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Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Sell 1.2 Million Copies in Japan in 3 Days

Nintendo revealed in a press release on Wednesday that its Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon Nintendo 3DS games sold an estimated 1,199,814 copies in Japan it their first three days after shipping on Friday. In comparison, the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games sold an estimated 1,905,107 copies in their first three days after shipping last November. The figures do not include digital copie...
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Magical Girl Site Anime Reveals 1st Visual

The staff for the television anime of Kentarō Satō's Magical Girl Site (Mahō Shōjo Site) manga opened the anime's website on Wednesday. The site presents the show's first visual, as drawn by Satō. The anime will premiere in spring 2018. Tadahito Matsubayashi (Tokyo Ghoul: Pinto) is directing the anime at production doA, and Takayo Ikami (Yurikuma Arashi, Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation) ...
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Pixar's John Lasseter Takes Leave of Absence Amid Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

The Hollywood Reporter entertainment news source reported on Tuesday that John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is taking a six-month leave of absence after announcing it in a memo to staff. The leave of absence comes as The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and the Vanity Fair magazine have published articles regarding Lasseter's alleged se...
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Anime Reveals 2nd Key Visual

The official website for the television anime of CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga revealed the second key visual for the series on Tuesday. The anime will premiere on NHK BS Premium at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2018. The anime will then repeat on Fridays at 11:45 p.m. Morio Asaka is returning from the first television anime series and two films to direct the new series at Madhouse...
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Studio Colorido Recruits Staff for Anime Feature Film

Studio Colorido began accepting job applications for a full-length anime theatrical film and anime commercials on October 10. Applications for production staff and animator will be accepted until November 30. Studio Colorido's previous films include Hinata no Aoshigure, Shashinkan, and Typhoon Noruda, all of which ran for less than 35 minutes. The studio has also animated a number of commercials, ...
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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Mobile Game Launches on Wednesday

Nintendo of America revealed on its official Twitter account on Sunday that its Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp mobile game collaboration with DeNA will launch worldwide on November 22. Nintendo didn't specify if the date was for both the game's iOS and Android platforms. Nintendo revealed details about the game during a Nintendo Direct presentation on October 24. The title is a free-to-play game (wi...
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Love Live! School Idol Festival Smartphone Game Reaches 40 Million Users Worldwide

Bushiroad began streaming a video on Saturday for KLab Games' Love Live! School Idol Festival smartphone game that revealed that the game has reached 40 million users worldwide. Bushiroad and KLab released the Love Live! School Idol Festival rhythm action and adventure game in English on iOS and Android devices in May 2014. The game added the Love Live! Sunshine!! characters to the game in Septemb...
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Sanrio Boys Anime Premieres on January 6

The official website for Sanrio's Sanrio Danshi (Sanrio Boys) anime revealed on Monday that the anime will premiere in Japan on January 6 on Tokyo MX and MBS. The show will also premiere on TVQ Broadcasting Kyushu on January 8, and on TV Hokkaido on January 11. Pony Canyon promoted the anime in the United States at Otakon 2017. The project's premise follows Kōta Hasegawa, a high school boy who lov...
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Akimine Kamijyō Launches Kobayashi Shōnen to Futei no Kaijin Manga on November 27

This year's 51st issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine announced on Monday that Akimine Kamijyō (Samurai Deeper Kyo, Code:Breaker) will launch the Kobayashi Shōnen to Futei no Kaijin (Young Kobayashi and the Lawless Fiend) manga on November 27. The manga was originally slated to start this summer. The manga will adapt Japanese mystery writer Rampo Edogawa's short stories. The manga will start ...
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Pop Team Epic Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

Amazon Japan is currently listing that the anime of Bkub Ōkawa's Pop Team Epic manga will have three home video releases and 12 total episodes. Each volume is also listed with bonus video footage, audio commentary, and a booklet. Space Neko Company's Jun Aoki (Oshiruko - The Summertime Mischief, Stephan no Ongaeshi, "#1 Adachin mo Keitai ga Hoshii da chin!") and Aoi Umeki (Kamikaze Douga staffer o...
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Peace Maker Kurogane Film Project Reveals Rough Character Design for Suzu Yamatoya

The official website for the two-part anime film series based on Nanae Chrono's Peace Maker Kurogane manga revealed another rough character design on Friday. Shinnosuke Tachibana as Suzu Yamatoya The site also revealed rough character designs for two more characters on November 10. Masami Iwasaki as Kai Shimada Takaya Hashi as Isami Kondō The site has previously revealed rough character designs fo...
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Man Arrested for Selling Girls & Panzer School Crest Stickers

