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Bungō Stray Dogs Novel 1: Osamu Dazai's Entrance Exam

The story behind Osamu Dazai joining the Armed Detective Agency is a fun read, but it's not without some needless digressions into fanservice. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Viewers of the anime adaptation of the manga and novels of Bungo Stray Dogs, both written by Kafka Asagiri, may remember this story – it was the source material for episodes six and seven of the first season. That shouldn't...
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Mobile Fighter G Gundam Blu-Ray Ultra Edition

Wild, wacky, and over-the-top, this series is unlike any other entry in the Gundam multiverse. Lauren Orsini has our full review of the extras-packed Ultra Edition! ― Yasuhiro Imagawa never wanted to reinvent Gundam. But that was exactly the task Sunrise had given him along with the directorship of Mobile Fighter G-Gundam. For 15 years, every previous Gundam show took place in the same timeline—the U...
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Shelf Life - June 17, 2019

Sailor Moon: Sailor StarS arrives on Blu-ray for the first time! Check out this week's full list of anime, manga, and video game releases! ― Welcome to Shelf Life! We've got a couple of big-name franchises headlining the anime release list, including a One Piece special and the latest Sailor Moon collection. On the manga side of things, Attack on Titan is getting a new "season 3" box set, and the bl...
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Hakyū Hōshin Engi Blu-ray

This Shonen Jump adventure about the fall of the Shang dynasty could use an aesthetic facelift and a few rewrites when it comes to pacing. Theron Martin has the details. ― This 23-episode series from 2018 is the second anime adaptation of the late '90s manga by Ryu Fujisaki, which was itself a loose adaptation of the classic Chinese novel Investiture of the Gods. That novel provided a mythological ve...
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One Punch Man Season 2 ‒ Episode 10

"After his short stint in the spotlight, our titular hero has once again been sequestered away from the plot, as the war between monsters and heroes continues heating up."
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FF7 Remake Director: Tifa's Redesign Was Necessary

Square-Enix's original Final Fantasy VII game featured cartoonish polygonal versions of its characters with exaggerated features. Cloud's hair tested the forces of gravity almost as much as Tifa's buxom chest. The kickboxing female fighter was well-known for both her combo Limit Break and nearly knocking herself out with a nipple to the face when the airship hit some unexpected turbulence. Since h...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Sato Launches Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG Structures Manga

Series inspired by franchise's Official Card Game debuted on Friday ― Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's manga artist Masashi Sato launched the Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG Structures manga in the August issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine on Friday. The series is related to the franchise's Official Card Game, which is abbreviated as "OCG." Masahiro Hikokubo launched the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's manga with Sato's illustrations in 2009, and the ...
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The Irregular at Magic High School: Double Seven Manga Ends on July 18

Series adapting novels' 12th volume launched in Octover 2016 ― The July issue of Square Enix's Monthly G Fantasy magazine revealed on Tuesday that Tsuna Kitaumi's Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Double Seven-hen (The Irregular at Magic High School: Double Seven) manga will end in the next issue on July 18. Majiko's Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Raihōsha-hen (The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc) manga...
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Kana-Boon Bassist Yūma Meshida Will Take a Hiatus for Mental Health Issues

Band will continue activities while bassist recovers ― The rock band KANA-BOON underwent a crisis this month when bassist Yūma Meshida disappeared for approximately 10 days. The band cancelled their "KANA-BOON no OSHI-MEEN!!" live event in Tokyo while authorities looked into Meshida's disappearance. Fortunately, Meshida was found unharmed but he won't be returning to band activities immediately. The ...
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French Art School Gobelins Partners With Netflix to Promote Diversity in Japanese Animation Industry

Claire Matz is first grantee of Netflix Animation Fellowship ― The France-based Gobelins School of Visual Arts announced a partnership with Netflix on June 12 to promote diversity and equal opportunity within animation. The Netflix Animation Fellowship will allow a Gobelins graduate to work directly with animation experts in Japan each year to develop Netflix-original animated productions. "We want t...
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Funimation Adds Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple Anime Film

English dub launches on FunimationNow on Friday ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming an English dub of the Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple anime film on FunimationNow on Friday. Crunchyroll began streaming the film with English subtitles in September. The company screened the film in the United States and Canada in May 2018 as part of its Anime Movie Night series. Crunchyroll ...
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This Week in Anime - Aggretsuko's Second Season is Less Fiery than the First

Aggretsuko returns to Netflix with more workplace madness, misbegotten romance, and millennial ennui, but this second season takes on a more gloomy tone than the first. Micchy and Andy discuss the parts of Retsuko's journey they liked and the moments that rubbed them the wrong way. ― Aggretsuko returns to Netflix with more workplace madness, misbegotten romance, and millennial ennui, but this second...
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Madhouse's Abusive Practices Haven't Changed, Says Animator

In April, animation studio Madhouse made the news when a production assistant joined a trade union, demanding to be paid for hundreds of hours of unpaid overtime. The production assistant spoke to journalists about the exploitative practices he experienced at Madhouse, including working up to 393 hours in one month. According to freelance animator Mizue Ogawa, things haven't changed in the months ...
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Tales of Arise Game's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Takuya Satō, Shino Shimoji star in game as Alphen, Shionne ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming and English-subtitled trailer for the Tales of Arise role-playing game on Thursday. The original version of the video debuted at the "Tales of Festival 2019" event on Saturday. The video introduces the main characters Alphen and Shionne. The game's website describes the two main characters:...
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Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories Game Heads West in 2020

Granzella's game gets English release for PS4, Switch, PC ― NIS America announced on Thursday that it will release the Disaster Report: Summer Memories (Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4 Plus -Summer Memories-) game for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in the West in early 2020. The company began streaming a "First Impact" trailer for the release. The limited-edition PS4 and Switch versions of the game w...
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Devil May Cry Game Launches on Switch on June 24 (Update)

Nintendo is listing the previously revealed Switch release of Capcom's Devil May Cry game as launching on June 24 in the United States. The game will launch in Japan on June 27. Devil May Cry debuted for PlayStation 2 in 2001. A collection including the game series' first three titles launched for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2012. Capcom then released the Devil May Cry HD Collection set for the ...
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Masaaki Yuasa's Ride Your Wave Anime Film Clip Shows Date Scene

Film opens in Japan on Friday ― Media news website Natalie began streaming a clip from Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU's Ride Your Wave (Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara) anime film on Thursday. The clip shows Hinako and Minato cooking and eating together on a Christmas date. The film will open in Japan on June 21. The anime is nominated for the Best Animation award in the Shanghai International Film Festiva...
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Amnesia, Amnesia: Later×Crowd Games' Switch Versions Previewed in Opening Videos

Switch ports launch in Japan in September, October ― Idea Factory began streaming the opening movies on Friday for its Otomate brand's Amnesia and Amnesia: Later×Crowd games for Nintendo Switch. Amnesia will launch on September 12, and Amnesia: Later×Crowd will launch on October 3. Amnesia Amnesia Later Amnesia Crowd Idea Factory originally released the Amnesia PlayStation Portable game in Japan in 2...
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Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Anime Gets 2nd Season

1st season premiered on April 4 ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Masaki Ando's Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki (Yatogame-chan Observation Diary) four-panel manga announced on Thursday after the airing of the show's 12th and final episode that the series is getting a second season. The first season premiered on April 4. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs, and it desc...
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Astral Chain Switch Game's 10-Minute Action Video Streamed

Platinum Games develops title for August 30 release ― Nintendo began streaming a 10-minute action introduction video on Thursday for Platinum Games' Astral Chain game. The game will launch for Nintendo Switch on August 30. Nintendo describes the game: "As part of a police special forces unit in a multi-cultural futuristic city, players work together with a humanoid special weapon, Legion, in a synerg...
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Wasteful Days of High School Girl Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Series premieres on July 5 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Bino's Wasteful Days of High School Girl (Joshi Kōsei no Mudazukai) manga began streaming the show's second promotional video and a television ad on Thursday. The anime will premiere on AT-X, Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and BS11 on July 5. The show stars: Chinatsu Akasaki as Nozomu Tanaka (Baka) Haruka...
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Hiroki Miyashita, Takeshi Natsuhara Launch New Manga in July

