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China Designates Online Boys-Love Games for Banning

Chinese gov't warns companies that do not comply will be severely punished ― TV Asahi reported on September 9 that the Chinese Communist Party's Central Public Relations Department instructed online game companies the day before to strictly prohibit boys-love content and other "content that contain false values or illicit material." Chinese officials have designated content with boys-love and "effemi...
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Drawn & Quarterly Publishes Murasaki Yamada's Talk To My Back Manga

368-page book will ship in July 2022 ― Drawn & Quarterly announced on September 9 that it will publish a compiled edition of Murasaki Yamada's Talk To My Back manga in English. The book will have 368 pages and will retail for US$29.95. Drawn & Quarterly plans to release the manga in July 2022. Ryan Holmberg is translating the book. An excerpt from the solicitation reads: Set in an apartment complex o...
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Anime's New Yuiko Ohara Song Previewed in Latest Video

Ohara returns to sing "Keishō no Uta" for 2nd part premiering on October 3 ― The official website for the television anime of Rifujin na Magonote's Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation light novel series began streaming the second promotional video for the show's sequel (its second cours or second quarter of a year) on Monday. The video teases the characters that will appear in the second part, and ...
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Sword Art Online Audiobook 1

For those of you on the fence, there are two things in particular I want to highlight in this review: Bryce Papenbrook's performance and whether the story of SAO's first volume still holds up today. ― It's really cool to see a light novel audiobook read by the protagonist's English dub actor. Light novel audiobooks are rare to begin with, but there's an even greater feeling of immersion than usual wh...
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GKIDS Reveals Future Boy Conan Anime's English Dub Cast

BD with new 4K restoration of anime will ship on November 16 ― GKIDS announced the English dub cast on Friday for its new 4K restored Blu-ray Disc release of Hayao Miyazaki and Nippon Animation's Future Boy Conan anime. The Blu-ray Disc is available for pre-order and will ship on November 16. The series will also be available digitally on November 16. The cast includes: Sabrina Pitre as Conan Erin Ma...
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The Duke of Death and His Maid Anime Gets Sequel

Announced in finale on Sunday ― The television anime of Koharu Inoue's The Duke of Death and His Maid (Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid) manga ended on Sunday with an special commercial announcing that a sequel has been green-lit. The manga's story centers on the titular Duke of Death, cursed to steal the life from any living thing that he touches. He is accompanied by his maid Alice, who enjoys teasin...
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Akeji Fujimura's Tokoshie x Bullet Manga Ends in Next Chapter

Manga based on multimedia project launched in October 2020 ― This year's 43rd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine revealed on Saturday that Akeji Fujimura's Tokoshie × Bullet Shinminato Kōbōsen (Tokoshie × Bullet: The Battle at Shin Minato) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on September 27. The manga is part of the Tokoshie × Bullet multimedia project based on creator group Morion Air...
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Ciao Deluxe Magazine Launches 8 New Manga in November

An Nakahara, Akira Wao, Meme Iwaoka, more launch manga ― The November issue of Shogakukan's Ciao Deluxe magazine (magazine cover pictured at right) revealed on Saturday that the magazine will launch eight new manga in the next issue, which will ship on November 20. The following authors will launch new manga in the issue: An Nakahara, Akira Wao, Hasumi Fujita, Meme Iwaoka, Ai Amane, Suguru Tōya, Miku...
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Singer Maon Kurosaki Recuperating After Collapsing Due to Epidural Hematoma

Kurosaki goes on hiatus for at least 2 months to recuperate from emergency surgery ― The official website for singer Maon Kurosaki announced on Sunday that she underwent emergency surgery for epidural hematoma (bleeding between the skull and the membrane surrounding the brain). As a result, she is going on hiatus while she recuperates. Kurosaki had collapsed on Saturday in the middle of a live-stream...
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High Rise Invasion Artist Takahiro Ōba Launches New Manga With Author Hajime Inoryū

New "revenge drama" manga launches on September 25 ― The official website for Kodansha's Magazine Pocket (MagaPoke) app revealed on Saturday that writer Hajime Inoryū and artist Takahiro Ōba will launch a new manga titled Psycho no Sekai (World of Psycho) on the app on September 25. The magazine describes the manga as follows: Even weak people have fangs. A revenge drama about rebellion and challengi...
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Shio Usui's Doughnuts Under a Crescent Moon Manga Ends in 4th Volume

