chinese Director Releases 3DCG Evangelion Tribute Short Film

Chinese director Somei Sun released the full version of his 3DCG Evangelion tribute short film on Vimeo on Saturday. The film is titled Evangelion: It Can (Not) Be True. EVANGELION 超•現實 from SOMEI 晟 on Vimeo. View this post on Instagram Evangelion "It Can (Not) Be True" 3DCG tribute short film by chinese artist @Somei_Sun (also used as a commercial for OPPO's Ace2 smartphone). Full video >> https:...
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Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt's Yasuo Ohtagaki Supervises New Manga

Shunji Etō, Natsumi Inoue launched Kanawa no Kage Rui on June 23 ― Author Shunji Etō and artist Natsumi Inoue's new Kanawa no Kage Rui manga launched on the eBookJapan website on June 23. Manga creator Yasuo Ohtagaki (Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt, Moonlight Mile) is supervising the series as the first part of an original manga and novel project in collaboration with Anima (Cat Shit One: The Animate...
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One Piece ‒ Episodes 919-921

We open on Nami and Shinobu's castle infiltration mission where they are on the run from the guards.
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Ghost in the Shell's Motoko Makes Cover of Fashion Magazine

The iconic Ghost in the Shell character Motoko Kusanagi is making her debut on the cover of the fashion magazine anan. Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 character designer Ilya Kuvshinov drew the illustration on the cover for the magazine's 2,208th issue, which will go on sale on July 8. The issue has the theme of "Experiencing the cutting edge of today's entertainment." It will feature a message by Gh...
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 4

So with that initial teaser being all we had to digest, it definitely feels like the ‘real’ show is starting as we return with this fourth episode.
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Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER Film Premieres in N. America on July 11

Film streams on Nerdist, Geek & Sundry's YouTube channels with panel ― Nerdist announced on Monday that it is partnering with Shout! Factory TV and Team Kamen Rider to host the United States and Canadian premiere of the Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER film digitally on July 11 as part of the Nerdist House 2020 streaming event. The film will stream on Nerdist's YouTube channel and on Geek & Sun...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 ‒ SEASON FINALE

A satisfying conclusion to a consistently amazing season, episode 12 fires on all cylinders and leaves us wanting more.
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Assault Lily Bouquet TV Anime Casts Sayaka Harada

Harada plays Kusumi Egawa in October anime ― The official website for the Assault Lily mixed-media franchise's television anime Assault Lily Bouquet announced on Monday that Sayaka Harada is joining the cast as Kusumi Egawa. The anime delayed its premiere date to October to prioritize the safety of its cast and staff during the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The anime was originally sla...
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Live-Action Tokyo Revengers Film Delayed Due to COVID-19

Shooting halted in April due to pandemic ― The official website for Warner Bros. Japan's live-action film of Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga announced on Monday that the film is delayed due the effects of the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Japan. The staff will announce a new release date when it is decided. The announcement included the below image from the original manga. The...
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New Evangelion Attraction Lets You 'Ride' in Unit-01's Entry Plug

Fans can also find synch rate before photo op ― Evangelion has had more than its fair share of theme park attractions, but a new one in Kyoto will let fans "ride" directly in Evangelion Unit-01's entry plug. Evangelion Kyoto Base will open at Toei Kyoto Studio Park on October 3. The new attraction's "Rideable Eva" includes a 15-meter-tall (about 49-foot) bust of Eva Unit-01 emerging from a pool of LC...
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A Certain Scientific Railgun: Astral Buddy Manga Reaches Climax in July

Seven Seas releases spinoff manga in English ― The August issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine announced on Saturday that Yasuhito Nogi's A Certain Scientific Railgun: Astral Buddy manga will reach its climax in its September issue on July 27. Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing the manga in English. The company describes the story: Hokaze Junko, one of the top “handmaidens” of ...
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A Certain Scientific Accelerator Manga Ends in July

Manga spinoff inspired TV anime series in July 2019 ― The August issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine announced on Saturday that Arata Yamaji's A Certain Scientific Accelerator (Toaru Majutsu no Index Gaiden: Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator) manga will end in its September issue on July 27. Yamaji began the spinoff series about the A Certain Magical Index character Accelerator in Mont...
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Konosuba Dungeon RPG's Opening Video Streamed

Enhanced RPG ships for PS4, Switch on August 27 ― Entergram Co., Ltd. started streaming the opening video for the Konosuba dungeon role-playing game Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! ~Kibō no Meikyū Tsudoi Shi Bōkensha-tachi Plus~ (Labyrinth of Hope and Gathering Adventurers Plus) on its official YouTube channel on Friday. The video features the game's theme song "STAND UP!" by Machico. The game'...
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ABC Animation Establishes CG Anime Studio

Asahi Broadcasting established animation planning company in 2016 ― Asahi Broadcasting's animation planning company ABC Animation announced on Friday that it has established a CG animation company to produce new animation, and is seeking applications for CG line producers and CG production manager positions immediately. Asahi Broadcasting established ABC Animation 2016. The company unifies Asahi Broa...
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World Trigger Manga Takes 1-Month Break Due to Author's Health

197th chapter in June published as rough draft ― The official Twitter account of Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga announced on Monday that the manga will not appear the August issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine due to Ashihara's poor physical health. The magazine will ship on July 4. The manga is scheduled to return in the September issue. Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine published part of the W...
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Rising of the Shield Hero 4-Panel Spinoff Manga Ends

Akagishi's comedy spinoff launched in September 2018 ― The 82nd issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki Daioh G magazine published the final chapter of Akagashi's Tate no Yūsha no to Aru 1-Nichi (A Day in the Life of the Shield Hero) spinoff manga on Saturday. The manga's third and final compiled book volume will ship in August. Akagashi launched the four-panel comedy spinoff manga of Aneko Yusagi's The Rising o...
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Kappy's Oshaie Sommelier Oshako Manga Gets Live-Action Show in July

Honoka Yahagi, Miu Tomita, MEGUMI star in show about woman judging men's fancy homes ― TV Tokyo announced on Monday that it is producing a live-action series adaptation of Kappy's Oshaie Sommelier Oshako (Oshako, Sommelier of Fancy Homes) manga. The series will premiere as the first show on the channel's new "Sui Drama 25" programming block on Wednesday, July 15. It will star (left to right in image ...
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New Kaiketsu Zorori Anime Resumes on July 5 After COVID-19 Delay

Anime premiered on April 5, had scheduled episode 7 in May before delay ― The official website for Motto! Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori (More! Seriously Unserious Incredible Zorori), the new television anime based on Yutaka Hara's Kaiketsu Zorori children's book series, announced on June 21 that the anime will resume airing new episodes on July 5. The anime will premiere its seventh episode on t...
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Right Stuf Opens Life-Sized Re:Zero Rem Figure For Pre-Order

3 figures are available through Right Stuf for US$39,999 ― Right Stuf Anime has put up a life-sized figure of the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- character Rem for pre-order. The "Ukiyo-e" figure shows Rem in a beautiful kimono and holding a real parasol by Kyoto craftsmen at the historical Hiyoshiya company. Only 10 units of the figure have been authorized to be made, and three of those uni...
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Vic the Viking CG Animated Film Opens in Japan on October 2 With Sairi Itō

Film by Éric Cazes, director of 2013 CG TV remake of 1974-1975 anime ― French animation studio Studio 100 Animation announced on Monday that Vic the Viking and the Magic Sword, its 3D CG animated film based on the Vicke Viking children's book series by the Swedish author Runer Jonsson, will open in Japan on October 2. Sairi Itō (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!'s Midori Asakusa) stars as the Japanese du...

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Memories Off Game Franchise Gets New SINce Memories Work

1st 7 games also get HD remastered release ― MAGES. revealed on Saturday that the Memories Off game series will have a new work titled SINce Memories. MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura confirmed on Twitter that, despite the work not including "Memories Off" in its title, it is still a brand new work in the series from the franchise's original staff. In addition, the first seven games in the series (up to...
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Shikizakura Anime Reveals 3 More Cast Members

Miki Yakata, Iwori, Yūto Arai cast as anti-oni team in 2021 'near-future science fiction drama' ― The official website for Chukyo TV and Sublimation's original "near-future science fiction drama" anime Shikizakura revealed three additional cast members for the anime on Sunday. The new cast members include: Former SKE48 member Miki Yakata as Benio Myōjin, Ōka's older sister, and the eldest daughter of...
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Live-Action Yowamushi Pedal Film's Trailer Reveals, Previews Theme Song

King & Prince idol group perform "Key of Heart" song for August 14 film ― The official website for the live-action film of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal manga added a trailer and poster visual for the film on Monday. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song "Key of Heart" by male idol group King & Prince. The film will open in Japan on August 14. Ren Nagase of the idol group King & ...
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BEM: Become Human Anime Film Casts Kis-My-Ft2 Member Toshiya Miyata

Role will mark Miyata's voice acting debut ― The staff of Gekijо̄ban BEM~BECOME HUMAN, the upcoming anime film based on the rebooted BEM anime series, announced on Monday that the film will guest star Toshiya Miyata, who is a member of the Kis-My-Ft2 boy band. The role will mark Miyata's debut as a voice actor. Miyata will play Bem's close friend Burgess. The movie is the latest project in the Yōkai ...
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Mr Love: Queen's Choice TV Anime's 3rd Video Teases Romance, Intrigue

July 15 anime based on dating sim app about TV show heiress, 4 super-powered men ― The official website for the television anime of Papergames' Koi to Producer ~EVOLxLOVE~ (Mr Love: Queen's Choice) otome romance game posted a third promotional video and a second key visual on Sunday. The website also reported on the anime's streaming services and premiere dates in Japan, the July 21-August 10 pop-up ...
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Pokémon Journeys TV Anime Casts Marina Inoue as Sonia

Galar researcher was voiced by Lynn in Twilight Wings ― The ongoing television anime Pokémon Journeys: The Series has cast Marina Inoue as the young Pokémon researcher Sonia. The character will appear in the episode airing on July 5. Sonia appeared in the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Switch role-playing games as a young researcher specializing in the legends of the Galar region. She visi...

World End Economica Project Streams Anime Promotional Video (Updated)

Game-based sci-fi project also gets manga ― Game developer Spicy Tails started streaming promotional videos for the proposed anime film adaptation of the World End Economica visual novel game on Wednesday. The company's official YouTube channel streamed the original Japanese video as well as a Japanese video with Chinese subtitles and a Japanese video with English subtitles. Spicy Tails also announce...
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Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 Game's Trailer Reveals July 10 Release

8-bit style game releases digitally for PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC ― Inti Creates' official YouTube channel started streaming the second trailer for the Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 game on Friday. The video revealed that the game will release on July 10. Inti Creates announced the Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 game during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday. The game w...
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Inti Creates Announces Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 Game

2D side-scroller game in development for Switch ― Inti Creates announced the Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 game for the Nintendo Switch console on Saturday at the virtual indie game event BitSummit Gaiden. The company streamed a trailer for the game on its official YouTube channel. Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 is the third game in Inti Creates' flagship Azure Striker Gunvolt franchise. The game features a new c...
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Oneechan ga Kita 4-Panel Sisterly Love Manga Ends

Rikō Anzai's comedy, about boy who gains a strange new big sister, inspired TV anime ― Rikō Anzai ended the four-panel manga Oneechan ga Kita (My Big Sister Arrived) in the August issue of Takeshobo's Manga Life magazine on Saturday. Takeshobo will publish the 15th and final book volume of the manga on July 28. The story revolves around Tomoya Mizuhara, a 13-year-old boy who suddenly gains a big sist...
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Universal Studios Japan Delays Super Nintendo World Area Due to COVID-19

1st part was slated for late July in theme park ― The Universal Studios Japan theme park is delaying its upcoming Super Nintendo World area to prevent crowding, as a countermeasure against the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The park had planned to open the area in late July in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, although the Olympics have been delayed until next year. Universal Studios Japan as a ...

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Ninja Nonsense Manga Returns in 2 x 2 = Shinobuden+ Sequel

Original gag manga inspired anime in 2004 ― Ryoichi Koga began serializing a new manga in the Ninin Ga Shinobuden franchise titled Ninin Ga Shinobuden Plus (2 x 2 = Shinobuden+) on Kadokawa's Comic Newtype website on Friday. The new manga is a sequel. The original manga inspired a 12-episode television anime series in 2004. Right Stuf released the anime under the title Ninja Nonsense on DVD in 2006 a...
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7SEEDS' Yumi Tamura Ends Iromen Manga

Slice-of-life manga about salarymen launched in August 2012 ― The August issue of Shueisha's Cocohana magazine revealed on Saturday that the September issue of the magazine on July 28 will publish the final chapter of Yumi Tamura's Iromen: Jūnintoiro manga. Tamura launched the manga in Cocohana in August 2012. Shueisha published the manga's third volume in August 2018. The manga centers on the regula...
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Kemono Friends 2 Manga Ends in Next Chapter

Adaptation of Kemono Friends 2 anime launched in January 2019 ― The August issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine announced on Friday that Ryū Naitō's Kemono Friends 2 manga will end in the next chapter. The manga entered its final arc in April. Naitō launched the manga in Monthly Shonen Ace in January 2019. Kadokawa published the manga's second volume on January 24. The manga adapts the Kem...
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Kin-iro Mosaic Anime Film Reveals Title, Teaser Visual

― The official website for the new anime film adaptation of Yui Hara's Kin-iro Mosaic manga revealed the film's title and teaser visual on Saturday. The film is titled Kin-iro Mosaic Thank you!!. Munenori Nawa (NAKAIMO - My Little Sister Is Among Them!, R-15) is directing the film at Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ, and Yuniko Ayana (Hello!! KINMOZA, Kinmoza! Kiniro + Mosaic) is writing the script. Kazuyuki...
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Healin' Good Precure Anime Casts Kenichirō Matsuda

Anime to resume on Sunday after COVID-19 delay ― The staff for Toei Animation's Healin' Good Precure anime announced on Saturday that Kenichirō Matsuda is joining the anime's cast as Teruhiko Hiramitsu, Cure Sparkle/Hinata Hiramitsu's father. The anime will resume airing new episodes on June 28 with the 13th episode. The anime has been delaying new episodes due to the spread of the new coronavirus di...
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Lapis Re:LiGHTs Anime's 4th Promo Video Streamed

Idol series premieres on July 4 ― The official YouTube channel for KLab Games and Kadokawa's "Magic x Idol" mixed-media project Lapis Re:LiGHTs began streaming a fourth promotional video on Saturday. The anime will premiere on July 4 at 10:00 p.m. on Tokyo MX and BS11. 20 cast members in six of the project's units perform the opening "Watashi-tachi no Startrail" (Our Startrail) as the group Lapis Re:...
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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Game's Final Trailer Streamed

Remastred game will launch for PS4, Switch, iOS, Android on August 27 ― Square Enix's official YouTube channel started streaming the final trailer for the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered game on Friday. The official YouTube channel for the Final Fantasy franchise is also streaming the same video in English. The trailer elaborates on the four-player cross-platform play systems available in...
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Altair: A Record of Battles Manga's Story Approaches Climax

Manga that debuted in 2007 inspired July 2017 anime ― The official Twitter account for Kotono Katō's Altair: A Record of Battles manga revealed on Friday that the manga is approaching its climax with the 129th chapter, which launched in the August issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine on Friday. Katō launched the manga in Monthly Shonen Sirius in 2007. The manga's 22nd compiled book volu...
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Princess Connect Re:Dive Anime Reveals 3 More Returning Cast Members

Ayako Kawasumi, Minori Chihara, Asami Shimoda return from smartphone game ― Cygames revealed three additional cast members for the television anime of Cygames' Princess Connect! Re:Dive smartphone game on Friday. The new characters will debut in the anime's 13th and final episode on Monday. The new cast members, all reprising their roles from the game, are: Ayako Kawasumi as Jun Shirogane Minori Chih...
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One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 Game's Trailer Previews 1st DLC Character Charlotte Smoothie

"Character Pack 1" DLC launches this summer ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a new trailer on Friday for its One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The video previews Charlotte Smoothie, the game's first DLC character. Charlotte Smoothie will be available in the game's "Character Pack 1" DLC alongside the second announced DLC c...
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Bravely Default Fairy's Effect Smartphone Game Ends Service in August

Free-to-play game launched in March 2017 ― Square Enix announced on Friday that it will end service for it and Silicon Studio's Bravely Default Fairy's Effect smartphone game on August 31 at 3:00 p.m. JST. The developers concluded that it would be difficult for them to provide sufficient service to satisfy their customers. The game halted sales of the Mythril in-game currency on Friday. Square Enix l...

2001 Beyblade Anime Streams on YouTube

Beyblade franchise's 1st anime begins streaming in English, Latin American Spanish ― The official YouTube channel for the Beyblade franchise began streaming the first episode of the original 2001 Beyblade anime in English and Latin American Spanish on Friday. The videos are available in North America, most of South America, Europe, Australia, and parts of Africa. English Latin American Spanish Takara...

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2020 Toei Manga Matsuri Omnibus Film Rescheduled for August 14 After COVID-19 Delay

Featuring Kamen Rider Den-O, Butt Detective, Tsuritai Yaki, Recycle Zoo ― The official website for the new installment of the Toei Manga Matsuri omnibus film series revival announced on Saturday that Toei has rescheduled this year's omnibus for August 14. Toei had planned to open the film on April 24, but delayed the film due to government declarations against the outbreak of the new coronavirus dise...
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Attack on Titan Collaborates with Seven Deadly Sins Smartphone Game

Crossover event commences on June 29 ― The Attack on Titan series is collaborating with Netmarble's Nanatsu no Taizai ~Hikari to Yami no Grand Cross (The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross of Light and Darkness) smartphone role-playing game for a crossover event that will commence on June 29. The game's YouTube channel unveiled a trailer on Thursday. The trailer opens with Diane picking on Titans her own...
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Kirby Café Summer 2020 Offers Takeout Pizza Menu

Runs from July 9 to September 13 ― The Kirby Café, which is permanently based in the Tokyo Solamachi complex, has released its menu and goods lineup for its summer promotion. Besides the traditional seated dining experience, the café is now offering takeout pizza for people who have other places to be or who want to further maintain social distancing. The "Kirby Café Standard Oven-baked Pizza ~Maxim ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, June 21-27

Sarazanmai, Fairy gone anime; Restaurant to Another World, Éclair Bleue manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Eureka Seven Ao Essentials BDPlease Funimation US$34.98 June 23 Fairy gone Season 1 Part 1 BDCite Funimation US$64.98 June 23 Karneval Essentials BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$29.98 June 23 Real Girl Premium Box Set BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$129.98 June...

