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Banana Fish Manga Giveaway!

VIZ Media is giving away something cool for you. You may be one of the 19 lucky winners of a one-of-a-kind signed volume of Banana Fish! ― VIZ Media is giving away something cool for you. You may be one of the 19 lucky winners of a one-of-a-kind volume of Banana Fish! What's more awesome? Each winner will receive the ONLY signed copy of Banana Fish volume in existence. Yes, you've read that right: A...
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Shelf Life - Convenience Store Boy Friends

Paul endures the baffling doldrums of this peculiarly titled romance anime, breaks down all this week's new home video releases, and features a manga-heavy new Shelf Obsessed! ― It sounds like Funimation and Crunchyroll are wrapping up their streaming partnership, so it might be time for some last-minute marathons if you only subscribe to one or the other. I'm just hoping this doesn't make life more...
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Seven Senses of the Re'Union

This mystery melodrama mashes the VRMMO craze up with the plot of Anohana, but is this blend harmonious or just confused? Theron Martin has the answers. ― At first, this light novel-based series seems to be a blend of the premises from anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day and .hack//SIGN. This series never entirely moves away from that parallel, as many of the character relationships and romantic tens...
review

Garo: Divine Flame BD+DVD

While not quite essential viewing, this movie provides a welcome reminder of everything Garo: The Animation did so well. Nick Creamer has the details. ― Garo: The Animation was a welcome surprise when it came out a few years ago. Combining the classic live-action Garo franchise with a fanciful narrative set in an alternate inquisition-era Spain, it offered an action spectacle full of colorful charact...
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My Brother's Husband GN 2

Yaichi realizes just how much his brother's husband has become part of the family in this touching finale to Gengoroh Tagame's family manga. ― It is something of a shock to realize that the entirety of My Brother's Husband, of which this is the final omnibus volume, takes place over only three weeks. That's probably because they are such full weeks for the three main characters of Gengoroh Tagame's f...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, October 15-21

Uma Musume sells 13,336, followed by Inori Minase, Touken Ranbu musical, Free, Haikyu!! stage production ― The musical Touken Ranbu ~Musubi no Hibiki Hajimari no Oto~ debuted at #4 with 7,216 copies. Hyper Projection Engeki Haikyu!! "Hajimari no Kyojin" was #7 with 4,807 copies. The Blu-ray + DVD Set for the overseas live-action film Pacific Rim: Uprising sold 3,714 more copies for a new total of 17,...
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'Star Twinkle Precure' Trademark Filed

The Japan Patent Office reported an October 5 filing for a trademark on a "Star Twinkle Precure" logo for various goods on Tuesday. The currently airing Precure (Pretty Cure) series, Hugtto! Precure, had its logo filed for trademark protection in September 2017 before it premiered on February 4. The titles for some of the earlier Pretty Cure magical girl anime series were also found through simila...
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Monkey Peak Manga Gets Anime on Anime Beans App

Manga about mountain climbing group attacked by monkeys launched in 2016 ― The staff of Production I.G's Anime Beans app revealed on Tuesday that Kōji Shinasaka and Akihiro Kumeta's Monkey Peak manga will get an anime adaptation that will premiere on the app on Friday, October 26. The manga centers on a group of pharmaceutical company employees who embark on a mountain-climbing trip together and who ...
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The Laws of the Universe: Part 1 Stays at #1, Nanoha Detonation Opens at #6

Natsume film falls to #8, Detective Conan film's 4D screenings open at #9 The Laws of the Universe: Part 1, HS Pictures Studio's new anime film sequel to the The Laws of the Universe Part 0 religious anime film, topped the Japanese box office again on its second weekend. The film sold 108,000 tickets to earn 134 million yen (about US$1.18 million) during the weekend, and the film has earned a cumul...

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HIDIVE Sets Real Girl Anime's English Dub Premiere for October 30

New episodes to stream on Tuesdays ― HIDIVE announced on Monday that it will begin streaming the English dub for Real Girl in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and other territories on October 30 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. New episodes will stream on Tuesdays. The series premiered in Japan on April 3 and aired for 12 episodes. Sentai Filmworks licensed the series and HIDIVE streamed the seri...
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Devidol Anime Staff Apologize for Accidentally Airing Wrong Episode

Oops. Anime staffers are people, and they too make mistakes from time to time. That reality took an unfortunate turn when someone on the team of the Devidol anime apparently gave broadcasters the wrong episode to air. Instead of episode 3, "Branch Reporter," the episode that debuted at 1:05 a.m. on Friday was episode 4, "Iku ze Gōtō Shōjo" (Go, Robber Girl). 3話切りを考えていた方!残念だったな…お前は既に4話を観ているッ!!…え~スイ...
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Banana Fish Manga Giveaway!

VIZ Media is giving away something cool for you. You may be one of the 19 lucky winners of a one-of-a-kind signed volume of Banana Fish! ― VIZ Media is giving away something cool for you. You may be one of the 19 lucky winners of a one-of-a-kind volume of Banana Fish! What's more awesome? Each winner will receive the ONLY signed copy of Banana Fish volume in existence. Yes, you've read that right: A...
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Manga Artist Hiroshi Shiibashi's Youmacon Appearance Cancelled

― Detroit convention Youmacon announced on Sunday that manga creator Hiroshi Shiibashi (Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Illegal Rare) will not be able to attend this year's convention as previously announced due to a work conflict. The convention will be held from November 1-4 at the Cobo Center and The Renaissance Center. Other Japanese guests include Shuji Maruyama, Junichi Hayama, Shigefumi Shingak...
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Live-Action Tora-san Film's Trailer Shows Protagonist Reincarnated as a Cat

Poster visual also revealed for film opening in February ― The official blog for Tora-san ~Boku ga Neko ni Natta Wake~, the live-action film adaptation of Mina Itaba's Tora-san manga, revealed a poster visual and a trailer on Tuesday. The film will open in Japan on February 15, 2019. Masaya Kakehi is directing the film. Kis-My-Ft2 band member Hiromitsu Kitayama stars in the film as protagonist Suzuo ...
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Series Premiere: Tsurune

"It might be fun to watch these predictably gorgeous Kyoto Animation characters run through the same angst-driven storylines as always, but I'm already concerned that this plot isn't going to offer up anything new."
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Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san ‒ Episode 3

"In addition to featuring an assortment of funny gags and character interactions, both of this week's stories illustrate how vital a bookstore's employees are to the success of certain titles and publishers."
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BlazBlue Revolution Reburning Smartphone Game Ends Service in Japan

― The official Japanese website for Arc System Works and 91Act's Blazblue Revolution Reburning (BlazBlue RR) iOS and Android game announced on Monday that the game will end service on November 23 at 3:00 p.m. JST. The staff said that it came to the conclusion that there are too many obstacles in the way of continuing to provide quality service. Sale of the in-game currency diamonds will end on Tuesd...
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Pokémon Sun & Moon Includes Megumi Hayashibara Anime Career Shout-Out

Prior to the latest episode of Pokémon Sun & Moon airing on Sunday, a next episode preview hinted at some major homages mixed in with cast performing a school play. Characters Lillie and Mallow appeared in the episode "Yūsha Liliel to Alola no Tsue!" (The Hero Liliel and the Alola Staff!) dressed as Utena and Anthy from Revolutionary Girl Utena and at one point, Lillie also wears a costume very si...
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill ‒ Episode 5

"The most unique aspect of this episode is how much mileage it gets out of asking us to consider our opinions of cop-show media tropes."
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Kirin Beverage Celebrates 40 Years of Soccer Tournaments in 1-Minute Anime Ad

