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Psychic School Wars BD+DVD

Despite its title, this little-known 2012 movie is more character drama than action-adventure. Theron Martin takes a look at this low-key gem. ― The story behind this 2012 movie is not a recent one; it's based on a 1973 sci fi novel which saw four live-action TV adaptations and two live-action movie adaptations scattered across the '80s and '90s, but the prominent role that cell phones play in both t...

The Monster Girls Want to Play!

The spicy boy-meet-girl-monsters manga comedy Monster Musume has been a hit since it slithered sexily from the mind of artist OKAYADO. You could call it a harem manga, but you've never seen a harem like this one. It starts with a bird-girl, a snake-girl and a horse-girl, and then it gets really strange. All these ladies are flying, clopping and otherwise perambulating to Japan as part of a govern...
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The List - 7 Clowns to Haunt Your Nightmares

Let's face it: clowns aren't funny, they're terrifying, especially in the bizarre worlds of anime. You'll definitely want to keep these seven freaks away from your next birthday party. ― Clowns as a horror device are relatively new. You can thank Edgar Allen Poe, Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci opera, and actual clown serial killer John Wayne Gacy for planting the seed and of course, Stephen King's ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 GN 1

Jotaro Kujo is the latest Joestar to take up the mantle of a bizarre adventure. How does this third Jojo stack up against the previous two? ― It can sometimes feel like a shame for an author to kill off a particularly excellent bad guy. Thinking about it in that light, it's impressive that Hirohiko Araki was able to keep Dio Brando, the arch-nemesis of Jonathan Joestar and the man responsible for his...
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ANNCast Interview: Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner

Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner joins us to talk all things Right Stuf - from bestsellers to the best releases to all things Gundam, plus your Twitter questions! ― ANNCast Episode 277: KLECK KLECK BOOM Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner joins us to talk all things Right Stuf - from bestsellers to the best releases to all things Gundam, plus your Twitter questions! You can listen to the show on our player...
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Ladies versus Butlers! Blu-Ray

This harem comedy from the late 2000s was a late bloomer for Western release, but is it still worth a watch after years in limbo? Theron Martin investigates. ― Some series are innovators within their genre, while others are mere followers. This 2010 adaptation of a light novel series is decidedly the latter. Even though it came relatively early in the wave of super-heavy fanservice shows of the late ...
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Monster Musume Favorite Character Contest

Vote for your favorite Monster Musume character in this official Monster Musume Popularity Contest! If you have a BookWalker Global account, you'll also be eligible for some Amazing Prizes. ― Contest Giveaway Manga Sale 1. Contest Details Vote for your favorite Monster Musume character in this official Monster Musume Popularity Contest! If you have a BookWalker Global account, you'll also be eligibl...
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Sunday, December 4

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WWW.WAGNARIA!! ‒ Episode 10

"With two of the couples in WWW.Wagnaria already dating, the spotlight was bound to fall on Shindou and Kamakura sooner or later."
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Idol Incidents Anime's Promo Video Introduces Tsunku-Produced Opening Song

Idol become politicians to "make Japan smile" again in January TV anime ― The official website for MAGES' Idol Incidents (Idol Jihen) television anime series began streaming a new promotional video on Sunday. The video introduces the opening theme song "Utae! Ai no Kōyaku" (Sing! Pledge of Love) from prolific musical producer Tsunku, and the anime's idols proclaim that they "want to make Japan smile!...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 69

"The show really seems to want to deflate expectations, and remind you that it's a cartoon first and foremost."
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ēlDLIVE Anime's 2nd Video Previews Alfakyun & The Super Ball's Songs

Reborn! creator Akira Amano's sci-fi anime premieres in January ― The official website for the television anime of Akira Amano's ēlDLIVE manga began streaming the anime's second official promotional video on Sunday. The video premiered at the Jump Special Anime Festa 2016 event this past week. It features the opening theme song "Our sympathy" by singer Alfakyun and the ending theme song "Kimi no Koe ...
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 9

This week's ClassicaLoid finally answers the question, "How would Beethoven react to today's music?"
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TsukiPro Talent Agency Gets TV Anime About 4 of Its Musical Groups

TsukiPro the Animation to follow SolidS, Quell, Soara, Growth ― The Tsukino Talent Production agency announced at its "TsukiPro Festival - Winter" event's evening session on Sunday that it is launching its own anime adaptation titled TsukiPro the Animation. The music anime will follow the daily lives and associated drama of four of TsukiPro's very unique groups — SolidS, Quell, SOARA, and Growth. Sol...
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Kiss Him, Not Me ‒ Episode 9

"After being used as background dressing for the bulk of series, Shinomiya Hayato finally gets his own episode."
anime now

The orange Film Showcases the Story's True Hero

Which would you chose, the love of your life or your best friend's life?
review

Psychic School Wars BD+DVD

Despite its title, this little-known 2012 movie is more character drama than action-adventure. Theron Martin takes a look at this low-key gem. ― The story behind this 2012 movie is not a recent one; it's based on a 1973 sci fi novel which saw four live-action TV adaptations and two live-action movie adaptations scattered across the '80s and '90s, but the prominent role that cell phones play in both t...
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Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episode 22

"Ranpo's story this week is a mystery geek's showdown dream, as he faces off against the man he named himself after, Edgar Allen Poe."
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'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria' TV Anime Slated for April

The online December lineup for SB Creative's GA Bunko imprint reports that the television anime Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka? Gaiden: Sword Oratoria) will premiere next April. The television anime adapts the spinoff light novel series of the same name from author Fujino Ōmori and illustrator Kiyotaka Hai...
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Musician Hirofumi Asamoto Passes Away

53-year-old composed, arranged theme songs for Major, Bucky - The Incredible Kid, Gambler Densetsu Tetsuya anime ― The wife of musician and musical producer Hirofumi Asamoto announced on Saturday that Asamoto passed away on November 30. He was 53. Asamoto hit his head in a bicycling accident in September 2014, and had been in a coma since then. His wife launched the "AID for Asamoto" Facebook page pr...

Sony, Capcom Reveal More Details For Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Fighting Game

PS4, Xbox One, PC game features Infinity Stones that influence battle's outcome ― Sony and Capcom both posted blog posts on Saturday revealing more details about the Marvel vs. CAPCOM Infinite fighting game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. Capcom originally announced the game at Sony's keynote for the PlayStation Experience 2016 event on Saturday. The game will feature single-player Arc...
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Yo-kai Watch Franchise Gets 4th Film in Winter 2017

3rd film featuring anime, live-action segments opens in Japan on December 17 ― The staff of the Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Sora Tobu Kujira to Double no Sekai no Daibōken da Nyan! (Yo-kai Watch The Movie: The Flying Whale and the Grand Adventure of the Double Worlds, Meow!) film announced at a stage greeting event in Tokyo on Sunday that a fourth film in the Yo-kai Watch franchise will open in Japan in winte...
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Ys Origin RPG Gets New Release on PS4, PS Vita on February 21

Nihon Falcom originally released PC game in 2006, XSEED released game in English in 2012 ― Sony announced at its PlayStation Experience 2016 event on Saturday that DotEmu is releasing the Ys Origin classic role-playing game on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Nihon Falcom originally released the game in Japan on PC in 2006. XSEED Games released the original game on PC via Steam in English in 2...
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PSX Event Streams Trailers For Nioh, Gravity Rush 2, Resident Evil 7, Last Guardian, Ace Combat 7, Street Fighter V Games

Also: videos streamed for Death Stranding, King of Fighters XIV, PaRappa the Rapper ― Sony revealed new trailers at the PlayStation Experience 2016 event on Saturday for the following video games: Nioh, Gravity Rush 2, Resident Evil 7 biohazard, The Last Guardian, Ace Combat 7, Street Fighter V, King of Fighters XIV, and PaRappa the Rapper. Nioh Koei Tecmo Games' "dark warring-states action RPG" laun...
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NieR:Automata Game's PSX Trailer Reveals March 7 N. American Release Date

PS4 game's limited edition bonuses also revealed ― Sony revealed a new trailer for Platinum Games' NieR:Automata PlayStation 4 game at the PlayStation Experience 2016 event on Saturday. The trailer reveals the game's March 7 release date in North America. Square Enix UK is also streaming the same trailer, which reveals the game's March 10 release in Europe. Sony's PlayStation Blog also revealed infor...

