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Pokémon Quest Game Launches on Smartphones on June 27

The official Twitter account for Nintendo's Pokémon Quest game revealed on Thursday that the game will launch for iOS and Android devices on June 27. The Pokemon Company announced the game on May 30, and released the game for the Nintendo Switch on the same day. The game received more than 1 million downloads in the first two days of the game's release. The game is a free-to-start game that allows...
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Neo Geo Mini Game System's Japanese Version Launches on July 24

SNK announced on Friday that it will release the Japanese Version of the Neo Geo Mini system on July 24. On Amazon Japan, the pre-order retails for 12,420 yen (about US$113) The system will have a "Japanese Version" (first picture below) for the Asian market and an "International Version" (second picture below) for North America, South America, Europe and other regions. The Japanese Version's colo...
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Happy Sugar Life TV Anime's New Visual Unveiled

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Tomiyaki Kagisora's Happy Sugar Life manga revealed a new visual for the anime on Friday. The series will air on TBS and MBS on July 13 at 25:55 (effectively July 14 at 1:55 a.m.), and will later air on BS-TBS and AT-X. The show is airing in the "Animeism" programming block. The series will stream online only on Amazon Prime Video inside ...
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D'Art Shtajio Reveals 1st Visual for XOGeneSYS Anime

American-run, Japan-based anime studio D'Art Shtajio shared the first official image of its XOGenaSYS anime project with ANN on Thursday. The XOGenaSYS pilot is based on comic creator Nikolas A. Draper-Ivey and writer Tre McIntosh's original comic of the same name. NBA basketball player Johnny O'Bryant's creative agency Noir Caeser Entertainment hosts XOGeneSYS and several other comic titles by va...
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Hitorijime My Hero, Seven Heavenly Virtues Anime Get English Dubs

Section23 Films announced in its October release slate on Thursday that Hitorijime My Hero and The Seven Heavenly Virtues will get an English dub from its Sentai Filmworks imprint. Sentai Filmworks will release Seven Heavenly Virtues on dual-audio Blu-ray Disc on October 16 and Hitorijime My Hero on October 30. Sentai Filmworks will also release Made in Abyss on October 23 on Blu-ray Disc and a pr...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game's Switch Version Launches in West on September 28

Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe announced on Thursday that they will release the Nintendo Switch version of Arc System Works' Dragon Ball FighterZ game in the Americas and Europe on September 28. The game will launch in Japan on September 27. The game launched for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam in the Americas and Europe on January 26, and launch...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game's Switch Version Launches in Japan on September 27

Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will release the Nintendo Switch version of Arc System Works' Dragon Ball FighterZ game in Japan on September 27. The game will launch this year in the Americas and Europe. The game launched for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam in the Americas and Europe on January 26, and launched on February 1 in Japan for PS4 and Xbox One. The ga...
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Clannad Game's PS4 Version Launches in U.S. on Thursday

Game company Prototype began streaming an English opening video on Thursday for the PlayStation 4 version of the Clannad visual novel. The company noted that the game is launching in the United States on Thursday (as of press time, the game is not yet available on the U.S. PlayStation Store). The U.S. release will be digital-only, but the PlayStation 4 physical version that shipped in Japan on Jun...
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Little Dragons Café PS4, Switch Game Launches in U.S., Canada on August 24

Aksys Games announced on Wednesday that it will release Little Dragons Café, the new game from designer Yasuhiro Wada (Bokujō Monogatari/Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons, Birthdays the Beginning), on August 24 in the United States and Canada for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The game will launch in Japan for both consoles on August 30. Aksys Games describes the story: The story opens with a twin...
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NIS America Promises Launch Day Patches for Text Issues in Ys VIII for Switch

NIS America confirmed with ANN that it has three planned launch day patches for Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana for Nintendo Switch to fix text issues and other issues with the game. An early review posted by GameXplain had reported several problems with the localized script, including repeated lines, subtitles that do not match the dialogue, and untranslated text. NISA told ANN that "the patches were ...
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Re:Zero Orignal Video Anime Slated for October 6 Screenings

The official website for the Re:Zero anime revealed on Wednesday that the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Memory Snow original video anime (OVA) episode will open in Japanese theaters on October 6. Participating theaters have been selling advance tickets with three original clear file folders since April: WHITE FOX is returning to animate the OVA. The returning cast stars Yūsuke Kobayashi...
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8-4 Company Will Not Handle Localization of Fire Emblem Three Houses Game

The official Twitter account for localization company 8-4 announced last week that it will not return to localize Nintendo's Fire Emblem Three Houses game. The company previously handled localization for three Fire Emblem games: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Fire Emblem Awakening, and, most recently, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. Nintendo unveiled Fire Emblem Three Houses at E3 last week....
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Netflix's Castlevania Writer: 2nd Season to Premiere This Year