Ninkyō Tensei manga centers on yakuza who reincarnates as fantasy world princess ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Sunday GX magazine revealed on Wednesday that artist Hiroki Miyashita and writer Takeshi Natsuhara will collaborate on a new manga titled Ninkyō Tensei (Chivalrous Reincarnation) that will start in the magazine's combined August-September issue on July 19. Natsuhara is credited with the o...
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A Sister's All You Need Manga Ends in July

Manga adaptation of Yomi Hirasaka's light novel series launched in 2015 ― The July issue of Shogakukan's Sunday GX magazine revealed on Wednesday that Imōto Sae Ireba Ii. @comic, Edo's manga adaptation of Yomi Hirasaka's A Sister's All You Need (Imōto Sae Ireba Ii.) light novel series, will end in the magazine's combined August-September issue on July 19. Yen Press licensed the novel series under the...
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Anitomo's Modomu Akagawara Launches New Manga on July 5

Love Me Pom Poko will center on tanuki heroine living together with handsome twins ― This year's 14th issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed on Thursday that Modomu Akagawara will launch a new manga titled Love Me Pom Poko in the magazine's next issue on July 5. The manga will center on a heroine who is also a tanuki, who lives together with handsome twins. Akagawara published a one-sho...
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'Trace' Manga Approaches Climax

― Manga creator Kei Koga revealed on Wednesday that the Trace: Kasōken Hōi Kenkyūin no Tsuisō (Trace: Recollections of a Forensic Researcher) manga is "approaching its climax" with the manga's seventh volume, which shipped on Thursday. The manga is a crime suspense story set in a forensic laboratory where researchers work to uncover clues from small details. The manga's story begins when Nonna Sawag...
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The Alliance Alive HD Remastered Game Releases on PS4, Switch in October

PC version slated for winter ― The official website for The Alliance Alive HD Remastered, FuRyu's HD remastered version of the Alliance Alive game, revealed on Thursday that the game will debut on October 10 for the PlayStation 4 and Switch, with the PC version slated for this winter. FuRyu originally released the game in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS in June 2017. Atlus USA released the game in North A...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, June 10-16

Doraemon: Story of Seasons Switch game debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: June 10-16 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwDoraemon: Story of Seasons Bandai Namco Entertainment June 13 42,230 42,230 2NSwSuper Smash Brothers Ultimate Nintendo December 7, 2018 10,058 3,121,997 3NSwMinecraft Nintendo June 21, 2018 8,334 815,819 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, ...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, June 10-16

Natsuzora's latest episode earns 21.7% rating ― The latest episode of the Natsuzora live-action series about the early Japanese animation industry aired on NHK on Tuesday, June 11 at 8:00 a.m. and earned a 21.7% rating. The latest episode of the live-action series adaptation of Tomohiro Yokomaku and Taishi Mori's Radiation House medical drama manga aired on Fuji TV on Monday, June 10 at 9:00 p.m. and...
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Tsukasa Hojo's Angel Sign Film Casts Nao Matsushita, Dean Fujioka

City Hunter creator directs 1st live-action film ― The official website for Angel Sign, City Hunter manga creator Tsukasa Hojo's debut live-action film, revealed a teaser video for the film on Thursday. The video reveals the film's main cast, and the site also describes the film's story. The film centers around cellist Aika (Nao Matsushita) and pianist Takaya (Dean Fujioka). Musicians and lovers, the...
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Midnight Diner/Shinya Shokudo Manga Gets New Live-Action Season on Netflix Worldwide

5th live-action series based on Yarō Abe's manga debuts this fall ― Netflix announced on Thursday that Yarō Abe's Shinya Shokudō (The Midnight Diner or La Cantine de Minuit) manga is inspiring a new live-action season from Netflix that will debut on Netflix worldwide this fall. The series is the fifth live-action series for the manga. Kaoru Kobayashi returns to reprise his role as Master. Jōji Matsuo...
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Dragon Star Varnir Game's Steam Release Slated for September

― Idea Factory International revealed on Wednesday that its PC release via Steam for Compile Heart's Dragon Star Varnir (Ryūsei no Varnir) game is slated for September. The game will support English, Japanese, and Traditional Chinese subtitles. Idea Factory International released the game for the PlayStation 4 in North America on June 11, and in Europe on June 14. Idea Factory International previous...
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Spike Chunsoft Brings AI: The Somnium Files, Crystar Staff to Anime Expo

Kōtarō Uchikoshi, Yūsuke Kozaki, Fuyuki Hayashi, RIUCHI, vTuber A-set to attend event ― Spike Chunsoft announced on Wednesday that it will bring writer and game developer Kōtarō Uchikoshi, artists Yūsuke Kozaki and RIUCHI, game developer Fuyuki Hayashi, and virtual YouTuber A-set to Anime Expo. Uchikoshi and Kozaki are working together on Spike Chunsoft's AI: The Somnium Files game. The game will deb...
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Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! Anime Gets 3rd Season in October

Anime based on Chinese web comic reunites cast, staff from 1st, 2nd season ― Animation studio Fanworks (Aggretsuko, Hagane Orchestra) announced on Wednesday that it is producing a third season for the Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! (There's No Cure for My Brother Being Around Me!) television anime. Tencent will begin streaming the series in China in August. The anime will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX...
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To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Anime Reveals Saori Hayami's Role

― The official website for the television anime of Maybe's To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) manga announced on Tuesday that Saori Hayami will play Beatrice (Siren). Tsuda was previously announced to play one of Hank and Cain's Incarnate soldier comrades. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 1 at 11:00 p.m., before airing on MBS on July 2. The Fuji on...
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Voice Actress Aimi Tanaka Hospitalized for Surgery, Returns to Work After Recovery

Umaru-chan's voice explains absence from social media for past 2 weeks ― Voice actress Aimi Tanaka revealed on Wednesday that she was hospitalized and underwent an unspecified surgery sometime in the past two weeks, but that she has fully recovered and has returned to work. She described her hospitalization as a "hellish time." She revealed the hospitalization on her Twitter and Instagram accounts to...
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Top-Selling Animation DVDs in Japan: 2019 (First Half)

Live-action Gintama 2 sells 22,876 + 19,839 + 8,784, followed by Game Center CX, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, live-action Uirabu. film, Blazing Transfer Student Reborn ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 10, 2018 to June 9, 2019. Game Center CX (Retro Game Master) DVD-Box 15 sold 23,041 copies to rank #26 on the overall DVD chart. The DVD Premium Edition (first release) for the live-action G...
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Stand My Heroes Anime Posts Theater Ad, New Visual

Anime for smartphone game premieres in October ― The official website for Stand My Heroes: Piece of Truth, the television anime of the Stand My Heroes smartphone game, began streaming the theater ad for the anime on Thursday. (The commercial first played in Tokyo's Shinjuku Piccadilly theater and Osaka's Namba Parks Cinema.) The site also unveiled a new visual. Previously announced cast members inclu...
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ACCA 13 Original Video Anime Reveals Story Timeframe & Intro, Visual, October Stage Debut

Cast, staff reunite for story set 1 year after TV anime's events ― The official website for ACCA 13-Ku Kansatsu-Ka Regards (ACCA 13-Territory Inspection Department Regards) the "new original video anime & musical stage reading" for Natsume Ono's ACCA 13-Territory Inspection Department manga, revealed its story introduction and timeframe, visual, cast, staff, and the October debut of the stage reading...

