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2nd Haikara-san: Here Comes Miss Modern Film Reveals New Visual

― The official Twitter account for the anime film project of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga revealed a new visual on Monday for Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 2 (Haikara-san ga Tōru Kōhen: Hana no Tōkyō Dai Roman), the second film in the project. The tagline on the visual reads, "This is the first love. As well as the last love." The film will open in Japan on Friday, and Eleven ...
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Sega Aims to Release Games Simultaneously Worldwide by 2020

― Sega Sammy Holdings revealed in its 2018 integrated report in September that it will aim to release games with localized versions simultaneously worldwide as part of its "Road to 2020" project. The report noted that Sega already has several localization studios, including Atlus' California studio, and that games in development already share content with localization teams even during development i...
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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. 'Conclusion' Anime Reveals New Teaser Visual

― This year's 46th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed a new teaser visual on Monday for the "concluding" anime for Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan) manga. The franchise will have an event featuring the anime's voice cast at Tokyo's Belle Salle Takadanobaba venue on December 1. The first season of anime shorts premiered in July 2016. Funimat...
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Kishiryū Sentai Ryūsōger Trademark Filed Under Toei

― A trademark for "Kishiryū Sentai Ryūsōger" was filed under Toei on September 20 and went public on October 9. The kanji in the word "Kishiryū" mean "Dragon Knight." The Kaitō Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger (Phantom Thief Sentai Lupinranger VS Police Sentai Patranger) television series premiered on February 11. The show is the 42nd in the live-action Super Sentai series since 1975,...
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Level-5 Delays Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin Game Again to this Winter

― Level 5 announced on Friday that it is delaying its Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android again from this fall to this winter to improve the game's quality. Level 5 also announced on Friday that it is delaying its Yo-kai Watch Switch game to next spring. Level 5 previously delayed Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin from this summer to this fall, a...
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Live-Action Hollywood Alita: Battle Angel Film's Japanese Poster Revealed

― 20th Century Fox's official Japanese website for Alita: Battle Angel — James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga — revealed a Japanese poster for the film on Friday. The tagline on the poster reads, "The angel awakens into a warrior." The film will open in the United States on February 14, 2019, after being delayed twice previously f...
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Strike The Blood III OVA to Have 10 Episodes

― The official website for the Strike the Blood anime is listing that Strike the Blood III, the third Strike the Blood original video anime (OVA) season, will have a total of 10 episodes. The anime's first promotional video last Sunday revealed the anime will have five home video releases. Each home video release will have two episodes. The home video releases will ship on December 19, March 27, May...
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Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal Game's English Release Delayed to Remove 'Intimacy Mode' from PS4 Version

― XSEED Games announced on Twitter on Friday that its release of the Senran Kagura Burst: Re:Newal game will be "slightly delayed." The company added that the delay is so the company can remove the interactive "Intimacy Mode" from the game's PlayStation 4 version. The Steam version will still include the mode, and the Steam and PS4 versions will launch simultaneously. XSEED Games stated it will reve...
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Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER Film's Poster Visual Previews 20 Heisei-era Riders

― Toei revealed a poster visual on Saturday for Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER, this year's Kamen Rider Heisei Generations film. The character poster features 20 Kamen Riders from Kamen Rider Kuuga through Kamen Rider Zi-O. The film is the 20th film of the Heisei-era Kamen Riders, and a previous video teased that a "generation is ending," highlighting the fact that Japan will enter a new era...
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4 Ultraman Titles Expire From Crunchyroll on October 14

― A moderator in Crunchyroll's site news forum announced on Friday that the following Ultraman titles will expire on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. EDT: Ultraman Leo Ultraman 80 Ultraman Max Ultraman Mebius The post clarified that Ultraman X will still be available but did not comment on Crunchyroll's other Ultraman titles — Ultraman Geed, Ultraman Orb, Ultraman Gaia, Ultraman Nexus, Ultraman Ginga, and Ultra...
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Rainbow Days' Minami Mizuno Pens 1-Shot Manga

― This year's November issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine announced on Friday that Minami Mizuno will publish a new one-shot manga in the magazine's next issue on November 13. The 62-page manga will have color pages, and it will take place at a café. Mizuno is also serializing her Koi o Shiranai Boku-tachi wa (We Who Know Nothing of Love; pictured right) manga in the magazine. The manga ...
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Happy Marriage!?'s Maki Enjōji to End Everlasting Love Manga Soon

― This year's November issue of Shogakukan's Petit Comic magazine teased last Saturday that Maki Enjōji's Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko made mo manga has "very little remaining" before the final chapter. Indoensian publisher Elex Media Komputindo licensed the manga under the title Everlasting Love and describes the story: "I want to meet the prince of my destiny... I worked hard with that goal in mind, but...
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Basara Manga Artist Yumi Tamura Has Big News on November 28