Seven Seas releases yuri manga in English ― The third volume of Shio Usui's Donuts Under a Crescent Moon (Kaketa Tsuki no Donuts) manga revealed on Friday that the manga will end in its fourth volume. The manga launched in Ichijinsha's Comic Yuri Hime magazine in March 2019. Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story: Uno Hinako throws herself into makeup, ...
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Sword Art Online, Made in Abyss Franchises Each Host Online Events With Overseas Plans

SAO online exhibit planned for 2022 outside Japan; Made in Abyss fan meeting set for November 21 ― Sony revealed on Sunday that the "Sword Art Online: Ex-Chronicle" exhibit is getting a new online version titled "Sword Art Online: Ex-Chronicle Online Edition" that will take place from November 20 through December 7. A global version of the event is planned for 2022. The Japanese version of the event ...
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Freezing Authors Launch New Manga in October

Final volume of duo's Ponkotsu Megami no Isekai Sōseiroku manga ships on October 8 ― The 100th issue of Kill Time Communication's Comic Valkyrie digital manga magazine announced on Wednesday that writer Dall-Young Lim and artist Kwang-Hyun Kim will launch a new manga in the magazine's next issue in early October. The manga will center on a genius manga creator who uses their drawing skills when they ...
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Viz Media, Manga Plus Publish PPPPPP Manga in English

Story about pianist septuplets premiered on Friday ― Viz Media and Manga Plus published the first chapter of Mapollo 3's PPPPPP manga in English on Friday. Both services will publish the next chapter of the manga on September 26. Manga Plus describes the manga: Kuon Otogami was a genius pianist whose name is among the greatest in the annals of the music world. He had seven children who also all becam...
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X ‒ SEASON FINALE

Yes, it's important that we learn that there was a Fortune Lover II after Catarina's previous death, but maintaining that link to her past life is a bit like keeping her heart beating.
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 112

Tomura Shigaraki, the villain, was neither born nor made – he was designed, custom built by the first person to reach out to him.
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Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy- ‒ Episode 11

Our usually laid-back hero Makoto confronts true loss and tragedy for the first time in his new life as an isekai demigod, and in retaliation, he suddenly adopts a savage willingness to torture and murder that we've never seen before.
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I'm Standing on 1,000,000 Lives. ‒ Episode 23

The show finally puts some of its dang cards on the table, cutting out some of the excessive tragedy and instead propelling us forward to where they're actually going with this.
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Blue Reflection: Second Light Game Streams 8-Minute Gameplay Trailer

2 new characters revealed for game launching on PS4, Switch, PC on November 9 ― Koei Tecmo Games began streaming a gameplay video for Gust's Blue Reflection: Second Light (Blue Reflection Tie in Japan) game on Thursday. The company also announced two new characters for the game named Uta Komagawa and Kirara Kuno. Koei Tecmo Games describes the two characters: As the secrets behind BLUE REFLECTION: Se...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, September 6-12

Demon Slayer rerun compilations earn 13% rating ― The latest episode of the live-action series adaptation based on Miko Yasu's Police in a Pod (Hakozume: Kōban Joshi no Gyakushū) manga aired on NTV on Wednesday, September 8 at 10:00 p.m. and it earned an 11.6% rating. The latest episode of the live-action series adaptation of Oreco Tachibana's Promise Cinderella manga aired on TBS on Tuesday, Septemb...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, September 6-12

Tales of Arise PS4 debuts at #1, PS5 at #3 ― Japan's Game Ranking: September 6-12 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1PS4Tales of Arise Bandai Namco Entertainment September 9 151,316 151,316 2NSwWarioWare: Get It Together! Nintendo September 10 72,277 72,277 3PS5Tales of Arise Bandai Namco Entertainment September 9 50,482 50,482 4NSwRing Fit Adventure Nintendo October...
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House of the Lost on the Cape

Although it would be too much to declare the film a "disappointment," it does feel as if this story would have been better suited as a television series The House of the Lost on the Cape (or Misaki no Mayoiga in Japanese) shares a similarity in title to The Lost Village (Mayoiga), a somewhat infamous TV anime from 2016 that was distinctive for its hokey portrayal of psychological horror. The House ...
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1st Touken Ranbu Musical Gets Manga Adaptation

Kyō Yamazaki draws manga debuting September 24 ― The official Twitter account for Shueisha's Tonari no Young Jump manga website revealed on Tuesday that Touken Ranbu - Atsukashiyama Ibun, the first stage musical for the Touken Ranbu franchise, is inspiring a manga adaptation by Kyō Yamazaki that will debut on the site on September 24. Touken Ranbu - Atsukashiyama Ibun held its first trial performance...
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New Macross Delta Film, Frontier Short's Trailers Unveil October 8 Opening

