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Lycoris Recoil Anime Profiles Irrepressible Chisato in 1st Character Video

Chika Anzai stars in July anime about café from Sword Art Online/Wagnaria!! designer Shingo Adachi ― The official website for director Shingo Adachi's original television anime Lycoris Recoil posted the anime's first character promotional video on Wednesday. The video introduces the cafe staff member Chisato Nishikigi: The always smiling Chisato lives for the present moment. She is sentimental and ea...
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Orient Anime's 2nd Part Introduces Uesugi Bushi Warriors in Video

"Awajishima Gekitō-hen" arc premieres in July ― The staff for the television anime of Shinobu Ohtaka's Orient manga posted an "Uesugi Bushi-dan" (Uesugi Bushi or Uesugi's Warriors) promotional video and the third main visual of Musashi and Michiru for the anime's second cours (quarter of a year) on Wednesday. The video features the first footage from the anime's next part and introduces the members o...
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Kenshi Yonezu Tops Weekly Downloads in Japan With Record 10th Single, Shin Ultraman's 'M87'

Single downloaded 37,250 times in 1st 3 days ― Kenshi Yonezu's "M87" has been downloaded 37,250 times in the first three days since it debuted digitally on May 12, and ranked #1 on Oricon's weekly digital single ranking for the May 9-15 week, It is Yonezu's 10th single to rank #1 — more than any other performing act in Japan. The song is the theme song for Studio Khara's new Shin Ultraman (New Ultram...
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Netflix Lays Off 150 Employees, Mostly in the U.S.

The Hollywood Reporter: 70 roles eliminated in animation division ― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Tuesday that Netflix is laying off about 150 employees, mostly based in the United States. Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter added that the layoffs affect about two percent of the company's workforce, and that Netflix is also changing its animation division with 70 roles ...
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Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Anime Season 2's English-Subtitled Clip Shows Takashi in Combat

Season debuts on Netflix worldwide on Monday ― Netflix began streaming an English-subtitled clip for the second season of the Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 anime on Wednesday. The video highlights the post-human character Takashi in a hand-to-hand combat scene. The second season will premiere worlwide on Netflix on Monday. Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki are again directing the project at Production...
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Shinta Harekawa's Sempai! Danjite Koi de wa! BL Manga Gets Live-Action Show

Office romantic comedy stars Kamen Rider franchise's Toshiki Seto, Shūichirō Naitō ― MBS announced on Wednesday that it is producing a live-action series adaptation of Shinta Harekawa's Sempai! Danjite Koi de wa! (Sempai! Anything But Romance) boys-love manga. The series will have eight episodes, and will star Toshiki Seto (left in image below, Kamen Rider Ex-Aid) as Yūki Kaneda, and Shūichirō Naitō ...
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Live-Action Doronjo Show Casts Elaiza Ikeda as Yatterman Villainess

Show centering on iconic antagonist premieres this fall ― The official website for Tatsunoko Pro Sōritsu 60-shūnen Kinen WOWOW Original Drama Doronjo (Tatsunoko Production 60th Anniversary WOWOW Original Drama Doronjo), WOWOW's live-action television show centering on the Yatterman villain Doronjo, revealed on Wednesday that Elaiza Ikeda (live-action All Esper Dayo!, Sadako, Komi Can't Communicate) w...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 15-21

Belle, SSSS.DYNAZENON anime; Colorless, Crazy Food Truck manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Belle BDPlease GKIDS US$26.98 May 17 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 12 BDCite Viz Media US$44.98 May 17 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 12 DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Viz Media US$39.99 May 17 Fate/Grand Order The Movie Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot BDPlease Ani...
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My Boyfriend in Orange Manga Creator Draws Birthday Illustration of Live-Action Film Actor

Film starring Snow Man idol group member Hikaru Iwamoto opens in Japan on July 18 ― My Boyfriend in Orange (Moekare wa Orange-iro) manga creator Non Tamashima drew an original illustration to commemorate the birthdays of actor Hikaru Iwamoto and the character he plays in the live-action film adaptation, the firefighter Kyōsuke. Kyōsuke celebrates his birthday on May 15, while Iwamoto's is on May 17. ...
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Monster Hunter Rise's Sunbreak Expansion Videos Preview Weapons

Videos preview new weapon moves for Heavy Bowgun, Switch Axe, Sword & Shield ― Capcom began streaming videos on Monday previewing the new weapon moves available in the Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak expansion for the Monster Hunter Rise game. Heavy Bowgun Switch Axe Sword & Shield The expansion will debut for Switch and PC via Steam on June 30. Players who already own the base Monster Hunter Rise game...
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Fire Force Celebrates Manga Ending With Foldable Newspaper Ad Spelling 'Hope'

34th volume shipped on Tuesday ― Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force manga shipped its 34th and final volume on Tuesday. To commemorate the occasion, the Yomiuri Shimbun published a full-page ad depicting the main characters surrounded with flames. The text asks "Hope or despair?" along with instructions on how to fold the page. When folded, the fire spells out the Japanese characters for "hope." The series ...
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PlayStation Plus Announces Launch Titles, Includes Bloodborne, Death Stranding, Demon's Souls, More

