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Netflix Announces December Premiere Dates for Baki, Sirius the Jaeger, Hi Score Girl Anime

Also: Last Hope part 2 ― Netflix U.S. announced on Tuesday that it will premiere Baki on December 18, Sirius the Jaeger and the second part of Last Hope on December 21, and Hi Score Girl on December 24. All four are labelled as Netflix Original anime. Other previously revealed anime premiering on Netflix in December include Hero Mask (December 3), Neo Yokio Pink Christmas (December 7), and Back Stree...
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My Sister, My Writer Credits List Animator with Pseudonym 'Honestly, I'm Screwed'

My Sister, My Writer has been attracting buzz this season, but not for the ideal reasons. Its deteriorating animation quality has been a trending topic on Twitter since the second episode aired in October. Even the production staff appear to be perfectly aware about the situation and are making light of it through a pseudonym for one of the key animators. Episode 6's credits include a name called ...
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J-Novel Club Launches Online Manga Reader, Licenses 5 Manga Titles

Seirei Gensouki, Infinite Dendrogram, How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom manga editions included ― J-Novel Club announced the its first five manga licenses on Tuesday. The first chapters of all five are now available for free on the company's new manga reader. The manga are as follows: Title: A Very Fairy Apartment (Uchi no Apaato no Yōsei-san) Author: Amakara Surume Translator: Alexander Keller-...

Funimation Reveals Cast, Staff, Streaming for New 2019 Fruits Basket TV Anime

In case you missed it, more details, including the Japanese staff and cast for one of the most requested anime remakes of all time. ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will stream a new television anime adaptation for Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga. Funimation stated the anime will air in Japan on TV Tokyo in 2019, and Funimation will stream the anime on FunimationNow. Funimation also conf...
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Revisions Anime Casts Yōko Hikasa, Yukari Tamura, Houchu Ohtsuka

Cast as dog-eared "Revisions" foes in January anime ― The official website for Fuji TV and Shirogumi's Revisions original television anime announced three more cast members on Tuesday: Yōko Hikasa as Chiharu Isurugi, a beautiful Revisions with dog ears and a tail. Always calm and relaxed, she's very arrogant towards the people of Shibuya. She believes she is fulfilling a great duty for the sake of he...
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My Sister, My Writer Anime Episode 7 Delayed by 1 Week

Episode 6 to rerun in its place this week ― The official website and Twitter account for the My Sister, My Writer television anime announced on Tuesday that episode 7 has been pushed back by one week due to production delays. The various television channels will air a rebroadcast of episode 6 instead this week. AT-X, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and the streaming services dAnime Store and AbemaTV wil...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, November 12-18

2018 Crayon Shin-chan film sells 1,698 more, followed by My Hero Academia, Wotakoi, 2018 Detective Conan film, Seiyū Event DVD Kikaku Jinrō Battle ― Seiyū Event DVD Kikaku Jinrō Battle lies and the truth 2018 June ~Jinrō vs. Kaitō~ sold 426 more copies for a new total of 1,595 copies. In its second week, it dropped from #11 to #31 on the overall DVD chart. The stage production Touken Ranbu Hiden: Yui...

Anime Studio Xebec's Production Operations to Be Transfered to Sunrise

Parent company: Yamato 2199/2202 & Nadesico studio has been in the red ― IG Port, the parent company of several anime studios including Production I.G and WIT Studio, announced that its board of directors decided on Tuesday to transfer the production operations of one of its consolidated subsidiaries, the anime studio Xebec, to Sunrise. Sunrise added that it plans to establish a new subsidiary to tak...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, November 12-18

[email protected] SideM concert sells 3,062 more, followed by Wotakoi, Sailor Moon S, My Hero Academia, Hisone & Misotan ― The [email protected] SideM 3rd Live Tour ~Glorious [email protected]!~ Live Blu-ray Side Makuhari sold 3,062 more copies for a new total of 31,684. It dropped from #1 to #2 in its second week on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The Blu-ray + DVD Set for the overseas live-action film Pacific Rim: Uprising...
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Dororo Stage Play Unveils More Cast, Visual

Hiroki Suzuki, Rie Kitahara, Shōtarō Arisawa star in March 2019 play ― The staff for the stage play adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's Dororo manga revealed the stage play's cast and visual on Tuesday. The cast, including the previously announced Hiroki Suzuki, includes: Hiroki Suzuki as Hyakkimaru (Suzuki also plays Hyakkimaru in the upcoming anime) Rie Kitahara as Dororo Shōtarō Arisawa as Tahōmaru Kento...
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Kemono Friends 2 Anime Casts Mami Yamashita, Kaori Maeda

Voices of Margay, Giant Panda in January anime ― The official Twitter account for the Kemono Friends franchise revealed more cast members for Kemono Friends 2, the second season of the Kemono Friends anime, on Tuesday. The new cast members include: Mami Yamashita as Margay Kaori Maeda as Giant Panda Yamashita returns from the first anime in the same role. The anime will premiere on January 7 at 26:05...
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Hulu Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie, Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Films

2004 film, 2016 film available in U.S. ― Hulu added the Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie and Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions films for users in the United States on November 15. Warner Bros. and 4Kids Entertainment produced Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie as an American original film based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. It opened in the United States in 2004 and later aired in Japan as a TV movie in 2005. Fathom Events desc...
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Gundam 00 Stage Play Reveals New Visual

