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No Guns Life Anime Runs for 24 Episodes

― The official website for the television anime of Tasuku Karasuma's No Guns Life manga revealed on Wednesday that the anime will have 24 episodes. The anime's Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video release in Japan will have four volumes that will ship next year on February 26, April 22, July 22, and September 18, respectively. The anime premiered on October 10. Funimation is streaming the anime as it air...
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Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient Game Launches in N. America on October 23

― XSEED Games announced on Thursday that it will release the first chapter of Team GrisGris' Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient game for PC via Steam, GOG, and the Humble Store in North America on October 23. The company plans to publish each chapter episodically as it is developed. The game was originally scheduled to launch in North America in fall 2018. Digital game distribution platform PLAYISM releas...
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Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack Game Collection Launches in West on January 14

― Gust and Koei Tecmo Games announced on Tuesday that the Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack game collection will launch in the West for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on January 14, 2020. The collection will contain all three games from the Atelier game series' Dusk trilogy of games. The updated trilogy will feature elements and DLC from the Dusk series' history, including extra...
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Five Star Stories Manga's 15th Volume Ships on December 9

― Amazon is listing the the 15th volume of Mamoru Nagano's The Five Star Stories manga with a release date of December 9. The 14th volume (seen right) shipped in February 2018, and it was the first volume of the manga in more than two years. Nagano launched his science fantasy manga series in Kadokawa's Newtype magazine in 1986, although the series has been running intermittently since then. To mark...
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Funimation to Stream Naruto Anime in U.K., Ireland

― Funimation announced on Monday that it will begin streaming the Naruto anime on October 15 in the U.K. and Ireland. All episodes will be available on the streaming service both in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub. Funimation announced its acquisition of Manga Entertainment Limited, a distributor of anime including Naruto in the United Kingdom and Ireland, in May. The Funimat...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Anime Listed With 23 Episodes

― The official website for the Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld anime is listing that the anime will have eight home video releases with 23 total episodes. The first four home video releases will ship once a month from December through March 2020, and the latter four home video releases will ship once a month from June through September 2020. The anime premiered on Saturday, althoug...
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My Hero Academia Anime's 4th Season Listed With 25 Episodes

― The official website for the fourth season of the My Hero Academia anime is listing that the anime will have six home video releases for a total of 25 episodes (episodes 64 through 88 of the overall anime). The anime premiered in Japan on Saturday, although in some regions the show did not air on NTV due to emergency broadcasting due to Typhoon Hagibis (Typhoon 19). The new season covers the manga...
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Studio DEEN to Co-Produce Sailor Moon Eternal 2-Part Anime Film Project With Toei

― The official website for Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal (Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal The MOVIE), a new two-part anime film project for Sailor Moon, opened on Thursday, and is listing that Studio DEEN is animating the film alongside Toei Animation. The first film will open in Japan in 2020. Original manga creator Naoko Takeuchi is credited with the original work and with supervision. C...
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3rd New Hozuki's Coolheadedness Original Anime DVD Slated for August 21

― Amazon is listing that the 31st volume of Natsumi Eguchi's Hozuki's Coolheadedness (Hozuki no Reitetsu) manga, which will bundle the third of a new three-part original anime DVD (OAD) series, will ship on August 21. The volume was previously scheduled with a general 2020 release. The first OAD shipped with the manga's 29th volume on September 20, and the second OAD will ship with the 30th volume o...
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Haikyu!! Manga Takes 1-Week Break So Author Can Do Research

― This year's 46th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! manga will take a one-week break next week so the author can perform research. The chapter in the 46th issue also stated on Saturday that the manga is entering a new arc, with the story moving to "the other side of the Earth." The manga will return in the 48th issue on October 28...
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Dropkick on My Devil! Anime's 2nd Season Premieres in Spring 2020

― The 13th compiled book volume of Yukiwo's Dropkick on My Devil! (Jashin-chan Dropkick) manga revealed on Thursday that the second season of the manga's television anime will premiere in spring 2020. The original comedy manga by Yukiwo centers on Yurine Hanazono, a college student who summons Jashin-chan, a demon from the underworld. Now they must live together in a run-down apartment in Tokyo's Ji...
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New Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan Original Video Anime Episodes Unveil Visual

The official website for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime revealed a new visual for "The Run," one of the two new episodes in the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai) original video anime (OVA) project, on Wednesday. The two new episodes — "Zange-shitsu" (Confessional Room) and "The Run" — will play in nine screenings at six cities in Japan between December 8 (Tokyo's TFT Hall 10...
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South Korean Game Rating Lists Princess Maker 3 Game With Switch Version

