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'We Never Learn' Manga to Have Important Announcement Next Week

This year's 38th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Taishi Tsutsui's We Never Learn (Boku-tachi wa Benkyō ga Dekinai) manga will have an important announcement in the magazine's next issue on August 27. GMO Internet, Inc. registered the domain name "boku-ben.com" on August 10. In addition, the "@bokuben_anime" Twitter account was recently opened this month. The...
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PS VR Sells 3 Million Systems Worldwide

Sony Interactive Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has sold more than 3 million PlayStation VR systems worldwide. The company also announced that it has sold 21.9 million PS VR games and experiences. To mark the milestone, the company announced that the Creed: Rise to Glory game will launch on September 25, and the Evasion game will launch on October 9. The PlayStation VR had sold more t...
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100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams Anime Reveals 2nd Key Visual

The official website for 100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams: The Animation, the television anime of GCREST's Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Ōji-sama smartphone puzzle role-playing game, revealed the anime's second key visual on Thursday. The series premiered first on the AT-X channel on July 5 at 10:30 p.m., and it is also running on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, and BS11. Sentai Filmworks has ...
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Stage Play's Main Visual Revealed

The official Twitter account for the stage play adaptation of the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden smartphone role-playing game revealed the main visual on Thursday. The visual features the 10 main cast members in costume. The cast members are all members of the Keyakizaka46 idol group. The play is the Puella Magi Madoka Magica franchise's first stage play adaptation. The play will r...
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'Boku-Ben' Domain, Anime Twitter Account Registered (Updated)

GMO Internet, Inc. registered the domain name "boku-ben.com" through the Onamae.com website on Friday. In addition, the "@bokuben_anime" Twitter account was recently opened this month. The domain is currently inaccessible, and the Twitter account has made no tweets. Taishi Tsutsui launched the Boku-tachi wa Benkyō ga Dekinai (We Never Learn) manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Febru...
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Nintendo Files Trademarks for 'Endless Ocean,' 'Another Code'

Nintendo filed trademarks for "Endless Ocean" and "Another Code" on July 13. The trademarks were made public on July 31. Arika developed the Endless Ocean (known in Japan as Forever Blue) Wii game, and it shipped in Japan and the West in 2007 and 2008. In the game, players become scuba divers to observe and photograph animals and undersea sights. Arika also released a sequel titled Endless Ocean 2...
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Dark Souls: Remastered Game Launches for Switch in October

Bandai Namco Entertainment America revealed on Tuesday that the Nintendo Switch version of the Dark Souls: Remastered game will launch on October 19 in North America and Europe. The game will launch in Japan on October 18. The Solaire of Astora amiibo will launch the same day. The company will hold an online network test for the game before the release, and information about the test will be avail...
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Seishun Buta Yarō Anime Premieres on October 3

The official website for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume wo Minai (The Young Pig-Rascal Isn't Dreaming of a Bunny Girl Upperclassman), the television anime of Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta Yarō light novel series, revealed last Friday that the anime will premiere on ABC TV on October 3 at 26:15 (effectively October 4 morning at 2:15 a.m.). It will then air on Tokyo MX, Gunma TV, T...
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Newton and the Apple Tree Visual Novel Debuts on Wednesday

Sol Press announced on August 7 that it will release Laplacian's bishōjo visual novel Newton and the Apple Tree (Newton to Ringo no Ki) on Steam on Wednesday, August 15. MiKandi Japan and Sol Press ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for the game from December to January. The campaign raised US$88,095 out of its initial goal of US$31,200. Newton and the Apple Tree debuted for Windows in Japan in...
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New Rurouni Kenshin Stage Play Unveils Visual

The official website for the new stage play of Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga revealed a new visual for the play's handbills on Saturday. The play will run in Tokyo from October 11 to November 7, and then in Osaka from November 15 to 24. Watsuki first launched his 28-volume Rurouni Kenshin manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1994. The manga has more than 60 million copies ...
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Patlabor EZY Anime Project Launches Website, Social Media Accounts

The staff of the Patlabor EZY anime series opened a new website, Twitter, and Instagram account on Friday. The Japan Anniversary Association officially recognized August 10 as Patlabor Day. Genco representative director Taro Maki (Patlabor the Mobile Police, Nodame Cantabile, Millennium Actress) previously confirmed that he is producing the Patlabor EZY anime series. The Patlabor franchise's origi...
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Funimation Schedules Angel Links DVD for November 6

Funimation Entertainment announced at its Otakon panel on Saturday that it will release the complete Angel Links series on DVD and digital on November 6. The company had announced its license for the Outlaw Star spinoff series in 2013. Other November home video releases from Funimation include Kino's Journey -the Beautiful World-, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, A Sister's All You Need., Blood Blockade B...
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Beatless Anime Reveals Visual for 'Final' 4 Episodes

