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The New Prince of Tennis: Hyōtei vs. Rikkai Anime Reveals Staff

Keiichiro Kawaguchi directs, Mitsutaka Hirota writes script, Akiharu Ishii designs characters for new anime in Prince of Tennis franchise ― This year's July issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine confirmed on Thursday the staff for The New Prince of Tennis: Hyotei vs Rikkai Game of Future, the new anime in Takeshi Konomi's Prince of Tennis franchise. Keiichiro Kawaguchi (ISLAND) is directing the anime...
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Crunchyroll Expo 2020 Canceled Due to COVID-19

Crunchyroll Expo 2021 scheduled for August 6-8 ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it has canceled this year's Crunchyroll Expo convention, due to the nature of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and in order to emphasize the health of attendees, staff, exhibitors, and guests. The event's website will post information regarding ticket transfers and refunds later this week. Crunchyroll Expo ...
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Ghibli's Earwig and the Witch Film Reveals Int'l Seller, Runtime via Cannes Selection

Goro Miyazaki's CG movie of Howl's Moving Castle author's novel premieres on TV this winter ― The Festival de Cannes announced its Official Selection of films on Wednesday, and the list includes Studio Ghibli and Goro Miyazaki's newly announced Earwig and the Witch (Aya to Majo) anime movie. The announcement reveals the movie's 82-minute runtime and its international sales agent, French distributor W...
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Gundam: Hathaway Anime Film Delayed Due to COVID-19

Originally slated for July 23 ― Sunrise announced on Thursday that it has delayed the opening date for the Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway) anime film project due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The film's website and social media accounts will announce a new opening date for the film as soon as it is decided. The film was originally slate...
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Square Enix, Pokémon Company, Niantic Donate to Support Black Lives Matter Movement

Capcom Pro Tour Online, PC Gamer's PC Gaming & Future Games Shows announce postponements ― Square Enix announced on Tuesday that it will donate US$250,000 to support the Black Lives Matter organization and other charities, and will match employee donations. Similarly, The Pokémon Company announced on Wednesday that it will make a US$100,000 donation to the National Association for the Advancement of ...

Sega Details Game Gear Micro System's October 6 Launch

Comes in 4 colors, each with 4 unique games ― Sega provided more details on the October 6 launch of the Game Gear Micro, a miniature version of its classic handheld Game Gear system, in Japan on Wednesday. The Game Gear Micro will launch in four different variants, each with its own color and unique four-game lineup. The system will retail for 4,980 yen (about US$46). Sega began streaming a trailer: ...
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Dokyū Hentai HxEros Anime Unveils July 3 Debut, Theme Song Info, New Visual

BURNOUT SYNDROMES' special unit performs theme with Yoshitsugu Matsuoka ― This year's July issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine revealed on Thursday that the television anime of Ryōma Kitada's Dokyū Hentai HxEros manga will premiere on July 3. The anime's official website also revealed the anime's second key visual and the anime's theme song artists. HXEROS SYNDROMES — a new special unit produced by...
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Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You Film Sells 138,357 on BD/DVD in 1st Week

Tops Oricon's overall Blu-ray Disc & DVD charts ― The Blu-ray standard edition of Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko) anime film ranked #1 on Oricon's overall Blu-ray Disc ranking for the May 25-31 week, with 59,136 units sold, while the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collector's Edition of the film ranked #2 with 40,364 units. The film's DVD standard edition also ranked #1 on the overall DVD ran...
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Celebrities, Manga Artists Share Their Love For Manga in Latest Brutus Issue

Children of the Sea creator Daisuke Igarashi draws Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ― The latest issue of the culture magazine Brutus, which went on sale on Monday, is themed around "love for manga," and features six illustrations by various manga artists drawing images of other manga that they love. The list is as follows: Daisuke Igarashi (Children of the Sea) drew Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Rens...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 31-June 6

Sound! Euphonium The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day, Tokyo Godfathers anime; Rent-A-Girlfriend, Sarazanmai Reo and Mabu manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Aria the Origination Season 3 + OVAs BDPlease Nozomi Entertainment US$64.99 June 2 Classes in Seduction BD (adult)Cite Critical Mass US$19.99 June 2 Demon Lord, Retry! BDAnimeNewsNetwork Funimation US$64.9...
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Gibiate Anime Sells ED Theme Song For COVID-19 Relief

Digital copies of 'Endless ~Across the Time~' song are available to download from anime's website after donation ― The Gibiate anime series announced on Monday that it will sell digital downloads of the ending theme song "Endless ~Across the Time~" for users who donate money to the project's charity fund. All proceeds will go to COVID-19 relief funds and supporting medical professionals combating the...
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TV Asahi Resumes Filming on Kamen Rider Zero-One, Kiramager Series

