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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Season 2 Listed With 24 Episodes

Chinese video streaming site iQiyi is listing the second anime season based on Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan) manga with 24 episodes. The anime premiered late at night on Tuesday at 25:35 (effectively Wednesday at 1:35 a.m.) on TV Tokyo, TV Hokkaido, and TV Osaka, and is also airing on TV Aichi, TV Setouchi, and TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting. Hiroaki Sakurai (Di G...
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Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei Smartphone Game Launches Next Week

Sega announced on Tuesday that the Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation iOS and Android game is slated for release next week. Sega will announce an exact release date on the game's official website soon. Riichirō Yamada, the game's producer, previously hinted last month that the game will launch in mid-January. Sega Games and Atlus will release the game worldwide following an initial release in Japa...
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22nd Detective Conan Film Unveils New Visual

The official website for the Detective Conan anime films unveiled the main visual for Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin (Detective Conan: Zero's Executioner), the 22nd film in the series, on Wednesday. The tagline in the visual reads: "The one who exposes the truth vs. the one who pierces through justice. Their souls will confront each other in this secret mission mystery." The film opens in Japan...
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Udon Ent. Updates on Status of Rose of Versailles Manga Release

Udon Entertainment shared an update on its Rose of Versailles manga release with independent review site Comics Worth Reading, and confirmed the statement with ANN. In response to the site's inquiry about whether the project was still active, the company provided the following statement: While we do not have a solid date on release yet, the localization is coming along well. We have 80% of the who...
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2018 Doraemon Film's Trailer Previews Gen Hoshino's Theme Song

"Nobita's Treasue Island" film's theme song is titled "Doraemon" ― The official Doraemon Channel website revealed the title of Gen Hoshino's theme song for the Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Takarajima (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Treasure Island) film as "Doraemon" on Monday. A 90-second third trailer featuring the song premiered on TV Asahi's Good! Morning program on Tuesday. The song's single will ship...
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Fate/Apocrypha Part 2 Listed for February 9 on U.S. Netflix

Netflix is listing a February 9 premiere for the second half of Fate/Apocypha in the United States. The first 12 episodes debuted in the United States and Canada in multiple languages on November 7. It debuted in all other territories outside of Japan, the United States, and Canada on December 2. The anime premiered in Japanese television on July 1 and on Netflix in Japan on July 3 and aired a tot...
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The [email protected] Million Live! Game Ends Service on March 19

The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's The [email protected] Million Live! smartphone and browser game announced on Monday that it will end service on March 19. The browser edition will cease sales of Spark Drinks and Battle Candies, which are purchased with GREE coins, on February 15. The smartphone edition will cease selling the game's Million Coin currency on February 15, but smartphone...
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Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line Anime Listed With 25 Episodes

The official website for Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line, the Yowamushi Pedal anime series' fourth season, revealed on Tuesday that the series will ship in three DVD and Blu-ray Disc boxes. The first volume will have nine episodes, and the second and third volume will have eight episodes each, for a total of 25 episodes. The first box will ship on May 23, followed by the second on July 18, and the thir...
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Toji no Miko Anime Listed With 24 Episodes

The official website for Studio Gokumi's original anime project Toji no Miko (The Shrine Maiden Swordwielders) revealed on Monday that the series will have six DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases. Each volume will have four episodes for a total of 24 episodes. One volume will ship every month starting on April 25. The DVD volumes will cost 11,000 yen (about US$99) each, and the Blu-ray Disc volumes will...
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'Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in the Dungeon?' Franchise Teases 'New Project'

The official Twitter account for SoftBank Creative Corp.'s GA Bunko light novel label teased on Monday that the Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka) franchise will get a "new project," with details to be announced soon. The franchise began with Fujino Ōmori's Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in the Dungeon? light novel series...
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Akkun to Kanojo Anime's Announcement Visual Unveiled

The staff of the anime adaptation of Waka Kakitsubata's Akkun to Kanojo (Akkun and His Girlfriend) manga opened an official website and Twitter account for the anime on Monday, which unveiled the anime's announcement visual. Shin Katagai (Neo Angelique Abyss) is directing the anime at Yumeta Company. Yuka Yamada (Aikatsu!, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid) is in charge of series composition. Motohiro ...
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Kemono Friends Director Tatsuki Recruits 2 Voice Actresses

Tatsuki also teases image of 2 female characters at Tokyo's Nakano station ― Anime director Tatsuki (Kemono Friends) posted on Twitter on Saturday a recruitment notice for two voice actresses on a "probable work" by his three-person independent animation group irodori. Applicants must send a self-introduction and if possible, a recording of the sample dialogue listed below by January 20. ふと久々に声優さんを募集...
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Kori no Koe TV Animation Listed on AnimeJapan's Site

