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Vampire in the Garden Streaming

This tragedy-tinged romance clocks in at just five episodes. Is there enough meat on its bones to serve as a full story? ― Vampire in the Garden is a fascinating production that almost feels like an anime from another time, even as it simultaneously exists as a project that could only exist in the age of streaming. It's an original property that is being produced by the famous Studio Wit and helmed b...
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Frieren: Beyond Journey's End GN 3-4

Honestly, the mixture of tragedy and hopeful beauty in this volume overall is enough to get me choked up even writing this. ― Volume 3: The first half of this volume of Frieren is the continuation of the big, interconnected story arc started in the previous volume with the forces of Aura the Guillotine attacking the gateway city to the human territories of the south. It's basically the big action cli...
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This Week in Games - Gee, it's Gundam

The world might not be in a good shape right now, but Gundam and Persona have some neat new announcements. Heidi dives in for a look. ― Ah yes, once again I am tasked with writing about videogames in the shadow of unimaginably awful bullshit happening in the world around us. It's pretty tough, not only because the shadow of terrible things is weighing heavily in your mind, but it also feels extremely...
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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MegaMix+

Hatsune Miku is back, with over 170 songs and customizable outfits. Does the Vocaloid gang still bring the charm in this PC game release? ― With how much a certain blue hedgehog and a would-be reformed Japanese gangster dominate Sega's limelight, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that Sega also plays host to the video game exploits of Hatsune Miku, the famed digital singing platform musicians have use...
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Darkstalkers Blu-ray

The Darkstalkers OVA series gets a new Blu-Ray treatment, but beneath the polished look it’s much the same as it was in the 1990s: nicely animated but too darned serious for its own good. ― Adapting the Darkstalkers games into an animated series is harder than it seems. True, the games are largely plot-free cavalcades of marvelously animated monsters sparring with each other, but therein lies the cha...
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Thermae Romae Novae Streaming

Part of the joy of this series is the realization that people are people no matter where and when they live. How does this second adaptation of Mari Yamazaki's manga bring Roman and Japanese bathing culture together? ― Japanese bathing culture, writes Garrett G. Fagan in his exhaustive 1999 text Bathing in Public in the Roman World, “bear[s] resemblance…to documented Ancient Roman practice.” Since th...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Blue Lock, Orient 2nd Part, Rent-A-Girlfriend Season 2 Anime

Orient 2nd part, Rent-A-Girlfriend season 2 debut in July ― Crunchyroll announced at its panel at Anime Boston on Saturday that it will stream the Blue Lock soccer anime as well as the second part of the Orient anime and the second season of the Rent-A-Girlfriend anime. Crunchyroll stated its stream of Blue Lock will start this year. The anime is an adaptation of Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yūsuke Nomura'...

HIDIVE Simulcasts Tokyo Mew Mew New, Call of the Night, 'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' Season 4 Anime

Company also confirms stream of Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun ― HIDIVE announced at its panel at Anime Boston on Saturday that it will simulcast the Tokyo Mew Mew New, Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka IV Shinshō Meikyū-hen (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV New Arc: Labyrinth), and Call of the Night anime. All three anime will debut on HI...
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Kingdom #8 [rate]
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Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie #7 [rate]
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Digital Manga Service Azuki Licenses Mai Matsuda's Hikaru in the Light! Manga

Company to also add When Pink Rain Falls 2 manga from Star Fruit Books ― KiraKira Media Inc.'s digital manga service Azuki announced on Saturday at its Anime Boston panel that it has licensed Mai Matsuda's Hikaru in the Light! manga. The company also announced it plans to add Yoiyu's When Pink Rain Falls 2 manga from publisher Star Fruit Books. Azuki will add begin releasing Matsuda's Hikaru in the L...
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A Couple of Cuckoos #6 [rate]
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BUILD-DIVIDE -#FFFFFF- CODE WHITE #20 [rate]
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In the Heart of Kunoichi Tsubaki #8 [rate]
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Vampire in the Garden Streaming

This tragedy-tinged romance clocks in at just five episodes. Is there enough meat on its bones to serve as a full story? ― Vampire in the Garden is a fascinating production that almost feels like an anime from another time, even as it simultaneously exists as a project that could only exist in the age of streaming. It's an original property that is being produced by the famous Studio Wit and helmed b...
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Fanfare of Adolescence #9 [rate]
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Aharen-san wa Hakarenai ‒ Episode 9

