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Utena Black Rose Arc Stage Musical Reveals Visual

― The official website for the stage musical adaptations of the Revolutionary Girl Utena (Shōjo Kakumei Utena) anime revealed a new visual for the Shōjo Kakumei Utena ~Fukaku Hokorobu Kuro Bara no~ musical on Thursday. The musical will run at Theatre G-Rosso in Tokyo from June 29 to July 7. The cast members for Utena, Anthy, Juri, Nanami, and Wakaba are returning from last year's musical. The musica...
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Funimation Streams Ghost In The Shell, Psycho-Pass, Steins;Gate Films

― Funimation confirmed with ANN on Thursday that four more anime films are streaming for the first time on FunimationNow. All four films are available both with an English dub and subtitles. The newly added films are: Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Psycho-Pass Steins;Gate: The Movie - Load Region of Déjà Vu Funimation previously released all of the films on home vi...
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God Wars: The Complete Legend Game's PC Version Launches on June 14

The official website for the God Wars: The Complete Legend (God Wars: Nippon Shinwa Taisen) game revealed on Tuesday that the game will launch for PC via Steam in Japan on June 14. The Steam version will add mouse and keyboards controls, the ability to change the order of party members on the menu screen, and a feature that automatically arranges characters on the map. The updates with the Steam v...
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Game of Thrones' George R. R. Martin Has Consulted on Japanese Game

Author George R.R. Martin revealed in a blog post on Monday that he has consulted on a Japanese video game. Martin is best known for his A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels, which inspired HBO's Game of Thrones television series. The series aired its final episode on Sunday. Martin published A Dance with Dragons, the fifth novel of A Song of Ice and Fire, in 2011, with two more novels planned. S...
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Dr. Stone Anime Reveals Designs for 4 More Characters

― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed four more character designs on Monday for the television anime adaptation of Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga. The magazine previously revealed the cast for the characters in March. Gen Sato as Chrome Manami Numakura as Kohaku Tomoaki Maeno as Kinro Ayumu Murase as Ginro Shinya Iino (storyboards, episode direct...
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Black Clover Anime Reveals Visual for New Arc Featuring Humans vs Elves

― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed a fourth main visual on Monday for the Black Clover anime. The visual is for the upcoming new arc in the anime, which will feature a great battle of humans vs. elves. The anime premiered in Japan in October 2017. The show was originally listed with 51 episodes, but it continued into a new season with episode 52 last October....
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I'm From Japan Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on May 27

― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Seiji Hayashi's I'm From Japan (Jimoto ga Japan) manga will have an "important announcement" in the magazine's next issue on May 27. The manga's television anime adaptation premiered within the Oha-Suta program on April 8. New episodes air on Mondays within the program's new "Kyara Suta" segment. Viz Media pub...
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Aniplex USA to Release Sword Art Online II BD Box Set in September

― Aniplex of America announced at its panel at Anime Central on Friday that it will release a complete Blu-ray Disc box set for the Sword Art Online II television anime series. The set will feature Japanese and English audio tracks and English and Spanish subtitles. Bonus content includes audio commentary, textless openings and endings, the "Sword Art Offline 2" anime short, web previews, a mini pin...
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Spike Chunsoft Releases AI: The Somnium Files Game in Europe on September 20, Crystar Game in Europe on August 30

― Spike Chunsoft announced on Friday that it will release Furyu Corporation's Crystar game in Europe physically and digitally for the PlayStation 4 on August 30. The company will release the game in North America for PS4 and PC via Steam on August 27. In the game's story, Rei and her younger sister Mirai find themselves in the afterlife world "Hengoku." While they are both confused and trying to fin...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate Game Now Listed With General 2019 Release

― The official website for 5pb.'s Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game is currently listing the game with a general 2019 release date. The game was originally slated for release in March 2018. 5pb. has delayed the game multiple times to summer 2018, then a general 2019 release, then again to a spring 2019 release before this most ...
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Touhou Kikeijū: Wily Beast and Weakest Creature Game Launches on Steam on September 10

― Steam is listing that Mediascape will release Team Shanghai Alice's Touhou Kikeijū: Wily Beast and Weakest Creature, the 17th main game in the Touhou Project game series, on September 10. The release will have text in Japanese only. ZUN (founder and sole member of the Team Shanghai Alice dōjin game developer circle) stated in April he plans to complete the game by this summer. ZUN released a demo ...
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'Is the order a rabbit?? Sing For You' OVA Ships on September 26