The official website for the AnimeJapan 2018 convention updated on Friday with a list of the event's exhibitors and their works. According to the list, the game company Success will exhibit a Kori no Koe television animation. Kori no Koe (Voice of Fox) is the Japanese title of the Chinese comic Hu Li Zhi Sheng by Guang Xian Jun. Success has yet to announce a Kori no Koe television animation, and t...
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Attack on Titan Season 3's New Visual Features Levi, Kenny

The official website for the third anime season of Attack on Titan revealed a new visual on Saturday featuring Levi and Kenny. The new season will premiere in July. The compilation film for the second season, Gekijōban Shingeki no Kyōjin Season 2: Kakusei no Hōkō (The Roar of Awakening), opened in Japan on Saturday. The anime's 12-episode second season premiered in Japan on April 1. Funimation beg...
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Dagashi Kashi 2 Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kotoyama's Dagashi Kashi manga revealed on Friday that the series' second season, Dagashi Kashi 2, will have two Blu-ray Disc releases of six episodes each for a total of 12 episodes. Each episode will be 15 minutes long. The first Blu-ray Disc volume ships in Japan on March 21, and the second volume ships on April 18. Each volume retails...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Switch Version Sells 500,000 Copies

Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed on Thursday that the Nintendo Switch version of its Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 game has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide, including both physical and digital copies. The announcement also noted that there is a shortage of physical copies of the game in Japan, and that a new shipment of copies will arrive in early February. Bandai Namco Entertainment released Drag...
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Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website for the television anime of Hiro Ainana and shri's Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Death March Kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyōsōkyoku) light novel series revealed on Friday that the anime will have six Blu-ray Disc releases of two episodes each for a total of 12 episodes. The Blu-ray Disc volumes will ship from March to August. The anime premiered on Thursday. Crunchyroll...
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Grand Blue Dreaming Anime Briefly Listed by AnimeJapan

Manga about college students' seaside antics launched in 2014 ― The official website for the AnimeJapan 2018 convention updated on Friday with a list of the event's exhibitors and their works. According to the list, Avex Pictures would introduce a number of works, including a "new Grand Blue anime." The website no longer lists featured works for Avex Pictures, and Avex Pictures has yet to announce a ...
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Funimation Announces Simuldub Premiere Dates

Funimation Entertainment announced the premiere dates for all of its winter season simuldubs on Thursday. Its lineup is as follows: Junji Ito Collection: January 20 Katana Maidens ~ Toji no Miko: January 21 Pop Team Epic: January 22 Touken Ranbu Hanamaru 2: January 23 Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card: January 24 citrus: January 25 Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls: January 27 Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens: J...
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Zwei: The Arges Adventure Game's Video Reveals January 24 Release

PC game to debut on Steam, GOG, The Humble Store ― XSEED Games announced with a trailer on Thursday that it will release Nihon Falcom's Zwei: The Arges Adventure (Zwei!!) action role-playing game on January 24 for PC via Steam, GOG, and The Humble Store. The company describes the story: Pokkle and Pipiro are two step-siblings living by themselves in the ho-hum village of Puck on the time-forgotten fl...
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'Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind' Trademark Filed in Japan

A trademark for a "JOJO's Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind" (JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken Ōgon no Kaze") logo was filed in Japan under Shueisha on December 20 and went public on January 9. Another trademark for a "JOJO" logo, pictured below, was filed under Shueisha on the same day. The fifth part of Hirohiko Araki's Jojo's Bizarre Adventure manga is titled "Vento Aureo" or "Golden Wind." The manga's first...
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1st New Five Star Stories Manga Volume in 2+ Years Ships on February 10

The January issue of Kadokawa's Newtype magazine revealed on December 9 that the 14th volume of Mamoru Nagano's The Five Star Stories manga, the first compiled book volume of the manga in over two years, is slated for February 10. Nagano launched his science fantasy manga series in Newtype in 1986, although the series has been running intermittently since then. To mark the 25th anniversary of the ...
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Hanebado! Badminton Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on February 7

This February issue of Kodansha's good! Afternoon magazine revealed on Saturday that Kōsuke Hamada's Hanebado! (The Badminton play of Ayano Hanesaki!) manga will have a "super important announcement" in the next issue on February 7. The manga's story begins with Kentarō Tachibana, the badminton coach of Kitakomachi High School's badminton team. He is worried because the team has so few members tha...
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Crunchyroll Announces Simulcast Details for Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody, Silver Guardian 2

Crunchyroll announced the premiere dates and regions for its Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody and The Silver Guardian 2 simulcasts on Wednesday. Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody will premiere on Crunchyroll on Thursday, January 11 at 11:30 a.m. EST. The stream will be available worldwide outside of Asia. The Silver Guardian 2 will launch on Saturday, January 13 at 9:00 a.m. ES...
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Kaiju Girls Anime's 2nd Season Listed With 12 Episodes