With this episode, we finally start to sink into some honest-to-goodness ship-teasing with our central duo, and it's not even spurred on by the unexpected return of Sexy Raido.
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Spy×Family #8 [rate]
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, May 16-22

Spy×Family earns 2.5% rating ― Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV May 22 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 7.5 Detective Conan NTV May 21 (Sat) 18:00 30 min. 6.6 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV May 22 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 5.1 Doraemon TV Asahi May 21 (Sat) 17:00 30 min. 3.3 One Piece Fuji TV May 22 (Sun) 09:30 30 min. 3.3 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi May 21 (Sat) 16:30 30 min. 3.1 Del...
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Komi Can't Communicate Season 2 ‒ Episode 17

Even at its most simple and mundane, Komi Can't Communicate still manages to have just enough depth to keep you emotionally invested.

Discotek Licenses Planet With, Aho Girl, 4 More Anime for Home Video

Company also releases Lupin III: Dead or Alive, Symphogear AXZ, Flying Phantom Ship, Virtua Fighter ― Discotek Media announced during its panel at Anime Boston on Saturday that it will release the following titles on home video: Title: Planet With Language: Japanese with English subtitles Release Format: Blu-ray Disc Release Window: August 2022 Director Youhei Suzuki and writer Satoshi Mizukami's 12-...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ultra Romantic- ‒ Episode 8

I'm just gonna say this now: if this season cops out of a big emotional confession from both of these stubborn teenagers I'm gonna be very, VERY mad.
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Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club Season 2 #9 [rate]
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, May 16-22

Nintendo Switch Sports stays at #1 for 4th week ― Japan's Game Ranking: May 16-22 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwNintendo Switch Sports Nintendo April 29 35,088 387,201 2NSwTaikō Risshiden V DX Koei Tecmo Games May 19 21,710 21,710 3NSwKirby and the Forgotten Land Nintendo March 25 12,853 723,567 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 10,274 4,642,828...
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The Rising of The Shield Hero Season 2 ‒ Episode 8

Kyo had always been a petty bastard, but I like the narrative direction of Naofumi having all of his emotional support pillars stripped away from him in unknown territory.
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Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki 4 Satsume #8 [rate]
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, May 9-15

Spy×Family earns 2.6% rating ― This week's episode of The Files of Young Kindaichi, the live-action series adaptation of Fumiya Sato and Seimaru Amagi's detective manga The Kindaichi Case Files (Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo), aired on NTV on Sunday, May 15 at 10:30 p.m. and it earned a 6.7% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV May 15 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 8....
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Aoashi #8 [rate]
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The Demon Girl Next Door Season 2 ‒ Episode 7

The first half of "A Short Break!! The Demonic Summer Festival" is one of the most, er, “experimental” bits that the show has indulged in yet.
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Case Closed #1045 [rate]
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Love All Play #9 [rate]
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Karneval's Touya Mikanagi Launches Luce and the White Contract Manga on June 28

New manga centers on older sister with no parents who receives sudden strange request ― The July issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine revealed on Friday that Touya Mikanagi will launch a new manga titled Luce to Shiro no Keiyaku (Luce and the White Contract) in the magazine's August issue on June 28. The manga will be featured on the cover of the August issue, and the first chapter w...
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Tokyo Mew Mew New Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, July 6 Premiere, 6 More Cast Members

Nobuhiko Okamoto, Aina Suzuki, Daiki Yamashita, more join cast ― The official website for Tokyo Mew Mew New, the all-new anime of Reiko Yoshida and Mia Ikumi's Tokyo Mew Mew manga, began streaming the show's second promotional video on Saturday. The video reveals that the show will premiere on July 6 at 12:00 a.m. on TV Tokyo and its affiliates. The video previews the song "Cat!! Shite SuperGirls" by...
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Comikey Adds Yukiya Kamikawa, Gorogoromikan's The Princess of Blue Roses Manga

Company also adds all localized titles from Manga One to its app ― Comikey announced on Friday that it has licensed artist Yukiya Kamikawa and writer Gorogoromikan's The Princess of Blue Roses (Ao Bara no Hime) manga (pictured at right) from Compass Inc. Comikey also announced it has licensed the following comics: Rodrigo Alvarez's Midnight Dogs, Aji's On a Leash, and Hungry Studio and Měizīzī's Even...

