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This Week in Anime - Project A-Ko

The new streaming service RetroCrush launched last month with a host of beloved classic titles, including the original toast-eating-perpetually-late-school-girl A-ko! ― The new streaming service RetroCrush launched last month with a host of beloved classic titles, including the original toast-eating-perpetually-late-school-girl A-ko! Project A-Ko first debuted in 1986 and cemented itself as an anime...
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Hanebado! BR

As sports series go, this unexpected and well-written badminton show is a grade above. ― Although I didn't end up following it at the time, I had a positive initial impression of this series when it debuted in the Summer 2018 season. That's no small feat given that I usually have little interest in sports-focused titles. I always intended to give the whole series a try at some point, so I took the oc...
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My Hero Academia - Volume 22

My Hero Academia’s interclass scrimmages demonstrate shonen battling at its best, as both 1-A and 1-B work to demonstrate their heroic potential. ― There are a variety of ways storytellers can work to make audiences feel invested in the outcome of a given fight scene. They can imbue that fight scene with clear dramatic stakes; emphasize either the emotional or physical results of victory, thereby giv...
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This Week in Anime - Things Get Awkward in the Idol Romcom Oshibudo

Eripiyo is a one-woman fanclub for underground idol Maina from the group ChamJam. Can romance blossom between a fan and an idol...and should it? ― Eripiyo is a one-woman fanclub for underground idol Maina from the group ChamJam. Her obsession has made her a financial wreck as each and every yen goes toward supporting her shy favorite. Can romance blossom between a fan and an idol...and should it? Di...
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Clannad Visual Novel Gets Physical Release in West

― Limited Run Games announced on Twitter on Thursday that it will ship a physical version of the Nintendo Switch version of Visual Art's/Key's Clannad visual novel in the West. The company will also release a collector's edition that includes the game, visual guidebook, and arrange album. Pre-orders will open on April 14 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Prototype launched the game for Switch physically in Japan a...
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Ice Blade's Tsutomu Takahashi Launches Jumbo Max Manga

This year's eighth issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine revealed on Friday that Tsutomu Takahashi will launch a new manga titled Jumbo Max in the magazine's next issue on April 25. Takahashi will also launch a separate new manga titled Guitar Shop Rosie in Big Comic's sister magazine Big Comic Zōkan on May 16. Tokyopop published Takahashi's Jiraishin detective action manga, under the title Ice...
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Atelier Mimina's Indie Adventure Game Giraffe and Annika Heads West for PS4, Switch

Trailer for streamed debuting in N. America/Europe in August, Oceania in September ― NIS America announced on Thursday that it will release Japanese indie developer Atelier Mimina's Giraffe and Annika 3D adventure game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in North America on August 25, Europe on August 28, and Oceania on September 4. The company began streaming an announcement trailer: NIS America d...
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Live-Action Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Shows Off Its VFX

― The live-action Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! project might not be depicted with hand-drawn animation, but it's still a story about animation, featuring animation. The official Twitter account has been showing off the VFX used in the TV drama, as well as the stages behind its implementation in different scenes. Check out the video below for a breakdown of the VFX used for the girls' imaginary flyi...
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Listeners Anime Reveals English Dub Cast

Justin Briner, Bryn Apprill, Lee George, Morgan Lauré, Mark Stoddard, Mikaela Krantz lead cast ― Funimation announced on Wednesday the English dub cast of the original television anime series Listeners. The cast includes: Justin Briner as Echo Rec Bryn Apprill as μ Lee George as Jimi Morgan Lauré as Swell Mark Stoddard as McGee Mikaela Krantz as Ein Cris George is directing the English dub, and Jarro...
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Plunderer ‒ Episode 13

Doan is a natural-born bully. And like most bullies, he is a coward.
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This Week in Anime - Project A-Ko

The new streaming service RetroCrush launched last month with a host of beloved classic titles, including the original toast-eating-perpetually-late-school-girl A-ko! ― The new streaming service RetroCrush launched last month with a host of beloved classic titles, including the original toast-eating-perpetually-late-school-girl A-ko! Project A-Ko first debuted in 1986 and cemented itself as an anime...
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Live-Action Kodomo wa Wakatte Agenai Film Features Anime Segment

The Royal Tutor's Katsuya Kikuchi directs segment starring Miyu Tomita ― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Rettō Tajima's Kodomo wa Wakatte Agenai manga revealed on Thursday that the film will feature an anime segment. The film's website began streaming a trailer that teases the anime. In the live-action film's story, protagonist Minami Sakuta's interests include the magical girl anime ...
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Rock Band Glay Donates 10 Million Yen, 5,000 Masks to COVID-19 Relief

Latest tour in Nagoya, Tokyo is cancelled due to COVID-19 ― The popular rock band Glay announced on their official website on Tuesday that on top of their previously announced donation of 10 million yen, they will also donate 5,000 masks to medical institutions for COVID-19 relief. "The number of cases in Tokyo is rising by the day, and now it's reached a state of emergency. Some are saying that our ...
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Hanebado! BR