Filming will have safety guidelines in place to minimize contact between people ― TV Asahi announced last Saturday that it has resumed filming on seven television programs, including the Kamen Rider Zero-One and Mashin Sentai Kiramager tokusatsu (live-action special-effects) live-action series, with guidelines to ensure the safety of the production. The announcement confirmed an earlier report by the...
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Cup Noodle Takes the Gundam Route By Getting Its Own Model Kit

Bluefin Brands will distribute the set overseas ― Bandai Spirits, the makers of the iconic Gunpla kits, have produced a model kit for Nissin's Cup Noodle brand. The life-sized "Best Hit Chronicle 1/1 Cup Noodle" kit is based on a variety of Cup Noodle that was born in 2019, and will go on sale on September 18. Blufin Brands announced it will distribute the kit to those of us on the otherside of the P...
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Dragon Quest Dokodemo Monster Parade Smartphone Game Ends Service in July

Smartphone version of browser game launched in 2015 ― The official website for Square Enix's Dragon Quest Dokodemo Monster Parade smartphone game announced on Monday that the game will end its service on July 31. The game tasks players with managing a traveling caravan of monsters to accomplish missions. The game is the smartphone version of the earlier Dragon Quest Monster Parade browser game. That ...
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Compile Heart Delays VVVtunia, Mary Skelter Finale Games

VVVtunia delayed to August 6, Mary Skelter Finale to October 8 ― Compile Heart announced on Tuesday that it has delayed the release of both its VVVtunia and Kangokutō Mary Skelter Finale games. VVVtunia was originally slated for release for the PlayStation 4 on July 2, but is now slated for August 6. Kangokutō Mary Skelter Finale was previously slated for release for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch on Au...

Netflix's Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Show Writer Teases Similarities, Changes

Javier Grillo-Marxuach: "If you're doing Cowboy Bebop, you're doing Cowboy Bebop." ― Science fiction news website io9 posted an update on Netflix's live-action adaptation of Sunrise's Cowboy Bebop anime on Tuesday after speaking with writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach. Grillo-Marxuach confirmed that Ein will be a corgi, just as in the original anime. He also told io9 that the show's style and substance wi...
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Cells at Work: Bacteria! Manga Ends in July

Series' 7th, final compiled book volume ships on August 6 ― This year's July issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine revealed on Wednesday that Haruyuki Yoshida's Cells at Work: Bacteria! (Hataraku Saikin) spinoff of Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! (Hataraku Saibō) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on July 3. The manga's seventh and final compiled book volume will ship in Japan on August 6. K...
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Kodansha Comics Licenses Cells at Work! Spinoffs, That Time I Got Reincarnated (Again!) as a Workaholic Slime Manga

4 series debut digitally in English in July ― Kodansha Comics' website is listing four new manga titles that will debut digitally in July. The following titles are new licenses that will launch on Tuesdays in July: Title: Cells at Work: Bacteria! (Hataraku Saikin) Creators: Akane Shimizu, Haruyuki Yoshida Debut Date: July 7 Synopsis: Cells are not the only things at work in your body! Deep in your gu...
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Strike the Blood Novel Series' Main Story to End

Gakuto Mikumo's series launched in 2011, inspired TV anime in 2013 ― The official Twitter account for Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko imprint revealed on Wednesday that the main story of Gakuto Mikumo's Strike the Blood novel series will end in the 22nd compiled book volume on August 7. The novels debuted in 2011 with Manyako's illustrations, and the 21st volume shipped on January 10. TATE serialized a mang...
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5th Tenchi Muyo! OVA Season Casts Yoshiya Naruke, Hana Takeda, Kei Shindou

Also: Misato Fukuen, Sawako Hata, Sarah Emi Bridcutt ― The staff of the fifth season of the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki original video anime (OVA) series revealed six new cast members for the anime on Wednesday. The new cast members include: Yoshiya Naruke as Shō Kukoma Hana Takeda as Miron Pham Kei Shindou as Dird Shank Misato Fukuen as Alea Varta Sawako Hata as Apuesta da Rumah Sarah Emi Bridcutt as Palt...
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Monster Strike The Movie: Lucifer Zetsubō no Yoake's Video Previews Masayoshi Ōishi's Song

Film opens in November after COVID-19 delay ― The official website and Twitter account for the Monster Strike The Movie: Lucifer Zetsubō no Yoake (Lucifer Dawn of Despair) film began streaming a promotional video for the film on Wednesday. The video previews the film's theme song "Eiyū no Uta" (Heroes' Song) by Masayoshi Ōishi. The film has been rescheduled for November. The film had been delayed fro...
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Anime Studio ufotable, Founder Hikaru Kondo Charged With Evading 139 Million Yen in Taxes