Kurashiki city police and the cybercrime prevention unit of the Okayama prefectural police arrested an individual for allegedly making and selling stickers bearing the school crests from the Girls & Panzer anime without the copyright holder's permission. The suspect, 33-year-old company employee Kazuki Mori from Komatsu in Ishikawa prefecture, admitted to the charge. According to police, Kazuki ha...
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MangaGamer to Release Golden Fantasia CROSS Fighting Game on December 8

MangaGamer announced during its panel at Anime NYC on Friday that it will release the Golden Fantasia CROSS (Ōgon Musōkyoku CROSS) fighting game on its website and on Steam on December 8. MangaGamer announced in October 2016 that it would release the game as its first fighting game. MangaGamer also announced that it will release a hardcopy of Princess Evangile W Happiness on December 15, Imouto P...
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Seishi Kishimoto Publishes 1-Shot for Mad Chimera World Manga

This year's 51st issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine published a one-shot of Seishi Kishimoto's Mad Chimera World manga on Thursday. The one-shot is part of the magazine's series of "Carnaval" one-shots that celebrate the magazine's 35th anniversary. The manga is set in a ruined world overrun with chimerical creatures where the female creatures eat the males. Two creatures explore the land: Usagi...
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The Life of Budori Gusko Anime Film Gets English Dub

Section23 Films revealed in its March release slate on Thursday that Sentai Filmworks' release of The Life of Budori Gusko (Guskō Budori no Denki) anime film will include and English dub in addition to the Japanese audio track. The Blu-ray Disc is slated for March 27. The release slate also includes a subtitle-only Blu-ray Disc release of Girlish Number on March 6 and a dual-audio release of New T...
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Sentai Filmworks Schedules 2nd Initial D Film's Release for March 13

Section23 Films announced in its March release slate that Sentai Filmworks will release the New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 2: Racer film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack on March 13. Like the first film, the release will have both English and Japanese audio. Sentai Filmworks announced its license for all three Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend films — including New Theatrical Movie Initial...
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Dynasty Warriors 9 Game Ships in West on February 13

Koei Tecmo America announced on Thursday that Omega Force's Dynasty Warriors 9 (Shin Sangoku Musou 8) game will ship for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in the West on February 13, 2018. The physical and digital release will include a bundle of bonus content with costumes for seven characters. The bundle will include a Beijing opera-style costume for Zhao Yun and six traditional Chinese ...
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Citrus TV Anime Premieres on January 6

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Saburouta's Citrus yuri manga revealed on Thursday that the series will premiere on AT-X on January 6 at 11:30 p.m. The anime will then debut on Tokyo MX and Sun TV on January 7 and on BS Fuji on January 9. Takeo Takahashi (Spice and Wolf, MAOYU, Hinako Note) is directing the series at studio Passione. Naoki Hayashi (Flip Flappers, D.C.II...
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Voice Actress Romi Park Leaves Agency After 22 Years to Go Independent

Voice actress Romi Park announced on Twitter on Tuesday that she is leaving her agency Enkikaku after 22 years. She opened a new personal website titled LAL in order to work independently. Park commented, "While I am nervous about being able to embark on a new journey at this age, I am excited." She also noted that she is happy to have this chance. Park's many voice roles include Fullmetal Alchemi...
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Atelier Lydie & Suelle Game's Western Release Dated for March

Koei Tecmo America announced on Tuesday that it will release Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (Lydie to Suelle no Atelier ~Fushigi no Kaiga no Renkinjutsushi~) on March 27, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. Koei Tecmo Europe announced that it will release the game for the same platforms on March 30. Koei Tecmo America describes the game: ...
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Code Geass Pachislo Game's Video Shows Anime Scenes

Sammy began streaming a promotional video for its new "Pachislo Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouche R2 C.C. Ver" pachislo (slot machine for pachinko parlors) game. The video contains footage from the Code Geass anime. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch - Kōdō (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion - The Awakening Path), the first film in the planned compilation film trilogy for the Code Geass: Lelouch of...
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Sega Teases 'New Sensation Camera RPG' With Reveal on November 17

Sega launched a teaser website on Tuesday that teases a "new sensation camera RPG." The website has an opening animation that shows a smartphone taking pictures of real-life objects and people and turning them into illustrated versions. Sega will unveil the new game on Friday, November 17 at 12:00 p.m. JST (Thursday, November 16, 10:00 p.m. EST). [Via Gematsu]
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Final Live-Action Moribito Season Premieres on November 25

The third and final season of its live-action television adaptation of Nahoko Uehashi's Moribito novel series will premiere on NHK on November 25. It will air on Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. The three seasons of the show will have 22 total episodes that NHK has been broadcasting since the first season last year. The show is adapting all 10 of Uehashi's novels, and the whole drama is shot in 4K. The firs...
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Zeta Gundam Pachinko Machine Video Features CG Footage