The official website for the stage play adaptation of the Mobile Suit Gundam 00 anime revealed a new visual for the play on Tuesday. The play will run at the Nippon Seinenkan Hall in Tokyo from February 15-18, and then at the Morinomiya Piloti Hall in Osaka on February 23 and 24. Theaters throughout Japan will stream the 4:30 p.m. performance on February 24 from Osaka live. Fumiya Matsuzaki is dir...
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Prison Lab Manga Gets Anime on Anime Beans App

Winter anime for revenge manga about student who imprisons his bully ― The official Twitter account for the LINE LIVE service announced on Monday that an anime adaptation of Chiho Minase and Kantetsu's Kangoku Jikken -Prison Labo- manga has been green-lit for Production I.G's Anime Beans app this winter. The app is running an audition for voice actors for the anime, and began accepting applications o...
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Uirabu., Precure, Godzilla Films Stay in Top 10 at Japanese Box Office

Zoku Owarimonogatari, Anemone fall off list ― The live-action film of Yukimo Hoshimori's Uirabu. -Uiuishii Koi no Ohanashi- (Uirabu.: Story of Innocent Love) manga fell from #3 to #5 in its second weekend. The film earned 99,410,600 yen (about US$883,000) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 434,451,900 yen (about US$3.85 million). The film sold 143,000 tickets and earned 170 m...
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Shinjuku Museums Add Bungo Stray Dogs Characters for Limited Exhibit

When they aren't hiding out in other anime films, the characters of Bungo Stray Dogs are studying up on literature in museums across Japan. The Natsume Soseki Memorial Museum and Shinjuku Historical Museum in Shinjuku are next on Bungo Stray Dogs' collaboration list after participating in the "The Brilliant Bookshelf of Edogawa Rampo" exhibit at the Kochi Literary Museum. The Natsume Soseki Memori...
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Live-Action Touken Ranbu Film's 1st Teaser Highlights Characters

Film based on popular sword personification franchise opens on January 18 ― The official website for the live-action film of Nitroplus and DMM Games' Touken Ranbu franchise began streaming the film's first teaser trailer on Tuesday. The teaser highlights the film's main characters and the story. The film stars (Note: Names of historical Japanese characters have been written with last name first.): Hi...
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HIDIVE Announces English Casts for Release the Spyce, Tsurune Anime

Regions also announced for dubcasts premiering this week ― HIDIVE announced the English dub casts for Tsurune and Release the Spyce on Monday. The English dubcasts will premiere on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively. Shannon Reed is directing the dub for Tsurune with audio engineers Anel Garcia and Patrick Marrero. The cast includes: Bryson Baugus as Minato Gareth West as Seiya Gabriel Regojo as Ry...
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FunimationNow to Add 10 Dragon Ball Z Movies/Specials Streaming

Films to be added on Wednesday ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Monday that it will add 10 Dragon Ball Z movies and specials to its FunimationNow streaming service in the United States and Canada on Wednesday. The following titles will be available: Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Re...
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Girls und Panzer Fans Crowd This Year's Ōarai Fest

The coastal town of Ōarai in Ibaraki prefecture's annual Angler Fish Festival has seen a huge influx of visitors ever since it merged with the Girls und Panzer anime in 2013. The event is nothing short of an all-star example of how local tourism can merge with entertainment. The area suffered greatly after the March 2011 tsunami but attendee turnout for the festival helped bring revitalization to ...

Game Developer light Reports New Regulations for Games on Sony Consoles

Company must pass inspections to release 18+ game Silverio Trinity ― (Note: links in this article may not be safe for work.) A representative from game developer light (Dies Irae) said in a livestream presentation on October 26 that the company submitted an application to get its game, Silverio Trinity (pictured right), on Sony platforms, but the application has not yet passed. The representative fro...
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Fan Captures All 151 Original Pokémon Plushes—For US$1,600

As part of the wider promotion for the Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!/Eevee Nintendo Switch games, the official Pokémon Centers in Japan are focusing on the original 151 Pokémon from the Red, Blue, Green and Yellow games. There's a certain charm about the Generation I monsters that many players grew up capturing and training in hopes of defeating the Elite 4. Pokémon fans will get to revisit that exp...
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Jump Force Crossover Game's 1st TV Ad Streamed

Game launches for PS4, Xbox One, PC on February 15 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the first television commercial for its Jump Force crossover game on Monday. The video previews characters such as Luffy, Goku, and Naruto in a ruined New York City. Spike Chunsoft is developing the game, which will launch on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on February 15 in the Americas and ...
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Man Arrested for Selling Modified Mini Super Famicom With Added Games

Modified consoles added 5 games, including Super Mario Bros. ― Shimane Prefecture Police arrested 39-year-old company employee Tomoyuki Miyamoto in Kashima, Ibaraki Prefecture on Monday on suspicion of violating Japanese trademark and copyright laws by selling modified Nintendo Classic Mini Super Famicons. Miyamoto admitted to the charges. According to the police, Miyamoto sold three modified console...
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Levi Continues His Attack on Stained Laundry