The Castlevania animated series' writer and producer Warren Ellis said on Twitter on Tuesday that the show's eight-episode second season will premiere on Netflix this year, but there is no release date yet. Ellis had previously said in January that it was slated for this summer. The first four-episode season premiered worldwide on Netflix in July 2017. Voice actor Richard Armitage (Trevor Belmont)...
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Valkyria Chronicles 4 Debuts on September 25 in N. America, Europe, Australia

Sega announced on Tuesday that its Valkyria Chronicles 4 game will debut on September 25 in the Americas, Europe, and Australia. The game will be available for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. In North America, the launch editions will come with a controller skin, while in Europe the launch edition will come with a sticker. Both the controller skins and sticker will feat...
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Uma Musume Producer Wants to Make New Series

The Bunka Tsūshin website posted an interview with Jun'nosuke Ito, Toho Animation producer of the Uma Musume Pretty Derby anime, on Tuesday. In the interview, Ito responded to a question about whether or not the Uma Musume Pretty Derby anime could get a second season by saying, "If it gets popular, we feel like we'd want to return for a new series." He added that they are waiting for the release o...
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Funimation's License for Shiki Anime Expires on June 30

Funimation announced on Sunday that it will remove the Shiki anime from its catalog on June 30. Funimation describes Shiki: As citizens of a secluded village die off in alarming numbers, the head doctor tries desperately to save them—but his efforts are in vain. Panic and disillusionment run rampant as loved ones' corpses rise from the grave with an insatiable thirst for human blood. Haunting and ...
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Muhyo & Roji Anime Premieres on August 3

This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the television anime adaptation of Yoshiyuki Nishi's Muhyo to Roji no Mahōritsu Sōdan Jimusho (Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation) manga will premiere on SkyPerfecTV on August 3 at 9:30 p.m., and will later premiere on Animax on September 3 at 7:00 p.m. The anime will have an advanced screenin...
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Masaaki Yuasa Teases New 'Straightforward Love Story' Film at Annecy

Masaaki Yuasa and his Science Saru studio teased their new film during a masterclass panel at the 2018 Annecy International Animated Film Festival on Thursday. Yuasa said that his new work will be a "simple and straightforward love story," and also said the new film will center on water. Yuasa added that he will formally announce the film in Japan a little later, and asked fans to look forward to ...
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Nintendo Delays Yoshi Game for Switch to 2019

The Gameinformer news website reported on Tuesday that Nintendo confirmed with the website that it has delayed its Yoshi for Nintendo Switch (working title) game to 2019. Nintendo's official website for the game also now lists a 2019 release. Nintendo announced the game for Nintendo Switch at the E3 event last year and the game was originally slated to launch this year. Nintendo describes the game...
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Nekopara Game's PS4, Switch Versions Launch on July 4

Neko Works announced on Friday that CFK's PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch version of Neko Works' Nekopara Vol. 1 game will launch on July 4. The game will be available in Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese. The new versions will have a new theme song, additional CG, and a new episode. Sekai Project released the Nekopara Vol. 1 visual novel on PC via Steam in December ...
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Bakutsuri Bar Hunter TV Anime's Character Designs Revealed

The staff of the Bakutsuri Bar Hunter television anime series revealed the character designs for the four main characters on Friday. The anime stars: (Note: name spellings aren't confirmed) Ryou Hirohashi as protagonist Totta Tachitsute Yumi Uchiyama as Totta's bar soul partner Potepen Mitsuki Saiga as Totta's rival Kiba Samejima Kouta Nemoto as the bar soul Shuwajirō Kenji Seto (The Asterisk War:...
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Level-5 to Reveal 'Yo-kai Watch 5th Anniversary Title' on June 27

Level 5 opened a website on Friday to announce that it will reveal its "Yo-kai Watch 5th Anniversary Commemorative Title" during a livestream event on YouTube on June 27. Although Level 5 hasn't revealed the medium of the new announcement, the visual features two Yo-kai holding smartphones. Level 5 announced the Yo-kai Watch franchise in 2011 with a game, manga, and anime already planned. The firs...
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Tsukipro Suspends SolidS CD Releases Due to Yuichiro Umehara's Illness

The official website for "2.5 dimensional" agency Tsukino Talent Production announced on Thursday that all CD releases for the group SolidS are "undecided" while cast member Yuichiro Umehara (the voice of the character Dai Murase) recovers from his illness. Umehara was hospitalized in May after being diagnosed with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, an autoimmune disease that affects the nervou...
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Chica Umino's Exhibit to Offer Exclusive Bonus March comes in like a lion Manga

The staff of the "Chika Umino's World" exhibit announced on Thursday that those who visit the exhibit when it opens again in Tokyo will receive a special March comes in like a lion "volume 13.1" manga. Each guest will receive one copy while supplies last. The exhibit began in Tokyo in August 2016 and has toured Japan. It will return to Tokyo, at Matsuya Ginza, for the first time in two years on Ju...
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Level-5 Delays Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin Game to this Fall