1st 5 minutes of Delta film to be previewed online on October 7 ― The official website for the Macross franchise posted the full trailers for the Gekijō-ban Macross Delta: Zettai LIVE!!!!!! feature film and "Gekijō Tanpen Macross Frontier Toki no Meikyū" (Macross Frontier Film Short: Labyrinth of Time) film short on Saturday. The trailers announce that the films will open together on October 8. The n...
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Tesla Note Manga Reaches Halfway Point by 4th Volume

4th volume ships in October ― Manga creator Kōta Sannomiya revealed on their Twitter account on September 10 that the Tesla Note manga will reach "pretty much the halfway point" of its story by the fourth volume, which will ship in October. The spy action manga follows "Mission T," a shadow war of spies and secret intelligence waged to prevent the world's destruction. The story follows Botan Negoro, ...
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Duel Masters Gets New Isekai Manga Focused on Rule Variants

Isekai Tensei Sengen Duel Masters Ha manga debuted on Friday ― Shogakukan's Coro Coro Online website revealed on Tuesday that the Duel Masters franchise is getting a new manga titled Isekai Tensei Sengen Duel Masters Ha (Parallel World Reincarnation Declaration Duel Masters Supremacy). Kamiyui draws the manga, which debuted on Coro Coro Online on Friday. The manga centers on main character Iona Morim...
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Tokyo Vice Live-Action Series Reveals Main Cast Members

Ansel Elgor, Ken Watanabe, Rinko Kikuchi, Hideaki Ito, more Japanese cast members join ― The staff for the live-action adaptation of American reporter Jake Adelstein's Tokyo Vice book revealed new cast members for the series on Wednesday. Ansel Elgort (upper left in image above) plays protagonist and reporter Jake. Ken Watanabe (top row center) plays experienced cop Katagiri. Rinko Kikuchi (upper rig...
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PuraOre! Pride of Orange Anime's New Videos Preview Victory Dance, Ice Hockey

Series premieres on October 6 ― The official website for CyberAgent's CAAnimation label and DMM Games' multimedia project PuraOre! Pride of Orange began streaming the show's third promotional on Saturday. The video is available in two different versions. The bottom video features English text. "The first girls' ice hockey anime ever" premieres on October 6, and stars: Riku Masuda as Manaka Mizusawa S...
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game Adds Itachi as 26th DLC Character

Character is 3rd in new 4th season pass ― This year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that Itachi (Edo Tensei form) will be the 26th DLC character for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game. The character will arrive in the game "soon," and will be the third character in the game's fourth season pass. The season pass will have a t...
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Kenichi Kakutani's Joshi Kōsei to Mahō no Note Book Get Anime, Manga Projects

Noovo animates CG anime, 1st chapter of manga available for free now ― The KyoMAF event in Kyoto revealed on Saturday that Kenichi Kakutani's Otona mo Shiranai Yume no Mitsuke Kata: Joshi Kōsei to Mahō no Note book will get both a manga adaptation and an anime adaptation under the title Joshi Kōsei to Mahō no Note (High School Girl & The Magic Notebook). Kakutani is the president of the health supple...
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The Greatest Demon Lord is Reborn as a Typical Nobody Anime Reveals 2022 TV Debut, Main Staff

Visual also revealed for series based on light novels ― The official website for the anime adaptation of Myōjin Katō's The Greatest Demon Lord Is Reborn as a Typical Nobody (Shijō Saikyō no Daimaō, Murabito A ni Tensei Suru) novels revealed on Saturday that the anime will air on television in 2022. The site also revealed a visual and the show's main staff. Mirai Minato (Masamune-kun's Revenge, The Gr...
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Management of Novice Alchemist Light Novel Gets TV Anime

Newly graduated Sarasa wants to live a slow life in rundown shop in Mizuho Itsuki's story ― Kadokawa's Fantasia Bunko imprint announced on Saturday that Mizuho Itsuki's Shinmai Renkinjutsushi no Tenpo Keiei (Management of Novice Alchemist or literally, Novice Alchemist's Shop Management) light novel series is inspiring a television anime. The story follows Sarasa, an orphan girl who just graduated fr...

ufotable Founder Hikaru Kondo Admits to Evading 138 Million Yen in Taxes

Prosecution: Demon Slayer & Fate anime's studio, president allegedly hid 441 million yen in income ― Anime studio ufotable's founder, representative director, and president Hikaru Kondo admitted to the charge of violating the Corporation Tax Act and Consumption Tax Act by failing to pay 138 million yen (about US$1.25 million) in taxes at a preliminary hearing by the Tokyo District Court on Friday. Du...