Levi's love of cleanliness knows no bounds. He's whipped Osaka train station bathrooms into shape and now he's here to ensure all those Survey Corps uniforms are crisp and white. Levi is the "spokesperson" for Kao's "Attack" brand laundry detergent. The campaign launched over the summer with a poll to pick the detergent bottle's design. Eren was fond of the A design that would show "Levi folding c...
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Final Fantasy Explorers Force Smartphone Game Ends Service in February

Delayed game launched on March 15 ― The official Twitter account for the Final Fantasy Explorers-Force iOS and Android game revealed on Monday that the game will end service on February 19. An update added the final chapter of the scenario and new summons beasts. Details about the end of service are available in a notice in the app. The game launched on March 15 after a delay. Square Enix originally ...
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Fate's Illya Voice Actress Mai Kadowaki Announces Separation

Voice actress Mai Kadowaki announced on her blog on Saturday that she is now a "single parent." Kadowaki didn't write the specific circumstances that led to her raising her children alone. Kadowaki wrote that she and her children moved into a new home in the spring and she thanked her friends for helping with the move. She asked that her friends come and visit her family any time. She plans to con...
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The Princess Guide Switch/PS4 Game's Trailer Introduces Princesses

NIS America to release game in early 2019 ― NIS America began streaming a trailer for its release of the The Princess Guide (Anata no Shikihime Kyōdōtan) game for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on Monday. The video introduces the game's four main princesses. NIS America will release the game in early 2019. NIS America describes the game: In a land torn by chaos and war, a new evil rises. Now, four...
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Studio Ponoc's Modest Heroes Anime Anthology Film Opens in U.S. on January 7, 10

Film to screen with dub, subtitles ― GKIDS and Fathom Events announced on Monday that they will screen Studio Ponoc's anthology film Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Film Theater, Volume 1 in 500 U.S. theaters on January 10 and January 12. Screenings on Thursday, January 10 at 7 p.m. local time will be English-dubbed while screenings on Saturday, January 12 at 12:55 p.m. local time will be in Japanese with...
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Super Robot Wars DD Smartphone Game Launches in Japan in 2019

Featured series include Devilman, Mobile Suit Z Gundam, Code Geass, Evangelion, Zegapain ― A livestream for the Super Robot Wars game series announced on Monday that the new Super Robot Taisen DD (Super Robot Wars DD) smartphone game will launch for iOS and Android devices in Japan in 2019. Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the first promotional video for the game. The game will feature the ...
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'Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu' Gets New 1-Shot Manga in December

Original 2008-2011 manga inspired 2 anime DVDs, live-action film ― This year's 24th issue of Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine revealed on Tuesday that Kanan Minami will publish a new one-shot manga for the Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu manga in the magazine's next issue on December 5. The manga will have a color opening page and 33 total pages. The one-shot will focus on Tsubaki and Kyōta (highlight the follow...
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Beyblade Burst Evolution Anime Now Available on Netflix

1st 26 episodes of 2nd season of Beyblade Burst available in U.S, Canada, Australia, New Zealand ― The official English Twitter account for the Beyblade franchise announced on Saturday that the first 26 episodes Beyblade Burst Evolution anime is now available on Netflix in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Beyblade Burst God (Beyblade Burst Evolution), the "second season" of the ...
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Super Robot Wars T Game Announced for PS4, Switch in Japan in 2019

Cowboy Bebop, Arcadia of My Youth: Endless Orbit SSX, Magic Knight Rayearth, Expelled from Paradise debut in game ― A livestream for the Super Robot Wars game series announced on Monday that the new Super Robot Taisen T (Super Robot Wars T) game will launch for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan in 2019. The game is also slated for release in Asia. The "T" in the game's title refers to "Terra...
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Fairy Tail: Final Season Casts Alvarez Empire Military

Yoshito Yasuhara, Tomoaki Maeno, Manami Numakura, Natsumi Fujiwara, more ― The official website for the Fairy Tail television anime unveiled the cast and character designs for the Alvarez Empire military characters in the final season on Monday: Yoshito Yasuhara as August, the Magic King and one of the Alvarez Empire military's Spriggan 12 Tomoaki Maeno as Invel, the Winter General and one of the Alv...

Funimation Reveals Cast, Staff, Streaming for New 2019 Fruits Basket TV Anime

Manaka Iwami, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Yūma Uchida, Yūichi Nakamura star in anime by TMS Entertainment ― Funimation announced on Monday that it will stream a new television anime adaptation for Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga. Funimation stated the anime will air in Japan on TV Tokyo in 2019, and Funimation will stream the anime on FunimationNow. Funimation also confirmed it has licensed the home vid...
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Cute High Earth Defense Club Director, Studio Make RobiHachi TV Anime

Kazuya Nakai, Keisuke Koumoto star in original anime from Gintama helmer Shinji Takamatsu ― A website opened on Monday to announce that production on an original television anime titled RobiHachi has been green-lit. The teaser visual features the two main characters Robii Yaaji and Hacchi Kita. The cast stars: Kazuya Nakai as Robii Yaaji Keisuke Koumoto as Hacchi Kita Daisuke Sakaguchi as JPS-19 (19 ...
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Wakako-zake Live-Action Show's 4th Season Premieres in January

