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Maria the Virgin Witch Episodes 1-12 Streaming

An underappreciated adventure series that explores the life of a witch during the Hundred Years War who has a decidedly complicated relationship with her virginity. ― What do you get when combine magical girls, medieval history, a thesis on religion and female sexuality, penis jokes and dancing owls? You get Maria the Virgin Witch, the sleeper hit of the winter 2015 anime season. This show came out o...
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Shelf Life - Alien HQ

This week, scrappy volleyball players and a sinister race of sex aliens.
- Captain Earth
- Haikyu!!
― Jump to this week's reviews: Captain Earth Collection 1Haikyu!! Collection 1 On Shelves This Week A Lull in the Sea - Complete Collection BD [Premium] NIS America - Hyb - MSRP $179.99Currently cheapest at: $134.99 Right Stuf Synopsis: Humans used to inhabit the seas, until one day, a group of humans...
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Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro Blu-Ray

Miyazaki’s thrilling first film arrives in a special edition worthy of the title. ― Before Studio Ghibli, before Nausicaa, before Oscar honors and western fame and general anime elder statesman-dom, Hayao Miyazaki worked on the very first Lupin III series at A Pro, along with his longtime Ghibli partner Isao Takahata. Though he'd shift from this work to the renowned Heidi, Girl of the Alps and then F...
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Naruto Shippuden Uncut Set Volume 22

The Fourth Great Shinobi War is just getting heated up in this collection of episodes. ― Naruto Shippuden's 22nd DVD set (episodes 271-283) is a mixed bag, but it rarely disappoints. With the Fourth Great Shinobi War finally off the ground, there are countless battles to showcase and many, many stories to tell. While a number of the mini arcs featured in this volume do a commendable job of showcasing...
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Kamisama Kiss GN 18

Nanami is back from the past and off to Okinawa in this volume of Julietta Suzuki's story about an ordinary girl who becomes a goddess. ― For many book series, manga or otherwise, the fulfillment of the romance plot or subplot marks the end of the story. In Julietta Suzuki's Kamisama Kiss, that does not appear to be the case – volume seventeen got Tomoe to finally admit his feelings while Nanami lear...
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The List - 7 Government Organizations That Would Make the CIA Blush

This rundown of shadowy cabals that perform their insidious machinations behind the scenes, secretly controlling everything, will get your SEELE of approval. ― America's Central Intelligence Agency has fueled numerous conspiracy theories and espionage plots in films, books, and real life. Anime is no exception, with many protagonists uncovering all the dirt their utopian governments swept under the ...
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ANNCastle of Cagliostro

Discotek representatives Brady Hartel and Reed Nelson stop by to talk about their most recent prestige release, The Castle of Cagliostro on Bluray. PLUS: An announcement! ― ANNCast Episode 230: ANNCastle of Cagliostro Get the Flash Player to see this player. Discotek representatives Brady Hartel and Reed Nelson stop by to talk about their most recent prestige release, The Castle of Cagliostro on Blu...
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Answerman - What's With The Bootlegs On Amazon?

Why are bootlegged anime products still such a problem on Amazon? Plus, the scoop on the new Funimation/Universal Studios deal, anime on Amazon Prime, and when anime will come out on 4K Blu-ray. ― Daniel asks: Who will produce the first anime Super Duper Blu-Ray when players start shipping at the end of the year? Sony via AniPlex? Do you think supporting three simultaneous disc formats will be beyon...
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Tuesday, June 30

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Exclusive: Vampire Hunter D Has New Animated Series in the Works

Japanese CGI studio Digital Frontier collaborates with United Pictures from U.S. ― California-based production studio Unified Pictures told ANN that it is unveiling plans for a new CG-animated series based on Hideyuki Kikuchi's long-running Vampire Hunter D novel series at Anime Expo. The company is co-producing the series with Japanese CGI animation studio Digital Frontier (Resident Evil: Degenerati...
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Yoru no Nai Kuni RPG's Promo, TV Ad Streamed

Ayane Sakura, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Masaki Terasoma, Tomoyo Kurosawa join cast for Gust game ― Game developer Gust (Atelier series) began streaming a promotional video and a TV ad on Monday for its Yoru no Nai Kuni (The Country Without a Night) role-playing game for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita systems. The videos introduce the main characters. Gust streamed two promo videos ...
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Atelier Sophie RPG's Teaser Previews Sophie, Plachta

Gust's PS4/PS3/PS Vita game about girl, book that teaches alchemy shipping on September 25 ― The official website for Gust Corporation's Sophie no Atelier: Fushigi na Hon no Renkinjutushi (Atelier Sophie: Alchemist of the Mysterious Book) game began streaming a full version of the first teaser video on Tuesday. The video introduces the main character Sophie Neuenmuller (voiced by Yuka Aisaka) and Pla...
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Maria the Virgin Witch Episodes 1-12 Streaming

An underappreciated adventure series that explores the life of a witch during the Hundred Years War who has a decidedly complicated relationship with her virginity. ― What do you get when combine magical girls, medieval history, a thesis on religion and female sexuality, penis jokes and dancing owls? You get Maria the Virgin Witch, the sleeper hit of the winter 2015 anime season. This show came out o...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, June 22-28

ToQger film sells 5,301 + 1,600, followed by Kuroko's Basketball, Funassyi, Edge of Tomorrow, Yuuki Ono Itte Kaette Kita Ressha Sentai ToQger Yume no Chō Tokȳu 7-gō Special Complete Edition sold 5,301 copies to debut at #9 on the overall DVD chart. The regulear edition was #34 with 1,600 copies. Ressha Sentai ToQger Final Live Tour 2015 was #31 with 1,647 copies. The June 2015 DVD release of All Yo...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, June 22-28

Code Geass: Akito sells 20,731, followed by SAO II, Kan Colle, Snafu Too, Idolm@ster: Cinderella Girls Itte Kaette Kita Ressha Sentai ToQger Yume no Chō Tokȳu 7-gō Special Complete Edition sold 3,202 copies to debut at #26 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Code Geass: Akito the Exiled...
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Sega Announces 7th Dragon III code:VFD RPG for 3DS

Designer Shirow Miwa, composer Yūzō Koshiro, theme song's sasakure.UK return ― Designer Shirow Miwa, composer Yūzō Koshiro, theme song's sasakure.UK return Sega Games is announcing 7th Dragon III code:VFD, the latest entry in its popular 7th Dragon role-playing game series, in this week's issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine. The game will debut on the Nintendo 3DS on October 15 for 5,990 yen (about US$4...