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Series Gets Movie

2nd season's final episode aired on Saturday ― The official website for the television anime of 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 novels announced on Saturday that the series is getting a movie. The staff will reveal more details about the movie and its premier...

Funimation Announces The World Ends With You Anime's English Dub, Cast

Funimation to stream Cardfight!! Vanguard overDress anime's 2nd season ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming an English dub for The World Ends with You the Animation (Subarashiki Kono Sekai The Animation), the anime of Square Enix's The World Ends with You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai) action role-playing game on Friday. Funimation also announced that it will stream the second se...
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Aoi Kubo Performs 'Deji' Meets Girl Anime's Theme Song

Lyric video streamed for theme song ― The official website for the original short anime "Deji" Meets Girl announced on Friday that the new, up-and-coming 16-year-old singer Aoi Kubo will perform the theme song "Otogibanashi no Yо̄ na Kiseki" (Fairy Tale-like Miracle). The website streamed a lyric video for the song: Kubo's digital single includes the theme song and two other songs inspired by the ani...
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The Case Study of Vanitas ‒ SEASON FINALE

Vanitas is more than just put off by Noé's desire to taste his blood, he's vehemently against it. Whether he's trying to protect one or both of them isn't clear, but it is evident that Vanitas wants to remain an unknown quantity, at least to Ruthven.
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Life-Size Moving Gundam in Yokohama Is Powered By Wind Energy

Bandai Namco Group aims to attain 35% reduction of carbon emissions by 2030, net zero emissions by 2050 ― Bandai Namco Group announced on Wednesday that the Gundam Factory Yokohama, the facility which houses a life-size RX-78-2 Gundam statue, has been powered by Yokohama City's Hama Wing wind power plant since May. The facility currently generates zero carbon emissions from electricity. The Evolving ...
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Sonny Boy ‒ Episode 10

At times, Sonny Boy seems like the kind of series that could go on wandering and wondering forever, but this week's episode makes it clear that the end—or some kind of end, anyway—is inexorably approaching.
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Aya Uchida Performs Ending Theme Song for Let's Make a Mug Too Anime's 2nd Season

Anime premieres early online on September 25 ― The official website for the television anime of the city of Tajimi's promotional manga Yakunara Mug Cup Mo (Let's Make a Mug Too) announced on Friday that Aya Uchida will perform the ending theme song "Yellow Canary" for Yakunara Mug Cup Mo Niban Gama (Let's Make a Mug Too: Second Kiln), the show's second season. The second season's first episode will p...
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Peach Boy Riverside ‒ SEASON FINALE

One at-last appreciable element of Peach Boy Riverside is the understanding we don't need to judge this episode as a true 'finale'.
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Deep Insanity: The Lost Child Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, Cast, Theme Songs, October 12 Premiere

Deep Insanity: Asylum game debuts on October 14 ― The official Twitter account for Square Enix's Deep Insanity media project revealed on Friday the second promotional video, additional cast, staff, theme song artists, key visual, and October 12 premiere for Deep Insanity: The Lost Child, the television anime part of the project. The video previews the opening theme song "Inochi no Tomoshibi" (Light o...
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Manga Plus Editor Says the Service Is Growing Fast, But Translation Costs Are High

Yūta Momiyama predicts even split in 10 years between Japanese, overseas manga readership as machine translation technology improves ― Shueisha editor Yūta Momiyama, who manages Weekly Shonen Jump's Shonen Jump+ and Manga Plus online services, highlighted the current state of the Manga Plus service in an interview with ITMedia earlier this month. He explained that the service currently has 5 million ...

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Series Gets Movie

2nd season's final episode aired on Saturday ― The official website for the television anime of 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 novels announced on Saturday that the series is getting a movie. The staff will reveal more details about the movie and its premier...
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The aquatope on white sand ‒ Episodes 10-11

There's this… unique tension and momentum to episode 10 that's kind of like watching a car crash: it happens all at once and so slowly. I feel like we're caught at that initial moment of impact.
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This Week in Games - The Not Very Epic Conclusion

The gaming lawsuit that could determine the fate of gaming platforms is over. Kind of. So, who won? ― Hey folks! By the time you read this, the internet will be on the cusp of going completely bonkers over Deltarune Chapter 2. It was announced on creator Toby Fox's Undertale 6th anniversary stream that the game will be dropping at 8 PM EST today, so if you don't want spoilers, you should probably kno...
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My Senpai Is Annoying TV Anime Reveals 4 Cast Members