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Shadowverse Flame #9 [rate]
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Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai #79 [rate]
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Crossbone Gundam X-11 Manga Ends on June 24 (Updated)

Yūichi Hasegawa debuted manga in June 2021 ― This year's July issue of Kadokawa's Gundam Ace magazine revealed on Thursday that Yūichi Hasegawa Kidō Senshi Crossbone Gundam X-11 manga will end in its next chapter in the August issue on June 24. The manga launched in Gundam Ace in June 2021. Kadokawa published the manga's first compiled book volume on February 25. The manga is set in the same time fra...
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Akiko Higashimura Puts Bishoku Tantei Akechi Goro Manga on Hiatus, Launches New Manga

Higashimura to launch Gintarō-san Otanonimousu manga ― This year's July issue of Shueisha's Cocohana magazine revealed on Friday that Akiko Higashimura's Bishoku Tantei Akechi Gorō (Gourmet Detective Gorō Akechi) manga is going on hiatus. Higashimura will launch a new manga titled Gintarō-san Otanonimousu in the magazine's next issue. Higashimura's original Bishoku Tantei Akechi Gorō manga debuted as...
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Gundam Franchise Gets New SD Gundam G Generation Eternal Smartphone Game

Trailer streamed for strategy game ― The Gundam Game Fest event announced on Thursday a new strategy game titled SD Gundam G Generation Eternal that will launch for iOS and Android devices. The game will be free-to-play with optional in-app purchases. Bandai Namco opened an official website for the game, which reveals a teaser trailer: The game will get a closed beta test "soon." The game will featur...
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Dance Dance Danseur #8 [rate]
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Heroines Run the Show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task ‒ Episode 8

This is the first week when Heroines felt less like its own show and more like a part of the HoneyWorks extended cinematic universe.
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CUE! #20 [rate]
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Aharen-san wa Hakarenai #9 [rate]
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Skeleton Knight in Another World ‒ Episode 8

What's truly interesting about Chiyome is what she teaches us about this fantasy world: Arc is not the first person from our world to have crossed over.
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Mahjong Soul Pon☆ #8 [rate]
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Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It. r=1-sinθ #9 [rate]
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These - Collision ‒ Episode 35

The Rosen Ritter come in swinging this week as they set their sights (and axes) on Imperial forces.
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Ultra Romantic #8 [rate]
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The Executioner and Her Way of Life #9 [rate]
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Frieren: Beyond Journey's End GN 3-4

Honestly, the mixture of tragedy and hopeful beauty in this volume overall is enough to get me choked up even writing this. ― Volume 3: The first half of this volume of Frieren is the continuation of the big, interconnected story arc started in the previous volume with the forces of Aura the Guillotine attacking the gateway city to the human territories of the south. It's basically the big action cli...
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Night Head 2041 Anime's Stage Play Reveals Trailer, Cast Visuals

Play runs from July 1-10 in Tokyo ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of Night Head 2041, a new television anime based on the 1992 live-action Night Head drama series, revealed on Friday a trailer, key visuals for both casts, and photos of the cast in costume. The cast includes: Hiroki Ino and Akira Kagimoto as Naoto Kirihara (double cast) Ryūgi Yokota and Natsuki Osaki as Naoya Kiri...
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Ya Boy Kongming! ‒ Episode 9

This is where Ya Boy Kongming! proves it has firmly cashed the check that its first episode wrote, and become a genuinely remarkable music anime entirely on its own terms.
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Voice Actor Reiō Tsuchida Premieres 'Nanamental' Short Anime on May 30

Tsuchida produces, writes, designs characters, provides voice for anime ― Voice actor Reiō Tsuchida (Ensemble Stars' Tsukasa Suou) will begin streaming on May 30 on his Twitter account a short anime titled "Nanamental," which he is co-producing with studio FIREBUG. Tsuchida is the anime's character designer, writer, and sound editor. Yurina Amami will voice the main character Naname Hasumi (pictured ...
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Love After World Domination #8 [rate]
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Date A Live IV #8 [rate]
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This Week in Games - Gee, it's Gundam