Rina Takeda returns to star in new series about sake-loving woman ― The official Twitter account for the live-action series based on Chie Shinkyū's Wakako-zake manga revealed on Monday that the show's fourth season will premiere on January 7. The show will air on BS-TV Tokyo and BS-TV Tokyo 4K. Rina Takeda is reprising her role as Wakako. Yoshihiro Nozoe returns as "Taishō," the owner of a restaurant...
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Nomura: Final Fantasy VII Game Remake Will Be 'Next PR Priority' After Kingdom Hearts III

― In an interview with Famitsu.com on Friday, game director Tetsuya Nomura confirmed that the Final Fantasy VII remake will be the next PR priority for Square Enix after the release of Kingdom Hearts III in January 2019. Nomura stated he wanted to clear up some misinformation that was circulating online after comments he gave at an event at the Artnia Café in Tokyo earlier in November. Those comment...
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Kuroko's Basketball's Conclusion Stage Play Reveals Visual, Cast for Rakuzan High

4th play in series runs in 4 cities in April, May ― The official website for the Kuroko no Basuke - Ultimate Blaze stage play revealed a new visual on Monday for the members of the Rakuzan High basketball team. The cast of the team includes: (from left to right in image above) Soramu Aoki as Kotarō Hayama Takamoto as Chihiro Mayuzumi Yōjirō Itokawa as Seijūrō Akashi Ryōsei Tanaka as Reo Mibuchi Shin ...
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Saint Seiya Episode Zero Manga's 2nd Season Will Run for 2 Chapters

New "season" is titled "Saint Seiya Origin" with 2-chapter run in December, January ― The official website of publisher Akita Shoten announced on Monday that Masami Kurumada's second mini-series "season" for his Saint Seiya Episode Zero manga will be titled "Saint Seiya Origin," and it will have two chapters that will debut in the February and March 2019 issues of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine...
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Dead or Alive 6 Game's Video Reveals New Character NiCO

Kokoro, Lisa also return for February fighting game ― Koei Tecmo America began streaming a new video for Team Ninja's Dead or Alive 6 fighting game on Sunday. The video reveals a new character named NiCO, who is a Finnish fighter who uses lightning attacks with the Southeast Asian martial art Pencak Silat. The new video also reveals the returning characters Kokoro and Lisa. The game will launch for P...
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Black Lagoon Manga Gets Animated Ad to Celebrate 11th Volume

1th volume shipped on Monday ― The official YouTube channel of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine began streaming an anime commercial for the 11th volume of Rei Hiroe's Black Lagoon manga on Monday. Megumi Toyoguchi narrates the video. The 11th volume debuted on the same day. (Note: The official video on YouTube is region-locked to Japan. A region-free video is provided below.) Hiroe launched th...
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We Never Learn TV Anime's Color Character Designs Revealed

― The official website of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed the color character design visuals for four characters in the television anime adaptation of Taishi Tsutsui's We Never Learn (Boku-tachi wa Benkyō ga Dekinai) manga on Monday. Nariyuki Yuiga Rizu Ogata Fumino Furuhashi Uruka Takemoto Yoshiaki Iwasaki (Love Hina, Hayate the Combat Butler!!, Last Period: the journey to the end o...
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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. 'Conclusion' Anime's New Visual Shows Reita, Kūsuke

The official Twitter account for the anime of Shūichi Asō's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan) manga revealed a new visual for the upcoming "concluding" anime on Monday. The visual is similar to the previously revealed visual in October, but adds the spiritual medium Reita Toritsuka and Kusuo Saiki's older brother Kūsuke Saiki. The franchise will have an event featuring the a...
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HIDIVE to Stream Dubcasts for Release the Spyce, Tsurune Anime

HIDIVE announced at Anime NYC on Sunday that it will offer dubcasts for Release the Spyce and Tsurune this season. Tsurune's dub will premiere on November 21, while the Release the Spyce dub will premiere on November 24. The dubs will also stream on Ellation's VRV streaming service. As part of its dubcast initiative, HIDIVE will stream local-language dubbed versions of select anime simulcasts wit...

Viz Media to Release Sailor Moon Stars Anime on Home Video Starting in Spring 2019

Release marks 1st N. American release for final season of 1st Sailor Moon anime ― Viz Media announced at a Sailor Moon panel at the Anime NYC event on Sunday that it will release the first half of the Sailor Moon Stars anime on home video in spring 2019. Pre-orders will be available soon. Viz Media's release will mark the first time Sailor Moon Stars, which is the fifth and final season of the origi...
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Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō Anime Reveals More Cast, Main Staff, New Visual

Rina Satou joins cast as Mayura in December anime by GONZO ― The official website for Toei Animation's anime of Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō manga revealed a new cast member, the main staff, and a new visual for the anime on Monday. Rina Satou joins the cast as Mayura, the Pavo (Peacock) Silver Saint who acts as a guide for Shōko when she decides to become a Saintia. Masato Tamagawa (Nurs...
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Japanese Theaters Install Ghidorah Toilet Paper for Final Anime Godzilla Film