― The wraparound jacket band for the third compiled volume of Yumi Tamura's Mystery to Iu Nakare (Do not say mystery) manga announced on Wednesday that Tamura will have "big news" in the January issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine on November 28. The magazine will have a feature celebrating Tamura's 35th anniversary as an artist. Mystery to Iu Nakare (pictured right) is currently serializ...
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IRODUKU : The World in Colors Anime Listed With 13 Episodes

― The official website for the IRODUKU : The World in Colors (Iroduku Sekai no Ashita kara. or so many colors in the future what a wonderful world) anime project revealed on Saturday that the series will have three Blu-ray Disc boxes with a total of 13 episodes. Each volume will bundle a deluxe booklet and image song CD. The releases will ship on February 2, March 2, and April 2, respectively. The a...
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Revue Starlight Smartphone Game Launches for Android, iOS in October

The official website for Shojo Kageki Revue Starlight -Re LIVE-, the smartphone game for Bushiroad and Nelke Planning's Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight franchise, revealed on Friday that the game will launch for Android on October 21 and for iOS on October 28. The website also revealed that the game has surpassed 990,000 pre-registrations. Ateam is developing the game. The game is a role-playing game...
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The Girl in Twilight Smartphone, PC Browser Game Launches in Japan on October 15

― The official Twitter account for the smartphone/PC (browser) tie-in game for Animax's original television anime The Girl in Twilight (Akanesasu Shōjo) revealed on Friday that the game will launch in Japan on October 15. The game has reached more than 300,000 pre-registrations. The game features an original main character named Nagi (voiced by Maaya Sakamoto). Nagi searches for her sister in the pa...
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Darwin's Game Manga Will Have 'Super Important Announcement' on November 12

― The November issue of Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Shonen Champion revealed on Friday that FLIPFLOPs' Darwin's Game manga will have a "super important announcement" in the magazine's next issue on November 12. The manga centers Kaname, a high school boy who is drawn to a mysterious game app titled "Darwin's Game." He becomes involved in a social game where the stakes are life or death. FLIPFLOPs launch...
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Sony Tests New Feature to Enable Changing PSN Online ID

― The official U.S. PlayStation blog announced on Wednesday that Sony Interactive Entertainment will begin testing a new feature for the PlayStation Network service that will allow users to change their online ID in the service. The beta test of the new feature will be available to users who have previously registered as testers for PlayStation 4 beta services. Testers for the feature will be able t...
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Pop Team Epic TV Special's Returning Staff Listed

― This year's November issue of Animage magazine listed the main staff for the upcoming Pop Team Epic television special on Wednesday. Kamikaze Douga is returning to produce the animation, Jun Aoki is returning as director and writer, and Aoi Umeki is returning as director and concept designer. While Kamikaze Douga was credited with the overall animation production of the earlier television anime se...
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Karakuri Circus Anime Debuts on Amazon Prime

― Amazon Prime is now streaming the first episode of the television anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's Karakuri Circus (Le Cirque de Karakuri) manga. The service is exclusively streaming the anime in Japan and overseas. In Japan, Amazon debuted the anime's first episode on October 10 at 24:00 (effectively, October 11 at midnight). The anime premiered on television Thursday, October 11 on Tokyo MX at 10:30 p...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re Anime's 2nd Season Listed With 12 Episodes

― Amazon Japan is listing that the second season of the television anime based on Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul:re manga will have four home video releases with 12 total episodes. The season premiere on Tokyo MX on October 9 at 11:00 p.m., and is also airing on the Sun TV, TV Aichi, TV Q Kyuushuu, and BS11 channels. Funimation is streaminf the season on its FunimationNow service. Odahiro Watanabe (Soul B...
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Atelier Online Smartphone Game Launches

― The official Twitter account for NHN Play Art and Gust's Atelier Online ~Bureseiru no Renkinjutsushi~ (Atelier Online: The Alchemist of Blasel) smartphone game revealed on October 3 that the game launched on the same day. The game was slated to launch on October 1, but was delayed in order to have more time for the staff to perform a final check. The game was originally slated to launch in winter ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure SD Character Smartphone Game Launches

― Bandai Namco Entertainment launched its JoJo's Pitter-Patter Pop! smartphone game on Thursday. The game is part of the JoJo SD Project, which features super-deformed artwork of characters from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise. The project will also offer merchandise for the super-deformed characters. A companion teaser app to the game titled "JoJo's Pitter-Patter Pop! Chiramise" (JoJo's Pitt...
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Funimation Offers Time Bokan 24 Anime for Digital Purchase

― Funimation is now offering the first season of the Time Bokan 24 anime for digital purchase on Amazon. The first 23 episodes of the 24-episode show are available with Japanese audio. ANN reached out to Funimation about the missing 24th episode, but Funimation did not respond by press time. Funimation offers several shows — such as Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!!, Sound! Euphonium, and Hitori...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil Sequel Film Confirms Returning Staff, Cast

