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Sōkō Musume Senki TV Anime Reveals Visual

― The official website for the Sōkō Musume Senki television anime adaptation launched on Friday revealing a new visual for the anime. DMM Games announced the anime for its Sōkō Musume (Armored Girls) game franchise during the AnimeJapan 2019 event. The anime's story will be based on the story of Sōkō Musume Mizel Rem Crisis, the rebooted version of the franchise's game that launched on May 21. The g...
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Gakuen 86 Academy Spinoff Manga of '86' Sci-Fi Novels Launches in June

― The August issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Alive magazine announced on Wednesday that Gakuen 86 (Academy 86), the manga spinoff of Asato Asato's 86 light novel series, will launch in the magazine's next issue on June 27. Asato launched the novel series under Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko imprint in April 2017. Shirabi (The Ryuo's Work is Never Done!, Myriad Colors Phantom World) is drawing the illust...
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Cheat Kusushi no Slow Life - Isekai ni Tsukurō Drugstore Anime Reveals Visual

― The official website for the anime adaptation of Kennoji and Matsuuni's Cheat Kusushi no Slow Life - Isekai ni Tsukurō Drugstore (The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist: A Drugstore Built on an Alternate World) light novel series opened on Monday and revealed a visual for the show. A pamphlet at Comic Market 97 revealed the anime in December. The "heartwarming fantasy" follows an ordinary, former wor...
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EX-ARM Anime Reveals Main Visual

Original manga author Shinya Komi draws visual for July series ― The staff of the anime of Shinya Komi and HiRock's EX-ARM manga revealed the main visual for the anime on Monday. Komi drew the visual. The anime will premiere in July. The 12th compiled book volume of the manga revealed the television anime adaptation in December 2018. Komi launched the manga with HiRock's story in Shueisha's Grand Jum...
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Jujutsu Kaisen Anime Reveals 1st Key Visual

― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed the first key visual on Monday for the television anime of Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga. Sunghoo Park (The God of High School) is directing the anime at MAPPA. Hiroshi Seko (Attack on Titan: Lost Girls, Banana Fish, Vinland Saga) is writing and supervising the scripts. Tadashi Hiramatsu (His and Her Circumstances, Yur...
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act-age Manga to Have 'Project Announcement' on June 1

― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the magazine's 26th issue on June 1 will have an "important project announcement" for Tatsuya Matsuki and Shiro Usazaki's act-age manga. The issue also teases that the manga's story will "enter a new development" in the 26th issue. Viz Media is publishing the manga in English digitally, and it describes the se...
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One Piece Manga Takes 1-Week Break

― This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga will take a break from the 26th issue on June 1, and will return in the 27th issue on June 8. While Oda regularly takes scheduled breaks for one issue once every 1-2 months, when that happens Shueisha does not announce the break as a "hiatus" the way the company did with the anno...
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Phantasy Star Online 2 Game Launches on PC in N. America on May 27

― Sega announced on Twitter on Tuesday that it will launch its Phantasy Star Online 2 game on PC via the Microsoft Store in North America on May 27. The game will have cross-platform play with the Xbox One version. The company also revealed that the game is getting a collaboration with the Hatsune Miku franchise that began on Tuesday. Sega released the free-to-play Phantasy Star Online 2 role-playin...
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Japan's April Box Office Down 96.3% From Last Year

The Motion Pictures Producers Association of Japan (MPPA) reported on Monday that 12 major Japanese film distributors earned 688 million yen (about US$6.40 million) combined at the box office in April — a 96.3% decrease from last year, and the lowest month ever since the MPPA began tallying monthly box office receipts in 2000. Box office performance fell 90% in the first weekend of April compared ...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Duo Publish 1-Shot in Shonen Jump on May 25

― This year's 24th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga creators Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki will publish a one-shot in the magazine's 25th issue on May 25. The one-shot is titled "Yūgen to Jorei Gakkyū" (Yūgen and the Class of Female Spirits). The story centers on an issue that crops up at a girls high school for young women from...
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Poco's Udon World's Nodoka Shinomaru Publishes New 2-Chapter Manga This Month

― Shinchosha's Kurage Bunch website is listing that it will publish a new two-chapter manga by Nodoka Shinomaru on the website on May 22 and May 29. The manga is titled "Spice kitchen car at the daybreak" ("Yoake no Spice Kitchen Car"). Shinomaru launched the Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari (Poco's Udon World) manga in Shinchosha's Comic Bunch magazine in 2012. Kurage Bunch published the final chapter...
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Power Rangers Show Reveals Title, Logo for 28th Season

― The official Twitter account for the Power Rangers franchise revealed the Power Rangers Dino Fury title and the logo for the 28th season of the series on Friday. The show will premiere on Nickelodeon in 2021, and will feature footage from the Kishiryū Sentai Ryūsoulger series. Kishiryū Sentai Ryūsoulger, the 43rd series in the live-action Super Sentai franchise since 1975, premiered in March 2019....
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Thunderbolt Fantasy Puppet Show's 3rd Season Reveals Visual, Video (Updated)