Service includes Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, Resident Evil, 55 more games ― Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced on Monday that its updated PlayStation Plus service will include Japanese-produced games such as Bloodborne, Death Stranding, Demon's Souls, Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm ...
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Voice Actress Kana Asumi Announces Birth of 1st Child

Voice of Hidamari Sketch's Yuno remarried in 2021 ― Voice actress Kana Asumi (Yuno from Hidamari Sketch, Komari Koshigaya from Non Non Biyori, Hinata Karaue from Encouragement of Climb) announced on her Twitter account on Tuesday that she has given birth to her first child. みなさまへ👶🏻 pic.twitter.com/n1yHYkmAkt— 阿澄佳奈 (@0812asumikana) May 17, 2022 The child is from her second marriage. Asumi announced he...
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Spirited Away Stage Play Cancels Some Fukuoka Shows Due to COVID-19

Actress Kanna Hashimoto tests positive for COVID-19 ― Several performances of the first stage play adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away anime film have been canceled because lead actress Kanna Hashimoto (pictured on left poster below) has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Hashimoto had throat issues on Tuesday, and tested positive on a PCR test. Her symptoms are mild. Performanc...
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Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari Anime Reveals Promo Video, Cast, Staff

Visual unveiled ― An official website and Twitter account opened for the television anime adaptation of Onigunsō's Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari manga on Wednesday, and it revealed a promotional video, visual, cast, and staff. The cast includes: Takeo Ōtsuka as Hyōma Kunato Yūki Takada as Botan Nagatsuki Ryuichi Kimura (Kemono Friends 2, Aikatsu!) is directing the series at BN Pictures. Keiichirō ...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Game Adds DLC Character Dyspo This Summer

Dyspo will be part of new DLC pack ― The Dragon Ball series' official website announced on Saturday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 game will add the character Dyspo from Dragon Ball Super as part of the new DLC pack this summer. Goku (Ultra Instinct -Sign-) will also launch as DLC this summer. The previous "Legendary Pack 2" DLC includes Jiren (Full Power), Gogeta (from Dra...
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Luminous Witches Anime Reveals Theme Songs

Cast perform theme songs, launching on August 24 ― Kadokawa revealed on Tuesday the opening and ending theme songs for the Renmei Kūgun Kōkū Mahō Ongakutai Luminous Witches (Allied Air Force Magical Idols Luminous Witches) television anime series. The cast will perform the opening theme song "WONDERFUL WORLD," and the ending theme song "Watashi to Minna no Uta" (My and Everyone's Song). Both singles ...
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Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth Anime Adds 5 More Cast Members

Tsuguo Mogami, Yoshihito Sasaki, Madoka Shiga, Toru Ohkawa, Toshiharu Nakanishi join cast ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Aquaplus' Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth (Utawarerumono: Futari no Hakuoro) game revealed five new cast members on Tuesday. The newly announced cast includes (from left to right in image above): Tsuguo Mogami as Soyankekur Yoshihito Sasaki as Ozen Madoka S...
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Hypnosis Mic: Before the Battle - Dawn of Divisions Manga Ends on June 17

Manga launched in January 2021 ― The June issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge revealed on Tuesday that Yūichirō Momose and Rui Karasuzuki's Hypnosis Mic: Before the Battle - Dawn of Divisions manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 17. Momose and Karasuzuki launched the manga in Shonen Magazine Edge in January 2021. Kodansha published the manga's second compiled book volume on April ...
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Rintaro Koike, Masayuki Taguchi's Black Joke Manga Goes on Hiatus

Manga will end in next chapter ― This year's sixth issue of Akita Shoten's Young Champion Retsu magazine revealed on Tuesday that Rintaro Koike and Masayuki Taguchi's Black Joke manga is going on an indefinite hiatus. The magazine will announce the manga's return at a later date. The magazine also revealed that the manga will end in its next chapter when it returns. The magazine's fifth issue last mo...
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Final Fantasy XV Game Sells 10 Million Copies Worldwide

― Square Enix announced on Tuesday that its Final Fantasy XV game has sold 10 million copies worldwide, including digital copies of the game. The number also includes sales on all platforms. Final Fantasy XV went on sale worldwide for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November 2016. The game received a Royal Edition for the PS4 and Xbox One in March 2018. The new release includes the previously rele...
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Promare Anime Film Celebrates 1 Million Tickets Sold, 3rd Anniversary With New Screenings This Month

Film to screen in 11 theaters in Japan starting on May 27 ― The official website for Trigger and XFLAG's Promare anime film revealed on Tuesday that the film will celebrate its third anniversary and having sold 1 million tickets by having a new run in 11 theaters in Japan starting on May 27. The film will also stream for free on XFLAG's YouTube channel during the "Promare 3rd Anniversary Online Party...
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Touken Ranbu Warriors Game Gets PC Release in English

