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The Decagon House Murders GN 2

The countdown has very much begun for the students on Tsunojima and they aren't going to all make it out alive. ― And then there were six…and soon thereafter five. The countdown has very much begun for the students on Tsunojima, and if you didn't know before now that author Yukito Ayatsuji took a lot of his inspiration for the original novel from Agatha Christie's seminal 1939 novel And Then There We...
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We're on Our Own from Here GN

We're on Our Own from Here is less about two people coming together than it is about one half of a couple helping the other to realize that he's not somehow “weird” for his sexual orientation. ― It's perhaps odd to call a story with as much internalized homophobia on the part of one of the characters as this one has “adorable,” but here we are. We're on Our Own from Here is less about two people comi...
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Meikyuu: Labyrinth Kingdom, a Tactical Fantasy World Survival Guide

Tabletop players, this novel series is for you! See why Meikyuu: Labyrinth Kingdom's setting itself is "either wildly original or comfortingly familiar, depending on your experience level." ― Finally, my decades of being a dice-rolling dweeb have paid off for this one (1) review. The Meikyuu Kingdom light novel is an odd duck in many regards, as it is intimately entwined with the hobby of tabletop ro...
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Yu Yu Hakusho: Does it Hold Up?

With Hunter x Hunter having claimed dominance in discussion of shōnen battle anime, it's easy to forget that its author, Yoshihiro Togashi, had already left his mark on the world of shōnen manga with another popular and critically-acclaimed series. ― With Hunter x Hunter having claimed dominance in discussion of shōnen battle anime as of late, it's easy to forget that its author, Yoshihiro Togashi, ...
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Free! The Final Stroke 1st Part

For Free! fans who aren't quite ready yet to say goodbye to these characters, this was a nice film that takes the time to set up an emotionally satisfying sendoff. And, as usual, the animation and the pool scenes in particular don't disappoint. ― The Free! boys have come a long way since the halcyon days of the first season. The Final Stroke films take place directly after Dive to the Future, the thi...
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Non's Harem Marriage Manga Gets Live-Action Series in January

19-volume manga about polygamous marriage life ran from 2014-2019 ― Japan's ABC television channel announced on Monday that Non's Harem Marriage (Hare Kon.) manga is getting a live-action series adaptation that will air on ABC in January 2022. Takashi Ninomiya (live-action Laid-Back Camp, Mairu no Vich) is directing the adaptation. Kana Yamada (The Naked Director) is writing the script and is also di...
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FuRyu's Crystar RPG Gets Switch Version on February 24

Game launched on PS4 in Japan in 2018; on PS4, PC in the West in 2019 ― Furyu Corporation announced on Monday that it is developing a Switch version of its Crystar game that will ship on February 24. FuRyu is streaming a "memorial trailer" for the game. Spike Chunsoft released the game in the West for the PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in August 2019. The game shipped in Japan for the PS4 in October ...
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Detective Conan Manga Has 250 Million Copies in Circulation Worldwide

Manga's 100th volume shipped in Japan on Monday ― Shogakukan revealed on Monday that Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan (Meitantei Conan) manga has 250 million copies in circulation worldwide (including copies not sold). The manga's 100th compiled book volume shipped in Japan on Monday. Aoyama launched the manga in 1994. The manga has spawned a television anime that has been running since 1996, as well a...
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My Home Hero Manga Starts Final Arc This Spring

Manga ends 2nd part, goes on hiatus before returning in spring 2022 ― This year's 47th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine revealed on Monday that Naoki Yamakawa and Masashi Asaki's My Home Hero manga has ended its second part, and will enter a hiatus before returning in spring 2022 to begin the manga's final arc. The magazine previously revealed earlier this year that the manga was approaching...
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Funimation Reveals Dropout Idol Fruit Tart Anime's English Dub Cast

Kira Buckland, Kayli Mills, Sarah Williams, Laura Stahl, Xanthe Huynh, Christina Kelly, more star in dub ― Funimation revealed the cast and staff for its English dub of the television anime of Sou Hamayumiba's Dropout Idol Fruit Tart (Ochikobore Fruit Tart) manga on Sunday. The staff at NYAV Post includes producer Michael Sinterniklaas, voice directors Laura Stahl and Stephanie Sheh (the latter also ...
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Batman Ninja Stage Play Unveils Photos of Cast in Costume

Stage play runs this November ― The official website for Batman Ninja The Show, the previously announced stage play adaptation of the Batman Ninja anime, revealed photographs of the play's cast in costume on Sunday. The cast (including double cast roles) are as follows: Takurō Sawada as Batman Shōta Takasawa as Batman Renya Yamakawa as Batman Kei Nakamura as Robin Kazuto as Robin Kō Hosokawa as Joker...

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Tsuburaya, Trigger to Reveal 'Next Gridman Universe' Project This Winter

The official Twitter account for Tsuburaya Productions and Trigger's SSSS.Dynazenon anime project reported on Sunday that the companies will reveal its "Next Gridman Universe" installment this winter. NEXT GRIDMAN UNIVERSErevealed this winter#SSSS_GRIDMAN #SSSS_DYNAZENON #GRIDMAN_UNIVERSE pic.twitter.com/IiRnnjPndp— SSSS.DYNAZENON公式アカウント (@SSSS_PROJECT) October 17, 2021 The SSSS.Dynazenon anime en...
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The Decagon House Murders GN 2

The countdown has very much begun for the students on Tsunojima and they aren't going to all make it out alive. ― And then there were six…and soon thereafter five. The countdown has very much begun for the students on Tsunojima, and if you didn't know before now that author Yukito Ayatsuji took a lot of his inspiration for the original novel from Agatha Christie's seminal 1939 novel And Then There We...
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Kingdom Anime Gets 4th Series Next Spring

