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ANNCast - Kabaneri Sauvignon

Zac wants Jacob to explain why Kabaneri of the Iron Fortressis more than just another Attack on Titan - plus Sakamoto, Tanaka-kun and more with special guest Lauren Orsini! ― ANNCast Episode 260: Kabaneri Sauvignon Zac wants Jacob to explain why Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is more than just another Attack on Titan - plus Sakamoto, Tanaka-kun and more with special guest Lauren Orsini of Forbes and ...
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The Birth of Kitaro GN

Drawn & Quarterly has curated previously unpublished stories from Shigeru Mizuki's Kitaro manga for its original audience: kids. It's largely successful in this thrillingly gross and creepy volume. ― Before Natsume had his Book of Friends or Nate put on his Yokai Watch, there was Kitaro. Shigeru Mizuki's tales of the yokai boy have been popular since their publication in 1960, and technically even be...
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The Heiress and the Chauffeur GN 1

This cute Taisho-set romance blends historical social expectations with a sweet romance devoid of creepy shoujo tropes. ― Despite a title that sounds like a Barbara Cartland novel, The Heiress and the Chauffeur's first volume is a cute Taisho-set tale of fairly basic shoujo proportions. The story follows seventeen-year-old Sayaka Yoshimura and her slightly older chauffeur, Shinobu Narutaki, as they n...
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UQ Holder! GN 5

UQ Holder seems to be establishing a solid rhythm in its fifth volume, and finally coming into its own as reliable entertainment. ― It's been a rough ride, but it seems like UQ Holder is finally developing some consistency. With Fate having just barely fallen into Kirie's trap at the end of volume four, this volume opens with a climactic chapter of Fate and Evangeline throwing everything they have at...
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Saturday, May 28

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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Gets MMORPG in China

Steampunk action anime's distribution halted in China ― Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress anime producer Kōji Yamamoto revealed on Twitter on Thursday that the series will receive a massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG) adaptation in China. Yamamoto said that distribution of the anime has been halted in China because of the country's "rules." Yamamoto said that China's halt on distribu...
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Root Letter Game's English-Subtitled 4th Trailer Highlights Story

Kadokawa Games ships PS4/PS Vita adventure game in Japan on June 16 ― Kadokawa Games began streaming the fourth trailer on Friday for its √Letter (pronounced "Root Letter") PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita adventure game. The video has English subtitles, and highlights the game's story. The game will ship in Japan on June 16. Kadokawa Games has stated that it will release the game "worldwide." The ...
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Joker Game ‒ Episode 8

"This episode re-opens a woefully unexplored conflict we first saw hinted at in the show's first episode: Spy-vs-Spy."
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Hidamari ga Kikoeru Boys-Love Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Yuki Fumino's story about deaf college student launched in 2013 ― Yuki Fumino's Hidamari ga Kikoeru (I Hear the Sunspot) boys-love manga is receiving a live-action film adaptation. Printemps Shuppan published the compiled book volume of the sequel manga, Hidamari ga Kikoeru -Kōfuku-ron- (I Hear the SunSpot: Theory of Happiness), and its wraparound jacket band announced the film on Friday. The origina...
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Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV CG Film Reveals More Character Designs

Character descriptions also revealed for film opening in Japan on July 9 ― The official website for Square Enix's Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV feature-length CG film revealed more character designs and descriptions on Thursday, as well as designs and descriptions for the previously revealed characters. Nyx Ulric The story's protagonist, and member of the Kingsglaive, the king's elite guard under his...
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Producer: 'We're Working Now' on English Version of Romancing SaGa 2 for PS Vita

English iOS/Android ports launched worldwide on Thursday ― Square Enix game producer and designer Akitoshi Kawazu announced on Twitter on Saturday that Square Enix is "working now" on an English version of the PlayStation Vita version of the Romancing SaGa 2 game. Hello world! We've released Romancing SaGa 2 English version on iPhone/Android.For PSVita, we're working now. I want your patience, please...
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Flying Witch Petit Short's 6th Episode Features Chinatsu Studying Kanji

Total of 8 spinoff shorts to ship with main show's 6 home video releases ― The official website for the television anime of Chihiro Ishizuka's Flying Witch manga began streaming the sixth Flying Witch Petit short anime episode on Friday. The episode begins with Chinatsu doing her homework: kanji drills. Akane decides to give her some lessons on the kanji. First, she shows the kanji for "fast," and ex...
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Baby Steps Tennis Manga Gets Live-Action Drama Adaptation

Hikaru Katsuki's manga previously inspired 2 TV anime seasons ― Amazon is currently displaying the cover of this year's 27th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine, which reveals that Hikaru Katsuki's Baby Steps manga is getting a live-action drama adaptation. The actual issue ships on June 1. The 26th issue of the magazine had teased on Wednesday that the 27th issue would have a "big announcemen...
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Digimon Adventure tri. Kokuhaku Anime Film's Promo Video Streamed

3rd film in 6-film project opens on September 24 ― Toei Animation began streaming the first promotional video on Saturday for Digimon Adventure tri. Kokuhaku (Confession), the third movie in the Digimon Adventure tri. anime film series. (Note: The below video is region-locked in some areas.) The Animate Times website previously posted a synopsis for the film: Note: The following summary contains spoi...

Friday, May 27

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One Piece Film Gold Gets Biggest Opening For Japanese Films

Film opens on July 23 on 743 screens with 2D, 3D, 4DX, MX4D screenings ― The staff of the One Piece Film Gold anime movie announced on Saturday that the film will open in Japan on 743 screens, which is the largest for any Japanese film. Previously Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' held that record for opening on 653 screens in April 2015. This year's 24th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine...
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Shōnen Maid ‒ Episode 7

"This episode marks the first time the show has some genuine surprises up its sleeve."
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Inti Creates CEO Joins Criticism of Mighty No. 9 Trailer

Trailer slammed for narration, graphics ― A trailer for Mighty No. 9, the Mega Man-styled action-platforming video game developed by Comcept and Inti Creates, was released on May 25. It has received widespread scorn, in part because of its graphical quality and in part because of its narration, which is widely perceived as patronizing. The most derided line is "stuff... that'll make the bad guys cry ...
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Big Order ‒ Episode 7

"It honestly feels like the story is being made up every week as it goes along."
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Assassination Classroom season 2 ‒ Episode 20

"This episode provides Assassination Classroom with an opportunity to slow down and give the characters a moment to breathe."
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Monster Hunter Stories Game Plans Pom Pom Purin, DAIGO DLC

CAPCOM's Monster Hunter Stories Nintendo 3DS role-playing game isn't even out until October but the company is already planning its downloadable content. After the game's release, CAPCOM will offer a Pom Pom Purin costume for Naviloo, turning the Felyne into Sanrio's beret-wearing dog mascot. More details on how to obtain the costume will be announced later. The recently wed singer and BREAKERZ ba...
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Dragon Quest Builders Game Gets Western Release on PS4, PS Vita

Sandbox action RPG slated for October 2016 in N. America, Europe ― Square Enix announced on the PlayStation Blog on Friday that it will release Dragon Quest Builders in North America and Europe on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita this October. The game will get both a physical and digital version on PlayStation 4 but will be digital-only on PlayStation Vita. The game is set in Alfegard, the setting...
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Sadako & Kayako's Next Collaboration is Spooky-Cute Hello Kitty