Blood Blockade Battlefront Finale Delayed Until Further Notice

Episode 12 will be longer than planned 30-minute timeslot ― The official website for the Blood Blockade Battlefront television anime announced that the 12th and final episode has been delayed beyond the previously announced July 4-5 weekend dates. The anime's production committee explained that the staff determined that the final episode cannot air in a 30-minute timeslot, since its required length w...
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Valkyrie Drive -Mermaid- Reveals More Characters, October Premiere

Guards revealed in story set on quarantine island for superpowered people ― The official website for the Valkyrie Drive -Mermaid- television anime series revealed more details about the characters and more cast members on Tuesday. It also announced that the series will premiere in October. Yuna Yoshino as Akira Hiiragi "Escape from this island…for our future…" The governor of the guards controlling a...
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Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition Shorts to Get Theatrical Run

All 12 Season 1 episodes plus 3 from upcoming Season 3, starting July 25 ― The official website for Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (Japan Animator Expo), the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's studio Khara and the media company Dwango, announced on Tuesday that the shorts will have a limited two-week engagement in 10 theaters throughout Japan. The screeenings will begin on July 25 at T...
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Nisekoi Manga #21 to Bundle Magical Girl & Newlywed Anime

"Magical Pâtissier" & "Shinkon" manga bonuses also included in October 26 release ― The official website for the Nisekoi television anime announced on Monday that Naoshi Komi's 21st Nisekoi - False Love manga volume will bundle a limited-edition original anime DVD on October 26. The original anime will adapt more of the "Magical Pâtissier" spinoff manga, as well as Komi's "Shinkon" (Newlywed) manga b...

Monday, June 29

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Never-Before-Seen Miyazaki Sketches from World Masterpiece Theater Will Go on Display

The 40th anniversary exhibition of Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater will display never-before-seen sketches by acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki. The exhibit opens at the The Sekai Meisaku Gekijōten on July 30 in Ikebukuro, Tokyo and will run until August 18. The omnibus of works covered classics like Anne of Green Gables, Dog of Flanders, Rascal the Raccoon, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, ...
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MTV Posts Casting Call for True Life: I Want To Look Anime

MTV has posted a casting call to find individuals who appear between the ages of 16 to 26 for an episode of its True Life series. The episode "I Want To Look Anime" is seeking people who have altered their style or appearance — even using permanent methods — to achieve their "anime inspired beauty quest." The True Life series is a documentary-style program that focuses on individuals in particular...

Funimation Streams Gangsta, More Hetalia, 11 More New Anime

Snow White with the Red Hair, Prison School, Aquarion Logos, Junjo Romantica 3, others ― North American anime distributor Funimation announced on Monday that it will stream 13 new streaming titles during the Summer season: Snow White with the Red Hair Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace Gangsta. Seiyu's Life (Sore ga Seiyū!) Bikini Warriors Prison School Hetalia The World Twinkle Aquarion Logos Sky Wizards ...
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Yo-kai Watch Displaces Long-Time Favorite Anpanman in Children's Poll

The late Takashi Yanase's Anpanman has long been the favorite character of Japanese children. The franchise's lead character is a bean-jam filled superhero whose co-stars were based on jam, butter, cheese, curry, and other foods. Every year Bandai asks parents about their children's favorite characters and for 13 years the winner was Anpanman. This year the tasty hero is displaced in favor of Leve...

Muv-Luv Visual Novels to Be Localized in English With Kickstarter

Some of creative team to attend Anime Expo for press conference, autograph sessions ― Publisher Degica and developer Ixtl announced on Monday that they will launch a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to localize the Muv-Luv visual novel and the Muv-Luv Alternative sequel in English. The two companies plan to offer the PC version of the games through Steam and other services. They expect to launch the...

Precure Magical Girl Anime's 1st 3-Part Film Opens October 31

1 cel anime about a princess rescue & 2 CG anime — all with Halloween themes Eiga Go! Princess Precure Go! Go!! Gōka 3-bon Date!!! (Go! Princess Precure: Go! Go!! Grand 3-Part Movie!!!) will open on October 31 as the 19th entry in the Precure movie series. As the title indicates, the film will be the magical girl franchise's first to have three parts. Since the film will open on Halloween, each of ...
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Japanese Rock Band MAN WITH A MISSION Perform Mad Max: Fury Road Ending Theme

Track also features Zebrahead ― The Japanese rock band MAN WITH A MISSION (Log Horizon, The Seven Deadly Sins, Crows Explode) and American band Zebrahead provided the ending theme for the Japanese release of George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road film. The track "Out of Control" caught the attention of Miller, who took a liking to the band's music. "I thought it was great when I first heard the song. It ...
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 13

"The Heroic Legend of Arslan continues to be a bizarre mix of strengths and faults."

Funimation Licenses Live-Action Attack on Titan Films

1st film to premiere July 14 in LA, ahead of Japanese premiere ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Monday that it has licensed the live-action Attack on Titan films for North, Central, and South America. The license includes theatrical, video-on-demand, home video, and broadcast rights. In addition, Funimation will host the world premiere of the first film at Los Angeles' Egyptian Theater on July...

Love Live! Film Stays at #1 in Japanese Box Office; Attack on Titan Compilation Film Debuts at #10

Love Live! earns 267 million yen in 3rd weekend ― The Love Live! The School Idol Movie film sold 188,004 tickets during its third weekend at the box office from June 27-28, earning 267,161,780 yen (about US$2.2 million) in the two days. This brings the film's total box office earnings to more than 1.2 billion yen. The film is still ranked #1 in the Japanese box office. Love Live! The School Idol Movi...
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Shelf Life - Alien HQ

This week, scrappy volleyball players and a sinister race of sex aliens.
- Captain Earth
- Haikyu!!
― Jump to this week's reviews: Captain Earth Collection 1Haikyu!! Collection 1 On Shelves This Week A Lull in the Sea - Complete Collection BD [Premium] NIS America - Hyb - MSRP $179.99Currently cheapest at: $134.99 Right Stuf Synopsis: Humans used to inhabit the seas, until one day, a group of humans...
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Sailor Pluto Featured in Sailor Moon Crystal's 10th Blu-ray Volume Cover Art

Sailor Pluto is gracing the cover of the 10th Blu-ray volume of the Sailor Moon Crystal series. Set for release on July 8, it includes episodes 19 and 20 with commentary by Sailor Venus' voice actress Shizuka Itou, Sailor Chibi Moon's voice actress Misato Fukuen, and director Munehisa Sakai. The special edition bundles a 24-page booklet and the Jupiter Star Power Transformation Pen charm. The limi...
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Sara Ornelas Joins No Game, No Life English Dub Cast as Stephanie

Series to ship on July 28 ― Sentai Filmworks announced via video on Monday that Sara Ornelas will play Stephanie Dola in the English dub of No Game, No Life. The company previously revealed that Scott Gibbs and Caitlynn French will co-star in the dub as Sora and Shiro. Kyle Jones is directing the English version. The series will ship on July 28 on DVD and Blu-ray for US$59.98 and US$69.98, respective...
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Australia's Madman Ent. to Stream Aquarion Logos, Overlord, Junjō Romantica 3, Sky Wizards Academy

Australia's Madman Entertainment announced on Sunday that it will stream Aquarion Logos, Junjō Romantica 3, Overlord, and Sky Wizards Academy (Kūsen Madōshi Kōhosei no Kyōkan) on its AnimeLab streaming service. The anime have not yet been announced for streaming anywhere else outside of Japan. AnimeLab is also streaming A Boring World Where the Concept of 'Dirty Jokes' Doesn't Exist (Shimoneta to ...
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Hawaii Tourism Board Posts New Yo-kai Watch Anime Short