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Top-Selling Animation Blu-ray Discs in Japan: 2019 (First Half)

[email protected] SideM concerts sell 25,372 + 21,727 + 21,207, followed by Idolish7, Gundam NT, live-action Gintama 2 film, Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 10, 2018 to June 9, 2019. Idolish7 1st Live "Road to Infinity" Blu-ray Box -Limited Edition- ranked #7 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart with 53,770 copies. The Blu-ray Premium Edition (first release) of the ...
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Top-Selling Animation in Japan on Blu-ray Disc/DVD by Series: 2019 (First Half)

[email protected] SideM, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Sword Art Online: Alicization, Love Live! Sunshine!!, Zombie Land Saga lead chart ― This list covers sales surveyed from December 10, 2018 to June 9, 2019. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title 1 70,867 The [email protected] SideM 2 64,259 Dragon Ball Super: Broly 3 64,107 Sword Art Online: Alicization 4 63,306 Love Live! Sunshine!! 5 63,233 Zombie Land Saga 6 59,9...
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 8

"This New Year's chapter is among the few stories in Fruits Basket that suited the previous director Akitaro Daichi's wacky-yet-heartwarming sitcom style better."
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NHK Hosts Attack on Titan Book Club TV Program

The NHK BS Premium television station hosts a program titled Series Fuka Yomi Dokushokai (Reading Too Much Into the Series Book Club) where a roundtable of writers and celebrities dive into a series and discuss their conclusions. On July 3, the show will focus on Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga. Show participants include manga creator Hideki Arai, actress Anne Suzuki, literary critic Shiger...
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Inakunare, Gunjō Manga's Main Story Ends on July 18

Manga will have 1 more chapter after main story ends ― The July issue of Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine revealed on Tuesday that Ai Uzuki's manga adaptation of Yutaka Kōno's Inakunare, Gunjō (Fragile Light of Pistol Star) novel will end its main story in the magazine's next issue on July 18. The manga will have one more chapter after the main story, after which it will end. The novel's story is set...
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US$2.77 Million Replica of Princess Knight's Crown Goes on Display

A dazzling exhibition is heading to Tokyo's Ginza district this weekend. The "World's Only Jewelry Art Exhibition" will imagine the works of Osamu Tezuka, Riyoko Ikeda, Rumiko Takahashi, and more as 80 glittering works of jeweled art. Perhaps the brightest piece in the collection is "Sapphire's Princess Crown," a recreation of the crown worn by the main character in Osamu Tezuka's Princess Knight ...
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Fuyumi Soryo's Cesare Manga Gets Stage Play in April 2020

Akinori Nakagawa stars in play of manga centering on Cesare Borgia ― Kodansha revealed on June 14 that Fuyumi Soryo's CESARE - Il Creatore che ha distrutto historical manga is inspiring a stage play that will debut at Meijiza Theater in Tokyo in April 2020, with Akinori Nakagawa as a lead cast member. Yūna Koyama is directing the play, Kōichi Ogita is penning the script, and Ken Shima is composing th...
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YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world. ‒ Episode 12

"I'm just glad this new storyline is making good use of the baton it was handed."
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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Game's Video Previews New Features

Expansion launches for PS4, Xbox One on September 6 ― The official YouTube channel for the Monster Hunter franchise began streaming a new video for the Monster Hunter: World game's Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion on Tuesday. The video previews the new setting, monsters, weapons, and other features of the expansion. The expansion will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6. A PC...
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Isekai Quartet ‒ Episode 11

"This episode features the formal addition of a few other characters who only got cameos last time."
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Producer: Western Audience Influenced Tales of Arise

Microsoft revealed Tales of Arise, the latest installment in the Tales of franchise, at E3 earlier this month. The game's staff includes producer Yusuke Tomizawa (God Eater) as head of the game's development team. Tomizawa discussed some of what the game has in store for players in an interview with Gamereactor's Sam Bishop, including that the Western audience had a major influence in the final pr...
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Kazuto Okada's Very Private Lesson Manga Gets New Live-Action Films in July

Ayaka Morikawa, Ryōma Baba return for 5th, 6th films in series ― Akita Shoten announced on Tuesday that it is producing two new live-action film adaptations of Kazuto Okada's Kyōkasho ni Nai! manga that will both open at the Shibuya HUMAX Cinema in Tokyo on July 27. The films are titled Kyōkasho ni Nai! 5 and Kyōkasho ni Nai! 6. The films star former AKB48 member Ayaka Morikawa as Aya Shirakaba, and ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, June 16-22

Sailor Moon Sailor Stars, Modest Heroes anime; Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World!, Monster and the Beast manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Basquash BDPlease Maiden Japan US$89.98 June 18 Buddy Complex Essentials BDCite Funimation US$29.98 June 18 Daimidaler Prince vs. Penguin Empire Essentials BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$29.98 June 18 Love Tyran...
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Shibuya Passes Halloween Drinking Ordinance

Shibuya officials passed a bill on June 19 that will ban public drinking in the area on Halloween and New Year's Eve. The ban prohibits drinking alcohol in the streets, parks, and areas around Shibuya station. Public officials also banned activities like climbing street lights and making loud noises using audio equipment. The bill came as a response to last year's Halloween party where police char...
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NekoNyan Launches Kickstarter for Aokana Game, Reaches Goal

Campaign funds physical release of English/Chinese localization for sprite visual novel ― Video game localization company NekoNyan launch a Kickstarter campaign for the physical release of its English and Chinese release of sprite's Aokana visual novel on Tuesday. The campaign has already surpassed its 10,000-euro (US$11,230 goal). As of press time, the campaign has raised 28,218 euros (US$31,585). T...
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This Week in Anime - Kakegurui's Second Season *Intensifies*

Kakegurui returned to Netflix this week with even more high-stakes gambling, political commentary, and lesbian thirst. Nick and Steve discuss the best and worst arcs of this engrossing and surreal thriller. ― Kakegurui returned to Netflix this week with even more high-stakes gambling, political commentary, and lesbian thirst. This week, Nick and Steve discuss the best and worst arcs of this engrossi...
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Higurashi: When They Cry Gets Stage Play Adaptation in July

Play has 2 versions with different stories, casts ― Theater troupe Shingidan Mumei Classics announced on Saturday that it is producing a stage play adaptation of 07th Expansion and Ryukishi07's Higurashi: When They Cry (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) visual novel. The play will run at the Lazona Kawasaki Plazasol theater in Kanagawa from July 24 to 28. The stage play will have two versions, subtitled "Ry...
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Carbonated Drink 'Match' Inspires School Romance Parody Anime Commercial

Otsuka Foods' drink "MATCH" sells itself as a refreshing beverage full of vitamins and minerals for teens. The drink is further pushing its appeal to the young adult demographic in a "youthful school anime" titled Mōsō Match Gakuen (lit. Delusion Match School) that premiered on YouTube on May 20. The anime stars comedian Sōichi Nakaoka and King&Prince idol Sho Hirano. The video is made up of short...
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Answerman - Do Arranged Marriages Still Happen In Japan?