Funimation to Stream SUPER HXEROS Anime This Summer

Series based on Dokyū Hentai HxEros manga premieres on July 3 ― Funimation announced on Friday that it will stream SUPER HXEROS, the television anime of Ryōma Kitada's Dokyū Hentai HxEros manga, starting on July 3 as part of the summer 2020 season. Funimation will stream the censored broadcast version from Aniplex of America. The company began streaming an English-subtitled trailer: The anime will pr...
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Ouran High School Host Club ‒ Episodes 9-10

Even as the episode is towing the line by briefly portraying them as literal ‘Femi-Nazis’, the point is revealed that all the damning things they say about the Host Club are 100% true.
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Future GPX Cyber Formula Car to Appear at Super Taikyu Racing Event

Mechanical animation director Satoshi Shigeta designs car which will be unveiled at first race in 2021 ― The futuristic racing-themed anime series Future GPX Cyber Formula is collaborating with the RFC Racing team. The anime's mechanical animation director Satoshi Shigeta personally designed an original car which will be unveiled at its first race in the Super Taikyu racing series in 2021. In additio...
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Princess Tutu ‒ Episodes 9-10

The story is beginning to unravel. Drosselmeyer appears to Rue for the first time, and Edel appears to Fakir to make him ponder the nature of Story and his role in it.

Battle Athletes Victory Returns With New Manga, Anime

Devilman Grimoire's Rui Takatō draws Pale Blue Dot Battle Athletes Daiundōkai ReSTART! ― Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha's manga website Comic Ruelle & Comic Jardin revealed on Friday that Rui Takatō's new Pale Blue Dot Battle Athletes Daiundōkai ReSTART! manga is getting an anime adaptation. The manga's prologue debuted on the website on Friday, and the series' first two chapters will launch in July. Takatō's...
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Mamoru Oshii's '50 Movies, 50 Years' Book to Release in August

Acclaimed anime and live-action director Mamoru Oshii will release a book titled Oshii Mamoru no Eiga 50-nen 50-pon (Mamoru Oshii's Movies: 50 Movies, 50 Years) on August 8, which is also the date of Oshii's 69th birthday. The book compiles various essays he has written about movies, with each year dedicated to a different film. The list of films discussed is as follows: 1968: 2001: A Space Odysse...
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Fate/Zero ‒ Episodes 9-10

Waver still does not seem to understand how much he lucked out in getting Iskandar as a Servant, nor does he fully appreciate how the actions he considers weak or unremarkable are nonetheless impressing Iskandar.
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Ōoku: The Inner Chambers Alternate History Manga to End in Winter

Award-winning Edo period court intrigue manga about female Shogun's male harem launched in 2004 ― The 18th compiled book volume of Fumi Yoshinaga's Ōoku: The Inner Chambers manga revealed on Friday that the series will end in the 19th volume in winter 2021. The manga entered its final arc in the July issue of Hakusensha's Melody magazine on Saturday. Viz Media publishes the manga in English, and it d...
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Great Pretender Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Series premiered on Netflix on June 2, debuts on TV on July 8 ― The official website for WIT Studio's original television anime series Great Pretender began streaming the second main promotional video on Friday. The anime's "Case 1" (episodes 1-5) premiered on Netflix in Japan with English subtitles on June 2, followed by "Case 2" (episodes 6-10) on June 9 and "Case 3" (episodes 11-14) on June 16. Th...
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One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows Game Adds Garou

4th DLC character will debut this summer ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that the villain character Garou will join Bandai Namco Entertainment's One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows game as its fourth DLC character. The game's first DLC character is martial artist Suiryu, who joined the game on April 9. Lightning Max joined as the second DLC chara...
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Boruto Anime Airs New Episode on July 5 After COVID-19 Delay

Previously planned "Kara Shidō-hen" arc begins with 157th episode on July 19 ― This year's 30th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime will resume with new episodes beginning on July 5, and will enter the previously announced "Kara Shidō-hen" (Kara Begins Arc) on July 19 with the 157th episode. The magazine also announced ne...
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Monster Girl Doctor Anime's Videos Preview Opening Song

Series premieres in Japan on July 12 ― The official website for the television anime of Yoshino Origuchi's Monster Girl Doctor (Monster Musume no Oisha-san) light novel series began streaming a promotional video and television commercial on Friday. The videos feature ARCANA PROJECT's opening theme song "Campanella Hibiku Sora de" (In the Sky Where the Bells Ring). The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX,...
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Animator, Illustrator loundraw Produces Anime Film Short for Project Common

Flat Studio project aims "to express the true loundraw" ― Animator and illustrator loundraw announced on Friday that he is producing a short theatrical anime film for the multimedia project Project Common. He will announce details of the project in the future. Project Common's theme is "to express the true loundraw." The illustrator said, "Unchanging at any time, I want to find my steadfast self. Thi...
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Dragons Rioting's Tsuyoshi Watanabe Ends Banrai no Hekatoncheir Manga

Manga launched in 2017 ― This year's third volume of Kadokawa's Young Dragon Age magazine published the final chapter of Tsuyoshi Watanabe's Banrai no Hekatoncheir (Thunderous Hekatoncheir) manga on Friday. The manga's third and final volume will ship on August 9. The manga centers on Tokio Rokuō, a boy hunter who has nevertheless lived with and loves animals. To save an animal, he takes a fall from ...
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Ninja Slayer Kills' Kōtarō Sekine Launches New Manga

Manga adapts Asa Rokushima's fantasy story about invincible adventurer ― The official Twitter account for Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed on Thursday that Kōtarō Sekine will launch a manga adaptation of Asa Rokushima's Zettai Damage o Ukenai Skill o Moratta no de, Bōkensha to Shite Musō Shite Miru (I Got a Skill That Makes Me Take No Damage, So I Thought I'd Have a Go at Being an I...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, June 15-21

The Full-Time Wife Escapist rerun episode earns 10.2% rating ― Last week's episode of Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu Muzukyun! Tokubetsu-hen, a rerun of the live-action series adaptation of Tsunami Umino's The Full-Time Wife Escapist (Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu) manga, aired on TBS on Tuesday, June 16 at 10:00 p.m., and it earned an 10.2% rating. Editor's Note: Many of the anime below are...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 15-21

The Last of Us Part II debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 15-21 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4The Last of Us Part II Sony Interactive Entertainment June 19 178,696 178,696 2NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20 73,680 4,934,168 3NSwSekai no Asobi Taizen 51 Nintendo June 5 32,673 144,297 4NSwRing Fit Adventure Nintendo October 18, 2019 32,6...
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Fruits Basket 2nd Season Anime Casts Rumi Okubo, Aoi Ichikawa

As student council secretaries Kimi Tōdō, Naohito Sakuragi starting in episode 13 ― The official website for the Fruits Basket 2nd Season anime announced two more cast members on Friday. Their characters are the student council's secretaries when Yuki became president, and they will appear in episode 13 on June 29. Rumi Okubo as Kimi Tōdō Aoi Ichikawa as Naohito Sakuragi Okubo said she has loved the ...
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Eisner Awards to Rerun Votes After Error

Voting website had error, but voting opens again until June 30 on new website ― Comic-Con International announced on Wednesday that it will throw out the existing ballots for this year's Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and will start a new voting process, due to "an anomaly with the site hosting the Eisner's voting." Comic-Con International director of communications David Glanzer explained that th...
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Kemono Friends 2 Producer Leaves TV Tokyo

Nobuyuki Hosoya is known for controversial comments, production of Kemono Friends 2 ― Producer Nobuyuki Hosoya announced on Thursday that, as of Wednesday, he has left TV Tokyo after working there for 25 years, adding that he was not fired from his job. Hosoya is perhaps best known for his work as the producer of the Kemono Friends 2 television anime, recruiting Ryuichi Kimura as the director of the ...
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Life Lessons of Uramichi-Oniisan TV Anime Delayed From 2020 to 2021

Production issues cited for delaying anime of Gaku Kuze's comedy manga ― The official website for the television anime of Gaku Kuze's Life Lessons of Uramichi-Oniisan (Uramichi Oniisan) manga announced on Friday that the anime has been delayed from its scheduled 2021 premiere. The website cited "production issues" as the reason, and stated that the anime is now slated for 2021. The website will annou...
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Gundam Aggressor Manga Goes on Hiatus Due to Author's Illness

Daichi Banjou launched manga in 2014 ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Shōnen Sunday S magazine revealed on Thursday that Daichi Banjou's Kidō Senshi Gundam Aggressor (Mobile Suit Gundam Aggressor) manga will go on hiatus in order for Banjou to recover from an illness. The story follows the Aggressor unit, a "traitor" Federation unit of soldiers who defected from the Zeon side. Banjou launched the m...
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3rd Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Anime Film Rescheduled for August 15 After COVID-19 Delay

Aimer CD with trilogy's theme songs ships on August 19 with music videos, new Yuki Kajiura arrangement ― The official website and Twitter account for the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel film trilogy announced on Friday that the third film, Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song, will open on August 15. The anime's website advises people to check the theaters' websites for schedules and inform...
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Japan Cuts Film Festival Screens On-Gaku Anime Film

Japan Cuts festival begins screening film online on July 17 ― The Japan Society revealed on Wednesday that it will screen Kenji Iwaisawa's On-Gaku: Our Sound, the anime film adaptation of Hiroyuki Ohashi's "Ongaku" manga, online as part of the JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film event. The film will begin screening when the festival begins on July 17, and the event will run until July 30. GKID...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Maxiboost ON Game's Trailer Previews Pre-order Bonuses

"2-on-2 team battle action" game debuts on July 30 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a trailer that previews the pre-order bonuses for the Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Maxiboost ON game on Thursday. Players who pre-order the game will receive the playable Mobile Suit Gundam Barbatos Lupus Rex, an extra 24 hours every weekend for the open access beta period, and Operator Sthesia ...
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Earth Defense Force: World Brothers Game's 1st Trailer Streamed

Earth Defense Force 5 game gets physical release in West ― D3 Publisher began streaming on Wednesday the first trailer for Earth Defense Force: World Brothers, the new spinoff game in the Earth Defense Force series. The trailer also teases Earth Defense Force 6, the latest game in the series. PQube announced on Thursday that it will release a physical version of the Earth Defense Force 5 game for Pla...
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Viz's Shonen Jump Posts Beelzebub Creator's Hard-Boiled Cop and Dolphin Manga in English

Ryūhei Tamura's new manga debuts digitally on Friday ― Viz Media announced on Twitter on Thursday that it will launch Ryūhei Tamura's Hard-Boiled Cop and Dolphin (Shakunetsu no Nirai Kanai; lit: Red Hot Nirai Kanai, referring to the mythical land Nirai Kanai in the Ryukyu region of Japan) manga on its Shonen Jump service on Friday. Viz teased that the manga's story follows a down on his luck cop who ...

'So I'm a Spider, So What?' Anime Unveils January 2021 Delay, 6-Month Run, Visual

Anime once slated for 2020, but delayed due to COVID-19 affecting production ― The official website and Twitter account for the television anime of author Okina Baba and illustrator Tsukasa Kiryu's So I'm a Spider, So What? (Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?) novels unveiled a new visual and the new January 2021 premiere date for the anime. The anime will run for two consecutive cours (quarters of a year). The ...
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Kiratto Pri☆Chan Anime Airs New Episode on July 5 After COVID-19 Delay

3rd season premiered on April 5, but halted new episodes later that month ― The official Twitter account for the Kiratto Pri☆Chan anime series announced on Friday that the series will begin airing new episodes again on July 5. The anime delayed new episodes from episode 107 onward in late April out of consideration for public safety to forestall the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). S...
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Kill la Kill ‒ Episodes 9-10

Studio Trigger cheekily shrouded Gamagoori's transformed Goku Uniform states in shadow in the previous episode, treating that as just a tease so that the full impact would still hit as he goes to town here.

Netflix Adds 1st Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Anime Season on July 8

Anime aired for 224 episodes from 2000 to 2004 ― Netflix announced on Thursday that it will add the first Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime season in the long-running Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise on July 8. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is actually the second anime adaptation based on Kazuki Takahashi's original manga. (The previous 1998 series never saw an English release.) Both series center on protagonist Yugi Muto,...
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GungHo's Ninjala Game Gets Net Anime Shorts

1st dubbed episode now streaming after Switch game launched on Wednesday ― The official website and YouTube channel for GungHo Online Entertainment's (GOE) Ninjala Switch game began streaming the first episode of a new net anime series based on the game. English Japanese The YouTube video describes the story: Van is an energetic and athletically gifted youngster known for his incredible skills on the...
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy Wants Reader Comments for Original Wraparound Book Cover

Anime premieres on July 4 ― The television anime of Shu's The Misfit of Demon King Academy light novel series launched a Twitter campaign on Tuesday soliciting reader comments to be featured on a wraparound book cover. 30 lucky applicants will receive a cover with their comment printed on it, which they can wrap around their own copies of the light novels. To enter the competition, simply go to the a...
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Neon Genesis Evangelion Soundtrack 25th Anniversary Box Compiles Rare, New Tracks

Goes on sale in Japan on October 7 ― The Neon Genesis Evangelion Soundtrack 25th Anniversary Box set compiles five disks of music from the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime. The box compiles rare and difficult-to-find tracks, as well as bonus tracks and newly released songs. The box set will release in Japan on October 7, costing 9,800 yen (approximately US$91). A sample video has been release...
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The Vision of Escaflowne ‒ Episode 7-8

There are several signs that you might be an anime villain of the 1990s: a tendency to lick your lips inappropriately, holding a knife in your mouth, or wearing a venomous snake as a boa.
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Otoko-Zaka Manga's 'Honjin Shitō-hen' Arc Launches on July 4

― Manga creator Masami Kurumada announced on his official blog on Tuesday that he will launch the "Honjin Shitō-hen" arc of his Otoko-Zaka manga on the Shonen Jump+ app and website on July 4. Kurumada posted an image of printed proofs for the new arc. Kurumada ended the "Takeshima Honjin-hen" arc on March 29 and announced the new arc on the same day. Kurumada launched the "Takeshima Honjin-hen" arc ...
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Wolf's Rain ‒ Episodes 7-8

Ominous portent is, in fact, just about all there is to the Wolf’s Rain's story so far, which isn't nearly so bad as it sounds, but it bears repeating that we still know so very little about this world.
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Scott Pilgrim Film Director Hints at Revisiting Series in 'Anime Form'

'There's some plans—and there's nothing official yet—but there are some plans to revisit the material in an animation way.' Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright told EW on Wednesday that Bryan Lee O'Malley's popular comic book series may be revisited in "anime form." "There's some plans—and there's nothing official yet—but there are some plans to revisit the material in an animation wa...
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One-Punch Man: Road to Hero 2.0 Smartphone Game Launches on June 30

Smartphone game launches on Android, iOS ― Oasis Games Ltd. announced on Tuesday that it will release the One-Punch Man: Road to Hero 2.0 smartphone game for Android and iOS on June 30. Players of the original One-Punch Man: Road to Hero smartphone game will be able to receive a reward in One-Punch Man: Road to Hero 2.0 to advance their progress. The new game enables players to collect and train char...
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Tiger & Bunny ‒ Episodes 8-10

Origami Cyclone comes into play when he accompanies Kotetsu and Barnaby on their visit to an academy designed to develop heroes.
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GKIDS Licenses Masaaki Yuasa's Inu-Oh Anime Film

Film debuts in theaters in N. America in 2021 ― GKIDS announced on Thursday that it has licensed Masaaki Yuasa's Inu-Oh, the musical anime feature film of Hideo Furukawa's Heike Monogatari: Inu-Oh no Maki (Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh) novel, for North American distribution. The company plans to release the film theatrically in 2021. GKIDS describes the film's story: Inu-Oh is born with unique physical...
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Plunderer ‒ SERIES FINALE

In this, the final episode, we see Licht leave the path of the villain and take his first step towards redemption.

Trigger Announces Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Anime for Netflix Debut in 2022

Hiroyuki Imaishi directs adaptation of CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 game ― Polish game developer CD Projekt Red announced on Thursday that its upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 game is getting a Netflix Original anime adaptation titled Cyberpunk: Edgerunners in 2022. Hiroyuki Imaishi (Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill) is directing the anime at Trigger, and Yoh Yoshinari (Little Witch Academia) is designing the c...
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Tower of God ‒ SEASON FINALE

No wonder fans hate Rachel: her internal struggle between looking at the sky and killing the person who treasures her most would be a no-brainer, but for some nonsensical reason leaves her conflicted.

The World Ends with You RPG Gets Anime

Anime Expo Lite reveals more info on July 3-4 ― An official teaser website opened on Friday to announce that Square Enix's The World Ends with You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai) action role-playing game is inspiring an anime adaptation. Square Enix will reveal more information about that game at the digital Anime Expo Lite event, which will stream from July 3-4. Anime Expo Lite revealed The World Ends with...