Jibanyan & Hawaiian yo-kai appear in 2-minute anime to attract Japanese visitors ― The Hawaii Tourism Authority opened a new website to attract Japanese visitors with the help of the popular Yo-kai Watch games and anime on Monday. The "Aloha! Yo-kai Watch Rakuen Hawaii de Geragerapō!!" campaign features a brand-new anime short. In the two-minute anime, Yo-kai Watch's main yo-kai Jibanyan introduces t...
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Steins;Gate's PS3/PS Vita Editions Coming to N. America in August

United Kingdom-based retailer Rice Digital announced on Monday that PQube Games' North American release of the Steins;Gate game for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 is slated for August 25. PQube Games released the game in Europe on June 5. Rice Digital is offering worldwide an exclusive "Steins;Gate El Psy Kongroo Edition" with a "premium quality" 124-page art book, double pin badge set for new...
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Pokémon Shuffle Puzzle Game Also Heads to Mobile Devices

Free game already debuted on 3DS in February ― The official Pokémon channel on YouTube posted a video to announce the mobile device version of the Pokémon Shuffle game. The free-to-play game already debuted on the Nintendo 3DS system via the Nintendo eShop in February. The Pokémon Company describes the game: Pokémon Shuffle Mobile is coming to iTunes App Store and Google Play in 2015! In Pokémon Shuf...
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Madoka and Co. Joins Kaden Shōjo Game as Appliances

Bancho Works' Kaden Shōjo (lit. Home Appliance Girl) has re-imagined label makers, refrigerators, espresso machines, hair dyers and more as girls. The game is now reversing its usual tactic by adding well-known magical girls as appliance girls. The mobile game is collaborating with Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion to add Madoka Kaname, Homura Akemi, Mami Tomoe, Sayaka Miki, Ky...
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Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro Blu-Ray

Miyazaki’s thrilling first film arrives in a special edition worthy of the title. ― Before Studio Ghibli, before Nausicaa, before Oscar honors and western fame and general anime elder statesman-dom, Hayao Miyazaki worked on the very first Lupin III series at A Pro, along with his longtime Ghibli partner Isao Takahata. Though he'd shift from this work to the renowned Heidi, Girl of the Alps and then F...
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Assassination Classroom 3DS Game Adds God Eater Costumes

Crossover missions also added as free DLC ― Bandai Namco Entertainment will add God Eater missions and costumes to its Ansatsu Kyōshitsu: Koro-sensei Dai Hōimō (Assassination Classroom Koro-sensei Great Besiegement) Nintendo 3DS game on July 16. The new contents are free to download. In the two special "Mission Time" crossover missions, players control the students as they attempt to kill Koro-sensei...
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Meiji Posts 2nd Anohana/Kokosake TV Ad

Chocolate maker offers prizes before The Anthem of the Heart film's Septemer 19 opening ― The food maker Meiji posted two versions of its second Kokosake and AnoHana collaboration TV ad on Sunday. The company is holding a "Meiji x Kokosake & Anohana Receipt Drawing Campaign" from June 2 to October 16 to commemorate the September 19 opening of The Anthem of the Heart (Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da. or...
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Dōkyūsei/Classmates Boys-Love Anime Film Slated for Early 2016

The anime film of Asumiko Nakamura's Dōkyūsei (Classmates) boys-love manga will open at Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 and other Japanese theaters in early 2016. (Hatsuharu, the word used to describe the opening date, is a term that traditionally means the New Year season in January, as opposed to the literal early spring.) The story begins during music class before the chorus festival, when male student...
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Aya Suzaki, Asuka Nishi's SuzakiNishi Anime Previewed in Video

2 voice actresses voice themselves in studio feel. anime debuting on July 8 ― The Niconico channel for the SuzakiNishi the Animation series began streaming a promotional video on Saturday. The anime's official website also posted a new visual: SuzakiNishi the Animation is the television anime of the SuzakiNishi radio program by voice actresses Aya Suzaki and Asuka Nishi. The anime series will premier...

Gakkō Gurashi/School-Life! Anime's 30-Second TV Ad Streamed

Series about girls who survive zombie attack premieres on July 9 ― The official website for the School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) television anime began streaming a 30-second commercial on Saturday. The anime is based on Norimitsu Kaihō (Nitroplus) and Sadoru Chiba's Gakkō Gurashi! (School-Live!) manga, which began in Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine in 2012. Houbunsha shipped the fifth com...
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Rainy Cocoa Anime Gets 2nd Season, Crowdfunding Campaign for New Cast

2nd season to premiere in October with live-action segment ― The official Twitter account Rainy Cocoa television anime series announced on Saturday that the show's production committee has green-lit a second season, titled Ameiro Cocoa Rainy color e Yōkoso! (Rain-colored Cocoa: Welcome to Rainy color!). The committee launched a crowdfunding campaign on the Green Funding website on Sunday in order to ...
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Non Non Biyori Repeat's TV Ad Previews nano.RIPE's Opening Theme

2nd season inspired by Atto's countryside slice-of-life manga debuts on July 6 ― The official website for Non Non Biyori Repeat, the second anime season inspired by Atto's Non Non Biyori manga, began streaming a TV ad for the show on Monday. The ad previews nano.RIPE's opening theme song "Kodama Kotodama." The series will premiere on TV Tokyo on July 6 before airing on TV Osaka, TV Aichi, and AT-X. T...
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Overlord BD/DVDs to Include 'SD Character Mini Anime'

Also: 2 ads streamed fantasy TV anime series premiering on July 7 ― The official website of the TV anime adaptation of Kugane Maruyama's Overlord fantasy light novel series revealed on Monday that each of the six DVD and Blu-ray Disc volumes for the series will include an "SD character mini anime." Other extras included in the home video releases are audio commentaries, promo videos and TV ads, credi...
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Young Magazine to Publish 35 1-Shots for 35th Anniversary

CLAMP, Ark Performance, Inio Asano, Tsutomu Nihei, Hiroaki Samura, Yūki Kodama, more contribute ― This year's 31st issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine revealed on Monday that to commemorate the magazine's 35th anniversary, it will publish 35 one-shots over a one-year period. The "Bullet" project published the first one-shot, titled "Agape" by Ushijima the Loan Shark's Shohei Manabe, in the 31st issue....
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Yūsuke Utsumi's Ultra Battle Satellite Manga Ends

Fighting manga gets 1-shot continuation in Jump+, 3rd compiled volume ― This year's 31st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the final chapter of Yūsuke Utsumi's Ultra Battle Satellite manga on Monday. The message in the final chapter thanked fans for reading, and noted that the manga will continue with a "large" one-shot that Shueisha will publish in its Shonen Jump+ digital ap...

Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Spinoff Manga Ends Next Week

Masashi Kishimoto launched mini-series on April 27 ― This year's 31st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto Gaiden: Nanadaime Hokage to Akairo no Hanatsuzuki (Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring) manga will end in the next issue on July 6. The preview for the 32nd issue teases, "What is the dream that Sarada has obtained now t...

