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BAKEMONOGATARI: Monster Tale Novel 1

While this book makes a fine treat for Monogatari diehards, it might not be the best place to start the franchise. Nick Creamer explains. ― It's something of a truism in fandom circles that “the original is always better.” Whether it's your favorite comic being adapted into a TV series, or your favorite novel being adapted into a film, the source material generally earns a kind of assumed reverence. ...
column

The List - 7 Eras of Japanese History as Told Through Anime

Beyond the many anime set in fantasy worlds and high school, some series cover an enormous swath of Japan's history in ways both mundane and fantastical! Plus, vote on next week's List subject in this week's poll! ― Hmm, yes. It's about time for the "con crud" to kick in. Sadly, I am laid up with some sort of horrid nauseous stomach that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. In place of a new list, I p...
review

School-Live! GNs 4-6

School-Live's mix of cute girl moe and zombie survival horror continues to make it a stand-out of both genres. Rebecca Silverman explains how these three volumes differ from the anime's conclusion. ― It's been clear that the anime adaptation of School-Live! differed from its source material for a while now, and two of these three volumes continue to make that evident – books four and five were covere...
feature

The Art of Closed Captioning

Closed captioning the mountains of anime you see on streaming services is no small task; Justin Sevakis explains what goes in to making sure people can read their anime. ― For years, dubbed anime programming has been shown on video streaming services in the US – but without closed captioning for the hearing impaired. While both anime publishers and streaming providers knew that this wasn't ideal for ...
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ANNCast - Zacura Quest

Zac and Jacob take on Sakura Quest, Re:Creators, Nier: Automata, and a special trip down VHS fansub memory lane. ― ANNCast Episode 294 - Zacura Quest Zac and Jacob take on Sakura Quest, Re:Creators, Nier: Automata, and a special trip down VHS fansub memory lane. You can listen to the show on our player here, direct-download the MP3 version here, check out the show on Stitcher here, and we're also on...
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Noragami Season Two: Aragoto [Limited Edition] BD+DVD

Yato and his ragtag gang return in Noragami's long-awaited second season! Theron Martin explains why this next leg of the story made a much bigger splash than the first. ― The first season of the Noragami manga adaptation got off to a strong start with its story about a girl who finds herself associating with various Japanese gods and the Regalia who serve them, but it floundered later with an anime-...
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Sunday, April 30

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Yutaka Yamamoto's 'Twilight' Anime Casts Sora Amamiya

Wake Up, Girls! director's 2018 anime also stars Kana Hanazawa, Kaori Fukuhara, Sumi Shimamoto ― Yutaka Yamamoto's original anime project Hakubo (Twilight) announced on April 20 that it has added Sora Amamiya (Tokyo Ghoul's Tōka Kirishima, Aldnoah.Zero's Asseylum, KonoSuba's Aqua) to its cast. The project also streamed a new promotional video for the anime on the same day. The crowdfunding campaign f...
ep. review

Granblue Fantasy the Animation ‒ Episode 5

"It's fun, but if it ever wants to move beyond that, GranBlue Fantasy had better figure out how to make us worry that something isn't going to work out for its heroes."
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Augmented Reality Lets You Take a Date with Hatsune Miku

She can follow you and interact with the environment ― An enterprising electronics engineer who goes by "Alsione" is developing an augmented reality (AR) program with the Microsoft HoloLens that lets you go on a date with the phenomenally popular Vocaloid star Hatsune Miku. As the video below demonstrates, it can not only simulate an appropriate (if strangely empty) environment for a date, but summon...
ep. review

Series Finale: Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 25

"Tales of Zestiria the X's finale isn't quite as epic as it could have been, but that doesn't stop it from ultimately being satisfying."
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Comical Psychosomatic Medicine Manga Gets Book About Émile Chartier

Book explains Alain on Happiness book by French philosopher ― Shonengahosha published a book volume spinoff of Yū Yūki and Sō's Comical Psychosomatic Medicine manga on Monday titled Manga de Wakaru Shinryōnaika - Alain no Kōfuku Ronhen (Comical Psychosomatic Medicine - Alain on Happiness). The book tackles French philosopher Émile Chartier, also known as Alain, and his book Alain on Happiness, with t...
ep. review

Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 30

"The relationship Ymir and Christa form is one of fascinating if not questionable codependence."
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Sumō Champion Kisenosato to Wear Fist of the North Star Apron

"His body is amazing!" ― Yutaka Kisenosato, a champion sumō wrestler (yokozuna), will soon wear a most intimidating character on his silk apron (keshōmawashi): Fist of the North Star's Raoh. He is sponsored by Coamix, the company that publishes Monthly Comic Zenon. As part of the deal, Coamix promised Kisenosato that they would provide him with a custom apron if he made it to yokozuna rank. In Januar...
ep. review

My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 18

"The calvary battle should be the most banal of all the sports festival games, but it's proving itself something mighty in this back half."
daily briefs

Gundam Thunderbolt Anime Reveals Episode 7's Key Visual, Stills, Story lntro

Episode 6 now streaming with English subtitles ― The official Twitter account for the Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt anime posted a key visual for the anime's seventh episode on Friday. The anime's official website also posted a story introduction and stills. Before episode 7, the Zeon scientist Karla underwent deep psychological trauma in the fighting during the final days of the One Year War. The Z...
ep. review

Re:CREATORS ‒ Episode 4

"Despite a total lack of action, there's a fair amount going on in the plot this week."
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Akiba's Beat Game's Character Trailer Previews English Dub

PS4, PS Vita game launches with dual audio tracks in N. America on May 16, in Europe on May 19 ― XSEED Games began streaming a character trailer for its PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game Akiba's Beat on Thursday. The trailer features the game's English dub cast. The English dub cast includes: Chris Patton as Asahi Tachibana Erica Mendez as Saki Hoshino Tia Ballard as Riyu Momose Robbie Daymond ...
ep. review

Berserk ‒ Episode 17

"When we have to cover X amount of monologue in Y lines per minute, no lovely intonation can save the episode from feeling rushed."
review

BAKEMONOGATARI: Monster Tale Novel 1

While this book makes a fine treat for Monogatari diehards, it might not be the best place to start the franchise. Nick Creamer explains. ― It's something of a truism in fandom circles that “the original is always better.” Whether it's your favorite comic being adapted into a TV series, or your favorite novel being adapted into a film, the source material generally earns a kind of assumed reverence. ...
anime now

We Saw Upcoming CG Film Resident Evil: Vendetta

And it’s the perfect amalgamation of the game series’ survival horror and over-the-top action roots.
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Live-Action Blade of the Immortal Film Streams 3 'Highlights' Trailers

Film opened in Japan on Saturday, screens at Cannes Film Festival in May ― Warner Brothers began streaming three videos on Friday explaining the highlights of the live-action film of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal "neo period drama" manga. The first video focuses on the cast, the second video focuses on the story, and the third video focuses on the staff. All three videos preview the film's t...
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Your Lie in April Stage Play Streams Ad, Reveals Visual

Play running in August-September features live musical performances by Yuta Matsumura, Shuko Kobayashi ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of Naoshi Arakawa's Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) manga began streaming a commercial on Wednesday for the play. The official website also revealed a visual for the play, and character visuals for Kōsei Arima and Kaori Miyazono. The p...
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Bushiroad Reveals Revue Starlight Franchise With Stage Musical, TV Anime Projects

Momoyo Koyama, Suzuko Mimori star in multimedia project about girls aiming for the stage ― Bushiroad opened a website on Sunday to reveal its newest project, Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight. The project has both a musical and a television anime in the works. Nelke Planning is collaborating with Bushiroad on the project. The project stars: Momoyo Koyama as Karen Aijō Suzuko Mimori as Hikari Kagura Maho T...
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Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Anime Casts Yū Serizawa, Tomokazu Sugita

Both voice actors play student council members in series premiering in July ― The official website for the television anime of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga announced two more cast members on Friday and Saturday. Both new characters are members of the student council. Yū Serizawa as Yumemi Yumemite Tomokazu Sugita as Kaede Manyūda The previously announced cas...
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Amazon, Polygon Pictures' Lost in Oz Special Wins 3 Daytime Emmy Awards

3DCG animated project wins children's animated program, sound mixing, sound editing awards ― The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the winners on Friday of the 44th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Amazon and Polygon Pictures' Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure special won three of the five awards for which it was nominated. The special won awards in the "Outstandi...