Kirin Beverage has never shied away from mixing its drinks with pop culture, although not every attempt has been a hit. Its latest animated ad is focusing on soccer, specifically the company's role as an official sponsor of the Japan Football Association and the Kirin Challenge Cup 2018. Kirin Brewery has sponsored the Kirin Cup since 1978 and this year marks the company's 40th anniversary as a sp...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 78

"Now that the villains have made a proper appearance and revealed their intentions, the stage is set for big revelations and exciting battles in the weeks to come."
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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin Game Video Shows Projectile Deflections

Side-scrolling action platformer will get English release ― Game developer Edelweiss began streaming a preview video for its side-scrolling action platformer Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin on Monday. The video shows the player character's deflections of enemy attacks. Edelweiss has not yet announced a release date for the game. When XSEED Games announced plans to release an English version of the game, the...
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Saitama Gun Range Hopes to Attract New Enthusiasts With Manga

The Ground Self-Defense Force's Asaka shooting range is hoping to attract new gun enthusiasts prior to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a manga by Rifle is Beautiful creator Akki Sarumi focusing on the sport. The city governments of Niiza, Asaka and Wako, all three that co-sponsor the range, will run the manga series in their respective newsletters starting next month. Rifle is Beautiful follows Hikar...
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 28

"Kitaro's never been the most gregarious guy around, but after the events of the last two episodes, he's gotten downright cold and surly."
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Tiger Mask Animation Director Keiichiro Kimura Passes Away

Cyborg 009, Speed Racer animator was 80 ― Animation director and character designer Keiichiro Kimura passed away on Friday due to a heart attack. He was 80. Kimura joined Toei Animation in 1961 and worked as animation director and character designer on films and series such as Cyborg 009 and Tiger Mask. He has also worked as key animator on other anime such as Speed Racer, Lupin the Third, and Casshe...
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Chairman Kosaku Shima Protagonist Becomes Morning Manga Magazine's Editor-in-Chief

The titular protagonist of Kenshi Hirokane's Chairman Kosaku Shima manga has been climbing the corporate ladder since 1983. Now Shima is ready for the next step in his career: becoming editor-in-chief of Kodansha's Morning magazine. This year's 46th issue of the real-world magazine revealed the development on Thursday. Shima will use his prior experiences with his company's wine import business as...
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 3

"This adaptation is still managing to cover all the important bits while maintaining its sense of the characters and lighter moments."
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill English Dub Schedule Pushed Back 1 Week

Funimation Entertainment announced on Monday that its English-language simuldub of Double Decker! Doug & Kirill will now be on a one-week delay from the subtitled version. The fourth dubbed episode will debut next week. The dub of Double Decker! Doug & Kirill initially premiered on September 30, the same day as the show's television premiere in Japan. Crunchyroll had already debuted the first two ...
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Gold-Plated, Diamond-Encrusted PS4 Controller Can Be Yours for US$13,995

For gamers who have several wads of cash burning holes in their pockets, Brikk is offering a gold-plated and diamond-encrusted PlayStation 4 controller. The Lux DuaShock 4 controller's "classic" version costs only US$8,495, and the "deluxe" version will set rich video game enthusiasts back a paltry US$13,995. The controllers are available now, and they can arrive worldwide within three to four wee...
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Release the Spyce ‒ Episode 3

"Release the Spyce's most critical shortcoming so far is how safe and predictable it plays its narrative beats and character tropes."
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Anime NYC to Host World Premiere of Mob Psycho 100 Anime's 2nd Season

Voice of Mob Setsuo Ito to attend November event ― Staff of the Anime NYC convention revealed on Monday that this year's event will host the world premiere of Mob Psycho 100 II, the second season of BONES' anime of ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga, on November 17 at 1:00 p.m. Voice actor Setsuo Ito (seen below), who plays Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama, will attend the screening. The premiere event will also show e...
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SSSS.Gridman ‒ Episode 3

"SSSS.Gridman successfully marries storytelling based around the solid theme of open communication to great atmospheric direction and killer giant fight scenes."
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Yoshiaki Sukeno Works on Final Chapter of Twin Star Exorcist's Tenen Jakko Spinoff Manga

Adaptation of novel launched on September 3 ― Manga creator Yoshiaki Sukeno revealed on Twitter on Monday that he is working on the final chapter of the manga adaptation of the Sōsei no Onmyōji -Tenen Jakko- (Twin Star Exorcists - Young Tiger Bound by Heaven's Will) spinoff novel. Sukeno said that he has finished the storyboards for the final chapter, and he will begin working on the manuscript on Tu...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization ‒ Episode 3

"For now, the series is just in a holding pattern as it nudges along the character and world-building developments a little more."
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Shelf Life - Convenience Store Boy Friends

Paul endures the baffling doldrums of this peculiarly titled romance anime, breaks down all this week's new home video releases, and features a manga-heavy new Shelf Obsessed! ― It sounds like Funimation and Crunchyroll are wrapping up their streaming partnership, so it might be time for some last-minute marathons if you only subscribe to one or the other. I'm just hoping this doesn't make life more...
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Akira Hiramoto's RaW Hero Manga Takes 1-Issue Break Due to Author's Health

― This year's 22nd issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine posted a notice on Tuesday to state that the issue did not publish a new chapter of Akira Hiramoto's RaW Hero manga as originally planned due to the author's "sudden illness." The magazine's editorial department did not say if the hiatus would continue past the 22nd issue, but the manga is not listed in the preview for the magazine's next issue...
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Goblin Slayer ‒ Episode 3

"All this breather time being used to actually set up a long-term story is appreciated, but right now I feel like Goblin Slayer is stuck between the priorities of its two different mediums."
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Seven Senses of the Re'Union

This mystery melodrama mashes the VRMMO craze up with the plot of Anohana, but is this blend harmonious or just confused? Theron Martin has the answers. ― At first, this light novel-based series seems to be a blend of the premises from anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day and .hack//SIGN. This series never entirely moves away from that parallel, as many of the character relationships and romantic tens...
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New Hakuōki Musical About Kazama Chikage Debuts in April 2019

Masataka Nakagauchi, Masanari Wada return as Kazama Chikage, Hijikata Toshizō ― The official website for Marvelous Inc.'s series of Hakuōki stage musicals revealed on Monday that a new musical titled Musical Hakuōki Shitan Kazama Chikage-hen will run in Tokyo and Kansai in April 2019. The website also revealed the musical's main cast and staff. The returning cast includes: (Images are from previous m...
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Persona Q2 3DS Game's New Video Highlights Persona 5's Makoto

Crossover game launches on November 29 in Japan ― Atlus began streaming a new character video on Monday for its Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game. The video highlights the Persona 5 character Makoto Niijima (voiced by Rina Satou). The game will ship on November 29 in Japan. First printings will bundle DLC for a "battle background music set" for the Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 5...
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6th Tsukiuta Stage Play Previewed in Clip

6th stage play runs from October 18-November 4 ― Pop culture news site Mini Theater Tsūshin began streaming a preview clip on Thursday for Kurenai Enishi, the sixth stage play for the Tsukiuta franchise. The stage play is running from October 18 to November 4 at the Shingawa Prince Stellar Ball in Tokyo. The play has Black and Red versions focusing on Six Gravity and Procellarum, respectively. The fi...
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ufotable's Machi Asobi Events Have Had Over 1 Million Attendees Since 2009

― The organizers of the Machi Asobi event revealed on Monday that as of the 21st event, the events have had over 1 million total attendees since the events began in 2009. The 21st event took place in Tokushima from September 22 to October 8. Animation studio ufotable (The Garden of Sinners, Fate/Zero, Katsugeki Touken Ranbu) founded the event in 2009. The event is not held in one location, and is in...
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Yomawari: The Long Night Collection Game Collection's Latest Clip Features Monster with Scissors