The Monster Girls Want to Play!

The spicy boy-meet-girl-monsters manga comedy Monster Musume has been a hit since it slithered sexily from the mind of artist OKAYADO. You could call it a harem manga, but you've never seen a harem like this one. It starts with a bird-girl, a snake-girl and a horse-girl, and then it gets really strange. All these ladies are flying, clopping and otherwise perambulating to Japan as part of a govern...

Saturday, December 3

My Hero Academia Anime Previews 2nd Season in 1st Promo Video

Trailer previews U.A. Sports Festival arc ― The official website for the My Hero Academia anime series began streaming the first promotional video on Sunday for the anime's second season. The anime had announced a second season in June. The new season will cover the U.A. Sports Festival arc of Kohei Horikoshi's original manga. The anime's first season of 13 episodes premiered on the MBS /TBS channel ...
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Persona 5 Game's English Story Trailer Streamed

Digital pre-orders available now with bonuses for game shipping on April 4 ― Atlus USA began streaming a new English story trailer on Saturday for the Persona 5 PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 game. The digital version of the game is available for pre-order now, and those who pre-order the game get a dynamic theme and three avatars. Digital pre-orders also include the "Izanagi & Izanagi Picaro Set" D...
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Sega Announces Western Release of Yakuza Kiwami, Yakuza 6 Games

Yakuza Kiwami ships in summer 2017, Yakuza 6 ships in early 2018 ― Sega announced on Saturday that it is releasing both the Yakuza Kiwami (Ryū ga Gotoku Kiwami) and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (Ryū ga Gotoku 6: Inochi no Uta) games in the West on PlayStation 4. Yakuza Kiwami is a full remake of the original Yakuza (Ryū ga Gotoku) game, and features completely recreated graphics to run on the PS4 in 10...
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NISA Announces Western Release of Danganronpa V3 Game in 2017

PS4, PS Vita game gets physical, digital releases ― NIS America (NISA) announced on Saturday that it will release the Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony ( New Danganronpa V3: Minna no Koroshiai Shin Gakki) video game on the PlayStation 4 and Playstation Vita in North America and Europe in 2017. NISA will release the game physically and digitally for both consoles, and will also release a limited edition...
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Themed Sake Warms Up Inuyasha, Kinnikuman Fans This Winter

Anime-themed sake lets fans drink in their favorite shows, including Moyashimon, AnoHana, Urusei Yatsura, and Lucky Star. This winter, thirsty otaku will be able to get a taste of two manga and anime: Inuyasha and Kinnikuman. Niigata Prefecture's Fujinoi sake brewing company has already offered Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, and Ranma 1/2 sake inspired by Niigata native Rumiko Takahashi's manga. ...
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Kana-Boon, Uru Perform Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans Anime's New Theme Songs

"Fighter," "Freesia" to debut in TV anime in January ― The Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans anime's "Tekkadan Rally" event announced on Saturday that the anime will introduce new themes songs in January. The four-member rock band Kana-Boon is contributing the new opening theme song "Fighter," while singer Uru is contributing the new ending theme song "Freesia." Uru will release a new single w...
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One Piece Film Gold's Limited Edition Includes Real Treasure Chest

The official website for One Piece Film Gold announced details of the anime's home video releases on Thursday. For the ultimate unpirated home-video experience of this year's box-office hit, fans can purchase the anime film and hide it with the rest of their booty in an exclusive treasure chest. The One Piece Film Gold Blu-ray Golden Limited Edition box set includes a special treasure chest with ...
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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom RPG's Latest Trailer Reveals 2017 Release

Level-5 returns to Ghibli-inspired worlds ― Sony's Saturday keynote for the PlayStation Experience 2016 event debuted a new trailer for Bandai Namco Entertainment and Level-5's upcoming Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PlayStation 4 role-playing game. The trailer confirms that the game will debut next year. Level-5 head Akihiro Hino, artist Yoshiyuki Momose (The Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Only Yes...
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CNN Article Spotlights Japanese Dating Sims for Women

With the recent success of games like Tōken Ranbu and Idolish 7, the female market is increasingly in the Japanese pop cultural spotlight. CNN, too, has recently written an article surveying the rise in popularity of reverse harem games and putting them in the context of Japan's sagging birth rates and a society-wide aversion to sexual intercourse. Gangsters in Love The article profiles women like...

Sony Reveals Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Game for 2017 (Updated)

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 also comes to PS4 on Saturday ― Sony's Saturday keynote for the PlayStation Experience 2016 event revealed that Capcom will offer its Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite game next year. The event debuted a teaser video that featured Capcom's Ryu and Mega Man X, as well as Marvel's Iron Man and Captain Marvel. Capcom will preview gameplay footage during the Capcom Cup tournament fo...
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Shinkai's your name. Film Poised to Top China's Weekend Box Office

Earns 30 million yuan in pre-sales, 70 million yuan on 1st day ― Makoto Shinkai's your name anime film is poised to rank #1 at this weekend's box office in China, after high ticket pre-sales and a substantial opening day. According to Chinese media, the film sold 30 million yuan (about 450 million yen or US$4.4 million) in pre-sale tickets as of Friday. The film opened in as many as 7,000 theaters in...
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Monster Strike The Movie Anime's 1st 10 Minutes Streamed

Battle & Adventure trailers, last English net anime episode also posted ― The official YouTube channel for the Monster Strike franchise posted the first 10 minutes from the Monster Strike The Movie anime film on Saturday. The film's Battle and Adventure trailers, as well as the final net anime episode in English, also debuted this past week. The film will open in Japan on December 10. The cast includ...
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The List - 7 Clowns to Haunt Your Nightmares

Let's face it: clowns aren't funny, they're terrifying, especially in the bizarre worlds of anime. You'll definitely want to keep these seven freaks away from your next birthday party. ― Clowns as a horror device are relatively new. You can thank Edgar Allen Poe, Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci opera, and actual clown serial killer John Wayne Gacy for planting the seed and of course, Stephen King's ...
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Toei Unveils Kado: The Right Answer TV CG Anime's 'Trailer 01.1' & April Premiere

Studio's 1st CG show follows humanity's encounter with mysterious entities ― At its Kado: The Right Answer/Expelled from Paradise booth at Tokyo Comic Con on Friday, Toei Animation revealed "Trailer 01.1" for its original anime project Kado: The Right Answer. On Saturday, Toei confirmed that the anime will premiere next April. The trailer is an updated version of the trailer Toei debuted this past su...
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Why You Should Watch the Shadows in Occultic;Nine