Funimation Reveals English Dub Casts For KADO: The Right Answer, Seven Mortal Sins Anime

Dubs for both series premiere on Sunday ― Funimation revealed the English dub cast lists on Friday for the KADO: The Right Answer and Seven Mortal Sins television anime series. The English dub for KADO: The Right Answer will premiere on Sunday at 9:00 p.m. EDT. The cast — under ADR director Tyler Walker, ADR engineer Domonique French, mix engineer Neal Malley, and scriptwriter Blair Rowan — includes:...

Aoi Yūki, Tomokazu Sugita Star in Aho-Girl: Clueless Girl Anime

Series of 15-minute shorts also stars Sayaka Harada, Sumire Uesaka, Yōko Hikasa, Daisuke Namikawa ― The June issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shonen Magazine is revealing the main cast on May 9 for the television anime adaptation of Hiroyuki's Ahogaru: Clueless Girl (Aho-Girl) manga. The issue is also revealing a new visual, and revealing that Sumire Uesaka is performing the show's ending theme song. The...

Saturday, April 29

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Hatsune Miku Hosts Concert with Taiko Drumming Troupe Kodō

In a mix of traditional Japanese culture and new technology, the NHK Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo, hosted a collaboration concert between virtual idol Hatsune Miku and the professional taiko drumming troupe Kodō on March 4 and 5. A recording of the concert will re-air on television on NHK BS Premium on April 23 and NHK Sougou on May 7. The concert also included appearances from the virtual idols Meguri...
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Craft Boss Coffee Commercial Draws on your name. for Inspiration

Stars Ryō Narita (Tessie) ― One of the main themes of last year's hit anime film your name. is the wide gulf between Japan's countryside — simple, friendly, traditional — and its bustling metropolises — crowded, anonymous, modern. Although Mitsuha clearly yearns for the urban life, it can be overwhelming for many rural migrants, especially those unfamiliar with urban customs or those w...
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Tekken 7 Game's Video Outlines Different Modes

Fighting game arrives on PS4, Xbox One, PC on June 2 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a new video for the Tekken 7 fighting game on Thursday. The video highlights the game's new mechanics and modes, including a single player story mode with optional easier mechanics and auto-combos, an online multiplayer mode that supports matchmaking and both single- and double-elimination tournaments, t...
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VR Kanojo Adult Game Collaboration Lets You Sniff Virtual Girlfriend's Pantyhose

Vaqso Inc. CEO Kentaro Kawaguchi has announced a collaboration with the game VR Kanojo that will let players smell the scent of their virtual girlfriend and her pantyhose using a Vasqo VR scent device that can work in collaboration with Oculus VR, Vive, and Playstation VR. Attendees at the Unity developer event Unite 2017 Tokyo, which will be held at the Tokyo International Forum on May 8 and 9, w...
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Pani Poni's Hekiru Hikawa to Launch Manga About Video Streamers

Manga premieres next month ― This year's June issue of Kadokawa's Comic Dengeki Daioh G magazine announced on Thursday that Pani Poni manga creator Hekiru Hikawa will launch a new series titled Pandora Channel in the next issue on May 27. Hikawa describes the series as a "video streaming youth" manga about two girls. The magazine says the manga's main character is a "***Tuber." 5月27日発売の電撃だいおうじから「パンドラ...
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1970s-80s Science Fiction & Fantasy Shōjo Manga Omnibus Features Moto Hagio, Keiko Takemiya

An omnibus volume of definitive science fiction and fantasy shōjo manga from the 1970's and 80's was recently published by Rittorsha on April 20. The volume includes the first printing of Moto Hagio's short science fiction work The Unicorn's Dream in A5 size, Moto Hagio's They Were Eleven, Keiko Takemiya's Toward the Terra, and more. Also included in the omnibus are 106 color cover illustrations c...
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Kids on the Slope's Yuki Kodama Launches New Series in July

Author's Tsukikage Baby manga recently concluded in March ― The June issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine revealed on Friday that Yuki Kodama will launch a new manga series in the magazine's September issue on July 28. Kodama recently concluded her Tsukikage Baby manga on March 28. She launched the manga in Monthly Flowers in November 2012. The manga's ninth and final compiled book volume (...
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10 Years' Worth of Anime Bread Commercials Will Make You Hungry

Apologies to the gluten-intolerant ― In this writer's opinion, there are few experiences in life as satisfying and memorable as the initial sensation of eating freshly baked European bread. The warmth, the crisp texture, the fresh and natural taste... Evidently Japanese agree, since bakeries are commonplace in Japan and often use European names and motifs. For ten years, the Kyushu-based bakery Franc...
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Irregular at Magic High School Anime Film's 3rd Teaser Previews GARNiDELiA Song

June 17 film follows spring break encounter with mysterious woman ― The production company Aniplex began streaming the third teaser trailer for the Gekijōban Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei: Hoshi o Yobu Shōjo (The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie: The Girl Who Calls the Stars) anime film on Saturday. The new teaser previews the theme song "Speed Star" by the duo GARNiDELiA. In the story, the seasons...
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Detroit Metal City's Kiminori Wakasugi Launches Rhyming Man Manga in May

New manga centers on young rapper ― This year's ninth issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that Kiminori Wakasugi will launch a new manga titled Rhyming Man in the magazine's next issue on May 12. The music manga will center on a young rapper as the protagonist, and the first chapter will be 28 pages long with a color opening page. Wakasugi ended his Detroit Metal City manga...
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Sword Oratoria ‒ Episode 3

"Sword Oratoria is starting to make moves in the right direction, and hopefully Lefiya's confidence has been inspired to the point where we can shift the focus away from her worshipful crush on Aiz."
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The List - 7 Eras of Japanese History as Told Through Anime

Beyond the many anime set in fantasy worlds and high school, some series cover an enormous swath of Japan's history in ways both mundane and fantastical! Plus, vote on next week's List subject in this week's poll! ― Hmm, yes. It's about time for the "con crud" to kick in. Sadly, I am laid up with some sort of horrid nauseous stomach that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. In place of a new list, I p...
daily briefs

My Wife is the Student Council President Manga Has 1 Million Copies in Print

The June issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex magazine revealed on Thursday that Yumi Nakata's My Wife is the Student Council President (Okusama ga Seitokaichō!) manga has one million copies in print. The "erotic comedy" manga follows a student council vice-president who is betrothed to the student president Ui Wakana as his wife. Nakata (Chu-Bra!!) launched the series in Monthly Comic Rex maga...
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Hayao Miyazaki's New Anime Short Debuts in July, But His Proposed Feature Film Will Not Debut in 2019

TV special previously indicated his desire to finish feature before Tokyo Olympics ― Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki revealed at the Niconico Chōkaigi 2017 convention on Saturday that director Hayao Miyazaki's next work, the CG short "Kemushi no Boro" (Boro the Caterpillar), will debut at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo in July. However, after that, Suzuki firmly denied that Miyazaki can release his ...
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We Saw New Film Kuroko's Basketball: The Last Game

Kuroko’s Basketball: The Last Game is a great bit of sports action. Curiously, it also takes inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s poem The Jabberwocky.
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School-Live! GNs 4-6

School-Live's mix of cute girl moe and zombie survival horror continues to make it a stand-out of both genres. Rebecca Silverman explains how these three volumes differ from the anime's conclusion. ― It's been clear that the anime adaptation of School-Live! differed from its source material for a while now, and two of these three volumes continue to make that evident – books four and five were covere...
ep. review

Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ‒ Episode 4

Surprising love triangles begin to form after a series of revelations throw the series into new and unusually horny territory.
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Gunpla Fan Turns Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Model Into A 2D Illustration

No, it's not an illustration but an actual 3D model. Gunpla builder Kyo used tricky paint techniques to achieve a 2D appearance on a 1/100-scale Barbatos Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. When placed against a black background, the figure really just looks like a painting. Then, when standing next to 3D objects, tlooks like a paper cutout. The illusion is really impressive. Ky...