Announced after 3rd series' finale with visual featuring Cheng Jiao ― The 26th and final episode of the third Kingdom anime series ended on Sunday with an announcement that a fourth series will premiere next spring. A teaser visual featuring Sei Kyou (Cheng Jiao) also debuted with the tagline, "I'm next": The third anime series based on Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom manga premiered on NHK General in April ...
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My Hero Academia Manga Takes 1-Issue Break

― This year's 46th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga will not appear in the magazine's 47th issue on October 25, and will return in the 48th issue on November 1. The magazine did not give a reason for the break. The manga did not appear in this year's 41st issue in September due to Horikoshi's poor health. Horikoshi launc...
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Kamen Rider W Sequel Anime Fuuto PI Posts Teaser Visuals Online

Funimation's panel at New York Comic Con first revealed the visuals on October 7 ― The official website for FUUTO PI, the anime of the Fūto Tantei manga, posted teaser visuals for the anime on Sunday. Funimation's panel at New York Comic Con first revealed the visuals on October 7. Yousuke Kabashima (Uma Musume Pretty Derby character design, chief animation director) is directing the anime at Studio ...

Chinese Streaming Platforms Remove Ultraman Tiga Following NRTA Guidelines

Jiangsu province authorities listed Detective Conan, other shows in April that may affect minors' growth ― The National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) in China instructed broadcasters and online streaming platforms to remove animation and other content for children that contain any mention of violence, blood, vulgarity, or pornography on September 24. CNN reported on September 28 that con...
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Catwoman: Hunted Animated Film's Trailer Streamed

Film will launch on BD, 4K Ultra BD, digitally on February 8 ― Warner Bros. Animation revealed a trailer for it and Shinsuke Terasawa's Catwoman: Hunted animated film during the DC FanDome 2021 livestream event on Saturday. The film will launch on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, and digitally on February 8. Shinsuke Terasawa (Gintama episode director, Yo-kai Watch animation director) is direc...
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Mixed Vegetables' Ayumi Komura Ends Henshoku Kyūketsuki wa Hito no Chi ga Kirai Manga

Vampire romantic comedy manga launched in May ― Ayumi Komura revealed on Saturday that NTT Solmare published the ninth and final chapter of her Henshoku Kyūketsuki wa Hito no Chi ga Kirai (The Vampire With an Unbalanced Diet Hates Human Blood) romantic comedy manga on Friday. Komura launched the manga digitally on the Comic Cmoa web manga site on May 15, and on other digital storefronts on June 1. Th...
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Zombie Land Saga Anime Gets Film Project

Announcement video for film featuring actors Hakuryuu, Kunio Murai posted ― An event on Sunday for the Zombie Land Saga anime announced that the anime is getting a film project. Avex Pictures began streaming an announcement video on Sunday for the film. The live-action promo video is titled "A Zombie-less Fight: Saga Revenge Edition." The video features actors Hakuryuu and Kunio Murai, who are both f...
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Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Compilation Film's Character Video Highlights Batou

Film opens in Japan for limited 2-week run on November 12 ― Bandai Namco Arts' YouTube channel began streaming a character trailer on Saturday for Kōkaku Kidōtai SAC_2045 Jizoku Kanō Sensō (Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 - Sustainable Warfare), the compilation film of the Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 anime's first season. The video highlights Batou and features voice actor Akio Ohtsuka discussing the c...
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Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition Switch Game's Trailer Reveals Release on December 3

Sequel game originally launched for 3DS in 2016 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Friday that it will release the Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition game for Nintendo Switch on December 3. The company began streaming an announcement trailer for the game. The life-simulation game features customizable avatars, Disney-themed mini-games, and characters from several Disney franchis...

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The [email protected] Shiny Colors Voice Actress Runa Narumi Goes on Hiatus Due to Health

Voice actress will not appear at franchise event on October 23-24 ― The Stardust Promotion agency announced on Friday that voice actress Runa Narumi will take a hiatus from entertainment activities due to her poor health. Narumi voices the character Yuika Mitsumine in the The [email protected] Shiny Colors franchise. The official website for the franchise additionally announced on Friday that Narumi will no...
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Shadowverse Card Battle Game Gets Comedy Manga

Manga launches in November ― The November issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Friday that Cygames, Inc.'s Shadowverse card battle smartphone game is inspiring a new comedy manga that will launch in the magazine's next issue on November 15. The collectible card game launched for iOS and Android devices in June 2016 and for PC via Steam in October 2016. The game features both si...
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Animal Crossing New Horizons: Deserted Island Diary Manga Changes Magazines

Manga moves to Bessatsu Coro Coro comics, Coro Coro Manga Toshokan in next chapter ― The November issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Friday that Kokonasu Rumba's Animal Crossing New Horizons: Deserted Island Diary (Atsumare Doubutsu no Mori: Mujintо̄ Diary) manga will move its serialization to Shogakukan's Bessatsu Coro Coro Comics magazine and Shogakukan's new Coro Coro Mang...
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We're on Our Own from Here GN

We're on Our Own from Here is less about two people coming together than it is about one half of a couple helping the other to realize that he's not somehow “weird” for his sexual orientation. ― It's perhaps odd to call a story with as much internalized homophobia on the part of one of the characters as this one has “adorable,” but here we are. We're on Our Own from Here is less about two people comi...