Taking place mostly at night in an urban environment, shadows are prominent in Occultic;Nine’s art style. They are also a key clue to the overall mystery.
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 GN 1

Jotaro Kujo is the latest Joestar to take up the mantle of a bizarre adventure. How does this third Jojo stack up against the previous two? ― It can sometimes feel like a shame for an author to kill off a particularly excellent bad guy. Thinking about it in that light, it's impressive that Hirohiko Araki was able to keep Dio Brando, the arch-nemesis of Jonathan Joestar and the man responsible for his...
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Gonzo, Koji Morimoto Launch Tentatively Titled '18 Anime' TV Anime Series in 2017

Morimoto also produces VR video for multimedia project ― The staff of the "Art of 18" stage event at Tokyo Comic Con announced on Saturday that director Koji Morimoto (Magnetic Rose, Extra, Beyond) and Gonzo are working on a television anime series tentatively titled 18 Anime that will air on Tokyo MX and BS Fuji in 2017. Morimoto is credited as chief supervisor on the anime. Morimoto also directed a...
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Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories Anime Gets 4th Season in January

New series features 13 different actors playing storyteller lead ― TV Tokyo's official website for the Yami Shibai (Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories) horror anime series of shorts has revealed that the anime is getting a fourth season that will premiere in January. The season will feature 13 different people (including actors, stage actors, and voice actors) playing the old man who is the storytel...
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Hikaru Midorikawa, Tetsu Inada Join Cast of Kuroko's Basketball Last Game Anime Film

New key visual also revealed for film opening on March 18 ― The official website for Gekijōban Kuroko no Basuke Last Game (Kuroko's Basketball The Movie: Last Game), the anime film adaptation of Tadatoshi Fujimaki's Kuroko no Basuke Extra Game sequel manga, revealed two new cast members for the film on Saturday. Hikaru Midorikawa as Nash Gold Jr., point guard for Jabberwock Tetsu Inada as Jason Silve...
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Chain Chronicle Anime Project Streams Trailer for 2nd Film

2nd of 3 films adapting Sega's smartphone game opens in Japan on January 14 ― The official website for the Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari (Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas), the theatrical and television anime adaptation of Sega's Chain Chronicle smartphone game, began streaming a trailer for the theatrical project's second film on Friday. The film project is split into three films, wi...
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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Anime Streams Character Videos For Renzo, Konekomaru

Koji Yusa, Yuuki Kaji reprise roles for anime premiering on January 6 ― The official website for the Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga (Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujō Ō-hen) sequel anime began streaming two promotional video and a commercial highlighting characters Renzo Shima and Konekomaru Miwa on Friday. (Note: the videos on the official website are region-locked to Japan.) The anime will adapt the "Kyoto Imp...

Friday, December 2

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Yen Press Licenses More Kingdom Hearts Light Novel Series

Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep novels get omnibus release ― Yen Press announced on its Twitter account on Friday that it has licensed the Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, and Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep novels. Tomoco Kanemaki wrote both the four-volume Kingdom Hearts II and three-volume Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days novel series, with origina...
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Drifters ‒ Episode 9

"The disjointed pacing of the season's first half has given way to something much more assured, as the different pieces of the Drifters puzzle fall into place one by one."
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Twelve More Ninja Rice Balls Revealed

Salmon, tuna, Spam, and more ― The upcoming card-based smartphone game Yui no Shinobi reimagines popular rice ball flavors as ninja fighting to reclaim their land and serve their lord. While four character designs had been revealed earlier in November, twelve more have been unveiled since then, creating quite the cast of tasty young men. Masunosuke Sakenobe represents salmon and is described as an ov...
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Gundam the Origin Anime's Loum Arc Previewed in 2 English-subtitled Videos

1st of 2-volume arc opens in fall 2017 ― The Gundam.info portal site began streaming two English-subtitled videos on Friday for the Loum Arc of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime. The new arc will start next fall with volume 5, "Clash at Loum," and will end in 2018 with volume 6, "Rise of the Red Comet." Drama Version Mecha Version Both videos originally screened during the theatrical screening...

Discotek Licenses Crusher Joe Anime Film, OVA Series

Gundam the Origin's Yoshikazu Yasuhiko directed 1983 film, Dirty Pair's Toshifumi Takizawa directed 2-episode OVA series ― Discotek Media announced on Friday that it has licensed Crusher Joe The Movie and Crusher Joe: The OVA's. The company plans to release the film in early 2017 on DVD. The company said it also plans to release the film on Blu-ray Disc "at some point in the future." Discotek Media d...
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Lostorage incited WIXOSS ‒ Episode 9

"While the overall shape of this current incarnation of the Selector game is still a little muddy, things are coming into sharper focus."
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Grave of the Fireflies Tops Poll of Anime's Most Miserable Endings

The Goo Ranking website asked readers which anime has the most "miserable bad ending" for its characters. The site conducted the poll from November 14 to November 16 and published the results on Friday. The #1 anime on the list comes as no surprise to most classic anime fans. Grave of the Fireflies follows 14-year-old Seita and his four-year-old sister Setsuko in the final days of World War II in ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable ‒ Episode 36

"JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a show that's mastered being both passive entertainment and the kind of show that glues your eyes to the screen."
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Sword Art Online Heroines Sparkle for Mobile Game Christmas Event

The girls of Sword Art Online are getting into the holiday spirit for a limited time event in the Sword Art Online: Code Register mobile game. Each of the female characters will appear in the special outfit until December 25. The outfits range from Santa-inspired to a glittering snow bride. Asuna Yuki Sinon Suguha Annette Players can participate in the event for a chance to get a six star Annette ...
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All Out!! ‒ Episode 9

"Jinko might not yet have scored their first victory, but they won their opponents and adviser's respect."
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Crunchyroll Adds More Catalog Titles From Funimation, Nozomi

Media distribution service Crunchyroll added eight titles from Nozomi Entertainment and five titles from Funimation Entertainment to its catalog this week. From Nozomi Entertainment, Please Teacher! and Please Twins! launched on Tuesday, and the Magic User's Club! TV anime and Magic User's Club! OAV launched on Wednesday. All of the above titles are available in the United States and Canada with b...
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Resident Evil Classifieds: Security Zombies Wanted for Live-Action Film Premiere

If those part-time retail and fast-food gigs aren't enough to make ends meet, becoming a zombie could be the answer. The part-time job news service An has a listing seeking security guard zombies for the world premiere of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. The listing is searching for two zombies to act as security at the live-action film's world premiere red carpet event at Tokyo's Roppongi Hills ...

