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The ANN Aftershow - Is Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Worth Watching?

Jacki and James discuss the newest Dragon Ball film, Piccolo's turn as the star, and how the 3DCG panned out! Is Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Worth Watching? Jacki and James discuss the newest Dragon Ball film, Piccolo's turn as the star, and how the 3DCG panned out! The ANN After Show airs live on Mondays at 6pm PT/9pm ET and is also available on your favorite podcast streaming platform. Meet th...
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Mamoru Hosoda's Illustration Book Giveaway

Win a copy of this beautiful Mamoru Hosoda artbook! (Extra chance to win available to ANN Subscribers) ― Mamoru Hosoda, animator, director, and writer, is known for his works such as Belle (2021), Mirai (2018), Wolf Children 2012), and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006). The Man Who Leapt Through Film: The Art of Mamoru Hosoda contains 350 full-color illustrations. Written by renowned animation c...
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Box of Light GN 1

Box of Light's first volume isn't perfect, but it's also one of those series that looks like it will get better as it goes on, and it has a very interesting take on the liminal world between life and death. ― Although it's not an entirely fair statement to make, Seiko Erisawa's English-language debut, Box of Light, is better in concept than execution. Similar to titles like Phantom Tales of the Night...
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RPG TIME: The Legend of Wright

Every page is a new adventure, dripping with love and care from a child who is just bursting at the seams with how much he wants to share with his friends. ― I realize I might be a bit too biased to properly review RPG Time, the new RPG from studio DeskWorks and Aniplex. It's not because it's steeped in JRPG lore or because so much of its iconography brings Dragon Quest to mind—rather, I see way too ...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2022, Jul 1-Aug 11

The user rankings of the Summer 2022 season are finally starting up. Amid the expected heavy hitters, Call of the Night and Lycoris Recoil carve out a place. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are base...
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Digimon Survive

I honestly feel a bit conflicted after playing Digimon Survive, because I truly admire the amount of passion and thought put into it. If you are a long-time Digimon fan, then this this is worth at least one playthrough. ― Last month, I had the honor of interviewing the producer of Digimon Survive, Habu Kazumasa, who expressed his desire to take Digimon in a darker direction and demonstrate his person...
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This Week in Anime - The Adorable, Affirming Romance in Josee, The Tiger and the Fish

In the mood for a sweet anime romance film that's firmly grounded in the real world? Nick and Nicky recommend Josee, The Tiger and the Fish for everyone who missed the film's original theatrical run. ― In the mood for a sweet anime romance film that's firmly grounded in the real world? Nick and Nicky recommend Josee, The Tiger and the Fish for everyone who missed the film's original theatrical run. ...
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GAME: Between the Suits GN 1

If enemies-to-lovers is your preferred romance subgenre, or if you just want to read about a woman who's in charge of her own life and body, this is a safe bet. ― She's a workaholic. He's a jerk womanizer who can't understand why his lines aren't working on her. Is there actually any attraction between them, or is he just trying so hard because she's the one woman who tells him no? The answer is some...
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Interview: Avu-chan, Voice of Inu-Oh

Masaaki Yuasa's newest masterpiece Inu-Oh hit U.S. cinemas on Friday. To celebrate the occasion, we sat down for an interview with the eponymous Inu-Oh's voice actor Avu-chan of Queen Bee! ― Masaaki Yuasa's newest masterpiece Inu-Oh hit U.S. cinemas on Friday. To celebrate the occasion, we sat down for an interview with the eponymous Inu-Oh's voice actor Avu-chan, who is also the lead vocalist and so...
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Rapunzel of the Magic Item Shop Novel

Rapunzel of the Magic Item Shop is an easy book to recommend. It plays nicely with the tale type that influenced it, pays attention to the emotional pasts and needs of the characters, and has a good balance of dark and sugary content. ― Rapunzel of the Magic Item Shop might seem only tangentially a Rapunzel story – also known as “The Maiden in the Tower” – ATU310's main requirement is that a child is...
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HIDIVE Streams Revue Starlight Anime Film on August 24

Film screened in N. America in June ― HIDIVE announced on Wednesday that it will begin streaming Revue Starlight The Movie, the new anime film for the Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight franchise, on August 24 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Sentai Filmworks screened the film in select North American theaters on June 5-6 following an early premiere at the Anime Central convention in Rosemont, Illinois on May 20. Sentai ...
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Henkei Shoujo Gag Comedy Anime Shorts Reveal English Dub Cast

Hayden Daviau, Amanda Parker, Melissa John, Michaela Laws, more star ― Ascendent Animation revealed on Wednesday the cast for its English dub of DLE's Henkei Shoujo series of anime shorts. The cast includes: Hayden Daviau as Tomoyo Amanda Parker as Haru Melissa John as Rin Michaela Laws as Itsuki Danielle McRae as Nana Christina Costello as Arisa Terrance Drye as Car Washer T. T. Reben as Student A S...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Worth Watching?