The world might not be in a good shape right now, but Gundam and Persona have some neat new announcements. Heidi dives in for a look. ― Ah yes, once again I am tasked with writing about videogames in the shadow of unimaginably awful bullshit happening in the world around us. It's pretty tough, not only because the shadow of terrible things is weighing heavily in your mind, but it also feels extremely...
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Jun Esaka, Takahide Totsuno Launch New Manga on June 10

New she is beautiful manga is based on Esaka's previous short story ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Jun Esaka and Takahide Totsuno are launching a new manga titled she is beautiful on the Tonari no Young Jump manga website on June 10. Esaka is writing the manga, and Totsuno is drawing the art. The manga is based on Esaka's runner-up winning story "...
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Pokémon Anime's New Video Previews World Championships Arc

New arc serves as climax of latest series ― The official Twitter account for the Pokémon anime franchise began streaming a new trailer on Friday to preview the Pokémon World Championships arc for the latest anime in the franchise. The show is reaching its climax with the arc. #アニポケ 特別映像が到着‼🎆#マスターズトーナメント ついに開幕🎆それぞれの思いがポケモンバトルでぶつかり合います💥#マスターズエイトの頂点は誰だみなさんの予想を教えてください👀アニポケは毎週金曜よる6時55分~テレビ東京系で放送中🌟※一部地域では放...
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Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Film's Ad Highlights Battle Scenes

Film opens in Japan on June 11, Crunchyroll to release film worldwide this summer ― Toei began streaming a "Part 1" 30-second ad on Friday for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the second anime film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise. The film will open in Japan on June 11 after a delay due to the Toei Animation hack in March. The film was originally slated to open in Japan on April 22. The film will sc...
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'Shoot! Goal to the Future' Soccer Anime Reveals Promo Video, New Visual

1st new anime in 28 years in franchise debuts in July with Crunchyroll streaming ― The official website for Shoot! Goal to the Future, the first new anime based on Tsukasa Ooshima's soccer-themed manga Shoot! in 28 years, began streaming the show's promotional video on Friday. The video previews Airi Miyakawa's opening theme song "Aoreido." The site also revealed a new visual for the show. The anime ...
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FuRyu's Trinity Trigger Fantasy Action RPG Launches on September 15

Trailer streamed for game launching for PS4, PS5, Switch ― FuRyu revealed on Thursday that it will release Three Rings' Seitō Jinki Trinity Trigger fantasy action role-playing game for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 in Japan on September 15. A demo version is now available. Escaflowne character designer Nobuteru Yuki is designing the "worldview visuals" for the game, and Puzzle & D...
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Nights with a Cat Anime Reveals Cast, Theme Song Artist, August 3 Premiere

Ayahi Takagaki, Satoshi Hino, Atsumi Tanezaki star in anime; Kashitaro Ito performs theme song ― Kadokawa revealed the cast, theme song artist, and August 3 television premiere date for the anime of Kyuryu Z's Nights with a Cat (Yoru wa Neko to Issho) manga on Friday. The cast includes: Ayahi Takagaki as Kyuruga Satoshi Hino as Fuuta Atsumi Tanezaki as Pi-chan The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on A...
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Eminence in Shadow Anime's Latest Video Highlights Alpha

Anime based on Daisuke Aizawa's light novels premieres in October ― Kadokawa began streaming a video for the character Alpha on Friday for the television anime of Daisuke Aizawa's The Eminence in Shadow (Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!) light novel series. Kadokawa also revealed that KDcolle will produce a scale figure of Alpha. The anime is slated to premiere in October, and stars: Seiichirō Ya...
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Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island Film Gets Prequel Manga in Gundam Ace Supplement

Magazine issue with prequel manga ships on June 24 ― The July issue of Kadokawa's Gundam Ace magazine revealed on Thursday that the magazine will get a supplement titled Cucuruz Doan Ace in its next issue on June 24, focused specifically on the upcoming Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Cucuruz Doan no Shima) anime film. The supplemental issue will contain more than 100 p...
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Tsukumo Asakusa's Dracula Yakin! Manga Adaptation Ends

