Title: Ai Mai Mi Starts: Thursday, Jan 03 at 11:00PM JST on AT-X Studio:Seven Genre: Comedy Website:
Cast: Ai Kayano (Chihayafuru's Kanade Oe), Yuka Otsubo (Yuruyuri's Kyoko Toshino), Maaya Uchida (Sankarea's Rea Sanka), Aya Uchida (Recorder and Randsell's Hina-chan)
Summary: Based on Choboraunyopomi's four-panel comedy manga, the series follows three girls in a manga club, who along with their teacher, are busy fighting evil extraterrestrial invaders and competing in various tournaments... when they're not drawing manga.
Title: Amnesia Starts:Wednesday, January 09 at 12:30AM JST on Tokyo MX Studio: Brain's Base Genre: Romance Website:
Summary: This television series adapts Amnesia, a romance adventure game targeted at female players. In the game, the protagonist wakes up to discover that she has no memories of the past, but tries to recall her memories through the help of a spirit named Orion.
Title: Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman Starts:Tuesday, Jan 08 at 2:05AM JST on TV Tokyo Studio: TMS Entertainment Genre: Fantasy, History Website:
Original character design: Monkey Punch (Lupin III)
Cast: Kazuya Nakai as Roman (One Piece's Roronoa Zoro, Mardock Scramble's Shell Septinos)
Summary: Main character Manjiro is a "helper" by day, but at night, he becomes Roman, a phantom thief "retriever" who steals back people's precious items that were unfairly taken from them.
Title: Beast Saga Starts: Sunday, Jan 13 at 8:44AM JST on TV Tokyo Studio: Synergy SP Genre: Adventure, Action Website:
Director: Katsumi Ono (Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's)
Character design: Yoshihiro Nagamori (Bakugan Battle Brawlers)
Summary: This series takes place on a distant planet called Beast where three beast tribes fight each other to protect their honor, and an infinite elemental power source called Godlot.
Title: Boku no Imoto wa "Osaka Okan" Starts:Saturday, Dec 22 at 1:55AM JST on BS-Asahi Studio: Charaction Genre: Comedy Website:
Original character design: Sota Sugahara (gdgd Fairies)
Script: Kotaro Ishidate (gdgd Fairies)
Summary: This series adapts Chukei Shuppan's Osaka Okan Rule and Osaka Rule, comedic guides for dealing with people from Osaka, in particular Osakan mothers. Protagonist Kyosuke is looking forward to reuniting with his sister after ten years, but she's nothing like he remembers.
Title: Chihayafuru 2 Starts:Friday, Jan 11 on NTV Studio: Madhouse Genre: Comedy, Drama Website:
Returning Director: Morio Asaka
Returning cast: Asami Seto as Chihaya Ayase, Ai Kayano as Kanade Oe, Mamoru Miyano as Taichi Mashima, Tooru Nara as Yusei Nishida, Tsubasa Yonaga as Tsutomu Komano, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Arata Wataya
Summary: Chihayafuru continues as main character Chihaya enters her second year of high school, and continues to chase her dream of being the number one karuta player in Japan.
Title: Courtesy of Zettai Karen Children - The Unlimited - Hyobu Kyosuke Starts:Tuesday, Jan 08 at 1:35AM JST on TV Tokyo Studio: Manglobe Genre: Action, Science Fiction Website:
Soundtrack: Kotaro Nakagawa (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)
Series script: Shinchi Inotsume (Hayate the Combat Butler, Sket Dance)
Summary: A spinoff of Psychic Squad, the series follows an esper outlaw who was betrayed in the past by humans.
Title: Cuticle Detective Inaba Starts:Friday, Jan 04 at 11:30PM JST on AT-X Studio: ZEXCS Genre: Comedy, Action Website:
Summary: This series centers around a hikikomori named Sasami, who was taken care of by her brother. Sasami spends her days keeping track of the outside world using her Brother Surveillance Tool, which catches glimpses of her brother's interactions with the three beautiful Yagami sisters.
Title: Senran Kagura Starts:Sunday, Jan 06 at 8:30PM JST on AT-X Studio: Artland Genre: Action Website:
Director: Takashi Watanabe (Shakugan no Shana)
Script: Takao Yoshioka (Sekirei, Elfen Lied)
Summary: This series is adapted from MarvelousAQL's Senrai Kagura side-scrolling action game based around female ninjas.
Title: Senyu. Starts:Wednesday, Jan 09 at 1:35AM JST on TV Tokyo Studio: Ordet, Liden Films Genre: Website:
Cast: Hiro Shimono as Aruba, Yuichi Nakamura as Rosu
Director: Yutaka Yamamoto (Kannagi, Fractale)
Summary: This series follows the adventures of Aruba and Rosu, two descendents of an ancient hero who long ago sealed away the demon king Rukimedesu. Now they must fight the demons which have suddenly appeared from a mysterious hole.
Title: Tamako Market Starts:Wednesday, Jan 09 on Tokyo MX Studio: Kyoto Animation Genre: Comedy Website:
Director: Naoko Yamada (K-ON!
Script: Reiko Yoshida (K-ON!, Bakuman)
Summary: Tamako Market follows the cheerful Tamako Kitashirakawa, the mochi-loving daughter of a mochi shopkeeper in the shopping district.