Mariko Kikuchi Launches New Essay Manga About Children Born Into Religion

Author of A Life Turned Upside Down: My Dad's an Alcoholic manga launched new manga on September 22 ― Manga creator Mariko Kikuchi launched a new essay manga titled "Kami-sama" no Iru Ie de Sodachimashita ~Shūkyō 2-Sei na Watashi-tachi~ (A Home Life With God ~We Children Born Into Religion~) on Shueisha's Yomitai website on September 22. The anthology essay manga will tell a different story about a d...
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WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me Film Unveils Title, Returning Cast & Staff, 2022 Debut

The live stream to promote Nanatsu Mukunoki's 10th WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me (Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita!) manga volume announced more details on the upcoming anime film on Saturday. The Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! Precious Friends film will open next year. The returning cast includes: Reina Ueda as Miyako Hoshino Maria Sashide as Hana Shirosaki Rika Nagae as Hinata Hoshino Akari Ki...
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Sword Art Online Progressive Film to Open in Over 40 Countries, Territories

New videos, stage greetings, theatrical bonuses, retail goods also teased ― The "Virtual Meeting in #VirtualShibuya" for the Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night anime film confirmed on Saturday that the film will open in over 40 countries and territories around the world. The staff debuted a video for the announcement and also posted a 15-second "World" video: Cast membe...
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Nami Sano's Migi to Dali Manga Ends in November

Manga by Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto author Nami Sano launched in 2017 ― The 88th issue of Kadokawa's harta magazine revealed on Friday that Nami Sano's Migi to Dali manga will end in the magazine's next issue in November. The manga's sixth volume revealed in July that the manga's seventh volume this coming winter will be the final volume. The manga launched in the 46th issue of harta in July 201...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, October 4-10

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc TV anime debuts with 10.0% rating Nihon Chinmotsu - Kibō no Hito (Japan Sinks - People of Hope), a new live-action version of Sakyo Komatsu's Japan Sinks (Nihon Chinmotsu) science-fiction novel, debuted on TBS on Sunday, October 10 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned a 15.8% rating. The first episode of Radiation House 2, the second season live-action series b...
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Sega Opens New Arcade Center in Ikebukuro on October 22

Company closed Sega Ikebukuro GiGO arcade on September 20 after 28 years ― Genda Sega Entertainment president Nao Kataoka confirmed on Saturday that Sega will open a new arcade center in Ikebukuro on October 22. Kataoka stated the opening will be "volume 1" of an "Ikebukuro Project," and Sega will announce volumes 2 and 3 of the project soon. The new arcade center will have five floors and will featu...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, October 4-10

Metroid Dread debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: October 4-10 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwMetroid Dread Nintendo October 8 86,798 86,798 2PS4Far Cry 6 Ubisoft October 7 34,219 34,219 3PS5Far Cry 6 Ubisoft October 7 16,686 16,686 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 12,257 4,085,509 5NSwSuper Smash Brothers Ultimate Nintendo December 7, 2018 11,...
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Jun Mochizuki's The Case Study of Vanitas Manga Takes 1-Issue Break

― The official Twitter account for Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine revealed on Saturday that a new chapter of Jun Mochizuki's The Case Study of Vanitas (Vanitas no Carte) manga will not appear in the magazine's November issue on October 22. The Twitter account did not give a reason for the break. Mochizuki (Pandora Hearts, Crimson-Shell) launched the manga in Gangan Joker in December 2015. Squar...

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Golden Globes 2022 to Take Place on January 9 Regardless of Telecast Partner (Updated)

HFPA will reveal nominations on December 13 ― The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced on Friday that it will present the 79th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 9, 2022 despite NBC not televising the event and whether or not any channel will air the event. The HFPA did not specify any telecast plans. The HFPA will reveal nominations on December 13. The deadline for movie and telev...
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Hideaki Anno Exhibit Tracks His Formative Influences and Lifelong Friendships

For an exhibit about a singular creator, it's remarkable how much of the ongoing Hideaki Anno Exhibit in Tokyo is about the people and the stories that influenced Anno. The exhibit explores Anno's life, from his childhood to his current doings, through the lens of media. It begins with the works of media that inspired Anno before moving onto the projects he participated in. The exhibit dedicates a...
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Meikyuu: Labyrinth Kingdom, a Tactical Fantasy World Survival Guide

Tabletop players, this novel series is for you! See why Meikyuu: Labyrinth Kingdom's setting itself is "either wildly original or comfortingly familiar, depending on your experience level." ― Finally, my decades of being a dice-rolling dweeb have paid off for this one (1) review. The Meikyuu Kingdom light novel is an odd duck in many regards, as it is intimately entwined with the hobby of tabletop ro...
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Tales of Luminaria Anime's Promo Video Previews Fight, Inspiration Song

Funimation to stream anime based on smartphone game ― The official YouTube channel for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tales of series began streaming on Friday a promotional video for Tales of Luminaria the Fateful Crossroad, Kamikaze Douga's anime adaptation of the Tales of Luminaria smartphone game. The video highlights a fight between Leo and Hugo, and previews the game's inspiration song "Answer" b...
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Toyo Keizai: Demon Slayer Franchise's Merchandising Is in 900 Billion Yen Range

Total includes food products, toys ― Japanese business publication Toyo Keizai reported on Friday that merchandising, including food products and toys, for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba franchise is in the 900 billion yen (about US$7.9 billion) range. Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga made about 10 billion yen (about US$87 million) in 2019 and about 44 billion yen (about US...
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Yu Yu Hakusho: Does it Hold Up?