As sports series go, this unexpected and well-written badminton show is a grade above. ― Although I didn't end up following it at the time, I had a positive initial impression of this series when it debuted in the Summer 2018 season. That's no small feat given that I usually have little interest in sports-focused titles. I always intended to give the whole series a try at some point, so I took the oc...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Other Jump Manga Delay New Volumes Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

Haikyu!!, SSSS.Gridman, SPY×FAMILY, One Piece Stampede, more delayed by two weeks ― Shueisha announced on Thursday that it is delaying Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba volume 20 and 30 other new manga volumes from May 1 to May 13 due to measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Other manga with delayed volumes include act-age, Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru, I'm From J...
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Plunderer Anime Adds 5 More Cast Members

Miyu Kubota, Yōhei Azakami, more join cast for show's 2nd half ― The official website for the television anime of Suu Minazuki's Plunderer manga announced four more cast members on Thursday. The new cast are for characters who are friends of A Class. The new cast members include (from left to right): Yukimi Hayase as Asumi Sumitani Tamaki Orie as Kyōka Narumiya Miyu Kubota as Saki Ichinose Yōhei Azak...

Luminous Witches Anime's Promo Video Reveals Animation Studio SHAFT

Series to premiere in 2021 ― Kadokawa began streaming a special animated short promo video on Thursday for the Renmei Kūgun Kōkū Mahō Ongakutai Luminous Witches (Allied Air Force Magical Idols Luminous Witches) television anime series. The video reveals more staff members, including SHAFT as the animation studio: Assistant Director: Kana Harufuji Animation Character Design: Kazuya Shiotsuki Familiar ...
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Happy-Go-Lucky Days Anime Film Delayed

Film was scheduled to open on May 8 ― The official website for the anime film of Takako Shimura's Happy-Go-Lucky Days (Dōnika Naru Hibi) manga announced on Thursday that the film is delayed due to concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus illness. The film was scheduled to open in Japan on May 8. The staff have not yet revealed a new release date. The manga is an omnibus of stories about everyday life,...
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Ghibli Theme Park Exhibit in Aichi Postponed as Governor Asks Japan Gov't to Add Prefecture to State of Emergency

Super Beaver drummer, Square Enix staff member diagnosed with COVID-19; Disney/USJ theme parks extend closure ― The governor of Aichi prefecture stated on Thursday that he has asked the Japanese government to add Aichi to the list of prefectures that are placed under a state of emergency. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency in seven prefectures on Tuesday, including Osaka an...
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Bandai Namco Ent. to Publish Guilty Gear -Strive- Game in Europe, Asia

Game launches for PS4 this fall with closed beta test from April 16-19 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will release Arc System Works' Guilty Gear -Strive- fighting game in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia (except in South Korea and Japan) this fall. A closed beta test for the game will run from April 16-19. The PlayStation game will launch in late 2020 in Japan. Th...
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Beastars, Durarara!!, Shield Hero, Haikyu!!, More Stage Plays Cancelled or Postponed

Dear Boys, Sengoku Basara, A3!, Hakuōki plays also affected ― The official website for the "2.5 Dimension" stage plays has revealed this week that the following plays are delayed or cancelled due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus illness: Mankai Stage 'A3!' Winter 2020: April 24-May 10 run in Tokyo cancelled Aggressive Dance Stage 'Dear Boys': entire April 3-26 run cancelled Hyper Projection ...

Dengeki Bunko Magazine Listed as Ending in Issue Out on Friday

Light novel-focused magazine launched in 2007 ― Retailer Rakuten is listing the cover for the May issue Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko Magazine, which states that the issue is the final issue of the magazine. The magazine will officially ship on Friday. The listing does not clarify if the magazine will continue in digital form or if it will be discontinued. ASCII Media Works launched the magazine in Decemb...

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Anime Historian Yasushi Watanabe Passes Away

Watanabe co-authored books on history of anime films ― Anime historian Yasushi Watanabe passed away on March 27. He was 86. Watanabe was born in Osaka in 1934. He worked at the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper while researching Japanese and overseas animation. Watanabe co-authored the Nihon Animation Eigashi (The History of Japanese Animated Film) book with Katsunori Yamaguchi in 1977, and the Gekijо̄ Anim...
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'The 8th son? Are you kidding me?' Smartphone Game's Trailer Previews Theme Song

Zin Sakura performs song for 2020 iOS/Android adaptation of anime ― An official website launched on Wednesday to announce details for the smartphone game of The 8th son? Are you kidding me? (Hachinantte Sore wa Nai Deshō!) television anime. The title of the simulation RPG is Hachinantte Sore wa Nai Deshō! ~Mou Hitori no Tenseisha~ (One More Reincarnated), and it is slated for release for iOS and Andr...
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One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows Game's Video Previews Suiryu DLC

1st DLC character debuts on Thursday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Wednesday that the martial artist Suiryu will join Bandai Namco Entertainment's One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows game as its first DLC character on Thursday. The company began streaming a character video for Suiryu. The character pack will include special items and avatar parts. Players can also purchase a charac...
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Voice Actress Aoi Yūki Reads Out Children's Stories For People in Self-Quarantine