Akio Ohtsuka, Yutaka Aoyama, Yuta Odagaki, Takayuki Kondō ― The official website for the television anime of Shiro Manta's My Senpai Is Annoying (Senpai ga Uzai Kōhai no Hanashi) manga announced four cast members on Friday. The newly announced cast includes (pictured above from left to right): Akio Ohtsuka as Ojii-chan, Futaba's grandfather Yutaka Aoyama as Department Chief Yuta Odagaki as Oishi Taka...
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The Case Study of Vanitas Anime's 2nd Part Premieres in January 2022

Rie Kugimiya joins cast as Chloe ― The official Twitter account for BONES' anime of Jun Mochizuki's The Case Study of Vanitas (Vanitas no Carte) manga announced on Saturday that the anime's second part will premiere in January 2022 for the winter season. The anime has cast Rie Kugimiya as Chloe (pictured below), who appeared in the first part's 12th and final episode on Saturday. The anime premiered ...
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Doughnuts Under a Crescent Moon GN 2

While this is a positive from the point of view of representation, it also raises a different question: is there a conflation of homosexuality and asexuality in manga about queer characters? If so, it's not terribly helpful. ― It is interesting, to me anyway, to note that I have now encountered three separate yuri titles where one or both of the protagonists exhibit signs of being on the asexual/demi...
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NisiOisin, Posuka Demizu Collaborate for 1-Shot Sequel for Hirohiko Araki's Mashōnen B.T. Manga

51-page full-color 1-shot sequel of Jojo's creator's first serialized manga debuts on October 19 ― Shueisha revealed on Friday that writer NisiOisin (Monogatari series) and artist Posuka Demizu (The Promised Neverland) are collaborating to create a one-shot manga sequel to Hirohiko Araki's Mashōnen B.T. (Cool Shock B.T.) manga titled Marōshinshi B.T. (Cool Shock Old B.T.). The 51-page full-color one-...
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Kochikame Manga Gets 4-Page 1-Shot Chapter on September 27

1-shot celebrates 201st volume debuting on October 4 ― This year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that Osamu Akimoto will publish a four-page one-shot chapter for his Kochikame manga in the magazine's next issue on September 27. The one-shot will celebrate the manga's upcoming 201st volume, which will ship on October 4. Akimoto has published several extra ch...
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Radwimps Band's Guitarist Akira Kuwahara Goes on Hiatus

Remaining band members acknowledge report of extramarital affair ― Rock band RADWIMPS announced on Friday that guitarist Akira Kuwahara is going on hiatus, and acknowledged a report that he had an extramarital affair. The band will continue on with remaining active members Yōjiro Noda and Yūsuke Takeda. The band's members and staff will discuss the situation before making a final decision on the band...
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Live-Action Bungō Stray Dogs: Beast Film's English-Subtitled Teaser Unveils More Cast, Staff, January 7 Debut

Film of what-if role-reversal story reunites several cast members from stage plays ― The official website and Twitter account for Bungō Stray Dogs the Movie: Beast, the live-action film of Kafka Asagiri's light novel Bungō Stray Dogs: Beast, posted an English-subtitled teaser trailer on Friday. The teaser announces more of the film's cast and staff as well as its January 7 opening date. The cast memb...

My Isekai Life TV Anime Reveals Teaser Visual, 2022 Premiere

REVOROOT, Pony Canyon produce story of protagonist gaining 2nd profession as powerful sage ― The staff of the television anime of Shinkoshoto's Tensei Kenja no Isekai Life ~Daini no Shokugyō o Ete, Sekai Saikyō ni Narimashita~ (The Reincarnated Sage's Alternate World Life: I Got a Second Profession, and Became the Most Powerful in the World) light novel series opened a website for the anime, which re...
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Rumble Garanndoll Anime's Video Reveals More Staff, Aina Suzuki's Ending Song, October 11 Debut (Updated)

Yūsuke Shirato scores anime, which also gets manga adaptation ― The official website for the Rumble Garanndoll (Gyakuten Sekai no Denchi Shōjo: Rumble Garanndoll, literally, Turnabout World's Battery Girl) anime unveiled a new visual and second promotional video for the anime on Friday. The video reveals the anime's additional staff members and October 11 premiere date, and it also previews the chara...

ufotable Founder Hikaru Kondo Admits to Evading 138 Million Yen in Taxes

Prosecution: Demon Slayer & Fate anime's studio, president allegedly hid 441 million yen in income ― Anime studio ufotable's founder, representative director, and president Hikaru Kondo admitted to the charge of violating the Corporation Tax Act and Consumption Tax Act by failing to pay 138 million yen (about US$1.25 million) in taxes at a preliminary hearing by the Tokyo District Court on Friday. Du...
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Hakuōki Original Video Anime Unveils Teaser, Staff, Cast, Dates, Song Artists

