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Mob Psycho 100 Stage Play's New Visual Posted

Stage play will run from January 6-14 at The Galaxy Theater in Tokyo ― The official website for the stage play based on ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga revealed a new visual on Friday. The visual includes new pictures of the cast in costume. The stage play will run from January 6-14, 2018 at The Galaxy Theater in Tokyo. Keita Kawajiri is directing and writing the script. The cast members include: Voice ac...
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A Place Further Than the Universe Trailer Streamed With English Subtitles

Crunchyroll to stream series premiering in January ― Crunchyroll began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the original A Place Further Than the Universe (Uchū Yorimo Tōi Basho) television anime on Friday. The official site for the anime posted the same trailer without subtitles on November 8. Crunchyroll confirmed at its Anime NYC panel on Friday that it will stream the series when it premie...
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MangaGamer to Release Golden Fantasia CROSS Fighting Game on December 8

MangaGamer announced during its panel at Anime NYC on Friday that it will release the Golden Fantasia CROSS (Ōgon Musōkyoku CROSS) fighting game on its website and on Steam on December 8. MangaGamer announced in October 2016 that it would release the game as its first fighting game. MangaGamer also announced that it will release a hardcopy of Princess Evangile W Happiness on December 15, Imouto P...
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Fellow Voice Actors Respond to Hiromu Tsuru's Passing

Voice actress Hiromi Tsuru passed away on Thursday due to aortic dissection. Tsuru was a prolific and respected member of the voice-acting community in Japan. Especially since she was only 57, her death has been a shock to the industry. Many fellow voice actors and other anime staff members responded to her death on Twitter. Hiroki Yasumoto (Food Wars! The Second Plate's Subaru Mimasaka, Fairy Tai...
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Romi Park Plays 13 Characters in New Moomins Film's Japanese Dub

Voice actress Romi Park is known for voicing characters such as Fullmetal Alchemist's Edward Elric, Naruto's Temari, and Turn A Gundam's Loran Cehack. Now she is taking on a new role, or rather roles. Park is voicing 13 characters in the Japanese dub of the Finnish stop-motion animation film Moomins and the Winter Wonderland. Park is voicing Moominmamma, Little My, and 11 other characters. She app...
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Seven Seas Licenses The Bride Was a Boy Manga

Autobiographical manga about transgender woman launches next May ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Chii's autobiographical essay manga The Bride Was a Boy (Hanayome wa Motodanshi. The manga's large trim single volume is slated for release on May 1, 2018. The company revealed new licenses every day this week. The Bride Was a Boy is the third of three license announcem...

Toonami to Air Black Clover Anime Starting December 2

Toonami block adds 1 half hour to programming ― The official Facebook page for Adult Swim's Toonami block announced on Friday that the Black Clover television anime series will premiere on Toonami on December 2 at 11:30pm. Additionally, Toonami revealed an updated schedule. The block will begin one half hour earlier from starting Dcember 2. The schedule is as follows: 10:30pm – Dragon Ball Super 11:0...
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Viz Media Licenses Mazinger Z: Infinity Anime Film

Film opens in Japan on January 13 ― Viz Media announced during its panel at Anime NYC on Friday that it has licensed the upcoming Gekijōban Mazinger Z / Infinity (Movie Version Mazinger Z: Infinity) film. Viz Media said it will release the film in North America in 2018, but didn't state if it plans to screen the film in theaters. The 12th Rome Film Fest hosted the world premiere of the film in Italy...
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Kaiji's Underground Racket Looking for Part-Timers to Suit Up

The part-time job news service an Chō Baito (An Super Part-Time Job) has offered jobs security staff and backstage helpers for a Land of the Lustrous screening, cosplaying as Gintama's Elizabeth, a Shinigami, or a zombie, as well as appearing as an "extra" in manga. The service's latest anime-related job listing is a collaboration with next month's Kaiji variety program. The program's staff are lo...
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Viz Media Licenses That Blue Sky Feeling Manga for Summer 2018 Release

Also: My Hero Academia: Vigilantes gets physical release in summer 2018 ― Viz Media announced during its panel at Anime NYC on Friday that it has licensed the Okura and Coma Hashii's That Blue Sky Feeling (Sorairo Flutter) manga. The company will begin releasing the manga in summer 2018. Viz Media also revealed that it will begin publishing physical volumes of Hideyuki Furuhashi and Betten Court's M...
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Seven Seas Licenses coolkyousinnjya's Ojojojo Manga

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying creator's manga ran 2012-2017 ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed coolkyousinnjya's Ojojojo manga. The manga will get two omnibus releases, and the first is slated for December 24, 2018. The company has been revealing new licenses every day this week. Ojojojo is the second of three license annou...
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Hozuki's Coolheadedness Season 2 Casts Kousuke Toriumi, Takahiro Mizushima, Sakura Tange