Sunday, June 28

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Haikyu!! Stage Play's 1st Visual Revealed

Adaptation of Haruichi Furudate's volleyball manga debuts in Tokyo in November ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! manga revealed the play's first visual on Monday. The tagline on the visual reads,"You're not alone, so believe and jump." The website noted that it will announce the cast "soon." The "manga x play x video hybrid performance hyper projecti...
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Comic Alive to Launch 4-Panel Manga Magazine Spinoff

Comic Cune began as supplement within Comic Alive last year ― The editors of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Alive magazine announced on Sunday that they will launch Comic Cune, a standalone spinoff magazine for four-panel manga. The first issue will ship on August 27. The new magazine actually began as a magazine-within-a-magazine supplement for Monthly Comic Alive last August. Monthly Comic Alive first bu...
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Arnold Schwarzenegger to Meet Yo-kai Watch Robot at Japanese Premiere

Arnold Schwarzenegger is due to meet an unusual guest at the Japanese premiere of his upcoming film, Terminator Genisys: Robonyan. The character is a robotic version of Jibanyan, the mascot character of Yo-kai Watch. Robonyan comes from the future with the familiar signature line "I'LL BE BACK," it's Yo-kai Watch's nod to Schwarzenegger's Terminator T-800. President and CEO of Yo-kai Watch game de...
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches ‒ Episode 12

"Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches came into the season with plenty of good ideas, but it never quite overcame the challenge of fitting twenty-four episodes worth of plot into twelve."
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IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Unveils Season 2 Song, Visual, Manga

Shine!! single debuts on August 4, Sō Ueto's manga launches on July 27 The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls 2nd Season unveiled a key visual, information about its theme song, and a manga adaptation this weekend. The "Shine!!" theme song by the story's Cinderella Project idol group will go on sale on August 4, after the season itself premieres on July 17. Sō Ueto will launching the manga adaptation of T...
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Olympic Jūdō Champion Gets Titan Make-Over for Spa World Resort Campaign

Played by Olympic jūdō champion ― Spa World, a massive indoor spa complex in Osaka, has a new commercial starring Olympic silver medalist Shin'ichi Shinohara as a Titan breaching the walls. An accompanying poster mimics the Attack on Titan live-action film poster. In addition, Spa World will put up a six-meter high (about 19.7 feet) balloon of a Titan, wall scrolls of Shinohara in his Titan guise, an...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Sequel Game's Announcement Ad Streamed

Ryoka Yuzuki narrates video as Shizuka for sequel game by 5pb. ― 5pb. Games began streaming an announcement ad for the video game of the Yahari Ore no Seishun Love-Come wa Machigatte iru - Zoku- television anime series on Friday. In the ad, which uses clips from the anime series, the character Shizuka Hiratsuka (voiced by Ryoka Yuzuki) asks everyone to listen, noting that this time a new game adaptat...
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Natsuki Hanae, Showtarō Morikubo Star in Cooking Show

Show promotes upcoming bishōnen game ― The second season of Tokyo Otome Restaurant, a cooking show starring Natsuki Hanae and Showtaro Morikubo, has been confirmed. Hanae (Ken in Tokyo Ghoul, Kōsei in Your Lie in April) and Morikubo (Reiji in Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 2000%, Shikamaru in Naruto) prepare dishes like fried rice with salted pork, soybean pulp Salisbury steak, and Japanese radish st...
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Plastic Memories ‒ Episode 13

"Here at the end, Plastic Memories is less Time of Eve and more Clannad."
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MISIA Sings S -Saigo no Keikan- Police Film's Theme

She also sang theme to earlier manga-based show starring Osamu Mukai, Gou Ayano ― Japanese singer Misia is contributing the theme song for S -Saigo no Keikan- Dakkan Recovery of Our Future, the August 29 live-action police film based on the manga S -Saigo no Keikan-. Misia debuted her previously unreleased song "Nagare-Boshi" (Shooting Star) during her ongoing nationwide tour "Hoshizora no Live Moon ...
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Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love Revolutions ‒ Episode 13

The third season of Uta no Prince-sama wraps up with a fourth already on the way, which means maybe this one doesn't so much "conclude" as it does "pause".
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Arina Tanemura Draws Convention Report Manga for Tales of Fan Magazine

The August 2015 issue of Viva ☆ Tales of Magazine, which is devoted to the Tales of video game series, carries manga by several artists who are fans of the franchise. Among them is Arina Tanemura (Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Full Moon o Sagashite). The manga are convention reports for the Tales of Festival 2015, which commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Tales of series. Tanemu...
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Ushio & Tora TV Anime Casts Megumi Han

Han to play Kirio in supernatural battle anime premiering July 3 ― The official website and Twitter account for the television anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's supernatural battle manga Ushio & Tora (Ushio to Tora) revealed that Megumi Han will play the character Kirio. The boy possesses extraordinary magical powers despite being in elementary school, and he is one of the candidates to inherit the Beast Sp...
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Love Live's Nico's House to be Demolished

Building failed earthquake safety test ― The Shōhei Bridge Building, which is used as the home of Love Live! School idol project character Nico Yazawa, is slated for demolition by the end of the year. It has failed earthquake safety tests, raising concerns of collapse in the event of a major earthquake, and the road it's on is an emergency thoroughfare. As a result, the Tokyo Kōyūkai (Association) de...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 13

"Fortunately the camp storyline is almost over, and within two weeks we should be moving on to different plots."
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God Eater Resurrection Game's 5-Minute Promo Streamed

October 29 PS4/Vita update of GE Burst adds epilogue tied to GE 2 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the first promotional video for its God Eater Resurrection game on Sunday. The five-minute video notes the October 29 release date. God Eater Resurrection is a PlayStation 4 and PS Vita title that adds elements to the earlier 2010 PSP game God Eater Burst. In particular, it adds a "Predator ...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 699

The palace-top fight with the villainous Doflamingo continues, and snippets of his backstory start coming to light.

Is the Order a Rabbit? Season 2 Reveals Title, October Launch, New Character

Is the Order a Rabbit?? video teases Cocoa's big sister Mocha ― The Manga Time Kirara Festa 2015 event previewed footage from the second season of the Is the Order a Rabbit? anime on Sunday. The new video announced that the season will premiere in October under the title Is the Order a Rabbit?? (with two question marks). The last scene of the video teased a character that looks like Cocoa's big siste...
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The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Gets iOS/Android Rhythm Game

Starlight Stage begins pre-registration ― Bandai Namco Entertainment confirmed on Sunday that it will release an idol rhythm game for The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls franchise on iOS and Android devices. The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage is now accepting pre-registration for players. Pre-registered users will receive 1,000 Star Jewel items in the game. The game will be free to play, bu...
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Naruto Shippuden Uncut Set Volume 22

The Fourth Great Shinobi War is just getting heated up in this collection of episodes. ― Naruto Shippuden's 22nd DVD set (episodes 271-283) is a mixed bag, but it rarely disappoints. With the Fourth Great Shinobi War finally off the ground, there are countless battles to showcase and many, many stories to tell. While a number of the mini arcs featured in this volume do a commendable job of showcasing...
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Animator Lists Owarimonogatari Anime in 2015