Tales of Arise RPG Delayed to After 2020

PS4, Xbox One, PC game delayed "due to the ambitious nature of the project" ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Thursday that its Tales of Arise role-playing game is delayed past 2020 "due to the ambitious nature of the project." The game's producer Yusuke Tomizawa said, "to achieve the quality and provide the gorgeous experience we envision for our players, we will need more time to realize th...
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Tubi to Stream 6 Anpanman Films in English, Spanish

Anime films debut streaming in fall 2020 ― Streaming service Tubi announced on Monday that it will stream six films from the Soreike! Anpanman franchise on its service this fall. The films will be available in English and Spanish. Tubi describes Anpanman: Through a deal with TMS Entertainment, making its English and Spanish language debut and available exclusively on Tubi, are six movies featuring An...
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Taamo's Atsumori-kun's Bride-to-be Manga Enters Final Arc

Manga about high school boy, girl who run away from provincial hometown to Tokyo launched in 2018 ― The August issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine revealed on Wednesday that Taamo's Atsumori-kun's Bride-to-be (Atsumori-kun no Oyome-san [←Mitei]) manga has entered its final arc. The previous issue of the magazine revealed in May that the manga was entering its climax. Kodansha Comics is publishing th...
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Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Season 2 Anime Resumes After COVID-19 Delay

Episode 19 streams on July 9 after delay from May 14 ― The official website for Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Season 2 announced on Thursday that the anime will resume with episode 19 on Sunrise's Gundam Channel on YouTube on July 9. The series will then resume its television broadcast on BS11 on July 11 and Tokyo MX on July 14. Kazuhiro Hara, who provided the anime's original character designs, drew a...
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Youka Nitta's Embracing Love Manga Gets Special Chapters

1st chapter appears in Be-Boy Gold on June 27 ― Manga creator Youka Nitta announced on their Twitter account on April 28 that they will draw new special chapters for their Embracing Love (Haru o Daiteita) manga. The first chapter will appear in Libre Publishing's Be-Boy GOLD magazine on Saturday. The first two chapters will focus on Kyousuke and Yoji. Viz Media's SuBLime imprint currently publishes t...
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Weathering With You Manga Ends With 3rd Volume in October

Manga based on hit film launched in July 2019 ― The second compiled book volume of Wataru Kubota's manga adaptation of Makoto Shinkai's anime film Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko) revealed on Tuesday that the manga will end with its third volume in October. Vertical licensed the manga, and it will ship the first volume on September 1. The company describes the story: The summer of freshman year of h...
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Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online Event Scheduled for September 23-27

September 23 to be a business day ― The official website for the Tokyo Game Show 2020 event announced on Thursday that the event will be held online from September 23-27. September 23 will be a business day for business discussions only. The event is accepting applications for online exhibitors. The event plans to host streams of programs, videos, and an e-sports tournament. The staff of the conventi...
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My Boyfriend in Orange Manga Goes on Hiatus

Romance manga following high school girl, fireman debuted in May 2016 ― This year's August issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine revealed on Wednesday that Non Tamashima's My Boyfriend in Orange (Moekare wa Orange-Iro) manga is going on hiatus "for a little while." Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga digitally in English, and it describes the story: Hot firemen, now in the world of shojo manga! Hi...
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Beauty Bunny's Mari Yoshino Launches New Manga in August

Sando no Meshi to, Are ga Suki. romance manga about charismatic chef launches in August ― This year's August issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine revealed on Wednesday that Mari Yoshino will launch a new manga titled Sando no Meshi to, Are ga Suki. (I Like Three Square Meals, and That) in Kodansha's digital magazine Ane Friend on August 1. The manga will center on a romance with a charismatic chef. K...
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Rifle Is Beautiful/Chidori RSC Manga Ends Next Week

Manga about laser rifle sport shooting club launched in 2015, inspired 2019 TV anime ― The 175th chapter of Akki Sarumi's four-panel manga Rifle Is Beautiful announced on Thursday that the manga will end in the next chapter on July 2. The manga's story begins with Hikari Kokura, an incoming high school student who is excited to join her school's laser rifle sport shooting club. When she gets there, s...
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Ganbareiwa!! Robocon Comedy Film Adds 3 Cast Members

Kazumasa Koura, Michiko Shimizu, Yū Takahashi star in July 31 film ― Toei announced three more cast members for its new Ganbareiwa!! Robocon: Urara~! Koi Suru Shiru-Nashi Tantanmen!! no Maki film on Thursday. The new cast members include Kazumasa Koura (left in image below) as Kazuo Itō, a Chinese cuisine chef; Michiko Shimizu (center) as Tornado Baba, a woman involved in the mysterious "Chinese Food...
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Snow and Mist's Hayate Kuku Ends Nekomata Manga

Manga about Edo thief catcher, cat spirit launched in 2013 ― The July 3 issue of Houbunsha's Weekly Manga Times magazine revealed on Friday that Hayate Kuku's Nekomata manga will end in the magazine's next issue on Saturday. The manga is set in Edo during the Edo era, and centers on Jinbē, a thief catcher and whispered boss of the Edo streets. Renowned as handsome and reliable, his only flaw is a ten...
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Catherine: Full Body Game's Switch Version Posts New Trailer

Game ships for Switch on July 7 ― Atlus began streaming a new trailer for the Nintendo Switch version of its Catherine: Full Body game on Wednesday. The game will launch for the Switch on July 7. People who preorder the physical version of the game will receive a sheep keychain while supplies last. The game shipped for the PS4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan in February 2019. The game then launched for...

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New Violet Evergarden Film's Trailer Previews TRUE's Theme Song

Film opens on September 18 after COVID-19 delay; TRUE's "Will" single also delayed to September 16 ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime film began streaming a new trailer for the film on Thursday. The trailer previews the film's theme song "WILL" by TRUE. The single for "WILL" has also been rescheduled from April 22 to September 16. The film will open in Jap...
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Megadimension Neptunia VII Game Launches for Switch in N. America, Europe on July 28

New trailer previews gameplay ― Idea Factory International announced on Wednesday that it will release the Megadimension Neptunia VII game digitally for the Nintendo Switch in North America and Europe on July 28. The company began streaming a new gameplay trailer: The DLC previously made available for the PlayStation 4 and Steam versions of the game (except for Million Arthur, who is no longer availa...
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D3 Publisher Unveils Earth Defense Force 6, Earth Defense Force: World Brothers Games

World Brothers spinoff launches for PS4, Switch in 2020 ― D3 Publisher unveiled Earth Defense Force 6, the latest game in its Earth Defense Force series, on Tuesday. The company opened a new website for the game, and it reveals a 2021 release. The publisher did not reveal the game's platform(s). The Official Japanese PlayStation Blog revealed that the game's story takes place three years after the Ea...
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College Student Arrested for Threatening Kagawa Lawmaker Over Game Playing Ordinance

Suspect allegedly threatened Ichirō Ōyama to repeal ordinance restricting children's playing time ― Police arrested a 21-year-old male suspect on Wednesday after he allegedly sent a threatening message to Kagawa prefectural assembly member Ichirō Ōyama. According to the authorities, the suspect admitted that he wanted the Kagawa assembly to repeal a recent ordinance restricting video game playing tim...

Netflix Streams Studio Ghibli Films in Canada

20 films debut on service on Thursday; The Wind Rises film debuts on August 1 ― The official Twitter account for Netflix Canada announced on Monday that the service will begin streaming 20 Studio Ghibli films in Canada on Thursday. In addition, Netflix will begin streaming The Wind Rises film in Canada on August 1. From June 25, 20 films from the legendary animation house Studio Ghibli are coming to ...
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Masaaki Yuasa's Japan Sinks: 2020 Anime Reveals Video, Opening Song

Taeko Onuki performs "a life" for series premiering on Netflix on July 9 ― Netflix revealed a promotional video and the opening theme song on Thursday for Japan Sinks: 2020, Science SARU and Masaaki Yuasa's upcoming anime series adaptation of Sakyo Komatsu's Japan Sinks (Nihon Chinbotsu) science-fiction novel. Taeko Onuki is performing the theme song "a life," which features in the video. Netflix als...
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Dōkyūsei Creator Asumiko Nakamura Gets 20th Anniversary Exhibit in Tokyo in Fall

Dōkyūsei creator Asumiko Nakamura is getting a 20th anniversary exhibit in Tokyo in fall this year. The exhibit will display art from throughout Nakamura's entire manga career, along with production materials such as plot drafts, sketches, and manga outlines. The exhibit will be located on the 6th floor of the Ikebukuro Parco building. The exhibit will sell an official book compiling Nakamura's ar...
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The Twelve Kingdoms ‒ Episode 9-10

Eventually you get at least one sequence of the cast sitting down in a room and listening to an old guy tell them about all the pertinent history they'll need to be an active part of the plot moving.
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Fairy Tail RPG's 2nd Promo Video Previews Gameplay

Koei Tecmo, Gust's game launches in Japan, Europe on July 30; N. America on July 31 ― Koei Tecmo unveiled the second promotional gameplay video for it and Gust's Fairy Tail role-playing game during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday. The game will debut for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in Japan on July 30. Koei Tecmo Europe will also release the game in ...
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Deadly Premonition 2 Game's Trailer Introduces Louisiana Setting

Switch game ships worldwide on July 10 ― Nintendo began streaming a new trailer on Tuesday for Rising Star Games, Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro, and Toybox's Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise, the sequel to the developer's Deadly Premonition game. The video introduces the game's setting, the fictional Louisiana town of Le Carré. The game will launch physically and digitally for Nintendo Switch ...
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Rurouni Kenshin Coach Jacket Lets You Channel Your Inner Saitō Hajime

The Rurouni Kenshin series is releasing a coach jacket in the image of the popular character Saitō Hajime, who himself is based on the popular Japanese historical figure. The art is drawn from Nobuhiro Watsuki's manga, and the Japanese characters spell out his famous "aku soku zan" (swift death to evil) motto. The jacket is being released in Japan through the Amnibus online store and will cost 9,6...
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Lovely Muco! Manga Ends in 6 Chapters

Manga about pet dog debuted in 2011 ― This year's 14th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine revealed on Tuesday that Takayuki Mizushina's Itoshi no Muco (Lovely Muco! or Lovely Muuuuuuuco!) manga will end in six chapters. Mizushina launched the manga in Kodansha's Evening magazine in 2011. The 16th compiled book volume shipped on Tuesday. The manga depicts the life of the pet dog Muco and his owner K...
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Puri Puri's Taro Chiaki Launches New Manga

Maо̄ no Musume, Sugoku Choroi romantic comedy manga launched on June 15 ― Manga creator Taro Chiaki (Puri Puri) launched a new manga titled Maо̄ no Musume, Sugoku Choroi (The Demon King's Daughter is Very Simple-Minded) on Akita Shoten's Manga Cross website on June 15. The second chapter debuted on June 22. The romantic comedy centers on Hell, the daughter of the Demon King who resurrects the hero sh...
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Ayano Yamane's Crimson Spell Manga Enters Climax

Manga launched in 2004; SuBLime releasing manga in English ― The August issue of Tokuma Shoten's Chara Selection magazine announced on Monday that Ayano Yamane's Crimson Spell manga is entering its climax. Viz Media's SuBLime boys-love imprint publishes the manga in English, and it describes the story: Upon wielding an ancient sword that has been passed down through his royal family for generations, ...
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Sunrise States It Has 'No Connection' to Tokyo Governor Candidate Cosplaying Lelouch

Sunrise posted a notice on its official website on Wednesday that the anime production studio has "no connection" to Tokyo governor candidate Teruki Gotō, who has been cosplaying as the Code Geass character Lelouch Lamperouge for his election campaign. The full statement is translated as follows: There is a candidate for the 2020 Tokyo governor election who has been using a poster in his campaign ...
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 37

The fact that Fruits Basket can offer such a strong episode devoid of any of its main characters speaks volumes for its thematic consistency: it shows us that the emotional beats transcend any one character's story.
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Violet Evergarden Film Opens on September 18 After COVID-19 Delay

Film was slated to open on April 24 after 1st delay ― Oricon reported on Thursday that Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime film will open in Japan on September 18. The announcement reportedly appeared in a television commercial that aired after a re-airing of the final episode of the Violet Evergarden television anime on Thursday. The film's official website announced on April 6 that...
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Samurai Shodown Game Adds For Honor's Warden

Last DLC character for season 2 character pass already available ― SNK's Samurai Shodown (Samurai Spirits) game added the Warden character as a crossover character from Ubisoft's For Honor game on Wednesday. The character is available both as an individual purchase and as the last character in the game's Season 2 character pass. The game launched for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Japan and the West i...
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Gleipnir ‒ Episode 12

It's flashback week on Gleipnir, as last week's last-minute tease leads into an extended look at Shuichi's former life and, more specifically, the lives of his friends.
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Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear Anime Reveals More Cast, Opening Song, October Premiere

Rina Hidaka, Miyu Tomita, Satomi Amano join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Kumanano and 029's Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear light novels revealed additional cast members, the opening theme song, and the first television commercial on Thursday. The newly announced cast members are: Rina Hidaka as Noire Foschurose Miyu Tomita as Shuri Satomi Amano as Misana Farrengram Azumi Waki is perfo...
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Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku Spinoff Manga Reaches Climax on June 29

Ōhashi launched comedy spinoff of Yūji Kaku's Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku manga on January 20 ― The 20th chapter of Ōhashi's Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku, a comedy manga mini-series spinoff of Yūji Kaku's Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku (spinoff has same title but has hiragana instead of kanji), revealed on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website on Monday that the series is reaching its climax on June 29. Ōhashi...
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Warlords of Sigrdrifa Anime Reveals Promo Video, Cast, More Staff

Hibiku Yamamura, Nene Hieda, M.A.O, Sayaka Kikuchi star in A-1 Pictures' October anime ― The official website for Aniplex's original anime Warlords of Sigrdrifa (Senyoku no Sigrdrifa) revealed a character promotional video, cast members, additional staff members, a new visual, and manga adaptations for the anime on Wednesday. 【メインキャスト情報公開!】メインキャラクターを演じるキャスト陣を公開!https://t.co/mzIaS1GFuDクラウディア・ブラフォード役:山...
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Golgo 13 Manga Resumes on July 10

Long-running manga went on hiatus for 1st time in 52-year run in May ― This year's 13th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine announced on Thursday that the long-running Golgo 13 manga will resume in the magazine's next issue on July 10. The manga went on hiatus in May for the first time in its 52-year run, after an agreement between author Takao Saito's Saito Production company and the editorial ...

Pokémon Unite Team-Based Battle Game Announced for Switch, Smartphones

Tencent's TiMi Studio Group develops game with 5-on-5 cooperative battles ― The Pokémon Presents livestream presentation announced the Pokémon Unite Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android game on Wednesday. Tencent's TiMi Studio Group is producing the game in collaboration with The Pokémon Company. The game is the franchise's first strategic team-based battle game. The game allows 10 players to participat...
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Dokyū Hentai HxEros Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Ending Song

Series premieres on July 3 ― The official website for the television anime of Ryōma Kitada's Dokyū Hentai HxEros manga began streaming the second promotional video for the series on Wednesday. The video previews the ending theme song "Lost emotion," performed by Ai Kakuma as her character Kirara Hoshino. 【第2弾PV解禁】誰かがこう言った――”HERO”はHとEROでできていると。「ド級編隊 #エグゼロス」7月3日よりTVアニメ放送開始https://t.co/30gu2g6KWf pic.tw...
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The Titan's Bride Anime Casts Masatomo Nakazawa, Yusuke Shirai

Anime debuts on July 5 with regular television, explicit "premiere edition" ― The official website for the anime shorts of ITKZ's boys-love manga The Titan's Bride (Kyojinzoku no Hanayome) revealed two additional cast members on Wednesday. Masatomo Nakazawa is playing Baro Barows, and Yusuke Shirai is playing Beri Berinal. Masatomo Nakazawa as Baro Barows Yusuke Shirai as Beri Berinal The anime will ...
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Maitetsu Game's Rail Romanesque TV Anime Unveils Cast, More Staff, Story, 12-Episode Fall Run

Sumire Uesaka, Aya Suzaki star as new Railords in story set after game ― The official website for Rail Romanesque, the television anime of digital novel brand Lose's Maitetsu game, opened on Wednesday. The site revealed two cast members, more staff members, a story introduction, the 12-episode fall 2020 run, and a new visual for the anime. The anime stars: Sumire Uesaka as Suzushiro, a Railord for th...
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Harvest Moon: One World Game's 1st Trailer Streamed

Game launches for Switch, PS4 this fall ― The New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation unveiled the first trailer for Natsume and Rising Star Games' Harvest Moon: One World game for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on Tuesday. The game will launch in North America and Europe in fall 2020. The game will have a new engine and graphics. Nintendo U.K. describes the game: Explore a world of new and fam...
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Studio 4°C Production Employee Gets Repaid 2.8 Million Yen in Unpaid Overtime

Employee sued Studio 4°C last year for violating Japanese labor laws, trial ended without judgement ― The Asashi Shimbun newspaper reported on Wednesday that a production employee at Studio 4°C has been repaid approximately 2.86 million yen (US$26,800) following a suit he filed against the studio for labor abuses. The suit was filed in October, and the trial concluded on Tuesday. According to the rep...
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Aksys Games Launches Piofiore: Fated Memories Switch Game in October

― Aksys Games announced during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday that its release of Idea Factory's Piofiore: Fated Memories Switch game in the West is slated for October. Aksys Games describes Piofiore: Fated Memories: Liliana Adoronato was born and raised in the church in the center of the Italian city of Burlone. Three criminal organizations control parts of the city, and ...
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King of Fighters R-2 Game Launches for Switch in July

SNK released game for Neo Geo Pocket Color in 1999 ― SNK announced during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday that it will release the King of Fighters R-2 fighting game for the Nintendo eShop on the Switch in July. SNK unveiled a trailer and two gameplay videos for the game. The game debuted in SNK's Neo Geo Pocket Color handheld system in 1999, and was also released in the Wes...
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Cafe Enchante Switch Game Heads West in November

Trailer for otome visual novel streamed ― Aksys Games revealed during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday that it will release Idea Factory's Cafe Enchante otome visual novel game for Nintendo Switch in the West in November. Aksys Games describes the story: Discover an enchanting, uplifting, coffee-fueled tale filled with magic, monsters, and mysteries. When Kotone inherits her ...

The Irregular at Magic High School Novel Series Ends After 12 Years in September

Tsutomu Satou's 32-volume sci-fi series inspired TV anime with upcoming 2nd season, movie ― The official Twitter account for Tsutomu Satou's The Irregular at Magic High School (Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei) light novel series announced on Wednesday that the novels will end with the 32nd volume. The 32nd volume, subtitled "Sacrifice-hen/Sotsugyō-hen" (Sacrifice/Graduation Arc), will ship on September 10. Y...
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Aksys Games to Release Mikage's Escape from Asura PS4, Switch Game

Game launches in 2021 ― Aksys Games and Mikage LLC announced during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday that they will release the Escape from Asura game for the PlayStation 4 and Switch in 2021. The game's logo, teaser video, and music appear similar to Mikage LLC's Criminal Girls X game, though the companies did not officially confirm that it is the same game. Mikage LLC annou...
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Fire Force Anime Season 2's Video Highlights New Characters

New season premieres on July 3 ― The official website for the anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga began streaming a new promotional video for the second anime season on Wednesday. The video highlights the new characters joining the story of the second season. Crunchyroll and Funimation are also streaming an English-subtitled version of the video. The anime will premiere on ...
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Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate Game Heads West for Switch, PC

Trailer streamed for this year's enhanced version of rogue-like RPG ― Spike Chunsoft announced during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday that its Shiren The Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (Fushigi no Dungeon Fūrai no Shiren 5: Fortune Tower to Unmei no Dice) game will launch in North America and Europe for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam this year. Spike C...
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Nobuhiko Okamoto Ends Hiatus After Successful Throat Surgery

Voice actor recovers from surgery due to throat discomfort, scarring ― Voice actor Nobuhiko Okamoto announced on his official blog on Tuesday that he is returning to work after being on hiatus since the start of the month due to throat treatment and the accompanying surgery. His doctor told him that he had made a full recovery. Okamoto will join fellow voice actors and KENN and Daisuke Namikawa on th...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga Franchise Will Have 80 Million Copies in Circulation

Recently concluded manga's 21st volume ships with 3 million copies on July 3 ― Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba franchise will have more than 80 million copies in circulation on July 3. That number includes digital copies and the 3-million-copy first printing of the upcoming 21st manga volume, which will ship on that day next week. The franchise had about 3.5 million copies in circul...
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Ys IX: Monstrom Nox Game Heads West for PS4, Switch, PC in 2021

Game launched for PS4 in Japan last September ― NIS America announced during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday that it will release Nihon Falcom's Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, the latest entry in the Ys role-playing game series, for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in North America and Europe in 2021. The game will launch for PS4 first. NIS America describes the story:...
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2020 Anpanman Film Rescheduled to Summer 2021 Due to COVID-19

Film was originally scheduled to open on June 26 ― The official website for Eiga Soreike! Anpanman Fuwafuwa Fuwari to Kumo no Kuni (Soreike! Anpanman the Movie: Fluffy Fuwari and the Cloud Country), this year's Anpanman anime film, announced on Wednesday that the film's opening has been delayed to summer 2021 due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The film's website will provid...
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Bandai Spirits Head Katsumi Kawaguchi Talks 40 Years of Gunpla History

The July 3 issue of Asashi Shimbun's Weekly Asahi magazine published an interview with Bandai Spirits president Katsumi Kawaguchi to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first Gundam plastic model (otherwise known as Gunpla) sale in July 1980. The four-page interview tells the story of how Gunpla was first developed, with many of the original model makers coming from a background of creating sc...
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Outlaw Star ‒ Episode 9-10

Hopefully things will pick up next time, because after the highs of the previous episodes these two serve as prime examples of Outlaw Star in its doldrums, and the result is less than stellar.
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Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon Game Gets Sequel

Trailer reveals 4 playable characters ― Inti Creates announced during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday that it is developing Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2, a sequel to its 8-bit-style spinoff of Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night game. The game will be available digitally for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. The company began stre...
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Guilty Gear -Strive- Game's Trailer Reveals Millia, Zato-1

Fighting game launches on PS4 in early 2021 after delay ― Arc System Works unveiled a new trailer for its upcoming Guilty Gear -Strive- fighting game during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday. The trailer reveals returning characters Millia and Zato-1. Arc System Works delayed the release of the game from late 2020 to early 2021 due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease ...
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Ginga Nagareboshi Gin Manga Creator Draws Illustration for 2020 The Call of the Wild Film

Film's Blu-ray, DVD set releases in Japan on July 3 ― Manga creator Yoshihiro Takahashi, who is best known for the animal adventure series Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin, drew an illustration to promote the 2020 The Call of the Wild film starring Harrison Ford. The artwork shows the iconic dog Buck from The Call of the Wild living an idyllic life with the pack of dogs depicted in Takahashi's currently ongoin...
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Woodpecker Detective's Office ‒ Episode 11

What at first looks like a straightforward serial kidnapping case is really about family politics and collateral damage. Those things can be far, far uglier than any other form of crime.
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Death end re;Quest 2 Game's Trailer Reveals August Launch in West

PS4/PC game debuts in N. America on August 25, in Europe on August 28 ― Idea Factory International announced during the New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation on Tuesday that it will release Compile Heart's Death end re;Quest 2 game physically and digitally for the PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in North America on August 25 and in Europe on August 28. The limited edition of the game will bundle ...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV Game's Trailer Reveals October Launch for PS4 in West

Game launches for PS4 in N. America, Europe on October 27; in Australia, New Zealand on November 3 ― The New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation revealed on Tuesday that NIS America will release The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV game, the fourth installment in Nihon Falcom's Trails of Cold Steel role-playing game series, for the PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe on October 27 a...
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Princess Connect! Re:Dive ‒ Episode 12

In this episode, we get two things: Karyl confronting her own belief system and some new questions to add to the already large pile.
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Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne Game's 1st Trailer Reveals Melty

PS4, Switch, PC game ships in West this winter ― The New Game+ Expo (NGPX) digital presentation revealed the first trailer for the Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne (Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu - Itsuwari no Ōsen Kōho) game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on Tuesday. The trailer reveals the sixth candidate character Melty. Spike Ch...