Birthrates on the decline! Marriages getting rarer by the minute! Are parents still formally arranging their kids' future spouses? Justin has the answer. ― Jacob asked: I was recently watching the second season of Aggretsuko, which dives into the world of marriage and the different viewpoints on the subject. I was surprised to see such a diverse views from the young, middle-aged, and older generatio...
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Anime Tamago 2019 Shorts Debut on TV on June 24

― Yomiuri TV announced on Tuesday that it will air the Anime Tamago 2019 project's shorts. The channel will air Wit Studio's Hello We Go! on June 24, Keica and Griot Groove's Tatakae! Space Attendant Aoi on July 1, Nippon Animation's Chuck Shimezō on July 1, and Flying Ship Studio's Captain Bal on July 8. The shorts screened at Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas in Tokyo on March 9. As in previous years, the a...
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Crunchyroll's Simulcast of Dr. Stone Anime Debuts on July 5

― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that its simulcast of the television anime adaptation of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga will debut on July 5. Crunchyroll will screen the first episode at Anime Expo on July 4 at 12:00 p.m. Funimation will stream a simuldub of the anime. The anime will debut in Japan on Tokyo MX on July 5 at 10:00 p.m. before airing later that evening on KBS Kyoto, ...
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Bungō Stray Dogs Novel 1: Osamu Dazai's Entrance Exam

The story behind Osamu Dazai joining the Armed Detective Agency is a fun read, but it's not without some needless digressions into fanservice. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Viewers of the anime adaptation of the manga and novels of Bungo Stray Dogs, both written by Kafka Asagiri, may remember this story – it was the source material for episodes six and seven of the first season. That shouldn't...
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Isekai Cheat Magician Anime Casts Hiro Shimono, Yōko Hikasa

2nd promo video previews fantasy series premiering on July 10 ― The official website for the television anime of Takeru Uchida's Isekai Cheat Magician (Fantasy World Cheat Magician) novel series revealed two additional cast members and character designs on Wednesday. Hiro Shimono will play Kasim, and Yōko Hikasa will play Grami. (Note: Character name romanizations are not confirmed.) Hiro Shimono as ...
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Zannen na Ikimono no Jiten Gets More New Episodes With Pop Team Epic Director

8 new episodes air on NHK from July 29 to August 7 ― Anime studio Fanworks announced on Wednesday that it will produce eight new episodes for the television anime adaptation of the Zannen na Ikimono Jiten (Humorous & Adorable Evolutionary Creatures or literally, Encyclopedia of Pitiful Creatures) book series. The episodes will debut on E-Tele (NHK Educational TV), NHK's primarily educational channel,...
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French Artist Jérôme Alquié Launches New Captain Harlock Manga

Captain Harlock - Memoires de L'Arcadia focuses on Harlock's conflict with Rafflesia, Mazons ― Akita Shoten launched a new manga based on Leiji Matsumoto's Captain Harlock manga titled Captain Harlock - Arcadia no Kioku (Captain Harlock - Memoires de L'Arcadia or Captain Harlock - Memories of the Arcadia) on its Manga Cross website on Tuesday. French artist Jérôme Alquié is credited for the art, whil...
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Übel Blatt's Etorouji Shiono Ends Punipuni to Sarasara Manga in July

Manga about boy & girl hobby modelers launched in 2017 ― The official Twitter account for Shonengahosha's Young King Ours GH magazine revealed on Monday that Etorouji Shiono's Punipuni to Sarasara (Squishy and Silky) manga will end in the magazine's September issue on July 16. The manga's story begins when high school student Takumi Sarashina takes over her recently departed grandmother's model store...
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Anime Expo Hosts Falcom Head Toshihiro Kondo, MAPPA Staff, Lord El-Melloi Premiere

Crunchyroll holds MAPPA panel with Zombie Land Saga, To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts guests ― Anime Expo announced on Tuesday that it will host Nihon Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo as a guest, and it will also hold the U.S. premiere for the first two episodes of the Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note anime. Crunchyroll announced that it will host a "Crunchyroll x MAPPA" panel ...
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Ni no Kuni Film Streams Character Trailers for Yū, Haru, Kotona

Film opens in Japan on August 23 ― The official website for Warner Bros. Japan and Level 5's Ni no Kuni anime film began streaming three trailers on Wednesday for the characters Yū, Haru, and Kotona. Yū Haru Kotona The website already posted trailers for the characters Yoki, Gabaras, and Danpa on Saturday: Yoki Gabaras Danpa The film will open in Japan on August 23. The film stars: Kento Yamazaki as ...
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Dragon Quest: Your Story CG Anime Film's Trailer Previews Story

New visual, iconic theme performed by Tokyo Symphony Orchestra teased for August 2 film ― The official website for Dragon Quest Your Story, the Dragon Quest game franchise's first 3D CG anime film, unveiled a new trailer and visual for the film on Wednesday. The video previews the film's story, and also features the iconic Dragon Quest theme music performed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestr...

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Idol Group Sphere Judges Contest for Publisher Hakusensha's Manga Lab

Japanese publisher Hakusensha's Manga Lab blog's newest contest puts the judging in the hands of idol group Sphere. The singers are participating in part to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Contestants will need to submit a manga of at least four pages focusing on the theme "best friends". Sphere members Minako Kotobuki, Ayahi Takagaki, Haruka Tomatsu, and Aki Toyosaki will choose the grand prize...
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Women Pick Their Most Anticipated Summer 2019 Anime Films

The website Goo! Ranking asked over 3,000 women to choose which anime films they most want to see this summer. The box office this summer is already off to a "hot" start with the premiere of Trigger's Promare and set to continue with a new film from Makoto Shinkai and a reskin of Pokemon: The First movie. How do women in Japan's choices compare to your own? Goo! Ranking: Women's Most Anticipated S...
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Dororo ‒ Episode 23

"In this penultimate episode that puts Hyakkimaru in the midst of the action, it's more important than ever to reflect on why the show is named after Dororo instead."
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New Higurashi Visual Revealed During Anime Series Marathon

The streaming site Niconico held a When They Cry - Higurashi anime series marathon on Sunday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the events in the series. The Higurashi series takes place in the 1980s, however the events of the series go as far back as June 1979. After the stream wrapped, a new visual was shown of the character Rena Ryūgū wielding her nata. At the end of the NicoNico #Higurashi a...
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Georgia Art Student Valery Yu Wins Celsys' 1st International Comic/Manga School Contest

Celsys announced the winners of its first ever international comic and manga school contest. The contest challenged art students around the world to compete for a chance to win prize money, Wacom devices, Clip Studio Paint software, and a chance for their winning artwork to be featured in Japanese media. This year's grand prize winner is Valery Yu of Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. ...
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Pokémon Designer Ken Sugimori Reveals Serperior's Connection to Rose of Versailles' Oscar

Pokémon designer Ken Sugimori discusses the origins of each Pokémon design in the Nintendo Dream magazines. He first discussed the origins of the Pokémon Black and White starter Pokémon in volume 201 of the magazine in 2011. YouTuber Dr Lava released an English translation of this interview on his website on June 15, uncovering a fact about Snivy's evolved form Serperior that has remained obscure ...
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Mobile Fighter G Gundam Blu-Ray Ultra Edition

Wild, wacky, and over-the-top, this series is unlike any other entry in the Gundam multiverse. Lauren Orsini has our full review of the extras-packed Ultra Edition! ― Yasuhiro Imagawa never wanted to reinvent Gundam. But that was exactly the task Sunrise had given him along with the directorship of Mobile Fighter G-Gundam. For 15 years, every previous Gundam show took place in the same timeline—the U...

Crunchyroll Adds Fire Force Anime for Summer Simulcast (Update)

Anime premieres in Japan on July 5 ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will stream the television anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga beginning on July 4 as it airs in Japan. The company also began streaming an English-subtitled version of the series' "long" promotional video that debuted in March. The anime will premiere on July 5 at 25:25 (effectively July 6 at 1:2...