With Hunter x Hunter having claimed dominance in discussion of shōnen battle anime, it's easy to forget that its author, Yoshihiro Togashi, had already left his mark on the world of shōnen manga with another popular and critically-acclaimed series. ― With Hunter x Hunter having claimed dominance in discussion of shōnen battle anime as of late, it's easy to forget that its author, Yoshihiro Togashi, ...
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TMS Entertainment's 1st Female Producer Explains How the Anime Industry Can Improve For Women

Megalobox producer Minako Fujiyoshi talks about industry conditions and the female character writing in the Megalobox anime ― TMS Entertainment producer Minako Fujiyoshi spoke at an online panel on Thursday hosted by the Femme International Film Festival, which exists to highlight the work of women producers, writers, and directors from around the world. Fujiyoshi is TMS Entertainment's first female ...
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Game Gets Paid Happy Home Paradise DLC

Paid DLC, free update both launch on November 5 ― Nintendo announced during the Animal Crossing Direct livestream on Friday that its Animal Crossing: New Horizons game will get paid DLC titled Happy Home Paradise. The DLC will launch on November 5 for US$24.99, along with a newly announced free update for the game. Happy Home Paradise will also be available as part of the Nintendo Switch Online + Exp...
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Veteran Super Robot Wars Game Designer Daisei Fujii Passes Away

Fujii worked on franchise for over a quarter century, also designed SD Gundam anime, games ― The Super Robot Wars game franchise's producer Takanobu Terada announced on Friday that the franchise's veteran designer Daisei Fujii passed away on October 12. Fujii was born in Kanagawa prefecture, and he worked at a toy design company at the age of 21 before becoming a freelance designer. He specialized in...
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Post-Apocalyptic TV Anime Sabikui Bisco Reveals 1st Video, More Cast, January 2022 Debut (Updated)

Shiro Saito, Kenjiro Tsuda join cast; manga adaptation's 2nd part launches on December 15 ― The official website for the television anime of the Sabikui Bisco (Rust-Eating Bisco) light novel series by Shinji Cobkubo (Kobukubo) posted two more cast members, the first full promotional video, a new main visual, and January 2022 premiere on Friday. The video previews the character voices: The newly annou...
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Police in a Pod TV Anime's 1st English-Subtitled Video Unveils More Cast & Staff, January Debut

Ryota Suzuki, Shimba Tsuchiya, Kana Hanazawa co-star with songs by Riko Azuna, nonoc ― The official website for the television anime of Miko Yasu's Police in a Pod (Hakozume: Kōban Joshi no Gyakushū) manga posted the anime's first full promotional video on Friday. The English-subtitled video announces more cast and staff members, as well as the anime's January 2022 premiere. The website also announce...
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2nd Space Battleship Yamato 2205 Film's Teaser, Staff Interview Video Streamed

2nd film in 2-part project opens on February 4 ― The official website for the modern Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato anime remakes began streaming the teaser trailer for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2205: Aratanaru Tabidachi - Kōshō -STASHA- (Space Battleship Yamato 2205: The New Voyage Part II: Stasha) film on Friday. The film is the second of two films in the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2205: Aratanaru Tabi...
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'With A Dog and Cat, Everyday is Fun' Manga Ends 'For Now' in Volume 7

Hidekichi Matsumoto launched manga in 2010, inspired 2020 TV anime ― The official Twitter account for Kodansha and pixiv's Palcy manga app announced on Wednesday that the recently released seventh compiled book volume for Hidekichi Matsumoto's With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun (Inu to Neko Docchimo Katteru to Mainichi Tanoshii) manga will be the final volume "for now." The volume shipped on Wedn...
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Deep Insanity: Asylum Game Launches in Japan

Square Enix posts launch trailer for game in multimedia project ― Square Enix launched the Deep Insanity: Asylum game for smartphones and PC via Steam (only in Japan) on Thursday, and it is also streaming a launch trailer for the game. The project is set in a world overrun with the mysterious "Randolph syndrome" that causes sudden comas. Simultaneously, a massive underground realm called "Asylum" was...
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Pokémon Journeys: The Series Manga Ends

Manga launched in 2019; Viz Media releases 1st volume in November ― The November issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine published the final chapter of Machito Gomi's Pokémon Journeys: The Series (Pocket Monsters: Satoshi to Gō no Monogatari) manga on Friday. The manga's fourth volume will ship on November 26. The manga adapts the Pokémon Journeys: The Series anime. Viz Media licensed the man...

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Idea Factory Reveals Dimension Tripper Neptune: Top Nep Rail Shooter Game

Game available on PC via Steam in early 2022 with Japanese, English text ― Idea Factory revealed on Friday that the Hyperdimension Neptunia franchise will have a new rail shooter game titled Dimension Tripper Neptune: Top Nep that will launch on PC via Steam in early 2022 with Japanese and English text options. Idea Factory International describes the game: Guide Older Neptune as she takes to the ski...
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Anime Gets 2 More New Original Video Anime

Nep Nep Darake no Festival OVA bundled with 1/7th figure next October ― The official website for the Hyperdimension Neptunia anime revealed on Friday that the franchise will have a new original video anime (OVA) titled Nep Nep Darake no Festival (A Festival Full of Nep Nep) that will be viewable only through a serial code on a PlayPic Card bundled with Good Smile Company's 1/7-scale "Dimensional Trav...
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My Dress-Up Darling Anime Reveals Staff at CloverWorks

Black Fox's Keisuke Shinohara directs anime ― This year's 21st issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine revealed the staff members for the television anime of Shinichi Fukuda's My Dress-Up Darling (Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru) manga on Friday. The anime's official website also revealed a new visual. Keisuke Shinohara (Black Fox, A3! Season Spring & Summer) is directing the anime at CloverWork...
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BanG Dream! Poppin' Dream! Anime Film's Ad Previews Theme Songs

Film opens on January 1 ― The official website for the Gekijō-ban BanG Dream! Poppin' Dream! anime film unveiled a new visual and a new commercial for the film on Friday. The commercial reveals and previews the film's opening theme song "Poppin' Dream!" by the in-story band Poppin'Party, and also reveals the ending theme song "Hoshi no Kodō" (Rhythm of the Stars) by Poppin'Party. The film will open i...
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Universal Studios Japan Park Adds Mario, Pokémon to Mascot Parade Next Spring

Joins Hello Kitty, Snoopy, Elmo, Minions, Sing movie characters ― The Universal Studios Japan theme park announced on Wednesday that its "No Limit! Parade" will add characters from Nintendo's Super Mario and Pokémon series in spring 2022. The company also teased other Nintendo game characters. The characters will join Hello Kitty, Snoopy, Elmo, Minions, and Sing movie characters in the daytime mascot...