2nd manga volume based on Satoshi Wagahara's light novels ships on June 22, 3rd volume on July 23 ― The July issue of Kadokawa's Comic Alive magazine published the final chapter of Tsukumo Asakusa's manga adaptation of Satoshi Wagahara's Dracula Yakin! (Night-Shift Dracula) light novel series on Thursday. The manga's second volume will ship on June 22, and the third and final compiled book volume wil...
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Moto Hagio's Poe Clan Manga Debuts New Series

New arc titled "Ao no Pandora" takes place in Munich in 2016 ― Moto Hagio debuted the new manga series in her Poe no Ichizoku (The Poe Clan) manga in the July issue of Shogakukan's Flowers magazine (seen right) on Friday. The new series is the fourth sequel to the main manga, and is titled Poe no Ichizoku: Ao no Pandora (The Poe Clan: Blue Pandora). The new arc is set in Munich, Germany in 2016. The ...

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RWBY: Ice Queendom Anime Reveals More Cast, July 3 Japan Premiere

Masumi Asano returns as Glynda Goodwitch ― The official Japanese website for RWBY: Ice Queendom (RWBY: Hyōsetsu Teikoku), the new television anime for Rooster Teeth's RWBY franchise, revealed on Friday that Masumi Asano will reprise her role as Glynda Goodwitch (seen below) in the anime, and that the anime will premiere in Japan on July 3 on Tokyo MX and BS11, and on July 5 on MBS. Kathleen Zuelch pr...
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Spriggan Anime's Trailer Reveals Cast, Staff, Theme Songs, 6-Episode Format

Saori Hayami, Takayuki Sugo, Mitsuho Kambe join cast; each episode of anime runs for 45 minutes ― The official website for David Production's new anime series based on Hiroshi Takashige and Ryōji Minagawa's Spriggan (Striker) manga unveiled on Friday more cast, staff, the theme song artists, and the anime's six-episode format, with each episode having a 45-minute runtime. The site unveiled a new trai...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Gekitotsu #35 [rate]
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Shin Shinchō Kōki Manga Gets Live-Action TV Show

King & Prince's Ren Nagase stars as Nobunaga in July drama ― Shinobu Kaitani's Shin Shinchō Kōki - Nobunaga-kun to Watashi (The New Official History of Nobunaga - Nobunaga and Me) manga is inspiring a live-action television drama titled Shin Shinchō Kōki ~ Classmate wa Sengoku Bujо̄ (The New Official History of Nobunaga - My Classmates are Warring States Period Military Commanders). Ren Nagase of ido...
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Tezuka's Dororo Manga Gets Japanese-S. Korean Vertical Comic Remake

Manga launches simultaneously in Japan, S. Korea in December, with global plans later ― Japanese distributor Media Do, Tezuka Production, and South Korean comic company Copin Communications announced on Thursday that the companies are producing a Japanese-South Korean vertical-scrolling webcomic remake of Osamu Tezuka's classic Dororo manga. The manga will serialize simultaneously in Japan and South ...
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Mujirushi Shimazaki Launches New Elio to Denki Ningyō Manga on June 3

Mori Kuroi draws short mini-series adventure manga set in steampunk near-future ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Mujirushi Shimazaki and Mori Kuroi will launch a new mini-series manga titled Elio to Denki Ningyō (Elio and the Electric Doll) in the Tonari no Young Jump manga website on June 3. Shimazaki will pen the manga, and Kuroi will draw the art...
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Kindaichi Case Files 30th Anniversary Manga Bundles NFT

The first compiled volume of Fumiya Sato and Seimaru Amagi's Kindachi Case Files 30th manga shipped on Monday with an added bonus for those who purchase the limited edition: a 30th anniversary exclusive "NFT" card, which comes with a gift code to redeem a full-color booklet titled Kindaichi NFT no Jikenbo (Kindachi NFT Case Files). The limited-edition "Legend Mystery People & Famous Scene 3D Card"...
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The Dawn of the Witch #7 [rate]
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Ascendent Animation Reveals English Dub Cast for Everything for Demon King Evelogia Anime

Ciarán Strange, Patrick M Seymour lead cast ― Ascendent Animation announced the English dub cast for its dub of the ComicFesta Anime of Kajiwara's isekai fantasy boys-love manga Everything for Demon King Evelogia (Maō Evelogia ni Mi o Sasage yo or Reincarnated Into Demon King Evelogia's World) on Tuesday. The cast includes: Ciarán Strange as Evelogia Patrick M Seymour as Gozu/Young Gozu Elsie Loveloc...