Retailer Amazon's listing for the Blu-ray Disc box set for the second season of Kaijū Girls ~Ultra Kaijū Gijinka Keikaku~ states that it will include "all 12 episodes." The set is slated for May 2 in Japan. The first season, which premiered via streaming in September 2016, also had 12 episodes that shipped on one box set. Crunchyroll debuted the second season worldwide except in Asia on Tuesday. T...
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Ys VIII Game's PC Release, Localization Patch Slated for January 30

NIS America announced on Wednesday that its global release date for the PC version of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA is January 30, 2018. The PC release will include its updated localization, and the localization patch for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions will launch on the same day. The free patch is under development to address concerns regarding the localization quality of the game. NIS ...
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Violet Evergarden Anime Listed With 14 Episodes

Animate Online Shop's Blu-ray Disc and DVD solicitations for Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden anime list the series with a total of 14 episodes. The series will have four home video releases: the first and third will have three episodes each while the second and fourth will have four each. The show premiered on television in Japan on January 10. Netflix will stream the series worldwide. The sho...
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Persona 5 TV Anime's New Visual Highlights Ryuji

The official website for A-1 Pictures' television anime of Atlus' Persona 5 game revealed a new visual for the anime on Wednesday. The visual highlights the character Ryuji Sakamoto (voiced by Mamoru Miyano). Like the previous visual, the anime's official website features the "The world will be stolen by them" tagline on the visual. The previously revealed visual showed main character Ren Amamiya ...
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Devilman: The Classic Collection Release Delayed to May 8

Seven Seas Entertainment revealed on Monday that it has delayed the first volume of the Devilman: The Classic Collection omnibus of Go Nagai's Devilman manga from March 6 to May 8 in order to make the manga's "deluxe hardcovers as high quality as possible." Seven Seas will release Devilman: The Classic Collection in two omnibus volumes with brand new covers. The second volume is slated for Septem...
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Bandai Namco Files for 'Lost on Arrival,' 'Twin Mirror,' 'Under Glass' Trademarks

Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe filed trademarks for "Lost on Arrival," "Twin Mirror," and "Under Glass" in France on December 11. The National Institute of Industrial Property reported the filings on Friday. The company has yet to announce games under any of the trademarked titles. The following domain names were registered in France on December 6. lost-on-arrival.com lost-on-arrival-game.com l...
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A Place Further Than the Universe Anime Listed With 13 Episodes

The official website for the A Place Further Than the Universe (Sora Yorimo Tōi Basho) television anime revealed on Tuesday the details for the anime's home video release in Japan. The listings reveal that the anime will have 13 episodes. The anime's Blu-ray Disc and DVD release will have four volumes that will ship from March to June. The anime premiered on January 2. Crunchyroll is streaming the...
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Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website for the television anime of Sōichirō Yamamoto's Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san (Takagi-san, the Master of Teasing) manga revealed the details on the anime's Japanese home video release on Tuesday. The Japanese Blu-ray Disc and DVD release will have six volumes that will ship from March to August, for a total of 12 episodes. The anime premiered within the "Anime no Me" programming ...
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PS4 Console Sells 73.6 Million Units Worldwide

Sony revealed on Tuesday that its PlayStation 4 console sold 5.9 million units worldwide in the holiday period from November 20 to December 31, and that the console has sold 73.6 million units worldwide as of December 31, 2017. The report added that 55.9 million games for the PS4 were sold during the same holiday period worldwide, both in physical stores, and through the PlayStation Network. There...
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Bandai Namco Files for 3 'Eightraid' Trademarks in Japan

Bandai Namco Entertainment filed trademarks for three variations on "Eightraid" on December 1. The Japan Patent Office reported the filings on December 19. The company has yet to announce a game with that title. [Via Gematsu]
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Space Dandy Anime Returns to Toonami on January 27

The official Facebook page for Toonami announced on Saturday that the Space Dandy anime will return to the programming block on January 27 at 2:30 a.m. The full lineup starting on January 27 will be: 10:30p – Dragon Ball Super 11:00p – Dragon Ball Z Kai 11:30p – Black Clover 12:00a – JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 12:30a – Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 1:00a – Hunter x Hun...
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citrus Anime Listed with 4 Home Video Volumes

Amazon is listing that the television anime adaptation of Saburouta's citrus yuri manga will have four home video volumes. The official website for the anime is additionally listing that the first home video volume will include three episodes. The series premiered in Japan on January 6, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series with English subtitles as it airs in Japan. Funimation Entertainment wil...
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Hataraku Saikin Manga Has 'Big News' on February 2

The February issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine revealed on December 29 that Haruyuki Kichida's Hataraku Saikin (Bacteria at Work) manga spinoff of Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! (Hataraku Saibō) manga will have "big news" for the manga in the magazine's next issue on February 2. Kodansha will ship the Hataraku Saikin manga's first compiled volume on February 9. Kichida launched the spinoff ma...
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Full Metal Panic 3rd Director's Cut Film Reveals Key Visual