― The official website for the Is the order a rabbit?? Sing For You original video anime (OVA) project revealed on Friday that the anime will ship on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on September 26. The website also revealed a key visual. Hiroyuki Hashimoto returns to direct the OVA at production doA. Kazuyuki Fudeyasu returns as scriptwriter, and Yousuke Okuda returns as character designer. In the story, Chin...
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Seven Deadly Sins Smartphone RPG Launches on June 4

― The official website for Netmarble's Nanatsu no Taizai ~Hikari to Yami no Grand Cross (The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross of Light and Darkness) smartphone role-playing game announced on Thursday that the game will launch in Japan on June 4. The game has received more than 3 million pre-registrations. Netmarble began streaming a promotional video and a content introduction video for the game in Ma...
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Famitsu: Switch Outsells Combined Sales of PS4, PS4 Pro in Japan

― Japanese gaming news website Famitsu announced on Thursday that according to its research, the Nintendo Switch console has sold an estimated 8,125,637 units in Japan. Comparatively, Famitsu stated combined sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro consoles in Japan number at an estimated 8,077,756 units (6,918,073 for PS4 and 1,159,683 for PS4 Pro). According to Famitsu's research, the Wii sold 7,814...
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Suehiro Maruo Pens New 1-Shot 'Olanda-san' Manga

― Manga creator Suehiro Maruo published a new 32-page one-shot manga titled "Olanda-san" (The Dutchman) in this year's 24th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine on Thursday. The manga centers on a missionary and a nameless boy, both connected by the "two hells" that are Auschwitz and Nagasaki. The one-shot is part of the magazine's series of "Carnaval" one-shots that celebrate the magazine's 35th an...
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AI: The Somnium Files Game Delayed to September in N. America

― Spike Chunsoft announced on Wednesday that Kōtarō Uchikoshi's new AI: The Somnium Files game has been delayed to September 17 in North America. The game was previously slated to launch worldwide on July 25 for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The visual novel is set in modern-day Tokyo, but with some technology advancements. Players play as Kamane Date, a detective tracking do...
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'Kamen Rider Zero-One' Trademark Registered Under Toei

― A trademark for "Kamen Rider Zero-One" was filed under Toei on April 19. The trademark went public on May 14. The first television series that launched the live-action special effects franchise Kamen Rider premiered in 1971, and the current series, Kamen Rider Zi-O, premiered last September. The trademark for Kamen Rider Zi-O went public in May last year. Thanks to XLord31 for the news tip. Source...
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GKIDS, Shout! Factory Release 'Ronja, The Robber's Daughter' on BD in August

GKIDS announced on Monday that it and Shout! Factory will release Goro Miyazaki and POLYGON PICTURES' Ronja the Robber's Daughter television anime on Blu-ray Disc on August 20. The release will include all 26 episodes with the English dub, English subtitles with Japanese audio, a "making-of" featurette, and an interview with Goro Miyazaki. GKIDS licensed the anime last year. United Kingdom-based d...
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Welcome to the Ballroom Manga Prepares to Return From Hiatus

― Tomo Takeuchi revealed on her Twitter account on Monday that she has returned to work, and she is preparing to resume her Welcome to the Ballroom manga in Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine. Takeuchi said she is currently revising a compiled book volume, and a manuscript is progressing little by little. The manga went on hiatus in December 2017 due to Takeuchi's health. Although the hiatus was ini...
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Hot Gimmick Manga Gets New Chapter in June

― The June issue of Shogakukan's Betsucomi magazine revealed on Monday that Miki Aihara will publish a new one-shot chapter for her Hot Gimmick manga in the magazine's July issue on June 13. The manga will feature on the July issue's cover, and the chapter will have an opening color page. The chapter's title is "Tachibana Ryoki wa Ubenawanai" (Ryoki Tachibana Won't Agree). The chapter will celebrate...
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The Promised Neverland Manga Takes 1-Week Break

― This year's 24th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland manga will take a one-week break and will not appear in the magazine's next issue on May 20, and will return in the 26th issue on May 27. The manga will take the break so that Shirai can recover from health issues. Shirai and Demizu launched The Promised N...
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Black Lagoon Author's New 341 Sentōdan Manga Launches on June 12