NIS America to release 1st, 2nd games in series on Switch next week ― NIS America began streaming a clip on Sunday from Yomawari: The Long Night Collection, the bundle release for the Switch version of Nippon Ichi Software's Yomawari: Night Alone and Yomawari: Midnight Shadows games. The video shows Haru from the second game encountering a monster with scissors. The game will ship for the Switch in E...
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The Royal Tutor Manga Gets 2nd Stage Musical in April 2019

Musical starring anime's cast members to run in Tokyo, Kobe ― The official website for the stage musical adaptation of Higasa Akai's The Royal Tutor (Ōshitsu Kyōshi Heine or Königliche Familie Lehrer) manga revealed on Monday that a second musical will run in Tokyo and Kobe in April 2019. The musical is titled Ōshitsu Kyōshi Heine -The Musical II-. The Tokyo run will be at the Tokyo Dome City Hall fr...
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Love&Art Reveals Cast, Video, Story for WAVE!! Surfing Project

Project with story set in Ibaraki's Ōarai city includes planned anime, games, music ― Love&Art revealed the cast, staff, story, and a promotional video for its new project WAVE!! at an event on Saturday. The announcement noted that the new franchise will involve planned anime, games, music, merchandise, and live concerts and events. The cast, including the previously announced Tomoaki Maeno, include:...
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We Never Learn TV Anime Reveals Line Art Designs for 4 Characters

― This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed the line art character designs on Monday for four characters in the television anime adaptation of Taishi Tsutsui's We Never Learn (Boku-tachi wa Benkyō ga Dekinai) manga. Nariyuki Yuiga Rizu Ogata Fumino Furuhashi Uruka Takemoto Yoshiaki Iwasaki (Love Hina, Hayate the Combat Butler!!, Last Period: the journey to the end of ...
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Shion no Oh's Jiro Ando Launches New Manga

Shiro Kyotō manga based on Toyoko Yamasaki's 1965 novel ― The December issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic Bunch magazine published the first chapter of Jiro Ando's new Shiro Kyotō (The White Tower) manga on Saturday. The manga has a color opening page. The manga adapts Toyoko Yamasaki's 1965 novel of the same name, but moves the setting from the Showa period to modern-day Osaka. The manga begins wit...
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Fairy Tail City Hero Spinoff Manga Launches on Friday

Ushio Andō draws spinoff of Fairy Tail manga ― The official Twitter account for Kodansha's Magazine Pocket manga app revealed on Monday that the app will launch Ushio Andō's Fairy Tail City Hero spinoff manga for Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail on October 26. Atsuo Ueda launched a sequel manga for Fairy Tail titled Fairy Tail 100 Years Quest in Magazine Pocket on July 25, while Kenshiro Sakamoto launched t...
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Kumamon Anime Film Reveals Title, Visual, Design Work by Tonko House

Anime planned for worldwide distribution in 2019 ― Kumamoto Prefecture announced on Sunday that the planned anime centering on the prefecture's Kumamon mascot character will be titled Mystery of Kumamon, and will have story concept, composition, and design by Tonko House. The animation studio will not handle the animation for the anime. The text in the visual above reads, "What is happiness?" The ani...

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Hinomaru Sumo TV Anime Reveals 7 More Cast Members

24-episode series with Funimation, Crunchyroll streaming premiered on October 5 ― This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed four more cast members on Monday for the television anime of Kawada's Hinomaru Sumo (Hinomaru Zumō) manga. The show's official website also revealed three additional characters on Monday. Ryota Takeuchi as Shidō Tennōji, from Tottori Hakurō High S...
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Honda's Hoshitonde Manga Gets TV Ad to Celebrate 1st Volume's Release

The first compiled book volume of Honda's Hoshitonde manga shipped in Japan on Monday. To celebrate, Kadokawa began streaming a television commercial for the series. The manga's story centers on Ryūsei Osaki, a new student at Yashima University's College of Arts. Ryūsei wants to enter the novel seminar, but he is assigned to the haiku seminar. Though he knows absolutely nothing about haiku, Ryūsei...
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Mary and The Witch's Flower's Studio Ponoc Works on New Feature Film

Studio enters pre-production on film that is not Mary and The Witch's Flower sequel ― Studio Ponoc founder and producer Yoshiaki Nishimura confirmed at the Animation Is Film Festival in Hollywood on Saturday that his studio has entered pre-production on a new feature film. Nishimura spoke at a Q&A session after the English-dubbed world premiere of Ponoc's short anthology film Modest Heroes: Ponoc Sho...
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Radiant ‒ Episode 3

"For now, the steady improvements in the storytelling are reason enough to be optimistic."
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Series Premiere: IRODUKU The World in Colors—Episodes 1-3

"A rare show that both positively drips with symbolism and still manages to tell a story that's emotionally engaging."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 3

"I think the mafia angle will continue to be what makes Golden Wind most entertaining."
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Garo: Divine Flame BD+DVD

While not quite essential viewing, this movie provides a welcome reminder of everything Garo: The Animation did so well. Nick Creamer has the details. ― Garo: The Animation was a welcome surprise when it came out a few years ago. Combining the classic live-action Garo franchise with a fanciful narrative set in an alternate inquisition-era Spain, it offered an action spectacle full of colorful charact...
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1st Episode of Live-Action Saint Young Men Series Streams on YouTube

10-episode TV series premiered on Piccoma TV streaming service on Thursday ― The YouTube channel for the Piccoma TV streaming service began streaming the first six-minute episode on Tuesday for the live-action adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura's Saint Young Men (Saint Oniisan) manga. The video is available worldwide. The series premiered on Kakao Japan's new Piccoma TV streaming service on October 18. Th...
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Tekken 7: Fated Retribution Arcade Game Gets Update in February 2019

Update to add characters Noctis, Geese, Anna, Lei from console version ― The official YouTube channel for the Tekken fighting game franchise began streaming a teaser video on Saturday to reveal that the arcade version of the Tekken 7: Fated Retribution game is getting a "Round 2" update in February 2019. The update will add DLC characters from the console version of the game such as Noctis Lucis Cael...
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Natsume's Book of Friends Anime Film Sells 500,000 Tickets in Japan

Film opened in Japan at #1 on September 29 ― The staff of Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond (Natsume Yūjinchō ~Utsusemi ni Musubu~), the anime film of Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, announced on Sunday that the film has sold more than 500,000 tickets. The film topped the Japanese box office rankings in its opening weekend on September 29-30, selling 1...
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Assassin's Pride Light Novels Get Anime Adaptation

Kei Amagi launched fantasy series in 2016 ― A stage presentation at the "Fantasia Bunko Dai Kanshasai 2018" event on Sunday revealed that Kei Amagi's Assassin's Pride light novel series is getting an anime adaptation. The event did not reveal the format of the anime. The series takes place in a world where only those from noble families have the mana to be able to fight against monsters. Kūfa is a no...

'Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?' Light Novels Get TV Anime

Love Hina's Yoshiaki Iwasaki directs series at J.C. Staff ― A stage presentation at the "Fantasia Bunko Dai Kanshasai 2018" event on Sunday revealed that writer Dachima Inaka and illustrator Pochi Iida's Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? (Tsūjō Kōgeki ga Zentai Kōgeki de Ni-kai Kōgeki no Okā-san wa Suki desuka?) light novel series is getting a television anime adaptation. The...
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Anime Film Reveals Title, Visual, Fall 2019 Debut

Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata fine film will feature returning staff, cast ― A stage presentation at the "Fantasia Bunko Dai Kanshasai 2018" event on Sunday revealed more details for the upcoming Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend film project. The film is titled Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata fine (pronounced "fee-nay" like the musical notation), and it will open in fall 2019. The staff also r...

