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Spike Chunsoft Announces it Will Release New Dungeon RPG in Next Few Days

― Japanese game developer Spike Chunsoft announced on Friday that it will release a dungeon role-playing game "within the next few days." The company did not reveal a title, price, exact release date, or platform for the game, but game news website Famitsu posted the news about the announcement on its newsfeed for smartphone apps. Spike Chunsoft teased the release with an image. Spike Chunsoft is kn...
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LaLa, Hana to Yume, Young Animal Magazines Launch Digital Versions Simultaneously

― Hakusensha began offering digital versions of its LaLa, Hana to Yume, and Young Animal magazines on Wednesday, with the latest issues of all three magazines already available digitally on Hakusensha's Hakusensha e-Net! and Manga Park websites and apps. The publisher offered the latest issues of LaLa (April issue) and Young Animal (fifth 2019 issue) ahead of their scheduled print dates digitally (t...
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Konosuba Dungeon RPG for PS4, PS Vita Delayed to June 27

― The official website for Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! ~Kibō no Meikyū Tsudoi Shi Bōkensha-tachi~, Entergram's dungeon role-playing game inspired by Natsume Akatsuki's KONOSUBA (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! or Konosuba - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!) light novel series, revealed on Thursday that Entergram is delaying the game from March 28 to June 27. The regular physic...
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Amazon Offers The Journey Home 3DCG Anime for Digital Purchase

― Amazon is now offering The Journey Home (Space Bug) 3DCG television anime series for purchase in the United States. The series premiered last July. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan, and it describes the story: This story is about Mick, a sleeping chironomid. Insects are taken up into space for use in experiments by humans. An epic space adventure of Mick and his friends of thei...
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Kyō mo Tsuno ga Aru Anime Shorts Premiere on Thursday

― The official website series of one-minute anime shorts based on Study Yu-saku and MMDGP's Kyō mo Tsuno ga Aru (The Horn is Here Again Today) web manga announced on Tuesday that the anime will premiere on Thursday, February 21. The series will air on this day on Tokyo MX at 9:54 p.m. during the Animal Gekijō program, and also air on Kansai TV beginning on February 27. The series will also stream on...
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'Project Awakening: Arise' Game Listed by Korean Rating Board

― South Korea's Game Rating Administration Committee posted ratings for the "Project Awakening: Arise" role-playing game on Wednesday. Cygames also filed trademarks for the title in Europe, the United States, and Japan in January. The image below is from the previous trademark filings. Sony's "PlayStation LineUp Tour" streaming event revealed a teaser video for Cygames' "Project Awakening" "hybrid a...
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Ace of Diamond Act II Anime Unveils New Visual

The official website for the anime adaptation of Yūji Terajima's Ace of Diamond Act II (Daiya no A Act II) sequel manga revealed a new visual for the anime on Wednesday. The anime will premiere on April 2. The anime will feature a returning cast, and new cast members include Ayumu Murase as Kaoru Yui and Tasuku Hatanaka as Hirofumi Asada. Glay will perform the anime's opening theme song. Glay prev...
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Viz Media to Release The World Next Door Game on March 28

― Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it will release Rose City Games' The World Next Door narrative puzzle game on March 28 for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam, the Humble Store, Itch.io and GOG.com. The title will be Viz Media's first game offering. The game follows Jun, a rebellious teen, who finds herself trapped in the parallel world inhabited by magical beings. Viz Media posted a trailer. Viz...
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City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes Anime Film Gets 4DX Screenings in Japan

The official website for City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes, the new anime film adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga, revealed on Tuesday that the film will have 4DX screenings in Japan beginning on March 1. In addition, the website revealed that the film will get screenings with Japanese subtitles for people with hearing impairments, and a special set of five trading cards will be the t...
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Sentai Filmworks Confirms English Dub for Haikyu!! Season 3

Sentai Filmworks confirmed on Tuesday that an English dub is in the works for the third season of the Haikyu!! anime. The company has not yet announced a release date. The announcement had a teaser video featuring Greg Cote (Ryunosuke Tanaka), directed by Kyle Jones. Haikyu!! season three (Haikyu!! Karasuno Kōkō VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Kōkō) aired in Japan in fall 2016, and streamed on Crunchyroll...
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Power Rangers Beast Morphers Show Premieres on March 2

The official Twitter account for the Power Rangers franchise announced last Friday that Power Rangers Beast Morphers, the upcoming 26th season of Power Rangers, will premiere on Nickelodeon on March 2. Saban Brands describes the series: Set in the future, a secret agency combines a newly discovered substance called the "Morph-X" with animal DNA to create the Power Rangers Beast Morphers team. The ...
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Samsung Cancels Production of New BD Players in U.S.