The official website for the three-film director's cut anime project for the first season of the Full Metal Panic! television anime series revealed the key visual for the third film in the project on Friday. Attendees will receive a miniature drawing featuring the characters Teletha "Tessa" Testarossa and Richard Mardukas by illustrator Shikidouji. The films are screening in Tokyo at the Kadokawa ...
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Magical Girl Site Anime to Have 12 Episodes

Magical Girl Site manga creator Kentarō Satō said during an interview with the Animate Times news website on Friday that the television anime of his Magical Girl Site (Mahō Shōjo Site) manga will have 12 episodes. The official website for the television anime previously presented the show's first visual, as drawn by Satō, in November. The anime will premiere in spring 2018. Tadahito Matsubayashi (...
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Hajimete no Gal Manga Has 600,000 Copies in Print

The wraparound jacket band on the fifth compiled book volume of Meguru Ueno's Hajimete no Gal (First-Time Gal) manga revealed on December 26 that the manga has 600,000 copies in print. Ueno launched the manga in Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine in November 2015. The fifth volume had a limited edition that shipped with an original anime on Blu-ray Disc. The romantic comedy manga begins with J...
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Otherwordly Izakaya 'Nobu' Manga Adaptation Has 900,000 Copies in Print

The wraparound jacket band on the fifth compiled volume of Virginia Nitōhei's manga based on Natsuya Semikawa's Isekai Izakaya "Nobu" (Otherwordly Izakaya "Nobu") light novel series revealed on December 29 that the manga has 900,000 copies in print. Nitōhei launched the manga in Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine in July 2015. Udon Entertainment will start publishing the manga in English this year. The...
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Anime Consortium Japan's 'Anime Now!' Site Shuts Down

Anime Consortium Japan's Anime Now! website announced on Sunday that it has ceased updating as of Monday, January 1, and will be closed down completely on January 31. Anime Consortium Japan launched the site in June 2016, with the intent of providing updated information about anime debuting in Japan, providing exclusive information about anime production, and guiding users to legitimate streaming ...
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Tiger & Bunny Films' Director Confirms He Will Not Work on New Anime Series

Yoshitomo Yonetani, director of the Tiger & Bunny anime films, confirmed on Twitter on Friday that he is not working on the new anime series project. He said that he did not receive an offer to work on the project, and he will root for the staff and cast "as just an ordinary citizen." The original television anime series centers around heroes for hire — super powered beings known as NEXT who wear ...
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Real Account Manga Gets 'Important Announcement' on January 17

This year's combined fourth and fifth issues of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on December 27 that Shizumu Watanabe and Okusho's Real Account manga will have an important announcement in the manga's seventh issue on January 17. The manga will have a color opening page in the issue. Manga creator Watanabe (Kono Kanojo wa Fiction desu.) and writer Okusho launched Real Account in Kodansha...
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Chio-chan no Tsūgakuro TV Anime Premieres in April

The February issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Flapper magazine revealed on Friday that the television anime adaptation of Tadataka Kawasaki's Chio-chan no Tsūgakuro (Chio's School Commute) manga will premiere in April. Kawasaki launched the manga in Monthly Comic Flapper in 2014, and Kadokawa published the manga's seventh compiled volume on September 23. The "dramatic extreme going to school come...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Anime's Film Project is All-New Work

The staff of the planned Love Live! Sunshine!! film revealed that the project will be an all-new work (as opposed to a compilation or recap film). The Love Live! franchise's official Twitter account announced the film on Saturday. The second season of Love Live! Sunshine!! premiered on October 7, and the 13th and final episode aired on Saturday. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Ja...
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Go Nagai Resumes Gekiman! Mazinger Z-hen Manga on January 12

The cover of the 2,596th issue of Nihonbungeisha's Weekly Manga Goraku magazine has revealed that Go Nagai will resume his Gekiman! Mazinger Z-hen (Gekiman! Mazinger Z Chapter) manga on January 12 in the same issue under the title Gekiman! Z & Great-hen (Gekiman! Z & Great Chapter). The title refers to Go Nagai's Mazinger Z and Great Mazinger manga. The magazine had revealed in October that Nagai ...
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In This Corner of The World Does Not Win at Online Film Critics Society Awards

The Online Film Critics Society announced the winners of its 2017 Awards on December 28. Sunao Katabuchi's In This Corner of the World anime film was nominated for the Best Animated Feature category, but it lost to Coco. The other nominees were The Breadwinner, The Lego Batman Movie, and Loving Vincent. Shout! Factory and Funimation Films screened the film in the United States and Canada last Augu...
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Encouragement of Climb Anime's 3rd Season Premieres This Summer

The official website for the Encouragement of Climb anime franchise revealed on Thursday that the third season of the anime will premiere this summer. To celebrate the start of the broadcast, the anime's staff will hold a special event with the cast on June 23. The Blu-ray Disc release for the Yama no Susume: Omoide Present (Memories Present) original video anime (OVA), which will ship on January ...
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Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Anime Premieres in April