Fantasia Bunko Imprint Announces Fantasia Re:Build Crossover RPG

Game project to feature characters from Slayers, Saekano, Date A Live, Chaika, more ― A booth at the "Fantasia Bunko Dai Kanshasai 2018" event on Sunday revealed that the Fantasia Re:Build role-playing game is in development. The crossover game will feature characters from various light novel series under Kadokawa's Fantasia Bunko imprint. Visuals at the booth for the game reveal that characters from...
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Seishun Buta Yarō Anime Film Previewed in 1st Ad

Film adapting light novel series' 6th, 7th volumes opens in 2019 ― The official website for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Yume-Miru Shōjo no Yume wo Minai (The Young Pig-Rascal Isn't Dreaming of a Dreaming Girl), the anime film based on Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō light novel series, began streaming the film's first commercial on Saturday. (Note: The video on the official website is region locked to ...

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Compile Heart Develops New Date A Live Game Set for 2019 Release

Light novel Koushi Tachibana supervises game's story ― A stage presentation at the "Fantasia Bunko Dai Kanshasai 2018" event on Sunday revealed that Compile Heart is developing a new game based on Koushi Tachibana's Date A Live light novel series. The game will launch in 2019. Tachibana is writing the original draft for the game's story, and Tsunako is designing the characters. The game will feature ...

Date A Live Anime's 3rd Season Reveals New Cast Member, Staff, January 2019 Premiere (Updated)

Teaser visual, theme song artists also revealed ― A stage presentation at the "Fantasia Bunko Dai Kanshasai 2018" event on Sunday revealed that Date A Live III, the third television anime season based on Koushi Tachibana's Date A Live light novel series, will premiere in January 2019. The anime will air on TV and will also stream on the Docomo Anime Store. The event also revealed a teaser visual (bel...
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Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka Anime's 1st Promo Video Streamed

Series premieres in January 2019 ― The official website for the television anime of Makoto Fukami and Seigo Tokiya's Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka (Mahō Shōjo Tokushūsen Asuka) manga began streaming a first promotional video for the anime on Saturday. The anime will premiere in January 2019, and will star: Aya Suzaki (The [email protected] Cinderella Girls' Minami Nitta, Ajin's Eriko Nagai) as Asuka Ōtorii...
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KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! Anime Film Opens in 2019

― The official Twitter account for the Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint posted a picture on Saturday featuring the 15th volume of Natsume Akatsuki's KONOSUBA (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! or KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world!!) light novel series. The wraparound jacket band featured on the novel announces that the previously revealed anime film project will open in 2019. The n...
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Sardine Collaboration Casts Golgo 13 as Bar Owner

Hagoromo Foods is collaborating with Golgo 13 for a fishy campaign. A project related to Hagoromo Foods and King Oscar's oiled canned sardines will launch in late October. The project likely came about because "sardine" sounds similar to the English word "13" in Japanese. From late October to March 31, supermarkets and mass retailers in Japan will sell special packages of King Oscar sardines with ...
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Angels of Death ‒ Episode 15

"In this final act, Angels of Death ramps up both the melodrama and its twisted flavor of romance to great effect."
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Hideo Azuma's Hizashi Bishōjo Manga Illustrations Get Reprint

Hideo Azuma's Hizashi (Sunlight) manga illustrations are getting a reprint titled Hizashi -reissue- in late November from publisher fukkan.com. The A4-size reprint will approximate the manuscript size from the original release of Azuma's bishojo manga from 1979 to 1984. The first copies will include a B3-size "original pinup" (seen in first image below) with four illustrations that were previously...
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Sanrio's Cinnamoroll, My Melody Inspire Fluffy Crop Top Set

The Japanese clothing store chain Shimamura is offering a "half top set" that features Sanrio characters Cinnamoroll (also known as Cinnamon) and My Melody. It's no surprise that Cinnamoroll is enjoying the limelight because he ranked #1 again in this year's official Sanrio Character Ranking. Last year, My Melody was also in the top three in the popularity poll. The sets exclusive to Shimamura inc...
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Osamu Tezuka's Daughter Comments on Compile Heart's Cute Girl Game

Some fans have been critical of Compile Heart's new Eshigami no Kizuna (The Bonds of Gods of Artists) smartphone game, which will turn Osamu Tezuka's classic characters into cute female characters. Tezuka, a prolific creator often referred to as the "God of Manga," played a pivotal role in the foundation of the manga and anime industry as it exists today. Because of that, many people in Japan and ...
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Boarding School Juliet ‒ Episode 3

"Char is an excellent character to toss into the mix, embodying a type that will undoubtedly make certain fans very happy."
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Season Premiere: A Certain Magical Index III—Episodes 1-3

"Index was a trend-setter for the supernatural action anime that have come out over the past decade, and these three episodes affirm that it hasn't lost its touch."
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New Gundam Educational Kit Teaches Robotics, Programming

Technology from science fiction often emerges in the real world sooner or later. Unfortunately, we will probably never see the completion of the Japanese government's previously teased Gundam projects. Still, fans will soon be able to learn practical skills inspired by the franchise and its mobile suits. Bandai has unveiled the Zeonic Technics Robotics and Programming Kit, which is inspired by the...
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Series Premiere: Bloom Into You—Episodes 1-3

"How long you want to wait for Yuu to come to terms with her feelings will determine if you'll be on board for this particular love story."
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 15

"This series has always shown a predilection for pulpy twists, but episode 15 may be Banana Fish at its pulpiest."
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Series Premiere: Zombie Land Saga—Episodes 1-3

"Overall, Zombie Land Saga is off to an incredibly strong start as this season's only horror idol comedy."
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Soul Calibur VI Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

PS4/Xbox One/PC game launched on Thursday in Japan, Friday in the West ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a launch trailer on Friday for its Soul Calibur VI fighting game. The game launched for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Thursday in Japan, and on Friday in the Americas and Europe. The North American collector's edition includes a 120-page artbook, 12-inch Sophitia figure, me...
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Series Premiere: Karakuri Circus—Episodes 1-2

"The show's lackadaisical tone makes its absurd elements work both as dark comedy and character development, which I suspect will be key to the story's success in the future."
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My Brother's Husband GN 2

Yaichi realizes just how much his brother's husband has become part of the family in this touching finale to Gengoroh Tagame's family manga. ― It is something of a shock to realize that the entirety of My Brother's Husband, of which this is the final omnibus volume, takes place over only three weeks. That's probably because they are such full weeks for the three main characters of Gengoroh Tagame's f...
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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Game's 2 New Mission Videos Streamed

Game slated for PS4/Xbox One on January 18, on PC via Steam on February 1 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a mission video on Friday for its Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown game. The video features gameplay for the game's "Mission 07: First Contact." Bandai Namco Entertainment in Japan is also streaming a separate mission video featuring gameplay for "Mission 06: Bad Day." Bandai Namco...
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Rainy Cocoa Anime's 5th Season Reveals Different Female Main Cast, January Debut, Title

Rainy Cocoa side G to center on female characters instead of male ones ― The official website for the Rainy Cocoa anime unveiled the fifth season's new female main characters, their cast, the January 2019 premiere, and the Rainy Cocoa side G title. Unlike the previous seasons, the Rainy Cocoa side G season will feature female main characters. Yōko, the daughter of the Rainy Color cafe's owner Kōji Am...
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Frame Arms Girl Sequel Film Opens in Early Summer 2019

The official Twitter account for Kotobukiya's Frame Arms Girl anime announced on Saturday that the Frame Arms Girl sequel film will open in Japan early next summer. The account will announce more details as they come. 【続編情報】アニメ『フレームアームズ・ガール』2019年初夏劇場公開決定‼️詳細は順次発表致します。 #FAガール pic.twitter.com/dPzR4Qtu1i— 「フレームアームズ・ガール」アニメ公式 (@fagirl_official) October 20, 2018 Kotobukiya previously streamed a video f...