― CNET reported on Friday that Samsung is halting production of new Blu-ray Disc players for the United States market. A Samsung representative told the website, "Samsung will no longer introduce new Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player models in the US market." Samsung launched a new 4K-enabled player in 2017, but did not introduce any new models in 2018. According to a report from Forbes, the company was ...
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Amazon Offers Kizumonogatari Anime Films for Digital Purchase

Amazon is now offering the Kizumonogatari anime films for purchase in the United States. The Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu, Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu, and Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu films are available digitally in Japanese with English subtitles. The first film in the trilogy, Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu, premiered in Japan on January 8, 2016. The second film, Kizumonogatari Part...
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Masaaki Yuasa's Super Shiro Anime Series of Shorts to Have 48 Episodes

Turner Asia Pacific and TV Asahi revealed on Monday that the Crayon Shin-chan franchise's spinoff anime series Super Shiro will have 48 episodes. Each episode will be five and a half minutes long. The companies also announced that they are collaborating on the series. The collaboration is the first regional deal between the companies, and it includes broadcast rights in the Asia Pacific region out...
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Alex Kidd Game Releases on Switch in Japan Through Sega Ages Project on February 21

― Sega announced on Monday that it will release the Alex Kidd in Miracle World game on Nintendo Switch in Japan on February 21. The game is part of the Sega Ages project for Switch. Sega is reviving its Sega Ages project for Nintendo Switch in Japan, North America, and Europe. Games with specified release dates include: Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV/Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar...
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Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 Anime Premieres on April 28 (Updated)

― Pony Canyon began streaming a trailer on Saturday for the second part of the Attack on Titan Season 3 television anime, which reveals that the anime will debut in Japan on the NHK General channel on April 28 at 24:10 (effectively April 29 at 12:10 a.m.). The video is the same video that Funimation streamed earlier this month. The anime will stream on FunimationNow this spring. The first television...
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Precure Miracle Universe Anime Film Reveals 2 New Visuals

― The Twitter account for Eiga Precure Miracle Universe, the newest movie in the Precure franchise, revealed two more visuals for the film on Sunday. The film will open in Japan on March 16. Yuuki Kaji (Attack on Titan's Eren, The Seven Deadly Sins' Meliodas) will guest star as the new character Yango. The new film will be primarily set in space, and the story will reveal the secret of the "Miracle ...
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Made in Abyss Art Director Osamu Masuyama Works with Crunchyroll on New Project

― Made in Abyss art director Osamu Masuyama revealed during Crunchyroll's livestream for its The Anime Awards on Saturday that he is working on a new project with Crunchyroll. Masuyama did not provide any further details about the project. Osamu Masayama, the art director of MADE IN ABYSS, wishes the nominees of ANIME OF THE YEAR good luck! ✨#AnimeAwards pic.twitter.com/PajWBeOEOr— Crunchyroll @ #An...
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Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia Anime Reveals Character Visual for Ishtar

― The official website for Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia, the television anime adaptation of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia" (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) story, revealed another character visual on Saturday. Kana Ueda as Ishtar The television anime will premiere this year....
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'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' Anime's 2nd Season Premieres This Summer

― Staff and cast for the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion anime film (visual pictured at right) revealed at a screening event on Saturday that the planned second season for the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? television anime will premiere this summer. The Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion anime film opened in...
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Funimation Lists Dragon Ball Super: Broly Film's BD/DVD for April 16

Funimation and Best Buy are listing an April 16 release date for a Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and Digital combo pack for the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film. Best Buy will exclusively offer the film in a SteelBook case edition. Funimation will offer a Goku standee as a gift with purchase. Anime retailer Right Stuf is not yet listing a release date, but it will offer a Vegeta standee as a gift with purchase....
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Adult Swim's Jason DeMarco: FLCL Alternative/Progressive Subtitles Coming This Year

― Jason DeMarco, senior vice-president and creative director for Adult Swim, said on Twitter on Friday that the English subtitled versions of FlCL Alternative and FLCL Progressive are slated for sometime this year "for sure." DeMarco explained, "Due to agreements with Toho we had to wait on the subbed version, and now it's been caught up in legal details." The subtitled versions were originally slat...
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'How much heavy dumbbells can you lift?' TV Anime Premieres in July

― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yabako Sandrovich and MAAM's How much heavy dumbbells can you lift? (Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru? or How Many Kilograms Can You Lift in Dumbbells?) manga revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere in July. The "body-building comedy" centers around Hibiki Sakura, a high school girl who loves eating, and Akemi Sōryūin, the beautiful and c...
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Overlord's 'Mass for the Dead' Smartphone RPG Listed with February 21 Release

― Apple's iTunes store is listing that it will release Exys Inc.'s Mass for the Dead smartphone game inspired by Kugane Maruyama's Overlord novel series on February 21. Exyx Inc. also revealed on Wednesday that the game has received 500,000 pre-registrations. The game was originally slated to debut last year, but Exys Inc. delayed the game to 2019. Mass for the Dead will be available on both iOS and...
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Bayonetta/Star Fox Zero's Yusuke Hashimoto Leaves Platinum Games