Funimation Streams Hetalia: World Stars Anime's English Dub

1st 4 dubbed episodes premiere on Friday ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it will stream an English dub for the new anime of Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia World Stars manga, starting with the first four episodes on Friday. The English dub cast, which includes returning and new cast members, includes: Eric Vale as America Patrick Seitz as Germany Todd Haberkorn as Italy J. Michael Tatum as France ...
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Crunchyroll Adds Gravitation TV Anime, OVA to Catalog

Boys-love anime begins streaming on Thursday ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming the Gravitation television anime and the Gravitation: Lyrics of Love original video anime (OVA) on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. EDT in the U.S. and Canada. The company describes the story: Walking through the park, Shuichi's latest lyrics flutter away and land at the feet of a stunning stranger that...
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Platinum End Anime Reveals 3 Cast Members for God Candidates

Daisuke Hirakawa, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Shiori Sugiura join cast ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba's Platinum End manga announced on Friday three additional cast members. The newly announced cast includes: Daisuke Hirakawa as Metroblue, a god candidate selected by the first-rank angel Emaka Hiroyuki Yoshino as Metroyellow, a god candidate selected b...
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King of Fighters XV Game Highlights Character Heidern in Trailer

Haruo Yamagishi voices character in game launching on February 17 ― SNK unveiled a new trailer for its The King of Fighters XV game on Wednesday. The trailer highlights the previously announced returning character Heidern (voiced by Haruo Yamagishi). SNK will release the game on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Windows 10, Steam, and the Epic Games Store on February 17, 2022. SNK delaye...
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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! ‒ Episode 10

Episode 10's comedy serves as an earnest setup for a confrontation between Jingu and Jahy that feels much more authentic than an all-out brawl ever could be.
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My Hero Academia Ranks #1 on U.S. Monthly Bookscan September List

19 manga volumes rank in top 20 ― Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 29 ranked at #1 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for September. This month's list featured 19 manga volumes, including: #1 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 29 #2 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 #3 — Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba volume 1 #4 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My ...
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Saiyuki Reload -ZEROIN- Anime Reveals Theme Song Artists

"Even a Worm" arc adaptation premieres in January ― The official website for Saiyuki Reload -ZEROIN-, the television anime of the "Even a Worm" arc from Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki Reload manga, revealed on Wednesday that GRANRODEO will perform the opening theme song "Kamino Hotokemo" and Shugo Nakamura will perform the ending theme song "Ruten." The anime will premiere in January. The new cast members...
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Free! The Final Stroke 1st Part

For Free! fans who aren't quite ready yet to say goodbye to these characters, this was a nice film that takes the time to set up an emotionally satisfying sendoff. And, as usual, the animation and the pool scenes in particular don't disappoint. ― The Free! boys have come a long way since the halcyon days of the first season. The Final Stroke films take place directly after Dive to the Future, the thi...
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Spirited Away Stage Play Reveals Additional Cast

Kenya Ōsumi, Sunao Yoshimura, Obata no Onīsan join play opening in February ― The official website for the first stage play adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away anime film revealed three new cast members. The newly announced cast includes: Kenya Ōsumi as Aniyaku and Chihiro's father Sunao Yoshimura as Chichiyaku Obata no Onīsan as Aogaeru Actresses Kanna Hashimoto (Gintama, ...
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Live-Action Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe Series' 3 New Episodes Premiere on December 27-29

New visual unveiled ― NHK announced on Thursday that the three new episodes of the live-action mini-series of Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai), Hirohiko Araki's spinoff manga for his JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga, will premiere on December 27-29 for three consecutive nights at 10:00 p.m. (8:00 a.m. EST) on the NHK General channel. The company also unveiled a new visual: Issei Tak...

Disney to Stream Tatami Time Machine Blues, Black Rock Shooter Dawn Fall, Summer Time Rendering Anime Globally

Streaming is 'subject to local availability' ― The Walt Disney Company announced during its "APAC Content Showcase" on Thursday that it will stream the Tatami Time Machine Blues, Black Rock Shooter Dawn Fall, and Summer Time Rendering anime worldwide. The company's Disney+ service will exclusively stream these anime in Japan, but Disney did not specify which venue or venues will offer these titles ou...

Tatami Time Machine Blues Anime Reveals Returning Cast, 2022 Disney+ Streaming in Japan

Most of The Tatami Galaxy cast return for sequel; anime also gets compilation film ― The staff for the television anime of Tomihiko Morimi's Tatami Time Machine Blues (Yojō-Han Time Machine Blues) novel revealed the anime's main cast and release details on Thursday. Most of the cast members are returning for the sequel anime, including Shintarō Asanuma as the protagonist "I" (Watashi), Maaya Sakamoto...

Disney Twisted-Wonderland Smartphone Game Gets Anime Project

Anime based on game with characters inspired by Disney villains ― The official Japanese Twitter account for the Disney Plus subscription service announced on Thursday that the Disney Twisted-Wonderland smartphone game is inspiring an anime adaptation project. The announcement did not reveal any further details. The game launched in Japan in March 2020. The first TV ad focused on the Heartslabyul Dorm...
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The Thousand Noble Musketeers: Rhodoknight Game's Video Previews Gameplay

New smartphone game for franchise about anthropomorphized bishonen firearms ― The official YouTube channel for Marvelous' The Thousand Musketeers (Senjūshi: The Thousand Noble Musketeers) franchise began streaming a promotional video for Senjūshi: Rhodoknight (The Thousand Noble Musketeers: Rhodoknight), the franchise's all-new smartphone game for iOS and Android devices, on Tuesday. The video previe...