The ghoulish stars of Sadako vs. Kayako have gone horseback riding and stumping to promote their film's release on June 18. The duo's next collaboration is with Sanrio's Hello Kitty, a mascot all-too-familiar with crossovers of every stripe. The merchandise, which features a long-haired Hello Kitty climbing out of a well and her twin sister Mimmy as Kayako, launches on the same day as the film. I...
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The Boy and the Beast, Masakazu Hashimoto Win Japan Movie Critics Awards

Yo-Kai Watch, Girls und Panzer, Go Nagai, Mai Fuchigami, Inori Minase, more also honored at 25th annual event ― The 25th Japan Movie Critics Awards announced its list of winners at a ceremony on Wednesday and Thursday. The winners honored films from the 2015 calendar year. Studio Chizu and Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and the Beast (Bakemono no Ko) won the Best Animation of the Year Award, and Yo-kai Watc...
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And you thought there is never a girl online? ‒ Episode 8

"This time around, Netoge gets fully serious about a real and significant modern problem."
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, May 15-21

Monster Musume: I ♥ Monster Girls, 3 One-Punch Man volumes, Noragami, My Hero Academia, 3 Tokyo Ghoul volumes The New York Times newspaper listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on May 21. Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -Monster Musume: I ♥ Monster Girls #1 Anthology Seven Seas Entertainment 1 2 1One-Punch Man #6 Story: ONE / Art: Yuusuke...
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Scientists Nickname Gas-Absorbing Galaxy 'Akira'

Galaxy steals gas from neighboring galaxy, Tetsuo ― A team of scientists answered an intergalactic riddle that has left many stumped. An international team discovered why galaxies that previously absorbed gases at a rapid rate and produced an impressive amount of stars will suddenly stop. University of Tokyo's Edmond Cheung and his team used manga, the kind penned by Katsuhiro Otomo and the Mapping N...
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First Love Monster Anime Unveils Additional Cast, July 2 Premiere

Ai Kayano, Iori Nomizu, Akio Ohtsuka, more join cast ― The official website for First Love Monster (Hatsukoi Monster), the television anime adaptation of Akira Hiyoshimaru's manga of the same name, announced five additional cast members and the show's premiere date on Saturday. The series will premiere on July 2 at 11:00 p.m. on AT-X, and it will also air on Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and BS11. The...
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BlazeBlue: Central Fiction PS3/PS4 Game Heads to N. America This Winter

Aksys Games plans physical, digital releases ― North American video game publisher Aksys Games announced at MomoCon on Friday that it will release BlazeBlue: Central Fiction in North America on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 this winter. The game will get both a physical and a digital release on both consoles. BlazeBlue: Central Fiction debuted in Japanese arcades in November. The PlayStation 4 and ...

Sekai Project to Release Love, Guitars, and the Nashville Skyline Yuri Visual Novel

Atom Grrrl!'s Cosmillica released game in Japan in August ― Visual novel localizer and publisher Sekai Project announced at Animazement on Friday that it is translating Cosmillica's Love, Guitars, and the Nashville Skyline (Koi to, Guitar to, Aoi Sora.) yuri visual novel. The company plans to release an all-ages version on Steam and an adult version on Denpasoft. Sekai Project describes the game: Ama...
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Space Patrol Luluco Crosses Over with Animator Expo's SEX and VIOLENCE with MACHSPEED

Studio Trigger's short form sci-fi comedy Space Patrol Luluco has recently crossed over with the studio's other projects as the protagonists travel through space in search of a stolen city. Luluco, Midori, and Nova have encountered obvious references to Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia. In the latest episode premiering today, director Hiroyuki Imaishi takes the crew to his yellow world from ...

Gundam Thunderbolt English Dub Trailer Reveals Main Cast

Max Mittelman, Johnny Yong Bosch, Cherami Leigh, Tara Sands star ― The Gundam Global Portal Facebook page began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for the anime of Yasuo Ohtagaki's Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt manga on Friday. The video reveals the main English cast. The video can be viewed here. The English dub will star: Max Mittelman as Io Fleming Johnny Yong Bosch as Daryl Lorenz Cherami Leigh...
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ANNCast - Kabaneri Sauvignon

Zac wants Jacob to explain why Kabaneri of the Iron Fortressis more than just another Attack on Titan - plus Sakamoto, Tanaka-kun and more with special guest Lauren Orsini! ― ANNCast Episode 260: Kabaneri Sauvignon Zac wants Jacob to explain why Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is more than just another Attack on Titan - plus Sakamoto, Tanaka-kun and more with special guest Lauren Orsini of Forbes and ...
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Lionsgate CEO Anticipates Making Up to 7 Power Rangers Films

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts during a Thursday conference call that his studio anticipates making as many as seven Power Rangers movies. He explained, "We are really, really excited about the Power Rangers movie. We could see doing five or six or seven." According to the entertainment news source Variety, Feltheimer "cited the positive reaction to the costume reveal as evidence of au...

CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura Manga Gets New Anime Project

New sequel manga launches in Japan on June 3 ― The July issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine is announcing on June 3 that CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura manga is inspiring a new anime project. The issue is not revealing any other information about the project, but stated that more details will be announced after they are decided. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the original manga. CLAMP are also...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 462

"This week's Naruto Shippuden closes out another promising filler arc on a thoroughly baffling note."
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The Birth of Kitaro GN

Drawn & Quarterly has curated previously unpublished stories from Shigeru Mizuki's Kitaro manga for its original audience: kids. It's largely successful in this thrillingly gross and creepy volume. ― Before Natsume had his Book of Friends or Nate put on his Yokai Watch, there was Kitaro. Shigeru Mizuki's tales of the yokai boy have been popular since their publication in 1960, and technically even be...

VisualArt's to Release Rewrite+ Visual Novel in English

Visual novel ships in Japan on July 29 ― Visual novel publisher VisualArt's confirmed with ANN that it announced at its panel at Anime Central on Saturday that the company plans to release its Rewrite+ visual novel in the West. VisualArt's Key brand announced the visual novel last month with a video. Key will release the game in Japan on July 29. The new game will include improvements and revisions t...
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Show By Rock!! Reveals Sequel Anime's 4th Promo Video, Anime Shorts' Premiere Date

Show By Rock!! Short!! premieres on July 4 ― The official website for Sanrio's Show By Rock!! television anime series began streaming a fourth promotional video on Wednesday for the show's sequel that introduces the band Trichronika. Note: The below video is region-locked in some areas. The end of the video mentions that the spinoff series of anime shorts titled Show By Rock!! Short!! will premiere o...
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MAGES' 'B-Project' TV Anime Premieres on July 2

The official website of of B-Project: Kodō Ambitious — the television anime of MAGES' fictional male idol project featuring character designs by Devils and Realist creator Utako Yukihiro — revealed the anime's July 2 premiere on Friday. Tokyo MX, ABC Asahi Broadcasting, CBC, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, and BS11 will air the anime. The anime's story follows Tsubasa (voiced by Hisako Kanemoto), a new hire...

KyoAni Award-Winning Novel Violet Evergarden Gets Anime Project

KyoAni posts English-subtitled animated ad directed by Taichi Ishidate ― Kyoto Animation posted an animated commercial on Friday for author Kana Akatsuki and illustrator Akiko Takase's Violet Evergarden novel, and the ad ends with the announcement that an anime adaptation project is in the works. The video has English subtitles. The video's description lists its staff: Director/Storyboard: Taichi Ish...