Level 5 announced on Thursday that it is delaying its Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android from this summer to this fall in order to improve the game's quality. The game's accompanying anime series premiered on April 6 with a one-hour special. In the story of both the anime and the game, protagonist Asuto Inamori's soccer club is disbanded af...
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Kiss Him, Not Me's Junko Prepares to Launch New Manga

The July issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on Wednesday that manga creator Junko is preparing to launch a new manga. The same issue published a 37-page side story chapter for Junko's Kiss Him, Not Me (Watashi ga Motete Dōsunda) manga. Junko launched Kiss Him, Not Me in Bessatsu Friend in 2013, and ended it on February 13. Kodansha published the manga's 14th and final compiled v...
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Ao-Natsu's Atsuko Nanba Launches New Manga in September

The July issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on Wednesday that manga creator Atsuko Nanba's new manga series will launch in September. The magazine did not reveal the new series' title. The original announcement last month hinted that the manga will deal with an age-gap romance between a 16- or 17-year-old high school girl and a 24-year-old man. The magazine hints that the girl h...
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Trinity Seven Has 'Super Important Announcement' on July 9

The July issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine revealed on June 9 that Kenji Saito and Akinari Nao's Trinity Seven manga will have a "super important announcement" in the magazine's next issue on July 9. The manga will also have a color opening page in the issue, and will feature on the front cover. Saito and Nao launched the manga in Monthly Dragon Age magazine in 2011. Kadokawa publish...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re Anime's 2nd Season Unveils Visual

The official website for the television anime of Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul:re manga revealed a new visual for the anime's upcoming second season on Thursday. The second season will premiere in October. The first season premiered on April 3, and the first season is listed with 12 episodes. Funimation is streaming the series with English subtitles. The company also released the anime's first eight ep...
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Studio Trigger Launches Countdown With Tease for Arc System Works Collaboration

The official website of the Studio Trigger animation studio opened a countdown site on Wednesday. The countdown will end on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. JST. An image hosted on the site shows that it will reveal a new collaboration between Studio Trigger and game developer Arc System Works. Studio Trigger's latest projects include a collaboration with A-1 Pictures on the Darling in the FranXX television...
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The World Ends With You -Final Remix- Launches for Switch This Fall

Nintendo announced during its Nintendo Direct presentation for E3 on Tuesday that the The World Ends With You -Final Remix- game for Nintendo Switch is slated for this fall. The action role-playing game will feature HD visuals and a new scenario. Players will be able to join rhythmic battles with their Joy-Con controllers or on the Nintendo Switch touch screen. Jupiter and Square Enix developed th...
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Warriors Orochi 4 Launches on Steam on October 16

A trailer for the Warriors Orochi 4 (Musou Orochi 3) game revealed on Friday that the game will launch for PC via Steam in Japan on October 16. The game will ship in Japan for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on September 27. First-edition bonuses include special costumes for Xu Shu, Ishida Mitsunari, and Da Ji. The game's digital deluxe edition includes a digital version of the game, a seaso...
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Back Street Girls TV Anime Reveals New Visual

The official Twitter account for the television anime of Jasmine Gyuh's Back Street Girls comedy manga revealed a new visual for the anime on Monday. The anime will premiere on BS11 on July 3 at 25:00 (effectively July 4 at 1:00 a.m.), followed by Tokyo MX at 25:40 and MBS at 27:00. Chiaki Kon (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal: Season III, When They Cry - Higurashi, Junjō Romantica) is directin...
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Ikaruga Shooter Game Launches for PS4 on June 29

Game developer Treasure announced on Monday that it will release its Ikaruga game digitally for PlayStation 4 on June 29 for 980 yen (about US$9). The game will have 4K support on PlayStation Pro and 4K monitors. The game is a port of the PC version of the game released on Steam. Hiroshi Iuchi directed the game at Treasure, and the game debuted in Japanese arcades in 2001, followed by its first co...
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Impossibility Defense's Kōji Shiraishi Directs Live-Action Gedō no Uta Film

The wraparound jacket band on the sixth volume of Daisuke Watanabe's Gedō no Uta (The Villain's Song) manga revealed on Monday that Kōji Shiraishi (live-action Impossibility Defense, Sadako vs. Kayako films) is directing the live-action film adaptation of the manga. The manga centers on Kamo and his partner Tora, who work in the underworld as "avengers for hire," taking on jobs from the victims of...
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D3 Publisher Opens Countdown Site for New Switch Game

D3 Publisher opened a teaser website on Tuesday that has a countdown for a new game for the Nintendo Switch. The site also features an "item search" game. The site features a "Sagashi Neko" (Search Cat) character that asks visitors to search for an item and click on it, which provides hints to the game. The site also hints that the image might change as the countdown progresses. The first item is ...
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Compile Heart Launches 24-Hour 'Urgent Press Conference' Countdown Site