Pachinko game maker Sankyo began streaming a promotional video on Sunday for its "CR Fever" pachinko machine based on the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam anime. The video includes new 3D footage. Right Stuf recently released the original series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in two parts in March and April 2016. Right Stuf also released the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation movie trilogy on DVD in May 2...
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Studio Chizu Files Trademark for 'Mirai no Mirai'

Studio Chizu filed trademarks for "Mirai no Mirai" (Mirai of the Future) on October 24. The Japan Patent Office reported the filings on November 7. The trademark indicates it is for use for disc releases, mobile games, and various goods, such as stationery and towels. Entertainment news magazine Variety reported in May that Mamoru Hosoda's next film is titled Mirai. The film is "expected to be com...
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Maaya Uchida Performs Opening Song for Takunomi. Anime

The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Haruto Hino's Takunomi. (Drinking at Home) four-panel manga revealed on Monday that Maaya Uchida will perform the anime's opening theme song "aventure bleu." The song's CD single will ship on February 14 with an as-yet untitled coupling track. Uchida also voices the character Makoto Kiriyama in the anime. The comedy manga's story ...
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Shudan! Manga Reaches Climax of 'Elementary School Student Arc'

This year's 50th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Takuma Yokota's Shudan! soccer manga is entering the "climax" of its elementary school student arc in the magazine's next issue on November 20. The manga will also receive a center color page in the next issue. The manga tells the story of a young man growing up into adulthood in the "soccer kingdom" of Shizuo...
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SEGA Teases New 'Valkyria Project' Announcement on November 20

Sega opened a teaser website on Monday revealing that it will announce a new "Valkyria Project" on November 20 at 12:00 p.m. JST (10:00 p.m. EST on November 19). Sega released the first Valkyria Chronicles game on the PlayStation 3 in Japan, Europe, and North America in 2008, and released Valkyria Chronicles II on the PlayStation Portable in 2010. Sega also released Valkyria Chronicles III on the ...
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Eiichiro Oda: One Piece Manga Will Enter Wano Arc in 1-2 Years

Shueisha released the Super Kabuki II One Piece ''Idai Naru Sekai" photo collection and information book on Saturday, and the book contained an interview between original One Piece manga creator Eiichiro Oda and Luffy's kabuki actor Ichikawa Ennosuke IV. In the interview, Ichikawa and Oda are discussing the character Little Oars, Jr. and how the kabuki play portrayed him on stage, when Ichikawa me...
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Ys VIII Localization Patch Will Feature 'Nearly 100%' Rerecorded Lines

NIS America posted an update on its blog regarding the localization patch for its Ys VIII PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Thursday. The post reveals that the staff have rewritten "nearly 100%" of the script and will be "re-recording nearly everything" with the same cast. Battle lines and some incidentals will remain from the first recording. The free patch is under development to addres...
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Capcom to Develop Ace Attorney, Other Titles for Nintendo Switch

CAPCOM President Haruhiro Tsujimoto told news website Jiji in an interview on Friday that Capcom is developing new game software for release on the Nintendo Switch console in fiscal year 2018 (starting April 2018). He cited Ace Attorney as one example, as it has been popular inside and outside Japan. CAPCOM rereleased the first three Ace Attorney games — Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wrigh...
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Toji no Miko TV Anime Premieres on January 5

The official website for Studio Gokumi's original anime project Toji no Miko (The Shrine Maiden Swordwielders) revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on AT-X on January 5 at 21:30. It will then debut that day on Tokyo MX at 25:05 (effectively January 6 at 1:05 a.m.) and on MBS at 26:55 (effectively January 6 at 2:55 a.m.). The series will premiere on BS11 on January 7 at 25:00 (effectivel...
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Bandai Namco Entertainment to Reveal 3 Switch-Exclusive Titles Next Year

The Wall Street Journal tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki reported on Twitter on Tuesday that Bandai Namco Entertainment president Satoshi Ōshita revealed during a financial briefing earlier this week that the company is developing three "big" games exclusively for the Nintendo Switch platform, which will be revealed from spring to summer next year. (Note: In an English Twitter post Mochizuki said t...
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Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san/Ashita wa Doyōbi Anime Reveals Character Visuals

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Sōichirō Yamamoto's Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san (Takagi-san, the Master of Teasing) manga revealed the character visuals on Friday for both the anime and its accompanying adaptation of Yamamoto's Ashita wa Doyōbi (Tomorrow is Saturday) manga, which will air "within" the Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san anime. Yuuki Kaji as Nishikata Rie Takahash...
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Former Funimation Parent Company Navarre Enters Bankruptcy Protection

Navarre – the former parent company of the North American anime distributor Funimation – along with its current owner WYNIT Holdings, filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on September 9. Navarre Corporation acquired FUNimation Productions, LTD. in 2005, after which Funimation Productions changed its name to Funimation Entertainment. Navarre sold Funimation in 2011 to a...
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Yurucamp Anime's 'Candid' Character Visuals Posted