Game will launch in English for Switch, PC via Steam on May 24 ― A listing on Steam confirmed on Tuesday that Koei Tecmo Games and DMM Games' Touken Ranbu Warriors game will launch for PC via Steam in English on May 24. The game was previously only slated for an English release on the Nintendo Switch. The Steam release will also feature text and subtitles in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, a...
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Inu-Oh Film's Clip Features Titular Character Running Through Town Streets

Masaaki Yuasa's musical anime film opens in Japan on May 28 ― The official website for Inu-Oh, Masaaki Yuasa's musical anime feature film of Hideo Furukawa's Heike Monogatari: Inu-Oh no Maki (Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh) novel, began streaming a clip from the film on Tuesday. The first half of the below video features a clip of the titular lead character running through the streets of a town, and the ...
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Shin Ultraman Film Opens at #1, 25th Detective Conan Film Drops to #2

30th Crayon Shin-chan film drops to #4, live-action Radiation House to #8, Free! to #10; Bubble debuts at #9 ― Studio Khara's new Shin Ultraman (New Ultraman) film debuted at #1 in its first weekend. The film sold 641,802 tickets to earn 993,410,050 yen (about US$7.68 million) in its first three days. The film sold 191,302 tickets to earn 290,102,400 yen (about US$2.24 million) on its first day on Fr...
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Makoto Shinkai's Suzume no Tojimari Film Also Gets Novelization

Shinkai pens novelization slated to ship on August 24 ahead of film's November 11 opening ― The official website for Makoto Shinkai's first new film in three years, Suzume no Tojimari (literally, Suzume's Door-Locking), announced on Tuesday that the film will have a novelization that will ship on August 24. As with many of his previous films, Shinkai himself will pen the novelization. Yen Press relea...
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Gackt Slowly Recovers From Sickness, Aims to Return This Year

Singer still suffers from immunodeficiency, autoimmune condition, other side effects ― Talent management agency Glab Entertainment announced on the official website for musician and singer Gackt (Gakuto Ōshiro) on Monday that Gackt is steadily recovering physically and is aiming to slowly return to some entertainment industry activity within the year. Glab Entertainment made the announcement with Gac...
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Tsutomu Takahashi's Tenmasō no Sanshimai Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Film opens on October 28 ― Toei announced that it is producing a live-action film adaptation of Tsutomu Takahashi's Tenmasō no Sanshimai - Sky High (The Three Tenmasō Sisters - Sky High) manga. The film will open in Japan on October 28, and will star: Non as Tamae Yuko Oshima as Nozomi Mugi Kadowaki as Kanae Ryuhei Kitamura, the director for the previous Sky High live-action series and film, returns ...

Crunchyroll to Stream Chainsaw Man Anime

Anime premieres subbed, dubbed later this year ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will stream the television anime of Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man manga later this year in over 200 countries and territories around the world. The company will stream the anime in Japanese with English subtitles, and with an English dub. The anime will also get Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Fre...

Yuri Is My Job! Romance Manga Gets TV Anime

Yui Ogura, Sumire Uesaka reprise lead roles in anime from Passione, Studio Lings ― A website opened on Saturday to announce that Miman's Yuri Is My Job! (Watashi no Yuri wa Oshigoto Desu!) manga is inspiring a television anime. Yui Ogura and Sumire Uesaka are reprising their roles of Hime Shirasagi and Mitsuki Ayanokōji, respectively, from the seventh manga volume's promotional video. Hijiri Sanpei (...
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Viki Adds Do not say mystery, More Live-Action Series

Also: Boys Over Flowers, A Man Who Defies The World of BL 2, more ― Streaming service Viki revealed on May 5 that it has added the live-action series of Yumi Tamura's Do not say mystery (Mystery to Iu Nakare) manga. The service also added the following live-action adaptations of manga: 49 Days with A Merman 60 Minutes Until the First Love Affair Anitomo series and movie Boys Over Flowers Boys Over Fl...
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Yūga Aoyama Joins My Hero One's Justice 2 Game as DLC Character

Aoyama will be final character in game's 2nd season pass ― This year's 24th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's My Hero One's Justice 2 video game will add the character Yūga Aoyama as the fifth and final character of the game's second season pass. The game launched for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in March...