Crunchyroll to Stream Healin' Good Precure, Gibiate, Mr. Love: Queen's Choice Anime This Summer

Series premiere in July ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will stream the Healin' Good PreCure, Gibiate, and Mr. Love: Queen's Choice television anime this summer. Crunchyroll will stream Healin' Good Precure in North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Latin America and announce the launch date in the future. The company describes the story: The secret world "Healing Garden"...
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Perennial Tokyo Governor Candidate Cosplays Lelouch for Latest Campaign Poster

Teruki Gotō, a musician who often runs as a perennial candidate in various Japanese elections, cosplayed as the Code Geass character Lelouch Lamperouge in his latest campaign poster for the Tokyo governor election. He showed off his poster on his YouTube channel on Saturday. The poster reads, in Lelouch's commanding tone: "I, Teruki Gotō, command you: Vote for me." Gotō states in the video that th...
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Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendō Children's Books Get TV Anime

Reiko Hiroshima, jyajya's series centers on mysterious candy shop ― An official website opened on Wednesday to announce that Toei Animation is producing a television anime adaptation of author Reiko Hiroshima and illustrator jyajya's children's novel series Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendō. The novel series' story centers on the mysterious candy and snack shop Zenitendō, which only lucky people can find. ...
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Netflix Debuts Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege on July 30

COVID-19 impacted series' foreign dub production ― Netflix announced on Monday that it will debut the upcoming Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege animated series on July 30. The effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on production of the show's foreign dubs contributed to the series' delay. Polygon Pictures is animating the series, and Rooster Teeth is producing. The series wil...
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Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation Anime Season 2's New Video Highlights Muhyo vs. Goryō Battle

New season to premiere on July 7 ― The official Twitter account for the second television anime season based on Yoshiyuki Nishi's Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation manga began streaming the first of four "battle selection promotional videos" on Tuesday. The videos highlight the anime's battle action scenes, starting with "Muhyo vs. Goryō": ⚡ 7月7日(火)⚡⚡ 激闘開始 ⚡#ムヒョロジ 第2期放送開始まで待てない!?バトル...
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Dropkick on My Devil! Author: 'We Will Definitely Make a 3rd Season Happen Someday'

― Manga creator Yukiwo, the creator of the Dropkick on My Devil! (Jashin-chan Dropkick) manga, posted on their Twitter account on Tuesday that they will "definitely make a third season happen someday" for the anime adaptation of the manga. Yukiwo was thanking fans for watching the second season, which ended its television run on AT-X on Monday (followed by Tokyo MX and other channels on Tuesday), an...
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Mifanda Anime About Singing Soccer Panda Previewed in Video

Kensho Ono, Taichi Ichikawa star in July anime for project led by UKASUKA-G music duo ― The Music Interact Football for All (MIFA) project began streaming a promotional video for Utau Soccer Panda Mifanda (Mifanda the Singing Soccer Panda), the television anime for its mascot character Mifanda, on Tuesday. In the video, Mifanda tells the exhausted teammates that there were 17 minutes of additional ti...
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Kamen Rider Zero-One/Mashin Sentai Kiramager Films Delayed Due to COVID-19

Double feature originally slated for July 23 ― Toei announced on Tuesday that it has delayed the opening of its double-feature films Gekijō-ban Kamen Rider Zero-One/Mashin Sentai Kiramager the Movie due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The films were previously slated to open on July 23. Toei will announce a new date as soon as it is decided on the films' official website and ...

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Liar x Liar Manga By Haré+Guu's Renjuro Kindaichi Gets Live-Action Film

Hokuto Matsumura, Nana Mori star in film by live-action Touken Ranbu director Saiji Yakumo ― Kodansha announced on Tuesday that Renjuro Kindaichi's Liar x Liar manga is inspiring a live-action film. Hokuto Matsumura (left in image below) and Nana Mori (right) star in the film as protagonists Tōru and Minato, respectively. Saiji Yakumo (live-action Ankoku Joshi, Touken Ranbu) directs the film, with a ...
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New Films Hold Most of Japanese Box Office Top 10, But No New Anime Films

Weathering With You, Akira 4K remaster chart again ― For the first time since March, most of Japan's box office top 10 this past weekend were newly released films. The anime films Weathering With You and Akira, as well as the live-acition films Parasite and Ichido Shinde Mita, were the only films that had opened prior to Japan's state of emergency in April. The rest of the top 10 films opened within ...
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A3! Season Autumn & Winter Anime Unveils 'Season Autumn' Visual

― The official website for the television anime of Liber Entertainment's A3! actor-training smartphone game unveiled a new visual for the A3! Season Autumn & Winter anime's "Season Autumn" arc on Tuesday, highlighting the Autumn Troupe. A3! Season Autumn & Winter, the anime's latter two arcs, will premiere in October. A3! Season Spring & Summer, the first two arcs, began with the "Season Spring" arc...
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One Piece ‒ Episodes 916-918

In the wake of Luffy and Kaido's Ultimate Battle to End All Battles* we get a moment to savor the multi-hued destruction of Wano.
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Sailor Moon Makeup Hits Japanese Stores in September

The Sailor Moon franchise is teaming up with the makeup and cosmetics brand Maquillage to release makeup base and foundation, which is set to release in Japan via the Premium Bandai online store on September 21. This isn't the first time the series has inspired real-life cosmetics, nor is it even the first time it has collaborated with the Maquillage brand. In 2017, Maquillage released collaborati...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 ‒ Episode 11

One of Kaguya-sama's rare attempts at genuine drama, this week's episode paints a tragic and touching picture of the experiences that shaped Ishigami.
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Netflix's JU-ON: Origins Live-Action Horror Series Streams Clip

1st series in franchise focuses on paranormal investigator, debuts on July 3 ― Netflix began streaming a clip of NBC Universal Entertainment Japan's Ju-on: Noroi no Ie (English title: JU-ON: Origins), the first live-action series for the Ju-on franchise, on Tuesday. The series will debut worldwide on Netflix on July 3. The companies had first announced the series on April 13. The new series centers o...
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Ascendance of a Bookworm ‒ SERIES FINALE

If I had to single out one episode as the best of the lot, it might well be this one.
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Kyoto Animation Animator's Art Remembered in Rice Paddy Recreation

23-year-old Yuki Omura passed away in Kyoto Animation arson incident last year ― Locals from Kikugawa city in the Shizuoka Prefecture have recreated an artwork drawn by Kyoto Animation animator Yuki Omura across a rice field. Omura was among the victims of the Kyoto Animation Studio 1 building arson incident; he was 23 years old at the time. The artwork is from a picture book Omura created when he wa...
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Rensuke Oshikiri Ends Semai Sekai no Identity Manga

Manga about girl joining manga industry to solve brother's death launched in 2016 ― Rensuke Oshikiri's Semai Sekai no Identity manga ended in the August issue of Kodansha's Morning two magazine on Monday. The previous issue had described the release as the series entering its climax. The manga's fifth and final compiled book volume is slated for release on September 23. The manga's story begins when ...
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ARMS' Min Min Joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Game on June 29

Character presentation video also reveals 5 new Mii Fighter costumes ― Nintendo announced during a livestream presentation on Monday that ARMS character Min Min will join the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crossover fighting game as the first of six new characters in Fighters Pass Vol. 2 on June 29. Additionally, Nintendo revealed five new Mii Fighter costumes: Ninjara from ARMS, Heihachi from the Tekken...
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Little Non Band Reunites for Streaming Music Project After 9 Years

Group performed songs for Kodomo no Jikan, Saki, Akikan!, more anime ― Otaku-kei band Little Non reunited under the name Little Non. (with a period) to produce the new "Hello Days" song remotely. Lantis began streaming a video for the song on Monday, and the release marks the group's return after more than nine years. The release is part of MixUp!, Lantis' project that is supporting music artists and...
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Sing "Yesterday" for Me ‒ SERIES FINALE

There's one entirely appropriate part of the finish at least, presenting the end of Rikuo and Shinako's brief attempt at a relationship as the beginning of the next stage of their lives.
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Arte ‒ SERIES FINALE

Of all of the many types of endings out there, I think my favorite is the “life goes on” finale.
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Former Dark Horse Editor Brendan Wright Apologizes for Sexual Misconduct

"Making amends requires me first to remember that this situation is a result of my actions and to remember the remorse I felt at the pain I caused even before those actions were public." ― Former Starburns Industries Press (SBI) executive editor and former Dark Horse Comics editor Brendan Wright issued an apology on June 22 regarding the allegations of sexual misconduct levied against him by former L...
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! ‒ SEASON FINALE

After twelve solid-episodes of accidental seductions and flailing cake binges, we've made it, folks.
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Singer Nano to Host Livestream Concert Available Worldwide

Online concert streams on June 28 at 1:00 a.m. EDT ― Singer nano's official YouTube channel will stream the “Rock On. @ Home” livestream concert worldwide on June 28 at 1:00 a.m. EDT. The concert will simultaneously stream on the Japanese video site Niconico. The performance is targeting "fans around the world who currently cannot attend live music performances due to the COVID-19 pandemic." nano's o...
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Mangamo Manga Subscription App to Launch Japan Sinks 2020 Manga

Series based on upcoming anime launches in early July ― The staff of the Mangamo app confirmed with ANN on Monday that the app will launch a manga based on the Japan Sinks 2020 anime globally in English in early July. New chapters will debut weekly in July and bi-weekly thereafter. Mangamo describes the manga: In this sci-fi disaster manga, catastrophic earthquakes devastate Japan and one family's re...
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Oscars Delayed by 2 Months Due to COVID-19

Award ceremony to be broadcast on April 25, 2021 ― The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on June 15 that it has delayed the 93rd Academy Awards by two months due to new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The Academy and ABC Television Network have decided that the ceremony will be broadcast on April 25, 2021. The Academy also announced that it is shifting some dates for the ...
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Mary Skelter Finale Game's Opening Movie Streamed

3D dungeon-crawler ships for PS4, Switch on October 8 ― Compile Heart started streaming the opening movie for the Kangokutō Mary Skelter Finale game on its official YouTube channel on Sunday. The game will ship for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan on October 8 after a delay. The game was previously slated for release for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch on August 27. The company cited "vario...
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My Brother the Shut-in's Kinoko Higurashi Ends Kojinsa Arimasu Manga

Manga about 32-year-old salaryman waking up as woman launched in 2018 ― Kinoko Higurashi published the final chapter of the Kojinsa Arimasu (There's All Kinds) manga in this year's 29th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine on Thursday. The manga also ended in the Comic Days app on Friday. The manga centers on the relationship between Akira Isomori, a 32-year-old employee in his company's product plan...
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Ayumi Komura Ends Okuchi no Ishi wa Shojo Danshi Manga on July 1

Manga about woman, dentist hooking up launched last October ― Manga creator Ayumi Komura announced on her Twitter account that the 12th chapter of her Okuchi no Ishi wa Shojo Danshi (The Dentist Was a Virgin Guy) manga will be the last chapter. The chapter will debut digitally on July 1. The manga centers on Tsubasa, a woman who meets a hot guy named Sakura at a mixer. When they continue their night ...
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Yuto's Asmodeus wa Akiramenai Manga Reaches Climax in 8th Volume

Hanamaru Kindergarten author launched manga in 2017 ― Amazon is listing the eighth compiled book volume of Yuto's Asmodeus wa Akiramenai (Asmodeus Will Not Give Up) manga as containing the story's "climax." The volume is slated to ship on September 30. The manga centers on a second-year high school student who is standing in for his Catholic priest father to protect their church while his father is a...
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Digital English Anime Event KuroCon to Host Musician Asaka

KuroCon takes place on July 4-5 ― The digital English-language anime event KuroCon announced on Saturday that the convention will host the musician Asaka. KuroCon will take place on July 4-5. KuroCon's website describes the event as a "free online convention born out of the desire to host an event to replace the ones we lost in these difficult times. Organized by a bunch of friends and comrades in th...
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On-Gaku Anime Film Wins Award at Annecy

Film wins award at Special Awards Ceremony in Contrechamp category ― The Annecy International Animation Film Festival announced on Friday that it has awarded Kenji Iwaisawa's On-Gaku: Our Sound film with the Best Original Music Award for a Feature Film in the festival's Special Awards Ceremony. SACEM (Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music) sponsored the award. The Annecy International...
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Kinnikuman Manga Resumes Next Monday After COVID-19 Hiatus

Yudetamago's series went on hiatus on April 20 ― Manga creator duo Yudetamago announced on their Twitter account on Sunday that their Kinnikuman manga will resume on June 29. The break began on April 20 due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation, and was originally slated to end on May 18, but was extended. When Yudetamago initially announced the hiatus, they explained that they and thei...
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Assault Lily Bouquet TV Anime Casts Minami Tsuda

Tsuda plays Soraha Amano in October anime ― The official Twitter account for the Assault Lily mixed-media franchise announced on Monday that Minami Tsuda will join the cast of the franchise's television anime Assault Lily Bouquet as the character as Soraha Amano. The anime delayed its premiere date to October to prioritize the safety of its cast and staff during the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19)...
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'Kamen Rider Saber' Trademark Filed Under Toei

― A trademark for "Kamen Rider Saber" was filed under Toei's name on May 29. The trademark went public on June 16. In addition to "Saber" in the Roman alphabet, the trademark features the alternate "Seibaa" (literally, holy blade) kanji characters with a similar pronunciation. Shotaro Ishinomori launched the first live-action special effects television series and manga in the Kamen Rider franchise i...
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New Sakura Wars Stage Play Runs This Winter After COVID-19 Delay

Play originally scheduled for March 5-8 run ― The official website for Shin Sakura Taisen the Stage, the stage play adaptation of Sega's new Sakura Wars (Shin Sakura Taisen) game, announced last week that the stage play will now run this winter, with new procedures to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The site also unveiled a commercial highlighting Yūna Sekine as ...
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Viz, Shueisha Add Magu-chan: God of Destruction Manga in English

Kei Kamiki's manga about girl, evil god living together launched in Shonen Jump on Monday ― Both Viz Media and Shueisha added Kei Kamiki's Magu-chan: God of Destruction (Hakaishin Magu-chan) in English on their respective Shonen Jump and MAnga Plus services in English on Monday. The manga launched in the 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan on the same day. Shueisha describes...

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Digimon Adventure: Anime Posts English-Subtitled Videos

Anime airs 1st new episode since April on June 28 ― Toei Animation began streaming English-subtitled promotional videos for the Digimon Adventure: anime on Monday. The anime restarted its broadcast from episode 1 on June 7 after delaying new episodes due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The anime will air its first new episode since April on June 28. Digimon Adventure: premier...
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Inuyasha Anime Spinoff Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Airs on Saturdays This Fall

― The official website for Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (Hanyō no Yashahime), the new anime spinoff of Rumiko Takahashi's Inuyasha series, revealed on Monday that the fall anime will air on the YTV/NTV network on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. JST (4:30 a.m. EDT). In addition, the InuYasha: The Final Act anime series will start reairing in YTV's late-night Manpa timeslot on Mondays in the Kansai area on J...
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Healin' Good Precure Anime Casts Suzuko Mimori as Cure Earth

Anime resumes with episode 13 on June 28 ― The official website for Toei Animation's Healin' Good Precure anime announced on Monday that Suzuko Mimori will join the anime's cast as Cure Earth (seen left below)/Asumi Fūrin (right). Mimori describes the characters as "gentle, calm, and a little mysterious." Kanako Miyamoto's "Everybody☆Healin' G'Day" will be the new ending theme song (with a new ending...
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Suntory's Crayon Shin-chan Ad Tells Heartwarming Tale of Fatherhood

Suntory's Craft Boss coffee brand released an animated ad on Thursday for the Crayon Shin-chan series focusing on Shin-chan's father Hiroshi. The ad is directed by Wataru Takahashi, who also directed the Eiga Crayon Shin-chan: Gachinko! Gyakushū no Robo Tō-chan film about Hiroshi turning into a robot. In the ad, Hiroshi reflects on his five years of fatherhood and marvels at how much his son has g...
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Vinsmoke Judge Joins One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 Game as 3rd DLC Character

"Character Pack 1" DLC with Judge, Cracker, Smoothie launches this summer ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam will add the character Vinsmoke Judge as the game's third DLC character. Vinsmoke Judge will be available in ...