Jacki and James discuss the newest Dragon Ball film, Piccolo's turn as the star, and how the 3DCG panned out! Is Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Worth Watching? Jacki and James discuss the newest Dragon Ball film, Piccolo's turn as the star, and how the 3DCG panned out! The ANN After Show airs live on Mondays at 6pm PT/9pm ET and is also available on your favorite podcast streaming platform. Meet th...
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Sanzigen Animates Music Video for Virtual YouTuber Agency hololive's Omaru Polka

"SAIKYOUTICPOLKA" music video began streaming on Wednesday ― Sanzigen Animation Studio animated a music video for hololive's virtual YouTuber Omaru Polka, and the video for her song "SAIKYOUTICPOLKA" began streaming on YouTube on Wednesday: Tomomi Umetsu (BanG Dream! FILM LIVE 2nd Stage) directed the video. Hiroaki Matsuura (Black Rock Shooter) was the animation producer. Omaru Polka debuted as part ...
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Section 23 Films to Release Gainax's Wings of Honneamise Film's 4K Remaster

BD box launches on November 4 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that Section 23 Films will release the 4K remaster of Gainax's Royal Space Force - The Wings of Honnêamise film in a box that includes a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray Disc, and bonus disc. The home video distributor is collaborating with Bandai Namco Filmworks to release the film's Japanese special edition box concurrently in N...
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Mamoru Hosoda's Illustration Book Giveaway

Win a copy of this beautiful Mamoru Hosoda artbook! (Extra chance to win available to ANN Subscribers) ― Mamoru Hosoda, animator, director, and writer, is known for his works such as Belle (2021), Mirai (2018), Wolf Children 2012), and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006). The Man Who Leapt Through Film: The Art of Mamoru Hosoda contains 350 full-color illustrations. Written by renowned animation c...
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Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom Game's Trailer Reveals November 2 Release Date

Game launches for Switch, PS5, PC ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Southeast Asia began streaming a new trailer on Monday for its upcoming Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom game, a sequel to its Doraemon: Story of Seasons (Doraemon: Nobita no Bokujō Monogatari) game. The trailer reveals the game's November 2 release date. The game will launch for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and ...
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Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari Anime Casts Aimi Tanaka

Aimi Tanaka plays Kagami in 3rd weekly cast member reveal ― The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Onigunsō's Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari manga revealed on Wednesday that Aimi Tanaka will play Kagami. The anime's staff will reveal more cast members weekly. The cast includes: Takeo Ōtsuka as Hyōma Kunato Yūki Takada as Botan Nagatsuki Chikahiro Kobayashi as Nagi Reina...
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Box of Light GN 1

Box of Light's first volume isn't perfect, but it's also one of those series that looks like it will get better as it goes on, and it has a very interesting take on the liminal world between life and death. ― Although it's not an entirely fair statement to make, Seiko Erisawa's English-language debut, Box of Light, is better in concept than execution. Similar to titles like Phantom Tales of the Night...
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The Prince of Tennis II: U-17 World Cup #7 [rate]
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Time Is Ticking On Limited-Edition One Piece Watches

Swiss watch brand Tendence returns for its 3rd merch collab ― The Swiss watch brand Tendence has returned for its third collaboration with the One Piece franchise, this time in commemoration of One Piece Film Red. Each watch costs 49,500 yen (US$369) will also come with an original notebook as a purchase bonus. The wristwatches come in two types: Luffy and Shanks. The Luffy model features an original...
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The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague TV Anime Casts Ayane Sakura, Shugo Nakamura

Ayane Sakura plays Otonashi, Shugo Nakamura plays Katori ― The official website for the television anime of Miyuki Tonogaya's The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague (Kōri Zokusei Danshi to Cool na Dōryō Joshi) manga revealed two additional cast members on Wednesday. The newly announced cast includes: Ayane Sakura as Otonashi Shugo Nakamura as Katori The cast includes: Yui Ishikawa as Fuyutsuki Chi...
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The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious ‒ Episode 3

This is hands down the best episode of the show thus far and wouldn't you know it, it's also the same episode that barely leaned on the series' central gimmick.
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RWBY: Ice Queendom ‒ Episode 7

Just like Weiss, I was completely caught off guard by team RWBY's actions in this episode.
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Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World #7 [rate]
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My Stepmom's Daughter Is My Ex #7 [rate]
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Original Middle-Aged Idol Anime Eternal Boys Reveals 1st Promo Video, More Cast, October 10 Premiere

Anime gets advanced screening in Tokyo on September 17 ― The official website for the original anime Eikyū Shōnen Eternal Boys revealed on Wednesday the first promotional video, additional cast, visual, and October 10 premiere. The anime will premiere on Fuji TV on October 10 at 2:20 a.m. (effectively, October 11). The series will then air on Animax and BS Fuji. The anime will stream early on FOD on ...
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Overlord IV ‒ Episode 7

A rushed adaptation of an inconsequential arc makes this episode the weakest of the season so far.
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Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun #7 [rate]
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Anti-War Novelist, Tokyo University Professor Discuss Conflicting Morals In Gundam