Compile Heart launched a "Compile Heart Urgent Press Conference" countdown site on Monday. The site counts down to Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. JST (Monday at 10:00 p.m. EDT). Compile Heart released Death end re:Quest on PlayStation 4 on April 12, and will release Kangokutō Mary Skelter 2 for PS4 on July 12. The company teased in February that it was working on eight new games in addition to Death end re...
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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Anime Reveals New Visual

This year's 28th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed a new visual on Monday for the television anime of Tadahiro Miura's Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san) manga. The anime will premiere on July 14 at 11:30 p.m. and will air on BS11 and Tokyo MX. The anime will also air on Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, Gifu Broadcasting, Mie TV, and AT-X. The anime stars: Yuuki Ono...
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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Anime Premieres on July 14

This year's 28th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the television anime of Tadahiro Miura's Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san) manga will premiere on July 14 at 11:30 p.m. and will air on BS11 and Tokyo MX. The anime stars: Yuuki Ono as male protagonist Kogarashi Fuyuzora Miyuri Shimabukuro as Yuuna Yunohana Eri Suzuki as Chisaki Miyazak...
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HIDIVE Adds My Girlfriend is Shobitch Anime in U.S., Canada

HIDIVE announced on Saturday that it will stream the My Girlfriend is Shobitch anime on the service in the United States and Canada starting on June 22, with new episodes released every Friday. HIDIVE describes the anime: Haruka Shinozaki manages to pluck up the courage to ask his long-time crush, Akiho Kosaka, to be his girlfriend. Much to Haruka's surprise, she agrees; however, her nervous yet b...
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Splatoon Game's 'Shocking Announcement' is Collaborative Gear

The official website for Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Saturday that the magazine is collaborating with the Splatoon 2 Switch game. Following last year's "Emperor Gear" collaboration with the magazine, this new collaboration will be for "Spy Gear." Coro Coro Comics will reveal how to get the gear in the magazine's July issue on June 15. The July issue will also start a new arc...
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Devolver Digital Teases Announcement Related to Metal Wolf Chaos Game

American video game publisher Devolver Digital posted an image on Twitter on Friday with no accompanying text. The image (below) features a modified seal of the president of the United States, and looks similar to the seal used on the logo for the game title (second image below) of FromSoftware's Metal Wolf Chaos video game. FromSoftware released the Metal Wolf Chaos third-person shooter game in J...
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Okko's Inn Anime Film Opens in Japan on September 21

The staff of the anime film adaptation of writer Hiroko Reijō and artist Asami's juvenile literature series Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei! (The Young Innkeeper Is a Grade Schooler!) revealed on Saturday that the film will open in Japan on September 21. The film will screen in competition at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June under the title Okko's Inn. The books are also inspiring...
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A Certain Magical Index Anime's 3rd Season Reveals Visual

The official website for the third television anime season based on Kazuma Kamachi's A Certain Magical Index light novel series revealed the show's first visual on Saturday. The Animedia magazine had revealed earlier on Saturday that the show will premiere in October on Tokyo MX and other channels. Hiroshi Nishikiori, the director of the first two seasons, is returning to direct the third season a...
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John Lasseter to Leave Disney at the End of the Year

The Hollywood Reporter reported on Friday that John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is leaving the company at the end of this year, until which time he will serve a new consulting role with the company. In a statement, Lasseter said that he has "decided the end of this year is the right time to begin focusing on new creative challenges...
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Funimation's Black Butler II License Expires

Funimation Entertainment announced on Friday that Black Butler II is going out of print at the end of June. Black Butler II is the second television anime based on Yana Toboso's manga. Funimation has released all three television anime, the Black Butler II OVA project, the Black Butler: Book of Murder OVA, and the Black Butler: Book Of The Atlantic anime film on home video. Funimation's license fo...
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New Gundam Breaker Game's PC Version Delayed to Summer

The Bandai Namco Entertainment UK Twitter account announced on Friday that the worldwide release of the PC version of the New Gundam Breaker game is delayed to "a later date during summer 2018." The game was originally slated to release worldwide on the PC via Steam on June 22. The company cited a need for "extra development time" to "achieve the best possible quality" for the game as the reason f...
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The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Gekijō Anime's 3rd Season Premieres on July 3

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Bandai Namco Entertainment and Kuma-Jet's The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Gekijō (The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Theater) manga revealed on Friday that the anime's third season will premiere on July 3. The anime will air on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 3 at 9:54 p.m., before airing later that evening on Saga TV. AT-X will also air the show ...
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New Material Puzzle Manga is Series' Last Arc

This year's July issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine published the first two chapters of Masahiro Totsuka's new Material Puzzle ~Kaminuki Sekai no Mahōtsukai~ (Magic User of a Godless World) manga on May 22, and Totsuka revealed on Twitter that the manga is the "last arc" for Material Puzzle. The original manga's story begins when Mikaze, a boy who lives in a village in the frontier, undertak...
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Boogiepop Returns: VS Imaginator Manga Launches on June 27