Yuri!!! on Ice Anime Gets Brand-New Film

More figure skating anime announced at cast & staff event on Saturday ― The evening session of the "Yuri!!! on Stage" event ended on Saturday by announcing that production on a brand-new Yuri!!! on Ice film has been green-lit. The announcement specifically rules out the film as a recompilation of the television anime. The cast also announced that the event itself will be available on Blu-ray Disc and...
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God Wars PS4/Vita Game's 6th Trailer Shows Mizuho Characters

Game ships in Japan, Europe, N. America in June after delays ― Kadokawa Games began streaming the sixth trailer for its God Wars Future Past (God Wars - Toki o Koete) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Friday. The video highlights the game's characters aligned with the land of Mizuho, including Kitsune, Urashima, Kame, Otohime, Inaba, Sayori, Uzume, and Issun. The game is now slated for relea...
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Fortune Tellers Academy Smartphone Game's Animated Video Highlights Story

Sqaure Enix's iOS/Android game launched in February 2016 ― Square Enix began streaming an anime promotional video and commercial for its Yogensha Ikusei Gakuen Fortune Tellers Academy smartphone game on Friday. Both videos highlight the game's story, and preview the game's theme song "Glory" by Sarah Àlainn (Valkyria Revolution). The game launched for iOS and Android devices in February 2016. The gam...
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Aksys Games Streams Period: Cube Game's Opening Video

Company shipped Otomate's PS Vita game on Friday in N. America, Europe ― Aksys Games began streaming a trailer on Friday for its release of Otomate's Period: Cube ~Shackles of Amadeus~ (Period: Cube ~Torikago no Amadeus~) PlayStation Vita game. The video previews the game's theme song "Ibarano Rakuen" by Joelle. The game shipped on Friday in North America and Europe. Aksys Games describes the game: S...
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Karada Sagashi Horror Manga Gets Net Anime on Production I.G's 'Vertical Anime' App

App delays launch plans to May or later ― Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website and app revealed on Friday that author Weizard and illustrator Katsutoshi Murase's Karada Sagashi (Body Search) manga is getting an anime adaptation on Production I.G's Tate Anime (Vertical Anime) app this summer. Weizard and Murase launched the manga in September 2014, and Shueisha will publish the 13th compiled volume on May ...
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Junichi Suwabe, Sumire Uesaka Star in Restaurant to Another World TV Anime

Adaptation of Junpei Inuzuka's Isekai Shokudō novels premieres this summer ― The official website of the television anime of Junpei Inuzuka's Isekai Shokudō (Restaurant to Another World) light novel series revealed the anime's main cast on Saturday. The anime will star Junichi Suwabe (Fate/stay night's Archer, Yuri!!! on Ice's Victor) as the restaurant's shopkeeper, and Sumire Uesaka (KanColle's Fubu...

Berserk 1st Novel Version Confirmed With Grunbeld Story

Makoto Fukami pens June 23 novel with illustrations by Kentarou Miura ― The official website of the Berserk television anime confirmed the novel adaptation of Berserk on Friday. The novel is titled Berserk: Honō Ryū no Kishi (Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight), and will have an original story focusing on the character Grunbeld (pictured below). The book is slated for June 23. The post also reveals the...
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Gravity Rush 2 Gets NieR: Automata Character Costume DLC

NieR: Automata is showing up everywhere, with its heroine appearing in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round and one of the game's bosses showing up in a concert hall. Its ubiquitousness is thanks in part to its financial success. It has sold more than 500,000 physical and digital copies in Japan and Asia and Square Enix announced on April 4 that the the game's physical and digital versions have exceeded one...
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Crunchyroll Adds Hellsing, Hellsing Ultimate, Baldr Force EXE, Chaos Dragon, Unbreakable Machine Doll Anime

5 anime added on Thursday ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added the Hellsing, Hellsing Ultimate, Baldr Force EXE, Chaos Dragon, and Unbreakable Machine-Doll anime to its catalog. Hellsing is available for users in the United States and Canada. Crunchyroll describes the anime: Witness the blood-soaked roots of a legend in Hellsing, the action-horror series that launched the careers of ...
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New Jersey's AnimeNEXT to Host Yuri!!! on Ice Staff

Animators, animation producer, color designer to attend June 9-11 event ― The official Twitter account for New Jersey-based anime convention AnimeNext announced on Thursday that it will host animators Junpei Tatenaka and Noriko Itou, animation producer Takahiro Ogawa, and color designer Izumi Hirose at its 2017 convention. Tatenaka previously worked at Disney Animation Japan before working on anime, ...

Friday, April 28

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Poll Answers the Question: Which Hot Spring Episodes Bring the Goods?

Anime is notorious for having one of two filler episode types: going to the beach or going to a hot spring resort. Both offer opportunities for fanservice by letting characters show off a little skin. In a medium where both these types of shows have become very by-the-book, viewers voted for which hot spring episodes are worth watching and separated the choices into two lists based on the viewer's...

Capcom Plans 'Major' Title Launch by March 2018

Report outlines growth strategies for company over the fiscal year ― Capcom released its overview of strategies and plans for the new fiscal year, which will end on March 31, 2018. The report includes information on the company's growth strategies across various media, and indicates a planned release of a "major" title by the end of the fiscal year. The company's consumer strategies for the year incl...
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Not Lives' Wataru Karasuma Launches New Manga in Dengeki Daioh

Magazine launches 3 other new series in June ― This year's June issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine announced on Thursday that Wataru Karasuma (Not Lives) is preparing a new original manga for serialization. The magazine has not yet announced a title, preview image, or start date for the series. Karasuma launched the Not Lives manga (pictured right) in Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh...
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McDonald's Releases AKB48 Anime Commercial Sequel

Focuses on lifelong skills you can gain by working at McDonald's ― While Americans often view a job at McDonald's as a grimy, greasy, thankless job, in Japan McDonald's is largely free of these connotations. It's seen as a standard part-time job for teenagers looking to earn some money and gain career experience; even demon kings can make a good impression by working there. To really hit this reputat...
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Live-Action Double Mints Film's Trailer Streamed

Shunsuke Tanaka, Yasushi Fuchikami star in film opening on June 3 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Asumiko Nakamura's Double Mints boys-love manga began streaming a trailer on Friday. Nakamura drew a "special edition" of the Double Mints boys-love manga for the 62nd issue of Akaneshinsha's Opera magazine, which shipped on Friday. The issue also features a discussion with ...
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Love Live! App Teases 6 More Members of PDP Group

The teaser website for "Perfect Dream Project" (PDP), the "new project for KLab Games and Bushiroad's Love Live! School Idol Festival smartphone game, revealed silhouettes for six more characters on Friday. Perfect Dream Project is also the name of a new idol group in the game, different from µ's and Aqours. Three of the members have already been revealed: Shizuku Osaka, a first-year student. Her ...
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Gundam's Char Trades In His Toyota for a Road Bike

Mobile Suit Gundam's infamous Char Aznable has had no shortage of promotional car deals. The Zaku II pilot got an exclusive Toyota Auris II model with its own anime commercial and special features like a navigational guidance system is voiced by Char voice actor Shuuichi Ikeda and Lalah Sune voice actress Keiko Han. The relationship was a good one, but Char is also looking for an eco-friendly opt...
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Brave10 Stage Play's Visual Shows Cast in Costume

Play based on Kairi Shimotsuki's manga to run June 28 to July 2 in Tokyo ― The official Twitter account for the stage play adaptation of Kairi Shimotsuki's Brave10 manga revealed the play's main visual on Friday. The image shows all 14 cast members in costume. The play will run from June 28 to July 2 at the Zenrosai Hall Space Zero in Tokyo. Jun Yoriko is directing the play, penning the script, and h...
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Konbini Kareshi TV Anime Reveals Cast

Takuma Terashima, Kenichi Suzumura, more reprise roles from drama CDs ― The official Twitter account for Konbini Kareshi (Convenience Store Boyfriends), a multimedia project developed by Kadokawa's B's Log Comic magazine, announced the cast for the upcoming television anime adaptation on Thursday. All of the cast members listed below were previously involved with the project, and Mariko Nagai is join...
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Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta Voice Actors Appear at Dolphin Show

Two aquariums help promote upcoming film ― Since the title character of the upcoming anime film Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta (Lu over the wall) is a mermaid, it's only natural that aquariums would be interested in pumping up interest in it. Two aquariums in the Tokyo area are doing just that. Voice actors Shōta Shimoda (Kai), Kanon Tani (Lu) and Shinichi Shinohara (Lu's father) made an appearance at the d...
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Prince of Tennis Gets Rhythm Game for Smartphones

Game featuring character songs to launch this year ― Bushiroad and Akatsuki Inc. opened a teaser website on Friday for a new iOS and Android rhythm game based on Takeshi Konomi's The New Prince of Tennis (Shin Tennis no Ōji-sama) manga. The game, titled Shin Tennis no Ōji-sama Rising Beat is slated to launch this year. The smartphone game will feature a number of characters and character songs from t...