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Netflix Adds Ghibli's Earwig and the Witch Outside U.S., Japan on November 18

55 million homes streamed a Ghibli film on Netflix since 2020 ― Netflix announced on Wednesday that it will add Earwig and the Witch, Goro Miyazaki's anime of Diana Wynne Jones' novel of the same name and Studio Ghibli's first CG feature, for users outside the United States and Japan on November 18. (Netflix's Studio Ghibli catalog as a whole is not available in the United States and Japan.) Netflix ...
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Galaxy Express 999 Manga Gets New Stage Musical Next April

Akinori Nakagawa reprises Tetsurō role, Sayaka Kanda plays Maetel ― Leiji Matsumoto's Galaxy Express 999 manga and anime franchise is inspiring a stage musical that will run at the Nippon Seinen-kan Hall in Tokyo in April 2022. Akinori Nakagawa (left in image below) is reprising his role as Tetsurō Hoshino from the manga's previous stage play adaptations in 2018 and 2019, while Sayaka Kanda (right) i...
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Seven Seas Licenses Wait For Me Yesterday Novel, His Majesty the Demon King's Housekeeper, Colorless Manga

Books launch in May 2022 ― Seven Seas announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the Wait For Me Yesterday light novel and the His Majesty the Demon King's Housekeeper and COLORLESS manga. Seven Seas will release Mokumei Hachi and Kukka's Wait For Me Yesterday (Kinō no Haru de, Kimi o Matsu) light novel in a single large-trim edition in May 2022. The company describes the light novel: After disturbi...
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Shonen Sunday Editor-in-Chief Takenori Ichihara Steps Down After 6 Years

Ichihara had 2nd longest tenure ― Takenori Ichihara announced on Wednesday that he has stepped down as editor-in-chief of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine after six years and three months. He became editor-in-chief in 2015. Kazunori Ohshima will be the new editor-in-chief. Ichihara stated on Twitter that the magazine had been in an unprecedented crisis, but "dramatically improved business p...
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Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles Game's Launch Trailer Highlights Early Access

Early access debuts ahead of Friday launch ― Sega began streaming on Wednesday a launch trailer for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Keppūtan) game, highlighting the early access granted to customers who have pre-ordered the game. The game will launch in North America and Europe for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC ...
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Kaiju No. 8 Mural Looms Over France's National Library

The mural is 45 meters tall and is currently spread across the building of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. ― A 45-meter tall mural of an illustration of Naoya Matsumoto's Kaiju No. 8 manga is currently spread across the building of the Bibliothèque Nationale, France's national library, in Paris. The mural is part of an ongoing exhibition being held by French anime and manga publisher Kazé to com...
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Sentai Filmworks Acquires Kakegurui Anime's 2nd Season

Kakegurui×× premiered in January 2019 ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday that it has acquired Kakegurui××, the second anime season based on Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui manga, and it will release the anime on home video in the United States, Canada, and Latin America in the first quarter of 2022. The company describes the story: At Hyakkao Private Academy, Yumeko Jabami's star ...

Retired Voice Actress Pamela Lauer Returns for New English Dub of Dirty Pair TV Anime

Kickstarter for English-dubbed BD release of TV anime reached goal ― Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment's Kickstarter page for an English-dubbed Blu-ray Disc release for the Dirty Pair 1985 television anime revealed on Wednesday that Pamela Lauer will return as the voice of Kei in the new dub. Lauer voiced Kei in the English dub of the original Dirty Pair original video anime (OVA). She is currently...
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New Anime Studio Established in Kochi Prefecture

Hideo Uda founded Studio Eight Colors in July 2021 ― Studio Eight Colors, a new anime studio, was established in Kochi prefecture in July 2021. Studio Eight Colors launched as a hand-drawn animation with a focus on utilizing digital technology. Studio Colorido founder Hideo Uda is the CEO of the new studio. Former representative director of the studio Graphinica Nobuhiro Ito will participate in the b...
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Tezuka Productions to Auction Original Astro Boy Mosaic as NFT

The Astro Boy image in the mosaic is made up of over 6,000 fragments cut from roughly 4,000 sheets of black and white manuscripts from Tezuka's Astro Boy manga. ― Tezuka Productions has announced plans to auction several artworks based on Tezuka's original works as NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens). The project is titled "From the Fragments of Tezuka Osamu", and the first NFT work to be auctioned is a digit...
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Rimuru Gets Isekai'd Back to Japan in A Certain Magical Index Smartphone Game Crossover

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime story event, gacha launches on October 14 ― The A Certain Magical Index: Imaginary Fest smartphone game announced on its official website on Tuesday that it will run a crossover event with the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime series. The limited-time story event and gacha will launch on October 14. The title of the event translates to "A Certain Sl...
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Toei Announces New 'Edo x Idol' IP Sharedol

Pilot film premieres on YouTube on October 25 ― Toei Animation announced on Wednesday a new IP titled Sharedol, and it will release a pilot film on YouTube on October 25. Toei Animation's new intellectual property research team PEROs (Prototyping and Experimental Research in Oizumi Studio) and young producers of Sotsu are producing the pilot project together. The companies describe the IP with the th...
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Suspense Anime Summer Time Rendering Reveals Promo Video, Staff

Ayumu Watanabe directs 2022 anime ― The official website for anime of Yasuki Tanaka's Summer Time Rendering suspense manga revealed on Thursday a promotional video and the main staff. Ayumu Watanabe (Space Brothers, Children of the Sea) is directing the anime. Hiroshi Seko (Jujutsu Kaisen, Attack on Titan, Mob Psycho 100) is in charge of the script and series composition. Miki Matsumoto (Major 2nd, A...
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Golden Globes 2022 Will Still Go Ahead, Will Not Air on NBC