― Platinum Games director Yūsuke Hashimoto announced on Friday on Twitter that he resigned from Platinum Games. His last day at the company was on January 31. Like many of Platinum Games' founding and early members, Hashimoto was a Capcom veteran, where he worked on such series as Resident Evil and Devil May Cry. At Platinum Games, he most notably worked on the two Bayonetta games, God Hand, and Sta...
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B Rappers Street Anime's Visual, Staff Revealed

Taketo Shinkai, Yūtarō Sawada direct anime, Haruka Suzuki designs characters ― The official website for the B Rappers Street anime revealed the anime's staff and visual on Friday. Taketo Shinkai (GraP & RodeO, Ahare! Meisaku-kun) and Yūtarō Sawada (Inui-san!) are both directing and penning the script at Pie in the sky. Haruka Suzuki is designing the characters. The anime will premiere in April within...
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Puzzle & Dragons Anime Starts 'Pro Gamer Arc' on April 1

This year's March issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics announced on Friday that the Pazudora anime based on the Puzzle & Dragons game series will begin its "Pro Gamer Arc" on April 1. The arc will focus on [Highlight white text to read spoilers] the protagonist Taiga, now a pro gamer, and a new character, a mysterious boy named Hayato. Pazudora premiered on TV Tokyo last April. The anime's story...
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B Rappers Street Anime Airs Within Oha-Suta Program

― The March issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine announced on Friday that the B Rappers Street anime will premiere in April within the Ota-Suta ("Good Morning Star") children's television program. The project is a collaboration between Shogakukan, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, and Sony Music Communications, and features a theme of rap and hip-hop. Pie in the sk...
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Koei Tecmo Games Co-Develops Fire Emblem: Three Houses Switch Game

― The official Twitter account of Nintendo of America revealed on Wednesday that Koei Tecmo Games is co-developing its Fire Emblem: Three Houses Nintendo Switch game. The image for the Seasons of Warfare Edition of the game lists Koei Tecmo games as a co-developer with Nintendo and Intelligent Systems. The Seasons of Warfare Edition of the game will bundle an artbook, sound selection CD, steelbook c...
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Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition Game Ships Over 500,000 Copies Worldwide

― The official Twitter account for the Tales of series announced on Wednesday that Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (titled Tales of Vesperia Remaster in Japan) has shipped more than 500,000 copies worldwide. Bandai Namco Entertainment released the game for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in the Americas, Europe, and Japan on January 11. The game is a remastered v...
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Original TV Anime Series RobiHachi Reveals New Visual

― The official website for the original television anime RobiHachi revealed the show's new visual on Thursday. The show will premiere this spring. The anime's story is set in Neo Tokyo in the year G.C. (Galaxy Century) 0051, which marks a half century since first contact was made. Humans have obtained super light-speed navigation technology and formed a commonwealth of planets with aliens. A streak ...
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Kedama no Gonjiro Anime's Visual Revealed

― TV Tokyo opened a website on Thursday for its Kedama no Gonjiro anime based on the "Gonjiro" mascot character. The website reveals the show's key visual. The anime will premiere this spring and will air on TV Tokyo and its affiliates. Yasunari Nagatoshi launched the Kedama no Gonjiro manga in the October issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine on September 15. The manga is inspiring a smar...
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Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy! Game Launches in English on March 20

― Square Enix revealed on Thursday that its Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! game will launch for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in English on March 20. Those who pre-order the game digitally will receive digital bonuses. The game will also launch in Japan on the same day. Nintendo is also streaming a gameplay video for the game. Square Enix describes the game: The rules to this mysteri...
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Zanki Zero Game's Western Release Delayed to April 9

― Spike Chunsoft, Inc., Spike Chunsoft's North American subsidiary, announced on Wednesday that its release of the Zanki Zero: Last Beginning PlayStation 4 and PC game has been postponed to April 9. The game was previously slated for March 19. The game will have a physical and digital release for PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 4 launch edition will include a soundtrack CD, which will also be availab...
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German Rating Board Lists Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Journey - Deluxe Edition Switch Game

― Level-5 and Dentsu Inc.'s California-based subsidiary Level-5 abby submitted the Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Journey - Deluxe Edition Nintendo Switch game for a rating on January 30 to Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK; Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body), the German game rating board. The Layton Mystery Journey Katrielle to Daifugō no Inbō DX (Layto...
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Sony's Shawn Layden Discusses Sony's Absence From E3

― Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden discussed Sony's decision to skip the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) trade show event in an interview with CNet on Monday. Layden explained that E3, held in June, is too late in the year for a trade show where the company has Christmas holiday discussions with retailers. "Now we have an event in February called Destina...
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Cyberstep's CosmicBreak Game Ends Service in English

― The official website for Cyberstep's free-to-play browser game CosmicBreak announced last Tuesday that the game's English version will end service on March 5. However, players will be able to migrate their accounts to the CosmicBreak Japanese servers. Paid services on the English version have already been disabled, but servers will remain active until the end of service. The anime-style MMO shoote...
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Mix Baseball Anime Premieres on April 6

― The wraparound jacket band on the 14th volume of Mitsuru Adachi's Mix baseball manga revealed on Tuesday that the manga's television anime adaptation will premiere on April 6. The anime will air on YTV and NTV on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. (what is currently Ace Attorney Season 2's timeslot). Odahiro Watanabe (Soul Buster, Tokyo Ghoul:re) is directing the anime at OLM. Atsuhiro Tomioka (Ace Attorney b...
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'Secret of Mana,' 'Final Fantasy Adventure' Trademarked in the U.S.