1st episode streams in Japan on November 13 with returning cast, staff ― The official website for the anime adaptations of Otomate's Hakuōki otome game franchise unveiled a teaser promotional video, the main staff and cast, debut dates, theme song artists, and a new key visual for the franchise's new original video anime (OVA) project on Friday. The OVA will have three episodes that will ship on Blu-...
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Live-Action 'Will I Be Single Forever?' Film's Teaser Highlights 4 Women's Pursuit of Happiness

Film of Mari Okazaki's manga opens on November 19 ― The official website for the live-action film of Mari Okazaki's Will I Be Single Forever? (Zutto Dokushin de Iru Tsumori?) manga posted a teaser trailer for the film on Friday. The teaser highlights the film's main characters — the single writer Mami, the single real-estate agent Yukino, the unemployed Miho seeking a well-off husband, and the Instag...
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SD Gundam World Heroes Project Gets Side Story This Coming Winter

Side story takes place in Knight World, centers on Knight Strike Gundam ― Sunrise announced on Friday that it is planning a side story for SD Gundam World Heroes, the newest anime in the SD Gundam World franchise. Sunrise did not reveal the format of the new side story, but it will debut this coming winter. The side story takes place in Knight World, and focuses on Knight Strike Gundam as he overcome...
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Sword Art Online Progressive Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song, Highlights Asuna, Mito's Relationship

LiSA performs theme song "Yuke," Inori Minase plays Mito in October 30 film ― The official website for the Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night anime film began streaming a new trailer for the film on Thursday. The trailer previews the film's theme song "Yuke" by LiSA, who also co-wrote the song. The trailer also highlights the new character Mito, played by Inori Minase. ...

Artist huke Launches New Black Rock Shooter Anime Project

Black Rock Shooter: Dawn Fall teased with visual ― Illustrator huke revealed on Thursday that a new anime project for the Black Rock Shooter franchise is launching. The project is titled Black Rock Shooter: Dawn Fall. The announcement did not reveal any other details, but huke drew the below visual for the new project. The Black Rock Shooter franchise began with an illustration by huke of the eponymo...

Funimation Announces The World Ends With You Anime's English Dub, Cast

Funimation to stream Cardfight!! Vanguard overDress anime's 2nd season ― Funimation announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming an English dub for The World Ends with You the Animation (Subarashiki Kono Sekai The Animation), the anime of Square Enix's The World Ends with You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai) action role-playing game on Friday. Funimation also announced that it will stream the second se...
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Wealthy Yu-Gi-Oh! Fans Can Emulate Seto Kaiba With His Briefcase

25th anniversary "Ultimate Kaiba Set" includes Kaiba's card deck ― The Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series is commemorating its 25th anniversary by releasing an "Ultimate Kaiba Set." This deluxe package, which costs 33,000 yen (approximately US$301), comes with Seto Kaiba's iconic briefcase, plus his entire card deck with original edition artwork. This includes three copies of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon and three...

Former Employees Sue Good Smile for Distributing 'Potentially Obscene Sexually Explicit Anime Merchandise'

Good Smile initially sued former vice presidents for corporate misconduct ― Two former employees of Nendoroid and Figma toy company Good Smile, Guy Brand and James Young-sik Kim, are suing Good Smile for distributing "potentially obscene sexually explicit anime products and merchandise" of underage characters, engaging in false designation of corporate officers as independent contractors, tax evasion...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S ‒ Episode 11

This week's episode of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid is a lot of pontificating about freedom when what I really wanted was Tiny Tohru Adventures.
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Gets Remade as Children's Books

Simplified 3-part version of light novel's 1st volume shipped on Wednesday under Micro Magazine's new Kanade Bunko imprint ― A children's book version of Fuse's That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime light novel series was released in Japan on Wednesday. It is part of the debut lineup of Micro Magazine's Kanade Bunko imprint, which launched this month. The illustrations are drawn by Moryo based on c...
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Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU ‒ Episode 13

Another week of Higurashi, another week of me trying to squeeze blood from a stone.
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Pompo: The Cinéphile Anime Film Screens in N. America in 2022

GKIDS screens film with sub/dub ― GKIDS announced on Thursday that it will screen the anime film of Shogo Sugitani's Pompo: The Cinéphile (Eiga Daisuki Pompo-san) manga in Japanese with English subtitles and an English dub in North America in 2022. The film was slated to open in 2020 in Japan, but was delayed to a March 19, 2021 opening due to "various circumstances," and then delayed again to a June...
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Artists Draw Tribute Visuals For 4K Remaster of Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell Film