― The official Twitter account for the Thunderbolt Fantasy puppet-show franchise revealed a visual on Friday for the show's third season. The final episode of Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers (Thunderbolt Fantasy: Tōriken Yūki 2), the show's second season, announced the third season in December 2018. Taiwanese company Pili also began streaming a video on Thursday for the third season. The first sea...
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Ozmafia -vivace- Switch Game Delayed to August 27

― Nippon Ichi Software announced on Friday that it is delaying the release of the Nintendo Switch version of the OZMAFIA!! -vivace- game from July 23 to August 27 due to "various circumstances." Poni-Patchet released the original visual novel game in 2013 on PC, and released a PlayStation Vita port titled OZMAFIA!! -vivace- in February 2015. The new port for Switch will feature an original short sto...
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Dropout Idol Fruit Tart Anime Unveils 3 Character Visuals

― The official website for the television anime of Sou Hamayumiba's Dropout Idol Fruit Tart (Ochikobore Fruit Tart) manga revealed character visuals on Friday for three characters. The site previously announced the voice actresses for the characters in April. The characters with the new visuals include: Kaoru Sakura as Chiko Sekino, a Cream Anmitsu idol unit member Yū Sasahara as Nua Nakamachi, a Cr...
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EVO 2020 Details Online Event

― The organizers of the EVO 2020 video game tournament revealed details of the EVO Online event on Wednesday. The online event will run for five weekends "with special exhibitions and content for EVO 2020's original lineup." The event will run on July 4-5, July 11-12, July 18-19, July 25-16, and July 31-August 2. As previously announced, the event will feature the Granblue Fantasy Versus, Dragon Bal...
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Thunder Force AC Game Launches on Switch in West Through Sega Ages Project on May 28

― Sega revealed on Thursday that the Thunder Force AC game will launch in the West for the Nintendo Switch as part of the Sega Ages project on May 28. The game launched in Japan on Thursday, and Sega is streaming a video for the game. The game will feature an arcade mode, a "Kids Mode," two different sets of leaderboards, the option to save and view replays, and enhancements such as stereo sound. Se...
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PS4 Console Sells 110.4 Million Units Worldwide

― Sony revealed on Wednesday in its financial results presentation for the fiscal year 2019 (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020) that it shipped 1.5 million PlayStation 4 units during the quarter ending on March 31, bringing the console's worldwide total to 110.4 million units. The 1.5 million units shipped is down from 2.6 million units shipped during the same period of the previous fiscal year. Sony ...
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Sony Interactive Entertainment Establishes PlayStation Studios Brand

― Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced the PlayStation Studios brand for its first-party game studios on Tuesday. The brand will launch alongside the PlayStation 5 this holiday season. The company began streaming PlayStation Studios' opening animation. SIE's first-party studios include Japan Studio, Polyphony Digital, Naughty Dog, Santa Monica Studio, Sucker Punch, and Insomniac Games. Sou...
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My Monster Secret's Eiji Masuda Launches New Manga in August

― The June issue of Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Tuesday that Eiji Masuda (My Monster Secret, pictured right) will launch his new manga serialization in the magazine's September issue on August 12. Masuda launched Jitsu wa Watashi wa in the magazine in 2013, and ended the series in February 2017. Akita Shoten published the manga's 22nd and final compiled volume on Mar...
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Thunder Force AC Game Launches on Switch in Japan Through Sega Ages Project on May 14

― Sega's official Twitter account revealed on Sunday that the Thunder Force AC game will launch in Japan for the Nintendo Switch as part of the Sega Ages project on Thursday. Sega is reviving its Sega Ages project for Nintendo Switch in Japan, North America, and Europe. The company has already released Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Force IV/Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar, Phantasy Star, Out ...
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Shonen Jump Teases 'Special Project' for The Promised Neverland Manga's 'Imminent' Ending

― This year's 23rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine teased on Monday that it is planning a "special project" for the upcoming ending of Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland manga, which the magazine teases will end "soon." Shirai and Demizu launched The Promised Neverland manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in August 2016, and the series has entered its f...
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My Hero Academia Ranks #15 on New York Times' Graphic Books Bestseller's May List

― The second volume of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga ranked at #15 on The New York Times' monthly Graphic Books and Manga bestseller list released in early May. The New York Times posted its first Graphic Books and Manga bestseller list in October, and it is one category of the newspaper's new bestseller lists. Dragon Ball Super volume 6 ranked at #14 on the list in October, My Hero Acade...
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By the Grace of the Gods Anime Reveals Additional Staff

― The official website for the anime adaptation of author Roy and illustrator Ririnra's By the Grace of the Gods (Kami-tachi ni Hirowareta Otoko) light novel series revealed more staff members for the anime on Friday. The additional staff includes Kaho Deguchi (If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord, Cutie Honey Universe) as character designer and chief animation director, with Ririnr...
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Godhand Teru Manga Recruits Assistants for New Chapters