Fate/Extella Game's Video Reveals 3 More Servants

2 Archer class, 1 Saber class revealed for PS4/PS Vita game shipping this year ― The official website for Marvelous Inc.'s Fate/Extella action game for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 began streaming a video on Friday that previews three of the game's servants, including two Archer class servants (Mumei and Gilgamesh) and a Saber class servant, who wasn't fully revealed. The video ends by stating ...

A Silent Voice Anime Film Stars Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami

New visual, more staff also revealed for for film opening on September 17 ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's anime film adaptation of Yoshitoki Ōima's A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) manga announced the film's main cast, more staff, and a new visual (pictured below) on Friday. The text on the above visual reads: "I hated you. Until we met again." The anime will star: Miyu Irino (Mr. Osomats...
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Kono Bijutsu-bu niwa Mondai ga Aru! TV Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, July 7 Premiere

Anime reunites staff from My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! anime ― The official website of the television anime adaptation for Imigimuru's Kono Bijutsu-bu niwa Mondai ga Aru! (This Art Club Has a Problem!) comedy manga revealed new cast, staff, visuals, and the anime's July 7 premiere on Friday. The anime's main cast, which includes the newly revealed Kentarou Tone, are as follows: Ari Ozawa as Miz...
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Power Rangers Ninja Steel Show's Logo Revealed

Saban Brands released the logo (seen below) of Power Rangers Ninja Steel, the 24th season of the Power Rangers franchise, on Thursday. Saban Brands describes the show: Saban's Power Rangers Ninja Steel starts deep in space, where Zircon is the reigning champion of the most popular intergalactic game show in the universe, and monsters battle to prove who is the mightiest warrior. Zircon is determin...
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Dragon Ball Fusions 3DS Game's Promo Shows Fusion Characters

Game ships on August 4 with Nintendo 3DS bundle with special design ― The official website of Bandai Namco Entertainment's upcoming Dragon Ball Fusions Nintendo 3DS game began streaming a promotional video for the game on Friday. The video previews the game's gameplay elements, including the Fusion system, the character creation, and the game's roster of characters from the first Dragon Ball to Drago...
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3rd Ajin Film's Trailer Teases Final Film's Story

Final film in trilogy slated to open in Japan on September 23 ― The official website of the anime film trilogy adaptation of Gamon Sakurai's Ajin - Demi-Human manga began streaming a trailer for Ajin: Shōgeki (Ajin: Crash), the third film in the film trilogy. The video teases the story and previews some scenes from the new film. The film will open in Japan on September 23. The first film, titled Ajin...

Thursday, May 26

Taboo-Tattoo TV Anime Reveals Additional Cast, July 4 Premiere, Visual

Akari Kitō, Shiori Izawa, Kenjiro Tsuda join cast ― The official website for the television anime of Shinjirō's Taboo Tattoo manga revealed additional cast, July 4 TV Tokyo premiere, and a new visual on Friday. The additional cast includes: Akari Kito as Aryabahta, the princess of the Kingdom of Celistan. She strikes a beautiful figure, and comports herself with dignity, but her love of games is uneq...

Collider Site: Live-Action Battle Angel Alita Film Casts Rosa Salazar (Update)

Maze Runner sequel actress competed for lead role with Maika Monroe, Zendaya ― Film news website Collider reported on Thursday that the planned live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga has cast Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Man Seeking Woman) in the lead role. She was one of three leading choices alongside Maika Monroe (It ...
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My Wife is the Student Council President Season 2 Slated for October

The official website for the television anime of Yumi Nakata's My Wife is the Student Council President (Okusama ga Seitokaichō!) manga confirmed the October premiere of the second season on Friday. The first anime season will run again on the AT-X channel and the Niconico streaming service in Japan starting in July, to lead into the new season. The 10th manga volume will ship on July 27. Last mon...

Japan's Animation TV Ranking, May 16-22

Crayon Shin-chan ranks #1; Our Little Sister film airs Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary), the live-action film adaptation of Akimi Yoshida's manga aired on Fuji TV on Saturday, May 21 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 10.1% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Crayon Shin-chan TV Asahi May 20 (Fri) 19:30 24 min. 8.3 Sazae-san Fuji TV May 22 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 7.7 Doraemon TV As...
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Visual Art's/Key's Harmonia Kinetic Novel Delayed Again

Visual Art's/Key announced on Thursday that it is again delaying its Harmonia kinetic novel PC game "due to a further enhancement of the original Japanese script and sound effects." The game was slated for release before the end of 2015, but Visual Art's/Key delayed the game until this spring. The company has not revealed a new release window after the second delay, but is aiming for a 2016 releas...
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Horror Icons Sadako and Kayako Compete in Cup no Fuchico Horse Racing Web Game

Sadako options added to game ― The upcoming film Sadako vs. Kayako pits two iconic ghosts, Sadako from Ring and Kayako from Ju-On: The Grudge, against each other for the first time. On May 29, the Japan Derby horse race will be held. What better way for these vengeful spirits to exercise their animosities than by racing horses? The face-off, organized by the Japanese entertainment site Kai-You, was c...
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Yomawari: Night Alone Game's October Release Dates, PC Version Unveiled

PS Vita edition to have physical copies in N. America, Europe ― NIS America announced on Thursday that it will release the Yomawari: Night Alone horror game on PlayStation Vita North America on October 25 and Europe on October 28. The game will be available on PlayStation Vita both physically and digitally. In addition the company confirmed that it will release a PC version via Steam on October 25 wo...
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Barefoot Gen Author's Undelivered Letter to President Obama Discovered

A letter penned by the late Barefoot Gen author Keiji Nakazawa to U.S. President Barack Obama was discovered. In the letter dated August 20, 2009, Nakazawa praises the President's speech in Prague calling for an end to nuclear weapons and urges him visit the atomic bomb museums in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, talk to survivors, and continue to push for disarmament of nuclear weapons worldwide. You can ...

Digital Manga's PeCChi Imprint Launches Kickstarter for Kodomo no Jikan Manga

Campaign seeks to publish full series and bonus volume in English ― North American manga publisher Digital Manga Inc.'s new PeCChi imprint announced on Thursday that it has launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish Kaworu Watashiya's Kodomo no Jikan ~ A Child's Time manga in English. The campaign is seeking to raise US$157,000 by July 5 in order to release the 13-volume series in five omnibus volume...
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Iori Nomizu Also Performs Hybrid×Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia TV Anime's Ending

Nomizu's opening theme song was previewed in video last month ― Japanese music label FlyingDog announced on Wednesday that Iori Nomizu will perform the ending theme song "Chi" for the television anime of Masamune Kuji's light novel series Hybrid×Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia (Masō Gakuen H×H). Nomizu is also performing the opening theme song "miele paradiso," which Kadokawa previewed in a promotional...
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Sony Sells Over 40 Million PlayStation 4s Worldwide

The recently restructured Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced that it has sold over 40 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide as of Sunday, May 22. Sony specified that these are actual sell-through numbers, as opposed to units shipped. It also announced that the actual sales of PlayStation 4 software titles, include packaged retail units and PlayStation Store downloads, topped 270.9 m...
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Heroic Legend of Arslan Season 2 Casts Takahiro Sakurai, Kenjiro Tsuda

Voices of Pars merchants Shagad, Graze in 8-episode season premiering July 3 ― The official website for the Arslan Senki: Fūjin Ranbu (The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance) television anime series revealed two new character designs and their respective cast members on Thursday. Both characters are men from Pars' southern port town of Giran. The new cast members are (character name romanizati...
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Smartphone Game Features Stray Cats Who Turn into Handsome Hunks

Stars Shinnosuke Tachibana, Hiroki Yasumoto and others ― The Japanese smartphone game Alchemy of a Stray Cat and Love (Noraneko to Koi no Renkinjutsu) revolves around a familiar premise: a young lady finds herself surrounded by a group of attractive young men with an assortment of hair styles and personality types. The twist in this case is that the lady is an alchemist and the men are all actually s...