Voice actress and singer Aoi Yūki announced on Tuesday that she will be reading out children's stories for the parents and children who are cooped up at home due to social distancing measures. Her first project will be Buying Mittens by Nankichi Niimi. 明日の朝10:00に1本目「手袋を買いに」を公開させて頂きます!#せいゆうろうどくかい こちらのタグで公開していければと思いますので、読み聞かせを楽しみにしてくださっている皆さんも、参加してくださる声優さんも、ぜひご利用ください! https://t.co/G2RwOR4SQr— 悠木碧【公式...
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Voice Actress Yoshino Aoyama Returns From Medical Hiatus

Hiatus started in March due to poor health ― Talent agency 81 Produce announced on Saturday that voice actress Yoshino Aoyama is returning to work after her medical hiatus. Aoyama will gradually return to the voice recording booth to work in cases where only she, or a small number of people, are in attendance. The agency posted several photos (seen above) of Aoyama at the office, and added that she w...
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Voice Actress Kotori Koiwai Sets up Recording Studio at Home

Also releases free 30-minute music track with 'healing' theme for people stuck at home ― Voice actress Kotori Koiwai is a trailblazer among Japanese voice actors by setting up a recording studio at home. She showed off the setup she's employed in a tweet she posted last Friday. ナレーションや台詞や歌など自宅でも収録してお送り出来ます。マイクはNEUMANN U87Aiや完全防音ブースもございます。48/24はもちろん96kHz/32bit-floatなどでの納品も可能です。こんな時なのでスタジオ収録が難しい場合などお役に...
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Viz's Shonen Jump Adds Moriking Manga

Manga debuts on Shonen Jump service on Sunday ― Viz Media announced on Twitter on Wednesday that it will launch Tomohiro Hasegawa's new Moriking (Shinrin Ōsha Mori King or Forest Ruler Mori King) manga on its Shonen Jump service on Sunday. The manga will debut in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Monday. Weekly Shonen Jump teased that the gag manga will feature an older sister and younger bro...
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Spiral Mystery Manga Gets 'Revival' Serialization

Kyou Shirodaira, Eita Mizuno's manga debuted in 2000 ― Square Enix's Gangan Online app began publishing a "revival" serialization of writer Kyou Shirodaira and artist Eita Mizuno's Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning (Spiral - Suiri no Kizuna) mystery adventure manga on Wednesday. The app is posting one chapter daily. Yen Press published the original Spiral manga in North America beginning in 2007, and it...
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Sword Art Online Editor is Writing His Own Web Novel

Former Dengeki Bunko editor-in-chief and A Certain Magical Index and Sword Art Online editor Kazuma Miki has been dipping his toes into writing novels himself. On February 10, he started publishing a web novel on the online novel website "Shōsetsuka ni Narō." The story is titled Cheat no Ō: Isekai Tensei no Saikyō Yūsha VS Mura no Jūnin (The Cheat King: The Strongest Hero Reincarnated in Another W...

Crunchyroll to Stream Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE 2nd Season, The House Spirit Tatami-chan Anime

Streaming dates for Food Wars! The Fifth Plate, Woodpecker Detective's Office anime announced ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will stream the Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Season 2 and The House Spirit Tatami-chan anime as part of the spring 2020 season in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Th...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 129

Introducing Megicula – possibly Black Clover's most fearsome foe to date.
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One Piece Crew Tells You to Wash Your Hands

The official English Twitter account for One Piece posted an English-subtitled version of a short video from the Straw Hat crew telling viewers to wash their hands and get a proper sleep every night in order to stay healthy. The Straw Hats have a message for you! Stay safe and healthy out there, nakama ❤️ pic.twitter.com/dRvs9WgNwS— One Piece (@OnePieceAnime) April 7, 2020 The video was first broa...
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Singer Kentarō Hayami Diagnosed With Coronavirus Disease COVID-19

Performer known for hit song "Dango 3 Kyōdai" rests at home ― Talent Agency 81 Produce announced on Wednesday that singer Kentarō Hayami has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Hayami began having a fever on April 3, and his symptoms progressed with a sore throat, cough, phlegm, and body aches. He visited a clinic near his home on Monday. Although staff could not diagnose him ...
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My Hero Academia - Volume 22

My Hero Academia’s interclass scrimmages demonstrate shonen battling at its best, as both 1-A and 1-B work to demonstrate their heroic potential. ― There are a variety of ways storytellers can work to make audiences feel invested in the outcome of a given fight scene. They can imbue that fight scene with clear dramatic stakes; emphasize either the emotional or physical results of victory, thereby giv...
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E3 Game Show Will Not Hold Online Event in 2020

The [email protected], Uta no Prince Sama cancel events; Sega, Taito close arcades ― The PC Gamer website reported that a representative of the E3 gaming event stated that the the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) will not present an online E3 2020 event in June. The representative said, "Instead, we will be working with exhibitors to promote and showcase individual company announcements." The ESA p...
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Polygon Pictures Announces All Employees Have Switched to Remote Work

Scheduled to run from April 8 to May 6 during COVID-19 coronavirus state of emergency ― Polygon Pictures announced on its website on Tuesday that all company employees would switch to remote work starting on Wednesday, due to concerns over the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measures are tentatively scheduled from April 8 to May 6, although the studio may extend them depending o...
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2020 Toei Manga Matsuri Omnibus Film Delayed Until Further Notice