Lawyer: Kondo already filed corrected return, paid owed amount The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper reported on Wednesday that the Tokyo Public Prosecutors Office has charged the anime studio ufotable and ufotable's founder, representative director, and president Hikaru Kondo with violating the Corporation Tax Act and Consumption Tax Act by failing to pay 139 million yen (about US$1.28 million) in taxes....
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Ghibli, Goro Miyazaki Make CG Anime of Earwig and the Witch Novel by Howl's Moving Castle's Diana Wynne Jones

Hayao Miyazaki develops studio's 1st 3D CG feature helmed by his son for NHK TV this winter ― Studio Ghibli announced on Wednesday that it is producing an anime movie adaptation of author Diana Wynne Jones' Earwig and the Witch (Aya to Majo) novel for a television premiere on the NHK General channel this winter. Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro Miyazaki is directing the movie as the studio's first full 3D C...
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AT-X, Gaina Unveil Hulaing Babies Spinoff Anime Staying Babies

4 shorts entirely done via remote work for June 10 premiere ― AT-X and anime studio Gaina (formerly Fukushima Gainax) revealed a new anime series titled Staying Babies, a spinoff of its Hulaing Babies anime, on Wednesday. The anime will have four episodes, all produced remotely during Japan's state of emergency. The shorts will premiere on AT-X on June 10 during station identification breaks and will...
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Ōya-san to Boku Anime Gets 5 New Episodes Next Week

5-minute episodes about comedian/manga creator & his landlady debut on 5 consecutive days ― NHK announced on Wednesday that the television anime of Tarō Yabe's Oya-san to Boku (Landlady and Me) essay manga will have five new five-minute episodes, with one new episode airing every day on NHK from June 8 to 12. The anime's 10th episode will star comedian Tomoharu Shoji as himself. The anime's first run...

Sega Unveils Game Gear Micro Handheld System

New system evokes Sega's classic Game Gear handheld console ― Sega announced on Wednesday that it will release the Game Gear Micro, a miniature version of its classic handheld Game Gear console. Sega will reveal more details about the console at 1:00 p.m. in Japan (midnight EDT). Sega released the original Game Gear in 1990. Compared to its contemporaries, the platform featured a full-color backlit s...
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2nd Seitokai Yakuindomo Film Delayed Due to COVID-19

Originally slated for July 10 ― The official website for Gekijōban Seitokai Yakuindomo 2, the second film based on Tozen Ujiie's Seitokai Yakuindomo manga, announced on Wednesday that the film's production committee has delayed the film's opening due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The site will announce a new opening date as soon as it is decided, and people who bought adva...

Man Arrested for Threatening Kemono Friends Anime Director Tatsuki

Voice actress Yui Ishikawa, anime staff members also allegedly threatened ― Police arrested 21-year-old male Kyoto resident Fukuta Kishimoto on Tuesday on suspicion of intimidation and forcible obstruction of business. According to the police's statement, the suspect had been threatening anime staff and cast members over the Internet. According to the Sankei Shimbun newspaper and the public televisio...
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Sony Postpones PlayStation 5 Event to 'Allow More Important Voices to Be Heard'

― Sony announced on Twitter on Monday that it has postponed its event, originally scheduled for June 4, that will highlight its upcoming PlayStation 5 console's game lineup. Sony stated that it does "not feel that right now is a time for celebration" and instead wants to "stand back and allow more important voices to be heard." Protests have flared across multiple cities in the United States after t...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Celebrates the Start of June With Cute New Art

Happy birthday Mitsuri Kanroji! ― The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba franchise is celebrating multiple things as we head into June: Mitsuri Kanroji's birthday on June 1, and the start of rainy season in the Shikoku region in Japan. 【#6月1日は甘露寺蜜璃の誕生日!!】本日6月1日は、鬼殺隊恋柱・甘露寺蜜璃の誕生日です!この特別な日を祝して、蜜璃のヘッダーをプレゼント!!魅力的なものにキュンと心をときめかせる蜜璃のヘッダー、是非ご活用ください。 pic.twitter.com/bzVFoyAveA— 鬼滅の刃公式 (@kimetsu_off) May 31, 2020...
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Shomin Sample Manga's Risumai Launches New Manga on June 27

Manga adapts Hanyū's story of healer with resurrection ability who wants revenge on humans ― The July issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex magazine revealed on May 27 that Risumai will launch a manga adaptation of Hanyū's Cheat Skill 'Shisha Sosei' ga Kakusei Shite, Inishie no Maōgun o Fukkatsu Sasete Shimaimashita ~Daremo Shinasenai Saikyō Healer~ (I Accidentally Resurrected the Demon King's Anci...
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Orange CEO Eiji Inomoto: Studio Works on CG Remake of 'Familiar' Title