― The United States Patent and Trademark Office is listing trademarks for "Secret of Mana" and "Final Fantasy Adventure" in the United States, with listed filing dates of February 5. The listings list Square Enix as the applicant. The original Seiken Densetsu -Final Fantasy Gaiden- (Final Fantasy Adventure) game debuted for Game Boy in 1991. Square Enix released a remake of the original game for Pla...
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Monogatari Series Rebroadcast Takes Over Sword Art Online: Alicization Anime's Timeslot Starting on April 6

― The official website for the Monogatari Series anime franchise revealed on February 6 that the "Zoku Owarimonogatari & Monogatari Series Selection" program will premiere on Tokyo MX, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, and BS11 on April 6 at 24:00 (effectively April 7 at 12:00 a.m.), and will air on Saturdays in that same time slot. The "Monogatari Series Selection" will air six selected episodes from the franc...
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Live-Action Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw Red Films Unveil New Visual

― Note: Visual may be not safe for work. The official Twitter account for Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw Red, the new live-action film adaptation of Rei Mikamoto's Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw manga, revealed a new visual for the films on Tuesday. The project consists of two films that will both open in Japan on February 22 with 4DX screenings. The first film is subtitled "Nero no Fukushū" (Nero's Revenge...
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Nippon Ichi Software Opens Teaser Site for New Title

― Japanese game developer Nippon Ichi Software opened a website on Saturday to tease a new title. The site features a piece of scrap paper with the image of a seedling drawn on it. Nippon Ichi Software's upcoming titles include Destiny Connect for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on March 14, and Satsujin Tantei Jack the Ripper on the same two consoles on April 25. The company is accepting prer...
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Ultraman Anime's Main Visual Features 3 Heroes

― The official Twitter account for the anime of Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi's Ultraman manga revealed the anime's main visual on Friday featuring Ultraman, Seven, and Ace. The anime will premiere globally on Netflix on April 1. Ryohei Kimura stars as Shinjiro Hayata, and other main cast members include Takuya Eguchi as Dan Moroboshi, Megumi Han as Seiji Hokuto, and Hideyuki Tanaka as Shin...
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Persona 5: Stars and Ours Anime Special Airs on March 23

― The official website for Persona 5 the Animation revealed on Friday that the anime's second special, titled PERSONA 5 the Animation: Stars and Ours, will air on March 23. The special will air on Tokyo MX, Gunma TV, and Tochigi TV at 8:00 p.m., and the special will also air within the next few days on MBS, AT-X, and BS11. The first special, Persona 5 the Animation: Dark Sun, aired on December 30 an...
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Hollywood Monster Hunter Film Opens on September 4, 2020

― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Wednesday that Sony Pictures' live-action film adaptation of CAPCOM's Monster Hunter action game franchise will open on September 4, 2020. The film started production in October, and ended principal photography in December. The film is budgeted at around US$60 million. Sony Pictures is distributing the film in North America, and Toho is distributing ...
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Monster Hunter: World Game Ships 12 Million Copies Worldwide (Updated)

― Update on February 8: Capcom announced on Friday that the Monster Hunter: World game has shipped 12 million copies worldwide (the number includes digital sales) as of January 23. Source: 4Gamer ANN's original article is below. Capcom revealed on Monday in its third quarter financial report for fiscal year 2018 that the Monster Hunter: World game has shipped more than 11 million copies worldwide. T...
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Live-Action Hot Gimmick Film Reveals Still of Nogizaka46's Miona Hori as Hatsumi Narita

― The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Miki Aihara's Hot Gimmick manga released a still image from the film on Friday. The image shows Nogizaka46 member Miona Hori in the lead role as Hatsumi Narita. The film will open in Japanese theaters on June 28. The show's main male cast includes: Hiroya Shimizu as Ryōki Tachibana Mizuki Itagaki as Azusa Odagiri Shōtarō Mamiya as Shinogu Narita Yūki...
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Boruto's Ikemoto: 'I Hope to Complete Story Within 30 Volumes'