Featuring Kamen Rider Den-O, Butt Detective, Tsuritai Yaki, Recycle Zoo ― The official website for the new installment of the Toei Manga Matsuri omnibus film series revival announced on Wednesday that Toei has delayed this year's omnibus from Friday, April 24 until further notice. Toei cited the declarations by government officials and organizations to contain the outbreak of the new coronavirus dise...
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Kakegurui's Homura Kawamoto, Read or Die Manga's Shutaro Yamada Launch New Manga

Hikaru Muno, Mika Mizuguchi also collaborate on Greatest M mahjong manga ― This year's 19th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that manga creators Homura Kawamoto (Kakegurui), Hikaru Muno, and Shutaro Yamada (Read or Die manga) will launch a new manga titled Greatest M - Ijin Mahjong Taisen (Greatest M - The Tournament for the Greatest Mahjong Player).in Shogaku...
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Nintendo Switch Shipments in Japan Are Limited to Pre-Orders This Week

Nintendo will announce details about next week's shipments at a later date ― Nintendo announced on Tuesday that it will not ship out any Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite units in Japan this week, except for pre-orders. This includes units included with the Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing New Horizons Edition bundle for the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game. Nintendo added that it will announ...
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Domestic Girlfriend Manga Ends With 28th Volume in August

Kei Sasuga's romantic drama launched in 2014, inspired winter 2019 TV anime ― This year's 19th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Kei Sasuga's Domestic Girlfriend (Domestic na Kanojo) manga will end with the 28th compiled book volume on August 17. The manga's 27th volume will ship on May 15. Kodansha Comics licensed the manga for digital release, and it describes th...

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2nd Seiyū Red and White Contest Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Staff announced on Monday that the second annual Seiyū Red and White Singing Contest is cancelled. The event was scheduled to be held on May 2 at the Pacifico Yokohama National Convention Hall. Staff chose to cancel the event in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and recommendation from the Japanese government. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency in seven prefectures on Tue...

Sony Reveals PS5 DualSense Controller

Controller features haptic feedback, build-in microphone, adaptive triggers, "Create" button ― Sony unveiled the Playstation 5's new DualSense wireless controller on Tuesday. The controller will feature haptic feedback, a built-in microphone array, and adaptive triggers in the L2 and R2 buttons. Sony also changed the hand triggers' angles and altered the controller's grip. The new "Create" button wil...
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Pop Team Epic Creator Launches Rebranded Official Ensemble Stars! Manga Spoof

'Bukusuta!!' 4-koma manga released first chapter on Dengeki Online on Tuesday ― Did you know that the Pop Team Epic creator Bkub Okawa draws an Ensemble Stars! spinoff gag manga in the style of Pop Team Epic? Well, now you do. The 4-koma manga Bukusuta! first began as an online comic strip on Dengeki Online in 2017. Now it's getting a new version called Bukusuta!! (with two exclamation points) to acc...
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Season Premiere: Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 26

Returning champion Jacob Chapman is back to review the rollercoaster new season of one of the biggest shojo dramas ever - how does the premiere hold up?
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Dragon Marked for Death Game Gets PC Version on April 21

Trailer streamed for 2D side-scrolling action game ― Inti Creates announced during a livestream presentation on Tuesday that its Dragon Marked for Death game will get a PC version via Steam on April 21. The PC version will launch alongside the game's 3.0.0 update. The company unveiled a trailer during the livestream: The game debuted digitally in January 2019 in Japan, North America, and Europe. In J...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 5-11

The Helpful Fox Senko-san, Revue Starlight anime; Primitive Boyfriend, Prince Freya manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date After War Gundam X Collection 1 BDPlease Sunrise US$74.99 April 7 Anime-Gataris Essentials BDCite Funimation US$29.98 April 7 Aria - The Natural Season 2 Part 1 BDAnimeNewsNetwork Nozomi Entertainment US$39.99 April 7 Casshern Sins Essentials BDPl...
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Twittering Birds Never Fly, Given Manga Top 2020 BL Awards

― The boys-love website Chil Chil announced the winners of its 11th annual BL Awards on Friday. The awards honor manga, novels, drama CDs, voice actors, characters, and cover design in the boys-love genre. The winning works are decided via popular vote on the website. The Best Series winner is Kou Yoneda's Twittering Birds Never Fly, available in English from Digital Manga Publishing. The series lau...
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Annecy 2020 Festival Canceled Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack game collection's physical release delayed ― The Annecy International Animation Film Festival announced on Tuesday that it has cancelled this year's event due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease. The event will get an online version that will include exclusive and original content. The organizers will announce the festival's selection o...
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This Week in Anime - Things Get Awkward in the Idol Romcom Oshibudo