― Manga creator Kazuki Yamamoto is recruiting assistants on the Ganmo manga artist and assistant matching service for four new serialized chapters of the Godhand Teru manga in Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine. Background work on the new chapters is slated to run from early May to early June, and finishing work will run from May 15 to mid-June. Yamamoto is seeking several digital assistants for each...
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Media Blasters to Release Eiken OVA on Blu-ray Disc on July 14

― Media Blasters announced on Facebook on Tuesday that it and its AnimeWorks label will release the Eiken original video anime (OVA) on Blu-ray Disc on July 14. Media Blasters stated that it has re-licensed the OVA from King Records. The release will mark the first time the anime is getting a Blu-ray Disc release in North America. Media Blasters and AnimeWorks will also release the anime again on DV...
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Real Account's Shizumu Watanabe Recruits Assistants for New Serialization

― Manga creator Shizumu Watanabe revealed on their Twitter account last Friday that they are recruiting assistants for a new manga serialization. Watanabe and Okushō recently ended their Real Account manga last November. Watanabe (Kono Kanojo wa Fiction desu) drew the art for the manga, and Okushō wrote the story. They launched the manga in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shonen Magazine in the February 2014 is...
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Shout! Factory's TokuSHOUTsu Channel Teases Kamen Rider Kuuga

― The official Twitter account for Shout! Factory's TokuSHOUTsu channel teased on Tuesday the addition of the Kamen Rider Kuuga tokusatsu (live-action special-effects) series. The series will be available on Friday at 7:00 p.m. EST. The tweet shows the silhouette of the titular character, and the text "A new legend" references the series' tagline "A new hero, a new legend." A new legend begins Frida...
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Olympics Committee President: Games Will Be 'Scrapped' If Not Held in 2021

In an interview with the Nikkan Sports newspaper on Tuesday, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organizing Committee President Yoshirō Mori stated that the Tokyo Olympics will be "scrapped" if it cannot be held in 2021. Mori cited prior games that have been canceled due to extenuating circumstances, such as war. However, he added that the Tokyo Olympics will have more value than other previous games after "...
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One Piece Anime's English Dub Returns With Digital Release

― Funimation announced on Tuesday that it has launched episodes 575-587 of the One Piece anime digitally on Microsoft and Amazon Prime Video, which marks the return of the company's English dub. The anime's "Season Ten, Voyage 1" DVD will ship on June 9 with the same set of episodes. Episode 575 marks the beginning of the anime's "Punk Hazard" story arc. Funimation released the English-dubbed episod...
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Kyoto Animation's Studio 1 Building Demolition Completed

NHK reported on Tuesday that demolition work on Kyoto Animation's 1st Studio Building concluded on Tuesday. Preparation for the demolition began last November. Kyoto Animation's lawyer offered a comment to NHK, saying that a decision will be made regarding what will be done to the location "after meeting and considering the viewpoints of the bereaved families and those involved with the local comm...
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Megami-ryō no Ryōbo-kun Manga's New Volume Listing Teases 'Reported Anime'

― Amazon's listing for the fifth compiled book volume of Ikumi Hino's Megami-ryō no Ryōbo-kun (Dorm Mother of the Goddess' Dorm) manga includes a cover image that states "it looks like an anime adaptation project is progressing." The volume will ship on May 26. The story centers on 12-year-old boy Kōshi Nagumo, who finds himself homeless, penniless, and without relatives to care for him. As he lies ...
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Hinomaru Sumo's Kawata Writes 1-Shot for Shonen Jump

― This year's combined 21st and 22nd issues of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that manga creator Kawada will pen a new one-shot that the magazine will publish in the 23rd issue on May 11. The one-shot's title is "Heavy Metal Yankees." The one-shot will feature a color page and 53 total pages. Kawada launched the Hinomaru Sumo manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in May 2014, and e...
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Start Dates Revealed for New Manga by Taiyo Matsumoto, Daruma Matsuura

― This year's 10th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine revealed on Friday that the magazine will launch Taiyo Matsumoto's Mukashi no Hanashi (Old Tales, pictured below) manga in the 11th issue on May 8, and Daruma Matsuura's as-yet untitled new manga in the 13th issue on June 12. The magazine had originally announced the two manga in December, along with six other manga launching in th...
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Btooom's Junya Inoue Launches Kaijū Jieitai Paranormal Military Manga in May

― The June issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic Bunch magazine announced on Tuesday that Junya Inoue (Btooom!) will launch his new Kaijū Jieitai: Task Force for Paranormal Disaster Managament (Monster Self-Defense Force) manga in the July issue of the magazine on May 21. The first full chapter will include a color opening page, and the July issue's front cover will feature the manga. The manga's 54-p...
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One Piece Anime's English Dub Returns With Home Video Release on June 9