Does Mobile Suit Gundam inadvertently portray war as "cool" despite its overt anti-war message? ― Japan has a rich history of anti-war film and literature. In light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, novelist Tо̄ma Aisaka and Tokyo University professor Shigeki Uno discussed what it means to be anti-war in Japan today. Part of this discussion involved the role of entertainment media such as Mobile Suit ...
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Yurei Deco ‒ Episode 7

”The Inhuman Cart" dares to broach the most burning mystery at the heart of Yurei Deco, a question that has haunted the show even more the Phantom Zero conundrum.
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Smile of the Arsnotoria #7 [rate]
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Love Live! Superstar!! Season 2 ‒ Episode 5

With Natsumi's introduction, Superstar!! sees the return of the kind of duplicitous, cloyingly sweet power that made the world bend the nico-nico-knee a decade ago.
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Tokyo Mew Mew New ‒ Episode 7

It doesn't look like Aoyama will be shunning Ichigo any time soon, which is a nice boost of self-confidence for her and some reassurance for us that Kish won't turn into her primary love interest.
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Netflix Schedules Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Anime for September 13

― Netflix is listing Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, the upcoming anime series by Studio Trigger based on CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 game, with a September 13 debut date for its subscribers in the United States. Netflix describes the anime: The series tells a standalone, 10-episode story about a street kid trying to survive in Night City — a technology and body modification-obsessed city of the future....

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Edens Zero Anime Season 2 Premieres in 2023

Teaser visual also unveiled ― The official Twitter account for the Edens Zero franchise revealed on Wednesday that the anime's second season will premiere in 2023. The announcement also unveiled a teaser visual for the second season. The first season premiered in Japan in April 2021, and aired for 25 episodes. The show began streaming on Netflix outside of Japan in August 2021. Shinji Ishihara (Fairy...
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One Piece Film Red Stays at #1 in 2nd Weekend

Kingdom II live-action film stays at #4 ― The One Piece Film Red anime film earned 1,497,100,970 yen (about US$11.15 million) from Friday to Sunday, and sold 1.03 million tickets over the weekend. The film had sold a total of 4.62 million tickets for a total of 6,474,302,810 yen (about US$48.24 million) by the end of Sunday, and had surpassed 5 million tickets for 7 billion yen (about US$52 million) ...
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Shine Post Anime Delays Episodes 7 & Beyond Due to COVID-19

Episode #7 to air on August 30, #8-#9 on September 6, 13; #10-#12 on October 4, 11, 18 ― The official website for the anime of writer Rakuda and illustrator Buriki's Shine Post light novel series announced on Tuesday that the anime's seventh episode and beyond have been delayed due to rapid increases in COVID-19 infections within Studio KAI. NTV will instead air a recap special episode for the anime ...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Film Reveals 3 New Cast Members

Yūma Uchida, Riko Fukumoto, Subaru Kimura play original characters ― The staff for the Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken: Guren no Kizuna-hen (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Scarlet Bonds) anime film debuted the second trailer for the film on Wednesday. The trailer reveals three new cast members for the film. The trailer is only viewable within Japan. All three of the below characters are movi...
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Manga Duo Naked Ape's New Project Gets Film, Stage Play in 2023

Duo launched Bokura no Sennen to Kimi ga Shinu Made no 30-ka Kan manga in June 2021 ― The official Twitter account for Akita Shoten's Monthly Princess magazine revealed on Tuesday that manga creator duo naked ape's Bokura no Sennen to Kimi ga Shinu Made no 30-ka Kan (Our Millennium and the 30 Days Until You Die) project has film and stage play adaptations in the works for 2023. naked ape launched the...
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RPG TIME: The Legend of Wright

Every page is a new adventure, dripping with love and care from a child who is just bursting at the seams with how much he wants to share with his friends. ― I realize I might be a bit too biased to properly review RPG Time, the new RPG from studio DeskWorks and Aniplex. It's not because it's steeped in JRPG lore or because so much of its iconography brings Dragon Quest to mind—rather, I see way too ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, August 14-20

Welcome to Demon School Iruma-kun anime, Chained Soldier manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Collection 2 BDCite Sunrise US$74.99 August 16 Welcome to Demon School Iruma-kun BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Flimworks US$89.98 August 16 Print Manga Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Bakemonogatari Graphic Novel (GN) 15Please Vertic...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, August 1-7

One Piece Stampede earned 6.7% rating ― The One Piece Stampede anime film aired on Fuji TV on Saturday, August 6 at 9:00 p.m. and earned an 6.7% rating. The Survive! Inside the Human Body (Jintai no Survival!) anime film aired on TV Tokyo on Friday, August 2 at 9:00 a.m. and earned a 1.0% rating. The Eiga Oshiri Tantei: Sufūre-to no Himitsu film aired on NHK Educational on Wednesday, August 3 at 9:...

