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BEASTARS GNs 1-2

This anthropomorphized drama about animals struggling to find their place between the herbivore and carnivore worlds goes down far darker roads than Zootopia. Rebecca Silverman has the details on this provocative series. ― If there is a single thing that might prevent you from enjoying Beastars, Paru Itagaki's Manga Taisho Award-winning title, it is the anthropomorphic animals who star in it. There's...
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Konosuba - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Novel 9: Crimson Fate

KONOSUBA crosses paths with its Megumin-centric spinoff in this absurdly silly volume packed with gags but light on battles. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Into every series with a spin-off must come a point of reference. For Konosuba: God's Blessing on this Wonderful World, this is that moment. As readers of the series who picked up the first manga volume of An Explosion on this Wonderful Worl...
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Overlord III BD+DVD

This third season marks a darker turn for the franchise, largely for the better but not without its hiccups. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Overlord's third anime season enjoys playing with your emotions. In part this has all been set up in the previous seasons – we've become accustomed to thinking of Ainz as just a regular guy trapped in the body of an undead sorcerer; a giant skeleton on the ...
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Given Boys-Love Anime Gets Film in 2020

Staff, cast return from TV anime ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Natsuki Kizu's Given manga revealed on Thursday that a new anime film will open in 2020. The website revealed a teaser video and visual for the film. Fuji TV's new Blue Lynx boys-love anime label is producing the film. The television anime focuses on high school students Ritsuka and Mafuyu, but the film will focus on ...
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Boku no Tonari ni Ankoku Hakaishin ga Imasu. TV Anime's Promo Video Streamed

Love Tyrant's Atsushi Nigorikawa directs winter 2020 anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Arata Aki's Boku no Tonari ni Ankoku Hakaishin ga Imasu. (There is a Dark God of Destruction Next to Me) manga began streaming a promotional video on Wednesday. The video introduces the anime's story and main characters. The anime will premiere in winter 2020. Atsushi Nigorikawa (L...
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In This Corner of the World Anime Film's Extended Version Casts Kana Hanazawa

Film opens on December 20 with 30 more minutes of footage ― The official website for In This Corner (and Other Corners) of the World [Kono Sekai no (Sara ni Ikutsumono) Katasumi ni] — the extended version of the anime film adaptation of Fumiyo Kouno's In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) manga — revealed on Thursday that Kana Hanazawa will play the new character Teru. Teru is a wom...
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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Game Previews Story in Trailer

Switch remake of 1993 Game Boy game debuts on September 20 ― Nintendo began streaming a story trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remake game on Wednesday. The game will ship on September 20. The original game launched for Game Boy in Japan and the West in 1993. The game then received an updated Game Boy Color release in 1998. Source: Nintendo UK's YouTube channel via Gematsu
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Weekly Shonen Champion Reveals Baki, BEASTARS Creators Are Father-Daughter

BEASTARS creator Paru Itagaki has never shown her face publicly, instead opting for a chicken mask when she appears at events. There is one thing we do know about the elusive artist; she's the daughter of Baki manga creator Keisuke Itagaki. Their familial relationship was revealed in this year's 42nd issue of Weekly Shonen Champion magazine. The magazine includes an interview with both manga creat...
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Super Robot Wars V Game Listed on Steam as Unavailable Outside Japan, Southeast Asia

― The Steam page for the PC version of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Super Robot Wars V (Super Robot Taisen V) crossover game is listing the version as unavailable outside of Japan on Southeast Asia. The game will launch in Japan for the Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam on October 3. Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia will also release the game for Switch and PC via Steam in English in Southeast Asia on...
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'My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected' Novels' Final Volume Slated for November 19

The official Twitter account for Shogakukan's GAGAGA Bunko label revealed on Wednesday that the 14th and final volume of Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected light novel series is slated to ship in Japan on November 19. The Twitter account added that the volume will have the highest page count out of all the volumes so far, and that the volume "will actually ship this t...
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Hajime no Ippo Stage Play Reveals Visuals, Video

Voice of anime's Ippo directs play debuting on January 31 in Tokyo ― The official website for the first stage play adaptation of George Morikawa's Hajime no Ippo boxing manga revealed the staff, cast, visuals, a commercial, and performance dates on Wednesday. The play is titled Real Fighting Hajime no Ippo The Glorious Stage!!, and it will run at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Stellar Ball in Tokyo from Janu...
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BEASTARS GNs 1-2

This anthropomorphized drama about animals struggling to find their place between the herbivore and carnivore worlds goes down far darker roads than Zootopia. Rebecca Silverman has the details on this provocative series. ― If there is a single thing that might prevent you from enjoying Beastars, Paru Itagaki's Manga Taisho Award-winning title, it is the anthropomorphic animals who star in it. There's...
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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Game's Video Previews Cell Games Arc

PS4, Xbox One, PC game ships on January 17 in the West ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a promotional video for its Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Wednesday. The video previews the game's portrayal of the Cell Games Arc. The game will ship on January 16, 2020 in Japan, and on January 17 in the West. Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed that the game will...
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Bushiroad Reveals Rebirth Short Anime for Rebirth for you Card Game

Bushiroad revealed 12 cast members, January premiere for short anime ― Bushiroad announced the cast and January premiere date for Rebirth, the television short anime based on its Rebirth for you trading card game, during an event on Thursday. Bushiroad announced the card game and the anime on July 18. The cast includes: Yūka Nishio as Yū Higashiyama Rimi Nishimoto as Chiharu Wakamiya Amane Shindō as ...
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One Piece: World Seeker Game's Sabo DLC Previewed in Video