― The June issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Saturday that Rei Hiroe's new 341 Sentōdan (341 Combat Team) manga will launch in the magazine's July issue on June 12. The "youth war drama" takes place on the chaotic frontline of countries at war. A certain person stands at the head of a combat team that is sweeping across the land. The story follows the strong and fleeti...
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Taiwanese Rating Board Lists 'Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]' PS4, Switch Game

― Taiwan's Digital Game Rating Committee is listing an "Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]" game for the PlayStation 4 and Switch. The latest installment in French Bread's Under Night In-Birth fighting game series is Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]. The arcade version of the game launched in July 2015 in Japan, and Arc System Works released the game on the PS3 and PS4 in Japan in July 2017. Aksys...
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Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae Dake ka yo Anime Reveals October Premiere

The official website for the television anime of Rakuda and Buriki's Ore wo Suki na no wa Omae Dake ka yo (Are You Really the Only One Who Likes Me) light novel series revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere in October. In the romantic comedy series, Amatsuyu Kirasagi is invited out alone by the cool beauty upperclassman Cosmos and his childhood friend Himawari. Expecting to hear their con...
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Tohru Fujisawa Pens 67-Page Science Fiction 1-Shot Manga in June (Updated)

― This year's sixth volume of Kodansha's Young Magazine the 3rd magazine revealed on Tuesday that Tohru Fujisawa will draw a new 67-page science fiction one-shot manga titled "Sodom Keepers" in the magazine's next issue on June 6. The magazine posted a preview image of the manga on Twitter on Monday. Fujisawa recently announced that he will launch a new manga titled Re: Animal Joe on May 13. Fujisaw...
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Real Account Manga Enters Final Arc

― Manga creator Shizumu Watanabe posted on Twitter on Thursday that their and Okushō's Real Account manga has entered its final arc as of the latest chapter. The latest chapter debuted in the June issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine on Thursday. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga digitally in English and it describes the manga: Like many of his peers, Ataru Kashiwagi has found himself ...
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Netflix Premieres 7SEEDS Anime Worldwide on June 28

― The official website for the anime of Yumi Tamura's 7SEEDS manga revealed on Wednesday that Netflix will debut the anime worldwide on June 28. The site previously announced in March that the anime will premiere in June, a delay from its original April premiere date. Netflix describes the anime: In the immediate future, a giant meteorite has collided with earth. All living organisms, including mank...
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Ahiru no Sora Basketball Anime Premieres in October

― This year's 23rd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine announced on Wednesday that the television anime of Takeshi Hinata's Ahiru no Sora manga will premiere in October. The magazine's 24th issue will reveal the show's cast on May 15. Keizou Kusakawa (Fuuka, Aho-Girl, KanColle) is credited as chief director, while Shingo Tamaki (Aho-Girl) is directing the anime at diomedea. Go Zappa (Beatless...
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'Pet' Anime Premieres This Fall

― The official website for the television anime adaptation of the Remaster Edition of Ranjō Miyake's Pet manga is listing that the anime will premiere this fall. The anime stars: Keisuke Ueda as Hiroki Kishō Taniyama as Tsukasa Yuuki Ono as Satoru Yasuyuki Kase as Hayashi Takahiro Ōmori (Durarara!!) is directing the anime at Geno Studio (Genocidal Organ, Kokkoku) for Twin Engine. Sadayuki Murai (Nat...
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Caste Heaven Boys Love Smartphone Game Launches

― The smartphone game of Chise Ogawa's Caste Heaven boys love manga launched in Japan on April 23. The love simulation game by 1080lab is available for the Ameba game platform. Players are receiving various in-game rewards after the game earned more than 100,000 pre-registrations. The game's story revolves around a "caste game," in which cards determine the students' rankings. Envy and desire around...
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Gintama Manga Continues in App Starting on May 13 (Updated)

― The official app for Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama franchise revealed on Wednesday that the manga will continue in the app starting on May 13 with the 702nd chapter. The app stated that the manga is "finally, truly, truly starting its countdown to its climax." The manga ended its run in Weekly Shonen Jump in last year's 42nd issue on September 15 as planned, but Shueisha announced on September 15 that...
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Sony to Stop Repairing PSP-3000, PS3 CECH-3000 Devices in Japan