Voice Actor Nobuo Tanaka Passes Away

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure OVA's Dio, Gatchaman's Sosai X was 83 ― The Tokyo Actor's Consumer's Cooperative Society reported on Saturday that voice actor Nobuo Tanaka has passed away. He was 83. Voice actress Fumi Hirano reported on Twitter on Saturday that Tanaka passed away on October 17. Tanaka had roles in such anime as Gatchaman (Sosai X), JoJo's Bizarre Adventure OAV (Dio), Anime Sanjushi (Cardin...
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Re:Zero Memory Snow OVA's Promo Video Previews nonoc's Image Song

OVA opened in Japanese theaters on October 6 at #8 ― Kadokawa began streaming a promotional video on Saturday for Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Memory Snow, the first OVA episode in the Re:Zero franchise. The video previews nonoc's image song "Relive." The episode opened in Japanese theaters on October 6, and features a returning cast and staff. The OVA ranked at #8 at the Japanese box off...
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Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission Switch Game Announced

2019 game will include cards, characters from Super Dragon Ball Heroes arcade card game series ― The December issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission game for the Nintendo Switch. The game will include 1,160 cards and 350 characters from the first eight Super Dragon Ball Heroes arcade card games,...

Funimation Reveals English Dub Casts for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, RErideD Anime

Both dubs to premiere on Monday ― Funimation has revealed the English dub casts for both the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime and the RErideD: Derrida, who leaps through time anime. The dub for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime will premiere on Monday at 4:00 p.m. EDT, and will be available in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia. The cast for t...
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Megadimension Neptunia VIIR Launches on Steam on Monday

― Idea Factory International announced on Friday that its PC release of the Megadimension Neptunia VIIR (Shin Jigen Neptune VIIR) game is slated for Monday, October 22 on Steam. The game will be compatible with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift virtual reality devices, but the game will not require them. The game is the first VR game in the Neptune/Neptunia franchise. It launched for the PlayStation 4 in Jap...
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The [email protected] SideM Wake Atte Mini! Returns Manga's Compiled Volume Bundles Unaired Anime

TV anime based on original manga premiered on October 9 ― Amazon Japan is listing that a special edition of the compiled volume of Sumeragi and Bandai Namco Entertainment's The [email protected] SideM Wake Atte Mini! Returns manga will bundle an unaired The [email protected] SideM Wake Atte Mini! anime with an original story on DVD. The special edition of the manga will ship on March 22. Sumeragi launched the The ...
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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato Sequel Anime Film Reveals Teaser Video, Visual

― The official website for the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress anime began streaming a teaser video on Saturday for the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato (Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri: Unato Kessen) sequel anime film. Mumei: Hey Ikoma, do you remember? That day. I remember it like it was yesterday. You made the promise at the shrine with that idiotic serious face of yours. You said I had a p...

Mob Psycho 100 Anime Joins Toonami's Lineup on October 27

1st season based on ONE's manga premiered in July 2016 ― The official Facebook page for Adult Swim's Toonami programming block announced on Friday that it is adding the first season of the Mob Psycho 100 anime to the block on October 27 at 11:30 p.m. The anime adaptation of ONE's original manga premiered in Japan in July 2016 and Crunchyroll streamed the series with English subtitles as it aired in J...
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Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Film Reveals 3 Original Characters

― Toei unveiled three visuals for original characters from Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER, this year's Kamen Rider Heisei Generations film, on Saturday. The first two characters are two new "Another Riders," enemies based on past Kamen Riders. The first image below is Another W and the second is Another Den-O. (The television series has already debuted Another Build, Another Ex-Aid, Another ...
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Warriors Orochi 4 Game's Western Launch Trailer Streamed

Game setting world record for most playable characters in hack-and-slash game shipped this week ― Koei Tecmo America and Koei Tecmo Europe began streaming a launch trailer for the Warriors Orochi 4 (Musou Orochi 3) game this week. The game launched for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in North America on Tuesday, and on the same platforms in Europe on Friday. In Japan, the game la...
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Takuya Eguchi, Natsuki Hanae, Shouta Aoi Star as The Body Shop's Personified Cleanser Ingredients

The Japanese branch of the British cosmetics company The Body Shop recently unveiled the "Uruoi-hime to 3-nin no Mahōtsukai" (Moisturize Princess and the Three Magicians) campaign to promote its Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. The campaign will officially launch its first wave on October 22, and three prominent voice actors are lending their talents to portray key ingredients in the cleanser....
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Resonance of Fate 4K/HD Edition Game's Trailer Shows English, Japanese Versions

Game launched digitally on PS4, Steam on Thursday ― Game developer tri-Ace began streaming a trailer for the 4K/HD remastered version of its Resonance of Fate (End of Eternity) game on Friday. The video shows cut scenes and some gameplay. It is available in English and Japanese. English: Japanese: The game launched digitally for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam on Thursday. tri-Ace describes the game: ...
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Re:Zero's Rem Inspires Life-Size Bust Figure

FuRyu's hobby brand F:NEX unveiled a 1/1-scale bust figure of Re:Zero's Rem on Thursday. The company is accepting preorders until Valentine's Day. The highly detailed life-size figure is about 70 centimeters (about 28 inches) tall. Design Coco, known for its previous life-size figures of characters such as To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness' Lala and Momo, designed the bust figure. The figure costs 234...
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Live-Action Kakugo wa Ii ka Soko no Joshi. Film's Behind-the-Scenes Video Streamed

Romantic comedy opened in Japan last week ― Toei began streaming a "making-of" video for the live-action film adaptation of Nana Shiiba's Kakugo wa Ii ka Soko no Joshi. (Are you ready? Hey you girl!) romantic comedy manga on Friday. The video shows behind-the-scenes footage of the cast and staff on set. The film opened in Japan on October 12. The manga also inspired a television series that is set "a...
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Crunchyroll Adds Tsurune Anime Simulcast

KyoAni's archery series premieres on Sunday ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream Kyoto Animation's television anime of Kotoko Ayano's Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu (Tsurune: Kazemai High School's Archery Club) novel as it airs in Japan. The series will premiere worldwide outside of Asia on Sunday, October 21 at 1:45 p.m. EDT. The anime will premiere in Japan the NHK-General channel ...
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Daedalus: The Awakening of Golden Jazz Game's Opening Movie Streamed

New work in Jake Hunter series debuts for PS4/Switch on December 13 ― Arc System Works began streaming the opening movie for its Daedalus: The Awakening of Golden Jazz game on Friday. The adventure game will ship in Japan for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on December 13. The game is part of the Tantei Jingūji Saburō (Jake Hunter) series. It tells a story related to the title character Saburō Jing...
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Transformers Composer Robert J. Walsh Passes Away

Walsh also founded Screenmusic Studios, Hollywood Film Music Library ― Soundtrack record label Varèse Sarabande Records announced on Wednesday that composer Robert J Walsh has passed away. Born in 1947, Walsh began working as a composer and musical director at Warner Bros. Classic Animation in 1979. He went on to work at Hanna-Barberra, Marvel Animation, Stan Lee Films, and other production studios. ...
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Final Godzilla Anime Film Gets Golden Ghidorah Ticket Card

Godzilla: The Planet Eater (Godzilla: Hoshi wo Kū Mono), the third and final film in the Godzilla anime film trilogy, is getting a "Gold Movie Ticket Card." Only 1,000 of the limited-edition cards will be available at the "Godzilla Fest 2018" event at Hibiya Step Plaza in Tokyo and at Godzilla Store Tokyo. The gold ticket cards relate to King Ghidorah, the golden dragon-like creature who appears i...
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Babymetal Member Yuimetal Officially Leaves Group