The staff of the television anime adaptation of Keiichi Sigsawa's Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online novel series revealed on Thursday that the series will premiere in April. Tomori Kusunoki will star as Llenn, and Yōko Hikasa will play Pitohui. Kazuyuki Okitsu will play M, and Chinatsu Akasaki will play Fukaziroh. Llenn and Pitohui will also be playable characters in the upcoming Sword...
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Hinomaru Zumō Anime to Air on TV

This year's sixth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Thursday that the anime adaptation of Kawada's Hinomaru Zumō manga will air on TV. Shonen Jump describes the manga's story: It is a divine ritual, a martial art, a combat sport—it's sumo!! A "small" new student, Ushio Hinomaru, appears before the weak little sumo club of Oodachi High School! The words "big" and "heavy" ...
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Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles Anime Slated for 12 Episodes

The official website for the television anime of Naru Narumi's Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san (Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles) manga revealed on December 25 that the anime will have 12 episodes. The anime's Japanese Blu-ray Disc and DVD release will be in two volumes, each containing six episodes of the show. The volumes will ship in Japan on March 28 and May 30, respectively. The series will premiere...
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Zelda: Twilight Princess Manga Returns on February 26

The official blog of manga creator duo Akira Himekawa revealed on Thursday that their The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess manga will return on February 26. Himekawa's message noted that they are preparing for the manga's return on Shogakukan's Manga ONE app. Manga ONE revealed in October that the manga would take a break but return on January 22. Himekawa's comment at that time stated that the ...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil Franchise Has 'Important Announcement' Next Week

The official Twitter account for the television anime of Carlo Zen and Shinobu Shinotsuki's Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) novel series revealed on Tuesday that the re-run of the second anime episode will have an "ultra important announcement" on January 8 at 24:30 (effectively January 9 at 12:30 a.m.) The anime premiered in January 2017. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired, and Funim...
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Attack on Titan Manga Has 71 Million Copies in Print

A collaboration announcement on the official website of Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare revealed on December 22 that Hajime Isayama's Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) manga has more than 71 million copies in print as of December. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's collaboration with the series involves a poster campaign to promote proper cough etiquette. The series had...
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Garo: Vanishing Line Anime Reveals New Visual Before 2nd Cour Starts

The official website of the Garo franchise revealed a new key visual for the Garo -Vanishing Line- television anime series on Monday. The show's second cour will premiere on January 12 after a special "Pause" program broadcast on January 5. The second cour will premiere Shuhei Kita's new opening theme song "Howling Sword," and Chihiro Yonekura's new ending theme song "Promise." Garo -Vanishing Lin...
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Hakyū Hoshin Engi Anime Reveals New Key Visual

The official website for Hakyū Hoshin Engi, the new television anime of Ryu Fujisaki's Hoshin Engi manga, revealed a new key visual on Monday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS11 on January 12, and then will air on AT-X on January 13. The show will stream in Japan exclusively on AbemaTV. The official website is listing the anime with 23 episodes plus a special episode ...
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Netflix Lists Violet Evergarden Anime in Some Countries on January 11, But Anime's Site Still Lists Spring

The streaming service Netflix is currently listing Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden anime with a "new episode coming on January 11" in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines. However, Netflix does not currently have a listing for the series in Japan and in the United States. The show will premiere in Japan on January 10, and Netflix will stream the series worldwide. The show's official...
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Comic Market 93 Attracts 550,000 Attendees Across 3 Days

The Comic Market 93 (Comiket 93) event in Tokyo drew approximately 210,000 attendees on its third day on Sunday, for a total across all three days of 550,000 attendees. Comiket does not have unique passes for visitors, so a person who attends all three days would be counted three times. Total attendance was up from this summer's Comiket 92 event, which drew 500,000 attendees, and was the same as l...
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Comic Market 93 Attracts 160,000 on 2nd Day

The Comic Market (Comiket) 93 event in Tokyo drew about 160,000 attendees on its second day on Saturday, December 30. Attendance was down compared to Comiket 91's second-day count last December of 170,000. The second day of Comiket 89 in December 2015, and the second day of Comiket 87 in December 2015 both also drew 170,000 attendees. This summer's Comiket 92 second-day count was at roughly 150,00...
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Kaiju Girls Anime's 2nd Season Promo Reveals January 9 Premiere

Series to air on television, stream online in Japan ― Tsuburaya Productions began streaming a promotional video for the second season of its Kaijū Girls ~Ultra Kaijū Gijinka Keikaku~ anime shorts Tuesday. The second season will premiere on television in Japan and stream on the dAnime Store (docomo Anime Store) service. The second season will feature new character Guts Seijin (Alien Guts), who appeare...
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Live-Action Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A Project Reveals New Poster Visual

The official website for the live-action film and television series adaptations of Ritz Kobayashi and Aguri Igarashi's Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A spinoff manga revealed a new poster for the film on Friday. The poster features the characters from the Achiga Girls' Academy, Senriyama Girls' High School, Shindōji Girls' High School, and Shiraitodai High School, and also features the catchphras...
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One Piece Gets 6 1-Shots by Different Manga Creators