― The official Twitter account for Sony's PlayStation customer support announced on April 23 that Sony will end repair services in Japan for the PlayStation 3's CECH-3000 model ("PS3 Slim"), and the PlayStation Portable's PSP-3000 ("PSP Slim"). Services for the CECH-3000 will end on May 31, while the PSP-3000 will end at an as-yet unspecified date. For the PSP-3000, the customer support account adde...
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Limited Run Games to Update on Final PS Vita Plans on June 10

― Game distributor Limited Run Games revealed on its Twitter account on April 23 that it will hold its press conference for the E3 trade show event on June 10, during which it will announce its upcoming releases, including all of its remaining releases for the PlayStation Vita platform. Limited Run Games previously announced that it will release The House in Fata Morgana visual novel on the PlayStat...
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Academy Reveals Eligibility Rule Changes for Animated Feature Film, Short Film Categories

― The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on April 23 that it has changed the rules for the Animated Feature Film category, removing the requirement that eight eligible animated features have theatrical releases in a single calendar year for the category to be activated. In addition, nominations voting is automatically open to members in the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch...
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Machikado Mazoku TV Anime Premieres in July

― The official website for Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Carat magazine revealed the cover of the June issue that lists that the television anime adaptation of Izumo Ito's Machikado Mazoku (Street Corner Demon) manga will premiere in July on TBS and BS-TBS. Hiroaki Sakurai (Cromartie High School, Maid Sama!, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.) is directing the anime at J.C. Staff. Keiichirō Ōchi (La Co...
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Yutaka Yamamoto's Hakubo Anime Film Opens in Japan on June 21

― The official website for director Yutaka Yamamoto's original anime project Hakubo (Twilight) revealed on Friday that the film open in Japan on June 21. The anime was previously slated for 2018 before being delayed to 2019. The anime was most recently slated to open at Porepore Cinemas Iwaki Onahama in Fukushima prefecture on May 24, then screen elsewhere in Fukushima before getting the larger coun...
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Digital Manga Launches New Self-Published Yuri Label on May 1 (Updated)

― Digital Manga, Inc. revealed on Thursday that it is launching a new imprint named "Lilyka" that will specialize in self-published (dōjin) yuri manga. The imprint's online store will launch on May 1. The company's other publishing imprints include DMP Books (general audience manga), Juné (yaoi), 801 Media (adult yaoi), and Project-H (hentai), among others. The company recently merged its ebook reta...
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Super Neptunia RPG Game Launches in June for PS4, Switch, PC

― Idea Factory International announced on Thursday that it will release Compile Heart's Super Neptunia RPG (Yūsha Neptune: Sekai yo Uchū yo Katsumoku se yo!! Ultimate RPG Sengen!!) game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on June 25 in North America and June 28 in Europe. The game's Steam version will launch on June 20. The game will have both physical and digital editions for PS4 and Switch. The ...
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P.A. Works Producer Expresses Desire to Work With Jun Maeda on New Original Project

― Both the official Japanese and English Twitter accounts for the P.A. Works animation studio revealed on April 18 and 19, respectively, that studio producer Mitsuhito Tsuji would like to work on a new original work with writer Jun Maeda. Tsuji also noted that the sixth episode of Charlotte and the 10th episode of Angel Beats! were the most that Tsuji cried at a P.A. Works show. Maeda first collabor...
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Ys IX: Monstrum Nox PS4 Game Launches in Japan on September 26

― The official website for Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, Nihon Falcom's latest entry in its Ys role-playing game series, announced on Thursday that the game will launch for the PlayStation 4 on September 26. The game's story takes place in Baldeuk, northeast of Esteria in the Gria Eldlingen region. A new adventure will unfold in this "prison city" and will revolve around the mystery regarding "Monstrum," peo...
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Magical Sempai Manga Takes 1-Month Break

― This year's 21st issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine revealed on Monday that AZU's Magical Sempai (Tejina Senpai) manga will take "around" a one-month break. Kodansha will announce the manga's return once preparations are finished on the magazine's official website and Twitter account. The editorial department explained that AZU had previously taken a few breaks in order to raise a child (o...
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Goku From Dragon Ball GT Joins Dragon Ball Fighterz Game as DLC in May