― CG anime studio Orange president and founder Eiji Inomoto revealed in an interview during Anime Limited's Cloud Matsuri online event on Saturday that the company is working on a CG remake of an unnamed title that "might be familiar." The studio is known for its adaptation of Haruko Ishikawa's Land of the Lustrous manga, and most recently, Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS manga. The studio has also done CG ...
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Evangelion Eye Drops Will Open Humanity's Eyes

Eva-themed razor blades also announced ― Eight years ago, the Japanese company Santen Pharmaceutical held a "Human Refreshment Project" promotion featuring characters from the Evangelion series for their Sante FX line of medicated eye drops. Now they're back with "The New Humanity Awakening Project," which sets out to open humanity's eyes with the help of their eye drops. The company released an ad f...
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Eunyong Choi: Science SARU Works on 'Another TV Show With Another Director'

Studio co-founder, CEO confirms project is not Masaaki Yuasa's Japan Sinks: 2020, Inu-Oh ― Anime studio Science SARU's CEO Eunyoung Choi revealed in an interview during Anime Limited's Cloud Matsuri online event on Saturday that, besides Masaaki Yuasa's upcoming Japan Sinks: 2020 Netflix anime and Inu-Oh anime film, Science SARU is also working on "another TV show with another director." Choi and Yua...
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Pokémon Sword/Shield Games' 'The Isle of Armor' Expansion Launches on June 17

Trailer previews new Pokémon, additional features ― The Pokémon Company revealed on Tuesday a new promotional video and the June 17 launch for "The Isle of Armor," the first of two expansions for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Switch role-playing games. The video previews new features and Pokémon in the expansions. New Pokémon in "The Isle of Armor" and "The Crown Tundra," which is sla...

Tokyo Issues Alert After New Daily COVID-19 Cases Rise to 34

Metropolis moved to phase 2 of recovery plan on Monday ― The Tokyo Metropolitan Government issued an alert on Tuesday after Tokyo recorded 34 new infections of the new coronavirus on the same day. Officials stated that the rise in new COVID-19 cases is largely due to nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections and nightlife activities in Shinjuku. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike urged caution in light of T...
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Sentai Filmworks Unveils After the Rain Anime's English Dub Cast

Video clip previews dub starring Luci Christian, Jason Douglas ― Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub cast for After the Rain, the television anime of Jun Mayuzuki's Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (Love is Like After the Rain) manga, last Wednesday. The company began streaming an English dub clip. The cast members are: Luci Christian as Akira Jason Douglas as Kondo Shelley Calene-Black as Akira's Mo...
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1st I★CHU Idol Smartphone Game Ends Online Service, Continues Offline on July 6

Love rhythm game launched in 2015; new Étoile Stage game debuted in April with anime planned ― The official website for Liber Entertainment Inc.'s original I★CHU smartphone game announced on Friday that the game will end its online service on July 6. However, Liber Entertainment will update the game on the same day to work offline. This offline version will be available until December 13, although pl...
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Weathering With You, your name. Rank in 3rd Weekend Since Japanese Theaters Reopened

Shinrei Kissa Extra no Himitsu: The Real Exorcist, Bloodshot rank #1, #5 as only new films ― With the release of many new films postponed, the top 10 rankings at the Japanese box office for the past three weekends include nine previously released films. Japanese theater chains began to shut down in March due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Box office performance fell 90% by the first week ...
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Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater Anime Restarts on July 7 After COVID-19 Delay

Delayed episode 4 to premiere on July 28 ― The production committee for Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater, the television anime of Yasuyuki Kosaka's Hōkago Teibō Nisshi manga, announced on Tuesday that the anime will restart its airing from its first episode in July. The anime will restart on AT-X, Tokyo MX, and MBS on July 7, on BS11 on July 8, and on RKK Kumamoto Housou on July 10. It will also r...
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BEM Reboot Anime Gets Movie This Fall

Video streamed for Gekijо̄ban BEM~BECOME HUMAN movie directed by Hiroshi Ikehata ― The production committee of the new BEM anime in the Yōkai Ningen Bem (Humanoid Monster Bem) franchise announced on Tuesday that the anime will get a new movie titled Gekijо̄ban BEM~BECOME HUMAN in Japan this fall. The anime's official YouTube channel began streaming an announcement video: The staff revealed the movie'...
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Yukito Ayatsuji's 'Another 2001' Horror Novel Compilation Slated for September