Viz Media Responds to Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Anime's Booklet Errors

1st part of anime's 5th season shipped on Tuesday ― Viz Media revealed in a statement on Tuesday that a booklet bundled with the limited edition of the first Sailor Moon Sailor Stars home video release contains text errors. The company said, "The erroneous text is in the romaji provided with the song lyrics. The booklet is the only item affected and the issue does not affect the rest of the Limited E...
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Anime Expo Hosts N. American Premiere of Promare Anime Film

Director Hiroyuki Imaishi, more staff attend July 5 event ― Anime Expo announced on Tuesday that this year's convention will host the North American premiere of Studio Trigger and XFlag's original anime film Promare on July 5 at 5:30 p.m. Director Hiroyuki Imaishi, creative director Hiromi Wakabayashi, and character designer Shigeto Koyama will attend the event for discussion after the screening. Stu...
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Cop Craft Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Song

Series premieres on July 8 ― The official website for Cop Craft, the television anime of Shoji Gatoh's Cop Craft Dragnet Mirage Reloaded light novel series, began streaming the second promotional video on Tuesday. The video features Masayoshi Ōishi's opening theme song "Rakuen Toshi." The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 8 at 24:00 (effectively July 9 at 12:00 a.m.), before debuting o...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, June 10-16

Dragon Ball Super: Broly sells 4,221 + 1,552 more, followed by Hiro Shimono & Yuuki Kaji, Gundam NT, live-action Nisekoi film, Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER ― The digital remaster of The White Snake, the first color anime feature film in Japanese history, sold 252 more copies for a new total of 346. In its second week, it rose to #14 on the anime DVD chart. Hiro Shimono and Yuuki Kaji's Boku...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, June 10-16

Dragon Ball Super: Broly sells 2,627 + 1,891 more, followed by Lupinranger VS. Patranger, Daisuke Namikawa x Tetsuya Kakihara x Hiroyuki Yoshino, Kamen Rider Zi-O, Re:ZERO: Memory Snow ― Kaitō Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger Blu-ray Collection 4 sold 2,669 copies to rank #5 on the overal Blu-ray Disc chart. Daisuke Namikawa, Tetsuya Kakihara, and Hiroyuki Yoshino's Joint Live 2018 "Ve...
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Assassins Pride Anime Unveils Main Cast, Staff

Yuuki Ono, Tomori Kusunoki star in EMT Squared's fall fantasy anime ― The official website for the television anime of Kei Amagi's Assassins Pride light novel series announced the main voice cast and staff on Tuesday. The anime stars: Yuuki Ono as Kufa Vampir, who is dispatched to Melida as her tutor (and her possible assassin), but continues to train Melida in defiance of his orders Tomori Kusunoki ...
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Uta no Prince-sama Film Expanded With Encore Song in 2nd Week

Film sold over 100,000 tickets for 222.7 million yen since June 14 ― The official website for Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love Kingdom, the anime film in the Uta no Prince-sama franchise, revealed on Tuesday that starting from the film's second week of screenings on Friday, June 21, the film will have an added encore song titled "Welcome to UTA☆PRI KINGDOM!!" by the in-story idol groups ST☆RISH, QUARTET ...
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To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Anime Reveals Jun Fukuyama's Role

― The official website for the television anime of Maybe's To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) manga announced on Tuesday that Jun Fukuyama will play Christopher (Gargoyle). Tsuda was previously announced to play one of Hank and Cain's Incarnate soldier comrades. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 1 at 11:00 p.m., before airing on MBS on July 2. The F...
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Otakon to Host 'That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime' Anime's Staff, Voice Actor

Atsushi Nakayama, Ryouma Ebata, Chikahiro Kobayashi attend July event ― The organizers of Otakon announced on Monday that it will host animator and episode director Atsushi Nakayama, character designer and animation director Ryouma Ebata, and voice actor Chikahiro Kobayashi. All three worked on the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken) television anime (Kobayashi vo...
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Naruto: Song of the Akatsuki Musical Reveals New Visual

More cast in costume also unveiled for musical ― The official website for the new run of the Live Spectacle Naruto: Akatsuki no Shirabe (Live Spectacle Naruto: Song of the Akatsuki) stage musical revealed a new key visual and five new cast visuals on Monday. The newly revealed visuals for the cast members are as follows: Hiro Yūmi as Orochimaru Ryōsuke Okada as Kabuto Yakushi Keishi Hagio as Suigetsu...
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Fire Force Anime's Video Previews Opening Theme Song, Battle Scenes

Mrs. GREEN APPLE performs "Inferno" theme for July 5 anime ― The official website for the television anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Inferno" by Mrs. GREEN APPLE, and it also shows Shinra's Company 8 in action during battles and in daily life. The anime w...

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King of Prism's Masakazu Hishida Revealed as Ensemble Stars! Anime's Director (Updated)

New promotional video also reveals "Stars' Ensemble!" opening song for July 7 anime ― The staff for the television anime of Happy Elements' Ensemble Stars! smartphone game franchise revealed on Tuesday that the anime's new director is Masakazu Hishida (KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm, King of Prism: PRIDE the HERO, King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars). The director was previously announced under the pen n...
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 57

"We've been asking for answers from Attack on Titan for years, and now that we've finally unlocked the secrets of Grisha Jaeger's basement, “That Day” delivers answers in spades."
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2nd Girls und Panzer Finale Film Opens at #4, UtaPri at #6

Godzilla, Rascal, Children of the Sea, Kingdom, Ibuki in top 10 ― Legendary Pictures' Godzilla sequel film Godzilla: King of the Monsters film dropped from #2 to #3 in its third weekend. It earned 211,085,100 yen (about US$1.94 million) from Friday to Sunday, has earned a cumulative total of 2,211,821,700 yen (about US$20.37 million), and sold a cumulative total of 1.51 million tickets. The film open...
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New Details Emerge for Attack on Titan 'Final' Exhibition

New details are available for the anticipated Attack on Titan FINAL exhibition at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi Hills. The exhibition opens on July 5 and will display creator Hajime Isayama's drafts from the last 10 years including unreleased content. Long-time manga fans will want to attend for a chance to hear the manga's final chapter as part of the "Sound of the Final Story" exhibit...
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Fairy gone ‒ Episode 11

"It's all-out war for the first time since Unification, which is a very big deal to the agents of Dorothea, but I simply can't be bothered to care."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 889

"The Reverie wasn't a full-blown arc so much as a more significant version of the post-arc info-dumps we usually get at a time like this, but it's also a massive tease full of incomplete exposition."
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Voice Actors Yuka Takakura and Kentarō Tone Get Married

Voice actors Yuka Takakura and Kentarō Tone announced on Twitter on June 14 that they recently tied the knot. Both Takakura and Tone intend to continue working and asked their fans to watch over and support them as they build their family together. The couple both shared a photo of themselves standing in front of a floral display. The flowers create the a plus sign and a heart, showing that "Tone ...
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Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life ‒ Episode 11

"This episode achieved a great balance, where the music guides the story and the story gives context to the music."
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Anime Expo Hosts Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl Film's U.S. Premiere

English-subtitled trailer previews July 7 film screening ― Aniplex of America announced on Monday that it will host the United States premiere of Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl (Seishun Buta Yarō wa Yume-Miru Shōjo no Yume wo Minai), the anime film based on Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō light novel series, at Anime Expo on July 7 at 1:30 p.m. The company also began streaming an Engli...
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DanMemo's Yoshitsugu Matsuoka Awarded Guinness World Record

Matsuoka voiced enough lines in the game for a 24-episode anime series ― The Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Memoria Freese mobile game got special recognition at the joint "Danmachi 2019 Fest: Is it Wrong That We Have a 2nd Anniversary Event with Danmachi TV and the DanMemo Game Together?" event on June 17. The game and actor Yoshitsugu Matsuoka are officially a Guinness World Rec...
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We Never Learn: BOKUBEN ‒ Episode 11

"I appreciate We Never Learn attempting to find more for Kirisu to do, but the results weren't so compelling unless you're specifically here to see the teacher in fetish outfits."
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Konosuba Dungeon RPG's Gameplay Video, TV Ad Streamed

Game launches for PS4, PS Vita in Japan on June 27 after delay ― Entergram began streaming a gameplay video and television commercial on Monday for Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! ~Kibō no Meikyū Tsudoi Shi Bōkensha-tachi~, its dungeon role-playing game inspired by Natsume Akatsuki's KONOSUBA (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! or Konosuba - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!) light nov...
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The Case of Hana & Alice Anime Film Ships in N. America on September 17

English-subtitled trailer previews film's 1st release in N. America ― GKIDS and Shout! Factory revealed on Monday that the previously revealed home video release of The Case of Hana & Alice anime film will ship on Blu-ray Disc in North America on September 17. GKIDS also began streaming an English-subtitled version of the anime's trailer. The release will be the film's first in North America. GKIDS d...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 111

"If every Boruto-less arc were this much fun, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for him to bow out more often."
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Ensemble Stars!, Cheer Boys!! Voice Actor Yūki Yonai Announces Marriage, Birth of 1st Child

Voice actor Yūki Yonai announced on Twitter on June 16 that he is married and he and his spouse recently welcomed their first child. Yonai's wife is not involved in the entertainment industry. Yonai plans to continue working as a voice actor. He previously starred in D.Gray-man Hallow as Devit, Cheer Boys!! as Haruki Bandō, and Piace: Watashi no Italian as Mallow Kitahara. He'll voice Nazuna Nito ...