Eripiyo is a one-woman fanclub for underground idol Maina from the group ChamJam. Can romance blossom between a fan and an idol...and should it? ― Eripiyo is a one-woman fanclub for underground idol Maina from the group ChamJam. Her obsession has made her a financial wreck as each and every yen goes toward supporting her shy favorite. Can romance blossom between a fan and an idol...and should it? Di...
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Angel Beats! Anime Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Director Seiji Kishi, insert song singer LiSA, voice actor Megumi Ogata comment on Twitter ― The Angel Beats! anime debuted on April 2, 2010. When the series reached its 10th anniversary, director Seiji Kishi, "Girls Dead Monster" vocalist LiSA, and Ayato Naoi voice actor Megumi Ogata left comments on Twitter about it. Kishi commented on how the series was trending on Twitter and wrote: "It's been 10...
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Tokyopop Delays Print Releases for April, May

Kiramager's Rio Komiya recovering from COVID-19 ― Tokyopop announced on Tuesday that it is delaying the releases of its upcoming titles slated for April and May due to the effects of COVID-19. The publisher currently does not anticipate delays of its releases scheduled for June or later. The delayed print titles are: Aria: The Masterpiece, Volume 6 Futaribeya: A Room for Two, Volume 7 Disney Manga: K...

Prime Minister Abe Declares State of Emergency in 7 Prefectures in Japan

Declaration covers Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Hyogo, Fukuoka until May 6 ― Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a state of emergency in the prefectures of Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Hyogo, and Fukuoka on Tuesday until May 6. Abe said that he will lift the declaration after these countermeasures to the outbreak of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) become unnecess...
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No Guns Life TV Anime's 2nd Half Delayed

13-episode 2nd half was scheduled to premiere on April 9 ― The official website for the television anime of Tasuku Karasuma's No Guns Life manga revealed on Tuesday that the show's second half is delayed due to the effects of the spread of COVID-19. The anime's website and Twitter account will announce a new premiere date after it is decided. In addition, the third and fourth Blu-ray Disc volumes and...

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime's 3rd Season Delayed

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax was scheduled to premiere on April 9 ― The official Twitter account for the anime of Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light novel series revealed on Tuesday that My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Kan), the third season of the an...
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Fire Force Stage Play Reveals More Cast, Staff, Run Dates

Ren Ozawa, Yuki Kimisawa, Ryōma Baba, more join cast of July-August play ― The official website for the stage play of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga revealed a preview video, cast, staff, and run dates for the stage play on Tuesday. The play will run at the Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka on July 31 to August 2, and the KT Zepp Yokohama in Kanagawa on August 7 to 9. Shō Kubota is d...

Talentless Nana Manga About Girl Fighting Humanity's Enemies Gets TV Anime

Looseboy, Iori Furuya's manga centers on school with superpowered students ― Square Enix announced on Tuesday that Looseboy and Iori Furuya's Talentless Nana (Munō na Nana) manga is inspiring a television anime. Looseboy drew an illustration to celebrate the television anime announcement. Crunchyroll is publishing the manga digitally in English, and it describes the story: An academy on an island in ...
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Japan's Box Office Down 90% as Major Cities Face State of Emergency

Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector stayed at #8 in 2nd weekend ― Many Tokyo theaters were not open this past weekend, following Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike's call two weeks ago for Tokyo residents to stay at home and avoid going out on the weekends. Many theaters outside of Tokyo still operated. Tokyo, as well as six other prefectures, are now facing a declaration of a state of emergency that is planned ...

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JA Nansun's Latest Love Live! Sunshine!! Collaboration Image Shows Japanese-Style Chika

Limited-edition Numazu tea goes on sale from May 12 ― The image JA Nansun used to promote Chika's appointment as ambassador of Numazu's local foods may have attracted some unwanted attention due to some questionable artistic decisions, but the agricultural cooperative's partnership with the Love Live! Sunshine!! brand remains strong. The latest collaboration promotes Numazu tea, and the original desi...
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Evangelion Announces Escape Rooms Across Japan For June

The Evangelion series has announced an escape room for June with puzzle makers SCRAP. The "Escape from the Collapsing NERV" rooms will open in 11 cities in Japan starting from June 25. Participants of this escape room will take on the role of NERV employees. You'll work with your teammates Shinji, Asuka, Rei, Mari, and Misato to escape from NERV as it crumbles. You'll communicate with Misato throu...
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Zo Zo Zombie Animated Shorts' 1st Episode Streams on YouTube

Animated series based on manga to stream weekly ― The official YouTube channel for Zo Zo Zombie, Canadian toy and media company Spin Master and Shogakukan-Shueisha Production's animated series based on Yasunari Nagatoshi's Zo Zo Zo Zombie (Zo Zo Zo Zombie-kun) manga, began streaming the first episode in English on Monday. The channel will debut new episodes weekly. Crunchyroll is also streaming the s...
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Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Manga Ends With 5th Volume

Manga's final compiled book volume ships on April 27 ― Book distributor Nippan's Hon no Hikidashi website is listing the fifth compiled book volume of Reki Kawahara and IsII's Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale manga as the final volume. The fifth volume will ship in Japan on April 27. The manga adaptation of the Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film debuted in April 2017. The manga launched on Kad...
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Joe Zieja Shows You What Voice Acting in Anime is Like

English voice actor Joe Zieja, best known for playing Claude in Fire Emblem: Three Houses is here to let you in on what voice acting in anime is like. He posted a video on YouTube on Monday poking fun at all the peculiarities in voicing for dubbed anime. The video has the following tongue-in-cheek description: "Here is a totally real, behind the scenes look into the life of an anime voice actor wh...
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Funimation to Stream Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater Anime