J-pop/metal group releases new single ― The official website for the J-pop/metal band BABYMETAL announced on Friday that YUIMETAL (Yui Mizuno) has officially left the group. Mizuno had been absent from the group's performances since last December, though a spokesperson for the band told Altpress in May that she was still part of the group. The new post on the official website explained that Mizuno wa...
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Twitter Reacts to My Sister, My Writer TV Series' Deteriorating Animation

The term "sakuga hōkai" (animation collapse) is currently trending on Twitter. The term refers to poor animation, particularly when productions seem unable to control quality and the level of animation deteriorates. The term began trending on Twitter as a fan reaction to the second episode of the My Sister, My Writer television anime, which debuted on Wednesday night. いもいもの1話と2話を比べてみた#作画崩壊 pic.twi...
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Director Masaaki Yuasa Teases Characters From One of His New Projects

― Director Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, The Tatami Galaxy, Lu Over the Wall, Devilman Crybaby) teased one of his upcoming new projects in an interview with Tokyo Weekender posted last week. According to the magazine, one of the projects is an "original love story 'with some tweaks' about a surfer girl and a fireman." Yuasa said that he is always working on several projects at once. "The basic theme tha...
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Pan to Boku no Momo-chan Manga Gets Anime on Anime Beans App

Daiki Kobayashi, Yuka Masuda star in story about boy and his aunt ― The wraparound jacket band for the second and final compiled volume of Saya Usato's Pan to Boku no Momo-chan (Bread and my momo) manga announced on Saturday that the manga will get an anime in Production I.G's Anime Beans app beginning this month. The anime stars Daiki Kobayashi as Shiro and Yuka Masuda as Momo. The story follows a b...
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Manga Answerman - What Makes A Great English Translation?

Do you prefer an extremely literal translation to a more "lyrical" one? What really goes in to a truly great Japanese-to-English manga translation? Deb gets into it. ― This is more of a personal question, but what do you prefer: a “lyrical”, adaptive translation, or a no-frills one that goes for the very direct approach? Hm. That's an interesting question. Let me preface my response with a few cavea...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets Anime Reveals Visual, Cast, Staff

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Kana Hanazawa, Ayana Taketatsu, Miku Itō Ayane Sakura, Inori Minase join cast ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Negi Haruba's The Quintessential Quintuplets (Gotōbun no Hanayome) manga revealed a key visual, character visuals, cast, and staff for the series on Saturday. The cast includes: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Futaro Uesugi Kana Hanazawa as Ichika Nak...
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Frontwing's Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Anime Reveals Character Visuals

Anime's 1st 2 episodes slated to debut simultaneously in 2018 ― The official Twitter account for Frontwing's Grisaia: Phantom Trigger game revealed designs for two characters for the anime adaptation on Friday. Yoshino Nanjō as Maki Mikako Izawa as Shiori Arisaka The anime's cast also includes: Maaya Uchida as Rena Ayane Sakura as Tohka Kaori Nazuka as Chris Atsumi Tanezaki as Murasaki The cast membe...
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Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Ranks #3 on U.S. Monthly Bookscan September List

11 manga rank in top 20 ― Akira Himekawa's The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess manga volume 4 ranked at #3 on NPD BookScan's Top 20 adult graphic novels list for September. This month's list featured 11 manga volumes including: #5 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 14 #6 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 1 #7 — Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia volume 2 #8 — Ukyo Kodachi, Mikie...
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6th Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Film's 1st 11 Minutes Streamed

Film opens on November 2 after all-night Hiroshima marathon on October 27 ― The official website for the Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 (Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi or Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project began streaming the first 11 minutes of the sixth film in the series, "Kaisei-hen" (Resurrection Chapter), on Friday. The website also beg...
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The Caligula Effect: Overdose Game's Trailer Highlights New Characters

Game launches for Switch, PS4, PC in early 2019 in N. America, Europe ― NIS America began streaming an English trailer for The Caligula Effect: Overdose game on Thursday. The trailer highlights the new Go-Home Club characters Ayana Amamoto and Eiji Biwasaka, and the new Ostinato Musicians Stork and Kuchinashi. NIS America will release the game for PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC via Steam in early 2019...
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Everybody's Golf VR PS4 Game Slated for Spring 2019

― Sony Interactive Entertainment announced on Friday that Clap Hanz and Japan Studio's Everybody's Golf (Minna no Golf VR) PlayStation 4 game is slated for release in spring 2019. The game will support the PlayStation VR virtual reality headset. The developers are aiming to make the game accessible to golf beginners as well as experts. Players will have a 360-degree view of their surroundings, and w...
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Studio Gokumi Reveals Laidbackers Original Theatrical Anime Project (Updated)

Cast, staff, character designs, story, visual, spring 2019 premiere revealed ― Studio Gokumi revealed a new theatrical anime project titled Laidbackers on Friday. The studio is billing the film as the "final original theatrical anime of the Heisei era" (Japan is set to enter a new era after April 30, 2019 when the current emperor abdicates). The anime will have a limited two-week screening in Japan i...
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'Maō-sama, Retry!' TV Anime's Teaser Visual Revealed

― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kurone Kanzaki's Maō-sama, Retry! (Dark Lord, Retry!) light novel series revealed the show's first teaser visual on Friday. The anime will premiere next year. The story centers on Akira Ōno, a regular guy who works at a company that manages an online game. He often plays the game as his character "Maō" (Dark Lord). But one day, when he lo...
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Dark Souls: Remastered Switch Version Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Game launched in Japan on Thursday, launches in N. America/Europe on Friday ― Nintendo UK began streaming a launch trailer on Friday for the Switch version of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dark Souls: Remastered game. The game is launching on Friday in North America and Europe, and it launched on Thursday in Japan. The Solaire of Astora amiibo launched on the same day. The Nintendo Switch version of t...
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Catherine: Full Body Game's Video Previews Voice Actress Megumi Toyoguchi as Catherine

PS4, PS Vita game game launches on February 14 ― Atlus began streaming a new video for its Catherine: Full Body game on Friday. The video previews Megumi Toyoguchi as Catherine. DLC offered with the game's limited edition will allow for players to choose between 11 different voice actresses for Catherine. Previously revealed voice actresses for Catherine include: Miyuki Sawashiro, Mamiko Noto, Ami Ko...
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GoHands' Original W'z Anime's New Promo Video Reveals New Characters, January 5 Premiere

Katsumi Fukuhara, Toshiki Masuda star in music-centric series ― The official website for Frontier Works and Go Hands' original anime project W'z began streaming the show's latest promotional video on Friday. The video previews new characters and cast members. The official site asked fans to look forward to the official reveal of the voice actors at a later date. The video also reveals that the anime ...
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In This Corner of the World Anime Film's Extended Version Delayed to 2019

― The official Twitter account for In This Corner (and Other Corners) of the World [Kono Sekai no (Sara ni Ikutsumono) Katasumi ni] — the extended version of the anime film adaptation of Fumiyo Kouno's In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) manga — announced on Friday that the extended version is delayed to 2019. The new version was originally slated to screen in Japan in December. ...