Funimation Adds Dr. Stone Anime Simuldub to Summer Lineup

Dub launches in U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand ― Funimation announced on Monday that it has added the television anime adaptation of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga to its summer simuldub lineup. The dub will be available through FunimationNow in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. The company did not reveal a debut d...
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Artists Dare Each Other to Model Pokémon in Five Minutes Amid Pokémon Sword/Shield Backlash

After Nintendo revealed that only 'mons in the Galar Pokédex can be transferred to the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games from previous generations, the backlash inspired the hashtag #bringbacknationaldex. However, that's not the only hashtag the news has inspired. After a Japanese Twitter user stated that they were disappointed with Game Freak because "it only takes 5 minutes to create the gr...
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Shelf Life - June 17, 2019

Sailor Moon: Sailor StarS arrives on Blu-ray for the first time! Check out this week's full list of anime, manga, and video game releases! ― Welcome to Shelf Life! We've got a couple of big-name franchises headlining the anime release list, including a One Piece special and the latest Sailor Moon collection. On the manga side of things, Attack on Titan is getting a new "season 3" box set, and the bl...
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Hakyū Hōshin Engi Blu-ray

This Shonen Jump adventure about the fall of the Shang dynasty could use an aesthetic facelift and a few rewrites when it comes to pacing. Theron Martin has the details. ― This 23-episode series from 2018 is the second anime adaptation of the late '90s manga by Ryu Fujisaki, which was itself a loose adaptation of the classic Chinese novel Investiture of the Gods. That novel provided a mythological ve...
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Naka no Hito Genome [Jikkyōchū] TV Anime's Video Previews Ending Song

Series premieres on July 7 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Osora's Naka no Hito Genome [Jikkyōchū] (Naka no Hito Genome [Now Streaming]) manga revealed the third promotional video and second key visual on Monday. The video previews fhana's ending theme song "Boku wo Mitsukete" (Find Myself). The show will premiere on AT-X on July 7 at 10:00 p.m., before airing later that...

Japan's Anime Home Video Market Drops 2.9%, Streaming Grows 13% in 2017

AJA publishes English summary of "Anime Industry Report 2018" document ― The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) published on June 8 a summary of its "Anime Industry Report 2018" document that examines industry trends from 2017. The AJA published the Japanese version of the document last December, with the overall value of the anime market and the growth of the overseas market revealed at that t...

Godzilla: King of the Monsters Drops to #7, Detective Pikachu to #13 in U.S.

Godzilla earns US$8.11 million in 3rd weekend ― Legendary Pictures' Godzilla sequel film Godzilla: King of the Monsters earned an estimated US$8,105,000 to rank at #7 in the in the United States box office in its third weekend, a 48% drop from its second weekend. The film has earned an estimated total of US$245,800,000 in the foreign market, for an estimated total worldwide gross of US$339,488,172. T...
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Voice Actor Yuzuru Fujimoto Passes Away at 83

Actor has voiced roles in Appleseed, Gigantor, Ninja Scroll ― Agency 81 Produce announced on Monday that voice actor Yuzuru Fujimoto passed away due to heart failure on June 10. He was 83. Fujimoto was undergoing medical treatment in the hospital when he passed away. According to his family's wishes, his family held a private funeral. Fujimoto has voiced roles in such anime as Appleseed (Uranus), Gig...
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Tokyo Ghoul S Live-Action Film's New Trailer Streamed

Film opens in Japan on July 19 ― The official website for Tokyo Ghoul S, the second live-action film based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga, began streaming a new trailer for the film on Monday. At the end of video, voice actor Mamoru Miyano, who voices Shū Tsukiyama in the anime version of Tokyo Ghoul, narrates the film's title. The film will open in Japan on July 19. Masataka Kubota (center in ima...
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Kill la Kill IF Game's Videos Preview Ryūko Matoi, Satsuki Kiryūin

PS4/Switch/PC game launches in Japan on July 25, in West on July 26 ― Arc System Works began streaming two character videos on Monday for Kill la Kill IF, the first game based on the Kill la Kill anime. The videos preview the characters Ryūko Matoi and Satsuki Kiryūin. Arc System Works will release the game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in Japan on July 25, and in North America on Ju...
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Nekopara Vol. 3 Game Launches for Switch, PS4 on June 27

Nekopara Vol. 2 launched on both consoles on February 14 ― CFK announced on Monday that it and Neko Works will release Neko Works' Nekopara Vol. 3 game on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on June 27. Nekopara Vol. 1 launched for PS4 last November. The Switch version launched last July in Japan and North America and last August in Europe. CFK and Neko Works then released the Nekopara Vol. 2 game on F...
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Hakubo Anime Film's New Trailer Streamed

Yutaka Yamamoto's new film opens in Japan on June 21 ― The official YouTube channel for director Yutaka Yamamoto's original anime project Hakubo (Twilight) began streaming the film's trailer on Monday. The film open in Japan on June 21. The anime was previously slated for 2018 before being delayed to 2019. The anime was most recently slated to open at Porepore Cinemas Iwaki Onahama in Fukushima prefe...
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MangaGamer: Valve Rejected The Expression Amrilato Game's Steam Release

― MangaGamer announced last Friday that Valve has rejected MangaGamer's release of SukeraSparo's The Expression Amrilato (Kotonoha Amrilato) visual novel on Steam. MangaGamer has released the game through its own website and CD Projekt's GOG.com website. MangaGamer stated Valve claimed the game "sexualizes minors," but MangaGamer claimed the game "has no sexual content." The game has a story that pr...
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Nagasarete Airantou's Takeshi Fujishiro Launches New Manga on July 1

New manga is titled RiriRe Customize - Modeler mo Isekai de Renkinjutsushi!? ― The July issue of Square Enix's Shonen Gangan magazine revealed on June 12 that Takeshi Fujishiro will launch a new manga titled RiriRe Customize - Modeler mo Isekai de Renkinjutsushi!? (Even a Modeler is an Alchemist in a Parallel World?!) on Square Enix's Gangan Online website on July 1. Fujishiro recently ended the Cafe...
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Waiting for Spring Manga Ends in 13th Volume, Gets Bonus Chapter

Manga launched in 2014, inspired live-action film last December ― Anashin announced on their official Twitter account on April 26 that the Waiting for Spring (Harumatsu Bokura) manga's 13th volume will be the last volume. The manga will also get a bonus chapter after it ends, but Anashin did not clarify where the bonus chapter will appear. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga in English, and it de...
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Kinnikuman Manga Returns to Shonen Jump After 11 Years With 1-Shot

"Sayonara, Kinnikuman!! no Maki" shows 10 supermen arriving at Kinnikuman's retirement ceremony ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published a new 47-page one-shot manga of Kinnikuman by Yudetamago on Monday. The one-shot, titled "Sayonara, Kinnikuman!! no Maki" (The 'Goodbye, Kinnikuman' Story), is the first time the manga has returned to Weekly Shonen Jump in 11 year...
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1st 12 Minutes of Dr. Stone Anime's 1st Episode to Stream on July 1

― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga revealed on Monday that the first 12 minutes of the anime's first episode will stream on YouTube on July 1 at 7:00 p.m. JST. The stream will also feature a talk event featuring voice actors Yūsuke Kobayashi (Senku) and Makoto Furukawa (Taiju Ōki). The anime will debut on Tokyo MX on July 5 at...
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Zone-00 Stage Musical Reveals Cast Visuals, Illustration

Musical runs on July 14-21 ― The official website for Twilight Musical Zone-00 Mangetsu (Full Moon), the stage musical adaptation of Kiyo Qjo's Zone-00 manga, revealed the cast visuals and a special illustration for the musical on Monday. Qjo drew the below visual for the musical. The cast includes: Wataru Yoza as Ango Shima Seishirō Sawada as Saburō Kujō Kazuharu Ara as Benten Kōhei Tanaka as Senryō...