― South Korea's Game Rating and Administration Committee is listing Gainax's Princess Maker 3: Fairy Tales Come True game with a Nintendo Switch version. Korean game publishing company CFK released the third installment in Gainax's Princess Maker game series in June 2017 on the PC. The game shipped in Japan in January 1997 for the PlayStation, and eventually received releases on Windows PC, Sega Sat...
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We Never Learn: BOKUBEN 2nd Season Anime to Have 13 Episodes

― The official website for the We Never Learn: BOKUBEN anime is listing that the show's second season will have six home video releases and 13 total episodes. The second season premiered in Japan on Saturday. Funimation, Crunchyroll, and HIDIVE are all streaming the series. The first season premiered on April 6. Aniplex of America has licensed the anime, and is streaming the anime on Hulu, Crunchyro...
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Val x Love Anime to Have 12 Episodes

― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Ryousuke Asakura's Val x Love (Ikusa x Koi) manga is listing that the anime will have four home video releases and 12 total episodes. The anime premiered on Saturday. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series, and HIDIVE is streaming the series as it airs. Takashi Naoya is (Luck & Logic, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, Real Girl) is directing the ...
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Aksys Games to Release Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~ Game for Switch in Spring 2020

― Aksys Games announced on Thursday that it will release the Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~ fandisc game for the Nintendo Switch in spring 2020. The company had announced at Anime Expo in July that it would release several otome games for Nintendo Switch in 2020, including the first Code:Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ game and the Code:Realize ~Future Blessings~ fandisc. Code:Realize ~Guardian of R...
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Crunchyroll Reveals Premiere Dates for Food Wars! Season 4, Chihayafuru Season 3, 'Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!' Anime

― Crunchyroll announced at its panel at New York Comic Con on Friday that it will begin streaming the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma The Fourth Plate anime on October 11 and the Chihayafuru 3 anime on October 22. Crunchyroll also confirmed that it will begin streaming the anime of FUNA's Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! (Watashi, Nōryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne!) lig...
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Carole & Tuesday Anime's 2nd Half Debuts on Netflix Worldwide on December 24

― The official Twitter account for the Carole & Tuesday anime announced on Thursday that the show's second half (episodes 13-24) will debut worldwide outside of Japan on Netflix on December 24. The show's final episode aired this week in Japan. The first half of the 24-episode anime series debuted worldwide on Netflix on August 30. The anime premiered on Fuji TV's +Ultra programming block on April 1...
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Crunchyroll Launches Gundam Merchandise Partnership

― Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it has launched a partnership with anime studio Sunrise and advertising agency Sotsu Co., Ltd. to manage the merchandise rights for five Gundam franchise series in North America, South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The series include Mobile Suit Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, ...
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Dragon Ball Super Ranks #14 on New York Times' Graphic Books Bestseller List

― The sixth volume of the Dragon Ball Super manga by Toyotarou ranked #14 on The New York Times' Graphic Books and Manga bestseller list. Viz Media shipped the book on September 3, and it describes the volume: The Lords of Everything are about to host the Tournament of Power! The Zen Exhibition Match between the Gods of Destruction comes to an end, and the rules for the main event are set. The penal...
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Super Robot Wars X Game Launches for Switch, PC on January 10

― Japanese gaming news website Famitsu revealed on Tuesday that Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the Super Robot Wars X (Super Robot Taisen X) crossover game on the Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam on January 10. More information is available in this week's issue of Kadokawa's Famitsu magazine, which shipped on Thursday. In addition, the "Nama Super Robot Channel" will unveil the latest promo...
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SIE Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden, SIE Corporate Director Atsushi Morita Both Resign

― Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced on Tuesday that SIE Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden (first image below) has resigned from his position and left SIE. In addition, the company also announced on the same day that SIE Japan Asia president and SIE corporate director Atsushi Morita (second image below) has retired due to age. Kazuhiko Takeda will take over his position as SIE corp...
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Nogizaka46's New Sailor Moon Musical Unveils New Visual

― The official website for the Sailor Moon franchise revealed a new visual for the Nogizaka46 idol group's stage musical on Friday. Both performance runs will have the same cast. The new main cast includes: (from left to right in foreground in image above) Junna Itō (Nogizaka46) as Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter Hazuki Mukai (Nogizaka46) as Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury Shiori Kubo (Nogizaka46) as Usagi Tsu...
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Seven Seas Adds Welcome to Succubus High! Adult Manga

― Seven Seas announced on Friday that it has licensed Knuckle Curve's Welcome to Succubus High! (Succubus Gakuen no Inu!!) adult manga as part of its Ghost Ship imprint. The company describes the manga: Student Inubou Ken--a normal young man leading a very normal life--is being transferred to an all-girls school. This alone is a bit shocking, as the gorgeous students there expect him to “teach” them...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2 Game Launches in U.S. on October 1