Guardian of the Witch Manga Ends in Shonen Jump Magazine

2nd compiled volume manga series ships on August 4 ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the last chapter of Asahi Sakano's Guardian of the Witch (Majo no Moribito) manga on Monday. The manga series ends with its 19th chapter. Viz Media and Manga Plus are both serializing the Guardian of the Witch manga in English digitally. Manga PLUS describes the manga: In a ...
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Black Clover Anime Resumes on July 7

Anime series resumes with episode 133 ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the Black Clover anime will resume broadcast from July 7. The anime series will resume with episode 133. The official website for the Black Clover anime had announced on April 20 that the anime's production committee was delaying the broadcast of the anime's 133rd episode a...
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Sumikko Gurashi Anime Film Wins Japan Movie Critics Award

Film that opened in Japan on November 8 wins Best Animation ― The 29th Annual Japan Movie Critics Award announced the winners of the awards on Monday. Eiga Sumikko Gurashi - Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko (Sumikko Gurashi The Movie - The Unexpected Picture Book and the Secret Child), the anime film of San-X's "Sumikko Gurashi" (Living in the Corner) characters, won the award for Best Animation of the...
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Hero Mask Anime Gets Manga Spinoff Starting on July 7

Wakaiki draws spinoff manga ― Manga creator Wakaiki announced on Friday that they will launch a spinoff manga based on Studio Pierrot's Hero Mask original anime series on the LINE Manga app on July 7. The manga is titled Hero Mask: A lost memory. New chapters will debut on the app weekly. 7月7日から@heromask_anime のスピンオフマンガの連載が決定いたしました。 @LINEmanga でお楽しみ頂けます。宜しくお願い致します! pic.twitter.com/5epUzJZhTg— Wakaiki...
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Lapis Re:LiGHTs Anime's New Promo Video Highlights Sugar Pockets, LiGHTs

Idol series premieres on July 4 ― The official Twitter account for KLab Games and Kadokawa's "Magic x Idol" mixed-media project Lapis Re:LiGHTs revealed a new promotional video on Saturday that highlights the in-franchise idol groups Sugar Pockets and LiGHTs. Previous videos highlighted the idol groups supernova, Kono Hana wa Otome, IV KLORE and Sadistic★Candy. The anime will premiere on July 4 at 10...
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Japan Sinks 2020 Manga Briefly Listed as Launching on Mangamo Subscription Service (Updated)

English app launched in April ― Update: The Honey's Anime anime information site has removed its article and Twitter post about a Japan Sinks 2020 manga, and the Twitter account for the Mangamo app has also deleted its retweet of Honey's Anime's post. ANN is reaching out to Mangamo for clarification. Our original article is below. The Honey's Anime anime information site reported on Saturday that the...
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Rent-A-Girlfriend Anime's New Videos Emulate Dating Simulators

3 videos feature dates with Chizuru at aquarium, VR attraction, shopping ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Reiji Miyajima's Rent-A-Girlfriend (Kanojo, Okarishimasu) manga began streaming three new videos for the anime on June 13, June 16, and on Saturday. All three videos emulate dating-sim gameplay. The first video features a date with Chizuru at an aquarium. The second vide...
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Journal of the Mysterious Creatures Animated Series Premieres in Japan on July 7

Series based on Chinese web novel premiered in China last June ― BS-Fuji's "Anime Guild" programming block has announced that it will air MAGES. and bilibili's Journal of the Mysterious Creatures (Ijō Seibutsu Kenbunroku) television anime series beginning on July 7 at 24:30 (effectively July 8 at 12:30 a.m.) The anime's Japanese version was originally slated to premiere in 2019. The show premiered in...

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Healin' Good Precure Anime Resumes New Episodes on June 28 After COVID-19 Delay

Episode 13 to premiere after originally being slated on April 26 ― The official website for Toei Animation's Healin' Good Precure anime announced on Sunday that the anime will resume airing new episodes on June 28. Episode 13 will premiere on that day. The anime has been delaying new episodes due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Instead of airing episode 13 on April 26, the se...
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Golden Kamuy's Prisoners Get Their Tales Told Ghost Story Style

Professional ghost story teller Junji Inagawa narrates videos ― The stories around the prisoners in Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga are known to be rather macabre, to the extent that they could easily be viewed as horror stories. That's exactly what those stories have become in a recent series of videos that recontextualize the manga as a traditional Japanese ghost story. There are three videos in t...
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Kakushigoto ‒ SERIES FINALE

After weeks of teasing disaster and despair, Kakushigoto finally pulls back the veil on its frame story and delivers a definitive conclusion for its father-daughter saga about manga artistry and dick jokes.
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Free Comic Book Day 2020 Rescheduled for July 15 through September 9

Original event was postponed due to COVID-19 ― Diamond Comic Distributors announced on Thursday that its annual Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) event has been rebranded to "Free Comic Book Summer," and will take place from July 15 to September 9. Instead of taking place over one day, it will take place over the summer to accommodate social distancing and store capacity regulations across the United States...
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Wave, Listen to Me! ‒ SERIES FINALE

So this is how Wave, Listen to Me! ends: Not with a bang…but a 6.8 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Hokkaido!

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Anime Gets 2nd Season in 2021

Announced after season finale on Sunday ― The current television anime of Satoru Yamaguchi and Nami Hidaka's My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta...) light novels debuted its 12th and final episode on Sunday, and the episode ended with the announcement of a second anime season in 2021. Hidaka drew a visual t...
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Itsuwaribito's Yuuki Iinuma Launches New Manga

Akago Higan baby panic horror manga debuts in July ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Friday that Yuuki Iinuma (Itsuwaribito) will launch a new manga titled Akago Higan in the magazine's next issue in July. The magazine teases the manga as a baby panic horror story about stealing life force. The story centers on a weak and helpless baby who loses his life due to a...
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World End Heroes Manga Canceled Due to Game Ending Service

Game will end service on August 20 ― The July issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge magazine revealed on Wednesday that since Square Enix announced on May 28 that the World End Heroes smartphone game is ending service, Kodansha is canceling the manga adaptation. The manga was slated to launch in the magazine and in the Bessatsu Friend magazine in early summer. The game launched in Japan in Novembe...
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Kingdom Hearts Dark Road Smartphone Game Also Launches in English on June 22

Also: Kingdom Hearts Union χ smartphone game enters final arc ― The official English Twitter account for Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts franchise confirmed on Friday that the Kingdom Hearts Dark Road smartphone game will also launch in English on June 22, the same day the game will launch in Japan. Square Enix is also streaming an English version of the "Kingdom Hearts 2020" video that highlights the d...
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Hidamari Sketch Theme Song Performers marble Reunite After 5-Year Hiatus

Duo behind songs for Tamayura, Squid Girl, Mitsudomoe went on hiatus in November 2014 ― An official Twitter account for the anime song duo marble launched on Saturday to announce that the duo are reuniting after a five-year hiatus. The group are also launching a YouTube channel on Saturday. The duo are working with the Precious Tone agency. The "organic pop unit" had announced in November 2014 that t...
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Takane & Hana Manga Gets Epilogue Chapter

Manga ends on July 20 ― This year's combined 14th and 15th issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed on Friday that Yuki Shiwasu's Takane & Hana manga will get an epilogue chapter that will be bundled with the limited edition version of the manga's 18th compiled book volume on September 18. The manga will end in the magazine's next issue on July 20. This year's ninth issue of Hana to Yume ...
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Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc 2 Manga Delays 3rd Chapter

Fruits Basket spinoff manga's 2nd chapter debuted on Friday ― This year's combined 14th and 15th issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed on Friday that the third and final chapter of the second part of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc manga has been delayed indefinitely. The magazine's official website and Twitter account will announce the new release date when it...

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Gintama Manga Also Gets New Net Anime Special in Early 2021

dTV-exclusive special to tie into previously announced new anime film ― Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga is inspiring a new anime special that will premiere exclusively in Japan on the online dTV service in "early 2021." The special's content will tie into the third new Gintama anime film (early teaser visual pictured below). Like the special, the new film is slated for early 2021. The dTV service has...
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Listeners ‒ SERIES FINALE

There are multiple monologues and speeches during Mu and Echo's big confrontation about understanding, hope, and love, but I kept asking “wait, is that what you were trying to be about?”
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NEWS Band Member Yuya Tegoshi Leaves Group, Johnny's Agency

Tegoshi had been on hiatus since May 26 after attending party during state of emergency ― The Johnny & Associates agency (Johnny's) announced on Friday that the contract between Yuya Tegoshi from the four-member NEWS idol group and Johnny's has been canceled. The group's remaining three members Keiichiro Koyama, Takahisa Masuda, and Shigeaki Kato will continue to perform. Johnny's announced on May 26...
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Ouran High School Host Club ‒ Episodes 7-8

Two swimming-fueled episodes puts in the cast in familiar anime territory, but it wouldn't be OHSHC if things went according to plan.
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Bushiroad Names Founder Takaaki Kidani as Chairperson

Kidani returns to representative director position with president Yoshitaka Hashimoto ― Bushiroad announced on Friday that it has appointed the company's founder Takaaki Kidani as chairperson. He is also returning to his former position as a representative director alongside the company's president Yoshitaka Hashimoto. Bushiroad stated that the reasons for this change were the new coronavirus disease...
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Z/X Code reunion Manga Ends in July

Tatsuhiko Urahata, Takuya Fujima's series launched in November 2017 ― The August issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Friday that Tatsuhiko Urahata and Takuya Fujima's Z/X Code reunion manga will end in the next issue on July 21. Urahata and Fujima (Weiß Survive, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid) launched the manga in V Jump in November 2017, and the second compiled book volume shipped in...
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Nominees Announced For Reader-Chosen Tsugi ni Kuru Manga 2020 Awards

The manga nominees were announced for the sixth "Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Taishō" (up-and-coming manga awards). This year had 4,768 entries, more than twice as many as last year. 50 nominees were selected for each category. The following nominees are currently available in English: Print Manga Agravity Boys by Atsushi Nakamura (licensed by Viz Media) Undead Unluck by Yoshifumi Tozuka (licensed by Viz ...
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Tower of God ‒ Episode 12

Now that it turns out that all Rachel did to deserve this vitriol was one extremely-telegraphed yeet, I'm sitting here wondering, “Why does Crunchyroll even have a comments section?”
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Robotics;Notes Double Pack Game Collection's Character Trailer Streamed

Collection launches for PS4/Switch in West in October ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming a character trailer on Friday for the Robotics;Notes Double Pack game collection, which includes the Robotics;Notes Elite and Robotics;Notes DaSH games. Spike Chunsoft will release the game for the PlayStationn 4 and Nintendo Switch in North America on October 13 and in Europe on October 16. The game is getting a D...
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8 Man vs Cyborg 009 Manga Announced for Debut on July 18

Genma Taisen Rebirth's Kyoichi Nanatsuki, Masato Hayase launch crossover ― The August issue of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine announced on Friday that author Kyoichi Nanatsuki (Project ARMS, Genma Taisen Rebirth) and artist Masato Hayase (Genma Taisen Rebirth) will launch the 8 Man vs Cyborg 009 manga in the next issue on July 18. The manga will feature the title characters of the classic 8 Man...
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Former Dark Horse Editor Brendan Wright Accused of Sexual Misconduct (UPDATED)

Former Lore Olympus editor Bekah Caden claims he used his position of power "to torment and harass me in an attempt to satisfy his own obsessive sexual urges." ― Former Lore Olympus editor Bekah Caden accused former Starburns Industries Press (SBI) executive editor and former Dark Horse Comics editor Brendan Wright of harassment, stalking, and sexual misconduct. Caden wrote on Twitter on Thursday tha...
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Netflix Delays Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege Show

Quarantine's effects on foreign dubs contribute to delay from June ― Actress Linsay Rousseau revealed on her Instagram account on Wednesday that the upcoming Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege animated series is delayed from its planned release in June. Rousseau said, "due to the quarantine they didn't finish the foreign dubs for the show," and added that Netflix is requiring foreign dubs...
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BookWalker to Release 'Why the hell are you here, Teacher!?,' TenPuru Manga

1st volumes debut digitally in English on July 14 ― BookWalker Global announced on Friday that it is partnering with Kodansha USA Publishing to exclusively release Soborou's Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? and Kimitake Yoshioka's TenPuru manga digitally in English. The first three volumes of Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? and first two volumes of TenPuru will be available on the service on...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, June 8-14

Future Boy Conan digital remaster earns 3.6% rating ― Last week's episode of Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu Muzukyun! Tokubetsu-hen, a rerun of the live-action series adaptation of Tsunami Umino's The Full-Time Wife Escapist (Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu) manga, aired on TBS on Tuesday, June 9 at 10:00 p.m., and it earned an 11.0% rating. A special version of the 2002 Gokusen live-action ad...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 8-14

Animal Crossing: New Horizons stays at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 8-14 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo March 20 77,259 4,860,488 2NSwSekai no Asobi Taizen 51 Nintendo June 5 47,181 111,624 3NSwRing Fit Adventure Nintendo October 18, 2019 20,023 1,006,069 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 9,727 2,986,454 ...
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Touken Ranbu Higekiri, Hizamaru Musical Re-staging Reveals Visual

― Nelke Planning unveiled a new visual for Musical Touken Ranbu Higekiri Hizamaru Sōki Shutsujin 2020 ~SOGA~ (Higekiri and Hizamaru Riding Out Together) stage musical for the Touken Ranbu franchise on Tuesday. The musical is a re-staging of the July 2019 musical of the same name. As before, it stars Hiroki Miura as Higekiri, and Akira Takano as Hizamaru. The musical will run at the Amashin Archaic H...
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Ryōsuke Fuji to Launch New Manga in Weekly Shōnen Magazine

― Kodansha's Days Neo website, which connects aspiring manga creators with professional editors, is listing a recruitment notice for an assistant for manga creator Ryōsuke Fuji to work on a new manga serialization on Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine. The position is listed with an expected 12 hours of work daily for around 2-3 days every week, beginning in July. Ryōsuke Fuji drew the manga adaptati...
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Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories Anime Gets Ninja Collection Spinoff in July

Anime about ninja wiping out darkness enveloping Reiwa-era Tokyo ― The Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories television anime is inspiring a Ninja Collection spinoff anime which will premiere on TV Tokyo in July. TV Tokyo's animeteleto subscription service will stream the anime one week before it premieres on broadcast television. The original Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories series of anime shorts fe...
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Ichi the Killer, Remote Manga Creators' Enboku Manga Gets New Live-Action Film

Kо̄suke Suzuki directs film premiering in Japan on July 3 for 2 weeks ― The official website for Enboku, the new live-action movie based on Hideo Yamamoto and Tetsuya Koshiba's Enjokо̄sai Bokumetsu Undо̄ (Campaign to Eradicate Schoolgirl Prostitution) manga, began streaming a trailer on Thursday. Warning: The below video contains nudity, sexual content, and violence and is not safe for work. The film...
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'Super Robot Wars 30th Anniversary' Game Listed for PS5, PS4, Switch

― Online retailer Play-Asia is listing a game with the title "Super Robot Wars (30th Anniversary)" for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. The Super Robot Wars (Super Robot Taisen) game series will celebrate its 30th anniversary on April 20, 2021. Bandai Namco Entertainment released the Super Robot Wars X game (pictured right) in Japan and Southeast Asia for the PC and Nintendo Switch...
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Heaven's Design Team Anime Unveils Staff, Visual, July 2021 Premiere

Sakura Quest, Bunny Girl Senpai's Sōichi Masui directs anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Hebi-Zou, Tsuta Suzuki, and Tarako's Heaven's Design Team (Tenchi Sōzō Design-bu) "workplace comedy" manga announced the anime's staff and 2021 premiere date on Friday. Sōichi Masui (Sakura Quest, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai) is directing the anime at Asahi Product...
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Tsukipro the Animation 2 TV Anime Premieres in 2021

Fall 2017 anime about 4 musical groups gets sequel, 4 August 28 CDs ― The official Twitter account for the TsukiPro the Animation television anime series announced on Friday that the Tsukipro the Animation 2 sequel will premiere on television next year. Four CDs featuring the "Dear Dreamer" song, as sung by the story's four units in the final episode of the first anime series, will ship simultaneousl...

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Anime Reveals Cast, 2021 Delay

Yumi Uchiyama, Ai Kakuma, Konomi Kohara, Ai Kayano star in anime ― The official website for the television anime of author Rifujin na Magonote and illustrator Shirotaka's Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation light novel series announced on Friday that the anime is delayed to 2021, but also revealed the cast and a new visual for the anime. The cast includes: Yumi Uchiyama as Rudeus Greyrat Ai Kakuma ...
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New Arad Senki/Dungeon Fighter Online Anime's Video Reveals Japanese Cast, July 3 Premiere

Arad: Gyakuten no Gear stars Yuki Ono, Kouki Uchiyama, Yumiri Hanamori, more ― LIDEN FILMS began streaming a new promotional video for its new anime adaptation of the Arad Senki (Dungeon Fighter Online) game on Friday. The video reveals the game's Japanese cast and July 3 television premiere date on TV Tokyo in Japan (Tencent has been streaming the anime in China since April 23). The anime is now tit...
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New Sakura Wars Manga Ends on June 25

Koyori Noguchi's adaptation of Sega's newest installment in game series launched last September ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Koyori Noguchi's manga adaptation of Sega's new Sakura Wars (Shin Sakura Taisen) game will end in the magazine's next issue on June 25. Sega describes the game: The stage is set in a steampunk version of 1940s Imper...
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Dragon Zakura Two Live-Action Series Delayed

Series starring Hiroshi Abe previously slated for summer premiere ― The staff of the live-action series adaptation of Norifusa Mita's Dragon Zakura Two sequel manga announced on Friday that they have delayed the series' planned summer premiere on TBS. The staff did not reveal a reason for the delay, and did not announce a new premiere date. Actor Hiroshi Abe (Still Walking, Thermae Romae) is reprisin...
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Toei Animation Launches Clear World Game as First 'Novel Game' Project

81plus collaborates with Toei on sci-fi game with story by Takahiro, Ryō Yasumoto ― Toei Animation and 81plus announced a collaboration to produce "novel games" on Friday, with the new game Clear World as the first game in the project. The science-fiction adventure game is slated to ship for PC on September 25. Takahiro (Akame ga KILL!, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, Release the Spyce) is writing the game's pl...
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The Titan's Bride Anime's Video Features Yuuki Ono, Kento Itō Narration

Anime debuts on July 5 with regular television, explicit "premiere edition" ― The official website for the anime shorts of ITKZ's boys-love manga The Titan's Bride (Kyojinzoku no Hanayome) began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video features narration lead voice actors Yuuki Ono and Kento Itō. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on Sunday, July 5 at 25:00 (effectively, Mond...