Housing Complex C Anime Premieres on Toonami on October 1

Yuji Nara directs series at Akatsuki ― Adult Swim announced on Tuesday that the Housing Complex C horror anime will premiere on its Toonami programming block on October 1 at 12:00 a.m. EDT (effectively, October 2). Housing Complex C will have half-hour episodes. Adult Swim describes the story: Housing Complex C centers on Kimi, who lives in a small, low-cost housing complex located in the seaside tow...
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Disney Twisted-Wonderland The Comic: Episode of Heartslabyul Manga Ends With 4th Volume This Winter

Manga adapting smartphone game's main story launched in March 2021 ― The third compiled book volume of Wakana Hazuki and Sumire Kowono's Disney Twisted-Wonderland The Comic: Episode of Heartslabyul manga revealed on July 27 that the manga will end with its fourth volume this winter. The manga launched in Square Enix's Monthly G Fantasy magazine in March 2021, and adapts the main story of the Disney T...
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Cherry Arai Ends 'Musunde, Tsunaide' Manga in Next Chapter

Engaged to the Unidentified author launched manga in June 2019 ― The September issue of Hobunsha's Manga Time Kirara magazine revealed on August 9 that Cherry Arai's Musunde, Tsunaide. (Bind, Connect) manga will end in the manga's next chapter. The manga centers on Kanoko and her friend Tsunagu. Their personalities are completely opposite of each other, but they are still very close. But something ha...
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The Country Without Humans Manga Ends With 5th Volume

5th volume slated for next year ― The fourth compiled book volume of Iwatobineko's The Country Without Humans (Ningen no inai Kuni) manga revealed on August 10 that the manga will end with the manga's fifth compiled book volume next year. Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story: Shii is the only human left in a city inhabited by nothing but machines. As ...
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Shine Post #6 [rate]
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Kazumi Kazui Launches New Manga in September

New manga is titled Zesshoku Kareshi Kōryaku Seyo! ― The September issue of Shogakukan's Petit Comic magazine revealed on August 8 that Kazumi Kazui will launch a new manga titled Zesshoku Kareshi Kōryaku Seyo! (Get Yourself an Aromantic Guy) in the magazine's next issue in September. The manga will center on the relationship of relationship-hunting girl Kokona and aromantic guy Chihaya. Kazui recent...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2022, Jul 1-Aug 11

The user rankings of the Summer 2022 season are finally starting up. Amid the expected heavy hitters, Call of the Night and Lycoris Recoil carve out a place. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are base...
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Mega Drive Mini 2 Console Reveals Next Slate of 11 Games (Updated)

Phantasy Star II, Populous, Ecco the Dolphin CD, Shin Megami Tensei, more included ― Sega revealed on Thursday 11 more games that will be included in its new Mega Drive Mini 2 console that will ship in Japan on October 27. The new games include: Gain Ground Phantasy Star II Populous Sorcerian Tōgi Ō: King Colossus Viewpoint Ecco the Dolphin CD Robo Aleste Romance of the Three Kingdoms III Shin Megami...
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Digimon Survive

I honestly feel a bit conflicted after playing Digimon Survive, because I truly admire the amount of passion and thought put into it. If you are a long-time Digimon fan, then this this is worth at least one playthrough. ― Last month, I had the honor of interviewing the producer of Digimon Survive, Habu Kazumasa, who expressed his desire to take Digimon in a darker direction and demonstrate his person...
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Soul Hackers 2 Game Unveils Bonus DLC Story, Combat Trailer

"The Lost Numbers" story arc features additional dungeon, boss battle ― Atlus announced on Thursday that its upcoming Soul Hackers 2 game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Windows, and Steam bonus story arc titled "The Lost Numbers" in its DLC. The story arc will include an additional dungeon and boss battle. The company also streamed on Tuesday a new trailer that previews ...
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Zion Williamson: Around 80% of NBA Players Are Into Anime

Williamson himself is a zealous anime fan—particularly of Naruto ― NBA player Zion Williamson told GQ that he estimates "around 80% of players in the league are into anime; they just won't admit it." Williamson himself is a zealous anime fan—particularly of Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto series. He is part of a collaboration with Viz Media and the Jordan Brand to promote Naruto-themed sneakers and appare...
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Ascendent Animation Licenses, Produces English Dub for Show Time! Anime

Company announces staff for English dub ― Ascendent Animation announced on Monday that it has licensed Showtime! ~Uta no O-nee-san Datte Shitai~ (Even the Songstress Wants to Do It), the adaptation of Mai Girigiri's Showtime! ~Minami O-nee-san Datte H Shitai~ (Even Miss Minami Wants to Have Sex) manga. The company is producing an English dub for the Show Time! series of "AnimeFesta" shorts. P.M. Seym...
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2022 Saturn Awards Nominate Godzilla vs. Kong Film, Blade Runner: Black Lotus Anime

Godzilla vs. Kong nominated for Science Fiction Film award, Blade Runner: Black Lotus for Animated Series award ― The Saturn Awards, the awards that honor the best science fiction, horror, and fantasy movies and television programs of the year, announced the nominations for the 47th awards, its 50th anniversary edition, on Friday. It nominated Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment's Godzilla vs. K...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R Game's Overview Trailer Previews Battles, Abilities, Modes