The official website for the the television anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga has been releasing "candid shot" character visuals for the anime since September, with the fifth and latest visual (fifth picture below) posted last Friday. Nadeshiko Kagamihara (voiced by Yumiri Hanamori) Rin Shima (voiced by Nao Tōyama) Chiaki Ōgaki (voiced by Sayuri Hara) Aoi Inuyama (voiced...
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Final Fantasy XV Game's Multiplayer Expansion Launches November 15

The official Twitter account for the Final Fantasy XV video game announced on Monday that the game's multiplayer expansion for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, titled "Comrades," will launch on November 15, after a delay from its originally scheduled October 31 release. The expansion takes place during the original game's 10-year timeskip near the end of the story. Nobuo Uematsu composed a theme song f...
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School Rumble Manga Gets 1-Shot Chapter to Celebrate App Promo

This year's 49th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Jin Kobayashi published a one-shot chapter of the School Rumble manga for free in Kodansha's "Magazine Pocket" app on the same day. The one-shot celebrates the app making the entire original manga series available to read for free from Wednesday until August 4, 2018. Kobayashi's School Rumble romantic comedy man...
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Junji Ito 'Collection' Anime Sets Earlier January 5 Premiere

The official website for Junji Ito "Collection", the television anime of manga by famed horror author Junji Ito, announced on Tuesday that satellite network WOWOW will premiere the anime on January 5 at 10:30 p.m. on its Anime Premium block. As previously announced, the series will begin airing on Tokyo MX on Sunday, January 7 at 10:00 p.m. Director and character designer Shinobu Tagashira illustr...
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Animate Girls Festival Draws 86,293 Attendees Over 2 Days

The Animate Girls Festival 2017 event, held November 3-4 at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro in Tokyo, saw a record 37,896 visitors in the main hall and 86,293 visitors total. The event also featured a record 131 booths. The main hall attendance was up 9.4% from last year's event, and the overall attendance was up 12%. Last year's event also saw a year-on-year increase in total attendance for the two-da...
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Prince of Tennis Creator Apologizes for Incomplete Chapter

Manga artist Takeshi Konomi revealed on Twitter that the latest chapter of The New Prince of Tennis, which ran in the December issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ on Saturday, was incomplete due to "various troubles and bad circumstances." He apologized to everyone and promised that the 23rd compiled volume will have the corrected full chapter. Takeshi Konomi serialized The Prince of Tennis manga's origin...
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Kemono Friends Director Tatsuki Recruits Background Artists

Kemono Friends anime director TATSUKI announced on October 28 that he is recruiting experienced background artists for an unannounced project. He said that he would reply to proposals by the end of the month. ふと、背景美術に興味ある方おられるでしょうか?白水とやりとりしつつ描いていただく具合になります。今回は経験者の方のが合うかも…。おられましたらリプかメールにて是非。一旦今月末までー。特に即、何かあるではないのですが、出た時にお声がけするかも感です。よろしくお願いいたします pic.twitter.com/GL9D6KuF3z— たつき/irodori (@irodori7) Oc...
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'D5 Five Detectives' Franchise Launches With Live-Action Film

"Team D5" and Erumu Rento revealed a new "D5 5-nin no Tantei" (D5 - Five Detectives) project on October 31. Rento is credited for the original work, and will also direct the project and pen the scripts. Artist Yasutake Kawahito is the project's illustrator. The first work for the project will be a live-action film. The project features the following voice cast members, although it isn't yet clear ...
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Peace Maker Kurogane Film Project Reveals Rough Character Designs for Saitō, Tatsunosuke, Saya

The official website for the two-part anime film series based on Nanae Chrono's Peace Maker Kurogane manga revealed three more rough character designs on Friday. Hajime Saitō (voiced by Takashi Matsuyama) Tatsunosuke Ichimura (voiced by Yūji Ueda) Saya (voiced by Mikako Takahashi) The first film, titled Peacemaker Kurogane - Omou-michi (Path of Thoughts), is slated for June 2, 2018. The second fil...
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Black Clover Anime Listed With 51 Episodes, 4 Openings & Endings

The official website for the Black Clover television anime series is listing the anime's five Blu-ray Disc and DVD box set releases with a total of 51 episodes, with 9-12 episodes per set. The sets also list that the anime will have four cours, and list four creditless opening and ending videos as bonus extras. The sets each list a "Black Clover Special Volume" bonus video extra, but don't state i...
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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Manga Has 'Big Announcement' on November 13

This year's 49th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Tadahiro Miura's Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san) manga will have a "big announcement" in the magazine's 50th issue on November 13. Miura launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in February 2016. The "odd story between a physical ghost buster and his ghost roommate" centers on a young...
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Black Clover Anime Listed With 5 Box Set Releases in Japan