Armed Girl's Machiavellism Manga Will Have 'Important Announcement' Next Month

Shinakoi creators' battle action series began in 2014 ― Manga artist Karuna Kanzaki revealed on Twitter on Thursday that Kanzaki and Yūya Kurokami's Armed Girl's Machiavellism will have an "important announcement" in the next issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine on June 26. Kanzaki also revealed that all compiled volumes of the manga will get a second printing. The "battle action" story fo...

New Animated Mega Man Show Teases 1st Visual, Story, Character Lineup

Mega Man's alter-ego Aki Light, Rush, Mega Mini in show from Dentsu, Man of Action, DHX ― Dentsu Entertainment USA (Monsuno, LBX) presented the first visual tied to the new animated television series of the Mega Man (Rockman) games on Thursday. The company also announced that DHX Media, "the world's leading independent, pure-play kids' content company," has agreed to develop, co-produce, distribute ...

New Berserk TV Anime's July 1 Premiere, Character Visuals Revealed

Anime premieres first on WOWOW channel ― This year's 11th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on Friday that the new Berserk television anime series will premiere on WOWOW on July 1 at 10:30 p.m. The anime will also air on MBS, TBS, and CBC starting on July 8, and on BS-TBS starting on July 9. The anime's Twitter account has also been posting new anime character visuals over the past...
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The Heiress and the Chauffeur GN 1

This cute Taisho-set romance blends historical social expectations with a sweet romance devoid of creepy shoujo tropes. ― Despite a title that sounds like a Barbara Cartland novel, The Heiress and the Chauffeur's first volume is a cute Taisho-set tale of fairly basic shoujo proportions. The story follows seventeen-year-old Sayaka Yoshimura and her slightly older chauffeur, Shinobu Narutaki, as they n...
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Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON Anime's Announcement Video Streamed

World Trigger's MItsuru Hongo directs series premiering in October ― Fuji TV began streaming an announcement video on Thursday for the Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON television anime series (Note: the linked video is only available to viewers in Japan). The video notes that the Monster Hunter game franchise has sold more than 36 million copies. The anime's official website describes the story: Creati...

Amanchu! Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Maaya Sakamoto's Theme Song

Anime about diving club premieres on July 8 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kozue Amano's Amanchu! manga began streaming the show's second promotional video on Thursday. The video previews Maaya Sakamoto's opening theme song "Million Clouds." Futaba: A place I don't know. A school I don't know. This is where my new life starts. Text: Come, let us begin a new story. Hikar...
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Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON TV Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, October Premiere

Mutsumi Tamura, M.A.O star in series premiering in new morning timeslot on Fuji TV ― Fuji TV began streaming an announcement video on Thursday for the Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON television anime series. The video reveals the show's main staff and cast, as well as its October premiere (Note: the linked video is only available to viewers in Japan). The official website for the anime also revealed t...
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Monster Hunter Stories Game's October 10 Release Revealed in 3rd Promo Video

Bonus items also detailed for 3DS game that marks 1st RPG in franchise ― Capcom's official website for the Monster Hunter Stories role-playing game for the Nintendo 3DS began streaming the game's third promotional video on Thursday. The video reveals that the game will ship in Japan on October 8. The package version will retail for 5,800 yen (about US$53), and the download version will retail for 5,5...
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Anime Expo to Host Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Designer Koji Igarashi

Designer to host panel, 3 autograph sessions ― Los Angeles anime convention Anime Expo announced on Tuesday that it will host video game designer Koji Igarashi at this year's event. He will host a panel discussing his current and past works on July 3, and will also be available for three autograph sessions throughout the event. Igarashi is perhaps best known for directing, designing, and writing Kona...

Hakuoki: Wild Dance of Kyoto Anime Film's English Dub Cast, Release Date Revealed

Sentai Filmworks releases film on June 28 starring Brittany Karbowski, Andrew Love, more ― Sentai Filmworks revealed the English dub cast and June 28 release date on Wednesday for its release of the Hakuoki ~ Demon of the Floating Blossom: Wild Dance of Kyoto (Hakuōki Dai-isshō Kyoto Ranbu) anime film. The English dub cast, under director Christopher Ayres and ADR script writer George Manley, include...
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The Morose Mononokean TV Anime Adds Yōkai Cast Members

Fumihiko Tachiki, Kazuya Ichijou, Masaki Terasoma, Kishō Taniyama, more cast for July anime ― The official website for the television anime of Kiri Wazawa's The Morose Mononokean (Fukigen na Mononokean) manga revealed more cast for the anime on Thursday. The additional cast for the yōkai appearing in the series includes: Fumihiko Tachiki as Gigigi no Oyabun Kazuya Ichijou as Mitsuchigura Masaki Teras...

Wednesday, May 25

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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 8

"Easily the most confident and composed the show has felt since it's premiere, promising good things for the future of the series."

Digital Manga Launches PeCChi Imprint for Mature-Themed Manga

1st new titles include The Secret Akuma-chan, Me and the Impish Devil ― North American publisher Digital Manga Inc. announced on Wednesday that it has created a new manga imprint named PeCChi. The imprint will focus on manga with mature-themed content for adults "that is not strictly pornographic." Some titles from Digital Manga's Project-H hentai imprint will switch to PeCChi, starting with Kouji Se...
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Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episode 8

"This week, Atsushi gets to prove that he is more than just the cute sidekick of Bungo Stray Dogs at last. "
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One Piece ‒ Episode 742

"It's finally time to say adiós to Rebecca."
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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film Adds The Wolverine Actress Rila Fukushima

Actress appeared in Arrow, Game of Thrones ― Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Wednesday that Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks Pictures' upcoming live-action Ghost in the Shell film has added Rila Fukushima to the cast for an as-yet unnamed role. Fukushima played the role of Yukio in the 2013 film The Wolverine, and also plays the character Katana in The CW television seri...
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New Sailor Moon Musical Cast Will Appear at Usagi & Chibi-Usa Birthday Celebration

The new cast appearing in the fourth 20th-anniversary stage musical of Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon manga will attend this year's Usagi & Chibi-Usa birthday celebration.The five actresses will be joined by Sailor Moon voice actress Kotono Mitsuishi. Tickets to the event will be distributed by lottery to members of the Sailor Moon fan club. Members can enter the lottery via an application on the me...
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New York Nintendo Store Will Demo Wii U Legend of Zelda Game

Nintendo will show off its upcoming The Legend of Zelda game at its booth at this year's E3 convention in Los Angeles. Those bound to the East Coast that can't make it to the public E3 Live event can instead head to the Nintendo Store in New York for a chance to play the game and watch a live-stream from the show floor. Nintendo will select 500 fans who sign-up at its Super-Fan Signup Day on June ...
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Ghibli Museum Will Reopen with Miyazaki-Curated Retrospective, Giant Catbus