2nd DLC episode for game debuts on Friday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a trailer for second DLC episode for the One Piece World Seeker game. The DLC will focus on Sabo and launch on Friday. The first DLC episode focusing on Zoro released on July 12. The third DLC featuring Law will debut this winter. The game launched for PS4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on March 15 in the West...
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Namiru Matsumoto's My Girlfriend is Shobitch Manga Ends

Manga launched in 2015, inspired 2017 TV anime ― The Niconico Seiga, Comic Walker, and Comic Web Newtype websites published the 87th and final chapter of Namiru Matsumoto's Boku no Kanojo ga Majime Sugiru Shojo Bitch na Ken (My Girlfriend is Shobitch) manga on September 13. Kadokawa will ship the manga's eighth and final compiled book volume on December 10. Sentai Filmworks licensed the manga's telev...
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Assassin's Creed Game Gets Manga in October

Minoji Kurata's Assassin's Creed: China manga centers on Chinese Assassin Shao Jun ― The official Twitter account and website for Shogakukan's Sunday GX magazine revealed on Thursday that Minoji Kurata will launch a new manga based on Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed game series titled Assassin's Creed: China in the magazine's November issue on October 19. The manga will center on Shao Jun, the protagonist...
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Taeko no Nichijō Manga About Patient Office Worker Gets TV Anime

DLE adapts Sorosoro Tanigawa's manga for October 5 premiere ― ABC TV revealed on Thursday that Sorosoro Tanigawa's Taeko no Nichijō (Taeko's Everyday Life) manga is inspiring a television short anime that will premiere on October 5 on ABC TV, and October 8 on Tokyo MX. Tanigawa is directing the anime. ABC TV and DLE are credited for production. The announcement noted that a "regular person" from the ...
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No Guns Life Anime Premieres on October 10

― The official website for the television anime of Tasuku Karasuma's No Guns Life manga revealed on Thursday that the anime will premiere on TBS on October 10, on AT-X, Sun TV, and KBS Kyoto on October 11, and on BS11 on October 13. Naoyuki Itou (Overlord all three seasons, Kanon, Kimi no Koe o Todoketai) is directing the anime at Madhouse (Boogiepop and Others, Overlord). Yukie Sugawara (Overlord a...
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Funimation Streams Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld, We Never Learn Season 2 Anime

Also: My Hero Academia season 4 stream debuts on October 12, Kono Oto Tomare season 2 on October 5 ― Funimation conifrmed on Wednesday that it will stream the Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld and the second season of the We Never Learn: BOKUBEN anime. In addition, Funimation revealed the debut dates and confirmed SimulDubs for some of its previously announced simulcasts, including: M...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Food Wars! Season 4, Chihayafuru Season 3

Both anime premiere in Japan in October ― Crunchyroll confirmed on Wednesday that it will stream the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma The Fourth Plate and Chihayafuru 3 anime series this fall. Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma The Fourth Plate (Shokugeki no Soma: Shin no Sara), the fourth anime season based on Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's manga, will premiere on both Tokyo MX and BS11 in Japan on October 11 ...
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Seven Seas Licenses Fragtime Yuri Manga, Adachi and Shimamura Yuri Novels

Also: Goodbye, My Rose Garden, Failed Princesses, Syrup yuri manga ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Twitter on Wednesday that it has licensed five new yuri titles: the Fragtime manga, Adachi and Shimamura light novel series, the Goodbye, My Rose Garden, Failed Princesses manga, and the Syrup manga anthology. Seven Seas will publish Sato's Fragtime in North America in print and on digital platf...
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Hōkago Saikoro Club Anime Casts Shun Horie, Taku Yashiro

Kotori Koiwai, Hisako Tōjō, Eriko Matsui also cast in board game club anime ― The official website for the television anime of Hirō Nakamichi's Hōkago Saikoro Club (Afterschool Dice Club) manga revealed five additional cast members for the anime on Thursday. The new cast members include: Shun Horie as Ryūji Yoshioka, Tanoue's classmate and childhood friend who is also a member of the kendo team. He i...

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Crunchyroll Adds Kamen no Maid Guy, Soul Link Anime to Catalog

Both anime begin streaming on Wednesday ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it is adding the Kamen no Maid Guy and Soul Link anime to its catalog. The company began streaming both anime on Wednesday in the United States and Canada. The 12-episode Kamen no Maid Guy anime premiered in 2008. The series is based on Maruboro Akai's comedy manga of the same name. Crunchyroll describes the series: Ser...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba's Natsuki Hanae Shares How He Ended Up Blocked by Official Account

Natsuki Hanae is the voice behind Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba protagonist Tanjirō, but that didn't save him from getting blocked by the anime's official Twitter account. Hanae shared the humorous story with Hiro Shimono (Zenitsu Agatsuma) on the Kimetsu Radio program. Twitter user Nomi translated the conversation and shared it on Twitter and it has since been retweeted over 6,000 times. Just wa...
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Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace note ‒ Episode 11

"This episode collects a myriad of moving pieces into one gradually-cohering picture, setting up the big reveal in what should be the series' finale next week."
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Sou Performs ID: INVADED TV Anime's Opening Song

Anime debuts in 2020 with character designs by Blood Lad's Yuki Kodama ― The official website for the original television anime project ID: INVADED revealed on Wednesday that Sou will perform the opening theme song "Mister Fixer." The anime will debut in 2020. Kenjiro Tsuda (One Punch Man's Atomic Samurai, Attack on Titan's Hannes, Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club's Seijūrō Mikoshiba) stars in the anime as ...
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Sister Princess Debuts Karen VTuber for 20th Anniversary