New York Times Manga Best Seller List, November 20-26

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, 2 Tokyo Ghoul volumes, 2 Black Butler volumes, 2 One-Punch Man volumes, Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, Blue Exorcist, Assassination Classroom ― Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 1The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Legendary Edition #1 Akira Himekawa Viz Media 4 25Tokyo Ghoul #1 Sui Ishida Viz Media 73 3-Black Butl...
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Seiren Original Anime Unveils 1st Promo Video, Omnibus Format

Theme songs, January air dates, male cast members also revealed ― The official website for Kisai Takayama's original anime series Seiren updated with the first promotional video, story details, theme song performers, air dates, promotional manga, and male cast members on Friday. Like Amagami SS, the anime is an omnibus work that will consist of four-episode arcs focusing on each of the main heroines....
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A Silent Voice Film Earns 2.2 Billion Yen, Sells 1.7 Million Tickets

More Japanese theaters to begin screenings this month ― Kyoto Animation's anime film of Yoshitoki Ōima's A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) manga has sold about 1.7 million tickets after its eleventh weekend for 2.2 billion yen (about US$19.34 million) as of Wednesday. An additional 17 theaters will begin screening the film on December 3, with more to come throughout December and January. The film has s...
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ANNCast Interview: Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner

Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner joins us to talk all things Right Stuf - from bestsellers to the best releases to all things Gundam, plus your Twitter questions! ― ANNCast Episode 277: KLECK KLECK BOOM Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner joins us to talk all things Right Stuf - from bestsellers to the best releases to all things Gundam, plus your Twitter questions! You can listen to the show on our player...

Funimation Reveals English Dub Cast for One Piece Film Gold

Keith Silverstein plays Tesoro for film opening in U.S./Canadian theaters next month ― Funimation Entertainment announced the English dub cast for One Piece Film Gold on Thursday. The company also began streaming an English-dubbed trailer. The cast — under ADR director Joel McDonald, ADR scriptwriter Clint Bickham, and ADR engineer Matt Grounds — includes: Colleen Clinkenbeard as Luffy Christopher R....
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Answerman - Why Are Compilation Films Made?

It's a movie that edits together footage from a TV show you've already seen - what's the purpose of "Compilation Films" like Gurren Lagann's? Justin explains. ― Ryan asks: Why are compilation films of anime series in Japan so popular and why are they rarely licensed in the US? I just don't get it. Compilation films of TV anime have been made since at least the 1970s. They once filled an important ne...
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Skip Beat! Anime's Dub Teaser Previews English Opening Theme

Kickstarter-funded English dub to have four dubbed songs ― Pied Piper, Inc. began streaming a short teaser on Thursday for its Kickstarter-funded English dub of Skip Beat!, including the English version of the opening theme song "Dream Star," performed by Mela Lee and Cristina Vee. The video features Caitlin Glass, the voice of the protagonist Kyoko Mogami. The staff recorded English versions of the ...
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Keijo!!!!!!!! ‒ Episode 9

"Just when you think Keijo has maxed out on preposterousness, it comes up with something even more outlandish."
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Evangelion Creator Talks the Future of the Franchise

Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno on his studio, philosophy, and the future of his most famous series.
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 484

"After a month-long trip to the past, Naruto Shippūden returns to the current timeline in the first episode of Sasuke's Story: Sunrise."
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Pokémon Go, Rez Infinite, Street Fighter V Win at The Game Awards

Game developer Hideo Kojima honored with 2016 Industry Icon Award ― The Game Awards 2016 announced its list of winners at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Thursday, honoring the year's best video games. The winners include Niantic's Pokémon Go, Enhance Games' Rez Infinite, Capcom's Street Fighter V, and Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Pokémon Go won the categories of Best Fami...
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Piacevole! My Italian Cooking Anime's 1st Promo Video Streamed

Anime based on Atsuko Watanabe's cooking manga premieres on January 11 ― The official website for Piace: Watashi no Italian (Piacevole! My Italian Cooking), the anime adaptation of Atsuko Watanabe's Piacevole! manga, began streaming the anime's first full promotional video on Friday. (Note: the first video below can't be viewed in the U.S., Mexico, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.) The site p...
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Musou Stars Game's 1st Full Promo Video Reveals March 2 Release Date

Game adds characters from Toukiden, Dynasty Warriors, Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time ― The official website for Koei Tecmo Games and its Omega Force subsidiary's Musou Stars PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game began streaming the first full promotional video on Friday. The video reveals the game's March 2 release date in Japan, and the first-edition bonus of a download code for a Kasumi costum...
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Danganronpa 2.5 Video Anime's Introduction Video Streamed

Anime ships on Blu-ray Disc with limited editions of New Danganronpa V3 game on January 12 ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming an introduction video on Friday for the all-new original anime Super Danganronpa 2.5 Kamaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaisha (Super Danganronpa 2.5: Nagito Komaeda and the Destroyer of the World). The anime is being bundled on Blu-ray Disc with limited editions of the New Danganronp...

New Power Rangers Film Reveals Alpha 5 Character Concept Art

Bill Hader provides character's voice in March 24 film ― Game news website IGN revealed the concept art for the character Alpha 5 for the upcoming Power Rangers film on Wednesday. Bill Hader will provide the character's voice. In the original series, Alpha 5 assisted both Zordon and the Power Rangers. Lionsgate previously streamed a trailer for the film in October. The trailer features the song “I Wa...
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Lupin the IIIrd Chikemuri no Ishikawa Goemon Anime Film Reveals Trailer, Poster Visual

Takeshi Koike directs film opening on February 4 ― The official website for the Lupin the IIIrd Chikemuri no Ishikawa Goemon (Lupin the Third: Goemon Ishikawa's Spray of Blood) anime film began streaming a trailer for the film on Friday. The film's staff also revealed a new poster visual on Friday. The film will open in Japan on February 4. The new film will feature a returning staff from the Lupin t...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film Reveals December 2017 Release, Mustang's Costume (Updated)

The staff of the live-action film based on Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga announced at Tokyo Comic Con on Friday that the film will premiere in Japan in December 2017. The Warner Bros. Japan booth at Tokyo Comic Con is additionally displaying Roy Mustang's costume (pictured below) worn in the actual film by actor Dean Fujioka (live-action Happy Marriage!?). Fumihiko Sori (live-action P...
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ACCA TV Anime Premieres on January 10

The official website for the television anime of Natsume Ono's ACCA 13-Ku Kansatsu-Ka (ACCA: 13th Ward Observation Department) manga revealed the anime's premiere date on Friday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on January 10 at 11:00 p.m., followed by Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and TV Setouchi at January 11 at 12:00 a.m., 12:30 a.m., and 2:10 a.m., respectively. The anime will also begin airing on BS1...
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ReLIFE Live-Action Film Casts Yudai Chiba as Ryō Yoake

Takeshi Furusawa directs April 2017 film based on Yayoiso's manga ― The official website for the live-action film of Yayoiso's ReLIFE manga announced on Friday that Yudai Chiba (The File of Young Kindaichi Returns: The File of Inspector Akechi) will play Ryō Yoake. Yoake is a staff member in the ReLIFE research institute, and the one who made an offer to protagonist Arata Kaizaki to rehabilitate his ...
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Cyborg 009 Call of Justice Anime Previews 2nd, 3rd Films in Videos

1st film currently screening alongside 2nd film, 3rd film opens on December 9 ― The official website of Cyborg 009 Call of Justice, Toho Animation's new 3D CG anime project based on Shotaro Ishinomori's classic science-fiction hero manga Cyborg 009, began streaming two "next episode previews" for the second and third films on Friday. Both videos preview the story of their respective films. The anime ...

Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding Trailer Reveals Mads Mikkelsen as Cast Member

Trailer also features 3D CG likeness of film director Guillermo del Toro ― Game developer Hideo Kojima unveiled a new trailer for his upcoming Death Stranding game during the Game Awards event in Los Angeles on Thursday. The trailer reveals that Mads Mikkelsen has joined the game's cast, and a character featuring his likeness appears in the trailer. A character based on the appearance of film directo...