Crunchyroll Announces English Dubs for Super Cub, Blue Reflection Ray Anime

Company reveals Funimation titles coming to service in June ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming English dubs for the Super Cub and Blue Reflection Ray anime on June 7. The company will stream all 12 episodes of the television anime of Tone Koken's Super Cub novels with an English dub. The dub cast includes: Jackie Lastra as Koguma Dawn M. Bennett as Reiko Jason Charles Mi...
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The Demon Girl Next Door #7 [rate]
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Promare's Inferno Volcano Margherita Megamax Pizza Turns Real

Select HUB pubs sell pizzas, hot dogs, drinks for film's 3rd anniversary ― The Inferno Volcano Margherita Megamax Pizza depicted in Trigger and XFLAG's Promare anime film is coming to British-style pubs in Japan. The HUB chain will serve the iconic pizzas in select stores in Akihabara, Sendai, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka from May 28 to June 30. Other menu items include an Inferno Volcano Hot Dog and d...
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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MegaMix+

Hatsune Miku is back, with over 170 songs and customizable outfits. Does the Vocaloid gang still bring the charm in this PC game release? ― With how much a certain blue hedgehog and a would-be reformed Japanese gangster dominate Sega's limelight, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that Sega also plays host to the video game exploits of Hatsune Miku, the famed digital singing platform musicians have use...
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Darkstalkers Blu-ray

The Darkstalkers OVA series gets a new Blu-Ray treatment, but beneath the polished look it’s much the same as it was in the 1990s: nicely animated but too darned serious for its own good. ― Adapting the Darkstalkers games into an animated series is harder than it seems. True, the games are largely plot-free cavalcades of marvelously animated monsters sparring with each other, but therein lies the cha...
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Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Mega Mix Game Gets PC Version

VIP Bundle adds 72 songs, in-game cosmetics unlocks ― Sega announced on Thursday that it has released its Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix+ game on PC via Steam. The game launched digitally for Nintendo Switch in the West in May 2020. The game celebrates the series' 10th anniversary, and it launched in February 2020 in Japan. The game features an Arcade Mode with traditional button controls and a M...
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Inu-Oh Anime Film Opens in U.S. Theaters on August 12

Film opens in Japan on Saturday ― GKIDS announced on Thursday that it will begin screening Inu-Oh, Masaaki Yuasa's musical anime feature film of Hideo Furukawa's Heike Monogatari: Inu-Oh no Maki (Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh) novel, in U.S. theaters on August 12. GKIDS has licensed the film, and it describes the film's story: Inu-Oh is born with unique physical characteristics, and the horrified adults...
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Birdie Wing -Golf Girls' Story- ‒ Episode 8

Birdie Wing just delivered all of the dramatic sea changes of a nail-biting season finale, yet it still has at least a month's worth of golf hijinks left for us. Have we only finished the prologue?
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Kadokawa Games Divests Part of Its Business to New Company Dragami Games

President/CEO Yoshimi Yasuda retires from position, establishes Dragami Games ― Kadokawa Games announced on Thursday that it is divesting part of its business to a new company Dragami Games. Kadokawa Games' president and CEO Yoshimi Yasuda and company director Satoshi Fuyuno established Dragami Games on May 13. Yasuda will retire from his position in June after 14 years at the company. He will contin...
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Yoshihiro Togashi Is Already Twitter's 2nd Most-Followed Manga Artist

Togashi created account on Tuesday to tease Hunter x Hunter's return ― Less than 72 hours after creating a Twitter account to tease the return of his Hunter X Hunter manga, Yoshihiro Togashi has gained over two million followers. He is second now only to My Hero Academia's Kohei Horikoshi (2.1 million followers). とりあえずあと4話。(@Un4v5s8bgsVk9Xp)May 24 Togashi hinted that the manga would return from its c...
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Skeleton Knight in Another World #8 [rate]
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R Game's Trailer Reveals 4 New Characters, September Release

Game gets early access demo on PS4, PS5 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a new trailer on Thursday for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R, a new version of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle fighting game, and it reveals that the game will launch for PC via Steam on September 1 and for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch on Sept...
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Armed Girl's Machiavellism Manga Ends in June