Ghibli Unveils 1st Visuals From Its 1st CG Feature, Earwig and the Witch

Director Goro Miyazaki comments on winter TV movie of Howl's Moving Castle author's novel ― Studio Ghibli and NHK posted the first visuals from the studio's first CG feature, Goro Miyazaki's anime of Diana Wynne Jones' Earwig and the Witch (Aya to Majo) novel, on Friday. IMG 1_c0240_t2_0088.jpg.jpeg IMG 2_c0558_t1_0072.jpg.jpeg IMG 3_c0684_t1_0001.jpg.jpeg IMG 4_c0803_t4_0085.jpg.jpeg IMG 5_sq500_500...
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1st Fate/Grand Order Anime Film Delayed Due to COVID-19

Originally scheduled for August 15 in Japan ― The first film in the Fate/Grand Order The Movie Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot (Fate/Grand Order Shinsei Entaku Ryōiki Camelot) film project has been delayed from its August 15 opening, due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on its production. People who already bought the film's advance ticket passes can still use them af...
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One Piece, Digimon Adventure: Anime Resume New Episodes on June 28 After COVID-19 Delay

One Piece episode 930, Digimon Adventure: episode 4 premiere on that day ― Both the One Piece anime and the Digimon Adventure: anime will resume airing new episodes on June 28. One Piece will air episode 930 on that day, while Digimon Adventure: will air episode 4. The website for Adventure Sunday, Fuji TV's 9:00 a.m. Sunday programming block for the two anime, launched a 'One Piece & Digimon Adventu...
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Live-Action Yowamushi Pedal Film Completes Filming After COVID-19 Delay

Movie to open on August 14 despite temporary halt due to state of emergency ― The official website for the live-action film of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal manga announced on Friday that the film had officially wrapped up principal photography. The filming for the movie had begun in early February, but had to stop due to the government declaring a state of emergency over the new coronavirus dise...

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Ikebukuro West Gate Park TV Anime Delayed to October Due to COVID-19

New visual also unveiled for anime originally slated for July ― The official website for the television anime of Ira Ishida's Ikebukuro West Gate Park novel series unveiled a new visual and character designs for the anime, and announced that the anime's premiere has been delayed to October due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the production. The anime was previously schedul...
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No Guns Life TV Anime's 2nd Half Premieres on July 9 After COVID-19 Delay

― The official website for the television anime of Tasuku Karasuma's No Guns Life manga announced on Friday that the show's second half will premiere on TBS on July 9. It will also debut on AT-X, KBS Kyoto, and Sun TV on July 10, and then on BS11 on July 12. It will begin streaming on Fuji TV on Demand on July 9. The anime was previously scheduled to premiere in April, but was delayed due to the eff...
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Magical Sempai Manga Ends With 8th Volume

AZU's manga launched in 2016, inspired 2019 TV anime ― Manga creator AZU announced on their Twitter account on Thursday that their Magical Sempai (Tejina Senpai) manga will end with its eighth compiled book volume. AZU assured readers that the manga is not ending because it was canceled. AZU added that the ending will not be an emotional finale, but will continue to be comedic as before. AZU also ann...
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Bungo Stray Dogs Wan! Comedy Spinoff Manga Gets TV Anime

Kanaineko launched gag manga spinoff in 2015 ― Kadokawa announced on Friday that Kanaineko's Bungo Stray Dogs Wan! (Bungo Stray Dogs Ruff!) spinoff manga for the Bungo Stray Dogs franchise is inspiring a television anime . Kanaineko drew the below illustration to celebrate the anime announcement. The second collection of animation sketches from the main Bungo Stray Dogs anime will go on sale, and it ...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Season 3's 4th Video Focuses on Yui

3rd & final anime season now slated for July 9 ― The official website for the anime of Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light novel series began streaming a fourth promotional video for My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Kan), the third anime season, on Friday. The ...
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Kill la Kill ‒ Episodes 7-8

The core ideas of episode 7 are extremely good ones, ripe for exploring Kill la Kill's layered philosophies on power and what people can do with it.
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Gleipnir ‒ Episode 11

If we consider Gleipnir to have turned a corner last week, then this week's episode is a glimpse of the big fuzzy monster hiding behind that corner.
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Medabots Franchise Gets Medarot Classics Plus Switch Game Compilation on November 12

Promo video previews 8 included games ― Imagineer announced on Thursday that the Medabots (Medarot) franchise is getting a new game compilation for Nintendo Switch titled Medarot Classics Plus on November 12. The two versions of the game, Medarot Classics Plus Kabuto Ver. and Medarot Classics Plus Kuwagata Ver., will each include the respective Kabuto and Kuwagata versions of eight Medarot games. The...
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Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Blu-ray Bonus Includes Hug Pillow Cover

Bundled with 'Complete Limited Edition Version' of 1st blu-ray volume releasing on October 28 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Take's Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! (Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!) manga announced on Monday that a collector's edition of first volume of the Japanese home video release will bundle a hug pillow cover, called "Sugoi Babumi." ("Babumi" is Japanese Intern...
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New Publisher Star Fruit Books Licenses Q-ta Minami's Pop Life Manga

1st of 2 slice-of-life volumes slated for digital release in September ― The new U.S. manga publisher Star Fruit Books announced Q-ta Minami's Pop Life manga as its first license on Sunday. Star Fruit Books is planning to release the first volume of the two-volume slice-of-life series digitally in English through its website in September. Matt Haasch founded the company in Florida on May 26. The digi...
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The Vision of Escaflowne ‒ Episodes 5-6

Dilandau's very clearly more than a few fries short of the proverbial Happy Meal.
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This Series of Anime Music Videos Makes Viewers Judge Fictional Killers

'Milgram' music project is headed by Vocaloid composer DECO*27, The Caligula Effect's Takuya Yamanaka ― Last month, Vocaloid composer DECO*27 and The Caligula Effect game director Takuya Yamanaka launched a series of anime music videos called "Milgram," named after Stanley Milgram's famous social psychology experiments. The premise of the music project is that the characters are all killers, and thei...
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Plunderer ‒ Episode 23

In which we learn that it is not the powers that make a hero.

Aokana - Four Rhythms Across the Blue PS4 Game Removes 3 Scenes in West

Game launches for PS4, Switch in West on August 21 ― PQube confirmed on Thursday that the PlayStation 4 version of its release of sprite's Aokana - Four Rhythm Across the Blue (Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm) game in the West will have edits to some images and text. The edits will include modifications to four scenes and the removal of three scenes. PQube and NekoNyan will release the game for the PS4 d...
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Princess Tutu ‒ Episode 7-8

We talk a lot about the princesses and maidens in folklore not having much in the way of agency, but if you think about it, the princes don't fare much better.
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Neptunia Virtual Stars Game's Promo Video Streamed

PS4 game ships in Japan on August 6, in West in 2021 ― Compile Heart began streaming a promotional video for its VVVtunia (Neptunia Virtual Stars) PlayStation 4 game on Thursday. The game is slated to launch for the PS4 in Japan on August 6. The game was originally scheduled for July 2, but it was delayed due to "various circumstances" with the development and manufacturing schedules. Idea Factory In...
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Over 100 Manga Artists Team Up For 'Manga Day to Day' Relay Serialization

Ashita no Joe's Tetsuya Chiba kicks off comic strip series about life under COVID-19 ― The Manga Day to Day project launched on Monday, posting a new manga strip every day by established manga artists. The initiative was started to explore life under COVID-19, and so far the account has announced that over 100 manga artists will be participating. The first strip was drawn by Ashita no Joe creator Tet...
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Fate/Zero ‒ Episodes 7-8

The Kayneth/Kiritsugu struggle is the most intense battle of these two episodes, but hardly the only one.
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Crunchyroll Expo 2020 Moves Online

Virtual convention takes over original physical event's September 4-6 run ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that its Crunchyroll Expo convention is moving to an online format from September 4-6. Virtual Crunchyroll Expo (V-CRX) will have guest panels, interactive events, special announcements, and other content. The organizers will reveal more information in mid-July. Crunchyroll announced on June ...

Tokyo Revengers Manga Gets TV Anime in 2021

Teaser video, visual preview new adaptation of Ken Wakui's series ― An official website opened on Friday to announce that Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga is getting a television anime adaptation in 2021. The website revealed a teaser video and teaser visual illustrated by Wakui. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga digitally in English, and it describes the story: Watching the news, Takemichi Ha...
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'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate' Game Ships in West in August

Switch/PS4/PC game debuts in Europe on August 7, in N. America on August 11 ― PQube announced on Thursday that it will release 5pb.'s Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate game for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam in Europe on August 7 and in North America on August 11. The company also began streaming a release date announcement trailer. PQube announc...
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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Game's Trailer Previews Multiplayer Modes

PS4/Switch/PC game debuts in Japan on August 27, in West on August 28 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Southeast Asia began streaming a trailer for the upcoming Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions game on Thursday. The video highlights the game's multiplayer modes and characters from the various global soccer teams. Bandai Namco Entertainment America will release the game for the PlayStation 4, Ninten...
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy Anime to Stream on Crunchyroll

Aniplex of America streams subtitled trailer ― The television anime of Shu's The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History's Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants (Maō Gakuin no Futekigōsha ~Shijō Saikyō no Maō no Shiso, Tensei Shite Shison-tachi no Gakkō e Kayō) light novel series will begin streaming on Crunchyroll on July 4. Aniplex of America began streaming an Eng...
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Roots' Isekai no Toilet de Dai o Suru Manga Ends in July

Manga about fantasy adventurer who needs to use bathroom whilst dungeon-delving debuted in January 2018 ― The year's July issue of Akita Shoten's Young Champion Retsu magazine revealed on Tuesday that Roots' Isekai no Toilet de Dai o Suru (Taking a Crap in a Fantasy World Toilet) manga will end in two chapters. The magazine's August issue will publish the final two chapters when it when it ships on J...
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Kazushi Kobayashi's MechatroWeGo Toys Get Manga

Gundam's Kunio Okawara designs mecha ― Kodansha announced on Monday that it is developing Kazushi Kobayashi's MechatroWeGo robot toy line with a new manga, a smartphone app, and an educational robot toy. Kodansha will announce more details on the overall project this coming fall. The announcement also mentioned an "anime," but it is not clear whether this refers to an all-new anime, or the "HelloWeGo...
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Radiation House Manga Goes on Hiatus

Manga about medical radiology experts launched in October 2015, inspired live-action series in 2019 ― This year's 14th issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Tomohiro Yokomaku and Taishi Mori's Radiation House manga will go on hiatus beginning with the next issue. The manga centers on the medical professionals in the radiology department of a hospital. For example, medical...
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Little Town Hero Game Gets PC Release on June 30

Game launches on PS4, physically on Switch on June 23 in N. America, June 26 in Europe, July 3 in Oceania ― A Steam page has opened for GAME FREAK's Little Town Hero role-playing game, and it lists that GAME FREAK will launch the game on PC via Steam on June 30. NIS America will release the game digitally on PS4 and physically on Switch and PS4 on June 23 in North America, June 26 in Europe, and July...
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2.43: Seiin Kōkō Danshi Volley-bu TV Anime Premieres in January 2021 on Noitamina

David Production produces sports anime ― Fuji-TV's Noitamina programming block announced on Thursday that the anime adaptation of Yukako Kabei's 2.43: Seiin Kōkō Danshi Volley-bu (Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Club) light novel series will be a television anime series that will premiere in the block in January 2021. The second season of The Promised Neverland anime will also air in that programmi...

1st Sailor Moon Eternal Film Delayed to January 8 With 2nd Film Scheduled for February 11

1st film was scheduled for September 11 before COVID-19 ― Toei Animation revealed on Thursday that it is delaying the first film in its Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal (Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal The MOVIE) two-part anime film project to January 8, 2021. Additionally, Toei Animation announced that the second film will open on February 11, 2021. The films' website cited the spread of the ...
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French CG Film Summit of the Gods Unveils New Teaser, 2021 Debut

Patrick Imbert directs film of Jiro Taniguchi's manga ― Animated film news website Cartoon Brew reported on a showcase of the French CG animated film of Jiro Taniguchi's The Summit of the Gods (Kamigami no Itadaki) manga at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival on Wednesday. The presentation unveiled a new teaser from the film, as well as an updated staff list and 2021 debut date. Patrick ...
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Fairies Idol Group Disbands

Group sang theme songs for Jewelpet Happiness, Lady Jewelpet anime ― The official website of the Fairies idol group announced on Wednesday that the group will disband, as its members have decided to go their separate ways. Rikako Inoue, Sora Nomoto, and Mahiro Hayashida ending their contract with Rising Production. Inoue will retire from the entertainment industry, while Nomoto and Hayashida will con...
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Tsuburaya Simulcasts Ultraman Z Series With English Subtitles

1st episode debuts on Tsuburaya's YouTube channel on Friday ― The official English website for Tsuburaya Productions' Ultraman franchise announced on Wednesday that it will stream an English-subtitled simulcast of the upcoming Ultraman Z live-action tokusatsu (special effects) series on the Tsuburaya YouTube channel. The first episode will debut this Friday, with new episodes debuting on the channel ...
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Ganbareiwa!! Robocon Robot Comedy Film Reveals Cast

Chiwa Saito, Kino Tsuchiya, Masashi Ebara, Kenichi Suzumura star in July 31 film ― Toei announced the cast members and full title for its new Ganbareiwa!! Robocon: Urara~! Koi Suru Shiru-Nashi Tantanmen!! no Maki film on Thursday. Chiwa Saito will voice the titular Robocon (left in image below), while Kino Tsuchiya (in costume right below) will play the heroine Robin. Masashi Ebara will play Gants-se...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Maxiboost ON PS4 Game's Trailer Reveals, Previews Open Beta

"2-on-2 team battle action" game debuts on July 30 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Wednesday that the Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Maxiboost ON game will have an open access beta period. The open beta will run for up to 24 hours every weekend starting on Friday and ending when the game launches on July 30 in the Americas, Europe, Australia, and Japan. The company began streaming ...

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5pb. Reveals New Konosuba PS4/Switch Game for September

Kono Yokubō no Ishō ni Chōai o! has all-new story with 3 heroines' desires reversed ― 5pb. and Mages. announced on Thursday that they are developing a new game for the KONOSUBA: God's Blessing on this Wonderful World! franchise titled Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! - Kono Yokubō no Ishō ni Chōai o! (Love for These Clothes of Desire!). The fully-voiced adventure game will ship for the PlayStati...
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Kodansha Comics, Vertical License Summer of You, Haru's Curse Manga

Chasing After Aoi Koshiba, A School Frozen in Time also licensed ― Kodansha Comics and Vertical announced new manga licenses and releases during the Kodansha Live presentation on Wednesday. Kodansha Comics licensed these new titles: Title: Summer of You (Kimi to Natsu no Naka) Creator: Nagisa Furuya Debut: Spring 2021 (print/digital) Synopsis: Chiharu Saeki and and Wataru Toda are two high school stu...
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The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese Film Opens on September 11 After COVID-19 Delay

Live-action film starring Tadayoshi Okura, Ryō Narita was originally scheduled for June 5 ― The official website for the live-action film of Setona Mizushiro's The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese (Kyūso wa Cheese no Yume o Miru) and The Carp on the Chopping Block Jumps Twice (Sōjo no Koi wa Nido Haneru) manga announced on Thursday that the film's new opening date is September 11. The film was previou...
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Japanese Government Lists COVID-19 Guidelines for Small Concert Venues

Live music venues reopen in Japan on Friday ― The Japanese government listed guidelines regarding the reopening of live houses (smaller indoor live music venues) on Friday. According to the guidelines, there should be a distance of two meters (about 6.6 feet) between performers and audience members. If the space is too small for the two-meter distance, performers should wear face shields. Attendees s...
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Spy×Family, A Man and His Cat Win 4th Annual Tsutaya Comic Awards

Readers picked their 10 favorites, including My Dress-Up Darling, The Way of the Househusband, more Spy×Family and A Man and His Cat took home the top two spots in this year's TSUTAYA Comic Grand Prize competition. The results were announced at a ceremony on Wednesday. Winners were selected based on submitted votes by readers through a special page set up on the comicspace review website and Twitte...
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The Millionaire Detective Anime Resumes on July 30 After COVID-19 Delay

Funimation to stream 3rd episode on July 30 ― Aniplex of America announced on Twitter on Wednesday that Funimation will resume streaming new episodes of The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED, the television anime of Yasutaka Tsutsui's bestselling detective novel Fugō Keiji (Wealthy Detective), starting with its third episode on July 30. The anime had delayed episodes three and onward on Apri...
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The Twelve Kingdoms ‒ Episode 7-8

Listen Youko I get you're going through a lot right now, but if you don't find that varmint and get him back to his mother I will never forgive you.
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Immortal Hounds Manga's Final Arc Reaches 'Final Station'

― The 75th issue of Kadokawa's Harta magazine revealed on Tuesday that the final arc of Ryō Yasohachi's Immortal Hounds (Shinazu no Ryōken) manga will enter its "final station" in the magazine's next issue. Yasohachi launched the manga's final arc in the magazine's 71st issue on February 15. The manga's seventh compiled book volume will bear the same title. Vertical licensed Immortal Hounds, and it ...
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Daimidaler's Asaki Nakama Ends Tetsuki no Dan Manga

Raunchy comedy manga launched in June 2019 ― The 75th issue of Kadokawa's Harta magazine published the final chapter of Asaki Nakama's Tetsuki no Dan manga on Tuesday. The manga ended with the joking statement that the number of "wholesome" manga in Harta has decreased with the series' conclusion, and included a plea for the manga to return. The raunchy comedy manga's story begins when a lecherous st...
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Wolf's Rain ‒ Episodes 5-6

For the first time, we get a (ninety-nine percent) human free tale that sees our pack arriving at another nameless city in their search for Paradise and the Lunar Flowers.
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Sōichirō Yamamoto's Kaijū no Tokage Manga Ends

Teasing Master Takagi-san creator launched series in April 2019 ― This year's July issue of Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Shonen Champion magazine revealed last Friday that Sōichirō Yamamoto and Kamio Fukuchi's Kaijū no Tokage (The Monster Lizard) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on July 10. Yamamoto and Fukuchi launched the manga in Bessatsu Shonen Champion in April 2019. The story centers on s...
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Tiger & Bunny ‒ Episodes 5-7

Episode 5 is a mostly forgettable vignette about a crime breaking out amidst Kotetsu's well-intentioned but ill-executed efforts to do something for Barnaby's birthday.
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In-Between Animators Share Stories of Low Wages, Poor Conditions With 'Dōgaman Hell' Hashtag

In-between animators are the people who draw the connecting frames between each key pose you'll see in an anime. Despite the importance of their work, they're among the lowest paid workers in the industry. According to a 2019 survey by the Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA), the mean average yearly income across for in-between animators is only 1,250,000 yen (US$11,400), which is signif...
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 36

Slapstick comic-relief Kagura is perhaps the aspect of Fruits Basket that has aged the most poorly.
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Honkai Impact 3rd Game App's Animated Cooking With Valkyries Shorts Get TV Run in Japan