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Trailer Shows Environments (Updated)

Trailer also hints at story for 2017 Wii U/Switch game ― Nintendo unveiled a new trailer on Thursday for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, its upcoming newest installment in its The Legend of Zelda game series. The trailer shows the various environments in the game, with hints of the game's larger plot. The trailer has an English and Japanese version, differing only in the game's title card lo...

Naruto Shippūden Arc For Adaptations of 3 Novels Continues Through February

Sasuke's Story arc already premiered on Thursday, Shikamaru, Konoha arcs in January, February ― The second compiled book volume of Ukyō Kodachi and Mikie Ikemoto's Boruto manga revealed on Friday the premiere date for the rest of the arcs of the Naruto Shippūden anime that will adapt three epilogue novels in the Naruto franchise. The first part, which adapts Shin Towasa's Naruto: Sasuke's Story - Sun...

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Yuri!!! on Ice ‒ Episode 9

"It's a very difficult balance to strike, but like a good surgeon, Yuri!!! on Ice's writing manages to be both cutting and gentle."
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Saki Setting to Hold Summit for Anime Holy Sites

Ryoko Shiraishi to hold discussion ― The Lucky Star shrine in Washimiya, the Girls und Panzer bastion of Ōarai, and now the your name setting of Hida: these are just a few of the more well-known anime "holy sites" that dot Japan. When an anime is set in a certain locale, or even if background scenery strongly resembles a certain locale, that anime's fans will flock to the area to see the sights for t...

Evangelion Studio Khara Sues Gainax for 100 Million Yen in Royalties

Gainax allegedly owes royalties to Khara for income on properties that Hideaki Anno worked on ― The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper reported on Friday that Studio Khara has filed a lawsuit against Gainax regarding a 100 million yen (about US$878,777) debt that Gainax allegedly owes Khara. According to the filing at the Tokyo District Court's Tachikawa Branch, Khara and Gainax had an agreement that Khara w...
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Become a Mascot-Loving Ikemen With Sanrio Boys Cosplay

The retail chain Animate's cosplay shop ACOS unveiled Sanrio Danshi (Sanrio Boys) cosplay school uniforms on Thursday. The outfits transform Sanrio fans into mascot-loving ikemen characters from the multimedia project. The Hijirikawa High School uniforms include a jacket with embroidered patch, pants, and a neck tie. People who want to create accurate cosplay will have to supply their own white s...
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Brave Witches ‒ Episode 8

"This episode displays a rare and welcome serious side to the most laid-back of all of the Witches in the group."
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The Sailor Guardians Know a Good Car When They See One in Latest Ford Commercial

Last month, Usagi and Luna longed for a 2017 Ford Fusion in the company's latest Overdub advertisement. In the company's latest commercial, she's convinced the other Sailor Guardians of the vehicle's many perks especially its parking assistance feature. The cast of Viz's new dub for the original series return to reprise their roles, too. Ford has previously created Overdub YouTube ads with David H...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, November 21-27

Pokémon Sun & Moon, Yo-Kai Watch, Maho Tsukai Precure! in top 10 ― The live-action drama adaptation of Tsunami Umino's Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu manga aired on TBS on Wednesday, November 23 at 10:00 p.m. and earned a 13.6% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV November 27 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 14.2 Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV November 27 (Sun) 18:00 30...
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The Red Turtle Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards

NY Film Critics Awards choose Zootopia as Best Animated Feature ― The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced its nominees for the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards on Thursday. Michael Dudok de Wit and Studio Ghibli's The Red Turtle received a nomination in the Best Animated Feature category. The other nominees include Kubo and the Two Strings, Finding Dory, Moana, Trolls, and Zootopia....
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Race to Make Your Own Sonic Plush at Build-A-Bear

Build-A-Bear Workshop announced on Thursday that it is partnering with Sega to offer Sonic the Hedgehog plush. This year marks Sonic's 25th anniversary, and this is the first time Build-A-Bear has collaborated with Sega. A limited-edition bundle available online for US$35 includes an exclusive Gold Ring and 4-inch by 6-inch print. The Sonic Team designed the print in Japan for Build-A-Bear. The o...
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Getter Robo Inspires Mahjong-Themed Manga

Story based on Ken Ishikawa, Go Nagai's robot franchise launches this month ― Takeshobo's Kindai Mahjong (Modern Mahjong) magazine announced on Thursday that it will begin a new manga series titled Getter Robo High in its January 15, 2017 issue, which ships on December 15. The word "high" in the title is spelled with the kanji character for a mahjong tile. Bingo Morihashi (Devil May Cry 3 & 4, 7th Dr...
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Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- Gets PC Release on December 14

Steam release of Arc System Works fighting game includes bundle with all DLC ― Arc System Words revealed on Wednesday that it will release its Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- fighting game on the PC via Steam on December 14. The game will cost US$49.99, with a "One Dawn Bundle" that includes all the DLC for the game for US$64.99. The game will have a 10% discount on launch, and will also include the "Gui...
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Girls und Panzer Collaborates on 6th Ibaraki Blood Drive

Girls und Panzer is again teaming up with the Ibaraki Prefecture Red Cross Blood Center to promote a blood drive. The anime's characters Miho, Saori, Hana, Yukari, and Mako appear as nurses on promotional posters in blood donation rooms. The collaboration is running from December 1 to January 31. People who donate 400 milliliters of blood in Ibaraki Prefecture during that period will receive one ...
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Danganronpa 1&2 Reload Slated for March on PS4

NIS America announced on Thursday that it will release Danganronpa 1&2 Reload, its PlayStation 4 combo pack of the first and second Danganronpa games, on March 14 in North America and March 17 in Europe. The game will be available both physically and digitally, with a limited physical edition available through NIS America's online store. Spike Chunsoft released Danganronpa 1 • 2 Reload for PlaySta...
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Uverworld, Rin Akatsuki Sing Themes for Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Anime

Sequel anime to premiere on January 6 ― The January 2017 issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine announced the theme songs for the upcoming Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga (Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujō Ō-hen) sequel television anime on Friday. Rock band UVERworld will perform the opening theme song and singer Rin Akatsuki will perform the ending theme song. UVERworld performed the first opening for the first B...

Voice Actor Cole Brown Passes Away

Brown played One Piece's Blackbeard, Izetta's Lord Redford, more ― Voice actor Cole Brown passed away on Friday, November 18. He was 60. Brown contributed to English dubs for Funimation Entertainment for over 10 years. His many roles include Blackbeard in One Piece, Heaven Canceller in A Certain Magical Index, Vahriz in The Heroic Legend of Arslan, the Celestial Spirit King in Fairy Tail, and the nar...
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Pokkén Tournament Fighting Game Adds Empoleon

New playable character available in arcade game on December 15 ― The official Twitter account of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Pokkén Tournament fighting game announced on Thursday that it will add Empoleon (Emperto) as a playable character in the game's arcade version on December 15. Bandai Namco Entertainment and Nintendo released the game on the Wii U in North America, Europe, and Japan on March 18...
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IT Gijinka Keikaku Anime Turns Tech Jargon Into Pretty Girls

Ai Kakuma, Satomi Arai, Ayane Sakura star as UDP, IP, Ether ― IT Gijinka Keikaku (IT Anthropomorphization Project), a project that turns information technology terms into pretty girl characters, is inspiring a "Gijinka de Manabo!" (Learn via Anthropomorphization!) anime with popular voice actresses. The anime stars the following voice cast members: Ai Kakuma as UDP (User Datagram Protocol) Satomi Ara...
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Here's What the Upcoming Cardcaptor Sakura Anime is All About