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Light Novels Get Anime

J-Novel Club releases novels about girl who suddenly inhabits role of doomed otome game antagonist ― Ichijinsha revealed on Friday that Satoru Yamaguchi and Nami Hidaka's My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta...) light novel series will get an anime adaptation. The announcement did not reveal the anime's form...
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Live-Action Yowamushi Pedal Actor Eiji Takigawa Leaves Hospital

Actor suffered serious spinal cord injury during filming of Yowamushi Pedal 2 series last year ― Actor Eiji Takigawa announced in his blog on Thursday that he has been discharged from the hospital. In his post, he relayed the story of his hospitalization, including stories about a nurse who befriended him. He admitted in the blog post that he has lost many things, but he has also gained many things f...
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Live-Action 'Ano Ko no, Toriko' Film's New Clip Shows Yori Encouraging Shizuku

Film opened in Japan on October 5 at #11 ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Yuki Shiraishi's Ano Ko no Toriko manga began streaming a new clip from the film on Thursday. The clip shows Shizuku losing her confidence before a shooting for a lingerie commercial, but Yori arrives in a mascot costume to encourage her. The film opened in Japan on October 5, and it ranked #11 in i...
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Kunio-kun: The World Classics Collection Adds 3 Double Dragon Games

Collection release of Kunio-kun games slated for December 20 on PS4/Xbox One/Switch ― Arc System Works revealed on Thursday that its Kunio-kun: The World Classics Collection game collection will include the Double Dragon, Double Dragon II, and Double Dragon III games. Arc System Works announced the collection in September 2017. The game collection will ship in Japan on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, an...
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Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded Game Gets PC Release on October 25

NIS America released game on Switch, PS4 in July ― Developer Aqua Style announced on Thursday that it will release its Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded (Fushigi no Gensokyo 3 -The Tower of Desire- Reloaded) game on the PC via Steam on October 25. The game will have English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese text, with Japanese audio. NIS America released the game digitally for the N...
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DMM Games Reveals Wind Boys! Project

Project about high school boys in concert band gets smartphone, browser game ― DMM Games revealed a new project titled Wind Boys! on Thursday. The new project will have a smartphone and PC browser game, and will center around high school boys in their school's concert band. The project will depict the themes "wind music, high school boys, and youth." DMM Games will reveal more information on the game...
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Persona Q2 3DS Game's New Video Highlights Persona 3's Mitsuru

Crossover game launches on November 29 in Japan ― Atlus began streaming a new character video on Thursday for its Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Nintendo 3DS game. The video highlights the Persona 3 character Mitsuru Kirijō (voiced by Rie Tanaka). The game will ship on November 29 in Japan. First printings will bundle DLC for a "battle background music set" for the Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona...
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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take on Me Film Gets Theatrical Screenings in U.S., Canada in November

Azoland Pictures screens film in theaters; Sentai Filmworks screened film in LA-AFF in September ― Film distribution company Azoland Pictures revealed on Thursday that it will screen Kyoto Animation's Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take on Me (Eiga Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Take On Me) anime film in select theaters in the United States and Canada starting on November 2. The partial list on Azol...
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Shun Oguri, Chiemi Blouson Guest Star in Yo-kai Watch: Forever Friends Film

Actor Ogur, comedian Blouson play enemy yōkai in December 14 film ― The official website for the Eiga Yōkai Watch: Forever Friends anime film revealed on Friday that actor Shun Oguri and comedian Chiemi Blouson will guest star in the film. Oguri will play Shien (seen below), a powerful yōkai who plots to usurp Lord Enma as ruler of the Yo-kai World, and who stands in the way of the film's protagonist...
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Blazblue: CentralFiction Game's Switch Version Launches on February 7 in Japan

― The official website for Arc System Works' Blazblue: CentralFiction Special Edition, the Nintendo Switch version of its Blazblue: CentralFiction game, revealed on Thursday that the game will ship in Japan on February 7. The site revealed the game's new packaging art. The site also revealed that the release will include all the DLC for the game's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions on release,...

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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, October 8-14

Live-action Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! series premieres ― The live-action film of Shūichi Asō's Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.) manga aired on NTV on Friday, October 12 at 9:00 p.m. and earned an 8.5% rating. The live-action television series of Hiroyuki Nishimori's Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! gag comedy manga premiered on NTV on October 14 at 10:30 p.m. and earned a 9.8% rating. Title Statio...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 54

"This is evidence that the time we've spent hanging out with these characters has borne fruit, and that these lovable dumbasses have been working their magic on me."
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This Week in Anime - Whatever Happened to FLCL Alternative?

FLCL Alternative came and went without much fanfare after the divisive results of FLCL Progressive. This week, Andy and Steve look back on what new things this conclusion to the FLCL trilogy brought to the table. ― FLCL Alternative came and went without much fanfare after the divisive results of FLCL Progressive. This week, Andy and Steve look back on what new things this conclusion to the FLCL tril...
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Waiting for Spring Live-Action Film's Trailer, Poster Visual Revealed

Film based on Anashin's manga opens on December 14 in Japan ― The official website for the live-action film of Anashin's Waiting for Spring (Harumatsu Bokura) manga unveiled a trailer and new poster visual on Friday. Tao Tsuchiya (top row center in image above) will play the lead role of Mitsuki Haruno. Yūta Koseki (top row right) will play Mitsuki's childhood friend Aya Kamiyama. Takumi Kitamura (to...
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Series Premiere: Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai—Episodes 1-3

"This light novel adaptation takes more inspiration from the most successful example of its genre, the Bakemonogatari series, in its more philosophical approach to the nature of each girl's problems."
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Sakura's Battle Costumes Added to Giant Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition

The upcoming Cardcaptor Sakura exhibition already includes a giant Kero-chan, 200 pieces of artwork, and a delectable menu fit for teatime with Tomoyo. There are still even more details to report for Sakura's big exhibition as organizers announced that replicas of the magical girl's costumes will be available for viewing. Tomoyo's Siege Atelier section of the exhibit will replicate Sakura's best f...
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Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!/Eevee! Games' Video Previews Master Trainers

Nintendo Switch games ship on November 16 ― The Pokémon Company began streaming a new trailer for its Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! Nintendo Switch games on Monday. The video previews the new "Master Trainers" that will appear at various places in the game — each of these trainers specializes in one Pokémon, and the player must challenge them to one-on-one, no-items matche...
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Pop Team Epic's AC-bu, Steins;Gate's Kurisu Appearing on Variety Show

Shunsuke Itakura and Toru Adachi presented their work on one of anime's biggest stages when they appeared at this summer's Animelo multi-day concert. The men comprise AC-bu, the creators of Pop Team Epic's Hellshake Yano and the Bobunemimimmi ("Bob Team Epic") segments. Pop Team Epic isn't the pair's only claim to fame. They also animated the equally unique "Galo Sengen" music video for the hip-ho...
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Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō Anime Premieres on Amazon on December 10

Theme song information, key visual also unveiled ― The staff for Toei Animation's anime of Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō manga announced on Saturday that the show will premiere on the SkyPer! Anime Set channel on Amazon Prime Video in Japan on December 10 at 7:00 p.m. JST. The anime will later premiere on Animax on December 24, and on the dAnimax channel on dTV on January 5. The "Animax on...
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Zombie Land Saga Reveals Kotono Mitsuishi as Voice of Tae Yamada

Credit to Sailor Moon voice actress revealed in 3rd episode ― The third episode of MAPPA, Avex Pictures, and Cygames' Zombieland Saga anime revealed on Thursday that Kotono Mitsuishi is voicing Tae Yamada in the series. While the character has appeared in all three episodes thus far, she was credited with "????" in the first two. Mitsuishi has performed in dozens of roles, but she is arguably best kn...
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RPG Maker Overlord Game Gets Expanded Version, CD-Rom Release

A fan event for the fantasy anime Overlord III will have some impressive swag for attendees on October 27. Besides the usual merchandise, staff will sell an expanded version of Dungeon of Nazarick, the retro-style Overlord game that debuted on the anime's official website in August. The "Halloween no Tsudoi" fan event will sell the game on CD-Rom. The trial version, produced with RPG Maker MV, was...
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Ingress Anime Casts Virtual YouTuber Kizuna Ai

Ingress' ADA appears on Kizuna Ai's channel ― The official website for the Ingress anime based on Niantic's AR game announced on Wednesday that "virtual YouTube" character Kizuna Ai will guest star in the anime's ninth episode, which will air on December 12. Her role in the anime has not yet been revealed. Additionally, Ingress' Artificial Intelligence character ADA, voiced by Megumi Ogata, appeared ...
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Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki Documentary Opens in U.S. Theaters in December

Tickets on sale through GKIDS, Fathom Events ― GKIDS and Fathom Events announced on Thursday that they will debut the Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao) television documentary special in more than 500 United States theaters on Thursday, December 13 and Tuesday, December 18. All screenings will be English-subtitled and at 7:30 p.m. local time. Tickets are on sale via GKIDS...
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Godzilla Lives on Forever as NASA Designated Constellation

The king of monsters earned his place among the stars this week as NASA announced Godzilla is joining heroes like Hercules, Perseus, and Orion as a constellation. Scientists found a perfect place in space for Godzilla based on the kaiju's own attributes. They considered Godzilla's famous heat ray attack and its similarity to black holes and neutron stars' gamma-ray jets when placing him among othe...