Series inspired by Chinese smartphone game debuted in June 2019 ― Cooking With Valkyries (Ikusa-Otome no Shokutaku), the 2019 animated short spinoff of miHoYo's smartphone 3D action game Honkai Impact 3rd (Hōkai 3rd in Japanese), will premiere on BS NTV and other television channels in Japan on July 7. The game's official Japanese YouTube channel began streaming a promotional video for the anime in S...
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Voice Actress Yurina Hase Shares Her Experience With 'Casting Couch' at Sunrise

Hase stated she was asked to perform sexual favors and was not cast after refusing. ― Voice actress Yurina Hase revealed in a livestream on Monday that she experienced a "casting couch" situation once for an anime that was produced at Sunrise. She said that she was asked to perform sexual favors, and when she refused, she was notified the next day that she did not get the role. She said that this was...
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The Tatami Galaxy Novel Gets Sequel 16 Years Later

Makoto Ueda's Summer Time Machine Blues stage play inspires story ― Tomihiko Morimi's 2004 The Tatami Galaxy novel is getting a sequel novel a that will ship on July 29. Yojō-Han Time Machine Blues (Tatami Time Machine Blues) is inspired by Makoto Ueda's Summer Time Machine Blues stage play. Morimi wrote the novel, and Ueda, Morimi's friend, is credited with the original concept. The sequel novel com...
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New Pokémon Snap, Pokémon Café Mix Switch Games Announced

Pokémon Smile kids' toothbrushing app also revealed ― The Pokémon Presents streaming presentation announced the New Pokémon Snap, Pokémon Café Mix, and Pokémon Smile games on Wednesday. Bandai Namco Studios is developing the New Pokémon Snap game for the Nintendo Switch. The game inspired by the 1999 Pokémon Snap game for the Nintendo 64 will let players photograph Pokémon to complete a Pokédex. Play...
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Anime Studio Satelight, Pachinko Maker Sankyo End Capital Tie-Up

Satelight was a Sankyo Group company since 2006 ― The pachinko game manufacturer Sankyo updated its website on Tuesday so that it no longer lists the anime studio Satelight as its non-consolidated subsidiary. Satelight's website also updated to note that the two companies ended their capital tie-up this month. Satelight became a Sankyo Group company in August 2006, the same month that it moved its he...
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Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! Anime Gets 4th Season

Anime based on Chinese web comic reunites director, cast from past seasons ― The official website for the Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! (There's No Cure for My Brother Being Around Me!) television anime announced on Wednesday that the fourth season will premiere on the Chinese streaming platform Tencent Video in August, before airing on Tokyo MX in Japan in October. The new season will also stream on...
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GKIDS Licenses On-Gaku: Our Sound Anime Film for N. America

Kenji Iwaisawa film based on Hiroyuki Ohashi manga about delinquents starting a rock band ― GKIDS announced on Tuesday that it has licensed Kenji Iwaisawa's On-Gaku: Our Sound, the anime film adaptation of Hiroyuki Ohashi's "Ongaku" manga. GKIDS will release the film in North America this year, and it is streaming an English-subtitled trailer: GKIDS describes the film: When you're a bored teenager lo...
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Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record VR Game's Crowdfunding Launches This Year

Game now slated for 2021 on PC, consoles ― The official Twitter account for Wildman's Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record "VR dramatic shooter" game began streaming a new video for the game on Wednesday. The video highlights the game's visual concepts, and reveals that crowdfunding for the game will begin this year, with the game slated for release in 2021. The game was previously slated for release in fisc...
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Hypnosis Mic 2nd Stage Play Confirms August Run After COVID-19 Delay

Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Rule the Stage -track.2- delayed from May to August 12-19 ― The official website for the stage plays of the Hypnosis Mic mixed-media franchise announced on Tuesday that the Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Rule the Stage -track.2- stage play, the second in the franchise, has been rescheduled for August 12-19 at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel's Stellar Ball. The franch...
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Fire Force Anime Season 2 Premieres on July 3

― The official Twitter account for the anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga posted a photograph on Tuesday that revealed the July 3 premiere date for the anime's second season on TBS. The photograph shows the advertising that debuted on the platforms at Tokyo Station and other train stations in the Kanto area. Aimer is performing the new opening song "SPARK-AGAIN" for the s...

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The God of High School Anime Gets English Dub

Crunchyroll Original series debuts on July 6 ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that the television anime of Yongje Park's The God of High School manhwa will have an English dub. Crunchyroll also unveiled a new visual for the anime. The Crunchyroll Original anime series will debut exclusively on Crunchyroll on July 6, and it will also premiere on television in Japan in July. Crunchyroll describes the...
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Live-Action 'Love Me, Love Me Not' Film's Trailer Reveals Theme Song

Official HIGE DANdism contributes 2018 song "115-man Kilo no Film" for August 14 film ― Toho began streaming a new trailer for the live-action film of Io Sakisaka's Love Me, Love Me Not (Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare) manga on Wednesday. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song "115-man Kilo no Film" (1.15 Million Kilometres of Film) by Official HIGE DANdism, originally released in 2018. ...
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Outlaw Star ‒ Episode 7-8

After a prolonged standoff with the same band of pirates – but now in mech suits – the crew stage an impromptu space launch and fly straight into easily the best fight sequence yet.
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Hasbro Pulse Releases Transformers T-Shirts With Original Designs by Japan-Based Artists

Acky Bright, Hidekichi Shigemoto, Crimson_15 contribute designs in collaboration with Tokyo Direct ― Hasbro Pulse is selling exclusive Transformers T-shirts in the U.S. and Canada using designs drawn by Japan-based artists Acky Bright, Hidekichi Shigemoto, and Crimson_15. The Optimus Prime T-shirt is drawn by Acky Bright, who commented: "I had to keep in mind that this wasn't another piece of fan art...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, June 14-20

YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of This World, Domestic Girlfriend anime; Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, Don't Call Me Daddy manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Domestic Girlfriend BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 June 16 Mysteria Friends Premium Box Set BDCite Sentai Filmworks US$99.98 June 16 Tales of Zestiria the X Complete Series Essentials BDAnimeNewsNetwor...
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Kingdom Hearts Dark Road Smartphone Game Launches on June 22

Trailer streamed for iOS, Android, Amazon app ― Square Enix revealed on Tuesday that the Kingdom Hearts Dark Road smartphone game will launch on June 22. The company began streaming a new trailer: The app was originally announced to launch this spring for iOS, Android, and Amazon. Square Enix delayed the game "due to current conditions." Square Enix unveiled the new Kingdom Hearts "experience" with t...
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Woodpecker Detective's Office ‒ Episode 10

It almost feels like the point of this episode – showing how no matter what Ishikawa does, Kindaichi will always be his friend.
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Afro Samurai Creator Draws Ghost of Tsushima Posters

Game ships in the U.S. on July 17, Funimation holds giveaway of signed physical posters ― Afro Samurai creator Takashi Okazaki drew four manga-style posters for Sucker Punch Productions' upcoming PS4 game Ghost of Tsushima. The art depicts the protagonist Jin Sakai traveling the island of Tsushima and battling against the Mongols. The PlayStation blog commented on the choice to hire Okazaki: On our j...
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Shinobu Kaitani's Shin Shinchō Kōki Manga Moves Online

― This year's 29th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine revealed on Monday that Shinobu Kaitani's Shin Shinchō Kōki - Nobunaga-kun to Watashi (The New Official History of Nobunaga - Nobunaga and Me) manga will move its serialization to Kodansha's Comic Days manga app, beginning with the 48th chapter on July 6. The manga's story centers on a high school full of delinquents, and its elite class that has...
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Princess Connect! Re:Dive ‒ Episode 11

The majority of the episode deals with Yuuki's encounters with his pre-amnesia companions Shizune and Rino.
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Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory Game Announced for Worldwide Release in 2020

Franchise's 1st rhythm action game for PS4/Xbox One/Switch has 140+ songs ― Square Enix announced the Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory game on Tuesday for worldwide release for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in 2020. The company revealed a trailer for the game, which will be the first rhythm action game in the franchise. The game will feature playable characters from the Kingdom Hear...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 ‒ Episode 10

With Shuchiin's annual sports festival on everyone's mind, this week's Kaguya-sama: Love is War delivers a more thematically unified string of segments than usual.
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The God of High School Anime Reveals Final Trailer, July 6 Premiere

Crunchyroll Original series adapts Yongje Park's manhwa ― Crunchyroll revealed the final trailer and July 6 premiere for the television anime of Yongje Park's The God of High School manhwa on Tuesday. The video features the opening theme song "Contradiction feat. Tyler Carter" and band CIX's ending theme song "WIN." The anime will also premiere on television in Japan in July. The Crunchyroll Original...
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Kudan Nazuka's Angels of Death Manga Ends With 12th Volume

Manga adaptation of Makoto Sanada's horror adventure game launched in 2015 ― Manga editor Izumo revealed on their Twitter account on June 10 that Kudan Nazuka's Angels of Death (Satsuriku no Tenshi) manga will end with the 12th volume. Yen Press is publishing the series in English, and it describes the story: Most girls that wake up in the home of a serial killer would panic, but not Ray. In fact, he...
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Ascendance of a Bookworm ‒ Episode 25

I have long heard that Ferdinand is a well-regarded character by fans of the source novels, and this episode shows better than any previous one why
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Switch's naked ape Duo End Suicide Line Manga

Crime suspense thriller manga launched in January 2019 ― Manga creator duo naked ape published the 18th and final chapter of their Suicide Line manga on the Comic Tatan website last Friday. The crime suspense thriller is about an investigator named Kuroda. Because of the trauma of being locked up with his deceased family for several days as a child, he has the ability to catch the scent of corpses fa...
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Ascendance of a Bookworm ‒ Episode 24

Myne's introduction into the bigger world of magic comes from being required to do a blessing for a mission of the knight's order – and surprisingly, the reason why she has to do it instead of Ferdinand is because Ferdinand is the leader of the knights!
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The Isolator Manga's Naoki Koshimizu Adapts Unnamed Memory Novels

Series based on Kuji Furumiya's fantasy series launches in September ― The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko light novel label announced on Monday that Naoki Koshimizu will launch a manga adaptation of Kuji Furumiya's Unnamed Memory light novel series in Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine in September. The novels' story centers on the relationship between the noble pr...
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AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across the Blue Extra 2 Visual Novel Begins Production

Game to add story, CG with raised price ― Game maker sprite confirmed on Tuesday that it is developing the Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm Extra 2 (AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across the Blue Extra 2) visual novel. The developer said that it has finalized a contract with a distribution company for the game, and it will announce a release date in the future. The announcement revealed the results of a fan poll tha...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime Season 5's Return Teased in New Video

Scenes from future episodes, new characters previewed before July 3 return ― The official website for Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate, the fifth season of the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime, began streaming a new promotional video on Tuesday to promote the July 3 return of the season. The video features future scenes from after the three episodes that have already aired, as well as ...
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Real Account's Wataru Shimizu to Launch New Manga by End of Summer

Manga creator Shizumu Watanabe revealed on their Twitter account last Friday that their planned new manga will begin serialization by the end of summer. Watanabe previously revealed in early May that they are recruiting assistants for a new manga serialization. Watanabe and Okushō recently ended their Real Account manga last November. Watanabe (Kono Kanojo wa Fiction desu) drew the art for the man...
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Weathering With You, Akira 4K Chart Again as More New Films Open in Japan

8 new films playing 5 weeks after Japanese theaters reopen ― With the release of many new films postponed, the top 10 rankings at the Japanese box office for this weekend include four previously released films. Japanese theater chains began to shut down in March due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Box office performance fell 90% by the first week of April compared to the same period last y...
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Gundam Thunderbolt's Ohtagaki Ends Diana & Artemis Manga on July 7

Science-fiction action manga debuted in December 2019 ― This year's 13th issue of Futabasha's Manga Action magazine revealed on Tuesday that Yasuo Ohtagaki will end the Diana & Artemis manga in the magazine's next issue on July 7. Ohtagaki launched the manga in Manga Action last December. The manga is a science-fiction action story centered on "preserving peace on the moon." Ohtagaki launched the mai...
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Taiyo Matsumoto's Character Designs for Masaaki Yuasa's Inu-Oh Anime Film Unveiled

2021 film about Biwa player selected for Annecy's Work in Progress program ― Japanese production company Science SARU and production and distribution partner Asmik Ace unveiled manga creator Taiyo Matsumoto's original character design concepts for Inu-Oh, the musical anime feature film of Hideo Furukawa's Heike Monogatari: Inu-Oh no Maki (Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh) novel, at the Annecy International...

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Scarlet Nexus Game's Trailer Previews Animation, Gameplay

RPG to launch on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC ― Bandai Namco Studios unveiled a new trailer for its Scarlet Nexus role-playing game during IGN's Summer of Gaming live stream on Monday. The video previews animation and gameplay. The game will launch on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. Former developers of the Tales of series, including Tales of Vesperia...
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! ‒ Episode 11

I've made it no secret that one of by biggest gripes is how little emphasis is put on the world our hero has left behind, and I was really looking forward to exploring more of Real!Catarina's memories and feelings here.
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Sing "Yesterday" for Me ‒ Episode 11

So the good news is that last week's cliffhanger turns out to mostly be a device of dramatics to keep our attention.
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Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun Gets Cute Animal Ear Art

Ever wanted to see Nozaki as a cow? ― Izumi Tsubaki's Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun (Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun) manga is getting cute new merch showing the characters with animal ears while playing with animals. The lineup includes the titular Nozaki-kun as a cow, Sakura as a rabbit, Mikorin as a sheep, and Hori-senpai as a mouse. The illustrations will be used for acrylic stands, mini-shikishi, stickers, ...
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Arte ‒ Episode 11

Of all of the things Arte has had to think about since her arrival in Venice, the hardest has been herself.
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World Cosplay Summit Moves 2020 Event Online

Online event scheduled for August 1-2 ― The staff of World Cosplay Summit announced on Friday that this year's event is canceled due to "multiple aspects that might affect the celebration." The staff will instead hold the World Cosplay Summit 2020 Online event in its stead on August 1-2, the same dates as the planned physical event. The staff will reveal the details of the online event during the Wor...
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One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows Game's Video Previews Lightning Max DLC

2nd DLC character debuts on Tuesday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe announced on Monday that Lightning Max will join Bandai Namco Entertainment's One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows game as its second DLC character on Tuesday. The company began streaming a character video for Lightning Max. The game's first DLC character is martial artist Suiryu, who joined the game on April 9. The character packs...
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Wave, Listen to Me! ‒ Episode 11

Here, we have a little sampling of everything this series does that makes it such a unique and rewarding treat to watch each week.
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Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris Game's Trailer Previews Characters

Game ships in Japan on July 9, West on July 10 after delay ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new trailer on Monday for the Sword Art Online Alicization: Lycoris game. The video previews the game's characters and ReoNa's opening theme song "Scar/let." Bandai Namco Entertainment postponed the release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to July 9 and for PC via Steam to July 10 in Japan ...

Funimation Adds Nisekoi, Star Driver, Blend-S, Mushi-shi The Next Passage Anime to Catalog

Also: Oreimo, Samurai Flamenco, Classroom Crisis, Gunslinger Stratos ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will begin streaming the following English-subtitled anime from Aniplex of America on Tuesday: Nisekoi Nisekoi: Star Driver Blend-S Mushishi The Next Passage (Mushishi: The Next Chapter) Samurai Flamenco Oreimo Oreimo 2 Classroom Crisis Gunslinger Stratos The Nisekoi and Nisekoi: anime will s...
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PlayStation 5 Design Inspires Sexy Anime Girl Fanart

Details about the PlayStation 5 were announced through Sony's online reveal event on Thursday, and the console's design inspired hundreds of memes and fanart within hours of the showcase. Naturally, that includes numerous attempts to turn the PlayStation 5 into an anime girl from artists across the world. Here's a brief showcase of some of the art that's been floating around Twitter: Playstation 5...
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GKIDS, Shout! Factory Release Children of the Sea Film on BD/DVD in September

Delayed theatrical run slated scheduled for August 11-12 ― GKIDS and Shout! Factory announced on June 15 that they will release Studio 4°C's anime film of Daisuke Igarashi's Children of the Sea (Kaijū no Kodomo) manga on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on September 1. The film's delayed theatrical release through Fathom Events will run August 11-12 with English subtitles and an English dub. All home video relea...
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Listeners ‒ Episode 11

The preparations that take up the bulk of “I Am the Resurrection” make for some solid character beats – Listeners' greatest weakness has been struggling to flesh out its fairly large cast.
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Condom Battler Goro Web Anime Advertises Okamoto Condoms

The Okamoto Condoms brand released a series of short web anime videos on Friday titled Condom Battler Goro. As the title suggests, the anime is about anime characters who fight with condoms in order to promote safe sex in an amusing way, featuring a main character who looks an awful lot like Ash Ketchum and plot devices straight out of Dragon Ball. Although the episodes are numbered in a way to su...
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Future Card Buddyfight Card Game Ends Product Releases

Final card packs ship in English on September 25 ― The official website for the Future Card Buddyfight franchise announced on Monday that the card game is ceasing product development and releases. The announcement in Japanese specified that the Revival Buddies special pack release on August 11 will be the game's last in Japan. Ace Ultimate Booster Pack Vol. 6: Buddy Again Vol.3 ~Beyond the Ages~ and ...
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Kakushigoto ‒ Episode 11

Kakushigoto sets its satirical sights on the myriad ways that interpersonal communication can (and will) break down in the midst of gatherings explicitly designed to foster and improve interpersonal communication.
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Hina Change, The Sign of Abyss Manga End on Shonen Jump+, Manga Plus

Epilogue, 3rd compiled volume of Hina Change debut in July ― Shueisha published the final chapters of Gaku Kajikawa's Hina Change and Maya Takamura's The Sign of Abyss (Yoru no Kagi) manga in Japanese on its Shonen Jump+ service on Friday and simultaneously in English on its Manga Plus service on Thursday. Hina Change ended with its 23rd chapter, and an epilogue chapter will debut on July 2 simultane...
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Shout! Factory, Anime Limited Release B: The Beginning Anime on BD/DVD on October 6

Companies to release limited edition BD ― Shout! Factory and Anime Limited announced on Monday that they will release the B: The Beginning anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in North America on October 6. There will be both a standard and limited edition. The Blu-ray Disc will include the anime's first season with English subtitles and the English dub. The release will also bundle a mini-poster, two art c...
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Jump Force Switch Version Launches in U.S., Europe on August 28

Game launches in Japan, Asia simultaneously on August 27 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe announced on Monday that they will release Jump Force Deluxe Edition, the Nintendo Switch version of the Jump Force crossover fighting game, on August 28. The game will launch in Japan and Asia on August 27. The Switch version will allow for local co-op with two consoles...
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Manga Planet Licenses Kaiji, 2 Other Manga by Nobuyuki Fukumoto

Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji releases on June 23 ― Manga Planet announced on Monday that it has licensed Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji, The Legend of the Strongest, Kurosawa!, and Gambling Emperor Legend Zero manga series and will release them in June. The first chapters of these manga titles will be available for free, and the remaining chapters will be available by subscription. Manga ...
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Umibe no Étranger Boys-Love Anime Film Casts Yu Shimamura as Sakurako

The BL anime feature film releases in Japan on September 11 ― The official website for the anime film of Kanna Kii's Umibe no Étranger (L'étranger du Plage or The Stranger on the Beach) manga announced on Monday that Yu Shimamura is playing Sakurako. As previously announced, Taishi Murata is playing Shin Hashimoto in the film, while Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is playing Mio Chibana. The film will open in Ja...