― The June issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that the character Goku from the Dragon Ball GT anime will join Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball FighterZ game as a DLC character in May. The new character is part of the game's new "FighterZ Pass 2" season. As with the previous FighterZ Pass, players can purchase the characters individually, or purchase FighterZ Pass 2 for ...
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Aniplex USA Releases Monogatari Series Second Season Anime on Blu-ray in June

Aniplex of America announced on Friday that it will release the Monogatari Series Second Season anime on Blu-ray Disc for the first time on June 25. The release will include all 28 English-subtitled episodes that include the Nekomonogatari (White), Hanamonogatari, Onimonogatari, Kabukimonogatari, Otorimonogatari, and Koimonogatari anime. The box set will retail for US$269.98. Aniplex of America al...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime to Have 26 Episodes

― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga revealed on Friday that the series will air for two cours (quarters of a year) and have 26 episodes. The series premiered on April 6, and Aniplex of America has licensed the anime. The show is streaming on Hulu, Crunchyroll, and FunimationNow. Aniplex of America describes the story: It ...
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Virtua Racing Game Releases on Switch in Japan Through Sega Ages Project on April 25

― Sega announced on Friday that it will release the Virtua Racing game for the Nintendo Switch as part of its Sega Ages project on April 25. Sega is reviving its Sega Ages project for Nintendo Switch in Japan, North America, and Europe. The company has already released Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Force IV/Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar, Phantasy Star, Out Run, Gain Ground, Puyo Puyo, and A...
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Death End Re;quest Game Launches for Steam on May 16

― Idea Factory International announced on Tuesday that Compile Heart's Death end re;Quest game will launch for PC via Steam on May 16. The release will include all of the original content from the Japanese version of the game, as well as English, Japanese, and traditional Chinese subtitles. The Steam release will allow players to obtain the free and paid DLC from the PlayStation 4 version, except fo...
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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Game's Arcade Version Launches on April 25

― Arc System Works announced on Thursday that the arcade version of the BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle crossover fighting game will launch on April 25. The original PlayStation 4 and Switch game shipped in Japan and Asia in May 2018. Arc System Works America released the game with an English dub in North America in June 2018, and PQube released the game in Europe later that same month. The game also lau...
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Spice & Wolf VR Anime Slated for June 3 on Oculus Rift & Go, HTC VIVE

The official Twitter account for the virtual reality anime based on Isuna Hasekura's Spice & Wolf novels announced on Tuesday that the anime will debut on June 3 for Oculus Rift, HTC VIVE, and Oculus Go Edition. The announcement did not specify when the project will be available for PlayStation VR and Oculus Quest. The independent development circle Spicy Tails had previously planned to release th...
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Fairy gone Anime Listed With 24 Episodes

― The official website for P.A. Works' original television anime Fairy gone revealed on Sunday that the anime will have eight Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video releases in Japan, for a total of 24 episodes. Each volume will also have "special video content." The volumes are slated to ship in Japan on July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, December 18, January 22, February 19, and March 18. The ...
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Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko Magazine Moves From Bimonthly to Seasonal Release

― The official website for Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko Magazine revealed on Wednesday that the magazine is switching from a bimonthly (every other month) release format to a seasonal release (every three months) format. The next issue, the magazine's August issue, will ship on July 10. The light novel magazine launched in December 2007 as a successor to the Dengeki hp magazine. Aside from light novels,...
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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Game Sells 2 Million Copies Worldwide in Less Than 10 Days

― Activision announced on Thursday that FromSoftware's Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice game has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide in less than 10 days. The game launched for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on March 22. Activision is publishing the game, and it describes the game: Directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, and published by Activision, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a third-person, acti...
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Square Enix's Last Idea Smartphone Game Launches on April 18

― Square Enix announced on Friday that it will launch official service for its Last Idea smartphone treasure-hunting role-playing game on April 18 for iOS and Android. The game follows a novice treasure hunter, the protagonist, and a mysterious amnesiac girl named Lucrecia. In the beginning, the protagonist goes to an abandoned castle on an island to follow a lead given to them by a fortune teller f...
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Sentai Filmworks' A-Channel Anime Release Goes Out of Print This Month

― Sentai Filmworks is listing that its home video release of the A-Channel anime series will go out of print as of April 30, or as long as supplies last. The company's site is currently selling the Blu-ray Disc for US$11.99 and the DVD for US$9.99. The company released the series on DVD in 2012, and then on Blu-ray Disc in 2015. Sentai Filmworks describes the story: Toru and Run have been best frien...
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Jinrui no Minasama e Survival Adventure Game Delayed to June 27