The official website for the television anime of Satoshi Hase and redjuice's Beatless novel revealed the main visual for the four-episode Beatless Final Stage anime on Friday. The Beatless anime has been on hiatus since the "climactic" episode 20 debuted on June 29, and Beatless Final Stage will debut in September. Since premiering on January 12 in the "Animeism" programming block, the television ...
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Sentai Filmworks to Dub Girls' Last Tour, Land of the Lustrous, Mitsuboshi Colors, Just Because! Anime

Sentai Filmworks announced at Otakon on Friday that it will release English dubs for the following titles: Girls' Last Tour Land of the Lustrous Mitsuboshi Colors Just Because! Girls' Last Tour, Land of the Lustrous, and Just Because! all streamed on Amazon's now defunct streaming platform Anime Strike as they aired during the fall 2017 season. Mitsuboshi Colors premiered in January and streamed o...
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Boogiepop and Others TV Anime Premieres in January

The official website for the television anime of author Kouhei Kadono and illustrator Kouji Ogata's Boogiepop and Others (Boogiepop wa Warawanai) light novel revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere in January 2019. The new anime will feature a different voice cast from the previous 2000 television anime. Aoi Yūki will voice Tōka Miyashita/Boogiepop, while Saori Onishi as Nagi Kirima. Shing...
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Vinland Saga TV Anime Premieres in 2019

Manga creator Makoto Yukimura posted a photo of his 21st Vinland Saga manga volume on Twitter on Friday. The photo reveals the 2019 premiere for the manga's television anime adaptation. The 21st volume ships on August 23 in Japan. Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, The Ancient Magus' Bride) is animating the anime. The anime will air on television and stream exclusively on ...
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Pastel Memories Anime's Key Visual Unveiled

The official website for the television anime of FuRyu's Pastel Memories smartphone game unveiled a key visual for the anime. The "otaku girls" role-playing game takes place "a little bit in the future in 20XX." Akihabara, which was once called "the otaku holy land," is now in decline after otaku culture itself has declined. Players take on the role of a manager of one of the few remaining "otaku ...
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Strike the Blood III Video Anime Unveils New Visual

The staff of Strike the Blood III, the third Strike the Blood original video anime (OVA) season, revealed a new visual for the anime on Thursday. The visual shows main characters Kojō Akatsuki (center), Yukina Himeragi (left), and Asagi Aiba (right). The Warner Brothers Japan booth at this weekend's Comic Market 94 will hand out paper fans with this key visual. The booth will also sell a set with ...
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Funimation's Darker Than Black Season 2 License Expires

Funimation Entertainment revealed on its Twitter account on Wednesday that its home video and streaming rights for Darker Than Black: Gemini of the Meteor, the sequel to the first Darker than Black anime series will expire on August 31. Funimation's license for the first season of the Darker Than Black anime expired in January 2016. Crunchyroll began streaming Darker than Black: Gemini of the Mete...
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Animax's Akanesasu Shōjo Original Anime Premieres in October

The September issue of Kadokawa's Newtype magazine revealed on Thursday that Animax's Akanesasu Shōjo (Girl Glowing Red) original television anime will premiere in October. The anime will run on Animax, Tokyo MX, and other channels, and will also stream on the channel's Animax on PlayStation service. Kōtarō Uchikoshi (Ever17, Punch Line, Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward) is credited for the proje...
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Circlet Princess Web RPG Briefly Listed With Anime in 2019

The Anime! Anime! website briefly listed a television anime adaptation of DMM Games' Circlet Princess web role-playing game. According to the article, the anime is slated to premiere in 2019. The website posted the article on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. JST, but the article has since been removed. Anime! Anime!'s article listed Juri Nagatsuma, Saki Nakajima, Hitomi Nabatame, Kaori Mizuhashi, and Mai Go...
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Discotek to Replace Law of Ueki Disc Due to Missing Subtitles

Discotek Media announced on Tuesday that its standard definition Blu-ray Disc release of The Law of Ueki is missing subtitles on the fourth episode. Discotek promised to "investigate further and make replacement discs" as soon as possible. Those who ordered the set via RightStuf will receive replacement discs automatically. Discotek advised those who ordered elsewhere to email [email protected]
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HIDIVE Android App Launches Chromecast Compatibility

Anime streaming service HIDIVE announced on Tuesday that its Android streaming video app is now compatible with Google Chromecast (first generation and later) digital media players. The Chromecast digital media player lets users browse for a video on their mobile device or Chrome browser, and then "cast" the video to their HDMI-compatible television via Wi-Fi. The HIDIVE streaming service launched...
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Arc System Works Hints at New Guilty Gear Work

Arc System Works President Minoru Kidooka hinted at a new entry in the company's Guilty Gear fighting game franchise during the Evolution Championship Series fighting game tournament on Sunday. Kidooka stated that Daisuke Ishiwatari — the series' creator, composer, and character designer — was working on a "new work" for the series. Kidooka used the Japanese word "shinsaku" that is usually reserve...
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Muhyo & Roji Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website for the anime adaptation of Yoshiyuki Nishi's Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation (Muhyo to Roji no Mahōritsu Sōdan Jimusho) manga revealed on Friday that the anime's complete Blu-ray Disc and DVD box sets are slated for January 30, 2019. The box set lists 12 episodes for the anime. ”> The Blu-ray Disc and DVD box sets will come with a drama CD, booklet, three-...
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Tiger & Bunny's New Double Decker! Anime Reveals New Visual