Redo of Healer Anime Reveals Main Cast, 2021 Premiere

Teaser visual also revealed ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Rui Tsukiyo's Kaifuku Jutsushi no Yarinaoshi: Sokushi Mahō to Skill Copy no Chōetsu Heal (Redo of Healer) light novel series revealed on Monday that the anime will premiere in 2021. The website also revealed a teaser visual (above) and revealed the show's main cast: Yūya Hozumi as Keyarga Ayano Shibuya as Freya ...
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Hortensia Saga Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals Staff, Cast, January 2021 Premiere

Yoshimasa Hosoya stars in series as Alfred ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Sega's Hortensia Saga smartphone role-playing game began streaming the show's first promotional video on Monday. The video reveals that the show will premiere in January 2021. 📣放送時期が決定‼️TVアニメ「#オルタンシア・サーガ」は【2021年1月】より放送開始予定です⚔️最新PVを公開しました🆕▶️https://t.co/AYQm4f6Tgc公式サイトもリニューアル☝️https://t.co/J45JpopA...
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Rent-A-Girlfriend Manga Gets Spinoff About Sumi

Original manga creator Reiji Miyajima draws manga premiering on June 21 ― The Twitter account for Kodansha's Magazine Pocket app revealed on Sunday that Reiji Miyajima's Rent-A-Girlfriend (Kanojo, Okarishimasu) manga is inspiring a spinoff series titled Kanojo, Hitomishirimasu (Girlfriend, Is Shy). The manga will debut on June 21 and will center on the character Sumi. Miyajima will draw the series. M...
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Sanrio's Mewkledreamy Anime Adds Ai Fairouz to Cast

Anime resumed on May 31 after being delayed due to COVID-19 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Sanrio's Mewkledreamy character line announced on Sunday that Ai Fairouz is joining the show's cast as Tokiwa Anzai. Tokiwa goes to the same school as Yume and has good reflexes. The anime premiered in Japan on April 5, but then delayed new episodes starting on May 3 due to the effec...
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Rent-A-Girlfriend Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― The Gamers retail website is listing that the television anime of Reiji Miyajima's Rent-A-Girlfriend (Kanojo, Okarishimasu) manga will have 12 episodes across four home video releases, with each release containing three episodes. The anime will premiere on the Animeism programming block on MBS, TBS, and 26 other network affiliates on July 10 at 25:25 (effectively, July 11 at 1:25 a.m.). Crunchyrol...
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Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― The official website for the television anime of Take's Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! (Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!) manga is listing that the anime will have 12 episodes on three home video releases, with each release containing four episodes. The anime will premiere on AT-X, Tokyo MX, San'in Broadcasting, BS11, and d Anime Store on July 10, and on ABC TV and TV Aichi on June 11. The three main cast m...

Log Horizon Anime's 3rd Season Delayed to January 2021 Due to COVID-19

Series was originally slated to debut in October ― NHK announced on Monday that Log Horizon: Entaku Hōkai (Log Horizon: Fall of the Round Table), the third season of the television anime based on author Mamare Touno and illustrator Kazuhiro Hara's Log Horizon novel series, is delayed from October to January 2021 due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). NHK also revealed a new visual. The new an...
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Gibiate Anime Reveals More Cast, July 8 Premiere

Ryohei Kimura, Kōji Ishii, Hozumi Gōda, Fukushi Ochiai join cast ― The official website for Yoshitaka Amano's Gibiate anime series revealed on Monday that the anime will premiere on July 8 at 10:00 p.m. on Tokyo MX. The show will also air on AT-X and BS-Fuji. The show will stream in Japan on 24 streaming services, including Hulu and Amazon. The site also revealed four more cast members. Ryohei Kimura...
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Jump Force Switch Version Launches in Japan, Asia on August 27

New English-subtitled trailer also streamed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Monday that it will release Jump Force Deluxe Edition, the Nintendo Switch version of the Jump Force crossover fighting game, on August 27. Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia also revealed that the game will launch in that region on the same date. Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia is also streaming a trailer for the game...
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Mr Love: Queen's Choice TV Anime Reveals Theme Song Artists, July 15 Debut

Yūtarō Miura, Konomi Suzuki perform theme songs ― The official website for the television anime of Papergames' Koi to Producer ~EVOLxLOVE~ (Mr Love: Queen's Choice) otome romance game revealed on Monday that the anime will premiere on July 15. The show will air on July 15 at 24:00 (effectively July 16 at 12:00 a.m.) on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, BS-NTV, and will air later on AT-X. The website also revealed t...
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Aniplex.exe's Atri Game Previewed in Animated Promo Video

Video features opening theme by Asami Yanagi, Asuta Konno ― Aniplex.exe released an animated promo video for its upcoming game ATRI -My Dear Moments- on Sunday. Aniplex.exe announced on May 1 the demos for its games, ATRI -My Dear Moments- and Adabana Odd Tales. The demos are now available for download on Steam. Both visual novels are set to release on June 20. Aniplex.exe describes ATRI -My Dear Mom...
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Otakon Announces Online Event for August 1

Otakon.Online comprises of interviews, panels, workshops, music events, gaming events ― Otakon announced on its official Youtube channel on Saturday that it will be hosting the online event "Otakon.Online" on August 1. The virtual convention will be a day-long event comprising of interviews, panels, workshops, music events, and gaming events. Otakon will stream the event for free and will release mor...

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Variety Show Comedians Get Turned Into Anime Characters After COVID-19 Prevents In-Person Filming

Comedians Daiki Kanechika, Dai Okabe, and Taiyū Shо̄inji got an anime-style makeover for NTV's The Toppa File television show on Thursday. In the "Toppa Kо̄ban & Nazo no Jintai Mystery" special, the comedians appear as anime boy illustrations, and are animated in CG. This is due to the fact that their segment could not be filmed in-person due to social distancing measures necessitated by COVID-19....
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Life-Sized Psyduck Plush Goes Up For Preorders in Japan

Meanwhile, the life-sized Mareep has gone viral on Twitter ― The Pokémon Center in Japan has announced a life-sized Psyduck, the latest in a string of life-sized Pokémon plushes. The plush perfectly captures Psyduck's blank expression, and measures approximately 31 inches (2'07” or 0.8 meters) tall and weighs 9 pounds (or 4 kilograms). Psyduck only appears to be available via Pokémon Center's online ...
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Eiichiro Oda Shows Off His Drawing Process For One Piece's Latest Color Image

Manga returned on Monday after one-week hiatus ― The One Piece staff Twitter and Instagram accounts posted a video of Eiichiro Oda's drawing process for the color image he drew for Weekly Shonen Jump's 27th issue, which shipped on Monday. The video reveals that the original plan for the illustration was for Luffy to be the character at the turntable, but during the early draft of the image, it was ch...
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Akiko Higashimura's Yukibana no Tora Manga Reaches Climax

Historical manga debuted in March 2015 ― This year's 29th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Akiko Higashimura's (Princess Jellyfish, Kakukaku Shikajika, Tokyo Tarareba Girls) Yukibana no Tora manga will enter its climax in the magazine's next issue on June 22. Higashimura launched the manga in Shogakukan's Hibana magazine in its inaugural issue in March 2...
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Zoids Wild Franchise Gets New Game Project for Switch

Game that allows players to create their own customized Zoid launches this winter ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Monday that Takara Tomy's Zoids Wild franchise is inspiring a new video game for the Nintendo Switch. The theme of the new game is "remodeling," and will allow players to create their own customized Zoid. The game will launch this winter. Takara Tomy...
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23rd Pokémon Film Rescheduled to This Winter

Film was delayed from July 10 opening due to COVID-19 ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Monday that Gekijōban Pocket Monster Koko, the 23rd anime film in the franchise, will now open in Japan this winter. Tickets for the film will go on sale on August 7. Toho had originally planned to open the film on July 10, but the staff delayed the film due to the spread of th...
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The Promised Neverland's Posuka Demizu Designs Characters for Game Project

Shueisha, LINE also collaborate on game project ― This year's 28th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that The Promised Neverland manga artist Posuka Demizu is drawing the character designs for a new game in collaboration with the LINE app and Shueisha. LINE and Shueisha have opened a website for the project, featuring some of Demizu's designs (character name romanizat...

The Promised Neverland Manga Ends

Fanbook, artbook, exhibition announced ― This year's 28th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the final chapter on Monday of Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland manga. The manga's 20th and final volume will ship in October. Weekly Shonen Jump teased in May that it is planning a "special project" for the ending. Entertainment news websites reported on Wednesday...

Oscars' Academy Reveals Next Phase in Inclusion Initative, Expands Best Picture Field to 10

Initiative task force to implement new representation, inclusion standards ― The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced on Friday that the Best Picture category will be set at 10 nominees from the 94th Academy Awards (with the ceremony taking place in 2022) onward. Previous awards for the category had a fluctuating number of nominees. The 93rd Academy Awards will not be affected. The ne...
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Anime Expo Lite Online Event to Host Anisong Concert

Virtual concert streams on July 4 at 9:00 p.m. EDT ― Anime Expo announced on Thursday that the convention's virtual version "Anime Expo Lite" will be hosting an Anisong concert named "Anime Expo Lite x LisAni! LIVE L.A." Anime Expo Lite will stream the concert on July 4 at 9:00 p.m. EDT. Anime Expo will stream the virtual concert free-of-charge on its YouTube channel and Twitch channel. Anime Expo Li...
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Lapis Re:LiGHTs Anime's New Promo Video Highlights IV KLORE, Sadistic★Candy

Idol series premieres on July 4 ― The official Twitter account for KLab Games and Kadokawa's "Magic x Idol" mixed-media project Lapis Re:LiGHTs revealed a new promotional video on Saturday that highlights the in-franchise idol groups IV KLORE and Sadistic★Candy. A previous video highlighted the idol groups supernova and Kono Hana wa Otome. The anime will premiere on July 4 at 10:00 p.m. on Tokyo MX a...
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Major 2nd Anime's 2nd Season Goes Back on Break, Returns on July 11

Anime to re-air episodes 5-7 starting on June 20 ― The official Twitter account for the second anime series of Takuya Mitsuda's Major 2nd baseball manga revealed on Saturday that the anime's eighth episode will air on July 11. The show will re-air episodes five through seven starting on June 20. The Twitter post stated the break in the show is due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The anime'...
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aNCHOR Announces English-based Online Event Muv-Luv Expo for July 1

Event schedule releases on June 19 ― aNCHOR announced on Friday that the staff of the Muv-Luv franchise will host an online event on July 1 specifically for fans outside of Japan. The "Muv-Luv Expo" event will feature announcements about the "Muv-Luv Alternative in Animation" project and the Project Immortal and Project Mikhail smartphone games, as well as other new information about the franchise. a...
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Chivalry of a Failed Knight Novels Enter Final Arc Starting in Volume 18

4th English volume ships on July 6 ― SB Creative's GA Bunko imprint posted the cover image on Wednesday of the 18th volume of writer Riku Misora's and illustrator Won's Chivalry of a Failed Knight (Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry) light novel series, which revealed that the series is entering its final arc. The novel shipped on Friday. GA Bunko started publishing the light novel series in Japanese in July 2...
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Atlus Releases Persona 4 Golden Game on Steam

Enhanced port originally launched for PS Vita in 2012 ― Atlus announced at the online PC Gaming Show 2020 event on Saturday that it has released the Persona 4 Golden game on Steam worldwide on Saturday. A Digital Deluxe Edition adds a digital art book and a nine-track digital soundtrack. Persona 4 Golden is an expanded PlayStation Vita port of the original Persona 4 video game. The game shipped in Ja...

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Chibi Maruko-chan Anime Resumes New Episodes After COVID-19 Delay

#3 TV anime returns with 10 weeks of new versions of scripts written by creator ― The official website for the Chibi Maruko-chan anime announced on Sunday that the anime will resume airing new episodes on June 21. The anime had suspended the broadcast of new anime episodes on May 3 to prioritize the countermeasures against the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The anime follows the ev...
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Sazae-san Anime Resumes New Episodes After COVID-19 Delay

#1 TV anime & world's longest animated show was delayed for 1st time in 45 years ― The official website for Sazae-san, the world's longest-running animated television series, announced on Sunday that new episodes will resume airing on June 21. The series had suspended new episodes on May 17 due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The June 21 episode will include the three short s...
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Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town Game Gets PC Release in July

PC version to offer 8 language options ― XSEED Games announced at the PC Gaming Show 2020 online event on Saturday that it will release Marvelous' Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (Bokujō Monogatari: Saikai no Mineral Town) game for PC on July 14, simultaneously with its release for the Nintendo Switch in North America. The game will be the first in the main Story of Seasons series to launch...
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Cinnamoroll is Back on Top in Sanrio's Character Grand Prix 2020

Hello Kitty took the crown in 2019, but Cinnamoroll was no. 1 in 2017 and 2018 ― Cinnamoroll was voted the top character in Sanrio's yearly Character Grand Prix popularity poll, sniping the crown from Hello Kitty, who won last year. The puppy mascot character also won in 2017 and 2018. Cinnamoroll garnered 1,387,152 votes, while Pom Pom Purin got 1,288,245 votes at 2nd place, and Pochacco got 1,013,9...
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Pet's Ranjō Miyake Ends Imuri Manga in July (Updated)

Sci-fi fantasy epic launched in 2006 ― The July issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Beam magazine revealed on Friday that Ranjō Miyake's Imuri manga will end in the magazine's August issue, which will ship on July 10. The manga launched in Monthly Comic Beam in 2006. Kadokawa published the manga's 25th volume on November 11. The manga won an Excellence Award in the Manga Division of the Japan Media Art...
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Desert Punk Manga Ends in 2 Chapters

Manga launched in 1997, inspired anime in 2004 ― The July issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Beam magazine revealed on Friday that Masatoshi Usune's Desert Punk (Sunabozu) manga will end in two chapters. The next chapter will release in the magazine's September issue, which will ship in August. Usune launched the manga in Monthly Comic Beam in 1997. The manga returned in 2004 with a new arc focusing o...
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Cinedigm Launches Linear Streaming Network CONtv Anime

Viewster streaming service to be incorporated into CONtv Anime ― Cinedigm launched the linear streaming and advertising video-on-demand (AVOD) network CONtv Anime on Monday. CONtv Anime streams Japanese animated films and series across platforms including Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, iOS, Android, Vizio, and others. Cinedigm will release the channel on other platforms and Smart TV brands in North Ame...

Japan's Content Overseas Distribution Association to Publish 16 Anti-Piracy Manga in English

Akira Akatsuki, Adachitoka, Rie Arai, Ammitsu contribute 1st 4 manga to counter piracy ― Japan's Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA), an organization that aims to reduce worldwide piracy and actively promote the international distribution of Japanese content, began posting manga specifically created to counter piracy on its official website as part of the "Manga Anime Guardians Project" ...
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Guilty Gear -Strive- Game's Trailer Reveals Ramlethal Valentine

Fighting game launches on PS4 in early 2021 after delay ― Arc System Works unveiled a new trailer for its upcoming Guilty Gear -Strive- fighting game during IGN's Summer of Gaming live stream on Friday. The trailer reveals returning character Ramlethal Valentine. Arc System Works is delaying the release of the game from late 2020 to early 2021 due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-1...
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Tokyo Lifts COVID-19 Alert, Aims to Let Music Venues Reopen on June 19

Also aims to allow travel to, from prefectures ― The Tokyo Metropolitan Government lifted on Thursday the alert it had ordered due to the recent spike in new cases of COVID-19. Tokyo also entered the third and final stage of its recovery road map for COVID-19 at midnight on Friday, and it aims to end closure requests for live music venues one week later on June 19. However, the national and metropoli...
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Godzilla vs. Kong Film Delayed Again to May 2021

Film once slated for May 2020, then November 2020 before COVID-19 held up Warner's film slate ― Director Adam Wingard and Legendary Pictures announced on Friday that Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment's Godzilla vs. Kong film has been delayed from November 20, 2020 to May 21, 2021. The film was once slated to open on May 22, 2020. Wingard cited "all that is going on" as the reason, whi...

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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim PS4 Game Heads West in September

Release to add English audio in free patch after launch ― Atlus announced on Friday that it will release Vanillaware's 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim PlayStation 4 game in English on September 8. The game will feature Japanese and English audio, as well as subtitles in English, French, Italian, Spanish, and German. The release will be available with Japanese audio at launch, and a free patch will add Englis...
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Baki The Grappler Creator Draws Illustration for Rambo: Last Blood Film

Film opens in Japan on June 26 ― Baki The Grappler manga creator Keisuke Itagaki drew an illustration to promote the Rambo: Last Blood film. He also commented: "Fury and revenge: as long as it has these two things, then Rambo can continue indefinitely. I mean, he doesn't die this time either!" The film, which is directed by Adrian Grünberg, is the fifth installment in the Rambo franchise and a sequel...
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Live-Action Barbara Film Screens Virtually at Fantasia Int'l Film Fest

Virtual festival takes place from August 20-September 2 ― Montreal's 24th Fantasia International Film Festival announced on Tuesday that it will screen the live-action adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's Barbara manga this year. The film will have its North American debut at the virtual film festival, which will stream from August 20 to September 2. The Fantasia International Film Festival describes the fil...
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Princess Tutu ‒ Episode 5-6

Jane Yolen opens her WWII retelling of Sleeping Beauty, Briar Rose, with “Once upon a time, which is all times and no times but not the very best of times.” That feels appropriate for Princess Tutu.
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Thunderbolt Fantasy Puppet Show's 3rd Season Delays Premiere Due to COVID-19

Staff considers safety measures for COVID-19 ― The official Twitter account for the Thunderbolt Fantasy puppet-show franchise revealed on Friday that the show's third season has been delayed as the production staff considers safety measures for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The season was scheduled to premiere this year. The show's official website and Twitter account will announce the new ...
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The Tokyo Ballet Releases Video of Dancers Training to Dance Dance Danseur Manga From Home

The dance halls may be closed, but the show must go on. The Tokyo Ballet performing company has collaborated with George Asakura's Dance Dance Danseur manga to release a video showing the dancers' training routines under COVID-19. The Tokyo Ballet commented as follows: "The Tokyo Ballet has suspended its planned performances due to coronavirus. For the past month-and-a-half, our dancers have not e...
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Funimation, Pokémon Company Announce Donations to Support Black Lives Matter Movement

Funimation pledges US$1 million; The Pokémon Company contributes US$5 million ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it will donate "a minimum of $1 million to organizations that stand for social justice and racial equality" over the next four years. The company plans to increase that fund as it continues to make donations. Funimation said that it will also implement an engagement program involving ...
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