Game launches for PC on September 1, consoles on September 2 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a new overview trailer on Tuesday for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R, a new version of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle fighting game. The video previews battles, abilities, and modes. The game will launch for PC via Steam on September 1 and for PlayStation 4, PlayStatio...
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation 2nd Part ‒ Episode 24

This might be an unaired TV episode, but the plot is actually important to the overall narrative.
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Artist Sho Murase Passes Away

Murase passed away on August 12 due to long illness, kidney failure ― Artist Sho Murase passed away on August 12. She had been fighting a long illness and health complications, which included kidney failure. Murase was born in Japan, then moved to Spain at the age of one. She studied fine art and graphic design there, before moving again to San Francisco. She has worked on numerous art pieces, includ...
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Vermeil in Gold #7 [rate]
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Yoshiyuki Tomino Wants To Go Traveling the World After G-Reco Films

Unfortunately, the 80-year-old director said that his current health is not up to the task ― The fifth and final film in the five planned compilation films for the Gundam Reconguista in G anime opened in Japan on August 5. Director Yoshiyuki Tomino attended a stage greeting event for the film on Saturday, where he spoke of his personal desires after wrapping up work on the film. The 80-year-old veter...
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Dragon Ball Joins Fortnite With New Characters, Items, Features

Goku, Vegeta, Bulma, and Beerus join the fight Fortnite's highly anticipated crossover event with the Dragon Ball franchise launched globally on Tuesday, featuring themed character costumes, items, quests, and other gameplay features. The list of features is as follows: Dragon Ball Item Shop: Goku, Vegeta, Bulma, and Beerus are available as paid costumes. A Dragon Ball item collection includes Back...
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My Isekai Life ‒ Episode 8

Seeing a tiny slime friend in a tiny cap is enough to keep me going in this dark, cruel world.
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This Week in Anime - The Adorable, Affirming Romance in Josee, The Tiger and the Fish

In the mood for a sweet anime romance film that's firmly grounded in the real world? Nick and Nicky recommend Josee, The Tiger and the Fish for everyone who missed the film's original theatrical run. ― In the mood for a sweet anime romance film that's firmly grounded in the real world? Nick and Nicky recommend Josee, The Tiger and the Fish for everyone who missed the film's original theatrical run. ...
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Classroom of the Elite II ‒ Episode 7

While it might initially seem like Karuizawa is jealous in a romantic sense, that's only the surface level of what is going on here.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 1029

1029 is a straight-up half-hour commercial for One Piece: Film Red, and it's impossible to shake the sense of disruption the entire episode brings.
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'The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbye' Anime Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song

eill performs theme song "Finale." for September 9 film ― The staff of the anime film of Mei Hachimoku and Kukka's The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbye (Natsu e no Tunnel, Sayonara no Deguchi) young adult novel unveiled a new trailer for the film on Tuesday. The video previews the film's theme song "Finale." by singer-songwriter eill. The film will open in Japan on September 9. Oji Suzuka stars ...
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Live-Action 'Violence Action' Film's Collaboration Video Features Theme Song by Alexandros

Alexandros performs "Crush" song for film opening on Friday ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of author Shin Sawada and artist Renji Asai's The Violence Action manga began streaming a "collaboration" promotional video featuring footage of the film set to the film's theme song "Crush" by Alexandros. Kanna Hashimoto (left in image below) plays protagonist Kei Kikuno. The main c...
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One Piece Film Red Becomes Franchise's #1 Film in 10 Days

Film sells 5 million tickets for 7 billion yen, surpassing One Piece Film Z ― The staff and cast of the One Piece Film Red anime announced on Tuesday that the film has sold 5 million tickets for over 7 billion yen (about US$52 million) and after 10 days in Japanese theaters. It has now surpassed One Piece Film Z to become the franchise's highest-selling and highest-earning film installment, in terms ...

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Delicious Party Precure Film Casts Wagyu Comedian Duo

Wagyu duo plays 2 robots in Dreamia theme park ― The official website for Eiga Delicious Party♡Precure Yume Miru ♡ Okosama Lunch (Delicious Party Precure The Movie: The Dreaming Child's Lunch), the upcoming anime film for the Delicious Party♡Precure anime, announced on Tuesday that the film has cast Shinji Mizuta and Kenshirō Kawanishi of the comedian duo Wagyu as two robots who work in the theme par...
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Live-Action 'If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die' Series Unveils ChamJam Idols' Casting, October 8 Debut