The official website for Double Decker! Doug & Kirill, an anime series that is "one part" of the "new Tiger & Bunny animation project," revealed a new visual for the anime on Friday. The visual highlights the main characters Doug and Kirill on the streets of the city-state Risuvaretta, as well as the female detective partners. The anime will also premiere in Japan this fall. Crunchyroll will strea...
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Fandango Lists Fathom Events Screenings of Perfect Blue Film in U.S.

Fandango is listing Fathom Events screenings of Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue anime film in U.S. theaters on September 6 and September 10. The website lists both English-dubbed and English-subtitled screenings. The 1997 feature film was the directorial debut for Kon, who went to make Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent and Paprika before his death in 2010. Set in contemporary Tokyo, ...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Premieres in Spring

The 12th compiled book volume of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga revealed on Friday that the manga's television anime adaptation will premiere in spring 2019. The studio ufotable (Fate/Zero, Kara no Kyoukai, Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu) is animating the project. The manga debuted in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in February 2016 and Viz Media's English digital edition of Shonen...
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your name. Director Makoto Shinkai Teases New Film for Next Year

Anime film director Makoto Shinkai (your name.) teased on his Twitter account on Thursday that he is working on a new feature film for next year. Previously, during a talk event at the "Huawei Presents Starry Sky Illuminations" display in Roppongi, Tokyo in January 2017, Shinkai had said that at that time he had not written a single word for his next planned film, even though the deadline for the ...
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Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Continuation Teased

The official Twitter account for the Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans television anime teased on Thursday that there is a new development and asked fans to wait for news of a "continuation." The account also posted an illustration. The television anime's first season premiered in 2015, and the second season premiered in 2016. Daisuki, Gundam.Info, and Hulu streamed the first season as it a...
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Seven Senses of the Re'Union Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

Amazon began listing the Seven Senses of the Re'Union (Shichisei no Subaru) anime with four Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video releases for Japan. The releases list the anime with 12 episodes. The volumes are slated to ship on September 24, October 29, November 26, and December 24. The anime premiered on July 5. Amazon Prime Video is streaming the anime outside of Japan. Yoshito Nishōji (Maji de Otak...
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Dropkick on My Devil! Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

Amazon began listing a two-volume Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video release for the Jashin-chan Dropkick (Dropkick on My Devil!) anime on Thursday. The releases list 12 episodes for the anime. The first volume is slated for release on October 29, an the second volume forNovember 26. The anime premiered on July 9. The anime is streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video inside and outside of Japan. H...
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Nozomi Entertainment's Space Adventure Cobra TV Anime License Expires

Nozomi Entertainment announced on Wednesday that its license for the Space Adventure Cobra television anime is expiring and the DVDs are going out of print. The series will continue to stream on Nozomi Entertainment's YouTube channel and Crunchyroll until August 31. Nozomi Entertainment announced the license in 2013 and released the series on two DVD sets in 2014. The 31-episode anime from 1982 is...
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One Piece Oto Utage Stage Production Unveils 2 New Cast Visuals

The official website for One Piece Oto Utage - Episode of East Blue, the stage production for Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga and anime franchise, revealed two new cast visuals for the production on Wednesday. The production will run at the Tokyo International Forum Hall C from August 12 to September 2. The production will have performers on stage, but the anime's voice cast will voice the characte...
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Bandai Namco Has No Plans for Western Release of Taiko Drum Controllers for Taiko no Tatsujin Games

Bandai Namco confirmed with rhythm game news website Bemani Style that it has no plans to release the Hori Taiko Drum Controllers for its upcoming Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (Taiko no Tatsujin: Nintendo Switch Version!) Nintendo Switch game and Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! (Taiko no Tatsujin: Session de Dodon ga Don!) PlayStation 4 game. The games will be available digitally only. Taiko ...
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Nintendo Switch Console Has 10 Million-Seller Games

Nintendo revealed on Tuesday that its Nintendo Switch console now has 10 games that have sold more than 1 million units worldwide as of June 30. The games and their sales numbers include: Super Mario Odyssey: 11.17 million units Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: 10.35 million units The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: 9.32 million units Splatoon 2: 6.76 million units 1-2-Switch: 2.45 million units ARMS: 2....
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Nintendo Switch Console Sales Reach 19.67 Million Units Worldwide

Nintendo announced that its Nintendo Switch console has now sold 19.67 million units worldwide as of June 30. The company has also sold 86.93 million software units for the Switch. Nintendo announced in April that it had sold 17.79 million units worldwide as of March 31. The console launched worldwide on March 3, 2017, and it had sold an estimated 330,637 units in Japan within three days of its la...
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PS4 Console Sells 82.2 Million Units Worldwide