― The official website for the anime adaptation of Carlo Zen and Shinobu Shinotsuki's Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) novel series is now listing the staff and cast for the film. The returning cast includes: Aoi Yūki as Tanya Degurechaff Binbin Takaoka as Isaac Dustin Drake Daichi Hayashi as Rhiner Neumann Daiki Hamano as Matheus Johann Weiss Haruka Tomatsu as Mary Sue Houchu Ohtsuka as Hans von...
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The Morose Mononokean Anime Season 2 Unveils January Debut, New Visual

― The staff for the second television anime season based on Kiri Wazawa's The Morose Mononokean (Fukigen na Mononokean) manga revealed the Fukigen na Mononokean Tsuzuki (The Morose Mononokean Sequel) title, January premiere date and a new visual for the new season on Thursday. Itsuro Kawasaki (Magical Girl Ore, Rental Magica, Shining Hearts, Tsukiuta. THE ANIMATION) is directing the season at Pierro...
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Funimation's License for Live-Action Ichi Expires

― Funimation announced on Tuesday that its streaming license for the live-action Ichi film will expire on October 16. The film will no longer be available on the company's streaming service on that date. The film is Fumihiko Sori's live-action re-imagining of the famous blind swordmaster character Zatoichi. In this 2008 retelling of the Japanese classic, Ichi is a female fighter played by Haruka Aya...
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Zombieland Saga Anime's New Visual Shows Zombie Idol Group

― The official website for MAPPA, Avex Pictures, and Cygames' Zombieland Saga anime revealed a new visual for the anime on Tuesday. The anime premiered on October 4. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan, and Funimation will begin streaming an English dub on October 28. The anime follows Sakura Minamoto, who dreams of being an idol, but is hit by a car and wakes up as a zombie. A m...
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Disaster Report 4 Plus PS4 Game Delayed to November 22

― Granzella announced on Wednesday that its Disaster Report 4 Plus -Summer Memories- (Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4 Plus -Summer Memories-) PlayStation 4 game will be delayed from October 25 to November 22. The company apologized and explained that the reason for the delay is to improve the game's quality. In the game, players take on the role of a male or female protagonist who is trapped in an unfamilia...
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Kemono Friends Season 2 Anime's Visual Adds Giant Armadillo, Pangolin

― The official website for the Kemono Friends franchise revealed an updated version of the visual for the anime's second season on Wednesday. The new visual shows Giant Armadillo and Giant Pangolin alongside Serval, the new character Caracal, the members of the PPP idol unit, Fennec, and Common Raccoon. The staff has yet to reveal the new season's director and studio. The first season's director Tat...
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Girl in Twilight, Release the Spyce, Gakuen Basara Anime Each Listed With 12 Episodes

― Streaming service HIDIVE is listing The Girl in Twilight (Akanesasu Shōjo), Release the Spyce, and Gakuen Basara: Samurai High School anime each with 12 episodes. HIDIVE is streaming all three anime as they air in Japan. The Girl in Twilight premiered on October 1. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime. Kōtarō Uchikoshi (Ever17, Punch Line, Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward) is credited for the proj...
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Saga of Tanya the Evil Sequel Film Reveals 2nd Key Visual, February 8 Premiere

― The official website for the anime adaptation of Carlo Zen and Shinobu Shinotsuki's Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) novel series posted a new key visual for the upcoming anime film on Tuesday. The website also announced that the film will open in Japan on February 8, 2019. Those who prepurchase tickets at theaters beginning on October 19 will receive a letter with "marching orders" from Tanya ...
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Moriarty the Patriot Manga Has Project in the Works

― This year's November issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine announced last Thursday that Rosuke Takeuchi and Hikaru Miyoshi's Yūkoku no Moriarty (Moriarty the Patriot) manga has a project in the works, and it will be announced in the next issue on November 2. The manga debuted in August 2016. Takeuchi draws the storyboards and Miyoshi provides the art. The sixth volume shipped on July 4 and seventh...
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MF Ghost Manga by Initial D's Shigeno is 1/5 Finished