This year's 49th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine listed on Monday that the Black Clover television anime series will have five Blu-ray Disc and DVD box set releases. The first set will ship on February 23 and will retail for 17,000 yen (about US$149) for the Blu-ray Disc set and 15,000 yen (about US$131) for the DVD set. The listing in the magazine doesn't state how many episodes w...
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Akiko Higashimura's Historical Yukibana no Tora Manga Resumes in January

This year's 49th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine is revealing on Monday that Akiko Higashimura's (Princess Jellyfish, Kakukaku Shikajika, Tokyo Tarareba Girls) Yukibana no Tora manga will continue serialization in the magazine in January. The final issue of Shogakukan's Hibana magazine had originally stated in August that the manga would move to the Monthly! Spirits magazine. Hig...
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Dam Keeper Animated Short Series Airs on NHK

NHK announced last week that its NHK-E network will air Pig: The Dam Keeper Poems (Pig: Oka no Ue no Dam Keeper or "Pig: The Dam Keeper at the Top of the Hill"), the series of animated shorts based on Tonko House's Oscar-nominated short film "The Dam Keeper." The series began its broadcast on Friday. Hulu Japan produced the series, first announced under the title "Dam Keeper no Nakama-tachi" (The ...
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Sentai Filmworks' Angel Beats Release Goes Out of Print

Sentai Filmworks announced on Friday that its Angel Beats release is going out of print. The company's online store will offer a sale on the title from November 3-10. The 2010 Angel Beats! anime revolves around protagonist Yuzuru Otonashi, who wakes to find himself in a strange high school setting. Otonashi has no memories prior to waking, but learns that the location is a strange afterlife and al...
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Crunchyroll's Foreign-Language Dubs Launch November 16

3 shows get Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German dubs ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that its foreign-language dubs for Schwarzes Marken, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, and Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers will launch on November 16 for members and November 23 for free users. All three titles will be available in Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, and German. Crunchyroll also clari...
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Composer Yasunori Mitsuda Teases Major Announcement to End 2017

Composer Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Xenogears) said on Twitter on Tuesday that in addition to his revealed work on Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the "Episode Ignis" DLC for Final Fantasy XV, and Inazuma Eleven Ares, there may be "one more intense announcement" to mark the end of 2017. Square Enix began streaming a trailer for "Episode Ignis" on Monday. Like the first two episodes, the new episode...
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Bandai Namco Files for 2 'Tales of' Trademarks

Bandai Namco Entertainment filed trademarks for "Tales of Tour" and "Tales of Musical" on October 13. The Japan Patent Office reported the filings on Tuesday. Bandai Namco Entertainment filed for a trademark for Tales of Berseria, the most recent game in the franchise's main series, in May 2015 before it released the game in Japan in August 2016. The game debuted in the West in January. Bandai Nam...
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Ultraman Manga Has 'Important Announcement' On December 1

The December issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Hero's magazine revealed on Wednesday that Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi's Ultraman manga will have a major announcement in the magazine's next issue on December 1. The manga will adorn the issue's front cover. Viz Media publishes the manga in North America, and it describes the story: Decades ago, a being known as the Giant of Light joined Shin ...
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Ys VIII Localization Patch Delayed to Early 2018

NIS America (NISA) senior associate producer Alan Costa announced on Thursday that NISA has delayed the release of its planned patch for the Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game to early 2018. Costa noted that the scope of the changes in the patch made the company unable to release the patch in its original planned release date at the end of November. NIS America has ...
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Märchen Mädchen Anime Premieres in January

The official website for the television anime adaptation of late author Tomohiro Matsu and artist Kantoku's Märchen Mädchen (Fairy Tale Girls) light novel series revealed on Saturday that the series will premiere in January. The anime will air on AT-X, Tokyo MX, and BS11. Hisashi Saito (Haganai, Fantasista Doll, Bamboo Blade) is the chief director for the anime, and Shigeru Ueda (RIN - Daughters o...
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Detective Conan Manga Resumes on November 29

Shogakukan revealed on Wednesday that Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan manga will return from its hiatus on November 29 in Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine's 1st 2018 issue. The magazine's 45th issue had revealed in October that the manga would take a break from issues 46-48 so Aoyama could conduct research. The manga was originally planned to resume in the 49th issue, which shipped on Wednesday. The 1...
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Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! Adds More U.S. Screening Dates

Fathom Events announced on Wednesday that it has added two more U.S. screening dates for the Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! anime film. The film will screen on Saturday, November 11 at 12:55 p.m. local time and Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. local time. The company noted that the additional screenings are due to high ticket sales and sold-out screenings. As previously announced, the film will...
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Jump Festa Site Lists Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san Production Committee