Funimation, Crunchyroll End Content-Sharing Partnership (Update)

VRV content bundle replaces Funimation with HIDIVE ― Crunchyroll and Funimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that their partnership to share content will end on Friday, November 9. The streaming channel bundle service VRV, owned by Crunchyroll parent company Ellation, also announced that it will no longer have the FunimationNow streaming service as part of its VRV Premium Subscription, or as a...
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Boarding School Juliet Manga Anthology Includes Chapters By Tiv, Zekkyō, Puyo, More

This season's romantic comedy series Boarding School Juliet is getting its first official anthology manga volume. Boarding School Juliet Official Comic Anthology gathers up a variety of manga artists to write their own one-shots in original creator Yōsuke Kaneda's story's setting. A total of 30 artists participated, including Masamune-kun's Revenge artist Tiv, My Wife is the Student Council Presid...

Emma: A Victorian Romance English Dub Kickstarter Campaign Ends With US$253,834

Both seasons, art book will still be available for preorder for backers ― Right Stuf's Kickstarter campaign to create an English-dubbed HD production of Emma: A Victorian Romance ended on Thursday with US$253,834 from 1,615 backers. The project already met its initial US$110,000 goal for an English dub of the first season as well as its US$180,000 stretch goal for an English dub of the second season....
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3 Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Games Get PS4 Ports

Tanita also surpasses crowdfunding goal for Twin-Stick controller on campaign's 1st day ― Kenji Matsubara, president and COO of Sega Games Co., Ltd., announced on a live streaming program on scale maker Tanita's YouTube channel on Thursday that three titles in the Virtual-On game series will get ports for PlayStation 4. Ports of the Cyber Troopers Virtual-On, Cyber Troopers Virtual-On: Oratorio Tangr...

Utena Director Kunihiko Ikuhara's Sarazanmai Anime Unveils 3rd 'Linked' Promo (Update)

Yuri!!! on Ice's MAPPA, Yurikuma Arashi's Lapin Track animate show ― The official YouTube channel for Kunihiko Ikuhara's original television anime project Sarazanmai began streaming the anime's third "linked promotional video" on Friday. The anime begins with the same clips as last week's video, but adds more footage and a new character at the end. The narration in the video is as follows: 1st Charac...
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Merc Storia Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― The official website for Merc Storia -Mukiryoku no Shōnen to Bin no Naka no Shōjo- (Merc Storia: The Apathetic Boy and the Girl in a Bottle), the television anime of Happy Elements' Merc Storia -Yujutsushi to Suzu no Shirabe~ smartphone role-playing game, revealed the Blu-ray Disc release information for the series on Thursday. The anime will ship on two Blu-ray Disc volumes with six episodes each...
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Fate/Grand Order Game's New Stage Play Reveals Visual, Cast, Staff

Haruki Kiyama, Shōgo Yamazaki star as Gilgamesh, Enkidu, respectively ― The official website for the Fate/Grand Order stage plays revealed the first visual, main cast, and staff for the new Fate/Grand Order The Stage -Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia- (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) play on Thursday. The cast includes: Haruki Kiyama a...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil Writer Carlos Zen Launches New Manga with Ten Ishida

Strange Lessons by Professor Terror manga launched on Thursday ― This year's 46th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine published the first chapter on Thursday of writer Carlo Zen (The Saga of Tanya the Evil) and artist Ten Ishida's new manga Strange Lessons by Professor Terror (Terror-kyōju no Ayashii Jugyō). The manga also runs in D Morning. The manga centers on the university professor Tim Lawrence...
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Kalafina's Wakana Officially Debuts Solo Career With New Single Next Year

― Singer Wakana Ootaki of the singing unit Kalafina announced during her solo concert on Wednesday that she will make the official debut of her solo singing career next year with her first single "Toki o Koeru Yoru ni" (In the Night Beyond Time). Shusui is composing the song, while Wakana herself is writing the lyrics. Wakana has been on a solo concert tour since September 24 that has traveled to To...
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Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 6 Manga Approaches Climax

Tohko Mizuno's manga adaptation of game launched in 2015 ― The November issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge revealed on Wednesday that Tohko Mizuno's Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 (Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time 6) manga is approaching its climax. The manga adapts the game of the same name, and centers on heroine Azusa Takatsuka. Azusa is high school girl who one day finds herself in a world t...
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SNK 40th Anniversary Collection's 1st Free DLC Games Previewed in Video

Collection launches on November 13 in N. America, November 16 in Europe ― NIS America began streaming a video for SNK's SNK 40th Anniversary Collection game for the Nintendo Switch on Wednesday. The video previews the first five DLC games for the release, which include Munch Mobile, Chopper I, Sasuke vs Commander, Fantasy, and Time Soldiers. SNK will release a total of 10 free DLC games for the relea...
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Bungo Stray Dogs Manga Gets 3rd Stage Play Adaptation in Summer 2019

2nd play ran in Tokyo, Osaka in September, October ― The official Bungo Stray Dogs stage play website revealed on Thursday that a third stage play will debut in summer 2019. The second play, Bungo Stray Dogs: Kuro no Jidai (Black Era), ran in Tokyo at the Sunshine Gekijō from September 22 to October 8, and then ran in Osaka at the Morinomiya Piloti Hall on October 13-14. The play covered part of the ...
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Elegant Yokai Apartment Life Novels Get Stage Play in January

Novels inspired 26-episodeTV anime last year ― Kodansha revealed on Thursday that Hinowa Kōzuki's Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life) light novel series is getting a stage play adaptation. The stage play will star: (from left to right in above image) Takahisa Maeyama as Yūshi Inaba Junya Komatsu as Mizuki Hase Ryō Saeki as Ryū-san Tsuneyasu Motoyoshi is directing the play, a...
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Viz Media Brings Masakazu Morita, Gou Nakanishi to Anime NYC

Morita, Nakanishi to attend K film screenings ― Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it will bring voice actor Masakazu Morita and producer Gou Nakanishi to Anime NYC this November. Morita and Nakanishi will be in attendance for the premiere screenings of the K: Seven Stories "Memory of Red ~BURN~" and K: Seven Stories "Circle Vision ~Nameless Song~" films. Morita plays the character Mishakuji Yukari ...
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Kodansha's Comic Days App Gets New Subscription Tier for 13 Magazines

Shonen Magazine, Dessert, Bessatsu Friend, Nakayoshi, more added ― Kodansha's Comic Days app and web service added a new subscription tier named "Motto Premium" (Even More Premium) on Monday that adds seven more magazines for users, in addition to the six magazines of the original premium subscription. The new magazines include Weekly Shonen Magazine, Monthly Shonen Magazine, Monthly Shonen Sirius, S...
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