― Funimation is listing that the One Piece anime's "Season Ten, Voyage 1" DVD, which marks the return of the company's English dub, will ship on June 9. The dub continues with episode 575, the beginning of the anime's "Punk Hazard" story arc. Funimation released the English-dubbed episode 574 in 2018. The anime is delaying the 930th episode and later episodes due to the spread of the new coronavirus...
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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Game's 'New Power Awakens' DLC Launches on April 28

― Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Tuesday that it will launch the "New Power Awakens - Part 1" DLC for its Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot game on April 28. The company will also release the game's Music Compilation Pack on the same day. The game's first DLC will feature the characters Beerus and Whis. In the story, after beating Whis, Goku and Vegeta will be able to use their Super Saiyan Go...
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Im: Great Priest Imhotep's Makoto Morishita Draws 1-Shot

― This year's May issue of Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan revealed on Saturday that manga creator Makoto Morishita (Im: Great Priest Imhotep) will publish a one-shot manga titled "Konjiki no Yasha" (Golden Demon) in the magazine's next issue on May 12. The magazine teases the one-shot as a Japanese-style dark fantasy. The one-shot will have center color pages. Morishita launched IM: The Great P...
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ESRB, PEGI Add Descriptors for Games With In-Game Purchases for Loot Boxes

― Both the United States' Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) and Europe's Pan European Game Information (PEGI) announced on Monday that they will include new descriptions for games that can direct players to use real-world currency to buy random in-game items. These include purchases for which players do not know beforehand what they are buying, including loot boxes, gacha rolls, item packs,...
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Jank Runk Family Manga Starts 3rd Part on April 28

― This year's ninth issue of Akita Shoten's Young Champion magazine announced on Tuesday that Hiroshi Takahashi's Jank Runk Family manga will start its "third part" in the magazine's next issue on April 28. The manga will return with opening color pages. The manga is a crossover with the OREN'S manga, which artist Yanse Kazu and Takahashi launched in September 2015 in Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Young C...
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Scum's Wish Author Mengo Yokoyari Pens New 1-Shot Manga for Shonen Jump+

― Shueisha published a new one-shot manga by Mengo Yokoyari (Scum's Wish) titled "Ōkami ni Naritai" (I Want to Become a Wolf) on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website and app on Monday. The one-shot marks Yokoyari's debut on the website and app. The chapter is 30 pages long. Yokoyari's Scum's Wish manga ran in Square Enix's Big Gangan magazine from 2012 until March 2017. Square Enix published eight compil...
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The Promised Neverland Manga Takes 1-Issue Break, Returns on May 11

― This year's 20th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland manga will take a one-issue break. The magazine stated that the manga will be off for the 21st issue on April 20 and will return in the combined 22nd and 23rd issue on April 27. However, Weekly Shonen Jump issue 21 is now delayed due to issues surrounding ...
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The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED Anime Listed With 11 Episodes

― The official website for Fugō Keiji Balance: Unlimited, the television anime of Yasutaka Tsutsui's bestselling detective novel Fugō Keiji (Wealthy Detective), revealed on Friday that the anime will have three home video releases and a total of 11 episodes. The anime premiered on Fuji TV channel's Noitamina programming block on April 9. Funimation is streaming the anime under the title The Milliona...
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Clannad Visual Novel Gets Physical Release in West

― Limited Run Games announced on Twitter on Thursday that it will ship a physical version of the Nintendo Switch version of Visual Art's/Key's Clannad visual novel in the West. The company will also release a collector's edition that includes the game, visual guidebook, and arrange album. Pre-orders will open on April 14 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Prototype launched the game for Switch physically in Japan a...
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Netflix Adds Final 41 Episodes of 1986 Saint Seiya Anime With New English Dub, Subtitles

― Netflix has added 41 more episodes of the 1986 Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac) anime series with a new English dub and English subtitles. Netflix's "Seasons 5 and 6" of the anime include episodes 74 to 114, finishing the series. The series is available for users in North America, New Zealand, and Australia. Netflix began streaming the first 41 episodes of the anime in October, and then began s...
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'Shachibato! President, It's Time for Battle!' Anime to Have 12 Episodes

― The official website for Shachibato! President, It's Time for Battle! — the television anime of the smartphone strategy role-playing game Shachō, Battle no Jikan Desu! — revealed on Monday that the anime will have 12 episodes. The anime's Blu-ray Disc box will ship with all 12 episodes on August 26. The anime premiered on Sunday. Funimation is streaming the anime as it aired in Japan. The isekai (...
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New Project Teased for Hiroshi Takahashi's Crows, Worst Franchises

― The May issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Shonen Champion magazine teased on Monday that Hiroshi Takahashi's Crows and Worst manga are getting a new "legend" in a new project this summer. Takahashi's Crows manga ran for 26 volumes, and inspired a two-episode anime OVA adaptation. The manga also inspired three live-action films, with Takashi Miike directing the first two films, Crows Zero and Crows Z...
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'Can You Just Die, My Darling?' Manga Changes to Digital Publication