― The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced on Friday that it will present the Golden Globe Awards in 2022 despite NBC not televising the event. The HFPA sent out a letter to studios detailing the eligibility rules for the 79th Golden Globes. The HFPA did not specify if it will host an actual event to give out the awards. NBC announced on May 10 that it will not air the Golden Globe A...
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Yūji Takemura's Shikakenin Fujieda Baian Manga Ends on November 12

Manga based on Shōtarō Ikenami's novels about Edo assassin launched in 2016 ― The November issue of Leed Publishing's Comic Ran Twins magazine revealed on Wednesday that Yūji Takemura's manga adaptation of Shōtarō Ikenami's Shikakenin Fujieda Baian novels will end in the magazine's next issue on November 12. The manga's ninth compiled book volume revealed on July 13 that the manga's 10th volume will ...
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Live-Action Usogui Film Casts Hayato Sano

Sano plays debt-ridden Takaomi Kaji in February 2022 film ― The official website for the live-action film of Toshio Sako's Usogui (The Lie Eater) manga revealed on Wednesday that Hayato Sano (seen below) is joining the film's cast as Takaomi Kaji, a man swimming in debt and down on his luck, but who begins to get engrossed in gambling after joining up with Baku. The film will open in February 2022. T...
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Shiori Amase's Musubaru Yakeato Manga Launches 3rd Part

Manga in post-WWII Japan launched in August 2018 ― The 2,778th issue of Nihonbungeisha's Weekly Manga Goraku magazine will launch the third part on Friday of Shiori Amase's Musubaru Yakeato (The Fire Ruins That Bind) historical manga. Amase published the manga as a one-shot in the same magazine in August 2017, and then launched the full manga in the magazine in August 2018. A new arc for the manga th...
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Until I Meet My Husband Manga's Yoshi Tsukizuki Launches New Manga

Hachiōji Meibutsu: Tengu no Koi manga about supernatural Hachiōji romance launches in November ― The November issue of Kadokawa's Asuka magazine revealed on September 24 that Yoshi Tsukizuki will launch a new manga titled Hachiōji Meibutsu: Tengu no Koi (Hachiōji Specialty: Tengu Love) in the magazine's next issue on November 24. The magazine describes the manga as an awkward and noisy "unusual marri...

Attack on Titan The Final Season Anime's Part 2 Video Reveals Premiere on January 9

NHK to also air 6 compilation specials, 3 original anime starting on October 24 ― The official website for the Attack on Titan The Final Season anime announced on Wednesday that the season's Part 2 will premiere with episode 76, "Danzai" ("Sentencing"), on the NHK General channel on January 9, 2022 at 24:05 (effectively January 10 at 12:05 a.m.). The website is also streaming a promotional video for ...
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Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Passes Away at 58

Goldner joined company in 2000, became CEO in 2008 ― Hasbro announced on Tuesday that its Chairman and CEO Brian Goldner has passed away. He was 58. Hasbro did not reveal a cause of death, but The Hollywood Reporter news website stated Goldner had previously told shareholders he was receiving treatment for prostate cancer. Hasbro announced on October 10 that Goldner was taking a medical leave of abse...

Fire Force Manga Enters Final Arc

Atsushi Ohkubo launched manga in 2015; series inspired 2-season TV anime in 2019, 2020 ― This year's 46th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga has entered its final arc. Ohkubo previously hinted in the author commentary of the manga's 23rd compiled book volume in May 2020 that the manga was in its final stage, and ...
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Gate of Nightmares Smartphone Game Launches on October 26

Game features designs by Fairy Tail's Hiro Mashima ― This year's 46th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Square Enix's Gate of Nightmares smartphone RPG will debut on October 26. The game will feature character designs and world-building by Fairy Tail and Edens Zero manga creator Hiro Mashima. The cast includes (Note: Character name romanizations are not official): ...

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Bump of Chicken Performs Theme Song for 2nd Sumikko Gurashi Anime Film

Band performs theme song "Small world" for November 5 film ― The official website for Eiga Sumikko Gurashi: Aoi Tsukiyo no Mahō no Ko (The Magical Child of the Blue Moonlit Night), the second film in San-X's Sumikko Gurashi franchise, began streaming a new trailer for the film on Wednesday. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song "Small world" by the band Bump of Chicken. The film will...

Original Cowboy Bebop Cast Reprise Roles for Japanese Dub of Live-Action Series

Netflix begins streaming original anime worldwide on October 21 ― Netflix announced on Wednesday that the Japanese dub of the live-action adaptation of Sunrise's Cowboy Bebop anime will feature the original anime's cast reprising their roles. Taiten Kusunoki will replace the late Unshō Ishizuka as the voice of Jet Black. Other new cast members include Masako Isobe as Mao, originally played by Kazuaki...
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Official Cowboy Bebop Tabletop Role-Playing Game To Launch Kickstarter in 2022

Cowboy Bebop, the Role-Playing Game is a collaborative effort between Mana Project Studio, Don't Panic Games, and Sunrise ― Cowboy Bebop, the Role-Playing Game, an upcoming tabletop role-playing game based on the Cowboy Bebop anime, has been announced and a Kickstarter campaign for the game will be launched in 2022. The tabletop game will be developed by Don't Panic Games and Mana Project Studio in c...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, October 10-16

Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear anime, Higehiro manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear Season 1 BDPlease Funimation US$64.98 October 12 Print Manga Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Angels of Death Graphic Novel (GN) 12Please Yen Press US$12.99 October 12 Arifureta: I Heart Isekai GN 4Cite Seven Seas US$12.99 October 12 Bad Boys, Happy Home ...
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Crunchyroll-Hime Launches Virtual YouTuber Channel