The official website for the "Jump Festa '18" event lists "Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san Production Committee" with Shueisha and manga creator Tadahiro Miura as copyright holders. The manga will have a stage presentation at the event, which will be held at the Makuhari Messe event hall in Chiba on December 16-17. Of the works that will have stage presentations at the event, only Miura's manga doesn't yet ...
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Pop Team Epic Anime Reveals 2nd Key Visual

The official website for the anime of Bkub Ōkawa's Pop Team Epic manga posted the second key visual one day after Halloween. The surreal four-panel manga centers around two 14-year-old girls, the short Popuko and the tall Pipimi. The story summary on the anime's website quotes William Shakespeare's Tweflth Night play, "There is no darkness but ignorance." Space Neko Company's Jun Aoki (Oshiruko - ...
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Funimation, Sony Close Acquisition Deal

Funimation Entertainment revealed on Saturday that it has closed the deal for Sony Pictures Television Networks' acquisition of the majority stake in Funimation. Funimation CEO Gen Fukunaga retains position and a minority stake in the business, and Funimation's FAQ noted that its operations, streaming service, simuldubs, and release schedules will continue unchanged. The agreement values Funimatio...
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Shadow of the Colossus PS4 Remake Slated for February in Japan, West

Sony revealed on Tuesday that it will release its PlayStation 4 remake of Shadow of the Colossus in Japan on February 8 and in the West on February 6. Sony unveiled new footage from the game during its Paris Games Week press conference on Monday. The game is slated for 2018. Bluepoint, the company that handled the 2011 remaster, is also developing the PlayStation 4 remake. Fumito Ueda's original S...
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Shojo Beat Warehouse Suffers Fire Damage, Delays Releases

Viz Media's Shojo Beat imprint revealed on Monday that there was a fire in the warehouse storing Shojo Beat books, so three volumes previously slated for November 7 are now slated for November 28. The titles that are being reprinted are SP Baby volume 1, Anonymous Noise volume 5, and Idol Dreams volume 4. Shojo Beat's December titles will still ship on December 5 as scheduled.
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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Anime's 2nd Season Reveals New Key Visual

This year's 48th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed a new visual on Monday for the second season of the television anime of Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. manga. The visual features characters Kusuo Saiki and Tōma Akechi. The caption reads: "That's a horribly villainous face, but... who is it?" The anime will feature a returning cast, and will premiere in Janua...
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Momogumi Plus Senki Manga Switches to Online Magazine

The December issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Asuka magazine revealed last Tuesday that Eri Sakondou's Momogumi Plus Senki manga will move from Monthly Asuka to Kadokawa's Comic Newtype web comic magazine. Kadokawa will release the next chapter on November 28. Sakondou began the manga in 2006. Kadokawa released the 17th compiled volume in Japan on October 24 digitally and in print. Viz Media released t...
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Susumu Hirasawa Confirms He's Working on Theme Song for Satoshi Kon's Opus

Composer Susumu Hirasawa (Berserk) revealed last Friday that he had been asked to compose the theme song for Satoshi Kon's OPUS manga, and has begun working on it. It is unclear from his post whether or not he is referring to the anime adaptation that producer Masao Maruyama previously expressed a desire to work on. Harasawa added in his post that, "If [anyone] is going to stop [this], now is the ...
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My Hero Academia Manga Takes 1-Week Break So Author Can Do Research

This year's 48th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga will take a one-week break in the 49th issue so that Horikoshi can conduct research. The manga will return in the magazine's 50th issue on November 13. Horikoshi previously took a one-week break in the magazine's 28th issue in June and in the 43rd issue in September due...
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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Anime's 2nd Season Premieres in January

This year's 48th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the second season of the television anime of Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. manga will premiere in January. The issue also revealed a new key visual, and also revealed that the new characters Hiroshi Satō, Tōma Akechi, and Mikoto Aiura will appear in the new season. Hiroshi is a very normal guy,...
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Peace Maker Kurogane Film Project Reveals Rough Character Designs for Okita, Saizō

The official website for the two-part anime film series based on Nanae Chrono's Peace Maker Kurogane manga revealed two more rough character designs on Friday. Sōji Okita (voiced by Mitsuki Saiga) Saizō The first film, titled Peacemaker Kurogane - Omou-michi (Path of Thoughts), is slated for June 2, 2018. The second film, titled Peace Maker Kurogane - Yūmei (Fate of Friends), is slated for next fa...
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Free! Take Your Marks Film Ends With 'See You Next Stage' Message

The Free! -Take Your Marks- anime film premiered at the "3rd KyoAni & Do Thanks Event" on October 21 and ended with the message "See You Next Stage." When asked about the note during the stage greeting, character designer Futoshi Nishiya only repeated the line in English. The film will open in Japan on Saturday. It is a sequel to the Free! -Timeless Medley- compilation films and it depicts four st...
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Coro Coro Comics Magazine's Kirby Manga Franchise Has 10 Million Copies in Print