― This year's 45th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine published the finale of the first of five parts of Shuuichi Shigeno's MF Ghost manga on Saturday. This week's issue ran the manga's 45th chapter, which will be the final chapter of the manga's fourth compiled volume. If all parts are the same length, then the manga will have 225 chapters and 20 compiled volumes. Shigeno (Initial D) launche...
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Himote House Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― The official website for animation studio Bouncy's new Himote House anime revealed on Monday that the series will have three DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases. Each volume will have four episodes, for a total of 12 episodes for the series. The releases will ship once per month for three consecutive months beginning on January 23. The anime premiered on Tokyo MX, BS11, and the GyaO! streaming service o...
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Anima Yell! Cheerleading Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― The official website for the television anime of Tsukasa Unohana's four-panel manga Anima Yell! revealed that the series will have four Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases. Each volume is listed with three episodes, for a total of 12 episodes for the anime. The releases will ship every month for four consecutive months beginning on December 26. The anime premiered on October 7 on AT-X at 11:30 p.m., and...
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SSSS.Gridman Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― The official website for Studio Trigger and Tsuburaya Productions' SSSS.Gridman anime series is listing four Blu-ray Disc and DVD volumes for the anime, with a total of 12 episodes. The volumes are slated for December 19, January 16, February 20, and March 20. The anime premiered on October 6. Crunchyroll and Funimation are streaming the anime as it airs in Japan, and Funimation is also streaming ...
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Goblin Slayer Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― The official website for the television anime of Kumo Kagyu's Goblin Slayer light novel series revealed on Sunday that the anime will have three Blu-ray Disc/DVD volumes in Japan, and the website lists 12 episodes for the anime. The home video volumes are slated for February 20, March 20, and April 17, 2019 The anime premiered on October 6. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan, ...
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Starwing Paradox Game Slated for Japanese Arcades on November 21

― The official Twitter account for Square Enix's Starwing Paradox (Hoshi to Tsubasa no Paradox) game revealed last Friday that the game will launch in Japanese arcades on November 21. Sunrise is handling the animation in the game. Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Evangelion, Nadia - The Secret of Blue Water, Summer Wars) is designing the characters for the project. The voice cast includes Mikako Komatsu as Hikar...
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Touhou Genso Wanderer: Lotus Labyrinth Game Launches in Japan in April

― Game developer Aqua Style revealed on Sunday that Fushigi no Gensokyo: Lotus Labyrinth, the latest installment in its Fushigi no Gensokyo (Touhou Genso Wanderer) roguelike game series, will launch physically and digitally for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan on April 25. The regular physical version will cost 6,400 (about US$56), the digital version will cost 5,800 yen (about US$51), and...
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Real Girl Anime's 2nd Season's Teaser Visual Revealed

― The staff for the anime based on Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga revealed a teaser visual on Sunday for the show's second season. The new season will premiere in January and will air on NTV's "AnichU" programming block. The first season premiered in Japan on April 3 and aired for 12 episodes. Sentai Filmworks licensed the series and HIDIVE streamed the series as it aired. Sentai Filmworks...
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2nd Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel Anime Film Reveals 3rd Key Visual

― The official website for the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy revealed a third key visual on Sunday for the second film in the trilogy, Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly. The film will open in Japan on January 12, 2019 in 131 theaters. The film was originally slated to premiere in Japan this year. Aniplex of America will screen the film in the United States in 2019...
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Sword Art Online: Lovely Honey Days VR Game Launches for Smartphones

― Bandai Namco Entertainment released the Sword Art Online: Lovely Honey Days VR game for iOS and Android devices on Friday. The game's first episode is free and episodes 2-7 are paid. Players take on the role of Kirito and enjoy day-to-day activities with Asuna like going on a picnic, going to the beach, going to a hot spring, and sleeping in the same bed together. The game features a "Mattari Mode...
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Boarding School Juliet Anime Debuts on Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime added the first episode of the television anime of Yōsuke Kaneda's school romantic comedy manga Boarding School Juliet (Kishuku Gakkō no Juliet). The service is exclusively streaming the anime in Japan and overseas. The official website began streaming the anime's opening sequence. The 12-episode anime premiered in the Animeism block on TBS on Friday late at night at 1:25 a.m. (effect...
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IRODUKU : The World in Colors Anime Reveals Visual, Debuts on Amazon Prime

― P.A. Works released a new key visual for IRODUKU : The World in Colors (Iroduku Sekai no Ashita kara. or so many colors in the future what a wonderful world) anime project on Friday. The anime debuted on Amazon Prime in Japan and overseas on Friday, and is also airing on television in Japan. The story takes place in Nagasaki in a world where a small amount of magic remains in everyday life. A desc...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Anime Listed With 39 Episodes

― Retailer Tsutaya is listing 10 Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind (JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken: Ōgon no Kaze or Vento Aureo) anime, with a total 39 episodes. The anime premiered on Saturday, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan. Viz Media has licensed the anime. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind is the manga's fifth part that continues...
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Hinomaru Sumo TV Anime Listed With 24 Episodes

The official website for the television anime of Kawada's Hinomaru Sumo (Hinomaru Zumō) manga revealed on Friday that the anime will have six Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases with four episodes each, for a total of 24 episodes. The first home video release will ship on January 16, and one volume will ship each month through June. The first release will bundle kamizuno, paper figures that can compete ...
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Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko Stage Play Reveals Main Visual