The Ghibli Museum in Tokyo is preparing for its reopening in July with brand-new exhibits and attractions, including a retrospective on animation curated by Miyazaki himself and a Catbus large enough for adults to climb inside. Miyazaki's exhibit isn't strictly limited to Ghibli works and includes Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Nutcracker alongside Spirited Away, Heidi, Girl of the Alps, P...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, May 16-22

Fairy Tail, Ace of Diamond Act II, Dagashi Kashi, Magi: Adventure of Sinbad, The Heroic Legend of Arslan in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Fairy Tail 55 200,055 200,055 2016/05 Kodansha Hiro Mashima 1 1 2 Ace of Diamond Act II 3 197,241 197,420 2016/05 Kodansha Yūji Terajima 2 1 3 Dagashi Kashi 5 83,528 83,528 2016/0...
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Yowamushi Pedal Live-Action Drama's Main Staff Revealed

Takayoshi Tanazawa to direct, Kōta Fukihara to write scripts for August drama ― Manga news website Comic Natalie revealed the main staff for the upcoming live-action drama of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal manga on Thursday. Takayoshi Tanazawa (Hanzawa Naoki, Shitamachi Rocket, Ryūsei Wagon dramas) is directing the drama and Kōta Fukihara (Tensai Bakubon ~Kazoku no Kizuna drama, Hibi Rock film) is...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, May 16-22

Kenka Bancho Otome, My Hero Academia games ship ― Japan's Game Ranking: May 16-22 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS4 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Including Limited, Bundled Editions) Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan May 10 21,155 149,879 93 23DS Kirby: Planet Robobot Nintendo April 28 19,383 268,334 50 3PS4 Homefront the Revolution Spike Chuns...
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Oh My Goddess! Creator's Toppu GP Manga Launches in English

Kodansha released 1st 2 chapters of racing manga digitally on Tuesday ― Kodansha Comics announced the details on the simultaneous English release of Oh My Goddess creator Kousuke Fujishima's new series Toppu GP on Tuesday. The first two chapters launched on Kindle and comiXology on Tuesday, the same day they debuted in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine in Japan. The chapters cost US$1.99 each. The third ...
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Char, Garma Star in Gundam Thunderbolt Theater Manners Ad

Bandai Visual began streaming a theater manners ad for the upcoming Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky theatrical screenings. The video stars bird versions of Char and Garma where Char misbehaves by recording footage, yapping on his cell phone, and kicking the seat in front of him. In this version, the duo speak in a Kansai dialect. Garma: Gosh, am I looking forward to the movie! Char: H...
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Otakon to Host Voice Actress/Singer Yui Makino

Tsubasa/Shonen Maid voice actress to appear at August convention in Baltimore ― Maryland anime convention Otakon announced on Wednesday that it will host voice actress and singer Yui Makino at this year's event. Makino began performing as a child actor at age 3, and debuted as a voice actress in Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE as Sakura in 2005. She debuted as a singer later the same year. Her other rol...
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Retailer: Steins;Gate 0 to Head West on PS4, PS Vita

PQube to release game in Europe, N. America ― Retailer Rice Digital announced on Wednesday that United Kingdom game distribution company PQube has confirmed its plans to release Steins;Gate 0 in North America and Europe on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita this year. Rice Digital will also present a trailer at London MCM Comic-Con this weekend, and distribute posters to guests who whisper "El Psy Ko...
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Answerman - Do Foreigners Work In Anime?

One reader wants to know whether or not non-Japanese people ever actually work directly in the anime industry - Justin runs down all the various ways they do. ― Lucas asks: Not sure if you already answered this question before, but I was just wondering how open the anime industry is when it comes to foreigners directly working on the development of anime. Are there cases of foreigners managing to ge...
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Nodame Cantabile's Tomoko Ninomiya Ends 87 Clockers Manga in June

Manga launched in 2011 ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Tomoko Ninomiya is ending her 87 Clockers manga in the magazine's 30th issue on June 30. The manga centers on Kanade Ichinose, a third year college student studying violin in a music college. However, he lacks motivation to continue his studies, and refuses to participate in competitions, only ...
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UQ Holder! GN 5

UQ Holder seems to be establishing a solid rhythm in its fifth volume, and finally coming into its own as reliable entertainment. ― It's been a rough ride, but it seems like UQ Holder is finally developing some consistency. With Fate having just barely fallen into Kirie's trap at the end of volume four, this volume opens with a climactic chapter of Fate and Evangeline throwing everything they have at...
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DD Hokuto no Ken/Fist of the North Star Manga to End in June

Parody of Fist of the North Star inspired 3 TV anime ― Manga creator Kajio announced in the July issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine on Wednesday that the next chapter of his DD Hokuto no Ken manga will be the last. Tokuma Shoten will publish the next issue of Monthly Comic Zenon on June 25. The manga is set in the year 199x, where mankind was not engulfed in the flames of nuclear w...
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King of Prism by PrettyRhythm Adds 4DX Screenings in 26 Theaters in June

The staff of the King of Prism by PrettyRhythm anime film announced last Friday that the film's theatrical run will add immersive 4DX screenings nationwide. 26 theaters will begin screening the film on 4DX on June 18, with more theaters planned. The film has been playing in theaters since opening on January 9. With the 4DX or MX4D systems, certain theaters have motion seats that move in sync with ...
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Baby Steps Tennis Manga to Have 'Big Announcement' on June 1 (Update)

This year's 26th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine announced on Wednesday that Hikaru Katsuki's Baby Steps manga is getting a "big announcement" in the magazine's next issue, which Kodansha will publish on June 1. The manga revolves around Eiichirō "Ei-chan" Maruo, a punctual and earnest boy who has striven for straight As since elementary school. The 15-year-old high school boy stops by ...
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Emi Takei Stars in Live-Action Show of Seisei Suru Hodo, Ai Shiteru Romance Manga

Hideaki Takizawa, Aoi Nakamura, Erena Mizusawa, Reina Triendl, Mitsuomi Takahashi also in July show ― A live-action television series adaptation of Miyuki Kitagawa's Seisei Suru Hodo, Ai Shiteru manga has been green-lit. It will air on the TBS channel on Tuesdays starting this July in Japan. While Shogakukan's Petit Comic magazine already announced a screen adaptation of the manga earlier this month,...
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Tales of Zestiria the X TV Anime Premieres July 3

The official website for the Tales of Zestiria the X (pronounced "cross") television anime series revealed on Wednesday that the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on July 3. The anime will also air on Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, and BS11 on July 5. The staff will hold an advance screening of the anime's first four episodes at the Cinema Mediage in Tokyo on June 25, with live viewings in other cinem...
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Live-Action Oboreru Knife Shōjo Film's Teaser Reveals November Debut

Film of teen romance manga also reveals poster, additional cast ― The official website for the live-action film of George Asakura's Oboreru Knife manga unveiled a teaser trailer, poster, and additional cast for the film on Wednesday. The teaser reveals the film's November debut. The additional cast includes The Dresscodes band member Ryōhei Shima, Yōichirō Saitō, Goichi Mine, Ayumu Itō, Masami Horiuc...
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Live-Action Wolf Girl & Black Prince Film's Behind-the-Scenes Video Shows Filming

Film based on Ayuko Hatta manga opens on Saturday in Japan ― The official website for the live-action film of Ayuko Hatta's shōjo manga Wolf Girl & Black Prince (Ōkami Shōjo to Kuro Ōji) began streaming a "special" 16-minute behind-the-scenes video on Wednesday. The video begins with a synopsis of the film's story, before introducing the characters, and then an interview with Fumi Nikaidō and Kento Y...
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Tales of Berseria RPG's Ad Focuses on Velvet

PS4/PS3 game out in Japan on August 18, in the West in early 2017 ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tales of Berseria role-playing game began streaming a commercial on Wednesday. The video centers on Velvet, the game's protagonist, and it features the game's theme song "BURN" by FLOW. The first-print limited edition will include a serial code for "Special Dramatic Chat ~Melon Gu...