High school fishing series premieres on April 7 ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will stream Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater, the television anime of Yasuyuki Kosaka's Hōkago Teibō Nisshi manga, during the spring 2020 season. Funimation describes the anime: Based on the manga of the same name by Yasuyuki Kosaka, the series follows Hina Tsurugi, a first-year student who moves to a town by ...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Re:Zero The Frozen Bond, Shadowverse Anime

English-subtitled trailer streamed for both anime debuting in April ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will begin streaming the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- The Frozen Bond (Re:Zero Hyōketsu no Kizuna) original video anime (OVA) and the Shadowverse anime in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent S...
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Actor Jay Benedict Passes Away

Voice of Angel Cop's Asura, Project A-Ko's Captain Napolipolita had COVID-19 ― Talent agency TCG Artist Management revealed on Saturday that actor Jay Benedict passed away that day from complications from the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The American actor based in the United Kingdom was 68. Benedict's television credits include roles in the British soap opera Emmerdale in 1997 and the detecti...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 151

Boruto closes out his latest adventure and a new mystery looms on the horizon in an action-packed episode.
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Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Accessories Will Surely Protect You From Ghosts

Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun is getting its own money pouches and earrings based on the designs from the series. The accessories have the kanji for "seal" written on them, which will surely make them effective in warding off ghosts. The pouches and earrings cost 1,650 yen (approximately US$15) each and will be made available through Animate physical branches and the Animate Costume Kan (ACOS)'s online ...
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Haikyu!! To The Top ‒ SEASON FINALE

It's a good thing the manga is far past this point in the story, because otherwise it'd be a vicious wait until July.
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My Hero Academia's Canceled Stage Play Gets New Version in July

"The 'Ultra' Live" event originally set for July is postponed ― The official website for the stage plays of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga revealed on Monday that the My Hero Academia: The "Ultra" Stage: Honmono no Hero PLUS ULTRA ver. (A True Hero) stage play will run in Japan in July. The announcement also revealed that the "The 'Ultra' Live" event, which was scheduled to run in July, is ...
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Netflix Adds Final 41 Episodes of 1986 Saint Seiya Anime With New English Dub, Subtitles

― Netflix has added 41 more episodes of the 1986 Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac) anime series with a new English dub and English subtitles. Netflix's "Seasons 5 and 6" of the anime include episodes 74 to 114, finishing the series. The series is available for users in North America, New Zealand, and Australia. Netflix began streaming the first 41 episodes of the anime in October, and then began s...

State of Emergency in Japan in 7 Prefectures to Last 1 Month (Updated)

Declaration aimed at Tokyo, other large cities to allow them to direct efforts to halt COVID-19 spread ― Update: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Hyogo, and Fukuoka on Tuesday evening. The state of emergency will last until May 6. Source: NHK NHK World reported on Monday that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to dec...
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Maki Fujita Ends Yakusoku wa Toshokan no Katasumi de Manga in May

Manga about university librarians launched in March 2019 ― The May issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Princess magazine announced on Monday that manga creator Maki Fujita will end the Yakusoku wa Toshokan no Katasumi de (The Promise Was Made in the Corner of the Library) manga in the June issue on May 2. The manga centers on Tamiko, a librarian working in the annex of a university library alongside her ...
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Daisuke Ono, Kenjiro Tsuda Join Cast of Tower of God Anime

13-episode series premiered on April 1 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Korean creator SIU's Tower of God manhwa revealed two more cast members on Monday. The cast includes: Daisuke Ono as Phonsekal Laure Kenjiro Tsuda as Lero-Ro The series debuted on Crunchyroll on April 1, and premiered in Japan on April 2 at 12:30 a.m. The show will have 13 episodes. The anime's previo...
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'Shachibato! President, It's Time for Battle!' Anime to Have 12 Episodes

― The official website for Shachibato! President, It's Time for Battle! — the television anime of the smartphone strategy role-playing game Shachō, Battle no Jikan Desu! — revealed on Monday that the anime will have 12 episodes. The anime's Blu-ray Disc box will ship with all 12 episodes on August 26. The anime premiered on Sunday. Funimation is streaming the anime as it aired in Japan. The isekai (...
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NHK World Streams Hayao Miyazaki 4-Part Documentary for Free

Documentary aired in 2019, covers 10 years of Miyazaki's work beginning with Ponyo ― NHK is offering its 10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki four-part documentary on Studio Ghibli director and co-founder Hayao Miyazaki on its NHK World website for free. NHK aired the documentary from February to May last year. NHK describes the documentary: An exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the genius of Japan's forem...
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Violet Evergarden Film's Opening Postponed

Film was slated to open on April 24 ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime film project revealed on Monday that Kyoto Animation has postponed the film's opening in Japan due to concerns over the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The film does not yet have a new release date. The film was slated to open in Japan on April 24. This is the second delay for the f...
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Anpanman Anime's Voice Recording on Hold Indefinitely

Due to COVID-19 coronavirus disease concerns, similar to Sazae-san's reported halt ― The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper's Mantan Web website reported on Monday that the Soreike! Anpanman anime has halted dialogue voice recording sessions indefinitely due to concerns over the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). According to Mantan Web's source who is involved with the anime's production, the production is...