New characters debut in next 2 episodes ― The official website for the second anime season based on Natsumi Eguchi's Hozuki's Coolheadedness (Hozuki no Reitetsu) manga announced three additional cast members on Friday. The new cast and characters are, from left to right in the image below: Kousuke Toriumi as Uzu Takahiro Mizushima as Yomogi Sakura Tange as Chun Uzu and Yomogi will debut in the sevent...
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Sanrio Reveals More Fullmetal Alchemist Goods for Limited-Time Shop's Launch

The limited-time shop featuring Fullmetal Alchemist goods with Sanrio's designs opened in First Avenue Tokyo Station's Tokyo Character Street Ichiban Plaza on Thursday. The collaboration's staff provided a more detailed look at some of the merchandise to mark the opening of the shop. The collaboration had already revealed part of the items in September and previewed more designs last month. The n...
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Seven Seas Licenses Plus-Sized Elf Manga

Series about fast food-loving elf trying to lose weight launched last December ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Synecdoche's Plus-Sized Elf (Elf-san wa Yaserarenai.) manga. The first volume is slated for release on October 9. The company has been revealing new licenses every day this week. Plus-Sized Elf is the first of three license announcements for Friday. Seven ...
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Man Who Dumped 585 AKB48 CDs Ordered to Pay 400,000 Yen

A prosecutor in Fukuoka issued a summary indictment on Tuesday for the 32-year-old man charged last month with illegally dumping 585 AKB48 CDs on a mountain. According to the summary order, the man must pay a 400,000-yen (about US$3,500) fine. The man was charged for illegally dumping the CDs at a mountain in the city of Dazaifu in June. Reportedly, a different man in Chiba originally bought the C...
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Saudi Arabia's Manga Productions Collaborates With Toei Animation on 'The Woodcutter's Treasure' Anime

Video posted in Japanese, Arabic ― Saudi Arabian media company Manga Productions began streaming a teaser trailer on Sunday for an animation titled "The Woodcutter's Treasure," which it is producing in collaboration with Japanese animation company Toei Animation. "The Woodcutter's Treasure" will be a 25-minute animation based on Saudi Arabian folklore and aimed at children and families, and it will s...
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A Certain Magical Virtual-On Game's Opening Movie Streamed

Yuka Iguchi, Rina Satou perform theme song ― Sega began streaming the opening movie for its Toaru Majutsu no Virtual-On (A Certain Magical Virtual-On) game for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on Friday. Yuka Iguchi (the voice of Index) and Rina Satou (the voice of Mikoto) perform the opening theme song "Get Ready!" for the game. The game will ship in Japan on February 15. The PS4 version of th...
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King's Game Card Game Challenges You To Be the Last One Standing

The characters from King's Game: The Animation are ready to die again, but this time the King is you. King's Game the Animation -Death Card Game Edition- recreates the survival horror anime but this time the players must perform the commands or else drop out of the running to win. The game is made up of 48 number cards, 48 character cards representing the two classes in the anime series, and 12 c...
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Sumire Uesaka Performs Pop Team Epic Anime's Opening Theme Song

12-episode series debuts in January ― The official website for the anime of Bkub Ōkawa's Pop Team Epic manga revealed on Friday that Sumire Uesaka will perform the opening theme song "Pop Team Epic" for the series. The song will be Uesaka's ninth single, and it will ship on January 31. The website also revealed that the 12-episode anime will ship in three Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases beginning on Ja...
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planetarian Launches Crowdfunding for CG VR Anime Video

360-degree video to feature Yumemi's explanation of starry sky ― Visual Art's/Key launched a Campfire crowdfunding campaign on Friday to fund a full 3D virtual-reality anime video for planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume. The campaign's goal is to raise 10 million yen (about US$89,000) to produce the video. If successfully funded, the 360-degree virtual-reality video will feature "Yumemi Hoshino's sta...
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Under the Dog Kickstarter Reaches Goal for Live-Action Short, Music Video

Project ended on Friday after raising US$50,673 ― Japanese music company Exit Tunes' Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for a new Under the Dog live-action short and music video ended after reaching its goal of US$50,000 on Friday. The campaign launched on October 20 to fund the two projects and a special edition release of the original anime. The project met its goal on the final day of the campaign ...
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4th Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Film Reveals Video, Visual, More Cast

Kouichi Yamadera, Kouki Uchiyama join cast of 4th film in 7-part series ― The official website for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project revealed a teaser video and a new key visual for the fourth film, subtitled "Tenmei-hen" (Karma Chapter), on Thursday. The website also revealed tw...
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FuRyu Reveals Caligula Overdose PS4 Game

Remake of original PS Vita game ships in Japan on May 17 ― FuRyu announced during a livestream presentation for its The Caligula Effect PlayStation Vita game Friday that the game is getting a PlayStation 4 remake titled Caligula Overdose. The remake will use Unreal Engine technology. The game will feature the option of a female protagonist (pictured below, voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro). The game will a...
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The Caligula Effect Game Gets TV Anime Adaptation in April 2018