Anime Central 2022 Reverses Mask Policy, No Longer Requires COVID-19 Vaccination or Negative Test

Convention takes place this weekend ― The staff for the Anime Central (ACen) event announced that this year's convention will no longer require masks, COVID-19 vaccination, or negative COVID-19 tests. Staff claimed that its policies are "based on current CDC Guidelines and align with the requirements of the Donald E. Stephens Conventions Center and state and local health authorities regarding large i...
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One Piece Inspires Fitness Gym in Tokyo in 2023

A fitness gym inspired by the world of One Piece, called the "ONE PIECE FITNESS BragMen," will open in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward in early 2023. The establishment is a reference to an adventure tale that appears in the manga's 13th compiled volume. The gym's training room will have One Piece theming, and the trainers will be dressed as naval officers. It will also implement a point system to encourage f...
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CLAMP, Eisaku Kubonouchi Draw Live-Action 'Anime Supremacy!' Film Visuals

Film about those who make anime opens in Japan on May 20 ― Manga creator and artist circle CLAMP (Cardcaptor Sakura, xxxHOLiC) drew a collaboration visual for the live-action film adaptation of Mizuki Tsujimura's Anime Supremacy! (Haken Anime!) novel. The visual depicts CLAMP's manga-style designs of the real-life actors and the in-story animated characters. Manga creator Eisaku Kubonouchi (Chocolat,...
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Osamu Tezuka's Alabaster Manga Gets Stage Musical

Play runs in Tokyo, Osaka in June-July ― Osamu Tezuka's revenge suspense manga Alabaster is getting a stage play musical that will run at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater from June 25 to July 3 and at the Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka on July 10. The cast includes (from left to right, starting with top row): Hironobu Miyahara (LE VELVETS) as Alabaster Keita Furuya (Lead) as Gen Ryо̄ma Baba as Chikara Yūs...
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hololive Virtual YouTuber Usada Pekora Goes On Hiatus Due to Vocal Cord Issues

Hololive Virtual YouTuber Usada Pekora announced on Twitter last Saturday that she is going on a 1-2 month hiatus due to being afflicted with vocal cord nodules. She added that she will be posting more frequently on Twitter, and asked her fans to keep in touch with her there. 兎田ぺこら、声帯結節につき明日から【1~2ヶ月ほどお休み】します💦寂しい思いさせちゃうと思うけど絶対完治させて戻ってくるぺこ!みんな忘れないでねええええええええ‼️ pic.twitter.com/OfA7fsWZDE— 兎田ぺこら👯‍♀️ホロラ...
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The Duke of Death and His Maid Anime Gets 2nd Season in 2023

Manga ended on Tuesday ― The official website for the television anime of Koharu Inoue's The Duke of Death and His Maid (Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid) manga announced on Tuesday that the anime's sequel will be a second season that will debut in 2023. The manga ended on Tuesday. The television anime premiered in Japan in July 2021. Funimation streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. Funimation had p...
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'Oh, Suddenly Egyptian God' Net Anime's 2nd Season Features Returning Cast, Staff

Anime about Egyptian gods debuted in December 2020 ― The official website for the anime of yuka's Tōtotsu ni Egypt Kami (Oh, Suddenly Egyptian God) characters announced on Monday that the anime's second season will feature a returning cast and staff. The cast members include: Hiro Shimono as Anubis Yuuki Kaji as Thoth Yu Kobayashi as Bastet Tomoya Nakamura as Narrator Hikaru Midorikawa as Medjed Hiro...
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The Rising of the Shield Hero 2 Anime Casts Miyu Tomita

Tomita plays Kizuna Kazayama in 7th episode on Wednesday ― The official website for The Rising of the Shield Hero 2, the second season of The Rising of the Shield Hero television anime series, announced on Monday that Miyu Tomita will join the cast as Kizuna Kazayama. Kizuna will appear in the anime's seventh episode on Wednesday. The website also unveiled a new visual: The anime's second season prem...
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Shin Ultraman Gets Best Start for Japanese Live-Action Film So Far This Year

Film earns 17% more than Shin Godzilla did in its 1st 3 days ― Entertainment news website Cinema Today reported on Monday that Studio Khara's new Shin Ultraman (New Ultraman) film sold 641,802 tickets and earned 993,410,050 yen (about US$7.68 million) in its first three days at the box office to top the weekend chart. The film has the highest-earning debut weekend for a live-action Japanese film in 2...
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Compile Heart Teases New Game, New 'Galapagos RPG Evolve' Brand in Video

Famitsu magazine to reveal more details on project on Thursday ― Compile Heart opened a website on Monday to tease a new game. The website is streaming a teaser promotional video titled "Evolve: Mashup." The video teases that this week's issue of Kadokawa's Famitsu magazine will reveal more details on Thursday. The game is part of a new brand for Compile Heart titled "Galapagos RPG Evolve." Compile H...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Anime's 4th Season Previewed in Video

New season airs as 3 films this fall ― The official website for Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, the new anime of Yoshiki Tanaka's epic science fiction novels Legend of the Galactic Heroes, began streaming a teaser video for the anime's recently announced fourth season Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These - Intrigue (Ginga Eiyū Densetsu Die Neue These Sakubō) on Monday. The sea...
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Nintendo Switch Surpasses PlayStation 4 in Lifetime Sales in U.S.

Console's lifetime sales in the U.S. trails PS2, Xbox 360, Wii ― A report from NPD Group's executive director Mat Piscatella revealed on Friday that the Nintendo Switch console has surpassed Sony's PlayStation 4 in lifetime sales to become the fourth best-selling console in the United States. It now trails Sony's PlayStation 2, Microsoft's Xbox 360, and Nintendo's Wii in terms of lifetime sales in th...