― Sony announced on its U.S. PlayStation Blog on Friday that Bandai Namco Entertainment America will release the Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2 game for the PlayStation 4 digitally on October 1. The game is free to play. Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2 is a sequel to the Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation and Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation Next games. Bandai Namco Entertainmen...
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Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro Launches This Fall in Japan

― SNK opened a website for its Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro stick, revealing on Wednesday that the hardware will launch in Japan in fall 2019. The hardware will cost 13,900 yen plus tax (about US$129). SNK will release the hardware worldwide. The hardware will include 20 pre-installed games. The games include: The King of Fighters '95 The King of Fighters '97 The King of Fighters '98 The King of Fighter...
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Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia Anime to Stream on Crunchyroll After Funimation Premiere

Aniplex of America announced on Tuesday that Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia (Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia), the television anime of the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game's "Dai Nana Tokuiten Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia" (Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia) story, will also stream on Crunchyroll "at a later date" ...
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Wave, Listen to Me! Manga Has 'Important Announcement' in October

― This year's November issue of Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine revealed on Wednesday that Hiroaki Samura's Wave, Listen to Me! (Nami yo Kiite Kure) manga will have an "important announcement" in the magazine's next issue on October 25. Kodansha Comics has licensed the manga, and it describes the story: The stage is Sapporo, Hokkaido. One night, our heroine, Minare Koda, spills her heartbroken...
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Space Channel 5 PS VR Game Launches this Fall

― PlayStation's State of Play livestream presentation revealed on Tuesday that game developer Grounding's Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash!, a new game based on Sega's Space Channel 5 game with virtual reality (VR) features compatible with the PlayStation VR, will launch on PlayStation 4 this fall. The livestream showed a brief clip of game footage. The game is not a port of the original ga...
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Next PlayStation Console Will Have More Power-Efficient Standby Mode

― President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan revealed on Sunday that Sony's next-generation PlayStation console will include a feature to suspend gameplay at a lower power consumption than the PlayStation 4, with an estimated power consumption of around 0.5w. Ryan noted that if one million users of the console use the feature, it will save electricity consumption equal to 1,000 U.S...
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Grandia, Grandia II HD Remasters for PC Delayed to October 15

GungHo Online Entertainment America announced on Monday that the Grandia HD Remaster and Grandia II HD Remaster games for PC via Steam have been delayed from September to October 15. The Grandia II Anniversary Edition game on PC via Steam will be renamed and updated to Grandia II HD Remaster on that date. In addition, GungHo Online Entertainment will release an update for Grandia HD Collection for...
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Mikage LLC Collaborates With 'Major Game Company' for New SRPG

― Former Imageepoch CEO Ryohei Mikage's new company Mikage LLC announced on its Twitter account on Sunday that, beginning in October, the company will start developing a new strategy role-playing game in collaboration with a "major game company." Mikage LLC is currently developing Criminal Girls X, a new game for smartphones and PC. Mikage LLC announced the game in February. Imageepoch was establish...
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Bandai Namco Ent. Files for 5 'Encore' Trademarks

― Bandai Namco Entertainment filed for five separate trademarks on September 4 that were made public on September 17. The trademarks include: Splatter House Encore Genpei Tōma Den Encore Wagan Land Encore Kaze no Klonoa Encore Mr. Driller Encore (logo pictured at right) All five titles without the word "Encore" are titles of games Namco has published. Bandai Namco Entertainment released Katamari Dam...
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Uchi Tama Anime Reveals New Key Visual

― The official website for Uchi Tama!? ~ Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?~, the anime based on Sony Creative Products Inc.'s Uchi Tama!? project, revealed a new visual for the anime on Saturday at the KyoMAF event in Kyoto. The anime will premiere in January 2020 on Fuji TV's noitaminA block. Kiyoshi Matsuda (Kumamiko - Girl meets Bear, Kakegurui××) is directing the anime at MAPPA and Lapin Track (Saraza...
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Dragon Star Varnir Game to Now Launch on Steam 1 Day Early on October 8

― Idea Factory International announced on Wednesday that its PC via Steam release of Compile Heart's Dragon Star Varnir (Ryūsei no Varnir) game will now launch one day early on October 8, after previously announcing the game will launch on October 9. The Deluxe Pack will bundle a character and background art collection, a rough art collection, three PC wallpapers, six mobile wallpapers, and a 12-tra...
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Crunchyroll to Stream My Hero Academia Anime's 4th Season

― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will begin streaming the My Hero Academia anime's fourth season with English subtitles on October 12, the same day that it will premiere in Japan. The anime will stream in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The series will also stream for Premium Mem...
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The Rising of the Shield Hero: Relive The Animation Game Launches for PC on September 24

― The official website for The Rising of the Shield Hero: Relive The Animation, an RPG Maker MV game based on The Rising of the Shield Hero franchise, revealed on Wednesday that Kadokawa will release the game for PC via Steam on September 24. The game is slated to launch for iOS and Android devices this fall, and the overseas release will include English support. The game is a 2D role-playing game w...
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Nippon Ichi Software Teases 'New Title' With Countdown Site