Sequel novel series ended in January after 5 years ― Author Yukito Ayatsuji announced on his Twitter account on Monday that he has submitted the 1,200-page final draft for the compilation of his Another 2001 sequel novel series. He is aiming to have the compilation out by September. Another 2001 is the second sequel to Ayatsuji's Another horror novel. Ayatsuji launched the story in Kadokawa's Shōsets...
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Macross Delta's Walküre Idols Top Oricon Weekly Singles Chart for 1st Time

In-story idol unit's 4th single sells 24,000 before upcoming new film ― "Mirai wa Onna no Tame ni Aru" (The Future Is For Women), the fourth single from the Macross Delta anime's in-story idol unit Walküre, sold about 24,000 copies to rank #1 in Oricon's weekly single chart for the May 25-31 week. This is the first time that the Walküre group has topped the ranking. The single shipped on May 27. Asid...
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Crunchyroll Adds Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki OVA Season 4

Available on Tuesday ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will add Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki Dai-4-Ki, the fourth original video anime (OVA) season in the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki OVA series. The season will be available on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. EDT for users in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries...
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We Are One: A Global Film Festival to Stream Yuasa's Genius Party Short on June 3

Selection for the 10-day digital film festival on YouTube was curated by Tokyo International Film Festival ― The We Are One: A Global Film Festival announced last Wednesday will stream the Happy Machine short film directed by Masaaki Yuasa (Devilman Crybaby, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, Japan Sinks), which was originally created for the Genius Party anthology of short films produced by Studio 4℃. T...
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Voice Actress Asami Sanada Announces She Divorced Last Year

Voice of Date a Live's Kurumi announced her marriage in 2013 ― Voice actress Asami Sanada (Date a Live's Kurumi, K-ON!'s Sawako, Di Gi Charat's title character) announced on her blog on Friday that she got divorced last year. She wrote: "It was a decision I made to be forward-looking in all ways. I'm sorry to all of you who celebrated my marriage, and that it took me so long to announce my divorce be...
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Square Enix Delays Releases of 4 More Manga Due to COVID-19

Titles slated for August-Septemer delayed to December 2020-April 2021 ― Square Enix Manga & Books, Square Enix's North American publishing division, announced on Monday new release dates for manga affected by the new coronavirus disease's (COVID-19) impact on the company's production, shipping, and sales. The new release dates for the first volumes of the following manga, which the company announced ...
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Reincarnated as a Sword Novels Get Spinoff Manga

Hinako Inoue draws manga of Tanaka, LLO's series ― Hinako Inoue launched the Tensei Shitara Ken Deshita Another Wish manga, a spinoff of Yuu Tanaka and LLO's Reincarnated as a Sword (Tensei Shitara Ken Deshita) light novel series, in the 48th issue of Micro Magazine's Comic Ride web manga magazine on Monday. The manga will begin free serialization on the Comic Ride website on June 30. In the manga's ...
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Vinland Saga Director Shūhei Yabuta Helmed Attack on Titan The Final Season Promo Video

Takahiro Uezono will replace Yabuta as 3DCG director on new season directed at MAPPA ― Vinland Saga director Shūhei Yabuta announced on Twitter on Friday that he storyboarded and directed the promotional video for the Attack on Titan The Final Season anime that debuted on the same day. He wrote: "By a curious coincidence, I drew the storyboard and directed the PV of #AoT Final Season! I'm so grateful...
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Evangelion Battlefields Smartphone Game Introduces New Pilot

Kotone Suzunami joins for game's season 2 released on Thursday ― Mobcast's Evangelion Battlefields smartphone shooter game launched its second season on Thursday, introducing a new pilot character named Kotone Suzunami. The character is voiced by Megumi Han. Kotone is described on game's website as follows: "A new pilot who suddenly appeared at NERV. She is a classmate to Shinji and the others and re...
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Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris Game's Customization, Exploration Trailer Streamed

Game ships in Japan on July 9, West on July 10 after delay ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a new trailer on Monday for the Sword Art Online Alicization: Lycoris game. The trailer previews character customization and exploration. Bandai Namco Entertainment postponed the release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to July 9 and for PC via Steam to July 10 in Japan due to safety considera...
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The Legend of Super Normal City Kashiwa Anime's 3rd Season Previewed in Video

Hiina Narumi performs theme song "Okashiiwa!" ― The official website for The Legend of Super Normal City Kashiwa (Chō Futsū Toshi Kashiwa Densetsu), the anime project that promotes the city of Kashiwa, Chiba, began streaming a promotional video on Monday for the third season titled Chō Futsū Toshi Kashiwa Densetsu R. The video previews Hiina Narumi's theme song "Okashiiwa!" The season will premiere o...
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Amazon Lists 24th Volume of Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Manga as Bundling Anime BD