― Shueisha's Manga Plus website published an interview with manga creator Mikio Ikemoto on Wednesday where he stated that he hopes to finish the Boruto manga within 30 volumes. He said that he hopes to keep "the entire saga" (including the 72-volume Naruto manga) within 100 volumes. Ukyō Kodachi and Ikemoto launched the Boruto sequel manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in May 2016. Shueisha published the ma...
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Furin Shokudō Manga to Have Important Announcement this Month

― This year's fifth issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Masakazu Yamaguchi's Furin Shokudō (Adultery Restaurant) manga will have a "big announcement" in the magazine's next issue on February 20. The manga centers on 35-year-old businessman Ryūichi Yamadera. Ryūichi travels around the country on business trips, and his sole pastime is trying different foods at local res...
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Can You Just Die, My Darling? Manga Enters Last Arc in March

― The March issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Majuro Kaname and Sōsō Sakakibara's Can You Just Die, My Darling? (Konya wa Tsuki ga Kirei desu ga, Toriaezu Shine) manga is entering its final arc in the magazine's next issue on March 6. Kodansha Comics publishes the manga digitally in English, and it describes the story: "I want to kill you." Taku Kamishiro's crush...
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Nioh Action Game Sells 2.5 Million Copies

― The official Japanese Twitter account for Koei Tecmo Games' Nioh action game revealed on Tuesday that the game has sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide. The game launched for the PlayStation 4 in North America, Europe, and Japan in February 2017. Koei Tecmo America released the game on PC with its DLC expansions under the title Nioh: Complete Edition in November 2017. Koei Tecmo Games is de...
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Hollywood Alita: Battle Angel Film Tracks to Earn US$50 Million at U.S. Box Office

― Media news website The Wrap reported on January 31 that Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga, is tracking to be a major box office loss for 20th Century Fox in the United States. Independent trackers reportedly estimated that the film will earn no more than US$25 million in its first five days after opening ...
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Twitter Account Lists Orange Studio for BEASTARS Anime

― The @bst_anime Twitter account that launched this month and appears to be for the anime adaptation of Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS manga features an image that lists the CG anime studio Orange (Land of the Lustrous, Dimension W) as producing the anime. Retailer HMV is showing the cover of the 10th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion magazine, which announces that Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS mang...
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Cinedigm Finalizes Viewster, Viewster Anime Acquisition

Cinedigm announced on Monday that it has finalized the acquisition of video streaming service Viewster and its subsidiary Viewster Anime. The company confirmed that Viewster Anime will continue to operate separately as a subscription channel on Amazon Channels and the newly announced Roku Channel. Cinedigm also plans to introduce Viewster to other cable and digital partners over the next several q...
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NISA's Miss Kotoura, Pilot's Love Song Anime Sets Go Out of Print, Licenses Still Active

― NIS America confirmed with ANN on Monday that its Blu-ray Disc releases of The Troubled Life of Miss Kotoura and The Pilot's Love Song are out of stock and out of print. However, the company said that its licenses for the titles are still active. NISA released its premium edition Blu-ray Disc of the television anime series The Troubled Life of Miss Kotoura (Kotoura-san) in August 2015. The comedy ...
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Monogatari Series Franchise Website Launches Countdown

― The official website for the franchise based on Nisioisin's Monogatari Series light novels launched a countdown page that will end on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. JST (3:00 a.m. EST). The same countdown also appears on the official website for the Zoku Owarimonogatari anime. The Zoku Owarimonogatari anime opened in theaters in Japan on November 10, and a stage event revealed that the anime would also ai...
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UltraViolet Digital Media Platform Ends Service

― The digital video platform UltraViolet announced at the end of January that it is closing down on July 31. Until this time, users will still be able to access their UltraViolet library of digital movies and TV shows. In most cases, movies will remain available in the user's library on digital retailer platforms that are linked to UltraViolet. The staff advised users to not close their UltraViolet ...
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Release the Spyce Smartphone Game Launches in Mid-February

― AltPlus and TriFort revealed on Monday that their Release the Spyce secret fragrance smartphone game based on the Release the Spyce original anime will launch in Japan in mid-February. The game's website is currently running a pre-registration campaign. The game will feature a new character named Hisui Munechika (voiced by Mayu Sagara). The character is part of a new organization of black-suited m...
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Shoji Kawamori Aims to Release New Macross Delta Film in 2020

― Shoji Kawamori stated at the "Flying Dog 10th Anniversary Live 'Inu Fes'" event in Tokyo on Saturday that he is aiming to release the new Macross Delta anime film in 2020. The "Walküre Senjō no Premium Live Event at Toyosu Pit" had announced the new film in September and described the film as "entirely new" — as opposed to last year's Macross Delta the Movie - Passionate Walkūre (Gekijō-ban Macros...
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Starry Sky Franchise's 10th Anniversary Site Opens

― A 10th anniversary website for honeybee's Starry Sky franchise opened on Thursday and announced a 10th anniversary project. The "memorial site" says that it will "look back on the past 10 years and convey feelings of gratitude." Shareholders for Asgard, the company that owns the honeybee label, reportedly voted to dissolve the company earlier this month. The Starry Sky otome game and drama CD proj...
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Nintendo Switch Console Sells 32.27 Million Units Worldwide