― Nippon Ichi Software announced on Thursday that it and Acquire's Jinrui no Minasama e (To All of Mankind) survival adventure game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch has been delayed from May 30 to June 27. The company listed further quality improvement as the reason for the delay. The game's concept is “girls surviving in a somehow ruined Akihabara." Yū Akinashi (Love, Election and Chocolate, L...
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Super Neptunia RPG's PS4, Switch Release Delayed to Summer in West

― Idea Factory International announced on Thursday that its planned release of Compile Heart's Super Neptunia RPG (Yūsha Neptune: Sekai yo Uchū yo Katsumoku se yo!! Ultimate RPG Sengen!!) game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch is delayed from this spring to summer. The release will include both physical and digital versions in North America and Europe. The PS4 release will include "two slightly ...
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Love Live! Anime's Website Domain Taken Over by Outside Party

Domain redirects to Kan Colle, Azur Lane, High School Fleet sites ― The official Twitter account for the Love Live! franchise reported on Friday that the anime's official website domain was taken over and manipulated by an outside party. The current website at the domain now contains a message that alleges that the outside party did not have to hack via programming or manipulate data to gain control ...
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Netflix Subscription Price Increase Rolls Out for Existing Subscribers in May

― Netflix announced on Wednesday that its planned increase of subscription plan prices will take effect for existing subscribers in May. Netflix announced the price increase in January, but it only took effect immediately for new subscribers, with a roll out to existing subscribers planned at the time for the "next three months." The increase affects users in the United States, as well as in 40 Lati...
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New Persona 5 'P5S' Project Teased With April 25 News

― Atlus opened a teaser website on Tuesday for a new Persona 5 project labeled "P5S." The site teases more information for the project on April 25. Persona 5 shipped for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in Japan on September 15, 2016. The game shipped in North America on April 4, 2017 after a delay. The game featured animation sequences from the Production I.G studio. Atlus recently revealed the ...
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'My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected' Novel Series' 14th Volume Gets Indefinite Delay

― The official website of Shogakukan's GAGAGA Bunko label revealed on Monday that the 14th and final volume of Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected light novel series has been delayed indefinitely. The volume had been slated to ship on April 18. The final volume was originally slated to ship last November, but it did not ship that month, and was listed with a March 19 rel...
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Square Enix's New 3rd Development Division Starts Main Development on 'Large-Scale HD Title'

― Square Enix is currently listing on its recruitment page that its newly formed 3rd Development Division is working on a "large-scale HD title." Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn producer and director Naoki Yoshida is the head of the new division, which is based on the former "Business Division 5." The listing states that the division is working on a "new key project" and is "starting a new challen...
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New Japanese Era Name is 'Reiwa'

― The Japanese government announced on Monday that the new Japanese era name when Crown Prince Naruhito accedes to the Imperial Throne will be "Reiwa" (令和), spelled with the kanji for "command/order" and "peace." The source of the kanji is inspired by the Man'yōshū, the oldest existing collection of Japanese poetry. In the case of the passage it refers to, the "rei" in this case means more "auspicio...
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Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san TV Anime to Have 12 Episodes

― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Rimukoro's Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san (Senko, the Always-Helpful Fox) manga revealed on Friday that the anime will have 12 episodes, and will ship on three home video releases in July, August, and September. The show will premiere on April 10 at 10:30 p.m., before airing later on Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and BS11. The sho...
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Fuji Creative Reveals Episode Counts for Sarazanmai, Dororo Anime

― Fuji Creative Corporation is currently listing that the Sarazanmai anime will have 11 episodes, and the Dororo anime will have 24 episodes. Dororo premiered on Tokyo MX on January 7, before later airing on BS11 and Jidaieki Senmon Channel. The show is streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. The "new chapter" of the anime will debut on April 8 with new opening and ending theme songs. Sarazanma...
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Caladrius Blaze Game Listed for Switch by Ratings Board

The Digital Game Rating Committee of Taiwan is listing Moss' Caladrius Blaze shooter game for release on the Nintendo Switch. The listing does not reveal a release date. Moss released the original Caladrius game for the Xbox 360 in April 2013. Caladrius Blaze, a new version of the game with more features, launched for the PlayStation 3 in August 2013 and for PC via Steam in January 2017. The game ...
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Localization Company Lists English Versions of The Snack World Anime, Game