FuRyu's game originally shipped in June 2016 ― FuRyu announced during a livestream presentation on Friday for its The Caligula Effect game that the game is getting a television anime adaptation that will premiere in April 2018. In the original game's story, written by Tadashi Satomi, a virtual idol known as μ performs user-inputted songs and gains self-awareness through exposure to users' bitter feel...
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Hinamatsuri TV Anime Reveals Visual, Staff

Comedy anime about super-powered girl living with young yakuza premieres in spring 2018 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Masao Ohtake's Hinamatsuri manga revealed the show's first visual and staff on Friday. Kei Oikawa (Outbreak Company, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!, This Art Club Has a Problem!) is directing the series at studio feel., and Keiichirō Ōchi (My Teen R...
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Hiroya Oku's Gantz Manga Gets Stage Play

Play runs in Tokyo from January 26 through February 4 ― Shueisha opened a website on Friday to announce that Hiroya Oku's Gantz manga is inspiring a stage play adaptation titled GANTZ:L Ace & Action Stage. The play will run for 12 performances from January 26 through February 4 at The Galaxy Theatre in Tokyo. The play stars (Note: name romanizations for original characters aren't confirmed): (left to...
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Killing Bites Anime's 2nd Teaser Video Highlights Cheetah

Maaya Uchida voices role in anime premiering in January ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of illustrator Kazasa Sumita (Witchblade Takeru) and storywriter Shinya Murata's (Jackals) Killing Bites manga began streaming the anime's second teaser video on Friday. The video focuses on the character Cheetah/Eruza Nakanishi, voiced by Maaya Uchida. The main cast includes: Sora Amami...
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Compile Heart Reveals 2nd Trailer for Death end re;Quest Game

Game will launch in Japan on March 1 ― Compile Heart revealed a new trailer for its Death end re;Quest role-playing game for the PlayStation 4 on Wednesday. The game will launch in Japan on March 1. Those who pre-order the game will receive a bonus End Quest PC game on CD-ROM. The game's limited-edition "Death end BOX" features a specially designed box, a 68-page artbook, an original soundtrack CD, a...
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Butlers: Chitose Momotose Monogatari Anime Delayed to April 2018

"Academy comedy x traditional battle action" anime was originally slated for January ― The official website for SILVER LINK's Butlers: Chitose Momotose Monogatari (Butlers: A Millennium Century Story) television anime series announced on Friday that due to "various circumstances," the show is delayed until April 2018. The anime was originally slated to premiere in January. The "academy comedy x tradi...
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Seishi Kishimoto Publishes 1-Shot for Mad Chimera World Manga

This year's 51st issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine published a one-shot of Seishi Kishimoto's Mad Chimera World manga on Thursday. The one-shot is part of the magazine's series of "Carnaval" one-shots that celebrate the magazine's 35th anniversary. The manga is set in a ruined world overrun with chimerical creatures where the female creatures eat the males. Two creatures explore the land: Usagi...
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Shōnan Bakusōzoku/Bomber Bikers of Shonan Manga Gets New Chapter

Manga ran from 1982-1987, inspired 12-episode OVA ― The December special issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine published a one-shot manga of Satoshi Yoshida's Shōnan Bakusōzoku (Bomber Bikers of Shonan) manga on Friday. The one-shot ran as a spinoff of Yoshida's Sono Takusan ga Ai na no ka. manga, which currently runs on Big Comic. In the one-shot, Nimōsaku Gonda and "that character" appear. AnimE...
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Tokyo Tattoo Girls PS Vita/PC Game's Launch Trailer Posted

Strategy game shipped in N. America on Tuesday, ships in Europe on Friday ― NIS America began streaming the launch trailer for the Tokyo Tattoo Girls PlayStation Vita and PC strategy game on Tuesday. The video highlights the game's different gameplay sections. The game launched in North America on Tuesday, and it will launch in Europe on Friday. The game is available in both physical and digital copi...
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Gundam Versus PS4 Game Adds Gundam AGE's Zeydra

Atlas Gundam also previewed; both DLC available on November 21 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a preview video for its Gundam Versus PlayStation 4 game on Friday. The video shows the new playable mobile suit DLC, the xvm-zgc Zeydra from Gundam Age. The video also shows the xvv-xcr Zedas R, xvv-xcm Zedas M, xvm-dgc Khronos, and the Zeydra as Strikers. Bandai Namco Entertainment is also st...

Crunchyroll Adds 5 More Anime Titles to Catalog

Ouran, Noein, Yu Yu Hakusho, The Galaxy Railways, Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V available now ― Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added the Ouran High School Host Club, Noein: To Your Other Self, Yu Yu Hakusho, The Galaxy Railways and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V television anime series to its catalog. Ouran High School Host Club is available to Crunchyroll members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, ...
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2nd Godzilla Anime Film Teases Mechagodzilla Before May Debut

1st film opened in Japan on Friday, will stream globally on Netflix this year ― The official website for the Godzilla anime film trilogy revealed a new visual, title, and May 2018 opening for the second film. The second film is titled Godzilla: Kessen Kidō Zōshoku Toshi (Godzilla: The City Mechanized for the Final Battle). The visual teases Mechagodzilla, the ultimate anti-Godzilla weapon secretly de...
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The Get Down's Justice Smith Stars in Legendary's Live-Action Pokémon Film

"Detective Pikachu" film starts production this year ― Entertainment news magazine Variety revealed on Thursday that Justice Smith (The Get Down) will star as the lead actor in Legendary Entertainment's planned live-action Pokémon film. As with previous reports, the current report refers to the film's title as "Detective Pikachu," and it will will feature the Detective Pikachu character, which debute...