3 New Manga Launch in Shonen Jump This Spring

Cross Account's Tsunehiro Date launches new manga with writer Kenji Ichima ― This year's 19th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that three new manga will launch in the magazine this spring. The first new series is Tomohiro Hasegawa's Shinrin Ōsha Mori King (Forest Ruler Mori King) manga, which will launch in the 20th issue on April 13. Weekly Shonen Jump teases that ...

Prime Minister Abe Declares State of Emergency in Japan (Updated)

Declaration aimed at Tokyo, other large cities to allow them to direct efforts to halt COVID-19 spread ― Update: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Hyogo, and Fukuoka on Tuesday evening. The state of emergency will last until May 6. Source: NHK The Kyodo News agency reported on Monday that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in...
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Hikaru Utada Performs Live-Action Bishoku Tantei Akechi Gorō Show's Theme Song

Utada's first theme created for live-action NTV show, premiering April 12 ― The official website for the live-action series of Akiko Higashimura's Bishoku Tantei Akechi Gorō (Gourmet Detective Gorō Akechi) manga revealed on Monday that singer Hikaru Utada will perform a new song titled "Time," created specifically as the theme song for the series. This is Utada's first theme song for a live-action N...
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IDOLiSH7 Anime Season 2 Reveals Theme Songs

Anime premiered on Sunday ― The official website for IDOLiSH7 Second Beat!, the second season of the IDOLiSH7 anime, revealed on Sunday that the titular in-story idol group IDOLiSH7 performs the anime's opening theme song "DiSCOVER THE FUTURE," while the in-story idol group Re:vale performs the ending theme song "Mirai Notes o Kanadete" (Play the Notes of the Future). The single release for the openi...
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New Project Teased for Hiroshi Takahashi's Crows, Worst Franchises

― The May issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Shonen Champion magazine teased on Monday that Hiroshi Takahashi's Crows and Worst manga are getting a new "legend" in a new project this summer. Takahashi's Crows manga ran for 26 volumes, and inspired a two-episode anime OVA adaptation. The manga also inspired three live-action films, with Takashi Miike directing the first two films, Crows Zero and Crows Z...
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'Can You Just Die, My Darling?' Manga Changes to Digital Publication

― The May issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine revealed on Monday that Majuro Kaname and Sōsō Sakakibara's Can You Just Die, My Darling? (Konya wa Tsuki ga Kirei desu ga, Toriaezu Shine) manga is switching to a digital-only publication. The manga's next chapter will feature in both the June issue of Shōnen Magazine R (which changed to a digital-only publication in December) on May 20, and the...
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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Game Reveals Details of 'New Episode' DLC

1st of 2-part DLC featuring Beerus, Whis, Super Saiyan God forms launches this spring ― This year's 19th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot game is getting an "additional episode" DLC that will feature the characters Beerus and Whis. In the story, after beating Whis, Goku and Vegeta will be able to use their Supe...
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Hawks Joins My Hero One's Justice 2 Game as DLC

1st DLC character for game launches this spring ― This year's 19th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the character Hawks will join Bandai Namco Entertainment's My Hero One's Justice 2 (My Hero Academia: One's Justice 2) game as a DLC character. The character will join the game this spring as part of the first DLC for the game's season pass. Players can also purch...

Yūsaku Shibata's Zipman!! Manga Ends in Shonen Jump

Manga launched on December 2 ― This year's 19th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the final chapter on Monday for Yūsaku Shibata's Zipman!! manga. The manga's second and final compiled volume will ship on June 4. The manga launched in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on December 2. The manga's first volume shipped on April 3. Viz Media and Shuiesha's MANGA Plus service b...
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U.K. Publishing Platform Funds Release of Hardcover Book About Anime Architecture

Book to include art material from Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor, Evangelion, Tekkonkinkreet ― Volume, a U.K. publishing platform that hosts campaigns to fund and produce printed works, is currently taking pre-orders for a Collector's Edition of the art book Anime Architecture. The book is £75 and is slated to ship in the fourth quarter of 2020. The book will have a general release this fall, bu...
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Black Clover Gaiden: Quartet Knights Manga Ends on April 12

Manga based on video game launched in October 2018 ― Manga creator Yumiya Tashiro revealed on Twitter on Sunday that his Black Clover Gaiden: Quartet Knights manga adaptation of the Black Clover: Quartet Knights game will end in its next chapter. The next chapter will launch on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website and app on April 12. Tashiro had stated in December that the manga was approaching its clima...

Sazae-san Voice Actress: Dialogue Recording Put on Hold Until Further Notice

Recordings halted due to concerns over COVID-19 coronavirus illness ― The Sponichi Annex news website reported on Saturday that voice actress Midori Kato stated on Radio Nikkei's "Chūō Keiba Jikkyō Chūkei" program on Saturday that the Sazae-san anime has halted voice recording sessions indefinitely due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus illness. Kato voices the titular Sazae Fuguta on the show...
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Masayuki Suzuki Returns to Perform Opening Theme for Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime's 2nd Season

New series premieres on April 11 ― The official website for the television anime of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga announced on Sunday that Masayuki Suzuki will perform the opening theme song "Daddy! Daddy! Do! feat. Airi Suzuki" for Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai? Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen, the anime's second season. Masayuki ...