Nelke Planning revealed the main visual for the stage play adaptation of Studio Gokumi's original Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko television anime series on Friday. The play will run at The Galaxy Theatre in Tokyo from November 10-14. As a collaboration with the SKE 48 Passion For You ~Ai to Jōnetsu wa Sekai o Sukuu~ (SKE48 Passion for You: Love and Passion Saves the World) smartphone game, members o...
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Rosario + Vampire's Ikeda, Gag Manga Biyori's Masuda Collaborate on 1-Shot Manga

― The November issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine revealed on Thursday that manga creators Kousuke Masuda and Akihisa Ikeda will collaborate on a one-shot manga titled "Shitabashiri" that will debut in the magazine's next issue on November 4. The manga will be a horror story, and it will have a color opening page. Masuda is writing the story, and Ikeda will draw the manga. Masuda drew the Gag Man...
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Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom Game Delayed to December 4

― Game publisher FDG Entertainment announced on Thursday that it is delaying its release of Game Atelier's upcoming Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch game to December 4. The game was originally slated to ship on November 6. The publisher said that it has encountered "unforeseen difficulties" in the production of the release's physical goods. The game is ...
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Azur Lane: Crosswave PS4 Game Slated for 2019

― The official website for Azur Lane: Crosswave, Felistella's PlayStation 4 action game based on Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi's Azur Lane smartphone game, revealed on Thursday that the game will ship in Japan in 2019. Compile Heart is publishing the game. In the original game for iOS and Android devices, players collect early 20th century warships from various countries and use fleets of six s...
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A Certain Magical Index Anime's 3rd Season Listed With 26 Episodes

― Amazon Japan is currently listing that A Certain Magical Index III, the third television anime season based on Kazuma Kamachi's A Certain Magical Index light novel series, will have eight home video releases and 26 episodes. The anime will premiere on October 5 on AT-X (10:00 p.m.), Tokyo MX (12:30 a.m., effectively October 6 morning), and BS11 (12:30 a.m., effectively October 6 morning). The show...
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New When They Cry Work, Umineko Game Compilation Pack Delayed

― The official Twitter account for game developer 07th Expansion announced on Wednesday that Shin Naku Koro ni and Umineko All in One Package will be delayed from their previously planned winter 2018 release to summer 2019. Game creator Ryukishi07 explained in the message that he based the "optimistic" schedule on what he would have been able to do 10 years ago, when he would regularly get four hour...
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Funimation to Debut 2nd Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution Film in Theaters in 2019

― Funimation Entertainment announced at its New York Comic Con panel on Thursday that it will debut Anemone/Eureka Hi-Evolution (Anemone: Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution), the second film in the Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution film trilogy, in theaters in 2019. The film will open in Japan on November 10. For the first time in the Eureka Seven franchise, the film will be set in Tokyo. The film ce...
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AnimeJapan 2019 Puts Public Days Before Business Days

― The official website of the AnimeJapan convention announced on Monday that it will change the order of business days and public days for next year's event. While in previous years, the business days took place on Thursday and Friday before the public days on Saturday and Sunday, next year, the public days will be held first on March 23-24 on Saturday and Sunday, while the business days will be hel...
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Umaru-chan's Sankaku Head to Launch New Manga in November

― Manga creator Sankaku Head announced on Twitter on Tuesday that his new manga will begin in November. He also noted that he thinks he will be able to announce it this month. Sankaku Head ended the Himouto! Umaru-chan G manga in April. The series launched in Weekly Young Jump last November as a sequel to Sankaku Head's earlier Himouto! Umaru-chan manga. Sankaku Head launched the original Himouto! ...
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Anime Film Gets Additional U.S./Canada Screenings This Week

Funimation Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it is adding two more days of screenings for the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes anime film in the United States "due to popular demand." Different theaters will screen either the subtitled version or the dubbed version based on local demand. In Canada, additional screenings will take place on October 5-11. Funimation already screened the film in m...
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Kemono Friends Season 2 Anime's Visual Adds Fennec, Common Raccoon

The official website for the Kemono Friends franchise revealed an updated version of the visual for the anime's second season on Friday. The new visual shows Fennec and Common Raccoon alongside Serval, the new character Caracal, and the members of the PPP idol unit. The staff has yet to reveal the new season's director and studio. The first season's director Tatsuki previously said he would not be...
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Jingai-san no Yome Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

Ichijinsha announced on Tuesday that the television anime of artist Akiwo Yasaka and author Yu Aikawa's Jingai-san no Yome (Non-Human Creature Wife) manga will have a single DVD release with 12 episodes. The DVD release will bundle production materials and a visual commentary, and it is slated for February 25 in Japan. The anime's official website is also streaming the anime's second promotional v...
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Thunderbolt Fantasy Season 2 Listed With 13 Episodes