Love Live! Sunshine's Aquors, The [email protected] Cinderella Girls to Perform at Anime Expo

Cinderella Girls performers are Asami Takano, Haruka Yoshimura, Hiromi Igarashi, Rei Matsuzaki, Tomoyo Kurosawa, Yuko Iida ― The organizers of the Anime Expo convention announced on Thursday that it will host the full Aqours idol group and and six members of The [email protected] Cinderella Girls idol group as part of the convention's Anisong World Matsuri music festival event. The two acts will perform on ...
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DAYS Original Anime DVD Preview Show 'Dice Talk' Game

DVD to bundle with manga's 22nd volume on May 17 ― Pony Canyon began streaming a commercial for the original anime DVD (OAD) that will bundle with the limited edition 22nd volume of Tsuyoshi Yasuda's DAYS manga on May 17. The new anime is titled "Himitsu no Saikoro Talk-hen" (Secret Dice Talk Chapter). The commercial shows the team at training camp, playing a card game where the loser has to roll a d...
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New Racing Manga Portrays Bond Between Jockey and Centaur

As any jockey will tell you, the bond between jockey and horse is one of the crucial dynamics of racing. Longtime horse-and-jockey pairs come to know each other, respect each other, and get a sense for each other's moods just as if they were good friends. The manga Our Derby (Futari no Derby) by Masahito Sasaki explores this further, since the horse in this case is actually a centaur. In a world w...
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KADO - The Right Answer ‒ Episode 4

"Once again, this series goes out of its way to mix some moral dilemmas into the practical challenges that its characters face."
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Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! OVA Opens in Japanese Theaters on August 26

Anime about graduation to open for 3 weeks in 8 theaters ― The official website for Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! announced on Saturday that the Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! original video anime (OVA) will open in eight Japanese theaters from August 26 to September 15. The website also revealed a new main visual. The OVA will take place during Binan High School's March graduati...
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The Art of Closed Captioning

Closed captioning the mountains of anime you see on streaming services is no small task; Justin Sevakis explains what goes in to making sure people can read their anime. ― For years, dubbed anime programming has been shown on video streaming services in the US – but without closed captioning for the hearing impaired. While both anime publishers and streaming providers knew that this wasn't ideal for ...
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Gundam Build Fighters Teases News on May 7

The official website for Gundam Build Fighters posted a teaser image that appears to be the date and time "May 7, 2017 6:00 p.m." (201705071800). Gundam Build Fighters producer Masakazu Ogawa previously teased in a post tagged with Gundam Build Fighters that "one more special chapter" is in the works and that he expects to make an announcement in early May. The first Gundam Build Fighters televisi...
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Futari H Manga Holds Contest to Guess Baby's Name, Sex

One of manga's long-running romantic couples are finally expecting their first child. Yura Onoda and Makoto Onoda of Aki Katsu's Futari H (Manga Sutra) manga are pregnant; about six years after Katsu first made note of the upcoming plot development. The pace seems about right for a series that's been in print for 20 years. The manga's publisher is celebrating the upcoming birth by holding a contes...
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Love Tyrant ‒ Episode 4

"Maybe it's too early to be making harsh judgments, but the previously unstoppable comic pace of the series slows to a distinct crawl this week."
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Real-Life Pokémon Expo Gym to Close in Japan in September

"Edutainment" facility opened in 2015 ― The official website of Pokémon Expo Gym announced on Friday the facility will close on September 24. Sanoyas Holdings opened the facility in Osaka's Expo City complex on November 19, 2015. IT Media reported that the business will close with a loss of about 1.5 billion yen (about US$13.5 million), after its March consolidated report showed a 2.4 billion yen (ab...
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Answerman - What Is The Lifestyle Of A Manga Artist?

Just what kind of hours do manga artists keep and how much do they get paid? Justin explains it all. ― Fredrik asks: Given how I've noticed that there is an unfortunate pattern of some manga authors dying at young ages, that has lead me to wonder: what is the lifestyle of a mangaka actually like? Generally, is writing/drawing their main source of income, or is writing only a side-job for most author...
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Osake wa Fūfu ni Natte kara Alcohol Manga Gets TV Anime

Crystal na Yōsuke launched story of couple who enjoys alcohol in 2015 ― Shogakukan's free manga website Yawaraka Spirits revealed on Saturday that Crystal na Yōsuke's Osake wa Fūfu ni Natte kara alcohol manga is getting an anime adaptation. The "slightly sweet tipsy couple comedy" manga centers on the 28-year-old senior public relations company staff member Chisato Mizusawa. The story follows Chisato...
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Clockwork Planet ‒ Episode 4

"The more Clockwork Planet delves into its own premise, the more questions I end up left with."
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ANNCast - Zacura Quest

Zac and Jacob take on Sakura Quest, Re:Creators, Nier: Automata, and a special trip down VHS fansub memory lane. ― ANNCast Episode 294 - Zacura Quest Zac and Jacob take on Sakura Quest, Re:Creators, Nier: Automata, and a special trip down VHS fansub memory lane. You can listen to the show on our player here, direct-download the MP3 version here, check out the show on Stitcher here, and we're also on...

Prosecutors Seek 3.5-Year Sentence for Russian Pokémon Go Blogger

Yekaterinburg court to issue verdict on May 11 ― Russian prosecutors requested a 3.5-year sentence on Friday for Ruslan Sokolovsky, a Russian blogger charged with inciting religious hatred for allegedly playing the Pokémon Go smartphone game in a church. The trial concluded in Yekaterinburg, Russia on Friday, and the judge said the verdict will be issued on May 11. Sokolovsky has been on trial since ...
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Tsukigakirei ‒ Episode 4

"I don't expect Tsukigakirei's CG character models to get any better, but I do hope the show stops assuming they're good enough to put front and center."
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Funimation Licenses Gonzo, Koji Morimoto's 18if TV Anime

Art of 18 multimedia project's anime premieres in July ― Funimation announced on Friday that it has licensed Koji Morimoto (Magnetic Rose, Extra, Beyond) and Gonzo's 18if television anime. The company will announce more details leading up to the anime's July premiere. Funimation also revealed that GameSamba has released the 18: Dream World smartphone game for iOS devices. The company also updated the...
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We Saw the New Fairy Tail Movie

And while it's not for newcomers, long time fans will have plenty of fun.
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat ‒ Episode 3

"Episode 3 comes much closer to being fully back in stride, finally regaining the spirit that made the first season entertaining."
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Sony Ships 60 Million PS4 Consoles Worldwide

Company estimates it will ship 18 million units in current fiscal year ― Sony Corporation released its financial results on Friday for fiscal year 2016, which began on April 1, 2016 and ended on March 31, 2017. The report revealed that Sony shipped 20.0 million PlayStation 4 consoles during fiscal year 2016. The company has shipped a total of 60 million units worldwide since the console's launch. The...
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Naked Ape Launches New Manga in ARIA Magazine in May

Story centers on estate management company that handles lingering souls ― The June issue of Kodansha's ARIA magazine announced on Friday that manga creator duo naked ape will launch a new manga tentatively titled Tsutsuji Mori Clean Service -Ihin Seiri Shimatsu Roku- (Tsutsuji Forest Clean Service -Estate Liquidation Management Chronicle-) in the magazine's July issue on May 27. naked ape member Otoh...
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My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected Light Novels Have 5 Million Copies in Print

This year's fifth issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine announced on Tuesday that Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light novel series has 5 million copies in print. Watari began the original My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light novel...
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Gakuen Psycho-Pass Spinoff Comedy Manga Ends

Manga that recasts characters as students in school launched in 2014 ― Mag Garden's Comic Blade website has announced that Shiina Soga's (Necromancer, Shōkoku no Altair-san) Psycho-Pass spinoff manga Gakuen Psycho-Pass (Psycho-Pass Academy) has ended. The manga's third and final compiled book volume is slated for June 10. Gakuen Psycho-Pass recasts the anime characters in super-deformed style as stud...
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Rainbow Days Manga's Side-Story Volume Slated for 2018

The 16th compiled book volume of Minami Mizuno's Rainbow Days manga revealed on Tuesday that the one book volume of the upcoming Rainbow Days side-story manga is slated for 2018. The new manga will launch in the August issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine on July 13, and Shueisha will publish the series on an irregular serialization schedule. Rainbow Days centers on a group of four male ...
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Space Battleship Yamato 2202 2nd Anime Film's Trailer Streamed

2nd film in 7-part project opens on June 24 ― The official website for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project began streaming a trailer on Friday for the project's second film, subtitled Hasshin-hen (Departure Chapter). The film will open in Japan on June 24, and will screen in five m...
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Code:Realize Game, Fandisc Get PS4 Port This Year

Original PS Vita visual novel shipped in Japan in November 2014, in U.S. in October 2015 ― Idea Factory opened a website on Friday to reveal that its and Design Factory's Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ (Code:Realize ~Sōsei no Himegimi) PlayStation Vita game and the Code:Realize ~Shukufuku no Mirai~ PS Vita fandisc game are both getting a port for the PlayStation 4. The website is streaming a pro...
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Clione no Akari TV Anime's Promo Video Previews Opening Theme Song

aki performs opening, ending theme songs for July anime ― The official website for the television anime of Natural-Rain's illustrated online novel Clione no Akari (Clione's Light) began streaming a promotional video for the series on Friday. The video highlights the character Kyōko Tsukihashi, and previews the anime's opening theme song "Clione no Akari" by former SKE48 idol group member aki. The ani...
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21st Detective Conan Film's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Odex opens film in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam ― Southeast Asian film distributor Odex began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter (Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter), the 21st Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime film, on Friday. Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter opened in Japanese theaters on April 15. The film s...