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Kodansha USA Delays Spring, Summer Print Manga Releases

Seven Seas' May paperbacks delayed but digital still on time; more events in Japan cancelled ― Kodansha USA Publishing, which handles the Kodansha Comics and Vertical imprints, announced on Friday that it is delaying many of its print releases scheduled for spring and summer 2020 to later in the year due to the impact of the current "global health crisis." All previously scheduled Kodansha Comics and...
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Cosplayer Enako Appointed Cool Japan Ambassador

"I will do my utmost to spread the pop culture I love, as an ambassador and as a cosplayer!" ― Professional cosplayer Enako announced on her Twitter account on Wednesday that she has been appointed a Cool Japan ambassador. "I will do my utmost to spread the pop culture I love, as an ambassador and as a cosplayer!" she wrote. 【お知らせ】政府が進めているクールジャパンを推進するため、内閣府から『クールジャパン・アンバサダー』に任命されました。大好きなポップカルチャーという文化...
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Manga With Biggest 1st Printings from Kodansha, Shogakukan, Shueisha: 2019-2020

Attack on Titan, Silver Spoon, One Piece top respective publisher's lists ― The combined May and June issue of The Tsukuru Shuppan's Tsukuru magazine published a chart on Friday listing the top 15 manga volumes for three major publishers — Kodansha, Shogakukan, and Shueisha — in the last 12 months based on first printings. The chart reflects the first print runs from volumes released between April 20...
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My Hero Academia ‒ SEASON FINALE

On the whole MHA's fourth season has been a parade of the show's strengths and weaknesses throughout.
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Hataraki Man Creator Moyoco Anno Shares Her Tips For Work-Life Balance

― Manga creator Moyoco Anno was interviewed in NewsPicks Brand Magazine's spring 2020 issue for their feature on working life in modern-day Japan. Anno found fame drawing the Hataraki Man manga from 2004 to 2008, and she said that her inspiration for drawing the manga at the time was to depict various different attitudes towards work ethic. The story of Hataraki Man centers on Hiroko Matsukata, who ...
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T ‒ Episode 10

For as much as episode 9 revealed, it was just the warm-up; this is where we find out the real truth about what's been going on so far this season.

My Hero Academia Anime Gets 5th Season

4th season ended on Saturday ― The end of the 88th episode of the My Hero Academia anime revealed on Saturday that the anime will get a fifth season. The episode on Saturday was the final episode in the show's fourth season. The below video features Deku saying "a new something is awakening." The fourth season premiered in Japan on October 12. Funimation, Hulu, and Crunchyroll are streaming the seaso...
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Touken Ranbu's 8th Stage Play Unveils Cast, Visuals

Mizuki Umetsu, Mashiro Sano, Yūho Matsui, more join cast for play debuting this summer ― The official website for Marvelous' stage play adaptations of Nitroplus and DMM Games' Touken Ranbu franchise revealed on Friday cast members and visuals for the new stage play that will debut this summer. The cast includes: Takuma Wada as Kasen Kanesada Mizuki Umetsu as Chōgi Yamanbagiri Mashiro Sano as Aoe Nikk...
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An Nakahara's Hikari on Stage! Manga Ends in May

Manga about 14-year-old in show business launched in March 2018 ― The May issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine revealed on Friday that An Nakahara's Hikari on Stage! manga will end with the next issue on May 2. Nakahara launched the manga in Ciao in March 2018. Shogakukan published the manga's fourth compiled volume on January 31. The manga centers on Hikari Hoshikawa, a 14-year-old girl who is plain ...
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The Case Study of Vanitas Manga Goes on Hiatus Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Social distancing precautions keep assistants from being able to commute to work on manga ― Manga creator Jun Mochizuki posted on Twitter on Thursday that her The Case Study of Vanitas (Vanitas no Carte) manga is going on an indefinite hiatus due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus illness. Mochizuki explained that the process for creating the manga is completely analog, and her assistants woul...
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One-Punch Man Ranks #11 on New York Times' Graphic Books Bestseller's April List

― The 19th volume of ONE and Yūsuke Murata's One-Punch Man manga ranked at #11 on The New York Times' monthly Graphic Books and Manga bestseller list released in early April. The 11th volume of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga ranked at #12, the first volume of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga ranked at #14, and the eighth volume of Akira Toriyama and Toyotarō's Dragon...
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Singer Asaka Takes 1-Month Hiatus to Recover from Vocal Cord Polyp Surgery

Laid-Back Camp, YU-NO singer to start hiatus on April 21 ― MAGES announced on the official website for the singer Asaka on Friday that Asaka will take around a month-long hiatus from her singing work in order to recuperate from a vocal cord polyp removal surgery. She will start her hiatus on April 21. MAGES said that while Asaka can still sing and talk right now, after staff and Asaka consulted with ...
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