Sony revealed in its financial results presentation for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 (April 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018) that it shipped 3.2 million PlayStation 4 units during the quarter, bringing its worldwide total to 82.2 million units. The first-quarter shipments decreased by 0.1 million units compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year. Sony predicts that it will ship 17 mi...
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Compile Heart Opens Teaser Website for New RPG

Game developer Compile Heart (Neptunia series) opened a teaser website at compileheart.com/aoa for a new RPG project on Monday. The website currently has a video featuring characters "P-san" and "S-san" at the Compile Heart office. The video is the first in a series. The teaser website has blank boxes with the dates for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Source: Compile Heart via Otakomu
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Live-Action Kakugo wa Ii ka Soko no Joshi. Film's Screenshots, Poster Visual Unveiled

The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Nana Shiiba's Kakugo wa Ii ka Soko no Joshi. (Are you ready? Hey you girl!) romantic comedy manga unveiled a collection of screenshots and a poster visual on Tuesday. img IMG kwisnj1.jpg IMG kwisnj2.jpg IMG kwisnj3.jpg IMG kwisnj4.jpg IMG kwisnj5.jpg IMG kwisnj6.jpg IMG 3-b1p.jpg The film will open on October 12. The manga is also inspiring a televis...
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Monster Hunter: World Game Has Combined 8.3 Million Copies in Physical Shipments, Digital Sales Worldwide

― Capcom announced on Monday that the Monster Hunter: World game has shipped 8.3 million copies worldwide. The figure includes digital sales. The number had reached 7.5 million in March. Monster Hunter: World launched worldwide on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 26, and shipped 5 million copies worldwide (including digital sales) in its first three days to set a new franchise record. The game ...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse Game Series Has Combined 10 Million Copies in Physical Shipments, Digital Sales Worldwide

― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Monday its Dragon Ball Xenoverse game series has shipped more than 10 million copies worldwide. The number includes download sales. The company stated that the game has sold well with those in their teens and 20s. Bandai Namco Entertainment released Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC in North America and Europe in October 2016, and for the PS4...
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Digimon Adventure Film Project Reveals Character Visuals for Adult Taichi, Yamato

― The official website for Gekijō-ban Digimon Adventure (Digimon Adventure the Movie), the new anime film project for the Digimon Adventure anime, revealed the character visuals on Monday for two characters for the upcoming film. The new visuals include 22-year-old Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure tri protagonist Taichi Yagami (renamed "Tai Kamiya" in the English dub, top image below), as wel...
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Atlus Teases Etrian Odyssey Game Series Moves on to 'Next Stage' in Video

― Atlus began streaming a video on Saturday that teases that its Etrian Odyssey (Seikaijū no Meikyū or often abbreviated as "SQ") game franchise is moving on "to the next stage." Etrian Odyssey X (pronounced "cross"), the latest game in the Etrian Odyssey franchise, will ship for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on August 2, and will be the last game in the series developed for the 3DS platform. The game i...
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IG Port Plans 'New Major Work' for 2021

― IG Port — the parent company of animation studios Production I.G, Wit Studio, XEBEC, Signal.MD, and publisher Mag Garden — announced its five-year management plan on July 13, which revealed that it is planning a "new major work" for a worldwide release, with a projected completion date of May 2021. IG Port is managing the project and is also the main investor. IG Port and and Internet service prov...
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Revue Starlight English Dub Premieres on August 4 on HIDIVE

HIDIVE announced on Friday that its English dub of Revue Starlight will premiere on August 4 in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, and other select territories. The series premiered in Japan on July 12, and HIDIVE began its subtitled simulcast on July 14 in the territories above and Latin America. Sentai Filmworks describes the story: After receiving a myst...
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Marvelous to Reveal More Information About Senran Kagura Anime's 2nd Season on August 2

The official Twitter account for the Senran Kagura television anime series revealed on Friday that Marvelous and Honey∞Parade Games will reveal more information about the anime's second season in a "Senran Kagura Series New Work Presentation" livestream event that starts on August 2 at 8:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. EDT). The event will stream on YouTube and Niconico. The event will also reveal more informa...
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Code Geass: Fukkatsu no Lelouch Sequel Project Gets 'Important Announcement' on August 3

― The official Twitter account for the Code Geass franchise teased on Friday that the staff will make an "important announcement" on August 3 at 8:00 p.m. JST (7:00 a.m. EDT). The Twitter account noted that the announcement will feature a 210-second video that will screen on the "Shinjuku Alta Vision" and "Akihabara UDX Vision" large public screens in Tokyo. The announcement will also stream on Band...
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Bloom Into You TV Anime Reveals New Visual

― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Nio Nakatani's Bloom Into You (Yagate Kimi ni Naru) yuri manga revealed a new visual for the anime on Friday. Yūki Takada (New Game!'s Aoba Suzukaze, Mitsuboshi Colors' Yui, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid's Elma) will voice Yuu Koito (right in image above), while Minako Kotobuki (Sound! Euphonium's Asuka Tanaka, Aikatsu!'s Mizuki Kanzaki, K...
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Mirai Anime Film's Dub, Subtitled Screenings Slated for November in U.K.