I'm not sure any anime series better encapsulates the early aughts harem genre than Sister Princess. The first season debuted in 2001 as an adaptation of the light novel and video games by the same name. The anime follows Wataru Minakami (the player's brother in the game) after he is accepted into high school on a mysterious "Promised Island." When he arrives he finds himself face to face with 12 ...
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Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest ‒ Episode 10

"There's a story worth telling in here somewhere, it's just buried under a struggling production and baffling directorial choices."
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Shaman King Gets 20th Anniversary Exhibition This Winter

Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga will get a traveling exhibition throughout Japan this winter. The series' exhibition will open first in Space 634 in the Tokyo Solamachi retail complex in Oshiage, Tokyo on November 23. After finishing its run on December 4, the event will head to the Abeno Harukas Kintetsu store inside the Abeno Harukas skyscraper in Osaka in January 2020 followed by an opening ...
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Kandagawa Jet Girls Anime's New Promo Video Reveals October 8 Debut

Key visual, advanced screening also revealed ― The official website for the television anime of the Kandagawa Jet Girls multimedia project began streaming the second promotional video on Wednesday. The video reveals that the anime will debut in Japan on AT-X on October 8 at 11:30 p.m. The anime will premiere later that night on Tokyo MX and MBS and will stream on d Anime Store, before airing on BS11 ...
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Season Finale: to the abandoned Sacred Beasts ‒ Episode 12

"While this episode does feature a climactic battle we all knew was coming and a sort-of resolution, this conclusion really marks the end of the first stage in a longer journey."
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, September 15-21

The Case of Hana & Alice, Pokémon Black and White anime films; No Guns Life, The Way of the Househusband manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date The Case of Hana & Alice BDPlease Shout! Factory US$26.99 September 17 Classroom of the Elite Essentials BDCite Funimation US$29.98 September 17 Di Gi Charat Ultimate Collection BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$29.98 Sep...
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BanG Dream! FILM LIVE Anime Film Tops 100 Million Yen at Box Office

Film opened on September 13 ― The BanG Dream! FILM LIVE anime film has sold about 51,000 tickets to earn more than 100 million yen (about US$924,000) at the Japanese box office as of Tuesday. The film opened in 56 theaters in Japan on September 13. Sanzigen returned to animate the film, and Bushiroad is distributing the film. Attendees for the movie's second week of screenings (September 20-26) will ...
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Frame Arms Girl Anime Film Gets U.S. Premiere at Anime Fest @ NYCC Event

Anime screens with Kotobukiya staff panel in New York on October 5 ― Kotobukiya revealed on Tuesday that it will screen the United States premiere of the Frame Arms Girl: Kyakkyau Fufu na Wonderland anime film at the Anime Fest @ NYCC event on October 5. The screening will include a panel with Kotobukiya staff and ProjectNuType founder and CEO NuType Tim. Attendees will receive a Frame Arms Girl Go-r...
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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Creator Shūichi Asō Marries Dempagumi Inc. Idol Mirin Furukawa

Dempagumi Inc. idol Mirin Furukawa announced that she tied the knot with The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. manga creator Shūichi Asō. Furukawa made the announcement during the encore of the idol group's "UHHA! YAAA!! TOUR!!! 2019 SPECIAL" concert at Zepp DiverCity Tokyo on Wednesday. Following the concert, Furukawa and Asō shared statements on the marriage. Aso drew a picture of his wife with a Saik...
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Her Blue Sky, Human Lost, Ride Your Wave, Wonderland Anime Compete at Sitges Film Fest

Spain festival also screens Weathering With You, One Piece Stampede, 'Shishigari' short ― The 52nd annual Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain revealed that Her Blue Sky (Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo), the original anime film by the Super Peace Busters creative team, is nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film and Official Fantastic Competition awards this year. In addition, the ...

Pokémon Sword/Shield Games Reveal New Pokémon Sirfetch'd

Farfetch'd in Galar evolve to Sirfetch'd after many battles ― The official website for the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Switch role-playing games revealed the new Pokémon Sirfetch'd on Wednesday. Farfetch'd in the Galar region evolve into Sirfetch'd after they compete in many battles. The website began streaming an introduction video for the Pokémon. The Fighting-type Pokémon us...
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34 Injured Kyoto Animation Victims No Longer in Life-Threatening Condition

Donations to studio after July 18 fire exceed 2.5 billion yen ― The Kyodo news service reported on Wednesday that the 34 people injured in the July 18 fire at Kyoto Animation's Studio 1 building are no longer in life-threatening condition. A source close to the investigation told Kyodo that some injured victims with severe burns remain in the intensive care unit, but all of the victims are progressin...
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Danganronpa Manga's Takashi Tsukimi Launches New Manga on Thursday

New manga adapts Rui Tsukiyo's Shijō Saikyō Orc-san no Tanoshii Isekai Harem Zukuri story ― The official website of Shogakukan's Manga ONE app revealed on September 1 that manga creator Takashi Tsukimi will launch a manga adaptation of Rui Tsukiyo's Shijō Saikyō Orc-san no Tanoshii Isekai Harem Zukuri (How History's Strongest Orc Creates a Harem on Another World) light novel in the app on Thursday. T...
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Sumikko Gurashi Anime Film's Trailer Reveals Narrators

Yoshihiko Inohara, Manami Nanjō narrate November 8 film ― Asmik Ace began streaming a trailer on Wednesday for Eiga Sumikko Gurashi - Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko (Sumikko Gurashi The Movie - The Unexpected Picture Book and the Secret Child), the anime film of San-X's "Sumikko Gurashi" (Living in the Corner) characters. The trailer reveals Yoshihiko Inohara and Manami Nanjō as the film's narrators....
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Detective Conan: Zero's Tea Time Manga Ends, But New Project Is Planned