Animator Hiroko Kazui lists in her work history that she worked on the anime of NisiOisin's Owarimonogatari novel volumes this year. According to her listing, she did storyboards for "Monogatari Series Final Season Owarimonogatari." She previously drew the storyboards for the Monogatari Series Second Season anime from the studio SHAFT. The three-volume Owarimonogatari novel is part of the "final s...
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Hacka Doll News Service Gets Manga

News app about manga, anime also inspiring TV anime in October ― The August issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic REX magazine began serialization on Saturday on a manga version of DeNA's "Hacka Doll" news service app. Nabe Watanabe is drawing the Hacka Doll in Comics manga. The original Hacka Doll app delivers a customized feed of news for each user. The user answers some simple questions when launchi...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, June 14-20

Tokyo Ghoul, Naruto, 2 Seraph of the End volumes, Assassination Classroom, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Attack on Titan, The Legend of Zelda, Death Note, Big Hero 6 The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on June 20. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Tokyo Ghoul #1 Sui Ishida Viz Media 1 21N...

Love Live! The School Idol Movie's U.S. Theater List Revealed

Film gets debut in Los Angeles on September 11 before opening countrywide on September 12 ― Film distribution company Azoland Pictures revealed the theatrical list on Saturday for the U.S. screening of the Love Live! The School Idol Movie film. Specific dates and times for each theater are listed at the above link. Tempe, AZ at the Harkins Theatres - Valley Art Los Angeles, CA at the Downtown Indepen...
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2015 Ghost in the Shell Film Posts New Promo Video

Video celebrates film's "hit" theatrical run this month ― The official website for Kōkaku Kidōtai Shin Gekijō-ban (Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie) began streaming a new video to promote its "hit" theatrical run on Thursday. Bato: Even a blood-soaked battlefield is no place to die. You're heading to a new place to live for, right? Motoko: At the very least, I plan to get a place that's appropriate ...
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Brave 10's Shimotsuki to Launch Joker Reboot Manga

Yū Maki's original sci-fi action series Joker ended in 2004 ― The August issue of Shinshokan's Wings magazine announced on Saturday that Kairi Shimotsuki (Brave 10, Madness, Devil Kings Basara) will launch the Joker Reboot manga inspired by Yū Maki's original Joker manga. The series will debut with color opening pages in the magazine's October issue on August 28. Maki's original story begins when the...

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Wakayama's Beloved Cat Stationmaster Tama Passes Away

A special member of Kishi Station in Kinokawa, Wakayama Prefecture passed away Monday. Its stationmaster, Tama, was a little hairier than most of her peers. Born on April 29, 1999, she got her start monitoring a kiosk in front of Kishi Station when it was owned by Nankai Electric Railway. In 2006, Wakayama Electric Railway Co. took over the line and planned to demolish Tama's kiosk. Instead of dis...
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Taiyo Matsumoto to End Sunny Manga Next Month

Tekkonkinkreet creator's orphan story launched in 2010 ― The August issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Spirits magazine announced on Saturday that Taiyo Matsumoto (Tekkonkinkreet, Ping Pong, GoGo Monster) will end his Sunny manga in the next issue on July 27. Matsumoto launched Sunny in Shogakukan's Monthly Ikki magazine in 2010. The slice-of-life story focuses on children at Star Kids Home orphanage. An ...
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Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ‒ Episode 25

"Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ends on a deceptively high note."
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Q'ulle Idol Manako Dances to Terminator Remix Track

Come with Manako if you want to dance. From the Japanese rock dance girls' unit known as Q'ulle, member Manako recently posted a video of her dancing underground to a remixed version of the Terminator main theme, originally composed by Brad Fiedel. Manako performed the dance as a collaborative promotion for the upcoming film Terminator: Genisys, being released on July 1 in the U.S. and July 10 in...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ‒ Episode 13

It's the end of Danmanchi, which means Hestia and her famous physique are heading off into the sunset... for now.
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World's Largest Evangelion Unit-01 Statue Gets Unlikely Home

Not to be outdone by Odaiba's fully-sized Gundam, Shinji's Eva Unit-01 is getting its own 1:1-scale replica in the series' setting of Hakone. The site itself is rather inconspicuous but still above ground. You won't have to worry about getting lost in a complicated, underground complex to see it. The six-meter (about 20 feet) tall Unit-01 will instead be installed at EXPASA Ashigara, a highway res...
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Kūsen Madōshi Kōhosei no Kyōkan Anime's Additional Cast Revealed

Hiroki Yasumoto, Chika Anzai join anime adaptation of Yū Moroboshi's light novels ― The official website for the anime of Yū Moroboshi's Kūsen Madōshi Kōhosei no Kyōkan (Aerial Combat Wizard Candidates' Instructor) light novel series revealed additional cast for the show on Friday. The additional cast includes: Hiroki Yasumoto (Hozuki's Coolheadedness' Hōzuki, Hetalia - Axis Powers' Germany) as Real ...
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Satelight's Thomas Romain Offers Art Book at Anime Expo

Japanese anime studio Satelight's Thomas Romain is bringing a special art book with him to Anime Expo next weekend. Lost in Anime -10 Years in Japan- Thomas Romain Design Works compiles the character and mechanical designer's comments and art from Oban Star-Racers the Aria franchise, Aquarion Evol, Air Gear, Bodacious Space Pirates, Symphogear, AKB0048, Space Dandy and more. Romain and LeSean Tho...
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Sore ga Seiyū's New Ad Introduces Anime via Fake News Show

In future ads, voice cast pretends be on typhoon bulletin, rap song, more ― The official website for the Sore ga Seiyū! (That's a Voice Actor!) television anime began streaming the first two of a new set of commercials on Friday and Saturday. This latest series of ads challenges the voice actresses to introduce the anime in different scenarios. Friday and Saturday's ads have the voice actresses prete...
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Fate/Grand Order RPG's New TV Ad Announces Late July Launch

Kinoko Nasu's story set in 7 eras of history with a scenario for each Servant ― A new television commercial for Type-Moon's Fate/Grand Order smartphone role-playing game debuted on Sunday and announced its launch in late July. Text: A New Fate RPG Voice & Text: That was a story of taking back the future Text: Now accepting players for pre-registration! Text: Fate/Grand Order starts in late July! Text...
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Hideo Kojima Meets Mad Max Creator George Miller

Admits Miller's great influence on his own work ― Hideo Kojima, developer of the Metal Gear video game series, was able to meet with George Miller, creator of the Mad Max film series, while the latter visited Japan on a promotional tour for Mad Max: Fury Road. Kojima has a great deal of respect for Miller, referring to him as a "god," and acknowledged taking much inspiration from the Mad Max movies, ...
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Utano Princesama Revolutions Ends With 'See You Next Season'

The final episode of Utano☆Princesama Revolutions, the third Uta no Prince-sama television anime season, ended on Sunday with the messages "To Be Continued…" and "See You Next Season." A new Uta no Prince-sama anime project has yet to be announced. Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love Revolutions is the third anime season adapting Broccoli's dating simulation video game for female players. In the slapst...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! ‒ Episode 13

Oregairu's second season wraps up; Nick reflects on the final episode.
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J-Stars Victory VS+ Game's English Video Showcases 'Fighting Stars'

Fighting game slated for next Tuesday in N. America ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a new English "Fighting Stars" trailer for its fighting game Shonen Jump's J-Stars Victory VS+ on Friday. The PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita game features the original Japanese audio track with English subtitles. More than 50 characters from at least 32 titles appear in Shonen J...
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Nisekoi: ‒ Episode 12

Nisekoi: wraps up its second season, but there may not be a real conclusion to much of anything in the cards.