Nintendo revealed in a consolidated financial highlights report on Thursday that the Nintendo Switch has sold 32.27 million units worldwide as of December 31. The company also changed its sales forecast for the Switch to 17 million units for fiscal year 2018 (April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019). Nintendo originally forecast that it would sell 20 million units during the current fiscal year. The conso...
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PS4 Console Sells 94.2 Million Units Worldwide

Sony revealed in its financial results presentation for the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 (October 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018) that it shipped 8.1 million PlayStation 4 units during the quarter, bringing its worldwide total to 94.2 million units. The third-quarter shipments decreased by 0.9 million units compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year. Sony Interactive Entertainment ...
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Mario Kart Tour Game App Delayed to Summer 2019

Nintendo revealed in a consolidated financial highlights report on Thursday that the Mario Kart Tour game app has been delayed to summer 2019. The game was originally planned for release in the current fiscal year, which ends on March 31, 2019. The report said that the developers hope to improve the quality of the game and expand the content after launch. The report also stated, "As we endeavor to...
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Live-Action '4-Gatsu no Kimi, Spica.' Film Opens April 5

― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Miwako Sugiyama's 4-Gatsu no Kimi, Spica. romance manga announced on Thursday that the film will open in Japanese theaters on April 5. The film stars FANTASTICS from EXILE TRIBE member Taiki Sato as Taiyō Udagawa, and Haruka Fukuhara as Sei Saotome. The musical group FANTASTICS from EXILE TRIBE is performing the film's theme song. Kentaro...
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14 Aniplex USA Releases to Go Out of Print

― Aniplex of America confirmed with ANN on Tuesday that 14 of its releases will go out of print. Aniplex of America did not specify when the items will go out of print. Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Volume 1 Blu-ray Disc Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Volume 1 DVD Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Volume 2 Blu-ray Disc Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Volume 2 DVD Charlotte Volume 1 Blu-ray Disc Charlotte Volume 2 Blu-ray Disc...
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Mairimashita! Iruma-kun Manga Has 'Important Announcement' Next Week

― This year's 9th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion announced on Thursday that Osamu Nishi's Mairimashita! Iruma-kun manga will have an "important announcement" in the next issue on February 7. The story follows Ikoma, a kind-hearted 14-year-old boy whose parents sell him to demons for their own selfish interests. However, the demon he is sold to has no grandson of his own, so he dotes ...
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BEASTARS Manga to Have 'Important Announcement' Next Week

― This year's 9th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion announced on Thursday that Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS manga will have an "important announcement" in the next issue on February 7. Paru Itagaki launched the Beastars manga in Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine in September 2016. Akita Shoten published the 11th compiled book volume on November 8 and will publish the 12th volume on February 8....
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GameStop Ends Talks for Potential Buyout

Game retailer GameStop announced on Tuesday that it is no longer aiming to sell the company because of a “lack of available financing on terms that would be commercially acceptable to a prospective acquirer.” Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter told entertainment industry news website Variety that he believes GameStop may have found investors, but it may have been unable to find lenders to ...
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Resident Evil 2 Remake Game Ships 3 Million Copies Worldwide

The official website for Capcom's remake of the Resident Evil 2 survival horror game revealed on Tuesday that the game has shipped more than 3 million copies worldwide. The game launched for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on Friday. The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web website also reported that the game's demo version has been downloaded more than 4.7 million times. Capcom released a Collector'...
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A Silent Voice Film Ships on BD/DVD in N. America on April 2

Shout! Factory and Eleven Arts announced on Tuesday that the A Silent Voice film will ship on home video in N. America on April 2. The release will be available in a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack, on DVD, and as a digital download. The release will have both Japanese audio with English subtitles and an English dub. Eleven Arts held a new screening for the film on January 28 (subtitled), and it w...
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Japanese-Language Channel FAMILY GEKIJO U.S. Airs Beeton the Robot, The Zerotesters Anime

― The 24-hour Japanese-language channel FAMILY GEKIJO U.S. announced on Friday that it is airing the anime Beeton the Robot (Robokko Beeton) and The Zerotesters (Zero Tester) in the United States in February. The channel does not offer English subtitles. Beeton the Robot will premiere on the channel on February 13 and air Monday-Friday at 9:00 a.m. PST. The show, which features character designs and...
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Record of Agarest War Mariage PC Release Moved Up to January 31

Idea Factory International announced on Monday that its release of Compile Heart, Red Entertainment, and Felistella's Record of Agarest War Mariage game for the PC via Steam has been moved to February 1. The release was originally slated for January 31. The new release will include graphical enhancements, as well as subtitles in English, Japanese, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese. Idea Facto...
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Machikado Mazoku TV Anime Unveils Visual

― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Izumo Ito's Machikado Mazoku (Street Corner Demon) manga revealed a visual for the anime on Monday. The anime will air on TBS and BS-TBS. The four-panel manga follows Yūko Yoshida, a 15-year-old girl who awakens one morning with demonic power, and is tasked with defeating a local magical girl. She has horns and a tail, but truthfully less...
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Sword Art Online Arcade: Deep Explorer Arcade Game Reveals Original Character, March 19 Launch

― Bandai Namco Amusement announced on Sunday that Sword Art Online Arcade: Deep Explorer, the new arcade game based on Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online light novel series, will launch in Japanese arcades on March 19. In the game's story, within "The Seed" network suddenly a mysterious space appears called "Unknown." Kirito and others dive into Unknown via a game console called ViSTer at an arcade, a...
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Dragon: Marked for Death Switch Game's Physical Edition Ships on March 26 in the West

― Inti Creates announced on Thursday that Nighthawk Interactive's physical edition of its Dragon: Marked for Death Nintendo Switch game will ship in North America and Europe on March 26. The retail edition includes all of the character and quest DLC, which will be sold separately for the digital versions, as well as an additional "Striker Gear Pack." The game will debut digitally on January 31 in Ja...
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2nd Psycho-Pass SS Anime Film's Manga Adaptation Starts on March 5

― Publisher Mag Garden announced on Monday that the manga for Psycho-Pass Sinners of the System Case.2 First Guardian, the second film in the Psycho-Pass SS (Psycho-Pass Sinners of the System) trilogy, will begin serializing in its Monthly Comic Garden magazine on March 5. The first chapter will debut early on the Mag-Comi website on February 15 to commemorate the film's opening. Mag Garden released...
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Infinite Dendrogram Light Novels Get Print Release in English

― J-Novel Club announced on Thursday that it will release Sakon Kaidō's Infinite Dendrogram light novels in print. The first two volumes are tentatively scheduled for September. Kaidou launched the story in 2015 on the Shōsetsu-ka ni Narou ("Let's Be Novelists") website, and Hobby Japan published the first volume in print with illustrations by Taiki in October 2016. The eighth volume shipped last Se...
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Idea Factory: Death end re;Quest Game Not Planned for Switch (Update)

― Update: Idea Factory confirmed with ANN on Friday that an Amazon Italy listing for Death end re;Quest for Nintendo Switch is an error and that it has no plans to release Death end re;Quest on Switch. The listing now says PlayStation 4. Thanks, Gematsu. The original article is below. Retailer Amazon's Italian branch is listing a Nintendo Switch release for Compile Heart's Death end re;Quest game on...
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Umihara Kawase Fresh! Switch Game Launches on April 25

― The official website for Success' Umihara Kawase Fresh! Nintendo Switch game announced on Friday that the game will ship on April 25. The game will have multilingual support including English and Chinese. Success previously stated that the game will get a digital release worldwide, but it has not yet decided if the physical version will have a release outside of Japan. Agatsuma Entertainment relea...
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Tetsuya Nomura Reconsiders Future Simultaneous Worldwide Releases After Kingdom Hearts III Leak

― In an interview with game news website Famitsu posted on Thursday, Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura spoke about trouble his team faced due to illegally obtained ROMS overseas. He mentioned that he is reconsidering future worldwide simultaneous relationships as a result of the leak. "After this incident I can't help but reconsider things like simultaneous worldwide releases, at least for ...
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Nekopara Vol. 2 Game Launches on PS4, Switch on February 14 with English Support

― Neko Works and CFK announced on Thursday that they will release the Nekopara Vol. 2 game on Switch and PlayStation 4 on February 14. The release will feature text in Japanese, English, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. Nekopara Vol. 1 launched for PS4 on November 2. The Switch version launched on July 4 in Japan and North America and on August 23 in Europe. Sekai Project released the Ne...
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Toei Denies Report of New Dragon Ball Super Episodes 'at This Moment'

― International media news website WorldScreen posted a spotlight on Toei Animation on Monday and said that the company is "making more episodes of Dragon Ball Super." However, Toei Animation denied having "mentioned or announced" more episodes of Dragon Ball Super, and told ANN that the report "is not true at this moment." Dragon Ball Super premiered in Japan in July 2015 on Fuji TV and other chann...
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New Galaxy Express 999 Stage Play Unveils New Visual

The website for the 40th anniversary of Leiji Matsumoto's Galaxy Express 999 manga and anime franchise revealed a new visual for the Ginga Tetsudo 999 Sayonara Maetel ~ Boku no Eien (Galaxy Express 999 Goodbye Maetel ~ My Eternity) stage play on Wednesday. The play will run in Tokyo's Meiji-za Theater from April 20 to 29, and in Osaka's Umeda Arts Theater on May 10 to 12. The play is a sequel to t...
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'Heroland' Trademark Filed Under Furyu in U.S.