Real-life idol group @onefive plays 4 members of in-story ChamJam group ― The official website for the live-action series of If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die (Oshi ga Budōkan Ittekuretara Shinu) manga revealed more cast members and the show's October 8 premiere date on Tuesday. Four of the new cast members are members of real-life idol group @onefive, and all seven new cast...
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'And Yet, You Are So Sweet' Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Mei Hata, Naniwa Danshi idol Kyōhei Takahashi star in March 2023 film ― Kodansha announced on Tuesday that Kujira Anan's And Yet, You Are So Sweet (Na no ni, Chigira-kun ga Amasugiru) manga is inspiring a live-action film that will open in Japan on March 3, 2023. Mei Hata (live-action Wasteful Days of High School Girls, right in visual below) will play heroine Maaya Kisaragi, while Naniwa Danshi idol...
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Manga of Tow Ubukata's 'Bye-Bye, Earth' Manga Ends

Manga based on fantasy novel launched in January 2020 ― The September issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine published the final chapter of Ryū Asahi's manga adaptation of Tow Ubukata's Bye-Bye, Earth novel on July 29. The manga's fourth and final compiled book volume will ship on September 30. The story is set on an Earth where all people take the form of animals. Bell (name romanization ...
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Harold Sakuishi's Gorillaman 40 Manga Ends on August 22

Relaunch of Gorillaman manga debuted in 2020 ― The combined 36th and 37th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine revealed on August 8 that Harold Sakuishi's Gorillaman 40 manga will end in the magazine's next issue on August 22. The manga's third compiled book volume will ship on September 6. Sakuishi only recently continued the manga in Young Magazine on March 28 earlier this year. Sakuishi had relaunch...
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Transformers: Heavy Metal Real-World AR Mobile Game Shuts Down Servers on August 31

Niantic canceled game alongside 3 other projects last month ― Niantic (Pokémon GO) announced last Wednesday that it will shut down the servers for its Transformers: Heavy Metal real-world AR mobile game based on the Transformers franchise on August 31. The game was available in beta in several countries while it was still in development. For these areas, Niantic will take the game down from both the ...
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Metal Slug Tactics Game Delayed to 2023

Game previously slated to release this year ― Dotemu announced on August 11 that the Metal Slug Tactics game for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam will now launch in 2023. The game was previously slated to debut this year. Dotemu describes the story: Donald Morden is back! After a long time being hidden in a country opposed to the World Government, he patiently staged a coup d'etat and is finally read...
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Flame Con to Host Manga Creator Rica Takashima in NYC on August 20

Flame Con will take place from August 20-21 at Times Square Sheraton, New York City ― Erica Friedman (By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga) announced on Okazu on Saturday that Flame Con will host manga creator Rica Takashima (Rica 'tte Kanji!?) on August 20. Flame Con will take place from August 20-21 at Times Square Sheraton, New York City. Takashima began serializing her Rica '...
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2nd Sword Art Online Progressive Anime Film Gets IMAX Screenings in Japan

IMAX screenings open alongside regular screenings on September 10 ― The official website for Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Kuraki Yūyami no Scherzo (Scherzo of a Dark Dusk), the second film in the Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- anime film series, announced on August 10 that the film will get IMAX screenings on the same day regular screenings open in Japan on September 10. The sit...
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Digimon Ghost Game Anime Casts Masami Kikuchi as Ryudamon

Character appears in anime's next episode on August 21 ― The official website for Digimon Ghost Game, the new Digimon television anime, revealed on Sunday that Masami Kikuchi will join the anime's cast as Ryudamon. The character will appear in the anime's next episode on August 21. Kikuchi played Joe Kido, among other characters, in the original Digimon Adventure anime. The Digimon Ghost Game anime p...
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Voice Actors Tomokazu Seki, Nao Tо̄yama Diagnosed for COVID-19

Tо̄yama canceled appearance at Walküre event ― Talent agency Atomic Monkey announced on Monday that voice actor Tomokazu Seki has been diagnosed for COVID-19. Seki had a fever on Saturday in the late evening, so he took a PCR test. He is recuperating under the guidance of the local health center. He apologized to fans who were looking forward to various programs and events. He added that his symptoms...
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One Piece Voice Actress Mayumi Tanaka Wants Luffy to Be Her Final Role

Oricon reported that veteran voice actress Mayumi Tanaka appeared in the 7RULES variety show last Tuesday, where she spoke about her voice acting aspirations. Tanaka, who has been voicing One Piece protagonist Monkey D. Luffy for around half of the 44 years she has been active as a voice actor, revealed that she wants Luffy to be her last swan song. "I've voiced many young boy characters in my tim...
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Crunchyroll Streams Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Anime's Unaired Episode OVA

"Eris the Goblin Slayer" began streaming on Monday ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it has begun streaming the Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation anime's unaired side-story original video anime (OVA) episode titled "Eris the Goblin Slayer." The episode shipped with the anime's fourth Blu-ray Disc volume on March 16. The episode also got a preview screening in Japan on March 6. Funimation als...
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Post-Production Firms Q-Tec, Pony Canyon Enterprises to Merge

Companies merge to form qooop, Inc. on October 1 ― Memory-Tech announced on Friday that its post-production firms Q-Tec and Pony Canyon Enterprises will merge into a new company called qooop, Inc. on October 1. Through the merge, qooop, Inc. will strive to improve its services and respond to an increasingly diversified business environment through business collaboration. Tomonori Furusako, current pr...
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GAME: Between the Suits GN 1