Jappanese theater chain TOHO Cinemas started installing Godzilla-themed toilet paper in their restrooms on November 17. Godzilla: The Planet Eater, the final installment in the anime Godzilla film trilogy, began screening in Japan on November 9. King Ghidorah, a kaijū that appears in Godzilla: The Planet Eater, gets toilet paper in his image. The paper shows the beast's long necks, which extend al...
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Japanese Radio Stations Produce Kurage no Sōdan Anime

The social media app Mysta is adding a new section on Friday dedicated to producing original anime series. The Mysta presents Koe-chan!-VOICE CHAMPION GRANDPRIX- content. The app already promotes musical talent via a competition similar to American Idol meets Facebook. The section's first original anime is Kurage no Sōdan as a collaboration with the Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa, Kanagawa; a breed...
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Akira Creator Katsuhiro Otomo Cites Ashita no Joe Creator as Influence

Otomo also had some criticism for modern manga in a recent interview in Big Comic magazine ― Katsuhiro Otomo was interviewed in Big Comic Issue 22, where he shared his early memories of Big Comic as well as the surprising influence fellow manga creator Tetsuya Chiba had on him. Tetsuya Chiba is best known for drawing the classic boxing manga Ashita no Joe, which was the inspiration behind the 2018 an...
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Yu-Gi-Oh!'s Takahashi Ends The Comiq Short Manga on November 26

Manga launched on October 15 ― This year's 51st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Kazuki Takahashi will end his The Comiq short manga in the next issue on November 26. The final chapter will have 35 pages. Takahashi launched the manga in the magazine's 46th issue on October 15. The manga is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump. Viz Media is pu...
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Ichiban Kuji Offers Chance to Win Nyanko-Sensei Inside Pot of Food

Banpresto's Ichiban Kuji lottery is offering kitchen-themed Natsume's Book of Friends goods, perfect for the gluttonous Nyanko-sensei. Six items are available overall. As always with Ichiban Kuji, it's the Last One Prize, which is given to the person to receive the last prize at each location, that fans will be holding their breath for. This time, it's a doll of Nyanko-sensei inside a pot of food....
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Jump Force Game Adds Rurouni Kenshin's Kenshin Himura, Makoto Shishio as Playable Characters

Game launches for PS4, Xbox One, PC on February 15 ― This year's 51st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the characters Kenshin Himura and Makoto Shishio from Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga are joining Bandai Namco Entertainment's Jump Force crossover game. Spike Chunsoft is developing the game, which will launch on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC vi...
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Anime Film Reveals Full Trailer, 2nd Visual

Film opens in Japan on January 4, followed by April World Tour, June concerts at Metlife Dome ― The official website for the Love Live! anime franchise began streaming the first full trailer for the Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow film on Sunday. The website also posted the second key visual for the film. The Numazu Civic Cultural Center in Shizuoka Prefecture will host a...
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Alice & Taiyo Manga Ends in Shonen Jump

Takahide Totsuno launched manga on July 2 ― This year's 51st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the final chapter of Takahide Totsuno's Alice & Taiyo (Alice to Taiyō) manga on Monday. Shueisha will publish the manga's second and third compiled volumes on February 4. The manga launched in Weekly Shonen Jump's 31st issue on July 2. Shueisha published the manga's first compiled vo...

Attack on Titan Manga's Final Panel Previewed on TV

Documentary program shows Hajime Isayama's work process in manga's final stretch ― The MBS documentary program Jōnetsu Tairiku aired an episode on Attack on Titan manga creator Hajime Isayama on Sunday. Toward the end of the episode, the program showed Isayama drawing the rough layout draft for the final panel of the manga series. Select the following link to see the panel draft with spoilers. The di...

Black Lagoon Manga Resumes in Spring 2019

Manga went on hiatus in August ― The December issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Monday that Rei Hiroe will resume the Black Lagoon manga in the magazine in spring 2019. Hiroe is also launching the temporarily titled 341 Sentōdan (341 Combat Team) manga in Shogakukan's Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine in spring 2019. Hiroe launched the Black Lagoon manga in Monthly Sunday GX i...

Dr. Stone Manga Gets TV Anime Starring Yūsuke Kobayashi in Summer 2019

Science-fiction manga centers on 2 friends who use science to restart civilization ― This year's 51st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga will get a television anime adaptation that will premiere in July 2019. Yūsuke Kobayashi will star in the anime as Senku. The magazine's previous issue hinted at an "important announ...
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Film's Bonus 'All Might: Rising' Manga Gets Animated

Bonus anime included with film's February 13 "BD/DVD Plus Ultra Edition" ― The Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of the My Hero Academia: Two Heroes film will ship on February 13 in Japan, and the "BD/DVD Plus Ultra Edition" will include a new bonus anime. The All Might: Rising The Animation bonus will adapt the "No.0 ALL MIGHT: RISING" one-shot manga. Below are the illustrations on the front and back of ...
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Setsuyaku Rock Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series in January

KAT-TUN's Tatsuya Ueda, Johnny's West's Daiki Shigeoka star in comedy series ― NTV announced on Sunday that Hiromi Ōkubo's Setsuyaku Rock (Rock Savings) manga is getting a live-action television series that will premiere on NTV on January 21 at 24:59 (effectively January 22 at 12:59 a.m.). KAT-TUN member Tatsuya Ueda (right above) is starring in the series as Takao. Johnny's West member Daiki Shigeok...
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Cells at Work! Anime Gets New Episode on December 26