Funimation Reveals English Dub Cast For Love Tyrant Anime

Jad Saxton, Austin Tindle, Amber Lee Connors star ― Funimation revealed the English dub cast list on Wednesday for the Love Tyrant anime series. The English dub premiered on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. EDT. The cast — under ADR director Jerry Jewell, ADR engineer William Dewell, writer Monica Rial, and mixing engineer Andrew Tipps — includes: Jad Saxton as Guri Austin Tindle as Seiji Amber Lee Connors as A...
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Yūki Dōmoto's Girlish Number Manga Ends in May

Manga launched in March 2016 ― The June issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Comic magazine revealed on Friday that Yūki Dōmoto will end the manga adaptation of writer Wataru Watari (My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected novel series author) and artist QP:flapper's Girlish Number project in the magazine's next issue on May 30. Sentai Filmworks licensed the television anime adaptation, and it de...
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Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Anime Casts Karin Nanami, Mariya Ise

Voice actresses play student council members Yuriko Nishinotōin, Midari Ikishima ― The official website for the television anime of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga revealed more cast members on Wednesday and Thursday. Karin Nanami as Yuriko Nishinotōin Mariya Ise Midari Ikishima The previously announced cast includes: Saori Hayami as Yumeko Jabami Minami Tanaka...

Funimation Streams English-Dubbed Trailer for Hyouka Anime

Adam Gibbs, Madeleine Morris, Dallas Reid, Jill Harris star in dub slated for July ― Funimation began streaming a trailer on Thursday for its home video release of the Hyouka anime. The video previews the anime's English dub. Funimation also revealed the anime's English dub cast. The cast, with ADR directors Mike McFarland and Cris George, and ADR writers Emily Neves and Bonny Clinkenbeard, include: ...
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New Nintendo 2DS XL Variant Announced for July Release

New variant has larger screen, faster processor, no 3D functionality ― Nintendo announced on Thursday that it will begin offering a New Nintendo 3DS variant called the New Nintendo 2DS XL (LL in Japan) beginning on July 13 in Japan, and on July 28 in North America. Like the New Nintendo 3DS XL, the new variant will offer the same 82% larger screen size in comparison to the original Nintendo 3DS, as w...
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Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Film's Promo Video Highlights Action

Film opens in Japan, 16 other countries including U.S. in May ― The official website for the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film began streaming a new promotional video for the film on Friday. The video highlights the show's action. The film will open in Japan on May 6, and will also open in at least 16 countries besides Japan in May, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia,...
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Kids on the Slope Live-Action Film Confirmed for 2018

Film adaptation of Yuki Kodama manga stars Yuri Chinen, Taishi Nakagawa, Nana Komatsu ― Shogakukan opened a website on Friday to confirm that a live-action film adaptation of Yuki Kodama's Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) manga has been green-lit. The film is slated to open in 2018. The film stars Hey! Say! JUMP!'s Yuri Chinen as protagonist Kaoru Nishimi. Taishi Nakagawa (left in picture bel...
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Nobunaga Shimazaki Cosplays as His Fate/Grand Order Character, Edmond

Part of promotion for upcoming Fate/Extra CCC crossover event ― Viewers of Fate/Grand Order Chaldea Radio Station, a weekly radio show hosted by Fate/Grand Order voice actresses Rie Takahashi (Mash Kyrielight) and Minami Tanaka (Nitocris), were in for a special treat during a special Nico Nico livestream on April 26: Nobunaga Shimazaki dressed up as his character Edmond Dantes, and in his detective g...
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Kozueko Morimoto's Ashi-Girl Manga to Have 'Important Announcement' Next Month

Shueisha's preview for the July issue of its Cocohana magazine revealed on Friday that the issue will have an "important announcement" for Kozueko Morimoto's Ashi-Girl manga. The issue will ship on May 27 and it will feature Ashi-Girl on the cover. In the story, 16-year-old Yui Hayakawa is prone to being late, losing things, and dozing off, and she has no interest in love or style. One day she acc...

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Watch My Hero Academia With Japanese Cast Members This Saturday

This Saturday, My Hero Academia cast members Daiki Yamashita (Izuku Midoriya) and Tasuku Hatanaka (Denki Kaminari) and producer Wakana Okamura will live-stream commentary for the latest episode on Twitter. The cast will react along with the series' fifth episode, give a behind the scenes look at production, and talk about the upcoming episode starting at Saturday, 5:00 p.m. JST (Friday, 4:00 a.m. ...
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Detective Conan: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital Manga Ends, 2 New Detective Conan Spinoff Manga Launch

Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare adaptation, gag manga launch next month ― This year's June issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday S magazine published the final chapter of Yutaka Abe and Jirō Maruden's manga adaptation of the Detective Conan: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital film based on Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan (Case Closed) manga on Thursday. Abe and Maruden launched the manga in Septemb...
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Collar X Malice PS Vita Game Slated for Summer 2017

Aksys Games announced on its official blog on Tuesday that its English release Otomate's Collar X Malice PlayStation Vita otome game is slated for this summer. The game will be available physically and digitally. The company describes the game: A dangerous shadow organization launches a campaign of fear and violence in the city of Shinjuku, pushing society to the brink of chaos. As a young police...
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Create Your Own Dragon Ball Character — And Win a 3D Figure of It

Kirin Beverage is running a Dragonball campaign from April 25 to June 8 that lets fans create their own Dragon Ball characters and enter to win 3D figures of said characters. After designing their original characters, fans can increase their power levels by inputting the codes attached to bottles of Kirin Mets Grapefruit. The characters with the highest power levels are printed on the campaign we...
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Wonder 3 Manga Kickstarter Campaign Ends After Raising US$82,137

Campaign reached goal in 3 days ― North American publisher Digital Manga Inc.'s Kickstarter campaign to localize and publish Osamu Tezuka's Wonder 3 (Wonder Three) manga in English ended on April 26 after raising US$82,137. The campaign launched on March 27 and exceeded its goal of US$39,000 within three days. The manga is slated for release in one omnibus volume in August. The campaign also offered...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, April 17-23

Pokémon Sun & Moon, Yo-kai Watch rank in top 10 ― The live-action drama adaptation of Ryō Ikuemi's Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo manga aired on TBS on Tuesday, April 18 at 10:00 p.m and earned an 11.1% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV April 23 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 10.4 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV April 23 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 7.5 Doraemon TV Asahi April 21 (Fr...

Voice Actress Aoi Yūki Takes Hiatus From Solo Music Career, Closes Fan Club

Yūki released latest solo "petit" album in December ― Voice actress and singer Aoi Yūki announced on her official fan club AoimAniA's website on Friday that she is taking a temporary break from her career as a solo singer beginning on Friday. AoimAniA, which focuses on her work as a solo artist, also announced that it will stop accepting new members on May 31 and will end service on June 30. Yūki exp...
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Create Your Own Case Closed Character on Face Maker Website

Your character could appear in a Case Closed story ― Gosho Aoyama (Case Closed, Yaiba, Magic Kaito) has sold 200 million volumes of manga worldwide. Most of these are of his signature series, Case Closed, which is sold in 25 countries and has become one of the most well-known and popular manga. To celebrate the achievement, Aoyama has started a campaign to design witness characters for an upcoming my...
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Macross Delta's Junna & Minori Suzuki, Wake Up, Girls! to Perform at Anime Expo

2 acts to perform at Anisong World Matsuri event at L.A. convention in June ― The organizers of the Anime Expo convention announced on Thursday that it will host the full Wake Up, Girls! idol group and Walküre members Minori Suzuki and JUNNA as part of the convention's Anisong World Matsuri music festival event. The two acts will perform on June 30 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. Avex and 81...
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Kemono Friends Joins Forces with 4 More Zoos (with Goods in Tow)

After a wildly successful crossover event with the Tobu City Zoo in Saitama, Kemono Friends is getting new collaborations with Sapporo Maruyama Zoo, Chiba Zoological Park, Kyoto Municipal Zoo, and Fukuoka Municipal Zoo. The project is called "Meeting Zoo Friends!" and will run from April 28 to May 31. Each zoo will be selling original merchandise featuring new illustrations of the characters Kaba...
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The Seven Princes of the Thousand Year Labyrinth Manga's Sequel Ends

Seven Seas publishes original manga in N. America ― This year's June issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum published the final chapter of author Yu Aikawa and artist Haruno Atori's Sennen Meikyū no Nana Ōji -Eikyū Kairō no Kishi- manga, the sequel to their The Seven Princes of the Thousand Year Labyrinth manga, on Friday. Aikawa and Haruno Atori began the original manga series in the magazine ...