The combined fourth and fifth 2018 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published six one-shot spinoff manga for Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga drawn by different manga creators on Monday. The spinoff manga include: "Coby Ni no Kohiyama" (Kohiyama, Who Looks Like Coby) by Nakamaru "Ghost Princess Perona-chan" by Masahiro Hirakata "Nico Robin no Raku ni Igitai" (Nico Robin Wants to Live ...
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Comic Market 93 Attracts 180,000 on 1st Day

The Comic Market (Comiket) 93 event in Tokyo drew about 180,000 attendees on its first day on Friday, December 29. Attendance was up from Comiket 91's first-day count of 170,000 attendees last December. Attendance was also up from this summer's Comiket 92 first-day count, which numbered 160,000. Summer 2013's Comiket 84 holds the record for the most attendees on the first day with about 210,000. S...
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Girl's High, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla vs. Megalon Expire on Crunchyroll on January 9

Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that its streams of the Girl's High anime, the Destroy All Monsters live-action film, and the Godzilla vs. Megalon live-action film will all expire on January 9 at 3:00 a.m. EST. The 12-episode Girl's High television anime series premiered in 2006. The series is based on Towa Oshima's High School Girls manga. Media Blasters released the series on DVD in 2007, then...
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Konami Teases Revival of Busou Shinki Franchise

Konami began streaming a video on Friday for its Busou Shinki franchise. The video features the words "Re Arm, Re Boot, Re Construct!!!" and shows various characters by different artists. However, it does not announce a specific new project. The franchise's website credits Hiroyuki Owaku as chief producer, Toriwo Toriyama as character supervisor, and Maki Asai as the model designer. The illustrati...
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Comic Girls TV Anime to Premiere in April

The official website for the television anime of Kaori Hanzawa's Comic Girls four-panel manga revealed on Friday that the series will premiere in April on Tokyo MX and other stations. i0plus' booth at Comic Market 93 debuted a new promotional video for the anime on Friday, and the video will stream at the booth until Sunday. The first promotional video for the anime streamed in August. Yoshinobu T...
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Original Tada-kun wa Koi o Shinai Anime Reveals New Visual

The staff of the original television anime Tada-kun wa Koi o Shinai (Tada-kun Does Not Fall in Love) revealed a new visual at Comic Market on Friday. The website describes the anime as a "slapstick romantic comedy that will make you laugh and cry." In the story, Mitsuyoshi Tada, a boy who has never known love, is taking pictures of the cherry blossoms in full bloom when he meets Teresa Wagner, a t...
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Hugtto! Precure Anime's Cast, Staff Briefly Listed

The official website for Toei Animation's Hugtto! Precure, the next installment in its Precure franchise, briefly listed a cast and staff for the series on Thursday. The listing has since been removed. The cast includes: Rie Hikisaka as Hana Nono /Cure Yell Rina Hon'izumi as Saaya Yakushiji/Cure Ange Yui Ogura as Homare Kagayaki/Cure Étoile Junko Noda as Hariham Harii Konomi Tada as Hug-tan Junich...
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'Shaman King' Trademark Listed Under Kodansha (Update)

Japanese publisher Kodansha is now listed as the trademark owner for "Shaman King" in Japan, Europe, and the United States. Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King manga was previously published by Shueisha. The January issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge featured a teaser silhouette along with the URL "http://comic-sp.kodansha.co.jp/skg20th/" on the last color page of Takei's Nekogahara manga on Decemb...
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Alice or Alice Anime Premieres in April

The February 2018 issue of Kadokawa's Comic Cune magazine announced on Wednesday that the television anime of Riko Korie's Alice or Alice - Siscon Nii-san to Futago no Imōto (Alice or Alice - The Brother With a Sister Complex and His Twin Sisters) manga will premiere in April. Kōsuke Kobayashi (Idol Time PriPara chief director) is directing the anime at EMT Squared (Urahara, Rainy Cocoa). Naoko Ku...
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And Yet the Town Moves Creator Ishiguro's New Manga Detailed

The February 2018 issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine revealed story details for Masakazu Ishiguro's new Tengoku Daimakyō (Heaven's Great Magical Barrier) manga on Monday. The magazine describes the story as centering on a boy named Tokio, who lives alongside other children inside a beautiful wall. One day, Tokio receives a message that says "Do you want to go outside of the outside?" In a heav...
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Hinomaru Zumō Manga to Have 'Super Important Announcement' on January 4

The combined fourth and fifth 2018 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that Kawada's Hinomaru Zumō manga will have a "super important announcement" in the next issue on January 4. Shonen Jump describes the manga's story: It is a divine ritual, a martial art, a combat sport—it's sumo!! A "small" new student, Ushio Hinomaru, appears before the weak little sumo club of...
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Live-Action Perfect World Film Opens on October 5