1995 film gets IMAX screenings in Japan, US from September 17 ― Artists AC-bu (Pop Team Epic), omao, Tsukimizu, and Bustaskill drew tribute visuals for the 4K remastered version of Mamoru Oshii's 1995 Ghost in the Shell film. Bandai Namco Arts is holding a giveaway campaign for film viewers in Japan. Those who follow the @VSTORAGE Twitter account and tweet their ticket stub for the film will enter a ...
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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom ‒ Episode 11

This had to be one of my favorite episodes if for no other reason than it was unintentionally hilarious.
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Phantom Breaker: Omnia Game Delayed to Early 2022

Localization, porting processes taking longer than expected ― Rocket Panda Games revealed on Tuesday that it has delayed its release of the Phantom Breaker: Omnia 2D fighting game, an update of MAGES.' Phantom Breaker: Extra game, from 2021 to early 2022. Sakari "P," the game's director and producer, revealed that the localization and porting processes have been taking longer than expected. He noted ...
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Love Live! Superstar!! ‒ Episode 7

For as familiar as Ren feels, she's actually pretty novel in her direct antagonism of all things School Idol, especially when she admits to not having a particular reason for her disapproval beyond them not aligning with her vision for Yuigaoka.

bilibili Removes Art, Data for Chinese Servants in Chinese Version of Fate/Grand Order Game

13 characters tentatively changed to generic class name/number ― Chinese online platform bilibili removed and altered illustrations, voices, names, and data for several Chinese servant characters from the Chinese version of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game on Thursday. The following characters' names have been tentatively changed to a generic class name and number. Jingke: Assassin 042 Lu Bu: Ber...
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Gunma-chan Mascot Anime Streams Episode Before October 3 TV Premiere

2nd promotional video also streamed ― The official website for the television anime based on Gunma Prefecture's mascot character Gunma-chan announced on Thursday that one episode will stream for free before the anime's October 3 broadcast premiere. The tsulunos channel on YouTube will stream a full seven-minute episode from the anime from Friday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. (5:00 a.m. EDT) until Octobe...
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Alice Gear Aegis Original Video Anime Launches

15-minute OVA only viewable via QR code bundled with 3 separate figures Alice Gear Aegis: Doki! Actress Darake no Mermaid Grand Prix (Throb! The Mermaid Grand Prix Full of Actresses), the original video anime (OVA) adaptation of COLOPL's Alice Gear Aegis smartphone game, launched on Wednesday. People who purchase MegaHouse's Sitara Kaneshiya Desktop Army figure, Kotobukiya's Sugumi Kanagata Megami ...
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Yomiji Otono's Boku ga Aishita Subete no Kimi e, Kimi o Aishita Hitori no Boku e Sci-Fi Romance Novels Get 2022 Anime Films

Both parallel-world films to open simultaneously next year ― Hayakawa Shobo announced on September 9 that Yomiji Otono's Boku ga Aishita Subete no Kimi e (To Every You I've Loved Before) and Kimi o Aishita Hitori no Boku e (To The Solitary Me That Loved You) novels are inspiring two anime films, which will open at the same time next year. Otono released the two science-fiction romance novels on the s...
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Live-Action Musicophilia Film's Trailer Reveals November 19 Opening

Film based on Akira Saso manga stars Kai Inowaki, Honoka Matsumoto, Ikusaburō Yamazaki ― The official website for the live-action film of Akira Saso's Musicophilia manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Thursday. The trailer highlights the film's characters, and also reveals the film's November 19 opening date. The "youth story" manga centers on Saku, who has a complex about music and attend...

Artist huke Launches New Black Rock Shooter Anime Project

Black Rock Shooter: Dawn Fall teased with visual ― Illustrator huke revealed on Thursday that a new anime project for the Black Rock Shooter franchise is launching. The project is titled Black Rock Shooter: Dawn Fall. The announcement did not reveal any other details, but huke drew the below visual for the new project. The Black Rock Shooter franchise began with an illustration by huke of the eponymo...
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Baki Hanma Anime Adds 6 Cast Members

Tesshō Genda, Kensho Ono, Ryoichi Tanaka, more join anime debuting in 2 weeks ― The official website for TMS Entertainment's Baki Hanma anime revealed more cast members on Thursday. The new cast includes: Tesshō Genda as Saman Kensho Ono as Chamomile Lessen Ryoichi Tanaka as Prison Warden Tomohisa Asou as Old Prisoner Taiten Kusonoki as Deputy Warden Samuel Toru Ohkawa as George Bosch The anime will ...
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'Everything for Demon King Evelogia' Anime Reveals Theme Song in Videos