― The May issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine revealed on Monday that Majuro Kaname and Sōsō Sakakibara's Can You Just Die, My Darling? (Konya wa Tsuki ga Kirei desu ga, Toriaezu Shine) manga is switching to a digital-only publication. The manga's next chapter will feature in both the June issue of Shōnen Magazine R (which changed to a digital-only publication in December) on May 20, and the...
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One-Punch Man Ranks #11 on New York Times' Graphic Books Bestseller's April List

― The 19th volume of ONE and Yūsuke Murata's One-Punch Man manga ranked at #11 on The New York Times' monthly Graphic Books and Manga bestseller list released in early April. The 11th volume of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga ranked at #12, the first volume of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga ranked at #14, and the eighth volume of Akira Toriyama and Toyotarō's Dragon...
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New Sakura Wars Anime to Have 12 Episodes

― The official website for Shin Sakura Taisen the Animation, the television anime of the Shin Sakura Taisen (Sakura Wars in English) game, revealed on Friday that the anime will have four home video releases for a total of 12 episodes. The anime premiered on Tokyo MX on April 3 at 10:00 p.m., and later that night on BS11. Manabu Ono (Sword Art Online: Alicization, The irregular at magic high school,...
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Tower of God Anime Has 13 Episodes

― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that the television anime adaptation of Korean creator SIU's Tower of God manhwa will have 13 episodes. The series debuted on Crunchyroll on Wednesday. The anime premiered in Japan and South Korea on the same day. Takashi Sano (Sengoku Basara: End of Judgement, Transformers: Energon) is directing the anime at Telecom Animation Film (Lupin the Third: Part 5, We Ren...
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One Piece Manga Has 470 Million Copies in Print Worldwide

― Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga has 470 million copies in print worldwide as of the release of the 96th compiled book volume on Friday. That total includes 390 million copies in print in Japan, and 80 million copies in print outside of Japan across 42 territories. The 57th One Piece volume had a first printing of three million copies — a record for manga — in March 2010. Subsequent volumes have sur...
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HIDIVE Streams My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime's 3rd Season on April 10

― HIDIVE announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Kan) — the third season of the television anime of Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light novel series on April 10 at 12:30 p.m. EDT worldwide except in Asia. Sentai licen...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Anime's TV Broadcast Unveils 2 New Visuals

― The official Twitter account for Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, the new anime of Yoshiki Tanaka's epic science fiction novels Legend of the Galactic Heroes, unveiled two new visuals on Tuesday for the anime's new television airing. The visual features the story's two central characters, the Alliance admiral Yang Wen-li (left image below), and the Imperial admiral Reinhard von Lohen...
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Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Ships 'Far Earlier Than Usual' in Europe, Australia (Updated)

― Square Enix producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Tetsuya Nomura announced on Monday that the Final Fantasy VII Remake game will ship "far earlier than usual" to Europe and Australia. Customers in these regions have a greater chance of obtaining the game prior to the April 10 release date. Square Enix will ship the game this week to other Western regions, including the Americas. Kitase and Nomura...
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'The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me?' Anime Has 12 Episodes

― The official website for the television anime of Y.A.'s Hachinantte Sore wa Nai Deshō! (The 8th son? Are you kidding me?) light novel series announced on Sunday that the anime will get a Blu-ray Disc box with 12 episodes on August 26. The box will bundle a booklet that includes a new "novel" by original author Y.A. and the four-panel manga "Shinnyū Shain Wendelin" (New Employee Wendelin). The rele...
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Tokyo Olympics Announce July 2021 Opening

NHK reported on Monday that Tokyo government officials have stated that the Tokyo Olympics will open on July 23, 2021, followed by the Paralympic Games on August 24. According to the officials, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tokyo Games organizing committee, and Tokyo Metropolitan and Japanese governments agreed to the schedule. The Tokyo Olympics were originally scheduled for July 24 ...
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Haikyu!! To The Top Anime Unveils New Visual

― The official website for Haikyu!! To The Top, the fourth season of the Haikyu!! anime, unveiled a new visual for the anime on Monday. The anime premiered in Japan on January 10. The series will air from January until April 3, and will then continue on for a second cours (quarter of a year) in July 2020, for a total of 25 episodes. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan. Burnout Syn...
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Arc of Alchemist Game Gets Physical Release in the West

― Idea Factory International announced on Friday that Compile Heart's Arc of Alchemist role-playing game will get a physical release in the West. The company, in collaboration with Limited Run Games, will open pre-orders for the game's physical edition on the Nintendo Switch on March 31. Idea Factory International will sell the PlayStation 4 version's physical edition on its online store at a later ...
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Konami: No Truth to New Silent Hill Game Rumors