The February 2018 issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine revealed on Monday that live-action film adaptation of Rie Aruga's Perfect World manga will open in Japan on October 5, 2018. Sandaime J Soul Brothers and Exile member Takanori Iwata (live-action Crows Explode film) will play Itsuki Ayukawa, and Hana Sugisaki (live-action Blade of the Immortal film) will play Tsugumi Kawana. Kenji Shibayama (Naga...
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In/Spectre Manga Has 1.5 Million Copies in Print

The wraparound jacket band on the seventh compiled volume of Kyo Shirodaira and Chasiba Katase's In/Spectre (Kyokō Suiri or Invented Interface) manga revealed on December 15 that the manga has 1.5 million copies in print. Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story: When she was still just a girl, Kotoko was kidnapped by yokai. These spirits made her into a powerf...
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Fumikiri Jikan Manga to Have 'Important Announcement' on January 25

The February 2018 issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed on Monday that the next issue will have an "important announcement" for Yoshimi Sato's Fumikiri Jikan (Railroad Crossing Time) manga when it ships on January 25. The manga will also adorn the cover of the issue. The omnibus manga tells a series of short stories about conversations young women have while waiting at railroad cro...
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Live-Action ERASED Series Available Now on Netflix U.S.

Netflix U.S. is now streaming its live-action series of Kei Sanbe's Erased (Boku dake ga Inai Machi) manga. The stream is available with English subtitles. The 12-episode series premiered in Japan on December 15, and is slated to debut in 190 countries this winter. Ten Shimoyama (live-action SHINOBI - Heart Under Blade) directed the series, with scripts by Tomomi Ōkubo. The Kansai TV/Cocoon produc...
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Diabolik Lovers PS4 Game Launches in Japan on March 29

The official website for Idea Factory and Rejet's Diabolik Lovers Grand Edition PlayStation 4 game announced on Friday that the game will ship in Japan on March 29. The game will have PS4 Pro support. The game's limited edition retails for 9,936 yen (about US$88), the standard edition retails for 7,776 yen (US$69), and the download edition retails for 6,912 yen (US$61). The limited edition comes w...
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Level-5's Fantasy Life Online Smartphone Game Delayed to Spring 2018

Video game developer Level 5 announced on Friday that it has delayed the launch of its Fantasy Life Online smartphone game from 2017 to spring 2018. Level 5 stated the delay is to improve the game's quality, specifically improving the system and user interface. The game will be free but certain items in-game will cost extra. Level 5 first revealed Fantasy Life Online as Fantasy Life 2: Futatsu no ...
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Gust, NHN Play Art Delay Atelier Online Smartphone Game to 2018

Koei Tecmo's Gust brand and NHN Play Art announced on Friday that they are delaying their planned Atelier Online ~Bureseiru no Renkinjutsushi~ (Atelier Online: The Alchemist of Blasel) smartphone game to 2018. The game was originally planned to launch this winter. The companies stated that the delay is so the developers can expand the game's features for a wider range of players, strengthen the in...
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Mameneko TV Anime Premieres on January 8

The official website for the anime of Nekomaki's Mameneko cat manga announced on December 11 that the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on January 8 at 25:05 (effectively January 9 at 1:05 a.m.). Each episode will be five minutes long. The anime will also stream on Niconico, Bandai Channel, U-NEXT, Video Market, dTV, dAnime Store, and GYAO! in Japan. Yuzo Yamamoto (Chō Zenmai Robo Patrush director) ...
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Live-Action Marmalade Boy Film Unveils New Visual

The official Twitter account for the live-action film adaptation of Wataru Yoshizumi's Marmalade Boy manga revealed a new visual for the film on Friday. Hinako Sakurai (left in image below) and Ryō Yoshizawa (right) will star as Miki Koishikawa and Yū Matsura, respectively. The film opens in Japan on April 27. Filming began on November 20 and will wrap up in the beginning of January. Ryūichi Hirok...
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King's Game Anime Ends With 'To Be Continued'

The 12th and final episode of King's Game The Animation, the television anime adaptation of Nobuaki Kanazawa's King's Game (Ō-sama Game) cellphone novel, ended with the message "To Be Continued." The series premiered in Japan on October 5. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it airs in Japan. Funimation Entertainment is streaming an English dub. Thanks to Rukiia for the news tip.
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Paramount, Hasbro's G.I. Joe, Micronauts Films Slated for 2020

The Hollywood Reporter posted on Monday that film studio Paramount Pictures' planned G.I. Joe film will open on March 27, 2020, followed by Micronauts on October 16, 2020. Both films will adapt Hasbro's toy brands. Paramount Pictures also plans to release its Dungeons & Dragons film based on the tabletop role-playing game on July 23, 2021, followed by an untitled Hasbro event film on October 1, 20...
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Animate Channel Streaming Service Shuts Down in March