If enemies-to-lovers is your preferred romance subgenre, or if you just want to read about a woman who's in charge of her own life and body, this is a safe bet. ― She's a workaholic. He's a jerk womanizer who can't understand why his lines aren't working on her. Is there actually any attraction between them, or is he just trying so hard because she's the one woman who tells him no? The answer is some...
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Hunter x Hunter's Yoshihiro Togashi Tweets Worrying Health Update

On Friday, he tweeted: "My symptoms are not improving, and my treatment and recovery have been taking up a large amount of my time." ― In May, Hunter x Hunter manga creator Yoshihiro Togashi opened a Twitter account to post his daily progress on the manga, but his recent tweets have been worrying. Not only has he posted a stretch of blank pages for the past week, he has also been directly addressing ...
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Cardfight!! Vanguard will+Dress #7 [rate]
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'Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun' Anime Season 3 Debuts on October 8

The official Twitter account for the television anime of Osamu Nishi's Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun (Mairimashita! Iruma-kun) manga announced on Monday that the third season will debut on October 8. The account also unveiled a new visual: The season will feature returning main staff members. Makoto Moriwaki returns to direct the third season at Bandai Namco Pictures, with Kazuyuki Fudeyasu o...
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Parallel World Pharmacy ‒ Episode 6

Not only does Siblings and the Sea give us a very effective dramatic sequence with which to frame Farma's increasingly powerful Divine Arts, it manages to do it all in a beach episode.
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Voice Actress Mariya Ise Announces Divorce

She vowed to continue working as a voice actress and single mother ― Voice actress Mariya Ise (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, Hunter x Hunter) announced on Twitter on Friday that she has divorced and is currently raising her child as a single mother. She decided to announce this because her child recently entered elementary school, and thus her opportunities for socializing outside of a work ...
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FUUTO PI ‒ Episode 3

Trepidations aside, this is the action we knew we came for, and also why we invited newcomers along.
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Classroom of the Elite II #7 [rate]
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Interview: Avu-chan, Voice of Inu-Oh

Masaaki Yuasa's newest masterpiece Inu-Oh hit U.S. cinemas on Friday. To celebrate the occasion, we sat down for an interview with the eponymous Inu-Oh's voice actor Avu-chan of Queen Bee! ― Masaaki Yuasa's newest masterpiece Inu-Oh hit U.S. cinemas on Friday. To celebrate the occasion, we sat down for an interview with the eponymous Inu-Oh's voice actor Avu-chan, who is also the lead vocalist and so...
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Engage Kiss ‒ Episodes 6-7

There are much better anime airing this season, but when it takes the time to hone its skeevy melodrama, this flavor of orifice-tingling trashiness puts Engage Kiss into a league of its own.
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My Isekai Life #8 [rate]
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Delicious Party Precure ‒ Episode 23

It's frustrating to see Kokone's parents flailing around and putting their careers ahead of their child, but arguably the more important story point is that they do start to try to be better parents.
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Voice Actress Kanon Shizaki Steps Down From D4DJ Franchise's Rei Togetsu Role

Shizaki also plays BanG Dream!'s Rinko Shirokane ― The official website for Bushiroad's D4DJ project announced on Monday that voice actress Kanon Shizaki is stepping down from her role as the character Rei Togetsu in the franchise. The announcement did not announce the reason for Shizaki stepping down from the role, but Shizaki added in a statement on her Twitter account on the same day that continui...

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Bibliophile Princess Anime Reveals More Cast, Theme Song Artists

Kouki Uchiyama, Yūma Uchida, Wataru Hatano, Gen Sato join cast; Yuka Iguchi, Kashitarō Itō perform songs ― Kadokawa revealed more cast and the theme song artists for the television anime of Yui and Satsuki Shiina's Bibliophile Princess (Mushikaburi-hime) light novel series on Monday. The new cast members include (Note: Character name romanizations are not official): Kouki Uchiyama as Alexei Strasser ...
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Comic Market 100 Drew 170,000 Attendees Across 2 Days

Organizers limited attendees to around 85,000 each day ― The Comic Market (Comiket) 100 event in Tokyo drew about 170,000 people across both days, with the organizers limiting the number of attendees due to the current COVID-19 situation. Only about 85,000 attendees were allowed per day, with only about 10,000 circles (collaborative creative groups) allowed to participate per day. Comic Market 99 had...
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Macross Delta Anime's Walküre to Hold 'Final Live Tour' Next May

Macross Delta: Zettai LIVE!!!!!! BD/DVD next month to bundle ticket drawing code ― The official Japanese website for the Macross franchise announced on Sunday that the Macross Delta anime's Walküre idol group will hold a "Final Live Tour" concert in May 2023. The "Walküre Final Live Tour 2023 ~Last Mission~" will take place at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo on May 20-21, and at the Maruzen Intec Arena in ...
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Harvey Awards Nominate Blood on The Tracks, Blue Lock, Cat + Gamer, Chainsaw Man, Red Flowers, Spy x Family