Live-Action Death Note Film's Producer Responds to Whitewashing Controversy

Netflix's adaptation slated for August 25 ― Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee, one of the producers of Netflix's upcoming live-action Death Note film, responded to criticisms the film has received for whitewashing – casting White actors to play roles written for other races – in an interview with BuzzFeed on Wednesday. Lee does not believe the film is a case of whitewashing. "I can understand the criti...
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Devils and Realist Stage Musical Gets Sequel in November

Mashū Ishiwatari, Taiyō Ayukawa reprise roles as William, Dantalion ― This year's June issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum announced on Friday that the stage musical adaptation of Madoka Takadono and Utako Yukihiro's Devils and Realist (Makai Ōji: Devils and Realist) manga will get a sequel this November. Mashū Ishiwatari and Taiyō Ayukawa (both pictured below) will reprise their roles as Wi...
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Sakura Quest ‒ Episode 4

"This is Sakura Quest's first attempt at setting up a true multi-episode arc, but it hardly feels like just set-up."
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Puchimas! Manga Gets New Original Anime DVD in 2018

Series' 5th, 6th volumes bundled anime DVDs in 2013, 2014 ― The June issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki Maoh magazine revealed on Thursday that a compiled book volume of Akane's Puchimas! -Petit Idolm@ster- manga will bundle a new original anime DVD in 2018. The magazine also published the manga's 100th installment on Thursday. Akane launched the four-panel manga series in the magazine in 2008, and Kadokawa...
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Classic Streaming: Revolutionary Girl Utena ‒ Episode 3

"The rule going forward is question everything, which is a very fun rule to follow."
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The Bears' School, Tinny Anime Films' Promo Video Streamed

Films open simultaneously in Japan on August 25 ― Toho Animation began streaming a promotional video for the anime films of the Kuma no Gakkō (The Bears' School) and Tinny - Fūsen Inu Monogatari (Tinny - Balloon Dog Story) picture books on Thursday. The films, titled Eiga Kuma no Gakkō: Patissier Jackie to Ohisama no Sweets (The Bears' School The Movie: The Patissier Jackie and the Sun's Sweets) and ...
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Power Rangers' Original Blue, Black Rangers Aren't Impressed by Reboot Film

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers original cast members David Yost (Billy/Blue Ranger) and Walter Jones (Zack/Black Ranger) shared their thoughts about Lionsgate's Power Rangers live-action film at the C2E2 convention in Chicago. The film, which opened in the U.S. in March, has taken home US$129.2 million, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its share of critics, Yost and Jones included. The two ori...
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Up Close With Kazuki Higashiji's EARTH COLORS (Video)

Take a tour through the incredible background art of PA Works' Kazuki Higashiji, whose brilliant backdrops brought life to Angel Beats, Nagi no Asukara, Charlotte and more! ― In March 2017, PA Works sponsored a gallery exhibition in Akihabara of the art of Kazuki Higashiji, renowned art director and background artist on shows like A Lull in the Sea (Nagi no Asukara), Charlotte, Tari Tari, Hanasaku I...
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Sagrada Reset ‒ Episode 4

"This all could have been paced and plotted better, without so much chaff."
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Gundam Versus PS4 Game Heads West This Fall

Action game ships in Japan on July 6 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming an announcement trailer for the Gundam Versus PlayStation 4 game on Thursday. The game is slated to ship in the West this fall. Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe also began streaming both English and Spanish versions of the trailer. The game's official Japanese website began streaming a video earlier this month ...
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Noragami Season Two: Aragoto [Limited Edition] BD+DVD

Yato and his ragtag gang return in Noragami's long-awaited second season! Theron Martin explains why this next leg of the story made a much bigger splash than the first. ― The first season of the Noragami manga adaptation got off to a strong start with its story about a girl who finds herself associating with various Japanese gods and the Regalia who serve them, but it floundered later with an anime-...
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New Sailor Moon Musical Reveals More Cast, Visual

Musicals' 'final chapter' debuts in Tokyo, Aichi, Osaka in September ― The official website for the Sailor Moon franchise announced more cast and revealed the main visual on Thursday for Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -Le Mouvement Final-, the upcoming production in the Sailor Moon stage musicals. The website describes the musical as the "final chapter" of the Sailor Moon musicals, and it will conclude t...
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A Son Stalks His Own Father Online in FINAL FANTASY XIV: Daddy of Light

I've seen stranger plans to try to reconnect with family...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 4

"The series ratchets up the silliness this week to deliver its strongest episode yet."
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Yoshiyuki Sadamoto Really Wishes Resigning Politician Would Take Off the Evangelion Tie

Neon Genesis Evangelion original character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto really wishes Japan's Reconstruction Minister would do him a solid and take off his Evangelion tie. Masahiro Imamura made headlines earlier this month for getting into a tiff with a journalist over his handling of voluntary evacuees and their needs. During his heated exchange, Imamura was wearing a tie depicting characters from...
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Dallas Radio Station Hosts Public Memorial Service For Voice Actor Ed Blaylock on May 2

Event is open to public to honor voice actor who passed away earlier this month ― Dallas, Texas-based radio station WRR 101 will host a memorial service to honor voice actor Ed Blaylock on May 2 at 11:45 a.m. at the Latino Cultural Center near downtown Dallas. The event is open to the public, and WRR 101 reached out to ANN to confirm that fans of Blaylock's anime work are encouraged to attend. Blaylo...
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Retailer: Yuki Kodama's Kids on the Slope Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Manga about 2 boys in 1960s inspired TV anime in 2012 ― Retailer Rakuten's listing of this year's June issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine features a cover image that reveals that Yuki Kodama's Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) manga is getting a live-action film adaptation. The magazine will ship in Japan on Friday. The manga follows a naive boy and a scruffy boy in a provincial to...
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Nintendo Sells 2.74 Million Switch Consoles Worldwide

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sells 3.84 million copies; 3DS worldwide sales at 66.12 million units ― Nintendo revealed in its year-end financial report on Wednesday for the fiscal year ending on March 31 that it has sold 2.74 million Switch consoles worldwide. This number includes 600,000 units in Japan, 1.2 million units in the Americas, and 940,000 units in other regions. Nintendo said it al...
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Tomino no Jigoku Manga to End in 4th Volume

Manga on hiatus until summer, story in "final phase" ― The third compiled book volume of Suehiro Maruo's Tomino no Jigoku (Tomino the Damned) manga revealed on Monday that the manga's fourth volume will be its last. The manga went on hiatus earlier this month, and will resume this summer as it heads toward its "final phase." The manga centers on a set of twins with an older brother and younger sister...
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NISA to Release Yomawari: Midnight Shadows Sequel Game in N. America, Europe This Fall

Game ships on PS4, PS Vita in Japan on August 24, Western version to add Steam release ― NIS America announced on Thursday that it will release the Shin Yomawari sequel game in North America and Europe this fall under the title Yomawari: Midnight Shadows. NIS America is releasing the game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC via Steam. The company describes the game: The follow-up to 2016's cu...
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Gundam: Battle Operation PS3 Game to Cease Operation in July

Game's sequel Gundam: Battle Operation Next debuted in 2015 ― The official website of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation PlayStation 3 game announced on Thursday that it will cease operations on the game as well as the Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation Support Appli for the PlayStation Vita on July 31. Items will no longer be available to purchase after May 31. The g...
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7O3X: Fastest Finger First Anime's Quiz Videos Reveal Satsumi Matsuda Jinko Sasajima