Voice Actress Hiromi Tsuru Passes Away at 57 (Update 3)

Dragon Ball's Bulma voice actress found in car on Thursday ― Voice actress Hiromi Tsuru passed away on Thursday, November 16 due to unknown causes. She was 57. Police found Tsuru unconscious with the seat belt fastened in the driver's seat of a car, which was stopped with hazard lights on at the Shuto Expressway's Inner Circular Route in Tokyo's Chūō ward, at around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Authorities...
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Demon Gaze II Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

PS4/Vita game shipped in N. America on Tuesday; launches in Europe on Friday ― NIS America began streaming a launch trailer for its Demon Gaze II game on Tuesday. The video shows gameplay of battles with the tyrant Magnastar and his demon servants. The game launched for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in North America on Tuesday, and will launch in Europe on Friday. The game will be available in b...
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Trinity Blood Manga Enters Final Arc in December

Kiyo Kyujyō's manga adapts Sunao Yoshida's light novel series ― The Comic Newtype Twitter announced on Tuesday that Kiyo Kyujyō's manga adaptation of Sunao Yoshida's Trinity Blood light novel series will resume on December 26 and enter its final arc. The novels began as a one-shot in Kadokawa's The Sneaker in October 1999 and launched as a serialized novel in February 2000. The title consists of two ...
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Idol Nana Asakawa Reprises Role of Nodoka in Live-Action Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A

TV series premieres in December, followed by film in January ― The official Twitter account for the live-action film and television series adaptations of Ritz Kobayashi and Aguri Igarashi's Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A spinoff manga announced on Thursday that log: SUPER☆GiRLS idol Nana Asakawa will reprise her role as Nodoka. Asakawa previously played the role in the original live-action Saki fi...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, November 6-12

Shin Godzilla film airs Shin Godzilla aired on TV Asahi on Sunday, November 12 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 15.2% rating. The live-action series adaptation of Yū Suzunoki's Kounodori: Dr. Stork manga aired on TBS on Friday, November 10 at 10:00 p.m. and earned an 10.6% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Average Household Rating Sazae-san Fuji TV November 12 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 12.4 Chibi Maruko-ch...

Seven Seas Licenses True Tenchi Muyo! Light Novels

1997-1999 trilogy explores various characters from Tenchi Muyo! franchise ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed Masaki Kajishima and Yousuke Kuroda's True Tenchi Muyo! light novel trilogy. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on June 19, 2018. The company will reveal new licenses every day this week. The Bride & the Exorcist Knight is the third of t...
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One Woman Dreams of the Love She Left in Chichibu in New Promotional Anime

The Seibu Railway line and Chichibu prefecture are teaming up to promote the area's unique features with an original anime project. The anime will feature some of Chichibu's biggest tourist attractions, like the the railway's Seibuto Traveling Restaurant "52 Seats of Happiness", the tourist town Nagatoro, Chichibu Jinja temple, and Hitsujiyama Park where romance comes into full bloom when the hill...
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Seven Seas Licenses The Bride & the Exorcist Knight Manga

Shojo fantasy manga launches next July ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed Keiko Ishihara's The Bride & the Exorcist Knight (Hanayome no Exorcist) manga. The first volume is slated for release on July 17, 2018. The company will reveal new licenses every day this week. The Bride & the Exorcist Knight is the second of three license announcements for Thursday, after Sor...
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American Voice Actors for Anime Star in Crossing The G.O.D.S. Illustrated Audio Drama Series

American voice actors who have voiced roles in English dubs of anime are starring in a new illustrated audio drama titled Crossing The G.O.D.S.. Voice actor Anthony Salerno posted a teaser trailer for the web series on YouTube in October. The video introduces the concept and cast. The cast includes: Dan Green (Yu-Gi-Oh!'s Yugi Muto, Sonic X's Knuckles) as Cross Lisa Ortiz (The Slayers' Lina Invers...
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The Life of Budori Gusko Anime Film Gets English Dub

Section23 Films revealed in its March release slate on Thursday that Sentai Filmworks' release of The Life of Budori Gusko (Guskō Budori no Denki) anime film will include and English dub in addition to the Japanese audio track. The Blu-ray Disc is slated for March 27. The release slate also includes a subtitle-only Blu-ray Disc release of Girlish Number on March 6 and a dual-audio release of New T...
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Sentai Filmworks Schedules 2nd Initial D Film's Release for March 13