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My Hero Academia Anime's 4th Season Casts Rie Murakawa

Murakawa plays Bubble Girl in season premiering on October 12 ― The official Twitter account for the fourth anime season based on Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga revealed on Monday that Rie Murakawa will play Bubble Girl. The anime's website confirmed on Sunday that Shinichiro Miki will play Sir Nighteye in the fourth season, after the voice actor made an uncredited cameo as the character in...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 34

"I'm playing along with this turn of events so far, though it's far from how I imagined this climactic battle progressing."
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Austrian Animator Bahi JD Gets Exhibit in Tokyo

Austrian animator and illustrator Bahi JD will be getting an exhibit at the Shinjuku Ophthalmologist (Ganka) Gallery from June 21 to July 3. The theme of the exhibit is "Moment," and it will consist of illustrations, oil paintings, sketches, and animation works. Part of the exhibit will also showcase an animation device inspired by flickering strobe lights and the zoetrope. Bahi JD is a self-taugh...
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 313

"When it comes to Fairy Tail, sometimes not knowing your family history is a good thing."
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 11

"This episode delivers a different style of comedy for Demon Slayer, and as long as the show can keep using Zenitsu without abusing him, I think he'll make a good addition to the cast."
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Dragon Quest Slime Controller Hops To Nintendo Switch

In 2017, Dragon Quest's iconic Slimes found a new form as PlayStation 4 controllers. And now with the news that Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition is coming to the Nintendo Switch on September 27, the Square Enix Store has announced that the Switch will get its own premium Slime controller to ship on the same day. The controller comes with a cardboard stand shaped lik...
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My Boy in Blue Manga Approaches 'Climax' in 15th Volume

Maki Miyoshi's P to JK manga inspired live-action film in 2017 ― The 14th volume of Maki Miyoshi's P to JK (My Boy in Blue) manga revealed on Thursday that the manga will be approaching its "climax" in the 15th volume, which will ship this fall. Kodansha Comics began releasing the manga in English digitally last August, and it describes the story: Kako gets tangled up when she lies about her age in o...
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Voice Actor Fukushi Ochiai Recounts Upsetting Encounter with Police

Police asked for proof that his daughter was his when they were playing in the park ― Voice actor Fukushi Ochiai (Moguzo from Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions, Andō Morinari from Ninja Girl & Samurai Master) recounted an incident he experienced with the police on Twitter. In a tweet posted on June 7, he linked to a news article about a man who was treated as a suspicious person by the police simply becau...
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Final Fantasy XIV Dad of Light Film's Web Video Streamed

Film opens in Japan on June 21 ― The official YouTube channel for the Final Fantasy XIV game began streaming two commercials on Sunday for the live-action Final Fantasy XIV Dad of Light (Final Fantasy XIV: Hikari no Otōsan) film remake. The film will open in Japan on June 21. The film will star Kentarō Sakaguchi as the son Akio, and Kōarō Yoshida as Akio's father. Other cast members include Yui Sakum...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Manga Gets 3 More Chapters in Jump GIGA Magazine

Manga ended its run in Weekly Shonen Jump on Monday ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga will get three more chapters under the title Shokugeki no Soma: Le dessert in Shueisha's Jump GIGA magazine starting with the issue releasing on June 27. The manga ended its run in Weekly Shonen ...

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime Gets 4th Season in October (Updated)

New series is titled Shokugeki no Soma: Shin no Sara ― This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the anime based on Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga will get a fourth season that will premiere in October. The new anime will be titled Shokugeki no Soma: Shin no Sara (The Plate of God). The magazine also revealed a visual fo...

Vinland Saga Anime's New Promo Video Previews Aimer's Ending Song

1st 3 episodes to premiere on NHK on July 7 ― The official website for the television anime of Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga manga began streaming the anime's fourth promotional video on Sunday. The video previews the anime's ending theme song "Torches" by Aimer. The show will premiere with the first three episodes on July 7 at 24:10 (effectively, July 8 at 12:10 a.m.) on the NHK General channel, ex...
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Makoto Yotsuba's Record of Grancrest War Manga Ends on June 28

Manga based on Ryo Mizuno's light novel series launched in 2016 ― The website for Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that Makoto Yotsuba's Grancrest Senki (Record of Grancrest War) manga will end in the magazine's 13th issue on June 28. Yotsuba launched the manga in Young Animal in 2016, and Hakusensha published the manga's sixth compiled volume on May 29. Viz Media is releasing th...
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My Hero Academia Anime's 4th Season Reveals Promo Video, More Cast, October 12 Debut

Shinichiro Miki confirmed as Sir Nighteye ― The official website for the anime of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga posted a new promotional video and a new visual for the fourth season on Sunday. The website also confirmed another cast member for the anime: Shinichiro Miki as Sir Nighteye The anime will premiere on October 12, and will air on YTV and NTV on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. Funimation w...
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Nokoshi Yamada's IDOLiSH7 Manga Ends This Month

Manga launched in 2015 ― The Twitter account for Hakusensha's Manga Park manga app revealed on Friday that the next chapter of Nokoshi Yamada's IDOLiSH7 manga will be the final chapter. The app will publish the 37th chapter in two parts. The manga updates on the app on Fridays, so if there are no breaks the manga will end on June 28. Yamada launched the manga on Hakusensha's "Hana LaLa online" site i...
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Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation Anime Gets 2nd Season

1st season premiered last August ― Manga creator Yoshiyuki Nishi announced on Twitter on Sunday that the anime based on his Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation manga is getting a second season. Nishi posted an illustration on Twitter to commemorate the announcement. ムヒョロジアニメ2期決定しましたみなさまのおかげです本当にありがとうございます pic.twitter.com/2qEOJkZrAA— 西 義之 (@nishiyoshiyuki) June 16, 2019 The official Tw...
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Kana-Boon Rock Band's Bassist Returns Home Safely

Band had been unable to get in contact with Yūma Meshida since June 5 ― The official website for rock band Kana-Boon announced on Sunday that the band's bassist Yūma Meshida returned home to his family on Friday evening. According to his family, Meshida was exhausted, but was unhurt. The band reported on Thursday that they had been unable to contact Meshida since June 5, and Meshida's family contacte...
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Sasaki Aoko's Seven Days War Manga Ends in July

Osamu Sōda's original novel that inspired manga is also inspiring anime film ― The website for Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine began listing on Friday that Sasaki Aoko's Seven Days War manga will end in the magazine's August issue on July 13. Aoko (Jingai CP Catalogue.) launched the manga based on Osamu Sōda's Bokura no Nanokakan Sensō (Our Seven-Day War) novel in Monthly Comic Gene in April. ...
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Aniplex USA to Screen Cencoroll Connect Anime Film at Anime Expo

Screening combines Cencoroll short, Cencoroll 2 sequel ― Aniplex of America announced on Friday that it will screen Cencoroll Connect, a special joint screening of director Atsuya Uki's first Cencoroll film short and the Cencoroll 2 sequel, at Anime Expo on July 4. The company first stated on Thursday that it would screen the film this summer, but then stated that it is screening the film in "the U.S...