The official website for Animate's Animate Channel streaming service announced on Wednesday that the service will end on March 31, 2018. The website will start shutting down its enrollment services this month. The company then plans to give refunds on April 13 for those who fill out a form to request a refund. Animate launched Animate Channel on March 17, 2016 as a subscription service available o...
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Ashita no Joe Spinoff Anime Megalobox Reveals 8 New Visuals

The official website for Megalobox, a new television anime based on Ikki Kajiwara (pen name Asao Takamori) and Tetsuya Chiba's Ashita no Joe manga, revealed eight new visuals on Thursday. The anime will tell an original story, and will premiere in spring 2018. The official website will reveal more visuals on December 28. IMG megalobox-01.jpg IMG megalobox-02.jpg IMG megalobox-03.jpg IMG megalobox-...
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Golden Kamuy Manga Has 3.75 Million Copies in Print

The combined third and fourth 2018 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga has 3.75 million copies in print. Viz Media has licensed the Golden Kamuy manga, and it describes the first volume: In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi “Immortal” Sugimoto scratches out a meager existence during the postwar gold ...
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Alice or Alice TV Anime Reveals Key Visual

The staff of the television anime of Riko Korie's Alice or Alice - Siscon Nii-san to Futago no Imōto (Alice or Alice - The Brother With a Sister Complex and His Twin Sisters) manga opened an official website for the anime and revealed a key visual on Wednesday. Voice actresses Ayane Sakura (voice of Rise), Rina Hidaka (voice of Airi), and Sora Tokui (voice of Kisaki) will appear at the "~Alice or ...
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Mary and the Witch's Flower Anime Film's Japanese BD/DVD Has English Subs

Retailers are listing the Japanese Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of Studio Ponoc and Hiromasa Yonebayashi's Mary and The Witch's Flower anime film with English subtitles. The home video release is slated for March 20. GKIDS and Fathom Events will premiere the anime in U.S. theaters on Thursday, January 18. Regular screenings will start nationwide on January 19. The premiere event will have two scre...
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Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei Smartphone Game Launches Mid-January

Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation iOS and Android game producer Riichirō Yamada announced in a video on Monday that the game is slated to launch mid-January. According to Yamada, the staff are making final adjustments to the quality based on the results of beta tests. Sega Games and Atlus will release the game worldwide following an initial release in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Pre-regi...
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Yu Yu Hakusho's Original Animation Ships on October 26 in Japan

The official website for the Yu Yu Hakusho anime's 25th anniversary announced that the anime's 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Box will be divided into four parts, and the upcoming original animation will bundle with the fourth part, which ships on October 26, 2018 in Japan. The first part will include the "Spirit Detective" arc (episodes 1-26), as well as both movies, and will ship on July 27. It will b...
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Singapore Distributor Lists 'Lady Layton Mystery Journey' Animated Series

Singapore-based distribution and production company Bomanbridge Media announced a partnership with Level 5 Abby Hong Kong on November 29. As part of the new partnership, Bomanbridge said it will distribute Level 5 Abby's original productions in Asian territories, and listed a Lady Layton Mystery Journey series among the acquisitions. The announcement lists the series at 50 episodes with each a run...
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Mashiro-kun Manga's 'Important Announcement' is Title Change

The January 2018 issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge revealed on Saturday that Yukichi Sasame's Mashiro-kun: Sewa Yaki-kei Danshi no Nichijō (Mashiro-kun: The Everyday Life of a Helpful Guy) manga will change its title to Mashiro-kun wa Sewa o Yakitai! (Mashiro-kun Wants to be Helpful!). The manga was already running on pixiv Comic with the new title, and the manga's first compiled volume (se...
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Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud Switch Game Launches in Spring 2018

Sega announced on Saturday during a livestream event that it will launch Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud, the Nintendo Switch version of the Phantasy Star Online 2 game, in spring 2018. The release will be a cloud game, allowing players to connect to a network and play with data stored in the cloud. Players will not need to download game data. Basic gameplay will be free, but some in-game items will ...
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Spice & Wolf Creator's Project Lux Gets PlayStation VR Release

Sekai Project announced on Sunday that Isuna Hasekura and Spicy Tails' Project Lux game will get a release for the PlayStation VR. Sekai Project is streaming an English trailer for the PlayStation VR version. The game is also getting a physical release from Limited Run Games. Sekai Project released the game on PC via Steam's Early Access program on March 30, and is compatible with both the HTC Viv...
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Servamp -Alice in the Garden- Film Opens on April 7

The official Twitter account for Gekijōban Servamp -Alice in the Garden-, the anime film based on Strike Tanaka's Servamp manga, revealed on Friday that the film will open in Japan on April 7. The film's story will deal with Misono Alicein's past. The main cast from the television anime will reprise their roles. Hideaki Nakano is returning to direct the film at Platinum Vision, and Junko Yamanaka ...

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