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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:
Series Composition: Touko Machida (Lucky Star, The Idolm@ster)
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.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth releases on February 29― Square Enix creative director Tetsuya Nomura confirmed in an interview with Dengeki Online on Thursday that the late Keiji Fujiwara will still voice the character of Reno in the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Rebirth game. When asked by the outlet, he explained: "Reno will still be voiced by Keiji Fujiwara. We learned of his death shortly before record...
Ado performs "Kurakura" opening, Vaundy feat. Cory Wong performs "Todome no Ichigeki"― The official website for the SPY×FAMILY anime revealed the main trailer for its second season on Monday. The video reveals and previews the second season's opening theme song titled "Kurakura" by Ado, and the ending theme song "Todome no Ichigeki" (Finishing Strike) by Vaundy feat. Cory Wong. The opening song's si...
Yu Hibari's rom-com about boy discovering childhood friend is actually a girl― The live-streamed "Sneaker Bunko 35th Anniversary Festa!" special announced on Sunday that Yu Hibari and illustrator Siso's Tenkō-saki no Seiso Karen na Bishōjo ga, Mukashi Danshi to Omotte Issho ni Asonda Osananajimi Datta Ken (The Neat and Beautiful Girl at My New School Was My Childhood Friend Whom I Thought Was a Boy ...
Suisei Hoshimachi to perform with guest appearance by Mori Calliope― Anime NYC announced on Thursday that Cover Corporation's hololive production VTubers will be attending Anime NYC 2023, which will run from November 17-19. The VTubers will be attending as guests, as well as performing a special concert. Japanese talent Suisei Hoshimachi will perform in the United States for the first time on Novemb...
Volume to include 2 stories previously published in The Sneaker magazine, plus new sequel― The live-streamed "Sneaker Bunko 35th Anniversary Festa!" special provided more details about the new volume in Nagaru Tanigawa's Haruhi Suzumiya light novel series on Sunday. The volume will include two short stories previously published in Kadokawa's The Sneaker magazine, plus a new sequel to those two stori...
Get ready for super-sized anime trailer watch party with over 60 shows, live on Wednesday, September 27 at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern!
The trailer party is sponsored by Viz Media and BOOKWALKER!― Get ready for super-sized anime trailer watch party with over 60 shows! Lynzee Loveridge, Jacki Jing, James Beckett, and Geoff Thew from Mother's Basement will watch all the anime trailers for the Fall 2023 s...
I Don't Need a Happy Ending is collection of unrelated short stories about women trying to find love together and sometimes falling short of the mark.― Content Warning: this work contains sexual assault and mention of suicide ideation. Yuri readers may already be familiar with Mikanuji's work – I Don't Need a Happy Ending is the third to get an English release, following Assorted Entanglements and N...
With the exception of Jujutsu Kaisen's return, this was an exceptionally quiet season for anime. A few hidden gems stood out from the rest, while others fell victim to production woes. Read on to find the best and worst of summer 2023!― With the exception of Jujutsu Kaisen's return, this was an exceptionally quiet season for anime. A few hidden gems stood out from the rest, including Kaguya-sama di...
We spoke with Ishiguro about the hazy edges of his sci-fi series' themes and the message he hopes readers takes away from the series.― Manga creator Masakazu Ishiguro's work spans multiple genres, from the unexpected maid café workers in the comedy manga And Yet the Town Moves to the labyrinthian detective story Skygrazer. Of these works, Heavenly Delusion stands apart as a concoctive blend of body...
Heavenly Delusion is a series with more questions than answers. While there are undoubtedly many fans eagerly awaiting a continuation, we spoke with series director Hirotaka Mori and composition writer/screenwriter Makoto Fukami.― Heavenly Delusion is a series with more questions than answers. While there are undoubtedly many fans eagerly awaiting a continuation, we spoke with series director Hirota...
My third adventure in Dragon's Dogma 2 was going well—until my AI-controlled party members all decided to jump to their deaths in a giant hole.― At Tokyo Game Show 2023, I was able to spend a full hour playing the upcoming game Dragon's Dogma 2. As I spent time playing as three different characters—an archer, a thief, and a fighter—I had some wildly different adventures. As I haven't played the firs...
Fluffy Paradise's publication is the latest to show that a love of animals can be happily combined with the isekai genre.― Fluffy Paradise's publication is the latest to show that a love of animals can be happily combined with the isekai genre. Even just in Cross Infinite World's catalogue, it follows Even Dogs Go to Other Worlds, I'd Rather Have a Cat Than a Harem, and I Will Cook With My Fluffy Fr...
The final, multi-episode spanning fight between Baki and Yujiro also lived up to the hype and is one of the best in the series.― I hate that there's a sexual assault scene in this season of Baki, and mad enough about it that this review is opening with my analysis of what's easily the worst part of the season. The second episode of this season opens with revived caveman Pickle sexually assaulting a ...
The TGS Popucom demo was a super fun and silly vertical slice showing off all the basic mechanics that will be expanded upon in the full game.― At Tokyo Game Show 2023, I was able to get some hands-on time with Popucom, the new game from the studio behind Arknights. However, rather than being another tower-defense mobile game, Popucom is a co-op 3D puzzle platformer inspired by games like Puyo Puyo,...
I had a great time climbing the tower and taking down its first boss.― At Tokyo Game Show 2023, I was able to get some hands-on time with Persona 3 Reload and I was excited to try it out. Persona 3 is my favorite of the Persona games but it's also the one I feel the least need to ever go back and play again. My issue can be summed up in one word: Tartarus. Tartarus is Persona 3's randomly generated ...
Players were given the choice of two possible demos to play.― At Tokyo Game Show 2023, I was able to spend some hands-on time with the upcoming second title in the Final Fantasy VII: Remake trilogy, Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth. Players were given the choice of two possible demos to play. The first followed Cloud and the party and was set outside of the city of Junon. The second was the Nibelheim flas...
The main thing that makes Macross: Shooting Insight special is the IP.― Back in the mid-90s, I was a die-hard Robotech fan. It was one of the few anime airing on TV at the time and, in an era where it regularly cost $35 for two episodes of anime on VHS, it was awesome to have such a long, complex series to watch. Of course, as I grew older, I learned about both the original Macross anime and its var...
It's an extra big TWIG this week as Jean-Karlo discusses exciting developments in the retro game scene: Wizardry, Cotton 2, and the unexpected return of his personal favorite ninja, Izuna!― Welcome back, folks! I must say, Thousand-Year Door fans wasted no time sticking true to form in the week-and-change since Nintendo announced the remake. Between concerns over the 30fps framerate or bellyaching a...
Cid's voice actor Seiichirō Yamashita discusses voicing a character with two different sides and what makes The Eminence in Shadow anime so unique.― The Eminence in Shadow follows a young man named Cid who would much rather train to be the ultimate background character and use his strong powers to change the scene from the shadows instead of being in the spotlight himself. After dying and being rei...