Monster Musume Anime Unveils Web Shorts, MON Members' Cast

Momo Asakura, Rei Mochizuki, Yurika Kubo, Saori Ōnishi join July anime ― The official website for the television anime of OKAYADO's Monster Musume (Monster Musume no Iru Nichijō or Everyday Life with Monster Girls) manga announced new cast members on Saturday: Momo Asakura as the mono-eyed Manako Rei Mochizuki as the living dead Zombina Yurika Kubo as the biggest MON member, the ogre Tionisia Saori Ō...
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Kamisama Kiss GN 18

Nanami is back from the past and off to Okinawa in this volume of Julietta Suzuki's story about an ordinary girl who becomes a goddess. ― For many book series, manga or otherwise, the fulfillment of the romance plot or subplot marks the end of the story. In Julietta Suzuki's Kamisama Kiss, that does not appear to be the case – volume seventeen got Tomoe to finally admit his feelings while Nanami lear...

Japan's Animation TV Ranking, June 15-21

Pokemon 1-hour special, The Heroic Legend of Arslan rank in top 10 ― The live-action film Thermae Romae II aired on Fuji TV on Saturday, June 20 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 13.7% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV June 21 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 12.2 One Piece Fuji TV June 21 (Sun) 09:30 30 min. 8.8 Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi June 19 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 8.7 Dor...
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The List - 7 Government Organizations That Would Make the CIA Blush

This rundown of shadowy cabals that perform their insidious machinations behind the scenes, secretly controlling everything, will get your SEELE of approval. ― America's Central Intelligence Agency has fueled numerous conspiracy theories and espionage plots in films, books, and real life. Anime is no exception, with many protagonists uncovering all the dirt their utopian governments swept under the ...
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Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Ignition Game's Location Test Video Streamed

Emi Yūsa vs. Quenser video streamed for sequel game's location test this weekend ― Dengeki Online began streaming a location test video on Friday for the Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Ignition sequel fighting arcade game. Location testing is taking place in Tokyo and Osaka this weekend, June 26-28. The video features The Devil is a Part-Timer!'s Emi Yūsa vs. Heavy Object's Quenser. The new game will...
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Anime Expo to Stay in Los Angeles for 5 More Years

The Los Angeles Convention Center announced on Tuesday that it will host Anime Expo for the next five years (through 2019). The partnership was solidified through an agreement between the manager of the convention center, AEG Facilities, and The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, which organizes Anime Expo. The 24th Anime Expo will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from...
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Aoharu x Kikanjū TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Previews Main Characters

Mikako Komatsu stars in series premiering on July 2 ― The official website for the upcoming television anime adaptation of NAOE's Aoharu x Kikanjū (Aoharu x Machinegun) manga began streaming the first promo video for the show on Friday. Aoharu x Kikanjū is set to premiere on TBS and CBC on July 2 before airing on MBS, TUT, and BS-TBS at later dates. The cast includes: Ryohei Kimura (Kuroko's Basketba...
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Jojo's Bizarre Adventure DVDs Listed with 2-Month Delay in U.S.

Retailers are listing Warner Home Video's first DVD set of the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure television anime with a new date of September 22. Warner had previously announced that it will release the set with an English dub on July 28. Thanks to WTK for the news tip.
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AntiMagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon" TV Anime's Cast, October Premiere Revealed

Yoshimasa Hosoya, Reina Ueda, Rumi Ookubo, Ryoko Shiraishi star in fall series ― The official website for the anime of Tōki Yanagimi's AntiMagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon" (Tai-Madō Gakuen 35 Shiken Shōtai) light novel series revealed the main cast for the series on Friday. The website also revealed that the series will premiere in October. The main cast is as follows: Yoshimasa Hosoya as Takeru...

IA/VT -Colorful- Game Producer: 'A Lot of Difficulties Involved' in Western Release

Kenichirō Takaki recommends overseas players import rhythm game ― In an interview with video game news website Siliconera that the site posted on Friday, IA/VT -Colorful- game producer Kenichirō Takaki discussed the difficulties with releasing the game overseas. Takaki said in the interview, "If it were possible, I'd love to bring it over, but there are a lot of difficulties involved in that process....
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First Love Monster TV Anime Casts Takahiro Sakurai, Yui Horie

Showtaro Morikubo, Tomokazu Sugita, Ayumu Murase, Nobuhiko Okamoto, more reprise CD roles ― The official Twitter account for Akira Hiyoshimaru's romantic comedy manga First Love Monster (Hatsukoi Monster) announced the television anime's voice cast on Saturday. The anime's cast is the same as the cast that voiced earlier drama CDs: (in the order they appear in the video below): Yui Horie as Kaho Nika...
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Ushio & Tora TV Anime Casts Mamoru Miyano, Kana Hanazawa, Nao Nagasawa

Miyano to play Giryō, Hanazawa to play Jie Me, Nagasawa to play Izuna ― The official website and Twitter account for the television anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's supernatural battle manga Ushio & Tora (Ushio to Tora) revealed three new cast members and their respective character visual or outline this week. Nao Nagasawa as Izuna Kana Hanazawa as Jie Mei Mamoru Miyano as Giryō Both the website and the of...

Love Live! Sunshine!! Idol Group's Name, 1st Single Date Revealed

"Aqours" group name chosen after fans cast 23,789 votes ― The official website for the Love Live! Sunshine!! project revealed the project's idol group name on Saturday. The idol group's name is Aqours (pronounced like "aqua"). The word "Aqours" is a combination of the words "aqua" and "ours." The name was chosen by fans by popular vote after Dengeki G's Magazine readers submitted possible names. Afte...
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Charlotte Anime's 150-Second Video Previews Lia's Opening Song

Jun Maeda's 2nd original anime after Angel Beats to premiere on July 4 ― The official website for the Jun Maeda's Charlotte television anime posted the third full promotional video on Wednesday. The video features the opening theme song "Bravely You" by Lia. The series will begin streaming outside Japan on July 4 on Hulu, Crunchyroll, Viewster, Daisuki, and the Aniplex Channel. Aniplex of America des...
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Ghibli Director Isao Takahata Invited Into Oscars' Academy

Studio co-founder honored after Oscar nomination for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya ― The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited one of the founders of Studio Ghibli, director Isao Takahata, into its ranks on Friday. Earlier this year, the academy honored the director with an Oscar nomination for his most recent work, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. He attended the awards ceremony ...