Localization company 3Beep lists work on the "English language versions" of Level 5' The Snack World television anime and game. The anime premiered in Japan in April 2017 and aired for 50 episodes. Cartoon Network Asia will air the anime in Asia this year. Level 5's official website for the cross-media project describes the television anime: Chup and his friends' impossible adventure finally begin...
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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Game's Arcade Version Launches in Late April

― Arc System Works announced on Monday that the arcade version of the BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle crossover fighting game will launch in late April. In addition, the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC versions of the game will get a major update in mid-May. The update will add Heart Aino from Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX SIX STARS!!!!!!, Naoto Kurogane from BlazBlue Central Fiction, Kuma/Teddie from P...
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Shōmetsu Toshi Anime to Have 12 Episodes

― A flyer from Pony Canyon's booth at the AnimeJapan 2019 event on Monday listed the television anime of Wright Flyer Studios' Shōmetsu Toshi (Annihilated City — Where I End and You Begin) smartphone game with 12 episodes. The flyer also lists the English title as After Lost. The show will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 7 at 11:30 p.m., before airing later that evening on BS11. The show will also lat...
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RobiHachi TV Anime to Have 12 Episodes

― A flyer from Pony Canyon's booth at the AnimeJapan 2019 event on Monday listed the original television anime RobiHachi with 12 episodes. The anime will premiere on AbemaTV and AT-X on April 8 at 11:30 p.m., and it will debut later on BS11, Tokyo MX, and MBS. The anime's first two episodes will also premiere in advance at a voice actor talk and screening event at Shinjuku Wald 9 theater on March 29...
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One Piece Anime Enters Reverie Arc

This year's 17th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the One Piece television anime will soon enter the Reverie Arc. The magazine also revealed a visual. The One Piece anime entered the current "Whole Cake Island" arc with the 783rd episode in April 2017. One Piece is getting a new film in the franchise titled One Piece Stampede on August 9 to commemorate the TV...
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Fragtime Yuri Anime Debuts This Year

― A flyer from Pony Canyon's booth at the AnimeJapan 2019 event on Monday listed the anime adaptation of Sato's Fragtime manga with a debut this year. The "time-stopping yuri" manga centers on high school student Misuzu Moritani. Misuzu has the power to stop time for three minutes a day. One day, she uses that power to try to peek up the skirt of her classmate, the beautiful Haruka Murakami, but the...
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Re:Stage! Dream Days Anime to Have 12 Episodes

― A flyer from Pony Canyon's booth at the AnimeJapan 2019 event on Monday listed the Re:Stage! Dream Days television anime with 12 episodes. The anime will premiere in July. Shin Katagai (My Sweet Tyrant, Neo Angelique Abyss) is directing the series as Yumeta Company and Graphinica. Motohiro Taniguchi (Yuruyuri San Hai!, My Sweet Tyrant) is designing the characters based on original designs by Tsuba...
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Etorouji Shiono Plans New Work After Übel Blatt Manga

― This year's fourth issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine published the final chapter of Etorouji Shiono's Übel Blatt manga on Monday. The chapter revealed that Shiono is currently preparing a new work, but did not reveal any other details. Übel Blatt's story follows the half-human boy named Koinzell who was sent to battle the Emperor's enemies with the rest of the "Fourteen Lances." B...
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Rascal Does Not Dream of Dreaming Girl the Movie Anime Film Reveals New Visual

― The official website for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Yume-Miru Shōjo no Yume wo Minai, the anime film based on Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō light novel series, revealed a second special visual for the film on Saturday. Aniplex also confirmed with ANN on Monday that the film's official English title is Rascal Does Not Dream of Dreaming Girl the Movie. The film will open in Japan on June 15. The fi...
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Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia Anime Reveals Character Visual for Ritsuka Fujimaru

― The official Twitter account for Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia, the television anime adaptation of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia" (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) story, revealed the character visual for Ritsuka Fujimaru on Saturday. Nobunaga Shimazaki as Ritsuka Fujimaru T...
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Netflix's Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya CG Anime Debuts Worldwide on July 19