New key visual also revealed for series premiering in July ― Toei began streaming a quiz video on Tuesday for 7O3X Fastest Finger First, the television anime adaptation of Iqura Sugimoto's Nana Maru San Batsu (literally, "7 O 3 X" or "7 Right, 3 Wrong") manga. The video reveals the character Jinko Sasajima, and the voice actress for the character asks if viewers can guess her identity. A separate "an...
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Miyazawa Kenji no Shotaku Live-Action Series' Cast Revealed

Show premiering on June 17 casts Misuzu Kanno, Ikusaburo Yamazaki, Anna Ishibashi, more ― The official website of the live-action series adaptation of Santa Uonome's Miyazawa Kenji no Shotaku (Kenji Miyazawa's Dining Table) manga revealed a poster visual and the cast for the series on Wednesday. The poster shows Ryohei Suzuki in costume as Kenji Miyazawa. The main cast includes (from left to right in...
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angela, Mashiro Ayano to Perform at Anime Expo

2 acts to perform at Anisong World Matsuri event at L.A. convention in July ― The organizers of the Anime Expo convention announced on Tuesday that it will host angela and Mashiro Ayano as part of the convention's Anisong World Matsuri music festival event. The two acts will perform on July 1 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. angela is comprised of keyboardist and guitarist Katsu and vocalist ...
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Ultraman Geed Series Revealed With Star Tatsuomi Hamada

16-year-old Hamada plays son of Ultraman Zero antagonist Belial ― Tsuburaya Productions opened a website on Thursday to reveal Ultraman Geed (pronounced "Jeed"), the new Ultraman series debuting on TV Tokyo and its affiliates on July 8. The series will air on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m., and will have 25 episodes. 16-year-old actor Tatsuomi Hamada is playing Riku Asakura, who can transform into the titula...
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Sailor Moon Crystal Gets 2 Board Games This Year

Dyskami Publishing Company will release more board games in 2018 ― Board game company Dyskami Publishing Company announced on Wednesday that it is developing a line of official board games based on the Sailor Moon Crystal anime. The first two games are titled Sailor Moon Crystal Dice Challenge and Sailor Moon Crystal Truth or Bluff. Sailor Moon Crystal Dice Challenge is a dice battle game where playe...
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Area 88 Creator Kaoru Shintani Takes Hiatus From Manga

Manga creator was former Leiji Matsumoto assistant; drew Twin Hawks, I Dream of Mimi, more ― Manga creator Kaoru Shintani announced on his official Twitter account on Wednesday that he would be taking a hiatus from drawing manga. The announcement coincided with his 66th birthday, and just as he finished the manuscript for the last chapter of his current manga Christie: London Massive. He stated in hi...
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Super Mario & Crew Head to U.S. as Happy Meal Toys

Japan's Super Mario Happy Meal toys landed stateside this week. Collectors can find them at participating McDonald's fast food restaurants until May 22. The toy line includes jumping Mario, Luigi in a pipe, Princess Peach, Bowser, a red Koopa shell, a 1-Up Mushroom, Yoshi, and Invincible Mario. Europe previously got its own version of the Happy Meal toys, albeit with some differences. That run in...
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Principal Live-Action Film Reveals More Cast

Rina Kawaei, Mitsuki Tanimura, Tomohiro Ichikawa, Mashiro Ayano, more join 2018 film ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Ryo Ikuemi's Principal manga revealed more of the film's cast members on Tuesday. The additional cast includes: Top row, left to right: Rina Kawaei as Haruka Kunishige, Shima's classmate Mitsuki Tanimura as Yumi Tatebayashi, Gen's older sister, and a music...

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DBZ VR Toy Lets Fans Do a Kamehameha, Test Power Levels

Anime goods company MegaHouse announced a Dragonball Z VR headset called "BotsNew Characters VR DRAGONBALL Z" that will let fans do a Kamehameha attack and measure opponents' power levels. The headset will be released at the end of June and will be retailing for 12,000 yen (US$110). It is designed to be used with a smartphone between 4 and 6 inches in size. Also included are finger controllers th...

Keijo!!!!!!!! Manga Creator Explains Cancellation

Denies rumors that manga was cancelled due to poor anime sales ― Manga creator Daichi Sorayomi posted details regarding the ending of his Keijo!!!!!!!! manga series on his blog on Sunday. He began by saying that he was told even before the anime aired that he should finish the manga after the anime finished. He denied rumors that the manga was cancelled due to poor sales of the anime's home video vo...
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Death Note the Musical's Video Shows Footage From 2015 Performances

Rerun of 2015 musical runs September 2-24 ― HoriPro began streaming a commercial on Tuesday for the rerun of Frank Wildhorn's Death Note the Musical. The video contains footage from the 2015 performances. The rerun will run at the New National Theatre in Tokyo from September 2 to 24. The main cast members, who are reprising their roles, include (from left to right): Kenji Urai (Aoi Honō, Kamen Rider ...
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Koe de Oshigoto!'s Konno Starts New Manga in May

Nobunaga-sensei no Osanazuma centers on middle school teacher, young bride ― The June issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed on Tuesday that Azure Konno will launch a new manga titled Nobunaga-sensei no Osanazuma (Mr. Nobunaga's Young Bride) in the magazine's next issue on May 25. The manga will center on the relationship between a middle school teacher who has a knack for gal games an...
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Rabi Laby Platformer Games Get Bundle Release on PS Vita

Bundle contains all 3 Rabi Laby games, Witch's Cat spinoff ― Kadokawa's Famitsu.com revealed on Tuesday that Silver Star Japan is releasing a game titled Rabi Laby: Puzzle Out Stories for the PlayStation Vita. The game bundles all three Rabi Laby games, as well as the Witch's Cat spinoff game. The PS Vita version will include updated graphics and an easy mode. In the Rabi Laby (Rabbit Labyrinth) plat...
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This Summer's New Swimming Anime Will Get Female Fans Thirsty

Kyoto Animation's Free! anime series and films have been nothing short of a phenomenon, ushering in a more blatant focus on female audiences' interest in sports anime. Sports anime has always been popular with women viewers, but Free! reignited series made with that audience in mind instead of as an after thought. As soon as everyone finally settled on which Iwatobi Swim Club member was their boyf...
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Attack on Titan Manga Has 66 Million Copies in Print

Marketing company CDG revealed on Monday that Hajime Isayama's Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) manga has more than 66 million copies in print. Isayama launched the manga in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009, and Kodansha published the 22nd compiled book volume in Japan on April 7. Kodansha Comics publishes the series in print in English, and it released the 21st volume on April 18. Crunchyroll...
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Live-Action Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Film's Trailer, New Visual Posted

Film opens August 4 in Japan ― The official website for the live-action film of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable manga posted a trailer and new banner visual on Thursday. The video introduces the characters and the concept of "Stands." The film's title is JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond wa Kudakenai Dai-Ichi-Shō (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chap...
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See Early Motion Capture Techniques in Lost Behind-The-Scenes Video from Silent Hill 2

A video showing the early motion capture techniques used to make Konami's ground-breaking horror video game Silent Hill 2 was recently rediscovered by actor Guy Chihi, who voiced and did the motion capture for the game's protagonist, James Sunderland. Chihi posted the video on his official YouTube page, saying in the comments, "It was lost in storage for more than 15 years. I only found it because...
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Strike Witches Spinoff Novel Series Noble Witches Gets Manga Adaptation

Strike Witches Erica Hartmann 1941 artist to launch series next month ― This year's June issue of Kadokawa's Comp Ace magazine announced on Wednesday that a manga adaptation of the Noble Witches spinoff novel series will launch in the July issue on May 26. The magazine posted a short preview chapter and Tsuchii, the artist for the manga adaptation, posted a preview image on Twitter: 先ほどブレちゃん内でも告知がありま...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, April 17-23

Kingdom, Magi, Ace of Diamond Act II, Attack on Titan, Case Closed in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Kingdom 46 438,106 438,106 2017/04 Shueisha Yasuhisa Hara 1 1 2 Magi 33 221,579 221,579 2017/04 Shogakukan Shinobu Ohtaka 2 1 3 Ace of Diamond Act II 7 155,751 157,358 2017/04 Kodansha Yūji Terajima 3 1 4 Attack on Ti...