Sega Plans to Release Multiple Spinoff, Remake Games in Fiscal Year Ending in March 2023

Company plans to launch 13 titles this fiscal year including Sonic Frontiers, Sonic Origins, Soul Hackers 2 ― Sega's latest earnings release for fiscal year 2022 (April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022) revealed on Friday that the company is "planning multiple titles" under the banner of "Remake/Remaster, Spin-Off/Change of theme" for its next fiscal year. The company anticipates an approximate 5 million un...
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Bubble Anime Film's Manga Ends on May 23

Manga adaptation of WIT Studio original film launched on April 22 ― The seventh chapter of Erubo Hijihara's manga adaptation of Bubble, the new original anime film by WIT Studio, revealed on Monday that the manga will end with its next chapter on May 23. The manga's second volume will ship on June 3. Netflix describes the anime: The story is set in Tokyo, after bubbles that broke the laws of gravity ...
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FromSoftware's Elden Ring is Best-Selling Game in U.S. for Last 12 Months, Overtaking Call of Duty: Vanguard

Game has surpassed 13.4 million units shipped as of March 31 ― NPD Group's executive director Mat Piscatella revealed on Friday that Bandai Namco Entertainment and FromSoftware's Elden Ring action RPG has become the best-selling "premium" game in the United States in the last 12 months (ending April 2022), surpassing Call of Duty: Vanguard. The game is the best-selling game in the U.S. in 2022 so far...
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Man With a Mission Bassist Stable After Sustaining Injury During Concert

Bassist Kamikaze Boy sustained injury during Metropolitan Rock Festival concert on Sunday ― The Metropolitan Rock Festival concert's Twitter account announced on Sunday that the Man With a Mission band's bassist and background vocalist Kamikaze Boy sustained an injury during the Osaka leg of the concert and was rushed to the hospital, but is currently stable and fully conscious. Man with a Mission pr...
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Ace of Diamond Stage Musical Debuts in September After 2-Year COVID-19 Delay

Musical was originally scheduled for June 2020 debut ― The official website for the stage musical adaptation of Yūji Terajima's Ace of Diamond manga revealed on Sunday that the musical will now have its run at The Galaxy Theater in Tokyo from September 30 to October 10. The musical was originally scheduled to run in June 2020, but was delayed due to COVID-19. Akira Yamazaki is directing and writing t...
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Live-Action BL Metamorphosis Film's Trailer Reveals Theme Song

Lead actresses Mana Ashida, Nobuko Miyamoto sing cover of Tjiros song "Kore Sae Areba" ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Kaori Tsurutani's BL Metamorphosis (Metamorphose no Engawa) manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Monday. The trailer reveals and previews the film's theme song, a cover of the Tjiros song "Kore Sae Areba" (As Long as I Have This) performed by ...
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Onipan! Anime's 2nd Video Reveals Miyu Tomita as Top Idol Noririn's Voice

Tomita already voices Noriko Issun in show, but character transforms into Noririn ― The official website for the original television anime Onipan! began streaming the anime's second full promotional video on Monday. The video reveals that Miyu Tomita also voices the top idol character Noririn in the anime. Tomita already voices the character Noriko Issun in the series, and the character is able to tr...
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game Reveals Season 5 Pass in Video

New season pass will launch this year with 5 new characters ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming an announcement video for the fifth season pass for its Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game on Friday. The video states that the season pass will add five new characters to the game and will launch in 2022. The theme of the characters in the new season pass is "Legacy." A "stage renovat...
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Irregular at Magic High School Reloaded Memory Smartphone Game Debuts This Summer

Square Enix announced game in 2020 ― The official website for The irregular at magic high school Reloaded Memory, Square Enix's upcoming smartphone game for the The irregular at magic high school franchise, revealed on Thursday that the game will debut this summer. The game for iOS and Android will be free to play, with purchasable optional in-game items. Original novel writer Tsutomu Satou is overse...
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Rent-A-Girlfriend Anime Season 2's Chizuru Video Announces July 1 Premiere

Live-action adaptation also premieres in July ― The official website for the anime of Reiji Miyajima's Rent-A-Girlfriend (Kanojo, Okarishimasu) manga posted a character promotional video and "date visual" for Chizuru Mizuhara from the second season on Saturday. The website and video announced that the season will premiere in the Super Animeism programming block on MBS, TBS, and 26 affiliates on July ...
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Touken Ranbu Stage Play Gets Anime

Kyoden Moyuru Honnōji director/playwright Kenichi Suemitsu returns to pen anime ― The May 15 Osaka performance of the Touken Ranbu Kiden Ikusa-Yu no Adabana stage play announced that the first non-musical Touken Ranbu stage play, 2016's Touken Ranbu Kyoden Moyuru Honnōji, is inspiring an anime adaptation. The play follows Fudō Yukimitsu, the (anthropomorphized) sword that real-life legendary leader O...
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Laid-Back Camp Film Reveals New Visual, Bonus Manga Volume 13.5 for Theatergoers