― Horror video game news website Rely on Horror reported on Tuesday that it confirmed with Konami that the recent rumors surrounding possible new installments in the Silent Hill franchise are "not true." A representative said that the company is "aware of all the rumors and reports but can confirm that they are not true. I know it's not the answer your fans may want to hear." However, the company is...
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Inti Creates CEO Teases 3 Unannounced Games

Game developer Inti Creates CEO Takuya Aizu teased on Twitter on Monday that the company has three games in development to announce. Aizu stated that he was thinking about how Inti Creates could announce the titles and suggested that it could do so "directly" on YouTube. Aizu also commented that Inti Creates will celebrate the anniversary of its founding on May 8. He noted that the BitSummit 2020 ...
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IOC Member: 2020 Tokyo Olympics Delayed

― USA Today reported on Monday that International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Dick Pound told the newspaper that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are postponed. Pound reportedly said that the Olympics will be delayed "likely to 2021," and the IOC will decide the details within the next four weeks. Pound said, "The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on J...
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Samurai Shodown Game Launches for PC in Spring

― Epic Games revealed on Monday that SNK's Samurai Shodown (Samurai Spirits) game will launch for PC via the Epic Games Store in spring. The game was previously slated to launch for PC last winter. The game launched for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Japan and the West in June 2019. The Nintendo Switch version launched in Japan on December 12 and in the West on February 25. The arcade version of the ...
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Btooom! Creator's New Kaijū Jieitai Manga Launches on April 21

― This year's May issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic Bunch magazine revealed on Saturday that Junya Inoue (Btooom!) will launch his new Kaijū Jieitai (Monster Self-Defense Force) manga in the magazine's next issue on April 21. The manga will begin with a prologue. The magazine describes the manga as a global survival battle and a hyper-realistic monster search-and-destroy operation. Studio Hisekutt...
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― The official website for the anime of Satoru Yamaguchi and Nami Hidaka's My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta...) light novels listed the anime's Blu-ray Disc release on Sunday. The anime will have four three-episode volumes which will ship every month from May 27 to August 26. Each volume will include a ...
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Zashiki-Warashi no Tatami-chan Comedy Anime Debuts Streaming on April 10

― The official website for Rensuke Oshikiri's mini anime project Zashiki-Warashi no Tatami-chan (Tatami-chan the Guest Room Spirit) revealed on Friday that the anime will debut on 16 streaming services in Japan on April 10 at 8:00 p.m. JST. The show will debut on dTV, d Anime Store, Video Market, Gyao! Store, DMM.com. Mirail, TSUTATA.TV, Hikari TV, Nico Nico Channel, Movie Full, Happy! Dōga, Bandai ...
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Tatsuki's Hentatsu Anime Airing Ends With Tease of His New Project

― The 12th and final television episode of director Tatsuki's Hentatsu anime aired on Saturday, and it featured the teaser of a new work. Tatsuki confirmed on Twitter that he is making a new project. へんたつTV版_第12話(最終回なのでTwitterにもアップ) #へんたつ pic.twitter.com/TDfupFQ5wL— たつき/[email protected]へんたつ (@irodori7) March 21, 2020 The television anime version of director Tatsuki and irodori's Hentatsu project began airin...
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Gundam: Hathaway Anime Film Teased With New Visual

― Sunrise's Gundam.info portal site debuted a new teaser visual for the Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway) anime film project on Saturday. The tagline on the visual reads, "Char's ideals and Amuro's passion .... the heir of their wills [...] 32 years after Char's Counterattack." The planned "Gundam Fan Gathering: Hathaway Heirs to Gundam" event on Tuesday at Zepp Di...
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Sonic the Hedgehog Film Gets Early Digital Release on March 31

― Paramount Pictures announced on Friday that it will release its Sonic the Hedgehog film early on demand digitally on March 31. The film will ship on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on May 19. The Box Office Mojo website reported on Monday that the film has earned a cumulative total of US$145,753,912 in the United States, overtaking Pokémon Detective Pikachu as the #1 film in the United States based on a game...
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Deca-Dence Original TV Anime Premieres This Summer

― The official website for the original television anime series Deca-Dence announced on Friday that the anime will premiere this summer. Yuzuru Tachikawa (Mob Psycho 100, Death Parade) is directing the "sci-fi action" anime at Nut (Saga of Tanya the Evil). Hiroshi Seko, who collaborated with Tachikawa on both seasons of Mob Psycho 100, is penning the show's script. pomodrosa (Listeners) is credited ...
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Monster Girl Doctor Anime Premieres in July

― Light novel author Yoshino Origuchi posted a picture on Twitter on Thursday for "volume 0" of Origuchi's Monster Girl Doctor (Monster Musume no Oisha-san) light novel series, which reveals that the television anime adaptation of the novels will premiere in July. The volume 0 of the novels officially ships on March 25. Saori Ōnishi plays Saphentite “Sapphee” Neikes in the anime, while Shunichi Toki...
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'Root Film' Game's Japanese Release Delayed to July 30