Section23 Films announced in its March release slate that Sentai Filmworks will release the New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 2: Racer film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack on March 13. Like the first film, the release will have both English and Japanese audio. Sentai Filmworks announced its license for all three Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend films — including New Theatrical Movie Initial...
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Seven Seas Licenses Fairy Tale Battle Royale Manga

Fairy tale characters battle to the death in fantasy manga ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed Soraho Ina's Fairy Tale Battle Royale (Otogibanashi Battle Royale) manga. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on October 9, 2018. The company will reveal new licenses every day this week. Fairy Tale Battle Royale is the first of three license announceme...
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1st Ever Male Precure Debuts in Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode

The first male Precure in the history of the Precure franchise debuted in the 39th episode of Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode on Sunday. The franchise's official YouTube channel posted a preview video for the episode, titled "Shonna~! Precure no Teki wa Ichigozaka!?" (No Way~! The Precure's Enemy is Ichigozaka!?), in October that shows a brief glimpse of the character at the end. Spoilers here if you...
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Saint Seiya Gets 'Episode Zero' Manga Next Month

Story follows Sagittarius Aiolos protecting baby Athena ― The January 2018 issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Champion RED magazine announced on Friday that Masami Kurumada will launch a new short series titled Saint Seiya Episode Zero in the next issue on December 19. The story follows Gold Saint Sagittarius Aiolos protecting baby Athena. Kurumada had announced in October that he was preparing a "surpr...
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Glass Mask Pairs With Cocoa for Two Silly Commercials

Glass Mask, Suzue Miuchi's long-running shōjo manga about an up-and-coming theatre star, is no stranger to having a laugh at its own account. The series has already been reimagined as a flash-animated series and film twice over. This cast's silly antics continued in commercials for cellphone screen protectors. Two new ads, this time for Van Houten hot cocoa, are taking the drama from the original ...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 1: Kai PS4 Game Ships March 8 in Japan

Upgraded PS4 port of 1st game announced ― Nihon Falcom announced on Thursday that it will release The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel I: Kai – Thors Military Academy 1204-, a PlayStation 4 port of its The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel game, on March 8 in Japan. The port will offer a 60fps frame rate and 4K support. It has added upgraded background music and a "high speed skip mode" fo...
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Attack on Titan 2 Game's Action Trailer Streamed

PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC game ships in March ― Koei Tecmo Games and its American and European subsidiaries began streaming an action trailer for the Attack on Titan 2 game on Thursday. The video previews battles against the Beast Titan and other Titans. Previously announced playable characters include Eren Jaeger, Mikasa Ackerman, Armin Arlert, Levi, Miche Zacharias, Nanaba, Gelgar, Ymir, Christa Le...
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Dynasty Warriors 9 Game Ships in West on February 13

Koei Tecmo America announced on Thursday that Omega Force's Dynasty Warriors 9 (Shin Sangoku Musou 8) game will ship for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in the West on February 13, 2018. The physical and digital release will include a bundle of bonus content with costumes for seven characters. The bundle will include a Beijing opera-style costume for Zhao Yun and six traditional Chinese ...
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Citrus TV Anime Premieres on January 6

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Saburouta's Citrus yuri manga revealed on Thursday that the series will premiere on AT-X on January 6 at 11:30 p.m. The anime will then debut on Tokyo MX and Sun TV on January 7 and on BS Fuji on January 9. Takeo Takahashi (Spice and Wolf, MAOYU, Hinako Note) is directing the series at studio Passione. Naoki Hayashi (Flip Flappers, D.C.II...
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Live-Action My Little Monster Film Reveals Teaser Video, More Cast

Yūki Furukawa, Yūki Yamada, Elaiza Ikeda, more join cast ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Robico's My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun) manga began streaming a teaser video on Thursday. The website also revealed additional cast members. The new cast members are (left to right starting in second row of image above): Yūki Furukawa as Yūzan Yoshida Yūki Yamada as Kenji...
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Fire Emblem Heroes Outlines New Story, Heroes in November Update

Book II detailed; Mia, Lute, Dorcas available in Summoning event ― Nintendo revealed the upcoming updates for its Fire Emblem Heroes smartphone game on a "Feh Channel" video on Tuesday. The updates involve the story's Book II, as well as new summoning events. In Book II, Fjorm, the Princess of Ice, fights Surtr, the Ruler of Flame. Fjorm is a guaranteed hero for any player who finishes the first chap...
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Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal PS4 Game Reveals Costumes, 'Skinship' Video

HD game remakes 2012 side-scrolling 3DS game ― The official website for Marvelous and Honey∞Parade Games' Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal, its PlayStation 4 remake of the 2012 Senran Kagura Burst action game for the Nintendo 3DS, began streaming a new video and revealed new screenshots for the game on Tuesday. The video shows the game's "skinship" feature, and the screenshots reveal the characters in va...
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Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Borutage Game App Releases in Japan

iOS/Android game also getting release in the West ― Bandai Namco Entertainment released its Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Borutage iOS and Android game in Japan on Tuesday. The game will also get a release in the West. The "fortress action ninja battle" strategy game is free to play with the option to purchase in-game items. Players are able to create a fortress, set traps, and attack fortresses of other pl...
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Miss caretaker of Sunohara-sou 4-Panel Dorm Life Manga Gets TV Anime