Anchor Bay to Release Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Film on Home Video, Digital HD

Digital release slated for June 13, home video for June 27 ― Anchor Bay Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it will release the Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions film on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and Digital HD. The digital version is slated for June 13 and the Blu-ray Disc and DVD will ship on June 27. The release will include both the English and Japanese audio tracks, as well as four featurett...
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Former Nogizaka46 Idol Nanami Hashimoto Seen with Record Label Executive

The Japanese singer and model Nanami Hashimoto (24), who retired from the popular idol group Nogizaka46 in October 2016, has been seen meeting clandestinely with Shunsuke Muramatsu (53), a company director and executive vice president at large record company Sony Music Entertainment. Until the end of the Japanese fiscal year in March 2017, Muramatsu was working as the president of Sony Music Labe...
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Orange Manga Gets New Chapter in May

Series that ended in 2015 inspired live-action film, anime ― The June issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed on Tuesday that Ichigo Takano's Orange manga will get a new chapter in the next issue on May 25. Takano (Yume Miru Taiyō) launched the original shōjo manga in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine in 2012 and moved it to Monthly Action in 2013. The manga ended in August 2015, an...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 17-23

Fire Emblem Echoes, Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition, Dungeon Travelers 2-2, PaRappa the Rapper games ship ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 17-23 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DSFire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (Including Limited Editions) Nintendo April 20 131,668 131,668 23DSPro Yakyū Famista Climax Bandai Namco Entertainment April ...

Amazon's Anime Strike Streams Darker Than Black Season 1

Series available with English dub, Japanese with subtitles ― Amazon's Anime Strike streaming platform posted the 26-episode first season of Darker Than Black on Tuesday. The series is available in Japanese with English subtitles and with Funimation Entertainment's English dub. Anime Strike describes the story: A new and deadly breed of covert agents walks the streets. These assassins and spies wield ...
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Seven Seas Licenses OKAYADO's 'Deadline Summoner' 1-Shot Manga for Digital Release

39-page prototype to 12 Beast available now ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has acquired the digital publishing license for OKAYADO's one-shot manga "Deadline Summoner" ("Shisen no Shōkanshi"). The company released the manga digitally in North America for US$2.99 on Wednesday. Seven Seas describes the story as a "prototype short" to OKAYADO's other series 12 Beast. The story...
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Answerman - Why Are OVA Episodes Seldom Licensed?

Popular shows like To Love Ru get OVA episodes that sometimes take forever to get licensed for release in the US or just never show up at all - what's the deal? ― mattrinstl asks: Why is it so hard for companies to license OVA's? There are any number of series with plot moving events that happen between series in OVA form, and most of the time we have to end up looking at Quasi legal sites to watch ...
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The Royal Tutor ‒ Episode 4

"It's field trip time on The Royal Tutor, as Heine takes his inconspicuously well-dressed students out to visit the capital."
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Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Story Trailer Reveals September Release Date

Game adds Ultron, Sigma, Hulk, Chris Redfield, Thor, Chun Li, more ― PlayStation began streaming a story trailer for Capcom's Marvel vs. CAPCOM Infinite PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC fighting game on Tuesday. The trailer reveals the that the game will ship on September 19. The video also reveals new characters for the game, including Ultron, Sigma (Mega Man X), Strider Hiryu (Strider), Hulk, Chris ...
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Natsume Yūjin-Chō Roku ‒ Episode 3

"While I wouldn't want to see Natsume Yujin-Cho devolve wholly into horror, this episode did a great job breaking the routine to show that the series can still be full of surprises."

New Fate/Extella Work is in Production

Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star's Nintendo Switch port ships in July ― A special Fate/Extra CCC live-streaming event revealed on Tuesday that a new Fate/EXTELLA work is in production. The staff did not reveal details about the title but said Servant action will be important in the new work. Mafia Kajita served as MC at the event, and voice actors Yui Ogura (voice of Fate/Extra CCC's Passion Lip), Norik...
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Luffy Unleashes 'Gear Fourth' Technique in New Portrait of Pirates Figure

Luffy looks ready to unleash his Gomu Gomu no Kong Gun in MegaHouse's new Portrait of Pirates (P.O.P.) figure. The "Portrait of Pirates One Piece 'SA-MAXIMUM' Monkey D. Luffy Gear '4' 'Bound Man'" figure captures the truly impressive size and proportions shown in the anime series. His girthy abdomen, Busoshoku Haki covered limbs, and intimidating steam curling around his body are all accurately r...
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How Goku is Learning that Raw Power Isn’t Everything

As Goku gathers his team for the upcoming tournament in Dragon Ball Super, he is also learning an important point: In the battle to come, power isn’t nearly as important as strategy.

Sumitomo, Crunchyroll's Parent Chernin Group Announce Strategic Partnership

Sumitomo, Crunchyroll partnered in 2015 to fund anime co-productions ― Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, a subsidiary of the Japanese trading company Sumitomo Corporation, announced a strategic partnership on Wednesday with The Chernin Group, a media company run by former News Corporation executive Peter Chernin. Under this new business partnership, both companies hope to expand into the media and en...
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Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age PS4 Remaster's English Trailer Streamed

Game ships on July 11 in N. America, Europe; July 13 in Japan, Asia ― Square Enix North America began streaming an English-dubbed spring trailer for the Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age PlayStation 4 game on Tuesday. The video previews the remaster's story. The game will ship in North America and Europe on July 11 and in Japan and Asia on July 13. The game will ship with a Collector's and Limited Edi...

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Anime Film to Play in U.S., 15 Other Countries in May

U.K., Ireland, Australia, NZ, 9 Central/South American countries, Thailand, France ― The official website for the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film announced on Wednesday that the film will open in at least 16 countries besides Japan in May. As of April 26, the countries will be the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, nine countries in Central America and South America...
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Clione no Akari TV Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, July Premiere

Sayuri Matsumura, Shunya Ōhira, Natsuko Hara, more star in anime ― The staff for the television anime of Natural-Rain's illustrated online novel Clione no Akari (Clione's Light) opened a Twitter account and website on Wednesday. The website revealed the anime's staff, cast, and July premiere. The cast includes: Sayuri Matsumura as Minori Amamiya Shunya Ōhira as Takashi Aoi Natsuko Hara as Kyōko Tsuki...
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MegaHouse Teases Color Version of Yuri on Ice's Victor Figure

A recent teaser image of Yuri on Ice's Victor for MegaHouse's GEM line has fans preparing to open up their wallets. The company released an image of Victor's hand from the colored figure prototype that's in development. The kicker? You can see the full colored prototype in Tuesday's issue of Monthly Hobby Japan. 【速報】開発中G.E.M.「ユーリ!!! on ICE ヴィクトル・二キフォロフ」彩色原型が4月25日発売「月刊ホビージャパン」最速掲載決定!続報は当アカで、お楽しみに ...
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Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Posts Teaser Visual, Character Stills

Masataka Kubota, Fumika Shimizu star in July 29 film based on Sui Ishida's manga ― The official website for the live-action film of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga revealed a new teaser visual for the film on Wednesday. The text on the visual reads, "The only entity who knows of the two worlds of humans and ghouls." The site also revealed stills from the film featuring the main cast. The cast is as fo...
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Onsen Musume Project Gets Manga, Fan Clubs, Local Event

Enbound, Inc.'s Onsen Musume (Hot Spring Girls) idol project is coming off a successful crowdfunding campaign where it earned 7,110,540 yen (US$64,009), enough to fund production of a drama CD (seven million yen/US$63,000) with the main cast. The project is now moving into its next steps: launching a manga, establishing two separate fan clubs, and planning its first live event. The manga version o...

Idaho School Votes to Keep Sword Art Online Novel After Student Complaint

Complaint stated that novel allegedly contained "inappropriate language and drawings" ― Jerome Middle School in Idaho voted to retain the Sword Art Online: Aincrad light novel in its library on Monday after a student raised concern about "inappropriate language and drawings" in the novel. The school's English department formally made the complaint. The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) sen...

Funimation Reveals Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor Anime's English Dub Cast

Dub premiered on Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. EDT ― Funimation revealed The English dub cast for its simuldub of the Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor anime on Tuesday. The simuldub premiered on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. EDT. The cast includes: Rachael Messer as Sistine Josh Grelle as Glenn Radars Monica Rial as Rumia Morgan Garrett as Celica Ben Phillips as Headmaster Rick Christopher Wehkamp as Halley Q...
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Chihayafuru Sequel Film Reveals 4 New Cast Members, 2018 Opening

Chihayafuru: Musubi casts Mio Yūki, Hayato Sano, Kaya Kiyohara, Kento Kaku ― The staff for the live-action films of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga revealed the upcoming sequel film's title, new cast members, and 2018 opening on Wednesday. The new film is titled Chihayafuru: Musubi (Chihayafuru: Conclusion). The new cast includes (from left to right): Mio Yūki as Sumire Hanano, a girl who falls in ...
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