U.K. anime distributor Anime Limited announced on Wednesday that it will debut Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's new Mirai (Mirai no Mirai) anime film in theaters on November 2 and November 4. Screenings on November 2 will be in Japanese with English subtitles while screenings on November 4 will be English-dubbed. Anime Limited has not yet announced details on the English dub. The film had its worl...
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Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Anime's Episodes Will Be 60 Minutes Long

Frontwing's Kickstarter campaign for the anime adaptation of its Grisaia: Phantom Trigger game revealed when it launched on July 6 that each of the anime's episodes will be 60 minutes long. Each episode will adapt one volume of the original visual novel. The anime's first two episodes are slated to debut simultaneously this year. The cast members are reprising their roles from the game. Frontwing ...
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Hibiki: Shōsetsuka ni Naru Hōhō Live-Action Film's New Visuals Evoke Manga's Covers

The official blog for the live-action film of Mitsuharu Yanamoto's Hibiki: Shōsetsuka ni Naru Hōhō (Hibiki ~How to Become a Novelist~) manga revealed five new visuals for the film on Tuesday. The visuals evoke the cover art for the first through fifth volumes of the original manga. Each visual shows Keyakizaka46 member Yurina Hirate portraying protagonist Hibiki Akui, a gifted 15-year-old writer. ...
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Touken Ranbu Musicals Reveal Visual for Kashū Kiyomitsu Solo Performances

The official website of the stage musical adaptations of the Touken Ranbu franchise revealed a visual for the "Kashū Kiyomitsu Solo Performance" on Tuesday. The "Kashū Kiyomitsu Solo Performance" will feature actor Ryūji Satō in live performances as his character Kashū Kiyomitsu. The concert will have performances starting in Tokyo on September 12-17, and then in Miyagi on September 20-21, in Osak...
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Jump Square Magazine Launches Countdown Site for Announcement on July 26

The official Twitter account of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine linked to a new countdown website on Friday. The post hints that the site will reveal a "big announcement" on July 26 at 6:00 p.m. JST (5:00 a.m. EDT). The site features falling cherry blossoms. The magazine's spinoff magazine Jump SQ. Crown recently ceased publication in January, but a new spinoff magazine named Jump SQ. RISE also la...
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Love&Art Teases New 'WAVE!!' Project About Surfing

― Game developer Love&Art opened a website for a new project titled WAVE!! on Monday. The site reveals that the new project will have a surfing theme, and shows eight different surfboards. Love&Art developed the Meiji Tokyo Renka franchise with Broccoli, and the B-Project franchise with MAGES. The Meiji Tokyo Renka franchise began with a 2011 mobile game, which was ported to PlayStation Portable in ...
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Arc the Lad Smartphone Game's Relaunch Teased With Website

ForwardWorks launched a new website for its new smartphone game for the Arc the Lad franchise on Tuesday. The site reveals a new visual, and notes that ForwardWorks will reveal more information on July 30. As with the original announcement, the site has the tagline "RPG of light and sound" for the new game. ForwardWorks and Sony originally announced the game in December 2016. The Arc the Lad serie...
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Famicom Mini Shonen Jump Version System Sells 111,000 in 2 Days in Japan

― Research firm Media Create revealed on July 13 that Nintendo's "Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer Shūkan Shōnen Jump Zōkan 50-shūnen Kinen Version" (Family Computer Weekly Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary Edition), a new edition of its Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer system, sold 111,000 units as of July 8. Because the system shipped in Japan on July 7, the number accounts for two days of ...
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Countdown Site Reveals TV Airing

Studio Chizu's "https://miraidematteru.com" countdown website ("Mirai de Matteru" means "Waiting in the Future") for Madhouse and Mamoru Hosoda's The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki o Kakeru Shōjo) anime film ended on Wednesday to reveal a television airing for the anime on NTV on Friday at 9:00 p.m. The site is now counting down to the broadcast, and is promising a special event after the broad...
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Muv-Luv Rights Holder Ixtl Changes Name to anchor

Game developer Age announced on July 6 that its rights management company Ixtl will change its name to "anchor." The company's URL has changed to ancr.jp and the website teases a "New project coming soon." Age founded Ixtl in 2011 as a rights management company for its intellectual property, particularly for the Muv-Luv franchise. Avex Pictures acquired a controlling stake in ixtl in 2017 after pr...
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Non Non Biyori Vacation Film's Visual Celebrates Marine Day