― The official website for Kadokawa Games' Root Film game for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 announced on Thursday that Kadokawa Games has delayed the game's Japanese release date to July 30. The game was originally slated to launch on April 23. PQube and Kadokawa Games had announced last October that the game will get a release in Europe and North America for the Switch and PS4. Root Film is Kad...
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World End Heroes Manga Launches This Summer

― This year's April issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge magazine announced on Tuesday that the manga adaptation of Square Enix's World End Heroes smartphone game will debut in the magazine around early summer. The manga will focus on the game's main story. Square Enix sought applications for artists for the manga last December. The game launched in Japan in November 2018. In the "situation styl...
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One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!! Smartphone Game Launches

― Bandai Namco Entertainment launched its One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!! smartphone game for iOS and Android devices worldwide on Tuesday. The game is the first puzzle game in the franchise and is free to play with optional in-game purchases. The official website for the game features short videos of gameplay. Similar to other puzzle games, players line up three in a row of characters in the franchis...
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The Seven Deadly Sins Manga Ends on March 25

This year's 16th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins manga will end in the next issue on March 25. The manga's 40th compiled book volume confirmed on February 17 that the series will end in the 41st volume, which will ship on May 15. The magazine previously stated last May that the manga's 315th chapter, titled "Farewell, 'The...
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Gundam: Hathaway Producer: Anime Will Have 'Renewal' of Main Cast, Designs

― Naohiro Ogata, the producer on the Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway) anime film project, said in a statement on Sunrise's Gundam.info website on Tuesday that the project will feature a "renewal" of the main cast, mobile suit designs, and character designs. Hirotaka Suzuoki voiced the character of Bright Noa before he passed away in 2006. Ken Narita voiced the cha...
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Comic Market: Postponement, Cancellation of May Event Possible Due to COVID-19

― The Comic Market Committee announced on Sunday that there is a possibility that the summer Comic Market (Comiket 98) dojinshi convention will be postponed or even canceled altogether to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus illness. As of Sunday, the committee is still undergoing preparations to hold the event, but it will announce any changes to the convention through the event webs...
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Mari Yamazaki: Olympia Kyklos Clay Anime Premieres on April 20

― Manga creator Mari Yamazaki posted on Twitter on Thursday that the anime adaptation of her Olympia Kyklos manga is a clay animation that is planned to premiere on April 20. The anime will air on Tokyo MX, and will also stream online. The anime's title is Bessatsu Olympia Kyklos Ryō Fujii is directing the anime, which will be a series of shorts. Yamazaki (Thermae Romae, Steve Jobs) launched the man...
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Ensemble Stars!! Basic, Music Apps Launch on Sunday

― The official Twitter account for Happy Elements K.K's Ensemble Stars! franchise announced on Saturday that the Ensemble Stars!! Basic and Ensemble Stars!! Music apps are launching on Sunday. The two Ensemble Stars!! (with two exclamation points) apps feature new content for the idol franchise as well as a new gameplay style. The main Ensemble Stars! game is changing its name to Ensemble Stars!! Ba...
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Norman Reedus in Talks to Do More With Hideo Kojima After Death Stranding

― The Wired technology magazine posted a new "Answers the Web's Most Searched Questions" video with actor Norman Reedus on Monday. In the video, the actor stated that he is in talks to do "other stuff" with Hideo Kojima after the success of the Death Stranding game (4:22 in video below). Death Stranding shipped for the PlayStation 4 last November, and will launch for the PC on June 2. Before Death S...
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Love Live! Franchise's New TV Anime Unveils Visual Teasing New Girl

― The official website for the Love Live! franchise unveiled a new visual for the franchise's new television anime on Thursday. The visual features a girl running through a busy crosswalk. The franchise started open casting call auditions for one of the main cast members of the new project on Thursday. The auditions are restricted to unmarried women from the ages of 15 to 22 (as of April 1, 2020). T...
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Panzer Dragoon Creator Yukio Futatsugi Not Involved With Voyage Record, Remake Projects

― Developer Yukio Futatsugi, the director of the original Panzer Dragoon game, revealed on Twitter on Tuesday that he is not involved with the recently announced Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record VR game, nor with the Panzer Dragoon: Remake game. However, he wishes both games success. Wildman is developing the Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record (tentative title) "VR dramatic shooter" game for release in Japane...
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Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late[cl-r] Fighting Game Launches on PC on March 27

― Arc System Works announced on Tuesday that the Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late[cl-r] fighting game will launch on PC via Steam as a free update to the Under Night In-Birth: Exe-Late [st] game on March 27. The game will include balance updates for all existing characters. The DLC character Londrekia will also be available for purchase after the update. DLC will be available in two bundles. The Under ...
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2nd Gundam: Reconguista in G Compilation Film's BD/DVD Delayed to May

― Sunrise announced on Monday that the Japanese Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases for Gundam Reconguista in G the Movie II Bellri's Fierce Charge (Gekijōban Gundam G no Reconguista II: Bellri Gekishin), the second of the planned five compilation films, has been delayed from March 27 to May 27. Both Blu-ray Disc and DVD versions have Japanese and English subtitles, and the Blu-ray Disc version also inclu...
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Maesetsu! Anime Premieres This Summer