Follow-up episode to center around battling cold ― "Hataraku Saiten" (Festival at Work!), the first major event for the Cells at Work! anime, announced on Sunday that a new episode will air on December 26 at 24:30 (effectively December 27 at 12:30 a.m.) on Tokyo MX, BS11, Gunma TV, and Tochigi TV. The episode "Kaze Shōkōgun" (Cold Syndrome) will be about battling a cold. The staff describes the story...
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Vertical to Release VOFAN Artbook Colorful Dreams

Company also reveals new titles, release dates for 2 previously licensed novels ― Vertical announced at Anime NYC on Saturday that it will release an artbook for illustrator VOFAN (Monogatari series) titled Colorful Dreams. Vertical will release the artbook in October 2019, and the release will include a new cover and photographs. The book is the first of three artbooks that VOFAN published under th...
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Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us Anime Film's New English Clip Streamed

Film screens in U.S. for 4 days in November-December ― The Pokémon Company International began streaming an English-dubbed clip on Saturday from Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Minna no Monogatari), the 21st film in the Pokémon franchise. The film will have a limited theatrical release through Fathom Events in the United States on November 24, November 26, November 28, a...

Koei Tecmo Reveals Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Scarlet Game for PS4, Switch

March 20 game features Misaki from Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation ― Koei Tecmo Games announced at the "Dead or Alive Festival 2018" event in Tokyo on Sunday that it is producing a new version of its Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 game titled Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Scarlet for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The game will launch in Japan on March 20, and will feature the character Misaki from the PC v...
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Girls und Panzer Dream Tank Match Game Gets Nintendo Switch Version

Original PS4 game shipped in Japan on February 22, in Southeast Asia with English text on February 27 ― The official Twitter account for the game series based on the Girls und Panzer franchise revealed on Sunday that the Girls und Panzer Dream Tank Match PlayStation 4 game is getting a Nintendo Switch port in 2019 under the title Girls und Panzer Dream Tank Match DX. The new version will feature new ...
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2nd Girls und Panzer das Finale Anime Film's 2nd Teaser Video Reveals June 15 Debut

New key visual also revealed for 2nd film in 6-part film project ― The official Twitter account for the six-part Girls und Panzer das Finale film series announced on Sunday that the film will open in Japan on June 15, 2019. The account also revealed a new key visual. The show's official website is also streaming a second teaser video. The first Girls und Panzer das Finale film opened in Japan in 59 t...
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Eir Aoi Performs Opening Theme for Tokyo Chronos Visual Novel

New trailer, extended demo unveiled ― MyDearest announced at Anime NYC on Saturday that Eir Aoi is performing the opening song "UNLIMITED" for its Tokyo Chronos VR visual novel project. The company shared a trailer featuring the opening theme. MyDearest also announced an extended demo that will unveil eight of the nine announced characters for the game. Sekai Project launched a Kickstarter campaign ...

Yen Press Licenses 7 New Manga, 6 New Light Novels

Company to also release yuri anthology book ― Yen Press announced the following manga and novel licenses at Anime NYC on Saturday: Akiyama's Killing Me! manga Kenji Saito and Shouji Sato's God Shining Moonlight Howling Moon manga Sakuma Sasaki and Asagi Tosaka's The Dirty Way to Destroy the Goddess's Hero light novels Light Tuchini and Saori Toyota's The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious light...
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Relive Your Favorite Attack on Titan Lines With Karuta Card Game

Karuta refers to traditional Japanese card games. Anime fans may know about "poetry karuta" from the hit anime and manga series Chihayafuru. The idea of that game is matching sounds spoken aloud to lines of famous Japanese poetry written on cards. That basic style of play can be adapted to many different texts, including famous lines of dialog from a hit anime series. That's right, Attack on Titan...
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Mamoru Miyano Pets Godzilla at Premiere Event of Godzilla: The Planet Eater

In the Godzilla anime film trilogy, Mamoru Miyano plays the irritable and dour captain Sakaki, who thinks of nothing but killing Godzilla. But in real life, Miyano is actually very fond of the atomic breath-spewing kaijū, as he freely displayed at a premiere event of Godzilla: The Planet Eater on November 3. Godzilla: The Planet Eater was the closing film of this year's Tokyo International Film Fe...
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Fate/Grand Order Made an Estimated 9 Billion Yen in September

Fate/Grand Order made over 9 billion yen (approx. US$80 million) in September according to sales prediction data posted by Game-i. The site tracks sales for video games and social game apps. The amount of money a social game makes per month fluctuates due to the popularity of the events and promotions held in the game, as well as other factors. Fate/Grand Order made 6.4 billion yen (US$56.7 millio...
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Gundam NT Anime Gets English Dub

― Sunrise announced at its Gundam panel at Anime NYC on Saturday that it is working with NYAV Post to produce an English dub for the Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative (Kidō Senshi Gundam NT) anime project. The anime will open on November 30 in Japan. Shunichi Yoshizawa (Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt, Gundam Reconguista in G episode director) is directing the anime at Sunrise Studio #1. Harutoshi Fukui ...
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Universal Studios Japan's Detective Conan, Lupin III Attraction Detailed