Volume listed with 2 new episodes ships on December 4 ― Amazon is listing the 24th compiled book volume of Tadahiro Miura's Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san) manga as bundling an anime Blu-ray Disc when it ships on December 4. The listing states that the Blu-ray Disc will include two episodes: "Noroware no Kogarashi" (Cursed Kogarashi) and "Giri Giri!? Onsen Happening" (In the...
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Sonic the Hedgehog Film Rescheduled to Open in Japan on June 26

Paramount Pictures Japan streams trailer, poster video ― The official Japanese website for Paramount Pictures' Sonic the Hedgehog film announced on Monday that the film will open in Japan on June 26. Paramount Pictures Japan also began streaming a trailer (full and 30-second versions) and a poster promotional video. Towa Pictures announced on March 6 that it is delaying the opening of the film in Jap...
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy Anime Rescheduled for July 4 After COVID-19 Delay

1st promo video previews Civilian's opening theme song ― The official website for the television anime of Shu's The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History's Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants (Maō Gakuin no Futekigōsha ~Shijō Saikyō no Maō no Shiso, Tensei Shite Shison-tachi no Gakkō e Kayō) light novel series revealed the first promotional video, opening theme s...
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Netflix Streams Mirai Anime Film in U.S.

Award-winning film debuted in Japan in July 2018 ― Netflix began streaming Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai anime film in the United States on Monday. The film is available with both an English dub and subtitles. The 100-minute film opened at #2 at the box office in Japan in July 2018. GKIDS and Fathom Events began screening the film in 700 U.S. theaters in November 2018, and the film also screened that Decembe...
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Hinamatsuri Manga Listed as Ending Serialization on July 15

Manga inspired TV anime in April 2018 ― The Amazon listing of the 76th issue of Enterbrain's Harta magazine states that that Masao Ohtake's Hinamatsuri manga will end serialization in the issue on July 15. The 18th compiled book volume of the manga announced on April 15 that the manga will be ending with its 19th compiled volume in summer 2020. Ohtake launched the manga in Enterbrain's Fellows! magaz...
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Persona 5: Mementos Mission Manga Ends on June 27

3rd compiled volume releases on July 27 ― Atlus announced on Twitter on Thursday that the 18th and final chapter of Rokuro Saitō's Persona 5: Mementos Mission manga will release on June 27 in the August issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki Maoh magazine. The third and final compiled volume of the manga will ship on July 27. 斉藤ロクロ先生が描くコミック『P5 メメントスミッション』の最新情報をお届け!6月27日発売の電撃マオウ8月号に最終話となる第18幕が掲載。そして、7月27日に単行本第3巻...
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Funimation Streams Final English Dub Episode of 'If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die' Anime

More episodes of Plunderer, Nekopara, Fruits Basket, Railgun T also added ― Funimation started streaming the final English-dubbed episode of the If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die anime on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Funimation also began streaming the following English-dubbed episodes in the last two weeks: Fruits Basket episode 6: June 1 at 1:05 p.m. EDT If My Favorite Pop I...
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Space Channel 5 PS VR Game Gets Hatsune Miku DLC on July 27

Fan art contest also announced ― The official website for the Space Channel 5 VR PlayStation VR game announced the release date and details for the Space39 Miku Pack DLC on Saturday. The DLC will release on July 27 and will enable players to dance with the game's character Ulala and the Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku. The Space39 Miku Pack will also enable a cosmetic upgrade for the character Ulala ...
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What Did You Eat Yesterday? Series, GeGeGe no Kitarō Anime Win Galaxy Awards

Awards also honor Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! actress Sairi Itō for Midori Asakusa role ― The Japanese Broadcast Critics Association announced the winners of the 57th annual Galaxy Awards on Monday. The live-action television series adaptation of Fumi Yoshinaga's What Did You Eat Yesterday? (Kinō Nani Tabeta?) manga won the My Best TV Award. The GeGeGe no Kitaro anime won the Special Award. Actress...
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Cubetype Reveals Touhou Labyrinth Dungeon Crawling RPG

Touhou doujin game ships on PS4, Switch this summer ― Developer Cubetype announced a new Touhou Project dojin (indie) game titled Touhou Labyrinth: Gensōkyō to Tenkan no Taiju on Saturday. The game will launch for the PlayStation 4 and Switch in Japan this summer. The game is a dungeon crawling RPG. Cubetype previously released its Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle game on the PS4 and PS Vita in Japan in...
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Mayu Watanabe Retires From Entertainment Industry for Health Reasons