Tōru Amuro's Police Academy mates teased in new project launching October 2 ― The 42nd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Takahiro Arai will end his Meitantei Conan Zero no Tea Time (Detective Conan: Zero's Tea Time) spinoff manga series in the magazine's next issue on September 25. However, Arai will launch a new project in the magazine's 44th issue on Oct...
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Crunchyroll Adds Sorcerer Hunters, Izumo: Flash of a Brave Sword, Captain Harlock: Arcadia of My Youth Anime

All 3 anime began streaming on Tuesday ― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it is adding the Sorcerer Hunters, Izumo: Flash of a Brave Sword, and Captain Harlock: Arcadia of My Youth anime to its catalog. Crunchyroll began streaming all three anime on Tuesday in the United States and Canada. The original 26-episode Sorcerer Hunters television series aired in 1995-1996 and the three-episode OVA shi...
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Taiyo Matsumoto Illustrates Kiki's Delivery Service Author Eiko Kadono's New Essay Book

Tekkonkinkreet/Ping Pong artist draws cover for Kadono's September 26 memoir on life as a writer ― Kadokawa revealed the cover of author Eiko Kadono's new essay collection book 'Sakka' to 'Majo' no Atsumacchatta Omoide (The Recollections of a Writer and a Witch) on Wednesday. Illustrator and manga creator Taiyo Matsumoto drew the cover for the book, which is slated to ship on September 26. The book w...

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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 24

"Much like Tohru and Kyo, this episode didn't handle everything perfectly, but it came through in the ways we needed most."
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Kaguya-sama Film Drops to #2, Weathering With You to #3

Violet Evergarden Gaiden at #8, One Piece Stampede at #9 ― The live-action film of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga dropped from #1 to #2 and sold 202,000 tickets in its second weekend. The film earned 241,997,600 yen (about US$2.23 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film has sold a total of 890,000 tickets and earned a cumulati...
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Anime! Anime!: Here's The Most Anticipated Anime for Fall 2019

We're only a few weeks away from the fall season and the list is loaded with big series sequels and highly anticipated adaptations. Sword Art Online, My Hero Academia, The Seven Deadly Sins, and Chihayafuru are all coming back. A reboot of Blade of the Immortal will premiere alongside a whole boatload of light novel adaptations including Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!...
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Sonic the Hedgehog Creator Yuji Naka Develops Original Action Game

Naka joined Square Enix in January ― Yuji Naka, former head of the Sonic Team and lead programmer of the original Sonic the Hedgehog games for Sega Genesis, revealed on Twitter on Tuesday that he is working on an original action game at Square Enix. Naka joined Square Enix in January. Naka joined Sega in 1984 and began developing the first Sonic the Hedgehog game in 1990. He left Sega and the Sonic T...
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Wise Man's Grandchild Voice Actor Shōhei Komatsu Joins MENSA

Kotori Koiwai and Mika Kanda are just two voice actors that recently shared their distinguished status as MENSA members. On September 16, voice actor Shōhei Komatsu shared that he was also accepted into the high-IQ society. The actor took the test for a reason; to "increase men's power." Komatsu launched an internet program with The [email protected] SideM voice actor Yuusuke Nagano titled "Yūsuke Nagano...
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Children of the Sea to Compete at Ottawa Int'l Animation Fest

Ottawa Festival takes place from September 25-29 ― Studio 4°C's anime film of Daisuke Igarashi's Children of the Sea (Kaijū no Kodomo) manga will screen in competition for The Ottawa International Animation Festival's (OIAF) Grand Prize for Features award. The OIAF will take place from September 25 to 29 in Ottawa. The OIAF previously revealed that On-Gaku: Our Sound, the anime film adaptation of Hir...
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NHK Launches Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2 Creator Rumiko Takahashi Mega-Poll

Following the Precure, Gundam, and Macross mega-polls, broadcaster NHK is turning to prolific manga creator Rumiko Takahashi to see which of her series is the fan-favorite. The polling site opened on September 17 and voters can cast their picks until November 4. The choice will be tough; there are 52 anime, about 1100 characters, about 700 episodes TV episodes, and about 160 songs to choose from. ...
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Polygon Pictures Wins 1st Saturn Award With Star Wars: Resistance Animated Series

Series premiered in 2018 ― The Saturn Awards, the awards that honor the best science fiction, horror, and fantasy movies and television programs of the year, announced the winners of the 45th awards on Friday. Polygon Pictures won its first Saturn Award for Best Animated Series on Television with it and Lucasfilm's Star Wars: Resistance animated series. Polygon Pictures is animating the series. The s...

Judge Orders Mignogna, Remaining Defendants to Mediate Before October 3

Judge will rule on remaining matters on October 4 if agreement is not reached ― Judge John P. Chupp called a hearing in Tarrant County District Court on Tuesday where he ordered voice actor Vic Mignogna's attorneys Ty Beard and An Lee Hsu and Funimation, Monica Rial, and Ron Toye's attorneys J. Sean Lemoine, Ethan Minshull, Casey S. Erick, Andrea Perez, and John Volney to mediate and reach an agreeme...
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Typhoon Noruda Director Helms 'Natsu no Niwa' Anime Short

Short is 1st anime produced by Yōjirō Arai's new animation studio Typhoon Noruda director and Penguin Highway character designer Yōjirō Arai created short anime movie for the Kagome juice brand's "GO!ME." project. The short is titled Natsu no Niwa (Summer Garden) and is the first anime produced by Arai's newly founded studio FILMONY. The three-minute video features the song "HEY HEY HO" by Enjoy Mu...
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Funimation Adds Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, Free! Anime Films