Discotek Licenses Miss Machiko Anime for Streaming Only

Discotek will begin streaming titles that "might not have enough sales potential to release DVDs or BDs" ― Discotek Media announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the Miss Machiko (Maicching Machiko-sensei) anime for streaming. It will offer all 95 episodes of the series with English subtitles. Discotek will announce the streaming platforms, territories, and schedules at a later date. Discotek descr...

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Saki Mahjong Manga Gets Toki Spinoff in June

Meki Meki draws 5th Saki spinoff focusing on member of Japan's #2 team ― The June issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine revealed on Wednesday that Ritz Kobayashi and Meki Meki will collaborate on Toki, the fifth spinoff manga of Kobayashi's Saki manga. The manga will debut in the July issue of Monthly Big Gangan on June 25. The manga will have a color opening page, and will also adorn th...
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Spanish Retailers List Steins;Gate 0 in English on August 26

Three Spanish retailers — Amazon Spain, Fnac, and Xtralife — began listing the Steins;Gate 0 game for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita last Friday. The listings have an August 26 release date, with BadLand Games noted as the distributor. BadLand Games is a partner of PQube, which published and localized the original Steins;Gate game for the West on the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. Amazon Spain lis...

A Silent Voice's Ōima Launches New Fantasy Manga in Fall

A Silent Voice's final volume shipped in N. America on Tuesday ― This year's 26th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Yoshitoki Ōima (A Silent Voice) will launch her new fantasy manga this fall. The issue shows a visual for the manga. The magazine teases the manga with the text, "The knowing look, that passes through his eyes and tells of the world's kindness and sev...
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LaLa Magazine Celebrates 40 Years with Exhibition in July

Hakusensha's LaLa has been the home for popular manga like Snow White with the Red Hair, Kare Kano, Natsume's Book of Friends, Maid-sama!, Ouran High School Host Club, and Vampire Knight since it launched 40 years ago. The publisher and a total of 63 creators are participating in a large-scale exhibition event with original artwork and areas set up by theme. Visitors can see works in the "LOVE," "...
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Vancouver's AniRevo to Host Voice Actors Romi Park, Ayumi Fujimura, Toshihiko Seki

Convention also announces sound director Takeshi Takadera ― Vancouver convention AniRevo announced on Tuesday that it will host Japanese voice actors Romi Park, Ayumi Fujimura, and Toshihiko Seki at this year's event. In addition, it announced that it will host sound designer Takeshi Takadera (Yowamushi Pedal, Bakuon!), who is returning to the convention for his second year, and will participate in a...
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Flying Witch Petit Short Advertises Blu-ray/DVD Release

Blu-ray/DVD to include "special version" of 1st 2 Flying Witch Petit shorts ― The official website for the television anime of Chihiro Ishizuka's Flying Witch manga began streaming a special episode of the Flying Witch Petit anime shorts on Tuesday to advertise the main anime's first DVD and Blu-ray Disc release. Makoto: Flying Witch Petit. Makoto: We have a very important announcement to make- Ah. C...
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Watch Hideo Kojima's Full Q&A Session at the Nordic Game Conference

Last weekend, the annual Nordic Game Conference took place at Slagthuset in Malmö, Sweden. The first event was held 2004 and has since established the Nordic Game Program and a grant to fund gaming projects.The conference's speakers included Kojima Productions founder Hideo Kojima. Kojima participated in a 30 minute question and answer session which is now streaming with English subtitles for anyo...

North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 22-28

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign anime; Anne Happy, Corpse Party: Blood Covered, Devils' Line manga; Baccano!, Overlord novels ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Durarara!! ×2 The Second Arc BD 4Please Aniplex of America US$99.98 May 24 Durarara!! ×2 The Second Arc DVD 4Cite Aniplex of America US$59.98 May 24 Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Collector's Edition BD 3 (Impo...
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Max Factory's Makes 10 Life-Size Bridal Lingerie Momo Belia Deviluke Figures for 2.5 Million Yen

Hobby collectible producer Max Factory first unveiled its life-size figure of To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness' Momo Belia Deviluke at the Tora no Ana 20th Anniversary Appreciation Fair last year. The figure depicts Momo in bridal lingerie like the cover of the To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness: Venus artbook. The company announced that it will produce a total of 10 of these 160cm (5'2") figures and rel...
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Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus PC Edition Slated for June 1

XSEED Games announced on Tuesday that it will release Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus on PC via Steam on June 1. The company added that there is a possibility of releasing the game on other PC platforms. The PC release will have all the PlayStation Vita DLC, HD textures, and a framerate of 60 frames per second. XSEED released Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus for PlayStation Vita in 2014 The game is a seq...
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ComiXology Debuts Subscription Service

1st volumes of several Kodansha Comics, Dark Horse titles available ― The digital reading platform Comixology launched a paid subscription service on Tuesday. The service, ComiXology Unlimited, costs US$5.99 per month for access to a selection of comics and graphic novels. The service is offering manga titles primarily from Kodansha Comics and Dark Horse Comics. The manga volumes currently available ...
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New Orange Anime Visuals Showcase Scenery

More color character designs added for July time travel romance anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Ichigo Takano's science-fiction romance manga Orange posted a new key visual and several pieces of background concept art. The key visual showcases the scenery in the city of Matsumoto in Nagano prefecture. The concept art depicts a park and Naho's room. The park concept...
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MAGES/5pb's Plastic Memories Game Slated for PS Vita

The website of Weekly Famitsu magazine revealed on Tuesday that the game based on the Plastic Memories television anime from Mages./5pb. is heading to the PlayStation Vita system. The website also posted two screenshots, while the magazine itself will introduce the gameplay system and story information on Thursday. Mages./5pb. announced the game with a teaser video last week: Text & Tsukasa: May I...

Atelier Firis RPG Announced for PS4/Vita This Fall

"The Alchemist of the Mysterious Journey" is next after Atelier Sophie ― Koei Tecmo Games' Gust brand updated its teaser website for a new project in its Atelier role-playing game series on Tuesday. The project's site linked to the websites for Weekly Famitsu and Dengeki PlayStation magazines, which revealed the Firis no Atelier ~Fushigi na Tabi no Renkinjutsushi~ (Atelier Firis: The Alchemist of the...
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Aki Toyosaki, Minako Kotobuki Star in July TV Anime Time Travel Girl

Sphere's Haruka Tomatsu, Ayahi Takagaki also star in show from Osamu Yamasaki (Hakuōki, Toward the Terra) ― The teaser website for Time Travel Shōjo ~Mari Waka to 8-nin no Kagakusha-tachi (Time Travel Girl: Mari, Waka, and the 8 Scientists), a television anime premiering in July, opened on Monday. The cast includes: Aki Toyosaki as Mari Hayase Minako Kotobuki as Waka Mizuki Ryūichi Kijima as Jun Mizu...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, May 16-22

Haikyu!! sells 4,922, followed by Show by Rock!! Musical, Ace of Diamond, PSO2 the Animation, Yuuki Kaji, Hiro Shimono, Showtaro Morikubo ― Show by Rock!! Musical sold 2,001 to rank #7 on the overall DVD chart. Yuuki Kaji, Hiro Shimono, and Showtaro Morikubo's Seiyū Datte Tabi Shimasu Vol. 3 Kaji Yuuki, Shimono Hiro, Morikubo Showtaro/Kyoto-Hen dropped from #6 to #25 in its second week. It sold 786 m...

Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, May 16-22

Haikyu!! sells 5,933, followed by Yuruyuri, Grimgar, Emi Nitta, PSO2 the Animation ― Emi Nitta's Nitta Emi 1st live Emusic ~Hajimari no Basho~ sold 2,386 copies to debut at #7 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Jam Project 15th Anniversary Premium Live the Stronger's Party Live BD sold 797 more copies for a new total of 2,778. It dropped from #12 to #30 in its second week. Rank Last Week Title Weekly...
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TRUSTRICK Perform Danganronpa 3 Anime's 'Future Arc' Ending Theme Song

TRUSTRICK already collaborating with Maon Kurosaki for opening song for July anime ― The official website for this year's Danganronpa 3 -The End of Kibōgamine Gakuen- (Danganronpa 3 -The End of Hope's Peak Academy-) television anime announced on Tuesday that the band TRUSTRICK will perform the ending theme song for the anime's "Mirai Hen" (Future Arc). The theme song's title is "Recall THE END." The ...
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The Betrayal Knows My Name Manga Returns From Hiatus, Schedules 12th Volume

12th volume slated for August 26 ― Manga creator Hotaru Odagiri resumed her manga The Betrayal Knows My Name (Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru) in the July issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Asuka magazine on Tuesday. In addition, the magazine revealed that Kadokawa will publish the manga's 12th compiled book volume on August 26. Art from the manga is featured in the magazine's front cover (seen right)....
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Resident Evil Umbrella Corps Gets Collaboration PS4 Models

2 designs feature Resident Evil Umbrella Corps, series' 20th anniversary ― The official Japanese PlayStation blog announced on Tuesday that Sony will offer collaboration models for the PlayStation 4 with Resident Evil Umbrella Corps themed design to commemorate the game's release. The models feature one of two possible designs — one featuring art from the Resident Evil Umbrella Corps game, and anothe...
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Fudanshi Kōkō Seikatsu TV Anime About Male Yaoi Fan Slated for July 5

The official website for the television anime of Atami Michinoku's Fudanshi Kōkō Seikatsu (Rotten Boys' High School Life) manga announced on Friday that the anime will premiere on Tuesday, July 5 on the AT-X channel. It will also run on the Teletama, KBS Kyoto, tvk, and Sun TV channels, and will repeat on AT-X every Thursday, Sunday, and Monday. The comedy depicts the daily life of Sakaguchi, a hi...
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Btooom! Online Smartphone App's Gameplay, Screenshots Unveiled

"Stealth bomber action" game to be available on iOS, Android devices ― Japanese game developer Asobimo revealed gameplay details and screenshots for Btooom! Online, its upcoming multiplayer smartphone game of Junya Inoue's Btooom! manga, on Monday. The tentatively titled game is dubbed a "stealth bomber action" game, where the mechanics center on bombs, the one weapon available to players. The game i...
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Zelda: Twilight Princess Manga Creators Tease English Release

Viz Media does not confirm license of series ― The manga creator duo Akira Himekawa said on their official Facebook page on Friday that Viz Media will publish the first volume of their The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess manga in English. However, Viz Media told ANN that it could not confirm a license. Himekawa also mentioned that Tokyopop Deutschland will publish the volume in German. The pair re...

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Justin Leach, Dai Satō Name Promising Anime Directors to Watch

Animator and producer Justin Leach (Kick-Heart) and scriptwriter Dai Sato (Ergo Proxy, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex), both members of Japan Society's Innovators Network, held a talk for New York's Japan Society titled "The State of Japanese Animation in a Post-Miyazaki World" last month. Part of the discussion included what directors could possibly fill the void left by Miyazaki. While ...
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Kumamiko - Girl meets Bear ‒ Episode 8

"This episode of Kumamiko gets off to a fun, pleasant start by offering viewers a cooking lesson."
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Eva Store Stocks Evangelion x Godzilla Regional Hand Towels

The Eva Store is stocking 10 limited edition hand towels featuring Godzilla, Evangelion units, Angels, and regional Japanese landmarks. The set includes Tokyo, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Nagoya, Osaka, Nara, Kobe, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka. Each towel costs 1,296 yen (US$12). With Hideaki Anno (the director of Neon Genesis Evangelion) helming the upcoming Godzilla Resurgence film (along with Attack on Tita...
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Sailor Moon Crystal: Season III ‒ Episode 34

"Don't you just hate it when your sickly best friend's father turns her into a cyborg and then gives her over to his evil lab assistant to be used as a vessel for an evil entity?"
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Mr. Osomatsu's Matsuno Brothers Celebrate Their Birthday with Theme Song Remix

The sextuplet stars of Mr. Osomatsu are celebrating their birthday this week with a special remixed version of "Six Same Faces ~Kon'ya wa Saikō!" starring the life-size Matsuno brothers and Iyami. The brothers are also planning a birthday party event on Tuesday at Charmant Scena Tokyo wedding hall in Shibuya with all six brothers appearing in costume, a huge cake, and keepsake prizes. HAPPY BIRTHD...

Fullmetal Alchemist Manga Gets Live-Action Film in Winter 2017

Film confirmed to star Ryōsuke Yamada, Tsubasa Honda, Dean Fujioka, more ― Warner Brothers officially announced on Tuesday that a live-action film adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga is in the works and is slated to premiere in Japan in winter 2017. Filming is scheduled to begin in Italy at the beginning of June, and wrap up in Japan in the second half of August. The film will st...
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Viz Media Plans Animated Series Based on Japanese Children's Property Gakkimals

Animal/musical instrument hybrid characters appeared on TV in 2008 ― Viz Media announced on Monday that it has acquired the rights to develop an original animated series based on children's property GAKKIMALS (Gakkiizuu), created by Japanese production duo, PecanNuts. Viz Media describes the property: Welcome to the wonderful adventures of the GAKKIMALS, where madcap mash-ups of musical instruments a...
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Cosplayers VampyBitMe & Livia Chu Star in Food Wars! Spoof

Cosplayers Linda "VampyBitMe" Le and Livia Chu star in a Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma live-action spoof as cutting edge chef Alice Nakiri and meat advocate Ikumi Mito. The short opens with three customers requesting Japanese-style food, but the order elicits a disagreement between the two characters. It's decided that the only way to settle the matter is with a Shokugeki. The short was written, di...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin III: Dawn of Rebellion Opens in Box Office Top 10

Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare, Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Bakusui! Yumemi World Dai Totsugeki, Girls Und Panzer also rank ― The Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime's third episode, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin III: Dawn of Rebellion, opened on 15 theaters on Saturday and ranked #10 in the weekend box office. The film sold 40,224 tickets for 52,579,200 yen (US$480,000), resulting in an unusuall...
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E3 Gaming Convention to Host Public Event