Watanabe is former member of AKB48 idol group, voiced role in AKB0048 anime ― Talent management agency Production Ogi announced on Monday that Mayu Watanabe is retiring from the entertainment industry for "health reasons." The announcement added that Watanabe's health had been declining for years, with no sign of recovery. After numerous meetings, Production Ogi decided to respect Watanabe's decision...
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Fujiko F. Fujio Museum Reopens on Friday

Museum closed on March 5 due to COVID-19 ― The official website for the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum announced on Monday that the museum will re-open on Friday, June 5, but will only admit half of its usual number of daily visitors, with temperature checks and mask requirements for entry. The museum had closed to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on March 5. Fujiko F. Fujio was t...
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Peach Girl's Miwa Ueda Launches New Manga in July

Saredo Itoshiki Otsuma-sama manga adapts Daisuke Suzuki's autobiographical novel ― This year's July issue of Kodansha's Be-Love magazine revealed on Monday that Miwa Ueda will launch a new manga titled Saredo Itoshiki Otsuma-sama (Even So My Dear Wife) in the magazine's August issue on July 1. The manga is based on Daisuke Suzuki's novel of the same name. Suzuki's novel launched in 2018. The novel te...
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Tokyo Moves to Phase 2 of COVID-19 Recovery Plan

Cram schools, theaters, gyms, retail shops reopen in capital ― The Tokyo government moved to the second phase of its multi-phase recovery road map for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Monday. While the Tokyo government is planning to move to each new step every two weeks, it may move to the third phase early if new infection cases remain low. The second phase of the plan calls for the reopen...
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Manga Creator George Akiyama Passes Away at 77

Akiyama debuted in 1966; drew Haguregumo, Ashura, Gyara manga ― Manga creator George Akiyama (real name Yūji Akiyama) passed away on May 12. He was 77. His relatives held a private funeral. According to Shogakukan, Akiyama was planning his next work. Akiyama was born in 1943, and made his manga debut with Gaikotsu-kun (Skeleton-kun) in 1966. Akiyama was perhaps best known for his Haguregumo manga, wh...
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No Guns Life TV Anime's 2nd Half Premieres in July After COVID-19 Delay

Delayed from original April premiere date ― The official website for the television anime of Tasuku Karasuma's No Guns Life manga revealed on Monday that the show's second half will premiere on TBS this July. The anime was previously scheduled to premiere in April, but was delayed due to the effects of the spread of the new coroanvirus disease (COVID-19). Composer Hiroyuki Sawano's "SawanoHiroyuki[nZ...
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Ascendance of a Bookworm Anime Adds 3 New Cast Members

Toshiyuki Morikawa, Yuichiro Umehara, Haruki Ishiya join cast as Ehrenfest knights ― The official website for the television anime of Miya Kazuki's "biblia fantasy" novel Ascendance of a Bookworm (Honzuki no Gekokujō: Shisho ni Naru Tame niwa Shudan o Erandeiramasen) revealed three new cast members for the anime's second part on Monday. The new cast members include: Toshiyuki Morikawa, the commander ...
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Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation Anime's 2nd Season Reveals More Cast, July 7 Premiere

Risae Matsuda, Satsumi Matsuda, Rumi Okubo, Ikuya Sawaki join cast ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed additional cast members, the July 7 premiere date, and a new visual for the second season of the television anime of Yoshiyuki Nishi's Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation manga on Monday. The additional cast members include: Risae Matsuda as Li...
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Anime Voice Actor of Shin Provides Audio Description of Live-Action Kingdom Film

Kinyō Road Show will broadcast film with Masakazu Morita's narration on supplementary sound channel on May 29 ― Masakazu Morita, the anime voice actor of Kingdom protagonist Shin, provided audio description for the visually impaired for a television broadcast of the live-action film adaptation on Friday. The film broadcast on the "Kinyō Road Show" (Friday Road Show) program on NTV, and Morita's narra...
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Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear Anime Reveals 2nd Visual

― The official website for the anime adaptation of Kumanano and 029's Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear light novels released the second key visual for the show on Friday. Yuu Nobuta (High School Fleet, A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd) is directing the anime at EMT Squared. Takashi Aoshima (Himouto! Umaru-chan, Yuruyuri - Happy Go Lily) is in charge of the series scripts, and Yuki Nakano (A Destructive God ...
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Type-Moon Museum Reopens on June 5

Museum was closed from February 29 due to COVID-19 ― The Type-Moon Museum's will reopen on June 5 after temporarily closing from February 29 due to COVID-19. The museum, which celebrates Fate/stay night's 15th anniversary, was originally planned to be held at the Sony Music Roppongi Museum from December 20 to April 5. It will now run until July 12. Several changes have been implemented with the reope...
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Charlotte Cracker Joins One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 Game as 2nd DLC Character