Series debuted in March 2014 ― This year's June isue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine revealed on Thursday that Karuna Kanzaki and Yūya Kurokami's Armed Girl's Machiavellism manga is ending in the magazine's next issue in June. Kanzaki began the series based on Kurokami's story in Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine in March 2014. Kadokawa shipped the 12th compiled book volume in Septembe...
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Ya Boy Kongming! #9 [rate]
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Miss Shachiku and the Little Baby Ghost #8 [rate]

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Estab-Life: Great Escape #11 [rate]
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Deaimon: Recipe for Happiness ‒ Episode 8

Maybe I'm missing something or just being an unreasonable pain-in-the-ass about this, but I'm having trouble seeing how Nagomu and Kanoko broke up over a “misunderstanding.”
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Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Game Gets Switch Version

Rabbit & Bear Studios had considered "new generation Nintendo console" for game ― 505 Games confirmed on Wednesday that Rabbit & Bear Studios' Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (Hyaku Eiyūden) role-playing game will get a Nintendo Switch version. The Switch edition will launch alongside versions on other platforms. The company had previously considered whether it would release the game on Switch or a...
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Zannen na Ikimono no Jiten Anime Film Casts Comedians Oniyakko Tsubaki, Tsukasa Saitō, Kōsei

Comedians play Zannen Trio platypuses who appear in film's Australia segment ― The official website for the new film in Fanworks' anime adaptation of the Zannen na Ikimono Jiten (Humorous & Adorable Evolutionary Creatures or literally, Encyclopedia of Pitiful Creatures) book series announced on Wednesday that comedians Oniyakko Tsubaki (center in image below), Tsukasa Saitō (right), and Kōsei (left) ...

Speed Racer Gets New Live-Action Series at Apple by J.J. Abrams

Hiram Martinez, Ron Fitzgerald serve as showrunners, co-writers ― Entertainment news websites Variety and The Hollywood Reporter reported on Wednesday that the Speed Racer (Mach Go Go Go) anime is getting a live-action series at Apple by J.J. Abrams (Star Wars, Star Trek). According to the sources, Hiram Martinez (Snowpiercer, Get Shorty) is serving as showrunner and co-writing the series with Ron Fi...
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Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san Manga Goes on Hiatus in June

Manga about cook in Kyoto geisha lodge launched in 2016, inspired 2021 anime ― This year's 26th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Aiko Koyama's Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san (Makanai in the Maiko Lodge) manga will go on hiatus beginning with the magazine's next issue on June 1. The magazine will announce the manga's continuation at a later date. The manga's...
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Detective Conan: Zero's Tea Time Manga Ends '1st Part'

6th volume ships on June 17 ― This year's 26th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine published the final chapter of the first part of Takahiro Arai's Detective Conan: Zero's Tea Time (Meitantei Conan: Zero no Tea Time) spinoff manga on Wednesday. The manga's sixth volume will ship on June 17. The magazine noted that Arai is preparing for a new serialization. Arai launched the manga in W...
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Live-Action My Broken Mariko Film Unveils Teaser Video, Posters

Mei Nagano stars in fall film ― The staff for the live-action film adaptation Waka Hirako's My Broken Mariko manga revealed two teaser posters and a teaser trailer for the film on Wednesday. Mei Nagano (top left in image above) stars as protagonist Shiino. The film will open this fall. Yuki Tanada is directing the film after penning the script with Kōsuke Mukai. The other cast members include: Nao (t...
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SPY×FAMILY Café Includes Anya's Apology Omurice

Collab with Shibuya Modi's Chugai Grace Cafe will run from June 2 to 19 ― Like many a popular anime, SPY×FAMILY has inspired a collaboration café with some quirky dish choices. A sneak peak at the menu of Chugai Grace Cafe's upcoming SPY×FAMILY promotion reveals some clever story references, including omurice with the word "Sorry" on it—a reference to Anya's fumbling attempts at apology to Damian in ...
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Manga Creator Koko Natsuki Passes Away

Yaruna yo Yaruna yo Zettai Yaruna yo Kotori-chan creator passed on April 18 ― This year's July issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed on Wednesday that manga creator Koko Natsuki (Coco Natsuki) passed away on April 18. Natsuki launched the Yaruna yo Yaruna yo Zettai Yaruna yo Kotori-chan manga (pictured right) in Monthly Action in 2018, and ended it in 2020. She debuted the Usotsuki wa...
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Industry Reacts to Anime Supremacy! Live-Action Film