This year's July issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh announced on May 26 that its new Boogiepop Returns: VS Imaginator manga will launch in the next issue on June 27. Naoki Koshimizu (The Isolator - Realization of Absolute Solitude) is drawing the series based on author Kouhei Kadono and illustrator Kouji Ogata's Boogiepop light novels. Seven Seas published the novel series' first thre...
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Nier:Automata Game's Worldwide Digital Sales, Shipments Exceed 3 Million

The official Twitter account for Square Enix's NieR: Automata game revealed on Thursday that the game has sold and shipped a combined total of more than 3 million copies worldwide. The number includes both physical shipments and digital sales. As of September 21, the game had sold and shipped a total of more than 2 million copies. As of May 29, 2017, the game had sold more than 1.5 million physica...
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ISLAND Anime Premieres on July 1

The official website for the television anime of Frontwing and Prototype's ISLAND visual novel revealed on Thursday that the series will premiere on July 1. The anime will air on Tokyo MX on July 1 at 10:00 p.m. before airing later that evening on Sun TV. The series will air later on AT-X and BS-Fuji. The series will stream online in Japan on Netflix, Bandai Channel, au Video Pass, J:COM on Demand...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re Manga Has 'Big Announcement' on June 14

This year's 27th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that the next issue on June 14 will feature a "big announcement" for Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul:re manga. The manga will also adorn the magazine issue's cover, and the latest chapter will feature an opening color page. Ishida serialized Tokyo Ghoul in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump from 2011 to 2014, and is now serial...
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New Miss Machiko Film Slated for Limited September 8-14 Run

The staff of Hatsukoi Sketch ~Maicching Machiko-sensei~ (First Love Sketch ~Maicching Machiko-sensei~), the new live-action film adaptation of Takeshi Ebihara's Maicching Machiko-sensei manga, revealed on Tuesday that the film will open in Japan at the Shibuya HUMAX Cinema in Tokyo on September 8, and will run until September 14. Tomoyuki Kamimura is directing the film. The film launched a Campfir...
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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Game Tops 1 Million Physical Copies Sold in Japan

Japanese video game news website 4Gamer revealed the top 20 highest-selling games for the May 28 to June 3 week in Japan on Wednesday. The ranking revealed that Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Switch game has sold 1,004,689 copies in Japan, with 6,722 of those copies sold that week. The number does not include digital download purchases of the game. The Legend of Zelda: Breath O...
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'Tales of' Games' Web Domain Hosts Password-Protected 'tov10th' Site

Tales of Vesperia RPG debuted for Xbox 360 in 2008 ― The website Gematsu discovered the password-protected website "tov10th.tales-ch.jp" and reported on it on Thursday. Gematsu reported that "multiple sources" indicated that Bandai Namco Entertainment will announce a remaster of the Tales of Vesperia game at E3, which will be held at Los Angeles Convention Center on June 12-14. The original Tales of ...
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Nozomi Entertainment's Rose of Versailles Anime License Expires

Nozomi Entertainment announced on Wednesday that its license for The Rose of Versailles anime is expiring. The series is streaming on Nozomi's YouTube channel until June 15, and it will also stop streaming on Crunchyroll "soon." The DVDs will no longer be printed. The company announced its license for the 40-episode classic anime in 2012, and released two limited edition DVD sets in 2013. It later...
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Seven Seas Replaces Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka Volume 2 Due to Misprint

Seven Seas Entertainment confirmed with ANN on Tuesday that it is replacing copies of Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka volume 2 due to a misprint. The company explained that the error was a missing color page with two pin-up illustrations, and emphasized that it did not affect the story. The first printing had a pink logo while the corrected printings will have a green logo. The company said it will...
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Encouragement of the Climb Third Season Anime Premieres on July 2

The staff of the Encouragement of Climb anime franchise announced on Tuesday that the third season will premiere on Tokyo MX and other networks on July 2 at 25:40 (effectively July 3 at 1:40 a.m.). The anime will also stream on 15 services in Japan. The series will have 13 15-minute episodes. The recent Yama no Susume: Omoide Present OVA and the third season have the same staff, and the main cast ...
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Escaflowne Director Kazuki Akane's New Anime Teased With Visual

The official Twitter account for the TBS Anime Festa unveiled the poster for its 2018 event on Sunday, showing a new anime visual illustrated by Itsuka. Though the event website does not label the anime, the characters match the designs for director Kazuki Akane and animation studio 8-Bit's new original project. 8-Bit (Encouragement of Climb, Rewrite, Infinite Stratos, Tokyo Ravens, Knight's & Mag...
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Dies irae Anime's Last 6 Episodes Debut on July 1