Rina Satou plays dorm head, Eri Kitamura plays middle school boy in earlier drama CD ― The promotional video for the third volume of Nekoume's four-panel romantic comedy manga Miss caretaker of Sunohara-sou (Sunohara-Sō no Kanrinin-san) announced on Thursday that a television anime adaptation has been green-lit. The manga centers around Aki Shiina, a middle school boy who wants to be more manly. The ...
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Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer Expansion's Launch Trailer Posted

Multiplayer expansion launched on Wednesday ― Square Enix posted the launch trailer for the "Comrades" multiplayer expansion for its Final Fantasy XV game on Wednesday. The multiplayer expansion for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launched on November 15, after a delay from its originally scheduled October 31 release. The expansion takes place during the original game's 10-year timeskip near the end of th...
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Utena Gets Stage Musical Supervised by Anime's Director Ikuhara

Hetalia musical's Kōtarō Yoshitani writes, directs March 8-18 play ― A website opened on Thursday to announce that La fillette révolutionaire Utena ~Shiroki Bara no Tsubomi~ (A White Rosebud), a stage musical adaptation of the Revolutionary Girl Utena (Shōjo Kakumei Utena) anime, has been green-lit for next March. The musical will run from March 8 to 18. The anime's director Kunihiko Ikuhara is super...
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Gintama Live-Action Film Gets Sequel in Summer 2018

1st film opened in Japan on July 14 ― Director Yūichi Fukuda and actor Shun Oguri revealed during an event on Thursday that the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga will get a second film tentatively titled Gintama Part 2, and it is slated to open during the 2018 summer vacation. Fukuda and Oguri revealed the new film during an event for the launch of the first film's Blu-ray Disc and ...
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Spike Chunsoft's Danganronpa Staff Recruitment Lists PS4, VIta, Action

Job entails character modeling, texture work ― Game developer Spike Chunsoft revealed on Monday that it is recruiting a game programmer, a character designer, and 3D designer for the Danganronpa game series. The job entails character modeling and texture creation, and it lists PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita among the intended platforms as well as "action" among the genres. Danganronpa V3: Killing...
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Kamikaze Douga's 'Cocolors' Anime Short Gets 1st Theatrical Run in December

"Complete version" will have re-recorded lines, music ― Animation studio Kamikaze Douga's "Cocolors" short will get its first theatrical screening that will run at the Tollywood theater in Shimokitazawa from December 2 to 29. Screenings for January and onward are also planned. The version that will be screened will be a "complete version" different from that shown in the Fantasia International Film F...
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Shining Resonance Re:frain PS4 Game's Opening Video Previews New Theme Song

Remaster of Shining Resonance game ships on March 29 ― The official website for Shining Resonance Re:frain, the PlayStation 4 remaster of Sega's Shining Resonance game, began streaming the game's opening cinematic on Thursday. The video previews the game's new theme song "Towa Iro no Aria" (Eternity-Tinged Aria) by Saori Hayami (voice of Kirika Towa Alma) and Asami Seto (voice of Sonia Blanche). The ...

Fundraising Launched for Vital Medical Treatment for Voice Actor Chris Ayres

Frieza voice actor needs double lung transplant ― Non-profit corporation Anime Twin Cities Inc. launched a fundraising campaign for the medical expenses of voice actor Chris Ayres, who has been diagnosed with end-stage COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), on Wednesday. The fundraiser seeks to raise US$25,000, primarily to assist in medical procedures and care. Ayres requires a double lung tr...

Glitter Force Doki Doki Season 2 Debuts on Netflix

Full series now available ― The 15-episode second season of Glitter Force Doki Doki, the localized version of the Dokidoki! Precure television anime, premiered on Netflix on Friday. The episodes cover the rest of the original anime's story. The first 15 episodes, which covered the story up through the original anime's episode 21, premiered on Netflix in August. The dub stars Debi Derryberry, Cassandr...
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Tochigi TV's Marronni Yell Idol Group Gets Short Anime

Hiro Shimono stars alongside Iori Nomizu, Mami Shitara, Motoko Kobayashi ― The official website for Tochigi TV's anime programming announced a short anime based on its original idol group "Marronni ☆ Yell." The anime is titled Sakura no Chikai ~Marronni ☆ Yell Higashi no Asuka Shimotsuke-shi o Yell!~. The website began streaming a promotional video that begins by recapping the group's history, includ...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, November 6-12

One Piece, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, My Hero Academia, Prison School, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 One Piece 87 396,249 1,901,888 2017/11 Shueisha Eiichiro Oda 1 2 2 The Heroic Legend of Arslan 8 162,014 162,014 2017/11 Kodansha Story: Yoshiki Tanaka / Art: Hiromu Arakawa 2 1 3 My...
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Mr. Osomatsu Goes Ultra for Tokusatsu Hero Collaboration