Universal Studios Japan has released details on their Japanese website about their Detective Conan and Lupin III attractions, which are slated to start from January 18, 2019. The "Detective Conan World" will involve three attractions: an escape room game called "Detective Conan The Escape"; a park-wide mystery called "Detective Conan Mystery Challenge"; and a restaurant called "Detective Conan Mys...
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Denpa Licenses Masakazu Ishiguro's Heavenly Delusion, You Someya's Pleasure & Corruption Manga

Manga by And Yet the Town Moves artist inspired an animated commercial ― Manga publisher Denpa announced at Anime NYC on Saturday that it has licensed Masakazu Ishiguro's Heavenly Delusion and You Someya's Pleasure & Corruption manga. The first volume of Heavenly Delusion (Tengoku Dai Makyō) is slated for April 30, 2019. Ishiguro (And Yet the Town Moves) launched the manga in Kodansha's Afternoon ma...

Megalobox Anime's English Dub Cast Revealed

Kaiji Tang, Lex Lang star in anime premiering on Toonami in December ― Viz Media announced the lead English dub cast for the Megalobox anime at Anime NYC on Saturday. The cast, under ADR director Ezra Weisz, includes: Kaiji Tang as Joe Jason Marnocha as Coach Nanbu Erica Mendez as Sachio Lex Lang as Yuri Erika Harlacher as Yukiko The dub will premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami block on Saturday, Decem...
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Viz Media to Screen Hunter x Hunter: The Last Mission Anime Film in U.S. Theaters in January

Film opened in Japan in December 2013 ― Viz Media announced at the Anime NYC event on Saturday that it will screen the Hunter × Hunter -The Last Mission- anime film in theaters in the United States in January. The film opened in Japan in December 2013. Viz Media describes the film: The Battle Olympia tournament at Heaven's Arena is about to begin, but a terrifying enemy ends the festivities. Gon & K...

Viz Media Licenses My Hero Academia: Smash!!, Komi Can't Communicate, Beastars Manga

Also: Automatic Eve novel ― Viz Media announced at its panel at Anime NYC on Saturday that it has licensed the My Hero Academia: Smash!!, Komi Can't Communicate, and Beastars manga, as well as the Automatic Eve novel. All four are slated to debut in summer 2019. Manga artist Hirofumi Neda launched the Boku no Hero Academia Smash!! (My Hero Academia: Smash!!) spinoff manga on Shueisha's Jump+ app in ...
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The Rising of The Shield Hero Anime Staff Share Comments, Illustration

The official website for Rising of the Shield Hero unveiled comments from the director Takao Abo and series composition writer Keigo Koyanagi ahead of the anime's release in January. A rough translation is below: Director: Takao Abo Q. Tell us your first impression of the series when you received the offer to work on it. A. Since this is my first time doing an isekai (lit. "other world") fantasy, ...
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Osamu Tezuka's Erotic Cleopatra Manga Gets Limited Edition Reprint

Osamu Tezuka and Eiichi Yamamoto's scandalous Cleopatra anime film came out in 1970 under the tag line "far more erotic than 1,001 Nights!" The tale recounts the life and times of Marc Antony and Egyptian queen Cleopatra but while definitely for grown-ups, it wasn't actually outright porn. Lesser known than the film itself is Tezuka and Hisashi Sakaguchi's Cleopatra manga. The adaptation of the fi...
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Kodansha Comics Adds Red Riding Hood's Wolf Apprentice, Crocodile Baron Manga Digitally in December

Pupa's Sayaka Mogi launched Red Riding Hood's Wolf Apprentice in September 2017 ― Kodansha Comics announced at the Anime NYC event on Saturday that it will release Sayaka Mogi's Red Riding Hood's Wolf Apprentice (Akazukin no Ōkami Deshi) manga and Takuya Okada's Crocodile Baron (Wani Danshaku) manga as digital-first manga releases in December. Red Riding Hood's Wolf Apprentice will debut on December...

Kodansha USA Licenses Cardcaptor Sakura, Tales of Berseria, Fate/Grand Order Manga

Cardcaptor Sakura, Princess Jellyfish get collector's editions ― North American publisher Kodansha Comics announced at Anime NYC on Saturday that it has licensed CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura, Nobu Aonagi's Tales of Berseria, and Shiramine's Fate/Grand Order - mortalis:stella manga. In addition, the company announced that it plans to release a collector's edition box set for its nine Princess Jellyfish ...
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Arc System Works to Release World End Syndrome, BlazBlue CentralFiction Special Edition Games in N. America

World End Syndrome launches for PS4, Switch in spring 2019 ― Arc System Works announced at the Anime NYC event on Saturday that it will release the World End Syndrome game and the BlazBlue CentralFiction Special Edition game in North America. Arc System Works plans to release World End Syndrome for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, but not PlayStation Vita, digitally in spring 2019. The game will f...
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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Game's New Trailer Streamed

Game slated for PS4/Xbox One on January 18, on PC via Steam on February 1 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming new trailer on Friday for its Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown game. The company first revealed the trailer at the Golden Joystick Awards 2018 ceremony in London on Friday. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the game on January 18, 2019 (January 17 in Japan) for PlayStation 4 ...
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Oya-san to Boku Manga Returns After Passing of Lead Character's Real-Life Inspiration