Also: live-Action Tokyo Ghoul film ― Funimation announced on Monday that it has added the following films to its catalog: Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- Free! The Movie -Timeless Medley- the Bond Free! The Movie -Timeless Medley- the Promise Free! -Take Your Marks- Live-action Tokyo Ghoul The Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film will stream in the United States, Canada, the Uni...
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Vinland Saga Vikings Enjoy Saga Prefecture's Bounty

Saga prefecture has enjoyed a successful collaboration with Zombie Land Saga and to a lesser extent, Sega. The prefecture has also set its sights on another Saga-anime, Wit Studio's historical viking drama Vinland Saga. The collaboration is part of the larger Saga Prefecture Regional Revitalization Project, "Sagaprise!" A series of visuals show Thorfinn and his fellow vikings enjoying regional spe...
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Yuruyuri Gets 4-Episode Miniyuri Net Anime

Mini-series premieres on YouTube on September 25 ― The official website for the anime of Namori's Yuruyuri manga revealed on Wednesday that a new Miniyuri "mini anime" will begin streaming on YouTube on September 25. The anime will center on the daily lives of small versions of Yuruyuri characters. The series will have four episodes, and one new episode will debut each Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. JST (7:0...
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This Week in Anime - The Fog of War Thickens in Vinland Saga

This Viking epic ramps up in gore and angst as young Thorfinn comes of age on the bloody battlefield, waiting for his chance at revenge. Micchy and Steve discuss their favorite moments and characters in this rapidly expanding saga. ― Vinland Saga ramps up in gore and angst as young Thorfinn comes of age on the bloody battlefield, waiting for his chance at revenge. This week, Micchy and Steve discuss...
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Konosuba - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Novel 9: Crimson Fate

KONOSUBA crosses paths with its Megumin-centric spinoff in this absurdly silly volume packed with gags but light on battles. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Into every series with a spin-off must come a point of reference. For Konosuba: God's Blessing on this Wonderful World, this is that moment. As readers of the series who picked up the first manga volume of An Explosion on this Wonderful Worl...

Date A Live Franchise Gets New Anime

Planning is progressing on new anime inspired by Koushi Tachibana, Tsunako's novels ― The official website for the Date A Live anime revealed on Wednesday that planning for a new Date A Live anime is progressing. The November issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Magazine will publish a feature for Date A Live on Friday. The feature will have a discussion with Date A Live light novel author Koushi Tachi...
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Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Manga Gets TV Anime

Kagiji Kumanomata's manga about insomniac princess trying to sleep while awaiting rescue launched in 2016 ― The 42nd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Kagiji Kumanomata's Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle (Maōjō de Oyasumi) manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation. The magazine's 35th volume teased an announcement for the manga on the 42nd issue....

Fruits Basket Anime Casts Aki Toyosaki

Series' "Season 1" ends in episode 25 on Friday ― The official website for the new anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga revealed on Tuesday that Aki Toyosaki will play Isuzu Soma. The character will debut in the 25th and final episode of "Season 1" of the series on Friday. The anime premiered in Japan on April 5, and the show's "Season 1" will have a total of 25 episodes. Funimation and Crun...
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Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin Manga Ends

Manga based on anime launched in January 2018 ― The October issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comic magazine published the final chapter of Atsushi Oba's Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin (Inazuma Eleven: The Scales of Ares) manga on September 14. Shogakukan will publish the manga's fourth and final compiled book volume in October. The manga is based on the anime of the same name. In the anime's story, pr...

4 Japanese Publishers Sue 'Mangamura Successor' Sites in the U.S.

Shueisha, Kodansha, Kadokawa, sue unnamed administrators hosting manga scans ― Shueisha, Kodansha, Kadokawa, and Shogakukan jointly filed a lawsuit in New York Southern District Court on September 4 against the unnamed administrators of website Hoshi no Romi and three other United States-hosted websites. The plaintiffs claimed that the sites, which allegedly hosted over 93,000 scanned volumes of mang...
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Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force Switch Game Gets Physical Release This Winter

Limited Run Games opens pre-orders on Tuesday ― Idea Factory International announced on Monday that it and game distributor Limited Run Games will release an exclusive physical version of the Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force game for Nintendo Switch this winter. Limited Run Games is opening pre-orders on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Pre-orders close on October 18 AT 11:59 p.m. EDT. Limited Run Games e...
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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launches for PS4, PC on Friday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming an English launch trailer for Level 5's Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered PlayStation 4 and PC game and the original Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch game's Switch version on Monday. Bandai Namco Entertainment's three releases will launch on Friday. Level 5 debuted the fantasy role-playing game ...
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Sphere Voice Actress Unit's Live-Action Gekidan Sphere Show Posts Teaser

Episode titles, premiere dates, theme song revealed ― The official website for Gekidan Sphere (Sphere Theater Troupe), the live-action television series starring the four-member voice actress and idol group Sphere, began streaming a teaser trailer on Tuesday. The teaser previews the show's theme song "Life is Wonder!!" by Sphere. The site also revealed a new visual, and the titles and premiere dates ...
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Kishō Taniyama Ruptures Achilles Tendon, Cancels 3 GRANRODEO Concerts

Voice actor, singer injured during Saturday concert in Hokkaido ― Voice actor and singer Kishō Taniyama announced on Monday that he has ruptured his Achilles tendon. The official website for his band GRANRODEO noted that he injured his right foot while performing during a live concert in Hokkaido on Saturday. Due to a hospital diagnosis after the concert, the band decided to cancel two live concerts ...