The tokusatsu hero Ultraman has done a number of interesting collaborations, including a Toyota concept car and the series' monsters selling household appliances. The hero is now enlisting backup, for better or worse, of Mr. Osomatsu's six siblings. The anime series' character designer Naoyuki Asano drew the collaboration illustration seen below. The two series share a similar time period, having...
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Seven Seas Licenses Riyoko Ikeda's Claudine Manga

Classic LGBT one-shot by Rose of Versaille creator gets 1st N. American release ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Riyoko Ikeda's one-shot manga Claudine (Claudine...!). The large-trim volume is slated for release for the first time in North America on June 26. The company will reveal new licenses every day this week. Claudine is the second of two license announcem...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, November 6-12

Sonic Forces, Occultic;Nine games debut ― Japan's Game Ranking: November 6-12 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1NSwSuper Mario Odyssey (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo October 27 73,315 652,284 90 2PS4Call of Duty World War II (Including Bundled Editions) Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia November 3 67,044 235,368 3NSwSplatoon 2 (Includ...
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HIDIVE Streams Beyond the Boundary Anime Films

Stream launches November 20 in English, Japanese ― Anime streaming service HIDIVE announced on Wednesday that it will stream the English dubs for the Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Past and Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Future films. The films will begin streaming in both Japanese with English subtitles and the English dub on November 20 at 1:00 p.m. EST. The Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HER...
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Seven Seas Licenses Kumiko Suekane's Versailles of the Dead Manga

Historical zombie manga by Afterschool Charisma creator launches next October ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Kumiko Suekane's Versailles of the Dead manga. The first volume is slated release on October 30. The company will reveal new licenses every day this week. Versailles of the Dead is the first of two license announcements for Wednesday. Seven Seas describe...
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Solve Mysteries with Detective Conan at Universal Studios Japan

Also: ride through the worlds of Final Fantasy ― Universal Studios Japan revealed more details on its upcoming Universal Cool Japan 2018 series of attractions, including "Detective Conan World." Starting on January 19, theme park visitors can participate in Detective Conan themed real escape game and eat Detective Conan themed food. The real escape game is a new attraction with a new story that is di...
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Voice Actress Romi Park Leaves Agency After 22 Years to Go Independent

Voice actress Romi Park announced on Twitter on Tuesday that she is leaving her agency Enkikaku after 22 years. She opened a new personal website titled LAL in order to work independently. Park commented, "While I am nervous about being able to embark on a new journey at this age, I am excited." She also noted that she is happy to have this chance. Park's many voice roles include Fullmetal Alchemi...
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Kit Kat Boys Make a Tasty Treat for Your Eyes

Creative artist Cioccolato-kun recreating Japan's many KitKat varieties as gorgeous guys. Cioccolato-kun was recently inspired by Nestle's sake-flavored treats and the sushi confections that debuted earlier this year. The artist has an entire Facebook album dedicated to the candy guy artwork. Original sake KitKat Masuizumi sake version The tasty sushi boys Of course, you can never go wrong with th...
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Ai no Kusabi's English Dub Adds 4 More Cast Members

Y. Chang, Austin Tindle, Meli Grant, Marcus Stimac join cast ― The official Twitter account for Media Blasters revealed four more cast members for the company's English dub of the 2012 original video anime (OVA) Ai no Kusabi on Wednesday. Y. Chang as Daryl Austin Tindle as Sid Meli Grant as Aisha Marcus Stimac as Gideon The previously announced cast includes: Todd Haberkorn as Iason Mink Darren Mitch...
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Fans Analyze Shin Godzilla Film's Easter Eggs, Peculiarities

Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi's 2016 Shin Godzilla film aired for the first time on television in Japan on Sunday. The broadcast earned an average household rating of 15.2% in the Kantō region, which includes Tokyo and surrounding prefectures. Such a popular airing apparently got Japanese fans in the mood to analyze all sorts of details in the film. Some of the below Easter eggs are spoilers for...
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Cross Infinite World Licenses The Champions of Justice and the Supreme Ruler of Evil Light Novel

Novel by Kaede Kikyō about young girl running evil organization slated for spring 2018 ― North Amerian publisher Cross Infinite World announced on Monday that it has licensed Kaede Kikyō's The Champions of Justice and the Supreme Ruler of Evil (Seigi no Mikata to Aku no Sōtō) light novel. It will launch the single volume in spring 2018. Cross Infinite World describes the jōsei light novel: World domi...
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Kemono Friends, Attack on Titan, More Nominated for Gadget Tsūshin Net Buzzword Awards

The annual Ryūkōgo Taishō buzzword contest recognizes all the terms related to Japan's biggest trends and news stories each year. This year the only anime, manga, and video game related terms were Kemono Friends, the ultra-popular but later controversy-embroiled anime series, and DMM's Touken Ranbu video game that has stretched its reach beyond gaming roots into the history and anime communities. ...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Game's Trailer Previews Android 18

Game ships in West on January 26, in Japan on February 1 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a character introduction trailer for its Dragon BallFighterZ fighting game on Tuesday. The video previews the character Android 18. The game will launch for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam in the Americas and Europe on January 26. People who pre-order the game digitally will receive...
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Arika's 'Mysterious Fighting Game' Revealed as Fighting EX Layer for PS4

2-week beta test launches on December 11 ― Game developer Akira Nishitani (NIN) revealed the title of ARIKA's "Mysterious Fighting Game" for the PlayStation 4 as Fighting EX Layer on the official PlayStation Blog on Wednesday. Nishitani also revealed that a beta test for the game will launch on December 11 and run for two weeks. The characters Kairi, Garuda, Skullomania, Darun Mister, Allen Snider, a...