Crunchyroll mascot will stream on Tuesdays, Thursdays ― Crunchyroll mascot Crunchyroll-Hime launched a YouTube channel and previewed her Live2D VTuber avatar on Saturday. She held her debut livestream on Tuesday, and will stream every Tuesday and Thursday. The channel will focus topics such as anime and video games. She will also hold monthly "AniMarathons," where she will host a curated block of ani...
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Sanrio's First "Real Employee" Virtual YouTuber Debuts

Merenge hints at the possibility of a comedy show that features other Sanrio characters. ― Natsume Renge, who is described as "Sanrio's Real Employee VTuber", made his debut on YouTube this Monday with a short video introducing himself. The Virtual YouTuber's nickname is Merenge, and he is an employee of the Virtual Section of Sanrio's Marketing Division. His charm point is the three-tiered pancake o...
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Atsuko Nanba's Come on-a My House Manga Ends in November

Manga debuted in August 2018 ― The November issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on Wednesday that Atsuko Nanba's Come on-a My House (Kamona My House) manga will end in the magazine's December issue on November 12. Namba had stated in the manga's fifth volume in July that the story of the protagonists Hinata and Itsuki was nearing its conclusion. The manga's sixth volume will ship in...
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GKIDS Screens Mamoru Hosoda's Belle Film on January 14

2 teaser trailers streamed ― GKIDS announced on Tuesday that it will begin screening Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's new Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, literally "The Dragon and the Freckled Princess") anime film in the U.S. on January 14. The film will screen in English and in Japanese with English subtitles. Belle opened in Japan on July 16. The film has IMAX screenings in 38 theaters throughout ...
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Rukana's My Darling Next Door Manga Ends in November

Kodansha Comics releases romance manga in English ― The November issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on Wednesday that Rukana's My Darling Next Door (Tonari no Otona-kun) manga will end in the magazine's December issue on November 12. Rukana launched the manga in Bessatsu Friend in April 2020, and Kodansha published the fourth volume on August 12. Kodansha Comics began releasing the...
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FuRyu's Monark RPG's English Trailer Reveals February Release

Game launches on February 22 in N. America, February 25 in Europe ― NIS America began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for publisher FuRyu and developer Lancarse's new game Monark on Tuesday, and it reveals that the game will launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in North America on February 22 and in Europe on February 25. The video previews the game's theme s...
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Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Compilation Film's Character Video Highlights Motoko Kusanagi

Film opens in Japan for limited 2-week run on November 12 ― The official Twitter account for the Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 anime revealed character trailer on Tuesday for Kōkaku Kidōtai SAC_2045 Jizoku Kanō Sensō (Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 - Sustainable Warfare), the compilation film of the anime's first season. The video highlights Motoko Kusanagi and features voice actress Atsuko Tanaka discu...
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Mari Yamazaki, Miki Tori's PLINIVS Manga Enters Final Arc

PLINIVS manga centers on Pliny the Elder ― The official Twitter account for Mari Yamazaki and Miki Tori's PLINIVS manga revealed on Tuesday that the manga has entered its final arc. The manga centers on the titular Pliny the Elder, an eccentric natural historian, praefectus classis in the Roman Navy, philosopher, and lover of baths. Yamazaki and Tori launched the manga in Shinchosha's Shinchō 45 maga...
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Love Roma's Minoru Toyoda Launches New Manga on November 12

Kore Kaite Shine manga centers on avid manga reader who begins to draw manga ― The November issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Tuesday that Minoru Toyoda will launch a new manga titled Kore Kaite Shine (Draw This and Die) in the magazine's next issue on November 12. The manga will be set on an island within Tokyo's jurisdiction, and will center on a girl who loves to rea...
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Suehiro Maruo's New Manga Launches on November 12

New manga titled An Gura is set in Japan's tumultuous 60s ― The November issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Beam magazine revealed on Tuesday that Suehiro Maruo's new manga is titled An Gura (an abbreviation for "underground"), and it will debut in the magazine's next issue on November 12. The manga is set in the 60s, at the height of both Japan's post-war economic boom, and the protests against the U...
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Sing a Bit of Harmony Anime Film's Animated Music Video Streamed

Tao Tsuchiya performs insert song for film opening on October 29 in Japan ― Shochiku began streaming a music video with lyrics for Funimation and J.C. Staff's original anime film coproduction Sing a Bit of Harmony (Ai no Utagoe o Kikasete) on Tuesday. The video features animated footage and stills from the film and uses the insert song "You Need a Friend: Anata ni wa Tomodachi ga Iru." Tao Tsuchiya p...
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Rusted Armors Anime Casts Ryūji Satō as Lucio Cortes

Satō plays cruel foreigner in January 2022 anime ― The official website for the television anime of the Sabiiro no Armor (Rusted Armors) franchise revealed on Tuesday that Ryūji Satō will join the cast of the anime as the anime-original character Lucio Cortes, a cruel foreigner who comes to Japan and crushes all who oppose him. The anime will premiere in January 2022. Normally, "2.5-D" stage play pro...
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New Laws of the Universe Film Opens at #2, Macross Delta: Zettai LIVE!!!!!! at #6

1st Free! The Final Stroke film drops to #7, DAKAICHI movie opens at #8 Uchū no Hō: Elohim-hen (The Laws of the Universe: Elohim Chapter), the newest film in The Laws of the Universe film series by controversial religious organization Happy Science (Kōfuku no Kagaku), ranked at #2 in its opening weekend. The film sold about 170,000 tickets to earn more than 200 million yen (about US$1,756,000) in i...
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