Shogakukan revealed on Friday that Coro Coro Comics magazine's Kirby manga franchise has 10 million copies in print. The manga is based on Nintendo's Kirby video game series. Hirokazu Hikawa's Kirby (Hoshi no Kirby - Dedede de Pupupu na Monogatari) manga debuted in 1994, and various authors have continued the series in Coro Coro Comics since then. Hikawa ended his manga adaptation in 2006. Shogaku...
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Yūji Kaida, Shinji Nishikawa Draw Visuals for 1st Godzilla Anime Film

The official website for the upcoming Godzilla anime film trilogy unveiled two visuals on Friday for the first film drawn by Godzilla franchise illustrators Yūji Kaida and Shinji Nishikawa. Kaida drew the illustration below left, which shows Godzilla standing amid a burning Shibuya. Nishikawa drew the illustration below right, showing Godzilla standing among other monsters. The first film, Godzill...
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Gundam Versus PS4 Game Adds Gundam Thunderbolt's Atlas Gundam as DLC

The Gundam.info website revealed on Thursday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's Gundam Versus PlayStation 4 game will add Atlas Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt as downloadable content in Japan at the end of November. The update will cost 602 yen (about US$5). The game shipped in Japan in July. Bandai Namco Entertainment released the game in the Americas, Europe, and Southeast Asia in Sep...
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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Game's Combined Shipments, Digital Sales Hit 1 Million

The official Twitter account for Square Enix's Final Fantasy franchise announced on Thursday that the Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age PlayStation 4 game's combined shipments and digital sales worldwide have hit 1 million copies. Square Enix created a remake of the game's original looping demo video and also posted a new illustration by Isamu Kamikokuryo to celebrate the achievement. Final Fantas...
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Dynasty Warriors 9 Game Ships in Japan on February 8

The official Twitter account for KOEI Tecmo Games' Dynasty Warriors franchise announced on Thursday that the Dynasty Warriors 9 (Shin Sangoku Musou 8) game will ship in Japan on February 8, 2018. The game's official website also revealed that KOEI Tecmo Games will offer the game in a standard package or download edition for 7,800 yen (about US$69), a treasure box edition for 14,800 yen (US$130), a...
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Gran Turismo Sport Warns of Copyright Violations When Posting Gameplay Videos With Music

The official website for Sony Interactive Entertainment and Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo Sport PlayStation 4 racing game issued a warning last week for players who intend to post or stream gameplay videos with the game's background music turned on. Because the music is copyrighted, players do not have permission to post or broadcast it, and the company advised that those who intend to post gam...
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Natsume's Book of Friends 'Stage Reading' Event's Visual Unveiled

The official website for the "stage reading" event based on Yuki Midorikawa's Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-chō) manga revealed the event's visual on Tuesday. The stage reading event will take place at the Tokyo International Forum on January 6. The event will feature the anime's cast in a stage experience that will feature sets, lighting, special effects, and costumes, as well as the t...
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Amazon Germany Briefly Lists Kingdom Hearts PS4 Collection

Online retailers Amazon Germany and Koch Media Shop Germany briefly listed "Kingdom Hearts PS4 Collection" for release on November 24. The listings have been removed. The “Mega XL Bundle” was listed as including Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue shipped for the PlayStation 4 for on January 24, and King...
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A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- Manga Launches on November 25

The December issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine is revealing on Thursday that Hiroaki Michiaki's manga adaptation of Netflix's original A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- anime series will launch in the magazine's next issue on November 25. The anime will premiere simultaneously worldwide in spring 2018. Netflix describes the story: In Japan in the year 2035, an accident known as the "Burst" o...
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New Fist of the Blue Sky Anime Unveils Title, Visual

The official website for the new television anime based on Buronson, Nobuhiko Horie, and Tetsuo Hara's Souten no Ken (Fist of the Blue Sky) manga revealed the anime's title as Souten no Ken Regenesis on Wednesday. It is the same title as the new manga that launched in the December issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine on Wednesday. However, the anime's site only notes that the anim...
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New Fist of the Blue Sky TV Anime Premieres in April

The December issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine further revealed on Wednesday that the new television anime based on of Buronson, Nobuhiko Horie, and Tetsuo Hara's Souten no Ken (Fist of the Blue Sky) manga will premiere on Tokyo MX in April 2018. The magazine also announced a reprinting of the original manga's first arc to commemorate the new Souten no Ken Re: Genesis manga th...
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Bleach: Brave Souls Smartphone Game Hits 25 Million Downloads Worldwide