It may not be coming until January 2018, but here's a little introduction to the plot of the new Cardcaptor Sakura anime.
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 34

"It does feel like the show is back on track after some messy table-setting episodes."
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Ladies versus Butlers! Blu-Ray

This harem comedy from the late 2000s was a late bloomer for Western release, but is it still worth a watch after years in limbo? Theron Martin investigates. ― Some series are innovators within their genre, while others are mere followers. This 2010 adaptation of a light novel series is decidedly the latter. Even though it came relatively early in the wave of super-heavy fanservice shows of the late ...
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Assassination Classroom Spinoff Anime Koro Teacher Quest! Begins Streaming on December 23

On Japan's dTV, UULA, other services ― The first 2017 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the Koro Teacher Quest anime series will start streaming on December 23. This adaptation of Jō Aoto and Kizuku Watanabe's Koro-sensei Q! (Koro Teacher Quest!) manga will run on the dTV, UULA, and other services. Watanabe and Aoto began the Koro-sensei Q! manga, which is a ...
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Blue Exorcist Manga Gets Unaired Anime DVD, Drama CD

Anime DVD's episode will not air on TV, while drama CD adapts Bloody Fairy Tale novel ― The January 2017 issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine is announcing on Friday that Kazue Katō's Blue Exorcist manga will bundle both an anime DVD and a drama CD. The anime DVD will come with the 19th manga volume in April 4, and it will feature an episode that will not be in the television anime. The "Money, Mone...
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Missions of Love's Toyama Starts Jimikon Manga

Love-filled series launches in Nakayoshi magazine on December 28 ― The January issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine revealed on Thursday that manga creator Ema Toyama (Missions of Love, Manga Dogs) will launch a new manga titled Jimikon (A Plain Wedding) in the magazine's February issue, which will ship on December 28. The announcement describes the series as "a series of one-shots.” The love-fill...
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Nobuhiro Watsuki Launches Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc Manga in Spring 2017

2-chapter spinoff series about criminal Ashitarō revealed to be prologue to new arc ― The January 2017 issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine is revealing on Friday that Nobuhiro Watsuki will draw a new arc in his Rurouni Kenshin manga that will take place in Hokkaido. The new manga will launch in spring 2017. The January issue of Jump SQ. is also publishing the second chapter of Watsuki and his wife ...

Blood Blockade Battlefront TV Anime Gets 2nd Season in 2017

Shigehito Takayanagi, Yasuko Kamo take over as director, writer for anime based on Yasuhiro Nightow's manga ― The January 2017 issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine is announcing on Friday that the Blood Blockade Battlefront television anime will get a second season titled Kekkai Sensen & Beyond (Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond) in 2017. BONES will once again animate the series. Shigehito Takayan...
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Final Fantasy XV Game's Digital Sales, Physical Shipments Exceed 5 Million Copies on 1st Day

Square Enix announced on Thursday that its Final Fantasy XV PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game sold more than 5 million copies on its first day when it went on sale worldwide on Tuesday. The number includes download sales and shipments of the game's first edition. This is the fastest record for Square Enix's Final Fantasy franchise. The game set a new record for first-day download sales for a Square ...
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Original Anime Series One Room Casts M.A.O

Original series of shorts featuring designs by Kantoku premieres in January ― The official website for the original anime series of shorts One Room announced on Thursday that M.A.O is playing Yui Hanasaka, one of the anime's three heroines. Yui is a 17-year-old girl from Hokkaido who goes to Tokyo in order to take her college entrance exams. She lives with her older sister while in Tokyo, and she is ...
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Macross Frontier's Megumi Nakajima Returns From Musical Hiatus, Performs Ending for Fūka Anime

1st single since nearly 3-year hiatus ships on February 15 ― Voice actress and singer Megumi Nakajima and the Flying Dog music agency announced on Thursday that Nakajima is returning from a nearly three-year hiatus to continue her musical activities. She is slated to perform the ending theme song "Watashi no Sekai" (My World) for the upcoming Fūka television anime series, which premieres on January ...
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Live-Action One Week Friends Film's Trailer Previews Sukima Switch Song

Film starring Haruna Kawaguchi, Kento Yamazaki premieres February 18 ― The official website of the live-action film of Matcha Hazuki's One Week Friends (Isshūkan Friends) manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Wednesday. The trailer features the film's theme song "Kanade for Isshūkan Friends," by Sukima Switch. "Kanade for Isshūkan Friends" is a new version of Sukima Switch's second single "...
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Hurricane Polymar Live-Action Film's Teaser Video Shows Junpei Mizobata in Costume

Power Rangers' Koichi Sakamoto directs May 2017 film ― Tatsunoko Productions began streaming a teaser video for the live-action film adaptation of its 1974 anime Hurricane Polymar on Wednesday. The video features Junpei Mizobata (live-action Hana-Kimi, Detective Conan) in costume as the titular character. The film is slated to open at Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 and other theaters in May 2017 as part of ...

Bandai Takes Down Life-size Gundam Statue in Tokyo on March 5

"Tokyo Gundam Project," "Gundam Front Tokyo" attraction also end in April ― The Gundam.info portal site announced on Thursday that Bandai will dismantle and take down the life-size Gundam statue on March 5. The statue has stood outside the DiverCity Tokyo mall in Odaiba, Tokyo since 2012. The "Tokyo Gundam Project," which aims to revitalize Tokyo's waterfront area through initiatives with the Tokyo g...

Pokémon Sun/Moon Games Sell 3.7 Million Copies in 1st 2 Weeks in N. America

Games sold 85% more than Pokémon X/Y in same launch period ― Nintendo and The Pokémon Company revealed on Wednesday that they have sold a total of 3.7 million copies of the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Nintendo 3DS games in North America in less than two weeks. The games have sold more than 85% more than the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games, which previously held the record for the fastest-selling Ninte...
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My Hero Academia, Black Clover, Food Wars! Event Anime Get DVD Releases

The first 2017 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the event anime being screened during the Jump Special Anime Festa event for My Hero Academia, Black Clover, and Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma will all get DVD releases bundled with future volumes of their respective manga. The event anime for My Hero Academia will ship on DVD with a limited edition of the 13...
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Whistle! Anime's 'Voice Remake' Reveals New Cast Members, December 17 Streaming Debut

Yui Makino voices Yuki Kojima, performs remake of "Sweet Days" ending theme song ― The first 2017 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that the "voice remake" of the 2002 television anime of Daisuke Higuchi's Whistle! soccer manga will begin streaming on December 17. The anime will stream on the Anime Hodai, UNEXT, d Anime Store, dTV, and Geo Channel services. In add...
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ЯeaL, RIZE Perform New Gintama TV Anime's Theme Songs

New TV anime premieres on January 9 ― The first 2017 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing the theme song artists for the new television anime for Gintama on Monday. The four-member all-girls band ЯeaL will perform the opening theme song "Kagerō." RIZE (Shion no Oh) will perform the ending theme song "Silver." The issue is also revealing a key visual for the series. The new ser...
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3rd Kizumonogatari Film's Trailer Highlights Araragi, Shinobu's Relationship

Final film in trilogy opens in Japan on January 6 ― The official website for the the Kizumonogatari film trilogy began streaming a trailer for the third and final film, Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen (Cold Blood), on Thursday. The trailer highlights Araragi and Shinobu's relationship (Note: The linked video is region-locked to Japan). The film will premiere in Japan on January 6. Those who pre-orde...
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Little Witch Academia TV Anime's Promo Video Reveals Song Artists, January 8 Premiere

YURiKA performs opening song, Yuiko Ōhara returns for ending song ― The official website of the Little Witch Academia television anime series began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video reveals and previews the show's opening and ending theme songs, as well as the January 8 premiere. Yuiko Ōhara, who previously performed the theme song for the Little Witch Academia: The E...
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Monster Musume Favorite Character Contest

Vote for your favorite Monster Musume character in this official Monster Musume Popularity Contest! If you have a BookWalker Global account, you'll also be eligible for some Amazing Prizes. ― Contest Giveaway Manga Sale 1. Contest Details Vote for your favorite Monster Musume character in this official Monster Musume Popularity Contest! If you have a BookWalker Global account, you'll also be eligibl...