― The official website for Non Non Biyori Vacation, the upcoming anime film of Atto's Non Non Biyori manga, unveiled a special visual for the anime on Monday to celebrate Japan's Marine Day holiday. The film will open in 27 theaters in Japan on August 25. The main cast and staff are returning from the previous two television anime seasons. nano.RIPE is returning for the film's opening theme song "Ao...
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Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] Game Gets PC Release on August 20

― Steam is currently listing a PC version release for French Bread's Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] fighting game. The game is listed with an August 20 release date, with Arc System Works as the publisher. The arcade version of the game launched in July 2015 in Japan, and Arc System Works released the game on the PS3 and PS4 in Japan last July. Aksys Games released the game for the PS4 and PS Vit...
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Happy Sugar Life Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Tomiyaki Kagisora's Happy Sugar Life manga is listing that the anime will have four home video releases with 12 total episodes. The series premiered on TBS and MBS on July 13 at 25:55 (effectively July 14 at 1:55 a.m.). The show is airing in the "Animeism" programming block. The series will stream online only on Amazon Prime Video inside ...
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Studio Chizu Launches Countdown Website Featuring The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Anime Film

― Studio Chizu launched a countdown on Friday on the "https://miraidematteru.com" website ("Mirai de Matteru" means "Waiting in the Future") that features a logo, video, and insert song for Madhouse and Mamoru Hosoda's The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki o Kakeru Shōjo) anime film. (Note: The website is meant to be accessed through smartphones.) The image on the website and on Studio Chizu's Twitt...
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Yo-Kai Watch 4 Nintendo Switch Game Launches this Winter

― Level 5 revealed on Saturday that its Yo-kai Watch 4 Nintendo Switch game will launch this winter 2018. The game's official website also confirmed that the game will "connect" the three "worlds" of original franchise protagonist Keita, Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu film protagonist and Keita's daughter Natsume, and the upcoming protagonist of the Yōkai Watch: Forever Friends film Shin...
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Steins;Gate 0 Anime Reveals Visual for 2nd Half

The official website for the Steins;Gate 0 anime posted a key visual for the second half on Friday. The website also announced that the Steins;Gate: The Movie - Load Region of Déjà Vu film will have revival screenings at Cinema Sunshine Ikebukuro from July 20-31. The second half will premiere on July 18 with episode 14. Asami Imai's new ending theme song for the second half is titled "World-Line."...
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Capcom Releases Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection International Game in Japan on October 25

― Capcom announced on Friday that it will release the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection International game in Japan for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC on October 25. The collection will feature all 12 titles between Street Fighter and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike in both their Japanese and overseas editions. The game includes an online mode for the overseas editions of t...
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Studio Ponoc's Modest Heroes Anime Anthology Film Reveals New Visuals

― The official website for Studio Ponoc's three-part anime anthology film Modest Heroes (Chiisana Eiyū: Kani to Tamago to Tōmei Ningen) revealed a new visual for the three films on Friday. The image below shows the visuals for (from left to right) "Life Ain't Gonna Lose" ("Samurai Egg"), "Kanini & Kanino" ("Kanini to Kanino"), and "Invisible" ("Tōmei Ningen"). Studio Ponoc describes the shorts as "t...
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Live-Action Kasane Film Unveils 2 Visuals

― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Daruma Matsuura's Kasane manga unveiled two new visuals for the film on Friday. The first visual (below) features the tagline, "Can just being beautiful make me happy?" on the left, and the tagline, "Can just being ugly be a sin?" on the right, as well as the text, "Superiority complex/inferiority complex" at the bottom of the visual. The...
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Live-Action Real Girl Film's New Poster Visual Unveiled

The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Mao Nanami's Real Girl (3D Kanojo) manga revealed a new poster visual for the film on Thursday. The visual's tagline reads, "A beautiful girl and an otaku, both from different worlds, but they fall in love?!" The film will open in Japan on September 14. Tsutomu Hanabusa is directing the film with some of the same staff as his previous dir...
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Funimation, Toei Reschedule Streaming of Dubbed Dragon Ball Super Episodes

Funimation Entertainment announced on Wednesday that, as per an update from Toei Animation, it will now stream each 13-episode batch of English-dubbed Dragon Ball Super episodes "a few weeks before" their home video release. Funimation began streaming 39 dubbed episodes in December, and announced at the time that subsequent 13-episode batches would stream two weeks after the final episode of the b...
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Anime Expo 2018 Caps Out Attendance at 110,000; Next Year's Dates Set

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) announced that this year's Anime Expo in Los Angeles had 110,000 unique attendees, which was the attendance cap the staff placed on badge sales. The event's turnstile attendance was more than 350,000. The SPJA also noted that it had more than 524 exhibitors, 1,700 volunteers, and 150 guests and industry appearances. Attendees came from mor...
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Dive!! Manga Listed as Ending With 3rd Volume

Amazon is listing the third volume of Ruzuru Akashiba's manga adaptation of Eto Mori's Dive!! novels as the final volume. Both the second and third volumes will ship on September 4 in Japan. Yen Press has licensed the manga and describes the story: The Mizuki Diving Club has fallen on hard times, and their sponsors are ready to pull their support. They promise to give the club another year of spon...
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Code Vein Game Delayed to 2019

Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Wednesday that the release of its Code Vein post-apocalyptic role-playing game has been delayed to 2019. The company said that based on feedback received in the past several months, it has decided to spend more time on development "to ensure that the final product delivers on the expectations set amongst media and fans." The game was originally slated to lau...
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Hugtto! Precure Anime's New Visual Shows 5 Precure Girls Together

The staff of Toei Animation's Hugtto! Precure television anime series revealed a new visual for the anime on Wednesday. The visual shows the main characters Cure Yell, Cure Ange, and Cure Étoile, as well as the newly added characters Cure Ma Cherie and Cure Amour. The anime premiered on February 4 on ABC, TV Asahi, and affiliated stations. Akifumi Zako (Fresh Pretty Cure, Toriko) and Junichi Sato ...
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Angolmois Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

The official website for Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion, the television anime of Nanahiko Takagi's Angolmois: Genkō Kassen-ki manga, revealed on Wednesday that the anime will have two volumes on Blu-ray Disc or DVD in Japan. The volumes list 12 episodes for the anime and they are slated for November 28 and December 21. Each volume will also feature an exclusive manga by Takagi. The anime pre...
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Asobi Asobase TV Anime Listed With 12 Episodes, Mini Anime

The official website of the television anime of Rin Suzukawa's Asobi Asobase (Play and Let Play) manga revealed home video release information on Monday. The series is listed with four Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases with a total of 12 episodes. The third and fourth volumes will include new mini anime. The releases will ship once a month beginning on September 26. The anime premiered on AT-X, Tokyo ...
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Artist huke Teases Return of 'Black' Work

Illustrator huke (Black Rock Shooter, Steins;Gate) teased at the Good Smile Company x huke panel at Anime Expo on Sunday that a "black" work is returning. Good Smile Company President Takanori Aki added that announcements can be made at the next Anime Expo in July 2019. The illustrator huke is perhaps best known for the Black Rock Shooter franchise, which began from an illustration of the eponymo...
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Spike Chunsoft Delays Western Release of Zanki Zero: Last Beginning Game to Spring 2019

Spike Chunsoft announced at a Zanki Zero panel at Anime Expo on Saturday that its Spike Chunsoft, Inc. North American subsidiary will release the Zanki Zero: Last Beginning game in the West for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in spring 2019. The Western release was originally slated for this year. The game shipped in Japan on July 5 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The game focuses on the l...
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Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory Anime Reveals New Visual Before Final 2 Episodes Air

― The official website for the Full Metal Panic Invisible Victory anime revealed a new visual on Friday. The visual previews the ARX-8 Laevatein holding a giant weapon. The anime is listed with 12 episodes. A special program with both the 11th and 12th episodes will air on AT-X on July 18 at 7:00 p.m. before airing on TOkyo MX on July 20, on Sun TV on July 21, and on BS11 on July 23. The anime premi...
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Cells at Work Anime Listed With 13 Episodes

Amazon is listing that the television anime of Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! (Hataraku Saibō) manga will have seven home video releases and 13 episodes. The anime will premiere in Japan on Saturday at 24:00 (effectively midnight on Sunday morning). Aniplex of America will stream the series on Crunchyroll. Kodansha Comics is publishing the original manga in English, and it describes the story: The...
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The Thousand Musketeers Anime Listed With 12 Episodes

― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Marvelous' The Thousand Musketeers (Senjūshi: The Thousand Noble Musketeers) smartphone game is listing that the anime will have six home video releases and 12 episodes. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series for streaming and home video. HIDIVE began streaming the series on July 3, with new episodes streaming on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. ...
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XFlag Delays Yakusoku no Nanaya Matsuri Original Net Anime

The official website for Yakusoku no Nanaya Matsuri (The Promised Seventh Night Matsuri), XFLAG's new original one-hour net anime, announced on Saturday that the anime is delayed. The anime was originally scheduled to premiere on July 7 (the Tanabata holiday in Japan) at 7:00 p.m. (6:00 a.m. EDT) on YouTube. XFLAG will reveal the anime's new debut date and time at a later date. The anime centers o...
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King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars Theatrical Anime, TV Series Reveals Character Designs

The staff of the King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars anime project revealed character designs for Taiga Kōgami and Kakeru Jūōin on Friday. Tasuku Hatanaka as Taiga Kōgami Taku Yashiro as Kakeru Jūōin The project is both a theatrical anime and television anime series. The edited theatrical version and the television anime series will both premiere in spring 2019. The television anime will have 12 epis...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes' New Stage Play Reveals Main Visual

The official website for the new stage play series adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka's epic science fiction novel series Legend of the Galactic Heroes revealed the main visual on Friday. The cast stars Shunsuke Kobayakawa as Yang Wen-li and Seiichirō Nagata as Reinhard von Lohengramm. Other main cast members include: Shō Katō as Sigfried Kircheis Ryō Hatakeyama as Oskar von Reuentahl Miami Tsurimoto as...
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Steins;Gate Elite Game's Western Release Delayed to Early 2019