Mobile game developer KLab Inc. announced on Monday that its Bleach: Brave Souls smartphone game has reached 25 million downloads worldwide. The developer noted that this total includes players who have downloaded the game more than once. The developer is promoting the milestone with Spirit Orb log-in bonuses and a "Super Power-Up Set" for all players. A "25 Million Downloads Celebration Pack" wil...
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Bandai Namco Registers 'New World' Trademark for Games

Bandai Namco Entertainment filed for a trademark for "New World" (Shinsekai) on October 17. The trademark indicates it is for use in software for home video game machines, such as home consoles and portable game systems. Bandai Namco Entertainment previously launched a game as New World: Vol. 1 Ginrui no Otome for iOS and Android in January 2016. The company then renamed the title to .hack//New Wo...
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Pacific Rim Uprising Director: Crossover With Godzilla/King Kong is 'Possible'

Pacific Rim Uprising director Steven S. DeKnight said in an interview with Collider at New York Comic Con that there is a "possibility" of a crossover between Pacific Rim and King Kong or Godzilla. All three titles are produced by Legendary. DeKnight's comment was in response to a question asking if the Pacific Rim Uprising film will have any "Easter Eggs" tying it to Legendary's Monster Universe ...
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High School DxD Hero Anime Reveals Returning Cast

The official website for High School DxD Hero, the fourth season of the High School DxD television anime series, confirmed the anime's returning cast members on Saturday. The cast, all returning from previous High School DxD anime, include: Yuuki Kaji as Issei Hyōdō Yōko Hikasa as Rias Gremory Azumi Asakura as Asia Argento Shizuka Itou as Akeno Himejima Ayana Taketatsu as Koneko Tōjō Kenji Nojima ...
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The Promised Neverland Manga Has 2.1 Million Copies in Print

This year's 47th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland manga has 2.1 million copies in print in Japan. When the fifth volume shipped in Japan on September 4, the manga had 1.5 million copies in print in Japan. Shirai and Demizu launched the manga in August 2016. The manga's sixth compiled volume will ship in J...
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Final Fantasy XV Game's Multiplayer Expansion Delayed to Early November

The official Twitter account for the Final Fantasy XV video game announced on Friday that the game's multiplayer expansion for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, titled "Comrades," is delayed until early November, "due to final adjustments & to create the best possible experience." The expansion was originally scheduled for October 31. The expansion takes place during the original game's 10-year timeskip...
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2nd Code Geass Anime Compilation Film Opens on February 10

The official website for the Code Geass project revealed on Saturday that Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch - Handō (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion - The Rebellion Path), the second film in the planned compilation film trilogy for the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 anime series, will open in Japan on February 10. The three films are titled, in ...
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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Director Yasuhiro Irie Launches 'Halloween Pajama in Seattle' Anime Kickstarter

Anime director Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Scorching Ping Pong Girls, Code:Breaker) launched the Kickstarter campaign for his "Halloween Pajama in Seattle" anime project on Friday. As previously announced, the project seeks to raise 20 million yen (about US$178,600) by December 5 to fund a 20-minute anime plus opening and ending sequences. The production is expected to finish ...
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Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory Game Gets 1-Shot Manga

The December issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is revealing on Saturday that manga creator Naoki Akamine is launching a one-shot manga adaptation of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game in the magazine. The January issue of V Jump will publish the manga on November 21. Akamine previously worked on the manga adaptation of...
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Summon Night 6: Lost Borders Game's N. American Release Slated for October 31

Publisher Gaijinworks announced on Tuesday that its new North American release date for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Summon Night 6: Lost Borders PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game is slated for October 31. The European release will "follow shortly," but Gaijinworks did not reveal an exact date. The company is currently hosting a prize campaign for the game. Gaijinworks earlier delayed the ga...
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Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel L.A. Premiere Event Tickets Sold Out

Aniplex of America revealed on Wednesday that its U.S. premiere event for Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower, the first film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy, has sold out. The premiere event will be held at The Theater At Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on November 3. The venue has a capacity of 1,600. Tomonori Sudou, the film's director, and Noriko Shitaya, who pla...
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Major 2nd TV Anime's Visual Shows Father & Son

The staff on the television anime of Takuya Mitsuda's Major 2nd baseball manga revealed the anime's visual on Thursday. The visual shows Goro the protagonist of the original Major manga, with his son Daigo, the protagonist of Major 2nd. The anime will premiere on NHK E-TV in April 2018. Mitsuda launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Sunday in March 2015 as the first new installment in the manga serie...
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Nintendo Explains Why Mini Super Famicom Lacks EarthBound RPG

In an interview with Kadokawa's Famitsu.com website on October 11, Kazuyoshi Nishi of Nintendo's general affairs department explained why the North American SNES Classic Edition console contained the EarthBound (Mother 2) RPG, but the Japanese Classic Mini Super Famicom did not. Nishi said that the list of games included in the Japanese release was intended to balance the genre and character of ev...

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