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BEASTARS Anime's Video Reveals Opening Song, October 8 Premiere

ALI performs opening song "Wild side" ― Toho Animation began streaming the fourth promotional video for the television anime of Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS manga on Tuesday. The video reveals and previews the anime's opening theme song "Wild side" by ALI, and also reveals the anime's October 8 premiere date. The anime will debut in Netflix in Japan on October 8, and will premiere on Fuji TV's [+Ultra] pr...
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Babylon Anime's Video Reveals Theme Song, 3 More Cast Members, 3-Arc Story

Kazuyuki Okitsu, Katsuhisa Houki, Ryotaro Okiayu cast in October 7 anime ― The official website for the television anime of Mado Nozaki's Babylon novels began streaming the second promotional video for the anime on Tuesday. The video reveals and previews the theme song of the anime's first arc "Live and let die" by Q-MHz feat.uloco, and also reveals three additional cast members for the anime. The an...
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Save Pompompurin From the Zombie Apocalypse at Sanrio Puroland

It seems like it was just the other day our precious Pompompurin was recruiting "Pombadassors" for a series of parties. Now he's gone and got himself mixed up with a flesh-eating horde of zombies! "“Pompompurin Zombie Land" will be a two day event at the Sanrio Puroland theme park on November 16 and November 30. The after-hours event is under guidance from horror experts at the Obaken haunted hous...
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Crunchyroll Adds Dai-Guard, Demon Lord Dante Anime to Catalog

Crunchyroll to stream both series on Monday ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will add the Dai-Guard and the Demon Lord Dante television anime series to its catalog. Crunchyroll will begin streaming both anime on Monday in the United States and Canada. The company will begin streaming Dai-Guard at 6:00 p.m. EDT, followed by Demon Lord Dante at 8:00 p.m. EDT. The 26-episode Dai-Guard anime pre...
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J-Novel Club to Launch Kickstarter for Invaders of the Rokujouma!? Light Novels' Physical Release

Campaign to fund 10 omnibus collections launches on October 7 ― J-Novel Club announced on Monday that it is launching a Kickstarter campaign on October 7 to fund a physical print run for author Takehaya and illustrator Poco's Invaders of the Rokujouma!? (Rokujyōma no Shinryakusha!?) light novel series. The company is aiming to fund a limited run of 10 omnibus collections of volumes 1-31 (plus 7.5 and...
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Restaurant Brings the Protein for How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? Collab

The weight-trainers of How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? need a diet of lean protein, low calorie, and low sugar dishes. The Kinniku Shokudo (lit. Muscle Cafeteria) restaurants in Roppongi, Ginza, Suidōbashi, and Shibuya locations will have a tie-in menu from September 17 to October 14. The dish “Spicy Chicken & 100% Lean Hamburger Chicken and Beef Double Biceps!” will be available for order w...
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Goodnight Punpun's Inio Asano Writes 1st Essay Manga Collection

Inio Asano is well known for his emotionally raw manga series about young adulthood, including Goodnight Punpun, A Girl on the Shore, Nijigahara Holograph, and recently Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction. Asano has shared his complex ideas on manga creation, specifically ethically challenging his readers, but has otherwise maintained a personal distance from his work. In a new essay manga coll...
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Hiro Mashima's Heros Crossover Manga Mini-Series Debuts on October 16

― The Comic Buster The Room Gotanda Nishiguchi-ten bookstore in Shinagawa, Tokyo posted a picture on Twitter on Tuesday that shows the sixth compiled book volume of Hiro Mashima's Edens Zero manga and reveals that Mashima's new Heros crossover mini-series will launch in the 46th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine on October 16. The mini-series will be a crossover between the world's of Mashi...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 902

"We've already met Urashima, the yokozuna of Wano, but now it's time to finally see him in action as he struts his stuff and defends his champion position."
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22 Years 'Til Victory: Pokemon's Ash Finally Wins Big

Ash's former voice actress Veronica Taylor gets in character to celebrate ― The perpetually 10-years-old Ash Ketchum (Satoshi) has faced challenge after challenge to become the very best Pokemon Master, like no one ever was. His journey has taken him to countries far and wide to achieve his destiny, a trip that started over 22 years ago. His slow climb to the top was unique for a children's cartoon p...
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Vinland Saga ‒ Episode 10

"There's an apocalyptic aura hanging over Vinland Saga this week in the aptly titled “Ragnarok”, with omens abounding on both fronts of the escalating Saxon-Danish conflict."
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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Switch Game's Trailer Previews Dream Events

Game launches in Americas on November 5, Europe on November 8 ― Sega of America began streaming a trailer on Monday for the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 game for Nintendo Switch. The video previews Dream Events, which are based on Olympics events but incorporate fictional elements and locations inspired by the Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog series. The Dream Events include Dream ...
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Dr. Stone ‒ Episode 11

"This episode's slower pace gives us time to refocus on existing characters while also leaving space for fresh introductions."
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1st 3 Dragon Quest Games Head West for Switch on September 27

Games launch on same day as Dragon Quest XI S Switch game ― Square Enix announced on Twitter on Monday that it will release the first three Dragon Quest games ⁠— Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line, and Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation ⁠— for the Nintendo Switch in North America and Europe on September 27. The games will launch in Japan on the same day, and the Dra...
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Pokémon GO Game Adds Unova Pokémon

Video previews new 5th-generation Pokémon ― Niantic confirmed on Monday that Pokémon that originally appeared in the Unova region in the Pokémon Black and Pokémon White games will launch in the Pokémon GO smartphone game today. The company began streaming an announcement video for the release. Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Patrat, Lillipup, Purrloin, Pidove, Blitzle, and other Unova Pokémon will begin appe...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 124