Spike Chunsoft announced at the Steins;Gate panel at Anime Expo on Thursday that it has delayed its release of the Steins;Gate Elite game in North America and Europe to early 2019 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and for PC via Steam. The company's newly established North American subsidiary had announced in March that it planned to release the game this year. All PS4 and Steam versions of the...
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Live-Action Gintama 2 Film's Poster Previews Full Cast

The official website for Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu Tame ni Koso Aru (The Law is Surely There to be Broken), the second live-action film based on Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga, revealed a new poster visual for the film on Friday. The visual features the film's full cast. The film opens in Japan on August 17. The story will cover both the "Shinsengumi Crisis" and the "Shogun Reception" arcs, the ...
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Viz Media to Reprint Banana Fish Manga

Viz Media's Shojo Beat imprint confirmed on Thursday that it plans to reprint and restock unavailable volumes of Akimi Yoshida's Banana Fish manga. The manga ran in Shogakukan's Bessatsu Shōjo Comic magazine from 1985 to 1994. Shogakukan published the manga in 19 volumes in Japan, and then reissued the manga in 11 volumes (plus a side-story volume). Viz Media previously published all 19 volumes i...
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Lupin the Third: Part 5 Anime's New Visual Unveiled

The official Twitter account for Lupin the Third: Part 5, the fifth Lupin III anime series, revealed a new visual for the anime's second cours (one quarter of a year) on Tuesday. The show entered the second cours with its 13th episode on the same day. The anime premiered in NTV's AnichU programming block on April 3. Crunchyroll is streaming the series in Japanese with English subtitles as it airs ...
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Digimon Event to Introduce New Game Project on July 29

The official website for Digimon Adventure announced on Wednesday that the "Digimon Thanksgiving 2018" event on July 29 will have a "Special Meeting and Latest Game Announcement" presentation in which the staff will unveil a new Digimon game project. The presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m. JST. The presentation will also have an anime part that will include a talkshow with anime cast members. It ...
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Shōmetsu Toshi Anime Reveals New Key Visual

The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Wright Flyer Studios' Shōmetsu Toshi (Annihilated City) smartphone game unveiled a new key visual on Wednesday. Like the previous visual that showed Yuki in the rain, the new visual shows Takuya in the rain. In the anime's story, one day a town is annihilated. Yuki is a young woman who is said to be the only person left alive from...
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GameStop in Talks for Potential Buyout

Game retailer GameStop confirmed on June 19 that it is in talks with third parties "regarding a potential transaction," but noted that it does not guarantee any agreement will result from the talks. The confirmation came after news agency Reuters reported the day before that the company was in talks with private equity firms regarding a buyout. Former GameStop CEO Michael Mauler recently resigned ...
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HIDIVE Adds Made in Abyss Anime in U.S., Canada

HIDIVE announced on Tuesday that it will stream the Made in Abyss anime on the service in the United States and Canada starting on July 24, with new episodes released every Tuesday. HIDIVE describes the anime: Within the depths of the mysterious Abyss, an orphan named Riko stumbles upon a robot who looks like a little boy. Riko and her new friend descend into uncharted territory to unlock the secr...
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Film's Young All Might, Party Dress Designs Unveiled

The official website for the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: Futari no Hero) film revealed the character designs for the film for a young All Might, as well as the cast's party dress on Monday. Funimation and TOHO will host a world premiere of the film with English subtitles at Anime Expo on July 5. The film will open in Japan on August 3. Funimation plans to release the ...
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No Anime Win at Saturn Awards

The Saturn Awards, the awards which honor the best science fiction, horror and fantasy movies and television programs of the year, announced the winners on Wednesday. Makoto Shinkai's your name. film and FUNimation Entertainment's Speed Racer collector's edition (pictured right) were up for awards, but neither won. your name. name was nominated for Best Animated Film Release, but the award went to...
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Today's Menu for Emiya Family Anime Reveals New Visual

The official website for the net anime adaptation of TAa's Emiya-sanchi no Kyō no Gohan (Today's Menu for Emiya Family) manga revealed a new visual for the show on Sunday. The tagline on the image reads, "Making food, everyone's smiling faces." The anime began streaming in Japan starting on February 1 on AbemaTV, with new episodes premiering on the first of every month at 9:00 p.m. JST (7:00 a.m. ...
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Project Anima to Reveal Winning Concept for Sci-Fi TV Anime in August

The Twitter account for Project Anima announced on Thursday that it will announce the winner of the "Science Fiction / Robot" category of the competition at the C3AFA Tokyo 2018 event on August 25. The project's official website also revealed the interim results on Thursday. The electronic and mobile commerce company DeNA, the advertising agency and sponsor Sotsu Co., Ltd., and the radio station ...

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