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Attack on Titan Takes Over Japan's Joypolis Theme Park

Even teenage soldiers fighting for humanity's freedom from Titans need to have some fun every once in a while. Japanese theme park Joypolis is holding a special event for Attack on Titan from June 27 all the way until September 30. Appropriately named "Attack on Titan in Joypolis", this event will effectively turn much of the park into one Colossal AoT attraction. One of the bigger attractions wi...
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Love Live! The School Idol Movie's Trailer English-Subtitled

Film to play in Taiwan, HK, Korea, Thailand, USA, Australia, NZ, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia ― NIS America began streaming the trailer for Love Live! The School Idol Movie with English subtitles on Friday. The same trailer debuted in Japan on April 25 — the same day that the film's global theatrical release was announced. The film will play in the following countries ...
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Classroom Crisis Anime Unveils More of Cast, Promo Video

Kazuhiko Inoue, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Tomomichi Nishimura join cast ― The official website for the Classroom Crisis anime unveiled more cast members and a new promotional video on Friday. The video features the ending theme song "Anemone" by ClariS. Classroom☆Crisis anime PV by pKjd The new cast members are: Kazuhiko Inoue as Kazuhisa Kiryū, the corporation's youthful representative director and presiden...
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Retro Gaming Machine Gets More Compatible with Controller Adapter Set

Better hope this thing isn't region-locked! The "Retro Freak" Japanese gaming system by Cybergadget is seeing a release in October, with sites like Amazon Japan already accepting preorders. Revealed back in May, this Swiss army knife of a system is compatible with controllers and cartridges of over 11 older consoles including the Game Boy (along with Color and Advanced cartridges), SNES and Super ...
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Attack on Titan's Live-Action Hanji Series Reveals Wagakki Band Song, Story Details

Satomi Ishihara stars in 3 30-minute episodes premiering on August 15 ― The official website for Shingeki no Kyojin ~Hangeki no Noroshi~ (Attack on Titan: Counterattack's Beacon), the live-action series based on Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga and its live-action film adaptations, announced on Friday that Wagakki Band (Sengoku Musou) will perform the show's theme song "Hangeki no Ha" (Blade of...

Free! Eternal Summer's English Dub Trailer Posted

Funimation is streaming dubbed episodes before September 29 Blu-ray/DVD release ― North American anime distributor Funimation posted an English-dubbed trailer for Free! Eternal Summer on Friday. The second season of Kyoto Animation's Free - Iwatobi Swim Club anime is now streaming with the English dub on Funimation's website, and Funimation will release the Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack on September 29...
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Crunchyroll to Stream Actually, I Am/Jitsu wa Watashi Anime

Vampire romantic comedy inspired by manga published by Seven Seas as My Monster Secret ― Media service Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the Actually, I Am (Jitsu wa Watashi wa) television anime as it airs in Japan. It will begin streaming on July 6 at 2:30 p.m. EDT in the United States, Canada, Central America including the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Eiji M...
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Gravure Idol Ai Shinozaki Will Cure Male Baldness If You 'Give Her a Chance'

Also counsels balding visitor to skin clinic in web videos ― Ai Shinozaki, a gravure idol and singer, shows off her voice in a new commercial for AGA Skin Clinic, a chain of Japanese clinics that treat male-pattern hair loss (AGA, or androgenic alopecia). She sings part of Something Else's 1998 song "Last Chance." She also stars in a series of web videos, "What If Ai Shinozaki was a Counselor at AGA ...
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Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' Film's English-Dubbed Trailer Posted

Dub to premiere at Anime Expo on July 2, before playing in N. America in August ― The IGN website began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' film on Friday. Funimation Entertainment will premiere the English dub at Anime Expo on Thursday, July 2. The screening will be held at 8:00 at the Regal LA LIVE Stadium 14. The English dub will then run in North American t...
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Disappearance of Nagato Yuki chan ‒ Episode 13

"I said last week that Nagato Yuki-chan likely couldn't keep up its (surprisingly well-composed) drama act forever, and this week revealed the truth of that."
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U.S. Department of Defense's DARPA Research Eerily Similar to Terraformars

The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) alluded on Monday that its got its eyes set on Mars, even if the goal is very far away. DARPA has official funding to back research projects previously limited to the world of science-fiction. This includes biotech helmed by DARPA's Biological Technologies Office, which is currently looking into synthetic biology an...
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Crunchyroll Lists Live-Action Death Note Show's Premiere Time, Regions

Media service Crunchyroll announced the premiere time and confirmed the regions for its streaming of the live-action Death Note television series. The series will begin streaming on July 8 at 10:30 p.m. EDT in the United States and Canada, Central and South America (including the Carribean), the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, the Netherlands, South Africa, Aust...

Nickelodeon to Run Zag, Toei's Miraculous Ladybug in U.S.

French/Japanese co-production about justice-seeking teen girl with super powers ― Zag Entertainment founder and producer Jeremy Zag reported on Thursday that Nickelodeon will run Zag and Toei Animation's Miraculous Ladybug series in the United States this fall. The comedy action series will be set in Paris and will follow the adventures of a justice-seeking teenage girl named Marinette who has super ...
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New Book Features Three Kingdoms Artwork from 151 Illustrators

Nobuyuki Fukumoto, Hiromu Arakawa, Yoshitaka Amano included ― To commemorate the third anniversary of the popular mobile card game Daisenran!! Sangokushi Battle ("Great Warfare!! Records of the Three Kingdoms Battle"), gloops is publishing an artbook featuring 360 illustrations of the chronicle's characters by 151 manga artists and illustrators. The artwork was chosen from over a thousand pieces. No...
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Crunchyroll Streams The Prince of Tennis II OVA vs. Genius 10 Anime

OVA series concluded in Japan on Friday ― Media streaming platform Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the anime The Prince of Tennis II OVA vs. Genius 10 (Shin Tennis no Ōji-sama OVA vs. Genius 10). All ten episodes of the OVA series will be available for premium members on Friday at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Four episodes will be available for free members, with four more added the next week, ...

Gakkō Gurashi! Anime's 3 TV Ads Posted

Series about girls who survive zombie attack premieres on July 9 ― The official website for the School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) television anime began streaming three TV ads on Friday. The three ads feature the same animation, but have different narration. Yuki: Mii-kun, school is so much fun, huh? Mii: Why say that so that so suddenly, Yuki-senpai? Yuki: Well, because the classroom, the staff room, an...

Exclusive: Discotek Adds Lupin III: Voyage to Danger Special

Release will include Funimation's English dub ― Discotek Media announced on ANNCast on Friday that it has licensed the anime special Lupin III: Voyage to Danger. The company will release the special on a remastered home video. Funimation previously released the 1993 special on DVD in 2003, and again in 2006 as part of a movie collection. Discotek's release will include Funimation's English dub.
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ANNCastle of Cagliostro

Discotek representatives Brady Hartel and Reed Nelson stop by to talk about their most recent prestige release, The Castle of Cagliostro on Bluray. PLUS: An announcement! ― ANNCast Episode 230: ANNCastle of Cagliostro Get the Flash Player to see this player. Discotek representatives Brady Hartel and Reed Nelson stop by to talk about their most recent prestige release, The Castle of Cagliostro on Blu...