Best-selling essay manga about author, his landlady inspired anime short ― Shinchosha's Daily Shincho website revealed on Wednesday that Tarō Yabe will resume his Oya-san to Boku (Landlady and Me) essay manga on Thursday after the manga went on hiatus in August following the the death of Yabe's elderly landlady, the subject of the manga. Yabe said in a message that starting the manga again was "painf...
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Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastrale TV Anime Unveils More Cast, More Staff, Story, Song Info, Debut Date, Promo

Noriko Hidaka, Kikuko Inoue, more cast in Cardfight!! Vanguard spinoff premiering on January 12 ― An unveiling event and the accompanying official website for the Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastrale television anime revealed more cast members, more staff members, a story introduction, information on the theme songs, January 12 premiere date, and the first promotional video on Saturday. They also conf...
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2 Men Arrested for Counterfeit Dragon Ball Heroes Cards

2 separate arrests in Akita, Kyoto prefectures took place on Tuesday ― Akita and Kyoto Prefectural Police arrested two separate suspects on Tuesday, both on suspicion of illegally reproducing cards for the Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game. The suspect in Akita is a 19-year-old male who had supposedly sold more than 1,000 copies of illegal reproductions. For example, authorities allege that the suspect ...
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Akihito Yoshitomi's Mahō Jogakuen Heiwaiji-bu Manga Ends

Manga's compiled book volume is slated for February 2019 ― The Ohta Web Comic manga site published the eighth and final chapter for Akihito Yoshitomi's Suginami Kuritsu Mahō Jogakuen Heiwaiji-bu (Suginami City Magic Girls' Academy Peacekeeping Club) manga on Tuesday. The site's official Twitter account also noted that the manga's one compiled book volume is slated for February 2019. Yoshitomi launche...
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Heroine Shikkaku's Momoko Koda Ends Atashino! Manga

Manga about 2 friends who like the same boy began last year ― This year's December issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine published the final chapter of the main story of Momoko Kōda's Atashino! (Mine!) manga on Tuesday. The issue also announced that a side story, the true final chapter, will run in the magazine's next issue on December 13. The manga follows Akoko, who always says just what s...
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Octopath Traveler, Monster Hunter: World Games Win at Golden Joystick Awards 2018

FromSoftware's Hidetaka Miyazaki wins Lifetime Achievement award ― The Golden Joystick Awards 2018 ceremony in London on Friday awarded FromSoftware president Hidetaka Miyazaki the Lifetime Achievement award. Square Enix's Octopath Traveler game won the Nintendo Game of the Year award, and Capcom's Monster Hunter: World game won the Best Cooperative Game award. Fortnite won this year's "Ultimate Game...
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Final Fantasy XIV Game Announces New 'Shadowbringers' Expansion, Patch 4.5 with Blue Mage Job

Game's 3rd expansion to debut in early summer 2019 ― Square Enix announced at the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival event in Las Vegas on Friday that the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn MMORPG is getting a third expansion titled Stormbringers that will launch in early summer 2019. English Trailer Japanese Trailer The expansion will include multiple new jobs, a new playable race, battle system maintena...
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Mob Psycho 100 II Anime Reveals New Key Visual, January 7 Premiere, Crunchyroll Streaming

Anime NYC event to host world premiere of sequel on Saturday ― The Mob Psycho 100 panel at the Anime NYC event on Friday revealed a new key visual for Mob Psycho 100 II, BONES' second anime season of ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga. The event also revealed that the show will premiere in Japan on January 7, and confirmed that the new season will stream on Crunchyroll. In Japan, the anime will premiere on ...

Castlevania's Adi Shankar to Develop Devil May Cry Animated Series

Shankar: series will "join Claslevania in what we're now calling the bootleg multiverse" ― Adi Shankar, executive producer for Netflix's Castlevania animated series, confirmed with video game news website IGN on Friday that he is developing an animated series based on Capcom's Devil May Cry game franchise. Shankar stated the series "will join Castlevania in what we're now calling the bootleg multiver...
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Children's Picture Book Publisher is Sick of Controversy Around 'Moe' Art Style

On October 30, an informational program called "Sukkiri" aired a debate around children's picture books and the "moe" art style. "Moe" is a Japanese slang word that refers to characters that evoke a strong feeling of cuteness and desire to protect the character. The word is often associated with otaku media. Although the word is thought to have originated in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it foun...
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Mirai Anime Film's English Dub Clip Streamed

Also: Director Hosoda talks about the film in video ― GKIDS began streaming an English-dubbed clip for Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai anime film on Friday. The clip shows the main character Kun meeting with a girl who likes to make messes. GKIDS also streamed a video showing Hosoda drawing an image of Kun and Mirai while discussing the film. Actress Victoria Grace (The Last of Us Part II's Yara) announced las...
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Pour One Out for Misato at Official Eva Tavern

The official Evangelion merchandise store, EVANGELION STORE TOKYO-01, is celebrating its seventh year in business with a limited Evangelion restaurant in the Tokyo/Ikebukuro 46 dining area. The Evangelion Bar opens on Friday and will serve classic bar food with a NERV twist. The menu has over 30 items all with references to Hideaki Anno's classic sci-fi anime. Customers who order a collaboration d...

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