The Entertainment Software Association announced on Monday that it will host its first public gathering this year from June 14-16, concurrently with Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3). The "E3 Live" event will be free to attend, but tickets are required. It will be held at the L.A. Live, nearby the Los Angeles Convention Center where E3 takes place. The event will feature game and VR demonstratio...
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Chalk Artist Renarena Returns to Create Giant Dragon Quest Heroes Ⅱ Mural

Square Enix began streaming a video on Friday to promote the release of its Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy's End action game for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita. The video artist Renarena draw a huge, 14-meter wide mural of monsters and characters from the game entirely out of chalk. The blackboard was transported to and displayed at Shinjuku Station. The mural will ...
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Girls & Panzer Film Earns Over 2 Billion Yen & Rebounds to #9

Sold 1.2 million tickets before May 27 Blu-ray/DVD release ― The official blog for the Girls und Panzer anime franchise announced on Monday that the Girls und Panzer film has sold 1,207,473 tickets for a total of 2,021,490,984 yen (about US$18.47 million) as of Sunday, May 22. The film has been in theaters for 27 weeks, but it returned to the top 10 chart this past weekend by jumping from #28 to #9. ...

xxxHOLiC Rei Manga Reaches 'Climax' on May 30

Series runs irregularly in Weekly Young Magazine ― This year's 25th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine announced on Monday that CLAMP's xxxHOLiC Rei manga will reach its "climax" in next week's issue on May 30. (Note: In Japanese, the word "climax" written in the phonetic katakana alphabet often refers to the final chapter of a manga.) The series launched in the magazine in March 2013 after an...
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Flying Witch ‒ Episode 7

"This week's Flying Witch split the difference between charming rural adventure and whimsical witchy fantasy."
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Yowamushi Pedal Gets Live-Action TV Drama

TV drama based on cycling manga premieres in August ― This year's 26th issue of Akita Shonen's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine is revealing on Thursday that Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal manga will receive a live-action television drama adaptation. The drama will premiere on BS SKY PerfecTV! in August. A special behind-the-scenes program will air on the channel in July. The same issue also announ...
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I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying's Coolkyoushinja Launches New Fukumaden Manga

1st chapter debuted on May 19 ― Manga creator Coolkyoushinja launched a new manga titled Fukumaden in the July issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Champion RED magazine on May 19. Coolkyoushinja is writing the manga under an alias, although neither Coolkyoushinja nor Akita Shoten have yet confirmed a romanization of the alias kanji. The story of Fukumaden takes place in a world after the Demon King has b...
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Honobono Log TV Anime Casts Asami Seto, Miyu Irino

Anime premieres on June 7 with 10 2-minute episodes ― The staff of the television anime adaptation of Naka Fukamachi's Fukamachi Naka Gashū Honobono Log ~Taisetsu na Kimi e~ (Naka Fukamachi Art Collection: Heartwarming Log ~To Precious You) illustration book announced on Friday that Asami Seto and Miyu Irino have been cast for the anime. The anime will premiere on the NHK-General channel in Japan on ...
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Dragon Ball Fusions Game's Nintendo 3DS Bundle, 1st Print Bonuses Unveiled

Bundle includes Nintendo 3DS unit with special design for August 4 game ― The official website of Bandai Namco Entertainment's upcoming Dragon Ball Fusions Nintendo 3DS game revealed the game's first print limited edition bonuses and its Nintendo 3DS bundle on Monday. The Nintendo 3DS bundle includes a New Nintendo 3DS LL (XL in North America) unit with a Dragon Ball Fusions themed design. The bundle...
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Mimi Meme MIMI Performs Sweetness and Lightning Anime's Opening Theme Song

Series about single father raising a daughter premieres in July ― "Audiovisual unit" Mimi Meme MIMI (band's image pictured at right) announced at the @Jam concert at Zepp DiverCity Tokyo on Sunday that the duo will perform the opening theme song "Harebare Fanfare" (Bright Fanfare) for the television anime adaptation of Gido Amagakure's Sweetness and Lightning (Amaama to Inazuma) manga. The duo is wri...

Maho Matsunaga Retires From Voice Acting, Graduates from Idol Unit StylipS

Voice of Love Live's Erena Tōdō plans to pursue DJ work ― The official Twitter account of the Japanese idol unit StylipS announced on Sunday that member Maho Matsunaga has graduated from the group and retired from voice acting to pursue other work, including DJing. Matsunaga was a founding member of StylipS when the unit formed in 2011. The group made their major debut in 2012 when they performed the...
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Rensuke Oshikiri's Hi Score Girl Manga Resumes in July

Manga about arcade games resumes after copyright violation charges were settled last year ― The official website of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine announced on Monday that Rensuke Oshikiri's Hi Score Girl manga will resume in this year's eighth issue of the magazine on July 25. Square Enix will also publish the sixth compiled volume of the manga on the same day, as well as a renewed versio...
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Nobunaga no Shinobi TV Anime Premieres This Fall

The July issue of Kadokawa's Entermix magazine revealed on Friday that the television anime adaptation of Naoki Shigeno's Nobunaga no Shinobi four-panel manga will premiere this fall. The anime's "Episode 0" screened at the AnimeJapan 2016 event in March and then streamed online in April The cast includes: Inori Minase as Chidori Wataru Hatano as Nobunaga Kappei Yamaguchi as Hideyoshi Ayumu Murase...
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Megumi Hayashibara Shares Her Thoughts on Modern Voice Acting

"You're made to feel like an indispensable person, but in three years' time that position might change" ― The mook (a publication that's part magazine, part book) Seiyū Premium interviews voice actors who got their start in the industry in the 1990s, a time when demand sharply increased for new talent, especially female talent. Among these actresses is the legendary Megumi Hayashibara (Rei in Neon Ge...
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Luck Life to Perform Cheer Boys!! TV Anime's Opening Theme

7 main cast members to perform ending theme for series premiering in July ― The official website of the television anime adaptation of Ryō Asai's Cheer Danshi!! (Cheer Boys!!) novel revealed the theme songs for the anime on Monday. Japanese rock band Luck Life will perform the opening theme song "Hajime no Ippo" (First Step). Luck Life previously performed the ending theme song "Namae wo Yobu yo" (Ca...
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'KochiKame' Stage Play's Main Visual Revealed

Lasar Ishii to reprise lead role from earlier adaptations of Osamu Akimoto's manga ― The official website for the upcoming stage play adaptation of Osamu Akimoto's Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo ("Kochikame") police comedy manga revealed the play's main visual on Sunday. Lasar Ishii will reprise his role as protagonist Kankichi Ryotsu from the 1996-2004 television anime series and ...
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Love Live! School Idol Festival Event Draws 51,149 in Attendance

Franchise confirms Festival event for 2017 ― The official Twitter account of KLab's Love Live! School idol festival smartphone game announced on Sunday that the game's "School Idol Festival Thanksgiving 2016" event that took place over this past weekend drew an attendance of 51,149 visitors. Last year's event drew 39,459 visitors. The Twitter post also confirmed that there will be a Thanksgiving even...
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Natsume Ono's ACCA 13-Ku Kansatsu-Ka Manga Gets TV Anime

5th volume of manga by Ristorante Paradiso author slated for Wednesday ― A television anime adaptation of Natsume Ono's ACCA 13-Ku Kansatsu-Ka (ACCA: 13th Ward Observation Department) manga has been green-lit. Square Enix unveiled a visual for the anime on Monday as well as an official website for the anime. The manga is set in a world separated into 13 wards, with each ward having an observation div...
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