The official website for the Dies irae anime project revealed on Monday that the anime's last six episodes (episodes 12-17), collectively titled "To the Ring Reincarnation," will debut on the AbemaTV streaming service on July 1 at 5:30 p.m. All six episodes will debut simultaneously, alongside the compilation episode "Marie's Memory 'Michi ni Tsūzu Kiseki,'" which originally aired with the televis...
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Ultraman USA Anime Film Gets BD Release in Japan with English Dub

Tsuburaya Productions announced on Thursday that it will release the Ultraman USA (Ultraman: The Adventure Begins) animated film on Blu-ray Disc in Japan with the English dub on September 26. Ultraman USA is an animated film collaboration between Tsuburaya Productions and Hanna-Barbera Productions based on Tsuburaya Productions' Ultraman tokusatsu franchise. The film debuted in 1987. The new Blu-r...
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New Gintama Anime Premieres on July 8

The wraparound jacket band on the 73rd volume of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga announced on Monday that the new Gintama anime series will premiere on July 8. The previous anime premiered last October, and began with the "Porori Arc" story, before it entered the "Silver Soul" arc on January 7. The anime entered into a hiatus after episode 353, which aired on March 25. Silver Soul is the title of ...
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Pokémon Quest Game Gets 1 Million Downloads Worldwide in 1st 2 Days

Nintendo announced on Friday that its Pokémon Quest Nintendo Switch game has received more than 1 million downloads in the first two days of the game's release. The Pokemon Company announced the game on Wednesday, and released the game on the same day. The game is a free-to-start game that allows players to "face off against wild Pokémon and embark on many exciting expeditions." The game will have...
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Baki Franchise Has 'Unprecedented Important Announcement' on June 9

The staff for the new anime of Keisuke Itagaki's Baki (New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero) manga will host a livestream program on Niconico on June 9 at 9:00 p.m. (8 a.m. EDT), and the description for the event states that the program will have an "unprecedented important announcement," in addition to providing the latest information about the franchise. Netflix will premiere the a...
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Our World is Ended Game Director Naoki Morita Confirms Work on 'New World Project 2' Game

Naoki Morita, director of Red Entertainment's Our World is Ended (Ore-tachi no Sekai wa Owatteiru.) PlayStation Vita game, revealed in a blog post on Red Entertainment on Friday that he is working on a new "New World Project 2" game. Morita confirmed that the work is a completely new title, and will also be a novel-like adventure game that will have the word "Sekai" (World) in the title. The game ...
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FuRyu Launches Teaser Site Featuring 4 Game Creators

Furyu Corporation launched a teaser website on Friday that features a text conversation between four game creators. The conversation has the creators noting that they will announce "that" soon, and the creators all confirm that they can present something at the beginning of next week. Takuya Yamanaka then ends the conversation with "All right then everyone, on Monday it is then!" The creators invo...
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Koei Tecmo Games Teases 'New Development' for Atelier Game Series on June 14

Koei Tecmo Games launched a popularity poll for its Atelier game franchise on Friday. Once voters finish voting in the poll, the website teases that Koei Tecmo Games and Gust will reveal a "new development" for the franchise on June 14. The site also teases, "Together with them, toward 'a new land.'" The latest game in the franchise, Gust's Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious...
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Asobi Asobase Comedy TV Anime Premieres on July 8

The official website of the television anime of Rin Suzukawa's Asobi Asobase (Play and Let Play) manga revealed the anime's July 8 premiere on Friday. The anime will premiere on AT-X, Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, and BS 11 on July 8, followed by Sun TV and TV Aichi on July 10. Seiji Kishi (Persona 4: The Animation, Danganronpa The Animation, Tsukigakirei) is directing the anime at Lerche, with Yū Kinome (...
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Live-Action Touken Ranbu Film Reveals 1st Visual

The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Nitroplus and DMM Games' Touken Ranbu franchise revealed the film's first visual on Thursday. The visual features Hiroki Suzuki as Mikazuki Munechika. The movie has now finished filming and is in post-production. The film stars: Hiroki Suzuki as Mikazuki Munechika (also played the same role in the stage plays) Yoshihiro Aramaki as Yamanba...
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Pokémon GO Smartphone Game Has 800 Million Downloads

The Pokemon Company announced during the Pokémon 2018 Video Game Press Conference on Tuesday that Niantic's Pokémon GO smartphone game has been downloaded 800 million times. The Pokémon GO app launched in select countries including the United States in July 2016. Analytics company App Annie reported in October 2016 that the game had earned US$600 million in less than 90 days. App Annie also report...
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Shogakukan to Issue Reprints of 2 Shōnen Sunday S Magazine Issues

Shogakukan announced on Thursday that it will issue reprints of the June and July issues of its Shōnen Sunday S magazine after bookstores have been selling out of the issues. The reprints are scheduled to arrive in bookstores on June 13 or later. The June issue (seen right) shipped on April 25, and the July issue shipped on May 25. Both issues feature the character Toru Amuro from Gosho Aoyama's D...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re Simuldub Schedule Moves to 2-Week Delay