Bonus book to include 24-page manga by Afro ― The official website for the anime of Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△, Laid-Back Camp Δ) manga revealed a main visual on Sunday for the upcoming Eiga Yurukyan△ (Laid-Back Camp Movie) anime film. The site also revealed that theatergoers will receive a bonus "volume 13.5" for the manga. The book will feature a new 24-page manga by Afro titled "Rin to Nadeshiko n...
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Alice in Dissonance Reveals fault - StP - LIGHTKRAVTE Prequel Game Releasing on May 27

Release on Steam will include text in English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese ― Developer Alice in Dissonance and publisher Phoenixx announced on Saturday that they will release the fault - StP - LIGHTKRAVTE prequel game in the fault series on PC via Steam on May 27. The release will support text in English, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese. Alice in Dissonance describes the game: In the Kingdom of Rug...
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Crunchyroll Reveals English Dub Cast, Staff for Ascendance of a Bookworm Anime's 3rd Season

Reba Buhr returns as Main in dub premiering on May 16 ― Crunchyroll revealed the English dub cast and staff for the third season of the Ascendance of a Bookworm television anime on Friday. The dub will stream on May 16 at 5:15 p.m. EDT. The cast includes: Reba Buhr as Main (Myne) Armen Taylor as Ferdinand Jeannie Tirado as Lutz Xander Mobus as Benno Lisa Reimold as Tuuli Kaiji Tang as Gunther Kirsten...
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Alice Gear Aegis CS Game's Promo Video Previews Battle Gameplay, Multiplayer Mode

Console version of Alice Gear Aegis smartphone game launches on September 8 ― MAGES. began streaming a promotional video on Saturday for Alice Gear Aegis CS: Concerto of Simulatrix, the console version of Pyramid and COLOPL's Alice Gear Aegis smartphone game. The video previews battle gameplay, customization, the game's story mode, and online multiplayer. MAGES. will release the game on PlayStation 4...
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Fanfare of Adolescence Anime Reveals More Cast, Promo Video, Visual for Show's 'Training Center' Arc

Yōko Hikasa, Junya Enoki, more join cast ― The official website for Aniplex's original television anime Fanfare of Adolescence (Gunjō no Fanfare) revealed more cast, a new promotional video, and a new visual on Sunday for the show's "Training Center" arc. The new arc will start with the eighth episode on May 21. New cast members include: Yōko Hikasa as Akari Sumeragi, a 34-year-old animal trainer at ...
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My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Spinoff Manga Ends in Next Chapter on May 28

Manga centering on unofficial heroes protecting their city district launched in 2016 ― The latest chapter of writer Hideyuki Furuhashi and artist Betten Court's My Hero Academia: Vigilantes (Vigilante: Boku no Hero Academia Illegals) manga on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website and app revealed on Saturday that the manga will end in its next chapter on May 28. Viz Media confirmed it will release the fina...
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Rent-A-Girlfriend Manga Gets Live-Action Show Starring Naniwa Danshi Idol Ryūsei Ōnishi, Hiyori Sakurada

Series premieres in July along with anime season 2 ― Reiji Miyajima's Rent-A-Girlfriend (Kanojo, Okarishimasu) manga is inspiring a live-action series that will premiere in July. Naniwa Danshi idol group member Ryūsei Ōnishi (live-action Seiho Boys' High School!) and actress Hiyori Sakurada (live-action Tokyo Ghoul, Twilight) will star as the protagonist Kazuya Kinoshita and the heroine Chizuru Mizuh...

Kubo Won't Let Me Be Invisible Manga Gets TV Anime

Kana Hanazawa, Kengo Kawanishi star in anime at studio PINE JAM ― Shueisha announced on Friday that Nene Yukimori's Kubo Won't Let Me Be Invisible (Kubo-san wa Mob o Yurusanai) manga is getting a television anime adaptation. Yukimori drew an image to commemorate the announcement. Kazuomi Koga (Rent-A-Girlfriend both seasons, Rainy Cocoa, Welcome to Rainy Color) is directing the anime at studio PINE J...
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Argonavis Band Project's New Anime Film Reveals Title, Story, November 4 Delay

Argonavis Axia film centers on Gyroaxia band ― Bushiroad's boy-band project "from Argonavis" (formerly Argonavis from BanG Dream!) announced on Saturday that the project's brand-new anime film will open on November 4 under the title Gekijō-ban Argonavis Axia (Argonavis the Movie: Axia). The film was previously slated for this summer. The new film shines the spotlight on Gyroaxia, the five-member band...
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Key's Stella of the End Kinetic Novel Releases for PC on September 30

Key originally announced kinetic novel about android girl, transporter in 2020 ― Key revealed on Friday that it will release its Stella of the End (Tsui no Stella) kinetic novel for PC on September 30. The game was most recently slated for this summer. Key is also streaming a teaser trailer. Key originally revealed the game under the temporary title Project:PORTER in October 2020, with an original re...