Japanese animation industry members, from directors to animators, shared their impressions. ― Staff for the live-action adaptation of Mizuki Tsujimura's Anime Supremacy! (Haken Anime!) novel held a special animation industry preview screening on May 10. Approximately 200 people from the Japanese animation industry, from directors to animators, attended the screening and have shared their impressions ...
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Yomawari: Lost in the Dark Game Heads West for Switch, PS4, PC

Trailer streamed for 3rd Yomawari game ― NIS America announced on Wednesday that it will release Yomawari 3, a new game in Nippon Ichi Software's Yomawari horror series, in the West for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam in fall 2022. The company streamed an announcement trailer: The game will get a limited edition that includes a soundtrack, pin set, art card collection, and collector'...
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Thermae Romae Novae Streaming

Part of the joy of this series is the realization that people are people no matter where and when they live. How does this second adaptation of Mari Yamazaki's manga bring Roman and Japanese bathing culture together? ― Japanese bathing culture, writes Garrett G. Fagan in his exhaustive 1999 text Bathing in Public in the Roman World, “bear[s] resemblance…to documented Ancient Roman practice.” Since th...
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The Masterful Cat Is Depressed Again Today Manga Gets TV Anime in 2023

Manga has 900,000 copies in circulation ― This year's July issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine announced on Thursday that Hitsuji Yamada's The Masterful Cat Is Depressed Again Today (Dekiru Neko wa Kyō mo Yūutsu) manga is getting a television anime in 2023. An official website and Twitter account opened for the anime. Yamada shared an illustration to commemorate the anime's announcemen...
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Lycoris Recoil Anime Highlights Takina Inoue in 2nd Character Video

Shion Wakayama plays reserved, serious Takina in anime about café ― The official website for director Shingo Adachi's original television anime Lycoris Recoil posted the anime's second character promotional video on Wednesday. The video introduces the new café staff member Takina Inoue: The story is set in "Lyco-Reco" (Riko-Riko) a Japanese-style cafe in the old downtown area of Tokyo. The cafe takes...
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Phantom of the Idol Anime Reveals Trailer, Additional Cast, Theme Songs, July 1 Premiere

Video previews ZINGS' theme song ― The official website for the television anime of Hijiki Isoflavone's Phantom of the Idol (Kami Kuzu Idol) manga revealed on Wednesday a promotional video, visual, additional cast, theme songs, and July 1 premiere. The video previews the opening theme song "Let's ZING!" by the ZINGS idol unit, composed of cast members Fumiya Imai (Yuuya) and Shun Horie (Kazuki). The ...
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Smile of the Arsnotoria Magic Academy RPG From Nitroplus Gets TV Anime

Manga, novelization also announced with Liden Film anime on premiering July 6 ― A live-streamed special for the Nitroplus smartphone role-playing game Smile of the Arsnotoria (Warau Arsnotoria) announced on Wednesday that the game is inspiring a television anime. The Warau Arsnotoria Sun—! anime will premiere on the Tokyo MX and BS NTV channels on July 6. The game revolves around the teachers and gir...
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One Piece Film Red Video Shows Marine, World Government Character Designs

Film opens in Japan on August 6 ― The official YouTube channel for the upcoming One Piece Film Red anime film posted a new video on Wednesday showing the film's character designs for the Marine and World Government characters. The film will open in Japan on August 6. The film will center on a new character named Uta (seen right), Shanks' daughter. Goro Taniguchi (Code Geass, One Piece: Defeat The Pir...
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Nōmin Kanren no Skill Bakka Agetetara Nazeka Tsuyoku Natta. Anime's Teaser Reveals Cast, Staff, October Premiere

Junya Enoki, Minami Tanaka, Rumi Okubo, Ayaka Suwa star in anime by studio A-CAT ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Shobonnu's Nōmin Kanren no Skill Bakka Agetetara Nazeka Tsuyoku Natta. (I've Somehow Gotten Stronger When I Improved My Farm-Related Skills.) light novel series unveiled a teaser trailer and visual for the anime on Wednesday. The teaser reveals the anime's mai...
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