"The latest leg of Boruto and Shinki's journey benefits from placing its focus squarely on the dynamic between the arc's two central figures."
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Overlord III BD+DVD

This third season marks a darker turn for the franchise, largely for the better but not without its hiccups. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Overlord's third anime season enjoys playing with your emotions. In part this has all been set up in the previous seasons – we've become accustomed to thinking of Ainz as just a regular guy trapped in the body of an undead sorcerer; a giant skeleton on the ...
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The Rising of The Shield Hero Anime Gets Stage Play

Play runs in Osaka, Tokyo in spring 2020 ― The Rising of The Shield Hero anime is inspiring a stage play adaptation that will run in Osaka and Tokyo in spring 2020. The play will run at Cool Japan Park Osaka TT Hall from March 27-29, followed by Theater Sun-mall in Tokyo from April 2-12. Satoshi Ōgita (Bobjack Theater) is directing the play, and Kaori Moriyama (Bobjack Theater) is writing the script....
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Godzilla, Alita Films Do Not Win at 45th Saturn Awards

― The Saturn Awards, the awards that honor the best science fiction, horror, and fantasy movies and television programs of the year, announced the winners of the 45th awards on Friday. Alita: Battle Angel was nominated for the Best Science Fiction Film Release award, but Ready Player One won the award. Godzilla: King of the Monsters was nominated in the Best Fantasy Film Release category and in the ...
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Smile Down the Runway Manga Gets TV Anime

Yumiri Hanamori, Natsuki Hanae to star in anime based on manga about aspiring model, fashion designer ― An official website opened on Monday to announce that Kotoba Inoya's Smile Down the Runway (Runway de Waratte) manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation that will premiere in January 2020. The website began streaming a promotional video and revealed a key visual and the main cast and staff f...
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Black Clover Franchise Gets New Novel Centered on Yuno

3rd novel in franchise ships on October 4 ― Shueisha's Jump J-Books website is listing that it will release a new novel based on Yuki Tabata's Black Clover manga on October 4. The novel is titled Black Clover: Yuno no Sho (Book of Yuno). Johnny Onda is returning from the first two novels in the franchise to pen the third novel. The novel will tell four different short stories about Yuno. In one story...
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Natsume's Book of Friends Film's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Aniplex USA will release film on BD on November 26 ― Aniplex of America began streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Sunday for its release of the Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond anime film. The company will release the film on Blu-ray Disc on November 26. The film's home video release will have English subtitles. Aniplex of America screened the film at the Anime NYC convention last No...
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Hinomaruko Game's Tokyo Game Show Trailer Reveals Story

PS4, Switch takes place in alternate future in occupied Japanese Empire ― The official website for publisher Pikii and developer Tamsoft's (Senran Kagura, Utawarerumono Zan games) Hinomaruko game began streaming the first teaser trailer for the game on Monday. The companies previously screened the trailer at Tokyo Game Show, where the companies announced the game. The video reveals that the game's st...
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Persona 5 Stage Play Unveils Character Visuals

Stage play debuts in December ― The official Twitter account for the stage play adaptation of Atlus' Persona 5 role-playing game unveiled photographs of the cast in costume on Saturday. Kouhei Shiota as Ryūji Sakamoto (left in image above) and Yuki Odera as Ann Takamaki Yoshihide Sasaki as Gorō Akechi (left in image above), Kōji Kominami as Yūsuke Kitagawa (center), Kaoru Marimura as Sae Niijima (rig...
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Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Stage Play Reveals New Visual for 2nd Play

― The official website for the stage play adaptations of Yoshinobu Akita's Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi) light novel series revealed a new visual for the second stage play on Sunday. The second stage play will run at Rikkōkai Hall in Tokyo from November 7-12. The first stage play ran at Shinjukumura LIVE in Tokyo from August 15-18. Takehiro Yoshida is writing the scripts, a...
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ACTORS: Songs Connection Anime Unveils New Visual

― The official website for ACTORS: Songs Connection, the television anime based on Exit Tunes' ACTORS CD project, unveiled a new visual for the anime last Friday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, BS NTV, and AT-X on October 6 at 11:30 p.m. Osamu Yamasaki (Hakuoki series, Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East both seasons) is directing the anime. Yukio Nagasaki (Love Live! School idol project, Love L...
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Violet Evergarden Gaiden Anime Gets Screenings Beyond 4 Weeks

― The official website for Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll (Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidō Shuki Ningyō), a side story to the Violet Evergarden anime, revealed last Friday that the anime will still have screenings after four weeks. Theatergoers for the anime's fourth week screening will receive a mini shikishi, while theatergoers for the fifth week will receive one of ...
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23rd Detective Conan Film Earns Record 131 Million Yuan in China

Film surpasses total Chinese box office of last year's film in 1 weekend Meitantei Conan: Konjō no Fist (Detective Conan: Fist of Blue Sapphire), the 23rd Detective Conan anime film, opened in China on Friday and earned 131 million yuan (about US$18.52 million or 2 billion yen) from Friday to Sunday. The film's opening weekend gross in China surpassed the total Chinese gross earnings of last year's...
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Tokyo Game Show Draws 262,076 Attendees

― Tokyo Game Show 2019 reported an attendance of 262,076 over the course of four days (September 12-15) this past week. That is less than last year's 298,690, the highest attendance on record, but more than 2017's attendance of 254,311. The last public day (September 15) drew in around 102,333 people. The event counts the equivalent of turnstile attendance, meaning a person who attends all four days...
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Super Nintendo World in Osaka to Open Next Spring

Area will be "fully interactive" with magnetic wristband tracking scores for rides ― Universal Parks & Resorts chairman and CEO Tom Williams confirmed last week that the Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka will open the "Super Nintendo World" area in spring 2020. The area was previously slated to open in time for the Tokyo Olympics next summer. The first phase of the area will open with two r...
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Kiratto Pri☆Chan Anime Unveils New Visual

― The official website for the second season of the Kiratto Pri☆Chan anime revealed a new visual for the anime on Sunday. The second season premiered in April, and it is the latest anime series in the Pretty Series franchise. The first season premiered in Japan in April 2018. The anime has video uploading and streaming sites as a central focus, and once again has themes of singing, dancing, fashion,...