― Game developer Nippon Ichi Software opened a teaser website with a countdown to a "new title" on Wednesday. The site features footage that appears to be projected through a screen. The footage changes slightly each day, until the site ends its countdown on September 25. Sources: Nippon Ichi Software's teaser website, Famitsu.com via Gematsu
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Aksys Games Releases Code:Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ Game for Switch in February 2020

― Aksys Games announced on Thursday that it will release the Code:Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ game for Nintendo Switch in February 2020. The company also revealed that the game is getting a Collector's Edition that includes the game, an acrylic keychain featuring characters from the game, a 60-page art book, and a soundtrack CD. The original Code:Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ game shipped in Japan...
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Fruits Basket Anime Teases Announcement After Episode 25 on Friday

― This year's 20th issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine revealed on Friday that the new anime of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga will have an announcement after its 25th episode on Friday night in Japan. The 25th episode is the final episode of "Season 1" of the anime series. The anime premiered in Japan on April 5, and the show's "Season 1" has a total of 25 episodes. Funimation and Cru...
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Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You Film Unveils Poster for Added 4DX, MX4D Screenings

― The official website for Makoto Shinkai's new film Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko) revealed on Friday that the film will get 4DX and MX4D screenings in Japan that will begin on September 27. The site also revealed a new poster visual (seen below) for the film's new screenings. With the 4DX or MX4D systems, certain theaters have motion seats that move in sync with certain action sequences onscree...
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Super Robot Wars V Game Listed on Steam as Unavailable Outside Japan, Southeast Asia

― The Steam page for the PC version of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Super Robot Wars V (Super Robot Taisen V) crossover game is listing the version as unavailable outside of Japan on Southeast Asia. The game will launch in Japan for the Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam on October 3. Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia will also release the game for Switch and PC via Steam in English in Southeast Asia on...
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'My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected' Novels' Final Volume Slated for November 19

The official Twitter account for Shogakukan's GAGAGA Bunko label revealed on Wednesday that the 14th and final volume of Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected light novel series is slated to ship in Japan on November 19. The Twitter account added that the volume will have the highest page count out of all the volumes so far, and that the volume "will actually ship this t...
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No Guns Life Anime Premieres on October 10

― The official website for the television anime of Tasuku Karasuma's No Guns Life manga revealed on Thursday that the anime will premiere on TBS on October 10, on AT-X, Sun TV, and KBS Kyoto on October 11, and on BS11 on October 13. Naoyuki Itou (Overlord all three seasons, Kanon, Kimi no Koe o Todoketai) is directing the anime at Madhouse (Boogiepop and Others, Overlord). Yukie Sugawara (Overlord a...
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Hiro Mashima's Heros Crossover Manga Mini-Series Debuts on October 16

― The Comic Buster The Room Gotanda Nishiguchi-ten bookstore in Shinagawa, Tokyo posted a picture on Twitter on Tuesday that shows the sixth compiled book volume of Hiro Mashima's Edens Zero manga and reveals that Mashima's new Heros crossover mini-series will launch in the 46th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine on October 16. The mini-series will be a crossover between the world's of Mashi...
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Godzilla, Alita Films Do Not Win at 45th Saturn Awards

― The Saturn Awards, the awards that honor the best science fiction, horror, and fantasy movies and television programs of the year, announced the winners of the 45th awards on Friday. Alita: Battle Angel was nominated for the Best Science Fiction Film Release award, but Ready Player One won the award. Godzilla: King of the Monsters was nominated in the Best Fantasy Film Release category and in the ...
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Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Stage Play Reveals New Visual for 2nd Play

― The official website for the stage play adaptations of Yoshinobu Akita's Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi) light novel series revealed a new visual for the second stage play on Sunday. The second stage play will run at Rikkōkai Hall in Tokyo from November 7-12. The first stage play ran at Shinjukumura LIVE in Tokyo from August 15-18. Takehiro Yoshida is writing the scripts, a...
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ACTORS: Songs Connection Anime Unveils New Visual

― The official website for ACTORS: Songs Connection, the television anime based on Exit Tunes' ACTORS CD project, unveiled a new visual for the anime last Friday. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, BS NTV, and AT-X on October 6 at 11:30 p.m. Osamu Yamasaki (Hakuoki series, Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East both seasons) is directing the anime. Yukio Nagasaki (Love Live! School idol project, Love L...
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Violet Evergarden Gaiden Anime Gets Screenings Beyond 4 Weeks

― The official website for Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll (Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidō Shuki Ningyō), a side story to the Violet Evergarden anime, revealed last Friday that the anime will still have screenings after four weeks. Theatergoers for the anime's fourth week screening will receive a mini shikishi, while theatergoers for the fifth week will receive one of ...
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Tokyo Game Show Draws 262,076 Attendees