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Yuri!!! On Ice's Makkachin Tissue Case Heads to Real-Life Rinks

The official Twitter account for the Yuri!!! On Ice television anime announced on Sunday that Victor's dog-shaped tissue case is heading to the real world. In the anime, figure skater Victor appears rink-side with a brown tissue box case inspired by his own poodle named Makkachin. The real Makkachin tissue cases will be made of fluffy "poodle boa" fabric and retail for 3,400 yen (about US$30). Av...
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Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan by Volume: 2016

5 Makoto Shinkai books, 3 Sword Art Online books, 3 The irregular at magic high school books, 2 No Game, No Life books, 2 Overlord books ― This list covers sales surveyed from November 23, 2015 to November 20, 2016. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title Publisher Release Date Author 1 1,196,994 Novel your name. Kadokawa 2016/06 Makoto Shinkai 2 321,834 Sword Art Online 17 Kadokawa 2016/04 Story: Reki ...
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Power Ranger Film's Rita Repulsa Hijacks Official Twitter Account

The new Power Rangers film stars Elizabeth Banks as classic villain Rita Repulsa, albeit heavily modernized and sans giant hair horns. Instead, the character shows an strange affinity for weird products like coyote urine hunting spray. At least, that's what she was promoting when the character took over the official Power Rangers Twitter account for Cyber Monday. 65 million years later and I'm sti...

Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan by Series: 2016

Shinkai's your name. sells 1.4 million + 283,000, followed by KonoSuba, Sword Art Online, Re:Zero, Overlord ― This list covers sales surveyed from November 23, 2015 to November 20, 2016. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title Publisher Author 1 1,417,661 Novel your name. Kadokawa Makoto Shinkai 2 1,174,562 KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world!! Kadokawa Writer: Natsume Akatsuki/ Illustrati...
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Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Volume: 2016

4 One Piece books, 3 Attack on Titan books, 1 Hunter x Hunter book, 5 Assassination Classroom books, 5 Haikyu books ― This list covers sales surveyed from November 23, 2015 to November 20, 2016. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title Publisher Release Date Author 1 2,981,494 One Piece 80 Shueisha 2015/12 Eiichiro Oda 2 2,696,528 One Piece 81 Shueisha 2016/04 Eiichiro Oda 3 2,532,488 One Piece 82 Shueis...
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Girlish Number Anime Casts Amina Satō as Nanami Sakuragaoka

New character appears in show's episode 9 on Friday ― The January issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Magazine revealed on Wednesday that the Girlish Number television anime has cast Amina Satō (AKB0048's Yūka Ichijō, Triage X's Oriha Nishida) as the new character Nanami Sakuragaoka, who will appear in the anime's ninth episode on Friday. Nanami already appeared as a background character in the show's fo...

Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2016

One Piece sells 12 million, followed by Assassination Classroom, Kingdom, Attack on Titan, Haikyu!! ― This list covers sales surveyed from November 23, 2015 to November 20, 2016. Rank Estimated Sales in Period Title Publisher Author 1 12,314,326 One Piece Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 2 6,887,192 Assassination Classroom Shueisha Yusei Matsui 3 6,595,968 Kingdom Shueisha Yasuhisa Hara 4 6,544,081 Attack on Ti...
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Monsters vs. Aliens' Rob Letterman Directs Live-Action Pokémon Film

Film now titled "Detective Pikachu" with Guardians of the Galaxy, Gravity Falls writers ― Entertainment news source Deadline reported on Wednesday that Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens, Goosebumps) is directing Legendary Entertainment's planned live-action Pokémon film. The report refers to the film's title as "Detective Pikachu," confirming previous reports that the film will feature t...
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Life-Size Statue of Oreimo's Ayase Previewed in 1/2-scale Prototype

In honor of Tsukasa Fushimi's 10th anniversary since his debut as a light novel author with Jūsanban-me no Alice, fans were allowed to vote on which character from his more famous light novel series, Oreimo, would be converted into a life-size statue. The series' star Kirino was passed over in favor of her best friend Ayase with 40% of the vote. A 3-D model of the statue's proposed pose was shown...
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Sound! Euphonium 2 ‒ Episode 9

Asuka's true nature finally comes to light in this emotionally charged episode of Sound! Euphonium.
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Pacific Rim: Maelstrom Casts Shyrley Rodriguez, Zhang Jin, More

Additional Chinese cast members include Wesley Wong, Lily Ji, Chen Zitong, Lan Yingying, Qian Yongchen ― Entertainment news website Deadline Hollywood reported last week that Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham's 2013 science-fiction robot film, has cast American actress Shyrley Rodriguez (The Get Down) and Chinese actors Zhang Jin (The Grandmaster), Wesley Won...
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Girlish Number ‒ Episode 8

"Though there were some brief comic interludes courtesy of Kuzu-P, the almost total lack of Chitose made this a more contemplative and emotionally focused episode than ever."
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56-Year-Old JoJo Creator Araki Wins Best Dresser Award

The Men's Fashion Unity association held the 45th Best Dresser Awards in Tokyo on November 30. The JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga's fashionable creator Hirohiko Araki received the Best Dresser Award for the academic and cultural category at the event. Entertainment news website MAiDiGiTV began streaming videos from Araki's appearance at the event on Wednesday. After Araki receives his award in the...
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Nanbaka ‒ Episode 9

"Episode 9 proves that Nanbaka knows how to crank out a strong episode from time to time."
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Japanese Comic Ranking, November 21-27

Terraformars, Magi, Hozuki no Reitetsu, One Piece, Major 2nd in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Terraformars 19 149,758 303,803 2016/11 Shueisha Story: Yū Sasuga / Art: Kenichi Tachibana 1 2 2 Magi 31 145,343 297,803 2016/11 Shogakukan Shinobu Ohtaka 2 2 3 Hozuki no Reitetsu 23 138,540 138,752 2016/11 Kodansha Natsumi...
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21st Detective Conan Film's Visual Unveiled

Film's 1st teaser debuts at the end of TV special on December 9 ― The official website of Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter (Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter), the 21st Detective Conan anime film, revealed the film's visual, illustrated by original manga creator Gosho Aoyama, on Wednesday. The film will open in Japanese theaters on April 15, 2017. A teaser for the film will appear at th...
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Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go ‒ Episode 8

"This episode takes place almost entirely in late afternoon and twilight settings, as it tells the story of Natori's origins."