"Character Pack 1" DLC with Cracker, Smoothie launches this summer ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam will add the character Charlotte Cracker as the game's second DLC character. Charlotte Cracker will be available in ...
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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Manga Has Announcement, Reaches Climax on June 8

Tadahiro Miura's manga launched in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2016 ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine teased on Monday that the magazine's 27th issue will feature an "important announcement" for Tadahiro Miura's Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san) manga on June 8. The issue also teased that the manga will reach its "climax" in the 27th issue. A televis...
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act-age Manga Gets Stage Play in 2022

Countrywide "remote auditions" to be held for protagonist ― This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Tatsuya Matsuki and Shiro Usazaki's act-age manga is inspiring a stage play that will premiere in 2022. The magazine's 25th issue had teased last week that the 26th issue would have an "important project announcement" for the manga. The manga also "enter...
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Roundup of News of Events, Places Affected by COVID-19 for May 15-31

Gamescom digital event takes place from August 27-30 ― Below are mentions of anime, manga, and game events (physical and digital) and places in Japan and elsewhere that have been canceled, postponed, or have reopened in the last two weeks. Events in Japan Canceled The official website for the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story television anime announced on May 15 that the Kamiha☆Matsu...

Shout Factory, Eleven Arts Release Sound! Euphonium The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day Film on BD/DVD on June 2

BD/DVD to include Japanese/English audio, English subtitles ― Shout! Factory and Eleven Arts announced on Friday that they will release the Sound! Euphonium The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on June 2. The companies released a digital version of the film on May 19. The BD/DVD will include both Japanese and English audio as well as English subtitles. Kyoto Animation...
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Pokémon Journeys TV Anime Resumes New Episodes on June 7 After COVID-19 Delay

Delayed since April, along with Pokémon: Twilight Wings, 23rd film ― The official Twitter account for the Pokemon anime franchise announced on Sunday that the Pokémon Journeys: The Series will resume airing new episodes on Sunday, June 7 at 6:00 p.m. (5:00 a.m. EDT). The staff had temporarily suspended part of its production of the series due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the state of...
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Death end re;Quest 2 Game's English Opening Video Reveals Summer Release

Horror-inspired RPG to have English, Japanese, Traditional Chinese subtitles ― Idea Factory International began streaming an English opening movie trailer for Compile Heart's Death end re;Quest 2 game on Friday. The video reveals that the game will be released for Playstation 4 and PC via Steam in summer 2020. The Steam version of the game will have English, Japanese, and Traditional Chinese subtitle...

Japanese Animation TV Ranking, May 18-24

Detective Pikachu airs with 11.8% rating ― The Detective Pikachu film aired on NTV on Friday, May 22 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned an 11.8% rating. Editor's Note: Many of the anime below are currently airing reruns due to the ongoing new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV May 24 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 9.8 Detective Conan NTV M...

Anime Limited to Also Offer B: The Beginning on Blu-ray in U.S.

Demon Slayer, Evangelion TV, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection, Planetes, K: Seven Stories licensed for UK BD ― British distributor Anime Limited (All the Anime) announced during its Cloud Matsuri panel on Saturday that its upcoming Blu-ray Ultimate Edition of the B: The Beginning anime will be available in the United States, in addition to the United Kingdom. Anime Limited is still working on...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, May 11-17

Okko's Inn anime airs with 1.6% rating ― The Okko's Inn anime film aired on NHK E-Tele on Saturday, May 16 at 3:25 p.m., and it earned a 1.6% rating. Editor's Note: Many of the anime below are currently airing reruns due to the ongoing new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV May 17 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 10.8 Detective Conan ...

Kaiten Books Licenses UzaMaid: Our Maid is Way Too Annoying! Manga

Story centers on a young girl, her ex-army-sergeant maid ― Kaiten Books announced on Friday that it has licensed Kanko Nakamura's UzaMaid: Our Maid is Way Too Annoying! (Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru!) manga for physical and digital release. Futabasha began publishing the manga in its Manga Action magazine in August 2016. The company published the sixth volume in Japan on March 12. The manga inspired a t...
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Muv-Luv Franchise Streams HQ Trailers for 'Muv-Luv Alternative in Animation' Project, 2 Smartphone Games

"Project Immortal," "Project Mikhail" smartphone games slated for 2021 ― The official YouTube channel for the Muv-Luv franchise began streaming high quality videos on Friday for the "Muv-Luv Alternative in Animation" project and the "Project Immortal" (tentative title) and "Project Mikhail" (tentative title) smartphone games. âge had livestreamed the videos during a multi-day streaming event earlier ...
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Sōkō Musume Senki TV Anime Reveals Visual

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

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