46th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards' Winners Announced

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Nina the Starry Bride, Police in a Pod win ― Japanese publisher Kodansha announced the winners on Wednesday for its 46th annual Manga Awards. Best Shōnen Manga That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Taiki Kawakami Magazine: Shonen Sirius (Kodansha) Summary: Mikami's middle age hasn't gone as he planned: He never found a girlfriend, he got stuck in a dead-end ...
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Anime Gets 4th Season

4th season debuts as 3 theatrical features on September 30, October 28, November 25 ― The official website for Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, the new anime of Yoshiki Tanaka's epic science fiction novels Legend of the Galactic Heroes, announced on Friday that the anime will have a fourth season, Sakubō (Intrigue). The season will have three parts with limited three-week theatrical run...
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Uma Musume's Top Gun: Maverick Collab Visual Revealed

Mayano Top Gun fills in as a "promotional pilot" for the Tom Cruise film ― The Uma Musume Project's official Twitter account revealed its tie-in visual to cross-promote Tom Cruise's action film Top Gun: Maverick. The image features the appropriate horse girl Mayano Top Gun as a "promotional pilot." 【コラボイラスト公開!】映画『トップガン マーヴェリック』コラボを記念して本家ポスタービジュアルを模したマヤノトップガンの描き下ろしイラストを公開!映画は5月27日(金)公開予定!トレーナーのみなさんも一緒...
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King of Fighters XV Game Previews Team South Town DLC Characters in Video

DLC launches on May 17 ― SNK began streaming a trailer for its The King of Fighters XV game, and it reveals that the Team South Town DLC will launch on May 17. The video previews the team's characters Geese Howard (voiced by Kong Kuwata), Billy Kane (voiced by Masaki Masaki), and Ryuji Yamazaki (voiced by Tsuguo Mogami). SNK released the game on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Windows ...
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Evangelion Collab With PUBG Mobile Starts on May 14

Collab includes Shinji Ikari skin, "Core Circle" survival battle mode against 6th Angel ― An Evangelion collaboration with PUBG Mobile will launch globally on May 14, giving players the opportunity to purchase a Shinji Ikari plugsuit skin for their characters. The game's Japanese Twitter account previewed the skin below: 『エヴァンゲリオン』コラボまであと3⃣日!5/14(土) AM11:00より開催!お楽しみに✨#PUBGMエヴァコラボ#PUBGモバイル #エヴァンゲリオン p...
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GrimGrimoire OnceMore Remastered Game's Trailer Reveals, Previews Cast

Game launches for PS4, Switch on July 28 ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming the third promotional video for GrimGrimoire OnceMore, its remaster of Vanillware's GrimGrimoire PlayStation 2 game, for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The video reveals and previews new cast members. The cast includes: Iori Saeki as Lillet Blan Naoya Miyase as Bartido Ballentyne Miharu Hanai as Margarita Surprise Ryū...
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Aoashi Manga Creator Draws Illustrations For Keirin Ad

Ad depicts a former baseballer, soccer player, and skater choosing to embrace keirin as a new path in life. Aoashi manga creator Yūgo Kobayashi drew the original illustrations featured in Japan Keirin Autorace Foundation and Keirin Promoters' Organization TV commercial for keirin (a form of motor-paced cycle racing). The ad depicts a former baseballer, soccer player, and skater choosing to embrace ...
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Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Action Game's Trailer Highlights Kingdom of Faerghus

Video highlights Blue Lions characters ― Nintendo streamed a new trailer for it and Koei Tecmo Games' Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, a new action game in the Fire Emblem franchise using characters from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The video highlights Dimitri and the Blue Lions characters from the Kingdom of Faerghus. The game will ship for Nintendo Switch on June 24. Nintendo describes the game: E...
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Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie Anime Gets Episode Delays Due to COVID-19

2 weeks see delays because of Doga Kobo's COVID-19 closure ― The official website for the anime of Keigo Maki's romantic comedy manga Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie (Kawaii Dake Ja Nai Shikimori-san) announced on Friday that several episode broadcasts will be delayed because its production company Doga Kobo had been temporarily closed this month due to rapid increase in staff members diagnosed with the...
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VazzRock Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, Fall Premiere

13-episode series focuses on characters from Vazzy, Rock Down groups ― The official website for VazzRock the Animation, the television anime adaptation of the Tsukino Talent Production (TsukiPro) franchise's Vazzy and Rock Down groups, announced on Friday that the series will premiere this fall on Tokyo MX, BS Nippon Television, and other stations. The website also revealed the staff and returning ca...
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Los Angeles Chargers NFL Team Streams Anime Schedule

The Chargers talk smack about their opponents with references to One Piece, Food Wars!, Attack on Titan, more ― The Los Angeles Chargers NFL team posted its upcoming schedule... as an anime intro. Visually, the video sports references to One Piece, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Attack on Titan, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and Naruto, along with in-jokes for NFL fans. Should we REALLY make our schedule ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, May 2-8