Funimation Reveals Dragon Ball Super English Dub Cast (Updated)

Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat, Jason Douglas, more return ― Toei Animation and Funimation Entertainment announced the cast for its English dub of Dragon Ball Super on Wednesday. The cast includes: Sean Schemmel as Goku Christopher R. Sabat as Vegeta Jason Douglas as Beerus Ian Sinclair as Whis Sonny Strait as Krillin Kyle Hebert as Gohan Monica Rial as Bulma Christopher R. Sabat as Piccolo Alex...
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Fairy Tail's Hiro Mashima Already Beat FFXV

Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV role-playing game dropped in Japan on Tuesday, prompting excited fans to download and marathon through the game as soon as possible. Fairy Tail manga creator Hiro Mashima was no exception. He wrote on Twitter that he was counting down the hours until the game was available. He also mentioned the benefit of being self-employed, in this case. FF15まであと4時間!明日は休むと自分で決められる...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, November 21-27

SD Gundam, Sengoku Musou, Aikatsu Stars!, Code:Realize, RPG Tsukuru Fes games ship ― Japan's Game Ranking: November 21-27 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Pokémon Sun / Pokémon Moon Pokémon November 18 375,665 1,966,294 2 PSVSD Gundam G Generation Genesis Bandai Namco Entertainment November 22 88,324 88,324 3PS4SD Gundam G Generation Genesis Ba...
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Attack on Titan 3DS Adventure Game's 1st Trailer Shows Cast

Anime cast returns for game where players must escape a mysterious castle ― Koei Tecmo's Ruby Party began streaming the first trailer for Shingeki no Kyojin: Shichi Kara no Dasshutsu (Attack on Titan: Escape From the Brink of Death), its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game based Attack on Titan, on Wednesday. The video introduces the main cast, who are all returning from the television anime. At the end of th...
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Interviews with Monster Girls/Demi-chan wa Kataritai Anime Reveals Female Cast, Ending Song, January 7 Debut in Video

Kaede Hondo, Minami Shinoda, Shiina Natsukawa, Yōko Hikasa, Lynn join Junichi Suwabe ― A streamed LineLive program announced the female cast members in the television anime of Petosu's comedy manga Interviews with Monster Girls (Demi-chan wa Kataritai) on Wednesday. The anime's second promotional video also lists the voice actresses, ending theme song, and January 7 premiere. Text: Cute demis have cu...
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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection Anime's Character Designs Unveiled

2 films set 3 months after 2nd A's with new characters besides Florian sisters ― The main three character designs for the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection anime film project debuted on Wednesday. The characters pictured below are Nanoha Takamachi (top), Fate T. Harlaown (bottom left), and Hayate Yagami (bottom right). Yukari Tamura, Nana Mizuki, and Kana Ueda reprise their respective roles as t...

Voice Actor Miyu Irino Goes on Hiatus to Study Abroad in 2017

Voice of Mr. Osomatsu's Todomatsu, Kingdom Hearts' Sora, Spirited Away's Haku ― Voice actor Miyu Irino announced on his online diary on Wednesday that he is taking a short hiatus from his career after his solo live concerts in January. He explained that he will be studying abroad, which he has been considering doing for a long time. Irino added he has been interested in overseas living and entertainm...
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Yowamushi Pedal Season 3's 2nd Video Introduces New Captains, New Song, New Hakone Ace

Takaaki Natsushiro performs "Cadence" opening for anime premiering January 9 ― The official website for the Yowamushi Pedal anime posted the second promotional video for Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation, the third anime season based on Wataru Watanabe's original manga, on Thursday. The video begins with Kinjō appointing Teshima as Sōhoku High's new captain, and then introduces Sōhoku's rivals at Hakon...
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Nanbaka Ponders If We Really Are Who We Pretend to Be

Nanbaka episodes are full of crazy, overblown antics by a larger-than-life cast of misfits. Despite this, it can still surprise viewers by hitting the brakes and shifting into the introspective.

Tales of Zestiria the X Season 2's TV Ad Reveals Theme Songs, January 8 Premiere

Cast, staff return for season with songs by Minami, Flow ― The official website for the Tales of Zestiria the X (pronounced "cross") television anime began streaming the second season's television commercial on Wednesday. The ad features the season's new ending theme song "Innosense" by FLOW, and it also announces the season's January 2017 premiere. Text: … And so, the story heads towards the long-aw...
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Force of Will Film's 2nd Trailer Previews Ramayana-based Short 'Raam'

Thai animation studio RiFF Studio handles short ― The official YouTube channel for Force of Will the Movie, the animated film adaptation of the Force of Will trading card game, began streaming the second trailer for the film on Sunday. The trailer focuses on "Raam: The Bridge to Lanka," a short based on the poem Ramayana. The staff describes the "Raam: The Bridge to Lanka" short as follows: The story...
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The Ancient Magus' Bride Anime's Part 2 Trailer Shows Riichi

2nd of 3 parts to open in theaters in February, ship with manga volume in March ― Shochiku began streaming a trailer for the second part of The Ancient Magus' Bride: Those Awaiting a Star (Mahō Tsukai no Yome: Hoshi Matsu Hito), the three-part anime based on Kore Yamazaki's manga The Ancient Magus' Bride (Mahō Tsukai no Yome), on Wednesday. Riichi: Welcome to the Library of the Forest. Elias: It all ...
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Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki 3DS Game's Promo Previews Theme Song

King Cream Soda performs theme song for December 15 game ― Level-5 began streaming a promotional video for the Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki Nintendo 3DS game on Tuesday. The video previews the game's theme song "Banzai! Aizenkai!" by King Cream Soda, who also performed the "Geragerapō no Uta" theme song of the Yo-kai Watch television anime. The game will ship on December 15 in Japan, and will include add...
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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection Anime Will Be 2 Films

Story set 3 months after 2nd A's with new characters besides Florian sisters ― The January 2017 issue of Gakken's Megami Magazine revealed on Wednesday that the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection anime film project will be two films, with the first film slated for next summer in Japan. The second film has no planned release date, but Seven Arcs Pictures producer Tatsuya Tanaka stated in an interv...
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Fate/Extella Game's English Trailers Highlight Karna, Elizabeth Bathory, Lu Bu, More

Medusa, Gilgamesh, Iskandar, Jeanne D'Arc trailers also featured from PS4/PS Vita action game ― XSEED Games posted seven English-subtitled trailers since last week to highlight the Servants Karna, Elizabeth Bathory, Lu Bu, Medusa, Gilgamesh, Iskandar, and Jeanne D'Arc from its upcoming Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita action game. The company previously streamed traile...
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Hayate the Combat Butler Creator Kenjirou Hata Teases New Manga Series in 2017

Hata now drawing Hayate's last arc, Ad Astra per Aspera series ― Manga creator Kenjirou Hata wrote in the first 2017 issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine on Wednesday that he wants to start a new series next year. A reader asked Shonen Sunday's manga creators what they would like to try out in 2017, and Hata answered, "New series." Hata resumed his Hayate the Combat Butler (Hayate no G...
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Live-Action Blade of the Immortal Film's Stills Show Filming of Climactic Battle

Filming took place November 2015-January 2016, all filmed in Kyoto Prefecture ― The staff for the live-action film of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal "neo period drama" manga unveiled on Wednesday new stills from the filming of the movie. The stills are taken from the movie's climactic action scene, filmed in a set made to look like a village. Filming took place entirely in Kyoto Prefecture fr...
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