― Netflix revealed during its stage event at AnimeJapan 2019 on Saturday that it will debut Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya, its anime remake of Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac) manga, on July 19 worldwide. The anime's first 12-episode season will feature the story from the Galaxian Wars to Silver Saints arcs of the manga. Netflix describes the anime's story: Knights of the Z...
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Blackfox Anime Revealed as Theatrical Project Debuting This Fall (Updated)

― Update: The original version of this article mentioned that the anime is a television anime project that will also have theatrical screenings, but the anime will be only a theatrical anime project. ANN apologizes for the error. Infinite's booth at the AnimeJapan 2019 event revealed on Saturday that Studio 3Hz's original anime Blackfox will be a theatrical anime project that will premiere this fall...
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Stand My Heroes Anime Premieres in October

― Coly's booth at the AnimeJapan 2019 event revealed on Saturday that Stand My Heroes: Piece of Truth, the television anime of the Stand My Heroes smartphone game, will premiere in October. All cast members are returning from the game. Hideyo Yamamoto (Strike the Blood, The Prince of Tennis II OVA vs. Genius 10, Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth-) is directing the anime at M.S.C, with Sayaka Harada ...
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Nippon Ichi Software Launches Countdown Site for New Work

― Nippon Ichi Software opened a countdown website for a new work on Friday. The countdown will end on March 28 at 2:00 a.m. EDT. Nippon Ichi Software recently shipped the Lapis x Labyrinth (Lapis・Re・Abyss) action role-playing game for the PlayStation 4 and Switch last November. NIS America will release the game for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in North America on May 28, in Europe on May 31...
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Arc System Works Releases World End Syndrome Game in N. America on May 2

― Arc System Works announced on Thursday that it will release its World End Syndrome game in North America for the PlayStation 4 and Switch on May 2. PQube will also release the game in Europe for the PS4 and Switch on June 14. The game will feature Japanese audio and English text. Arc System Works describes the game: WES is a romantic adventure game from the collaboration of Arc System Works and TO...
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Yakuza 5 Launches for PS4 in Japan on June 20

― Sega announced on Thursday that it will release the PlayStation 4 version of its Yakuza 5 game in Japan on June 20. Yakuza 5 originally shipped in Japan for the PlayStation 3 in December 2012. Sega released the game in the West in 2015. Sega describes the game: Yakuza 5 continues the epic story of Kazuma Kiryu alongside four other protagonists, following their struggles and conflicts in the seedy ...
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Re:Zero Anime's 2nd OVA Project Slated to Debut in Theaters This Fall

― The official website for the Re:Zero anime revealed on Thursday that the planned theatrical screenings of the second original video anime (OVA) episode for the franchise are slated to debut this fall. The website also revealed a teaser visual for the OVA. The episode will be titled "Hyōketsu no Kizuna" (Frozen Bonds), and will adapt the meeting between Emilia and Pack. The original Re: Zero Kara H...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist - Link Evolution Switch Game Launches in Japan on April 25

― The May issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that the Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist - Link Evolution Nintendo Switch game will launch digitally in Japan on April 25. The game shares a title with the previous Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist game. Konami released the Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist card duel simulation game for Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 in July 2015. The ...
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New Shin Evangelion Film Begins Dialogue Recording

― The official Twitter account for the Evangelion anime revealed on Wednesday that dialogue recording has begun for Studio Khara's new Evangelion film, Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||. The post also revealed a photo of director Hideaki Anno's script. The film will open in Japan in 2020. The film's staff includes: CGI Animation Director: Yusuke Matsui CGI Technical Director: Takashi Suzuki CGI Modelin...
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Warner Bros. Chairman, CEO Kevin Tsujihara Resigns Amid Sex Scandal

― Warner Bros. announced on Monday that company chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara will leave the company amid allegations that Tsujihara used his position to secure roles and auditions for actress Charlotte Kirk, with whom he had been in a sexual relationship with. WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey said in a statement that Tsujihara's "mistakes" are "inconsistent with the company's leadership expectations...
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Moero Chronicle Hyper Switch Game Launches in West on April 26

― Idea Factory International announced on Monday that it will release Compile Heart's Moero Chronicle Hyper (Genkai Tokki: Moero Chronicle Hyper or Moero Chronicle H) Nintendo Switch game in English through the Nintendo eShop on April 26. Compile Heart released the dungeon-crawling RPG digitally in Japan on January 31. The game is a remastered version of the Moero Chronicle game with HD visuals. The...

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