The official website for Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers (Thunderbolt Fantasy: Tōriken Yūki 2), the second season of the Thunderbolt Fantasy puppet-show series, revealed that the show will four Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video releases in Japan. The releases list the show with 13 episodes. The volumes will ship in Japan on December 26, January 30, February 27, and March 27. The show premiered in ...
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Shin'ichi Sakamoto's Innocent Rouge Manga to Have 'Important Announcement' on October 17

― This year's 21st issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine announced on Wednesday that Shin'ichi Sakamoto's Innocent Rouge manga will have an "important announcement" in the magazine's next issue on October 17. The manga is a sequel to Sakamoto's Innocent manga. The story once again centers on Charles-Henri, the eldest brother in the Sanson family of executioners, and his sister Marie-Joseph, who li...
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Kyoto Animation's Tsurune Anime Delayed 1 Week to October 21

The official website for Kyoto Animation's television anime of Kotoko Ayano's Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu (Tsurune: Kazemai High School's Archery Club) novel revealed on Tuesday that the anime's premiere on the NHK-General channel has been delayed to October 21 at 24:10 (effectively October 22 at 12:10 a.m.) "due to organizational issues." It will also air on the same day at 24:50 (effectively ...
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In This Corner of the World's Fumiyo Kouno Draws 1-Shot Manga About Physicist Lise Meitner

This year's November issue of Tokuma Shoten's Comic Zenon announced on September 25 that manga artist Fumiyo Kouno will draw a new one-shot titled "Lise to Genshi no Mori" (Lise and the Forest of Atoms) for the next issue on October 25. The manga will be about Lise Meitner, an Austrian-born physicist who contributed to the discovery of uranium fission in the 1930s. She was Jewish, so she left Nazi...
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Sony Cuts Price of PS4 Pro in Japan

Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that it will drop the price of the PlayStation 4 Pro console in Japan on October 12. Takashi Mochizuki, a tech reporter for The Wall Street Journal, reported that the company said it had no comment about the possibility of price changes outside Japan. Both the Jet Black- and Glacier White-color consoles will drop from 44,980 yen (about US$394) to 39,980 yen...
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Funimation Sets Subtitled, Dubbed Premiere Dates for New Fairy Tail Anime

Funimation Entertainment confirmed on Monday that it will stream the "final" Fairy Tail anime series both in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub. The subtitled version will premiere on Funimation's streaming service on October 6 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. The English dub will premiere on October 29 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Crunchyroll will also stream the anime with English subtitles. The anim...
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Imagica Group Merges Subsidiaries to Form Imagica Lab

― Imagica Group announced on Monday that the new company formed by the merger of its subsidiaries Imagica, Imagica West, and Imagica Image Works is "Imagica Lab." The firm launched on October 1 as part of the holding company's restructuring. Imagica Lab will cover video production duties, including filming, dubbing, editing, restoration, and streaming. According to the press release, the new name wa...
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Hasbro Lists Zoids in MIPCOM Lineup

― Hasbro Studios' advertisement in World Screen's TV Kids Guide 2018/2019 shows Zoids as part of the company's lineup for MIPCOM 2018. The content market in Cannes, France will take place on October 15-18. The advertisement simply says "Zoids" and the tagline "Build Them to Life" without specifying whether it is representing a specific Zoids series or the entire franchise. The image appears to show ...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Anime Listed With 24 Episodes

― Bandai is listing that the television anime of author Fuse and artist Mitz Vah's That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken or Regarding Reincarnated to Slime) light novel series will have 24 episodes. The anime will ship on eight DVD releases with each release containing three episodes, and will also ship on four Blu-ray Disc releases with each release including six e...
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Ms. vampire who lives in my neighborhood. Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― The official website for the television anime of Amatou's Ms. vampire who lives in my neighborhood. (Tonari no Kyūketsuki-san) manga is listing that the series will have four home video releases and 12 episodes. The four home video releases will ship on December 21, January 30, February 27, and March 27. The anime will premiere on AT-X on October 5 at 9:00 p.m. The show will then run on Tokyo MX a...
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Atelier Online Smartphone Game's Launch Delayed

― The official Twitter account for NHN Play Art and Gust's Atelier Online ~Bureseiru no Renkinjutsushi~ (Atelier Online: The Alchemist of Blasel) smartphone game revealed on Monday that the game is delayed in order to have more time for the staff to perform a final check. The staff said they will reveal the new release date at a later time. The game was slated to launch on Monday. The game was origi...
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Sora to Umi no Aida Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― Amazon is listing a six-volume release for the television anime of ForwardWorks' Sora to Umi no Aida (The Space Between the Sky and the Sea) smartphone game, and the releases list 12 episodes for the anime. The listings list release dates of January 9, February 2, March 2, April 2, May 2, and June 4 for the volumes. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and Sun TV on October 3 at 24:00 (effectively ...
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Ulysses Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― The official website for the anime of Mikage Kasuga's Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc to Renkin no Kishi (Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight) novel series is listing the anime with three Blu-ray Disc releases in Japan, with a total of 12 episodes. The three Blu-ray Disc volumes are slated to ship in Japan on December 21, January 25, and February 22, respectively. The anime will premiere on Octob...
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Gakuen Basara Anime Unveils 3rd Visual

― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Gakuen Basara, a high school spinoff project based on Capcom's Sengoku Basara game franchise, revealed the third main visual for the anime on Monday. The Gakuen Basara school battle comedy parody reimagines the Warring States Era warriors of Capcom's action game franchise as rival students in a modern high school. Date Masamune and Sanada...
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Alita: Battle Angel Film Pushed Back Again to February 14

The Hollywood Reporter reported on Friday that 20th Century Fox has pushed back its release date for Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga. The film was scheduled for a wide release on December 21, 2018 after an earlier delay from July 20. It is now scheduled for February 14, 2019. The film will star Rosa Sal...
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Dead or Alive 6 Gets Arcade Edition

The official website for Team Ninja's Dead or Alive 6 fighting game announced on Friday that the game will get an arcade version. Sega will distribute the game via its "ALL.Net P-ras MULTI version 3" service, which allows for digital distribution of games to arcade systems throughout Japan. The company has not yet announced a release window for the arcade version. Dead or Alive 6 will launch for P...
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Golden Kamuy 2nd Season Anime Reveals Key Visual

― The official website for the anime adaptation of Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy manga revealed a key visual on Friday for the show's second season. The second season will premiere on October 8 on Tokyo MX, Sapporo TV, Jidaigeki Senmon Channel, Yomiuri TV, and BS11. The first episode will stream early from October 7 at 10:00 a.m. until October 8 at 11:00 p.m. on Fuji TV's FOD service. Crunchyroll will ...
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Kemono Friends Season 2 Anime's Visual Adds Rockhopper, Humboldt Penguin

The official website for the Kemono Friends franchise revealed an updated version of the visual for the anime's second season on Friday. Rockhopper Penguin and Humboldt Penguin, the last two members of the PPP idol unit, now appear in the visual with Serval, a previously teased new character, Gentoo Penguin, Royal Penguin, and Emperor Penguin. The staff has yet to reveal the new season's director ...
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Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition Game Replaces Troy Baker as Yuri for Additional Scenes

― Voice actor Troy Baker said on Twitter on Friday that he was not approached to record extra lines for the character Yuri Lowell in Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition. Baker voiced the character in the original edition of the game, and added that he would have "jumped at the chance" to play the character again. He made the Tweet in response to a gameplay video showing new scenes with a different...
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Crunchyroll Updates Video Player to HTML5

Crunchyroll announced last week that it has updated its video player for all users. The new player uses HTML5 technology, and offers HD video to all users, including free users. The streaming service already launched the player for 50% of its users over the last few weeks. Since its launch, Crunchyroll has made some fixes to the new player, such as preserving volume settings between episodes, and ...
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Kemono Friends Season 2 Anime's Visual Adds PPP Penguins

The official website for the Kemono Friends franchise revealed an updated version of the visual for the anime's second season on Wednesday. The PPP idol unit members Gentoo Penguin, Royal Penguin, and Emperor Penguin now appear in the visual with Serval and a previously teased new character. The staff has yet to reveal the season's director and studio. The first season's director Tatsuki previousl...
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Free! Dive to the Future Anime Ends With 'See You in 2020' Message

The 12th and final episode of the Free! Dive to the Future television anime ended with the message "See you in 2020..." The episode aired on Wednesday. The series premiered on July 11. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan, and Funimation will stream an English dub for the anime. An unaired "episode 0" screened during an event on June 23 and will be included in the anime's first B...
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Sound Director: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou Heads to PS4 (Updated)

Zakuro Motoki, sound director for 07th Expansion works, said on Twitter on Tuesday that Ryukishi07's Higurashi - When They Cry Hou (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou) game is getting a PlayStation 4 release. He said in the tweet, "And I'm also glad about Higurashi Hou being released on PS4! I have to work hard on new music, too...!" The game launched for Nintendo Switch in Japan on July 26. The releas...
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Kō-Kyō-Sei Million Arthur Smartphone Game Launches on October 4

― A stage presentation for the Million Arthur franchise at Tokyo Game Show 2018 revealed on Sunday that the Kō-Kyō-Sei Million Arthur iOS and Android game will launch in Japan on October 4. The game is a new title in the series after Kaku-San-Sei Million Arthur and Kai-Ri-Sei Million Arthur. Square Enix's Operation Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur (Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur) massively multi-player on...
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Sentai Filmworks' Mardock Scramble Film Trilogy License Expires

Sentai Filmworks announced on Saturday that its home video release of the Mardock Scramble film trilogy is out of print. Sentai Filmworks confirmed with ANN that its license has expired. Sentai Filmworks announced its license for the film trilogy — Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (2010), Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion (2011), and Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust (2012) — in 201...
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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato Sequel Anime Film Opens in Spring 2019 with Focus on Mumei