Dragon Ball Super's Extended Commercial Introduces New Characters

1st Dragon Ball anime in 18 years to premiere on July 5 ― Fuji TV's official website for Dragon Ball Super began streaming a longer commercial for the upcoming anime, previewing the new characters. The video features the opening theme song "Chōzetsu☆Dynamic" (Excellent Dynamic) by Kazuya Yoshii. Goku: Hey, I'm Goku. Goku: Crossing 18 years of time, it's time to enter a new series!! Goku: Since our ba...
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Live-Action Attack on Titan Films' New Trailer English-Subtitled

3D maneuver gear previewed in action in films playing in Australia this year ― Australian distributor Madman Entertainment began streaming the new full trailer for the live-action films of Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga with English subtitles on Saturday. The trailer unveils the live-action version of the story's signature 3D maneuver gear in action for the first time. The company's Reel Anim...
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Boruto: Naruto the Movie's Full Trailer English-Subtitled

Boruto's team trains under Sasuke as the enemy Momoshiki threatens village ― Australian distributor Madman Entertainment began streaming the full trailer for Boruto -Naruto the Movie- with English subtitles on Saturday. The company's Reel Anime program is planning to bring the film to Australian theaters this year. Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine gave a tagline for the film, "The curtain rises...
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2nd Tamayura Film's Trailer Previews Club's Last Summer Together

2nd of 4 films to open on August 29 ― The official website for Tamayura began streaming the first trailer on Friday for the second film, Tamayura ~Sotsugyō Shashin~ Dai-2-bu -Hibiki- (Tamayura: Graduation Photos Part 2: Echo). The film will open in Japan on August 29. Kaoru: Next spring, we will graduate. Norie: I'm going to seal all sweets away. Mao: Are you planning to do stuff with aromas and thin...
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Punch Line ‒ Episode 12

"The series closes out well, in a far more orderly fashion than where it started."
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Answerman - What's With The Bootlegs On Amazon?

Why are bootlegged anime products still such a problem on Amazon? Plus, the scoop on the new Funimation/Universal Studios deal, anime on Amazon Prime, and when anime will come out on 4K Blu-ray. ― Daniel asks: Who will produce the first anime Super Duper Blu-Ray when players start shipping at the end of the year? Sony via AniPlex? Do you think supporting three simultaneous disc formats will be beyon...
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Caitlynn French to Voice Shiro in No Game, No Life English Dub

Scott Gibbs co-stars as Sora in series shipping July 28 ― Sentai Filmworks announced via video on Thursday that Caitlynn French will co-star as Shiro in the English dub of No Game, No Life. The company revealed last week that Scott Gibbs will co-star as Sora in the dub. The series will ship on July 28 on DVD and Blu-ray for US$59.98 and US$69.98, respectively. A special edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack...
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Ninja Slayer From Animation ‒ Episode 11

"Ninja Slayer From Animation always knows exactly how to bounce back."

First Love Monster Manga Gets TV Anime

Yen Press prints Akira Hiyoshimaru's story of 15-year-old girl saved by handsome 5th-grader ― The preview for the September issue of Kodansha's Aria magazine has revealed that a television anime adaptation of Akira Hiyoshimaru's First Love Monster (Hatsukoi Monster) manga has been green-lit. The August issue, which ships on Saturday, will feature the manga on its front cover. Hiyoshimaru launched the...
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Monster Musume Anime's Centorea, Suu Ads Streamed

Natsuki Aikawa, Mayuka Nomura narrate ads for series premiering on July 8 ― TOHO Animation began streaming Centorea and Suu TV ads on Friday for the anime of OKAYADO's Monster Musume (Monster Musume no Iru Nichijō or Everyday Life with Monster Girls) manga. Both ads feature the opening theme song "Saikōsoku Fall in Love" (Highest Speed Fall in Love), performed by the six main female cast members. The...

Over Lord Fantasy RPG TV Anime's 2nd Promo Reveals July 7 Premiere

Show's opening theme "Clattanoia" previewed in promo video ― The official website of the TV anime adaptation of Kugane Maruyama's Overlord fantasy light novel series began streaming the anime's second promotional video on Friday. The video confirms the anime's July 7 premiere, and previews the show's opening theme "Clattanoia" by OxT. The video narrates the premise of the anime's story, beginning wit...
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Durarara!!×2 Ten Unveils New Character Designs

2nd cour of sequel series premieres on July 4 ― The official Twitter account of the Durarara!! TV anime franchise revealed rough character designs on Friday for the new characters in the upcoming Durarara!!×2 The Second Arc (Durarara!!×2 Ten) series. Durarara!!×2 The Second Arc is the second of three seasons for the Durarara!!×2 television series. Houko Kuwashima as Kasane Kujiragi KENN as Eijirō Sha...
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Director's Cut of Live-Action Patlabor Film's Trailer Streamed

New version with added 27 minutes of footage opens in Japan on October 10 ― Japanese film news website Cinema Today began streaming a trailer for the upcoming director's cut version of Mamoru Oshii's The Next Generation Patlabor: Shuto Kessen (Capital City Battle) film on Thursday. Text: "This is the 'specially packed version' where many of the important themes are packed close together. If you drink...
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Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! Manga Gets Anime

Series centers on middle school girl who can't refuse when asked for a favor ― The cover of the August issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Original magazine is revealing on Saturday that an anime adaptation of Cool-Kyou-Sinnjya's Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! (Komori Can't Refuse!) manga has been green-lit. Cool-Kyou-Sinnjya launched the manga in Manga Time Original in the April 2012 issue, and Houbunsha pu...

Samurai 7/Dirty Pair Director Toshifumi Takizawa Passes Away

Armored Trooper Votoms chief technical director was 61 ― The official blog for anime director Toshifumi Takizawa reported on Thursday the Takizawa passed away on June 22 from esophageal cancer. He was 61. The blog mentions that up until the day before his death, he was still doing ordinary activities such as driving his car and walking his dog. Takizawa was born in Nagano prefecture, and graduated fr...
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Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Sequel Game Titled

Dengeki Online announced on Thursday that the sequel to the Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax fighting game will be titled Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Ignition. Location testing will begin in Tokyo and Osaka this weekend, June 26-28. The new game will add The Devil is a Part-Timer!'s Emi Yūsa (The Hero Emilia) and Heavy Object's Quenser (with Milinda and Heivia) as playable characters and Heavy Obj...
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Disgaea 5 Trailer Announces October 6 Release in the West

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance slated for PS4 ― NIS America began streaming an English trailer for its upcoming release of Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance on Thursday. The video reveals that the PlayStation 4 game will ship October 6 in the west. The trailer also profiles the game's main characters and previews the story and gameplay. Nippon Ichi Software describes the story: The strongest and mos...
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