Funimation Entertainment announced on Wednesday that its simuldub of Tokyo Ghoul:re will move from its current release schedule, where dubbed episodes debut on the same day as their subtitled versions, to a two-week delay like most other simuldubs. This week's episode (episode 9) is currently available in Japanese with English subtitles only, and will debut with an English dub on June 12. Funimati...
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Pokémon Gets New 'Core Series' RPG on Switch in 2nd Half of 2019 (Updated)

New Pokémon in Let's Go, Pikachu!Eevee! teased, Alolan Exeggutor added to GO ― The Pokemon Company announced during the Pokémon 2018 Video Game Press Conference on Wednesday that a new "core series" Pokémon role-playing game is in development for the second half of 2019. In addition, Niantic has added Alolan Exeggutor to its Pokémon GO smartphone game. The Pokemon Company also announced the Pokémon Q...
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AOKANA's fairys Game Brand Ends, Title Moves Under sprite Brand

The official website for the sprite/fairys brand announced on Sunday that the brand will discontinue under the current name due to the dissolution of the company fairys. The games will now all fall under the sprite brand regardless of rating, though the old brand name will remain on products that have already shipped. The change will affect the AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across the Blue franchise, which ...
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Mega Man 11 Briefly Listed With October 3 Release Date by Singapore PlayStation Store

The Singapore PlayStation Store briefly listed Capcom's Mega Man 11 game with a October 3 release date for PlayStation 4. The description on the store page notes that the game will have 3D character models and hand-drawn environments. It will also have multiple difficulty modes and it will support Remote Play for PlayStation Vita. The store page further described the game: To save the day, the Blu...
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Otome Game Developer Rejet Launches Countdown Website

Otome game maker Rejet opened a teaser website with a countdown to June 5. The company's official Twitter account teased that a "new stage is opening" and that it will be a "new challenge for Rejet." Rejet is known for its romance games, such as Diabolik Lovers. It collaborated with Elements Garden for Dance with Devils and with Idea Factory for Marginal#4. Source: Rejet Info Twitter via Nijimen
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Princess Principal Anime Gets English Dub

Frame Arms Girl, Action Heroine Cheer Fruits, Vatican Miracle Examiner are subtitle-only ― Section23 Films revealed in its September release slate on Thursday that Sentai Filmworks' release of Princess Principal will have an English dub in addition to the Japanese audio. The company will release the series on regular edition Blu-ray Disc and in a premium box set on September 25. Sentai Filmworks will...
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Glass Mask Author Confirms She Will Continue Series to Finale After Betsuhana Ends Publication

Manga creator Suzue Miuchi confirmed on Twitter on Saturday that she plans to continue drawing her Glass Mask (Glass no Kamen) manga up until its final volume. She added once the manga's new serialization publication is decided, she will announce it on Twitter. Hakusensha published the final issue of the Bessatsu Hana to Yume (Betsuhana) magazine on Saturday. Hakusensha launched the magazine in 19...
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My Hero Academia Film's Visual Shows Original Characters

The official website for the My Hero Academia The Movie: Futari no Hero (My Hero Academia the Movie: The Two Heroes) anime film revealed a new visual for the film on Monday. The visual shows the film's original characters Melissa and Devitt. Mirai Shida will play Melissa, a quirkless girl whom Deku meets on I Island, and Katsuhisa Namase will play Melissa's father Devitt, who was a friend of All M...
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Black Clover: Quartet Knights Game Launches in Japan on September 13

This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the Black Clover: Quartet Knights game in Japan on the PlayStation 4 on September 13. The magazine also reveals two bonuses for the game, including young Yami as a playable character, and a "Black Asta" skin. The game's playable characters so far include Asta, Yuno, Noel...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga Has 'Super Important Announcement' on June 4

This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga will have a "super important announcement" in the magazine's next issue on June 4. The series debuted in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in February 2016 and Viz Media's English digital edition of Shonen Jump previewed the first three chapters under its Jap...
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Paramount Pulls Transformers 7 Film from 2019 Schedule

Entertainment news website Variety reported on Wednesday that Paramount Pictures has removed the planned Transformers 7 film from its 2019 schedule. The film was slated to open on June 28, 2019. Paramount Pictures has produced five films in the Transformers film series, all directed by Michael Bay. A sixth film, titled Bumblebee, is still slated to open on December 21. Travis Knight is directing B...
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Nintendo Files Trademark for 'N64'

Nintendo filed a trademark for "N64" on April 26. The trademark was made public on Tuesday. The trademark is for use in computer, console, smartphone, and electronic games and game programs; game consoles; toys; game controllers; and game joysticks; among other uses. Nintendo released its Nintendo 64 console in 1996. The console sold 32.93 million units worldwide, and games such as Super Mario 64,...
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Godzilla: King of Monsters Film Delayed to May 2019

Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Wednesday that Godzilla: King of Monsters, the sequel film to Legendary Pictures' 2014 Godzilla movie, is now slated to open on May 30, 2019, delayed from its original March 22, 2019 opening date. Warner Bros. plot summary for the film below confirms appearances by Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah — three classic kaiju from earlier Godzilla films. Th...
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Ni no Kuni II Game Reaches 900,000 Copies in Shipments Plus Download Sales

Level 5 announced on Friday that its Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PlayStation 4 and PC game has reached 900,000 copies in download sales plus shipments worldwide, with the number for the overall Ni no Kuni game series at 2.8 million copies. Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom launched worldwide on March 23. Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino, artist Yoshiyuki Momose (The Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Only Y...
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My Hero Academia Anime Reveals Character Design for All For One

Note: This article contains spoilers for episodes of the My Hero Academia anime that haven't yet aired. The official website for the My Hero Academia anime series revealed the character design on Saturday for All For One. The character will appear in the anime's ninth episode (47th episode overall) that will air on June 2. Akio Ohtsuka is voicing the character. Ohtsuka has been voicing the voice-o...
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Discotek's Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon Release Will Have New English Dub (Updated With Trailer)

Discotek Media announced at the "51 Years of Lupin III" panel at Anime North on Friday that its Blu-ray Disc release of Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon will include a brand new English dub directed by Richard Epcar and starring the cast of Lupin III: Part IV. The 1985 film was the only anime film directed by filmmaker and actor Seijun Suzuki, who passed away in February. In the film, ...
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Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern 2nd Film Opens in Japan on October 19

The official website for the anime film project of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga revealed on Thursday that Gekijōban Haikara-san ga Tōru Kōhen - Hana no Tōkyō Dai Roman (Haikara-san ga Tōru the Movie II: The Grand Tokyo Romance), the second film, will open in Japan on October 19. Toshiaki Kidokoro (March comes in like a lion episode director, Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or...
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Muv-Luv, Muv-Luv Alternative PS Vita Versions Dated for June in the West

PQube and Ixtl announced on Wednesday that they will release Mu-Luv and Muv-Luv Alternative for PlayStation Vita on June 8 in Europe and June 12 in North America. Both games will be available physically and digitally. Muv-Luv contains the Muv-Luv Extra and Muv-Luv Unlimited storylines. Muv-Luv Extra and Muv-Luv Unlimited launched for PC via Steam in English in July 2016, and Muv-Luv Alternative la...
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Nintendo Offers Switch Set Without Dock, AC Adapter in Japan

Nintendo announced on Wednesday that it is offering a new Nintendo Switch console set that only includes the Switch itself, the left and right Joy-Con controllers, and two Joy-Con straps. The set excludes the dock, Joy-Con Grip, AC adapter, and HDMI cable. The set costs 24,980 yen (about US$220), compared to 29,980 yen (about US$270) for the original set that includes all the above items. The new ...
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Silver Spoon Manga Gets Another New Chapter on May 30

This year's 26th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine (seen right) revealed on Wednesday that Hiromu Arakawa's Silver Spoon manga will continue with a new chapter in the magazine's next issue on May 30. This week's issue also published a new chapter of the manga, the first since the manga returned to being on hiatus on July 26. The magazine did not indicate that the manga is returni...
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Harukana Receive Anime's 'Pair Visual' Shows Naruasa Team

The official website for the television anime of Nyoijizai's Harukana Receive manga revealed a new "pair visual" with the characters Narumi Tōi (Miyuri Shimabukuro) and Ayasa Tachibana (Kanae Itō), who together form the "Naruasa" team. The site also previously revealed a pair visual last month, showing the characters Emily (Emiri) Thomas (Rie Suegara) and Claire (Kurea) Thomas (Atsumi Tanezaki), w...
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Bandai Namco Files 'Greed Adventure' Trademarks in Japan

Bandai Namco Entertainment filed trademarks for "Greed Adventure" and a shortened version of the title in Japan on April 26. The company has yet to announce a game with that title. [Via Shōhyō Sokuhō bot Twitter Account, Gematsu]
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GOG Adds Visual Novels From Sekai Project, MangaGamer

Publishers Sekai Project and MangaGamer announced on Tuesday that the GOG game platform has added several of their visual novels. The platform is now offering the Fault and Sunrider series from Sekai Project and eden* and the Higurashi When They Cry series from MangaGamer. MangaGamer also announced that it is working with GOG to add nine other titles, including Kindred Spirits on the Roof and A Ki...
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Pokémon GO Adds Alolan Forms of Kanto Pokémon

The official website for the Pokémon GO smartphone game announced on Monday that it is adding Alolan forms of Kanto region Pokémon "in the coming weeks." The Alolan forms first appeared in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. These Pokémon include Rattata, Sandshrew, Vulpix, Diglett, Meowth, Geodude, Grimer, and their respective evolutions, as well as Exeggutor, Marowak, and Raichu. The Pokémon GO app la...

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