Title: Yama no Susume Starts:Thursday, Jan 02 at 1:30AM JST on Tokyo MX/UHF Studio: 8bit Genre: Website:
Director: Yusuke Yamamoto (Sgt. Frog)
Summary: This series follows two childhood friends: Aoi, a girl who would rather stay indoors, and Hinata, a girl who loves mountains. They decide to climb a mountain in order to see the sunrise from its peak.
Company explains delay of release is due to lack of scripts in Japan― Right Stuf announced in a behind-the-scenes video on February 17 that Nozomi Entertainment will release the entire anime franchise based on Kōji Kumeta's Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei manga, including all three television anime seasons and both original video anime (OVA) works. Nozomi Entertainment announced at Anime Expo in July 2019...
Ruby Rose Turner, Neil Patrick Harris, Rosario Dawson, David Tennant, more star in May 27 anime― Justin Leach, a producer for Netflix's four-episode original anime Eden, revealed the English dub cast for Eden on Wednesday. The dub cast includes: Ruby Rose Turner as Sara Neil Patrick Harris as Zero Rosario Dawson as A37 David Tennant as E92 JP Karliak as S566 Cassandra Lee Morris as Zurich Julie Nath...
Yui Horie, Ryota Takeuchi, Tomomi Mineuchi, Daisuke Namikawa, Yumi Hara, more join Sunrise anime― The official website for the television anime of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Scarlet Nexus role-playing game began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video reveals more of the voice cast, the main staff, and the July 1 premiere for the anime. Funimation is streaming an Eng...
Everyone's talking about 86, a recent light novel anime that tackles racism head on. While initially it seemed to be handling its moral quandary in a very basic way, 86 has since broke away for something deeper and even more horrific.― Everyone's talking about 86, a recent light novel anime that tackles racism head on. While initially it seemed to be handling its moral quandary in a very basic way,...
Here's the good news: This season of Castlevania is, in almost every conceivable way, and improvement on its third. Everything that past seasons of Castlevania have done well, Season 4 does better.― Badass monster murder-fights aside, Castlevania's third season was largely an experiment in determining what strange new directions writer Warren Ellis could push the world and the characters of his exte...
Jacki Jing interviews executive producer Kevin Kolde about the final season of the hit animated series and gets the nitty-gritty on the ending!― After three successful seasons, the sun is rising on the popular animated adaptation of the video game series Castlevania. ANN's Jacki Jing spoke with executive producer Kevin Kolde about the final season and how the production team avoided slipping up in i...
Wake up every Sunday to a curated list of ANN's most interesting posts of the week. Think of it like having a friend who reads everything so you don't have to—and then sums up the highlights right in your inbox.― There's a lot of news every week and it can be pretty hard to follow! Subscribe to The weekly ANNouncements Newsletter you can expect to wake up every Sunday to a curated list of ANN's most...
Hanasakeru Seishōnen is an interesting mix of intrigue and insane shoujo romance premise. It can get a bit too intense at times, and there are definitely points where you need to just back away slowly because of that, but overall it's a good story.― Hanasakeru Seishonen, based on the manga of the same name by Natsumi Itsuki, is a bit deceptive. It begins, like many another shoujo romance of the 1980...
LUDiMUS COO Takumi Furusato details the history of piracy in Japan from the 1950s on and how the government continues to combat leaks, fakes, and knock-offs.― 150 million copies; 39.6 billion yen (US$364.67 million) of box office sales; 28.7 million viewers. The numbers above are all related to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Since the manga debuted on Weekly Shonen Jump in February 2016, this dark ...
What happens when you take the magical girl formula, replace it with muscly fairy men and throw in some Buddhism for good measure? Fairy Ranmaru almost defies classification but its outer silliness is hiding a much deeper, more thoughtful show.― What happens when you take the magical girl formula, replace it with muscly fairy men and throw in some Buddhism for good measure? Fairy Ranmaru almost def...
The next group of heroes square off in a battle of pure adrenaline. Class 1-B has another trick up its sleeve as Mudman proves to be the real brains behind the operation. But Iida has a new power up? How'd he increase his speed?― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 95: Grossest Moment in My Hero Academia Yet The next group of heroes square off in a battle of pure adrenaline. Real Steel decides ...
While things are fairly predictable as far as the romance trajectory goes, one of the nicest elements of the story is the way that the boys both try to learn about what the other is interested in.― This Wonderful Season with You is Tokyopop's second release of one of Atsuko Yusen's BL titles, following the adorable Dekoboko Sugar Days with another story about two boys of two very different sizes fal...
Tohru's story is still often framed by readers of all genders as being more about the Soma family members she helps, who are overwhelmingly male.― I cannot count the number of conversations I've had about Fruits Basket over the years since it first came out. I've discussed it with students, with random people at bookstores and libraries, in attempts to explain it to my parents. Sooner or later, with...
Another Eden is the latest offering from members of theChrono Trigger team It has a high pedigree and some great quality-of-life features, but is it a loving tribute to those original Squaresoft titles, or just a half-baked shadow?― It's been a long time since I sat down with a gacha game the way I have over the last couple of weeks. My disdain for the genre has always been palpable – I've never bee...