2021 Best Manga winner Chainsaw Man, Spy x Family nominated for 2nd straight year ― The Harvey Awards, which honors outstanding work in comics and sequential art, announced the nominees for this year's awards on Thursday. The nominees for the Best Manga category are: Shuzo Oshimi's Blood On The Tracks (Vertical Comics) Muneyuki Kaneshiro's Blue Lock (Kodansha Comics) Wataru Nadatani's Cat + Gamer (Da...
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Tokyo Revengers Boys Inspire Boxer Briefs

Both men and ladies sizes are available! ― The characters of Tokyo Revengers are inspiring a collection of boxer briefs, available now for pre-order in Japan via Premium Bandai. The designs are based on Takemichi, Mikey, Draken, Mitsuya, Baji, Chifuyu, Kazutora, the Tokyo Manji Gang, and the Valhalla Gang. It's worth noting that these boxer briefs aren't exclusively for men—there are also ladies size...
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The Devil Is a Part-Timer!! Season 2 ‒ Episode 5

The real star of this episode is actually Chiho, who displays a level of maturity and forward thinking that I wasn't expecting from her character when she was first introduced.
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Rapunzel of the Magic Item Shop Novel

Rapunzel of the Magic Item Shop is an easy book to recommend. It plays nicely with the tale type that influenced it, pays attention to the emotional pasts and needs of the characters, and has a good balance of dark and sugary content. ― Rapunzel of the Magic Item Shop might seem only tangentially a Rapunzel story – also known as “The Maiden in the Tower” – ATU310's main requirement is that a child is...
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FUUTO PI #3 [rate]
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New Humble Bundle Set Includes Non-Fiction Books On Anime, Manga, Japanese Culture

Bundle includes Steve Alpert's Sharing a House With the Never-Ending Man, Frederik L. Schodt's The Astro Boy Essays, Fred Patten's Watching Anime, Reading Manga, more ― Stone Bridge Press is offering a Humble Bumble digital book set worth US$254. The theme is "Japanese Art and Culture", and a number of titles focus on anime and manga, including Steve Alpert's Sharing a House With the Never-Ending Man...
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RWBY: Ice Queendom #7 [rate]
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Yurei Deco #7 [rate]
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A Couple of Cuckoos ‒ Episode 16

As with last week's tangible backing off from more intense dramatic developments, this week's entry also feels like it's trying too hard to not have to try too hard.
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Hanabi-chan wa Okuregachi #6 [rate]
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Lychee Light Club Creator Usamaru Furuya's 6th Grader Son Is An Absurdly Talented Artist

It must run in the family! ― Manga creator Usamaru Furuya appears to have passed on his artistic talent to his sixth grader son. On Tuesday, he posted a tweet showing off his son's in-progress manga, and commented: "My sixth grader son drew this manga. During summer vacation, he upped his pace and inked 40 pages. At his age, his art improves as he draws, so he's been going back to his earlier pages a...
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Lycoris Recoil ‒ Episode 7

While not an action-packed episode of LycoReco, this one uses its space to really ramp up the drama by delivering on so many of those little lore nuggets that have been dropped up til now.
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Parallel World Pharmacy #6 [rate]
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When Will Ayumu Make His Move? ‒ Episode 6

While I've been able to overlook (or, at least, tolerate) Ayumu's mediocre visuals so far, this week marked the first time that I simply could not ignore how ugly it is.
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Shadows House Season 2 ‒ Episode 6

We'd better savor that sweet moment between Emilico and Shaun on the roof, because things could get messy from here on out.

Psycho-Pass Anime Launches 10th Anniversary With New Film

Naoyoshi Shiotani directs Providence film at Production I.G ― The Psycho-Pass anime is launching a 10th anniversary project in October, and production on the franchise's latest work, the Gekijō-Ban Psycho-Pass Providence film, has been green-lit. Naoyoshi Shiotani is returning to direct at Production I.G, and Toho is distributing. The 10th anniversary project carries the theme of "gratitude" for fans...

New Sk8 the Infinity Anime Is New Original Video Anime, 2nd Season

Season 1's main staff returns ― The Sk8 the Infinity Week Special Event revealed in Okinawa on Sunday that the previously announced new Sk8 the Infinity anime project is an original video anime and a second season. The main staff from the first season that aired in January 2021 is returning: Director: Hiroko Utsumi Series Script Supervisor: Ichiro Okouchi Character Design: Michinori Chiba Animation P...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations #262 [rate]
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Crunchyroll Streams The Maid I Hired Recently is Mysterious Anime's English Dub

Company reveals cast, crew for English dub ― Crunchyroll began streaming the English dub of the television anime of Wakame Konbu's The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious (Saikin Yatotta Maid ga Ayashii) manga on Saturday. The English dub cast inlcudes: Macy Anne Johnson as Yuuri Natalie Van Sistine as Lilith John Burgmeier, Rachel Thompson, and Dusty Feeney provide additional voices. Megan Shipman i...
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