― Tokyo Game Show 2019 reported an attendance of 262,076 over the course of four days (September 12-15) this past week. That is less than last year's 298,690, the highest attendance on record, but more than 2017's attendance of 254,311. The last public day (September 15) drew in around 102,333 people. The event counts the equivalent of turnstile attendance, meaning a person who attends all four days...
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Kiratto Pri☆Chan Anime Unveils New Visual

― The official website for the second season of the Kiratto Pri☆Chan anime revealed a new visual for the anime on Sunday. The second season premiered in April, and it is the latest anime series in the Pretty Series franchise. The first season premiered in Japan in April 2018. The anime has video uploading and streaming sites as a central focus, and once again has themes of singing, dancing, fashion,...
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Puzzle & Action: Ichidant-R Game Launches on Switch in Japan Through Sega Ages Project on September 26

― Sega announced at Tokyo Game Show on Sunday that it will release the Puzzle & Action: Ichidant-R game in Japan for the Nintendo Switch as part of its Sega Ages project on September 26. 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, Phantas...
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Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Masterpiece 1995-2001 Game Collection for PS4 Launches on November 27

― Sega announced on Friday at the Tokyo Game Show event that it will release the Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Masterpiece 1995-2001 game collection digitally for the PlayStation 4 in Japan on November 27. Sega had announced the collection in March. The collection includes the Cyber Troopers Virtual-On, Cyber Troopers Virtual-On: Oratorio Tangram M.S.B.S. Ver. 5.66, and Cyber Troopers: Virtual-On Force ...
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Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life Anime Unveils New Visual for 2nd Half

― The official website for the television anime of Amyū's Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life (Kono Oto Tomare!) manga unveiled a new visual for the show's second half on Friday. The anime's second half will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX1 and BS11 on October 5 at 25:00 (effectively October 6 at 1:00 a.m.). The anime will then debut on AT-X and Tochigi TV on October 7, on WOWOW on October 9, and on Hokk...
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Domestic Girlfriend Manga Takes 1-Week Break

― Manga creator Kei Sasuga revealed on their Twitter account on Wednesday that their Domestic Girlfriend (Domestic na Kanojo) manga will take a one-week break. The manga did not have a new chapter in this year's 41st issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine on Wednesday, but it will return in the magazine's next issue on September 19. Sasuga launched the ongoing series in Kodansha's Weekly Shonen ...
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Null & Peta Net Anime Premieres on October 4

― The official website for Tokyotoon and Shinei Animation's new original multimedia project Null & Peta announced on Friday that the anime part of the project will premiere online on October 4 at 12:00 p.m. The anime will stream on 15 services in Japan. The anime will star Azumi Waki as Null (right in image at right) and Reina Ueda as Peta (left). Hato (Nora, Princess, and Stray Cat) is credited wit...
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Funimation, Hulu to Stream Simulcast of My Hero Academia Anime's 4th Season on October 12

― Funimation announced on Thursday that it and Hulu will begin streaming the My Hero Academia anime's fourth season with English subtitles on October 12, the same day as it premieres in Japan. Funimation will stream the anime in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia. Funimation will also stream an English simuldub at an as-yet unannounced date. The new season covers the m...
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Love Plus Every Smartphone Game Slated for November

― The official Twitter account for Konami's LovePlus franchise announced on Wednesday that the LovePlus EVERY smartphone game is slated to debut in November. The game was previously slated for last winter but then was delayed until August, and then delayed again to an indefinite date. The game's cast includes Sakura Tange as Rinko Kobayakawa (left in picture above), Saori Hayami as Manaka Takane (ce...
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ESRB Lists Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl – Gold Game for Switch

― The Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) is currently listing the Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl – Gold game for Nintendo Switch in North America. The ESRB lists Level 5 as the publisher. Level 5's The Snack World: Trejarers game shipped for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan in August 2017. The Snack World: Trejarers Gold shipped for Nintendo Switch in April 2018. The Switch version features enhanc...
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Zenonzard The Animation Episode 1 Slated for January

― Bandai began streaming "Episode 0" of the Zenonzard The Animation series with English subtitles on Tuesday, and the episode ended with an announcement that the first regular episode, "Code01: Hinaria -Hidden Relic-", will begin streaming in January 2020. Kei Oikawa (Uma Musume Pretty Derby, Hinamatsuri) is directing the anime at the studio 8 bit (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Infinite S...
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Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Anime Premieres on October 12

― The official website for the Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld, the second half of the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime, revealed on Tuesday that the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, BS11, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, and MBS, on October 12, and it will also begin streaming on AbemaTV on the same day. It will premiere on AT-X on October 13, and on TV Aichi on October 15. The anime will...
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Game Developer Hideo Kojima Prepares for 'Next Project'