DARLING in the FRANXX Anime Reveals New Visual, Story

Yūto Uemura, Haruka Tomatsu star in series premiering in January ― The official website for Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures' original science-fiction television anime DARLING in the FRANXX revealed a new key visual and details of the anime's story on Wednesday. The story is set in the distant future. The land is ruined, and humanity establishes the mobile fort city Plantation. Pilots produced inside ...
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Keiji Kawaguchi's Zipang: Shinsō Kairyū Historical Manga Ends

Manga about Genpei War launched in 2012 ― This year's 51st issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine published the final chapter of Keiji Kawaguchi's Zipang: Shinsō Kairyū manga on Thursday. The manga's story centers on the Genpei War, the 12th-century conflict between the rival Minamoto and Taira clans for Imperial control. The war eventually reshaped Japanese society to favor the samurai and led to the ...
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Kemono Friends Pavilion App Game Delayed to January 2018

UniqueWave's smartphone game originally slated for 2017 ― Bushiroad's official website for UniqueWave's Kemono Friends Pavilion smartphone game announced on Wednesday that the game has been delayed from a planned 2017 release to January 2018. The game's staff said that the release will take more time to due to all of the ideas and information included in the game. Pre-registration for the game launch...
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Live-Action Samurai Sensei Film's Trailer Reveals Spring 2018 Opening

Film starring Hayato Ichihara gets advance screening in Kōchi, Kagoshima, Yamaguchi, Saga on Saturday ― The official website of the live-action film adaptation of of S-suke Kuroe's Samurai Sensei comedy manga began streaming a comment video and trailer for the film on Wednesday. The video starts with Hayato Ichihara commenting on the film and his role as protagonist Takeichi Hanpeita, before showing ...
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Live-Action My Little Monster Film's Teaser Reveals More Cast, April Opening

Shō Tsukikawa directs romantic comedy starring Masaki Suda, Tao Tsuchiya ― The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Robico's My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun) manga began streaming a teaser trailer for the film on Wednesday. The video reveals the film's additional cast and April 27 opening in Japan. The cast includes: (Top row, left to right): Masaki Suda as Haru Yoshida T...

The Game Awards 2017 Nominees Revealed

Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Persona 5 nominated for Game of the Year ― The Game Awards 2017 announced its list of nominees on Tuesday. The nominees include Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, as well as Atlus' Persona 5 as nominees for Game of the Year. Other nominees from Japanese game franchises, or developed or published by Japanese compa...
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Koi wa Ameagari no You ni Manga Gets Live-Action Film in May

Nana Komatsu, Yo Oizumi star in adaptation of Jun Mayuzuki manga ― A live-action film of Jun Mayuzuki's Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (Love is Like After the Rain) manga has been green-lit. for next May. Nana Komatsu (left in picture below) is playing Akira Tachibana, while Yo Oizumi (right) is playing Masami Kondō. Akira Nagai (live-action Teiichi no Kuni) is directing the film, with a script by Riko Sa...
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Mob Psycho 100 Stage Play's 2nd Round of Cast Visuals Posted

3 cast members shown in costume for January play ― The official website for the stage play based on ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga revealed the second round of cast visuals on Wednesday. The cast visuals feature three cast members in costume. Gaku Matsumoto as Ritsu Kageyama Yūya Kido as Tenga Onigawara Takeshi Nadagi as Dimple Previously revealed cast members include: Clockwise from top left: Ryōma Baba...

Funimation Reveals Ace Attorney Anime's English Dub Cast

1st BD/DVD combo pack slated for January 23 ― Funimation announced the English dub cast for its home video release of the Ace Attorney anime on Tuesday. The cast includes: Eric Vale as Phoenix Wright Lindsay Seidel as Maya Fey Christopher Wehkamp as Miles Edgeworth Josh Martin as Larry Butz Bryan Massey as Dick Gumshoe Colleen Clinkenbeard as Mia Fey Kent Williams as Judge Jeannie Tirado as April May...
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Kōdai-ke no Hitobito Manga Gets Special Chapter in December

This year's December issue of Shueisha's Monthly You magazine announced on Wednesday that Kozueko Morimoto's Kōdai-ke no Hitobito manga will get a special side story chapter in the next issue on December 15. The manga's story centers around Kie Hirano, a 30-year old female office worker with a large-scale imagination. She gets to know Mitsumasa Kōdai, a handsome colleague, who also happens to be a...

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