― DMM Games revealed during a stage presentation at the Tokyo Game Show 2018 event on Saturday that the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato (Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri: Unato Kessen) sequel anime film will open in Japan in spring 2019. Tickets will go on sale for the film on October 20. Director Tetsuro Araki stated at the event that the film will focus on the character Mumei. The film wil...
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Atelier Online Smartphone Game Launches on October 1

― Koei Tecmo announced during a livestream presentation at Tokyo Game Show on Saturday that the Atelier Online ~Bureseiru no Renkinjutsushi~ (Atelier Online: The Alchemist of Blasel) smartphone game from its Gust brand and NHN Play Art will launch in Japan on October 1. The game currently has more than 500,000 pre-registered users. The game was originally slated to launch in winter 2017 but was dela...
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Black Clover Anime Unveils Visual for New Season

― This year's 43rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine unveiled a new visual for the Black Clover anime on Saturday. (Note: The below visual at the end of this article may contain spoilers for the anime.) The staff also revealed that the anime is getting a "selection broadcast" starting on October 14 that will screen selected episodes. The selection broadcast will air on TV Tokyo and TV ...
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Boarding School Juliet Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website for the television anime of Yōsuke Kaneda's school romantic comedy manga Kishuku Gakkō no Juliet (Boarding School Juliet) is listing the anime with 12 episodes. The website revealed the anime's Blu-ray Disc release information on Friday. The series will have a total of four Blu-ray Disc releases with three episodes each, for a total of 12 episodes. The Blu-ray Disc releases wi...
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Earth Defense Force 5 Game's Western Release Slated for December 11

― D3 Publisher Inc. revealed on Thursday that it will release the Earth Defense Force 5 PlayStation 4 game in the West on December 11. D3 Publisher describes the game: Earth Defense Force 5 finds players taking up arms to defend Earth against a hostile alien invasion. In addition to hordes of alien insect invaders the series is famous for, the next installment in the fan favorite franchise also intr...
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Wild Arms Million Memories Smartphone Game Launches on September 26

― The official Twitter account for ForwardWorks' Wild Arms Million Memories smartphone role-playing game revealed on Friday that the game will launch for iOS and Android devices on September 26. Under Wild Arms game series designer Akifumi Kaneko's supervision, characters from previous games will reappear in the "completely new" smartphone game with a new story. Rin Akatsuki is performing the theme ...
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Crunchyroll, VRV Plan to Expand Original IP Beyond Video

Eric Berman, the head of business development and content partnerships for Ellation's subscription video aggregation platform VRV, spoke with news website The Wrap regarding Ellation's new original content division in an interview published on Thursday. Berman said that the company plans to leverage the original IP from its new division to go "beyond just video." "You are not truly a media company...
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Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle Halts In-Game Purchases in Belgium to Comply With Gambling Laws

The Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle app announced on Wednesday that it will no longer offer "Dragon Stones" or "Summon Tickets" for purchase in Belgium. The staff explained that it is taking the step to comply with the Belgian Gaming Commission's declaration that "loot boxes" are a form of gambling, though it noted that it disagrees with this interpretation. Like many free-to-play mobile games, Dragon...
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Shochiku Teases News for Tokyo Ghoul on September 22

Shochiku began streaming a video on Thursday that teases news for Tokyo Ghoul on September 22. Shochiku planned and distributed the Tokyo Ghoul live-action film, which premiered in July 2017. The film premiered on July 3, 2017 at Anime Expo in Los Angeles. It then debuted in July 7 in Berlin, and July 10 at the Marunouchi Piccadilly theater in Chiyoda, Japan before its wide theatrical release in J...
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Kemono Friends Season 2 Anime Reveals Visual With Serval, New Character

― The official Twitter account for the Kemono Friends anime revealed a visual for the second season on Wednesday. The visual shows Serval and the new character previously teased in the season's announcement trailer. A second visual will debut next week. The staff have not yet revealed the season's director and studio. The first season's director Tatsuki previously said he would not be working on the...
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Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash Game Adds VR Mode Update

The PC version of Marvelous' Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash launched an update that added VR functionality to the game on Tuesday. The game's VR mode allows players to interact with individual characters, or create dioramas. Marvelous released the game for PS4 in Europe, and XSEED Games released the game physically and digitally for PS4 in North America in September 2017. XSEED Games released th...
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Root Letter Last Answer Listed for PS4/PS Vita

Sony's list of games that it will exhibit at Tokyo Game Show 2018 is listing Kadokawa Games' √Letter Last Answer project as a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita title. Kadokawa Games announced the project in August, but did not announce the format. The announcement included a live-action teaser trailer, and the company later announced that Ako Yamamoto will play the heroine Aya Fumino in live-acti...

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