― A trademark for "HEROLAND" was filed under FuRyu Corporation in the United States on January 16. FuRyu debuted a role-playing game titled Work x Work for Nintendo Switch in Japan on October 4. A PlayStation 4 version is slated to launch in Japan on February 28. The game takes place in a world with a theme park named "Yusha-sama Land" (Hero-sama Land). FuRyu has not announced plans to localize the ...
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Ring Horror Franchise Teases Developments with Video, Website

― The official Twitter account for the Sadako character from the Ring horror franchise launched a website at the "sadako-movie.jp" URL on Friday. Kadokawa also began streaming a teaser video featuring the phrase "it will surely come." The Twitter account teases that "something" will happen at 4:44 a.m. and 4:44 p.m. JST each day on the website. So far, the website normally has an image of what looks...
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Junji Ito Pens 'Wasuregatami' 1-Shot Manga in February

― This year's third issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Original magazine revealed on Saturday that manga creator Junji Ito will pen a one-shot manga titled "Wasuregatami" (Memento) in the magazine's next issue on February 5. The magazine describes the manga as a "married couple horror story." Ito's Uzumaki and Tomie manga have inspired live-action adaptations, and his GYO manga inspired an OVA. Viz Med...
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Magia Record Game's Countdown Site Celebrates Homura's Appearance in Game with Videos

― The previously reported countdown website for the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story (Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden) smartphone role-playing game ended on Monday at 5:00 p.m. JST (3:00 a.m. EST), and became a website to commemorate the appearance of Homura Akemi in the game. An event featuring Homura launched in the game on Monday. 【イベント】1月21日17:00より、イベント『始まりと永遠と ~...
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Compile Heart's Teaser Site Hints at New Moero Chronicle Game

― Compile Heart opened a teaser website for a new project at the "www.compileheart.com/moe-chro/h/" URL on Monday. The site contains a switchable image, the number "3," and a picture of Otton, the mascot character of Compile Heart's Moero Chronicle (Genkai Tokki: Moero Chronicle) game. Compile Heart released Moero Chronicle in Japan for the PlayStation Vita in May 2014. Sony Computer Entertainment p...
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Bandai Namco Ent. Briefly Posts Video Announcing SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays Game

― Bandai Namco Entertainment briefly posted then removed a video on YouTube on Monday that revealed a SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays game. The video featured English, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean subtitles, but did not reveal a platform for the game. The video featured the text, "After Genesis, 4 worlds will cross," and advertised the game as the latest in the "G Generation" games. The video fea...
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Theater Chain Lists Konosuba Film With July 12 Opening

― Japanese cinema chain Aeon Cinema is listing the Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Kurenai Densetsu (KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! Crimson Legend) anime film with a July 12 opening date. The film was previously only announced with a 2019 opening date. Takaomi Kanasaki is returning from the previous two anime seasons to direct the film at J.C. Staff (Studio DEEN animated th...
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New Fate/Grand Order Stage Play Reveals 2nd Main Visual

― The official website for the Fate/Grand Order stage plays revealed a second main visual on January 11 for the ongoing Fate/Grand Order The Stage -Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia- (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) stage play. The play stars Shōichirō Oomi and Mioka Sakamoto (double-cast) as protagonist Ritsuka Fujimaru. The play ran ...
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Game's Site Launches Countdown

― The website for the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story (Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden) smartphone role-playing game launched a countdown page on Friday that will end on Monday at 5:00 p.m. JST (3:00 a.m. EST). The game is inspiring a television anime adaptation that will premiere this year. The game's story, a spinoff of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime, takes p...
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Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia Anime Reveals Character Visual for Mash, Fou

― The official website for Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia, the television anime adaptation of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia" (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) story, revealed another character visual on Saturday. Rie Takahashi as Mashu Kyrielight and Ayako Kawasumi as Fou The t...
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Zettai Karen Children's 'Big News' is Anniversary Event for Author

― The seventh issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that the "big news" planned for Takashi Shiina's Zettai Karen Children manga is a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Shiina's manga industry debut. The celebration will include Zettai Karen Children-themed cafes, an art exhibit for Shiina's works, and a popularity poll for characters from Shiina's works. Shii...
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New Fruits Basket Anime Premieres in April

― The February issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Newtype magazine revealed on January 10 that the new television anime adaptation for Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga will premiere in Japan in April. The new anime will have an entirely new cast and staff, as per Takaya's request. The new anime will cover the entire manga's story. The anime will air in Japan on TV Tokyo, and Funimation will stream the ...
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Kingdom Hearts VR Experience Delayed to Next Week in Japan

― The official Japanese website for the Kingdom Hearts VR Experience virtual reality game is, as of this week, now listing a January 23 release date for the first part. Square Enix has not yet announced a Western release date. The first part was previously slated for January 18, already delayed from its original release date of December 25. The second part was originally slated for January 18 in Jap...

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