Funimation Lists Release of The Tatami Galaxy Anime on BD/DVD in September

Masaaki Yuasa directed 2010 series ― Funimation and retailer Right Stuf are currently listing on their websites that Funimation will release Masaaki Yuasa's The Tatami Galaxy anime series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD with subtitles only on September 3. The listings state the release will feature an OVA, promotional videos, commercials, and "Europe Kikaku's Guide to Kyoto" as video bonuses. The release wou...
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Tales of Crestoria Smartphone Game's New Video Highlights Characters' Mystic Artes

Video also highlights characters from other Tales Of games ― Bandai Namco Entertainment released a new video for its Tales of Crestoria smartphone game at the "Tales of Festival 2019" event on Saturday. The video features English subtitles, and shows off the Mystic Artes and other skills of the game's main characters, as well as characters from other Tales Of games. Wit Studio is handling the animati...

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Tales of Arise Game Details Main Staff, Cast in Promo Video

Takuya Satō, Shino Shimoji star in game; ufotable to handle animation ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed the voice cast and character details for the two main characters of its Tales of Arise role-playing game at the "Tales of Festival 2019" event on Saturday. The event also revealed a new promotional video for the game that introduces the two characters, and details more staff members. The game's...
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BanG Dream! FILM LIVE Anime Film's Trailer Streamed

Film opens in Japan on September 13 ― The official YouTube channel for the BanG Dream! franchise began streaming a trailer on Sunday for the BanG Dream! FILM LIVE anime film. The film will open in 56 theaters in Japan on September 13. Sanzigen is returning to animate the film, and Bushiroad will distribute the film. The main BanG Dream! television anime's first 13-episode season premiered in January ...
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Nintendo's Shares Fall After Animal Crossing Game Delay

Nintendo of America's president Doug Bowser says the delay was ensure employees have good work-life balance ― Nintendo's shares fell by 3.53% on Wednesday after the company announced in its E3 presentation that Animal Crossing: New Horizons would be delayed until March 20, 2020. Nintendo of America's president Doug Bowser told IGN that the game was delayed "to make sure that our employees have good w...
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Hirohiko Araki Says He Could Never Have Created JoJo's Bizarre Adventure If He Hadn't Read Sherlock Holmes

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure creator Hirohiko Araki mentioned in an interview in the Japanese literary magazine Kotoba that he would never have created JoJo's Bizarre Adventure if he hadn't read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. Araki said that he learned the fundamentals of storytelling from Sherlock Holmes, particularly narrative structure and how to create charismatic characters. Ho...
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Sarazanmai ‒ Episode 8

"Despite being the messiest installment of Sarazanmai overall, this served as a nice bridge between the cucumber-salad days of friendship that our kappa trio shared and the dark trials that face them ahead."
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Sailor Moon Gets Premium Phone Case Encased with Swarovski Crystals

iPhone X, XS case to cost over US$900 ― The Sailor Moon franchise is one of the top producers of wacky and expensive merchandise, especially in the wake of the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal reboot, so the next logical step is for it to inspire a phone case covered with actual Swarovski crystals. The smartphone case, which is compatible with the iPhone X and XS, was initially sold at the "Maison...
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Kiratto Pri☆Chan Anime Crosses Over With Takashi Miike's Live-Action Magical Girl Show

Eclectic Japanese director Takashi Miike, best known for horror films like Audition and Ichi the Killer, has been directing the live-action magical girl show Secret × Heroine Phantomirage!, which premiered in April. This show which is aimed at young girls will be having a crossover with the children's TV anime Kiratto Pri☆Chan on July 28, when both shows will have an episode depicting characters f...
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Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episode 35

"This episode is structured more like a typical episode of Fairy Tail – it jumps between characters and fights (both metaphorical and actual) with rapidity, never spending too long on any single one."
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Hozuki's Coolheadedness Manga's 1st New Original Anime DVD Unveils Cast, Story

Mariko Kouda, Shinya Takahashi join cast, then Hozuki & company go karaoke ― The "Anime Hozuki no Reitetsu Jigoku no Daikanshōkai & Talk Show in Hibiya" event announced on Saturday the story premise and new cast members for the first new original anime DVD (OAD) bundled with Natsumi Eguchi's Hozuki's Coolheadedness (Hozuki no Reitetsu) manga. The limited edition of the 29th manga volume will ship on ...
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Somali and the Forest Spirit TV Anime Reveals More Cast, January Delay

Former Takarazuka star Hiroki Nanami, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Saori Hayami, Yuuki Ono join Satelight anime ― The official website for the television anime of Yako Gureishi's Somali and the Forest Spirit (Somali to Mori no Kamisama) manga announced more cast members and a delayed January premiere on Saturday. The newly announced cast members are: Hiroki Nanami, a former Takarazuka Revue (Star Troupe) star w...
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Midnight Pulp Streaming Service Adds Devil Lady, Space Adventure Cobra - The Movie Anime (Updated)

Site also adds Key the Metal Idol, Golgo 13: The Professional; AsianCrush adds Library War ― Digital Media Rights' streaming services AsianCrush and Midnight Pulp announced on Friday the new live-action and anime works that they are adding to their services this month. Midnight Pulp has already added the Golgo 13: The Professional and Key the Metal Idol anime, and added the Space Adventure Cobra - Th...
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Live-Action Kaguya-sama: Love is War Film's 1st Trailer Streamed

Film opens in Japan on September 6 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga began streaming the film's first full trailer on Saturday. The film will open on September 6. Hayato Kawai (live-action My Love Story!!, Nisekoi) is directing the film. Yūichi Tokunaga (live-action Ton...
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Vancouver's Anirevo Event to Host Voice Actress Ami Koshimizu

Event to be held from August 9-11 ― The organizers of the Anirevo convention in Vancouver announced on Friday that the event will host voice actress Ami Koshimizu. Koshimizu has voiced characters in such anime as Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Kallen Stadtfeld), Eureka Seven (Anemone), Kill la Kill (Ryūko Matoi), Strike Witches (Charlotte E Yeager), Yurikuma Arashi (Konomi Yurikawa), Sailor Mo...
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Jun Fukushima Joins Fruits Basket Anime's Cast as Makoto Takei (Updated)

Kyle Hebert reprises role for English dub ― The official website for the new anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga announced on Saturday that Jun Fukushima (Yowamushi Pedal's Shōkichi Naruko, KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world!!'s Kazuma Satō) is joining the show's cast as the student council president Makoto Takei. The official Twitter account for the anime revealed that Kyle ...
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Otakon to Host 3 Voice Actors from Fruits Basket Anime

Makoto Furukawa, Manaka Iwami, Nobunaga Shimazaki attend July event ― The organizers of Otakon announced on Friday that the event will host Fruits Basket voice actors Makoto Furukawa (Hatsuharu Soma), Manaka Iwami (Tohru Honda), and Nobunaga Shimazaki (Yuki Soma). Furukawa has also voiced roles in One-Punch Man (Saitama), That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Benimaru), Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of...
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Kana-Boon Rock Band Cancel Live Event in Wake of Bassist's Disappearance

Yūma Meshida's family contact police to start search investigation ― Rock band Kana-Boon announced on their website on Thursday that because they have not been able to get in contact with the band's bassist Yūma Meshida (pictured second from the left) since June 5, that his family has contacted the police to start an investigation into his disappearance. As a result, the band has cancelled its "KANA-...
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