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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 23

"This episode acts more as table-setting for the season's final climax than a story on its own, but for good reason."
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Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? ‒ Episode 10

"Mamako's triumphs in this episode provide a glimpse of this narrative's potential platonic ideal, where motherhood is exalted as a superpower in ways that are both silly and heartfelt."
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 24

"If you've been feeling deprived of your weekly dose of Zenitsu antics lately, then boy howdy does Demon Slayer have an episode for you."
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Attack on Titan FINAL Exhibition Crashes Into Osaka

The Attack on Titan FINAL exhibition will head to Osaka on September 21 after finishing its run in Roppongi. The event has new key visuals for the upcoming event depicting the Survey Corps and Eren in Titan form exploring the area. One image shows the group enjoying some well-earned peace in the Hirakata Park amusement park and another shows Eren looking like he's about to full-fist punch a roller...
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 326

"Hop aboard the Mest Express for the lead up to the final episodes of Fairy Tail!"
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Meet the Cast During the KONOSUBA Official Bus Tour

Fans of the far-flung fantasy and antics of KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! will get a chance to meet the voices behind Kazuma and Ruffian during an official bus tour. The trip takes off on October 26 and will take travelers to the city of Yugawara in Kanagawa prefecture. Participants will meet Jun Fukushima and Tetsu Inada for a talk event followed by mandarin orange picking an...
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Kochikame Creator Publishes 1st Business Tips Book

Kochikame manga creator Osamu Akimoto will publish his first book on business titled Akimoto Osamu no Shigoto-jutsu (Osamu Akimoto's Work Technique) on August 5. The book details how Akimoto managed to serialize a successful manga for 40 years through schedule management and introduces how to create a similar life rhythm for office workers. Akimoto's technique centers on creating "free time" for b...
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 22

"The impact of Hanajima's arc comes not from her powers themselves, but how she feels about them."
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New Kamen Rider Kaixa Manga Launches on September 27

Actor Kōhei Murakami, scriptwriter Toshiki Inoue collaborate on new manga with artist Yūshi Kanoe ― Kadokawa's Dengeki Maoh magazine announced on Friday that it will launch the Kamen Rider Kaixa (Kamen Rider 913) manga in the magazine's November issue on September 27. The manga will feature on the cover of the issue, and the issue will also feature a special appendix booklet for the manga. The manga ...
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Dead or Alive 6 Game Adds New Playable Character Momiji

Character joins game on September 19 ― Sony announced on Sunday that Momiji from Ninja Gaiden will join Koei Tecmo Games' Dead or Alive 6 fighting game on September 19 as a playable character. The DLC will come with five debut costumes (deluxe costume, happy wedding costume, seven seas pirates costume, paradise swimsuit costume, "summer dress rustling in the sea breeze" costume) for Momiji and 26 oth...
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Eir Aoi Performs Ending Theme for Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia Anime

New commercial streamed for anime premiering on October 5 ― The official website for Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia (Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia), the television anime of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia" (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) story, announced on ...
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New Sakura Wars Game Gets Stage Play in Spring 2020

Also: music video streamed for video game ― Sega announced on Sunday at Tokyo Game Show that its Shin Sakura Taisen (Project Sakura Wars in English) game is getting a stage play adaptation. The play, titled Shin Sakura Taisen the Stage, will star former Cheeky Parade member Yūna Sekine as Sakura Amamiya. The play will debut in spring 2020. The event also revealed a music video for the character Sakur...
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Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate Game's Promo Video Reveals December 19 Release

Video highlights new characters, guest characters from other franchises ― Koei Tecmo Games began streaming the first promotional video on Sunday for it and Omega Force's Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate (Musou Orochi 3 Ultimate) game. The video reveals that the game will launch for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan on December 19. The video also highlights the new characters Gaia and Hades, as wel...
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Tales of Crestoria Smartphone Game's New Video Highlights Battle Mechanics

Game launches in English, Japanese this year ― Bandai Namco Entertainment released a new video for its Tales of Crestoria smartphone game on Sunday. The video features English subtitles, and highlights battle in the game. Wit Studio is handling the animation for the game, and Jun Kumagai is in charge of the story outline. Character designers include Kosuke Fujishima, Mutsumi Inomata, Miyuki Kobayashi...
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Puzzle & Action: Ichidant-R Game Launches on Switch in Japan Through Sega Ages Project on September 26

― Sega announced at Tokyo Game Show on Sunday that it will release the Puzzle & Action: Ichidant-R game in Japan for the Nintendo Switch as part of its Sega Ages project on September 26. Sega is reviving its Sega Ages project for Nintendo Switch in Japan, North America, and Europe. The company has already released Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Force IV/Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar, Phantas...
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Tales of Arise RPG Teased in New Trailer

Takuya Satō, Shino Shimoji star in 2020 RPG developed with Unreal Engine 4 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment debuted a new trailer for its Tales of Arise role-playing game at Tokyo Game Show 2019 on Sunday. The next chapter in the "Tales of" JRPG franchise uses Unreal Engine 4, but the staff tried to incorporate the artistic style of previous games in franchise. That includes rendered cut-scenes with a wa...
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