― Hideo Kojima stated on both his Japanese and English Twitter accounts on Saturday that he is preparing for his "next project." He also noted on his Japanese Twitter account that his upcoming Death Stranding PlayStation 4 game is almost done with its "finishing touches." Death Stranding will ship on November 8 worldwide. Sources: Hideo Kojima's Japanese Twitter account (link 2) and English Twitter ...
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My Hero Academia Anime's Season 4 Unveils New Visual

― The official website for the television anime of the My Hero Academia manga unveiled a new visual for the anime's upcoming fourth season on Saturday. The new season covers the manga's Hero Intern arc that began in the 14th volume. The season will premiere on October 12, and will air on YTV and NTV on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. Funimation will stream the season as it airs in Japan. New cast members inc...
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Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late[cl-r] Game Launches for PS4, Switch in Early 2020

― Aksys Games, Arc System Works, and French-Bread announced on Thursday that the Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late[cl-r] fighting game will launch for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in early 2020. The game is the latest entry in the Under Night In-Birth 2D fighting game franchise. French-Bread is developing the game with "nearly a thousand balance changes," new moves, and a new playable character...
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Young Disease Outburst Boy Anime Premieres on October 4

― The official website for Chūbyō Gekihatsu Boy, the television anime of Vocaloid producer rerulili's "Young disease outburst Boy" ("Chūbyō Gekihatsu Boy") song and Minato Tonami's slice-of-life comedy novel adaptation, revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere in Japan on October 4. The anime will debut on Hikari TV at 10:00 p.m., then air on Tokyo MX at 10:30 p.m. The show will debut on TV A...
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French Live-Action City Hunter Film Opens in Japan on November 29

― The official Japanese website for Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon (Nicky Larson and the Cupid's Purfume), the French live-action film of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga, revealed on Friday that the film will open in Japan on November 29. The film has the Japanese title City Hunter the Movie: Shijō Saikō no Mission (City Hunter the Movie: The Most Aromatic Mission Ever) — a triple wordplay on...
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African Office Worker TV Anime Premieres on October 6

― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Gamu's African Office Worker (Africa no Salaryman) manga revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on October 6 at 24:30 (effectively October 7 at 12:30 a.m.). The anime will also air on KBS Kyoto and Sun TV later that evening, and on TV Aichi on October 8. Tetsuya Tatamitani is the show's director, chief animat...
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Babylon TV Anime Premieres on October 7

― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Mado Nozaki's Babylon novels revealed on Friday that the series will premiere on Tokyo MX on October 7 at 10:00 p.m. The series will then debut on BS11 and AT-X later that night. The series' first chapter "Itteki no Doku" (One Drop of Poison), which includes episodes 1 to 3, will begin streaming in advance on Amazon Prime Video in Japan o...
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Raging Loop Visual Novel Launches for Steam on December 5

― PQube announced on Thursday that it will release Kemco's Raging Loop (Rei-Jin-G-Lu-P) psychological horror visual novel on the PC via Steam on December 5. PQube will release the game physically and digitally for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in Europe on October 18 and in North America on October 22. PQube will release a Day One Edition with a 100-page artbook with game illustrations and chara...
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New Seven Deadly Sins TV Anime Premieres on October 9

― The official website for Nanatsu no Taizai: Kamigami no Gekirin (The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods), the new television anime series based on Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins manga, revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on TV Tokyo and BS TV Tokyo on October 9. The anime will head toward the story's "climax." The anime is also inspiring a mini-anime spinoff series titled "Por...
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Yuri!!! on Ice Anime Film Delayed From 2019 Opening

― The official website for Yuri!!! on Ice the Movie: Ice Adolescence (Yuri!!! on Ice Gekijō-ban: Ice Adolescence), the anime film for the Yuri!!! on Ice franchise, announced on Friday that the film has been delayed from its 2019 opening date. The franchise's production committee plans to post a new opening date when it has been decided. The announcement noted that the film was delayed "in order to s...
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Violet Evergarden Film Officially Delayed From Planned January 10 Opening

― The official website for Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime film project announced on Friday that the film's original January 10, 2020 release date has been delayed. The anime's production committee emphasized in the online statement that production work on the movie still continuing, and the committee plans to announce the new opening date later. The franchise's separate side-st...
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Dragon Quest Walk Smartphone Game Debuts on September 12

― The official Twitter account for Dragon Quest Walk, Square Enix's new Dragon Quest smartphone game, revealed on Thursday that the game will debut on September 12. The game will use the Google Maps platform. Colopl (Rune Story) is co-developing the game. The first Dragon Quest game debuted in 1986. The collective Dragon Quest series has since sold 76 million units worldwide. The franchise's most re...
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Kemonomichi Wrestling Isekai Anime Premieres on October 2