― The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's original anime Maesetsu! announced on Friday that the anime will premiere this summer. Yuu Nobuta (High School Fleet, A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd) is directing the anime at Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ. Mugendai∞ is credited with the original work, and Lucky Star manga author Kagami Yoshimizu is credited with the original illustrations (and is also ...
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Bakugan: Armored Alliance Anime Debuts in Japan on April 3

― The official website for Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine revealed on Friday that Bakugan: Armored Alliance, the second season of the Bakugan: Battle Planet anime series, will premiere online in Japan on April 3. The show will stream on various services including Amazon Prime Video, AniTele, Anime Hōdai, AbemaTV, and YouTube. The show premiered on the Canadian television channel Teletoon on ...
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Butt Detective Anime Enters 3rd Year

― NHK announced on Tuesday that the Butt Detective (Oshiri Tantei) anime will enter its third year with a run of new episodes beginning on April 4. The first three episodes of the Oshiri Tantei television anime premiered on NHK E Tele in May 2018, and a new series of seven episodes premiered in July 2018. The anime began a regular television anime airing in December 2018, and has been running weekly...
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Meow Meow Japanese History Anime's 5th Season Debuts on April 8

The staff of the television anime of Kenji Sonishi's Meow Meow Japanese History (Neko Neko Nihonshi) manga announced that the anime's fifth season will debut on NHK Educational on April 8. The season's first episode will feature Himiko, and the main cast and staff are returning for the new season. The television anime premiered in April 2016, and runs during the "Ten-Tele Anime" timeslot within th...
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Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Gets Demo Available Now

― The official Twitter account for Square Enix's Final Fantasy VII Remake game announced on Monday that the game has a demo that is available to download now. The demo is also available now in Japan. Square Enix has delayed the PlayStation 4 game from March 3 to April 10. The game will be a PlayStation exclusive until April 10, 2021. The game will have Deluxe, Digital Deluxe, and 1st Class Editions....
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime's 5th Season Unveils New Visual

― The official website for the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime unveiled a new visual for the anime's fifth season on Monday. The anime will premiere on April 10 at 24:30 (effectively April 11 at 12:30 a.m.). nano.RIPE (ending themes for Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime's second through fourth seasons) will perform the opening theme song "Last Chapter," and voice actress and singer Mai Fuchigami...
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime's 5th Season Premieres on April 10 (Update)

― This year's 14th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the fifth season of the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime will premiere on April 10 at 24:30 (effectively April 11 at 12:30 a.m.). The staff also unveiled a new visual on Monday. nano.RIPE (ending themes for Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma anime's second through fourth seasons) will perform the opening theme son...
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Disney Twisted-Wonderland Game App Launches in March

― Aniplex announced on Monday that Disney Twisted-Wonderland, its collaboration smartphone game with Walt Disney Japan, will launch in Japan in March. The game is available for pre-order on the App Store and on Google Play. Black Butler manga creator Yana Toboso is handling the game's main concept, scenario, and character designs. Troyca will animate the game's opening movie, and Night Ravels are pe...
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Keiko Nishi Draws New 1-Shot Manga for Zōkan Flowers Magazine

― The April issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine announced on Friday that Keiko Nishi will publish a new one-shot manga titled "Kaki no Hanashi" (The Story of Persimmons) in the next issue of the Monthly Flowers spinoff magazine Zōkan Flowers, which ships on March 14. The one-shot follows a married couple who live in a high-rise apartment complex, and their neighbor who moves in. The one-s...
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AT-X Airs Tamayomi Baseball Anime's 1st Episode on March 8

― The official Twitter account for the AT-X channel announced on Friday that it will air the first episode of the television anime of Mountain Pukuichi's Tamayomi manga in advance on March 8 at 8:30 p.m. JST. The anime will premiere in April on AT-X, ABC TV, Metele (Nagoya TV), Tokyo MX, and Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting. Toshinori Fukushima (Major, Beyblade the Movie: Fierce Battle) is directing the an...
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Saint Seiya Shining Soldiers Smartphone Game Launches

― Bandai Namco Entertainment launched the Saint Seiya Shining Soldiers iOS and Android smartphone role-playing game based on the Saint Seiya franchise on Thursday. The game is free but includes in-app purchases. The strategy RPG features one-on-one command-based battles. Players choose three characters from a party of six gathered warriors and use them to battle players online worldwide. Each charac...
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One Piece Manga Takes 1-Week Break Due to Author's Sudden Illness

― The official Twitter account for the One Piece franchise announced on Friday that there will not be a new chapter of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga in the 14th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine out on Monday due to Oda's "sudden illness." The Twitter account stated that Oda is now fully recovered, and the manga will resume in the 15th issue of the magazine, which will ship on March 9...

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