Nintendo Switch Sports stays at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: May 2-8 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwNintendo Switch Sports Nintendo April 29 114,699 304,588 2NSwKirby and the Forgotten Land Nintendo March 25 39,634 695,811 3NSweBASEBALL Powerful Pro Yakyū 2022 Konami April 21 23,844 153,933 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 22,549 4,621,427 5NSwMin...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 25-May 1

Nintendo Switch Sports debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 25-May 1 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwNintendo Switch Sports Nintendo April 29 189,889 189,889 2NSwKirby and the Forgotten Land Nintendo March 25 37,696 656,177 3NSweBASEBALL Powerful Pro Yakyū 2022 Konami April 21 37,365 130,089 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 19,253 4,598,878...
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Japanese Animation TV Ranking, April 25-May 1

Kiki's Delivery Service earns 10.1% rating ― Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Kiki's Delivery Service anime film aired on NTV on Friday, April 29 at 9:00 p.m., and it earned a 10.1% rating. The Survive! Inside the Human Body (Jintai no Survival!) anime film aired on NHK-E on Sunday, May 1 at 3:45 p.m. and earned a 0.3% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Chibi Maruko-ch...
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Backflip!! Anime Film Reveals Trailer, Song Artists, July 2 Premiere

wacci performs film's theme song, Centimillimental performs insert song ― The official website for the upcoming Backflip!! (Bakuten!!) anime film based on the original television anime revealed the film's new trailer on Friday, which reveals and previews Centimillimental's insert song "Hikari no Naka kara Tsutaetai koto" (Something I Want to Tell You from Inside the Light). The website revealed that ...
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Nana Mizuki, Kensho Ono, More Join Cast of Tomodachi Game Anime

Tetsu Inada, Daisuke Ono, Kishō Taniyama, Tetsuya Kakihara also join cast ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Yuki Sato's Tomodachi Game (Friends Games) manga revealed more cast members for the anime on Friday. The new cast members include: (from left to right in image above) Nana Mizuki as Reiko Tamai Tetsu Inada as Jūzō Kadokura Kishō Taniyama as Hyakutarō Onigawara Tetsuya K...
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Utano☆Princesama Anime's 1-Hour Special Airs on July 31

Special takes place after Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love Kingdom, before upcoming film ― The official website for Gekijō-ban Utano☆Princesama♪ Maji Love ST☆RISH Tours, the upcoming film in the Utano☆Princesama franchise, revealed on Friday that the previously announced new television anime special will air in Japan on July 31 at 8:00 p.m. on Tokyo MX and BS11. The special is titled Utano☆Princesama♪ Ma...
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Takehito Koyasu Joins Spriggan Anime's Cast as Mirage

Series premieres on Netflix on June 18 ― The official website for David Production's new anime series based on Hiroshi Takashige and Ryōji Minagawa's Spriggan (Striker) manga revealed on Friday that Takehito Koyasu will play Mirage in the series. Koyasu played Jean Jacquemonde in the previous anime film adaptation of the manga. The show will premiere on Netflix worldwide on June 18. The anime stars: ...
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Blue Lock Anime Reveals Promo Video, October Premiere, 10 More Cast Members

New visual also revealed ― The official website for the television anime of Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yūsuke Nomura's Blue Lock soccer manga revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere in October and will air on TV Asahi and its affiliates in the "NUMAnimation" programming block. The site also revealed the show's promotional video, a new key visual, and 10 more cast members. The new cast includes: M...
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OxT, Mayu Maeshima Return for Overlord IV Anime's Theme Songs

OxT duo performs opening song, former MYTH&ROID vocalist Maeshima performs ending song ― The official website for the television anime of Kugane Maruyama's Overlord light novel series revealed the opening and ending theme song artists for Overlord IV, the fourth anime season, on Friday. The duo OxT (Masayoshi Ōishi and [email protected]) will perform the opening theme song "HOLLOW HUNGER." The duo previously ...
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Live-Action BL Metamorphosis Film's Clip Shows Ichinoi Meeting Urara

Film opens on June 17 ― Nikkatsu began streaming a clip from the live-action film adaptation of Kaori Tsurutani's BL Metamorphosis (Metamorphose no Engawa) manga on Friday. The clip shows Ichinoi inquiring about BL manga at the bookstore where Urara works, and Urara enthusiastically introducing her to the world of BL manga. The film will open on June 17. Mana Ashida stars in the film as Urara, while ...
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My Love Mix-Up! Romantic Comedy Manga Ends in June

Wataru Hinekure, Aruko launched manga in 2019 ― The June issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret (Betsuma) magazine revealed on Friday that writer Wataru Hinekure and artist Aruko's My Love Mix-Up! (Kieta Hatsukoi) manga will end in the magazine's next issue on June 13. Viz Media is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the series: Aoki has a crush on Hashimoto, the girl in the seat next to ...

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