― The official website for Hataage! Kemonomichi (Rise Up! Animal Road), the television anime of Natsume Akatsuki's Kemonomichi manga, revealed the October 2 premiere for the series on Wednesday. The anime will premiere on AT-X on October 2 at 10:00 p.m., before debuting later that night on Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and BS11. The series will begin streaming the same day exclusively throu...
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Gen Urobuchi's Next Work is About 'Hardcore Mecha'

Nitroplus president and executive producer Digitarou revealed on his Twitter account on Wednesday that writer Gen Urobuchi is working on the scenario for a new "hardcore mecha" work tentatively titled "Project O." The post did not reveal the format of the new work. Digitarou also revealed that a "new generation" of younger developers at Nitroplus is working on a 3D shooting action game for the PC ...
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'The King of Fighters For Girls' Game Delayed to Fall

― The official Twitter account for The King of Fighters for Girls, SNK Corporation and Victor Entertainment's spinoff smartphone game in SNK's The King of Fighters franchise, revealed on Friday that the companies are delaying the game from this summer to this fall "in order to deliver a better product." The game is aimed toward women, and is a "love adventure" game in the style of other otome games....
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Monster Strike Anime Streams 'Final' Lucifer Arc Starting on October 5

― The official YouTube channel for the Monster Strike The Animation anime announced on Saturday in the show's latest episode that the "final arc" of the Lucifer arc of the anime, titled "Lucifer Wedding Game," will premiere on October 5 at 7:00 p.m. JST. The English title of the arc is "Lucifer: The Final Arc." The current arc of the anime, titled Noah Hakobune no Kyūseishu (The Savior of Noah's Arc...
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Takehiko Inoue's 'REAL' Sports Manga Continues in November

― This year's 39th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that the next chapter of Takehiko Inoue's REAL wheelchair basketball manga will appear in the late November. The manga returned from hiatus with a new chapter in the 39th issue. Before that, the manga had been on hiatus since 2014. Inoue launched the manga in 2000 as an irregular serialization. Shueisha published ...
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Steins;Gate: My Darling's Embrace Game Listed by Australian Rating Board

The Australian Classification Board is listing a game titled Steins;Gate: My Darling's Embrace for release, with Spike Chunsoft as the publisher. The Steins;Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Darling fan disc debuted for the Xbox 360 in 2011, and has never had an English release. The fan disc later had a PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 ports in 2012, and a PlayStation Vita and iOS port in 2013. It was a...
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Root Letter: Last Answer Game Launches for PC on September 3

― The PC version of the √Letter Last Answer (Root Letter: Last Answer) live-action game will launch via Steam on September 3. The release will bundle a digital art book in Japan. Root Letter: Last Answer will launch for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in Europe on August 30 and in North America on September 3. The Day-One Edition will include a 100-page art book in the West. The √Letter Last A...
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Ahiru no Sora Anime to Air for 4 Cours

The official website for the television anime of Takeshi Hinata's Ahiru no Sora manga revealed on Wednesday that the anime will run for four cours (quarters of a year). The anime will premiere on TV Tokyo's six networks on October 2 at 6:25 p.m., before debuting later that night on AT-X and BS TV Tokyo. Keizou Kusakawa (Fuuka, Aho-Girl, KanColle) is credited as chief director, while Shingo Tamaki ...
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Persona Game Franchise Tops 10 Million Copies Sold

The official website for Atlus' Persona game series revealed last week that the franchise's games have collectively sold more than 10 million copies. Persona 5 shipped for the PS4 and PS3 in Japan in September 2016. The game shipped in North America in April 2017 after a delay. The game features animation sequences from Production I.G. A new version of the game titled Persona 5 Royal (Persona 5 Th...
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Diabolik Lovers Grand Edition Game's Switch Version Ships on November 21

― The official website for Idea Factory and Rejet's Diabolik Lovers Grand Edition game revealed last week that the game's Nintendo Switch version will ship on November 21. The game will include the Diabolik Lovers Limited V Edition game that originally shipped for the PlayStation Vita in December 2013, and the Diabolik Lovers More, Blood Limited V Edition game that originally shipped for the PlaySta...
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Fist of the North Star LEGENDS ReVIVE Smartphone Game Launches Worldwide on September 5

― Sega revealed on Facebook on Monday that its Fist of the North Star LEGENDS ReVIVE (Hokuto no Ken LEGENDS ReVIVE) smartphone game will launch on iOS and Android devices worldwide on September 5. The game commemorates the 35th anniversary of the original manga. Original artist Tetsuo Hara is supervising the project. Hara stated the game will not just feature famous characters from the manga, but wi...
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1st Gundam: Reconguista in G Compilation Film Opens in Japan on November 29