2 main leads highlighted in anime debuting October 1 ― The official website for the AnimeFesta series of Kajiwara's isekai fantasy boys-love manga Everything for Demon King Evelogia (Maō Evelogia ni Mi o Sasage yo or Reincarnated Into Demon King Evelogia's World) began streaming two new promotional videos for the anime on Wednesday. The first video below highlights the character Eve, while the second...
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Sword Art Online Progressive Film's Trailer Previews Theme Song, Highlights Asuna, Mito's Relationship

LiSA performs theme song "Yuke," Inori Minase plays Mito in October 30 film ― The official website for the Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night anime film began streaming a new trailer for the film on Thursday. The trailer previews the film's theme song "Yuke" by LiSA, who also co-wrote the song. The trailer also highlights the new character Mito, played by Inori Minase. ...

Sunrise Reveals Gundam: The Witch From Mercury, 1st New Gundam TV Anime in 7 Years

Series will premiere in 2022 ― Sunrise revealed at the "Dai 2-kai Gundam Conference" event on Wednesday that it is producing the first new Gundam television anime series in seven years, titled Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo). The new anime will premiere in 2022. Sunrise opened a website in multiple languages for the anime and also revealed a logo, but w...

Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Anime Gets 9-Part Compilation TV Special

Compilation premieres in spring 2022, connects to Urðr-Hunt spinoff ― Sunrise announced on Wednesday that it is producing a new television special compilation of the Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans) television anime series. The new compilation will have nine parts, slated for a spring 2022 premiere — the same period as the Kidō Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu...

Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Directs Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island Anime Film Opening in 2022

Film to retell 15th episode of original Gundam TV series ― Sunrise revealed at the "Dai 2-kai Gundam Conference" event on Wednesday that it is producing a new anime film titled Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Cucuruz Doan no Shima). The film will open in 2022. Manga creator and animator Yoshikazu Yasuhiko will direct the film. Yasuhiko had revealed in June that he was w...
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CLAMP Releases Limited Edition Magic Knight Rayearth-Inspired Kimono

Only three kimonos of each color will be made and sold ― As part of a collaborative project between the manga creator quartet CLAMP and the city of Kyoto, a set of Kyo Yuzen kimonos inspired by the Magic Knight Rayearth series are currently available for sale. Representing the primary colors of the series' protagonists Hikaru Shidou, Umi Ryuuzaki, and Fuu Hououji, the kimonos come in red, blue, and g...
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Sentai Filmworks Reveals English Dub Cast for 1st Girls und Panzer das Finale Anime Film

Sentai Flimworks released film on BD on Tuesday ― Sentai Filmworks revealed the English dub cast for the first Girls und Panzer das Finale film on Tuesday. Margaret McDonald as Miho Rebekah Stevens as Yukari Caitlynn French as Hana Jessica Calvello as Saori Molly Searcy as Mako Christina Stroup as Anzu Serena Varghese as Yuzu Elizabeth Maxwell Genevieve Simmons as Isobe Kalin Coates as Taeko Cynthia ...

Seven Seas Licenses 3 Manga, 1 Light Novel Series

Magic Artisan Dahlia Wilts No More, Wicked Trapper: Hunter of Heroes, X-Gender, more ― Seven Seas announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the It's a Little Hard to be a Villainess of an Otome Game in Modern Society light novel series and the Magic Artisan Dahlia Wilts No More, Wicked Trapper: Hunter of Heroes, and X-Gender manga. Seven Seas will release the first volume of Tofuro Futsukaichi and ...
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Battle Spirits: Connected Battlers PS4, Switch Game Launches on January 20, 2022

Trailer reveals over 1,000 cards for video game ― Game developer and publisher FuRyu announced on Wednesday that Battle Spirits: Connected Battlers, its game for the Battle Spirits card game franchise, will launch for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on January 20, 2022. The company streamed a promotional video: The game will feature over 1,000 cards. Bandai launched its original Battle Spirits trad...
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Netflix Previews Sailor Moon Eternal Films' Key Animation Drawings

Netflix began streaming both films worldwide on June 3 ― The Netflix Anime YouTube channel posted a "Step by Step" video previewing the Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie (Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal) anime films' key animation drawings. The short video can be watched using clips from the English, German, French, Spanish, Thai, and Portuguese dubs. Closed-caption subtitles are avai...

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