― The official website for the Gundam: Reconguista in G series revealed on Saturday that Gekijōban Gundam G no Reconguista I: Ike! Core Fighter (Go! Core Fighter), the first of the planned five compilation films for the anime, will open in Japan on November 29. The film will screen in 22 theaters in Japan for two weeks. The film had its first public preview screening in Japan at the "Tomino Yoshiyuk...
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Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid Game Launches on PC on September 24

― The official YouTube channel for Hasbro, Lionsgate, and nWay's Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid game posted a new video for the game on Wednesday that reveals that the game will debut on PC on September 24. The game launched for NIntendo Switch and Xbox One on March 26 and for PlayStation 4 on April 2. Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid features current and classic Rangers and villains from the ...
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Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls Game's PC Release Delayed to Early 2020

― XSEED Games revealed on Thursday that its release of Acquire's Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls game on the PC via Steam and the Humble Store has been delayed until early 2020. XSEED stated that discussions with the licensor concluded that the game could not launch until early next year. The game was previously slated to release on May 29. XSEED delayed the game in May, and then had been listing ...
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Yona of the Dawn Manga Is '70% Complete'

― In an interview with media news website Natalie published on Tuesday, manga creator Mizuho Kusanagi stated that her Yona of the Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona) manga is "around 70% complete." Kusanagi — the creator of Mugen Spiral, Game X Rush, and NG Life — launched the Yona of the Dawn manga in 2009 in Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine. Hakusensha shipped the manga's 30th compiled book volume on August...
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Pokémon Masters Smartphone Game Launches on August 29

The official Twitter account for DeNA's Pokémon Masters smartphone game revealed on Friday that the game will launch on August 29 for iOS and Android devices. The Twitter account will post daily countdown illustrations starting on Saturday at 10:00 p.m. JST (9:00 a.m. EDT) until the game's release. The game lets players "battle alongside your favorite Pokémon Trainers from the main series RPGs." I...
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Eat-Man's Akihito Yoshitomi Prepares New Manga Series

― The October issue of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine revealed on Monday that manga creator Akihito Yoshitomi is preparing a new manga series. The magazine did not reveal a date for the new manga's debut. Yoshitomi ended the Eat-Man The Main Dish manga on June 26. Kodansha published the manga's sixth and final volume (seen right) on August 8. The manga launched in Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sir...
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Dragon Star Varnir Game Launches on Steam on October 9

― Idea Factory International announced on Monday that its PC via Steam release of Compile Heart's Dragon Star Varnir (Ryūsei no Varnir) game will launch on October 9. The Deluxe Pack will bundle a character and background art collection, a rough art collection, three PC wallpapers, six mobile wallpapers, and a 12-track soundtrack. The game had been delayed from September to October to allow staff to...
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1st Monster Rancher Game Port Revealed for Switch, Smartphones

― Japanese gaming news website Famitsu revealed on Tuesday that the port of Koei Tecmo's first Monster Rancher (Monster Farm) game will be available for Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android. More information, including the port's new elements, will be available in the next issue of Kadokawa's Famitsu magazine, which will ship on Thursday. Famitsu also revealed a screenshot for the game. The first game ...
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10th Anniversary Yuruyuri Video Anime Ships on November 13

― The official website for the anime of Namori's Yuruyuri manga announced on Tuesday that the the original video anime (OVA) project marking the manga's 10th anniversary will ship on Blu-ray Disc on November 13. The official Twitter account for the anime revealed on Tuesday that the limited-edition Blu-ray Disc for the project's crowdfunding campaign backers will ship in mid-September. The Blu-ray D...
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Citrus+ Yuri Manga's 1st Volume Gets Simultaneous Release in 8 Territories (Update)

― The October issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Yuri Hime magazine revealed on Tuesday that the first compiled book volume of Saburouta's Citrus+ spinoff manga will have a simultaneous release in Japan, North America, South Korea, Germany, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Spain, and Argentina on November 18. Seven Seas Entertainment confirmed with ANN on Monday that it will release first volume of the manga in English ...
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Grandia, Grandia II HD Remasters Launch for PC in September

― GungHo Online Entertainment America announced on Friday that Grandia HD Remaster and Grandia II HD Remaster will launch for PC in September. The Grandia HD Collection Nintendo Switch game, which includes remasters of both Game Arts' Grandia and Grandia II games, launched on Friday. The collection was originally slated to launch for Switch last winter. Game Arts developed the original Grandia game ...
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Raging Loop Visual Novel Launches for Switch, PS4 in West in October

― PQube announced on Friday that it will release Kemco's Raging Loop (Rei-Jin-G-Lu-P) psychological horror visual novel in Europe on October 18 and in North America on October 22. The game will launch physically and digitally for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. PQube will release a Day One Edition with a 100-page artbook with game illustrations and character information. The game's story begins w...

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